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A-Senate vote falls short of stopping change to academic calendar By Tony Wittkowski Senior Reporter

A majority of the Academic Senate Tuesday voted to stop the proposed academic calendar change but fell short of the two-thirds majority required for the vote to actually count. The Senate voted 54 to 46 to halt the new calendar, which would shorten the length of semesters to 15 weeks beginning in fall of 2014. Since the term “rescind” was implemented in the motion, the vote needed to have a two-thirds majority in order to keep the academic calendar at 16 weeks, causing confusion among most of the senators.

“The will of the Senate was reflected in the majority vote,” Provost Gary Shapiro said. “As far as parliamentary procedures, (physics professor Joseph Finck) introduced the particular wording to ‘rescind’ so that he could apply the twothirds rule.” The need for a two-thirds vote was not addressed until after the voting process was complete. “I think it was disingenuous on (Finck’s) part not to inform the Senate before the vote that it then required a two-thirds majority, which would have allowed the Senate to stake the motion in a different fashion,” Shapiro said after the meeting. Finck led the charge against

revoking the academic calendar’s 15-week approval and suggested changing the term to “rescind.” “This is serious; it is saying that a previous body got it wrong, that this body made a mistake,” Finck said during the meeting. Finck said the numbers provided in the provost’s report that determined the adjusted calendar would cost the university $3 million did not seem accurate. After each side presented an argument, the Senate spent about 10 minutes explaining what each choice meant. Several senators raised questions out of confusion over the use of the word “rescind.”

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Provost Gary Shapiro gives the provost’s report at the Academic Senate meeting Tuesday afternoon in Pearce Hall.

William Merrill likely to enter plea; may not reach trial By Tony Wittkowski Senior Reporter

Former Central Michigan University professor William Lord Merrill is expected to enter into a plea bargain following charges of child pornography in federal court. Merrill, 58, was arrested for one count of possession of child pornography and indicted by a grand jury on two counts of receipt of child pornography on Dec. 19. A pretrial conference took place Jan. 24 by telephone. A final pretrial conference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. March 25 before District Judge Thomas Ludington. If a plea bargain is not made before March 21, a jury trial is scheduled William Lord Merrill April 9 at 8:30 a.m. Court-appointed Defense Attorney Daniel O’Neil said if the case is settled before trial, Merrill will likely enter a plea. “It might happen,” O’Neil said. “Ninety-nine percent of cases are resolved prior to trial.” O’Neil said Merrill is reviewing the evidence against him. CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley said it is unlikely Merrill will go to trial due to the amount of evidence against him. “In my opinion, it is a very overwhelming case against the individual,” Yeagley said. “However, some folks believe they deserve to have their day in court. Time will tell, and I have faith in the system.” As previously reported by Central Michigan Life, Merrill was charged Nov. 8 with a four-count felony including one count of possession of sexually abusive material, one count of distributing or promoting child sexually abusive activity and two counts of using a computer to commit a crime, according to court records. He was also charged with possessing a switch blade, a misdemeanor. The investigation began when CMU’s information technology staff noticed a large amount of data being transmitted from a single computer on the network. After tracking the source of transmission, IT disconnected Merrill’s computer from the Internet in hopes that the user would contact IT for support, according to an affidavit. After further inspection of his computer, an A MERRILL | 2A

GSO Bargaining Platform Key Points w Graduate assistants should be allowed to receive time off without negative effects on education. w Graduate assistants working overtime should be compensated if so desired. w Graduate assistants should not have to pay for training. w Graduate assistants should have access to employer-sponsored health care.

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Richmond senior Jami Kidman, center, pays taxi driver Troy Thurlow for a ride back to her home Saturday night outside of the Wayside Central, 2000 S. Mission St.

Playing it safer Safe Rides sees increase since abduction, taxi usage remains about the same By Tony Wittkowski | Senior Reporter

The Safe Rides service has been used twice as much since the abduction of a Central Michigan University student outside of the Student Activity Center two weeks ago.

On Jan. 16, a Grand Rapids senior was abducted in her own vehicle around 9:30 p.m. and forced to drive to a S. Crawford residence where she was bound with tape and raped by Eric Lee Ramsey, 30, who was later fatally shot following pursuit of the Michigan State Police in Gaylord. CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley said the number of students using Safe Rides has almost doubled since the abduction, which is a good sign that people are being transported safely. “(Safe Rides) provides another opportunity for our campus community to be safe and is designed for individuals to not have to walk across campus in any danger,” he said. Yeagley learned of the increase in Safe Rides because the usage is tracked by campus police.

Yeagley said students who are alone are given a priority in being picked up over those in groups, because they do not have a lot of people around. “Some folks use (the service) for convenience simply because they want a ride,” Yeagley said. “And I’m OK with that.” Despite the increase in Safe Rides, most taxi companies around Mount Pleasant have either seen similar business or have had ridership decrease. Roger Woodard, office manager for Chippewa Cab, said regardless of what has happened, the winter season is always the busiest. “We are staying about the same on the weekends,” Woodard said. “When the weather is bad, we are going to be busier because people

don’t want to walk.” Additionally, a common issue cab companies face year-round, regardless of ridership numbers, is riders not paying cab fare. “We try to get people to pay up front,” Woodard said. “But, when a lot of people pile into the back, it is hard to see who has paid and who hasn’t.” Edward Ball, owner of Mount Pleasant Cab, has accumulated 16 years of experience and uses a method in his cabs to ensure users pay. “We are the only company that has the passenger go out through the front passenger door,” Ball said. The location of the door makes the passenger have to at least walk by the driver before getting out. metro@cm-life.com

Graduate student union reveals platform ahead of bargaining By Annie Harrison Staff Reporter

The goal of the Graduate Student Union’s bargaining platform is to improve basic protections and human rights for graduate assistants, GSU President Michelle Campbell said. Central Michigan University’s GSU was recognized in 2009, and the three-year contract from 2010-13 expires next summer. Campbell said she hopes the Board of Trustees will approve bargaining at the Feb. 14 meeting so the GSU can bargain over spring break. “Our hopes are that we have a

contract by the end of the school year,” the Cedar Springs graduate assistant for English language and literature said. Graduate assistants are in a position of being both students and employees at the university. “We have the same responsibilities as a faculty member, but not the same rights as a faculty member,” Campbell said. The official bargaining platform states that graduate assistants should be able to receive time off without negatively affecting their appointments or their students’ educations. The GSU supports “the orderly administration of judicious amounts of leave and

bereavement time for graduate assistants at Central Michigan University.” The platform supports a policy for graduate assistants to be able to get time off as a result of a serious medical condition, to take care of the health of a family or household member and under other circumstances such as military duty or jury duty. “Graduate assistants should be able to request time off without worrying about jeopardizing their careers,” Sarah Murphy, a St. Johns graduate assistant for chemistry, said. Overtime compensation is another issue listed in the bargain-

ing platform. Campbell said there are a number of full-time graduate assistants who work more than 20 hours per week. She said the GSU wants to make it so that graduate assistants working overtime can get compensation if they want it. Graduate students also should not be penalized if they don’t want to work overtime, she said. Robert Hinck, a Mount Pleasant graduate assistant for communication and dramatic arts, said the GSU contract is important to graduate assistants. This is our career, he said. A GRADUATE STUDENTS | 2A


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EVENTS CALENDAR TODAY w The Central Avenue jazz group

will play at the student lounge across from Quizno’s in the Bovee University Center at noon as a part of Tunes @ Noon.

TOMORROW w The American Red Cross will

hold a blood drive at the Student Activity Center from noon to 6 p.m. in the Alumni and NIRSA rooms. Visit redcrossblood.org for more information. w The CMU women’s basketball

team (12-7, 6-0) takes on the Kent State Golden Flashes (2-17, 0-6) at 7 p.m. at McGuirk Arena. w An open session for the David

Garcia Project, a program that raises disability awareness, will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Bovee UC’s 121 Ausable room. w The CMU Orchestra, conducted by José-Luis Maúrtua, will perform a free, public concert at 8 p.m. in the Staples Family Concert Hall in the Music Building. w The Safer Sex Patrol will go

on a bar patrol at 10:30 p.m., distributing condoms and abstinence kits to bars in the city. The group will meet at the Down Under Food Court in the Bovee UC before leaving.

