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NMU student government needs change

A Northern View

March 25, 2012
ADELLE?WHITEFOOT - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

The Associated Students of Northern Michigan University elections are coming up and no one really cares.

ASNMU is the university's student government. It's suppose to consist of a president, vice president, 11 academic affairs representatives and 13 student affairs representatives - yet it never does. Why? There is never a full board is because many students see ASNMU as a useless organization.

According to the ASNMU?website, "ASNMU oversees several service programs to aid the students of Northern Michigan University." In the past two years I haven't seen this.

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This school year the only things I've seen ASNMU do for the students is fix the bike share program and set up a "Let's Chat" event with Dinning Services.

Last school year was even worse. The appointed president, Lucia Lopez, was found to be registered for a December graduation and, when asked about it, she denied it. At the end of the fall semester Lopez resigned, claiming lack of payment was the main reason she was leaving. She left then-vice president Courtney Russell in charge.

That debacle gave ASNMU a bad reputation. Lopez was ineffective in office and left the organization in a shambles for Russell to clean up. If the organization can't even get a president to stay, why do they expect anyone else to stay?

This school year, Justin Brugman and Drew Janego took over as president and vice president. Both of them seemed really devoted to making some changes. I've kept up with ASNMU during the year. After the election last year, I thought they were going to make some real changes. But nothing significant happened.

It was a let-down to see this year go by and have nothing really change. During the first week of school I talked to Brugman about ASNMU keeping its website updated. He told me it was one of the main things he wanted to work on. But on their website you'll find that the last set of minutes posted are from fall 2010 and that the agendas are just as old.

If ASNMU wants more students to actually care about their election and actually want to be apart of the organization, they need to work on their campus reputation. Whoever is the next president needs to seriously consider focusing on reputation before working on multiple projects that end up getting pushed to the side anyway.

Editor's note: Northern Michigan University student and Mining Journal Staff Writer Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500. Her email address is



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