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Edition 52, Issue 11

Thursday, November 14, 2013


From the first black alumnus to serve on the Board of Regents, to international students adapting to American dining, to President Mearns’ announcement of a new position for inclusive excellence, see how NKU is embracing diversity.


Anthropology major Dorian Berry partakes in a activity as a part of International Education week at NKU.

Norse faced No.1 basketball program in country SPORTS, PAGE 12 PHOTO BY: KODY KAHLE

NKU entrepreneurs supports student artist ARTS & LIFE, PAGE 10



Thursday, November 14, 2013


NKU’s women’s basketball player Melody Doss recognized by A-Sun Melody Doss was given the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week Honor. Doss scored 24 points, her career-high, in the game on Nov. 9 against the University of Cincinnati at the BOKC. She also reached her career total of 11 rebounds. NKU ranked No. 48 on national Best for Vets list NKU has been selected as a “Best for Vets” college by the Military Times Edge. NKU was the only university in the Greater Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky region to achieve a ranking and is one of five Kentucky four-year universities ranked in the top 50. Informatics student receives Postsecondary Technology Award Robert Crawford, junior computer information technology major, recieved ConnectKentucky’s Postsecondary Technology Award at the organization’s Tech Day on Nov. 7. The award is presented to a Kentucky college student who has recognized the benefits of using broadband technol-




ogy and implements its use in “creative and inspiring ways.” Crawford was awarded the honor or his continuing role as the lead developer for a social technology startup. Loch Norse Magazine Open Mic Night NKU’s undergraduate literary magazine is hosting its next Open Mic Night on Nov. 15 at Bow Tie Cafe beginning at 6:30 p.m. The featured reader for the night will be Stephen Leigh, a creative writing professor at NKU. However, anyone is able to read during the open mic portion of the event. Additional information can be found at https://www.facebook. com/events/160827910792424/


Nov. 6, between 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.: A deer jumped the wall of the Welcome Center Garage and landed on a parked vehicle, causing damage to the vehicle. Nov. 7, between 11:30 a.m. and 11:40 a.m.: Two people came onto campus to sell marijuana to a student. Both were arrested. Between Nov. 8, 6 a.m. and Nov. 9, 12 p.m.: A parking pass was stolen out of a car in Lot P, behind Commonwealth and Kentucky halls. The case is currently open. Nov. 8, between 8 a.m. and 10:08 a.m.: A man removed the parking boot placed on his car without permission. The owner of the car paid restitution to the parking office. Nov. 8, between 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.: Someone called and convinced a student in the Woodcrest Apartments to give them her prepaid card numbers, and emptied her account. Nov. 10, between 2:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.: Someone kicked in drywall and broke in fire extinguisher glass in the University Suites. The case is currently open. Nov. 10, between 3 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.: A GPS was stolen out of a car parked in Lot Q, beneath the University Suites. The case is currently open. Nov. 10, between 3 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.: A laptop was stolen out of a car parked in Lot P, behind Commonwealth and Kentucky halls. The case is currently open.



MTV star Andrew Jenks speaks to students

Check out the online coverage of Jenks visit to the Student Union this past Monday.

Student juggling custodial work and classes Read about one student’s journey towards his degree as he works on NKU’s campus as a custodian.

Japanese Culture Fest Look for photo and story coverage of the cultural event featured as a part of International Education Week.



Have a chance to get off campus this weekend? Check out the nightlife and events happening in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

A Chorus Line Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. @ The Aronoff Center for the Arts Cincinnati Music Theatre presents a production of the Tony Award-winning musical about 17 dancers embarking on the chance of a lifetime in a Broadway show. Tickets cost $20-24. More Info:

Fitz and The Tantrums & Capital Cities Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. @ The Madison Theater Presented by Nederlander Entertainment, Fitz and the Tantrums and Capital Cities bring “The Bright Futures Tour” to Northern Kentucky. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $23 in advance and $25 at the door. All ages are welcome. More Info:

Black-n-Bluegrass Roller Girls Present: Nightmare Before Christmas Nov. 16, 9 p.m. @ The Southgate Revival House The Black-n-Bluegrass Roller Girls are throwing a “Nightmare Before Christmas” themed party to celebrate the end of their season. Music and a silent auction with various Tim Burton and roller derby memorabilia will occur. Doors open at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range. More Info:

Justin Moore with Randy Houser and Josh Thompson Nov. 15, 7 p.m. @ The Bank of Kentucky Center Justin Moore’s Off the Beaten Path Tour comes to NKU. Tickets are still available and cost $12 for any NKU student with a valid AllCard. More Info:

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New advisor to help Mearns with campus diversity issues Tori Lentz


President Geoffrey Mearns announced the creation of the position of senior advisor to the president for inclusive excellence to fulfill a major recommendation of NKU’s diversity plan. The university-wide diversity plan, developed by the Campus Diversity Plan Task Force in 2011 under thenPresident James Votruba, recommended that an individual be hired with the sole responsibility of supporting and maintaining the university’s diversity efforts. Now, under President Mearns, a search committee will be formed to find potential candidates in hopes of filling the position by the end of the 2013-14 academic year. “It will take somebody not with just the specific experience that is described in the job description, but I think it will take somebody who is a good leader, somebody who has the capacity to listen thoughtfully to different views, to foster constructive conversations about issues that sometimes make some people uncomfortable,” Mearns said. “So, it will require a special person in terms of leadership and collaboration skills.” The senior advisor will hold several responsibilities, according to an e-mail sent to NKU faculty by Mearns regarding the new position. Duties of the new position include attending meetings of the Dean’s Council, the Student Affairs Senior Leadership Team, and the Administration and

