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Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

Presidential electoral votes

303 49%


203 49% Romney

As of 1:00 a.m.

Senate Percentages


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President Barack Obama speaks at Mcarthur High School Sunday, November 4, 2012, in Hollywood, Florida.


President re-elected with 303 electoral votes

Hoekstra As of 1 a.m., with 62% of precincts reporting

Proposal 1


A referendum on Gov. Snyder’s emergency financial manager law.

Proposal 2


The proposal would guarantee collective bargaining in the state constitution.

Proposal 3


Renewable energy would comprise 25 percent of Michigan’s energy by 2025.

Proposal 4


The proposal would give home care workers collective bargaining rights and establish a home care registry.

Proposal 5


Proposal 6


By John Irwin | elections Coordinator President Barack Obama has won four more years in the White House, winning most swing states following a heated 2012 campaign. As of press time, Obama is set to receive at least 303 electoral votes with 48 votes in play, compared to 200 projected for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to the Associated Press. To win, a candidate must collect 270 votes. Obama, who was elected in 2008 as the first black president of the United States, became the first president since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940 to win re-election with an unemployment rate over 7.1 percent. Currently, the national unemployment rate sits at 7.9 percent. According to CNN exit polls, 60

percent of voters nationwide considered the economy their number one issue this election season. Obama thanked supporters via Twitter. “We’re all in this together,” Obama said. “That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you.” The key to Obama’s win was perhaps a similar electorate to the 2008 electorate that delivered him his first term. According to Politico, combined turnout from African-Americans and Latinos jumped from 2008, up to 26 percent of the electorate from 24 percent four years ago. Likewise, 18-29 year olds, a key liberalleaning demographic, comprised 19 percent of the electorate, up from

18 percent in 2008. This election found yet another deep gender gap among the national electorate. According to exit polls conducted by Politico, Obama won the women vote by 12 points, but lost by 7 points among men. For weeks, pundits have touted an Obama “swing state firewall,” as polls in coveted swing states such as Ohio and Iowa have found the president ahead by small but consistent margins for most of the year. Yesterday, that was the reality as the president swept through most swing states, winning by small margins in most swing states, withstanding late pushes from the Romney campaign in states like Pennsylvania and Ohio.


Students celebrate re-election, political groups watch returns together By Melissa Beauchamp | Senior Reporter Students at the 1892 Productions viewing party in the Bovee University Center watched intently as the map of the states turned red and blue as majority votes were determined for the 2012 presidential election. Vice President of College Democrats Taylor Gehrke said as soon as President Obama’s re-election was announced, he was filled with a sense of relief and dedication was paid off for the Democrat Party. He said he’s satisfied Michigan’s large voter turnout contributed to the outcome. “(President Obama’s) reelection is going to allow many more things to flourish in all spectrums,” the Comstock Park sophomore said.

Chairperson of the College Republicans Megan Gill said the neck-and-neck election was creeping up in President Obama’s favor, and she wasn’t too surprised when the outcome was announced. Gill said it came down to swing states of Ohio and Florida. The Traverse City senior said she expected it to be down to the very last vote, and she wishes it came out stronger for the Republicans. “We have to look at the popular vote,” she said. “It really highlights the support on both sides.” Gehkre said he didn’t know how to comment on the results of popular vote leaning toward Romney, and further reporting will tell

Michigan voters would have to approve construction of a new international bridge if constructed.

By Annie Harrison Senior Reporter

Five of the six Michigan ballot proposals were defeated Tuesday, while Proposal 1 remained too close to call. Proposals 2 through 6 were projected as heading for defeat soon after election results started coming in, but only Proposal 1 was closely contested. Proposal 1, which would authorize the governor to appoint an emergency manager during a financial emergency, held a 54 to 46 percent lead with 30 percent of precincts reporting. The emergency manager

would be required to develop financial and operating plans. Proposal 2 was being defeated 61 to 39 percent, with 30 percent of precincts reporting. Proposal 2 would grant public and private employees the constitutional right to organize and bargain collectively through labor unions. The proposal would invalidate existing or future state or local laws that limit the ability to join unions and bargain collectively and to negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements. Kelly Chesney, vice president of marketing and communications for Business Leaders for Michigan,

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whether that is true. “It will be interesting,” he said. Gill said moving forward, the country needs to put divisions aside and get things done — united. Midland senior Kevin Keith raised up his hands when President Obama was announced to serve his second term. “I’m impressed with the quick process,” he said. “In previous elections, there were problems.” Co-chair of 1892 Productions Mat Perry said he feels he was one of the few cheering for Mitt Romney. “It was a close call,” he said. “It could have gone either way.” A CELEBRATE | 2

a member of Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution, is pleased to see that voters understand the importance of the ballot proposals. The group opposed Proposals 2, 3 and 4. “Clearly, the voters have spoken,” she said. “They don’t believe those things belong in our constitution.” Chesney said if Proposal 2 were to have passed, Michigan would have been the only state to include that sort of language on collective bargaining in its constitution. Proposal 3 was being defeated 64 to 36 percent, with 30 percent of precincts reporting.


Stabenow re-elected to U.S. Senate By Ryan Fitzmaurice Staff Reporter

Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is projected to win re-lection, defeating her Republican challenger Pete Hoekstra. Incumbent Stabenow, who will serve a third six-year term in the Senate, was leading Hoekstra 56 percent to 40 percent with 27 percent of precincts reporting at 11 p.m Tuesday. Stabenow was expected to win by several political experts. Although her approval rating has consistently been hovering around 40 percent over the last four years, she had an almost 20-point lead over Hoekstra heading into Tuesday, according to several polls. Stabenow expressed gratitude to Michigan voters and her staff in a statement released Tuesday night. “It’s all about Michigan families. I was born and raised here, my family all lives here, and Michigan will always be my home,” Stabenow said in the statement. “We live in an incredible state, and there is no greater privilege than to represent Michigan in the U.S. Senate.” Stabenow has been a vocal supporter of the auto bailout and has also favored easier access to health care for the middle class, while establishing a heavy focus for environmentally friendly innovation, with a heavier focus on green energy and the preservation of the Great Lakes. A STABENOW | 2

Five of six ballot proposals go down to defeat

The proposal would require a twothirds majority in both houses of the legislature to raise taxes.

Women’s soccer to play Michigan in first round of NCAA tournament » PAGE 6



Cotter re-elected in the 99th district » PAGE 3


No details yet in stabbing during party on Washington By Shelby Miller Senior Reporter

A party Saturday night on Washington Street resulted in one person stabbed and the suspect without his fingers. Mount Pleasant police Public Information Officer Jeff Thompson said officers were called to a party at 1023 S. Washington St., where the host of a party was stabbed while trying to clear people out of his home. The victim, whose name and age has not been released, was stabbed in the back with a knife and the suspect cut off several of his own fingers when the knife, slipped through his hand, police said. “As of right now, the incident is still being investigated, and the details are not completely available for release,” Thompson said. “It is my understanding that the assault was a result of the suspect being told to leave the party.” The victim and the suspect were taken to McLaren-Central Michigan, 1221 South Dr., police said. As of Tuesday afternoon, Thompson said the suspect had been identified but not yet arrested. “Due to the nature of the victim’s injuries, I would imagine he has been released,” Thompson said. “I would also imagine that the suspect was released but will probably have many more visits.” Additionally, the same night, 16 of the 29 arrests made by the MPPD resulted from one nuisance party. Police were called to the same Yorkshire Commons apartment, 7 Kensington Circle, three times Saturday night into early Sunday morning. Thompson said when police responded the third time, a large fight broke out and occupants of the home refused to open the door for police, resulting in police obtaining a search warrant. Of the 16 arrested and lodged at Isabella County Jail, Thompson said three were lodged for hosting the party and 13 for attending the party. “Except for the number of people going to jail, we had a pretty good weekend,” Thompson said. A STABBING | 2

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events calendar


TODAY w Michael Uslan, executive

producer of the “Batman” series, will speak at Plachta Auditorium in Warriner Hall at 7 p.m. w The CMU University Theatre

and School of Music present “The Scarlet Pimpernel” at 7:30 p.m. at Bush Theatre. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for students and seniors and are available online and at the CMU Events Center.

