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What's on Your NKU Bucket List?

Sights and Stories You Simply
Must Experience as a Norse

There are things on this campus, wonderful and weird things, that you must see and do in your time here.

Welcome to the NKU Bucket List!

Let us get it started. We noticed the world admiring Stegowagenvolkssaurus in Steely Library in this Facebook post by Robert Downey Jr. Ironman himself recommends it, so check it out in person...it's pretty awesome!

But we want suggestions from you too.

  • Should we challenge the gamers in the Student Union Game Room?
  • Should we take in an NKU game with the Norse Force?
  • Celebrate successfully finishing a test at Skyline Tavern?
  • Maybe we should just relax on the couch in front of the James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union.

We'll share the best later.....but for now, let us know what's on your #nkuBucketList!

Email Ryan Clark or Tom Ramstetter, or use #nkuBucketList on your social media accounts to make a suggestion.

10:10 a.m.

"The Heart of a Dino, the Body of a VW"

That’s how some have described Stegowagenvolkssaurus, the 12-foot-tall by 20-foot-wide sculpture that was publicly unveiled on January 23, 2009 on the 3rd floor of the W. Frank Steely Library.

Cincinnati artist Patricia A. Renick began creating the sculpture in 1973. It combines the body of a VW Beetle with the legs, head and spikes of a stegosaurus. Renick meant the work as a comment on the parallels between the coming obsolescence of fossil fuel vehicles and the extinction of the dinosaurs – a prophetic comment about our dependence on technology.

In the 1970s, the sculpture was shown at the Contemporary Arts Center and the Cincinnati Art Museum as well as in a federal building in Chicago. Renick passed away in 2007, and courtesy of Laura Chapman, executrix of Renick’s estate who also oversaw the restoration, the sculpture will be on long-term loan to Northern Kentucky University’s W. Frank Steely Library.