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Photo by Kody Khale Bachelor and SGA President Erik Pederson walked away with his bachelorette Melanie Bullock at the annual NKU Bachelor event. Bachelors chose their bachelorettes after rounds of questions.

Ryan Repasky Contributing writer The Leadership Mentors organization hosted their third annual NKU Bachelor event Wednesday night where three lucky ladies were able to claim a date for Valentine’s Day. This year, bachelorettes were able to compete for a date with Homecoming King Ron Burse, SGA President Erik Pederson and Ernest “Stretch” Watson from the Norse basketball team.

Set up like a TV dating show, the bachelors and bachelorettes were separated by a wall. Judges were the first to ask the bachelorettes questions, followed by a volley of questions and responses from both the single men and women. After a number of questions, some serious and others slightly scandalous, and three elimination rounds, the bachelors were united with their dates. Burse chose Martha Stabb, Pederson chose Melanie Bullock, who was impersonating the Fat Amy character from recent movie

“Pitch Perfect,” and Watson chose Victoria House of the NKU dance team. “We have never had any athletes in the game before, so it was a lot of fun to have Stretch [Watson] out there and also Chad Jackson as a judge,” said Alyssa Woltermann, fundraising and social chair of Leadership Mentors. “Getting the athletes involved is something we don’t do with student life stuff so it was really good to have athletes involved as well as student life groups.”

NKU Dining blocks users on Twitter

Negative feedback during live tweeting event prompts outcry see TWITTER on p. 2

Callahan adds police substation News, p. 6

The making of ‘Legally Blonde’ Arts & Life, p. 8

Seeing double on women’s team Sports, p. 16

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Think Pink/Coaches vs. Cancer Night Feb. 16 The women’s basketball team will face Stetson at the BOKC at 4:30 p.m. and the men’s game will follow at 7 p.m. The evening is dedicated to battling cancer. The first 200 students will receive a free “Coaches vs. Cancer” T-shirt. It is also Greek Night. Go out and represent by wearing pink.

Throw Your Norse Up Competition presented by Norse Force The second annual “Throw Your Norse Up Competition” is going on until Feb 28. You can submit the “Throwing Up Your Norse” photos to Sara Daugherty at and then vote at nkunorseforce for your favorite photo under the “2013 Throw Your Norse Up” album. The top three photos with the most likes at noon on Feb. 28 will be announced at the men’s basketball game vs. North Florida that night.

Students across campus started an outcry on social media last Tuesday, Feb. 12 claiming that NKU Dining was blocking students on Twitter in order to prevent them from voicing their opinions on the department’s live Twitter feed. Complaints of the blockings apparently started after junior sports business and marketing major Matt Hepner was blocked from the NKU Dining Twitter page after sending the tweet “@nkudining can we put napkins back on the table? AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME TO WALK UP AND GET NAPKINS #retweet.” NKU Dining responded to the complaints of the blockings via a Facebook status and Tweet the following day. “NKU Dining is a business page and we are not able to display comments with profanity. We still love to hear your comments good and bad!” the accounts said. However, according to Hepner, there was nothing profane in any of the tweets he sent. “Every Tweet that I saw had no curse words or profanity,” he said. To add to the situation, Hepner admitted that he was not the only student blocked from giving feedback. According to Hepner, there are at least three other NKU students who were blocked from NKU Dining due to leaving their feedback.

One student, senior kinesiology and athletic training major Tom Gooding tweeted his thoughts on the situation. “@nkudining quit blocking everyone for bringing the student voice. You wanted it. Meal plans should cover meals not $5.49 plus your own cash,” he tweeted. He was soon blocked. Other students tweeted NKU Dining with what seemed to be an attempt to get blocked. Junior English major Max Heckel tweeted “This Pepsi is the tits. @nkudining.” He soon tweeted again, “Nku Dining just blocked me. #success.” However, NKU Dining did seem happy to receive and respond to other tweets. “@kellimartinn Thanks for your comments! Placing napkins on the condiment stations was a sustainability iniative! We are saving the landills,” they said in response to one students comments demanding “napkins on tables and better freaking food.” Overall Hepner was very disappointed with NKU Dining. “Its horrible, not even just from a PR standpoint, but in respecting common courtesy,” he said. “The point of student feedback is to get the positive and the negative comments.” Celeste Manning, NKU Dining marketing director declined to comment at the time of publication. NKU Dining released their Live Twitter Table in the Student Union food court on Feb. 12, where the tweets containing the departments handle (@nkudining) were displayed.

Theta Chi Fraternity Recruitment Recruitment will kick off with an informational session on Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. in the UC theater. Information provided will give interested individuals an opportunity to learn about NKU’s newest Interfraternity Council addition. Contact Theta Chi’s Expansion Coordinator Jeffrey Draluck at (404)642-7028 or

