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New Student Success Center to be ‘proactive’ Caitlin Centner Staff writer Results from a survey left Northern Kentucky University administrators searching for ways to improve student-adviser relationships. In fall 2010, the Foundations of Excellence Student Satisfaction Survey asked students the degree to which they understood where to go for help with academic questions. Vice Provost Pat Moynahan said that before this survey he would have thought advising standards at NKU were satisfactory. The findings allowed him, among other colleagues, to address a need for proactive advising. “Proactive advising means we reach out to you, you don’t have to come to us,” Moynahan said. Proactive advising is part of the larger whole which will become the Student Success Center, currently being constructed in University Center. “The Foundations of Excellence Dimension committees recommended in spring 2011 a centralized physical location for enrollment management departments that deal directly with the needs of first-year students,” said Moynahan. “A lot of students were telling us they were having difficulty navigating and feeling like they got the run-around with being sent to different offices,” Moynahan said. “The Success Center is a way to put all of those offices in a central and visible location.” “We want to ease the path for students,” Moynahan said. “I’ve become a real believer in the proactive advising for a couple of reasons: students need to take their own responsibility except these days, students aren’t prepared to stand on their own two feet.” The center will be focused mainly on firstyear students, but will also be a tool for students who decide to change their major. The Student Success Center will be paired with
the Career Development Center so that students will have help with major changes. “The idea is to hit off as many mishaps as we can that occur,” Moynahan said. Kris Hecktor, a senior business management major, was declared ineligible for his senior season of baseball due to not meeting certain academic requirements. Hecktor attended Marshall University prior to attending NKU, where he played two seasons of baseball. He played his junior season as a Norse. “Two and a half weeks before school started I heard through the grapevine that I wasn’t eligible,” Hecktor said. He had been in contact with two advisers throughout the summer to ensure his spot on the team for his senior season. He lost a few credits when transferring to NKU, which made it difficult to understand whether his GPA and credits allowed him to be eligible. Hecktor changed his major to integrated studies in order to remain eligible for baseball, a suggestion that was made by his adviser, he said. According to Hecktor, losing his eligibility came as a shock because he was un-
der the impression that he had straightened everything out. The fact remained that he didn’t meet requirements to gain his eligibility. “As a transfer student I wasn’t aware of how the advising system worked,” Hecktor said. He explained at Marshall University his adviser played a much more active role in the planning of his schedule. Although Moynahan believes students should be able to take initiative on their own, he also recognizes that advisers should be resources who can provide correct information. Vicki Berling, Norse Advising Center interim director and Educational Outreach executive director, said she is energized by the enthusiasm surrounding the project. “One thing that excites me is the opportunity for different areas of the university to work more collaboratively together. Having so many offices that support student success in one location will help strengthen communication and interaction among departments,” she said. The Student Success Center will be located on the second floor of the University Center.
SGA faces low membership See News, p. 7
Pros, cons of student housing options See News, p. 8
How to get involved on campus See Arts & Life, p. 13
Norse volleyball still undefeated
Image courtesy of Larry Blake The Student Success Center (designs pictured above) will focus on ‘proactive advising’ and centralizing advising problems. All departmental advising will soon take place in the Student Success Center.
See Sports, p. 16
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SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
THEPODIUM: Obama the stronger candidate after conventions Brandon Barb Managing editor Even though the Republican National Convention was discussed in last week’s The Podium, there is a need to compare it with the Democratic National Convention, mainly the key speeches from each party. The DNC, in Charlotte, N.C. this year, finished last Thursday. While Mitt Romney might have left Republicans full of optimism, President Obama left his supporters confident as his campaign continues forward. Why are Democrats confident after last week? Not only did Obama accept the nomination for president, with “four more years” chants filling the air, but he also responded to republican attacks while telling voters what he will do if given those four more years. The president had a little help from a friend as well. “We are here to nominate a president,” Bill Clinton said. “And I’ve got one in mind … I want to nominate a man who is cool on the outside, but who burns for America on the inside. I want Barack Obama to be the next president of the United States and I proudly nominate him to be the standard bearer for the Democratic Party.” Clinton spoke a day before Obama did, and he was on stage for close to 50 minutes, but he wasn’t just a cheerleader for our current president during his speech — after all he was campaigning with his wife, Hillary Clinton, four years ago against Obama — he laid out facts, numbers and truths. I will go as far as to say that his speech was better than the entire Republi-
can convention. It’s a bold claim but during Romney’s speech he spent a good portion of it telling America about his life rather than what he would do for this country. If Republicans needed to introduce him to the country, they should have picked another time to do it. Even when he did say something there wasn’t much behind it such as, “What America needs is jobs, lots of jobs.” The big criticism of Obama is that he hasn’t done that great of job during his four years as president. He hasn’t fixed the economy or created enough jobs and he has put this country further into debt. Granted, the president hasn’t done everything he promised back in 2008, but when he got into office he was faced with one of the worst situations any incoming president has walked into. “In Tampa the Republican argument against the president’s re-election was actually pretty simple, pretty snappy,” Bill Clinton said. “It went something like this, ‘we left him a total mess, he hadn’t cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in.’” Clinton’s right. George Bush did leave this country in severe turmoil, no one would have been able to fix what this country was in just four years. The country is doing better, whether you believe it or not, four more years could really turn things around. As expected, the highlight of the DNC was President Obama’s acceptance speech. He did something different than Romney, in that his
speech was full of substance. There were two completely different approaches taken by the candidates. It took Romney 28 minutes of his 38-minute speech before he got to his five-step plan, the rest of the speech was rather dull. Obama didn’t waste any time getting down to business. One of the strongest moments of Obama’s speech was the few minutes he spent talking about foreign policy. He said “my opponent and his running mate” are new to foreign policy, but back in 2008 so was Obama. He did respond to Romney’s comments about Russia: “You don’t call Russia our number one enemy, not al-Qaeda, Russia, unless you’re still stuck in a Cold War mind warp.” The president went on to say that he will use the money not used for war to “pay down our debt and put more people back to work, rebuilding roads, bridges and schools because after two wars that have cost us thousands of lives and over a trillion dollars it’s time to do some nation building right here at home.” Obama was forceful and stepped into the position of the stronger candidate. The conventions might be pep rallies for both sides, but the candidates needed to reach out to the undecided voters. Romney spoke to people that were there and those he knew would vote for him either way. Obama actually tried to persuade the salvagables, and he did a much better job than his Republican opponent.
