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Heeke: Enos doing things ‘the right way’ Football coach given new 4-year contract, pay raise By Justin Hicks Senior Reporter
“Your past is not your future; it’s not even your present.” Nathaniel Mark, a Williamston sophomore, was incredibly impressed. “I just took away a lot of wisdom from his speech,” Castillo said. “He has the capacity to know things we can’t know because of where he’s been.” Keego Harbor sophomore Julius Cantuba agreed.
Dan Enos is the right kind of guy, CMU athletics Dave Heeke echoed Thursday following the announcement of the football coach’s new four-year contract. “(The contract) shows we’re going to have a staff that does things the right way; a staff that recruits the right kind of student-athletes, that provides leadership for those student-athletes the right way,” Heeke said. CMU’s head football coach received a new four-year contract Thursday—he had three years remaining on his previous deal—that will keep him through December 2016. The deal includes a new base salary of $285,000 in addition to a list of potential bonuses that total $214,000. “Dan has been under the same contract for three years without a base salary increase,” Heeke said. “After observing what’s occurred over these years with the growth of the program and the success we had last year, we felt it was appropriate to reward him accordingly.” His previous deal, which was extended through 2015 in February, had a base salary of $250,000. Enos will receive $350,000 if CMU terminates his contract and will have to pay CMU the same amount if he chooses to opt out of the contract early. Some milestones worthy of additional compensation in his new contract include earning seven or more victories ($6,000-$36,000), winning the Mid-American Conference ($15,000), qualifying for a bowl game ($12,500) and winning a bowl game ($15,000). Enos is also eligible for bonuses tied to attendance at home games, recruiting 60 percent of scholarship student-athletes from Michigan and having players maintain a 2.6 cumulative GPA. “Every head coach in the country has incentives like these; it’s just another way to reward success,” Enos said. “I’m very happy and pleased that the efforts that our coaches and players have put forth have been rewarded and recognized.” Enos and Heeke both acknowledged the extension’s benefits from a recruiting standpoint, providing comfort for incoming student athletes.
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MAIN: Retired General Colin Powell speaks to a sold-out arena comprised of students and faculty Thursday night at McGuirk Arena. Powell was invited to CMU as the Honorary Guest Speaker for Martin Luther King Jr. Week. Powell is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was also the first of two consecutive African American office-holders to hold the key Administration position of U.S. Secretary of State. TOP: A member of the ROTC smiles as he watches Retired General Colin Powell take the stage. BOTTOM: Retired General Colin Powell hugs University President George Ross after taking the stage.
‘Compromise’ Powell emphasizes trust, leadership to sold out-crowd Thursday night By Neil Rosan | Staff Reporter
Retired four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell called for continued faith in the United States and compromise in Washington when he spoke to a sold-out crowd in McGuirk Arena Thursday.
“It doesn’t take a super man to change this nation; it takes super people,” Powell said. “This country is changing, and both parties need to change with it.” Powell played a key role in four presidential administrations and was the first African American to serve as Secretary of State. He was brought to Central Michigan University as the keynote speaker in the university’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. week. Powell opened his speech
with a discussion about the influence the Constitution as a “living document” should have on politicians. “The government has to change and grow as this nation continues to change and grow,” Powell said. “Change is part of what we are as a diverse group of people.” He also expressed the need for compromise between the Democratic and Republican parties. “I hope in the weeks and months ahead that both sides will reach out,
because we can’t fight and demonize each other anymore,” Powell said. “Let’s find a compromise and move forward.” Powell used King’s legacy as a man of compromise and change to illustrate his point. “Martin Luther King had to fight a great war for equality,” he said. “He did what no one else could and held up a mirror to the country and asked, ‘Is this what the Founding Fathers wanted?’” A POWELL | 2
Powell’s speech draws clamor, admiration from audience By Ryan Fitzmaurice Senior Reporter
Mount Pleasant senior Paul Barlow looked at the McGuirk Arena, covered with fold-up chairs. People were only starting to file in, but Barlow could feel the excitement. “There’s a special vibe going on in there,” Barlow said. “A special energy.” Twenty minutes later, all that could be heard was the quiet tapping of marching
boots. The sold-out crowd of more than 5,000 in the arena stood on their feet in respect and absolute silence as soldiers marched the American flag up to the podium. Even a murmur could have drowned out the sound of the boots. Partly in respect for the flag, the utter silence was also in anticipation of Colin Powell. Kwabena NkansahAmankra, a Ghana senior, agreed. “At the beginning you could just feel it,” Nkansah-Amankra
said. “Something was going to happen.” When Powell a man who played a prominent role in four presidential administrations, serving in positions such as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, finally appeared on stage, the tension was immediately released. Powell seemed completely normal. Midway through his hourlong speech, he told the story of his years in college. It wasn’t one you’d expect a prominent
figure to tell. Powell did not do well in college, at least not in his academic classes. His ROTC classes were a different story; he was getting straight A’s. The school officials decided to add his ROTC scores into his GPA average, giving him a 2.0 GPA. “Good enough for government work,” Powell exclaimed, and the audience laughed as though on cue. After the tale was over, he added words of wisdom.
Ross: Calendar change focus needs to shift from money to academics By Jackson Seedott Staff Reporter
Central Michigan University President George Ross said discussions regarding the proposed academic calendar change need to focus on the academic impact it would have on faculty and students. “(Currently), there is no committee dedicated to the academic impact (of the proposed changes),” Ross said in a Wednesday meeting with Central Michigan Life’s editorial staff. “And I think that is where you start
to question things.” Last week, the Academic Senate postponed voting on the proposed calendar changes to Tuesday. The proposed changes came to light as a result of the new faculty collective bargaining agreement in 2011. If the proposed calendar changes are adopted, CMU would begin fall semester classes after Labor Day. Other universities such as Western Michigan University and University of Michigan-Ann Arbor follow a similar calendar. “They may or may not
bring the motion forward on Tuesday,” Ross said. “I hope that when it does come up, it will be defeated.” Ross said if changes to the calendar were to be made, it makes a difference in academics, and that aspect has not been considered enough. Proponents of the calendar change argue it gives students who hold jobs over the summer more time to work and allows students and faculty who have children of their own to have more time to spend with them. One of the biggest
concerns of the proposed changes is the cost to the university. “(If the calendar changes), there will be a financial impact, but I think if we’re going to examine changing calendars, we have to begin with the academic impact, and we haven’t done that,” Ross said. As previously reported by CM Life, if the academic calendar were to change from a 16-week to a 15-week calendar, it would cost the university approximately $2.5 million. A ROSS | 2
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University President George Ross answers questions during the president’s report during the Academic Senate meeting on Jan. 15 in Pearce Hall. “Our campus takes about $1 million a day to run,” Ross said.
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POWELL | CONTINUED FROM 1 Powell said he thought some people were losing faith that the United States was one of the best nations in the world. “The world may have changed, but we are still number one. We are still the land of hope and inspiration for all,” he said. “We affect everyone around us. We are the nation of all nations. As long as we don’t forget and believe in that, we will still be number one.” Leadership was another area Powell addressed. He gave the crowd insight into his acclaimed ways of leadership. “The basis of leadership is trust. There needs to be trust between followers and between the leader and followers,” he said. “Without any form of trust, there is no leadership.” He also spoke about the value of recognizing what a leader’s followers need and recognizing followers. “Any group of humans can strive with the right leader. Leaders just have to give their followers what they need to succeed,” Powell said. “It isn’t hard. People want to succeed, and they want to be recognized
when they succeed.” Powell gave the audience a glimpse into his life, sharing stories of his family’s adventures with technology, getting hot dogs in New York and even having to pass through TSA security at the airport. “Even I have to go through the TSA when I go to the airport,” he said. “I want to get mad every time I pass through, but I know I can’t. I’m the one that put it in place.” He made multiple jokes, reminisced about the more luxurious side of his time in office and even joked with University President George Ross. “I have my own private plane. You have your own plane, too, don’t you George?” he joked. Powell said as much as he enjoyed his time serving America in a political role, he enjoys being retired because it gives him a chance to see parts of America he might not have otherwise. “I like being retired because it gives me the time to see the ‘real’ America. I learn so much about a place when I come to a city like Mount Pleasant,” he said. “I wish I could bottle what I see in the countryside, bring it to D.C., and pour it over the politicians’ heads.”
