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Free speech: Kentucky bill aims to broaden protest laws

Signs hung on wall outside the Student Union on April 12.

Josh Goad, Assistant News Editor

April 3, 2019

Freedom of speech is a pillar of American democracy, and because of it, every American has the right to openly express themselves—that doesn’t mean everyone has the right to express themselves wherever they want. House Bill 254, a Kentucky bill focused on supporting students' right to free speech on public college campus...

Pro-life group conveys controversial message

Students discuss the rights and wrongs of abortion among graphic pictures placed outside the Student Union.

Mac Payton, Reporter

September 19, 2014

On Wednesday, a group aimed at starting civil conversation about the pro-life movement came to campus.  Created Equal is a group whose focus is “getting the youth involved, and training the next generation of pro-life activists,” according to Joe Bermingham, a junior accounting major, who was o...

Religious activist’s message sparks controversy

Jesse Morrell, religious advocate, preaches his gospel on NKU's campus.

Brook Clifford, Managing Editor

September 15, 2014

Dozens of students sit anxiously, almost on the edge of their seat. Some stand, ready to protest whenever the speaker pauses. Some seem bored, some annoyed, some proud and some furious. People pull out their phones and videotape the religious man who loudly protests sin in the amphitheatre. Two NKU p...

Free speech not free after policy change

October 3, 2012

As journalists we like free speech, our job is based on it for the most part. It is something this country has really taken for granted to be honest, but this isn’t a long diatribe on what free speech means to Americans. Instead, it’s a look at the entertaining people that used to come onto campus. New...

Right to free speech

April 11, 2012

Recently, the Right to Life display was vandalized twice on campus. NKU is no stranger to displays and free speech being interfered with. In 2011, there was a push for speech zones on campus where visitors would have designated spots to go to give announcements, presentations and deliver their messages. On...

SGA defends freedom through resolutions

Matt Brewer

February 16, 2011

Some student leaders are concerned that the university could be displaying the United States flag improperly. A new resolution proposed by Student Government Association members question procedures the university has in place regarding the flags located in the Central Plaza outside of W. Frank Ste...

SGA targets several new projects

Matt Brewer

February 9, 2011

Life around campus could soon be changing for students. The Student Government Association addressed a full agenda at their last meeting that, if passed, would change several things on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. SGA discussed providing midterm grades to all students instead of just...

University considers speech restrictions

Jesse Call

February 3, 2011

Controversy has occasionally visited the Northern Kentucky University campus when uninvited speakers planted themselves somewhere on the university plaza and spouted off their ideas. Students have shouted back or made complaints. The university’s admissions office has even considered altering campus...

Professor’s art sparks controversy

Cassie Stone

February 3, 2011

Burning crosses. A hangman’s noose. Hate. Fear. Images of white robes with pointed hoods evoke a myriad of images and emotions. An art display featuring an image of a Ku Klux Klan member is raising concern for some W. Frank Steely Library visitors. Created with two rubber stamps and black ink,...

Staff Editorial: Proposed Speech Policy Goes Too Far

Staff Editorial

February 3, 2011

They’re annoying. They yell at you. They pass out the same green bible to you each and every time. They tell you that you are sinful and will burn in hell forever. Sometimes they do not even make sense and it seems like more of a sideshow than a person with a valid viewpoint. Those people who wander...

Students of Concern: Who’s Really Sitting Next to You?

Jesse Call

January 26, 2011

For five years, he was just another student who blended in on campus. From his appearance, there was really nothing to indicate he could present a danger. However, Jared Loughner slowly caught the eye of students, faculty and administrators as being a student of concern. A YouTube video created by ...

SGA doesn’t want to hear it

Jesse Call

January 26, 2011

Some student leaders are done with being told they are going to hell. Emotions were stirred up when members of the Student Government Association were asked to address a proposed university policy aimed at ending the free reign of unsolicited speakers on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. The pol...

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