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Your independent CMU news source since 1919 VIBE: Students share their picks for the top gifts of the season » PAGE 7 EVENTS: 800 tickets distributed Monday for Colin Powell speech at Events Center » PAGE 3 Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 PIN IT YOURSELF WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Pinterest party attracts about 150 people for arts and crafts » PAGE 3 Chippewas to host UW-GB in annual Hoops for Hunger game today » PAGE 6 Faculty survey indicates considerable unhappiness with President George Ross By Eric Dresden Editor-in-Chief There is a continued dissatisfaction from faculty about the job performance of University President George Ross following the tumultuous 2011-12 academic year. According to documents obtained by Central Michigan Life, votes tallied by the Faculty Association for Ross’ comprehensive review by the Board of Trustees show a general unhappiness with Ross’ leadership. The review was headed by trustees Brian Fannon, John Hurd and Marilyn French Hubbard. During the review process, leaders through the campus and Mount Pleasant community were interviewed. FA President Laura Frey; Tim Connors, professor of communication and dramatic arts; and Joshua Smith, associate professor of philosophy and religion and FA president-elect, were selected to take part in the interview process on Nov. 13. A survey was distributed for FA members to fill out in mid-November, asking 37 questions to 617 members about their thoughts on Ross’ job performance, and nearly every category had a negative answer. A total of 245 FA members responded, for a total of a 39.7percent response rate. One question asked members to evaluate Ross’ effectiveness on a five-point scale, with five being the best. One-hundred and ninety-one faculty members rated Ross a two or one, while only 47 voted Ross a three or higher. Another question asked FA members if they favored Ross continuing as University President. In response, 184 of the 236 votes ‘disagreed’ or ‘strongly disagreed’ with the statement. “We’re going to let the data speak for itself,” Frey said Tuesday, adding she is glad that trustees allowed the FA to speak. The survey was emailed to trustees after the evaluation, but Fannon said it will not be part of the nearly 20-page report submitted to the Board of Trustees and the public at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday in the presidential conference room in the Bovee University Center because it was after the initial meetings. “That survey was sent to all the trustees, but it’s not part of our report,” he said. “ … We all got the survey, and I don’t know if the other trustees have read it.” A REVIEW| 2 CMU to consider adding Division I women’s golf, lacrosse at trustees meeting By Aaron McMann Managing Editor Central Michigan University, almost one year after public discussion began, will consider adding Division I women’s golf and lacrosse at its scheduled trustees meeting this week. A Monday afternoon news release from the university said it will receive a recommendation Thursday from the 15-member Gender Equity Committee, comprised of coaches, administrators, faculty members and students, to adopt women’s golf and women’s lacrosse, increasing the number of CMU-sponsored female athletic teams to 10. The recommendation is being made “to reinforce the university’s commitment to equitable athletics participation for men and women and to ensure CMU’s continued compliance with Title IX,” according to the release. The committee was charged in January to assess CMU’s compliance with Title IX, introduced in the U.S. Department of Education’s 1972 amendment requiring public institutions to recognize increased interest and ability of women to play PhotoS BY aNdreW kUhN/stAFF PhotoGrAPhEr Central Michigan University Police Officer Laura Rico shops with Mount Pleasant resident Antonio Garcia Tuesday evening during ‘Shop with a Cop’ at the Mount Pleasant Walmart, 4730 Encore Blvd. The event was funded by a grant from Walmart allowing children to pick out presents for family members. intercollegiate athletics, and begin preliminary discussion of additional sports. “Generally, that results in Dave Heeke sports for the underrepresented portion … for that, it is female sports,” CMU athletics director Dave Heeke told Central Michigan Life in January. “We think in the next year to two years, you’re going to start seeing additional sports.” CMU issued a survey to students in spring 2009 to gauge interest in adding female sports, but results from about 2,220 respondents showed “there was not a substantial interest level in additional sports,” Heeke said in January. A repeal by the Obama administration in April 2010 — the George W. Bush administration had ruled the survey sufficient enough — required schools to take a second look, this time adhering to more stringent criteria to prove compliance. Athletics officials have said previously they were A TITLE IX| 2 West Intermediate student Melissa Jensen, left, helps wrap presents for Beal City resident Trevor Beck Tuesday evening during ‘Shop with a Cop’ at Walmart, 4730 Encore Blvd. “Our student council adviser told us about this,” Jensen said. “I thought it was a good opportunity to come out and help.” Michigan State Police Officer Dee Thomas spins a display case at the jewlery counter with Mount Pleasant resident