TOMORROW w Dance United, a “Dancing

with the Stars”-style dance competition featuring six teams of students, staff and community, will take place at McGuirk Arena from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Audience members have the chance to win prizes at a raffle benefiting the Isabella County United Way. w Soup and Substance, as

a part of Native American Heritage Month, will happen at the Bovee UC terrace from noon to 1 p.m. w The CMU School of Music

presents faculty artist Bruce Bonnell, horn, at 8 p.m. in the Staples Family Concert Hall in the Music Building. Tickets are $3 for students and seniors and $5 for the public and can be purchased at the CMU Events Center or at the door. w Poet Meg Kearney, the

former associate director of the National Book Foundation, will speak in the Park Library Baber Room at 8 p.m.

Proposal 3 would amend the state constitution to establish a standard for renewable energy. Electric utilities would be required to provide at least 25 percent of their annual retail sales of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025. A limit would be established to not more than one percent per year electric utility rate increases charged to consumers to achieve compliance with the standard. Annual extensions of the deadline to meet the standard in order to prevent rate increases over the limit would be allowed. Proposal 4 was being defeated 60 to 40 percent, with 30 percent of precincts reporting. Proposal 4 would allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Car Council and continue the exclusive representative of in-home care workers until modified in accordance with labor laws. MQHCC would be

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Stabenow gained increased bi-partisan support in Michigan for her farm bill, aimed to increase federal subsidies of crop insurance to help Michigan farmers during tough seasons. “I really believe from the bottom of my heart that if we use all our talents, if we create a level field for trades, if we continue to out-educate and out-train ... we will move forward in Michigan,” Stabenow said in her victory speech Tuesday night. “If we work together instead of going to our corners ... I honestly believe that Michigan and America will come roaring back, and Michigan will be in the driver’s seat.” Hoekstra has pursued an aggressive campaign, painting himself as a fiscally conservative candidate who would cut spending both in-state and federally. Hoekstra also promised


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Local police agencies were moderately busy throughout the weekend, when 37 people were arrested; six by the Central Michigan University Police, two by the Isabella County Sheriff ’s Department, and 29 by MPPD, police said. Between MPPD, the Isabella County Sheriff ’s Department ,and CMU police, 45 minor in possession citations were handed out, down from 105 alcohol-related citations police


The president also won Michigan again, despite an unemployment rate well above the national average. A Detroit Free Press exit poll projected Obama to win 53 percent of the statewide vote, compared to 46 percent for Romney. In 2008, Obama won Michigan with over 57 percent of the vote. It appears part of Obama’s success in Michigan, as wrote during the 2010 rivalry weekend. MP police issued 21 MIPs, while CMU police handed out 16, and the Isabella County Sheriff ’s Department gave out eight, Central Michigan Life previously reported. Aside from the nuisance parties, Lt. Cameron Wassman told CM Life police noticed activities Friday and Saturday night were tamer than in the past. Thompson said although rowdier than a typical football game, in comparison to the Michigan State University game, the number of citations handed out was significantly less.

required to provide training, create a registry for workers who pass background checks and provide financial services to patients to manage costs of in-home care. Patients’ rights to hire in-home care workers who are not referred from the MQHCC registry who are bargaining unit members would be preserved. Proposal was being defeated 69 to 31 percent, with 30 percent of precincts reporting. Proposal 5 would require a two-thirds majority vote of the state house and senate, or a statewide vote of the people at a November election, in order for Michigan to impose new or additional taxes or expand the tax base or increase the tax rate. Proposal 6 was being defeated 62 to 38 percent with 30 percent of precincts reporting. Proposal 6 would require the approval of a majority of voters at a statewide election and in each municipality where new international bridges or tunnels for motorized vehicles are to be located before Michigan may expend state funds or resources for it.

to focus on pro-life policies and Second Amendment rights. The race, which has been defined by negative campaigning and tension, was set as early as Hoekstra released a controversial Super Bowl ad against Stabenow, which many found to be racially intolerant. Hoekstra continued to release aggressive campaigns with a string of online advertisements calling Stabenow “the worst senator.” The conflict between the two parties became evident earlier this month when both parties announced that senatorial debates would not occur because of a disagreement between both candidates. Hoekstra wanted six different debates, while Stabenow only wanted to participate in two, the traditional number. Reaching no agreement, the debates were called off by both campaigns. Michigan leaned Democratically throughout the night, with President Barack Obama also projected to win the state.

well as Ohio, was due to the $82-billion federal bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler in 2009. Obama made the rebounds of the American auto industry, as well as Romney’s opposition to the bailouts, central to his campaign in both states. While the bailouts are divisive and controversial in most states, they have enjoyed popularity in state polls, including exit polls following the election. Obama heads into his second term facing a stillsluggish economy, high “From my observation, Saturday night was pretty quiet until about 11 or 11:30 p.m.,” he said. “It only lasted about an hour or hour and a half, nothing really got too big. By 2 a.m., it was a ghost town.” Although more calm, Thompson said without additional law enforcement agencies helping patrol and the cooperation of the student body, the weekend would have been hard to handle. - Metro Editor Hailee Sattavara contributed to this article.

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Although he didn’t feel as informed this presidential cycle with vagueness on major issues from each party, Perry said he has been a Romney fan for years. After doing his research, Perry said he “read between the lines” and made the best educated decision. “I disagree with the healthcare bill Obama is passing, so I (leaned) toward Romney,” he said. As for the economic recov-

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ery, Perry said Romney is the better candidate to get the U.S. back on track with helping small businesses. Wisconsin freshman Leah Townsend said the viewing party represented U.S. democracy. Voting for the first time, she said she feels a part of history. Townsend aligns with President Obama’s views on important topics, especially on minority issues. “I believe he will bring the troops back from Afghanistan,” she said. To campaign for President Obama, she said she followed him on Twitter and would

retweet his major stances on issues. Another student at the viewing party, Dan Milligan, said he didn’t hesitate to vote for Mitt Romney because President Obama “had his chance and failed.” In order to turn the country back around financially, the Riverview junior said the country needs a Republican. “I’ll be pretty confident if Romney is our new President,” he said projections were made for President Obama’s re-election.

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deficits and a deeply divided Congress susceptible to gridlock. The House of Representatives was projected to remain under Republican control, and the Senate was projected to remain under Democratic control, both with margins similar to the current Congress. His win, however, likely secures the implementation of several key pieces of legislation Obama signed in his first term, including reforms in health care and the financial sector that Romney had

promised to repeal if elected. Earlier in the day, Romney said he was confident he would be elected. “I not only think we’re going to win intellectually, I feel it as well,” Romney said. Obama and Romney were engaged in a heated battle for the presidency for months following the Republican primaries. The Obama campaign sought to define Romney as an out-of-touch plutocrat who favors the rich over middle-class Americans. In a virtually unprecedented

move, the Obama campaign spent millions of dollars in swing states in the summer blasting Romney for his time as CEO of Bain Capital. Early polls found Obama ahead of Romney in most swing states all year, and the former Massachusetts governor was never able to truly recover. Save for a brief surge in the polls following a strong debate performance early last month, Romney found himself struggling to find a path to 270 electoral votes.


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Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012


Charges pending against suspect in I-96 corridor shootings

Finalists for CMU VP of communications announced

City charter amendments results unknown Tuesday night

Dave Camp takes U.S. House race By Alayna Smith Senior Reporter

“If you’re nervous on Election Day, that means you didn’t do your homework.”

Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., defeated challenger Debra Wirth in the race for the U.S. House race in Michigan’s 4th District. With 50 percent of the votes tallied as of midnight on Tuesday, the race was called for Camp with 65.6 percent of the vote to 31.2 percent for Wirth. Camp has represented Michigan’s 4th District since 1992 and the 10th District the year before that. He currently serves as the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Camp told CM Life previously that his No. 1 priority following re-election is to focus on jobs in Michigan. “I am focused on fostering economic growth and job creation by advancing legislation in four areas: reducing out-ofcontrol federal spending; prevent- David Camp ing tax hikes while pursuing comprehensive tax reform; enhancing America’s global competitiveness by increasing trade and better enforcing U.S. trade laws and reducing unnecessary and burdensome federal regulations,” he said. Moving into another term in the U.S. House, Camp said he is committed to a pro-growth agenda. “I am committed to working on reducing out-of-control federal spending, preventing tax hikes while pursuing comprehensive tax reform, enhancing America’s global competitiveness by increasing trade and better enforcing U.S. trade laws, and reducing unnecessary and burdensome federal regulations,” Camp said. During the past Congress, Camp said he worked on three particular pieces of legislation that were negotiated, passed and signed into law on bipartisan basis under his leadership. These laws were the Korea, Columbia and Panama Free Trade Agreements, which opened new markets to farmers in Michigan; the Stop the Invasive Species Act, which speeds up the Army Corps of Engineers timeline to propose a solution to protect the Great Lakes from Asian Carp; and the Payroll Tax Conference Committee, which protected middle-class Americans from tax increases and reformed unemployment and welfare programs. Camp caught press recently when he sent a letter to Department of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Oct. 23. The letter was a call for compliance with the Delphi document request and indicated he was willing to subpoena if the Obama administration did not follow through by providing the documents. The documents are associated with the termination of pensions for 20,000 Delphi employees. “I understand the answer may be difficult to explain in states like Michigan and Ohio, but politics cannot dictate the timing of when the American people learn the truth,” he said in a news release. “If the administration fails to act in a timely manner, they may well find themselves on the receiving end of a subpoena that compels their cooperation.”

Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant

By Emily Grove Staff Reporter

The outcomes of three charter amendments for Mount Pleasant remain undecided at 11 p.m. Tuesday as votes were late in being tallied, but the city commission race was determined months ago. Mount Pleasant City Commission had three slots to fill this election, with exactly three residents running to fill the positions. Newcomer Matt Sous joined two incumbents, Rick Rautanen and Jon Joslin, as candidates for the open seats. With the election officially over, Sous can now claim his spot on the commission. “I’m honored to be selected by the Mount Pleasant residents to serve them,” Sous said. “I look forward to working and representing them on city matters.” Sous, a 2009 Central Michigan University graduate, has lived in Mount Pleasant since 2005 when he arrived to begin his education at CMU. Sous has degrees in history and political science, and now works for the American Federation of Teachers, which has two unions at CMU — the graduate student union and the union of teaching faculty. Sous is concerned with issues including attracting new businesses, recycling, having a bikeable and walkable community and continued work on developing the Mount Pleasant Center. Joslin and Rautanen are long-time residents with previous experience on the commission. Rautanen has only served a partial term, being on the commission for less than a year after taking over when Erik Robinette resigned in January. Joslin, on the other hand, has been involved in city government for 15 years. The first amendment to the Mount Pleasant charter that voters were asked to consider was if the city’s charter should be amended to give commissioners leeway in determining the first organizational meeting of the year. The charter is very specific that the first meeting must be called on the first Monday of January at 8 p.m. City Manager Kathie Grinzinger and Mayor Bruce Kilmer said this often conflicts with commissioners’ schedules, so this amendment would allow the meeting to be called at any point in January. This would create flexibility for the commission and allow more of the public to attend, Grinzinger said. The second proposed amendment to the city charter states the city clerk will post a notice of each special meeting of the commission at least 18 hours before the meeting. Right now, the charter requires notice be posted 12 hours before the time of a special meeting, but switching it to 18 hours will put the city in compliance with Michigan law. Grinzinger said the city will always comply with state law regardless of the outcome of the vote, but amending the charter would help avoid confusion. The final amendment for the charter would allow appointed members of any city agency, board or committee to serve without term limits. The charter currently requires that no volunteer can serve more than two consecutive terms on the same board. Grinzinger said the amendment would allow volunteers doing a good job to keep their positions but still allow a person to be terminated if necessary.


TOP: Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, speaks with a supporter at the Isabella County GOP Victory Party Tuesday night at Hunter’s Ale House, 4855 E. Blue Grass Road. LEFT: Democratic State Representative candidate and Coleman native Adam Lawrence talks with supporters Tuesday evening at the Brass Cafe and Saloon, 128 S. Main St. RIGHT: Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, looks at the live updates of his race against Adam Lawrence during the Isabella County GOP Victory Party.

Cotter re-elected in 99th district By Adam Niemi and Ryan Fitzmaurice | Senior Reporter

Incumbent Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, is likely to be re-elected to the Michigan House of Representatives for his second term in the 99th District. Cotter is projected to defeat his Democratic opponent Adam Lawrence, leading Lawrence 12,239 votes to 9,520 with 29 precincts reporting as of 12:45 a.m. Wednesday. Cotter’s campaign strategist, Matt Golden, said he was awaiting final numbers from the seven Mount Pleasant precincts before giving Cotter the thumbs-up to declare victory. Golden calculated vote totals until he could determine that the remaining unknown votes were negligible in determining a winner. Cotter declared victory at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. “I feel really good,” Cotter said at 11:10 p.m. when he was ahead 5,663 to 3,747. “There are still a lot of numbers to come in, but I haven’t lost a precinct yet, so I feel good.” A call to Adam Lawrence was not returned. Cotter said he was not nervous throughout the day. “If you’re nervous on Election Day, that means you didn’t do your homework,” Cotter said during breakfast at Stan’s, 220 E.

Broadway St., Tuesday. “It’s like trying to finish a book report the day it’s due.” Cotter, along with family, friends and supporters watched live updates of local and national election coverage at the Isabella County GOP Victory Party at Hunter’s Ale House, 4855 E. Bluegrass Road. The updates were projected on a 200-inch projector screen keeping patrons updated about how Isabella County voted in the 2012 election. Cotter, who was elected in 2010, has promised to continue to focus on education, promising to increase the amount of surplus funds going towards

education. Cotter also said he would push to continue reviewing the health care system in Michigan, particularly in developing the health care exchange for the state, in lieu of the federal government setting up the exchange for the state. The health care exchange will determine what will be covered and what would not. Lawrence opposed Cotter on his stances in both education and health care. Lawrence said the best way the state legislature can invest in the citizens of Michigan is through education, arguing Cotter was not focusing enough resources on the issue. Lawrence also expressed concern with Cotter’s stance on health care on the grounds that not enough people in Michigan were covered. Cotter and Lawrence disagreed the burden of the slumping Michigan economy was being shared equally. “I certainly don’t believe that this burden is being shared,” Lawrence said in a Oct. 18 debate with Cotter at the Mount Pleasant City Building, 320 W. Broadway St. Both candidates agreed the tax burden on small businesses needed to be decreased.

