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Occupy movement comes to campus See A&L, p. 14

Baseball Hall of Famers visit See Sports, p. 19

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Photos courtesy of Terri Thomas From left to right: Glenn Hartke, Erik Thomas and Joey Ball. Erik and Glenn were NKU students when they were deployed to Iraq with the Kentucky National Guard 1204th Aviation Support Battalion. Erik was a sophomore at the time of the deployment.

Mother reflects on son’s decision Brandon Barb Features editor A mother instinctively protects her child. But what happens when that child joins the military and is sent to Iraq? For Terri Thomas all she can do is be supportive of her son. Terri’s son, Erik Thomas, was a sophomore at Northern Kentucky University when he was deployed to Iraq with the Kentucky National Guard 1204th Aviation Support Battalion. The battalion was honored with a departure ceremony Aug. 27 at the Bank of Kentucky Center before their deployment. Without knowing where or when their son was going to be deployed, Terri and her husband could only hope he would be “somewhere not in the middle of all the action.” When the news of the battalion going to Iraq, Terri felt a small amount of relief knowing where he was going to be. “You never know what is going to happen over there … it’s just the whole anxiety of not knowing what is going on, and if I don’t talk to him its even a little more anxious,” Terri said. The base at which Erik is stationed has been mortared, on multiple occasions. Terri doesn’t like to hear about such events and refuses to listen when Erik mentions them. “The hardest thing was hearing about the first time they were mortared, even though I know it

wasn’t close. I could sense fear and anxiety in his voice as well,” Terri said. “It makes it more real when he tells us that; and emotion-wise, it’s just the fear of what is going to happen next.” Terri isn’t alone in worrying about a loved one in the 1204th. NKU senior business administration major and women’s basketball player Stephanie Hodges’ boyfriend, Joey Ball, was deployed, as well. “Its really hard, especially with basketball; because when I get really busy, it gets hard to focus,” Hodges said. “It’s all you can think about, everything reminds me of him.” When Ball and Hodges talk, their conversations focus on the future and what will happen when he comes home. “It is a lot of ‘can’t wait till you get home’ and keeping things positive and try to keep each other happy,” Hodges said. “But I get sad every time he says ‘goodbye,’ because I don’t know the next time I will get to talk to him.” When Erik decided to join the National Guard, Terri was “a little shocked.” Erik played basketball and baseball in high school and showed no interest in joining the military. “He came to me one day and decided that he was going join. He was 18 so we couldn’t tell him no. We were there to support Erik,” Terri said. Terri first feared for Erik’s safety and well-being. Then her mind remembered a family friend who was killed five years earlier by a suicide bomber. What keeps Terri from worrying herself too

much is looking to social outlets, like Skype and Facebook, so she’s able to communicate with her son. They are able to speak with each other on a near-daily basis. Terri said she would be a “complete basket case” without the quick communication. “We try to Skype-date at least once a week, just so I can see him and see how he is doing,” Terri said. The two don’t say “I’ll call you tomorrow,” because if Erik doesn’t call, Terri won’t have to worry about what happened and why he didn’t call her. Terri handles the stress and worry with the help of groups designed to support military families. Terri’s primary group with which she is involved is the Yellow Ribbon Integration Program, which helps National Guard service members and their families throughout the deployment cycle. When Erik returns from his tour, he and Terri plan on taking a vacation together, a trip where the two can “kick back and just hang out.” Terri’s brother does plan on throwing a welcome home party. Erik’s career plans are to go back to school and either go through more training to become a warrant officer or possibly coaching. Read more about how NKU celebrated Veteran’s Day National Roll Call p. 4

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Just for laughs


Good game! The future of e-sports Aaron Sprinkles Viewpoints co-editor In the popular science fiction short story Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, the future of the human race is dominated by struggle with an insectoid alien race – the consequence of which is that humans have concentrated their intellectual capital into an elite training program for gifted children; in which advanced strategy games are used to produce an invincible tactical intelligence in the form of the child Ender. While the story is significant and presents enduring ethical themes (Ender’s Game sits on the U. S. Marine Corps professional reading list), my interest is to show that (as is the tendency in science fiction) Ender’s Game was predictive. The rise of competitive mental sports akin to the kind described in Ender’s Game is becoming reality, perhaps as a consequence of our gradual social and economic migration from physical to mental activities and work, and of those emergent “e-sports” the strategy game Starcraft 2 reigns virtually supreme. Likewise in Starcraft 2, humanity is threatened by an alien race possessed

of collective sentience (a “hive mind”) that utilizes rapid, targeted evolution in place of technology. Likewise, a great deal of intellectual capital has been invested in understanding the game. For Ender, victory in the game came with the revelation that, far from being a simulation, his input to the game had been translated into actuality and his moves had resulted in the death of an entire species. While the stakes are perhaps not so high for the growing pool of professional Starcraft 2 players, the size and number of events are growing internationally (along with prize pools). Events by one of the preeminent U.S. organizers, Major League Gaming, are consistently garnering stream views of around 35 million with 20,000 live viewers and a $50,000 prize for the yearly grand champion. As the successor to the heretofore most successful esport in history, Starcraft: Brood War, Starcraft 2 has had large shoes to fill. The original scene developed largely in South Korea, which still boasts professional Brood War teams competing within a well-organized association for professional gamers. Although the Brood War scene has been in gradual de-

cline since the release of its sequel, it is likely that the most exciting days are still ahead as the incredibly dominant Brood War champions have indicated the beginning of their transition to the new game. The game itself is a real time strategy game in which each player must manage an economy, create buildings, and build the appropriate military units in order to defeat ones opponent. Control over resources and strategic terrain is essential to victory, along with discovering and countering the moves of the opposing player. Comparisons have been made between Starcraft and chess, but while chess demands high functionality in one particular domain (high level strategy, or staying a move ahead of your opponent) Starcraft demands that these decisions be made under the duress of real time and while a large portion of a players mental capacity is occupied with “macroing” or optimally managing their economy. The e-sports concept seems to be reaching a turning point; viewership is high enough that some organizations are rumored to be in talks with stations like ESPN concerning bringing Starcraft to mainstream televi-

sion, and into direct competition with physical sports. Regardless, the future of e-sports and Starcraft is uncertain. An increasing number of companies have come forward to sponsor Starcraft events and advertise to the valuable young male demographic, but the long term effect of industry on esports remains to be seen. Traditional sports, by virtue of their gradual rise and the powerful regulatory institutions they developed, could normalize outside influence on the game. Professional e-sports, while organized in Korea, is largely an unregulated international scene in the rest of the world and, at the moment, is wholly subject to the whims of sponsors. The way in which the e-sports scene goes in the next few years will determine if current generations are ready for a wholly mental sport. Regardless, the trajectory of history favors esports insofar as technology will likely continue to subsume the physical aspect of human life. In light of this, Starcraft 2 will at least, if it fails to capture the imagination of the public at large, serve as one of the vital approximations that underlie the final transition from the physical to the mental in sports.


