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Athletics director Heeke signs new four-year contract By Aaron McMann Senior Reporter

Athletics director Dave Heeke, with a year remaining on his contract and his deputy out the door, said he had no intentions of leaving Central Michigan University. He held true to his word Thursday, with University President George Ross approving the work

he has accomplished, signing a new four-year contract that will keep Heeke at CMU through 2017. His original contract, signed in January 2011 paid him nearly $164,000 and blossomed to $225,334 this year. CMU will pay him $245,000 per year. A number of performance bonuses, for revenue-plus teams winning the Mid-American Conference

championship and reaching the NCAA tournament to academic achievements, are also included. “I’m happy and excited to continue my service here,” Heeke said Thursday night.

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“As I’ve always said, it’s an honor and real privilege to be the athletic director at an institution like this. “It’s been a little bit of a process, nothing too lengthy. Dr. Ross and I have always had conversations about continuing the relationship and the service, and I’m glad to be doing that.” Since arriving at CMU in 2006, Heeke, a former associate ath-

letic director at the University of Oregon, has helped increase the athletics department budget from about $17 million in 2006 to nearly $25 million in 2013. Part of that has been a push for fundraising, with the department bringing in more than $1 million every year of his tenure. w HEEKE | 2

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BUDGET NUMBERS BETTER THAN EXPECTED FOR CMU Central Michigan University issued a budget update Thursday, describing higher enrollment numbers and smaller budget reductions than initially projected for its fiscal year. According to the update, students enrolled in 9,000 more credit hours than expected, totaling $3 million in additional revenue, leaving the campus-wide deficit at $15 million. Released by Barrie Wilkes, vice president of finance and Administrative Services, along with members of the Budget Priorities Committee, the update noted the increased revenue would help offset an $18 million budget gap. The release also mentioned a $6 million investment in new merit scholarship programs, offering awards to students with lower GPAs and ACT scores to attract more incoming freshmen. “The Enrollment and Student Services division continues to pursue expanded recruitment and retention efforts,” the update read. The Budget Priorities Committee also studied a voluntary retirement incentive program, the update said, to offset budget reductions. Ultimately opposed by the committee due the high cost and uncertainty in CMU’s financial future, the incentive program would have been the first since 2003 when the university saw significant layoffs from decreasing state aid. Co-chaired by Ray Christie, vice chair of academic administration, and English instructor Marcy Taylor, the committee and Wilkes are planning a campus-wide budget forum at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 22. Projections for the 2015 budget, will be refined next spring and summer as the Fall 2014 semester begins.

Taylor Ballek | Photo Editor The view of one of the four tunnels underground near the North Campus entrance Nov. 14. These tunnels are what power, heat and cool Central Michigan University’s campus every day.

Beneath the surface CMU’s underground tunnel system connects university, powers campus By Michael Nowak Staff Reporter

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ew students are aware of what it takes to power Central Michigan University’s campus day after day. The answer lies beneath us. Since CMU’s earliest days, a labyrinth of underground tunnels has connected a majority of buildings across campus. There are numerous legends and folklore about what these tunnels have been used for, including some who believe students were once able to use the underground system to navigate their way around the cam-

pus during severe weather. However, John Fernandez emphasized their use as an infrastructure for utility lines. “They’re the arteries of how we transmit energy throughout campus,” said Fernandez, supervisor of utility operations, adding that the tunnels have never been open to students. Even if they could, the tunnels’ narrow and the confined space would make for a difficult voyage. It would also pose a major liability for the university to have students trying to make their way through the dark, dungeon-like environment

filled with hot steam pipes, valves and exposed, high-voltage wiring. The age and condition of the tunnels varies throughout the campus. The older tunnels near Warriner Hall are narrow with low hanging pipes. a virtual obstacle course to get through. In the newer, freshly paved tunnels, the steam pipes and wires are better organized than the ones that run under the older buildings. Jim Waters knows these tunnels like the back of his hand. As the primary maintenance mechanic responsible for the tunnels, he has spent the majority of his 17-year CMU career under-

ground. Waters is usually fixing pipes or checking on steam lines underground for 10-12 hours a day, and for the majority of the time, he is by himself. “One time, an albino corn snake popped out from under a bag and tried to bite me,” Waters said. “We have also found some long snake skins that we had looked at that turned out to be rattlesnake skin.” For students compelled to enter the tunnels, the consequences for trespassing can be serious, according to the CMU Police Department. w TUNNELS | 2

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Taylor Ballek | Photo Editor “One time, an albino corn snake popped out from under a bag and tried to bite me,” Maintenance Mechanic Jim Waters explained while shining a light down a tunnel on North Campus Nov. 14.

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Katy Kildee | Assistant Photo Editor Older sections of the tunnels have rounded ceilings and less room to navigate, as is the case in this section underneath Warriner Hall.

Students show work, win prizes at 48 Hour Film Competition showcase By Stephen Cross Staff Reporter

Six student teams who participated in the 2013 National Broadcasting Society’s 48 Hour Film Competition received trophies for their films Thursday. The formal event presented the films that students worked on for 48 hours during a two-day period earlier in the month. “Everyone worked really hard on their films, so I was really excited for everybody to see their hard work,” said Troy sophomore Caitlyn Goins,

who was in charge of the competition. A variety of films were presented at the showcase, including a buddy cop comedy, a dating game show and a religious commentary film. The array of trophies that each team competed for included Best Film, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Cinematography. Films were judged based on the design, content, direction, talent and production. Mount Pleasant junior Adam Baker accepted the award for Best Film as a producer for his film “Blood Now, Blood Later.” w FILM | 2

Samantha Madar | Staff Photographer Rochester freshman Katie Wolski presents an award for the 48 Hour Film Competition in Anspach Hall Thursday evening.


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TUNNELS | CONTINUED FROM 1 Five former students were charged with trespassing misdemeanors for an unauthorized entry in 2011. The students claimed they accidentally found their way into the tunnels after accessing a control switch in an elevator in Wightman Hall. According to Waters, not only would students who attempt to enter the tunnels be prosecuted in court, they could also face suspension and possible expulsion by the university. “That’s where all my energy goes out; it starts with the tunnel,” Director of Energy and Utilities Mike Walton said. “If I lose the tunnels, it’s no different than shutting the power off.” university@cm-life.com

Katy Kildee | Assistant Photo Editor Color-coded and labeled pipes fill a maintenance room attached to the Music Building. This room also has an entrance to the expansive tunnel system, which connects every building on campus.

