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A LONG-TERM HASSLE Students claim there is not enough temporary parking on campus for their late-night and last-minute needs
Claire Higgins News editor When a student stops by campus to pay a bill, rent a book or quickly print a paper within a 20-minute time period, parking spaces are limited. Because of this, many students park illegally or have to park in a lot that is far away from their destination, and when they are on a time crunch, frustration often arises. “It’s awful,” said Tyler Eubank, a junior human resource management major. “I circled around for 30 minutes one time because it was raining trying to find a spot close to the library in the temporary spots.” Currently, there are only a few marked 20-minute parking spots on campus, which are located in Lot N by Lucas Administrative Center and by some garages, according to Parking Services. There are also loading and unloading docks and the circles by the Fine Arts building, the Student Union and in front of Norse Commons, which can be used as temporary parking. But, with the excep-
tion of the circle in front of Norse Commons, which is marked by a sign, these spots should not have cars left unattended for any period of time. Andy Meeks, director of Business Operations and Auxiliary Services, said no one should be parking in front of the library because it is a fire lane and therefore against the law. Meeks said he suggested parking behind the library or in other temporary spots when students need to get in and out of the university quickly. For Mary-Kate Gnotek, a junior English major, parking is only a real problem when she’s in a hurry. “I know there are some, but they are all usually full when I just need to run into the financial aid office or to the library to print a paper,” she said. The lack of temporary parking spaces is understood by the university, according to Meeks, but it is a conscious decision not to encourage temporary parking for two reasons: There is not enough area to provide a sufficient amount of spaces, and most people overstay the 20-minute limit. The university is also particular about temporary parking, because in most cases it will slow other
people down and could cause traffic jams, according to Meeks. Senior theater sound design major Kevin Semancik said he understands that there currently is not space to add more parking, temporary or not. “There’s not nearly enough, but there’s really no place to add more,” he said. For some students, like junior communication major Veronica Ruschman, temporary parking is not a huge problem, because there are not many times when temporary spots are needed. “I don’t ever really need 15- to 20-minute spots, because I’m usually on campus for extended periods of time to begin with,” she said. To address this problem without adding more temporary parking spaces, Eubank offered some solutions for the university to consider. “I don’t always need the spots during the day, but when I’m on my way home from work and need to print out some notes, I hate that I have to park far away when there are close spots, but I’m not allowed in them … if I could park anywhere after a certain time, that would be great,” he said.
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Just for laughs
NKU Starcraft defies the odds University gamers hold their own in electronic competition Aaron Sprinkles Viewpoints editor A few weeks ago, in an editorial titled “Good Game: The Rise of Esports” I explored the culture that has grown up around the real time strategy game Starcraft 2 and the growing legitimacy of competitive gaming as a spectator sport. Building on this foundation, I would like to look at our own manifestation of esports culture here at NKU – the university Starcraft team that has been competing on our behalf in the Collegiate Starleague, an organization that brings together student teams from all over the world for electronic
competition. NKU Starcraft, in keeping with the larger community, has expanded rapidly over the past year and seems fated to become one of the largest and most active organizations on campus. The Collegiate Starleague was founded at Princeton University, purportedly after a recorded match with M.I.T.’s Starcraft: Brood War team went viral – snowballing in only two years into an international league with more than 240 teams competing in its 5th season. While the vast majority of players in the CSL are not professional gamers, many teams do boast players holding “Master” or even the coveted “Grandmaster” status on the game’s internal ranking system, marking them as formidable opponents. The Starleague bracket pits two collegiate teams against one another each week for the duration of the season, with overall competition split between four regional divisions. NKU currently holds a 7-5 winning
record for the season in the difficult Northern division – an achievement considering the competition. Facing off against universities with vastly higher student populations from which to recruit, many of them with one or more “Grandmaster” players on their roster, NKU is nonetheless holding its own against schools like UC, the University of Waterloo, and Cornell. Success against these odds might be explained by the strong esprit de corps within the group itself. As team captain Andrew Ankenbauer describes, “We don’t exactly have the most power-packed roster, but everyone works together to practice for our matches, so I think we’ve done a lot better than expected.” This week the team began reaching out for official faculty sponsorship, seeking to expand the role of the organization from merely competition in the CSL to status as an official club within the university. Ranks have swelled in recent months, and cur-
rently around sixty gamers are affiliated with the club to a greater or lesser extent – some playing regularly in the weekly CSL matches while others merely practice, spectate and support the community. Although Ankenbauer described the average skill ranking for CSL competitors as “Master” level, players of average ability have found success competing on behalf of NKU and the ranks of the club include numerous players of every rank. As one of the most vibrant organizations on a campus that is sometimes notable for a lack of student participation outside of athletics, NKU Starcraft deserves the faculty sponsorship it needs to continue expanding and make use of NKU resources. The club has matured from a purely competitive organization into a rich community of gamers, and as an asset to the university and a focus for growth in student involvement on campus, it is entitled to the support of the institution it so ardently represents.
