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NEWS Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer visits campus, shares thoughts on possible Title IX changes

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SPORTS Chippewa sports earned historic levels of success in 1974

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FEATURE College Republicans mark 9/11 with Sunday flag display

NEWS CMU sophomore, mother killed after

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Meijer begins online delivery service in Mount Pleasant President Ross, wife Elizabeth donate

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Ross co-signs DACA support letter; faculty, staff draft statement By Jordyn Hermani Editor-in-Chief

Central Michigan University President George Ross has co-signed a document with presidents from 15 other public Michigan universities in response to President Donald Trump’s declaration he will end the DREAM Act. The letter asks for the state of Michigan to “codif(y) the provisions of the (Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals) program” to prevent children from being deported back to countries they never grew up in, do not know nor potentially speak the language of. “We, the presidents and chancellors of Michigan’s 15 public universities, ask that you expeditiously approve a Congressional solution to allow undocumented youth participating in the DACA program to legally remain in the U.S.,” a portion of the letter reads.


The document was written Sept. 7 and will be sent to Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) said Sherry Knight, associate vice president of University Communications. It was signed by presidents from 15 other public Michigan universities including President Mark Schlissel of the University of Michigan and Edward Montgomery of Western Michigan University. “As secretary-treasurer of the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, President Ross also supports the DACA statement issued by AASCU,” Knight wrote in an email. The AASCU statement is three paragraphs long and calls on the US Congress to “act immediately by passing legislation to resolve this human tragedy.” “We are profoundly disappointed with, and strongly oppose, the administration’s decision to end the Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, under which individuals brought to the United States as children have been provided tempo-


SHERIFF: CMU SOPHOMORE, MOTHER KILLED IN MOUNT PLEASANT SCHOOL BUS CRASH A Central Michigan University sophomore and his mother were identified as the two people killed Friday morning after their vehicle crashed into a Mount Pleasant school bus. Joshua Schafer, 19, and his mother Kimberly Schafer, 56, resided in Isabella Township, according to the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office. Joshua Schafer was the driver of the vehicle. A family member confirmed to Central Michigan Life on Sunday that Joshua Schafer was a Central Michigan University sophomore. Last week was his first week on campus after transferring

from Mid-Michigan Community College. Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main said there are no photos or videos to release at this time. The incident occurred at 7:48 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, on Weidman Road just west of Whiteville Road, Main said. The Schafers struck a bus from behind that was only occupied by the driver, Main said. The driver did not sustain any injuries. The bus driver was preparing to pick up a student when the vehicle struck the bus from behind, Main said. The vehicle went up under the bus.

The two victims in the car were pronounced dead at the scene, Main said. Sunlight may appear to have been a factor in the crash as the vehicles were both heading eastbound on Weidman Road and facing the sun, Main said.  Mobile Medical Response, Isabella County Central Dispatch, Isabella North East Fire Department and a Medical Examiner’s Investigator assisted the sheriff’s department. No other information is available at this time. By Evan Sasiela Managing Editor

rary reprieve from deportation from the only country many of them have ever known. Knight added as of 2015, only one DACA student attended classes at CMU. That student stayed one semester. Regardless of DACA status, children younger than 18 who enter the country illegally have a difficult time applying for legal status. “Undocumented immigrants — including those with DACA — who entered the country illegally cannot easily get lawful status, even if they have a family member who can sponsor them for permanent residence. They are inadmissible because of their unlawful entry,” an advisory from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center reads. In addition to Ross’ two statements, a list of nearly 150 CMU faculty and staff have signed a letter drafted in support of students affected by the rescinding DACA. Christi Brookes, chair of the department of

Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures, said the document is still collecting signatures. “Some of those Dreamers are part of our community here at Central Michigan University. We, the undersigned, state our unflinching support for you,” the document reads. “We recognize that you are invaluable members of our communities, and we uphold your right to stay in the U.S. and to lead a life free from the fears of deportation. We will do what is in our power to help you, and to point you to other available resources.” The statement also contains a link to the American Civil Liberties Union webpage outlining the rights of people in relation to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, being detained for immigration status and more. The webpage offers the information in Spanish and English. “We stand behind the Dreamers,” the statement concludes. “We believe in your American dream because it is our dream, too.” The full letter can be read online at cm-life.

ABOUT 200 ATTEND FIRST-EVER ICCHW FORUM EXPLAINING OPIOID ABUSE CRISIS More than 64,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2016 — 93 percent of those deaths were caused by traditional or synthetic opioids. These preliminary figures from the Center for Disease Control illustrate the severity of the U.S. opioid epidemic. Central Michigan University gathered experts from across the state to educate the campus community at “Welcome to Michigan’s Opioid Epidemic - A Regional Forum” on Friday, Sept. 8. Nearly 200 people attended the forum in the Dow Chemical Company Foundation Auditorium at the College of Medicine Building. In a span of eight hours, professors, doctors and members of law enforcement shared their firsthand experiences dealing with the opioid crisis. Opioids are a group of drugs synthesized from the opium poppy flower and used by doctors to treat severe pain. Common opioids include: Morphine, Oxycodone and Hydrocodone. While effective, opioids are highly

addictive and are derived from the same source as the illicit narcotic Heroin. The forum was the first major project of CMU’s new Interdisciplinary Center for Community Health and Wellness (ICCHW) – a collaboration involving the College of Medicine, the Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, the College of Education & Human Services, the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Communication and Fine Arts. “This issue is beyond troubling and everyone needs to come together to figure out its complexity,” said Alison Arnold, the center’s director. “This epidemic is interwoven with so many social problems and hurts communities across the country. It can impact our families, our friends, our acquaintances and so on.” For the full story, visit -Greg Horner Staff Reporter






APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION DUE FRIDAY FOR MAY 2018 COMMENCEMENT Students must apply for a graduation audit by Sept. 15. Students eligible can apply online using CentralLink. The application can be found in students’ My Account page and click on “Apply for graduation” under the “Academics” section. The application for graduation for undergraduate students asks for your name as it should appear on your diploma, prospective graduation date, program of study and permanent contact info. Students are also given the opportunity to choose if they want a newspaper announcement in

their hometown paper. After filling in the information, students will click submit. May 2018 commencement ceremonies are slated for May 5, 2018. Looking ahead, those planning to graduate from Central Michigan University in August 2018 must complete the form by Jan. 15, 2018.

-Evan Sasiela Managing Editor

MEIJER OFFERS HOME DELIVERY SERVICE Meijer has partnered with an online delivery service to give customers the opportunity to complete all of their grocery shopping without leaving home. Shipt is an online service that allows members to choose from Meijer’s selection of more than 55,000 groceries items to have delivered to their home. Orders are carried out by specially-trained Shipt shoppers and items delivered within an hour after the order is placed.

Most items in the store are eligible for delivery, including produce, frozen items, pet food, alcohol, back-to-school items and beauty products. Memberships cost $99 for one year of the service. Orders of more than $35 are eligible for free shipping. Orders less than $35 will receive a $7 flat rate delivery fee. The Shipt app is available for iOS and Android phones. Meijer began offering the Shipt service to Michigan

shoppers starting with Detroit last September. As of Aug. 24, Shipt is available in Cadillac, Ludington, Big Rapids, Gaylord, Petoskey, Manistee, Alpena, Fort Gratiot, Marysville, Adrian, Jackson, Coldwater, Ionia, Mount Pleasant and Alma. -Mitchell Kukulka News Editor

WATT RAISES MONEY FOR HARVEY RELIEF A former Central Michigan University tight end has received praise for raising money to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. JJ Watt played for the Chippewas in the 2007 season, has raised

the money through his YouCaring page to help those affected by the storm. As a freshman in 2007, Watt played in 14 games for CMU. The tight end caught eight passes for 77 yards, according to

Watt transferred to the University of Wisconsin in 2008. He has played for the NFL’s Houston Texans since 2011. -Evan Sasiela Managing Editor

HAPPY 125th CMU!




