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Faculty survey indicates considerable unhappiness with President George Ross By Eric Dresden Editor-in-Chief

There is a continued dissatisfaction from faculty about the job performance of University President George Ross following the tumultuous 2011-12 academic year. According to documents obtained by Central Michigan Life, votes tallied by the Faculty Association for Ross’ comprehensive review by the Board of Trustees show a general unhappiness with Ross’ leadership. The review was headed by trustees Brian Fannon, John Hurd and Marilyn French Hubbard. During the review process, leaders through the campus and Mount Pleasant community were interviewed. FA President Laura Frey; Tim Connors, professor of communication and dramatic arts; and Joshua Smith, associate professor of philosophy and religion and FA president-elect, were selected to take part in the interview process on Nov. 13. A survey was distributed for FA members to fill out in mid-November, asking 37 questions to 617 members about their thoughts on Ross’ job performance, and nearly every

category had a negative answer. A total of 245 FA members responded, for a total of a 39.7percent response rate. One question asked members to evaluate Ross’ effectiveness on a five-point scale, with five being the best. One-hundred and ninety-one faculty members rated Ross a two or one, while only 47 voted Ross a three or higher. Another question asked FA members if they favored Ross continuing as University President. In response, 184 of the 236 votes ‘disagreed’ or ‘strongly disagreed’ with the statement. “We’re going to let the data speak for itself,” Frey said Tuesday, adding she is glad that trustees allowed the FA to speak. The survey was emailed to trustees after the evaluation, but Fannon said it will not be part of the nearly 20-page report submitted to the Board of Trustees and the public at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday in the presidential conference room in the Bovee University Center because it was after the initial meetings. “That survey was sent to all the trustees, but it’s not part of our report,” he said. “ … We all got the survey, and I don’t know if the other trustees have read it.”


CMU to consider adding Division I women’s golf, lacrosse at trustees meeting By Aaron McMann Managing Editor

Central Michigan University, almost one year after public discussion began, will consider adding Division I women’s golf and lacrosse at its scheduled trustees meeting this week. A Monday afternoon news release from the university said it will receive a recommendation Thursday from the 15-member Gender Equity Committee, comprised of coaches, administrators, faculty members and students, to adopt women’s golf and women’s lacrosse, increasing the number of CMU-sponsored female athletic teams to 10. The recommendation is being made “to reinforce the university’s commitment to equitable athletics participation for men and women and to ensure CMU’s continued compliance with Title IX,” according to the release. The committee was charged in January to assess CMU’s compliance with Title IX, introduced in the U.S. Department of Education’s 1972 amendment requiring public institutions to recognize increased interest and ability of women to play

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Central Michigan University Police Officer Laura Rico shops with Mount Pleasant resident Antonio Garcia Tuesday evening during ‘Shop with a Cop’ at the Mount Pleasant Walmart, 4730 Encore Blvd. The event was funded by a grant from Walmart allowing children to pick out presents for family members.

intercollegiate athletics, and begin preliminary discussion of additional sports. “Generally, that results in Dave Heeke sports for the underrepresented portion … for that, it is female sports,” CMU athletics director Dave Heeke told Central Michigan Life in January. “We think in the next year to two years, you’re going to start seeing additional sports.” CMU issued a survey to students in spring 2009 to gauge interest in adding female sports, but results from about 2,220 respondents showed “there was not a substantial interest level in additional sports,” Heeke said in January. A repeal by the Obama administration in April 2010 — the George W. Bush administration had ruled the survey sufficient enough — required schools to take a second look, this time adhering to more stringent criteria to prove compliance. Athletics officials have said previously they were A TITLE IX| 2

West Intermediate student Melissa Jensen, left, helps wrap presents for Beal City resident Trevor Beck Tuesday evening during ‘Shop with a Cop’ at Walmart, 4730 Encore Blvd. “Our student council adviser told us about this,” Jensen said. “I thought it was a good opportunity to come out and help.”

Michigan State Police Officer Dee Thomas spins a display case at the jewlery counter with Mount Pleasant resident Damon Smith during Tuesday evening’s ‘Shop with a Cop’ at Walmart, 4730 Encore Blvd.

Granting wishes

Kids select Christmas gifts with local law enforcement for charity program Adam Niemi | senior reporter

Dee Thomas would have been in her patrol car sitting on the U.S. 127 median. Instead, on Tuesday, she was in Walmart, onduty, with 11-year-old Damon Smith, helping him figure out what his family would like for Christmas, as part of ‘Shop with a Cop.”

The children she and other police officers shopped with were nominated on a needs basis by their schools and selected by Mount Pleasant City Police. Officers from other local departments participated, including Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police, Central Michigan University Police and

the Isabella County Sheriff ’s Department. “I get a lot of thumbs-up,” Michigan State Police officer Mike Smith said. “Lots of people wonder what’s going on; once you tell ‘em, they’re like, ‘Aw, that’s good.’” A GIFTS | 2

Additional funds for CMED on Trustees’ agenda By Neil Rosan staff reporter

The Board of Trustees Thursday will vote to approve additional funds for the College of Medicine facilities. One of the main items on the agenda includes requesting an additional $525,000 for planning and designing of CMED facilities in Saginaw. If the additional money is approved, it will bring the total costs related to the design and development phase to $2,275,000.

The Saginaw campus, which will consist of two buildings located at St. Mary’s of MichiganSaginaw University and CovPresident Ross enant HealthCare hospitals, will be used for educational and clinical space for CMED students and staff members already at each site. Though plans have been revealed for the new campus, an amount has

yet to be set. In a previous Central Michigan Life article regarding the Saginaw campus, CMED Dean Ernest Yoder said “Costs have not yet been released, because they are not yet finalized and the college does not wish to announce an incorrect estimate.” In a meeting with CM Life Tuesday, University President George Ross said a finalization of the total costs are close but not expected to be announced at Thursday’s meeting. “I was in a meeting with

Mr. Graham, the CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital, and Mr. Maidlow, the CEO of Covenant Heathcare, this past week,” he said. “We are very close to a number, but they are going back to their boards, as am I, and we are hoping to release a number in the near future.” Ross also said it has been a difficult process, because there are four organizations involved with the project. “If it was just us, it would be more definitive,” he said. A CMED | 2

CMU selling Little Caesars Pizza Bowl tickets at $25 for public, $10 for students By Matt Thompson senior reporter

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Florida Atlantic University wide receiver Cortez Gent catches a pass and attempts to carry it downfield while former Central Michigan’s linebacker Tim Brazzel, left, and Vince Agnew, center, tackle him during the 12th annual Motor City Bowl on Dec. 26, 2008 at Ford Field in Detroit. Gent had seven receptions for 98 yards and scored Florida Atlantic’s final touchdown in the fourth quarter. They would then score on the next play with a one-yard run.

