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Hovey was passionate about science, career in research Lawton senior dies from brain aneurysm Thursday

cident in 2004. She died on the five-year anniversary of the accident. She was a private person, friends say, but a determined woman who let out the occasional Brianne Hovey smile. And when she smiled, it was glorious, said Karl Bouwhuis, who had been Hovey’s boyfriend of two-and-a-half years. “Brianne was a lovely, intelligent, quiet, talented young woman who will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her,� said Anne Marie Hovey, Brianne’s mother, in an email to Central Michigan Life. “She loved her life and friends at Central

By Jake May Senior Reporter

Brianne Hovey was soft spoken, holding a wealth of information with every new book she read. The Lawton senior was always learning, a kind-hearted science enthusiast looking to better her research. Her friends called her “Bri.� Hovey, 21, died Thursday because of a brain aneurysm that friends say was most likely brought on from constant headaches after a car ac-

Michigan University and she looked forward to a career in research.� Hovey was the passenger in a friend’s car when a drunken driver collided into her friend’s vehicle. Upon ambulance arrival, Hovey was rushed to the hospital, said Eva Rohlman, a longtime college roommate. “She nearly died, but she survived,� Rohlman said. “Bri recovered from that, but suffered from constant pain. She suffered headaches since she left the hospital until the day she died. Bri had a very good outlook on the whole thing though, and thought it as part of her life’s journey. “It’s possible the aneurysm is from that, or it could have been just

a fluke, we don’t know yet. After she was declared brain dead, there was not a whole lot the doctors could do.� Hovey could not work after the accident because of insurance reasons, said Bouwhuis, a Lowell graduate assistant. Rohlman lived with Hovey on the second floor of Larzelere Hall in 2006, her freshman year. Hovey lived on the third floor in 2007 before moving into an apartment, which she shared with Rohlman. Hovey’s favorite authors included Anne Rice and Richard Dawkins. A copy of one of Rice’s novel was on Hovey’s bedside last week, Rohlman said. Her hobbies were few, as she spent

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Tailgating at Kelly/Shorts Stadium last year resulted in a much larger number of medical runs than the first two games this year while also attracting fewer people. According to numbers provided by Central Michigan University Police Chief Bill Yeagley, tailgating last year resulted in 65 incidents in which an individual had to be transported to the hospital, compared to one thus far in 2009. A total of 19 emergency runs were reported during the first home football game on Aug. 28, 2008 against Eastern Illinois. In comparison, one such run was reported at the first home game this year on Sept. 19 against Alcorn State. The second home game in 2008 against Buffalo saw 11 medical runs, compared to no reported incidents at the Sept. 26 game against Akron this year. The following three home games in 2008 resulted in eight, 17 and 10 respective medical runs.



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Southfield senior Portia McIntosh, Human Growth and Development student teacher, works with a Walnut classroom student at the Discovery Center on Tuesday morning in the Child Development and Learning Lab.

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College students are not the only ones taking advantage of the Education and Human Services Building. The Child Development and Learning Lab was in Wightman Hall for 40 years before its relocation to the EHS Building this year. “We seem to be a focal point of the university,� said Associate Director of CDLL Margaret Desormes. “Both because of our new central location on campus and because of the beauty of the new building.� The new location has given the program and its faculty members the opportunity to provide more for the preschoolers.

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the average tailgating attendance at last year’s first two home games to be from 1,200 to 1,500 people, but those numbers are far from official. If the average tailgating attendance from 2008 is 1,350 people — halfway between 1,200 and 1,500 — there were approximately .96 medical runs per 100 people in attendance at the first two games. That compares to .14 medical runs per 100 students in 2009, if the average attendance number is 350. Yeagley said he could not pinpoint the specifics of each individual emergency, but said a fair number of them were because of alcohol poisoning. “Over the past number of years, (the medical runs) had been going up consistently,” Yeagley said. The number of alcohol violations and other crimes also have seen a significant decrease with the new procedures. In 2008, police issued 25 MIP’s over five games. In addition, there were five disorderly conduct reports, two assaults, three larcenies and three destruction of property incidents. One MIP has been is-

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goal. She was a neuroscience major on track to graduate in May. It was not hard to make Hovey laugh, Bouwhuis said. The two broke up at the beginning of the semester, but Hovey was his neighbor and still one of his best friends. “Bri was an amazing woman. She was a science nerd


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— really quirky, but we loved her for it,” Bouwhuis said. “It was the best two and a half years of my life. I am really sorry she’s gone. I loved her.” Hovey was a member of College Democrats for three years. Southgate junior Stephen Johnson, the group’s communication director, said Hovey was an exceptionally kind person who was very involved in the organization. Hovey had a giving personality and wanted to continue that after her death. Since the car accident,

Rohland said, she has been very passionate about donating all of her organs to The Gift of Life. “Definitely, that’s something she got to do. In fact, it was her one last final accomplishment in her journey,” Rohland said. “I am glad she got an extra five years after the accident. She was a light in our lives and she made life more fun and interesting and more whole. We will miss her.”

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Wilbur to stop by residence halls for talk series “Conversation with the President” starts Wednesday By Brad Canze Senior Reporter

Interim University President Kathy Wilbur will host a series of talks with students on campus over the next two months. “A Conversation with the President” will first take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the lounge of Troutman Hall. Assistant Director of Residence Life Cal Seelye was responsible for choosing the lounge for the event. He said the lounge could hold approximately 100 to 150 people.

“I’ve worked in the Towers for 10 years, so I just said this is the spot in the Towers that would work best for this type of meeting,” Seelye said. Manistique sophomore Kathy Leonard said planning for so few attendants is probably a realistic choice. “Even if we can’t all fit in there, we could always go to one of the other locations to see the president, if we really wanted to,” Leonard said. Subsequent conversations will take place Nov. 3 in the lobby of Larzelere Hall, Nov. 4 in the lobby of Sweeney Hall, and Nov. 17 in classrooms 2 and 3 in Herrig Hall. Zeeland graduate student Katie Kloet is enthusiastic about Wilbur making herself

CMU Police lost $36,090 since July for voided violations By Ryan Czachorski Staff Reporter

About 46.3 percent of parking ticket appeals since July 1 were successfully appealed or voided, said CMU Police Service Officer Mike Anderson. There have been 181 accepted appeals out of the 391 filed appeals. The police department also voided 1,575 tickets for various reasons since July. Seventeen tickets remain open in their appeal, and the CMU Police need students to provide some sort of proof before the appeal can be decided. Anderson said the police will void tickets for a number of reasons, including confusion on restricted areas. “We don’t want to be the bad guys,” he said. “I can point out what they did, void the ticket and refund their money. It’s not always the case.” Out of the 31,027 total tickets in the 2008 fiscal year, 3.7 percent were appealed. More than 50 percent of attempted appeals were successful. Tickets can be appealed for many reasons, from doctor’s notes to car troubles. “All we ask them to do is explain the situation,” said Kim Roshak, manager of Parking Services. The 1,575 voided tickets have cost the police department $36,090 of lost revenue. “It affects (the budget) a little bit,” Anderson said. “Are we worried about it? No.” While police officers are willing to work with students, Anderson said tickets issued for parking in the new Washington Apartments parking spots are unlikely to be appealed successfully. A tickets | 5A

What would you ask? Kloet said if she could ask Wilbur a question, she would

“A Conversation with the President w 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 lounge of Troutman Hall w 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 lobby of Larzelere Hall w 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 lobby of Sweeney Hall w 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 classrooms in Herrig Hall, Rooms 002 and 003 ask something more personal than related to university policies. “Honestly, if I talked to her, I’d probably just ask her about her — if it’s stressful being the president, and things like that,” she said. Rochester Hills sophomore

Nick Smith said it is important for a rapport to be built up between the president and students. “She needs to know who she’s representing, and the students need to know who their president is,” Smith said. Smith is the Student Government Association representative for Kesseler Hall, and said he would go to the conversation in order to better serve his hall. “I’d probably go, just to see what she’s all about,” Smith said. “I’m the Student Government representative, so that’s why I would go, to see if there’s anything to tell the people in the hall.”

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available to Central Michigan University students. “This is my sixth year at Central, and I never talked to (former University President) Michael Rao,” Kloet said. “I’m not even sure I’d know what he looked like. So it’s cool that she’s taking the time to talk to students.” Rao served as CMU president since 2000 before becoming president of Virginia Commonwealth University in July. Wilbur stepped up to interim University President from vice president of governmental relations and public affairs.

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The Detroit Tigers’ rollercoaster run to the postseason sparked business two-anda-half hours northwest of Comerica Park. Bars around Mount Pleasant have seen a bump in business as a result of the chase for first place between the Tigers and Minnesota Twins in the American League Central Division. Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar, 1904 S. Mission St., has

seen an increase in customer traffic due in part to recent Tigers games. General Manager Michael Miller said the division race has already helped out business during the evening hours. “Most of the games are at 7:05 p.m. — the middle of our dinner rush – and most people stay and watch most the Tigers games, as long as they’re not getting blown out,” he said. “If it’s a good or close game, they stay.” Should Detroit clinch the division title and make it into the playoffs, Miller expects to see a larger clientele of regulars and college students, especially if the team advances past the American League Di-

The Alpha Chi Omega sorority house at 916 S. Main St. was broken into at 2:45 a.m. Friday. Mount Pleasant Police Department officers investigated and found nothing was taken, but a window was damaged.

