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BREAKING: Mearns to leave after spring commencement

NKU President Geoffrey Mearns during Tuesday's Board of Regents meeting.
February 14, 2017

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...

Opinions split on Kentucky’s new abortion laws

Noah Pittinger believes the state's abortion laws violate women's rights, while Hannah Bockweg believes they help preserve human life.
January 26, 2017

Hannah Bockweg was raised Catholic, but she never knew what it meant to be pro-life until she was much older. “It was maybe more middle school, and definitely in high school that I began to understand...

How does the university handle reports of sexual assault?

How does the university handle reports of sexual assault?
January 18, 2017

“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,...

My last piece as Editor: An ode to my Northerner family

My last piece as Editor: An ode to my Northerner family
December 6, 2016

I didn’t want to write a farewell. I know my time as editor has run out … I just didn’t want to put it in writing. But, in true Northerner fashion, I’ll write my farewell now, as every editor of...

NKU officials review policies after OSU attack  

NKU officials review policies after OSU attack  
How have emergency procedures changed after 2015 gun incident?
December 5, 2016

Interim Police Chief John Gaffin sits back in his chair, static fading in and out of the room from the police scanner across the hall. Just days before, an Ohio State University police officer shot...

Student-run film festival to show top independent films

The OINK Film Festival, created by students, takes place 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Griffin Hall Digitorium.
December 5, 2016

Roll out the pink carpet. NKU students will host the the inaugural Official Impromptu Northern Kentucky Film Festival (or OINK for short) 5 p.m. Tuesday in Griffin Hall’s Digitorium. The film festival...

Trumped: Donald J. Trump declared president-elect in stunning upset

President-elect Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech during his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/John Locher)
November 9, 2016

NEW YORK  -- Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States, upsetting Democrat Hillary Clinton after winning Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes, pushing him over the 270 vote threshold,...

PHOTOS: Casting votes and catching Pokemon

The group searches for Pokemon while waiting for other group members to finish voting.
Students play Pokemon Go at the polls
November 8, 2016

Kellyn Hoffert didn’t want to drive 50 minutes all the way from NKU to Fairfield, her hometown, by herself. That’s how it started. Pokémon Go To The Polls was organized by Hoffert and Marisa Yerace...

Pro-life display on campus vandalized

Pro-life display on campus vandalized
Crosses pulled from ground, signs defaced
October 30, 2016

When Cecilia Knox placed 260 white crosses on campus to draw attention to abortion, she expected people to react differently. But she didn’t expect the display to be vandalized. Days after Knox stuck...

NKU alum calls mascot change ‘a shame’

NKU alum calls mascot change ‘a shame’
October 26, 2016

NKU alum Steve Ruch remembers his friend, Mark Buerger, dressing up like a Norse and patrolling the sidelines during basketball games, long before Victor E. Viking made his first appearance on campus....

Student recalls last moments before she lost her dad to cancer

Otten and her father, Mark Otten.
For Alli Otten, the fight against cancer is personal
October 23, 2016

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...

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

Take a trip to the basement of former nursing home on campus
Callahan haunted house Saturday 7-11 p.m.
October 22, 2016

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...

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