CORRECTIONS In the story “Soup and Substance event addresses Isabella County homelessness” published on Friday, graduate student and leading coordinator in the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching Travus Burton was incorrectly cited as university custodian Tyler Barton. © Central Michigan Life 2013 Volume 94, Number 54

MERRILL | CONTINUED FROM 1A IT worker discovered images and videos of child pornography. Merrill was scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Isabella County Trial Court on a four-count felony relating to child porn, but federal prosecutors served a warrant for his arrest. He was sent to Bay City. Merrill resigned from CMU Nov. 5 after being confronted about three child porn videos found on his school computer and being suspended by university officials. university@cm-life.com

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Sunday night ‘masked mugging’ on railroad tracks only a rumor By Tony Wittkowski Senior Reporter

Police confirmed there was no mugging on campus at the railroad tracks on campus Sunday night. CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley said the mugging was made up, and there was no suspect or victim. “I can confirm 100 percent that there was no mugging that occurred,” Yeagley said. “We know for a fact that there was no actual mugging at the railroad tracks.” It was around midnight on Jan. 27, when some people walking out of the Student Activity Center saw a police car and got the attention of one of the patrols. The police were then led to the alleged victim, when they discovered there had been no crime. “There were a couple individuals who had received a text from the alleged victim; as they are reading that, they flag down an officer,” Yeagley said. “They worked

together to find them and find the individual.” It was said to have been down by some trees off of Broomfield Street and Washington Street, located next to the train tracks on campus property. “Those are the kind of relationships we need to have by working together to keep everyone safe,” Yeagley said of the individuals who contacted the police. “My hope is people can contact the police so we can spread the information in an accurate manner.” Shortly after the incident had happened, Twitter erupted with notifications on what happened as well as a description of the nonexistent suspect. “CMU students: an attempted mugging just took place by train tracks. By Washington and Broomfield. 6ft male wearing a ski mask. Be safe/aware,” one tweet read. metro@cm-life.com

GRADUATE STUDENTS | CONTINUED FROM 1A “We don’t want to be limited by our contract,” he said. The bargaining platform also includes sections on training opportunities, access to adequate materials and health care. Ben Fortin, a Midland graduate assistant for political science, said as employees of a public institution, there are improvements that need to be made to protect rights for graduate assistants. He said graduate assistants perform a lot of the same duties as faculty, and they need to be able to provide the same services to their students. The bargaining platform states graduate assistants should not have to pay for training. If the training opportunity is a course that counts toward graduation, credits should be deducted from the graduate assistant’s tuition remission. If the course does not count toward graduation, the department or administrative unit should pay for the course. All training should count toward the graduate assistant’s workload hours. Regarding the issue of health care, the platform states, “We believe that it is imperative to have reasonable employer-sponsored health insurance to guard against catastrophic health emergencies that could

endanger a graduate assistant’s educational endeavors. We believe graduate assistants should have health care coverage beyond the wellness allowance, and we support health care coverage that extends to spouses, civil partners and children.” Campbell said these issues have not been a “huge problem” in the past, but the GSU wants to establish protections for future situations. Campbell said graduate assistants don’t receive stipends, and they do not get course release or time off to work on bargaining, and graduate assistants volunteer to bargain in order to improve the contract for future graduate assistants. “We take time out of our schedule to make things better for graduate assistants,” she said. Campbell attempted to begin bargaining over winter break, when she brought her agenda to the Dec. 6 Board of Trustees meeting. After emailing the board in advance, Campbell’s request was not mentioned in the formal meeting, and University President George Ross told her all bargaining would wait until spring, in keeping with the university’s traditional bargaining timetable. university@cm-life.com

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Mount Clemens freshman Oscar Sanchez-Reyes, left, and Algonac senior Kailin Kleintjes look through posters at the Poster Sale Tuesday afternoon at the Rotunda room in the Bovee University Center. “I’ve gotten posters from here before,” Kleintjes said. “I’m trying to get him to decorate his room.”

A-SENATE | CONTINUED FROM 1A A-Senate chairman Jim McDonald said if any other word besides “rescind” was used in the motion, a two-thirds vote would not have been required. He also said the decision made Tuesday isn’t necessarily final. “What will likely happen is somebody will introduce a new motion that will rescind or reject something for a different reason, but it will still affect the calendar,” McDonald said. “That will go forward unless something else comes up.” The Student Government Association gained approval from the Senate to propose the initial motion to reject the

calendar change. Finck then proposed to change the wording of the motion to “rescind,” without fully explaining to the rest of A-Senate that a twothirds vote would be needed. “I don’t think (senators) were fully aware, and it wasn’t really explained,” McDonald said. Arguments from both sides were mentioned with regards to its affect on football game contracts, Leadership Safari and students who work during the summer. SGA President and Macomb junior Justin Gawronski said he was disappointed in the

senators who did not vote to revoke the calendar change. “When this goes back to the bargaining table, I hope a compromise can be found to better serve the interests of the students,” Gawronski said. “It’s not over until it’s over.” Gawronski said he wished the provost’s report was released a year ago and that the main focus of the calendar discussion was on the impact the calendar change would have on academics. University President George Ross, who has publicly come out against the calendar change, was not present because he was tending to university business, Shapiro said. university@cm-life.com

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CMED raises $20 million, hits 80 percent five-year fundraising goal By Samantha Smallish Staff Reporter

Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine announced Tuesday it has achieved 80 percent of its $25 million fundraising goal. Kathy Wilbur, vice president of development and external relations, said in a news release the fundraising efforts, which were final-

ized this week, have pushed the campaign beyond $20 million in two years into a five-year campaign. “(CMED surpassing its fundraising goals will) positively benefit the families of central and northern Michigan, communities as we train new primary care doctors to practice in this region,” Wilbur said in the release. CMED Dean Ernest Yoder

said he is pleased with the progress the college has made in reaching its fundraising goal. “I’m very excited about (reaching the 80-percent mark); I think it puts us in a good position to reach our goals over a short period of time,” he said. Yoder said CMED continuing to have a strong relationship with the community

and the dedication of the fundraising teams, as well as volunteers working together, will be crucial in order to raise the remaining funds. “I am hopeful that we will reach our goal by the time the first CMED class starts in August,” he said. Donations to CMED will be put toward scholarships, facilities and operations, as outlined in the news release.

“We appreciate our donors, including individuals, corporations and foundations, sharing our vision and interest in helping create a unique medical education model,” Wilbur said. “We have been building momentum for the College of Medicine as we continue to share the story of how CMU and our community partners will use an innovative

curriculum to train the next generation of primary care physicians.” The College of Medicine received 2,765 applications for its inaugural class by the Dec. 15 deadline. The inaugural class will accept 60 applicants, and students will begin course work this summer. university@cm-life.com

Legislation would exempt Michigan-made guns from federal law By Shelby Miller Senior Reporter

Michigan might loosen gun control regulations as President Barack Obama and U.S. lawmakers work to bring about new gun control measures on a federal level. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on three bills last week, all of which passed and will now go to the full Michigan Senate for consideration. The main bill would exempt Michigan-made guns and ammunition from federal firearm regulations. The other two bills would exempt gunlicensing information from the Freedom of Information Act and exempt licensing requirements for some federal firearms dealers. Should the bills pass the state Legislature and if Congress approves Obama’s comprehensive gun control package, enforcing gun control laws could become complicated for law enforcement. Central Michigan University Police Chief Bill Yeagley

said similar situations in the past, such as state medical marijuana laws, have left law enforcement policies unclear. “One law points in one direction and one in the other,” he said. “Ultimately, the Supreme Court makes decisions and clarifications, but that takes some time.” In the meantime, Mount Pleasant Public Information Officer Jeff Thompson said law enforcement would look to the prosecutor for direction and enforcement. “I would have to imagine that the department’s stance would be that any implementation would have to wait until after the bill is put into law and we get word from our prosecuting attorney’s office in regards to enforcement action,” he said. Thompson said it is important to protect Second Amendment rights, but he also encourages people to understand and educate themselves before purchasing and using a gun.

Central Michigan University’s alternative breaks program has been ranked one of the top in the nation. Break Away, a nonprofit organization that supports alternative breaks programs across the country, ranked CMU’s program fifth in the country, based on the number of breaks held, and fourth based on the amount of volunteers who participated. Alternative breaks are volunteer trips for students during winter, spring and summer breaks, where they travel across the United States and the world to volunteer for different causes. Causes range from animal endangerment, natural disaster relief and homelessness to suicide prevention and dealing with the elderly. CMU’s program has been active for 19 years, and coor-

‘Honoring yourself’ Kula Yoga brings yoga without judgments, cost Shelby Miller | Senior Reporter

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CMU’s alternative breaks program ranks fifth in nation By Amanda Branceum Staff Reporter

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Yoga instructor and owner of Kula Yoga Kristin Batzner demonstrates a pose during a yoga session Monday evening at the White Pine Montessori, 701 E. Maple St.

dinators said they pride themselves on providing affordable breaks for students. “Alternative Breaks provides opportunities for students to serve the communities they care about,” Alternative Breaks Chairperson and South Haven senior Shannon Schmutz said. “Right now, we are running at full capacity for the number of breaks we can plan and hold.” Alternative winter breaks were held the week of Dec. 16, and 13 breaks with 152 volunteers were sent out. The program is planning another 13 breaks with 156 volunteers for spring break. More than 100 people are usually on the waiting list for alternative breaks. Mount Pleasant senior Ricky Hohn has been a site leader on five breaks. He traveled to Memphis, Tenn., on his most recent break, where he A BREAKS | 5A

Kristen Batzner’s passion for yoga is just one

people the opportunity to take yoga classes

“I have seen many people who benefit from yoga limited by their ability to pay for classes. “I believe everyone should be able to enjoy yoga, so Kula is about providing time to practice together and not about charging a fee.”

without the worry of money or experience.

