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Housing, dining costs on the rise Students can expect a three percent increase in price to live and dine on campus Zachary Rogers Staff writer Students at Northern Kentucky University should expect an increase in price of on-campus services. NKU Campus Housing and Dining will be increasing the cost of housing and residential meal plans. Campus housing and dining, as well as parking services, are all reliant on self-sustaining in-house funding. This means that their source of income is directly related to the services rendered and that they are responsible for their own departmental expenses such as employees, maintenance and products like food or parking passes. “The housing, dining, and parking are all what we call auxiliaries, or selfsupporting operations which have a special accounting designation,” said Kenneth Kline, senior director of the budget office. “They’re activities that are not related to our core educational mission, but they’re services we provide. So, really those units put together their budgets based on being self-supporting.” The prices for meals, parking passes and housing are all directly related to projected expenses, and excess funding is put aside for various needs, such as emergency maintenance or projects like the repainting of the inside of Norse Hall. Students who live on campus can expect an increase in their housing rates. Students who paid $2,135 to
live in a double room in Norse Hall this semester will be expected to pay $2,200 this coming fall semester, a $65 increase in expense. Students who lived in the double room in the Woodcrest Apartments will similarly be expected to pay $2,755, which is
Slaughter, “and three percent is actually the lowest increase we’ve had in at least five years. Our goal typically is to keep these increases as minimal as possible, but in some cases we do need to increase rates for a variety of reasons.”
ects, programming needs for students and paying off the department’s debt services. Residential meal plans will see a similar increase next semester, averaging around five percent, or about $70 for each meal plan. Students who paid $1,360 for the “15 Meals (Per Week) plus $100 Flex” will now pay closer to $1,430, while students who were on the “Norse Unlimited plus $100 Flex” plan who paid $1,490 will now be looking at a price tag of $1,565 for their meal plan. “There is going to be a project to renovate a part of the library to provide food on the weekends that will probably be funded,” Kline said. “But as of now there will not be any saving for new parking decks for a while, because if we did a new parking deck construction we would probably issue debt, like we borrowed with the [Bank of Kentucky] deck, and these payments will probably go towards issuing that debt.” Kline explained that the price of dining plans increase based on negotiations with the food service provider Chartwells and may depend on inflation. Photo by Brittany Granville “The price of living at NKU goes University Housing and Dining plan to increase the cost of living on campus and meal plans to cover up every year. We kind of expect it “facility improvement” and “anticipated staff increases.” to anyways,” senior electronic media broadcasting major De’sean Elan $80 increase from this semester’s Slaughter said the fund increases lis said. “I am originally from Louiscost of $2,675. will be typically expected to be used ville, so its not like I can commute to “We are looking at a three per- for facility improvement and antici- school, so I pay what I’m supposed to cent, across the board, increase for pated staff increases. If there are no because I have to. Thankfully, I really all room types,” said Interim Direc- staff increases, then the funds will be have enjoyed living here, so I guess I tor for University Housing Arnie reallocated to possible facilities proj- don’t mind.”
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Just for laughs
Santorum: Colleges are ‘indoctrination mills’ Aaron Sprinkles Viewpoints editor The race for the Republican nomination this year has been more interesting than any I can remember. It seems like Rick Santorum may beat Gingrich in their apparent competition to see who can tell the biggest, most ideological lie. The former Pennsylvania senator characterized the nation’s colleges as “indoctrination mills” last Thursday in an attempt to criticize one of President Obama’s initiatives on higher education. Employing a variation of the standard “academia is a liberal cesspool” rhetoric, Santorum argued (with a straight face) that our universities brainwash students – in four to six short years transforming them into liberal atheists. Santorum’s unfortunate comments were made in an interview with the lu-
natic and notorious demagogue Glenn Beck, claiming “I understand why Barack Obama wants to send every kid to college, because of their indoctrination mills, absolutely … The indoctrination that is going on at the university level is a harm to our country.” Further, “62 percent of kids who go into college with a faith commitment leave without it.” Santorum was unable to cite a source for this figure, and since most of the studies that aren’t ambiguous say the opposite, that those who don’t go to college are the least religious, it seems clear the statistic was a calculated lie. Santorum is in an interesting position in the race for the nomination. Rival candidate Mitt Romney, as a Mormon and a former financier, naturally appeals to business but has been unable to reach evangelicals and the populist segment of the Republican power base that opposed the bank bailouts. This makes Santorum an extremely dangerous person. With every incentive to weld a coalition between bluecollar workers anxious about outsourcing and religious extremists anxious to foist their dogmas on the public, the former senator is building a constituency comprised of the most reaction-
ary and philistine elements of the body politic. As for Santorum’s comments, they drip with the typical hypocrisy of institutional religion. Indoctrination techniques are a mainstay of religious instruction in many traditions, children and the vulnerable being almost exclusively the subject. Additionally, enrollment in a university is usually the first opportunity many young adults have to create distance from their parents – and their parents’ worldview. The real problem fundamentalists have with universities is that, unlike the evangelical home, the college environment at least nominally promotes intellectual freedom. As such it is a weak link in the pattern of control that hardline religious traditions attempt to erect around the lives of their adherents, allowing a portion of their captive audience to escape into other interpretations of the world. Not to mention extremist objections to the fact that universities are the repository for information that refutes foolish claims, chief among them being that the Bible or any other religious text is inerrant and literally true. The intellectual challenge to fundamentalist
worldviews, although not universally present, is centered on college campuses and is implicit in the curriculum of incoming students. Paradoxically, the “indoctrination” of students with facts has led a number of these religious fringe organizations to get into the business of higher education for themselves, allowing their students to bypass any serious threat to their beliefs. Schools like Bob Jones and Brigham Young are universities in name only, their mission being to inculcate the minimum facts necessary for accreditation while requiring students to attend religious classes in a sad effort to preserve their worldview unchallenged and unchanged. Santorum has allied himself with the contemptible and the fear-ridden in a bid for the nomination and can’t be allowed to prevail. The educated public in Kentucky is used to dealing with, and being embarrassed by, fundamentalists who besmirch the reputation of our state and its institutions; and we find ourselves in a unique position to educate the nation on the dangers of engaging with extremists who defile the minds (and sometimes the bodies) of children.
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Friendly rivalry, or unneeded brashness? Staff Editorial #bellarminehateweek. A trending topic on Twitter in Cincinnati. While Northern Kentucky University students may have been excited about the prospect of a rivalry -- a certain boost in school spirit -- the behavior intertwined with this rivalry wasn’t handled in the most positive manner. NKU students took to Twitter, slinging insults about everything Bellarmine, from their educational standards to the attractiveness of their students. When the dust settled, Bellarmine’s men had beat ours and NKU’s women shut down Bellarmine’s. A true 50/50 result. On the flip-side, Bellarmine had tweeted with responses like, #NKWho. Twitter user Tom Milan even tweeted, “why are no #nku kids tweeting on #bellarminehateweek anymore? guess you cant tweet with your foot in
your mouth.” One thing that seemed to occur after the win/loss night was that NKU kids backed off, saying things like, “Congrats on the win, Bellarmine.” Overall, it seems that the #bellarminehateweek trend took two very different directions. There were those that used it to joke and wish the others luck. Then there were those that used it to send messages of frustration, even cussing and throwing insults. We have to agree that for a school that is largely commuter-based and often said to have few traditions, a true-blue rivalry was something that NKU students had a right to be excited over. However, the need for a “hate” hashtag didn’t spawn best results. If it were intended simply to get a rise out of people, then yes, success would characterize the trend. But if it were meant to be a tool to help school spirit increase, there were definitely other ways to do so.
