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Women’s Basketball Preview: A look at what’s in store for the Norse this year and the players looking to take the team to the top

Get used to the cracks: Why the university won’t be using its stimulus money to fix the concrete on campus.

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VIEWS Not a perfect circle: How drivers can improve the functionality of the roundabout.



Theatre Review: Rhinoceros Theatre department successfully adapts ageold play.

Note from the Newsroom For Halloween this year I was zombie Miss. America 1987. It was a large step for me seeing as my usual costume has something to do with princesses, fairy tales, or pop culture. I was always revolted when browsing through friends’ photos and seeing that one person with a bloodsoaked shirt trying to emulate a vampire victim. So what happened this year? I met some people at the Media Arts Festival that changed my mind completely. To begin this story, I should tell you that the Media Arts Festival was the idea of a sophomore named Austin Brown and with the help of professor Sara Drabik, the Communication department, and a couple students searching for class credit (me included) it came to fruition. The bulk of the festival was for area high school students to come and learn


from media professionals. During one of the sessions, former NKU student Bud Stross taught students the basics of getting bloody without actually getting physical. We used paper towels and stage blood to make the above arm wound. I left the festival that day constantly staring at my arm, hoping to freak out my sister when I got home (I did). I think the festival is an example of the opportunities this university is willing to provide its students. Professors and the administration supported Brown’s idea and made it possible to be legitimized. While we unfortunately can’t cover everything in The Northerner, I wanted to take this opportunity to mention the festival because it changed my life (if only for this Halloween). -Emily Teaford

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Sophomore Robin Vancleave, a Business Marketing major, walks down the steps in front of Steely Library. The concrete along the wall, next to the steps, is broken, with sewer drainage stains running down the sides.

Be careful, don’t step in a crack

NKU Facilites Management doesn’t have the dough to fill in the holes Mark Payne Managing Editor

Despite receiving $2.25 million in stimulus money for university improvements, Northern Kentucky University Facilities Management will not be spending it to permanently repair the cracks and holes in the concrete across campus. Rather, they will be providing short-term fixes by patching the holes. “I really think it is an issue,” said sophomore Tiffany Trahan, an Art student, about the concrete issues. “You have so many kids walking around here on campus — what if one of them gets hurt?” Of the stimulus, $1.5 million will be used to improve the basement floor in the University Center, which, according to Larry Blake, assistant Vice President for Facilities Management, will be used for student-oriented activities. Another $250,000 will be used for classroom upgrades. “The educational mission comes first — concrete is going to follow that,” Blake said. After improving the educational mission, $250,000 will be used to demolish the now defunct NKU Covington campus. “The building is empty, we’ve vacated it, we’re not using it … the building really needs to come down,” Blake said of the Covington campus.


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He said the rest of the $2.25 million will be used to improve roofs on campus, patching up concrete and other more important projects — which are projects intended to prevent further damage to the university, according to Blake, but don’t fully repair the existing damage. “We’re doing the patches on the concrete throughout the campus, which is not the best way to do it, but it removes the trip hazards,” Blake said. Blake said Facilities Management is trying to spend the money as wisely as possible. “If you look around, there are spots in the concrete that could use a little bit of TLC (tender love and care),” said freshman Jamie Ingram, an undecided student. “But if it comes to the classrooms being protected … the classrooms should come first.” Facilities Management receives around $3.25 million a year for university improvements, according to Blake. “That has to take care of the heating systems, that has to take care of the air conditioning, that has to take care of a lot of things other than concrete,” said Blake.

Of the $3.25 million Facilities Management budget, about $80,000 is used annually to work on concrete around campus, according to Blake. “It’s just going to be a continuous process until we get the money to fix the plazas,” Blake said. Blake also said he has no idea of knowing how long the process could take and we would need a “big ticket”. “It’s difficult to get state funding for those kinds of projects,” Blake said “We’re hoping to find a donor somewhere that wants his name on the plaza.” In addition to concrete problems, there are some lights that haven’t been on in Founders Hall for around six months and, according to Blake, will not be fixed for sometime because the problem involves a conduit — a pipe with electrical wires — underground that’s not working. “To be honest, the issue is that it’s a major task to cut the concrete, find the conduit, run new conduit and relight the thing,” Blake said. “We’ve added some other lighting to get at least ambient lighting, so it’s not completely dark.”