Mount Pleasant officials say city voter turnout down from previous elections By Alayna Smith Senior Reporter

Mount Pleasant polling places sustained fairly consistent numbers throughout Election Day, though it seems that numbers might be down from the previous presidential election. Elections Inspector Joanne Smith said the morning had been very busy, but things lulled in the afternoon. “It’s a good number; it’s steady,” she said. “But, at this point, I would say it’s not as high as previous (presidential elections).” City Clerk Jeremy Howard said despite the lull, turnout still remained consistent. “We’ve never not had a line,” he said. Jim Wilmot, election official at Ganiar Elementary School for Precinct 1, said although turnout seemed con-

sistently high, it was actually probably about the same as previous years. “It’s been better than any of our midterm elections and probably at this point better than our last presidential,” he said. “But I expect numbers to probably even out by the end of the day.” Mary Jo Doyle, election official at city hall, said everyone came very ready to exercise their right. “They’ve been pretty determined and really committed to come,” she said. “Even if they have to wait or just come back later.” Sally Pomerantz, another city hall election official, said it was commendable to see everyone coming to the polls. One woman who came to vote did not have an address but was still determined to make sure her voice was heard. Howard said there has been no

issues with any of the ballot machines or anything directly related to the voting. The only minor issue had been with one of the machines used to take names of those who came in to vote. “There’s been nothing unusual, it’s normal stuff that would happen with a computer,” Howard said. “One was trying to update, and we had to tell it no. It’s nothing that would affect the actual voting process.” The only problem Smith said she encountered was keeping up with the ballot collector, as it filled up quickly and had to be emptied frequently. In 2008, precincts nationwide experienced high turnout rates as young and minority voters came out to the polls at rates not seen in years.


Brady Wauldron, 4, gets an ‘I Voted’ sticker, which he placed on the tip of his thumb and gives a thumbs up to his caretaker Debbie Ruckman after she finishes voting for this year’s presidential election at Mount Pleasant City Hall, 320 W. Broadway St. “I told him to keep it a secret who we’re voting for,” Ruckman said.


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

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012


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

EDITORIAL | Leadership change needed for football program

Katelyn Sweet Staff Reporter

Deck the halls, but not my wallet It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Whether some might think it is too soon to be thinking in terms of holiday cheer, my family is on the ball this year. Nov. 1 came, and my family instantly began buzzing about the holidays: when to celebrate, what’s on each others’ lists and so on. Christmas is my favorite time of year, but, as a broke college student it is bringing on a bit of stress in my life. I absolutely love having a big family and a lot of friends, and I want to give each of them a wonderful present. My bank account says otherwise. I was raised to cherish the love and time spent with family and not worry about presents. Holidays are a time to be together and be thankful for all that we have in non-materialistic things. But, when my family asks what kind of things I need or want as far as presents go, I feel pressure and a desire to do the same, even though I know they will understand if I can’t. Considering I have 15 credits, a job at the newspaper and involvement in other organizations on campus, my opportunity to have the time to put in hours at a high-paying job is slightly unrealistic. My income is low while being a student, but I still feel determined to show them how much I care. I have decided that my lack of income cannot stop me from showing my family and friends how much I care and appreciate them. So, it’s time to get creative in my gift-giving this year. I called my dad and expressed my concerns in being able to give the important people in my life the presents that I’d like to give. Of course, his response “be a good kid and get good grades, that’s all I want,” but I want to do more than that. If you’re reading this and you feel the same tense budget as I do, here are some great alternatives that don’t lead to an empty wallet. If you go to Target, there is a $1 deal section at the front of the store that has cute bags and mini stockings for just a buck. You can get them and fill them with your parents’ favorite candy or snacks and write a hand-written letter expressing your appreciation. Everybody digs a present with some emotion and heart behind it. If you have a group of friends that you want to trade with, it can be easy to organize a Secret Santa or a White Elephant gift exchange, that way you only have to buy one gift to share. Another great thing to do for a family member is create a coupon book out of paper for your mom or dad. While you’re home for the holidays, you can be helping them out with simple things from the coupon book like a homemade dinner, shoveling the snow, taking care of the pets or a movie night together. It really is the little things that people remember, and thoughtful gifts that are given from the heart are the most sincere. This holiday season, there is no reason to break your bank. You can show your loved ones how much you care with minimum money spent. E-mail | Mail | 436 Moore Hall Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 Fax | 989.774.7805 Central Michigan Life welcomes letters to the editor and commentary submissions. Only correspondence that includes a signature (e-mail excluded), address and phone number will be considered. Do not include attached documents via e-mail. Letters should be no longer than 300 words and commentary should not exceed 500 words. All submissions are subject to editing and may be published in print or on in the order they are received. Central Michigan Life, the independent voice of Central Michigan University, is edited and published by students of Central Michigan University. The Director of Student Media advises the newspaper, and the self-governing Student Media Board of Directors oversees operations. Articles and opinions do not necessarily reflect the position of Central Michigan University. Central Michigan Life’s editorial and business offices are located at 436 Moore Hall, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859, telephone 774-3493 or 774-LIFE.


An ‘E’ for Enos ot only has the football team lost six of its first nine games this season, but it has seemingly lost the interest of its fan base.

Whether you talk to students or alumni, the outlook of the program looks bleak. At the season’s beginning, it looked as though head coach Dan Enos had the perfect picture set up to redeem himself and quiet those asking for his removal. Coming off back-to-back 3-9 seasons, year three looked like it could be different for the coach, criticized from the start after bringing the pro-style offense to a team that had much success with the spread-offense. With seven home games on schedule, including a moralebooster to open the season against Southeast Missouri State, big names like Michigan State and Navy and a weak finale against conference-newcomer Massachusetts, he was set. Not only that, but Enos had a three-year starter in senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff. He had a senior-laden offensive line, a senior wideout whose name paints the school record book and two sophomore receivers who showed definite potential last season. In terms of defense, CMU was young last year but earned experience to carry over onto the field this season, led by senior safety Jahleel Addae, who led the team in tackles and the MAC in interceptions in 2011.

When a talented team fails to wins, the blame is on the leadership: in this case, Enos and his coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Joe Tumpkin’s defense has allowed 36.9 points per game, including more than 40 points in four games. Not to mention the 458.8 total offensive yards given up per game. Enos himself made some key points following Saturday’s loss to rival Western Michigan. “Ultimately, I thought we had a lot of chances to win the game,” he said. “... I thought our guys played with great effort ... I thought that Ryan Radcliff played outstanding and thought for the most part our offense played very well.” Effort. That’s what we’re talking about? This is Division 1 football with a head coach who’s being paid more than $250,000. Effort is something that is mentioned in high school football games; it’s mentioned in peewee football games. But when someone is a D-1 coach, you’d expect they would have some fire and passion after a tough loss against a rival. That seems to be lacking during Enos’ third year. In regards to the up-and-down

play of the defense, Enos said, “That’s been kind of the story of our defense the entire season. We play well in spurts, but we don’t play consistently well.” In summary, the team has had chances to win, and players have shown the effort. Offensively, the team has been impressive at times, and, defensively, it’s been inconsistent. Not to mention, CMU has been plagued with low attendance numbers all season, failing to reach attendance exceeding 15,500 in five of six home games. Next year, the team will be led by a first-year starting quarterback with an inexperienced front five. It will lose four defensive backs, four defensive linemen, a wide out, a kicker and a punter, who all played large roles this season. It will inevitably be another rebuilding year, but there are only so many times a team can claim to “rebuild” until the leadership must be held accountable for the poor performance of the team. If any administrator on campus continually showed poor performance and lack of improvement, they would face removal from their position, and this shouldn’t be any different. Regardless of the outcome of the final three games, it’s time for the athletic department to seriously re-evaluate the leadership of the football team and Enos’ leadership — or lack thereof.