Corrections In the Feb. 22 issue of The Northerner, in the story “Director Steps Down Due to Supervisor’s ‘abuse’ and ‘incompetence,” College of Informatics Dean Kevin Kirby was quoted in the following paragraph, “As department chair, Lyon has ‘the ability to decide how program directors interact with the chairs and the dean does not.’” The paragraph should have read, “College of Informatics Dean Kevin Kirby said “each individual chair or department decides on how program directors will interact with the chair … the dean’s office does not play a role in this.” Also, in the story “Owls Out of Sight,” NKU student Chanell Karr did not have her first name used in reference to her. This has also been corrected.
norse poll responses Compiled by Tara Derington & Caitlin Centner
What has been your experience as a first generation college student?
Katie Sebastian Freshman Social work
Deandra Jackson Sophomore Theatre
Raven Nelson Sophomore Nursing
Theryn Aragon Senior Human resource management
“It’s hard because no one in my family relates but I have a lot of support.”
“It’s tough because no one has attended college, they don’t know how to help.”
“It’s a challenge because everything I learned is so different from what my family learned; I couldn’t ask questions at home. It’s been a positive experience.”
“I’ve really enjoyed my experience as a Norseman. It’s a big thing to my family. They’re proud.”
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The hunt for new president gains speed Candidates still secret, but public announcement on the way Claire Higgins News editor As Northern Kentucky University approaches spring break and midsemester stress, the pressure to find a new president also begins to rise to meet the early April announcement deadline. The Presidential Search and Screening Committee is well under way with the search for NKU’s new president, and they are right on track, according to the committee’s chair Marty Butler. NKU’s current president, James Votruba, is retiring after this semester. He announced his retirement in August 2011. Since then, the search and screening committee has involved NKU and the surrounding areas in helping find the right match for the university. The committee has conducted forums for students, faculty and staff, and community members where people could give input on what they wanted to see in a president for the university. The committee, with the
help of a professional search firm, used the information collected at the forums to create the job requirements and description for applicants. Throughout January and February, the committee held phone interviews with about 20-25 candidates to narrow the field down. Before the March 14 Board of Regents meeting, the committee will hold off-site interviews with the semi-finalists to narrow the field to 3-5 finalists. After the finalists are decided, they will be publicly announced and invited to campus for public interviews. Butler said “all stakeholders” will have a chance to meet with the candidates. Stakeholders include, students, faculty and staff, as well as community members. After meeting with the public, the search and screening committee will submit an “unranked list of two to five names” to the Board of Regents, who will ultimately decide on the final candidate to succeed President Votruba. He said the committee is “remaining on course” with the timeline set at
the beginning of the fall 2011 semester when the search began. If all goes as planned, the new president will be announced in early April, according to the timeline. The timeline is available on NKU’s main website at http://presidentialsearch. nku.edu. Butler said he is feeling positive with the candidates who have applied so far, but he is unable to release their names due to contract and confidentiality agreements. The search process will become a lot more public soon, according to Butler. He said “we are turning that corner” to include the public in the process, especially when the finalists are officially announced and make their way to campus. While the search is under way, the university is also holding multiple events to finish out Votruba’s last semester at NKU. Board of Regents Chair Terry Mann said the events are “a true celebration of his presidency.”
Celebrating Dreams: The Presidency of James C. Votruba continues on March 21 with the Employee Appreciation Week Luncheon and on March 25 with an afternoon concert by alumni Anna and Dmitri Shelest in Greaves Concert Hall.
New resolution asks for late access to Fine Arts Claire Higgins News editor The Student Government Association is working towards the potential for All Card access after-hours in the Fine Arts Building, but some senators question why the resolution doesn’t include all buildings on campus. The resolution, presented by Sen. April Landry Feb. 27, requests Northern Kentucky University add an All Card swipe system to the third-floor main entrance to the Fine Arts Building. Currently, construction management students are allowed access to the Haile/US Bank College of Business after-hours, according to the resolution. According to John Sartwell, senior construction management ma-
jor, there is not All Card access after midnight that allows students into the Haile/US Bank College of Business building. He said there is lab access through an All Card swipe system, but once the main doors are locked, students cannot get in. The resolution states this creates a “disparity between those students [construction management] and Fine Arts students.” Sen. Aubrey Abbott raised the question of why the resolution was only for the fine arts students, while other buildings on campus don’t offer afterhours access to other departments, so there is a disparity among all students and the construction management majors. Landry said the science building may also have some sort of access,
but was unsure at the time of the reading. In Griffin Hall, students are only allowed access to the building afterhours when granted permission by Bob McCoy, media equipment manager, for one night, according to Abbott. Before discussion could continue, Robinson ended the allotted five-minute discussion period on the resolution. In addition to the question of building accessibility for all departments, many senators suggested that Landry add support from all fine arts chairs. Currently, the resolution includes Visual Arts Department Chair Thomas McGovern. He said that “[an All Card swipe system] will enable the students from all
three departments to safely enter and remain in the building as well as prevent an increasing number of outsiders from engaging in theft or presenting a threat to NKU students.” In addition to the fine arts building access resolution, the resolution for temporary parking first presented at SGA’s Feb. 20 meeting was tabled by Sen. Daniel Cieslack. He said he wanted more time to research the previous amendments made by the senate. The senate also unanimously voted Sen. Kyle Haverbusch into the Finance Committee Chair position, replacing Sen. Holdan Markland. Markland publicly resigned Feb. 20, stating conflicts with class time and management. He still serves on the senate.
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Across the University Fraternity brother named “Tau 2 Watch” by national chapter Northern Kentucky University student and Alpha Tau Omega member Jeff Weckbach was recently named a Tau 2 Watch by the national ATO fraternity chapter. Weckbach is a senior political science, economics, criminal justice and philosophy major. He also is minoring in public administration and geography. According to the feature video on the chapter’s website, Weckbach maintains a 3.80 GPA and is slated to graduate in May 2012. Weckbach uses the word “gumption” to describe himself in one word. Inaugural law symposium to be held at NKU The Northern Kentucky Law Re-
view is hosting the Law and Informatics Symposium March 1-2. The conference will “gather academics, lawyers and industry leaders from throughout the United States, Europe and Asia to focus on cuttingedge issues, according to a Northern Kentucky University announcement. The event is free for NKU students. For more information or to RSVP to the symposium, contact CHase-LII@nku.edu. Griffin Hall roofing contractor wins first place Northern Kentucky University’s Griffin Hall was recently named a 2011 Roofing Contractor of the Year award by Sika Sarnafil, the worldwide market leader in thermoplastic roofing and waterproofing membranes. Griffin Hall came out with first place in the waterproof-
ing category. The contractor, Tecta America Zero, faced harsh weather and an aggressive schedule to complete the building. The “green roof” is protected by Sika Sarnafil’s G746 waterproofing membrane. Norse basketball player earns top honor Northern Kentucky University basketball player Casse Mogan was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year Feb. 28. Mogan, a senior guard for the Norse women’s basketball team, has led NKU to a 21-5 record this season by averaging 17.4 points per game, according to an NKU press release. In addition to player of the year, Mogan was also named to the GLVC All-Defensive team. Mogan is the sixth NKU player to be named GLVC player of the year.
