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Letter to the Editor—Dotson suspension highly suspect

Letter to the Editor—Dotson suspension highly suspect

April 21, 2022
It’s important to recognize the disparity in treatment received by Dotson, on the one hand, and the treatment received by Greer and Brundage, on the other hand. Greer and Brundage have violated the constitutional and federal statutory rights of NMU students on multiple occasions over the past decade and a half, including illegally discriminating against students with mental disorders—but have not received any disciplinary actions themselves from the university.
Letter to the Editor—The Luther West I knew

Letter to the Editor—The Luther West I knew

Dorothy Vanerka February 13, 2022
This is sent with profound sadness and concern over NMU’s hasty decision to erase all traces  of Dr. Luther West from it’s campus. As a relative by marriage, I testify to the character of the man I knew for 36 years.
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.
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Letter to the Editor—Luther West is not blameless

Aaron Loudenslager December 3, 2021
Dr. Luther West — a former Northern Michigan University biology professor who openly supported the promotion of “conservative eugenic legislation and eugenic administration” in the 1920s — is a wholly “blameless” person. At least, that’s what Philip Niswonger seems to argue in his recent letter to the editor. But his letter to the editor is entirely unconvincing, as it solely consists of a series of nonsensical non sequiturs.
Letter to the Editor—Renaming West Science the wrong call

Letter to the Editor—Renaming West Science the wrong call

Philip Niswonger November 16, 2021
Interim President Kerri Schuiling recently sent out a statement about potentially taking the name of Luther West off of the West Science Building. I believe this to be a shameful act by the university and I hope the committee will reject the name change.
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.
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Letter to the Editor—Finding home in Calhoun County

Lucy Blair March 18, 2021

When I read Ashley Beronja's recent opinion column about her experience moving from Battle Creek to Marquette, I couldn't help feeling like I was living a weird act II of Ashley's story, as...

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Letter to the Editor—The thin blue line: A symbol of pride, not hate

Karen Bahrman March 4, 2021

A recent opinion piece urged readers not to display the thin blue line flag because its originator was allegedly a racist, it has been co-opted by groups who are undoubtedly racist and it fosters an “us-them”...

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Letter to the Editor—Don’t mythologize Columbus

DeForest Dalbec October 29, 2020

To be clear: I agree with the conclusions of the recent opinion column, “Columbus doesn’t deserve a day of celebration.” We should not have a “Columbus Day;” the whole idea of it was contrived...


Letter to the editor

Michael Joy November 21, 2019

As a member of the Academic Senate, I participated in the discussion at last week’s meeting about the proposal to end the requirement that most students at NMU need to complete a minor in order to graduate....

Letter to the editor

Letter to the editor

Logan Hartz October 10, 2019

All hell broke loose on campus last week when it was circulated that students would have to pre-reserve seats for hockey games this season. This change comes as athletics as a whole is rebranding in an...

Letter to the editor

Letter to the editor

April 26, 2018

Dear Editor, A gender wage gap does exist and is based on math, not myth. According to the Pew Research Center, the American Association of University Women, the U.S. Department of Labor, among...

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