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Officer Roy Sims

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Fundraiser for officer’s family

Winterhymn to release album

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D-I: Directors explain both sides of move Stephen Wilder Sports feature editor

Illustration by Brittany Granville

As Northern Kentucky University waits for an invitation to join a Division I conference, athletic directors from other current D-I schools say NKU may face challenges while reaping the rewards of being a premiere institution. The University of South Dakota Coyotes made the transition to D-I in 2008 by joining the Great West Conference, then switched to the Summit League in fall 2011. Associate athletic director for the Coyotes David Herbster said the positive impacts, such as regional and nationwide exposure, have been tremendous for the institution. “I can’t tell you that there is a direct correlation with our moving to D-I and our admissions process; but for the last three years, not only have our admissions to the university increased every single year, our enrollment has increased as well,” Herbster said. Herbster said he thinks there has been a far-reaching effect from the move. For example, after the Coyotes beat the University of Minnesota in a football game last year, the University of South Dakota saw a 50-percent increase in applicants from Minnesota. Herbster said athletes are performing better, with the collective GPA of student athletes increasing to 3.19 since the transition. “The student athletes themselves have really sold the program more so than anything we’ve done,” Herbster said. “They continue to improve and impress.” The relationship with alumni is stronger as well, because the Coyotes are playing nationally instead of just regionally, Herbster said. “From an alumni association standpoint, there has been a better connection and a better reason for our folks to rally,” Herbster said. He added one of the negative challenges that came out of the move was that students, fans and alumni were used to the

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Just for laughs


npr norse poll responses Compiled by Aly Durrett & Karli Wood

How do you feel about NKU’s tuition prices in comparison to other local universities?

Andrew Nagel Freshman, Environmental Science

Leslie Hurst Junior, Fine Arts/Photography

Brock McKinley Junior, Philosophy

Cristan Hodge Sophomore, Chemistry

“It’s a lot lower and more affordable than other colleges. It affected my choice to come here.”

“I went to Raymond Walters and it is about the same. It’s really good here. I’m glad we’re lower than other local universities. That’s why I didn’t go to DAAP.”

“I’m for it. I haven’t taken out as much as I would’ve at UC in student loans. It’s considerably lower here. I’m actually out-of-state.”

“I thought it was lower, but it seems to be catching up with other schools. It’s not as bad yet.”


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Copyright kerfuffle Aaron Sprinkles & Christopher McGee Staff writers In a recent decision, the Council of the European Union voted to extend copyrights on musical recordings from a total of 50 to 70 years. This has brought the European Union more in line with the United States, which in 1998 extended copyright duration by the same period for authors and “for works of corporate authorship” from 95-120 years from the date of creation or publication. The law, known as the Copyright Term Extension Act, retroactively extended a number of significant copyrights about to enter the public domain, most notably Disney’s “Mickey Mouse” character. In 2009, the Parliament of the European Union approved a 95 year extension of musical copyrights, but at the risk of appearing even more transparently corrupt than usual, the Council amended the proposal to the recently passed “life plus 70 years” rule. The justification being offered is as follows, “Performers generally start their careers young and the current term of protection of 50 years often does not protect their performances for their entire lifetime. Therefore, some performers face an income gap at the end of their lifetimes. They are also often not able to rely on their rights to prevent or restrict objectionable uses of their performances that may occur during their lifetimes.” While the compassion of the European Union for aging musicians is commendable, the timing is curious. Take, for instance, the recordings of the Beatles – some of the most persistently profitable recordings in history, which under the former copyright statutes of the European Union were set to enter the public domain. Prof. Martin Kretschmer – a leading opponent of the law, points out “Labels do not want to lose the revenues of the classic recordings of the 1960s which are reaching the end of their current 50 year term. Rather than innovating, right holders find it much easier to exclude competition.” Further, “72 percent of the financial benefits from term extension will accrue to record labels. Of the 28 percent that will go to artists, most of the money will go to superstar acts...” It appears, without going into exhaustive detail, that the argument given by the EU fails to stand up to scrutiny. Powerful political institutions are not moral agents, and respond to pressures from dominant sectors of their population (in this case, the entertainment industry). “Piracy” has significantly diminished

