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soon as next fall. Michael Westendorf, CEO of Sterling, Hoffman & Co., said Sunday Central Michigan Tribune will begin circulation as a free weekly print product and website, competing with student-run publication Central Michigan Life. Tentative plans are to launch the publication in the fall. “CM Life is one of the best student newspapers in the country,” Westendorf said. “We’re not seeking to replace it as the most comprehen-

By Justin Hicks Senior Reporter

A Midland-based consulting group will announce plans today to launch a second newspaper on campus as

sive news source on the campus of Central Michigan University. We’ll be asking our readers to read us in addition to CM Life.” Central Michigan Tribune will begin hiring this spring, and Westendorf says the publication will not discriminate between utilizing students and professional journalists. There are currently no plans to operate on campus, and the publication will be privately funded by Sterling, Hoffman & Co.

While an editorial direction hasn’t been decided on, Westendorf said his publication will focus on analysis and long-form journalism. “It’s hard to say what our niche will be, other than objective news about what happens at CMU,” he said. “We tend not to cover anything outside the university, and we have an unwritten policy not to cover anything that The New York Times could cover better.” Westendorf is the chief executive officer for The Saginaw Valley Jour-

nal, a competitor to The Valley Vanguard, the student-run newspaper at Saginaw Valley State University. He founded the paper in 2009. “I saw a need in Saginaw, and, quite frankly, I’m a journalism nerd,” Westendorf said. “I worked at the student newspaper there, and I didn’t like what I saw. I saw things that could be fixed and could just be eliminated.” A NEWSPAPER | 2

Gov.’s budget proposal could mean $1.6m more for CMU By Samantha Smallish Staff Reporter

women have held the positions at the same time. “We’ve come a long ways, baby,” Ling said. Both women have years of experience in local government. Ling was on the County Commission from 1976-80, then was reelected in 1982 and served until 1984. Next, Ling went back to teaching English and social studies at Mount Pleasant High School, retiring in 2006 after 25 years. She began serving on the City Commission in 2008, after winning election in 2007. She served as vice mayor for two years before being selected as mayor last month. Tilmann got involved with local government in the late 1980s, serving on the Parks and Recreation Com-

The $50.9 billion budget plan proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday would increase Central Michigan University’s state funding by about $1.6 million. The proposed budget includes a two-percent increase in appropriations for public colleges, universities and community colleges. Universities will also be expected to keep tuition and fee rate increases under four-percent each year or else risk losing state funding. Lawmakers implemented a similar tuition restraint mechanism into the current fiscal year budget. CMU Director of Federal Programs and Government Relations Toby Roth said Snyder’s proposition is taking higher education down the right path, and if CMU receives the full two-percent increase in funding, the university would receive about $1.6 million more in funding for next year. “I think it’s a good start,” Roth said. “Two years ago, Snyder cut higher education by 15 percent, last year raised it by three-percent and is now proposing to (raise) it twopercent. We are headed back in the right direction.” Under Snyder’s proposal, the amount of funding a school receives depends on its ability to meet certain performance standards such as graduation rates, the amount of research being conducted and the number of graduates in high-demand degree programs. Roth said these performance standards are weighted on various factors, so there is no set number to securely determine if a school is meeting these standards. Roth also said the amount of money the university receives is not necessarily set in stone. “Last year with the budget plan, (Central Michigan University) didn’t receive close to what the governor proposed,” Roth said.

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Mayor Kathy Ling, left, and Vice Mayor Sharon Tilmann, right, pose for a photo Wednesday at City Hall in Mount Pleasant. Ling and Tilmann were elected Jan. 14. Both women have years of experience in local government.

Moving forward Kathy Ling, Sharon Tilmann serve as Mount Pleasant’s first female mayor-vice mayor duo By Emily Grove | Senior Reporter

As she sat, slowly stirring then sipping her coffee at the University Cup, Mayor Kathy Ling recalled a time nearly 40 years ago when her gender was used to restrict her. It was the 1970s, and Ling was serving on the Isabella County Commission. After serving for a short time, a newly elected group joined Ling on the commission, where she was the only woman. Ling had been serving as the chair

of the two-person finance committee when she was informed there would have to be a bit of a demotion, if only for appearances’ sake. “The chairman said I would be staying on the committee, but he looked at me and said, ‘Of course

you’ll understand, I will have to make the man the chairman of the committee because it would be very embarrassing for a man to be on a committee with a woman as chair,’” Ling said. “You’re kidding me. And you let him live?” Vice Mayor Sharon Tilmann interjected jokingly with hints of disgust and disbelief. Of course, Tilmann said she can also remember a time when the classifieds section was divided by male job openings and female job openings. Tilmann said the managerial positions were mostly for men, while women were supposed to be secretaries. Now, Ling and Tilmann serve as the mayor and vice mayor, the first time in the history of the Mount Pleasant City Commission that two

Fun., CMU alum Andrew Dost win Grammys for best new artist, song By Samantha Smallish Staff Reporter

Indie pop band Fun., featuring CMU alum Andrew Dost, took home Grammy awards for Best Song and Best New Artist Sunday night in Los Angeles. The group was nominated for four other awards, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance for their hit single “We Are Young,” Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year for its album, “Some Nights.” A group of Central Michigan University students joined together to watch this year’s Grammys for a more personal reason. One fan in particular, Dost’s cousin and Virginia junior Abby Palmateer, was sporting Fun. attire and fond memories growing up with Dost. Upon hearing that her cousin was up for Grammy

nominations, Palmateer said she was very excited. “My mom called me right away and told me the news. She said I should brag about it on campus,” Palmateer said, laughing. As a child, Palmateer remembers family gatherings with Dost, despite living far apart during their childhood. During the band’s first performance, when they sang “Carry On,” Palmateer sang along. Dost is a 2005 CMU graduate who majored in journalism. He was a Centralis scholar, receiving the university’s top full-ride academic scholarship. He started his musical career at CMU with a band named Anathallo and spent his weekends performing in different venues around the Mount Pleasant, Lansing and Detroit areas. Cadillac senior Kori Marvin is a fan of the band and said he was very enthused

when he found out about the band’s Grammy nominations. He said once he found out Dost was a CMU graduate, he became more interested. “I’m a fan of the band, and, a few months ago, I found out (Dost) was a CMU alum,” Marvin said. “I’m rooting for him.” Cheers and applause rang through the university center as Fun. won Song of the Year. “I’m really excited,” Palmateer said. “I can just hear all of our family cheering right now.” Kelly Clarkson beat Fun. for a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. The band also came up short in Best Pop Duo Performance (Gotye & Kimbra) and Album of the Year (Gotye & Kimbra). The other awards the band was nominated for were not announced as of press time. university@cm-life.com

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CMU grad student Bruce Lin, left, watches with Chelsea senior Katy Steklac as 2005 alumnus Andrew Dost and FUN. band member performs at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night during the CMU Grammy Watch Party in the Bovee University Center.

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EVENTS CALENDAR TODAY w An open session for the

David Garcia Project, which raises awareness for people with disabilities, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Bovee University Center room 121.

TOMORROW w Representatives from

General Motors will be on the first floor of Grawn Hall from starting at 10 a.m. as a part of the Employer Spotlight program, which provides students an opportunity to network with prospective employers.

MAYORS | CONTINUED FROM 1A mittee, moving to the Planning Commission and then being appointed to the City Commission in 1995. In 1997, Tilmann was the vice mayor, and the following year, she was mayor. She stayed on the City Commission until 2001, and then left to serve four years on the County Commission. Tilmann returned to the City Commission in 2009 and has held a faculty position at Central Michigan University’s Counseling Center since 2004. Ling said being able to talk directly to people is one of the reasons she enjoys being involved with local government. “People can call you up and tell you what their concerns are,” Ling said. “Or, they can easily come to a meeting and express their concerns.” Tilmann and Ling said they feel citizens getting involved in local government is very important. Ling said the human rights

w A recital of the poetry of

Paul Laurence Dunbar, the first nationally acclaimed black poet, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Park Library Auditorium. Poet Herbert Woodward Martin, soprano Minnita Daniel-Cox and pianist Jennifer Cruz will perform. w Faculty pianist Adrienne

Wiley will perform at 8 p.m. in the Staples Family Concert Hall in the Music Building at 8 p.m. Tickets are $3 for students and senior citizens and $5 for everyone else and can be purchased online at cmich.edu/ ticketcentral or at the door.

