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Former professor jailed, bond set at $500,000 on child porn charges By Eric Dresden Editor-in-Chief


Attorney Daniel O’Neil looks toward the family of William Lord Merrill as Merrill streams in via TV during his arraignment Tuesday morning. Merrill, a former CMU education professor, is charged with three felonies related to child pornography.

After staying more than a week at the psychiatric ward at MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot, former CMU professor William Lord Merrill was arraigned in Isabella County Trial Court after turning himself into CMU Police Tuesday morning. Isabella County Judge William Rush ordered Merrill, 58, to be held at the Isabella County Jail on $500,000 cash/surety bond after being charged with three felonies: manufacturing child sexually abusive material, distributing or promoting child sexu-

ally abusive material and using a computer to commit a crime. He is also charged with one misdemean- William Lord Merrill or count of possession of a switchblade. As part of the bond, Merrill is not allowed to possess weapons, not allowed to use computers or other electronic equipment or be in contact with anyone under the age of 18. Merrill appeared before Rush at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday via TV from the Isabella County Jail.

Merrill’s attorney, Daniel O’Neil, said Merrill is not a flight risk or a suicide risk, so he asked the judge to lower the bond. However, Isabella County Prosecutor Risa Scully told Rush that Merrill purchased a shotgun and contemplated suicide on Nov. 5, before family convinced him to go to the psychiatric ward at MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot. On Nov. 5, a Central Michigan University IT worker found three videos of child pornography on Merrill’s computer, according to a court affidavit. After Merrill admitted to police that he downloaded

the videos, he said there was no additional child pornography videos on his work computer, documents said. Police then served a search warrant on his office and home, finding 30 CDs, including one disc that had more than 10,000 files with most appearing to be pictures of child sexually abusive activity. More data is being reviewed, according to the documents. “It depicts hundreds and hundreds of images of child pornography dating back years,” Scully said. A MERRILL | 2A

Committee named to begin search for provost By Jackson Seedott Staff Reporter


Jeff Ketcham, 22, waits for a blood draw after his infusion Tuesday evening at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. Ketcham was diagnosed with cancer of unknown primary in July, meaning the origin of the cancer cannot be determined. He is currently participating in a phase-one drug trial mixing chemotherapy with experimental drugs.

Keep fighting CMU student keeps high spirits, despite battle with unknown cancer Ryan Fitzmaurice | Staff Reporter

He never imagined he would have landed here. It is a small home in Plymouth, laden with Red Wings apparel. Memorabilia lines the walls, the items are framed, preserved, valued. The house belongs to mere acquaintances of his aunt. Not close enough to be friends, but kindhearted enough to take Washington senior Jeff Ketcham in. He only has to pay the utilities every month, another act of generosity for which he says he is grateful.

The owners are currently in Europe, so he has the house to himself. The most important item in the house is a 2008 championship Red Wings jersey, ordained with autographs by each player. It holds a sacred position above the desk in the main floor office. It would hold a minimum price of $500 but could easily go for more than $1,000. There’s a certain spark to Ketcham’s voice when he talks about the jersey. A sight he can’t believe he gets to witness something amazing every time he enters through the front door. It’s a needed relief, because he almost never got to see it. This year, he was supposed to be graduating.

But instead, he’s being treated for cancer. A major in journalism, Ketcham refers to himself as a “social person.” He reported for Central Michigan Life last April and into the summer, a way for him to meet and experience other people. Yet his heart lies in advertising, which allows his creative side to flourish. He dreams of working in an ad agency. He plans to go back to school to complete his degree in the near future, but it probably won’t be at Central Michigan University. “I won’t know anyone in Mount Pleasant,” Ketcham said. “By the time I get back, everyone I know would have completely taken off.”

His girlfriend, Gladwin senior Kaitlin Thorne, uploaded a picture of Ketcham to her Facebook last September. They still find a way to spend time with each other. He’s wearing a cartoonlike hat, shaped like a shark as bulging white eyes burst from the top of the hat, the white teeth protruding down his forehead. His smile is subtle, but contagious. He can pull off the look because his hairline is noticeably absent. He’s been bald for months now. When Ketcham first learned he had cancer, mid-summer, he couldn’t believe it.

University President George Ross has appointed a 14-member search committee to assist in the search for Central Michigan University’s next executive vice president/provost. Salma Ghanem, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts, and Tim Hartshorne, a psychology professor, are the co-chairs of the committee. In addition to this committee, a national executive search firm will be selected through a competitive bidding process and on-campus interviews to take place later this month. “A careful evaluation process will include oncampus meetings with up to three firms during mid and late November; the firm that’s selected will be a critical part of the provost search process,” Steve Gary Shapiro Smith, director of Public Relations at CMU, previously told Central Michigan Life. The search committee will be responsible for posting the executive vice president/ provost job opening prior to the December holiday break. Other responsibilities of the committee include processing and viewing all applications and conducting confidential interviews with the most likely candidates. The committee will then develop a list of finalists who will be invited to campus for formal interviews and open forums. Maureen Eke, professor of English Language and Literature, is one of the 14 members on the committee. A PROVOST| 2A


First-generation students targeted for how to cope with college experience By Charnae Sanders Staff Reporter

Faculty members and staff met in the Charles V. Park Library Monday for a session sponsored by the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching (FaCIT) to discuss tips and new strategies so staff can support first-generation college students. “We need to be educating our faculty about this population of students and what they can do to help,” said Lauren Griffith, instructional designer of FaCIT. “… I think one of the things we always have to think about with first-generation students is the issue of cultural capital.

If they’re not being told by their parents how to navigate the university, which is very complex that has all of these hidden norms, if they don’t get that education before they get here, then they are at a sort of disadvantage, and it’s not right.” Mary Henley, director of the Pathways to Academic Student Success program, presented a PowerPoint during the session about how faculty and students can help first-generation students throughout their college experience. “The main point is to talk out loud,” Henley said. “There are a lot of norms that happen within the classroom

that first-generation students may not know.” Henley was also a firstgeneration college student in her family and can relate to the struggles first-generation students face. “It’s shaped me, because I’ve had those experiences,” Hanley said. “… So, I’m able to provide the knowledge and provide the information and work with students and work with faculty and work with staff in order to make it better for students who are firstgeneration, low-income.” Judy Idema, associate director of Honors and Centralis program, attended the session because the Honors program has an interest in re-

cruiting first-generation college students and providing them with support services. Idema was also a first-generation college student and hopes to mentor students and “encourage them to do things they may not otherwise have thought of doing.” “I came to school academically prepared; however, I didn’t have financial resources and understanding of the university culture,” she said. “So that was new to me, but, luckily, when I got to college, I had several strong faculty and staff mentors who helped show me the way and how to be successful and locate the resources I needed to.” A STUDENTS | 2A


Mount Pleasant resident Jean Bailey, director of educational programs for the College of Medicine, left, attempts to untangle ropes with Washington senior Rachel Thomas, a representative for the Volunteer Center, right, during the First-Generation Students workshop Tuesday afternoon at the Technology Learning Center in the Charles V. Park Library.

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EVENTS CALENDAR TODAY w Holocaust survivor Martin

Loewenberg will speak in Anspach 162 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. w Trap Door Improv will

perform at 8 p.m. and at 10 p.m. in Moore 102

TOMORROW w Viewings of the movie

“Two Spirits” in honor of Native American Heritage Month will take place at 1:30 p.m. and at 5 p.m. in the Bovee UC Auditorium. A facilitated discussion will follow each screening. w The Make a Pitch

Competition will take place in Grawn 119 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ideas for new products or services will be pitched to a panel of judges. Turn in a one-page typed summary of your idea by today at noon to participate. w Faculty artist James Fiste,

cello, will perform at 8 p.m. in the Staples Family Concert Hall in the Music Building. Tickets can be purchased at the door and online and are $3 for students and seniors and $5 for everyone else. w The Rock for Freedom

Benefit Concert, featuring Ben Schuller, Bennett and more, will be at Hunter’s Ale House, 4855 E. Blue Grass Road, from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. All proceeds go to Grand Rapids charity Women at Risk, which raises awareness in human trafficking and sex slavery.

CORRECTIONS CMU wrestlers competed at the Michigan State Open Sunday, though the teams were not officially ranked. The reported ninth-place ranking was calculated by pins, and team points weren’t officially recorded. © Central Michigan Life 2012 Volume 94, Number 36


centimeters, 12 millimeters. It failed to make any repressions. Ketcham is now undergoing a more experimental treatment that has since reduced the growth in his right hip, which was slight to begin with. The growth in his lung, which still stands at a non-lethal size, is stagnant. Jay Gary, a Central Michigan University alum, has been Ketcham’s friend since their freshman year at college. By sophomore year, Gary said their friendship flourished. They moved into the same apartment and have rarely been apart since. Gary spent the entire first week of Ketcham’s stay in the hospital at his side. He’s been a constant supporter of him throughout the entire ordeal. Gary, perhaps, would be the ideal friend to have in such a situation. He’s not easily phased, nor is he discouraged. His best friend getting cancer didn’t change his life, he said. When Gary learned Ketcham had cancer, the same stubborn attitude defined their relationship. “In my world, guy best friends talk crap, we give each other a hard time,” Gary said. “And I wanted him to know, even with tubes in him, even him getting cancer, things were changing, you don’t have to think about that. Things weren’t changing between us. Things were the same. They were always going to be the same.” November is commonly known throughout the college crowd as ‘No Shave November.’ A month to grow one’s facial hair to outrageous proportions because one finally has a socially acceptable excuse. Most college students aren’t aware that the event is held for much more serious reasons. It is an awareness movement for prostate and testicular cancer, both of which are now relevant to Ketcham’s life. Before a week ago, he didn’t even know that ‘No Shave November’ had anything remotely to do with cancer. “It doesn’t really change my outlook a whole lot,” Ketcham said. “If you’re doing it just to be funny, then I don’t care. But if you are growing facial hair to raise funds for cancer, yeah, that does mean a lot.” His friends, unfortunately, are unable to grow facial hair. “Jay could probably only achieve about two hairs,” Ketcham said with a laugh. His laugh soon transformed into a rousing cough, the voice which emerged after, raspy. It would take a sequence of full sentences for it to return to its original state. He continued to laugh, anyway.


