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Homework over exams for students News, p. 7
Students, alumni race for a cure Arts & Life, p. 8 Photo by Samantha Hayden
Chase admission standards questioned Kevin Schultz Staff writer Contrasting this year’s increase in admission standards by Northern Kentucky University in an effort to form the school’s strongest freshman class to date, Salmon P. Chase College of Law loosened its admission standards to form an entering class that is weaker than the entering class from the previous school year. According to the latest numbers released by Chase’s Office of Admissions, the median LSAT scores for the entering class decreased by 2 points, with an overall 5 percent drop in the class’s median GPA. The bottom 21 students in the class had LSAT scores of 146 or lower. Chase’s admissions webpage described un-
dergraduate GPAs and LSAT performance as two main factors in regards to admissions. “The Admissions Committee relies heavily on each applicant’s undergraduate grades and performance on the LSAT during the application review process,” the webpage stated. However, according to Chase Law professor and Admissions Committee member Kenneth Katkin, not only were the admission standards not increased for this year to form an academically stronger entering class, but the entire admissions process was overthrown, which resulted in a significant lowering of admission standards. According to Katkin and Admissions Committee member and professor Kimberly Hausbeck, the routine admissions process ended in late April 2012. However, at the start of the fall semester, both Katkin and Hausbeck noticed that countless other stu-
dents had been accepted and were attending the school. Chase Law Dean Dennis Honabach stated at the Sept. 20 Chase faculty meeting, after being questioned by Katkin about the situation, that Chase Admissions Committee Chair and professor Henry Stephens was forced to continue the admissions process after the last applications were reviewed by all members of the Admissions Committee due to an influx of new applications after the start of the summer semester. Because Katkin and Hausbeck were not employed during the summer semester, Stephens said he was not able to send what could be considered work to committee members who were not holding paid positions within the college at the time.
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Season opener for theatre and dance Arts & Life, p. 13
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October 4, 2012
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Brandon Barb Managing editor Heading into the presidential debate, Mitt Romney was trailing President Obama in the polls. Obama was ahead a few points but it should have been a larger margin. After the conventions the president should have put his foot on the gas not ease off and coast to election. In a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, The New York Times and CBS News, Obama was leading in all but one category — the budget deficit. The poll was completed in three states, with 4,153 people interviewed. Two of the states are battleground states, Florida and Ohio, with Pennsylvania as the third. But according to the poll there isn’t much of a battle. During the 60 Minutes interview with Mitt Romney he said his campaign “doesn’t need a turnaround” and that he is “tied with an incumbent president.” Granted, the interview aired Sept. 23 and this New York Times poll was published Sept. 26 but as a presidential candidate he should know — or have people to
know — how close he really is to the other candidate. There were 11 categories in the poll, and as said above Obama led in all but one. According to the poll voters just don’t like Mitt Romney. Maybe it has to deal with his bone head remarks or how distant he is from the average voter, or maybe voters are still recovering from George Bush and don’t want to go back to him. The big issues were covered of course, mainly health care and the economy. In all three states the president led his opponent with 51 percent when it came to the question “who would do a better job on the economy?” When asked the same about health care and Medicare Obama led again. Even though there is still time before the election Obama is acting as if he already has it won, which he does — as long as he stays quiet while Romney continues to stick his foot in his mouth. This poll and others like it have shown that the president has been safer than what some Republicans want to believe. Look back at the candidates running for the Republican nomination. There wasn’t one that stood out for good reasons, plus the entire party doesn’t support Mitt. As Frank Bruni of The
New York Times puts it, “How did someone so politically maladroit — a cardboard cutout crossed with an Etch A Sketch — get this far?” Maybe Ron Paul would have been a better candidate in hindsight. On the other side, no one attempted to challenge Obama so he has the whole of the Democratic Party behind him. It is hard to get voters interested when your own party doesn’t fully support you. Romney has been trying to convince himself he could be president since the primaries. He might have looked strong while the other possible choices were going about their own antics, but when he won the nomination he began to lose. He is still trying to convince himself with only a little over a month before election day. Romney is confident though, during his 60 Minutes interview he said, “I’m going to win this thing.” Confidence is one thing, but blind confidence is another. It will be very interesting to see what happens in the next few weeks.
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Free speech not so free after policy change Staff editorial As journalists we like free speech, our job is based on it for the most part. It is something this country has really taken for granted to be honest, but this isn’t a long diatribe on what free speech means to Americans. Instead, it’s a look at the entertaining people that used to come onto campus. New freshmen might not remember the guy with a wooden cross yelling at students or evil Santa and his conspiracy theories, but there was a time when anyone was able to come onto campus — free speech right? But two years ago that changed. A change to university policy now requires potential speakers to submit an application to the dean of students, plus provide any lit-
erature and let the dean know what they will be speaking about beforehand. This application process gives the dean the power of allowing who comes onto campus, and where they can speak. So now the university has a selective free speech policy. There has been a decline in the speakers we see on campus. This can be attributed to any number of factors, maybe they didn’t want to be censored or denied access due to their message. Even though this is a way to control the sometimes hostile speakers coming onto campus, it also hinders one of the most basic rights we have in this country. After all, this is a public university which would mean the campus is a public place where anyone can come and speak without limitations.
norse poll responses Compiled by Samantha Hayden and Stephen Wilder
How do you feel about exam-only classes?
Brisson Samedy Junior
Laura Hicks Sophomore
“I’m not really big on studying, so I’d like to see more classes put points on other things besides exams.”
