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Professor charged with child porn possession, suspended By Eric Dresden editor-in-Chief and Aaron McMann Managing editor

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Interim Associate Vice President of Communications Sherry Knight and CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley address the media in regards to the suspension of CMU Professor William Merrill on Thursday evening in the Bovee University Center Lakeshore Room.

A Central Michigan University professor was charged Thursday with four counts relating to child pornography, four days after he was suspended by the university. William Lord Merrill, 58 of Mount Pleasant, was charged in Isabella County Trial Court Thursday with a four-count felony: one count of child sexual abuse, one count of distributing or promoting child sexu-

ally abusive activity and two counts of using a computer to commit a crime, according to court records. He was also William Lord Merrill charged with misdemeanor charge of possessing a switchblade. Merrill, a professor in the teaching education and professional development department, has been at CMU since 1987. He was tenured in 1993. Interim Associate Vice President of Communications

Sherry Knight said an investigation into Merrill began Monday when officials received a tip from someone in the Office of Information and Technology shortly after 9 a.m. who observed child pornography on a university computer being used by the professor. Court documents show Merrill requested his computer be repaired on Monday because the Internet was shut down from his computer from excessive internet use. An IT worker found the use of torrents on his computer and, after examination, found three videos containing child sexually

abusive activity. After Merrill admitted to police that he downloaded the videos, he said there were no additional child pornography videos on his work computer, documents said. Police then served a search warrant on his office and home, finding 30 CDs, including one disc that had more than 10,000 files with most appearing to be pictures of child sexually abusive activity. More data is being reviewed, according to the documents. Merrill was suspended and banned from the university

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Bennett charged with murder of carnel chamberlain, 4 Shelby Miller Senior Reporter

Anthony Michael Bennett, 22, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Bay City Wednesday for first-degree murder in the killing of four-year-old Carnel Chamberlain. Bennett was charged with first-degree murder, assault of a child, assault with a dangerous weapon, animal cruelty and witness tampering, the Associated Press reported. “We’re not surprised,” defense attorney Anthony Chambers said. “We’ll go forward and defend the case.” In June, Bennett was charged with assault resulting in substantial bodily injury to a child younger than 16. Bennett was living with Carnel and his girlfriend, Carnel’s 21-year-old mother, Jaimee Chamberlain, on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian trial reservation when Carnel went missing. On June 21, Carnel was reported missing from his home by his mother after she left him in Bennett’s care while she was at work. After a weeklong search, his remains were found charred under their porch. “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 a press release. During the investigation, Bennett was charged with an earlier assault on Carnel, keeping him in custody while authorities developed the murder case against him, the AP reported. In June, Jaimee Chamerbalin told the FBI that she saw her son with a bruised and swollen face, as well as a cut lip in late May or early June. She said he had been struck by Bennett while she was away, according to a two-page criminal complaint, according to the AP. A few days later, she saw Bennett pick up her son by the neck and drop him before dragging him into a room by his foot, according to the court document. In June, Bennett was charged with assault resulting in substantial bodily harm to a child under 16. In November 2010, he was sentenced to resisting arrest and failing to stop for a police or conservation officer in Isabella County but did not serve the maximum sentence of two and three years, respectively, in May of 2011. Bennett is currently being held in the Bay County Sheriff ’s Office. metro@cm-life.com

former hockey captain inured in hit-and-run Hailee Sattavara Metro editor and Shelby Miller Senior Reporter

Former Central Michigan University Hockey Captain Mark Morley, 22, was critically injured following a hitand-run accident on Oct. 13. At 3 a.m., Mount Pleasant police Officers were dispatched to 1225 S. Mission St. following a report of a hit-and-run. When police arrived at the scene, Morley, a St. Clair senior, was lying on the sidewalk wearing roller blades, non-responsive but breathing, with apparent broken bones. Morley’s sister, Michelle, said she doesn’t know the extent of his injuries yet. “Brain injuries can take a long time, with the leg it’s too soon to tell, he can’t even put weight on it yet,” she said. Two pieces of plastic were picked up from the scene by police, and later matched to the passenger side mirror of a 1999 Buick owned by Jennifer Lynn Oxendale, 27, of Alma.

Isabella County Sheriff Deputy Nick Diedrich stopped the suspect’s vehicle and arrested Oxendale. Later, Mount Pleasant Police Officer Dale Hawks spoke with Oxendale while she was at the emergency room at McLaren Central Michigan Hospital, 1221 South Dr., who confirmed that she was alone but did not remember hitting anyone and did not remember seeing anyone in the roadway. Oxendale is scheduled to appear in court today at 8 a.m. “(Mark is) going through rehab at my parents’ (residence),” Michelle said. “Days are now filled with doctors appointments, physical therapy, speech therapy; it’s a huge setback.” Mount Pleasant first responders and MMR responded to administer first aid at the scene, police said. Morley was later transported to McLaren- Central Michigan. “I’m a paramedic, so it’s crazy being on the other side of things,” Michelle said. metro@cm-life.com

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Mount Pleasant Mayor Bruce Kilmer poses for a portrait in front of his office bookshelf consisting of frames of family members and gifts from Japan, where he taught English classes for two years.

‘Take a little rest’

Mayor Kilmer proud of time on city commission as term winds down By Emily Grove | Staff Reporter

When Mayor Bruce Kilmer’s term expires in two months, he knows he will look back fondly on all that was accomplished during his six years on the Mount Pleasant City Commission. After spending two years as a commissioner, two years as the vice mayor and his final two years as mayor, Kilmer decided not to seek re-election Nov. 6. As the regional administrator for the Michigan Supreme Court, Kilmer works in 27 counties with the various courts located in each, and his schedule has become more hectic over the last few months. “After six years, I thought it was time to give somebody

else a chance, especially with my work getting quite a bit busier. It’s becoming more difficult to get back here for the meetings,” Kilmer said. “I’ve really enjoyed it, but I think it’s time to take a little rest from it.” Kilmer said really exciting decisions were made during

his time on the commission, such as settling a five-year lawsuit with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in 2010, the purchase of the Mount Pleasant Center in 2011 and adopting an antidiscrimination ordinance this July. These outcomes are all things in which Kilmer said he is proud. “The city does not have any more tracks of land that are vacant that large, so (the Mount Pleasant Center) is a way to expand our business and tax base or home base or whatever we end up putting there,” he said. “Also, the antidiscrimination ordinance we passed was big. I really wanted that to be unanimous, and it was, 7-0. It took us a while, but everybody voted for it.” Settling the tribal lawsuit

allowed for a better working relationship with the tribe on police and zoning issues, Kilmer said. It can be difficult for people to understand what the city is responsible for when there are so many different entities in the area. “I think that’s the thing residents don’t understand the most is how all the entities work together and which one is responsible for what. That’s probably the most confusing thing,” Kilmer said. “In some ways, it’s more difficult to have to work with these entities, but, in other ways, if we can learn to work together and collaborate, then we have more resources. I think that’s a lot of what I’ve been trying to do with my time here.” A KILMER | 2

first lady ross dances to aid united Way drive By Jackson Seedott and Carlee Campbell Staff Reporters

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CMU First Lady Elizabeth Ross and Lansing graduate student Michael McArthur do a dance duet as part of the Dance United Fundraiser Thursday night in the CMU Events Center.

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Six couples showcased their dance moves to raise money for United Way of Isabella County on Thursday, including University First Lady Elizabeth Ross. Dance United is an event planned and organized by select students from the Recreation, Parks and Leisure program at Central Michigan University. The event was designed with the vision to raise money toward the $80,000 fundraising goal of CMU employees. Each couple raised money to

perform and received several donations from organizations such as the Inter-fraternity Counsel, Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the Chippewa Marching Band. Dance United was another step toward raising money for the United Way programs in Isabella County. The drive had previously raised $65,000. “This event is all about coming together to celebrate all that makes up this community,” Director of United Way Isabella County Tom Olver said. “The mission and vision of United Way is to engage A DANCE | 2


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EVENtS CALENDAR TODAY w American Red Cross Blood

Drive will be from noon to 5:45 p.m. in Kulhavi Room 142. w The fifth annual Chippewa

Band-O-Rama is at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building’s Staples Family Concert Hall. It will feature the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Chippewa Marching Band and more. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $8 for the general public. w The Grey will be shown

from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wesley Foundation.

