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Jan Hillard: Making sense of COVID-19 — the two faces of public opinion which vary dramatically

There are two faces of public opinion surrounding COVID-19. One face represents the roughly 75% of the public who support science, believe that COVID 19 requires widespread caution, and trusts the government’s response. This is the face of science and reason. The other face represents 25% of the public who does not believe the scientific facts about COVID 19 and are suspicious of government’s...

Bevin and Beshear take on a wide range of topics in televised debate at NKU, find little common ground

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear squared off in a Kentucky Gubernatorial Debate at Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union Tuesday evening. The fifth televised debate in the series between Bevin, the Republican incumbent, and Democratic challenger Beshear, is the last before voters go to the polls in less than a week. WLWT photos NKU...

Now at Western Kentucky, former NKU hoops standout Williams aims for C-USA title — and more

By Don Owen Special to KyForward The what-ifs concerning Northern Kentucky University basketball last season inevitably focused on the shocking transfer by Carson Williams the previous spring. A crowd favorite inside BB&T Arena for two seasons, not to mention a member of the Horizon League’s All-Freshman squad in 2016-17, Williams’ unexpected departure left many NKU followers pondering: •...

Texas Tech pulls away in second half, posts 72-57 win over NKU in NCAA Tournament on Friday

TULSA, Okla. — Texas Tech used tough defense and projected NBA lottery pick Jarrett Culver’s superlative offensive performance to eliminate Northern Kentucky from the NCAA Tournament on Friday. Culver finished with 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead No. 3 seed Texas Tech past 14th-seeded NKU by a 72-57 score in the opening round of the West Regional at the BOK Center. The 6-foot-6...

Northern Kentucky University Norse take Horizon League championship, defeating Wright State 77-66

NKU players and coaches celebrate their Horizon League Tournament championship on Tuesday night. NKU defeated Wright State, 77-66, in the finale at Detroit. (Photo by Dale Dawn)KyForward staff DETROIT — As is usually the case this time in March, sadness and madness were on full display in the moments following the Horizon League Tournament championship game on Tuesday night. For Northern Kentucky...

KET to air NKU student-narrated documentary on racial category creation, based on Ferrante’s work

By Vicki Prichard KyForward reporter Kentucky Educational Television (KET) will air an original documentary created by a Northern Kentucky professor and her students. Joan Ferrante Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories is a student-narrated documentary that brings attention to the laws and financial incentives enacted in 17th century Virginia that sowed the seeds of racial categorization, allowing...

KY universities partner with State Treasurer to support empowerment for teachers, students

Economic educators across the state  have joined with State Treasurer Allison Ball to launch the Coalition for Financial Literacy in the Commonwealth (CFLC). Ball Partners include Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, the University of Kentucky and Northern Kentucky University. The CFLC was formed to combine resources to teach personal finance, entrepreneurship...

Kentucky by Heart: Kentuckians share their thoughts on what makes their college that ‘special’ school

Note: Following is the second of a two-part article about individuals sharing comments about their “special college” in Kentucky. When the topic of special colleges in Kentucky is brought up, Erika Mahlbacher offers her Danville alma mater, Centre College, as a shining example. Erika Mahlbacher She loved the enthusiasm of her teachers. “My dreaded history class requirement turned out to be one...

UK College of Medicine partners with NKU, St. Elizabeth to develop regional medical school

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine announced plans Monday to develop a regional medical school campus in Northern Kentucky for four-year medical education. The program is the third regional medical school campus announced by UK designed to increase the overall number of physicians in the Commonwealth. Four-year regional campuses have been proposed in Bowling Green and Morehead; the campus...

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...

Global Entrepreneurship Week in NKy/Greater Cincinnati connects visionaries with possibilities

By Hannah Purnell Special to KyForward Say you’re an entrepreneur with a million-dollar idea. Maybe you’ve even secured funding to get started, or perhaps your small shop is already up and running at an unexpected pace, prompting you to wonder about the next step. That’s often the biggest question for startups, regardless of where they are in the process. For a long time, the pathway to small...

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...

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...

Weekly battles of NKU Dagorhir club both sport and game, with a lot of fun in between

One member of Northern Kentucky University’s new Dagorhir club says ‘it’s just a great way to get out and have a lot of fun and meet a lot of great new people.’ (Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko/NKU)   By Nancy Curtis Special to KyForward   Epic sword battles are not exactly common on college campuses.   But on the Griffin Hall lawn at Northern Kentucky University, a...

Former NKU pitcher Jarrett Casey promoted to Triple-A, will play for the Charlotte Knights

Jarret Casey is playing ball with the Charlotte Knights. (Photo provided)   Former Northern Kentucky University standout pitcher Jarrett Casey has been promoted to the Charlotte Knights, the organization announced on Monday.   Casey, a lefty from Indianapolis, Indiana, began the season with the Single-A Winston-Salem Dash and played in just six games before joining the Birmingham Barons....

Northern Kentucky University eligible for A-Sun championships in 2014-15 season

Victor E. Viking (Photo provided)   Championship athletics are back at Northern Kentucky University.   The Atlantic Sun Conference announced today that NKU will be eligible for all conference postseason championships for which its teams qualify starting with the upcoming 2014-15 season.   Northern Kentucky is entering the third year of a four-year reclassification period before becoming...

NKU rendition of Spamalot receives nominations for Cincinnati awards

The Northern Kentucky University 2014 production of Monty Python’s Spamalot has been nominated for several awards from The League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT).   (Photo provided) Spamalot is a musical derived from the 1975 comedy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The show retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table in a satirical way.   LCT nominations for Spamalot...

Photography students expand skills during intensive three-week NKU summer course

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Sixth Journalism in the Digital Age at NKU prepares high schoolers for college media

Students in last year’s Journalism in the Digital Age seminar showed teacher Michele Day their introductory VINE videos. (Photo by Maggie Pund/NKU)   By Nancy Curtis Special to KyForward   A group of aspiring high school journalists will delve into the ever-changing world of journalism beginning June 16 at Northern Kentucky University.   The Journalism in the Digital Age Workshop...