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Potential budget cuts call for student action Staff editorial The brief Jan. 11 Board of Regents meeting set Twitter feeds on fire because the Student Union will be renamed. However, one very important bit of information fell by the wayside: the potential budget cut of up to 7 percent that NKU could face in the next fiscal year. NKU draws most of its funding from the state, and with the state facing continued budget struggles, cuts to higher education are set to continue. We students need to do what we can to protect ourselves and one another from the negative effects of a possibly hefty increase. Students will need to brace themselves -and their bank accounts -- for the raise in tuition. With lowered funds from the state, students will inevitably have to shell out more money. This may seem like a neverending complaint; it’s one that is issued every year. But how much longer will NKU be an affordable option for students who can’t handle the cost of institutions like University of Cincinnati or Xavier University? The move to Division I brings additional costs of its own -- and they will need to be cov-
ered somehow. With these tuition and budget woes come a ripple effect that many don’t seem to consider. Students who want to come here could find themselves knocking on NKU’s front door, only to be denied access. They could end up at a lower-quality institution, or worse, not attending college at all. While these complaints could be seen as generalizable to all universities, or as a nationwide trend, the impact is much worse when it hits home. The people that will be hurt by the cuts the most are minorities and the ones who fall in the in-between areas. The in-betweeners are the students who can’t claim an income low enough to register for grants, and also can’t qualify for need-based scholarships, so they’re completely reliant on loan money, racking up an insane amount of debt even if they graduate in the ideal four years. So, what do we do with all of this? Fight back. Talk to your state representative about how important affordable higher education is. And for the university. Are there areas we can cut from that don’t raise tuition for students? Maybe cut administrative positions — instead of academics.
npr norse poll responses Compiled by Tara Derington
How do you feel about the Student Union being named after President Votruba and his wife?
Lizzie Mueller Senior, elementary education "I love Votruba. I have his bobblehead."
Kirti Sapra Senior, computer science "I think it is well deserved. They’ve done their part for the university."
Danielle Lauderdale Freshman, special education
Chuck Rust Junior, communication studies and history
"I feel like it is awkward, it should just stay SU."
"I think it is great. It is an appropriate way to honor their service."
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Votruba lauded amidst budget cut talks Claire Higgins News editor The Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents is working toward making some changes in the university’s future, including a possible budget cut and efforts to honor the president in his final semester. The board announced Jan. 10 that in the upcoming fiscal year, the university will see budget cuts of up to 7 percent. Also, the board unanimously passed three resolutions in honor of NKU President James Votruba, who is
retiring at the end of the current academic year. According to Votruba, the university has experienced “serious budget problems.” He said the board has spent money “frugally” but still needs to prepare for reductions next year. “There will be pain, pain for our students,” Votruba said regarding the possible cuts. The board will have to make sacrifices in NKU’s regional capacity, where there will also be discomfort. “Pain in terms of NKU’s capacity to support regional progress,” he said.
