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Academic Senate discusses updated strategic plan, FCC money By Samantha Shriber Staff Reporter news@cm-life.com

President George Ross began the first Academic Senate meeting of the 2017-2018 year by announcing plans to distribute the $14 million earned in the public broadcasting auction earlier this year. The Federal Communications Commission auction that the Board of Trustees opted to participate in was designed to clear broadcast bandwith for broadband providers. Ross said the board is in deliberation regarding the money Central Michigan University earned after selling its Flint Public Broadcasting station. News of the sale announced Feb. 7. “While I can’t speak for (the Board of Trustees), I have been a part of those discussions and they are leaning at this point on reinvesting all $14 million dollars to students and academic excellence,” Ross said.

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“I just like to say that the way this has sort of appeared to us (communicates) a lack of concern for shared governance” BRYAN GIBSON

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During the meeting Tuesday afternoon, he said that he had no more information to provide at this time and that the use of the money is still to be defined at a later date. Ross addressed plans for the updated Advancing Excellence strategic plan that was adopted by the board in June. In a statement released on Our CMU Aug. 2, Ross said the plan’s key initiative will include reviewing and restructuring the academic and administrative structure. The main goal, Ross said, is for undergraduate students to be prepared for graduation within four years. On Sept. 26, Ross intends for the senate to elect two faculty senators to a committee spearheading the first re-

constructions. This committee will feature 11-to-12 people representing each of the academic colleges on campus. The board is now seeking nominations for the committee. “The second committee is on the academic administrator structure,” said Provost Michael Gealt, explaining that all non-college and non-department faculty and offices are to report to him during the reviewing phase. This will include any vice presidents, the vice provost and Office of International Affairs. Senator Bryan Gibson of the psychology department was concerned about restructuring in regards to shared governance between faculty

NEWS AND NOTES FROM AROUND CAMPUS

MEMORIAL WALK FOR DELANEY BUSH TO TAKE PLACE ON SEPT. 16 To honor Otsego sophomore Delaney Bush, three separate memorial events are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16 around campus. Bush died unexpectedly in her sleep July 19. The cause of death has not been determined, though the medical examiner is looking at the possibility of neurological issues, said a relative. A 1.5-mile walk around campus begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, starting at room 1015 in the Biosciences building. It will go through campus and down Franklin Street, turn west on Bellows Street, south on Washington and conclude in front of the Biosciences building. Refreshments will be served after the walk. A mass will take place at 3 p.m. by Father T.J. Fleming at St. Mary’s

University Parish. An informal gathering where attendees can share memories they have of Bush will take place after mass in the evening in Larzelere Hall. Bush studied biology at Central Michigan University, working as a supplemental instructor for the department and as a researcher in a laboratory. She was also an active and passionate runner. Donations can be made to the Delaney M. Bush Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is a $1,000 renewable grant for graduates of Otsego High School looking to study in the field of science in college. -Mitchell Kukulka News Editor

and the board. “I just like to say that the way this has sort of appeared to us (communicates) a lack of concern for shared governance,” Gibson said to Ross during public comment. Gibson said that he and other faculty who read the plan in the spring found the board had added new reorganization and restructuring to the plan. He said that although faculty had been told of the plan’s intentions and were allowed to provide insight, they were being ignored in decisions made by the board. “We were told a brand new senior administrative position has been created to guide this process at a time when departments are losing tenured lines (and) an edge off faculty to help teach their classes,” Gibson said. “To me this is another example of failure of shared governance.” Gealt announced the university will take bigger action against phishing–a practice of sending misleading emails to gather passwords and

credit card numbers that has affected faculty, staff and students. “Phishing is out there,” Gealt said. “We are going to have mandatory phising training starting over the next month.” Gealt said a campaign will begin to reduce the amount of phishing, an issue that has resulted to more than 300 reports a month being made on campus. Senator Tiffany Waite of the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts said the issue is not just taking place in emails. “At the end of last week, in one of our larger lecture classes, someone came in and started passing around a clipboard and got about 70 of our students names, phone numbers and addresses,” Waite said, explaining the method has been used to harass students over the summer and making odd job requests. Waite said it is something that needs to be reported more frequently and awareness should be brought up around campus.