Kristen Batzner, owner of Kula Yoga

of the many things that inspired her to open Kula Yoga. Batzner calls Kula Yoga an inclusive and supportive environment that focuses on giving

Rather than charging a set fee, classes are donationbased. “I have seen many people who benefit from yoga limited by their ability to pay for classes,” she said. “I believe everyone should be able to enjoy yoga, so Kula is about providing time to practice together and not about charging a fee.” For nearly 13 years, Batzner has practiced yoga, and, for the past five, she’s been a certified teacher. It wasn’t until May 2011 that she combined her teaching and generosity to form her yoga practice. “People give what they can, and it is fun to see how people give in ways other than money,” she said. “We have received artwork, farm fresh eggs, honey and many other amazing gifts that are

much more personal and meaningful than cash.” In September 2011, Batzner moved her classes to White Pine Montessori, 701 E. Maple St., a school that donates its space. “I explained what I wanted to do to the director of the school and said I don’t have a set overhead because I want to provide yoga whether people can pay for it or not,” she said. Batzner said a cut of the donations goes back to the school. She also holds charity classes once every quarter, giving money to organizations such as Half the Sky. Batzner said yoga focuses on balancing the mind and body and what you put into your body affects that balance. “Kula is also about honoring yourself, and, therefore,

we should honor our bodies with good, nutritious food,” she said. “I always try to encourage people to be more healthy. A lot of our poses bring balance to your body, some work on the immune system, some squeeze out toxins.” What started as one class a week has grown into four days a week, and Batzner has even joined forces with yoga instructor Denise Fanning, who teaches additional classes. “People are very territorial with their teachers, and I really encourage them not to be,” Batzner said. “My goal is to get people doing yoga and to love it.” Stephanie Santostasi has practiced yoga for about six months and considers it a calming activity, which helps her relax.

“I would definitely try out this studio,” the Dearborn senior said. “I think their mission is very unique and interesting, and it’s definitely something I would look in to.” Santostasi also said she would be interested in seeing what Kula Yoga has to offer. “I would be interested in checking it out and seeing what it has to offer,” she said. “I would also be very curious as to how these classes would compare to the other yoga classes I have taken.” Classes are available Monday 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 to 11 a.m., which is a simultaneous child and adult yoga session. studentlife@cm-life.com

Michigan legislators discuss proposal to modify Electoral College By Wyatt Bush Staff Reporter

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Gov. Rick Snyder speaks before the introduction of the candidates during the GOP Debate in which eight Republican presidential candidates spoke at Oakland University Nov. 9, 2011 in Rochester, Mich.

Michigan legislators are considering proposing a bill that would change how the state allocates its Electoral College votes during a presidential election. The bill would award electoral votes proportionally, and candidates would receive an electoral vote for managing to win the popular vote within one of Michigan’s 14 congressional districts. Furthermore, the winner of the statewide popular vote would receive two additional electors. Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, said the bill is worth consideration in an interview with Gongwer.

“I hear that more and more from our citizens in various parts of the state of Michigan that they don’t feel like their vote for president counts because another area of the state may dominate that or could sway their vote,” Bolger said. “They feel closer to voting for their congressman or their congresswoman, and, if that vote coincided with their vote for president, they would feel better about that.” Passing such a bill would have drastic electoral implications. Had it been implemented before the previous presidential election, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would have received nine of the state’s 16 electoral votes, despite losing

the popular vote to President Barack Obama 52.7 percent to 47.3 percent. Obama tended to do well both nationally and in Michigan in more densely populated urban areas, while Romney fared better in more rural areas. In addition, if similar bills were passed in every state’s legislature, Romney would have actually won the election with 277 electoral votes compared to Obama’s 261, according to the New York Times. Obama won the election with 51 percent of the popular vote and 332 electoral votes. The controversial proposal A ELECTORAL | 5A


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EDITORIAL | Academic Senate should vote again on calendar proposal

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When will we learn? Werewolves, unicorns, vampires and Frankenstein’s monster. These all sound like creatures whose existence goes against nature, right? They seem like mystical magical creatures that aren’t real. Now, what if I had said turkey, salmon, watermelons and apples instead? What do we consider ‘normal’ when it comes to our food system anymore? In an average supermarket, you can buy turkey meat belonging to a turkey who couldn’t naturally breed. Their breasts are too big for these creatures to mate naturally. So, people have to use artificial insemination to make more turkeys appear. Am I the only one who remembers the days when watermelons, oranges, grapes and other fruits had seeds? To me, this is just weird. Attention: whomever took those seeds away, I want them back. Now there are apples made that don’t turn brown when exposed to the air. How lovely. Just FYI, adding a bit of lemon juice stops the browning and adds a zingy flavor with no DNA modifications needed. It seems like going back to the basics shouldn’t be so hard, but Americans and others seem happy about creating something newer, better, more sparkly. It’s not necessarily quality emphasis, but rather the newness. What about the good-old awesome things that nature made that we don’t appreciate? With these human creations, we often find out that our feeble attempts to “improve” on nature that looked so grand at first had dire consequences. DDT, trans-fats, BPA and Teflon are a few that come to mind. Moving on to salmon. Now, thanks to the invention of genetically modified foods and the hard work of the Food and Drug Association pushing this issue through during Christmas break, we can all clap our hands in wonder at the new creation of a genetically modified salmon, even though, last year, Congress blocked the food on grounds of serious concerns about environmental and health implications. This salmon is not your average salmon, but it has additional DNA from other creatures spliced into it. Perhaps the biotech companies just wanted you to get more eel in your diet. Don’t you just love it when biotech companies try and lie to your face and assure you of the safety of their creations? When someone tries to tell me their product doesn’t need to be labeled because it’s unnecessary and it’s the same as regular salmon, I can’t help but sputter and laugh. And then I remember how serious it all is, and I sober up. How in the world is an animal that has literally had its DNA altered be considered the same? Safe or not, it is not the same. It has been changed, end of story. Good or bad, you decide. Oh, wait, sorry I forgot. You can’t. Because there are no labels to indicate whether or not these foods are genetically altered. When will we learn? E-mail | editor@cm-life.com Mail | 436 Moore Hall Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 Fax | 989.774.7805 Central

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A botched vote he Academic Senate met Tuesday to vote on the new academic calendar, and the meeting ended with

confusion instead of clarity. The Senate voted 54-46 in favor of keeping the academic calendar as is, but, due to confusion with the wording, it failed to meet the needed two-thirds majority to pass. Meaning the academic calendar will change, at least for now. In light of the meeting, it’s apparent that the discussion about the academic calendar is far from over. Not only are A-Senate members confused, but the conversation about the calendar hasn’t been focused on what it should be: Academics. Provost Gary Shapiro submitted a report to A-Senate earlier this month outlining the implications the calendar would have

on the university in terms of finances. The report found the university would lose roughly $3 million from a calendar change. As President George Ross previously pointed out, $3 million is only a drop in the bucket for the university, which spends just over $1 million per day to operate. The financial discussion surrounding the calendar debate should be secondary to education. If the academic calendar change is implemented, students will be losing a week of education while paying the same amount per credit hour they are now. This means a week’s worth of information will either have to be crammed into a 15-week

lesson plan or eliminated from the curriculum. How is that fair to students and professors? Not only will students be sacrificing their education, but professors will be faced with deciding what topic can simply be skimmed over as opposed to being carefully taught. The conversation about the calendar needs to be revisited, this time from an academic viewpoint. A-Senate needs to consider what students would lose in terms of classroom time and curriculum and decide from there. A-Senate must lay everything out on the table and make sure senators understand what they are voting for. Confusion isn’t acceptable, especially when it comes to the education of Central Michigan University students. They do not deserve to see the quality of their academics fall because of some arcane A-Senate rule.