CORRECTIONS Central Michigan Life has a longstanding commitment to fair and accurate reporting. It is our policy to correct factual errors. Please e-mail news@cm-life.com. © Central Michigan Life 2013 Volume 94, Number 59

ordinance approved in July 2012 was an example of local government at its best because it was citizen-initiated. “They did their homework, and they brought people to meetings and made it clear what they wanted to happen, but they were also understanding that the commission had to look at the issue and have our attorney review it,” Ling said. “It was a really collaborative issue and, to me, that’s what local government is about.” The saying that “democracy is not a spectator sport” rings true for Tilmann. Her pet peeve is people who complain and don’t take action, she said. “If you have an issue and you’re passionate about it or invested in it, get off the couch and get involved,” Tilmann said. “That’s what got me in local government to begin with.” Having been born and raised in Mount Pleasant, Tilmann said she’s very protective of her hometown. “I want to give some direction and guidance,” Tilmann said. “I just want to see people involved. It’s something I harp on a lot.”

NEWSPAPER | CONTINUED FROM 1A The competition his publication brought helped SVSU’s student-run publication, Westendorf said. “I still think we’re the better newspaper as far as social media presence, quality of journalism and even the little things like web and page design, but I think there’s no question that The Valley Vanguard got better — and they got better out of necessity,” he said. Westendorf said he envisions a paper that emulates the coverage of CM Life, The State News, the student-run newspaper at Michigan State University, The Michigan Daily, the student paper at The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, The New York Times and Washington Post. Although the Mount Pleasant area is also home to The Morning Sun, Westendorf said local papers have changed. “I’m a newspaper guy, and I know what local news-

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papers do,” he said. “They don’t really serve as government fact checkers like they used to. We’re going to be more journalistic.” Westendorf said the idea to create a second newspaper at CMU was made based on proximity and familiarity. “We’re close by, and we’re friends with a lot of current CMU students, people at CM Life, CM Life alumni and Central Michigan alumni,” he said. “For market concern, it’s considerably larger (in Mount Pleasant than Saginaw), so that’s reason number three.” Central Michigan Life Editor-in-Chief Aaron McMann, a Redford senior, said he welcomes the second paper and the level of competition that comes with it. “There’s always been the idea thrown around that CM Life should have competition, and I’m not against that,” McMann said. “I’m a competitive guy, and I fully

WORKING TOGETHER

Ling and Tilmann said they have been told they complement each other. While Ling is known for her impeccable research and sifting through the details and fine print, Tilmann looks at the bigger picture. Ling also said Tilmann’s knowledge of local history because of her upbringing is valuable to the commission. “I think since I came on commission for this round, we’ve always called each other when one of us had an issue we were concerned about or maybe had a certain perspective and said to the other ‘what do you think?’ and discussed it,” Tilmann said. Although the bond shared between Tilmann and Ling is unique, Ling hopes she can share that bond with everybody on her staff. “We don’t always see things the same way, but we respect each other’s opinions, which I’d like to think that’s true with all of my fellow commissioners,” Ling said. In the years they have served together, the commission has

tackled some big issues, including settling the lawsuit with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in 2010 and the purchase of the Mount Pleasant Center property in 2011. These were not lightweight issues, Tilmann said, and she’s proud with the decision-making process and outcomes of these situations. Now, the commission is tasked with figuring out what will become of the Mount Pleasant Center property and finding a way to balance the budget. Although revenue continues to shrink, Ling said she doesn’t see more cuts as an option. “We’ve cut to the bone,” Ling said. “I think we have a lot of people wearing many hats on city staff. I think we need to address the issue of what services we want to have and how we’re going to fund them. That’s a major issue.” To keep Mount Pleasant thriving and people staying, she said, there needs to be good public safety, lots of activities for people of all ages, good school systems and an inviting place to raise a family. Ling said those are the things

commissioners need to keep their eyes on. With her term expiring at the year’s end, Ling said she is still unsure if she will run again. Tilmann will not have to decide for a little longer whether she will stay, as her term expires at the end of 2014. Things have indeed come a long way since the days when Ling was regulated to secondin-command on a committee to avoid bruising the ego of a male colleague. Things have even changed in the last 15 years from when Tilmann was mayor and overheard a group of men assuming the mayor had not shown up because “he” was running late as she stood right in front of them. “(When we were elected), I don’t think this commission voted male-female,” Tilmann said. “I don’t think the guys voted that way, and I don’t think the women did. Gender was not an issue.” “I truly don’t think it was either, and, to me, that means we’ve made progress,” Ling said.

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is evaluated against all of the schools in the Mid-American Conference. “There are always things the university is working to improve upon; we are constantly working,” Roth said. Overall, Snyder’s budget would increase state funding by 5-percent. The budget also includes additional funding for K-12 schools and a gas tax hike. Lawmakers are expected to discuss and revise Snyder’s proposal over the course of the next several months before creating a finalized version. Last year, that process concluded in June. The next fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

believe if you’re doing a good job, you’ll be successful no matter what. I think competition is good.” Central Michigan Tribune will be completely funded by advertising, which McMann said might affect CM Life’s bottom line. Westendorf has instituted an online pay wall for his publication at SVSU. “There are only so many ad dollars in Mount Pleasant to go after, so it might compete,” he said. “I welcome it and wish him the best of luck. I know we’ll continue to do what we do and do it well.” Dennis Lennox, former president of CMU’s Campus Conservatives and employee of Sterling, Hoffman & Co., previously served as director of public affairs at The Saginaw Valley Journal. Westendorf said Lennox, who he says is no longer employed by him, is a longtime friend but will not have a hand in the product.

CONTINUED FROM 1A Last year, the university anticipated receiving a 3.8-percent boost in state funding following Snyder’s original budget proposal, but, after the Legislature reached a compromise, CMU only saw a 2.2-percent funding increase. The university’s 2012-13 operating budget sits at $441 million. Each college and university gets compared to other schools in its respective conference, which gives schools incentive to improve their programs, Roth said. CMU’s performance

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Supreme Court ruling will likely close down all Michigan medical marijuana dispensaries By Shelby Miller Senior Reporter

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Bay City resident Erica Tatum, left, Lansing resident Ashley Pennell and Alger resident Morgan Whitman, right, stop to sit and rest after a full day of visiting different vendors at Alma College’s Almacon, an anime convention, Saturday afternoon. “Being around people who are so full of energy is really exciting,” Pennell said.

‘A beautiful thing’ Alma College anime convention draws fans and artists from across Michigan

By Shawn Tonge Staff Reporter

ALMA — Anime artists, publishers and fans came together at Alma College this weekend to celebrate their work and the anime culture at the third annual Alamacon. Hundreds of people, many dressed up as their favorite anime and video game characters, came to the Alma College campus for the convention. One of the most popular attractions at the convention was the Dealers’ Room, where vendors sold everything from multi-colored wigs to candy imported from Japan. One of the booths in the Dealers’ Room belonged to Adam Withers and Comfort Love. The husbandand-wife duo is the artistic force behind some indie comic series like “The Uniques,” “Uniques Tales” and the graphic novel “Rainbow in the Dark.” They have been drawing comics and selfpublishing them since 2008. “It’s just something we’re drawn to,” Withers said. “Storytelling is a huge part of our lives and who we are. The ability to do it through art is a beautiful thing.” Love and Withers were both attracted to reading and drawing comic books at a young age. Withers said comic books are a unique entertainment medium because anyone, even a child, can make a comic. The pair lives in Flint but travels all around the country to attend similar conventions. Love said conventions are a good way for them to connect with their fans and other people with common interests. While attending another convention earlier this year, Love and Withers were contacted by the Alma College Otaku and Gamer group, who host Almacon. “We didn’t even know that this con existed,” Withers said. “They

