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Bond raised for former student who put bleach in roommate’s iced tea Kayla A. Bonkowski no longer allowed in Isabella County By Tony Wittkowski Senior Reporter

A former Central Michigan University student who allegedly poisoned her roommate has bonded out of jail after her bond was raised to $50,000 Monday. Kayla A. Bonkowski’s new bond conditions, set by Judge William T. Ervin, include an increase from $20,000 to $50,000, a 10 p.m. curfew every day of the week, and she is not allowed to return to Isabella County unless it is for court or to consult with her attorney. “There’s no question in my mind that the defendant knew what she was doing,” Ervin said. “I don’t know what possessed her to come back to Mount Pleasant and go to the bar.” As previously reported by Central Michigan Life, Bonkowski, 19, allegedly went to Wayside Central, 2000 S. Mission St., Jan. 9 and made contact with the victim, violating

the personal protection order and entering a place that served alcohol. As a result, Bonkowski spent 13 days in Isabella County Jail for violating her original bond conditions. Bonkowski allegedly put bleach in her 20-year-old roommate’s iced tea Nov. 7 at their Jamestown apartment following an argument over dirty dishes, according to court documents. After consuming the iced tea, Bonkowski’s roommate was taken to the hospital for treatment and later reported the incident to authorities. A petition for a personal protection order against Bonkowski by the victim was authorized by Isabella County Prosecutor Risa Scully and issued Dec. 3. “My main concern is to protect the victim, and, in my mind, the defendant knew what she was doing,” Ervin said. “It was less clear what her intention was.” Mount Pleasant attorney Todd Levitt, representing Bonkowski, said 13 days in jail was enough and that she be released with the bond reinstated.


Weidman resident Jim Janetski plays the keyboard Nov. 28, 2012 in his living room. Blinded in an accident more than 30 years ago, Janetski was also diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999, and had a colostomy and other treatments until it went into remission. “I love music, it’s helped me through my cancer a lot more than I ever thought,” he said. He now suffers from severe allergies, asthma and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this year. Janetski also finds relief from medical marijuana, though it has gotten him into legal troubles.

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Student hospitalized after falling from second-story window Saturday night By Tony Wittkowski Senior Reporter

A male Central Michigan University student fell from the second-story window of an apartment early Saturday morning after police broke up the house party he was attending. Medical personnel were called to a house at 715 S. Kinney Road, commonly known to students as “The Alamo,” after the student was discovered by an officer who noticed people standing around a male subject who was on the ground and unresponsive, Mount Pleasant Public Information officer Jeff Thompson said via e-mail. The student is still receiving medical attention, and Thompson said there has been no additional information indicating whether the student’s injuries are fatal. Samantha Johnson, a Grand Rapids sophomore, witnessed the event at the party Friday night. “I was at the Alamo with one of my friends, and everyone started to flee,” Johnson

A look at the drug-chasing Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team By Tony Wittkowski | Senior Reporter

The Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team is known in some circles for its drug-related

said. “I looked over, and this guy is dangling from the second-story window. I turned away, heard him fall and heard his head hit the railing.” First aid was administered, and the student was taken to McLaren-Central Michigan, 1221 South Drive, for medical attention for his injuries. Johnson said her friends ran over to him and kept saying, “Man, are you kidding me?” She also noticed he had sustained a gash starting from the top of his head down to the end of his chin. “I saw a pool of blood, and it freaked me out, actually,” Johnson said. “The cops had been there, along with two others who were around him.” Other witnesses reported the subject slipped and fell, striking a guard rail on the ground-level porch. Officers responded to a complaint of a nuisance party and made contact with one of the residents who was cooperating and attempting to clear the house, Thompson said.

arrests at Central Michigan University and other northern portions of the state. Referred to as BAYANET, the enforcement team consists of three multi-jurisdictional street-level drug enforcement teams, one mid-to-upper-level conspiracy team and houses the Third District Fugitive Team, according to the BAYANET website. Stephen Sipes, section commander of BAYANET, said there are two main offices within the department with the North Team that cover Isabella, Clare and Gladwin counties along with the Saginaw team working the Bay, Midland and Saginaw counties. “What we are after is the disruption of the drug organizations who sell and distribute narcotics,” Sipes said. “Ultimately, our goal is to get several levels above the street-level deal.”


Sipes said the goal to arrest middle to upper-level distributors is difficult, since the lower-level people are higher in numbers and easier to target. “We arrest more people at the lower level with the intentions of getting to the upper and middle levels of the drug distribution that is going on,” Sipes said. “Not everybody who we arrest at the lower level can go up into the organization any further.” BAYANET has been in operation since 1981, with the teams monitoring drug traf-

Jim Janetski gets his blood drawn for testing Nov. 28, 2012 in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Janetski’s health has been under close supervision by doctors since he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and put on blood thinners.

“Next thing I know, they are in my house, and their idea was they were invited in, and that was not the case. It was my word against theirs, but they still should have had a warrant.” James Janetski, Weidman resident ficking in Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw counties. Over the years, the narcotic task force has received come under heat for instances of allegedly harsh treatment

toward people involved in drug-related offenses. At 62 years old, Weidman resident James Janetski has had first hand experience with BAYANET. A BAYANET| 2A

Local children rewarded for bravery during recent abduction of CMU student By Megan Pacer Staff Reporte r


James Persyn III, 14, left, stands with his father James Persyn Jr., and Acelin Persyn, 11, after receiving Lifesaving Awards from Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski Tuesday night at the Isabella County Building, 200 N. Main St. James and Acelin received the awards for giving a Central Michigan University student refuge after escaping her captor on Jan. 16.

James Persyn III, 14, and his sister Acelin, 11, shook hands with reporter after reporter outside the Board of Commissioners room at the Isabella County Building Tuesday evening. At 7 p.m., Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski presented the Shepherd residents with “Lifesaving Awards” for their part in the protection and survival of a Central Michigan University student who was abducted outside of the Student Activity Center and later

sexually assaulted on Jan. 16. At the opening of the meeting, Chairperson George Green expressed his gratitude to the siblings, praising them for their acts of bravery that night when the victim sought entry into their home shortly after escaping her captor. “We are all very proud of what you did,” Green said. This is only the second time in eight years that Mioduszewski has given out the prestigious award. “These two went above and beyond what normal students would do,” Mio-

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duszewski said. “There’s no question in my mind that her captor intended on murdering her that evening. Fortunately for the victim, that’s the only reason she’s alive today ... she ran to James and Acelin, who were home at the time.” Mioduszewski was referring to the decision James and his sister made to let the CMU student into their home, conceal her in their bathroom and give her the phone to call police shortly before their father, James Persyn Jr., returned home. When asked what it

was that made him open the door to a stranger that night, James III was both humble and quick to answer. “Her voice,” James III said. “Just her panic.” In addition to their award, Mioduszewski gave them a two-night stay at the Soaring Eagle Water Park and Hotel, 5665 E. Pickard Road, with passes to one of the resort’s restaurants for the entire family. “I’m just really thankful,” James III said. “It’s definitely amazing.”

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EVENTS CALENDAR TODAY w The Safer Sex Patrol will be

stuffing abstinence kits from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first floor of the Bovee University Center. w “Setting Your Career

Paths - Your Important Docs,” a series of workshops and presentations about career fair and job search preparation co-hosted by Alpha Kappa Psi, will be held in the Park Library Auditorium at 6 p.m. Another presentation, focusing on building first impressions, will be held tomorrow at the same time and place. w The CMU Celebrity Spelling

Bee, featuring Provost Gary Shapiro, SGA President Justin Gawronski and singer Ben Schuller, among others, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Bovee UC Auditorium.

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BONKOWSKI| CONTINUED FROM 1A “She has no intention of violating the conditions, period,” Levitt said. Representing the state of Michigan, prosecuting attorney Mark Kowalczyk said Bonkowski knew her original bond conditions but broke them anyway. “We believe there is no new or additional evidence the


BAYANET | CONTINUED FROM 1A Janetski has been blind for half of his life and has repeatedly fought colorectal cancer, as well as a recent diagnosis of congestive heart failure. In his first encounter with BAYANET in 2005, his property in Midland was taken from him for growing too many marijuana plants. Although he was using the marijuana for medicinal purposes, he did not become legally qualified to grow it until after the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act was passed in 2008. “I’m not going to deny I did sell some (marijuana), but they still could have handled my case differently,” Janetski said. “They can get misguided, being too hard on drugs. (BAYANET is) not solving anything; they are just causing more problems.” BAYANET officials appeared on Janetski’s doorstep and forced their way into his home without a warrant, he said. Upon entering the house, officers had to wait for the warrant to come through. “Next thing I know, they are in my house, and their idea was they were invited in, and that was not the case,” Janetski said. “It was my word against theirs, but they still should have had a warrant.” After being busted, Janetski was taken to jail, but not until four months after being caught, he said. He lived in maximum

security in Midland County Jail for the next seven and a half months. The second time he was arrested, in 2007, he spent five months behind bars before being released early due to medical complications, he said. “I haven’t seen my home since I had gotten busted seven years ago, and I don’t know if my spirit could handle it,” Janetski said. “I would be a big puddle of tears.” One way BAYANET gathers information is through confidential informants, who provide police departments with inside information regarding drug dealers in the area, Sipes said. Although some of the CIs are students who have been charged with a crime and are working to mitigate their charges, many are people who have never been in trouble with the law and are pitching in to help. Janetski said he knew which CI reported him to BAYANET. However, he does not hold anything against them, he said. “Sometimes, you have to do anything to protect yourself,” Janetski said. “I cannot blame them for that.” Janetski was held on a $600,000 bond, he said; the third-highest bond release in Midland County at the time. Due to the forfeiture law regarding drugs, all of Janetski’s property was seized during his first arrest, and a friend’s vehicle, as a well as a portion of a neighbor’s land, were sought after, he said. Mount Pleasant attorney William Shirley has dealt

FALL | CONTINUED FROM 1A “One of our officers heard yelling coming from the backyard of the residence and responded to the east side of the house,” Thompson said. Witnesses said one other person jumped from the secondstory window and fled the scene when police arrived, and the injured student also attempted to jump from the same window. When the MPPD normally arrives to break up a party, it is best to cooperate and not run

defendant is raising today,” Kowalczyk said. “She made a conscious decision to go to that establishment near CMU.” Bonkowski, of Sterling Heights, was staying with her parents while attending classes at Macomb Community College during the last incident. “This is a very serious matter,” Ervin said. “She is charged with a very serious offense.” As previously reported by Central Michigan Life, Bonkowski admitted that

from the police, Thompson said. “Our general practice is to make contact with the resident of the home and ask them to take the appropriate measures,” Thompson said. “If it is a small crowd, we ask them to move it inside, but if it’s large, we ask that they kick everyone out.” Thompson said as long as the police get cooperation from the resident, the general practice is to call it good and leave the premises. “Had the subject walked out the front door like everybody else, he would be home right now,” he said.

poisoning her roommate was a serious thing but did so anyway because she said her roommate was being “mean,” according to an affidavit. Bonkowski was previously charged with poisoning food/ drink/medicine/water supply, which carries a maximum 15year penalty.