CITY ACCEPTS $100,000 DONATION FOR PEAK PROGRAM FROM LOCAL UNITED WAY United Way of Gratiot & Isabella Counties donated $100,000 to support Mount Pleasant’s “Partners Empowering All Kids” program during Monday’s City Commission meeting. PEAK is a collaboration between the Mount Pleasant Parks & Recreation Department and Mount Pleasant Public Schools, which provides recreational and educational afterschool activities for schoolage children. The donation was announced following a proclamation from the commission that designated Sept. 17-23 to be United Way Week.

United Way President Tom Olver said PEAK shows kids the value of community service on an ongoing basis. This summer, children in the program collected nearly 1,000 items for donation to local food banks and raised almost $700 for Mount Pleasant schools. An ordinance amendment to allow the discharging of firearms and related items in indoor shooting ranges within city limits was approved by the commission. On the Mark Inc., a local manufacturer of ammunition, requested the change. The company

is interested in constructing an indoor shooting range on their property. The commission also approved a resolution supporting an amendment to the Central Michigan District Health Department sanitary code, which affects Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Osceola and Roscommon counties. Ridley said the amendment is part of an effort to preserve natural resources of the Chippewa River. Read the full story online at cm-life.com. -Greg Horner Staff Reporter


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The Office of Study Abroad will host a Study Abroad Fair from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19 to encourage students to learn more about its programs. The event will be held in the Bovee University Center Rotunda. This past year, 674 Central Michigan University students studied abroad. This is a 5 percent increase from the prior year. The Study Abroad Fair will allow students to hear

from past study abroad participants, and will give them the opportunity to ask questions and meet with academic and financial aid advisers, faculty and program representatives. The main goal of the event is to make students aware of the 150 study abroad program CMU offers in more than 40 countries, said study abroad adviser Asia Bennett.

Bennett is excited to share information about the programs offered with CMU students. The Office of Study Abroad also offers Study Abroad 101 sessions on Mondays at 11 a.m., Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 2 p.m. in Ronan 344 for students interested in studying abroad. -Zoe Newmann Staff Reporter

OPEN MIC: POETRY TRIBUTE FOR MATTHEW ECHELBERGER TO BE HOSTED MONDAY An open mic poetry tribute is being hosted in honor of Central Michigan University professor Matthew Echelberger at Matthew Echelberger 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 18. at Art Reach of Mid-Michigan in the Morey Family Gallery, 111 E. Broadway St. Echelberger was a professor in the department of English Language and Literature at CMU since 1988. He was also a poet who had been published in numerous literary journals. He died in January after a battle with leukemia. Robert Fanning, founder and facilitator of the Wellspring Literary Series and faculty member of the department of English Language and Literature, is hosting the night in remembrance of Echelberger.

“Writing poetry is an incredible, intimate act,” Fanning said. “While he’s with us spiritually, we will be connecting with Matthew through his deepest perceptions.” The Wellspring Literary Series is a reading series that has been taking place downtown Mount Pleasant since 2008. The series brings in writers and poets from around the state to read their work. “I’m excited about this event because every artist should be celebrated through the work they’ve done, and this is a way of celebrating his,” Fanning said. The event will begin with readings from Fanning, Ron Primeau a friend and office mate of Echelberger, and Echelberger’s wife Andrea. After that, the floor is open to whomever. Admission is free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be provided by the restaurant Max and Emily’s. -Victoria Vitale Staff Reporter


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Family of alumna killed in crash disputes accident report