Finance Senior Leadership Team as well as chairing the President’s Campus Climate Team in guiding the further implementation of the diversity plan. The email explains that the senior advisor also “will explore innovative opportunities to infuse diversity and inclusion efforts across campus and actively pursue external funds to support these initiatives.” The senior advisor will also work closely with Human Resources and its Office of Diversity and Employee Relations in selecting diverse candidates for future positions at NKU in accordance with affirmative action policy. Sue Ott Rowlands, the new vice president of Academic Affair and Provost, will also work with the new senior advisor to tackle diversity issues within recruitment, hiring and retention of faculty, staff and administrators. In addition, the senior advisor will work with Dr. Peter Gitau, vice president of Student Affairs, in supporting curricular and co-curricular activities within the Offices for African American, Latino, LGBTQ, Veterans, Disability Services and other student groups. The senior advisor will also work with a broad range of other departments, from Legal Counsel to The Center for Innovation and Technology in Education. Dr. Peter Gitau said he has played a large part in developing the new position of Senior Advisor. “I think [the position] is going to help us ensure that the issue of diversity and inclusive excellence is an institutional issue that is not localized just in those particular offices,”



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Gitau said. “It becomes a bigger discussion beyond, ‘Let’s provide services for African American students or Latino students.”’ “I think we will have a more enriched campus culture, which is informed by all our experiences,” Gitau said. “I think it going to help us start talking and engaging more and learning from each other, you know, better than we are doing now. I think it should help some groups come into be part of the conversation that has not happened before.” Leo Calderon, director of Latino Student Affairs, believes the new senior advisor will be a tremendous advocate for students within his office. “I think it’s a great position,” Calderon said. “We need to look at what other ways we can overall improve. I expect the new senior advisor to find out what we do here, how they can collaborate with us and ensure success for all. We want our students to be able to compete in a global workforce.” Mearns agrees that the position is needed for the increasingly connected world. “Our responsibility in education, in one respect, is to prepare students for the world that awaits them after they graduate,” Mearns said. “This is a world, not just a region, but a world that is becoming increasingly interconnected. I think in order to adequately prepare students for that world, that we have to expose them to people of 71430 different perspectives, different backgrounds and different cultures. I see it as a fundamental part of the core educational experience for students.”

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Thursday,November 14, 2013

New Campus Rec Center could make parking difficult

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Updated plans for the new Campus Recreation Center were released at the Student Government Association meeting Monday, Nov. 11. Matt Hackett, director of campus recreation, spoke to the organization, saying that the university is attempting to transform what he called “the world’s largest concrete box” into “something more bright and open and interesting for students.” Hackett said construction will begin in spring of 2014 and “substantial construction” will be completed by summer of 2015. However, this won’t come with-

out some headaches for students in the beginning. Several university officials, including Hackett, Dean of Students Jeffrey Waple and Vice President of Administration and Finance Ken Ramey, have confirmed that several currently utilized parking lots will be closed down. The gravel lot behind the current Campus Recreation Center will be closed starting Jan. 1, 2014, according to Waple, and most of the additions to the building will occur where that lot currently is. Lot G, behind the softball field, will also be closed, for parking for the construction workers. However, that will open back up when construction is completed. Ramey said there will be, and

already is, plenty of parking available for students and faculty members. He recommended that students utilize the gravel lot behind the garage on Kenton Drive and the parking lot by Callahan Hall, where students can then catch the shuttle over to campus. “It may not be necessarily as close to a building or a facility as some would like,” Ramey said, “but we do have parking that will be available.” However, Ramey said there are no plans currently to pave the gravel lot behind the garage, despite its potential increased traffic. Ramey said, “The long-term plan is that garage can be expanded, so it would come out a bit, as well as go up, I believe, another floor.”

There is not a timeline for an expansion of that garage, according to Ramey, and the first garage to be expanded would be the garage next to the University Center. “You’re going to have to bear with us for a while,” Waple said. “The parking decks will probably fill up quicker. There’s the parking behind the parking deck. People are going to have to park in different spots, because that area’s not coming back.” Waple said the entire parking plan should be released within the next few weeks, including a traffic plan created with the help of the police department and parking services, around Thanksgiving.

The New Campus Recreation Center will include: • • • • • • • • • •

hard surface for floor hockey, indoor soccer, or roller skating, where the pool is currently located bouldering wall (a horizontal climbing wall) New gymnasium over 12,000 more square feet of weight lifting space (from 5,000 square feet now to 17,000 square feet) a new pool a 13-foot deep dive well shallow water area for water polo and water basketball Large 20-person hot tub two new multi purpose rooms to use for fitness classes and student organization meetings (from one to three) two new basketball courts (from four to six) * According to Matt Hackett, director of campus recreation

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Top five things to know about Wednesday’s Board of Regents meeting Kevin Schultz and Mac Payton Editor in chiEf, nEws Editor

NKU’s Board of Regents met Nov. 13 to discuss and vote on issues spanning across various parts of the campus community. Ranging from topics such as the the tobacco ban, to tuition versus state revenues, and even the future plans for the next five years for the entire university, the board was presented with hot-button issues and made decisions that could soon have a far-reaching impact. Check out the list below to see the top five moments from the November 2013 Board of Regents meeting and check back to for further coverage of issues stemming from this month’s Board of Regents meeting 5. Tobacco-free Policy The board unanimously passed the NKU Tobacco-Free Policy which will prohibit the use of any and all tobacco products on the university’s campus starting January of 2014. The plan for the ban was originally proposed last spring and the Tobacco-Free committee has been working ever since to help create the policy and work on marketing strategies.

In fiscal year 2012, every student paid around $4,100 more than the average of comparable Kentucky schools (Morehead, EKU, WKU, and Murray), according to Kerdolff. In fiscal year 2013, each student paid $4,600 more than comparable Kentucky schools. Kerdolff also reported that NKU distributes less student aid to its students than comparable Kentucky schools. “That bothers me,” said Elizabeth Thompson, vice chair of the Board of Regents, “to think that we’re giving less student aid.” Kerdolff explained that the school gives out less student aid because the school receives less state and federal funding for student aid programs, such as the federal Pell Grant, than other institutions. But, the university does provide student aid, both meritbased and need-based. According to Ramey, the university gave out $11 million in student aid in 2012, and has given out $13 million in 2013.

