Student Senate seeks freshmen
Former coach making dough
Noise disturbs city residents
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Sports, page 9
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Opinions still differ on GenEd changes Cassie Stone Editor-in-chief The debate over Foundations of Knowledge, NKU’s general education program, is at a standstill for now, but the university is still waiting to hear the results of the U.S. Department of Education’s inquiry into how the curriculum change was approved and how complaints about the change were handled. A June 7 letter from the Department of Education to Belle Wheelan, president of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), says the agency did not properly handle complaints filed about NKU’s new GenEd program, and the agency did not properly review the new GenEd program. SACS is the organization that ensures colleges and universities in several southern states meet requirements to be accredited universities. The agency had until July 18 to respond. Wheelan confirmed SACS did answer the
Department of Education’s inquiry by the deadline; but declined to provide a copy of the letter, saying SACS is a private agency and is not required under freedom of information laws to release documents. Wheelan said the agency had not initially provided enough information to convince the Department of Education that the agency had followed procedure, so SACS provided more information explaining the review pro-
cess. “We had two people working on the complaint, but didn’t get information from both,” Wheelan said. She added the agency sent a “more complete response in the more complete letter” in July, and SACS has heard nothing back from the Department of Education. Despite the Department of Education’s outstanding inquiry, Votruba said Aug. 19 at Fall Convocation that he had spoken with Wheelan
and was assured the GenEd program was in compliance with SACS. “That debate is over,” Votruba said. However, if the Department of Education finds SACS out of compliance, the agency risks losing its status as a federally recognized accrediting agency. If Foundations of Knowledge is found to be out of compliance, NKU could risk losing some federal funding unless the program is adjusted.
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Communication Dept. supports Student Media Refute prior review, planning concerns As interim dean and department chair, we read with great interest the editorial “We Won’t Back Down,” published in the Aug. 24 issue of The Northerner. The subhead on the editorial was “Independence a must for Student Media.” We agree. The staff and writers of The Northerner should be able to freely exercise their right to write and publish what they, as journalists, judge to be appropriate. Now that the paper has moved from Student Affairs to Academic Affairs, it has the opportunity to more easily consult with the journalists on our faculty, who well understand the importance of freedom of the press. The editorial referred to faculty review of articles for The Northerner. In fact, this matter only pertains to students who are enrolled for the student media practicum courses (JOU 296-297) who need to have their work evaluated for academic credit. Discussion between the practicum instructor and the newspaper’s staff are ongoing, and we hope that an appropriate and fair procedure can be implemented.
The editorial also referred to planning that was “marching on” without the input of the newspaper staff. The example given here was that some faculty put in their “two cents” by encouraging collaboration with other student media outlets on campus. This was in fact an offer to make 30 minutes of airtime freely available to The Northerner staff to use as they see fit each week. How the staff uses this time, and indeed whether they use it at all, is up to them. With so much new technology available now in Griffin Hall, we wish to be helpful by calling attention to new possibilities and opportunities. Meanwhile, we encourage The Northerner to freely write what is important to students and know that the University is behind their right to do so. Kevin Kirby Interim Dean, College of Informatics Rachel Lyon Chair, Department of Communication
npr norse poll responses Compiled by Karli Wood and Brandon Barb
How do you feel about the campus improvements?
Stacey Barnes Junior, journalism
Charles Henry Senior, computer science
Jamaal Andrews Freshman, music
Jennifer Seaman Senior, biology
“I like Griffin Hall; I have a couple of classes there. I’m glad to see the university is improving its environment. I understand the destruction is necessary before construction.”
“The building [Griffin], of course. It is set up very well. Also, the computer labs; they’re very nice.”
“I think they’re going well. I think they look good. It’s really convenient to have a walkway there.”
“I haven’t paid much attention. All 12 of my credit hours are in this building. Other people benefit from it — it’s for the greater good.”
