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The North Wind

The North Wind

Art and music are an essential part of life

Ben Scheelk April 20, 2011

Dear artists and musicians of Marquette: never leave. The occasional empty auditoriums and vacant galleries are not negative reflections of your talent, but rather the harsh reality of an area where concerts...

Hydropower is renewable energy at a cost

Ben Scheelk April 7, 2011

Having reached the summit of peak oil, society is looking out over the landscape for new ways to use the environment to produce energy. In our frantic bid for sustainability, some developers are looking...

U.S. fighting for Libyan civilians

Ben Scheelk March 31, 2011

Just when the world thought that the two long wars which have come to define the first decade of the 21st century were coming to an end, the international community is confronted with yet another apparently...

Nuclear energy not the problem, we are

Ben Scheelk March 24, 2011

In the game SimCity, it’s wise to build nuclear power plants: they have low emissions, are very efficient, and produce a lot of electricity, albeit with a hefty price tag. But if a meltdown occurs, your...

Cost of relying on oil too high

Ben Scheelk March 17, 2011

I am not sure what is more shocking: graduation looming close on the horizon, or the fact that the price of gasoline has gone up more than 50 cents since I last half-filled my tank (the signature of a...

National parks are America’s best idea

Ben Scheelk March 10, 2011

The first week back from spring break feels like jumping into Lake Superior at the beginning of May. It is like scrambling out of a hot tub to make snow angels on a frigid winter night, or stepping off...

Aquaponics will change how we get our food

Ben Scheelk February 24, 2011

It’s that unremitting sound, the endless gurgling of water as it runs off the improvised rockwool filtration system, which always reminds me that my roommate is saving the world. Well, maybe not directly,...

Natural beauty makes NMU special

Ben Scheelk February 17, 2011

The gentle whirring of the Presque Isle Power Plant, immersed in the heavy silence of still trees and the calm lake on an unusually warm winter morning, was drowned out by the jarring sound of a chainsaw...

The 21st century revolutionary in Egypt

Ben Scheelk February 3, 2011

“How to Protest Intelligently:  Important Information and Tactics” reads the title of the pamphlet being circulated among protesters in Egypt. It begins with a declaration, a list of the demands of...

Graphene may change technology forever

Ben Scheelk January 27, 2011

Innovation: the result of a multi-billion dollar research effort, a black-budget contract and some pork-barrel intrigue—or a simple idea, a #2 pencil, and a little bit of scotch tape? That is all it...

Keeping tabs on the Joneses: How Facebook has invaded our lives

Ben Scheelk January 20, 2011

Mark Zuckerberg wants to be your friend. He just made his 550 millionth the other day and probably will not stop even if he reaches a billion. It’s not simply that he desires to give you an occasional...

Businesses should not define borders

Ben Scheelk January 13, 2011

Take a look at the world map. What do you see, order or influence? Or do you see several large, geographically diverse landmasses haphazardly dissected by a series of imaginary lines, lines that effectively...

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