“I don’t think it is fair because some people are really bad test takers.”
Mohammed Aljahani Freshman
Austin Doppes Freshman
“I think it would be good “It’s not fair to do only quizbecause a lot of people zes because some people don’t would do good on the do well. Homework and other exams because they would activities help me.” have more time to study.”
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Five senate seats filled, two still remain Kevin Schultz Staff writer Northern Kentucky University’s Student Government Association swore in five new senators at their Oct. 1 meeting. The new senators were able to obtain their seats this late in the semester due to a decrease in SGA membership throughout the last spring and summer semesters. After the addition of the five senators, one senate seat vacancy and one judicial council seat vacancy still remain. The five new senators consist of junior computer science major Spenser Kern, junior political science major Matt Frentz, freshman graphic design major Amy Jabrah, freshmen vocal performance major Katherine Hahnel and senior communication studies and history major Chuck Rust, who also serves as SGA’s legislative liaison. At the meeting each new senator was asked what issues they would like to represent as part of the student body and how they planned to facilitate
such leadership. Senator Matt Frentz said he planned to represent a quiet demographic of campus through leading by example and reporting issues to SGA. “I feel like I will be a voice to the stereotypically quiet section of Northern,” Frentz said. “I would like to bring issues that students would want changed, to your [SGA’s] attention.” Senator Katherine Hahnel said that she would lead by standing as a voice for the needs of NKU students, specifically commuters on campus. “As
a commuter, I know it’s hard to get to a lot of the programs that are here [at NKU] at night,” Hahnel said. “So, I’d like to get things here more during the day.” Hahnel also wants to improve branding of NKU athletics in order to get more student involvement and support at athletic events. Other senators agreed that mixtures of leading by example and leading by listening to the voices of the students around them would be the most successful means of leadership. Other issues discussed for potential representation by the new senators included improvement of classroom resources, further development of commuter meal plans, student involvement and Greek life. Also at the meeting, the resolution requesting the disclosure of course evaluations to students was read for a second time, passing with a unanimous vote. SGA has continued work on other various resolutions outside of their weekly Monday meetings, and plans to present multiple of these at the Oct. 8 meeting.
Virtual exploration inspires NKU-based forum Maggie Pund Staff writer Have you ever pictured a world full of pieces that you can manipulate or destroy at will to create new landscapes or structures at your leisure? Two Northern Kentucky University students created an exclusive virtual space for students to congregate and create things together without the limitations of the real world. Spencer Shefchik and James Lloyd came together last semester to organize an online server forum called NKUcraft for students to connect over the computer game Minecraft. Minecraft is a computer exploration game created by Swedish programmer Markus Persson. Players are inserted into a blocky biosphere and given control to alter their surroundings to craft their own fictional universe and game plan. The growing online community is made up of 140 members with various majors and backgrounds working in the game server to build things such as ships, towns and even popular cartoon characters. “I think of Minecraft as kind of a tinker toy where you can build anything you particularly want to as long as you have the resources,” said Shefchik, a
Graphic courtesy of Branden Middendorf NKUcraft, Northern Kentucky University’s forum on Minecraft, gives players the opportunity to build anything they want in a virtual computer exploration game.
media informatics major. With no precise instructions, points, levels or mission, Minecraft is not like other games. The server themes can range from creative mode, with infinite resources and no enemies, to survival mode with limited resources and monsters. Evidenced by the over 42 million registered users from all over the world, the game appeals to a wide audience. “One of the things that I think is most interesting about Minecraft is I’ve seen 8 year olds play and I have seen people in their 60s play, across
all ethnicities and both genders,” said Renee Human, NKU’s media informatics program director and professor. The game allows different types of students and majors to come together in this Minecraft microcosm to work on experimental projects or even conduct virtual class meetings in the future. “I think it could cover [many majors] from the College of Informatics to the arts and sciences and across a whole bunch of colleges on campus,” Human said.
In addition, some students believe Minecraft has the capability to be used as a learning tool. “There can be, like, a learning thing involved because you can break it down to very basic programming,” said Branden Middendorf, NKUcraft member and media informatics major. “I could see it being used for more [computer science] students doing very binary stuff and figuring out how certain things work.” Minecraft creates a platform for students to collaborate, learn, relax and display their creations to the world. On top of that, the game allows a way to build a portfolio. “If you want to get into the gaming world as a game developer or a game designer, one of the things that people at those companies will tell you is that they want to see a game or a mod that you have created,” said Human. “It helps build a portfolio toward what those employers want to see.” The emergence of Minecraft on the collegiate level demonstrates how electronic games are becoming more prevalent and gaining legitimacy in today’s society.
