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Athlete Spotlight: Track and field runner on Black History

Athlete Spotlight: Track and field runner on Black History

Sierra Newton, Sports Editor

February 11, 2019

BriAuna Keys is a sprinter for NKU women’s track and field team. The senior accounting and business information systems double major aspires to be a certified public accountant for a public accounting firm. Keys’ senior season will mark her 10th year of running track. She had a hand in short dist...

Athlete Spotlight: Soccer defender on Black History

Athlete Spotlight: Soccer defender on Black History

Sierra Newton, Sports Editor

February 6, 2019

Abdul Kooistra is a redshirt senior defender on NKU’s men’s soccer team, who hails from Madison, Wisconsin. Kooistra studies communications and is seeking a minor in marketing. Kooistra has played soccer for as long as he can remember and has always strived to play at a high level. “Play...

Black History Month: a time for celebration, education

Black History Month: a time for celebration, education

Natalie Hamren, News Editor

February 6, 2019

In 1925, historian, journalist and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson created the idea for the first Negro History Week—a celebration of experiences and accomplishments of African-Americans, said Dr. Eric Jackson, Black studies and history professor at NKU. Woodson, a graduate from Harvard University ...

For student poet, the biggest risk is not taking one

For student poet, the biggest risk is not taking one

Noël Waltz, Reporter

February 6, 2019

From deciding to attend a university over 5,000 miles away from her home in Lagos, Nigeria, to the interdisciplinary challenges she took head on, Onyinye Uwolloh is no stranger to taking risks. The elemental logistics of scholarships and tuition weighed on Uwolloh’s decision to come to NKU, but...

New initiatives director aims to spark engagement

New initiatives director aims to spark engagement

Kane Mitten, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

February 6, 2019

Carlous Yates, NKU’s new director of African American Student Initiatives (AASI) office, is fiercely passionate about helping students—perhaps because he’s still a student himself. During the week, Yates leads the AASI office at NKU. But on his weekends, he has class at Western Kentucky University, as a seco...

A dancer’s perspective on race in ballet

A dancer’s perspective on race in ballet

Josh Kelly, Arts & Life Editor

February 6, 2019

NKU dance major Lavette Patterson found herself playing the role of Margaret Garner, a slave that lived on a Boone County plantation in the mid-1800s, last semester during Dr. Joan Ferrante’s documentary “Let Our Loss Be Heard.” The role was an educational experience for Patterson, as she did...

Guest Column: Race, personified

Guest Column: Race, personified

India Hackle, Contributor

February 6, 2019

We were 13 and he had a childlike curiosity about my Blackness. He’d trace my skin and was certain it felt different, not wrong, just different. Yet, I had a cowardly liking for his Whiteness, a liking that I ignored when around others. I concluded that being Black was the cornerstone of my existence...

My Brown Skin I’m In

My Brown Skin I’m In

Micah Petway, Contributor

February 6, 2019

My brown skin I’m in Ain’t it nice So many shades of beauty So smooth and so much melanin My brown skin ain’t just something for your eyes to fancy See There’s so much behind this pretty brown skin, you just don’t know I can be more than just a sports player, rapper or singer, thug or ...

Dean of students wins influential faculty award

Dean of students wins influential faculty award

Halley Gamble, Contributor

February 6, 2019

Arnie Slaughter was recently named the recipient of the Faculty/Staff Strongest Influence Award by NKU alumni, and he’s worked hard to achieve it. While winning the award was certainly not his goal when starting at NKU in 2003, his close relationships with student advocacy and engagement proved hi...

I Am Not

I Am Not

Raven McNeal, Contributor

February 6, 2019

I Am not A trend I am not the music you listen to the clothes you buy the hair you wear the food you eat the language you speak I am not the elephant in the room the butt of the joke the angry black woman I am not I am not I am not I am a collection of soulful songs and praises stren...

Negro Baseball League lecture gives new insight to the sport’s history

Negro Baseball League lecture gives new insight to the sport’s history

Stephen Wilder, Managing/Sports editor

February 21, 2013

Before some Americans evolved into civilized human beings, certain people had to deal with segregation and were held back from reaching their true potential. However, the laws did not stop African Americans from making their mark in history or being passionate about doing what they loved, which was...

Rec. Center hosts wiffle ball All-Star game

Rec. Center hosts wiffle ball All-Star game

Stephen Wilder, Sports features editor

February 22, 2012

The Northern Kentucky University’s Campus Recreation Center sponsored its third annual Commemorative All-Star Wiffle Ball Game Feb. 15 to commemorate Black History Month and Negro League Baseball. NKU President James Votruba threw out the first pitch to start the event. Participants were split...

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