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THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2012 | EDITION 50, ISSUE 2 | VALUE: $1.00

Renovations across campus Image courtesy of Matt Hackett

Campus Rec Fee: Where will your money go? Prelim. designs released for rec center, field complex renovations Kevin Schultz Staff writer Many Northern Kentucky University students stopped during their routine walks through the Student Union last week, joining others gathered around a group of signs that revealed the preliminary plans for the upcoming renovation of the Campus Recreation Center and Campus Recreation Field Complex. The designs were first presented by Director of Campus Recreation Matt Hackett to Northern Kentucky University’s Student Government Association, who were some of the first students to see the designs during their Aug. 20 meeting Hackett is excited about the plans for the new CRC. “This will transform the outside of the building and make the existing interior a totally different place,” he said. The designs for the new center include a new pool area with a recreational pool, a regulation-size lap pool, a 40-person hot tub and an outdoor deck. According to Hackett, other changes to the CRC will include an expansion of the weightlifting and cardio area from a 5,000 square feet to 17,000 square feet, the addition of two group fitness areas, a wall-mounted projection screen, indoor rock wall, additional locker room space and an overall revamp of the entire layout of the current facility. These changes will introduce a more open and welcoming floor plan with added social space,

according to Hackett. The building is also targeted to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, Hackett said. This means that the building will meet many of the same specifications as recently built Griffin Hall and will be another attempt at NKU’s developing trend in earth friendly building design. The idea for the new CRC and Campus Recreation Field Complex originated from SGA, which made multiple attempts in previous years for a new CRC and intramural field area. After the idea for these plans were passed as a SGA resolution in 2011, money was needed to pay for renovations. Due to this need students across campus noticed a $96 “Fall 2012-2013 SGA Campus Rec Fee” when looking at Biller-Direct on their MyNKU accounts. This addition to each student’s account will go towards the $40 million cost of the new CRC and field complex. According to SGA members, the initial response to the added fee was not very positive. However, after displaying the preliminary design plans in the Student Union, there was a more positive reaction as to exactly where all of this money is going. “The plans look nice,” said junior NKU student Monica Hannan. “We would all pay the same amount of money to go to another gym anyways. It just sucks that most of us won’t get to use it in our remaining time at the university.”

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According to Dean of Students Jeffrey Waple, the plans for the renovation of the focuses on human CRC will be finalized sometime this fall, with construction set to commence sometime trafficking around two years after the preliminary designs have been finalized and passed. Accompanying plans for a newly renovat- See Arts & Life, p. 8 ed CRC were plans for a renovated Campus Recreation Field Complex, which is currently located behind the on-campus dorms. The plans for this renovation are already finalized, according to Waple, who also said that the renovation could be completed by March Zombies invade or April 2013. UNV101 The new outdoor complex will include a complete reconstruction of the current fields, a clubhouse and new lighting for use during nighttime hours. See Arts & Life, p. 13 SGA’s requests throughout the past several semesters for a new or renovated Campus Recreation Center are linked to the ever-growing student population of NKU and their attempt to increase the size of buildings at NKU in order to meet the needs of all students. Full coverage of Hackett said the CRC was used over 113,000 times last school year with 7,024 Norse Force pep students showing involvement in the center. rally The amount of students using the facilities is only expected to increase. “I think they are going to be heavily used by students and See Sports, p. 16 student organizations,” Hackett said. “And students could be stepping out onto the new intramural fields as early as this spring.”


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THEPODIUM: Cutting education for more defense spending Brandon Barb Managing editor Because we are college students, what happens to the Department of Education happens to us and negative impacts are a big deal to your continuing college career, or family member’s future college aspirations. Since Paul Ryan was named Mitt Romney’s running mate his budget plans have been called into question. The big two focus points have been his proposed changes and cuts to Medicare and the food stamp program, but another red flag is Ryan’s proposed cuts to education. The cuts would be to overall funding for education, the Head Start program and Pell Grants. Ryan has also proposed to cut financial aid for college students and cut $115 million from the Department of Education. Let that one sink in. According to Steven Cook, the president of the Michigan Education Association, over 2 million children would be affected by the elimination of Head Start and 9 million college students will have their Pell Grants cut. During a trip through Iowa, President Obama said that because of current budget cuts, “this year, several thousand fewer educators will be going back to school.” On the flip side of all these proposals, Ryan’s budget gives greater tax cuts to the wealthy and Romney supports his running mate.

Since the announcement, Romney and Ryan want to keep the line firmly in place separating the wealthy and everyone else with their proposed tax cuts and budget adjustments. Obama has latched on to these possible education cuts and has already released an ad attacking Romney on the education front. In the ad, it says that “Romney says class sizes don’t matter, and he supports Paul Ryan’s budget which could cut education by 20 percent.” What happens with education in the next 10 years concerns current college students and those high school students with hopes to attend some type of university within that time. Employers are looking for people with college degrees, no matter what it is in. Plus, the United States is lacking in math and science, which we use to do quite well in considering the fact we landed on the moon first. In a report by the National Math and Science Initiative, U.S. students ranked 25th in math and 17th in science out of 31 countries. The NMSI goes on to state that the U.S. sits at 17th, worldwide, when it comes to the number of science degrees earned and awarded. And another little fun fact from their findings is that “barely “ 18 percent of high school seniors are performing “at or above the proficient level in science.” On the same trip through Iowa, Obama added this to his comments on the current budget cuts, “at a time when the rest of the world is racing to out-educate America, these cuts force

our kids into crowded classrooms, cancel programs for preschoolers and kindergarteners and shorten the school week and the school year.” Seeing as how students haven’t been performing too well, what would happen if these proposed cuts are put in place? Those numbers would take another dive to be honest. With cuts to education possible if Romney is elected, the defense spending will increase. Even though Romney doesn’t have very much experience in foreign policy he has supported talk of making the defense budget 4 percent of the country’s gross domestic product and increasing the spending by $100 billion in the coming year, as reported by TIME magazine. In order to reverse the defense cuts that were put in place by President Obama, Romney and Ryan will make cuts of their own but to domestic programs -- such as Medicare and the food stamp program, oh and education. We don’t need another George Bush approach to defense spending. We had two terms of that and it didn’t really get us anywhere except knee deep in national debt. It was Obama who helped do what Bush never did, actually find Osama Bin Laden and make the call to have him killed. And Obama is still using that as this presidential campaign continues, as well he should be. Bush’s presidency left a nasty impression on people and some are still recovering.