A new Supreme Court ruling will likely close all medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. In a 4-1 ruling released Friday, the Michigan Supreme Court found marijuana dispensaries can be shut down under Michigan’s public nuisance law. The court also ruled that medical marijuana cannot be sold patient-to-patient but can be sold caregiver-to-patient. The ruling stems from a case involving a Mount Pleasant dispensary, Compassionate Apothecary, that allowed medical marijuana users to sell to each other. Owners took as much as a 20-percent cut of each sale. In August 2011, Isabella County’s former prosecuting attorney Larry Burdick said Compassionate Apothecary was a public nuisance and violated the public health code. “The voters in 2008 approved a law carving out a narrow exception to allow for the compassionate use of marijuana for some individuals suffering from serious illnesses. The law approved by the voters did not sanction businesses selling marijuana,” Burdick said in a news release. Isabella County authorities later shut down Compassionate Apothecary as a public nuisance, Central Michigan Life previously reported. The ruling upheld a 2011 state Court of Appeals ruling that all sales and transfers of medical marijuana beyond registered

caregivers and their connected five patients will now violate the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. The court ruled the MMMA does not legalize marijuana, does not permit marijuana dispensaries and prohibits unrestricted retail sales of marijuana. The ruling also limits registered caregiver marijuana transfers to five registered qualifying patients, does not offer immunity to a registered qualifying patient who sells to another registered qualifying patient and does not offer immunity to a registered primary caregiver who sells or transfers marijuana to anyone he or she is not connected to through the state’s Medical Marijuana Registry. With the closing of businesses, the ruling means the state’s 124,417 active registered qualifying patients must grow their own marijuana or have one of the 25,957 state-licensed caregivers grow it for them. Michigan voters approved the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program on Nov. 4, 2008, making Michigan the 13th state to legalize marijuana use. Enforcement since the appeals’ court decision has depended on the attitudes of local police and sheriff ’s offices. Michigan made $9.9 million in medical marijuana application and renewal fees in 2012, which is nearly $6.3 million more than the $3.6 million it spent on the program, MLive reported. metro@cm-life.com

Off-campus recycling within reach for SGA, Mount Pleasant By Ryan Fitzmaurice Staff Reporter

TOP: Flint resident Roxanne Hand watches people walk by her table during Almacon, an anime convention in Alma, Saturday afternoon. Hand created her own business “Moony’s Plush Plaza,” and crochets plush anime characters. “My favorite part of this convention is seeing everyone in their different costumes,” Hand said. BOTTOM: Battle Creek resident Kayanna McCoy stands in line drawing anime while waiting to get into a discussion panel room Saturday afternoon in Alma during Almacon, an anime convention. “I’ve been drawing anime for a few years,” McCoy said. “It’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing.”

offered to bring us in. It was an easy choice.” Many of the other vendors were also from the mid-Michigan area. Nicholas Whitney, a Farwell resident and first-timer at the convention, was in the Dealers’ Room selling miniature terrain for tabletop games like Warhammer. Founder of the company Modest Magic, Whitney chose his career because it combines his passions of gaming and engineering. University of Michigan student Alicia Kovalcheck came to the convention to sell prints of her watercolor paintings, which featured characters from shows including

“Doctor Who” and “Adventure Time.” Grand Rapids native Tobie Sidell’s booth had prints of her artwork, as well as handcrafted key chains. “I like to go to the smaller cons more because they’re more social,” Sidell said. Almacon is one of the youngest and smallest anime conventions in Michigan. Youmacon, which is held at Detroit Marriott’s Renaissance Center, had over 12,000 guests this year. A ANIME | 6A

Expanding off-campus recycling services might become a top priority for the Student Government Association and city officials in the weeks and months ahead. The SGA has been looking to implement an off-campus recycling program since 2010. In 2011, SGA passed a resolution unanimously through both the House and the Senate recommending landlords provide recycling services at apartment complexes, where recycling services often lack. The task, since then, has been in the hands of the recently formed sustainability committee. Still, most students who live in off-campus apartments do not have access to recycling options within those complexes. A change to the make-up of the Mount Pleasant City Commission and possible action from the SGA means the issue of offcampus recycling might come to the forefront again. City Commissioner Matthew Sous, who was elected to the City Commission in November, said increasing recycling opportunities at apartment complexes is one of his primary focuses. “It doesn’t make much sense either way,” Sous said. “An apartment should have access to recycling. I am pretty hopeful that

this will be coming up this year.” Sous said he plans to discuss the issue in upcoming strategy meetings with the commission but says the issue is more complicated than it seems on a surface level. “I wouldn’t say I’ve met anyone who was opposed to more recycling, but we are dealing with two different municipalities: Mount Pleasant and Union Township,” Sous said. “Many apartment complexes are located within Union Township, and we’re going to have to work together to address this. This might be a challenge we will have to work through.” Sous said even though this is an issue that the student body, as a whole, cares about, he has yet to hear students voice their opinions on the topic to Mount Pleasant officials. “I have been to several city commission meetings so far,” Sous said. “I have yet to see anyone talk about this subject.” Justin Gawronski, the SGA president, is confident the SGA will be able to take action and make a difference in the near future. “Frankly, I don’t know what the other SGAs were doing,” Gawronski said. “We should be able to move on this and make an impact.” studentlife@cm-life.com

Fashion show uses Alice in Wonderland characters, clips to compel audience By Adriana Cotero Staff Reporter

Falling down the rabbit hole has never looked so good. The 13th annual Organization for Black Unity Fashion Show took place at Plachta Auditorium in Warriner Hall on Saturday. OBU President Jasmine Valentine directed the Royal Madness-themed show, following the “Alice in Wonderland” storyline. “Our previous president thought of the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme, and I pitched the idea that it would be recognized as ‘Royal Madness.’ That created the perfect combination for fashion and storyline to be presented,” the Northville junior said. “Throughout all

the trials and tribulations we went through, I was glad that we were able to put on an event that was fashionable, fun and enjoyable.” Clips from Alice in Wonderland were projected at the beginning of the event and after intermission. The show incorporated seven major scenes from the film: Off with Her Head, Enchanted Garden, Define Unusual, Tea Party, The Recruitment, To Victory and Finding Yourself. Audience members weren’t expecting the original idea and incorporation of the theme. Westland freshman Waltkita Montgomery was one audience member who was surprised by the show. “I was expecting a traditional runway fashion show,” Montgom-

ery said. “This show was very theatrical. I was shocked at first, then a little confused, but it all came together in the end. I especially liked the short dresses, and the sheer tops stood out to me.” The event showed off apparel from nearby Mount Pleasant stores including TJ Maxx, Target and others. Auditions were held in October, and there was an increase in the amount of new models auditioning from previous years. OBU ultimately chose 28 models. Detroit junior Michael Belton was a first-year model who played the role of the White Rabbit. MELISSA BLOEM/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Members of the Organization for Black Unity pose during OBU’s 13th Annual Fashion Show “Royal Madness” on Saturday evening in Plachta Auditorium.


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‘Take Back the Tap’ takes away our autonomy “Take Back the Tap” is getting slightly closer to vanquishing bottled water from our campus vending machines and convenience stores. The group’s Facebook page calls bottled water a “waste of money” and points to environmental hazards caused by the production and disposal of plastic water bottles. So, in order to save the planet, TBTT wants everyone to drink tap water. If the group’s agenda stopped here, I’d offer my wholehearted support. Paying for water is a pretty odd idea when it’s freely available, and I also don’t want my grandchildren to be buried alive by an avalanche of plastic bottles. But I can’t support TBTT’s mission to unilaterally ban the sale of bottled water on campus. Like most adults in our capitalist society, I don’t enjoy being told what I can and can’t purchase. Banning the sale of any product presupposes that I’m not responsible enough to comprehend the ramifications of buying it. “Jeremy’s apparently not trustworthy enough to recycle, so we better make sure he can’t buy non-refundable plastic bottles.” Besides being insulting to my intelligence, a ban of bottled water sales has very little practicality. If a student enjoys bottled water, a campus-wide ban will not dissuade him or her from purchasing it from off-campus retailers, and I don’t think any organization will have much luck convincing Meijer and Walmart to stop selling bottled water. The group’s choice of focusing purely on bottled water leaves me mystified. Gatorade is made of mostly purified water and is sold in non-refundable plastic containers, but the group does not address this issue on any of its websites, unless Gatorade is a future crusade. Also, the group gives beverages in refundable bottles a free pass. The manufacture of Coca-Cola and Pepsi bottles would seem to have the same environmental impact as water bottles, but perhaps the group figures people are more likely to recycle them. This reasoning is hard to justify, though, since Central Michigan University offers conveniently placed recycling receptacles, allowing students to discard nonrefundable bottles without hassle. TBTT is based upon good intentions. However, its current agenda is much too aggressive to win widespread support. Members of the Student Government Association House and Senate might be supportive of TBTT, but students who are uninvolved in campus politics are forced to sit and watch the process unfold. Instead of being a paternalistic special interest group, I wish TBTT would have enough confidence in its message to respect individual autonomy. If the group pushes through its agenda, it will only succeed in eliminating the environmental impact of non-recycled water bottles sold within the confines of CMU. The group’s overall message will be lost in the mutterings of students who will walk to 7-Eleven to buy bottled water.