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llinois freshman Jamie Payne, left, and Clarkston freshman Rebecca Turner decorate luminary bags for victims of cancer during the Relay For Life Kickoff event Wednesday night in the Rotunda room at the Bovee University Center.
ENOS | CONTINUED FROM 1 “I think it shows confidence and stability, and that’s big when you’re a young man looking at what school to go to,” Enos said. “When you’re recruited, you want to feel confident there’s a really good chance that staff will be there for many years.” Heeke said the extension shows the program’s commitment to Enos and his recruiting, in a league where recruiting tactics are a concern. “This is a highly competitive environment and, while
“The basis of leadership is trust. There needs to be trust between followers and between the leader and followers. Without any form of trust, there is no leadership.” Colin Powell, Retired four-star general and former Secretary of State
ROSS | CONTINUED FROM 1 Those estimated costs come from a report compiled by the provost’s office that details the costs the calendar change would have on various departments. “I’m not going to argue whether that information is correct or incorrect. That
is the information that was provided to me,” Provost Gary Shapiro said during last week’s A-Senate meeting. To put things into perspective, Ross added to Shapiro’s statement by saying the university spends, on average, a little over $1 million a day.
“The original calendar committee said nothing about academic gain,” Shapiro said. “Of all the responses, there was one department that said it would have a positive impact.” The recreation, parks and leisure department reported the proposed calendar change would allow students more time to participate in internships over the summer.
CONTINUED FROM 1 “It’s like he’s on the inside and we’re on the outside,” he said. Powell spoke extensively about his moderate Republican views and said he drew inspiration from former Michigan governors William Milliken, George Romney and President Gerald Ford. These politicians, he said, were able to reach
we’ve been very successful in recruiting, unfortunately, there are those other programs that quite frankly have become frustrated with that and have resorted to tactics that are very disappointing,” Heeke said. Enos is coming off a 7-6 finish to his third season as head coach at CMU after back-toback 3-9 seasons. Highlights from his third season include a 24-21 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl win against Western Kentucky on Dec. 26 and a 32-21 upset on the road against Iowa on Sept. 22. CMU alums and football fans have publicly expressed
their disappointment in the program in recent years, with little influence on the AD. Heeke said loyal supporters understand the direction and challenges recently faced by the program following possibly the greatest five-year run in the history of the program. “We lost some of the best players ever here, and they understand those things that, quite frankly, others who are not as connected to the program don’t truly understand,” he said. “My reception from our loyal supporters has been very positive with where we’re going.”
across the aisle with the other party. Anthony Cossins, a Holly high school teacher, found this approach inspirational. “What I love about Colin Powell is he still believes this country has not fulfilled its potential,” Cossins said. “And he offered practical solutions on how to get there. I’m going to go to students and emphasize his spirit of compromise.” Interim Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behav-
ioral Sciences Timothy Hall said he thought the speech was incredibly useful to his position in administration. “I thought the speech was wonderful, just wonderful,” Hall said. “I think learning a little bit on his views on leadership was exciting. His model of personable leadership, leading by example with integrity and understanding — I’m going to take a lot from that.”
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First phase of online audit system released Wednesday
trip to bowl game cost cmU nearly $85,000
By Kyle Kaminski Senior Reporter
The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and on-campus preparations for the Dec. 26 game cost the Central Michigan University athletics department $84,282. CMU athletics received a stipend of $100,000 from the Mid-American Conference and an additional $166,547 from ticket sales, which helped offset the $350,829 total trip expenses. “Very few teams make money in bowl games, but it’s an expense that you tackle because of the type of Dave Heeke exposure you’re able to receive,” Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said. “It also helps you build your program.” More than 2.6 million viewers watched the Chippewas top Western Kentucky 24-21 in the nationally televised Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit. Heeke said the game was the third most-watched bowl game involving a MAC team, behind the Orange Bowl (Northern Illinois) and Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Toledo). The MAC sent seven teams to bowl games, a conference record. “It’s tremendous exposure for a relatively low cost,” Heeke said. “The positive energy around the bowl game certainly generates enthusiasm and allows you to promote your program in a real positive way.” Prior to the game, the department spent $63,490 for oncampus meals and off-campus local events. Classic Fare Catering provided 15 meals for the team between Dec. 14 and Dec. 23, including a combination of brunch and dinner buffets, totaling $38,400. Transportation to Detroit and around the city for the team cost $18,500, while lodging and meals cost $107,539. The location of CMU’s bowl game was convenient for attracting donors and supporters of the university, Heeke said. Entertainment for higher-level donors cost the department $20,000. “The opportunity to go to a bowl game – especially like this one in metro Detroit – to engage the thousands and thousands of alums and friends of the university, that’s very positive, and that helps our university as we move forward,” Heeke said. Other expenses for the event included $30,000 for bowl awards, $20,000 for apparel, $43,000 for postage, mailing and marketing, $20,000 for administrative services and $20,000 for miscellaneous spending. “When you go to a bowl game, you have to wear apparel items (with the bowl logo on them) that we pay for,” Deputy Director of Athletics Derek van der Merwe said. “The athletes will have a travel suit with the bowl logo on it for media appearances. That’s common in all bowl games.” The athletics department also covered expenses for the dance and cheer teams, totaling $8,250.
Central Michigan University students are one step closer to being able to utilize an audit system that is entirely online after Wednesday afternoon. The system is scheduled for release on a rolling basis for development over the next two years. The only phase to be released so far is accessible through CentralLink and is called the “advising workbench.” According to a news release from CMU Registrar Karen Hutslar, the workbench includes a student profile, degree progress, academic history and advisers. “We have been working on making corrections to all that was found as errors or suggested enhancements to this first phase,” Hutslar told Central Michigan Life earlier this month. The first section, which is the student’s profile, displays academic and personal information for each student. It includes demographic information, contact information, campus of enrollment, degree in progress and enrollment dates. Perhaps the most anticipated section of the program, degree progress, helps students track which classes they have taken and which ones they still need to complete in order to obtain a degree. The degree progress feature is only available to students who enrolled in 200809 or later and currently only displays university program and A AUDIT | 6
Gov. Snyder appoints tricia Keith to Board of trustees By Neil Rosan Staff Reporter
Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Tricia Keith to the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees Wednesday. Keith, a senior vice president and corporate secretary for BCBS of Michigan since 2006, will replace Tricia Keith Trustee Marilyn French Hubbard on the eight-person board. It was announced at December’s board meeting that trustee Brian Fannon would continue as the board’s chairman. Keith’s term will expire on Dec. 31, 2020. “Tricia brings great experience, and I am confident she will effectively serve the students, faculty and staff of Central Michigan University in this role,” Snyder said in a news release. Keith previously worked as director of the Michigan House of Representatives business office and as Michigan Economic Development Corp’s vice president of external relations. She graduated from CMU in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in German and political science. Keith was also named to the 2010 Crain’s Detroit Business “40 under 40” list for coordinating BCBS’s plan to move its 3,000 employees from their
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Livonia freshman Elizabeth Siecinski, left, and Waterford freshman Hannah Long pet cats Monday afternoon at the Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter, 1105 S. Isabella Road. The pair volunteer at the shelter once every week.