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Pres. search starts with a student Claire Higgins News editor
Starting Sept. 13, the search for a new Northern Kentucky University president will officially begin — but first, the committee to find the right candidate must be decided upon. The Presidential Search and Screening Committee will consist of 14-15 people, according to Board of Regents Chair Terry Mann. Among that group will be 2-3 people each from faculty, non-teaching staff, the community, the NKU Foundation and alumni. There will also be four Board of Regents members and one NKU student representative. The Student Government Association executive board has been commissioned to find and submit the top three student applicants from NKU to the Board of Regents, which will ultimately select the representative by Sept. 9. Terry Mann is also hoping to announce the entire commitPhoto by Cassie Stone tee on that date. Including a student in the Search Board of Regents Chair Terry Mann discusses and Screening Committee is importhe process to find a new president for NKU, tant because students are the most which includes appointing a student to help.
important part of NKU. “The university doesn’t exist without them,” Mann said. Interested students were asked to submit a letter describing why he or she wanted to be on the committee and time availability and comfort to such a time-consuming position. It is important to SGA that the candidates be able to balance the position with academic requirements, according to Robinson. In addition to the letter of intent, potential candidates submitted a résumé which listed their class standing and their extracurricular and professional involvement. According to Robinson, one of the most important things the executive board is looking for is the ability to “manage outside involvement with successful academic progress.” Mann said the board will take a look at the GPA and academic standing of the applicant because the selected student needs to be strong enough academically to withstand the time commitment of the committee. The student chosen to be on the
committee is required to attend all committee meetings and any other related events. The student rep will have an equal voice in the discussion and decision-making process, according to Robinson. The deadline to apply to be the student representative was Sept. 1. After the executive board has submitted the top three applicants to the Board of Regents, it will decide on the best candidate and Mann will appoint one student to the committee. The full rights and responsibilities of the other committee members apply to the student representative, as well as a duty to represent the NKU student body by being active in the discussion about potential presidential candidates. The target date for the announcement of a new president is March 2012. Until then, the Search and Screening Committee will hold open meetings on- and off-campus where the public (students included) can voice their opinions on what characteristics they would like to see in the next university president.
Senate ready for freshmen voice Claire Higgins News editor Every fall, the Student Government Association holds a separate election to elect five incoming freshmen to the senate. This year’s election will take place on Sept. 7 and 8. Since 2009, SGA has left five open seats for freshmen because of the special kind of perspective and ideas they bring to the senate. Michelle Forlenza, SGA secretary for public relations, refers to their perspective as a “refreshing excitement.” “These students are ready to get involved and ready to make a difference,” Forlenza said. Freshmen students have until Sept. 1 to submit an application to the SGA offices. Along with the application,
students were required to collect 50 signatures from other students across campus. Although it is not required, candidates are allowed to run a campaign to promote their candidacy around the university. Two candidates did take advantage of the Aug. 29 SGA meeting to introduce themselves to the existing senate and executive board. Even though they are new to student government and to the university, freshmen bring many new things to the table, including a voice for the freshmen class. According to Forlenza, in the past, freshmen have worked together to write multiple resolutions throughout the academic year. Specifically last year, the five freshmen senate members worked on a resolution for a ride-sharing program at NKU.
Ride sharing is a way for commuters to carpool to campus with other commuters and also a way for students without cars to connect with those who do. Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky are two nearby campuses that have already put a ride-sharing program in place. The process of voting is the same as all other SGA elections — online and across campus during the stated voting time period. To vote, students will need their All-Card and ISO number, which is located on students’ All-Cards. This year’s election will be Sept. 7 and 8. For more information on freshman elections, visit the SGA website at http://sga. nku.edu/ or email Michelle Forlenza at forlenzam1@nku. edu.
Application packet deadline: Sept. 1 by 2 p.m. Submit online or in the SGA office (SU 330). Requirements: Completed application, freshman standing and 50 signatures from other students. Elections: Sept. 7 and 8 online (http://sga.nku.edu) and across campus. Students will need their All-Card and ISO number to vote. For more information, contact Michelle Forlenza at email@example.com.
