northern michigan university en NMU will not face sanctions related to tuition increase <p>Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s budget director has given his OK to Northern Michigan University&rsquo;s tuition increase for the fall term. The decision means the public university in Marquette will not face&nbsp;sanctions for exceeding the state&rsquo;s tuition increase cap of 7 percent. NMU said the university&rsquo;s rate increase should not be measured against the fall 2010 rate after students got a discount. The university reduced student costs last year based on a windfall of federal stimulus dollars.</p><p>A spokesman for Budget Director John Nixon says he does not put Northern&rsquo;s tuition hike in the same category as fall increases at Wayne State and Michigan State universities. He says MSU and Wayne State technically complied with the law, but violated the intent of efforts by Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature to hold down tuition increases despite budget cuts to higher education. Fri, 05 Aug 2011 10:22:17 +0000 Rick Pluta 3625 at NMU will not face sanctions related to tuition increase President Obama's "Win the Future" speech in Marquette <p><em>Here's a copy of the President's "Win the Future" speech at Northern Michigan University tod</em>ay:</p><p>Hello, Marquette!&nbsp; It is good to be in the U.P.&nbsp; It is good to be at Northern Michigan University!&nbsp;</p><p>So, I have to say, I think some folks on my staff have it out for me.&nbsp; Not because it’s 10 degrees here – I can handle that.&nbsp; It’s because for the second time in two weeks, not long after my Bears went down, they’ve sent me to a town with a bunch of Green Bay Packer fans, even if we are in Michigan.&nbsp; But I congratulate all the fans here, and we’ll see the Packers at the White House.</p><p>Of course, I haven’t come to Marquette to talk about winning the Super Bowl.&nbsp; I’ve come here because it’s towns like this where the jobs and businesses of tomorrow will take root.&nbsp; It’s towns like this where our economic future will be won. Thu, 10 Feb 2011 19:15:01 +0000 Mark Brush 1243 at President Obama's "Win the Future" speech in Marquette Live Stream of President Obama in Marquette <p><object height="272" width="435"><param name="movie" value=""><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><param name="wmode" value="opaque"><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF"><param name="scale" value="showall"><param name="quality" value="best"><param name="align" value="l"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true"><param name="play" value="false"><param name="menu" value="false"><param name="loop" value="false"><param name="flashvars" value="player=;src=rtmp://;scaleMode=stretch&amp;link=;path_to_image=;width=435&amp;height=272"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" flashvars="player=;src=rtmp://;scaleMode=stretch&amp;link=;path_to_image=;width=435&amp;height=272" src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="272" width="435"></object><!-- LIVE CHAT --></p><div style="background-color: rgb(40, 40, 40); width: 435px; font-size: 10px; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,Sans-Serif;"><div style="border-top: 1px solid rgb(102, 102, 102); margin: 0pt 10px; height: 40px; display: block;"><div style="background: url(&quot;;) no-repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent; padding-top: 13px; height: 30px; float: left;"><a href="" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(171, 171, 171); margin-left: 28px;">JOIN THE LIVE CHAT</a></div><div style="padding-top: 13px; height: 30px; float: right;"><a href="" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(171, 171, 171);">VISIT WHITEHOUSE.GOV</a></div></div></div><!-- END LIVE CHAT --><p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 18:00:00 +0000 Mark Brush 1242 at NMU to reopen after threat <p><a href="">Northern Michigan University</a> in Marquette will resume classes today, <a href="">a day after being closed due to what was being called a, "serious threat."</a> Last night, the university released <a href="">the following statement</a>:</p><blockquote><p><font face="Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="2">NMU President Les Wong said the FBI and other agencies have indicated that there is no longer a clear and ongoing threat and that conditions are suitable to reopening the university. The investigation has revealed no evidence that the anonymous blog post originated on campus. It was discovered tonight that similarly worded messages have been directed at several other U.S. universities, recently and in a previous </font><font face="Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="2">year.</font></p><p><font face="Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="2">“We</font><font face="Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="2"> would not make the decision to reopen campus if we did not feel that it is safe to do so,” said Wong. “NMU Public Safety will maintain increased patrols throughout campus as an added precaution, but we think the new information uncovered tonight diminishes the threat to NMU.”</font></p><p><font face="Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="2">NMU Public Safety Director Mike Bath said his department will continue to work with other agencies to assist in the investigation. NMU had received a phone tip before the university opened at 8 a.m. Wednesday of an anonymous blog post threatening harm to the campus community. Authorities assessed the threat and determined it was serious enough to warrant mobilizing the emergency communication system and closing the university.</font> Thu, 03 Feb 2011 11:51:25 +0000 Zoe Clark 1144 at NMU to reopen after threat Northern Michigan University closed due to threat <p><strong>Update 3:25 p.m.:</strong></p><p>Evening classes for Wednesday, February 2 are canceled.&nbsp; NMU Public Safety and Police Services continue to have things under control on campus, but for precautionary reasons, ask that people do not wander on campus or come to the University at this time.</p><p>Students in residence halls are asked to remain there.</p><p>More information will be provided as it's made available.&nbsp; The University remains closed for the day.