Voter registration deadline

Today is the final day to register to vote for the Nov. 3 city and school consolidation election. The Mount Pleasant City Clerk’s Office, 320 W. Broadway St., is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will accept registration applications. People who need assistance due to a disability may call the Human Resources Office at 779-5314. Anyone who needs assistance because of hearing or speech problems can call (800) 649-3777.

“Queer Laws: A National Equality March Orientation” is happening at 7 p.m. at the Charles V. Park Library. The event is a panel discussion on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights in local, state, and federal governments. Local LGBT and straight-ally organizations also will have information tables. The event is a precursor for a National Equality March in Washington D.C. on Friday and Saturday, and Coming Out Week at CMU from Oct. 12 to 16.

Homecoming block party

Stop by the Bovee University Center front lawn from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today for the Homecoming 2009 Central Block Party. The event includes a mechanical bull, inflatables and live music. The event is free. For more information, contact Casey Booyinga at the Office of Student Life at (989) 774-3016.

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Farmington Hills freshman Collin Wells gets hit on the head by a ball during the dodgeball game against Saginaw Valley State University on Sunday afternoon at the Student Activity Center.

was crazy.”

Muskegeon sophomore Miles Potter holds the ball on teammate Kevin Flynn’s shoulders at the dodgeball game against Saginaw Valley State University on Sunday afternoon at the Student Activity Center.

vision Series. The situation The Tigers and Twins both won Sunday, leaving the two tied at 86-76 in the division. Detroit has had at least a share of the division lead since May. Because the Twins won the season series (11-7), Detroit will play in Minnesota at 5 p.m. Tuesday for the A.L. Central division crown. The winner of Tuesday’s game will face the New York Yankees on Wednesday to begin a bestof-five series. “What’s really going to decide it is if they can get past the first round,” Miller said. “If they make it past the first round, you’re probably going

Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins w When: 5 p.m. Tuesday w Where: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis w TV: TBS (Channel 19 off-campus, Channel 27 oncampus) to have everyone jump on the bandwagon, just like for hockey or football, and we’ll be really rocking, then.” Miller said Buffalo Wild Wings has plans to increase wait staff, bartenders and cooks. Meanwhile, Marty’s Bar & Grill, 123 S. Main St., has also

The registered student organization The Theatre of the Absurd is presenting an exhibition of video art in the Charles V. Park Library Extended Study Hours Room from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 28. The RSO is a new-art-collaborative group that creates new media artwork such as video and performance. The event is free. For more information, contact exhibit coordinator Megan Moreno at (989) 774-2165 or brook1mr@cmich. edu.

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Scrimmage time The Dodgeball Club got some practice in before the season opens with a scrimmage Sunday against Saginaw Valley State University. Central won the scrimmage 6-0. The first game is next Sunday at Michigan State University. “There are two 25-minute matches, and whatever team loses all their players first, the other team gets a point,” Lynch said. “There are 15 people on each team and 10 balls.” There are no tryouts and students are welcome to come to practices and join. For more information, visit the Facebook group, “Dodgeball at CMU.”

Tigers games increase business at Mount Pleasant bars Detroit taking on Minnesota Tuesday for division

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Students take dodgeball to the next level Dodgeball is not just for kids. Troy sophomore Josh Allard said the game everyone grew up knowing as a gym-class special can be for adults, too. “It’s like taking an elementary school game to another level,” he said. The Dodgeball Club is a registered student organization that started two years ago. “It’s a good mix between a fun atmosphere and people who want to win,” said Williamston senior and Club President Bryan Lynch. “It’s a lot of fun and a great way to meet people.” There are about 25 to 30 students involved with the group. Vice President and Muskegon sophomore Miles Potter said it is the only RSO on campus without dues, although members pay for their jerseys. Dodgeball can involve some injuries, however. ”Head shots count — everything counts,” said Sterling Heights junior Mike McCarthy. “One time, I rolled my ankle during the runoff, but I was back the next day playing. “Fingernails get ripped off all the time. That’s why we wear gloves and tape our fingers.” Allard is fan of the game, but only as a spectator because he is already involved with several club sports. “It’s high intensity and a lot of fun. Throwing balls at people is pretty enticing,” he said. McCarthy said he feels comfortable in the group. “I grew up playing dodgeball in the basement with my family, and I always screwed up playing sports, so I just wanted to go and play and be active,” McCarthy said. He said being involved has left him with several good memories. “My best experience so far has been going and playing Grand Valley (State University),” McCarthy said, “and I missed the practice the day before and they had told us all to wear white, but I wore my lime green dodgeball shirt from before. “I was the last kid playing and I’m wearing my lime green shirt and the crowd was just going crazy, they were booing and yelling. It

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experienced an increase in foot traffic. “We’ve had quite a few people in here for the Tigers games and expect more,” said Courtney Snodie of Marty’s. “We get quite a collective crowd in here; we get some college students, we get older people, we get variety.” Snodie said the bar atmosphere is something not found while watching the game at home. “It’s fun for people to be around other people. If you can’t be at the ballpark, then you can be (at the bar) with a group of people enjoying the game,” she said.

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Andean textiles will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Bovee University Center’s Multicultural Education Center. The collection is on loan from Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work Sergio Jorge Chavez. The event is free. For more information, contact Ulana Klymyshyn at (989) 774-7318.


The Education Station will provide visitors with the basic instructions on how to draw a self-portrait from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the University Art Gallery: West Gallery. Instruction will focus on proportions and facial structure. The event is free. For more information, contact Anne Gochenour at 774-3800.

Pacifica Quartet

The Pacifica Quartet, an award-winning string ensemble, will perform from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Staples Family Concert Hall. The quartet won the 2009 “Best Chamber Music Performance” Grammy award and was the 2009 Musical America “Ensemble of the Year.” For more information, contact John Jacobson at 774-3738. Tickets are $3 for students and seniors and $5 for the general public.

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EDITORIAL |Renovations to downtown Mount Pleasant create a community atmosphere

Reimagining the city


he city of Mount Pleasant has begun to redesign the downtown district, trying to make it more attractive to pedestrians and businesses. We applaud the city for renovating the downtown district and its continuing effort to create a community atmosphere. One part of the overhaul comes from an amendment from Mount Pleasant’s Zoning Ordinances, titled “Mission Redevelopment Overlay Zone.” According to, the mission of this amendment is to “encourage the renewal and reinvigoration of the Mission Street corridor by allowing, without requiring, more innovative, architecturally interesting, walkable and accessible buildings and site layouts.” Essentially, the city is giving

businesses the opportunity to expand and change so they can attract new customers. In such a tough economy, it is great to see the Planning Commission encouraging businesses to not only stay open, but to expand and grow. The new amendment shows that the city is opening up dialogue with local residents. In a


world where anything can change overnight, it is important to be accepting of change. Another project that will change downtown Mount Pleasant is the Light Emitting Diodes project. The project will bring LED lights to Pickard Street, making the city more visually appealing. These lights also will save the city money and energy. Another project, called the Gateway project, will focus on the landscaping around Mount Pleasant. The project will not only renovate the landscaping in the city, it also will include all entrances and exits into Mount Pleasant. Union Township Supervisor John Barker said native plants and trees will be planted and new signs will be posted in certain areas. “The landscaping will be so dramatic, people will feel like they’re coming to or leaving somewhere special,” he said. This is the type of enthusiasm this city is in need of — that Mount Pleasant is somewhere special,

with a rich history that should be reflected in its appearance. Hopefully, the Gateway project will be approved soon, along with any other plans that seek to improve the area. But it is not just the buildings and landscaping that may change for the best, too. The roundabout at Main and Mosher streets helps to keep traffic moving fluidly. It’s also better for pedistrians, since traffic is moving in one direction. Hopefully, officials will look into building more roundabouts around the city. The new changes will hopefully emphasize a community atmosphere, where Mount Pleasant residents and Central Michigan University students will want to be more involved in activities around the city. It seems as if officials are living up to the “Pleasant” end of the city name. The city is taking the first few initial steps to work toward this view and, so far, they are heading in the right direction.


