The Northerner

Patrolling campus during a pandemic: how officers are staying safe

Officer Dewayne Cox (in car) and Officer Autumn Ruehl (on bike) with Detective Bobby Pate in the background.

Rachel Smith, Assistant News Editor

May 8, 2020

Latex gloves. Lysol-scented office space. Lonely patrols.  While COVID-19 has initiated a wave of work-from-home orders, some positions still require boots on the ground. For university police officers, maintaining the safety of NKU’s campus cannot be completed from the safety of their homes. ...

For many essential workers, risking our health is not a choice

Many people still have to work despite the pandemic.

Noelle Horn, Assistant News Editor

May 8, 2020

Sunday was the busiest day of the week for grocery stores. I was on my way to my part-time job as a cashier where I live in Ohio. Leading up to this point, I remember that things were tense and confusion and uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic was impacting both customers and employees.  The sto...

A grocery deliverer’s first-hand experience with COVID-19

Corinne Byrne works for Shipt, a food delivery service.

Corinne Byrne, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

May 8, 2020

It’s interesting that the very jobs many consider to be worthless are the ones that are deemed essential during a pandemic. The countless times I’ve overheard people demean employees at Walmart, McDonald’s, anywhere where a college degree isn’t necessary to be employed didn’t prepare me fo...

‘Scared and tired’: My story of working during a pandemic

Noël Waltz works at a grocery store.

Noël Waltz, Assistant Design Editor

May 8, 2020

It was my first day back to work after NKU moved to virtual courses and the quarantine was announced. A woman with neatly styled brown hair and a pearl bracelet comes through my check out line. I scan her groceries and, expectedly she asks, “How are you?”  It felt strange hearing such a familiar phra...

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