Student tickets for Central Michigan’s football game against Western Kentucky in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl will be $10 for students and $25 for the general public. Students will be able to buy up to two tickets at the CMU Events Center box office beginning 8 a.m. Thursday. For non-students, tickets will cost $35 for a reserved seat, $40 for club seats and $15 with a group of 10 or more. A family four pack of tickets will be $75. CMU received 10,000 tickets from the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, to be played Dec. 26 at Ford Field in Detroit, and has put no cap on how many tickets will go to students. The student section will be in the end zone.

Student tickets will also be on sale at the CMU Bookstore and residence halls, though the date for those sales will be decided later in the week. “We’re very excited to play here. We have a lot of players from (Michigan); I’m from Detroit myself,” head coach Dan Enos said. “It’s a great bowl for us to play in; there should be a lot of Chippewas fans and alumni.” CMU played in the Motor City Bowl, since renamed the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, three years in a row from 2006 to 2008. “It was looking like, for awhile Sunday, like we might play in Washington, D.C.,” senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff said. “I think this is much better for our fans—it should be like a home game.”

Western Kentucky is giving away free tickets to students for its first-ever bowl game. Students can also purchase a $50 travel package that includes roundtrip bus transportation, a night in a hotel after the game and a commemorative WKU bowl game ticket. For all other fans, WKU is selling tickets for $50 for VIP and $40 for regular tickets. The same travel package for nonWKU students will cost $150. “I’m really excited; I think it’s a great game for Central to have fans come,” senior wide receiver Cody Wilson said. “I grew up going to games in that stadium. We won the (Mid-American Conference) Championship game there when I was a freshman.”

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EVENTS CALENDAR TODAY w December’s Let’s Do Lunch

series, featuring author Jack Westbrook, the president of the Mount Pleasant Area Historical Society, will speak at Art Reach of Mid-Michigan, 111 E. Broadway, at noon. The event is free and open to the public. w The School of Music’s

Honors Recital, featuring outstanding CMU students, will take place at 11 a.m. in the Staples Family Concert Hall in the Music Building. The recital is free and open to the public. w The Trumpet Ensemble,

directed by professor Neil Mueller, will perform in concert at 8 p.m. in the Staples Family Concert Hall in the Music Building.

TOMORROW w The Wesley Foundation,

1400 S. Washington, will show “Moneyball” at 7:30 p.m. Pop and popcorn will be provided. w Grammy Award winner

Johnny Mathis performs at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, 6800 E. Pickard, at 8 p.m. with a special guest performance by Gary Mule Deer. Ticket prices range from $36 to $64.

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

GIFTS | CONTINUED FROM 1 Smith has been in law enforcement for 23 years. Walmart Supervisor Cammie Theisen said the way the grant works is the city applies for grants with the company. It’s up to the individual stores to decide how much the grant is, with a ceiling limit of $5,000. Standen said the grant for ‘Shop With A Cop’ was $3,000. Mount Pleasant officer Tim Standen helped coordinate the event. He said they tried to

TITLE IX | CONTINUED FROM 1 never deemed ‘noncompliant,’ but CMU chose to re-explore the issue. A U.S. News & World Report database shows females make up about 55 percent of CMU’s total enrollment. Heeke said in January that adding more teams to the program would require an increase




CONTINUED FROM 1 With the first applicants being accepted for the 2013 class, Ross admitted to being under some pressure to get the project finalized. “We are under some pressure to get it to the board. There’s pressure because the first class is coming here in 2013 and will be in Saginaw by 2015,” he said. “We are going to try and get the building open in late 2015, but I fully anticipate that we will come to a conclusion on the facility, the cost and the funding soon.” The board will also discuss the authorization of two leases. One will involve a 16,000-square-foot office space for CMED administration. Funding for the lease would come from the College of Medicine’s operating budget and would not exceed $240,000 per year. The space is needed because the CMED building on campus has enough space to

meet student academic needs, but will not provide enough space for all staff members. The second lease is for a 2,583-square-foot area to provide clinical space for Assistant Professor of Surgery Dr. Sandra Howell’s medical practice. The $38,745 annual cost would also be funded from the CMED operating budget. According to a news release, CMED will continue to acquire private practices as the school recruits additional faculty. Money generated from these private practices will provide revenue for the college. Board of Trustees member Brian Fannon was contacted but wished to delay comment until he attended Thursday’s meeting.


derstands people are upset but hopes continual meetings with faculty will quell some of the anger. He wouldn’t comment directly on the FA vote, as he hadn’t read it, he said. “I understand that there are still faculty members on this campus that are angry. That’s been made clear to me,” he said. In December 2011, the A-Senate voted no confidence in Ross and Provost Gary Shapiro. McDonald said he is still unhappy with the level of transparency and shared governance on campus. In the spring, a Shared Governance Committee was formed to help create better decision-making for the university McDonald was named co-chair of the committee. “I have tried to find a way to continue to move this campus forward … I will continue to reach out. I believe we are making progress,” Ross said. But McDonald said he is somewhat unhappy with the small steps, and shared governance hasn’t been used as effectively as he had hoped. McDonald used Shapiro’s recent retirement as an exam-

CONTINUED FROM 1 He said data is still being put together from the more than 60 confidential face-toface interviews, several phone interviews and several letters. “We’ve got a good report we can present to the board and the public,” he said. Ross came into this academic year saying he hoped to heal several injured relationships that remained following an FA strike and several battles regarding university funding during the 2011-12 academic year. “We had a little hiccup, maybe a big hiccup, but we’re stronger for it,” Ross said in September about the 201112 academic year at Central Michigan University. But Academic Senate Chairman Jim McDonald said more action has to be taken. “To just say time will heal all isn’t going to do it, as deep as the wounds were,” McDonald said. Tuesday, Ross said he un-

- Managing Editor Aaron McMann contributed to this report.

select kids from each school in the area. “We try to get a kid or two from every school,” Standen said. If any kids had money left over after they were done shopping, Standen said, they were encouraged to get something for themselves. “A lot of the kids were encouraged to get something for themselves,” Standen said. “And they wouldn’t. That speaks volumes.” With 23 kids participating in the event, each was given a $130 spending limit. Emily Bles, 13, of Mount Pleasant, participated in the event and said it was

important to her. “I find it important because I don’t have enough money to shop for my family,” Bles said. The well-intended event was made possible by the contribution of different pockets of society, the volunteers, police officers and Mount Pleasant Walmart, 4730 Encore Blvd. Standen said a woman was so moved by the event that she cried. “The volunteers work harder than anybody else in this event,” Standen said. “They do an amazing job.”

in the department’s $23.8 million budget, more than 70 percent of which is subsidized by the university. CMU already sponsors eight women’s sports — basketball, cross country, field hockey, gymnastics, soccer, softball, track and field and volleyball — and six men’s sports; however, the number of scholarships offered in football results in more scholarships for men. Nine other Mid-American Conference schools sponsor women’s golf, including in-state

rivals Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan. Lacrosse, however, is not recognized by the MAC and would require CMU to join another league or start independent. The University of Detroit, a member of the National Lacrosse Conference, is the only public institution in Michigan to sponsor women’s lacrosse at a Division I level. CMU last added a Division I sport, women’s soccer, in 1998.