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College loans on the rise, students beware of future Staff editorial Going to college is a serious business, in more ways than one. Student loan debt is on the rise with no end in sight. Northern Kentucky University should be active in making sure student loans don’t continue to rise. According to the U.S. Government, the national student loan debt is over $1 trillion. Some Americans owe more in student loans than they do on their credit cards and it grows at $2,853.88 per second, according to www.finaid.org. This debt is much harder to get rid of. Bankruptcy laws have been altered to make it very difficult to get rid of student loan debt, so once you have it you are faced with two options: either you pay it or you die with it. If you do not pay your loans when you graduate, the Federal Government could garnish your wages, tax refunds and even your Social Security benefits. American students are endlessly preached to about the need for a college degree in order to get a “good job,” and told that after they graduate they will be able to pay off their student loans with the “good job.” Students
are finding out that they’ve been highly misinformed or even worse, lied to all along. The consequences are becoming the elephant in the living room. Few find careers immediately after college, the majority are finding themselves in their mid-20s, living with their parents, in debt and working at the same service job they held through college. Fifty percent of Americans are now poor or low income, according to MSNBC. Although this is not true for all students, or even those at NKU, it’s still a looming problem in our futures as students. The student loan debt bubble is the greatest thing to happen to debt collectors in decades. The New York Times reported that one out of six Americans have defaulted on their loans. We shouldn’t fear because Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has promised it won’t be a crisis. We can trust him, right? New NKU students should think long and hard about college and try to find a compromise between what they love and what will pay the bills. A degree isn’t a ticket to the middle-class anymore. It was in 1952, but not in 2012.
norse poll responses Compiled by Stephen Wilder
What did you do to remember 9/11?
Whitney Jackson Senior Sociology
Kayla Schneider Junior Human resources
Austin Brown Senior Biology
David Leiserson Senior Business management
“At 8:46 a.m. I did the ‘moment of silence’ with a few friends.”
“In the morning I talked to my mom about it. I was in the fourth grade and we talked about how different it seems now.”
“One of my friends worked in New York City by the towers at that time. I called and talked to him to see how things were going.”
“I thought about the lives, the heroism and said a prayer.”
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SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
Learning experiences outside the classroom Study Abroad Fair provides look into where, when and how to go Stacey Barnes Contributing writer A treasure hunt that requires picture taking, using a foreign language to shop and paying to use public bathrooms may sound strange. But for a group of students participating in the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) traveling to France, it amounts to in-class homework. Paris, France, with its collection of cathedrals like the 600-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral and monuments that include the Eiffel Tower and D-Day beaches, was the backdrop for the homework Taylor Vick, a Northern Kentucky University junior, describes when she talks about her month-long study abroad experience. NKU offers students many opportunities to study abroad and receive course credit in the process. In preparation for the upcoming school year’s trips, the Office of Education Abroad at NKU is hosting a Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 19 in the Student Union Ballroom. Beth Lorenz, study abroad advisor for the Office of Education Abroad, said there are over 40 countries where NKU students can study. There are scholarships available to assist qualified students with the cost of travel. Lorenz said to qualify for a scholarship of up to $3,000 a NKU student must have a 2.5 GPA and must have a
current completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at NKU. There are 20 academic exchanges available, Lorenz said. They range from advertising and public relations to psychology. Travel occurs during fall and winter semesters as well as during spring and summer breaks. “There are plenty of opportunities and employers are looking for people with a global view,” Lorenz said. “It can help you find your niche in the world.” KIIS has been sending students to destinations that include Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe since 1975. NKU’s Office of Education Abroad is a member of KIIS along with about 25 other Kentucky Universities. Vick, a French major, was one of 30 students who had an opportunity to go to France in June 2012 as a part of a study abroad program based out of Western Kentucky University. “It was an eye-opening experience,” Vick said. “It was really cool to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself.” One challenge involved navigating through markets where each shop is run by a person that specializes in what they sell. “You don’t just pick up what you want while shopping, you have to tell the shopkeeper what you want, in French, and they use their expertise to pick out the best item for you,” she said.
