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BREAKING: Mearns to leave after spring commencement

NKU President Geoffrey Mearns during Tuesday's Board of Regents meeting.

Mackenzie Manley, Managing Editor

February 14, 2017

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- President Geoffrey Mearns will leave Northern Kentucky University after spring commencement on May 7. An interim president is expected to be named before May, according to a letter sent Tuesday from Board of Regents Chair Rich Boehne.  The email said that the Board of Regent...

WATCH: Student reaction | President Mearns’ departure

SGA President John Jose and Victor E. Viking dump ice water on President Mearns.

Alec Reynolds / Matt Sexton, Digital Media Manager / Editor-In-Chief

January 29, 2017

President Mearns announced on Tuesday that he would be leaving NKU after the semester for Ball State University.  Hear what a few students from around campus have to say and remember about President Mearns. Related: BREAKING: NKU President Mearns Leaving for Ball State Related: Campus Reacts to Mear...

In case you missed it: September Board of Regents’ meeting

The Board of Regents meeting was held on September 8. The board addressed several issues currently on the campus community's minds.

Mackenzie Manley, News Editor

September 9, 2016

Marking the third week of school, the Board of Regents discussed current issues on NKU’s campus, including budget cuts, sexual assault issues within the NKU community, increases in graduate enrollment and a statement regarding the ‘Welcome White Week’ fliers. The meeting was held in SU 106 on...

5 things you missed at Fall Convocation

Mearns addressed the NKU community before the start of the new fall semester. The convocation speech took place on Aug. 19.

Mackenzie Manley, News Editor

August 21, 2016

For those of you who couldn’t hear President Geoffrey Mearns’s Fall Convocation address on Aug. 19, don’t fret. The Northerner has you covered with the five most essential topics that were discussed. These range from rising ACT scores among the incoming freshman class, struggles with state fundin...

Mearns asks NKU community to join him in Cincinnati Pride Parade

NKU moved to 4.5 star rating on the Campus Pride Index, up from a three star rating when the Office of LGBTQ Programs and Service was first instated in 2013.

Abby Anstead, Editor-in-chief

June 20, 2016

A week after the shooting that killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub, President Geoffrey Mearns expressed condolences to the victims of the tragedy in an email sent to the campus community Monday. He expressed that he condemns all acts of violence, particularly those directed at people “based o...

State budget to impact university funding

Carrie Crotzer, Editor-in-Chief

February 3, 2016

Newly elected Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin came into office with a plan to make many changes around the Commonwealth, and on Jan. 26 the announcement of a change to funding for state universities sent many into shock.  The proposed budget, which cuts state spending overall by 9 percent, or nearly $6...

Outcomes-based funding top priority for Mearns

Only 28 percent of NKU's yearly budget is provided by state funding, significantly less than all other universities in the state.

Carrie Crotzer, Editor-in-Chief

January 27, 2016

 NKU President Geoffrey Mearns addressed the Student Government Association at their Monday meeting on Jan. 25, calling for them to aid in the battle against Frankfort to change the decades old funding model used to fund state universities. “What I’m talking about is that for probably about 20 years ther...

BREAKING: NKU facing lawsuit that accuses officials of mishandling sexual assault case

BREAKING: NKU facing lawsuit that accuses officials of mishandling sexual assault case


January 22, 2016

This story was updated on Jan. 22 at 7:08 p.m.According to a Friday report from The Northern Kentucky Tribune, an NKU student, under the name of Jane Doe, filed a lawsuit against the university on Wednesday, Jan. 20, accusing officials of mishandling her sexual assault case in a campus dorm. The article...

VIDEO: Students dig to uncover pieces of America’s dark past

Students used a layout in a grid pattern to keep track what was being uncovered at the Parker Academy. NKU students visited the academy on Wednesday Sept. 16 to uncover the history of the school.

Michaela Beechem, Contributor

September 19, 2015

Today the Parker Academy is a beautiful field of green, but this field contains many shadows of the past that still cling to the earth. There is a big pit in the center of the field where the old school building used to be.  A handful of students dig where the boy’s dormitory once stood. The only ...

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