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[ YOUR VOICE ] Reader reactions to the Feb. 8 story “A-Senate: compromise on table for Thursday” “We agree, the 15-percent cut to higher education after Snyder took office was a bit too much–and schools and universities around the state are still trying to recover from it.” None of you could find your own hand in the dark, so shut up! -Peter Panner Reader reactions to the Feb. 8 story “CMU now says it wouldn’t rule out ending contracts with PepsiCo., Coca-Cola Co. to ban bottled water” What next.....TBTP (Take back toilet paper)? We could save millions of trees by using corn cobs or dried leaves. -CMU_Alum CMU already uses post-consumer toilet paper in the dorms. You must not remember the delights of wiping with desk-supplied rolls after doing your business. -Also Alum Reader eactions to the Feb. 7 story “Happy’s Pizza to open by the end of the month“ Just what we need, more pizza joints. How about something unique and healthier in the food category, please? -Jessica Hutchinson Happy’s is the s**t! There are a couple places around my hometown(s), and they rose very quickly to what people looked for in pizza. Face it, every other pizza place is getting kind of old, some just plain too expensive (or political) for a college town. The Happy’s in Trenton is cheap, delicious, and they don’t slack on the bacon! Picked a helluva spot

to place it, too; pretty much a new joint for students to hang out, being so close to campus and all. -Mark Prindiville Reader reactions to the Feb. 5 story “‘Real T@lk’ translates meaningful topics into hip format“ This guy is an idiot if he is telling second semester seniors to switch majors. How about get the degree and go to grad school for something you will like? -Matt McDonald The reason I’m in my major is BECAUSE it pays well enough for me to think it’s worth it.Because having fun and starving to death just kinda don’t go together. Also, I’m still not quite sure why people are still paying these type of guys money to basically say “Enjoy your life.” No shit, Sherlock. -Cody Herrmann Reader reactions to the Feb. 1 story “Program Board: Ron Jeremy will not appear at porn debate, but event may still go on“ We hope he recovers. -Taylor Phillips So, now who’s going to be the big man on campus? -Rusty Bongard I can’t believe it’s even possible to survive a heart aneurysm. -Avery Banister Program Board should strongly consider getting a woman’s voice in on this debate. It was kind of ridiculous that a debate on porn didn’t include a woman’s voice. -Brynn McDonnell I think that this being considered a serious debate is absurd. -Lance DeGroot

The debate isn’t over SOLELY women in the pornography industry, and you CONTINUE to miss that point. It is IRRELEVANT whether a man or a woman is picked to represent a debate team, because both are inclusive. It’s the equivalent of me wanting a female voice in a debate about a whether taxes are good or not when taxes affect both men and women, then crying about “special privilege” when it doesn’t happen. -Cody Herrmann Reader reactions to the Feb. 6 story “Porn actress Nina Hartley to replace Ron Jeremy at Feb. 19 ‘Great Porn Debate’“ I have actually met her in real life! I worked at an Adam and Eve in Raleigh, NC, and I had the interesting experience of meeting some adult film stars. Mind you, this job was completely a sociological experiment of which provided me with countless journal entries. I will have to attend this. -Jessica Hutchinson Loved her in Boogie Nights. More than one purpose in using a driveway. -Charles W. Murphy Sure, social experiment, we’ve all been there.. -Jacob R Vanhorn OMG, I just looked up who she is... she was cast as the lady in Boogie Nights who kept cheating on her husband and getting caught. She was evil... lol. -Dan Abraham LOL, no more Ron Jeremy -Justin Orminski The credibility of this event just went up like fifty times. -plort

Jessica Fecteau Staff Reporter

Get to know your parents You spend 18 years growing up under your parents’ wings. They buy you cool things, tell you that you’re awesome and listen to every dumb thing that you find exciting. But they think it’s exciting, too, because they want to. Eighteen years, and then you leave. You go away to college and spend time around people who aren’t your parents. Then you begin to realize every time you go home, things are a little different. Your mom might have a couple more wrinkles on her forehead, and your dad might sleep more. They might be fighting more or even more in love. You might not necessarily feel “at home” and a little lost for comfort. You don’t know these people anymore like you used to. They have their own little world, and you have yours. You try to fit back into theirs, but it’s only for a day or two. Suddenly, nowhere really feels like home because, somewhere along the way in college, you lose the connection you have with your family. Sometimes it feels like I’ve created my own little family here at school with friends. But, they’re not the people who raised me for 18 years. I’ve known most of these people for two. I no longer know what my mom’s favorite thing to watch on TV is, nor do I know my dad’s favorite color or cereal. But the worst part is, I can tell you the favorites of a guy I once hooked up with but no longer talk to. I can tell you which coffee my best friend will pick at the café. I can tell you what my neighbor wants to do with his life after graduation. I slowly see myself morphing into my mom. From the way she laughs to how she bites her cheek when she’s thinking, I am becoming her. But what do I really know about her? If you’re in this situation, too, I challenge you to take more time to get to know the people who raised you. Instead of calling your friends while walking to class, call your mom or dad. Go home more, because you can. College is four years of your life, but your family is your life. Sometimes, I just want to sit on the couch, eat popcorn and watch a ton of bad TV with my mom. I want to hear about how my dad is feeling. I want to know what they find exciting. Because I want to find it exciting, too.

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Law-abiding children of illegal immigrants to be issued driver’s licenses, IDs Feb. 19 By Brianna Owczarzak Staff Reporter

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Participants in the Freakin’ Freezing Challenge army-crawl through snow under low ropes Saturday morning at Island Park. The event was a 5k obstacle course with challenges including a creek jump, tire trap and off-road course.

More than 300 take part in first Mount Pleasant Freakin’ Freezing Challenge By Elizabeth Benson Staff Reporter

Students and community members bundled up for subzero temperatures Saturday to take part in Mount Pleasant’s first Freakin’ Freezing Challenge. More than 300 people registered for the 5k obstacle course spanning the city’s park system that included obstacles such as an icy pit, an army crawl, a creek jump, a forceful wind tunnel and iced-over cars to climb over. “It’s a fun run, so there are no times or anything. It’s just for a good time,” said Chris Rowley, executive director at the Mount Pleasant Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. The idea stemmed from Mount Pleasant’s CVB plan to create a unique event that would draw visitors into the

city during winter. “It’s just for fun and to get physically active in the winter months when everything slows down,” Rowley said. Rowley said the rising popularity of another popular nationwide event, Warrior Dashes, sparked the idea for the Freakin’ Freezing Challenge. “It’s like the Warrior Dashes with all the obstacles, but it’s in the winter time, which has never been done before,” Rowley said. “We’re hoping to make it an annual event and to expand it in the years to come.” Central Michigan University students were among the more than 300 in attendance. “It seemed like a good idea at the time, and, hey, they promised free beer at the end,” Grand Blanc senior Laura Eickhoff said. Not everyone was enthusiastic to participate. Canton senior

Justin Congdon said he did not want to take part initially. “My friends made me,” he said. It wasn’t just all fun and games. CVB used the event as a springboard to give back to the community. Rowley said a portion of the registration fees for each team or person are going back into the park systems. In addition to the event, there was also a high-carb dinner Friday to help participants beef up and prepare for the race that benefited the Humane Animal Treatment Society of Mount Pleasant. The after party at Mountain Town Station benefitted the Mount Pleasant Jaycees, and there was also a coat drive at the event that benefitted the American Red Cross.