Ryan Fitzmaurice Staff Reporter

Lower your ticket prices, students will show The athletics department is incompetent. Really, I thought long and hard about that opening. Perhaps it sets me up as being too biased. Perhaps it is too offensive. Maybe a tad too provocative. It’s certainly inflammatory. But no matter how hard I tried to transform that opening to something a little more tame, a certain factor always gets in my way. The athletics department really is incompetent. Personally, I understand the urge to drain your fans of their financial wealth, especially when they’re attending one of the only two games that anyone actually expects fans to attend. After all, Central Michigan University even charged students to attend the Michigan State game, and it got a record attendance of 35,127. Newsflash: Everyone only came to see the Spartans play. Unfortunately, Central Michigan and Western Michigan University don’t share that prestige, no matter how much you pump up the rivalry between the 3-7 Chippewas and the 3-7 Broncos. As my brother remarked rather loudly in the middle of the first quarter, “This is basically a glorified high school football game.” And, not even joking, all of the alumni around us nodded in agreement. As one of the mere 15,000 fans attending Central Michigan’s “biggest game of the year,” I couldn’t help but notice a certain significant void in the demographics who attended the game. Western Michigan students were nowhere to be found. It’s not like they didn’t make the trip. There was literally an entire army of them performing keg stands outside of the stadium. Yet, ask any one of them if they are attending the game, and the answer is the same “$30 tickets bro, no way.” Did it ever occur to anyone that after spending $25 on gas, another $20 on alcohol and $15 on food that a strapped-for-cash college student couldn’t afford a $30 ticket price? Did it ever occur to any suit and ties that what is seperating you and a full house could be as simple as lowering student tickets to a lower price, say $15? Did it ever occur to any of our athletic administrators that a full house for a university that has struggled to make Division 1 attendance requirements might just be a good thing? It’s simple economics. The reason an eight year old sells his lemonade for a quarter is that he realizes that although he has all the customers he needs in his city block, they’re not willing to pay $3.50 for a five-ounce cup of powdered lemonade. It’s the same concept here. Your football team has already shot you in the foot; no reason to shoot yourself in the head.

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[ YOUR VOICE ] Online Reader Comments on the Nov. 4 “COLUMN: WMU loss epitomizes the Enos era” story

we are too sophicated to realize that all those losses are really wins. -BrianC

Keep the boycott going, and email every member of the Board of Trustees-letting them know about your displeasure with Ross, Heeke and Enos! This was the best Three Stooges movie of the year! -CE

It’s time for Enos to go. Are the players partially to blame? Of course. However, when the team is only winning three games per season, the coaching staff either cannot recruit or cannot coach, both fireable offenses after three seasons. -Steven Ball

Some say three years is too soon to fire a coach. Kentucky just fired Joker Phillips, who is in his third season as head coach. Unlike Enos, Phillips took over one of the worst teams in his conference. One of Phillips’ rare victories was against Dan Enos last year. Make the move after the season, because Enos not only won’t get any better but, in his mind, he thinks he is doing a good job and because we aren’t Spartys

Three seasons as head coach and a new direction. He has recruited well. His first class wasn’t his at all. His first true full class is in their second year. For most, that’s a bunch of redshirt freshmen, usually talented if they play but mistake- prone. His second class are now true freshmen. They hardly ever can help. Let’s

never forget the good old days of Kelly and Jones, who were put into placee by Debord. HE recruited those tremendous linemen who laid the foundation for the glory years. His win-loss record was similar to Enos; he just didn´t wait long enough for the rest; MAC schools for the last many years are up and down; get a few game changers and you’re in the top 25 as Toledo finds themselves today. Only look at their teams 2 - 5 years ago while we were up and see how bad a team can be. Truly a program takes five years, it’s nice when they go faster. I hate the losing, and this never use to happen. The pieces need time. I hope they get better, as Dan is a good guy, and I´d like to see him reap the rewards of his three years’ efforts. -Chip fan

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Mount Pleasant Public Schools board results undetermined Tuesday night By Carlee Campbell Staff Reporter

Four challengers are still vying for two seats on the Mount Pleasant Public Schools board after polls closed Tuesday night. Patty Strong, Shelia Murphy, Jeffery Wigand and Wynne Winslow have different areas of experience and eclectic backgrounds, but all want the same thing: better education for the students and more community involvement. As of press time, the race was too close to call. Strong’s main goal is securing more funding to meet the needs of all students and getting more parents involved in the progress of their children’s education. A mother of three, Strong has been going to meetings and has been a “PTO mom” since her children began school. A graduate of the

Central Michigan University, Strong has experience in litigation, law and investigative reporting. Murphy wants the board to work within the boundaries of polices set by the state and, by doing so, bring all aspects of the community together and use the resources given to attain a solid goal. In being elected, she hopes she’ll be able to better give back to the community and believes it is her duty to do so. Murphy’s experience lies in her successful small business in Mount Pleasant that has been operating since 1978. She said she has a good handle on the financial aspects of being a board member. Wigand said education needs to be focused on the development of each child’s potential and that he would strive to achieve that if given the chance. He is also an advocate for

community involvement. Wigand holds multiple education degrees and has received numerous awards for his teaching efforts. Wigand sees many flaws within the Michigan education system and decided it was time to help make a change. Winslow wants to help improve the Mount Pleasant Public Schools system and give students the chance to travel down the career path of their choice. Like the other challengers, Winslow believes there needs to be much more community involvement. Winslow is a mother of three and a grandmother of five. She said she has a strong knowledge and understanding of No Child Left Behind, Title 1 and I.D.E.A.

Mioduszewski leads in sheriff’s race, county slow in reporting results Tuesday By Shelby Miller Senior Reporter

Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski appears slated to be re-elected after a long night of waiting for results. With five precincts reporting, Republicanincumbent Mioduszewski leads Democratic candidate Theodore “Ted” Visner 20,497 to 1,356 as of 11:10 p.m. Tuesday. After polls closed Tuesday night, Mioduszewski said it’s typical for results to take a while due to the number of votes to be counted. “There’s so many more voters voting in the general election than in the primary election,” he said. “It’s not unusual.” Running for sheriff for his third consecutive term on the Republican ballot,

Mioduszewski said his 27 years of law enforcement experience, including eight as Isabella County Sheriff, set him apart from his competition. Mioduszewski said if elected into another term as sheriff, he would keep training deputies and corrections officers an important aspect of his job. He said that means the department must continue to keep up with new technology and laws, Central Michigan Life previously reported. Mioduszewski received endorsement from both the Republican and Democratic Party prior to the primary election in August. On the other side, this election marks Visner’s first run in politics and first potential experience in law enforcement. Prior to running for sheriff, Viser spent

his career in business, as previously reported by CM Life. Democratic sheriff challenger Visner said his plan for the county was to incorporate transparency, criticizing the incumbent for working in secrecy. Visner said no matter a win or a loss in the sheriff race, he still wants to help the citizens of Isabella County. “I will make myself available to every citizen by maintaining an open-door policy with the public, the citizens of Isabella County, whether you voted for me or not,” he said on his website. Visner said the law enforcement’s job is to protect citizens, which he feels has not been a priority in the recent past.



Charges are pending against a man in custody in connection with the I-96 corridor shootings, according to investigators. The suspect was taken into custody last night during a raid of a Wixom home, Michigan State Police Captain Monica Yesh said today. His car, which matches the description of the black four-door used in 24 shootings since Oct. 16, was also seized, she said. Yesh said the suspect has been arrested. Law enforcement has 72 hours to charge or release an individual in

custody. “We re-interviewed one of the original victims and obtained some additional information,” Yesh said, adding that a number of witnesses were re-interviewed over the weekend. A statement or news conference is expected this afternoon, an Ingham County Sheriff ’s Office spokeswoman said and Yesh confirmed. The Ingham County Sheriff ’s Office said Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth is in a meeting this morning in Wixom with other members of the I-96 corridor shooting task force, which includes the Wixom Police Department, Michi-

gan State Police, the Oakland County Sheriff ’s Office and the Livingston County Sheriff ’s Office. The FBI, Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and CrimeStoppers offered a $102,000 reward for information about the shooter. Three of the shootings happened on I-96, with the rest on surface roads or other highways in Oakland, Ingham, Livingston and Washtenaw counties. One man was wounded but survived. One witness said he saw the man driving at him from the opposite direction before he shot out the driver’s side window — and missed.