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Law competition teaches valuable exercise Matt Popovich Contributing writer The third annual Center for Student Advocacy Society Client Counseling Competition was held at Salmon P. Chase College of Law Sept. 22. This was an internal competition where law students were critiqued on their ability to interact with clients. The students were judged by a panel of experts who volunteered their time to help students improve client interview skills. The competition utilized actors to test the consultation and interview skills of the law students. A panel of three judges scrutinized each student’s interview from the moment they met with their client during a mock consultation meeting. Actors told students their child had been taken out of school and started home school due to bullying. The child was in fifth grade when he began home schooling and the parents were now having trouble getting the school to allow him to enter the sixth grade because he had not taken the correct placement tests. The parents argued he had completed the work so he should be allowed to enter the sixth grade
without having to take the placement tests. The students were judged on several aspects of their interview, including body language, speech and attention given to the client. Each judge gave the students feedback and helpful tips after the interview was completed. Lawyer Vincent Thomas was one of the three judges who volunteered their time to participate in the competition. “It comes from a little bit of selfishness,” Thomas said. “I want to see good attorneys out there. I want to see them learn the law, not from the TV but from the practical. The law and the client come first.” First place winner Howard Markowitz said the competition gave the parPhoto by Matt Popovich ticipants a valuable exercise in public From left to right: Paige Rabe (second place), Howard Markowitz (first place) and Kathleen Watspeaking in a professional atmosphere. son (third place). It was the third annual Center for Student Advocacy Society Client Counseling Markowitz, who plans to go into Competition, which was held at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law Sept. 22. medical malpractice defense, and was a doctor of orthopedic surgery before Jimmy John’s franchisee, stressed how dent Kelly Haren, chair of the Client Counseling Competition. attending law school, said he has really well the program was organized. “The staff just does a phenomenal This was the first year faculty was enjoyed his time at Chase, even though he said it is a little harder than he ex- job of giving us programs that help us given an opportunity to give guidance grow as students,” Rabe said. during the planning stages through a pected it would be. A major force behind the organiza- partnership with the Center for ExcelSecond place winner Paige Rabe, a 1L (first year) law student and local tion of the competition was 3L law stu- lence and Advocacy.
CHASE, continued from p. 1 Typically, as part of Chase College of Law’s policy and tradition, students are automatically admitted or rejected based upon their LSAT scores. A score that matches the median score from the last year’s entering class is needed to get an automatic admit. Students whose scores do not meet this median LSAT score, yet show considerable skills needed to succeed such as a high GPA, a relatively close LSAT score or considerable amount of relatable experience can be selected by Director of Admissions Ashley Gray and passed to the Admissions Committee in order for the student’s application to be voted on. After all admission processes were complete, 68.2 percent of students who applied to Chase were accepted for this school year compared to 51.2 percent of students who were accepted for the 2011-2012 school year. “This increase in the number of students accepted wasn’t due to a larger pool of applicants available,” said Katkin. “It was due to the acceptance of students who were already previously rejected by the committee.” The concern for Katkin and Hausbeck was not that usual policies were broken, but what the purpose was for admission processes that went on while the two members were off for the semester. Honabach denies that there were any changes to the admission processes. “I don’t know what they’re talking
about in terms of changes of processes,” he said. “This year was handled the same way we have handled every other year.” Honabach said that a national trend affecting all law schools would explain the drop in average LSAT scores and GPAs. According to Honabach, the admissions process is set up with rolling applications, which means that applications can be reviewed all the way up until the start of the school year. “When they [applications] come in, in the summer, they’re handled by the members of the committee who are around to deal with it,” Honabach said. Stephens stated in an email to Katkin that during the summer admissions process he re-admitted students that the committee had already voted to reject and/or students that were already automatically rejected. “It seemed foolish to reject applicants who would clearly have been admitted 2-3 years ago, only to have them admitted by other competitor institutions, at a time when the information available to me indicated that dire financial consequences would ensue by not doing so, perhaps necessitating dramatic spending cuts or adverse personnel decisions,” he said in the email. “So you are correct that a large number of students currently enrolled are students that the committee had previously rejected.”
However, surrounding “competitive institutions,” such as the law schools of University of Kentucky and University of Cincinnati have admission LSAT medians of 158 while Chase’s is at 152. Regardless of admission processes and specific LSAT scores, Honabach said the school only accepts good quality students. “We accept students who we think have the talent to make it,” Honabach said. “No one has been admitted who wasn’t qualified.” Members of the Admissions Committee still disagree. “I am afraid that they [students] may have been set up to fail,” Hausbeck said in concern of the future success of Chase students. Student Amanda Riggs is an undergraduate senior at NKU and plans to attend Chase Law after she graduates at the end of the school year. As pertaining to the situation with admissions, Riggs said admission standards should be displayed clearly on the college’s website and all students should be informed if admission standards or processes change. And while Riggs does believe that the LSAT is a good indicator of student readiness for law school, she said that it shouldn’t be the only basis of acceptance. “If you have a really good GPA and personal statement…I don’t think that a few points too low on the LSAT should be the reason you don’t get accepted,” Riggs said.
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Students prefer assignments over only exams Professors who only give exams in class limit students’ abilities Brook Clifford Staff writer
Class structure can strongly depend on the professor, the class in particular, the major and many other aspects. However, four out of five students say that when they look at their syllabuses on the first day of class, they want to see the teacher giving other assignments besides exams. “It helps tremendously in the job field,” Kaitlyn Maxwell, communication professor, said. “If you’ve done something hands on with it, then you have experience. Tests don’t equate to intellect.” Teachers who give only exams may just give three or four during the semester, and then have a final exam. Some of them decide to drop each student’s lowest grade, depending on the class. “I’ve experienced it both ways, as a student and teacher,” Maxwell said. “It helps students to have projects and other assignments along with exams.” Some students have heavy test anxiety, while others
could sleep through class and ace the test the next day. Some would much rather do work outside of class to show their true potential while others don’t want to devote too much time to it. “I prefer classes with the homework and quizzes on top of the exams,” Bailey Derthick, an undeclared freshman, said. “If it’s just tests in a class, you have a higher chance of failing.” Since assignments lead to class points, it would make sense that the more assignments, projects and homework in the class, the higher chance you would have at getting more points. With tests, there is little to no flexibility because messing up once could have a student catching up all semester. “My hardest class is one with just exams,” Hannah Ungerecht, freshman psychology major, said. “I like classes with more than just exams, if we have more points we have better opportunities.” With assignments, students have a better chance to showcase their knowledge in different aspects of the classroom. Students have different abilities and all of
them should be able to portray them in a classroom setting. “I think homework, assignments and projects can show a student’s true potential. Tests you can just study for the night before and still pass them, homework takes time,” Derthick said. The reasons may be for teachers just giving exams, some may not have the extra time to grade assignments, some may not want to deal with students turning things in late or their excuses. “I’ve never taught a course with just exams, I could never imagine doing that,” Maxwell said. “Having students do assignments helps me get to know them on a different level.” However there are solutions to the problem, teachers may be able to afford to drop a test and make a project worth that amount of points. Some teachers put quizzes on Blackboard so that they can be automatically graded. “If I was a teacher, I would give tests and quizzes and have an optional project,” Ungerecht said.