Photo provided by Taylor Vick Taylor Vick, a junior at NKU, poses in front of the Eiffel Tower on her study abroad trip to France over the summer. To learn more about studying abroad, go to the Study Abroad Fair Sept. 19.
The other challenge was paying to use public bathrooms. “The bathrooms were pretty much what we are used to here in the United States, but you have to pay an attendant to use them,” Vick said. It was all a learning experience, she said. “It introduces you to more of the world, teaches you to accept other cultures and other traditions that are not your own.” Vick said that some of the most exciting parts of her experience included an
assignment where her French professor sent students on a scavenger hunt to have their pictures taken in front of French fountains and monuments. “We had to ask the locals, in French, to take our pictures,” Vick said. “It forced us to talk to the locals in their language.” Vick said students should, “go for it, it’s worth every minute.” For more information about the Study Abroad Fair or about studying abroad, visit www.studyabroad.nku.edu.
University Police Beats Sept. 7 3:10 a.m. A person was arrested for alcohol intoxication in a public place after a cab driver was unable to wake that person up. 11:07 a.m. A citation was issued for a forged Northern Kentucky University parking permit in Lot E. 11:33 a.m. In Lot Q property was taken from an unsecured vehicle.
Sept. 9 12:26 a.m. A complaint was received that charcoal-written graffiti was on bathroom walls.
Sept. 10 10:46 a.m. A two-vehicle accident occurred in Kenton Garage resulting in no injuries. 12:40 p.m. Money was taken from a desk in Founders Hall. 3:36 p.m. A two-vehicle accident occurred in University Garage resulting in no injuries.
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Freshmen senators elected, five seats now open Three members resigned, senate facing ‘unusual’ low numbers Kevin Schultz Staff writer For the first time in Student Government Association’s history, six freshmen were elected into senate positions instead of five. The situation occurred after a twoway tie for the last of five freshmen senate seats after last week’s freshmen elections. The extra senate seat was available due to a shortage in senate members for this fall semester, said SGA President Erik Pederson. In the typical event of a tie, the final decision as to who will win the seat is determined by SGA’s Judicial Council, who make their decision based on each candidate’s past experiences and qualifications. However, according to Pederson, the current availability of open seats in the senate allowed an extra candidate to be accepted into a senate position after approval from the
Judicial Council. “I am not exactly sure why we have so many open seats this semester,” Pederson said about the high number of vacancies. “But this is not usual.” “We have recently had some members with course conflicts,” Pederson said. “I guess they had too much on their plates.” According to Pederson, after instating the freshmen senators, there are still currently five vacant senate seats and one Judicial Council seat. These vacancies are due to the resignation of three senate members from their positions over the summer, the transfer of two senate members to other universities and a decision by the Judicial Council member to leave SGA to work on other political projects. SGA will be accepting applications to fill the remaining seats. Applications can be picked up in the SGA office or Dean of Students office and returned before 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Freshmen election winners include Tanner Elrod, Julia Steffen, Kristian Johnson, Justin Wynne, Zackary Drake and Patrick Reagan. All six winners were sworn in as official SGA senators during the Sept. 10 meeting, helping to fill the gap in a smaller than normal SGA. Two resolutions were also read during this week’s meeting includ-
ing the topics of declassification of professor evaluations to students prior to course registration and the transfer of departmental printing services to Business Operations and Auxiliary Services. The content of both resolutions was discussed by SGA members during the meeting and will be voted on during the Sept. 17 meeting.
Student organization campaigns for Romney Educating and gaining voters on College Republicans’ future agenda Kaity Galanos Contributing writer During this election year one student organization, College Republicans, is actively campaigning for 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, but also focusing on getting students to vote, regardless of the candidate. College Republicans are collaborating with the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement by hosting a voter registration drive Sept. 17-21 in the Student Union lobby. The event’s purpose is to connect with students about civic engagement and the importance of voting. At the drive, students will also be able to register to vote. The organization is pushing to educate voters for the upcoming presidential election as well. “The majority of college students are not as informed about politics as they should be, especially during this very critical election,” the organization’s Vice President Leslie Reynolds said.
College Republicans’ mission is “to promote conservative ideals on campus and in the surrounding community,” which serves to inform the student body.
“This is a very important election, the focus is regarding the question: Is government getting too big? People need to know the issues,” President Elizabeth Hamad said. On Sept. 8 the organization participated in the the Buckeye Blitz, organized by the Romney campaign, at the Lorain County Victory Center in Avon Lake, Ohio. Members went door to door asking residents about their opinions of the election and their stance on issues, like health care and the economy. “The difference between President Obama and Mitt Romney is that Obama’s policies agree with making people dependent on government for every need. Romney’s policies agree with empowering the individual and getting people back to work,” Hamad said. College Republicans accept new members throughout the year. Meetings are every Wednesday at 1 p.m. in SU 325. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Attendance policies up to professors Student achievement not always dependent on class presence Matt Popovich Contributing writer Have you missed a few classes so far this semester? Do you think your chances of passing the course go down the drain if you miss several classes? Well don’t lose hope just yet. A recent study published on www.facultyfocus.com states mandatory attendance policies in college classes may not necessarily result in increased test scores. Researcher Jonathan Golding administered multiple choice tests to 5,150 college students over 11 years and found mandatory attendance policies for students did not always result in better test scores. The use of attendance policies did result
in increased attendance from students; however, most professors understand attendance does not always increase a student’s retention of information. According to the Dean of Students website, the university leaves classroom attendance policies to the discretion of professors, giving them the ability to create an attendance policy for each individual class. “Different faculty members balance the content of the class differently,” Northern Kentucky University history professor Jonathan Reynolds said. “Some people put a lot more emphasis on readings and outside work or group work, and some faculty put more emphasis on classroom participation.”