NKU fraternity presents Lifetime Achievement Award The Eta Rho Chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at Northern Kentucky University presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dick Murgatroyd, who was initiated into the fraternity over 50 years ago at the Ohio State University. Currently, Murgatroyd is the director of operations and marketing for Visiting Angels, an elder care services and senior homecare service provider. Matt Bodner, the Eto Rho chapter president, said in an NKU press release that “Dick exemplifies what it means to be a true Pike and has been a great influence on all of our members, both in terms of our personal lives and professional careers.”
University Police Beats Feb. 21 2:02 a.m. There a dispute between roommates in the Oak Wing of Woodcrest Apartment. An officer was requested to be present while the roommate gathered her belongings. 11:59 a.m. There was a two vehicle accident in the Callahan parking lot. No injuries were reported. 2:44 p.m. There was a two vehicle accident near the Mathematics Education Psychology Center. No injuries were reported. 3:11 p.m. There was a two vehicle accident on Kenton Drive. No injuries were reported. 3:57 p.m. An unknown vehicle hit a parked vehicle near the Parking Services office. No injuries were reported. Feb. 22 2:52 p.m. A report was received that an unknown person took a book from an un-
locked closet in the University Center. Feb. 23 2:05 p.m. A smoke alarm in the Welcome Center was activated by a dust cloud from a shop-vac. The fire department arrived and cleared the scene. 9:31 p.m. An underage subject was cited for possession of alcohol in Callahan Hall. Feb. 24 12:21 p.m. A request was received for University Police to hold an individuals property for safekeeping until they returned near Norse Commons. 2:37 p.m. A report was received that an unknown person had posted pictures of an individual on the internet without their permission. 9:39 p.m. There was a two vehicle accident in Kenton Garage. No injuries were reported.
10:14 p.m. Keys were found in Regents Hall and were turned into University Police. 11:11 p.m. Officers responded to a report of the odor of marijuana in the River Wing of Commonwealth Hall. An individual was cited. Feb. 25 3:12 p.m. An employee found a laptop in the Business Academic Center and it was returned to the owner. Feb. 26 2:02 a.m. A female driver was arrested near Johns Hill Road after being found driving under the influence of alcohol. 7:42 p.m. A report was received that a subject in the University Suites was punched twice in the face by their roommate after a verbal argument.
February 29, 2012
EMPLOYEE DENIES defaming collegue
Says recent complaint of ‘hostile work environment’ found to be unwarranted Karli Wood Editor-in-chief A human resources complaint filed by a Northern Kentucky University employee alleging defamation of character and the creation of a hostile work environment has been determined to be unfounded, according to the employee that is the subject of the complaint. Michael Washington, to whom the complaint is directed, said that in a Jan. 5 meeting between himself and Diversity and Employee Relations Director Leslie Pierce, she told him that nothing was found in the investigation conducted by Human Resources that would support the allegations of him creating a “hostile work environment” and issuing “slanderous remarks.” In the complaint, Debra Meyers, assistant chair to the history and geography department, cites an editorial written by Washington that was printed in the Sept. 28 issue of The Northerner and an email that Washington sent on Nov. 7. “Dr. Michael Washington followed up [his editorial with] a hostile email to all members of the history and geography department, a lawyer, and staff at the [Cincinnati] Enquirer as well as other periodicals. His hostile, slanderous remarks were aimed primarily at me,” Meyers wrote in her complaint to Provost Gail Wells, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Samuel Zachary, and Sara Sidebottom, vice president for Legal Affairs.
Meyers requested that the university “protect” her from “further abuse by Dr. Washington.” In the email referenced in the complaint, Washington called the efforts by Meyers and Paul Tenkotte, chair of the history and geography department, to be an “insidious plot … to destroy the Black Studies program,” and questioned their original motives as a result of Meyers’ decision to abandon the proposed change. “It would be very troubling to discover that the only value of the pre-proposal [to do away with the minor in Black Studies] was to lure our unwitting departmental colleagues into a trap making them accomplices in, what appears to be, a racist scheme,” Washington wrote The email also compares Tenkotte to
blow to the Black Studies Minor.” However, Washington denies any efforts to defame or abuse Meyers and instead said he has tried to seek reconciliation. Washington pointed out his mention of Meyers in the editorial and said, “I’m still trying to find the slanderous stuff in there myself.” Instead, Washington said he was just sharing his concerns with how his department handled the ideas for academic change and his demotion from the director position. Washington said the actions taken in the Fall 2011 semester by others in the department were an “aggressive and successful effort to undermine my authority as the director of the Black Studies program,” and that he had been excluded from talks about the program.
“Mediation is necessary on all levels,” - Paul Tenkotte white supremacists of the past, including the Ku Klux Klan, and claims Tenkotte fabricated accusations against Washington before removing him from his position, but those sections do not directly reference Meyers. In his editorial to The Northerner, Washington also wrote that Meyers may be distancing herself from an “unethical scheme … well-timed to issue the death
Jeremy Rogers, an attorney at Dinsmore and Shohl who has taken part in defamation cases, read Meyers’ complaint and Washington’s editorial to see if there was any apparent libel. He said he would expect NKU to dismiss Meyers’ complaint. “I would not be surprised if this kind of complaint were dismissed, simply because it does not appear to be a com-
plaint about workplace harassment, but rather a disagreement about what was published in the editorial. Further, it does not appear to be defamatory but rather a difference of opinion about what’s going on in the various programs that are talked about.” In his meeting with human resources, Washington requested a sit-down meeting with Meyers and Pierce to “engage in the process of reconciliation,” but Meyers refused. “Mediation is necessary on all levels,” Tenkotte said. He explained that he feels it is up to individuals to say yes or no and that mediation has to be voluntary. “I think mediation is open certainly between Michael and me, but I can’t speak for other people.” Sidebottom, who also works as an arbitrator for NKU’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Center, said that mediation, even among NKU employees, must be voluntary. The Northerner found no university policy for mandatory mediation. The Northerner made several attempts to obtain comment from Meyers, Human Resources, and Legal Affairs. When asked about Meyers’ complaint, Pierce said she was, “not at liberty to comment,” and hung up the phone abruptly. Meyers also refused to comment. Neither Legal Affairs nor Human Resources would confirm if the complaint had been closed. The Northerner has filed an open records request to obtain more information.
