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Speaker Series’ funding not set Donations key to bringing in Jane Goodall By Emily Pfund Staff Reporter and Ben Harris Senior Reporter

Regular funding for the Speaker Series remains up in the air, despite a forthcoming appearance from esteemed conservationist Jane Goodall. The Speaker Series Committee has continued to look for speakers to bring to Central Michigan University and the funding to get them here, said Director of University Events Bob Ebner. “The Academic Senate kept (the committee going and part of its charge was to find funds),” Ebner said. “It was never eliminated as a committee, just the funding was.” Ebner said Goodall, who will speak at the CMU Events Center on March 28, will be the fourth major speaker arranged by the committee since it lost regular funding in 2003. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. spoke in Plachta Auditorium in November 2009 and was paid $35,000. The series also brought in British-Indian novelist Salman Rushdie in October 2008 and Gen. Wesley Clark in April 2007. “I think it’s good to have high-profile speakers,” said Lapeer sophomore Ellen Meinecke. “It’s good to have people like (Goodall) come to interact with students. I think it’s a great opportunity, and not everyone gets an opportunity like it.” “Maybe not once a year, but every five years or so we should have a speaker like that come to campus, so that while you’re at Central, you can come across a good speaker like that — that way everybody gets a chance,” she said. The committee pays to bring in speakers like Goodall through donations provided by the university president, provost, A SERIES | 6A

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Few Central Michigan University football fans remain in the third quarter during CMU’s game against Ohio on Nov. 10, 2011 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

FOOTBALL ‘PRETENDANCE’ Attendance doesn’t reach Division I standards

Student counts could have saved Division I status in 2004

By Matt Thompson Sports Editor

By Matt Thompson Sports Editor

Fans and critics of the Central Michigan football team have long doubted attendance numbers announced during games. It turns out they’re right. The athletic department has inflated attendance numbers announced to fans and media while expecting to report a lower number to NCAA about Division I status. Athletics Director Dave Heeke expects that the attendance number submitted to the NCAA Feb. 15 will be lower than the 15,000 average attendance required to be Division I. Programs only have to hit that number once every two years. “We won’t meet that number this year,” Heeke said. “But we’ve met it in the past. And forecasting for next year, we will meet it in the future.” Heeke is confident CMU will reach that 15,000 benchmark during next season’s sev-

An average of 43 people might have kept Central Michigan football in Division I status in 2004. Teams have to average a 15,000 attendance once every two years to keep Division I status: CMU had 15,043. In 2003 CMU averaged 13,919, making 2004 a crucial season in CMU football history, and students knew it. “Students got counted multiple times to help the attendance numbers,” said 2004 graduate Paul Constanzo. “It was a running joke. Everyone knew it was happening. It was well known.” Constanzo, at the time a senior reporter at Central Michigan Life, wrote a column about how he and a friend entered and left the stadium multiple times; They were counted as eight people. Constanzo said another one of his friends was counted “20-plus times.” Herb Deromedi, athletic di-

SOURCE: CMU ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT

Figures on total attendance compared to ticket sales.

en-game home schedule that includes Michigan State, Navy and Western Michigan. That still leaves several Mid-American Conference games left to be scheduled, which could include mid-week games that crippled the attendance average last year. INFLATING ANNOUNCED ATTENDANCE Last season CMU inflated attendance figures given to the media, placed in the official game summary and presented on the scoreboard during games. Athletics announced an average attendance of 15,291 for the five home games. The

average paid attendance was 4,473. “All too often I get a chuckle when the answer to the attendance trivia question is shown on the big screen,” said season ticket holder Brian Roberts. “There are rarely as many bodies in the stadium as it says.” The attendance numbers included tickets given away for free, regardless of whether the person who received the ticket attended the game, Heeke said. This created a higher attendance number than actually at the game. A ATTENDANCE | 2A

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Circus fashion rings into Plachta for Cirque de Vogue Event hosted by Organization for Black Unity By Anamaria Dickerson Staff Reporter

DeSheria Holliday strutted across the stage in a black dress Friday night in the Cirque de Vogue fashion show. The event, held in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium at Central Michigan University, was hosted by the Organization for Black Unity. Nearly every seat was filled in the 1,270-seat auditori-

um, and the audience reaction was loud and cheerful as members gave personal shout-outs to their friends in the show. Holliday, a Southfield senior, has participated in OBU’s fashion shows in the past, but Friday’s was her last, as she is planning to graduate in May. “It’s bittersweet,” Holliday said. “It was my last time because my time here is done.” Although it was her last show, Holliday said the show was a lot of fun and her favorite outfit was the black dress she opened with, made by designer Gina Castillo.

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Vendors who provided clothing were in attendance at the show as well, including Inkster-based Zarkpa’s Accessories. Owner Tracy Garley said this was her first time being a vendor at an OBU fashion show. “It was very professional,” Garley said. “OBU was really nice and made sure I received all my jewelry back from the models.” West Bloomfield freshman Elyse Stepney, participating in the show for the first time, said she had a pleasant experience. A SHOW | 2A

rector from 1994 to 2005, said he can’t recall students going in and out for higher attendance numbers, but did say athletics made it well-known they needed a high attendance. “We did make it known how important it was to not only our students, but our alumni and community that we met the requirement,” Deromedi said. While it was important, some think CMU didn’t make the benchmark. “No way there were 15,000 at those games,” Constanzo said. “No way.” Currently, the NCAA would put CMU on probation if it did not reach the requirement. But in 2004 the consequences were uncertain. “We were concerned on what the criteria was for Division I,” Deromedi said. “(The NCAA was) making adjustments to criteria, trying to determine what it took to be Division I. “I’m sure Dave Heeke knows what the ramifications are now.” Some students took the issue of attendance numbers and their potential effect on CMU into their own hands.

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Flint junior Briana Page models a dress while standing in front of the show’s male performers Friday night in Plachta Auditorium for the Cirque de Vogue fashion show.

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w Writing Intensive will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Charles V. Park room 413. The event is for faculty members on how to design writing assignments that foster learning, discovery and critical thinking. w Let’s Do Lunch, featuring the School of Music will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at Art Reach, 111 E. Broadway St. The School of Music students will perform a recital which will include a brief synopsis of the OPERAS.

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w Teaching What You’re Not will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Bovee University Center room 108. Lauren Griffith and Ulana Klymyshyn will lead the discussion on the pros and cons of teaching a course dedicated to an identity group which they are not a member of. w Basic Video on a PC will be held 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. in the Charles V. Park Library room 413. Phillip Coffman and Dan Bracken will provide an overview of video capture processing, editing and publishing using PowerDirector software on a PC.

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“It was really nice,” Stepney said. “I liked the music choice and the outfits, and I thought they did a good job at putting on the show.” The show featured different themes throughout the night, including a safari theme, which opened the show with models wearing various animal print clothing. Detroit freshman Richard Neal was a model in the show this year and said it was exciting. “The chair dance was my favorite part,” Neal said. “I heard about the auditions and went with my sister to them and plan on doing this again next year.” Canton senior Carmen Walker did makeup for models for the third year in a row. “The show was really busy,” Walker said. “It was a big, full crowd and I think it’ll be even bigger and better next year.” studentlife@cm-life.com

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“I would not say it’s a false number,” Heeke said. “I would say it’s the number of tickets distributed for the game.” Heeke said the band, cheerleaders, working staff and possibly even players were counted in the total attendance. “They’re a part of the game,” he said. “They’re at the game, observing the game. A lot of people do that.” The NCAA bylaws state in the Division I manual: 20.9.7.3.1.2.1.1 Noncounted Students. Studentathletes and cheerleaders scheduled by the institution to be at the game and students performing services at the stadium (e.g., concessionaires, ticket takers, parking-lot attendants, ushers, groundskeepers) shall not be counted toward meeting the attendance requirements. “When you count attendance the way we count it, you can count all those people,” Heeke said. “It doesn’t mean you’re not counting it by NCAA rules.” When CMU sends its certified attendance numbers to the NCAA it will not include the distributed tickets that did not enter the game, Heeke said, adding that some of the student groups would not be counted by the auditors for the NCAA certified numbers, but he wasn’t sure which ones. “I think we’re going to be significantly less than the total announced attendance numbers,” Heeke said of the NCAA certified attendance. In information Central Michigan Life received from a Freedom of Information Act request, CMU sold a total of 22,366 tickets last season, but announced attendance was 76,456. One reason Heeke cited for not releasing the more accurate number was because it takes hours after the game to get a precise, certified number. There are workers with clickers at the gate counting how many people enter. Athletics counts that clicker number, the other groups like bands, cheerleaders and staff, along with the tickets distributed into the announced attendance. When asked if CMU could combine the clicker totals together for a more accurate number during the game, he said, “We can do that. We’ve elected not to.” “We’re trying to get as many people in there at the game,” Heeke said. “We probably average 6-10 thousand at a game.” Next year CMU will go to scanners to count tickets instead of clickers. Heeke said he expects it will give a more accurate number faster, but he still does not know what will go into account when athletics announces an “official” attendance during the game. GIVING AWAY TICKETS While students enter the game for free, many other community members also enter games without charge through free tickets distributed in the area. “We’ve tried to pump those tickets out in the market hoping those people will make a