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the CMU Police Department has participated in the North Team of BAYANET. Funding received from BAYANET is used to hire a new officer to replace the veteran police officer assigned to the drug team. Many other drug task forces, such as the Flint Area Narcotics Group, are scattered across the state. CMU is the only university working with BAYANET. “CMU is the only public university police department on the BAYANET team,” Sipes said. “Although we have Saginaw Valley State University in our area, they do not participate with supplying manpower to BAYANET.” Thompson said BAYANET is not exclusively centered on making busts but is focused on getting the people involved with narcotics the help they need. “It’s not all about arresting people for drugs,” Thompson said. “Somebody needs to address and find those deals.” A former CMU student and CI who asked to remain anonymous said his experience working with BAYANET was nerve-racking. He said he was given an ultimatum of either finding six drug dealers or risking being kicked out of CMU and going to jail. “The very first time I did a deal for BAYANET, they pulled me off to the side, and I had to sign a liability waiver saying that I was willing to put my life in danger and that those guys were not responsible for anything that happened to me,” he said.


-Metro Editor Hailee Sattavara contributed to this report.


with several cases between BAYANET and Central Michigan University students. Shirley said there is a lack of continuity from the drug task force, as new officers are cycled in by promotion through the ranks. Despite how they find drugs, Shirley said he understands what the task force means to the city of Mount Pleasant. “They do pressure people; however, BAYANET does a good job and (its services) are vital to the community,” he said. Shirley said BAYANET can be a bit of a bluff, because the prosecuting attorney makes the final decision regarding the punishment of students who have been caught, not BAYANET. The only thing the officers can do is offer recommendations for cooperating students. Fifteen years ago, Mount Pleasant Public Information Officer Jeff Thompson was a part of BAYANET and remembers how important the team is to fighting narcotics within the community. “Our team took just as many complaints and arrests as Saginaw’s team,” Thompson said. “They should have been shooting fish in a barrel.” In 2012, BAYANET recorded 702 arrest counts from the 362 suspects arrested in drug-related crimes, with many of the suspects attaining more than one offense. In Isabella County, 143 arrests were made, compared to 120 in Saginaw, Sipes said via email. Since the spring of 2003,

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CMU seeks input from students, faculty about smoking policy via survey By Shelby Miller Senior Reporter

Central Michigan University officials are looking for student input in regards to the on-campus smoking policy through a survey sent Monday afternoon to the campus community. In September 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created the national TobaccoFree College Campus Initiative, causing CMU to take a look at its current policy, Associate Vice President of Human Resources Lori Hella said. “CMU has had a smokefree policy since 1992, and it was most recently reviewed in 2008,” she said. Currently at CMU,

smoking is prohibited in all buildings containing classrooms, study areas, offices and other indoor work areas, in addition to all areas where food products are prepared, sold and consumed, all university vehicles and all housing areas. Now, a Smoke-Free Policy review workgroup has been formed, consisting of 18 faculty, staff and student representatives from various campus stakeholder groups. The workgroup will review the current smokefree workplace policy and submit recommendations to University President George Ross and the cabinet. A SMOKING| A6


Slam poet Brandon “Real T@lk” Williams performs in front of students Tuesday night at the Bovee University Center Rotunda. Williams performed as part of black history month at CMU. Williams talked with students about the choices they should make when selecting a career. “If you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life,” Williams said.

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Shared governance to open doors for series on communication Thursday By Justin Hicks Senior Reporter

“Moving forward together” is the theme for the upcoming shared governance event series. The Shared Governance and Communications Committee has invited nationally renowned shared governance experts Adrianna Kezar, associate director at the Pullias Center for Higher Education, and Terrence MacTaggart, a senior fellow at the Association of Governing Boards, to visit Central Michigan University during these events beginning Thursday. “The committee feels that it’s most important to have extended conversations and communications about the future of shared governance at (Central Michigan University),” said Jim Therrell, director of The Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching. “It’s about creating a robust dialogue, and these events should just be the beginning of that dialogue.” Therrell was chosen by SGCC co-chairs Jim McDonald and Jim Hageman to facilitate the project. Expenses will cost the president’s office an estimated

$17,000, according to Hageman. “The major expense, of course, is for the speakers,” Hageman said. “To have experts weigh in and advise us was at the request of the faculty members and academic deans. We are hoping for good participation from all.” The series kicks off with an open-speaker session at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. On Friday, staff and faculty members will meet with Kezar and MacTaggart for various question-and-answer sessions in the Powers Ballroom and the Education and Human Services Building’s French Auditorium. All events with Kezar and MacTaggart will be livestreamed by CMU. “I think the way we’ve designed (the series) is to maximize time for audience members to comment and ask questions,” Therrell said. “That seems to be a sensible way to really show that the shared governance committee and the president are serious about getting extensive comment from faculty, staff and students.” A SHARED| 6A

Poet slam star translates meaningful topics into hip format By Ryan Fitzmaurice | Staff Reporter

Real T@lk described himself as “part OutKast, part Busta Rhymes, part Eminem, part a bunch of guys.” Acclaimed hip-hop artist and onehalf of OutKast Andre 3000 once referred to him as a lyrical scientist. But Real T@lk, born Brandon Alexander Williams, referred to himself as a griot. “A griot was a west African traveling storyteller,” Williams said. “As a modern-day griot, I consider myself as a storyteller and a poet.” His style incorporates the genres of hip hop, R&B and what he refers to as “funk love.” In 2009, he was honored in Source Magazine in its Unsigned Hype feature for his debut mixtape, “The Mo’ Better Mixtape.”

The event that took place Tuesday night in the Bovee University Center Rotunda at 7 p.m. featured Real T@lk, who shared his stories with the 91 in attendance, in the form of slam poetry. He shared with the audience his contempt regarding mainstream rap artists, who he referred to as misguided “griots,” whose form of hip-hop, he believes, affected the African-American community detrimentally. He said he wanted to use the art form to do the very opposite.

“You wanted the war on drugs, son. So what, they could put you in and out of prison,” Williams said in a performance. “Use you to get free slave labor. What do you call it, capitalism?” Williams also criticized public colleges and universities, which he believes charge too much for their services. “I feel like you shouldn’t be paying for public education,” Williams said. “You don’t pay for high school, you pay for your books and stuff like that, but you don’t pay for the education.” Williams strongly emphasized the importance of using one’s time in a university wisely and discouraged students from going into degrees only for potential wealth. “A piece of advice: I don’t care if you’re a second semester senior,” Williams said. “If you’re in your major for the money, or you aren’t happy, change your major. It’s like dating someone who is ugly that gives you money.”

Southfield sophomore Arisa Settles said she didn’t expect the event to be so relevant to her life. “It was very nice how he related everything,” Settles said. “He touched issues like single-parent households that are important to the African-American community, my community.” Wayne senior Renaldo Powell said Real T@lk’s performance was better than expected. “I’m a rapper myself, and I was impressed,” Powell said. Powell’s interest in rap caused him to find special meaning in Williams’ performance. “He showed me that there is still hope in hip hop,” Powell said. “A lot of people who are playing on the radio are just saying nothing. (Williams’) raps had substance.” CMU’s Program Board brought Real T@lk to campus in celebration of Black History Month.

University using online classes, virtual library to cater to ‘non-traditional’ students By Sam Dubin Staff Reporter

Colleges and universities across the country are increasingly seeing a different type of student enrolling: the nontraditional student. Non-traditional students are students who don’t fit the stereotypical college mold of entering as a freshman at about 18-years-old and

graduating as a senior at about 22-years-old. According to a report released Jan. 24 by the National Commission on Higher Education Attainment, almost half of the students who begin college at a two or four-year institution fail to earn a degree within six years. The report calls for the betterment of support services for improving graduation and completion

rates, especially for the nontraditional student population. Vice President of the Global Campus at Central Michigan University Merodie Hancock said people don’t realize how large of a group non-traditional students are. More than 10,000 unique students enroll in Global Campus courses each year, and a mix of traditional and non-traditional students has

been noted. She said on and off-campus programs are working together to determine how to encourage success in non-traditional students. “Both campuses are learning from each other how to better serve the needs (of nontraditional students),” she said. The retention rate of non-traditional students from semester to semester is high, with a rate of about

80-percent retention for non-traditional students in graduate programs and about 60 percent for students in undergraduate programs, Hancock said. Hancock said initiatives such as online classes, access to the virtual library and different teaching styles cater to non-traditional students. “With adult students, you can’t just lecture at them,” she

said. “They’re not sponges. They want things to be relevant.” The library is an example Hancock cites as working with Global Campus and being proactive in increasing virtual resources for all students. Another partnership is with the Veterans’ Resource Center, as it is funded through Global Campus. A GRADUATE| 6A

More than 200 contribute to first master plan data collection session By Kyle Kaminski Senior Reporter

Central Michigan University is continuing efforts to formulate an agreeable campus master plan. The campus master plan team hosted an open charrette Tuesday afternoon dedicated to seeking input from people on campus about walking routes on campus, parking arrangements, landscaping and other topics. More than 200 people from across campus contributed. “By the time we finish, we hope to have a plan for the university campus,” Ian Lockwood, an engineer for professional management support services company AECOM, said at the discussion. “It’s important

to think long-term. The plan should carry us out into the foreseeable future and for the next ten years.” Included in the master planning process is a study on space utilization and optimization, facility condition and utility assessments and land use recommendations. The workshop was open for all students, faculty, staff and alumni Tuesday during the day and will open again today from 1 until 7 p.m. “What we’re doing now is just listening,” Lockwood said. “Everyone is telling us what they like, the things that need to be changed and the things that need to be created.” The workshop, which was held in the Ausable room of the Bovee University Center, offers

students the opportunity to answer specific questions so their input might be included in the master planning process. Lockwood said CMU is working with nearly every department on campus, as well as the city, county and state. Answers to the questions presented during the workshop will be essential to formulating a new campus master plan. “We really want people to come and see what’s going on,” Lockwood said. “That’s the only way we can create a better plan.” The last master plan was released in 2001 and was updated again in 2003. According to Director of Plant Engineering and Planning Linda Slater, this upcoming master plan is being created through more compre-

hensive efforts. “The first half of the year is dedicated mainly to data collection,” Slater said. “We are just beginning to analyze that data and public opinion.” The data collection process culminated to yesterday’s and today’s charettes and will continue with the formal drafting of a Campus Master Plan on Feb. 25, 26 and 27, which will be open to the public. “It’s really a cool thing,” Lockwood said. “We’re doing all the drafting right here in the open. Anyone can come in to ask questions or make suggestions.” Lockwood hopes to have a completed master plan by this summer.