NKU re-vamps part-time MBA program The NKU Haile/US Bank College of Business will begin a newly-formed Master of Business Administration program in the fall. The catalyst for the change was Xavier’s new campus in Northern Kentucky, said Rick Kolbe, dean of the college of business. The new MBA program will take two full years to complete and will continue during the summer terms. The program will be a combination of both online and face-to-face studies and will begin with 40 students. The old program will be phased out after the 90 students finish who are currently enrolled. The new program will take about 36 credit hours to complete, which is 12 credit hours less than the current program. Students will pay the same amount for tuition that they currently do. Norse Leadership Society sponsors conference, with Western & Southern Financial Group The Norse Leadership Society is hosting a Corporate Leadership Conference Feb. 24 at the Western & Southern Financial Group building in downtown Cincinnati. Norse Leadership Society is partnering with Western & Southern to give students an opportunity to learn about corporate culture and gain leadership skills in a work set-
To honor Votruba, the board announced the passing of three different resolutions. The board voted to rename the Student Union to honor Votruba and his wife, Rachel. A specific name has not been decided yet. This same resolution passed unanimously in Student Government Association, which was the origin of the renaming idea, and in the subcommittee. In addition to a new name for the Student Union, Votruba will receive an honorary doctorate degree from NKU. A scholarship fund has also been cre-
Across the University ting. The conference will allow students to possibly obtain a paid co-op position during the summer. Students of any major may apply, but must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The application fee is $20, and the deadline to apply is Jan. 31 at 4 p.m. For more information about the conference, contact Tiffany Mayse at firstname.lastname@example.org. Griffin Hall to hold MashComm36 On Feb. 18, the Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics and Department of Communication will host MashComm36. Teams comprised of public relations and media informatics students will be given an organization and a problem it faces, and they will have 36 hours to create and present a solution. Representatives from the respective organizations will attend and assign the scenarios to the students. Potential tasks include writing content for web and social media sites and/or redesigning them. For more information, visit http://mashcomm36.nku.edu.
ated in honor of Votruba and his wife. So far, the fund has received $200,000 worth of commitments, or money that people have pledged to donate when the scholarship is active, from private donors. The details of the scholarship fund have yet to be decided, but where and who the funds will go to is decided by University Advancement. This privately endowed scholarship fund gives donors the opportunity to directly honor and thank the Votrubas, according to Brenda Wilson, the Board of Regents vice chair.
Chase alum elected Edgewood BOE president Amy Ashcraft, a graduate of the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, was recently sworn in as the president of the Edgewood Board of Education. Ashcraft was also a graduate of Edgewood High School. Ashcraft, 38, was a lawyer in Trenton, Ohio since 2001 until the ceremony. According to the Middletown Journal, she said she “is concerned with any plans to close any of the district’s schools and about the number of students leaving the district for other schools or for home schooling and on-line learning.” NKU joins project to “breed entrepreneurs of tomorrow” On Jan. 16, Northern Kentucky leaders, including Northern Kentucky University and the College of Informatics, launched UpTech. According to Cincinnati.com, UpTech is a “business accelerator program that will leverage a $5 million investment fund to bring 50 start-up technology companies to the region over the next three to five years.” As part of the project, NKU’s Griffin Hall will be a place where funded start-ups will have access to the building’s facilities and the assistance of College of Informatics faculty, staff and students.
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Search process about to pick up Presidential search committee continues their search for a suitable Votruba successor Claire Higgins News editor As the spring semester begins, the search for a new president of Northern Kentucky University is well under way. By early April, the Board of Regents is slated to announce the new president, according to the Presidential Search and Screening Committee’s timeline. Currently, the committee is in the process of conducting telephone screenings and face-to-face interviews with the 20-25 candidates selected in December. Because of a confidentiality agreement with the hired search firm Isaacson, Miller,
the committee is unable to release who the potential candidates are. Martin Butler, the committee chair, said the list of prospects grew about 20 percent in four days after posting the vacancy and after the search firm generated some interest among candidates. Before March 1, the committee will have narrowed down the candidates to a pool of semi-finalists. Joseph Fons, the student representative on the screening committee, was unable to say exactly how many applications the committee has received due to confidentiality agreements, but he said the search firm has been working hard to gath-
er names of possible presidential candidates. Fons said he is “very excited” because the search process is about to pick up. “We were sitting and waiting on the search firm for a while, and now it’s our turn to take over,” he said. By spring break, the semi-finalists will be filtered down to about three to five candidates, where background checks will be completed and off-list references will be contacted. By March 15, the names and information of the finalists will be released to the public. In the remaining time between spring break and the official an-
nouncement, the finalists will make their way to NKU’s campus for meetings with constituent groups. During this time, the groups will evaluate the finalists and give that information to the search committee. With that information, the search committee will send the three to five names to the Board of Regents, which will make the final decision on who will become NKU’s next president.
