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Chippewas play Western Kentucky in Little Caesar’s Bowl on Dec. 26 By Matt Thompson Senior Reporter

After 8 p.m. Sunday, Central Michigan Athletics Director Dave Heeke was getting “anxious” with his football team not yet in a bowl game. “It was coming down to the wire,” he said. “But I knew we had a good shot with our team this year, our program history and how good our conference is.”

At 6-6, CMU squeezed into a bowl game and will play Western Kentucky in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Dec. 26 at Ford Field in Detroit. Western Kentucky finished the regular season 7-5 with an overtime win over Kentucky. The Hilltoppers lost three of their last four games in the Sun Belt Conference. It will be the fourth trip to the Motor City Bowl-Pizza Bowl for

the Chippewas since 2006. “I’m excited, and I hope our fans are excited to go back to a bowl game in our backyard,” Heeke said. “It’s another step Dave Heeke in the right direction for our program to rebuild.” Northern Illinois will be the first team in the Mid-American

Conference to play in a Bowl Championship Series bowl against Florida State in the Orange bowl. The Huskies will be without head coach Dave Doeren, who accepted the head coaching position at North Carolina State. CMU goes to NC State next year. “Today was a landmark day for MAC football,” Heeke said. “We jumped that hurdle. It’s something we’re all striving to do; now it’s attainable. I hope to see us

get that opportunity one day.” Other notable bowl games include Michigan facing South Carolina in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day, and Michigan State plays Texas Christian University Dec. 29 in the Buffalo Wild Wings bowl. Louisiana Tech is a bowleligible team not bowling. A 9-3 record wasn’t good enough in the A BOWL GAME | 2


Job growth predicted for associate degrees By Kyle Kaminski Staff Reporter

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Two year old Rowan Barz of Mount Pleasant visits Santa Claus (Larry Curtis) Friday evening during the Dickens Christmas Festival in the Town Center in downtown Mount Pleasant.

Tis’ the season

Dickens’ Christmas attracts hundreds to downtown Mount Pleasant Adam Niemi | Senior Reporter

He sat wide-eyed with his Spider-Man shoes dangling, holding a Styrofoam cup full of hot chocolate.

Students graduating this year can expect continued job growth according to Michigan State University’s 42nd Recruiting Trends Report. The study shows an overall increase in job growth for college graduates of about three percent this year. Comparatively, the expected growth rate is relatively consistent with last year, which reflected a four-percent increase. Students working toward both bachelor, and PhD degrees can expect to see an employment increase of five to eight percent, respectively, especially those in marketing, finance, human resources and advertising. However, engineering, accounting and computer science majors are declining slightly from last year. This decline could be attributed to a number of factors, according to Associate Professor of Computer Science Thomas Ahlswede. “I’ll guess that much of the increase is in lower-level technician kinds of work, rather than advanced professional positions,” Ahlswede said. “I’m sure those are growing, too, maybe just not quite as fast. Maybe there’s no more room for them to grow.” The real increase in employment rates doesn’t usually come from the standard four-year university. Associate’s degrees are receiving the

Cash Litwiller, 4, perched on his uncle’s


lap during a hayride and asked his aunt:


“Where’s my gloves?” Not far from Cash, a mother held her six-month-old daughter close while the cold air breezed past as the tractor drove the streets. The damp, cold air indeed brought families closer during the Dickens’ Christmas Festival this weekend in downtown Mount Pleasant. Plus, many kids saw Santa Claus and reindeer. Litwiller nodded when asked if he was looking forward to seeing Santa, then sipped his hot chocolate.

“It’s just his second time seeing Santa, so he’s very excited for it,” Litwiller’s aunt, Hannah Townsend, said. On Saturday, hundreds of people lined Main and Broadway streets to see the different floats featuring Santa. The parade also included tractors, ambulances and vehicles covered with Christmas lights. People who marched in the parade threw candy to the kids nearest the middle of the street, and they scrambled for peppermints and candy canes.

estimated job growth per degree* JeFFrey SMith/Staff PhotogRaPheR

Mount Pleasant resident Cheryl Rosebock looks a Christmas lights on a hayride with her 6-month-old son Stephen, and 4-year old daughter Emily Friday evening during the Dickens Christmas Festival in downtown Mount Pleasant.

Downtown businesses opened their doors to carolers and live music. Some gave away free hot chocolate. There were horse carriage and hay rides. Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, 3909 S. Summerton Road, donated the tractor and trailer used to give hay rides during the annual autumn Applefest.

The hay ride went south on Washington Street to Bellows Street, then over to Main Street and back downtown. It loaded and unloaded in front of Marty’s Bar, 123 S. Main St. A DICKENS | 2

Associate’s: PhD: Bachelor’s: master of Arts: master of Sciences: Professional: master of Business Administration: overall:

+31 percent +8 percent +5 percent -1 percent -1 percent -5 percent -6 percent +3 percent

*Information obtained from MSU’s Annual Recruiting Trends Report

Hot Yoga studio to open downtown today after $60,000 investment from owners By Elizabeth Benson Staff Reporter

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Manager and Instructor Jofus Smith demonstrates the Triangle Pose “Trikosana” yoga position at Mount Pleasant Hot Yoga studio, 115 S. Main St., on Friday afternoon.

A new business is preparing to open amid the brightly colored shops of downtown Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant Hot Yoga, 115 S Main St., owned by Patty Sutherland and managed by Jofus Smith, is set to open today after a long and arduous journey. It was a journey full of pitfalls and unpleasant surprises leading up to the successful building inspection Tuesday, Sutherland said. “It was a 100-year-old building, and we kept finding things that were unexpected,” she said. “We wanted to keep the old floors, but they were in bad shape, so we fixed them up.” Hot yoga is defined as yoga practiced in conditions upwards of 100 degrees. Most classes, said Sutherland, are done in 105-degree tem-

peratures with 40-percent humidity. Having conditions like that, in an old building, required a lot of extra work on their part, Sutherland said. The Main Street building was chosen over several Mission Street locations because of significant price differences in rent, she said. Locations on Mission Street cost four times the amount of the downtown location, Sutherland said. Sutherland purchased a special furnace that could reach high temperatures while being efficient, she said. “We had to put in insulation up above and below, because the basement is icy cold and draws heat away,” Sutherland said. Because of the old foundation, Sutherland estimates she spent about $60,000 getting the building up to par. The newly renovated studio also boasts two full locker rooms with

showers, a must after such a rigorous workout, Sutherland said. The team is already planning to expand to another changing room in the back and a room in which they can practice massage therapy. Smith, lead instructor and manager of the studio, is also trained in healing practices such as massage, he said. Some might be wondering why anyone would want to practice yoga, an already intense exercise, in such degrees of heat. The benefits, Sutherland said, are numerous. “It detoxes the skin, makes it so much softer. You become more flexible, the joint pain just isn’t there, you sleep better, and it works every muscle, tendon and joint. The emotional benefits are more with hot yoga as well. The word we hear is euphoric; you just float.” A HOT YOGA | 2

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EVENTS CALENDAR TODAY w The School of Music’s

Honors Recital begins at 11 a.m. in the Staples Family Concert Hall in the Music Building. The recital is free and open to the public.

TOMORROW w The Program Board will

put on a Pinterest Party from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Bovee UC’s Mackinaw and Ausable rooms. Staff will help students make projects, and free materials and cookies will be available. w The Symphony Band,

University Band and Campus Band will perform in the Staples Family Concert Hall in the Music Building at 8 p.m.

