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AASA: Policy changes on pause Jesse Call Interim editor-in-chief Efforts to improve retention rates and student life for African-American students have been put on hold until at least April. Northern Kentucky University is searching for a new director for the Ofﬁce of African-American Student Affairs and has frozen policy changes until the position is ﬁlled. The search to ﬁll the vacant position of assistant director for the ofﬁce has also been put on hold. Miya Simpson, associate dean and director of AASA, is stepping down Feb. 18 to return to her home in Virginia to deal with a family situation. Her departure will leave the ofﬁce with only one full-time employee dedicated to student success and an administrative assistant. The ofﬁce handles programming and events for students, student support and student retention. The AASA ofﬁce, which is largely responsible retaining black students, has been plagued with staff turnaround for more than a year. Students who need support from the ofﬁce receive it without any consistency in who to reach out to or work with. “It’s unfortunate we’ve had this turnover. [Simpson’s] plan was to be here long-term,” said Dean of Students Jeffrey Waple, who oversees AASA. During the ﬁrst few months of her tenure as AASA director, Simpson ﬁred two employees who had worked in the ofﬁce for several years. Blanche Pringle-Smith and Michael Grifﬁn, coordinators in the ofﬁce, were dismissed because they could not get along with new leadership, according to records obtained by The Northerner. Both employees contested their terminations and Simpson’s claims through grievances were ultimately denied by University President James Votruba. The ﬁrings were controversial to students at the time, with several of them participating in protests and organizing support for the ﬁred staff members. AASA also struggled to ﬁll the positions vacated by the terminations. It was not until Oct. 28, 2010, almost nine months after Pringle-Smith and Grifﬁn were ﬁred, that one of the two positions was ﬁlled by Deborah Strahorn. This is her ﬁrst job after being a college student. When Simpson leaves, she and an administrative assistant
“There is a pause in the total vision -not a step back.” - Jeffrey Waple, dean of students
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‘A Better Life’ goes into battle. Pg. 9
Golf teams get ready for spring. Pg. 11
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3 OpEd AASA should push play Jesse Call Interim editor-in-chief
If you keep a movie paused long enough then the image on the screen ends up being there forever. When you ﬁnally come back and push play, you might ﬁnd that the image has permanently burned in and all the new scenes are always cast behind that scar. NKU’s Ofﬁce of AfricanAmerican Student Affairs needs to push play. If we continue to pause on our analysis about how to improve our retention and graduation rates, we are going to create a burn on our future image. While our retention rates may not be the worst out of our peer institutions, they are nothing to brag about. Roughly 40 percent of stu-
dents who identify as African-American leave the university without completing their degree. AASA should take the forefront on examining the causes of this failure and ﬁnd the best solution that offers the fullest s u p port to those w e h a v e w e l comed in to the N o r s e family. We applaud AASA for pressing on in this time of adversity. Challenges have come forth over and over
again and have created regrettable scenarios that are, sometimes, out of the control of the university. Nonetheless, students ﬁnd a place that offers them hope and solutions and the one-onone mentoring that so many of them w a n t or even ne e d . However, this is only one of the battles. Individual support is great but our retention rates hint that systemic change within the university is something to seriously
consider and examine. AASA should lead this examination. From discussions I’ve had and from documents we have here in the ofﬁce, it was something that previous staff members who have now been pushed out or ﬁred were ready, even eager, to take on. Whether or not the removal of those staff members was a good or bad thing is a discussion for another day. Either way, the passion they put into dealing with bringing a quick, systemic change to improve the quality of life and the success of African-American students must be revived. If we continue to wait until everything is perfect and everyone is in place then things might look nice, but no one will notice behind the burned image of our neglect.