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norse poll responses Compiled by Emily Lindeau

What do you think of the new rec center plans?

Caleb Wheat Freshman Special education

Rachel Abdullah Sophomore Biology

Sarah Burress Junior Anthropology

Rod Stephens Junior Criminal justice

“I think that the center will really benefit the student body.”

“I think that it will spark more interest and get more students involved.”

“The intramural field is a great idea, but upgrading the rec center wont matter; If students aren’t using it now they wont use the upgrades.”

“I don’t think it’s necessary. That money could be used for other upgrades on campus.”


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No resolutions yet, but plans for this year in the works Kevin Schultz Staff writer Northern Kentucky University’s Student Government Association assembled for their second meeting of the 20122013 school year on Monday, discussing upcoming freshmen elections, introducing a new student organization and receiving a special visit by NKU President Geoffrey Mearns. According to the SGA executive board, there has been a large increase in the amount of election packets that have been requested for the SGA freshmen student elections which will take place on Sept. 5 and 6. Fall election packets, which can be picked up from the SGA office in room 330 of the Student Union, are due back to the Dean of Students Office by 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 4. One of five open senate positions is available to first semester students. Due to introductory meetings, presentations and other

beginning-of-the year business, SGA has not yet presented any resolutions. Plans are set for the first resolution to be presented on their third meeting of the year which will take place on Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. in Student Union room 104. Before the first resolution is presented, SGA President Erik Pederson has released a statement of his personal objectives for the 2012-2013 school year which is made up of what he calls his “big eight goals.” Pederson began working to accomplish these goals with the presentation of a new student organization, “NKU Community Ambassadors” by student Chaz Edwards. The organization is aimed to give NKU increased advocacy in local, regional, state and national communities while increasing the school’s brand, according to Edwards. This organization will be created under SGA and remain as an affiliated organization until it develops

thoroughly enough to become its own independent entity. Making his exit just before the Community Ambassadors presentation, President Mearns spent roughly a half-hour of his time at the beginning of the SGA meeting listening to comments and suggestions from members. Subjects of the conversation ranged from maintaining the close-community feel of NKU, to commending NKU for being “the top choice for a BFA program in the state of Kentucky.” All discussed topics originally stemmed from Mearns’ questions, “What are the distinctive attributes of NKU? Why did you come here? And what do you value most?” The questions, Mearns said, were interrogative statements supporting his claim that the best way for him to guide NKU into the future is to first get to know what it is that makes NKU, NKU.

A look at SGA President Erik Pederson’s ‘Big Eight Goals’ for the 2012-2013 school year 1- Request for student access to course information prior to registration including: professor names, course syllabi, and prior course/professor evaluations. 2- Implement new marketing strategies for the branding of both SGA and NKU including, but not limited to, new on-campus signs, increased school advocacy and implementation of more “Black and Gold Days.” 3- Ensure student rights and the privacy of student information, particularly as it pertains to advising in newly allocated areas such as the One Stop Student Success Centers. 4- Investigate the possibility of implementing an academic dead week, one week prior to exam week, at the end of each semester. The dead week would call for a ban on homework and other graded assignments during the week, but would still require regular attendance for all courses. 5- Assist advocacy through creation of an organization, to be named NKU Community Ambassadors, with the goal of getting NKU “out and active” in the surrounding communities and beyond. 6- Restructure the SGA constitution, editing errors in the document in order to help the organization function more efficiently. 7- Increase the amount of money distributed to student organizations each year from the Student Fee Allocation Board. 8- Collaborate with administration to discuss the possibility of making NKU a smoke/tobacco-free campus.

University Police Beats Aug. 22 3:41 p.m. Starting at 2:44p.m. a subject started threats via text message and voicemail. 6:28 p.m. At the Steely Library there was a report of an unwanted person in the area. 6:32 p.m. A wallet was found and turned into police. The owner was later contacted. 11:11 p.m. A citation was issued due to possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at a traffic stop.

Aug. 23 1:52 p.m. An accident occurred in the Welcome Center Garage that resulted in no injuries. Aug. 24 8:39 a.m. An accident occurred between three vehicles on Kenton Drive and University that resulted in no injuries. 8:57 a.m. It was reported that a female had lost her cell phone on campus but she later found it in her vehicle. 5:13 p.m. A paper shredder caught on fire and was extinguished by a fire ex-

tinguisher in the central receiving building. Campbell County Fire Department responded to the call. Aug. 25 4:57 p.m. After a female reported she had lost her cell phone, the person who found it refused to return the phone. Aug. 27 11:46 a.m. A female refused treatment at the hospital by ambulance transportation from the Student Union.