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St. Clair Shores sophomore Nate Zinzi, lead vocalist and guitarist of the band Moses, performs live with other local artists at Hunter’s Ale House, 4855 E. Blue Grass Road. The live music event is hosted by 91.5 Moore Rock Radio, a student-run radio station operated by CMU, on the first Monday of every month.

ple. There were seven faculty spots on the search committee for the new Provost, and Ross appointed five of the seven spots, while the other two were appointed by the A-Senate. “Why not follow through and use shared governance to elect people?” McDonald said. Ross said he reached out to the deans of the five colleges, and the deans hand-picked the five representatives. There are also issues with the evaluation of deans, McDonald said, something that was discussed during the formation of the shared governance committee. McDonald said there hasn’t been an evaluation of deans in 13 years, and it’s needed to tell the board of trustees, Ross and the deans how they are doing. “It’s transparent, and it’s informative,” he said. While the wounds are still apparent, McDonald said he’s nervous about what the university is doing about its future. “A lot of this existed before bargaining even started, but now it’s lingering,” he said.


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Students share their picks for the top gifts of the season By Melissa Beauchamp | senior reporter

Rockford senior Josh Sinclair said he wouldn’t mind a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. “Like in ‘A Christmas Story,’ I would like to flaunt it like it’s the best Christmas present ever,” he said. Ideally, Sinclair said he would like a hula hoop, his two front teeth and a hippopotamus. “Although all that stuff is great, the greatest gift of all is love,” he said. Looking for a stocking stuffer? Moustache bandages make that “ouchie” look more stylish. For $7, Urban Outfitters has them waiting

for the moustache-lover in your family tree. Receiving a technologyrelated gift is always popular, and, this year, the Microsoft Surface is on many people’s wish list. To go along with it, Scrabble HD will allow people to go head-to-head with users on their smart phones or tablets. Another popular gift for

all ages is the Amazon Kindle that uses white light. The product starts at $119. Bay City senior Nate Caister would give his grandma a Kindle to give her the resources to be more “technology-savvy.” “I love my grandma, and I think she would just love it,” he said. “She would find it very neat.” Midland senior Nicholas Talbott said he hopes to get something technology-related this year, like the iPod touch. “I’m probably the only person who has never had an iPod,” he said. The holiday season always brings new trends and fashion must-haves. On Oprah’s famous “Favorite Things 2012,” she recommends the Coach puffer coats for $458.

“The thing I love about Coach is the attention to detail. This perfect down puffer trimmed in leather manages to be nice and warm without making you look like the Incredible Hulk,” Oprah said on her website. Cologne and perfume are always common, and, this year, popular women’s fragrances include Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker and D & G Light Blue by Dolce and Gabbana for women. Rockford freshman Emily Sinclair said, along with perfume and cologne, she foresees anything Vera Bradley being popular this year. “I would like a duffle bag, in any print,” she said. “It’s stylish and pretty.” Grand Haven sophomore Zachary Konarska said he

would like a wool bow-tie to wear to make him “look fancy.” “I would be happy if that was wrapped under the tree,” he said. For the home, Jaxx Bean Bags offer plenty of sizes and styles for the couch potato. The extra large free-foam lounging durable bean bags range from $99 to $259. Featured on fab. com, the indoor and outdoor bean bags are as big as ninefeet long. Bridgeport freshman Lindsey Shaffer said she would love a huge, comfy bean bag to lie in, any day of the week. “If I got this for Christmas, I would be so happy forever,” she said. For the travelers and adventure-seekers, a “Scratch Map” allows people to scratch

off areas they have been to, which reveals a pop of color. The more color is revealed, the more you travel. The map can be found at uncommongoods. com. According to the American Research Group, shoppers around the country plan to spend an average of $856 on Christmas presents this year, a 32-percent increase from last year. With all the options and potential Christmas presents out there, Sinclair said it’s the thought that counts. “It’s all about giving this time of the year,” he said. “Especially to those who are less fortunate.”

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FAMD members give back to community by making stockings for local families

ADVICE one who initiates conversation. Let them do the talking once in a while.


By Katelyn Sweet staff reporter

With a Christmas Pandora station playing in the Wightman Hall sewing lab, Fashion Association of Merchandising and Design members made stockings for the Christmas Outreach Program. Self-proclaimed “Christmas freak,” senior Alexandra Mauro said she couldn’t be more excited to create the stockings. The program helps suffering families in the community receive gifts during the holiday season. “We make over 100 stockings to give to the families in need,” the Troy native said. “It’s important to help out the community during the holidays, because holidays are family-oriented, and some people may not have enough to brighten their spirits, which is why we volunteer to help.” Mauro is the president of the FAMD club at Central Michigan University, and they are hand-making stockings that will be filled with toys for kids and the necessities for adults. Brighton senior Alexandria Wessel is also a member of the FAMD club, and she was experiencing her first time helping out with the stockingmaking this year. She said she was excited to be helping, because her family is very into the holiday spirit. “We already have our Christmas tree and decorations up at my house,” Wessel said. “I love Christmas time, and it feels good to be making presents for others who may not have it as good as I do. Maybe it’ll make a difference in their Christmas.” Mauro said they iron, sew and lay out the different fabrics and textures they use to make the stockings. They are not just typical red stockings; they make them all different interesting patterns. “It’s kind of like an assembly line. All the members each have a role, and we work together,” Mauro said. Treasurer Stephanie Kula said she would much rather spend her free time giving back during the holiday season rather than partying. “I think it is necessary for students to give back their time and volunteer, because it shows that college students care and have a heart for the community we live in during

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South Lyon sophomore Stephanie Kula cuts fabric with fellow FAMD students to make stockings for the needy Friday afternoon at the sewing lab in Whitman Hall.

