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Life in brief

facu l t y negot i at i ons


CMU officials predict improved FA relations

special olympics

Administration, faculty expect communication efforts to pay off

Special Olympics Michigan hosted a basketball tournament on Saturday for their SOMI athletes at the Isabella Community Sportsplex.

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By Katherine Ranzenberger Senior Reporter

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Students and residents alike sort through damaged and obsolete university property to bring home CMU treasure at the monthly surplus sale.

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Shannon Millard | Staff Photographer

Andrew Barrett, senior from Whitehall gets shots for his dog Raven.

women’s basketball

The women’s basketball team escaped Toledo with a victory Sunday afternoon. The Chippewas picked up their 13th conference victory of the season for only the third time in program history.

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All for love

Students, residents wait through cold for rabies vaccinations By Stephen Cross Staff Reporter

Whitehall senior Andrew Barrett cradled his dog Raven for more than a half hour as he waited patiently in the cold to get his pooch her rabies vaccination. Rabies vaccinations were available to pet owners for $10 at the rabies and licensing clinic held for two hours Thursday at the Isabella County Animal Shelter, located at 1105 S. Isabella Road.

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The Gymnastics team struggled in DeKalb against Northern Illinois, Sunday but was able to beat the Huskies to improve to 4-1 in Mid-American Conference competition this season.          w 8         


TWELVE17 Coffee Roasters supports International cause     »PAGE 3 Global Campus receives $10K in funding from MOOC study     »PAGE 5 Track posts several recordbreaking performances at MAC Indoor Championships     »PAGE 7

Shannon Millard | Staff Photographer Manny, the great dane, gets her rabies shot and licensing at the Isabella County Animal Shelter from veterinarian Jan Pol in Mount Pleasant.

Administrators and the Faculty Association believe this round of contract negotiations will be a far more positive experience than the last. In 2011, the FA held multiple protests at the beginning of the fall semester when the two sides could not agree on contract terms. Joshua Smith, FA president, said collective bargaining will go a lot smoother this time around. “A lot of folks across campus have been working hard to improve the atmosphere on campus,” he said. “We would like basically for things to be done positively. The name of the game is compromise.” University President George Ross was approved to begin collective bargaining between the university and three unions at George Ross the Feb. 20 University President board of trustees meeting. Ross will create a negotiations committee to meet with the FA. The other unions the committee will negotiate contracts with include the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees for service maintenance employees and the Police Officer’s Association of Michigan for police employees. The existing union contracts expire June 30. Ross believes the turmoil of the last negotiations won’t be repeated. Communication has grown between the FA and university officials, he said. “There was frankly some tension (during the) negotiations with the Faculty Association last time,” Ross said after the Feb. 20 meeting. “We believe the environment is much more positive this time. (We have a) commitment on both parts of the Faculty Association and the university so we can have a positive environment. From the administrative standpoint, we are going to improve our communications. I’m looking forward to it.” Healthcare and insurance were a major focus during the 2011 negotiations. Both parties w faculty | 2

Discussion focuses on outdoor features, tour paths By Mark Johnson Staff Reporter

Central Michigan University’s campus identity project will continue with a fifth round of open forums on Tuesday. The open forums, called charrettes by university officials, are scheduled through Thursday and will focus on campus navigation, student interaction, school spirit and utilizing open spaces. Five areas will be the focus of contractor AECOM Technology Corporation’s three-day forum, including gateways into campus, the Anspach Quad, the Fabiano Botanical Gardens and the library and admissions tours. AECOM designer Pete Sechler said one area they will be focusing on is a path through campus, which highlights the standout points, a path often used for campus tours. The Office of Admissions uses this route often as guides take potential future CMU students on tours of campus. “We are working on a series of

spaces that are roughly aligned to the admissions walk,” Sechler said. “It is an important alignment for recruiting and helping people understand the campus. It also happens to be the route which goes through the heart of almost all of the key functions of the campus.” Krista Casey, assistant director of admissions, helps oversee the campus student ambassadors who lead the tours. She said the admissions walk is very important to attracting students in showing the tour groups around campus. “The nice thing about the tour is that we do not just take the prospective students through the nicer parts of campus,” Casey said. “We really show them all of the buildings on campus and what they are going to experience as a student here. So they see the typical incoming freshman residence hall, the Education Building as well as buildings like Brooks, Dow and the library.” w forums | 2

Morgan Taylor | Staff Photographer The university’s campus identity project, through its master planning forums, is trying to add more ‘school spirit’ to its campus tours for prospective students. The route and buildings used could be changed, and new signage could be added, as well. The Engineering and Technology building is a stop on the tour.


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eVentS caLenDar MONDAY w Wellspring Literary Series: Jamaal May 7 – 8 p.m. Art Reach of Mid Michigan, 111 E. Broadway Street. Educator and poet Jamaal May will be at Art Reach of Mid Michigan in downtown Mount Pleasant to talk poetry and answer questions. The event is free and open to the public.

TUESDAY w 1914-2014: WWI Interdisciplinary Symposium 10 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Bovee U.C. Maroon Room. The College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences is hosting a World War I symposium exploring such topics as the dying art of war, caste, class and homosexuality in Germany. The event is free and open to the public. w Annual Juried CMU Student Art Exhibition 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. University Art Gallery. Winning pieces of student artwork that were judged by outside artist will be on display in the University Art Gallery until the end of March. The winning artists received cash awards for their work. w Campus Identity Charrette 4- 7 p.m. Bovee U.C. Rotunda. AECOM is presenting its Campus Identity Plan and will be available for questions and comments from the public. The event is free and open to the public.