the profits of the entertainment industry in the last decade, and copyright protection and violation are mutually adapting into increasingly complex forms. Far from robbing artists, piracy strikes at the economic basis of artist exploitation by archaic but powerful institutions, which were originally nothing but concentrated capital with a stanglehold over old forms of distribution (physical copies of recordings). As the modern music industry evolved, artists gradually came under the de facto control of record labels that acted as gatekeepers, with power over the medium by which artists could bring their content to the masses. This is the historic reality of the entertainment industry, which now serves practically no useful purpose and simply exercises its political and economic clout to sustain itself. No credible interpretation of recent changes in both US and EU copyright law exists outside mere corporate self-interest. In short, these changes in no way serve the public and, if Prof. Kretschmer’s figures are accurate, have swindled the public out of over a billion dollars. Shockingly, some of the older artists have had the audacity to come out in favor of the changes, supporting the aforementioned argument that as they collectively approach retirement they will need the proceeds of their earlier recordings more than ever. This is especially insulting to the public in an era when economic austerity is being hypocritically preached to the public as the remedy to the latest collapse – the product of another set of parasitic institutions. As public sector workers in Greece find their collective retirement on the chopping block, one might wonder why artists who have done comparatively better need to resort to restructuring the law in lieu of saving a portion of their considerable earnings for retirement. The reason, of course, is that while these artists are acting in their own self-interest – that interest happens to align with the agenda of the international entertainment industry. In conclusion, the 1998 change to US copyright law and its EU equivalent have demonstrated that the entire social justification for copyright has collapsed and along with it the public domain. The legal protection of the economic incentive to create has been eclipsed by yet another form of “corporate welfare” that will lend the entertainment industry fiscal solvency for another generation. How ironic, that the legacy of the cultural flourishing of the 60’s has been harnessed to retard creativity and enshrine the rights of reactionary institutions.



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Fundraiser to benefit officer’s family Charitable student takes initiative with a coin drive to raise money Claire Higgins News editor One Northern Kentucky University student has taken the initiative to raise money for a local family struck by tragedy. But after a month of open donations, the outcome is “disappointing.” Senior elementary education major and resident assistant Aaron Howell is behind the continuous campuswide fundraiser, “Cents for Sims,” to benefit the late NKU police officer Roy Sims, but the donations haven’t been as plentiful as he had hoped. “As a whole, I have been really disappointed,” Howell said. “I had my goals set very high; I just feel like as a campus we could have done a lot more than what we are right now.” Since Sept. 5, Howell said he has collected about $200. Howell set up a bank account with US Bank where anyone can donate any amount, at any time. However, the main part of the fundraiser is a coin drive in the residential village.

Photo by Lisa McElfresh Officer Roy Sims was killed in a traffic accident in August in Montgomery, Ohio.

At every front desk in the residential village, students can drop off extra change that directly benefits Sims’ family. To contribute to the fund, Howell

also began holding a weekly bake sale in Norse Commons where all proceeds go to Cents for Sims. According to Howell, if every student at NKU donated $1 to Cents for Sims, he would collect enough money to pay for two of Sims’ children to attend college. “I don’t think a dollar is asking too much,” he said. Sims died Aug. 5 from injuries he sustained in a traffic accident while leading a funeral procession in Montgomery, Ohio. On campus, Sims was the University Housing liaison, so Howell spent a lot of time with him during the last year. “He was at our staff meetings; he liked to talk a lot,” Howell said. “I knew there was something I had to do, I didn’t know what it was going to be but I know that he does have a family so I had to do something.” The decision to hold the fundraiser was second nature to Howell. “I come from a family where we always give … I grew up helping people,” Howell said. “When I heard

about this, there wasn’t a question about what I had to do.” Cents for Sims will continue formally until Oct. 31. In early November, Howell also plans to hold a dinner event sponsored by University Housing where he will present the donations to Sims’ family. The date is not set, but Howell said it will be an RSVP event, and all attendees will have to dress formally. To continue raising money before Oct. 31, Howell plans to set up a booth Oct. 27 at the Callahan Hall Haunted House. He is also setting up a Dining to Donate event with Applebee’s and possibly City Barbecue in Florence. Through the rest of the year, Howell said he will plan other fundraising events to continue helping Sims’ family. For more information or to make fundraising event suggestions, find “Cents for Sims” on Facebook where Howell updates users on events and total money raised or contact Howell directly at

The search is on for a new All-Card design Claire Higgins News editor The Northern Kentucky University All-Card is preparing for a makeover, and any student has the opportunity to be the designer and the winner of $250. The All-Card allows students to gain access to many services at NKU, such as building access, including the Campus Recreation Center and residence halls, optional use as a U.S. Bank ATM/debit card, TANK and Southbank Shuttle bus pass and computer lab printing. All-Cards can also be loaded with money and used to make purchases on campus, much like using a check card. A new All-Card design is part of the SGA’s goal to bring more “Norse identity” to campus. According to Administrative Affairs Secretary Allen Hornung, “Norse identity” is a program to get more students

involved and turn NKU into a more “traditional” college campus. “This is the first step in what I hope to be a year full of similar small, yet impactful changes,” Hornung said. In conjunction with US Bank and the All-Card of-

fice, SGA is opening the floor for a new design to all students. The chosen designer will win $250, second place will win $150 and third place will receive $50. Any student who submits a design, regardless if it is chosen or not, will get a free All-Card with the new design. Other currently enrolled students will get the new issue if theirs needs to be replaced after being lost or stolen, but will still be required to pay $10. The new design will be decided before winter break 2011 and will be issued to the fall 2012 freshmen and new students. To be considered for the new All-Card design, students are required to keep the name, status, ISO number, issue date and photo in the same place as on the current card. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 28 to the SGA office (Student Union 330) or by email to sga@nku. edu. Entries can be submitted in any format.