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Renovations across campus underway University Center updates will result in new student resource centers Kevin Schultz Staff writer As students across Northern Kentucky University make their way back on campus to dive into the first weeks of the Fall 2012-2013 academic semester, minor changes occurring across campus may not be noticed at first glance. However, the impact that these small changes may have on students will soon be noticed in a notso-small way. Take for instance one of the most evident changes being made on campus, the reconstruction of parts of the first and second levels of the University Center. While these previously vacant spaces may not constitute an entire new building on campus, what are currently taped-off construction areas will soon be the sites of the new Student Success Center and OneStop Center; both of which are changes that could be completed as soon as January or early February 2013, according to Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management Larry Blake. The Student Success Center will serve as a localized spot where students can go for almost any question they have. The new center will include offices such as admissions, advising, financial aid, information technology, and career development. This center will be especially helpful to new students, who will in the future be given a tour of the center as part of the New Student Orientation Process, Blake said. Other features of the area will include a 50-person classroom, a student printing area, and private counseling rooms that

will serve as a place where students can ties on NKU’s campus will help the radio changes were made to fix the cracks, a speak to advisors during the day and serve station provide its listeners with a high new hollowing system was put into place quality experience; whether it is effecting under the floor to prevent future cracking as student study rooms at night. On the other side of campus, there are listeners as far away as West Virginia, or in the building. also changes occurring in Landrum where as local as Griffin Hall’s Digitorium, which One of the last changes currently octhe majority of the right wing of the third is home to the station’s Studio 89 broad- curring on campus is roadway construcfloor has been given to NKU’s on-campus cast. tion. While the roads are not owned by Changes also occurred over the sum- the school, the state department stays in radio station WNKU. As the completion of Griffin Hall came to a close, rooms that mer as facilities management started the close contact with the school and has anwere once used in this section of Landrum process of fixing the sinking walls and nounced that the round-a-bout and reby the College of Informatics, were ob- floor of Greaves Hall. According to Blake, lated construction to Johns Hill Road is this project is about three-fourths finished tained by WNKU. expected to be completed by mid Septem“I haven’t seen this room used for a class with the main cause of the problem being ber. in nearly five years now,” said WNKU the construction of the building on expanA month after the road construction General Manager Chuck Miller about one sive shale. ceases, NKU is expected to be given ownWith the growing and shrinking of the of the newly obtained rooms. “This (room) ership of University Drive, said Blake, is being built into a turn-key production ground beneath, the foundation of the which could help with things such as snow hall is forced to move, causing cracks and studio,” he said, “…although this is a very removal and future issues related to camother damages, which have been visible long process with lots of work to do.” pus renovations and traffic. throughout the past school years. When Once finished, WNKU offices will move down one room, towards the main lobby of Landrum. This shift will enable expansions to current rooms that have been outgrown by the radio station which has also recently expanded its audience range. Some of the changes that are set to occur within WNKU are expansion of the music libraries, expansion of office spaces, expansion and remodeling of the newsroom, a revamp of several production areas, an expansion to the master control room, and the addition of varying offices. All of this expansion comes at a perfect time for WNKU which, according to Miller, has completed the purchase of a Image of courtesy of Larry Blake Middletown radio station in June of 2011, Pictured above is the design of the Student Success Center, currently under construction in the spreading its reach to over 100 counties. University Center. The renovations are expected to be completed in January or February 2013. Overall the expansion of WNKU facili-

iPads now available for use in classroom Tara Derington Staff writer As school started up last week at Northern Kentucky University, the Center for Innovation and Technology in Education, began following suit with other large universities, and is now offering a pilot program that allows professors to rent iPad and Android tablets for in-class use. Sarah Mann, director of CITE, said the pilot program started with the purchase of the tablets. “We purchased an iPad cart that contains 30 second generation iPads and two carts of 20 Android tablets. These will be for faculty to check these out for in-class use only.” As of now, Mann said a few requests have been submitted by professors, but the tablets haven’t been used yet.

The creation of the pilot program was based off other universities with similar programs that give or sell iPads and laptops. “Lots of schools are giving students iPads or laptops or the option to buy a laptop or iPad from the university. We are just exploring those options,” Mann said. According to an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, schools including Oklahoma State University and Duke University are offering iPads in select programs. Whereas George Fox University offers iPads or Mac laptops to fall freshman. NKU has two classes that offer similar guidelines. “There are two classes, a finance class and INF 128, that give students iPads to use for the semester, but that money was in another department not IT,” Mann said. Sharyn Cerda, a second-year English major, loves her iPad, but is hesitant about the in-class use.

“It could be distracting to other students, because there are a lot of applications on the iPad. It would take a certain amount of discipline for a student to use it in class,” Cerda said. Although students can’t sign the tablets out, there is no waiver to sign if the tablets are damaged in class. “Since the iPads aren’t being taken out of class, we are hoping to minimize (accidents), but they are covered under Apple Care,” Mann said. Mann said the decision to move forward with the program would be decided by the end of the spring semester. According to CITE’s website, the pilot program supports the main reason CITE was created. “CITE supports NKU faculty in the design, development, implementation and delivery of high-quality instruction through innovative learning resources.”


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All Card design another new sight for students Senior reflects on creating the winning look for university IDs Caitlin Centner Staff writer

Across the University

Northern Kentucky University’s class of 2016 was able to receive something new to the university before the upperclassmen: a new All Card design. Last year, the Student Government Association held a contest for students to design new All Cards that incorporated NKU colors. “The whole thing started about this time last year when Dustin Robinson, former SGA president, approached me with the idea of coming up with a student designed ID card,” Ward Wenstrup, operations manager at All Card Administration, said. “I thought it was a great idea.” Wenstrup added that the amount of enthusiasm SGA portrayed transferred over to their office and across the university. The contest included a money prize donated by US Bank. According to Wenstrup there were over 42 designs submitted by 26 students. Andrew Stewart, senior visual communication design major, won first place, winning close to $300 and the bragging rights for his design. Stewart was among the students who entered multiple designs. “I had three submissions and they were all pretty similar. They were sort of different plays off of the same thing,”

