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Brock Tessman announced as the 17th president of Northern Michigan University

Dreyma Beronja, News Editor September 29, 2022

During a special Board of Trustees session at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, Brock Tessman was announced as the 17th president of Northern Michigan University. Tessman will begin his role as NMU's president...

Board of Trustees holds special all-student forum

Board of Trustees holds special all-student forum

Dreyma Beronja, News Editor March 21, 2022

Earlier this academic year, students dressed in red packed the ballroom of the Northern Center to show support for faculty and the then ongoing contract negotiation mediations. By the end of the forum,...

TELL ME MORE-An extract from an archived interview by Miriam Hilton with Luther West, in which West discusses his association with the Race Betterment Foundation.

Letter to the Editor—No mistake made removing West’s name from Science Building

Aaron Loudenslager February 1, 2022
The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees made the right decision when it voted last month to remove Dr. Luther West’s name from the edifice formerly known as West Science—now denominated simply as the Science Building. This action communicates to the general public, and to the NMU community in particular, that the university considers the value of an inclusive, pluralistic society to be a fundamental and paramount one.
CONTESTED NAMESAKE-After the NMU Board of Trustees recently voted to remove Luther Wests name from what was previously West Hall, the building has been temporarily dubbed the Science Building.

Letter to the Editor—In support of Luther West

Carl Anderson January 20, 2022
I am writing this letter because I believe that I am one of few people alive who knew West well. I grew up with his youngest son and spent as much time at the West house as my own.
TAKING A VOTE—NMUs Board of Trustees met virtually on Wednesday, Dec. 1, for a special session to discuss the presidential search firm as well as interim presidents, Kerri Schuiling, contract. The next scheduled board meeting will be on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 11:30 a.m. in the Northern Center.

BOT holds special meeting for presidential search firm, interim president’s contract

Dreyma Beronja, News Editor December 2, 2021

Northern Michigan University’s Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, Dec. 1, over Zoom for a special session. The session covered the presidential search firm recommendation and the interim president’s...

WHAT COULD BE LOST—Many are concerned that pieces of campus life such as the important gathering space in Whitman Hall may be lost due to facilities plans created with the aim of increasing university profit.

Letter to the Editor—Robert Mahaney’s conflicts of interest

Kadin Fox November 11, 2021
On Oct. 1, Chair of Northern Michigan University’s Board of Trustees Tami Seavoy accepted Robert Mahaney’s resignation as liaison to the university’s foundation board. Mahaney, CEO of the local real estate giant Veridea Group, claimed his decision was made in order to avoid the “appearance of a conflict of interest,” in regards to the foundation contracting with Veridea Group.
QUESTIONS?—Long lines of students, faculty and community members stand before microphones at the Oct. 26 university forum. So many people were in attendance that the room was expanded to meet fire code.

Editorial—Students will be heard, one way or another

North Wind Staff November 1, 2021

Recent events on campus, such as the abrupt termination of former president Fritz Erickson, the ongoing contract dispute between faculty and administration and the vote of no confidence in NMU’s Board...

Opinion—Erickson termination leaves NMU with unprecedented uncertainty

Opinion—Erickson termination leaves NMU with unprecedented uncertainty

Travis Nelson, Sports Editor October 7, 2021
I really thought that the past two years couldn’t be touched in terms of the level of chaos at NMU. However, topping even a global pandemic, right now we’re left without a permanent president or a union contract.
Editorial—Reflections on Erickson’s termination

Editorial—Reflections on Erickson’s termination

North Wind Staff October 5, 2021
It has now been over a week since the Board of Trustees unexpectedly terminated former President of the university Fritz Erickson on Sept. 24. For several days after the event, blindsided students watched and rewatched the meeting, analyzing each word spoken by BOT members, trying to fully understand the abrupt termination.
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Kerri Schuiling appointed interim president

Dreyma Beronja and Ayanna Allen, News Editor and Staff Writer October 1, 2021

Kerri Schuiling, provost and vice president of academic affairs, was appointed as interim president of Northern Michigan University at the latest Board of Trustees meeting. Schuiling became provost...

Board of Trustees terminates President Erickson

Board of Trustees terminates President Erickson

Dreyma Beronja and Akasha Khalsa, News Editor and Opinion Editor September 24, 2021

Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has terminated President Fritz Erickson, effective immediately. The vote was unanimous. With less than 48 hours’ notice, a special BOT meeting was called...

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Editorial—What’s up with blocking our new BOT member?

North Wind Staff March 4, 2021

Republican lawmakers in the Michigan Senate have blocked several governor-appointed officials, including one for NMU’s Board of Trustees. Citing opposition to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 policies,...

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