Into the fire
Student Government Elections: Biographies of the seven candidates running for SGA Executive Board.
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University underfunded: Tuition going to BOKC and Student Union Maintenance.
A&E The jury draws a verdict: NKU art exhibit awards students for talent.
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Carrie Gibson and Tony Curry perform “Into the Fire,” a play about veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam focusing on the struggles they face when they reintegrate into society. In the audience were members of VFW post 6095, and current service members, as well as students and community members.
Norse dominate from the hill: Baseball team receives two solid performances from the mound.
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University underfunded Increased tuition to pay for BOKC and Student Union Maintenance Jesse Call Staff writer
Tuition will increase, positions will be eliminated and departments will be asked to make significant cuts as a result of an expected 1.4 percent cut to Northern Kentucky University’s state allocation and a denial of funding for special projects. Added to the University’s financial burden is the requirement that they contribute $1.8 million to the state retirement program. Kenneth Kline, the University’s budget director, says that undergraduate students should expect a single-digit tuition increase similar to the one experienced last year. Chase College of Law students can expect a roughly two percent tuition increase. “The University is budgeted very conservatively,” Kline said. “We are in a relatively strong position to weather the current proposed state budget.” The University will dive into its emergency reserve to compensate for the insuf-
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ficient funding from the state legislature, which will cut operating funds and provide no support for Griffin Hall, which is currently under construction, or maintenance of the new Student Union. No additional funding will be provided for The Bank of Kentucky Center either, despite local tourism leaders partly attributing a recent boost to the local economy on its offerings. NKU asked for a $4.6 million budget allocation for these projects. This leaves university-wide cuts and student tuition to help pay for the new buildings, and there is some indication that educational programs and staffing could be cut to pay for the projects and employee benefit obligations. “Any investments will have internal reallocation – moving from one priority to a higher priority,” Kline said. A hiring freeze has been put into place and the University is planning staff re-
ductions starting with not filling several of the currently vacant positions. “We will reduce the size of our administration in terms of positions, while protecting people’s jobs to the best extent,” Klein explained. Budgeting to build more academic space is supported by the Student Government Association. “In regard to construction, I think that students can look forward to more academic space on campus. At this time, we are at a cap and need a substantial amount of academic space,” said Dustin Robinson, chair of the SGA Finance Committee. “I think that NKU is growing at a very responsible rate. But this area presents a need for attendance at NKU more than it can currently provide, thus I think that NKU will continue to grow. I’m excited to see where our University is in 10, 20 and even 40 years.” What is less clear is whether reallocated funds should
be used to pay for the maintenance of The Bank of Kentucky Center is seen as worthwhile by students or whether students feel like their tuition money is being used to benefit them now. “I don’t believe that students are devoting too many of their resources for the benefit of future students,” Robinson said. “I think that the investments that NKU has made in its development has been and will continue to be beneficial to past, current and future students.” Tuition increases will be brought before the SGA on Monday, April 19, and students can attend the meeting to voice their concerns on the proposal. The budget proposal, including tuition increases and program cuts, will go before the University’s Board of Regents May 5. Anyone, including students, may make comments at the Board of Regents meeting if they ask for the opportunity several days in advance by contact-
ing Kim Luse in the Office of the President so they can be placed on the agenda. “For the quality of education that students receive, I do believe that NKU is affordable...But that doesn’t mean that everyone can afford it. In the current economic state that we are in, it is often difficult for students to be able to pay for classes... My recommendation for students making college more affordable is to communicate with the Office of Financial Assistance, check the N3, and try to get involved in organizations,” Robinson said. In addition, Robinson encouraged more students to apply for the two Anne Braden scholarship awards that SGA currently offers. The Anne Braden scholarship is in the amount of $1,000 and is awarded to students who exemplify a passion for multiculturalism and a dedication to social equality. Applications are due to the Dean of Students office by April 9th.
Six hours after the sociology club began setting up camp they finally find a moment to relax and talk about the days events.