New All Card design by Andrew Stewart

Stewart said. All of his designs were done in Adobe Illustrator. Stewart is the student designer for Activities Programming Board. Through word of mouth between APB and SGA, he learned of the contest, saying that the new All Card was meant to be more “Norseified.” “I took note that the old All Card didn’t say “All Card” on it so that’s something I decided was a good element to add to the card,” Stewart said. Another element added to the All Card was the student identification number. Separate from an ISO number, the ID

number is more like a social security number according to Wenstrup. He said its purpose is geared more towards financial aid needs, among other departments. Once Stewart won the contest, Wenstrup’s job was to make his design functional. One change that concerned Wenstrup regarding the new All Card design was if the athletic logo can be changed with the Division I change. Although that cannot be determined at this time, Stewart emphasized that with changing to DI having an All Card that exemplifies school spirit

2012-2013 Six@Six lecture series announced The Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement recently released the schedule for the third season of the Six@Six lecture series. Six@Six is a community lecture series made up of six lectures throughout the year that begin at 6 p.m. Five of the six lectures are off campus. The first installment, Forever Free: The Constitutionality of the Emancipation Proclamation, is Sept. 19 at the Mercantile Library in Cincinnati. Northern Kentucky University professor John Bickers will host and lead the presentation. Student Organization Board meeting Sept. 13 The first Student Organization Board meeting is Sept. 13 at 12:15 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. The meeting is held to gather information for the year including student organization orientations, funding opportunities and what is new in Student Life. All organizations are asked to send a representative to the meeting. NKU Student Government Association and Northern Kentucky Leadership Institute will provide lunch. RSVP to Ali Hedges at hedgesa3@nku.edu

is important. “People get excited about the athletic events,” he said. “I wanted to utilize something already existent on campus with the athletic logo and the black and gold.” The former All Card was a photo of architecture on campus. Stewart made it a point to change the focus of the All Card to something more “timeless.” “Architecture is always changing,” Stewart said. As a design major, Stewart noted that a big struggle for designers is “where can you make an imprint?” For him this All Card is his imprint on his college career. “It’s definitely one of those cool leaving behind a legacy type things,” Stewart said. According to Wenstrup, Stewart has yet to switch over to his new All Card design, but Stewart said he may just have to stop in. “I think it’s very positive to see the design being well received,” Wenstrup said. “I truly appreciate the student submitted design, but anything that makes the kids excited about their card, I’m all for it.” “We would love to be able to justify recarding the entire campus but we can’t do that fiscally and responsibly,” Wenstrup said. There is a $10 fee for a lost card. Wenstrup said that price hasn’t changed in ten years.

iNKU app updates available The Office of Information Technology recently announced that a new version of the iNKU mobile app is now available on Android smartphones and tablets. iNKU for Android includes access to a variety of Northern Kentucky University resources. The free Android version is available for download from Google at https://play.google.com/store/search?q=inku. The university also released iNKU version 2.7 for iOS devices. The free download is available at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inku/ id313837856?mt=8. Tech Day award nomination deadline approaching Northern Kentucky University and its students can be nominated as one of Kentucky’s 2012 tech leaders. The deadline to nominate Kentucky students, businesses, schools and organizations that promote innovative uses of technology is Oct. 1. ConnectKentucky is hosting the 2012 Tech Day awards Nov. 13. For more information on how to nominate and what awards are available, visit www.connectkentucky.org/.


Students confront human trafficking Current campus projects intend to educate, inform local community Brandon Barb Managing editor Slavery was abolished in 1865, but the truth is that slavery is still going on today. It isn’t the same as what it was nearly 150 years ago, but it is just as ghastly. Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery as described by Kentucky Rescue and Restore, a group dedicated to educating others about trafficking. Victims of trafficking are exploited for commercial sex or labor purposes and they can be women, men and children. Worldwide there are between 600,000-800,000 people being trafficked across international borders annually, according to the U.S. Department of State. And the problem is closer than one might think. In Kentucky, there have been 91 identified cases of human trafficking with 15 state and two federal indictments and charges, as reported by KY Rescue and Restore in July. The state of Kentucky does have a law against human trafficking on the books – House Bill 350 – but once it passed through the house it died in the senate. Ohio does have a law in House Bill 262, or the Safe Harbor Law. “You could have the most amazing law but if your law enforcement and prosecutors don’t know about it, it really doesn’t do anything,” said Mary Ritchie, the Human Trafficking Program coordinator at the Women’s Crisis Center in Covington, Ky. The lack of education about human trafficking is a problem for agencies to fight the problem, as well is the lack of funding and resources for such a large scale issue. Currently, Kentucky has “no funding for the services of victims of human trafficking,” Ritchie said.

Photo courtesy of MCT Campus NKU Honors and a documentary class, as well as nonprofits, are working on projects to educate the community on local human trafficking through research and films.