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NKU can take your KEES Cassie Stone Staff writer Ofﬁcials at Northern Kentucky University have more control over whether or not some students will continue receiving the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship, thanks to a Kentucky state law that went into effect in 2009. Under the new law, students are subject to additional rules to remain eligible for the scholarship if their GPA falls below a 3.0 in their second year or later. Commonly referred to as KEES, the program awards money to Kentucky’s college students based on their academic achievement when they attended high school in Kentucky. It is funded by lottery sales and unclaimed lottery awards. The law changed the eligibility requirement only for students who began receiving KEES money in the fall 2009 semester. Students who were receiving the scholarship prior to fall 2009 will still be subject to the old requirements. Eligibility requirements
for the ﬁrst year students receive the scholarship have not changed; students must keep their GPA above 2.5. The law’s change applies to students whose GPA falls between 2.5 and 2.99 after their ﬁrst year of receiving the scholarship. Under the old law, all students would receive half of their KEES money, but now students must meet an “on track to graduate requirement” and enrollment standards.
The law does not specify what it means for a student to be on track to graduate. Megan Cummins, the KEES coordinator for the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, said the new law allows each university in Kentucky to set its own “on track to graduate” requirement, leaving room for a discrepancy in standards across the state. KHEAA administers several ﬁnancial aid programs in Kentucky.
However, Leah Stewart, director of student ﬁnancial assistance, explained via e-mail that Kentucky universities are “attempting to be consistent in implementing and enforcing this new legislation.” According to a document provided by Stewart, students will need to have completed 48 credit hours after their second year to be considered on track to graduate. The document also states that there is no appeal process at NKU. As long as students keep their GPA above 3.0, they will retain all of their KEES scholarship. But they will lose half or all of their award if their GPA drops to 2.99 or below after their second academic year. For students to retain all of their KEES scholarships, their GPA must be between 2.5 and 2.99 and they must meet NKU’s “on track to graduate requirement.” If they do not meet the “on track to graduate requirement,” full-time students are eligible for half of their KEES award, but part-time students will not receive any of their KEES money.
Cummins said most students just assume they will begin receiving their KEES award again once their GPA is above 2.5, but that is not the case. Once students raise their GPA, they must ask the ﬁnancial aid ofﬁce to resubmit their records for consideration. The Kentucky Lottery Corp. awarded $214.4 million to Kentucky last year, which was almost 30 percent of lottery proﬁts. Since 1999, the Kentucky Lottery has awarded $1.55 billion to the KEES program, creating 1,185,085 scholarships for Kentucky students, according to the Kentucky Lottery’s website. Lottery sales have dropped over the last year, and the lottery is projecting $9 million less will be allocated to Kentucky, meaning there will be less given to scholarship programs, such as KEES. However, the funds from unclaimed lottery tickets goes to KEES. In 2010, this amounted to $13.6 milion more for the scholarship program.
SGA defends freedom through resolutions Matthew Brewer Staff writer Some student leaders are concerned that the university could be displaying the United States ﬂag improperly. A new resolution proposed by Student Government Association members question procedures the university has in place regarding the ﬂags located in the Central Plaza outside of W. Frank Steely Library. Currently, Northern Kentucky University displays the
ﬂags of the United States, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the university at the Central Plaza location 24 hours a day. According to the United States Flag Code, the ﬂag may be left up overnight, but only if the ﬂag is properly illuminated. SGA members say that the university “does not have the proper illumination required” for the ﬂags to remain up at night in the Central Plaza. If there is not proper lighting for the United
States ﬂag, it is required that it be brought down nightly. The student government proposed a resolution asking that the university provide the required adequate illumination of the ﬂags at night. Several resolutions were passed this week and student leaders are pleased with the work that has been carried out so far. “I’m glad to see that there is a lot more stuff coming through and that students can see what we are doing,” said SGA President Kevin
Golden. “It’s not like we are all sitting here saying ‘Yes, No, Whatever.’ There is debate.” One resolution caused more debate than others. The resolution regarding speech restrictions on campus brought up questions about freedom of speech. “[The proposal] is not simply just organizing various groups on campus,” said James Fahringer, senior theatre student, who shared his opinion about the proposed resolution before student
leaders voted on the issue. “It gives the dean the authority to pick and choose who gets to speak on campus.” Student leaders attempted to thwart his concerns with their beliefs that the policy will not regulate speech in a manner that is unconstitutional. “If this policy is misused in anyway, I want to assure you that I would be the ﬁrst person to speak out against it and I am sure that everyone else here feels the same way,” said Senator Michael Adkins.