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Alcohol, diet drink study goes nationwide Professor receives attention for recent research on mixing drinks Tara Derington Staff writer An NKU professor is receiving national publicity once again after last week’s release of her study on mixing alcohol and diet soft drinks. Cecile Marczinski is an assistant professor in the department of psychological science. Her most recent study to be published in the Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research journal indicates that diet soda and energy drinks, when mixed with alcohol, can increase a drinker’s blood alcohol level faster than regular soft drinks and alcohol mixed. “Given widespread concerns about weight and obesity, individuals have increasingly turned to artificially sweetened foods and beverages. As alcohol contains calories, it is perhaps unsurprising that individuals might consume alcohol with diet mixers to limit the overall number of calories consumed,” Marczinski said. Marczinski explained that when something is consumed the stomach identifies the sugar and digests it. With diet drinks, there is nothing for the stomach to identify so the alcohol goes straight to the small intestine. There it is absorbed into the bloodstream, which leads to individuals becoming intoxicated faster. “You get an 18 percent higher BrAC [breath alcohol

level] when you mix alcohol with diet drinks,” Marczinski said. “The presence of food can be so important that reductions in peak BrAC have been reported to be as much as 20 - 57 percent when food is present in the stomach as compared with when alcohol is consumed alone.” For the study, 16 social drinking students, (of equal gender) with an average age of 23, were recruited. Participants answered extensive demographic and medical questionnaires before the study. Recruits were required to “fast two hours, abstain from any form of caffeine eight hours, and abstain from alcohol for 24 hours” before the experiment. At the time of arrival, a drug test and breathalyzer reading was given; participants then consumed their drinks within ten minutes. Once their blood alcohol level peaked, they were quizzed on various computer tasks. Students weren’t allowed to leave until their BrAC was around .02. A stipend of $30 and a meal was included for each lab session. Although Marczinski has received national attention from over 30 news outlets including CNN, ABC, NBC and TIME magazine, her main goal is to educate consumers. “My goal is to have people drink alcohol or energy drinks safely,” Marczinski said. “I am trying to provide information to consumers, so they can enjoy these products without causing themselves harm.”

Photo courtesy of Cecile Marczinski Research by Cecile Marczinski (pictured) was recently recognized by over 30 news outlets, including CNN and TIME magazine. Her study focuses on mixing alcohol and diet drinks.

Earlier registration for incoming freshmen New policy takes effect summer 2013, gives new students more time

Job Expo 2013 Feb. 27 in the SU Ballroom from 3-6 p.m. All students and alumni are invited to the Job Expo and should dress professionally and be prepared to talk to potential employers. Employers will be looking for candidates for co-ops, internships and full-time professional positions for current openings and summer and fall opportunities. You can look online at Norse Recruiting for information on what companies will be participating in the expo this year.


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NKU to hold lecture and film viewing on history of negro baseball leagues Northern Kentucky University is set to host a lecture/ film series highlighting the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues on Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Student Union 107. The event, which is free and open to the public, is entitled “The Negro Baseball Leagues – An American Legacy.” The program will be presented by NKU African American Student Affairs and Campus Recreation. It will offer unique insights into a little-known era of American history.

Danielle Roberts Staff writer Beginning in summer of 2013, freshman students will now be able to register for classes earlier than they have in the past, thanks to a new policy that has been implemented by the Admission and Academic Policy Committee. As it stands, the current policy requires students to register during their two-day Northern Exposure orientation, which for some students can be as late as August. Now freshman will be allowed to register on a predetermined date before their orientation, as long as they have paid their confirmation fee and have met all their placement test requirements.

Committee chair Vice Provost Patrick Moynahan said this policy is part of a larger effort by the university to engage in more interaction with first year students. “There are so many incoming freshman that many of them have to wait until late in the summer to do their orientation, so they don’t have a whole lot of opportunity to interact with the university between the time they originally commit to NKU and the time they attend Northern Exposure,” he said. “We want freshman to be able to become a part of the university earlier, so that they don’t feel so lost and overwhelmed when they get here. Also, we don’t want them to consider switching to another school just because other schools might let them register for classes

sooner.” Vicki Berling, interim director of Norse Advising, said the change in policy will be beneficial for the purposes of working with incoming students. “We spend such a huge chunk of time during orientation trying to assist all the individual students with building their schedules,” she said. “Now we’ll be able to just briefly check over their schedules and make sure everything’s the way they want it to be, then we’ll be able to move onto more important matters, like helping to give them an understanding of what college life is going to be like.” The new policy is expected to make the registration more efficient for both advisers and incoming students. Patricia

Figueroa, a current NKU freshman, said the change is a good idea and that she would have preferred to register before her orientation last summer. “I think since Northern Exposure is only two days long, students have better things they could be doing than spending all that time making their schedules,” she said. “Being able to register sooner, and not right before you start school, will give you a better idea of what to expect and more time to prepare.” If students register before orientation but fail to attend Northern Exposure, their classes will be dropped. Returning students and transfer students will still be given priority registration over freshmen.

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Kevin Schultz News editor After nine years of service to Northern Kentucky University as vice president for academic affairs and provost, Gail Wells’ 34-year journey at the university will come full circle. NKU President Geoffrey Mearns announced via email on Jan. 31 that Wells will be resigning from her position at the end of this calendar year. Wells said this change will allow her to step into a faculty position, taking her back to the original position she held when first starting her career at NKU. “The up-close and personal atmosphere and strong connection to the community is one of my favorite things about NKU,” Wells said in reference to her excitement about getting back in the classroom. “I am looking forward to really getting up-close and personal again.” Wells has worked at NKU for the past 34 years and has held positions at almost every academic level including 14 years as a faculty member, six years as chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, five years as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and nine years in her current position. As provost, Wells is in charge of all of the academics on campus, across all six colleges, including the library, registrar, information technology, enrollment and learning assistance. The provost title is commonly used interchangeably with “top academic official.”

