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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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Spotlight on BSU

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BSU members at the end of one of their weekly meetings. (left to right) Khaleah Lowllun , Mickey, Esmeralda Torez-Cabrera, Ketlove Grey, D’Mario Duckett, Kaffie Kurz, Maylanaysia Rosser and Devante Wade. Photo courtesy of D’Mario Duckett.

Black Student Union is a space for Black students on campus to come together, hang out and have understanding and constructive conversations about race. BSU has many of these conversations amongst themselves, but a large part of their platform centers around continuing racial conversations with other campus organizations as well.

“Right now, my goal for BSU is to kind of make it a hub of communication for organizations on campus and for students to get the resources they need,” D’Mario Duckett, president of BSU and senior medicinal plant chemistry major, said.

A lot of the discussions that BSU participates in are ones that they host themselves to help educate the community on a variety of racial issues, including voter suppression and the thin blue line flag. However, they are also invited to be on panels for organizations like Housing and Residence Life and the Criminal Justice Association.

BSU has weekly meetings that provide a casual social space for students as well. It is a safe space for students of all backgrounds to meet, get help if they need and ask difficult questions. 

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They occasionally plan trips and outings outside of campus, such as to the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia in Big Rapids, Michigan. 

“[BSU has] meetings each week, and then if you want to participate beyond that, then there’s definitely opportunity,” Duckett said.
Students interested in joining BSU can contact Duckett at [email protected] or message them on Instagram at @nmu.bsu.

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Katarina Rothhorn
Katarina Rothhorn, Features Writer
The first message I ever sent from my Northern Michigan University sanctioned email was to the editor-in-chief of the North Wind asking if there was any way I could join the staff. Classes hadn't even started yet but I knew if there was one place I was going to be in college, it was going to be in the news room helping create an archive of campus life. Being a part of the North Wind has shown me a sides of NMU that I would not have known existed otherwise and has given me a platform to raise up the stories of those who are often overlooked. After being a copy editor, features editor and now the editor-in-chief, I feel so grateful to be a part of an excellent staff and have the opportunity to learn, grow, and make mistakes along side a great support system.