The Northerner

Geographic reasons behind move to Horizon League

President Mearns announced Monday that NKU Athletics will move to the Horizon League. The move becomes effective July 1.

Carrie Crotzer, Tori Lentz, and Abby Anstead

May 11, 2015

The Board of Regents voted unanimously Monday to add NKU to the Horizon League conference effective July 1.NKU Athletics will make the move for the 2015-16 season to cut down on travel time for student athletes, give fans more chances to see the Norse and cut costs for the future.President Geoffrey Mearns ...

Record number of students to graduate this spring

1,780 students are eligible to graduate this year compared to 1,670 last May. Students will graduate in three commencement ceremonies May 9.

Tori Lentz, News Editor

May 4, 2015

NKU will graduate one of its largest classes in the institution’s history when 1,780 students receive degrees at three commencement ceremonies May 9.“We continue to go up a little bit. We have a couple hundred more [students graduating] than last May,” Kathy Stewart, director of special events,...

Declining enrollment to impact 2015-16 budget

President Geoffrey Mearns delivers the annual Spring Budget Address Wednesday, April 29. Mearns discussed enrollment, retention and state appropriations.

Abby Anstead, Reporter

May 1, 2015

Enrollment, retention and state appropriations were among the topics highlighted by President Geoffrey Mearns in his annual university budget address on Wednesday, April 29.  The purpose of the address, according to Mearns, was to provide information about the variety of factors that influence the finan...

Republican primary candidates clash at gubernatorial debate

(From left to right) Matt Bevin, Hal Heiner and Chris McDaniel debate at NKU's Gubernatorial Debate on April 22.

Andrea Carter, Reporter

April 23, 2015

During NKU’s gubernatorial debate on April 22, the Kentucky candidates for this year’s Republican primary grew irritable with one another. Roughly 60 people were in attendance for the debate, half of which were students. The debate, which featured three of the four candidates including Chris McD...

BREAKING: Chief of Police Jason Willis resigns after receiving Ph.D.

Chief of Police Jason Willis announced his resignation from NKU, effective May 29. Willis recently received a Ph.D. in education and educational leadership and plans to use his doctorate in his next career.

Tori Lentz, News Editor

April 22, 2015

Chief of Police Jason Willis announced he is resigning from NKU to pursue other opportunities in higher education. His resignation, effective May 29, comes after four years as head of the NKU Police Department. Willis recently completed a doctorate in education and educational leadership with a special...

Student hopes to bring national organization to campus

Karen Plunkett, Reporter

April 20, 2015

Preston Buckley, a NKU business major, is looking to bring a national organization that advocates for the legalization of concealed carry on college campuses for purposes of self-defense. Buckley has been around firearms his whole life and at the young age of six he started learning how to use them....

Rec Center construction to wrap up Fall 2015

Student Government senators saw the framework of the new pool and warm water pool. The new pool will be one of the last installments of the Rec Center and will feature the NKU logo on its floor.

Richard Cracchiolo and Tori Lentz

April 8, 2015

With the Rec Center construction set to wrap up construction by the fall semester, the Student Government Association was invited on a tour of the construction site. What they saw included the early steps of a pool, a first floor locker room and a lounge area among other things. Fortunately, they in...

‘Survivor: Africa’ winner fights AIDS through soccer charity

Justin Wolstenholme, Reporter

April 8, 2015

“Survivor: Africa winner” Ethan Zohn, brought charisma, energy and charm to NKU students as he detailed the highs and lows of his life that inspired him to start the GrassRoot Soccer foundation during his talk at the Otto M. Budig Theater on April 7. Zohn had a handful of anecdotes from his time ...

NKU prepares for incoming community college students

Justin Wolstenholme, Reporter

April 1, 2015

In January, President Barack Obama proposed a plan in his State of the Union address that would allow students to attend community college free for up to two years, but according to NKU officials, the school is not concerned with the impact it might have on enrollment at the four-year institution. “Admissions will not ...

Dean Waple leaving NKU at close of semester

Dean Waple interacts with students Karl Bragg and Matt Kriege during his lunch break in the Student Union.

Tori Lentz, News Editor

March 31, 2015

Dean Waple announced he will be leaving his position as Dean of students at NKU for a position at Southern Illinois University this summer. “I’ve accepted to be the vice chancellor of student affairs at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and that starts on July 1,” Waple said. “I’ve...

Mearns ends search for new rec management

President Mearns speaks to students at Monday's town hall forum. The Rec Center, Health Innovations Center, Peter Gitau's resignation and the national search for a new head basketball coach were the topics of discussion.

Tori Lentz and Gavin Colton

March 30, 2015

President Geoffrey Mearns announced he will not continue to pursue the idea of Centers Inc. managing the Rec Center during a town hall forum hosted by SGA Monday. Matt Hackett, Rec Center director, and Jeffrey Waple, the dean of students, were notified of the decision just moments before Mearns broke the...

New student orientation to undergo changes

Student orientation leaders posing for a group photo at the last Northern Exposure. This year, freshmen orientation will last three days rather than two as it has in the past.

Moe Daniels, Reporter

March 26, 2015

For the past nine years NKU has done Northern Exposure or orientation, as some may say, relatively the same. This year, Northern Exposure will undergo changes in the hopes of benefiting prospective NKU students. Jennie LaMothe, director of New Student Orientation and Parents Programs at NKU, was on th...

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