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WEDNESDAY, MAR. 5, 2014|MOUNT PLEASANT, MICH.|ISSUE NO. 66 VOL. 95

LIFE IN BRIEF SPORTS

CMU ATHLETICS RELEASES TRAVEL TICKET PACKAGE FOR MAC TOURNAMENT

Central Michigan Athletics announced a travel ticket package for the first 50 fans to purchase tickets to the Mid-American Conference tournament in Cleveland, Ohio. The package is on sale through Ticket Central and includes a ticket and ride on a charter bus to the first women’s basketball game in the semifinals on March 14, as well as a CMU sweatshirt and rally towel for $50. If the Chippewas advance to the MAC championship game on March 15, a complimentary ticket will be provided. A block of 50 rooms has also been reserved at the Aloft Hotel in downtown Cleveland for a discounted rate of $119 for March 14. The charter bus will leave at an undetermined time in the morning of March 14. A defined departure time will be finalized at the conclusion of the regular season on Saturday. The bus will arrive prior to tip-off of the semifinal contest and return on March 15. A limited amount of single-game tickets are available for purchase. -Malachi Barrett, sports editor

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A-SENATE

DISCUSSION STALLED ON COURSE SYLLABI ADJUSTMENT

Academic Senate voted Tuesday to delete major concentrations available for speech students. Discussions continued to move on a proposal that could drastically overhaul the university’s master course syllabi documents. The discussions, however, were stalled after many A-senators voiced opposition to the measure.

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SGA ELECTIONS

MEET THE CANDIDATES

Students running for Student Government Association positions were announced Monday night at the SGA general board meeting. President Marie Reimers is running for reelection against Senate leader Charles Mahone.

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LIFE INSIDE CMU sets fiscal year fundraising record »PAGE 2

EDITORIAL: Family and Equality »PAGE 4

From the moment last season ended, the goal for this year’s Central Michigan women’s basketball team was abundantly clear: Repeat as Mid-American Conference champions and make the NCAA tournament. The Chippewas are well on their way to accomplishing this feat, posting a 15-1 record in MAC competition thus far, surpassing a number of milestones along the way. Led by junior guard and last year’s tournament MVP Crystal Bradford, the women have been the frontrunner for the conference championship all season. A double-bye gives the Chippewas a week off between the end of this year’s regular season and the tournament semifinal in Cleveland, next Friday. Consistent MAC powerhouses Bowling Green, Akron and Ball State all wait in the wings, eagerly anticipating an opportunity to take down possibly the best CMU women’s basketball team ever assembled. w See pages 3,9 for full women’s basketball coverage

“If we repeated as MAC champs, I would probably have some LeBron (James) smirks going on. Besides, nothing is guaranteed. The hardest thing is to remain on top.” Crystal Bradford, junior guard

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GETTING READY FOR THE ROAD

MEN TOPPED BY TOLEDO

Extended break, Bowling Green largest obstacles for MAC repeat w 3

Men’s basketball lost to MAC powerhouse Toldeo, Tuesday at McGuirk Arena w 10


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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 artists will be on display in the University Art Gallery until the end of March. The winning artists received cash awards for their work.

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Colton Mokofsky | Video Editor Join sports reporters (from left) Dominick Mastrangelo, Joe Judd, Malachi Barrett and Neil Rosan as they discuss the state of the women’s basketball team which heads to Cleveland for the MidAmerican Conference championship tournament during break.

w Soup & Substance: Student Transfer Organization Noon – 1 p.m. Bovee U.C. Terrace rooms The Office of Diversity Education and Student Transfer Organization is hosting an open discussion on diversity-related subjects while dining on free soup and rolls. The event is free and open to the public.

LGBTQ office to host ‘Day of Silence’ photo shoot By Andrea Peck Staff Reporter

THURSDAY w University Band and Campus Band 8 – 9:30 p.m. Staples Family Concert Hall The University Band and the Campus Band will be performing in the Staples Family Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY w Day of Silence photo shoot 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Center for Inclusion and Diversity Students can get their photos taken by a professional to show their support for the upcoming Day of Silence and stand up against bullying and hate.

FRIDAY 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 artists will be on display in the University Art Gallery until the end of March. The winning artists received cash awards for their work.