Michigan charter school laws rank 15th in the nation, according to a recent study by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. The criteria used for the study includes whether state law caps the growth of charter schools, whether multiple authorizers are available and the quality and accountability of the charter. “We’re pleased the National Alliance recognizes the strength and performance of the ‘Michigan Model’ of charter schools,” said Cynthia Schumacher, executive director for The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University. Michigan ranked 15th out of the 42 states that have laws that allow for charter public schools in 2013, dropping five spots from 10th in 2012. Schumacher said the fivestate drop is due more to the passage of some aggressive procharter laws in other states than anything negative happening in Michigan. “We’re told that if Michigan were to address both funding equity and access to facilities that we’d move into the top-five of this ranking,” she said. There are 134,896 students attending the 280 public charter schools in Michigan,

according to the NAPCS. Michigan did not make any major changes in its charter school laws last year. Although Michigan’s ranking is down from a year prior, its overall score increased from 126 to 138 out of a possible 228. CMU plays a significant role in the charter schools, Schumacher said. “CMU, as the nation’s first and a leading university

authorizer of charter schools, has been setting the bar for academic, financial and operational success in our schools since the mid-1990s,” she said. “The university is proud of the role it has played in transforming public education.” CMU has charters for 59 schools throughout the state of Michigan.

license requirement. There are also 37 states, including Michigan, that require the driver’s license to expire with the immigrant’s authorized stay in the U.S. Spring Lake freshman Rebecca Hochhuth thinks the program makes the system more just. “I don’t think it’s fair if we denied (those people) rights because their parents broke the law,” Hochhuth said. “It technically isn’t the child’s fault.” The new cards will be limited-term and will expire when the license holder’s legal presence expires. “I feel like it’s wrong, because they weren’t born here, so I don’t think they should have any of our privileges,” Bay City junior Rebecca Conger said. “If they want to come over here, they should do it the right way.” Essexville junior Seth Meyer said exceptions should not be made for the children of illegal immi-

grants. “I feel that they should go through the same requirements that we go through as legal citizens,” Meyer said. “They should apply for citizenship before they should be allowed to (get driver’s licenses.)” Vassar freshman Tim Palmer does not agree with the driver’s license announcement either. “I don’t think they should receive issued licenses from us if they aren’t even citizens here,” Palmer said. Johnson also said the new identification cards will help county clerks decide if a person is a qualified voter at the polls. “This is another tool to help clerks ensure that only qualified residents cast a ballot on Election Day,” Johnson said in the statement. State driver’s license requirements for immigrants vary by state. university@cm-life.com

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Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced Feb. 1 that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students would be able to apply for driver’s licenses and identification cards starting Feb. 19. The DACA program was implemented last June by President Barack Obama and is designed to protect young illegal immigrants who were brought into the United States as children by their parents from being deported if they otherwise abide by the law. In a statement released Feb. 1 by the Secretary of State, Johnson said only individuals who are here legally will be issued driver’s licenses. “The Feds now say they consider these young people to be lawfully present while they participate in the DACA program, so we are required to issue driver’s licenses and identification cards. I will continue to follow the law,” Johnson said in the statement. The National Immigration Law Center says there are 28 states, including Michigan, that list lawful presence as a driver’s

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Sustainability conference looks to spark Michigan environmentalist campaigns By Ryan Fitzmaurice Staff Reporter

At one point, more than 100 Michigan students attending the weekend-long Michigan Students Sustainability Coalition conference were divided among four rooms. During the Anti-Fracking Session in the Gold Room, a group of about 20 students learned strategies to oppose the extraction process, even to the point of discussing how to be independent from oil consumption. “You always hear it about environmentalism: ‘What a sacrifice,’” the moderator said. “I’ve never thought of environmentalism as a sacrifice. What we’re working toward is a better world.” Next door, in the Isabella Room, was a session focused on tar sands. The moderator was showing a PowerPoint slide of environmentalist activists perched in trees, disrupting the path of a planned pipeline construction. “What else can we do to oppose this?” she asked. In the Maroon Room,

a group of about 25 was discussing how to encourage divestment on campus, a growing national campaign to encourage institutions to divest money from fossil fuel companies. “It helps, in terms of organization, to pick a single target to oppose,” moderator Kelvin Ho said. “It could be a president who is on the board of a fossil fuel company; it could be a person on the board of trustees.” It soon became clear that the MSSC conference, a weekend-long environmentalist conference that took place primarily in the Bovee University Center, was not merely an educational program, nor was it simply a time to bond with like-minded people. It was about starting a movement. “Many of the students here already have a firm understanding of the environmental issues we are presenting,” said Mariah Urueta, Waterford junior and an organizer of the event. “We wanted to give them a chance to learn. To learn how to start doing work, to take action on the

FASHION | CONTINUED FROM 3A “A bunch of people asked me to try out for the show, and I agreed,” Belton said. “I originally tried out for the Rabbit and Mad Hatter roles, mainly because I thought my

personality fit the part.” Among the fresh looks, there were many new faces in the crowd that filled the auditorium. Manistee junior Lauren

issues that are important.” The event was composed of environmental activists from 10 different Michigan colleges, including Central Michigan University, the University of Michigan, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University and Eastern Michigan University. It involved students like Sean Kennedy, a Western Michigan University senior who traded his car for a bike more than four years ago and has never looked back. “I’m trying to speak out against it,” Kennedy said. “I can’t support it. I’m going to a meeting to speak out against fossil fuels, and I drive there when it’s two miles down the road. That’s just hypocritical.” Most of Kennedy’s trips are longer, like the 14-mile trip he took to a grocery store: Seven miles there, seven miles back. “This issue is not an environmentalist issue,” said Ho, who works for 350.org, an environmentalist movement based in Chicago. “... The Earth is going to be just fine regardless of what we continue to do. It will go on. It is we who are affected.”

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Central Michigan University students listen as Steve Losher, president of Michigan Land Air Water Defense, left, discusses the dangers of fracking during the Michigan Students Sustainability Coalitions conference at the Bovee University Center. “We are focusing on the legal aspect of fracking,” Losher said. “We are seeking an injunction to nullify state mineral leases.”

American environmentalist and 350.com founder Bill McKibben spoke to the students over Skype for the keynote address. “Very few people in the world can say ‘I am doing the most important thing I could possibly (be) doing,’” McKibben told the group. “You guys can say that.” McKibben called the

environmentalist movement the biggest moment in several decades, one that embraces a crucial goal and a generational divide. “When you’re 20 and you’re looking at those rising graphs, the world looks a lot different to you,” he said. For the students in attendance, environmentalist action is a necessary movement.

“A lot of people are like, ‘But, you’re just a college girl, why don’t you just study,’” Urueta said. “This is the Earth we’re talking about, though. How can I not get involved? I don’t know if we’re going to win, but we’re obligated to try.” studentlife@cm-life.com

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Henry attended her first OBU fashion show Saturday night. “I have attended many other types of fashion shows before, but never this one,” Henry said. “I love fashion; it is an art. It was interesting to see the different styles.”

CONTINUED FROM 3A Erica Tatum, dressed as Merida from the movie “Brave,” goes to conventions regularly. She came to Almacon with her friends because of Alma’s proximity to her

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hometown, Bay City. Although access to the convention was free and open to the public, a percentage of the profit from the vendors and the proceeds from a

50/50 raffle were donated to various charities such as Relay for Life, Mandi’s Maniacs and the ALS Association. Other events at the convention included panels featuring celebrity voice actors, anime screenings and video game tournaments. studentlife@cm-life.com

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Game against Buffalo for 5-year-old Midland girl

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Rushing the court losing its luster

By Brandon Champion Staff Reporter

The Central Michigan women’s basketball team’s victory over Buffalo wasn’t the first time it’s won its annual “Play4Kay” game to benefit cancer research. That being said, Sunday’s win over the Bulls was extra special considering who was on the bench: five-year-old Katie Johns. Johns, a native of Midland, was diagnosed with Pilacytic Astrocytoma last July after doctors found a golf-ball sized tumor on her brain stem. She is now an honorary member of the team, complete with her own jersey. “I’ve had to speak about this before, but Katie is five years old, and she’s battling a brain tumor,” head coach Sue Guevara head. “The fortitude, determination and strength that she has to go through this and still wants to make sure she’s here for us. She touches a lot of our hearts because of her strength.” Like several schools around the country this week, CMU wore pink uniforms against the Bulls. However, unique to the Chippewas was the name on the back of them. Instead of individual player names, the jerseys said “K. Johns,” in honor of the smallest member of the Chippewas team. “Her energy is awesome,” sophomore guard Crystal Bradford said. “Just seeing her lights our day up. We wanted to come out and be strong for Katie, because she’s a very strong young girl. At the end of the game, she gave us all candy for winning. We’re playing for Katie — that’s what we wanted to represent tonight.” Guevara said the idea to put Katie’s name on the back of their jerseys was the combined effort of CMU Director of Basketball Operations Phil Wendland and Supervisor of Athletic Equipment, Apparel and Branding Josh Reasoner. The idea morphed from Reasoner’s idea to put the name of someone you know who is battling cancer or someone who had died from cancer on the back. In the end, it was decided that everyone would don K. Johns. “That’s just perfect,” Guevara said. “We’re playing for CMU, but we’re also playing for Katie Johns, too. We’re playing to try to help that little girl reach 10 years old and do what we can to raise money for research. This is just one avenue that we can help.” To date, the “Play4Kay” initiative, which was developed to raise awareness for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, has raised more than $7 million for women’s cancer research. The fund was created in 2007 by former North Carolina State head coach Kay Yow who died from breast cancer in 2009, and, while that alone is enough to motivate the Chippewas, Katie’s cause hits even closer to home. sports@cm-life.com

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Senior guard Brandie Baker, left, and senior forward Jessica Schroll both call out to the referee after going for a loose ball Sunday afternoon at McGuirk Arena. The Chippewas won the game 86-51 against Buffalo.

