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Celebrating Black History: NKU serves up opportunity to learn from our past.

Accessibility concern addressed: Blocking access ramp will result in penalties.

What are you looking at?: Dating outside own race isn’t a matter of what you see.

Newest play conveys our past: The Colored Museum delivers powerful images of race and racism.

Men’s team wins, heads to tourney: Team snaps back in the game and pulls a win against Indiana.

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Comedian and actress Damali Ayo spoke at NKU for Black History Month.

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NEWS

Accessibility concern addressed Blocking University Suites access ramp will result in penalties Jesse Call Staff writer

Complaints have prompted the university to place a no parking sign in front of the accessibility ramp in front of University Suites. For more than five years, Pat Skrocki, a retired schoolteacher who independently volunteers to assist NKU students with special needs, has been active in trying to get the university administration to enforce the parking restriction. She said access to the ramp is essential when she transports students with mobility limitations. When the ramp is blocked, she must either wait for the ramp entry to clear, or lift students on her own from the vehicle. Skrocki feels that she has been “given the runaround” by the university on this issue after having her request forwarded several times. She had been called by the university in August 2009, and was told the problem would be resolved. Skrocki said this is one of many of NKU’s failures: caring for the needs of students with disabilities, and maintaining a blasé attitude regarding them. Her most recent formal complaint was addressed to Steve Meier, associate to the Dean of Students, in November 2008 after reading an article about a Student Government Association safety walk in The Northerner. Again, she was told twice that her complaint had been forwarded. The duty to enforce parking rules is in the hands of University Parking Services, and University Police can also enforce them. Peter Trentacoste, director of University Housing, said that housing staff usually do not enforce, nor report, parking restrictions. According to Larry Blake, assistant vice president for Facilities Management, the main cause for the lack of enforcement was that there was no

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sign regarding parking at all. Blake was the person who ultimately received Skrocki’s request that the area be marked. After he was asked about its status, Blake became very apologetic and admitted he had not done the proper follow-up to make sure the area was adequately marked. “(After receiving the complaint), I requested the ramp area be painted yellow and marked ‘no parking’ that same day but the weather at that time made it impossible to do the painting on the pavement. Unfortunately, I did not follow up later — I just assumed it happened,” Blake said. He also said he would personally make sure that a temporary sign be posted immediately until the weather improves. “I am very sorry that I did not follow-up to ensure that the ramp area was marked as ‘no parking.’ We will get something in place as soon as possible,” Blake said. “I have also asked campus Police to frequently patrol the area and ticket those who choose to block the ramp.” But an apology and a temporary sign was still not enough to appease Skrocki. “Too bad, though, that any courtesy toward myself in responding to my e-mails over the years has yet to be delivered. Until the time that somebody in the administration and/ or its division of labor gives me that courtesy, NKU will remain in my mind, as a rude, and indifferent entity,” she said. “I have heard the president speak on this campus, and he has always invited students and parents to express any concerns. I do believe that this gentleman is genuine; and it is too bad that his hired hands in his administration do not possess that Charlotte Etherton/Photo Editor same respect for students and Temporary “No Parking” signs were placed in front of the access ramps in front of Norse parents.” Hall, Norse Commons and University Suites. Permanent signs will be placed there soon.


NEWS

First meeting in two weeks Snow causes a delay on Student Government Association business Vern Hockney Staff writer

SGA held their first meeting in two weeks Monday, Feb. 22, after a two week recess. This meeting addressed poignant issues for the student body because presentations of proposed fees dominated the meeting. Peter Trentacoste, director of University Housing, discussed housing fees that students would see beginning in the fall. The proposed weighted fee increase for housing residents will be approximately 4.64 percent, according to Trentacoste’s presentation. A large reason for the proposed fee hike is because renovations are needed to some of the residence halls exteriors among other reno-

vations that may be made over the summer months. Andy Meeks, director of Business Operations and Auxillary, provided the body with a look at food services. His presentation indicated that students should watch for their meal plans to become more expensive with proposed increases ranging from 4.82-5.06 percent. There is a glimmer of hope as meal transferability for students living in dorms and eating at the residence cafeterias’ looks as if it will be in the final plan for next fall. However, this will be available for an additional fee which will be built into the meal plan cost and comes with stipulations.

