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We hew to the line; let the chips fall where they may 
February 10, 2011
Vol. XXVII No. 9
one copy
White Pine
Senior Press Senior Staff Writer
Being comortable with one’s sel is something everyone strives or whileattending college. Yet, not everyone can havethis solace. Oten, minorities on campus aremade uncomortable with conrontation,slurs and sometimes violence rom otherstudents. Tis includes members o GLBQ (Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, ransgender,Queers and Questioning). But a new groupat NMC is hoping to add some comort orthose on campus who are in need o some.Jacob Hines has started a new studentgroup at NMC called People RespectingIndividuality, Diversity and Equality (PRIDE). Hines knew o Spectrum, aGLBQ group already on campus whosepurpose is “to provide a sae, social andcommunity-action oriented environmentor gay, lesbian and bisexual individualsat NMC.” Hines heard that the group was not doingso well, so he joined hoping to help the clubanyway he could. But, he saw it wasn’t really going anywhere.So Hines got together with NMC Faculty LisaBlackord and Emily Magner rom the StudentLie oce and together they ormed PRIDE.“I want to get people on campus awareo the gay community and to help givethemselves [the community] a voice,” saidHines.Even though NMC already had Spectrum,Hines elt the group had become more o asocial group. PRIDE is a little more political, while still keeping the social atmosphere.“It’s a great way to meet people and fndout who else is gay on campus,” said Hines.He sees this as a way o drawing support romone another.Mike Diduch, a student in the Maritime Academy and openly gay, is hopeul or agroup like PRIDE. 
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“I’m hoping that NMC will helpsupport PRIDE and get involved.”
Jacob HinesPeople Respecting Individuality,Diversity and Equality
Middle Eastern activist scheduled to share experience and wisdom on February16 at NMC 
, Jacob Hines and Ian Nichols discuss strategy at the first meeting of PRIDE held February 3 inthe West Hall conference room.
Take PRIDE in yourself
Art in motion
Zainab Al-Suwaijspeaks at NMC
New video art animates historical paintings at Dennos Museum Center 
It’s time tolaugh again
NMC student Jessica Donaldson ives us an inside look at this year’s funniest winter event 
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“Tere needs to be a place where people can go, talk about their experiences and help[each other] to rise above all the eelings o other people,” said Diduch.Diduch has been in the Maritime Academy or three years and has all kinds o riends who have accepted his sexual orientation.But it wasn’t always like that.Diduch kept mostly to himsel his rst semester in the academy – araid o how hisellow classmates would react. By his second semester, Diduch had made riends andelt comortable enough to come out to them.“Tey embraced who I was and accepted me,” said Diduch. But, Diduch believesthere could be more support on campus or people who are not as open about theirsexuality.“I have thicker skin than most people and there are others who are having a hardertime being gay in a small community,” said Diduch. “Tere could be a bigger supportup here or people not as comortable with their sexuality and how others will react.”Mariah Baker, another openly gay student at NMC, agrees.“It’s always good to have a student group representing a raction o the diversity o NMC students,” said Baker.Baker hopes or PRIDE’s success. As the leader o Spectrum, she knows rompersonal experience just how hard it is to run a group.For now, PRIDE is ocusing on raising awareness, gaining members and ormingideas. But Hines has hopes or his group.“It will be great or those new students coming to NMC rom high school, or romout-o-town, that they have this group to connect to and to make riends and to becomepolitically involved and grow condence,” said Hines. Yet others are thinking on a more community level. Diduch said that it would begreat to see collaboration between NMC GLBQ and community groups.“It would help get the word out,” said Diduch.“I’m hoping that NMC will help support PRIDE and get involved,” saidHines. “Not just rom students, but rom stafers too.”He has noticed that other groups on campus have the support o the college and hopesthey will support PRIDE too.For more inormation about PRIDE, or joining the group, please contact StudentLie at (231) 995-1118.
is enrolledin the Maritime Academy, serves on the Student GovernmentAssociation and is an RA or East Hall. Diduch points out that therecould be better support or GLBTQ people in northern Michigan.
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hanging in the Welcome Center, wascreated or NMC’s 60th anniversary. “We wanted to say ‘Thank you’ ina big way,” said NMC Director o Public Relations Paul Heaton. “[Thisbanner] lists the names o all o the donors rom our frst 60 years.There are more than 21,000 names on the list.”
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February Highlights
 February is another promising month or great observing. In the winter-constellationo Canis Major there is a binary star system – two stars orbiting about each other. Tey are called Sirius A and Sirius B located about 8.60 light years away. According to NASA,“Sirius B is smaller than the Earth, but much denser with a gravitational eld 350,000times greater than Earth’s, meaning that a 150-pound person would weigh 50 millionpounds standing on its surace.”About 427.1 light years away is a red supergiant called Betelgeuse. It resides in theconstellation o Orion and it is visible to the unaided eye. Another noteworthy object isthe Rosette Nebula that is located above the constellation o Monoceros, the unicorn. Inthe center o the nebula is a young star cluster NGC 2244. Te nebula is estimated to bea little over 500,000 years old. Looking towards the east at the constellation o Herculesyou can see the Great Globular Cluster (M13) around 4 a.m. in the morning. OnFebruary 4, we had a New Moon and on February 11 we will see our rst quarter Moon.Now a quick update on the satellite probe called Stardust-NEx: On February 14, 2011 the satellite will past by its second comet. But, it is the rst time NASA isconducting a ollow-up mission to a comet. For more inormation on Stardust-NExmissions please visit http://stardustnext.jpl.nasa.gov/. 