Get involved with Homecoming This week marks Central Michigan Unviersity’s annual Homecoming celebration. The week will feature many fun activities for students to get involved with around the university. Best of all, many of these activities are of no cost to the students. Students are encouraged to have fun and partake in as many activities as possible. One popular activity that will kick off the week is the Homecoming Medallion Hunt. Daily hints are given as to where the medallion is hidden on campus, with more hints given out as the week progresses. The grand prize for finding the medallion includes $200 and free pizza from Papa John’s. The thrill of the hunt alone is a great reason for students to band together and explore campus, even if they do not win the grand prize. Some other activities include the Central Block Party at 11 a.m. today at the Bovee University Center’s front lawn. The Quest for Central Spirit will be held at 6 p.m. at Finch Fieldhouse. On Tuesday, students will get the chance to Yell Like Hell right before the Chippewa Food Relay at 6 p.m. at Finch Filedhouse. Thursday, there will be field games at 6 p.m. on the Finch/Alumni Field, with a screening of the movie “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” at 8 p.m. in Pearce 126. The week ends with a Homecoming Parade at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Mount Pleasant. For students who have not had an opportunity to explore downtown, this is a perfect chance to leave the campus and see what Mount Pleasant has to offer. Following the parade, the CMU football team will play Eastern Michigan University at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. The 4-1 CMU football team could use the support in facing an Eagles team it has beaten just once in the last five years (2006). This week will offer a variety of free and diverse activities for students to participate in. It’s an opportune moment for students to come out, meet new people and experience new things. Show some school spirit. Get involved and have some fun.

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Keeping the name honorable “Chippewa” is the official nickname adopted by Central Michigan University in 1942. Since that time, there have been periodic affirmations by the university’s administration of that decision and statements by the leadership of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe supporting the university’s proper use of the “Chippewa” name. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends of the university and guests to campus, for the most part, have demonstrated respect and appreciation for this. Information on the “Chippewa” name is presented during orientation sessions to all new students, faculty and staff, and we are told that it refers to “a proud, honor-

able and respectful people who today live throughout the United States and Canada.” The expectations and responsibilities that accompany CMU’s adoption of “Chippewa” as a nickname are also discussed. Although this information was given to us when we first arrived on campus, it can be beneficial to remind ourselves from time to time of some important points. Each member of the university community has the obligation to use the “Chippewa” nickname in a respectful and understanding manner. We are to recognize that stereotypical depictions of Native Americans are inaccurate and offensive. We are to respect the sacred objects, artifacts and traditions associated with Native Americans. It is very appropriate as a mem-

ber of the university to take pride in the “Chippewa” nickname and to enthusiastically support the university’s athletic teams. As we do so, however, it is imperative that we behave in ways that communicate to ourselves and others that we are cognizant of the people and culture of the Chippewa Indian Tribes, and that we respect and appreciate their many contributions to our community. We are fortunate to be members of the CMU community and we are fortunate to have a positive, collaborative and mutually respectful relationship with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. I hope we shall continue to treat one another with respect, dignity and integrity. Bruce Roscoe, Dean of Students

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South America’s turn Rio de Janeiro best choice for 2016 Olympics When finding out that Chicago would not host the 2016 Olympics Summer Games, one thought crossed my mind: Go Rio. As much as most Americans wanted the Games to be within the States, it truly is only fitting that Rio de Janeiro in Brazil be awarded the games. The modern Games have been played since 1896 and have only been hosted on four continents. The Brazilian city tried for the Games in 1936, 2004 and 2012. With everything happening with the American infrastructure — health care reform, the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, the economic meltdown happening across the country — now is not the time to prepare for the Games, which would cost the city of Chicago about $4.8 billion, according to USA Today. Although the United States is disappointed the Games won’t be coming here, the unity in a South American nation for the Games will be ever present. The continent is one of the last civilized continents to host the Games, with Africa being the only other one. The benefit of Rio hosting the Games in 2016 is the stadiums and structures will all be ready anyway. Brazil is hosting the 2014 World Cup, so preparation has already begun. It also is clear that the world is ready for the games to go south of the Equator once again. While most of the votes from the International Olympic Committee in the first round went to Madrid, after Chicago was eliminated, most of the U.S. city’s voters swung toward Rio. “It is a time to address this imbalance,” Brazil’s president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, said to the IOC’s members before the vote, according to ESPN. com. “It is time to light the Olympic cauldron in a tropical country.” Chicago also spent a lot of money promoting the city as a “blue-green” site for the Games, a term coined to describe the environmentally-friendly setting the city proposed for the Games. The city planted 500 plants in a rain garden to help filter runoff and reduce flooding while helping bolster its bid. While most Americans are upset Chicago wasn’t even close to getting the Games — the city was eliminated in the first round in front of Tokyo and Madrid — the world knew it was time for Rio to host the Games. Congrats, Rio. The spotlight will be on you for two years, between the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The time has finally come.

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Landscaping projects to improve look of Pickard Street near US-127 LED lights, tree planting part of project By Chelsea White Staff Reporter

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Novi residents Ashley Jaminson and Andrew Jaminson get signatures from world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and philanthropist Dr. Benjamin Carson Sr. Saturday evening in Warriner Hall. Dr. Carson signed a paper cut out Andrew made for a third grade project on a prominent African American role model.

Doctor stresses education First person to separate conjoined twins speaks in Plachta By Ashante Thomas Staff Reporter

Benjamin Carson urged parents, educators and students Saturday night to emphasize education and caring to keep the United States great. “The thing that is going to sustain our position in the world is not the ability to shoot 25 jump shots. It’s the ability to solve a quadratic equation,” he said. Carson stood before a nearly-full Plachta Auditorium to deliver a message of hope through his speech, “Gifted Hands.” In 1987, Carson gained worldwide recognition for leading a team in the successful separation of conjoined twins. The 22-hour surgery was the first of its kind to separate twins joined at the head without fatalities to either infant. Now the director of pedi-

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Everything is built for the small sizes of the preschool students, Priest said. The bathrooms stalls, sinks and toilets are smaller than normal. The way the teachers treat the children is inspired by Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky, who promoted social interaction, and developmental biologist Jean Piaget, who created stages of child development. Schools in Italy also inspire those at the school. Priest and Desormes have traveled to Italy to study programs. “We believe that children enter the classroom with pre-

atric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., Carson is a philanthropist and 2008 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Detroit freshman Amanda Johnson was brought to tears during the question-andanswer portion of Carson’s speech. “I’ve known of his story since sixth grade,” Johnson said. “He’s been an inspiration to me.” Johnson said many of Carson’s obstacles growing up in Detroit paralleled her own. She also is from a single-parent home and said she was never looked at as the smart kid in early elementary. Just as Carson’s mother was a defining influence in his education, Johnson said it was her mother’s decision to transfer her daughter to a better school with more supportive, hands-on teachers that encouraged her to excel. ‘Be nice’ During his speech, Carson focused on education, God, health care reform and the importance of being nice. He asked to audience to set foundation of what their knowledge is,” Priest said. Student involvement CMU students also are benefited by the program and its resources. Students going into child development may work with the children in some of their classes. “The main purpose for us being here is to serve as a training site for those students in child development,” Priest said. The CDLL was established under the department of Human Environmental Studies as a place for students to practice with children as they took classes before they went out into their professional field, Priest said. “There is a second key purpose besides actually

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take a ‘Nice Pledge’ for the next two weeks. Men will be chivalrous, and women will not curse men out for pulling out chairs. Carson told audience members to smile at the people they walk by, and converse on elevators. “Be nice,” he said. Carson later addressed questions about health care reform, stem cell usage, and even answered questions from a child who wondered what books he read growing up. “He has a very compelling story that I believe touches a lot of different people in different ways,” said Denise Green, associate vice president for institutional diversity. The Office of Institutional Diversity is one of many offices and organizations that worked together to bring Carson to campus. Carson left attendees with the call to think big, and allow talent, God, knowledge and compassion to lead them. “It’s very difficult to make progress without taking risks,” he said. “You have to do it in an intelligent way.”

Pickard Street is getting some sprucing up. The East Downtown Development Authorities and ROWE Engineering, 127 S. Main St., are working together on the Light Emitting Diodes light project, said Casey Collings, a designer at ROWE Engineering. Lights are being upgraded to LED to save energy on Pickard Street between Packard and Summerton Streets, he said. The project began Wednesday and should be completed by the end of November. Total costs are $800,000 and being funded through the East DDA. “The East DDA funds all businesses on the east side of the town, and their tax funds go toward projects like this,” he said. “The current lights in this area are on the edge of their lifespans. This project will make the town look better and will help save energy at the same time.” The second landscaping project, the Gateway project, is still in the planning stage, said Union Township supervisor John Barker. The main goal of the project is to improve the visual look of the township, he said. “We will be planting native plants and trees, putting flags up and creating new signs in these areas,” Barker said. “The landscaping will be so dramatic, people will feel like

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serving the children and the families,” Priest said. “And that is to serve as a research base for faculty around campus and even from other campuses who are studying children.” Manistee junior Kelly Bosma is an early childhood development major and she works as an assistant student teacher with preschoolers for HDF 402: Human Growth and Development — Guidance for Young Children. Bosma said he loves being able to observe the children and work with them. She interacts with professors on a more professional note and works closely with fellow students. “I definitely think that there are a lot more opportunities for the children,” Bosma said.

The two most common tickets are distributed for parking in a restricted area and failure to display a permit. Lauren Quinlan, a Millington junior, received a parking ticket for an expired meter outside of Foust Hall last year, but chose not to appeal it. “I just paid the $20,” Quinlan said. “At the time, I was going to a doctor’s appointment, felt crappy enough, and didn’t feel like arguing it.” The amount of time an appeal takes can stop some students. Greenville sophomore Lauren Guilfoyle received a ticket her freshman year for parking an unauthorized truck in the Towers parking lot. She said she was on her way to get a pass for it when the ticket was written, but opted not to. “I thought about appealing it,” Guilfoyle said. “It was time consuming, and I was really busy at the time.”