Across the University NBGSA conference registration now open, free Registration for the National Black Graduate Student Association’s southeast regional conference on Oct. 19-21 is now open. “Perpetuating the Scholastic Cycle” will focus on knowledge, audacity and fundamental tools that empower students and professionals of the African American community. For more information, contact Jyreika Guest. NKU students are free to attend but must register at email@example.com. Student philanthropy report released The Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement recently released the 20112012 annual report of the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project. Last year, Northern Kentucky University had 15 student philanthropy classes involving 287 students who awarded over $27,000 directly to 23 nonprofits. Request a copy by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Professor research to be placed in FEMA archives The Federal Emergency Management Agency requested a copy of Northern
Kentucky University professor Thomas Lambert’s research “Ex-Urban Sprawl and Fire Response in the United States,” for its library and archives. The research found a link between urban and suburban development and the probability of homes in such areas suffering from fire hazards and delayed fire department response. The paper will be published in the December issue of The Journal of Economic Issues. NKU filmmaker begins work on documentary Northern Kentucky University professor and artist-in-residence Rachel Lyon began production of “Tulsa: Hate Crime Capital?,” a documentary that will explore a relationship between current violent hate crimes in today’s media and a long-term cover-up of hate crimes. The film will focus on three survivors, two from recent hate crimes, Deon Tucker and David Hall, as well as Wes Young (now 95), a survivor of the Tulsa Riot in 1921. Lyon said in a NKU press release that she hopes to have the film complete by summer 2013. A 10-minute trailer is available at http://vimeo. com/47122092.
Portrait on loan courtesy of Nathan Smith
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Paul SawyierOriginal Works One of the largest exhibitions of the commonwealth’s most popular and recognizable artists
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boobies 15th anniversary of the Greater Cincinnati Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
10,279 walkers participated in the 15th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event Saturday morning. The 5K supported the fight against breast cancer and was a part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Participants raised money that goes to the organization.
by Caitlin Centner
Caitlin Centner Staff writer On a crisp Saturday morning a sea of pink and white filled the streets of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio and into the streets of Newport, Ky. as men and women of all ages participated in the 15th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. According to the Komen Greater Cincinnati Race for the Cure there were 10,729 online registered participants on Sept. 29. The 5K extended through downtown Cincinnati and began near Paul Brown Stadium, circled the rear of Great American Ball Park, went into Kentucky and ended back on the Ohio side after participants crossed the Purple People Bridge. Participants showed their enthusiasm and support by wearing pink, some outfits being more outlandish than others, but all represented one cause, the fight against breast cancer. Groups wore shirts that read: “Save the Tatas,” “Saving 2nd Base,” “Team Big Rack,” “CANcervive,” as well as many others. Amy Maschmeyer, a 2003 Northern Kentucky University graduate, said her’s and her husband Ryan’s favorite shirt read “Walking for Knockers.” Maschmeyer participates annually for a team called “Hope for Hooters” that is in place to honor her best friend Casey’s
mother who passed away during her battle with breast cancer. This was her fifth year doing the walk. Although Maschmeyer walks in honor of her friend’s mother, she added that her Grandma Louise was a breast cancer survivor. Maschmeyer also had the chance a few years ago to walk in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day where she walked 60 miles in three days. Her group each raised $2,200 a piece for that race. “It was the hardest, but the best experience,” Maschmeyer said. “Survivors make a tunnel at the finish line and it’s very emotional.” She said the annual Race for the Cure is emotional because you know you’re doing something very good. “Cancer affects someone you know,” she said. “You see the woman in front of you without hair who is walking and you realize you shouldn’t complain.” Maschmeyer explained the gentleman in front of her had posted on his shirt that he was walking in celebration of his wife and his sister. “That’s why you get up early, as tired as we were, you walk for that person that can’t get out of the hospital bed or for those who have lost someone,” she said. Danielle Pugh, a resident of Northern Kentucky, was pleased with herself for making a small sacrifice of waking up early to join a cause she feels strongly about supporting. Pugh looked behind
her shoulder as she approached the rear of Great American Ball Park and realized just how large this event was — the end of the group of walkers wasn’t in sight. At about this point in the race, groups of local youth cheerleaders gave encouraging words to those who were participating in the 5K. “Let’s go walkers!” the girls cheered in sync. As walkers crossed the bridge into Kentucky, some runners were already crossing the finish line. JoEllen Thompson, a former NKU student, completed this year’s race for her cousin who is currently in Stage 4 breast cancer. Thompson has participated for five years now with about 17 people part of a team they call “pink.” She said they normally walk solely for the cause, but this year had a deeper meaning. “We are good friends with the owners of Pompilio’s and they let my best friend and I bartend for a night where they supplied appetizers, that was kind of their donation,” said Thompson. She went on to say that through splitting the pot, a raffle and their bartending tips they raised around $1,900. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Locally there are many more events that raise awareness and money towards the cure. For more information on Susan G. Komen events visit www.komen.org.