The country’s average provost serves about four and a half years at their college or university, according to a study by the Council of Independent Colleges. Wells pointed out that her nine years of service is already twice that time, which is a reason she believes it is a pivotal time to find someone new to take her position. In addition to her extended period of time served and her excitement with getting back in the classroom, Wells explained that now may be the last chance she will have to resign from her position before becoming too invested in the new strategic planning process for the university. “We have begun an exciting strategic planning process designed to map our future and I believe it is critically important for the university to have a provost who can commit to the long-term implementation of the plan,” she said. Former NKU President James Votruba, who worked with Wells during eight out of the nine years she has served as vice president and provost, saluted Wells for her service to NKU. “She has helped protect and enhance our academic core at a time when extremely difficult choices had to be made.” Votruba said. “The most important thing anyone can say of a leader is that they left their institution stronger than when they arrived. This can certainly be said of Gail Wells.” After her last year as provost, Wells plans to take one year off. During this time, she

plans to prepare for her return to the classroom and decide whether she would like to teach mathematics or computer technology. An additional reason why now is the right time for “stepping up” is due to Wells approaching a time in her personal life where she would like to be able to spend more time on things such as hobbies and her family. Wells has a daughter who lives in Paris, France with her family and a son who lives in northern California with his family. She has a total of three grandchildren. In addition to spending more time with her family, Wells is also excited to get back to running and is looking forward to one day running the Paris Marathon. Overall, Wells said this experience has been great and wants to give thanks to the countless people she has worked with. “A true leader never accomplishes anything by themselves,” she said. “We may have had ordinary resources, but together, we have done extraordinary things.” The search for Wells’ successor has already begun, with President Mearns leading the assembly of a university-based search committee to work with a search firm to select the best candidate for the position. Interviews for provost should start by the beginning of the fall semester, according to Wells, with the new provost set to take the position on Jan. 1, 2014. “This should be a very attractive position,” Wells said. “I think NKU’s best years are yet to come.”


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Law, informatics combine for annual event Symposium to focus on social media and employment issues, trends Richard Cracchiolo Staff writer This weekend, the annual Northern Kentucky Law Review’s Law and Informatics Symposium on Labor and Employment Issues will focus directly on social media in the employment context. As social media sites attract more and more users, people have started using them as tools. Potential employers, for example, might monitor employees’ accounts. About half of employers now search for their job applicants on social media sites, said Jon Garon, the director of Chase Law and Informatics Institute. “There’s a balance,” said Garon. Certain things, according to Garon, like explaining why you don’t like your employer on Facebook, are protected under the First Amendment. There are other things though, that you can say or post on Facebook that aren’t protected, like using derogatory words to-

ward your boss or posting pictures or implying the use of illicit drugs. The symposium will be divided into five parts: an introductory welcoming section; a section about international aspects affecting labor and employment, which will touch on social media in the workplace; a segment on employment screening; a segment on the National Law Review Board and collective bargaining; and will finish with a round table discussion where attendees can address questions to the speakers. “Each author-presenter views the intersection of law and informatics through the lens of his/her own individual experiences and area of scholarship,” said Lindsey Jaeger, director of Centers and Institutes Administration. “Guest speakers will provide opinions, address the current state of the law and describe where they see the intersection of law and informatics, within the context of employment, go-

ing over the next ten years.” The Law and Informatics Symposium on Labor and Employment will be held Feb. 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Griffin Hall’s Digitorium. There is no admission fee for NKU students and general admission is $250. According to Garon, the symposium will be streamed to YouTube and some of the speeches delivered at the conference will be published by the Northern Kentucky Law Review and will be available through Chase’s website. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for attendees and early registration is encouraged. For additional details and registration visit &erid=414963&trid=505720bc-9128-49ba-986e695064278da9 or call (859) 572-7853.

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Campus police adding new station Callahan Hall will house a substation for residents to stop in when needed Mac Payton Staff writer Callahan Hall will soon play home to a new university police substation, which will make the campus police more accessible and visible to students, according to Jason Willis, university police chief. Arnie Slaughter, director of University Housing, said he hopes this connects residents to the university police. “Our hope is that residents will feel like they can stop by and say hello, or stop by and ask a question if they need to.” Willis said that the substation will not be staffed all the time, nor will there be any set hours. He expects officers to spend an hour in the substation during their shifts, so it will be staffed from time to time.

Both Slaughter and Willis said that this was not an answer to the arson attempt in Callahan last month. Willis said this is something that the campus police have been working on setting up for months, with getting the right equipment in there. Willis said that right now, that point is probably two weeks away. Officers will then be able to write reports in the substation, instead of having to go to the main office. Slaughter said that there weren’t any current plans to put substations in the residential village on campus. One thing that he does hope will be implemented in the next few years is what he called the “police liaison program.” With this program, a specific police officer is assigned to a residence hall. The officer helps out with events there and gets a chance to connect with residents. Slaughter said that, when working at Miami University

as a residence hall director, he worked with Willis in Miami’s police liaison program, so he hopes that both he and Willis will be able to implement the program at NKU. According to Slaughter, the space has been designated in Callahan for the campus police since 2008, when it first opened. Before now, the space was used to house computer forensics equipment until room could be made in the station on Johns Hill Road. “I just want to make sure that we are utilizing that space to its maximum potential,” said Willis in an email. Willis said that more than anything, “I just want students to know that it’s [the substation] there and it’s a resource they can use.”