Meeks also gave a presentation on the increase of parking fees for university students. The annual student pass proposed will to rise to $195 and the annual pass proposed for Callahan Hall will cost $122, according to Meeks’ presentation. Meeks also said that the university is looking at raising the cost of event parking for the Bank of Kentucky Center but said students with a parking pass will not be charged. Ken Kline, director of the Budget office, updated SGA on the possibility of percredit-hour tuition. As the universities policy stands now, students pay per-credithour for hours one to 12—12

through 16 hours is a flat fee and hours 17 and up are charged per-credit-hour with a 50 percent discount. Kline says that the university is still in the early planning stages but two models are seriously being considered for the subcommittee in charge of investigating the possibilities. One model would keep the same model NKU has now, but would charge per-credit-hour for hours 17 plus with no discount. Another model would charge per-credit-hour for hours one through 12, with hours 13 plus being charged at a discounted rate per-hour. Kline stressed that it is important to note that ideas are still being discussed and no

final decision has been made. Kelly Beane, vice-president of the Sociology Club and Meredith Sparkes, president of the Sociology club presented a request to SGA for assistance communicating with other NKU organizations, particularly concerning their March 22 event of the cardboard village during which students will sleep overnight on the plaza in cardboard boxes in an effort to bring the impact of homelessness to campus. Three new senators were also sworn into the SGA body Monday: Nate Burton, Mike Johnson and Brittany Neal are the newest additions to the SGA senate.

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Celebrating Black History NKU serves up opportunity to learn from our past Jeremy Jackson A&E Editor

The United States has long been regarded as the ultimate melting pot, a tremendous vat by which large throngs of race, culture and religion were once assembled to form a homogeneous clump-de-void of the spirit and history that defines a people. But since 1926, the month of February has sought to dismantle part of that cultural-ball with the establishment of Black History Month. Throughout the nation and at Northern Kentucky University alike, the month has impacted many by remembering the struggles, celebrating the accomplishments and preserving the cultural variance of African-Americans, past and present. “Black History Month is an integral part to this campus,” said Priscilla Green, a senior Electronic Media Broadcasting major. “The programs that African-American-oriented groups instill allow us to reconnect with our past and each other.” Groups such as the Black United Students (B.U.S.), whose mission is to strengthen African-American students’ leadership skills and to seek social justice across the campus, is working in tandem with the African American Student Affairs (A.A.S.A) office throughout the month, according to B.U.S. president and junior EMB major Cierra Harris. The two groups have invited various speakers and scheduled 14 Black History Month events for February. This is a change compared to past years when NKU hosted only a handful of events centered on black history. But A.A.S.A. and B.U.S. realized it wasn’t enough and wanted

to increase the events, Harris says. “We wanted to have an impact this year in terms of our history,” Harris said. “After all, you don’t know where you’re going until you realize where you came from. Many dynamic speakers are coming in to ensure we don’t forget that.” Although various groups are showcasing Black History Month, students like Green feel not enough is being done by the university as a whole. “I see more fliers on the walls about Valentine’s Day than Black History Month,” Green said. “The university should do more to present icons of this month like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.” Too often black history is relegated to the confines of February, Green says. She contends that society should seek to make black history a part of every day living, and that that should begin at the university level and is indelibly connected to a strong African American community. “People like Blanche PringleSmith and Michael Griffin were both huge parts of ensuring a strong African-American community at NKU,” Green said. “They both were dedicated to us knowing who we are and where we came from. It is because of them that many African-American students succeed at NKU.” In the wake of Pringle-Smith’s recent termination, due to not getting along with new leadership (according to an NKU Corrective Form obtained by The Northerner) and the termination of Griffin as coordinators in the A.A.S.A. office, many students question the continuance of black history

awareness on the campus. “The A.A.S.A. office must be kept stable and strong to act as a conduit for black history to the students at NKU,” said Brandon Hill, vice president of Students Together Against Racism (S.T.A.R.) and senior Integrative Studies major. “Right now, the mentorship and role models of that office are absent — this breaks the confidence of students.” Although there has been recent instability in certain departments, NKU has enjoyed many years of growth among the African-American student body. The number of African-American students in 1989 was a paltry 1.26 percent of the entire student body. But, the numbers have incrementally increased to nearly 6 percent today, according to a document published by the Office of Intuitional Research at NKU. Hill believes the steady increase is due in part to successful re-branding attempts made by the university. “In the past, NKU was perceived as a no knowledge university, as a redneck school and a preppy white school,” Hill said. “The university has done a great job to turn that around and made it appealing for more diversified students.” With the increase in AfricanAmerican students, it is imperative that they’re immediately directed to an organization on campus or they may suffer from alienation and lack of support, says Hill. “Coming here for many students, it is their first opportunity to get a sense of the world,” Hill said. “As fellow black students, we need to reach out