decision to come to the game,” Heeke said. “We go to corporate partners, large groups, schools, military night. We’re actively putting a lot of tickets in people’s hands. “There’s no secret, they don’t (go). And they haven’t,” he said. CMU athletics had to give away free tickets to thousands in the community to try to fill the stands. Only 29 percent of the inflated, announced attendance throughout the season actually paid to enter the gates of Kelly/ Shorts Stadium. “That is the reality of the situation,” Heeke said. “We have to drive people into the game.” Alumnus Rudy Mayon went to the game against Ohio for free through a friend who received a ticket working at Meijer, 1015 E. Pickard St. CMU said 12,127 fans were there but Mayon, who sat on the sideline of the game, thinks otherwise. “I wouldn’t think so,” Mayon said when asked if thought that number was accurate. “I put a lot of money on it. I would say maybe 7,500 (in attendance).” Heeke said he doesn’t believe giving away mass amounts of free tickets is unfair to season ticket holders. He said they get other benefits such as designated seating. They’re committed to the program and want to see it grow, he said. When asked about the low student turnout Heeke questioned the value of “free.” “Some people, maybe me, debate the value of free,” he said. “Free tells you what the product is worth. There’s no investment, so if you’re feeling iffy about going, you don’t go.” There have been no talks of charging students, though. NCAA RULES REGARDING ATTENDANCE If CMU does not average an attendance of 15,000 next year, it will not meet the Division I requirements. So what would happen? The NCAA Division I manual states if a member does not meet the requirements it will be given a noncompliance notification. Any further noncompliance will lead to a 10-year period of restricted membership. “There have been people in the past that haven’t met that number and nothing’s really happened,” Heeke said. CMU would not be eligible to play any postseason game if restricted. After a year the institution could be put in a subdivision based on the subdivision’s criteria. “If we cannot meet that minimum, it speaks volumes of how committed our fans are,” Heeke said. “People need to decide how committed they are. “That’s the reality of our program right now. Not the best spot to be in.”

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Pop violinist Josh Vietti dances on stage with members of the crowd while playing the song “Wobble” Saturday night at Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. Vietti was one of the opening acts for Actor/Comedian Brandon T. Jackson.

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Mike Haight, a 2005 CMU graduate, said students would go inside the gates while tailgating to avoid waiting in long lines for the bathroom outside, all while being counted numerous times. “Students would do that and get counted multiple times,” Haight said. “Or they would just go back and forth. We didn’t want to lose Division I status.” He said it was difficult to get students to go to games with poor teams; some would tailgate and then just go home. “I don’t think we would’ve made the requirement without doing that,” Haight said. “I doubt they would be Division I, it was a big help (students reentering).” Eight years later and CMU is

in a similar position. Coming off a 3-9 season just like in 2003, last year is also the only other year in CMU history that the school did not reach the 15,000 benchmark at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. “I wasn’t here then,” said CMU Athletics Director Dave Heeke. “First I’d ever heard of that.” Heeke did not want to comment on the situation because he was not with the program at the time, but said he is not worried about it happening again. “I wouldn’t think so,” Heeke said when asked if students could go in and out to be counted again. “We try to be careful with students going in and out because normally when they do that they come back in a condition we don’t want them in.” Heeke didn’t rule out the problem’s possibility, but said he hasn’t heard his staff mention a problem with students

coming in and out. “No question there’s room from error there,” Heeke said. “Could it happen, someone (be) double-counted? Yeah.”

FREE TICKETS, NO-SHOWS STILL COUNTED Heeke explained how CMU “pumped out” free tickets into the market and corporate partners to drive people into Kelly/ Shorts Stadium. CMU counts those distributed tickets toward its numbers whether their holders show up or not. That is something Deromedi didn’t do in his tenure. “We weren’t giving out free tickets,” Deromedi said. “Groups were purchasing a number of tickets. They had to be paid to count for attendance.” sports@cm-life.com

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SGA hosting RSO Spotlight today By Octavia Carson Staff Reporter

Troy junior Lisa Lull’s character Sherry listens while Traverse City senior Jackie Voice’s character Kess talks during a rehearsal for “Independence” Thursday evening in Bush Theater. “So far all of the rehearsals have went really well,” Lull said. “They are a lot of fun.”

Waterford senior Annie Blatz recites her lines as character Evelyn with Traverse City senior Jackie Voice during a rehearsal for the play “Independence” Thursday evening at Bush Theater.

Student Government Association will host a registered student organization spotlight event similar to the fall semester MAINStage at 7 p.m. today in the Events Center. “We believe this is a great way to provide the same great publicity and PR for our organization that MAINStage provides at the beginning of the fall semester,” said Bryan Shelby, SGA representative for Alpha Phi Omega and Port Huron senior. SGA’s Growth and Development Committee planned the event, which they described as a “miniMAINstage” in a news release. “It is put on to create awareness of all of the RSOs for the students and create an opportunity for people to get involved,” said Jennifer McNairnie, SGA press secretary assistant and Lake Orion junior. McNairnie said the RSOs would be given an oppor-

tunity to recruit and network in a similar way to the much larger fall event. “This is a great opportunity we have to spread our message of service, leadership and friendship to the rest of campus,” Shelby said. This event is open to all students. “It is a great way for RSOs to get exposure that they otherwise would not have,” said Keith Guyot, Sigma Tau Delta president and Flat Rock senior. SGA Press Secretary and Clinton Township senior Michelle Shamaly said the purpose of the RSO Spotlight is to bring all student organizations together for a great opportunity and for students looking to get involved and reach out to make connections. “Students can walk around and find out about things that they are interested in instead of RSOs going to find out who might be interested,” Guyot said. studentlife@cm-life.com

Students bring siblings, family during annual event By Chad Mitchell Staff Reporter PHOTOS BY CHARLOTTE BODAK/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Troy junior Lisa Lull recites her lines as character Sherry in act one of a rehearsal for Independence with the Battle Creek sophomore Jillian Weimer’s character Jo Thursday evening in Bush Theater.

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Bush Theatre play ‘Independence’ about dysfunctional family By Ryan Fitzmaurice | Staff Reporter

Lee Blessing’s play “Independence” is coming to Moore Hall’s Bush Theatre to put one fictional family’s dysfunction on display. “Independence,” according to the theater’s website, is a comedic family drama about a mother and her four daughters. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. from Feb. 15 to 18 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 19. Timothy Connors, professor of communication and dramatic arts, said the play is something the audience as a whole can relate to. “The play is all about family and independence — the importance of family, and holding family together, as well as what being independent really means,” he said. Connors said of the nearly 60 plays he has directed, “Independence” is unique among them. Not only does the play have a surprisingly small cast, consisting of only four actors, but it also fea-

tures a completely female cast, a rarity in an art that is still dominated by male characters, he said. Traverse City senior Jacqueline Voice, who plays the oldest sister Kess, said the

small cast was what attracted her to the play. “The play really carries an intense realism. All the characters are really dynamic,” Voice said. “They stand out for various reasons, and make choices we can all empathize with.” Troy junior Annie Blatz said she was also attracted to the play because of the small cast. She said she can relate to the play because of the characters’ complexity. “I can relate to these characters because they remind me of my family; they all carry traits that resemble real people in real situations,” she said. Little Creek sophomore Jillian Weimer, who plays the middle sister Jo, said the small cast does present challenges. “The idea of a small cast means there are no small parts,” Weimer said. “That really makes us all stand out.

There is no place to hide on stage.” Lisa Lull, a senior from Waterford, is playing the youngest sister, Sherry, who carries a personality opposite of hers. “I’m excited to play my character,” Lull said. “She’s got a tough personality, and I don’t. It’s not everyday you get to completely change your personality.” Blatz, who plays the offbeat, borderline-insane mother of the family, claims her role is different than any character she has played before. “I really have to get in the right mindset,” Blatz said. “It’s a character I have to focus on. It’s going to be fun to perform, and I think the audience will really be intrigued by her.” Tickets can be purchased on Central Michigan University’s Ticket Central website or by calling 774-3000. studentlife@cm-life.com

Thousands of students and their siblings came together to celebrate Siblings Weekend 2012. Visitors included students’ legal siblings, as well as those considered family. The weekend featured events like rock climbing, comedian Brandon T. Jackson performing Saturday night and the Think Fast game show. More than 50 teams of students and their siblings raced each other and the clock for points and a chance to win a $200 prize. Between rounds of pop culture trivia were two on-thespot talent competitions. Nine-year-old Tyler Bader won the crowd’s vote in the first competition with his break-dancing demonstration. “I didn’t know if I was going to win,” Bader said. “I just tried.” Bader and his older brother Jon were at Sibs Weekend with their babysitter, Jenea Bohannon, who said Jon and Tyler loved Sibs Weekend. “They had so many things for the kids to do to keep us busy and entertained,” the Alma junior said. “It’s all about the fun for them this weekend.”