“Some days, it is hard to believe; it was completely out of the blue,” Ketcham said. “My first week, when I was in-patient, I was out of my (mind). Looking back, it doesn’t seem real. It just seems like a dream.” Even though Ketcham has had cancer for an extended period of time, he still makes the trip to University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor hospital four to seven days every week for treatment. If Ketcham had prostate cancer, skin cancer or testicular cancer, it would be easier. There are mapped-out medical routes for doctors, with lines of treatment that are more likely to cause the cancer to regress. But doctors have no firm sense of what cancer Ketcham has. He is diagnosed with unknown primary cancer, which means one cannot identify the source of Ketcham’s disease. “They have no idea,” Ketcham said. “They don’t know where I have it, or where it came from. It’s a genuine medical mystery.” Tumor growth is present in two places: one next to Ketcham’s left lung, one next to Ketcham’s right hip. At the beginning, the growth next to his lung grew at a rate of 70 percent, growing from roughly four centimeters to roughly 10 centimeters in just two weeks. As a group, the median survival is approximately three to four months for patients diagnosed with unknown primary, with less than 25 percent of patients surviving after one year, according to Treatments for Ketcham were often simply shots in the dark. Because of this, Ketcham’s doctors took aggressive action. Until recently, Ketcham was undergoing a particularly rough version of chemotherapy. Known as Cisplatin, the drug is one of the most aggressive therapies available. Ketcham referred to it as “the biggest hammer doctors had to hit it with.” The treatment took an average of seven and a half hours. While the actual chemotherapy only took an average of two and a half hours, Ketcham’s body had to be flushed with saline before and after treatments. Without the saline flushing out the drug, Ketcham’s liver would have been destroyed within mere sessions. The treatment left Ketcham bitterly sick for hours. The “hammer,” for the most part, was not completely successful, although it slowed down the growth significantly. The growth only now stands at only 13


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O’Neil told Central Michigan Life he thought the bond is “ridiculous” and that although there are victims in child pornography cases, he said, under Michigan law, there were no victims, because nobody was in physical harm. “A lot of these images are

20 to 30 years old,” he said. “Many were made out of the country.” Merrill is not suicidal and stayed at the psychiatric ward at the request of doctors, O’Neil said. CMU released a statement Monday, saying Merrill resigned as a professor in


room, he was appointed to various positions, including: Director of Institutional Research and Planning, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Interim Registrar, Vice Provost, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences and Interim Provost. While Shapiro is taking a leave before returning to campus to teach in 2014, Associate Vice President of Human Resources Lori Hella previously told CM Life the term “leave” has caused some confusion surrounding Shapiro’s involvement during his transition period. “It’s called a leave, but the provost will still be actively involved in university business,” she said. “He will have an office on campus, will be working


Eke said the process has just begun, and few specific details were known regarding the selection process. “Looking at the individuals who have previously held the provost position, I suspect potential candidates will have similar qualifications as past provosts,” she said. “(Provost Gary Shapiro) was a tenured faculty member and dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, so I suspect the future provost will have similar qualifications.” Eke said Ross and members of the Academic Senate were responsible for selecting and charging the search committee. The search began after current Provost Gary Shapiro announced his resignation from his current position in order to return to teaching. Shapiro has served as provost since August 2010. Previously, Shapiro also served as a professor in the sociology, anthropology and social work departments. After leaving the class-

faculty who came here today will walk away with some specific techniques they can use in their classroom to make those norms transparent and bring them to life so that students can really succeed.”

the teaching education and professional development department. He had worked at CMU since 1987. University officials said Merrill, whose office is located on the fourth floor of the EHS Building, is not believed to have had any contact with children in the first-floor Child Development and Learning Laboratory.

with the transition of the new provost, working with international education, as well as student learning and preparing to return to the classroom.” The office of the provost is highly regarded as second-in-command at CMU and involves the supervision and oversight of curricular, instructional and research affairs. This position is charged with leading the university’s academic division, including the seven academic colleges, the College of Graduate Studies, Global Campus, research and sponsored programs, libraries, institutional diversity, international education, academic administration, academic affairs, information technology, and student publications.


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Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 Contracts with two companies for snow removal approved » PAGE 6A

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Gary Peters picked by some as 2014 gubernatorial candidate

By Neil Rosan Staff Reporter

By John Irwin elections Coordinator

U.S. Representative and former CMU Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government could be a Democratic frontrunner to challenge Gov. Rick Snyder in 2014, according to the Detroit Free Press. Peters is listed alongside five other Democrats thought of as favorites to win the 2014 Democratic nomination for governor. “Former naval officer, state lawmaker and lawyer, Peters has a good résumé and is a skilled politician,” Free Press reporter Dawson Bell wrote last weekend. “But he’s also got a secure job for at least the next 10 years.” Peters’ office did not directly comment on the proposition of running for governor but released the following statement Tuesday to Central Michigan Life: “Congressman Peters is focused on serving the families of greater Detroit by working to attract new job-creating economic development opportunities to our region,” said Jared Smith, Peters’ communications director. The other Democrats on the list comprise of state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, University of Michigan Regent Denise Illitch and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. Bernero was the 2010 Democratic nominee and was soundly defeated by Snyder, losing 58.1 percent to 39.9 percent. Peters served as the CMU Griffin Endowed Chair from 2007 to 2008 after spending two terms as state senator from 1995 to 2002. He was elected to his third term as U.S. representative last week, easily winning in the new, heavily Democratic 14th District, encompassing much of Detroit and part of Oakland County. Following re-districting last year, Peters’ 9th District was merged with the 12th District, represented by fellow Democrat Sander Levin. The new 9th District, however, resembled A PETERS| 6A

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Macomb freshman Richard Wolf sits in is dorm room playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Tuesday afternoon in Woldt Hall. The highly anticipated game was released Sunday at midnight. Wolf along with other students waited in line in the cold for the release of the video game.

New mission Students wait in snow to buy, stay up late to play Call of Duty: Black Ops II Adam Niemi Senior Reporter

There was silence in Richard Wolf’s room, aside from the sounds of his humming Xbox and the clicking of his controller. And explosions. His 2 p.m. Tuesday class was cancelled, which left Wolf, a Macomb freshman, with time to play Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which was released early Tuesday.

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Macomb freshman Richard Wolf’s Xbox sits on the desk while the newly released Call of Duty Black Ops 2 sits on top of the gaming console Tuesday afternoon at his dorm room in Woldt Hall. The newly released video game comes complete with zombies, a massive multi-player campaign system, and new online features.

Wolf is among millions of gamers worldwide playing Activision’s newest simulated warfare first-person shooter game. “We got our final receipt and came back and chilled until about 11:30 p.m., and then a few friends and I went back and waited about 15 minutes to get it,” Wolf

said about waiting at GameStop for the release. Wolf said the line at GameStop, 4110 E. Blue Grass Road, stretched in front of Dollar Tree, 4170 E. Blue Grass Road. They stood in the wind and snow to either show a pre-order receipt or to purchase the game.

Employees at GameStop would not comment about its Black Ops II sales, adhering to the store policy from corporate headquarters in Grapevine, Texas. An employee said “sales were good, and the line was long.” A COD| 6A

Schedule for master plan, campus assessment outlined for Academic senators By Andrea Peck Staff Reporter

Details about the 2013 campus master plan were presented to Academic Senate at Tuesday’s meeting. Linda Slater, the director of plant engineering and planning at Central Michigan University and project manager for the task, laid out the schedule and outline of the plan. The master plan will assess various aspects of the campus, including space utiliza-

tion, facilities conditions, infrastructure conditions and land use. It will assess the capital needs of the university over the next 10 years. “The plan will get down to how effective scheduling of classes is, how effective campus restaurants are and how effective major building systems are. It is not going to be, ‘that door has a dent in it,’ or, ‘office 141 is cold.’ It is working at a pretty high level,” Slater said. The lead master planners of the project, SHW Group,

an architectural and planning firm that has done previous work for CMU, will complete a review of facilities and buildings on campus and make recommendations for improvements on things from electrical systems in buildings on campus to traffic flow and pedestrian accessibility of roads. A survey is projected to be issued just after the first of the year that will seek to gain input from people on campus. “We want to engage the entire campus community in

talking about master planning,” Slater said. “We do want your input on what you love about campus. We would appreciate your responding to it.” University President George Ross said the survey is an important component to the improvement process. “It really is important that we hear from you,” he said. Slater said a website will also be set up to keep the campus updated about the plan, as well as give people on campus the opportunity to

voice reactions and opinions of progress made. Once the planners of the project issue their assessment, the steering team will review the assessment and recommend priorities, and the executive team will approve the plan and pass it on to the Board of Trustees. “We have to be innovative and think how to cost-effectively improve our campus,” Slater said.

Students might want to think twice before using torrenting sites and having long Skype conversations while on campus because of the network quota policies. According to the network quota, excessive Internet usage could cause a student’s Internet connection to be shut off. The network quota is a set amount of bandwidth, which is the total amount of data traffic that can be transmitted across a connection, that a student is allowed to use. Central Michigan University has to buy bandwidth for the entire campus community, so if students exceed their allocated amount of bandwidth, 100 gigabytes per week, they run the risk of losing Internet privileges. “(Students losing Internet access is) much less common these days,” Manager of OIT Communications Kole Taylor said. “In the past, it was much worse.” The network quota was developed to protect the academic and research functions of the university’s network. In the past, when a limit was not in place, there were problems. If students were to use too much of the bandwidth, the Internet could be useless for academic purposes. According to the Office of Information Technology, five percent of network users consume over 90 percent of the university’s total bandwidth. The network quota was designed to improve the conditions of the 95 percent of remaining users. OIT does not monitor the content of traffic from the Internet. The quota is based solely on the amount of data being transferred. Taylor said students these days are usually not in danger of going over their quota, and, if they do, their Internet usage should be restored around 12:05 a.m. the next Sunday. Normal web-browsing habits will typically not use enough bandwidth to put a person over the quota. However, activities such as peer-to-peer file sharing, torrenting, using Skype and video streaming all use a lot of bandwidth. “We don’t have a strict policy on torrenting or file sharing. It just can’t cause someone to go over their limit,” Taylor said. Torrenting and file sharing applications allow users to download files from another computer, resulting in high traffic. Skyping and video streaming transfer high levels of information, which also use up a large amount of bandwidth. Another threat to using bandwidth is computer viruses. Many viruses are hard for students to detect and could cause them to go over their quota. “Skyping and video streaming are usually not much of an issue anymore,” Taylor said. “If students are having an issue; I suggest they turn down the video quality.”