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This article was cute and funny until the last few sentences when the author claims apathy to issues such as climate change, politics and his future in general. It’s really a shame that what grasps student attention and outrage is the price of a pizza, in light of the global issues of injustice perpetuating all systems of power these days. -Chloe Gleichman I understand this is the editorial section, but this article is really what over twelve inches of CM Life was allocated toward? And by a CM-Life reporter at that. Articles such as these directly contribute to our corporate-driven society. A prime example of the typical American complaining about the cost of....pizza. Don’t get me wrong, food is important, but I feel that students should be supplied with editorials of collegiate standards. Maybe

like, “The U.S. is one of the few countries that does not have a labeling system for genetically modified foods- Why is that?” Perhaps I personally should be writing more editorials, but this is not the first time I have been appalled with an editorial or article. Another example of a multiple-paged article was something along the lines of “What Hipster Means.” Rant ended, I’m going to start writing editorials with substance. -Mariah Urueta Let me paraphrase your sixth paragraph for you: Perhaps outrage is not the appropriate expression. I’m sure we’re paying that extra dollar for some reason. Perhaps it’s because they know we’ll pay? Perhaps it’s because we can’t seem to understand market forces and just go buy a different pizza? Maybe they don’t care because it’s never caused an impact in their bottom line as long as their customers’ reaction to their prices is to go write a column for a university

Confessions of a more traumatic kind My first journalism assignment was one of terrible anxiety. It wasn’t my first Central Michigan Life assignment. That was a frightful experience as well, but after I circled the inside of the bowling alley eighteen different times, I finally gained the gumption to walk up to someone and join their bowling team. Six frames later, I was actually asking questions. Technically, as a reporter, I wasn’t supposed to participate, but I actually produced a story, and that was a big enough accomplishment for me that night. My first assignment was a much more terrible experience, though. It was in the beginning of my freshman year; I elected to enroll in an introductory journalism course. In the middle of class, we were told to interview three people and discover what their preferred news source was. I spent the next 15 minutes hiding on top of the stairs. I made up the answers, presented them to the class, sank into my seat and died inside. What can I say? People are scary. With their judgmental looks, social rules, vocal quips with doubled meanings and varied expectations, I mean, hell, I’ve always been lost, socially. You know the guy who is the life of the party? I’m standing behind him, trying to disappear in a crowded room. You know what else is terrifying? Ordering pizza. At the beginning of 2012, I was still afraid to answer the phone. Or, God help me, call somebody. There is no platform of communication that makes it more clear that people are judging you. Four months into 2012, after I was pushed into reporting, I decided to major in journalism. You know, the career where you talk to people for a living. I currently spend most of every day talking to people. Not only that, I ask them uncomfortable questions, sometimes in person, most of the time over the phone. And, yeah, eight times out of ten, I dial. You get to a point where you realize that fear isn’t any kind of defining factor unless you allow it to be. And, yes, of course they’re judging you. They’re judging you relentlessly all the time, and you’re judging them right back. And while you’re busy judging each other, I can almost guarantee there is someone in the back of the room, watching your conversation and judging you collectively. It’s at about that point when you realize you really shouldn’t care. So, you don’t. Or maybe it’s more like how Ralph Waldo Emerson put it: “He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” Well, I’m still scared every day. That’s probably why I’m still here.

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paper and then continue to pay the extra dollar? Maybe if I’m so concerned about this, I could just call the store and ask the manager what causes this phenomenon rather than blindly speculate? -Derek Long Reader reactions to the Jan. 28 “1 in 4 women on campus will be sexually assaulted prior to graduation“ story What about the males who get sexually assaulted on campus? Oh right, no one cares what happens to a man. Maybe the lesson to learn here is that CMU is a school, and if this is such a concern, maybe students should stay home and study rather than go out, get drunk, act irresponsibly, and then call it “rape” in order to save face. -Male Rights Advocacy Great article. People need to realize that sexual assault isn’t a rare occurrence. -BrynnM

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Ten CMU students to volunteer at Super Bowl in New Orleans By Ryan Zuke Staff Reporter

Some Central Michigan University Meeting Professionals International members will be the only students working from inside the Superdome Sunday for the Super Bowl. Ten MPI students are in New Orleans, La., today, Thursday and Friday volunteering at the NFL Experience, which the NFL calls an “interactive theme park.” They will spend Saturday at the DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl, and, on Super Bowl Sunday, the students will be working with VIP hospitality from inside the Superdome. MPI Social Media Chair and Royal Oak senior Lindsay Anderson found out about the opportunity to work at the Super Bowl by emailing Cameron Kovach, a member of the 2013 Super Bowl Host Committee. She explained to Kovach how MPI students interested in event management could benefit from working events at the Super Bowl. “We are the only student group that gets to work inside that day,” Anderson said.

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“There are other universities going down, but since we personally contacted him and told him how much we wanted to volunteer and work, we’re working more than other groups. Other universities are working three to four hours a day, and we are working six to eight hours.” MPI Vice President Emily Kent said this is a great opportunity to network. “I know there will be a lot of organizations down there that do all types of things in event management,” the Grand Rapids senior said. “And there are going to be some really big companies, so this will allow us to get our names out there.” MPI students have worked at other large events in the past, but nothing as extravagant as the Super Bowl. “I think we’re all really excited, because it’s a different aspect of event planning,” Anderson said. “I’ve gone to the Parks and Music festival (in Nashville), (Emily) has gone to the Boston Marathon, and we’ve done that sort of stuff, but nothing as big as the Super Bowl or this sports-oriented.” In order to choose the 10 participants to go to New

Orleans, the MPI executive board required all members to fill out an application, and the top 10 were selected to go. Kent said there will still be other events for MPI students to work at if they were not selected. “We offer more than just (the Super Bowl),” she said. “There are other events, like the Traverse City Comedy Festival. Just because you’re an event management minor doesn’t mean you’re going to want to do the same types of events. We try to get a diverse sample of what the event management industry is really like.” This is an opportunity for MPI students to broaden their horizons, and Anderson is excited to volunteer for the event. “We’re really excited,” Anderson said. “Originally, when we met as an executive board for MPI, we wanted to find new volunteer opportunities for events that kind of veered away from concerts and focused more on the sports side, and there is nothing quite like the Super Bowl.”

person instead of protecting them.” As Central Michigan Life previously reported, Obama said he intends to use whatever weight his office holds to make gun control actions a reality. The package, which much be approved by Congress, includes a ban on assault weapons and universal background checks. He also directed the Centers for Disease Control and other agencies to research the causes of gun violence and

directed federal law enforcement officials to trace all guns taken in custody during criminal investigations. With the talk of stricter bans on gun control, sales throughout Mount Pleasant have skyrocketed. “I can tell you that everything I have heard from people on the street and gun shops is that sales have definitely increased over the last several months,” Thompson said.

has its share of critics, including U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, a former Central Michigan University Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government. “Gov. Snyder, Speaker Bolger and the national Re-

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publicans want to rig the next presidential election, because they can’t win otherwise,” Peters said in a statement. “Let me be clear: This proposal is designed specifically to dilute the influence of minority and urban voters and nullify their voice in the next presidential election.” Currently, Maine and Nebraska are the two states that award their electoral votes proportionally and have been doing so for decades.

However, only once has a congressional district from either state contrasted with its eventual popular vote winner, when Obama won one district in the otherwise red Nebraska in 2008. Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin are states, in addition to Michigan, that are presently considering similar electoral proposals.

Hohn said. Fabiano Resident Assistant and Riverview junior Nicholas Jaros went as a co-site leader to Kansas City, Mo. He volunteered his time with an organization called Operation Breakthrough to provide a safe and stable environment for kids in preschool and below. “Alternative breaks is also

a great opportunity to meet other great individuals from Central,” Jaros said via email. “When traveling up to 24 hours in a van with 11 other people, you don’t have a choice but to get to know one another, and you can make great friends in the process.”

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Why I don’t eat meat I decided to stop eating meat almost a year ago, and I don’t see myself going back anytime soon. It was a decision that I’d considered for a while, and after finally looking at all the reasons for both sides, I decided to throw caution to the wind and just do it. One of the largest factors that influenced my decision was the meat processing industry itself. Animals are “grown” for the pure purpose of slaughtering them, and even if it’s only a few animals that I’ve saved by quitting meat, those are a few animals that would have died. Along with the animal cruelty aspect, there are the health reasons: Most meat is pumped so full of harmful toxins and unnatural chemicals to the point where it’d be impossible for you to truly know what you’re putting in your body, and, to me, that just isn’t appealing. The meat processing industry also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, which are harmful to the environment. By making the decision to become a vegetarian, I’ve gotten into the habit of scanning labels to make sure there isn’t gelatin or some other animal product in my food. By paying more attention to those little details, I’ve in turn paid more attention to the food I eat. It’s also forced me to become much more creative in my culinary escapades. I’ve found so many unique recipes that I never would have thought to make before just because they didn’t have meat in them. I’m much more health conscious than I was before, and I’ve been able to use the money I save buying chicken or beef to buy more organic, locally grown foods that aren’t processed in a factory across the country. I believe that going vegetarian has improved my quality of life, and it made me think twice about how I decide to treat my body.