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Gretchen Whitmer speaks to CMU students and residents of Mount Pleasant on Sept. 9 in the Bovee University Center Mackinaw Room.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Whitmer visits campus By Greg Horner Staff Reporter

Students and community members gathered in the Bovee University Center on Saturday to hear 2018 gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer share her platform and voice their concerns. Whitmer is one of four declared candidates running in the Democratic Party’s primary for governor. She previously served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2000-06, and served as the Senate Democratic Leader from 2006-14. The event was organized by the College Democrats at Central Michigan University. Ethan Petzold, president of the registered student organization, said the event was a chance for voters to hear from a potential governor. Whitmer briefly outlined views on the state and her commitment to high-quality, affordable education at all levels. She took questions from the audience, which was made up of about 30 people. Several times during the event, Whitmer

asked attendees how they would like her to approach certain issues. “I want you to tell me what you want me to know and what you want me to talk about,” Whitmer said. “That’s when I’m learning the most and that’s what helps make sure I’m building a platform that solves the problems that we need solved.” Autumn Gairaud, a member of the College Democrats, said she is concerned about a recent proposal from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in regard to Title IX — a policy that prevents discrimination based on sex. DeVos’ proposal would reverse Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault. Gairaud said she believes the new regulations would shift policy from protecting survivors of sexual assault to protecting the offenders. Whitmer said she was “floored” by DeVos’ actions. She pointed to her six-month tenure as prosecutor of Ingham County where she created a domestic violence and sexual assault unit to coordinate with the campus of Michi-

gan State University to prosecute offenders. “We need a governor who is going to make campus assault, protecting students and protecting people on campus a real priority,” Whitmer said. Luz Vera Smith, an immigrant from Mexico, was moved to tears expressing her fear about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals under the Trump administration. She wanted to know Whitmer’s stance on DACA and how she would protect the children of immigrants, referred to as Dreamers. Whitmer said voters must pressure congress to prevent the deportation of Dreamers. She added that she would use the governorship to stand up to President Donald Trump. “We are not going to let Donald Trump utilize police forces and our universities to get information (on Dreamers) — it’s wrong,” she said. “Democratic governors are standing up and taking that position. I think that’s the most important thing a governor can do.” Other policies Whitmer laid out during her presentation included: Supporting unions and unemployment

benefits. Whitmer said she is proud to have been a member of the American Federation of Teachers and referred to “right to work” laws as “corporate servitude” laws. Working to improve the regulation of charter schools, and promote nonprofit charters instead of for-profit charters. Consulting experts to improve Michigan’s water quality — something Whitmer thinks Michiganders take for granted due to its abundance. Promoting urban development, but maintain housing affordability to protect residents from gentrification. Protecting the Great Lakes from oil companies and support litigation to shutdown the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline — a process Whitner said would require time. Petzold was happy with the turnout and quality of the questions. “She asked for input from the people,” he said. “She really answered questions not in the sense that she knew all the answers but rather as a public servant hearing what the people want.”





OUR FUTURE Respect, charity, activism can guide CMU into the next 125 years


ow much do you really know about Central Michigan University? Did you know our mascot used to be the Dragons, then the Bearcats before we became the Chippewas? Or that Muhammad Ali, Amelia Earhart and President William Howard Taft all visited campus? How about how we got the catchphrase “Fire Up Chips”? This year CMU celebrates its 125th anniversary and we all should look back at its long and storied history to learn from the past and make a better future for our campus. In our time browsing Clarke Historical Library, we noticed several things throughout CMU’s history that still hold true for today’s students, beginning with our relationship with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. Our name, the Chippewas, began in December 1941 when football coach Doc Sweeney wanted a new mascot. He argued no student had ever seen or heard of a bearcat. The name stuck for several generations without consultation with the tribe, resulting in CMU using racist imagery to portray the tribe. Our relationship, to put it mildly, wasn’t great. Fast forward to 2005, the tribe gave its explicit support to continue use of the name Chippewa — with modifications. We now educate students on the proper use of game day face paint, advise them to not wear headdresses at games and discourage war cries and tomahawk chopping in Kelly/Shorts Stadium. We also should continue to be charitable, just as we’ve always been. In 1960, a group of student veterans of the Korean War formed the Korean Orphanage Committee, dedicated to raising funds for the Mun San Orphanage in Korea. Efforts continued well into the 1970s. Children of that orphanage grew up and reached out to those


Courtesy Photo | Clarke Historical Library Special Olympics participants race during the Michigan Special Olympics Summer State Games hosted by CMU in June 1973.

CMU students who cared about them countries away. They were able to meet their benefactors. Those students were able to make a difference in many peoples’ lives. We see that same spirit today with student driven philanthropic funds like the Keisha Y. Brown Angel Wings Fund, dedicated to raising money for children who lost parents to cancer, and the Derrick Nash Strong Foundation. When it comes to buying a parking pass, students might be stingy. When it comes to helping each other or the community, we’ve always been generous with our time and support. Sometimes, fundraising isn’t enough and the time comes to be vocal about your support or disapproval of something. Protesting at CMU isn’t a new fad: it’s a part of our campus blood. In 1962, there were disagreements between students and the school’s administration regarding student rights at the university. The disagreements grew to the point that students marched from campus to CMU’s president’s house to demand fair treatment on campus. Students participated in the 1969 Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam. Our own university president at the time, William Boyd, even marched alongside students. The chairman of our Board of Trustees issued a direct statement to President Richard Nixon saying, “It would be a tragedy if our young people did not react at all to this sad affair (of the Vietnam

War). The very foundation of our democracy is an enlightened, alert, questioning populace. There would be something wrong with (students) if they accepted Vietnam blandly, complacently and without question.” In response to the U.S. invasion of Cambodia and the death of students at Kent State University, CMU students occupied Central Hall which was where our ROTC building was stationed. Instead of calling in police, again President Boyd was supportive and let the student protests dissipate on their own. Today, we’ve seen students protesting the election of President Donald Trump, the president’s immigration ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries and being vocally supportive of a Gender and Sexuality Center on campus. Protesting isn’t something new to CMU and it’s not something reserved for “snowflakes” in search of “safe-spaces.” It’s something cemented in our history as an action to be proud of. As we look back on our history, we encourage other students to do the same for CMU’s 125th anniversary. An easy way to do this is to look at the timeline the Clark Historical Library created on its website. Going over CMU’s history can help us see what made the last 125 years successful. Let’s make sure the next century of CMU is even greater.




