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Snyder addresses higher education spending ‘We need to be looking at student growth and making investments with real return’


By Adrian Hedden Metro Editor

SHOOTINGS AT TWO SCHOOLS MSU and Ferris State each saw incidents of gun violence last weekend. Police have one suspect in custody, and another student is dead. w 3A


CHINESE NEW YEAR International students celebrate the Spring Festival in town while their families celebrate simultaneously back home. w 3A



GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Higher education isn’t always about dollars to Gov. Rick Snyder. During a Friday address at the Michigan Press Association’s annual conference, Snyder explained that improving the quality of education, and keeping students in Michigan, must be considered over investments. Despite making no mention of

higher education at his January State of the State address, Snyder told attendees in Grand Rapids that higher education is a priority for his administration. “It’s not just about spending money,” Snyder said in response to a question raised by Central Michigan Life at the conference. “We need to be looking at student growth and making investments with real return.” After significant funding cuts were made to state appropriations for universities last year, Snyder said his administration has focused on smaller, vocational schools. “We had to do some tough things in 2012,” he said. “We’ve very diligent about investing in

community colleges.” Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, said he is hoping to keep expenses low for students. He said Snyder Gov. Rick Snyder will announce plans for education spending in his Wednesday budget recommendations, and that comparing student growth among Michigan universities can be problematic. “It’s very difficult to compare universities in Michigan,” Richard-

ville said. “They’re very specialized. You want to compare apples to apples. That’s not what we have here.” College students, Richardville said, should be encouraged to stay in Michigan. And if graduates are to return to the state, it must be economically healthy for them to be successful. He said the Central Michigan University College of Medicine is a prime example of a program that encourages students to stay in the state. “We make an investment in your future, and you provide the return,” he said to college students. “I’d be very open to more programs like CMED.” w SNYDER | 2A

Making memories SIBS Weekend brings families together despite weather


Megan Pacer Senior Reporter n its 51st year as a campus tradition,

SIBS Weekend brought with it a maelstrom of weather problems that threatened to turn students and siblings

SHREDDING A few snow sport junkies have embraced the dumping of snow on Mount Pleasant, building a homemade ski slop near campus. w 7A


Samantha Madar | Photo Editor Detroit sophomore Nicole Hollins, left, South Lyon residents Erica Kula, 17, Grace Kula, 10, and Clarkston freshman Gillian Ward do a kick line in Friday Finich Fieldhouse an Saturday.

Luckily, only a few of the 43 scheduled events suffered as a result of the snow, ice and slush. Kicking off with bowling in the Student Activity Center and dinner in most of the residential restaurants, SIBS Weekend 2014 was full of both traditional and new events for students and their families. Some of the standout events

included laser tag, rock climbing, glow in the dark miniature golf, sports and dance clinics, gymnastics, a night club and the ever-popular SIBS Carnival held in the SAC. Holland senior Jill Bardowski, a staff member at Adventure Seminars volunteering for the second time said rock climbing has been a popular part of SIBS Weekend for several

years. Bardowski is also involved in the night climbs, high ropes course and team building workshops that Adventure Seminars hosts. “It was fun, but very, very busy,” Bardowski said. “It was kind of overwhelming. People love it.” Bardowski is one of two or three staff members that monitor the siblings along with weekend volunteers,

making sure harnesses are secured and that rules are being followed. After signing a waiver, siblings were strapped into harnesses and took turns climbing walls, which changed in difficulty with steeper inclines and more challenging paths. w SIBS | 2A


Andrew Whitaker | Staff Photographer Chesterfield junior Tiffani Taylor and her brother Chase Velloney, 9, explore campus for photos to upload to Instagram for the SIBS Photo Scavenger Hunt.

BEAT DOWN BY BRONCOS CMU lost a close game to Western Michigan Saturday, but without the career-high scoring of sophomore guard Chris Fowler, things could have been a lot worse. w 7B


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Shannon Millard | Staff Photographer Grace Watson, 4, takes a break from painting a tile Saturday with her big sister Janelle Matauch, a CMU senior, at the Painted Turtle in Mount Pleasant.

Students, residents gather in town to enjoy Super Bowl By Andrea Peck Staff Reporter

As millions of avid football fans sat down to enjoy America’s most popular unofficial holiday, hundreds more enjoyed the game from the comfort of local sports bars and residence halls in Mount Pleasant. Many students watched Super Bowl XLVIII across campus and the community, in parties ranging from the well-organized to improvised funfests, and some watching the game individually as well. Students residing in Central Michigan University’s residence halls held many viewing parties, including the residents of Larzelere Hall, who gathered in their back lobby with food to watch the game together as a hall. “Getting everyone together is my favorite part,” said Grand Blanc sophomore Alexa Shaw, “but this year I am excited to see the Bruno Mars show.” Shaw said she liked to see residence hall parties like the one in Larzelere Hall because it’s nice to see people get together to enjoy something like the

Super Bowl, adding it gives everyone a chance to experience the whole event together. This year’s game was a battle between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos with a halftime show starring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Seahawks won the game, 43-8. Charnae Sanders, a sophomore from Southfield who chose to watch the game in the Bovee University Center, said she really enjoys watching the game every year because she loves seeing all the hard work that goes into it. “I love seeing the passion on the players’ faces,” she said. “All the hard work they’ve done just to get here is so inspiring. I’m a fan of football and I love a good game.” Brian Leen, a freshman from Carsonville, said he likes getting together every year with his friends to watch the game and he thought the viewing party in Larzelere Hall was a great way to do that. w SUPERBOWL | 2A

Tianyu Han | Staff Photographer St. Clair freshman Lucas Bacsikin, foreground, watches the Super Bowl Sunday with Jackson freshman Aarionna Richardson.

“Food, football and friends. There’s not a better combination out there.” Lauren Smith, Highland junior


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Two weekend shootings at Michigan universities John Irwin | Senior Reporter

Student killed, another injured in shooting Michigan State University students gathered for a candlelight vigil Sunday night in honor of a fellow student who was shot Friday and later died. Dominique Nolff, a 20-yearold from Middleville, was pronounced dead Saturday after being shot multiple times Friday night in his Cedar Village apartment, just off campus. “This does not appear to be a random act,” East Lansing Police said in a statement. Nolff ’s roommate, a 20-yearold from Grand Haven whose name has not been released, was also shot. He was treated and later released from a hospital. Police found the students after responding to a call at about 8:45 p.m. Friday night, MSU Police said in a statement.

Suspect arrested in Ferris State shooting

Courtesy | Danyelle Morrow | The State News Political science senior Chris McClain holds a candle during a moment of silence of a candlelight vigil held for hospitality business sophomore Dominique Nolff on Feb. 2, 2014, on Waters Edge Drive. Nolff died following a shooting Friday, Jan. 31

As of Sunday afternoon, no arrests in connection to the case have been made. Police have described the suspect as a man in his early-to-mid 20s. Nolff, a graduate of Thornapple Kellogg High School in Middleville, was a secondyear student majoring in

hospitality business. East Lansing police are investigating the incident. Calls placed to East Lansing Police Capt. Jeff Murphy were not returned by press time.

The MSU shooting was followed several hours later by a shooting at an off-campus apartment near Ferris State University between 4:15 and 4:30 a.m. Saturday. The victim, was moved to a Grand Rapids hospital for treatment and was released. According to Ferris Director of Public Safety Bruce Borkovich, police arrested suspect 20-year-old DeCory Demarco Downing. Downing is a non-Ferris student and is believed to be from the Mt. Clemens/ Macomb area, according to Borkovich, who addressed the media in a 9 a.m. press conference Sunday. Downing is charged with attempted murder which has a possible sentence of life in prison if convicted.

He was also charged with use of a firearm, which is a felony with a mandatory two-year sentence. After the shooting took place at the Venlo Place Apartments at 4:15 a.m. Feb. 1, police followed multiple leads that took them to Finch Court, a residential housing facility on campus. Police have also taken a woman into custody to be questioned by the Mecosta County Sheriff ’s Office. Earlier on Saturday, police found a vehicle thought to be related to the incident parked at Finch Court, an off-campus apartment complex about a mile from Venlo Place. Police were granted search warrants to enter two Finch Court apartments, but neither were occupied.