FACULTY | CONTINUEd FROM 1 are unsure of how the Affordable Care Act will affect negotiations. However, Smith is confident the new legislation won’t play a role in this round of talks. “Most of the things that could cause problems are in 2018,” he said. “It’s unlikely (the ACA will) have any affect until two contracts from now.” Right to Work legislation has affected some unions around the state, including the Michigan Education Association. Smith said the legislation hasn’t prevented or dissuaded members from supporting the FA. “The MEA has data on

K-12 teachers,” he said. “I believe 99 percent of teachers have remained duespaying members.” Smith and the FA have a bargaining team in place and have surveyed members on the most important topics – and it’s much more than healthcare coverage and pay raises. “(The contract) lays out what protections (faculty members) have in their day-to-day jobs,” he said. “There’s a lot of things people care about. Our contract sets the calendar for the university. It’s not only things related to pay.” Ross hopes to have his negotiating team together within the next two weeks.

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FORUMS | CONTINUEd FROM 1 Casey said a focus on building anticipation for attending CMU should be a key cornerstone of the walk, but isn’t. “There is not really any school spirit on the tour route,” Casey said. “We could really work on making CMU and the school spirit we have shown a little bit better.” Casey said she hopes this will be addressed through the campus identity project. “I remember being very impressed with how the campuses were set up with all of the different posters and flags around campus,” she said. “I know they are really trying to improve street signs, but I hope they can take that a little bit further and even make those maroon and gold.” Linda Slater, director of plant engineering and planning, said displaying school spirit is something they have considered and are hoping to act on. Slater added that there will be a number of different ideas discussed, but as this is the fifth forum, they hope to begin going more indepth on topics. “We are going to design a system to put more maroon and gold banners around campus,” Slater said. “This signage will have more CMU to it. This charrette is about

the outdoor spaces. It’s a continuation of an ongoing effort and taking it to the next level of detail.” Stephen Lawrence, vice president of Facilities Management, said while many ideas for changes to outdoor features will be discussed, signage is important. Proposed ideas for signage include the regular parking lots, pedestrian and vehicular signs, new ideas like 3D maps and other separate visuals to help visitors and students navigate the campus. “The signage will be directed at first-time visitors,” Lawrence said. “The campus can be pretty daunting to some during their first visit.” The forums are set to take place in the Bovee University Center Rotunda. The forums are scheduled at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, 8 a.m. on Wednesday and 4 p.m. on Thursday. The two final forums are scheduled to be held in the U.C. St. Claire Room.


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Emily Brouwer | Staff Photographer Ryan Giegling, 32, left, of Flint and Berry Flanders, 51, right, of Mount Pleasant sit and talk at TWELVE17 Coffee Roasters on Saturday morning.

A new kind of brew

TWELVE17 Coffee Roasters supports international cause, offers a ‘low decibel’ atmosphere

Shannon Millard | Staff Photographer TWELVE17 Coffee Roasters is a non-profit organization that sells coffee only through donations by its customers. The cafe also roasts its own coffee beans.

By Catey Traylor Senior Reporter

Grace Church is known for its modern-day preaching methods, youthful congregation and the freshest cup of coffee in Mount Pleasant. When the church grew too large for its services held downtown at Ward Theater, Pastor Barry Flanders knew he had to make a change. He was able to purchase the building at 1217 S. Mission St., the site of landmark Embers restaurant, and transform it into a place of worship. Flanders felt the space was missing something, and eventually TWELVE17 Coffee Roasters was born.

“We moved to this building because we needed more space,” Flanders said. “This is 26,000 square feet. I realized that we couldn’t use this space only on Sundays – it needed to be something more.” With the help of a Grace Church member who is an interior designer, Flanders transformed the threestory building into a modern church, swapping traditional pews for folding chairs, adding bright paint, a variety of furniture, glass walls and plenty of comfortable seating. The coffee shop and church blend into one large, welcoming, eclectic space. Best known for it’s on-site roasting

and brewing, the business survives thanks to the help of 18 baristas, who work as volunteers. However, enjoying a beverage at TWELVE17 won’t cost you as much as at other coffee houses– everything is priced based on a suggested donation cost. “We felt that since God gave Jesus ‘free-of-charge’ to the world, that we would offer a pretty good cup of coffee to our community for simply a suggested donation,” Flanders said. But the church makes nothing off of the donations. Instead, the money goes to sustaining the business and helping those in need. “For those who choose to make a donation, we use 10 percent right off the top to help orphans, widows and needy people in the country of Myanmar,” Flanders said. “We use the rest to offset the cost of purchasing, roasting and preparing coffee and tea.” TWELVE17 gets coffee beans from a local farmer in Myanmar. Coffee is brewed one cup at a time using a pour over method, which, Flanders said, allows the coffee to be tasted in its purest form. A variety of loose-leaf teas, chai, hot chocolate and fresh fruit smoothies are also offered. Flanders describes the feel of TWELVE17 as “low decibel,” something he says his customers value. “This is a place where anybody can come and get some space and get freshly roasted and ground coffee, he said. “Nobody’s going to start talking to you. That’s not the point of it here.

There are not a lot of places you can go to get some space, no strings attached.” Kendra Delano, a Lansing junior, agrees that TWELVE17 doesn’t have the feel of an average coffee house. “I love it here because it’s relaxed and doesn’t feel like a typical coffee shop,” she said. “I can come here and get work done or people just watch and relax without any interruptions. It’s a really open place for everybody.” Paul Coffman, one of the visionaries behind Grace Church’s expansion, said TWELVE17 stands out from other coffee shops simply because its patrons understand the need for alone time. “Every coffee shop is special in some way, but what’s special about this one is the decibel of volume,” Coffman said. “It’s a balancing act between a social need and a need for solitude in every coffee shop. What’s special here is that there’s an awareness of respect.” Simply put, Flanders wants the community to know all are welcome at TWELVE17. “People with limited funds don’t need to feel limited here,” he said. “We want to feel like a second home to people.” TWELVE17 is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday mornings from 8 to 10 a.m.