Fad workouts Trending diets yield temporary results By Katelyn Sweet | Staff Reporter

With more pressure on body weight and image than ever before, fad diets are pervading advertisements everywhere. From television commercials to scrolling Internet pop-ups, the options are endless when it comes to the latest weight-loss trend. Junior Lauryn Marchert was intrigued by a dieting cleanse she found on Pinterest. The Illinois native drank a concoction consisting of 60 ounces of lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup everyday before she left for her spring break trip. “It was absolutely miserable,” Marchert said. “After the first day of spring break, when I stopped the cleanse, it was downhill from there, and I stopped seeing any results.” Junior Abbe Williams, a health fitness major and nutrition minor, said diets aren’t as efficient as students think, and the results don’t typically last. “Some diets might be healthy to an extent, but a lot avoid proteins and grains that your body actually needs,” she said. Senior Nicole Hulka said she has been trying a new diet where she eats more fish instead of red meat. The Muskegon native said this Mediterranean diet has kept her immune system stronger than ever. “Everyone around me was sick, and I didn’t get sick,” Hulka said. “I’ve been eating

more fruits and vegetables, and I feel so much better.” Williams, who works at the Student Activity Center, said working out and eating healthy is the key aspect to managing any diet. “If you stick to the same work out or same diet, your body gets used to it; you can’t limit yourself to certain foods because results will stop working,”

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Williams said. “Also, everyone is different in what nutrition they need.” However, some students seem ill-informed about healthy dieting and are affected by get-thinquick advertisements. Hulka said some over-thecounter diet pills that are strictly for weight loss are not healthy and have some drastic outcomes. OTC diet pills made WebMD’s “6 Things Never to Do to Lose Weight” list. “OTC diet pills are unlikely to be effective and are not necessarily safe or capable of delivering on the oft exaggerated promises,” WebMD’s Kathleen Zelman wrote, because the Food and Drug Administration does not conduct the same rigorous research on these products as prescriptions. Many of the diets that trend on television advertisements intrigue students by luring them in with quick weight-loss results and images of impossibly skinny women and men. Marchert said she finds that many students will choose not to eat all day when they want to go out and drink alcohol at night. “Everyone wants to be skinnier, and, for a lot of people, these diets seem easier than getting yourself to the gym,” Tecumseh senior Kelsey Karapas said. Williams said working out is just as important and should be equal to the diet plan. “You can’t kill yourself in the gym, and you can’t starve yourself,” she said. “It must be 50-50.”

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Why I still eat meat When it comes to eating animals, I’m a moderate. I’ve never gone out and shot an animal for the sake of gnawing through its tough, gamey-tasting meat (my Michigan citizenship should be revoked), but I’ve also never turned down a tender, juicy cut of meat from an animal that someone else has killed. Meat is just food to me, like vegetables and Pop Tarts. A lot of my friends have eschewed meat altogether. I’ve become the insensitive guy who brings BBQ meatballs to the party, while the rest of my friends sit around eating algae on a Ritz Cracker (or whatever vegetarians eat). A lot of them say they don’t judge me for eating meat, but I can’t help but worry they go home and hold candlelight vigils for all the cows and pigs I’ve consumed over the years. A friend recently explained to me why she gave up meat, and she had some thought-provoking reasons. She also seems like a much better and more caring person than I, but most vegetarians have this advantage over meat eaters. My friend doesn’t like to eat things that have faces. I’d never really thought about a cow’s face while eating a steak, or a chicken’s face while eating a McNugget, but I can see how she could associate human emotional responses with animal faces. I’d never want to kill and eat something that looked happy. To me, though, cows, chickens and pigs, among other animals, never seem human enough to convey human emotions. I only tend to personify animals I’d consider as pets, like cats, dogs and hamsters, and I’d never eat any of those animals. My friend also brought up the massive corporate farms that raise multitudes of steroid-infused animals in cramped and hellish conditions for the sake of mass human consumption. Raising animals in such an environment is inhumane, and I can understand avoiding companies that use those methods.

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Midwest wine consumption increasing, provides some health benefits By Shelby Miller Senior Reporter

Wine consumption is on the rise in the Midwest. But at about 130 calories per five-ounce glass, according to Calorieking.com, these seemingly empty calories might have some health benefits. Central Michigan Health Park physician Alex Corcoran said wine, specifically red varieties, has a lower calorie content and a reduced amount of sugar compared to other alcoholic drinks. “Alcoholism, in general, is a health concern, but increasing wine consumption isn’t by itself,” he said. “Generally, half a glass of wine, or roughly four to eight ounces of wine per day, is an acceptable amount. Excessive wine consumption would be three to four glasses or more of wine per day.” The Centers for Disease Control reported earlier this month 14 million U.S. women binge drink, consuming an average of six drinks per binge at least three times a month. However, Corcoran said

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although wine does have antioxidants and is a healthier alternative to other alcoholic drinks, he recommends drinks without alcohol. “The benefits of wine can be found in other beverages, foods and supplements,” he said. “There are better ways to get antioxidants like through acai berry juice or pomegranate juice.” Liquor 1 president Gary Singh said he has noticed a rising popularity of wine at his liquor store, 1707 S. Mission St. “Wine is going up in sales,” he said. “There’s been more advertising of wine on TV, on the radio and everywhere else.” The average American spends six percent of their calories on soda, and another five percent is attributed to alcohol, the Associated Press reported. Like soda, alcohol contains few nutrients but plenty of calories. A 12-ounce can of Bud Light has 110 calories, and the average one-ounce shot contains roughly 70 calories, according to CalorieKing.com. As part of President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care reform law, many foods and drinks

require calorie counts to be displayed on restaurant menus, but alcoholic beverages are exempt. It isn’t just the consumption of wine that is increasing; according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price is going up as well. Both red and white table wines have nearly doubled in price in the past decade. In November 2012, wine cost an average $12.58 per liter, up $5.89 from its $6.68 price per liter in November 2002. The steady increase can be attributed to the growth of the wine industry and, especially this year, higher grape costs after a dry harvest season, the Silicon Valley Annual State of the Wine Industry Report said. Sales growth in fine wine is predicted to be between four to eight percent in 2013, which is a lower growth than in recent years, meaning prices of what is available will likely be slightly higher. Despite price increases, Singh said the price of wine at Liquor 1 has remained consistent so far.

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staff on a date shows how you treat humanity. Don’t be that person and skimp on a tab. Respect your waiter, and your date will respect you.

2. “Can I kiss you?” Don’t ask this! It’s awkward. It’s weird. It makes me not want to kiss you. Just do it and don’t ask questions. You’ll reap the benefits.

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7 things to never say on a first date 1. “My ex always used to …” No one cares what your ex used to do. You’re on a date with a new person who only cares about you. Not

3. “Who are you texting?” Texting on a date is rude to begin with, but don’t ask your date who they are talking to. It’s intrusive and a little I-amgoing-to-stalk-you-in-yoursleep bat crazy. 4. “What do you want to do tomorrow?” It’s not OK to assume this person wants to hangout with you tomorrow, too. You can ask “what are you doing tomorrow?” but don’t go ahead and assume they’re going to be your pal tonight and tomorrow. 5. “We don’t need to tip, right?” The way you treat the wait

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6. “I need to get home to watch ‘The Bachelor.’” Keep your love for “The Bachelor” a total secret; especially on a first date. Watching “The Bachelor” puts you into the category of “I’m scared of being single forever.” 7. “My mom is waiting up for me.” This might not apply to many college students, but saying your mom won’t go to sleep until she knows you’re home is like putting yourself in a time machine and flying back to high school. If that’s the real reason you need to get home early, make up a better reason. And the one thing to always say on a first date: Thank you. studentlife@cm-life.com

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Ogio brand, which sells backpacks and other products, is the top seller at the CMU Bookstore, 202 Bovee University Center. Ogio carries labels that warn consumers of chemicals contained in the product that can cause cancer, reproductive harm or birth defects. “California Proposition 65. Warning: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm,” warning tags read.