CORRECTIONS Central Michigan Life has a longstanding commitment to fair and accurate reporting. It is our policy to correct factual errors. Please e-mail © Central Michigan Life 2012 Volume 94, Number 42

HOT YOGA| ConTinUeD from 1 It all started in 2011, when Patty Sutherland was unhappy with the long commute to Detroit to practice hot yoga. So, in September of the same year, she opened her first studio in East Lansing, which has since found great success. Plans for another studio in Mount Pleasant came soon after, though they were tentative at first, she said. “It was a joke, because it’s hard work building on a studio,” she said. “I swore I would never do it again … but then, like having a baby, you tend to forget the

GROWTH | ConTinUeD from 1 most attention with a 31-percent increase in job growth this year—namely those in health care technology, business and computer science and applied engineering. “We’re projecting a 47-percent increase between now and 2018 for ‘middle-class’ jobs,” Mid Michigan Community College Advancement Director Matt Miller said. “Those are jobs that need more than high school (edu-

BOWL GAME| ConTinUeD from 1 Western Athletic Conference with non-conference wins over Illinois and Virginia. According to, Louisiana Tech


isabella County dive team holds first training dive with new members By Shelby Miller Senior Reporter

The Isabella County Dive Team participated in its first training dive Thursday morning after adding five new members to the team last month. Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said the dive took place in Coldwater Lake between 10 a.m. to noon with members Allen Jackson, Kurtis Adam, Dave Hill, Brad Doepker and Aaron Lloyd. All have ties to the fire department in Isabella County, Mioduszewski said. “Over the years, the dive team has recovered drowning victims, stolen guns, vehicles and many other items from the waterways in Isabella County,” Mioduszewski said. With five new members, the dive team now will be able to provide enough personnel to handle nearly any type of emergency situation in or on the water, he said. In October, the Isabella County Dive Team opened its membership to firefighters and paramedics in hopes of expanding the team. The dive team is composed of seven police officers: five suffering. Meeting Jofus was really the impetus and having him come in and start teaching at our studio.” It was a life-long dream of Smith’s to open a yoga studio in Mount Pleasant, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity. “Coming back to Mount Pleasant is coming full circle for me,” he said. “My mom was a CMU student, and she took yoga classes while she was here, and I didn’t know until I was done with this whole process that this is coming full circle for me from where I started my journey with yoga. I was only about four or five.” Smith said the most rewarding part of being a yoga instructor is helping other people.

deputies from the Isabella County Sheriff ’s Department, one police officer from the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Department and one officer from the Mount Pleasant Police Department. The five new members come from Shepherd TriTownship Fire Department, Nottawa-Sherman Fire Department, Millbrook-Rolland Fire Department, Isabella Northeast Fire Department and LifeNet. The new members are being funded through their respective fire department or themselves. The dive team’s mission includes recovering drowned bodies within Isabella County, recovering evidence, supporting countywide events on lakes and bodies of water and making safety presentations to the public. “The Sheriff ’s Department is committed to the philosophy of mutual aid and cooperation. The Dive Rescue Team is just another example of these efforts,” Mioduszewski said. Metro Editor Hailee Sattavara contributed to this report.

“I got hit by a car while riding my bike, and, because of that, I have a piece of titanium in my arm, and I had to modify many of the poses and I realized there were a large group of people that needed that kind of help on a daily basis,” he said. “When I realized that, that’s when everything kind of came into full spectrum of what it entails to be a yoga instructor.” Smith will be teaching 14 to 15 of the initial 25 classes per week. “We’re kind of trying to stick to the whole nondenominational approach to yoga so it’s more inclusive for everybody,” he said.

cation) and less than a bachelor’s. While job placement is difficult to track, what we’re seeing is a consistent need for health care as the baby boomer generation continues to age—something that an associate’s degree offers with a more hands-on approach.” Miller also attributes the demand for associate’s degrees to a new heavy need for technical skills. According to Miller, the job market is seeing a relatively new resurgence in manufacturing due to high retirement rates. The report doesn’t reflect an increase in all areas, however. Job growth is expected

to decline by one percent for students with a Master of Arts or Master of Sciences degree, five percent for professional degrees and six percent for those with a Master of Business Administration. “Another possibility is that employers have given up their long search for new hires who already have specialized training, since those people mostly don’t exist,” Ahlswede said. “Maybe they are now looking for people who will learn a lot more on the job than was expected in the past.”

turned down an invitation to the Independence Bowl Saturday, thinking they could get a better game. “I don’t know the details (of Louisiana Tech), a variety of things got reported,” Heeke said. “Northern Illinois was the big domino that fell that opened a lot of doors for us and a num-

ber of scenarios. Bottom line: I think the bowls like our team and our conference.” The MAC will send seven teams to bowl games. Kent State, Ohio, Bowling Green, Ball State and Toledo were the others invited.


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Lake Orion junior Richard Peake, a member of Blue Bird Sky jazz band, warms up on the piano before the group’s “Carols for Kids” performance Thursday evening in the University Auditorium. All proceeds of the concert went to benefit local schools and help better the educational experience of students.




ConTinUeD from 1 The tractor’s driver, Paul Dean, said he drove about six or seven miles combined Friday and Saturday. He said he expected to drive at least twice that after the parade Saturday night. The riders saw many houses along the route, decorated inside and out with lights. “We’ve probably had about 400 to 500 people so far,” Dean said. Isabella Bank and Trust, 139 E. Broadway St., hosted a bell choir and flute choir that performed one after the other. People quietly fed through the front entrance and craned their necks to see the performance. During the bell choir’s last song, “Silent Night,” the audience was encouraged to sing along, which many did. A live nativity scene across the street from Isabella Bank and Trust gave people the opportunity to pet a donkey and goats.


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CmU, Delta College sign reverse transfer agreement By Tony Wittkowski Staff Reporter

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Holland senior Ryan Lewis displays the wooden seal he created as part of his Honors project Thursday at the woodshop lab in the Engineering and Technology Building. The seal took Lewis more than 130 hours to complete and will be displayed in Powers Hall with a cabinet he has yet to complete.

Wood that he could Honors Program student Ryan Lewis incorporates woodshop skills in senior project

Central Michigan University signed a reverse transfer agreement with Delta College, allowing transfer students to finish their associate’s degree while attending CMU. The reverse transfer agreement will give community college students who have completed at least 24 college credits a chance to finish what is left of their credit hours at CMU for an associate’s degree. Earlier this year, CMU signed a reverse transfer agreement with MidMichigan Community College. “It’s not something for CMU as a constitution,” Registrar Karen Hutslar said. “We hope it helps the students specifically.” The credits earned at CMU will count for the university, as well as Delta — if students were to transfer back. “The student has to earn a certain amount of hours from a varying degree,” Hutslar said. There is a minimum of 24 credits required from Delta for transfer, whereas MMCC requires a minimum of 12 credits, and West Shore Community College requires 32 credits. Each school sets residency requirements in order to earn a degree, Hutslar said.

Delta’s transfer agreement was signed on Nov. 19 between Hutslar and Delta’s Emily Clement. “Universities across the state this year have been doing this due to influence from legislation,” Hutslar said. WSCC was also sent a reverse transfer agreement from CMU on Oct. 22, and the university is just waiting for confirmation. However, this particular agreement has always been available to students, just in varying degrees. “Students could always have done this,” Hutslar said. “(Signing reverse transfer agreements) makes them more aware, and (by) having a better process in place, hopefully more students will do this.” This particular agreement is aimed at transfer students looking to earn their associate’s degree from CMU. “I see this as a benefit to CMU students who have transferred from Delta College in the fact that if they did not receive or earn a degree at Delta,” said Virginia Przygocki, dean of Career Education and Learning Partnerships. Przygocki said this is another credential a CMU student can use to gain employment while they are pursuing their bachelor’s or master’s degree. A TRANSFER AGREEMENT | 6