Bohannon said Tyler had the most fun at the Club Bovee dance and Jon had the best time playing laser tag at the Sibs Weekend Carnival. Laser tag was only one of the many activities at the carnival. Farmington junior Christina Albrecht and her cousin Heather spent hours at the carnival. They went swimming, got balloon animals and played on the giant inflatables. “This year was the best,” Heather said. “They [carnival games] were all really fun.” The Albrechts were at the carnival with their friends, Valerie and Heather Gladd. Valerie and Heather are cousins who said they consider themselves siblings. “We used to spend whole summers together until I started college,” she said. “Sometimes we just say we are sisters.” The Gladds agreed they have enjoyed Sibs Weekend two years in a row. Since they only get to see each other around major holidays, they now consider Sibs Weekend one of those holidays. “Both years were best because we get to see our sisters,” Valerie said. studentlife@cm-life.com

Local businesses stay busy during Sunday’s Super Bowl game By Jessica Fecteau Senior Reporter

Long before the New York Giants claimed title of Super Bowl XLVI champions, Mount Pleasant businesses were busy preparing for the night. Some businesses spent the unofficial holiday more focused on cranking out pizzas and satisfying customers than celebrating the latest touchdown. Sunday afternoon, Papa John’s Pizza employee Jesse Tallman said all employees were called in to work at his location, 1504 S. Mission St. “It’s my first Super Bowl working here, so it is probably going to be hectic,” the Perrinton junior said. “One of the employees said I’ll probably be standing in the same spot for hours doing the same job.” Tallman said his seven-hour shift started right before game time and concluded at midnight. “I heard the lobby gets really

full and drivers are in and out all the time,” he said. Art Tait, owner of The Grotto, 304 W. Broomfield Road, said they make four times as much pizza compared to a normal Sunday. “There’s only two girls working tonight, but they’re good workers,” he said. “They’ll stay nice and busy tonight.” A group of friends from Gamma Phi Delta Christian Fraternity Inc. gathered at The Grotto to watch the game together and listen to live music during halftime. “These people are probably the coolest family business,” said Detroit junior JJ Jones. Instead of watching Madonna perform at halftime, the group listened to a live Christian hip-hop music acoustic performance. “Looks like we’re competing with Madonna,” Jones joked. Jones said he and his friends don’t really care about who was in the Super Bowl, but plan to

just have fun with each other and the workers at The Grotto. “It’s my favorite place in town,” he said. “We plan to order at least 12 pizzas tonight.” Instead of taking a lot of small pizza orders, Kyle Schonbok, owner of Pizza King, 600 S. Mission St., said they received a lot of party tray orders that feed up to 17 people each. “Once the game starts, we slow down, but then get busy again during halftime,” Schonbok said. He said they prepared the dough the day before, knowing this Sunday would busier than usual. “We typically prep about 10 for Sundays, but for today we did 30 and we plan on selling all of them,” he said. To satisfy the 10 employees working during game time, Schnobok said they’ll have a couple of a TVs on to make sure everybody’s happy. “We’ve got eight rooting for the Patriots and two for the Gi-

CM-LIFE.COM w Visit the website for a video of how students spent Super Bowl Sunday ants,” he said. Bottle & Barrel Party Store, 1635 E. Broomfield Road, employee Josh Cleaver said they helped almost 200 customers before kickoff. “We definitely sell more beer than liquor,” Cleaver said. “The whole back room is packed right now with beer.” The Grotto employee Wendy Morton said they were still cleaning an hour passed the business’ normal closing time of 9 p.m. “We normally can get an hour before close to just clean everything up and we’re generally out when we close,” the Belleville senior said. “But we’re still here, it’s definitely been a busy night.” Morton said the business made double what they would’ve made on any other night.

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Belleville senior Wendy Morton prepares dough for a pizza while Belleville senior Janel Weiss restocks ingredients behind the counter at The Grotto, 304 W Broomfield St., Sunday night. “It’s been very busy, we have a private party going on,” Morton said. “On top of that having regular orders to do on Superbowl Sunday has made this a pretty crazy day.”

“People continued to come in and order food throughout the night,” she said of the fraternity party. “Constantly people were

coming in to hangout and everyone seemed to enjoy it.” metro@cm-life.com


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VOICES Monday Feb. 6, 2012

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

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Editorial Board: Eric Dresden, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | Ariel Black, MANAGING EDITOR | Connor Sheridan, ONLINE COORDINATOR | Aaron McMann, UNIVERSITY EDITOR | Andrew Dooley, STUDENT LIFE EDITOR | Amelia Eramya, LEAD DESIGNER

EDITORIAL | Series deserves permanent place

Speaker spending

of any campus schedule uncertain. While Program Board is a funded and highly-organized body designed to bring in entertainment, something they do well, there is no parallel body tasked with funding and scheduling of guests with a slightly more (mentally) stimulating body of work than LMFAO. The genuine and pervasive excitement surrounding Jane Goodall’s scheduled speech in March shows that our campus is capable of being interested in something other than pop music or paint parties. While it is not to say those events aren’t worthwhile — they’ve proven to be some of the most anticipated and attended — where’s the middle ground between at-

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he Central Michigan University Speaker Series would appear to be back for good, but the lack of permanent planning and funding threatens to deprive our student body of important exposure to intellectuals and professionals. With its loss of regular funding in 2003, the Speaker Series continues to scramble for donations and one-time “gifts” from the President and Provost’s Offices. As a result of lack of funding and planning, the Speaker Series was unable to bring a speaker for the 2008-09 school year and constantly experiences brief hiatuses.

Without committed funding, targeting speakers for future events is impossible. As a reflection of its role in society — the beacon of progressing cognition — the university

should fund the Speaker Series. The absence of a selection committee or guaranteed money to bring in these A-list voices leaves what should be a key component

tending classes and whipping paint at one another while dancing? It seems the walls between education and enjoyment have been standing firmly in place, something that doesn’t give the students of CMU enough credit. We have many great minds attending this university, and not to bridge the gap between what we do in class time and what we do in our personal time fails to encourage real-life learning. Instead of putting energy toward seeking funding, the Speaker Series could focus on finding impactful, influential speakers for the student body. Or, we can just stick with throwing paint.

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Ben Harris Senior Reporter

The temptation to give up I will not argue. For me, in increasing my aptitude as a pianist or writer, money is no object. There is nothing more fulfilling than practicing and doing art. I will go on record and say it; for me, jazz and poetry are better than girls or money. And I know there are plenty of people who share my views; secretly maybe, but they agree nonetheless. It’s a great feeling. Creating something someone other than my mother (who, thankfully, remains my largest, and oftentimes only, consistent fan), will enjoy gives a person a wonderful feeling of accomplishment and belonging. That being said, man can write in the woods. Or on a mountain after milking a goat. When did being a hermit go out of style? This, too, is a sentiment I know to be widespread among many of my peers. Can a planet-sized hunk of student loan debt follow a person into seclusion? I wonder. It’s incredibly tempting, for me at least, to throw my hands in the air, drop everything and move up north to be a farmhand. At least when the day is over up there, there’s no homework. It seems to me a lot of people I know or have talked to have had the nearirresistible impulse to quit everything. And then there’s this to consider: No deer is going to criticize my politics. So what if I can’t write? So what if my verse stinks? There’s honor in hard work, too, and after my chores for the day, what I do in my leisure time is my own business. It’s primal, visceral and unfortunately, a bit silly. It takes every ounce of strength in me to admit to myself that my dreams of living on a farm are stupid. I don’t even know any farmers. I’ve never planted anything in my life. I can’t even cook macaroni and cheese without making a mess. At the grocery store, I have a hard time choosing between raw ground beef, which I have to cook, and frozen patties, which I have to warm up. I can’t win. Maybe I’m just an idiot. But I have the feeling that plenty of other people are having the exact same problem. Sick of paying for school? Join the club. Hate your job sometimes (or all the time)? Join the club. Broke? Join the club. Yes. I’m whining. I’m crying fat, voluminous tears. But I’m whining for all of us in the club. Call me a spokesman. And now I’m finished. I’m stuck here, just like everybody else. So make the most of it. Central Michigan Life, the independent voice of Central Michigan University, is edited and published by students of Central Michigan University every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the fall and spring semesters, and every Wednesday during CMU’s summer sessions. The newspaper’s online edition, cm-life.com, contains all of the material published in print, and is updated on an as-needed basis.

