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Questions unanswered over postponed search for diversity education director By Jackson Seedott Staff Reporter

It’s been nearly two months since finalists for the position of director of diversity education held open forums on campus. With a decision to postpone the search until May, questions remain regarding the current state of diversity education at Central Michigan University. The status of the previous finalists, who made the decision to postpone the search, how much money has the university spent on this search and whether a deadline on a decision went unanswered following inquiries Thursday by Central Michigan Life. “We have decided to defer this search until the spring semester in order to review and enhance the position responsibilities to better address the needs of the university,” Traci Guinn, interim associate vice president of institutional diversity and executive director for the Center for Inclusion and Diversity, said in an email Saturday. “Once the position has been updated, we will welcome applications at that time.”

Guinn did not respond to requests for comment Thursday, and it is unknown as to who made the official decision to postpone the search or when this decision was made. Questions also remain regarding the status of the three finalists announced earlier this year: David Smith of Georgia State University, Theodore Ransaw of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and Velecia Humes from Scottsdale, Ariz., all of whom held open forums Oct. 9, 10 and 15, respectively, to discuss their vision for the job. Smith, currently the director of the Office of African American Student Services at Georgia State University, could not be reached for comment as of Thursday night. His profile on the GSU website listed only an email address. A search of the UNLV website and his personal website reveals that Ransaw is a doctoral student. The contact number listed for him, last updated in 2004, was disconnected. Upon calling the UNLV main phone line, an operator said Ransaw was not listed in the UNLV directory at all.



Sophomore guard Jessica Green gets past Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins during the second half of Thursday night’s game at McGuirk Arena. Green finished the game with a team high 19 points, four assists, six rebounds and five steals during Central Michigan’s 72-63 loss to the Fighting Irish.

Irish hang tough No. 5 Notre Dame holds off women’s basketball in a packed McGuirk Arena

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Sherry Knight named associate vice president of communications Ross: Campus can ‘focus now on building awareness’ By Aaron McMann Managing Editor and Neil Rosan Staff Reporter

Sherry Knight, tasked over the summer with leading damage control of the Central Michigan University image following a tumultuous 2011-12 academic year, was named Wednesday the university’s associate vice president for communications. In an afternoon release, University President George Ross conceded that CMU needed a “strong communications leader and strategist.” “Sherry has demonstrated her ability for building strong relationships for CMU, both internally and externally, with integrity,” Ross said. “Together, the entire campus can focus now on building awareness and support of the university

Central Michigan 72-63 Thursday night in front of 3,879 fans.

with positive energy.” In a phone interview with Central Michigan Life Thursday, Knight said she has plans Sherry Knight to improve the university’s marking, branding and student recruitment. “There’s a lot that can be done in terms of building culture and rallying the entire campus around Central Michigan University and its future,” Knight said. Knight said one of her focuses is defining CMU’s story to help create a brand for the university and showing how that brand sets Central apart from other universities. “We need to tell CMU’s story and we all need to be involved in expanding CMU’s profile around the state and beyond,” she said. “No matter where I go on campus, people talk about our academic leadership and experience behind the degree. It’s truly here at Central where students get personalized attention.” A KNIGHT| 2A

“We rattled the cage of the Irish,” CMU head coach Sue Guevara said. “They hit shots, rebounded and hung in there. It’s nice to know we can hang with them, but like I told our team, I don’t care for moral victories.” CMU senior guard Jalisa Olive hit a deep three-pointer to cut the N.D. lead to 64-60 with two minutes remaining. Skylar Diggins, N.D. ’s senior guard, responded, making four free-throws during the next three Irish possessions.

Diggins showed why she was an All-American last year and on the preseason list this season. She finished with 25 points, a block, four assists and six steals. She was also 12-for14 from the free-throw line. “I’m on the All-America committee and I voted for her,” Guevara said. “She takes games over. When she’s going to the basket, she’s going hard.” Sophomore guard Jessica Green led the Chippewas in scoring with 19 points, five


Sophomore guard Crystal Bradford runs up the court for a basket during Thursday night’s game against University of Notre Dame at McGurik Arena. CMU lost 72-63.

steals and four assists. CMU athletics threw out free T-shirts for every CMU three-pointer. Junior Niki DiGuilio shot 4-for-5 from deep for 12 points.


Shapiro: Holiday break delayed academic calendar report By Alayna Smith Senior Reporter

A report outlining the impact and potential effects of the proposed academic calendar changes was pushed back from its original release date in order to give faculty a break for the holiday, Provost Gary Shapiro said. Following a vote in the Academic Senate last month, the provost was charged with creating a report giving the costs and benefits of the proposed academic calendar changes so senators would have more information to move forward with. Shapiro said although all of the information has been

collected, it is still being compiled into a comprehensive report. “All of the reports have been turned Gary Shapiro into (Director of Faculty and Personnel Services) Matt Serra. He is aggregating them and summarizing and categorizing them,” he said. “The reason for the delay, as explained at the Academic Senate meeting, is since the Senate would not be meeting until January, I did not find it necessary to have (the team categorizing the results) work over the Thanksgiving holiday.”

Letters were sent to 26 individuals on campus who were identified as someone who may be affected by the calendar changes, including areas such as the marching band and athletics, Shapiro said. Shapiro said the letters asked for information in three areas: possible impact of the changes, how to resolve potential issues, and the possible consequences, both positive and negative. “(The letters) basically say, ‘you have information relating to some important concern. Tell me about it,’” he said. Shapiro said he is not sure how many letters were returned with information, as the Office of Personnel and Faculty Services has entirely taken charge

of the report. “It was sent to (Serra) because this is a contractual issue between the Faculty Association and the university,” Shapiro said. “... Since his office talks with the union, his office was chosen.” Shapiro said he does not control the A-Senate agenda, but it is his understanding that the report will be presented at the first meeting of next semester on Jan. 15. The SGA House and Senate both voted on Oct. 22 to oppose changes to the academic calendar. Faculty Association President Laura Frey declined comment.

Presenter says comics portray women ‘as objects of desire and not desirable objects’ By Ryan Fitzmaurice Staff Reporter


Western Michigan University Associate Professor of English Gwen Athene Tarbox smiles while speaking to students about 21st Century Comic Book Heroism Thursday night in the Rotunda of the Bovee University Center.

English Language and Literature Faculty Joseph Sommers described himself as near tears when the 21st century comic book heroism conference came to its end. Twenty-one students from HON 321: Seminar gave oral presentations over eight different sessions in the all-day literary conference held in the Bovee University Center Rotunda, sponsored by the English Language department and the Honors Program. Gwen Athene Tarbox, associate professor of English from Western Michigan University, gave the headlining address, “Tights Were Harmed in the Creation of this Comic: Surveying Female

Heroics in Contemporary Young Adult Graphic Novels.” Two hundred and sixty people attended the event in total throughout the day. “In terms of argument, in terms of composition, in terms of presentation, almost all of the papers were gobstopping,” Sommers said. “I’ve paid over $100 to see presentations by academic professionals, and these papers were equally as good. This is beyond what you would expect from graduate students.” Tarbox’s presentation focused on the presentation of women in modern young adult novels, particularly young adult graphic novels. Although many of the young adult graphics novels in this area were focused toward

pre-teen girls, she said mainstream comics have heavily impacted the visualization of the female in young adult graphic novels. “Very often, women are portrayed as objects of desire and not desirable objects,” Tarbox said, noting that female protagonist in young adult comic books often judge others and themselves in the context of societies expectations. Tarbox also highlighted what she deemed a positive trait in modern young adult comics, a shift from the focus of individual heroism to collective heroism. Also, instead of stressing individual strength has heroic, modern young adult comics, often portray empathy as heroic. A COMICS| 2A

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CONTINUED FROM 1A Ross named Knight interim associate VP of communications in late May following the public resignation of PR chief Renee Walker, who had been at CMU since 2008. Ross said Walker’s resignation was a mutual decision, but Knight at the time said Ross had been in talks with her since April about “helping to expand the university’s communications efforts.” Walker exited her job with a hefty severance package, receiving more than $140,000 in pay and benefits and 18 months health coverage. Communication efforts plagued CMU for much of the 2011-12 academic year, confirmed in March by Penson Associates, Inc., a California-based research and consulting firm. In a 13-page strategic planning report prepared by John Moore, president of Penson Associates, a breakdown in communication was identified as the main indicator of a lack of trust between faculty and administration. Problems began in the fall with a seven-month contract spat between the administration and faculty association, eventually coming to an end in December. Issues continued in the spring, as a series of academic departments issued votes of “No confidence” against Ross and Provost Gary Shapiro and CM Life reported details about the university’s lack of public disclosure over a $10 million allocation toward the $22.5 million renovation of the CMU Events Center, which had been promoted as a privately-funded project. In May, the university

TODAY w The CMU Program Board

and the Office of Student Life will sell $3 tickets for the movies “Red Dawn” and “Breaking Dawn - Part 2” in the UC. Shuttles from the UC to Celebration Cinema, 4935 E. Pickard, take off at 2:45 p.m. for “Red Dawn” and at 4:45 p.m. for “Breaking Dawn.” Shuttles will arrive after the movie to pick students up and bring them back to the UC. w A showing of “What

to Expect When You’re Expecting” at Wesley, 1400 S. Washington, will begin at 7:30 p.m. with free popcorn and pop.