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Attendance policies are up to professors to decide. Both students and professors have different opinions on how they should be enforced.
Forum to address obesity issues The Northern Kentucky Forum is hosting “Weight of the Nation” Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, Ky. The forum will view and discuss the HBO documentary “Weight of the Nation.” In addition to the documentary, the panel will discuss impacts and possible policy solutions on obesity today. The forum is also conducting a public survey on obesity issues. Take the survery here: www.surveymonkey. com/s/NKYForumweightofthenation. Hispanic Heritage Month kick-off celebration To kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month, Latino Student Affairs is hosting a reception that will include presentations relating the Latino Culture, Folkloric performances and hors d’oeuvres Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.
Some students feel NKU attendance policies are too strict and professors should adopt more flexible policies. Student Kayla Wiwi said, “I don’t really like attendance policies because sometimes there are situations which require you to miss days ... so what if you’re sick and in the hospital for a week and you get kicked out of class? It’s not really fair.” Other students feel attendance policies are unnecessary because college students pay for their education. “When I went to college, I thought there wasn’t going to be any kind of attendance policy. I was under the impression that we were all adults,” said Chad Fagan, a student at NKU. “I think it’s pretty stupid, I mean I’m paying for the classes and I’m an adult. If I don’t want to go, I won’t go.” Faculty members have a different outlook on attendance policies. For journalism professor Matt Baker, attendance policies are different for every class. If students miss a certain number of classes, their grade is lowered, but it is flexible. “The problem is whether you’re sick, whether you’re at the doctor, whether you’re at a funeral, you’re missing something that’s going on in class ... More than losing points for attendance, they don’t get the content, they don’t get the discussion, and they don’t get the interaction you get in the classroom,” Baker said. Some faculty members argue class absenteeism affects more than just students’
in Student Union room 107. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Diane Maldonado at 859-572-6013. Registration deadline approaching for Young Women LEAD conference The Young Women LEAD annual conference is coming to Northern Kentucky University Oct. 16; participants must register by Sept. 14 to attend. Registration and admission are free and open to high school women in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati region. The event will feature Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes and award-winning national speaker, author and role model Julie Marie Carrier as keynote speakers. Free poetry reading Sept. 25 The Northern Kentucky University Friends of Steely Library and Department of English
grades. Although students can argue that “I am an adult, I get to decide not to come to class, and if I do poorly as a result, it’s my business,” Reynolds said he does “believe college students, while adults, are not simply consumers who get to pick and choose when they come to class and when they don’t.” Instead, Reynolds attributes not going to class as wasting Kentucky taxpayer money. According to him, roughly onethird of your college education is paid for by Kentucky taxpayers. A majority of NKU students agree there is a strong need for attendance policies. “I think attendance policies are good because they keep everybody accountable to come to class,” student Ronald Mosby said. “We pay here, so we should be here.” Some students find that attendance policies prepare them for their future careers. “If you don’t go to work you get penalized for not going to work, so it’s still the same concept. You can’t just skip work, so you can’t just skip your classes,” said Ryan Hiltierand, a pre-engineering student. In general, most students accept attendance policies and see the importance. “I think the attendance policies are good the way they are. Some of my teachers allow students to have a couple absent days where there are no questions asked, but after a certain number of days they start to crack down a little bit,” student Parker Phillips said.
are presenting a free public lecture by Kentucky Poet Laureate Maureen Morehead Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in Steely Library’s Eva G. Farris Reading Room. Morehead will read and discuss her Civil War poems, which are based on journals kept by women during the war. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing and reception. Surplus Sale today, Friday open to students, faculty/staff and public Northern Kentucky University is hosting a surplus property sale Sept. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Central Receiving. Items for sale include televisions, electronics, bookcases, desks, office chairs, file cabinets and projectors. Surplus sale. For more information, visit www.procurement.nku.edu/surplus.html.