3. Chase Law School Jeffrey Standen, dean of the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, presented enrollment and admissions data for the college of law and explained different ways the school hopes to evolve to meet the ever-changing demands of students pursuing a law degree. There is a national trend for students to use law degrees 4. Finance Update for other things besides just becoming practicing attorKen Ramey, vice president for administration and fi- neys, according to Standen, who also mentioned how some nances, and Russ Kerdolff, comptroller, presented to the schools are having a hard time retaining both the quality Board of Regents on the university’s financial status. and quantity of students enrolling in their programs. According to Kerdolff, since 2008, the state’s funding of the university has dropped from 40 percent to 30 percent, 2. Construction leaving students to make up the difference, when viewed on Ken Ramey, vice president for administration and fian inflation-adjusted scale. nance, gave an update on the ongoing plans for the new

Campus Recreation Center and the recent opening of the Intramural Field Complex. The 43-million-dollar project is planned to be completed in stages, according to Senior Project Manager/Associate Director Rob Knarr, in order to ensure that the center would not have to be fully closed down during the process. Knarr added that the center will utilize a geothermal system to offset any further heating and cooling costs that may be associated with the expansion of the center. 1. Strategic Plan The Board of Regents unanimously approved the university’s 2013-18 strategic plan, entitled “Fuel the Flame,” which will lead NKU through the next five years, up to the institution’s 50th anniversary. The plan encompassed five main goals including student success, talent development, academic innovation, community engagement and institutional excellence. President Geoffrey Mearns discussed the new mission statement of the university that the board adopted. He said that the main elements of the new mission were that NKU is an innovative and student-centered institution. Mearns said that the implementation plans will begin in the spring semester. These plans include an academic master plan, an enrollment strategies plan, and a financial plan. Mearns said that he would be putting together several implementation teams to create these plans. On Jan. 29, there will be a collaboration retreat where these teams will come together to start implementing the strategic plan. At the March 12 Board of Regents meeting, Mearns will present the implementation targets for the plan, and throughout the spring semester, the teams will be putting together different plans.



NKU gives international stude the “American experience” Marc Kennedy CONTRIBUTING WRITER

If you’ve noticed a significant increase in NKU’s international student body, it’s no coincidence. Several faculty members and administrators have made it their mission to make NKU home to hundreds of students across the globe. “We try to have a strong international presence here,” said Elizabeth Chaulk, NKU’s director of the Office of International Students and Scholars. “We’re hoping to increase international enrollment and diversify campus,” she said. “But only with students who are right for NKU.” Chaulk, who has been the director since February and has been working in the office for six years said, “We do a lot of market research and then decide which countries best match NKU.” Of the many countries Chaulk has visited around the globe in order to find the next match for NKU’s program, her most recent visit was to China. “We’re looking for a potential partner university to promote the computer science program in the College of Informatics,” she said. While NKU has international students hailing from 61 different countries, one trend stands out quite clearly. According to the Office of International Students and Scholars, of the 630 international students, 386 of them are from Saudi Arabia. This trend is not specifically unique to NKU’s campus. According the Digest of Education Statistics, the number of students transferring to the United States from Saudi Arabia has increased every year since 2005. Beginning with 3,448 students in 2005, that number has increased to 15,810 in 2010. One of those students is 24-year-old Sultan Alkathiri. After earning his Associate’s degree in mechanical engineering in Saudi Arabia, Alkathiri set his sights for a program outside the country. “I saw the scholarship abroad, so I was thinking about going to the United States,” Alkathiri said. “I was planning on having the American experience.” Although the U.S. has become a popular spot for many Saudi Arabian transfer students, Alkathiri had a number of countries on his list before settling on America. “Studying here in the U.S. was my plan b,” explained Alkathiri. “I was thinking of continuing studying in Saudi Arabia.” Alkathiri had family support and wisdom for his American education as well. “My dad was here in the 1980’s,” Alkathiri said. “He came on scholarship too.” After recounting the memory of his father’s experience studying in Tulsa, Okla., Alkathiri concluded, “I’m following the steps of my father. He wanted me to have the same experience.” Alkathiri had an impression of America based off of the many American movies and musicians that have had considerable media exposure in Saudi Arabia. He also had a number of American friends back home who had parents working in Saudi Arabian cities. According to Alkathiri, it wasn’t just this prior exposure that got him interested in American culture, it was his knack for learning the language. “English is so easy to catch,” Alkathiri said. “I had a chance to go to Japan, but I would have had to learn Japanese.” Alkathiri went on further to explain that although they have to learn English in Saudi Arabian schools, it is far from thorough.

“They teach English but it’s no good,” Alkathiri said. “You have to experience it to learn it. Most kids just go through it in class and then run out and speak Arabic to their friends.” While Alkathiri has had a lot of success with embracing his new American lifestyle, he knew of countless other Saudi Arabians who didn’t have the same luck. “Some people just don’t like it because they couldn’t fit in,” explained Alkathiri after going through examples of the behavioral misunderstandings he’s witnessed with other students. “They really don’t understand the culture. It’s just not their cup of tea.” But it’s not just the language struggles and the cultural adjustments that have had an impact on the Saudi Arabian students themselves, according to Alkathiri. Many of the programs they’re involved in have had their share of adjustments as well, especially the engineering program. “The reason we have many Saudi Arabian students in mechanical engineering and electronic engineering is because we made a partnership with the University in Jubail Industrial College,” Chaulk said. “That partnership is strong, and many students have matriculated from that university.” One professor in that department who understands international education from both a personal and professional perspective is Dr. Morteza Sadat-Hossieny. A native of Iran, Sadat-Hossieny came to the U.S. as a student in 1978 and has been here for 35 years. “I think of myself as an American citizen,” Sadat-Hossieny said. “A lot of times, I behave just like anyone who was born and raised here.” Although he doesn’t speak Arabic like the Saudi students in his classroom, he said he has found a level of understanding that only a former interna-