Open forums to be held next week for CMU VP of communications finalists By Neil Rosan Staff Reporter

Three finalists for the associate vice president of university communications have been announced and will hold open forums next week to discuss their ideas for Central Michigan University. Lori Bauer, former chief marketing and communications officer at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania; Jan Bond, director of communications and marketing at Ashland University in Ohio; and Sherry Knight, CMU’s current interim vice president of communications, will hold forums from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 in the Lake St. Clair Room in the UC and Nov. 16 in Park Library Auditorium, respectively. Maria Marron, chairwoman of the search committee and journalism department chairwoman,

“CMU needs to be top of the mind across the state among students, parents and alumni.” Sherry Knight, Interim VP of communications announced via a news release that each candidate will undergo a series of interviews in addition to the open forums. The position was vacated in May, when former Associate Vice President of University Communications Renee Walker resigned following a turbulent year in university communications. Under her leadership, inaccurate information regarding a $10 million university investment toward the “privately funded” Events Center, as well as an inaccurate report of amounts paid toward the website redesign were made public. Shortly after Walker’s resignation, Knight was

named interim of the position and signed a contract for $1,500 per day of work in Mount Pleasant. Knight told Central Michigan Life in May she would use openness and integrity to move the university forward. “CMU needs to be top of the mind across the state among students, parents and alumni,” she said in May. “We need to have strong, consistent communications to achieve it.” An official date to announce who is chosen for the position has not been decided. All candidates were unable to be reached for comment.


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New era for men’s basketball begins against Lake Superior State tonight


By Kristopher Lodes Staff Reporter


Wyandotte senior Christian Cullinan wrestles University of Michigan junior Sean Boyle Tuesday night in McGuirk Arena. Cullinan earned a vital pin to start the match.

The wait is finally over as the Keno Davis era of men’s basketball begins at 7 p.m. tonight in an exhibition against Lake Superior State. The game against the Lakers of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC) marks the first look Central Michigan fans will get of Davis’ Chippewas against another school. “We’re expecting some growing pains of all of a sudden having some fans in McGuirk (Arena),” Davis said. “But we’re also expecting a great effort from our team.” Davis was introduced as the new head coach on April 2. With only five returning players and just one returning starter, it’s anybody’s guess as to who will be the starting five to start the season. “In my mind, I have a starting five, but for a preseason

game, it’s not unheard of for me to change my mind hours before the game,” Davis said. Keno Davis “Our guys understand the rotation, and it’s been more important about how many minutes — that they have an idea on how many they’re going to play.” Davis held three intrasquad scrimmages that allowed fans to get a sneak peek at the CMU basketball program. Not only did the scrimmages give fans an early look as to what the team will look like — it gave Davis an opportunity to see his players react to in-game situations and allow players a chance to step up. “Our point guard play has been outstanding considering we have no point guards returning,” Davis said. “To have

guys like Kyle Randall and Chris Fowler that have not only solidified a point guard spot, but they’ve also allowed us to play them together and have two point guards out there.” “Madness in McGuirk” was held Friday night, where Davis preached that a strong student section is needed to get this program going in the right direction. He held an event Monday where he showed students examples of what he is looking for from the student body. “I’m looking to have the best student section in the conference,” Davis said. “That’s not just in numbers, that’s in affecting the game, because we feel we’re in the right direction, so we’ve got to make sure that each and every night, our students come out bigger and better than they did the night before.”

Women’s soccer faces Michigan in first round of NCAA tournament Friday By Emily Grove Staff Reporter


Florida senior Scotti Sentes tries to take down University of Michigan freshman Rossi Bruno Tuesday night at McGuirk Arena.

Ben Bennett, Christian Cullinan record pins in 21-16 victory over Wolverines By Jeff Papworth Staff Reporter

Junior Joe Roth spent much of last year as the kick starter at 125 pounds for the wrestling team by winning the first match of the meet 17 of 19 times. But senior Christian Cullinan filled his role for No. 17 Central Michigan Tuesday night at McGuirk Arena, pinning No. 15 Sean Boyle to aid in the team’s 21-16 victory over No. 13 Michigan. “That was a huge momentum lift for us,” head coach Tom Borrelli said. “He wants to wrestle. He wants to start. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do.” Cullinan tallied his first points of the match in the third period in an escape to narrow Boyle’s lead to 2-1 with one minute remaining. An eruption from the 1,879 in attendance ensued after he grabbed a takedown and then a pin at the end of the period to give CMU a 6-0 lead. Much of the match was not spent standing up but grappling low to the mat. “The biggest thing that won me the match tonight was my conditioning, which was something I focused on all summer,” Cullinan said. It was the first win against U-M for CMU since 2008. The Chippewas are now 6-20 all-time against Michigan. “It’s not easy for us to beat Michigan,” Borrelli said. “So, that’s a big win for Central Michigan University. If we beat them in tiddlywinks, it’s a big win.” Senior Ben Bennett, attempting to earn a record fourth All-American honor this season, touched the mat after U-M took its first lead of the night, 13-12. He grabbed Jordan Thomas’ left leg and got a takedown less than 30 seconds into the match. Then, Bennett pinned Thomas midway through the first period, and CMU retook the lead 18-13. Seniors Scotti Sentes (No. 2) and Jarod Trice (No. 4) returned to the mat after redshirting last season. Sentes was in control of his match at 133 pounds, never losing his lead, but failed to break away from Rossi Bruno, winning by decision 8-6 and putting CMU up 9-0. Trice, with CMU leading 18-16 and fans egging him on, finally got a takedown in the second period against Justin

Check out a photo gallery of last night’s match on Dozier and won 4-0. “He was wrestling to the crowd more than he was wrestling to his abilities,” Borrelli said. “If Jarod can cause any excitement at all, whatsoever, by keeping the match close or by blowing the match out or egging the other coach on, he tends to like that.” While CMU started seven upperclassmen, redshirt freshman Lucas Smith and Jackson Lewis both wrestled the Wolverines at 157 pounds and 197 pounds, respectively. While Lewis lost, 157-pound Smith prevailed entering his match with CMU having a 9-6 lead. Smith beat Michael Carpenter 3-2 with riding time. He started down 2-0 but tied the match 2-2 with an escape later on in the first period and one in the second period. Sophomore Mike Ottinger (No. 19) started at 165

pounds after being the MAC Champion in his division as a true freshman. Taylor Massa dominated the match for the Wolverines, winning 8-3. The score was 12-9 going into the 174-pound match between sophomore Anthony Bill and No. 15 Dan Yates. Yates got a takedown less than a minute into the match and won 12-5 to give Michigan the first lead of the meet, 13-12. Senior Donnie Corby was moved to 149 pounds this season after spending last year at 157 pounds because Borrelli wanted to utilize his strength. He lost 3-2 in overtime to Eric Grajales. Corby grabbed his leg to take a 2-1 lead at the end of the second period. The Chippewas will compete at the Michigan State Open at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Head coach Neil Stafford’s phone was constantly ringing on Monday when it was announced the Central Michigan women’s soccer team earned an at-large bid for the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship. CMU is the first school in Mid-American Conference history to receive an atlarge bid. The Chippewas were selected to face the University of Michigan at 6 p.m. on Friday in Ann Arbor for the first round of the tournament. “I’ve never received so many text messages,” Stafford said. “To be the first team in the history of the MAC is just a huge honor. We’re just jumping for joy and relishing in this opportunity to play

Michigan as an instate rival.” CMU played the Wolverines in 2011, with the match Neil Stafford ending in a 1-1 tie after double overtime. Stafford said it was unfortunate that U-M dropped the Chippewas from their schedule this year. Michigan is a good program and good competition to measure against, Stafford said. “You hear all the time about these schools and conferences dominating, but we want to show our strength against this big name and the Big Ten conference,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, CMU is a big name, too, and the MAC is a reputable conference.”