NKU’s annual accreditation looming Reaffirmation as an accredited university crucial to future Holly Henson Contribuitng Writer

Northern Kentucky University soon faces its annual test. NKU is up for reaffirmation this December as an accredited university by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). As an accredited university, this means NKU adheres to a set of standards to improve education and ensures that the courses taken here will transfer to another college or university. It is a required test of higherlearning institutions that offer state and/or federal financial aid to students. SACS is the official accrediting agency for higher education institutions in 11 southeastern states in the U.S. and also in Latin America. It is the mission of SACS to ensure educational practices of the highest quality are followed by the colleges

and universities it accredits. “Basically what they have done is and what they continue to do on an annual basis is say, ‘Alright, what’s the bar?’ What’s the standard for quality that we will all accept?’” said J. Patrick Moynahan, Vice Provost and director of the SACS Reaffirmation Process. By being an accredited university, NKU is in agreement to submit its policies and operations to intermittent review by writing reports, self-assessment of practices and procedures, and being observed by a campus review committee. Only those institutions which pass these types of evaluation can be reaccredited or reaffirmed as an accredited school. However, it is not a simple evaluation. Those involved in working towards NKU’s reaffirmation

have been working on it since 2006. “The process takes upwards of three years,” Moynahan said. “We have been working on our materials and our response for it for years.” In his office, Moynahan has a filing cabinet filled with boxes of documentation on university policies, faculty credentials, and syllabi for all 3,200 courses for the past three years. After collecting and transferring this information online and storing it, an off-site committee comes in and reviews every piece of documentation. Accreditation also sets a standard for instructors and professors to adhere to. “In simplest terms, it’s to assure to parents, to students, to employers, and to the federal government, that we are indeed

offering a quality education,” Moynahan said. In addition to setting standards and making sure practices and procedures are followed by NKU, the campus review committee also makes recommendations to the university if they see room for growth or improvement in the way students are educated. “There are always things to work on. We’d like to believe we’re perfect, but no one is,” Moynahan said. One of the things the committee recommended last year for NKU was to work on was the general education requirements. It was recommended that there be a better system to determine whether or not students were learning the subject matter should be in place. The senior survey required of

all graduates simply was not giving an accurate read on what students were actually learning. With SACS being part of the reason behind it, there is now a proposal to change the way general education classes are taught. The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) asks colleges and universities where they would like to improve. The QEP committee has been working since 2006 on a plan to develop changes for the way students learn. In discussing ideas with faculty, staff, students and the community, the QEP made the decision to give students more control over the way they learn — make the learning more active. “Active learning means engagement in a class beyond just sitting there and listening,” Moynahan said.

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Court is back in session

Mike Collins and Drew Laskey Sports Editor and Contributing Writer

NKU forward Sadie Bowling attempts to dribble to the basket past Louisville’s number 42, Chauntise Wright. Photo by Tim Downer/ Staff Photographer


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It was a disappointing end to a season, which at the beginning saw the Norse women ranked No. 1 for several weeks. Senior Rachel Lantry says this year’s team can go further and accomplish more than last year’s team. “I do not really know what to expect this year, but I do know we are capable of doing anything we set our minds to,” Lantry said. The Norse will begin their season as the No. 18 ranked team in Division II basketball. The Norse were voted to finish second in the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division pre-season poll, according to the NKU Sports Information Web site. Head Coach Nancy Winstel has a young squad that will face many challenges during the 2009-2010 season. Winstel has established an overall record of 577-187 as she heads into her 27 season on the bench for NKU. She has 616 career wins as a head coach, the third most in GLVC history. Throughout her illustrious career, Winstel has coached the Norse to two national championships, five NCAA II Final Four appearances, six NCAA Elite Eight appearances and three GLVC titles. The Norse finished with a 29-3 record last season, which helped them claim the GLVC East Division title and the GLVC tournament championship to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division II tournament. NKU lost to Michigan Tech in the second round. With the departure of four starters, the Norse will face many challenges early in the season. The main challenge will be to overcome their inexperience. The loss of all-American guard

Jaime Hamlet. drives past Louisville’s number 33, Monique Reid. Photo by Tim Downer/ Staff Photographer

Diondra Holliday passes the ball to a teammate during the exhibition game against the Lady Cardinals. Photo by Tim Downer/ Staff Photographer