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Housing options leave out one group: gender-neutral Staff editorial

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A recent trend in university housing should be more than just that. While affinity housing is something that NKU addresses through Greek housing, honors housing, international housing and more, gender neutral housing is something that hits a deeper level of necessity. For LGBTQ students and other students who don’t identify with society’s traditional male and female genders, a this housing option has more than one benefit. 1. Comfort with their roommate: the student wouldn’t feel obligated to address their sexuality or gender identification with their roommate or worry about making them uncomfortable. 2. Safety: the student wouldn’t have to worry about the threat of unexpected physical, emotional or sexual abuse and bullying that comes with an unaccepting roommate. 3. Elimination of potential sexual tension: the student wouldn’t be paired with someone where there would be potential sexual tension due being of the gender they’re attracted to. 4. Ability to express themselves: the student wouldn’t feel the need to “hide” who they are or how they identify because there would be an understanding between them and their roommate.

While these four positive outcomes only scratch the surface, they can help the university understand why gender neutral housing is on a different level than affinity housing in terms of importance. Some may argue that if the university acknowledges an infinite amount of genders by deciding to incorporate gender neutral housing, the housing will be too difficult to implement. This isn’t true. By taking a wing, or even a few rooms in University Suites and dorms like Callahan, the university can do a trial run, to see how the logistics pan out once in effect. Things like shared bathroom space and living space will be demonstrated through the trial run, like the one that Rutgers University is currently conducting. Then, NKU can take the things that worked and didn’t work to the “drawing board” and decide best-practices for the housing option. Of course, students would be able to opt into the housing, and wouldn’t be surprised by finding that they are taking part in gender neutral housing. As a university that takes pride in calling itself “metropolitan” and claims to constantly evolve, a housing option like this shouldn’t come as a surprise, but as a welcome opportunity for positive growth, change and acceptance.

npr norse poll responses Compiled by Emily Lindeau and Katelyn Snyder

What do you think about people participating in “No Shave November?”

Dreshaun Sanders Freshman, History “I think it’s great everyone is getting involved in the cause, even the girls. I think the more the merrier.”

Bradley Schultz, Junior, Business Management “No, I hate it. I don’t particularly like facial hair and I can’t grow it.”

Dreona Ross Freshman, Chemistry "It’s okay for guys, but the ladies need to keep it clean. We shouldn’t have hair on our faces or growing inches off our body. Only a man can work the stubble.”"

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Julia Fleischer Senior, Organizational Leadership “I definitely like facial hair. I like the scruff.”



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National Roll Call salutes fallen soldiers Crystal Harris Contributing writer A clash of cymbals. The reading of names. Silence. More than 26 students, faculty and veterans gathered to remember the 6,313 soldiers who have died since 9/11 in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The event was part of a roll call sponsored at 183 schools nationwide by The Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The group met at 6:30 a.m. and read names for more than seven hours. Readers stood solemnly on the balcony of the University Center to read the soldiers’ names. Those waiting to read stood inside, away from the sunny but cold day. Many guests inside said serving for their country was the greatest thing they have done with their lives, but they wanted to spend the day focusing on the happiness in their lives outside the military. “We’ve done stuff before to honor our veterans, but nothing like this,” said Maria Reverman, Veterans Services Coordinator for NKU. “This is the

Prof. Will Peveler reads three times, while Jimmy Klems plays the cymbal. Channel 5 took video of the event.

biggest.” Many students stopped and listened for a few moments before leaving for classes. Former student and veteran Army pilot Jimmy Klems sounded the cymbal after each name during the reading. NKU’s music department sponsored his playing. “I wanted something that would resonate with people,” Klems said. “There are a lot of names. The cymbal sort of symbolizes a continuance that connects us and those we’ve lost together.” After the names were read, a moment of silence was observed across the nation at 2 p.m. Reverman and Dave Merriss, chairman of the Veterans Advocacy Committee, helped organize the event. “For those who don’t have a military family, it’s a way to show our appreciation, it’s a sort of celebration,” Merriss said. “We also wanted to do something bigger this year to mark the anniversary of 9/11.” Readers said they volunteered to read names after hearing about the roll call through email or

word of mouth. Many found themselves simply honored to be a part of the event. Chase Law student and graduate assistant in the Office of Legal Affairs Danielle Ressor heard about the event from NKU Staff Attorney Sara Kelley. Because the reader time slots were full, the women decided to share. The Office of Legal Affairs even closed for an hour, so the whole office could participate. “My motivation for being here is to be here for those people who can’t be,” said Army Reserve veteran and integrative studies grad student Duran Sheets. ROTC students from University of Cincinnati also participated in the event, and said they were happy to get involved. Reverman and Merriss are not sure what they will do to honor veterans next year, but Merriss considered this year’s event a success and hopes to make Veterans Day 2012 even more special. “It is nice to see people put forth the effort to educate people as to why we have Veterans Day,” freshman Heather Eckerle said.

POW survivor Chris Sweitzer poses with a photo of himself from the 1940s.

Junior Casey Harlan, one of the student readers, read the names of fallen soldiers as part of NKU’s Veterans Day events. Students and faculty stopped between classes to listen to the reading of a National Roll Call on Veterans Day. From 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., students, faculty and staff read the names of 6,313 soldiers who have died since 9/11.

Photos courtesy of Crystal Harris

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NKU V.E.T.S. honors those who were lost Kevin Gillman Contributing writer Silence filled the crisp November air as two uniformed Marines and an NKU V.E.T.S. representative walked in formation to the flagpole in front of Steely Library. After unfolding the perfectly creased American flag, the two marines carefully raised it to full mast. Patrons looked on as the sun illuminated the red, white and blue. This was just the beginning of the flag raising and wreath laying ceremony hosted by Northern Kentucky University to honor fallen service members on Veteran’s Day. “We wish to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country so that we can enjoy the rights and privileges we have and will continue to enjoy,” former president of NKU V.E.T.S. Bill Schwartz said. “We want the families of our fallen to know that we appreciate their sacrifice and we miss all of our fallen brothers.” The flag raising was followed by a performance of “The Star Spangled

Banner” by the campus gospel choir, Anointed Voices. “I have family who have served this country, so it’s important for me to honor them,” said Anointed Voices performer Brittany Neal. The second part of the ceremony consisted of two female soldiers in uniform carrying a wreath of red, white and blue flowers to the base of the flagpole as veteran Larry DuPree played “Taps.” A yellow ribbon with the words “Not Forgotten” was draped across the center of the wreath. “It’s important to give honor where honor is due,” said freshman communication and broadcasting major Michelle Taylor. One of the many veterans in attendance was junior computer information technology major Audrey Thurston. Thurston served in the US Army Reserves from 1997 to 2000. “It’s important for me to be here today to support my fellow soldiers,” Thurston said. “I still feel connected to them even though I’m not currently serving.”

Photos by Kevin Gillman

As part of the Veteran’s Day events, NKU V.E.T.S. held a flag raising and wreath laying Nov. 11 to honor the veterans who served and “made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.”