February 29, 2012
National survey benefits students, university Survey for freshmen, seniors receives low responses despite importance Hana Kim Contributing writer This year, just like every other, an email is showing up in students’ inboxes about the National Survey of Student Engagement. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is a national survey for improving the undergraduate education system. The NSSE asks incoming freshmen and graduating seniors about their experiences during their first and final years in the universities. Northern Kentucky University uses this data to investigate the level of student engagement for the freshmen and senior classes. NKU has participated in this national survey since 2001 as part of the Kentucky System Consortium which consists of eight public universities in Kentucky. This year, the National Survey of Student Engagement is given during the spring semester. “Students get emails to respond to the NSSE, this email is sent throughout the spring semester,” said Shawn Rainey, associate director of assessment at NKU.
According to Rainey, the first email was sent on Feb. 8, and that two more emails that will encourage students to participate are planned to be sent on March 14 and 22. “The last email will be sent by the end of April right before finals week,” Rainey said. “After we get the results, we can look at the data and then do a focus group, if we want to be more detailed.” The NSSE explores student engagement from two perspectives: what students do and what institutions do. Research shows that the types of educationally purposeful activities that students engage in can positively influence their academic achievements. The NSSE also examines how institutions guide students towards these educationally purposeful activities. Although this survey has a lot of potential to create good educational policies and practices, the response rate is low. The last survey had a response rate of 40 percent, and the response for this survey is projected to be between 30-40 percent. “It looks interesting, but I haven’t heard about it before,” senior political science major Bridget Bratton said
while looking at NKU’s National Survey of Student Engagement website. “To encourage students to reply to the survey, we put posters up in buildings across campus, because we were afraid that if we just sent out emails they would have been deleted automatically,” Rainey said. Bratton and Seulgi Lee, a freshman pre-nursing major, both said they agree with the aim of NSSE, and they think the survey would be useful for the school when they’re trying to supervise students. “NKU could use this data more actively to help students get a job and have a better campus life,” Bratton said. “As a senior my perception is that I’m getting a useful education, but it’s hard to say how that will actually translate into getting a job because the job market is so unstable. I definitely think that using this survey can help NKU prepare its students for the future.” “NSSE is such a wonderful tool to improve the academic condition of the university,” Lee said. “Personally, I always wanted to have some kind of mechanism which lets me communicate with the school as to what has to
be changed or what is needed to offer a better condition for students ... This program will be doing students good if they give us some kind of feedback via email or bulletin board about how they will reflect students’ opinions on their new year budget or policy.”
Photo courtesy of Hana Kim The NSSE flyers hanging around campus have not created the interest hoped for in students.
First-generation students can get support they need Casey Binder Contributing writer They wear average clothing and walk briskly to and from classes. They make up 63 percent of Northern Kentucky University’s student population, and they are known as first-generation college students. Student Support Services specialist Anita Adkins describes a first-generation college student as one whose parents have not completed bachelors’ degrees. She believes first-generation students differ from students with degree-holding parents. For one, they may not know all the questions to ask. Generally, Adkins said first-generation students come from lower-income families, making paying for college more difficult. “First-generation students carry the burden of success and also a responsibility to their families,” Adkins said. Emily Crawford, a graduate student in the computer information technology program, believes that being a first-generation student has affected her education. “The financial aspects of my education have been the most difficult for me to figure out,” Crawford said. “My parents couldn’t afford to pay for my education and
didn’t go to college so I have been the one making all the financial decisions.” Since first-generation students make up the majority of the NKU student body, Adkins said it is important that the university learns how to serve these students. She said first-generation students have a much lower graduation success rate than non-first-generation students. Recently, Adkins and Student Achievement Center Director Susan Mospens led a workshop for advisers on how to properly advise first-generation students. Along with offering advising workshops, the Student Achievement Center offers several programs in Student Support Services for first-generation students who meet two out of three qualifications. The criteria is being a first-generation student, having a low income and/or having a disability recognized by the state. Currently, the Student Achievement Center can only accept 225 students into their program since it is funded by a grant. Adkins and the staff at Student Support Services reapply for the grant every five years. Mospens decides which students are accepted. Once accepted, students receive several benefits, including advising, career/major assessment,counseling, finan-
cial guidance and workshops. “The SSS program keeps me sane,” said sophomore theater major Jessica Borchers. “It has provided me with people to rely on academically and mentally.” Borchers described the program as one that has created a second family for her. Adkins said they would like to expand Student Support Services to more students, but looming budget cuts are a factor. She will be going to the Kentucky state legislature soon to lobby for funding. For first-generation students who are not accepted or do not qualify for the Student Support Services program, Adkins offered some advice for academic success. She said it is important for first-generation students to establish extensive relationships with advisers on campus. She also said it is important to get involved and find a connection with other students on campus. Even if a student isn’t in the Student Support Services program, Adkins said students can stop by the Student Achievement Center located in the first floor of the University Center for assistance anytime. If students are interested in joining Student Support Services, they can apply online at sss.nku.edu.
Respecting the RETRO Student organizations parade yesterday’s fashions in celebration of Black History Month
Samantha Hayden Contributing writer A hush fell over the seated audience as the female models emerged from the back of the room to line the aisles. The speakers resonated with Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time” as the male models began to ascend the t-shaped stage. As the song continued, the models danced to the beat of the music. The evening of Feb. 23, Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union ballroom was filled with people in support of the “Remember the Time” Fashion Show. The event was a collaboration between NKU’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) branch and the African American Student Affairs (AASA) to promote Black History Month. Anntress Manion, a sophomore and public relations coordinator of NKU’s NAACP branch has been working with her co-chair Brooke Ratcliffe, a sophomore and parliamentarian of NKU’s NAACP branch, since October to put this event together. Manion and Ratcliffe said the show was a way of breaking the pattern of past Black History events. “We wanted to have a fashion show because we didn’t want to do the traditional programs, such as lectures or a workshop,” Manion said. The theme “Bringing it Back” developed though the process of planning the event. Ratcliffe said she learned that “while putting together the show, nothing that we wear today is new. It was all worn before.”
Manion said the show is a reflection of “what our parents and grandparents used to wear and we’re just bringing it back.” Deborah Strahorn, coordinator of AASA, said, “It’s is a social program and it’s supposed to be fun, but it also has some historical content to it.” Manion and Ratcliffe planned the show to profile the black history behind each era of fashion. The show revisited the fashion and the history of the Antebellum Period, The Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights, the 1970s through the ‘90s and all the way up to the present day. The show started with host Rico Weaver, health and wellness officer of NAACP, dancing down the runway to “Flashing Lights” by Kanye West before bowing to one knee at end of the stage. Co-host Nicole White, treasurer of NAACP, followed Weaver’s entrance and ended by sitting on Weaver’s knee. The audience cheered with excitement as Weaver and White stood and announced the show. Before introducing the first era the hosts interacted with the crowd by playing music trivia. After a few songs, the audience was ready for the models The first model to grace the stage was Orsella Irambona wearing a gown from the Antebellum period. During this time period it was more respectful for women to cover themselves. The result was Irambona’s long gown, with sleeves covering her arms. Although, her dress covered a majority of her skin, embroidery and a small waistline made the gown attractive.