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Mark Mann was moved after reading a Facebook post about his late daughter, Taylor Mann, that said “she spread her light like glitter.” “I think that was very appropriate for Taylor,” Mark Mann said. ”She was a beautiful soul. She made the world a better place and if she lived a little longer, she would’ve made it a much better place.” Taylor Mann, 24, was killed in a single-car rollover accident in Isabella County on Sept. 9, according to the Isabella County Sheriff ’s Office. Mann was a 2016 alumna of Central Michigan University and resided in the Lake area. The sheriff ’s office issued a press release Saturday that stated she was ejected from the vehicle. The release also stated that Taylor Mann may have been distracted by her cellphone when the crash occurred. Those claims are being disputed by Taylor Mann’s family. “This was a freak accident,” said Cindy Naegele, Taylor’s mother. “We don’t want any miscommunication on how my daughter died. It was an accident. She didn’t do anything wrong.” Police notified Mark Mann the time between her last cellphone activity and the accident was about 30 minutes. “The cellphone did not have anything to do with it,” Mark Mann said. He also said his daughter was wearing her seatbelt. Mann said the sheriff ’s office has confirmed these details to him. When Central Michigan Life sought comment from the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, Sheriff Michael Main said he had not seen a report but believed the investigation was “pretty much closed.” The sheriff ’s department hasn’t changed anything on its end, Main said. Main said he would have to look at the report, but deputies on scene saw she was ejected from the vehicle. Deputies noticed Taylor Mann had used her phone prior to the accident, the sheriff said. He added there is no reason to review it with a one-car rollover crash. “Was (she on her phone) during that time of the accident? It’s hard to say,” Main said. “That’s why we wrote in the press release that it may have been a factor. Obviously, something got her attention and distracted her because she left the roadway.” Originally from the Hillsdale area, Taylor Mann worked as a bartender and at Centria Autism Healthcare Services. Taylor Mann earned enough money to leave her bartending job and work at the autism center in Mount Pleasant, her father said.

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Play-Doh, puzzle pieces and toys were picked up from his daughter’s vehicle after the accident, according to Mark Mann. Naegele said one of her daughter’s pets, a gray cat named Chevy, was in the vehicle during the accident. A first responder saw him run into the woods. As far as Naegle is aware of, the cat has been spotted twice. The cat is microchipped and is “skiddish,” Naegele said. A cash reward has been posted online for Chevy. Naegele said the cat is one of Taylor Mann’s three beloved pets, which she called her “furbabies.” “She had amazing friends,” Naegele said of her daughter. “(Taylor Mann) loved animals. She was extremely bright. She was very outgoing and personable and she had a smile that could light up any room. She was just so full of life.” Many of Taylor Mann’s friends still attend CMU. West Bloomfield junior Adeliya Yusubova said Taylor Mann was going to move in with her after accepting her new role at Centria Autism. Jenison senior Rachael Belke said Taylor Mann was a person she could go to with anything. “She was such an incredible friend whose presence radiated positivity,” Belke said. “In the past couple days, people I didn’t even realize knew her have reached out to me to share ways she touched their lives. It’s really comforting to hear the beautiful memories so many of us had with her.” Funeral services for Taylor Mann are at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at 1780 E. Ball Road in Hillsdale. Naegele said friends are welcome to attend, but the family is requesting friends bring hors d’oeuvre or snacks.

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Quinn Kirby | Staff Photographer Midland senior Anna Owens, Student Government Association President, speaks during the Student Government Association General Board on Sept. 11. in the Bovee University Center Auditorium.

Student Government introduces new administration, 2017 goals By Quinn Kirby Staff Reporter news@cm-life.com

Student Government Association President Anna Owens emphasized the importance of representation of the student body during her introduction at the SGA meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11. The first meeting of the semester began in the Bovee University Center Auditorium with a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Throughout the meeting, Owens said SGA would increase its presence on campus this academic year with the help of new and returning members. Owens added she and Vice President Derek Sturvist are aspiring to increase transparency with the administration by beginning each meeting with General Board. General Board consists of the combination of both senate and the house of representatives meeting together. Sturvist reiterated Owens’ statement regarding administrative transparency.

“We really hope that (all) of us in this room view this as our administration,” Sturvist said. “We are building our experience right now, and that’s exciting.” Membership Director JiJi Lee presented requirements for SGA membership eligibility. Lee referenced membership packets, saying it contained a dress code explanation and membership expectations. Lee also spoke about the membership application for SGA. The membership form is to be completed online via the SGA OrgSync portal and is required for registered student organization representatives, proxys and senators. Deadline for the application for SGA membership is at 11:59 p.m., Oct. 2. During the meeting, Sturvist announced 11 open seats in the senate. Those running for senate will have time to speak before the meeting at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18. A vote will be made following questions for the candidates. Those interested in running for senate must be a member of SGA, have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher and must not be