TOMORROW w Bowling for a Better Future

will be from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Riverwood Bowling Alley. The cost is $12 a person for two games. Proceeds benefit Push America.

SUNDAY w University Theatre and

School of Music will present The Scarlet Pimpernel from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Moore Hall’s Bush Theatre. The tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for students and seniors.

CORRECTIONS The women’s soccer team plays against Michigan at 6 p.m. Saturday, not Friday as reported. Please e-mail news@cm-life.com. © Central Michigan Life 2012 Volume 94, Number 34

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citizens in an effort to improve the lives of our neighbors and friends and meet the needs of this community.” Michael McArthur was among those who put their dancing skills on display for the sake of charity. McArthur is currently a graduate student at CMU and received his undergraduate degree in Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts at CMU as well. “I originally was supposed to be paired with the assistant director of Multicultural Academic Services, but when President Ross wasn’t going to be able to make it, I was informally told that I would be paired with Mrs. Ross,” McArthur said. McArthur said he enjoys dancing with friends and family,but had yet to perform a choreographed or organized dance. “I was a little nervous at first, because I didn’t know what I was getting myself into,” McArthur said. “We were fortunate enough to have a great dance teacher, and Mrs. Ross was

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chippewa marching Band, ensembles to perform in Band-o-rama today Sean Bradley Senior Reporter

The Chippewa Marching Band is usually seen by students on the field in Kelly/Shorts Stadium out in the open on game day for football. For the Band-o-Rama “Prisms” event, though, they will perform inside Staples Family Concert Hall today for the fifth-annual Band-ORama concert along with a few different ensembles. “The idea is for each of the bands to play a portion of the program,” CMU School of Music Director of Music Events John Jacobson said. “In between each of the bands, a small ensemble will play.” Jacobson said all sorts of musical styles are covered during the event, which is from 7 to 9 p.m. and is $5 for the public and $3 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be available at the door. “People look forward to it because it’s the only time each year that we get the different bands together,” he said. He said people come to the event to get the chance to hear a group like the march-

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Meeting the numerous people who are also interested in bettering the community has been Kilmer’s favorite part of his experience on city commission. Kilmer said getting to know Central Michigan University officials, tribal officials and business owners was the best part of his job as mayor. “I’m going to continue to go to various events so I’ll get to still see people and talk to them,” he said. “It’ll be different, because I won’t see them as often. I think I’ll miss that the most.” Kilmer said he will not miss long meetings into the night trying to balance the budget. Dealing with the budget

ing band in a different setting. “It’s a different sound inside,” he said. “It’s a treat.” The decision to move the event into Staples Family Concert Hall instead of it occurring at Plachta Auditorium was for a couple of reasons, Associate Director of Bands James Batcheller said. “To provide a little more intimate setting,” Batcheller said. “To give it a try in our own space. We have some stage pieces that might work better in the hall.” He said some of the pieces are more suited for playing indoors than outside. The marching band, who will be conducted by Batcheller, will be performing a Jonathan Nichol arranged “Revolution” by Marc Mellits along with Ambidextranata part one “Souvenir” by Gary Shocker. “The way we’re doing the alma mater (fight song) is much quieter than what people would expect to hear out on the field,” he said. He said there will be students from different area high schools attending the event. “There are students in high schools who come, and they

see what we do here,” he said. South Lyon junior Tony Jokinen, who has played in two previous Band-O-Rama events and will be performing in his third Friday, plays the center snare in the Chippewa marching band drumline. Jokinen said the band does a lot of preparing for the event, and the band has played many of the pieces they are playing at the event before for different occasions. “The week leading up to Band-O-Rama, we review the various songs we will perform to refresh our memories,” he said. Jokinen said the drumline makes a few adjustments when playing inside. “We bring all of our stick heights down, making it a lot quieter, when we play inside,so it’s not too overwhelming,” he said. He said he enjoys the event because of the closeness between the band and audience. “Band-O-Rama is really exciting because the crowd is up close, and it makes the performance that much better,” Jokinen said.

each year has been one of the most difficult things as a commissioner, he said. “This has been a real extreme time with the state cutting back on revenue and our property values being level and not rising,” Kilmer said. “We’re trying to deal with the loss of money and still provide services, and we’ve been able to do that so far without raising taxes and without cutting services too drastically, although we have had to cut some.” Vice Mayor Kathy Ling said Kilmer has been a steadying hand for the commission. “He does a nice job running meetings, and I think he tries to make sure the commissioners are informed on what’s going on, which I think is a very important role,” Ling said. “He always gives careful thought to the issues. I’ve enjoyed working with some-

one who was knowledgeable and represented the city very well.” As his time on the commission is coming to an end, Kilmer is focused on balancing the 2013 budget with the rest of the commission by December. His hopes are to make sure the city is stable and has a stable income for the future with a good budget. Another issue that is important to Kilmer for the commission to maintain is the sister city relationship with Okaya, Japan. “To me, it’s expanding our vision,” he said. “It goes along with us being a welcoming city where foreign students can be happy and welcome here at CMU.” Kilmer has visited Okaya twice and said the experiences were fascinating. During his visit on the 40th

Check out video from last night’s United Dance on cm-life.com very easy-going and fun to be partnered with.” As part of the deal involving McArthur being partnered with Elizabeth Ross, University President George Ross requested to meet with McArthur prior to the event. “(Ross) mainly just wanted to wish me luck and take some of the pressure off of the whole thing,” he said. “Yeah, he may be the president of the university, but he’s just an ordinary guy like you and me, and I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with him.” In preparation for this event, McArthur said he and Elizabeth Ross met six or seven times to practice their routine, meeting for at least an hour each time. “Mrs. Ross is really a great dancer; she had a pretty quick learning curve, which challenged me to step up my game to make sure I was keeping pace,” he said. Although he was initially unable to attend, George Ross was able to watch his wife and McArthur perform.

“It was great to see CMU come together to raise money for the United Way programs here in our community,” he said. Elizabeth Ross was also pleased by the event and said she was glad to be part of it. “It was a very successful event,” she said. “I see it growing in the years to come.” Other couples who participated in Dance United were Director of the CMU Leadership Institute Dan Gaken and Assistant Director of Admissions Erin Smith; Mount Pleasant city commissioner Jim Holton and wife Karen Holton; Goodyear, Az. senior Alexandria Kennedy and Grosse Ile junior Zach Kowalski; Fremont senior Sammie Paine and Hesperia senior Killian Richeson; and Farmington senior Grace Stevenson and Wyoming graduate student Jason Vasquez. The Fund Drive officially ends Dec. 31. university@cm-life.com