The FSU Department of Public Safety has been assisted by the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, the Mecosta County Sheriff ’s Department and the Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team. Calls placed to FSU spokesman Sandy Gholston and the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety were not returned as of press time. Classes, men’s and women’s basketball games against Saginaw Valley State University and a high school hockey game were cancelled on Saturday in the wake of the shooting. It is unclear if the MSU and FSU cases are related.

SUPERBOWL | CONTINUED FROM 1A “I like the commercials, but I also like the game,” he said. “It makes it more fun to be with my friends while I watch it.” People gathered in restaurants and bars around town to watch the game as well, including Buffalo Wild Wings and various bars downtown. For many people, the Super Bowl is less about actually watching football and more about eating good food and having a great time. Dakotah Kintigh, a senior from Bellaire, said his favorite part about the Super Bowl is watching the game, but he enjoys some of the funnier commercials as well. “The football is definitely

the best part,” he said, “but the whole experience is great, too.” Brandon Malinowski, a freshman from Northville, said he likes to watch the game for the actual football, but it gives him a chance to spend time with some friends as well. “It is quality time with quality people,” he said. Highland junior Lauren Smith said she couldn’t watch all of the game, but planned to watch some of it later with friends. “Food, football and friends,” she said. “There’s not a better combination out there.”

“It is quality time with quality people.” Katy Kildee | Staff Photographer

Fans fill O’Kelly’s on Sunday night to watch as the Seahawks and Broncos face off during Super Bowl XLVIII.

SNYDER | CONTINUED FROM 1A Michigan House of Representatives Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Grand Rapids, said reducing expenses for students of higher education is a priority. He said the administration has practiced “tuition restraint” to keep costs low at universities over the last three years.

“It’s about the burden students take on with tuition,” Bolger said. “We try to make sure we relieve the burden on students.” To bring Michigan graduates back, Bolger said there must be opportunities in place. He said he hopes rebuilding the state’s economy will make Michigan more attractive to students entering the workforce. “Having jobs and career opportunities is key,” Bolger said. “We need to have people returning. We have

CLARIFICATIONS In the article “CMU makes racial inclusion a priority” in Friday’s edition, Traci Guinn said students may have a difficult time interpreting, understanding and comparing the numbers (statistics) with the materials (booklets), rather than suggesting the materials and statistics painted a different picture.

Brandon Malinowski, Northville freshman

to get those kids back. They can be a number in Chicago or a pioneer in Detroit.” Snyder also spoke about increasing funding for K-12 education and expanding preschools. He said he invested $1.2 million in elementary and high schools, and created 18,000 openings for preschool students during his term. “The goal is to make Michigan a no-wait state for preschool,” Snyder said. “So we’re adding more slots.” ONLINE ONLY Track and field teams tally more MAC qualifiers at Compass Cup w Siblings bond over new, old activities w

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Celebration of Spring Chinese students mark New Year with music, food and fellowship By Shawn Tonge Staff Reporter

Despite being miles away from home, students at Central Michigan University came together Friday to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a time for families to come together for the start of a new year. Though Chinese students on campus were far from home, they celebrated the holiday with old and new traditions. Weijie Gu, a senior hailing from southern China, celebrated Spring Festival with five of her friends. Gu said there are some differences between celebrating in Mount Pleasant and with family in China. “Here, we get together with friends, but it’s the same atmosphere,” Gu said. “We enjoy ourselves with the same kind of feeling, but there is also a sense of being homesick.” Many Chinese students celebrated the Spring Festival by attending an event held at Grace Church in Mount Pleasant. It was put on by the CMU Chinese Students and Scholars Association, a registered student organization consisting of more than 300 foreign students. Students and Mount Pleasant residents came to the Spring Festival event to welcome the Year of the Horse with music and laughter. The celebration started with the members of the CSSA singing a song about togetherness and unity.

Tianyu Han | Staff Photographer Yugi Zhu, left, and Tianyu Liu, right, celebrate the Chinese New Year Jan. 31 at New Grace Church.

The night continued with more musical performances, comedy skits and games. Most of the performances were spoken in Mandarin Chinese. An interpreter translated the dialogue for English speakers in the audience. In China, schools and businesses take seven days off for Spring Festival. This break, called Golden Week, allows everyone to return to their hometowns and spend the holiday with their families. “Because of school, the students can’t go back home for the

festival,” said Linran Zhang, a CSSA member and Beijing sophomore. “We wanted to put on this party so we can all celebrate together like a family.” After leaving the Spring Festival event, Gu and her friends went home to make dinner. They cooked dumplings, the traditional food of the Spring Festival, as well as ribs, fish and soup. While preparing the dinner, the group watched the Spring Festival Gala on YouTube. The four-hour television program is broadcast in China every Spring

Festival leading up to midnight. Watching the show has been a Spring Festival tradition for people in China for more than 30 years, Beijing graduate Haopeng Sun said. It is also customary in China for the elders to give money in red envelopes to the children during the festival. “The money gives them luck for the next year,” Sun said. “It’s a very important activity of Spring Festival, one that you miss out on here.”

Midnight Skate fundraiser a hit for alternative breakers By Kelsey Smith & Megan Pacer Staff Reporter and Senior Reporter

Dozens of students showed up at the Morey Courts Ice Arena Thursday night to come together and skate the night away for alternative breaks. The semiannual Midnight Skate fundraiser opened to the public at 11:30 p.m. With a $5 donation, which included skates, fun seekers and supporters of alternative breaks skated until 1:30 a.m. “I think our fundraiser is doing well. We have it for both the spring and fall semesters for the breaks that go out,” said Mark Cantrell, a Belleville junior and alternative breaks fundraising chairman. “It really just brings all of the participants together for one big fundraiser.” The fundraiser itself raised hundreds of dollars for the participants of this spring’s alternative breaks, Cantrell said. Upon entering the building, the line of skaters and alternative break supporters snaked around the lobby with people pushing together to fit inside. “Any money we raise distributes between the breaks. You pick the issue that you are most passionate about when paying for your admission,” Cantrell said. “The alternative break with the most tallies gets $10 off of each participant’s break

fees — it’s a great incentive to come out to the fundraiser.” With a short break to smooth the ice about halfway through the night, the rink remained open to skaters of all abilities. Many students were seen zipping in and out of large, slow-moving groups, while others skated backwards and still others hovered near the edge, hands poised to grab the wall at a moments notice. The fundraiser offered more than just late-night ice skating for students. They also sold merchandise during the fundraiser including buttons, cups, wristbands and shirts. Cantrell said they also had people making hot chocolate and grilled cheese to sell to students. Midnight Skate had a successful turnout with many different groups of people, including more alternative breakers. “This is one of our most active fundraisers we host for alternative breaks,” Cantrell said. “It’s the 20th year for alternative breaks this year, so it’s pretty big.” Midnight Skate is a favorite event for Shelby Township junior Ariel Pscheidl. “Midnight Skate is definitely different than most fundraisers,” Pscheidl said. “They had a full house this year, so I think that every year it’s going to be successful.”

Gregory Cornwell | Staff Photographer West Bloomfield junior Amarriah Valentine, and her brother, Nehemiah, skate around the Mount Pleasant Ice Arena Friday night. The evening skate was open to students and their siblings as part of SIBS Weekend.

Additional entertainment

The a cappella group On the Rox provided entertainment during the fundraiser as well. The group performed two songs in the lobby area while the Zamboni was making its rounds, and a third time out in the center of the rink while skaters circled them. “I think we’ve performed before in the lobby, but this is the first time actually on the ice,” said Celia Koschay, On the Rox president and a Grand Ledge senior.