Cancer, birth defect warning labels in Ogio backpacks sold on campus By Arielle Breen Staff Reporter

Among the growing list of products linked to causing cancer and other diseases, some Central Michigan University students might be overlooking one product they use frequently: backpacks. The Ogio backpack brand, which produces backpacks and other products, is the top seller at the CMU Bookstore. Ogio carries labels that warn consumers of cancer, reproductive harm or birth-defectcausing chemicals contained in their products. The label reads: “California Proposition 65. Warning: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.” In California, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 was made law to inform people about exposure to chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects and reproductive problems. Because of the act, Ogio and other businesses selling products containing harmful chemicals in California are

“California Proposition 65. Warning: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.” Ogio product label required to label products containing chemicals on the Proposition 65 list. The small labels are stitched on a seam inside backpacks and are not obvious to those not looking for this label. However, CMU Bookstore Director Barry Waters said in an email the labels are visible enough. He also advised students to look at research and to make their own choices on what to buy. “California has very rigid reporting requirements that appear to cover all products made with fabric, leather, vinyl, foam, synthetic and non-woven material,” Waters said. “The labels cover the possible existence of trace amounts of more than 850 chemicals”. Trenton senior Steven Ritthaler said he would be wary

if his backpack included a warning label. “(I would care if it affected my health), but, at the same time, eating fast food affects your health, driving over the speed limit affects your health,” Ritthaler said. “I guess I would have to look into it.” However, not all students agree the labels are cause for serious concern. Saginaw sophomore Isis Simpson-Mersha said if a brand she liked had cancer warning labels on its products, she would still purchase their products. “Even if I knew and I liked that brand, I don’t think I would stop buying it,” Simpson-Mersha said, though she noted there are always other products to buy instead. studentlife@cm-life.com

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continued from 1B However, I look at factory farms as more of a symptom of our culture’s hyperconsumerism than a reason to stop eating meat. Even if I boycott KFC, millions more

GreenTree Cooperative Grocery Deli Manager Lindsey Merkel prepares food Tuesday in the kitchen of GreenTree, 214 N. Franklin St. GreenTree is a natural cooperative grocery store that provides Mount Pleasant with healthy organic foods for a wellbalanced diet.

turned to calorie counting or food science to help improve their diet; others just enjoy the experience of eating healthy food. Senior Jacqueline Maggioncalda is a vegetarian primarily because she enjoys fresh organic food and follows her passion by growing food with Campus Grow, the registered student organization she helps coordinate. Maggioncalda said purchasing vegetables can be a burden, but, during harvest season, the burden lightens considerably. “Eggplants are often very expensive when you go to the store,” Maggioncalda said. “But they’re a lot cheaper when they come within a 10’ by 10’ plot.” Maggioncalda gardens to see where her food comes from and because she loves the activity. Personal Nutrition Consultant and GreenTree, 214 N. Franklin St., Deli Manager Lindsey Merkel said vegetarian diets are a great way for college students to have a healthy diet. “A major concern among will still eat there, unless some sort of governmental intervention occurs. There are also millions of small farmers across America who raise animals in humane conditions, and I try to delude myself into thinking I always eat meat from those farms. I’m willing to live in my world of cognitive dissonance. I know I’m eating less intel-

the nutritionist community is that the amount of protein one consumes is low within a vegetarian diet, but Americans over-consume protein, in my opinion,” the CMU alum said. “That diet works very well for a lot of people; eating vegetarian can be very helpful.” Merkel said vegetarianism is not the only way to eat healthy on campus; a well-balanced diet with suitable portions is ideal for every student. She said diets such as the South Beach Diet or Atkins should not be pursued. “It’s my personal belief that temporary diets are not a solution,” Merkel said. “It’s not a sustainable form of eating.” Merkel said the best thing students can do for their diets is to make homemade meals from scratch. “Cook something simple at home,” Merkel said. “I started cooking in my dorm room when I was in college, and I got really into it. It can be a great social thing.”

ligent life forms, perhaps even ones with some form of sentience, but I keep eating meat, since animals have never asked me to stop eating them. But I respect my friends who choose to subsist on shrubbery or nuts and berries. Maybe, in the future, they’ll convince a superior alien species not to eat humans.

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While many students might be stocking up on ramen noodles and pizza, a number of students are focusing on eating healthier on campus. Port Huron senior Kierstin Dewitt is a dietetics major intent on becoming a registered dietitian. Being a dietetics student has changed her day-to-day meal planning. “I would say that anyone in this field enjoys food and the science behind it, so when we put together our meals, we are considering the nutrition content and value behind it,” Dewitt said. “There are a lot of factors that go into our food choices, which become more apparent with having nutrition education.” Dewitt started looking into calorie counting and food recording during high school, where her position on the wrestling team made cutting weight a necessity. She was a vegetarian for years but recently decided to include fish in her diet, making her a pescatarian. “I look at food as an investment,” Dewitt said. “I would rather pay a little bit extra today to give my body what it needs rather than pay medical bills down the road due to health conditions I could have prevented otherwise.” Not all students have

Sustainability advocates at Central Michigan University have been sipping easier after Starbucks began offering reusable and recyclable plastic cups for $1. Starbucks began offering the plastic reusable and recyclable cups earlier this month in an effort to give customers a cheaper alternative to pricier, reusable cups and one-time-use cups. The middle-ground cup offers a distinct price advantage over the more expensive cups and a practicality the one-time-use cups don’t. “I think it’s a great idea to use the (reusable) cups, because we go through hundreds (of paper ones) a day,” Starbucks employee and Bay City senior Alyson Koch said. “And using a reusable cup could greatly reduce the paper products we go through.” Koch said the new additions have been noticed by other coffee lovers such as herself. “We just got the reusable Starbucks cups in this week, and people are definitely showing interest in them,” Koch said. Marketing manager Nikki Smith said the cup

“I think it’s a great idea to use the (reusable) cups, because we go through hundreds (of paper ones) a day. And using a reusable cup could greatly reduce the paper products we go through.”


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Grand Rapids sophomore Sydney Larosa uses a seated chest press machine while listening to her workout playlist Jan. 29, 2012 at the Student Activity Center.

Students exercise, diet to improve health before coming here ... But then it became more of a healthy habit, and, even if I’m not super stressed, I still like to exercise.” Outside of exercise, Quercioli said she tries to be conscious of her diet. She avoids sugar, chocolate, candy and animal fat. Instead, she eats a lot of beans. Sophomore Austin Asoklis of Shelby Township admits it can be hard to balance healthy dieting with a college lifestyle. “I’ve been trying,” Asoklis said. “It’s kind of hard just being up here with all of the college foods. It’s kind of hard to get abs.” Cahoon said he also tries to make healthier choices. “Right after I work out in the Towers, I would try to get Mongolian, have a lot of broccoli, get a lot out of vegetables and stuff and try to have more lean meats,” Cahoon said. Grand Rapids sophomore Kristi Sterkenburg said she also tries to be more conscious of what her body takes in. She said she doesn’t eat a perfect diet, but she tries to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and drink water. “If I get a desert or something that I feel guilty about, I just tell

By Charnae Sanders Senior Reporter

Many students choose to become healthier in a variety of ways by exercising or dieting or both. Central Michigan University students and professors choose to exercise and stay conscious of their diets to boost selfesteem, curb stress and sleep easier. Sophomore Stephen Cahoon normally exercises at the Student Activity Center with friends. The Southfield native said he exercises to feel good and burn energy. “Besides walking to class, I don’t really do much,” he said. “It’s a really good way to burn off that extra energy so you can go to bed easier and have a better sleep cycle.” Students aren’t the only ones pumping iron or lifting weights. CMU economics professor Elena Quercioli said she exercises daily because she enjoys being physically healthy, and it puts her in a good mood. “It makes me feel good about myself,” Quercioli said. “I started (exercising) because I was in a very stressful job

myself I’ll run a little more at the gym,” Sterkenburg said. “I think that it just balances each other out.” St. Clair Shores freshman Brianna Hermann agrees it’s hard to balance health with a college lifestyle. “It’s kind of like (you’re) under pressure with homework and class,” Hermann said. “If you can go to the dining hall whenever, the food is right there. Choices being made aren’t probably the smartest, healthiest ones because you don’t have time (to think about it).” Hermann said she doesn’t go to the gym but stays active by playing “Just Dance” on her Nintendo Wii with friends. While some people plan to exercise more and become more active, it is easier said than done. Asoklis thinks a lot people who have a desire to exercise will start and quit because they don’t see any results. “It takes a lot of time to see anything,” Asoklis said. “… It takes a couple of months before you can see any change, so just keep at it.” studentlife@cm-life.com

Others have trouble balancing health with a hectic college lifestyle eating fast food to once a week. He said the transition from high school to college and the change in eating habits that comes with the transition caused him to gain 20 pounds. “I just grab McDonald’s breakfast often,” McGillvary said. “Plus, I have no skills in the kitchen, and it’s hard to cook for just yourself.” Brownstown sophomore Morgan Lajiness said she tries to go work out at the Student Activity Center at least three times a week at a minimum to compensate for the eating habits she picked up on in college. “I never ate late in high school, so that was something that I had to change,” she said. “Because, if you don’t have Friday classes, you typically end up going out Thursday and end up eating late, which eventually adds up.” Lajiness said it’s also hard to eat nutritiously because it can be expensive. Buying fruits and