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Inexpensive gifts work for valentines Making Valentine’s Day memories doesn’t have to be expensive Jessica Kopena Contributing writer Around NKU, some people may view Valentine’s Day as just another day, but for others it is a special day full of love and romance. One memorable occasion for public relations major Nonsikelelo Sibanda was when her boyfriend surprised her with a picnic. Sibanda’s boyfriend made her believe, the whole day, that he had forgotten Valentine’s Day. “I forced him to take me out to dinner, thinking that he had forgotten to plan something for the day. During the whole car ride, I was frustrated because I thought that he didn’t know how important the day was to me,” Sibanda said. When Sibanda’s boyfriend stopped the car, he went to the trunk and ended up getting out a bouquet of flowers and a card. “To my surprise, he ended up taking me to a park and surprising me with a picnic with all of my favorite foods. The picnic inside of a gazebo, which was decorated in twinkling lights, was better than anything I had imagined for that night.” Chris Cole, director of marketing and communications, has had a different kind of Valentine’s Day experience. Cole remembered going to a basketball game, which was “the most memorable home basketball game in recent history,” he said. “It was Ken Shields’ last home game before retiring and we won in triple overtime.” To make Valentine’s Day memorable, it is not necessary to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive, extravagant gifts. There are affordable places to

shop around Highland Heights such as Dollar Tree, Kroger and Walgreens. At Dollar Tree there is a wide range of items that one can purchase for an affordable price. For example, there are balloons that have different messages and shapes on them, including “I love you” and “Be mine.” There are gift teddy bears, which come in a small box holding a heart saying “I love you” or a small rose. Another place you can go is Kroger, which has an aisle that is dedicated to Valentine’s Day presents and candy. Starburst Candy ‘n Sticks costs $3.49 without a Kroger Plus card. Dove Milk Chocolate solid hearts are being sold for $2.99. There are also Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Hershey Kisses picture boxes, where you can put a photo on the front side of the box when giving it as a gift. The cost of the box without a Kroger Plus card is $5.69 and with a card it’s two boxes for $9. At Walgreens, there are plenty of deals to choose from. Sold here are soft conversation hearts with sound, which cost $3.99. There is a variety of candy, including the Best Friends fudge heart box for only $.99. Candy isn’t the only thing that comes in a tin at Walgreens, they also sell a double chocolate chip cookie tin, costing $.99.


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BEHINDTHEcurtain: The cast, stage crew, directors of ‘Legally Blonde’ work hard for perfection in the final week before the musical premieres Alyson Schoenung Contributing writer The year’s most expensive production for NKU’s Department of Theatre and Dance, “Legally Blonde,” hits the stage later this month on Feb. 21. Cast members are finally at the “stumble-through” stage of running through all parts of the play as a whole and seeing how everything fits together. Cast members, Courtni Nicolaci, Drew Blakeman and Hannah Gregory had nothing but positive things to say about their progress and involvement in the production. Blakeman and Gregory are graduating this May each with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre; meanwhile Nicolaci continues to work toward her Bachelor of Arts in theatre. Nicolaci plays the nutty and confident role of Paulette, the hair stylist that becomes Elle’s confidant and friend. Landing a major role has been a long time coming for Nicolaci, as this is her first appearance in an NKU production as well as her first major role in theatre. “It’s a lot of fun playing a character so similar to myself,” she gushed. Gregory, who plays the role of Enid, one of Elle’s fellow law students who is a headstrong, proud lesbian, is confident the NKU community will like the show. “The audience is in for a treat,” she said. “There’s a lot of visuals, surprises, and I really think they’re going to enjoy the songs.” Among the surprises yet to be disclosed, Blakeman, who plays Callahan, Elle’s pompous Harvard professor, boasts lots of rap and hip-hop dancing. “Good hip-hop dancing,” he stressed. When asked why “Legally Blonde” was picked for production this semester, without hesitation, all three cast members acknowledged the contemporary and mainstream allure that “Legally Blonde” boasts for college-age attendees. “We always want to cater to the student body that we have,” Gregory said. “The comedy is relatable since the characters are in college,” Nicolaci added. Photos by Kody Khale, illustration by Emily Lindeau Costumes and the set for “Legally Blonde” are in the final stages of completion for the show’s opening night Feb. 21. The cast rehearses daily from 7:30 - 10 p.m. until the musical premieres.

“The audience is in for a treat,” – Hannah Gregory The cast of “Legally Blonde” has rehearsal every day of the week from 7:30 - 10 p.m., except for Saturdays. As opening night nears, the cast will start practicing every day. When asked how ready they think they are for opening night, Nicolaci praised the production’s director Jamey Strawn. “Our director has a lot of faith in us and we as a cast have faith in each other and we’re sure we’re going to be ready for a great show opening night,” Nicolaci said. To make “Legally Blonde” a reality for the stage, set director Christopher Murphy has been working since the week before the start of the spring semester to ensure readiness for opening night. The long-time carpenter by profession has been with NKU’s theatre department for six years. “I grew up as a theatre brat,” he said. “So my mom and dad both did this growing up.” Murphy explained that depending on the complexity of each set piece, the amount of time spent building it varies. Murphy added that “Legally Blonde” required a lot more pieces of scenery. “Musicals tend to have more scenes,” Murphy said, “and because this is a broadway musical, this has got even more scenes.” Since “Legally Blonde” has so many different scenes, many of the set pieces are used in two different ways. For example, the sorority bathroom set piece is also the judge’s bench when turned around. Along with an abundance of set pieces, the show also boasts a whopping estimate of 140 costumes for the cast. In fact, there are three co-designers working on the costumes because of how big the production is. Costume director Jeff Shearer and his co-designers have received inspiration for the costumes from the book that the “Legally Blonde” movie was originally based off,