Sultan Alkathiri proudly waves his favorite sports team’s banner who plays in his home city of Jedd

“I rely pretty heavily on e-mails, because there’s a big language barrier,” Kellogg said. “I know English is a pretty tough language to learn, so I find that they’re able to read English a lot better than they can hear it.” Kellogg said he has also witnessed a divide in terms of those who seem to excel and those who seem to be struggling. “I feel like a lot of the guys I talk to are pretty mechanically inclined,” he said. “A lot of the other guys don’t really seem like they’re that into it.” Even though this mix of ethnicities can present

back home. According to the Journal of dents, when it comes to residen within the U.S., “the lowest stay ited by Saudi Arabia at 5 perc is countered by some of the hig exhibited by students from Chi percent. Alkathiri is familiar with this it in many of his friends. “It is a typical plan for eve plained. “They are thinking of

“I’m following the steps of my fat He wanted me to have the s experience.” - S U LTA N A L K AT H I R I tional student could appreciate. “I don’t speak Arabic, but being born and raised in the Middle East, I probably better understand more of their culture,” Sadat-Hossieny said. “And I can sympathize with the problems they have in school.” Recalling his own experience of getting an American education, Sadat-Hossieny said he quickly realized what it would take in order to get ahead. “As an immigrant coming into a new culture, you have to learn a new set of rules – what is accepted and not accepted,” he explained. “That is what makes you a good immigrant or a bad immigrant.” On the other side of the spectrum, many of the American students in the program have experienced a level of culture shock as well. Sean Kellogg, 23, is one year away from graduating at NKU and has seen a lot of the changes that have taken place this semester. He’s in the program to learn mechanical engineering, but the large Saudi Arabian student body has given him some new skills as well.

some communication barriers within the classroom, Dr. Sadat-Hossieny said he sees great opportunities for a more enriching experience. “When I went through my education, I noticed that sometimes you are not welcome as a group member, because you just don’t fit in well,” Sadat-Hossieny said. “But that’s one of the things that is important in our program – we emphasize teamwork.” As Sadat-Hossieny continues to promote diversity within his own program, he said he has seen many of the benefits NKU as a whole offers to international students. “NKU decided to internationalize the campus. What better way to learn about other cultures?” Sadat-Hossieny asked. “As these guys deal with the community here on campus, they have to raise their understanding of other cultures. And I think that is a big plus for NKU.” Although NKU has become a popular place for many international students, a large number of the Saudi Arabian transfer students are only here temporarily. It has become a noticeable trend that upon graduation, most are planning on working

and going back.” Many of these students get h ing in the U.S. and want to be after completing their educat said that there is a practical as sion as well. “We have a lot of opportuniti school,” Alkathiri said. “Jobs a in Saudi Arabia. That’s why so m back home.” Although he has seen many o mates head home to find work Alkathiri is committed to findin home. “I’m thinking about finishin finding work here,” he said. “I have a chance to become a citiz I love the place.” The statistics show that Alka the norm, but he stands out as within these numbers. “I love America,” he said. “ American culture, and have th rience.”



Newest regent has always given back to alma mater Mac Payton NEWS EDITOR

Andrá Ward, the first black alumnus appointed to NKU’s Board of Regents, has lived quite a varied life, but has always given back to his school, both as a student and an alumnus.

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Ward graduated from NKU in 1986 with a degree in broadcast communication, a predecessor to the current electronic media and broadcasting program. However, Ward’s goal was not to end up in media production. “When I initially pursued the degree, my interest wasn’t even to be an on-screen talent or to be behind the scenes in production,” Ward said. “My initial interest was to continue on to law school and to be a media owner, and negotiate mergers and acquisitions.” In 1992, Ward founded the Khafre Ward Corporation, a business consulting firm that works with both major corporations and nonprofits on trainings, leadership development, executive coaching and strategic planning, according to Ward. Ward has served as president and CEO of the Khafre Ward Corporation since its founding. So why did Ward not end up going to law school? What happened? “Life,” he said with a laugh. “Life happened.” Ward said he took the Law School Assessment Test (LSAT), applied and was accepted to several law schools, including the Salmon P. Chase College of Law. “I just allowed my time to run out for my LSAT,” Ward said. “My brain was academically beat up. I was involved in a number of things. I had to balance my academics with my organizations, and I needed a break. I was offered the opportunity to work full-time, and I took it.”

Student Organizations As a student, Ward was highly involved in the Student Government Association, United Black Students, the Student Activities Board, and had a major role in creating Alpha Phi Alpha, the first black Greek letter organization on campus. “There are a few guys I blame for getting me involved,” Ward joked. The two main people he “blames” are his friends Dave McKnight and Scott Woerster. “I had always been the kind of person to demonstrate leadership abilities and take the opportunities when they availed themselves,” Ward said. Among these leadership opportunities, Ward served as a student representative and senator in SGA, eventually being elected to the office of Secretary of External Affairs in his junior year, where he served as the student representative to the Faculty Senate and Staff Congress. Ward said he served on several university committees at the appointment of the SGA president and the university president. He also served as the president of Black United Students and wrote several columns for The Northerner during his time as a student. “When I was a student, there were no African American Greek letter organizations,” Ward said. “As I was leaving, I was pursuing getting such a Greek letter organization on campus.” After graduating, Ward initiated as an alumnus member of Alpha Phi Alpha in the Delta Gamma Lambda alumni chapter in Cincinnati. As an alumnus, Ward helped to found the Rho Gamma student chapter here at NKU in 1988, then served in various roles for the organization throughout the area.