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HEEKE | CONTINUED FROM 1 Facilities haven’t been ignored, either. Heeke helped lead the installation of permanent lights at Kelly/ Shorts Stadium, the renovation of the CMU Events Center for basketball and volleyball and improvements to the CMU soccer and field hockey complexes. Heeke says he wants to continue with facility renovations, with a plan for a new end-zone complex at Kelly/ Shorts Stadium for the football team. The facility, Heeke envisions, would include offices, entertainment space and potentially luxury seating for games. “I really hope we can do that, I think it’s a critical piece for this program to stay at the elite level,” Heeke said. “We need to do that. For so long, we’ve been out front on the facility map in our league and you’ve seen a lot of programs invest.

“We were very patient with one another and worked together really well,” Baker said. “Our directors had a strong, artistic vision as well.” The 48 Hour Film Competition officially started on Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. when the five required elements for the video were released. Films were completed and submitted two days later on Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.

The five elements were a specific theme, location, prop, camera technique and line of dialogue. This year’s theme was “nice guys finish last.” Films had to feature the Central Michigan University seal and were required to feature a hula hoop. They also had to implement the phrase “Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?” into the dialogue of their films.

“We need to continue to stay out front, and I think that’s a big piece.” Things, of course, haven’t always gone his way. Heeke watched as two football coaches left for higherprofile programs, hired and fired men’s basketball coach Ernie Zeigler and dealt with numerous off-the-playingsurface issues with coaches and players, including a sex scandal involving a former women’s soccer head coach. Not one to look back at his tenure, he says he’s always looking forward, adding that he just wants to continue making CMU one of the best programs in the Mid-American Conference and nation. “I’m always about the next challenge,” Heeke said. “I’m in for our student athletes, first and foremost. I want the program to service their needs and have a tremendous experience. “There’s always things you look back on and hindsight’s very, very clear and easy. There’s times when I would have liked to have done things

differently. I try and look back and say, ‘What could we have learned, what could we have done better and how could it help us in the future?’” In a press release, Ross praised Heeke’s leadership in developing a “championship culture” at CMU, both on the athletic side and academic side. “(It) sets a tone for the entire university community and our alumni,” Ross said. “I am pleased that Dave will be with us moving forward as we continue to build one at CMU.” In June, deputy athletic director Derek van der Merwe became athletic director at Austin Peay, signaling Heeke’s decision to stay put in Mount Pleasant. Van der Merwe, in an interview with Central Michigan Life, said he told Heeke, 50, he wanted to see him finish his career at CMU. “You couldn’t get a better caretaker of the maroon and gold than that man,” van der Merwe said.

Second-year Boston graduate student Michael Lehman won Best Actor for his portrayal of Wolfgang James in the buddy cop comedy “Seal Shot!” “As we were writing, we thought about everything that is bad in every college film, such as over-dramatization and plots that don’t make sense,” Lehman said. “I just channeled that into the character, and I’m incredibly happy I won.”

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Police foresee no parking problems despite weekend sports schedule Despite thousands of sports fans filing into McGuirk Arena and Kelly/ Shorts Stadium this weekend, CMUPD Capt. Fred Harris expects little trouble in the parking lots. CMU will host five athletic events between the two arenas, in men’s basketball and football. Events don’t usually conflict, Harris said, but since CMU is hosting a basketball tournament this weekend, multiple games will take place each day. “Normally the events don’t conflict at all,” Harris said. “This is the first year to my knowledge. When that happens, one kind of runs into another. They’re spread far enough apart that parking shouldn’t be an issue.” In addition to the 1 p.m. football game between CMU and the University of Massachusetts Amherst at Kelly/ Shorts, McGuirk will host the November Basketball Tournament on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Thursday, CMU’s men’s basketball team will take on Austin Peay at 7 p.m. while California State University will play Montana State University earlier, at 4:30 p.m. Today Cal State vs. Austin Peay at 4:30 p.m., then CMU vs. Montana State at 7 p.m. After the football game on Saturday, Austin Peay will face Montana State at 5:30 p.m., with CMU hosting CSU Northridge at 7:30 p.m. Traffic for all events will be drawn to Lot 62 on Broomfield Road from E. Campus Drive. “Parking is the same as it typically is on game day,” Harris said. “The only difference is the traffic coming off East Campus.” Harris said he predicts everyone will be able to find a spot. He expected little congestion on E. Campus Drive, despite the planned influx of drivers headed to the games. “There will be parking there,” he said. “I can’t believe the lots will be full. Things will run very smoothly. Everything will be coordinated.” By Adrian Hedden, Senior Reporter

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Accident on corner of Mission and Broomfield, one confirmed injury One of the busiest intersections in Mount Pleasant was the scene of an accident Wednesday night, as cars were backed up for up to half an hour. At least one injury was suffered in the two-vehicle accident nearby the Burger King on the corner of Mission and Broomfield Streets. Sgt. Dan Gaffka of the Mount Pleasant Police Department said he could only confirm the accident included an injury. “It was an injury accident, but I do not have any other specifics at this time,” Gaffka said. “I do know somebody went to the hospital. It is not believed to be anything critical.” Across the street from the accident, Payless Shoes employee and Dearborn senior Sara Behrendt heard the sound of the crash while helping a customer. “I didn’t see it, but I heard it,” Behrendt said. “(A customer) said the girl got stuck and everyone rushed over to help. They couldn’t get her out and they kept yelling her name.” By Wyatt Bush, Senior Reporter

Daytona Niles | Staff Photographer Student volunteers watch “The Pursuit of Happyness” before sleeping in cardboard boxes overnight Wednesday next to Park Library. The event aims to give students insight into the struggles of the homeless.