and help them be a part of the black community at NKU.” Another way of ensuring success among the African American student community at NKU exists within other programs, says Chelsea Nichols, publicist for B.U.S. and a junior EMB major. “A.A.S.A. has a tremendous program called NKU ROCKS,” Nichols said. “It is required for incoming African American freshmen, allowing them to familiarize themselves to the campus, as well as acclimate to college life a few weeks before the semester starts.” ROCKS, which stands for Responsibility, Opportunity, Community, Knowledge and Success, is listed on the NKU Web site as a four year program that informs students of the history of black scholars, and gives guidance that enables success while attending a predominantly white university, among its many programs. NKU is 86 percent white. Although the recent instability of A.A.S.A. has sparked many questions concerning the continuance of its successful programs, Nichols says it is the responsibility of the African American students to safeguard their continuance. “I feel like this month and all that it stands for, as well as all the programs of the university are up to us to continue,” Nichols said. “We don’t have Blanche (Pringle-Smith) and Michael (Griffin) anymore. So, the black students need to pick up the slack of the programs previously in place. In the long run, this will strengthen the black community at NKU.”

Upcoming Events in honor of Black History Month: February 24th: • The Norse Intergroup Dialogue Project: Race vs. Class: What’s the bigger issue? Student Union 104 12 p.m. - Lunch will be served For more information and to RSVP, contact 859.572.5214. • Wiffleball League All-Star Game Albright Health Center 5 p.m. This All-Star Game commemorates the important contributions of the Negro Baseball League to American Society. For more information, contact Jeremy Chipman at chipmanje@nku.edu or (859) 572-6570 Sponsored by Campus Recreation. • Tom “TJ” Leyden. Turning Away from Hate Student Union Ballroom 7 p.m. After 15 years as a neo-Nazi white supremacist activist and recruiter, Tom “TJ” Leyden experienced a profound change of heart, turned away from hate and began teaching tolerance. Co-Sponsor: Office of Student Life. February 25th: • W.A.T.E.R presents: A LOVE LIKE NO OTHER Student Union 102 5 p.m. Admission: $1 (a percentage of the proceeds will go to charity) For more information about Black History Month events, contact African American Student Affairs at 859-572-6684.

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Opposite: Damali Ayo speaks to students at NKU for Black History Month.


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What are you looking at? Dating outside own race isn’t a matter of what you see M. Gordon Willis Contributing writer

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A couple of months ago, while working on my family tree, I found out something cool: I have an African-American great-greatgrandfather on my mother’s side. This got me to thinking, what would it have been like to date someone of a different race at that time? Interracial dating is something that is a little more acceptable now than it was then. I believe that interracial dating is perfectly fine. People are people, and skin color is nothing but a level of melanin. Even from a religious stand-point, the Old Testament mentions that the predominant Jewish leader, Moses, married an Ethiopian. Junior Emily Hill says she is fine with the idea of interracial dating.

Love is a universal language. Let’s actually speak it. - Kaitlin Shupert, NKU student.

Her stance is, “Why would their race matter?” And I agree completely. Not only does Junior Jewel Gilbert think that interracial dating is okay, but she brought up an amazing point, “We’re all interracial of some

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sort.” Isn’t that the truth? Hasn’t America always been known as a great melting pot? It’s now 2010 and there is a lot less of a chance of being looked down upon for doing so, but dat-

ing interracially can still get you some sideways looks. I have dated interracially so I know what it’s like. People make fun of you, ask you what you are doing. Things may be a lot better than they were 50 years ago, but you can still expect to be gawked at. But, as student Grace Maute points out, “It’s a social issue.” If there is anything in my life I am grateful for, it is parents who taught me that it is what’s on the inside that counts. Student Meggie Baker says it’s all about, “If they make each other happy.” My favorite response came from student Kaitlin Shupert who says, “Love is a universal language. Let’s actually speak it.”