“I love Christmas time, and it feels good to be making presents for others who may not have it as good as I do. Maybe it’ll make a difference in their Christmas.” Alexandria Wessel, Brighton senior the school year,” Kula said. Creating the stockings is a long and somewhat hard process, Mauro said. Wessel spent her time cutting out the layout of the stockings so that the design team could sew them. Kula said she is not the greatest at sewing, so that is a hard aspect of the creation process for her. “I’m a concentrated Apparel Merchandising student, so I do not take any classes related to design. This year, I feel I will be able to make a bigger impact, because we have to cut the patterns of the stockings this year unlike the past. That is where I will be able to do most of the help, because sewing isn’t my best

skill,” Kula said. Kula said volunteering with the Christmas Outreach Program every holiday season makes her feel like she is doing her share in the community. “Helping to make a difference to brighten others’ holidays helps to brighten my own holiday,” Kula said. Mauro said she looks at the families in need and feels especially thankful and fortunate during this time of year. “Showing how much you care about others during the holidays is important; it feels good to give back,” Mauro said.

Everyone likes a little attention. But when does the attention turn into annoyance? When you have a stagefive clinger blowing up your phone bill and asking about your every move, the only thing you want is space. You might like the attention of your significant other, but the novelty of it probably wears off faster than they can text you again after you didn’t respond. Being the needy one in a relationship is never attractive. If you get dumped for being too overbearing, I can’t say you don’t deserve it. But sometimes you don’t even realize it, and, next thing you know, the only person you have left to text is yourself. Here are some signs you need to back off before you back yourself right into a place called singlehood:


If you’re not texting the person, you’re tweeting them. And when that fails, you logon Facebook to send them a quick message … just in case. Instead of communicating in every form possible, take a hint when they don’t respond right away. No, they don’t hate you, but they could be busy. Also, don’t always be the

When they can’t hang out, it doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t like you. Everyone likes a little alone time, and you have to respect that. People in college are especially busy. If they decide to hang out with their friends over you, you can’t get mad. If they only want to hang out with their friends and not you, well, then you need to talk about it. Let your significant other spend time with friends. There’s nothing worse than being that couple that disappears until they break up.


“What are you doing? Who are you with? Why haven’t you texted me today?” Sound familiar? Then you’re in or have been in a needy relationship. The answer to all of those questions should be “who cares?” Don’t ask questions like that unless they’re necessary. Otherwise, you’re borderline needy.


If your significant other can’t go out unless you’re by their side, then you have trust issues. Even though you’re in a relationship, it doesn’t mean you can’t still have independence and friends of your own. If it would make you feel better, tell your significant other that you wouldn’t mind meeting who he/she is hanging out with when you’re not together.


The wedding is planned on Pinterest before you even meet the parents. You want to bring them to your holiday party before you’ve even had your first kiss. Wanting to excel your relationship early on may come off as needy and dependent. If you’re in a relationship where you’re significant other is overbearing, try talking to them about it. If you honestly like them, tell them so, but also say how it’d be better if you weren’t glued to your phone all day. If it makes them feel more comfortable, maybe you can text it. Or Facebook. Or Tweet. Ya, know.

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Greek community lights up Main Street through ‘Most Festive House’ competition By Charnae Sanders Staff Reporter

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Alpena senior Nick Stephaniak hangs up Christmas lights Friday night outside of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity house, 605 S. Main St. “This has been a process since Thanksgiving,” Stephaniak said. “Everyday we have been putting up lights little by little.”

The Dickens Christmas Festival wasn’t the only thing enchanting people this weekend, leaving them in ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs.’ For the first time ever, the downtown festival collaborated with the Greek community to light up the Greek houses on Main Street. Senior Brook Thatcher, president of the Interfraternity Council, was sent an email from the state asking if he and the Greek community would be interested in partnering with the city to put up lights on their houses for the people who drove down the street. The Ohio native and the Greek community agreed to decorate for the festival. To make the process even more interesting, they held a competition for the “Most Festive House.” Sigma Chi won for the best fraternity house, while Zeta Tau Alpha won for the best sorority house. Both chapters won a cash prize to give to their national philanthropy.

However, the entire experience seemed more like fun and games than a competition. “My fraternity, we live right next door to another fraternity house on Main Street, and we actually connected our houses with lights,” Thatcher said. “It was fun. A lot of fraternities had Christmas music playing and stuff.” Macomb junior Alexis Theodore, who is a member of Sigma Kappa, helped bedazzle her house with her sorority sisters. Theodore calls it a good experience, because everyone worked together on it. “We kind of just put all of it together,” Theodore said. “We each did our own thing and thought what would look good. Some people did the lights on the roof, some people did the candy cane entry way; we weren’t expecting it to turn out how it did. It turned out much better than we thought, because it was only girls that were doing that.” Junior Sarah Anderson of Grand Rapids and a group of friends drove down Main Street to see the houses aglow

and said she was impressed. Anderson compared the decorating to professionals. “I’ve never just seen Main Street light up like it is now,” Thatcher said. “It’s just really great to drive down the street and see all the decorations, and it’s related to the Christmas spirit. It’s something I’ve never seen before, I really like it, and I hope it continues in the future.” Not only did this event help beautify Main Street, but it helped the Greek community give back to the city. “We were just really jittered to actually have the Mount Pleasant community reach out to us and extend us an invitation, because, normally, there’s a lot of, I guess you can call, tension between the city and the Greek community, it feels like,” Maine junior Sigma Chi fraternity member Blake Foster said. “So it was really nice to be able to do something for them and help them out as well as ourselves.”


Alternative breaks, Toys for Tots among volunteer opportunities It’s A Wonderful Life By Anna McNeill Staff Reporter

When the holidays roll around and the weather starts to drop, the need for help within any community starts to rise. Soup kitchens are still in full swing, feeding those in need during the chilly months, but there are a few organizations that start up in the winter. Throughout the city, there are various organizations that set up drop boxes for coat donations for families who can’t afford winter coats. When shoppers check out at local dollar stores,

they are asked if they want to donate a toy for soldiers and their families. During break, the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center has set up 13 different alternative breaks for students to travel all over the United States, and one group is even going to Peru to help out with different issues. The volunteer opportunities range from animal rescue in Austin, Texas to child healthcare in Memphis, Tennessee. Other students who don’t wish to spend their breaks away from their families have opportunities around Isabella County to volun-

teer. Over the weekend, the Dickens Christmas Festival went on in downtown Mount Pleasant and had help from volunteers at Candy Cane Lane. Today through Friday and Monday through Dec. 12, Christmas Outreach will be putting together packages of donated goods for local families in Finch Fieldhouse. South Lyon junior Kelly Irwin said her residence hall has been collecting items for Christmas Outreach. “I wanted to get a few toys to donate myself,” Irwin said.“Barnes as a hall

has been collecting for a few weeks now, too.” Christmas Outreach isn’t the only organization that is getting things together for local families. Toys for Tots has been taking donations, and, on Dec. 15 in the Finch Fieldhouse, they will be sorting and organizing the donations to be distributed to families in need around Isabella County. Wyoming graduate student Jason Vasquez said, to find more information about winter volunteering opportunities, go to the volunteer center OrgSync page.