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Obama’s unifying image is gone In 2008, America elected an unaccomplished orator who disingenuously campaigned on platitudes of “Hope & Change” and “Yes We Can.” Today we see the once dubbed “great unifier” has predictably discarded that manufactured image. Obama has reverted to the manipulative and divisive politics of class warfare, blameshifting and shameless distortions. Sal Lewinsky would be proud. During the first half of his reign, Obama’s Democrat party owned a super majority in both houses of Congress. With the GOP on the sidelines, the keys to the kingdom were his. Subsequently the president now finds he cannot run on his rancid record of crony capitalism, deceptive Obamacare or squandered stimulus packages. Keep in mind, it’s not Gingrich, Santorum or Romney responsible for $5 trillion in new debt these last three years, or the

worst housing market in United States history, coupled with “unofficial” unemployment soaring to 17 percent (CBO estimates). Neither is the rejection of the Canadian Keystone pipeline with its’ ensuing 20,000 new jobs. It is Barack Obama. His entire presidency centers around the distorted ideology that only continued governmental intrusion into the private sector coupled with a citizenry largely dependent upon entitlement programs can create “balance“ and thus a fair, utopian society. In short, we too can stupidly become Greece and Spain. Ironically, our wealthy president persistently rails against the alleged unfairness of a prosperous American Capitalist system. However GE (which paid zero taxes last year) was his biggest campaign contributor. So much for “Republicans for the Rich.” Obama has brazenly

proclaimed that “we all gotta have skin in the game.” So exactly where is Mr. Obama’s sacrifice? Perhaps it lies within his frequent multimillion dollar, taxpayer funded vacations? Maybe “sacrifice” equates to throwing 171 lavish White House parties (complete with $100 a pound steak) or going on 90 golf outings in 2011? Let them eat cake indeed! Someone once wrote: “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.” Wise words lost on Obama. Bob Golm, Durand resident, CMU alumnus

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VirginiaBlue, Friday These “people” are not “ProLife”. If they were, they would not advocate the cutting of funds for breast cancer screening and exams for millions of low income women who otherwise have nowhere else to turn. These self described “ProLifers” are extremely Anti-Life when it comes to women’s healthcare. The fact that there are women involved in their abhorrent cause reveals that they are nothing more than traitors to other women in that they they favor public policies that destroy women’s health and even kill women. Its time that

Stephanie, Friday First, the Komen Foundation is a private company and should be allowed to put its money wherever they darn well please. Their primary mission is to prevent cancer and help women who suffer from this disease. There are some good things that Planned Parenthood provides, yes. However, the problem here is that the things that PP does provide, has been shown to have a connection to cancer. So, by Komen giving money to PP, even if the money is specifically for mammograms

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(which PP doesn’t provide), Komen would indirectly be encouraging the use of contraceptives which causes the VERY THING it’s trying to prevent. That’s like a firefighter talking about preventing fires and saving people, only to turn around and find out that he’s an arsonist. Defunding PP does not mean Komen doesn’t care about women. It means that preventing cancer is its utmost concern and nothing will get in the way of it. Annasalinas1978, Friday Are people donating money for abortions? If so why advertise that it’s for cancer? That’s disgusting.

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Not so super Sunday

The Super Bowl came and went again this year and I couldn’t care less. Sure, I followed the Detroit Lions as they entered the playoffs for the first time in years. After the Lions were eliminated in the wildcard round, I totally stopped caring (as I’m sure many did). I guess I should clarify something; I didn’t totally stop caring. It’s just that my enthusiasm for this year’s big game plummeted once I knew the New England Patriots and the New York Giants would be playing in it. I was really hoping to see the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl as they were a team that I hadn’t even expected to make the playoffs (apparently their team has a great defense ... I don’t keep up on this all that much). It would be nice to see some teams that hadn’t played the big game only a couple years before, but there’s not much I, nor anyone else, can do about it. With that being the case, I guess I can dream about how great the halftime show would be if some of my favorite bands like The Cure or Opeth (a death metal band from Sweden) played it. How cool would it be to have a stadium full of people singing along to Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers’ “Ego Loss on Grand River Avenue?” But I digress. Since my favorite bands are more than likely not the favorite bands of others, we can probably agree on the fact that the last few years of Super Bowl halftime shows have been lackluster, if not downright terrible. Since the Janet Jackson incident in 2004, the performances have been extremely safe, usually featuring the currently hot pop artists like The Black Eyed Peas and collaborative efforts with former Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash and pop kingpin Usher. This year’s performance, a medley featuring Madonna with LMFAO, Nicki Manaj and M.I.A., was not something I want my eyes (or ears) to be glued to intently. Madonna has been at least 15 years past her prime and these current artists don’t really need the addition of performing with her on their respective resumes. I would rather have seen Madonna perform with up-and-coming bands if nothing else. Where’s the adventure? Where’s the intrigue? I guess by playing it safe, NBC knows they’ll make the most money, and for that, I don’t blame them. Heck, even The Who graced the Super Bowl halftime show in 2010 and seemed safe and tame. I guess I don’t really have that much interest in the Super Bowl, but maybe if they went out on a limb once in a while they might get me to watch.

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Students more likely to go home, use TurboTax to get taxes done

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“TurboTax is a fast process, and it is easy to use, especially for students who live on campus and may not drive.”

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Mount Pleasant resident and fitness instructor Barb Torpy takes part in a team exercise with one of her class participants during Fitness Bootcamp Thursday evening at the Morey Courts Recreation Center, 5175 E. Remus Road.

Morey Courts’ contest offers cash prize as incentive to get fit By Kirsten Kearse Staff Reporter

Morey Courts is giving motivation to those who are serious about a New Year’s resolution of weight loss by offering a grand prize of $10,000. The Slim to Win weight loss competition at Morey Courts Recreation Center, 5175 E. Remus Road, has 888 participants. The event began Jan. 11 and will be ongoing until April. Program Coordinator Andrew O’Brien said the participants must be at least 25 years old and a full-time Isabella County resident. Bariatric surgery and such things are prohibited, he said. “It’s a healthy community issue,” O’Brien said. “We’re hoping to see people commit to losing weight, and more important than losing weight is living a healthy lifestyle.” Personal Trainer David Coles is assisting four participants in the competition. He does different circuit interval

workouts, making sure participants are keeping their heart rates up throughout the entire workout. “It’s a great incentive,” Cole said. “Just to get people coming into the fitness facilities and getting us more numbers.” Cole said the $10,000 is a motivation for the people that wouldn’t typically come in to work out. O’Brien said many of the participants did not expect to win the $10,000, but it’s nice to have the incentive to push people to become healthier. “Hopefully that’s what we’re going to be able to see,” O’Brien said. “It’ll be interesting to see the result.” Mount Pleasant resident Gene Haymaker said the money was not a bad incentive, but he is doing the contest to lose weight for his wife. “Our kids are at an age where they’ll be leaving the nest not too long in the future, and she wants me to be active enough to be able to do things with them,” Haymaker said.

Haymaker said his main goal is to lose the weight he needs to and said he wants to change his lifestyle. “I think it’s excellent to focus on the aspect of health,” Haymaker said. “This window of people who have kids, with poor health only limits what we can do with our families and what we can achieve in our careers.” Participants will have the second weigh-in Feb. 18, which will narrow it down to the top 10. A month following the weigh-in will narrow it down to the top four, O’Brien said. April will be the final weighin and the announcement of the grand prize of $10,000. O’Brien said there will be a second chance prize in August of $3,000. That will be awarded to the overall winner who has lost the highest percentage of body weight at that time. “It only improves the life of the community all the way around,” Haymaker said. metro@cm-life.com

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Dick Gregory to give keynote speech Feb. 21 in Plachta By Anamaria Dickerson Staff Reporter

Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory will come to Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium on Feb. 21 as the keynote speaker in honor of Black History Month. The event, hosted by Multicultural Academic Student Services, will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. MASS Assistant Director Keisha Janney said she is looking forward to Gregory coming to campus. “We are always hoping that students and community members come to Black History Month events to enjoy themselves and to possibly learn something new,” Janney said. “College is about

learning new things and seeing new perspectives.” Beginning at a young age, Gregory has been active in fighting for civil rights. He participated in the Civil Rights Movement, and after becoming a celebrity comedian, used his status to bring to light issues of segregation and disenfranchisement. He became a hit in the national comedic scene when Playboy creator Hugh Hefner invited him to work at his Chicago Playboy Club. Gregory drew in such a huge crowd that the Playboy Club offered him a contract for three years. Detroit senior Destynee Jones said she plans on attending Gregory’s speech. “He will be a good representation of what Black His-

tory Month means to African Americans,” Jones said. “I think history is important to learn about on a daily basis, and I find it unfortunate that black history is only taught in one month, because without these events in history, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” Rochester freshman Maggy Doyle said while she cannot attend the speech because of class, she said Gregory will be beneficial to students. “Since he’s a comedian, he will make the topics he’s talking about interesting and relate to everyday life,” Doyle said. “Black History Month is an opportunity to learn more about a different culture besides our own.” studentlife@cm-life.com

Many students on campus turn to what they are familiar with when it comes time to file taxes. TurboTax is a convenient way to file taxes for students, said Saginaw sophomore Sparkle Jackson. “TurboTax is a fast process, and it is easy to use, especially for students who live on campus and may not drive,” Jackson said. TurboTax offers a free edition 1040EZ and simple federal tax returns. It is an online “do it yourself” program. The simplistic nature of the program makes it so studentfriendly, Jackson said. TurboTax also offers programs for personalowned businesses and even large corporations. Other students confide in the norm and security of their hometown tax firms. Detroit graduate student Amber Johnson is one of the students who keeps her tax filing a family affair. “The guy who files my father’s taxes files my taxes as well,” Johnson said. “I’ve been going to him for about three or four years now.” Junior Andrew Thede also usually files taxes at home. “I file my taxes through Krohn back at home in Sebewaing,” Thede said. However, this is the first year he has considered using Turbo Tax, because of the convenience and the cost-effectiveness. Students looking for a local option for filing