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Students start up record label on campus Shelby Burton Contributing writer Northern Kentucky University has a brand new addition to their variety of student organizations: Climb Time Entertainment, an on-campus record label. Whether you are a dedicated artist or someone interested in getting started in the music industry, Climb Time Entertainment is open to everyone. They also work with behind-the-scenes aspects, such as video editing and production, camera men, fashion and interior designers and DJs. “The point of Climb Time Entertainment is to help students better themselves,” president of the organization Anthony Morgan said. “I am not an artist,” he explained, “but I am a business major, and being a part of creating Climb Time Entertainment has really helped me grow and use my skills,” The vice president, Tywan Shanklin, was introduced to the idea of Climb Time Entertainment just this past summer by Morgan. Morgan was well equipped with an in-home studio and big dreams. Together, they made their ideas of helping young people with a desire to work with music become a reality. “It’s so awesome watching it grow,” Shanklin said about the club.
in general, according to the pair. “We have the resources, all we need now is to just give it some time,” Shanklin said. On Oct. 1, Shanklin and Morgan constructed surveys to study the demographics of NKU to begin looking at the important statistics that would impact their organization. Hopefully, this research will help them find those who would be interested in becoming active members of Climb Time, and also inform the university about themselves. These young men have plans for the upcoming year, including creating a school talent show and a Top 10 Countdown for NKU. The duo will spend the first semester focusing on studio work and then move on to performance in the spring. Climb Time Entertainment is a great way for young adults to learn more about the music industry, and Photo courtesy of Anthony Morgan even get their foot in the door for a real-world setting. Climb Time Entertainment, a new student organization on camAlthough they have a lot more work to do, these pus, provides students interested in music with local resources. two have already come very far. They took their home studio dreams and chose to do something more with Unfortunately, the new group has had several interthem, and spread their knowledge of music and proested candidates, but not many who are committed to duction to other students. the club. This club has so much potential, and students When asked about the progress of his organization, are really given the opportunities they would need to Morgan smiled and said, “We’re not grinding anymore, grow and flourish not only as artists, but as people we’re climbing; we can only go up from here.”
New ways to present photos through Instagram Marina Schneider Contributing writer Photo-sharing social networks give almost everyone a chance to display the way they see the world, resulting in an explosion of amateur photography that is changing the way images are disseminated. Armed with their smartphones, people everywhere are potential photographers. Many professional photographers believe that sites and applications like Instagram can have a negative impact on their craft, but traditional media outlets are welcoming it as an innovative approach they are willing to try. The New York Times, Vanity Fair and The Associated Press are news organizations experimenting with ways to incorporate the Instagram app into their news strategy. AP has requested that photographers covering the 2012 presidential elections use their personal Instagram feeds professionally for behind-thescenes photos that are not sent to the wire. “We’d been seeing our photogra-
phers using iPhones to shoot offbeat, strange, interesting moments they’d come across, so we asked them to get Instagram accounts to formalize it,” Santiago Lyon, AP’s director of photography, said in the Columbia Journalism Review. “We’re seeing the coming together of journalism and social media, which complements mainstream journalism.” Instagram is a photo-sharing app service that allows registered users to post a photo and manipulate it using filters provided by the site. It has received as much criticism for “cheapening” the art of photography as blogs did when they first appeared, and professional journalists thought it could be the end of their careers. Matt Baker, who teaches a photojournalism class at Northern Kentucky University, said he agrees that photography posted by amateur users in Instagram cannot substitute the work of a professional photographer. “The world is big enough for Instagram,” Baker said. New technologies and delivery methods should complement what is already known and pho-
to-sharing sites are also bringing wonderful images for all to enjoy, he said. Jon Willis, a professional photographer who graduated from NKU, acknowledges the power of Instagram’s phenomenon and embraces it in his work. Willis created a photo exhibition of the best photos from his six favorite Instagram users at a local coffee shop. “I do not think Instagram is ruining photography the same way photography didn’t ruin painting or drawing,” Willis said. In addition to good and bad photography, Instagram can be used for other meaningful purposes. Roberta Domingues chronicles her chemotherapy treatment through Instagram. Her family lives far away, but can follow her two-year battle against lung cancer. She takes close-up pictures of needles and dripping medication and uses filters to “make them look less scary or painful,” she said. She said she is getting many followers and words of encouragement from people all over the world who are
Photo courtesy of Roberta Domingues Roberta Domingues (pictured) uses Instagram to chronicle her time in chemotherapy. Above is a photo she shared on the social media app.
touched by her pictures.Users shared an estimated 100 billion photos from 2004 to 2011, according to Royal Pingdom, a website that monitors numbers on the Internet. Other social networks such as Pinterest, Flickr, Tumblr and Twitter also share photo content making the world an increasingly gigantic visual buffet.