The Honors Program at Northern Kentucky University received a $7,500 grant this summer to begin work on a research project that will hopefully help educate and provide more information about human trafficking here in the Northern Kentucky area. The research project will consist of surveys of police departments, hospitals and clinics and some social service agencies to find out what these places know about human trafficking. “The surveys are [meant] to both educate the first responders and gather information on the numbers of victims,” Belle Zembrodt, interim director of the Honors Program, said. Working with the Women’s Crisis Center, Zembrodt and the six students working on the project will focus on gathering their information from Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties this semester. Students working on the project are

learning how to identify the signs of human trafficking, the cycle of abuse the victims undergo and the psychology of the traffickers. They will have a few classes that go over what is going on in our area in terms of trafficking and then look at previous research on trafficking. “We’re hoping this is a sustainable project, where we continue upgrading our information and upgrading what we’re doing,” Zembrodt said. “There will definitely be follow ups, giving [the information] back out to the police and letting them know what we found so they’re better able to provide services.” There will be another class in the spring that will analyze the data collected and focus on the best way to use it. Zembrodt said they may even publish the information because in her eyes people are working in the dark when dealing with human trafficking in this area. A human trafficking conference will

be held on NKU’s campus in January, where professionals like Mary Ritchie will come together and share what information they have on the problem. The honors project won’t have their information ready to present just then but it will be ready in the spring. The Honors Program isn’t the only group on NKU’s campus that is focusing on human trafficking this semester. Communication professor Sara Drabik is also working with her documentary production class to make at least four vignettes highlighting human trafficking. “Ohio is a hotbed of human trafficking, especially up around the border with Canada and Toledo and up and down 75, there’s a lot of stuff that happens there that people aren’t aware of,” Drabik said. Students in the documentary class will break into teams and each film will spotlight what is happening locally with trafficking. These short documentarystyle films will either be shown online or in the Freedom Center in Cincinnati in its Slavery Today exhibit. The vignettes will feature local organizations that help the victims of human trafficking in hopes that when finished, people will go to these groups to get involved somehow. Drabik says her class’ project is still very up in the air but she would like to work with the Honors Program somewhere down the road. “We’re excited to do something that will hopefully make a difference and actually be seen and used by people. To make some kind of positive change, even if its just building awareness which right now I think is the most important step. Having people realize its a problem because when you ask them to act on it they will,” Drabik said.


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Alumna catches job with MLB team

Former The Northerner designer now works with Pittsburgh Pirates Tara Derington Staff writer It’s not everyday that a Northern Kentucky University alumna works for a Major League Baseball team. Bree Main, former designer and presentation editor for The Northerner and a 2004 graduate, works as a publications designer for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team in Pittsburgh, Penn., and has since May 2007. Graduating with a degree in journalism, Main knew she wanted to work with her passion -- baseball. After applying for a job with the Cincinnati Reds and not getting it, she accepted a job with the minor league Indianapolis Indians as a postgraduate intern. Once college loan payments began, Main left Indianapolis and began working with Thompson Textiles back in Cincinnati. “I wasn’t trying to find a design position, but I just fell into it,” Main said. Amanda Van Benschoten, reporter for the Kentucky Enquirer and former Northerner editor-in-chief, is not surprised that her friend is excelling as a designer for the Pirates. “She redesigned the entire paper the year she was head of design and I was editor in chief. It made us look like a real newspaper. It really did make us seem more credible,” Van Benschoten said. “She has a very good eye and was always very professional, but fun to work with.” After a year and a half at Thompson Textiles, Main decided to look for a job in baseball because her husband was looking to relocate. The Pittsburgh Pirates had a publications design job open. “I had the baseball experience with the minor league, I had the graphic design experience, my college degree in writing, and product management with the textbooks,” Main said. “Basically, everything I learned at The North-

erner came full circle with the Pirates job of product management and working with tight deadlines.” After five years, Main is still living the dream, but says the offseason is the busiest. “Between January and opening day, I produce five different projects, including our media guide, a spring training magazine, a yearbook, a playbill for every home game, and also, projects for a minor team in Florida that we work with,” Main said. A lot of common sense and time management goes into her job. “I have to keep up with the team at all times,” Main said. “I have to know the rosters and the upcoming players. Last year, we had 52 different players on the roster. “ Main also has to keep up with traded players because the moment the players are traded, new ads have to be selected to fill that gap. Mary Cupito, journalism program director and professor, remembers having Main as a student. “She was one of those students who was just wonderful to have in class because she asked really good questions and took criticism and direction well.” With her creativity combined with a strong work ethic, Cupito said she wasn’t surprised that Main was doing so well. Although the job is stressful at times, Main is still drawn to the sport for its historical value. “I love the history of the sport,” Main said. “I wanted to work with the Reds so badly initially, because they are such a historical team.” Even if the Pirates haven’t played their best this year, seePhoto courtsey of Bree Main ing fans in the seats reminds Main of why she loves her job. After working with The Northerner as an NKU student, “People coming out for the games, and as a fan, it still Bree Main has been with the Pirates as a publications gets me excited to go to work. I smile as I walk in the front designer since 2007. door, still to this day.”

English grads host semester film series Clara Lay and Brandon Barb Staff writer and managing editor Murder, blackmail and sex are ways to sell a movie today but moviegoers were treated to their fill of such things back in the 1940s and ‘50s with gritty detective films. Northern Kentucky University students will get a chance to experience at least one of those films during the Association of English Graduate Students Film and Literature Series. The first film in the series is “The Big Sleep” and it stars one of the unlikely stars during the time, Humphrey Bogart. “I chose to host a film [series] be-

cause I believe in cultivating an intellectual community at NKU,” English professor and AEGS adviser Andrea Gazzaniga said. “This series focuses on literature and film -- the adaptation of great works of literature into film.” Gazzaniga’s interests in both her teaching and research are rooted in film and literature. She says it “is a perfect opportunity to share my experience with the wider community. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to discuss great films with a smart and engaged audience.” The film is notable for being an adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s hard boiled detective novel featuring his

most beloved character Philip Marlowe -- a tough talking private investigator with an honor code that is often out of place in the corrupt world he occupies. “The Big Sleep” features Bogart as Marlowe, who also depicted fellow detective novelist Dashiell Hammett’s character Sam Spade in the film version of “The Maltese Falcon.” Bogart plays opposite of his wife, Lauren Bacall, in “The Big Sleep” and most of the film’s seductiveness comes from their onscreen chemistry. The film’s plot is convoluted, confusing and contradictory, but the point of the movie isn’t plot. The greatest impact of a film, like this one, is the mood

it creates as well as the seductive visual style and smart, snappy dialogue. This way of movie making is defined as film noir. Film noir is a style of film that flourished in America just after World War II. It generally depicts the feelings of alienation, corruption and existential despair felt after the war. Screenings begin Aug. 31 and will conclude Nov. 30. The series will be held in the Griffin Hall Digitorium 7 p.m. with free admission. For more information about the film series and other screenings, contact Andrea Gazzaniga at gazzanigaa1@ nku.edu.