If you think you’re the most loyal soldier in the Maroon Platoon, stop by the Central Michigan Life tent at Homecoming Tailgating on October 10th. We will take your picture and enter you into our weekly “MOST SPIRITED CMU FAN” Contest. CM Life editors will post the images after each home game and then invite CM Life readers and CMU fans to go online at and vote for their choice of the most spirited fan. The readers choice favorite each week will be featured in CM Life and on our Web site, and will win $100 plus an iPod Nano, compliments of the CMU Bookstore.

“We will be planting native plants and trees, putting flags up and creating new signs in these areas. The landscaping will be so dramatic, people will feel like they’re coming to or leaving somewhere special.” John Barker, Union Township supervisor

they’re coming to or leaving somewhere special.” The landscaping project will be covering all of the areas leading into and out of Mount Pleasant, including all entrances and exits of US-127 and many of the over and under passes throughout the town, Barker said. To help leave a longerlasting impression of the town, the native plants will be planted down both north and south US-127 as well. A full layout of the areas being landscaped is provided in the gallery section of

Since the Gateway project is still in the planning stages, no exact costs have been figured out yet, Barker said. “Both the city and the township have put up $2,000 each for seed money to help get the project started,” he said. Lansing-based company Vision 20/20, Union Township and Central Michigan University are working together to put the project into action. “We are trying to make it a local community project, in which everyone can get involved,” Barker said.

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Chippewas sweep weekend home series By DJ Palomares Senior Reporter

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Defensive linemen Sean Murnane, left, Sam Williams, middle, and John Williams, right, converge on Buffalo running back Brandon Thermilus on Saturday at UB Stadium.

WEATHERING THE STORM CMU handles Mother Nature, delays to win first conference road game


Bend, not break Much like the Arizona game to start the season, the only other game the opposing offense gained more than 400 yards, Buffalo was held to one touchdown. The Bulls, who outgained CMU 433-412, established the run and worked wide

receiver Naaman Roosevelt to the tune of 114 receiving yards. But they had to settle for two field goals. The CMU defense made two fourth-quarter stops that sealed the game for CMU. Buffalo had a fourthand-inches from CMU’s Check the Web site for a photo gallery on Saturday’s victory.

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Both teams earn top 10 finishes in Louisville

By Andrew Stover | Sports Editor MHERST, N.Y. — The wind was so strong during the second of two lightning delays in the football team’s 20-13 win at Buffalo, it blew cameras and benches over. A hailstorm preceded the opening kickoff, delayed 30 minutes by lightning strikes. But when it came to the actual game, all seemed normal. The defense, despite giving up more than 400 yards, made timely stops, and the offense scored touchdowns instead of settling for field goals. “We train for circumstances like this,” said senior quarterback Dan LeFevour. Head coach Butch Jones said the weather, playing on the road and a long bus trip were all factors for CMU (4-1, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) to overcome. “With all the little nuances of the game, from the lightning delays to all the little things that go on through the course of the game, I thought it was a great win,” he said.

The volleyball team received some timely production off the bench in Saturday’s 3-0 sweep of Toledo and Friday’s 3-2 win against Ball State at Rose Arena. Sophomore setter Catherine Ludwig entered Friday’s game with her team down two sets. After her weekend performance, Coach Erik Olson said the setter position, which Ludwig and junior setter Stephanie Budde were platooning, is Ludwig’s to defend. “It is not easy to sit on the bench as long as she has and then come in and be productive,” Olson said. “But she has stayed tuned in even when she is not playing, and we don’t win without a great second setter.” Ludwig said she is embracing the chance to hold down the spot. “I want to be out there playing, so I am going to work as hard as I can,” Ludwig said. “I want to hold my spot. I want to lead this team.” The win over Toledo on Saturday was the first Mid-American Conference victory for the Chippewas that did not go five sets. Junior outside hitter Lauren Krupsky led the floor with 15 kills.

Krupsky also had a careerhigh 19 kills in the win over Ball State on Friday. She said her 34-kill performance over the weekend was due in part to the home crowd. Lauren Krupsky “It is such a great atmosphere to play in here in Rose,” Krupsky said. “We have our fans from Merrill Hall and everyone just makes it so much more fun to play here.” True freshmen Lindsey Dulude and Daniel Gotham had double-digit kills in their first home Mid-American Conference series. Gotham hit for 13 kills and had a hand in seven blocks in the two matches. Dulude had 11 kills and 15 digs on the weekend. The two wins bring Central’s record to 10-6 overall and 3-1 in the MAC. Western Michigan also picked up a pair of wins over the weekend, which keeps it at 4-0 in the conference. Central has a chance to make up ground in the MAC West when it heads to Northern Illinois on Friday and Western Michigan on Saturday.

By Aaron McMann Staff Reporter

Senior quarterback Dan LeFevour rushed for 98 yards and completed 22-of-28 passes for 268 yards, two touchdowns and one interception Saturday at UB Stadium.

11-yard line while trailing 20-13 in the fourth quarter. Buffalo failed to gain the first down on a quarterback sneak, leaving 9:11 left on the clock. Junior linebacker Nick Bellore and junior safety Bobby Seay were in on the stop, among others. Andrew Stover and Tim Ottusch discuss aspects of the 20-13 win at UB.

“It was big. We kind of knew what they were going to do,” Bellore said. “We just executed, and that was big to get off the field there. That really stopped their momentum.” A buffalo | 7A Sports Editor Andrew Stover grades the team’s perfomance.

Both cross country teams ran to top-10 finishes in Louisville, Ky. at the Greater Louisville Classic Saturday. The men’s team finished fourth out of 35 teams Saturday, led by senior Riak Mabil’s 24th-place overall finish (24 minutes, 41 seconds). “Riak’s so valuable for this team,” said assistant coach Matt Kaczor. “He’s keeping everyone else accountable and wants this team to fight for a conference championship.” Helping to close the gap were juniors Chris Pankow (33rd, 24:55) and Sammy Kiprotich (50th, 25:10), both finishing within 30 seconds of Mabil. Freshman Tecumseh Adams placed 53rd (25:15). The Chippewas had an average team time of 25 minutes, 5 seconds, scoring 205 points. “This was the best pack we’ve had in a while,” Kaczor said. Rend Lake College sophomore Stephen Sambu (23:33) finished first, 13 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Host Louisville won the race with an average team time of 24 minutes, 24 sec-

onds, scoring 68 points. The Cardinals placed three top 10 runners. The only other Michigan schools Matt Kaczor competing in Louisville, Oakland and Detroit Mercy, finished 12th and 21st overall, respectively.

The women The women’s team tied for seventh overall with Eastern Kentucky University in the 5K race that included 31 other teams. Leading the way for the women was junior Melissa Darling, who finished 18th overall with a time of 17:55. “She ran really well, setting another personal record,” said cross country director Willie Randolph. Finishing within 30 seconds of Darling was junior Danielle Dakroub in 29th (18:14) and sophomore Holly Anderson in 41st (18:24). Junior Kylee Kubacki came in 48th (18:29). A surprise for the women came in the way of junior Raeanne Lohner, who finished 80th (18:52). “She really stuck her nose A Classic| 7A

Soccer shuts out Buffalo 4-0 Sunday By Matthew Valinski Staff Reporter and D.J. Palomares Senior Reporter

Senior Molly Gerst shot a penalty kick into the back right of the net to put CMU ahead 1-0 a minute and 25 seconds into the game Sunday. Gerst got the penalty kick after Buffalo defender Jennifer Mihok received a red card after stopping the ball from going into the back of the net with her hands. And with that, CMU (9-3, 4-0) earned its seventh consecutive win, scoring three more goals in a 4-0 victory over a Buffalo team that has not won a MidAmerican Conference game since 2007. Gerst said getting the early goal helped give her team con-

fidence on the field. “Having the confidence to know that I was going to go up and score a goal is good for the rest of the team Molly Gerst and good for us to play off that mentality as well,” she said. The win was Central’s seventh shutout, a new school record, and fourth straight to start MAC play. “We are just working to not let any team get a shot off,” said sophomore Liesel Toth. “We really want to keep our shutout streak going because we take pride in our backline.” Coach Tom Anagnost said the shutouts are a result of the entire team’s effort and its abil-

ity to control possession of the ball. “It is not just (Shay Mannino) and our back four, although they have done a very good job,” he said. “Our team has defended really well. The other thing is the best defense is a good offense and, when you have it, the other team can’t score.” A familiar start The win marks the second consecutive season the Chippewas have started MAC play 4-0, but Anagnost said maturity is the biggest difference between this year and last year’s team. “I think our team is a little more mature and that makes a difference,” he said. “The core leaders are back and I think we just have a little better feel,

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Senior Amanda Waugh had an assist in Sunday’s 4-0 victory against Buffalo. It was the team’s seventh straight win. A martin| 7A

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The following Buffalo drive, senior cornerback Josh Gordy intercepted Buffalo quarterback Zach Maynard, who threw the ball in the direction of Roosevelt. Gordy had inside position on Roosevelt and made a diving interception with just 2:45 remaining. “Josh Gordy’s interception, that was huge,” Bellore said. “To have him make a play like that, it was such an uplifting play.” Jones said Gordy’s interception was a huge momentum swing in the fourth quarter.