University Police Beat Jan. 6 11:29 p.m. A hot water heater overheated on a service elevator in the Student Union, causing the elevator to smoke. The fire department arrived and cleared the area. Jan. 7 12:45 a.m. A male was arrested for driving recklessly while under the influence of alcohol near Hampton Farms Apartments. 4:17 a.m. A male was arrested off-campus after driving under the influence of alcohol. Jan. 9 12:22 p.m. A female was transported to the hospital from Griffin Hall. Jan. 10 11:26 a.m. A complaint was received that a student was showing “alarming behavior” in the Fine Arts building. 11:53 a.m. An unknown individual reportedly took a parking permit from an unlocked vehicle in Lot F. 2:21 p.m. A two-vehicle accident occurred in Kenton Garage. No injuries were reported. 9:52 p.m. The north exit gate of the Kenton Garage was reportedly damaged. 11:55 p.m. A subject in Callahan Hall reported that her roommate was violating the housing policy and was worried.
Jan. 12 9:14 a.m. There was a two-vehicle accident on Johns Hill Road. No injuries were reported. Jan. 13 12:28 a.m. A male was arrested after driving 15 mph over the speed limit and driving under the influence of alcohol on Johns Hill Road. He was carrying a fake ID. Jan. 14 2:44 p.m. There was a two-vehicle accident by Callahan Hall. No injuries were reported. Jan. 15 2:19 p.m. A female reported that someone had punctured her tire. The investigation is still open. 4:37 p.m. A smoke alarm was activated in Callahan Hall due to burning food on a stove top. The fire department arrived and cleared the scene. 8:17 p.m. An employee at the power plant on campus reported that they had loaned keys and they were not returned by the contractor who borrowed them.
Left to right: Startup Weekend participants take in the schedule for the 54-hour weekend event. An entrepreneur works on his project. Elizabeth Edwards, founder of Metro Innovations, addresses the crowd of over 100 participants about the ups and downs of starting a business. Another attendee takes in a lecture in the Griffin Hall Digitorium.
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Students and pros compete for best app Startup Weekend gives hope to local burgeoning entrepreneurs breaking into the business world with a competition for the ages Tara Derington Staff writer
ver the weekend, more than one hundred entrepreneurs gathered in Griffin Hall’s Digitorium to design their own companies and pit them against each other in an event known as Startup Weekend, which stopped by Northern Kentucky University on its journey around the world. “Startup Weekend is an intense 54-hour event, which focuses on building a web or mobile application” that could be the foundation of a “credible business,” according to the event’s website. The participating software developers, graphic designers, students and business people pitched their ideas, recruited other teammates and then executed their working models. Each presentation was judged on business model, customer support and execution. Joseph Fons, a senior communication major at NKU, was part of the winning team, which was called “Dramaville.” The Dramaville application, very similar to Farmville and Cityville, was derived from a point system and celebrity gossip. “It is the intercepting point of social media and celebrity gossip…similar