Yes, even white supremacists deserve their right to free speech Free speech is the core of our country. Publicly stating your beliefs, having different opinions and being able to dissent without being thrown in jail are vital to all other American freedoms. Even if your beliefs are repugnant, you still have every right to share them. Michigan State University has denied white supremacist Richard Spencer the right to speak on its campus. This move resulted in a lawsuit brought by Spencer arguing that MSU has violated his right to freedom of speech. The university has countered by calling Spencer’s visit an imminent threat to campus, citing security as a reason to stop him. Unfortunately for decent minded people, the lawsuit is correct: his rights have been violated. There will always be the threat of violence with someone as controversial as Spencer. Safety should always be a factor of concern and MSU has a duty to ensure the safety of its

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campus. There is no doubt that with something like this, providing safety costs money and that can make a compelling argument. That is until you look at other speakers MSU has invited to its campus. In 2016, former President Barack Obama gave the commencement speech at Rutgers University. This speech cost $1.43 million, according to the Associated Press. Much of the costs were for additional police officers, added safety measures and road closures. But that was in New Brunswick, New Jersey and MSU is in Lansing. In 2014, Obama visited MSU to sign a major bill.

MSU never had a problem providing security or the additional costs that came with hosting the president. There is no official number for how much Obama’s visit to MSU cost, but most sources put the costs at about the same or greater than at Rutgers. How is it more expensive to provide security for a white supremacist than it is to protect a president? Certainly, Lansing can get additional police forces. Fences can even be put up between Spencer’s supporters and protesters. City blocks can be closed to separate the protesters and white supremacists. There are so many ways MSU can keep the peace. Denying Spencer his freedom of speech is not one of them. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech, even if there are monetary costs. We must accept the security costs to allow everyone the right to speak. This is the price we pay to live in a country where we can freely speak our minds.

The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech, even if you’re a racist. Allowing a racist to speak in public is one of the burdens we carry. If we are to truly have freedom of speech, racists and white supremacists should be allowed to speak. Spencer is vile, divisive and rac-

ist. He believes minorities are lesser than white Americans. He espouses pseudoscience to try to prove his white supremacist views. He uses clever word play to disguise his primitive thinking. Disgusting and hateful as his views may be, they are politically protected speech.

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NFL audiences hate political activism, have no problem with domestic abuse It’s a confusing time to be a football fan. I am willing to bet every fan knows someone boycotting the National Football League because players are kneeling during the national anthem. This bothers them, but players with murder, rape or domestic violence charges are no big deal. The other day I was listening to a Detroit radio station when a woman called in and said she will not watch games with men sitting out during the national anthem. The logic behind this was shocking, because she never once complained about domestic violence abusers. Her only complaint was the selfish people sitting during the national anthem.


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The question this year is what’s worse: political activism or domestic abuse? The question shouldn’t be phrased this way. Do I agree with both actions? Absolutely not. I believe people should stand for the national anthem and men should never hit women. But I am more okay with someone trying to change a way of thinking in America than a man battering a woman.

The two athletes I am talking about are Ezekiel Elliott and Colin Kaepernick. Elliot is suspended and will be returning to football to do his job. Kaepernick, on the other hand, has been shunned from the game with almost zero chance of being signed by a professional team. People need to take a step back and really think about the specifics of this scenario. America, whether it believes this is a big or little issue, has a race problem. It is no secret any African-American is looked at and treated differently than me, a white man. I will never understand what that is like.

Kaepernick has this in mind when he kneels during the National Anthem. I do not agree with him kneeling, but the thought of making the world a better place should be looked at with respect. Elliott, on the other hand, is a running back for the Dallas Cowboys. He was issued a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s Domestic Violence Policy. Elliott was not convicted of a crime, but only after seeing pictures and hearing his ex-girlfriend’s statement, the NFL punished him. In July 2016, he was questioned by the Columbus, Ohio police after a former

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girlfriend accused him of assaulting her multiple times over the course of a week. Elliott will still play in the NFL, after abusing his ex and viewers are not shunning or calling for a boycott because he’s still playing. Viewers will wait patiently for him to return because they care more about the authenticity of football than the common courtesy of how to treat a woman. America has a problem if this is how we treat athletes. But maybe I’m the only one who sees the problem with hating a political activist, and letting a domestic abuser go free.

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College Republicans display flags on campus in honor of 9/11 By Emma Dale News Editor

Every year for more than a decade, members of the College Republicans at Central Michigan University have placed small American flags on campus for every life lost in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. College Republicans President Sarah Jeffrey, a junior from Temperance, said this year the group decided to present the flags Sunday in Fabiano Botanical Garden since Sept. 11 fell on a Monday and many members had class. The 3,000 flags were displayed until sunset Sunday, when members came and took them down. Jeffrey said they take them down so the flags were properly displayed, which is only in daylight hours. With her fourth year of participating in the flagging, Jeffrey described the experience as humbling. “Seeing a visualization of how many lives were lost, you always see the number, and (think) wow that’s a lot of people,” Jeffrey said. “But putting all the flags in the ground, each flag is supposed to represent a person, (so you’re) actually seeing it.” College Republicans work with Young America’s

Foundation 9/11: Never Forget Project, an organization that helps campuses across the country remember 9/11 in an appropriate way. Connor Ewald, College Republicans public relations coordinator, participated in the flagging for the first time this year. He felt the flagging was important because it’s a way to give tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11. “(It is) a way for people to put aside politics and differences,” the Elkton senior said. “That day we’re not college republicans, we’re individuals. We’re Americans. On that day we’re coming together to pay respect.” Vice President Jeff Malear, a junior from Novi, was enthused to help this year for the day of remembrance. “Personally, I think it’s important to support the families of 9/11, and to come together as a nation,” Malear said. “It’s a great way to show support.” Presenting the flags on CMU’s campus, Jeffrey noted how significant it was to recognize all the people who lost their lives 16 years ago. “It’s a good reminder we need to strive every day to just be good people, be better people and love everyone because you never know when those people will never be in your lives again,” Jeffrey said.

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The sun shines on American flags planted by the CMU College Republicans on Sept. 10 at Fabiano Garden.

Professor: 9/11 remembrance hinges on next US tragedy By Jordyn Hermani Editor-in-Chief

Tim Hazen was a freshman at University of Florida when the World Trade Center was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. Hazen doesn’t remember much, he said, because he was still asleep at the time. He didn’t even find out until he tried to go to his first class and a notice was posted on the door, urging students to go home and watch the news. “I don’t remember if it was that cryptic, but I remember going back to my dorm and turning on the television and I realized what was happening,” said Hazen, a fixed-term faculty member within the department of Political Science and Public Administration. While he was old enough to understand what was going on at the time, Hazen shares in com-

mon something most students experienced in relation to 9/11: an inability to acutely remember the moment of the attack. And on the 16th anniversary of the attack, why do some students who have no ties to anyone within the towers or in New York at the time still pay homage to the tragedy? There is no catchall answer, said Hazen. These reasons not only cause students to remember an incident they have little recollection of but shape much of their modern worldview. CM Life: Why do you believe there is such a push for students to remember 9/11 — especially if they have no ties, outside of being an American, to the event? Hazen: We’re in the paradigm of the world that is shaped by 9/11. We no longer celebrate World War II or mourn Pearl Harbor — at least, not as much today — be-

cause clearly, things happened in those following decades that reevaluated remembrance. This is my hypothesising, but something happened in those decades to shift to a new paradigm. We’re still in the expansion of non-state terrorist groups and radical religious groups paradigm. We’re still close enough to it we still have the rituals of remembrance. If you’re 20 years old on campus right now, you were three (on 9/11). This is learned behavior, because you were too young to fully understand the complexity and the gravity of the entire situation. Being a college student during September 2001, you remember both a pre and post9/11 United States. What is the significance of the millennial generation, and younger growing up in a post-9/11 society?

