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‘Be brave’: NKU student wants diversity, representation on campus, SGA

Kaitlin Minniefield sits on a chair in front of an NKU logo. She's wearing a white shirt and black pants.

Natalie Hamren, Editor-in-Chief

October 27, 2020

Kaitlin Minniefield, sophomore biological sciences major, recently joined the Student Government Association (SGA) to amplify and advocate for the Black community on campus.  The SGA senator said she wants to see issues involving minorities on campus being pushed to the forefront.  “We tend to...

Theatre student welcomed pandemic as opportunity for self discovery

Je'Shaun Jackson wears a yellow shirt with a black romper over it. He's carrying theatre playbills and smiling.

Alyssa Weber, Arts & Life Editor

October 27, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic started in March, junior musical theatre major Je’Shaun Jackson believed that it was the best thing to happen for him as a performing artist. Despite the circumstances being nerve-wracking, he said he welcomed the situation as an opportunity for self discovery. “It ma...

‘They see you as the blueprint’: student on being a teacher, mentor through cello lessons

Gita Srinivasan sits on a park bench in front of a lake with her cello. She's wearing a red sweater with dark dress pants.

Rachel Smith, News Editor

October 27, 2020

The best reward a musician can receive is the establishment of a lineage, according to Gita Srinivasan.  Not a lineage in the biological sense, of course. In classical music, lineages describe how a musician can influence later generations of performers either by composition choices, playing style...

Journey to starlight: dancer stays busy despite pandemic

Brianna Mullins jumps in the air wearing a pink leotard and black leggings. There are colorful autumn trees behind her.

Alyssa Weber, Arts & Life Editor

October 27, 2020

When senior dance major Bri Mullins was around 3 years old, she was small for her age and very shy around other children and adults. Her mother wanted to help coax her out of her shell, so she enrolled her at Kiddie Kapers Dance Company in Lexington, Kentucky. “She put me in the dancewear that you have...

VIDEO: Dent Schoolhouse, COVID-19

VIDEO: Dent Schoolhouse, COVID-19

Morgan King, Ryan Shauberger, and Dylan Shelton

October 18, 2020

Dent Schoolhouse is a popular choice of entertainment around the Halloween season, but COVID-19 has required some changes to keep the business up and running. Northerner reporters met with owner Bud Stross to learn what's new about the Halloween attraction this holiday season.

Q&A: Students discuss online learning during a pandemic

Portrait of Maria Combs

Haley Millay, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

October 8, 2020

NKU implemented a hybrid-learning environment this semester due to COVID-19 concerns and guidelines and while students say that comes with a fair share of advantages, students believe there are far more disadvantages. There are a number of classes being offered fully in-person this fall, though ma...

‘It’s on us to keep it moving’: Theatre students imagine the industry post-pandemic

The Theatre and Dance “Attractions” board outside SOTA, which usually displays the semester’s upcoming events, is vacant.

Haley Millay, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

October 4, 2020

Editor’s note: Some of the ideas expressed in this story are opinions and predictions from theatre students. The intended purpose of this story is not to say what the future of theatre will or should look like but rather to predict what it might look like. Theater is unique in that its livelihood r...

Students react to NKU replacing spring break

Students react to NKU replacing spring break

Natalie Hamren, Editor-in-Chief

September 29, 2020

Earlier today, President Ashish Vaidya announced that the traditional week-long spring break will be replaced with a series of shorter University holidays that “should reduce the risks associated with traditional spring break travel.” The additional holidays will now be Monday Feb. 15, Friday March...

Students ‘say her name’ across campus in protest against Breonna Taylor ruling

Anna Marie Adams (center) leads the protest next to Kiazja Watterson-Brown.

Josh Kelly, Managing Editor

September 24, 2020

After a grand jury indicted one of three officers for the shooting of Breonna Taylor, Kiazja Watterson-Brown felt it was necessary to bring awareness of Taylor’s case and decision, but also for the other Black lives that have been taken. “We still need to say the name of our people of col...

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...

‘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 ...

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