Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011
Campus Reopens After Online Threat
Northern reopened and resumed classes today, but it wasn’t necessarily a return to normalcy. “Clearly, parents and students are still worried,” said NMU President Les Wong, who is pictured with Mike Bath (Public Safety) at a media briefing this morning. “It takes time to readjust. You don’t just turn the switch off and go back to normal right away. But I want to assure everyone that we would not in any way have considered opening up today without being confident that the situation was secure.”
Wong said a turn in the investigation prompted the decision. An area “person of interest” was questioned and released, but later cleared by the FBI after it was discovered that similarly worded blog posts had been directed at other universities across the country. The new information, combined with a lack of evidence that the threatening message originated locally, diminished the threat to NMU. Full Story
NMU Invited to Milan Design
human-centered design program has been invited to participate in the annual
Salone Satellite, a juried show for student and emerging designers in Milan,
Italy. Eighteen students will exhibit
prototypes of their creative research to an international audience of media,
manufacturers and design professionals April 12-17.
Salone Satellite was introduced as a
venue for young designers to complement the longstanding Salone Internazionale
del Mobile (Milan International Furniture Fair). The latter showcases the work
of established professionals who have teamed up with design-driven companies
around the world to create new product lines. Salone Internazionale del Mobile is
in its 50th year. It attracts nearly 400,000 visitors and, according to Peter Pless (Art and Design, standing third from right), is regarded as the most important
show in design. Full Story
Cuba Program Launched
NMU has launched a historic international partnership in Cuba. Following a lengthy application process, an NMU delegation traveled to the island last week to meet with officials from two Cuban universities.
NMU is one of only 16 U.S. institutions granted a license for study abroad programs in the country and the first to extend its presence beyond Havana. Two NMU students who accompanied the group have remained for the semester at the University of Matanzas, east of the nation’s capital. Full Story
At least a few people with NMU ties
will be watching the Super Bowl with perhaps a more vested interest than fans of
either franchise or casual observers drawn more to the ads than the action.
Every effort was made to remain objective while putting out feelers for campus
angles that would localize this national sporting event. However, it just so
happened that each of the responses from the non-randomized sample of three
select contacts detailed an NMU-Packer connection.
This lopsided outcome was
unintended, according to the CAMPUS editor (who, in the interest of
full disclosure, is a Wisconsin native and found the green-gold Wildcat color
scheme a major selling point during her NMU job interview). Whether it’s a case of a flawed
methodology fueled by newsletter deadline pressure, Green Bay’s proximity and
the extension of Packer Country to the U.P. or Steeler loyalists staying under
the radar pending Sunday’s final score, we want to at least give the illusion of
balance. Relevant NMU-Steeler connections may be submitted here and will be added to this story upon
receipt, if appropriate (or as space after the Packers coverage allows—whichever
is most restrictive). Meanwhile, here are some NMU-Packer angles leading up to
the big game. Full Story
Scoundrels Feb. 15-19
Ansley Valentine, new director of the Forest Roberts Theatre, will make his directing debut with next week’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the stage version of the movie starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 15-19, as well as a 1 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Feb. 19.
The comedy pits two con artists—a veteran and an amateur—trying battling to out swindle each other and $50,000 from a young heiress from Ohio while in the French Riviera.
Tickets are available at all NMU EZ Ticket outlets.
No offense to Chris Wagner (HelpDesk), but most of us would prefer to stay away from his work environment as long as possible. A visit to the HelpDesk is usually a last resort and synonymous with computer issues we can’t fix ourselves.
But it’s a hate-love relationship. As the name implies, the HelpDesk is in the problem-solving business. Many are grateful for its presence on campus and the virus alerts Wagner sends via e-mail. Telephone systems even supplied the department with a phone extension that evokes a cheer of gratitude for the expertise it provides:
“2-4-6-8, who do we appreciate?!” Full Story