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taxes have several in the Mount Pleasant area. Boge, Wybenga & Bradley, P.C., 215 N. Main St., rarely works with students. Owner and Treasurer Herbert Wybenga said he rarely sees students come to the firm unless it’s with a parent as an add-on to their taxes. Wybenga said they would be willing to give students their service at a discounted rate, depending on how much the stu-

dent would receive back from their taxes and other special circumstances that may place them at a lower refund. Wybenga said the sooner, the better when it comes to filing taxes. “Anywhere in the month of February,” Wybenga said. “January is the best month though; this allows you to get in before the rush.” metro@cm-life.com

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Exhibit opening Friday to showcase life in the jungle to students, families dren’s) room is to take a passport,” she said. “After each activity is finished, kids can put A new exhibit at Rowe Hall’s a sticker on their passports. Museum of Cultural and Natu- When kids finish at least seven ral History will take visitors activities, they get a special through the jungle to learn tropical prize.” Among the activities inmore about the exotic rainforests and what can be done to cluded in the children’s room are fishing in a pond, searchsave them. “Journey through the Jun- ing for insects in a bat cave, gle” will include several sec- coloring anole lizards, maktions, including one about ing rugs, visiting a tiki hut and nocturnal animals and an- experiencing the scents of the other about conservation, said rainforest. Mariah Scott, a junior stuGraduate Assistant Chelsea dent assistant, said the conserButcher. “It’s basically going to be like vation room is an important you’re in the rainforest, show- part of the exhibit, not only being what animals and plants cause it is interesting, but also very educational. you would see,” Butcher said. “(The conservation room) Troy senior Kellie DeSchutter, a student assistant at the will focus on things you can do museum, said she was excited to reduce the amount of matefor the children’s room, which rials you buy that come from includes several activities to the rainforest,” Scott said. The exhibit was put together complete. a team of 11 student-work“The premise for the (chil12 CM Life_Layout 1 2/3/12 1:04 PM by Page 1 By Alayna Smith Staff Reporter

Cause of car fire Saturday on Broomfield Road unknown By Adam Niemi Staff Reporter

The cause of a car fire at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday on Broomfield Road is unknown. Glea Cashen walked over to her friend David Line II and pointed at her burned, new car. “It’s going to end up costing me about $500 to have him tow it away for me,” she said. Cashen and Line, both

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Program Board and various academic departments on campus. CMU, through onetime funds from the provost’s office and college deans, is paying $60,000 to the Jane Goodall Institute for the conservationist’s appearance. In 2009, the family of former University President Harold Abel donated $100,000 to the series.

Mount Pleasant residents, had seconds to escape from Cashen’s new Mercedes Smart Two before it caught fire just a few hundred feet east of the US-127 overpass. “When it went, it went quick,” Line said. Cashen said she bought the car a month ago and had put only 50 miles on it. “The car wouldn’t let me shut it off, wouldn’t let me put it into park — the windshield wipers even came on,”

she said. They watched the flames grow for 15 minutes before firefighters arrived. Line said all of the lights on the dashboard turned on. They both smelled smoke and saw flames coming from around the rear wheels as they exited the car. The flames grew eight to 10 feet as they waited for firefighters.

“I think (having these speakers) is a good thing,” said Fremont sophomore Sarah Smith. “However, I think $60,000 is a lot of money. I think it’s great to have these speakers, but not at that cost.” Ebner said the committee’s main goal is to bring in speakers who will enhance CMU’s academic programs. “We have a huge biology undergraduate program,” he said. “(Goodall’s visit) will be good for that.” The future of the series,

however, remains dependent upon donations from the university and administration. “I feel like not a lot of people really go to these things unless they have to. I don’t personally go to them for my own pleasure or for fun, and I feel like the price is a little outrageous,” said Atlanta sophomore Rachael Sherbonda. “I’m sure some people enjoy them, and it’s worth it for them, but other than that, I don’t know.”

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Firefighters investigate remains of a burnt Mercedes Smart Two Saturday evening on Broomfield Road. The cause of the fire is unknown and the two passengers, Glea Cashen and David Line II, both escaped the car uninjured. Line said the flames grew to about 10 feet.

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Ernie Ziegler frustrated after seventh straight loss By Aaron McMann Sports Editor

His answers brief, his tone frustrated. “They were just better,” said Ernie Zeigler. “Better than us at every position.” And after a 68-42 loss against Ohio Saturday in Athens, Ohio, the Central Michigan men’s basketball head coach is now tasked with finding a way to change course. His team has lost seven straight games —at one time looking like it would be able to compete for a Mid-American Conference West Division title, the team is now fighting to stay out of the league basement. In what has become a sure bet the past few seasons, CMU struggled offensively out of the gate. The Chippewas fell behind 9-1 in the first three minutes after following a triad of 3-pointers from guards Nick Kellogg and D.J. Cooper. A Trey Zeigler jumper with 10:16 to go in the first half cut the Bobcats’ lead to 15-11, but that was as close as CMU got the rest of the game. And despite its initial scoring burst, Ohio struggled to shoot the basketball in the first half — shooting just 32 percent from the field and went 4-for-20 in 3-point attempts.

The caveat? The Chippewas weren’t any better, and closed the half shooting 30.8 percent and 1-for-12 from long range. Throw in nine turnovers and 12 OU points off those turnovers and the Bobcats end the half with a comfortable 3320 lead. “It’s very difficult (to come back) when you’re playing against a good team, and we’ve been playing against some good teams,” Zeigler said, referring to Ohio’s MAC-best 19-4 overall record and the Chippewas recent losses against perennial MAC East contenders Akron (16-7, 8-1 MAC) and Kent State (16-6). “To overcome going down by double digits early, it makes it very difficult to come back against very good teams.” The defensive struggles continued in the second half, with OU extending its lead to 16 on a 3-point bucket from Kellogg (14 points on 5-of-11 shooting) within the first 30 seconds. When junior forward Olivier Mbaigoto responded with a jumper on the next CMU possession, Ohio junior forward Walter Offutt (game-high 17 points, including four 3-pointers) answered with another 3-pointer of his own.

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Wrestling splits weekon East Coast matches With the Central Michigan wrestling team trailing 18-14 to Old Dominion heading into the heavyweight match, senior Peter Sturgeon needed a major decision to tie the score or a technical fall/pin to win it. He was able to hold Old Dominion wrestler Grant Chapman scoreless, but that was not enough to complete the comeback attempt. CMU lost to Old Dominion

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Freshman 133 pounder Zach Horan wrestles Lehigh’s Mason Beckman Friday night in Mount Pleasant. Beckman beat Horan by a decision of 2-1.

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Livonia senior Kyle Schwarz of team Busch Lightning puts on his helmet in the locker room Jan. 30 before the start of a Beer League game at the Mount Pleasant ICE Arena, 5165 E. Remus Road. Busch Lightning won the game 6-1.

Most college students would be relaxing on their couches watching television or frantically studying for an exam the next day at 10 p.m. on a Monday night. Meanwhile, two students are preparing for their weekly hockey game. Inside the locker room at the Isabella County Ice Arena, 5165 E.. Remus Road, Central Michigan University seniors Kyle Schwarz and Mike Piotrowski strap on their equipment like they have hundreds of times before. But nowadays, the preparation carries a different feel to it. There is no coach to give them a motivational speech, specific game plan, and there are no screaming parents in the crowd urging them to play better. “I love the game, I love to play, I love the competitiveness,” Schwarz said with a sharp grin. “I look forward to every Monday, and just going out there and playing hockey.” A HOCKEY |3B

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18-17 Sunday in Norfolk, Va. The Chippewas also wrestled the night before, defeating George Mason 23-13. “I tried to attack as much as I could, but the other kid knew he only needed to not get beat by a certain amount of points,” Sturgeon said. “He didn’t really give me any openings.” CMU jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but then squandered 15 straight points to the Monarchs. A SPLIT |4B

Livonia junior Shaun Vendittelli, left, plays Livonia junior Ryan Jason in a game of rock-paper-scissors to see who goes out on the ice first Jan. 30 during a Beer League game at the Mount Pleasant ICE Arena, 5165 E. Remus Road.

Northville resident Andrew Close, a CMU alumnus, of team Busch Lightning skates with the puck and looks to pass during the first period Jan. 30 during a Beer League game at the Mount Pleasant ICE Arena, 5165 E. Remus Road.

Adams, Anderson set CMU distance records at Notre Dame By Adam Niemi Staff Reporter

Central Michigan distance runners Tecumseh Adams and Holly Anderson each set long-distance records Friday at the Meyo Inviational in South Bend, Ind. Anderson, senior distance runner, set a 5k record with a time of 16:49.93. “(Assistant) coach (Matt) Kaczor was excited about the record,” Anderson said.