When moving between eras Weaver and White would give the audience a brief history. They would highlight the most important events in black history and its affect on fashion. During the intermission, Jeffonia Wynn from Norse Code Radio’s The Ebony J Show gave away a Macy’s gift card to the best-dressed female and another to the best-dressed male from the audience. Wynn announced that the winners had to compete with each other by “working the runway.” Taylor Staples wrapped up the intermission by singing Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.” Before she finished, the audience was clapping along with the song. Once they had reached the present era, all 16 models displayed a sense of the fashion from the 2000s. The models took the stage by twos before lining the aisle of the audience one last time. Before leaving the hosts asked the audience to join their soul train. The energetic audience left the room through the soul train after Manion and Ratcliffe gave their thank yous to all those that helped put together a successful show. Psychology major, Sabra Dunlap fulfilled the hopes of Manion, who wanted to create something that was fun and creative. After seeing the show, Dunlap said, “I thought it was very creative.” Although Black History month is coming to an end you can follow the NKU’s branch of NAACP on Twitter or Facebook. Twitter: @NKU_NAACP. Facebook: Northern Kentucky University NAACP Unit #3853.
Photos courtesy of Dannie Moore Students work the runway at the “Remember the Time” fashion show presented by NKU’s NAACP chapter and African-American Student Affairs Feb. 23. The theme, “Bringing it Back,” honored Black History Month and to show what African-American ancestors used to wear.
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Series brings new light to comm. and media Communication Dept. to host three events with experts in the field Shelby Rodgers Contributing writer The Communication Department at Northern Kentucky University will be hosting nationally known speakers through the month of March in the Griffin Hall Digitorium. These speakers will present about different aspects of communication and the media. There will be three events in March featuring experts in the field of communication. The first event will include a joint presentation by Rachel Lyon, chair of the department of communication; David Harris, managing director of Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice; and Mark McPhail, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater College of Arts and Communication. The presentation is at 11 a.m. on March 1 in the Griffin Hall Digitorium. The three will be speaking about their joint research regarding Troy Davis’ 2011 execution and social media’s effect. According to Lyon, over one million people signed a petition to halt Davis’ execution. There were people all over the “blogosphere” speaking out against the execution of Davis,
not because they believed he was innocent, but because there was not enough proof to say if he was innocent or guilty. “Seven of the nine original eye witnesses in Davis’ trial recanted their testimonies,” Lyon said. “We think of social media saving democratic ideas.” Ultimately, Lyon said, social media failed when Davis was executed Sept. 21, 2011. Lyon also said that channels in our legal system are closed and that they are not transparent. “We are looking at digital divisions. We want to know what went wrong in this case. In our presentation, we are going to look at critical law theory, critical race theory and critical media theory and see how they interact with each other,” Lyon said. Lyon said that there is an assumption that social media is a good thing and that it leads to results. “We want to look at that critically, and then look for change at more than a social media level.” The second event will include a presentation by Vincent Waldron. “Good Work: Communicating the Moral Emotions in Organizational Settings” is March 15 at 12:15 p.m. in the Griffin Hall Digitorium. Waldron, a professor of communication at Arizona State University,
will present his research and findings about different emotions, and morals connected to those emotions, that people experience in the workplace. “Based on research, if we listen closely to how people react in a workplace, we can learn a lot about what is going right and wrong within that organization,” Waldron said. According to Waldron, in some fields, producing emotion is part of your work, in jobs such as social work or medical professions that deal with people. He said that he looks into how people handle their emotions. “Some people in emotionally demanding jobs take out their frustrations within their family relationships,” Waldron said. He looks at why and how people handle their emotions stemming from their place of work. “My books are based on 20 years of research and experience, observing people in fields of government to factories, teachers to prison guards,” Waldron said. Not only do people express their emotions differently, but in some professions, people are trained on how to communicate their feelings. The third and final presenter for the inaugural session of this speaker series will be given by Steve Buttry, director of community engagement and social media for Digital First
Media. The event, “Preparing for Journalism’s Future: A Training Session with Steve Buttry,” is hosted by the NKU College of Informatics and Cincinnati’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The event will take place March 30 in the Griffin Hall Digitorium, and will include four separate training sessions. Buttry has been in the news business for almost 40 years and has become an expert on the changing field of journalism, including digital journalism. “I am a big fan of Steve Buttry,” said journalism professor Michele Day. Day said that Buttry has done training and gotten big into social media, so she thought he would be a great source for students and faculty to learn more about the changing world of journalism, into the digital age. Buttry will be holding four workshops for students and faculty. Day said Buttry’s workshops will be extremely useful in understanding the new age of journalism and how to get a job. For more information, visit http:// informatics.nku.edu/news/commspeakerseries.html.
Expo gave students chance to meet with potential employers Ty Greene Contributing writer As an initiative to employ former and future graduates in today’s struggling economy, Northern Kentucky University held it’s annual Job Expo in the Student Union ballroom on Feb. 22. The expo is sponsored by the NKU Career Development Center. More than 100 employers were on hand to meet with students and alumni who plan to seek employment opportunities after graduation. According to career advisor Amanda Meeker, the purpose of the NKU Job Expo is to give students the opportunity to connect and engage with high-profile companies in Greater Cincinnati. While Meeker says that the expo is a great prospect for students, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee them a job.
“The goal of the event is more for sharing information and scheduling interviews so it would be very unusual for someone to leave with a new job,” she said. Meeker also added that it is up to the students to follow up with their potential employers. Becker Professional Education was one of the many vendors on hand for the event. According to Field Marketing Specialist Karen Diercks, Becker is a worldwide leader in providing quality education to professionals in the fields of finance, marketing and accounting. She also added that Becker requires participants to take a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam, which tests students on their accounting skills and basic knowledge which in turn certifies students to become accountants. “The main goal of our company is to give students the tools and the resources necessary to succeed to in the business world,” Diercks said.
Western & Southern Financial Group is currently offering employment for the group’s sales and marketing department. District manager Ebony Balter said that Western & Southern Financial is not particularly looking for students with sales experience, but students who would be able to maintain a sense of stability with the company. “Our company is really big on recruiting the right candidate for the right fit in a position such as this. We’re a very large and stable company,” she said. Overall, the job expo was a success for the university. Meeker said the percentage of students who will become employed after graduation is yet to be determined. “In terms of placement rates, that data is being collected by the university, and we’re hoping to have some of the data later this year,” Meeker said.
