Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University wants to make it into the record books for the largest-ever game of freeze tag. 

As part of NBC’s “Rokerthon,” the university will gather as many students as possible for the Guinness Book of World Records attempt at the Superior Dome March 28.  Today Show meteorologist Al Roker is expected to broadcast from campus during the event.

NMU is recruiting student participants, who must be willing to stay from 5 to 9 a.m. on the 28th.  The school is also seeking volunteers and spectators through advance registration. 

MARQUETTE, MI--    In one day Northern Michigan University’s head hockey coach found himself out of a job, then arrested on fraud charges. 

Friday afternoon NMU Director of Athletics Forrest Karr announced coach Walt Kyle’s contract would not be renewed after 15 seasons at the helm.  Officials will initiate a national search for his replacement. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is holding a town hall on redistricting and gerrymandering this weekend. 

Third Vice-Chair of the Marquette County Democratic Party Fran Darling says it will feature attorney and election law expert Mark Brewer, who will also discuss voter registration laws. 

Darling says while the NMU Democrats are hosting the public forum, it’s meant to be a non-partisan event.

“So I think he is approaching this topic as a public citizen, a lawyer, and an expert in the field,” she says.   

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University students are offering free tax help to those who need it. 

Members of Beta Alpha Psi—NMU’s accounting and finance professional organization—are staffing a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site on campus. VITA is a national program offering free basic income tax return preparation for those who make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers. 

The IRS-certified students will be available from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday through April 17 in the University Center trading lab.

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   Northern Michigan University is warning students they could face a $25 fine for hanging a hammock on trees in the city of Marquette.  

Hammocks are allowed on campus. But a letter from NMU administration says the city asked the school to make people aware that hammocks have been causing tree damage in public areas, such as Presque Isle Park.

The warning notes that using screws to put up hammocks can cause trees to break or contract diseases. People are encouraged to use hammocks that don't damage trees.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The parents of a Northern Michigan University football player who died last month wants to make sure no one else goes through what they have. 

Anthony Herbert, 20, of Lapeer had returned to his dorm room after practice and breakfast on January 17 when he suddenly became unresponsive.  Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. 

In a story published Monday says autopsy reports indicate Herbert’s heart was twice as large as an average healthy adult heart.  Experts say he died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy—or complications from an enlarged heart. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University’s housing and dining rates are going up a bit next year. 

The cost of a standard, double-occupancy room and a “gold constant meal pass” for the 2017-18 academic year in current residence halls will be $5,039 per semester. That’s an increase of $237.  The cost of a double-occupancy shared suite and meal plan in two of the new residence halls will be $5,432 per semester. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is launching the U.P.’s first collegiate lacrosse program. 

Head coach Emilia Ward says the team is a mix of freshmen, transfers, and former club athletes.  She notes lacrosse is a relatively young sport in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, so teams are either rebuilding or are within the first five years of existence. 

NMU will play its first game Saturday against Northland.  The game starts at noon in the Superior Dome.     

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University President Fritz Erickson issued the following statement in response to Friday's executive order from the White House that bans immigration from Syria and prevents travel to the U.S. from seven  countries:

NMU Students, Faculty and Staff,

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University community is mourning the passing of another student. 

College of Business dean David Rayome says 19-year-old sophomore Matthew Osterman of Pequaming, MI died unexpectedly last Friday.  He was an entrepreneurship major.

Rayome says Osterman was “a student, a young entrepreneur, an outdoorsman, an athlete, a pianist, a family man—these were only a few of the traits that describe Matthew. We know he will be greatly missed.”