Katelyn Sweet | Staff Reporter

Senior Ryan Lewis has been sharpening his woodshop skills ever since he was little boy in his grandfather’s basement. “My grandfather was, and still is, the main reason why I decided to take woodshop classes in high school,” the Holland native said. “Every time I go home, I visit with him and update him what I’ve been working on lately.” Lately, Lewis is working on many different woodshop projects, and the Honors Program intarsia seal is the main attraction he has been putting his time into. Lewis’ Honors Program senior project has been receiving much attention for his abundant skills in woodshop. Lewis said his original project proposal was to create the seal and a display cabinet for the seal to be housed in Powers Hall, but it has really evolved beyond anything his mentors could have imagined. “I don’t imagine on a smallscale; I’m a big thinker,” Lewis said. “Something worth doing is worth doing right, and if that takes me a couple of years, it is what I have to do.” Lewis gives the Honors Program a lot of credit when it comes to his inspiration and dedication in his creative endeavors. When it comes to using his woodshop skills for a bigger purpose, Lewis sees no end in giving back to the university. “I especially wanted to make a sort of legacy that others will

appreciate in the many years to come,” Lewis said. “The Honors Program has provided me a lot of opportunity for self-growth and development as a student and a professional.” His guidance for the past four or so years has been School of Engineering and Technology instructor Alan Papendick. Lewis said Papendick has been his adviser and has seen his growth as a student throughout his journey through exploring woodshop. “He lights up in the classroom and really has a heart for the students,” Papendick said of Lewis’ work as a laboratory assistant. Lewis has a goal of going into industrial education, and he said he wants to ensure that the future of the students of tomorrow have the same opportunity to explore

woodworking and the array of careers available that he has had. “He really is going to be a super teacher,” Papendick said. “I’ve watched him mature and grow as a professional. He has grabbed the reigns. He is a go get ‘em guy.” Lewis said the projects he is working on will help him in his career as a teacher. He wants to set an example of what hard work and dedication can look like and show his students with his own personal results. “This is what I do. It is my profession. Making this project will serve as a great example to the future students of what they can accomplish with patience and hard work,” Lewis said. When Lewis was in high school, he started growing and developing his woodshop exploration, and it has not stopped. If anything, Lewis thinks it is continuously growing and evolving, and the end is not in sight. “Love is an understatement now. I have a tremendous passion for industrial education and woodworking,” Lewis said. “It had such an impact on me as an individual that I can’t imagine my life without it. I would say that I’m possibly obsessed in a good way.”

“i’ve watched him mature and grow as a professional. He has grabbed the reigns. He is a go get ‘em guy.” Alan Papendick, School of Engineering and Technology instructor

former CmU student sentenced to probation following LSD incident By Catey Traylor University editor and Hailee Sattavara Metro editor

A former Central Michigan University student has to complete probation and drug education courses after an LSDinduced altercation with CMU Police in September. Nathan David Gross, 19, has been sentenced to 18 months of probation and the completion of an intensive drug and alcohol education weekend course in lieu of five days in jail. Defense Attorney Anne McLellan said Gross has been expelled from CMU and has taken the repercussions seriously. “My client was dumb enough to get involved with drugs,” McLellan said. “... my client is concerned, worried and cooperative.” McLellan said the incident would not have happened without the drugs, and, since, Gross has been working and plans to return to school. However, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Bob Holmes viewed the altercation differently. “This is a very serious incident that could have wound up much

more tragically,” he said. Judge Mark H. Duthie sentenced Gross to five days in jail, two of which were suspended due to Gross’s attendance of substance abuse treatment groups, and the remaining three days have the potential of also being suspended, pending completion of an intensive drug and alcohol education weekend. Gross was ordered to pay $1,173 in addition to serving 104 hours of community service. Gross declined comment. As Central Michigan Life previously reported, the Central Michigan University Police Department received a call on Sept. 19 regarding a disorderly student in the lobby of Kessler Hall, who was believed to be on LSD. After officers arrived at the scene, Gross became violent, head butting the first police officer and having to be wrestled to the ground once the second officer arrived. “LSD is a crazy drug; it’s not predictable,” CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley said in September. “You can become violent like this individual did. It creates a lot of negative effects.” A GROSS | 5

Fish N’ Chips sing for more than 1,000 in Plachta, two members perform for the last time By Amy Vos and Sam Smallish Staff Reporters

A member of Michigan State University’s A capella group, Capital Green, said their relationship with Fish N’ Chips is similar to neighbors envying one another’s Christmas lights. “It’s like a neighborhood when you put up your Christmas lights and think they look great, and the next day your neighbor puts up their lights and yours suddenly don’t look so great,” the group member said in regards to the friendly rivalry between the two groups. Capital Green was the opening act for Fish N’ Chips, Central Michigan University’s oldest contemporary A cappella group. The group hosted its annual winter concert Saturday and entertained an audience of more than 1,000 in Plachta Auditorium. The group performed various works by artists such as Michael Bublé, Kanye West, Usher, Coldplay and Katy Perry. The group’s unique take on the songs performed had everyone in the audience cheering, clapping and singing along. “I think it’s fantastic,” Commerce Township senior Chris Barne said. Fish N’ Chips also had an abundance of family in attendance to support them. Saginaw senior and

“This group has been the biggest blessing in my life the last two years. (This show) went as (well) as we could have hoped for.” Josh Lee, Saginaw senior and Fish N’ Chips president

Check out a photo gallery of Fish N’ Chips’ performance on group president Josh Lee’s family was there to watch him perform for the first time. “I think it’s going great; they’re all really good,” Josh’s sister, Lisa, said during intermission. Lee’s family was amazed at the talent level of the group and at how well they performed together. They said the show was more than they had ever expected. Lee’s parents said music has always been a large part of his life. They said, as a toddler, he was already dancing and singing by himself, entertaining his family and specifically remembered this happening at his grandfather’s birthday party when Lee was two years old. The group’s adviser and Director of the Leadership Institute Dan Gaken said the group has grown to be a family.

“They are always one inside joke away from having to take a five-minute recess,” Gaken said. “Everyone has such a dynamic personality.” Gaken explained how far the group has come over the years, saying it has gone from being a group of talented musicians performing to a group of talented musicians who also excel in hosting events, which, through dialogue and videos, highlight their uniqueness and their ability to relate to their crowd. “The optimal word is ‘show.’ It really is a show,” Gaken said. The crowd took to the performance enthusiastically, chanting out the names of the group members and tweeting lyrics, words of encouragement, pictures and shout outs, which were displayed via projector as the concert progressed.

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Missouri graduate student Cordell Turner performs with members of the Fish N’ Chips A capella group Saturday night at Plachta Auditorium.

Hudsonville senior Taylor Remy, along with Lee, performed their final songs on the Plachta stage after their group members spoke of the close friendships they’ve formed through the years. “This group has been the biggest blessing in my life the last two years,” Lee said. “(This show) went as (well) as we could have hoped for.” Lee chose to sing Bruno Mars’ “To-

day My Life Begins” as his farewell song, while the rest of Fish N’ Chips harmonized, beat boxed and danced behind him. “A whole new world is waiting. It’s mine for the taking,” Lee sang, as the audience shouted words of encouragement and clapped along. “I know I can make it; today my life begins.”


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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 | College loans could be a perfect storm for future economic problems

Jeremy Ball Staff Reporter

Let them eat ‘cake-like’ substance It appears that the old adage is true: Twinkies are indestructible. Although Hostess Brands, Inc. is in the process of liquidation, a recent article in The Detroit News revealed 110 interested buyers have popped up for various Hostess products. This means everyone’s favorite cream-filled, sponge-like cake things will still be on grocery shelves for years to come. This has to be thrilling news for the people who spent hundreds of dollars for boxes of Twinkies on eBay. However, all is not well in Junk Food Land. Many recently assuaged Twinkie fans are blissfully unaware that the Hostess liquidation will cause the loss of 18,000 jobs. At the same time, top executives at Hostess will receive up to $1.8 million in bonuses for successfully destroying these jobs. Executives receiving money for driving their companies into the ground is nothing new. According to the Wall Street Journal, Lear Corporation, an automotive parts supplier, filed for bankruptcy in 2009, eliminating more than 20,000 jobs while seeking $20.6 million in bonuses for executives. Some argue executives deserve massive bonuses because leading a company through liquidation is a very stressful process; more stressful, apparently, than losing an hourly job, going on unemployment and wondering how to feed a family. Rewarding executives for failing successfully at the expensive of bluecollar workers sends out a horrible message: as long as you have a business degree and some luck, it doesn’t matter how much you suck at your job. In fact, it might even be preferable to suck at your job. Driving a company into the ground will probably only take a few years, and, in that timeframe, you’ll be making at least six figures a year. After that’s over, you’ll receive a six-figure bonus, on top of your six-figure salary, and you’ll be free to retire or easily find a new, over-paying job in a new place. People aren’t rewarded for being good people. I’m not saying all 18,000 who will lose their jobs in the Hostess liquidation are angels; I’m sure a few of them are probably downright mean. However, I’m fairly sure that the Hostess executives are the embodiment of evil. I don’t advocate class warfare (mainly because I don’t have enough money to win); I advocate basic human decency. When common people fail, they suffer. Instead of giving executives extra money for ruining the lives of 18,000 workers and their families, the bonus money should be distributed to the workers, based on how many years of service they’ve given to the company. I want to live in a country where doing one’s job correctly is rewarded. Instead, I live in a country where having money entitles you to more money, even if you find a way to fail at selling Twinkies to the world’s fattest population. E-mail | Mail | 436 Moore Hal Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 Fax | 989.774.7805 Central Michigan Life welcomes letters to the editor and commentar y 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 commentar y 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.