A&E

Courtsey of NKU Theater Department

Montez O. Jenkins is one of the many actors in “The Colored Museum”. This play speaks a powerful message of race and ethnicity.

Newest play conveys our past The Colored Museum delivers powerful images of race and racism Betina Kemker Copy Desk Chief

The newest production of Northern Kentucky University’s Theatre Deparment is part social commentary and part history lesson. The Colored Museum opened with a group of college-aged students watching the results of the 2008 presidential election. During their celebration over President Barack Obama’s victory, they are morphed into a kind of alternate universe where they experience The Colored Museum and its interactive exhibits. The actual play is made up of 11 different vignettes, all of which are satirized African American stereotypes — some of which include “Git’ on Board”, “Cookin’ with Aunt Ethel”, “The Photo Session” and “Soldier with a Secret”, all of

which are hilarious, but sometimes makes you think, “Oh, I shouldn’t be laughing at this.” “Git’ on Board” was perhaps the most moving, as it portrayed images of racism across the span of hundreds of years. Slaves with their backs whipped to ribbons, police unleashing fire hoses on protestors and the hope-inspiring face of Martin Luther King, Jr. are just some of the images that ran across the screen while the annoyingly perky stewardess, Miss Pat, outfitted in a very patriotic red, white and blue ensemble, directed newly-captured slaves on the way to properly fit their shackles to their wrists and continually reminds them that “there is no drumming allowed on board.”

Director Brian Robertson elaborated that when Miss Pat reminds passengers (and theater-goers, at the end of the production) that “any belongings you leave behind, we’ll trash” is supposed to be a reinforcement of the ideology of “trashing racist perceptions” to better understand and identify with our fellow man. The Colored Museum was written by the African-American dramatist George C. Wolfe in 1985 and premiered in 1986 at The Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, N.J. According to Wolfe, penning it was “an exorcism” (according to a mention in the playbill). “It’s about getting rid of stereotypes - not only that society has of black people, but

that black people maintain,” said NKU student-actor Romeo Armand Seay, who entertained with his portrayal of multiple characters, including Guy, Kid and Waiter, commented after the show. Audrey Weatherby, who was the TV studio garments designer, said that the play gives a “controversial view of black America” and rightly believes that an appreciation for diversity “is much needed on (NKU’s) campus.” I went into the theater not knowing a thing about the performance, and I think that if I had known beforehand that the play is actually made up of the 11 different vignettes, then that would have enhanced my enjoyment, because the scenes move very fast and I some-

times found myself wondering what was actually going on. The costumes were very impressive, especially those worn by Miss Roj. The character was played by freshman Montez O. Jenkins, who should have gone by the title Miss Fabulous, as he strutted across the stage outfitted from head to his go-go booted toe in silvery-white sequins and blue eye shadow, with a huge “R” emblazoned on his sequined belt. Opening curtain times will be at 8 p.m. through Saturday, Feb. 27, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Fen. 28, which will be the last show. Student tickets are just $8 and are available at the Fine Arts Building in Room 259 of the Corbett Theatre Lobby. February 24, 2010

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Men’s team wins, heads to tourney Team snaps back in the game and pulls a win against Indiana Drew Laskey & Nick Jones Sports Editor & Contributing writer

The Northern Kentucky men’s basketball team snapped their two-game losing streak by upsetting No. 2 Southern Indiana University 68-56 on Feb. 18. Senior center David Palmer led the way for the Norse with 15 points and nine rebounds. Freshman forward Corey Sorrell added 14 points and junior guard Dennis Gagai contributed 12. Southern Indiana University (23-2, 14-2 Great Lakes Valley Conference) came out strong against the Norse and played competitively in the opening minutes. With the score tied at eight at the 11:30 mark of the first half, NKU put together a 16-6 run over the next six and a half minutes and headed into halftime with an 11-point lead. The Black and Gold maintained their lead for the beginning of the second half, but when SIU put on a full court press seven minutes in, the momentum appeared to shift in SIU’s favor. With 6:53 left in the game, SIU tied the game at 49 with a pair of free throws. Despite the number of close games that have escaped the Norse this season, NKU did not let this one slip away. A steal by Scott Bibbins led to a transition three-pointer by Dennis Gagai, which gave NKU a five-point lead after Tony Rack hit three free throws on the possession before. The next play down, Dennis Gagai drove it to the basket and laid it in for two, which added to NKU’s 19-7 run in the final six minutes to close out the game. “Doing this after two really tough losses on the road says a lot about our makeup,” Coach Dave Bezold said. “We may not have looked good at certain times, but they’ve picked it up. Generally, we’ll find a