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The other side of the city Student group lives in the elements to highlight homeless’ plight Vern Hockney News editor
Cold winds buffeted Northern Kentucky University’s campus as members of the Sociology Club set up the cardboard village on the university plaza. Members dressed warm for the weather and worked quickly to construct a tent out of rope, sticks and tarps - their only source of shelter. It is slightly warmer on the inside of the makeshift tent for those seeking refuge from the inconvenient weather. Six members of the club sit around and tell stories and eat homemade chicken
noodle soup and chili, as they prepare to bed down for a night. Members of the Sociology Club brought the cardboard village back to NKU on March 22 in an effort to educate students about homelessness in the area. The goal of the event was aimed towards students’ understanding that homelessness is a major issue and hoped that by living outside for 24 hours, students would understand how hard it is for those individuals struggling with homelessness on a daily basis.
Many of the members have seen homelessness firsthand, so helping out may be more personal for some. Rachelle Nadler said she encountered homelessness for the first time in San Diego, Calif. when she saw a disheveled man resting his head on a tire stop in a parking lot. The club’s membership count has not been consistently high; roughly seven or eight members have attended. But they prove that size is not what matters.
“We may not be glamorous or huge, but were doing it,” said Kelly Beane, vice president of the Sociology Club, said. The current members have already executed two food and supply drops in the Over the Rhine area of Cincinnati and plan on doing a third in the near future. Beane said that the second one went better than the first, and he hopes that the third drop will be the best yet. Students can help by donating items to the Drop Inn Center (a homeless shelter and
advocacy center located in Cincinnati) or place items in the Sociology Club’s drop areas here on campus, located in Landrum 217. Items needed: new underwear, new sweat pants, belts and razors, as well as other toiletries. According the Drop Inn Center, there are nearly 8,400 confirmed people that are without homes in Cincinnati — of that number, 25 percent are children, 38 percent suffer from mental illness and 13 percent are veterans. March 31, 2010
SGA Executive Cabinet bio’s for th
Read all of the candidates bio’s for the March 31 and April 1 elections at th Vern Hockney News Editor
Kevin “KG” Golden Senior International Studies and Political Science Major Running for: President
Danielle Hawks Junior English Major Political Science Minor Running for: Vice President
Leigha Phelps Junior Political Science Major Business Administration Minor Running for: President
Austina McCaffery Junior Communication Studies Major Business Management Minor Running for: Vice President
SGA Experience: Senator, Student Rights Committee, Fall 2009- Present: Have worked in international student employment and scholarships, health innovations center promotion, and NKU Smoking Tobac co Ban. Currently working on consti tional review and Student Code of Con duct, propositions with Student Rights Committee.
SGA Experience: 2008-09 SGA Senator serving on the Student Rights Committee and Bookstore Committee, 2009 Leader ship Academy, 2009-10 VP of Admin istration
SGA Experience: SGA senator for 3 years, Finance Committee Chair, University Improve ments Committee Chair, University Tuition Committee SGA Represen tative, University Transportation Com mittee SGA Representative, Univer sity Code of Conduct Task Force SGA Representative
SGA Experience: Senator and served on the University Improvements Committee for 20092010
Campus Organizations/Activities: Interfraternity Council, SGA, Presiden tial Ambassadors, Norse Leadership Society, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, Xi Omega PSC Honor Society, Future Leaders Internship Program (FLIP), MLK Day of Service, Leadership Uni versity, Freshman Service Leadership Committee (Past) Leadership Positions: Interfraternity Council – President, Alpha Tau Omega – Judicial Council, Homecoming Committee – 2010 Court Chair, 2009 NLS Retreat – Early Crew, Freshman Service Leadership Commit tee – Past Exec VP What can you offer as a member of SGA: A consensus building attitude; familiar ity with university policy and proce dure; working relationships with NKU, community and state leaders; tools nec essary for solution oriented goals; open, honest, and efficient communication with the student body.
Campus Organizations/Activities: employed by University Housing from fall 2007 to present as desk staff, resident assistant, and desk manager; attended fall 2009 Norse Leadership Society Retreat; Founding member of NKU Optimist Club; Delta Gam ma Fraternity: Vice President of Fi nance Leadership Positions: Resident Assistant Fall 2008 – Spring 2010, SGA VP of Administration 2009-2010, Delta Gamma Fraternity 2010 VP Finance What can you offer as a member of SGA: A renewed leadership focus; SGA ex ecutive board experience; back ground working with University Ad ministration; open attitude to student concerns; passion for fair and equal representation of all students.