I have specific memories of going to the airport and you could go right to the gate. You’d just sit at the gate and when you met up with your family or friends flying you could go up to them, hug them, kiss them and then they’d just board the plane. The norms have changed so much, we don’t even think about that. If you don’t know anything differently, there is no jarring contrast. Within this new post-9/11 paradigm, it’s normal that you’re supposed to take off your shoes (at airports) and there will be heightened, heavily armed security. What does this mean for older students, faculty or staff who can remember both a preand post society? I think there’s a gradual acceptance about it. Certainly, I think what has increased with terrorism is there’s now an in-

creased fear of public spaces. But I can’t fully speak to that because (depending on your age), you lived through different types of global threats. I know my parents were born after World War II, so they had to do drills under their desks in elementary school during the 50s and early 60s because of (nuclear bomb) threats. But with bombs, it doesn’t matter if you’re at school or in your home, a bomb is going to hit you. This new type of terrorism that has occurred, or at least been significantly highlighted since 2001, is largely about micro-terrorism in larger public squares like airports, buses or subways. How do you see the continual mourning and remembrance of 9/11 in the future, the further out we get from the actual event?

I don’t want to say, morbidly, that until the next big horrible thing happens we’ll (continue to remember 9/11), but that’s what most likely is going to happen. Until that changes, and I don’t know what that looks like or when that will be, we’ll continue to live in this paradigm of the post-9/11 world and see that ritual of remembering the tragedy. I do think each year, remembrance, especially on campus is going to gradually fade away as Central (Michigan University) as we start seeing freshman and sophomores who were infants or toddlers or not even born when the towers fell. And as they move into positions of power and graduate, moving out into the world, since they were so young they might not carry on the need to remember. At least, that’s what past data suggests.






PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVES NEW SHOPPING CENTER AT OLD BOWLING ALLEY SITE A new shopping center and restaurant has been approved for construction at the site of the demolished Chippewa Lanes on Mission Street. The Mount Pleasant Planning Commission made the decision during its regular meeting Sept. 7. Commissioners approved a site plan review and a special use permit for a proposed 21,120 square foot commercial building. The property, located at 1200 S. Mission St., is owned by 4 Pins LLC and was the

former location Chippewa Lanes, which was closed and demolished in 2016. The site plan includes a space for a restaurant and a drive-through. The owners of 4 Pins were unavailable for comment at this time. Other actions taken include:

Commissioners approved a special use permit to allow the Speedway at 1018 E. Pickard Road to serve beer and wine. Commissioners approved a special use permit for Little Caesars, 324 S. Mission St., to add a

drive-thru window, update the building facade and new landscaping. Commissioners approved a special use permit for the KFC, 223 N. Mission St., to replace its existing 316-square-foot cooler with a 481-squarefoot cooler. Commissioners approved a special use permit for Bryanandrew Briggs, owner of Bryan Brigg’s Iron Tiger Tattoos, to establish a tattoo parlor at 316 N. Mission St. -Greg Horner Staff Reporter

PostSecret Live with Frank Warren scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 By Paige Sheffield Features Editor

Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret, will share the most beautiful, heartbreaking and inspiring secrets he has ever received at PostSecret Live, presented by Central Michigan University Program Board, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in Plachta Auditorium. The event is free and open to CMU students and the community. PostSecret began over ten years ago when Warren handed out postcards to strangers on the sidewalks of Washington DC with the instructions to write down a secret. Since then, he has had over

a million anonymous secrets mailed to him on postcards. Every Sunday, he posts some of them on Warren believes sharing secrets can be life changing. He has received a wide range of secrets —some of them are more lighthearted, such as, “I serve decaf to customers who are rude to me,” and some of them are more serious. “My goal (at events) is to share the message I wish I had heard when I was in college, when I felt at times alone or without direction: the idea that there’s always hope and help,” Warren said. “Through the powerful stories we could share about ourselves, I think we have the opportunity to help our whole community.”

Warren said he hopes to open up two microphones at Monday’s presentation and invite people in the audience to share a confession with everyone. Elizabeth Reyna-Hernandez, Program Board’s lecture director, said she thinks the event will help bring CMU students together. “We’re constantly being told to look out for each other and take care of one another,” Reyna-Hernandez said. “Frank sends the messages about how truly similar we are. We all have problems we face but through the help of others we can get through those problems. For more about PostSecret with Frank Warren, visit

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Voting rights group believes youth engagement is essential approaches issues because League does have a structure in the way we approach issues. I would be really interested in having students who are interested in League and want me or a League person to come talk to them or their organization to contact me by phone, email or twitter. We’ll come and talk to your group.

By Paige Sheffield Features Editor

Lara Raisanen, president of the League of Women Voters of the Mount Pleasant Area, wants to build relationships with students and hear their perspectives on voting rights. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that focuses on making democracy work for all. Central Michigan Life sat down with Raisanen, who became president of the Mount Pleasant chapter of the League in May, to talk about the plans and goals of the organization. CM Life: How did you get involved with the League of Women Voters? The long story is my grandmother and mother were members of League and they used to take me to League meetings back when I was a baby. As an adult, I lived in Raleigh, North Carolina for a while and the League there was very strong. It had a lot of professional women who were my parents’ age and those women were mentors for young, professional women like me. League was a wonderful way to both be involved in an organization that tackled issues I cared about and be surrounded by these really amazing, strong, successful women who were willing to give their time and expertise to helping me be successful. What are the goals for the League of Women Voters of the Mount Pleasant Area? I think our goals as a League board and as a League is to build an organization that sustains itself for the next generation so our focus is to increase our membership base, broaden the activities that we do so our members who have busy lives and hectic schedules can find something that is of interest to them and fits into their life, and for League to have a more permanent and lasting relationship with both Central Michigan University and mid-Michigan. You mentioned strong women in League setting an example for younger women when you lived in North Carolina. Do you aim to achieve the same thing here? I would love that. We’ve got a definite breath of experience in our League. We’ve got women who were school teachers, profes-

Lara Raisanen | President of LWVMPA

sors, business women, so yes, that is definitely something that we would be interested in. We’re hoping in turn, having relationships with students and younger people keeps us young. Our League is older. We want to be younger. I don’t want this to sound like a negative because it’s not but when I started League five years ago, I was one of the only women participating who wasn’t retired. That’s a challenge. The women in the League are fantastic women. They’ve been great to work with, they’ve been wonderful mentors to me, they’re good friends but I think when you have a generation gap from college student to retiree, it can be hard to overcome. Over the past five years, we’ve worked really hard — now we have quite a few professors who are members so we kind of have members now in between and we want to continue to be younger because it’s good for us. An organization needs new people and young people to sustain itself and thrive but that’s not in any way to discount the expertise and dedication of the women who have been in League for 40 to 50 years. You mentioned building more relationships at CMU. What do you think that will look like? I think initially that’s going to look like a lot of listening to students who are interested in League telling us what will help, what they want to attend, what they want to learn about, and what issues and actions they care about while also teaching the way League

