She loves me, she loves me not, she loves me, she loves me…WHACK, BOOM, BANG! That kind of crazy love has splattered blood-red since the martyr St. Valentine’s own neck was stretched from a hangman’s noose. (His crime: marrying those who were forbidden to marry and ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire in AD 496.) From then till now the symbolism seems to tread between the psychotic and true love, which may make you think twice of those infatuated stares you share with a lover before bed.
This month, America's best comedians (well, the ones hearty enough to make the trek north) will arrive by plane, car and dogsled in order to appear live on stage in Traverse City for the annual Winter Comedy Arts Festival, February 13-16.
In most cultures and countries teachers and professors are suggested to be respected as parents. Professors are the ones that teach their students ways on how to be successful in life, think critically, thinking outside the box, and teach their students from their life experience. Most students and faculty form a distinction between professors and adjunct professors, possibly because of adjuncts' part-time teaching status.
When the snow begins dancing between the fishing shanties the wind escorts a new breed of adventure to the ice. Deemed extreme this primordial call of nature’s chaos brings the peaceful warriors of snow kiting to the Great Lakes tundra of glistening snow. Hook-n-bullet motor heads stand in awe hearing one explain, “I reckon it be like shoot’n coyote,” though even the coyote doesn’t move as swiftly over the frozen lakes with speeds silently reaching 30 mph.
On the third Monday of each month, story tellers and listeners gather at the InsideOut Gallery for “Here:Say,” where performers tell their stories—some funny, some serious, some both—to a willing audience.
Traverse City suffers no shortage of farm markets and outlets for local produce and products in the spring, summer and fall; the winter months are no exception. The Indoor Farmers Market, located at The Grand Traverse Commons in the Mercato corridor, gives local farmers, artisans, and other merchants a chance to showcase their products.
With the exception of Alaska, Michigan has the largest amount of coastline in the United States, with each of the Great Lakes of Michigan harboring archipelagos. Such as Lake Superior’s Isle Royale, which harbors over 450 islands including 5 islands within islands, the 56 islands of Lake Huron’s Potagannissing Bay (Bay of Many Bays), harbored along Drummond Island’s north shore, and, of course, the Beaver Island Archipelago and the Les Cheneaux Islands.
I wrapped my hands around a Pacific madrona tree rooted to an out-cropping of volcanic rock, then leaned slightly back in a squatting position … and walked away feeling clean and much lighter. I spent the rest of my Sea Quest Expedition touring season hanging my ass in the wind.
Traverse City has no shortage of tattoo parlors. In fact, anyone looking for ink in this town can choose between seven different studios—eight if you include one in Suttons Bay. The variety of choices means potential tattooees can shop around, compare portfolios, and find just the right artist to create their tattoos. It also means ease in finding clean, reputable establishments. We profiled just a few of the these to give readers a peek into the tattoo scene in T.C.
You may not have seen it, hiding behind all those food trucks in the old Jack’s Party Store parking lot this summer, but it’s there. Named for all those fragrant food vendors, The Little Fleet opened this past July.
Among the shocking details of Paul Walker's death this past weekend was his age--he'd turned 40 only a few months before the car accident that claimed his life. In his most recent "Fast & Furious" installment, Walker still looked like the blue-eyed twenty-something California surfer he was when he broke through in the film business years ago. His stature as the impossibly good-looking SoCal blond defined him in those early days--a stint on a soap opera, a role in the utopian 1950s send-up "Pleasantville" as the handsome jock who never misses a jump shot.
Much like moving in with your first roommate, getting your first bill, adopting your first dog, New Years Resolutions aren't meant to last long. No sooner than you have made the loud boasting promise for the new year, it comes unfurled literally hours after it was made. Alas, the bills pile up, you realize the love of your life prefers gluten free diets, and Sprinkles just can't seem to understand that your collection of vintage vinyls aren't supposed to smell like pee.
We will be enjoying the holidays with family, soon.
Nestled in our heated, comfortable living spaces, we will enjoy the sights and sounds of our greatest personal achievements. Unfortunately, there are some who do not celebrate the holidays in grandeur. That isn't to say you don't deserve your lifestyle, with all of it's amenities. It doesn't mean you made better choices or were the nicest person all of the time; but you earned your keep and so you uphold it.
Gay marriage in Michigan could get a huge win on February 25, 2014 with the ruling of DeBoer v. Snyder; however there is speculation that the case might make it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. April DeBoer, 42, and Jayne Rowe, 48, have been in a committed relationship for more than six years, and they are currently raising three adopted children. They live in the Detroit area and are both nurses. DeBoer is the legal guardian of only one child, and Rowe is the legal guardian of the other two children.
NMC's Physical Fitness Center is reaching out to the community and students by providing a class for those who have interest in joining the military or police academy. The new course, called Physical Agility Preparation, will be the first of its kind offered at NMC.
If you have chosen to live in Northern Michigan, it’s likely that the state’s wilderness and wildlife had something to do with that decision. Over 3,000 coastal miles of Great Lakes are connected by 36,350 miles of rivers and streams the aquatic gems that surround our States peninsulas.