VP of communications candidate Lori Bauer says community support, communication key By Kyle Kaminski Staff Reporter

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CMU Associate Vice President of University Communications candidate Lori Bauer, former chief marketing and communications officer at Arcadia University, talks about her stragey for effective communication Monday afternoon in the Bovee University Center Lake Huron Room. “If you’re not changing your strategy every day, then you’re not doing it right,” Bauer said.

Assistant Vice President of University Communications candidate Lori Bauer said Monday at an open forum she would work to gain community support and communication on a larger scale if hired by Central Michigan University. The position of VP of university communications includes reporting directly to the university president, serving as the chief spokesperson for the university, holding responsibility for the development and maintenance of outreach relations with both the media and

other constituents and enhancing the university’s visibility and awareness of its mission. Other candidates include Jan Bond from Ashland University and Sherry Knight, who is currently interim VP of university communications. Bauer, former chief marketing and communications officer at Arcadia University, said she is interested in higher education for two reasons: her own curiosity and her love for people and the transformative power of education. “Marketing and communications are changing every day, and it’s easy to create many

unconnected channels,” Bauer said. “The challenge is to get the most info to the largest audience. For this, we need community support and to get out of the office.” Bauer commented on the overall problems with communication in higher education, her support for University President George Ross and the handling of the faculty and her “more show, less tell” attitude on communication. “A shift needs to be made,” she said. “Additional voices are important, particularly student voices. That’s who we need A CANDIDATE| 6A


“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

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EDITORIAL BOARD | Eric Dresden, Editor-in-Chief | Aaron McMann, Managing Editor | Justin Hicks, Sports Editor | Hailee Sattavara, Metro Editor | Catey Traylor, University Editor | John Irwin, Elections Coordinator

EDITORIAL | Communication, leadership still issues

John Irwin Elections Coordinator

The media failed this election year The 2012 election season was a huge success for the American news media, as journalists and pundits brought you, the voter, truth and substance over — Oh, who am I kidding? We in the media have failed you this year. This campaign brought out the worst the news industry has to offer, and we’re worse off as a nation because of it. When Paul Ryan was picked as the Republican vice presidential nominee, talk among Washington reporters and TV talking heads was that the election was finally going to be a debate between two distinct visions of America. Yet, that’s all it was: Talk. Blame the campaigns all you want, but unless the media gives them a platform to broadcast those distinct visions to the public, they won’t even bother. And why should they? Campaign coverage this year seemed to be built around gaffes more than anything else. If I had a dollar for every time a reporter or pundit spent time dissecting Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” blunder or President Obama’s out-of-context “You didn’t build that” gaffe, I could pay off my student loan debt and have enough money left over to finally renovate the North Campus residential halls (And, boy, do they need it). However, if I had $100 for every time the mainstream media focused on the myriad of issues facing the nation, why we’re facing them and what leaders in Washington are proposing to deal with them, I would still be facing a crushing amount of debt, meaning North Campus will remain stuck in the 1950s. Worse yet, news outlets online and on cable were revealed to be echo chambers to which ideologues flock in order to have their beliefs reinforced rather than challenged. I’m specifically looking at the conservative media this year, but don’t worry MSNBC and HuffPost, you’ll have your chance to shine/fail miserably eventually. Fox News and other conservative news outlets, faced with a choice between enlightening their audiences and challenging Beltway wisdom or outraging their audiences in a desperate grab for money, decided long ago to follow the money. In the fantasy world created by what former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum calls the “conservative entertainment complex,” Obama is a socialist who seeks to destroy America, and those who vote for him are parasites sucking off of the hard-working, real Americans. It’s absurd. The role of the news media is to inform the public and to hold those in power in check. It’s not to play to the public’s fears and further divide the country in a cynical ploy for cash. So, on behalf of journalists nationwide, I’d like to apologize. We’ll try to do better the next time. Don’t get your hopes up, though. E-mail | Mail | 436 Moore Hall Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 Fax | 989.774.7805 Central Michigan Life welcomes letters to the editor and commentary submissions. Only correspondence that includes a signature (e-mail excluded), address and phone number will be considered. Do not include attached documents via e-mail. Letters should be no longer than 300 words and commentary should not exceed 500 words. All submissions are subject to editing and may be published in print or on in the order they are received.

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Grading the president

ith the review of Central Michigan University ing to stay one step ahead of the President George Ross officially underway, the Central Michigan Life Editorial Board

thought it would also be appropriate to review Ross’ twoyear, eight-month-plus tenure as president. Before returning to CMU in March 2010, Ross served as vice president of finance and administrative services, most notably enacting the popular CMU Promise, freezing tuition for five years for students. Involvement: CAlthough Ross attends some dinners in residence halls and makes appearances at special events, for nearly half of his time as president, he was a ghost. Students rarely saw him, he rarely spoke in public and when he did the speeches were often fraught with controversy. Although there has been some improvement after his first year and a half here, there should be open forums with the president that are advertised through campus. Finances: D+ Turmoil surrounding costs of the renovation of the Events Center, the construction of the College of Medicine and the addition of a bio sciences building, new data center and wet labs for CMED

have fallen in Ross’ lap, whether he’s wanted to deal with them or not. CMU has allocated millions of dollars to these buildings, yet still argued with faculty members regarding salaries last year. This doesn’t demonstrate a smart use of money, and, although all of the buildings will benefit CMU in the future, having nobody to teach in those buildings is a bigger problem. Due to this, Ross has earned himself a D+ in the financial category. Communication/transparency: DSince Ross arrived on campus, communication has been meek at best. From the controversial announcement of CMED to a lack of full public disclosure to the university’s $10 million allocation toward the Events Center renovation, to providing inaccurate numbers about the cost of the new, things have always seemed to have been less than honest. In fact, CMU faculty members spent a majority of last year fight-

administration’s thinking, having to drill Ross and his constituents with in-depth questions to get the complete story. Has there been an improvement this semester, following the resignation of Associate Vice President of University Communications Renee Walker? Absolutely. But then again, this university hasn’t faced anything quite like a faculty strike, building of an Events Center or redesign of the entire website. Leadership: F CMU has looked like a disorganized mess for a majority of Ross’ time as president. The job of a leader is to build and maintain a strong, reliable, efficient team. Based on multiple controversies and half-truths, Ross’ teambuilding strategies have failed miserably. Not only has his performance lacked communication and trustworthiness, he’s made less than satisfactory attempts at cleaning up his mess until this semester. A leader is only as strong as his weakest link, and until Ross realizes that and makes appropriate changes an F is the only grade suitable. Overall grade: D



No faculty support for veteran events As I prepared to leave the United States Marine Corps, I had many tough decisions to make. This included choosing the college where I would use the education benefits that I earned from my time in service. With the shining reputation of being “veteran friendly,” I chose Central Michigan University, and I don’t regret it. My professors are genuinely helpful and always seem to care about their students on a personal level. It is their passion and drive that has caused me to contemplate teaching as a career. It is this same passion and drive that caused me great disappointment last week. In celebration of Veteran’s Day, CMU’s Chapter of Student Veterans of America planned a weeklong list of events. These events were all focused on the hardships of military life and the transition that is required to become successful as a citizen and student. Moreover, these events were intended to help educate both the student population and faculty on the importance of these issues. These events were advertised on CMU’s website, CMU Today

(announcements that go directly to ALL faculty and staff ), Facebook, local radio stations, announced in classes and during Student Government Association meetings. Flyers were also posted on campus. Considering these outreach efforts and the number of available events, I cannot understand the complete absence of faculty support. While I recognize the potential disconnect between the traditional college students and student veterans, I do not understand such a disconnect between the faculty of a “veteran friendly” university and its student veterans. CMU has repeatedly made references to supporting veterans yet, none of CMU’s faculty and staff were inspired to come support the local student veterans who chose to come to this university. Sadly, this included my own professors. Maybe I should not expect so much of our faculty members. After all, they lead busy lives with tons of demands on their time. I imagine they would rather spend their free time with their family and friends, doing things

they enjoy. Why should I expect more than what they have already given? Frankly, I expect more from them because they have taught me to expect more from myself. These are the people who make me proud to be attending Central Michigan University. These people are the backbone of this great university. These people are a direct reflection of the morals and ethics of this university. The absence of faculty tells me that CMU does not care about veterans or what we have to say. This absence tells me that the idea of being “veteran friendly” is simply a ploy to take advantage of the educational benefits I earned with years of blood, sweat and tears. If this were a class assignment, the faculty of this university would have failed. How do I know? I know because if you want to have a passing grade on a test, the first step is showing up to take it. CMU faculty, please be advised: We deserve more and we expect more… Marq Hicks, Flint senior

Ryan Fitzmaurice Staff Reporter

How to write a column Last Wednesday, in a fit of glee, I published the column, “Lower your ticket prices and (other team’s) students will show.” It was a rather succinct piece that criticized ticket prices, as the high prices effectively shut out the other team’s students from Kelly/Shorts Stadium and therefore resulted in low attendance numbers for a game that should have never had low attendance numbers. I’ve had both supporters and detractors in regards to the column. Supporters who emailed me directly and agreed with my assessment and detractors who were offended at such a proclamation. It wasn’t the first time I’ve had that reaction over a column, and it won’t be the last, but this time, for the first time, I found myself agreeing with the detractors. My column, while resting on a valid and relevant observation, simply falls into exaggerated criticisms and falls apart. You see, I’m still learning how to write a column. While there are several intricacies and frailties in column writing, it is one of the closest things to art in journalism. Through my experience thus far, these are the guidelines I have developed for myself: 1) For the love of God, make it colorful: Seriously, your audience just got done reading six pages of dry newsprint. Nobody goes to the opinion section looking for more dry writing. 2) Make it provocative: Opinions that aren’t unique, comedic or strong don’t do so well in a column. A good opinion piece calls for the reader to think and push their views in directions they haven’t considered. Opinion pieces are centered entirely around your views, and, if you aren’t willing to stand behind them completely, then you should back away from the keyboard. Unfortunately, my last column, provactivity gave way to exaggeration. In lieu of writing an effective column, I settled for just poking the athletic department with a stick. As enthralling as that might be, it isn’t what my job calls for. Which leads to rule three: No one cares about your opinion. Honestly, they don’t. The only thing your average reader wants to do with your opinion is trounce on it and tear it to shreds. What they’re looking for is a compelling argument, and what they want to see is that you can take the same journalistic principles on page one and apply them to page six. That’s where I let you down. I appreciate the fact our readers don’t usually treat us like student journalists, because we as a newspaper don’t treat ourselves as student journalists. We view ourselves as journalists. I hold myself to the same standard. Although I occasionally reach short of the mark, I take pride in the fact that I can rise up and reach that standard again. It’s not about how much you get knocked off the horse, it’s about how many times you get back on.