“But neither of us were happy about the race.” Anderson said she aimed to run in the low 16:40’s. “There were some parts where I didn’t make moves that I should have,” she said. Sophomore distance runner Adams set a 3k record with a time of 8:02.39. Three distance records have been set so far this season – two in the past eight days. Anderson said the 5k time

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is also her personal record by about 20 seconds. She said the personal record, or PR, is an authoritative mark of success. “PR is really exciting because you put so much work into getting them,” Anderson said. “The races are really a culmination of what you do all day every day, so it’s really the best indicator.” Senior thrower Kevin Mays set a career-best weight throw Friday in Findlay,

Ohio with a distance of 6706.25. Although his first five throws were foul, Mays said he didn’t lose confidence because the foul throws were as far as he’s thrown all season. “The level of competition helped me focus,” Mays said. “I didn’t want to embarrass myself or my team.” Nike-sponsored professional thrower A.G. Krueger threw the best distance of 80-11.75. Mays and Krueger

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both competed in the elite section of the weight throw. In the other weight throw section, senior Ryan McCullough and sophomore Calvin Jackson both finished third and fourth respectively. McCullough threw 60-01.75, and Jackson threw 57-11. Mays said he has high confidence going into the week and upcoming meets, but still must focus on fundamentals. Weight throwing requires a fine touch and

repetition like a pitcher in baseball, he said. “I think that’s the most important thing for me is to focus on my technique and my control,” Mays said. At Notre Dame, sophomore Ross Parsons finished eleventh in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.93. Freshman Lucas Bade finished fifth in the 500-meter with a time of 1:04.43. sports@cm-life.com

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[MAC MONDAY]

Men’s Basketball CMU 42, Ohio 68 MIN Zeigler 36 McBroom 27 Coimbra 19 Jackson 28 Mbaigoto 27 Myrick 2 Barnes 7 Jordan 1 Craddock 11 Keel 11 Morris 9 Wiest 1 Harden 16 Saylor 5 Totals 200

CMU (42) FG 3PT FT 4-12 0-1 2-5 2-7 1-6 0-0 0-3 0-2 0-0 4-10 1-5 0-0 4-8 2-3 4-5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-3 0-1 0-0 0-6 0-4 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 15-52 4-23 8-12

Ohio (68) MIN FG 3PT FT Offutt 25 5-7 4-6 3-4 Cooper 29 2-9 1-3 4-7 Kellogg 23 5-11 4-10 0-0 Smith 24 0-2 0-0 1-2 Baltic 26 2-4 0-0 1-2 Goff 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 McKinley 2 0-1 0-1 0-0 Hall 9 1-2 1-2 0-0 Johnson 17 2-4 0-1 1-4 Taylor 14 2-9 1-7 2-2 Keely 23 3-4 0-0 1-4 Goard 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 Jacobs 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 Totals 200 22-55 11-30 13-25

Rb 6 1 2 2 9 0 2 0 1 5 1 0 4 1 38

PF 0 1 5 2 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 17

Women’s Basketball CMU 87, Akron 97

CMU (87) MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF Green 32 5-15 1-1 0-1 8 3 DiGuilio 35 4-13 3-9 6-8 4 4 Bracey 18 3-14 0-0 0-0 6 2 Baker 29 4-6 0-0 5-6 4 2 Johnson 21 3-10 2-4 2-2 5 4 Miller 11 0-2 0-0 3-4 0 2 Olive 12 0-2 0-2 0-0 1 3 Tamm 2 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 1 Bradford 21 7-17 1-3 0-2 6 4 Laduke 19 4-7 2-5 2-3 8 2 Totals 200 30-87 9-25 18-26 50 27

TP 10 5 0 9 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 42

Rb PF TP 5 2 17 7 0 9 2 2 14 6 1 1 5 1 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 5 2 5 1 0 7 0 3 7 1 0 0 1 0 0 42 13 68

Assists (14): Green 4, Baker 3, Johnson 3 Steals (10): Bradford 3, Johnson 2 Akron (97) MIN FG 3PT FT Rb PF Williams 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 Luburgh 26 3-10 1-4 1-2 8 1 Ruper 32 4-13 3-11 5-5 4 3 Young 22 4-10 2-6 3-3 8 1 King 34 7-13 0-2 5-8 11 3 Haynes 8 2-4 0-0 0-0 2 1 Cassell 28 4-5 2-3 6-6 2 1 Martino 5 0-2 0-1 0-1 0 1 Stubbs 14 6-8 0-0 4-6 9 4 Mushington 17 0-5 0-0 1-2 2 5 Mclean 10 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 200 32-73 8-27 25-33 55 21 Assists (24): Cassell 8, Mushington 6 Steals (4): Ruper 2, King 1, Mushington 1

Schedule

West Division MAC

Overall

EMU Ball State WMU Toledo CMU Northern Illinois

5-4 4-5 4-5 2-7 2-7 1-8

10-13 12-9 10-13 10-13 7-15 2-19

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Overall

Akron Ohio Buffalo Kent State BGSU Miami (OH)

8-1 7-2 7-2 6-3 5-4 3-6

16-7 19-4 14-6 16-6 11-11 7-14

Points

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Rian Peasron (Toledo) Julian Mavunga (Miami) Jarrod Jones (Ball State) Javon McCrea (Buffalo) Trey Zeigler (CMU) Mitchell Watt (Buffalo)

CM Life Athlete of the week: Holly Anderson

Past five games

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Past five games

Senior long distance runner Holly Anderson set a new 5k record Friday with a time of 16:49.93. She wasn’t completely satisfied with setting the new CMU record though. “Neither of us (coach) were happy about the race,” she said. “There were some parts where I didn’t make the moves that I should have.”

Jan. 25 at Bowling Green L, 58-71 Jan. 28 Akron L, 64-74

Feb. 4 at Ohio L, 42-68

Next five games Wednesday Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Jan. 25 Ohio W, 67- 53 Jan. 28 Bowling Green L, 72-77 (OT)

Feb. 18 Texas A&M-CC, 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at Toledo, 7 p.m.

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MAC

Overall

EMU Toledo CMU Northern Ilinois Ball State WMU

8-2 8-2 4-6 4-6 3-7 3-7

16-7 15-7 12-12 10-12 8-15 6-17

East Division

Feb. 1 Miami (Ohio) L, 57-79 Feb. 4 at Akron L, 89-97

Next five games Saturday at Buffalo, 5 p.m.

Other top performers Tecumseh Adams set another new CMU record running the 3k in 8:02. 39. Olivier Mbaigoto was the Chippewas leading scorer against Ohio with 14 points and hauled in nine rebounds.

Feb. 14 Eastern Michigan, 7 p.m.

Team

MAC

Overall

BGSU Miami (OH) Akron Kent State Ohio Buffalo

10-0 7-3 4-6 4-6 3-7 2-8

20-3 17-6 10-14 5-15 10-14 7-17

Feb. 15 Toledo, 7 p.m. Player (team)

Feb. 19 at Ball State, 1:07 p.m.

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Feb. 22 Northern Illinois, 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Western Michigan, 2 p.m.

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PPG

Tavelyn James (EMU) 23.9 Brittney Hedderson (UB) 20.7 Courtney Osborn (Miami) 18.6 Crystal Bradford (CMU) 14.3 Tenishia Benson (Ohio) 14.1 Chrissy Steffen (BGSU) 14.1

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Jan. 22 at Kent State L, 64-67

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Jan. 21 at Western Michigan L, 61-64

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Team

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From there on out, scoring droughts stifled any opportunity for the CMU offense. After Mbaigoto’s jumper at the 18:59 mark, the Chippewas could not muster a field goal — Mbaigoto did make three free throws — for more than five minutes. Later in the half, a four-minute scoreless span was ended when Mbaigoto hit a 3-pointer with 7:45 to go, but Ohio’s lead had blossomed to 20 points. The Bobcats improve to 19-4 overall, a MACbest, and 7-1 in the league. Mbaigoto led the team with 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting, while the three scorers relied upon for most of the offen-

