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...

A conversation with senior Janiah Miller

Janiah Miller, integrative studies major.

Alyssa Weber, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

May 8, 2020

Major: Integrative studies. I have three minors. Political science, social justice and university honors with two focus areas in women and gender studies and public service. What organizations have you been involved with during your time at NKU? I was in the Student Government Association for 2.5 years,...

A conversation with senior Alex Navarro-Guzman

Alex Navarro-Guzmán, international business and human resource management major

Alyssa Weber, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

May 8, 2020

Major: International Business and Human Resource Management  What organizations have you been involved in at NKU? Resident Assistant for the Office of University Housing  Student Worker for Latino Programs & Services President of Alpha Psi Lambda Vice President of Delta Sigma Pi,...

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...

From the perspective of Dr. Kimberly Lazzeri

In 2019, the music department performed Menotti’s “The Old Maid and the Thief”

Dr. Kimberly Lazzeri, Associate Professor of Voice

May 8, 2020

As musicians, we rely upon togetherness.  We sing together, play together, listen together, breathe together, and even tune together so that we are completely in sync with one another. And what’s more, we rely upon togetherness with our audiences—the bond that is formed between human beings all ...

A conversation with senior Dylan Woodruff

Dylan Woodruff marketing major

Alyssa Weber, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

May 8, 2020

Major: Marketing What organizations have you been involved in during your time at NKU? Golden Key International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma What have been the biggest challenges for you with transitioning to online? The biggest challenge is probably just having to tackle everythi...

From the perspective of Shomari Kee

NKU's campus recreation center.

Shomari Kee, Director of Campus Recreation

May 8, 2020

The Coronavirus has had a significant impact on Campus Recreation at NKU. The greatest of which was the decision to close the Campus Recreation Center at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. The initial plan was to close until today. However, the university closed all on-campus events through June 30 which re...

From the perspective of Trevor Browning

A rehearsal of Eurydice. Costume design by Emmy Kaeppner, props designed by Kristin Craven.

Trevor Browning, Producer, The Henry Konstantinow Studio Series

May 8, 2020

The Henry Theatre—our campuses studio outlet for student directors, student actors, student producers, student writers, and student designers—has and always will be a non-profit student organization which is why it has been hit rather hard by the spread of COVID-19 and its effect on campus life a...

A conversation with senior Chris Riehl

Chris Riehl, public relations major

Alyssa Weber, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

May 8, 2020

Major: Public relations with a minor in health studies What organizations have you been involved in during your time at NKU? Currently I serve as the president of Presidential Ambassadors. I’m also a member of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), and I’m also in Greek life. Wha...

For many essential workers, risking our health is not a choice

Many people still have to work despite the pandemic.

Noelle Horn, Assistant News Editor

May 8, 2020

Sunday was the busiest day of the week for grocery stores. I was on my way to my part-time job as a cashier where I live in Ohio. Leading up to this point, I remember that things were tense and confusion and uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic was impacting both customers and employees.  The sto...

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