The Northerner

How COVID-19 affected NKU

NKU has fully transitioned to an online university amid coronavirus concerns.

Northerner Staff

May 8, 2020

COVID-19 has completely stopped the world. Schools now operate online. Grocery stores are no longer open 24/7. Masks are strongly encouraged to be worn in public—even just for exercise. Coronavirus has changed lives. Coronavirus will always be a significant moment in history. Coronavirus has...

Patrolling campus during a pandemic: how officers are staying safe

Officer Dewayne Cox (in car) and Officer Autumn Ruehl (on bike) with Detective Bobby Pate in the background.

Rachel Smith, Assistant News Editor

May 8, 2020

Latex gloves. Lysol-scented office space. Lonely patrols.  While COVID-19 has initiated a wave of work-from-home orders, some positions still require boots on the ground. For university police officers, maintaining the safety of NKU’s campus cannot be completed from the safety of their homes. ...

How Grace Gillum strengthened her mental health during quarantine

Junior secondary education major Grace Gillum has been improving her coping skills in quarantine.

Natalie Hamren, Editor-in-Chief

May 8, 2020

The idea of walking into a coffee shop, smelling fresh coffee and sitting down to drink it is the thought that motivates junior secondary education major Grace Gillum through quarantine.  The COVID-19 pandemic has put Gillum in a situation where she can’t fully control what’s going on. Because...

Combating isolation: Allison Weihe maintains friendships during quarantine

Junior psychology major Allison Weihe

Natalie Hamren, Editor-in-Chief

May 8, 2020

Junior psychology major Allison Weihe relies on interpersonal connections to help her cope with her mental health. Due to the pandemic, she’s been unable to do that.  Weihe misses being able to see her friends on campus or hangout with them easily. Now that campus is closed, Weihe has been living at ...

Provost Sue Ott Rowlands: Leading a campus through COVID-19

The COVID-19 response task force meets virtually everyday at noon.

Rachel Smith, Assistant News Editor

May 8, 2020

“Does anyone else have something to bring up? Any questions?” NKU Provost Sue Ott Rowlands asks in an empty room. On her computer screen, twenty-five pairs of eyes blink back at her. She always ends the daily Zoom meeting like this, giving a final chance for any member of the COVID-19 Preparedness Te...

‘Slightly stronger’: How Cameron Peterson is coping with quarantine

Senior geology major Cameron Peterson (far right) with friends in North Carolina.

Natalie Hamren, Editor-in-Chief

May 8, 2020

The global pandemic didn’t hit senior geology major Cameron Peterson very hard at first. It wasn’t until his school trip to Colorado was canceled that he understood things were changing. Then, his senior commencement was canceled, and he realized how important graduation actually was to him. “I gu...

Sporting season may be canceled but staying fit isn’t

An NKU athlete stretching.

Sierra Newton, Sports Editor

May 8, 2020

Although no games are being played, it’s imperative that student athletes stay in shape for when they can compete. 

Greek life continues philanthropies, meetings and celebrations despite COVID-19

Greek life members mingling at Fresh Fusion

Sierra Newton, Sports Editor

May 8, 2020

With the closing of campus due to COVID-19, groups and organizations have had to quickly find new ways to operate without physically meeting. One of NKU’s biggest communities is NKU Fraternity and Sorority life with around 700 participants.

Student internships impacted by coronavirus

Various student internships have been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

Rachel Smith, Assistant News Editor

May 8, 2020

When Allison Jones started interning at the Northern Kentucky Health Department, she worked 16 hours a week in a cubicle that she anticipated would be her mainstay for the entire semester. Now, like many non-essential workers in the United States, Jones works from home and her project has taken a b...

From the perspective of Allison Weihe

President of the College Panhellenic Association Allison Weihe, center.

Allison Weihe, PHC President

May 8, 2020

The influence that COVID-19 has had on the NKU community like many others has been incredibly significant, and our fraternity and sorority life community has been especially affected. The vast majority of our reach leaned on in-person programming and events designed to educate and support our communi...

From the perspective of A.J. Miller

Far left, coordinator for student engagement A.J. Miller

A.J. Miller, Coordinator, Student Engagement

May 8, 2020

Spring Break is typically a time of renewal. For students, it’s an opportunity to take a break from classes, maybe explore a new city or even pick up some extra shifts at work. For Faculty/Staff it’s a week to get caught up and hopefully maybe even get ahead. This year, Spring Break is associate...

From the perspective of Dr. John Alberti

President Ashish Vaidya with members of the English department.

Dr. John Alberti, Chair of the English Department

May 8, 2020

“So what can you do with an English major?” Reflecting on the past six weeks of teaching and learning under quarantine, this perennial question—one that makes English majors and teachers alike roll our eyes and sigh—has taken on a new relevance.  My usual answer is to, like a good En...

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