Michigan’s overall record is 14-5-2, while CMU is 15-6-1. The Chippewas lost the MAC tournament 2-1 on Sunday to Miami (OH), which guaranteed the RedHawks a slot in the NCAA tournament. Miami (19-2-1) will play at Tennessee (14-4-3) in the first round. CMU has a record of 1-2 all-time in NCAA tournament play. After winning the MAC tournament in 2009 and 2010, the Chippewas earned an automatic spot in the NCAA tournament. In 2009, the Chippewas made it past Purdue in the first round but later fell to Notre Dame. CMU lost to Marquette in the first round of its 2010 appearance in the NCAA tournament.



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the nhlpa responded with three counterproposals, but they were all turned down by the league.



The Winter Classic

is canceled.


Detroit bars are barely hanging on without the NHL fan revenue.

“It’s already affecting our business; it is really hurting us. We have already lost the preseason games. We are a sportsevent-driven bar, and, without this season, we are barely surviving.”

THIS IS THE THIRD NHL LOCKOUT SINCE 1994, AND ANCHOR BAR MANAGER VAUGHN DERDERIAN SAID DURING THE LAST LOCKOUT THERE WERE THREE BARS IN HIS NEIGHBORHOOD THAT HAD TO CLOSE DOWN BECAUSE OF LACK OF INCOME. By Ryan Zuke | Staff Reporter Today marks the 53rd day of the NHL lockout, and fans at Central Michigan University are becoming more irritated by the day. “I think it’s really frustrating,” Grand Rapids senior Emily Kent said. “The only reason there is a lockout right now is because of greed, and that’s not fair to the fans.” The league decided to lock out its players after the previous collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association expired Sept. 15. With still no new deal by Oct. 4, the league canceled the first two weeks of the

season, consisting of 82 games. But on Oct. 16, the NHL made a proposal centered on a 50/50 split of hockeyrelated revenues between the owners and players. The deal would have saved the full 82-game schedule, giving students and hockey fans a reason to be optimistic. The NHLPA responded with three counterproposals, but they were all turned down by the league. “Hearing that news, I was very optimistic, and I thought for sure within a 24-hour period we would figure out if we would

have hockey back or not,” Rochester junior Shaun Burke said. “But it was just that much more of a dagger when (the players) did not accept the proposal.” The NHL decided to take it a step further on Oct. 26, canceling all games from Oct. 11 through Nov. 30 — more than 26.5 percent of the schedule. And the cancelation of the Winter Classic on Friday just exacerbated student’s frustration. “Detroit was going to be in the national spotlight, and it was going to get some recognition,” Shelby Township senior Greg Robertson said.

“People were going to see how great of a sports town it is and how much we love our hockey. And now it’s not going to happen, so it’s pretty disappointing.” Burke said he will have to search for other things to watch as the lockout lingers. “I don’t watch much basketball and football ends in February, so basically, I am just going to be channel surfing,” he said. Fox Sports Detroit has aired several replays of Red Wings games to fill open time slots. “The other night, they had a game on, and I watched most of it just

because I miss the Wings,” Burke said. “But replay is just not the same as a live hockey game.” For Burke, social media has been the main source of breaking news about the lockout. “If I come across something on social media about it, I’ll read it, but I don’t really search for it,” he said. “I just take the information that comes across to me.” Robertson said there is no substitute for NHL hockey, but the lockout will give him a chance to follow college hockey more closely. “I have a couple buddies on Ferris’ team, so I’m going

to try and make it there for a couple of games,” he said. “Other than that, I’ve been watching some college hockey on TV as well.” Now in the eighth week of the lockout, Robertson said he is not holding out too much hope for an NHL season. “I’m losing optimism by the day,” he said. “I would say if it doesn’t happen within the next few weeks, then it’s not going to happen.”

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No Red Wings, fan refuses cable By Ryan Fitzmaurice Staff Reporter

Eric Kierszkowski has boycotted cable. The Dearborn Heights junior isn’t boycotting cable for its high prices. Nor does he have an issue with the content. Sure enough, as soon as the Red Wings and Joe Louis Arena are broadcasted on Fox Sports Detroit, Eric will not only have bought cable, he would be watching every Red Wings game he could. Unfortunately, because of the lockout, that doesn’t look like it is happening anytime soon. “My roommates and I have boycotted getting cable just because there is no hockey,” Kierszkowski said. “Typically, my schedule revolves around watching the Red Wings; without hockey, there isn’t much on cable that I would want to watch anyways.” Keith Jones, a Dearborn Heights junior, is not only Kierszkowski’s roommate but also Kierszkowski’s childhood friend. They were on the same hockey team since early childhood. The two finally moved in together this year. Jones said the lockout has put a void in their relationship. “It sucks,” Jones said. “We watched Red Wings games together during my sophomore and junior year, and one of the big reasons that we moved in

look silly,” Kierszkowski said. “Being in attendance to watch that happen was amazing.” The cheers in Joe Louis Arena that night were deafening, but the stadium is mostly quiet this year. It was announced on Sept. 14 that the league would formally enter a lockout if an agreement wasn’t made between Gary Bettman and the team owners and the players by Saturday at midnight. On Sept. 16, 2012, at 12:01 a.m., the NHL officially entered its second lockout in seven years. The lockout has especially impacted Michigan, resulting in the cancellation of the Winter Classic, a game which was supposed to take place between the Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs outside in the Big House. “I have definitely lost respect for the NHL because of the lockout,” he said. “What the NHL and NHLPA have done is lost what the game is all about. Rather than arguing about who should be earning a higher share of income in the future, the two sides should be discussing ways to promote higher attendance ratings at games or bring the game to deprived children who don’t have access to hockey rinks or can’t afford it.” Kierszkowski’s ritual is listening to AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” before every Red Wings

together is so that I could go to his side of the apartment and watch the game. Now we can’t do that.” Kierszkowski has been playing hockey since he was three years old; and played for his high school varsity hockey team, the Crestwood Chargers, as their goalie. At the age of 3, his first hockey coach gave him the nickname of “Ski,” a name not only derived from his dedication to hockey but also the last three letters of his last name. The name has stuck ever since. But more than that, he is also a die-hard Red Wings fan. Despite his busy schedule, he still makes it to three to five games a year. “Even if the Red Wings weren’t the best team in the NHL, I would still watch every game,” Kierszkowski said. “... I am a true Wings fan for life.” Kierszkowski distinctly remembers March 21, 2006, where he witnessed the Red Wings go into a shootout against Nashville. 2006 was the first year of the new overtime format, which brought shootouts into the forefront of the game. The final play of the shootout that occurred between Nashville and Detroit is engraved in “Ski’s” memory. “Pavel Datsyuk pulled his famous deke on goaltender Tomas Vokoun and made him

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Dearborn Heights junior Eric Kierszkowski, poses for a portrait Tuesday afternoon in the CMU Music Building on campus. “I’m pretty angry about it, so mad that it comes down to money,” Kierszkowski said. “They’re not even close to making a deal.”

game. He dreams of throwing an octopus on the ice while attending a Red Wings hockey game. Maybe, sometime this year, both of those scenarios will become plausible again. “If the lockout were to be resolved, an epic fist pump would occur, and I would immediately call the cable company to hook it up,” Kierszkowski said. But until then, he’s only going to have 13 channels.