Taking a walk in their shoes Students brave rain, cold temperatures sleeping outside at annual Cardboard City event By Kate Woodruff Staff Reporter

Nearly 50 Central Michigan University students traded their warm beds and heated homes for cardboard boxes, sleeping bags and rainy weather Wednesday. The students participated in the annual Cardboard City event, one that allows students to take a walk in a homeless person’s shoes and spend the night outdoors in a cardboard box. Hosted by the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center and held outside of Charles V. Park Library, the event was part of a week dedicated to Hunger and Homelessness Awareness. Volunteer Center Special Events Student Coordinator Octavia Carson said when she has planned this event in past years it has been successful, and she predicted this year would be no different. “Last year, we had about 200 people participate,” Carson said. “It’s impor-

tant for people come and be aware that living in a cardboard box isn’t the only form of homelessness.” Carson said after students participate in awareness events such as Cardboard City, they often have a better understanding of the issue at hand. “This is an important event because it’s challenging for students, both mentally and physically,” Carson said. “It really gets people to think about what’s going on around them.” Participants built cardboard box “homes” to sleep in. Chalked on the surrounding sidewalks were statistics about homelessness and hunger in Isabella County. A candlelight vigil was held preceding speaker Sean VanEvery, who gave a testimonial about his personal struggles with homelessness. Some students were participating in the event for the first time and were hopeful it would give them a new outlook, including Farmington Hills freshman Geneva Bass.

“I participated because it was something new to try,” Bass said. “Where I’m from, there’s very little homelessness, and I think it’s important to be aware of issues going on around you, even if you can’t see them.” A few of the students participating were returning after one or more positive experiences with Cardboard City, like Barryton sophomore Alex Barron. “I did this event last year, and it was phenomenal because we all had so much fun and I met so many great people,” Barron said. “It was a great bonding experience.” After a long night of cold and rain, only eight students were left when the morning arrived, Barron being one of them. “This experience was much rougher than last year because it rained,” Barron said. “It was so bad at one point that we actually had to take over another box because ours collapsed.” Even though the weather made sleeping outside difficult, a few stu-

dents, including Saline freshman Randi Bennett, said they would come back next year to do it again. “It was definitely an eye opening experience, but it was very cold and rainy,” Bennett said. “I’ll probably participate next year, but I hope the weather is a little better.” Carson said that even though attendance was lower than in years past, she was still pleased with the event overall. “We had lower attendance this year than in the past, having about 50 people,” Carson said. “Even though we had lower attendance, I still believe this was one of the best Cardboard Cities yet, because you could tell that those who came really enjoyed their experience. I could definitely tell a (positive) difference in attitude this year, even with a smaller group.” studentlife@cm-life.com

Supreme Court to make a ruling on affirmative action By Wyatt Bush Senior Reporter

The Supreme Court is deliberating a ruling on the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, which effectively bans affirmative action based on race, sex, color or religion in admissions for colleges and other publicly funded institutions. The court heard its first arguments for the case in October and will determine whether states have the constitutional authority to democratically ban affirmative action through a state amendment. Former Michigan State Representative and MCRI Chairman Leon Drolet, R-Clinton Township, said Michigan citizens have the right to ban affirmative action admittance policies. Although such policies are well-intended, he said, they are effectively discriminatory and harmful to those they attempt to benefit. “It discriminates against individuals based on their race,” Drolet said. “These policies treat people as racial categories instead of as individuals. They create separate standards that favor some racial groups and discriminate against others.” Drolet said studies by UCLA law professor Richard Sander have concluded that affirmative action creates a mismatch between students and their academic courses. Sander found students who were admitted to colleges as a result of affirmative action dropped out at a rate three times higher than the rest of the student populace. “In many ways, the intended beneficiaries of these policies become the victims,” Drolet said. Political science professor Sterling Johnson said such attempts to equate affirmative action with racial discrimination are inaccurate. He said such policies are necessary to combat discrimination

that minorities face. “The most segregated state in the United States is Michigan,” Johnson said. “The three most segregated cities are Detroit, Saginaw and Flint, yet they say we don’t need affirmative action.” Johnson said allegations of affirmative action being unnecessary or unjust are inaccurate when compared to reality. “They would have us believe that there’s no such thing as racial discrimination anymore, that if you get rid of this, everybody is going to be fine,” Johnson said. “Look at the black unemployment rate, the black incarceration rate. They are trying to make the definition of affirmative action sound like non-discrimination.” Nevertheless, Drolet said it was important to examine persons on a case-by-case basis, and race should not be a factor. However, he said socioeconomic affirmative action may be something desired for admittance policies. “If some kid went to an under-performing school districts with no AP classes and grows up while having to raise his family, that kid deserves a second look,” Drolet said. “This is regardless, of whether he’s white, green, black, Asian or whatever.” The Supreme Court’s ruling is set to occur at some time between December and June. Only eight justices will be making a decision for Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, as Justice Elena Kagan recused herself due to her previous work on the subject as solicitor general. Therefore, a 4-4 ruling would be all that is necessary to uphold the lower court decision that ruled the state amendment unconstitutional. metro@cm-life.com

Tianyu Han | Staff Photographer Royal Oak sophomore Kai Niezgoda, president of Transcend, CMU’s transgender student group, speaks during the candle light vigil Thursday night outside of the Bovee University Center. Niezgoda organized the event, which takes place annually on the National Day of Remembrance.

Students remember, honor fallen transgender people at vigil By Adrian Hedden Senior Reporter

