Your independent cMU news source since 1919 Check out coverage of yesterday’s pancake-eating contest for ‘Flap Jacks and Football’ at cm-life.com SGA: Smoke-free policy review workgroup formed to review smoking policy on campus » PAGE 3 cm-life.com Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 STUDENT LIFE SPORTS Students create television show ‘Adventerous Detectivous’ for MHTV » PAGE 3 Football team puts together first win streak of Enos era. » PAGE 7 Police investigating assault involving football, track athletes By Aaron McMann Managing editor Police are now investigating an alleged incident involving members of the football and track and field teams, two days after the university’s athletics department said it was aware of an altercation involving several studentathletes. Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said an assault complaint was filed with his oﬃce on Friday regarding an altercation the night of Nov. 10 at Copper Beech Townhomes, 4750 E. Blue Grass Road. Mioduszewski could not provide any other details Sunday night, only confirming the complaint was filed with deputy Todd Graham and involved members of the CMU football and track and field teams. Graham could not be reached for comment Sunday night. On Thursday, during a scheduled meeting with Central Michigan Life about the athletics budget, athletics director Dave Heeke said CMU was aware of “an issue involving multiple student athletes.” “We’ve encouraged those people who are involved in it and have concerns about it to contact local law enforcement if they see fit to do that and are wishing to do that,” Heeke said. “We’re sitting here waiting to see if we’ll get feedback from local law enforcement. “If it’s determined that any studentathletes were directly involved, they’ll be held accountable and disciplined accordingly.” The CMU football team beat Miami University, 30-16, Saturday in its last home game of the season. The team plays at Massachusetts on Friday, seeking a 6-6 record and bowl eligibility for the first time since 2009. Track and field kicks off its schedule Dec. 7 at Eastern Michigan. firstname.lastname@example.org Athletics says sponsors will help football attendance reach D1 mark By Ryan Zuke Staff Reporter aNDrEW KUhN/StAFF PhotoGRAPheR Senior Cody Stauber sits in his room while dressed as the Johnny Depp character Captain Jack Sparrow Friday afternoon. Stauber created a YouTube video of himself impersonating the Pirates of the Caribbean character in hopes to land a role in the next movie. Pirates plunder Senior Cody Stauber impersonates Jack Sparrow, hopes to land role in next ‘Pirates’ movie Ben Harris | Staff Reporter The door swings open, he stumbles in headfirst, pauses for a moment to regain his balance and takes a gulp of apple cider from an old Moscato bottle. He turns around and, as if surprised to see the camera, wobbles over, wide-eyed, to greet it. Lake Orion senior Cody Stauber has been perfecting his persona of Jack Sparrow from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise in some capacity since he was 13. That year was the first he went as Jack Sparrow for Halloween. He said he remembers his mother helping him make the costume of a white shirt, a black wig and a bandanna with a hanging string of beads. He still has many parts of the original, though the costume has evolved, he said. The cravat from when he took a medical first responder course at the end of his freshman year of college is now used as a sash. Its frayed ends, he said, make it look more authentic. His candidly titled “I want to be in Pirates of the Caribbean 5!” was posted on YouTube last Monday and has since received more than 2,000 hits. Stauber, now 21, began acting in sixth grade as a storyteller for competitive drama and speech. He would memorize children’s books and fairy tales and perform every voice, motion and character. In high school, he performed in plays. “My dream was to be an actor, but I thought it would be too hard,” he said. “I kind of backed off and started to focus more on TV and sports broadcasting, which is what I came to Central originally for.” His major is Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts and his minor is Outdoor Environmental Education. He has three jobs: as an adventure facilitator at the rock wall in Finch Fieldhouse, as a referee for intramural sports and as an announcer for every sport on campus except football and basketball. But he still found time to act. He got involved with Central Premiere Productions, a student film group part of the BCA department. His prowess as an actor was quickly recognized. “The first student films I auditioned for, they gave me the lead role. They didn’t even know who I was, so that kind of gave me some confidence again,” he said. He was involved in a small independent film in Shepherd called “Social Silence,” playing a main role, and in a bigger, Hollywood independent film in Detroit titled “Only Lovers Left Alive” and had a small, non-speaking role. His real epiphany, however, came two Christmases ago during a late night conversation with his best friend Ross Stolzenburg, a junior at Grand Valley State University who dreams of being a director in California. A PIRATES | 2 “He always makes people feel important around him and takes the time to listen to people, and he’s very supportive too, no matter who it is, which is why everyone also does support him in turn.” Chelsea Jacobs, Rochester Hills senior Deputy Director of Athletics Derek van der Merwe confirmed Sunday the football program will be in compliance with NCAA Division 1 attendance requirements this season. But it did not happen without help from sponsors. “Most of our sponsors are our advertisers,” van der Merwe said. “If you look in the stadium, you can see