SATURDAY w Spring Break March 6 - 16 Stay safe, enjoy your week off.

Andrew Whitaker and Morgan Taylor | Staff Photographers James Scott, professor of business information systems, dresses as an alligator for Mardi Gras while walking on campus Tuesday near Park Library. Scott said people would dress in costume during Mardi Gras and ask for chickens for the feast and if you were not given a chicken, you would steal one. (Above) Scott attends the Academic Senate’s meeting as a member of the Trustees-Faculty Liaison Committee.

CMU sets fiscal year fundraising record By Mark Johnson Staff Reporter

Annual fundraising efforts are helping to carry the load as financial issues continue to be a concern for Central Michigan University officials. University fundraising in 2012-13 totaled more than $14.5 million, breaking the 2008-09 record of more than $13.4 million. Kathleen Wilbur, vice president of development and external relations, said a variety of fundraising categories and techniques contributed to the increase, including personal solicitations and planned giving. “CMU started really fundraising around the year 2000, so we’re in a very different time and space then a lot of institutions,” Wilbur said. “Other schools have been at it for a very long time, but we’re getting there and we’re pleased with that.” Fundraising leadership within the different colleges at CMU has been an important piece to the increase. Each college was assigned a staff of development officers, Wilbur said. “We learned some things about how we could better ourselves in approaching people and if there was another group of people that we should be going after,” Wilbur said. One area she included was the annual university campaign. The approach and increased focus on this particular campaign had a record 1,063 donors give to the university,

generating the second-best year in terms of monetary contributions at more than $1.04 million. The office of alumni relations played an important part in breaking the fundraising record this past year, although it was not responsible for the actual monetary contributions. Marcie Otteman, executive director of alumni relations, said while her office is closely tied with annual giving, their goal and job complements university giving. “We want to engage alums in whatever way they deem works for them,” Otteman said. “That’s really the goal of the alumni relations office, to keep a life-long engagement and relationship with our alumni.” Bringing alumni to campus and showing them what is going on at CMU is an important part of what the alumni office does. This effort has been an important factor in the donation numbers. Wilbur was pleased with the fundraising success experienced last year and is very hopeful CMU can set a new fundraising record for 2014-15. “The quarter we just finished, we raised more money than we had last year at the same time,” Wilbur said, “We have raised about $2.3 million more than we had in the year prior, in that particular quarter. That does not mean it will end up better, but it is certainly a good signal.” university@cm-life.com

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Sometimes a simple photo can give a voice to the voiceless and stand up against oppression. Central Michigan University’s Office of LGBTQ Services will host the annual Day of Silence photo shoot Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Center for Inclusion and Diversity, located in Bovee University Center 108. The annual event raises awareness for members of the LGBTQ community. “It is to recognize individuals who are silenced due to bullying and hate,” said Shannon Jolliff, the director of LGBTQ services. “The actual ‘Day of Silence’ isn’t until April, but it goes along with that.” The Day of Silence is a national event when students take a vow of silence to illustrate the silencing effect that bullying and hate has on LGBTQ students. For the photo shoot, photographer Matthew

Bryan Pruitt takes black and white photos of participants with red duct tape over their mouths and manipulates the image so only the red tape is in color. Photos can be as creative or as serious as people wish. The purpose of the photo shoot is to get the message out. Justin Toliver, a junior from Redford and a student assistant in the office, said it is recommended participants wear darker colors for the photo because they will translate better into black and white. “Anyone can get their picture taken individually or in groups,” he said. Toliver said many large groups at CMU, such as fraternities and sororities, come to get their photos taken together. While some photos from the day are displayed in the Office of LGBTQ Services, they are mainly for the use of those who have their photos taken. studentlife@cm-life.com

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EHS BUILDING TO ADD LEARNING COMMONS The Education and Human Services Building will be adding a learning commons for their students. The commons will house computers and other technology to help students learn how to integrate them into their future careers. “We’re partnering with the Kromer Instructional Materials Center,” said Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, dean of the College of Education and Human Services. “We’re making it more of a media center, kind of a resource for students.” The project is still in the development stage. Betty Kirby, associate dean of the College of Education and Human Services is heading up the project. Pehrsson said the commons will be important for all departments under the college. “It’s a group of people working to provide the best experience in using technology in prep for their careers,” she said. “They don’t see themselves as technicians.” There is still no set date for the new commons to open. For more information on the learning commons, visit the CEHS site. -Katherine Ranzenberger | Senior Reporter

SCHOOL OF MUSIC’S OPUS RELOCATED TO GRAND RAPIDS Samantha Madar | Photo Editor Impact players (from left) Jessica Green, Crystal Bradford, Jas’Mine Bracey, Taylor Johnson and Niki DiGuilio are five keys to the Chippewas success in the Mid-American Conference Championship Tournament.