Koschay hasn’t personally participated in alternative breaks, but said she finds them to be a great cause having talked to many who are involved with the process. Performing on the ice had its ups and downs for the a cappella group. “We had a couple of people fall, but other than that, it was cool,” Koschay said. “It was very hard to hear, but it was an experience.”

Grammy-nominated country artist Lee Brice will take the stage at Central Michigan University’s McGuirk Arena on March 29. The CMU Program Board is funding Brice’s performance, which will be offered at a reduced price to students. Bleacher seats run for $15, upper bowl seats for $20, and lower bowl and floor tickets for $25. Those interested in attending can purchase tickets beginning Feb. 10 through the Ticket Central office, or through the corresponding online site at Over the past few years, the Program Board has brought an array of artists ranging from Big Sean and Ke$ha to We The Kings and The All-American Rejects. Brice’s performance will mark the first country appearance at CMU since Tennessee native Rodney Atkins’ performance. Brice became well known after the release of his first album, “Love Like Crazy.” Brice topped charts again with a few hits from his sophomore album, “Hard 2 Love,” including “Parking Lot Party,” “Hard 2 Love,” “I Drive Your Truck” and his number one single, “A Woman Like You.” -Kate Woodruff Staff Reporter


Rogers performs to sold-out crowd The Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort welcomed Kenny Rogers to a sold-out audience of 3,700 on Saturday night. Rogers’ performance was received by fans who hooted, hollered and yelled in adoration for the multi-decade country music star. The concert was the first major one held this year at the Casino, 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd., featuring a widely-known talent. Flint resident Cindy Chapman got tickets for Christmas from her family, and went with a friend to see Rogers. “I love Kenny Rogers,” she said. “This is probably about my sixth or seventh time seeing him.” At some point in the performance between songs, Rogers encouraged United States military veterans to stand up and receive acknowledgement from him and the audience. Rogers and the audience clapped and hollered in acknowledgement in the hundreds of veterans who stood up. Rogers became an active musician in the late 1950s. He has played with many other country stars including Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Reba McEntire, the Bee Gees and Ronnie Millsap, among others. -Kevin Andrews Staff Reporter


Snyder opens office for immigration business owners Gov. Rick Snyder wants to recruit entrepreneurs from abroad and plans to make it a reality. Snyder signed an executive order Friday to establish the Office for New Americans at the Michigan Press Association’s annual conference in Grand Rapids. Bing Goei, CEO of Eastern Floral, a Grand Rapids florist company, and Indonesian immigrant was named the office’s director. “This is basically to make sure we turn every stone over to make jobs, and utilize our economy,” Goei said. “The bottom line is it’s all about job creation and economic growth. We’re recruiting new immigrant talent. That means new investments, and new jobs utilizing all the skills and entrepreneurial spirit.” Goei said one-third of all hightech companies in the U.S. “were made by immigrants.” He said the ripple effect of immigrants staying in Michigan will create more jobs and opportunities for businesses. “I’m very proud to have the opportunity to sign this executive order,” Snyder said at the press conference. “I’ve been very passionate about this topic, not just from the job side but also the cultural effect.” -Adrian Hedden Metro Editor


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Andrew Whitaker | Staff Photographer Charles Peachock from “America’s Got Talent” juggles rings during a SIBS Weekend event Friday in Plachta Auditorium.

“Even the siblings that go here have no idea it’s here. Some of them will stay for hours if it’s not too crowded.”

The CMU Dance Team gives SIBS Weekend participants dance lessons in Finich Fieldhouse on Saturday. The CMU Dance Team had the participants play game

Larzelere celebrates long-standing tradition over SIBS Weekend By Megan Pacer Senior Reporter

“I think SIBS Weekend really brings a fun and family-friendly atmosphere for younger children as well as college students.”

Andrew Whitaker | Staff Photographer Liam Lindsay, 21 months, hits a golf ball Friday at SIBS Glow in the Dark Putt-Putt in Finch Fieldhouse.

While Siblings Weekend is a valued tradition across Central Michigan University’s campus, it holds a special place in the history of Larzelere Hall. Established in 1957 as an all-male dormitory, Larzelere was named after the former head of the Department of History and Social Sciences, Claude S. Larzelere. According to the hall description, it was later designated as an honors residence hall in 1972, but not before it initiated one of the school’s most family-oriented traditions. The Larzelere Hall Council established its own, small-scale version of Siblings Weekend in 1963 called Little Brother Little Sister. As it was a small community in a building with a relatively low resident capacity, the effort brought students closer to their families. Andrea Purrenhage, Larzelere residence hall director, said SIBS Weekend was created by a group of students living in a dormitory that has consistently demonstrated the ideals of “Larzy love” for so many years. “The community would have evolved from knowing that we cared about so many of those events that focused on family,” Purrenhage said. “Because we initiated that, I

Morgan Taylor | Staff Photographer Ann Arbor resident John Burnia, 7, takes a turn at the wrecking ball inflatable event Saturday at the SIBS Weekend carnival in the SAC. The wrecking ball is a new addition to the carnival this year.

Shannon Millard | Staff Photographer Siblings Angela Dowd, senior at Birch Run High School, and Katelin Dowd, freshman at Central Michigan University, paint tiles Saturday morning at the Painted Turtle in Mount Pleasant.

Jill Bardowski, Holland senior

Morgan Taylor | Staff Photographer Larzelere Hall residents perform their version of “The Lion King” from their winning mock rock challenge for SIBS Weekend on Friday in Plachta Auditorium.

Josh Barnhart, Laingsburg senior imagine back then that that was a priority for all of the other people coming in after those initial freshmen.” Larzelere residents were also asked to perform their winning mock rock performance that was prepared for Homecoming Week in Plachta Auditorium before Charles Peachock’s juggling and comedy act, “Welcome to the Circus.” However, the students tweaked the “Lion King”themed dance to cater to their younger audience. Barryton sophomore Alex Barron is a Larzelere resident and one of the instrumental members of the mock rock performance. He said many members of the residence hall are still unaware of their historical involvement with Sibs Weekend. “I didn’t know (the history) until we heard that they were going to announce that as we were going to Plachta,” Barron said. “We’ve been asked to do a couple of other programs,

so we just figured this was another event that people wanted to see us do the mock rock.” Josh Barnhart, a Laingsburg senior and volunteer coordinator, is a resident assistant at Larzelere Hall, and was not surprised his residence hall would be behind such a familyoriented tradition. “I think SIBS Weekend really brings a fun and family-friendly atmosphere for younger children as well as college students,” Barnhart said. Barnhart, who has been involved with SIBS Weekend for several years, was asked by another member of the core team to help out on a larger scale. Before becoming volunteer coordinator, Barnhart brought his younger siblings for the weekend every year. “It provides a fun and safe way for younger generations to see CMU shining through and give them a good time and memorable experience,” Barnhart said.

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Daytona Niles | Staff Photographer

Pontiac native Ashanti Thompson, 11, falls down after climbing the rock wall all the way to the top during SIBS Weekend Saturday in Finch Fieldhouse.

Andrew Whitaker | Staff Photographer

SIBS Weekend participants climb the rock wall on Friday in Finch Fieldhouse.

Daytona Niles | Staff Photographer

Grandville resident Luke Dykstra relaxes after climbing the rock wall during SIBS Weekend Saturday in Finch Fieldhouse. Samantha Madar | Photo Editor

“It was fun, but very, very busy.

es like the dance version of “Simon Says.”