Nov. 16, 2011

High priority resolution introduced Claire Higgins News editor The Student Government Association at Northern Kentucky University continued making its way through goals set for the 2011-12 academic year, as the organization unanimously passed a resolution and introduced two more at the Nov. 14 meeting. The Redbox resolution was passed unanimously by the organization. The resolution asks the university administration to work with Redbox, a “fully automated video rental store contained in 12 square feet,” in Norse Commons. One of the newest resolutions, to increase funding for Health, Counseling and Prevention Services so staff can be added to the department, has been SGA’s number-one goal since the beginning of the year. President Dustin Robinson said he is excited to pass Sen. Jeanne

Spaulding’s resolution to increase the number of counselors in the department because it has been at the top of SGA’s priority list. Currently in Health, Counseling and Prevention Services, there are three full-time counselors available for students. The waiting list to meet with a counselor has increased from

an average of 20-24 students to 70 since the semester began, according to Barbara Sween, director of the department. Sween said the current waiting period for students on the list extends into the spring semester. The center is able to conduct about 15-20 meetings every day during their business day, which is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Since the beginning of the semester, two suicides have occurred within the NKU community, which is “two too many,” according to Dean of Students Jeff Waple. The number of students on the waiting list and the number of suicides in three months makes the resolution even more pressing. The resolution formally asks university leaders to increase funding to the Health, Counseling and Prevention Services “in order to increase and maintain qualified staff.” With the counseling resolution,

Sen. Joseph Fons introduced a resolution with the request to rename the Student Union as The James and Rachel Votruba Student Union. The resolution says the university should rename the building because “during Dr. Votruba’s tenure, the university has seen an impressive 34 percent growth in enrollment, programs offered, the addition of numerous facilities, and gained prominence across the nation.” The resolution does consider the university’s policy of “a timeframe for honorary naming recognition, but [the senate] firmly believes that Dr. and Mrs. Votruba’s distinguished service has had exceptional and lasting impact on the welfare of the university, and therefore deserves immediate special recognition.” The Student Union naming resolution will continue on to the organization’s next meeting for a second reading.

Senators continue to say their goodbyes Claire Higgins News editor This semester, Student Government Association senators have been resigning at a rate unlike other recent years for the organization. So far, a total of 10 senators and executive board members have resigned from SGA. These resignations are happening during one of the SGA’s slowest starting terms. This year, the organization has passed six resolutions — two of which were not developmental, but either honorary or an endorsement. In the 2010-11 academic year, the organization passed 11 total resolutions. The main reason given in each senator’s formal resignation, if one was stated, was a time commitment issue. Of the 10 resignations, four stated time commitment as their reason for leaving, three did not specify a reason, one student transferred out of Northern Kentucky University, one did not enroll in classes this semester, and one is graduating in December. Ron Burse, junior public relations major, resigned from SGA on Oct. 19 via email to President Dustin Robinson. For Burse, who is also the Activities Programming Board director and head Student Orientation leader, there was not enough time for him to commit to all three positions, he said. Because both the Activities Programming Board director and Student Orientation leader are paid

positions and in the same field that Burse wants to enter after graduation, he said remaining with those positions was a better opportunity for him. Although Burse is no longer an SGA member, he stays as informed about and involved in the organization as he can, and he said his resignation is “nothing against SGA.” Other senators, like Austin Green and current Secretary for Public Relations Michelle Forlenza, stated class conflicts with the weekly and mandatory SGA meeting as their reason for leaving. Green resigned April 28 before the fall semester began. In contrast, Forlenza announced her resignation at the Nov. 14 meeting, though she plans to finish the fall semester as secretary for public relations. Both students said they plan to run for a senator position again in the upcoming semester’s elections. If elected, their term will begin in fall 2012. After the election in spring 2011, Roya Headley transferred out of NKU to attend the University of Kentucky, automatically removing her from her position in the senate, according to Robinson. Daniel Morales was also automatically removed from the senate after he did not enroll in classes and did not respond to Robinson’s and Dean of Students Jeff Waple’s attempts at contacting him. Josh Moermond submitted his formal resignation letter to Robinson Sept. 11, stating he was “unable to carry out the responsibilities of my office in

a manner that is consistent with the purposes for which I took this position.” Moermond declined further comment about his resignation. General Bowen and Christopher Sudbrink did not provide a reason in their formal resignations to Robinson. Both students also did not respond to multiple attempts at contact. Sudbrink was appointed to the senate as part of the first round of appointments this academic year. After three unexcused absences, Sudbrink made his resignation formal Nov. 14. Although not a senator, current legislative liaison Danielle Hawks announced her plans for an early graduation in December, making her ineligible to fill the position in the spring. Hawks stated in her announcement to SGA at the Nov. 14 meeting that her decision to graduate early was because of “a very personal family problem.” Because of the resignations, SGA has held one application and appointment process this year, in which five senators were added to the organization. After three more resignations after those appointments, three more senators will be appointed at SGA’s Nov. 28 meeting. Applications for the upcoming appointments were due on Nov. 14; and according to Robinson, nine applications were received. For the spring semester, SGA will be looking for three more positions — one senator, one legislative liaison and one secretary for public relations.


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Univ. seeks more state funding Staff Report Editor’s Note: This story has been corrected to reflect accurate budget numbers. The original story said the university is facing a “$340 million budget deficit.” That is the Commonwealth’s deficit. The story also said “$64 million is needed in the next year to fund NKU.” The $64 million is needed for the capital budget, which helps maintain facilities, not for the operating budget. The story also stated NKU needs $152 million over the next six years. That statement is incorrect, and has been removed from the story. The original headline that said, “Univ. budget faces possible deficit” has also been removed. The Northerner regrets and apologizes for the errors. This version of the story also includes other budgetary information included in the Board of Regent’s Nov. 9 meeting. The university is seeking more funding from Kentucky, President James Votruba announced at the Nov. 9 Board of Regents meeting. He said that

$64 million is needed next year for the capital budget, which helps maintain campus facilities. The Council on Postsecondary Education, which oversees Kentucky’s state-funded colleges and

Across the University Student Union e-store selling pies for the holiday season The Outtakes convenient store in Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union is selling holiday pies in-store and on the NKU Dining website, Students can choose from pumpkin, apple, peanut butter or pecan pie. When ordering, students can also choose to donate a pie to the Freestore Foodbank and save $1 on the entire pie purchase. Part-time job opportunities for students at bookstore The Northern Kentucky University on-campus bookstore is currently accepting applications for temporary and part-time positions during the winter and spring

semesters. Students can stop by the bookstore cash registers and pick up an application. Applicants must include their fall and spring class schedules along with their exam schedules to be considered for a position. For more information about the job, contact Ethan Hattendorf at hattendore1@nku. edu. NKU can submit ideas for first-year book selection The Office of First-Year Programs is asking students and staff to submit their ideas for the Book Connection program. The Book Connection program is a “common reading experience that connects first-year students and the NKU community,” according to the office. Previous books include

universities, has recommended the state provide schools $3 billion over the next six years for capital projects. NKU gets 6.4 percent of this amount, or a little more than $192 million – if Kentucky legislators approve the council’s request. Typically, legislators do not grant the entire requested amount. Votruba explained that NKU is “greatly underfunded” compared to its benchmark institutions, despite revenue increases over the last several years. He said the university has already cut fulltime teachers and $7 million from maintenance expenses. According to presentations from the meeting, NKU will still need an estimated $2 million to replace equipment in Griffin Hall each year as well as $45 million to renovate and expand the Campus Recreation Center. Changes to the Rec Center are being funded by a student fee, and are not coming out of the capital budget or any state-issued funds. NKU is seeking state and private funding for the Founders Hall renovation and expansion into the Health Innovations Center.

