The Northerner

BREAKING: Mearns to leave after spring commencement

NKU President Geoffrey Mearns during Tuesday's Board of Regents meeting.

Mackenzie Manley, Managing Editor

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 sent Tuesday from Board of Regents Chair Rich Boehne.  The email said that the Board of Regent...

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.

Abby Anstead and Emily Sherry

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 all humans have incredible value and that every person is created by God, and from conception to...

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

“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...

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

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

Abby Anstead, Editor-in-Chief

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 The Northerner has before me. But, in true Abby Anstead fashion, I think I’ll do things a little ...

NKU officials review policies after OSU attack  

NKU officials review policies after OSU attack  

Emily Sherry, Reporter

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 and killed an OSU student who police say drove his car through a group of people before exiting t...

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.

Emmett Kresslein, Contributor

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 will mainly showcase the Tri-State area’s best work in independent film, ranging from narrative, ...

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)

Abby Anstead, Editor-in-Chief

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, The Associated Press reported. Though he has never held a position in government, the Republican nominee ...

PHOTOS: Casting votes and catching Pokemon

The group searches for Pokemon while waiting for other group members to finish voting.

Emily Osterholz, Arts & Life Editor

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 to help students get to different polling locations while also adding a little more excitement; fin...

Pro-life display on campus vandalized

Pro-life display on campus vandalized

Abby Anstead, Mackenzie Manley, Editor-in-Chief, News Editor

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 the crosses into the grass beside the Student Union Plaza, someone pulled the crosses out of the ground and tore the sign that read...

NKU alum calls mascot change ‘a shame’

NKU alum calls mascot change ‘a shame’

Christopher Decker, Sports Editor

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. Ruch said he has watched athletics grow with the size of the university, but he said he is not a ...

Student recalls last moments before she lost her dad to cancer

Otten and her father, Mark Otten.

Nicole Browning, Asst. News Editor

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 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, 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 home.  The legend claims an evil nurse named Millie was murdered in the building by her patients. T...

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