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DIVERSITY | CONTINUED FROM 1A A Google search of Humes produced no information regarding her current location of employment. According to the job

description, the director of diversity education will help create an accepting atmosphere for diversity at the university by educating faculty and students


what the literary program and comic books are all about,” Weeks said. “It was a really great learning experience.” Sommers said comic books are an important part of the academic conversation. “When we get past just the cultural touchstones, these comics and graphic novels tell us things about ourselves,” Sommers said. “Be they hyperbolization or distillations of our human condition, the superhero is both everything we strive to be and the perfect exemplar

CONTINUED FROM 1A “In order to be heroic, one has to understand empathy,” Tarbox said. “The most heroic act one can accomplish is of understanding someone.” Within the academic community, Tarbox said the resilient individualist heroine protagonist is starting to be criticized for what it could possibly represent. “They want characters to be resilient so adults can ignore the responsiblity for creating the messed up world children grew up in,” Tarbox said. Pontiac senior Sara Srygley attended Tarbox’s lecture because of her interest in the topics presented. “I just really like comic books and graphic novels,” Srygley said. “And I’m a huge feminist, so it worked out.” Holland senior Rachel Weeks gave a presentation earlier in the conference on the power of language through art and visual representation of characters in Grant Morrison’s works. “This was just a really great opportunity in showcasing


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unveiled it spent more than $850,000 on the cmich. edu website redesign, a full $350,000 more than the original $550,000 price tag. Ross and Roger Rehm, vice president of IT, blamed “miscommunication” on the cost of the project. Since her May appointment, Knight hasn’t had it easy. Fall enrollment numbers released in September showed a 2.2 percent decline in on-campus enrollment, with an even-more alarming 12.4 percent decline in freshman enrollment. Even so, she continues to push the work of Steven Johnson, hired in November 2011 as CMU’s first vice president of enrollment and student services. Most recently, Knight led what she later dubbed “crisis control” after former teacher education and professional development professor William Merrill was charged with using his campus computer to possess and distribute child pornography. Within hours of alerting the campus community of Merrill’s suspension, Knight called a news conference to to address and confirm media reports. “During the past six months, I have met countless faculty, staff, administrators and students focused solidly on telling CMU’s story and expanding its reputation as a first-choice university,” Knight said in the release. “It is an honor to join my alma mater in this role and to serve with the energetic, creative team in University Communications.” Knight begins her fulltime duties on Monday and will earn a $140,000 annual salary. She had been working under a six-month contract that paid her $1,500 per day of work in Mount Pleasant.


Spring Lake junior Shelby Shafer, left, and Portage junior Megan Manske decorate their sorority house, Alpha Sigma Alpha, late Tuesday afternoon for the annual Dickens Christmas Festival.


several times in the first half to beat the CMU defense in transition and the half court set, finishing in the lane. She came in averaging 14 points a game, and tallied 17 in the first half. “I thought she played great both halves,” McGraw said. Diggins blamed herself after the game for giving up some scores on the defensive end. After N.D. built another lead, CMU sophomore guard Kerby Tamm hit a threepointer to make it 40-39 in favor of N.D., heading into halftime. Green came out quickly with eight points in the first eight minutes. For the second consecutive

CONTINUED FROM 1A “I was really impressed by Central Michigan,” N.D. head coach Muffet McGraw said. “They had a great crowd; a great atmosphere for women’s basketball. We had to gut it out at the end.” With the score 49-48, and 11 minutes left, the Irish went on a 13-4 run and never gave up the lead. “They went to the zone in the second half and that hurt us,” Guevara said. “We didn’t move the ball very well ... I thought we just stood around.” Out of halftime, the Irish went on a 7-0 run to take a 47-39 lead. Consecutive baskets from Bradford, DiGuilio and Taylor Johnson cut that lead to 49-48.

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of who we already are.” Sommers said the conference and his class were such a success because of how attractive comic books are toward both the faculty and the students. “Any time you can bring a student and a professor’s mutual love into an academic setting, you’re constructing an opportunity for a magical teaching moment,” Sommers said.

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game, Bradford did not start. Last year, she led CMU in points, rebounds, blocks and steals. Thursday night she had seven points, eight rebounds and five blocks. “The crowd was great; our kids played their guts out,” Guevara said. The Irish (5-0) remain undefeated, with wins against Ohio State and UCLA – both ranked at the time. The Chippewas slipped to 2-3 and will play their next game at 2 p.m. Sunday against No. 14 Purdue. Last year, CMU beat the No. 12 Boilermakers at McGuirk Arena.


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Anthony Michael Bennett to stand trial in death of Carnel Chamberlain By Shelby Miller Senior Reporter

Anthony Michael Bennett, 20, of Mount Pleasant will stand trial in April after being indicted by a federal grand jury in the murder of four year-old Carnel Chamberlain. Saginaw Indian Chippewa Tribe Public Relations Director Frank Cloutier said Bennett will begin his trial April 23. Bennett was indicted earlier this month on first-degree murder, assault of a child, assault with a dangerous weapon, animal cruelty and witness tampering, Central Michigan Life previously reported. “We’re not surprised,” defense attorney Anthony Chambers said. “We’ll go forward and defend the case.” Bennett was living with Carnel and his girlfriend, Carnel’s 21-year-old mother, Jaimee Chamberlain, on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian tribal reservation when Carnel went missing. “The tribal community is resolved to having an appropriate judicial outcome from the event to come,” Cloutier said. On June 21, Carnel was reported missing by his mother after she left him in

Bennett’s care while she was at work. A week later, Carnel’s remains were found charred unAnthony Bennett derneath the family’s porch. In order to keep Bennett in custody while authorities defined the murder against him, police charged him on an earlier assault on Carnel. “The Tribal community has waited for quite some time for this to occur and now we begin our journey towards justice,” Tribal Council member Louanna Bruner said. In June, Jaimee told the FBI she saw her son with a bruised and swollen face and a cut lip after she left him in Bennett’s care in late May or early June. A few days later, she saw Bennett pick up Carnel by the neck and drop him before dragging him into a room by his foot, according to a court document. In June, Bennett was charged with assault resulting in substantial bodily harm to a child under 16. A BENNETT | 6A

Speech/hearing screenings, related costs no longer mandatory for students By Alayna Smith Staff Reporter

Students fulfilling the oral English competency requirement no longer have to automatically incur a $12.50 cost for mandatory hearing and speech screenings. Last fall, new policies took effect to make these screenings optional. Communication Disorders Chairperson Bradford Swartz said the tests could not legally be required for students. Communication and Dramatic Arts Chairman Bill Dailey said although the change took effect last fall, many students may not be aware of it. “(The screenings) most certainly were not free, but the students were just assessed a fee when they signed up for a competency class,” he said. “Most probably didn’t even know this.” Use of these screenings began decades ago, but Central Michigan University was one of a small handful of schools that still made them mandatory for students, Swartz said. Only some of the oral English competency courses — COM 101, 267 and 357 and TAI 170 and 302 — as well as ELI 199 and HON 110 classes, had previously required students to take the screenings. All six courses offered to fulfill the oral English competency — COM 101, 267, 269, 357

and TAI 170 and 302 — now offer speech and hearing screenings as an option for students for a $10 fee to cover the cost of the service. When these screenings were required, the additional fee was automatically charged at registration. The extra $2.50 was added as a class cost and went to the respective department. Screenings take place in the Speech and Hearing Clinic in the Carls Center for Clinical Care and Education. Students who opt to take them often come over in groups with their class, Swartz said. Approximately 520 students took advantage of the screenings this fall semester, Swartz said. “(The purpose of ) speech screening is to listen and detect notable communication issues: how students articulate, their voice, stuttering, among other speech disorders,” he said. “Hearing screenings look for tones in both ears — fixed decibel levels.” Swartz emphasized the nature of the tests, and said they are only the first step in potentially diagnosing speech or hearing disorders. “These are screenings, not tests. They do not test for speech disorders; it screens for them. Students either pass or they don’t,” he said.


Clio sophomore Hali Wright participates in a Zumba fitness class where often times the routine is choreographed to Gangnam Style dancing Wednesday night in Kulhavi Hall.

The new style Students are hooked on ‘Gangnam Style’ dance, create own versions Adriana Cotero | Staff Reporter

We all have heard and seen it, but do we really know what it means? What is Gangnam Style? Gangnam is a city in Korea where money and fame is popular and a place where all Koreans aspire to be. In Psy’s new song “Gangnam Style,” he describes the Gangnam Style “sexy lady” he is looking for. While Psy’s message is clear to Koreans, Americans have made their own connections to this hot new track. Throughout the week, there is an on-campus Zumba class taught by Caro junior and instructor Andrea LaJoie. While this class has been taught since the start of school, there was a new dance added to the class: Gangnam Style. “I always try to teach new, popular and fun songs. One student actually requested the song, and I thought it was a

great idea,” LaJoie said. “The dance covers all the main parts, but I added in my own twist to it. Everyone seems to love the dance.” This class has provided students with the opportunity to learn the dance. Lapeer freshman Jessica Cunningham attends Zumba routinely and was taught this dance. “I first heard the song in Zumba where I first learned the actual dance,” Cunningham said. “It is now my favorite song that we dance to in Zumba and I look forward to it every week.” Saline freshman Melissa Stevens was one of many students that have viewed the dance and heard the song.