LeFevour shines LeFevour ran for 98 yards on 21 carries, while completing 22-of-28 passes for 268 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. LeFevour had success finding senior wide receiver Bryan Anderson and junior wide receiver Antonio Brown through the entire game. Brown finished with six catches for 112 yards and a touchdown. Anderson

caught eight passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. Anderson was able to beat man-to-man coverage on a number of slant routes during the game. He said beating the jam off the line was an emphasis during practice this week. “We schemed for it,” he said. “If you’re going to put one-on-one, we’re going to attack it as much as possible. If you can’t get off the press or can’t beat man coverage, then you’re in for a long night.” CMU scored the first two touchdowns of the game, missing the extra point on the second score. Up 13-0, Buffalo answered with 10 before the half. Within five minutes into the third quarter, LeFevour found Brown on a short out-route. Brown turned a small gain into a 27-yard touchdown, giving CMU a 20-10 lead. Buffalo (1-4, 0-2 MAC) kicked a field goal in the third quarter, but failed to produce any more offense. CMU hosts in-state rival Eastern Michigan (0-4, 0-1 MAC) at noon Saturday in Kelly/Shorts Stadium.


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West Division Team MAC


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Temple 2-0 KSU 1-0 Ohio 1-0 Akron 0-1 BGSU 0-1 Buffalo 0-2 Miami 0-2

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Saturday’s results

CMU 20, Buffalo 13 Toledo 37, Ball State 30 No. 10 Cincinnati 37, Miami 13 Temple 24, EMU 12 NIU. 38, WMU 3 Ohio 44, Bowling Green 37 Baylor 31, KSU 15 *Home teams bolded

more confident, and a little more of a swagger.” Freshman Autumn Hawkins found a hole while attacking Buffalo’s defense and passed the ball to Gerst, who scored her second goal of the game and fifth of the season, giving Central a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes in the first half. Toth added another goal eight minutes later as she took a shot from 30 yards out and scored CMU’s third goal of the game. “I saw that the goalie was off her line and I decided I was going to go for it,” she said. Freshman Laura Twi-

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in there to help this team,” Kaczor said. Purdue won the women’s race with 88 points.

dle finished the scoring for CMU. Senior Amanda Waugh kept the ball alive on the endline and found Twidle crossing over, who gave Central its fourth goal of the game and her seventh on the season. Another CMU Milestone Martin entered her senior season needing only two points to become CMU’s all-time points leader. Injuries kept her off the field for the beginning of this season but, Friday, she was able to fire in the goal she needed to mark her place in the record books. “It was more weight off my shoulders,” Martin said. “It feels good to get my first goal of the season and get back to contributing to the team.” Martin had already earned

More work to do’ Even with the showings from both teams this weekend, Randolph said there is still more maturity to be had heading into the final, more crucial, part of the season. “We have a little bit more work to do on both sides.

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the title of CMU’s all-time leading goal scorer last season with 25 total goals. Her 26th goal and 15 assists give her 67 career points. “Its weird. I played with the girl whose record I broke, so it is kind of an odd feeling,” Martin said. “I never really thought about the record this season. I just wanted to play.” After Martin’s goal, CMU added two more, including Autumn Hawkins’s first of the season, with nine minutes remaining to given Central a 3-0 win against Kent State, which had come into the weekend tied with CMU for the MAC lead. The Chippewas next play Ball State at 4 p.m. Friday at the CMU Soccer Complex.

They’re starting to understand what they need to do individually,” he said. The men and women will compete Friday in Grand Rapids at Michigan Intercollegiates.

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Cheerleader and Portage junior Nicky Van throws his hand up into the air and screams, “We’re number one!” as the volleyball team takes the court after winning a set against Ball State Friday.

2009 CMU Homecoming Events Today w Central Block Party: 11 a.m. on the Bovee University Center’s Front Lawn w Quest for Central Spirit: 6 p.m. at Finch Fieldhouse Tuesday w Yell Like Hell: 6 p.m. at Finch Fieldhouse

w Chippewa Food Relay: 7 p.m. at Finch Fieldhouse Wednesday

w CMU Trivia Contest: 7 p.m. on the Third Floor of the Bovee University Center Thursday w Field Games: 6 p.m. at the Finch/Alumni Field

w Movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: 8 p.m. in Pearce 126 ross Kittredge/illustrator


w Rock Rally: 7 p.m. at Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium

ith Homecoming week just beginning, many students on campus are asking one question. Where is the medallion? And that is a good question — because $200 is at stake, as well as 50 points for the Maroon Cup. The medallion hunt has been a long-standing tradition for Central Michigan University students looking for a little bit of fun and excitement, mixed with some school spirit for Homecoming. Somewhere on this campus, the medallion is waiting. Waiting for a lucky student, or group of students, to stumble across it. It is time to hunt. For more information on the Homecoming Medallion Hunt, visit page 2B.

Inside w ROTC class of ’55 meeting Saturday, 3B w Rock Rally shows Homecoming spirit Friday, 4B w Q and A with Homecoming Ambassadors, 4B w Comedian rounds out Homecoming Week Saturday, 7B


w Party at the Floats: 10:30 p.m. at Finch Fieldhouse Saturday

w Homecoming Parade: 9:30 a.m. Starts in Lot 22 and ends in downtown Mount Pleasant

w CMU Football vs. Eastern Michigan: noon at Kelly/Shorts Stadium

w Comedian Craig Robinson: 7 p.m. at Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium Tickets $5 for students - $15 for public -Compiled by Staff Reporter Kelli Ameling.

Central spirit ‘scavenging’ throughout CMU campus Quest kicks off at 6 p.m. today outside Finch By Megan Vance Staff Reporter

Get your running shoes on and your scavenging skills ready. The Quest For Central Spirit scavenger hunt kicks off at 6 p.m. today at the Finch Fieldhouse. The hunt across campus is part of the Maroon Cup and Golden Goblet competition

for Homecoming Week. “There are 20 teams of 10 this year,” said Clarkston sophomore Kristin Boozer, who is in charge of the event. “Each team is given a set of clues that lead them to different activities all across campus.” To win, participants must complete a baseball bat relay race, a hula-hoop race, an ice block race, a sudoku challenge, a basketball contest, a buried treasure challenge, a cryptogram and a word search. The team that completes all of these activities first wins points for the Maroon



Cup and Golden Goblet competition. “The quest is really fun,” said competition co-chairwoman and Bellaire senior Sarah Schrader. “It has lots of different little activities that appeal to everyone. But there is a lot of running. You have to be prepared for that.” The event, hosted by the Homecoming Committee, runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and begins and ends at Finch Fieldhouse. The committee hopes the event will help build Central spirit, promote community and get students involved

with the week’s celebrations. “What I like most about the quest is the team spirit and unity,” said Kelly Kesteloot, an Allen Park senior who has participated in the event for three years and now is involved in the planning process. “I enjoyed participating in the past so much that I wanted to help continue this tradition by being involved with the planning this year.” Students who are not participating this year are encouraged to show up, cheer on the teams and show off their school spirit.


If you go... w What: Central Spirit Scavanger Hunt w When: 6 to 9 p.m. today w Where: Finch Fieldhouse w Why: The team that finishes first weins points for the Maroon Cup and Golden Goblet competition.

“It’s a really good way to fire up the students,” Boozer said. “It gets them to do things outside of their comfort zone that they wouldn’t normally be doing.”




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The tradition lives on

GETTING LOUD | Students practice for annual event

The first clue for the Medallion released Sunday By Kelli Ameling Staff Reporter

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Rochester Hills freshman Christina Tebbe helps residents learn their hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yell Like Hellâ&#x20AC;? cheer Thursday night in Barnes Hall. Tebbe, a former high school cheerleader, helped prepare the cheer for Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event at 6 p.m. in Finch Fieldhouse.