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Frat raises awareness, money for epilepsy Brooke Ginn Staff writer The Kentucky ETA chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon at Northern Kentucky University began their annual week of philanthropy on Sept. 24. Each year, SigEp hosts an awareness week in support of an organization they are passionate about. Ryan Hall, senior electronic media and broadcasting major, said, “We decided to do Epilepsy Awareness Week, because we recently had a brother pass away from epilepsy. We just thought it would be a really good cause, close to home.” Starting off with a penny war between various Greek life organizations, then moving on to a dodge ball tournament, a date auction and several other events to get students involved on campus, spreading awareness was made easy due to the flux of participation throughout the week, as well as raising money to donate to an epilepsy foundation. “We’ve been working really closely with The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, so all the proceeds from Epilepsy Awareness Week will be going to that,” Hall said. Though a $3,000 goal was set, the brothers hope to earn high above that and show the importance of epilepsy awareness. President of SigEp and junior nursing major, Billy Enderle, said this week means
more than anything they’ve done in the past. “The passing of our brother, Evan Draper, from complications of epilepsy was something none of us were expecting, so at one of our meetings we decided to do something big in his honor and thought this was the best thing to do for him. It means a lot,” Enderle said. The second annual dodge ball tournament with Theta Phi Alpha sorority took place Sept. 29 with involvement from across campus. Sophomore anthropology major Helena Sizemore, a sister from Theta Phi, expressed her support of SigEp’s awareness week and said, “It is very important because one of their brothers recently died of epilepsy and a lot of girls in our chapter were very close to him, so it’s kind of a way of supporting our own sisters, and it’s a way of supporting our panhellenic brothers.” In an effort to help students better understand the disease Enderle said, “It’s not something you’re simply born with. It’s something that can happen to anybody. Usually it’s caused by traumatic head injury or serious infection, so it can happen to anybody at any time, and it can be very serious.” Epilepsy Awareness Week ends Oct. 5 with a Purple and White Party at Leapin’ Lizard Gallery in Covington, Ky.
Photo by Samantha Hayden Student Emily Ries bids on a Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity member during Monday evening’s date auction. Proceeds from the auction go to The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.
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OCTOBER 4, 2012
FALL FASHION a
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Caitlin Centner and Tara Derington Staff writers
Northern Kentucky University students strut across campus wearing fall fashion attire. A variety of boots have taken over, sandals are no longer. Jackets, sweaters and scarves add to NKU’s campus scene. Both men and women were spotted sporting sweaters of varying colors and patterns. Leather jackets, popular in the ‘40s and ‘50s, have reappeared once again in the fashion cycle, whether they be brown, black or gray. With the change in nature’s foliage, students are staying relatively neutral with their choice of clothing. Earthy tones such as forest green, maroon and cream enhance the changing of seasons.
Photos by Tara Derington Fall fashion is in full swing at NKU. Pictured are students on campus showcasing some of the season’s top trends. Boots, earth tones, jackets and scarves are seen throughout the week and will continue into the season.
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Semester’s first play opens with a laugh Michael Topmiller Staff writer This past weekend, the Northern Kentucky University Department of Theatre and Dance began its season with the classic comedy “You Can’t Take It With You,” a three-act masterpiece written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The production had a well-balanced dose of comedic moments and insightful discourse perfectly executed by its remarkable cast. This past weekend’s shows drew an impressive audience, a sign that this year’s theatre season will be a successful and memorable one. Set in the 1930s, “You Can’t Take It With You” tells the story of life at the eccentric Sycamore household where each family member has a special hobby. When Alice Sycamore, the only “normal” family member, falls in love with the boss’ son, Tony Kirby, at her office, all chaos ensues as the Kirbys show up for dinner on the wrong night. Tony’s straitlaced parents, Anthony and Miriam, are appalled as they witness firsthand the eccentricities of each family member.“[My role] is much more heartfelt than any of the other main
a key to getting along and functioning healthily. The man behind the scenes is director Mike King, associate professor in the theatre department who teaches acting classes for the most part. King is very pleased with his cast and crew and enjoyed watching his actors revel in the limelight. “It was really interesting to see how the energy from the audience really lifted up the performance [from the cast],” King said after opening night. There are four more shows left this weekend and King and Gaskin encourPhoto courtesy of Mikki Schaffner age everyone to come and see it. “It is “You Can’t Take It With You” is the Department of Theatre and Dance’s first performance of the one of the great comedies in American semester. It runs this weekend through Sunday afternoon. Purchase tickets at the NKU Box Office. literature and I’m very proud of my cast,” King said, “they do a wonderful shows I’ve been in,” Kyle Gaskin said, play.” job bringing the characters to life.” For Gaskin, a large theme in the play who plays Mr. De Pinna in the play. The show has a little something for Gaskin, a senior theatre and arts ma- is the role of family and what is a noreveryone, everything from silly comedic jor, said he enjoys his role as the weird mal family. A key moment in the play is and nutty New Yorker De Pinna and when Alice begs her family to stop their moments to thoughtful insight on the found it easy to get into the role. weird habits and be less embarrassing. role of family. “If you want to see some“It’s certainly the character I’ve been But as the Sycamores are contrasted thing really funny, you should come see most attached to,” Gaskin said. “He’s with the Kirbys, the value of individu- this show,” Gaskin said, “this is one of a very warm character and very fun to alism and hobbies in a family becomes the better shows that NKU has to offer.”