Student volunteers help support Special Olympics basketball tournament By Stephen Cross Staff Reporter

When Saginaw native David McAtee was born with achondroplasia, a type of dwarfism, doctors warned his family of the physical obstacles he would face. On Saturday, McAtee stood out as one of the most physical players on the basketball court by diving for loose balls and scoring 24 of his team’s 50 points at the Special Olympics Michigan basketball tournament at Morey Courts Recreation Center in the Isabella Community Sportsplex. “It’s a lot of fun for everyone, especially for people with disabilities, like me,” McAtee said. “This tournament just shows that anybody can do anything, no matter who they are, big or small.” Special Olympics Michigan hosted one of four district basketball tournaments Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Michigan University students, staff and faculty volunteered for every position available, from referees to food vendors. Members of fraternities and sororities volunteered at the event while many others attended just to show their support and cheer on the athletes. Ludington sophomore Kelsey Arneson was one of the sorority members who volunteered alongside her Tri Sigma sisters.

“It’s important for students to come together and show our support to volunteer, because these kids do not get enough credit for what they do,” Arneson said. “It’s really rewarding and fun to come out and volunteer anywhere, but it’s especially rewarding when it’s for the Special Olympics.” For 25 years, the event took place in Bay City. This year, the tournament moved to the Isabella Community Sportsplex because of its large indoor basketball complex. The larger complex allowed for 32 teams to compete this year, compared to the 22 teams that participated last year. As teams waited for their games to start, they practiced shooting and dribbling in the open gym areas. Meals were provided for all athletes, coaches and chaperones at the event. Student athletes from CMU’s track and field team also made appearances to sign autographs, and talk with the SOMI athletes while they ate. Chicago freshman Erica Hughes has done her share of volunteering since coming to CMU in August. She emphasized how important it is for people to show their support if they are skeptical about volunteering. “I would not miss this opportunity to be a fan in the stands and support these hardworking athletes,” Hughes said. “Students

Union Township will be paying more this year for gallons of liquid calcium chloride, which are used on roads to control ice and dust. Union Township’s board of trustees approved the 2014 brine contract, which prices the total cost of liquid calcium chloride for 2014 at about $16,293, or $0.13 per gallon. This year’s bid price is up from last year’s price of $15,120, or $.0125 per gallon. The Isabella Road Commission is partnering with Union Township, which agreed to pay about $1,683 of the total cost. “The new brine contract will cover approximately 20 miles of road for the summer,” said township supervisor Russ Alwood. The liquid calcium chloride will be used on easements and the reconstruction of Deerfield Road, which is expected to start early this summer. The next meeting will be held on March 12 at Township Hall. - Stephen Cross, staff reporter



A Central Michigan University College of Medicine professor is now certified in obesity medicine. Vasanth Stalin, an assistant professor of surgery for CMED Synergy, and director of bariatric surgery at St. Mary’s of Michigan Bariatric Surgery Center, earned the certification through the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Obesity medicine is a specialty that has really become a priority in the past few years, as the number of obesity cases increases. “Any sub-specialization in a specific field of medicine has specialty boards and the most recent board to be added is the American Board of Obesity Medicine,” Stalin said. “Obesity is a modern epidemic and it’s rates are rising. Thirty years ago, this wasn’t the case.” The board exists to help obese patients, from helping change the patient culture to motivation, prescriptions and other options. “This new board was specifically formed to make sure the physicians who gain board certification in this particular specialty of obesity medicine are truly equipped to manage and advise patients in the best way possible,” he said. -Mark Johnson, staff reporter



Kyle Wilson|Staff Photographer Cody Simpson of the Area 22 Goldwings looks for an open teammate Saturday during the Special Olympics Michigan district final at Morey Courts. Simpson and his fellow Goldwings took second place.

should come to more events like these, because just talking with these gifted people will leave them with a happy feeling inside.” Each team played two 24-minute games. Top division teams that won both of their games advanced to the state championship, which will take place in Rockford later this month. All participating athletes received commemorative medals and certificates from Special Olympics Michigan. The Area 7 Warriors, a team of 18 to 43-year-old Mount Pleasant athletes, took first place in Division III competition. Coached by senior Jackson Seedott, the Warriors remain undefeated this season (9-0) and will head to Rockford for the state championship. “These athletes continue to amaze me with their athleticism

and their sportsmanship,” Seedott said. “Their character is revealed through the way they play the game. Even if we were losing in a blowout, they would still find a way to have fun and have a smile on their faces, and I believe that is what the Special Olympics are all about.” Tournament Director Dan Ekonen expressed his gratitude toward the student volunteers. “The tournament brings together so many different people, especially students, with the disabled population that they might not otherwise interact with,” said Ekonen. “They form natural connections with our athletes, and it’s just so incredible to have passionate students get involved.”

Wednesday marks the beginning of the annual “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign, put on by Special Olympics. The day of awareness is dedicated to recognizing the harmful effects that the words “retard” and “retarded” inflict on others, in hopes of encouraging people to stop using them. Special Olympics will be hosting events throughout March and April. Special Olympics Michigan has partnered with the Detroit Pistons to raise awareness of “Spread the Word to End the Word.” Tickets can be purchased for “exclusive prices” from the Special Olympics Michigan website, with a portion of the proceeds going to SOMI. In addition to the Pistons game, Special Olympics Michigan has scheduled a list of other events in honor of “Spread the Word to End the Word,” which are scheduled throughout March, and include an upcoming volleyball fundraiser and an anti-bullying, studentproduced movie premiere. Tickets and more information about “Spread the Word to End the Word 2014” can be found on the Special Olympics Michigan website, as well as -Stephen Cross, staff reporter


