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Don’t let old stories define who you are

Isabelle Tavares April 23, 2020

Yesterday I burned a crumpled piece of paper with the word “rocks” on it. What is now in ashes, was an idea I carried with me since sixth grade. “Rocks” was the nickname given to me by my...

Face-to-face classes are goal, decision to come in a few weeks

Isabelle Tavares April 22, 2020

Northern Michigan University President Fritz Erickson says he is committed to holding face-to-face classes for fall 2020, and is optimistic about enrollment after initially anticipating a 10% drop for...

Professors, students adapt to online classes

Professors, students adapt to online classes

Isabelle Tavares March 19, 2020

On March 11, 2020 NMU joined the ranks of college campus closings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Professors scrambled to move their in-person classes online in one weekend—and this was felt especially...

HOME GROWN—Local musicians Sarah Middlefehld and John Gillette strum along as they bring their set to the community during their performance at the Forest Roberts theater, on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Winter Roots Folk Festival unthaws community with musics’ warmth

Isabelle Tavares February 20, 2020

Snow, and attendees of the 2020 Winter Roots Folk Festival (WRFF) have one thing in common: they were everywhere.  Driven by the desire to stir people out of winters’ hibernation—musicians,...

Four-year AAUP president resigns

Isabelle Tavares February 6, 2020

NMU American Association of University Professors (AAUP) chapter President Brent Graves resigned effective immediately on Feb. 2, 2020 due to not feeling supported by the executive committee.   In...

Academic Senate approves grad program

Academic Senate approves grad program

Isabelle Tavares January 23, 2020

A report from the Graduate Programs Committee (GPC) approved a proposal to create a graduate program in the Math and Computer Science (MCS) department during Tuesday afternoon’s Academic Senate (AS)...

Australia deserves more awareness

Australia deserves more awareness

Isabelle Tavares January 16, 2020

Flames first broke out in Australian in September 2019. In five months, irreversible change has occurred; one of the world’s most biodiverse land has burned, an estimated 1 billion animals have been...

NEON GLOW—Dancers had a lot of personal stakes in the performance, as they helped assemble and deconstruct the structure. Director Jill Grundstrom said this heavy involvement from all production members made it even better because they understood how the entire process works.

Youth: catalyst for change

Isabelle Tavares January 16, 2020

We are of the age of change. This is the message the NMU theatre production of “What We Leave Behind: Addressing Climate Change Through Dance” sought to illustrate. In a collaborative performance,...

FORMING CHANGE—The performance “What We Leave Behind,” staged at the Forest Roberts Theatre used multimedia storytelling involving large screens, music and dance.
Photo courtesy of Forest Roberts Theatre

Shifting bodies for shifting climate

Isabelle Tavares November 14, 2019

Think about your loved ones. What will the environment look like for them in the future? Picture your favorite place. What will the landscape look like 30 years from now? The producers of “What We Leave...

WU-TANG DON’T STOP YO—Ghostface Killah is a rapper, songwriter, actor and former member of Wu-Tang Clan which stands for Witty Unpredictable Talent and Natural Game. 
Photo courtesy of Simon Berghoef

Ghostface Killah draws hype crowd

Isabelle Tavares October 30, 2019

 Lights—the colors of Lucky Charms—ping-ponged off of concert-goers, while a well-known hip-hop sample sang out from the stacked speakers. The man swaggering about the stage yelled into a half-tipped...

Killin it with hip-hop

Killin’ it with hip-hop

Isabelle Tavares October 24, 2019

Attendees at the Ghostface Killah concert should “protect ya neck.” This phrase comes from ‘90s hip-hop group Wu Tang Clan, of which headliner artist Ghostface Killah was a former member. Killah,...

“The Burger Bus” by Joe Reynolds

Fresh Coast Film Festival

Isabelle Tavares October 24, 2019

Exploring Midwest Through Film Stepping out from a crisp, sunny fall Saturday into the atmospherically dark inside of Blackrocks Brewery. It felt abnormal, considering Marquette is allocated few days...

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