Spring Lake freshman Rebecca Hochhuth laughs while dancing to Gangnam Style during a Zumba fitness class Wednesday night in Kulhavi Hall.

“I first heard the song at a friend’s house, and thought it sounded weird at first,” Stevens said. “But then when I was actually able to listen to it and watch the video, I couldn’t

stop laughing. My friends and I tried to learn the dance — it was quite a scene, to say the least.” A GANGNAM | 5A

Gov. Snyder appoints Brian Brunner to state board By Neil Rosan Staff Reporter

Assistant Director of the Chippewa Athletic Fund Brian Brunner has been appointed to the Board of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder as a representative of the general public. The nine-member board assists the state government in overseeing the practice of more than 840 Michigan podiatrists. Some board members are members of the public, while others are highly educated in the field of podiatric medicine and surgery.

Announced in a State of Michigan news release Tuesday, Brunner was selected to the board due to his “outstanding, diverse experiences.” “For me, as someone who has always been civicminded and into politics, I was very excited about this opportunity to engage in our process,” Brunner said. Brunner, a former starting quarterback at CMU, said the opportunity started during the Clash at Comerica between CMU and Michigan State’s baseball teams last May.

Kathy Wilbur, vice president of development and external affairs, had a suite for the game and was entertaining government officials who were friends of the university. One of Wilbur’s guests was Nancy Short, deputy manager of appointments for Snyder. “I was kind of mingling and talking to folks in the suite and I got talking to Nancy and gave her my card,” Brunner said. This fall, Short came to CMU for the football game against Navy and wanted to know what she could do for

game day. “I let her know that I would be happy to have her as a guest on the sideline. After that, (we) developed a working relationship,” Brunner said. At the time, Brunner didn’t know she was the deputy manager of appointments, but he soon found out after Wilbur endorsed him as a candidate for a government board. Soon after, Short reached out for him for a spot on the Board of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. A BRUNNER| 5A

Study says more than 25% of teens text while driving, risk still concerning for students By Charnae Sanders Staff Reporter


Berkley sophomore Allison Parks texts a friend while leaving the Fabiano Hall parking lot Tuesday afternoon on her way to class.

Is simply sending or reading a quick message to a friend worth risking your car ending up in smoke? According to, at least 23 percent of auto collisions in the U.S. in 2011 involved cell phones, which equals up to 1.3 million crashes. Though some students feel sending a quick text message is harmless, others disagree and feel as if that text message can end life too soon. “You have to look down and text, and your attention isn’t on the road anymore,”

Saginaw freshman Destinie Reid said. “Anything can happen. It only takes two seconds for a car accident to occur, (and) that’s about the time you look at your phone and try to text something and you already in a car accident.” Reid said she has texted while driving before and it almost caused her to hit a pedestrian while leaving her high school. “I almost hit my security guard at school,” Reid said. “He was in the car. We both were in the car and nobody else was in the parking lot. I was the last person leaving the parking lot. I look up,

I’m about to hit him and he swerved out the way and I swerved.” Reid said the officer was fine, but very angry. Since then, Reid has decided to never text while driving again. “Even if it is an empty parking lot. I’m not doing this again,” Reid said. “… I don’t even like to be in cars with people who are texting and driving. The point is I couldn’t do it anymore, I had to stop. That was my first time and when that happened, I felt ‘Nope, this (isn’t) for me.’ I can’t do it.” A TEXTING | 5A


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EDITORIAL | A balanced approach needed to avoid fiscal cliff

Caitlin Cheevers Columnist

Eventually, everyone will have to move There are a lot of options for weekend plans throughout the semester. While some are fortunate enough to be able to travel and relax every weekend, my plans typically range from studying to studying, with a little bit of studying in between. However, a few weeks ago I decided to do a bit more than sit around and learn from a textbook. I needed to move. I joined 10 other CMU students who got in buses, cars and airplanes to get ourselves to Washington, D.C., Nov. 17 for Invisible Children’s MOVE: D.C. event. Yes, those crazy Kony people. We joined a group of 10,000 like-minded individuals to listen to leaders from the United States, the European Union, the United Nations, the International Criminal Court and several African nations that Saturday morning, while other people our age were probably nursing hangovers. We then marched to the White House and Washington Monument in matching Kony 2012 shirts, banners and signs to show that we aren’t the slacktivists so many thought we were. Sure, I will admit that some people watched the Kony 2012 video last March, bought a bracelet, shared the link and felt they did their civic duty. But our goal was to prove wrong everyone who said this was the future of activism. We believe it is far from it. This is why we showed up that day in D.C. While spreading the word about human rights abuses is incredibly useful, it is even more important to continue to engage the people who can bring the abuses to an end and remind people that we are serious about wanting peace despite any roadblocks that may be put in the way. Roadblocks like construction on Pennsylvania Avenue. Or naked meltdowns. Less than two weeks after the Kony 2012 video went viral last March, the director Jason Russell was seen walking naked through his neighborhood in San Diego. While it gave many an excuse to discredit the movement, many kept fighting the uphill battle. Russell is thankfully in good health again, and on Nov. 17 was able to make jokes about his breakdown. When giving us instructions for the march, Russell told us to be respectful and not to do anything he did in March. This refreshing humor shows us that we have overcome the roadblock and will continue on our journey to bring Joseph Kony to justice. After all, you can lead or you can follow, but eventually, everyone will have to move. Editor’s note: Caitlin Cheevers is the president of the Invisible Children RSO.

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Tipping point n what should come as a surprise to no one, negotiations between Democrats and Republicans to avoid the fiscal cliff have gotten off to a rocky

start. As with the debt ceiling negotiations and the failed “Grand Bargain” deficit reduction talks last year, the two sides appear to be nowhere even close to striking a deal.

In order for the country to get on a sustainable spending path while allowing the economy to continue growing, both sides need to make concessions. For starters, Republicans need to drop their anti-tax crusade. One of the central themes of the 2012 campaign season was taxes and the role they play in deficit reduction. President Barack Obama ran on the idea of fairness, continually demanding that the Bush tax cuts on income over $250,000 expire so that the middle class and the elderly aren’t the only ones making sacrifices. Obama was re-elected by a comfortable margin, and exit

polls revealed that a solid majority of Americans support Obama’s tax plan. For all the talk about a Republican makeover in the wake of defeat, one would think the party would move back to the middle and stop holding middle-class tax cuts hostage to upper-income ones. That’s not the case, though. Speaker of the House John Boehner and most (but not all) top Republicans have rejected any talk of tax increases. What they need to realize is that returning to the Clinton-era tax rates on earned income over $250,000 would not create a socialist hellscape, but rather would raise nearly $1 trillion in revenue over a decade. To

borrow a phrase from Bill Clinton, that’s arithmetic. Raising tax revenue won’t be enough to solve the nation’s fiscal woes, however. Obama’s victory speech on election night echoed the post-partisan themes that won him his first term in office four years ago. Now it’s time for him to walk the walk. While attempting to compromise with today’s congressional Republicans would be difficult for any president, it is important that Obama and his fellow Democrats signal a willingness to make concessions of their own. That includes spending cuts to bloated federal programs and changes to entitlement programs like Medicare. If the Democratic Party is serious about Medicare and its long-term health, raising the eligibility age from 65 to 67 over time would be a wise move. Given the increased life expectancy rate since it was passed in 1965, the move would preserve the program’s promise to the nation’s seniors while reigning in out-of-control spending.


Well thought out and written editorial. Rewarding teams for an average to mediocre season seems a bit confusing. Yes, teams will receive $ (mostly from tv contracts) to play in a bowl, but it will be some off-theradar location with minimal fans in the stands. It will be just like the last few home games at Kelly/Shorts this season. Having witnessed this team in person at home game this season, they should NOT be playing in any bowl game...period. The discussion should be whether Enos is the right choice to continue leading this program. If we are striving for average to mediocre results (sorry folks, 6-6 against lousy competition means nothing) then Dan is your man. -CMU 87 CMU (and most other schools going to bowls) will end up losing money by going to a bowl game. The payout for going usually does not come close to the money spent by the university and conference to go. news/... -Gare

I’ve posted this on similar threads. They should be picked for a re-match against MSU in the Motor City Bowl, Detroit on Dec. 26th. Why? Money, DUH. Both teams finished 6-6 so they are both pathetically bowl eligible, but eligible nonetheless. It’s a in-state rivalry with both schools having a strong local fan base in the Detroit Metro area. In fact, the Detroit bowl game is SUPPOSED to feature an eligible Big 10 team vs. a MAC team (CMU vs Purdue, formerly). The bowl wants to make money, the schools want to build excitement. This is a no-brainer. Historically, the Motor City Bowl gets first choice of MAC teams and they typically pick the 1st place or 2nd place team. However, they can pick ANY eligible MAC team, and should select CMU if MSU is the opponent. Just my two cents! -08 Alumni Facebook comments on the Nov. 20 “William Merrill charged in federal court; attorney says former CMU professor was sexually assaulted as a minor” Not guilty! Why go to a rehab clinic then? -Nate Gould I feel for him, having been a victim