Marketing Research Manager Robert Hassen discusses car traffic at the Campus Master Plan forum Tuesday afternoon in the Ausable room in the Bovee University Center.


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EDITORIAL |President has far too much unilateral power

Arielle Breen Staff Reporter

The no-’poo ‘do I am a proud no-’poo ‘do-er. That’s right. I don’t do shampoo. Suave, L’Oreal and others can’t count on me to fill their pockets. While I was busy actively keeping out man-made and unnatural ingredients from my body on the food front, an unseen enemy was sneaking around the side entrance unbeknownst to me: shampoo. After a lot of reading and thinking about how people kept their hair clean before our common, chemical-laden shampoo was invented, I came across the no-’poo movement, which helped me to learn shampoos often have chemicals that many people, like myself, do not approve of, such as MIT and sulfates. Many say MIT might mess with our young neurons, and we put it right by our brain. So, I and many others are boycotting the use of the many added chemicals, fake fragrances and dyes in shampoos, laundry soaps and the like. After I decided that commercial shampoos weren’t for me, I checked out the no-’poo movement more. It uses natural, simple and safe alternatives to cleaning hair. It’s also called the curly girl method, among other things, as many people notice curly and voluminous hair with this ‘do. Ask me how often I wash my hair, and I will say once every five days or so. Yep. That’s because the alternatives I’m using aren’t detergent-based, so they don’t over-strip my hair of its natural oils. Because of this, I don’t have to wash my hair as often as before, which was usually every two-tothree days. When detergent-based shampoos came onto the market in the early 1900s, it stripped the hair so much they needed something to moisturize dried-out scalps. A little later, commercial conditioner was made, which basically made hair over-conditioned to make up for the stripping, and a vicious, yet lucrative, cycle began. I have a lot of options; some days I will clean my hair with lemons, baking soda or natural shampoo bar soaps. If I need a conditioner, a little bit of apple cider vinegar goes a long way, but there are also conditioner bars that use only natural ingredients. There are natural bars out there with ingredients like saponified oils of unrefined cocoa butter, virgin shea butter, sunflower, coconut, mango butter, water, rosemary oil extract and organic coconut milk. They just aren’t as common. With ingredients like that, I can be happy and clean. I, and others, did go through a period called the “breaking-in period,” where the natural oils in the scalp have to adjust to the less stringent strip-cleaning, leading to not-cool hair days. For most people, it seems to only be a few weeks. Just wear a hat or something. Your hair has to adjust to all those years of stripping and overconditioning. So, if you are looking for a way to help your hair, water supply and your wallet, this might be the ‘do for you.


Another power grab

ccording to a Department of Justice memo obtained by NBC News on Monday, the U.S. government concluded that it has the power to kill American citizens if they are thought to be a “senior operational leader” of al-Qaeda or one of its affiliates, even if there is no evidence that suggests they plan to attack the country. Let that sink in for a moment. The Obama administration has decided that “informed, high-level” officials have the legal authority to launch strikes intended to kill Americans if they are thought to be high-ranking terrorists, due process be damned. This, along with President Barack Obama’s embrace of unilateral drone strikes, warrant-less wiretapping and keeping a “kill list” of enemy combatants, is very disappointing and has huge implications when it comes



A non-smoker against a smoke-free campus As a student currently on a study abroad trip it is not possible for me to voice my opinion publicly on our campus, but I was sincerely hoping that you might be able to do something. I was recently sent an email that the Smoke-Free Policy was under review and that we students would be given a vote. That was great. I am completely for promoting democratic policies on our campus. What I am not for is infringing on the rights of one group of people just because there are more people who have different views than they do. Yes, I am

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a non-smoker. I am not, however, going to tell other people how to live their lives. What we have to remember is that CMU isn’t just a school. To several thousand students, this is their HOME. They LIVE here. These students are already being told they cannot smoke in their own bedrooms; what are they going to do if these policies are put in place? Are we going to tell them to get up, walk out to the smoke-zone and then trudge on back to their dorm room? That’s deplorable. Furthermore, the survey goes on to ask questions along the lines of “Is

throwing a cigarette butt littering?” “Should we provide help for people looking to quit?” But not once do we ask a smoker if they feel like they are being discriminated. This survey was completely one-sided and, in my honest opinion, flat-out rude. Whether I want to see any of these policies is irrelevant. What I want to see is better representation for BOTH sides of an argument if students are going to be given a voice in things on our campus. Keith Flint junior


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to civil liberties and the national security state. Have we forgotten about warrantless wiretapping after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks? Sure, it sounds good from a security standpoint: the government is able to monitor and track those bad guys so they don’t harm us again. But once we sober up, we realize that by allowing the government to take these extra steps to ensure our safety only gives them the ability to do more than just that. A common grudge held by those

disenchanted with the political process is that both parties, or at least the leaders in both parties, hold the same views. While that cannot be fairly said for every issue, it certainly seems to be the case when it comes to executive power. Obama has embraced, and even expanded, many of the national security powers President George W. Bush was granted while he was in office. And while presidents of both parties, dating back to the Ronald Reagan administration, seem to value the expansion of national security, it comes with a legitimate price. Aside from the obvious billions spent each year on defense, our right to privacy remains in jeopardy. Since when do we as a nation take the stance that we can harm, or even kill, those believed to be against us? Our country was built on due process and giving the people the right to explain themselves. This goes against everything we as a country stand for.

Reader reactions to the Dec. 3 story “LETTER: College abuse of Adderall gives unfair advantage“. I will admit to being significantly LESS impressed with a student I know when I found out her grades and hard work were likely linked to amphetamine abuse. Academic exams might NOT be a triathlon, but they ARE meant to be fair. How is altering your state in order to get stuff done fair on other students who can’t afford it or just have a better moral compass? The highest contempt goes to those who attend psychiatric clinics pretending to had ADD when they have no such thing. That makes a mockery of mental illness and dilutes the concern of the general populace to the plight of people who are genuinely afflicted. It’s come to something when the very word

‘Adderell’ makes you think the taker of it must be a student as opposed to actually unwell and in genuine need. I did my degree in England as a mature student and also as a lone parent with three children, each under ten years old. I managed to obtain a first and did not have to take a hit from a deal to do so. If I had needed to take drugs to get respectable grades, I’d have rethought being at uni in the first place. It’s a great feeling to know when you’ve accomplished something BY YOURSELF. They don’t call it Adderell ABUSE for nothing. Prevalence does NOT equate to acceptance nor condoning. Something should be done about this; by the parents, the doctors, the colleges and the students themselves. If I’d taken drugs to help me do...well, basically what I enrolled to uni to do, I would

not be half as proud of how well I did. Good for you for writing this letter and good for you for maintaining a normal worldview and not accepting that those weaker, though greater in number, are the ones to follow. - Alexandria Mia Simmons Reader reactions to the Jan 30. story “EDITORIAL: A botched vote”. The line “the academic calendar will change, at least for now” is not accurate. Just because the vote wasn’t overturned in the Senate doesn’t mean it goes into place. The academic calendar is a bargaining item, and the university and FA still need to bargain the item. If the university says no, it doesn’t change. -John

Adriana Cotero Staff Reporter

For the love of siblings Siblings. At times, you can’t stand them, but you know you can’t live without them. For all of you who have siblings, I think we can all agree that, occasionally, they can be extremely irritating, especially when they express their competitive traits. My older brother and I are always head-to-head in competition, solely because he attends the most unappealing college, also known as Western Michigan University. Let me tell you, I have yet to hear the end of their victory against us in football. Listening to my brother’s non-stop babbling and trashing of CMU definitely gets on my nerves, and NO ONE knows how to push my buttons like he does, but I know that he is just being a brother. As siblings, it is natural to pick on one another. I mean, who doesn’t love to get better grades than their siblings or even beat them in a silly game of Wii “Just Dance” and then rub it in their face? A more recent and bigger example of sibling rivalries is the Harbaugh brothers, the coaches of the Super Bowl XLVII. When I first heard that both Jim and John Harbaugh attended Ann Arbor high schools less than a year apart, I instantly thought of how competitive they must have been during their teenage years. But now, knowing that they were the coaches of both Super Bowl teams, I couldn’t help but think about how much fighting would be on that field on Sunday. Now that the Super Bowl is over and John Harbaugh, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, has a nice, big, shiny ring to show off, just imagine how Thanksgiving dinners are going to be. If that were my brother, I know he would make a snarky comment, most likely saying, “I am thankful for winning the Super Bowl,” all while wearing that blinding ring and smirking right at me. While John might have beaten his brother, I’m sure it made it worthwhile knowing his brother and family were there to celebrate the moment with him. We are siblings; we are meant to be supportive, create memories, and, occasionally, we fight with each other, and the Harbaugh brothers did just that on Sunday. I do not think my brother and I will be competing in the Super Bowl any time soon, but I do know we will be in many more battles. I just can’t wait to see what my younger sisters have in store for me.