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Find-It! resolution haunts SGA Claire Higgins News editor The Student Government Association announced the upcoming elections for four open senate positions at the Aug. 29 meeting. With senate elections, SGA also passed the second reading of the midterm grade policy resolution and passed another first reading of the opt-in to Find-It! resolution that should have been signed in spring 2011. The four senate seats that need filled were left vacant by previous senators who had to leave for personal reasons, according to SGA President Dustin Robinson. Applications are available in the SGA office in Student Union 330 and online on SGA’s OrgSync page. Potential candidates must submit an application electronically or in person by Sept. 9. The midterm grade policy resolution, presented by University Improvements Chair Mikey Adkins, unanimously passed with little revision in its second reading. Adkins and Robinson will be presenting the
resolution to the Faculty Senate Sept. 1. Since its first reading, the resolution was changed to include 100-300 level classes. Adkins said this revision came from many upperlevel classes being final-project based, in which case midterm grades would not be feasible. SGA members also restarted the process for the opt-in to Find-It! resolution, which passed last spring but went on to be misplaced or un-
signed, according to Robinson. This resolution would give students the choice to opt-in to being included in Find-It!, NKU’s online directory of student, faculty and staff contact information. Currently, all students are automatically listed in the directory unless they opt out. Although the new resolution is identical to the previous one, SGA must go through the resolution process as a technicality, Robinson said. In any case, the resolution was passed in its first reading, with no revisions. NKU athletic director Scott Eaton attended the meeting to answer any questions SGA members had about moving into a Division I conference. Eaton answered questions about which potential conference is the most promising. Eaton said that two of the four possible conferences have been positive, but did not name which two. Currently, NKU is looking into the Atlantic Sun Conference, Horizon League, Ohio Valley Conference and Summit League as potential conferences to be invited into. Finally, Robinson and the executive board confirmed and appointed Danielle Hawks to legislative liaison.
GenEds, continued from page one The push to change GenEd requirements came after NKU went through its re-accreditation process and during administrators’ looking for ways to cut the total number of credit hours needed to graduate from 128 to 120. Provost Gail Wells said plans to revamp the GenEd program began in May 2008 as a way to help students meet graduation requirements more quickly. She said many students were graduating with more than 128 credit hours. She added that with more than 300 course options available, students had difficulty selecting courses. “We had to maybe make some reductions in majors or somewhere else along the line to fit everything in,” said Terry Pence, chair of the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Philosophy. Pence was part of the faculty committees in charge of helping revise GenEd requirements. “What [the administration] decided to do was to combine history, literature and fine arts [previously requiring nine hours of study] into one and retain only a six-hour requirement in humanities,” Pence said.
Pence, with Robert Trundle, professor and coordinator of the philosophy program, claims the new GenEd requirements do not properly address academic requirements. They voiced these concerns to NKU administrators as early as March 2010, according to email correspondence obtained by The Northerner. Pence and Trundle said Foundations of Knowledge violates SACS provisions, which require students to take at least one course each from humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences and natural science/mathematics, totaling three classes or nine credit hours. Foundations of Knowledge only requires students to take classes from two of the three disciplines, totaling six credit hours, putting them out of compliance with SACS guidelines, the professors said. According to emails obtained by The Northerner, Pence and other faculty members voiced concerns over compliance with GenEd policies to NKU administration throughout the review process. The Northerner has obtained correspon-
dence dating back to January 2010. In emails exchanged between Jan. 26-27, 2010, Provost Gail Wells informed Prof. Nancy Hancock, who was on the committee reviewing GenEd requirements, that if a new policy was not in place by fall 2010, NKU would risk losing accreditation. Wells cited SACS’ findings that while NKU was granted accreditation, it was non-compliant in four areas, one of them being general education. According to the emails, Wells interpreted the SACS suggestions to mean that GenEd requirements needed to be completely revamped, but faculty countered that SACS actually discouraged administrators to start from scratch to revise GenEd requirements. Wells told The Northerner in June that administrators could have fit the new GenEd requirements over the old structure with more than 300 course options, but having so many options complicated course selection for students. Wells said the administration revised GenEd because they “wanted students to have the chance to explore.”
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Bad Veins bandmates Ben Davis and Sebastien Schultz shot the music video for their song “Dancing on TV” Aug. 27 at WCET-TV studios in Cincinnati.
