The Northerner

President vs. Student: pingpong war

President Geoffrey Mearns faces NKU student and reigning pingpong champ, Matt Hepner.

Brook Clifford, Sports Editor

December 4, 2013

President Geoffery Mearns was challenged by NKU student Matt Hepner, reigning intramural ping pong champion on Dec. 2.The buzz began on Twitter after The Northerner published an article where Mearns said he could probably beat Ken Bothof, athletic director, in ping pong or a marathon. Mearns is set to fa...

NKU Alumnus produces commercial with hopes of it airing in the Superbowl

Letsinger in his commercial he submitted through Doritos competition.

Brook Clifford, Sports Editor

December 4, 2013

It costs roughly $4 million to reserve a 30-second advertising clip during the Super Bowl, according to Forbes. However, one NKU alumnus may get the opportunity to have his commercial aired through Doritos cost-free, besides for the amount of money it cost him to produce it independently. “And to ...

Senior soccer players end college career; plans for future

Olivia Shawmeker, Staff Writer

December 4, 2013

The men’s soccer team finished its season and the seniors that are leaving the team have plans for the future. While most of the team gets to practice in the spring for next season, these seniors will not be joining their team like usual. Some senior athletes feel sadness for the season coming to an e...

Mearns Creates Position of Senior Advisor to the President for Inclusive Excellence

Tori Lentz, Staff Writer

November 26, 2013

President Mearns announced the creation of the position of Senior Advisor to the President for Inclusive Excellence to fulfill a major recommendation of NKU’s diversity plan. The university-wide diversity plan, developed by the Campus Diversity Plan Task Force in 2011 under President Votruba, recomme...

NKU’s women’s basketball team takes their third loss of the season to WKU

NKU guard Lauren White (#3) goes up for a layup against WKU Saturday night. Western Kentucky University defeated NKU 74-64 Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Bank of Kentucky Center.

R.J. Bryant, Contributing Writer

November 23, 2013

On Nov. 23, the Norse women’s basketball team fell 74-64 to Western Kentucky University making NKU’s record 2-3. “Our opponent was very talented, we really had our hands full,” said NKU Women’s Head Coach Dawn Plitzuweit. “When we missed assignments, they seemed to make us pay for every one ...

Official Tobacco Policy Released

Ricky Cracchiolo, Staff Writer

November 20, 2013

The tobacco task force’s policy statement was approved by NKU’s Board of Regents last Wednesday. So far, only the policy statement has been approved, said NKU’s Dean of Students Jeffrey Waple. He said the recommendations found on the task force’s report that was released Wednesday are still su...

Gitau: from schoolboy in Kenya to university leader

Gitau: from schoolboy in Kenya to university leader

Maggie Pund, News Editor

November 20, 2013

“I think people don’t always understand my journey, the journey to be who I am,” Peter Gitau said. “It’s been a struggle, but a very determined struggle.” Every morning for 40 minutes, he walked, usually barefoot, down the rural road from his family’s remote village home in Kenya to school. ...

Norse fall to in-state rival Morehead in a 74-61 loss

Dean Danos (#44) dribbles the ball in the second half waiting for a teammate to get open. The Norse lost 74-61 to Morehead State on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights, KY.

Clayton Castle, Staff Writer

November 20, 2013

The Norse men’s basketball team fell to a 0-4 overall record on Nov. 19  in a 74-61 loss at the hands of in-state rival Morehead State University in front of 2,144 fans at The Bank of Kentucky Center. “We got off to a really slow start,” said Dave Bezold, men’s basketball head coach. “Onc...

Top five things to know about Wednesday’s Board of Regents meeting

Mac Payton and Kevin Schultz

November 19, 2013

NKU’s Board of Regents met Nov. 13 to discuss and vote on issues spanning across various parts of the campus community. Ranging from topics such as the the tobacco ban, to tuition versus state revenues, and even the future plans for the next five years for the entire university, the board was pre...

NKU Gives International Students the “American Experience”

NKU Gives International Students the “American Experience”

Marc Kennedy, Contributing Writer

November 19, 2013

If you’ve noticed a significant increase in NKUs international student body, it’s no coincidence. Several faculty members and administrators have made it their mission to make NKU home to hundreds of students across the globe. “We try to have a strong international presence here,” said Elizabeth Chaulk...

Newest regent has always given back to alma mater

Newest regent has always given back to alma mater

Mac Payton, News Editor

November 13, 2013

Andrá Ward, the first black alumnus appointed to NKU’s Board of Regents, has lived quite a varied life, but has always given back to his school, both as a student and an alumnus.   Academics and Career Ward graduated from NKU in 1986 with a degree in broadcast communication, a predecessor to...

New Campus Rec Center could bring parking woes to a head

New Campus Rec Center could bring parking woes to a head

Mac Payton, News Editor

November 13, 2013

Updated plans for the new Campus Recreation Center were released at the Student Government Association meeting Monday, Nov. 11. Matt Hackett, director of campus recreation, spoke to the organization, saying that the university is attempting to transform what he called “the world’s largest concrete...

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