Briefs – December 2, 2010

NW Staff

Exam cancellation policy revised

The final exam cancellation policy has been revised in order to prepare faculty and students for inclement weather school closings during exam week.

If exams are cancelled once during the week those exams will be re-scheduled for Friday, Dec. 10. If exams are cancelled for two days, exams will be re-scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11.

Cindy Paavola, communications director at NMU, advises students to be cautious when making travel arrangements for Winter break.

“We thought by changing the policy and making it formal, students would know ahead of time,” said Paavola. “We thought it more fair to students making travel arrangements.”

The snowstorm last April influenced the decision to revise the policy.

“It happened so rarely before it wasn’t a problem,” said Paavola.

The goal is to hold finals to the exact schedule, Paavola said.

“We don’t take closing the university lightly, but when it becomes a matter of safety, we cannot put people’s lives in danger,” Paavola said.

– Heather Marshall

Choral society to sing carols

A choral group in Marquette will hold two concerts at St. Peter’s Cathedral in downtown Marquette this weekend.

The Marquette Choral Society, directed by Floyd Slotterback, is made up of 120 residents of the Marquette and surrounding area and  will be performing a concert of Christmas carols, including their famous Midnight Mass for Christmas, accompanied by a small orchestra of NMU students.

“Some songs are going to be sung by the audience as well,” said Pauline Kiltinen, the publicity chair of the society.

The concerts will be held Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m.  It will be held at St. Peter Cathedral in Downtown Marquette and will be free to general public.  Kiltinen recommends getting there early, as seats fill up fast.

— Erin Eidsvoog

Christmas story to be read

Northern Michigan University will present a staged reading of “A Christmas Carol” Wednesday, Dec. 15 through Sunday, Dec. 19 in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre in the McClintock Building. The event begins at 7:30 p.m., with 1 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

For several years, “A Christmas Carol,” or a variation of the play, was an annual production at Forest Roberts Theatre. There are plans to resurrect the practice next season, and this year’s staged reading is a way to ease into the return of the show. The cast is composed of members of the First Nighters Club advisory board and the script is an adaptation by Ansley Valentine, NMU director of theatre. Panowski will direct the reading.

Tickets are $5—cash or check only—and will be available at the door. For more information, call 227-2553.

— NMU News Bureau