Campus Organizations/Activities: Leadership Mentors, Delta Zeta, Or der of Omega, Panhellenic Council Leadership Positions: 2009 President of Delta Zeta, VP of Programming for Panhellenic Council, VP of Fundraising 2008 for Schools for Schools, 2010 Parlimentarian for Delta Zeta, Relay for Life Chair for Delta Zeta What can you offer as a member of SGA: I breathe, eat, and sleep SGA, meta phorically of course. I have been a part of this organization for three years now so I am experienced. I see a need to improved public relations and com munication in SGA, and I will work very hard to bring these back to this organization. I love hearing the con cerns of students as well so students should know that my office door would always be open!
Campus Organizations/Activities: FSLC, G.I.F.T.S., B.U.S., N.A.A.C.P., SGA, Anointed Voices Leadership Positions: Student Orientation Leader 2008, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – Treasurer (2008-2009), Resident Assistant (2008-2009) What can you offer as a member of SGA: Leadership, charisma, and dedication. I would work my hardest to make sure NKU is ethical and the student’s voice is heard. My passion lies in helping people so I will strive to reach out to my NKU community and make sure that I represent the students to the best of my ability.
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henortherner.com Mike Johnson Junior History Major Political Science Minor Running for: Secretary of Public Relations SGA Experience: I currently serve as a senator in SGA, serving on the Finance Committee. Previously, I have served on the Finance Committee where I worked on issues such as per-credit hour tuition, Anne Braden Scholarship Awards, and providing more employment opportunities to international students on campus. I also serve on the Student Rights Committee where I worked with possible revisions to NKU’s smoking policy. Campus Organizations/Activities: I am a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and I currently serve as a Sena tor in SGA where I serve on the Finance Committee. Leadership Positions: I have previously served as the Vice President of Programming and Vice President of Commu nications for Sigma Phi Epsilon and I have also served as Vice President of Scholarship for the Inter-Fraternal Council. I currently serve as the Campus Impact Chair for SigEp. What can you offer as a member of SGA: Having served as a senator, I have had the opportunity to work closely with students and university administration. I have seen firsthand which policies work and which ones need a new approach. I’ve been fortunate enough to build relationships with other student leaders to ensure that SGA’s message and initia tives are comprehensive and best serve the students. I look forward to having the honor of continuing my service to the students of NKU. Jeremy Moore Junior Political Science Major Public Administration Minor Running for: Secretary of Administration SGA Experience: No direct experience working on SGA, but worked for Legislative Research Committee in Frankfort for Judiciary Committee during 2010 Congressional Session Campus Organizations/Activities: CRU, TKE, Political Science Ambassador, Student Orientation Leader, LRC Intern Leadership Positions: Political Science Ambassador, Student Orientation Leader, LRC Intern, Pledge President for TKE, Congressional Leadership, Camp Counselor What can you offer as a member of SGA: With all of the leadership experience that I have obtained, I feel that I would be a good fit in the SGA at NKU. I have gained many skills throughout my student career, and feel that with this set of skills I will be a perfect fit for the SGA body. If given the opportunity to serve on SGA, I will lend a hand at any given time and put others first. I feel that for this position, you must have someone with experience and someone that is willing to work hard, I do both. Dustin Robinson Sophomore Political Science Major Honors Minor Running for: Secretary of Student Involvement SGA Experience: SGA Senator, Chair of Senate Finance Committee, Student Representative on University Per Credit Hour Exploratory Committee Campus Organizations/Activities: Norse Leadership Society, NKY Equality Now, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Former Honors Peer Mentor Leadership Positions: Vice President of Member Development – Sigma Phi Epsilon, Former Vice President of Recruitment – Sigma Phi Epsilon, Former Director of Communications – NKY Equality Now What can you offer as a member of SGA: As a Secretary of Student Involvement, I would work with the Senate to continue outreach programs to all organizations and to further “Norseify” our campus. I would bring fresh ideas to the office and would continue to serve the students of this university to the best of my abilities by devel oping and implementing programs to enhance the student experience.