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Extra credit hours, extra money Aubrey Abbott Staff writer Although Northern Kentucky University is considered a rather affordable school, this is not always the case. Most Kentucky colleges and universities cost less and allow students to take more classes before charging additional tuition. Of the Kentucky four-year public schools, according to Carnegie Classifications, NKU has the second highest full-time resident tuition. Only Western Kentucky University charges its full-time, in-state students more; while the tuition rates at Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University and Morehead State University are lower. “Northern and Western get less state funds per student [than Eastern, Murray or Morehead], so that’s why our tuition is higher,” said Ken Kline, budget director at NKU. Additionally, other Kentucky schools permit students to take a minimum of 18 credit hours before

charging more for additional credit hours. NKU charges extra after 16 credit hours. Students taking 18 credit hours at NKU pay more than students taking the same course load at WKU. Andrew Kappes, junior electronic media and broadcasting major, said he had considered attending WKU, but NKU’s lower tuition cost swayed him. He was unaware that he would be paying $378 more to take 18 credit hours at NKU than he would have paid to take the same course load at WKU. Kappes faces a similar problem this semester, as he is taking a heavy course load, spending approximately $756 more over the course of the spring and fall semesters than he would have at WKU. “It’s garbage, because the affordability of the school is basically the entire advertising campaign,” Kappes said. The main reason for this cost is to discourage students from registering

Across the University

College of Arts and Sciences

Criminal justice majors can now pursue a bachelor of arts or associate of arts degree in criminal justice online. The new online programs will provide a conceptual understanding of criminal justice institutions and processes, theories of crime and punishment, criminal law and social science research methods. Online classes will be conducted by on-campus faculty members. Students will engage in the same critical examination of criminal justice issues and solutions as they do in the traditional classroom.

College of Informatics

The NKU “Dreamers Welcome” commercial won the American Pixel Academy’s 2011 EMPixx Platinum Award, the organization’s top honor. Produced by Director of Communications and Special Projects James Pickering in partnership with WSTR Channel 64 in Cincinnati, the commercial featured photographs taken by award-winning NKU photographer Tim Sofranko.

Salmon P. Chase College of Law

The associate dean for law library services and information technology Michael Whiteman received the 2011 Carol J. Parris Mentoring Award. Presented by the Kentucky Library Association, the award recognizes librarians who have provided outstanding service to the future of the library profes-

students from enrolling in additional classes and penalize those who do. NKU students challenge the necessity of this policy, wondering why other Kentucky schools haven’t applied similar approaches to prevent the practice of signing up for more classes than one plans to take. The cost of taking 18 credit hours at NKU is $54 less than taking the same course load at the University of Louisville, which is given permission by the state to charge more because of it is a research institution. “It costs the bursar the same amount to cover a student who takes 12 credit hours as it does one who Illustration from MCT Campus takes more,” Kline said. Students said it’s unfair for NKU for classes they do not intend to take, to charge for the extra credit hours then drop them, according to Kline. It when no other four-year public school also encourages students to stick to in Kentucky does, considering that a manageable schedules, but was never student has covered his or her costs a revenue decision, he said. after paying for 12 credit hours. NKU is the only Kentucky four-year And most anticipate that tuition at public school with a policy that, ac- NKU, as well as other schools, will cording to Kline, is meant to dissuade only continue to climb. sion. Whiteman is in charge of the overall planning and operations of the Law Library and Information Technology, coordinates the research component of the basic legal skills course and teaches both basic and advanced legal research classes.

Haile/US Bank College of Business

Sports Business program graduate Chris Ryan (‘06) was featured as a “Rising Star” by Partnership Activation, a leading sports industry trade publication. Ryan moved into a full-time position at the Kentucky Speedway after interning as an NKU student. He manages major sponsorship accounts for the speedway.

College of Education and Health Services

NKU alum Lisa Lokesak was recently named runner-up for a national award sponsored by Toyota and the Louisville-based National Center for Family Literacy. Lokesak created the Book Blazer, a traveling library, out of her Chevrolet Blazer. With the help of her colleagues at New Haven Elementary School, Lokesak outfitted the Blazer with shelves and stocked them with books she acquired from Scholastic’s Book Fair using $1,500 she raised from the school PTA and Sam’s Club.

College of Health Professions

The College of Health Professions is a partner in the Nurse Advocacy Center for the Underserved at NKU, which is working to improve the health of the underserved in the Northern Kentucky region by reducing health disparities. If you would like to submit a news or event story to “Across the University,” send it to with Across The University in the subject line.