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From textbooks to the recording studio Chase student works toward a law degree and R&B singing career Kyle Sebree Staff writer He bares all the sleek and lean resemblances of the unstoppable machines rolling out of Motown during the 1960s and I’m not talking about automobiles. Henry Ford himself couldn’t assemble such vocal smoothness and panache but Berry Gordy most certainly would’ve had the girls swooning as they stepped to the sound of Chase Law student and R&B songster, Joseph Nevels. In a young career that has taken him from Miami, Los Angeles and New York City, Nevels’ humble roots in Northern Kentucky manage to keep him grounded. The second youngest of six children, Nevels was never a stranger to music. His interests differed from his brothers, while they often wanted toys to play with; Joseph was pleased to receive a drum set or karaoke machine. “Looking back, I would sing and play the keyboard for hours,” Nevels said. Growing up with parents deeply rooted in church, it was inevitable that music would speak to the soul of Nevels. His love for music developed when he would listen to cassette tapes of Boyz II Men. He would write down the lyrics of his favorite songs until he had them memorized. “I always paid close attention to lyrics,” said Nevels. “That’s why I can get into different kinds of music because I look at all emotional elements in lyrics.” As a senior in high school, Nevels entered a music contest in Florida and won. His award was to be flown to Los Angeles where he got to witness a live “American Idol” finale. This revelatory moment made Nevels as certain as 10 dimes would buy a dollar that he would pursue a career in entertainment. “I was being driven around in a limo and thought, ‘This is cool, I want to see what I can do with this,’” Nevels said.

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After completing his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, Nevels would follow in the footsteps of his older brother and go to law school. Nevels aims to focus on entertainment law when he graduates from Salmon P. Chase College of Law next spring. Hoping to cut out the middle-man, Nevels strives to handle his own contracts in his career as a singer. “Entertainment law goes hand in hand with a music career,” he said. As one would imagine, balancing a life between law school, music and relationships presents a challenge. Nevels acknowledges the difficultly but is confident that his friends and family are in support of his career. “My friends and family are very supportive of my career,” said Nevels, “They know that no matter what, I’ll take care of them and vice versa”. Nevels performs live on a frequent basis but admits working on his new EP has put constraints on his live schedule. He has performed for students at the University of Dubuque in Iowa, the Sugar Bar in New York City and before 4,000 people in Fountain Square in Cincinnati. Nevels has performed for both old and young audiences but prefers playing for college students. Being a consummate performer, Nevels can switch between the showman and the intimate lyrical interpreter depending on the age of his audience. “I like performing for the college crowd because of the energy but I can become whatever I need to be for any age audience,” Nevels said. Nevels’ set list consists of a combination of cover songs and self-written originals. He divulged his unique song-writing process, claiming to be more concerned with the lyrics than music first. “I’ll start with the chorus and branch out from there,” Nevels said. The first single off his upcoming EP was released in

Have a chance to get off campus this week? Check out the nightlife and events happening in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Salsa on the Square Aug. 30, 7-10 p.m. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine Streets, Cincinnati Latin bands play music for guests to moving. Instructors are on hand to show off steps. A variety of food and beverages are nearby and there’s also an afterparty at Bootsy’s, also downtown. Price: Free More info: www.myfountainsquare.com KISS and Motley Crue Aug. 31, doors at 5:30 p.m. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg

Photo provided by Vincent Cunningham Joseph Nevels (above) is working on both a law degree at NKU’s Chase Law School and an EP to be released this fall.

April 2012, titled “Presence.” Cinematographer Roman Lukjanenko directed the music video which can be viewed on his webpage, www.JosephNevels.com. Cincinnati-based band, Pomegranates, meshes their indie-rock style with Nevels’ smooth R&B sound to create a simple throwback single with a modern twist. “I wanted the music video to have a ‘50s feel with the falsettos and clothing styles but with a modern perspective,” Nevels said. Nevels will continue focusing his energy on completing his upcoming EP to be titled “After Due Consideration” with a fall release date. When asked to comment on the title of the EP, Nevels divulged the meaning of the legal term in accordance to his music. “I’m putting my time, sweat and feelings into this, so the EP is like my due consideration,” said Nevels. “If all people took accountability for their profession, their work would be better as result.”

Ave., Cincinnati The classic rock bands take the stage this weekend to rock Northern Kentucky fans. Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and co. claim to be taking a break from the road after this run, so the time to see them would be now. Price: $45-$175 depending on seat preference More info: www.ticketmaster.com Rocky Horror Picture Show Sept. 1, 11:55 p.m. Esquire 6 Theater, 320 Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an audience participation film. The cast performs in conjunction with the film which means whatever you see on the screen is what you’ll see on stage. Must

be 17 or older. Price: $9.50; $6.75 students More info: www.rhps.net Riverfest Party on the Levee Plaza/WEBN Fireworks Sept. 2, 6-11 p.m. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport, Ky. Watch the WEBN Fireworks along the river with live music, dining and free parking with two ticket purchases. Ticket includes access to the party tent located on the plaza in front of the aquarium and live music, dinner-bythe-bite and two drink tickets. Price: $100 per person (fireworks seating along river is first come first served) More info/tickets: www.newportonthelevee.com/events/details.aspx?id=1070