SIBS | CONTINUED FROM 1A “Even the siblings that go here have no idea it’s here,” Bardowski said. “Some of them will stay for hours if it’s not too crowded.” Lowell senior Samantha Braman and her 11-year-old brother, Ricky, have been attending SIBS Weekend together for the past four years, and are no strangers to the rock wall. Braman, who used to volunteer at the wall, enjoys being able to climb again and bringing her brother along. “It’s fun to come back,” Braman said. “And it’s fun to bring him here because he says he’s scared of heights,

but then he gets like halfway up the wall and does great.” Despite his small size, Ricky quickly progressed from wall to wall, while Braman scaled the makeshift rocks and rang the bell at the top in a matter of minutes. Braman and her brother also enjoyed the Tactical Laser Tag held in Finch, where teams of six battled each other through a maze of camouflage inflatables. Laser tag was a new addition to SIBS Weekend, along with several other events that attempted to keep the weekend entertaining for young and old siblings alike. Several aspects of the SIBS Carnival on Saturday were also updated from previous years. Due to inclement

weather, part of the carnival was postponed until 7 p.m., as the company delivering the inflatable elements got stuck in the snow en route to the school. The carnival included two new inflatable games in addition to the obstacle course. The “Wrecking Ball” forced players to dodge heavy spheres thrown by people standing on the outside while balancing on a pedestal in the center. “The Log Jammer” consisted of a spinning cylinder that also moved up and down, forcing players to either jump over or duck under it at the last second. White Lake senior Lauren Zaloga, a core team member and carnival coordinator, said the carnival maintains certain elements every year,

It was kind of overwhelming. People love it.” Jill Bardowski, Holland senior but tries to give organizers leeway to be creative. “I got to pick what inflatables we wanted, so we kind of switched them up from last year,” Zaloga said. Zaloga, who was a SIBS Weekend committee member for three years before taking on many roles on the core team, said the weather might have actually helped some aspects of the carnival. Since the inflatables were late, other activities – such as the less popular crafts – received more attention from students and their siblings. The portion of the

Meet siblings Chase & Tiffani

Photos by Andrew Whitaker | Staff Photographer MAIN: Chase Velloney, 9, and his sister Tiffani Taylor make funny faces for the SIBS Photo Scavenger Hunt on Saturday at Finch Fieldhouse. TOP: Chesterfield junior, Tiffani Taylor, watches her bother Chase Velloney slide down the inflatable slide at the SIBS Carnival on Saturday in the Student Activities Center. BOTTOM: Chesterfield junior Tiffani Taylor helps her brother Chase Velloney, 9, on his canvas during her sorority event Saturday.

carnival including animals, snacks, gymnastics and craft materials was open at 2 p.m. while the inflatables were still on their way. “We just thought about different scenarios in case they couldn’t come,” Zaloga said. “I think people got to enjoy the other two rooms. We’re almost out of all of our crafts.” The carnival also serves to include members of the local community in the form of vendors, who provided balloon sculptures, air brush tattoos, caricatures and face paint. Mount Pleasant couple Corby and Donna

Blem, of Pa Blem’s House of Trite, has been doing caricatures at SIBS Weekend for five years. “The first time we did it was at MAINstage,” Corby Blem said. “I love to paint and I teach workshops, and this is kind of a natural extension of that.” Corby Blem, who works at Student Employment at CMU, also hosts regular art classes in addition to selling his own artwork.


EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | Justin Hicks | MANAGING EDITOR | Tony Wittkowksi | VOICES | Kyle Kaminski | UNIVERSITY | Ben Solis | METRO | Adrian Hedden | SPORTS | Malachi Barrett | VISUAL DIRECTOR | Mariah Prowoznik |


CMU master planning represents misguided priorities


Facebook In response to our previous news coverage of the master planning process, CM Life’s Facebook fans shared their opinions on the topic. Alex Burr: CMU is already one of, if not the most, easy to navigate university in the state. Kelly Potter: Replace desks and put dry erase boards in all the buildings before you renovate something that is already functional! Help the students out, CMU!

Strategic decisions?


n 2012, Central Michigan University recreated the campus master plan. Focusing on building and land use and condition assessments, the

plan was the first to be implemented since 2001. In August, University President George Ross called for investment in priorities through what he called “strategic decisions.” However, the plan may prove to be financially irresponsible and represent a misguided step for the university. In January, the university partnered with Los Angeles-based consultant firm AECOM for $310,000 to help assess priorities and guide the campus identity project. This is not the first time CMU has written AECOM a paycheck. According to the 2013-14 capital budget, $300,000 had already been allocated for master planning efforts from university reserves — bringing the total payout for master planning to more than $600,000. The most recent fee included five months of information gathering and work completed through the final March forum — however, AECOM gathered a loss of information compared to last year. According to figures provided by Steve Lawrence, vice president of Facilities Management, the total

Buried by books Three hundred dollars worth of textbooks each semester might seem like merely a drop in the bucket of college debt. However, it’s safe to say that paying nearly $400 per credit hour for the past four years has left my bucket pretty full. I am swimming in so much debt that it is funny to talk about with friends, many of whom are in a similar situation. I feel it is imperative to keep a good sense of humor when you are getting ripped off that badly. Over the course of my college career, I have spent somewhere around $4,000 on textbooks. Putting it into perspective makes it a lot harder to laugh off.

attendance for all three sessions of the January forums was 138 people. A February 2013 forum garnered an audience of more than 200. Although it’s difficult to gauge the amount of individual contribution from the attendees, AECOM is ultimately only reaching a small percentage of the population. If the university and AECOM are looking to gather campus-wide input, asking students to attend a “charrette” is not going to do the trick. In an increasingly digital society, it’s easy to reach out to students through email and surveys. Perhaps master planning could be more effective if representation efforts are brought to the students, rather than asking students to come to them. With more than 22,000 faculty, staff and students on campus, the small percentage of the population contributing is not an acceptable representation to base any decisions on — particularly ones that Ross said “will drive our decisions, short-term and long-term.” But what are these decisions?

Kurt Nagl Staff Reporter

Nothing highlights my financial plight better than the back-to-school bookstore trip I make each semester. Since freshman year, I have been swallowing my pride and buying overpriced, rarely-used textbooks. And I have swallowed my words at the end of each semester when they offer to give me a fraction of what I paid for the book. Do I really have a choice? Is it worth my education to refuse to pay these ridiculous prices each semester? Last week, I saw a glimmer of hope in the syllabus of one of my classes. We would be using an electronic copy of the textbook to “save

Over the course of the master planning process, AECOM, based partly on their undersized contributor base, have repeatedly advocated a need for a more walkable campus, simplified parking arrangements, landscape improvements and signage. Although AECOM has provided no cost estimates, and Lawrence said one would not be available until at least June, this is not an area CMU should be directing its focus. Bike paths, roundabouts, parking lots and landscaping are superficial aspects to the college experience. CMU’s first priority should be on academics, and a handful of directional signs are not the help we need. On-campus enrollment has been declining since 2010 to a 16-year low of 19,634. At a time when CMU struggles to appeal to a shrinking prospective student base, the emphasis should be placed on improving class offerings and strengthening the curriculum – particularly when a $15-million budget deficit is leaving campus with significantly reduced resources.

money.” A $100 piece of cardboard with an access code for a book determined that was a lie. But I should have known better, considering the cost of textbooks has inflated 812 percent since 1978 and will likely continue to rise, according to the American Enterprise Institute. There seems to be no easy way around what I consider to be the biggest rip-off in the country. But that’s assuming students and teachers keep the publishers in business. Many teachers pursue the most affordable materials to alleviate students’ financial struggles, while many students look to web retailers like Amazon for better deals on books. Last spring, for example, 34 percent of students said they downloaded course material from an authorized website, according to a survey by the Book Industry Study Group.

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Our View: The master planning process at CMU, through its emphasis on the superficial, represents a misguided and unnecessarily costly venture for the university — especially at a time when academics needs to be our primary focus. Your View: Want your voice heard? To share your opinion on this editorial, or any topics related to published work in CM Life, send your views to More details regarding guest submissions are available on Instead of developing the appearance of a CMU brand, the university first needs to understand what that brand represents. Right now, it represents decreased funding across nearly every college on campus, fewer class offerings, vacancies in residence halls, increasing tuition and faculty cuts. Strengthening the academic core and placing a focus on education rather than physical appearances should be CMU’s real master plan. Anything less is taking advantage of our students, their tuition dollars, and depriving us of what we really came here for in the first place — a quality education.