Love and care Volunteers help animals with training socialization By Shelby Miller | Senior Reporter
Volunteers play a major role in comforting and socializing animals at the Isabella County Humane Animal Treatment Society. At 1105 S. Isabella Road, HATS houses more than 100 animals, but, with less than 15 employees, it’s hard to give each animal as much attention as they would like. That’s where volunteers play a large role. “They see us everyday, all the time, and when we’re working, we don’t always have the time just to hang out with that dog one-onone,” Canine Care technician Katherine Bleavins said. “We have a system we have to make our way through throughout the day, so having a volunteer coming in to walk a dog or play with the dog outside is amazing for them.” Whether it’s people who come in for class, community
service hours or just for fun, the time animals spend with humans means more to them than many people realize. “It gives them the chance to feel like they’re loved; a scratch on the ear might mean their whole day,” Canine Care supervisor Chelsea Tenwalde said. The 35 dogs and 88 cats at the shelter have been saved from abandonment, mistreatment and other unfortunate situations, but the majority of their time is now spent in a kennel.
Dogs are given four 15-minute breaks throughout the day to go outside, but, with the help of volunteers, they can be given even more opportunities to get out and play. Tenwalde said the shelter has a handful of volunteers who have been coming in weekly for years, thanks to the Humane Animal Treatment Society, which opened in 1999. “We have a vast variety of volunteers, people who just come in once a week to walk a dog or somebody that’s never been here and they decide to come play with cats,” Tenwalde said. “It’s day-today with volunteers.” However, sporadic schedules are often a problem with volunteers. “There (are) days when we don’t get any volunteers at all, or there (are) some days where we’ll have a sports team or a club come in and we’ll have 20 to 30 volunteers at one time,” Bleavins said. Volunteering isn’t just walking dogs; people who
come to visit the animals have a variety of options. “People who are more cat people can hang out in the cat adoption room and socialize with the cats,” Bleavins said. “For dogs, a lot is dog-walking, socialization and playing with them outside.” Seeing volunteers come to the shelter not only brightens the animal’s day, it brings joy to the employees as well. “We have great volunteers who come in and walk eight dogs in a day,” Bleavins said. “They hang out with them, pet them, love on them; that’s really important to them. It’s important to us, too. I like to see it.” The shelter is open Monday through Saturday, and volunteers are welcome anytime. “If anyone is interested in volunteering, they should come up here,” Bleavins said. “The process is super easy; they can easily get started, and it’s a lot of fun for our volunteers.” email@example.com
ross: cmU still a safe campus after abduction By Jackson Seedott Staff Reporter
Despite last week’s abduction and sexual assault of a student, University President George Ross said CMU is still a safe campus. Concerns have been raised about the safety of the university, the efficiency of the police department and the effectiveness of the Central Alert system following the incident, but, in a Wednesday morning meeting with Central Michigan Life’s editorial staff, Ross addressed the criticisms and reflected on how the university handled the situation. He said steps will be taken to deter similar incidents in the future. “First of all, I just want to say that I’m thankful that everyone is alive and safe,” Ross said during the meeting. “(Local) law enforcement agencies responded in incredible ways.” Ross said despite Wednesday night’s events, he believes that CMU is a safe place. “When I talk to profes-
sionals, (they all said) this kind of incident is unheard of,” he said. In addressing the criticism of the Central Alert System, Ross said he believes the alert came out in a timely manner. As previously reported by CM Life, a CMU senior from Grand Rapids was held at gunpoint and abducted around 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 16. Police were not contacted until around 11:30 p.m., nearly two hours after Shepherd resident Eric Lee Ramsey approached the Grand Rapids senior in the parking lot of the Student Activity Center. During a Jan. 17 news conference, CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley said the timeliness of the alert was dependent on the relay of information to CMU police from other police agencies. “If CMU officers were interviewing the victim, we know that we need to get the information and send it out,” Yeagley said. “Other police agencies don’t have to send out information, (so it takes
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Detroit freshmen Tiona Kimbrough and Clara Dumas get into the Safe Rides van to take them back to their residence hall outside of the Student Activity Center.
longer for us to get that information).” With the alert coming out shortly after information had been gathered, Ross said it’s important to realize the alert did not come out three-and-a-half hours after the incident, as some critics have claimed. “There’s always room for improvement, but given the circumstances we were presented with, I believe we responded appropriately,” Ross said.
Ross said the university consistently surveys safety on campus in order to ensure the safest environment possible for students. “There is an inventory taken around the entire campus on an annual basis,” Ross said. “After this incident, we’re looking at everything. Where we think it’s appropriate, we’ll add additional resources.” A SAFETY | 5
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EDITORIAL | Economy should still be top priority for President Obama
Ryan Fitzmaurice Senior Reporter
The abyss You never know when it’s going to hit you. Once, I found myself in the midst of a debate on the ethics of assisted suicide when my chest tightened, my stomach turned and I found myself unable to formulate a single thought but “run.” So, I did. I sprinted as fast as I could until physical pain bottled up in my chest and threatened to burst. I would have loved to burst. Most recently, it was while I was researching for an article. At first, it seemed like the typical indie movie assignment where a budding director found a group of budding actors and produced a piece of admirable mediocrity. These guys hardly talked about the movie at all, though. They talked about this kid named Kyle, whose entire life revolved around film. He wrote a script just before he killed himself, entitled “Kill For Her.” They wanted to produce Kyle’s movie for him and inspire hope for others considering suicide. I still can’t even imagine such a response on my end. And then it hit me again. In high school, two students committed suicide a little over a year apart. The first student I talked to everyday at lunch. It was amusing because we were nothing alike. The second tried to teach me hacky sack. Valiantly. I wasn’t best friends with either of them, but I was close enough that I grant myself the label on most days. I remember every conversation before I learned the second did himself in. I don’t remember a single conversation for three days after. For the entire duration of his funeral, I stayed in the parking lot staring at the entrance. For some reason, I couldn’t bring myself to go inside. My friend Ross had it worse. The first one who committed suicide mentioned him extensively in his suicide note. They were best friends. It’s still a frequent discussion when we get drunk, the only time it’s a topic. Adrian, another high school friend, has been a miserable drunk for the most part. It’s more than a frequent topic for him; it’s the only one. I guess none of us can really understand why someone would choose just not to exist. Or, at least I think that’s it. The only train of thought more terrifying is when I can start to understand it. It’s true what Nietzsche said about the abyss, but he always made it seem like a choice. Still, it’s impossible to look at a sunset and even consider escape. It’s equally as hard when you spend a night with friends or see your name in the paper. Some things in life are just too beautiful to give up. So, I’ve resolved for the remainder of my life to be my last conversation. I want them to know what they’re missing out on. Ross is still the same asshole he ever was, and I think they’d like that. Adrian is starting to enjoy himself again when he’s drunk, and I swear, it’s more beautiful than sunset. E-mail | firstname.lastname@example.org Mail | 436 Moore Hall Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 Fax | 989.774.7805 Central
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hen considering how mundane and uninspiring most second inaugural addresses are,
President Barack Obama’s address Monday was surprising in its ambition and scope. Obama, who seems relieved to never have to run for office again, delivered a passionate defense of liberal ideals and laid out a broad second-term agenda that includes immigration reform, gun control, tackling climate change and standing up for gay rights. His defense of gay marriage was especially important. Obama was the first president to ever bring up the topic in an inaugural address, and by equating gay rights activists with the civil rights activists of the 1960s, he gave the biggest social issue of our time the attention it deserves. Realistically, though, the president has roughly a year and a half
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to achieve what he wants to domestically. After that, congressional lawmakers will be consumed with the 2014 midterm elections before the 2016 presidential election makes Obama a lame duck. Ultimately, with Republicans still in control of the House of Representatives, that means Obama will be lucky to get much of his agenda made law. He will have to choose which issues are of most importance to him and invest all his political capital into them. Although he barely touched on it in his speech, Obama needs to make sure economic recovery is still his top priority.