Why can’t homosexuals donate? Student group challenges anti-gay blood donation policy Jesse Call Staff writer
“I Saved a Life Today” stickers were countered with “Everybody Should Be Able to Save A Life” stickers at a blood drive hosted on campus March 25 in the Student Union. NKY Equality Now, a gay rights advocacy group on campus, organized a booth and handed out stickers to counter the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s prohibition on accepting blood donations from men who have had sex with other men. “It’s a sad fact of American life that openly gay men are not allowed to donate blood,” reads an NKY Equality Now advertisement on Facebook. “The form you fill out beforehand bluntly inquires into whether you have ever slept with another man, and you are turned away if you answer ‘yes.’ There is no excuse for anyone being denied the opportunity to donate blood to a world that desperately needs it,” according to the NKY Equality Now Facebook
Event, advertising the booth. According to the FDA’s Web site, men who have had sex with other men have an increased risk of spreading bloodborne diseases like HIV and AIDS. “Our primary responsibility with regard to blood and blood products is to assure the safety of patients who receive these life-saving products,” said Walter Gardner, chief of the consumer affairs branch of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “FDA uses multi-layer safeguards in its approach to ensuring blood safety, which include donor screening and deferral based on risk factors, blood testing for markers of infection, and inventory controls. The use of these multiple layers helps to assure the safety of the products in the event that one layer fails.” But for Mikey Adkins, the event’s organizer, the policy is not about safety. “I personally feel that the policy is borne of homophobia
more than any real concern for the ‘public health,” Adkins said. It was begun in an age when AIDS was still thought of as ‘gay cancer,’ and has lasted as long as it has, I feel, because those in control of the regulations believe that there is something inherently unhealthy about gay men whether they self-identify as such or not...It is dangerous to enforce policies based on weak science, and it is dangerous to create an atmosphere in which people can be taught that there is something inherently unhealthy or wrong about another person’s identity...In this day and age, with the testing procedures we have, it is surely not valid in any way.” Hoxworth Blood Center, a division of University of Cincinnati (UC) and the UC Academic Health Center, coordinated the blood drive. They are also encouraging a change in the FDA regulations. “We at Hoxworth, as well as other blood centers, are sympathetic to the concerns
of those who are not eligible to donate under these regulations,” said Alecia Lipton, community relations manager. “Hoxworth joins blood centers to strongly support the use of rational, scientificallybased deferral periods that are applied fairly and consistently among donors who engage in similar risk activities. This stance has been championed since 1997.” America’s Blood Centers, AABB (previously known as the American Association of Blood Banks) and the American Red Cross issued a joint recommendation in March 2006 that the FDA deferral criteria be modified and made comparable with criteria for other groups at increased risk. The FDA believes its stance is based on the current body of scientific information, according to Gardner. For detailed information on the scientific stance taken by the FDA, visit http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/BloodBloodProducts/Questionsabout-
Blood. “We understand that there are different viewpoints on how the blood supply can be protected,” Gardner said . “We are considering the possibility of pursuing alternative strategies that maintain blood safety.” On March 4, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. sent a letter to the FDA urging the agency to revise the policy that permanently bans men who have had sex with other men from donating blood. Kerry’s letter, which was also signed by 17 other U.S. senators, is the third letter sent by members of Congress to the FDA in the past year. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability, comprised of national experts and HHS officials, will examine this issue during an upcoming meeting in June in Rockville, MD. This will be the first time the policy has been formally reassessed since 2006.