Central Michigan Life EDITORIAL Eric Dresden, Editor-in-Chief Aaron McMann, Managing Editor Jessica Fecteau, Student Life Editor Hailee Sattavara, Metro Editor Catey Traylor, University Editor Mariah Prowoznik, Lead Designer Justin Hicks, Sports Editor Victoria Zegler, Photo Editor Charlotte Bodak, Assistant Photo Editor Seth Newman, Video Editor Evan Sorenson, Online Coordinator ADVERTISING Becca Baiers, Julie Bushart, India Mills, Megan Schneider Advertising Managers PROFESSIONAL STAFF Rox Ann Petoskey, Production Leader Kathy Simon, Assistant Director of Student Media Neil C. Hopp, Adviser to Central Michigan Life

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Subway restaurant open in Towers, averaging more than 400 customers per day By Tony Wittkowski Staff Reporter

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Dearborn junior Courtney Brefeld laughs during a game of Extreme Twister Monday night in Finch Fieldhouse. “It seemed like an awesome event,” Brefeld said. “I mean we have paint and Twister; how could this not be fun.”

Extreme Twister brings challenge to a classic game By Ryan Fitzmaurice Staff Reporter

Before the event started, the game looked like a twister board, with red, blue, yellow and green sequestered in nice, orderly, horizontal rows. Then the games began. Unlike the popular game, the board was not simply spots of colored plastic, rather the dots of color were made up of actual wet paint. About 35 participants took turns trying to hold awkward, cramped positions but also attempting to get as much wet paint on their opponents as possible. In the process, the paint blended together, making an ugly tie die. Livonia junior Tiffany McAllister, organizer of the event, said the reaction to the event had been stellar. “I’ve received nothing but positive feedback,” McAllister said. “We had a much better turnout than we thought.” Spectators were allowed to throw cups of paint on the participants. For $1, spectators got two standard plastic

cups of paint. Until the final round that is, at that point, spectators received four cups for $1. It was suggested that participants wear all white. Most showed up in old clothes. Students were also able to throw darts at paint filled balloons. Striking specific balloons won you prizes, like a free Jet’s Pizza T-shirt. All funds went toward funding the project. Any additional profit made went toward the Student Recreation Association. The event is part of a class project for RPL 430: Planning Recreation Programs and Events. They were given the assignment to pick a charity of their choice, develop an event to raise money for that charity and gain support for the event. “I feel like I made a mark in history,” said Kelsey Taylor, who was the first champion of Extreme Twister. “I think this will truly be remembered for years to come.” The Harrison junior won a one-night stay at the Holiday

Inn, a $30 gift card to the Blue Gator Sports Pub, 106 Court St., and a free cupcake from Creme de la Creme. Taylor beat our her competition by preparing vigorously for the event. “We practiced the night before, me and my roommate, but without the paint,” Taylor said. “Then when we got here, we stretched, we had a good prep rally, we had friends to cheer us on.” Other competitors, while fighting valiantly, fell short in the event. One of those competitors, Mount Pleasant resident David Woodall, said the paint added an entirely new dimension to the classic game of Twister. “The paint doesn’t change the game, you still have to hit your spots, you still have stay in position,” Woodell said. “But it does add a new factor. Most definitely. It adds an excitement, a fear factor.” The paint, by common consensus, added two new challenges to the game of Twister. The first, as many experienced, was the board

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Neil Hopp to retire from student media after serving nearly 50 years as a journalist By Alayna Smith and Annie Harrison Senior Reporters

Director of Student Media and Publications Neil Hopp is retiring after nearly 50 years in journalism. Hopp’s journalism career began in 1963 when he started working for Central Michigan Life as a student. After working in five different states and for five different papers following graduation, he returned to Central Michigan University in 2001 to work with student publications. He will end his time at CMU sometime in 2013. “I will continue working into the spring semester until my replacement is named,” Hopp said. “There will be a transition period so that the new director is fully acclimated to all the duties associated with the position. Hopp said he is proud of his time at CM Life, particularly overseeing the transition of the student newspaper into a digital multimedia platform. He transitioned the photo department from film to digital, advanced social media efforts and directed the launch of CM Life’s mobile news delivery platforms. “I’m most proud of all the CM Life grads who distinguished themselves first as student journalists, and then as professional journalists,” he said. “CMU should take great pride in a long record of achievement by its student newspaper. It has a stellar state and national reputation.” “We continue to place 100 percent of our main CM Life graduates,” Hopp said. CM Life garnered state and national recognition while Hopp was director, as the newspaper was named a national Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Finalist nine times, won the Pacemaker six times and

“They are going to have big shoes to fill, that’s for sure,” Aaron McMann, CM Life Managing Editor was named the best Division 1 collegiate newspaper in Michigan nine times. On top of serving as director of student publications, Hopp has managed the annual Journalism Hall of Fame event since 2003 and served as president of the Michigan Collegiate Press Association from 2005 to 2007. Managing Editor Aaron McMann said Hopp can be intimidating at first and students might think he’s the “grumpy old man” in the newsroom, but he was able to get to know Hopp better during his time as editor-inchief over the summer. In terms of real-life experience, McMann said he has learned more from Hopp than in his journalism classes. Students benefit from having their work critiqued by someone who has had real journalism experience, McMann said. “He’s a harsh critic, which is something that student journalists need,”

McMann said. McMann said Hopp is very organized, and he is sure the transition will go smoothly. He said there will be big expectations for whoever is chosen as the new director. “They are going to have big shoes to fill, that’s for sure,” he said. Provost Gary Shapiro will appoint a search committee soon, starting a process likely to take two or three months. There will be a transition period once the new director is appointed, then Hopp’s retirement will take effect in 2013. Hopp said that although he is retiring, journalism will always remain a part of his life, whether he is directly involved or not. “I’m always going to be a news person no matter what,” Hopp said.

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became much more slippery, as several participants struggled to stay on their feet as they slid across the paint. The second was simply finding the color you were supposed to be on. “I was lucky I went in the first round, the colors were still there,” said Kate Teneyck, a Sault St. Marie freshman. “This round I would be screwed. I’d be trying to wipe the paint off in the middle of the game, trying to find where to put my foot.” McAllister said Extreme Twister was appealing to college students because of its radical nature. “This is a crazy idea, and college students love crazy. They love getting messy,” McAllister said. “It’s kind of just like Dayglow, and we thought if that’s a popular idea, why not this?” Still, McAllister did not see the Extreme Twister being sold in stores anytime soon. “It’s too hard to clean up,” McAllister said.

The P.O.D. Market, complete with a Subway restaurant, opened Nov. 7 in the Towers. Aramark employee Julie Burgan said the newly opened Subway has had between 480 and 950 customers per day since opening. Based on the first week alone, expectations are high for years to come for the P.O.D. Market and its availability to students. “(We intend) to continue to serve the dining needs of Towers residents while maintaining Subway’s national brand standards,” Burgan said. Burgan confirmed about 60 students have been hired so far to work at the restaurant. “Subway is the No. 1 brand that has surfaced on numerous surveys that Campus Dining has done over the past few years as to which brand students would like to see on campus,” Burgan said. “Because of that, Campus Dining investigated the possibility of opening a Subway on campus and made the recommendation to the university.” Taco Bell was also popu-

lar on the survey handed out to students. “Campus Dining investigated the possibility of offering Taco Bell,” Burgan said. “However, it was determined that opening a Taco Bell in the Towers was not possible.” In July, a renovation of the C3 Convenience Store in the Towers began and added 700 square feet of space in order to install the restaurant. The date of completion was originally set to be Nov. 1. John Fisher, associate vice president for Residences and Auxiliary Services, told CM Life previously the restaurant will not be considered a retail location. “We won’t really get the on-campus traffic. That’s not really our intent,” Fisher said previously. “We’re excited about having a Subway on campus, because it is a popular franchise with students. I look at it as another option for students and one that is probably seen in a favorable light.” In addition to Subway, CMU offers on-campus food franchises such as Starbucks, Papa John’s Pizza and Quiznos.

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Two companies win contracts for city snow removal By Emily Grove Staff Reporter

The Mount Pleasant City Commission approved contracts for snow removal services for city streets, as well as for clearing airport runways at Monday night’s meeting. McGuirk Excavating, Inc. was awarded the three-year contract — from 2012 to 2015 — for snow removal at the Mount Pleasant Municipal Airport, with a cost to the city of no more than $12,500 per year. The 2013 contract for snow removal equipment and operators for the rest of the city was awarded to R & T Murphy Farms & Trucking LLC, for a total cost not to exceed $22,000.

Different companies will be handling city streets versus airport runways, because clearing snow from the runways is time sensitive. “We always go out separately for (the airport) bid, because the airport cannot wait for other high travel streets to be cleared by the street department, so it makes most sense to have a crew dedicated to just cleaning the runway,” City Manager Kathie Grinzinger said. “The best way to do that is to contract with the private sector.” Pat McGuirk Excavating was the only bid for the airport snow removal contract, and Commissioner Jon Joslin said he would like to know why the

city received just one bid when there are numerous excavating companies in the area. “It just seems like year after year we only get one bid out at the airport. I’m curious to know if it’s that much more difficult; are we not advertising as well on this project as others?” Joslin asked. Department of Public Works Director Roger Rousse explained airport snow removal requires a highly specialized type of equipment and also elaborated another reason why so few companies would want the airport contract. “(McGuirk) is willing to dedicate their piece of machinery to the airport for the entire winter, where some of the others might

want to have their equipment available for them,” Rousse said. Rousse said the snow plowing contract amounts are budgeted and based on averages. The typical rule of thumb is one-third of budget is used in the last three months and two-thirds in the remainder of the year. “If it looks like we’ll exceed that amount, we will come back to ask the commission for additional funding,” Rousse said. “What may be more important than the volume of snowfall is whether it has snow and ice, because in this case, we cannot use corrosives out at the airport, and can only use a broom.”