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Monday afternoon. He will be paid during his leave, as the university gives him his “due process,” Knight said during a Thursday afternoon news conference. “We take this matter very seriously and have strict policies against this kind of conduct,” Knight said. “Public safety is an absolute priority at CMU.” Knight said Merrill, whose office is located on the fourth floor of the EHS Building, is not believed to have had any contact with children in the first-floor Child Development and Learning Laboratory. Merrill taught four classes — two undergraduate and two graduate — before his suspension, Knight said. His classes are being taken over by another professor. According to court documents, Merrill checked himself into the psychiatric ward at MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot, where he remained Thursday. It is unclear when he will be released. Court documents say police served a search warrant and found more than 10,000 files, most of which were child pornography. Police also seized CDs that contained 230 files of still photographs of

children with adults and other children, documents said. According to his bio page on cmich.edu, Merrill specializes in “censorship and the Internet, impact of children on advertising in society, integration of the Internet into instruction to enhance teaching and learning and using technology to enhance teaching and learning.” CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley remained mum on details, saying the investigation remains ongoing and referred afternoon inquires about the police report to Isabella County Prosecutor Risa Scully. Scully declined comment. Michael Reuter, director of distributed computing and technical operations for the College of Education and Human Services, declined a query from CM Life Thursday relative to computer work orders on Monday, forwarding all calls to University Communications. An arraignment of Merrill hasn’t been set, court officials said. Dale Elizabeth-Pehrsson, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, did not return calls seeking comment. Calls made to the department were referred to the dean and University Communications. university@cm-life.com

“He always gives careful thought to the issues. i’ve enjoyed working with someone who was knowledgeable and represented the city very well.” Kathy Ling, Vice Mayor anniversary of the sister relationship formation, Kilmer said the people of Okaya treated Kilmer and other visitors like royalty. Kilmer said he has faith commissioners will keep the relationship intact and prepare for the upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations in 2014 and 2015. At the first commission meeting in January, commissioners will appoint a new mayor and vice mayor. Over the past six years, Kilmer said he thinks his overall influence has been

strong leadership and encouraging the commission to push on to new things. That is also the message he hopes to leave the commission with. “Even though we’re in difficult economic times, don’t hunker down,” Kilmer said. “Just deal with it and still take some risks, because, if we take those risks, we can overcome these economic difficulties more easily.” metro@cm-life.com


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Batman executive producer talks comic books, growing up with more than 400 in Plachta » PAGE 4

International workshop draws high response » PAGE 5

obama, republicans face daunting challenges ahead John Irwin elections Coordinator

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Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, speaks with a couple of his staffers Tuesday morning at Stan’s Restaurant, 220 E. Broadway, in downtown Mount Pleasant. Cotter said he was not nervous on election day. “If you’re nervous on election day, that means you didn’t do your homework,” Cotter said.

Appetite for election Through the eyes of state Representative Kevin Cotter on election day Adam Niemi

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When state Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, woke up Tuesday on the day of his reelection, he wasn’t nervous. He was hungry, not only for breakfast, but for a second term in office. He met at Stan’s Restaurant, 220 E. Broadway St., with his campaign strategist, Matthew Golden, and his campaign manager, Grand Rapids senior Ben Greene. “If you’re nervous on Election Day, that means you didn’t do your homework,” Cotter said. “It’s like trying to finish a book report the day it’s due.” Cotter, 35, was projected by many people to defeat Adam Lawrence, the Democratic challenger for the 99th District. The first priority of the day was breakfast – two eggs, overeasy, a few strips of bacon with buttered toast and a coffee with no milk and sugar. With a few other patrons eating and talking in the restaurant, Cotter and his staffers spoke about the growing lines at local precincts and news about long lines for voting in Detroit and Miami. He shook hands with other

patrons in the restaurant. They wished Cotter luck in the election. “I’m sure you’ll win,” a man said. The Cotter campaign took what could be described as a laid-back approach to his re-election campaign. Greene said they “knocked on a lot of doors,” but they kept themselves from an “in-your-face” approach. Cotter said his previous term brought him recognition in the 99th District, which has traditionally been heavily Republican. Greene began at CMU as a broadcasting major. His interest in politics shifted his major to political science, and he

Central Michigan University is beefing up surveillance security around campus. Seven cameras have been installed in various sections of Moore Hall including hallways and lobby areas. When including the additional camera installed in the Music Building, the installation project cost the College of Communications and Fine Arts $15,000 in total, which translates to more than $2,100 per camera. There

are no maintenance costs associated with the cameras. Renni Ritzler, director of technology operations for CCFA, said the project was initiated because of several thefts of computers and digital equipment in Moore Hall, especially within the journalism department. The CMU police department will be overseeing the surveillance system in Moore Hall, as well as other areas of campus including Kelly/Shorts Stadium and Warriner Hall. “Personally, I forget they are even there,” said Vice President

oBAMA, ConGress AnD The “FisCAL CLiFF”

For Obama, there is little time to celebrate as the socalled “fiscal cliff ” looms. At the end of the year, all of the Bush-era tax cuts are set to expire. At the same time, around $800 billion in budget cuts to the Pentagon and domestic programs like Medicare are set to take place as a consequence of last year’s congressional “super committee” failing to reach a deal on deficit reduction. The consensus among leading economists is that the combined tax increases and drastic spending cuts could lead to another recession. Following his win, Obama placed calls to congressional leaders in both parties, urging them to “put aside their partisan interests” and work for a compromise, according to a White House press release. Obama hopes to address the potential crisis by extending the Bush tax cuts on income under $250,000, while letting those at the top expire in order to raise revenue, while at the same time making cuts to certain domestic programs to bring the deficit under control. A POLITICAL SCIENCE| 5

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Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, speaks with WNEM reporter Gino Vicci on Tuesday night during the Midland County GOP Victory Party at the H Hotel, 111 West Main St., in Midland. Cotter spoke briefly and returned to Mount Pleasant for the Isabella County GOP Victory Party at Hunter’s Ale House, 4855 E. Blue Grass Road.

Check out a photo gallery for more of Cotter’s election day on cm-life.com soon became involved in local campaigns. He developed the campaign plan with Cotter, a CMU alum. “It’s tough to get away from the ‘bug,’” Greene said. “That’s what I call it.” Regardless of projections, predictions and popularity, Cotter knew thorough campaign work had to be done. “I think the hardest part of

our job is prioritizing,” Cotter said about executing the campaign plan. Golden usually works in Lansing, but he took vacation time to stay in Mount Pleasant with Cotter. “I’m just here because I’m a nerd,” Golden said. “I love this stuff.” A COTTER| 5

Security cameras in Moore Hall, Music Building cost $15,000 Kyle Kaminski Staff Reporter

Following the resounding re-election of President Barack Obama Tuesday night, both the president and his rivals in the Republican Party stare down daunting challenges ahead. For the GOP, election night made it clear that their current voter coalition, consisting predominantly of older, white Americans, will not lead to electoral success in the future, CMU political science chairman Orlando Perez said. “Obama won because he was able to turn out his supporters: minorities, women, younger voters. They did a very good job of getting their people out,” Perez said. “So did the Romney campaign, and it wasn’t enough. Getting Latino voters on their side is the key.” Minority voters comprised 28 percent of the electorate, up from 26 percent in 2008 and 22 percent in 2004. They overwhelmingly sided with Obama, including a 71 percent to 27-percent defeat of Republican nominee Mitt Romney among Latinos, according to a Washington Post exit poll. As the Latino population continues to grow in the United States, Perez said the Republican Party must make changes to its immigration policy. “Look, George W. Bush won 44 percent of the Latino vote in 2004. If Romney got that kind of support, he’d probably be president-elect right now,” Perez said. “They have to get right on immigration. They cannot continue to talk about building a wall ... or self-deportation.” Speaking with the Post,

Florida GOP strategist David Johnson echoed the fears of many top Republicans following Romney’s defeat, losses in the Senate and a series of election night victories for gay rights on several state ballots. “We’re going the way of the dinosaurs, and quick,” Johnson said. “The meteor’s already hit, and we’re just trying to wonder what the blast zone will look like.”

for Finance and Administrative Services David Burdette, who has an office in Warriner Hall. “Overall, I know that (the cameras) add to the general security of the building.” Journalism professor Jaifei Yin, who works in Moore Hall, said the cameras were a necessary cost to the university. “Our department computer lab and offices were broken into more than once,” Yin said. “Something had to be done to prevent the break-ins.” Although the cameras ultimately mean a safer campus for

students, she said the feeling of “being watched” is still an eerie reality. “It does give you a strange feeling of being watched,” Yin said. “But it’s a public building, so we can expect that. Over time, perhaps people will get used to them and forget that there are cameras there.” Although the police were unable to comment, Ritzler is confident the cameras are not monitored around the clock. university@cm-life.com

