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The North Wind is an independent student publication serving the Northern Michigan University community. It is partially funded by the Student Activity Fee. The North Wind digital paper is published daily during the fall and winter semesters except on university holidays and during exam weeks. The North Wind Board of Directors is composed of representatives of the student body, faculty, administration and area media.

Pizza Cat Vol. 10
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Deirdre Northrup-RiestererApril 23, 2024

Staff Editorial: You stay safe, NMU

The end of this week marks the beginning of one of the most desirable times for the American college student: Spring Break. Soon, students at Northern warmly will welcome an entire week of well-deserved rest and recuperation from the stress of school. But that time off from papers and tests doesn’t mean students should take time off from using their brains.

Spring Break is often filled with alcohol-saturated activities, but the staff at The North Wind would like to remind you to be safe as you enjoy your vacation. Whether you go away or stay in town, please drink responsibly. And don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.

Those traveling to well-known party destinations should realize that nothing can ruin a trip to the beach faster than alcohol poisoning or spending the night in jail. So please remember as you’re knocking back shots of tequila, that a few too many could lead to an embarrassing night of vomit and emergency rooms. No one wants to get their stomach pumped, especially when they’re on vacation.

For those Northern students who won’t be traveling to exotic locations, but don’t want to stay in Marquette, home is a common destination choice. Because of NMU’s remote location, many of these travelers must also traverse long distances to reach their hometowns. In a region known for unpredictable weather, those driving home should take extra precautions to be safe. Make sure your car is in acceptable shape for driving. Get the oil change that’s two months overdue and make sure the tire pressure isn’t too low.

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Though it will be Spring Break soon, the temperatures are still cold, so dress warmly or keep winter gear in your car no matter how long the drive is, because you never know when and where your car will break down. The last thing you want is to be caught in a snowstorm without boots, mittens or warm clothes.

There is also some help available for students traveling long distances late at night. The Dozing Discounts program, set up by ASNMU and the Health Promotions Office, offers deals on hotels in several states for students who show their NMU ID. So if you find yourself in the midst of a whiteout or too tired to see, take advantage of this program and pull off for the night.

To see a list of the businesses that take part in the Dozing Discounts program

And no matter where you go, whether it’s Cancun or Presque Isle, remember to stay safe and don’t do anything we wouldn’t do.

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