Student debt debate s the nation recovers from a deep recession

answer: Go to grad school, get a doctorate degree. Other times, some are choosing a life of struggle in the form of working their way up the ladder. The trouble is that college is no longer affordable. Higher education has, for lack of a better term, turned into a pyramid scheme. The government, the state and university officials have promised, duped us really, into thinking being more than $30,000 in debt before we are 25 is a better option than staying in our hometowns and saving money. When really, college isn’t the right choice for everyone. It’s not clear for this generation how this push for higher education is going to turn out. But we aren’t viewing the glass half full, but rather one that has been slowly lending itself to other causes.

caused by long-ignored problems in the housing market and on Wall Street, lawmakers and

university officials would be wise to tackle student loan debt now. Otherwise, high unemployment and anemic growth could become the new normal. Outstanding student loan debt now stands at $956 billion, according to a recent Federal Reserve report. That number will continue to rise and threaten the nation’s long-term economic health as more and more young people saddled with debt have less money to spend. That’s why it’s vital for everyone from President Barack Obama to state lawmakers and university officials to play a part in solving this problem. There’s no clear-cut solution

to this problem, and it certainly won’t be an easy fix, but creating a committee to review the recipients of the loans before approving them would be a good start. Right now, it’s too easy to borrow money without being aware of the consequences. From the time members of this Editorial Board were in middle school, we were always told to go to college because it will increase our chances of getting a job. Now, however, it’s not looking that way. In a tough economy, some are told that more schooling is the



Adderall abuse an unfair advantage Recently, it has came to my attention the prevalence of Adderall abuse in college students. Rather than setting appropriate time aside to study, students are relying on this substance to cram for an exam or to focus on an exam. At the end of my college career, I will proudly be able to say I got through those awful 10-page papers and tough exams because I worked hard and studied, not because I relied on Adderall. Many students might blame their reasoning for using this ‘smart pill’ because of the high

expectations and competitiveness in college. However, users of this substance have an unfair advantage compared to the students whodo not use this substance. The prevalence of this substance on college campuses draws many concerns for the future of these students. Adderall is considered a Schedule 2 controlled substance, with a high rate for addiction. If students continually rely on this substance to get through college, when graduation time comes around, they might discover they are unable to function without it.

Just think about the amount of people who will be in treatment for Adderall because of their dependence on the drug from habitual use in college. Not to mention the amount of negative effects this substance can have on users including mood swings, loss of appetite and trouble sleeping. I believe college campuses should take this issue seriously and be aware of the fast-growing rate of Adderall users across the nation. Amanda Walker Livonia junior

[ YOUR VOICE ] Online reader comments on the Nov. 30 “Georgia Tech bowl waiver angers MAC commissioner and hurts CMU postseason chances” story MAC needs to sue. You can’t change a policy mid-season because of TV ratings. If they were going to do this, they should have done it at the start of the season. But, they have no balls, so it’s not going to happen. -cmusenior Georgia Tech fans don’t travel any better than CMU fans. In fact, nobody in Atlanta cares about sports. -Hurricanebilly This is about money. Georgia Tech has more name recognition. -disqus_K1gkJci7zY What a shame. Teach the players to work hard and play by the established set of rules, and, when they excel, change the rules on them. Then we wonder why kids have no faith in big money systems. Sad, very sad! -Doc Hayes

Online reader comments on the Nov. 30 “Potential BCS title berth on the line in MAC title; more parity in NCAA this season“ story Too bad the facts don’t match the story. The MAC is not strong as ever. The MAC ranks only above the Sun Belt and the WAC in strength of conference. I understand that the BCS has Kent State ranked #17 and N. Ill at #21, but the updated computers don’t have either of them in the top 40. Massey - N. Ill. #41, Kent #42. Sagarin has N. Ill #40, Kent #49. CMU’s wins were against #178 SEMU, #77 Iowa, #169 Akron, #148 EMU, #130 Miami, OH, and # 182 Mass. Does that sound like a strong conference to you? Kent had its ranking go up mostly due to the win over Rutgers. Rutgers best win to that point was vs. # 38 Cinncinatti 10-3 and they have since lost to #68 Pittsburgh and #57 Louisville. Now I don’t believe that Louisville is any more deserving of a BCS bowl game than N. Ill or Kent but they will now jump into a BCS game due to being the ACC champs.

This will, of course, leave Kent or N.Ill out of the BCS picture, but it was a nice thought. The BCS teams that you pointed to as great wins for the conference—well, here are the current Massey ratings for those teams: #39 Penn State, #43 Rutgers, #51 Cincinatti, #77 Iowa, #78 Indiana, #82 Kansas, #84 Connecticut, #87 S. Florida. One more note. Kent State lost to #82 Kansas. Hard to think they deserve a BCS game unless they blow out N. Ill. tonight. -ml Online Reader comments on the Nov. 30 “University subsidy to athletics increases nearly $300,000 this year” story What a waste of money with the uniforms. -Max Wow, not only does CMU give athletes a free degree, free housing and free food—let’s give them a trip to the Bahamas and Alaska. -Fuller

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Coffee house meditations I have regularly as of late stationed myself in Java City with a cup of coffee (60 percent cream, 40 percent coffee), a newspaper and a handful of ministraws, which I pick up instinctively and roll around idly on the table, one at a time, with a single finger. One eye occasionally glances up at the door; I’m waiting for a guest. I’ve been waiting for him for six months now. Granted, I never have had any hope of him appearing. I don’t even think he exists. His name is Jesus. I invited him out for a cup of joe the spring semester of my sophomore year. At which point, I would buy us both caramel macchiatos, and we would talk about the universe, my future and maybe even his views on American politics. It’s simply my quirky way of staying open to Christianity. Getting on my knees, saying the prayer on the laminated card and waiting for my entire life to change was getting stale. Coffee I could do though, and I thought perhaps Jesus could have been a coffee person, too. If not, he’s always welcome to drop me a note. I’m always open to Dog Central or Buffalo Wild Wings. Here’s where I used to meet Jesus at, every week. On Monday was a small group meeting with His House. On Tuesday, Bible study with Campus Crusades For Christ. On Thursday, a two-hour His House Service, followed by a two-hour Campus Crusade For Christ service. On Sunday, an hour-long His House service. At which point, I would start the process all over again. Deconverting, naturally, was awkward as hell. Six of my friends, individually, set up lunch meetings with me last year and told me I was going to hell. I don’t hold it against them; they told me because they cared. I appreciate that. There wasn’t much else to talk about; our friendship was defined by our faith, and, without that connection, well, small talk can only take one so far. I’ve always wondered where I would be if I never lost faith. Probably somewhere completely different. I was seriously considering becoming a pastor before I dropped Jesus, and, therefore, my life trajectory changed. On my “to-do” checklist is to go back in time to my freshman year and ride the crisis of faith out. Maybe this time, stay with Christianity and wait and see. But, I don’t think I’d enjoy that trajectory as much. I attended my first His House in two years last month. After a mandatory conversation with my old small group leader, I settled in with a strong sense of nostalgia. It struck me that this was the first His House service I attended where I felt confident in myself as a person. I never really found myself until after I moved past Christianity. Christianity always had a thing with discouraging pride, telling you to surrender yourself to a higher power. But I got past desperate midnights much healthier when I learned to call on myself, instead of God. Still, I’m no snob. That caramel macchiato is sitting there whenever Jesus wants it. I’ll be in the back, rolling around mini-straws.