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Local Kroger to close temporarily Matt Brewer News editor
Students living on and around campus are going to have to start traveling further to purchase groceries as the Kroger that is conveniently located directly across the street from Callahan Hall will soon be closed for remodelling. The store, located at 70 Martha Layne Collins Boulevard, will be closing on Feb. 20 and is not expected to reopen until June. The exact date of the reopening is unknown and depends upon the progress of the construction. “We are just going to remodel the interior,” said Store Manager Nick Greer. “The store is going to be brand new on the inside. It’s going to be nice.” The age of the store was a main factor in choosing to remodel the location. The store is not up to date with the technology that is used. With a brand new inside comes a new photo lab, a technology update, a brand new bank and pharmacy and also a larger book section. Many students are looking forward to the new store. “I feel [the remodel] is a good idea,” said Ryan Hall, junior EMB major and Kroger shopper. “The Kroger we have now is pretty small compared to the ones around us. It would be nice to see more of a selection.” Many of the Kroger staff members are excited about the upgrade, but some students who use the location
Photos by Aly Durrett The Kroger in Cold Spring has a notice up that it will be closing on February 20 for renovations. Unfortunately the management at Kroger would not allow any photos of the areas to be renovated. The Kroger will reopen in June, though the exact date is unknown.
to buy groceries are concerned about what the store closing for the rest of the semester will mean to them. “It kind of sucks because my car is broken right now and that’s where I buy my groceries,” said Mike Davis, freshman communication major and Callahan Hall resident. “I guess that the Dollar Tree is my best option to buy groceries now.” The Kroger store remained open 24 hours a day and many students used it as a place to get their late night snacks when everything else closed down for the night.
“The people who want to get food at four in the morning are screwed,” said Taylor Bray, freshman social work major. “They wont be able to get any snacks because everything around here closes much earlier.” Though there are many concerns about what students living on campus will do to buy groceries for themselves, Greer believes that the four month closure will pose very few problems to students who shop there. “I don’t think it will affect students too much,” said Greer. “We will be closed for about four months and the
majority of students wont be on campus for the last month and a half of the remodeling because they will already be out for summer break.” The Kroger corporate headquarters is located in downtown Cincinnati and to many people it seems that there is a Kroger on just about every corner. “It isn’t like we don’t have one ﬁve minutes down the road anyway,” Hall said. “The effect will be minor. Kroger is within walking distance now, but even when they shut it down students can take advantage of car pooling and the TANK system.”
NKU battles increasing class sizes Danielle Wesley Staff writer
One of the biggest factors in a student’s decision in choosing a college is the university’s average class size. One of Northern Kentucky University’s main marketing points is small classes that average about 24 students. But Northern Kentucky University students have noticed class sizes increasing
recently. “The number of students that are required to take developmental courses have decreased, which has made more students reach collegelevel courses quicker,” said NKU Provost Gail Wells. “This ﬂuctuation has resulted in bigger class sizes.” To combat increasing class sizes, NKU is going to start accepting fewer students who have academic
deﬁciencies. Improvements to overall academic achievement and co-curricular activities has drawn more students to the university. Wells said new buildings, such as Grifﬁn Hall, a new building that will house several departments including computer science, computer information technology, and electronic media and broadcasting, helps bring more students to NKU.
Grifﬁn Hall is set to open in the fall 2011 semester. However, larger class sizes may result in bigger fears. People anticipating personalized attention and a good education may feel an affect on the ability to obtain such values. “I like small classes because it’s more personable and I get more attention from the teacher,” said freshman Kentra Harris.
“It was one of the reasons I chose to come to NKU.”