As Kay Mick read the names of 58 transgender people killed in hate crimes over the past year, she reflected on the significance of personifying the oppression. Taking part in a candle-lit vigil outside the Bovee University Center on Thursday as part of the Office of LGBT Service’s week of awareness, Mick was shocked by one death in particular – a 13-year-old child. “The child was the most shocking part,” the Clarkston sophomore said. “That that can happen to a kid, I can’t even describe how I felt reading the names.” Mick said the list was essential to raising awareness of violence toward the transgender community. Identifying as gender queer, not conforming to either male or female, Mick was wary that violence toward transgenders is often the result of prejudice. “Each name on here is a person who lived and died mostly because they were trans, because of bigotry,” Mick said. “The whole night is for them.” Kai Niezgoda, the president of CMU’s transgender student group Transcend, organized the event, which takes place annually on the National Day of Remembrance. He said the

event creates needed momentum for the transgender movement. “This is the most important part of the week, because it puts some urgency behind the activism that we’re doing here,” Niezgoda said. “It shows the real threatening and negative repercussions these people face.” Niezgoda hopes events like the vigil could help reduce violence upon the transgender community nationwide. “(The vigil) is both a chance to reflect and honor those we’ve lost and look forward to the future,” he said. “We hope to make that list shorter next year.” Washington D.C. senior Genesis Nunlee spoke before the about 20 people in attendance as they lit their candles. Nunlee stressed the importance of intersectionality, or the different social layers, such as race, gender and class, that cause people to experience discrimination. “There are many layers of oppression,” Nunlee said. “You have to understand them all to be beneficial. I really want to make both the LGBT community and people of color understand that our struggles are not mutually exclusive. There’s a stigma that someone belongs here and someone else belongs there. I want to end that stigma.” university@cm-life.com


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Fantasy football: Every man’s dream After a long weekend of procrastination, Sunday is the perfect day to be productive. I could be doing things like homework, studying or cleaning my cluttered room. But, instead of being proactive, I am focused on a handful of players I adopted to represent me in the phenomenon called fantasy football. Fantasy football has taken the most popular sport in America and turned it into a surreal and virtual universe — a universe where NFL football players are glorified as modern-day gladiators and fans turn into owners of their own dream teams. Although the game can be frustrating throughout the season, it is perfect for sports buffs nationwide: It’s a seasonal event, so it doesn’t grow old on you, it involves football, and, most importantly — it’s competitive. Few could argue that the most exciting part of fantasy football is draft day. A fantasy football draft is where fans can live out their dreams of being a general manager and personally build a team from scratch. Usually, I prepare the night before by making a list of talented players. Most importantly, I want players who I will enjoy watching. Fantasy football also gives you an opportunity to build emotional bonds with players who are on teams you otherwise wouldn’t care about. For example, I once tweeted “You’re my hero!” to Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, and I meant it with all my heart. If you can’t tell already, watching sports is more than just an interest to me, it’s a passion. Since I can remember, I have fallen asleep to ESPN blaring on my TV. That’s why I love fantasy football so much. It gives me a vehicle to flex my sports wit on others by having the most dominant fantasy football team. I get very egotistical about my fantasy football team. Despite who is on the roster, which as of right now has been decimated by myriad injuries, I still think my team is top dog. The great thing about my cockiness is that I am not alone. Everybody else in my fantasy football league is just as confident. I have been in a league with the same guys for four years, and they still find every opportunity to boast about their team. All in all, the greatest thing about fantasy football is that it brings people together. Most people are in leagues with their friends and it builds camaraderie, but also a cutthroat competition. Who doesn’t enjoy that?

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EDITORIAL | Homelessness hits hard, can happen to anyone

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Don’t forget the homeless

ne of the most underpublicized issues facing the nation today is the growing rate of

homelessness. According to data released earlier this year by the Central Michigan University sociology, anthropology and social work department, there are 151 known homeless people in Isabella County. In fact, the poverty rate in Isabella County, 33.8 percent, the highest in Michigan. Those in power, including those in the media, typically don’t provide a lot of conversation on this issue, and ultimately, this leads to a lack of awareness and the continuation of stereotypes that these people are “bums, drug addicts or lazy.” It’s this stigma that hinders a

resolution. By recognizing that anyone is susceptible to poverty in an increasingly competitive economy, mindsets toward the homeless can change. In fact, many, if not most, of these people are hardworking people who are just unable to catch a break in the midst of growing poverty rates and a competitive job market. And to everyday citizens, including politicians, this population is largely ignored. In Mount Pleasant, for instance, there are no homeless shelters. Efforts last year to create one ultimately failed from a lack of finan-

cial support. The nearest shelters are in Weidman and Alma — more than 10 miles from downtown. One of the few resources available in town is the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen, which began from a CMU class project in the early ’90s. While every effort helps, soup alone doesn’t provide subsistence. There is a growing population of people who need awareness, and above all, support — whether through charity or governmental assistance. While homelessness doesn’t always go hand-in-hand with drug abuse, it can sometimes be a factor. It’s important to regulate state and federal assistance, so those who need it can receive it and those who abuse the system can be cut off. It’s also important not to use

those few who do abuse the system as a reason to destroy our social safety net. Federal programs including unemployment insurance and food stamps keep our neediest above water and even provide some stimulus for the economy. It’s the least the wealthiest nation on Earth could do for its neediest citizens. Those who wish to cut deep into the safety net should remember that. In a world that’s stuck in a gloomy economic state, the issue of homelessness isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. And with the holiday season right around the corner, this issue hits home even harder. So be aware and take action — homelessness can happen to anyone, and a lending hand can go a long way.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR To the Editor: On SGA and the CPF Fund: As a member of the Student Government Association House of Representatives, I have a responsibility to my RSO and the student body to be completely informed and competent on legislation that is being voted on in the body. I also have the right to speak against any legislation I feel is not in the best interest of the student body or has not been adequately assessed. The Campus Programming Fund reform legislation is asking for an increase to certain programs on campus of approximately $1 million, to total $1.8 million. This legislation was presented for endorsement to each SGA committee a week prior. Recipients of CPF are not directly RSOs, but the organizations that are listed in the bill in addition to SGA and Student Budget Allocation Committee, which funds RSOs. Multicultural Academic Student Services was the only organization that was not looking to expand but to fund current operations for which they are currently running a deficit. As a member, I was told that this would result in an increase to our tuition but was not an issue because tuition is increased annually. Legislation that would result in a tuition increase should be assessed not only by SGA but the student body. A committee was

formed to analyze and author the legislation but the findings of the committee were not shared with the entire SGA body before the legislation was brought to the floor for a vote. Without adequate time or information to assess the legislation, it was tabled in the House but passed in the Senate. The precedent has been set that if you do not fully agree with legislation endorsed by the SGA E-board, you will be relieved of your position. SGA President Marie Reimers, who expressed her anger in a very unprofessional manner at Monday night’s meeting, fired Senator William Joseph as Governmental Affairs Committee Chair after he proposed an amendment to the CPF legislation that was not supported by her and was the only senator to vote no on the legislation. I do agree that many programs at CMU are not adequately funded, but rushing through legislation is not the way to resolve this issue. CMU’s SGA is regarded as the largest and most organized in the state. Shouldn’t we be making the most well-informed decisions that accurately portray the wishes of the student body? Consensus within an organization should never take precedence over transparency and accuracy. Candace A. Grooms SGA House Member