Extended break, Bowling Green largest obstacles for MAC championship repeat By Joe Judd Staff Reporter

After beating Toledo on the road on Sunday afternoon, the Chippewas earned a double-bye in the tournament. This means more time off for CMU once the season concludes. “I am going to make practice during that week even tougher than playing in a game,” said head coach Sue Guevara. The prolonged rest could enable the team to get its strategy in sync and to prepare for its first opponent. However, the extended amount of time away from the court might have an adverse effect on Guevara’s team. Teams in the past have been known to buckle under the pressure after being given more than the average amount of time in between the end of the season and the beginning of the tournament. “It is not a blessing getting that double-bye,” said senior guard Niki DiGuilio. Round one starts at various campus sites for the tournament’s commencement on March 10 with the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio hosting the remainder of the tournament. The Chippewas will play their first game of the tournament on March 14 against the winner of game seven. Seeding is still yet to be finalized with a couple of games remaining for most teams in the conference, however, it is

likely CMU will see Akron as the third seed. The Zips stand at 13-3 in conference play, but CMU beat them 102-83 on Jan. 9, their only meeting this season. CMU scored the second most points in a season, marking the third most against a conference opponent and sixth most in program history. Bowling Green is the most obvious threat in the way of the Chippewas repeating as MAC champions. CMU split its two-game series, winning in overtime at McGuirk Arena 82-79, and then losing on the road 55-67. A potential third meeting between the Chippewas and the Falcons in the championship game is a likely scenario at this point and is the most anticipated potential matchup in the tournament. “I’d like to see BGSU more than anyone else,” DiGuilio said. “It’s just personal for all of us. We always seem to lose to them in the wrong ways. We’d like to smack them.” w MAC | 8

DEADLIEST COMPETITION CMU’s prior games against the toughest teams in the conference may shed some light on how they will fare in the MAC tournament.

BOWLING GREEN

Jan. 18 82-79 (W) in OT Feb. 19 55-67 (L)

Ball State Feb. 06 84-81 (W) in OT Feb. 27 85-72 (W) in OT

Akron

Jan. 09 109-83 (W)

A-Senate at impasse on master course syllabi changes By Katherine Ranzenberger Senior Reporter

Academic Senate’s discussions on proposed changes to the university’s long-standing master course syllabi documents have come to a standstill. The discussions proceeded through three consecutive meetings, the first of which was a heated argument between those for and against the change. Members of the TimeLimited Taskforce on Curricular Process proposed the changes to the master course syllabi documents during the Feb. 4 meeting. “Some departments have thousands of master course syllabi they have to review and update,” said George Ronan, director of General Education and chairman of the Certificates and Degrees (CAD) Review Committee. “We recommend a master course description.” The master course description entails 26 different elements, including

bulletin descriptions, prerequisites, student learning objectives and a course format. “The goal is for each curriculum committee to go back and figure out what they need to do,” Ronan said. “They can include more material than just this, but they don’t have to. We want it to reflect what they think they should be doing.” Some senators believe they will be losing valuable information that could help faculty design their courses. Sen. Jim Hill, a political science professor, said he believes there are important factors the master course description would be missing compared to the existing master course syllabi. “The textbooks are important,” he said. “I don’t think they’re a problem. I think they’re a plus. It seems to me we should put back in the course assignment sheet.” w A-SENATE | 8

Morgan Taylor | Staff Photographer Benjamin Heumann discusses the benefits of switching to a master course description during Tuesday’s Academic Senate meeting.

