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“Pick One” encourages campus engagement

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STARTING THINGS OFF — The Pick One promotion aims to help students transition to campus life, and increases involvement on campus at the same time. Students have until Monday, Oct. 9, to earn points for the promotion. Photo courtesy of Center for Student Enrichment

For the first six weeks of the semester, the Center for Student Enrichment is holding a promotion called “Pick One.” The promotion aims to motivate students to interact with their classmates and campus by allowing them to earn points towards various prizes simply by attending events on campus.

Center for Student Enrichment member Bailey Gomes explained that the promotion intends to help students have an easier transition into campus life, and that the beginning of the semester is often the hardest period of that transition.

“There is so much evidence to support the fact that when students are involved on campus, they tend to have a better quality of life, get better grades, and are overall more satisfied with their college experience,” Gomes said.

The Center for Student Enrichment has already seen more student activity on campus, according to Gomes. They also mentioned that plenty of departments and faculty members alike have added their events to the list of Pick One events. Gomes attributes the enthusiasm to students being ready to be back on campus.

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“I think that as Pick One continues to grow each year, the excitement across campus will only grow with it,” Gomes said.

Students can expect a variety of different prizes. At five points, students can earn a Pick One t-shirt. At 10, they can pick either an insulated tumbler or a hat and will be entered into a drawing for bigger prizes, with details to be revealed as they’re given away. Finally, at 15 points, students earn an NMU gift card. The student with the most points overall will win a prize worth over $300.

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Harry Stine, Opinion Editor
In 2021, after one year of college and a semester of studying as a Public Relations major, I realized I wanted to be a journalist and not much else. After eagerly applying to be a Copy Editor, without even knowing AP style at that point, I started doing the occasional contributing writer piece for The North Wind. My frequent topic was satire. When I heard The North Wind was going through another round of hires, and a spot was open for an Assistant Features Editor, I applied in a heartbeat. I still do the occasional satire piece, but I take great pride in exploring NMU and Marquette for my topics, and finally having my head wrapped around AP style.