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NKU allows students to opt-in pass/fail grading for semester

NKU allows students to opt-in pass/fail grading for semester

Billy Keeney, News Editor

March 31, 2020

All undergraduate and graduate students will have the option to request a change from a letter grade to pass/fail for full-semester, second 7-week or third five-week classes, according to an email from Provost Sue Ott Rowlands. An email will be sent from the Registrar's office on April 13 that gives ...

SOTA Stream keeps the music flowing despite campus closure

SOTA Stream keeps the music flowing despite campus closure

Alyssa Weber, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

March 28, 2020

In the midst of social distancing, SOTA faculty and staff began brainstorming ways to encourage others to stay creative. In addition to virtual open mics and virtual coffee hours, SOTA Stream, an ongoing collection of videos showcasing the deep talent throughout SOTA was launched according to Rick Endr...

Some student fees to be refunded, Norse Commons to remain open

Some student fees to be refunded, Norse Commons to remain open

Natalie Hamren and Kane Mitten

March 25, 2020

President Ashish Vaidya announced in a campus-wide email that parking, dining and housing fees already paid will be pro-rated and refunded to students. Vaidya said refunds will be applied to outstanding balances first and will share more details soon on when students can receive refunds.  Bec...

Summer courses moved online, campus buildings locked

Summer courses moved online, campus buildings locked

Kane Mitten, Arts & Life Editor

March 24, 2020

In response to the growing concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, Provost Sue Ott Rowlands announced Tuesday that NKU has moved all May intersession and summer courses to online instruction. Priority registration for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters will proceed as planned on March 26, and the sched...

Ohio residents ordered to shelter-in-place

Ohio residents ordered to shelter-in-place

Kane Mitten, Arts & Life Editor

March 22, 2020

Ohio is now under a shelter-in-place order to limit the spread of coronavirus, Governor Mike DeWine announced Sunday afternoon. Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton signed the order, which is in effect beginning midnight on Monday through April 6. "We are at war," DeWine said in a press conference. ...

How coronavirus affected Norse abroad

How coronavirus affected Norse abroad

Josh Kelly, Managing Editor

March 22, 2020

The University announced on March 18 that all Education Abroad trips are canceled through the end of summer. Michelle Melish, assistant director in the office of education abroad, said emails were sent to the 16 students abroad asking them to come home. For Christina Fultz, senior Spanish and elementary...

Vaidya: spring commencement canceled

Vaidya: spring commencement canceled

Natalie Hamren and Billy Keeney

March 20, 2020

President Ashish Vaidya announced in a campus-wide email today that spring commencement will be canceled due to coronavirus concerns.  All 2020 graduates are invited to participate in the December commencement to celebrate “all that they have accomplished—despite the unique challenges this year ...

ISU hosts digital “Netflix and Chill” watch party

ISU hosts digital “Netflix and Chill” watch party

Corinne Byrne, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

March 20, 2020

After being told to socially isolate, many people’s first thought is booting up Netflix. But NKU’s International Student Union doesn’t want to lose community connection for those who may be suffering from the lack of social connection in quarantine. Thankfully, the browser Google Chrome has a Net...

Maintenance updates: strategies on cleaning campus

Maintenance updates: strategies on cleaning campus

Rachel Smith, Assistant News Editor

March 19, 2020

In response to the increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kentucky, over 60 custodial workers have remained on campus to ensure the health and safety of students and faculty. NKU’s facilities management team offers updates and insight on what it’s like to be a campus on high alert. &nb...

SOTA: All events, including mainstages and Henry shows, canceled

SOTA: All events, including mainstages and Henry shows, canceled

Kane Mitten, Arts & Life Editor

March 19, 2020

NKU’s School of the Arts has canceled all mainstage shows, according to an official statement by the department. All art exhibitions and concerts by the music department are also canceled. Student-run plays in the Henry Konstantinow Theatre were canceled last Friday. 

COVID-19 reimbursement procedures for student, faculty, staff travel

COVID-19 reimbursement procedures for student, faculty, staff travel

Billy Keeney, News Editor

March 18, 2020

NKU faculty and staff members with unrecoverable out-of-pocket travel expenses due to the coronavirus pandemic may seek reimbursement through the MyNKU Travel Module, according to a press release from Provost Sue Ott Rowlands. To apply for reimbursement, the release gave the following instructions: ...

NKU students create Facebook group to house displaced students

NKU students create Facebook group to house displaced students

Natalie Hamren, Editor-in-Chief

March 18, 2020

Two NKU students created “Ghostlight Housing NKY” to help recently displaced NKU students find housing and other resources.  Sophomore integrative studies major Jessica Archer and senior public relations and theatre arts major Grace Wesson were inspired by a theatre tradition where artists can request/offer a ...

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