an RSO representative. After adjournment of General Board, members dispersed within the UC in preparation for the SGA committee chairs to present their mission statements. There are six committees within SGA: Academic Affairs, Diversity, Governmental Affairs, RSO Growth and Development, Spirits and Traditions, and Sustainability. SGA allows RSO representatives to choose the committee they would like to dedicate themselves to during the year. Senator Taylor Woodall, a senior from Howell, said she looks forward to finishing the draft for legislation she is planning to propose this year. The legislation would call on Central Michigan University’s administration to recognize American Sign Language as a foreign language to count toward earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. In Owens’ concluding remarks, she noted a purpose of SGA is to maintain progression within CMU. “We do all this in hopes to create a healthy and diverse learning environment while fostering a positive image of our university,” Owens said.


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OPINION

A REASONABLE COMPROMISE

File Photo | Alison Zywicki Essexville junior Kerisa Rascoe (left), Clinton Township senior Jenna Evans (back right), and South Lyon sophomore Sydney Kanthook (right) study together on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 in the Park Library on the campus of Central Michigan University.

New library hours show the student voice is heard by university administration

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ore than two years ago, students raised a valid concern about our campus: Park Library would be a lot more useful to students who need a quiet place to study if it was open 24-hours. Central Michigan University’s administration heard this. Those who operate the Charles V. Park Library heard this. They supported extending library hours. Over the course of the last two years, Park Library officials have slowly implemented the use of an Extended Hours Study Room via student trial periods. In 2015, they introduced a slightly later time for the Extended Hours room. Similarly, the next year, they extended its hours of operation a little more — just to make sure students would really be using these

extra hours they were asking for. This semester, they’re testing the 24-hour schedule four days a week. At the end of this academic year, they’ll be looking at the data of student use to make sure the hours aren’t being underutilized. This means two things for students. First: By exploring this issue, CMU’s administration has done more than just show they’re committed to student learning. They have followed through on student input — something higher-ups here have constantly been lambasted for in studentfocused forums.

We have seen what happens, now, when the university and the students work together to enhance the student experience. We now have a 24-hour, four day a week study room students can utilize to get away from noisy residence halls or distracting apartment complexes. We have a place students who might work unconventional hours don’t have to worry about only being able to get a half an hour worth of work done before closing time. Second: When Central Michigan Life posted a story about the library having extended hours students not only reacted positively, they reacted with a show of support. Online, alumni were even wishing they were back at CMU to take advantage of the new hours.

In between joking Facebook posts of preparing to throw a sleepover in the room due to its 24-hour status, there’s something to be said for student reaction to this. There was, and still is, a real want and need for this room. And because of that, we can’t sit complacent and not use the Extended Hours Study Room. If you don’t use it, you could lose it. After years of complaining, it would be a shame if students became complacent with the idea they had a 24-hour study room and not use it. We now must prove to administration that this is truly a student-needed resource. To the students and administration who made this possible — thank you. Now it’s time to go to Park, crack open a book and show them we really appreciate it.


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New juice bar and spa offers pure vitality By Greg Horner Staff Reporter news@cm-life.com

When the Perry family traveled to big cities, they noticed several differences from their home in St. Louis, Michigan. But one stood out — a lack of healthy juice bars. The family decided to do something about it. Pure Vitality Juice Bar & Spa, 128 E. Broadway St., is a family-owned remedy for the problem. Opened in late August, the establishment doesn’t just offer a wide variety of healthy juices, but various spa treatments, too. Doug and Laurie Perry opened Pure Vitality

alongside their daughter and two sons — Korynne, Mitch and Grant. The whole family decided to work together to open the juice bar. “It was really spontaneous,” Korynne Perry said. “We realized we wanted to offer this to the community and that’s how it came about.” Doug Perry said Korynne Perry is the juice expert and Mitch Perry oversees the spa. The juices and smoothies are made from fresh vegetables as locally-grown as possible, Korynne Perry said. Some of the other ingredients used include: bee pollen, cayenne pepper, hemp, goji berries and avocado. The spa features three treatments for those looking to relax and rejuvenate, Mitch Perry said. An

infrared sauna, an automated massage bed and float pods are available in private rooms for customers to reserve. The float beds use 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt and 180 gallons of water, which causes the body to effortlessly float. Customers can

choose to use the beds in complete darkness and silence emulating the effects of sensory deprivation — a mental state that has different effects for those experiencing it. Those interested can find more information at: mipurevitality.com.