Art Van is slated to come to Mount Pleasant after Wendels furniture store closes its doors at the end of the year. After 40 years of business, Wendels Home and Design, 5260 E. Pickard St., founded by Wendel Lee in 1972, has pasted yellow signs with black text on its doors, announcing it will be going out of business. However, the space will not go vacant, as it will be transitioning into an Art Van Furniture store at the beginning of 2013. David Lee, co-owner of Wendels, said the multigenerational, family-owned

company would continue to have a presence in the store. “Wendels will not be in retail furniture; we’ll be an interior design group under the umbrella of Art Van,” he said. Wendels recently already moved into a new facility but will still share a bathroom with Art Van in the same building, Woody Woodruff, Zoning Administrator of Union Township, said. “Art Van will take over the rest of the building. They will share a bathroom, and there will be a way to close off one section so the companies can come and go,” Woodruff said. “The building was designed with the possibility of housing a second tenant. The east end

will be the smaller area for the current owner to continue as a consultant interior design group.” Lee said it is an honor to be recognized and selected by Art Van to carry their home furnishings. “Our companies are both family-owned and share the same passion for personalized service, superior selection and unwavering community commitment,” he said. “This is a natural fit in every way.” The new store will also incorporate some of Art Van’s specialty centers, including Art Van Puresleep and the Clearance Center. The space will also provide tenants with the option of adding a World

of Floors and Paul’s TV. However, regarding community impact, Woodruff doesn’t see a major change coming. “In a sense, (Art Van will add) nothing more than is already there; we’re trading one furniture store for another,” he said. “But Art Van has a statewide presence and more name recognition than Wendels. There’s a regional draw, and Art Van may attract more of that clientele to Mount Pleasant than before.” Art Van plans to hold a career fair from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at 913 E. Pickard St.

Inventors encouraged to participate in Make-a-Pitch competition By Katelyn Sweet Staff Reporter

All great inventions start off with a brilliant idea for a product to service the needs of the world, and anyone can be that person with an idea. That’s the message that the Make a Pitch competition tries to give to students. “Any student can have an idea,” Associate Director of Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship Robby Roberts said. “They don’t have to be a business or entrepreneurship major, just someone with an idea to share and looking to gain public speaking experience.” The first prize winner

receives $500, the second prize winner receives $100, and third prize winner gets $50. Student Assistant for the IBIE Nathan Austin said the Make a Pitch competition gives a great initial fund for students to grow their ideas, but it’s not just about the money. “The event is a great way for students to practice their public speaking as well as their ability to sell themselves or their idea,” Austin said. “The presentation skills that Make A Pitch can help a student develop are crucial for the future when they enter the real world and start their career.” The students who get picked for the actual presentation of

their ideas go before judges and speak about their product for three minutes, and then the judges have two minutes after to ask the students questions on their ideas. Roberts said in the past there have been many interesting ideas from interactive dog parks to backyard Zambonis. “The event has gone on for nearly a decade, and we try and see if the products have been done before or just how different a student can get,” Roberts said. This event is open to all students, and Austin said there are flyers hanging all over campus to try and get students interested.

CONTINUED FROM 3A A news release from GameStop said more than 4,400 stores nationwide hosted midnight launch parties for the game’s 12:01 a.m. Tuesday release. Flint freshman Jalen Toins said he played the game for three hours after he went to pick up his copy with Wolf. “It’s different from the rest,” Toins said. “It’s going to take some getting used to.” Gamers used to the calibration of how fast players moved in the virtual world in previous games were a bit disoriented in figuring out Black Ops II.


Wendels to share a roof, join Art Van Furniture By Elizabeth Benson Staff Reporter


“We try to encourage a diverse range of students outside the college of business to participate as well,” Austin said. If any students have further questions about the event, Roberts suggests students to stop in the IBIE office to talk to someone about their concerns or get help with their ideas and public speaking practice. “We are so welcoming and open,” Roberts said. “Students will walk in hanging their heads low and walk out with a whole new attitude and the skills to be ready to present themselves.”

Levin’s former district more than his, so he instead opted to run in the 14th District, which contains much of his old district. Peters defeated Rep. Hansen Clarke and Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence in the Democratic primary. After winning election last week, Peters will become the first white representative to represent a part of Detroit in Congress since 1993. “By bringing together a diverse coalition of support-

CANDIDATE | CONTINUED FROM 3A telling the story of CMU. It’s all about getting our stories heard.” Bauer said communication at CMU is about identifying and conveying what the university will grow into through the success and stories of the students.

“It seems like you don’t move as fast and the guns seem weaker, and it just throws you off,” Toins said. “It seems like it takes four or five bullets to take someone down, and it used to be two or three.” Wolf said he typically plays the various multiplayer modes instead of the singleplayer campaign. “I’m planning on it soon,” Wolf said. “My roommate doesn’t like to play single player, so I figured I’d try it while he’s at class.” So far, Wolf is satisfied with Black Ops II. “I wasn’t really a fan of Black Ops I,” he said. “I don’t really know why, but I just like this one more.”

ers, we’ve won the race for the new 14th Congressional District, and now it’s time to begin a new chapter of partnership and cooperation throughout the Greater Detroit region,” Peters said in a statement following his win. “There’s a lot more that unites us than divides us, and that’s why I’m looking forward to bringing together leaders from across our community to develop solutions to the regional challenges all of us face.” Peters also served as state lottery commissioner from 2003 to 2007.

“I challenge people,” Bauer said. “I am persuasive. I’m just aggressive when it comes to new technology.” Open forums for Jan Bond and Sherry Knight will take place Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Lake St. Clair Room in the University Center and the Park Library Auditorium, respectively. Both are open to the public.

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History scholar to deliver seminar at Ziibiwing Center Saturday By Adam Niemi Senior Reporter

Ralph Naveaux, a history scholar and author, has devoted much of his life to researching and sharing the history of the War of 1812. At the Ziibiwing Center, 6650 E. Broadway St., on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., Naveaux will share his knowledge about the war, notably events that happened on the Raisin River Battlefield — the largest battlefield in Michigan. He will also sign copies of his book, “Invaded On All Sides.”

The War of 1812 is considered by Native Americans to be a turning point in their history. “Pontiac and Tecumseh said that they would lose everything if they don’t unite,” Anita Heard, Ziibiwing Center research coordinator, said about the Native Americans in the War of 1812 and impending treaties. “Right after this, we lost roughly a third of the state of Michigan. “That’s why Anishinabe people are so vested in this war,” Heard said. “It was our last chance to save our lifestyle. We were fighting for our own

cause.” Heard said she expects that Naveaux will give context for the War of 1812, including the factors that motivated the war and the impact of the war. Heard said the ending of the war exposed the United States government’s interest in acquiring more land. “(Pontiac and Tecumseh) were warning of the treaty era,” Heard said, “And it came.” A shuffling of territory after the war’s end in 1815 eventually led to the Saginaw Treaty of 1819. Six million Michigan acres, including the Mount

Pleasant area, became U.S. territory. “I’m anxious to hear about it,” Ziibiwing Center graphic designer Esther Helms said. “I am interested in Native American history.” The Anishinabe named the Michigan region Turtle Island centuries ago. It is that by which they identify with, not necessarily hometowns and regions. “I consider all of Michigan, basically, my home,” Helms said.

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Men on grow beards, facial hair to support prostrate cancer awareness By Ryan Zuke | Staff Reporter “No Shave November” is an opportunity to support a cause. For some, it is an excuse to be lazy. But in the end, the results are always similar: a bushel full of facial hair not as common during the other 11 months of the year. Grand Rapids sophomore Mitch Hoogland is participating, with several other new pledges of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, to help raise awareness of prostate cancer. “Our pledge class wanted to be active in the community, and we thought this would be a good way to do that,” he said. “It’s inconvenient for us (to have the facial hair), but it could be a lot worse if we actually had prostate cancer.” Hoogland said 11 pledges agreed to do it at the start of November, but only four pledges remain. “I’m going to really try and do the whole month, but it is starting to get pretty itchy,” he said. There are certain remedies he is trying to help make it less irritating. “I shampoo and wash my face twice a day to keep the

itch minimal as possible and try not to touch my face to keep it less greasy,” Hoogland said. For Rochester senior Brendon Riha said this might be the last November he will be able to partake in the tradition. “It’s a fun thing to do, and it’s probably the last time I’ll be able to do it before I get into my career,” he said. Riha has done “No Shave November” before, but this will be the first time he will complete the whole month. “I’m hoping it doesn’t get too bad, but, at this rate, it could be pretty rough,” he said. However, his girlfriend is not a big fan. “It looks really rugged,” Davison senior Erin Calhoun said. “I like the goatee but I don’t like the beard, and I don’t like the mustache, because the whiskers go up my nose when he kisses me and it’s awkward. But I still love him, though.” Plymouth senior Mike Kowalski endures a month long of scruffiness for social factors. “It is the only month that is socially acceptable to walk around and look like

a lumberjack,” he said. “No matter how dirty it comes in, it’s just totally cool.” Kowalski said he does not listen to anyone’s input if they try to persuade him to shave it. “Around like one to two weeks in is usually the time where kids are like, ‘Oh my girlfriend made me shave it or it’s itching me,’ but you just have to man up and push through it,” Kowalski said. Although some might do certain things to maintain their facial hair throughout the month, Kowalski lets his grow naturally. “You’re not allowed to touch it,” he said. “You’re not allowed to trim; you’re not allowed to shave your neck — nothing. You just got to let it go.” “No Shave November” is also a time for Kowalski’s competitive side to show with his buddies. “When it comes to hunt camp, on Nov. 15, we just go up there and see who has the best one,” Kowalski said. “We always give each other crap for whoever looks the dirtiest.”

