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Amid pension crisis, Beshear offers hope

Amid pension crisis, Beshear offers hope

Billy Keeney, News Editor
January 29, 2020
Filed under Featured Story, Kentucky News, News

After Kentucky educators marched on Frankfort on April 2, 2018 in the wake of the final approval of Senate Bill 151 (SB 151), the controversial proposal was later overturned by the Kentucky Supreme Court for being unconstitutional.   It wasn’t the beginning—nor end—of the fight for public pe...

Pensions: Bills could freeze NKU’s payment or help school leave system

The James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union.

Josh Goad, Assistant News Editor
March 25, 2019
Filed under Breaking News, Featured Story, Kentucky News, News

Another spring, another pension crisis. Universities across the commonwealth could soon feel the strain of Kentucky’s underfunded state retirement system through sweeping budget cuts. But as the legislative session draws to a close, two new bills are aimed at solving the pension quandary. One...

Pension freeze stalls cuts, buys NKU time

Gerard St. Amand, center, at a Board of Regents meeting Sept. 6. A bill passed April 26 that freezes NKU's pension contribution rate for one year.

Sam Rosenstiel, News Editor
May 2, 2018
Filed under Featured Story, Kentucky News, News

A bill to freeze NKU’s pension payment, which was set to soar to $31 million, passed April 26, interim president Gerard St. Amand told regents Wednesday.

‘NKU, what are we going to do?’: Students, professors, staff rally against state cuts, pension hikes

‘NKU, what are we going to do?’: Students, professors, staff rally against state cuts, pension hikes

Sam Rosenstiel, News Editor
April 12, 2018
Filed under Featured Story, Kentucky News, National News, News

Roaring louder than the coursing winds outside the Student Union were chants of “fund our future” led by students, faculty and staff protesting state education cuts. Homemade signs with “I AM WORTH IT,” “LET’S NOT GO BACKWARD” and “SAVE HIGHER EDUCATION” written in black ink waved as speakers advocated for relief from cuts.

State cuts get funding band-aid, pension challenge grows urgent

State cuts get funding band-aid, pension challenge grows urgent

Sam Rosenstiel, News Editor
April 10, 2018
Filed under Featured Story, Kentucky News, News

The Kentucky legislature passed its final budget and a pension reform bill that leaves NKU in the black with more performance funding. But, it’s the unchanged pension cost administrators worry will send the university into the red.

Gov. does not call pension reform session, cites House scandal

Gov. Matt Bevin said he will not call a special session on pension reform before the end of the year. At an event in Erlanger on Oct. 25, Bevin said such a session

Sam Rosenstiel, Copy Editor
December 26, 2017
Filed under Featured Story, Kentucky News, News

Gov. Matt Bevin said he may not call a special session for state lawmakers to discuss pension reform, according to the AP.

Kentucky pension costs rise at expense of NKU employees, students

Kentucky pension costs rise at expense of NKU employees, students

Sam Rosenstiel, Copy Editor
November 28, 2017
Filed under Featured Story, Kentucky News, Multimedia, National News, News, Uncategorized, Video

NKU’s pension costs increased by more than $15 million within the last decade, but the benefits for 800 pensioned staff have not changed. Administrators say something must be done to bring the money back to campus.

Amand: Pension costs “biggest hurdle” for NKU budget

Interim Pres. Gerard St. Amand said that pension contributions have increased in the last decade, but benefits for employees have not.

Sam Rosenstiel, Copy Editor
November 8, 2017
Filed under Featured Story, Kentucky News, News

"This is the biggest, biggest hurdle to anything that we can do to try to fix our budget situation, and for the state as a whole,” Amand said at a Board of Regents meeting Wednesday.

Covington’s Suspension Bridge to Close

The Kentucky Enquirer
November 8, 2006
Filed under News

A historic suspension bridge in northern Kentucky will close later this month for repairs. The John A. Roebling bridge will be closed to vehicles beginning Nov. 13 for five months so that about $3 million in structural and electrical repairs can be done. The two-lane bridge that connects Covington and Cinci...

NKU allows students to opt-in pass/fail grading for semester

The James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union.

Billy Keeney, News Editor
March 31, 2020
Filed under Campus News, Coronavirus, Featured Story, News

All undergraduate and graduate students will have the option to request a change from a letter grade to pass/fail for full-semester, second 7-week or third five-week classes, according to an email from Provost Sue Ott Rowlands. An email will be sent from the Registrar's office on April 13 that gives ...

Housing, commencement, worker pay decisions discussed at Board of Regents

corona feature

Rachel Smith, Assistant News Editor
March 18, 2020
Filed under Campus News, Coronavirus, Featured Story, News

COVID-19 updates at NKU, such as university housing, pension developments and faculty and student employment were discussed today at today’s digital Board of Regents meeting. COVID-19 Updates “The campus will remain open, albeit partially, and will continue with the essential university operati...

Twerking, university funding, student vigil: most viewed stories of decade

Twerking, university funding, student vigil: most viewed stories of decade

Josh Kelly, Managing Editor
December 29, 2019
Filed under Featured Story, Viewpoints

Between 2010 to 2019, The Northerner amassed 1.1 million page views on our website alone. In this decade, NKU has gone through three university presidents, built and renovated new buildings, transitioned to Division I athletics and added a new college. The Northerner wanted to spotlight 10 of the...

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