I fear that if the rising price of tuition and the bleak outlook on the job market do not immediately scare students away, other expenses will do the trick. But when does spending so much money stop making sense? Although there is never a neat solution, we need to understand the textbook industry in order to combat growing costs. Big publishing companies like Prentice Hall constantly promote their products to teachers. After instructors choose a book, the stores stock their shelves and sell them to students at a marked-up price – anywhere from 20 to 25 percent more than what the publisher charged, according to CMU Bookstore Director Barry Waters. When selling these books back, the CMU Bookstore offers students only 50 percent of the new price, Waters said. But if the store already has the necessary number of copies

Lindsay Dougherty: Please stop wasting our money on petty renovations. Yvonne Claes: Don’t recall the campus being that difficult to navigate. What, is there a sudden surge in students getting lost? Jayme Jamma Blodgett: Overall, I think the renovation is going to look great. But as a class of 2010 alum, I second the cries for more important spending.

Justin Orminski: The fact you are altering Warriner Mall is incredibly sad, you are ruining one of the most historic spots on campus. Change your plans on this one.

Jon Blackwell: These changes definitely will make CMU a more aesthetically pleasing campus and easier to navigate. It’s hard to say whether or not I agree with the use—and amount of—funding that is being allocated for this project.

or the teacher switches to a different text, the book might not be worth the paper it’s written on. In 2008, Congress passed a law forcing publishers to give teachers more information about the price of materials. That same law requires colleges to post information about required textbooks so students can prepare for purchase. If students want to save money, they need to check the Registrar’s site for textbook titles, then shop around to find the best deal — often online. Of course, you are not obligated to do this. You might not think you owe it to yourself to save money, but complacency keeps questionable systems intact. Some people do not have the money to pay the outrageous prices. Some simply have too much pride. A drop in the bucket for you could be somebody else’s deluge.

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Samantha Madar | Photo Editor Southfield senior Andrew Rovinski gets ready to jump onto the rail north of West Campus Apartments off of W. Campus Drive on Saturday.

Winter boredom meets ingenuity: student builds own ski hill By Katherine Ranzenberger Senior Reporter

After record cold and tons of snowfall, Andy Rovinski and Zach Andrews were sick of sitting inside. The duo was inspired to build their own snow ramp out of a pile of snow next to Andrews’ apartment building. “It’s one of those things,” Andrews said. “Why sit inside and complain about the weather you can’t change? Go outside and have fun in it.” Three weeks ago, the pair found a pile of snow next to West Campus Village after the plows cleared the parking lots. One pile in particular was the perfect location and size for snow boarding and skiing. “We just started shaping it and building a couple (of ) ramps,” Rovinski, a Southfield senior, said. “We already had a homemade rail and box, and we just started shredding on it.” They and their friends have been riding the hill ever since the idea came to fruition. “It’s kind of a very small

“I’m kind of an adrenaline junkie.” Zach Andrews, Mount Pleasant resident

taste of what you would get going to an actual hill,” Rovinski said. “Zach works during the day. We’ll exchange text messages and bring out the box and ride.” Located right on the edge of the parking lot, the hill is far enough away from cars not to create a hazard, but close enough to allow latenight boarding and skiing after a long day working and in classes. “The spot where it’s at is perfect,” Rovinski said. “There’s just enough light so we can see it during the night.” Andrews, a Mount Pleasant resident, said he was happy to have a place to board again without having to go to a resort. “I work during the week, and I can’t get outside and do as much as I want,” he

said. “You can go to the resorts on the weekends, but I like to be on the board as much as possible.” The avid snowboarder and skiers said they would rather ride a small hill than shell out $60 for a lift ticket that they might not be able to use. “I’m kind of an adrenaline junkie,” Andrews said. “I do pretty much every board sport out there. I love being outside and riding.” Rovinski and Andrews have been riding their hill for three weeks and hope to keep adding to the height and length as more snow comes their way. So far, Mother Nature is ready to provide more snow, too.

Samantha Madar | Photo Editor Mount Pleasant resident Zach Andrews, 27, grinds down a rail Saturday north of West Campus Apartments.

Samantha Madar | Photo Editor Mount Pleasant resident Zach Andrews, 27, shreds down a homemade rail Satuday. Andrews and Rovinski have been skiing and snowboarding on this hill for a couple weeks now.



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Strict university safety regulations train researchers how to avoid injuries By Catey Traylor Senior Reporter

Fire, broken glass and chemical burns are just a few hazards facing students working in Central Michigan University’s campus laboratories. Instructors like Anthony Chappaz, an assistant professor of geochemistry, uphold strict security regulations in the various labs. “All of these acids can cause severe burns if in contact with the skin,” he said. “You might not feel it right away, but if you don’t clean your hands off, the acid will literally weaken your bones.” Chappaz’s research focuses on analyzing sediment samples of lakes and oceans to detect trace elements, and dangerous chemicals such as sulfuric and nitric acid are used regularly to “mineralize” his samples. Many labs work with highly dangerous or flammable substances, so students and faculty must partake in general lab safety training, as well as training led by lab managers across campus. Each lab employee must

also be walked through lab safety training with their supervisor. Training includes learning where fire extinguishers and exits are located, reviewing chemical spills and emergency procedures, and completing standard operating procedures. Once training is complete, a record is kept on file for each employee. Because of the severe side effects of contact with the chemicals used in his research, Chappaz puts everybody entering his lab through intensive training. “We have drastic security regulations,” he said, referencing the two-month training session volunteers must complete before beginning work in the lab. “We have signs everywhere that remind people to pay attention to what they’re doing. I have a lab manager who enforces all rules and runs training sessions, and there are emergency kits everywhere just in case something happens.” Chappaz is not the only professor with such stringent rules. Professor of physics Valeri Petkov conducts research

dealing with the quality of materials used to build every day objects such as chairs, cars and mechanical devices. In his research, those working in the lab are required to use X-ray machines, which require extensive training and precaution. “In order to work in the lab, everybody goes through a chemical materials safety training,” he said. “This includes online videos and face-to-face instruction. But, since my lab deals with radiation, too, that requires a second training. Additionally, somebody from the state of Michigan comes out every few years to examine equipment and make sure no radiation is leaking out.” Petkov said his lab, like most others on campus, is fully equipped with emergency kits, hand and eye wash sinks, a full-body shower and a materials safety data sheet, which fully describes each chemical in the lab and how it must be handled. Recent CMU graduate Tiffany Reinke is no stranger to working with dangerous chemicals and the training that comes with doing research.

Mount Pleasant one of the best cities for small business owners By John Irwin Senior Reporter

Mount Pleasant is one of the bests communities in Michigan to start a business, according to an annual study. Better known statewide for being the home of Central Michigan University, the city was recognized as one of the most entrepreneur-friendly cities in Michigan in an annual eCities study. Mount Pleasant is one of eight in the state to be recognized for fostering economic growth. Helen Chase, the owner of Trillium Fine Clothing, 123 E. Broadway St., said Mount Pleasant is a particularly attractive city for a business thanks to its diverse population. “It has both the advantage of local loyalty plus the university and all the students, faculty and staff that come with it,” Chase said. As previously reported by Central Michigan Life, CMU leaves a significant economic impact locally and statewide each year. A recent report by the Anderson Economic Group found CMU has a $940 million economic impact on Michigan. Chase, a CMU alum, said students have been a key factor in her business’ success. So has the city itself.

Courtesy | Each Central Michigan University lab employee is required to undergo lab safety training.