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November What’s with the hairy legs? Well, girls can’t grow beards Senior Brittany Feldman gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “long hair, don’t care,” except not the hair on her head, but her legs. For the second year in a row, the West Bloomfield native is growing out her leg hair this month. “Before, I just did it to prove people wrong that girls don’t have to be all neat and shaven,” Feldman said. “It’s ridiculous that society makes people think that way.” Feldman said people were confused or grossed out, but she did not give in. “I wanted to prove to myself that I could go through with it,” Feldman said. “For the record, it’s not prickly or painful, and my showers are way shorter now.” Feldman said women growing out their hair is way more attention-grabbing than a man growing out his beard for “No Shave November.” Feldman’s approach is different from many woman who enjoy November because they see plenty of facial hair. Senior Evelyn Wood said the best kind of beard is the kind that can house small birds. “I love a massive beard,” the Lansing native said. “Beards give people characters.” While some ladies love a solid and lengthy beard, there is actually a better incentive behind the time of “No Shave

November.” The Movember Foundation has created the idea of a month of no shaving in order to raise awareness for prostate cancer and other male cancer health problems. Freshman Kellan Whitman said she knew of the importance of “No Shave November” because her high school, Grand Rapids Christian, raised money to support the charity and its organizations. “The month serves a purpose, and it’s working to benefit a good cause,” Whitman said. Junior Amanda Johnson said she had no idea ‘No Shave November was actually an important cause beyond the craze of the beard growing for men. “I thought guys just did it to be manly or cool,” the Macomb native said. “Or that some guys just did it as an excuse to be lazy.” Not all females are fans of the untrimmed and unruly beards that are grown during the month of November. Johnson said she prefers men to have a nice, cleanshaven face, especially when it is concerned with romantic relationships. “It’s not exactly comfortable to kiss a guy when their facial hair is attacking your face,” Johnson said. Wood said facial hair can make it unpleasant to kiss, but

some women might view a beard as being more masculine. “I think that more facial hair can age men,” Whitman said. “In a good way.” Johnson said, as a female, she chooses not to participate in the events of growing out her own body hair. A common trend among female is thinking that “No Shave November” should only be a male activity, but Wood said there is no need to keep it for men only, and involving women in the hair growing would be interesting. “I don’t think there needs to constantly be a gender barrier. If a female wants to participate, it’s just as cool as if I guy wanted to,” Wood said. Overall, Wood said ‘No Shave November’ is just for fun, but she does look forward to Dec. 1. “I like when the guys shave their beards into interesting mustaches or side burns and mutton chops,” Wood said. Whitman said beards look good to a certain extent, but, by the end of the month, she isn’t sad to see them go. Johnson said she has seen some pretty lengthy and crazy beards, but, overall, the month of November is one like most others. Without the purchase of razors, of course.


By Katelyn Sweet | Staff Reporter

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The next time you log into Facebook, Twitter or any other social media network, keep in mind that anything you post could be used as evidence in a lawsuit. That’s the message that experts in Internet law, a complex and new emerging aspect of the legal profession, are trying to get across to consumers. Adam Losey, an attorney with Foley & Lardner’s Orlando, Fla., office, runs the website, which explores issues concerning technology and the legal system. He says any number of things from a person’s digital trail could possibly land them in a court. “The information overload started hitting the tipping point around the new millennium,” Losey said. “But that amount of information is staggering now that there are so many different ways people communicate on the Internet or electronically.” Losey is expanding his specialty through his website, in part by sponsoring annual writing contests with up to $5,000 in cash for law students interested in pursuing technology law. Losey, who served as adjunct professor at Columbia University teaching electronic discovery, lectures on technology law at his alma mater, the University of Florida, and at Florida A&M University’s law school in Orlando. “Getting lawyers involved in technology law is important for the field because rules defining e-discovery and other aspects of Internet law are constantly getting revamped,” he said. Avid Facebook and Twitter users post hundreds of images and comments on

their personal social media sites. While users expect a certain level of privacy, social media sites are often very much open to outside inspection. Insurance companies prowl the Facebook and Twitter accounts of clients who file accident and personal injury claims against them. Attorneys also monitor and download massive amounts of data from them and other Internet sites as possible evidence. But a seemingly endless stream of electronic data also could _ at least in some instances _ cripple a case. A federal judge in August dismissed charges against Armando Angulo, a fugitive Miami doctor indicted in one of the nation’s largest cases against Internet pharmacies, in part because prosecutors said maintaining more than 400,000 documents and two terabytes of information was too expensive for the Drug Enforcement Administration. “It’s the most exciting time to be a lawyer because the law is struggling to keep up with changes in technology,” Losey said. “In some cases, lawyers will help create laws based on the problems encountered with the developing technology.” In 2011, a U.S. Magistrate in the Southern District of New York approved the defendant’s request to use technology-assisted review in a case involving labor disputes. The software searches thousands of electronic documents for information relevant to the case, reducing the time and money spent on gathering electronic discovery. The stakes in cases involving defamation law can be much higher because of the worldwide reach of the Internet.

‘Breaking Dawn — Part 2’ narrowly escapes R rating By Nicole Sperling Los Angeles Times (MCT)

LOS ANGELES—The only way to kill a vampire in Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” universe is to rip its head off not a very family-friendly method for the legion of young fans clamoring to see the final chapter of “The Twilight Saga.” So, it was with great apprehension that director Bill Condon showed the Motion Picture Assn. of America an early cut of the franchise’s fifth and last installment some six months before the film was ready for release. It was a must-

By Amy Vos Staff Reporter

do for the filmmaker, who shot both parts of the final novel, “Breaking Dawn,” in one long six-month shoot. Without giving too much of the film’s plot away, some vampires die via the gruesome method. “Certainly, with any other movie, there are a thousand ways to kill people,” Condon said in a recent interview. “With this one, it’s a variation on the same theme. If they were going to be offended by the idea of beheadings, we would have had no movie.” Still, the MPAA’s ratings board initially handed “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” a provisional R rating, according to the

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Where would Zach Galifianakis be without that beard? Surely, “The Hangover” casting crew didn’t hear a single word Galifianakis said during his first audition. They probably just said “look at that beard, you’re hired.” And where would America be without his beard? Surely, every eight-year-old who watches “The Hangover” seven years before he is supposed to turns to his parents and says “One day, I’m going to have that beard and be a man.” But last February, all of that was shattered, as Galifianakis, who doesn’t need the beard anymore, as people finally recognized his acting ability, shaved it off live on Saturday Night Live, to the sound of America’s tears. All the washed-out stand-up comedians, who were furiously growing out their own beards in order to be funny themselves, looked at the TV and saw their last hope fading away. Their only chance now is that some other ridiculous fad takes its place.


‘Pitch Perfect’ perfect musical comedy to see during the holiday season

The movie came together, bringing good laughs and heartfelt moments to the audience. The soundtrack chosen worked well and fit the movie script.I would definitely recommend this movie for anyone wanting to see a great comedy this year.

By Ryan Fitzmaurice Staff Reporter



“Pitch Perfect” was the mostanticipated movie in the fall 2012 and an immediate success even before it was released. The movie ended up opening early in select theaters weeks before its original release date. The movie stars Anna Kendrick, who recently rose to fame after her role as Jessica Stanley in Twilight and has been in a number of movies recently, including “End of Watch,” “Up in the Air,” “50/50” and “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” Kendrick plays the main character, Beca, a girl who cares more about what is coming out of her headphones than anything that is going on around her. She attends a college and, after her father’s persuasion, ends up joining the A capella group there. Soon, she sees that she doesn’t hate it as much as she thought she would. Brittany Stone, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp and others costar in this remarkable film. These many talented actors and actresses came together beautifully in this movie. They seemed to have chosen perfect people who could not only act but really sing as well. However, it was Rebel Wilson that truly made the movie worth seeing. Her humor and background as a stand-up comedian worked well within this movie. Without Rebel Wilson or the music, the movie would not be as big of a success as it was. Kendrick is a good fit for her character and plays Beca well. Through this movie, she has proven that she can also do comedy, although it is not to the extent of what Rebel Wilson can do. She has proven lately that she is a great actress and isn’t just a time actress. I see her being in more movies in the future. The comedy was not all that the movie had to offer. Within the comedy and the music lay an actual plot, showing the growth of Beca as she realizes that in order to be happy you have to be able and willing to let others in, even if they just hurt you in the end, and showing that the most unexpected people can end up being the ones who make you happy.



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director. The MPAA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday. Condon then wrote the ratings board a letter explaining the necessity of including the beheadings in the film. And, both Summit Entertainment Co-Chairman Rob Friedman and the studio’s president of production, Eric Feig, contacted the oversight board on the picture’s behalf. What did the MPAA take greatest issue with? The sound effects that accompanied the vampire decapitations. “Their big note was the accumulated intensity of (the film’s critical scene). In the end,


there were very specific suggestions about how we pull back on the sound and the crunching of the head being separated from the neck,” Condon said. “And we did that.” The film, which opens Friday, is being released with a PG-13 rating for “sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity,” according to the MPAA’s disclaimer.


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Poet draws more than 80 people to Art Reach for Wellspring Literary Series By Shelby Miller Senior Reporter

The Wellspring Literary Series attracted more than 80 students, faculty and members of the community Monday night for a visit from poet, playwright and essayist, Anne-Marie Oomen. Oomen’s reading comes as part of the fourth season of the series, hosted by Art Reach, 111 E. Broadway St., and Robert Fanning, assistant professor of English language and literature. Fanning said the literary series is held to bring local writers to downtown Mount Pleasant. “I love finding Michigan poets and writers,” he said. Professor of music Bob Lindahl welcomed guests by playing his trombone. Throughout the night, Lindahl entertained the crowd with three songs,

including ending on an improvisational piece fueled by audience participation. Following Lindahl, CMU student Ben Harris read five of his poems, including “Independence Day Detroit” and “Absolutely Nothing May be Placed in Front of this Door.” Oomen then took the stage, reading seven of her works, all of which incorporated water. “It’s important to find the connection between language and sound and movement,” she said. Oomen began with two memorized pieces, then read passages “From Uncoded Word” and “An American Map.” Following her poetry reading and Lindahl’s final piece, audience members lined up to buy books and get them signed by Oomen. Oomen read a combina-

tion of poetry and prose. Her writing extends to several genres. She is the author of two memoirs, several plays, two collections of poetry and, additionally, a book of essays. Oomen is is a professor at Pine Manor College in Mass. After the event, Berkley senior Robert Cameron said he was attending the reading for his English 294: Introduction to Creative Writing class. “It was very cool. It wasn’t what I expected,” he said. “It was a pretty good turn out, and these guys were good.” Wellspring returns at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 with Fleen Shaheen. His work has appeared in “Ploughshares,” “The New Republic,” “Subtropics” and elsewhere.