along with the movie and Broadway version of the production. Shearer also added that each designer puts their own twist on the costumes to fit their own visions for certain pieces. The production, which is larger than the allowing budget, caused Shearer and the co-designers to have to scale back on the costumes. Shearer made it clear, however; that with this production, that’s hard to do. “It’s about Elle and her transformation and her realizing her own power,” he said. “But she appears initially as shallow; all about clothes and all about hair, so you can’t be putting her in stuff you got from Kmart, you know, she’s gotta look good.” Elle’s character has twelve costumes. “She hardly ever leaves the stage, and when she does, it’s to change her clothes,” Shearer added. The hardest costume from the production to make is featured in the first scene. It’s a collection of two dresses that Elle has to change out of and into onstage via a “secret” magic trick made possible by the costume designers. Shearer has about ten students working on the costumes this semester. Most of them are working on fulfilling their BFA requirements in the costume shop. Students come in with all different skill levels, but all leave having improved on them, Shearer assured. As for some surprises for the show, Shearer mentions the costumes for Elle’s sorority sisters. “We’re doing something different with the Delta Nu’s that they didn’t do on Broadway.” For all of the surprises to be seen in NKU’s theatre production of “Legally Blonde,” tickets can be purchased at the Corbett Theatre box office. The production opens on Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. and runs through March 3. More information for showtimes and ticket pricing can be found on the Fine Arts box office NKU webpage.

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Guest speaker honors Chase’s life

Hip-hop artist debuts CD ‘4 Lovers Only’

Law school namesake not ‘a people person,’ his vibrant history not well-known, until now

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Richard Cracchiolo Contributing writer To many students at Northern Kentucky University, the name Salmon P. Chase is just that, a name. Students and faculty recognize the name, understanding its association with the college of law on campus, but the man behind the name is usually left in the dark. However, one man is working to shed light on the life and career of Salmon Portland Chase. Robert Barnett, a constitutional law scholar, delivered a speech commemorating Chase’s achievements. He was a man who would become Secretary of the Treasury under President Abraham Lincoln and eventually sixth Chief Justice of the United States. Barnett delivered his speech at noon on Feb. 6. In his speech, he talked about Chase’s career both as a lawyer and a politician. According to Barnett, Chase served as Secretary of the Treasury in President Lincoln’s cabinet from 1861 to 1864, during the Civil War. Chase hired thousands of African Americans and Caucasian females as civil servants and even “placed black males in supervisory positions over white females.” He was the only cabinet head at the time to do this. “Chase openly called for the abolition of slavery as early as 1862,” said Barnett in his speech. “He privately criticized President Lincoln on being so dilatory on the subject.” Early on in the Civil War, when Union soldiers overwhelmed hospitals in Washington DC, Chase opened his home as a hospital ward. As the war raged on, Chase was tasked with finding a way to finance it. According to Barnett, this led Chase to convert hard money to paper money. “Chase saw to it that his face was on the one dollar bill,” said Barnett, earning

him a new nickname, “Old Mr. Greenback.” Chase’s relationship with Lincoln, according to Barnett, initially started out as a warm one. Early in the war, they traveled with Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to the coast of Virginia where they would plan a military invasion to secure the port of Norfolk. The three men even went ashore to personally survey possible landing sites for troops. Their relationship began to corrode due to Chase’s criticism of Lincoln’s indecisiveness and his own ambitions to receive the Republican presidential nomination in 1864. After refusing Chase’s offer of resignation twice, Lincoln accepted his third offer in June of 1864. After resigning from Lincoln’s cabinet, Chase went on to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. In October of 1864, Chief Justice Rodger B. Taney died and Lincoln named Chase to replace him. Lincoln issued Chase’s nomination on Dec. 6, 1864 and he was confirmed by the Senate that same day. Chase would hold the position of Chief Justice from 1864 until his death in 1873. Chase was a drastic change from the pro-slavery Taney and one of his first acts, according to Barnett, was to allow John Rock to be the first AfricanAmerican attorney admitted into the Supreme Court bar. According to Barnett, Chase’s story is not well-known because he was not “a people person.” At a time when presidential candidates were frowned upon for campaigning on their own behalf, he said, Chase wasn’t as gifted as other politicians at disguising his own ambitions. “Chase aspired to be a man of great principle, and he largely achieved this aspiration. In very few instances can he be found betraying these principles for the purpose of attaining the offices he

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held or the one office that eluded his grasp,” Barnett said. According to Barnett, upon his death, the New York Tribune eulogized, “To Mr. Chase more than any other one man belongs the credit of making the anti-slavery feeling, what it had never been before, a power in politics. It had been the sentiment of philanthropists; he made it the inspiration of a great political party.” Next year will mark the 150 year an-

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niversary of Chase’s signing in as the

Salmon P. Chase (pictured) openly called for abolition and made the change from hard to paper money.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Anthony Morgan, or as he prefers to be called I$e, has been working hard on promoting and growing NKU’s first oncampus record label Climb Time Ent since he founded it last fall. As president of the organization he has been busy recruiting students and helping them “keep climbing” in their musical aspirations. In between all this he still managed to find time to write and record his own solo album, “4 Lovers Only,” being released today. I$e described the creation process as “spontaneous,” he wrote and recorded the album in just one week over winter break. “I did it in probably like a week; the songs were just coming to me... It’s actually a great story when you look at it; everyone was gone and I was just here creating this for everyone when they got back, and now I get to give it them. ” Although I$e explained the focus of Climb Time is on the students, this album was a completely solo effort. When asked if he was involved in the production, Vice President of Climb Time Jordan Parker replied, “No. I wish, but all credit goes to I$e.” The Valentine’s Day release is fitting for the CD which, as the title suggests, features songs about love. “It’s a love story. It goes from break-up to make-up to deep love. It’s just a journey of love, and that’s why it’s called ‘4 Lovers Only,’ it’s for people who have that special place in their heart.”