Several local races decided after going down to the wire John Irwin elections Coordinator

Sheila Murphy and Patty Strong were elected to the Mount Pleasant Public Schools board Tuesday night after a close race finally pulled in their favor. Murphy, a veteran Mount Pleasant businesswoman, and Strong, a former federal public defender and reporter at the Morning Sun, won the two seats up for grabs with 33.66 percent and 26.85 percent of the vote, respectively. Jeffrey Wigand, a New York native, fell just short of Strong for the second seat with 23.27 percent of the vote. Former Isabella County Treasurer Wynne Winslow received 16.23 percent of the vote. Murphy ran on her business experience and promised to make transparency and accountability a priority. “We need to hear what (the public) has to say,” Murphy said. Strong emphasized

reforming schooling to cultivate ability rather than test scores. “The whole point of high school is to learn how to learn,” Strong said at an open forum in late October.

MoUnT pLeAsAnT ChArTer AMenDMenTs

While proposed amendments to the state constitution were all shot down on election night, two of the three proposed amendments to the Mount Pleasant charter were approved by voters. The first amendment, which allows city commissioners flexibility when determining the first organizational meeting of the year, passed with ease, earning 77 percent of the vote. The amendment was pushed for by City Manager Kathie Grinzinger and Mayor Bruce Kilmer, because the meeting often conflicted with the schedules of city commissioners. A UNION TOWNSHIP| 4

Firehouse Subs coming to renovated Mission Street plaza Emily Grove Staff Reporter

Will O’Hara, a 2011 CMU grad who majored in finance and minored in marketing, is bringing a Firehouse Subs to Mission Street in Mount Pleasant in the late winter or early spring. The Firehouse Subs franchise originated in Florida, and when O’Hara’s parents traveled south, they noticed the restaurants and wondered why nothing similar was in Michigan. O’Hara began researching the company and thought there was good potential for a location in Mt. Pleasant. “The franchise is a little more unique. If you compare the quality of the food to Jimmy

John’s or Subway, I think it’s not even close,” O’Hara said. “I think people will eat there and be surprised. It’s definitely something people will like.” O’Hara will be leasing a 2,400-sq. ft. space from Lacoz LLC to house Firehouse Subs. The space is part of a new 5,000-sq. ft. building being constructed in the parking lot of the plaza Lacoz also owns, which contains L-1 Bar and Grill, Soldan’s Feed and Pet Supply, Family Dollar and other businesses. Labelle Realty manages the plaza for Lacoz and will manage the new building. Brandon Labelle, the project’s manager, said the new building is part of a larger

project to utilize the parking lot more efficiently. The parking lot will feature new asphalt and landscaping. Curb islands will be installed to increase safety. “The reason for the curb islands is that right now it’s wide open like a race track, which is just an accident waiting to happen, so this will give people more direction on where to go,” Labelle said. “It will be safer, look nicer with trees and irrigation. Overall, it will enhance the look of the center and of Mission Street.” Labelle said the plan is for the building to be done in six to eight weeks, and O’Hara would like Firehouse Subs to be opened by February or March.

Labelle said the remaining space in the new building has yet to be leased. This space has a drive-thru and could be a location for a book store, hair salon, ice cream shop or a variety of other types of businesses. Any business can rent the space as long as it meets the zoning requirements of the area, Labelle said. In the next month, Labelle said the plaza will also be getting a makeover. “We are going to do a façade renovation,” Labelle said. “If we’re going to enhance the look of the parking lot and add a new building, we want it all to tie together.” metro@cm-life.com

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The landscape plan for the renovated mission street plaza shows new curb cuts along the street and new building in the foreground.


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Comic books a legitimate art form, says ‘Batman’ executive producer Michael Uslan By Ryan Fitzmaurice Staff Reporter

In January 1966, a young Michael Uslan, brimming with anticipation, rushed to his living room and sat anxiously in front of his television. It was the premiere of the new Batman television series, the first since the 1949 serial “Batman and Robin.” “I was excited and horrified at the same time,” Uslan said. “I was excited because the show was colorful, it was bright. They spent a lot of money on everything. The costumes, the vehicles, the gadgets. But I was horrified, because this was not the Batman of Adam West ... everyone in the world was laughing at Batman.” Uslan rushed down to his basement, and, in a manner very similar to Bruce Wayne vowing to avenge his parents, Uslan vowed to show the world the dark and serious Batman, to return him to a “dark creature of the night.” Uslan, who spoke to a crowd of about 420 people at Platcha Auditorium Wednesday night,

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Executive producer of the Batman films, Michael Uslan, speaks to a crowd Wednesday night in Plachta Auditorium. Uslan has worked as a producer on the Batman films since the 1989 Tim Burton film, up through the most recent “The Dark Night Rises”.

has been a producer of every major Batman film since Tim Burton’s 1989 film and has also been involved in the production of various full-length animated Batman features based on the popular TV shows “Batman,” the animated series, and “The Batman.” He shared his life story to Platcha Auditorium, from his

start as a poor college student who stumbled into teaching the first college class about comic books in American education, to writing Batman comics for DC Comics, to buying the rights to Batman in the 1970s and facing 10 years of laughs and derision before finally releasing Tim Burton’s “Batman” in 1989. Uslan is most known for

Volunteer Center to host Adopt-A-Family program Monday in Bovee University Center By Charnae Sanders Staff Reporter

Students with an interest of giving back to the community and those less fortunate can participate in the Adopt-A-Family Match Day on Monday at the Bovee University Center in Room 106 from 1 to 5 p.m. The Mary Ellen Volunteer Center partnered with United Way of Isabella County to help students adopt families for this upcoming holiday season. After families put in applications through United Way, the volunteer center will receive a list of families from the company and will match students with them. Students are able to see how many members are in the family, how old the family members are and read their story or find out what happened to them that put them in this situation. When adopting a family, students will receive a wish list of the adopted family’s needs. Wyoming graduate student Jason Vasquez worked with the Business Residential College and Public Service Residential College to adopt one family for each of the past two years. “We chose a family that

we could relate to or one that had a story we thought was inspiring and we wanted to help them out,” Vasquez said. “For instance, we adopted a family of a mother with two kids, and they had no kitchen table. So, we bought them a kitchen table so they could have a kitchen table for their family, because the father passed away and he was the main provider for their family.” When Jason partnered with the BRC and PSRC, together they raised $200 for the family. However, they did not come to a stop once they purchased the kitchen table. “We bought the family clothes (and) toys for the kids,” Vasquez said. “… Also just a gift card, just for gas to get around.” Students who participated in the program normally adopt a family as a group and fundraise to help support the family. They will work with RSOs or Greek Life. “I know a lot of people do it as a group,” said Pontiac sophomore Chelsea Moss said, who works at the volunteer center. “It’s different sororities, fraternities ... as a whole will adopt a family. They’ll do different fundraisers for that family.” However, the entire process is completely anony-

union township | continued from 3 Approved with 82 percent of the vote, the second amendment requires the city clerk to post a notice of each special commission meeting 18 hours in advanced, compared to the current 12-hour notice. The final proposal, rejected by voters by a

65.3 percent to 34. 6 percent margin, would have amended the charter to allow for appointed members of any city agency, board or committee to serve with no term limits.