Students turn to watching alternative teams because of lockout By Logan Milliman Staff Reporter

Other sports have become the replacement for some students upset by the NHL lockout. Quinton Lemanski is watching college hockey teams or minor league hockey teams such as the Saginaw Spirit or the Grand Rapids Griffins. “I usually go to the Grand Rapids Griffins game because they are always a fun environment and it’s interesting to watch the minor league

their attention to other sports like football and basketball. “I don’t really like college hockey that much; it’s just not as physical. When I watch hockey, I love watching the hits and the fights, but, in college hockey, you just don’t see that,” Sterling Heights freshman Jake Berry said. “I’ve turned my focus to the Lions and really have paid more attention to them than I have before.” Other students don’t care for the NFL or NBA and will not watch them just because the NHL is locked out.

hockey players who one day could be playing for the Red Wings,” the East Lansing freshman said. Meanwhile, some fans are going back to watching high school hockey. “I’ve grown up in a hockey family and have had Red Wings season tickets for 12 years,” Grosse Pointe freshman Nadia McKee said. “I will probably still watch my brother’s high school games and maybe an occasional college game.” Since the lockout, many students have also turned

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For hockey fans around the world, NHL 13 is the only compensation for the agony of the NHL lockout. And while video game hockey can only do so much in comparison to the real thing, EA Sports’ version is as good as “fake” hockey can get. The latest version of the widely popular franchise is the best yet. When looking at the home page, one upgrade I particularly liked is the ability to set your favorite team. After doing so, the home page will feature the team’s logo with a scrolling banner in the background that displays players on the team. The game allows for all the favorite game modes of past years, such as the Be a GM, My Player and the World Tournament. It should also be noted that while NHL 13 is obviously focused on the NHL, there are seven leagues from around the world (AHL, ELH, DEL, SEL, NLA, QMJHL, OHL and WHL) that can be played in and pulled from in the various game modes. From a graphics standpoint, the game is above average. Player movements are super realistic. It almost feels like you are actually on the ice, because every movement a player makes is controlled by the user. You can tell the game designers focused on creating a great atmosphere, because the crowd noise and music in the arenas are much improved from previous years. The commentary by Gary Thorne and Bill Clement is great, as usual. It brings me back to the glory days of when ESPN broadcasted hockey games two or three times a week. While very good, the game isn’t perfect. One drawback is that the only way to do a fantasy draft is to go into the Season mode, and, even after doing that, you can only play with your created team for one season, which kind of takes away from the point of doing a fantasy draft, which is to “build a team over a

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Without CMU hockey and the NHL, many students will have to travel to watch and enjoy the games. That could be a factor in more Central students attending Michigan State University games or other college hockey games. Maryland freshman Connor Russell, an avid basketball fan, said without hockey close by, he hopes to see students involved and care more about the CMU basketball team.

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Who’s your Red Wing: Valterri Filppula By Justin Hicks Sports Editor

I find it hard to answer the question, “Who’s your Tiger?” for more than half of the year because baseball fails to catch much of my interest. But when it comes to the ice rink, playing, “Who’s your Red Wing?” is easy. Valterri Filppula. Dangerous on the fly, Filppula has incredible stickhandling ability and will make you pay on any given

night, whether by backhand or snipe. The forward’s eye to set up his teammates is invaluable, proven by the 43 assists he racked up last season. Filppula was drafted by Detroit 95th overall in 2002. He found the back of the net for the first time against the St. Louis Blues in 2006, slipping through a zone of five blue jerseys and burning the goaltender.

Last season, Filppula scored 23 goals, racking up 66 points — three points behind the team leader. He registered at least 35 points in each of his last five NHL seasons, all with Detroit. Unfortunately, Filppula wears a Jokerit jersey these days due to the 2012 NHL lockout. But as soon as an agreement is reached, he’ll be back in Detroit wearing number 51.

les, I can offer tips on how to land the guy who is currently in a fizzling-out relationship and make him yours.

about the people in his life and not just him.

1. Make sure you look your best.

This will show his interest in you more. For example, if you are carrying something, pretend it is heavy and see if he offers to help you carry it. Be sure to thank him for the little things he does as well, because he might not even realize what he is doing is being helpful to you. It will show your appreciation for him.

The genuine pain and hurt in manager Jimmy Dritt’s voice was undeniable as he expressed his concern on the business of Cobo Joe’s Sports Bar and Grill in Detroit. The National Hockey League has been in a lockout since October, and many Detroit bars are worried for what the winter months will bring in as far as finances are concerned. “It’s already affecting our business; it is really hurting us. We have already lost the preseason games,” Dritt said. “We are a sports-event-driven bar, and, without this season, we are barely surviving.” This is the third NHL lockout since 1994, and Anchor Bar manager Vaughn Derderian said, during the last lockout, there were three bars in his neighborhood that had to close down due to lack of financial income. “Hockey as a part of our business is essentially irreplaceable,” Derderian said. Derderian said he isn’t only affected by the lockout financially but he feels it personally, too. The lockout has made him disappointed by the NHL . “At this point, I don’t feel like the league even deserves a season. They have let it torpedo instead

“Hockey as a part of our business is essentially irreplaceable,” Vaughn Derderian, Anchor bar manager of saving it. It’s comparable to killing your kids to try and save them from being kidnapped,” Derderian said. Dritt wishes the league would settle on a 50/50 agreement. Dritt said he wants to try and compensate for the hockey fans in Detroit, but the companies that provide them with their products are affected by the lockout, too. Derderian said they will be trying some live music nights or developing a new relationship with the Pistons games in order to get by and provide new opportunities for their customers. It would be putting it lightly to say the city of Detroit is struggling with the lockout, but Mount Pleasant bars are not worried for their winter business numbers. “My customers don’t care, they just want to come and have a good time,” owner of The Bird Bar & Grill, 223 S. Main St, Lois Briendenstein said. “TV on or off, they will show up.” Bartender Christy Balewski has worked at

the Blue Gator Sports Pub and Grill, 106 Court St., for about a year now and was reflecting back to last hockey season. The Canton native said people come out to the bars and bring great business during the playoff season. “Students will come regardless, but we get an older crowd during the championship games that will definitely be less this year during the lockout,” she said. Manager of Nemo’s Bar in Detroit Pat Osman said he has already noticed a change in the atmosphere of the bar. “Certain customers that always come out during the games, I haven’t seen them yet and it’s sad because I probably won’t,” he said. Derderian said hockey is the most unique sport that sets fans apart. “I’m not a basketball fan, I’m a hockey fan. It’s that niche sport that is different. Customers come in from out-of-town, and you already have that in common,” he said.

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How to get the guy There is a saying that goes, “If a girl ever steals your man, there is no better revenge than to let her keep him, because real men can’t be stolen.” Speaking from personal experience, I believe this to be true. I dated a guy for three and a half years, and then, two months after we broke up, he was dating a new girl who he has been dating ever since. While it seemed like a short time period before he began dating someone new, I learned and realize now he wasn’t “stolen” from me but rather he and I were just not meant to be. Sometimes people just don’t work, and that is okay. However, for those who don’t believe the saying and want to test it out for themsev-

You don’t have to be a Victoria’s Secret model or wear expensive brand name clothing, but it is important to be confident and happy with how you look physically, because it does show and will be a selling point for a guy.

2. Make just enough eye contact to make him want more.

Catch his attention by staring at him briefly every so often and then look away just as he catches you. This will leave him wondering if you are interested in him or not.

3. Make friends with his (guy) friends.

This is perhaps the most important tip to know and keep in mind, because it matters to a guy a lot. Be friendly and take an interest in the things his friends like and dislike and then bring it up in a conversation later. It will show you care enough to learn

4. Make him show his protective side to you.

5. Spend more time together.

The more time you two spend together, the more he will be able to get to know you on a personal level. This doesn’t mean ask him to hang out one-on-one, as this could send off the wrong message to his current girlfriend too soon. It is best to ask just him to hang out with your group of friends and take it from there. If you truly think you have a better chance with the guy rather than his current girlfriend, then there is nothing wrong with taking the chance and following these tips.


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