Local photo exhibit features NKU photographers Kaity Galanos Contributing writer The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is featuring three Northern Kentucky University students in its Frame Cincinnati exhibit. Sarah Lott, Alysha Feldkamp and Alex Krebiehl were among over 200 entries that were submitted into the contest. Only 25 students were chosen to be featured in the exhibit. Kate Lawrence selected the photos for the exhibit based on how the photos made a connection to Cincinnati. Any subject matter captured in the photo was allowed, but the original photographer could only submit one work to be judged. The contest had two categories: student and adult. Krebiehl, a self-taught photographer, entered his photo titled “The Color of Cincinnati,” after searching for local photo contests online. This is his first time having his work featured in a public exhibit. Krebiehl defines photography as the ability to “convey a message, feeling or emotion in a single frame.” He said there’s a huge difference in the skill required of a photographer and someone who posts a cool Instagram photo. “Artwork takes actual skill and deep understanding of those skills necessary to convey that message,” Kre-
Photo by Alex Krebiehl “The Color of Cincinnati,” pictured, was taken by Northern Kentucky University student Alex Krebiehl and chosen among 200 entries for the Frame Cincinnati photo exhibit in the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton.
biehl said. Krebiehl said he isn’t a fan of the current trend of overly editing and enhancing photos because the filters used on applications, like Instagram, take the realness away from an image. “Enhancing a photo takes more skill and patience than doing it in an over-the-top way,” Krebiehl said. Krebiehl admits to enhancing the photo he submit-
ted in the Frame Cincinnati contest. Due to the high exposure that appeared in his photo on the stairs, Krebiehl had to tone the exposure down using photo-editing software. The photos will be displayed from now until Nov. 4 in the atrium of the Main Library, 800 Vine St. For more information about the Frame Cincinnati exhibit contact Kate Lawrence at 513-369-6944.
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OCTOBER 4, 2012
Quidditch team back on campus, ready for competition Kyle Biggs Contributing writer Though their broomsticks won’t actually lift them into the sky, the members of the quidditch team at Northern Kentucky University are still ready to take flight. The numbers are growing and the team is preparing for bigger competition moving forward. The game, created by J.K. Rowling within her popular “Harry Potter” series, translates well to the real world, even without actual flying brooms (rather, each player must always be in contact with their broom, running throughout the game with it between their legs). Three “chasers” try to score by throwing a quaffle through one of three hoops that are defended by a “keeper,” while avoiding bludgers thrown by “beaters.” While the action unfolds amongst two teams, each team also has a “seeker” trying to track down the snitch. The snitch is a player who has a tennis ball in a sock, and they must avoid the seekers any way they can. Once the tennis ball is taken from the snitch, the game is over. According to the International Quidditch Association’s (IQA) website, there are over 300 universities and high schools all over the world that are playing quidditch. The team at NKU, which was started last year by quidditch president and junior anthropology major Andrea West, is still in the process of catching on, although it has doubled in size since its first year, going from seven to 14 players. West is pleased with the growth of the team, noting the importance of continuing to bring in younger players for the future of the team. “There’s a lot of freshmen and sophomores this year, which I’m happy with,” West said. “There are a lot of us that are juniors, and next year is our last year, so we need people to step up.”
Photo by Stephen Wilder Brittany Jones (left) and Gregory Carter (right) at quidditch practice last fall. The team is currently working on a fundraising event that will help out with traveling expenses.
The team also became a member of the Southern Conference within the IQA. They have not had a match against another team yet this year, but West is hopeful that the team can travel to play against a team from Transylvania University in Lexington in November. However, funding can become a problem when
Men’s Golf The Northern Kentucky University men’s golf team competed in the Cobra-Puma Invitational hosted by Xavier on Sept.30-Oct.1, finishing 12th out of 15 teams. Junior Steve Rickels led the Norse, shooting 1-over par for the three rounds and tying for 21st place. Men’s Soccer The Northern Kentucky University men’s soccer team only had one match over the past weekend, losing to Bradley, 1-0, on Sept. 29. The Norse are now 2-7 on the season. The Norse will face Florida Gulf Coast on Oct. 4, which is both the first home game and conference game of the season.
Volleyball The Northern Kentucky University volleyball team traveled to Georgia for two matches during the past weekend, going 2-0 without dropping a set. The Norse swept Mercer (25-19, 25-22, 25-18) on Sept. 28 and swept Kennesaw State the following day on Sept. 29. (25-14, 25-18, 25-22). The Norse are currently on a four-game winning streak and are 16-2 on the season. Women’s Soccer The Northern Kentucky University women’s soccer team traveled to Florida to play two conference games last weekend. The Norse defeated Stetson, 1-0, on Sept.28. Senior Kathryn Hale scored the only goal of the match in the 7th minute. On Sept. 30, the Norse went up against Florida Gulf Coast and was shut out, 6-0. The Norse are now 4-8 on the season and 1-3 against conference opponents.
Cross Country The Northern Kentucky University cross country teams both competed in the Great Louisivllle Classic on Sept. 29. Sophomore J.J. Webber defeated 361 other runners in the 8k race with a time of 24:43.30, which is the third fastest time ever for a NKU male runner. The women’s team finished 32nd out of 43 teams and was led by sophomore Kaitlyn Hooper, who finished the 5k race in 131st place out of 337 finishers.
