Briefs – November 4, 2010

NW Staff

Radio X comes back on the air

Radio X, NMU’s student-run radio station, is now back on the air. The work on the smokestack owned by Wisconsin Electric, where the transmitter is located, is now finished.

Radio X got permission to start airing shows on Wednesday, Oct. 27 and officially started on Thursday, Oct. 28.

“There will be no more times where Radio X will not be on,” said Erin Astle, general manager of Radio X.

The radio station was previously off the air from the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Wisconsin Electric had to repair water damage to the smokestack that made it dangerous to have a transmitter inside of it.

There is a new transmitter being built and will hopefully be done by the spring, Astle said.

– Robyn Goodman

Tips on preparing for winter

There will be a weatherization workshop in Negaunee that will give practical information on how to save money and energy during this upcoming winter. This meeting will provide constructive ways to lower overall expenditures in homes.   “If you carry out the ideas provided, you will see a difference in your home,” said Sarah Monte, employee at the Marquette Food Co-op.

Michigan Energy Options is an organization that has delivered energy efficiency and sustainability solutions to households, businesses and public institutions throughout our state for over thirty years. They will be at this workshop to show items that can help save money and energy.

“This workshop will provide little tricks that help with environmental consciousness,” Monte said.

The weatherization workshop will take place in the Negaunee Senior Center on Thursday, Nov.  4 from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is free to Co-op owners, and there is a $3 suggested donation for all other attendees.

— Quinn Doyle

Dog expert comes to NMU

On Wednesday, Nov. 10, Marquette’s “Dog Whisperer,” Andrew Bek, will be leading a SkillBuilder! to aid in communicating with canine companions. This free workshop will take place in the Back Room of NMU’s University Center from 6-7:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Student Leader Fellowship Program.

Unlike many obedience classes, this workshop will focus on understanding dogs and why they behave the way they do instead of just demanding obedience.

“Dog Whispering is about calling forth your calm-assertive primal leadership and understanding what your dog needs from you. I serve as your interpreter for the canine species,” he said.

According to Bek, animals are reflections of their owners. If an owner is hyperactive, it’s likely that the dogs will be, too; if an owner is calm, then so are they, Bek said. In this interactive workshop, it won’t be the animals being trained –– it will be the humans, he said. For more information, contact the SLFP at 227-1771.

— Chelsea Parrish