The Saint Charles native estimates she has been through about 10 hours of pre-lab training. Reinke spent a summer working in neuroscience program director Gary Dunbar’s lab, using mice to research Alzheimer’s Disease. The nature of her research required her to go through animal safety, injection, cleaning and radioactivity

training sessions. She said the training she received in order to do research helped her in the classroom, too. “I feel like I was a lot more prepared (for classes) than some other students through doing research for the university,” Reinke said. “I had a lot more training than the other students did, so when I went to the classroom, I had knowledge that other

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“This award shows just how far Mount Pleasant has come in its economic development efforts.” The eCities study, which surveyed 102 communities in the state, examined data supplied by each of the cities and public records relating to incentives, growth, education and policies. The other recognized cities are Midland, Tecumseh, Imlay City, Madison Heights, Sterling Heights, Sturgis and Meridian Township. Tim Davis, iLabs director, said the cities were chosen for an eclectic mix of qualities. “These communities are being recognized for the best practices they utilize, which include the right mix of tools and resources for their business community,” Davis said. “They listen to companies, help them with governmental processes, connect them with other companies and listen to what both new and existing businesses are saying. “They are the definition of partners in the process and not just a service provider.”

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Michelle Sponseller, downtown development director “Over the years, the city of Mount Pleasant has been working hand-in-hand with small businesses,” Chase said. Mount Pleasant was one of eight cities recognized as a “five-star community” in the study, conducted by iLabs, the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research. Five-star communities have spent $2.2 million on economic development. “This award shows just how far Mount Pleasant has come in its economic development efforts,” said Michelle Sponseller, downtown development director. “The information provided for consideration of this award was a joint effort by the city of Mount Pleasant, the Central Michigan University Research Corporation and the Middle Michigan Development Corporation. The collaboration between these organizations is vital in the continued growth of Mount Pleasant’s economic development efforts.”

students didn’t.” Although Chappaz says the general training sessions are essential, he offers the same advice to all students in his lab. “The number one thing I tell them is to think about what you’re doing to minimize the risk,” he said. “I just want to make sure they are always paying attention.”

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 No. 23 gymnastics finishes first in Michigan-Illinois Challenge, earns highest score since ‘05 »PAGE 3B

HOW THEY WON Bracey a hidden gem for streaking women’s basketball team  »PAGE 1B

Women overcome sluggish start to claim ninth-straight win By Joe Judd Staff Reporter

Daytona Niles | Staff Photographer Junior forward Jas’Mine Bracey gets ready to shoot the basketball during the CMU women’s basketball game Sunday evening. Bracey scored 18 points.

Finding Bracey Bracey recognized as a hidden gem for streaking women’s basketball team By Neil Rosan Staff Reporter

In a season where 3-point shooting has been in the spotlight for the women’s basketball team, one player has quietly made a name for herself in the post. Junior Jas’Mine Bracey has become a very important part of the Central Michigan offense. “We don’t usually have this big post presence in our offense,” said CMU head coach Sue Guevara. “If you look at (Crystal) Bradford, Niki (DiGuilio) and (Kerby) Tamm and their abilities to penetrate and shoot the three, Jas’Mine gets overlooked a bit. The one thing (Bracey) has been very consistent with us is her rebounding. You are starting to see when other people are struggling, she is picking it up.” The 6-foot-2 Saginaw native recorded her eighth double-double of the season by scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in CMU’s 80-63 win over Ohio, Sunday. Bracey led the Chippewas in both statistical categories, on an afternoon that saw Bradford struggling. “It’s not just me out there,” Bracey said. “We have contributions from our bench and it’s the good

thing about our team. We are very versatile and we have a deep bench so other people can come in and perform when others are not.” Bracey’s teammates have taken notice of her efforts. “To see Jas’Mine Bracey running down the floor, beating everybody and finishing is impressive,” DiGuilio said. “We were all excited. She’s finishing better and she’s being very nasty on the boards. I think she is stepping her game up.” Bracey’s role on the team has gone through a change this season. She is creating plenty of fast-break opportunities by running the floor more and Guevara said she has challenged the forward’s defensive skills in practice. “I’ve been playing her at the top of our press,” Guevara said. “We went to the diamond and back to the man-to-man (defense). In practice, we switch everything so now she is guarding a little player. When a little player sees a big player, she wants to take her to the hole. She’s really been working on her one-on-one defense against smaller people.” While Bracey continues to get better, it is uncertain where her ceiling is. Bracey has been fighting a tight back and has experienced a few problems

Central Michigan women’s basketball eventually distanced itself from Ohio after a slow first half, pulling away for an 80-63 victory over the Bobcats Sunday at McGuirk Arena. It was the team’s ninthstraight win, keeping its home unbeaten streak alive. “We’re halfway and we’re 9-0. It’s a good place to be,” said CMU head coach Sue Guevara. “I think we have to play like we’re the No. 1 team in our conference.” CMU failed to rebound the ball while creating little separation on the scoreboard early through the first half. Missed opportunities were a big part of the first-half effort. Although CMU led at halftime, Guevara said the team had major adjustments to make if they wanted to remain undefeated in conference play. “Basically, I told them we were playing uninspired,” Guevara said. “We were being out-rebounded by a team smaller than us because we weren’t being aggressive enough.” Junior forward Jas’Mine Bracey led all CMU scor-

ers with 18 points. She also pulled down 12 rebounds. “At halftime, we were told that we needed to start taking it to the glass more,” Bracey said. Sharp-shooting senior Niki DiGuilio continued her long-shot offense finishing a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range and scoring 14 points. “We were finding the open people,” DiGuilio said. “After those three threes, we simmered down and got to work. We let the game come to us.” CMU saw notable contributions from their bench as sophomore point guard Da’Jourie Turner scored a career-high 15 points in the win. Junior guard Crystal Bradford finished the game with 10 points and eight rebounds. It was the only regularseason meeting between the Chippewas and Bobcats. CMU will travel to Muncie, Ind. to take on Ball State on Thursday. The Cardinals sit in the middle of the MAC West Division standings at 9-10 overall and 4-4 in the conference. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Daytona Niles | Staff Photographer Senior forward Jordan LaDuke keeps the ball from an Ohio opponent during the Chippewas 80-63 victory on Sunday in McGuirk Arena.

with her knees this season. Still, she remains optimistic regarding the Chippewas quest to repeat as Mid-American Conference champions in 2014. “I’m just doing what I can do to help my team and keep us on this winning

streak,” Bracey said. “I’m just trying to play well every game. I’m getting in the flow of things and making sure I am being consistent out there.”

Daytona Niles | Staff Photographer Redshirt freshman forward Jewel Cotton drives the lane during the CMU women’s basketball game Sunday. Cotton scored five points in the win over 0hio.

Wrestling suffers lopsided 24-7 loss to Old Dominion on Sunday By Mark Cavitt Staff Reporter

Old Dominion won four of the first five matches Sunday and never looked back. After being crushed 24-7 in Norfolk, Va., Central Michigan wrestling fell to 4-3 in conference play and 8-7 overall. Head coach Tom Borrelli said the team didn’t have the right mindset to compete at a high level. “We just didn’t wrestle with the right attitude today,” Borrelli said. “We didn’t wrestle with a lot of enthusiasm. We got outhustled and we didn’t wrestle with the edge we needed today. That starts with practice, so it carries over into competition. We just have to get better with practicing with the right attitude, effort and intensity.” The biggest win of the day for the Chippewas came at 165 pounds. Freshman Nick Becker recorded a 10-2 major decision, giving CMU four points that

cut Old Dominion’s lead to 12-7 with four matches left. After a rough start to the season, Becker said he was finally wrestling at a level he was happy with. “I thought I wrestled well today,” Becker said. “I feel like I’m getting better and peaking at the right time. I was struggling in the beginning of the year, but I think I’m picking it up now.” Borrelli said Becker is starting to wrestle at a higher level than earlier in the season. “I think Nick is starting to turn the corner a little bit,” Borrelli said. “He is starting to be more aggressive in his matches and is starting to have more confidence. The last two matches he has wrestled better and he really needs that. I think one of the things right now with him is a little lack of confidence. He didn’t get off to the start he wanted this year. I think now he is starting to improve in those areas.” Sophomores Zach Horan and Lucas Smith both lost

for the first time in the Mid-American Conference, slipping to 5-1 in dual matches. Freshman Corey Keener also lost uncharacteristically by decision at 125 pounds. Senior Joe Roth tied things up at three with an 8-3 decision at 133 pounds, however Becker had the only other CMU victory. Junior Mike Ottinger fell by 5-4 decision at 174 pounds followed by three more Chippewa loses at 184, 197 and heavyweight, all by a combined 14-5 score. Becker said although the team’s performance was poor Sunday, as long as the team keeps working hard, they will get to where they need to be. “We didn’t wrestle well today,” Becker said. “It was just a bad day for the team I suppose. We just have to keep working hard in order to get to where we need to be.” CMU will travel back home and face off with Eastern Michigan at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Samantha Madar | Photo Editor Senior 133-pounder Joe Roth wrestles against Stanford’s Ryan Mango in November. Roth was one of two wrestlers to record victories in the loss to Old Dominion, Sunday.