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Schwarz and Piotrowski play for team Busch Lightning in the Adult “B” League. Many players on the team have grown up playing with or against each other. A factor which Schwarz and Piotrowski believe plays a crucial role in the team’s success. “We’re all good buddies,” Piotrowski said. “We know how each other plays and we have great chemistry on the ice.” While Piotrowski went to Northville high school and Schwarz went to Livonia Churchill, they still have known each other for eight years. Off the ice, they are roommates as well. “Me and Mike are best friends,” Schwarz said. “We do everything together and hangout basically 24-7.” BUSCH LIGHTNING? Coming into the league, they needed to come up with a team name— they wanted a unique name, a name that reflects a college student’s life. Consequently, watching a hockey game spurred the idea, Busch Lightning. “We were sitting around watching the Tampa Bay Lightning game actually drinking Busch Light and we decided to

sive production (sophomore guards Trey Zeigler and Derek Jackson and freshman Austin McBroom) combined for just 24 points and nine rebounds. Trey had most of those with 10 points and six rebounds. CMU (7-15, 2-7 MAC) converted just 27 percent of its shots in the second half. Ohio shot a much-improved 50 percent, including 7-of-10 from behind the 3-point line. “You have to give Ohio credit,” Ernie Zeigler said. “They did a really good job of keying in on our main offensive options, and we struggled to make some open shots as well. They came in with a great gameplan, from the coaching on down. They dominated us in every area.” And now CMU turns its attention to Buffalo, a team

combine the two,” Schwarz said. Occasionally, some players on the team will throw back a couple of Busch Lights before the game in honor of their team name. Drinking before the games has developed into a popular custom among players. Hence the term, “beer leagues.” IT’S NOT ABOUT MONEY, IT’S ABOUT THE GAME Despite many college students struggling to pay for school and other expenses, more teams continue to form in all three leagues the rink offers. Dan Theunissen, a zamboni driver at the ice arena who also handles most of the league registration, said the A, B and C leagues all added two more teams for the winter semester. “It’s pretty much just picking up from where they left off,” Theunissen said. “Whether if they were playing travel or high school hockey, it’s just the next step for them.” Not only do students enjoy it, but it also serves as an outlet to get away from their sedulous lives. “It’s a stress reliever,” senior Mike Macha said. “It’s something to do during the week.” BUSCH LIGHTNING DOMINANCE Schwarz and Piotrowski have played on Busch Lightning for

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that pushed the Chippewas around — beating them by double digits — twice last season, even knocking them out in the first round of the MAC tournament. The Bulls enter Wednesday’s game at McGuirk Arena 14-6 overall and 7-2 in the MAC, and could very well be CMU’s final chance to try and turn around a once-promising season. Despite the seven-game slide, Zeigler said he and his staff will continue pushing and teaching his players along the way. “When you have a young team, that’s all you can do,” Zeigler said. “I’m my stated self. I’m always extremely confident in what we’re doing and how we’re going about it.” sports@cm-life.com

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Suspended players return not enough in third-straight loss By Brandon Champion Staff Reporter

The return of the Chippewas three-leading scorers was not enough to get the women’s basketball team a win Saturday afternoon as they lost at Akron 97-87. Freshmen guards Crystal Bradford and Jessica Green, and freshman forward Jas’Mine Bracey all played in their first game since Jan 25 after being suspended for fighting. They were suspended during the Chippewas

three semesters. In that time, the team has been to the championship every semester, winning it once. Macha has played against Busch Lightning for the past two years and recognizes its dominance. “When you get guys that have played together for a long period of time, they form that chemistry and that chemistry helps in game situations,” Macha said. But he said he believes team Main Street can challenge Busch Lightning for the championship this year. “I know they have some good players, but our team is doing pretty well this year, so I think we will give them a good run for their money,” Macha said. Schwarz and Piotrowski do not plan on ending their hockey playing days any time soon. Both have played since they were 4 or 5 and cannot imagine what life would be like without hockey. “It’s just in our blood,” Piotrowski said. “Hopefully, I can play until I can’t skate anymore. That’s my goal.” And with the current chemistry Busch Lightning possesses, there are no plans of breaking up the team in the near future. “You can’t put a price on bonding with the boys because that is a bond that will never be broken,” Schwarz said.

losses against Bowling Green and Miami. Bradford scored 15 points and Green had 11, but CMU still lost its third-straight game. The key stretch came with the score 76-73 with 6:40 to go. That’s when the Zips made two free throws. Then Akron junior guard Taylor Ruper made a 3-point shot to make it 81-73. Akron went 13-14 from the free-throw line down the stretch to pull away for the win. In addition to Bradford and

Green, the Chippewas (12-12 overall, 4-6 Mid-American Conference) had six players in double figures. Sophomore guard Niki DiGuilio led CMU with 17 points. Senior guard Brandie Baker had 13, sophomore Jordan LaDuke scored 12 points and hauled down 10 rebounds, while sophomore Taylor Johnson scored 10 points. CMU will not play again until next Saturday, when it travels to Buffalo. sports@cm-life.com

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Gymnastics stay undefeated in MAC, take third place Friday

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COLUMN

Similar season unfolding

By Seth Newman Staff Reporter

The Central Michigan gymnastics team placed third at the Illinois/Michigan challenge on Friday. The Chippewas were behind Illinois State and Illinois-Chicago, but managed to beat fellow Mid-American Conference member Eastern Michigan. By beating EMU, CMU is now 4-0 in the MAC. Head coach Jerry Reighard was unavailable for comment. Senior Kristin Teubner had her best meet of the season. She scored a 39.275 all-around. Teubner scored first-place overall scores on the beam and floor at the meet. With freshman all-around Rebecca Druien out with an elbow injury, the Chippewas had to count on other freshmen. Freshman Halle Moraw scored a 9.775 on the floor ex-

Kristopher Lodes Staff Reporter

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Freshman All-Around gymnast Kylie Fagan performs on the uneven bars Jan. 8 at McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant. Fagan scored a 9.675 helping the Chippewas to a team total of 192.525 points and the win.

ercise, while Taylor Noonan scored a career-high 9.8 on the balance beam. CMU has now beat EMU in 12 straight meets.

CMU (8-3) next competes on Saturday , when they host rival Kent State. sports@cm-life.com

COLUMN

Catch up with track and field, if you can

Adam Niemi Staff Reporter I’m convinced that the Central Michigan track and field long-distance runners could outrun Twitter trends. A recent trend: CMU track and field distance shattering records. There are three reasons to watch track and field this season: 1) Let’s be serious – the basketball program is not good at all. Lately their games remind me of The Hangover. After the game,

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of Indiana with a time of 13:53.08, the first time a CMU runner finished that race in under 14 minutes. Senior distance runner Holly Anderson also set a 5k record Friday with a time of 16:49.93. Don’t forget Josh Kettlewell, the senior multievent athlete who shattered the previous heptathlon record by over 300 points. 3) Track and field is one of the few sports where athletes focus on themselves for the good of the team. Track and field is an individual sport where being slightly selfish is part of the success. Oh, and have you ever seen someone pole vault 17 feet? That’s first floor to the second floor of the library, but don’t try it.

I’m left wondering what the hell just happened. And Trey Zeigler’s bricks from all his missed free throws will be used to build the new graduate housing facility on north campus. 2) The long-distance runners on the current team are among the Chippewas best ever. Seven records have been set by distance runners, indoor and outdoor, since 2007. That’s including three this season – two in the past eight days. That’s not including sprints or field events. Two of the recent records include sophomore distance runner Tecumseh Adams, who set his second CMU record in as many weeks. The week before he set a 5k record at the University

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“They were wrestling hard and had us scouted real well,” said head coach Tom Borrelli. “We just didn’t take advantage of our situations.” Junior Ben Bennett would pull the Chippewas within one after earning an 8-0 major decision over redshirt sophomore Billy Curling. Borrelli believes his team could have won if they capitalized on some earlier opportunities. “We had our chances to win the dual meet, we just didn’t make it happen,” Borrelli said. “We had some guys that we felt were very capable of winning, but they just didn’t win their matches.” On Friday, CMU fell behind early 4-0, but responded with seven straight points. Freshman Zach Horan earned a 12-4 major decision at 133-pounds and sophomore Scott Mattingly won his match 6-2 at 141-pounds. “He wrestled good from a front headlock,” said head coach Tom Borrelli of Horan’s performance. “He was very good on top and very good defensively and on his feet.” Redshirt freshman Anthony Bill later broke a 10-10 tie with a 7-4 decision. Junior Ben Bennett followed Bill’s performance with a pin at the 1:05 minute mark, stretching the Chippewas lead to 19-10. Senior Peter Sturgeon sealed the win for CMU with a 17-5 major decision at 285-pounds. “Sturgeon wrestled real well,” Borrelli said. “He probably had around six or seven takedowns and was a lot more offensive than he has been.” Next Sunday CMU (13-6, 4-1 in Mid-American Conference) goes to Ithaca, New York compete in the regional round of the national duals. sports@cm-life.com

There are similarities between the Central Michigan volleyball team and women’s basketball team. Both teams have plenty of youth, dealing or dealt with key injuries, and have faced tough losses. The basketball team is led by three freshmen starters, Crystal Bradford, Jessica Green and Jas’Mine Bracey, who also just came off a suspension. The other two starters? Sophomores Kylie Welch and Jordan LaDuke, making up the consistent starting lineup. Sounds like the volleyball team with freshman outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre leading the team in kills, sophomore setter Kelly Maxwell running

the offense and sophomore libero Jenna Coates handling the defensive side of the net. The biggest blow to the basketball team this season was the injury to junior guard Brandie Baker. She had a slow start to the season, and was just starting to turn things around until she suffered a foot injury in a loss against Hampton over break. The volleyball team also battled injuries of key upperclassmen all season. Junior right-side hitter Jocelyn VerVelde came into the season with high hopes, but was out most of the season. Junior outside hitter Val DeWeerd was out for a bit. And senior middle blocker Kaitlyn Schultz, who was the centerpiece to head coach Erik Olson’s team, missed a few matches resulting in some tough weeks for the team. Basketball has lost some difficult games against Eastern Michigan, Hampton, Bradley, and at Kent State. The team also faced turmoil following a fight on Jan. 25 at

McGuirk Arena against Ohio. Three players were suspended from CMU. The volleyball team faced struggles throughout the season too as they lost decisively against Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Ball State, EMU and Elon. But look at how their season ended. Despite the inconsistent regular season the CMU volleyball team qualified for the MAC tournament as the No. 6 seed. The Chippewas took out the No. 3 seeded Broncos, No. 2 seeded Bobcats and the topseeded Huskies en rout to the programs first MAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. That was behind a healthy Schultz and experienced youth. Maybe the basketball team can copy the volleyball team’s story. If Baker provides some leadership to this young but experienced team, it could be dangerous.

