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WNKU’s Catfish Ball honors past rock stars with a tribute concert

WNKU’s Catfish Ball honors past rock stars with a tribute concert

Michael Stegner, Reporter
October 26
Filed under A&L Features, Arts & Life, Featured Story

The musical minds at WNKU have gathered eleven of their favorite local artists for a Halloween party at the Southgate House Revival unlike any other concert. The event, called The Catfish Ball, is named after the term for when a person pretends to be somebody else online, and will take place Oct...

New director overcomes cult-classic ‘Rocky Horror’

New director overcomes cult-classic ‘Rocky Horror’

Cole Grecco, Asst. Arts & Life Editor
October 25
Filed under A&L Features, Arts & Life, Featured Story

Alex Steele has a lot of expectations to fulfill. Not just because he’s taking over NKU’s performance of “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” a cult-classic which has been done countless times across the country, including several times at NKU. The sophomore theatre major and director of NKU’s “R...

GALLERY: Drag show ‘Mas-QUEER-ade’ gives back to charity

GALLERY: Drag show ‘Mas-QUEER-ade’ gives back to charity

Amanda Emerson, Contributor
October 25
Filed under A&L Features, Arts & Life, Featured Story, Uncategorized

Crystyle Starr and an array of kings and queens, both amateur and professional, donned vibrant costumes as they performed, music blasting through the Student Union ballroom.  An array of guests filled the Student Union for the popular semi-annual event, the Fall Benefit Drag Show titled Masqueerade...

Music, theatre students work side by side for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Music, theatre students work side by side for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Michael Stegner, Reporter
October 24
Filed under A&L Features, Arts & Life, Featured Story

Though they’re students in the School of the Arts, many actors in the performance “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” have never actually picked up an instrument. Until now. The School of the Arts is bringing actors and musicians together from all departments to work side by side to recreate this August...

NKU’s chamber choir sings for a different audience

NKU’s chamber choir sings for a different audience

Cole Grecco, Asst. Arts & Life Editor
October 24
Filed under A&L Features, Arts & Life, Featured Story

Hannah Shirkey recalled a moment she had when the Toronto choir that NKU’s chamber choir was collaborating with began singing a piece by world-renowned composer and conductor Eric Whitacre. Shirkey, a senior music education major, walked to the back of the venue to have her own experience with the music...

GALLERY: New beginnings: NKU’s Habitat for Humanity helps build community

GALLERY: New beginnings: NKU’s Habitat for Humanity helps build community

Sierra Gibson, Reporter
October 23
Filed under A&L Features, Arts & Life, Featured Story

NKU’s Habitat for Humanity chapter spends their Saturday’s rebuilding homes for needy families in Newport and plan to do more builds similar in the future. A recent build was organized on Sept. 17 by Jozie Banas, co-president of NKU’s Habitat for Humanity and senior psychology and spanish major to help ...

Student recalls last moments before she lost her dad to cancer

Student recalls last moments before she lost her dad to cancer

Nicole Browning, Asst. News Editor
October 23
Filed under A&L Features, Featured Story

Alli Otten sat with her dying father. She held his hand, her family and her mom by her side. Otten’s dog jumped up and licked her father’s hand. In a way, she said, her dog knew too. The junior elementary education major recounts her last moments with her father before he lost his battle with c...

Take a trip to the basement of former nursing home on campus

Take a trip to the basement of former nursing home on campus

Sierra Gibson, Reporter
October 22
Filed under Campus Events, Featured Story

NKU’s Callahan Hall, formerly Lakeside Place Nursing Home, is a residence hall with a history. Each year around Halloween, the residence hall is transformed to fit the the legend of the old nursing home.  The legend claims an evil nurse named Millie was murdered in the building by her patients. T...

WCPO to hold interactive election event on campus

WCPO to hold interactive election event on campus

Abby Anstead, Editor-in-Chief
October 19
Filed under Campus Events, Featured Story, News

Come wearing a red, blue or white T-shirt representing your party and take part in an interactive election event aimed at measuring perspectives on key issues in the upcoming election. In partnership with NKU and the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, WCPO- 9 On Your Side is hosting an event ...

How NKU celebrates LGBTQ History Month

How NKU celebrates LGBTQ History Month

Aaron Thatcher, Contributor
October 17
Filed under Arts & Life, Campus Events, Featured Story

The beginning of October marks the start of LGBTQ History Month, a month nationally dedicated to education surrounding historical figures who were members of the LGBTQ community. NKU’s celebrations for the month are extensive, including a Drag Show to benefit the LGBTQ student outreach group Common Ground ...

Music review: Bon Iver – 22, A Million

Music review: Bon Iver – 22, A Million

Jude Noel, Contributor
October 12
Filed under Featured Story, Opinions, Reviews, Uncategorized

Five years removed from the monumental prog-folk of his self-titled sophomore record, Justin Vernon's third Bon Iver project is a starkly minimal testament to the limitations of technology and the human mind. Though retaining much of the atmospheric texture employed by its predecessors, 22, A Million tr...

Former NFL player Michael Sam speaks at NKU LGBTQ History Month event

Former NFL player Michael Sam speaks at NKU LGBTQ History Month event

Emily Osterholz, Arts & Life Editor
October 12
Filed under A&L Features, Arts & Life, Featured Story, Sports

It’s been over three years since Michael Sam stood in front of his football teammates and came out to them. Sam was entering his senior year at the University of Missouri, when the spontaneous moment occurred. Every year, during camp, the coach would have his players stand in front of the team, The Tigers, an...

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