When it comes to winter fashion, there are two important factors to consider: functionality and aesthetics. Central Michigan University students prefer a combination of both. Senior Chloe Scudder said she keeps warm during the cold weather by wearing boots with leggings, leg warmers and big chunky sweaters. “Leggings have to be worn appropriately,” the Holland native said. “But they’re good for class because they’re comfortable. Sudder said, due to the variations of temperature during this time of year, she prefers her clothes to keep

“Leggings have to be worn appropriately. But they’re good for class because they’re comfortable.” Chloe Scudder, Holland senior her warm and be stylish. “It does get to a point in Michigan that warmth is more important,” she said. “That is why I have lots of winter coats.” Lansing junior Kaitlyn Coryell enjoys wearing leggings and leg warmers with boots, because it is an easy outfit to throw together. “It’s a warm go-to outfit that can be worn all year,” she said. “I see this trend here more than I did at my old school.” Coryell also prefers a

mixture of warmth and functionality to her outfits but said it depends on the day. “When I go to class, I prefer something comfortable, easy and warm,” she said. Diamondale senior Stephanie Self enjoys this trend, because it is both comfortable and casual. “But it can be dressed up easily by putting on a nice top or even wearing a skirt with tights, as I’ve done before,” she said. “It just looks good as a comfy outfit

without being frumpy.” Self said she has seen other ways to wear this trend, including with skinny jeans instead of leggings as well as with shirts and scarves. “I’ve seen it with a blousy top and a blazer, too,” she said. “It just depends on the style that the person likes most.” In addition to the leggings with leg warmers look, Self said she also enjoys the military style look and clothes with lace. “I’ve fallen in love with lace blouses and shirts with bits of lace on them,” she said. “I also really like the military look, not camouflage, but more how the buttons on tops are placed.”


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Search firm to find candidates for provost

Knight to brand CMU nationally By Tony Wittkowski Staff Reporter

By Kyle Kaminski Staff Reporter

An executive search firm has been hired and charged with finding a replacement for Provost Gary Shapiro, who will resign at the end of this year to return to teaching in 2014. In an interview with Central Michigan Life on Tuesday, University President George Ross said the search committee is making progress and hopes to name a finalist to the position by April of 2013. Parker Executive Search has been named as the search firm charged with finding the next provost. The firm, based out of Atlanta, has been operating since 1984 and has conducted over 1,000 seniorlevel searches. “We have a search consultant firm found and hope to have advertisements for the position posted by Jan. 1,” Ross said. “We’ll be speaking with candidates this month and hope to have a selection by the middle portion of next semester.” This month, the company assisted in the hiring of head football coaches at both Georgia State and North Carolina State University, and Parker Executive Search will orchestrate the provost search with the help of a 14-member search committee that was formed earlier this month. The committee is composed of a cross-section of campus faculty and staff and will be responsible for posting advertisements for the job opening, processing and viewing applications and conducting interviews with finalists. After finalists have been selected, they will be invited to campus for formal interviews and open forums. “The office of the provost plays a critical leadership role at CMU,” Ross said. “The largest division at the university reports to the provost. I’m literally looking for a partner, someone to be my right-hand. It’s very critical that they have a broad breadth of experience and knowledge.” Shapiro will serve as provost until the end of the year, at which point he will take a transitional leave before returning to campus to teach in 2014. During this one-year period, Shapiro will continue to receive his regular annual salary of $254,000. However, as Associate Vice President of Human Resources Lori Hella previously told Central Michigan Life, he won’t be absent for the transition. “It’s called a ‘leave,’ but the provost will still be actively involved in university business,” Hella said previously. “He will have an office on campus, will be working with the transition of the new provost, working with international education, as well as student learning and preparing to return to the classroom.”


Ovid-Elsie sophomore Kaitlyn Fabus follows do-it-yourself instructions as she sews together old clothing fabric to make a pair of mittens during the Pinterest Party Tuesday night in the Mackinaw Room of the Bovee University Center.

Pin it yourself Pinterest party attracts about 150 students for arts and crafts Katelyn Sweet | Staff Reporter

A line wrapped around the bottom of the Bovee University Center for the first Pinterest Party on Tuesday night in the Mackinac and AuSable rooms. The Central Michigan University Program Board created a free arts and crafts party based on cybercraze Pinterest. “This is the perfect event for students, because Pinterest is so popular, and they are always pinning things, but they never follow through,” said Nicole Murawski, public relations chair of Program Board. Pinterest is an interactive website that allows users to “pin” different ideas and categorize them onto boards. Murawski created the event thinking bigger scale events would be better for students. The Program Board supplied all the materials to create mittens, headbands, bracelets and coffee mugs. Sophomore Kaityln Fabus said she is obsessed with Pinterest. The OvidElsie native said she has made a lot of projects, including bulletin boards, canvases and mugs. “I think I’m pretty crafty,” Fabus said as she sewed a pair of mittens


A line stretches around to the Down Under Food Court as students wait for the Pinterest Party Tuesday night in the lower level of the Bovee University Center. The event included do-it-yourself-crafts that students could make from recycled items around the home.

she was making for herself. Some students were not attending the event for their own personal enjoyment, though. Sophomore Crystal Everett was making gifts for her mother for Christmas. This was the direct intention of Program Board Vice President Mark Fairbrother. “The planning of the event was an intent for the holiday season for students to use their own creativity with a strapped college student budget,” Fairbrother said. Everett said one of the main reasons she was going was because everything provided was free of charge. Also, Everett said she is an avid pinner, and, when she saw the flyer posted in Anspach Hall, she was very excited. “I have over 600 pins on some boards. I’m obsessed,” Everett said. “It’s just fun.”

“The planning of the event was an intent for the holiday season for students to use their own creativity with a strapped college student budget.” Mark Fairbrother, Program Board Vice President Junior Lauren Brennen said she came to the event because she wanted to take a little break from the stress of finals and do some arts and crafts. The Port Huron native said she was interested because she doesn’t make most of the things that she sees on Pinterest. “It’s a free event and that is nice, because I typically don’t have the time or money to do the crafts on my own,” Brennen said. Murawski planned the event to not have specific leaders at each art and craft station but people just floating around if stu-

dents had questions. There were also instructions on the table of printed pictures and words describing what to do. “I want students to use their own creativity,” Murawski. “We don’t want to take away from that.” The event had students there smiling and singing along to the Christmas music that was playing in the background. “We will definitely do it again,” Fairbrother said. “We base our activities on the interest of the student body.”