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in NKU classrooms

Two instructors introduce a new zombie apocalypse-themed University 101 class Maggie Pund Staff writer While most college freshmen are simply worried about surviving their first classes, two instructors at Northern Kentucky University decided to require their students to worry about how to survive a zombie apocalypse as well. Rich Shivener and Shawn Rainey came together this semester at NKU to take a mainstream theme and apply it to learning how to succeed in college through their zombie apocalypse-themed University 101 class. In this section of UNV 101, freshmen with varying backgrounds and interests will band together to develop skills to survive college as well as throngs of the undead walking the earth. “We can take these pieces of UNV 101, helping students transition to college and put it with a different theme,” said Rainey. “If you know about yourself and you can survive a zombie apocalypse, if you’re aware of your resources, then you can also survive your first year at school and make that transition. That’s what we were hoping to try to put together.” Scenarios from popular zombie books, graphic novels, movies and television shows will

be incorporated into the course to prepare the students for looming challenges and catastrophes. The pinnacle of the course requires students to use “each others’ specialties, personalities and critical thinking skills” to create a plan to survive if hordes of zombies were to take over NKU’s campus, according to the syllabus. Taking into consideration the campus, its resources and its buildings, the students will produce a guide to save their lives. The combination of the textbooks Constance Staley’s “FOCUS on College Success” and Max Brooks’ “Zombie Survival Guide” into the course illustrates how the instructors are using a fictional forefront of society as the backdrop of the class in order to develop skills the students can apply to their majors and careers in the future. Instead of draining their brains, the undead are used to expand and explore the students’ minds. “The goal of this course is to apply the skills they have learned in this class to the institution and then beyond,” Shivener said. “I want them to feel like they can use their imagination to learn something valuable about the campus and themselves.” Zombie references are an increasing part of popular culture through media, art and now even the college classroom. These various platforms have demon-

strated how zombies have become a symbol of society’s fear of collapse from within and sparked exploration of how humanity will survive when confronted with such unassailable obstacles in life. Although the walking dead are commonly used to inspire fear, the theme is used in this class to overcome fears of starting college. “When you are taking college courses for your first time, it’s like okay this is completely out of my comfort zone,” said Felicia Henry, a freshman respiratory care major in the course. “I think the zombie portion of [this class] is to make it not seem so scary.” Another student in the course felt the zombie theme went beyond the actual zombies and suggested a deeper meaning about mindsets in college and in life. “I think the point is to not be a zombie. Don’t just get by,” said Alex Hutton, a freshman entrepreneurship major in the class. “I think that’s the mentality of the class. The mentality of don’t just skate by. Actually survive.” While it might be surprising that a course poses the questions, “What would you do if your best friend was bitten by a zombie? Would you kill them or tie them up and wait for a cure?” The new themed section of UNV 101 prepares students to survive college and a zombie apocalypse at the same time.

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Student athletes embrace Division I Coaches purposely recruited players they thought would adapt Brook Clifford Staff writer When Northern Kentucky University transitioned from Division II to Division I it affected the university as a whole, however most athletes feel like nothing has really changed for them. “The transition from Division II to Division I has been talked about since I was a freshman here,” Ethan Faulkner, senior on NKU’s men’s basketball team, said. “I always knew it was a possibility. It didn’t matter to me, but I am excited about the change.” All athletes were given the warning last year that the transition might not happen. But, most seniors on the teams were recruited with the knowledge that they may become part of a Division I team while they were at the university. “The athletes on our team were recruited with Division I in mind,” Kurt Young, assistant men’s basketball coach, said. “We knew if there was a transition, these players would be able to play Di-

vision I. We didn’t increase training or make them go through extra tryouts.” Most teams will not be able to play in NCAA conference games and tournaments for at least four years, but will be able to compete in the National Invitation Tournament. One of the exceptions is the cross country and track teams at NKU. “We get to compete in conferences as a team,” Kayla Justice, senior and team captain on the cross country team, said. “We’re ranked seventh in our conference out of 10 teams. We want to improve and we are striving to prove everyone wrong. We can only get better.” Transitioning from Division II to Division I brings a lot of excitement from the coaches, fans, staff and students, especially the athletes. “The most exciting part is the teams we get to play against now,” Faulkner said. “We can’t wait to go up to Ohio State and down to San Diego. Those are guys we’ve seen playing on television for years, and now those are the guys we are compet-

ing against.” Being a student athlete has many pros and cons to it. They have to juggle classes, games, homework and practices. “There’s a reason it’s called a student athlete; student comes first,” Justice said. “My advice is to take school and your sport seriously. We know if we don’t do well in the classroom, we won’t be able to participate in our sport.” Recruitment rules and regulations have changed since the switch to Division I. Coaches have certain days they can recruit now and have three extra scholarships to give away for athletes, according to Young. “We are demanding the same things that we always have from our players,” Young said. “We aren’t increasing practices. The rules say we can only practice 20 hours a week and that’s what we do. We always expected a lot from them. The seniors on our team are happy to begin the new history of NKU athletics.”


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New director has regional connections Stephen Wilder Sports editor The Sports Business Program at Northern Kentucky University recently hired a new director to replace its former leader. Jenny Gardner, the new director, has worked in the sports business world for her entire career and will replace Tom Gamble, who started the program in 2002. “Tom and I are friends,” Gardner said. “I saw this position posted and I called him. I told him I might be interested. He was on the hiring committee so that is how I got my foot in the door with this job.” Gardner said she thinks one of the things NKU was looking for is someone with a lot of varied experience in sports and someone who has worked locally who can help these students get connections with internships and eventually with careers in sports. “I think that is where I can be helpful,” Gardner said. “I can talk to them about the different things they can do in sports and get them connected. “I am having one student shadow the Reds. He is a freshman and he is going to shadow a couple games just to see if he likes it.” Gardner said that in the classroom, she will be helpful in drawing on real life industry examples, experiences and things students need to know walking into the sports business. As daughter of a longtime NFL coach, Gardner has been involved in the complex world of sports since she was young.