Jessie Slack will change the scoring attack for NKU this season. Slack accounted for over 17 points per game during her senior campaign. The Norse lost support on the defensive end of the floor with center Cassie Brennan, who swatted away more than 200 shots during her black and gold years. There are two seniors and three juniors returning from last seasons GLVC championship team. Lantry and senior forward Brandi Rayburn will look to be the leaders on the floor. Rayburn averaged 10.6 points per game and led the team in rebounds with 7.1 per game. She is a fierce rebounder and will provide strength inside the paint. Lantry is a versatile guard with size. At 5’10”, Lantry is a very solid defender and passer. She dished out 60 assists and collected 21 steals last season, according to the NKU Sports Information Web site. Lantry averaged four points per game in 08-09, but look for her to step into that scorer’s role for 09-10. “We are training and pushing ourselves to the limit because we do want to go far and we know we are capable of it,” Lantry said. “We may be seen as the underdogs this year, but we have been put in that position before two years ago and we came out with a National Championship.” Lantry admits that adopting a leadership role can be tough. “It is challenging at times, but like I said before, these girls are my best friends so it is not hard for me to want to be there for them and want to see them do well,” Lantry said. “I also look to them when I need help, which is very reassuring.” The returning juniors that will see significant playing time is guard Jesse Carmack, guard Diondra Holliday and center Kendra Caldwell. Caldwell is a strong post

player and an aggressive rebounder. She played in 30 games last season, posting about three points per contest. Holliday could challenge for a starting position at point guard through her ability score off the dribble. With solid dribbling skills, Holliday is also able to create opportunities for her teammates. Carmack sat out last season after transferring from Ohio Domincan. The scouting report on Carmack is that she is a skilled shooter with a good knowledge of the game. Her court savvy will help the Norse in the backcourt. With four sophomores and four freshmen making up over 60 percent of their roster, the Norse will have to have underclassmen step into any vacant roles. “Our freshmen are picking things up really quickly,” Lantry said. “It’s hard coming into a new atmosphere and trying to pick up on the things we do, but they work really hard and have a lot of potential. I think each of them are a great addition to this team and I see them doing great things for the women’s basketball program.” Sophomore forward Whitney Levering returns for her second year with the Norse as a solid rebounder and scorer. A little over six feet tall, she can play inside or out, making her a constant threat for defenses. Levering could contend for a starting spot this season. Stephanie Hodges is a five-foot, ten-inch sophomore forward and is an excellent rebounder and passer with a dependable jump shot. She moves well off screens and her ability to play three different positions makes her a key returnee for the NKU. Sophomore guard Sadie Bowling will help provide some depth at guard and forward because she is able to play at the two or three spot on the floor. Bowling is a

good rebounder and defender. Sophomore Casse Mogan will add depth at guard as well. Her ability to score and pass will help NKU’s backcourt. Perhaps the most ready freshman is six-foot, two-inch forward Kelsey Simpson. Simpson is long and versatile, posing a threat on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Her length cuts off passing lanes and will make opposing players second guess their shot selection, so as not to have it swatted to the sidelines. She is deceptively quick in the post and also has the ability to step outside and knock down the 15-footer if left open. Another freshman post player who could make an immediate impact is six-foot, twoinch center Katie Kees. A talented post player and all-around athlete, Kees will add depth to the frontline for the Norse. Her excellent shot-blocking ability will provide a strong defensive presence in the paint and disrupt the opponent’s offensive play. Freshman guard Jaimie Hamlet will help fill the void of guard play with the departure of last year’s starting guards Danyelle Echoles and Slack. At five-foot, eight, Hamlet can play the point or the wing and is most known for her passing and scoring ability. Freshman center Kelsey Simpson adds depth in the paint for the Norse. Simpson, at 6’2”, is an excellent shot-blocker and rebounder, according to the NKU Sports Information Web site.“We don’t have very much experience after losing four seniors,” Rayburn said. “Our strength is that we are very competitive and hard-working and we stay together, no matter what. The new players are starting to get the feel of the program and how we play NKU basketball.” Edition 44, Issue 10



Teams prepare for season finale Volleyball, soccer and cross-country try to end season on a high note Mike Collins Sports Editor

Before getting geared up for the start of Northern Kentucky University’s basketball season, Norse fans should be looking forward to the finale of fall sports competition. The fall teams have enjoyed a successful year thus far as they all begin to prepare for their respective post-season appearances. The NKU men’s soccer team finished the regular season 14-4-1 overall, and 11-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. During the season, junior forward Stephen Beattie broke the school’s career goals record with a total of 50 at his tenure with the Norse. Goalkeeper Michael Lavric broke the school’s career shutout record with 20 for his career. The previous record was 16, set by Andy Ortman (2006-2007). The Norse placed four players on All-GLVC teams, with Beattie earning first-team honors. Seniors Seth Eckerlin, Chris Dobrowolski and Braden Bishop were named to secondteam for their excellent play this season. Beattie was named the GLVC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season for NKU. He led the league in shots-per-game (5.93), goals (18), points (35) and game-winning goals (5), according to the NKU Sports Information Web site. The Norse earned the No. 2 seed in the GLVC tournament and they will play the No. 7 seed Missouri S&T at 2:30 on Nov. 1 at The Town and Country Sports Complex located in Wilder, Ky. With multiple players, such as Beattie, capable of leading the scoring attack, NKU should have no trouble getting past the Miners and into the semifinals. The NKU women’s soccer team finished its regular season as the No. 10 team in Division II soccer. The Norse posted a 15-2 overall record, and went 13-2 in the GLVC.