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Megan Pacer

Faculty contract negotiations

Senior Reporter

Life as a 21st century journalist As a journalist and student, the Internet is the most important tool I use in my everyday life. As a reporter for Central Michigan Life, I use it for a variety of different reasons. From looking up phone numbers and doublechecking names to looking up information about various campus officials and confirming statistics — the World Wide Web is absolutely essential. I’ve been reporting for more than a year and I cannot think of many assignments where I haven’t used the Internet. I check my CMU email daily for any new assignments from my editor. Google is helpful in researching topics. Additionally, I access websites like or to look up definitions of different words or to find more creative synonyms. However, it’s important to remember that some of the world’s best reporting occurred during a time when the Internet didn’t exist or was still just evolving. Names like Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein highlight the preInternet era. Their work, which uncovered the infamous Watergate Scandal of the ‘70s, was done without the aid of computers. Days of work done, not by Google, but by combing through books, records and limited technology. This was the norm for reporters at the time. Now, I can access records and minutes of meetings from different institutions around the country with a simple click. I have sports statistics, rosters, recaps of previous games and schedules at my fingertips. Instead of picking up newspapers, the same stories found in the print copy can now be found online. In fact, many newspapers, including CM Life, have a digital version of their print copy. However, the Internet can induce laziness for some. In many instances, stories can be reported and written by reporters without having to leave their bedroom. This has built a level of passivity in some reporters, where instead of talking face-to-face with sources, they accept email interviews and paste the needed information into the story. Other reporters might not attempt to actually find the correct information at all. Instead, they look up the information on the Internet — which might not be correct — rather than go directly to the source. While there are negatives when it comes to using the web for journalism, if it’s used correctly, the Internet can serve as a vital tool for reporters. It increases the speed in which organizations can share news with their readers. It also makes finding and reading the news easier. Instead of running to the nearest paper rack, the same news can now be accessed on computers, smart phones, tablets and other devices. While the transition to digital journalism has been a little rough so far, the Internet and other technology will ultimately improve journalism and help inform citizens of daily events.

Society and the media: Who’s really in control?

File Photo | Jeff Smith University President George Ross looks at his watch while walking from Charles V. Park Library to Warriner Hall after a press conference in 2011. Protestors followed behind chanting “negotiate now.”

A call for polite, productive negotiations A

fter rocky contract negotiations between the administration and Faculty

Association in 2011, we hope to see improved relations — from both sides — this time around. Three years ago, the Faculty Association and the administration repeatedly failed to reach an agreement on a contract in the battle that lasted nearly eight months. The disagreement led to a faculty work stoppage before the beginning of the fall 2011 semester. Central Michigan University claimed the strike was illegal, filing for an injunction while demanding faculty return to work. The contract was settled four months later, costing the university a damaged relationship with the faculty association, a blemished public reputation and $77,000 in legal fees. That contract expires in June. Although both faculty and administrators have high hopes for more positive interactions this time, it will take increased consideration, communication and patience from both sides. Reviewing salaries, health and retirement benefits, promotions, tenure, departmental bylaws, emergency leaves, reorganizations, disability and grievance procedures is a tedious, but necessary task that calls for collaboration. After reaching an agreement in 2011, faculty and university officials — including President George Ross — made the commitment to come together to improve that relationship.

In August, then FA President Laura Frey said it was important the administration remain aware of problems that existed with communication, transparency and an equity of support to faculty. “The fundamental issues present throughout the 2011-12 academic year have not yet been made right by the administration,” Frey said in an email to Central Michigan Life in 2012. “There were inequities in terms of treatment to faculty as well as violation of faculty constitutional rights demonstrated by this administration in early fall 2011.” In November 2012, faculty derided Ross’ leadership in a survey. Rating his effectiveness on a scale of 1-5, 191 rated him either a one or two and only 47 rated him a three or higher. Earlier that year, 19 departments endorsed an academic senate vote of no confidence against Ross. In response, Ross made a commitment to improve relations — creating the committee for shared governance and offering to attend department meetings to further open communication. His administration also said it would provide written reports for the Academic Senate, while still remaining focused on working toward the completion of a master plan and enrollment management strategy.


Response In response to the point/counterpoint published Friday. We don't deserve the name Chippewa because it is a culture that the students don't understand in its entirety. In order for students to understand what it means to be a Chippewa, maybe we should all have to take a seminar on the history and importance of the tribe during our academic orientation as freshmen. Maybe then, students can see the true values and strengths that give us our honorable name and learn the attributes that make their people so great. With the proper education on our name, then we may have the chance to have the name Chippewa be a part of our true identity in this culturally-rich community. -Alex Gonzales, Mount Pleasant freshman

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CMU and the Faculty Association have had three years to repair the damage. Time will tell if the efforts were successful. When the faculty and administration disagree — especially in such a public manner — it casts a shadow on our university as a whole. While negotiations are necessary, when the disagreements reach the public, it tells current and prospective students, as well as their families, that CMU is in turmoil. Ultimately, when these negotiations turn ugly, many will question if CMU is the best place for new faculty members to come to work and for students to receive a quality education. If we want to earn a reputation as a “first-choice university,” CMU needs to begin by creating a peaceful environment for collective bargaining and contract negotiations. When faculty members and administration refuse to budge — and the result is a work stoppage — it interferes with our ability, as students, to learn. Together, as a whole, CMU has a responsibility to balance the long-term impact these negotiations have on our reputation as well the impact it has on the educational experience. It seems, for now, that both the administration and faculty have the right attitude heading into negotiations, but we can only hope — for the sake of our faculty, students and our university — that these collaborative efforts will make an impact.

