The Northerner

Laptops top list of classroom distractions

Roxanna Blevins

January 19, 2011

I encourage you to read The Northerner. I encourage you to read any news source, for that matter. I think that everyone who is able should read everything they possibly can, whether it’s fact, fiction, news or opinion. But if you are reading this in a classroom where a class is being taught, I reques...

Something looks a bit different

Vern Hockney

January 12, 2011

Welcome back to another semester full of possibilities at Northern Kentucky University. The staff at The Northerner worked over the winter break to give your print newspaper a new feel and look. We wanted to bring that “news” feeling back to the paper and hope the new design helps to accomplis...

A better world starts with you

Vern Hockney

January 12, 2011

Men have thought for, presumably, quite a long time. Of course to 20-something-years-olds, 50 years seems like a quite a long time. But regardless of how long man has actually been thinking, one point that stays in contention are accepted virtues, values or morally desirable characteristics. There are...

I’m only worth $2.75

Vern Hockney

April 14, 2010

The evening began innocently enough. Sitting in The Northerner's office talking to the other editors, I decided that perhaps covering the Date Night auction hosted by the coed KKPsi band fraternity would be worthwhile. Little did I know that this event would draw me in past the point of no return i...

Everybody take a ride on the bus (Editorial)

Melissa McLeod

April 14, 2010

There are many modes of transportation available to students on Northern Kentucky University’s campus. Riding the TANK bus is one of the most convenient for many students. The bus is not only easy to ride but is also a way to relax, save a little cash and do your part to take care of our environment....

Meal plan needs to change

Nicholas Jones

April 6, 2010

When I moved to NKU's campus my freshman year of college, I was excited to begin a new life away from home. I had never been away from home for more than two days without a parent, and I was excited to live on my own. Now that I'm in my fourth semester of living on campus, I am almost willing to do an...

Come on, just smile for me

Melissa McLeod

March 24, 2010

There is nothing more awkward than running into someone on campus that you have only met once or twice and expect to receive a cheerful greeting in passing, only to find them looking away once eye contact is made. Even worse, a good friend passes you by and is far more concerned about shuffling through...

Give the students an answer (Staff Editorial)

Staff Editorial

March 3, 2010

Ah! Northern Kentucky University: The market place of ideas. Disclaimer: However, if your ideas don’t align with the members of the university administration you could be removed from your position. Such is the case with the recent fi rings of Blanche Pringle-Smith and Michael Griffin, coordin...

Driving in the snow (Editorial)

Betina Kemker

February 10, 2010

Waiting until 9:30 to cancel classes is bullshit. It is unfair to the professors and students, not to mention all the students who did make it to class, despite the slick roads, nervous drivers and the snow piling up on the highway. At around 9:00, according to, there were 242 school and...

Web Exclusive: Last Thoughts on Ted Kennedy

Brandon Barb

August 27, 2009

Chuck Kennedy/MCT CampusWednesday was a sad day in politics.' The last line of defense for what is right has died. The last Kennedy brother has died at the age of 77. Senator Edward Kennedy is dead, and so is the Kennedy flame. Camelot is no more - where is the Kennedy I can look to and see a ray of h...

Hunting season open for on-campus parking

By Brandon Barb, By Brandon Barb, and By Brandon Barb

August 26, 2009

CharlotteEtherton/Photo editorParking at Northern Kentucky University remains a problem. Not only are there are too many cars and too few parking spaces, but the price of parking passes has increased as well. The price of a full year pass has gone up to $187, which is up from $175 last year. That's on...

Sorry, see you in the spring

By Heather Willoughby, By Heather Willoughby, and By Heather Willoughby

August 26, 2009

Imagine this: you're graduating from high school and you have your college choice settled. You love NKU '- the campus, albeit a bit gray, just feels right. It has all of the classes that you wanted. Then, right when you feel like you can kick back because you got your application in, the school announces th...

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