Service to NKU as an alumnus After graduating, Ward served on the alumni board for several years, before being transferred to the foundation board of directors, where he served the university for 12 years. “A number of people [at NKU] have had a say in shaping and


Andrá Ward, the first black alumnus to serve on the Board of Regents at Northern Kentucky University.

molding me into the person I am now,” Ward said, saying he’s wanted to give back to the institution that’s made him into who he is now. When Ward stepped down from the foundation board, he was approached by President Emeritus James Votruba. “[Votruba] said to me, ‘What’s next for you? We don’t want to lose you and your involvement with the university,’” Ward said. “He simply said to me in passing, ‘I think you would be a great addition to our Board of Regents, and I want you to think about that.’” Ward was then introduced to current regent Nathan Smith, another alumnus from NKU, who showed him how to apply to be on the board. He applied, and waited several months while Kentucky governor Steve Beshear debated who should be added to the Board of Regents. Whoever was appointed would fill Martin C. Butler’s seat, according to a press release from NKU. Ward described this time as “waiting on pins and needles.” “I was actually traveling on business when I got the call,” Ward said. “And my cell phone rang, and it was a Frankfort number, and it was the governor’s office, and I was told that I was appointed to the board.” Ward hopes that he’s able to help lead the university into its 50th anniversary, and especially the students of the university. “I have the opportunity to impact students on the next level as a regent,” Ward said. “I would hope that students would look at their regency not as some mystical body that only hires the president and sets tuition rates.” Ward said he hopes that students, as well as faculty and staff, will reach out to the Board of Regents “through appropriate means” if they have any issues or any questions.




Thursday, November 14, 2013

iews Embracing diversity and building your idenity Chanell Karr PROMOTIONS DIRECTOR

In a sea of students, college can make you feel as though you’re lost without purpose or a place to call your own. While some may say these are the best years of your life, this is your prime opportunity to grasp the moments at hand and make the most of them. At this time in our lives, it may be tough to deal with things such as finding yourself, determining goals for the future and setting aside enough time to earn a degree — but it’s doable. I’ve changed my major, held several leadership positions in student organizations on campus and am graduating within four years in May with two majors. However, this is not an opportunity for me to brag about myself, but rather an opportunity for me to brag about what is possible. One of the greatest strengths that our university has is the diverse student population. If you were to peruse our campus, you would see the plethora of religions, races, ages and orientations that come together to make up our Norse family. Non-traditional, tradi-

tional, gay, trans, Methodist, Buddhist, Saudi Arabian, Asian, 20-something’s and 60-something’s — the possibilities are endless. While yes, I am your average, white, American, 20-something-year-old gal hailing from Kentucky, I do understand the idea of not feeling like you belong. I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs, but have managed to find my place amongst the chaos that is college. I’ve had the honor of honing in on my awkward mannerisms, embraced my big hair and cackle, and have found who I am at NKU. Here, you have the opportunity to stand out and be yourself, get involved, make new friends, earn a quality education and still hold true to yourself. NKU is a family. A family of diversity. Take the time to stand out and to find your niche. Own your “diverse-ness”, regardless if it’s only on the surface. Own it. You are who you are for a reason. We all have flaws or differences that set us apart. Learn to love the skin you’re in. We each contain a unique spirit which helps to create our melting pot of a home at NKU. I know it can be difficult to feel that sense of belonging. You can do it. I have faith in you. We all are here to further our education, but why not further yourself and embrace your quirks too. Even if it may be tiresome, make sure to put in that extra effort to build not only your resume, but your identity as well. Be confident in who you are — in the long run, that’s what will help you to find where you belong, where you fit in.



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NORSE POLL RESPONS ES: How do you think diversity benefits the community? Tyler Keifer - Senior - Middle Grades Math Education “Especially within classes it provides different perspectives and cultural backgrounds to the conversation.”

Hugo Galan - Junior - Accounting “We’re all here with the purpose to get an education, but we have our own culture and groups; it’s not discriminatory but within those groups it’s that feeling of being home. I will hang out with anyone, I like diversity, you get to learn something new.”

Keiana Gregory - Senior - Literature “If you stay within your own little group there’s no enrichment. When you branch out it brings you a new perspective to the conversation. Without that diversity your just having the same conversation.”

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rts & Life International students adjust to on-campus dining options Silvana Hill STAFF WRITER

Originally from the town of Al `Uyun in western Saudi Arabia, Ahmed al Asheen began attending NKU in fall of 2012 as an engineering major. And besides facing difficulty in his area of study, al Asheen came to realize another obstacle he would face in his time at NKU — adjusting to the food. Coming from an entirely different food culture, al Asheen stuck to the familiar at first — namely pizza — for his first few weeks at the school. “In the beginning, I had to order from restaurants because I didn’t know where to get similar food, or almost similar food,” said al Asheen. “In the beginning, me and my friends used to order pizza—always pizza, pizza, pizza. Then we decided to come here for lunch.” Other restaurants, like nearby Chipotle, supply somewhat familiar meals—bowls with chicken,vegetables and rice, for example, which al Asheen described as a typical Saudi lunch. Now, al Asheen favors the Mondo Sub location for lunch in the Student Union. Abstaining from food and water for the day as part of a religious fasting practice, he seemed unfazed by the smells and sights of eating and drinking students moving about the Student Union. al Asheen said he doesn’t have to participate in his day of fasting, but he wants to. “It’s okay,” he said, smiling as he refused coffee and explained the significance of the act of fasting. “It’s not too hard.” A practicing Muslim, al Asheen observes religious fasts like this and longer, such as the annual, month-long fast of Ramadan. During Ramadan, the fast is broken daily just after sunset, traditionally with the consumption of dried date fruits followed by a meal. As campus eateries do not supply these, on-campus resident al Asheen relies on food from off-campus sources to break his fast in the traditional manner.