Don’t get us wrong, issues like gun control, climate change and immigration reform are important and should be debated, but the economy should be first and foremost. There are still plenty of families struggling to pay the electric bill or worrying how to pay for their child’s college tuition. When money is tight and people are struggling to find jobs, people care about the economy. The economy is improving, slowly but surely, and the president deserves some of the credit for that. But, it’s not enough. All ideas should be on the table right now. Every other issue Obama hopes to tackle, including the shaping of his legacy, largely hinges on the economic recovery. That being said, simply avoiding the artificial crises Congress imposes on itself would be helpful in ensuring the markets remain stable and grow. The last thing we need at this moment is another fiscal cliff crisis.
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Commentary regarding “Got life?” Article by Betzi Sawchuk I understand your overall feelings behind your pro-life stance; however, I find your logic behind rape and incestuous conception to be very narrow-minded and illogical. While a fetus is still within a mother, it is just that, a fetus, a mass of cells that cannot develop or function outside of its nutrition source. After a fetus is born, that individual becomes independent (to an extent) of his mother. So bringing about the hypothetical question of killing the son at five-years-old is not the greatest question to pose, because this is a fully functioning individual. I understand the main point; however, using an all or nothing argument is not truly the best approach in a mater that clearly must be debated within shades of grey. Also to the point made by the
author that “we have a being that exists within the mother that will grow up to have a life of its own” is, from a completely biological and developmental approach, not true. I have a running joke with many of my female friends who have become pregnant, and it always takes the form of me asking them how they are doing and “how is the parasite inside of you doing?” I say this not to be rude or demeaning to the fetus but because that is what a fetus is, a parasite. It cannot live or function without the help of a second individual and actually has many characteristics of a virus. As a biomedical undergraduate and current biology master’s student, I personally believe that life and the “cut-off ” point should be at the point in which the heart be-
comes fully functioning and begins to beat. To me, this signifies a standard at which life and a higher form of neurological functioning has occurred, and, as such, the fetus is now a life form. However, along the same lines, I believe it is up to committees and educated individuals, appointed by politicians, to determine a point in which life has started. While there is no one way to placate all parties involved in such a heated debate, by allowing individuals (politicians) who you have elected in a fair and democratic process, you would hope they have the common sense, intelligence and ability to appoint a group of individuals to come to a fair and compromising agreement as to when life “begins.” William Ivey III
[ YOUR VOICE ] Reader reaction to the Jan. 17 article “Shepherd boy recalls abducted CMU student showing up at his house: She screamed ‘help, please help’”
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What a brave boy. Thank goodness he was able to help this girl. Praying for all involved. -Holley Krone Tourangeau This young man is a hero! Also, kudos to the father who told him what to do in an emergency. Hopefully, this woman is able to recover fully. She was so incredibly smart and brave. -Sue Paver Daley I believe that, upon their high school graduations, should their grades meet our admission standards, these heroes should receive full rides to CMU. There is no way to put a value on the life of our student, but this would help repay the debt we owe to their bravery. -Ben Witt
James is a Hero! Thank you!! I have a daughter at CMU right now, and this scared me to death! BE SAFE kids. . . there are sickos out there!! NEVER trust anyone, never walk alone, always have a rape whistle in hand, don’t be texting or listening to the radio while walking. . .be aware of your surroundings!!! -Sheryl McLaughlin I have a daughter at CMU, a freshman, whose dorm is less than three minutes from the SAC. She is quite upset over the incident and is coming home for the long weekend. I agree with Sheryl, please pay attention to your surroundings. The phones are too distracting. Also, while in your dorms, can anyone off the street just walk in? I know it’s an open campus, but you kids have to look out for one another. Stay in groups. -Janice Fouchia Lekich
This is the type of sub-human trash that shows the prison system simply doesn’t work. I’m glad he’s dead. -Jim Reader reaction to the Jan. 23 article “COLUMN: ‘Grammarly’ encourages lazy writing” “....a society that emphasizes finished products over the quality of production.” THIS. Well said! -Stephanie I agree with everything this article has to say. Language and how we use it evolves and changes. There isn’t a formula for ‘perfect grammar,’ just critical thinking and discussion. -Lee
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How to manage stress Are we killing ourselves needlessly? The second week of classes is over, and it seems my teachers will not be planning much coddling this semester. I love that, but I also wonder if I can keep up. I know many other students might not be wondering this yet, but oh, just wait for it. As an early worrier, I like to get things prepped and organized ahead of time. If I don’t, I feel lost and out of sorts ... behind in the game, anxious. Stress, along with other things like being exposed to fumes, drugs and even eating junk food, kills brain cells. While chemical responses in the brain help us deal with possibly lifethreatening situations, I am pretty sure that forgetting my Japanese homework isn’t a threat to my life. According to the Franklin Institute’s resources for science learning page, while not all stress is negative, some can be beneficial to the immune system. “Although the hyperactivating sympathetic nervous system jumps into action immediately, it is very slow to shut down and allow the tranquilizing parasympathetic nervous system to calm things down,” reads the website. So, it jumps the gun and stays on edge until the next time we forget our homework or lose our phone, and the list piles up with even more tiny meaningless things. The Mayo Clinic recommends physical activity, music and yoga. I have to agree, but I would add a warm beverage like tea to the list. It seems like we all are looking for ways to slow down, and perhaps we really are just over-thinking it, adding one more thing to the stress pile: Thinking about not being stressed so that we can take action against being stressed. Talk to any student taking a stress management class, and they will often say it is the most stressful class they have taken. Apparently, even thinking about stress is stressful. Perhaps just taking a relaxed calm look at things is the way to go. Okinawans of southern Japan adopt this practice, and, for the longest time, they have had the largest percentage of centenarians in the world. While they might have gorgeous beaches and warm temps to relax with, I am confident we can do the same in our frigid white sea of blizzard here. Some people attribute it to their healthy eating, but others, including some of the Okinawans themselves, think just letting the breeze float on your skin is the best way to live out your days, not focusing on the best stress management techniques or your latest mistake. I will be trying to take their advice. Now, please pass me the warm beverage.
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Beware: FAFSA help sites can scam students by charging $80 fee By Kyle Kaminski Senior Reporter
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Member of the Michigan Democratic Party Debbie Dingell, wife of Congressman John Dingell, speaks to students, faculty and community members about the importance of being involved in politics during the Speak Up, Speak Out forum, “From the Ballot Box to the Inauguration: Looking Back, Looking Forward” Wednesday night in the UC Auditorium.
