The Northerner’s top 10 stories of 2017

December 30, 2017

The Northerner has been busy and our data shows it. 

In 2017, The Northerner’s articles and videos were viewed almost 600,000 times and were shared over 50,000 times. That’s double last year’s web traffic; in fact, it’s a new record!

To celebrate, revisit our ten most viewed stories of the year:


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  • After defeating the Milwaukee Panthers 59-53 in the Horizon League championship, men's basketball was March Madness-bound in the team's first year in Division I. Norse up, indeed.

  • She swiped her way right into our hearts. Here's The Northerner's profile of campus dining's most famous fixture, Mary Pat.

  • After new abortion restrictions passed in January, students Hannah Bockweg and Noah Pittinger shared their views on the right to life and the right to choose.

  • Fream; noun (US 1950s slang). Referring to social outsider or misfit. Here's how NKU students Tyler Isaacs and Alex Arias became style outsiders that built their own fashion line.

  • NKU paid over $18 million for pensions this year and is projected to pay $31 million next year. But are employees and students the ones really hurting?

  • In the first part of our series on the champion soccer coach and teacher, Basalyga reflects on a 43-year career punctuated by sports, family and compassion.

  • Mearns announced his departure on Jan. 24 and left after spring commencement. Gerard St. Amand currently serves in the interim and will be succeeded by sixth president Ashish Vaidya in July.

  • After years of serving the Greater Cincinnati region, the Board voted to sell WNKU 89.7 FM on Feb. 14, and the university sold the radio station to Bible Broadcasting Corp for $1.9 million in July. The station signed off for good on Aug. 18.

  • A first-degree rape was reported to university police on Oct. 14. All students were notified via a campus-wide email on Oct. 18.

  • After receiving nationwide attention for March Madness, we compiled 10 little-known facts about our campus in the most-viewed and most viral Northerner article of the year.

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Be sure to view our full 2017 recap here.

We’ll see you in 2018!

Graphics by Sam Rosenstiel 

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