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CM International Film Fest kicks off Friday with romance By Ryan Fitzmaurice Staff Reporter


Northville junior Jasmine Valentine, president of the Organization of Black Unity, left, and Detroit junior Cheyna Wallace speak at 50 Shades of Black Monday night in the Herrig Hall. The event was organized to create awareness of the impact of the African-American community and engage conversations that are often silenced in society.

Student voices heard in ‘Fifty Shades of Black’ By Charnae Sanders Senior Reporter

Students broke their silence Monday at an event focusing on the struggles and realities the black community faces at Central Michigan University. “Fifty Shades of Black” was coordinated by the Organization of Black Unity and held at Herrig Hall. Students were asked a variety of questions at the event, including if they battled with being the only person of their race in a group or class or if there were any additional burdens or stressors students of color face as an underrepresented group on campus. “We wanted to promote diversity and unity on campus, and we thought this program would be a good way to open it up, not only for AfricanAmericans students but also to other minorities,” said OBU President Jasmine Valentine, a

Northville junior. Students opened up about how they felt uncomfortable because they did not have someone to relate to culturally, while others said college wasn’t a culture shock. “I thought it was really good,” Pontiac sophomore Brittani Davis said. “I really liked that (turnout) was a diverse amount today, because, most of the time, it’s majority black. So, I really think it was good to hear different people’s perspectives.” During the discussions, students talked about how they try to incorporate students of different races in social gatherings. Davis said she would invite some of her white friends with her to programs that might be predominantly black. However, they’ll decide not to go because they feel uncomfortable being the minority. “I’m a minority everyday go-

ing to class,” she said. “I’m one of the one, two, maybe three black people in the class … and that’s an everyday reality for me. So, I feel like sometimes people should just be willing to go outside their comfort zones just to experience different settings.” CMU has reached out to students of color through programs such as Pathways to Academic Student Success and Multicultural Academic Student Services. However, Mount Morris junior Dimitri Turner said before CMU can create change in regards to their efforts, the black community has to reach out and support each other first. “Sometimes, you go around and you can wave at a male or female from another race and they’ll wave back, but once you wave at your fellow black person, they won’t wave back or they won’t give you that time of

Reactions vary to Super Bowl ads By Charnae Sanders Senior Reporter

The discussion after Super Bowl XLVII not only focused on the outcome of the game but also on the commercials that were seen by millions. And those commercials were not cheap. According to the International Business Times, an average 30-second commercial cost advertisers roughly $3.5 million. While some people might question if it is worth spending so much, marketing and hospitality services administration assistant professor Kenneth Cherry said Super Bowl ads are a huge deal because it’s one of the few platforms left where the whole country can see the same ad. “They get a ton of visibility and follow-up PR; not just the ad itself, where you have 111 million people see it, but the PR on the back end is incredible,” Cherry said. Cherry watched the Super Bowl, judging and rating each advertisement. He said his

favorite was the Dodge Ram commercial featuring radio broadcaster Paul Harvey. “Personally, I thought the Dodge Ram one about farmers was the best,” Cherry said. “I thought it was just really touching … Chrysler has done such a good job over the last three years …and some of the stuff is over the top, but…it’s really important that you break out and get people’s attention.” Birmingham senior Mike Cousineau did not like the Dodge Ram ad featuring Oprah Winfrey that paid homage to U.S. troops. “I didn’t like the Jeep commercial, just because I thought they played on the heartstrings of the consumer too much,” Cousineau said. “Instead of marketing the vehicle, you’re marketing toward the emotional aspect.” One of the most-talked-about commercials of the night was an advertisement for GoDaddy. com featuring supermodel Bar Refaeli, who made out with a man dressed up as a geek. Canton senior Kelly Gitre

thought the commercial made people turn heads rather than focus on the product. “The GoDaddy commercial with the nerd was really awkward, just like, watching it just because they zoomed in really close … and it turned a bunch of people off,” she said. Cherry also thought the commercial was over-the-top. However, he said it received a lot of attention, which is what ads are supposed to do. Marketing and hospitality services administration assistant professor Deborah Gray said the Super Bowl ads were creative, fun and full of humor. “I think Super Bowl ads are different from other ads,” Gray said. “I think they have a lot more entertainment value, and I put them in a class by themselves. Because they have more entertainment values and they’re more artistic, I think Super Bowl ads have the theme of ‘beauty is really in the eyes of the beholder.’”

day,” he said. “So, start supporting each other first, and then you get that ball rolling.” Pontiac junior Marlita Gamble said she notices when students are together, whether it’s at the Student Activity Center or in the classroom, they hang out in groups that seem to be designated by race. “I feel it’s (somewhat diverse), but, in classrooms, I don’t see it ...” Gamble said. D’Wayne Jenkins, Multicultural Academic Student Services assistant director, said students of all races need to reach out to each other. “You have to be able to build relationships with people,” Jenkins said. “You have to be able to. Even if you are of a different race or different ethnicity, you should be able to pick up on commonalities in anybody that you come in contact with.”

The 11th annual Central Michigan International Film Festival kicks off this weekend with what those involved say is one of the strongest collection of films they’ve screened. Nineteen films will show at Celebration! Cinema, 4935 E. Pickard Road, and the Charles V. Park Library Auditorium over two weekends, Friday through Sunday and Feb. 15-17. The films were selected from a pool of more than 100 suggestions by a committee of representatives from the Central Michigan University Film Society. The festival is also sponsored by the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts. Professor of broadcast and cinematic arts Mark Poindexter said the two groups decided to hold the film festival over Valentine’s Day weekend for romantic purposes. “We’ve been able to incorporate a stronger focus on romance films and romantic comedies,” Poindexter said. “’Romantics Anonymous’ is exactly the kind of movie you’d want to include a date and a dinner with.” The films were selected to represent new, relevant films from across the globe that many people might not have seen. Five short films will also be screened, two of which — “Day Job” and “Vindiction” — were produced and directed by CMU students. Poindexter said the movie festival arose because of a lack of an art theater that would broadcast movies outside of mainstream attention in Mount Pleasant. “We try to bring movies that are culturally, artistically and socially important,” Poindexter said. “A lot of these movies students wouldn’t hear about or have a chance to see if we didn’t screen these films.”

The festival will also welcome two Michigan filmmakers for question-and-answer segments after their films are screened. Keith Reimink will speak after his documentary, “No Horizon Anymore,” is shown at 3:15 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Park Library Auditorium. The film documents a research team stationed at the South Pole in 2009. Associate Producer Raymond Rolak will also be available for Q & A after his comedy, “Get A Job,” is shown at 4:30 p.m. Friday, also in the Park Library Auditorium. The comedy focuses on recent college graduates and their desperate attempts to find employment. Along with lesser-known films, the festival will feature two better-known films. “The Artist,” a 2011 romantic comedy-drama, won five Academy Awards and has won recognition among the film community. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” a 2012 drama based on the awardwinning novel by Stephen Chbosky, will also be shown. Film Society President Ashleigh Curp, a Commerce Township senior, said she was excited to screen “Detropia,” a new documentary from the makers of “Jesus Camp.” The film focuses on Detroit and its economic and social troubles. “(The festival) allows us to bring issues to the light that we find important,” Curp said. “We’re bringing light to certain things. That’s kind of cool.” Poindexter said there is a reason students should be excited for this year’s offering. “I would say this year is the greatest collection of films we’ve ever had,” Poindexter said. Tickets can be purchased at Celebration! Cinema and Java City in Park Library. Participants can purchase a single ticket for $4 or a book of 10 tickets for $10.

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Soup and Substance panel focuses on the importance of black history


By Adriana Cotero Staff Reporter

The social progress the black community has seen over history was the subject of Yesterday’s Soup and Substance event at the Bovee University Center. This discussion brought in an audience of nearly 30, mostly comprised of students. Free and open to the public, Soup and Substance hosted four panel members who fostered discussion on the fight for equality in recent decades. “The point of today’s event is bridging the gap; to see how far we have really come,” Multicultural Academic Student Services Assistant Director D’Wayne Jenkins said. “We (discussed) how far the African-American community has come since the Civil Rights Movement.” The panel ranged in age and perspective and composed of Jeannie Jackson, director of the Office of Civil Rights and the Institutional Equity, LaShonda Fuller, counseling and special education department assistant professor, Marceil Davis, Pathways to Academic Student Success Academic Adviser, and Central Michigan University NAACP Chapter President Perry Watkins, a

SHARED | CONTINUED FROM 3A Kezar and MacTaggart will return to CMU on Feb. 22 to present their findings and advice in an open panel in French Auditorium. Prior to visiting Mount Pleasant, the duo has been forwarded various documents from the SGCC and previous committees. Upon completion of the final panel, the recommendations made by Kezar and MacTaggart will be displayed for the community.



Central Michigan University Director of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity Jeannie Jackson, left, Counseling and Special Education Assistant Professor LaShonda Fuller, CMU Academic Adviser Marceil Davis, and CMU NAACP Chapter President Perry Watkins discuss civil rights during the Soup and Substance event Tuesday afternoon in the Rotunda room at the Bovee University Center.

Sicklerville junior. Jackson, who had firsthand experience in the Civil Rights Movement, called for black history to be shared and celebrated. “I have seen the lynching, segregation, African-Americans not being able to vote, and I had a personal relationship with Rosa Parks,” Jackson said. “For me, the passion is still there for black history. We need to keep the passion and keep fighting. We pass a lot of things around on the Internet: jokes, emails and pictures. Why not pass on the history? Talk about

the culture, experiences and really listen and share.” Watkins expressed concern that the importance of acknowledging and celebrating history is lost on many people today. “The fight has gone down, because, in my generation, we are misinformed,” Watkins said. “We also tend to think that (the general knowledge of black history) is nonexistent now, but it does exist; it is just more subtle. We need to take the time to appreciate this and become aware.”