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Student planning trip along the Drake Passage to Antarctica later this month By Ryan Fitzmaurice Staff Reporter

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Shepherd junior Kalie Dickman holds Mount Pleasant freshman Allison Kreider during the dance “The Scaffolding of Your Life,” as part of the 2012 Student Choreography Showcase Saturday night in Rose 127. The dance was choreographed by senior Kristin Boozer of the University Theatre Dance Company.

University Theatre and Dance Company performs student choreography in showcase By Katelyn Sweet Staff Reporter

Kalie Dickman said she sat down and started thinking about her life and how much has changed over the past few years, which gave her the inspiration to choreograph her first University Theatre and Dance Company showcase routine. “I told my dancers my story, but I wanted them to relate it to their own lives,” the Shepherd junior said. “I know that not everyone has my same story, but everyone experiences the growing up and moving on of friendships.” The University Theatre and Dance Company put on their fall showcase Friday and Saturday night in Rose 127. Choreographing a dance has been on Dickman’s mind since she joined the company her freshman year. Living only a few miles away, Dickman said she had lots of friends already in the company who convinced her to join. “Choreography is amaz-

ing because you can get your message out,” Dickman said. “This semester was an easy semester for me, so it was perfect timing to try.” Dickman hopes to be a physical therapist and work with injured dancers in the future. In high school, Dickman suffered a severe sprain in her ankle that caused her to be out of dance for four months. With the help of her physical therapist, she was inspired to make a career out of working with recovering dancers. Dickman said she had other interactions that helped her with the creative process, such as talking with other dancers. Knowing the emotional influences on choreography can help the physical dancing, she said, because movement is empowered more by the emotional message than is in the background of what the motions are. “When there is emotion, everything gets bigger in the dance, and there is more to the piece,” Dickman said. Sophomore Dillon Harke

went to Friday’s show to see his friends in the production. The Mount Pleasant native said he likes seeing his friends perform. The music theater major said he has taken tap and ballet classes, which made him interested in dance. But the main reason he went was because his friends were promoting their show and he wanted to support them. “We go to each other’s gigs for moral support,” Harke said. With the planning of the choreography, Dickman was on her own in making up the routine, but she did have the guidance and support of University Theatre and Dance faculty member Heather Trommer Beardslee. Trommer Beardslee said the students did everything, and she was more of a mentor to give suggestions. “They can take them, but they don’t have to,” she said. “At the end of the day, it’s their final product.”

Student loans too easy to obtain, many students unable to repay costs By Neil Rosan Staff Reporter

A massive amount of student debt is being created by federal lending programs, which has many fearing that student loans have become too easy to get. Almost all student loans are made through the government, which asks little about the borrower’s ability to repay the loan or what kind of schooling they are in pursuit of. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, U.S. student loan debt rose by $42 billion, or 4.6 percent in the third quarter alone. The total amount of student debt now stands at $956 billion, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Payments on 11 percent of student loan balances were 90 or more days behind at the end of September, which is an increase from 8.9 percent in June. Unlike many other kinds of debt, student debt is very hard to get rid of after falling behind. Once the borrower is behind, it is typically harder and harder to obtain any other kind of consumer loans. President Barack Obama called for the need of easy-to-get student loans during his campaign this year because of the necessity of higher learning. U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Ducan told WSJ the goal is “to make student loans available to as many people as possible,” and requiring a minimum credit score for students would block many Americans from attending college. With more stories coming out about the struggles of students deep in debt, the national attention has shifted to the government and borrowers. “Is there any way the federal government could possibly come out in the good?” said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. “What we are really doing is piling up debt, and, down the road, the same students are going to have to pay it off.” With the student debt problem growing quickly, many economists have proposed solutions. Jackson Toby, a retired Rutgers sociologist, told the Wall Street Journal he proposes students should have to undergo

a “comprehensive assessment of credit-worthiness.” This would include analyzing how much debt a student has, their academic history and their expected income upon graduation. The Education Department has also taken action to fight student debt. The department has tightened standards on loans to parents and graduate students and has even allowed borrowers to postpone payments during times of “hardship,” as reported by the Wall Street Journal. The administration has also finalized rules that would allow certain borrowers to have their remained debt forgiven after 20 years. This could only happen if the borrower makes monthly payments at 10 percent of their income throughout the duration of the loan. “The government shouldn’t be lending out more money if they can’t expect to get it back,” Fowlerville freshman Brandon Craigie said. “It will just lead to more national debt.” Craigie’s family has had experience with the repayment of

Abigail Hollingsworth said she will inevitably spend at least five days this January throwing up. It’s called the Drake Passage. It’s a stretch of water from South America at Cape Horn, Chile and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. The 500 mile long passage is the shortest crossing to Antarctica. Other shipping routes are narrow and often blocked off by large masses of ice, literally leaving ships ice-bound. Therefore, Drake is the only reliable route to Antarctica. As a fifth-year senior studying conservation biology, Hollingsworth, a Lexington native, will be braving these elements on her way to a research expedition to study invertebrate lifeforms in Antarctica later this month. The two-to-four-day journey is notorious for being the most treacherous sea-route in the world. Drake is unpredictable but often ferocious, often stirring up 30-foot waves, but the waves can grow menacingly larger or disappear entirely in a once-in-a-season rare period of calm, what is commonly referred to as Drake Lake. Geography instructor Leann Yates said the conditions at Drake’s passage are particularly intense for two reasons: the first because of the surface waves and the second, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. “The waves created are some of the largest waves in the world,” Yates said. “ It’s an interesting sidenote that (Fernidad) Magellan, a very famous sailor, once tried to sail the passage, and he couldn’t do it. He failed.” Hollingsworth said she is not scared, but rather excited. “I care very deeply about the environment, and we’re sampling a lot of areas that haven’t been sampled,” Hol-


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student loans and has been on the fortunate side of the matter. “My aunt went to Central Michigan University for her teaching degree, and the only reason she has her student loans paid off is because the school she teaches at paid them for her,” he said. “Without that, I’m sure she would still be paying them off.” Capac sophomore Shannon Draper said the future of the nation needs to be taken into consideration when determining who gets financial aid and who doesn’t. “It’s not really fair for the government to say someone shouldn’t get financial aid based on previous experiences, because school is so important to society these days,” she said. “It could be just as harmful to the economy if a lot of people can’t afford to get into college. There are a lot of jobs that need a college education today, and there would be fewer people to fill those jobs. That means the country’s unemployment rates could be higher.”

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guilty about going down there and touching it. It just isn’t something you get to experience anymore — nature undisturbed by human activity.” Hollingsworth will visit Antarctica in its summer, the warmest and least hostile time of year. She will also be sheltered at McMurdo station, a research center. She will be able to send out emails to her family and friends every half an hour and will be surrounded by individuals who have experienced Antarctica before. But there is still a level of danger to the trip, even after they get past Drake Passage. “I have had to go through full physical, dentist appointments, eye appointments, everything, a ton of medical tests,” Hollingsworth said. “If something goes wrong, there’s not a medical facility for hundreds of miles, so they make sure you’re in top physical shape.” The most expensive item for Hollingsworth was a pair of prescription sunglasses, which protect her from the sun’s glare that is magnified and reflected by the ice, risking retinal damage to anyone unprotected. For Hollingsworth, the trials and hardships of the trip will be undeniably worth it, as the trip is an opportunity for her to alert others to the importance of conservation, which, in regards to biology, is her passion. “People don’t tend to miss what they don’t know they have,” Hollingsworth said. “A lot of these samples will be used for teaching purposes. The more people know what is there, how nature is ultimately interconnected, they’ll know that there is to save.”


GROSS | Steve Smith, director of public relations, previously told CM Life at one point during the altercation that Gross collapsed and stopped breathing. Smith said CMU police officers immediately administered CPR, reviving Gross, who was then handcuffed and transported to McLaren-Central Michigan hospital for treatment. The Grand Blanc freshman was charged with three felonies following the incident: one count of attempt to disarm a police officer, a 10-year felony, and two counts of resisting or obstructing police, each of which are up to two-year felonies, Yeagley previously told CM Life. In addition, Gross was charge with two misdemeanor acts: one for the use of a controlled substance, a six-month misdemeanor, and one count of simple assault, a 93-day misdemeanor charge.