Students consider both options before choosing where to live away from home Danielle Roberts Contributing writer Before making the commitment to sign a lease for an apartment or pay to live on campus in the residential housing, Northern Kentucky University students should consider all the variables. Some important factors that can be considered are price, convenience to and from campus and the social opportunities of living on campus. There are pros and cons to each option, but whichever one is the best for each individual student depends on individual priorities and preferences. For many students, moving into a dorm is a way to gain some independence from their parents, and to develop a better social life on campus. But others say that they have managed to make living arrangements where they get the same advantages, just without the campus housing costs — by renting units in the various apartment complexes surrounding NKU. Meadow View, Campus View and Hampton Farms are a few examples of apartment complexes that are within walking distance from NKU’s campus. On campus, the cheapest housing option would be a double room in Kentucky Hall, costing $3,750 for the 2012-2013 academic year, according to the University Housing website. In the mentioned off-campus housing options, the price of a two-bedroom apartment split between two people
is cheaper for each individual than the cheapest dorm option. Although this cost does not factor in the extra fees for water and electric, which can vary based on usage, and are included in on-campus housing. Aside from the difference in the cost, some students find there are other benefits to renting a nearby apartment as opposed to living on campus as well. Brook Perkins, a senior who lives in Campus View Apartments, said she enjoys the feeling of having more freedom and privacy than she would in a dorm. “I just feel like I have a lot more personal space with an apartment,” Perkins said. “I get to have my own room. I’ve lived on NKU’s campus before, first in Norse Hall then in Woodcrest, and that’s the main thing I didn’t like — having to share a room with someone else.” Blair Godshall, a senior who lives in Hampton Farms apartments, said she enjoys the peaceful and somewhat secluded environment that her complex offers. “I find that it’s quieter here, so it’s easier for me to focus on studying and getting things done when I need to,” she said. “Also, I figure that living on campus would make me feel like I was always at school. Having an apartment offers more of an escape.” Not everyone believes that renting an apartment is always the best choice for an NKU student. For some,
an apartment complex just cannot give them everything that University Housing has to offer. “I really enjoy living on campus, and I never considered living anywhere else,” said Eric Morsch, a senior who lives in Woodcrest Apartments. “I think I would feel so much less connected and less involved on campus if I didn’t live here. When you live in housing, you’re a lot more likely to know about fun things that are going on. Plus, it’s so much easier just to be able to walk to class from your dorm, rather than to fight traffic just to get to campus.” One other difference between an apartment and on-campus housing is the rule regarding alcohol. Drinking is strictly prohibited on NKU’s campus for all students, as outlined in the University’s Housing and Dining Agreement. With the exception of this regulation, Morsch said he does not think that housing policies are too restrictive toward the residents. “I could see why you might have a problem living on campus if you’re a drinker, but I’m not too big into partying anyway,” he said. “I think housing still gives you the freedom to operate however you want, and be your own person.” Although apartment complexes may not be completely alcohol and smoke free, that doesn’t necessarily mean that students who choose to live there will have unlimited freedom to party. Campus View Apartments, for exam-
ple, have quiet hours after 10 p.m., and property manager Laurie Tobias said she does not tolerate anyone making too much noise after hours. “I’d have to say we’re not too lenient on the late night partying here,” she said. “We find it to be disrespectful toward the other residents. A lot of our residents aren’t even college students, and they don’t want to be kept awake at night.” Tobias said that there is a clubhouse in the complex that people can use to socialize and party, but it has to be evacuated by 2 a.m. One resident at Meadow View Apartments, NKU junior Kaity Galanos, said that all things considered, she found that living in an apartment was the best choice for her. “I chose to move off campus because after doing the math, I realized I would be saving over $4,000 a year,” she said. “I chose Meadow View Apartments because they were the cheapest apartments at the time I was looking for a place to live and its close proximity to campus is such a convenience.” Galanos said despite living outside of University Housing, she still manages to remain involved on campus. “Even though I moved off campus this year, I am not worried about me feeling not as connected to school,” she said. “I’m involved with a few organizations and that helps keep me on campus for the majority of every day.”
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A spotlight on stage management Molly True Contributing writer A mixture of rehearsal music, creating its own unique medley, echoed through the maze of hallways leading to professor Brian Robertson’s cozy office in the Fine Arts Center. Robertson and Rachel Burson, who will be graduating from Northern Kentucky University this spring with a degree in stage management, were chatting over lunch. The NKU theatre season is upon us. During a joint interview with Robertson and Burson, the spotlight shifted from cast to crew as they helped explain the life of a NKU stage management student, a program one must interview to get into. Here is a glimpse into the organized chaos of stage managing. According to the American Association of Community Theatre’s website the list of stage manager responsibilities includes scheduling and running rehearsals, coordinating the stage crew and calling cues. They also document all blocking, and the light, sound and set change cues. Robertson summed up those duties. “Stage managers are responsible for everything that feeds into what goes on stage,” he said. “They are like the beating heart you can’t see, but they are constantly implied to everything that’s on stage.” The main stage productions at NKU have faculty directors and often faculty design positions, but stu-
Despite the economy, Robertson said stage management is actually thriving. “The number of people in the program is increasing,” he said. “We had a very high watermark coming into last year, we graduated close to five stage managers between two semesters. We’re a little under that number now, but we are staying consistent in terms of new students coming in with interest.” “Another great career path for stage managers is that they are perfectly placed to move up the ladder in terms of becoming production managers and artistic administrators because they understand very Photo by Samantha Hayden closely how the facility works,” said Robertson. NKU stage manager and assistants prepare for ‘You Can’t Take It With Burson detailed her experiences. “You got to have You.’ Almost everything on stage is the manager’s responsibility. a lot of nerve and tough skin,” she said. “This is not a reward-driven job. Recognition would be nice but it’s dents take on the rest. Typically three managers are never expected, that’s just the nature of the beast. The assigned for most performances, Robertson said. best thing that can ever happen to me is when I do a “I make assignments based on where people are in show and the actors get a standing ovation. A standthe curriculum and what I think is the next level of ing ovation is for everybody because we all did it. It’s a experience that they need to take on,” he said. group thing.” According to Robertson, the best way to train stage Burson said her goal is to build her resume and go managers is to get them working right away. “I trouinto movie production. Between her internship at bleshoot, interact and communicate. I work behind the Ensemble Theatre in Cincinnati, summers spent and with them, but I don’t stage manage it for them.” interning at summer stock theaters, the school year Students are not required to have internships, but divided between NKU productions and a full schedule Burson explained the importance. “Most of theatre of classes, and her senior project, she isn’t left with is hands-on experience. What better way to see the time for much else. “There ain’t no rest for the wicked,” she said. professional world than to actually work in it?”