“The speakers are speaking about shared governance in a very CMU-oriented context,” Therrell said. “They’re pretty familiar with the CMU context, and part of their mission is drafting some brief recommendations based on their conversations with CMU folks.” Planning for the series began last semester. Although Therrell said there have been four major attempts over the last 20 years to move forward with shared governance at CMU, he believes this attempt is distinctive. “I think it’s unique to

bring in two speakers on this topic at the same time,” he said. “I think the committee has identified pretty clearly that the issue (in the past) was in monitoring and maintaining the momentum for shared governance.” The SGCC is an ad hoc committee, meaning it has been formed for a temporary objective before being dissolved. Therrell said shared governance is proposing a standing committee to keep from allowing focus and communication to slip as time goes on.

With the survey distributed via email to students, faculty and staff, Hella said the workgroup is hoping to get a significant response to see how policies at CMU might change in the future. “We’re hoping to use the information to inform us as we review various options and recommendations that might be made,” Hella said. According to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, the number of U.S. colleges and universities with 100-percent smoke-free and tobacco-free campus policies has increased dramatically from 110 in April 2008 to 825 in October 2012. Currently, 17 percent of all universities and colleges are 100-percent smoke-free or tobacco-free, including at least 22 institutions in Michigan, such as the University of Michigan, Oakland Community College, Lansing Community College and Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. According to the TFCCI, tobacco is the leading cause of premature and preventable death throughout the world. The 2012 Surgeon General’s Report showed 99 percent of smokers begin smoking and using tobacco by the age of 26. Central Michigan Health

“Side effects of smoking that are commonly seen include elevated blood pressure, chronic cough, shortness of breath, yellowing of the teeth and nails and even increased skin wrinkling.” Alex Corcoran, Central Michigan Health Park physician Park Physician Alex Corcoran said the United States Preventative Service Task Force ruled smoking tobacco as the single-worse behavior that contributes to overall morbidity and mortality. “Side effects of smoking that are commonly seen include elevated blood pressure, chronic cough, shortness of breath, yellowing of the teeth and nails and even increased skin wrinkling,” he said. “It increases your risk for heart disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and cancer.” In an effort to reduce deaths and human health costs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created the TFCCI to promote and support the adoption and implementation of tobacco-free policies. Despite the popularity of the policy, some students feel there isn’t a need to change the current rules. Macomb senior Natalie Nako said she doesn’t see an issue with the current smoking policies. “I think it should stay the way it is. I really don’t think it’s a big problem

GRADUATE | CONTINUED FROM 3A Steve Rellinger, director of the Veterans’ Resource Center, said CMU has a 40-year history of working with veterans, who identify as non-traditional students, when they decide to enroll in classes. “Veterans aren’t asking for any special consideration,” Rellinger said. “They’re just asking for understanding of where they’ve been.” The Veterans’ Resource Center provides training

to faculty and staff so they can understand the mindset of the veteran. “We’ve built partnerships with all departments on the administrative and academic side,” Rellinger said. Corey Charkowske is a veteran and an on-campus student. The Ypsilanti senior spent four-and-a-half years in active duty and is pleased with the resources CMU provides to veterans. He takes advantage of

anymore, at least from what I see,” she said. “I really don’t notice people smoking around campus.” Rochester senior Jeff Hickey said strengthening the smoking policy would create a healthier campus environment. However, although a good idea, Hickey said he doesn’t see students abiding by the rules and isn’t sure CMU would be able to enforce the policy. “I feel like, either way, people are going to smoke on campus. There’s not much you can do unless they have people patrolling,” he said. “There’s no sense enforcing rules people won’t actually abide by.” Enforcing the policy is an issue Hella said has been addressed differently at each institution, depending on the culture and what fits. Policies range from trusting students and faculty to abide by the rules to police handing out tickets to violators. The smoke-free policy survey will be open until Feb. 22.

CMU’s Veterans’ Resource Center, which works with veterans, active members of the military and spouses and dependants of soldiers. “The (CMU) administration has been very friendly, and the Veterans’ Resource Center is willing to help,” Charkowske said. Hancock said hurdles should be cleared away for non-traditional students so they can focus on academics and graduation. “I’d like to see it where we hold strong to both traditional and non-traditional students,” she said.


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“When I was young someone once told me that ‘one is never alone when with a duck.’ That always stuck with me. Since then, I have collected over 200 rubber ducks.” Taryn Wattles, 22, Troy senior

“My tattoos represent something important to me, usually something I’ve lived through.” Eddy Pendergrast, 21, Berkely junior

“My sister Kaela drew this tattoo for me, illustrating each member of our family with their zodiac sign, and my mother represented as her favorite flower, a lilac.” Kaessi Torres, 19, Romulus sophomore

“Aside from their deeper meaning, my tattoos exhibit my creativity. I designed all three of them.” Kyle Veltema, 22, Wyoming junior

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CMU students share their most outrageous tattoos By Katelyn Sweet | Staff Reporter

Whether it’s a form of expression, a way to rebel, a show of sentiment or simply a spur-of-the-moment urge, some Central Michigan University students love to splash their skin with ink. Senior Patrick Kaminska said he has about 50 tattoos in various places on his body, ranging from his chest, back and arm sleeve. The Phoenix native worked in a tattoo parlor for two years and said he has stopped keeping track of how much ink he has. “I grew up in Toledo, and the culture there is full of tattoos,” Kaminska said. “It was more accepted to have tattoos; it was considered normal.” Kaminska got his first tattoo when he was just 14 years old as a way to fit into the community. One of his favorites is a large family cross. The most unique tattoo Kaminska

has is a bloody skull on his inner bicep. He said it has a candle going through it to show a more evil side of religion. “I definitely feel like people are looking at me differently from time to time, especially in a school setting,” Kaminska said. Wyoming junior Kyle Veltema has had many interesting experiences when it comes to his three tattoos. He has a tattoo on his back with the letters “KOC,” standing for “Kings of Canal.” He got the tattoo because his two friends he grew up with on Canal Sreet wanted to do it as a bonding

experience, but they never ended up getting it. “Even though I am the only one that actually went through with it, I don’t regret it,” Veltema said. “It still has sentimental value to me.” Veltema said when he got his first tattoo, it was out of a desire to be rebellious and because he wanted to show it off in his football uniform. He went in to get a tribal tattoo on his left shoulder, and the tattoo artist talked him into getting some extra designs that he gets made fun of for by his friends today. “It was supposed to be a more religious thing with nails on a cross, and she suggested getting blood drops coming off the nails, so I went along with it,” Veltema said. “My friends say they look like golf tees.” Although he feels slight regret, and his dad doesn’t care much for his tattoos, he said he thinks they

are a good form of expression. Troy freshman Diana Otero said she fell asleep while getting two tattoos on her arms that represent her love of orchestra. “I played for seven years, and it just meant a lot to me,” she said. Otero said she was never worried about being judged, because she feels that tattoos are seen in a different light today. “It’s not just sailors or people in jail these days who get tattoos,” Otero said. Lansing freshman Hunter Osborn has gotten tattoos touched up by his fraternity brother, has drawn a few himself and let tattoo artists take the reigns and draw some crazy things. Osborn decided to blow his openhouse money after graduating high school on the most outrageous tattoos his artist could think of. “I have a shark wearing a top hat,

bow tie and a mustache in full color; that takes up my whole left shoulder blade,” Osborn said. Osborn also has a squid tentacle shaped like an infinity sign, with the numbers “517” above, on his stomach. He got it to remind him no matter where he is going, he should remember where he comes from. “These were spur-of-the-moment decisions, but I just like being creative,” Osborn said. He also has two tattoos that he designed himself to remember his friends who died in a tragic car accident. Those, he said, are more meaningful and are there as a sign of how much love he has for them. “Tattoos are a badass form of art that are way more expressive than a painting that hangs on the wall,” Osborn said.

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Local tattoo owner talks evolution of getting ink, public acceptance “My tattoo gun doesn’t make a sound. That can really help calm the nerves of anyone who is nervous about getting a tattoo, especially if it’s their first one. The normal ‘zzzz’ sound can really cause anxiety for some people.”

By Kyle Kaminski Senior Reporter


Midland resident Jessie Villasenor works on a tattoo template during his shift at Evolved Artforms Tattoo, 1222 S. Mission St. Villasenor has been a tattoo artist for five years.

Q & A: Tattoo artist Jessie Villasenor By Ryan Fitzmaurice Staff Reporter

Jessie Villasenor, a tattoo artist for Evolved Artforms Tattoo, 1222 S. Mission St., has been a tattoo artist for the past five years and currently spends his entire day inking up customers. Central Michigan Life recently sat down with Villasenor, a 30-year-old Midland resident, to better understand the world of tattoos.

Q: What about tattoos appeals to you? A: Personally, it would be the art form, it’s 100-percent self-expression. You can get whatever you want, and it’s permanent; it lasts forever. It’s the only thing you can pay for one time and have one until you die. Nothing else is guaranteed until you die; your house, your love, your children, nothing. Your tattoo is ... On your deathbed, when you’re buried, or burned, or shot into space, or whatever people do, that tattoo is still going to be there. Q: What unique setbacks

are there in the job? A: A lot of tattoo artists have to go through an apprenticeship, which is usually one or two years of doing tattoos without being paid. That is what most tattoo artists can’t get past, because they can’t make it that long without being paid.

Q: How did you personally get through your apprenticeship? A: I had to bust my ass to do it. I slept on the floor of an abandoned building for almost a year, because I wanted to tattoo that badly. I knew I could do it. I knew I could make a living off it. I just got a break and was offered to come up here. This is my ca-

reer now; this is not just a job that I have. This is a living; I support my girlfriend and my daughter.

Q: So, you were willingly homeless in order to become a tattoo artist? A: I wasn’t literally homeless. I had places I could stay ... if I can make it on my own, I’m going to do it. I don’t care if I have to sleep in a building. I never stole or did anything bad. I probably slept places I probably shouldn’t have slept, but I did what I needed to do, and now it’s finally paid off, and now I’m here, tattooing, kicking ass all of the time. Q:

What are the most memorable tattoos you have done? A: There have been a few that I’ve really liked. My little brother has a couple of pieces. I did a really cool skull and an hourglass on his arm. That’s probably my favorite. It is one of my better tattoos, but it’s on my little brother, and I really enjoy tattooing my family.