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All photos courtesy of Winterhymn Cincinnati band Winteryhymn is releasing their first album, “Songs for the Slain”, Oct. 8. From left: Austin Wolfe (guitar and vocals), Corey Willard (bass), Jenny Warner (keyboards), Jared Compton (guitar and vocals), Kate Liebisch (violin) and Ben Harris (drums). Four members are Northern Kentucky University students.

American folk-metal band debuts album Brandon Barb Features Editor A solid mix of traditional European folk music, Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper and Kiss has hit Northern Kentucky University’s campus. Folk-metal band Winterhymn is made up of four NKU students, one Xavier University student and a Cincinnati State graduate. And since the group’s formation in 2010, the band has made quite a name for itself. “This is the first time I’ve ever felt like I was in a band that was going to do something,” said bass player and NKU senior Corey Willard. “You just get a certain vibe in this band where it’s like, something is going on here.” In March, the members of Winterhymn played their first show at Cincinnati’s battle of the bands: the Greater Cincinnati Band Challenge. What was supposed to be stage experience for their keyboardist Jenny Warner and violinist Kate Liebisch resulted in the band winning first prize in the challenge, walking away with $2,500 and three days of studio time. “It was a stepping stone. We went into that blindly and came out on top,” drummer Ben Harris said. Now, seven months after winning the challenge, Winterhymn has recorded their first album, “Songs for the Slain,” which is set to release Oct. 8. Winterhymn has to overcome a bigger obstacle than

most bands: Americans not knowing about folk metal. “Going into this battle, my standpoint was people would either love us or hate us just because of how unique we are,” said Austin Wolfe on guitar and vocals. Simply put, folk-metal is the mixture of traditional folk music and heavy metal that started in Europe during the 1990s. With an electric violin and keyboard that can portray various instruments, Winterhymn brings European flavor to their music. Bands from countries like Finland, Germany, Switzerland and Ireland are the pioneers of the genre, and have influenced the creation of the sub-genres of Celtic metal and medieval metal. “Those bands are from Europe, so they are celebrating their history. For us it’s more of a love for fantasy,”

guitarist Jared Compton said. “Folk-metal is the easiest identifier, without making up an obscure label for us.” Though similar to the European bands they listen to, Winterhymn has crafted its own style, stemming from the collaborative way each song is composed. Each member brings something different to the table. For instance, Liebisch was classically trained and was part of the NKU Philharmonic orchestra. The band dresses in battle garb on stage, complete with war paint. The stage costumes and characters help round out the package that Winterhymn is creating to stand out in the Cincinnati music scene. “We were singing about all this stuff, we better look like we belong playing this kind of music,” Willard said. As students, the members face yet another challenge: school. They juggle classes, work schedules and the band. In Willard’s words, “It sucks pretty hard.” But dealing with so much is worth it, according to Willard and Harris. With band members’ tenacious aspiration to play music as a career, classes and work are a necessary evil for turning a dream into reality. “Songs for the Slain” releases Oct. 8. Winterhymn is having an album release show at Radiodown in Covington, Ky. The doors open at 6 p.m. Ticket prices are $7 pre-sale and $10 at the door. The best way to get pre-sale tickets is to find a band member through NKU Find-it! or by asking a member on campus.

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Latino speaker inspires students to reach beyond country borders Georgina Alamilla Contributing writer

Photos by Brandon Barb The sisters of the sorority Phi Sigma Sigma rocked in rocking chairs to support the National Kidney Foundation Sept. 28 in front of Griffin Hall. To help blood flow during dialysis treatment, kidney patients use rocking chairs.

Sorority sisters ‘rock’ Caitlin Centner Contributing writer On a chilly day under gray skies, the sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma dressed for the occasion — donning jackets and blankets — and rocked in rocking chairs to support their philanthropic cause, the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation. On Sept. 28, the Phi Sigma Sigma chapter held its annual Rock-A-Thon in front of Griffin Hall from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event is intended to raise money for the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation to benefit the National Kidney Foundation. Anyone was able to rock throughout the event. Some kidney patients undergo dialysis treatment and rock in rocking chairs to help blood flow, according to senior Rachel Heck. In order to show their support, participants imitated this motion. “Delta Gamma and Delta Zeta signed up to rock all day,” Farris said. “Whoever rocks the longest wins money for their philanthropy.” According to Phi Sigma Sigma philanthropy chair

Katie Farris, participants were able to purchase food and snacks and buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a trip to Perfect North or tickets to a comedy club in Cincinnati, Ohio. “For me, philanthropy means doing something for a greater cause, something bigger than me,” said Heck, who has been a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma since 2007. Philanthropy is an important part of the mission for any sorority. It allows a dedicated group of girls to come together for one cause; and in the process, they are able to grow as individuals while remaining part of a group. “When I saw directly how the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation has supported the National Kidney Foundation, I was moved and I knew I wanted to join the chapter,” president of NKU’s Phi Sigma Sigma chapter Caitlyn Thompson said. According to Farris the proceeds from the Rock-AThon, along with another philanthropy event in the spring, will go towards the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation and donated on a national basis from there to the National Kidney Foundation.