CENTRAL MICHIGAN MEN’S BASKETBALL GAME STATISTICS Central Michigan men’s basketball team’s stats from Saturday’s loss to Western Michigan









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his match with CMU and Ol Dominion tied, 3-3. Roth won his match but CMU lost 24-7.

and sister Brittany set the tone for the Chippewas posting impressive scores in Saturday’s quad meet victory.

Kirsten Petzold sophomore vaulter

WRESTLING JOE ROTH: Roth came into

Joe Roth 133-pounder

Other CMU top performers

Daytona Niles | Staff Photographer Junior guard Crystal Bradford moves down the court during CMU’s game Sunday evening. Bradford scored 10 points and had four assists.





Jan. 25 vs. WMU W, 113-87

Jan. 25 vs. Akron L, 82-74

Jan. 30 vs. EMU W, 82-67

Jan. 29 vs. Ohio L, 71-67

Feb. 2 vs. Ohio W, 80-63

Feb. 1 vs. WMU L, 75-72



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Sat. Feb. 8 vs. Buffalo at 7 p.m.

Sat. Feb. 15 vs. Miami (Ohio) 2 p.m.

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Team finishes first in Michigan-Illinois Challenge, earns highest score since ‘05 By Taylor DesOrmeau Staff Reporter

Morgan Taylor | Staff Photographer Sophomore Preslee Harrald hits her straddle jump during her beam routine in McGuirk Arena while competing in the Michigan vs. Illinois meet on Saturday. Harrald received a score of 9.825 on the beam.

Even the crowd was onboard with gymnastics head coach Jerry Reighard’s goal of scoring a 196 Saturday. A fan at McGuirk Arena boasted a sign saying “196 or bust,” and Central Michigan didn’t disappoint. CMU and Eastern Michigan took the top two spots in the Michigan-Illinois Challenge, with a 196.6 and 194.8 respectively, claiming the victory for Michigan. CMU’s score was the fourth-highest in program history and the second-highest during the regular season. “That’s what CMU gymnastics is all about,” Reighard said. “We have been striving for that for a couple years now. We’ve toyed with it, but never this early in the season. I really liked the killer instinct, and I know that’s kind of a strange word for gymnastics, but we were very much in the zone.” While CMU was in control for the whole meet, especially over Illinois State and UIC, there were a few opportunities that could have stalled the team. In each event, six gymnasts compete, but only the best five scores count. Essentially, each team gets a mulligan for each event. With early falls on

the uneven bars and balance beam, the remaining competitors had no room for error. “We always practice to do your own job,” said sophomore Preslee Harrald. “It’s your routine, no matter what the person before you or after you does, you take care of yourself.” All 11 gymnasts on uneven bars and balance beam following low scores tallied a 9.75 or higher. “I think that you have to really look at Kylie Fagan, who has that number two spot,” Reighard said. “For her to have not just composure, but it’s grit. It’s ‘I’m going to be able to do what I do and not worry about what wasn’t done.’ Kylie got us back on a role and then we just started climbing from there.” Three Chippewas scored a 9.9 or higher, with junior Taylor Noonan receiving a 9.925 on beam and Harrald and sophomore Taylor Bolender scoring 9.9s on the floor routine. “Preslee Harrald has never scored a 9.9 in her life,” Reighard said. “But she wants to win a championship. She really came through.” CMU started on vault, which Reighard calls the team’s worst event. Freshman Kirstin Stambaugh set the pace for the event, scoring a 9.8 to start.

“The whole team rallied around that first vault, there’s no doubt about it,” Reighard said. “Stambaugh ignited the fire, and I told her that right away, I said ‘you’re responsible for what’s going to happen the rest of the day, because we’re feeling like we can go out and be the team that we’ve always wanted to be.’” CMU bumped its average score from a 194.75 to a 195.12, which could put it in the top 20 in the national rankings. After finally reaching the 196 platform, Noonan said she wants a 197. “I think we have more,” Noonan said. “That’s the exciting part, because we go into practice and we’re going to be just as determined to get a 197 now because it’s right within our grasp.” Reighard said he was pleased the team not only reached the 196 mark, but did it with room to spare. “When we came off beam with a 49, I don’t think there was a freight train that could have stopped us,” Reighard said. “We need to repeat that on an away meet. A 196 is not an easy score. It’s going to take some grit, some special performances. It’s a start; it’s not the end.”

Michigan continues dominance over Illinois in annual meet By Cody Debona Staff Reporter

Central Michigan gymnastics won the Michigan-Illinois Challenge on Saturday for a second consecutive year and third time in the challenge’s four-year existence. CMU hosted the Michigan-Illinois Challenge for the first time in McGuirk Arena. Illinois State and Illinois-Chicago represented Illinois, while CMU and Eastern Michigan represented their home state. The MIC started four years ago and has alternated states and host schools every year. “It gets better each year,” said Jerry Reighard, CMU gymnastics head coach. “The Morgan Taylor | Staff Photographer other three teams Junior Becca Druien runs into her tumbling pass during were extremely her floor routine in McGuirk Arena in the Michigan vs. impressed with Illinois meet on Saturday. Together, CMU and Eastern our facility, the Michigan beat Illinois. atmosphere and the crowd, and I ter national ranking after earning a think it held everybody.” 196.6 – the best score ever recorded Although each team in McGuirk Arena. is scored individually, “I actually got everyone together the team score of both after beam and told them ‘look at all teams representing the the people here to see you, this is same state are comwhat it’s all about, this is all the fun,” bined to determine Reighard said. “Nobody is going to a winner. Eastern outcheer us in our own gym.” Michigan had their It’s no secret that CMU thrives on best score in school pressure and has taken the trophy history with 194.8, for the state of Michigan three times. helping the state of Michigan teams have defeated IlMichigan take home linois with a combined score of 391.4 a very comfortable to 384.45. victory. CMU scored two 9.9s in the floor “The atmosphere rotation, both from two of the youngis great; we all est competitors, sophomores Taylor want the rivalry Bolender and Preslee Harrald. to continue and The MIC lived up to its hype, it will forever be bringing almost 700 fans to McGuirk there,” said junior Arena to cheer on the nationallyTaylor Noonan. ranked team. “We won it last “We say it all the time, a gymnast is year in Chicago an entertainer,” Reighard said. “If you and we had a can’t entertain your spectators, they high score there aren’t going to come back, and I think as well. It is a we did a really good job of entertaingood meet for ing today.” us and we all The Chippewas and Eagles won by enjoy it a lot.” almost seven points – their largest The No. 23 margin of victory since the quad meet Chippewas was formed, and nearly four times should find higher than last year’s challenge. themselves with an even bet-

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. — One word came to Keno Davis’ mind to describe the men’s basketball team’s first-half play Saturday. Scared. Afterward, he said “overwhelmed” better described Central Michigan’s first half that ended trailing 42-25 to Western Michigan. The Chippewas lost to their rival Broncos, 75-72. “We didn’t respond real well to start off that game,” Davis said. “We looked scared (in the first half ). Maybe scared isn’t the right word, we were disrupted by the atmosphere. You get out of sorts and we didn’t react well.” The 3,504 fans in attendance, including The Zoo (WMU’s student section) were vocal at University Arena. They created a hostile environment, which led to the team shooting 23.8 percent from the field and 7.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Chippewas flipped a switch offensively in the second half, however. Sophomore guard Chris Fowler opened the second half with a 3-pointer as he led the surge with a careerhigh 27 points. Fellow sophomore John Simons also added 12 points with four 3-pointers, all coming after halftime. “The other sophomores, you’re seeing it in stretches,” Davis said. “Chris, you see it all the time. Those other guys, you’re seeing it from (Blake) Hibbitts and Simons and (Austin) Stewart you’re seeing it for half the game or a quarter of the game. They can be really good and it’s their job to be consistent enough all the time.” CMU’s starting lineup features the four mentioned sophomores: Fowler, Hibbitts, Stewart and Simons, and freshman Braylon Rayson. The team is young and Davis’ hope was for the

Kyle Wilson | Staff Photographer CMU sophomore Chris Fowler sets up a play Saturday in McGuirk Arena. Fowler scored 20 points before fouling out late in the second half.