Students are able to find some international foods on campus, such as sushi. Many international students find it difficut adjusting to on-campus food options.

As a full-time student, al Asheen finds it difficult to fit in regular meals where he was once accustomed to home-cooked food prepared by his mother and sisters. When mealtimes are feasible, however, even the traditional American meal structure has taken a bit of adjustment. “For example, last Ramadan I had to eat only snacks and stuff because I didn’t have time. I had exams of course,” said al Asheen. “I’d just eat dates. In my home, people eat [dinner] later; eight thirty or nine, sometimes 10.” “Yeah,” he said, with his expression softening when asked if he missed the foods of his home country. “I do.” Junior business student Hyewon Kim began attending NKU in the fall of 2013, and has struggled less with the difference in mealtimes. She is accustomed to dinner at the familiar hour of 6:00 p.m. Having moved from Seoul, South Korea only months earlier, she described her nervousness at eating American food daily after living a life which included such foods only occasionally.

“For me, American food was kind of for hanging out,” said Kim, glancing around at the abundance of eateries within the Student Union. Kim said she doesn’t think of American food as a meal for every day. “It’s very good, but it’s a little bit salty for us,” said Kim. “We always ask for just a little salt.” The South Korean diet, according to a study released in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Administration, is considered quite healthy by nutritional researchers. In an experiment ranging from 2009 to 2012, the traditional Korean diet was more effective, even than FDA nutrition guidelines, in lowering harmful cholesterol levels. “For me, the food is very good,” said Jeong Yi Park, another South Korean exchange student majoring in business. “American food is not unusual in Korea, but we eat rice and other smaller dishes. Usually, here, we eat kinds of food with cheese that aren’t good for health.” Health is matter that transfer student

Soyeon Kang, a public administration major, worries about. “I am very worried about gaining weight,” said Kang. “Every day, you can eat hamburgers or pizza or macaroni or things like that. These days, I eat salad and fruits.” Kang frequents the Norse Commons dining hall near the residence hall where she lives, which supplies a fresh salad bar and other healthy options. When craving more familiar tastes, she said, she and friends might seek out a Korean restaurant or hibachi grill in Cincinnati. Jeong Yi Park favors Student Union locations like Coyote Jack’s Grill and Bangin’ Burritos, where she enjoys quesadillas. These can’t fill the void of the food she grew up with, however; smiling, she described her favorite Korean meal of chicken poached in a spicy sauce, known in Korean as dakdoritang. “It’s kind of a different way of cooking,” said Park. “I’d like the Korean food more than American food. I miss it. I really miss it.”

Program helping non-traditional students Jessica Kopena STAFF WRITER

The Mosley’s have a busy schedule. Waking up at around 5:30 a.m. on most mornings, Michael and his wife Amy attend NKU as full-time students and raise their 5-year-old son Mason, all while both working full-time jobs as underwriting assistants outside of the university. Fortunately, Amy and Michael Mosley have both enrolled in the PACE program at NKU, an evening adult accelerated program which aims to help nontraditional, full-time students complete their Bachelor’s degree without prior college work, said Debbie Poweleit, associate director of Educational Outreach. The students in the PACE program have a lot more responsibilities to worry about, said Michael Mosley, organizational leadership major, compared to more traditional students. “Your days are a lot longer,” Michael said. “I don’t want to be where I’m at,” Michael said. There are other jobs in insurance other than being an underwriting assistant, like a claims adjuster, that he would like to pursue after getting a college education, Michael said.

The Mosley’s go to work, then head home and prepare for their classes in the evening. Their classes are all located in Campbell Hall and each class lasts until 9 or 9:30 p.m, after which they spend time working on their homework, according to Amy, a business management major at NKU. “When one of us is awake, one will do school work, while the other takes care of Mason,” Amy said. “We know there are late nights and we are committed to that. The PACE professors understand that the students have busy lives in addition to the expected academic challenges of college. “If you miss an assignment, they are more lenient,” Michael said. “Whereas if you were a traditional student, they’re going to assume you blew it off, like if you were partying.” According to Michael, the PACE program professors are aware of the multiple obligations that the students might be juggling and they know that the adults are not there to waste time; they are there to better their lives. “It’s a very sequential program, but it does have flexibility,” Poweleit said. “If you’re serious about doing it, this is it. They put your

calendar down and this is when you’re going to graduate,” Michael said. “If you follow that schedule, you will do that.” According to Amy, there are other universities that don’t have an adult program that is structured like the one at NKU. “The focus is more on the student, they want you to graduate,” Michael said. “They want you to get your degree and do what you want to do.” The Mosley’s aren’t all work and school. Every Friday night they have a “family fun night.” During these attempts to find a balance between work, school and family life, the Mosley’s make an effort to spend quality time together on nights they do not have class. The family goes bowling, goes to arcades or watches movies both at home and at the theater. “Friday is family night where we can all sit down together and not worry about what we have going on,” Amy said. They key to juggling everything alongside school, is to be organized and have a schedule, according to Amy. Check out the NKU website for information about the PACE program.