Why is tattooing a family member more memorable to you? A: Usually, if you tattoo a family member or someone who you know really well, they let you have more artistic creativity. They give you an idea, and they know what you can do, so they trust you with it. I feel like when I tattoo my girlfriend, it brings us closer together, because it’s me marking her personally. If anything were to ever happen between us, she will always have that part of me with her, and I’ll always remember doing that.

Q: Do you believe there is still a bias against tattoos? A: There’s definitely still bias out there. You walk in,

you get stares, you get people who are like “oh my God, a person with tattoos just walked in; he’s probably going to shoot me.” I’m like the nicest person in the world. I don’t even kill bugs when they’re in here. I pick them up and take them outside. Tattoos don’t make you cool. They don’t make you stupid. They don’t make you a bad person. They don’t make you a great person. They don’t make you a gangster. They’re just part of you. You make you. I think your tattoos don’t make you awesome; you make your tattoos awesome.

Q: Why risk the negative image? A: I’ve always been the outcast kid. I lived in a farm community, I listened to reggae music growing up, I had long hair, wore flip-flops, played Hacky Sack. People always stared at me anyways. I already didn’t care what people thought; I was already different, and I didn’t care about being different. People stared at me anyway, so I got tattoos where people can see them. Q: What about people who

are against getting tattoos because they’re worried they will look bad when they get older? A:My personal belief is when you’re 90, you’re going to be old and saggy, and most people aren’t going to think you’re super hot anyway, so why not make that old and saggy pretty colors? If I live to be 100, I’m not going to be super pretty and gorgeoushandsome anyways. I might as well be colorful and different. I’m going to hang out with my other friends who are old and saggy and colorful as well.

The practice of tattooing can be dated back more than 5,200 years, according to the Smithsonian Institute. Today, the art continues to transform and thrive at Evolved Artforms Tattoo, 1222 S. Mission St. “I love realism (tattoos),” artist Eric Ochsenkehl said. “I really do enjoy the new-school stuff, too, though, like the thick bold lines and the tattoos that have almost a fantasy feel to them.” In addition to working as an artist at the shop, Ochsenkehl is also the owner and operator. Before assuming ownership, he previously served as manager for a combined experience of nearly 10 years. During those 10 years, Ochsenkehl experienced requests for an array of tattoos, all with varying levels of detail and complexity. “The hardest type of tattoo to do would probably have to be portraits,” Ochsenkehl said. “When you are drawing a picture of another person, it’s usually on someone that knows that person extremely well. It can be challenging to make sure it’s everything that they had hoped for.” Historically speaking, tattoos have had alternating periods of widespread social acceptance and taboo. Recently, popular opinion is mixed on the art of body ink. “I’m hesitant to get a tattoo that shows when I’m wearing my regular clothing,” Mount Pleasant resident Vance Victor said. “I know that some places

Eric Ochsenkehl, Owner, operator, artist Evolved Artforms Tattoo are picky about tattoos, and I don’t want to ruin my job prospects.” Restaurants such as Bennigan’s Grill & Tavern, 2424 S. Mission St., doesn’t allow tattoos to be visible for employees in the front of the house, while Ruby Tuesday, 1023 E. Pickard Road, allows their employees to display their ink. “It is and it isn’t more accepted,” Ochsenkehl said. “As a whole it is, but you still have corporations and individuals who are completely against the idea.” According to artists at Evolved Artforms Tattoo, the most popular spots for women to get inked are the side, the foot or the inside of the wrist. For men, it’s on the back and the upper arm. In addition to society’s changing stance on whether or not body art is acceptable, the art of tattooing has undergone changes. “The quality of the work is probably the biggest change,” Ochsenkehl said. “The top artist 10 years ago would be an average

artist today. In order to stay competitive, you have to be willing to grow as an artist.” Part of that growth, according to Ochsenkehl, is staying up-to-date with new styles of tattoos. Another part is keeping stocked with the latest equipment and ink. For example, compared to traditional tattoo guns, Ochsenkehl’s is almost completely silent. “My tattoo gun doesn’t make a sound,” he said. “That can really help calm the nerves of anyone who is nervous about getting a tattoo, especially if it’s their first one. The normal ‘zzzz’ sound can really cause anxiety for some people.” Evolved Artforms Tattoo has been operating at their Mission Street location, the previous site of Heritage Tattoo, for nearly two years. The shop employs a staff of three artists, including Ochsenkehl, and offers both piercings and tattoos.

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Juried student exhibit gives artists opportunity By Anna McNeill Staff Reporter

Chuck Miller /Staff Photographer

Eric Ochsenkehl, owner of Evolved Artforms, 1222 S. Mission St., prepared to pierce the helix of Plymouth senior Colleen Dunleavy Monday afternoon at Evolved Artforms. “The quality of everything has changed,” Ochsenkehl said when referring to the tattoo industry. “Most of the things people consider crazy, you can’t put in the paper.”

Some still find sporting tattoos as unprofessional By Katelyn Sweet Staff Reporter

Freshman Natalie Shafer plans to get her second tattoo in March. The Paw Paw native says tattoos are more accepted in today’s society, because, everywhere you look, there is someone displaying their ink. “Even my communication professor has visible tattoos,” Shafer said. “These days, people are less judgmental of tattoos.” But not everyone thinks along the same lines. Many people discriminate against tattoos because of negative stereotypes associated with this form of body art. From associations with biker gangs to jail birds, some perceive tattoos as a mark of social deviation.

Jeremy Ball Columnist

Think before you ink I don’t like needles to puncture my skin. This is largely why I avoid flu shots, doctors and heroin. It’s also one of the reasons I’d never get a tattoo. I’m all about covering up or minimizing most elements of my physical appearance. I don’t wear sleeveless shirts because of my resemblance to the Michelin Man, so I couldn’t pull off a shoulder tattoo. Likewise, for the sake

Freshman Hannah Bailey said she is scared to endure the pain of getting a tattoo but is also hesitant because her boyfriend has threatened to potentially break up with her over the ink. “I might possibly get one later, but I would make sure that I could cover it up for a job,” Bailey said. A lot of students feel first impressions are key, and, when tattoos are visible, others’ judgments might be skewed. Junior Mary Walsh said before she gets to know someone, she might judge them based on their tattoos. The Bellaire native said she was brought up by her parents to think tattoos are not a good way to express oneself. “Some of the meanings behind tattoos are

cool, and some have great design,” Walsh said. “But I think if you have a lot that are out in the open, that can look trashy.” Walsh said she will eventually get a tattoo but wants it to be meaningful, and making sure it’s hidden will be essential to her decision on where to get it. Walsh said for many professions, keeping a clean look is a better way to portray yourself.

of sparing the public, I try to keep a shirt on at all times if possible, so any sort of chest or back ink would also be a bad choice. Mike Tyson doesn’t look all that bad with his tiger-stripe facial tattoo (I don’t want to anger him on the off-chance he Googles himself and clicks through 35 pages of results). But anything tattooed on my face would scare old ladies and small children, so I’ll probably avoid doing that, unless my life takes a turn for the worse and I end up in a prison gang. It’s a bit of a commitment issue for me, too. I can’t think of any particular name or symbol I’d want plastered on me for the rest of my life. Someone’s name or image would be an especially bad choice for me. I have a dismal success rate with love, and getting a friend’s name tattooed on me would be all sorts of creepy for both parties. Even if I were memorializing a relative, I’d feel kind of weird with an “I Love Grandma” tattoo staring back at me in the mirror when I’m naked. As far as a symbol, I can’t

think of anything (flattering) that would epitomize my existence or make a statement about who I am. Some days I feel like a three-toed sloth, but I’m not about to get a picture of one integrated into my dermis, because, next year, I might feel more like a Galapagos tortoise or some type of slug. Maybe I should consider those temporary tattoos that were popular when I was a kid. In place of needles, I’d just need a damp wash cloth and fifty cents in change. Or, I could just draw on myself with Sharpies. Now that I’ve come up with a personal game plan, I want to point out a lot of people can successfully pull off tattoos. I’m not just talking about Hell’s Angels and members of street gangs; I’m referring to people in every walk of life. Tattoos are losing some of the social stigma they once had, and that’s great. All those (Insert City Name) Ink shows on TLC are proof of that. But be careful (i.e. sober) if you decide to get a permanent tattoo. Laser removal is much more expensive than a soapy wash cloth.

“Some of the meanings behind tattoos are cool, and some have great design. But I think if you have a lot that are out in the open, that can look trashy.”

The University Art Gallery is hosting its annual juried student art exhibition. This exhibit gives students at the university a chance to give their art exposure in the CMU Main and West Art Galleries from Feb. 22 to March 23. Any CMU undergraduate or graduate student is eligible to submit their work, up to three pieces of art, to the University Art Gallery or the art office in Wightman Hall for $5 (cash only). The deadline for all entries is 6 p.m. on Feb. 14. Okemos senior Karley Hoffman said the art will be juried by two art professionals outside of CMU: one judge of fine arts and one of graphic design. “The show will open on Feb. 22 with a reception on Feb. 23 from 2-4 p.m.,” Hoffman said. “This is when the awards will be announced.” The judges will be awarding both cash and honorable mentions. There is also a chance for purchase and people’s choice awards. Kathryn Hoffman received an honorable mention with her piece

“In Flight” at last year’s exhibit. “The Juried Student Art Exhibit is a great way for new artists to get a taste of what they’ll be experiencing after graduation,” the Grosse Pointe Park senior said. “It’s also a great way to get your name out and an opportunity to exhibit your work in a professional setting.” For the first time last year, Brighton senior Andrew Jones entered multiple pieces, a website and photos. He received a purchase award for his photo “4-20.” “It was rewarding to know that the university appreciated my work enough to put it into their permanent collection for others to enjoy for future years,” Jones said. Both students said the exhibition offers artists a chance to self-promote and gives students an opportunity to appreciate new art. “The exhibit is a great event that CMU offers students for all fields of study to come check out,” Hoffman said. “I encourage everyone to come by and see what other students are doing.”