Back on track CMU women’s basketball dominates Buffalo, 86-51, to snap two-game losing streak By Mark Cavitt | Staff Reporter

The CMU women’s basketball team took control early, dominating a defensive-minded Buffalo team Sunday, 86-51, snapping a two-game losing streak. Four players scored in double-figures for CMU in the game, including sophomore guard Crystal Bradford, who finished with 24 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Jas’Mine Bracey scored a season-high 18 points, junior guard Jessica Green scored 17 points, and senior forward Jessica Schroll added 11 in the win, improving the Chippewas to 14-9 on the season and 8-2 in the Mid-American Conference. They have not started 8-2 in the league since the 1987-88 season. “It was nice to see our team click on both ends,” head coach Sue Guevara said. “We knew Buffalo would run their match-up zone. We knew that getting the ball inside and having the ability to make shots was going to be key for us. We did a good job of scoring inside.” A big reason for the win was the play of Bracey off the bench, something CMU needed against a big Bulls team.

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The CMU women’s basketball sideline sports their pink uniforms in honor of Katie Johns, far right, a five-year old Midland resident who was diagnosed with brain cancer. The Chippewas won the game 86-51 against the visiting Buffalo Bulls.

Check out a photo gallery of last night’s game at cm-life.com “I knew I had to come in and produce,” Bracey said. “Coming in off the bench, you have to come in with a lot of energy and you have to tell people what you see coming from the bench.” The first half started out as a back and forth game, but the Chippewas eventually found their rhythm offensively against one of the better defensive teams in the MAC. “Once we started going inside and scoring, then the zone shrinked, and our shooters were open,” Guevara said. “It was nice to see the inside-outside ball re-

versal that made the zone shift.” Most shots were contested, as both teams had to find ways to score inside and create contact in order to score from the line to begin the game. CMU went sevenfor-eight from the line in the first. The team then went on a 21-9 run that lasted nearly 10 minutes, thanks to contributions from senior guard Brandie Baker, who is coming off two-straight 14-point performances. She scored seven points and brought down five rebounds in the first half. A WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | 2B

Take a moment to clear your mind. Ready? If you are, then picture this in your head. The venue is the Edmund P. Joyce Center in South Bend, Ind., and the Notre Dame and Louisville men’s basketball teams are in the closing minutes of a fifth-overtime period. The Fighting Irish hold a slim 103-101 lead with 10 seconds left as sophomore guard Pat Connaughton steps to the freethrow line. Suddenly, an arena that has been deafening for nearly three hours is silent as Connaughton’s first free-throw rims out. A collective groan encompasses the sold-out arena as he steps up for his second free-throw. This one is nothing but net, and the score is now 104-101. The crowd rises up and resumes its raucous roar. Louisville junior guard Russ Smith takes the inbound pass and races across the 30-foot clover at center court. He hoists up a desperate three-point shot with just five seconds left, only to helplessly watch it rim out and rebounded by the Irish. In an instant, hundreds of euphoric Notre Dame students spill onto the Joyce Center court in celebration of their beloved Irish’s marathon win. This is a scene that has played out in gymnasiums around the country no less, but probably more than, 26 times in the last month. And I’m going to be the party pooper here and say enough is enough. Ever heard the saying, “Too much of anything is a bad thing?” How about, “Act like you’ve done it before?” I’ve heard both many times, and both without a doubt apply to the seemingly proverbial “Rushing of the court” that is running rampant across the college basketball landscape. Now, I know it seems like I’m being Johnny Stormcloud here, and I guess I kind of am. But, truthfully, I like a good party just as much as the next guy. I’m just a firm believer that parties like rushing the court should be reserved for monumental wins. It’s hard to blame the Notre Dame students for rushing the court after a five-overtime victory, but, in reality, their team was ranked 25th in the country and beat a conference rival ranked 11th. Since when has that become grounds for rushing the court? A RUSHING | 2B

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Slide continues: CMU drops sixth-straight By Jeff Papworth Staff Reporter

The men’s basketball team continued its downhill slide in an 87-72 loss at Kent State Saturday. But head coach Keno Davis didn’t see Central Michigan’s sixth-straight loss as a letdown; he saw it as a team continuing to improve as it uses the last month of the regular-season to prepare for the conference tournament. “We probably played our two best games of the year at Akron and at Kent State,” Davis said. “I was really pleased with our effort. I think we’re playing very good basketball, yet we understand we have to get better by the conference tournament to be able to be a dangerous team.”

The Chippewas allowed 44 points in the first half but remained in the game because they scored 40. “Both teams were getting upand-down,” Davis said. “What we have to do is cut down on our field goal percentage defense. We have to do that. But sometimes you’re going against better teams, better inside teams, good shooting teams.” Golden Flashes forward Chris Evans contributed to KSU’s 10-2 run with a three-point play to make it 60-48, the largest lead either team had at that point in the game, with 14:26 left. Senior guard Kyle Randall, who scored 20 points for the game, made a valiant effort, bringing CMU within five, making a three-

pointer with a second left on the shot clock and two free throws in a 7-0 run. But Evans added the last points of another run with a dunk, making it 68-56 with about eight and a half minutes to go that gave the Golden Flashes enough breathing room. CMU has lost 11 straight to Kent State. In the first half, KSU guard Randal Holt scored a three-pointer from the left corner for the first basket of the game, beginning a fast-paced half. The score was 19-19 after freshman forward John Simons made a three-pointer, 6:12 into the game. A SLIDE | 2B

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Senior guard Kyle Randall attempts to block Miami guard Reggie Johnson Feb. 2 during the game against Miami University defends 2 at McGuirk Arena. CMU lost 70-61.


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MEN’S BASKETBALL CMU | 72 PLAYER

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

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37 29 27 18 29 6 14 4 14 11

FG

3PT

4-10 2-5 3-6 2-5 3-11 0-1 1-2 0-1 4-6 4-7

1-2 1-2 1-4 1-2 1-7 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-1 2-4

FT

11-13 1-2 1-2 0-0 0-1 0-0 2-4 0-0 0-0 0-0

RB

1 4 0 6 6 1 1 0 1 1

TOTALS

Fowler, 4 Fowler, 1 Mbaigoto, 1

PF

Simons, 4 Craddock, 1

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2 1 4 1 0 1 2 0 3 2

20 6 8 5 7 0 4 0 8 10

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Chris Evans M. Henniger D. Goodson Kris Brewer Randal Holt B ryson Pope Kellen Thomas Chris Ortiz M. Devareaux ASSISTS: STEALS: BLOCKS:

31 24 28 36 35 15 10 5 10

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7-12 4-5 6-11 6-9 4-8 1-2 0-1 0-1 1-2

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Brandie Baker Jessica Green Jessica Schroll Niki DiGuilio C. Bradford Taylor Johnson Kerby Tamm Jas’Mine Bracey Jalisa Olive D. Turner Chelsea Lynn

RB

PF

8 1 6 3 2 0 0 2 2

Goodson, 5 Holt, 2 four tied, 1

WEST DIVISION MAC 7-3 7-3 4-5 3-7 3-7 2-8

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TP

3 2 1 3 1 5 1 1 0

K. Sharkey C. Thorton Christa Baccas M. Gupilan M. Loesing K. Besley Nicki Hopkins Karin Moss Sloane Walton K. Callender R. Bantelman

19 10 18 16 15 6 0 0 3

Evans, 3 three tied, 1

ASSISTS: STEALS: BLOCKS:

1-5 7-11 4-7 1-2 10-16 0-3 0-2 7-13 1-5 1-3 1-1

3PT

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1-3 1-2 0-1 1-2 1-2 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-3 0-0 0-0

4-4 1-2 3-4 0-0 1-1 0-0 0-0 4-5 0-0 0-0 0-0

RB

9 3 3 1 8 5 4 8 1 0 3

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Schroll, 3 Schroll, 2 Schroll, 1

PF

2 1 0 0 4 3 1 1 1 0 0

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7 17 11 3 24 0 0 18 2 2 2

Johnson, 3 Johnson, 2

Team Akron Ohio Kent BGSU UB Miami

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20 39 29 26 29 9 10 18 6 7 7

