Briefs – March 25, 2010

NW Staff

Relay may be larger than ever

NMU’s annual Relay for Life event will be held this weekend from 1 p.m. on Friday, March 26 until 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 in the Vandament Arena.

Relay for Life is a 24-hour walk-a-thon which seeks to raise awareness of cancer-related issues as well as funds for the American Cancer Society. Amber Baillargeon, a senior English major and chair of NMU’s Relay for Life committee, said that originally their goal was to have at least 30 teams and a total of 300 people.

Baillargeon said that so far, 37 teams and over 400 people have signed up. Relay for Life is the primary fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and this year, the NMU event hopes to raise $27,000.

– Dalten Krause

Graduate students hold reading

NMU’s Graduate Writers Association (GWA) will hold a reading at the Landmark Inn on Friday, March 26 at 9 p.m.

Students will be reading fiction and nonfiction pieces in the Landmark Inn’s Board Room. This month’s featured readers are Jeff Evans and Tim Johnston, who are both students in NMU’s graduate English program.

The GWA reading gives graduate students an opportunity to share their personal work with the community, said Isaac Coleman, president of NMU’s GWA.

Readings are held about six times a year with the next being held April 30 in the Landmark Inn at 9 p.m. Coleman said that undergraduate students and writers from the community are encouraged to attend. There will be an open mic at the end of the night for people to share personal writings with each other.

– Gary Seaman

Talk given on religious women

On Monday, March 29 the Multicultural Education and Resource Center (MERC) is holding a free lecture in the Whitman Hall Commons Area at 6 p.m.

The guest speaker for the lecture will be Ruth Almen, an adjunct professor of sociology and social work.

Almen said the lecture, “How the Church Ladies Taught Me to be a Peace and Justice Advocate,” will cover her work history and what the religious women in her life did to shape it.  She also said the lecture will be about these women’s good deeds and how they impacted Almen’s career.

– Katelynn Segula Brief