What are some common things students might not know about voting rights? One thing that I think is important for CMU students to know is that some CMU students live in Mount Pleasant and some CMU students live in Union Township, so the places CMU students go to vote is not always the same place and that’s a challenge that not every college campus faces. Another key point is that registration does not expire, but if you move, you must update your registration information. A change of address, even within the same city, could affect your polling location as well as the offices for which you cast a ballot. Why is it important for people to be informed about local politics? It’s easy to think, especially right now, in a political climate where a lot is happening on the national level, ‘oh wow, this is huge,’ because it is. It is huge and it affects millions of people. But in terms of living your day to day life, local politics have an outsized influence. Yes, what happens in Congress and out of the White House can affect our lives and does affect our lives, but what happens on the local level affects everything from whether your street is a one-way street to a two-way street, if you have a recycling bin, the functioning of the local library and how your residence is zoned. Where can students get more information about local politics? The League puts up a voter guide on our website. We also participate in the national League’s We also have candidate forums where we have had all the candidates come and the community asks them questions. Basic information about voting and registering to vote can be found at the Veterans Memorial Library. Raisanen can be contacted at or on Twitter @LWVMPA



WOMAN DIES AFTER BEING EJECTED FROM VEHICLE A woman died after being ejected from her vehicle Saturday in Isabella County, according to Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main. There is some indication that the 24-year-old driver may have been distracted with her cellphone at the time of the incident, Main said. Main on Sunday identified the driver as Taylor Mann. She is from the Lake area. The incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, near the 5000 block of northbound US-127 near East Vernon Road in Rosebush. Isabella County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a one car rollover accident with a single occupant who was ejected from the vehicle, Main said. When deputies arrived, they found the woman had been ejected from her 2000 Ford Explorer and it had rolled over several times, Main said. The woman’s name is being withheld until her family is notified, Main said. She is from the Lake area. The Isabella County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by Isabella County Central Dispatch, Isabella North East Fire Department and Mobile Medical Response. The incident is still under investigation. -Evan Sasiela Managing Editor

HISPANIC HERITAGE THE SUBJECT OF UPCOMING SOUP & SUBSTANCE LUNCH MEETING The first “Soup & Substance” of the 2017-18 academic year places an emphasis on Hispanic Heritage Month. The event takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 in the Bovee University Center Terrace rooms A-D. The event is open to the public and attendees will be served soup and rolls free of cost. The Office of Diversity Education describes this event as “one in a series where members of the campus community gather for a soup luncheon and a substantive presentation on diversity-related topics.” The event is presented by the ODE and Multicultural Academic Student Services at Central Michigan University. The next Soup & Substance takes place Nov. 28 during Native American Heritage Month, according to an ODE page. -Evan Sasiela Managing Editor





STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY ADDRESS TAKES PLACE SEPT. 13 President George Ross will deliver the 2017 State of the University Address at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 in Plachta Auditorium inside Warriner Hall. All students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and community members are invited to attend the hour-long speech. According to a Central Michigan University press release, Ross will focus on three components in his speech: the individuals of CMU, the evolution of CMU and news about future campus leadership initiatives and external partnerships. The address will also discuss the 125th anniversary of the university. In previous addresses, President Ross has discussed the current state of the university, strategic priorities,


tuition increases, current and future enrollment numbers and the role of Global Campus. Ross gave his last address in October 2014. His speech comes six days after he donated $1 million for scholarships to aid students studying accounting, vocal music and medicine. The speech will be livestreamed on the Office of the President’s page on CMU’s website. Central Michigan Life will also be covering the event. Follow us on Twitter @CMLife to keep up with live tweets of the speech or on Facebook at Central Michigan Life for Facebook live. -Emma Dale News Editor

ROSS, WIFE DONATE $1 MILLION TO ENDOW THREE SCHOLARSHIPS Central Michigan University President George Ross and his wife Elizabeth have donated $1 million that will endow three scholarships benefitting students in vocal music, accounting and the College of Medicine. One of 12 children, Ross attended Flint Northern High School, according to a CMU News release distributed Sept. 7. He credited his high school math teacher, Miriam Schaefer, for persuading him to stay in school and graduate. He said this gift allows him and Elizabeth to give back to students. “Education is transformational,” Ross stated in the press release. “It changed my life. Helping students earn their degree is our way of giving back — to CMU, to the students who make us proud every day and to Mrs. Schaefer.” Ross was appointed CMU’s vice president

for finance and administrative services in 2002. After serving as president of Alcorn State University, he returned to CMU in 2010. In 2015, Ross decided to stay at CMU despite being named a finalist to be president of the University of Nebraska. President Ross was an accounting major in college, according to the release. Elizabeth received a business education degree and has a passion for vocal music, singing during community events and in church. This is the second time since December 2016 that President Ross has made a donation to CMU. After receiving an $11,500 salary increase from the CMU Board of Trustees, he donated the funds to a School of Music scholarship in his wife’s name. -Evan Sasiela Managing Editor

The Journey between who you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place.

Happy 125th Anniversary, CMU! The Tradition Continues Between a University and a Nation.

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Century Central Exploring more than a

of life at

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Students walk around campus in 1928 in front of Warriner Hall.



In this edition, we take a look at 125 years at Central Michigan University with the help of the Clarke Historical Library. Exploring our history lets us know the origins of the iconic phrase “Fire up Chips” (a homecoming float from Calkins Hall), when we became the Chippewas (fall 1941) or when Amelia Earhart visited campus (Oct. 15, 1934). It gives us a greater knowledge of faculty-student relations on campus throughout Central’s transition from a teaching college to a state recognized university. Looking back even keys us into what was important to CMU students before us, how they thought and what they were interested in. In honor of the 125th anniversary of the school, Central Michigan Life has attempted to retell the history of academic and student life on campus so that students can understand how the university around them was formed and learn from our yesterdays, both the good and the bad, to ensure a better tomorrow. While it would be impossible for us to note every historically significant event, students interested in learning more can go online to Clarke’s interactive timeline at and see our full stories online at



Courtesy Photo | Clarke Historical Library Students and community members protest in the 1970s in downtown Mount Pleasant.

Courtesy Photo | Clarke Historical Library Eleanor Roosevelt talks to students during her visit to CMU’s campus on Feb. 16, 1955.

Courtesy Photo | Clarke Historical Library Pow wow participants dance during the first annual CMU pow wow in April 1989.





In 125 years, CMU expands from private endeavor to national research university By Evan Sasiela Managing Editor

Central Michigan University is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, kicking off with Wednesday’s State of the University Address from university President George Ross. This anniversary marks 125 years of education in Mount Pleasant. In a casino-town in the middle of Michigan, CMU has expanded from a school focused on business and education into one that is exploring research efforts. On Wednesday, Sept. 13, Jay Martin and Brittany Fremion, faculty in the Department of History, will present “Boundary Voices: Snapshots of the Student Experience at Central Michigan University.” It takes place at 7 p.m. in the Park Library Auditorium. Martin, an associate professor of History and director of the Museum of Cultural and Natural History, and Fremion are presenting their oral history project. The university started out as Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute, according

Courtesy Photo | Clarke Historical Library Special Olympics participants race during the Michigan Special Olympics Summer State Games hosted by CMU in June 1973.



1900s A school is born! On May 24, 1892 Central Michigan University was founded by 16 individuals who wanted to improve the Mount Pleasant economy by creating a “Normal College,” which was used to train high school graduates into one room schoolhouse teachers.

Our rivalry with Western Michigan University officially begins, with the Central Michigan football team playing WMU for the first time in fall 1907. Three years prior, the football season was cancelled due to an alleged “lack of heavy men” to play on the team.