NMC’s International Club will reach out to the community by hosting a small dinner, “Global Flavors,” on Nov. 15 at Olsen’s Center. Only 30 tickets will be available, at a cost of 10 dollars for students and 15 for faculty and community members. Anyone can purchase from them Lindsey Dickinson, NMC International Club (NMCIC) advisor, or any of the NMCIC members. The club’s goal is to teach community members and domestic students life outside America. This will be the first time the NMCIC has hosted a dinner in the fall. It is a small dinner so people can have a chance to know about the international students at NMC. The students will talk about their life back home and there will be food from different countries cooked by the IC members.
Kingsley native Jamie Horten served in the Army for 12 years. He was deployed four times, once to Iraq and three times to Afghanistan, but on those deployments he traveled all over, to places like Kuwait and Turkey.
Hailing from Rapid City, Lucas Clark served in the U.S. Army for three years and four months before being honorably discharged. He was a 19 Delta Cavalry Scout, ranking as an E4 specialist.
Originally from Flint, Michael Reese’s family moved to Traverse City when he was three years old. He joined the Marine Corps in Oct. 2009, working as a 0612-tactical switchboard operator.
Some consider it Dawinistic to go hiking in a forest during hunting season. So even though any die-hard naturalist will tell you it’s best to blend with your environment, between November 15 and 30 there are over 700,000 bullets looking for a target, so it’s best to stick-out like a day-glo pumpikin.
One of the 88 lighthouses that stud the mitt's “Gold Coast” the Grand Traverse Lighthouse crowns the tip of Leelanau peninsula, separated from Northport by acres of vineyards. The claustrophobic highway winds its way through thousands of trees, their colors changing in a schizophrenic scramble to hide from winter. Our drive is calm among the three familiar shades of yellow, orange and brown until our car struggles to find grip in the road through light rain. (Our 2009 KIA Spectre enjoys hydroplaning on less than a centimeter of moisture—entirely dangerous during particularly wet seasons.)
The Onion Run isn’t what it sounds. It’s not a 5k where participants are handed a bag of goodies, given a t-shirt and sent on their merry way to jog for forty minutes. While 5ks like the Turkey Trot and the Zombie Run are fun, they are far from similar to the Onion Run. In fact, despite being called a run, the Onion Run is actually more like an Onion Ride.
There are seven candidates competing for three open seats on the city commission in Traverse City. City commissioners oversee important issues like taxation and use of tax revenue, as well as development of local projects and infrastructure. Here’s the run-down on all of them.
For years the harbor mouth at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy has needed regular and expensive dredging, but a $2.6 million project to solve this problem is now underway.
The harbor renovation will allow more vessels to get in and out of the harbor, and the plans call for the demolition of an old break wall and the construction of a jetty 250 feet long by 22 feet wide.
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers will pay for $2 million of the total cost; NMC will pay the rest.
Like most Americans, I haven't looked up from my smartphone since 2007. I've evolved a nice set of sensitive, molelike whiskers that allow me to navigate around things like walls, other humans or automobiles. But there are still times when I'm forced into human interaction, and I've wondered--between Facebook posts--if not making eye contact is hampering my communication skills. After all, my dad always said it's best to look a person in the eyes when speaking.
Teamwork occurs when a group of people combine each member’s individual strengths and incorporate each member’s ideas towards the goal of the group. Everyday people observe and partake in teamwork. Whether it be watching the Tigers play, or helping a coworker lift a heavy box, teamwork is constantly around us.
Monday Oct. 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On the third Monday of each month, Sodexo’s Northwestern Michigan Food Court hosts a Battle of the Chefs, in which two chefs go head-to-head preparing an entrée. The competition is judged by students, who rate each chef in three categories: taste, creativity, and presentation.
NMC’s aviation program has been teaching people for over forty years. Now the program is preparing students to compete in the avionics field with training in the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), also known as drones. While many associate drones with war tactics and spying, the department sees them as big piece of the future of aviation.
Revision of NMC’s campus expression policy, which regulates several forms of free speech, including protests, has been delayed until this spring. Adopted by the Board of Trustees in April 2013, the current policy has been in abeyance (it’s not being enforced) since the following May.
Samantha Graves was always interested in farming. She grew up on a cherry farm and has fond memories of watching it operate.
“It was kind of a magical place,” she says. “There were people that spoke foreign languages and there were all these machines moving through and there were planes with these clouds spraying behind … it was a cool place for me as a child.”
The Grand Traverse Mycology society is a student group aimed at promoting the science of fungi through interactive discussions, workshops, experiments and forays. This group explores the medicinal benefits of mushrooms as well as their bioremediation capabilities, that is to say the use of either naturally occurring or deliberately introduced microorganisms or other forms of life to consume and break down environmental pollutants in order to clean up a polluted site.
October is Energy Awareness Month, and for 22 years non-profit organizations, businesses large and small, government organizations, and concerned citizens have celebrated this month with activities, actions to promote public understanding of our energy needs and simple ways to reduce the amount of energy we consume in our daily lives. NMC has taken the message of energy awareness and renewable energy to heart and has been working with the Midwest Solar Training Network and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association to bring expanded training opportunities to Michigan.
