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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 WiertellaApril 30, 2024

    Student input vital in demanding change


    When the forum regarding the SRA
    process was held on Oct. 3, students

    decried the methods that had excluded student input. Thankfully, the SRA

    report is now open and available for
    student viewing and commentary. Yet,
    as of Oct. 11 there had only been two
    comments submitted on the report.

    Yesterday, a booth was set up by
    ASNMU at the dining hall and offered
    students an incentive to comment in

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    the form of a raffle ticket for a free parking pass. Thanks to the event, there

    are now over 60 comments on the report. However, it’s a pathetic reflection

    on the state of student interest that an
    incentive had to be present in order to
    interest students.

    Those present at the SRA forum

    heckled the creators of the report furiously, claiming students had a right to

    offer input. Here at The North Wind, we

    even editorialized on the unjustified exclusion of student voices and vouched

    for future inclusion. Yet, when given the
    opportunity, students showed complete

    disregard for the reports. For some reason, students don’t value their own opinion enough to share it in a professional

    context. Why is this? It’s certainly not

    because of the lack of opinion. Many
    students consistently bemoan the
    slightest inconveniences or changes
    on campus. It’s not hard to generate an

    anger-fueled conversation when asking students face-to-face about their

    thoughts. So what is preventing them
    from sharing their ideas?

    One explanation is that students do
    not feel as though their voice will be
    heard. It’s understandable that in such a
    large campus community, and under an

    administration that has been unresponsive to student opinion in the past, that

    this would prevent people from speaking out. Because of the overwhelming amount of opinions constantly espoused, it can seem as though your

    single voice doesn’t matter. However,
    this illusion simply isn’t accurate.
    As students, we have a responsibility
    to ourselves and to each other to speak
    up. Individuals alone can have trouble
    turning the gears of change. But when
    we all begin to speak up for what we
    believe, our voices entwine into one
    booming demand for change.

    Comment your thoughts on the SRA
    report before it closes on Nov. 2. It can
    be found at

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