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Judge rejects NKU gag order, motion to seal documents in Jane Doe rape case

Staff report Judge William O. Bertlesman of the U.S. District Court in Covington ruled against Northern Kentucky University Tuesday in denying both its motion for a gag order and its motion to seal depositions in the Jane Doe case before the court. Jane Doe vs. Northern Kentucky University, et. al., involves a student who says she was raped in a campus dorm in 2013 and that the university’s own...

NKU’s Chase College of Law leads the state in graduates passing the 2016 Kentucky bar exam

Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law is the top law school in Kentucky for graduates passing the 2016 Kentucky bar exam. Among the Commonwealth’s three law schools, Chase had the highest percentage of graduates who passed the February and July bar exams, with a combined passage rate of 79.6 percent. That rate was more than three points above the statewide average of 76.2 percent. “The...

NKyTribune files objection to NKU’s motion to gag individuals, seal records on Jane Doe lawsuit

The Northern Kentucky Tribune has filed a “motion to intervene” in the Jane Doe vs. Northern Kentucky University lawsuit, objecting to the university’s motion to “gag” and “seal” records in the case. The Tribune’s attorney, Kathie E. Grisham, filed the motion with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District on Monday. NKyTribune is a sister website to KyForward. Jane Doe,...

Livingston Taylor to perform at NKU; proceeds benefit SOTA, Holly Hill Children’s Services

Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts and Holly Hill Children’s Services are proud to present An Evening with Livingston Taylor. From upbeat storytelling to touching ballads, Livingston Taylor is known for his ability to take audiences on a musical journey, whether singing hits “I’ll Come Running,” “I Will Be in Love with You” or other favorites. His vast musical knowledge has...

Michael Breeding’s KET documentary on Governor’s Scholars captures richness of program

Igniting the Flame of Curiosity from Michael Breeding MEDIA on Vimeo. The idea of a summer program for high-achieving Kentucky high school students was born in the early 1980s. Its founders believed the creation of the Governor’s Scholars Program would help Kentucky nurture its best and brightest young people, the Commonwealth’s future leaders. Over the years the program expanded to three college...

Commentary: Kentucky students have a major stake in seeing state funding for education restored

By Elizabeth Ruwe Special to KyForward Kentucky students can no longer stand by as our schools are underfunded. We cannot stand by as our tuition rates climb while the number of full-time faculty on our campuses gets smaller every year. We cannot stand by as our facilities become outdated or as other states become more academically competitive in STEM fields. Based on the latest data, our campuses...

Our Rich History: A look back at New Year’s 1916 — and threads that connect us (Let there be Peace)

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to KyForward New Year’s Eve, 1916. Europe was engulfed in the Great War, which since the time of World War II, we have called “World War I.” The United States was still a neutral power. Opposite ends of the political spectrum in the US argued for peace versus war. The national headlines focused on Germany’s “unrestricted submarine warfare.” A British passenger...

Replica gjallarhorn calls Norse to battle, starts new tradition at Northern Kentucky University

Fans at the Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball game against Morehead State University Saturday night got a special treat — and experienced tradition in the making. NKU President Geoff Mearns sounds the giant gjallarhorn to call the Norse to battle Saturday. (NKU photo) Over a six-month process, the Northern Kentucky University department of athletics has been working on a replication...

Campus climate survey at NKU shows faculty, staff believe administration has nurtured ‘culture of fear’

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward A new Northern Kentucky University Campus Climate Study indicates faculty and staff are concerned about the direction of the university and believe the administration has nurtured a “culture of fear.” The study included 2,242 respondents, which was made up of 1,295 students (9 percent), 380 faculty (37 percent) and 484 staff members (47 percent). The...

UofL, UPIKE win competition to find ‘next generation’ of Ky. innovators, entrepreneurs

The Engagely team from UofL includes Christopher Shelton, Gil Roberts and Ben Gries. (Photo from Idea State U)   A student team from the University of Louisville could be the future of cyber security and marketing. And, if so, team members can say they got their start at Idea State U.   Two dozen college teams participated in the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s Idea State U...