Football wasn’t always CMU’s favored sport. In 1913 the school abandoned football in favor of the new “up-and-coming” sport of the decade: soccer. Then football coach Harry Helmer cited finances as a major reason for the switch. The school never played a soccer match against


CENTRAL MICHIGAN LIFE  | CM-LIFE.COM  | SEPT. 11, 2017 to the History of CMU page on CMU’s website. Martin said CMU’s started as a business and teacher’s college created to offset a growing geographical issue, where people moving into north Michigan needed a place to study. There was a lack of qualified, certified teachers in rural areas, Martin said. The school was founded as a private endeavor. State support was pursued and maintained to help make it one of the state’s primary teacher colleges. In his research, Martin said because CMU started in a relatively small community, it began to receive the reputation as Michigan’s “friendly school” — a place where there is a lot of interaction and personal attention between students and faculty. “We continue to have that reputation and a lot of that goes back to the way we were founded and the fact we were both focused on business and on teacher education,” Martin said. Bryan Whitledge is the archivist for University Digital Records of the Clarke Historical Library, which is the home of the exhibit “125 Years through 125 Voices — a look at the history of CMU. Martin and Fremion’s exhibit kick off the exhibit. The Clarke Historical Library has presented a timeline of CMU’s history for the 125th anniversary. That timeline can be found at clarke.cmich. edu/cmu125. It also goes into detail about CMU’s history. The following information, unless noted otherwise, was taken from the Clarke Historical Library Timeline. On May 24, 1892, there were 16 people in who met in Mount Pleasant to form the “Mount Pleasant Improvement Company,” according to the timeline. The group wanted to improve the local economy and wanted to link the community’s progress to education

Courtesy Photo | Clarke Historical Library A homecoming parade float made by Calkins Hall has the words “Fire Up Chips” across it, starting CMU’s slogan on Oct. 17, 1967.

— creating a “Normal College.” A large parcel of land was bought in southern Mount Pleasant. Ten acres were designated for the school and the remainder was divided into 224 lots sold for $110 each. The first classes took place Sept. 13, 1892 in a rented space on the southeast corner of Main and Michigan streets downtown. Whitledge said Central’s location made it tough for people to get here. “Geographically, we are centrally located, which is wonderful, but until you get a robust transportation infrastructure, it’s tough to get here,” he said. In fall 1915, the first off-campus courses were offered in Cadillac and Owosso.


On Dec. 7, 1925, Old Main, the first building on campus, burned down. There were plans to possibly relocate the school following the fire, but many, including newspaper editorials, opposed a switch. Warriner Hall, which was placed on the site of the Old Main building and was originally dubbed the Administration Building, opened its doors on June 17, 1928. From 1942-45, CMU conducted military training for World War II using “V” programs, which prepared young men to become officers. Martin said after WWII, the GI Bill offered soldiers the opportunity to attend college — helping CMU’s size increase.

TRANSITIONING WITH THE TIMES In 1953, Central adopted a policy banning on-campus housing discrimination. But CMU didn’t adopt an anti-discrimination policy until Feb. 17, 1965. Students of color were recruited to come to CMU starting in fall 1968. In fall 1969, CMU began its first systematic programs to address discrimination in employment. CMU students and university President William Boyd, participated in an Oct. 15, 1969, moratorium to end the war in Vietnam. Students occupied Central Hall, the home of the ROTC program, and deemed it Freedom Hall on May 5, 1970. Whitledge said the administra-

1930s CMU plays its first fall homecoming football game against Alma High School on Nov. 24 1924, winning 13-0. During halftime in 1926, students drug out a large dragon mascot which lead to the school being unofficially known as the Dragons for the ‘26 season. In 1927, the


tion didn’t mind protestors and supported their freedom to think. The university hosted the Michigan Special Olympics Summer State Games for the first time from June 1-3, 1973, and have taken place every summer since. “The amount of students that volunteer with Special Olympics every year, I think that’s impressive,” Whitledge said. CMU has made more progressive efforts in the last 30 years. In 1987, CMU celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration week for the first time — 18 years before classes would be suspended for the day. That same year, the Multicultural Center was established. The year 1990 brought the Office of Gay and Lesbian Programming and the Native American Programs Office. The Student Volunteer Center was founded in 1991 and Alternative Breaks started in 1994. Recently, CMU established the College of Medicine in 2008 and the Biosciences Building opened in 2016. Martin said a key point he has observed over time is how much people who choose to come to CMU come to think of the university and the people part of it as a family and that the university is a home away from home. “That characteristic is deeply set among our students, our alumni and our faculty,” Martin said. “I think it’s unusual by comparison to other universities our size. That’s something incredibly important and something to be proud of.” To read the full story, visit

1940s After being banned from campus in 1915 for being “too elitist,” sororities and fraternities are reinstated at CMU in fall 1939 by President Charles Anspach. One professor at the time observed: “The previous administration had been allergic to Greek letters.”

In Dec. 1941, CMU officially changes its mascots from the Bearcats to the Chippewas. Then football coach Lawrence “Doc” Sweeney wanted a new name because “most students have never seen or heard of a real Bearcat.”




Student life punctuated by charity, activism work throughout history By Jordyn Hermani Editor-in-Chief

Before the first men’s residence halls appeared in 1939, some of the first male students at Central Michigan University ended up biking 60 miles to attend classes at a school then known as Central Normal College and Business Institution. This is all according to Bryan Whitledge, archivist with University Digital Records, who has spent countless hours poring over school records to compile a timeline spanning the 125 years CMU has been established. The interactive timeline features administrative facts, student life and pop culture happenings and lays out our storied past. Over the course of the university’s 125-year history, student life has evolved from campus serving as only a place for students to get an education. It has become a hub to meet people with different life experiences and to evolve into more philanthropic, charitable people. “There’s a lot that can be learned from the student life experience that is really beneficial to the average university student,” Whitledge said. “Student life — that’s a really big experience.”

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Students occupy Central Hall, home of the ROTC program, and rename it Freedom Hall on May 5, 1970 during campus wide demonstrations following the U.S. invasion of Cambodia and the death of student protestors at Kent State.


1960s Central implemented a student parking fee for the first time in fall 1958 at a cost of $5 per semester. The parking fee was not popular. In a letter to the editor to Central Michigan Life, Harvey G. Miller asked how the administration will justify the car registration fee of $5.

In fall 1968, Central began organizing efforts to convince students of color to come to Central for the first time. The following fall, CMU began its first systematic programs to address discrimination in hiring practices.

CENTRAL’S INCEPTION When the university started as Central Normal School in May 1892, students were forced to live in off-campus housing or commute. When the first residence halls started appearing, they were typically reserved for women. “Getting to (CMU) was tough,” Whitledge said. “We start before automobiles are really big so you’re probably getting here by train. And, there wasn’t even really a direct train line to here.” The school was more reserved and rigid than it is now. Dancing wasn’t allowed until 1905. Greek letter organizations were removed from campus in 1915 for fear of creating a hostility between people from big cities and farming communities. We didn’t play Western Michigan University until 1907. We drop football as the school sport for soccer in 1913 citing “a lack of heavy men,” and possibly funding, according to the university’s timeline. The school had seven men die in World War I. In the 1920s CMU established a date for a fall Homecoming — the

1970s From June 1-3, 1973, CMU hosted the Michigan Special Olympics Summer Games for the first time and it has been held in Mount Pleasant ever since. It hosted the Special Olympics International Summer Games in August 1975 as 3,000 athletes from nine different countries, all 50 states and Washington, D.C. came to participate.