to fantasy football,” Fons said. The group came up with the idea of Dramaville after its first model fell through. Based off of marketing research and the world of fantasy gaming, Dramaville was created. “You want the Snookies and Lindsay Lohans of the drama world,” Fons said. This means that the more drama a chosen celebrity creates, the more points a player would receive. The application would update on the player’s Facebook page, in turn advertising the application. Winning team member and undeclared sophomore Chaz Edwards said he thinks the application will gain popularity. “In American society, what we’re into, celebrities are a huge thing, and a lot of America would probably be into it,” he said. “They’d eat it up.” Although he was also on the winning team, Fons found the experience in itself the most rewarding. “Bringing people with these different talents and pulling this off in such short notice was really rewarding,” Fons said. The team was rewarded with an assortment of services, including a three-month social media plan from Web Media Expert, free consultation time with Mindbox Studios, free business formation services with Taft attorneys, the opportunity to work with the Brandery for six months and an
opportunity to pitch their business at the Continuous Web meeting Feb. 15. Jamie Hazenfield Jr., a senior entrepreneurship major at NKU, also participated in Startup Weekend. Hazenfield’s team focused on software known as Buyappt that would allow salons to fill cancelled appointments. According to their marketing research, Hazenfield said, “The average salon loses $70,000 a year in revenue.” For Hazenfield, the experience was “worth every minute.” The process was labor-intensive, as Hazenfield put in more than 12 hours of work on Saturday, but it allowed him to see the technical side of entrepreneurship. “It was great seeing like-minded people coming up with a common idea and going with it … seeing how far it will go,” Hazenfield said. Startup Weekend, founded by Andrew Hyde in 2007, is a 54-hour event set out to educate entrepreneurs and build communities around the world. According to the website, “By the end of 2010, Startup Weekend had built a network of over 25,000 alumni, 150 volunteer organizers and 60 trained facilitators spread across more than 100 cities in 30 countries.” The next Startup Weekend will take place in Cairo, Egypt Jan. 19-21.
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Service brings students together Roxanna Blevins Assignment editor In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., 200 Northern Kentucky University students participated in service projects Jan. 14. Volunteers congregated at NKU before departing to one of 11 different sites in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Some of the sites included Campbell Lodge Boys Home, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, Ronald McDonald House and Coffee Emporium. For approximately two hours, students volunteered by cleaning, painting buildings and playing with children, among other activities. “I have always participated in MLK service events,” said junior political science major Erin Smith. “Now that I’m in college, it’s my choice how I serve the community.” Smith was one of 35 volunteers
Photo by Roxanna Blevins One MLK Day of Service event was a book reading and discussion at Coffee Emporium in downtown Cincinnati.
who interacted with the children at Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. Although volunteers were predom-
inantly representing student organizations, African-American Student Affairs Coordinator Deborah Strahorn said that students were able to
volunteer individually as well. Some students not only gave their time and services but got something out of the event as well. Aside from a T-shirt, which all participants received, some students gained new perspectives. “It made me feel really grateful for how I grew up with my family,” said freshman psychology major Jack Bullar. Nikki Booker, who hosted a book reading and discussion at Coffee Emporium, related the book “Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community” to King’s message. “The book is about bringing people together: black, white, whatever,” Booker said. “[King’s] whole speech was about bringing people together.” This year marked the second year of the MLK Day of Service at NKU, since it began in 2010. According to Strahorn, about 200 students have volunteered each time.