Bad Veins go retro
Roxanna Blevins A&E editor Cincinnati band Bad Veins returned to the city Saturday to shoot a music video at WCET-TV studio, for their song “Dancing on TV” from their recently completed second album. The new album, yet to be released, is a departure from the sound of the band’s self-titled debut album, according to singer/guitarist/keyboardist Benjamin Davis. Bad Veins has previously been described in their band bio as having a sound similar to The Killers and The Walkmen. However, Davis and Bad Veins drummer Sebastien Schultz would not give details about the change in direction. “We’re really hoping everyone likes it,” Davis said. “We want to let the listener explore the new direction to make up their mind what they think.” For the “Dancing on TV” music video, Bad Veins invited friends and fans to dance as though they were on a 1973 television show. Schultz said the concept stemmed from a conversation about an episode of “The Cosby Show,” which came up during the recording of the album. Davis and Schultz chose 1973 as the setting in honor of the unofficial
Local band calls on community to complete 70’s-era music video
third member of the band — their reel-to-reel tape recorder, Irene. Individuals who wished to be in the video were asked to wear typical 1970s clothing such as short dresses, platform shoes and bell-bottoms. Clothing was made available from vintage clothing stores Chicken Lays an Egg and Casablanca Vintage of Northside, Ohio, for those who did not have eraappropriate clothes. Although the video shoot was supposed to end at 8 p.m., according to the Facebook page for the event, people were dancing into the night until filming wrapped at 10 p.m. Northern Kentucky University sophomore jazz
Photos by Karli Wood
performance major Jack Nuttall took part in the video. “It was kind of tiresome — we were doing the same stuff over and over again; we had to do a lot of takes.” According to Nuttall, people were coming and going throughout the day; but about 30 to 40 people came to dance in the video, including some of the Cincinnati Rollergirls. Dance instructor Ashley Gentry came to the studio to be in the video, as well as to help with dance scenes. Gentry is an instructor at The Dance Center, a dance studio in Northern Kentucky that teaches various dance styles including ballet, lyrical, tap and jazz. Aside from the music video for “Dancing on TV,” Bad Veins will be shooting videos for other songs on the new album. The band is also working on plans for the release of the album and subsequent live shows. “I can’t wait for the video to come out,” Nuttall said. “It’s a pretty catchy song.” For more information about Bad Veins or to listen to their music, go to http://badveins.net/ or check them out on Facebook at http://www.facebook. com/#!/badveins.
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From pyramids to pepperoni
Four-time national champion turns to passion for food Brandon Barb Features editor
Walking into Giuseppe’s Pizzeria is like meeting Daren Harris. Both are warm, inviting, friendly, open and passionate. The larger-than-life personality of Harris pours over into his restaurant — ask about the Legend of the Drunken Fireman, a 20 pound 20 inch pizza. Harris is a former Boone County sheriff, Northern Kentucky University’s former cheerleading coach and now the owner of Giuseppe’s Pizzeria in Covington, Ky. After retiring in February 2010 from both coaching and from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Harris opened Giuseppe’s. He graduated from The Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State in December of 2009. “My restaurant is me because I’m there so much,” Harris said. When Giuseppe’s first opened, Harris was working 80-90 hours a week. Devoting time to coaching was not feasible. “It wouldn’t have been fair to them,” he said. “I was at a point where it was a good time for a new coach to come in,” Harris said. He came to NKU in 2006 as an assistant coach to then-head coach Mark McTague. When McTague left for Philadelphia, Harris moved up to the vacant head coach position — after being there for only six months. In that first year as head coach, Harris and his squad won the Universal Cheerleading Association’s Division II Small Co-ed national championship. Harris’ squads would go on to win three more national titles. “In those five years I was there, it was probably one of the most rewarding things I’ve done with my life,” Harris said. Though he has been away from the university for a year and a half, Harris still feels very much a part of NKU. Coaches, profes-
sors and players frequent the small pizzeria. Those whom Harris coached still keep in touch with him, as well. “He was very straightforward and told you exactly how it was and what was expected of you,” senior communications major Dana Hays said. “He had a great balance between being your friend and your coach.” As a result of Harris’ strong desire to give the best product and focus on community, his restaurant is gaining attention and respect. A reason more people are taking notice could be Harris’ passion for food. It was instilled in him at a young age when he watched his grandmother and mother bake in the kitchen. With his passion, he attempts to pass it on to his employees. Harris wants his workers to have the same love and interest in food. Everything is made fresh at Giuseppe’s. “We cook pizza here. We bake out of this restaurant. We don’t put it on a conveyor belt…We bake the pizza every time,” Harris said. “Daren is great. He is the best boss I’ve ever had,” said third-year photography major Mary Hughes-White. “He helps people a lot. He’s donated lunch to local charities. It’s things like that that make it a better place to work.” His time and energy are wrapped up in Giuseppe’s. However, there is a chance Harris could go back to coaching, though “maybe not at NKU.” “I’m at a point here, now, where things are a bit calmer. I’m at a point where I would consider going back and doing some more,” Harris said. “I don’t know if I would want to be a head coach. I would just want to be part of the team … maybe someplace else, maybe one of the high schools.”