Mary Walsh, Bellaire junior Not all students think tattoos should be hidden. Shafer is planning her next tattoo to be on her wrist. Shafer said she feels no one should form an opinion about someone based on what they do with their body. “It’s my skin, and I believe no one has control over what it looks like except for me,” Shafer said.



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Ryan Fitzmaurice Staff Reporter

From Beyoncé with love

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Wixom senior Ryan Anderson, left, and Detroit senior Kortez Buckner perfom during the Moore Media Acoustic Show Monday night at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1904 S. Mission St.

Moore Media Records fundraiser showcases local musical talent Four come out to Buffalo Wild Wings to pursue careers By Krysta Loftis Staff Reporter

All eyes were off the big screens and focused on the musicians who set up shop in the back of Buffalo Wild Wings, 1904 S. Mission St., Monday night. Moore Media Records teamed up with Alliance for Women in Media for a fundraiser in which performers provided a preview of a new album to be released from the Moore Media Records label later this year. “As a record label, we put out a new album every year,” Moore Media Records label president Robin Chan said. “We find various talents throughout Michigan and create a sampler album composed of their music.” Chan said MMR puts on multiple shows throughout the year for sample releases and fundraisers, including one or two per semester at Kaya Coffee House, 1029 S. University Ave. Chan said the process for putting together performances is slow. The planning for Monday night’s show started last October,

“As a record label, we put out a new album every year. We find various talents throughout Michigan and create a sampler album composed of their music.” Robin Chan, Moore Media Records label president and, since then, it has been a lot of paperwork, radio promos and artist selection. Performers included at Buffalo Wild Wings included Wixom senior Ryan Anderson, Oakland senior Leah Petruska, Brighton senior Andrew Price and Frankfort sophomore Hannah Rae Beale. The performers each delivered unique music and were no strangers to the stage. Each are signed to the MMR label. Anderson took the floor first at 7 p.m., performing covers of popular songs and a few originals as a way to preview the upcoming album. Anderson said he hopes to have a future in music. “I am hoping to get an internship,” he said. “I want to be a music producer.”

A table of friends cheered Anderson on throughout his performance. “He’s grand,” joked Hudsonville senior Taylor Remy, a friend of Anderson. “We came specifically for him.” What started as a small crowd grew larger as the night progressed and more performers took the floor, each performing original pieces and covers, including music by Usher and Taylor Swift. While Buffalo Wild Wings is known for bringing customers in for the big games on television, more customers found themselves crowding around the small stage area and applauding music performances rather than sports games Monday night.

The only thing I remember about the Super Bowl is the halftime show. Don’t get me wrong, I hold complete respect for the Chiefs. Or was it the Ravens? No, Chiefs. Wait ... never mind ... definitely the Ravens, for winning that big silver cup thing. But upon watching Beyonce burst into a ball of light, while a scowling musician’s guitar exploded out of both ends with a clearly dangerous amount of electric sparks, I finally understood what it was like to

truly hallucinate. Not only that, I was also overcome with an undeniable sense of catharsis for the first time, as I knew that I had finally entered the Twilight Zone. Beyonce, fresh out of allegedly lip-syncing the national anthem at President Obama’s inauguration, was under a lot of pressure for her Super Bowl halftime performance. But, what our always relevant news media didn’t understand is, this concert was not about the music. It was about how many different colors and shapes the stage could turn into in under five minutes, and what the hell? Did the entire stadium just slip into another dimension? Want to know why the power went out in the Superdome during the third quarter? It was because of Beyonce’s halftime show. And it wasn’t because of the 24th century light show; Beyonce literally drained all the electricity out of the building with her sexuality. I know this because a similar thing happened to me. It’s hard to explain; you’ll just have to trust me.

About halfway through, I literally expected a ravenous lion to burst onto the stage. At that point, the backup dancers, and I’m pretty sure Cirque du Soleil, would form a circle around Beyonce in all her glory and the stadium would watch her single-handedly take out a lion while singing “Single Ladies.” At this point, the second half would be canceled, because no football team could ever top that. I’m convinced there’s a fairly good chance Beyonce was a hologram, and the real Beyonce watched the entire performance sitting on her couch, eating cheese puffs. But, if that was the case, I would have applauded even louder, because, really, at this point, what does it matter? Beyonce’s halftime show is the best Super Bowl halftime show we will ever see. It was exorbitant, explosive, way over-the-top, slightly saccharine, utterly insane and, all-in-all, a complete waste of money. The perfect representation of America.

Professor pens book, ‘Dump the Neanderthal’ on women, relationships By Charnae Sanders Senior Reporter

Have you ever fallen in love with a neanderthal? Over a span of 10 years, Central Michigan University assistant professor of counseling and special education John Farrar interviewed and surveyed 300 women about why women often make poor relationship choices and end up with the wrong partners. In his book, “Dump the Neanderthal; Choose your Prime Mate,” Farrar outlines the reasons why and how to avoid them. Farrar’s inspiration to write came from the back-toback dysfunctional relationships his daughter experienced, as well as several young women he encountered who often reported being in unhappy or violent relationships. “The goal is to have appeal to a wide audience, and that’s how I wrote it,” Farrar said. “The style I used was aimed

at that goal, because the real mission is to help women not be in that spot.” The book is divided into two sections. The first section tells readers six reasons why women end up in unhealthy relationships, such as having low self-esteem and a desire to be nurtured. The other section addresses six strategies women can engage in to pick better partners instead of ending up in the same type of relationship. Farrar said his book is data-driven and has a personality inventory in the back of the book that women can take based on his findings. “The tool in the book enables women to self-diagnose with the idea of ‘this is what I need to avoid,’” Farrar said. Graduate student Brandon Ugolini read the book and thought it was interesting from a male’s perspective. What the Rochester native liked most was that the book is applicable to everyday life. “I think every father or

every brother has a moment when they’re looking up to another sister or their daughter and saying, ‘Why is she with that guy?’” Ugolini said. “‘Why is she with that guy over there when she’s so smart and funny and pretty? She’s with this loser.’ So, I definitely related to the material.” Graduate student Amanda Patterson said she was impressed by the book and was surprised by how well he wrote from a female’s perspective. The Alma native said she could relate to the book and would recommend it to others. “I would recommend it to any woman who is having relationship issues,” Patterson said. “Trying to figure out why she might be, and if she can’t get counseling, to help figure it out, this is definitely the way to go. … It’s an easy read, and it’s an interesting read.”


‘The Final Season,’ featuring Michigan artists, enlightens and lightens the mood By Sean Bradley Staff Reporter

Lansing emcee and BLAT! Pack member Jahshua Smith (formerly JYoung the General) released his new album “The Final Season” last week, and with almost an hour-and-a-half musical journey here, the listen is a bit long but well worth it. With cameos from a who’s-who of Michigan artists from Joe Hertler (on lead track “Seven Year Itch”) to fellow BLAT! Pack members Philthy, The Amature, Yellowkake and Red Pill, the diversity shown in the featured artists is just as diverse as the production on the tracks themselves. “Seven Year Itch” features Hertler’s soulful crooning on the chorus, while “Carry On/The Ark” features Philthy’s lisp-laden flow. Smith’s lyrics range from the political to the personal (with a party track thrown in here and there). On “Censored,” he raps about making it to college “but still had to wait for Uncle Sam to split the bill” and “newspapers, they use hatred to guide us”. It’s a bit of a stream-ofconsciousness, pointed diatribe with a bit of hope tied to it. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel here. “The Ghosts of Medgar Evers” is another political track drawing on the mindsets of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. “They take up 130 words to sum up a black life,” Smith raps over a synth and snare beat.

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Dan Enos to introduce ‘13 Chippewas CMU gives MAC-leader Akron a scare, football recruiting class today but falls 68-56 on road Tuesday night MEN’S BASKETBALL

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The final score was 68-56 with the Central Michigan men’s basketball losing Tuesday night in Akron to the lone unbeaten in the MidAmerican Conference. But the 12-point difference in the score doesn’t accurately tell the story of CMU’s loss. CMU gave the Zips all it could handle, but, in the end, it wasn’t enough, despite what head coach Keno Davis thought of his team’s effort. “What was frustrating is that we come in here and outwork Akron and we get three fouls the whole second half, and we’ve got guys thrown on the floor,” Davis said. “We get no respect, so what we do is we come back to the court and we work harder.” With 9:21 left and a 46-42 lead, senior guard Finis Craddock made a steal and fell to the floor, calling a timeout to maintain possession. It happened to be the final timeout. A timeout Davis would

have liked in the end as the game got out of hand and Akron ran away with the win. “That was frustrating (to not have timeouts),” Davis said. “We did so well diving on the floor that we ran out of timeouts, but how can you be upset? So, next time, one or two of those are OK, but let’s not use them all up.” Senior guard Kyle Randall started the game hitting a NBA-range three-pointer, perhaps showing signs of the night he and his teammates were about to have. Randall finished with 22 points as the team shot 44 percent from beyond the arc, knocking down seven threepointers. The Chippewas had to shoot well to keep up with the Zips, who were shooting 50 percent from the field and beyond the arc in the first half. Akron went on a 13-0 run following Randall’s three, and the game looked like it was going to be the blowout that was expected. But CMU answered with a nine-minute 20-6 run and outworked the much bigger

Zips in the first half on the boards. “I was very impressed with our players’ attitude and effort,” Davis said. “I thought our guys gave as much effort on the boards as they could possibly give. We’re just outmatched and, to get into a shoving and pushing match, we’re not going to win. “We might fight as hard as you, but we’re not built for a wrestling match.” The Chippewas are now riding a five-game losing streak, but, after taking the leader of the MAC to wire on its own floor, they have something to build on – perhaps to end that losing streak Saturday at Kent State. “The big plus is coming out saying, ‘this was the best team in the league, and we came in here and had a chance to win,” Davis said. “That shows we have a ways to go, but it’s not as far as people might think.” Tip-off with the Golden Flashes is set for 7 p.m. Saturday in Kent, Ohio.