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The eyes have it
Faculty exibit showcases a learned staff Brandon Barb A&L editor The annual faculty art exhibition opened in the Fine Arts Center Jan. 12 and will remain open until Feb. 3. The small gallery showcases Tobias Brauer’s work in graphic design, and the large gallery is reserved for the faculty members that wished to contribute. “It’s not representative of everyone in the department but it is a good sampling,” gallery director David Knight said. “It’s probably one of the hardest shows to install during the school year, because you don’t know what art work [the professors] have until they bring it in.” One professor has a sculpture made of ceramic animal eyes and another has a picture printed on cloth of two British celebrities. A third professor has the whole small gallery to showcase his new font. But the whole gallery features a mixture of different art styles. Candice van Loveren Geis, professor of art appreciation and education, has her piece “What a Tangled Web We Weave” in the main gallery. She has been working on the same series of pieces that combines cloth and photography for four years. “My work previously dealt with cloth and photography, but I was always interested in anatomy,” Geis said. Her piece “What a Tangled Web We Weave” fea-
tures David and Victoria Beckham, but a viewer wouldn’t be able to tell from a glance. Her process for the piece involved taking a photograph then printing that photo on a piece of cloth. The Beckhams’ faces aren’t in the photo; instead their muscle structures are visible. Geis hand embroiders the muscle structures of the couple over the photo. “Some people find [the series] a little bit disturbing. It’s a little frightening, but I don’t want the art to just be pretty and pleasurable to look at. I want you to look at it and confront the idea of what our bodies are,” Geis said. It takes Geis 60-70 hours per week for three weeks in order to finish one of her muscle structure pieces. She has done other pieces on Britney Spears and David Beckham. Though Geis will continue to work with cloth, she believes it is time to move to something new. “I honestly don’t know if I am going to make any more of these. After I got done with this one, I was like ‘maybe I’ve explored this topic enough,” Geis said. Ana England is a ceramics professor and her piece “See” features the eyes of the animal kingdom. When looked at from afar, the piece resembles a bug’s eye. “What I’m interested in is how so many things are the same in different species,” England said. Her work with the animal kingdom started when she was working on an exhibition for the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s publication of “The
Origin of Species.” On “See”, England has included the eyes of a horse, grey whale, elephant, pink flamingo and her husband. The materials for the piece include ceramics, silicon and polystyrene. The small gallery features simple black and white posters illustrating graphic design professor Tobias Brauer’s newly created font. “I like the idea of designing the voice of a time,” Brauer said. “Because our society is moving more towards text-based communication, I see type faces as being representative of different periods of time.” Brauer first figures out what is out there in the typeface world. Then he hand draws all the characters of the typeface. He then transfers everything over into a computer. For five years Brauer has been designing type, but it has taken a little over a year to finish his new typeface, called “Apposite.” “I’m trying to get people to not take [type] for granted,” Brauer said. “As a society we consume type so much, I’d say most of the time it is ignored or not visually appreciated so hopefully this [exhibit] gives everybody the chance to think about that stuff for a little bit.” The exhibition is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and admission is free. According to Knight, the gallery is a great way for students to get to know the professors they have in class or are thinking about taking a class with in the future.
January 18, 2012
Track season ready to take off Runners use motivation from teammates to push themselves forward Kevin Erpenbeck Staff writer With the spring semester kicking into full gear, Northern Kentucky University’s men’s and women’s track and field teams prepare to open their seasons by running on the right foot for the 2012 year. While most students have been readjusting back into the school semester routine, the athletes of the track and field teams have been preparing themselves for the new season. The teams begin their seasons Jan. 21 at the Indiana Wesleyan Open in Marion, Ind. However, training for this season began long before the new school semester arrived. “They’ve been working hard for a period of time now,” head coach Steve Kruse said. “The track athletes
have been practicing since Oct. 1, and the cross country athletes have been practicing since August. So they’re ready.” Kruse says that the cohesive unit that both of his teams have formed with one another has helped them prepare both mentally and physically for the upcoming season. “Both our men and our women’s teams have spent an awful lot of time together,” Kruse said. “They are running together five to six times a week, day in and day out.” Once the season begins, that team preparation becomes a motivation for each race. “Any time you have people to run with, it makes the experience better,” junior Brad Gloyeske said. “They push you a little bit more and just support you all the way. That
motivation can make you a better runner.” Junior Kelsey Gaffney says it is easier to run for the team than it is to run for herself. “I could just quit during a race, but if I know that I’m doing it for my team and not for myself, it makes me keep pushing on,” Gaffney said. Junior Kayla Justice said that success in each race is just as much of a mental challenge as it is physical. “Sometimes it’s really hard to be positive about yourself during a season, especially if you just had a bad race,” Justice said. “As soon as a negative thought enters your mind, you start to fall back. Then it becomes a domino effect if your team is using you to race off.” Both teams are hoping for successful seasons that will help them build
towards a smooth Division I move. Kruse expects an exciting first couple of seasons once the move happens. “We’re really building towards the next few seasons, as more and more runners are coming to our school because of the Division I move,” Kruse said. “Success breeds success, and that’s what has happened with our program. We are continuing to attract a better caliber of athletes because of the position we are at.” With this season being the last year to participate in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, the runners are anxious to compete. “Being upperclassmen, we’ve all gotten to know the GLVC pretty well,” Justice said. “We want to go out with a bang. We’re all just really excited for indoor and outdoor track this year.”