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German film festival catches students’ eyes Three movies over three nights provide a new perspective on the culture Brett Schreiner Contributing writer Several Northern Kentucky University students, faculty members and neighboring citizens of the campus gathered into Landrum’s auditorium for Kinoabende, which means “cinema evening.” The event focused on the debut of Germany’s “Der Untergang,” or “Downfall” in English translation. This German film includes English subtitles. “Kinoabende” is the first of a three-night event here at NKU in which people can come to view different foreign films. “Downfall” is a 2004 German/Ital-
ian/Austrian epic war film directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. It depicts the final twelve days of Adolf Hitler’s life in his Berlin bunker during the Russian invasion and Nazi Germany in 1945. Some students were present purely for entertainment; others were there to brush up on their German language, whether it is for a grade or not. “I think it’s cool for me to understand the language a little bit better,” said senior history major Aaron Rockenstein. “The subtitles help in case I get a little lost in the scenes with gunfire and explosions.” This World War II account provides him with plenty of historical references to apply toward his degrees.
The event was put together by NKU Connections, which according to the website is “a schedule of NKU-sponsored events that are open to the public or a sub-set of the public.” NKU Connections is part of the Office of Regional Stewardship. The events that NKU Connections puts on the schedule are sponsored by different departments of the university, depending on what the theme is for that particular event. Everyone who was in attendance at Kinoabende had the opportunity to receive free refreshments, including bags of popcorn and a variety of drinks, just to enhance the movie theatre-like theme of the night.
“It was a good movie and it kept me entertained,” said senior computer information technology major Josh Elbert. “I really enjoyed the snacks too.” Elbert claims to have attended purely for enjoyment, stating that he enjoys WWII films. There are two movie nights remaining. The next film, “Sun Alley,” will be shown on March 20 in LA 110 at 7 p.m. The final film, “The Princess and the Warrior,” will be shown on April 12 at 7 p.m. It is free admission to watch these films. For more information, visit the Department of World Languages and Literatures’ news Website at http://worldlanglit.nku.edu/news/ index.php.
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CIVIL RIGHTS E D U C A T O R
STILL GOING STRONG
Local woman promotes African-American history through writing, performing Darren Jones Contributing writer In the shelves of Steely Library at Northern Kentucky University is a recording of Patricia Humphries-Fann’s performance of “The Ghost of Harriet Tubman.” A lifelong Northern Kentuckian, Fann has made it her life’s work to help educate people about African-American history. Fann is a youth advocate, an ordained exhorter at St. James A.M.E Church and the president of the missionary society. Growing up in Northern Kentucky, Fann said she did not recall being exposed to racism. As a student at Holmes High School, a forced-integration school in Covington, Fann said her teachers didn’t talk about slavery; she said she learned by hearing others discuss it. In her youth, education of black history was not important to her. She had the opportunity to witness Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver a civil rights speech in Frankfort, Ky., as a teenager in 1964. But it wasn’t until 1979, during her work at the Northern Kentucky Community Center, that she made a perspective-changing discovery. A white janitor was earning more than a black principal. With this discovery, she became engrossed in the movement for change. The high school-educated Fann began writing, and eventually began freelancing for the likes of NIP Magazine, the Kentucky Enquirer and the Louisville Defender. In 1982, she founded the Suspension Press, a Northern Kentucky newspaper organization. Six months later, she aired the first episode of the cable television show Suspension Press Presents. The newspaper published for 9 years. She plans to start her show back up on Public Education, Government channel A-21 on Thursdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 9 p.m. Margaret Myers, associate professor of market-
ing, calls Fann a “very dedicated community citizen. [Her] tremendous spirit brings unusual levels of entrepreneurial energy to both her non-profit and her business endeavors.” In 1983-84 Fann begin working with NKU on the Annie Hargraves Education Achievement Program, at the encouragement of then-NKU president Leon Booth. The program, sponsored by P&G and was presented through the Afro-American Studies Office, aimed to help integrate the campus. “She was a community liaison with the black studies program at NKU,” said Michael Washington, professor of history at NKU. After working with young people in the community through her newspaper, television show and program at NKU, she discovered a new technique to bring awareness of black history in the community. “The Ghost of Harriet Tubman” project was born in 1985. In the performance, which Fann describes as an exhibit, she dresses as a slave, wears makeup and clutches a staff as she takes on the character of Harriet Tubman. She has presented “The Ghost of Harriet Tubman” throughout Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, as well as in California and London, England. Fann has had many other achievements. She started two more organizations: New Directions in 1990 (a group that helps disadvantaged girls) and The Lincoln Grant Youth Outreach Achievement Program, with which she has helped many young people get into college. “Give me a lemon, I’mma make lemonade, candy cookies, pie,” Fann said in relation to her ability to turn any opportunity to help people into a success. LaChandra Washington, a former NKU student, said that she appreciates Fann’s “will and drive to help the people in the community.” “She is real educational about everything she does,” LaChandra said. She continues to perform “The Ghost of Harriet Tubman” and is now pursuing a career in making inspirational gift cards.
Photo provided by Fann Patricia Humphries-Fann (pictured above) has been working to educate the community about civil rights through many forms.
Fann is also still active in the community. Her participation in the Annie Hargaves Day celebration is an ongoing activity on her agenda. She helped found the event in 1997. Copies of her newspaper still linger in the Kenton County Library; you can find them in microfilm format. Fann was honored by her home city of Covington a year ago with an official designation: Pat Fann Day.
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Student creates show about racism Multimedia used to give audience an ‘inward look’ Roxanna Blevins Assignment editor Mandy McDonough has some confessions to make, and she will be sharing them with the public March 15. McDonough, a graduate communication student at Northern Kentucky University, will present her Capstone project, “Secrets of a White Girl” in Griffin Hall Digitorium March 15. “Secrets of a White Girl” is a multimedia show, which will incorporate spoken word, audio recording, video and a PowerPoint presentation. According to McDonough, the show is “a look at racism from a white perspective.” “I think that I will be labeled as a racist when I leave,” McDonough said. “But I also think at the same time it will really kind of make [audience members] take an inward look.” According to communication professor Jimmie Manning, who served as McDonough’s advisor
for the project, some of the topics that will come up in the show include whiteness and racial diversity. “A lot of times when people hear the words ‘racial diversity,’ they tend to think in terms of people who are not white,” Manning said. “But what she wanted to cover is how being white is a form of diversity, and then how white carries privilege on some level with it.” “Secrets of a White Girl” draws on McDonough’s own experiences with racism as well as stories she has heard from others. “This is her story, and where she comes from, and what she did when she learned about whiteness theory,” Manning said. McDonough received bachelor’s degrees in communication arts and theatre from Wilmington College, a school that she said emphasized equality and justice. When McDonough came to NKU, she said she was “deeply hit” by the discussions about racism and
social justice that came up in some of her classes. The concepts being discussed in her classes led McDonough to question if she was racist, in spite of her view of herself as an openminded and accepting individual. McDonough’s self-evaluation led her to explore racism deeper in “Secrets of a White Girl.” According to professor Mark Leeman, one of the three members on the project’s defense panel, McDonough will be “taking a big risk in front of a lot of people” when she shares her show. Leeman said McDonough’s show should ideally create a dialogue, not spur anger, but he has no way of knowing how people will react until March 15. “It’s both the beauty and the risk of this show,” Leeman said. “You don’t know what you’re going to get out of it.” McDonough will present “Secrets of a White Girl” at 7 p.m. March 15. The show is free and open to the public.