The Northern Kentucky University men’s soccer team traveled to Wisconsin to begin the season, playing two games. NKU played Wisconsin-Green Bay on Aug. 24, losing 1-0. The Norse led in shots 11-7 despite playing a man down from the 27th minute on after freshman midfielder/defender Gavin Colton received a straight red card. Green Bay scored the only goal of the game in the 52nd minute. NKU concluded the opening weekend playing against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Aug. 26, losing 2-1. Junior forward Mohammad Salhieh opened the scoring in the 14th minute giving NKU the lead, but Milwaukee scored goals in the 59th and 76th minutes to win the contest.

Women’s Soccer The Northern Kentucky University women’s soccer team traveled to Muncie, Ind. playing two games in the Ball State Tournament. NKU played Ball State on Aug. 24 and Western Kentucky University on Aug. 26, losing both games 2-1. Against Ball State, all the scoring took place in the second half. Ball State scored in the 66th and 68th minutes to take control of the game. Junior forward/midfielder Megan Frye scored in the 85th minute for the Norse to cut the lead into half. Against Western Kentucky, NKU fell behind early as the Hilltoppers scored in the 6th minute and extended the lead by scoring in the 71st minute. Senior midfielder Hannah Adams scored in the 89th minute for the Norse.

“I thought I was probably going to to end up in sales and marketing,” Gardner said. “And at that point, when I was there, it was 1996, and they were in the midst of building Paul Brown Stadium, so I started getting involved with specifically premium seating.” Gardner left the Bengals in 1999 to work for the Reds, who were looking for a similar position because they were building a ballpark. After seven years, she had an opportunity with the University of Cincinnati and that is where she got into more fundraising athletic development. “I was there for six years and I raised money for all of the athletic scholarships,” Gardner said. “And also the capital initiatives like the indoor practice facility, donor relations and event management. That is kind of how my career got started.” Gardner said Gamble did a great job and got the program off the ground and was a visionary behind getting this program started here. “It’s in a great place,” Gardner said. “My job is just to continue to enhance it. I think we will really focus on recruitment in the next 12 months to continue to grow the program in numbers.” Joe Cobbs, assistant professor of sports business, said Gardner’s industry connections will help students in getting internships and their first career opportunities. “I think that her regional connections in the sports industry should help us promote our program and potentially attract incoming students to NKU and our program,” Cobbs said.

Volleyball The Northern Kentucky University volleyball team is off to a 4-0 start to begin the season. The Norse played three games in the Western Carolina Invitational held in Cullowhee, N.C. NKU defeated Saint Peter’s in straight sets, (25-9, 25-9, 2511), and host Western Carolina in four sets, (25-20, 33-35, 2519, 25-12), on Aug. 24. On the next day, the Norse defeated North Carolina A&T in four sets (25-15, 22-25, 25-12, 2519). NKU played Wright State on Aug. 28 in Dayton, Ohio and won in straight sets, (25-19, 3028, 25-22).

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“I have had an interesting upbringing,” Gardner said. “My dad was a football coach. I went to all of the games, ever since I was a toddler.” Jim McNally, Gardner’s father, was an offensive line coach for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1980 to 1994 after coaching at numerous colleges. He coached legends Anthony Munoz and Max Montoya, and went to both super bowls before moving on to the Carolina Panthers in 1994. McNally also coached the New York Giants and eventually retired with the Buffalo Bills, but is now back with the Bengals as a consultant. Gardner said she played sports, but it was more growing up in that atmosphere that persuaded her to work in sports. “I went to the University of Dayton and got a communications degree and I thought I wanted to work in broadcasting for a while and did an internship with Channel 9 and found out that it wasn’t for me,” Gardner said. “I went on and got my master’s degree at Miami University in speech communication.” Gardner said she knew that she wanted to get into professional football. “Obviously, with my ‘in’ with the Bengals, I took a step back and became an intern for the Bengals and started in the media relations department,” Gardner said. “I did everything from helping with news releases, taking stats during the game in the press box and actually going in the locker room to get the players situated with interviews.” She liked all of that, but decided that it wasn’t fitting with her personality.


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Norse Force takes over stadium Stephen Wilder Sports editor Without student’s support and participation, Northern Kentucky University’s transition to Division I would be a lot harder and less fun. Norse Force, NKU’s student spirit organization, has been working hard over the past year to increase interest and awareness and it is paying off. The latest attempt by the organization was a Norse Force Membership Drive and Pep Rally Aug. 28 at NKU’s soccer stadium. Students were encouraged to sign up or renew their memberships for $1o, and in return, they received T-shirts, Norse tags and free food from various local restaurants. Norse tags can be swiped at all NKU Athletics home events and they provide students with rewards for attending games. During the pep rally, Norse Force Presi-

dent Sara Daugherty led the crowd in learning and practicing Norse chants and fight songs. Most of the crowd was very receptive and student athletes even joined in on hyping up the crowd. Numerous coaches were also present, including the men’s and women’s basketball head coaches, Dave Bezold and Dawn Plitzuweit. And, of course, Victor E. Viking made an appearance and made his presence known by dancing and stomping around the bleachers, encouraging students to scream louder. The event came to an end after students were gathered onto the field to create a large N, K and U. After that, everyone exited the stadium and lines for memberships began to fill up. Daugherty said that, as of right now, memberships have already doubled from what they were last year.

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