PAUSE, continued from page one will be the only full-time staff members in the ofﬁce. “Deb Strahorn has been holding that ofﬁce together for a couple of months,” Waple said. “We are thankful that Deborah joined us and she’s really stepped up to the plate.” However, Waple said he has responded to the issue by providing a “transition team” to help maintain a level of service to students. Willa Green, who currently serves in the Student Achievement Center, will serve as acting director, but only part-time by giving 20 hours to the AASA ofﬁce each week. Additionally, NKU Housing employees Arnie Slaughter and Destiny Harper will also work part-time in the ofﬁce. Harper previously ﬁlled in at the ofﬁce on a part-time basis after Pringle-Smith and Grifﬁn were dismissed. “If anyone, perhaps, thought this was a Band-Aid solution, it isn’t,” Green said. “We are continuing to do programming.” She added that all events planned for Black History Month are moving forward as planned and work is continuing in the student support program, NKU R.O.C.K.S. “The priority is to maintain consistency,” Green said. The search for a new permanent director is already underway and Waple said he expects to ﬁll the position in April 2011. Green said that while she will be working to plan more events for fall 2011, her work as interim director will not include examining or analyzing the way NKU’s policies may be negatively impacting black students. “That would wait until a new director is named,” Green said. However, Green said she is willing to work with Waple if a policy affecting black students comes forward and needs to be addressed. Waple echoed this sentiment, saying that long-term planning on how to increase retention rates for black will not be the focus during this interim period. “There is a pause in the total vision — not a step back,” Waple
said. He said that Simpson had only just begun to look at developing a long-term plan for retention rates before the family issues that led to her departure began. The goal is to develop a four-year plan, one that looks not only at retaining students from their ﬁrst to second years, but also up to graduation. However, Waple and Green both said they feel that the new full-time director should be the one leading that vision. Waple also said that the search for the assistant director of the ofﬁce has also been paused so that the incoming director can have input on the selection of that person. That position was only recently advertised to the public, despite being vacant for almost a year. Part of the delay was attributed to Simpson’s desire to create the new position and make sure it had the job description she desired. While students have indicated concern for the frequent turnover in the AASA ofﬁce, many have expressed support for Simpson in her departure. “It is unfortunate that Dr. Simpson has to leave us after spending such a short time in the Ofﬁce of AASA,” said Black United Students President Nicole Jones. “She came in at a very challenging time for the ofﬁce and handled herself respectfully. Dr. Simpson has a great spirit and I, personally, am disheartened to see her go.” Jones is also hopeful that the “transition team” put in place by Waple will provide the right amount of support to NKU students. “They have not failed yet in their attempts to get people in the ofﬁce that are truly here for the students and this unforeseen circumstance was out of their control,” Jones said. From the fall 2009 to fall 2010 semesters, nearly 40 percent of students identifying as AfricanAmericans left the university. Retention rates for African-Americans have stayed about the same in the last three years and the university says it has a goal of improving that rate.
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Feb. 2011: Willa Green steps in as interim director, but only on a part-time basis while the university does a national search for a new director.
2010: Zebulon Davenport, vice president of student affairs, does not hire anyone to replace the terminated employees until one of the positions is ﬁlled in Oct. 2010. Feb. 2010: A few days later, Michael Grifﬁn, the only remaining coordinator in the AASA ofﬁce, is also ﬁred after Dr. Simpson claims he cannot get along with her.
“I want to tell my children abut this...This is just the beginning.” -NKU student Mohab Tawlia Claire Higgins Features editor
Feb. 2011: Due to personal family issues, Miya Simpson, AASA director, announces that she will have to leave NKU on Feb. 18. Her departure leaves only one full-time coordinator in the ofﬁce.
Feb. 2010: Blanche Pringle-Smith is ﬁred for “lack of cooperation with the new leadership” not long after the hire of Miya Simpson as AASA director.
7 News Student cut off from a revolution
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Imagine starting a life at college 6,200 miles away from home, from friends, from family — from a revolution. For Mohab Tawila, a Northern Kentucky University student from Cairo, Egypt, this is reality. 20-year-old Tawila has been attending NKU since fall 2009, but his family and his heart are still in Egypt, especially during this crucial point in the country’s history. “I really want to be a part of this because I think it’s a historical moment for my country. I want to tell my children about this,” Tawila said. On Jan. 25, as many as 20,000 Egyptian citizens spilled into the streets of Cairo to protest the government and now ex-president Hosni Mubarak. According to the Associated Press, the recent unrest in Tunisia and a Facebook page sparked the revolution that demanded presidential term limits, higher minimum wage, government reform and an end to police brutality. On Feb. 11, after 18 days of protest, President Hosni Mubarak stepped down from power. “We, as Egyptians, reached the result that we wanted,” Tawila said. “This is just the beginning, and the upcoming months will be the real transformation of the country.” The protests began as peaceful ones, but the police and military soon intervened. The government shut off all Internet access for Egyptians, which was one of the most terrifying parts for Tawila because he could not keep in contact with his parents who live very near Cairo. “You could feel the corruption Top photo by Claire Higgins in everyday life in Egypt,” Tawila (Top) NKU student Mohab Tawila watches news about said. “Before this protest took Egypt from his dorm room. (Bottom) After President place, the ofﬁcers, people were Mubarak steps down as President of Egypt, protesters in scared to death of them; they Tahrir Square celebrate the success of their protests.
