For the week of November 14, 2005

From the 6th floor

It's the calm before the storm....or so says the weatherman. A storm brewing in the southern plains is expected to push northeast, bringing with it rain or snow, depending on the temperature upon arrival. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Tuesday and Wednesday, calling for chances of heavy snow in some areas. The highlands could be on the receiving end of anywhere from 10-13 inches of snow in the next 24 hours. You can always keep an eye on the weather in Marquette by checking out our web cams.

NMU among "most unwired"...and that's a good thing

In its second-annual survey of wireless Internet accessibility, Intel Corp. ranked Northern 19th among the top 50 "Most Unwired" campuses for 2005. Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., capped off the list at number one. It was followed by Western Michigan University, the only other in-state school to earn a spot in the rankings.
Many campuses reported minimal wireless network deployment the previous year, but the 2005 results found nearly every school examined has a wireless infrastructure. On average, 98 percent of the top 50 campuses are covered by a wireless network, up from 64 percent in 2004. Nearly three-quarters have 100 percent wireless network coverage on campus, compared with just 14 percent reporting full coverage the previous year.

Survey findings are based on the percentage of each campus that is covered by wireless technology, the number of undergraduate students, and the computer-to-student ratio for each school. The study examined schools with more than 1,000 students. Data was gathered from university interviews, public documents and additional industry sources; the “America’s Most Connected Campuses” ranking conducted by Princeton Review and published in Forbes magazine; and an online survey that schools completed between May 1 and Sept. 1 of this year, which was executed by the Center for Digital Education and Intel Corp.

Edmund Fitzgerald remembered; Alumnus highlighted in news articles

The front page of the North Wind on
Nov. 13, 1975.

Ceremonies in Michigan and Minnesota last week marked the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The 729-foot freighter was caught in a catastrophic gale after taking on a load of taconite iron ore at Superior, Wis. The ore boat sank in Lake Superior Nov. 10, 1975. All 29 crew members perished.

Made famous, partly by Gordon Lightfoot's ballad "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", the ship has become a legend on the Great Lakes.
Newspapers and television stations in Michigan and Minnesota featured a number of special remembrance pieces.
In the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, graphic art created by NMU alumnus Sam Perkins-Harbin '04 was featured. Perkins-Harbin spent a semester at Northern researching the Fitzgerald. He has put together a digital video presentation. You can view it here.

Meanwhile, 30 years later, Lake Superior reminded people of its power and unpredictability with hurricane force winds and 20 foot waves.

Mike Horton of Marquette glides on 5-foot waves on Lake Superior Wednesday evening, as the ore boat Middletown (in background) heads for the Little Traverse Bay port of refuge. When the peak of the storm hit three hours after this photo was taken, the Middletown reported 13-foot waves and near-hurricane- force winds. (Photo courtesy Marquette Mining Journal.)

Wildcat Night Across the Country parties taking shape....add yours today!

NMU vs. Western Michigan Hockey
Live on Fox Sports
Saturday, January 28
4:30 p.m. eastern

The hockey Wildcats will make an appearance on Fox Sports Detroit on Saturday, Jan. 28 as part of Fox Sports' "Hockey Day in Michigan" double-header.
Northern and Western Michigan hook up at 4:30 p.m. in Kalamazoo, followed by Michigan and Michigan State at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit at 7:30 p.m.

Get together with friends and Wildcat fans and watch the game.
Here's the list of parties that are all set:

Scottsdale, AZ Fox Sports Grill Eric Bolduc '94
Tampa, FL The Sports Bar Jay Pritchard '75
Chicago, IL Glascott's Groggery Jen Giangrasse '03
Lansing, MI The Nuthouse David Foster '00
New York City Ship of Fools Kim Prohaska '03
Asheville, NC Original Steak House and Sports Bar Lilly Bonetti '84
Appleton, WI The Capital Centre Jim Jenkin '84
Minneapolis, MN Joe Senser's Joanne Chalgren '99

Here are the places we're still working on:
Fenton-Flint, MI
Saginaw-Bay City, MI
Green Bay, WI
Sheboygan Falls, WI
Traverse City, MI
Indianapolis, IN
Add your party to the list today!

All you have to do is find a place that can pick up Fox Sports Detroit.
We'll help you with the rest.

E-mail us for details.

Recent legislation increases incentives for cash contributions

The Katrina Emergency Relief Act of 2005, signed into law on September 23, 2005, altered the tax law to encourage gifts to charities. This law affects certain outright gifts of cash made between August 28 and December 31, 2005.
Individual donors to NMU and other charitable organizations who make outright gifts of cash during this period can now claim deductions up to 100% of adjusted gross income. Such gifts are also exempt from the 3% reduction in itemized deductions for those taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes over $145,950.
This new law means individual donors who support Northern with larger gifts, perhaps cash gifts made from excess IRA assets, can enjoy a full charitable income tax deduction. For assistance, please contact the NMU Foundation at 1-906-227-2627; 1-877-GRAD NMU or
For more information on the new law, please contact your financial or tax adviser.

Wildcat sports update

Capacity crowds at the Berry Events Center Friday and Saturday evening, saw the Michigan Wolverines pull out a pair of wins on the weekend, edging the Northern hockey team, 3-1 Friday and 4-3 in overtime Saturday. NMU falls to 5-5-0 overall and 2-4-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The 'Cats take are on the road at Bowling Green, Ohio to face the Falcons this weekend, Nov. 18-19.
The NMU men's basketball team started the season with a pair of pretty tough opponents in exhibition play. Friday night the 'Cats took on Michigan in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines had six players in double-figures as they cruised to a 101-56 win over NMU.  On Saturday, the score wasn't nearly as lopsided, but the Michigan State Spartans downed the ‘Cats by a score of 77-58. NMU begins the regular season, Thursday, Nov. 17, at the University of South Dakota.
NMUs Nicole Hintze (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) was named the volleyball Freshman of the Year by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) in voting conducted by the league’s head coaches.  She was also named to the All-GLIAC first team. Teammates Sam Schulte (Kenosha, Wis.)
and Brittany McGowan (Naperville, Ill.) were second team and honorable mention selections, respectively.

Closer...but still not there

So we've gotten a few more names for this photo, but still not everyone.

Click on photo for larger version.

Back row: unidentified female, Zach Hicks '79, unidentified female, Sandy Lothrop '81, Zach Fowler '82, Julie Niemela '81, Mike Moore '83 or Dan Leveille '83?.
Front row: Joe Stemo '80, Dave Bucklin '79, Don Paulosky '79, unidentified female, Fred Frauenfelder.

Can you help with the unidentified?

From the Email bag

"Mr. Godfrey made the correct decision regarding the football team. As difficult as it is to let someone go, there are times when it is best for all. I know that NMU standards are higher than the recent results of the current season indicate. I have faith that Mr. Godfrey will conduct an intensive quest to bring the best available football coach to NMU. I look forward to seeing success in future seasons."
Allen Slowick '72
White Lake, MI

"I do love the pictures. I look forward to seeing those every week. Down here in southeast Texas we just go from green to a month of brown (January) and then green again. In January up there, that might sound pretty good, but I miss the UP winters. Not so much driving in them (a ditch near Traunik probably still has some old car parts of mine,) but certainly seeing them."
Theresa Larson '88, '90
Katy, TX

"We continue to appreciate receiving your very excellent, informative email. There's always something special in each of them...word from alumni of our presidential tenure, new facilities, university activities, and even the weather. Thanks."
John X. Jamrich
President Emeritus
Jacksonville, FL

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