White Pine Press

White Pine Press Student-run newspaper of Northwestern Michigan College. Located in basement of Scholar's Hall. "We hew to the line; let the chips fall where they may."
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NMC's student run newspaper brings students the latest news, opinion, arts and entertainment, and much more! The White Pine Press comes out every other Thursday and is distributed in and around campus. Distribution: 231.995.1322 Advertising: 231.995.1349 Fax: 231.995.2110

Mission: Keeping students involved and informed in the latest news.

05/02/2020
2020 NMC Commencement Address

NMC president, Nick Nissley, addresses the school’s 600 graduates who had to forego their graduation ceremony due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

NMC President Nick Nissley, Ed.D. delivers a virtual address to the 600 graduates of NMC's Class of 2020, congratulating them on their graduation and commend...

Congratulations to several members of the White Pine Press staff as the newspaper received 10 awards from the annual Mic...
04/30/2020

Congratulations to several members of the White Pine Press staff as the newspaper received 10 awards from the annual Michigan Community College Press Association (virtual) conference!

• Micah D. Mabey: Serious Column — FIRST PLACE — "The Unfortunate Truth of Anti-Semitism" (Jan. 24, 2020)
• Winter Swamp: Original Cartoon — SECOND PLACE — "Different Names, Different Horrors" (Sept. 20, 2019)
• Nick Moug: Critical Review — SECOND PLACE — "Reading Dante in Chaotic Times" (Dec. 6, 2019)
• Ann Hosler: Critical Review — THIRD PLACE — "Shady Lady Book Review: Beyond the Limit" (Oct. 4, 2019)
• Hannah Krohn: Original Comic, Entertainment — SECOND PLACE — "The Spooky Tale of the Directionally Dead" (Oct. 18, 2019)
• Ann Hosler: Headline Writing — SECOND PLACE — "This Path is Paved in Words" (Nov. 15, 2019)
• Ann Hosler: Photo Essay — HONORABLE MENTION — "Sushi Train" (March 22, 2019)
• Stephanie Jones: Sports News Story — HONORABLE MENTION — "NMC Students Conquer Winter Baja Track" (Feb. 21, 2020)
• General Excellence, Division 2 — SECOND PLACE — "Can I Kiss You?" (March 22, 2019)
• Front Page Design — SECOND PLACE — "Can I Kiss You?" (March 22, 2019)

Check out all of winning pieces in the WPP archives: whitepinepresstc.com/archive

NMC Engineering Technology
04/16/2020
NMC Engineering Technology

NMC Engineering Technology

From the bookstore --
The NMC bookstore would like to relay to you how buyback and rental returns are going to work for the spring semester.

1. We are going to be putting a link on the bookstore website that you can click on and get quotes on your books,
accept the quote and get a shipping label to return your buyback to the used book company.

https://nmcbookstore.myresero.com/

2. We are going to be sending an email to your NMC email account explaining how to return rentals to us.
We will be paying for all the shipping on rentals. You should see that email next week.

At this time we are only doing online orders for summer books and they will all be shipped, no pickup. April 27th financial aid is open and it will be available online also.

Thank you for adapting to the online for our students and continue to stay safe.

Traverse City Ticker
04/14/2020
Traverse City Ticker

Traverse City Ticker

Northwestern Michigan College faculty and administrators are getting creative during the pandemic, pivoting to help nursing students get into the workforce sooner, creating virtual choirs, hosting online museum programming, and adapting traditionally hands-on curriculum like culinary classes to the virtual world.

Northwestern Michigan College has announced that summer courses will be held online this year. In an email to students, ...
04/08/2020

Northwestern Michigan College has announced that summer courses will be held online this year. In an email to students, the college stated that, "The impact of the pandemic is still evolving so we cannot predict when current restrictions on our campuses will be lifted. In order to help keep you on track toward your goals, and to keep you safe, NMC will offer online classes only this summer."

Expanded summer course offerings, including more courses and additional sections, are available. Registration is currently open; the searchable schedule can be accessed here: https://nmcp.ssbxe.nmc.edu/banssb/bwckschd.p_disp_dyn_sched

NMC has also recommended contacting the Advising Center for help with class offerings or changes to your schedule. They can be reached at 231-995-1040, [email protected], or by scheduling online through MySuccess (accessed through your MyNMC page at my.nmc.edu).

