NW Staff

NMU choirs sing for community

On Sunday, Feb. 22, the University Choir, NMU’s Madrigal Singers and The Lake Effect Show Choir will join each other in the Reynolds Recital Hall to perform at 3 p.m. “The concert will be attractive to anyone,” said Floyd Slotterback, Professor of Music. “We are singing a very broad spectrum of music, from a Renaissance mass to a hit by The Platters.” The University Choir, NMU’s primary student chorus, will be performing two jazz-inspired extended works as well as pieces from George Shearing, who is known for his work in combining music with Shakespearean literature. The Madrigal Singers is a choir of 12 music and non-music students known for their singing of small ensemble pieces. This group will be performing selections from Brahms’ Love Song Waltzes and an acapella piece by composer Hans Leo Hassler. The Lake Effect Show Choir will be performing popular pieces, such as “Gimme Some Lovin” by The Blues Brothers. This song will be performed with full choreography. Community members as well as students are welcome to attend the performance. “Everyone will benefit from hearing great music performed by our students,” Slotterback said. This event is sponsored by the NMU Music Department and is free of charge to students and the public.

– Lucia Lopez

Bank insider discusses recession

While the national recession is on many people’s minds, NMU’s Economic Student Association and The Student Managed Investment Fund are bringing a banking insider to Northern to offer a different perspective. Terry Benzschawel works for Citigroup, one of the major financial institutions in the country, as managing director for quantitative credit trading strategy analysis for Citi income and commodities. Benzschawel will offer a different perspective on the economic crisis because he is deeply involved in the banking system, a perspective of which is often unrepresented. “It’s going to give (students) more insight on what happens. It’s also different than anything we’ve ever heard about,” said Holly Kasberger, economics and political science major and co-president of the Economic Student Association. Kasberger said that Benzschawel’s presentation will make students better informed about the current economy which is becoming increasingly important. “Because of student loans and everything, students should be aware of everything that’s happening,” Kasberger said. Benzschawel will be speaking Tuesday, Feb. 24 in Jamrich 103 at 7 p.m.

– Lucy Hough

Workshop teaches students etiquette

Dining etiquette is challenging for many people, and students will have the opportunity to learn more during the “Don’t Slurp Your Soup” Skill Builder! John Frick, Director of Career Services and presenter of this workshop, said he is aware that students are not normally asking questions about dining etiquette until they’re already attending a formal engagement, and it’s too late. This workshop will help make students more familiar with basic etiquette techniques. “It’s good for the students. It’s a part of the everyday that helps prepare for life after Northern Michigan University,” Frick said. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 24 in the Charcoal Room in the University Center from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Registration and questions can be directed toward the Student Leader Fellowship office at 227-1771 or by e-mailing at [email protected]

– Richard Andersons