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In light of the news that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford confessed to using crack-cocaine while in office, many people are left crying for public officials to take mandatory drug tests before running for and to keep office. A policy such as this would force politicians to take drug tests that, if positive, would make them ineligible for office. So, is it time to start drug testing these politicians? The answer is a complicated yes. When politicians run for office, they go through a very rigorous process in which they vet the candidate. In this process, a group of advisers try to dig up any and all dirt they can on the candidate to try to see if anything would be harmful to the campaign. Many times during this process, past drug use comes up and is often left for the American people to make a judgment on. For example, our last two presidents were known marijuana users in their college years. As it should, this information surfaced and was left up to the American people to decide whether it was a big enough issue to sway their votes. This is how all politics should be looked at. It should always be up to the American people whether a politician is fit for the job. As history shows, Americans are not often concerned with some drug use by their politicians. The concept of letting Americans decide the fate of their elected officials should always be the norm. The problem with this, however, is that a politician who has been elected can easily use drugs without the knowledge reaching the public. This unknown use could end up having drastic effects. This is why drug testing is needed for American politicians. Although it should ultimately be up for the American people to decide whether a politician stays or goes when a re-election is due, it is within the right of all voters to know if those representing them are using drugs. Mandatory drug testing is the next clear step in American politics. It is important to keep elected officials as transparent as possible to their voting base. While minor drug use and past drug use should not necessarily prevent a candidate from serving office, it is important to keep the voters informed. Let America know the truth and then let the voters decide their fate.


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Emma’s Basement Boutique opened its door six years ago, and the top sellers are clothing, jewelry and baby items.

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Central Michigan Life’s “Business of the Week” highlights notable Mount Pleasant businesses. This week, staff reporter Kevin Andrews spoke with Emma’s Basement Boutique owner Kim Lovejoy about what the business offers and what sets it apart from others.

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It depends on what time of year it is, but clothing, jewelry and baby items are usually our top three sellers. This time of year, we sell an incredible amount of scarves. We have infinity scarves that have been hot for a couple of years. We have knit headbands that are very trendy with the young girls.

Sales fraternity places in Top 10 at Sell-A-Thon By Shawn Tonge Staff Reporter

Six Central Michigan University students earned their place among the Top 10 students in a regional sales competition hosted by sales fraternity Pi Sigma Epsilon. The Pro-Am Sell-A-Thon competition took place during PSE’s North Central Regional Conference in Toledo. The conference brought together PSE members from 10 universities in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. PSE is the only professional fraternity in the country to specialize in sales and marketing, and Zeta Nu is the CMU chapter. The first and second place winners in the national sales competition last year were Zeta Nu members. “We prepare more than anyone else for the competition,” said Zeta Nu President Adam London. “That preparation is

definitely a part of our success.” The competition consists of each student making a 12-minute sales call. Participants were ranked on sales technique and are given a brief explanation of their selling situation in advance. “The Pro-Am provides students with an opportunity they cannot experience within a classroom setting,” said Kristina Crilley, vice president of marketing for Zeta Nu. “Having the opportunity to sit down with a buyer and sell a real product while getting instant feedback is a beneficial experience.” This year’s competition was the third for Crilley, a Plymouth senior, who earned eighth place. With 55 participants in the Pro-Am Sell-A-Thon, this year was the largest group in the history of the event. The larger number of contestants made the competition even more heated, said Ashley Fennell, vice president of human

WHAT SETS EMMA’S BASEMENT BOUTIQUE APART? Emma’s Basement Boutique has been awarded Central Michigan People’s Choice Awards for best gift shop this year. It was also awarded the most unique gift shop three years in a row from Central Michigan People’s Choice Awards. Customers can expect to find baby clothing and

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resources for Zeta Nu. “From the moment we walk in as a team with our maroon and gold shirts, there’s a constant buzz of adrenaline,” the Romeo senior said. The Zeta Nu members who placed in the Top 10 will take part in a similar competition at CMU to determine who goes on to represent the chapter at the national Sell-A-Thon competition this spring in Miami. studentlife@cm-life.com

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Morgan Taylor | Staff Photographer Art department head Larry Burditt shows off a chess piece he created using the new 3D printer in Wightman Hall on Monday.

3D printer sculpts new horizons for art students By Malachi Barrett Staff Reporter

The department of art and design recently purchased a 3D printer to evaluate how to incorporate solid object printing into art classes, particularly in ceramics classes. “We’re probably a year away from (integrating it into classes),” department chairman Larry Burditt said. “We’re making sure we have something that consistently works correctly and is a positive experience for students.” The project, organized by the executive committee for the department of art and design, funded the $825 purchase of the printer. The funding was allocated from the department’s supply and equipment budget.

The printer creates 6-by6-by-6-inch objects out of a spool of filament that comes in different thicknesses, allowing for a versatile array of projects for art students. Included in these projects could be anything from sculpting to making smallpart components that are pieced together to make a larger object or mechanism. Burditt gave an example of a Washington State researcher using 3D printers to build a functional prosthetic hand for a South African amputee. Professor Greg Stahly has already found a use for 3D printing technology for his ceramics classes. “Our intention is for the students in the class to design and print small objects and then using a technique

Morgan Taylor | Staff Photographer Art department head Larry Burditt believes the new 3D printer in Wightman Hall is useful for sculpture classes on campus.

called slip casting, make a mold of that object and then recreate that object multiple times in clay,” Stahly said. Though it takes several hours to print one object, the machine can load multiple student files at a time and run unsupervised all day. The material used in printing, ABS plastic, is relatively inexpensive and would see a lot of mileage before a replacement purchase would have to me made.

