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HOME AWAY FROM HOME — NMU Senior Rylynn Sladek poses for a photo while on a hike in Marquette. Sladek has chosen to stay in the Upper Peninsula for the past two summers due to the variety of activities, from beach days to farmer’s market hauls, that the community has to offer.

Opinion – Should I stay or should I go?

Abbey Lamb, Contributing Writer May 5, 2023

Many students have the same thought each year: “Should I stay in Marquette for the summer, or should I go back home?" This tough choice plagues the minds of students year after year for good reason....

DESK EDITOR — A picture of me sitting at my desk in The North Wind office, fully equipped with a black coffee that is spilled and a bag of Fritos — a seemingly natural sight as a journalist. When I first walked into the newsroom, I was completely unaware of the transformation this work experience would have on me.

Opinion – Reflecting on my experience as a student journalist

Andie Balenger April 24, 2023

Today marks the last week of publishing for the semester at The North Wind. For an institution that I never imagined myself working for when I first stepped on campus, my turning of a new leaf is bittersweet....

Opinion — How to buy a house before you graduate

Opinion — How to buy a house before you graduate

Elise Crossman, Contributing Writer April 24, 2023

I know what you're thinking: “I can’t afford to buy a house right now. I'm a broke college kid.” What if I told you that if you open a Michigan First Time Home Buyer savings account you will have...

BUSY BEE — Finding ways to bring a little happiness into your routine is key to navigating adulthood. I’m the busiest I’ve ever been: working at the North Wind, TV6 and taking a full course load. That doesn’t stop me from making my own happy where I can.

Opinion — Find a little happy

Molly Birch April 21, 2023

I was late for a work meeting in Gries Hall, walking in a frenzy through the canopy walk when I saw it. The scene stopped my frantic shuffling abruptly.  I saw a crow hopping down the sidewalk, kicking...

LSU WINS - LSU won the Women’s NCAA Championship against Iowa 102-85. LSU star Angel Reese had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the routing of Iowa. Hawkeye’s star guard Caitlin Clark had 30 points and eight assists in the loss.

Opinion — Women’s NCAA Championship viewership up from 2022

Chris Anderson April 10, 2023

This year's Women’s D1 NCAA basketball tournament was one for the record books, with a record 9.9 million viewers on average tuning in for the championship game, peaking at 12.6 million viewers. That...

OVERABUNDANCE? — We’ve come a long way since scrapbooks and old slides. The average smartphone user has about 2,100 photos on their device.

Opinion — More is less: The problem with your camera roll

Fischer Genau April 8, 2023

I have one photo on my wall: it is a black-and-white landscape of a place called God’s Thumb in Oregon. It is summer, and my brother and his girlfriend appear as tiny figures, walking towards the camera...

Opinion — The benefits of yoga

Opinion — The benefits of yoga

Andie Balenger April 4, 2023

To have a more relaxed final semester before I graduate in May, I decided to take several “fun” classes to reach NMU’s graduation requirements. I have already taken the required credits for my major...

Opinion — The Hunger Games renaissance we needed

Opinion — The Hunger Games renaissance we needed

Jackie Phillips March 31, 2023

The odds have in fact been in my favor with “The Hunger Games” series entering a renaissance era recently. The fact that the series is trending again makes me so incredibly happy.  Various trends...

Opinion — How to protect your peace

Opinion — How to protect your peace

Ryley Wilcox March 29, 2023

Protecting your peace is a concept circulating on social media, but what does it really mean? Largely, I think it has a lot to do with boundary setting. Setting time limits on how long you will spend...

Opinion — Tattoos: Hot or not?

Opinion — Tattoos: Hot or not?

Andie Balenger March 28, 2023

I recently accompanied a friend on a trip to Appleton, Wisconsin, where he had an appointment for his first tattoo. Despite dreaming of this moment for the past several years, my friend was relatively...

Opinion — You can call me Sal

Opinion — You can call me Sal

Dallas Wiertella March 25, 2023

What is it about nicknames that are so intriguing? For those of you who don’t listen to the podcast, know me or have heard of me beyond the byline, my name is Dallas Wiertella ... but I just go by Sal.  I...

CLIMB ON — Despite bruised shins and jelly limbs, I (climbing on the right) reached the top of this 70-foot ice formation — affectionately named “The Dryer Hose” — with several words of encouragement and a few breaks. While physical strength is a must to reach the top, the mental roadblocks were much more complicated to conquer as I clung to the face of the ice.

Opinion — Ice climbing and the reward of perseverance

Andie Balenger March 21, 2023

I am the type of person who loves to be challenged. Whether it's academic, physical or mental trials, I love the process of overcoming hardships because of the great sense of accomplishment that awaits...

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