The Northerner

Provost COVID-19 update: delay of meal plan, fees, travel requirements

NKU's logo above the Student Union

Noelle Horn, News Editor

October 20, 2020

Provost Sue Ott Rowlands sent out another COVID-19 update to the campus community this afternoon. In the email, Rowlands shared information on the mandatory commuter meal plan, fall and spring semester fees, updated travel requirements and other updates.  Rowlands said that NKU will further delay th...

VIDEO: Dent Schoolhouse, COVID-19

VIDEO: Dent Schoolhouse, COVID-19

Morgan King, Ryan Shauberger, and Dylan Shelton

October 18, 2020

Dent Schoolhouse is a popular choice of entertainment around the Halloween season, but COVID-19 has required some changes to keep the business up and running. Northerner reporters met with owner Bud Stross to learn what's new about the Halloween attraction this holiday season.

How NKU’s IT Department transformed campus for the pandemic

Griffin Hall's JRG Cyber Threat Intelligence Laboratory, usually packed with students, can now be found mostly empty.

Noah Schuler, Contributor

October 10, 2020

There have been a lot of changes to campus this semester thanks to the IT department here at NKU. The pandemic has changed the way we interact with one another on a daily basis. We have gone from spending our time together in huddled classrooms or large auditoriums and spending lunch with our friends...

Student organizations adjust with pandemic

Scuba Club, Cycling Club and The League Of United Latin American Citizens illustrations

Autumn A. Howard, Contributor

October 9, 2020

Some of NKU’s clubs and organizations, both newly formed and long-established, have been struggling to adjust to new guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A.J. Miller, the coordinator for student engagement, said the pandemic has caused many campus organizations to struggle this semester. “There’s...

Was it safe to return to campus? Faculty and health experts weigh in

Students entering and exiting the SU on Wednesday.

Rachel Smith, News Editor

September 23, 2020

Several universities have opened for the Fall 2020 semester, leading many to express health concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. While even the near future is shadowed in uncertainty, members of Northern Kentucky University attempt to shed light on campus safety during a global pandemic. Why ...

Emmy Kaeppner

Kaeppner sits inside her apartment and looks at through the window.

Natalie Hamren, Editor-in-Chief

September 22, 2020

Around four days after Kaeppner’s fiancee, Isabel Sleczkowski, started experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, Kaeppner started experiencing them, too. Her mom had coronavirus over the summer, so Kaeppner was spending a lot of her time bringing her mom groceries and helping out with other tasks. Her ...

Isabel Sleczkowski

Sleczkowski sits in her apartment. She stares out through the window.

Natalie Hamren, Editor-in-Chief

September 22, 2020

Isabel Sleczkowski felt the blood pressure cuff squeeze her arm. She knew another 30 minutes had passed. Between the cuff, an IV, a pulse oximeter and her relentless fatigue, she could hardly hold up the book she brought to read to pass time.  A few hours earlier, Sleczkowski’s fiancee dropped her off at ...

Bailey Fox

Bailey Fox sits inside her apartment through the bedroom window.

Natalie Hamren, Editor-in-Chief

September 22, 2020

Bailey Fox was the only person in her inner circle of friends who tested positive for COVID-19 over the summer. Her friend group, which consisted of around four people, hung out over the summer. Fox wasn’t worried about contracting COVID-19 because her friend group typically only interacted amongst themsel...

Provost shares new online form for positive cases, triggers for campus closure

Students outside the SU on their first day back to campus.

Noelle Horn, News Editor

September 1, 2020

Provost Sue Ott Rowlands sent an email out this afternoon that includes a new online form for positive COVID-19 cases, information on when someone should quarantine and other educational information. “So far, our campus has been doing a great job of following the Healthy@NKU measures, and–at this poin...

Faculty senate has first meeting of semester

NKU's Fine Arts Building

Noelle Horn, News Editor

August 31, 2020

This afternoon, the faculty senate had its first meeting of the semester in which new documents by the provost, faculty confusion regarding positive COVID-19 students and the university’s accreditation were discussed.  Provost COVID-19 documents and faculty concerns regarding positive testing students ...

How the Rec Center is adjusting to COVID-19 challenges

When working out, students must wear a facial covering.

Matthew Dietz and Kaycee Sloan

August 30, 2020

Since returning to campus for the 2020 Fall semester, NKU students and staff members have been met with a lot of unfamiliarity within campus buildings and school operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many students have seen all of their classes shift to online delivery through Zoom and other v...

Norse up, mask up: Costume design majors sell their own custom masks

Emmy Kaeppner started making masks for her family. When her aunt donated fabric she started making them for others.

Josh Kelly, Managing Editor

August 29, 2020

When the country shut down back in March, Shelby Doyle kept sewing. With some old fabric from downstairs, she began making some masks for her family. After those masks were made, there was still some leftover fabric, so she posted on Facebook and asked if any of her friends needed any custom masks ma...

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