The Student Government Association is helping students save their money when they go to restaurants around campus. This 10 percent discount, called Norse Rates, is given to students who show their All Card at participating restaurants.
Three places have already jumped on board: Skyline Tavern, Dunkers Sports Grill and Raneiro’s Pizza. Secretary for Student Involvement Megan Murray, a senior communication studies major, is still working on getting other businesses to participate, such as City Barbeque, Firehouse Subs and Chipotle.
“I think that it is a great program because it is helping us college students,” said sophomore public relations major Ashley Hempfling. “We don’t have a lot of money as it is and it’s nice that they are willing to do that for us.”.
Danielle Parrilla, the general manager of Chipotle in Highland Heights, said since Chipotle is a corporately-owned restaurant chain, their participation is unlikely. However, Parrilla said that Chipotle can do fundraisers for student organizations, which she said they do all the time.
The idea of Norse Nights, the original name of the program, began in September 2010, according to SGA meeting minutes, with the previous Secretary for Student Involvement Dustin Robinson.
Now it is the job of Murray to rebrand Norse Nights into Norse Rates, so as not to conflict with Campus Recreation’s program by the same name.
“Other universities, like [the] University of Kentucky, do a similar program to save students money, and I think it’s a step in the right direction for a more college-town feel,” Murray said.
Norse Nights allowed students to get discounts by showing their All Cards or by being dressed in NKU apparel. Now, locations are only allowing discounts to students with All Cards.
“We always wanted to have a strong relationship with NKU. We have a number of alumni that are owners and…actually all of our employees go to school there,” said Matt Heeke, general manager and part owner of Dunkers Sports Grill. “We want to do whatever we can to cater to them [NKU students and faculty].”
Not all of the businesses are set in stone as of yet. Murray is in the process of contacting other local businesses within a five to ten mile radius of campus. She hopes that once more businesses begin to participate, newer businesses, such as City Barbeque, will follow suit in the trend.