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Student club holds benefit show
NMU students will have the opportunity to help out American Indian communities in need by attending the Superior Geography Club’s High Five Groundation Benefit Concert for the SEVA Foundation on April 17 at 7 p.m. Bands Dub District and Jah Kings will play the benefit, which will be held at the Upfront & Company. All proceeds will benefit the SEVA (which means service in Sanskrit language) Foundation, a non-profit organization working toward building sustainable, healthy American Indian communities. Eric Miller, a senior sustainable building and renewable energy major and representative for the Superior Geography Club, said the club is an active volunteer student organization with over twenty members. “The Superior Geography Club focuses on environmental awareness and stewardship globally and within the Marquette community,” Miller said. Each year, the SEVA Foundation awards two grants, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. Miller said he hopes the concert proceeds will make it possible for a third grant to be awarded. A silent auction will take place prior to the concert at 5 p.m. For more information, e-mail [email protected]
–Laura Chiaramonti –Kate Annala

Earth Day planned for inspiration
The Indigenous Earth Day Summit will be held on Tuesday, On Tuesday, April 22-23. The summit will run from noon to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. On Wednesday, it will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Great Lakes Rooms, and from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Jamrich 102. “The NMU Indigenous Earth Day Summit is a call to action on indigenous environmental concerns that impact everyone,” said Aimee Dun, Indigenous Earth Day Summit coordinator. “We [are trying] to inform and hopefully inspire summit participants to take action — either in their daily lives or in the form of environmental activism on a broader scale.” The summit will include films, panels and keynote presentations that will cover a variety of indigenous environmental concerns. Keynote presenters include members of an aboriginal Australian Delegation and Gary Morning Star Raven, a traditional Ojibwe teacher from Manitoba. There will also be an Earth Day Music Jam on Tuesday including a short didgeridoo (a wind instrument of the indigenous northern Australians) performance, as well as an Exhibit of Aboriginal Australian art featuring one of the delegates, John Hunter. The summit is free for NMU students and free to the general public. To volunteer or for more information, visit www.nmu.edu/nativeamericans or call 227-1397.

Festival celebrates jazz music
The 12th Annual Northern Michigan University Jazz Festival will be held on the NMU campus Thursday and Friday, April 17-18 in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month. This all-day event will feature performances by 22 different high school and middle school ensembles throughout the region, as well as educational clinics, professional artist speakers and a gala concert at Kaufman Auditorium, said Mark Flaherty, assistant music professor and director of the NMU Jazz Festival. The event kicks off on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Reynolds Recital Hall with a performance by the NMU Faculty and Friends Jazz Combo. Throughout the day on Friday, high school performances will be held in Jamrich Hall rooms 102, 103 and 105, and the clinics will take place in the Reynolds Recital Hall. While the closing performance at Kaufman Auditorium on Friday evening is a ticketed event, all of the events during the day are open to the public with free admission. The festival features guest clinicians Randy Sabien, Dean Sorenson and Luis Benetti teaching clinics on strings and Latin percussion. Some of these artists, including Sabien, will perform with the NMU Jazz Combo and the NMU Jazz Band in the Friday night gala concert. “It gives many NMU students the opportunity to perform with world-class musicians in the Friday night concert,” Flaherty said. “It’s a great way to celebrate this great American art form.” Tickets for the Friday night concert are $10 general admission, $7 for non-NMU students and $1 for NMU students. For more information about the NMU Jazz Festival, including an hourly schedule of the participating high school and middle school bands, contact the music department at 227-2563.
–John Pann