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Through my experience here at the North Wind I have been able to have the privilege of highlighting students through all forms of multimedia journalism. Whether I'm in front or behind the camera, I aim...

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

Letter to Editor: Student Offended by T-Shirts

By: Carrie Grishaber

Dear editor, 

Overall, Fall Fest this year was a success. Although the location, due to construction, was forced to relocate from the academic mall to the University Center lawn, over 100 student organizations, 29 non-profit agencies and 65 businesses were represented.

Unfortunately, amidst the festive, back-to-school atmosphere, there was one spark of negativity.

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The NMU College Republicans were selling bright orange T-shirts with the slogan “Suck My Glock” written over a picture of a gun. The back of the shirt displayed the name of the organization and stated their second amendment rights. I am appalled that the NMU College Republicans would have so little class and dignity that they would proudly promote such a revolting slogan.

The mental imagery of a gun in someone’s mouth is violent and horrifying. The message that sexual aggression can be taken lightly is even worse. Sexual assault is rampant on college campuses just like ours. According to NMU Public Safety’s crime statistics, criminal sexual conduct more than tripled between 2009 and 2011, the last reported year. The numbers show that sex related crimes are on the rise. Casual references to gun use and sexual aggression are not only sickening, but intimidating.

It is my deepest hope that the NMU College Republicans realize their error and cease sales of these inappropriate shirts immediately.


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