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Editorial—Masking changes on campus

Editorial—Masking changes on campus

North Wind Staff March 18, 2022
Despite the excitement that might come along with a reduction in masking, as with any COVID-related policy change, there are many concerns to take into account.
COVID questions

COVID questions

Katarina Rothhorn, Features Editor February 26, 2022
While getting COVID-19 does generate some immunity, Sharp advises against relying on a previous infection for future immunity. Being infected with COVID-19 and getting vaccinated are not the same thing.  “If you get infected with the virus, the virus has, as part of its biology, ways to suppress your immune system,” Sharp said. “Yes, you will generate antibodies so that you can defeat the virus and survive, but some of those factors that the virus has may have effects that diminish the ability to have long lasting immunity.”
Getting COVID impacts on mental health

Getting COVID impacts on mental health

Katarina Rothhorn, Features Editor February 17, 2022

It is well known that the COVID-19 pandemic has created changes in everyone’s mental health. Loss of family members and friends, altered social situations and increased uncertainty has led to higher...

COVID-19 cases are low at NMU at the beginning of the winter semester - graphic

Marquette area sees decrease in COVID cases, free KN95 masks for public

Dreyma Beronja, News Editor February 3, 2022

After a surge of COVID cases spiking since the return from winter break, Dr. Bob Lorinser, medical director for Marquette County Health Department, reports that cases are now decreasing in the area. "The...

Staying sane in quarantine: 5 ways to not turn into a mindless zombie

Staying sane in quarantine: 5 ways to not turn into a mindless zombie

Dreyma Beronja, News Editor February 2, 2022

COVID-19 has been in the U.S. now since Jan. 21, 2020. I have been fortunate enough to go the last two years without testing positive for COVID however, with the winter semester starting, I have had a...

CROSS CULTURAL - Olivia Dunn, a Polish-American student, makes perogies with her German Slavic studies major friend  and Polish exchange student friend in what she calls a true coming together of different cultures to appreciate one. Dunn has made friends from all over the globe in her program in Oldenburg, Germany.

Global experiences during a global pandemic

Katarina Rothhorn, Features Editor February 2, 2022

Olivia Dunn, third year international studies major, grew up in a Polish American household and knew she loved languages and travel at a young age. She learned Polish and has a language certification...

QUARANTINED—Students who live on campus who test positive for COVID-19 have the option to either return home if feeling well enough to do so or stay on campus in the first floor of Spooner Hall, the designated on-campus quarantine and isolation hall.

NMU medical director addresses quarantine, omicron concerns

Ayanna Allen, Staff Writer January 31, 2022

With the winter semester approaching the end of its third week, Dr. Christopher Kirkpatrick, NMU’s medical director addressed current policies regarding COVID exposure, vaccination, positive tests and...

COVID on campus: how NMU is handling the omicron variant

COVID on campus: how NMU is handling the omicron variant

Dreyma Beronja, News Editor January 27, 2022

Northern Michigan University's Winter 2022 semester began two days late and did not hold in-person classes until the following week. This was in large part due to the rising cases of COVID with the omicron...

Finding a middle ground: how student orgs navigate online challenges

Finding a middle ground: how student orgs navigate online challenges

Katarina Rothhorn, Features Editor January 26, 2022

The Winter 2022 semester began with a sudden announcement that the first two days of classes would be canceled, the rest of the first week would be online and student organizations would have to meet virtually...

TUESDAY HOCKEY— The Wildcats celebrate a goal against Michigan Tech on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Berry Events Center. The series with Michigan Tech has been rescheduled to two separate Tuesday games. The first game is Tuesday, Feb. 1 in Houghton, and the second is Tuesday, Feb. 8 in Marquette. Travis Nelson/NW

NMU-Michigan Tech hockey series rescheduled to Feb. 1 and Feb. 8

Travis Nelson, Sports Editor January 24, 2022

After being postponed due to health and safety precautions, the hockey series between NMU and Michigan Tech has been rescheduled by the CCHA to Tuesday, Feb. 1 in Houghton, and Tuesday, Feb. 8 in Marquette.  The...

RIVALRY POSTPONED—NMU forward Hank Crone scores a goal against Michigan Tech goaltender Blake Pietila on Saturday, Nov. 13 in the teams last meeting. This weekends series between the two teams has been postponed, and both schools are attempting to re-schedule the series for later in the season. Travis Nelson/NW

NMU-Michigan Tech hockey series postponed due to COVID-19

Travis Nelson, Sports Editor January 20, 2022

This weekend’s rivalry hockey series between NMU and Michigan Tech is postponed due to health and safety precautions within the Wildcats' program, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced...

NEW MANDATES—As Omicron variant cases rise, NMU along with others across the U.S. are now switching to wear the safer mask choice of N95 or KN95 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. NMU is requiring anyone on campus to wear the N95 or KN95.

In-person classes: staying safe or taking a risk

Dreyma Beronja and Ayanna Allen, News Editor and Staff Writer January 19, 2022

Northern Michigan University delayed in-person classes the first week of the semester due to a lack of proper mask supplies. Now only a week later, campus opens back up and classes go back in-person.  However,...

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