CHEER

Partners finish sixth nationally By Anthony Rizzo Staff Reporter

The Central Michigan coed cheer team placed sixth in the nation in January at the Universal Cheerleader Association Nationals at the Walt Disney World’s Wide World of Sports Jan. 13-15. in Orlando, Fla. Senior Carter Kiogima and junior Jessy Howe took eighth-place in the country for the partner stunt competition that same weekend. “It feels great to put a spotlight on CMU athletics,” Howe said. “And represent that the CMU coed cheer team is a very committed and hard-working team, with great talent.” The cheer program takes great pleasure in its nation-

al accomplishments. “It was extremely gratifying to see Jessy and Carter be so successful,” coach Patrick Beirne said. “They worked so hard and overcame tremendous adversity to accomplish their goals.” Kiogima said the competition gave opportunity for some of the best cheerleaders in the nation to showcase their talents, and is one of the highest honors that a collegiate cheerleader can take part in. “The partner stunt competition has been one of my dreams since I began cheerleading at CMU,” he said. The couple made a run for the competition last year, but Kiogima was sidelined with a broken leg. “It was such an unfortunate thing to happen when we had been working so

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hard for something we both wanted so bad,” Howe said. No one was certain on whether or not Kiogima would return again to pursue his passion for cheerleading. After surgery, time on crutches and rehab, he was back this year. “I recovered, we put in hours of extra time outside of our team practices to get this opportunity,” Kiogima said. Beirne said he takes pride in his work with the CMU cheer team. “It is very hard for words to describe what it means for this program to have a coach like Pat,” Kiogima said. “We’ve been able to see first hand at what an amazing program he has created in the last several years.” sports@cm-life.com

Event Ambassador Program Gives Students Experience For CMU students looking to gain experience related to event management, the Event Ambassadors program is the perfect place to start. Since the renovations and expansions were completed on McGuirk Arena and the Events Center last December, a new Events & Conference services office has also been created. Students from the departments of Recreation, Parks & Leisure Service Administration as well as Physical Education in Sport students have had the exciting opportunity to become Event Ambassadors. Event Ambassadors assist with event management, ushering, event security, and also with programming on campus. In the past year since the program officially began, Event Ambassadors have had some incredible opportunities to get involved. When musical artists Ke$ha and LMFAO each performed at the Events Center, Event Ambassadors worked with Program Board to serve as ticket takers, ushers, and assist with security. The Event Ambassadors also had the opportunity to watch and listen to the popular performing artists while volunteering. The Event Ambassador program has given students a new extracurricular activity in which to gain hands-on management experience they can apply to their future careers. The Event Ambassadors Program has many new opportunities available this spring semester. Event Ambassadors will be assisting with the production of private donor events and the annual Pow Wow. Event Ambassadors will also help with speaker Jane Goodall who will be in the Events Center on March 28th. Event Ambassadors will be working at the Rodney Atkins concert in the Events Center on March 15th. Tickets go on sale for this spring concert February 8th at Ticket Central. For more information about the Event Ambassadors program contact Emily McClure at mcclu1es@cmich.edu.

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SUPER BOWL | Students enjoy the big game

Sorority to hold basket auction By Anamaria Dickerson Staff Reporter

Students looking for something to do in spirit of Valentine’s Day only have to travel as far as the Bovee University Center. A gift basket auction held by the Central Michigan University chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday in the St. Clair and Lake Huron rooms. The bidding period will begin at 6:30 p.m. to give bidders a chance beforehand to look at the 25 gift baskets to be auctioned. “Each (basket) contains

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Muskegon resident Alvin McCrary, 15, sits alongside his sister Muskegon freshman Felicia McCrary and Macomb sophomore Doug Lacoursiere during the East Area Super Bowl Party in the Woldt Lobby Sunday night. “So far I have been satisfied with the way the game has been going,” Felicia said. “I’ve decided that I am hoping the Giants will win.”

EXPERIENCING GOD

Students, community members discuss talents, careers

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By Sarah Donetti Staff Reporter

A new registered student organization hopes to reach out to students in their search for God and their search in the career world. Experiencing God meets for worship at noon on Sundays in Pearce Hall 127 and for Bible study at 8 p.m. Thursdays in the same room. Detroit senior Jerell Erves, president and functioning pastor of the group, said he formed Experiencing God to provide a place where students from urban settings can worship in a way consis-

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Wellspring Literary Series returns today at Art Reach Mid Michigan Three to perform poetry, music By Hailee Sattavara Senior Reporter

This evening poetry and piano music will return as part of the Wellspring Literary Series. The series will commence at 7 p.m. today at Art Reach of Mid Michigan, 111 E. Broadway St., with Keith Taylor, Professor of Piano Alexandra Mascolo-David and MA candidate Jeremy Ball. Robert Fanning, assistant professor of English language and literature, said Taylor reads loudly and with attention to language. “Keith Taylor is a hugehearted, funny, laid-back guy and a terrific poet — he is a student of nature,” Fanning said. “In his work, he reminds us to look closely at every little thing as we hike through the wild and walk through the world.” Taylor’s most recent book, “Marginalia for a Natural History,” explores the many facets of the natural world through nine-line poems. “His poetry is wide-ranging thematically; he can be funny, meditative, pensive, spiritual and deeply-moving,” Fanning said. “He is a prolific writer of many genres, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction and translation.” Taylor earned his MA from Central Michigan University in 1982. He is now the coordinator of the University of Michigan undergraduate creative writing program, adjunct graduate creative writing faculty member, author of two books, lecturer and recently assumed duties of poetry editor for Michigan Quarterly Review Fenton senior Maye Conley said she is looking forward to hearing the work of a CMU

“Knowing that she is still recovering from neurosurgery, I think it is miraculous that she’ll play the piano for us again, especially the beautiful, incredible work she’ll be playing.” Robert Fanning, English language and literature

assistant professor alum and the work of Mascolo-David. “It’s nice to see Central alumnus do something great,” Conley said. After hearing about Mascolo-David’s recovery from emergency brain surgery to close an aneurysm in 2010, she said she is also looking forward to seeing her perform. “I knew Dr. Mascolo-David was open to performing; we waited until she felt like she’d be able to play,” Fanning said. “Knowing that she is still recovering from neurosurgery, I think it is miraculous that she’ll play the piano for us again, especially the beautiful, incredible work she’ll be playing.” Mascolo-David will be playing three Brazilian waltzes by Francisco Mignone. She holds a piano diploma from the Oporto Conservatory of Music, Portugal, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in piano from the University of Kansas. In 2007, Mascolo-David received a Research Excellence Grant from CMU in the amount of $95,000 to record Francisco Mignone’s 4 “Brazilian Fantasies” for piano and orchestra. This was carried through with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Raymond Harvey, for the White Pine Music recording label. Jeremy Ball, an MA candidate in poetry, will also be featured in tonight’s event. “Jeremy’s poems are often extremely funny and moving,”

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New Christian RSO promotes worship, academic success nouncements about academic opportunities around campus were also included. Mount Pleasant resident Bernie Bennett received Erves’ message positively and hopes more people will learn from it. “Prejudice about where someone comes from is not reality — Jesus was Messiah, even though people thought he couldn’t be because of his background,” Bennett said. Detroit graduate student George Draughn is also hopeful more students will be able to find the RSO and gain something from its existence. “You wouldn’t be coming here unless you were seeking out some sort of information or seeking God,” Draughn said. “I hope people get whatever they’re looking for.”

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tent with their culture. “We want to grow a family of Christians that is socially, politically and economically successful,” Erves said. Experiencing God will have three focus areas of salvation, education and vocation. Erves said these focus areas will seek to inform people about Jesus Christ as well as encourage students to pursue careers in the fields God desires from them. The group’s first worship service this week brought together eight students and community members to listen to a message by Erves about how God can bring good things out of people, regardless of their reputation or background. “Jesus knows you have certain strengths and talents,” Erves said. “A person’s gifts will open opportunities for them.” Time for prayer and an-

items related to a different outing. For example, a basket might be themed for going ice skating,” said Livonia sophomore and Service Chairwoman Nicole LeVasseur. A variety of items will be auctioned off for dates including snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating and an ice cream social. Alpha Gamma Delta Philanthropy Coordinator and Clio junior Ellaine Ursuy said this is the first year AGD has held a basket auction. The proceeds from the auction will benefit the chapter’s philanthropy. “Our philanthropy is the Alpha Gamma Delta founda-

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