Photos by Karli Wood & Brandon Barb (Top) The dining room of Giuseppe’s. (Bottom) Daren Harris at work, stretching dough before the lunch rush. Harris is heavily involved in every aspect of his restaurant, right down to creating the unique pizzas on the menu.
Happenings August 31
Freshman Service Leadership Committee
College Republican Meeting
When: 3:30-5 p.m. Where: SU 104 What: FSLC is a freshmanbased student organization dedicated to the development of leadership through service.
When: 2-3 p.m. Where: SC 300 What: Be a friend to Mother Earth, man. Join Environmetally Concerned Organization of Students (ECOS) in discussion.
Features September 1 Common Ground
When: 3:15 p.m. Where: SU 104 When: 2-2:30pm What: Join the LGBTQ comWhere: SU 105 What: Meet up to discuss cur- munity as they plan for the rent events, current elections upcoming year. and how to get involved.
NKU Womenâ€™s Soccer vs. Tiffin
When: 11 a.m. Where: NKU Soccer Field What: Cheer on your the first NKU womenâ€™s soccer game of the fall 2011 season. Free admission for all NKU students.
September 7 Find a Co-op
When: 5-6 p.m, Where: SU 302 What: Discover how to acquire hands-on experience in your career field while earning academic credit and getting paid.
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September 1 W.A.T.E.R. Open Mic Night
When: 5 p.m. Where: SU Multipurpose Room What: Enjoy the many talents of fellow students as they take the stage on open mic night.
September 7 Peace Corps Information Table
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: SU (outdoor plaza) What: Gather information on the organization, application process and what it is like to be a volunteer.
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NKU responds to stadium noise complaints John Minor Sports news editor Trees are not planted just for shade and scenery. Around Northern Kentucky University’s Soccer Stadium they are meant to muffle sound. NKU will be planting approximately $4,000 worth of evergreen trees near the NKU Soccer Stadium this semester. The planting is a response to Highland Heights residents’ complaints about noise from soccer games and intramural flag football at the stadium. With these popular sporting events, inevitably comes noise from fans, announcers, music and traffic. This has caused residents on Harriet Avenue, on the other side of the NKU soccer stadium, to voice their disapproval of the commotion. “Noise is excessive while intramurals are going on,” said Highland Heights resident Andy Brutsman, who lives on Harriet Avenue. “A lot of
people are not happy about it.” One of those people is Dave Ramler, another Harriet Avenue resident. “We’re property owners and this problem has been dumped into our side yard,” Ramler said. NKU ranked third nationally in total soccer attendance and fourth nationally in average attendance last year. Intramural flag football teams also began using the soccer field for games last year. “It was a learning curve for everyone,” said Highland Heights Mayor Greg Meyers. “They didn’t know they were going to have all those kids playing intramurals.” After receiving complaints from individual citizens and the city, NKU banned the use of artificial noisemakers, shifted the start time of official NCAA soccer matches so they should end before 10 p.m., allowed music to be played only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and placed specific volume controls on the sound system, according to
Chris Cole, NKU’s director of communications. NKU also conducted a noise study in late spring, which refuted the idea that moving speakers to the other side of the field would reduce sound on the neighboring street. In all, NKU has spent more than $10,000 to address noise concerns around the stadium. Meyers is pleased with the action. He feels the university went “over and beyond.” “Northern addressed it, and I think they did a good job,” Meyers said. “The powers of Northern realized they are backed up by the neighborhood and they want to be good neighbors also.” Residents do not agree with the results of the study and suggest that the speakers be moved. “What we suggested to them was to remount the speakers on the scoreboard, aiming them towards the crowd,” said Harriet Avenue resident Eddie Arnold. “It won’t be directed toward us, but they refuse to try it. It