</p><p><strong>Update 1:29 p.m.:</strong></p><p>NMU Public Safety is changing the status of residence halls to lockdown with NMU ID access so that residence hall students can gain access to dining facilities. Students must take their NMU IDs to return to their halls. Residents of Quad I and II can proceed to the Marketplace. Residents of West and Spooner Halls are encouraged to use the Wildcat Den. An&nbsp;NMU Public Safety escort will be provided.</p><p><em><strong>If you are a parent of an NMU student and have questions, you may call 906-227-1226</strong></em></p><p><strong>Update 11:34 a.m.:</strong></p><p>Northern Michigan University has issued <a href="">the following statement</a>:</p><blockquote><p>NMU Public Safety and Police Services has things under control on campus, but for precautionary reasons, ask that people do not wander on campus or come to the university at this time. Students in residence halls are asked to remain there. More information will be provided as it's made available.&nbsp; The university remains closed for the day.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Update 10:51 a.m.:</strong></p><p><a href="">Northern Michigan University was closed down around 9 a.m.</a> this morning because of a "serious threat."</p><p>Spokeswoman Kristi Evans says an online threat was made to harm students, faculty and others at the campus. Employees already at work were evacuated from buildings, and students were turned away by Public Safety officers.&nbsp;</p><p>Detective Captain Gordon Warchock is with the <a href="">Marquette Police Department</a>. He says there is an ongoing investigation:</p><blockquote><p>We're assisting Northern Michigan University public safety in any way we can with the investigation and providing manpower.</p></blockquote><p>An unconfirmed source says a blogger threatened to "shoot up" campus this morning. Nicole Walton is News Director at public radio station <a href="">WNMU</a>.&nbsp; She says even essential personnel were told to go home, so the radio station is on autopilot:</p><blockquote><p>When we think of closures usually it's because of several feet of snow falling, and shooters coming on campus, it's just not on our radar.</p></blockquote><p>Students at Marquette Area Public Schools have also been sent home, and Marquette General Hospital has posted security at entrances.</p><p><strong>Update 10:44 a.m.:</strong></p><p>The Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>Spokeswoman Kristi Evans says Wednesday an online threat was made to harm students, faculty, staff and administrators at Northern Michigan. Evans had no further details about the nature of the threat, which was discovered shortly before 8 a.m.</p><p>Evans says an emergency notice was transmitted on laptop computers that are provided to all 9,400 students. Text messages were sent on cell phones.</p><p>She says it's uncertain whether the closure will extend beyond Wednesday.</p><p>Evans says the message did not mention the public schools. But interim superintendent Deborah Veiht said they also were closed as a precaution. Marquette Senior High School is next door to the university campus. The public schools have 3,000 students.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Update 10:33 a.m.:</strong></p><p>The Mining Journal <a href="">reports</a> from Marquette:</p><blockquote><p>Northern Michigan University was closed today because of an anonymous threat received early this morning.</p><p>Effects of the threat rippled outward from the NMU campus, resulting in the closure of all Marquette Area Public Schools.</p><p>According to Cindy Paavola, NMU director of communications and marketing, the unspecified threat would have caused harm to students but it was unknown what part of campus it would impact. More information will be released as it becomes available throughout the day, Paavola said.</p><p>Troopers from the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post said NMU Public Safety told them they were responding in a cautious way by closing down the university.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Update 10:18 a.m.:</strong></p><p><a href="">Northern Michigan University was closed down</a> around 9 a.m. because of a "serious threat" received by officials. Employees already at work were evacuated from buildings and students were turned away by Public Safety officers, who were parked in the middle of campus. Marquette Area Public Schools were locked down, but students have since been released to their parents. Although open, the local hospital has limited the number of entrances to five and has posted guards at each door.</p><p>It has not been confirmed, but a source says a blogger threatened to "shoot up" campus Wednesday morning. A California resident read the blog and contacted NMU officials. No reason for the threat has been given</p><p><strong>Update 10:11 a.m.:</strong></p><p>City police say area schools are also taking precautionary measures.</p><p>The <a href="">university is shut down</a> for the day because of a threat that university officials are taking seriously, according to a Public Safety spokesperson who could not provide additional information.</p><p>Students, staff and employees, including essential personnel, were notified this morning that the university is closed, and security personnel were turning away employees who did show up to work.</p><p><strong>Update 10:07 a.m.:</strong></p><p><a href="">Northern Michigan University has been evacuated</a> and <span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 200%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Marquette General Hospital is also reportedly under lockdown with limited entrances open because of the threat to NMU. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.</span></p><p><strong>9:59 a.m.:</strong></p><p><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 200%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Northern Michigan University is closed today... not because of the weather but due to a serious threat it has received. The closure includes essential personnel. We have anecdotal reports that security personnel are turning employees away and telling them to go back home. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.</span> Wed, 02 Feb 2011 20:25:21 +0000 Zoe Clark, Tracy Samilton & Vincent Duffy 1130 at Northern Michigan University closed due to threat