When asked to describe the sound of the CD I$e explained, “It’d be classified as hip-hip but as far as sounding like hip-hop that’s out now it definitely doesn’t. I call it more like the resurrection of hip-hop.” While the CD is mainly filled with hiphop and R&B styles, I$e mentioned that many different styles come together to make a more unique sound than what one typically hears today. Parker, who has heard the tracks already, is excited for the release. “Yeah I got it on my laptop,” he said. “I’m a big fan personally. The message that it presentsit’s quality, good music. It’s something you might not generally hear on the radio for our generation... but it’s a message for us, what defines us as a generation?” Manager of Climb Time Keylay was in charge of “mixing and mastering” the tracks for the abum. “Oh my gosh,” Keylay said expressing his enthusiam for the CD. “I don’t even call it rap music, this is life music, real music.” Photo by Emily Lindeau “4 Lovers Only” drops today, I$e said Musical artist I$e performed his song “I Wish U Well” at the 2012 talent show. His first CD, “4 it can be found on Lovers Only,” dropped today just in time for Valentine’s Day. climbtimeent. He hopes to have the album available on iTunes and Spotify as well. any plans for another album anytime second CD in March; a mix tape entitled To celebrate Climb Time’s first album, soon. He wants to focus more on the or- “Homework Music.” It will feature all difthey will be hosting a release party tonight ganization. ferent styles from different artists in the in the Student Union Ballroom. The party “It [Climb Time] is not about me, it’s organization; some more relaxed songs starts at 7 p.m. and features live perforabout the students. I started it to help and others that are more upbeat and playmances from I$e and other students, as he explained, “displaying different NKU other students, not to be the main artist,” ful. Members of Climb Time will be selling talents.” The CD will be available for pur- I$e said. “The plan is to push this CD, and then focus on a fundraiser we have com- tickets to the release party from 10 a.m. to chase there as well. 2 p.m. today in the Student Union lobby His first CD came about spontaneously, ing up.” and right now I$e said he does not have Climb Time Ent will be releasing their for $5.

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Just for laughs

Call to SGA: Wake up and reach out Staff editorial The Student Government Association at NKU is a hardworking group of people. They hold formal meetings every Monday, work with the university administration and executives, they even create their own resolutions to better student life on campus. This year though, it’s not exactly clear who SGA is serving. For an organization made up of students for the students, the resolutions coming out of the meetings this year would really better serve the administration and PR for the university. The most recent example of this being a resolution passed to improve “campus branding.” The definition of the campus brand isn’t quite clear, but according to the resolution, it has to do with several physical changes and promotions across campus. This sounds a lot like the Campus Beautification plan recently implemented by President Geoffrey Mearns at the beginning of the semester. The resolution asks for the addition of student art around campus, which was also already passed in a previous resolution this year. So why pass a resolution that’s already in place? And what


does the campus brand have to do with students now? Is that something students asked for? That’s what seems to be the problem, no one is really quite sure. Even Dean of Students Jeffrey Waple is a little baffled. In meetings, he seems frustrated with the Student Senate for not pushing themselves, not participating outside of the meetings and for not talking to the student body. In Monday’s meeting, a new resolution asking for restaurants in the Student Union to extend hours and for an increase in meal exchange prices (admittedly, very beneficial to students, but this is rare), the wording included a sentence about the “student body.” Upon seeing this, Waple pointed out that the group had in fact not talked to any other students about their opinion on the topic. A good SGA would have been doing surveys, talking to students during the lunch hour and after hours when searching for a good place to eat. But it didn’t. Instead, the resolution writers only talked with administrators about how to get the Faculty Senate to pass it. Sure, they are the ones who eventually say yea or nay, but the students would have loved to contribute. The student body doesn’t want something that’s right for the administration,




it wants something that’s right for them. And the only way to find out is to interact. In the past, interaction with students worked really well. The 2011-2012 year, for example, passed 24 resolutions, 14 of which are directly related to student needs and requests. The other resolutions were endorsing decisions made by the university, which were probably not necessary, but they weren’t asking for the same thing like this year’s branding resolution. This year, only 10 resolutions have been passed so far. One of the resolutions even dealt with printing options for faculty, how this would serve the students is a good question. Granted, SGA did pass a resolution last semester to host town hall meetings for students, but students have yet to see any scheduled or promoted. A town hall meeting would be a great way to get involved and listen to students, but it needs to happen. And soon. The good news is that there is still time to turn this around and make use of talking to more students than administrators. SGA should talk to students, listen to what they want and then formulate resolutions around those findings. If students really want a new printing program for faculty, then by all means, unanimously pass away SGA, but don’t do it if they don’t.