During the Society of Professional Journalists’ symposium “Sex Crimes and the Press: What’s the Media’s Responsibility?” Thursday, several concerns were raised about the media’s handling of sexual assault cases — including incidents on the campus of Central Michigan University. Issues like victim blaming, police terminology, subjective interpretation and the duty of a journalist to remain unbiased while reporting are all important aspects when handling such a difficult and sensitive issue. However, after hearing the opinions of both students and the panelists, I can’t help but play devil’s advocate. Did we completely miss the point? Are productive conversations about the media’s handling of sexual assault possible without addressing the overarching issue of gender equality? By definition, a journalist is tasked with seeking, interpreting and disseminating information to an audience. The process of interpreting and disseminating that information is obviously where several issues such as bias, wording and emphasis come into play. There are several conventions and standards in society today that tend to put women at a disadvantage. In turn, they have a major effect on the way the media interprets any information about them. While making enormous strides for their own rights in recent decades, women are still treated unfairly. We are paid less for equal work. We are sexualized. In some places, we aren’t even given control over our own reproductive systems. Jokes at the expense of women’s intelligence and sexual integrity are integrated into our society as acceptable forms of humor and conversation among peers. Plainly put, sometimes the topic of rape is categorized as funny rather than immoral. The pressure of these standards affects the way the media interprets information it receives about women and sex crimes. Obviously, the media operates as best as it can within the given parameters and conventions of society at any given moment in time. Reporters discover and report their findings. However, if women are afraid to come forth with information concerning sexual assault as a result of some unintentional bias, misinterpreted wording or sexist diction put forth by the media, how can journalists do their job of keeping the public informed? I merely suggest that rather than waiting to follow the cues of an imperfect society in which women are undervalued, the media and the watchdogs of our society can take the first steps in changing the dialogue surrounding sexual assault cases, and therefore begin to alter society’s perception of it. Rather than operate under the standards, values and norms that traditionally pin women in a corner, I’d like to see a media that is not afraid to change the conversation in a society that it so clearly has an influence on.

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Global Campus receives $10,000 in funding from online study By Sean Bradley Senior Reporter

Central Michigan University’s Global Campus received $10,000 in funding last week for participation in a study of free Massively Open Online Courses. Mary Starnes, director of education and professional development for Global Campus, said the funds available for the 2013-14 academic year will be handled by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. “The study is administered through the Global Campus and would involve coordination with other university offices including the Registrar’s (Office), Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Admissions,” Starnes said. Originating in 2008, a MOOC, or Massively Open Online Course, allows large numbers of people to take online courses free-of-charge from providers including Udacity or Coursera. Universities across the country, including Harvard and Stanford are providing courses in the format while other universities

are taking note. “Elite universities are partnering with Coursera at a furious pace,” a Nov. 2012 article from the New York Times said. “It now offers courses from 33 of the biggest names in postsecondary education, including Princeton, Brown, Columbia and Duke.” The major difference between a regular, brick-and-mortar classroom environment and an Internet-based MOOC, is the lack of face-to-face communication between classmates and the instructor. The bulk of coursework – lectures, videos, slideshows and turning in homework – remain in MOOCs. The study will be used to determine if students who take courses via MOOCs could transfer the credits to a university. “CMU, like most higher education institutions, is focusing on success and retention of students,” she said. “This project creates one more opportunity to inform us as strategy and practices are instituted.” Six other schools, including Kaplan University, Regis University

and Western Carolina University, are involved in the study. Commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the study is being undertaken by the American Center on Education with assistance by the University Continuing Education Association. Cathy Sandeen, vice president for education attainment and innovation at ACE, said they look at how MOOCs could integrate into already-existing degree programs. Primarily, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was interested in seeing how MOOCs could help students complete their degrees with greater efficiency. Sandeen used math as an example. “If they transfer in with a calculus course, how well will they do in other math courses?” she asked. “That’s a question we might ask.” The courses being evaluated in the study include developmental math and college algebra. These courses were offered and chosen by two different MOOC providers, Udacity and Coursera. Universities involved in the study

can decide whether or not credit from this MOOC will count toward a student’s degree requirements. Results of the study could be three years away, Starnes said. The funding could also be extended beyond the first year of availability.


The effectiveness of MOOCs has come into question since their growth in popularity more than two years ago. Dennis St. John, a college algebra instructor at CMU, said MOOCs for developmental math courses can be problematic for students. “If they’re in a developmental math class, they need lots of attention, lots of time and the MOOCs don’t necessarily devote those resources, though more and more MOOCs are starting to do that,” St. John said. He said providing feedback on a student’s work in a MOOC is also difficult. St. John does not see MOOCs in CMU’s immediate future, but

acknowledged their benefits. “It’s not to say they couldn’t work quite nicely down the road, but at this point, I don’t see anything on the horizon for us, (even) though there are some neat ones out there,” he said. “It turns out they’re not bad for people who are highly motivated and very bright, who might have been able to learn some of the content on their own in the first place.” Sandeen added that MOOC popularity has been on the decline since more than a year ago. “There is not as much demand from degree-seeking students as we anticipated,” she said. “Still, I think there is some way that MOOCs may help students.” For example, people who want to take college courses again after a lengthy absence might want to use a MOOC, she said. “If they’re successful, wouldn’t it be great to use that credit for a credential or a degree?” Sandeen asked.

Shannon Millard | Staff Photographer Uno, Sara Schafer’s beagle, waits to get his rabies shot and licensing Thursday at the Isabella County Animal Shelter.

RABIES | CONTINUEd FROM 1 Barrett, who adopted Raven from the shelter a few years ago, did not let the freezing temperatures keep him from standing in line. “The vaccination is important enough to stay here and wait through the cold,” Barrett said as he held his dog in a blanket. “I don’t mind the wait because the shelter does a great job taking care of the animals.” The shelter was scheduled to have its rabies and licensing clinic last week, but had to reschedule for Thursday due to poor weather conditions. Chelsea Tenwalde, the canine care supervisor at the shelter, explained the need for rabies shots as well as what stu-

dents should do if they find stray dogs. “Rabies shots are especially important because they are required in the state of Michigan,” Tenwalde said. “If a student finds a stray dog in Isabella County, it’s best to just bring it in to the shelter, or else call Central Dispatch.” When the clinic opened at 5 p.m., a lengthy line of more than 60 pet owners and their dogs formed outside the shelter, almost reaching the road. Shepherd resident Kelly Oshay stressed the responsibility dog owners have when it comes to their pets’ health, as he waited in line with his dog Jack. “It’s very important to get your dog checked at least twice a year,” Oshay said. “Stray dogs should be taken to the shelter as well, so they can be checked on – it can save their lives.”

