Pool Safety Assured, Longevity Uncertain
The owner of an older car determined to “drive her ‘til she dies” faces the nagging questions of how long it will keep running and whether major repairs to an aging vehicle are worth the investment. Northern officials have reached a similar point with the PEIF pool.
The 31-year-old facility is nearing the end of its lifespan. It would take an estimated $2 million to renovate, which isn’t feasible in the current economic climate. But the pool will stay open as long as it poses no harm to users. Full Story
State Budget Expert Paints Grim Picture
Michigan is the only state in the country experiencing an “incessant deterioration” in economic activity – a problem it can’t expect to “grow out of” with accelerated revenues or solve with spending cuts alone. That was the overriding message from Thomas Clay of the Citizens Research Center. He said it will take both of those options, along with increased taxes, to bring Michigan out of its recession. Full Story
Heating Plant Shutdown
The annual Ripley Heating Plant shutdown for maintenance on the university’s boilers and steam distribution system will take effect at 10 p.m. Friday, May 11, and continue through Sunday, May 13.
No heat, hot water or central air conditioning will be available during this period. All buildings are impacted, with the exception of campus housing west of Lincoln Avenue. Questions or concerns can be addressed to Plant Operations at ext. 2292.
Commencement Available via Streaming Video
Northern will offer live streaming video of commencement for the first time, allowing relatives and friends who can’t attend the May 5 ceremony to watch it remotely via the Internet. The high-tech option is made possible through Northern’s existing partnership with B2 Networks, a company founded by an NMU alumnus that provides Internet broadcasts of Wildcat athletic events. Full Story