The hunt is on. Hundreds of students are partaking this week in a campus-wide search for the Homecoming Medallion. The first clue was released at 10 p.m. Sunday. The Medallion Hunt first started in 2002 while Jamie Brown was the coordinator of student activities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the brainchild of Jamie,â&#x20AC;? said Tony Voisin, assistant dean of Student Life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has developed into, I think, one of our greatest traditions on campus.â&#x20AC;? Students search long and hard for the medallion each year, but the one who seeks it out will win a gift certificate and points toward their orga-

nizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement in the Maroon Cup spirit trophy. It was hidden in numerous places in past years, including on the corner of Franklin and Bellows streets, in front of Sloan Hall, the Veterans Memorial Peace Grove, south of the stadium, next to the Bovee University Center and, last year, it was hidden to the east of Rowe Hall, Voisin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking it to another level this year,â&#x20AC;? said Damon Brown, coordinator of student activities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our challenge is always to keep it exciting and fresh for the students, and I think we have done that this year.â&#x20AC;? Digital clues This year, students will be able to use Twitter functions, as well as video features that have been put together to help students find the medallion, Brown said. When it comes to planning the hunt, clues are put

together in the summer. It takes a lot of creativity to put the Medallion Hunt together because there are so many smart students who participate, Brown said. There are at least 1,000 to 1,500 students participating, Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is so fun to see people outside at 10 p.m. There are students out running around campus trying to find it,â&#x20AC;? Voisin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That makes it all worthwhile.â&#x20AC;? Barnes Hall is trying to get students excited and ready for the Medallion Hunt by taking the reins and showing the freshmen it is a fun part of Homecoming, said Troy sophomore Chelsea Richter, Barnes Hall Council president. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully, by the end of the week, the freshmen are going to go out on their own and have some good bonding time looking for the

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yell Like Hellâ&#x20AC;? competition this Tuesday in Finch Fieldhouse Food relay forces students to eat fast â&#x20AC;&#x153;We never go in to win, we Barnes Hall won cheerleading-style event last year By Maryellen Tighe Staff Reporter

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yell Like Hellâ&#x20AC;? encourages students to cheer on CMU, their registered student organization and the Homecoming theme. About 30 groups will yell for points toward the Maroon Cup and the Golden Goblet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Finch Fieldhouse Room 110. The contest, a three-minute cheerleading-type routine without stunts, will be judged based on energy, creativity and spirit. Essexville senior Katie Johnson is the competition cocoordinator of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yell Like Hellâ&#x20AC;? event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what all of Homecoming Week is about â&#x20AC;&#x201D; spirit,â&#x20AC;? she said. With all the groups involved,

there may be up to 300 students there, from all groups of campus life, Johnson said. Nick Stepaniak, Alpena sophomore â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any RSO can participate in Homecoming week,â&#x20AC;? Johnson people. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to get said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a diverse range pumped up for Homecomâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Greeks on campus, (On The ing,â&#x20AC;? Stepaniak said. Fly Productions), hall councils Barnes Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme for are really big in it.â&#x20AC;? 2009 is â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Game of Life: Barnes Hall, the winners The Adventure Continues,â&#x20AC;? of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yell Like Hell,â&#x20AC;? and it is excited for the won with a Magic School Bus- chance to compete. themed cheer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a definite sense of â&#x20AC;&#x153;We never go in to win, we pride that Barnes Hall carries go in to have fun,â&#x20AC;? said Al- that I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t experienced in pena sophomore Nick Stepa- another hall that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lived in niak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If winning happens, it on campus,â&#x20AC;? Valls said. happens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not our main â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yell Like Hellâ&#x20AC;? is a new goal.â&#x20AC;? Homecoming event. The Practice started for the contest first appeared as a group Thursday evening. mystery event several years Warren junior Johnna Valls ago. is choreographing this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was well received, and routine for Barnes Hall. Stepa- then we just kept it as our niak, a Barnes Hall resident own tradition,â&#x20AC;? Johnson last year, is helping Valls. said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to get the hall together and get to know

go in to have fun. If winning happens, it happens.â&#x20AC;?

Western-themed event gives groups chance to earn cup, goblet points By Lonnie Allen Staff Reporter

The Chippewa Food Relay will bring high energy and speed to Central Michigan Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Homecoming events. The food relay consists of several different food or drink items, and the goal is to get all the items eaten or drank within the fastest time possible, said Midland senior Erin McCann, food relay competition assistant. The relay will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Finch Fieldhouse Room 110. Bellaire senior Sarah Schrader, part of the event committee last year, said the food relay is a fun, fast and exciting event.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would have to say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very energetic relay done every year,â&#x20AC;? Schrader said. It is the third year of the food relay, said Damon Brown, coordinator of student activities. Some of the event details this year will be different from the previous years. Some of the changes include spreading the teams out over more tables instead of having them at one table and moving to tag teammates to eat the next food item. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The relay was a big hit in the past,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year, we have overall 30 teams participating.â&#x20AC;? Eat fast McCann said the teams will not race each other â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they are simply trying to get the fastest time to earn points for the Maroon Cup or the Golden Goblet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is seven maximum team members per team and either a Homecoming

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ambassador or committee member will let them move on to tag,â&#x20AC;? McCann said. Several different food items will be at the relay, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;cactus juice,â&#x20AC;? (Sprite with green food coloring), hot dogs and buns, butter cream pudding and corn bread. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year is somewhat of a Western theme. We try to have the teams eat or drink things they typically wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t,â&#x20AC;? McCann said. There will be first, second and third-place teams, and everyone will get points for participating. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The event is about team bonding and to get the students more involved and familiar with their (registered student organizations). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a way for them to connect with their team members,â&#x20AC;? McCann said. -Staff Reporter Vanessa Fayz contributed to this report.

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Kickoff excites students for the week Medallion hunt, football game top activities By Jake May Senior Reporter

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Homecoming behind the scenes Committee makes weekend of events possible

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By Kelli Ameling Staff Reporter

judged by their creativity, choreography, theme, spirit and energy. The winner receives points toward the cups, Zuzelski said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Between) 500 to 700 people (come to Rock Rally),â&#x20AC;? Zuzelski said.

ter or worse, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am worried and excited at the same time,â&#x20AC;? DeSchutter said. There are about 45 to 50 different organizations that participate in the Homecoming parade, DeSchutter said.

Homecoming does not just happen on its own. Behind the fun and games of Central Michigan Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Homecoming is the committee that puts it all together. Rock Rally coordinator, parade coordinator and competition coordinators are just a few of the 13 Homecoming Committee members who work hard to make everything run smoothly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to organize the whole night and arrange an agenda,â&#x20AC;? said Muskegon senior Jenny Zuzelski, Rock Rally coordinator. Zuzelski plans the groups who appear at Rock Rally. She has to call everyone from coach Butch Jones to the cheerleaders and dance team â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to anyone that needs to be called for the event, she said. A Rock Rally is basically a Mock Rock, Zuzelski said. Students perform and are

Parade planning Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parade is one of the biggest events for CMU and alumni who attend Homecoming. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I contact all the (registered student organizations) on campus and local businesses for participation,â&#x20AC;? said parade coordinator and Troy junior Kellie DeSchutter. DeSchutter also organizes all the orders and keeps everything updated for the parade, which starts at 9 a.m. and goes from Lot 22 to downtown Mount Pleasant. This year, the Homecoming Committee tapped Carter Oosterhouse from HGTV to be the Homecoming Grand Marshal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am really looking forward to it,â&#x20AC;? DeSchutter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am excited.â&#x20AC;? Since tailgate is now on Main Street instead of Lot 63 south of Kelly/Shorts Stadium, DeSchutter does not know if this will make the parade bet-

Weekly planning Homecoming at CMU is not just about the parade and football games. The competitions that take place during the week are important to the committee, too. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basically, we are in charge of overseeing all the competitions,â&#x20AC;? said Bellaire senior Sarah Schrader, one of two competition coordinators. The competition coordinators help run the competitions and make sure everything goes smoothly, Schrader said. The competition manual also is put created by the competition coordinators. They keep track of the points earned by the participants and post them online, Schrader said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are really hoping it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rain,â&#x20AC;? Schrader said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it is going to be dangerous for people, we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold the event.â&#x20AC;?

This week means two things: midterms and Homecoming. But some students are not worried about midterms, but rather finding the Homecoming medallion, a six-year tradition during Homecoming week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the most exciting events,â&#x20AC;? said Damon Brown, coordinator of student activities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can feel the buzz in the air. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure students are gathering around computers looking for the next clue at 10 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock every night until itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s found. That said, academics are most important. Midterms come first, but if you need to blow off some steam for just an hour, come join in the Homecoming activities.â&#x20AC;? Homecoming week officially started with the release of the first medallion clue at about 8 p.m. Sunday in Warriner Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plachta Auditorium, just after a two-hour performance from comedian Dan Cummings. The clue describes how Central Michigan University was formed and the history of the Homecoming medallion, which is handed down from each university president. This year, everyone will hunt for â&#x20AC;&#x153;the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jewelâ&#x20AC;? to an Indiana Jones/ adventure-themed endeavour. Not everyone is search-

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Bad Axe junior Kyle Post, Homecoming Ambassador, reacts to a joke told by comedian Dan Cummings Sunday night in Plachta Auditorium during the annual Kickoff.

ing for the medallion, however. Lake Odessa junior Nick Clancy said CMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s football game against Eastern Michigan is what he is looking forward to most. His prediction: a CMU win over Eastern by one touchdown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about partying, a good football game, being with friends and having fun amongst all of the festivities,â&#x20AC;? he said, laughing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The icing on the cake will be CMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victory, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fact.â&#x20AC;? Lansing freshman Chidera Ogbonna said his goal for the first Homecoming week in his college career will be to show his school pride. Ogbonna said he plans to wear school colors at least three days this week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to wear your CMU colors this week,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Show my spirit, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I do this, and I hope most people do the same

because this is how we represent, man.â&#x20AC;? Homecoming committee member Erin McCann, a Midland sophomore, said as a freshman she did not know whether or not she would fit in on campus. McCann said she was not worried about that, not after she experienced homecoming two years ago. She said more people need to get involved at CMU and give programs and activities a chance, as she did. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the one week I fall in love with Central more than any other, and I fall in love with it over and over again every Homecoming,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My freshman year, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when I knew it. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when I knew I wanted to be here the next four years of my life. Homecoming is what got me hooked on campus.â&#x20AC;?