“That’s something as you mature as a team and go through that experience you can read it and go ‘OK we got to foul, there isn’t a trap here.’ We were aggressive and thought we’d be able to turn it over, but they executed.” Keno Davis, head coach freshmen to take strides and create a deep team, but that hasn’t happened at the rate Davis would like, with the end of Saturday’s game as an example. Down 73-72 with 15 seconds left, Davis wanted his team to trap the ball if it was in-bounded to the deep corner of the floor. That is exactly what happened, but instead of the trap they went for the steal and fell, giving the Broncos room to get the ball down court for an easy layup. “That’s something as you mature as a team and go through that experience you can read it and go ‘OK

we got to foul, there isn’t a trap here,’” Davis said. “We were aggressive and thought we’d be able to turn it over, but they executed.” Fowler had a shot to tie the game at the final buzzer, but the ball bounced off the rim and over the backboard as the Chippewas received yet another tough loss. CMU will have a chance to snap its eight-game losing streak at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Kent State in McGuirk Arena.

Lucas Smith knows a thing or two when it comes to rehabbing from an injury. As a sophomore wrestler, Smith has been battling for the past year through a right shoulder injury and intense rehab in order to come back and compete in the sport he loves. It was an injury he fought through for much of last season, until the pain became too much to handle. Smith said the decision to have surgery came after the season when talking with his coaches and family. “I was dealing with the injury all of last year,” Smith said. “It was something I could deal with throughout the season. I got to the NCAA tournament and my shoulder finally gave out, so after the season I talked with my coaches and family and we decided that I needed to get surgery on my right shoulder.” Smith finished his first season with a 22-12 overall record. Since then, it has been a long road back to regain the strength in his shoulder. “The recovery process was long,” Smith said. “It was a five to six month recovery process, but I pushed through physical therapy hard and came back earlier than expected. That was the first operation I’ve ever had. You go to physical therapy and try to get stronger. It’s a process that is similar to wrestling in that you have to be very disciplined and stay after it and work hard.” Head coach Tom Borrelli said Smith lost much of his offseason to the rehabilitation process. “I think it affected him a lot,” he said. “The thing that sticks out to me is, first of all, he didn’t have a spring and summer to prepare and that’s really, really important in wrestling to be able to train all year round. You take usually two months off and then train for 10 months. He probably didn’t get to train for six months out of last year, so that really set him back.” Not being able to be with his teammates was one of the toughest parts of the entire process for Smith.

File Photo | Samantha Madar Sophomore Lucas Smith wrestles against Stanford Nov. 25, 2013.

“All these other guys had been training for the whole offseason and I was dormant for six months.” Lucas Smith, 157-pounder “All these other guys had been training for the whole offseason and I was dormant for six months,” Smith said. “As much as I was doing therapy, it wasn’t straining. Coach just told me to keep working hard and that you have a lot of making up to do, so that’s all I’ve been doing is getting after it and working hard to catch up.” Once this season began, Smith said he believed he was ready, but a slow start was a sign that things weren’t quite ready. Smith was 1-4 in dual meets by the beginning of December. “We probably used him too early because we needed to depend on him,” Borrelli said. “At the beginning of the year, he was just not in very good condition and not really confident in himself. His shoulder wasn’t quite ready yet and you can tell by looking at the results.” After a few rough matches, Smith has improved and is returning to a higher level of competition. He is currently ranked No. 19 in the nation at the 157-pound weight class with a 12-7 record. Since the beginning of January, Smith has a 9-2 record. This success comes in part by gaining more confidence as the season has progressed

with his shoulder and being able to wrestle the way he enjoys to. “I don’t have to worry about my shoulder anymore like I was before,” Smith said. “Opening up and being confident with my shoulder now that it’s secured, I feel like I can go out there and wrestle how I want to wrestle.” Borrelli said for Smith to bounce back the way he has says a lot about him. “As a person, I really feel like Luke is maturing a lot,” Borrelli said. “He is turning into one of our outspoken leaders on the team and I feel like (he) has kind of grown into that role. He is becoming more and more of a positive influence on our team. I think he is pretty tough mentally.” Although it’s been a challenge and an uphill climb to get back to where he is now, Smith said he has learned a lot about himself and just how much he loves wrestling. “I think I learned how much I truly love the sport,” Smith said. “I knew I loved the sport and I knew this is what I wanted to do, but now seeing that injury, you have to love what you want to do if you want to be successful.”

Fowler scores career-high 27 points in loss to Western Michigan Broncos By Dominick Mastrangelo Assistant Sports Editor

Chris Fowler was one of few high points in a heartbreaking loss to rival Western Michigan on Saturday, scoring a career-high 27 points. CMU trailed at WMU by as many as 23 points in the first-half before mounting a second-half comeback that eventually gave the Chippewas a one-point lead late in the game. The Chippewas lost composure down the stretch and were handed their eighth straight Mid-American Conference loss of the season. Fowler was a major factor in the Chippewas second-

half rally, scoring 14 of his 27 points in the last half. CMU shot 8-of-16 from 3-point range after halftime. Fowler was a perfect 13for-13 from the free-throw line. Three of his assists led to made 3-point attempts. CMU fans in attendance Saturday held their collective breath when Fowler hit the hardwood face-first with 2:37 remaining in the game. He laid on the court bleeding for several moments and had to leave the game to get bandaged. “I was going to give him some time on the bench after that,” said CMU coach Keno Davis. “He said ‘no coach … I’ve got to shoot my free-throws.’”

Freshman Braylon Rayson shot the ensuing free throws, and Fowler checked back into the game at the next whistle. “That’s Chris Fowler,” Davis said. “It was more than a little nick. There was a lot of blood when I got out there. He’s a tough guy.” Davis said Saturday’s loss to WMU would not have been as close if Fowler missed the rest of the game.

“In a game like this, we did not need Chris Fowler for 34 or 35 minutes of the game,” he said. “We needed him for 40.” WMU coach Steve Hawkins told the Kalamazoo Gazette Fowler became tough to handle for the Broncos in the second half. “Coming into the game, he was the leading scorer in the MAC and had hit eight threes the entire year,” Hawkins said. “It’s not like you have to find him a 3-point line. You have to give him and all of them a ton of credit.” Fowler’s first bucket

after re-entering the game was a 3-pointer, which cut the Broncos lead to five points with less than eight minutes remaining. After a WMU turnover coming out of a timeout, Fowler was fouled on a breakaway attempt. He hit both free throws and gave CMU it’s first lead 69-68 with 2:30 to go. “You are starting to see this kind of thing from Chris all the time,” Davis said. “We aren’t as deep as I thought we would be at this point in the season.” Rayson was forced to foul a WMU shooter on the next trip down the court and the Broncos retook the lead, which they held until the

final buzzer. “Nothing would surprise me with this team,” Davis said. “We could win five or four games in a row or we could lose a few more in a row. We are at that level where we’ve got a chance to do something special.” As for Fowler, Davis is confident his leadingscorer and point guard did everything he could to knock off the Broncos. “He will continue to get better just like the rest of this team,” Davis said. “Today though, he gave us everything he had out there.”

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