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mous. Those who adopt families will never meet the families face-to-face. “The people who contribute to this, they’re not going to get any recognition,” Moss said. “It’s not nothing like ‘because you did this, we’re going to give you a gift card.’ There’s no prize in the end besides you basically just having that good feeling that you just helped not just one person, but a whole family. This could impact them for the rest of their lives.” One year, the PSRC raised money for a bed. They knocked at several residence hall doors to fundraise money so they could not only buy the mattress, but a bed frame. “It’s service to others, it’s not a handout — it’s a hand up,” Vasquez said. “We want to be able to uplift people and give them hope for the future instead of just a ‘here’s a gift, have a happy holiday.’ We want to be sure to make them happy and use that for the future.” For students interested in taking part in this program, they can stop at the volunteer center or go to OrgSync. Adopt-A-Family ends Nov. 20. studentlife@cm-life.com

John Barker was re-elected by the narrowest of margins, defeating his Republican challenger Russ Alwood by only three votes. Barker, the incumbent Democrat, received 1,631 votes compared to the 1,628 votes Alwood received. Barker has been serving as supervisor since he was elected in 2008. metro@cm-life.com

his involvement with Nolan’s recent breakout “Dark Knight” trilogy. “I’m no different from any of you,” Uslan said. “I was just a geeky fanboy comic book nerd who wanted to show the world a serious Batman.” Along with his film achievements, Uslan has been recognized academically, receiving a Ph.D in comic books from Monmouth University in October. Uslan has also been recognized internationally, gaining the privilege of giving a presentation in the United Nations to cartoonists from around the world. Uslan said these achievements indicate that comic books have finally arrived in today’s mainstream. “Comic books are a legitimate art form as crucial to America as Jazz,” Uslan said. “The Gods of Rome, Greece

and Egypt still exist, they just wear spandex and capes.” Nick Potter, a Sanford freshman, said he found Uslan relevant as he plans to go into filmmaking. “I assumed there was a lot of door slamming, so that didn’t surprise me,” Potter said in response to Uslan’s attempt to make his first Batman film. “But his determination and persistence were just really inspiring.” Jacob Deering, a Mount Pleasant resident, said he also found Uslan’s talk inspiring. “You have to do what you love to do,” Deering said. “You just have to find your dream, and you have to find your plan, and you have to follow it.” Uslan said the road to his current career, which he compared to reporting to a sandbox everyday and playing with your favorite toys, did not come easy.

“People always ask me how did you do it? What is your magic?” Uslan said. “The magic is there was no magic. The magic is pounding on doors until your knuckles bleed. My dream came true because of bleeding knuckles.” Uslan said his dream came true while watching a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” where at the end of the movie he started crying in the middle of the theater. “It was everything I wanted Batman to be since I was 14 years old. This was my dream. This was my epitaph,” he said. He explained this to his wife, who was sitting next to him in the theater. She looked at him, he said, and responded with a single sentence: “Well, what do you want to be when you grow up?” studentlife@cm-life.com


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international workshop draws high response

phoTo oF The DAY

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Bay City senior Kyle Elsea, a Veterans Outreach Panelist, receives a hug from Midland resident Ombudsman Barton Buechner Wednesday evening in the Charles V. Park Library Auditorium. The Veterans Outreach Panel had just presented Buechner with a Veteran Advocate Award for the support he has provided to Student Veterans of America.

21-year-old man forged documents, to play high school football for oilers By Jackson Seedott Staff Reporter

Lansing native James Nash transferred to Mount Pleasant High School during the first week of the 2012-13 school year under the alias Javier Jones. Nash, who turned out to be 21 years old, did so in order to play football, until school officials discovered that he forged legal documents in order to appear eligible to compete in high school athletics. According to the Michigan High School Athletic Association, any student who turns 19 years old before Sept. 1 is ineligible to compete in any sport at the high school level. “Police helped us identify (Nash’s) true identity,” Mount Pleasant High School Athletic Director Jim Conway said. “They looked into his files and conducted some background checks to discover his true identity and confirm that he was using an alias in order to play for the football team.” Conway said he received an anonymous phone call from a

CoTTer | ContinUed froM 3 After breakfast, Golden drove behind Cotter to the Union Township office to vote. He waited in line for 12 minutes to complete and cast his ballot. Cotter met at his campaign headquarters in an office space, 113 W. Broadway St., where his campaign signs were secured to the large window-front. In a back room, he spoke with Golden and Greene about Election Day events and made plans for preparing his victory party at Hunter’s Ale House, 4855 E. Blue Grass Road. Throughout his first term, Cotter said he voted 53 times against his own party on various issues. He posted the results of each vote on Facebook, along with explanations for why he voted the way he did. Transparency and accountability for his official conduct was as much of a priority, he said, as meeting with constituents. During the campaign, he made it a point to avoid negative campaigning against Lawrence.

parent about Nash’s true identity. Conway said Nash went to extraordinary measures to avoid being caught. “He did a really good job of forging his documents, such as transcripts and a current address,” Conway said. “An ordinary person like you or me wouldn’t have been able to tell that they were in fact forged documents.” Nash was born in 1991 and changed all of his legal documents to say he was born in 1994 in order to be eligible to play for the football team and perhaps even the basketball team, which he planned to do before being caught. “The thing that frustrates me the most is that one individual would take it upon themselves to tarnish our school and damage the reputation of our athletic program,” Conway said. “It’s absolutely absurd; I’d never expect someone to do something like this.” Conway said the case has been turned over to the prosecutor’s office, but he is unsure whether formal

charges will be filed. “We try to help out the local agencies in whatever way we can and trust that they are going to follow through and do the right thing,” he said. When asked how Nash got away with this for so long, Conway said, “He presented himself as an average high school student athlete. He didn’t draw attention to himself, kept up with his academic work, and, in doing, that slipped under everyone’s radar.” According to his coaches, Nash had a ‘yes sir, no sir’ attitude and made it hard for anyone to believe that he was a fraud, Conway said. Nash contributed to two of the four Oiler wins this season, and it is expected that both of those wins will be forfeited. “I think that’s the part that upsets our students the most, that their hard work and effort is going to be thrown away because of one man’s selfish act,” Conway said.

From the headquarters, Cotter left to sit in on meetings regarding his official work as representative. Then he prepared for the evening and had dinner with his family. Cotter drove to Midland for the Midland County GOP Victory Party at the H Hotel, 111 W. Main St., a three-star hotel with a large conference room where Dave Camp held his victory party. Cotter met with supporters, took an interview with a local TV news station and spoke briefly about his hope for Republican victories in the local and national elections. After spending about a halfhour there, he headed back to Mount Pleasant for his party at Hunter’s Ale House. There, he greeted his family and friends, spoke to the gathering and then met with supporters as Golden continually updated the results numbers of his election, along with the presidential race and other local elections on a 200-inch screen. Cotter’s supporters, expecting a victory, were more relaxed than in 2010, when he was elected to the House for the first time. He was ahead of Lawrence

by about 2,700 votes with just a few precincts left to report. Golden calculated the votes and made sure that the remaining number of votes were negligible in determining the winner. When Golden saw that the math guaranteed a majority of votes, he gave Cotter the thumbs-up. Cotter’s wife, Jennifer, and his father, Bob, congratulated him after he declared victory at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. He left Hunter’s Ale House at about 2 a.m. and stayed up until 3:30 a.m. with his laptop, keeping tabs on state and national elections. Cotter’s hunger for reelection was satisfied. Cotter said his dad’s congratulations meant a lot to him. “He congratulated me and told me to keep up the good work, and he was especially proud of the way we ran this race,” Cotter said. “He’s always been against negative campaigning and said he was proud of the way things were run. That makes me feel really good.”