Medallion hunt | medallion,â&#x20AC;? Richter said. The medallion is always hidden in a place easily accessible to students looking for it. It is in an area anybody can find at any time of day if a person knows where to look, Voisin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not hidden in a build-

ing that closes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not somewhere you have to climb, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need shovels to dig for it,â&#x20AC;? Voisin said. Get a clue Students who missed the first clue can get it, along with the others, at the Student Life

Web site, stulife.cmich. edu. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is quite the event,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has kind of grown in proportion and it has taken on a legend of its own.â&#x20AC;? The forecast is looking bright for the next three days except rain on Tuesday.

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ROTCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;55 returns â&#x20AC;&#x153;Michigan 22ndâ&#x20AC;? reuniting Saturday in Finch Fieldhouse By Connor Sheridan Staff Reporter

A group of cadets who trained to fight communists instead of terrorists will return to Central Michigan University this weekend. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Michigan 22ndâ&#x20AC;? was the first group to join up with CMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ROTC program, founded in 1953. They also were the first 22 students to report to Ft. Campbell, Ky., for summer camp in 1954. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to meet in the office (Finch Fieldhouse Room 111 on Saturday) at 10:30 a.m.,â&#x20AC;? said Kim Bailey, administrative secretary for military sciences.

Though a particular emphasis is placed on the original class of 1955, all ROTC alumni are welcome to join the celebration. The ROTC graduates will meet at the offices and then attend the Homecoming football game against Eastern Michigan at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Although the 1955 graduating classâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ties to each other were cemented more than half a century ago, they remain strongly knit, Bailey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They get together once a year,â&#x20AC;? she said. Meeting in honor One alum who is particularly active in keeping the group together through events and regular communication is Bill Sowle, the former owner of Sidney Sowle and Son Inc.

Mayflower Agency, a moving business in Mount Pleasant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We started getting together on a regular basis since our 50th in 2005,â&#x20AC;? Sowle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the first 30 years after we graduated, we seldom gathered because we never knew where anybody was.â&#x20AC;? The 22nd has a particularly strong reason to reconvene this year. The attending alums will honor the late Ron Patrick, a member of the 22nd, a lifetime Manistique resident and a National Guard Captain who retired with 38 years of combined service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having a little ceremony for Ron,â&#x20AC;? Sowle said. He died on March 31 at age 75.

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Get to know the CMU Homecoming ambassadors By Kelli Ameling Staff Reporter

Editor’s Note: This year’s top five males and females nominated for Homecoming Ambassadors answer questions from Central Michigan Life. Go to to cast your vote for Homecoming Ambassador. -Charlotte senior Karly Caudell was nominated for Homecoming Ambassador by the Phi Sigma Sigma social sorority. Paige calamari/staff photographer

Residents of Fabiano/Emmons/Woldt Halls prepare their dance to the song “We Like to Party” for the rock rally Sunday night in Fabiano Hall. The residents will be performing Friday night at 7 p.m. Friday in Plachta Auditorium.

Organizations to show lighter side at Rock Rally on Friday Student groups get together for mock competition Staff Reports

Those in search of a pep rally Friday — look no further than Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. At 8 p.m. Friday, the Central Michigan University football team and registered student organizations will come together to show their spirit for the culmination of Homecoming Week events prior to Saturday’s Homecoming football game against Eastern Michigan. Performers include the football team, cheerleading team, dance team, Central Harmony and pep band. All aim to get the students excited and ready for football the next day. “There will probably be between 700 and 1,000 students there on Friday,” said Homecoming Committee Rock Rally Chair and Muskegon senior Jenny Zuzelski. Mock rock performances by RSOs and residence halls also will take place. Judges will score them for points toward the Maroon Cup and Golden Goblet,

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Bay City freshman Kaitlyn Allore learns a portion of her team’s dance Sunday night in Fabiano hall for the Rock Rally event. Allore chose to join the homecoming event after participating in a mock rock dance during Leadership Camp earlier this semester.

said assistant coordinator Daniel Leone. The mock rock performances will all be related to the Homecoming theme, “The Adventure Continues.” “The judges will be scoring the groups’ choreography, spirit and energy,” Zuzelski said. This year, Zuzelski said around 15 groups will compete for the Maroon Cup and the Golden Goblet. Additionally, the 2008 Gold Ambassadors will introduce

the Homecoming 2009 Gold Ambassadors. This year’s ambassadors are Muskegon junior David Breed, junior Pratik Chhetri, Macomb senior Scott Hillman, junior Kyle Post, senior Kyle Whittaker, senior Karly Caudell, senior Mara D’Amico, junior Erica Lake, senior Jessica Parker and senior Emily Turbiak. Voting is taking place at vote.

Events scheduled for alums returning to their alma mater Alumni Association planning breakfast, village event By Ashley Hullinger Staff Reporter

The many Central Michigan University alumni who return to their alma mater is what gives Homecoming its name. The Alumni Association is putting on two events this Saturday. Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Development Christopher Austin said he is expecting about 100-150 people for the Alumni complimentary breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday outside Powers Hall. Austin said the Alumni Village


at Rose Ponds, meanwhile, is expected to draw around 3,000 visitors from 9 a.m. to noon. “Homecoming is one of my favorite weekends of the year. The energy and atmosphere across the campus and throughout the community really make you feel proud to be a CMU alumnus,” he said. This year’s Grand Marshal, Carter Oosterhouse, a 2000 graduate of CMU, will be a part of Friday’s Rock Rally, alumni breakfast, parade, the Alumni Village and will be participating in the Homecoming halftime ceremony at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. “He was chosen based on the numerous nominations he received for Grand Marshal,” Austin said.

Oosterhouse, who majored in interpersonal communications at CMU, has two brothers who are CMU alumni: Todd Oosterhouse, a 1991 graduate, and Tyler Oosterhouse, a 1995 graduate. “He is tremendously successful, widely recognized and a great ambassador for CMU,” Austin said. Ted Grossnickle, Campus Activities Intern for the Office of Student Life and a White Lake senior, said another event open to all faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members is the Homecoming Block Party from noon to 3 p.m. today in front of the Bovee University Center. There will be free food, inflatables, music and giveaways.

Kelli Ameling: What is the significance of being nominated for this position? Karly Caudell: There are so many things. I am really honored to be a person to uphold the standards of Central and represent them. I love Homecoming, so I am really excited to go to the activities and create new memories not only with the rest of the Homecoming Ambassadors, but with everyone, and just see how excited everyone is. KA: Why do you want to get this position? KC: To represent Central and all that it stands for. Just to be an example of someone who is taking advantage of everything that Central has to offer and showing how much

Central does have to offer. (I want to show) how much you can take advantage of everything they have on campus. (I am) just proud to represent Central and Homecoming. -Kentwood senior Mara D’Amico was nominated for Homecoming Ambassador by Kesseler Hall Council. KA: What is the significance of being nominated for this position? Mara D’Amico: Being an ambassador just represents encompassing everything Central has to stand for being a role model for you fellow students, and being proud to be a Chippewa. I

definitely think that I am proud to be a Chippewa. KA: Why do you want to get this position? MD: I am a RA and I work with a lot of transfer students. A lot of them don’t know the resources that are available to them or really what to do to take advantage of their time at CMU. Since I am graduating this year, I can say that I have taken advantage of everything that CMU has to offer. I have gotten involved with things that I am passionate about. If I can spread that to other people and help them to become passionate about A Ambassador election| 5b


