The Northerner

What students should watch for in the first presidential debate

Preparations take place for the first Presidential debate in the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Cleveland.

Payden Hinkle, Contributor

September 29, 2020

President Donald Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden face off tonight in Cleveland, Ohio for the first Presidential Debate of the 2020 election cycle. Chris Wallace, Fox News Sunday host, will be the moderator for tonight's debate. Wallace was selected by the Commission on Presidential Debates...

Health officials urge flu vaccine to prevent ‘twindemic’

The entrance to Health, Counseling and Student Wellness in University Center. A frosted glass door.

Rachel Smith, News Editor

September 27, 2020

Regional health officials and administrators encourage citizens to receive the flu vaccination to ward off the looming ‘twindemic.’  “Protecting ourselves against the flu is more important than ever,” Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said in a r...

First female chair of NKU’s Board of Regents recently died

First female chair of NKU’s Board of Regents recently died

Rachel Smith, News Editor

September 25, 2020

Alice Sparks, first woman to chair NKU’s Board of Regents and first female chair of a Kentucky public university, has recently died, administrators announced in a campus-wide email today.  “Her mark on NKU is extensive, and she truly helped shape our university into the institution we are toda...

How does SOTA operate during a pandemic?

Four dancers rehearse in a parking garage.

Alyssa Weber, Arts & Life Editor

September 23, 2020

NKU’s School of the Arts (SOTA) has decided to utilize digital media as an alternative method to typical live performances, open art galleries and music/vocal lessons in order to ensure a safe, socially distant fall semester for its students, faculty, staff and other patrons.  SOTA department h...

Was it safe to return to campus? Faculty and health experts weigh in

Students entering and exiting the SU on Wednesday.

Rachel Smith, News Editor

September 23, 2020

Several universities have opened for the Fall 2020 semester, leading many to express health concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. While even the near future is shadowed in uncertainty, members of Northern Kentucky University attempt to shed light on campus safety during a global pandemic. Why ...

Letter from the editor: from newspaper to newsletter

Griffin Hall at night. It's dark outside and there are bright color lights.

Natalie Hamren, Editor-in-Chief

September 23, 2020

Throughout 2020, The Northerner had to adjust to various circumstances and scenarios. No longer having the ability to interview sources, collaborate or interact in person, our team has shifted to virtual operations. We decided that a weekly print publication was no longer feasible for many reasons. Howe...

‘I want to live past COVID’: students, alum explain what it’s like to have the disease

Senior Theatre and Philosophy major Isabel Sleczkowski sits in her apartment where she's been quarantining since July.

Natalie Hamren, Editor-in-Chief

September 22, 2020

Read about two NKU students' and one alum's experience with COVID-19. Isabel Sleczkowski, senior philosophy and theatre BFA major, experienced severe symptoms that sent her to the emergency room twice. Emmy Kaeppner, senior senior BFA costume design and technology, was sick for two weeks but made...

Emmy Kaeppner

Kaeppner sits inside her apartment and looks at through the window.

Natalie Hamren, Editor-in-Chief

September 22, 2020

Around four days after Kaeppner’s fiancee, Isabel Sleczkowski, started experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, Kaeppner started experiencing them, too. Her mom had coronavirus over the summer, so Kaeppner was spending a lot of her time bringing her mom groceries and helping out with other tasks. Her ...

Isabel Sleczkowski

Sleczkowski sits in her apartment. She stares out through the window.

Natalie Hamren, Editor-in-Chief

September 22, 2020

Isabel Sleczkowski felt the blood pressure cuff squeeze her arm. She knew another 30 minutes had passed. Between the cuff, an IV, a pulse oximeter and her relentless fatigue, she could hardly hold up the book she brought to read to pass time.  A few hours earlier, Sleczkowski’s fiancee dropped her off at ...

Bailey Fox

Bailey Fox sits inside her apartment through the bedroom window.

Natalie Hamren, Editor-in-Chief

September 22, 2020

Bailey Fox was the only person in her inner circle of friends who tested positive for COVID-19 over the summer. Her friend group, which consisted of around four people, hung out over the summer. Fox wasn’t worried about contracting COVID-19 because her friend group typically only interacted amongst themsel...

Q&A: Amy McGrath discusses student debt, COVID-19, more

Amy McGrath stands in front of a small crowd and speaks.

Natalie Hamren, Editor-in-Chief

September 20, 2020

Saturday morning, Kentucky Democrat Senate candidate Amy McGrath spoke with NKU students and community members about the importance of voting, her stance on issues and ways to encourage your friends to vote. The Northerner spoke with McGrath after the event and asked her about gun violence, student d...

Provost shares COVID-19 update, FAQ

Facial coverings are required on campus as part of the 'Norse Nine.'

Noelle Horn, News Editor

August 25, 2020

Provost Sue Ott Rowlands sent out a COVID-19 update email this week, which includes frequently asked questions about the regional dashboard, reminders about healthy practices on campus and childcare resources.  Frequently asked questions In order to answer questions about the regional statistics d...

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