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combination of guys who are going to play really, really hard and sometimes they’ve gotten themselves into a hole too big to get out of, but they’re always battling,” Bezold said. SIU is the fourth ranked team NKU has beaten this season. On Feb. 20, NKU was visited by the team that handed the Norse their first conference loss of the season, the University of Indianapolis (12-15, 6-12). In their last meeting Dec. 3, Indy narrowly escaped the Norse 55-54 with a gamewinning free throw. This time, however, NKU was on the other side of the outcome as they defeated Indy 65-61. On his senior night, David Palmer was the go-to-guy for his team like he has been all season long. He carried the Norse with 20 points and nine rebounds and the supporting cast of Dennis Gagai’s 15 points and junior forward Yan Moukoury’s 10 points helped NKU to their second straight Tim Downer/Sports Photographer win. NKU clinched the third Dennis Gagai (30) dribbles past Indys Ryan Sims (11). NKU beat Southern Indiana University 68-56. seed in the East division of the GLVC tournament with games as we would have liked Bibbins also leads the team the one team on any given day to because we had a lot of in steals with a total of 26 this that can beat anybody in the this victory. nation, and nobody else has David Palmer played only close losses early in the sea- season. proven that but us. There’s “I’ve been here a long time son, and we had some guys one season with NKU but his impact was felt immedi- go down, but we kept pushing -- I have a lot of good memo- only one other team in the ately by his team, and their and working hard and believ- ries here,” Bibbins said. “I’ve conference that can say that opponents. He’s averaged 17 ing -- and down the stretch we won a lot of games and last and that might be Kentucky points per game and pulled put together a lot of big wins. year we didn’t lose here so it Wesleyan. But nobody else down eight rebounds per We’re going to keep building was very important for me to has had those wins that we’ve had. When you get to this time game and leads the team with off that, keep it moving, and win this last game here.” of the year, your job is to play Coach Bezold says Bibbins we’re going to keep playing 48 blocked shots on the seaone more game – to play well has been through a lot – the one more game, one more son. He originally transferred from Seton Hall University game, one more game, and big games of conference tour- enough to get yourself an opafter his freshman year to hope it takes us far,” Palmer naments, the big games of portunity, and that’s what NCAA tournaments, so noth- we’re going to do,” Bezold Iowa University. After play- said. ing is going to faze him. He’s said. The other senior NKU will ing two years at Iowa, Palmer NKU will play Missouri going to be able to handle the be graduating is guard Scotty landed right here in Highland Bibbins. Bibbins has been situations and he’s the guy he S&T at 1 p.m Feb. 27 at St. Heights, Ky. “It wasn’t just a good sea- the offensive catalyst for the (Bezold) can always fall back Joseph’s. The winner of that son for me -- it was a good Norse in his five seasons with on if things aren’t going well game will play St. Joseph’s on Feb. 28. NKU topped Missouri season for everybody,” Palmer NKU. He averaged eight for the team. “We’re starting to fi nd our points per game and dished S&T in their last meeting 72said. “We didn’t win as many out 118 assists on the year. stride,” Bezold said. “We are 54 Feb. 6.


SPORTS

Women’s team heads to Wisconsin Seniors Lantry and Rayburn say goodbye to Bank of Kentucky Center Drew Laskey & Nick Jones Sports Editor & Contirbuting writer