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Head Coach Bob Sheehan was named GLVC Coach of the Year for the seventh time in his career. Sheehan has been the general for 13 seasons at NKU and he is 215-49-13 with six GLVC championships, according to the NKU Sports Information Web site. The team named three players to the All-GLVC team, sophomores Amanda Mason and Kristi Hofmeyer were named to the first team and junior Danielle Hogue was named to the third team, according to the Web site. Mason scored seven goals and recorded eight assists during the regular season. She accounted for five game-winning, which lead the team in that category. Hofmeyer excelled on the defensive side of the ball for NKU and her tough defensive work helped the Norse hold off opposing offences. Hogue netted six goals and collected a team lead of 11 assists to give her a total of 23 points on the season. Three other players scored five goals or more during the regular season for NKU. The Norse claimed the No. 1 seed for the GLVC tournament and will get the No. 8 seed Rockhurst at noon on Nov. 1 also at The Town and Country Sports Complex. The NKU Volleyball team is 18-10 and 8-3 in conference play with two games remaining on the regular season schedule. In their next match-up, the Norse will face Quincy at noon on Nov. 1 at Regents Hall. The NKU men’s cross country team placed fifth in the GLVC Championships on Oct. 24. Junior Drew Harris harnessed a second-place finish in the race which won him GLVC Runner of the Week honors for the fourth time this season. The team has two events remaining on the schedule, the NCAA Midwest Regional (10k) and the NCAA Championships. The NKU women’s cross country team placed third in the GLVC Championship (8k) with a score of 83 on Oct. 24. Senior Jenna Siemer finished the race in 12th place and Jerrica Maddox finished 15th to help the Norse finish strong. The team has two events remaining on the schedule — the NCAA Midwest Regional (10k) and the NCAA Championships. Clockwise from left: Kim Nemcek, Morgan Price, and Ricky Harm


Roundabout users need learning curve What drivers on campus can do to make the roundabout easier to use Heather Willoughby Views Editor

Many studies confirm that the roundabout is the most efficient intersection there is. Supposedly, the roundabout accomplishes minimal traffic build up, keeps traffic moving smoothly and results in the least amount of collisions per any type of intersection. From these descriptions, I cannot help but wonder whether Northern Kentucky University’s roundabout is designed to meet these expectations, or whether the NKU population has simply yet to figure out the confusing circle. Anyone who has been stuck in the roundabout during peak traffic hours knows that the roundabout provides just as much frustration as a traffic light and sometimes a fourway stop just seems like the easiest solution. If NKU embraces the roundabout, I truly believe it can be made into exactly the intersection it was intended to be. To accomplish this, education, patience and attentive driving are needed. According to Roundabouts: An Informational Guide, provided by the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center


(, the use of turn signals in a roundabout is still necessary. When exiting to the immediate right on the roundabout, use the right turn signal. If your destination is the exit straight ahead, use no turn signal at all. By using your turn signals, you are able make aware your intentions of turning to other drivers and communicate to them when it is his or her turn to make their move and enter the roundabout. It is also important to reduce speeds (hence, the placement of “yield” signs clearly visable at every entrance) when approaching, and while actively making your roundabout. The faster the speeds within a roundabout, the harder it is to merge. When a driver feels uncomfortable pulling into the roundabout, lines of cars build and create a traffic bottleneck full of impatient drivers wanting to get home or to make it to class on time. If everyone goes slowly, the roundabout becomes more efficient which, ideally, allows for a smooth, unspoken understanding of a safe driving structure or pattern

— one car from each direction pulls into the roundabout simultaneously. On campus, everyone needs to approach the intersection as what it is — an intersection. This does not mean that you can fly though and cut-off cars. Think of it in the same general way you think of a four-way stop — everyone should get a turn. While drivers waiting their turn to pull into the roundabout are required to yield, it does not mean that those within the roundabout cannot drive responsibly, slowly and respectfully. Also, when merging into the roundabout, some drivers need to be more assertive. I am not saying whip in there and cut others off, but oftentimes I see wide-open windows of opportunity ignored when people treat it as a stop sign, stopping completely. Roundabouts are designed to regulate traffic and to create less buildup, so if everyone utilizes ours properly and with consciousness, perhaps the traffic on campus will become just a little more manageable.