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February 14, 2013


Performers impressed by arena, small crowd lacked enthusiasm

Screams, howls and the roar of 1,500 horsepower alcohol-powered monster trucks could be heard emanating from The Bank of Kentucky Center Feb. 8-9. This was the first time the BOKC has hosted a monster truck event. Members of the Monster X Tour, a national act which performs at smaller venues, made quite an entrance Friday morning as two monster trucks roared down University Drive. Making an unusual scene even more interesting, the two trucks, which were leaving promotional parking spots in the Kroger parking lot, were pulled over by nearby police. According to the drivers of the trucks, the local officer had not been informed by NKU police that the 11 ½ feet wide, 33,000-pound trucks would be using public streets to enter the BOKC. The event went on without a hitch, however. The Monster X Tour brought with it seven monster trucks, three freestyle motocross riders and a 10 car demolition derby. Even with all the attractions, the event didn’t draw the crowd or enthusiasm freestyle

motocross rider Mike Kieper was expecting. “Ehh, you know, they could’ve been a little more pumped up last night [Friday]. We were trying to get them worked up; we were throwing arm pumps up there. We just couldn’t get them loud enough last night.” Kieper went on to say the BOKC was a “freaking sweet” venue to perform in, even though they were working with a much shorter landing runoff than usual. They toned down their jumps from 50 feet to 30 feet above the floor to accommodate the shorter landing. Many of the monster trucks had colorful schemes and gimmicks to excite fans. Trucks such as Bigfoot, The California Kid and The Reverse Racer excited crowds with loud noises and big jumps. Ed Miller, driver of The Reverse Racer, said it takes a great deal of time and money to build and maintain these $150,000 trucks. Just like all sports, Miller said monster truck racing has progressed as well. Faster engines, better suspensions and wilder paint and body combinations have all helped the trucks evolve. Another truck with an interesting theme is The Rock Star. Driver Bill Payne competes with his wife Lorna riding right behind him.

“Most of the time he is very well aware that I am back there, but I have never let him change his driving habits because I’m back there,” Lorna said. “He drives to entertain the crowd because he wants the fans to be happy.” The dirt, which is sourced locally for each event, was delivered Wednesday night to the BOKC. The performers really appreciated the quality of the Kentucky soil. “The dirt here is great,” Bill Payne said. He said the dirt contains large amounts of clay, which helps the trucks gain better traction, allowing for more speed and higher jumps. The highlight of the show was the freestyle event. The trucks are given a set amount of time to put on a show for the crowd, who decides the winner. “I’ll be from one end of this arena to the other end wide open, trying to keep it straight and on all four tires. But this isn’t a ‘show and shine,’ it gets rolled over all the time,” Payne said. For information regarding upcoming Monster X events, you can visit monsterxPhoto by Matt Popovich For information regarding upcom- Driver of The Rock Star, Bill Payne, performed ing events at the BOKC, visitbankofkentucky- Friday evening with his wife Lorna as co-pilot.

Rugby club searching for committed students Matt Hempfling Contributing writer Students at NKU have a plethora of opportunities in front of them athletically. Every year our sports programs benefit from athletically gifted students that are driven to help NKU athletics excel, and with the recent step up to Division I these students are already fighting to stake NKU’s right to be there. But what about the students that are more interested in tackling an opponent with the ball than in blocking a lay-up? That’s exactly the type of student that NKU sophomore John Hislop hopes to get involved in his bid to create the Norse Rugby Football Club, dubbed the Norse RFC. Hislop wants to tap into the pool of students that want to play a contact sport and “have them play a sport that’s tougher.” “Rugby is constant action unless the ref blows a whistle, you don’t get that in football,” he said. “I just need the commitment, and that’s the hardest thing to do.” Hislop, a construction management major, started the process of getting a rugby club fielded at NKU in October. He has already paid the majority of the fees associated with fielding a university-linked club, but said he wants to ensure his roster and management positions are filled before paying the remainder. “I want to be the driving force in getting this started and then have committed people keep it going,” Hislop said.

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Monster trucks roar at BOKC Matt Popovich Staff writer


Photo by Matt Hempfling Alex Kleinberg (kneeling) prepared to lead the other players through drills during a practice. Kleinberg plays for Norse RFC. “There is a lot of work that goes into starting a team like this, I’m getting tired, but I just have to keep going with it.” He has a coach, a place to practice and the initiative, now he just needs more players. As of now, half of the management positions are unfilled, and Hislop said he has around seven committed players. “I need more people that are committed to show up,” he said. Ultimately, Hislop said he would like to have 17 to 20 players committed to playing for NKU by August, but according to USA Rugby rules, there is no limit to the amount of stu-

dent athletes on a team. He said he knows that rugby isn’t a very big sport in the United States, but he wants people to get excited about it. “I want people at our practices. I want people to watch us,” he said. Part of his hope is that the Norse RFC will help boost school spirit at NKU. As a college club sport, rugby is not part of the NCAA, so the Norse RFC would be a member of the USA Rugby League Great Lakes Division II, which uses a Rugby Union style of play consisting of 15 players on each side of the pitch, or playing field. The team would play 10 other universities in their division, including the University of Louisville and Xavier University. Once the team fills up, Hislop plans to schedule test matches with other area rugby clubs, like the Lexington Blackstones, possibly the NKY Grubs and the club he played for last year, the Cincinnati Kelts. “I need to take all the guys that want to play and teach them the game, get them their gear and try to get a grant from NKU to help get team equipment,” he said. Hislop has already finished the team’s constitution for player, alumni and university rights. He said there will be academic restrictions for players such as keeping a decent GPA, and player fees to help fund the club. “I want to see people there interested in playing rugby for NKU come out, but I need more commitment. I need people to show up.”