would not cost much to experiment, probably less money than planting trees.” The university plans to plant trees, to try to reduce the noise more. “While they are not likely to provide any short-term relief, the trees are part of an overall noise abatement strategy,” said Chris Cole. Some residents have their doubts that planting trees will help and also said they have not seen the desired effects from the university’s previous actions. Other neighbors, like Marshall Lane resident Ken Krebs appreciates what NKU has done. Krebs does not mind the noise as long as it is not going on too late in the night. “I don’t have a problem with it as long as they don’t go past ten,” Krebs said. NKU has not mentioned any other actions that they plan to take to help the situation, but administrators say they are open to ideas.
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Rec center plans for upgrades Stephen Wilder Sports features editor The upgrade and renovation of Northern Kentucky University’s Albright Health Center and the Campus Recreation Center may soon be underway, but exactly what will be added is still up for debate. Matt Hackett, director of campus recreation, said there is a list of things that university officials would like to add. “We know that students are interested in weight room space; we need more gym space and outdoor areas,” Hackett said. “So we’re trying to find out what we really want to have when we talk about a leisure pool, outdoor things, a large climbing wall, bouldering cave and an outdoor rope course. We need to fine-tune some of those things with what students really want to see.” With the approval of the planning process, the next step is to work on a design. “It should be this semester in which we select an architect,” Hackett said. “The timeline depends on when we get the architect firm on board. We are hoping to start construction by this time next year.” Now that students and Student Government Association leaders are back on campus, university officials are trying to plan trips with students to see other universities’ facilities to help generate ideas. A consultant firm may be hired sometime this fall as Photo by Aly Durrett well to assist with the planning. The project is going to be a staged process, and NKU plans to renovate and expand the Albright Health Center and the Campus Recreation Center. The project will include an addistudents will always have access to the facilities. tion to the gym and track areas to make room for the growing student population. Construction is slated to start next year. According to Hackett, the expansion of the facility will be the first priority. When that is complete, all “We have a process that we follow to hire an ar- depending on the nature and extent of the work. operations will move to the newly added portion of chitect and engineering design team, and we’ll issue Schuh said that the campus health center is an imthe building in order to start work on the currently a request for proposal in the early fall,” Schuh said. portant part of the campus, but it is too small for the used space. “We have a selection process that is prescribed by size of NKU. The extension to the center will cut into Parking the state that we follow, and we will need authoriza“We’re looking for a campus recreation center that Lot S, but the university is not sure how much of that tion from the legislature to issue bonds for the proj- has an open, transparent and welcoming environarea is going to be used. Additional parking with up ect.” ment,” Schuh said. “Paired with the Student Union, to 100 or more spots may be added on the opposite A representative committee met a few times over it could become a magnet for student engagement side of John’s Hill Road. the winter to talk about the project. Members of the and become a place for students to hang out, make Director of Campus and Space Planning Mary committee want to initiate discussions with stu- friends, socialize and be involved in healthy physical Paula Schuh said that with the approval of the fund- dents about what sort of activity spaces the building activity.” ing, the university will include the project in the cap- should include. There is really nothing definite yet, Schuh believes the center is needed for NKU as it ital budget request, which is an application for a sum according to Schuh. continues to expand. of money that will fund NKU’s projects for the next It would take in the range from 18 to 24 months to “It’s a necessary project in terms of the growth, the year. This request will be considered by the general build the addition. The existing first floor of the AHC maturation and the completion of the campus. It’s assembly and by the legislature in January. would be renovated which could take up to a year exciting,” Schuh said.