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When Ibrahim Neyazmuhammed, a Saudi Arabian graduate student, consulted with a counselor about the International Student Organization’s new international student workshop, he was advised to expect 40 to 50 international students to attend. Neyazmuhammed, also the ISO president, rented out a small room in the Bovee University Center and waited for international students to sign up. He ended up having to change to the UC Auditorium to accompany all 123 students who attended. With fall enrollment marking the total amount of International students attending Central Michigan University at 563, according to the registrar’s office, the group currently has about 20 percent of international undergraduates as active participants, with only about five members a meeting being American students. With the program newly established, having only one year in session, the ISO team members never expected the program to experience such

rousing success. Over the summer, the officials of the ISO decided to develop the program because international students needed to be taught skills that they weren’t being taught through other means. “There was no program,” Neyazmuhammed said. “We met with faculty and said that students need this kind of workshop. So they provided the training.” The ISO has held two workshops so far this year. The first on time management had 123 students attend. The second on communication skills had 126 students attend. The ISO will hold three more workshops during the spring semester, on public speaking and presentation skills, decision-making skills and career development. After students have completed all of the workshops, they will receive a certificate, which they can put on their resume. Neyazmuhammed said the program will allow students to succeed both in and out of college. “Most students experience college in two different ways. They experience it through what they want. They want parties. They want to celebrate. They want to have

poLiTiCAL sCienCe | ContinUed froM 3 Vice President Joe Biden told reporters Wednesday that the results of the election indicated a “mandate” for the Obama administration on tax policy. “You guys have probably looked at the internals of the vote more than I have so far,” Biden said. “But from what it appears is that, on the issue of the tax issue, there was a clear sort of mandate about people coming much closer to our view about how to deal with tax policy.” Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, said he was willing to strike a deal with Democrats by agreeing to raise revenues as long as they would make concessions on domestic spending and

entitlements. “Mr. President, this is your moment,” Boehner said Wednesday at the Capitol. “We’re ready to be led, not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans.” CMU political science

fun. But they also attend college to get something that would benefit them. They attend college to get what they need,” he said. “This program gives students something that benefits them. It gives them tools, which can help them in the real world.” Neyazmuhammed said the program is important for international students because they encounter challenges that other students don’t face. “(International) students are used to different countries, different cultures,” Neyazmuhammed said. “They sometimes get homesick, they need help socially, they can need help organizing time, making friends, with their studies. This program addresses that.” Tracy Nakajima, director of International Affairs, and the faculty adviser of the group, said the number of students attending was extraordinary, but not surprising. “The leaders of the program have worked tremendously hard to meet the needs of the international students on campus,” Nakajima said. “ The international student response reflects that.” studentlife@cm-life.com

professor David Jesuit said he was hopeful a deal would be struck, despite a rocky history between the two sides. “I don’t expect a grand compromise, but they will likely kick the can down the road another year. That would involve some mix of new revenues, including taxes, as well as some cuts,” Jesuit said. metro@cm-life.com

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

EDITORIAL | election night signaled a change

Ashley McDonald Staff Reporter

Time to disconnect Since the evolution of Twitter, I’ve begun to tally up the total amount of computerized mediums that we as young adults are wired to. The list is starting to add up, check it out: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr ... the list goes on. If you think about it, that’s really not a small list. Actually, it’s sort of lengthy, and it’s ever-growing. How many more social networking sites will be created in the future? Is there anything that they haven’t come up with yet? And then there’s texting. No matter who you are or what type of phone you possess, texting is at least a small part of almost everyone’s life. Hell, it controls most people’s lives. In fact, a few of those aforementioned websites rule over most people’s lives, too. I’ll be the first to admit that I log onto Facebook 20 times a day. Twitter’s a close second; I probably take a fast glance at the news feed about 15 times a day. I know that I’m not the only one. Most people my age or around my age share the same addictions. Bored in class? Take a quick look at Instagram. There could be some interesting bathroom selfies on there. Bored at lunch? Maybe there are a few important tweets being tweeted right that second. Bored in general? Spend a few quality hours on YouTube. YouTube pretty much guarantees incessant entertainment. Maybe it’s not just boredom that contributes to our devotion to these electronic channels. Maybe it’s something more. The human need to be “in the loop” is my first theory. We constantly believe that we have to be tapped into the cyberspace world, or we’ll miss something. Escapism is my second theory. A quick solution for the desire to be somewhere else is to grab your smart phone and see what’s happening on there instead. That way, a person doesn’t have to fully engage in the present. These are factors that have contributed to the unhealthiness of Internet addictions. Why should we feel that we have to know what’s going on at every second of every day? It’s OK to not always know or to find out later. And we shouldn’t have an escape route in the palms of our hands. For example, if you’re in a completely awkward social situation (don’t pretend you haven’t been in one), you shouldn’t be whipping out your phone and texting your friend as a means of escape. Call me old-fashioned, but the way that people used to deal with these predicaments was by using actual social skills to relieve the discomfort. Which brings me to my concluding point: Ironically, social networks, along with texting, have actually created more alienated human beings. I fear for the seven-year-olds with iPhones. How are they ever going to learn essential communication skills that are imperative not only for making face-to-face friends, but for life in general? And while we might have already learned those skills back in the day where we didn’t have technology in our pockets, we still have reason to be concerned. I think that a little de-wiring would be good for us. After all, there are things that are going on in real life that are far more important than the latest tweets. E-mail | editor@cm-life.com 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 cm-life.com 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.

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Talkin’ ‘bout my generation

uesday night marked the beginning of a new era in American politics: one more tolerant, more diverse and younger than ever before.

Ever since the 2010 midterm elections, talk among cable news pundits was that the coalition of young voters and minorities who swept Barack Obama into the White House in 2008 was fleeting. They said his coalition was disillusioned with the political process, and Tuesday was supposed to signal a shift back to the old guard, a.k.a. old, white people. The talking heads could not have been more wrong. Turnout among Latinos and African Americans actually increased, according to most exit polls. Younger voters turned out nationwide at about the same rate they did in 2008, and 60 percent of people ages 18 to 29 voted for Obama. Not only did this coalition singlehandedly deliver Obama a second term, thereby ensuring

reforms in health care and student loans are fully implemented, they made their voices heard at the state level as well, approving of gay marriage in four states, electing a record number of women senators and voting to end absurd marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington. Welcome to 21st Century America. The Democratic Party and campaign officials and volunteers in the Obama campaign deserve a lot of credit for galvanizing younger people and making people who would never think of becoming a part of the political process major players in it. At the same time, the Republican Party has itself to blame for alienating young people and minorities, especially Latinos. For eight years, the Bush admin-

istration fed the American people lie after lie about the rationale for a needless war and misguided policies, culminating in the mountain of debt and deep recession we’re still trying to recover from today. A whole generation of young people and a growing minority population, fed up with the lies, have turned against the GOP, and as long as they continue to double down on those policies, they have little hope of gaining ground among them. It is going to take a more open, more accepting Republican Party, one that appeals to minorities, for it to take the White House. It is often said that this generation is selfish and entitled, not caring to seek out news or become involved in the political process. Tuesday proved otherwise. Our generation, with help from a newly empowered minority population, has dramatically altered the political landscape in the United States, and the ramifications of that change will be felt for decades.