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lingsworth said. “It’s incredibly cool. I have nightmares that it’s not happening.” The trip will last from Dec. 28 to Feb. 15 and will begin in Punte Arena, Chile. From that point, they will take a research vessel down to Antarctica. After Jan. 11, they will travel to Christchurch, New Zealand. Hollingsworth is partaking in the trip as a research assistant for Biology Professor Andrew Mahon, who has been to Antarctica twice before — once in 1994 and another time in 2006. Mahon said Antarctica holds a variety of creatures that are incredibly unique to the region. The research group, which will be sampling DNA from several different invertebrate species to learn about their genetics and ancestral history, will be comprised of Hollingsworth and Mahon, along with Hazel Park senior Carlos Coronado, faculty from the University of Alabama and Auburn University and a group of international researchers. Hollingsworth spent last summer as Mahon’s research assistant, so she is no stranger to the research they will be performing. But seeing Antarctica for the first time will be an entirely new event. The research in the past has had the tendency to reveal previously undiscovered species, with the previous expedition uncovering four new species. Sometimes these species are not easy to explain, one new group of starfish was composed with the genetics of an Antarctic species and a South American species. Mahon said it is unknown how exactly such a species could be created. “It’s so untouched,” Hollingsworth said. “I feel almost

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Mount Pleasant resident Katie Crane, playing the role of Mary Hatch-Bailey, and East Jordan junior Jacob Crawford, playing the role of George Bailey, act out a scene where Mary has gotten back from college and George has come to see her during the Friday night production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Broadway Theater, 216 E. Broadway St.

‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ brings big crowds to Broadway Theater By Adam Niemi Staff Reporter

A volunteer at the Broadway Theater swept popcorn from beneath the seats as he quietly sang “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” the hymn that closed out the performance of “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The Sunday performance was the third in a Mount Pleasant tradition when the theater’s holiday season aligns with the Dickens Christmas Festival downtown. “It’s been a holiday tradition in Mount Pleasant to attend the play after the Dickens parade,” Lauren Lawrence, vice chair

of the Friends of the Broadway program that operates the theater, said. “That’s part of our strategy.” This year followed that tradition and is in the middle of its performance of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” based on the classic 1947 film. The first performance was held Friday. Immediately after hundreds lined the streets to watch decorated fire trucks, tractors and Santa march down Main and Broadway streets, the front doors of the theater at 216 E. Broadway St. were plugged with people waiting for a ticket. Lawrence said the average attendance so far has been

about 250 people. “The holiday season is our most attended of the year,” Lawrence said. “A Christmas Story” was the act during the theater’s holiday season last year. Lawrence said “It’s A Wonderful Life” has been well attended so far, in comparison to previous years. “I thought it was wonderful,” Stacy Evans of Montrose said. “I’ve been here a couple other times. I just like to support small theater. We came as a family to start the Christmas season.” Katie Crane, Mount Pleasant High School junior, played

the role of Mary Hatch-Bailey, wife of the story’s protagonist, George Bailey. “I’ve been in many other productions,” Crane said. “It was just another play I really wanted to be a part of.” Crane said her mother and grandmother attended Sunday’s performance. She said much of her family came to see the first two performances, and she expects many of her friends to come see the following performances. The play continues at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski was one of five new members appointed to the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards by Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday. MCOLES provides leadership and support to the criminal justice community throughout Michigan. The 17-member board, housed within the Michigan Department of State Police, sets measures for selection, employment, licensing and funding in public and private sectors of law enforcement and criminal justice, according to a news release from the state of Michigan. “These appointees are experienced, outstanding law enforcement professionals,” Snyder said in the release. “I am confident they will continue to promote and ensure Michigan’s public safety standards.”

Mioduszewski said he was contacted by the commission and asked if he would be interested in serving on the committee. After saying yes, Mioduszewski filled out an application and underwent a background check to ensure he fit the position. As only one of three Michigan sheriffs on the board, Mioduszewski said being asked to serve on the commission is a privilege. “I think it’s a great honor to be appointed to that,” he said. “It’s probably the most important commission in the state.” As a board member, Mioduszewski will help make decisions on key responsibilities, including publishing standards and curricula for law enforcement officers, approving and supervising basic police training programs and administering law pre-enrollment testing. Aside from his current role as Isabella County sheriff,

TRANSFER AGREEMENT | continued from 3 “There are a lot of statistics that are going out that are talking about the fact that associate-level certificates (are) what students need for entry-level positions, and people are receiving jobs offers doing that,”

Przygocki said. Once a student is looking for entry-level employment, they will be able to use this degree on their resume in order to gain an interview or access to salaried positions.

Mioduszewski has served as sergeant of the Central Michigan University Police Department and was an officer with the Mancelona Police Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and communications and a master’s degree in public administration, both from CMU. Mioduszewski also attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy. In his new position, Mioduszewski will represent the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association and will replace Ingham County sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth. Also chosen among Mioduszewski was Petoskey Director of Public Safety John Calabrese, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton, Livonia Legislative Director for Police Officers Association of Michigan Kenneth Grabowski and Frankenmuth Police Chief Donald Mawer. “So, it’s a benefit to a CMU student to be aware of the fact that they can transfer their credits back to Delta from CMU as long as they have earned a minimum number of credits and types of courses,” Przygocki said. “Then, they can be issued the degree if they are working on their bachelor’s.”

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The Federal Pell Grant program will likely not be affected by the fiscal cliff this year, but the future of the program remains uncertain. Pell grants, which provide funding for approximately 9.4 million students nationwide, are typically awarded to undergraduate students who have not obtained a bachelor’s or professional degree. Unlike loans, Pell grants do not have to be repaid. The fiscal cliff is a year-end $500 billion combination of mandatory spending cuts and tax increases that will take effect in January, and, because of this, unless a solution is found, the future of Pell Grants and other forms of student funding is uncertain. As the year ends, politicians will work to determine what federal programs will be affected by the expected cuts and tax increases as part of the fiscal cliff and what will not. Penny Ervin, assistant director of financial aid, said Pell Grants are federal grants that can be applied for through the student’s FAFSA and are automatically applied to the student based on credit hours and their Expected Family Contribution.

“There was a decrease in the EFC last year, which is the cut off for which students are eligible to receive Pell Grants,” Ervin said. Ervin said students at CMU are eligible to apply for a Pell Grant if their EFC is $4,995 or less or if they have not received a Pell Grant for more than the equivalent of 12 fulltime semesters. They also must be an undergraduate and have not received a bachelor’s degree. Pell Grants are protected for the year but face a $5.7billion decrease for the 2014 fiscal year that could put them at risk for the future. “(Pell Grants) are based on what the government wants to do,” Ervin said. “We don’t know yet how they will be affected.” Next year, Congress takes up the Higher Education Act of 1965 for reauthorization. The act is a federal legislation that oversees student aid programs, like Pell Grants. Congress could choose to focus on the whole act or parts of it, which could cause program cuts to the maximum amount of aid given or the number of students who can receive Pell Grants.

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Thursday, the NCAA decided to waive its bowleligibility rule that allowed Georgia Tech to go to a bowl game, even after its loss to Florida State in the ACC Championship Saturday. The loss put the Yellow Jackets at 6-7. Before the waiver, the NCAA said you must win at least half of your games to play in a bowl game. MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher immediately issued a statement with his disgust in the NCAA ruling. “I am disappointed in the NCAA’s decision to issue a waiver,” he said. “I could not disagree more with the rationale provided. One of the reasons for the development of the policy covering this matter was to clearly create a selection order to manage just this situation.” The MAC ended up sending all seven of its bowl eligible teams anyway. “What is lacking is the willingness to enforce NCAA policy, and that is regrettable,” Steinbrecher said. “All the Mid-American Conference asks is that the rules that have been approved by the member institutions of the NCAA be enforced. That did not occur in this instance.”