An annual fundraiser for the Central Michigan University School of Music is changing locations this year. OPUS XVII will be hosted in Grand Rapids rather than the traditional on-campus event. “We’re reaching out to alumni in the Grand Rapids area,” said John Jacobson, director of music events.”Traditionally, (OPUS) is done in the School of Music. We chose Grand Rapids because of its location and population.” The event will feature 135 School of Music students in a collage format, transitioning between performances. Jacobson said he believes the night will be a good one for students to network with alumni, as well as to show off their musical talents. “It’s spectacular,” he said. “The students are top rate. Any time we put students off campus and show them off, it’s a good thing. Our students will mix and mingle with the audience and make connections.” OPUS XVII will take place at 6 p.m. at Grand Rapids Christian High School. -Katherine Ranzenberger | Senior Reporter

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CMU POW WOW TO PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT, EDUCATION To the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, the annual Pow Wow is an opportunity to connect with students and the Mount Pleasant community. The 25th annual Central Michigan “Celebrating Life” Pow Wow will be1 to 7 p.m. March 22 and from noon to 7 p.m. March 23 at McGuirk Arena. “The CMU Pow Wow is an important part of Native American culture providing social and cultural singing and dancing,” said Kasey McCullough, cultural program coordinator for the Office of Native American Programs. “It is important to the CMU campus, as it brings cultural awareness and diversity.” In addition to the Pow Wow itself, there will be a wide variety of dances, which include an intertribal dance open to the public, an allaround dance for registered dancers and, new this year, a smoke dance. Admission is free for CMU students with ID’s, children 4 years old and younger and tribe members. Otherwise, admission is $7 for adults and $5 for youth under 17 years old, and seniors older than 55 years old. -Stephen Cross | Staff Reporter


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TIMELINE OF THE GAY RIGHTS MOVEMENT 1924 The Society for Human Rights formed in Chicago, becoming the country’s earliest known gay rights organization.

1951 Harry Hay — considered by many as the founder of the gay rights movement — formed The Mattachine Society, the first Harry Hay national gay rights organization in Los Angeles.

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1955 The Daughters of Bilitis, the first lesbian-rights organization in the United States formed in San Francisco under the leadership of Del Martin.

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1962 Illinois became the first state in the U.S. to decriminalize homosexual acts between consenting adults in private.

1973

EQUALITY An appeal against Michigan’s hateful same-sex marriage ban

The American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its official list of mental disorders.

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1979 About 100,000 people participated in the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Washington, D.C. — marking the largest political gathering in support of LGBT rights to date.

2000 Vermont became the first state in the country to legally recognize civil unions between gay or lesbian couples.

2003 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that sodomy laws in the U.S. are unconstitutional.

2004 Same-sex marriages became legal in Massachusetts.

2005 Civil unions became legal in Connecticut.

2006 Civil unions became legal in New Jersey.

2007 The House of Representatives approved a bill ensuring equal rights in the workplace for gays, lesbians and bisexuals.

2008 Connecticut recognized samesex marriages.

2009

Iowa and Vermont recognized same-sex marriages.

2010 The District of Columbia and New Hampshire recognized same-sex marriage. President Barack Obama officially repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the Clinton-era policy that forbids openly gay men and women from serving in the military.

en years ago, Michigan voted to deny same-sex couples their fundamental right to marry. This week, the state of Michigan has been

forced to rethink its opinion in federal court – and it’s about time. Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer are the catalyst behind the appeal. The lesbian couple filed a lawsuit against the state, calling into question the constitutional legitimacy of Michigan Proposal 04-2. The amendment, approved by Michigan voters with a 59-percent approval rate, prohibited the state from recognizing same-sex marriage. As a result, gay and lesbian couples are unable to legally and jointly adopt a child. Rowse and Deboer said the amendment “enshrined discrimination in the state constitution.” We couldn’t agree more. Prohibiting same-sex couples froma state-recognized marriage is a direct violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The ban is an abomination. Although the 10th Amendment gives powers to the states not specifically outlined by the federal government, it does not give states the right to “deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law.” While Rowse has been able to adopt two children and DeBoer has adopted one, the state’s bigoted legislation prevents each woman from obtaining guardianship should the other die. In that unfortunate circumstance, the state would theoretically place their children in foster care, rather than keeping them in the hands of their immediate family. Michigan’s legislation, clouded by neoconservative religious dogma, does not protect families. Essentially, the ban interferes with the best interest of the children. The ban sacrifices the basic human right to love freely. Legal inequities — including health and death benefits — continue to remain