Charlotte Etherton/Photo Editor

Despite its functionality, there’s still plenty drivers can do to make the roundabout more accessible.

norse poll responses Compiled by Heather Willoughby & Charlotte Etherton

What do you think of the roundabout?

Matt Phillips Sophomore, Music Education “It’s pretty sweet, but it gets a little cluttered sometimes.”

Nathan Lubbers Sophomore, Biochemistry “It makes traffic fun.”

Keith Hickson Senior, Studio Arts “It slows down traffic.”

Ashley Ross Senior, Photgraphic Art “I love it except when people stop...If British people can do it, we can do it, too.”

For more Norse poll responses and video, visit Edition 44, Issue 10



Losing your love for reading? How to get reading done for class and still read for fun M. Gordon Willis Staff Writer


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After doing some research online, I realized that there is a problem some college students are running into after a few semesters — there is so much reading and writing in college, that they are losing their passion for what was once a leisure activity for them. I love to read and I am finding that I have little time to do so, if any at all. But I have taken steps to ensure I have time for leisurely reading. One of the problems I’m facing is getting all of my reading done for the material I use in my podcasts I host for Norse Code Radio. Junior Rachel Feldkamp majors in English and she said, “I read whole series’ in a week in high school.” As time passed, she has felt as

Find ways to budget your time and make a hole in your schedule everyday for some extracurricular reading.

though college has taken all of the fun out of reading. I wish to throw out a couple of ideas that might help those who are having trouble finding their “fun”


reading again. Find ways to budget your time and make a hole in your schedule every day for some extra-curricular reading.

Secondly, if you are like me and you have struggle with the idea of budgeting your time with such a busy schedule, you can do what I did — use a computer program. I use a computer application called “Ultimate Speed Reader”. For me, it has more than tripled my reading speed and more than doubled my comprehension. Of course, if you don;t feel the need to buy a program to improve your speed, reading a good amount everyday can eventually lead to faster reading skills. I will be honest that there are still times that I do not have the time to do all of the reading I would like to, but I hope these ideas are helpful to you.

Rhinoceros charges on stage


Theatre department morphs adaptation into a success Jeremy Jackson A&E Editor

Social commentary denouncing the scourge of conformity and unchallenged societal tenants are the subjects of the newest play being performed at NKUs Stauss Theatre. Rhinoceros, originally penned in the 1950s by playwright, Eugene Ionesco, tells the tale of a small provincial French town, whose inhabitants inexorably convert from normal beings into the very large, very symbolic, rhinoceros. In Ionesco’s play, and undoubtedly under the instruction of director Dr. Daryl Harris (assistant professor of Theatre), we find that nothing presented within the confines of this world is “normal.” Turkey basters are ballpoint pens, stuffed dolls are used to wipe down store windows and parrots are touted as phone receivers. More than this, and the upshot of the whole performance, is that rhinos are infiltrating the hearts, minds and eventual bodies of each of the town’s residents. Ionesco, who cut his theatrical teeth as the founding member of the avant-garde drama group, The Theatre of the Absurd, prided his work on presenting the futility of language and questioning the soundness of everyday conventions such as individualism, as well as revealing the toxicity of fatalism — that the future is unchangeable and unwavering. Within the opening scene, we become familiar with two characters: Berenger, a presumably alcoholic, ne’er-dowell (played by Junior B.F.A. Candidate, Nathan Tubbs), and Jean, an opinionated confidant of Berenger who first surrenders to the rhinometamorphosis (played by Senior B.A. Candidate, Chris Wesselman). As Jean becomes increasingly ill, slowly transforming

into the grey ungulate, he accuses Berenger of being the foreign, out-of-place individual by maintaining his normal human state. Jean raises his right hand, gesturing towards the presence of a single horn atop his head (a motion strategically reminiscent of a Nazi salute) while drums beat wildly in the background, trumpets blazing in rhythm. Berenger knows that the transformation is complete. Jean has fully succumbed with the remainder of the community soon to follow. Although the storyline is fluid with constant chatter, the set and costumes of the play proved to be the most provocative of the show. The stage, with a grey, wrinkled texture, conjures images of a rhino’s hide and the hills illustrated on the backdrop, each were fashioned to look like the horn of the beast itself. Costume Designer, Jeff Shearer (Costume Shop Manager at NKU) had the actors apparel popping in an array of vivid colors. The unique hair-helmets, crowning each of the character’s heads, appeared to be constructed out of plastic, making the performance even more entertaining as each character showcases how ridiculously peculiar and to a certain degree, extremely similar this rhino-world is to our own, begging the question: Is it art imitating life, or life imitating art?


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