03/26/2020
Northwestern Michigan College

Before spring break, Northwestern Michigan College president Nick Nissley has a message to share with students, faculty, and alumni.

As we prepare to head into spring break following several challenging weeks, President Nick Nissley wanted to connect, reflect and look forward with our NMC Community “in person.”

As a reminder, you can continue to find the latest information on NMC’s response to the pandemic and resources here: nmc.edu/coronavirus

Northwestern Michigan College officially announced today that face-to-face classes will be cancelled through the end of ...
03/25/2020

Northwestern Michigan College officially announced today that face-to-face classes will be cancelled through the end of the Spring semester—rather than through April 27, the week final exams were scheduled. "Students will not return to campus for exams. Instructors will determine details for final exams and communicate directly with students as soon as possible." In addition, the May 2 Spring Commencement will be either postponed until August 2020, or a double ceremony will be held in May 2021. Our March 20 edition of the White Pine Press offers tips on how to approach online-only classes while face-to-face classes are suspended and campus is closed. Read that story here: https://bit.ly/39g7bLZ

Nick Moug of the White Pine Press, the student-run newspaper at Northwestern Michigan College, covered Senator Bernie Sa...
03/25/2020

Nick Moug of the White Pine Press, the student-run newspaper at Northwestern Michigan College, covered Senator Bernie Sanders' rally in Grand Rapids on March 8, two days before Michigan's primary election. Former Vice President Joe Biden defeated Sanders in the mitten state, but the Democratic Socialist remains in the race, and his populist progressive message continues to resonate, particularly with college students. Read Nick's story, and see his photos here: https://bit.ly/39jel2d

Today at 5:30pm, the Northwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees will hold a virtual meeting that the public is invi...
03/23/2020

Today at 5:30pm, the Northwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees will hold a virtual meeting that the public is invited to attend. Details on attending virtually can be found here: https://www.nmc.edu/about/board-of-trustees/agendas/zoom-login-03-23.html

According to the Board packet, items that will be discussed (related to the COVID-19 pandemic) include:
* Decision on postponing commencement
* Possible modification of the grading policy, adding a pass/fail option
* Discussion about incomplete grades
* Decision on campus closure and return to work date
* Decision on resuming face-to-face courses
* Discussion on how this will impact summer semester
* Assessment of financial impact to NMC

The full Board of Trustees packet PDF can be viewed here:https://www.nmc.edu/about/board-of-trustees/agendas/2020/032320-Board-Packet-pg.pdf

Northwestern Michigan College students face dramatic changes and uncertainty following COVID-19 restrictions, writes Kat...
03/21/2020

Northwestern Michigan College students face dramatic changes and uncertainty following COVID-19 restrictions, writes Kathryn DePauw in the latest issue of the White Pine Press, which is available to view online (https://bit.ly/2WzL94q) but won't be printed since NMC campus has shut down, as well as most businesses throughout Traverse City. The halls of NMC are empty as the entire campus—the entire country—waits for the full impact of "coronavirus disease 2019," or COVID-19. On March 17, NMC closed all campuses, including the University Center. The college is currently expected to resume face-to-face classes on April 27, but the struggle to adapt to the new learning environment is being felt by instructors and students alike. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2WzL94q

Courage, Grace, Empathy and Community in the Age of Coronavirus—a letter from White Pine Press editor-in-chief Emily Sla...
03/21/2020

Courage, Grace, Empathy and Community in the Age of Coronavirus—a letter from White Pine Press editor-in-chief Emily Slater, as featured in our latest edition of Northwestern Michigan College's student-run newspaper, which we have distributed online during this unprecedented pandemic and campus closure. Read Emily's letter below or follow the link here: https://www.whitepinepresstc.com/page2