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Advice column offensive I have read some offensive articles in this newspaper, but your article “How to get the guy while his current relationship seems to be fizzing out” is more offensive to me, as a woman, than Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” comment. First of all, I have been in my relationship for over a year now, and the fact that this newspaper thinks it is appropriate to hand out advice on how to end that disgusts me. Relationships are hard enough; we don’t need to be manipulating each other’s significant others into ending their current relationships. Your first piece of advice, “Make

sure you look your best,” is awful. You just told women, who are getting a college education, that the easiest way to get the man is by looking good. What ever happened to impressing him with your intellect, sense of humor or confidence? Then, you continued to tell women to change their interests in order to be compatible with the man. No woman should ever have to change herself to get a boyfriend. If she does, she will end up miserable pretending to be someone she isn’t. No. four on your list of advice, however, is by far the worst thing you said. You advised women to pretend they are weak in order to

get help from a man, because validating his masculinity will make him like you. Essentially, you told women to forget about being strong and independent, because he will never like you that way. This is not the 1950s. You are giving this advice to women who are getting a college education, who will have careers and success. I hope you are thoroughly ashamed of this article, because I know I am ashamed to go to a university that would put this in its school newspaper. Margaret Herrinton South Lyon junior

Athletics not ‘incompetent’ As a true football fan (Wednesday’s column about athletics) made me want to jump through the ceiling after I read it. To say that the athletic department is incompetent is not only unprofessional but incredibly inaccurate. Not to mention you posted inaccurate W-L records for both CMU and WMU. Do you have any idea what goes into planning and executing a sporting event? Do you have any idea how much Central Michigan’s athletic

budget is for a given year? The amount of staff that needs to be paid for their long hours trying to run a successful athletic department? What gives Western Michigan students or Michigan State students the right to get into Kelly/ Shorts Stadium for free? Of course students from other schools are going to be charged for entry, how else do you expect the school to generate revenue? They didn’t have to travel to Mount Pleasant, nobody is forc-

ing them. If they are true football fans, they will pony up the money to see their team. And for the guy who called it glorified high school football? Where did he play college ball? If you are going to go to the game to heckle our school and rip on everybody, stay home. I am shocked that this article was published in the school newspaper. Mike Fata, Lansing senior

Arielle Breen Staff Reporter

Furious response to purposeful blindness Hershey’s, Smucker’s, Kellogg’s, Monsanto, Sara Lee, General Mills, Ocean Spray, Delle Monte, Dole, Campbell’s, Land-O-Lakes, Bumble Bee Foods, Sunny Delight, Hormel Foods, Godiva, Morton Salt, The Coca-Cola Company, Wrigley, McCormick, Nestle and, of course, PepsiCo, are all traitors. Guess who won’t be buying a Sara Lee pie, Ocean Spray Cranberries or McCormick seasonings this Thanksgiving? I don’t support traitors. Most of these products I won’t buy anyway, but their treachery takes my anger over the edge. These companies and other similar traitors to good quality food have spent over $45 million to keep consumers in the dark. Proposition 37 in California was basically the head of the new food movement. Individuals, small businesses and larger businesses gathered to show that they want to know what is in their food. The proposition would basically require food companies that use genetically modified organism ingredients (GMOS) to be labeled. This made a powerful force against the food dictators. How much testing has been done on the effects of GMO food consumption? Not much and even less that was done by third-party testers. Also, it’s not a coincidence that many of the people who have leading roles in these large corporations also have a role in regulatory fields like the FDA. Doesn’t it reek of corruption? It sounds oddly familiar. Wait, it’s coming back to me now. Oh, I remember, tobacco companies. Had Prop 37 passed, it would have set a precedent for the rest of the country. This was the 12th state to try and go against these large corporations like Monsanto, the bully on the playground. Monsanto creations of patented genetically altered soybeans, corn and other plants that are basically every horror-film maker’s dream come true. The plants invade, replicate and are resistant to other life forms attempts at removal. This prop was literally a little man against the behemoth scenario, but the people in support of Prop 37 and other similar movements say they will continue to fight on. From this, we can take away that people do care about their food, many will not give up, and they will not let large corporations with huge pockets dictate how they eat. They will continue to turn to local farmers, co-ops and staying informed. While the elections might be over for candidates, we vote every time we eat. We are voting when we drink coffee at the locally owned businesses like Kaya Coffee or shop at the local quality businesses like GreenTree, the list goes on.

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Women’s soccer faces u-m Saturday in first round By Emily Grove Staff Reporter

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TOP: Freshman guard Chris Fowler makes his way down the court Wednesday night at McGuirk Arena. CMU beat Lake Superior State 86-76. LEFT: Senior forward Zach Saylor tries to make a pass during Wednesday night’s game. Head Coach Keno Davis yells from the sideline during his CMU debut.

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Zach Saylor, men’s basketball team shine as Davis era kicks off with an 86-76 win By Kristopher Lodes | Staff Reporter

McGuirk Arena drew 1,569 fans Wednesday night to witness the start of the Keno Davis era for the men’s basketball program. Students packed both ends of the McGuirk Arena student section to see their Chippewas defeat Lake Superior State 86-76 in an exhibition game. The students were rewarded with many opportunities to catch a free t-shirt, receive free pizza delivered by the dance team and were involved in the many media timeout games. “We know we might be a little ways away on the court, but we can’t wait for success on the court to get fans here, so

we’ve done just about everything we can to reach out to the students,” Davis said. “It was an unbelievable showing by our students tonight for an exhibition game.” After the game was over, the team shared the victory with its fans by going to the section and personally thanking them

for coming out. “This is my fifth year here, and I haven’t seen a fan turnout like that since I don’t know when,” senior forward Zach Saylor said. “That helps win games, having a fan base with people involved (who) know about basketball supporting us.” Back on the court, freshman guard Chris Fowler, senior guard Kyle Randall and sophomore guard Austin Keel each put up 13 points, making four Chippewas in double figures. “I thought the effort was there; I thought we had intensity that we’re just now learning how to play,” Davis said. “We see things we have to work on, but the more things you see as a coach, the

better you can be.” One of those things CMU needs to work on is its rebounding. There were no Chippewas in double figures on the boards as Saylor and freshman forward John Simons led the way with six. CMU also struggled with free throws, shooting 65.6 percent from the line. “Rebounding is one thing we need to improve on,” Saylor said. “Also, free throws and shooting, but other than that, we just have to come into practice and get back at it.” One thing that the student section spotted with LSSU was a familiar face. Former Chippewas guard Jorddan Myrick transferred to the Lakers after the coaching change,

and the students let him know how they felt. Chants of “traitor” and “we don’t want you” reigned down on the sophomore, who scored eight points and shot 50 percent from the field. “I saw him in warm-ups and said hi to him,” Saylor said. “It’s funny, I was with him last year and going into the season against him now.” CMU will travel to Iowa for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off Monday in Iowa City. “We’re not ready for Iowa,” Davis said. “We’re far from it, but it will be good experience for us going in there without having any expectations from anybody thinking we can win that game.” sports@cm-life.com

football team travels to face 1-8 eastern michigan eagles Saturday By Matt Thompson Senior Reporter

Don’t let Western beat you twice. That has been the message for the Central Michigan football team this week as it prepares to play Eastern Michigan at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Ypsilanti. Sophomore wide receiver Titus Davis said head coach Dan Enos told the team that after the Western Michigan game in preparation for EMU. “Coming off an emotional game, you don’t want the effects to linger on,” Enos said. “The game has been played and over with, and we have a big rivalry game this week, so we can’t have that affect us.”

Enos said Tuesday he thought his team did a good job putting the loss behind them in preparation for EMU. Davis received the coach’s message loud and clear. “That was a disappointing loss, but we’re trying to keep high hopes and practice going good,” he said. “We can’t dwell on the loss; we have to keep working to beat Eastern.” After being a dormant Mid-American Conference program for years, EMU went 6-6 last year, creating hype entering 2012. A 1-8 season so far has the Eagles back down as the MAC bottom dweller. Enos said the Eagles game is just as big a rivalry as WMU. EMU head coach Ron

English is 1-1 against Enos as a head coach. The two also met as assistants in the Michigan State-Michigan rivalry before taking head coaching jobs. “Ron English has been a defensive coach his whole career; his defense is always very prepared,” Enos said. “I like their defensive line, and their corners get after it. Last year, I thought they were maybe the best defense in our league.” Davis has eight touchdowns and 831 yards this season as the CMU leading receiver and deep threat. He credits his success lately to seeing a lot of man coverage.