all the advertising boards we have up. Most of those agreements come with tickets.” Van der Merwe said when Central Michigan negotiates agreements, it has a firm understanding of how many tickets must be involved. “What we did is we looked at the total number of season tickets purchased, kind of estimated a student-count average through the year and also looked at our paid averages that we’ve seen,” he said. “And on a game-by-game basis, as you get down to the final games, we can make adjustments based upon agreements with sponsors as long as sponsors agree to it.” Last season, CMU did not hit the 15,000 attendance mark — the number needed once every two years to remain Division 1 eligible. But van der Merwe said CMU did CMU FALL 2012 ESTIMATED HOME FOOTBALL ATTENDANCE 15,250 35,127 15,074 14,081 10,172 15,322 7,223 SeMo MSU nAVY BSU AKron WMU MiAMi AUG. 30 SEPT. 8 OCT. 12 OCT. 20 OCT. 27 NOV. 3 SATURDAY 16,035 AVERAGE ATTENDANCE: not have to reach out to sponsors as much to hit the 15,000 mark in 2011 because it knew it could wait until this year to remain compliant. To reach compliance, the school will use the paid-attendance system, rather than the head-count system — two methods the NCAA allows. Although CMU will meet the attendance benchmark, the announced attendance of 7,223 at Saturday’s game is alarming. It was the lowest in at least eight years, and students are noticing the sparse crowds. “It was pathetic,” Romeo sophomore Lindsey Garbarino said. “It was so nice out. I feel like people A ATTENDANCE | 2 Supreme court case prompts discussion of aﬃrmative action By Annie Harrison Senior Reporter While many Central Michigan University students agree that diversity is an important part of education, the issue of affirmative action is more controversial. Marie Reimers, diversity committee chairwoman for the Student Government Association, said diversity is good for universities, because, when students get out into the real world, they will be working with people from various backgrounds. “We want our university to represent the real world,” the Saginaw sophomore said. On-campus minority enrollment at CMU in fall 2012 is at its highest in the past 10 years, according to enrollment statistics from the CMU Office of Institutional Research. A total of 2,095 minority students are enrolled on campus this fall semester, an increase of 3.5 percent from 2,025 students in fall 2011. The number of minority students enrolled is out of 20,504 total on-campus students. However, the recent Supreme CMU FALL 2012 COMPARISON OF ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC GROUPS BLACK/AFRICAN AMERICAN: 5.33% AMERICAN INDIAN/ALASKAN NATIVE: 1.21% ASIAN/HAWAIIAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER: 1.35% HISPANIC/LATINO: 2.33% 80.88% WHITE: UNKNOWN: 6.16% NON-RESIDENT: 2.75% Court case, Fisher v. University of Texas, is taking a closer look at how race plays a role in the admittance process at some universities. The Supreme Court heard a case on affirmative action in October after Abigail Fisher, 22, alleged she was turned down by the University of Texas at Austin four years ago because she is white. The university has said Fisher would not have been admitted even if race were not involved in the process. A AFFIRMATIVE ACTION | 2 University communications candidate Sherry Knight emphasizes on-the-job experience By Jackson Seedott Staff Reporter Interim Associate Vice President of University Communications Sherry Knight stressed the importance of establishing leadership and broadcasting the university brand in an open forum on Friday. Knight is one of three finalists for the permanent position of VP of University Communications. She has served in the interim role since May, although she said she does not see her role as a temporary one. “I’m not a place-holder kind of person,” Knight said. “I believe that we need to have an established leadership team (within University Communications) and make necessary accommodations to address the things that will have the biggest impact for the university.” She said the ultimate goal of University Communications is to connect and serve students at CMU. “Here at CMU, we need stability; we need to be unleashed and re-establish the reputation of CMU beyond our community,” Knight said. Before holding the interim position, the 1986 CMU honors graduate held positions at Knight Writers, a communication firm of which she was the founder/president, Eviti Inc., Ameritech, the Jackson Citizen Patriot and Annapolis (Md.) Capital newspapers. Reporting directly to the university president, the associate vice president of University Communications is the university’s chief spokesperson, responsible for developing and maintaining excellent outreach to and relations with the media and other external constituents. This position is responsible for significantly enhancing the university’s visibility and increasing awareness and understanding of its mission, vision and academic programs among external and internal constituents. Knight said two of the most important things to consider when it comes to University Communications are strong academic programs in addition to the experience that comes behind the degree programs CMU has to offer. “Those two things are what people are always talking about,” she said. “That is what makes CMU unique.” Knight also talked about the importance and evolution of social media with regard to University Communications. A KNIGHT | 2 brOOKE MayLE/StAFF PhotoGRAPheR Interim Associate Vice President of University Communications Sherry Knight speaks about her goals for the future Friday afternoon in the Charles V. Park Library Auditorium. “We need to build up our staff to maximum capacities in order to start rebuilding the program,” Knight said.