and locally, gay and lesbian rights are making great strides. It’s time for Michigan to take a stance. Legislators are duty-bound to uphold citizens rights and to abide by the constitution. While the state must recognize the outcome of a legal referendum — like proposal 04-2 — it also must recognize when motives are unconstitutional. Governments that exclude a particular group of people invariably put themselves at a competitive disadvantage. Not only do discriminatory laws send a hostile message to the homosexual community, they show the nation we do not respect the rights of all Michiganders. In addition to driving away same-sex couples who want to make Michigan a home, the ban serves as a repellant for an entire generation. Young, college-educated men and women will see the ban as what it is – discrimination. Without change, Michigan will lose both homosexual and heterosexual couples to states that foster more progressive ideals. Marriage is a right, not a privilege to be doled out by politicians or granted by a ballot proposal. Same-sex couples deserve to be treated fairly. Discrimination based on sexual orientation is a hateful practice that must end. While District Judge Bernard Friedman has jurisdiction in this particular case, the fight for equality will not end here. As citizens in a democratic society, we have the power to change this now. Make your voice heard. Tell our politicians that enough is enough. Bans on same-sex marriage diminish our basic human liberties and attempts to make lesbian or gay couples and their children less than what they really are — a family.

President Barack Obama

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New York passed a law to legalize same-sex marriage.

2012 Maine passed legislation to legalize gay marriage.

between heterosexual and homosexual couples. The law also stifles free expression, forcing same-sex couples into a paradoxical relationship with the state. So far, the court has heard testimony from myriad sources. Psychologists, sociologists, law and history professors and demographers have all testified on behalf of the plaintiffs. The plaintiff ’s argument has been fairly straightforward. Each expert repeated the same familiar conclusion: Same-sex couples are able to raise children just as effectively as heterosexual couples. Nancy Cott, a Harvard professor with expertise in the history of marriage, encapsulated the issue with her testimony Friday. “Nobody applying for a marriage license has ever been asked what roles the two parties will take on,” she said. “(Marriage) is about mutual support in an emotional way as well as in an economic way. So that relationship of marriage to gender has been on a historical trajectory toward a kind of neutrality.” History supports Cott’s claims toward social change. Since Michigan’s ban in 2004, at least 17 states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage. Earlier this month, federal judges struck down same-sex marriage bans in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia without trial. President Barack Obama has continued to strive for LGBTQ rights. In 2010, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” — the military policy forcing gay and lesbian soldiers to remain silent about their sexual orientation — was repealed. A recent Gallup Poll shows 54 percent of Americans now support same-sex marriage. Both nationally

“It is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think samesex couples should be able to get married.” - Barack Obama

Jason Collins of the NBA’s Washington Wizards announced in an essay in Sports Illustrated that he is gay.

Jason Collins

The Supreme Court ruled that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.

New Mexico, New Jersey, Delaware, Minnesota, Rhode Island, California, Maryland and Hawaii recognized same-sex marriages.

Central Michigan Life EDITORIAL Justin Hicks, Editor-in-Chief Tony Wittkowski, Managing Editor Mariah Prowoznik, Visual Director Kyle Kaminski, Voices Editor Ben Solis, University Editor Nathan Clark, Student Life Editor Adrian Hedden, Metro Editor Malachi Barrett, Sports Editor Dominick Mastrangelo, Assistant Sports Editor

Samantha Madar, Photo Editor Adam Niemi, Assistant Photo Editor Luke Roguska, Page Designer Kayla Folino, Page Designer Colton Mokofsky, Multimedia Editor James Wilson, Social Media Coordinator Kaela Torres, Cartoonist ADVERTISING MANAGERS Julie Bushart Daniel Haremski Gabriella Hoffman

PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGERS Kaitlyn Blaszczyk Kelsey McConnell PROFESSIONAL STAFF Rox Ann Petoskey Production Leader Kathy Simon Assistant Director of Student Publications Dave Clark Director of Student Publications

2014 Federal judges in Oklahoma, Kentucky, Virginia and Texas ruled that bans on same-sex marriages within each state were, in some respects, unconstitutional.