the team attempts to travel for a match like this. “The Sport Club Council offers money, and you can appeal to them for more money,” West said. “We have all of our equipment ready, everything’s really set to go, so really our biggest thing for funding would be traveling expenses.” In order to help raise more money for things like traveling expenses, the quidditch team will host a fundraiser modeled after a large dance in Rowling’s books called the Yule Ball. The event, to be held sometime in November, will be open to anyone, and offers another chance for students to immerse themselves in aspects of Rowling’s world as it is brought to life. If the Yule Ball is a success and if the funding works out, West is hopeful that the team can travel to their first official tournament soon. Despite the fun that the sport offers, the team is also eager for a new and physical challenge. Gregory Carter, a beater/chaser on the team and a secondary education and English major, emphasized just how intense it can be. “There’s anger,” Carter said. “You get tired because, if you’re a chaser, all you have to do is get the quaffle. Sometimes you’ll just be running around, and then you’ll get tagged in the face by a dodgeball (bludger)... It can be frustrating.” West echoed Carter’s comments about the physicality, but also looks to assure people that quidditch is a game for everyone. Even without an athletic background, it is possible to have fun and be pretty good at the game as well. “People that haven’t learned to play sports come in, and they are some of our best players,” West said. For more information on joining NKU’s quidditch team contact West at email@example.com.
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Recruiting for basketball in the Division I era Stephen Wilder Sports editor In a state and region where basketball is the dominant sport, Northern Kentucky University will have advantages, disadvantages and changes when it comes to recruiting, as it continues its first year in Division I. The location of NKU gives the university plenty of competition with schools like University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, Xavier University, the Ohio State University and University of Louisville, all within driving distance, but it will take some time for the Norse to schedule teams of that caliber on a regular basis. “I think it helps us by saying we are in the middle of all of this great basketball,” said Dave Bezold, NKU’s head basketball coach. The Atlantic Sun also provides the Norse with all away games in the south, since NKU is the farthest institution to the North in the conference. Kevin Schappell, NKU’s assistant men’s basketball coach, said the Norse recruits a lot of athletes out of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia. “The Atlantic Sun is intriguing for kids to have an opportunity to go down south to play games,” Schappell said. “As well as flying to Florida in January and February, rather than taking an eight or nine hour bus ride to Michigan or Northern Illinois.” Schappell said the label of being a Division I program benefits NKU. “Kids wouldn’t answer your phone call,” Schappell said. “They are starting to talk to us more now that we are Division I. It’s made it a little easier.” Since NKU is the new kid in town, there will be challenges to go along with the perks. When it comes to signing players, Bezold said the conference dictates the level of athlete he is able to get. “That doesn’t mean we are not going to try and recruit above the conference,” Bezold said. “But, we also have to be smart about it. To say we are going to battle UC or Xavier right now for recruits just isn’t realistic.” Bezold said the Norse would spend a lot of time and energy competing for top recruits, and would, for the most part, come up empty. “That is not saying we are not going
Photo by Kody Kahle Sophomore forward/center Jalen Billups slams it down last season against the University of Indianapolis. Billups was recruited with the intention that NKU would likely move to Division I.
to eventually,” Bezold said. “The key to being successful is to be able to get a kid that is a little better than what most of the conference has.” Another challenge NKU faces is getting athletes to join a program that will not be eligible to compete in the NCAA tournament for four years. “It is going to take a lot of time,” Bezold said. “But each year, as we get closer, we are going to have less resistance than we have now.” When recruiting new players to a school that has restrictions, Bezold said his staff just tells them the truth. “The very first thing we do is explain our situation to them,” Bezold said. “We explain to them what we are allowed to do and what our goals and plans are for their career here.” The recruiting class coming in next year will be the first one that will be able to play in the NCAA tournament. “We will explain to them that they
will have one year as a senior to be able to do this,” Bezold said. He said if athletes want to redshirt then they can possibly have two years, or if they finish their degree early, they can start into grad school. “I think you’ve got to be honest with them, but take the focus off of it and focus on all of the positives that you have to offer,” Bezold said. According to Bezold, the traveling for recruiting is different now. “In the summer, I thought it was much easier,” Bezold said. “Even though the distances are greater, the time that we spent out was so much less than in Division II.” Instead of just focusing on recruiting high school seniors, like in the past, the staff must look at juniors, sophomores and freshman. Bezold said that now it is more about getting NKU’s name on recruits’ radar as soon as possible. He
said it can be difficult because freshman that are really talented may change over time. “By the time they are a late junior, you have a pretty good idea of where they are,” Bezold said. “There are a few exceptions.” Recruiting is a diverse task that requires coaches to spend many hours doing research, contacting people and plenty of other things that are not technically considered coaching. “I think people would be surprised with the amount of work and time it takes to cultivate a relationship with a player,” said Kurt Young, NKU’s assistant men’s basketball coach. “Not only the player, but the family and the decision makers in the process. From phone calls to letters; going to watch them play; home visits. It is a substantial amount of time.” Young said the level of competition in recruiting has changed a great deal because of the resources and traditions other universities already have. Schappell said people do not realize that coaching is not just a 9-5 job and that during the fall, coaches are gone 2-3 days a week. “April and July are the two biggest months,” Schappell said. “This July, I was gone most of the month. The NCAA makes it so you get three fiveday periods in July, but you have to get there early because of traveling.” The University of Nebraska Omaha recently made the switch to Division I and is now in its second season. Tyler Erwin, UNO’s assistant men’s basketball coach said one method him and his staff took was recruiting more junior college players to bridge the transitional gap. “There are some junior college players that we felt are out there and that are quality Division I players, but for whatever reason, aren’t getting recruited at the level they should be,” Erwin said. Erwin said that with making the jump to Division I, coaches are now recruiting different types of players, having conversations with more coaches and that their communication circle will grow. “With going Division I, we are now looking at bigger, stronger and faster players…that have more length and athleticism,” Erwin said.