The No. 4 ranked University of Indianapolis’ 44 free throw attempts helped carry them past Northern Kentucky University’s women’s basketball 80-69 on Feb. 20 in NKU’s final home game of the season. Sophomore guard Casse Mogan led the way for the Black and Gold with 21 points. Senior guard Rachel Lantry scored 15 points and senior forward Brandi Rayburn added 13 points and eight rebounds on NKU’s senior night. It was a competitive contest in the opening minutes of the game as neither team took much of a lead, but a late first half run gave Indy (25-2, 16-2 Great Lakes Valley Conference) an 11-point cushion heading into halftime. As the Norse struggled to defend the paint, they committed a number of fouls throughout the game, giving Indy plenty of easy opporTim Downer/Staff photographer tunities to extend their lead at Brandi Rayburn struggles to get to the basket. The Women’s team heads to GLVC tourney. the line. “I was a little disappointed in burn, at the end of the season. ing room than she does on the Lantry said. the way that they were able to At the conclusion of the game, basketball court,” Winstel said. This loss was the second in just dominate us inside,” Wins- Coach Nancy Winstel took to “She loves the game and she the row for the Norse, as they tel said. “I knew they were aw- center court and publicly ad- wants to play and she gives it dropped a close one to Southfully good inside, but they just dressed the crowd of 1, 321 her all. And you have to respect ern Indiana University in dominated us inside, and it was about how grateful she was for that.” double overtime 75-72 on Feb. tough for us. I was proud of our having coached such fine young The other senior is Rachel 18, snapping their previous 10kids, the way we battled — I ladies. Lantry. In her senior campaign, game win streak. thought our guards in particular NKU had three players score “Probably the two toughest Lantry averaged 10 points and battled awfully hard. As much things a coach does during their four rebounds per game, she led in double figures against SIU, as you hate to say it, you have career is deal with injuries and the team with 26 blocks on the lead by the double-double of to give Indy all the credit in the says goodbye to their seniors,” season and was second in total senior forward Brandi Rayburn world. When you get beat like Winstel said. “But I don’t ever steals on the year with 28. who scored 20 points and pulled that you just have to shake their say goodbye to my seniors. I “I have gotten to play with down 13 rebounds. Rayburn hand, but we didn’t quit,” Win- always tell them, ‘you know some of the greatest girls that was joined in double figures by stel said. where I am, my phone number will be life-long friends of sophomore guard Casse Mogan To put in perspective how hasn’t changed in like, 100 years, mine,” Lantry said. “My team is who scored 18 points and junior much significance each free and once a lady Norse, always a my family and I will continue to guard Jessie Carmack who addthrow held, Indy sank 38 of lady Norse.’” cheer for them even when I’m ed 10. their 44 attempts — NKU made USI (21-7, 12-5 GLVC) netted Senior forward Brandi Ray- gone. I have really enjoyed my 15 of their 21 attempts. That’s burn averaged 14 points per time here and it is going to be eight of their 20 three-pointers a difference of 23 points from game and grabbed six rebounds sad leaving but I know these for the game, including a deep just the foul line. That not only per game for the Norse. girls, coaches and staff will be three at the beginning of the sheds light to how strong Indy “Ladies and gentlemen, if you a part of my life forever. I ap- second overtime that put USI was from the line, but also how only knew what this young lady preciate everyone in the athletic up in front for good. USI also hard NKU played to make up (Rayburn) has gone through to department for getting me to held a large advantage from for those lost points elsewhere. play this year…every day she where I am today, I am a bet- the free throw line, attempting NKU will lose two seniors, spends more time in the train- ter person because of all them,” 13 more foul shots than NKU Rachel Lantry and Brandi Ray-

and knocking down seven more than the Black and Gold. NKU jumped off to quick starts in both halves, but USI never let the game too far out of reach as they climbed back into the game with runs of their own. USI took its first lead of the game eleven minutes into the second half with a 13-2 run, putting the Norse on their heels. The teams traded baskets until Rayburn was able to put the Norse up 51-47 making two free throws. USI then went on a 6-0 run to give them a 53-51 lead within the final minute, but Mogan hit a jumper for the Norse that sent the game into its first overtime. Both teams struggled from the field in the first overtime, but a USI layup with 35.7 seconds gave them a 59-57 advantage. The Norse struggled to find an open shot on their final possession until sophomore center Whitney Levering hit a jump shot with 1.7 seconds left, sending the game into its second overtime. At the beginning of the second overtime, USI hit a quick three to begin the half, which ended up putting the Screaming Eagles ahead for good. This was the first loss for the Norse since Jan. 13. The University of Indianapolis won win the GLVC Eastern Division so NKU will enter the conference tournament as the second seed from the East. The tournament begins Feb. 26 and would last until March 7 if the Norse advance to the championship game. Rachel Lantry is as confident as ever in her team’s chances. “Anything is possible,” Lantry said. “I think it is all up for grabs and I still think we can go all the way -- it doesn’t matter how young we are. NKU will play Kentucky Wesleyan at 1 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Wisconsin-Parkside. The winner of that game will play Wisconsin-Parkside on Feb. 28.

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