NW Staff

Jazz concert comes to Northern

The NMU Jazz Band and Jazz Combo will have their first performance of the semester featuring popular jazz songs on Saturday, Oct. 17. Those who attend can expect a livelier performance than a typical concert with an orchestra or symphony. The Jazz Band will be playing pieces written by a series of composers, while the Jazz Combo, which is a smaller ensemble, will be playing a selection of pieces written by students who enjoy composing and submitted their work to the Music Department. Stephen Grugin, a music professor at NMU, will be featured on the trombone. “It’s always neat for students to see what their peers are up to, how they improvise, and how they’ve grown, ” said Professor Mark Flaherty, a music professor at NMU. “It’s also good for people who enjoy jazz music and are interested in what other students are composing,” There is no entry fee for the performance, and it will take place at 7:30 pm. The concert is will last about an hour and twenty minutes, and will be held in the Reynolds Recital Hall in Hedgecock.

– Amanda Fluegel

Walk to Work Day offers many options

Annual Bike/Walk to Work day, which promotes awareness about environmental issues, will be recognized at Northern this Thursday, Oct. 8 in the Academic Mall. NMU’s Environmental Science Organization (ESO), who is hosting the event, will provide information about their organization and hopes to generate more involvement from the NMU community. There will also be technicians from the Sports Rack, a local sport shop in Marquette, offering free basic bike tune-ups for participants. NMU Public Safety officers will be available to register bicycles and provide information on bike safety and the ‘rules of the road’. Zach Bartel, president of ESO, said the group promotes environmental awareness both on campus and in the community. In addition to free bike tune-ups and NMU Public Safety involvement, plenty of fresh bagels and hot coffee will complement the event. ESO hosts events such as showing environmentally-based films, Earth Week presentations, campus and community clean-up days and the NMU Native Plants Project. The ESO meets weekly on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in room 111i in the Learning Resource Center. Participation is encouraged for NMU students and community members alike. For more information, contact ESO at [email protected]

– Chris Lutey

Workshop provides training for allies

To make students more sensitive about discrimination against gay, lesbian and transsexual people OUTLook, a student group for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community is hosting a Skill Builder! workshop called Ally Training on three days in October. Moira Mosher, a junior English major and president of OUTLook, will teach participants to cope with situations of discrimination. “It has happened that a professor, maybe without doing it on purpose, outed a student in front of class. This is an example of an incident that should not happen,” Mosher said. It is free, and at the end, participants will receive a patch and a certificate. “I really want the people to learn something and to earn this patch,” Mosher said. Ally Training is part of the Skill Builder! Program at NMU. The workshop will include group work, writing exercises and discussion to let the people taking part examine their own prejudices and maybe find ways against discrimination. Mosher also prepared a short power point presentation on the topics that will be addressed to present to professors and other student organizations to inform them of this issue and invite them to the workshop. The event will take place in the Back Room of the University Center on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. and Oct. 15 at 9 p.m.
Participants can sign up for the Ally Training on the Student Leader Fellowship Program Home page at

— Julia Brummert