Sky-Nyrds Disco
Te NMC Astronomical Association is hosting its rst big undraiser on February 25.For more inormation about events, please visit our website at www.nmcac.yolasite.com oremail us at nmc.ac@hotmail.com.Inormation regarding Open Houses at the NMC Observatory can be ound on the website www.nmc.edu/rogersobservatory 
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Singing a sweet deal or Valentine’s Day 
With Valentine’s Day ast approaching, the Grand raverse Chorus (GC) oers asweetheart deal. A quartet rom the GC, a chapter o the Sweet Adelines Internationalounded in 1954, will surprise your riend or signicant other with a song d’amour. Inaddition to the musical expression o your love, the $40 cost comes complete with aspecial Valentine’s Day card, a photo o the event, and delicious, locally made chocolates.Tis one-o-a-kind git is available or delivery Saturday, Feb. 12 through Monday, Feb.14. Te valentines can be sent anywhere within a 20-mile radius o raverse City. Formore inormation, or to place your order, contact Anne Nicholson at (231) 350-0536 orvisit www.grandtraversechorus.org
Financial Aid workshops help students make “cents” o FAFSA 
Te Free Application or Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a lynchpin or receiving mostnancial aid, grants, and loans rom the ederal government. It is also a necessary rststep or many NMC scholarships. Tough lling out any government document can bea bit intimidating, a series o ree, upcoming workshops is scheduled to help studentsnavigate the FAFSA:
Tose attending should bring:
W2s or other documents estimating income,
number at www.pin.ed.gov.Te deadline or state aid FAFSA submissions is March 1. For more inormation, orto learn more about the nancial aid ofce, call (231) 995-1035 or nd them online atwww.nmc.edu/nancialaid.
Caé Society brews scholarship opportunity or cofee slingers
Te Caé Society Educational Fund is oering their rst scholarship this year inthe amount o $500. Te deadline or coee caé workers to turn in their scholarshipapplication is March 18. Baristas are those morning motivators who prepare and servelattes, cappuccinos, and other caeine inused coee house contributions. Te scholarshipis available to coee slingers who live and work in northwest Michigan’s Antrim,Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand raverse, and Leelanau counties. Applicants must either havepreviously worked in a local coee shop or at least one year or be currently employed asan area barista. Franchise and chain shop employees are exempt rom this scholarship.Examples include, but are not limited to, Cupppa Joe, Boast & oast Coee & Caé, andHigher Grounds rading Co. Tis award is or continuing education: degrees, certicates,trade school, community college, or any accredited educational eort.“We’re pleased to oer an opportunity that is dierent than grants and scholarships
Community Foundation. “It will be exciting to see the applicants rom this unique eld’sinterests as they come orward in representation o their communities.o ll out an application go to www.phsac.org or call Sara Ward at (231) 348-5820.
Some bath salts take a less-than-relaxing turn
Ivory Wave, Red Dove, and Vanilla Sky sound like a bad advertising campaign –and maybe they are. However, getting high o the use o these bath salts, containingchemicals made rom an Arican plant derivative called Cathinone, is on the rise.Cathinone is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, but
intended or human consumption. Tese chemicals are rened rom Cathinone andthen snorted, injected, or smoked
 with potentially atal consequences. Te eects, whichinclude hallucinations and a dependency – on par with crack, speed, and heroin – canhave debilitating reactions on users. Tere have been reports o violent outbursts, sel-mutilation, and suicidal thoughts to name a ew. Louisiana, where it has been outlawed,leads the nation with 165 reported incidents involving cases o overdose, suicide, violentattacks, and murder.But Louisiana isn’t alone. Te drug has appeared in more than hal the states in theU.S. Tere is a lengthy process to restrict these types o designer chemicals, includingreviewing the abuse data. Tese processes can take years beore any tangible results areproduced. Since the chemicals are still legal in most states, or the time being, userscan only be charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. States like Kentucky are
compounds.“Because these drugs are legal in many states, children can obtain them andpunishment or use and distribution is impossible. Hopeully laws will be instituted inall states preventing the sale, distribution and possession o these chemicals,” said Renee Jacobson director o Health Services at NMC. “My understanding is, that when inhaled,these chemicals replace natural neurotransmitters in the brain. Tis causes hallucinations,delirium, suicide ideation, paranoia and in many causes actual suicide. Horric suicidessuch as people have cut their own throat, stabbed and shot themselves. Overdosing haslead to death. Te chemicals are very addicting and the eects can last several days.”
 Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are needed or the VASA cross-country ski event rom 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Feb. 12 and 13. Active individuals, who are interested, can choose rom a variety o positions: nish-line aid, station help, directing participants, and serving hot soup andsnacks in the banquet hall. Shits can be broken down into smaller increments i necessary.For more inormation or to register call Linda at (231)-946-3099.raverse City’s annual winter WOW estival is returning February 18. Many volunteeropportunities exist in this raverse City estival that hosts a wide variety o activities or winter enthusiasts. With Front Street ice sculpture, snow carvings, a vintage snowmobiledisplay, downhill dash race, ice cream eating contest, tubing, cardboard bobsled race, anddogsled demos, there is something or snowbirds o all ages. Find out more or sign up tovolunteer at www.winterwowest.com/volunteers-17For more inormation and volunteer opportunities in the region, contact SusanMcQuaid, director o the Volunteer Center at (231) 947-3200 Ext. 205 orsusan@unitedwaynwmi.org
Joshua Sisco, News Briefs Editor

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