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NKU Students Write Economics Music and Win National “Rock-on-omix” Contest

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Abdullah Al Bahrani's
economics classes at NKU
rap about "99 Problems"

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Kentucky – Northern Kentucky University Haile/US Bank College of Business students, Justin Carzoli and Mark Nantz, competed nationally in an economics lyrical contest, “Rock-on-omix,” to take first place honors on Wednesday. The competition was an initiative of Assistant Economics Professor, Dr. Abdullah Al Bahrani who wanted to create a new and innovative way to challenge his students.

Students in Al Bahrani’s Macro and Microeconomics courses competed with colleges across the country in a lyrical contest by remaking and rewriting lyrics of songs into economic music. As a result, NKU’s team, led by Dr. Al Bahrani, made it into the final competition and competed against teams from University of Wisconsin, University of West Georgia, and Cal Poly to take first place honors.

“I wanted an innovative way to introduce diversity of thought and assessment in Economic classes,” said Abdullah.

“This assignment allowed students to express their knowledge of economics in a creative way that extends beyond the typical exams, quizzes and writing assignments.  “

To see the videos from the National Rock-o-nomix Contest, visit