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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
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Spotlight on EcoReps

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EcoReps talk to students at Earth Fest 2021. Cece Hogan (left) and Alexis Giesey (at table). Photo courtesy of Alexis Giesey.

The goal of EcoReps is to encourage students and the university to participate in more sustainable actions on campus. They organize recurring workshop series such as Fix It Fridays and Mend It Mondays that teach participants how to repair their own clothing and objects instead of buying new ones. 

Members of EcoReps are invited to volunteer at these workshops, but also at places such as the Michigan Ice Fest and NMU hockey games where EcoReps work to make the events Zero Waste by helping people sort their waste and avoid throwing things in the landfill unnecessarily.

Recently, EcoReps has gained a new purpose with the creation of the Green Fund in Fall 2020. The Green Fund is a $5 optional fee paid by students every semester that is then used to pay for sustainability projects proposed by students. 

Any student or group of students with an idea can propose a project to EcoReps who will then review the proposal and send it off to the university Sustainability Advisory Council for approval. 

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“It just takes people who have a project and Northern is the kind of place where you can make that happen,” Jessica Thompson, EcoReps faculty advisor and professor of business, said. “We’re small enough and agile enough that if you have an idea, we can get it to the next level and you can actually graduate seeing your thumbprint on the university.”

Currently, EcoReps is working on projects such as a campus wide composting and a sustainability board encompassing many other student organizations. 

“It’s a work in progress but we’re really excited to end up happening which is awesome,” Alexis Giesey, senior environmental science major and executive director of EcoReps, said. “It makes Northern’s claim of having such a sustainable campus truer every day when we have that.”

Students interested in joining EcoReps can contact them by emailing [email protected]

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Katarina Rothhorn
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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.