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There is no doubt in many students’ minds that making healthy choices in college is harder and more of a challenge than they originally thought. Dimondale freshman Mikala Blust said one of the oddest eating habits she has seen is students drinking pop with their breakfast in the Real Food on Campus dining room in the Towers. “I realized that I ate tons of junk food when I first came to (Central Michigan University), and then it seemed the ‘freshman 15’ was just around the corner,” the native said. Keeping a nutritious diet is a battle for many students. With constant snacking and many fast food restaurants surrounding campus, the temptation to eat poorly is common. Mount Pleasant junior Clay McGillvary said he tries to limit

vegetables can be a financial pain because they rot quickly. “I buy a lot of frozen food, because it doesn’t go to waste,” Lajiness said. “It’s cheaper and more efficient for me.” McGillvary said he feels eating healthy can be out of his budget and time frame. “Buying a solo meal is expensive; getting things that are made for individuals costs way too much,” he said. “With my girlfriend being a vegetarian and my roommates and I on different schedules, it’s easiest to just go out.” Blust said eating junk food affects her energy level and motivation to do school work and other things. “I think it’s important to keep a healthy balance in your diet while in college,” she said. “When you look good, you feel good.” studentlife@cm-life.com

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Long-time smokers who quit before age 44 might stave off some adverse effects. According to a recent study in the Journal of New Medicine, a long-time smoker who quits between the ages of 35 to 44 will gain back about nine years of life. Long-term smokers might reduce their chance of living to the age of 80 by half. The health detriments can be felt within months of lighting up that first cigarette. Warren senior Cody Shintoski began smoking at the age of 17, following in the footsteps of his friends. “I was actually the last of my close friends to start,” he said. “I wasn’t trying to be cool or anything, but I definitely started because of my friends. I saw them smoking, so I started lighting up, too.” It’s even better for those who quit at a younger age. People who quit smoking between 25 and 34 years of age gain nearly 10 years of life back compared to those who continue to smoke. Six months after his habit began, Shintoski began to notice a change in the way that he felt. “I definitely noticed negative health effects when I smoked just in how I woke up every day with phlegm and was constantly having to cough and clear my throat,” he said. That means college-aged students who quit smoking now might not even notice a difference when it comes to later health problems and life expectancy. The adverse health

“I wasn’t trying to be cool or anything, but I definitely started because of my friends.” Cody Shintoski, Warren senior effects from cigarette smoking account for roughly 443,000 deaths each year in the United States, which is nearly one of every five deaths, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Northville sophomore Nathan King said he started smoking three years ago but doesn’t plan on keeping the habit. “I plan to quit smoking,” he said. “I’ve tried several times, and, each time I’ve tried, I’ve gotten closer to quitting.” King said smoking has left him feeling less athletic

and more prone to sickness. “You should just throw your money away,” he said. Tobacco accounts for more deaths than illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, human immunodeficiency virus, suicides and murders combined. Eventually, after smoking nearly a pack a day for six years, Shintoski decided to stop buying cigarettes. “Honestly, I was just broke one day and decided I wasn’t going to smoke anymore,” he said. metro@cm-life.com

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A professor of religion at Central Michigan University translated the teachings of the Dalai Lama earlier this month and compiled them into the book “From Here to Enlightenment: Teachings of the Spiritual Faith.” In 2008, the Dalai Lama agreed to travel to America and teach the ways and meanings of Tsongkhapa’s classic text “The Great Treatise On The Stages Of The Path To Enlightenment” at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn. He spoke to more than 4,000 people of all different races, sex and religions. Guy Newland began the translation process in 2009 and finished in 2010. Newland compiled the six days of teachings at Lehigh University into a book that could reach out to Westerners and people of all religions worldwide. “I was invited to do it by Joshua Cutler, director of the Tibetan Learning Center of Washington, New Jersey,” Newland said. Cutler and his wife Diana helped organize the event with Lehigh University in 2008 after many years of preparation and projects to help push the event forward. Newland had previously worked with them to translate in the 1990s. In order to begin the process, Newland had the transcripts and mp3 recordings from the teachings at Lehigh University sent overseas to a friend in India. From there, they were translated into

and written down in Tibetan, which Newland was able to read and translate into English. “Part of his purpose of being Dalai Lama is to not have different religions pitted against each other, but seeing religion as different ways of helping people with different kinds of minds,” Newland said. Newland began his life with aspirations of being a scientist, mainly interested in working on the theories and findings of the beginning of the universe and how things exist. As he grew older, his desire to find an answer to how things exist grew more philosophical, and he found that science would not give him the answers he was searching for. “I started to see those questions not as scientific ones but (as) existential ones,” Newland said. A long-time follower of Buddhism, Newland has had

extensive experience with translating, compiling and editing important Buddhist teachings. Beginning in the early 1990s, Newland collaborated with a few friends and colleagues to publish the teachings of Tsongkhapa’s classic text into three volumes that were released in 2000, 2002 and 2004. Throughout his many years of work with Buddhist texts, Newland has had the chance to meet the Dalai Lama on several occasions, including his visit to Lehigh University. In 1985, he had his first private audience with the Dalai Lama. Newland described him as very charismatic and understanding. “He has a personality that most people, even when they disagree with him, find immensely enchanting,” Newland said. “He doesn’t get fooled by his own publicity.” studentlife@cm-life.com

Adams Street overlay pushed back for Preston Street repairs this year By Emily Grove Staff Reporter

An overlay to repair Preston Street was moved up to this year when the Mount Pleasant City Commission amended its 2013 budget Monday night. The amendment was the first one to this year’s budget, with commissioners voting 6-1 to postpone the planned overlay to Adams Street and adding the repair of Preston Street. City Manager Kathie Grinzinger said the city’s capital improvement plan has assumed a repair for a portion of Preston Street for several years, but the repairs have been delayed at least twice to give Central Michigan University time to complete its Master Transportation and Parking Plan. “During this interval, the condition of Preston Street has continued to deteriorate,” Grinzinger said. “The construction of the new medical school has exacerbated that decline over the last year.” Grinzinger said CMU might not finalize their plan for another two years, which would

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The City of Mount Pleasant will save a little time and money after making some amendments to its lawn code. At Monday’s meeting, the Mount Pleasant City Commission approved an ordinance amending two sections of Mount Pleasant’s code for lawn maintenance and removal of noxious weeds. In 2009, the commission amended sections of the code, which changed the process by which violators were notified of their options and clarified that all front yards must have some vegetation, City Manager Kathie Grinzinger said. The changes four years ago to the notification process mandated certified mail be the method for delivering notice to lawn code violators, instead of using regular mail, which increased the cost and time to handle complaints. Vice Mayor Sharon Tilmann said the amendments to the code were necessary. “When we initially passed this ordinance, we had discussion after discussion, and we probably discussed it to death and passed something that does indeed need to be amended,” Tilmann said. “We went a little too far.” The amendments approved Monday allow the notifications to be sent by regular mail, hand delivered or posted. In a memo, building official Brian Kench explained how the certified mail noticing requirements can take up to two weeks to allow for the owner to sign at delivery before the receipt of delivery from the Post Office is received by the code enforcement

“During this period, staff continues to receive criticism from residents that the Code Enforcement Department is not reacting timely enough to their complaints, and we continue to have unsightly properties due to tall weeds and grass.” Brian Kench, building official office to confirm delivery. This extended amount of time in the notification process leads to a few issues, Kench said in the memo. “During this period, staff continues to receive criticism from residents that the Code Enforcement Department is not reacting timely enough to their complaints, and we continue to have unsightly properties due to tall weeds and grass,” Kench said. Kench said the city estimates it costs $21.54 more for certified mail

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“I’m just thinking about this and trying to figure out how to do both, that’s all.” only increase the cost of the repairs if nothing was done until then. Director of Public Works Roger Rousse said at least an overlay was necessary for the road. To keep the budget balanced, another project had to be eliminated or pushed back. Delaying the Adams Street repair worked best because costs are believed to be similar. “Adams (Street) is a little longer, but Preston (Street) has crosswalks, so we think that the amount of money in budget for Adams will be sufficient to take care of the Preston Street job,” Grinzinger said. The amount allotted for the Adams Street project was $68,300. Commissioner Jim Holton was the lone dissenting vote in

compared to regular mail for the initial complaint. After the 2009 updates, the city has sent out 159 certified letters pertaining to violations of the noxious weed provisions at a cost of $880.86. Commissioners also amended a section pertaining to punishment for violators of the lawn ordinance. The amendment reduced the punishment from a criminal misdemeanor to a municipal civil infraction.

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Men’s basketball head coach Keno Davis talks with his team during a timeout Saturday night at McGuirk Arena. The Chippewas lost to the visiting Broncos 76-59.

