Facing Winter Without Shelter: Resources for Traverse City's Unhoused
As nighttime temperatures drop into the 20s, unhoused Traverse City residents huddle under blankets in makeshift tents this winter. From under the pines in the Grand Traverse Commons to beneath bridges and bushes, there is a not-so-secret dark side to the scenic beauty of Traverse City. Cost of living has amplified the national housing crisis on a local scale. Homelessness is a timely topic here in Northern Michigan as winter poses extra hurdles for those living in the elements.
Artificial Intelligence and The Future of Technology
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere, and it can be really confusing. There is practically an endless amount of questions to ask spanning all disciplines of knowledge. From philosophy and ethics, to law and economics, it can be really difficult to keep up with new discoveries surrounding AI. Some professors at NMC have started incorporating AI policies into their assignment descriptions and syllabi. Anecdotally, a surprising amount of professors
are allowing the use of AI to aid in the completion of essays.
NMC Looks to Replace Moodle
Moodle’s reign may be coming to an end. This fall, NMC’s Education Technology Department
hopes to begin pilot testing a new Learning Management System (LMS). There are two contenders for Moodle’s replacement: D2L’s Brightspace and Instructure’s Canvas. Both are in wide use among U.S. colleges and universities. On Jan. 31, representatives from D2L conducted a demonstration of Brightspace to NMC faculty, staff, and students.
Twin Flames Survivor, Cult Expert to Visit Traverse City’s National Writers Series
Dr. Janja Lalich, an authority on cults and author of Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships, and Keely Griffin, a survivor from the Twin Flames Universe “love cult”, will share their experiences as part of the National Writers Series on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 pm at the City Opera House in Traverse City. Guest host Jacob Wheeler recently covered the Suttons Bay-based cult in the Glen Arbor Sun. While Twin Flames Universe takes center stage at the City Opera House, the local cult claims it will host a “Spiritual Life Summit” in-person gathering June 13-16 with early bird tickets already sold out.
NMC’s New Master Plan Advances Rapidly
Imagine you are an aspiring Northwestern Michigan College student walking across campus 10 years from now. Enrollment numbers have rebounded after bottoming out during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new dormitory has been built by East Hall, consuming an adjacent parking lot. New apartments have been erected to accommodate the skyrocketing demand for affordable, on-campus housing. Imagine, the expansion of NMC’s academic programs has gobbled up space, and available parking is absent.
Percy Jackson and the Next Underwhelming Adaptation
Like many my age, Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series of novels filled my adolescent mind with stories of fantastic heroism and mythical creatures. As I aged out of the target demographic, I found the
novels holding up far better than Harry Potter, a series comparable to Jackson in tone, popularity, and audience. Where Potter had Jackson beat, however, was film adaptations. All seven Potter novels have been adapted to
feature–length films of commendable quality, while Jackson fans received two bafflingly poor films which showed no respect at all for the original story.