“Kabuki: The Alchemy,” “Thirteen Women Strong,” “This I Believe,” “Nickel and Dimed” and “Lost Mountain.” To submit ideas and recommendations, visit http:// Volunteers requested to help give gifts during the holidays The Learning Experience and Parenting organization at Northern Kentucky University is looking for sponsors who can provide holiday assistance to low-income, student-parent families. Sponsors, which can be individuals, departments or groups affiliated with NKU, can choose to sponsor an entire family, an individual, or provide a gift card for a local store. Sponsors who are assigned a family or individual will be given wish lists that include age, sizes, toy gift ideas for the child(ren) and parent gift ideas. Fresh Factor creates university-inspired, healthy wrap As part of the Black and Gold

movement, Fresh Factor in the Student Union created the “Norse Force Wrap” as another lunch or dinner option for students. Fresh Factor describes the wrap as “black and gold and green with a kick!” The “Norse Force Wrap” is a wheat wrap filled with grilled chicken, black beans, gold corn, fresh spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa and light ranch dressing. Students are also encouraged to submit their own ideas for Black and Gold and Green dining options at show.cfm?cmd=recipes. Free T-shirt for the most frequent rec center visitors The Campus Recreation Center is giving away a free T-shirt to students who visit the center 100 times between Nov. 1 and May 11. The promotion, “Rock Hard 100,” is an effort to get more students, faculty and staff into the NKU rec center before the end of the academic year.

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Photos courtesy of David Bonilla NKU’s Mock Trial Team, created in January 2011, has received state recognition for its performance in a recent scrimmage. (Left) The team holds one a trial, where students act as the lawyers and witnesses.

Mock Trial offers real-life experience Anna Kathman Contributing writer Northern Kentucky University sophomore and political science major David Bonilla seems affable, but when coupled with senior Anthony Putman in a court room, an unforgiving Mock Trial dream team is formed. Bonilla founded NKU’s Mock Trial Team last January with help from professor and practicing lawyer Bruce McClure. Putman, who currently serves as vice president of the team, joined shortly after. Ten months later, NKU’s group continues to dominate other local teams, establishing themselves as fierce competitors. The duo, along with the other members of the team, defeated the University of Kentucky and Wilmington College at a recent scrimmage. Putman, who is currently studying pre-law and criminal justice, received the Top Attorney Award. Team member Taylor Gross received this distinction as well. Nate Netzley and Ryan Downey received Outstanding Witness Awards. A mock trial mimics real-life courtroom proceedings and offers students a new perspective on how trials proceed. A typical mock trial team consists of six to ten members, with two members acting as lawyers and two as witnesses. The attorneys deliver an opening statement, conduct cross-examinations of witnesses and issue closing arguments. The witnesses, played by students, are involved in the case and cross-examined by lawyers. The process involves a lot of acting and a great deal of

A ‘flight simulator for lawyers,’ the group gets real-world practice, beats older, more established teams at other schools confidence. “All eyes are on you,” Bonilla said. “It can be pretty exhilarating.” NKU is not the only school with a mock trial team — Salmon P. Chase School of Law has a team of its own. Chase graduate Josh Brown is the attorney coach for the team. Brown, who was once a member of Chase’s Mock Trial Team, brings valuable experience to the new organization. “Chase law school’s Mock Trial Team is really respected, which is why I drew our coach from them,” McClure said. McClure describes mock trial as a “flight simulator for lawyers” and encourages any student who wishes to pursue law school to join the team. There is a place for every kind of student to participate in mock trial. “Team members need to have a combination of technical ability and style, which is why acting students are doing so well,” McClure said. The members of the team have high hopes for the

future and would like the program to grow. Currently, NKU has one team, but they hope to add another within the coming months. Each school is able to sponsor four mock trial teams, which allows for up to 40 students to participate. “My vision for Mock Trial is to make it more professional, get more people to know about it,” Putman said. “We would welcome anyone who wants to be a part of this organization.” “It’s really a lot of fun, and everyone on the team would say the same thing,” Bonilla said. NKU junior Devon Skeens, a member of the team, encourages students to get involved. “This is the real deal: We beat UK,” Skeens said. “We hold ourselves to high standards, and anyone who wants to get involved should hold themselves to those standards, as well.” Currently there is no fee to be a member of The team, mostly due to funding provided by the political science department and alumni donations. Since the team is in the process of forming a second team, current members welcome any students who are interested in joining. Upcoming events for the Mock Trial Team include the regional competition in February, and a High School Prep Mock Trial Competition on Feb.11. The proceeds for the high school competition will go towards funding the team, with a portion being donated to charity. The Mock Trial Team holds meetings every Tuesday in Founders Hall Room 318 at 5 p.m. The meetings are open to all NKU students.

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Nov. 15, 2011

Men sprout manly facial hair Axes or ascots: November moustaches for any personality Brandon Bearb Features editor Every November, men grow facial hair to raise awareness and money for men’s health. This practice has led to the month being called Movember. On Nov. 1, every man who decides to accept the challenge must start out clean-shaven. Throughout the 30 days of November, men, also referred to as “Mo Bros,” groom their moustaches to the point of brilliance. Movember is also known as “No-Shave November.” The same rule of starting on Nov. 1 applies; but instead of just a moustache, a man can grow any type of facial hair he wants. If someone is following NoShave November instead of Movember, he doesn’t have to groom or maintain his facial hair. All he has to worry about is growing the manliest facial hair possible. Just by growing a Viking’s beard, a No-Shave November participant helps in raising awareness for prostate cancer and other men’s health issues. What about the wives and girlfriends of these facial hair fanatics? There are two ways they can handle the hairy situation. One, they support the growth. Or two, hate it and not speak to their significant other. A woman who supports their man’s scruff is called a “Mo Sista.”

But for those wanting a little sophistication, here are the rules for Movember: 1) The moustache cannot touch or join with the sideburns — otherwise, it is considered a beard. 2) When growing a handlebar moustache, the ends cannot join together — if they join, it is considered a goatee. 3) A small amount of hair under the bottom lip is okay, better known as Joey Greco’s soul patch. To donate to the Movember cause, you can visit http://us.movember. com. All donations go to research, education and awareness of prostate cancer. Even though it is the middle of November, don’t worry, next year’s Movember awaits you. There is plenty of time to practice growing a moustache or beard as you discover the style that best fits your personality. So go forth. Put those razors down. Prepare yourselves to grow those Novem-beards and moustaches. Let there be facial hair. Show your inner Burt Reynolds, Tom Selleck, Gen. Burnside, Daniel Day Lewis in “Gangs of New York,” Hulk Hogan, Geraldo Rivera or Grizzly Adams and lend a helping moustache towards supporting men’s wellness.