Understated. It’s not a word we generally associate with Shakespeare, or with director Joss Whedon (“The Avengers,” “Cabin in the Woods”). But that’s exactly what we get with Whedon’s recent production of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”
Free food, music, laughter, games, variety of prices and fresh cookies can all be found at the NMC Pinepalooza fair, which took place Sept 10 for the sixth straight year. Student groups are the focus, but NMC offices and departments participate as well, sharing information about their goals and purposes at NMC.
In 2008, Munson Medical Center partnered with The Watershed Center and the Grand Traverse Conservation District to restore Kid's Creek bordering the hospital's main parking lot. The project has received funding from the Edmund & Virginia Ball Foundation, the Beers Family Foundation, and has been offered a large amount of assistance from within the community through volunteer workers.
It’s a radical idea in the fight against climate change: reforest the earth with the biggest trees known to man—redwoods and sequoias. But that’s exactly what Archangel Ancient Tree Archive aims to do. Run by father and sons team David Milarch, Jared Milarch and Jake Milarch, with help from business partner Terry Mock, Archangel Ancient Tree Archive’s mission is to clone “champion trees,” the biggest specimens of a species. That includes redwoods and sequoias, which the group sees as our best hope for saving the earth.
The Miliken Auditorium will be hosting its third annual TedX Traverse City event on Wednesday, May 15. TedX will feature 19 speakers, including scientists, educators, entrepreneurs, economists, and human rights advocates. Two student speakers will also be present, including international student Olubusayo Akande from western Nigeria, a graduate of the AAS Renewable Energy Technology program at NMC, who will speak about American misconceptions on Africa. It will also feature three musical guests: 11-year-old Sonya Shoup of Northern Michigan, local songwriter Blake Elliot, and traditional folk duo Don Julin and Billy Strings.
David Milarch of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, a non-profit organization that specializes in the cloning of “champion trees” (the largest trees of a specific species), spoke to a group of community members and students at NMC April 22 about the impact of trees on the environment. The talk focused on giant sequoias in particular, and Milarch shared his passion for repopulating the earth with these carbon-absorbing titans.
Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., roughly 200 soon-to-be NMC graduates will participate in the 2013 spring commencement located in the gymnasium of Traverse City Central High School. After every fall and spring term, NMC students receive certificates and/or degrees, but since the ceremony is held only after spring term, both fall 2012 graduates and spring 2013 graduates are welcomed to walk. Also included in commencement are graduates of specific degrees through Ferris State and those students in the NMC Maritime program.
A new student group has been approved for funding after a petition was circulated throughout the NMC campus. The group, modeled after the Westboro Baptist Church, requested funding from the Student Government Association last week, but the SGA was unsure if granting funding to the group would be too controversial.
It’s a tall order to sell: “Spend your spring break doing chores for someone else.” But that’s exactly what the members of NMC’s student Group Alternative Spring Break spent their week doing. The group assisted an organization called the St. Bernard Project, named after the St Bernard parish (similar to a county), which suffered the most damage from hurricane Katrina. After the storm hit, 100 percent of the homes in the parish were rendered uninhabitable.
The University Center is a joint effort between Northwestern Michigan College and some of Michigan’s four-year universities to bring extended education to those who cannot or prefer not to leave Northern Michigan.
What you should and shouldn't do when writing a resume.
Ferris has the Bulldogs, Michigan Tech has the Huskies, and now Northwestern Michigan College has the Hawk Owls. That’s right: the board of Northwestern Michigan College has decided to adopt the Hawk Owl as its school mascot.
On the evening of Friday, February 22, 400 people filled NMC’s Great Lakes Campus for this year’s Tasters’ Guild. The event, put on by the students of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute, serves as a scholarship fundraiser, and regularly garners great success.
For the past few years, the mobile food craze has expanded throughout the United States, no longer focused in large cities like New York or Los Angeles. A now one billion dollar industry, the food truck business has grown at a rate of 8.4% from 2007 to 2012, making it one of the fastest growing markets to date.
October 25, 2012
October 25, 2012
October 11, 2012This month, the State Theater’s matinee classics go on the campaign trail, presenting films set in the world of major league American politics.
October 11, 2012Unbeknownst to many, NMC has quite a diverse, international student population. International students are a great benefit to our college.
October 11, 2012Imagine all the roads you drove on were owned by private companies—let's call them Road Service Providers (like Internet Service Providers, or ISPs). You would pay some sort of fee, and they in turn would allow you to use their road system to get to the places you wanted to go.
October 11, 2012
No matter what you think of corporate personhood, the difference between efforts to gather campaign funds through donation in the 2008 presidential race and that of 2012 should be self-evident.
October 11, 2012
Military Services, a component of the new Outreach Services Department, is implementing an innovative program designed particularly for veterans, active personnel and their families.
April 26, 2012
NMC prepares to participate in the Cherry Royale Parade again this year with a global theme.