The Egyptian Protests:
18 days of peaceful and violent protests led a president of 30 years, Hosni Mubarak, to step down from power on Feb. 11.
were very, very brutal.” The release of 17,000 inmates What Egyptians Want: was also terrifying for Tawila • Amend constitution to allow for and his family. The government free and fair elections released the prisoners, although • Lift 1981 emergency law that U.S. news stated they escaped. bans public assembly, lets police “You can see some videos on the YouTube that people posted arrest and hold people indeﬁnitely that show the government of• Release the thousands held in ﬁcials letting those people go on administrative detention without the street,” Tawila said. “The govcharge ernment itself is doing that.” Tawila had no contact with his family during the prisoner release. Because his family lives so close to Cairo, his parents had to take shifts guarding their house with no weapons to protect themselves. “And my father’s an old guy,” Tawila said with a laugh. “Like, he wouldn’t be able to stand a ﬁght against people who don’t have a heart and are crazy.” Now, with Internet access restored, Tawila knows his family is all right, as he talks with them on Blackberry Messenger and on Facebook. Apart from his family and friends, Tawila relies on the Internet and TV to get his news. He’s impressed with American channels in their accuracy and ability to continue to give unbiased reports. Tawila said he never expected this to happen to Egypt because Egyptians are often stereotyped as lazy and scared of change, which is why Mubarak was able to hold power for 30 years without revolt. “But it did,” Tawila said. “And it’s amazing.” To Tawila, one of the most amazing parts of the revolution is that united all of Egypt: “Actors, richest people in Egypt, poorest people in Egypt, Christians, Muslims.” Now, when Tawila returns to Cairo in May, he will not only be Egypt photos and facts courtesy MCT Campus arriving in a free country, but also a new country that he and many An Egyptian man waves the flag of Egypt in celebration Egyptians have never known. of the stepping down of their unpopular president.
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A&E Band battles to success
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Just for laughs
Roxanna Blevins Staff writer
Happenings February 16 Society of Professional Journalists
February 17 W.A.T.E.R
When: 5-7 p.m. When: 3:30 p.m. Where: SU Multipurpose Where: FH 301 Room A great opportunity for those Enjoy lively performances interested in journalism or by your fellow students. Acts networking with other profes- range from singing and dancsionals. They will be planning ing, spoken word and R&B, to future events, plus free pizza! rock ‘n’ roll, etc.
February 20 6th Annual The Fight For Air Climb
When 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Carew Tower, Cincy The American Lung Association will be hosting a stairclimbing challenge to raise money and promote lung health.
February 20 Soul Food Sunday
When: 2:30 p.m. Where: Student Baptist Union Enjoy a good old-fashioned (free) Sunday dinner!
February 17 Spring All-Campus Letter-Writing Party
When: 7-9 p.m. Where: UC cafeteria Help Up ‘til Dawn raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by registering for the All-Campus LetterWriting Party!
February 21 Movie Night: “For Colored Girls”
When: 7:08 p.m. Where: SU 104 B & C A screening of the hit ﬁlm, as part of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Skee-Wee week.
February18 Apollo Night
When: 7–9 p.m. Where: Greaves Hall The Apollo is a big, loud party where brave contestants might be cheered or booed. Come and show your support. Sponsored by BUS.
February 22 MLK Commemoration & Candle light vigil
When: 6-8 p.m. Where: UC 270 in Otto Budig A commemoration of the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as presented by Alpha Phi Alpha.