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Collision calls for heightened awareness Students and drivers asked to ‘be more careful’ when navigating campus Allegra Carpenter Contributing writer The accident that injured two pedestrians last month is helping bring awareness to Northern Kentucky University about traffic and pedestrian safety. Foggy car windows were to blame for the collision that occurred on Kenton Drive Oct. 19 when Candice McLaurine’s car collided with Louis Oder and Ashley Katt, according to the police report. Stage management major Rachel Burson was driving from the Campus Recreation Center when she witnessed the collision. “I saw the two girls walking and stopped for them to let them pass,” Burson said. “As they walked by, I watched the car come around the corner.” Burson said she heard the car hit Oder. Burson pulled into the closest parking lot and rushed over to aid the injured pedestrians. “(Oder) continually said that her head and legs were killing her, but she was able to pull her legs up to her chest,” Burson said. “I told her to stay

down and to stop moving and that an ambulance was on its way. Then I went over to the next girl. Someone had helped her out of the road and onto the sidewalk.” Burson assisted Katt in calling her husband and mother to inform them of the accident, because Katt was unsettled. Katt was thrown about 20 feet upon impact. Burson also helped both victims find their shoes, which where thrown off in the collision. “What made it so scary is that (Katt) had on tied gym shoes, and they were completely thrown off her feet,” Burson said. “That shows how hard they were actually hit.” Both victims were taken by Campbell County EMS to University Hospital in Cincinnati. In a previous report, it was disclosed that there were no internal injuries; but the more seriously injured of the two suffered a broken leg and bruising, and some of the injuries required surgical staples. “We are evaluating the lighting at crosswalks all over campus,” said NKU Chief of Police Jason Willis. “We are always looking for new ideas to provide

a safer environment for our community.” After witnessing the traumatic experience, Burson encourages NKU to increase pedestrian safety. She wants everyone to be safe when walking anytime on campus, along with further elevation of the crosswalks on campus. “If campus wants to improve student safety, I think they need to raise that crosswalk so it’s like a speed bump,” Burson said. “That would force people to slow down when driving and would force people to look as they come around the corner so they don’t bottom-out their car on the bump.” If people do not speed and make sure to stop at all stop signs, it would help to ensure everyone of their safety, Willis said. “Don’t text or use cell phone while driving,” Willis said. “Driver inattention is most often the main cause of pedestrian-vehicle accidents. We do also have a significant amount of pedestrians who don’t pay attention when crossing the streets also ... We just need drivers and pedestrians both to be more careful, especially at night and during inclement weather.”

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Prepare early for winter weather Allegra Carpenter Contributing writer With the winter months lurking, it is time to refresh winter awareness and brace our vehicles for the snow and ice in the forecast. Roads are readied appropriately for the weather, yet commuters can never be fully prepared for what is in store. “Before and during a snow or ice event, I am in constant contact with the Department of Transportation and other police agencies, getting reports on road conditions,” said Northern Kentucky University Police Chief Jason Willis. “We evaluate not just the road conditions in our immediate area, but also the road conditions in the areas where our students are traveling from.” “The biggest winter driving issue is usually motorists who are traveling too fast for the conditions,” Willis said. “Quite often those in 4-wheeldrive vehicles get overconfident during icy or snowy conditions and drive faster than they should.” Drivers are advised to check road conditions in their area and along routes they will be taking before leaving for their destination. In addition, it is important to properly prepare the vehicle before heading out. “Another key to preventing accidents,” Willis said, “is educating our community on winter driving safety tips before the weather actually turns bad.” First, it is important to remove all snow and ice from windshields, windows and mirrors. Always make sure that headlights, tail lights and turn signals are visible to other drivers, and keep a distance of at least 20 feet between each car on the road. It is against the law to text while driving in Kentucky according to the

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Transportation Department. Rather than rushing to class, make sure to get up earlier when inclement weather is expected. It is better to be late for class than never being able to make it there due to an accident. Pedestrians need to cross with caution. Be sure to always use the marked crosswalks. “Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them,” Willis advised. “Do not as-

sume that because you can see the driver, the driver can see you.” Always look down both sides of the street when crossing, and watch for ice to avoid slips and falls. Also, take notice of cars that may be turning, backing up and pulling into the parking lot. “Our officers are highly visible throughout campus to deter erratic driving,” Willis said. “We also send

out text alert messages through Norse Alert about school closings and delays.” Norse Alert, NKU’s emergency contact system, sends automated phone calls, text messages and emails to anyone who has signed up for the service. These notifications inform subscribers of any school closings or delays. To enroll in the service, visit



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Two sororities to join NKU Greek Life Staff Report Northern Kentucky University Greek Life members have chosen two sororities that will be joining campus. Chi Omega will join in spring 2012, and Alpha Omicron Pi will join in spring 2014. “They’ve already identified the chapter adviser and the national president lives right across the river,” said Assistant Director of Student Life Kim Vance. Chi Omega was founded in 1895 and is the largest sorority in the world, according to its website. The organization boasts 300,000 members and 173 collegiate chapters. Alpha Omicron Pi was founded in 1896, and has chapters across the US and Canada, according to its website. The Office of Student Life staff began to consider adding sororities “a few years ago,” Vance said. Three different sororities gave presentations Oct. 25 through 27, and NKU’s Pan-hellenic community chose the two groups that would join. Vance said Student Life administrators decided to add sororities because of an increase in new recruits. The two sororities join five other women’s fraternal organizations.

Photo by Brandon Barb Jona Kessans, front, right, stands on the plaza in front of the Student Union to educate students about the Occupy NKU movement she is organizing. Kessans will hold a meeting Dec. 1 in SU 102. No time has been set.

Students occupy Nationwide movement coming to NKU Brandon Barb and Kyle Seebree Editor’s note: This story was added when the issue was reprinted. It did not appear in the original Nov. 16 issue. The recent Occupy Wall Street protests around the country have found their way to Northern Kentucky University. On Nov. 17, Salmon P. Chase College of Law student Jona Kessans handed out flyers in front of the Student Union to draw awareness to the Occupy NKU movement, which began in New York City Sept. 17. From there the movement spread like wildfire throughout the states and some European and South American countries. Kessans, 43, is an Erlanger native who served as a U.S. Army Ranger from 1988 to 1996. She said she hopes that while handing out flyers with information on the economy and “draconian legislation” that students “will open their eyes to what’s going on.” The Occupy protesters claim the main reason they focus on Wall Street and not Washington D.C. is because the money from big business, private banks and the “1 percent” is the root of political and economic problems America faces.

“What we’ve morphed into is not what our founding fathers intended it to be,” Kessans said. She has multiple degrees and owns a small business. She said it’s harder now than it has ever been to own a private business. “As a business owner, it’s hard to establish yourself because of the taxes on top of taxes,” Kessans said. As a veteran, Kessans represents a growing number of disenfranchised military veterans who have returned home to see the economic chaos on home soil as result of foreign wars. “People in the military are the most bitter because they find out they were used for war profits,” Kessans said. Josh Neace, a student who attended the rally, said he supports the movement. “Our government has been bribed by military contractors and private banks to do their bidding,” Neace said. Kessans said she hopes Occupy NKU can be made into an official campus group. She plans to register with the university Dec. 1. English professor Chris Wilkey agreed to be the group’s advisor. For more information on the group, visit the Occupy NKU website at occupynku.