Shortly after this news came out, CMU Athletics Director Dave Heeke sent a waiver to the NCAA Dave Heeke to allow the Chippewas to get the extra bowl-game practices, even if they didn’t get invited. “It’s obviously a huge benefit to add practices,” Heeke said. “It gets your team a chance to start over and coaches a shot to look at younger players and begin to develop them for the future.” Obviously, with an invitation to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, it is no longer necessary. “It’s very important to develop a football program,” Heeke said. “After multiple years of going to a bowl game, with all those extra practices, it’s like having another whole spring practice. It’s huge for us in our rebuilding stage.” The Chippewas (6-6) will take on Western Kentucky (7-5) on Dec. 26 at Ford Field.

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Senior guard Kyle Randall drives to the basket during the second half of Sunday’s game against Niagara at McGuirk Arena. Randall finished the game with 24 points, three assists, two steals and four rebounds during Central Michigan’s 66-64 win.

holding on Men’s basketball earns fourth win Sunday, despite blowing 20-point lead to Niagara By Kristopher Lodes | Staff Reporter

Men’s basketball held on to beat Niagara Sunday afternoon at McGuirk Arena 67-64, despite seeing a first-half 20-point lead dwindle away throughout the game. It looked like Central Michigan was going to run the Purple Eagles out of Mount Pleasant with a 33-13 lead with 4:54 left in the first half. But a late charge by Niagara saw that 20-point lead cut in half to end the first half at 35-23 before disappearing entirely in the second half, as Niagara took a 50-49 lead with 7:00 remaining. “I give (Niagara) a lot of credit,” head coach Keno Davis said. “They switched to a zone defense that we were not able to solve, and they trapped us and we weren’t ready for that ... they disrupted us with what they did defensively.” Fortunately, the Chippewas had senior point guard Kyle Randall, who scored a careerhigh for the second-straight game, topping his 21-point effort on Wednesday with a team-high 24 on Sunday. He was also one of five players to lead the team with four rebounds and led the team with three assists.

“I just do whatever the team needs me to do for the win,” Randall said. “But, it was a big team-win today, and we’re glad everyone could contribute.” CMU benefited from the free-throw line, shooting 79.2 percent, while the Purple Eagles shot 50 percent from the line. Randall made eight of his nine attempts from the line. “That’s something I’ve been working on,” Randall said. “Every practice, we shoot free throws during ... then we finish up with them; it’s something we take pride in.” The Chippewas were without senior center Zach Saylor, who was sidelined with an injury. There is no set timetable for his return as of yet, Davis said. Davis went to senior


Freshman guard Chris Fowler attempts a layup during the first half of Sunday’s game against Niagara at McGuirk Arena. Fowler finished the game with 11 points, two assists, two steals and four rebounds during Central Michigan’s 66-64 win.

Check out a photo gallery of Sunday’s game on forward Oliver Mbaigoto in Saylor’s absence, but he was no replacement. CMU was out-rebounded 35-30 and outscored in the paint 36-28 with Niagara getting 18 second-chance points. “We’re not using (Saylor’s

injury) as an excuse; we’re not happy with our rebounding effort tonight,” Davis said. “It’s a big improvement area, yet we won the game.” A NIAGARA | 9

The wrestling team proved Saturday that its upperclassmen will play a large role in Central Michigan’s success this season. Each of the upperclassmen won their matches as the Chippewas opened Mid-American Conference play in Athens, Ohio with a 23-12 victory. The underclassmen struggled though, finishing 1-3 in the contest. “I think our younger players are learning to compete at this level,” head coach Tom Borrelli said. “They have a lot of things to improve on, but they are learning.” Heavyweight Jarod Trice (No. 4) got the night started off on the right foot with a 3-1 decision over Ohio’s Jeremy Johnson. Junior Joe Roth fed off the win by Trice, following the heavyweight match with a 12-3 major decision at the 125-pound weight class. Sophomore 133-pounder Tyler Keselring won by major decision, 10-2, over the Bobcat’s Thomas Mclaughlin. CMU junior Scott Mattingly won the fourth match using reversals and riding time to put CMU up 14-0 following the 141-pound matchup. CMU’s first loss of the night wasn’t until redshirt freshman Lucas Smith fell 3-1 to Ohio’s Spartak Chino in the sudden victory period for the 157-pound weight class. After the first loss of the night, CMU remained far ahead in the meet, 17-3. The Bobcats, however, gained another victory in the next match. Ohio’s Harrison Hightower defeated CMU sophomore Mike Ottinger in a 10-4 decision at the 165-pound weight class. Still, CMU led 17-6 in the meet. In the penultimate match of the night, No.5 senior Ben Bennett sealed Ohio’s defeat with a pin at the six-minute mark, putting the Chippewas up 23-6. “There are a lot of things that we need to improve on individually, because every guy has something different they can improve on,” Bennett said. “But we’re going to continue to work on technique and continue working hard.” Before entering conference play, CMU opened the season with a tough non-conference schedule, with three of its first five matches against opponents ranked in the top fifteen. “Playing ranked teams gives us a good picture of what we have to work on as a team and what situations we need to focus on in the future,” Borrelli said. CMU will return home and continue conference play at 2 p.m. Saturday with a match at McGuirk Arena against Buffalo.

Shooting woes hurt women’s basketball in 87-71 loss to No. 14 Purdue Sunday By Mark Cavitt Staff Reporter

The women’s basketball team played its second ranked opponent in four days Sunday but failed to get into an offensive rhythm in the 87-71 loss to Purdue. Having just played No. 5 Notre Dame on Thursday, CMU was looking to bounce back against a team they beat last season at McGuirk Arena. Purdue came into the game 5-1 and was ranked 14th in the AP poll. Head coach Sue Guevara said the team struggled to play smart defense and take open shots when available. “The biggest challenge all game was getting people to have confidence in the red zone

and getting them to take the wide open shot when it was there,” Guevara said. “Trying to get our players to be disciplined on defense by not reaching in and fouling was also a challenge for us today.” CMU shot 39.7 percent from the field, while the Boilermakers, led by senior forward Sam Ostarello’s 23 points and nine rebounds, shot 49.1 percent from the field. Sophomore Crystal Bradford led the Chippewas in both points and rebounds, scoring 18 and pulling down seven boards. After an 11-4 run during the first half by CMU, the team was unable to keep pace as the first half came to a close with Purdue up 49-31. The Boilermakers got out to a quick 20-11 lead seven min-

utes into the game, but CMU junior guard Niki Diguilio cut the lead to six after she nailed a three-point shot at the 12:46 mark. This was the closest the Chippewas got in the first half. Guevara said the most important issue she had with her team was their inability to complete plays when driving toward the basket. “You have to be able to finish, and we didn’t finish well at all today,” she said. “You have to finish your layups.” The lead was held by Purdue the entire game with it reaching its peak of 23 at the 12:37 mark in the second half after a layup from Ostarello. Sophomore forward Jas’Mine Bracey did bring CMU to within 11 after making one of two free throws with

just over six minutes left in the game. The contest in the paint was won by CMU, as they outscored Purdue 44-30 in points in the paint, grabbing 13 offensive rebounds to Purdue’s 10. Purdue was able to control the game on defense the entire game, and Guevara said the Chippewas have to start to dictate the defense. “Purdue was making us play defense, and we have to have the understanding of what we have to do on defense to make the other team play defense,” Guevara said. CMU was never able to get into a shooting rhythm after only shooting 4-19 from threepoint range and 27-68 from the field. The Chippewas will now


Sophomore guard Crystal Bradford fights for a rebound during the second half of Thursday night’s game against Notre Dame at McGuirk Arena. Bradford finished the game with seven points, eight rebounds and one steal during Central Michigan’s 72-63 loss to the Fighting Irish.

head back home at noon on Wednesday to face University of Wisconsin–Green Bay for the second time this season. CMU

lost to UW-GB 75-48 on the road during the first meeting.

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Kyle Randall Chris Fowler O. Mbaigoto Austin Keel John Simons D. Richardson Finis Craddock Luke Wiest Austin Stewart Blake Hibbitts ASSISTS: STEALS: BLOCKS:

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Senior guard Kyle Randall goes up with the ball during Sunday’s game against Niagara at McGuirk arena. CMU beat the Purple Eagles 66-64.