Move over, Cyndi Lauper, girls aren’t the only ones who just wanna have fun. The six-man pop punk band A Better Life are in it for a good time. “All our shows are like parties,” guitarist Griffin Ross said. A Better Life, influenced by bands including Taking Back Sunday, Brand New and The Wonder Years, played Saturday at Mad Hatter in Covington as a contestant in a Battle of the Bands. The Saturday show earned the band a spot in the final round. A Better Life, however, does not limit themselves to playing local venues. “We will play anywhere,” singer Trey McDermott said. “We even drove all the way to St. Louis to play in a basement.” The members of the band have been playing music since they were in middle school and high school, but they came together to form A Better Life about a year ago. They were originally called Get A Life, but were inadvertently renamed by their
unofficial manager, Tony Ryan. “I was hyping them to someone, and I got the name wrong,” Ryan said. “I told [singer] Ben [Durden] about it, and he liked it.” Although the name change was an accident, McDermott thinks it’s fitting. “That’s what we’re striving for is a better life,” McDermott said. “It’s in our message and a lot of our lyrics. It’s kind of the theme of the band.” With three members of the band pursuing degrees at Northern Kentucky University, it can be difficult to find time to play, but they find a way to make it work. “We try to have two band practices a week,” McDermott said. “It’s hard sometimes, scheduling practices between school and work.” A Better Life is currently in the process of finishing up a free fivesong EP. The EP, according to McDermott and Ross, should be on the web next month, soon to be followed by five more tracks. A Better Life will be playing in the final round of the Battle of the Bands at Mad Hatter March 5. The show will start at 6 p.m. and costs $10. In addition to making an EP
and playing the Battle of the Bands, A Better Life opens for Balance and Composure and Make Do and Mend March 14 at Fogarty’s in Cheviot. The show will begin at 8 p.m. and open to all ages. For more information about A Better Life, check out their Facebook page, or go to www.abetterlifeky.com.
Photo provided by A Better Life A Better Life (L-R Griffin Ross, Nick Hales, Trey McDermott, Ben Durden, Ryan Doyle, Conner Martin). Three members are currently students at NKU.
Bellevue Bistro serves up quick, delicious lunch Roxanna Blevins Staff writer If you’re looking for a quick, off campus lunch at an affordable price, try Bellevue Bistro. Bellevue Bistro is conveniently located on Fairﬁeld Ave., in the business district of Bellevue, Ky., a short drive from I-471, and offers unique breakfast and lunch dishes at affordable prices. The bistro does not offer a parking lot, but even at lunchtime a curbside parking space is never far away. The service was fast as a Visit thenortherner.com for more information
waitress approached the table right away to take drink orders. The drink menu includes bottled beer, coffee, hot tea, iced tea and a drink called “The Bomb,” which the waitress explained is composed of raspberry ﬂavor, tea, and lemonade. Drinks were quickly delivered and the restaurant makes sure to give the appropriate time for guest to look over the menu before ordering. The lunch menu offers sandwiches, salads, and soups. The bistro grill sounded very appealing, offering mozzarella, fresh basil leaves, tomatoes and a house vinaigrette, on ciabatta. The waitress also said that The Tuscan is a very
popular sandwich. However, the veggie wrap won over all the other options. At $7.95, it was one of the more expensive sandwiches on the menu, but cheese, black beans, brown rice, sour cream, and sweet chili sauce on a whole wheat tortilla sounded too good to pass up. Overall, the waitress was very helpful and friendly and makes guests feel at home, although she had not been fully trained on the ingredients of every dish on the menu. In spite of the lunch rush, the restaurant had a very comfortable, laid back feel to it. The walls are painted a warm, golden orange and are adorned by art by local art-
ists. The waitress later told me that the art is provided by a different artist every month, and it is for sale. I also noticed Star Wars kitsch around the room, including a clock on the wall and Star Wars space ships and action ﬁgures on shelves and door frames around the room. The food arrived within ten minutes. Neither accuracy or presentation were compromised in favor of speed. It seemed like the sweet chili sauce and sour cream would be on the veggie wrap already, but they were served on the side, giving the option to try the wrap both with and without them. It was excellent either way,
and while restaurants often serve condiments and sauces in tiny portions, at Bellevue Bistro it was the perfect amount. The condiments were not the only thing served in decent portions. The wrap and chips also leave diners feeling pleasantly full. This restaurant is worth enjoying over and over again. The restaurant is also open for breakfast and offers some exciting options. For those who are not big fans of the morning hours, breakfast is served late on weekends. For hours, menus and contact information, go to http:// www.enjoybellevuebistro. com.