Former basketball players, golfers, administrators and Votruba are in Brook Clifford Staff writer The David Lee Holt NKU Athletics Hall of Fame will induct nine new members on Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. at The Bank of Kentucky Center. The ceremony will include a lunch, reception and program. The Hall of Fame inductees for 2013 include former basketball players, golfers, administrators and the former university president. James Votruba, NKU’s former president, is being inducted for being president while the university had its most successful athletics program that included three Division II national championships. He helped structures like the BOKC, the soccer complex and the tennis complex come to campus. Nancy Winstel, former women’s basketball head coach, took NKU to two Division II championships and was named coach of the year six times in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, once as national coach of the year by the Women’s Basketball Coach Association. She also was on NKU’s first women’s basketball team in 1974 and scored 787 points in three seasons. Jason Martin, former NKU baseball player, was a lead

hitter on the team in 1999-2002. He had a hand in helping the baseball team come out as a regional powerhouse. He was NKU’s all-time career hits leader with 270, earned All-American honors as a junior and is looked at as one of the best hitters in the program’s entire history. Kim Keyer-Scott, women’s golfer, was a four-time AllAmerican and helped NKU’s team to advance to two Great Lakes Valley Conference titles and was considered one of the best players in the nation. She was freshman of the year in 2001 for GLVC and has the best individual finish in the history of NKU women’s golf at the NCAA national championships. James Claypool, former NKU administrator, was one of the founding fathers of Northern Kentucky State College. He was one the main people to help NKU Athletics get off of its feet in the 1970s. He administered as the Dean of Students and helped hire the first coaching staff for the athletics program. He made it clear the women’s sports programs should be given equal scholarship funding as men’s, which was not very common at many universities during that time. Stephanie Leimbach, former NKU softball player, set several offensive records during the four seasons she was here (2002-2005). She was an All-American honorable mention when NKU set a season record of 55-0 in 2005.

Leimbach was NKU’s all-time leader in hits, stolen bases, runs scored and at-bats. Craig Sanders, former men’s basketball player, was NKU’s all-time leading scorer with 2,007 career points. He averaged 16.5 points a game during his four seasons from 1998-2002. He was an honorable mention AllAmerican for setting an NKU career record of scoring double figures in 47 games in a row. Kristin Koralewski, former NKU volleyball player, was one of the top volleyball players in Norse history. She was GLVC player of the year her junior and senior year, she was an All-American in 2003 and 2004, and named player of the week seven times in the GLVC. She had 1,485 kills and 1,192 digs during her career. Shannon Smith, former NKU women’s basketball player, scored 1,326 points which is the team’s second highest in history. She received All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors and GLVC regular-season and tournament titles. She helped the team advance to and win an NCAA Division II regional championship and travel to the elite eight. She was named NKU’s Margery Rouse Athlete of Distinction, the GLVC Richard F. Scharf Paragon Award winner and received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. If you are interested in attending the ceremony, contact Kurt Moeller at (859)-572-6632 for ticket information.

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Twins embrace connection, competition Roush sisters share a friendly rivalry that helps them compete on the court and in the classroom Kyle Biggs Contributing writer Christine and Courtney Roush could rarely play one-on-one basketball against each other when they were growing up. The twins (Christine is older by nine minutes) would get too competitive, get mad and then fight. The limited competition at home while growing up in Louisville didn’t affect their development as basketball players though. Both Christine and Courtney are now Division I basketball players at Northern Kentucky University. It is rare to see twins reach such high levels of competition together, though some recent examples on the national stage seem to show otherwise. Basketball fans may be familiar with Marcus and Markieff Morris, who played for University of Kansas two years ago, or Andrew and Aaron Harrison who have both committed to play for University of Kentucky next year. Christine and Courtney may not receive the same type of national attention, but they are striving to make an impact regardless of fanfare. Christine, a guard, has become a mainstay in the Norse lineup, averaging nearly 30 minutes and 7.5 points per game. Courtney, a forward, hasn’t seen as much playing time. She struggled with frustration resulting from the lack of minutes, and also from seeing Christine get involved early and often. However, she was able to see past the initial frustration and commit to helping the team any way possible. “I realized that I could still help the team out during practice,” Courtney said. “I realized that if I put in my effort in practice, I could help the team and make everybody better.” While Courtney looks past her frustration and focuses on helping her teammates improve, Christine is not quick to discuss her own success. She would rather discuss what she needs to improve upon individually, focusing on some of the finer details of her game.

“My main goal from the preseason was to be able to start for the team. I reached that goal,” she said. “My main focus is having better defense, being able to get stops for the team and converting those stops into points for the team.” While both focus on the things that make the team better as a whole, they do enjoy the times when they are on the court together. Whether it means they are up big or losing big, Christine and Courtney are happy to share the court. Being twins does not necessarily change the way things play out on the court. Head coach Dawn Plitzuweit believes that even when the twins are on the court together, they see each other no differently than their other teammates. “I don’t think it’s something they think about,” she said. “Though, they have a little extra awareness for where the other is going to be.” Though they “keep it professional” when on the court together, as Christine said, the twins still enjoy some advantages that result from being so close. Having played basketball together since they were 4-years-old, they appreciate the awareness that Plitzuweit mentioned. “We both can read each other really well,” Christine said. “I’m more of a guard and she is more of a post (player), so I know where she would want the ball.” The advantages don’t stop on the court. Both enjoy that they always have someone to talk to, and even mentioned an academic advantage, though it ties back to a sense of sibling rivalry. “We’re so competitive in academics and sports that we try to beat each other in school work, like on tests,” Courtney said. The challenges of being student athletes can be stressful at times, they said, but they try to unwind like anybody else when they aren’t on the court or in the classroom. They both map out their study schedules and homework so that they can be sure that they will have time to relax and watch their favorite TV shows each week.






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