Library and general etiquette 101 Is common sense just a relative term for not being an ass to others? One person’s ideas about rudeness may not be the same as another’s, but there is usually a lot we can all agree on. Talking on your cellphone in the restroom? Eating like a horse in a quiet study room atmosphere? Listening to your music so loud that the rest of us have our ears and minds assaulted by your choice in music? Loud, obnoxious and long cell phone conversations that no one else wants to hear? Not holding the door for the people behind you? Hey President Ross, that was me behind you. These things are generally considered bad form, as Captain Hook would say, and most of us know we’re being a jerk when we do them, right? I’m not so sure. When a guy has a long conversation on his phone, completely remorseless, and talked about how drunk he got, or how much of a ‘dick’ his friend is, I start to wonder if he minds everyone hearing his personal conversation. Remember when librarians used to ‘Shhh!’ you? Where are those tough librarians now? We need to be the library police. Overhearing a phone conversation is more than irritating; it is distracting to our brains, according to research done by Cornell University in 2010. The reason they are so annoying is because you can only hear half of what’s said, and this makes your brain work harder and leads to distraction. So wait — you were trying to do your chemistry homework? No, you are actually listening to that guy talk about his party plans for the weekend. When I asked the woman next to me what the guy’s deal was, she said she agreed, but she wasn’t going to say anything and dirty looks don’t accomplish anything. Ever. They are just too oblivious. So every time we look like a jerk because we ask someone to keep it down — remember, it was them who intruded into the quiet public bubble in the first place. Why should we feel weird or bad about asking someone to get a clue? Maybe this is just the new culture we have created, one of complacency, that requires everyone to blare their headphones so we don’t hear the people eating like a horse, or the other people’s headphones, or the utter jerks on their cell phones. For those not checking to see if they need to hold the door for you, well you’re on your own with them. I just want to add, a serious kudos to those people who do grasp common courtesy.

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himself, but the number of images/ videos he had shows it was more than a curiosity in my opinion... -Christina Allen “where he pleaded not guilty to possession of child pornography” HUH??? I’m with Nate, why in the world did he go to the trouble of going to a psych ward for if he’s not guilty?? -Avery Banister I’m in no way arguing for or against him, but he went to a psych ward for suicidal ideation and intent. It was not a statement of confession. -David Dunn I’m sure he pleaded not guilty to buy more time to work out a plea bargain with prosecutors. -Shane Murray The reason he went to a mental institution is because you can’t be detained while admitted into one. -Garrett Taylor Good thing he “retired” from his 140k a year job. Now when he goes to prison on the taxpayers’ dime he can still collect his pension. Too bad he was protected under his contract... -Brian Wood

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TEXTING | CONTINUED FROM 3A This is nothing new for CMU Police Officer Timothy Prout. Prout said he doesn’t see students often texting while driving, but that doesn’t mean they don’t do it. “I don’t see it that often when I’m driving in a marked patrol car or when I’m driving in my personal truck where I sit up higher,” Prout said. “… (Though) it’s very common for me to watch somebody driving along texting on their phone because I’m not in a police car, so they’re not concerned about doing it with me beside them.” BROOKE MAYLE/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Fashion Bug will soon be going out of business in Mount Pleasant. All sales are final for the closing of the store, 2145 S. Mission St.

Fashion Bug closing, holding clearance sales following buyout of parent company By Elizabeth Benson Staff Reporter

Mount Pleasant will soon lose a women’s clothes merchant. After months of ‘going out of business’ signs plastered on the walls of the business, Fashion Bug is expected to close in late December, along with 600 stores in 43 states. According to the Detroit News, 35 Fashion Bug stores are currently having clearance sales with prices cut 40 to 60 percent. Locally, signs have been posted, advertising the sales on the crux of busy streets. Petoskey freshman Lexi Achterhof said she was optimistic upon hearing the news. “It’s always unfortunate to hear of a store closing, especially in this economy. But

GANGAM | CONTINUED FROM 3A This past weekend, the music video became the most viewed YouTube video of all-time, standing at a total 841,707, 717 hits that keep increasing. As the new song is being heard by just about everyone, it seems as if not only the song is trending but more so the dance. While the girls are getting their fair share of Gangnam into their weekly schedules, Saginaw seniors Ben Schul-

hopefully something new and fresh will move in and that will be good for the community,” she said. The changes come as the result of Charming Shoppes Inc. getting bought out by Ascena Retail Group Inc., as part of an $890 million deal that also gave Ascena access to Lane Bryant and Catherines Plus Sizes, according to the Associated Press. Ascena bought out Charming Shoppes Inc. and now owns all their branches, including Fashion Bug, the popular low-budget women’s clothing retailer. The company has not released the numbers of employees whose jobs will be affected. Ascena financed the deal with available cash and $325 million in debt. Port Sanilac freshman

Lauren English said she’s never shopped with Fashion Bug, but has other concerns related to the store closing its doors. “It’s bad for us because there’s already hardly anywhere to shop in Mount Pleasant, and I know Fashion Bug was affordable,” she said. With Fashion Bug closing, Mount Pleasant Shopping Center, 2227 S. Mission St., will soon have a new opening to fill. “I haven’t actually heard anything locally about them closing,” Jeff Gray, director of Planning and Community Development said. Management at the Mount Pleasant Fashion Bug declined comment.

ler and Chris Sowatsky had their own way to express the new style with a college-style parody. “I first saw the Gangnam Style video on the scoreboard at one of the football games. I first thought it was ridiculous, then I looked it up later and found out it was this international hit, and I couldn’t get it out of my head. I needed to make my own version,” Schuller said. “I made the video with my roommate Chris Sowatsky. We thought it would be fun to put a college spin on it, so we did just that.” Schuller added the video to YouTube as well receiving

more than 100,000 hits, while it isn’t as much as Psy’s, he is still proud with the outcome. “It was supposed to be just for fun with a few friends but after I posted about it on Facebook, a ton of people wanted in on it. We had over 50 people that ended up helping out in someway, a lot of them showing up for the big finale dance scene,” Schuller said. “Once we posted the final video, I was amazed at how fast it spread. It reached 100,000 views a week ago and I’m still in shock.”


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sage every time they drive, but only 1 percent of parents think their teenage children do so.” “I don’t like to talk on the phone and drive, so they know that I won’t do that,” Saginaw freshman Kimberly Johnson said. It is also believed that children will mimic their parents’ driving behavior. “I do my texting at red lights, because that’s what I see my parents do,” Johnson said. “And even though my parents do talk on the phone and drive, I don’t do it. It’s just because I don’t like it. If people want to do that, they’re going to do what they want to do.”

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Prout said he understands students will continue to text and drive regardless of what the law says, even when there is a $100 fine for a first offense of texting while driving and a $200 for subsequent offenses. “I think people will continue to do it until there’s some type of technology that actually prevents them from doing it in the vehicles,” Prout said. “I think they will just go ahead and continue because the chances of them getting caught are relatively low.” According to, one of the latest studies from the University of Michigan cites that “more than 25 percent of teens say they read or send at least one text mes-


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Boundaries of Mount Pleasant Center redrawn for Saginaw Chippewa Tribe ten it put property surveys in with the tribe’s survey describing what would go to tribe,” Grinzinger said. “However, that didn’t include one building, so back in the early parts of negotiations we said that we would redo those boundaries to make sure all buildings reverted to them.” At Monday night’s Mount Pleasant City Commission meeting, commissioners approved the transfer in a 6-1 vote. Mayor Bruce Kilmer was authorized to complete the transfer by signing the quitclaim deed. The new deed and the survey not only brings in the building that was inadvertently left out, but it also provides access to the tribe to their own property through a small drive to the north side, Grinzinger said. The new boundary lines go directly through buildings owned by the City of Mount Pleasant. The city still retains rights to these buildings and will manage their upkeep

“There’s been discussion about building a memoriam or some type of educational facility there. We’ve formed a committee that is looking into those. So far there are no definite plans.”

until demolition. “The deed has an easement stating we will care for them until it comes down,” Grinzinger said. “Then the tribe gets the land underneath the building.” Frank Cloutier, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe public relations director, said it important for the tribe to have enough of the buildings and land to facilitate a rehabilitation for some or all of that property. “There’s been discussion about building a memoriam or some type of educational facility there,” Cloutier said. “We’ve formed a committee that is looking into those. So far there are no definite plans.” For the city’s portion, there are also no definite plans for what will become of the land. Grinzinger said a highest and best use study will be presented in January or February to the public. “That’s really the kickoff to the planning for the property,” she said. “We’re also in the process of applying for funding through the state for loans or grants to finance the demolition of buildings and the asbestos cleanup.” Grinzinger said the city hopes to finish applications by 2012 and be able to begin demolition in 2013.