Future of politics, spending, deficit discussed at first SUSO event of semester By Alayna Smith Staff Reporter
About 60 people gathered for a panel discussion on November’s election and what it means for the nation’s future just days after President Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term. The event, “From the Ballot Box to the Inauguration: Looking Back, Looking Forward,” was a combined session of Griffin Endowed Chair and the Speak Up, Speak Out series, with an hour devoted to each portion. Debbie Dingell, the wife of U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, and a talk show host, sat on the Griffin Endowed Chair panel with Suzy Avery, a former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, who was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder as the executive director of the Michigan Women’s Commission. Assistant Professor of Political Science Maxine Berman moderated the conversation. Dingell said the conversation surrounding the role of government in the state of Michigan, including how many local forms of government can be afforded, is
complex. “I think (Berman) was expecting this to be a Republican and Democratic speech,” Dingell said. “But a lot of it, I think, is going to come down to more geographical divisions in terms of the money. The budget cuts and how you make those cuts is going to be a very, very difficult decision.” Immigration was discussed at length, and Avery commended Snyder for working on the issue, particularly in Detroit, by asking all state departments what they can do to help address the issue. “I think you’re going to see a big change here in Michigan, because (Snyder) wants to make Michigan the model for the rest of the nation for immigration,” Avery said. Following this discussion, there was a Speak Up, Speak Out panel comprised of faculty and students to shed a local light on these issues. Political science professor Jim Hill moderated the panel, which comprised of economics professor Jason Taylor, political science department Chairperson Orlando Perez, College Democrats representative Candace Grooms and College Republicans First-Vice
Chair and China Township junior Alex Porrett. Each panel member began with a brief presentation of their political views, and a conversation on the distinction between the United States having a spending problem versus a deficit problem emerged. Taylor showed several graphs and statistics illustrating his belief that the nation should cut back spending rather than raising taxes on the wealthy, but Grooms disagreed. “One of the biggest problems in our state is that we’re not investing in ourselves,” Grooms, a Detroit sophomore, said. “...I know a lot of people are thinking that we don’t have the money to spend on these areas, but we can’t afford not to spend money on our children.” Ultimately, Dingell said it is important for youth to be involved in politics and to find a particular passion to pursue and work with. “You young people are 25 percent of our population and 100 percent of our future,” she said.
Students who fill out their FAFSA form too quickly or carelessly could find themselves victims of a website scam that preys on undergraduates. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a paperwork requirement for all students attempting to receive financial aid. Websites like FAFSA.com or FAFSAOnline.com offer the ability for students to fill out the forms that would otherwise be free on the official FAFSA website, for an $80 fee. “We’re well aware of those types of websites,” said Kirk Yats, director of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. “Everything we communicate to students, both on and off the website, we reference to the official FAFSA website.” A plethora of FAFSA “help-sites” are available online, and many are listed in a warning section of the OSFA website. However, the websites appear and disappear at such a steady rate that it makes it difficult to warn students of specific sites. “The problem is they’re hard to track,” Yats said. “As a general rule of thumb, we
safety | continued from 3 Another critique of the Central Alert system was many students didn’t know they had to sign up to receive emergency notifications. Ross brought up the
tell students to never pay for financial assistance. It’s all available for free on the FAFSA.gov website.” Like the name implies, the actual FAFSA has zero service fees, unlike the financial help sites. It is funded by the United States government through the Department of Education and, according to the website, processes more than 21 million submissions each year. The application process can seem complicated to many but has been largely simplified both in part by the government and through tips posted on the CMU website. “FAFSA.gov has edits built into it that will walk students through the process,” Yats said. “These edits will help clarify things and assist students as they fill out their information. It helps improve the initial accuracy of the FAFSA form.” CMU also does its part to help students by offering step-by-step instructionals and a list of tips to avoid mistakes. A new service offered through the OSFA, FAFSA Fridays, is also available. “We reserve the fourth floor of the library and sit down to help students either there or in the office here in Warriner,” Yats said. “You don’t have to be a CMU
student, either. We just want to help both current and prospective students through the process.” Despite the efforts to help students properly and completely fill out the FAFSA form, there continues to be a large number of mistakes each year. According to Yats, some of the biggest mistakes can be something as simple as mistyping a Social Security number. “The biggest problems we find during the processing of FAFSA paperwork is entering the wrong federal income tax paid amount,” Yats said. “Listing an incorrect Social Security number or driver’s license number can also be problematic. It just delays the registration process.” As for the website scam, the options for solutions are limited. The OSFA works directly with high school counselors and other advisers to make sure students are using the correct information. “We’ve had our fair share of complaints,” Yates said. “It’s misleading to create those types of websites that undermine the official website. We do just about all we can to warn students in as many different ways as we can.”
‘No Zebras, No Excuses’ orientation program in response to this, saying that students are reminded to sign up for alerts at that time. Since last week, almost 1,000 students have signed up for the system, Associate Vice President of University Communications Sherry Knight said.
The university is also looking at campaigns that will remind students who have not done so to sign up for the Central Alert system should another emergency occur. University Editor Catey Traylor contributed to this report.
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New pastry shop opens on Mission Street following closing of Pizza One By Megan Pacer Staff Reporter
Mount Pleasant residents will now have a new way to satisfy their sweet tooth. Two Canadian pastry chefs opened Sweet Tooth French Bakery at 6 a.m. Monday at 2116 S. Mission St. Owner Chakib Senni and pastry chef Suzanne Dumont made the permanent move from Montréal, Quebec, to the United States in order to open the bakery in the Mount Pleasant Shopping Center. The bakery offers a wide variety of pastries, from red velvet cupcakes to croissants. “Everything that they make here is made from scratch,” said Employee Ka-
tie Howland, who has been instrumental in the hiring and training process. Additionally, 90 percent of the products needed to make the pastries are imported from France, Belgium and Switzerland. Despite the distance, most goods can be delivered in less than two days. “We had really good feedback,” Howland said. “We’re selling a lot really fast right now.” Senni’s brother, Mount Pleasant business owner Fouad Senni, has served as a useful contact for the team in the States as well as being a major force in helping the store to open, Chakib said. In order to help publicize the store, the team at Sweet Tooth has hired CFX radio
to broadcast live on location during their grand opening, which will take place in two to three weeks. The Shopping Center saw another recent change when Pizza One closed its Mount Pleasant location. The Michigan-based pizzeria franchise closed its doors over winter break, according to Sprint Store employee Shonda Smith, 21. “I was so sad when they closed,” the Detroit native said. Pizza One has another location in Alma, about 20 minutes south of Mount Pleasant. The owner of both locations declined comment. email@example.com
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michigan unemployment rate remains at 8.9 percent; economics professor says good sign for michigan economy By Catey Traylor University editor
Isabella County remained the fifth most employed in the state in December with an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent up from 5.2 in October. Michigan’s unemployment rate held steady at 8.9 percent in December. According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, the unemployment rate has remained at 8.9 percent since November, an improvement from October’s 9.1 percent measurement. Michigan’s jobless rate dropped four-tenths of a percentage from December 2011’s rate of 9.3 percent, a sign of slow economic improvement. “Taken as a whole, the state’s labor market improved during 2012. The number of unemployed fell in 2012, and Michigan recorded job gains for a second consecutive year,” Rick Waclawek, director of Michigan’s Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, said in a December news release. The national unemployment rate sits at 7.8 percent. Central Michigan University Professor of Economics Christopher Bailey said, although Michigan has shown improvement in the labor market, the state is still in worse shape than in the past. “The unemployment rate for Michigan is still considerably worse than the average,”
aUDIt | cOntinUed FrOm 3 competency requirements for undergraduate studies. For students enrolled in graduate school this year who are working to earn a Master of Science in Administration, the program will also display progress toward that specific degree. “Access to this information is a valuable resource,” Hutslar said. “It serves as an ongoing audit for individual students and allows for better course de-
tRUstee | cOntinUed FrOm 3 Southfield offices to the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. The move saved BCBS $30 million in operating costs, according to Crain’s Detroit Business. “We welcome Ms. Keith as
BOWL | cOntinUed FrOm 3 Expenses for the CMU marching band cost $27,081, though athletics only paid
Bailey said. “Labor markets in Michigan have been slowly improving over the past three years, and the good news is that labor markets aren’t horrible like three or four years ago, but the bad news is that labor markets in Michigan are still poor.” A survey of Michigan’s major employers showed more than 13,000 jobs were added to the workforce in 2012. However, a survey of major employers in America showed a loss of more than 11,000 jobs in December, a majority from the business and retail sectors. Bailey said this is good news for students who will graduate soon and are looking to enter the work force in Michigan. “Unemployment rates look set to drift downwards as labor markets continue to improve both in Michigan and in the country in general. So, (for graduates), the work world looks a bit more hopeful,” he said. “As the national economy improves and auto buying increases, the economy of Michigan should be helped.” Some students are still wary of employment hardships ahead, especially considering the national 11.4-percent youth unemployment rate. “Unemployment numbers are always fluctuating, and that’s why it’s so intimidating to find job security anywhere,” Rockford senior Ashleigh Kline said. “I’m graduating in the spring, and, right now, the job market looks OK, but that doesn’t mean it will still be OK
in a few months.” Brighton junior Emily Huckabone shares Kline’s concerns. “I’m a business student, and, looking at the number of business jobs cut in America last month, it doesn’t look hopeful for me,” Huckabone said. The long-term trend of unemployment in Michigan shows that the state has been recovering very slowly from the recession of 2008-09, when the unemployment rate peaked at 14.1 percent. “I don’t have a particular prediction (for unemployment numbers in the coming months),” Bailey said. “But, if the unemployment rate in Michigan continues to change as it has been, the unemployment rate this summer would be about half a point lower than it is now.” Washtenaw county, home to the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, had the lowest jobless rate in December at 5.1, up from 4.3 percent in November. Kalamazoo County, home to Western Michigan University, had the eighthlowest unemployment rate in December at 6.6 percent, up from 5.6 percent in November, and Ingham County, home to Michigan State University, had the twelfth-lowest jobless rate at 7.1 percent, up from six percent in November.