Juana Watson visited Northern Kentucky University on Sept. 21 to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. “I loved NKU,” Watson said. Watson gave the keynote address in the Otto M. Budig Theater and held a reception in the Student Union. Over 50 students attended the event. “I want to inspire students,” Watson said. “Students have to try, fight and never give up.” Watson is a member of the National Speakers Association. She travels around the United States raising Latino awareness, promoting women’s rights and education and telling Latin-American folktales. “She was a really interesting person,” said sophomore electronic media and broadcasting major Hector Diaz Morales. “She has an intriguing life story.” Watson is a Mexican immigrant from the underdeveloped Aztec “magical village” Calnali, Hidalgo, Mexico. Watson moved to the U.S. at 22 and learned to speak English at 33. She earned her high school diploma and eventually achieved a doctorate in adult education. Watson is involved with nonprofit organizations that address poverty in rural Mexico (“Friends for Hidalgo”), linguistic awareness and education (“Badges without Borders”), and assimilation in Latino and non-Latino communities (“Su Casa Columbus”). In the presentation, Watson discussed Mexican traditions like Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), how Mexico was founded and why piñatas should always have seven cones. “We brought her because she has had an incredible life in Mexico and Indiana,” said Director of Latino Student Affairs Leo Calderón. “I admire her for her humble experience and what she has accomplished. If she can do it, other people can do it, too.”



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Famous composer celebrated Kyle Sebree Contributing writer Kurt Sander, Northern Kentucky University music chair and professor, introduced Philip Glass Sept. 29 as a composer with “a permanent record in the annals of music history.” The lecture at Greaves Hall was part of a two-day weekend event celebrating the works of Glass. The evening’s host, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra principal timpanist and NKU percussion faculty member Richard Jensen, joined him on-stage. Glass, 74, is a Grammy and Golden Globe-award-winning composer and three-time Academy Award nominee, with a career that spans six decades. The event is part of a yearlong celebration approaching Glass’ 75th birthday. After introductions by Sander, Glass took to the stage with Jensen before a roaring applause. Jensen began the lecture by performing a section of a Glass composition for the timpani. In the demonstration, Jensen displayed the intricacy of Glass’ work by showing how many key changes occur in just one page of music. Glass first described his relationship with percussion instruments,

which began at Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory of Music when he was a child during the ‘40s. “I’ve always had an affinity for percussion and wind instruments,” Glass said. As a teen, Glass went on to the Julliard School of Music and traveled to Paris, France in 1962 under the guidance of prominent composition instructor, Nadia Boulanger. “When I finished at Juilliard I had different kinds of degrees,” Glass said. “But I felt I didn’t have the basic technique of composition.” Under Boulanger’s instruction, he studied the works of Bach and Mozart. At this point, he said he began to understand why he was studying musical composition. “She was teaching me how to hear,” said Glass. Glass took the reins of the dialogue as he began to accentuate the importance of this period of his musical instruction and how it altered his perception of music theory. He told a story of a day job as sculptor he held as a young man. His employer opened his eyes, figuratively and literally, to a similar concept taught to him by Boulanger. Glass’ sculptor-employer said, “I’ll

teach you how to see; then you’ll be able to draw.” Getting caught up in life, Glass never received that lesson but what the sculptor told him stuck with him. “It then occurred to me that drawing is about seeing, dancing is about moving, poetry is about speaking and music is about listening,” Glass said. Glass also emphasized the correlation between athlete and musician. Each have a coach and trainer and spend hours a day training. “There are three parts to training in music: physical, hearing and emotional training … of these three, the muscle of thinking and feeling is most important.” Jensen asked Glass about his experiences working as a composer for film. Glass has been recognized for his film compositions over the years, most notably with “Kundun,” “The Truman Show” and “The Hours”. Glass described his experience with Woody Allen, on the 2007 film “Cassandra’s Dream.” Glass said Allen was the only director to let Glass have musical control over the film’s compositions. “Woody said ‘Just put it where it should go.” said Glass. Glass has worked with musicians

Photo by Tim Sofranko Composer Philip Glass visited campus Sept. 29 as part of a celebration in his honor.

ranging from David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Paul Simon. Philip Glass has challenged the intellectualism and musical personalities of the past 50 years. His visit to NKU brought a simple message of understanding for the arts. Now in a reflective stage of his life, he is revisiting elements of his past and applying his life experience to training he acquired as a young man.