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Boundaries have been redrawn to grant the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe ownership of a building and land on the Mount Pleasant Center property that had initially been left out of the tribe’s survey. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and the City of Mount Pleasant both own pieces of the 300-plus acre parcel on the northwest edge of Mount Pleasant previously owned by the state until 2011. At the time the conveyance was made, it was realized one of the buildings used by the Michigan Industrial Indian Boarding School was left out of the tribe’s survey. As soon as this was realized, a transfer of additional land from the city to the tribe was planned, said City Manager Kathie Grinzinger. “In order for the state to get rid of property it must pass legislation, and when the legislation was writ-

CMU global campus employee Theresa Langlois dies at 57, services to be held Saturday By Jackson Seedott Staff Reporter

Mount Pleasant native and Central Michigan University global campus employee Theresa Langlois, 57, died Wednesday at Woodland Hospice in Mount Pleasant. Born in Mount Pleasant, the 1973 Shepherd High School graduate moved to Midland shortly after graduating. She worked many years with CocaCola in both Bay City and Lansing. She later moved back to the Shepherd area, working at TB Woods, and


lastly for Central Michigan University’s Global Campus, where she worked as a specialist clerk, according to her obituary. The funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Charles R. Lux Family Funeral Home, 2300 S. Lincoln Road, and the burial will be held in Lincoln Township Cemetary, near Shepherd. The viewing will be held Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. Langlois is survived by three sisters, Leona Bufford, Nancy Durfee, and Sally Merrifield, all of Mount Pleasant; nieces and neph-

ew, Denise Walton, Edward Merrifield, and Belinda Durfee; and grandnieces, Mallory and Shelby Walton and Samantha Durfee. She was preceded in death by her father, O’Neil in 1992, mother, Audrey in 2009; and brother-in-law, Berdet Durfee. Memorial contributions may be made to Woodland Hospice or Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund. Employees from CMU’s global campus could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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Central Michigan University’s website has been updated to offer new features and increase usability and navigation. In a Wednesday news release from the Office of InforKole Taylor, manager of communications for OIT mation Technology, changes to “As far as visible changes, be available on CentralLink’s the site include the location of homepage. the department directory page we do have some things planned, but those are longCMU is required to make tab and the “My Account” and term,” Taylor said. the updates in order to meet CentralLink links. In addition, Website outage the governmental requirea link to budget and perforCourse registration, gradements for data reporting mance transparency ratings related services and financial before 2013. has been added, as mandated services will be unavailable for Affected services will be by a new state law. use this weekend as annual unavailable beginning at 5 p.m. One of the most noticeable updates are made to adminisFriday and will be restored changes to the website is the trative systems on the CMU before the start of the business access to CentralLink. The website. day Monday, according to a link has been moved to the In addition, the “My news release from OIT. top right of all of the website’s Favorites” feature and the pages, allowing students and Student Quick View will not staff to access CentralLink from anywhere on the website. “Since these changes are visible enough, we thought we’d send people a note,” said Kole Taylor, manager of communications for OIT. The department directory link has been named “Offices A-Z,” and has been placed above the search bar on the website, allowing quick access to any department’s webpage. “These changes have been requested by people, and since they are changes that people wanted to see we thought we’d put them out there,” Taylor said. The “My Account” link has been moved to the top right of all CentralLink pages. This change allows users to access their account from any page. The budget and performance transparency reporting link will direct users to a webpage that will have access to the annual operating budget, Largest watch collection in Central Michigan audits and financial reports, collective bargaining agreements and campus security policies. Taylor said OIT always has some sort of changes planned 1805 S. Mission St. for the website, but most of them are behind the scenes. Voted People’s Choice #1 Jeweler 12 Years in a Row!

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With so many new players this season for the men’s basketball team, one positive was the depth of the bench. Keno Davis has depth at every position and can interchange players as they get tired or just aren’t performing. Every position except one, that is. “Everyone knows we’re a little thin on the interior,” Davis said. “When Zach Saylor goes down, we got really thin.” Saylor, who listed at 6-foot-8 and 232 pounds, is Central Michigan’s only true center and played only seven minutes in Wednesday Zach Saylor night’s 82-65 loss to Bradley. “We have no update, as of yet, but I know he’s in good hands with our medical staff,” Davis said. “He’ll be ready to go before he hits the court.” Sidelined with an apparent knee injury, Saylor had to watch as the Braves scored 66 points in the paint and 16 second-chance points. Davis said it’s not clear the severity of Saylor’s injury. “They got way too many easy buckets,” Davis said. “They shot 67 percent in the second half and, with Saylor not in there, we just kind of ran out of gas.” Saylor has spent a lot of his time as a Chippewa on the bench with injuries to his shoulder. Saylor’s past difficulties of staying healthy could cause some concern for Davis and his staff. “Zach has been important to us, not only with his veteran leadership, but as somebody who can anchor down low, rebound and defend,” Davis said. “He’s been a decent scorer for us and everyone is pleased with him, so we hope he’s well and, if he’s not, it’ll give our younger guys an opportunity to step up and get better.” The other forwards on the team who have seen time down low are freshmen Blake Hibbitts and John Simons, and senior Oliver Mbaigoto. “(Mbaigoto), Blake and John are step out (forwards); they’re not centers,” Davis said. “We have to continue to build John Simons and Blake and (Mbaigoto) so they can, in a pinch, play that spot.” However, in Saylor’s absence, CMU was still able to outrebound Bradley 36-34, but it was dominated in the paint where Saylor would normally be patrolling. “I was really pleased with our guys trying to step up … but Zach is our only true center,” Davis said. “We have to recruit some centers because, even though we are a deep team, we need Zach Saylor.”

mostly students who filled the student sections to capacity, erupted when sophomore Austin Keel made a three-pointer from the top of the key with about eight minutes left in the first to narrow Bradley’s lead to 25-16. Mbaigoto and Hibbitts hit three-pointers that decreased the lead for the Braves to 29-24, moments later. A timeout by a frazzled Bradley was called thereafter. Mbaigoto hit another three to make it 32-27 with 4:11 left in the half – the last time CMU were within five points in the contest. Later in the game, Walt Lemon Jr. looked to close it out with a layup, giving Bradley a 19-point lead with less than eight minutes to go. But CMU sped the tempo up, went on a 9–0 run and narrowed the lead to 74-64 at 4:48.

Head coach Tom Borrelli said the wrestling team’s goals every season are to win a Mid-American Conference regular season championship, tournament championship and compete at the NCAA Championships. In what was a rarity, one of their three goals, winning a regular season MAC Championship, was not accomplished last season. Central Michigan will start its hunt to regain its stronghold in the regular-season against Ohio at 7 p.m. Saturday in Athens. Last season was the second time since 1999 Central Michigan failed to win the conference regular-season championship. “In some ways, that was a little bit of a disappointment,” head coach Tom Borrelli said. Ohio finished third in the MAC last year with a 2-3 conference record. The last five meets CMU competed in against the Bobcats have had drastically different margins of victory for the winner. The Chippewas split the last two meets against the Bobcats with a win last year by two, and a loss the year before by four. But in 2007 through 2010, CMU outscored Ohio in three matches. 120-3. “Their guys have matured,” Borrelli said. “When we had a veteran team, they were very young. Now, we’re a little younger, and they’re more (experienced).” Senior Jarod Trice was absent from last season’s 17-15 victory, but did wrestle in Athens when the team lost 21-17 in 2011. He defeated Jeremy Johnson, 4-2. The two wrestlers will likely wrestle off this weekend. Trice is ranked No. 2 in the conference, and Johnson is ranked No. 3. “(Johnson) is probably their best guy on their roster,” Borrelli said. “He hustles a lot. He wrestles at a highpace. He’s pretty good on top.” Senior Scotti Sentes was also not a participant in last season’s win against OU, and was one of the few bright spots in the team’s 2011 match against the Bobcats. He gave CMU six points, pinning his opponent 5:05 into the match at 133-pounds. Borrelli said Sentes is not guaranteed to start this weekend despite earning MAC Wrestler of the Week after winning two matches last weekend, including one over No. 17 Jamie Franco of Hofstra. Sentes redshirted as a result of an undisclosed injury last season.




LEFT: Senior guard Kyle Randall fights his way to the basket during the first half of Wednesday night’s game against Bradley at McGuirk Arena. Randall finished the game with 21 points, one assist and five rebounds during Central Michigan’s 82-65 loss. MIDDLE: Senior forward Zach Saylor attempts a shot during the first half. Saylor finished the game with two points and one rebound. RIGHT: Senior forward Olivier Mbaigoto fights for possesion during the second half. Mbaigoto finished the game with eight points, five rebounds and one block.