Chippewas look to snap losing streak after lengthy trip to Buffalo By Jeff Papworth Staff Reporter

Men’s basketball has lost four of its last five games and is looking to push through it on when it plays Buffalo today at Alumni Arena. Head coach Keno Davis is not calling the game a mustwin for Central Michigan, which is two games back in the Mid-American Conference West Division. “I don’t think we’re necessarily in a slump because we lost a few games,” said head coach Keno Davis. “Maybe there’s one exception or two exceptions during the year when we didn’t play our best. But sometimes we’re going to realize our best isn’t good enough. I don’t think we have a must-win this year, we just have a must work hard game each time we step on the court.” To win, the Chippewas will look to contain junior forward Javon McCrea, who is making 53.1 percent of his shots and averaging 17.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. The Chippewas were double teaming junior guard Rick Rowse, who was playing the role of McCrea on the scout team, in practice Monday. “I think coming in, when you’re talking about a great player, you got to work on

“I don’t think we’re necessarily in a slump because we lost a few games.” Keno Davis, head coach everything,” Davis said. “You got to try to deny, work on double teams and work on different defenses.” The game against the Bulls will be the 20th game of the season for a young CMU team. Davis said he sees fatigue in some of his players and he is adjusting accordingly, but the team is fine as a whole. “I think as a coach you adjust how much repetition, how much practice, how much full court you’re doing in practice,” Davis said. “But I think our guys, mentally and physically overall, are in a pretty good place right now. “ The team left on a bus Tuesday to go to Buffalo and will arrive back in Mount Pleasant at 4 a.m. Thursday. Freshman forward Blake Hibbitts, whose left shoulder was wrapped with ice at the end of Monday’s practice, said it is a schedule he is as acclimated to as he could be. “I feel fine,” he said. “You definitely get tired, but you kind of get used to it. A lot of us have been playing the sport for long enough where you just get used to all of the

wear and tear on your body.” It would seem he was fine based on his average point total per game, which is 7.9, the most of any underclassman. He has said throughout the season that he just takes shots when he’s open and does not take it if he’s not. The spot where he looks to be open is the three-point line. He has made 47 shots from the field this season and 40 have come from beyond the arc. He is also 77.4 percent from the free throw line. “Ever since I was little, I have kind of been known for my three-point shooting,” Hibbitts said. CMU can thank his father for a part of his success. “He always had me doing form shooting drills and stuff like that for hours,” Hibbitts said. “I guess it paid off now.” Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. as the Chippewas look to get back to .500 overall. This is the first time they are below .500 in more than two months.

Women’s basketball looks to continue its Mid-American Conference dominance and stay undefeated at 7 p.m. Thursday when Kent State visits McGuirk Arena. The Golden Flashes come into the game on a six-game losing streak, putting them at the bottom of the MAC East (2-17, 0-6). Its last win came Jan. 2 against BethuneCookman. Sophomore guard Crystal Bradford has been on a tear this season and will look to continue against the worstrated defense in the MAC in Kent State. “I think we’ve had key people buy in, and I think we’re going into each game with very specific defensive goals for that opponent,” head coach Sue Guevara said. “Our practices have been very, very competitive. There have been those days where we practice really well, and then we’ve had those days where I have not been happy.” Bradford had a big game last week against MAC East rival Akron, tying a McGuirk Arena record and careerhigh with 31 points to go with eight rebounds and four assists. After receiving threestraight MAC Player of the Week awards, Bradford was unable to receive the award

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forward Jessica Schroll have made the Chippewas a hard team to guard as defenses are unable to focus on one player. In the past three games, Green has helped in scoring (12.3 ppg) as well as helping run the offense. Schroll has been having a somewhat quiet season but has been stepping it up, averaging 12 points in the past three games. Sophomore forward Jas’Mine Bracey and senior guard Jalisa Olive lead a strong bench for CMU. The bench has been averaging 30.7 points per game against its last three opponents, and it has outscored the opponent’s bench by an average of 20.3. Bracey did not play for the first time all season on Saturday due to what Guevara said was a back issue. Guevara said she doesn’t know yet if Bracey will be ready for Thursday’s matchup with Kent State. Taking advantage of home court is another aspect Guevara addressed. She said the team has to out-perform its opponent’s best effort each game. “We will not be outworked on this floor,” Guevara said, “We have a very talented team, but our hard work has to beat their hard work.” sports@cm-life.com

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for a fourth-straight time but had another solid week. In her last three games, Bradford is averaging 18.3 points and 12 rebounds, keeping her in the running for MAC Player of the Year. Although the team is 6-0 in the MAC and in first place, Guevara said she wants the team to always work at improving their weaknesses, and this week was no different, as several specific things were addressed in practice. “We still have flaws, and we have some really good things,” Guevara said. “Don’t get me wrong, but, watching the tape, its like these are definitely things we have to sure up. We’ve done a lot of work on our transition defense and our weak side rebounding, and we worked on the penetration that’s coming from the wing. We need better help from the weak side and not from the post player.” Taylor Johnson has been a big contributor to CMU’s success. The junior forward has been good from threepoint range, moving up to No. 3 in the MAC in three-point percentage (.422). In addition to Bradford and Johnson, the rest of the team has been stepping up as well. CMU’s depth has been key to its undefeated conference start and especially in its last three games. Role players like Johnson, sophomore guard Jessica Green and senior

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Crystal Bradford shines as women’s basketball dominates

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Sophomore guard Crystal Bradford continues to be the centerpiece for success this season for a deep women’s basketball squad. After a freshman season full of accolades, including honorable mention All-MAC, All-Freshman team and the All-MAC Tournament team, the six-foot guard from Detroit continues to light up the scoreboard and control the glass, helping lead her team to the best conference start in 25 years. “I’ve been working on my transition defense, my offense, my right hand and my oneon-one defense,” Bradford said. “My work ethic has been consistent this season. It’s been working for me.” The rest of the coaches and players in the conference have noticed how good this sophomore is, because she has already won five Mid-American Conference West Player of the Week awards, which is one shy of a conference record with six weeks still left in the season. “Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’ll get (the record),” she said. ESPN ranked her as a

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Sophomore guard Crystal Bradford drives the ball to the basket while guarded by an Akron defender during Saturday’s games at McGuirk Arena. Bradford scored a career-high 31 points during Saturday’s game against the Zips. The Chippewas finished with a 92-69 victory, giving them a 6-0 conference record.

my success,” Bradford said. “I’m not passing the ball to myself.” Bradford has already set a career-high in points this season, with 31, in the team’s last game against Akron on Saturday, which is only the second 30-point game by a CMU player since November 2010. It is also a McGuirk Arena record for points in one game by any men’s or women’s player. She also tied a career-high in assists, with eight, on Jan. 19 against Northern Illinois. “My team has helped me tremendously,” Bradford said. “When I’m having bad days, my team is there to pick me up.” Known for her offensive talents, she has also been progressing on the defensive end as well, making adjustments during games and usually having to guard the opposing team’s best player night-in and night-out. She ranks second in the MAC in

four-star recruit coming out of Inkster High School in 2011. They ranked her as the 37th best player in the class of 2011 and the eighth best guard. Other schools that were on her radar included Auburn, Louisville, Michigan State and West Virginia. One ESPN scout was quoted as saying in 2011, “size, athleticism and individual skills make her a prospect at the next highest level.” She has more than shown these three characteristics during her young career at CMU. On Jan. 21, she became only the second player in conference history to win three-straight MAC Player of the Week awards. She is on pace to win MAC Player of the Year, not just due to her personal accomplishments, but the success of her team. “My team is a big factor in

both blocks per game, with 1.8, and steals with 2.1 per game. During the first 19 games this season, Bradford has led the Chippewas in points per game (15.4), rebounds (9.6) and assists (3.5). She was in a league of her own last season as she was the only player in the MAC to lead her team in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. She doesn’t just lead her team in all these categories, she is setting the pace for the rest of the MAC. Bradford is averaging 20.2 points per game in conference play, 3.5 points ahead of the next closest scorer. Rebounding is no different, as she finds herself at the top of the conference with an 11.8 rebounds per game. With 5.3 assists and 1.8 blocks per game, she is ranked second in the MAC this season. sports@cm-life.com

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Freshman sprinter/ jumper Shaya Wilkerson, though young and with little experience at the colShaya Wilkerson legiate level, has shown early on that she has what it takes to compete. A native of Mount Laurel, N.J, she sat down and talked to Central Michigan Life freshman reporter Joe Judd. Joe Judd: What does your pregame routine consist of? Shaya Wilkerson: We have a pre-meet workout; it’s usually a nice warm-up. I take an ice bath to get my muscles loose enough for the meet. JJ: How would you categorize your season so far? SW: It hasn’t been my best, but I’m just ready to be more productive and perform better. JJ: How have you and your teammates bonded this season? SW: We definitely bond very well together at practices. To me, my teammates and I have a great bond. JJ: Who or what motivates you to perform? SW: The biggest motivator would be Tim (Reynolds).

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