Students showcase talent during Family Weekend Katelyn Snyder Contributing writer For students who live on campus, homesickness can add to the stress of living on their own. Northern Kentucky University’s Family Weekend is an event that helps alleviate the feelings of missing home by bringing students’ families together on campus. Every fall, the families get to experience what NKU has to offer. Friday night kicked off with a welcome dinner followed by a talent show. Roughly 300 people in attendance enjoyed the talents of professional comedian host Tracey Ashley and ten student talent acts. The three-person judging panel consisted of admissions counselor for Undergraduate Admissions Jennifer Mimms, coordinator of New Student Orientation Jeff Iker, and promotions

coordinator for Q102 and recent NKU alumna Nicole Egbert. From singers to dancers to instrument players, the judges had a multitude of talents to choose from when selecting their winners. The first act of the night was a performance of “Suddenly Seymour” by sophomore theatre and dance major Jessica Adamson and freshman theatre and dance major Cody Dale. They were followed by freshman middle grades education major Clay Tyler, who played acoustic guitar and sang “Somewhere With You” by Kenny Chesney. The third act of the night was Steven Middlemas, a sophomore theatre and dance major who sang an acapella rendition of Teddy Geiger’s “For You I Will.” Matt Hofmeister filled the fourth act with his rendition of “Lunatic Fringe” by Red Rider, singing and playing both the bass and keyboard. Hofmeister was followed by ju-

nior physical education major Justin Grove, who freestyle danced with a friend from the Art Institute of Cincinnati. Freshman theatre and dance major Hattie Clark won the crowd over with her rendition of “Who’s Loving You” by the Jackson 5 and finished to a standing ovation by some members in the crowd. In the end, she took home the first place prize. “I don’t even know what to say. I’m just really excited!” Clark said. Sophomores Abby Potts and Miki Abraham received second place for their acoustic duet of “Someone Like You” by Adele. Freshman DJay Dodson rounded out the winners in third place for his original spoken word poetry. “All three [winners] gave me goosebumps several times,” Iker said. “But the crowd’s reaction to Hattie is what did it.”


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SCAR Project is more than art Rachel Martin Contributing writer

Photo courtesy of Art Design Consultants Gallery The SCAR Project was designed to show how breast cancer affects the lives of women and to stress the importance of early detection.

The message: Breast cancer is not a pink ribbon. The speakers: Young women in their 20s and 30s sharing the same story. The story: Breast cancer came and they’re still here. Large, powerful photographs hung on the walls of the Art Design Consultants Gallery downtown Sept. 30Oct. 2. Rebuilding was somehow suspended between reality, beauty and lives in these images; and the SCAR Project exhibit challenge viewers’ ideas of what breast cancer is, what it does and whom it affects. “If anything, to me, it’s about these beautiful young girls that have been faced with breast cancer and their stories,” said Litsa Spanos, president of Art Design Consultants Gallery. Joules Evans saw the exhibit in New York and showed some images to Spanos. “I kept looking at the pictures. This is bigger than anything I’ve ever done,” said Spanos, who prepared and donated the space for the exhibit. “In New York I won’t allow these

pictures to be viewed in an art gallery. I don’t want this to be seen as art,” photographer David Jay said. The exhibit did more, though, than show the outward scars and aftermath of breast cancer. It gave a glimpse into each woman’s life and the devastation and recovery of breast cancer. Small, white booklets contained accounts of breast cancer stories, helping visitors realize breast cancer doesn’t just take a woman’s breast. “These women are forced into menopause to eliminate the estrogen out of their system,” said David Jay as he reverently shared different women’s stories. “They don’t just lose their breasts; they lose their chance to have children, among other things.” “Breast cancer is a part of my life, but it does not define me,” said Vanessa T, 25. “I don’t want to be part of the mold that breast cancer survivors have been confined to. It’s not always pink ribbons and charity runs. Breast cancer is often glamorized and commercialized.” When approached with the ques-

tion of how Spanos hoped this would affect young college-age women, she replied, “No matter how old you are, do self breast exams — even if you think you’re too young, be aware, and listen to your body.” Early detection can save your life, as many of the women asserted when telling their stories; including Jolene V, who was 17 when she first detected a lump in her breast. “I wanted to shoot for The SCAR Project because it seemed like an amazing opportunity to make a difference and help young women become more aware about breast cancer,” Jolene told the Scar Project when compiling the different women’s stories. Life doesn’t ask when someone is ready for the next hurdle that is just on the horizon. And, while peering into these women’s lives, the honesty of the photograph shares a much deeper story than a scarred chest. The photos tell a story of fearless survival and leave its viewers with hope: the hope of survival, and the everenduring hope for a cure.

Belly dancing, hookers and fudgie-wudgie ice cream bars Students have produced their own play and are directing and performing it at 8 p.m. Oct. 5-6 in the Fine Arts Center in Studio 307. “Shivaree” is about a hemophiliac named Chandler who lives with his mother. After trying to hire a prostitute with the help of his friend Scagg, he meets and falls in love with Shivaree, a belly dancer who lives next door. But his mother disapproves of their relationship. Admission is free, but guests must sign up on the Center Stage Players board on the second floor of the Fine Arts Center because seating is limited. The next Studio 307 play will be Sylvia on October 10-13 at 8 p.m. in FA 307. For more information about “Shivaree,” visit http://on.fb. me/nVcBk2. Photos by Aly Durrett Left: Wesley Carman as Chandler (left) and Chandler Taylor as Scagg (right) nearly come to blows. Right: Hannah Linser plays the free-spirited belly dancer Shivaree.