Chippewas fall to Bradley, 82-65, despite out-rebounding Braves By Jeff Papworth | Staff Reporter

The men’s basketball team was too giving before the holiday season Wednesday night at McGuirk Arena. Bradley capitalized on the 18 Central Michigan turnovers and went on to beat the Chippewas 82-65. “That surprised me, coming out of Utah, that wasn’t a problem for us,” head coach Keno Davis said. “I think sometimes our guys were trying so hard in certain areas, it was actually hurting them.” CMU will be looking to rebound from the loss at 2 p.m. on Sunday when Niagara of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference visits McGuirk Arena. If the Chippewas want to get back above .500 they’ll need to cut down on turnovers and improve their interior defense that hurt them Wednesday. “Turnovers in the first half is something that disrupted us and took away the opportunity to

win the game,” Davis said. “When Zach went down it left us without a true post defender.” CMU could be without its only center after playing just seven minutes Wednesday due to what appeared to be a knee injury. With Saylor’s absence, freshmen forwards Blake Hibbitts and John Simons, along with senior forward Oliver Mbaigoto will need to step up on defense and rebounding. “It changes us defensively and, in practice, it puts other players in those positions,” Davis said. “Defense and rebounding are the areas that we miss Zach the most; he’s been a good scorer for us, but he

Check out a photo gallery of last night’s game on is our only true center.” The Braves were not challenged much after they tallied four points off two turnovers by freshmen Chris Fowler and Simons to take a 16-9 lead with 13:10 left in the first half. The Chippewas gave away seven of their 18 turnovers in the first nine minutes of the first half. Senior Kyle Randall was the most turnover-prone with four giveaways, but he was also the only player who reached double-digits points with 21. He seems to continue to be a player Davis will rely on. After an 8-0 run by Bradley, he was fouled driving to the basket, picking up two points from the free-throw line to lessen the deficit to 40-29 at halftime. An early bright spot for the Chippewas was their five of nine shooting from beyond the three-point line in the first half. The 2,076 in attendance,

University subsidy to athletics budget increases almost $300,000 this year By Matt Thompson Senior Reporter

The Central Michigan athletic department is getting an institution subsidy of more than $17 million from the university to operate this year – an increase of almost $300,000 from last year’s budget. The overall expense of athletics is about $23.8 million, with more than $8 million going to faculty and staff compensation. The compensation alone is up $517,189 from the 2011-12 budget. That includes the hiring of new men’s basketball head coach Keno Davis and his staff. “I don’t have a choice, you

have to give raises,” CMU athletics director Dave Heeke said. CMU athletics generated more than Dave Heeke $6.8 million in revenue through ticket sales, scheduling away non-conference games and camps/clinics, among other things. This year, CMU athletics will be 71.96 percent dependent of its institution subsidy. Last year, the subsidy covered 70.7 percent of the cost to

run athletics, which was the fourth-lowest percentage in the Mid-American Conference. Only Toledo, Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio) needed less of its total costs covered by its university. Of Eastern Michigan’s $26 million budget last year, about 79 percent was subsidized, while Western Michigan’s $25.4 million budget was 72.6 percent subsidized. Not only was CMU’s percentage lower than those, but its budget was nearly $2 million lower than its MAC Michigan rivals. “Apples to apples, we’re in the bottom third of our conference

in total operating budget,” Deputy Director of Athletics Derek van der Merwe said. “We’re at the top of the conference for revenue generated by sport. Our revenue marks help us minimize the support we need. “It’s a great testament to our institution.”

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The all-black uniforms the football team wore against Michigan State on Sept. 8 cost the program $23,873, generated by the team itself. “Special uniforms are funded by the teams themselves,”

Heeke said. “Whatever the program deems important by its coach – (whether it be) black or pink uniforms - they reallocate resources. But (the coaches) can’t take that from food money. Those decisions are talked about for a few years, not just a few weeks before a game.” The women’s basketball team did this with pink uniforms for breast cancer last year. Over the summer, the men’s basketball team took a trip to the Bahamas for extra practice and games, vital for the inexperienced roster. Last winter, the women’s basketball team played in a tournament in

Alaska. These trips, like special uniforms, are also funded by the teams and coaches going above and beyond to create revenue for them. The Bahamas trip was paid for by a promoter, coming at no cost to the program. In return, CMU competed in the Utah Thanksgiving Tournament last weekend. “I think we operate very efficiently,” Heeke said. “We maximize the resources we have and we are a benefit to our entire university. That’s why I feel good about it.”

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Senior guard Kyle Randall drives to the basket during the first half of Wednesday night’s game against Bradley at McGuirk Arena. Randall finished the game with 21 points, one assist and five rebounds during Central Michigan’s 82-65 loss.





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Freshman guard Chris Fowler looks to make a pass past Bradley University center Jordan Prosser Wednesday night during the game at McGuirk Arena. Fowler finished with three points and seven assists in CMU’s 82-65 loss to Braves.

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nine turnovers, but it seemed like they were all in a five-minute timeframe.” The Chippewas only tallied one more point the rest of the game. Senior Zach Saylor sustained an injury and played seven minutes for CMU. Davis would not specify details of the injury’s severity, but said Saylor was holding his knee. Bradley took advantage of

Wrestling | CONTINUED FROM 1B Borrelli said he wants to be sure the senior is healthy. “He is improving; his body’s getting stronger,” Borrelli said. “He’s coming around. He had a really serious injury, and he’s getting over it.” CMU will also take Sentes’ cohort at 133-pounds – sophomore Tyler Keselring – to Ath-

ens, and the decision regarding who will start will be made there. Sentes concluded his interview by walking out of the wrestling room suddenly Thursday when asked about his thoughts regarding not being guaranteed a starting spot this weekend.

the lack of size and made 53.7 percent of its shots. The Braves also had six blocks. Davis said one positive from the game was CMU outrebounded the bigger Bradley team, 36-34. The Chippewas stay in Mount Pleasant to play Niagara at 2 p.m. Sunday at McGuirk Arena.

“I don’t want to do the interview, man,” he said. “That upset me.” He did say he was getting healthier every day. Sentes lost his first match in the intrasquad meet on Oct. 30, normally an indicator of who is going to start. But Borrelli decided to place him in the starting position, and he has won three-straight, ranked No. 2 by InterMat in his weight division.

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Five football players earn All-MAC honors By Ryan Zuke Staff Reporter

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Junior vault Meaghan McWhorter performs her floor routine on Feb. 19 during the team’s meet against George Washington at McGuirk Arena. McWhorter scored 9.650.

Gymnastics team to open season with intrasquad meet tonight at McGuirk By Emily Grove Staff Reporter

The Central Michigan gymnastics team will show their skills at McGuirk Arena tonight, along with a few other tricks kept up their sleeves. The team is hosting the “Tumble Craze” – an intrasquad exhibition event free and open to the public, beginning at 7 p.m. to introduce the 2013 gymnastics team and interact with fans. Head coach Jerry Reighard will be at the microphone of the hourlong event to educate fans on how NCAA gymnastics is scored, explaining and identifying technical skills performed by the three-time defending MAC champions. “It should be really educational for the community. Honestly, I think a drawback to sport is the downtime when the judges are calculating scores,” Reighard said. “This will be non-stop action with big flips, twisting, releasing on the bars; all the stuff people love to see and with no

“Having that audience to get in front of just gets the adrenaline going.” Emily LaFontaine, senior downtime.” The team will also be interacting with fans, inviting anyone who wants to come down on the floor after the meet to dance the Cupid Shuffle and Gangnam Style with them. Junior Meaghan McWhorter said she’s anxious to get back into McGuirk Arena and unveil to the fans what the team has been working on. “I seriously love being in McGuirk,” she said. “Even just going to other sporting events gets me excited to be heading back. You just have that energy, that excitement of the home crowd. It’s amazing to show we’ve been working hard.” Reighard said the exhibition benefits the team by putting them in the arena in a competitive setting. It’s important to remember what it feels like to have

eyes watching them, he said. “It helps us become more accustomed to being in a performance mode, rather than a practice one,” he said. The team will be debuting new routines and tricks, Reighard said. Individual MAC champions McWhorter, sophomore Taylor Noonan and junior Brittany Petzold have set the stage for the level the team is going to have to follow this year. Fans should be on the lookout for senior Emily LaFontaine’s spectacular bar routine, Reighard said. LaFontaine said she is eager to get back in the arena and in front of a crowd. “I’m so excited to get out there,” LaFontaine said. “Having that audience to get in front of just gets the adrenaline going.”

The football team won four of its last five games to finish 6-6 and become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2009. And the five players who received All-Mid American Conference honors Wednesday played a major part in the team’s success. Senior offensive tackle Eric Fisher was named First Team All-MAC, while senior safety Jahleel Addae, sophomore receiver Titus Davis, and junior running back Zurlon Tipton earned secondteam honors. Senior receiver Cody Wilson was recognized on the conference’s third team. Fisher started all 12 games at left tackle and helped the Central Michigan Eric Fisher offense give up the fourth-fewest sacks in the MAC (14). “It’s a great feeling,” Fisher said. “Last year, I got third team, and I wanted to prove to myself that I improved this year and anytime I can represent the school, it’s a huge honor for me.” According to SBNation, Fisher is the seventhranked NFL prospect among senior offensive tackles. “Right now, the future is looking pretty bright,” Fisher said. “We’re waiting to hear on the bowl game, but as soon as that’s figured out, it’s already back in the weight room right now, so I’ve just got to keep working.” After being named an All-MAC first-team selection in 2011, Addae helped Jahleel Addae bolster a young secondary this season. He led the team

“Right now, the future is looking pretty bright. We’re waiting to hear on the bowl game, but as soon as that’s figured out, it’s already back in the weight room right now, so I’ve just got to keep working.” Eric Fisher, senior offensive tackle with four interceptions and was also fourth in total tackles. Tipton finished the season rushing for more than 100 yards in sixstraight games. His Zurlon Tipton 19 rushing touchdowns are tied for second in CMU history and rank him fifth nationally among running backs. He also finished fourth in the MAC in rushing yards with 1,391. “I couldn’t have asked for a better (running) back to block for this year,” Fisher said. “I love the kid, and I hope the best for him. When you block the first two levels and then see him take out the third level on his own, it’s an exhilarating feeling.” Davis improved off his breakout freshman campaign, leading the team with 860 Titus Davis receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns. “I’m really proud of Titus,” Wilson said. “He works extremely hard. He’s got a really bright future, and I think everyone knows that.” His 20 yards per reception average leads the MAC and ranks No. 1 in the nation among receivers with more than 40 catches. He is also tied for sixth in CMU history with 16 receiving touchdowns. This is the fourth

time Wilson has been recognized with All-MAC honors in as many seasons. He earned second-team accolades in 2010 and third-team in 2011. He was also named to the thirdteam in 2010 as a punt returner. “I don’t really think about it too much, but it’s always nice to be honored a little bit at Cody Wilson the end of the season,” Wilson said. “And, honestly, being the competitor that I am, I’ve been third-team a few times and second-team once, and I was hoping to get first-team one of these years, but it’s still a great honor.” Wilson had more than double the receiving yards than the second-best receiver in 2010. He led the team in receptions (64) and was second on the team in receiving yards in 2012. The Chippewas postseason hopes hinge on the outcome of three games, Saturday. In order to be guaranteed a bowl game, they need No. 13 Florida State to beat Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship Game, Cincinnati to defeat Connecticut and South Florida to upset Pittsburgh. If one of those teams wins, CMU will have to wait until Sunday and put its resumé to the test against other bowl-eligible teams.