Thursday, November 14, 2013

Entrepreneurs to manifest culture by supporting student artists Nancy Curtis arts & life editor

At the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization national conference this past weekend, NKU’s CEO chapter made a special presentation and garnered a huge success. CEO presented their t-shirt design project Punch Press Threads as a business. Out of over 400 schools with CEO chapters in the nation, four were selected to present and NKU’s chapter came home with first place. “We’ve created the best chapter business in CEO in the country, which is pretty cool,” said Jason Hulett, senior entrepreneurship major and president of CEO. Hulett said the experience there was amazing, and that it only further fueled their hopes for CEO and Punch Press Threads in the future. Punch Press Threads began when Hulett and fellow CEO member Michael Stubbs would just look around campus and see what students were creating. “We like to go to the art gallery and see what students do, but it seemed like that creative outreach ended at the door,” Hulett said. A main goal of CEO is to create a stronger campus community; to create a hyperlocal environment where students support students. Hulett explained that they wanted to expand to other disciplines that would benefit from the help of an entrepreneur outside of finance and business. Hulett wanted to start a process of collaboration to where the departments didn’t feel so separated and make CEO the glue that could hold all those departments together. With that in mind CEO collaborated with the MINja’s to run a t-shirt design contest. Ten finalists presented their designs to a panel of judges, along with over 1,600 student votes, to choose a winner, runner up, and student’s choice design. Paul Kemp, junior entrepreneurship major, took home first place in March with his design “Free.” He’s since become a

leading member of CEO. The three student designs were then printed on American Apparel clothing and sold by CEO; 10 percent of the proceeds went to the student. As for the design itself, Hulett said that the student only has to work with CEO for a year. From there, the design is all there’s if they choose. From that contest they built a model around it. “We wanted to create a better bake sale,” said Hulett. Instead of cookies, however, students would receive an original design made by a current student. “It also makes it a lasting impact, because with a bake sale you eat it and it’s over. With a shirt, you can keep it for a long time,” said Stubbs, Photo courtesy of Jason hulett a junior entrepreneurship major. They approached it as creating a Jason Hulett, Paul Kemp, and Michael Stubbs in Chicago after receiving an award this past weekend. CEO business and a brand. Hulett says is supporting student designers through their business Punch Press Threads. that’s where they came up with the boxing theme of their logo; it had to will be in a hoodie style with re- art creation. The event will benefit do with delivering an impact. They worked designs and color schemes. two charities; Visionaries and Voices, wanted to create an experience not Hulett says they keep in constant which assists disabled individuals in just a product. contact with their designers to keep creating art; and The American Red They created 24 of each design iter- the designs fresh. Cross. The event will be an effort to ation which creates an exclusivity to As for the future, CEO hopes to the product. With each shirt, a card make Punch Press Threads into a present graffiti culture in a construcwith information about the designer legitimate business outside of NKU, tive, instead of destructive way, Huand the design and a custom pen is as well as expand what they’ve done lett explained. This spring semester they’ll also included, Hulett explained. with Punch Press to other organizaIn the first round of shirts many tions. hold another t-shirt design contest were pre-ordered, so they set up spe“We want to be the kickstarter of with the theme “Leave your Mark.” cial deliveries for a few. Hulett had campus,” Hulett said. Voting will be held through Facea friend, who happens to be a boxer, They’ve begun working with Norse book. come in full gear, robe and gloves and Baja to assist them in raising funds “We want students to define who Hulett acted as his corner man. They and helping to design a tier structhe culture of NKU is and use t-shirt entered classes by surprise, played ture to their efforts to build an offout a bit and delivered the shirts. Hu- road buggie for competition in June. designs as a starting point,” Hulett lett said this way, for a $20 contribu- They’ve also started working with an said. CEO is open to assist in any idea, tion, you don’t just support the arts individual student who, along with and entrepreneurship, but you get a his father, is “getting into the coffee project or business venture a student cool story to tell. game” said Hulett, making organic, has. Stubbs says the diversity within “That’s a really cool experience you certified coffee through fair trade CEO can make anything possible. won’t get anywhere else. I doubt any called XIX Amber. They are assisting Graffiti and art just happens to be bake sale or online retailer is going to in getting them a kickstarter set-up. one part of what he, Hulett and Kemp dress up and deliver your product,” CEO will soon hold a table combinHulett said. ing Punch Press along with free cof- connected on. “Just because you’re not an entrePunch Press Threads frequently fee and the current Norse Baja bugsets up tables in the Student Union. gy. In the Spring, they plan to hold preneur major doesn’t mean you’re Their next set of design iterations “Graffiti Fest” which will feature live not an entrepreneur,” Hulett said.

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ports Sophomore guard aspires to play basketball in NBA or overseas Olivia Shawmeker STAFF WRITER

Not only did sophomore guard Tyler White score 12 points against the No. 1 ranked Kentucky Wildcats on Nov. 10, but ESPN also had him listed as one of the top 60 point guards from the class of 2012 as players to follow. White is from the small town of Lima, Ohio, which is located between Dayton and Toledo, where his parents and sister still live. “I miss my family, friends and my grandma’s cooking,” White said. When he is not at study tables or practice, White said he enjoys hanging out with teammates. He lives on campus in the University Suites with three freshmen basketball players Deontae Cole, Daniel Camps and Cole Murray. “That’s why I chose NKU,” White said. “I played here in high school for a tournament. I played really well and in time I started getting calls from the coaches. I love the academics here, my team is like family and everyone treats me like family back.” Besides being an athlete on campus, White still considers himself a basic college student. His favorite food is hot wings and his favorite dessert is cherry cheesecake. Whenever he has downtime from basketball and academics, he and his teammates enjoy doing group things together whether it’s going up to Kenwood Towne Centre or just seeing a movie together. Whenever the team is in off-season the players like to do nothing for a few days, relax or regain their energy, but they still do strength training and study

tables, according to White. On Mondays, White and his teammates have 7 a.m. study tables before their classes, as well as on Tuesdays and Thursdays after practice. The men’s basketball team, like other NKU athletics programs, have to maintain a 2.5 GPA in order to play on the team, however, the athletic department provides team tutors to the athletes. On gamedays, White has a routine of listening to calming music and always taking a shower right before the game. “I don’t why, but it just calms me and gets me ready,” White said. “When I’m on the court there are no jokes. Game time.” Besides basketball, White enjoys other sports like football. White said he enjoys college teams like Georgia, Ohio State and Michigan State. His favorite NBA team is the Oklahoma City Thunder, just because he enjoys particular players on the team. He also admitted to having over 35 different pairs of shoes that are perfectly clean and lined up in his dorm. White has future plans of one day playing in the NBA or basketball overseas. If he is not able to do so, he said he would enjoy using his major, organizational leadership, for being a trainer or a coach for little kids. White took the UK game as a great experience and felt that only good things were to come. “This season has a lot of potential for great things,” he said.