"The last few weeks have been a whiplash of ever-evolving information and societal changes as COVID-19 sweeps not only through our country but across the globe. Our lives are not changing by the week but rather by the day, and often by the hour. Schools and businesses are closing, there is economic turmoil, and people are worried about both their health and their impending financial situations. There’s so much information available to us and yet, somehow, not enough. It is a confusing, scary time.
It is tempting to allow fear to creep in and guide our every movement. It is tempting to hoard all of the supplies, to build up our stock, to think solely of the survival of ourselves and our household. Some might even say that this is the smart thing to do. I can’t help but think, however, what happens when we say no to fear and strict self-focus, and instead realize how important our connection with each other really is.
Humanity is at its best when we are in community with one another. When we ask, “In what way can I walk through this with you? How can I carry your heavy burden today?” But in a time when it is essential that we practice social distancing (a way to take care of ourselves and one another, in its own right!), how do we meet the needs of our neighbor? How do we comfort when even a simple handshake or shoulder pat are off the table?
Physical distance does not mean emotional distance. We are living in the golden age of technology—reach out to your people. Call, text, WhatsApp, tweet, message, DM. Use your social presence to raise awareness about our situation, yes, but also to encourage and listen and stay involved with the world in a positive
manner.
We are in uncharted territory. Don’t navigate with fear, but rather with courage, grace, and empathy. The vulnerable in our midst are no less worthy of our
time, our energy, and our resources than those who are healthy and physically strong. We all love someone whose age puts them at high risk for this virus. We all care for someone who looks healthy but is carrying the burden of a compromised immune system. Our best societal self comes when we recognize the value in every one of our fellow human beings and then seek to protect them when they cannot protect themselves.
If you are in a position to help—help. Donate blood, pick up groceries for someone who can’t, buy gift cards from local businesses to carry them through, Venmo that friend who just got laid off. Our options right now are not limited, only different than what we might normally do. If you need help—please speak up! There is no shame in your need. We are in this together and we are all deserving of love and help.
The White Pine Press will move its presence online for a bit. You can find us on Facebook (facebook.com/thewhitepinepress), where we will continue to share news and stories throughout this time of social distancing. Reach out to us, either on social media or through email at [email protected]. We want to hear about what life is like for you through all of this."

03/20/2020

Here's a college-wide message from Northwestern Michigan College president Nick Nissley on how we will overcome this pandemic and incredible difficult time:

Dear NMC Family,

This week we saw the COVID-19 virus continue to spread and the health consequences reach heightened levels. With the shelter-in-place order in the San Francisco Bay Area and the closing of the US-Canada border, the world surely seems a little darker. But, we’ve also seen numerous executive orders designed to keep us safe, and a federal stimulus package that’s designed to fuel an economic recovery. It is also the end of our first week of transitioning from face-to-face to online learning. While everyone might expect that to be an incredible hurdle, our faculty and staff have boldly accepted the challenge. Departments like our Educational Media Technologies have been there to aid our faculty, and Student Success Coaches have continued to support student success by shifting to virtual coaching. Of course it’s not perfect. And, truth be told, we will experience challenges and conflict as we move ahead. But, that’s the good news. That’s a sign that we care deeply and want to get it right for our students.

When the founders of NMC created our college, it was to meet a need. They didn’t have a set of directions, but had to customize our college to serve our community. We share that same entrepreneurial spirit in our DNA today. The characteristic that defines the NMC family, which I am seeing so clearly during this time of unprecedented stress, is our resourcefulness and our possibilitarian nature. We believe that together, we can achieve more than was originally imagined. That has been the role of community colleges in our society – to serve as epicenters of hope. I’d like to share with you how the NMC Family is doing that. Some examples that I’ve seen this past week, that make me so proud.

After we closed the campus Tuesday, Library and Learning Services staff set up a system for students to pick up laptops, internet hot spots and lab course materials outside, so that students can have the tools they need to continue their classes. The staff have creatively figured out how to adhere to social distancing recommendations while minimizing disruption to student learning.
Similarly, our Student Life staff have found innovative solutions, to ensure that even though campus is closed, our most vulnerable, food insecure students, can have access to our Food Pantry. Student Life staff have bagged up groceries and personal care items for curbside pickup for students in need.
Our Residence Life staff are listening to heartbreaking situations, of students living in the campus apartments who have lost jobs and are now unable to pay rent. Staff are responding compassionately and suspending policies to ensure that our students can remain in campus apartments, even when rent goes unpaid, during this crisis.
As some students have chosen to leave our dorms, to go home to be with family, I watched our Residence Life staff help these students carry heavy loads to waiting cars. Heavy lifting is being done literally and figuratively by so many in our college community!
We are also keeping the business of the college working at this time with increased efforts from our custodial, maintenance and business office staff to ensure our college is safe and our operations continue.
Many of our employees and students work outside of the college as first responders – from nurses in the hospital ER to health care workers in locked-down nursing homes. While employees continue to serve our students, they are also serving the health care needs of our community, keeping others safe.
Not only are we taking action, we are also listening. An ombudsman virtual office has been established by Student Services, to ensure that student concerns are understood and addressed individually and systemically. This is a great example of seeking ways for the student voice to be heard directly during this crisis.