Shannon Millard | Staff Photographer Rabies and licensing clinic at the Isabella County Animal Shelter was canceled last week, adding to the turnout Thursday. Police came to the scene after traffic was slowed due to overflowed parking on Isabella Road in Mount Pleasant.

“It’s very important to get your dog checked at least twice a year. Stray dogs should be taken to the shelter as well, so they can be checked on – it can save their lives.”

CMU is an AA/EO institution (see 39157 2/14

Kelly Oshay, Shepherd resident


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Students, residents turn trash into treasure with university surplus sale By Megan Pacer Senior Reporter

For students like William Trotter, a senior from South Rockwood, the somewhat obscure Central Michigan University surplus sales present an opportunity to make quick cash out of university trash. Held the last Friday of every month in a large garage at 275 W. Bellows St. on campus, the surplus sale allows the university to rid itself of old or damaged items, while providing customers with steals that can be fixed for use or sale. Manager of CMU Surplus Sales Mike Viers said they first determine if an item can be used on another part of campus before it is donated to the sale. Something might be qualified for sale if it no longer works or is simply scratched up. “It’s assessed by condition and by need,” Viers said. “If I won’t use it in my office, I won’t keep it.” February’s sale consisted of large numbers of desks, com-

Sarah White | Staff Photographer Mount Pleasant resident Janet Rice hunts for a chair for her granddaughter’s deer blind at the surplus sale on Friday.

puter monitors, file cabinets and exercise and audio video equipment. Patrons were lined up outside the building at least

30 minutes prior to the start of the sale. When the doors opened, they filed in with sold stickers in hand, ready to claim their items.

Nothing at the sale is tested for functionality, so each purchase is a risk at final sale with no warranty. First-time visitor Kevin

Chamberlain of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe did not let the lack of a warranty dissuade him from making a beeline to the personal exercise equipment. A member of the independent contracting company Sweet Grass Productions, Chamberlain was also in pursuit of AV equipment for his work. “It’s a good resource,” Chamberlain said. “There’s a lot of AV stuff that needs to get turned around. If they don’t need much work, I can use them.” Chamberlain was not the only Mount Pleasant resident in search of larger items. One patron brought her children and family along for the experience. “I think we have a really broad range of customers,” Viers said. “Lots of students come to purchase, people from the community (and) people from as far a distance as Lansing, Midland and Saginaw.” Trotter is a long-time

frequenter of the surplus sale, with last week being his sixth or seventh visit. He first heard of the sales from a friend in his marketing class, and has since made money off of the sale finds. As he does not have a car, Trotter strategizes going after items he can turn around for sale, which usually include electronics and items of clothing. “It sounded interesting,” Trotter said. “I just look for small things that I can make a dollar on. I kind of go for the small things that are overlooked by everyone else.” Trotter said items at the sale for an extended amount of time can be negotiated down even further. Viers said larger, more obscure items go onto the online auction to both expand the buying market and keep such things out of landfills. The next CMU surplus sale will take place on March 28.

Upcoming ‘Open Mic Night’ allows students to showcase talent By Adriana Cotero Staff Reporter

In an effort to encourage activism and recognize talent, the Celani and Fabiano Residence Halls are hosting “Open Mic Night” on Wednesday. Kicking off at 9 p.m. in the Fabiano/Emmons/Woldt Lobby, Central Michigan University students will perform to raise money for local nonprofit organizations. “It is a great way for students to think about their community and organizations that they are passionate about,” said Eric Ostrowski, Residence Hall Assembly president and Northville senior. “Also, (it is a way) to raise awareness for the work that the nonprofit organizations are doing.” Co-coordinating the event is Stephanie Pocsi, a Grant

senior and Fabiano residential assistant, and Taylor Gehrcke, a Grand Rapids junior and Celani multicultural advisor. Gehrcke and Pocsi said in previous years, they would pick one organization for the philanthropy effort. This year, every performer is asked to choose an organization, while audience members donate money to the performer they like most. The donations will be allocated among the first, second and third place winners, and go to the nonprofit organizations. “We want to encourage our performers to recognize their activism and give back to their community that they are passionate about,” Pocsi said. “People are more likely to perform if they are passionate about what they are performing about. We

want people to know that they have a power to cause change, whether it’s big or small.” Food will be provided by local Mount Pleasant business catering, including Pixie Restaurant’s burgers, coney dogs, apple pie and more. Any CMU student can perform as long as they represent a nonprofit organization and can show off a talent. “Our passion is social justice, to put on a program that entertains and educates,” Gehrcke said. “You can see people be passion driven and be an active citizen.” If interested, email, and register by Tuesday.

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GYMNASTICS Women slide past NIU with lowest score in seven meets »PAGE 8

Track indoor season ends with strong performances

EXTRA POINTS It was a busy weekend for Central Michigan sports, as five of CMU’s varsity teams were in action during the final days of February. CMU athletics also announced the relocation of the student section at Kelly/Shorts Stadium and the football team’s 2014 schedule.


By Ian Callison and Kelly Potter, Staff Reporters


Greg Cornwell | Staff Photographer

The crowd reacts to a late game comeback on Thursday at McGuirk Arena.


Sophomore men’s basketball point guard Chris Fowler missed the game-tying buzzer beater Saturday afternoon in Muncie, Ind. and the Chippewas fell to Ball State, 74-71. The loss dropped Chris Fowler CMU to 10-18 overall and 3-13 in Mid-American Conference play this season. If the MAC tournament started today, the men would head to Eastern Michigan for a first-round game. EMU handed CMU its worst loss of the season, 64-42, on Wednesday.




