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RESEARCH — The Department of Psychological Science accepts volunteers to participate in research studies. Signing up for a study only takes a few minutes at most, and then youre able to find a time that works for you.

Opinion — Becoming a human guinea pig for STEM

Harry Stine September 12, 2023

I, like many college students, am often strapped for cash. This has led to me thinking up creative, if stingy, ways of saving money – whether that may be letting my empty cans pile up until I take them...

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Welcome Home Party greets students during move-in weekend

Amelia Kashian August 28, 2023

Amid the chaos that comes with college move-in days, Housing and Residence Life hosted its Welcome Home Party between the Woods and the Quad this past Thursday. The event showcased NMU’s lively atmosphere...

HIKE AND HANG — One of several panoramic views that can be seen along the hike to the hidden Wetmore Pond. Students from the ORLM department have planned a relaxing, yet educational, hiking event or people to attend.

Students lead hike to Wetmore Pond

Andie Balenger April 18, 2023

As part of the Earth Week festivities on campus, students from the outdoor recreation leadership and management (ORLM) department will be guiding people on a mile-and-a-half loop hike to the hidden Wetmore...

Editorial — Registering for classes should not be this complicated

Editorial — Registering for classes should not be this complicated

North Wind Editorial Board April 13, 2023

While registration week has already come and gone, many students continue to struggle with the meticulous process of scheduling what their next semester will look like. Despite some students having no...

AGAINST ALL ODDS — Joseph Calderon poses next to the land acknowledgment sign, located in the academic mall, that denotes that NMU is on the ancestral homelands of the Anishinaabe Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibway, Odawa, and Potawatomi Indians. Calderon enrolled at NMU in 2021, returning to higher education after failing at other institutions along the West Coast.

Exceeding expectations: Joseph Calderon’s return to higher education

Andie Balenger April 12, 2023

A successful return to higher education after a gap year is a difficult feat to accomplish. For some, the long lectures, late-night study sessions and prospect of failing an exam can seem unbearable to...

Opinion — The dangers of toxic productivity

Opinion — The dangers of toxic productivity

Olivia Dunn April 11, 2023

In the world of higher education, we are constantly encouraged to be productive and achieve our goals. While productivity is important, the idea of needing to constantly be productive and always on the...

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...

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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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...

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