Cody Scanlan | Staff Photographer Laurie Perry (left) and her daughter Korynne Perry (right) prepare juice for customers on Sept. 8 at Pure Vitality.

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Hip-hop artists, groups aim to expand on-campus reach By Paige Sheffield Features Editor news@cm-life.com

Hip-hop artist Tim Crosby, originally from Muskegon, didn’t know about the music scene at Central Michigan University until he started getting involved in it. Now, Crosby, whose stage name is Top Notch, says the local hip-hop scene is like nothing he’s seen at other college campuses. Groups like Justus League, a registered student organization, and CMU Hip-Hop, a non-RSO that started as a Twitter page called @CMU_HIPHop and has grown into a platform for artists to gain exposure, collaborate and release compilation tapes, have worked to unite the hip-hop artists on campus and provide platforms for them to showcase their work. “There’s not just people rapping at CMU,” Crosby said. “There are people doing videos. There are rappers performing. There are rappers with bands. We all sound different. We’re all creating music in our own style and want to create with each other and grow with each other.” Detroit junior Daryl Wallace is involved in Justus

Rosalie Bauman | Freelance Photographer Detroit junior Daryl Wallace and Brighton senior Aaron Johnson type lyrics during a Justus League meeting on Sept. 11 in Moore Hall.

League and CMU Hip-Hop and is also a hiphop artist. He complied and organized tracks for a CMU Hip-Hop mixtape called “We Up Next pt. 2 Deluxe Edition,” which was released in August. The mixtape features work by 19 artists, including commercials from DJs, and is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Audiomack. The project was first released in July, but after more artists expressed interest in being on the tape, a second version was released with additional songs.

Wallace said it’s a party mixtape that gives people something new to listen to as an alternative to mainstream songs. “You go anywhere on campus or anywhere off campus to any party and you’re going to hear some hip-hop played eventually,” Wallace said. “We’re doing this because eventually we want our campus to know about the hip-hop we bring to the table. They don’t have to just keep listening to the same songs at every party.” Detroit senior Ahsha Davis, president of Justus League, said this year the RSO plans to focus on talking about hip-hop but also showing people on campus what the organization does. Many of CMU Hip-Hop’s events this year will also focus on philanthropy, such as raising money for survivors of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The members of the group want to show support for various communities, such as Black Lives Matter and the LGBTQ community, and show that they’re there for everyone. “A lot of these issues are in hip-hop music,” Davis said. “It’s talked about in different ways so we want to use that as a tool to be an advocate for those different communities, especially with Black Lives Matter. A lot of hip-hop

artists are of African American descent and they face things like that all the time. We want to make sure we understand what’s going on in our community. “These issues are the reasons we put this in our music, why we talk about it, why we write about it — because no one else is hearing our voices and the best way to really be vocal and get it out to people is through music and poetry.” Wallace said the strongest thing about the hip-hop scene at CMU is how united the artists are. Artists give each other shout outs, collaborate and help each other. Justus League members have grown close and spend time together outside of meetings and events. “If you come to a meeting, you might walk into a huge jam session,” Davis said. For the full story, visit cm-life.com/hip-hop

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State of the University Ross announces partnership with Quicken Loans and Ford in addition to expanded leadership opportunities By Evan Sasiela Managing Editor news@cm-life.com

Central Michigan University President George Ross made it clear during his State of the University address: CMU graduates leaders. After 125 years, Ross said CMU will continue to expand its leadership efforts in the state, nation and world. Ross made several announcements during his address in Plachta Auditorium on Wednesday — exactly 125 years to the day 31 students first attended class in downtown Mount Pleasant. More than a century years later, Ross announced CMU students will see an increase in leadership programs. He also announced CMU’s first premier business partners — Ford Motor Co. and Quicken Loans. Both Ford and Quicken Loans had representatives in attendance Wednesday. Ross said CMU’s capital campaign is expected to make an announcement on that front in April 2018. “Fire up for Excellence: the Campaign for Central Michigan University,” the capital campaign Ross said started over two years ago, was in a quiet phase. A team led by Vice President for Advancement Bob Martin secured more million-dollar gifts for CMU this past year than in university history. Ross touched on three aspects of CMU: those who make CMU what it is, the evolution of CMU and where the university is going and bold news as CMU looks to its future. Last winter, CMU unveiled Leadership Standards Initiative – a leadership program created by Harley Blake and Kevin Smart of Human Resources. Approximately 97 percent of supervisors have participated in workshops that emphasize students and a passion for CMU.