Gupilan, 3 Thorton, 3 Sharkey, 1

FG

2-7 7-23 4-13 0-4 3-8 0-1 0-1 1-6 1-1 0-0 1-1

3PT

0-1 2-5 0-4 0-2 1-5 0-1 0-1 1-4 1-1 0-0 0-0

FT

0-0 6-7 0-0 1-2 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0

TOTALS

Thorton, 2 four tied, 1

RB

2 3 7 3 4 0 0 3 0 0 1

PF

4 1 3 1 1 1 1 0 2 0 1

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4 22 8 1 8 0 0 3 3 0 2

Hopkins, 2

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Overall 15-8 11-10 11-12 8-13 5-17 9-14

34 29 30 12 29 11 11 20 9 3 3

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Bradford, 5 Baker, 3 Baaker, 2

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UB | 51

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Brewer, 7 Evans, 2 Pope, 3

CMU | 86 PLAYER

ASSISTS: STEALS: BLOCKS:

Hibbitts, 3 Keel,1

Kent | 87 PLAYER

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Team Toledo CMU BSU WMU EMU NIU

Overall 19-4 17-6 13-11 9-14 9-15 8-14

WEST DIVISION MAC Overall 9-1 21-2 8-2 14-9 8-2 11-12 4-6 8-15 4-6 6-17 2-8 7-16

EAST DIVISION Team MAC Overall Akron 7-3 16-7 BGSU 6-4 15-8 Miami 6-4 14-9 UB 5-5 7-16 KSU 1-9 3-20 Ohio 0-10 5-17

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Sophomore guard Crystal Bradford puts up a shot on a Buffalo defender Sunday afternoon at McGuirk Arena. Bradford led the team in scoring with 24 points as the Chippewas won in convincing fashion, 86-51.

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Feb. 2 vs Miami L, 70-61

Feb. 3 @ BGSU L, 84-59

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Sophomore guard Jessica Green dribbles the ball while being guarded by Buffalo defenders Sunday afternoon at McGuirk Arena. Green scored 17 points, helping the Chippewas to a 86-51 victory against the visiting Buffalo Bulls. ERSITY’S SCHOOL CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIV

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The CMU women’s basketball team sports its pink uniforms during a timeout in honor of Katie Johns, a 5-year-old Midland resident who was diagnosed with brain cancer. The Chippewas won the game, 86-51, against the visiting Buffalo Bulls.

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Those types of celebrations are reserved for special situations, like TCU’s men’s basketball team, which hadn’t won a Big 12 game in its history before knocking off the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks on Feb 6. Or last season, when an unranked Indiana team knocked off the No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats on a lastsecond shot by Christian Watford at Assembly Hall; a win that essentially served as the revival of the Hoosiers in college basketball. This season, rushing the court is occurring every time a ranked team loses. When you do something that often, it loses its luster. I don’t blame the students — after all, I am one — and if CMU knocked off a top-ranked opponent at McGuirk, I might be compelled to rush the court with the other students in attendance.

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Freshman forward John Simons looks to pass to a teammate during the first half of the game against Ball State on Jan. 19 at McGuirk Arena. The Chippewas won 71-57.

SLIDE | CONTINUED FROM 1B Both teams had taken 11 shots apiece: CMU made eight, while KSU had made seven. While both defenses struggled, the offenses prevailed with only two turnovers by the Chippewas and four by the Golden Flashes in the first half.

“I liked the play offensively, because we were scoring, getting good looks. They were having trouble defending us in our spread offense,” Davis said. “I wasn’t happy defensively, because we were trying a lot of different things to try

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | CONTINUED FROM 1B Baker is now eighth alltime in program history with 70 blocks. She had two rejections in the game to go along with seven points and nine rebounds. Buffalo was held without a basket for nearly seven minutes as CMU’s defense took over, only allowing the Bulls to shoot 29.4 percent in the first half while forcing 10 turnovers. CMU also out-rebounded the Bulls (38-25), allowing them to maintain a large lead for much of the first half.

When the second half got underway, the Chippewas maintained their stout defensive effort and found ways to score inside and penetrate the Bulls thirdranked defense, going on a 9-0 run in the first 2:21 of the half. The Bulls were held under 30-percent shooting in the second and shot 29.2 percent for the game. Rebounding and fast break opportunities were keys to begin the half as CMU stretched its lead out to 22,

to throw Kent State off.” CMU allowed more than 80 points for the fourth time this season. Davis said the three-point line was where the game was lost. KSU was 11-of-22 from beyond the arc, while the Chippewas went 7-for-24. CMU plays Ohio (17-6, 8-1 MAC) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at McGuirk Arena.

I mean, who doesn’t want to be on one of those SportsCenter montages following an epic game that always ends with a wide shot of students rushing the court? That being said, the fact remains that if you want something to be special, you can’t do it all the time. Don’t forget how dangerous it can be for the players and coaches on the court. When students rushed the court following a ranked North Carolina State team’s victory over then top-ranked Duke on Jan. 12, N.C. State student Will Privette, who uses a wheelchair, was among the ecstatic Wolfpack that stormed the floor in the chaos of celebration. He was knocked from his wheelchair and would have been trampled if it wasn’t for N.C. State senior guard C.J. Leslie, who noticed

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GYMNASTICS

WRESTLING

Petzold’s return to all-around key in win

Seniors take charge en route to MAC By Ryan Solecki Staff Reporter

By Emily Grove Senior Reporter

Brittany Petzold, competing in the all-around for the first time this season, entered McGuirk Arena Friday night with a mixture of nerves and confidence. The junior, last year’s all-around Mid-American Conference champion, had only been competing in one or two events for the No. 21 Central Michigan gymnastics team after having shoulder surgery last summer. In CMU’s 194.8 to 194.025 victory against Northern Illinois, Petzold posted a 39.075 to help lead her team to another MAC win. “I was so excited to do all-around,” Petzold said. “I wasn’t quite sure if I was going to do all-around because it all depends on how my shoulder feels, but it felt really good to be back out there.” Head coach Jerry Reighard said the team was very fortunate to have Petzold back in the lineup as an all-around competitor. “She just makes a difference in the competitive nature,” Reighard said. “When she’s in the battle every event, she’s more engaged and the team is more engaged around her.” With a score of 9.825, Petzold claimed the top spot in vault for her team and tied for first overall in the event. She put up a 9.700 on the beam a 9.750 on the bars and finished the night with a 9.800 with her floor routine. Overall, Petzold said she was pleased with her performance but will continue to strive for higher scores. Last year, Petzold recorded an all-around high score of 39.300. “I need to clean up a couple of things and get all the nerves out of me,” Petzold said. “I’m glad I got it out of the way, and I think next week will be a lot better.”

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All-around sophomore Becca Durien performs on the uneven bars during the Royal Rumble and Tumble meet against Northern Illinois Friday evening at McGuirk Arena. CMU won with a score of 194.800.

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“When she’s in the battle every event, she’s more engaged and the team is more engaged around her.” Jerry Reighard, head coach Also largely contributing to the team’s win on Friday was sophomore Becca Druien, CMU’s second allaround competitor. Druien scored a careerhigh in all-around, posting a 39.050 and breaking the 39-barrier she’s worked toward for so long. “To hit every event and come above 39 felt really good,” Druien said. Reighard said nobody in

his gym outworks Druien, and it was rewarding to see her efforts pay off. “She had this fire, and the number is the result,” Reighard said. “She did a great job and will continue to do that.” Petzold, Druien and the rest of the Chippewas will be back in action at 7 p.m. Friday at MAC-rival Kent State. sports@cm-life.com

Wrestling dominates EMU on Friday By Bryce Huffman Staff Reporter

No. 12 wrestling defeated Eastern Michigan 31-6 during its last home meet of the season Friday during the Royal Rumble and Tumble and senior day. All five Chippewas seniors were victorious in their matches, starting with No. 11 Christian Cullinan at 125 pounds. Cullinan gave CMU an early 3-0 lead by winning 4-0 against freshman Alexander Calandrino. “I feel that we wrestled very well,” head coach Tom Borrelli said. “We had some close matches, but we rallied back in those matches and won. We were dominant in most of our matches, and I’m pleased with the outcome of the match.” No. 7 133-pounder Scotti Sentes continued the senior class domination with a 5-1 win against Eagles senior Filiberto Colon. With the gymnastics team competing at the same time and it being senior day, Sentes said he had a little extra excitement. “I was a little more