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Recent grad lands job in dream city Former design student now works for VSA Partners in Chicago Lauren Wheeler Contributing writer Northern Kentucky University is full of talented people — singers, dancers, writers, actors and pretty much everything in between. Recent graduate Peta Neihaus now knows something about that. The 2011 graduate works at VSA Partners, an independent branding firm in Chicago. VSA Partners helped update branding at P&G, Nike and General Electric. Neihaus is a digital designer who helps produce and improve websites. An average day for Neihaus includes working on concepts for a new website, designing mobile applications or creating tools for tablets. As a designer, she works with strategists, information architects and developers. “Working here is a very collaborative process. With our changing industry, many parts of the day involve critical thinking and problem solving with how to design for new screen resolutions and screen sizes,” she said. Neihaus said that it had been her dream since high school to move to Chicago and when she was at NKU, she discovered VSA while researching future internships and knew that she wanted to work there. “I applied for a summer co-op online via the VSA website after my second year at NKU. No response. The following year, I was a bit more strategic with my summer co-op plans. VSA was in my ‘dream co-ops’ category,” she said. After talking to visual arts professor Julie MaderMeersman about her application process, she discovered that Mader-Meersman had gone to graduate school with Neihaus’s current boss.
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Photo provided by Peta Neihaus Peta Neihaus (pictured) was a design student at Northern Kentucky University and graduated in 2011. After networking on campus and interning, Neihaus was able to secure a job with VSA Partners, an independent branding firm in Chicago.
“Needless to say, I got the co-op last summer. During my final semester at NKU, I stayed in touch. When I graduated, I reached out to VSA and was offered a position,” Neihaus said. Her story is one that many college graduates can only dream about. Employers added just 96,000 jobs in August, down from 141,000 in July, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Labor on Sept. 7. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects artist and designer employment growth of 9.8 percent between 2010 and 2020, which translates to approximately 76,100 new artist and designer positions. With a degree from NKU, Neihaus said she had a leg up, due to cutting-edge courses, portfolio development and a design internship requirement. “[NKU’s] a great institution with passionate and caring professors that will encourage and push you as far
Have a chance to get off campus this weekend? Check out the nightlife and events happening in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Comedy Jam Sept. 14, 7-10 p.m. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati The 2012 Comedy Jam is a fundraiser for the Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment and all proceeds will benefit the center. Nationally recognized comedians Josh Sneed, Wix Wichmann and Geoff Tate are set to perform Friday night. Price: Tickets are $25, purchase at (513) 381-6672 ext. 124 More info: www.ccatsober.org Oh, Sleeper at The Underground Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.
as possible. Yes, you need to work your butt off in whatever arts you’re studying, but I’m a big believer in an enhanced experience by building community,” Neihaus said. “It takes more effort, but totally worth it.” While NKU gave her a good design education, she learns new things about the web and designing digitally every day at VSA. “I’ve learned a great deal at VSA, but I don’t know if they’re necessarily things I could have learned at NKU. I’ve had a lot of on-the-job training,” Neihaus said. “Beyond designing, I’ve learned different team dynamics, presentation techniques and work flows.” She said that starting out as a young designer, it is exciting to work with companies that have been a part her life for years and to help new companies come to life with a dynamic and smart web experience. “It’s truly a dream come true. I am beyond blessed to have this job,” Neihaus said.