Photo by Emily Lindeau Two new sororities will be joining Northern Kentucky University Greek Life. Chi Omega will join in spring 2012 and Alpha Omicron Pi in spring 2014. The sororities are have been added because of a steadily increasing number of recruits.


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Keep gadgets on when the power goes out Roland Wilkerson McClatchy Newspapers When the power goes out and our cellphones aren’t charged, more of us than ever are dead in the water. No phone service. No texting. No email. Some 27 percent of American households no longer have a landline. And the numbers are climbing by the day as Americans look for ways to save money. Maybe you can live without email. But having a working phone is a matter of personal safety. So to help you stay connected the next time an ice storm or high winds knock you off the grid, we tested some tools that will keep your cellphones, tablets and laptops going. Neither Consumer Reports nor gadget review site has reviewed chargers, according to spokesmen. We tried out items that run from a few dollars to nearly $200. We looked at a cross-section of goods that might help the average family keep their gear charged for a day, or maybe two. Note: The results come from a test drive, rather than repeated testing. Car Charger For a jolt of juice, it’s hard to beat. One 15-minute round of errands usually takes my iPhone from dead to 10 percent charged, or more. Longer drives get you more charging. I asked the experts at if you could charge your phone by just turning the ignition enough to run the accessories rather than running the car. They advised against it because that first click is booting up other systems,

too, and you could run down your battery. Retail: $20. USB phone charger The Duracell Instant Charger is a rechargeable battery you can use to charge mobile devices that come with USB power cords. It can be charged either off your computer or household current. You charge it up, turn it off, and then pull it out when you need to charge a phone or other device. It brought my dead phone back to life in a few minutes and charged it to 50 percent in an hour and a half. Impressive. Seems like it could get you out of a jam. Retail: $29.99. Duracell PowerPack 450 If you’ve got a house with several gadgets, it could be the way to go. You charge this unit off household current in advance and it works as a portable power station. It has two standard outlets and a USB port. I took a dead iPhone and dead laptop to fully charged with lots of power to spare. (It ran our DSL modem, too. But if the network is down you’re out of luck.) You can also plug in household appliances, like a lamp. And finally, it also has an air compressor to inflate car tires (it worked) and can be used to jump-start a car, but we didn’t test that. Warning: It takes a few days to charge the first time. So don’t run out on the afternoon of an ice storm thinking this will save you. Retail: $189. (Cheaper online. Other companies make similar devices. Reviews are all over the place when it comes to ratings.) K-Tor Pocket Socket This hand-crank generator took my iPhone to 5

percent charged in about two minutes. (The first model gave me problems, but the company shipped another and it was fine.) If you ever worry about being stranded and don’t trust battery rechargers, this is for you ( But cranking is not for the feeble. It gets old fast. Retail: $45. Eton Rover Radio This hand-crank device delivers both a flashlight and a radio without batteries. One minute of cranking gets you 20 minutes of light or about 33 minutes of radio, though you can get both at the same time. Quite amazing. You can also use it to charge a phone but it took me nearly 10 minutes to get my iPhone going. Strictly a last resort as a phone charger. Retail: $50.

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Happenings November 16 Know Your Rights When: noon-1 p.m. Where: SU 302 What: Come enjoy a free lunch and participate in a discussion about tenantlandlord relationships with Chase Law School alumnus Bob Hengge.

November 21 Hoxworth blood drive When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: UC Ballroom What: Hoxworth Blood Center will be accepting donations. Walk-ins welcome. The first 30 donors get a water bottle and buy-oneget-one coupon for a Chipotle burrito.

November 16 Spanish and Latin American Film Series When: 7-9:30 p.m. Where: LA 110 What: The Department of World Languages and Literatures will feature a free screening of the Spanish film “Tambien la lluvia,” with a discussion afterward.

November 21 Music Faculty Composer Showcase When: 8 p.m. Where: Greaves Hall What: Come hear new music from faculty composers Phil Koplow, Eric Knechtges and Kurt Sander. $5, or $3 with NKU All-Card.

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Japanese Culture Fest When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: SU 107 B and C What: Learn about Japanese culture through an exhibition, games, crafts, calligraphy and a Japanese bake-and-craft sale.

PAC Coffee Break When: 2 p.m. Where: SU lobby What: Parents Attending College, a group for students who are parents, is hosting a meet-and-greet outside the SU Starbucks.

Thanksgiving dinner When: 6 p.m. Where: Baptist Student Center What: The Baptist Campus Ministry will host a free Thanksgiving dinner, open to everyone. Guests are encouraged to bring a side dish, but it is not required.

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Build your own CSS website When: 5-6 p.m. Where: GH 144 What: Make a website look awesome, professional, trendy or however you want with CSS. Hosted by Women in Informatics.

Paul Simon performance When: 7:30 p.m. Where: BOKC What: Paul Simon and special guests The Punch Brothers provide an evening of musical entertainment. Tickets are $75, $55 and $45.

NKU MINjas cupcake sale When: noon-2 p.m. Where: Griffin Hall What: Order some delicious cupcakes from Media Informatics group MINjas.

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Artists ‘Surge’ through gallery Roxanna Blevins A&E editor Step right up! The annual Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibitions are in town. “Surge,” the first of two exhibitions, which focuses on the art of graphic design, opened Nov. 10. The exhibition features the capstone projects of 12 senior graphic design majors, two in one Third Floor Gallery of the Fine Arts Center and 10 in the other. The capstone project is a process that spans the semester. During this time, students must devise and propose a concept for their projects. Then, over the course of the semester, they must research, design, execute and refine their projects. Because they are self-driven, the projects reflect the students’ interests, according to graphic design assistant professor Hans Schellhas. “The challenge is to come up with a sizable project and do it in a short amount of time,” Schellhas said. “That’s a really big learning experience.” Senior graphic design major Sarah Hazard’s piece is located in the larger of the two galleries. Her piece, “The Sixth Sense Circus,” evokes a circus-like air with its three red-and-white-striped walls, setting it apart from the rest of the projects on display. Posters featuring grotesque characters line the interior of the walls. Each poster represents a card from a deck of fortune-telling cards designed by Hazard. “I love bringing a handmade feeling into my

Photos by Aly Durrett “Antidote,” top, was designed by Allison Wegman as a branding campaign for a German professor. “The Queen’s Table,” is a fake ping pong club designed for Cincinnati by Peta Niehaus. These art pieces and others will be on display through Nov. 8.

work, because viewing design solely created by a computer can become monotonous,” Hazard said in her artist’s statement. The artists used various media, including 3-D

animation and mock Web pages, though students mostly expressed their ideas through posters. Senior graphic design major Krystal Siemon created a series of posters for her campaign, called “Eat Me,” in an attempt to encourage men to eat healthier. Siemon’s four posters feature anthropomorphized fruits and vegetables striking poses reflective of ‘50s-style pinup models. Siemon, who has always been interested in art and nutrition, said she chose to pursue a degree in graphic design because it is a practical way to express herself and to impact others. “Anything you do in graphic design is going to be seen by someone,” Siemon said. Senior graphic design major Allison Wegman’s posters are proof of Siemon’s comment. Wegman designed the “Antidote” posters as part of a brand identity she created for NKU German professor Andrea Fieler’s company of the same name. The company hosts events for health-related causes and nonprofit organizations. Wegman’s breast cancer awareness poster, which features the image of a roller girl, will be on display at Mainstay Rock Bar in Cincinnati after “Surge” concludes. The exhibition will be on display from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday now through Nov. 18. The artists will have an opportunity to celebrate and discuss their projects at a reception Nov. 17. The free reception begins at 5 p.m. and is open to the public.