Photo courtesy of Mandy McDonough Grad student Mandy McDonough is presenting her Capstone project, “Secrets of a White Girl,” at 7 p.m. March 15 in the Digitorium.
Speaker brings personal distracted driving story to NKU Andrew Bowles Staff writer It seems like cell phones can do anything. They can give us directions and the time, and many can speak to us. However, this luxury came at a high price for Jacy Good and her family: her parents were killed and she seriously injured in an accident in May 2008 due to distracted driving because of a cell phone. Good made an appearance Feb. 23 at Northern Kentucky University in the Otto Budig Theater thanks to the Activities Programming Board (APB). Christina Hoesl, the director of APB, heard Good speak while attending a Nation Conference held by the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) in St Louis. After hearing her speak, Hoesl was confident Good would make a positive impact on NKU’s students. At the time of the accident, Good had
just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. It was May of 2008. She was ready to show the world what she could do. “I had my entire future ahead of me and nothing was going to stand in my way,” Good said. But the celebration soon came to a shocking end after the devastating accident happened. Good’s father Jay was driving Good and her mother, Jean, at the time of the accident. An 18-year-old male was talking on his cell phone and ran a red light, causing another car carrying a tractor trailer to collide into the Good family’s station wagon. Both Jean and Jay were killed almost instantly. Jacy was in critical condition, but if it weren’t for the efforts of an offduty paramedic who heard the crash from his home, Good would have been dead as well. After the accident, Good spent two
months in a coma and had to undergo multiple operations in order to remain alive. As days turned to weeks and weeks into months, Good finally regained her ability to walk and talk again. As time marched forward, her grief slowly began to transform into anger. “As upset and angry as I was, deep down I knew the only way to change what had been done was to go out and tell the world my story,” she said. She began speaking to high school students and lawmakers across America with the hope that she could help prevent someone else from experiencing the same awful fate. Hoesl wanted Good to present her story before spring break. “When I saw [Good] at the NACA Conference, I really enjoyed her speech, and I felt that students could relate to her story and that they would be able to take away something from the experience,” Hoesl said. Before her presentation, Good re-
vealed why she is compelled to tell her story. “The main reason I started traveling to different states was not only to get others informed about my story and the dangers involved with distracted driving, but also as a coping method,” she said. “Each time I do a presentation, I feel more closure.” Good ended the speech with some inspirational words. “No matter what happens in life, remember it all comes out in the wash,” she said. Those words hit hard for psychology major Erica Osborne. “Her story was meaningful and really opened my eyes in the sense that we do take life for granted,” Osborne said. “And she was right that we shouldn’t dwell on the negative side of things but rather the positive aspects of our lives. The negative things will not matter later on,” Osborne said.
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Former golfer swings back to NKU Alicia Lawrence works as the Coordinator of Athletic Development Andrew Despotes Staff writer Sports business is a fairly new program and other universities are starting to implement this field of study. Within the program, an internship is required in order to graduate, and some start their relevant experience working in a collegiate athletic department. Alicia Lawrence was one of those students who not only went to class, but also competed in athletics as well. She was a sports business major who played on the golf team. Lawrence began her undergraduate degree at NKU in 2004 and graduated in December of 2008. She was also a student worker at NKU. She went to Ohio University for her master’s degree and volunteered with the NKU Athletic Department during the winter break and shadowed around. After graduating from Ohio, she became the coordinator for athletic development at NKU, starting in August of 2011. Lawrence is no stranger to the collegiate athletic department. Prior to her return to NKU, she worked at the University of Georgia and then at Ohio as a
graduate assistant. “I answer to the director of athletic development,” Lawrence said. “I have the annual fund, which involves operating budgets and scholarships, season tickets for men’s and women’s basketball, alumni outreach in ramping up and keeping former students athletes connected through the program, and stewardship.” SMG owns the facility for The Bank of Kentucky Center and works closely with NKU Athletics. Lawrence is the liaison between athletics and the box office, operated by SMG. Lawrence works with seasonticket holders at the Bank of Kentucky Center. “Her personableness is definitely outstanding, she did a number of internships,” said NKU Athletic Director Scott Eaton. “She just has a vast amount of experience and is an outstanding asset to our department.” As a member of the golf team, she treated the golf course as her job, according to women’s golf coach Daryl Landrum. “Alicia made good grades and got involved in school activities,” Landrum said. “She is what you want everybody to be at NKU as a student.” Being a role model on the golf course was just the
beginning. Her passion for sports motivated her throughout her academic studies. “She works on everything, she is a perfectionist and she always wants to do her best,” Landrum said. During her time at NKU, she was an athletic council representative. She ac- Photo courtesy of Alicia Lawrence complished numerous awards and continues to fill the trophy case for her achievements. “I always knew that I wanted to be back here at NKU,” Lawrence said. “This is home, and I love NKU.” Currently, Lawrence is living her dream of working in collegiate athletics and plans on playing more golf this summer now that she has adapted to her work schedule.
Students leave sports behind at small schools Matt Reed Contributing writer Every February on National Signing Day, high school athletes sign letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level, but not all will play all four years while in college. There are several levels in intercollegiate athletics. Division I, Division I-AA and Division II are considered “big schools,” and Division III and NAIA are considered “small schools.” A large percentage of small-school athletes do not play for four years, for reasons including: financial issues, grades, lack of social life and coaching. According to Sam Flynn, former Marian University starting linebacker and Chase Law School student, smallschool athletes put in the same time and effort as big-school athletes and rarely get the same recognition. “We started with early morning workouts, then went straight to class,” said Ben Schneider, former Union College golfer and current Northern Kentucky University senior commu-
nications major. “After class I had to drive a half hour to and from golf practice. A lot of times I would miss dinner because we would get back so late.” Small schools tend to have higher tuition rates, and in Division III, athletic scholarships are not awarded. This causes many athletes to withdraw
paying way less than that here,” said Steve Weatherby, a senior criminal justice major who played football for a season. “I loved football, but it was a better move financially for me to switch to NKU.” Sam Diehl, senior marketing major, is a former starting running back and
and a $10,000 academic scholarship, but I was still paying seventeen grand a year,” Diehl said. “It was the best experience of my life though; I don’t regret a single day of it.” Flynn paid more in tuition while on athletic scholarship at Marian than at NKU. “When you get to the point where the cons outweigh the pros, it becomes not even worth playing anymore,” he said. As small-school athletics are the little brother of bigger college athletics, coaches use them as stepping stones to get more prestigious coaching jobs. “The coach’s job relies on what you do on the field. If you don’t perform, you’re done,” Photos courtesy of Steve Weatherby, Ben Schneider, San Diehl and Sam Flynn Flynn said. (From left to right) Senior criminal justice major Steve Weatherby, senior communications major Ben For athletes, little time is Schneider, senior marketing major Sam Diehl, and law student Sam Flynn played sports at other colleges. left for academics and social interaction with others. from college sports prematurely. quarterback at Georgetown College “Looking back on it, I don’t regret “I was paying $14,000 a semester at agrees that tuition can be steep. my decision to quit,” Schneider said. Division III Thomas More, and I am “I had a $1,000 football scholarship “I’m glad I came to NKU.”
