For the week of June 5, 2006

From the 6th floor

McCarty's Cove on Memorial Day.
The start of the meteorological summer has brought with it some beautiful weather. The past two weekends have been ideal. With the exception of the black flies, which seem worse this year than ever before. Sunny skies have dominated the forecast with highs reaching the upper 70s the past two weeks. The temperature on Memorial Day was a record high 93 degrees. It looks like the week ahead will remain nice with temperatures forecasted near 70 most days. Many folks have already hit the beach on numerous occasions. Even though it's early June, McCarty's Cove has been a very busy place.

A bit of a mystery

For the past month or so, a partially buried piece of rock wall has become a popular destination on campus. Located on the north side of Cohodas, along Waldo Street, the rock wall has been a bit of a mystery for years, but only recently has it garnered serious attention. Bob Fleury '97 uncovered the wall about 13 years ago but little was done at that time to discover its origins. Now those efforts have heated up. No one is certain of the history of the wall. Its location is near the original site of the Olson library, but no one remembers the wall being any part of the library. A number of people have since ventured down the hill to check it out, even some alumni from the '30s, but no one has been able to offer any clues. The wall contains a number of animal representations, a horse and a cow, which appear to have been painstakingly put together. A lot of time and effort when into its construction.

The location of the wall is north of Cohodas and east of Carey Hall.
The wall contains intricately designed depictions of animals.
A horse and a cow can be seen in these photos.
Do you or someone you know have any information on the history of this wall? We'd love to hear from you.

New activities added to Homecoming

Homecoming 2006 is scheduled for Friday-Saturday, Sept. 29-30, and promises to be bigger and better than ever with a variety of new events added to the schedule.

This year's theme is "Around the World" but we want you to be thinking "Around the World...and back again, to Northern." Make this the year you visit Marquette for Homecoming.

Some of this year's special events include:
--50 Year Reunion for the Classes of 1955-56-57
--Reunion of the undefeated 1956 Wildcat football team
--Informal alumni reception Friday evening

In addition, the traditional activities will be taking place:
--Homecoming parade on Third Street
--NMU Sports Hall of Fame Induction
--NMU Alumni Association Awards Brunch
--Tailgate party at the Superior Dome
--NMU vs. Ferris State
--Fifth Quarter Alumni & Friends reception at the Holiday Inn

The Dr. George Lott Memorial Lost Weekend and Media Reunion

Calling all media types...

Plans are in the works for a reunion of alumni who were students of Dr. George Lott.
Dr. Lott was a teacher, adviser and director of the Learning Resources Center.
A number of communication majors in the 60s and 70s became close friends because of Dr. Lott.
That group is planning on getting together during Homecoming 2006.

Who: Everyone whose lives he touched
What: The Dr. George Lott Memorial Lost Weekend and Media Reunion
Where: Marquette
When: Homecoming 2006, Sept. 27-Oct. 1

For information or to register, contact Mark Clinton '76

NMU student journalist is finalist in New York Times contest

Becky Kratz, a Northern Michigan University senior from Ishpeming, was one of 12 finalists selected from nearly 4,000 entries in a New York Times contest for college journalism students. She was vying for an opportunity to accompany Times op-ed columnist Nick Kristof on a “once-in-a-lifetime” reporting trip to Africa in September.

To enter the contest, Kratz and other hopefuls submitted 500-word essays on why they would be the perfect traveling companions and how the experience would benefit them personally and professionally. Finalists had to follow up with official transcripts.

“It sounded like something worth trying for because it offered an opportunity to see a unique part of the world while gaining journalism experience with a Pulitzer Prize winner at the same time,” Kratz said. “I've never traveled outside of the Midwest, so getting to see an entirely new side of the world would have been awesome. Plus, it would have given me a chance to get my byline outside of the local arena and experience third-world issues firsthand.”

Kratz is an English writing major with a journalism concentration. She formerly contributed a weekly column to the Mining Journal. At NMU, she has worked for two years as a student writer in the communications and marketing office and has contributed articles to Horizons. She will leave that position in August to serve as features editor for the North Wind student newspaper. While she didn’t come away with the grand prize, Kratz said the contest boosted her confidence in her writing ability and validated her decision to pursue a career in journalism. 

The essays submitted by Kratz, the remaining finalists and the grand-prize winner are posted at

Wildcat hockey releases schedule

The Northern Michigan University hockey team’s 2006-07 schedule is highlighted with a series against the defending NCAA I National Champions, the University of Wisconsin Badgers.  The Wildcats and Badgers will drop the puck the first weekend of the regular season in Green Bay, Wis. at the Resch Center on Oct. 6-7.  NMU is coming off a 22-16-2 record for the 2005-06 season.  NMU will face the University of Toronto in an exhibition game in Marquette on Saturday, Sept. 30, Homecoming weekend.
Click here for the complete schedule.

Forest Roberts Theatre season announced

The Forest Roberts Theatre at Northern has announced it's 2006-2007 "Blockbuster" theatre season. Four audience-pleasing shows along with a new musical version of "Scrooge" make for what Jim Panowski, director of theatre, calls "the most spectacular season we have ever presented!"
Read about this year's scheduled performances.

Season tickets are now available at a savings of up to 27 percent. For ticket information stop by the Superior Dome, the Forest Roberts Theatre box office or call 906-227-2082 weekdays between 1 and 4:30 p.m.

From the E-mail bag

"Hi. I wanted to share a proud moment with my fellow alumni. On April 5th, I flew out to Los Angeles to tape an appearance on Jeopardy. I'm not supposed to say how it went, but suffice to say I did pretty well. My first appearance (hint, hint) will air on Thursday, June 22nd. Although I know I used to watch the show during college when I lived up in Marquette, I can't remember when it was on. (That was 15 years ago, after all!) I just hope it is still on somewhere. And I know I never would have done as well as I did without the education I received at Northern. In fact, several of my correct responses, including one Final Jeopardy, are a direct result of said education. I haven't yet received my photo of me and Alex Trebek, but when I do, I'll send it."
Theresa (Wilkow) Larson '88, '90
Katy, TX

Theresa and Alex Trebek on the Jeopardy set.

Theresa's son Patrick wearing some swag.

"May 22nd issue picture: man on far right is Pete Tracey '76, tall man in middle with beard is Phil Weaver '77."
Charlie Hawes '77

"Concerning the photo from "What's New, NMU?" the guy in the bottom left looks like Steve Eskrich. Let me know if anyone concurs."
Stephen Lakotish '81

"The woman standing second person from the right is my wife, then Darcy Hazel, now Darcy Olson. I'll get her to look at it."
Jim Olson '75

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