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Former Norse make 40-man MLB roster John Minor Assistant sports editor Two former Norse will join pitchers and catchers as they report to their respected organizations for Major League Baseball Spring Training. NKU alumni Nathan Jones and Josh Lueke were added to the 40-man rosters of their Major League Baseball clubs. The Chicago White Sox added Jones to their 40-man squad, while Lueke was added to the Seattle Mariners’ expanded roster. Jones pitched for the Norse for three years before being selected by the White Sox in the ﬁfth round of the 2007 MLB Draft. Jones had a 6-5 record
with two saves and a 3.81 ERA in 82 2/3 innings pitched during his collegiate career. He started his career in the minors with the role as a starting pitcher for his ﬁrst two seasons. After struggling as a starter, he was moved to the bullpen for the 2009 season. He posted a 3.31 ERA in 68 innings pitched. He moved back to the starting rotation in 2010, and with the White Sox’ Advanced-A team Winston Salem, he put together an 11-6 record with a 4.08 ERA in 28 starts. According to the White Sox’s blog, South Side Sox, Jones is the 26th best prospect in the White Sox’s farm system.
Lueke joined the Norse for the 2007 season after transferring from St. Catharine. He went 3-6 with a 4.32 ERA in 10 starts. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 16th round of the 2007 draft. Lueke was converted into a closer in the professional ranks. Lueke began the 2010 season in Texas system playing Class-A ball for the Hickory Crawdads. He was called up to the DoubleA Frisco RoughRiders. Lueke was sent to Seattle in July as part of the trade that sent the 2008 AL Cy Young winner Cliff Lee to the Rangers. When Lueke arrived in the Rangers organization, he stayed at the Double-A level and went
to the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx. After a strong showing for West Tennessee, he was promoted to the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers, where he ﬁnished the season. For the four different teams, Lueke complied a 1.86 ERA with a record 5-2 in 63 innings. He also added 17 saves. According to the Mariner’s blog, Pro Ball NW, Lueke has the best blend of late-inning stuff, and is the most polished among relief prospects. Due to being on the 40-man roster, both players are eligible to join their respective Major League clubs at any time during the 2011 season. If either one does so, he would be just the
third Norse alumnus to play in the Major Leagues. “It’s really nice for the program,” said Norse head baseball coach Todd Asalon. “Every kid wants to play in the majors, so when they see they have a chance, it is good.” The other two were relief pitchers Chris Hook and Scott Wiggins. A Norse from 1987 to 1989, Hook played the 1995 and 1996 season with the San Francisco Giants, going 5-2 with a 5.89 ERA in 55 relief appearances. Wiggins played at NKU from 1995 to 1997, and was a September call-up for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002, making three relief appearances.
