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Student org spotlight — Northern Arts and Entertainment plans big-ticket entertainment

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BRAINSTORMING — NAE members attend their weekly meeting to share ideas and begin planning. Photo courtesy of Brianna Weaver

For many students, music and the arts are what allows them to flourish, whether they be involved in production or simply attending events. Northern Arts and Entertainment (NAE) is a student-run organization that strives to “bring big-ticket entertainment to NMU’s campus.” Doing so allows students to involve themselves and help bring concerts and comedians to campus, as well as schedule different events throughout the year.

NAE meets weekly on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in the front room of the Northern Center. They discuss ideas and plan future events and any students are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings. 

For Adeline Pavlo, a second-year student and vice president of NAE, exposing students to music and other performance entertainment is a priority. She believes that her organization opens a window of opportunity for students to experience the joy that music can bring. 

“NAE provides NMU with affordable concerts and events for students to enjoy. Our goal is to make sure each student is making life-long memories while here on campus, and what better way is there to do that than through music?” Pavlo said. “Some students have never been to a concert, so the fact that we are able to bring big-ticket entertainment to the students is huge.”

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An important aspect of a well-run organization is its regard for students’ voices. It’s also ideal to provide a welcoming environment for its members. This is a significant factor for NAE as they plan events that will appeal to NMU students and provide them with quality entertainment. Students like Kaia Hayes, who recently became a member of NAE, applaud the organization for this reason. 

“I joined Northern Arts and Entertainment after the Hippo Campus concert was held last winter semester, so this semester will be my first full semester with them,” Hayes said. “NAE is a very relaxed and super fun organization to be a part of. Everyone I have met has been incredibly nice and super welcoming. This is an organization where your voice is always heard, and that’s what I love about NAE. Sometimes it’s hard to find that.”

Northern Arts and Entertainment is an organization that can also be extremely beneficial for students. It provides loads of opportunities and develops professional skills that are useful in countless ways. Since NAE hosts weekly meetings, it offers many chances for students to attend, even if it is last minute. Attending the events allows students to thrive at NMU, according to Ian Watson, a fourth-year student and president of NAE.

“The work that is done by NAE, NoMAD, Platform Personalities and others, gives students outlets to enjoy life and give reasons to be excited about their choice to be a student at NMU,” Watson said. “These events help students maintain a work-life balance, which makes college more enjoyable and memorable.”

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Amelia Kashian
Amelia Kashian, Features Editor
Being passionate is one of the best parts of being human, and I am glad that writing has helped me recognize that. I have been writing stories since I was a little girl, and over time I have grown to become more and more fond of journalism. Now, I am excited to grow as a writer and build connections as a staff member of the North Wind. In my free time I enjoy running, finding new music, and exploring nature.