The Northerner

NKU’s own forest: the beautification project

Trees on campus. They're meant to 'soften the look' of NKU.

Lizzie Kibler, Reporter

December 3, 2014

They aren't Christmas trees, but there are new trees on campus that will be welcoming the holiday season. After the removal of the previous ash trees due to the destructive Emerald Ash Borer which is a small green beetle, new trees have been added to the campus. The Borer infiltrates the trees and cuts ...

Construction projects enter wrap up phase

Karen Plunkett, Contributor

August 27, 2014

A lot of construction has been done in the recent months. Many students and faculty have probably heard the noise from the construction tools or machinery and wondering what exactly is happening on campus? There are three main renovation zones in progress at NKU; the recreation center, Norse Commons a...

UPDATED: Water restored to all NKU buildings following water main break

A water main break caused several buildings to close Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. The incident occurred when a backhoe struck the water line on the Campus Recreation Center construction site.

Tori Lentz, Assistant News Editor

August 18, 2014

Water service has been restored to all buildings following a water main break that occurred Monday afternoon outside of the Recreation Center. The incident occurred at the construction site on Kenton Drive. According to Assistant Vice President for Facilities Larry Blake, water service was restored ...

Convocation speech reminds university why it’s special

NKU President Geoffrey Mearns speaks about the coming year during his Fall 2014 Convocation. The NKU Fall 2014 Convocation was held in Greaves Hall on NKU campus on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

Richard Cracchiolo, News Editor

August 15, 2014

Northern Kentucky University’s original dedication was held on a cold November morning in 1961, according to President Mearns. He said that many elected officials spoke with optimism that a $1 million dollar investment would pay dividends for the people of Northern Kentucky. One official, Mearns sa...

Connector road will join campus with AA highway

Connector road will join campus with AA highway

Tori Lentz, Staff Writer

March 20, 2014

Construction is expected to begin in spring 2015 on a three-lane divided highway that will connect NKU to the AA highway. The road will feature a two-way turn lane, curbs, gutters and a multi-use path which can be utilized by students. According to Vice President of Facilities Larry Blake, the road w...

Health Innovations Center to offer additional resources

A map showing the proposed location of The Health Innovations Center. The center will add an additional space of 125,000 square feet.

Emily Hodges, Contributing Writer

March 5, 2014

Nearly 250 well-qualified students are turned away because NKU doesn’t have space for them and 30 percent of applicants are denied admission as a result of NKU having a 28 percent loss of space per student compared to 10 years ago, according to Larry Blake, assistant vice president of Facilities M...

A closing Norse Commons brings air of nostalgia

Tori Lentz, Staff Writer

February 25, 2014

I understand it needs fixing. I understand that the plumbing is messed up, that the C store is a “retail loser” and that the facility is just plain outdated. And although the new renovation plans look amazing, I’m not going to lie. I am going to miss the old Norse Commons. The current Norse...

The future of Norse Commons

What Norse Commons is imagines to look like.

Tori Lentz, Staff Writer

February 11, 2014

One day in the not-so-distant future, you and a few friends wander through the doors of Norse Commons, tired and hungry after a long day of classes. As you step into the newly renovated facility, you might wave to several classmates seated at high-top tables and long couches in a lobby area filled with co...

Dorm gains new backdoor all card access point

Commonwealth Hall's backdoor entrance is currently inaccessible. The SGA approved a new swipe access point in April 2013.

Tori Lentz, Staff Writer

January 30, 2014

Previously designated as an emergency exit, a backdoor to Commonwealth Hall is now being installed with All Card access and will be accompanied by the construction of concrete steps leading from the backdoor down to lot P, providing residents easier access to Commonwealth Hall. Assistant Vice President o...

Sidewalk is the first of many changes to Callahan Hall

Worker lays down concrete outside of Callahan Hall.

Tori Lentz, Staff Writer

January 22, 2014

At the request of the Student Government Association, construction has begun on a sidewalk at the front of Callahan Hall extending from the B wing entrance, past the bus stop, and down to the front drive of the residence hall. After the area was deemed a potential safety hazard at both the Fall 2012 ...

New Northern Terrace dorm under construction

The future site of Northern Terrace is currently under construction. It will feature 47 rooms.

Kerry Skiff, Staff Writer

January 22, 2014

Everyone enjoys something new, and in the NKU community that thing is Northern Terrace-- the university’s newest residence hall that is scheduled to open Fall 2014. And, with priority registration approaching on Feb. 1, students have a chance to nab a bed months before the dorms open. The building us...

New Campus Rec Center could bring parking woes to a head

New Campus Rec Center could bring parking woes to a head

Mac Payton, News Editor

November 13, 2013

Updated plans for the new Campus Recreation Center were released at the Student Government Association meeting Monday, Nov. 11. Matt Hackett, director of campus recreation, spoke to the organization, saying that the university is attempting to transform what he called “the world’s largest concrete...

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