A weeklong trial continues in Michigan to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriages. Illinois recognized same-sex marriage.

The Obama administration announced that the federal government will recognize the marriages of the 1,300 same-sex couples in Utah even though their state governments have decided not to do so.

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MEET THE SGA CANDIDATES Student representatives named for campaigns By Shawn Tonge Staff Reporter

Candidates for the upcoming Student Government Association elections were announced at the general board meeting Monday night. Students running for office now begin their campaigns leading up to the elections in March 31 through April 4. SGA President Marie Reimers is running for reelection with treasurer Margaret Blackmer as vice president. They are running against Senate leader Charles Mahone and House leader Mariah Urueta. During her first term, Reimers worked on a number of projects that are still in progress, including the Campus Programming Fund reform. The Saginaw senior said she is seeking reelection in order to see these projects through to completion. “If we are elected, we’re going to finish what we’ve started,” Reimers said. As vice president, Blackmer said she would work to develop more organization within SGA by encouraging officials to write legacy notes for their successors and developing action plans for committees. Mahone, a Macomb junior, has been in the Senate since his freshmen year. He said he would use the presi-

TREASURER Taylor Gehrcke

“We need to work on transparency with the budget so everyone knows what’s going on.”

dency to improve efficiency in student government. “Working internally, Mariah and I have seen a lot of ways we can make SGA better,” Mahone said. “We’ve put together an extensive platform based on them.” Urueta said she hopes to bring the skills she has gained through her work with SGA and her time as a residence assistant to the office of vice president. “My main goal would be student representation,” the Waterford senior said. “I want to bring a sense of community to the whole campus.” Running unopposed for the position of treasurer, Taylor Gehrcke said he still plans to campaign to get the word out about his platform. “We need to work on transparency with the budget so everyone knows what’s going on,” Gehrcke said. “Getting that information out there is an important part of the job.” During election week, students can vote online through OrgSync at vote. cmich.edu. Senate elections are being conducted in a new way this year. Each senator runs to represent a college on campus and students vote for the senator for their particular colleges.

Presidential Ticket Charles Mahone and Mariah Urueta

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Courtesy Photos | Kelly Schiess TOP: Senior Mariah Urueta, left, and junior Charles Mahone, right. BOTTOM: Sophomore Margaret Blackmer, left, and senior Marie Reimers, right.

COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION AND FINE ARTS Michael Fenner

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES Rebecca Detroyer

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Fifth campus identity forum offers solution to fix campus parking By Mark Johnson Staff Reporter

A remedy to Central Michigan University’s perceived parking dilemma was proposed Tuesday during the fifth master planning forum. By eliminating some of the smaller lots on campus and moving them into a few larger ones, AECOM Technology Corporation designer Ian Lockwood said he hoped to elevate tensions related to parking. “With this sort of plan, you will be able to find a parking space in the first lot you went to,” Lockwood said. “Currently, there is a perception in some areas that there is a parking shortage. Through this initiative, that perception will go away.” The master planning forums are being used to inform representatives from AECOM on proposed changes to the project based on feedback from

students, staff and community members. About 20 Central Michigan University students, faculty, staff and community members were in attendance Tuesday. Lockwood outlined other proposed changes, which focused on continuing efforts to improve campus navigation, open spaces and accessibility in areas like the Anspach Quad, Fabiano Botanical Gardens and the university’s Admissions and Library tours for prospective and visiting students. “We’re at a time where we’re looking at implementing the little pieces of the master plan,” Lockwood said. Peter Sechler, director of urban design and master planning in AECOM’s Orlando, Fla. office, said the Anspach Quad is an important area as most classes required of all students are held in the buildings surrounding the quad.

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“This is the home base,” Sechler said. “Students are really going to expand their minds here, so you really look at the Anspach Quad in a different way.” Stephen Lawrence, vice president of Facilities Management, spoke of Anspach Quad’s importance to the campus environment and the potential design changes to the area. “It makes the area more conducive for use by a variety of people,” Lawrence said. “It also will maintain pedestrian traffic from building to building.” Chicago junior Tamika Taylor said she liked many of the ideas and their student focus. “(CMU) is sending a message that they care,” Taylor said. “They’re saying since we’re spending money here, they’re going to give us something in return.” university@cm-life.com

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Students, professors disappointed in 2014 Academy Awards show By Stephen Cross Staff Reporter

Clocking in longer than three and a half hours, not even host Ellen DeGeneres could save the 2014 Academy Awards from being – and seeming – too long. Here are some of the noteworthy moments from Sunday night.