The Underground, 1140 Smiley Ave., Cincinnati Metal rock bands Oh, Sleeper, The Few and Wolves at the Gate are performing at The Underground Friday night. Texas-based Oh, Sleeper is headlining. Price: Day-of general admission tickets $15, www.itickets.com/events/283852. html More info: www.myspace.com/ ohsleeper Cincinnati Pops: Ballroom with a Twist Sept. 15, 8 p.m. Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati Talent from Dancing with the Stars, American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance will join the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra to perform live vocals and up-tempo tunes alongside danc-
ers. The music and dance will include a fast-paced showcase of tango, swing and samba. Price: Tickets starting at $25, www. tickets.cincinnatisymphony.org More info: www.cincinnatisymphony. org Awolnation at Madison Theater Sept. 15, 8 p.m. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky. Awolnation is coming to The Madison Saturday evening. The electronic-rock band is headlining and playing with Zeale, a hip-hop artist from Austin, Texas. Price: Tickets $20, www.madisontheateronline.com/ More info: www.awolnationmusic.com
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NKU Caitlin Centner Staff writer
On Sept. 10 Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union echoed with chatter and chants coming from the first floor consumed by women affiliated with Greek Life preparing for annual bid day. Prior to the start of the bid day festivities, women reminisced on their recruitment experiences. Tina Hoesl, a senior public relations major, said she and Kaity Galanos, junior journalism major, were in charge of Delta Gamma’s recruitment and enjoyed seeing all of their plans put into action. Kelsey Rodriguez, a junior and member of Phi Sigma Sigma, said she enjoyed getting to meet all of the new ladies that want to find a family within a sorority. Sarah Napier, junior communication major and member of Theta Phi Alpha, said, “My favorite night is the first night of recruitment because everyone doesn’t know anyone yet and the connections made are more genuine.” Chanell Karr, a junior public relations major, said “The best experience I’ve had going through recruitment this fall is just being able to meet women going
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through the process as well and then just making new connections and relationships with the already Greek women.” Emily Ries, sophomore communication studies major, who went through formal recruitment in fall 2011, participated in the Chi Omega recruitment process, as Karr did, and decided to go through formal fall recruitment again this year. Ries said her favorite night of recruitment was preference night as well because, “you really get to see the sororities and they put everything out on the line.” After opening their bids, new members lined up outside near the Griffin Hall lawn with their corresponding sororities. They were then released all at once to meet their new sisters on the lawn. Student Life Assistant Director Kim Vance said most sororities met their recruitment quota of 45 women. An assortment of colored balloons floated underneath the blue sky as new members ran, tackled and embraced their sorority sisters. NKU’ s formal fall recruitment came to a roaring close with bid day.
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Photos by Emily Lindeau NKU women participating in the 2012 Bid Day ceremonies. Here, students are invited to join each sorority after a weekend of recruitment.
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Joining student groups easier than you think Brook Clifford Staff writer At Northern Kentucky University there are roughly 200 student organizations and clubs for you to get involved in and join. From the intramural soccer teams to Greek life, to chess club and Norse Force; there is something for everyone. Having a Student Life Office located on campus can be a helpful tool for someone looking to get involved on campus. “I know an easy way to get involved on campus is to go to activities and sporting events,” freshman business major Dane Taylor said. “But I didn’t know about the Student Life Office or know that you went there to create a club either.” To form a club or an organization on campus you only need a few things: at least five people who want to begin the club, a sponsor who works on campus, an idea and a little bit of money. The student organization registration fee is due to the Student Life Office by Sept. 28th. But it is possible to start a club later in the school year. “There is a $25 student organization registration fee,” senior public relations major Vincent Cunningham said. “The idea is that if you decide you want to start a club, you’ll have five people and you can all split the cost into $5 a person.” For someone looking for a way to get more information
about a club or organization they can make an account on Orgsync. It’s a website that lets students connect to all the organizations on NKU’s campus. A lot of people know about getting involved, they just don’t know how. They want to get connected and form a network but they just aren’t sure where to go. “Anybody can start an intramural team,” Jeremy Chipman, coordinator for Intramural Sports and Outdoor Adventure Programs said. “You must first sign up with your NKU username and password on imleagues.nku.edu.” Campus Recreation has a very big and diverse group of teams that you can join. They have sports from basketball to sand volleyball, to flag football. All that is required is to have an All Card and a minimum of one credit hour at NKU. “I’d like to make a dodgeball intramural team if there isn’t already one,” freshman sports business major Barrett Arnold said. “That would be a lot of fun with a big group of friends.” Ultimately anyone can join a club, organization or intramural team anytime during the school year. It is also pretty easy to create anything you want to do. “If you want to join a club in the middle of the year, go straight to the person in charge of that club. It cuts out the middleman,” Cunningham said. Specifics about certain organizations or just to look around, visit www.nku.orgsync.com.
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get involved 1.) Find an organization, club or intramural team you want to join on campus. If you can’t find one you like, form one yourself. 2.) Find friends to join it with you and get involved. If you’re forming the organization, find five people who want to do it too. 3.) Sign up for the club in the Student Life Office or form the club you’d like to start. 4.) Pay a registration fee if beginning the club with five friends and split the cost. Or, if joining one already formed, look into whether or not there is a cost involved. 5.) Be an active participant in whatever organization you’re involved in.
