GAMING: Students wait in snow to buy, stay up late Your independent CMU news source since 1919 to play Call of Duty: Black Ops II » PAGE 3A PHOTO OF THE WEEK Gary Peters: Future Democratic gubernatorial candidate? » PAGE 3A cm-life.com Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 VOLLEYBALL NO SHAVE NOVEMBER Like mother, like daughter: Two generations lead Central Michigan volleyball » PAGE 4B Check out what both male and female students are doing for the month » PAGE 1B Former professor jailed, bond set at $500,000 on child porn charges By Eric Dresden Editor-in-Chief VICTORIA ZEGLER/PHOTO EDITOR Attorney Daniel O’Neil looks toward the family of William Lord Merrill as Merrill streams in via TV during his arraignment Tuesday morning. Merrill, a former CMU education professor, is charged with three felonies related to child pornography. After staying more than a week at the psychiatric ward at MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot, former CMU professor William Lord Merrill was arraigned in Isabella County Trial Court after turning himself into CMU Police Tuesday morning. Isabella County Judge William Rush ordered Merrill, 58, to be held at the Isabella County Jail on $500,000 cash/surety bond after being charged with three felonies: manufacturing child sexually abusive material, distributing or promoting child sexu- ally abusive material and using a computer to commit a crime. He is also charged with one misdemean- William Lord Merrill or count of possession of a switchblade. As part of the bond, Merrill is not allowed to possess weapons, not allowed to use computers or other electronic equipment or be in contact with anyone under the age of 18. Merrill appeared before Rush at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday via TV from the Isabella County Jail. Merrill’s attorney, Daniel O’Neil, said Merrill is not a flight risk or a suicide risk, so he asked the judge to lower the bond. However, Isabella County Prosecutor Risa Scully told Rush that Merrill purchased a shotgun and contemplated suicide on Nov. 5, before family convinced him to go to the psychiatric ward at MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot. On Nov. 5, a Central Michigan University IT worker found three videos of child pornography on Merrill’s computer, according to a court affidavit. After Merrill admitted to police that he downloaded the videos, he said there was no additional child pornography videos on his work computer, documents said. Police then served a search warrant on his office and home, finding 30 CDs, including one disc that had more than 10,000 files with most appearing to be pictures of child sexually abusive activity. More data is being reviewed, according to the documents. “It depicts hundreds and hundreds of images of child pornography dating back years,” Scully said. A MERRILL | 2A Committee named to begin search for provost By Jackson Seedott Staff Reporter PHOTO COURTESY OF KAITLIN THORNE Jeff Ketcham, 22, waits for a blood draw after his infusion Tuesday evening at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. Ketcham was diagnosed with cancer of unknown primary in July, meaning the origin of the cancer cannot be determined. He is currently participating in a phase-one drug trial mixing chemotherapy with experimental drugs. Keep fighting CMU student keeps high spirits, despite battle with unknown cancer Ryan Fitzmaurice | Staff Reporter He never imagined he would have landed here. It is a small home in Plymouth, laden with Red Wings apparel. Memorabilia lines the walls, the items are framed, preserved, valued. The house belongs to mere acquaintances of his aunt. Not close enough to be friends, but kindhearted enough to take Washington senior Jeff Ketcham in. He only has to pay the utilities every month, another act of generosity for which he says he is grateful. The owners are currently in Europe, so he has the house to himself. The most important item in the house is a 2008 championship Red Wings jersey, ordained with autographs by each player. It holds a sacred position above the desk in the main floor office. It would hold a minimum price of $500 but could easily go for more than $1,000. There’s a certain spark to Ketcham’s voice when he talks about the jersey. A sight he can’t believe he gets to witness something amazing every time he enters through the front door. It’s a needed relief, because he almost never got to see it. This year, he was supposed to be graduating. But instead, he’s being treated for cancer. A major in journalism, Ketcham refers to himself as a “social person.” He reported for Central Michigan Life last April and into the summer, a way for him to meet and experience other people. Yet his heart lies in advertising, which allows his creative side to flourish. He dreams of working in an ad agency. He plans to go back to school to complete his degree