Young epilepsy patient overcomes obstacles
to pursue dream of performing professionally

  By Laura Dawahare and Allison Perry Special to KyForward   Celeste Shearer beat leukemia at the age of 5 only to develop crippling seizures as a child. By the time she was in high school, the Hart Countian was having three to four seizures a month. Many of them were “clustered,” meaning she’d have several over the space of a day or two, with dormant periods in between.   Epilepsy...

The Browns: Three generations of Kentucky family to share their legacy of public service

Staff report   Three generations of John Y. Browns, representing four generations of involvement in Kentucky politics, will appear on stage together to discuss their family legacy of public service.   John Y. Brown Sr. The discussion is a project of the Northern Kentucky University Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement and will be held on Thursday, Dec. 4, 7-8:30 p.m. The event, free...

After a car crash changed his life, Brad Fritz spends his time trying to help save others

Since surviving a severe automobile crash at age 15, Brad Fritz spends his life trying to help save others (NKU Photo)   By Ryan Clark KyForward contributor   When Brad Fritz rolls into a room, he speaks volumes – and he does it without saying a word.   It’s because of the accident, which makes it difficult for him to speak at all. He uses a typing machine that talks for...

Log cabin with Wi-Fi? NKU students give 1850s Kentucky cabin a new high-tech twist

(Photo from Kenton Co. Public Library)   Atop a hill near a busy entrance to the Northern Kentucky University campus stands an 1850s log cabin given to the university library decades ago by Kentucky’s Gosney family.   The cabin, moved from Grants Lick to A.J. Jolly Park before it was gifted to NKU, was placed on campus by the university’s former President W. Frank Steely. It is a...

Small Business Spotlight: New CEO creates ‘team atmosphere’ at family plumbing firm

(Photos provided)   Special to KyForward   The company was founded in 1979, well before its new CEO was born.   But Brady Jolly is moving fast to make his mark on the family plumbing business. After taking over from the retiring Barry Jolly, his father, the company has tripled its space in a new building in the Northern Kentucky community of Wilder. And while Jolly Plumbing is on track...

Anonymous gift lets NKU join corporations, UC and invest in venture capital fund of funds

Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey Mearns announced today that the university and the NKU Foundation have received an anonymous $1 million contribution to invest in Cintrifuse, a fund for corporations and venture capitalists.   The investment will be added to the Cintrifuse Fund of Funds, which invests in regional and national early-stage venture capital funds. Cintrifuse provides...

When illness left her homebound, professor discovered ‘second frontier’ in teaching

  By Ryan Clark Special to KyForward   In 2008, Rebecca Bailey found herself at a crossroads.   Battling an autoimmune disorder, her body was fighting itself, and it left the longtime Northern Kentucky University professor with an unimaginable circumstance: She was not going to be able to return to the classroom for a long time.   Rebecca Bailey “College campuses are like a petri...

Twin ‘rivalry’ works for college coeds who share more than just the same birthday

Maya and Mariah Manson finished their freshman year as elementary education majors with matching 4.0s . (Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko, NKU)   By Elizabeth Garcia Special to KyForward   On a break from classes, chatting away at a corner table in Starbucks, Mariah reaches over to a loose tag on her sister Maya’s shirt and tucks it away from sight.   It just goes to show they have each...

Going It Alone: Covington designer throws caution to the wind and opens solo studio

By Jerod Theobald Special to KyForward   The view from Austin Dunbar’s second floor studio in downtown Covington is amazing. The large windows that line the front of the space overlook one of the city’s busiest intersections at Pike and Madison. From a chair in the corner of the room, you can see the Madison Theater, the Cathedral Basilica and the future site of the Hotel Covington to the...

‘It’s Live on Saturday Night’: Emmy-winning NKU graduate reflects on her SNL success

We know women often travel in groups to the restroom. This is the first time we learn that so do Emmy Award statues. (Photo by Cara Hannah Sullivan)   By Cara Hannah Sullivan Special to KyForward   Editor’s note: How many Kentuckians watching the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards a few weeks ago realized they were watching another Bluegrass champion, Cara Hannah Sullivan, who won her third...