English opera breaks barriers Roxanna Blevins A&E editor One Northern Kentucky University professor is challenging common perceptions of opera. Grant Knox, an assistant professor of voice and opera, wove the show “An Evening of Opera in English” together by combining musical selections from eight different operas. The show has one set that takes place in the home of a woman who is making preparations to throw a party, so no set changes are necessary. Instead, each scene is marked by guests arriving at the party and the events that ensue. With the exception of one from the Czech opera “The Bartered Bride,” the score consists of music from operas originally written in English. “We train to sing in Italian and French and German, and we don’t really spend enough time singing in our

own language,” Knox said. Junior music education and special education major Andrew Whelan, who will perform in the show, said he enjoys singing opera in foreign languages. However, he said that one nice thing about singing in English is that he does not have to think about the libretto, or the words to a musical composition, since it is written in his native tongue. Whelan said he thinks audiences might be engaged in an English show because it will be easier to understand. “It’s a great way for non-operagoers to get their feet wet in the world of opera,” said junior vocal performance major Jamie Martin. English opera is relatively new and tends to be more challenging to sing than opera in other languages, Knox said. A common criticism of opera singers, Knox said, is that they cannot act. “There’s much less of a divide be-

tween opera and musical theater than there used to be,” Knox said. According to Whelan, the acting is not much of a challenge for him – something he attributes to Knox’s casting abilities. Another factor that fosters impressive performances is the lighthearted nature of the show and the mood of the cast. According to Martin, energy is high when the cast gets together, and “there is a lot of laughter.” Students will perform “An Evening of Opera in English” at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 and 18 in Fine Arts Center in Room 378. The shows are free and open to the public.

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If gender-neutral housing were adopted at NKU, students could live with a student of the opposite sex. Gender-neutral housing is currently being used in around 60 schools nationwide. As of the 2011 school year, Rutgers University in New Jersey has started gender-neutral housing on a trial basis. Housing options like these are helping LGBTQ students to feel more safe and accepted.

Gender-neutral housing a possibility A new housing option could help LGBTQ students feel at home Karli Wood Managing editor Typically, when students sign up for on-campus housing, they are expected to check a box identifying as “male” or “female.” But what happens for the students who do not fit either box? Northern Kentucky University junior Sam Emmitt encountered this issue at the time of making housing arrangements at NKU. While he said NKU University Housing staff was helpful and understanding, he admitted that gender-neutral housing on campus would have made social life easier for him. Emmitt lived on campus through his sophomore year and was in the process of gender transition at the time. “I think gender-neutral housing is a really great way to finally break down that societal construct of, ‘Oh, there’s only these two things.’ That’s a good [sic], I think, a really big first step in my mind,” Emmitt said. Rutgers University in New Jersey implemented gender-neutral housing on a trial basis this year. According a story published in The Record in Hackensack, N.J., about 60 schools nationwide offer genderneutral housing. Arnie Slaughter, interim director of University Housing at NKU, said the possibility of any new type of housing would be based on “circumstance and interest” of the students. “There’s no formula of, ‘if we get ‘X’ amount of individuals who want certain type of housing’; It’s more looking at the polls of the students, the needs of the community and also the feasibility of the request,”

Slaughter said. Slaughter explained that after the decision to incorporate a certain type of housing to be is made, research is done on the ways in which other universities implement a new housing style. In the case of Greek Life affinity housing, Slaughter said it took roughly a year to discuss. Matters of housing location, sharing a restroom, and space availability are taken into consideration when planning all special housing arrangements. Mitch Mercer, the president of NKU’s Common Ground, said that he believes gender-neutral housing is “100 percent necessary.” He felt that if the area set aside for gender-neutral housing were set up like the University Suites, the logistics of shared bathroom space and general floor safety would not be an issue, and would be made comfortable for those involved. Bryan Morton, a sophomore athletic training student at NKU, said that although he would be comfortable living with someone of any sexual orientation, he personally wouldn’t take part in gender-neutral housing because he feels that the other student might not feel as comfortable. Morton went on to say that gender-neutral housing would help LGBTQ students avoid situations where they are paired with a roommate with whom they would potentially desire to form a romantic relationship, thus helping to eliminate sexual tension within housing arrangements. “I wouldn’t mind living with a male that was gay, because I get along with them a lot. So, I mean, it wouldn’t bother me at all,” NKU freshman Brittanie Glasser said.

For students like Emmitt, who identifies as transgendered, gender-neutral housing is one more step NKU can take to ensure that all students feel welcomed and safe while living on campus. “I know [Resident Housing Association] does a lot to try and do that, to build that sense of community,” Emmitt said. “But if you can’t even identify yourself how you wish to be identified, then that breaks any sense of community that you can be able to have. Because you’re still trying to fight for yourself, no less the community you’re trying to build.” Emmitt said that while he had a very positive experience with the NKU housing department in his time living on campus, if NKU wishes to move up to Division I in athletics, they need to move there in academics. In order to move up in academics, Emmitt feels that a natural foundation begins with establishing a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere in on-campus housing. Gender-neutral housing would be a move in that direction. Slaughter said that if students would like to see a new type of housing applied, the best thing they can do is voice their request. Through expressing interest to the housing department or Resident Housing Association, students could potentially bring gender-neutral housing to NKU’s campus. “For those in the transgender community who maybe aren’t in a place where they can go to the office and admit that, or go to the office and explain that, or aren’t brave enough, or what-have-you, it would just be easier with dealing with their identity,” Emmitt said.



Six Norse named first team All-GLVC John Minor Sports news editor Northern Kentucky University had 19 athletes from the fall sports teams earn All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors, including six All-GLVC first team selections. Leading the group was Amanda Mason, a senior midfielder for the women’s soccer team. Mason was named the GLVC Offensive Player of the Year. Mason ranks third nationally in points per game (2.39) and is tied for sixth in total assists (13). Joining Mason on the women’s soccer first team are sophomore defender Allison Ponzer and senior defender Laura Painter. Senior defender Tommy Barrick made the first team for men’s soccer. Barrick has been an anchor for the team on defense this season. The women’s volleyball team had two first-team selections in junior setter Jenna Schreiver and senior middle hitter Kim Nemcek. Schreiver leads the GLVC and is fifth in the NCAA in assists per set Photos courtesy of Jeff McCurry and Tim Downer (11.67). Nemcek was No. 4 in the nation in hitting Junior setter Jenna Schreiver (above) leads the GLVC in aspercentage before suffering a season-ending injury sists per set and senior midfielder Amanda Mason (right) was last month. named the GLVC Offensive Player of the Year.