Sophomore guard Tyler White goes for a basket against Purdue on Nov. 8. White is from the small town Lima, Ohio.

Cross country season comes to end Brad Bishop STAFF WRITER

Led by awarded runner J.J. Webber, the NKU men’s cross country team wrapped up a second place finish in the Atlantic Sun Conference championship on Nov. 2. The Norse finished behind the Lipscomb Bisons cross country team. On an individual level, junior nursing major Webber finished first in the Atlantic Sun, making him the first NKU men’s cross country runner to win a conference title. “We started off solid this season,” said Steve Kruse, NKU cross country head coach. “We participated in the Queen City Invitational early on in the season and defeated both UC and Xavier.” This was the first time in 30 years that the Norse defeated both the Bearcats and the Musketeers. Kruse chose the schedule carefully, and worked to run against at least one A-Sun opponent at every meet this season. The team also participated in the Dayton Flyer 5K in August and the Greater Louisville Classic in early October. “I just kept telling the team how good they were,”

Kruse said. “I encouraged them to work hard and believe in themselves, and if they did then their dreams would come true.” The men’s team finished sixth in A-Sun last season and the runners showed improvement by bouncing back to finish second in the conference this year. Webber also worked hard this season to compete and according to him the hours he spent running and working out were well worth it. “This season required a lot of hard work,” Webber said. “Whether it was running 70 miles a week starting back in the summer or weightlifting, it took many hours of work. It’s just important to stay in-shape throughout the year and improve as the season goes on.” Junior biology major and team runner Zac Holtkamp also felt that the hard work that was put in brought about the success the team had in 2013. “It’s more than just practicing as a team every day,” Holtkamp said. “Sometimes our team members will have unorganized practices and then finish up with breakfast.”

Heading into next season, the team expects to contend again for the conference title and continue to compete at the Division I level. “We will only be graduating one senior for next season,” Kruse said. “We will have the main cast of people back, and we expect to contend again in 2014.” Cross country team members Webber and Holtkamp also expect continued success for the Norse runners next season. “For me, I am looking for another strong individual finish,” Webber said “At the same time, our team surprised everyone this season, and I think we want to do that again next year.” For Holtkamp, he also looks to build on his individual success from 2013. “I made all-conference second team this season,” Holtkamp said. “I want to continue to improve in the off-season and come back strong next fall.” For many of the runners, preparations for track season will be beginning in the next few weeks, and they are looking for their success from this fall to carry over into next spring, according to the team.



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UK in a regular season game. The Wildcats controlled the tip-off and scored first in the second minute of the first half.


Reclassifying to Division I not only gives NKU the opportunity to be recognized as a school and an athletic program, but is also a part of it’s growth, according to NKU Athletic Director Ken Bothof, as the program took on the top ranked basketball team in the country. After losing to Purdue by one point in the season opener on Nov. 8, the Norse were defeated by the University of Kentucky, 93-63, at Rupp Arena on Nov. 10. NKU and UK met previously in an exhibition game in 2004, which ended in a 91-73 loss for the Norse. Nov. 10 was NKU’s first time playing

ON NKU’S GAME: NKU’s starting lineup included transfer junior guard Jordan Jackson, sophomore forward Jalen Billups, sophomore guard Tyler White, freshman guard Cole Murray and sophomore guard Todd Johnson. NKU stayed within eight points in the first seven minutes of the game. At the end of the half, NKU struggled to keep up with a score of 48-22.The Norse had 10 points in the paint and UK ended the half with 20. NKU’s White led the Norse go-

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ing into halftime with five points. UK freshman forward Julius Randle scored 11 points in the first half and sophomore forward Willie CauleyStein followed with seven. Dave Bezold, head men’s basketball coach commented that the biggest reason NKU lost to UK was because of their ‘tremendous’ size. “When I walked out on the floor and saw how big they were, I thought about turning around and going back in the locker room for a little bit,” Bezold said. “They are monsters.” Billups scored the first point of the second half, bringing the score 48-25. This was Billups’ second game since he was cleared for a heart issue three weeks before the season began. White helped close the point gap after the half began, bringing the score to 50-30 after scoring five points within the first four minutes. “This is a whole different atmosphere,” White said. “I’ve never played in front of this many people. Kentucky loves their basketball… It was a great experience.” Leaders for the Norse were Tyler White with 12 points, Jalen Billups with 9 points and 3 rebounds, Daniel Camps with 13 points, and Todd Johnson with 11 points and eight rebounds.

ON UK’S GAME: UK’s starting lineup was composed of freshman guard Andrew Harrison, freshman guard Aaron Harrison, freshman forward James Young, freshman forward Julius Randle and sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein. Kentucky ended the game with an 11-3 record when playing against teams in the Atlantic Sun Conference. In the first half, UK scored four points early and never trailed during the entire game. The team then had a 13-0 run which made the score 29-10. The Wildcats led by double digits the rest of the game. Randle had a double-double in the first half with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Norse only hit 25 percent of their three pointers against UK, making nine of 35. “They didn’t make their threes today,” Calipari said. “Against Purdue they were 13 of 26. So we hit them on a good night.” UK had only seven turnovers during the entire game. NKU finished the half with 15 turnovers and had 22 total. Randle ended the game as leading scorer with 22 points and 14 rebounds, Aaron had 16 points and his brother Andrew finished with 13. Cauley-Stein ended the game with 11 rebounds.


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