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CMU, enjoy their time and make of most their time here, it will be worth it. -Iron River junior Erica Lake was nominated for Homecoming Ambassador by Barnes Hall Council. KA: What is the significance of being nominated for this position? Erica Lake: I feel like it exemplifies the CMU spirit of the 10 individuals that are nominated and just the passion that they have for Central. I think in that respect it is an honor to be noticed for the passion they have for Central. KA: Why do you want to get this position? EL: It would just be an amazing honor and I feel like it would be so exciting to represent the university that I love so much. - Rochester senior Jessica Parker was nominated for Homecoming Ambassador by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity and the Sigma Sigma Sigma social sorority. KA: What is the significance of being nominated for this position? Jessica Parker: It shows that other people have recognized the work you have done on campus — (that it) is really worthwhile. KA: Why do you want to get this position? JP: I am satisfied with just being in the top five. I think anyone that has made it this far deserves to be chosen as Homecoming Ambassador. I am just happy to be part of the process. - Livonia senior Emily Turbiak was nominated for Homecoming Ambassador by Larzelere Hall. KA: What is the significance of being nominated for this position? Emily Turbiak: I think the significance would be the person who gets the position is a leader and is a person who represents CMU in all the good ways by performing academically and outside of academics. Another thing is a strong role in diversity; that is what CMU tries to strive for. It’s a very prominent po-

sition. It should be looked highly upon and not taken lightly by the person who gets nominated. KA: Why do you want to get this position? ET: I want it because I definitely think that I am someone who promotes diversity. I am a Multicultural Advisor in Herrig Hall and I try to learn more about different cultures every day. Luckily I live in a residence hall with international students in it so, each and every day, I get to see new international students and learn more about their cultures. Culture has always been interesting for me. I was involved with Mid-American Model United Nations and having to step in the shoes of another country. It has helped me as a Multicultural Advisor and working with students. -Muskegon junior Dave Breed was nominated for Homecoming Ambassador by the CMU Program Board. KA: What is the significance of being nominated for this position? Dave Breed: It’s nice because it’s recognition of all the work that I do and nice that I am being recognized for that. It feels really good to show that the work I have done has actually made a difference. Also, I think that being in this position has let me do a lot more. Being elevated to this level, I feel like I can have more of an impact now. I’ll be increasing the work I do from here on out. KA: Why do you want to get this position? DB: It would open a lot of opportunities for me to do more meaningful work, to get out in the university community and to be a little better known. I have a lot of things to offer and this is the perfect opportunity to showcase those things. -Nepal junior Pratik Chhetri was nominated for Homecoming Ambassador by Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. KA: What is the significance of being nominated for this position? Pratik Chhetri: The whole point of being Homecoming Ambassador, for me, was to be a representative of the campus. I have a pretty good

academic background and I’m involved in different organizations. I do research on campus, which has been presented in different international level contests. I have already represented CMU (in that way). Being able to represent CMU is a great opportunity. I bring diversity to the campus. It’s a great opportunity and lots of responsibility, but I’m ready for that. KA: Why do you want to get this position? PC: I want to show that CMU is a nice platform for even undergraduates to show their skills. Personally, I am from a different country, environment and culture, and even I can achieve these goals. For me, CMU was an excellent platform for me to improve my ability. - Macomb senior Scott Hillman was nominated for Homecoming Ambassador by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity. KA: What is the significance of being nominated for this position? Scott Hillman: I am not one person to ask for a lot of recognition or appreciation for the work I do, (but) this is a nice and extreme way of getting a piece of recognition. KA: Why do you want to get this position? SH: It will keep me motivated to keep me working as hard as I do. Knowing people appreciate the work I do, I’d keep it up. -Bad Axe junior Kyle Post was nominated for Homecoming Ambassador by the Sigma Kappa social sorority. KA: What is the significance of being nominated for this position? Kyle Post: The significance is that it is kind of surreal, because there are so many people on this campus. You have to remember that out of all those people in the organization that can actually nominate people, you made it to the top five positions. So it is really a surreal position to be in. KA: Why do you want to get this position? KP: At the moment, I am in a position where I feel truly blessed to be in the position I am. It was nice to be able to express the way I feel about

CMU the way I got to through the application process. So I feel blessed that I even got to express how I feel about CMU as a whole rather than being someone who should have this position. -Niles senior Kyle Whittaker was nominated for Homecoming Ambassador by Mortar Board Honor Society. KA: What is the significance of being nominated for this position? Kyle Whittaker : I think it’s showing how it’s hard work. Trying to get involved and better yourself. There are different ways to get rewarded for it; also to be able to reach a point where you can feel good about yourself. KA: Why do you want to get this position? KW: It would be an awesome opportunity to represent Central Michigan. I have been school spirited my entire school career. I think it is an awesome way to show Central spirit and to show how great of a school Central is.

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Because of recent changes in the CMU tailgating policy, the Homecoming committee is putting an emphasis on safety at this year’s Homecoming Parade. Parade Coordinator Kellie DeSchutter said because many more people are coming to Main Street to tailgate, they are expecting more people. “We might have to be especially careful keeping parade participants safe on Main Street as the new tailgating rules have caused an increase in the amount of people there,” DeSchutter, a Troy junior, said. The parade starts at approximately 9:30 a.m. Satur-

day and is expected to end around 11 a.m. Students can watch the parade on Washington Street between Preston and Bellows, as well as on Main Street between Bellows and Sacred Heart Academy in downtown Mount Pleasant. Because of a policy that limits alcohol, bans external sound systems and more at Lot 63 south of Kelly/Shorts Stadium, many students moved tailgating festivities to Main Street instead. The Homecoming Committee said it wants a safe, comfortable and fun atmosphere for parade participants. “We’re looking for all students watching the parade to behave in a respectful manner to ensure the success of our goal and the parade in general,” DeSchutter said. Carter Oosterhouse, a 2000 graduate of CMU, is this year’s Grand Marshal. Oosterhouse, on HGTV starring in “Carter Can” and the eco-friendly show “Red Hot and Green,” made his first big break appearing on “Trading Spaces.”

“He was an obvious choice from the Alumni Association’s standpoint,” Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Development Christopher Austin said. University President Kathy Wilbur also will participate in the parade, as well as the CMU Marching Band, cheerleaders, ROTC, local businesses, Disney characters such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and registered student organizations showing CMU Homecoming spirit as they march down Washington and Main streets, DeSchutter said. Many RSOs, including dorm hall councils, will decorate elaborate floats to show off their CMU spirit in their quest for the Maroon Cup. Larzelere Hall President Kenny Hayes, a Lowell sophomore, said the homecoming theme this year, “The Adventure Continues,” is broad, giving RSOs an opportunity to be unique with exciting individual themes for floats.

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“The Office” cast member coming to CMU Saturday Comedic actor to perform standup on Saturday By Blake Showers Staff Reporter

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Hartland sophomore Adam Perry, left, and Howell freshman Bob Maertz, teammate struggle to keep the Department of Engineering and Technology Club’s boat afloat during the 11th annual Cardboard Boat Race at the Rose Ponds on Oct. 11, 2008.

Cardboard boat races a must for Homecoming 13th annual event across Rose Ponds shows ingenuity By Megan Vance Staff Reporter

What do you get when you put together cardboard, duct tape, CMU spirit and a bit of creativity? The time has come for the annual Homecoming Cardboard Boat Race, which takes place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Rose Ponds. The race started 12 years ago as a project for an engineering class, and was then adopted as a tradition that was named one of the “101 Things to Do Before You Graduate” by Sports Illustrated on Campus. Each team participating must construct a boat and paddles from only cardboard, duct tape and liquid nails. The boat must be able to carry three or four team members through the race course on Rose Pond. The team that completes the course in the shortest time wins awards, bragging rights and their names on a departmental plaque. But winning is not an easy feat. “On average, only one out of four teams actually make it across the pond,” said Brian DeJong, an assistant professor

of Engineering and Technology in charge of the event. Sense of adventure The course’s length is equal to three football fields, and the lake is often muddy and murky. The record time for completing the course is 5 minutes and 43 seconds. “You have to have a good sense of adventure to participate,” Dejong said, “You have to be creative with design and be adventurous enough to go into the water.” The majority of the teams participating consist of 120 engineering students required to participate for the class, but the race also is open to student societies. This year, there are more than 35 boats competing and more than 170 total participants. Memorable past boats include a boat with a speaker system, and one with LED lights. Participants are always encouraged to be creative with their boat design, decoration and team outfits. “The teams that succeed are the ones that have done their research and are willing to take risks,” said Dru Wilson, associate professor of engineering and technology. “The race is a really fun way to show your school spirit.”

Anyone who knows who Darryl Philbin is might already have plans after Saturday’s Homecoming football game against Eastern Michigan. Comedian Craig Robinson, a regular cast member of “The Office,” will perform a stand-up comedy performance at 7 p.m. Saturday in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium to wrap up the week’s homecoming events. Tickets are $5 for students

and $15 for the public, and are available at the CMU Box Office or at “We saw movies he was in and looked into him and thought he would be a great act to come to us. Some of it was students talking about him, and we thought it would be a good way to end Homecoming week,” said CMU Program Board junior comedy chairwoman and Pinconning junior Crysta Heckman. Robinson may be a familiar face to some for his role as Darryl, the warehouse manager in “The Office,” and appearances in films such as “Knocked Up,” “Pineapple Express” and “Zack and Miri Make A Porno.”

Robinson will also appear in four movies in 2010, one of which will be “Shrek Forever After,” and the upcoming 2009 release, “Post Grad.” Craig Robinson “He’s pretty popular in movies within the last year and students are excited to see a familiar face on campus,” Heckman said. The appearance of Robinson seems to have generated interest among students. Heckman expects attendance at around 500 for the performance. “As far as I know, he will be popular — he’s from a well-

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known show and the feedback so far is that people are looking forward to the show. It not only provides the students, but alumni with something to do later in the evening,” said Coordinator of Student Activities Damon Brown. “The program tries to bring in big names, like Demetri Martin, and we always want to bring in names students know.”


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