LOS ANGELES — Officials of two prominent educational organizations Tuesday announced a partnership that eventually could lead some colleges to grant degree credits for online classes offered through a network of currently free, noncredit courses. The American Council on Education, an influential group representing colleges and universities, will start next year to evaluate some of the courses available through the online consortium education group Coursera and make recommendations about whether they meet academic standards and anti-cheating safeguards, officials said. It would then be up to colleges to decide whether to allow

their students to obtain degree credit through such so-called massive open online courses, or MOOCs. Universities around the world are grappling with the challenge to brickand-mortar classrooms that online education might pose. And online organizations are seeking the respect and legitimacy that would come from being linked to diplomas from big-name schools. So the new partnership might be an important step in bridging the two areas. Coursera, a for-profit organization, was founded by two Stanford University computer science professors last year and now offers about 200 courses for free, many from such schools as Caltech, Princeton and the University of California, Irvine. A spokeswoman for

the American Council on Education said it is also in talks to possibly evaluate classes for Coursera’s nonprofit rival called EdX, a smaller online consortium that includes Harvard, MIT and UC Berkeley. The review work is being funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is also announcing support for other projects related to MOOCs. ACE President Molly Corbett Broad said massive open online courses hold much promise to educate students around the world and for schools to broaden their audience. But she added that much study is needed into whether the courses can “help raise degree completion, deepen college curricula and increase learning productivity.”


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Loosen the knot If you want the most from your college experience, here’s my advice: Don’t tie yourself to someone else while you’re here. Many of you have succeeded in unraveling this deep, dark secret and haven’t even realized it until now. I’m proud of you for discovering being single is the key. Now, I know what you’re thinking. “This poor kid couldn’t get a girl, how sad.” But hear me out. After graduating high school, you’re granted the opportunity to fly the coop, and, with it, the dependence on your parents. You’re supposed to jump and learn to fly on your own, whether it takes a singular fall or 40. College is a multipurpose tool with endless potential to help you do so, if tapped into. It prepares you for life in the “real world.” It molds you into the person you’ll be for the rest of your life. It allows you to make the first steps toward a career, and the inevitable first falls as well. But spending it in one long-lasting relationship, or hopping from one lily pad to the next, cuts that potential in half.

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Rather than going for a swim, you miss out on all the unexplored wonders this time in your life has to offer. It’s called settling down because you’re supposed to be worn out from your adventurous life. You’re not worn out after 20 years. I couldn’t say it any better than Kyoko Escamilla: “Your 20s are your selfish years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time and all aspects of you. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little and never touch the ground.” Being tied to another person during the beginning of that decade, and even the two years leading up to it, goes against Escamilla’s last point — get off the ground. Life is supposed to be scary, but embracing it makes you better off down the road. This isn’t to say people who get into serious relationships in college are going to live miserable lives of failure. If this were the case, my eight siblings and

I would probably cease to exist. But spending your college years tied to someone else is a good way to never reach the full potential of the experience. Imagine the people you could meet and the places you could go if you weren’t held back. Think of the job outlook across 50 states, or seven continents, rather than limiting yourself to a 30-mile radius from someone else. It’s a lot harder to move multiple lives than simply your own. Once you’ve experienced life this way, you’re setting yourself up to be that much better of a life partner down the road anyway. Be independent. Be adventurous. Be single. Because 10 or 20 years from now, you’d rather have the stories to share than the regrets. Hindsight is only 20/20 after all, but I’m a fan of “I told you so’s.”


The Menahan Street Band’s ‘The Crossing’ demands listeners to pay attention By Sam Easter Staff Reporter

The Menahan Street Band’s new album “The Crossing,” released Oct. 30, is a sepia-toned set of instrumental jazz-soul tracks that feel fresh out of the 1970s. The album marks the band’s latest studio release since backing Charles Bradley’s vocal soul debut. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-area band gets credit for the wide range of moods on the album. From the sound effects and calling dobro on “Seven is the Wind” to the hip and uptempo jive on “Sleight of Hand,” the album paints with a broad brush, leaving a listener with what stands as a exploration of various soul grooves. On some tracks, it’s like listening to the Temptations, minus the actual Temptations. “Everyday a Dream” is a even-paced and feel-good tune. Electric and acoustic guitars, an organ, and the horn line all make an appearance in a song whose structure and instrumentation is vaguely reminiscent of vintage Chicago. “Ivory and Blue” examines similar ideas, with the same easygoing ideas through the horns. One of the key points on “Everyday a Dream” is the genuine 1960s feel — whether it’s the leveling on the acoustic guitar, the slight lack of intonation in the horn line or some kind of postproduction filter, the album absolutely nails a sense of vintage soul. “Three Faces” is where the band’s power really shines. Beginning with a horn-driven riff in a ballad-tempo minor key, the percussion and horn articulation pick up as the song slowly picks up a Latin-flavored edge. The band brings out percussion breaks and a vibraphone to round out the stylistic flavor of the track before closing it all off with a trumpet solo and a return

to the opening groove. “Seven is the Wind” is one of the band’s more bizarre grooves, featuring a dobro over wind-like sound effects. “Driftwood” is a similar deviation from an expected theme of soul ideas, featuring steel guitar and a set of ideas shot through with a folk-rock feel. Overall, the album isn’t so much a set of stand-alone pieces as much as a set of soul/jazz grooves that by and large force a listener to search for a contour and a melody. That’s good, as long as you enjoy Menahan’s particular brand of instrumental soul. However, due to the groove of the album, many of the tracks demand a listener to search overly hard for a melody and a contour to follow and can often lay flat. If the men of Menahan wanted listeners to feel their music it would have been nice to hear a more readily recognizable structure or perhaps some intermittent vocals and soloing to guide their new listeners through their material. What’s more, Menahan’s


★★★★★ w Artist: The Menahan Street Band w Genre: Instrumental jazzsoul musicianship doesn’t support the album as much as it could. The comparison a listener wants to draw is to the 1970s funk/soul powerhouse Tower of Power, but the band’s current album sounds a bit like a diet version of ToP’s older hits — it fails to dig in hard and make a listener tap their foot along. Nonetheless, tracks like “Three Faces” and “Sleight of Hand” demand listeners sit up and listen. Though “The Crossing” could have packed more punch, The Menahan Street Band stands out as a creative soul/jazz outfit with a big set of stories to tell.

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Erik Olson, Kelly Maxwell break down the MAC Volleyball Tournament By Kristopher Lodes Staff Reporter


Midland residents Terri Phillion-Dulude and daughter Lindsey Dulude, left, stand with CMU Executive Associate Director of Athletics/Sport Administration Marcy Weston and South Lyon residents Danielle Gotham and mother, Denise, while posing for a photograph after winning the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Nov. 20, 2011 at SPIRE Sports Complex in Geneva, Ohio. Weston coached both Terri Phillion-Dulude and Denise Gotham during their volleyball career at CMU.

Daughters follow in mothers’ footsteps as Central Michigan volleyball leaders By Kristopher Lodes Staff Reporter

In 1982, Denise Breslin and Terri Phillion led the volleyball team to a 38-6 record while earning All-Mid American Conference First Team honors. Fast forward 30 years, and you will find Denise Gotham and Terri Phillion-Dulude cheering on their daughters, junior middle blocker Danielle Gotham and senior outside hitter Lindsey Dulude. “Lindsey and I have known each other our whole lives, and I knew when I committed that it was going to be something special for me and for her,” Danielle said. “It’s cool having my mom see me play here when she also played here.” Danielle and Lindsey were exposed to Chippewas volleyball at an early age. When they were little, their mothers would dress them in matching cheerleader outfits and bring them to volleyball matches. “Terri and I would come and bring the girls when they were two and let them run around,” Denise said. “They wouldn’t last the whole match, and we’d have to take them into the turf room so they could run around, so she and Lindsey really grew up together.” Both Denise and Terri remained friends well after their playing days and, in a way, helped shape the way CMU volleyball looks today with that early exposure to the game and the university. “We’ve been in touch with each other since the girls were babies, and we would take them to matches and even go to hotels and watch tournaments,” Phillion-Dulude said. “They grew up knowing each other even though we lived two hours apart … we say we’re each other’s stepmoms.” As years went by, Lindsey and Danielle grew apart due to playing different sports, but once high school hit and they both had prospects of playing college sports, the two became close once again. “In the middle-school ages, we grew apart just because we were in different sports,” Lindsey said. “But in high

school, when college sports were in our forefront, we started becoming closer, thanks to our moms.” Now, Danielle and Lindsey are following in their mothers’ footsteps by leading CMU on the volleyball court. Not only do the four share a passion for Chippewas volleyball, but they all share a place in the program’s record books. Lindsey is in the record books for career service aces, service aces per set, digs, digs per set, points and sets played. She is also in the single-season record books for service aces, aces per set and sets played.