OF STUDENT LIFE first of which takes place on Nov. 24, 1924 — and opened the first on-campus residence hall later that year. Warriner Hall opened in 1928. Greek letter organizations are also reintroduced in 1939. This occurs just before we drop our decade long use of the mascot the Bearcat. Once the university begins associating with the name Chippewas, though not with the sanction of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, CMU enters an era that sets the tone for today’s students. This is punctuated by activism, technological advancement and the philanthropy which holds true today.

DECADES THAT SET THE TONE Between the 1950s and 70s at CMU was a time bogged down by two different wars, the Vietnam and Korean wars, and the aftermath of another — World War II. It would be those wars, subsequent antiwar movements and a shift in the types of professors CMU hired that created a spirit which spawned campus wide protest and charity efforts alike. “It’s around (the 1960s) that students begin demanding they be treated like equals,” he said. “The model of the university we see today, the student life we know of today, they really start building up in the 50s and 60s.” In the early 60s, students kicked off their decades-long protesting sprees by

Courtesy Photo | Clarke Historical Library A student hits a car during the “Smash-and-Nash” fundraiser to raise money for the Mun San Orphanage in 1960.

protesting disagreements between students, staff and faculty on campus. After a special committee investigated the university, on April 1, 1965 the Michigan Senate finds “a university with low tolerance for criticism or disagreement.” “We see a lot of things changing after World War II,” Whitledge said. “We start seeing married housing — the university never had to build that. We have students who are in their late 20s and have seen some serious violence in the war. That’s not something the university was thinking about, or prepared for.”


Until the 60s and into the 70s, women at CMU had a curfew placed on them and had to be back in their residence hall at a certain time. Men did not. This was an offense punishable by detention or some other type of university reprimanding, Whitledge said. Then came the anti-Vietnam War protests in May 1970, spurred on by the shooting at Kent State University. CMU students occupied Central Hall, then the building which housed the ROTC program, and dubbed it Freedom Hall. “CMU’s protesting (during the Viet-

nam War) was atypical for two reasons,” he said. “First, you had an administration that didn’t mind the protesting — in fact, they supported it and student’s freedom to think. And we didn’t have violence on this campus. We had a president who understood what causes and what diffuses conflict.” Protesting isn’t all the two decades would see at CMU. Volunteerism and philanthropy became a driving force on campus in 1960 through the 70s with the first organized charity event kickstarted by student veterans of the Korean War. The goal was to raise money for the Mun San Orphanage in now South Korea through the Korean Orphanage Committee. The group raised more than $20,000, according to a CMU News press release. Today, that would be more than $164,000. While the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center wouldn’t come to fruition until 1992, more than 30 years after the Korean orphanage efforts, Whitledge said the spirit of philanthropy at CMU is evident when he looks back at university history.

LEARN FROM THE PAST, BETTER THE FUTURE For CMU’s more recent history, spanning from the 1980s until today, Tony Voisin is a pretty good person to ask — he’s been a part of the university as a student and faculty member for almost 30 percent of its history. As vice president of Student Affairs,

1990s CMU celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Week on campus for the first time, with the first March held on Jan. 22, 1987. It was dubbed the “MLK Freedom March” in 1991 and classes were not held starting in 2005.

Voisin said he’s noticed the culture of caring continues well on into today’s CMU. It’s also when the university finalizes several key aspects of campus students today are familiar with: we host our first Powwow in April 1989 and stop using Native American imagery to define the school later that year; we play our first football game at night in 1993; we expand from five to eight academic colleges in 1998. Being able to watch the growth and development of student life since his freshman year in 1980, Voisin said he’s critical of the recent notion today’s students are less involved than decades past. “In the 80s, we were students that were pretty apathetic. We were more about ‘me’ than this generation is,” Voisin said. “Over the years, I’ve seen students become more active, passionate and more concerned about making a difference in the world they live in. That’s huge.” When looking toward the future of student life both Whitledge and Voisin don’t know what’s in store for CMU. That doesn’t mean the grit of our students will change, Whitledge said. “Since the Mun San orphanage, our volunteerism has continued since then and it’s just been so impressive,” Whitledge said. “The whole ‘put your stamp on the world’ slogan — these people aren’t putting their stamp on the world, they’re putting their anonymous stamp on CMU, which makes us better in the world.” To read the full story, visit

TODAY On Sept. 22, 1993, the first night football game was played at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. The first football game played “under the lights” at CMU took place in 1938.

Since 2000, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe supports CMU use of the name Chippewa, has established the College of Medicine in 2008, the Great Lakes Institute for Research in 2011 and the Biosciences Building in 2016.

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Senior Quarterback Shane Morris throws the ball during the game against Kansas University on Sept. 9 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.

Morris’ five touchdown passes lift CMU to 45-27 win at Kansas Kullen Logsdon Staff Reporter

Behind a career-high five touchdown passes from quarterback Shane Morris, the Central Michigan football team’s offense exploded for 590 yards and defeated the Kansas Jayhawks, 45-27, on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas. CMU improves to 2-0 on the season and heads to Syracuse, New York next Saturday to play the Orange at 3:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The highly-anticipated debut of Central Michigan’s spread offense left something to be desired in the season opener, but it appears adjustments were made and mistakes have been corrected. “(It was) a great victory for us. The team showed a lot of resiliency, poise, big improvement from a week before,” said head coach John Bonamego. “We still have a lot of work to do. We still have to clean up on both sides of the ball and the kicking game. But the effort was there, the belief was there and the culture was there.”

SPREADING IT OUT Following a quiet first quarter, Morris and his receivers found their rhythm and the offense didn’t take its foot off the gas. The Chippewas scored 24 points in the second quarter, ending with a six-yard touchdown to senior Corey Willis with six seconds left.

Morris found junior tight end Logan Hessbrook, who made a double-move, for a 47-yard touchdown earlier in the quarter. He hit senior wide receiver Mark Chapman from 14 yards out for the game’s first touchdown with 10:57 left in the half. Chapman finished with eight catches for 168 yards and three touchdowns (all career highs). His counterpart, Willis, added eight catches for 140 yards and a score. “It’s really a testament to our team and how we believe in each other,” Chapman said. “We came in expecting to win, prepared to win and it was a beautiful thing.” The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Morris completed 28-of-37 passes to seven different targets for 467 yards in the game. Morris, who threw an interception and fumbled twice against Rhode Island, found his groove on Saturday and said this was a game the team expected to win. “We started clicking. It’s a beautiful thing, football, when you execute what you practice all week,” Morris said. “We felt that Kansas is a team we should beat. Us beating a Power Five team, and handily beating a Power Five team, says a lot about our resiliency.” The Chippewas led 24-6 at the half, but the Jayhawks responded with 14 straight points after the break to make it a four-point game. CMU answered with a seven play, 73-yard drive, capped by a one-yard touchdown run by senior Devon Spalding. After a stop by the defense, CMU marched down the field and Morris found Chapman for a seven-yard touchdown on fourth

and goal to push the lead to 38-20. Kansas responded with a three-yard touchdown run of its own from Dom Williams at the 10:02 mark of the fourth quarter. However, Chapman took a bubble screen 75 yards to the end zone the very next play to put the game out of reach. After a sloppy, four-turnover performance in the opener against Rhode Island, the Chippewas gave up only one on Saturday. Senior cornerback Amari Coleman fumbled a punt in the second quarter. The CMU defense on the other had two interceptions by safeties Josh Cox and Tyjuan Swain to give the team eight in two games. “When we play well, when we make the plays that are out there, I think we’re capable of playing with anybody,” Bonamego said.