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Former coach will be inducted into hall of fame Bill Aker recognized for hard work and starting baseball program Jessica Cox Contributing writer A former Northern Kentucky University baseball coach will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Jan. 4, 2013 in Chicago. Bill Aker, who coached at NKU from 1972 to 2000, will be joining five other coaches in the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013, according to the association. “It is a great honor,” said Todd Asalon, NKU’s current head baseball coach. “It proves how great of a coach he was.” According to Dave Keilitz, executive director of the American Baseball Coaches Association, the hall of fame committee nominated Aker for this honor in January 2012. “His contributions to the student athletes that he coached and to the university were extremely significant,” Keilitz said. “The committee felt he was deserving of this honor.” According to Keilitz, the criteria for being inducted into the hall of fame is the nominee must have 15 years experience as head coach, must have a significant coaching record, along with other criteria. The coach must also receive
a 75 percent vote from the hall of fame committee. Aker, who passed away on March 26, 2011, coached NKU’s baseball team from 1972 to 2000. He was responsible for starting the baseball team in 1972, where they went 10-22 in the first season. After 29 years of coaching service, Aker ended his career with 807 victories. “He was all about winning,” Asalon said. Under his leadership, NKU’s baseball team made four NCAA Division II Regional appearances as well as a NCAA Division II World Series appearance and a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) World Series appearance. Aker was also recognized with six Coach of the Year honors from the Great Lakes Region, the NAIA Area IV, and the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Aker was acknowledged on NKU’s campus in 2001 when the baseball field was named in his honor. Asalon played for Aker in the early 80’s. “Coach was a task master; very old school,” Asalon said. You always knew where you stood with him.” As well as playing for him, Asalon also assisted Aker for two and a half years. “I wish he could be here to see this,” Asalon said.
Photo provided by NKU Athletics Bill Aker (pictured) will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Jan. 4, 2013. He started the baseball program in 1972 and coached until 2000.
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Free agents find place on football team Intramurals hosted first-ever event to fill vacant spots on club rosters Kyle Biggs Contributing writer Northern Kentucky University Intramurals hosted their first-ever Free Agent Day Sept. 7, allowing potential flag football players to get involved with the sport. The event attracted four new players, but Coordinator for Intramural Sports and Outdoor Adventure Programs Jeremy Chipman considered it a success. The event, held in the NKU Soccer Stadium and took the form of a practice game, was put on by Chipman and intramural officials. It allowed students who weren’t on a team, but were still inPhoto courtesy of Jeremy Chipman terested in playing, to meet new people and po- Free Agent Day, held on Sept. 7, was a way for students to get involved in intramural flag football, even if they didn’t have a tentially find a team to join. team. The event, hosted by NKU Intramurals, put interested students on existing teams that did not have enough players. For freshman Elliott Stidham, it also presented an opportunity to play a sport that he had never Chipman said these types of free agent events “In the past, we tried to combine [free agents] been involved in. all together without meeting one another,” he ex- might occur for other intramural sports in the fu“I was always too small in high school to actu- plained. “Then, once they get in, they realize they ture, such as basketball. He said soccer is also a ally play real football,” Stidham said. “But this is don’t want to play. They usually forfeit by the possibility, as the intramural staff recognizes the flag football. I’ve always wanted to play, and this end.” sport’s growing popularity on campus. is my chance.” It allowed new intramural officials to get inChipman said that the main point of events like Chipman’s hope was that enough of these “free volved as well, furthering the success of the event. these is to give students without teams an opporagents” would show up for the event so they could “We wanted to get new officials out here,” Chip- tunity to get involved, regardless of the sport. meet each other and form their own team. They man said. “We have a lot of rookies; we’re trying “Schools across the country have the same should be able to join an already-existing team, to get them trained,” Chipman said. “To get ev- problems with free agents. We’re just trying to and it will keep an entire team of free agents from eryone out here and get them involved; I think it think outside of the box on how to get them more was a success.” involved,” Chipman said. quitting.
Men’s Golf Northern Kentucky University’s men’s golf team began its season with a third-place finish at the Wasioto Winds Fall Kick-Off Invitational in Morehead, Ky., held Sept. 10-11. The Norse finished with a three-round total of 877, finishing third out of 14 teams. Freshman Zach Wright led the way for the Norse finishing sixth, shooting two-under par for the tournament. Men’s Soccer The Northern Kentucky University men’s soccer team was in action in Indianapolis this weekend. NKU’s match against Butler University was cancelled on Sept. 7 due to severe weather. Butler led 1-0, when the match was halted in the 39th minute due to lightning and was later called off as severe weather continued. The Norse played IUPUI on Sept. 9 and lost 1-0. NKU led in shots 20-9 but were not able to convert any of them for goals, while IUPUI scored in the 15th minute for the victory.
Volleyball The Northern Kentucky University volleyball team participated in the Harvard Invitational over the weekend. The Norse defeated Providence College in straight sets (25-23, 25-15, 2513). NKU lost for the first time this season on Sept. 8, falling in five sets to Manhattan College (25-23, 28-26, 24-26, 22-25, 156). NKU came back from a 24-21 deficit in the third set and a 17-8 deficit in the fourth set to send the match to a fifth set, but were not able to complete the comeback. The Norse came back strong later the same day by defeating host Harvard University in straight sets (25-21, 25-21, 25-23.) Women’s Soccer The Northern Kentucky University women’s soccer team played Murray State University on Sept. 9 and won the match 4-2. Freshmen Hanna Pateryn and Maria Silbersack gave the Norse the lead with goals in the 26th and 29th minutes. Murray State came back to tie the score and just a minute later in the 55th minute Silbersack scored to give the Norse the lead for good. An own goal by Murray State in the 75th minute extended NKU’s lead.
Cross Country Northern Kentucky University’s cross country teams both competed in the Queen City Invitational on Sept. 7 in Cincinnati. The men finished fifth out of 12 teams, led by sophomore J.J. Webber, who finished in 16th place. The women finished fifth out of 10 teams led by freshman Addie Biteman, who finished in 16th place.