“If I dedicated one spool to a ceramics class, it would probably last me five years,” Stahly said. “It goes a long way. It’s a very inexpensive process.” The specialized filament cost is $43 per 2-pound spool and is ordered directly from the manufacturer. Other universities across the country have begun looking into this relatively new technology that has only become affordable in the last few years. The University of

Michigan recently sent teachers to learn how to utilize the benefits of 3D printing. “This is something that is becoming incredibly common in art departments around the nation,” Stahly said. “It’s becoming very typical for departments to have these.” The project is still in the development phase. It will take time for the department to train faculty to use the printers and add projects us-

ing it into coursework. However, it does open an exciting opportunity for art students of Wightman Hall to create never-before-seen pieces. “Basically, what we are looking at now is how can we use this and what are the implications of being able to use this technology and incorporate it with traditional, 3D artistic pieces,” Burditt said. university@cm-life.com

University places emphasis on sustainability, green energy, waste reduction By Michael Nowak Staff Reporter

Thomas Rohrer is trying to create a culture of sustainability at Central Michigan University. As director of the Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems, he has been collaborating on a number of initiatives to promote a “green campus.” “Going green saves a lot of green,” Rohrer said. “Sustainability really pays off.”

CMU has saved money on water consumption by installing faucet aerators across campus, reducing water output by five times the previous usage. Occupancy sensors have been installed in rooms, shutting off the lights if nobody is using them. The university has also added 3,000 new recycling bins across campus and has sustainably disposed of 4,800 pounds of electronic equipment. Rohrer believes recycling and conserving energy are priorities

for the university. “Sustainability also involves being good stewards of financial resources as well as being good stewards of natural resources,” he said. CMU was recently recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the 322 “green colleges” in the United States, earning a reputation for being a leader when it comes to sustainability. Director of Energy and Utilities Michael Walton believes there is

still work to be done, though. Walton works on ways the university can cut down on energy costs as well as electricity and water consumption. “It’s not just what (facilities management) is doing to be sustainable,” Walton says. “Everybody else can help CMU be more sustainable, too.” Walton recommends making sure lights, water and heat are shut off if nobody is using them. Cutting down on excessive

waste has been a major initiative in the dining halls on campus. Walton said food trays, which were removed from all dining areas, created a behavior where people took more food than they should have. Now that trays have vanished, students are only taking what they need. Director of Environmental Health and Safety Rebecca Uzarski is concerned with the contaminants that pollute environment.

She advises students to carefully choose personal care products. Some products contain mixtures that could be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. When selecting these products, Uzarski urges students to research and carefully read the labels, choosing only products that are safe for the environment. university@cm-life.com

IT’S HERE The fall 2013 edition of The Central Review, CMU’s undergraduate and graduate creative writing magazine, will be debuted 5:30 p.m. Tonight in the Baber Room of the Charles V. Park Library.

The reading will present a unique opportunity to hear some of the writers read their latest work fresh off the printer in a fun, supportive environment, and be acknowledged for their contributions. The event is free and open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend.


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Women’s basketball suffers loss to Marquette By Dominick Mastrangelo Staff Reporter

Much like it did last season, a matchup between women’s basketball and Marquette came down to the wire in Milwaukee Thursday. If the Chippewas had hit a few more free throws, the game might have seemed closer than the final score suggested. Instead, the

Chippewas lost 84-72 to their Big East foe. “We lost this game on the free throw line,” head coach Sue Guevara said. “We missed three or four straight free throws that could have tied it or put us ahead. That’s a little hard to take.” Marquette quickly built a sizeable second half advantage, leading by as much as 13 points due to poor

defense by the Chippewas (1-2) after halftime. A few lucky bounces and Golden Eagles turnovers had CMU back in the game. Even playing from behind, the Chippewas remained offensively aggressive but failed to capitalize on crucial opportunities down the stretch. Junior guard Crystal Bradford had an opportunity to bring the

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Chippewas within one score after her fade-away basket with five minutes to go. Bradford missed the ensuing free throw and Marquette scored seven straight points to re-establish the lead. Missed free throws plagued the women in their second loss of the season. CMU shot 14-of-31 from the charity stripe against the

Golden Eagles. Bradford tallied 22 points, 14 rebounds and two assists in the loss. She struggled mightily in the first half, missing her first four field goals and first two free throws. CMU shot a combined three-fornine from the free throw line in the first half. w LOSS | 9

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owning the arc Men’s basketball plays host, wins opener By Cody DeBona Staff Reporter

Gregory Cornwell | Staff Photographer LEFT: Sophomore guard Chris Fowler goes for a layup during a Thursday game against Austin Peay in McGuirk Arena. CENTER: Sophomore forward Blake Hibbitts takes a free throw during the Chippewas’ 90-75 victory over Austin Peay Thursday in McGuirk Arena. RIGHT: Freshman guard Braylon Rayson heads to the hoop on Thursday night at McGuirk Arena. The Chippewas beat Austin Peay 90-75.

CMU opens tournament with victory over Austin Peay

By Seth Newman Staff Reporter

The men’s basketball team lives by the three-point shot. The Chippewas (2-2) died by it in first half and were resurrected by it in the second half with some help from freshman guard Braylon Rayson en route to

a blowout over Austin Peay (2-2), 90-75, winning the first game in the Central Michigan Invitational on Thursday. CMU was two-for-18 in the first half from beyond the arc, but shot six-for-nine in the second half. Rayson sparked the Chippewas in the second half, scoring 10 straight points to finish with 18

points in 13 minutes. “I feel like I’m just back to the old me out there,” Rayson said. “To bring energy to the team is my job, it’s what I’m suppose to do. We were missing a lot of shots, so we needed someone to step in and score. I figured I’d take that role.” w KENO | 9

