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Norse Notebook: Ross finds a home in Norse Nation

Norse Notebook: Ross finds a home in Norse Nation

Christopher Decker, Sports Editor
April 3, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Featured Story, Game Coverage, Sports, Uncategorized

In two seasons as a Cincinnati Bearcat, Cameron Ross made just nine appearances, throwing a total of eight innings and ending the 2016 season with 5.62 ERA. In those eight innings, Ross walked 10 batters, hit three batters and struck out just five. On Sunday, Ross made his 17th appearance of the se...

Finding hope and security: Give me your tired and your poor

Finding hope and security: Give me your tired and your poor

February 21, 2017
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Four walls. One bath. One stove. And a family of two. Pedro and his mother lived in a single room in Mexico City. When he turned two, his father fled to the U.S. with only one visa; he was desperate to find employment to take care of his family.   Following his footsteps, Pedro and his m...

Escaping the Civil War: Give me your huddled masses

Escaping the Civil War: Give me your huddled masses

February 21, 2017
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A day after Frederick was born, the first Civil War in Liberia broke out. “My house was raided by the rebels,” Frederick said. “They were going to shoot anyone who didn’t stand with them.” When Frederick was 3-years-old, his father fled to the U.S., two years before he and his family ...

Seeking a healthy life: Yearning to breathe free

Seeking a healthy life: Yearning to breathe free

February 21, 2017
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Maria could hear her infant sister struggling to breathe. At 3-years-old, Maria already had a fear of losing her sister to asthma. “All she needed was an inhaler,” Maria said. “She just needed to breathe.” Maria’s family struggled to find proper medical treatment in Mexico and began to p...

Risking a life to save a life: Send these, the tempest-tossed to me

Risking a life to save a life: Send these, the tempest-tossed to me

February 21, 2017
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Juan and his brother never thought they would get to see their mother again. Taking a deep breath, Juan stopped and looked for words to say. “Being separated from my mom … I forgot who she was,” Juan said.   Running from an abusive and alcoholic husband, Juan’s mother took him and his in...

Learning to be me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door

Learning to be me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door

February 21, 2017
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Born and raised in the U.S., Rosa didn’t understand the struggles her family faced being illegal immigrants. “I never knew why my parents were so quiet,” Rosa said. “I knew something was different about my family.” Rosa’s family risked everything to give their children a better education and chance at a successf...

Student: ‘I can’t imagine not having it anymore’

Student: ‘I can’t imagine not having it anymore’

Hannah Hagedorn, Assistant News Editor
February 15, 2017
Filed under Featured Story, News, Uncategorized

Mitchell Sellars said he was disappointed to see Northern Kentucky University part with something so unique. “Not many other universities have their own radio station, and now we won’t either,” Sellars said.   The Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents announced the sale of WNKU Tuesday; a decision tha...

BREAKING: Mearns to leave after spring commencement

BREAKING: Mearns to leave after spring commencement

Mackenzie Manley, Managing Editor
February 14, 2017
Filed under Breaking News, Featured Story, News, Uncategorized

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- President Geoffrey Mearns will leave Northern Kentucky University after spring commencement on May 7. An interim president is expected to be named before May, according to a letter sent Tuesday from Board of Regents Chair Rich Boehne.  The email said that the Board of Regent...

The John Basalyga story

The John Basalyga story

Christopher Decker, Sports Editor
February 7, 2017
Filed under Featured Story, Soccer, Sports, Sports Features, Uncategorized

John Basalyga sits in his office looking out at the NKU soccer field. Three college students are playing down on the field. Basalyga is displeased by this. “They aren’t really soccer players,” Basalyga said. “I’m always having to chase them off the field. I’m the bad cop.” Basalyga isn...

LGBTQ Inclusiveness: Students respond to 4.5 star rating

LGBTQ Inclusiveness: Students respond to 4.5 star rating

Hannah Hagedorn, Assistant News Editor
February 2, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Featured Story, Uncategorized

Teddy Roberts, a freshman sociology major, walked onto Northern Kentucky University’s campus for the first time. He entered the student union and trekked up the stairs to the third floor. There he found a variety of desks, chairs and people littered around the open floor plan. Tucked in a corn...

How does the university handle reports of sexual assault?

How does the university handle reports of sexual assault?

Abby Anstead, Asst. Managing Editor
January 18, 2017
Filed under Featured Story, News, Uncategorized

“What do you need?” Ann James, deputy Title IX coordinator for students, said that’s the first thing she asks students when they report an instance of sexual assault. “The first thing I do is, ‘What do you need,’” James said. “‘Do you need medical attention, do you need counselin...

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