Nov. 23 at Utah L, 51-67

Nov. 17 at UWGB L, 48-75

Nov. 24 Idaho St. W, 54-52

Nov. 23 SDSU W, 88-62

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Dec. 8 at Charlotte, 2 p.m.

Wednesday Green Bay, 12 p.m. Dec. 17 Robert Morris, 6 p.m.

Dec. 16 at Pepperdine, 8 p.m.

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Saylor-less basketball team struggles in the paint, on the boards Sunday By Jeff Papworth Staff Reporter

Brandon Champion Staff Reporter

Don’t overreact It might be cliché to say, but the college basketball season is a marathon, not a sprint. Often times in sports, people forget that, and by people, I mean people like me, a sports journalist. We as journalists are the kings of overreaction, and, if you disagree, go back and look at how many people had the Detroit Tigers dead in the water in May; or how about the countless number of people who said Mathew Stafford should be benched in favor of Shaun Hill following a rough start to the 2012 season. The “What have you done for me lately” mentality is running rampant in today’s sports landscape, and I’m here to say that we need to stop overacting. Here at Central Michigan University, much was expected out of the women’s basketball team after it came a few seconds from an NCAA tournament berth a season ago. Sunday’s 87-71 loss to No. 14 Purdue dropped CMU’s record to 2-4, which has caused some people to ask if expectations might have been a little high for this year’s team. In my opinion, this is nothing more than a classic case of overreacting. The Chippewas are going to lose some games; they have one of the more difficult schedules of any team, let alone a team from a mid-major league like the Mid-American Conference. In 2012-13, CMU will play at least eight games against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season, including Green Bay (twice), Eastern Michigan (twice), South Dakota State, Purdue, Texas or Iowa and Notre Dame, which lost in the national championship last season. The Chippewas could also play Florida on Dec. 21 at the Gator Holiday Tournament and see EMU for a third time at the MAC tournament. When CMU hosts Green Bay on Wednesday, it will be its fifth-straight game against a team that qualified for the NCAA Tournament a year ago. The Chippewas aren’t going to win all these games and could even have a losing record when they open MAC play at Toledo on Jan 10. But championships aren’t won in November and December. The Chippewas are focused on the process, and, in the end, playing highquality opponents early in the season is going to pay off, much like it did last season when CMU won five-straight games in the MAC tournament. It’s natural human tendency to overreact, and in few areas is that more prevalent than in sports’, but, here at CMU, let’s try and stay away from that tendency. After all, they’ve only played six games.

Central Michigan head coach Keno Davis held injured senior center Zach Saylor out of the game against Niagara Sunday at McGuirk Arena. Saylor suffered a knee injury against Bradley on Wednesday after tallying seven minutes on the floor. As the team’s tallest player, he was averaging 5.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game this season. Saylor scored a career-high 14 points against Olivet on Nov. 16. Davis said he did not know when Saylor will return, setting his status as day-to-day. “We hope for the best and that he will be with us sooner rather than later,” Davis said. “But he’s a guy that, even with not being able to practice with us or play in this game, he’s been a leader for us. He’s talking to the young guys saying, ‘hey, you’ve got to look for this’.” Freshmen forwards John Simons and Blake Hibbitts had to make up for the loss of Saylor. Early in the game,

NIAGARA | CONTINUED FROM 7 Despite the blown lead and struggles on the boards, the Chippewas held on and won – something Davis

they did so not by getting points in the paint or grabbing rebounds, but doing what they do best – making three-pointers. Simons hit a three from the right side for the first basket of the game at 19:08. Hibbitts followed suit a minute later to give CMU a 6-2 lead. Senior forward Olivier Mbaigoto, who started for Saylor, added two more points, giving the Chippewas a 10-2 lead. He had four rebounds but did not score another point in the game. After Mbaigoto’s basket, senior Kyle Randall took over the rest of the first half. He scored in the paint more than any of his taller teammates. Randall led CMU with 24 points, making seven of his 12 field goal attempts and eight of his nine free-throw attempts. “We realized we had to be a guard-oriented team,” Davis said. “We had to make sure we penetrated and got to the free-throw line, and that was a huge focus for us – how many free throws can we get?” The Chippewas gave up 15 offensive rebounds for

the game. Davis said Saylor would have helped because he is a veteran and a big body. However, he did not want to use that as an excuse. Niagara took a 50-49 lead as a result of getting an offensive rebound in the second half. The Purple Eagles lengthened the lead to four after they missed their second free-throw and tapped it in on an offensive rebound. Niagara rarely attempted to challenge the inside of the defense of the Chippewas, though they did out-score them in the paint 36-28. The two tallest players in its starting lineup were 6-foot-7 forward Joe Thomas and 6-foot-6 guard Ameen Tanksley. When Davis was asked if he was fearful of playing a bigger team without Saylor, Davis said he does not want any player to be held out of a game. “I’m fearful of not having everybody (who has) been playing,” he said. “We’re a deep team. We have a lot of guys. We need them all.”

is proud of for his young team. “There are a lot more veteran teams that, in that situation, give up a big lead from being 20 up to down five or six and that’s it, momentum gone and the game is over,” Davis said. “For our young group to be

able to battle back ... it says a lot about the character of the young men we have in our program.” CMU is on the road next weekend and will take on Charlotte at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C.


Senior forward Olivier Mbaigoto guards Niagara’s Antoine Mason during the first half of Sunday’s game at McGuirk Arena. Mbaigoto finished the game with two points, one assist and four rebounds during Central Michigan’s 66-64 win over the Purple Eagles.





DETROIT – Northern Illinois won its second-straight Mid-American Conference championship Friday night, this time out-dueling No. 17 Kent State, 44-37, in doubleovertime at Ford Field to successfully defend its title in exhausting fashion. Northern Illinois (12-1) has won 12 consecutive games, while Kent State (11-2) saw its 10-game winning streak snapped. The Huskies became the first NIU team ever to win 12 games in a season. Jordan Lynch, the MAC regular-season MVP, rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner in the second overtime. Lynch broke the NCAA record for quarterback rushing yards with 1,771 yards, eclipsing the 1,702-yards mark of Michigan’s Denard Robinson in 2010. Lynch completed 19 of 34 passes for 212 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Golden Flashes had their final offensive opportunity in the second overtime, thwarted when Demetrius Stone intercepted Spencer Keith’s fourth-down pass in the end zone. NIU converted 10 of 19 third-down situations and two of two on fourth down. While pollsters, selection committees and other ranked teams will determine the long shot BCS bowl fate for NIU, the players determined the outcome on the field Friday night. Akeem Daniels rushed for 128 yards and one touch-

down. He also caught four passes for 67 yards. Martel Moore and Perez Ashford also each had four catches. Doeren and Kent State coach Darrell Hazell each predicted a close game that would come down to the final seconds. With representatives from the Orange and Sugar bowls in attendance, Northern Illinois led 17-10 at the half. They led 27-13 going into the fourth quarter before Kent State scored 14 points within 15 seconds to tie the game 27-27. When Lynch scored on a nine-yard run with three minutes, 12 seconds left in regulation to make it 34-27, Kent State countered with a 19-yard pass from Keith to Tim Erjavec with 44 seconds left. Freddy Cortez kicked his third field goal of the night from 33 yards to lift Kent State into a 37-34 lead in the first extra session. But NIU’s Mathew Sims came through with a clutch 40-yarder to extend the contest. Lynch scored from two yards out on the next possession setting up the final, futile drive in OT for the Golden Flashes. The Huskies appeared in the MAC title game for the third-straight year, having won it last season over Ohio on a last-second field goal. Friday night’s contest was every bit intriguing. The Golden Flashes came in ranked 17th and the Huskies 21st in the most recent BCS standings. Hazell was named MAC Coach of the Year. This was the first time since 2003 that two

nationally ranked teams were battling for the MAC championship. Lynch entered the game ranked third in the nation in total offense with 4,361 yards, fifth in rushing with 1,611 yards and 12th in passing efficiency. The MAC has seven teams eligible for bowl contests: NIU (11-1), Kent State (11-1), Ball State (9-3), Toledo (9-3), Ohio (8-4), Bowling Green (8-4) and Central Michigan (6-6).

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