Quinn Kirby | Staff Photographer Midland senior Anna Owens, Student Government Association President, introduces Central Michigan University President, Dr. George Ross before the State of the University Address on Sept. 13 in Plachta Auditorium.

Under Dan Gaken, director of the recently renamed Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute. CMU will formally submit leadership experiences as part of the journey for each CMU student, which includes programming and volunteering. “Leadership is something that all CMU students should acquire,” Ross said. “This is who we are. This is who we’ve always been.” Ross declined to say how much Opperman and her family have donated to CMU. Birgit Behrendt, vice president for Global Programs and Purchasing Operations of Ford, postponed her trip to Europe to celebrate with CMU. She said more than 900 CMU alumni are employed at Ford.

“We have a very close relationship with faculty here,” she said. “CMU has incorporated a formal leadership program for every student and that is an important thing that differentiates CMU today and for the future.” Jim Livingston, vice president of talent acquisition at Quicken Loans, was present for the company, along with Buddy Henika, university relationship manager. Ross said 420 alumni work in the Quicken Loans family of companies and 56 CMU interns worked this past summer for the company in Detroit. “We’ve had a longstanding relationship with CMU. We have a lot of vice presidents in upper leadership and management that have graduat-

ed from CMU and are alumni,” Livingston said. “We know that Quicken Loans is honored to be part of the CMU family and partner together to foster a relationship, help future graduates find careers and discover their passions in life.” Henika, a 2014 alumnus, said Quicken Loans works closely with the sales program at CMU. “(CMU) is a great partner in letting us do unique events on campus and helping us find the best talent on campus,” Henika said. Student Government Association President Anna Owens welcomed the hundreds of people in attendance to the address. She then spoke of Ross and referenced the $1 million donation he and his wife, Elizabeth Ross, gave to medi-


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WANT TO HEAR MORE? WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED. Editor-in-Chief Jordyn Hermani and staff reporter Greg Horner cover the State of the University address in their news podcast “What’s the Issue?”, featuring an interview with Birgit Behrendt, vice president of global programs and purchasing operations for Ford Motor Company. Listen to “What’s the Issue?” on Soundcloud, iTunes or on cm-life.com Quinn Kirby | Staff Photographer

First Lady Elizabeth Ross watches the State of the University Address on Sept. 13 in Plachta Auditorium.

cal school, business and vocal music students earlier this month. Ross was welcomed with applause from the crowd. Struggling with a cough, did not speak from the podium, but moved across the stage throughout the hour-long speech, which discussed the past, present and future of CMU. He said that on Sept. 13, 1892, the first 31 students of Central Michigan Normal School started their studies in small campus based in downtown Mount Pleasant. That campus has grown to 25,000 students and 2,600 employees, in addition to graduating 250,000 alumni. “Here we are, upholding the legacy one student at a time,” Ross said. The president said there is a strong sense of culture and community at CMU. “Our people set us apart,” he said. “It’s simply who we are. It’s simply what we’ve always been.” Ross referenced the alumnus Lem Tucker, a 14-time Emmy-winning journalist who covered the Iranian hostage crisis and the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. In 1959, Tucker was elected as the first African-American student body president in Michigan. Ross led the crowd in a chanting of “Fire up, Chips.” “He was concentrated on making an impact – and folks, that’s our spirit,” Ross said of Tucker. Ross also mentioned Tracy Nakajima, director of International Student & Scholar Services

at the Office of International Affairs. Ross said international enrollment has increased 80 percent in the past decade and there were 1,200