Yes, it’s easy to see the darkness that surrounds us this week. But, I’d counter, it’s also easy to see the truly ‘above and beyond’ efforts of our NMC family. Our faculty/staff/students are proving that the possibilitarian spirit is alive and well at NMC. Our campus community is being resourceful, flexible, creative, and compassionate as they seek to serve our students and community during this time of great challenge.

I am a believer of the leadership maxim, begin with the end in mind. A staff member reminded me this week, as she looks ahead, asking herself what might come of this, she suggested, “I really think that this time has bigger gifts that will emerge for us all in how we care for each other.” I also believe that we will grow stronger and closer through this experience. So, let’s keep pulling together.

We will overcome.

Nick

03/17/2020

With a confirmed case of Coronavirus now in Grand Traverse County, and in compliance with CDC guidelines and Governor Whitmer's executive orders, NMC has made the decision to close its campus for two weeks, effective today at noon. This includes Main Campus, the University Center, and all other NMC campuses. All non-essential staff will be sent home by that time.

Earlier this week NMC made the decision to move all in-person classes online, with limited in-person labs and small class groups still meeting on campus as needed. Effective at noon today these face-to-face learning opportunities are canceled while the campus is closed. Faculty will communicate with their students directly on how their classes will proceed.

In an email sent this morning, NMC president Nick Nissley thanked faculty, staff, and students for their cooperation during this unprecedented situation. "The presence of the first case here in Traverse City has changed our plans yet again. However, we are resilient and will continue to plan for the days ahead with our employees and students in mind."

Amidst the deluge of the Coronavirus pandemic, an important Presidential primary race continues to rage. Our March 6 edi...
03/17/2020

Amidst the deluge of the Coronavirus pandemic, an important Presidential primary race continues to rage. Our March 6 edition of the White Pine Press, the student-run newspaper at Northwestern Michigan College, examined key issues in the race that affect college students and young people, including health care, the environment, gun control, and college affordability. Since Traverse City (and the state, and the nation) are mostly shut down, check out that edition here: https://bit.ly/2Qk2Lx4.

Canceled events and buildings closed to the public include:**CANCELED**    NMC Transfer Fair - March 17, 2020    Interna...
03/16/2020

Canceled events and buildings closed to the public include:

**CANCELED**

NMC Transfer Fair - March 17, 2020
International Affairs Forum - March 19, 2020
Rogers Observatory Public Viewing Night for - April 6, 2020
A Taste of Success - April 17, 2020
Big Little Hero Race - April 18, 2020
T/S State of Michigan open house - April 18, 2020
NMC BBQ - May 17, 2020

**CLOSED**

The Hawk Owl Café in the Oleson Center
Northwest Grind–Starbucks in Osterlin Library
Lobdell’s: A Teaching Restaurant
Hagerty Center
The Dennos Museum Center - CLOSED until April 6

NMC’s five campuses include:

Main - 1701 E. Front St., Traverse City
Great Lakes - 715 E. Front St., Traverse City
Aero Park - 2600 Aero Park Dr., Traverse City
University Center - 2200 Dendrinos Dr., Traverse City
Rogers Observatory - 1753 Birmley Road, Traverse City

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep both students and employees safe, NMC’s campus buildings are closed to the general public effective today, March 16 until April 27. Students, including University Center students, and employees are welcome to access buildings as needed.

In an ongoing effort to ensure public safety, please see the following list of event cancellations and closures: http://bit.ly/39XqOd9

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