in the near future, but it probably won’t be at Central Michigan University. “I won’t know anyone in Mount Pleasant,” Ketcham said. “By the time I get back, everyone I know would have completely taken off.” His girlfriend, Gladwin senior Kaitlin Thorne, uploaded a picture of Ketcham to her Facebook last September. They still find a way to spend time with each other. He’s wearing a cartoonlike hat, shaped like a shark as bulging white eyes burst from the top of the hat, the white teeth protruding down his forehead. His smile is subtle, but contagious. He can pull off the look because his hairline is noticeably absent. He’s been bald for months now. When Ketcham first learned he had cancer, mid-summer, he couldn’t believe it. University President George Ross has appointed a 14-member search committee to assist in the search for Central Michigan University’s next executive vice president/provost. Salma Ghanem, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts, and Tim Hartshorne, a psychology professor, are the co-chairs of the committee. In addition to this committee, a national executive search firm will be selected through a competitive bidding process and on-campus interviews to take place later this month. “A careful evaluation process will include oncampus meetings with up to three firms during mid and late November; the firm that’s selected will be a critical part of the provost search process,” Steve Gary Shapiro Smith, director of Public Relations at CMU, previously told Central Michigan Life. The search committee will be responsible for posting the executive vice president/ provost job opening prior to the December holiday break. Other responsibilities of the committee include processing and viewing all applications and conducting confidential interviews with the most likely candidates. The committee will then develop a list of finalists who will be invited to campus for formal interviews and open forums. Maureen Eke, professor of English Language and Literature, is one of the 14 members on the committee. A PROVOST| 2A A KETCHAM | 2A First-generation students targeted for how to cope with college experience By Charnae Sanders Staff Reporter Faculty members and staff met in the Charles V. Park Library Monday for a session sponsored by the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching (FaCIT) to discuss tips and new strategies so staff can support first-generation college students. “We need to be educating our faculty about this population of students and what they can do to help,” said Lauren Griffith, instructional designer of FaCIT. “… I think one of the things we always have to think about with first-generation students is the issue of cultural capital. If they’re not being told by their parents how to navigate the university, which is very complex that has all of these hidden norms, if they don’t get that education before they get here, then they are at a sort of disadvantage, and it’s not right.” Mary Henley, director of the Pathways to Academic Student Success program, presented a PowerPoint during the session about how faculty and students can help first-generation students throughout their college experience. “The main point is to talk out loud,” Henley said. “There are a lot of norms that happen within the classroom that first-generation students may not know.” Henley was also a firstgeneration college student in her family and can relate to the struggles first-generation students face. “It’s shaped me, because I’ve had those experiences,” Hanley said. “… So, I’m able to provide the knowledge and provide the information and work with students and work with faculty and work with staff in order to make it better for students who are firstgeneration, low-income.” Judy Idema, associate director of Honors and Centralis program, attended the session because the Honors program has an interest in re- cruiting first-generation college students and providing them with support services. Idema was also a first-generation college student and hopes to mentor students and “encourage them to do things they may not otherwise have thought of doing.” “I came to school academically prepared; however, I didn’t have financial resources and understanding of the university culture,” she said. “So that was new to me, but, luckily, when I got to college, I had several strong faculty and staff mentors who helped show me the way and how to be successful and locate the resources I needed to.” A STUDENTS | 2A TRISHA UMPFENBACH/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Mount Pleasant resident Jean Bailey, director of educational programs for the College of Medicine, left, attempts to untangle ropes with Washington senior Rachel Thomas, a representative for the Volunteer Center, right, during the First-Generation Students workshop Tuesday afternoon at the Technology Learning Center in the Charles V. Park Library.