“Leadership is something that all CMU students should acquire. This is who we are. This is who we’ve always been.” George Ross, University President

international students enrolled on campus in fall 2016 from 60 countries. “(Nakajima) knows inherently that our visiting student lives are changed – and so are ours,” Ross said. Ross continued to discuss the history of CMU. He said in 1939, Charles Anspach became the fifth president of the school, then known as Central State Teachers College. Anspach knew the school and there was a need beyond teaching K-12 schools, Ross said. Anspach, who became president after the Great

Depression and before World War II, prioritized due to financial resources around him. Twenty years after Anspach took over, the school became known as CMU. “It showed the academic strength and fiscal strength of a university,” Ross said. Ross used this as a prelude to the university’s priorities today. He said there have been arguments that CMU is a liberal arts university and there are concerns that CMU doesn’t support the liberal arts. “But we absolutely do,” he said. “CMU embraces the liberal arts.” Ross added that in order to thrive, CMU most evolve with the needs of employers and of students. Students choose what they study, and Ross said those choices are usually centered around careers that are most plentiful. “We are already a recognized leader in (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), healthcare and business. CMU will continue to expand leadership in those areas, the president said twice. “This reflects the world in which we live.” Ross said CMU has increased its programming in these areas. He said employers, the state and nation need them. “If we want to remain world leaders, we all need to remain cognizant of that,” he said. Ross said the liberal arts still play a role in CMU — it’s a foundation. He said the liberal arts teaches skills such as communication and team-building.

“It is these qualities that make CMU students and graduates highly sought-after by employers,” Ross said. The president said continued success will require “nimble and courageous leadership” and challenged everybody in the room Wednesday to be engaged in the leadership of CMU. The Academic Excellence strategic plan allows the university to reorganize itself and for students to graduate in four years, Ross said. The president ended his presentation with bringing everybody he mentioned or was part of it to the Plachta stage. “(One-hundred twenty-five years ago today, those 31 students who wanted to be teachers, and they were mostly eighth-graders, they started all this,” he said. “The faculty that taught them started all this. In over a century and 25 years, we have taught and prepared over 250,000 alumni. From that little school in downtown Mount Pleasant. Ross reiterated that at the end of the day, CMU graduates leaders. “Happy anniversary, Central Michigan University, and fire up, Chips,” Ross concluded. The speech closed with a band and choir performing the “Alma Mater,” with nearly everyone in attendance standing. A reception followed the address. Editor-in-Chief Jordyn Hermani and Staff Reporter Greg Horner contributed to this story.


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Playing back-to-back games against Power Five conference teams doesn’t make a difference in how Central Michigan football prepares for a game, said head coach John Bonamego. “We have a good weekly routine that enables us to get our work in,” the third-year coach said. “We also take players’ health into consideration. We already have measures built in terms of when we lift, how hard we train and which days we push them or back off. “Everything is about routine. If you disrupt that routine, adjustments have to be made like playing on a short week or having a longer prep time.” CMU (2-0) is coming off its first road win of the year Sept. 9 against Kansas. The Chippewas

head to New York to take on Syracuse at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 in the Carrier Dome. Since 1999, Syracuse beat CMU in all of its three meetings.

INJURY REPORT Senior wide receiver Corey Willis suffered a fractured hand after coming into contact with a Kansas player’s helmet while being tackled. Bonamego said Willis will likely be out for four weeks. Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Childress has an ACL tear and will be out for the rest of the season, Bonamego said. “(Childress) has some significant damage that will require surgery,” Bonamego said. “He has worked really hard and he was starting to emerge as a playmaker.” There will be an update on Tyler Conklin’s broken foot on Sept. 18. He is scheduled for a medical appointment to

find out if more treatment is needed. Bonamego is hopeful Conklin will return this season, saying the tight end is out of a boot and walking. “With that particular injury, we want to be very mindful and cautious,” Bonamego said. “We do not want to push him back into action before he is ready.”

PLAYING INDOORS Any football game played inside a dome has a different atmosphere compared to games played in traditional outdoor facilities, Bonamego said. This is Bonamego’s second trip to the Carrier Dome as CMU’s coach and he knows how loud it can be. This week at practice, the team has been doing drills with fan noise playing in the background to try and simulate the feel of an indoor game. Bonamego said preparing for the Carrier Dome has its


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