The Northerner

Opinion: What being a wannabe vegetarian taught me about perfection

Opinion: What being a wannabe vegetarian taught me about perfection

Nicole Browning, Managing Editor

April 30, 2019

I can still remember the stale smell of bread on my Subway uniform as I excitedly claimed on the job, “I’m going to be a ‘Happy-meat-a-tarian!’” What my 17-year-old self meant at the time was that I was only going to eat meat that was raised “ethically.” This first attempt probably...

The current standard for parental leave

Outside of just higher ed, what does this issue say about our society?

Nicole Browning, Managing Editor

April 25, 2019

The current standard in the United States for parental leave guarantees eligible workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year, according to Pew Research Center. This protection, which falls under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), does not guarantee pay to employees, but protects them from termination. Whil...

A dad’s perspective on paid parental leave

“The reality is we all make it through. That’s why there’s a lack of urgency around the policy,” Dr. Ryan Salzman said.

Corinne Byrne, Reporter

April 25, 2019

While maternity leave is a well-known concept, many people may be unaware of their right to paternity leave. Both are protected under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and referred to as parental leave. However, FMLA does not provide benefits. Rather, it assures for eligible working mothers and fa...

Finding a work-life balance that doesn’t exist

Amy Danzo, working mother and NKU employee, said family is her number one priority and encourages her staff to value it the same.

Nicole Browning, Managing Editor

April 25, 2019

For Amy Danzo, there is no such thing as a work-life balance. As a working mother, the “scale” always tips one way or the other, “even hourly.” “It's no question that being a working mother is a struggle and a triumph all wrapped up into one, deeply unorganized package,” Danzo wrote in...

How higher ed employees cope with no paid parental leave

Regional higher education institutions don't offer paid parental leave packages. How does that affect employees?

Nicole Browning and Corinne Byrne

April 25, 2019

There is no current standard for paid parental leave in America, and regional universities including NKU, UK, UC, WKU, EKU, Murray State and Morehead State also do not offer paid leave, but are legally protected under the Family Medical Leave Act, which prevents eligible employees from being terminated...

DISCONNECTED: How one NKU student gave up social media and found herself

DISCONNECTED: How one NKU student gave up social media and found herself

Nicole Browning, Managing Editor

April 17, 2019

After grappling for years with her relationship between social media and her own self worth, Carley Lampke decided that in 2018, she was going to disconnect. For many young adults, identity in the real world and online persona are not simply cohabitants, but are interwoven. While social media has...

Former NKU student hosts third “We the Creators” event

This year's event featured a 360-degree view from Columbia Plaza

Nicole Browning, Managing Editor

October 23, 2018

Columbia Plaza’s lobby boasted a calm atmosphere Saturday evening; its minimalist design was blanketed in white ornamentation. Everything was undeniably tame. Twenty-nine floors up was another world. As photographers, models and other creators from across the community gathered for the third ...

Opinion: studying abroad will turn your life upside down

Opinion: studying abroad will turn your life upside down

Nicole Browning, Managing Editor

September 21, 2018

I was dropped into the London Heathrow Airport completely alone with a short list of items to ease me into the study abroad experience: 1. A broken laptop, 2. half the medicine I needed for the duration of my semester (after many crying sessions on the phone with the insurance company, they still...

Author’s journey explores spirit of mentorship

Rick Bass (L) and Ron Ellis (R) have known each other for 24 years; their relationship evolved from mentorship to friendship.

Nicole Browning, Managing Editor

September 12, 2018

The intricacies of transporting elk meat across the Atlantic Ocean didn’t seem to cross Rick Bass’ mind when the author set out on a journey to visit his writing mentors around the world and cook for them to express his gratitude. But as Bass entered the European Union, he trudged on with thawed el...

Changing PACE: NKU’s adult learning program expands

Students of the former PACE program engage in a Marketing and Communications course

Nicole Browning, Managing Editor

August 29, 2018

For anyone trying to access the website for NKU’s Program for Adult Centered Education (PACE), you might be concerned to see a blank screen. But PACE isn’t ending -- the program offered to approximately 200-300 non-traditional students is broadening.

Author gives NKU taste of new book, ‘The Traveling Feast’

Author gives NKU taste of new book, 'The Traveling Feast'

Noël Waltz, Contributor

August 24, 2018

It is common for writers to write eulogies of their favorite mentors when they pass away, but Bass stated the sadness of the fact that those who pass do not get to hear or read those kind words. “Of course I don’t just say, ‘I’m going to tell you how nice you are before you die,’ but that was kind of what it was."

NKU’s move to grab the graduate market

Dr. Julie Olberding, director of the master of public administration program, thinks micro-credentials will help those who don't have time or money to commit to a master's program

Josh Goad, Reporter

December 8, 2017

Starting in the spring of 2018, NKU will become the first university in the Greater Cincinnati area to adopt a micro-credential or “badge” program. “We hope to be able to attract professionals that don’t have time or don’t want to commit for a longer time of study,” said Dr. Traian Tru...

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