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Photos by Jeff McCurry and Stephanie West Senior guard Casse Mogan (left) shoots over a defender at Knights Hall in Louisville, Ky. during the first game of the doubleheader against Bellarmine. The women won the game 72-65, which was the 800th victory in the history of NKU’s women’s team. Norse fans (right) traveled to the game on a bus sponsored by NKU Athletics. After watching the women’s game, they saw the men fall 64-60.
Norse teams split doubleheader Stephen Wilder Sports features editor More than halfway through the season, Northern Kentucky University’s men’s and women’s teams battled conference rival Bellarmine on Monday night and had different outcomes. The women’s team earned its 800th all-time win, defeating Bellarmine at Knights Hall in Louisville, Ky., 72-65. However, the No. 8 ranked men’s team fell short to the No. 3 ranked and defending NCAA Division II national champion Knights with a score of 6460. Coming off a 63-55 loss to Drury on Jan. 14, the women’s team entered the game with an overall record of 50-27 against the Knights. The Norse now holds an 800-303 all-time record in women’s basketball. After the game, head coach Nancy Winstel told the team that hitting the 800 mark was a big deal and she said the players were excited about it. “When you are part of history it is exciting,” Winstel said. “I think our players understand that they are part of a tradition that goes back to the mid-70s, when this program started.” Junior center Ellen Holton led the
Women earn milestone win while men’s comeback falls just short Norse in scoring with 21 points, shooting 9-for-13 from the field. Senior guard Casse Mogan added 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists. NKU held a 62-60 lead with less than two minutes remaining and ended up finishing off the Knights with a 3-pointer from Holton and two free throws apiece by senior forward Sadie Bowling and junior guard Jaimie Hamlet. Winstel said she thought the players came together for a really good team win. “You are always going to have your key scorers, but I think if you are going to be successful, everybody has to understand their roles and play their roles,” Winstel said. The men’s team was not as fortunate and failed to complete a second half comeback. After trailing at halftime by 12 points, the Norse opened the second half with a 10-0 run to pull within two points just to see the Knights increased the
lead back to 13 points. The Norse made another effort to come back, but were only able to get the deficit within two points in the final minute before losing by four. The Knights sealed the victory by completing two free throws with 9.1 seconds remaining. Senior guard Jon Van Hoose led NKU with 14 points, while Ernest “Stretch” Watson added 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. NKU entered the game as the nation’s best 3-point shooting team, but only hit 25 percent (6-for-24) from behind the arc on Monday night. Head coach Dave Bezold said that the team’s 3-point shooting is the difference in whether or not it wins against very good teams. “Against average teams on your home court, you can get away with that most nights,” Bezold said. “When we are on the road against one of the top teams in the nation, we were very fortunate to even have a chance with those types of numbers.”
This is the second consecutive loss for the men’s team, after tying the school record for best start with 13 straight wins, then losing to Drury on Saturday. The women’s record now stands at 12-3 for the season, including 5-2 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play, while the men’s record is 13-2 overall and also 5-2 in GLVC games. The men’s and women’s teams’ next contests will be at home against Wisconsin-Parkside on Jan. 19. The women take the court at 5:30 p.m. and the men are scheduled to play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday is also “Cheer for Chipotle Night.” The first 250 students & 250 fans will receive buy one, get one free Chipotle coupons, and the first 250 students will receive a foam Viking helmet. Also, the homecoming prince and princess will be announced and the “Homecoming Helmet Competition” will be held during the women’s halftime. The “Chipotle Fan Favorite Helmet Competition” will run from Jan. 20-22 on http://www.facebook.com/ nkunorse, and the winner of most likes receives 30 free Chipotle burrito coupons for organization and NKU spirit gear.