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The Central Michigan women’s soccer team is looking for a win to extend its season and prove it’s deserving of national recognition. CMU will travel to Ann Arbor to play the University of Michigan at 6 p.m. on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. CMU became the first team in Mid-American Conference history to receive an at-large bid for the tournament on Monday. The Chippewas have been to the tournament twice before, but the appearances in 2009 and 2010 came from automatic bids after winning MAC tournament titles. “I think this means the NCAA has more confidence in us than when we’ve just received automatic bids,” senior forward Laura Twidle said. “They’ve noticed how well we did in our nonconference and gave us this chance.” Twidle said she knows the Wolverines will have a different style of play than the MAC teams they’ve recently played. “They put on a different kind of pressure,” Twidle said. Head coach Neil Stafford said MAC teams tend to apply constant pressure, pounding players with close, physical contact. Michigan is likely to back off and then attack with strong physicality in spurts. Junior forward Nkem Ezurike will be one of the biggest threats CMU will face playing U-M. Ezurike finished the regular season fourth in the Big Ten with 13 goals, including five game-winners.

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Junior running back Zurlon Tipton runs into the endzone for his first touchdown of the game Saturday afternoon at Kelly/Shorts Stadium against rival Western Michigan. Tipton finished the game with 115 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 22 carriers, but it wasn’t enough, as the Chippewas fell to the Broncos 42-31.

Volleyball hosts toledo today, faces BSu Saturday By Morgan Yuncker Staff Reporter

Central Michigan volleyball will say its first of many goodbyes as it honors seniors Saturday night at McGuirk Arena. After playing host to Toledo at 7 p.m. today, the team will cap off its regular season at 7 p.m. Saturday against Ball State. This will be the last home match the seniors will play this season. “They’ve meant everything to me,” junior defensive specialist Jenna Coates said. “They’ve been great mentors, but we’re focusing on playing together until December.” The seniors include Samantha Brawley, Val DeWeerd, Lindsey Dulude and Jocelyn VerVelde. Each has brought something special to the table for the program. Brawley started her career as a Chippewa not in a volleyball uniform but in a cross country one. She tried out for the team her sophomore year and has been with the team ever since. She has built a career as a defensive specialist but an even better career as a teammate, being named team captain for three and a half years. A VOLLEYBALL | 8


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Women’s basketball opens against Bradley today at noon; Guevara going for 200th win By Matt Thompson Senior Reporter

The women’s basketball team opens its season at noon today in Peoria, Ill. against the Bradley Braves. Central Michigan lost to Bradley during non-conference play in December last year 86-79 in Mount Pleasant. The Chippewas started four underclassmen in that game — a group that went on a roll soon after. “We played a real tough game against them last year,” head coach Sue Guevara said. “They can shoot the basketball, and they have a big kid inside. She pins you down real low. They are like we are ... we start four guards, too. It’s going to be one of those up-and-down games — the way we like to play.” CMU won five-straight after the Bradley game, including an upset against No. 12 Purdue. A win over Bradley would be career win No. 200 for Guevara — her 77th at CMU, with the rest coming at Michigan. Even though it’s the first game of the season, senior guard Brandie Baker said the team should be loose. “Just relax and play your game,” she said. “It’s nothing but a game, so don’t think too much about it and play as a team.” CMU athletics listed sophomores Jessica Green, Crystal Bradford and Jas’Mine Bracey, along with junior Taylor Johnson and Baker,

football | continued from 7 “When coach calls my number with man coverage, I know I’ve got to win that battle; that’s my mindset,” he said. “(EMU) runs a lot of man, so I’m excited.” Offensively, English has

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as probable starters based on starts last year. Bradford was one of two players in the country to lead her team in points, rebounds, assists and steals, which earned her a Preseason All-Mid-American Conference selection. She averaged a double-double during the MAC tournament to finish the season. Green had a big game against the Braves as a freshman last season. She scored 17 points and snatched seven rebounds, leading the Chippewas in both categories in only 24 minutes. Last year, Bradley shot 47 percent from the three-point line on 17 attempts. The Chippewas are preparing for the long ball again this weekend. “We know they have three-

point shooters,” Baker said. “We want to make sure we stop them. They have post players that like to cut in and duck in, so we want to stop that.” The 86 points Bradley scored on the Chippewas was tied for the second most points CMU allowed last season. “We have been working on getting a lot of things better for our defense, as well as on offense, knowing how they play on defense and how we can attack on offense.” CMU will stay in Illinois to play Big Ten opponent Northwestern Sunday at 2 p.m. The Wildcats spoiled the team’s season opener last year, dropping the Chippewas 69-60.

tried to establish the run — something CMU has taken note of. “They love to pound the ball, that’s all I see from them,” CMU senior cornerback Anthony Young said. “I love to hit. My job is to make tackles, and I’m glad I’ll be able to have a chance to hit.” With three games remaining, CMU would need to win-out to crawl to 6-6 and

become bowl eligible for the first time under Enos. Davis said that goal is still out there, but, right now, the team is just focused on winning one game and not letting the WMU game stick with them. “That’s been our theme of the week,” Young said. “Don’t let Western beat us twice.”

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VOLLEYBALL | continued from 7 “Brawley won the spirit award the last three years in a row, maybe four, and I don’t think that has ever happened,” head coach Erik Olson said. “She is a tryout kid who found her way into the starting lineup.” DeWeerd has been a starter at outside hitter for the team for three and a half years and has compiled 458 kills in her career. This year, she also earned the Boyden Award for “satisfactory academic standing whose record best combines participation in a varsity intercollegiate sport with leadership ability ...” “DeWeerd has been starting for us the past three and a half years splitting time with Gotham at right side as a freshman,” Olson said. “She

has been a huge deal and is finishing playing her best ball of her career and the second Boyden award in our program’s history.” Dulude has been a fouryear captain for the Chippewas. She was a standout from the get go. As an outside hitter, she has compiled 737 kills and 686 digs in her career thus far. “Dulude has been on the floor in almost every match in the past four years and has huge heart,” Olson said. VerVelde started her career at CMU as a sophomore after she was transferred in from North Dakota State. She has recorded 169 kills in her career. “VerVelde has had big moments where she has really come through for us,” Olson

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making that goal,” Stafford said. “She had a great cut back, but the ball went right back to the keeper. We need to be a bit more offensive than we were last weekend.” Four different players lead CMU in scoring with four goals, while eight have scored at least two. The goal Rotheram was able to score in the MAC championship game tied her with senior midfielder Autumn Hawkins, junior Jennifer Gassman and sophomore Laura Gosse for the team lead. CMU has scored 32 goals and allowed 19, while U-M has scored 36 and has given up 15. The Chippewas last

continued from 7 “We know they’re going to feed it to the big girl up top, No. 22,” Stafford said. “It’s a different type of attack, and we’re ready.” If there’s anything CMU learned from Sunday’s 2-1 MAC tournament loss to Miami, Stafford said it’s finishing chances. “(Freshman forward) Danielle Rotheram had a great opportunity to give us the lead, and I would’ve normally bet my house on her

said. “She’s a great team player and a really powerful player. “As a group, they’re the first senior class to come away with a MAC Championship and first NCAA tournament (appearance). They are an important group that showed future Chippewas the road to success,” he said. However, it is not goodbye yet; the Chippewas will finish up their regular season Saturday before heading into the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Following the conference tournament, CMU is taking a trip to Florida during Thanksgiving break. “I like to say I’m not a senior, I’m a junior. I have to have that mindset, I can’t be ready to be done. I want to pretend it’s not my night; it’s the other seniors’ night,” DeWeerd said. sports@cm-life.com

played the Wolverines in 2011, resulting in a scoreless draw after double overtime. Stafford said he doesn’t expect this game to be a repeat of the last matchup between the schools. “They have a new freshman class, which brings new elements,” Stafford said. “I think they’ll be more mature than the last couple seasons.” The Chippewas (15-6-1) and the Wolverines (14-5-2) are in the tournament field for the first time since 2010. sports@cm-life.com

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