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Photos by Stephen Wilder (left) & Tim Downer (right) Junior defender Elise Schmuelling (left) and junior midfielder Kathryn Hale (right) compete during practice, preparing for the upcoming season. Sophomore forward Michael Holder (right center) fights for the ball during an exhibition game against Centre College Aug. 27. Holder was the 2010 GLVC Freshman of the Year and finished last season as the second leading scorer with 15 goals.
Soccer teams anticipate success Stephen Wilder Sports features editor Northern Kentucky University men’s and women’s soccer teams are set to start their seasons in the beginning of September. After acquiring their firstever NCAA championship last year in a 3-2 victory against Rollins University, NKU’s men’s squad comes into the season as the top-ranked team in the nation. Men’s head coach John Basalyga understands that this is a completely new season with a different team. The defending national champions must now focus on the future and forget about the past. “We have to instill in them the urgency of what the previous team has accomplished and what’s going to happen to them this year, because we’re going to be the biggest game on everybody’s schedule,” Basalyga said. The team lost star forward Steven Beattie as a player, but
gained him as an assistant coach. “When you lose a player of that caliber, it forces everybody to play like we did in the national final,” Basalyga said. “The other team took him away from us and we still found a way to win. That’s what a team does — they adapt and move forward.” Beattie is not finished playing, but his time as an assistant coach with the Norse will benefit him in the future, according to Basalyga. “When he is finished with his playing career, I think he is going to be a great coach,” Basalyga said. “This is his life. This is a good formative year for him to get his feet wet in the coaching field. His expertise of how he sees the game will be greatly used.” Each team in the Great Lakes Valley Conferece will be a challenge for the Norse this season. Basalyga said he strongly believes that it makes no difference which team they play.
“You can’t sit there and say who is a big game in this league because every game is a war,” Basalyga said. “This is one of the best, well-balanced conferences in the country. If you don’t have your game on, you’re going to get beat. There is always going to be upsets.” Basalyga explained that the team has two goals each season. The first is to win one more game than last season. The second goal is to advance one game deeper in the national tournament. “With winning the national championship, you can’t go any further; so we’re really putting pressure on winning more than 20 games,” Basalyga said. “If we can win 21, we’ll probably be where we need to be, or where we think we should be. It will be a challenge.” NKU’s women’s team also has high expectations for the upcoming season, according to head coach Bob Sheehan. “We really like our team,” Sheehan said. “I think we
have a balanced team with tremendous senior leadership, and I’m pretty excited about getting started.” Sheehan also knows that it might be a bumpy road at first. He said that getting the offense on the same page, while trying to score some goals, may be a challenge. “You’re competing against yourself in many ways early in the season,” Sheehan said. The Norse added six players to their roster this year, and Sheehan thinks the newcomers have adapted quickly. “Right now we’re just about 10 days in and I think everyone is working exceptionally hard,” Sheehan said. “We’re looking for a total team effort and they’re all doing really well.” The women’s team hiredformer NKU standout player, Steve Bornhoffer, as a fulltime assistant coach. Bornhoffer played four seasons for the Norse, finishing his collegiate career in 1997, and then became a graduate
assistant for NKU’s men’s soccer team. After that, he became the head coach for the boys’ soccer team at Newport Central Catholic High School and was there for the past eight seasons, while also coaching girls’ club soccer in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area for the past 13 years. Bornhoffer believes that if everything comes together for the Norse, the team has a solid chance to make it far. “We have a couple of girls hurt right now; but if we can get healthy and the chemistry is there, I think this team can go a long way,” Bornhoffer said. “This group has a lot of character and leadership, so I think they can put a stamp on the season.” Both teams will travel to Ohio to face off against the University of Findlay in their season openers. The men will play at 4 p.m. Sept. 1, and the women will play at 4 p.m. Sept. 2.
Published on Aug 31, 2011
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