Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University’s flag is lowered again Friday to commemorate the passing of a student. 

Jimmy St. Cyr, 21, passed away on Sunday. He was pursuing a degree in nursing with a minor in chemistry. St. Cyr was involved in research at NMU’s Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Research Center, and was also active in Catholic Campus Ministry.

The NMU flag is lowered to half-staff and campus messages are sent after the passing of current students, faculty, and staff and after consultation with immediate family.

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   Curling is attracting new players in the Upper Peninsula. 

A curling club has formed in Marquette, thanks to support from Northern Michigan University and others. The club meets Sunday nights at Lakeview Arena.

Biology professor Alec Lindsay recently brought some graduate students to the rink as a bonding activity. James VanOrman says it was a big surprise. Students were simply told to bring a warm sweater and "get ready for anything."

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University flag is lowered to half-staff Friday to honor a student who died this week. 

Ben Johnson, 18, of Norway was involved in a traffic crash in Sands Township early Tuesday morning. He received fatal injuries.

Johnson graduated from Norway High School in 2017. He was a first-year NMU student pursuing a lineman certificate. Johnson played hockey for the Marquette Electricians travel team, and also played football, baseball, and soccer.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Housing and dining rates are going up slightly at Northern Michigan University next school year.

The NMU Board of Trustees on Friday approved the rates for 2018-2019. The cost of a standard, double-occupancy room in the traditional residence halls and the Gold Constant Meal Pass will be $5,203 per semester. That’s an increase of $164. A double-occupancy room in The Woods complex with the same meal pass will be $5,595—$163 higher than this year.

UPDATE:  Northern Michigan University received the results from one of the independent labs tests Thursday afternoon that revealed lead levels well below the legal limits. The comprehensive water testing included multiple samples from the hot, cold and culinary water systems in the Jacobetti Complex.

The building will remain closed Friday, February 16, to allow the maintenance staff the opportunity to flush the water systems as an additional precaution. The building will be open Saturday for regular business.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Governor Rick Snyder has accepted an invitation to speak at Northern Michigan University’s May commencement. 

Officials say he was nominated because of his support of key NMU initiatives, including the Educational Access Network, Invent@NMU, and career and technical education.

Some groups oppose Snyder’s presence at graduation, saying he’s politically controversial and the focus of the ceremony should be on the students.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is opening a food pantry on campus. 

Connor Loftus is vice president of the Associated Students of NMU. He says the Wildcat Food Pantry aims to be open three days a week for students, staff, and faculty. Users will fill out a non-identifying form and take what they need in a store-like atmosphere. 

Loftus says the service is definitely needed at Northern.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A former Northern Michigan University Nordic skier is heading to the Olympics next month. 

Rosie Frankowski was one of 20 members picked to participate in cross-country skiing. Frankowski competed for the wildcats from 2009 to 2014. She was a two-time All-American, a runner-up in the NCAA Championships, and a participant in the U-23 World Championships.

Frankowski is the 12th NMU skier to participate in the Olympic Games.

Olympic opening ceremonies will be held February 9 in Pyeongchang. Skiing events are set for February 11 through the 25. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University’s flag is lowered to half-staff to honor the passing of a student. 

Hunter Negri, 18, died January 16 at his home in Marquette. He was a first-year student pursuing a degree in accounting.

Negri graduated from Marquette Senior High School in 2017. An avid bowler, Negri held the highest average in the U.P. last year and bowled three perfect games. A scholarship has been set up in his name.  

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   Authorities in parts of the Upper Peninsula are urging people to avoid traveling the roads after a storm dumped snow on the region. 

The National Weather Service says it received reports Monday of more than 5 inches of fresh snow in the Marquette area on Monday. Northern Michigan University in Marquette says it is closed Tuesday due to inclement weather.

Michigan State Police say crews are working to clear major roadways, but some secondary roads in the areas affected by the storm are impassable.