Associate Vice President of University Communications Sherry Knight impressed University President George Ross during her time as interim. Knight was appointed to the full-time position by University President George Ross after serving as interim since May, following the public resignation of former VP of University Communications Renee Walker, who had been at CMU since 2008. Knight assumed full duties Monday and will earn a salary of $140,000. Ross said Knight’s tactics for handling the incident involving former CMU Professor of Teacher Education William Merrill being charged with counts related to child pornography proved she was well-fit for the permanent position. “(That incident) demonstrated to me her strength and her communicative role,” Ross said. “Sherry played a key role, but there were a number of people who played key roles, starting with those technicians from IT.” Until recently, Knight ran an executive communications firm, Knight Writers of Saline, which she is now closing. “I had pretty much wrapped it up anyway, because, bottom line, even though it was interim position, it was still full-time. So, I have a gentleman who took over most of my clients,” Knight said. “I communicated with them last May that, being in my interim role, my availability would be very limited to them, and they were all understanding and supportive.” Accepting the full-time position has a toll on Knight’s home life as well. Knight’s husband, Jim, has worked at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as the manager of Human Resources of Communications since March, so the couple has had to learn to balance home and work life. “I have an apartment here, and, with the interim role, I was here three or four days a week, and now I will be here primarily five days a week,” Knight said. “So, it is just one of those things where you have two working people: you do it, you manage it.” In 2008, Knight was in a similar position when she served in an interim role in Philadelphia and had to be there one week every month. She considers that commute tougher, because plane travel was involved. “In this case, I’m two hours away, so it’s really worked out well,” Knight said. “Jim and (my daughter) have helped; all of us have just come together, and we are making it work.” One of Knight’s main focuses has been building culture on campus to make CMU a brand name that can A KNIGHT | 5

Isabella County records 1.6-percent increase in per capita personal income in 2011 By Elizabeth Benson Staff Reporter

Per capita personal income has been on the rise in Michigan the last year, and Isabella County saw a 1.6-percent increase in 2011. The Detroit Free Press reported 88 percent of all counties in Michigan experienced some increase in personal income — personal income divided by population — between 2010 and 2011, according to data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis on Nov. 26. Personal income for Isabella County residents in-

creased to $27,960 in 2011, up from $27,519 in 2010. Economics Professor Christopher Bailey said this is potentially good news for the economy. “In general, the expectations are that the economy will improve somewhat in the next year,” he said. “It does depend on what Congress and the President come up with as far as taxing and spending policies. If those are resolved in a satisfactory way, then the economy should be somewhat stronger next year, although probably not back to normal.” Bailey said there is a bet-

ter job outlook for students, but there are also more job openings throughout the market. “I don’t know if I would link that necessarily to the starting salary they might be getting, but there are certainly more jobs available than before,” Bailey said. As previously reported by Central Michigan Life, Michigan added 165,000 new jobs since 2009; about 40 percent of which were in automotive manufacturing, Assistant Professor of Economics Samuel Raisanen said in November. Bailey said Michigan’s

economy is strongly based in the manufacturing industry. “For the state in particular, Michigan is more dependent than most states, probably more so than any state, on manufacturing,” he said. “How well manufacturing does depends partly on our exports, and that is determined partly on how strong the dollar is.” Bailey was hesitant to make any concrete predictions, as so much of the economy depends on so many different factors, but A INCREASE | 5



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EDITORIAL | Damning faculty vote proves actions speak louder than words

Katelyn Sweet Staff Reporter

Pregnancy brings more royal buzz to America Dating back as early as the days of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana, it seems that America has always been utterly fascinated with the royal family. Americans typically in the spotlight include actors and actresses, athletes, musicians and political figures. The idea of having queens and princes seems like something magical I think to most Americans. Although Princess Diana stole the hearts and admiration of the United States in the 1980s and 1990s, the obsession of the royal family really reached a whole new level with Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. Their royal wedding on April 29, 2011 was watched by over two billion people on television and has been tweeted about over four million times. To think that this power couple could get any bigger seems almost impossible, right? Well, now there is a bun in the oven for the Duchess, and the publicity on this royal pregnancy has raised quite a stir in the United States. Middleton announced she is pregnant on Tuesday. According to ABC, the Duchess was rushed to the hospital for an acute morning sickness, which requires supplementary hydration and nutrients. The royal couple decided to go public with the news of their pregnancy after this emergency. She is not yet 12 weeks pregnant. There is an abundance of rumors dealing with the release of this pregnancy. Could it be twins? What will the new royal heirs look like and be named? Once again, Americans are caught up in a whirlwind with the magicalseeming lives of Prince William and Kate Middleton. What is so delightful about this couple? Why are Americans so interested in what they are doing? The answers are clear to me. Middleton is the classic girl next door, but she happens to be beautiful and now married to a prince. She studied art history at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, did all the typical things that someone would do, but is now ‘famous.’ We, as Americans, eat this stuff up, and people find themselves believing it could happen to them. Or there is the alternate route: some people are just waiting to see the divorce headline or something terrible to happen to prove that these are real people and not just living a fairytale. Whether people are killing to see them fail or merely looking to be inspired by a ‘happily ever after’ ending, they love to watch and observe the lives of those in the limelight. With the news of a royal pregnancy this past week, the royal buzz is bigger than ever. Turn on your televisions, open a magazine and join the craze, because I see no end to the obsession of the royal family in the near future. E-mail | Mail | 436 Moore Hall 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 in the order they are received.

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A continuing clash

he old adage ‘actions speak louder than words’ rings true when it comes to the way faculty members look at University President George Ross.

Damning statistics, obtained by Central Michigan Life earlier this week, show a strong portion of faculty members still not buying the rhetoric Ross has been selling this semester. Even with a new public face, spearheaded by the newly appointed Associate Vice President of University Communications Sherry Knight, more than 53 percent of faculty members who responded to a survey measuring Ross’ ability to lead the university ‘strongly disagreed’ with the statement “I favor President Ross continuing as CMU’s President.” Another 25 percent disagreed with the statement, while 13 percent either strongly agreed or agreed. And the numbers are fairly consistent across the board, from questions about Ross’ leadership to his commitment to CMU. And that says something: about the job he’s

done communicating internally and how deep the wounds from the last academic year run. Academic Senate co-chair Jim McDonald brought that point up in a sitdown interview with Central Michigan Life Editor-in-Chief Eric Dresden on Tuesday, pointing out that five of the seven members on the provost search committee were appointed by Ross. To his credit, Ross says college deans handpicked the individuals themselves. But that begs the point, as McDonald asked: “Why not follow through and use shared governance to elect people?” The main issue here is that students, staff and faculty have not forgotten the turmoil surrounding last year. The Faculty Association is still angry with Ross’s lack of transparency and leadership.