cisions, the planning of classes and fulfilling all requirements for graduation.” The academic history section displays all courses the student has completed and courses in which they are enrolled. Transfer, advanced placement, College Level Examination Program and International Baccalaureate credits will also be displayed. The advising tab is not yet fully implemented. Upon clicking, students are redirected to a page that says advising information is unavailable. This tab will eventually show all student advisers, including
any faculty and staff advisers. Each profile will be specifically tailored to show information only for that student, including general advising, leadership, honors or athletics. While this new feature will serve as a major convenience for students, Hutslar warns in the release that it doesn’t offer a full evaluation of graduation requirements. “Please note that this is an advising tool only,” the release reads. “It is still important for you to continue to meet with your faculty and staff advisers.”
a high-achieving alumna who brings outstanding leadership, deep community and professional insights and a commitment to academic excellence,” University President George Ross said in a Wednesday afternoon news release. Keith is the second appointment to the board of trustees this month. Gov. Snyder appointed Dow Chemical Co’s Bill Weideman to the board on Jan.
3, 2013. Weideman, who is the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Dow Chemical, fills outgoing Chairman Sam Kottamasu’s seat on the board. The board’s first meeting of 2013 is scheduled for Feb. 14. Managing Editor John Irwin contributed to this report.
$2,081. The provost’s office covered the additional $25,000. On-campus meals and lodging for the band totaled $5,720, while $9,574 for bowl meals, $6,487 for bus transportation and $5,300 for apparel and equipment made up the rest of the budget.
The trip to the Motor City was the fourth for the Chippewas since 2006. CMU finished 7-6 on the season, marking the first winning season in the Dan Enos era.
By Ryan Fitzmaurice Senior Reporter
There are 151 known homeless individuals in Isabella County, according to data revealed by Central Michigan University sociology, anthropology and social work professor J. Douglas Penn. However, Coordinator for Continuum of Care Mary Schneider said, in her line of work, she has seen far more. “We are amazed. It feels like they are coming out of the woodwork,” Schneider said. “I’ve helped 100 families; there are five, six, seven or eight people in a family. I’ve seen 250 homeless individuals in the last eight months in Isabella County, and that’s not even all of them.” More than 170 students attended Wednesday afternoon’s Soup and Substance event in the Bovee University Center Rotunda, which focused on homelessness in honor of MLK week. The event, sponsored by the Office of Diversity Education and Multicultural Academic Student Services at CMU, featured a panel of Mid-Michigan Community Action Agency employees Audrey Daniels, Penn and Schneider. Penn, who presented the findings of his Social Theory 301 class at the event, said he was astounded by the amount of information his students gave him to present about Isabella County homelessness. “Just their academic prowess, I was surprised by the amount they did. They went above and beyond what was expected from them,” Penn said. Native American Programs Administrative Secretary Sarah Avery said attendance was higher than
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Harrison Township junior Lisa Lagocki fills her bowl with soup during the Soup and Substance event Wednesday afternoon in the Rotunda room at the Bovee University Center. The event was included as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week.
expected for the event. “All Soups and Substances are very unique,” Avery said. “They all feature different crowds, different speakers, different atmospheres, but we see our biggest groups on programs affiliated with another event like MLK week. We are very pleased with the number that has shown up today.” A wide variety of individuals were present in the audience, including those from religious organizations, faculty and students. Barton said the presence of so many different groups of people interested in homelessness was a positive sign. “There’s a real need to unite resources in the county regarding this issue,” Barton said. “Faith-based, social work organizations, students from CMU, community organizations, we need to collectively work
toward solving this issue.” Tyler Barton, a university custodian, found the presentations on homelessness especially meaningful. “It’s not an issue that most of us are incredibly distanced from,” Barton said. “We’re all only a few paychecks from being homeless, and there’s a real need for us to group together and build a homeless shelter in this community.” Graduate students Elsken Steenblik of Pewamo and Laura Baslock of Bad Axe have been to several Soup and Substance events throughout the year. “We like going to these,” Steenblik said. “It’s just a way to get information that affects your community ... I definitely wasn’t as aware of homelessness in Isabella County before this (event).” firstname.lastname@example.org
“it’s not an issue that most of us are incredibly distanced from.” Tyler Barton, university custodian
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Rivalry renewed: CMU vs. Western
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After a 3-25 volleyball season, Tennessee Tech has hired Central Michigan associate head coach Dave Zelenock as its new head coach. Zelenock was with the Chippewas for six seasons under head coach Erik Olson. During his tenure, he Dave Zelenock helped the program win its first MidAmerican Conference championship and NCAA tournament appearance. Zelenock is a CMU alum and was the program’s recruiting coordinator. The Chippewas have had fivestraight ranked recruiting classes. “We are extremely excited for Dave and his family,” Olson said in a release. “Dave’s goals were to become a head coach, and I am very pleased to see him get this opportunity. Dave has been a very big contributor to our program’s success, and I am glad to see his hard work pay off. He will be missed, and we wish him all the success in his next adventure.” It came as no surprise to Olson, as he knew from the start that Zelenock’s ultimate goal was to become a head coach. He even went beyond Olson’s expectations as Zelenock guaranteed when he took the job that he would be on staff through 2009. “He called me when he found out, so I knew it was happening,” Olson said. “We support Dave, and he told from the start he would be here through 2009, and I knew he’d been putting out feelers for the past few years.” Zelenock takes over the Golden Eagles after former head coach John Blair stepped down after 10 seasons. “The position at Tennessee Tech is really a dream job,” Zelenock said in a release by Tennessee Tech. “I get to be a head coach in a conference that is competitive with the resources that it takes to win. I will have a great administration supporting our program, and it will give me the opportunity to be successful in my first college head coaching job.”