SIDE NOTES · Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Childress left the game in the second quarter after injuring his leg celebrating a touchdown. He was seen on the sidelines in a leg brace in the second half. · CMU out gained KU with 8.19 yards per play to just 4.90. · Sophomore running back Jonathan Ward led the Chippewas with 60 rushing yards on 11 carries. He added 35 receiving yards in the contest. · Junior linebacker Alex Briones led all players with 10 tackles.






Volleyball sweeps IUPUI in last Chippewa Challenge match By Travis Olson Staff Reporter

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After finishing 1-1 on Friday, volleyball wrapped up the Chippewa Challenge with a win over IUPUI in three sets on Saturday. The Chippewas improved to 7-2 this season. “I really liked our response to yesterday evening,” said head coach Mike Gawlik. “I thought today we did some really good things in the first two sets to take those sets.” Senior outside hitter Jordan Bueter set a program record with 23 kills in three sets. “We have really good setters and passers, Bueter said. “I think it’s the hustle of everyone out there that brought the energy for the team.”

Bueter also contributed four digs and an ace for the Chippewas in Saturday’s match. Gawlik described his leading outside hitter as a “five-tool player.” “(Bueter) serves, passes and blocks for us,” Gawlik said. “She had a couple of really good blocks for us today.” The Chippewas took the first set 25-23, but though the Jaguars fought back in the second set, they eventually fell to CMU, 31-29. “It’s a different mindset going into the locker room tied 1-1 or leading 2-0,” Gawlik said. “I think it was really important for us to take the second set.” The Chippewas started strong in the third set and took an early 10-4 lead. CMU took the third set by a final of

25-18, with the match point coming off an ace by freshman Kalina Smith. Smith contributed two aces coming off the bench for CMU, one of those being a match point. She also contributed six digs. CMU finished the Chippewa Challenge with a record of 2-1. “Overall, I am pleased with the weekend,” Gawlik said. “I thought we played pretty well and I think we scheduled teams that help us grow each week. Next week is going to be a big test for us.” The Chippewas return to action at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15 against Southern Illinois in the Shamrock Invitational. CMU will also play Michigan State and Notre Dame on Saturday.


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The Central Michigan Football Team accepts the Trophy for winning the 1974 NCAA Division B Championship.

Chippewa football, basketball triumphed in 1974 By Dylan Goetz Assistant Sports Editor

In preparation for the 1974 NCAA Division II Championship game, a telegram from President Gerald R. Ford was read to the Central Michigan football team. On the first play of the game, CMU fullback Dick Dunham charged for a 68-yard touchdown run taking the lead for the Chippewas. CMU walked over Delaware in the championship game, 54-14, at what was then the Camellia Bowl in Sacramento, California. “We started the year with a loss to Kent State,” Dunham said during a team reunion in 2014. “I took some personal responsibility for that game because we were going into score a touchdown and I fumbled the ball. We could have at least tied or won the game. “(The 1974 team) was just one of those teams that just came together, and a lot of that was due to coach Kramer and his coaching staff to be able to pull that together.” Following the national championship season, CMU moved up to Division I and joined the MidAmerican Conference. Head coach Roy Kramer was named Division II Head Coach of the Year and was rumored to leave until his departure after the 1977 season.

CMU football coaches Bill Kelly, Roy Kramer and Herb Deromedi all made an impact on Central Michigan’s football program. Kelly led the team to seven Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships from 1952-66. Kelly/Shorts Stadium was originally named Perry Shorts Stadium but was changed in honor of Kelly, who coached the Chippewas from 1951-66. Kramer coached the Chippewas to their first national championship and the team was promoted to Division I during his time. He had an 11-year career with a record of 83-32-2 as the head coach at CMU. Deromedi was the first CMU head coach to win the MAC championship in 1979. He won two more in 1980 and 1990. CMU football has won seven conference championships under four different coaches since moving up in 1975. CMU’s first win in the MAC came against rival Western Michigan. Led by running back Walt Hodges, the Chippewas blew over WMU by a score of 34-0, earning a shutout in their first Division I game. In 2004, the 1974 national championshipwinning football team was inducted into the CMU Athletics Hall of Fame. More recently honored in the CMU Hall of Fame was the 1974-75 Chippewa basketball team that won the conference championship and went on to

finish third place in the Mideast region of the NCAA Tournament after losing to Kentucky in the regional semifinal. Kentucky then lost to UCLA in the national championship game. After the Chippewas’ 82-80 overtime win in the MAC championship game against Bowling Green, longtime CMU athletic director Ted Kjolhede praised the 1974-75 basketball team. “I can’t remember any team that overcame greater odds than this basketball team,” Kjolhede said after the championship-winning team marched into Rose Arena at 2:20 a.m. Coached by Dick Parfitt, CMU finished the 1974-75 season with a 22-6 record including a 10-4 record in MAC play. Parfitt, forward Dan Roundfield, guard Jim McElroy, guard Leonard Drake and forward Ben Poquette were all members of the 1974-75 team that currently have their own spots in the CMU Hall of Fame. The 1974 CMU football and basketball teams were two highlights of CMU’s athletic history dating back to 1896, when CMU football went 3-1 under head coach Pete McCormick in its first ever season.

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Stimpfel, Aguillon lead cross country to strong start By Jake Clark Staff Reporter

File Photo | Mackenzie Brockman | Assistant Photo Editor Waterloo, Indiana junior Mark Beckmann competes in the 32nd Annual Jeff Drenth Memorial Run on Sept. 1 at Pleasant Hills Golf Club.


With not even one week of classes in the books, the Central Michigan cross country team had already started the season off with high marks. In last Friday’s season opener at the annual Jeff Drenth Memorial, the men’s team finished in first place while the women finished in second place. In her varsity debut, senior Taylor Aguillon took second with 17:21.20. Sophomore Bransen Stimpfel finished first in the men’s group with a time of 15:04.20. Four men finished in the top 10 and earned a team win. The women took second with three Chippewas in the top 10. Men’s coach Matt Kaczor believes his team can overcome

its preseason ranking and end the season better than 2016’s eighth-place finish. “We sat out a lot (of runners) last year,” Kaczor said. “With this full team, we’ll see how we finish against the powerhouses.” The “powerhouses” Kaczor mentioned are Eastern Michigan and Miami (Ohio). Since CMU’s run of three straight conference titles more than a decade ago, Eastern has taken every year besides 2009. Kaczor said he was exceptionally proud of his top five finishers, with each one of them recording personal best times. “(Stimpfel) really represented well,” Kaczor said. “Friday was a personal best for him by almost a minute. With them all being freshmen and sophomores, this is definitely going to be a growing season.”

Women’s coach Jenny Swieton was equally thrilled with her top finishers. The first-year coach hopes the fourth and fifth place finishers can close the gap with the top three. “I want progress, not perfection,” Swieton said. “I’ve probably said that a million times. Not every meet or season will end up how we want it. All I care about is improvement.” Swieton, a CMU alumna, spent the previous 12 years coaching at Murray State, North Carolina and Dickinson. She said she is confident in her coaching ability, but in the end it’s up to the runners to focus on progress. After a strong season opener, the team hopes to carry that momentum to Sept. 15, when it heads to East Lansing for the MSU Spartan Invite.

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