Senior baseball pitcher Pat Kaminska tossed a completegame shutout Saturday, to lead CMU to a 5-0 victory against St. Bonaventure during the Snowbird Invitational in Port Charlotte Pat Kaminska Fla. Kaminska surrendered five hits and struck out five batters to improve his record to 2-1 on the season. He entered the season as the Chippewas Jordan Foley No.2 starter behind ace Jordan Foley, who was 1-2 with a 2.79 earned runs average, as of Sunday.




Football announced its 2014 schedule Friday. The Chippewas will play six home games this fall, all of them on Saturdays with the exception of the Aug. 28 home opener against Chattanooga, to be played on a Thursday night. Earlier last week, CMU announced the relocation of the student section to the eastern side of Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

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Loud loyalty Results of fan volume varies by sport, gives home team advantage By Taylor DesOrmeau Staff Reporter

Be it at home or on the road, the fans who attend athletic events can play a role in determining the outcome of a competition. Each sport deals with blocking out crowd noise differently. For basketball, the athletes are right next to the crowd, creating potential for fans to get inside players’ heads. “(Fans) are sitting almost on the bench,” said Central Michigan men’s basketball head coach Keno Davis. “When you’re that close, it’s easy for the athlete to be able to hear (a) fan. Whatever sport you are, the closer they are to the action, the more they have an impact on the game.” In basketball, both teams are competing on the floor simultaneously, where as in gymnastics, there is only one athlete competing at any given moment, which can change the playing field. Fan noise and enthusiasm can have a direct impact on athletes trying to focus. “I don’t have any problem with, at a football game, the fans (waving their arms) when somebody’s going to kick a field goal, because it’s not like you’ve never seen that before,” said gymnastics head coach Jerry Reighard. “But how do you train for someone making a slur that is intended to distract? I’m not, as a coach, going to yell obscenities at my team to get them ready for

Greg Cornwell | Staff Photographer A fan applauds a play Thursday at McGuirk Arena.

that possibility.” Instances like Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart’s physical retaliation toward a verbal fan on Feb. 8 can put a stain on college athletics. Still, there are positive moments where fan enthusiasm has made a difference. Some believe players alone decide the outcome, that they can choose to tune out the impact of the crowd. This is not entirely true, and Smart is exhibit A. With the level of concentration gymnasts need, specifically on the balance beam, a distraction could have larger repercussions than in other sports. This is why Reighard approaches fans who are being

disrespectful, which happened Feb. 23 at Illinois. “I kind of had to quiet down a few guys that were in the front row,” Reighard said. “They were polite. My comment was, ‘Are you really going to dog us?’ or something like that. Then it became legitimate cheering and excitement for their team instead of dogmatic pointing, trying to intimidate.” In a Feb. 15 gymnastics meet against Kent State, the crowd was in full force as the team was attempting to come back from nearly a point down in the late stages. The crowd erupted as sophomore Taylor Bolender’s 9.925 score was displayed.

Men’s and women’s track and field posted a number of spectacular performances at the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships, signaling improvement and a bright future for the track program, despite their overall team placement. Both teams finished fifth overall – last for the men and near the middle of the 12-team women’s grouping. Renaldo Powell “I thought we had a great meet today on both sides,” said director of track and field Mark Guthrie. “I thought we responded well and both teams were really competitive. The student athletes learn lessons and keep moving forward and continue to get better one day at a time.” Senior Renaldo Powell raced the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.74 seconds, edging Kent State sophomore William Barnes by just .01 seconds. Powell’s time surpassed CMU alum Greg Richardson’s 60mhurdle record of 7.76, a goal Powell has had since he slipped on his first pair of track spikes at CMU. He also beat the Kent State Fieldhouse record of 7.82 with the run. “I warmed up early, so I sat and visualized the race. I was pretty calm until right there before the race started, and then I realized this could be my last time on the track,” Powell said. “I had the second and third place guys right next to me, and I couldn’t let them beat me.” If Powell’s time of 7.74 keeps him ranked in the top 16 nationally, he will advance to the national meet in Albuquerque, N.M. He is ranked 12th, but because not all of the national seeds have played out yet, Powell will not know if he advances until later this week. Senior Shawntoreah Turk soared through the finish line, breaking a MAC record in the women’s 400m dash with a time of 53.97, receiving 10 points for CMU. Turk’s placement surpassed LaTanya Nobles’ time of 54.94 back in 2007. w POWELL | 9

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Women’s basketball earns bye with 15th MAC win By Joe Judd Staff Reporter

The Central Michigan women’s basketball team clinched a double-bye Sunday for the MidAmerican Conference tournament next week with a 80-77 win at Toledo. CMU trailed the Rockets by nine points near the final media timeout, but a late Chippewas run capped the victory. Junior Crystal Bradford and senior Taylor Johnson each scored 23 points in the victory. Senior Niki DiGuilio hit four free-throws in the final minute of play to keep the Rockets at bay. “I talked a lot with our team at halftime about the battle of the boards,” said CMU head coach Sue Guevara. “Toledo went after us on the offensive glass but I thought we looked to attack the glass better in the second half.” It was another slow start, followed by a strong and suspenseful climb in the second half. This has been status quot for the Chippewas (19-9, 15-1) this season. “I give CB (Bradford) a lot of credit,” Guevara said. “She hit two big free throws for us after missing two earlier in the game. DiGuilio and Taylor (Johnson) had monster games today and that’s what our bench does for us.” The Rockets shot the ball well and limited Bradford to five points in the first half. Both teams shot 40 percent from the floor in the first. w TOLEDO | 9

Top Performers 23 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Crystal Bradford played the last four minutes of Sunday’s win with four fouls. She hit two key free throws down the stretch to pad CMU’s lead.

Taylor Johnson was a deadly 5-for-8 from 3-point range in the win over Toledo. Her long ball with under three minutes to play gave CMU its first lead of the second half.

Courtesy Photo of Daniel Miller | University of Toledo Junior guard Jessica Green puts up a shot against Toledo’s Andola Dortch in a closely-contested win on Sunday, 80-77.