“I was proud of her, the team, the entire program on winning that first-ever MAC Championship.” Denise Gotham, mother of Danielle Gotham Her mother, Terri, is in the career record books for total blocks and the single-season record books for kills and hitting percentage, where she’s joined by her friend Denise. “It’s neat knowing a generation follows another one,” Dulude-Phillion said. “We were proud of what we did and just even more proud of them. It’s nice to see our (Denise) Breslin, Gotham, Dulude and Phillion in the record books, because it brings back a lot of good memories.” Last season, Danielle joined the single-season record book with the third-most block assists and total blocks in a season, and she is ninth in blocks per set. She came into the season No. 7 all-time in solo blocks and No. 9 in total blocks. “I’m just so proud seeing Danielle out there,” Gotham said. “She’s representing CMU out there, so it’s terrific.” Terri, like her daughter Lindsey, was an outside hitter, and she said she believes it’s

her daughter’s feel for the game that gives her an advantage on the court. “She is a very strong and very smart player,” PhillionDulude said. “She knows when to pound away, when to tip, when to use off-speed, and she has a pulse for the game, and that’s a big asset for her.” Danielle and Lindsey were able to do something their mothers weren’t able to by winning a MAC Championship. Last season, the duo helped CMU win the program’s first MAC Championship with a historic run in the MAC Tournament and clinched the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth. “It was something I’ve been waiting for for 31 years,” Phillion-Dulude said. “We were always second, and it was something special having it be my daughter that did it … it was a weekend, a match and a point that I’ll never forget.” Denise said the feeling was “indescribable,” being able to watch her daughter, alongside her friend and former teammate, win the MAC Championship. “I was proud of her, the team, the entire program on winning that first-ever MAC Championship,” Gotham said. Lindsey’s time with the Chippewas is coming to a close. She was honored on senior night as the 15th member of the 1,000-kill club. Her mother was one of the original members of the club and is part of the CMU volleyball Hall of Fame. “To be the 15th member, and her mom being one of the first, that’s pretty cool,” head coach Erik Olson said. “It shows how many have come between mom and daughter and how big of an honor that is that only 12 or 13 players came between those two; it puts an exclamation point on (Lindsey’s) career.” Lindsey, Danielle and the rest of the team will enter the MAC tournament Friday as the sixth seed in Geneva, Ohio. CMU’s first opponent will be No. 3 Western Michigan.

The regular season is over, and it’s time for the Mid-American Conference Volleyball Tournament to begin at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Last year, the MAC was well-represented in the NCAA tournament by earning four bids (Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois and Ball State). This season, Ohio, Bowling Green and the Broncos would be on the bubble without the automatic bid from winning the tournament. “If any of the top seeds lose, they’re absolutely out of contention,” head coach Erik Olson said. “It’s too bad, because I think this is one of our better years.” The No. 6 Chippewas have a chance to knock out No. 3 WMU in the first round, much like last season, in a matchup between two teams that are on winning streaks. CMU ended the season with a three-match winning streak after dropping six-straight matches, while the Broncos come in on a six-match winning streak. “I think they are playing the best ball in the confer-

ence,” Olson said. “So we certainly have to focus on just them.” The Chippewas ended the regular season in a hardfought five-set win against the Cardinals, who ended up the No. 8 seed. They get the honor to take on the top-seeded Bobcats to start the tournament. BSU was swept in the only meeting between the two teams. “We went point-for-point with (Ball State), and they are getting after the ball,” junior setter Kelly Maxwell said. “Ohio is more disciplined, but Ball State is really going to get after it.” The No. 2 seed belongs to the Falcons, and they will be taking on Eastern Michigan. BGSU won the only meeting between the two teams in a five-set comeback after the Eagles took the first two sets. EMU won four of its final seven matches, while the Falcons lost the top seeding on the final night of the regular season after a fourset loss to the Huskies. “I think Bowling Green is a pretty good team and could easily end up in the final,” Olson said. “But Eastern (Michigan) has (Rachel) Iaquaniello, who is a heck of a hitter, and with her leading the league with five kills (per

set) … I think that’s a really good team.” The final quarterfinal matchup is between No. 4 NIU and No. 5 Akron, who also went to five sets in the team’s only meeting this season. The Huskies won that match and four of its final five matches, while the Zips responded with five-straight wins after that loss, but ended up losing two of the final three matches of the season. “Akron is playing the best ball it has all season,” Olson said. “But NIU’s outsides are pretty darn sturdy … Akron is playing pretty good as a team, and I can’t discount that, but NIU is the favorite there.” The only sure-fire way into the NCAA tournament is winning the MAC tournament. And with a conference that has beaten itself up all season — the tournament should be no different. “It’s comforting (being the No. 6 seed again); we’ve talked about how the SPIRE Institute is like our home,” Maxwell said. “Last year was our first year down there, and we owned it.”



KENT, Ohio — There is still some work to do. That is the message Kent State football coach Darrell Hazell has delivered to his Golden Flashes. Three of his top players echoed the sentiment nearly word-for-word Monday at the team’s weekly news conference. Just two days after cracking the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time in nearly 40 years following a 48-32 victory over host Miami, the

No. 25 Golden Flashes (9-1, 6-0 Mid-American Conference) refused to revel in the moment. “We’ll worry about the rankings when the season’s over with,” Hazell said. “We don’t have time to concern ourselves with rankings right now.” A win at Bowling Green on Saturday would give the Flashes the East Division championship and a berth in the MAC Championship Game. “I’m not satisfied, and I don’t think the team is satisfied just being ranked,” senior

left guard Josh Kline said. “We still have to go out there and win the MAC, so that’s all we’re worried about this week.” KSU has won eight in a row since a 47-14 loss to Kentucky on Sept. 8. In the win over the RedHawks, running backs Dri Archer and Trayion Durham each went past 1,000 yards rushing for the season. With the Flashes finally getting some national attention, keeping their focus will be crucial to continuing their success.

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men’s basketball

Hawkeyes ruin coach Keno Davis’ return to Iowa By Kristopher Lodes Staff Reporter

Keno Davis returned to his alma mater Monday as his team dropped the 201213 regular-season opener against Iowa 73-61. Central Michigan was able to keep the game close early, going into the half down 29-26. But the Hawkeyes were able to pull away late in the second half, as they started hitting shots from behind the arc and crashing the boards. “Coming in, we just wanted to execute and play hard,” senior guard Kyle Randall said. “In the first half, we did that really well; being down just three to end the half was a big deal for us.” The Chippewas kept the game close early, forcing Iowa to turn the ball over 11 times and gave up only two three-pointers, but they weren’t able to capitalize on those mistakes as they turned the ball over 13 times themselves and shot 28.6 percent from the field. The Hawkeyes then hit five of their first eight three-pointers in the second half, helping the team pull away late. They also out-rebounded CMU 17-10 in the second half, including nine offensive boards. “Both teams shot pretty well in the second half, and I think what happened is they had one big stretch against us where we weren’t able to get

rebounds,” Davis said. “We have to understand every team is going to have a run; we just have to keep those runs to a couple buckets.” The Chippewas were led by Randall, who had 17 points, four rebounds and two assists, while freshman guard Derrick Richardson brought a spark off the bench, scoring 14 points. “I just came out here and tried to do whatever I could to help this team win,” Randall said. “Everybody played hard … we just couldn’t pull it out.” Davis compared Richardson to the Hawkeyes leading scorer, Southfield, Mich. native Roy Devyn Marble, who finished with 18 points, six rebounds and three assists. “They can break you down off the dribble, and they’re improving,” Davis said. “(Richardson) came in here tonight, and he didn’t have any fear … he deserved and belonged out here.” CMU tried to keep up with Marble and the fastpaced Iowa offense but, in doing so, turned the ball over 19 times. “The inexperience we have and coming in so excited to be playing the first game against a Big Ten opponent at their place … they are going to pressure you and be physical,” Davis said. “It’s just a matter of getting used to the game, and I think our guys settled in.” The loss marks the official start to the Davis era

“The inexperience we have and coming in so excited to be playing the first game against a Big Ten opponent at their place … they are going to pressure you and be physical.” Keno Davis, CMU alumni

Jeff Papworth Staff Reporter

First game notes Keno Davis coached his first game for Central Michigan against Iowa Monday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Because of the number of changes made to the program in the off-season, there was more to take away from it than the final score, a 73-61 loss to the Hawkeyes. Stock in the three-ball

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Freshman guard Derrick Richardson Jr. attempts a reverse layup during Monday night’s game against the Hawkeyes at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Chippewas lost 73-61.

for CMU, and it came in a familiar place for the firstyear head coach. Davis graduated from the University of Iowa in 1995. He then began his career as an assistant at Southern Indiana. Seventeen years and five positions later, his new journey began where it all started. “I’d rather have not started (here); it’s not something I scheduled or would have scheduled, but it is what it is,” Davis said. “(Iowa) is a special place for me, because it’s where I went to school and where I grew up … Hopefully next time I come back, it’ll be

to visit family and friends and not playing a basketball game.” The Chippewas will return to McGurik Arena to host Olivet College for their regular-season home opener at 7 p.m. on Friday. “We have to make sure we take time and realize what we came away from and what did Iowa expose,” Davis said. “Ball handling against pressure and to get low, because if you get shoved with two hands behind the back, you don’t let that happen.”

CMU will rely on the three. While the Chippewas only made two in the second half, nine of their first 12 points and 15 of their 26 first-half points points came off three-pointers. They were most productive from the three-point line when they found a way to get the ball inside and then kick it out. Senior Olivier Mbaigoto made a corner three at the beginning of the game that gave CMU a 5-2 lead on a pass by a penetrating Chris Fowler. Offense is not finely tuned The CMU offense was interesting to watch. It did not seem to have much success with set plays, opting to just drive to the hoop. The team was successful when it stopped before reaching the hoop and kicked the ball out. But when they continued toward the basket, points were harder to come by. However, freshman Derrick Richardson Jr. had a highlightreel play in the first minute

The Central Michigan football team should have its leading receiver when it takes on Miami (Ohio) Saturday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Head coach Dan Enos said at practice Tuesday that sophomore Titus Davis is “probable” against the RedHawks. “He came in Sunday better than we thought,” Enos said. “He did some stuff today, and we will see how he does tomorrow.”

Davis injured his ankle on the first play of last Saturday’s 34-31 win against Eastern Michigan. He tried to return to the game a few plays later but was clearly limited. He finished the game with just one catch for four yards. In 10 games this season, Davis has 841 yards on 41 catches. He has also scored eight touchdowns. Despite the probable label, Davis might have a limited number of plays on the field. “We need to see where Titus is at the end of the week and how many plays he can

handle,” Enos said. “I think it will be good to ease him back into it. Rather than giving him 70 plays, I think 25 or 30 plays would be better.” If Davis is limited on Saturday, coach Enos and his staff can rest assured knowing that he has a more-than-capable backup in redshirt freshman wide receiver Andrew Flory, who caught nine passes for 118 yards in two touchdowns in place of Davis Saturday. Enos said Flory will play more this week regardless of whether or not Davis is playing.

“We will probably get him in more, because he’s earned that,” Enos said. In other injury news, senior lineman Jake Olson and senior linebacker Alex Smith have been ruled out for the rest of the season according to Central Michigan athletics. Both were hurt earlier in the season and have been out since. Kickoff for Saturday’s senior day game against Miami is scheduled for 1 p.m.


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