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Following its first MidAmerican Conference loss over the weekend, the women’s basketball team looks to get back to its winning ways at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ball State. After scoring more than 90 points in two-straight games and outscoring opponents by a combined 70 points, the Chippewas allowed Bowling Green to shoot above 50 percent and run away with a win at Stroh Center. CMU will be looking to start a new streak by putting an end to Ball State’s fourgame winning streak. The Cardinals come into Thursday’s game with the sixth-best offense and the third-best defense in the MAC. “We had a pretty good fan contingency there (at BG), and those fans didn’t recognize that team,” head coach Sue Guevara said of Sunday’s loss. “I think that what we got caught up with was not being humble enough and understanding what we were going into.” The Chippewas are going into a tough test with their next three games against teams with winning records in conference play, starting

with BSU. Freshman guard Nathalie Fontaine has been crucial to Ball State’s success in conference play this season. The 6-foot-2 Swedish guard has been a key contributor offensively, averaging 12.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during conference play to lead her team, and is the reigning MAC West Player of the Week. Junior guard Brandy Woody is another weapon, who averages 11.6 points per game and has 12 double-digit scoring performances this season. Guevara said she expects another tough road test for the team when it plays the Cardinals, because she sees similarities between them and Bowling Green. “They have the MAC West Player of the Week. She is a really nice post player that can run the floor and is good from the free-throw line,” Guevara said. “They have players that hit the three and push the ball down the floor. They are disciplined defensively and like to pack it in.” CMU is the highest-scoring team in the MAC during conference play, averaging 78 points per game and, despite giving up 84 points to the Falcons, the defense is still

holding conference opponents under 60 points per game. A big portion of their scoring has come from beyond the arc. The Chippewas are averaging 8.5 three-point field goals per game in conference play, which is the best in the MAC. Sophomore guard Crystal Bradford leads the Chippewas in made three-pointers during MAC play, with 17, while junior guard Niki DiGuilio leads CMU this season with 36 made threes. CMU will look for Bradford to have a strong game against Ball State’s third-ranked defense; she fought through flu-like symptoms and scored 14 points to go with nine rebounds in her team’s loss to BGSU. Following losses this season, the Chippewas have been able to bounce back, and Guevara said she is confident the team will repeat after productive practices this week. “I have been encouraged with the intensity in practice,” Guevara said. “I thought everyone has been working hard, and we have had people producing. We have addressed our transition defense a lot. It’s a matter of picking up the ball and communicating.”



Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace has been suspended one game without pay for grabbing Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight around the neck and striking him in the jaw, Stu Jackson, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations, announced today. The incident occurred with 1:43 remaining in the second quarter of the Lakers’ 98-97 win Sunday at the Palace of Auburn Hills. World Peace put Knight’s head in a bear hug, and, while Knight was trying to pull away, World Peace got

in a short uppercut. Knight was animated afterward. “The play needs to be reviewed, because he definitely threw a punch,” Knight said. “It felt like he threw a punch. That’s why I reacted the way I did. “The play was over, and he grabbed me around the neck. If someone grabs you around the neck, you’re not just going to let that happen. You do what you need to get that person off you.” World Peace, who received a flagrant foul, will serve his suspension tonight when the Lakers visit the Brooklyn Nets

at Barclays Center. The incident stirred memories of the Palace brawl in 2004 between the Pistons and the Pacers when World Peace – then known as Ron Artest – sparked one of the ugliest incidents in sports history. World Peace said after Sunday’s game: “He’s a small guy. He was trying his hardest to keep me off him. He worked hard, man. That kid, I don’t know where he’s from, I don’t know what school he went to, because he was guarding me, and I was crashing the boards. He’s a tough kid, man. He tried to keep me off the glass, and he did a good job.”

For the 10th time, the men’s basketball team will participate in ESPN’s BracketBuster weekend when it takes on Youngstown State on Feb. 23. The announcement was made late Monday night when ESPN released the 122team field. The Chippewas will be on the road in Youngstown, Ohio, to take on the Penguins of the Horizon League. Youngstown State is 13-9 overall this season with a 5-4 Horizon League record. The Penguins had an impressive win early in the season when they beat Georgia in Athens, 68-56. They are also coming off a recent 80-68 win against Horizon League leader Valparaiso. CMU and Youngstown State have each played Wright State and Bowling Green, with both teams beating the Raiders and Falcons. The Chippewas beat WSU for the first time in four years at the Utah Thanksgiving Tournament. Freshman forward Blake Hibbitts had a lead-saving block prior to fellow freshman guard Derrick Richardson, Jr. making two clutch free-throws to clinch the game. CMU beat BGSU, 73-67, on Jan. 9 to start MidAmerican Conference play after letting a 17-point halftime lead whittle away. Thankfully, for the Chippewas, they had senior guard Kyle Randall, who scored a McGuirk Arena-record 31 points and made all 13 of his free-throws. Randall also had a teamleading six rebounds, three assists and two steals. The Penguins shot 50 percent from the field

against the Raiders and was able to secure the win by shooting 78.9 percent from the free-throw line. Senior forward Damian Eargle had a team-leading 18 points in the game and had five blocks. Youngstown State beat the Falcons with its defense in a low-scoring 58-49 win. The Penguins were able to keep BGSU off the scoreboard by holding it to just 31-percent shooting from the field and 14.3 percent from beyond the arc. Youngstown State also recorded seven blocks in the game, four of which came from Eargle. The Penguins are ranked No. 5 in a strong Horizon League. Youngstown State is a veteran team lead by junior guard Kendrick Perry, who is averaging 16.5 points per game and 4.1 assists while bringing down 5.3 rebounds per game. Eargle is at 12.6 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per

game and 3.5 blocks a game. His 3.5 blocks makes him the sixth-best shot blocker in the nation, just behind Akron senior center Zeke Marshall, who is at 3.6 per game. CMU holds 4-1 advantage all-time against the Penguins and have never lost in Youngstown, Ohio. The most recent matchup came in 2006 when the Chippewas lost to Youngstown State, 74-50, at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. This is the 11th and final year of ESPN’s BracketBuster weekend. The MAC has every team participating, including league-leader Akron against North Dakota State, Ohio at Belmont and Western Michigan against Pacific on the ESPN family of networks. CMU is 5-4 in BracketBuster games and has lost its last two – Texas A & M-Corpus Christi last season and Niagara in 2011.

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Freshman Kirsten Petzold near perfect on vault By Cody DeBona Staff Reporter

Freshman Kirsten Petzold accomplished a feat on Saturday in Chicago that not many young gymnasts can say they have. Petzold scored a 9.9 in vault at the MichiganIllinois Challenge. While Petzold only competed in one event, she helped the Chippewas reach a 49.275 in the vault to aid CMU in an eventual win over Illinois State, Eastern Michigan and the University of Illinois-Chicago. Petzold has put up solid vault numbers all year, receiving scores ranging from 9.775 to 9.825 before her eventual 9.9. She has also competed on the beam and in floor routine. Her best score on the

beam this year is a 9.7, while her only score on the floor was a 9.525 “The sky is the limit for this young freshman,” head gymnastics coach Jerry Reighard said. Success in vault is nothing new to Petzold. In her senior year of high school, she was the 2012 National Invitational Tournament Vault champion. “I told her from day one that she could be the MAC vault champion,” Reighard said. “I think she’s starting to believe that.” The Shelby Township native attended Eisenhower high school and is continuing CMU’s scholar athlete tradition with a 3.62 GPA at CMU. While in high school, she competed for the Olympia Gymnastics Academy,

“I told her from day one that she could be the MAC vault champion. I think she’s starting to believe that.” where she was a two-time level-10 qualifier and level-9 qualifier. She placed second nationally in the floor routine in 2011. “I really liked the atmosphere and the campus,” Petzold previously said of her decision to come to CMU. “I also liked how hard-working and determined the team is.” Another reason Petzold chose to come to Mount Pleasant is her older sister. Kirsten is the younger sister of CMU junior Brittany

Petzold. She said earlier in the year that having her sister being on the team helped her feel more at home and more familiar with the team and staff. Petzold and the rest of the CMU gymnastics team will next be in action on Friday against Northern Illinois at 7 p.m. at McGuirk Arena for the Rumble and Tumble, a dual event with the wrestling team.


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Across 1 Middle Ages century opener 5 Request before a snap 10 “Survivor” airer 13 Something to assume 15 Foofaraws 16 You can dig it 17 European auto club device? 19 Floor application 20 Pronouncement of Pontius Pilate 21 Device commonly used in “The Twilight Zone” 23 “Citizen Kane” studio 24 One-time ring king 25 Raise objections 27 Balkan primate? 31 Vegetation 34 Butts 35 Julio’s “that” 36 Yokel 37 Mythological do-gooder 39 Word-of-mouth 40 “Star Trek” rank: Abbr. 41 Greenhouse square 42 Matter to debate

43 Mideast orchestral group? 47 Who’s who 48 One of the Bobbsey twins 49 __ double take 52 “Come here __?” 54 Losers 56 Expected result 57 South Pacific 18-wheelers? 60 Counterterrorist weapon 61 “__ Heartbeat”: Amy Grant hit 62 One handling a roast 63 Jiff 64 Indian tunes 65 Makes, as a visit Down 1 “Real Time” host 2 Coop sound 3 Dos y tres 4 Batting practice safety feature 5 Buffalo 6 Magic charm

7 Craters of the Moon st. 8 __ cit.: footnote abbr. 9 Native Alaskans, historically 10 Water cooler gatherers 11 Muffin mix stir-in 12 Hot 14 1943 war film set in a desert 18 Play thing? 22 Bolt 25 Letter opener? 26 Acting award 27 Coll. senior’s test 28 Old-time news source 29 Biblical twin 30 School with the motto “Lux et veritas” 31 It’s measured in Hz 32 Roman moon goddess 33 Relating to childbirth 37 Like some clocks 38 First few chips, usually 39 Org. in old spy stories 41 HP product 42 Overlook 44 Tankard filler 45 Puts down, as parquetry

46 Harper’s Weekly cartoonist 49 Bangladesh capital, old-style 50 Pitched perfectly 51 Toting team 52 Musical number 53 Throw for a loop 54 Uttar Pradesh tourist city 55 __ roast 58 Eggs, in old Rome 59 Not pos.

Februray 6, 2013  

Central Michigan Life

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