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Ex-sports editor reflects on past Rachel Martin Contributing writer Terry Boehmker started at Northern Kentucky University in the early 1970s, and his return to the university almost 40 years later completioned a circle that changed the course of his life. And while he doesn’t want to sound like a “cheerleader,” he couldn’t be happier with his experience at NKU. “I was the first one in my family to ever go to college,” said Boehmker as he flipped through the aged and yellowed issues of The Northerner. He pointed to story after story he and his fellow staff members had written. “I was going to major in education and become a teacher,” Boehmker said. “The first week I was here, I wondered what NKU’s paper was all about. So I started writing and got hooked on journalism.” Boehmker reported on sports for the yearbook while attending Covington Catholic High School. When he came to NKU, he seemed to fall into the sports niche which also followed him throughout his career in journalism. After winning an award on staff as

sports director, Boehmker remembered thinking, “I can do this, it was enough to wet my appetite to keep going.” Boehmker joined the staff of the Boone County Leader and the Grant County News after graduating. “I did everything,” Boehmker said. “I did obituaries, murder trials, city council meetings, community papers. It was the best two summers of my life.” He then went on to be the sports editor for the Kentucky Post for 28 years, his career spanning 1979 to their last copy, printed in December 2007. According to his daughter Lisa, he still reports on local high school games for He arrived back at NKU as the web editor in summer 2008. Boehmker credited NKU for directing the course and introducing him to the profession that he loves. Boehmker graduated and married in the area and had three children. All of Boehmker’s children have graduated from NKU. As far as journalism today is concerned, Boehmker says the changes are drastic. With today’s journalism being designed to get it out as quickly

Photo by Aly Durrett Terry Boehmker was a sports editor for The Northerner in the early 1970s. After working as the sports editor for the Kentucky Post for 28 years, he returned to NKU as a web editor.

as possible, Boehmker says “it’s murder for sports reporters because of the early deadlines and tweeting.” “Long gone are the days of watching an event and reporting on it,” Boehmker said. He said the feeling now seems to be more that you actually “become part of the event.” So at the completion of the circle for Boehmker, looking back it was NKU that gave him the opportunity, and it

was journalism that gave him a love that turned into a career. Boehmker is looking forward to his future with NKU and seeing other students leave this university to make a difference in the world around them. “I think NKU is due as much credit for the development and the expansion of Northern Kentucky as anything,” Boehmker said. “And, I guess I am a living example of that.”

D-I, continued from page one Coyotes playing the same schools, and now they are not facing those familiar opponents anymore. “I think the re-education process of our fan base and our alumni is going to be ongoing,” Herbster said. “That was something we had to work harder on.” The Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Mastodons made the switch to D-I in 2001, leaving the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Mastodons later joined the Summit League in 2007. The Mastodons Associate Athletics Director Tim Heffron said one of the immediate changes NKU will face is that all sports are subject to D-I rules. “It affects eligibility of student athletes and affects your finishing out of Division II,” Heffron said. “We didn’t even get to participate in GLVC championships.” NCAA rules prohibit teams from competing in the NCAA Tournament until their fifth season at

the D-I level. Heffron said the athletic department had to declare a number of student athletes ineligible after they made the switch because their clock ran out. “In Division II there is a 10-semester rule; and in D-I, it’s a clock,” Heffron said. “There is just a whole host of intricate variables that affect everybody.” According to, Division I studentathletes have five calendar years from the first enrollment to compete four seasons of competition. Division II student athletes must complete their four seasons of competition within the first 10 semesters that the student athlete is enrolled full time. There is also a requirement of spending a lot more scholarship dollars on your kids than there is in D-II, according to Heffron. NKU will have to pay $1.4 million to the NCAA just to join D-I and pay a conference fee, depending on what conference invitation the university

accepts. Heffron said that a simple thing like an NCAA audit could also be a difficult process. “When you are D-I you have to do it,” Heffron said. “There is a lot of time, work and money spent on that every year with external and internal auditors.” Heffron said that overall it has been a positive move for his university, but if it was broken down into different areas, it could be positive or negative depending on who is asking. “Look at IPFW when we were D-II; we were kind of in the same boat as Northern Kentucky, and same conference,” Heffron said. “Everything about our programs was pretty equal, with the one exception that we had men’s volleyball.” Tommy Bell, athletic director for the Mastodons, said NKU has great facilities, and that the transition to D-I will be a positive move for NKU. “It’s not going to be roses, but it will get better with time,” Bell said.

