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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...

sustainable actions

State Rep. Jenn Hill unveils “Michigan Saves” program

Joad Blaauw-Hara, Contributing Writer March 15, 2023

A new state program offering green loans to residents and businesses was explained by State Rep. Jen Hill at NMU on Friday. The program is part of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order to reduce greenhouse emissions...

emotional vulnerability

Opinion — The defining decade: Why do we put so much pressure on our 20s?

Olivia Dunn, Contributing writer March 13, 2023

I’m turning 22 in a couple of weeks and I find that has most definitely cued my yearly existential crisis. Who am I? What is my purpose? What am I doing after I graduate? So on and so forth.  So...

SECOND THOUGHTS — Me as I question whether or not choosing to pursue journalism was a good idea. While the field of journalism is wonderful in itself, it is definitely not for everyone.

Opinion — So, you want to be a journalist?

Hannah Jenkins February 20, 2023

I have been fascinated by the realm of journalism since my junior year of high school when I took a career prep class. In this class, we were tasked with making a presentation on the career of our choice....

SECOND HOME — My uncle’s camp sits quietly at the end of a clearing as my dogs race each other to the door. From sunny days spent on the lake to late night card games, cross-country skiing expenditures to bean bag tournaments, there was always fun to be had at camp.

Opinion — Fond memories at a Yooper camp

Andie Balenger February 17, 2023

After returning to campus after winter break, a classmate asked me how I spent my time at home. As I explained that I spent some time with family at my uncle’s hunting camp, my classmate (who is not...

Editorial — What Netflix’s ‘paid-sharing’ plan means for college students

Editorial — What Netflix’s ‘paid-sharing’ plan means for college students

North Wind Editorial Board February 16, 2023

To prohibit “freeloaders” from consuming their content at no cost, Netflix announced it will be putting an end to widespread password sharing within the next month.  This move by the streaming...

SNOWBOUND — Visitors admire the Eben Ice Caves, located just north of Chatham, after a brief hike. While more popular in the summer and fall, the outdoor recreation areas in and around Marquette house many winter wonders to be enjoyed.

Opinion – Top 5 winter wonders of Marquette

Abbey Lamb, Contributing writer February 14, 2023

Not only is Marquette home to some of the most fun activities in the summer and gorgeous colors in the fall, but it also has a lot to offer in the winter. If you are a person who is not really into recreational...

POETS UNITE — Presenters at Poetry Without Borders in the fall of 2019 pose for a photo. NMU will once again be hosting this celebration of linguistic diversity in the Marquette area on Feb. 23 after a three-year hiatus.

Poetry Without Borders to return after three-year hiatus

Andie Balenger February 13, 2023

The department of Languages, Literatures and International Studies is teaming up with the College of Arts and Sciences to host Poetry Without Borders, a night dedicated to linguistic diversity in the Marquette...

MELODIOUS MEMORIES - This is me on my fourth birthday, proudly holding one of my most iconic gifts. This plastic pink Barbie guitar played a set of preloaded songs, the most memorable of which was What a Girl Wants by Christina Aguilera. I remember singing along to all the songs, citing every word at four. My life is riddled with memories set to song, thanks to my family members sharing their passion for music.

Opinion — Generational mixtapes

Molly Birch February 2, 2023

Dad told me a story once, though I have no real clue of its truth.  According to the countless times I have heard this story, Dad often played music when I was a newborn at home. Safe in my bouncer,...

Opinion — Navigating college as a first-gen student

Opinion — Navigating college as a first-gen student

Andie Balenger February 1, 2023

When I was in high school, I was constantly told by teachers and advisors that I would be attending college. They often phrased my potential for postsecondary education matter-of-factly, inferring that...

FRESH FROM THE OVEN - Cinnamon rolls straight from the oven are a luxury everyone should experience at least once this semester. Even if its not from this recipe that includes sourdough, look up a recipe that fits ingredients in your kitchen and make some this weekend!

Cooking with Kata — Sunday Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

Katarina Rothhorn January 27, 2023

I am fully aware that not many college students have, let alone want, to keep a sourdough starter alive while they have all the responsibilities of life and classes. However, I became the proud mother...

MEMORY BOX — For the chances I did not take, the people I did not meet and the places I did not go. A little fear meant nothing in comparison to that regret. Life is short, but man is it full when you look back at all the things you were too scared to do, but did it anyways.

Opinion – The everyday life of your average hermit

Annamarie Parker January 27, 2023

Dealing with social anxiety as an overly friendly person who loves meeting people means talking to them even though they terrify me. It is pushing myself to do what I feel I should be able to do, despite...

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