DiGuilio was solid from the free-throw line hitting five-ofsix in the win. She hit four free throws in the final minute of play to seal CMU’s 15th MAC victory of the season.


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Central Michigan 2014 Football Schedule

Syracuse, Western Michigan highlight 2014 football schedule By Malachi Barrett Sports Editor

Central Michigan and the Mid-American Conference announced its eight-game conference football schedule Friday. The Chippewas open the season against Chattanooga on Aug. 28 and close the regular season at home against Western Michigan on Nov. 22. After the Thursday game against the Mocs, each of CMU’s remaining 11 games will be played on a Saturday. The Chippewas will have six home games against Syracuse, Ohio, Ball State, Miami and Western Michigan. CMU begins the MAC schedule at Toledo on Sept. 27, playing the Rockets in the MAC opener for the second-

straight year. It will be the fourth time in five years that CMU has opened the MAC schedule on the road. CMU then hits the road for three weekends, beginning with a visit to four-time defending MAC West Division champion Northern Illinois on Oct. 11. After hosing Ball State, the Chippewas will travel to Buffalo (Oct. 25) and Eastern Michigan (Nov. 1). The regular season concludes with back-to-back home games against Miami (Nov. 15) and Western Michigan (Nov. 22). Homecoming and other special events will be announced in the coming weeks while kickoff times and television appearances will be released as they are finalized.

Samantha Madar | Photo Editor Sophomore running back Saylor Lavalii pushes through the defensive line at Waldo Stadium Nov. 16, 2013. Chippewas won 27-22.

Gymnastics slides past NIU with lowest score conference play By Taylor DesOrmeau and Cody Debona, Staff Reporters

No. 16 Gymnastics improved to 11-2 with its victory over NIU, but only managed to earn their lowest score in seven meets. Although the meet will go down as a victory on paper, the team took a step backwards in terms of team performance, with the score being the third-lowest of the season and the lowest since Jan. 17 against William and Mary. The Chippewas had difficulty getting into a groove Sunday. CMU scored a 49.1 on floor, arguably the team’s most consistent event. Since the team was on the road, they were forced to begin the meet on bars and end on beam. The home team starts on vault and ends on floor. Junior Taylor Noonan came into the meet ranked ninth in the country on balance beam and was one of the lone bright spots, scoring another 9.9 on beam to secure the victory for CMU 194.675194.025. Sophomore Taylor Bolender scored a 9.9 on her floor routine and sophomore Kirsten Petzold performed well on vault, scoring a 9.85 and securing her spot as one of the Chippewas go-to vaulters along with junior Halle Moraw, who scored a 9.825. Petzold was the only competing Chippewa that didn’t score a 9.75 or less Sunday. The uneven bars proved challenging for both teams as the top score of the entire meet on bars was junior Kylie Fagan’s 9.75. CMU had issues against the Huskies throughout the meet, scoring a 48.525 on bars, a 48.875 on vault, a 49.1 on floor and a 48.175 on balance beam. The team’s premier allarounder, and last year’s MidAmerican Conference AllAround Champion, Brittany Petzold, struggled along with junior all-arounder Becca Druien, with only one 9.8 or higher between the two. The low score could hurt

Katy Kildee | Staff Photographer Sophomore Kirsten Petzold performs on the balance beam Jan. 26 against Ball State. Petzold scored a 9.850 in vault in the win against NIU Sunday, 194.675-194.05

UP NEXT CMU @ Rutgers WHEN: Saturday March 8 TIME: 1 p.m. WHERE: Rutgers, Ohio

the Chippewas national ranking, which stands at No. 16 in the nation. A 194 is leagues below what head coach Jerry Reighard has been pushing for this season, he has consistently said he believes his team has the ability to score 197. The team will travel to Livingston Gym next week to face Rutgers, Towson, South-

ern Connecticut and Yale. CMU will have to score in the 195s or 196s to beat a Rutgers team Saturday in the top 30 nationally, who scored a 195.825 this weekend. The Chippewas could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Central Michigan 2014 Football Schedule Thursday, Aug. 28 Chattanooga Saturday, Sept. 6 at Purdue Saturday, Sept. 13 Syracuse Saturday, Sept. 20 at Kansas Saturday, Sept. 27 at Toledo Saturday, Oct. 4 Ohio Saturday, Oct. 11 at Northern Illinois Saturday, Oct. 18 Ball State Saturday, Oct. 25 at Buffalo* Saturday, Nov. 1 at Eastern Michigan Saturday, Nov. 15 Miami Saturday, Nov. 22 Western Michigan Friday, Dec. 5 Marathon MAC Championship Game


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Johnson has prided herself all season on giving CMU the necessary spark to take control of the game down the stretch. “There comes a time in the game where you have to get everybody up and everybody excited and that’s my job,” Johnson said. “If it wasn’t for my teammates having my back with all the rebounds, none of that would’ve happened.” The win over Toledo is the team’s 15th in conference play and is the third time CMU has reached this number in school history. The Chippewas have two games remaining on their schedule against in-state rivals Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan this week.

Moments later, the gymnast from Kent State fell off the balance beam, bringing the Chippewas even closer to victory. While CMU lost the meet by .025 points, the crowd was able to mentally disturb the other team and almost gave the team the come-from-behind win. Junior gymnast Kylie Fagan said part of their job is to be able to tune out fan noise. “If some people let it



Turk previously broke a school record at the Akron Invitational Feb. 7, with a time of 53.98. Junior Ethan Lievense rounded out the school record-setting distance medley relay of junior Nathan Huff, senior Parker Scott and freshman Tyler Hamilton. “I usually run pretty confident going into my events, but I was nervous going into the DMR,”

Courtesy Photo by Daniel Miller | University of Toledo Junior guard Crystal Bradford makes a drive toward the net against Toledo on Sunday in Toledo, Ohio.

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