It’s going to take time for the salt to leave the FA’s wounds, making this fall the least opportune time for Ross to undergo a presidential review. These results beg the question as to who Ross and the Board of Trustees have in mind when making decisions related to Central Michigan University. Because right now, it seems as though Ross and the board have monetary gain in mind and nothing else. Additionally, Ross has never formally come out and apologized for the bad blood between he and the FA. If he is serious about rebuilding the broken bridges created following last year’s tumultuous events, he needs to stop talking and start acting. CMU faculty, staff and students don’t need to hear another rah-rah speech; they need to see a leader take responsibility for his actions, apologize for the past and actively work toward a better future. Until Ross proves he is as committed to the betterment of this university as he claims he is, he shouldn’t be the least bit surprised by the negative reviews he continuously receives.


[ YOUR VOICE ] Online reader comments on the Dec. 2 “Chippewas play Western Kentucky in Little Caesar’s Bowl on Dec. 26“ story The Chips have been extremely lucky in 2012. They played each of the bottom four teams in the MAC East (except Buffalo) and a very weak Iowa team. Ohio State and Penn State are banned from bowls, and the Chips were the 70th and last team selected. Thank former coach Butch Jones, because, if his Cincinnati team didn’t beat Connecticut Saturday, the Chips wouldn’t be going to any bowls. That said, Go Chips. Make the university and the MAC proud of you. And please wear the school colors — maroon and gold — rather than those idiotic new black uniforms. -Brian Cunningham “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 in the right direction for our program to rebuild.”... So, a bowl bid is the only criteria to evaluate Enos and the program? Please see Purdue....bowl bid but

still have a head coaching opening due to the program not headed in the right direction and not meeting standards and expectations. Fellow alumni, 6-6 with the schedule this year is awful. Fans at Kelly-Shorts are smarter than we are given credit for. Why does Heeke think the attendance went down every home game this year? The team and product was not good. If the direction he talks about is bottom feeder in the MAC, then that is where we are headed....... -CMU 87 Don’t be so uptight. Yeah, it’s easy to throw Enos under the bus and call for him to be canned, but is that really the right choice this early? On average, it takes coaches 3-4 years to really show what they can do, especially when you have to start over the way CMU had to after Jones left. And while Enos does not have the record fans would like to see, he IS showing improvement. A few rolls of the dice a different way and this team is looking at an 8-win season. I just think, as a sports enthusiast, that three years is too short to judge what a coach can do for a program,

no matter where they are coaching. We made a commitment to this guy; let’s just see what he can do for one more year after coming off of a bowl game berth. -Mark The combined record of the teams we beat was 14-45. We took advantage of a very soft schedule and lost every other game decidedly. Beating bad teams does not mean a coach is successful, especially when we struggled in some of the wins we did get (vs. SEMO, vs. Eastern). I see no progress made as far as the direction the team is heading, especially with our defense set to regress even more after Addae and some others leave. The “numbers” you speak of are over-inflated. If a team played UMass every week for a season and went undefeated, it doesn’t mean that team is good for having a 12-0 record. Since the AD will not fire Enos this season, I hope Enos recognizes for his own sake that he needs a new D Coordinator to even have a chance of not being fired after next season. -Gare

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New solutions As the Supreme Court hears another affirmative action case, Americans are again scrutinizing government-sponsored efforts at eliminating inequality. Affirmative action seeks to encourage diversity by tipping certain scales in favor of historically marginalized groups. In the world of higher education, this means racial minorities might have their status as such considered during the admissions process and their applications possibly granted a predetermined measure of preference. The Court last ruled on affirmative action in 2003, upholding a university’s right to foster diversity through the use of race-conscious admissions policies. In the years since that case, attitudes toward race have evolved. We live in times in which a black man can sit in the Oval Office, but not without the legitimacy of his presidency and every action constantly being called into question. These are times of both dizzying progress and disquieting relapse. Many young adults enjoy a culture more accepting of diversity than ever before, but the majority of this age group doesn’t support the policies that cultivated this environment in the first place. In a report out of Georgetown University, researchers found 47 percent of Americans aged 18 to 25 oppose programs that specifically assist minority students, while 38 percent favor such programs. The poll’s findings are even more telling when the race of respondents is taken into account. Sixty-six percent of white subjects opposed affirmative action measures, while 75 percent of blacks and 63 percent of hispanics favored them. Conversely, polling done by Gallup in 2011 showed that 85 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 say they’re fine with interracial marriage, indicating young adults are more accepting of diversity than generations past. This odd juxtaposition of opinions represents an America seemingly eager for diversity but uncertain of how best to go about encouraging it in the future; an America ready for progress but unsure of which path leads toward it. And that uncertainty is warranted. The specter of inequality still haunts every corner of this nation, but it’s learned there’s often value in operating in silence. Affirmative action is a solution devised for a time when discrimination wasn’t so often inclined to hide behind the subtleties of political correctness. No one wants to feel they’ve been denied an opportunity because of something they have no control over, such as their skin color. This worry is shared by affirmative action supporters and detractors alike. In the black and white world of previous generations, this legal mechanism was clearly necessary to ensure racial minorities were not slighted because of their skin color. But today’s world is not black and white, and such blunt measures do not address the subtle complexities of modern discrimination. Instead of continuing to rely on the solutions of the past, America should focus on finding new solutions that ensure equal opportunities for all.

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State committee rejects health exchange; Snyder looking for federal partnership By John Irwin elections Coordinator

A state House committee rejected a bill last week that would have created a state-run health insurance exchange, as is required by the Affordable Care Act. The state House’s Health Policy committee turned down the exchange by a 9-5 vote, meaning the federal government is now likely to play a large role in creating an exchange. An opponent of the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” state Rep. Kevin Cotter, RMount Pleasant, praised the committee in a statement to Central Michigan Life. “I appreciate the work of my colleagues who serve on the Committee on Health Policy, along with the residents of Isabella and Midland County who contacted my office regarding this issue,” Cotter said. The state-run health exchanges mandated by the health care law are Internet marketplaces designed to drive down premiums through competition, to create transparency when choosing insurance and to increase access to health insurance for the nation’s uninsured. Under the law, states may choose to opt out of creating an exchange, in which case, the federal government would either create one for

the state or would work with the state in a partnership to set one up. The federal government expects more than 25 million people to gain insurance through the exchanges, most of whom would receive aid in paying premiums. The exchanges are required to be up and running by October 2013. The law requires all Americans to have health insurance by 2014 or else pay a penalty. A September report by the Congressional Budget Office estimates that six million people will opt to pay the penalty, which the CBO estimates will average out to $1,200 by 2016. The committee’s decision comes as a disappointment to Gov. Rick Snyder, who had previously hoped the exchange bill would pass by the end of the year. Under the plan, Michigan’s exchange would have been run by a nonprofit corporation with federal funds until the beginning of 2015, when it would become a self-sustained operation. Snyder’s office told the Detroit Free Press that the governor is looking to create a partnership with the federal government in which the state would create the website and set up the technology needed to run an exchange. “It’s fair to say that state control is our first prefer-

ence. But we knew there was going to be some controversy and compromise required,” spokesman Kurt Weise said. States have until Dec. 14 to inform the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, whether or not they will be setting up an exchange. Only 17 states and Washington, D.C. have opted to create their own exchanges so far. Michigan is among six states pursuing a partnership with the federal government, while 17 states rejected any involvement in creating an exchange. Ten are still up in the air. The Affordable Care Act, seen by most as President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, has been one of the most divisive pieces of legislation the country has seen in awhile. Polls show Americans deeply divided, mostly along party lines, on their support of the 2010 law. The law survived a Supreme Court challenge from 26 states mostly in tact last summer when Chief Justice John Roberts, appointed by former President George W. Bush, joined the court’s four Democratic justices in upholding the law, though they did rule that states could opt out of the law’s mandated Medicaid expansion provision.