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Search committee moving forward Karli Wood Managing editor The search committee assembled to help find Northern Kentucky University’s next president is moving forward in its process to select a firm to help solicit candidates for the job. Martin Butler, chair of the presidential search and screening committee, said the group is still on track to meet the March deadline to name a new president. After a search firm is found, the committee will move forward in the plan and host open forum sessions for faculty, staff, students and the community to weigh in on what they want in the next president. The forums will take place from Oct. 20Nov. 11, according the tentative timeline posted on the committee’s website. The timeline says there will be two forums for faculty, two for staff, one for students and

four for the surrounding community. Board of Regents Chair Terry Mann said the search firm has not been selected, but the committee will be giving an extensive report on their progress at the Board of Regents meeting on Nov. 9. According to the tentative timeline posted on the presidential search web site, the firm is scheduled to be chosen by Oct. 12. The vacancy announcement is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 19. Beginning with the vacancy announcement, all subsequent steps will be made with the help of the selected search firm. The vacancy announcement is the official announcement that Votruba’s position is open for candidates. According to Butler, more developments will be made by Monday, and clarification on the committee’s position in the search will be made after that time.




Happenings October 5 STEM Career Fair When: 4 - 6 p.m. Where: Student Union Ballroom What: Explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and co-op/ internship opportunities with employers. All students welcome. Bring your résumé.

October 10 Kentucky Governor’s Race Discussion When: 2:30 p.m. Where: Student Union 105 Shauna Reilly will lead a discussion about the Kentucky Governor’s Race. Join Democracy Square for the event and free snacks.

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October 7

Voter Debate! Red or Blue? When: 9 p.m. Where: What: What does it mean to be a part of a political party? What do you think? Part of the DJ Ebony J Show Presents Student Voter Awareness Week.

October 10 Norse Nights When: 8 - 11 p.m. Where: Campus Rec Center What: Inflatables, obstacle course, Velcro wall, bungee run, sports ShootOut and free T-shirt to the first 500 visitors. Free food and drinks and prizes that will blow your mind.

Common Grounds Annual Drag Show When: 8 p.m. Where: Adonis Nightclub, 4601 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati. What: Common Ground will host its biannual drag show. $3 cover charge. Must be 18 or older.

October 11 Future of Digital Media When: 1:40 p.m. Where: Griffin Hall Digitorium What: Vice President of E.W. Scripps Co. Tim Stautberg joins journalism professors Michele Day and Matt Baker for a discussion about the future of digital media.

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October 7 NKY Equality Now When: 4:30 p.m. Where: SU 302 What: Join the fight for equality, focusing on the advancement of LGBTQ equality, education and acceptance. They will discuss and plan events to advance their cause.

October 11 Grad Finale When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Where: Student Union 2nd floor lobby What: A graduation fair to help prepare fall graduates for commencement. Buy your caps and Photo by Aly Durrett gowns and get special Grad Finale rates on announcements New artwork in the Third Floor Gallery by artist Andrew Au. Au’s work and class rings. will be displayed from September 29 – October 28.

‘Women’ open theatre season Georgina Alamilla Contributing Writer Northern Kentucky University theatre season launched Sept. 29 with a premiere of the musical “Little Women,” based on Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel. The story focuses on the lives of the four March sisters and occurs against the backdrop of the American Civil War. “I read the book when I was little,” said sophomore counseling and human services major Lydia Wall. “I didn’t know what to expect, it being a musical, but I liked it.” The musical entertains with romance, humor, drama and a little bit of action. NKU’s musical lasts 2 1/2 hours and contains 23 songs. It includes a cast of 11 and a 12-member live orchestra. Sandra Forman directs, with musical direction by Jamey Strawn. Jo March, an aspiring writer and Beth March, the gentle sister, steal the heart of the audience when they sing their emotional duet “Some Things Are Meant To Be,” while Aunt March, the cruel witch, makes the entire audience laugh with rapid

eye-movements, gestures and a fancy costume. When asked about her favorite character, Wall said, “I like Jo. I guess because she knows what she wants and she is not afraid to be different.” A plain white house, designed by Ronald A. Shaw is the background of the stage. The furniture includes a couple of couches, wood desks, a chimney and a piano that take the audience back to the 1860s. Costume Designer Joy Glabraith, did an excellent job designing the wardrobe. The long dresses with bishop sleeves, flounced skirts, frock coats, blazers and vests truly reflect the Victorian Era and the poverty of the March sisters. Lighting directed by Weston Wilkerson and sound by Rob Kerby complement the musical as well as the characters. The premiere was a success and received a standing ovation. According to NKU’s box office, “Little Women” almost sold out the opening night and it is still selling. “Come see the show,” said Harli Cooper, a junior theatre and dance major said. “Great story with a great cast equals good night of entertainment.”

Photo contributed by Warren Bryson The NKU theater season opened with a rendition of the classic story “Little Women,” showing through Oct. 9.

“Little Women” shows at 8 p.m. Oct 5-9 in the Corbett Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the box office in Fine Arts Center Room 259 between noon and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, visit the website or call 859-572-5464.

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