After a disappointing loss at home against Northern Illinois, men’s basketball has a chance to redeem itself Saturday when rival Western Michigan visits McGuirk Arena. In a division that has a log jam for second place, with four teams sitting at 2-3 in the MidAmerican Conference West, the Broncos are 3-2 in MAC play and sitting atop the division. With that being said, this is CMU versus WMU, and the records do not matter when a rivalry game happens. “Everybody knows about this rivalry,” senior guard Finis Craddock said. “I want this win just as bad as everybody else does, and all we have to do is play hard.” The Broncos come in with a strong defense led by junior center Shayne Whittington, who is second in the MAC in rebounds, with 8.3 per game, and fifth in blocked shots, with 1.8 per game. As a team, WMU is second in points allowed, at 62.3 per game, and it is the best rebounding team in the MAC. It is on a three-game winning streak with impressive wins against Toledo (79-56), the Huskies (71-34) and a tight 63-59 win against Eastern Michigan. All three of those wins came against teams who have beaten the Chippewas this season. “One thing I’ve liked, for the most part, is our intensity each night,” head coach Keno Davis said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Michigan or MichiganDearborn, our intensity is the same each night.” Perhaps a loss against NIU can be easily forgotten with the focus now on the Broncos. But Davis made it known that it doesn’t matter who his team plays, you’ll see the same CMU team. “I don’t think it matters if it was Western or Northern or Southern,” Davis said. “Our guys enjoy going out and playing each night.” Craddock mentioned how badly he wants this win, maybe more than most on the team, not because they don’t care, but because they don’t know. Of the 14 guys on the Chippewas roster, six are freshmen, and senior guard Kyle Randall is a transfer who has never played in the rivalry before. So half of the team has never played WMU.
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Senior 184-pounder Ben Bennett, top, wrestles with sophomore 174-pounder Taylor Schuck during a practice on Jan. 16 at McGuirk Arena. Bennett placed sixth in the NCAA Championships last season at 184 pounds, and, in his first two seasons at 174 pounds he placed sixth and eighth.
Road to victory Ben Bennett striving for more, a national title, in senior season By Jeff Papworth | Staff Reporter
Four-time All-American. Nobody in the wrestling program, which has garnered 16 MidAmerican Conference tournament championships, has earned the honor. Yet it is a title that is not important to senior Ben Bennett, who could secure the accolade come March. “My goal was never to be a four-time All-American,” he said. “My goal is to be a national champ.” This has been a goal of his since high school when his eyes were set on the TV when it aired college wrestling, and he was on his way to three-state championships in Michigan with a 213-3 record through high school. The senior’s response when he heard four-time All-American was that it’s not good enough. He placed sixth in the NCAA Championships last season at 184 pounds, and, in his first two seasons at 174 pounds, he placed sixth and eighth, respectively. This year, at 184 pounds, will be different because of consistent work on technique, strategy and having a good game plan. Head coach Tom Borrelli said he believes the steps he made could equate to reaching the
promised land. “There’s no question in my mind he has the ability to win the NCAA Championship,” Borrelli said. “I think he’s been really close. I think a little technical error here and there has been the difference.” Like any athlete and coach, they did not make excuses, but, in the NCAA Championships last year, Bennett might have had one of those miniscule things not go his way. He got sick. He said he did not know what he had, but one of his many symptoms was sweating away four pounds every night in St. Louis. “I try to not think about that too much,” he said, after giving out a long sigh. “There wasn’t much I could do about it, just the cards I was dealt. All I could do is wrestle through it.” Borrelli said, by the third day of the tournament, it did affect him, but he said Bennett had to just fight through it. Moving on, Bennett is
16-0 in his final season. He won the much-acclaimed Midlands, beating Robert Hamlin of Lehigh 2-1 in the championship. It was his 100th win at CMU, not a surprising benchmark for someone who, Borrelli said, has probably not missed a practice in his career. “I have high expectations for myself,” Bennett said. “That’s one thing I hate — missing a practice. So I will do whatever I can to not miss a run; not miss a lift, not miss a wrestling practice.” In 21 years of coaching Chippewas wrestling, Borrelli said he has given out about three to five full scholarships. One of them went to Bennett, a junior and senior national champion before coming to CMU. “He’s been one of our more fortunate guys we’ve had here,” Borrelli said. “He was good as anyone in high school, and it has carried over into college.” Borrelli will have a tough time filling the void left by Bennett when he graduates this spring. “There will be a missing piece of the puzzle at CMU when he leaves,” Borrelli said.“Obviously, for our team, it’s going to be a big loss. He’s been a very integral part of our
program the last threeand-a-half years.” But before then, he could set new heights for Chippewas to come, by making history by being a four-time All-American as well as earning what’s most important to him — a national championship. “That’s what I’ve been working for since before I got to college,” Bennett said. “It would be awesome for me; it would be awesome for my family, coaches and the program.” If he accomplishes his goal, Borrelli said that would solidify him as ‘the most prolific wrestler we’ve ever had here.’ email@example.com
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Women’s basketball looks to keep momentum going against Akron By Mark Cavitt Staff Reporter
Fresh off another MidAmerican Conference win, the women’s basketball team returns home to play Akron at 2 p.m. Saturday. Sophomore guard Crystal Bradford continues to make headlines. She recorded her fourth-straight doubledouble on Wednesday night with 10 points and 13 rebounds. It was her eighth double-digit scoring and rebounding game of the season. She is also the reigning MAC West Player of the Week. Head coach Sue Guevara is looking forward to the challenge of facing the Zips and said it’s all about playing good, solid defense against a team that can score. “Akron is a very tough team and can score,” Guevara said. “They have five
or six players that can put up double-figures, too, and we lost to Akron at their place last year in a highscoring game. It’s a matter of us getting stops and understanding personnel. Defensively controlling the boards is going to be really key.” CMU has three players averaging 10-plus points per game this season: Bradford (14.6), junior guard Jessica Green (11.7) and senior forward Jessica Schroll (10.7). While the Chippewas are first in the MAC West with a five-game winning streak to open conference play, their longest of the season, Akron comes in at 3-2 in the MAC and 12-6 on the season, having lost its last two games to Toledo and Western Michigan, and is tied for second in the MAC East. There is only one team, statistically, that has been
better on the offensive side of the ball this season than CMU, and that team is Akron. The Zips are averaging 76.4 points per game, while the Chippewas rank second in the MAC with 74.4 points per game. Akron comes into this matchup as the best field goal and free-throw shooting team in the MAC this season. Guevara said the key in this matchup will be coming out in the first half and being more aggressive on offense than they have been in these past few games. “I want our team to have two good halves,” Guevara said. “We have shown our depth pays off in the second half. Our starters get much more aggressive in the second half, and, against a good team like Akron, you can’t win the game in the first half. But you can sure lose one.”
CMU will look to counter with the second-ranked three-point shooting team in the MAC against a Zips team that gives up 63.6 points per game. The defense has stepped up these last five games for the Chippewas, only giving up an average of 55.8 points per game. The offense is scoring 76.4 points per game with an average margin of victory of nearly 21 points. Akron has three of the top four scorers in the MAC this season, including junior forward Rachel Tecca, who leads the MAC in scoring this season coming in with an average of 18.2 points per game. Bradford leads CMU with 14.6 points per game, good for fifth in the MAC. Junior guard Sina King has eight double-doubles this year for the Zips, which is tied for most in the MAC
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Junior forward Taylor Johnson is stopped before passing the ball during the second half of the game against Northern Illinois on Jan. 19 at McGuirk Arena. The Chippewas won 83-56. Johnson finished with a game-high total of 25 points, two rebounds, one assist and a steal.
this season with Bradford. Both Green and Schroll have scored in double-digits in four of the first five games to begin the conference schedule. “We have to come out and be much more aggressive in
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Senior guard Finis Craddock protects the ball from NIU during the CMU game against the Huskies Wednesday night at McGuirk Arena. CMU lost to NIU 74-61.