“I was a little more excited than usual. There was a lot going on tonight. We just have to see if we can continue this going forward.” Scotti Sentes, 133 pounder excited than usual,” Sentes said. “There was a lot going on tonight. We just have to see if we can continue this going forward.” No. 5 heavyweight Jarod Trice finished his career in McGuirk Arena with a 3-1 win against EMU freshman Anthony Abro, while No. 2 184-pounder Ben Bennett won 13-3 against junior Khodor Hoballah. 149-pounder Donnie Corby beat Mike Shaw in a 7-2 decision to give his team a 15-0 lead. “It’s nice to see guys progress over the years,” Borrelli said. “Their importance to the team won’t be overlooked.” It wasn’t just the seniors racking up the points for the Chippewas. Junior 141-pounder Scott Mattingly pinned junior

Seth Schaner in the second period, gaining CMU the only pin of the night to increase its lead to 12-0. “I expected my seniors to wrestle well tonight,” Borrelli said. “I didn’t expect them to let all their hard work be for nothing.” With the win, CMU clinched the outright MidAmerican Conference regular-season championship. It’s the fourth-straight MAC championship for the Chippewas. They hit the road for three duals in California this weekend — Stanford on Saturday and Cal-Poly and California State-Bakersfield on Sunday — before closing the regular season on Feb. 22 at Michigan State. sports@cm-life.com

The seniors kept tradition against Eastern Michigan on Friday by clinching their fourth Mid-American Conference regular-season title. Five of the six seniors on the team wrestled in the dual, and all five won their final home matches at McGuirk Arena. The five seniors dominated their matches, outscoring their opponents 31-7 and combing to give the Chippewas 15 points. “I expected that,” head coach Tom Borrelli said. “All the work that they put in. I knew they would perform well today.” Of the five that wrestled on Friday, all are ranked in the top five in the MAC, and four of them are ranked in the top 20 in the nation by InterMat Wrestling. “It’s been nice to see the seniors’ progress,” Borrelli said. “It is kind of bittersweet, because you know they won’t be competing for you after the season.” Only one of the seniors on the team, 184-pounder Ben Bennett, has reached the prestigious 100-win club. Bennett was the 16th member to join the group. But 133-pounder Scotti Sentes and heavyweight Jarod Trice, also seniors, are just a few wins away. Sentes, after the dual Friday, gained his 98th victory, while Trice gained his 96th victory. “It’s exciting to be close to the 100-win club,” Sentes said. “I think we get gold jackets or something. I’m a little upset that I didn’t beat Ben to it, though.” In their last home dual of the season, the seniors got to share the gym with the gymnastics team for the second Royal Rumble and Tumble event. For the wrestlers, this was a great way to have their last dual at home, heading into the last part of the season. “I’m happy they made an event out of it,” Sentes said.

“All the work that they put in. I knew they would perform well today.” Tom Borrelli, head coach “With the noise, it reminds me of Nationals. I like it when there is a lot going on around me.” Borrelli has 22 years of experience and has seen seniors come and go, but he knows what this group of seniors brings to the team. “There are some unique personalities,” Borrelli said. “We’re going to miss their attitudes. Nothing really seems to get to them.” After a three-dual stretch

in California on Saturday and Sunday and a dual at Michigan State on Feb. 22, the team will then start preparing for the MAC tournament. Bennett, Sentes and Trice have all won MAC championships in their respected weight classes, leading CMU to another undefeated conference mark and regular season MAC title. sports@cm-life.com


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‘Meet the Chippewas’ event offers time for introductions, bonding By Emily Grove Senior Reporter

The Central Michigan baseball team and its supporters filled Hunter’s Ale House on Saturday for an afternoon of introductions, eating, bonding and laughs. Gathered together with family, friends, alumni and community members, the team kicked off the season with the annual “Meet the Chippewas” event, six days before its first game against Louisiana-Lafayette. Head coach Steve Jaksa said the event is a great way to bring a lot of people together and recognize the hard work of all the people involved in the program. “Not everybody knows each other,” Jaksa said. “We’ve got 16 new guys, so it’s an opportunity to meet them. It also tells us the season is here now. There may be snow on the ground, but, ultimately, it’s

time to go.” Jaksa said while Michigan might be fighting winter weather, the team is heading south and focusing on battling its opponent. An autograph session started the event, followed by lunch and player-by-player introductions from the assistant coaches. Broken into groups, pitchers, catchers, outfielders and infielders took the stage and one-by-one introduced themselves. Many told jokes and stories about teammates, eliciting grins and chuckles from coaches and those in the audience. Next, Jeff Sovern took over at the microphone as the special guest speaker. Sovern, a three-time letterwinner who played for the Chippewas from 1971-73, told the players to enjoy the memories made and bonds formed with teammates. “I’ve always had a lot of

pride in this baseball program,” Sovern said. “My best friends in life are all part of CMU, and it’s great to come back and be up here.” Sovern said the “Meet the Chippewas” event is a great way to create team unity and let the parents meet each other. As the head varsity baseball coach for the past eight years at Battle Creek-Lakeview, Sovern said he hosts a similar event for his team before the first game. “Anything you can do to bond these kids is going to make them a better team,” Sovern said. “It’s an outstanding program.” The afternoon ended with a door prize drawing and closing words from Jaksa. The Chippewas will head south for a four-game series against Louisiana-Lafayette beginning Friday. sports@cm-life.com

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TIGERS’ DREW SMYLY, RICK PORCELLO HAVE FRIENDLY COMPETITION AHEAD By John Lowe Detroit Free Press (MCT)

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Junior runner Shawntoreah Turk leads during the women’s 600 meter run as part of the CMU open on Jan. 11 at Jack Skoog Indoor Track. Turk won the event with a time of 1:37.46. Turk has not ran since due to illness.

Men, women look forward after disappointing weekend at GVSU By Malachi Barrett and Joe Judd Staff Reporters

The indoor track and field teams had high hopes leading into Saturday’s GVSU Big Meet. But, especially in sports, life is not always a fair game. With a total of 85 teams in participation this weekend in Allendale, there was nothing the Chippewas hadn’t experienced before. But the results of the meet were not necessarily what they had hoped for. “It was not a weekend we were looking for,” track and field director Willie Randolph said. “But it’s a weekend we will grow from.” On both Friday and Saturday, CMU had little to cheer about. The squad already had some runners who qualified for the Mid-American Championship last week not perform at the Big Meet. For the men, some athletes were able to stand out and find success. Junior Tim Reynolds, who placed second in the long jump with a height of 6.82m, fouled on four of his six at-

“It was not a weekend we were looking for. But it’s a weekend we will grow from.”

LAKELAND, Fla. — Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly have become good friends. In spring training, they will compete for the final spot in the Tigers’ rotation. “I was in that situation one year with Oakland,” pitching coach Jeff Jones said Saturday. “My best friend on the team was Rick Lysander, and we were competing for the final spot in the bullpen in spring training. “We were both encouraging each other. I never wanted to see him fail. “If the guy that you are

Lysander for the final spot in the bullpen of Oakland manager Billy Martin in the early 1980s. “I won the spot,” Jones said. “But we had an injury, and he got called up right after the season started.” Notebook: The Tigers could be sweating in 80-degree temperatures when spring training opens with the first pitchers-and-catchers workout Tuesday. As of Saturday, the forecast high in Lakeland for that day was 84. For Friday, when the full squad has its first full workout, the forecast high was 75. The average high in Lakeland for February is 77, according to weather.com.

Willie Randolph, track and field director tempts but still managed to get the height he needed to stay near the top. Reynolds didn’t have the same success running, as he was scratched from the 60m hurdles. He was also scratched from the heptathlon and came in 10th in the pole vault. Also continuing to excel in his freshman season was Matt Mueller, who took sixth in the high jump with a height of 1.95m. Sophomore Ben Wynsma finished 11th in the mile run, posting a time of 4:11.60. The Chippewas throwers and some jumpers were given a much-needed rest this weekend, as well as a few sprinters and distance runners who had earned some time off. The women didn’t fare any better than the men did. They also had to deal with the unfortunate circumstanc-

es of not having standout junior sprinter Shawntoreah Turk, who was forced to miss yet another meet do to illness. Despite the lack of top results, the Chippewas still have many reasons to be optimistic as the season goes on. The Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships will be held next week, and the outdoor track and field season is just around the corner, so CMU will not be dwelling on this one performance for long. “We will continue to move forward as a team towards the Conference meet,” Randolph said. The Chippewas will host the annual Jack Skoog Meet on Friday in hopes to get back on track and gain momentum from a home crowd.

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