Men’s basketball bounced back from a rough first half from the three-point range with a dominating performance in the second half to guide the Chippewas to a 90-75 win Thursday night. After the first half three-point struggle, CMU responded with a second half onslaught. The Chippewas ended the first half two-for-18 from the threepoint line, but the second half was a different story with 51 points, the second most in a half this season. An 11.1 shooting percentage in the first half grew to nearly 70 percent in the second half from the perimeter. “I think our main thought was we’re shooting too many threes,” said head coach Keno Davis. “I want the three to go inside before we shoot it. I think players are much better shooting when they get a pass from the inside. When we came out and knocked down a couple it took the pressure off.” What propelled CMU to take the lead in the first half was their astonishing free throw percentage as it went into halftime, with a perfect 17-for-17. “Coach just told us to keep shooting the same shots, they know and we know that they’re eventually going to start dropping for us,” sophomore Blake Hibbitts said. “We’ve got good shooters, so we just stayed confident with shots from the whole team.” CMU fixed whatever problems it had from the three-point line at halftime, coming out of the break with five consecutive three pointers. “We only had one win this year, so just getting the win got our confidence up and we’ll be ready tomorrow to look for win number three,” Hibbitts said. “I think we needed it for our confidence; I know they believe in each other,” Davis said. “Losing streaks are tough on a teams morale no matter what, and it’s much nicer to come out with a victory.” The Chippewas continue their quest to become champions of the Central Michigan Invitational at 7 p.m. tonight at McGuirk Arena against Montana State. sports@cm-life.com

Missed free throws plague women’s basketball in loss to Marquette By Joe Judd Staff Reporter

A recurring theme for women’s basketball on Thursday during its loss to Marquette (4-0) was the team’s inability to convert on the chances it was given at the free throw line. In a very closely contested game in Milwaukee, Wis., the Chippewas needed to take advantage of all of opportunities they could get in the free throw shooting department, but they could not convert on this night, as they fell to the Golden Eagles by a final score of 72-84. The loss puts CMU at

1-2 on the season. “We lost it on the free throw line tonight,” head coach Sue Guevara said. Marquette guard Katie Young made more free throws than the entire Chippewas team on the night. On the night, the Chippewas went to the foul line for a total of 31 shots, but they could only convert on 14 of those attempts, for a free throw shooting percentage of 45.2. Shooting from the field, CMU made 26-of-79 shots from the field, shooting 32.9 percent. Going into the game, the Chippewas did not want to repeat the lapses that plagued them a week

ago against Kentucky. According to Guevara, the Wildcats quickly imposed their will on CMU early in the second half, leading to the eventual loss. “The bottom line is we have to execute and we didn’t do that tonight,” Guevara said. “We missed four or five straight free throws in the second half that would have tied us up.” The Chippewas will now prepare to travel to the Virgin Islands to compete in the Paradise Jam, where they will first take on Kansas on Nov. 28. sports@cm-life.com

Libby March | File Photo Junior guard Crystal Bradford looks for an open shot Feb. 22, 2012 at McGuirk Arena.


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Against UMass, Enos most concerned with tight end Branchflower Much like New Hampshire, UNLV and Toledo, the Massachusetts offense also features two quarterbacks. Leading up to Saturday’s game against the Minutemen (1 p.m., ESPN3), that’s not what Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos is necessarily worried about. “That tight end, he hurt us last year,” Enos said, referring to Rob Branchflower. “They find a lot of different and good ways to get him the football. I’ve seen him a lot on tape this year. He’s a very good player.” While CMU (4-6, 3-3 MidAmerican Conference) was able

to pull away from UMass in the second half last year in Foxborough, it was Branchflower who proved to be a thorn in the Chippewas side. He had 10 catches for 100 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown reception that tied the game at 14 points with four seconds left in the second quarter. Branchflower, a fifth-year senior, has solidified himself as one of the premier tight ends in the MAC. He is second on the Minutemen in receiving yards (313 yards, three touchdowns) despite missing four games due to injury, with 851 yards total for his career. While he hasn’t experienced the success he probably would

Changes, challenges pay off for the Central Michigan defense By Aaron McMann Senior Reporter

What a difference 10 days make. Plus a couple of changes, and a different opponent. After Central Michigan laid an egg on national television against Ball State, missing tackles left and right and allowing the Cardinals to drive down the field at-will, the Chippewas defense put together one of their strongest performances of the season last Saturday in the 27-22 win over Western Michigan. “We were disappointed with the way we played (against Ball State),” said head coach Dan Enos. “We were embarrassed; we didn’t think we competed. We thought we were making very good strides on defense the three games before that, and we challenged our group. We challenged the coaches, we challenged the players every day at practice.” The result was a different looking secondary with redshirt freshman Tony Annese and junior Kevin King starting at secondary over Kavon Frazier and Jarret Chapman. Annese, making his first career start, responded with a thirdquarter interception that he returned 34 yards for a touchdown. King was second on the team with 10 tackles, while

have liked to — the Minutemen (1-9, 1-5 MAC) have only had one winning season since he arrived in 2010 — head coach Charley Molnar credits Branchflower’s leadership in the school’s transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision. “On the practice field, on the game field and even in meetings and everything he does, he sets such a great example for our younger players,” Molnar said. “Rob is a talented young man, but the talent only takes you so far. His attitude is really what sets him apart. “If you want to be recognized as one of the best players at your position, this is what it takes.” sports@cm-life.com

Turnovers a recurring problem By Jeff Papworth Staff Reporter

Annese had seven. Enos said both are expected to start again Saturday vs. Massachusetts (1 p.m., ESPN3). “It was a little competition thing, and we thought Tony deserved it,” said defensive coordinator Joe Tumpkin. “(We) thought him and Kevin deserved it when they finished up the Ball State game. We talked about it as a staff, and I went at that point and talked to Kavon and Jarret. “(We) made it a competition during the week and whoever came out would get it. I feel comfortable with any four of them playing for us right now.” Tumpkin always stresses the need for the CMU defense to eliminate “big plays” from the opposing offense, and the Chippewas were able to do that with their 4-2-5 zone defense. The Broncos reached the CMU red zone five times during the game, going four-for-five in scoring chances, but the CMU defensive limited them to three field goals. Corners Jason Wilson and Brandon Greer, who combined for 11 tackles and three pass breakups, had their best games of the season and credited the defensive line, particularly nose guard Leterrius Walton and backup defensive end Blake Serpa, who recorded a pass breakup himself and sack, to getting some pressure

