Briefs – April 1, 2010

NW Staff

Speaker addresses tax reform

NMU will be holding a symposium concerning tax reform in Jamrich 105 on Tuesday, April 6 from 3-4:30 p.m.

Guest speaker Charles Ballard, a professor of economics from Michigan State University, said that he will be addressing the recent history of Michigan’s economy, the state’s current financial situation and how the state can find its way to a brighter future.

Ballard is the author of the books “Michigan at the Millennium” and “Michigan’s Economic Future.” He is a leading expert on the state’s budget and financial problems and has done over 100 lectures in the past three years.

Ballard said he believes increasing education funds and developing a more highly skilled work force would get the state out of its continued economic decline. The event is free and there will be time during the forum for questions and answers.

— Gary Snyder

Ethics focus of new workshop

The NMU Student Leader Fellowship Program (SLFP) will be hosting a Skill Builder! on the ethics of social responsibility on Tuesday, April 6 at 3:30 p.m. in the Back Room of the University Center.

It will be led by Jon Barch, assistant director of the Center for Student Enrichment and SLFP coordinator. Barch said the event is going to be about the feeling of responsibility for people who are having a harder time in the community.

Barch said that he wants to make the skill presentation an active exploration of the idea of people feeling responsible for helping out those who are less fortunate and why people feel that way. The Skill Builder! will talk about whether the feeling is an innate part of being human or a social thing. Barch added that students will be welcome to share ideas and experiences with helping others along with participating in role-playing exercises.

—Dalten Krause

Speaker to touch on violence

Violence prevention educator Paul Kivel will give a free public presentation during a visit to Northern Michigan University. He will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 12, in the Whitman Hall commons.

Kivel is a social justice educator, activist and writer. He has been an innovative leader in violence prevention for more than 27 years. He is a trainer and speaker on men’s issues, racism and diversity, challenges of youth, teen dating, family violence, raising boys to manhood and the impact of class and power on daily life. Kivel is the author of numerous books and curricula, including “Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice,” “Men’s Work,” “Making the Peace,” “Helping Teens Stop Violence” and most recently, “You Call this a Democracy?: Who Benefits, Who Pays and Who Really Decides.”

Kivel will also lead some workshops for NMU students, faculty and staff. His visit is sponsored by the office of the provost and vice president for academic affairs and the office of the associate provost for student services and enrollment.

—NMU News Bureau