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Edition 47, Issue 6
Softball finds strength in pitching Stephen Wilder Contributing writer
Northern Kentucky University’s softball season is creeping up fast. The Norse have been picked to ﬁnish fourth in the Eastern Division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Lewis University has been picked to win the East, with Quincy University and University of Indianapolis rounding out the top three. Returning for the Norse this season will be senior pitcher/inﬁelder April Ehlers, who led the Norse last season with a 1.65 ERA and compiled a 15-14 record. She currently sits with 672 career strikeouts, and will have a chance to break Krystal Lewallen’s school record of 836 career strikeouts. Also returning to the circle for the Norse will be sophomore pitcher Emily Schwaeble. She ﬁnished the year just behind Ehlers with a 1.70 ERA, and only dropped two decisions while grabbing 11 wins. Junior inﬁelder Jessica Farris will be the leading stick returning for the Norse. Farris led the team with a .366 average and also tied for the
team lead with 44 runs scored last season. With the entire pitching staff from last season returning, the Norse will expect pitching to be a team strength, according to head coach Kathy Stewart. “Our pitching staff is very good,” Stewart said. “We have all of our players returning. I’m expecting April Ehlers and Emily Schwaeble to step up. Chelsie Roy will get her chances too, and she is quite the competitor.” While the Norse won’t be without veteran leadership this season, Stewart also believes that the nine newcomers on the team will also step up this season. “They have a good work ethic,” Stewart said. “They’re buying in. It’s an impressive class, and they just need to continue to do the things that they’re doing.” While there are six returning starters, every member of the team will have a chance to compete for playing time, according to Stewart. “It’s been a while since we have had twenty players and competition makes you better because nobody gets complacent,” Stewart said. “If
we don’t have enough players, they get very comfortable and may not work as hard. Everybody has to stay on their toes.” While Stewart was conﬁdent that she will have a competitive team this season, she understands the GLVC will be a strong conference. “There is a lot of parity in our conference now,” Stewart said. “Any conference game is tough. At this level, if you play, you play to win.” The Norse has its vision focused on Lewis University, according to Stewart. “Our nemesis right now is Lewis,” Stewart said. “We were runners up to them for the conference championship.” NKU’s ﬁrst game will be at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 18 against West Georgia at Charger Chillout in Decatur, Ala. The ﬁrst conference game will begin at 1 p.m. March 12 against Rockhurst on in Kansas City, Mo. The Norse ﬁnished last season with a 35-20 overall record, 19-8 in conference play and fourth in the ﬁnal conference standings. Indianapolis claimed the regular season championship.
Photo by Stephen Wilder Ariana Gei competes for playing time for the upcoming softball season.
Golf teams prepare for spring swing John Minor Assistant sports editor The Northern Kentucky University men’s and women’s golf team prepare for the spring session of their season, and are looking to make some noise in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. After the fall season, both teams have an idea of what they need to work on, and have been using the winter to prepare for the spring. “We are trying to improve on our thought process on the golf course and not to throw away shots,” said head coach Daryl Landrum. “We have also have been working on our putting.” The men are the defending Great Lakes Valley Con-
ference champions and are entering the spring as one of the favorites to win the conference again. NKU received three votes in the national poll to rank 50th in the country. The GLVC teams ahead of them are Indianapolis (16th), Drury (30th), Missouri-St. Louis (40th) and Bellarmine (46th). The NCAA Midwest/South Central Super Regional will be super tough this year. In addition to Indianapolis, three other teams in the super regional are in the top 25 including Central Oklahoma, ranking 5th; Abilene Christian, ranking 6th; and Central Missouri, ranking 19th. There are also six other teams in the Super Regionals that come into this season placing ranks
in the top 50. “The region is very tough and we are deﬁnitely one of the the top teams.” Landrum said. “There are eight or nine teams that can win it.” What will help the Norse is the selection of golf courses this year. The Super Regional will be played at Cherry Blossom Golf Course in Georgetown, Ky., which is like a home course for them. Also, the NCAA Division II Championship will be played at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Ford City, Ala. ”With the GLVC Tournament being played at Cherry Blossom, it is our ticket to nationals,” Cody Moore, a senior, said. “And from the NCAA Tournament preview in the fall, we know we can
play that golf course well.” In the fall, NKU ranked second in the GLVC behind Indianapolis in scoring average. The Norse were led by senior Danny Lewis who led the GLVC in scoring average and junior Jeremy Martin who was sixth in the conference. The women’s team enters the spring with a young team trying to improve in the conference. They ﬁnished seventh out of ten teams in scoring average in the GLVC, so they know they have a lot of work ahead of them. Sophomore Rachel Brown led the Norse in scoring average in the fall and looks for the team to get better. “The number-one thing is consistency and [we] try to score the same low score
when we go out,” Brown said. “We want to improve on our start in the fall.” The Norse will have to battle with rank-13 Drury, rank21 Indianapolis and rank-29 Missouri-St. Louis. Those three teams have established themselves at the top of the GLVC by ﬁnishing as the top three teams in scoring average in the fall. Also, the top ten golfers from the GLVC in scoring average all come from one of those three teams. The men’s spring will begin on Feb. 27 at the Golfweek Invitational in Orlando, Fla., with their ﬁrst home match March 19-20 at their own Spring Host Invitational. The women’s golf team will begin the spring on March 26-27 at the NKU Spring Fling.