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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.

Students protest against Israel-Hamas war with campus encampment
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Dallas Wiertella April 30, 2024

University is working with student concerns

Two weeks ago, a number of North Wind employees were ticketed in the parking lot outside of the University Center. The lot has a two-hour time limit. When we called Parking Services to find out where we should be parking, they informed us that last semester, changes were made to provide student employees a place to park.

Students who work in the U.C. with a parking pass, can park along Kaye Avenue (the street on the south side of the building,) in a designated area in the Cohodas Parking Lot, and in the north end of Lot 12, across the street from Subway.

These changes were made as a result of ASNMU and greater student concern that student employees who worked in the U.C. had nowhere to park.

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We think that this is a clear example of the university working with students to find a compromise. While it’s not right out in front of the university center, we can’t deny that this is an option for students who are worried about having to fork over $25 for a ticket. This shows that students’ concerns are heard, and we hope that such dilemmas are addressed in a similar way in the future.

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We encourage students to consider the university’s point of view before complaining about inconveniences, and we hope that the university will continue to consider students’ opinions when they come up.

Another great example of the university working with students is seen with the new laptops. Students are now being given one GB of RAM for the new computers that were issued at the beginning of this year.

Concern among students was heard and addressed. It’s not the two GB of RAM that was available initially, but we should be grateful that we’re not left hanging.

Both parking and the computers are great examples of the university working with students. This give-and-take is what strengthens our university with each obstacle.  So, though some of us have parking tickets, we know now there are options. As student employees, we aren’t stranded without anywhere to park.

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