says given the market’s current state, the economy should continue to improve steadily in the upcoming year. Ingham County, home to Michigan State University, saw a 0.4-percent decrease in per capita personal income at $34,450 in 2011, down from $34,580 in 2010. Kalamazoo County, home to Western Michigan Uni-

versity, saw a 0.8 percent increase in 2011 at $35,933, up from $35,652 in 2010. Per capita personal income increased 2.7 percent in Washtenaw County, home of the University of Michigan and EMU, in 2011 with $40,821, up from $39,730 in 2010.

be marketed nationwide. “We’re building the team, filling some open positions and then it truly is a combination of both internal and external communications,” Knight said. Knight has been working with Steven Johnson, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services, and his team on the recruitment of students who will

1892 Productions to host Relaxation Day for students during finals By Melissa Beauchamp Senior Reporter

Formerly known as UC Presents, 1892 Productions plans and executes events for students in the center of the university. Coming up on finals week, the organization has events to help students kick back and relax. Assistant Director of Student Life Damon Brown said 1892 Productions was designed to take advantage of the changes and new student lounge in the Bovee University Center. “It provides something for students to do during the day, and it make the University Center more of a destination for our students,” he said. Coming up right before finals, 1892 Productions will host Relaxation Day on Friday from 3:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., with hot chocolate and events to give the brain a break from all the cramming. The goal of the day is to give students something to do with friends right before the stress of finals. At the Relxation Day, there will be two showings of the movie “Hit and Run” at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Bovee UC Auditorium. Students will have the opportunity to

play X-Box 360 Kinect at 5 p.m. in the student lounge, followed by a yoga class at 5:30 p.m. in the Lake St. Clair and Lake Huron rooms. There will also be a tea and hot chocolate bar with snacks at 6 p.m. in the student lounge. Various student performances will take place in the UC Rotunda Room starting at 6:45 pm. The event is free, and times are subject to change. Another program offered by the organization, Tunes at Noon, allows students to pass through or sit and watch artists during lunch time. In the past, perfomers have included student Ben Schuller, the CMU Jazz Trio and Rudy Currance. Another event, Monday Matinee, features a movie in the afternoon. On Wednesdays, students can play with the XBox Kinect in the student lounge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Mat (Perry) and I are always trying to come up with more creative events,” Clawson senior Taylor Rush-

ing said. Rushing has been active in Program Board since her freshman year, and, as an event planning minor, she said she has a passion for planning events for peers. “(Program Board adviser) Damon Brown realized that and offered me a position,” she said. Last year, Rushing and Highland Township senior Mat Perry planned small events to get their feet wet. This year, Rushing said the biggest event was the Election Watch Tuesday night, when more than 100 students joined together. Perry said he and Rushing brainstorm what they think students want to see and hear. “We try to bring in a variety of events and we try to have events, that do not require students to stay for long periods of time,” Perry said. “For example, students can listen to a song or two of Tunes at Noon and leave.”



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

Women’s basketball hosting UW-GB in annual Hoops for Hunger game today By Mark Cavitt Staff Reporter

Women’s basketball will play its fifth-straight opponent that qualified for the NCAA tournament last season when it welcomes the University of WisconsinGreen Bay at noon today. Earlier this season, the Chippewas played UW-GB on the road and lost 75-48. CMU sophomore guard Jessica Green is coming off two 15-plus point performances against Notre Dame and Purdue. Head coach Sue Guevara said she anticipates the team to be ready and focused today and not to think about the past. “I’ve talked to the team about focusing a lot on the present,” Guevara said. “I think we’ve done a pretty good job of focusing on that and sticking to the game plan. This team is resilient. We know we can compete, but we also know we have to finish against these kinds of teams. “We don’t have a high margin of error, so we have to make sure we execute on both ends.” The Phoenix are another physical team that looks to score inside with senior Stephanie Sension and freshman Mariah Monke. UW-GB also relies on its players who

“We don’t have a high margin of error, so we have to make sure we execute on both ends.” Sue Guevara, head coach can spot up and shoot from beyond the arc. Guevara said she looks to play an up-tempo offense, forcing the Phoenix man defense to come out to the perimeter and defend. “Offensively, because they run a sagging, switching man, the lane will be clogged,” Guevara said. “We have to be real patient and force them to come out to play us; move the ball side to side, move the ball north and south and work the shot clock. We’re going to get high-percentage shots, and that’s all a matter of finishing.” Defensively, the focus is on challenging shots and matching UW-GB’s physical play. “Defensive transition is going to be very big,” Guevara said. “They have kids that can spot up and take it to the basket. Green Bay is really physical. Early rebounding and positioning is going to be really key for us. “It’s going to be very important to play great defense.

The five kids that Green Bay puts on the floor can all score. They’re all good three-point shooters and are a smart basketball team. They are a well-oiled machine.” Today’s game will be the third-annual Hoops for Hunger game. The mid-Michigan community is helped by food donations, and many of the local schools that participated in the food drive were invited to attend Wednesday’s game. Guevara said she enjoys the community involvement and how this program is affiliated with such a great program each year. “The community is such a part of Central Michigan, and Central Michigan is such a part of the community,” she said. “It’s such a needed initiative for us to help people here in mid-Michigan. This is something that has been a tradition for our program, and it helps bring the community into McGuirk.”



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“Quite honestly, I kind of had it in my mind there was a good chance we would not make it (after the waiver).” Dan Enos, head coach Even though Enos and Radcliff did not know they would end up in a bowl game Sunday, they always thought they deserved the chance. “Absolutely,” Enos said. “Anytime you win your last Cody Wilson three games and you are getting better when the season ends, people see that. Look at the NFL Ryan Radcliff and teams who make the Wild Card and then win the Super Bowl.” Radcliff said he had an obvious bias but that being 3-6 needing to win out and

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