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on WMU quarterback Zach Terrell. “Most of your big plays in football are not over the top, they come in when you miss tackles,” Tumpkin said. “We made an effort last week to make sure we were running to the football, we were taking proper angles and I think that showed up on tape. “If a big run-play is given up, it’s not the front seven — the secondary’s involved with that. If there’s a big pass that’s given up, it’s not just the (defensive backs) — we didn’t get enough pressure up front. We try to make everybody on the field accountable and we try to minimize those things.” sports@cm-life.com

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The football team has had a problem with turnovers all season, and the issue came to the forefront in last weekend’s Western Michigan game. While many might want to put all the blame on redshirt freshman quarterback Cooper Rush, there is plenty to go around. Running backs — redshirt freshman Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore and senior Zurlon Tipton — each fumbled the ball in their own territory against the Broncos, leading to nine points. “You put those guys in all sorts of practice situations that you can,” said head coach Dan Enos. “Fundamentally and technique-wise, we work on those things every day. It’s a lot different on game day. We’ve got to eliminate those things.” Discounting the interceptions thrown, Central Michi-

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gan would still not be on top the Mid-American Conference in fewest turnovers given up since it has fumbled the ball nine times this year. If you add Rush’s 14 interceptions and two by quarterback Alex Niznak, the Chippewas are tied for last in the MAC in giveaways with 25. While Enos continued to brush off Rush’s three interceptions against the Broncos, the first year quarterback said he has to do better, though he is improving. “I had to learn the hard way with a few things and I’m just making some bad decisions,” Rush said. “I think I’m getting a little better and I think we’ll improve and we’ll definitely get in better shape as far as turnovers.” The strategy by the coaching staff has been to slowly work the quarterback into the game. He had two short passes on CMU’s first drive against WMU, which ended

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The Chippewa quarterbacks have thrown 16 interceptions this season, led by redshirt freshman quarterback Cooper Rush. Rush has thrown 14 interceptions, one in every game he has appeared in except for New Hampshire. Redshirt sophomore Alex Niznak threw two in that New Hampshire game where Rush took over.

CMU has nine fumbles lost while fumbling the ball 14 times this season. Redshirt freshman Maurice ShoemakerGilmore has lost the ball twice in the last two games while senior Zurlon Tipton and sophomore Saylor Lavallii both have lost fumbles in the last two games as well.

with a touchdown to fullback Adam Fenton for 24 yards. The first evidence of the quarterback testing the waters came about three minutes into the second quarter when Rush had an overthrow that was within the grasp of a Bronco. In the second half, WMU made more of its opportunities. Rush threw eight times. Three of those throws were intercepted and another was dropped by the Broncos. Rush’s first interception was the result of a tipped pass and then another came on the next offensive play because of defensive holding, according to Enos. After his third interception, with about 10 minutes left in the game, CMU was willing to rely on the running backs and defense to hold onto a five-point lead without calling another pass play for the rest of the game. sports@cm-life.com

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The Chippewas have turned the ball over 25 times this year, which is tied for the most in the Mid-American Conference with Western Michigan. The team has a -10 turnover margin, which is the worst in the MAC and averages to one turnover per game.


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CMU INVITE OFF TO STRONG START

The men’s basketball tournament got off to an exciting start with Cal State Northridge edging out Montana State 74-73. The Matadors, coached by one-time Sacramento Kings head coach and NBA player Reggie Theus, survived the opening game behind the play of Stephen Maxwell who had a team-high 21 points and seven rebounds. Central Michigan will finish the tournament with CSU-Northridge with a 7:30 p.m. tip on Saturday and will play Montana State at 7 p.m. Friday.

BASEBALL RELEASES ITS 2014 SCHEDULE Baseball will begin its 2014 campaign in Las Vegas when it plays a four-game Steve Jaska series with UNLV on Feb. 14. The Chippewas will be on the road until March 18 with Madonna University. CMU will play a home-and-home series with Michigan, and the Wolverines will visit on May 6. It will continue its rivalry with Michigan State when it travels to East Lansing on March 26, welcomes the Spartans on April 16 and culminates with the Clash at Comerica on May 13.

Chippewa Chat is a Q&A series in which staff reporter Seth Newman will get to know the routines and quirks of some Central Michigan University student-athletes. Get to know No. 35 Nick Carlos as the freshman from Ashland, Mo. gets to know Mount Pleasant. CM Life: Why did you recruit Nick Carlos? Keno Davis: I got a chance to see Nick during the summer circuit. He was a guy who brought great energy to the court. I saw a guy just scratching the surface on how good he could become. He’s a guy who can play on the inside and on the perimeter — he can post-up or shoot the three. I think he will be a good defender as he continues to improve. Why did you commit to Central Michigan? Nick Carlos: The coaching staff. When I came up here, I felt like I could really connect with the players. I thought it was a great place and I really like the style of play we have up here at CMU. What’s your favorite thing about campus? NC: I like how small it is, because I’m from a small town. Everything here is right on Mission Street. If I ever need food, I don’t have to waste much gas going to get it. Do you have any pregame rituals? NC: I’m not really superstitious. I do listen to the same songs before a game on my iPod, though. Top three songs on your iPod? NC: 1. Eminem – Survival. 2. Drake – Up All Night. 3. Drake – Own It.

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CMU shot 24-for-26 from the free throw line, which helped when it’s shooting struggled. Sophomore Blake Hibbitts shot six-for-six from the line. “Getting to the line is one of the biggest parts of our game,” Hibbitts said. “We talk about that every day in practice. We have good shooters, and if we can’t knock the open shot down, we need to get to the line.” While the Chippewas missed their three-point chances, they made up for it with their offensive rebounding, grabbing 18 of them. Head coach Keno Davis said the offensive rebounding made up for the poor shooting. “It kept us in the game,” Davis said. “The offensive rebounds as well as forcing turnovers create more possessions. You can make up for some poor shooting nights if you can get more possessions. We have to be one of those teams, that

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Gregory Cornwell | Staff Photographer Freshman guard/forward Nick Carlos reaches for the net during CMU’s Thursday night game in McGuirk Arena.

What are your goals for your freshman season? NC: I’ve already gotten some playing time as a freshman, and I want to keep that role up. As a team, we look to do great things. We want to produce a winning season and hopefully make it to the tournament.

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