More parity in NCAA this season as potential BCS title berth on the line in MAC title By Matt Thompson Senior Reporter

Today’s Mid-American Conference Championship game has more than its regular conference title on the line for No. 17 Kent State. If the Golden Flashes beat No. 21 Northern Illinois, it would likely propel them into the Bowl Championship Series come January - a first for the MAC. NIU will attempt to defend its MAC title at 7 p.m. at Ford Field, broadcasted on ESPN. The BCS has a rule that if any team in a conference without an automatic bid to the BCS wins its conference championship and finishes in the top-16, and also ranks above a school with an automatic conference title bid, the non-BCS school will be in a BCS game. So, if Kent State wins the MAC, it will likely be ranked in the top16, which would be above Rutgers and Louisville, both in the Big East title game. A BCS berth would be icing on the cake to an already stellar season for the MAC. When Central Michigan kicker David Harman booted his career long field goal to beat the Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big Ten Conference, it was not the only MAC upset on Sept. 22. In Kalamazoo, Western Michigan used a late 53-yard fumble recovery returned for a touchdown to beat the Connecticut Huskies, of the Big East. Across Lake Michigan in Dekalb, Ill., Northern Illinois scored 17-unanswered points to finish the game and come back to beat the Big 12 Conference’s Kansas Jayhawks. In Muncie, Ind., Ball State knocked off South Florida of the Big East, a week after beating Indiana in the Big Ten. “It was a great weekend for our conference with four wins over BCS teams,” Ball State head coach Pete Lembo said in the weekly MAC teleconference. “We’re excited to be one of those. It is the first time Ball State has ever beaten a

BCS team at home, also the first time ever to beat them two weeks in a row.” Those four victories were more league wins of major conference teams than in each of the past three seasons. The Big East, Big Ten, Pac-10, ACC, SEC and Big 12 are the six major conferences that make up the BCS and are awarded with the majority of bowl invitations. The MAC’s success shows there is more parity in college football than the past or the MAC players and coaches have just gotten better. What does all this MAC success mean? It’s harder for CMU to win conference games. The previous four times CMU beat BCS schools, the Chippewas ultimately had success in conference play. In 2008 and 2009, after beating Big Ten teams, CMU went on to win the MAC one year and both years appeared in bowl games. In the early 1990’s, CMU picked up wins over Michigan State and wound up having success in conference play, including a oneloss 1991 season.

said. “Even games we didn’t win last week against (BCS schools), the teams are playing tough against those schools. There is a lot of good recruiting and coaching going on in the MAC.” The conference went 4-1 during bowl games last season. It tied Conference USA for best bowl-game winning percentage. This season, the MAC finished the regular season 9-21 against teams from BCS conferences. The MAC hasn’t won that many nonconference games against schools of that caliber since 2003. The biggest non-conference wins might have been in October when Toledo beat No. 21 Cincinnati on the road and Kent State knocked off at the time No. 15 and undefeated Rutgers. “Its great to see our conference having success and getting noticed,” CMU quarterback Ryan Radcliff said early in the year. “I think it shows how there is parity in college football.”

Historical numbers

A breakout year for the MAC was in 2003 when it went 10-19 against major conference opponents, including 2-0 in bowl games. For travel reasons, the MAC plays the majority of its non-conference games against Big Ten schools in the Midwest. In the past seven years, the conference has a 14-87 record against the Big Ten. Indiana has been the easiest team to beat, with MAC schools finishing 4-8 against the Hoosiers. The most success has come from playing Big 12 opponents though. The MAC has won five of its 26 meeting the past seven years against them, led by Toledo’s victories over Iowa State, Colorado (then a Big 12 member) and Kansas.

Rough league play

Days after Harman knocked in the kick for one of CMU’s biggest wins

in program history, Enos talked about how difficult the next two games in the MAC would be. CMU ended up losing 55-24 and 50-35 against NIU and Toledo the next two weeks. Even the once-ranked Ohio head coach knows how fortunate it is to win in this league. After going 4-0 in its non-conference

schedule, including beating Penn State, Ohio lost four of its final five games in the MAC. “We’re just trying to survive in our conference,” Bobcats head coach Frank Solich said. “Every week we understand what the challenge will be.”

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Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos knows about the advantages that BCS teams have over lower conferences. He played quarterback at Michigan State and coached there for several years. “When you understand the resources they have, the money they have, facilities and recruiting aspects, it’s a big deal,” he said after beating Iowa. “This is only the fifth time in CMU history we’ve beaten a Big Ten team. I take a lot of pride in it.” Enos said there is more parity in recruiting and more conference schools will likely beat BCS schools. Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren said coaching is to thank for the MAC success. “(The MAC) won another bowl cup last year – had best record in bowls,” he

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Warrant issued for 21-year-old Mount Pleasant High School football player By Alayna Smith Senior Reporter

An arrest warrant has been issued for 21-year-old Lansing native James Nash, the Mount Pleasant High School transfer discovered to be too old to play high school football. Nash, who used the alias ‘Javier Jones,’ forged legal documents in order to pass as an 18-year-old to be eligible to compete in high school sports. Nash is wanted for a one-year misdemeanor for violation of a vital record and could face a $1,000 fine if convicted. Teachers at Mount Pleasant High School are still shaking their heads that this has happened, MPHS Athletic Director Jim Conway said. “I just think that if any-

thing, maybe we should try to get to know the individual a little better. Meet with parents or guardians to air any concerns we have upfront,” Conway said. “Even though we have close to 500 athletes, it’s a family atmosphere in Mount Pleasant. We take pride in knowing one another and working with each other.” The forgery was discovered when Conway received an anonymous phone tip from a parent, Central Michigan Life previously reported. Nash admitted to paying $10 to someone to have his birth year changed from 1991 to 1994 on his birth certificate in order to make him an eligible age to participate in high school sports. Conway said he did not

see any major changes taking place in the future of MPHS athletics as a result of the incident. “I don’t think there will be any procedural changes,” he said. “If anything, we may slow down the process with any new or transfer students.” The MPHS Oilers were forced to forfeit their final five regular season games because Nash competed in all of them, leaving them with a 2-7 record rather than 4-5. Despite the incident, Conway said he is hopeful for the future of MPHS sports and said this is a way to promote better understandings of students and their backgrounds in the future.

CMU A capella group Fish N’ Chips to host winter concert with MSU’s Capital Green By Sean Bradley Senior Reporter

Central Michigan University’s all-male A capella Fish N’ Chips will perform its winter concert Saturday at Plachta Auditorium. Michigan State University’s co-ed A capella group Capital Green will open the event, which begins at 7 p.m. with a ticket price of $6 at the door or $5 from a Fish N’ Chips member. The event, which has been going on for nearly a decade, will feature a mix of popular and contemporary songs, Christmas songs and a few older songs. “We’re doing ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ by Foster the People,” Fish N’ Chips president Josh Lee said. “We’re going to be featuring a mashup of songs.” The Troy senior said the songs will be ones people will recognize and will get people to sing along to. “People always sing along and it’s awesome when they do,” he said. “That’s what is great about being a performer: when people appreciate what you do enough to sing a long with you.” Capital Green has performed with the CMU

group in the past and the groups have developed a friendship, even partnering on a song or two at past winter concerts. “It was cool to perform for a sold out crowd, which we don’t normally get at MSU,” said Capital Green singer and Michigan State University student Maddie Hopkins. “It was cool to open for them.” She said she and the 15 other members of the group like performing in a different college town for a different audience. “CMU is a much smaller school than MSU, so it’s a lot easier to get the word out,” she said. “They’re an all-guy group. It draws a lot of women.” The 14 member all-male group has to adapt their music to the female voices heard in Capital Green, Wixom senior and Fish N’ Chips Vice President Ryan Anderson said. “They have different arrangements than ours because they have girls,” Anderson said. “It’s a different dynamic having a coed group instead of solely an all-male group.” He said the concert being held at Plachta Auditorium

will be special. “It’s a really great venue,” he said. “It allows a larger crowd, because it’s more accessible to more people on campus.” The concert has attracted nearly 1,000 people in the past and the respective groups hope for the same turnout. “It’s kind of like our capstone,” Lee said. Lee is the highest tenor voice in Fish N’ Chips, called the Tenor One. “We rehearse three times a week for the entire semester,” he said. “We keep memorizing new music and learning choreography.” Hopkins, an Alto voice in the East Lansing-based A capella group, said the group wants to get students and community members out to see them who might have missed the opportunity last time. “I think we get more excited to perform it for people who might have never heard us,” she said. “What we get the most out of it is showcasing our sound to people who don’t always hear us.”