CMU drops home game to Northern Illinois on poor shooting night By Kristopher Lodes Sports Editor
It was an ugly night for the men’s basketball team Wednesday when Northern Illinois came into McGuirk Arena with a 3-13 record and left with a 74-61 win. CMU found no rhythm from the field, as it shot just 32.7 percent overall and 29.2 percent in the second half. On the opposite end, NIU took advantage of CMU’s struggles by shooting 48.8 percent from the field and 52.6 percent from beyond the arc. The Huskies shot 60 percent in the second half to keep the pressure on CMU. “Got to give Northern Illinois credit, they had a win on the road coming in here and now they have two,” head coach Keno Davis said. “Northern Illinois had a great game plan, they executed, and I think you have to give them credit.” Things looked good for the Chippewas halfway through the first half when senior guard Finis Craddock hit a three-pointer to put his team up 21-11 with 9:23 left. Sophomore guard Austin Keel hit a three-pointer a minute later to keep CMU up 10, but, from there on out, it was all Huskies. NIU went on a 18-7 run to end the half, as the Chippewas didn’t make a single
shot in the final 6:36. “We’ve talked about how sometimes we’ll have up nights and down nights with six true freshmen, and tonight was part of that,” Davis said. “They went on their run and did things we hadn’t seen before, and we just have to get our minds straight that we want to peak when it comes time for the conference tournament.” The second half didn’t fare any better for CMU, as it never regained the lead. Every time the Chippewas thought it might have an answer, the Huskies responded with threepointers or a tough made jump shot to take the sails out of the comeback. “I feel like we just didn’t play hard,” Craddock said. “They came out with a lot of energy, and I feel we went on our spurts and then, when they went on theirs, we kind of just laid back.” Craddock was a silver lining to the night, as he has continued to excel and see his minutes grow as he brings a spark off the bench. The senior finished the night with 11 points, includ-
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“We have so many young guys that they don’t recognize as much of the rivalry and the intensity that brings,” Davis said. “Sometimes you get better from the losses more than you do the wins. I expect us to come in and have some spir-
ing two three-pointers, one of which gave CMU a spark late that was soon extinguished by an NIU bucket. Craddock also had three steals on the night to try to help get the Chippewas going defensively, but it just wasn’t enough. “Finis was a guy in the first few games who wasn’t playing a lot,” Davis said. “And for a senior to keep his head up and to keep working hard in practice, he got his opportunities to show what he can do, and we feel strong about him and you see the underclassmen have an attitude like that.” CMU will have a chance to redeem itself in front of its home crowd at 7 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Western Michigan. email@example.com
different.” While with the Chippewas, Zelenock excelled at his job as recruiting coordinator, outside hitters coach and defensive coordinator. Olson said it is his eye for talent and defensive knowledge that will be greatly missed. “He’s got a great eye for talent and finding that special player where other teams might not look,” Olson said. “It will be his work as the defensive coordinator where he’ll be missed the most.” A national search has already begun, and Olson is looking for a person to come in as a co-coordinator.
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How often do we hear people say hard work pays off? It is a redundancy I sometimes get tired of hearing, because I know there are times it doesn’t. But, in some cases, it is the pure truth. Left tackle Eric Fisher is rocketing up the 2013 NFL mock draft boards and will likely be the highest draft pick in Central Michigan history. But, I can personally tell you, if you would have said Fisher would be a firstround pick out of college four years ago, I would have called you crazy. Almost all of Stoney Creek High School in Rochester, Mich., would have laughed in your face. As I watched him in high school, I could tell he was a solid player, but he was no must-see five-star lineman. He didn’t even play offensive line until his senior year. However, Fisher impressed enough to receive scholarship offers from Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan and even earned playing time as a true freshman at CMU. He continued to fill his large 6-foot-7 frame, which thrusted him into a starting role his sophomore season. Fisher followed his sophomore campaign by earning third team All-MAC honors, despite missing the last two games due to injury. But, he answered any questions regarding his health his senior season by starting all 12 games and being named to the All-MAC first team. And now we wait, as the tackle continues to impress during the practices leading up to the Senior Bowl on Saturday in Mobile, Ala. Although many of the draft’s top senior prospects typically decline invitations to the Senior Bowl, Fisher is using this as an opportunity to prove he can compete with players from top conferences and potentially hurdle over Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel, who is projected to be the first lineman taken. Scouts might still have Joeckel as the top lineman and a top-five pick, but Fisher still has ample time to show why he should be number one in April’s draft. And one thing I know about Fisher is he wants to be the best. Not in a cocky, arrogant way, he just doesn’t expect anything less from himself. He has overcome the odds against him before, and I see no reason why he wouldn’t be able to do it again. Not only would it be great for CMU, but also the MidAmerican Conference and the state of Michigan. And it would be another example of how hard work really does pay off.
During his time at CMU, Zelenock helped the program go 107-78, and he credits (Erik) Olson and the program on his new job. “One of the great things about my time at Central Michigan is that coach Olson and the administration gave me a lot of room to grow and do quite a bit within the program,” Zelenock said in the release. “There was not a lot that I didn’t have my hands in there, so, for me, this will not be a huge change in the day-to-day activities. The big change is that now I will be the final say in recruiting, lineups and some other aspects. The wins and losses will be in my name now, so that’s a little
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Gymnastics team aims to upset No. 1 Michigan By Emily Grove Senior Reporter
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Sophomore all-around Halle Moraw performs on the beam during their meet against University of New Hampshire on Jan. 11 at McGuirk Arena. Moraw scored a 9.775 for her routine.
No. 20 gymnastics has a specific mindset this weekend when competing against some top-ranked teams — upsets happen. Last Friday, CMU was on the losing end of an upset after being defeated by Ball State, but, Saturday, the team hopes the roles are reversed as it faces Michigan, the No. 1 team in the nation. The Chippewas will travel to Minneapolis for the quad meet against the Wolverines,
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Mike Ottinger, sophomore 165-pounder in MAC duals. Then in the Mizzou dual, Ottinger upset No. 10 Zach Toal with a takedown in the first 39 seconds of sudden victory. “I had a tough week in the Virginia Duals, so it felt real good to beat that kid,” Ottinger said. “I just need to wrestle as hard as I can and keep improving.” CMU remains unbeaten in MAC duals this year; however, Kent State handed the Chippewas their only MAC loss last year. Over the past four years, the Golden Eagles and CMU have split 2-2. In last year’s dual, senior Jarod Trice, No. 6 at heavyweight, and senior Scotti Sentes, No. 8 at 133 pounds, did not wrestle for the Chippewas. Aside from Kent State, in the past four years, the Chip-
pewas have dominated the MAC. CMU is currently riding an 11-year MAC Championships, run, which is the longest in conference history. With the team at full strength and no health issues, the Chippewas look to continue their domination in the MAC. “I think our record in the MAC gives our guys confidence,” Borrelli said. “But, not only in the MAC, but against good competition.” After their dual against Kent State, CMU will have a full week to prepare for the next home dual against Old Dominion on Sunday, Feb. 3. The Chippewas will finish up the home stand with another conference meet Feb. 8 against Eastern Michigan. firstname.lastname@example.org
lished new season highs in three events, including registering a 49.075 in the balance beam. Sophomores Taylor Noonan and Kylie Fagan received outstanding scores, with Noonan winning the balance beam with a career-high 9.925. For the second-straight week, Fagan claimed the top spot on the uneven bars. CMU’s line-up will look a little different at Minneapolis, with some gymnasts reducing events or not competing at all. Freshman Megan Lam-
phere recently severely injured her knee and will not be competing or traveling, Reighard said, which leaves her spot open for freshmen who have never competed. Previously competing all-around, junior Brittany Petzold and sophomore Halle Moraw will be limited this weekend and possibly more of the first half of the season. “There will be little bit of conservativeness on my part because it’s the right thing to do,” Reighard said. email@example.com
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