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Leigha Phelps presented a roughly five minute video the University Improvements Committee had worked on concerning issues with the Campus Recreation Center. The video was a compilation of student interviews from a focus group, quotes from CBS and CRC reports. Phelps and her committee intend to give a packet to administration for review. The packet will include student surveys, a resolution from SGA with recommendations, notes from the
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focus group and a copy of the video. Not all parts of the proposed packet are finished yet. SGA announced that elections will be open from 7 a.m. Wednesday to 10 p.m. Thursday. Students can go to elections.nku.edu/sga to vote any time the polls are open. Danielle Hawks announced that SGA has extra money left in the budget and she is looking for projects that need funding. Some ideas Hawks proposed: a new computer
for the Secretary of Public Relations, flash drives, SGA bench in the free speech zone and a table or tables during finals week to provide students with supplies they may have forgotten. Dean Waple suggested SGA may also want to consider carrying the balance forward to next year and reallocate the funds to help student organizations. One fund Waple proposed was the legacy fund. SGA also read the fee board resolution for the second time.
The resolution presented extended debate and was tabled without being approved. The body voted to open discussion concerning proposed amendments to the constitution. The constitution will be read and discussed in sections with a final reading and then a vote in a few weeks. The proposed changes to the SGA constitution would have to be voted on by the student body before it would take effect.
The jury draws a verdict NKU art exhibit awards students for talent Jeremy Jackson & William Fisher A&E Editor & Ad Manager
It’s not very often Northern Kentucky University’s art gallery promotes such an assorted grouping of student art — ranging from heroic in nature, to the very macabre and surreal. The galleries -- located on the third floor of the Fine Arts Center -- are showcasing the Annual Juried Student Exhibit through April 3, displaying everything from sculptures and paintings, to photography and graphic arts, all aimed to draw a crowd as eclectic as the exhibit itself. “The exhibit is a great showcase of what students are doing from all levels within the art program at NKU,” said David Knight, director of exhibitions and collections at the Fine Arts Center. According to Knight, the exhibit began before spring break with 300 pieces, submitted by students from every level of artistic ability. From there. The works were then critiqued by an independent juror who narrowed the field to 160 works, assessing the pieces on quality, content, strength of medium and presentation. There were nine categories in which awards were given out, ranging from best of photography and painting to best of show. This year’s best of show was awarded to a sculpture created by Didem Mert, called “Choose Your Destiny.” The piece is made from mixed media, and resembles a one-foot high ziggurat, constructed from corrugated material, with fragments of burlap adorning the corners. The message behind the sculpture is ambiguous, but a note strategically plastered across the top might reveal a deeper intent: “AS A CONGLOMERATE OPEN ONE BOX. AND ONE BOX ONLY. REVEAL YOUR DESTINY.” Of the other works on display, one is a spoof on the superhero frenzy that occupies America. Artist Christian Dallas created the painting called “A Day in the Life,” which presents the superhero, The Flash, as an everyday guy who gets up in the
morning, dons his red suit and inconspicuously goes through the same daily regimen we all do: showering, reading a magazine while on the toilet, attempting to find just the right angle to pop a zit in the mirror. Although parts of the painting have some detail issue, the work is a great example of continuous narrative, which is a technique where the same figure appears more than once in a single scene. The painting also has a great central message that we’re all human, even if we are of the super variety. One of the astonishing pieces of art on display comes to the exhibit by way of artist Jesse Fox and includes three photographs. The most poignant of the images, not to forgo the most shocking, is of a woman on a bed screaming with a severe and painful glare across her face (which is decked out with clown make-up). Blood smudges and splatters from her crotch, all while gripping an unwound clothes hanger in one hand. With finite color usage and unconventional setting choice, this macabre image (to the degree of despair) conveys a strong message indeed — and at a single glance one can surmise what that message is. But if ever in question, defer to the title: “Baby Syrup.” Another powerful image the exhibit has to offer is from artist Erika Danielle Carson, and is entitled “Emmaline McMullen’s 90th Birthday.” The photo is a great example of memento mori, which is a visual art technique where the subject is accompanied with an object that represents impending death, such as a skull or decaying fruit or flowers. This particular photo features a young person occupying the foreground — highly in focus — while an elderly hand embraces the young face’s cheek. The black-and-white photo is powerful in its ability to juxtapose youth and dying. The photographer also employed an effect that allows the
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Jesse Fox’s “Baby Syrup” is one of the many controversial pieces being displayed at the Fine Arts Center. aging woman (presumably Emmaline) to appear completely out of focus, making her seem a million miles away from her embracing hand. The juried exhibit remains at the gallery through April 3 and features
enough works that almost everyone who attends will walk away inspired, confused or, at the very least, accompanied by a topic of conversation that will carry throughout the remainder of the day.