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MLB Hall of Famers visit NKU Matt Schlagheck Contributing writer Friends, family members, political supporters and some lucky baseball fans welcomed Baseball Hall-ofFamers Jim Bunning and Tommy Lasorda to Northern Kentucky University on Thursday. The event, “Baseball & Beyond,” allowed the two former players to relive their Major League Baseball days, and was held to support the funds needed to preserve and digitize Sen. Bunning’s congressional papers. Sen. Bunning amassed thousands of political papers over his 30 years in office. Bunning was first elected to local office in 1977, where he sparked his political career when he served two years on the city council of Fort Thomas, Ky. The Hall of Famer then won a seat in the Kentucky Senate as a Republican, where he was elected minority leader. In 1986, Bunning made the jump to the US House of Representatives after he won the nomination in Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District. He held that position before he became a US senator in 1998, a position he held for two six-year terms before retiring in 2010. “[Bunning] was true to his values,” said Carrie Haas, former employee of Bunning and friend of the family. “He always stood up for what he believed in, and that was something that we all took from him, both professionally and in our personal lives too.” As a Southgate, Ky., native, Bunning decided earlier this year that he would donate his congressional and political papers to Steely Library after Joe Wind, vice president of NKU government and community outreach, approached him with the idea. “[NKU] was the first to ask, and they would have been the only ones I would have given them to,” Bunning said. “I’ve lived here my whole life and spent 80 years in Northern Kentucky, so I’m just glad that we have a university to give them to that will keep them in the 4th Congressional District.” It will cost $325,000 to $350,000

Photos by Stephen Wilder Sen. Jim Bunning (top) donated congressional papers and baseball memorabilia to NKU. Hall-ofFame coach Tommy Lasorda (bottom) joined Bunning in a dinner and lecture on Thursday night.

to catalogue the papers for NKU students and researchers, said W. Frank Steely Library archivist Lois Hamill. Hamill expects that the task will take her staff nine to 10 years to completely finish and digitize the congressional papers. Bunning’s congressional papers will join those of the US representatives Gene Snyder and Ken Lucas, as well as state representative Jim Callahan in the university archives. “This is a great honor to have Sen. Bunning’s collection,” Hamill said. “To have received this [collection] is quite an accomplishment, and it shows that NKU is growing and maturing as a university.” According to Director of Development Communications Molly Williamson, 110 supporters attended the

fundraiser to support the cause for the price of $1,000 per couple for a meet-and-greet with Bunning and Lasorda, which included a dinner with the Hall of Famers and tickets to the former players’ lecture where they recalled their days in the MLB. Other participants had the option to pay for the $125 per-plate dinner, or $25 per person for the lecture. Rex Morgan, Bunning’s personal archivist, displayed over 14 tables of the senator’s political photos and materials, as well as bats, gloves and other memorabilia from Bunning’s 17-year MLB career. Lasorda called the collection of memorabilia “wonderful” and a great gift to Bunning’s fans and supporters who attended the event. President James Votruba was

amazed with the equipment used by the baseball player he used to watch as a child. “I can remember going to a baseball game with my father and watching a tall, lanky pitcher named Bunning pitch,” Votruba said. “Little did I know that after 50 years I would be honoring our guest.” “Baseball & Beyond” concluded with an entertaining lecture from Bunning and Lasorda, who reminisced on some of their favorite baseball memories. During the Q-&-A portion of the lecture, one supporter asked Lasorda about the heated rivalry during his famous managerial career for the Los Angeles Dodgers, facing the historic “Big Red Machine” and their Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson. “I told my team, ‘I don’t want anybody walking in this club house with anything red on,’” Lasorda playfully said. “I hate those Cincinnati Reds, I hate the color red and nobody comes in with red on. And they didn’t, and we beat them.” Although the event took a less serious note during the lecture, one message Bunning wanted to communicate was how beneficial his political documents will be to the education of students, an education that he realized years ago could not be forsaken. “Before my father would sign the [baseball] contract, he got a promise out of John McHale, general manager of the [Detroit] Tigers, to pay me $4,000, and I’d have to stay in school till June of every year and finish college,” Bunning said. “Thank God he did. I would have never been able to do the things in my lifetime that I’ve been able to do.” “Baseball & Beyond” organizers said they do not have a definite amount raised by the event, but they are accepting further donations to help catalogue the congressional papers at bunning. “Forty-five years of history and connection between the federal government and Northern Kentucky and its representatives are all in [these papers],” Bunning said. “I think it’s a big plus for the university to have all that history available to students.”



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OVC rejects NKU bid for Division I Still seeks invitation from Summit League or Atlantic Sun Conference Stephen Wilder Sports features editor

Photos by Stephen Wilder, John Minor and the NKU Athletic Department NKU is still confident that a definite move to Division I will happen by the end of this calendar year. NKU was rejected by the OVC partly because of concern that the university would be more competitive than other schools in the conference.

Northern Kentucky University’s bid to join Division I has been delayed. President James Votruba announced Nov. 17 that the Ohio Valley Conference voted against inviting NKU to become a member because it was concerned about NKU affecting the competitive balance in the league. Votruba said in an email that NKU learned the majority of the league’s presidents voted to extend an invitation, but that was not enough. Eight of the 11 OVC presidents supported the expansion, but the requisite 75 percent was not met. Presidents from Morehead State University, Eastern Kentucky University and Murray State University were in favor of the invitation to NKU. In the email Votruba said, “Concerns of competitive balance were cited as the reason, with some institutions feeling that NKU’s facilities, geographic recruiting advantages and competitive funding model could result in our dominating the conference.” Chris Cole, director of marketing and communications, said it is disappointing for NKU to not receive an invitation to the OVC and to hear that part of the reasoning was because of the competitive factors. “We would think moving from Division II to Division I, that a conference would want to make sure they’re bringing in a school that is going to be competitive, that’s going to fund their programs the right way and that is not going to be a doormat for a conference,” Cole said. Cole said NKU wants to be competitive and wants to be in a conference that wants competitive teams. “We think the facilities and location will position us quite well to be competitive in whichever conference we end up in,” Cole said. “We want to be in a conference that wants competitive programs across the board.”

Votruba ended his announcement by saying the university has been contacted by multiple Division I conferences that have expressed a strong interest in adding NKU and that over the coming days and weeks, the university will continue to explore its options to determine which league makes the most sense for it. Cole also said NKU has received strong interests from other conferences and the university has reason to believe that it will be able to move very quickly in moving forward in determining which conference makes the most sense and then moving quickly to secure an invitation. “We still think we will be able to do it before the end of the calendar year,” Cole said. “So we are talking about a month and a half but we think we can get it done and we are very excited.” Cole said that across campus there is not a big sense of disappointment and there is not a whole lot of heads hanging down. “We’ve got conferences that really want us to be a part of their conferences, and frankly, that is what we want,” Cole said. “We want to be in a league where we are welcomed and wanted, and if that is not the OVC, then so be it.” Cole said right now NKU is focusing its energies on the Summit League and Atlantic Sun. “The Division I conference landscape is constantly shifting and changing, so you never know what is going to happen,” Cole said. Cole said if something were to go wrong and NKU were to not get an invitation, it would not change the positioning of the university and its desire to go Division I. “If we don’t get an invite it will delay our plan,” Cole said. “If something were to go wrong and us not get an invite before the 2012-13 season, we would almost certainly get one and participate in Division II for one more year and then make the transition.”

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