Damon Smith during Tuesday evening’s ‘Shop with a Cop’ at Walmart, 4730 Encore Blvd. Granting wishes Kids select Christmas gifts with local law enforcement for charity program Adam Niemi | senior reporter Dee Thomas would have been in her patrol car sitting on the U.S. 127 median. Instead, on Tuesday, she was in Walmart, onduty, with 11-year-old Damon Smith, helping him figure out what his family would like for Christmas, as part of ‘Shop with a Cop.” The children she and other police officers shopped with were nominated on a needs basis by their schools and selected by Mount Pleasant City Police. Officers from other local departments participated, including Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police, Central Michigan University Police and the Isabella County Sheriff ’s Department. “I get a lot of thumbs-up,” Michigan State Police officer Mike Smith said. “Lots of people wonder what’s going on; once you tell ‘em, they’re like, ‘Aw, that’s good.’” A GIFTS | 2 Additional funds for CMED on Trustees’ agenda By Neil Rosan staff reporter The Board of Trustees Thursday will vote to approve additional funds for the College of Medicine facilities. One of the main items on the agenda includes requesting an additional $525,000 for planning and designing of CMED facilities in Saginaw. If the additional money is approved, it will bring the total costs related to the design and development phase to $2,275,000. The Saginaw campus, which will consist of two buildings located at St. Mary’s of MichiganSaginaw University and CovPresident Ross enant HealthCare hospitals, will be used for educational and clinical space for CMED students and staff members already at each site. Though plans have been revealed for the new campus, an amount has yet to be set. In a previous Central Michigan Life article regarding the Saginaw campus, CMED Dean Ernest Yoder said “Costs have not yet been released, because they are not yet finalized and the college does not wish to announce an incorrect estimate.” In a meeting with CM Life Tuesday, University President George Ross said a finalization of the total costs are close but not expected to be announced at Thursday’s meeting. “I was in a meeting with Mr. Graham, the CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital, and Mr. Maidlow, the CEO of Covenant Heathcare, this past week,” he said. “We are very close to a number, but they are going back to their boards, as am I, and we are hoping to release a number in the near future.” Ross also said it has been a difficult process, because there are four organizations involved with the project. “If it was just us, it would be more definitive,” he said. A CMED | 2 CMU selling Little Caesars Pizza Bowl tickets at $25 for public, $10 for students By Matt Thompson senior reporter FIle Photo/MAtthEW stEPhEns Florida Atlantic University wide receiver Cortez Gent catches a pass and attempts to carry it downfield while former Central Michigan’s linebacker Tim Brazzel, left, and Vince Agnew, center, tackle him during the 12th annual Motor City Bowl on Dec. 26, 2008 at Ford Field in Detroit. Gent had seven receptions for 98 yards and scored Florida Atlantic’s final touchdown in the fourth quarter. They would then score on the next play with a one-yard run. Student tickets for Central Michigan’s football game against Western Kentucky in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl will be $10 for students and $25 for the general public. Students will be able to buy up to two tickets at the CMU Events Center box office beginning 8 a.m. Thursday. For non-students, tickets will cost $35 for a reserved seat, $40 for club seats and $15 with a group of 10 or more. A family four pack of tickets will be $75. CMU received 10,000 tickets from the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, to be played Dec. 26 at Ford Field in Detroit, and has put no cap on how many tickets will go to students. The student section will be in the end zone. Student tickets will also be on sale at the CMU Bookstore and residence halls, though the date for those sales will be decided later in the week. “We’re very excited to play here. We have a lot of players from (Michigan); I’m from Detroit myself,” head coach Dan Enos said. “It’s a great bowl for us to play in; there should be a lot of Chippewas fans and alumni.” CMU played in the Motor City Bowl, since renamed the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, three years in a row from 2006 to 2008. “It was looking like, for awhile Sunday, like we might play in Washington, D.C.,” senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff said. “I think this is much better for our fans—it should be like a home game.” Western Kentucky is giving away free tickets to students for its first-ever bowl game. Students can also purchase a $50 travel package that includes roundtrip bus transportation, a night in a hotel after the game and a commemorative WKU bowl game ticket. For all other fans, WKU is selling tickets for $50 for VIP and $40 for regular tickets. The same travel package for nonWKU students will cost $150. “I’m really excited; I think it’s a great game for Central to have fans come,” senior wide receiver Cody Wilson said. “I grew up going to games in that stadium. We won the (Mid-American Conference) Championship game there when I was a freshman.”

December 5th, 2012

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