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It’s beginning to look like the entire first semester will pass without Wayne State University’s faculty and administration agreeing to a new union contract. Talks between the faculty union and the administration are still before a state mediator, WSU spokesman Matt Lockwood said Wednesday. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday. The contract between the sides ran out at the end of July, and they have been

the ability to get rid of poorly performing faculty members. Economic items also separated the two sides. In October, the union told members that it had proposed a one-year contract with a 3% raise for everyone in the union and an additional 2% for some in the union. The administration countered with an offer for a four-year contract with a 1% raise in the first year, and 2% raises for each of the next three years. The sides have been silent in November about any details of the talks.

working under a series of extensions. The latest is set to expire Dec. 9. The sides got off to a bad start when the faculty said it felt a proposal by administrators would all but abolish tenure. The sides agreed to a pause while a special committee hammered out those issues. Union officials have said at public meetings that the administration dropped that specific proposal but included other language that union members said they believe accomplishes the same thing. Administrators said they were just looking for financial flexibility and

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Fostoria junior Marisa Chapin, left, stirs chili while Portage junior Megan Manske laughs during her struggle to put on a plastic serving glove Tuesday evening at the Wesley Center, 1400 S. Washington St. The event was put on by Alpha Sigma Alpha and Sigma Tau Gamma to raise funds for the Special Olympics.

Greek groups serve chili, raise money for Special Olympics Wednesday By Sean Bradley Senior Reporter

Groups of students came to the Wesley Center for a bowl of chili and to support a good cause Wednesday afternoon. Fraternity Sigma Tau Gamma and sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha held a chili lunch at the on-campus center, raising money for the Special Olympics, of which the Michigan branch is based in Mount Pleasant. At the time of publication, the total amount of money raised was undetermined but each member of the respective greek organizations were required to sell at least five tickets. Alpha Sigma Alpha member and event organizer Kathleen Salata said this is the second year the chili dinner was put on and the first year Alpha Sigma Alpha teamed with another greek group in Sigma Tau Gamma. She said the event was a lot of effort to put on, but worth the work. “Something I helped plan is going to help so many people,” she said. Vice President of Programs

“I’m not a chili fan, but I’m donating to an organization and philanthropy.” Jordan Borchert, Munising senior for Sigma Tau Gamma Nick Sonnenberg said the event brought together different groups of students, both greek and non-greek, for a good cause. “We have everybody working together for one cause,” the Harrison senior said. “It shows we give back to the community.” He said raising awareness about the Special Olympics is just as important to such an event. “You can give them all the money in the world but what’s it mean if you don’t care about it?” he said. Serving a variety of chili, with meat or without, some students who don’t care for chili came out to support the cause regardless. “I’m not a chili fan, but I’m donating to an organization and philanthropy,” Munising senior and Sigma Alpha Epsilon member Jordan Borchert said. “A good person would

donate their time and energy and money to something they support.” Ohio senior Allie Hendricks has a more personal connection to the Special Olympics. “It’s really close to my heart because my cousin is in the Special Olympics,” Hendricks said. “My family donates money to the Special Olympics.” Lincoln Park sophomore Amy Grant attends different Greek events and supports many of the different groups, having attended the Spooky Spuds event put on by Sigma Alpha Iota in October. She said events like this help the community, not just a particular group or individual. “We support each other,” Grant said. “You just don’t care about your Greek group, but helping others out, too.”

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Andrew Cabaj elected new SGA treasurer, m o v i e r e v i e w ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn— Part 2’ says he hopes to improve transparency marks the end of a saga phenomenon “I’m not doing this for a resume builder. I’m By Ryan Fitzmaurice Staff Reporter

The Student Government Association elected Clarkston senior Andrew Cabaj as treasurer, beating out three other candidates in Monday’s general board election. Cabaj, the former treasurer of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, won the election with 55 total votes and said he entered the race not because it gave him an opportunity to benefit the student body. “I’m not doing this for a resume builder,” Cabaj said. “I’m doing this because I want to give back.” Cabaj separated himself from the three other candidates by proposing changes to how SGA presents its finances to the public, stressing his goal was to bring increased transparency and accountability to the SGA. He wants to reformat

doing this because I want to give back.”

By Amy Vos Staff Reporter

Andrew Cabaj, Clarkston senior

“Twilight” hit Hollywood like a storm seemingly overnight and became a phenomenon all over the world. The series soon became as famous as the Harry Potter books and movies. The saga got much publicity before the first movie even came out into theaters. After the first movie, a lot of people felt as if the cast was not picked out well enough. The first movie left out a lot of what happened in the book and it did not help that it seemed as if Kristen Stewart could not act. Regardless of the negative effects that came from the first movie, the movies continued to do well in the box office as curiosity got the best of people. As the series progressed, the movies seemed to improve. It is said that “The Twilight

SGA finances into an accessible excel format, forming bi-weekly budget reports which will be published on SGA’s OrgSync so the public can gain a full understanding of how much the SGA spends and how much it makes. The reports will start to be published at the beginning of the spring semester. Cabaj said the public has no method of easy access to SGA’s finances. Cabaj said as it stands now, he would rank SGA’s transparency at a two out of five. He said he alone does not share this concern, increased transparency has been a concern for all of SGA. “I was approached by a couple of members before

I ran,” Cabaj said. “These reports will improve our transparency to the public.” SGA Vice President Killian Richeson, a Hesperia senior, said in a statement that he was excited to see what Cabaj was going to accomplish. “I have seen him in action as treasurer of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. With SAE, he turned around the account receivables and provided solid structure for the future of SAE’s finances,” Richeson said. “I am excited to see him apply what he knows and his skills to the position and help to make the treasurer post into one of more relevance.”

Saga: Breaking Dawn— Part 2” is the best Twilight movie ever. The truth to that is clear when you watch this movie. It is the best “Twilight” ever made and part of that can be traced back to producer Stephanie Meyer. Most books-turned-movies are signed off to the producers and the author has little or nothing to do with the movie after that. Authors should have a chance to be a part of making the vision in their heads that they intended for the books to come alive in the theaters. The movie took off right away, not wasting anytime in the beginning with fluff. It got to the point and took off strong and never nose-dived. It shined with plenty of the romance that first hooked “Twilight” to the millions of fans all the while keeping up with the action that has been evident in each of the past installments. It started with Bella’s first feeding, eventu-

ally building to a climactic fight scene at the end. Besides the alternative ending, which had everyone in the theater speechless, the movie followed the way of the book pretty well. Contrary to her other performance, Stewart is a marvel in this final “Twilight” movie. She plays her character very well, coming off as a strong independent women rather than the innocent and slightly unbalanced Bella. She is a force to be reckoned with in this last film. Although the movie industry is contemplating the possibility of making yet another “Twilight” movie, “Breaking Dawn” provided an ending to the saga, going as far to list all of the actors and actresses that have starred in the series. Rating: Three out of five stars.

Larger 2 percent allocation from Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe sign of improving economy? By John Irwin Elections Coordinator

Local officials hope the economy is turning around as the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe distributed nearly $2.3 million to Isabella County and local communities Thursday for its most recent 2 percent allocation. Tribe Public Relations Director Frank Cloutier said the figure is more than $929,000 stronger than what the tribe paid out at this point last year. “I think that’s a very clear sign something very good is going on in mid-Michigan,” Cloutier said. In total, the tribe allocated $1,487,735.14 in revenue to local government and $801,088.15 to local school districts. Cloutier said the tribe’s allocation model promotes equality in the region and allows it to grow economically. “Ours is a model that works because it reaches everyone ... and that means everyone wins,” Cloutier said. He said the ultimate goal

with allocations is to leave midMichigan in a better spot in the future through investments in education and local projects. “We’re looking diligently to become that destination place,” Cloutier said. “Instead of the gateway to the north, we want to be the stop.” The largest recipients were Isabella County, the City of Mount Pleasant and Mount Pleasant Public Schools. Isabella County’s funds, totaling just over $708,000, will go toward programs and services run by the Commission on Aging and its Environmental Education Program, among other projects. The majority of Mount Pleasant’s $483,260 will go toward funding the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team and the city’s Partners Empowering All Kids after-school program. Vice Mayor Kathleen Ling said the allocations are crucial to moving the community out of tough economic times. “Maybe we’re finally turning a corner,” Ling said. “The tribe

“Maybe we’re finally turning a corner. The tribe has played a big role. Marching shoulder to shoulder has taken us through a difficult time.”

has played a big role. Marching shoulder to shoulder has taken us through a difficult time.” Mount Pleasant Public Schools Superintendent Michael Pung, whose school district received over $534,000 from the tribe to fund everything from field trips to new resources for schools, said the district’s schools would be behind with technology if not for the funds.

“I can assure you (the allocation) will be used for educating our children and working on diversity,” Pung said. Cloutier called education central to the future of the area and its long-term economic health. “We need to support education if we want our future to be brighter than our reality today,” Cloutier said. Union Township Manager

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