March 31, 2010
Norse dominate from the hill Baseball team receives two solid performances from the mound Chad Hensley Copy editor
Aided by two masterful pitching performances on March 27, the Northern Kentucky University baseball team swept a doubleheader from conferencerival Saint Joseph’s College, 9-2 and 5-1. Dave Middendorf (5-1) hurled seven innings allowing just one unearned run and one walk while striking out 11 Puma batters. The 11 strikeouts marked the third consecutive game in which he tossed more than 10 strikeouts and now he leads the team with 51 strikeouts, according to the NKU Athletics Web site. For his efforts, Middendorf was awarded the Great Lakes Valley Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week on March 29, which marked the second time he has won the honor this season. In game two, Brandon Slusher tossed six innings of the scheduled seven inning game. Slusher gave up just two hits, one unearned run and one walk and added four strikeouts. NKU (20-7, 9-1 GLVC) started the first game on a hot streak plating two runs in each of the first three inTim Downer/Staff Photographer nings to take an early 6-0 lead. Brandon Slusher (18) delivers a pitch to the plate when they compete against St. Joseph. Bryan Rose led the Norse Cisper, a senior outfieldboth runners and give NKU in the first three innings with out RBI doubles. er, ended the day by going Freshman reliever Blake the early 2-0 lead. two doubles and a single The Norse pushed across 5-for-9 with two doubles, to go along with two runs Bagshaw came in to pitch scored and two RBIs. Five of the final two innings allow- a run in the third and two with four runs scored and NKU’s 11 hits for the game ing three hits, one earned more in the fourth for a 5-0 one RBI. Cisper, who is on lead, which was all starting pace to collect 99 hits on the would go for doubles as the run while striking out two. Game two started off in pitcher Slusher (2-0) would season, has hit safely in 24 of Norse peppered the St. Jothe 25 games he’s played this seph’s pitching staff all game the same fashion as the first need. Slusher’s attempt at a per- season. game as NKU scored two long. McDole, a senior first The Norse scored three runs on two doubles. Jason fect game ended in the top of more runs in the sixth inning Cisper led off the first in- the fourth inning when Joe baseman, ended the day by to take a comfortable 9-1 ning with his 14th double of Dispense singled to left field. going 4-for-7 with a double, lead before posting a 9-2 vic- the season. With Cisper at Kevin Jordan came in and with two runs scored and tory. Jeff Bohlen and Brian third and Patrick Muth on pitched a perfect seventh in- four RBIs to help the Norse Erie highlighted the sixth in- first, Evan McDole slapped ning as NKU defeated St. Jo- gain sole possession of first place in the GLVC East Dining with back-to-back two- a double to left field to plate seph’s 5-1.
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vision. The two teams were only able to play the first two games of the weekend series as heavy rainfall late Saturday and early Sunday washed out the last day of competition. The games have been rescheduled for April 5. NKU pounded out 19 hits on Tuesday afternoon en route to a 21-2 whitewashing of Urbana University in non-conference action. Urbana is in the second year of transitioning to NCAA Division II status. Cisper feasted on the Blue Knight pitching as he posted a 4-for-4 performance with a double, four runs scored and three RBIs. McDole connected on a two-run homer in the fourth inning and added another hit for a 2-for-3 outing with five RBIs. Josh Blaum got the spot start on the mound for the Norse and went four innings and collected six strikeouts in picking up his first win of the season. Head Coach Todd Asalon used the game to get his relievers some much needed action as he used six pitchers throughout the nine inning game. NKU began the week on March 24 by traveling to Ohio Dominican. The Norse took the first game of the doubleheader 8-1 before dropping the second game 5-1. The Norse will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Romeoville, Ill., to take on Lewis University on Friday and Saturday. First pitch for both days will be 1 p.m. NKU will then begin a 16-game homestand on April 5 as they attempt to make up the rained-out doubleheader against St. Joseph’s.