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Norse look to carry fall success into spring NKU men’s and women’s golf teams prepare for upcoming season John Minor Sports news editor After solid fall showings, Northern Kentucky University’s golf teams look to continue that success in the spring season. In the fall, the men’s team led the Great Lakes Valley Conference with a 291.6 scoring average, seven strokes better than second place Indianapolis. In the final Division II Golf Coaches Association of America poll for the fall season on Nov. 23, NKU came in at No. 41 behind conference rival Indianapolis, who was No. 28. “I am very happy with the fall season, but the spring season counts twice as much,” Head Coach Daryl Landrum said. Leading the way for the Norse in the fall was junior Steve Rickels, who finished second in the GLVC with a 72.8 scoring average, only a tenth behind the leader. Landrum said that Rickels’ consistency was fantastic and that he
“played solid steady golf.” Three more NKU men golfers finished in the top 10 in the GLVC in scoring average. Senior Ryan Hines (73.6) was fourth, freshman Zach Wright (73.9) placed sixth and sophomore Corey Richmond (74.5) came in ninth for the Norse. Hines only played seven rounds of competition because he was working on changing his swing. “I just made my swing a little flatter, which made me hit the ball lower,” Hines said. “And I became more consistent.” The men’s team will look to go back to the NCAA Division II Midwest/South Central Regional, where they tied for seventh place last year. The women’s team finished the fall season with a 327.9 scoring average, which was fifth in the GLVC. “We started real slow, as we were young,” Landrum said. “We continued to get better, and by the end we played some solid golf and had some solid tournaments.”
The team was led by junior Rachel Brown, who finished 15th with a 80.5 scoring average, while freshman Taylor Wogenstahl was 21st with a 81.8. Landrum said Brown is “definitely the most consistent,” and most “seasoned golfer on the team.” Brown qualified for the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament last year and finished the 54-hole event with a score of 244 (+28), which tied for 12th place. “My goal is to make it to regionals again, and I will have to lower my scoring average,” Brown said. “I would like to average in the 70s.” The men will start the spring season at The Shootout in Arizona at Aguila Golf Course in Phoenix, Ariz. The match will take place March 8-9. The women will play in the Red Rock Invitation at Oak Creek County Club in Sedona, Ariz. from March 3-4. Photo by Tim Downer “We are looking forward to playing in Senior Ryan Hines competed in the NKU Spring the desert and getting in four rounds of Invitational at the Pendleton Country Club in golf and practice time,” Landrum said. Butler, Ky. on March 19 and 20, 2011.
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Norse wraps up regular season NKU splits doubleheader against Bellarmine Stephen Wilder and Kevin Erpenbeck Sports features editor and staff writer Northern Kentucky University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams wrapped up their regular seasons as Division II members Feb. 23. Both teams played against longtime league rival Bellarmine University for their final GLVC regular-season game. Ironically enough, Bellarmine was also the first league team the Norse played when they joined the GLVC in the 1985-86 season. The women won that game 68-67, while the men lost 63-62. The women’s team came out victorious with a strong win on Thursday, defeating the Knights for the second time this season, 74-53. Head coach Nancy Winstel said her team was ready from start to finish and shot the ball well. “When you make shots, the game is a lot easier than when you don’t,” Winstel said. “We’ve played games where we didn’t make shots and our defense pulled us out. This game, offensively and defensively, we played well.” The Norse stayed consistent with their shooting throughout the night, as they shot 48.5 percent from the field in the first half, and 50 percent from the field in the second half. They forced Bellarmine to play catch-up for the entire game, never trailing to the Knights. Defensively, the Norse forced 15 turnovers, nine of them coming in the first half. They also held Bellarmine to 30 percent from the field in the second half, after the Knights shot 57.1 percent in the first half. Four seniors were honored in the pregame festivities. Casse Mogan, Sadie Bowling and Steph-
anie Hodges are all four-year students at NKU, while Maria Bennett is a first-year senior, who transferred from Wright State at the beginning of the season. All four players combined for a total of 47 points in the game. “We knew we had a lot of scorers on our team,” Bowling said, who had 15 points. “Since it was senior night, our last home game, and the fact that Bellarmine is our biggest rival, we knew we all had to be focused. I thought everyone came and brought it tonight.” Winstel said junior forward Kelsey Simpson had a special night as well, and played the game of her career. Simpson had 18 points, while adding four blocks and a steal. Winstel was proud of her team’s performance and the season they had. “This was an important win and game for us,” Winstel said. “It’s important in the NCAA regional standings and from a conference standpoint.” The women’s team will continue action on March 1 against Maryville in the 2012 GLVC Women’s Basketball Tournament. The men’s team, however, lost their game 86-75. The Norse trailed for most of the game, but fought back within striking distance a few times throughout the night. In the end, they were not able to get over the hump, as all five starters for the Knights had double-digit points. The men are now 0-2 against Bellarmine this season. Head coach Dave Bezold said defensive errors by his team made the difference in the game. “We were unable to defensively limit the mistakes we made,” Bezold said. “We would cut the lead [offensively], and then go down to the other end and make
mistakes. It was too much for us to overcome.” NKU struggled to find any way to cool down Bellarmine’s shooting, as the Knights shot an overwhelming 59.2 percent from the field. In fact, all of Bellarmine’s points came from its five starters, with senior forward Luke Sprague leading the way with a game-high (and career-high) 28 points. Bezold said Bellarmine is the best team in the nation, and when an important game like this arrives, it is hard to tell how the players will respond. “You hope that when the ball goes up, they can relax and settle in,” Bezold said. “I think it took them a little time to do that.” Three seniors were honored before the tip-off. Jon Van Hoose and Tony Rack have spent four years at NKU, while DeAndre Nealy finished his only season at NKU, having transferred from Kent State at the beginning of the season. Van Hoose, who had a teamhigh 19 points, said his time at NKU has been unbelievable. “I’ve really got to thank all the people I’ve met here at NKU,” Van Hoose said. “This is a great school with great fans. I just have to thank everybody for the support they’ve given me while I’ve been here. I really enjoy this place.” Bezold said that even though it is upsetting and frustrating that his team could not pull off the win, they still provided everyone with a tremendous season so far. “This team has been motivated all year,” Bezold said. “They care about one thing, and that is winning. We’ve got tremendous confidence. I know that for sure.” The men’s team will face off against Kentucky Wesleyan on March 2 in the 2012 GLVC Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Junior forward Kelsey Simpson was the leading scorer for NKU. She finished with 18 points, shooting 9-11 from the field.
NKU President James Votruba and his wife, Rachel, were honored at half-time during the men’s basketball game.
Senior center DeAndre Nealy finished his last regular-season home game with 19 points, one block and one assist.
Photos by Kevin Erpenbeck and Stephen Wilder Norse Force and other fans filled up the Thunder Zone as NKU wrapped up their regular-season against rival Bellarmine.
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