By Arielle Hines Staff Reporter

Members of the Organization of Women Leaders are preparing to take a stand against sexual assaults and sexism. OWLs are planning Central Michigan’s second SlutWalk on April 26, an event that raises awareness of victim blaming in cases of sexual assault. St. Clair Shores senior Ashley Scheetz, president of OWLs, said the SlutWalk movement started in 2011 after a Toronto police officer told a group of women that to avoid being victimized, they should not dress like “sluts.” “SlutWalk is to support survivors of sexual assault and to bring awareness to the fact that no matter what you are wearing, no matter how drunk you are, or anything you (have) done before doesn’t matter,” Scheetz said. “The only thing that matters is your rapist should be held accountable, and there shouldn’t be any blame on the victim.” SlutWalk demonstrations are held around the world, but Scheetz said it is important to hold one at CMU because sexual assaults are a large, but often silent problem on college campuses. “I think a lot (of ) time it’s an issue we don’t want to talk about because there is such a stigma against it,” Scheetz said. “But (a) college campus is the place to talk about this because we are in transition in our lives (where) we come into our own belief system and it’s the time to bring awareness on issues like this.” Kori Jones, a St. Clair Shores junior and secretary of OWLs, said she was

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Kyle Wilson | Staff Photographer Members of the Organization of Women Leaders hosted a bowling fundraiser Feb. 27 at Riverwood.

“I think a lot (of) time it’s an issue we don’t want to talk about because there is such a stigma against it.” Ashley Scheetz, president of OWLs inspired to get involved with SlutWalk because she knows many survivors of sexual assault. “I want to provide support because there are so many stories of people who are supposed to provide support for survivors but instead (they) choose to put the blame on them,” Jones said. The route for the SlutWalk has not been confirmed yet, but will start in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. Registration begins at 1 p.m. on April 26 and the walk begins at 2 p.m. Jones said there were about 150 participants for the SlutWalk last year and she hopes to gain more par-

ticipants this year. Scheetz said during the walk, there will be professionals available to provide support if anyone is triggered by the experience and needs assistance. After the walk is complete, there will be a speech by Andrea Bredbeck, a public speaker and author who speaks to spread awareness of sexual assault. Anyone interested in walking or volunteering for the SlutWalk can sign up on Orgsync or on the Organization of Women Leaders’ Facebook page. studentlife@cm-life.com

Ellen DeGeneres played it safe Oscar night, making generic jokes about the nominees in a long opening monologue, and continually attracting attention to her many costume changes. However, DeGeneres did take an all-star “selfie” with a posse of Hollywood’s most famous performers, which ended up getting more than one million retweets in an hour, briefly crashing Twitter. She also committed to her jokes, having celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey pay for pepperoni pizza she had delivered to the show. So Ellen gets a pass on this one. Kenneth Jurkiewicz, film study head and a BCA professor, didn’t think DeGeneres or the presenters brought too much to this year’s Oscars, which he called predictable and unsurprising. “Ellen tried to do a laid-back, deadpan approach, which worked most of the time, but other times it didn’t,” Jurkewicz said. “The presenters also flubbed some of the lines, which was sometimes painful to watch, but I’m just surprised these things aren’t more carefully rehearsed.”

Jay L. Clendenin | Los Angeles Times | MCT Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES

After the show began with a stagnant, nine-minute monologue from DeGeneres, and a touching, emotional speech from Best Supporting Actor winner Jared Leto, the energy in the room was down. The first musical performer of the night, Pharrell Williams, burst onto the stage to perform his nominated song “Happy,” which got the energy going. He even went into the crowd and got nominees Lupita N’yongo, Amy Adams and even Meryl Streep to dance with him. With all five Best Original Song nominees being beautifully performed on stage, including U2’s “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Karen O’s “The Moon Song” from “Her” and Best Original Song winner “Let It Go,” from “Frozen,” it was clear the musical performances were

some of the best in years, and the highlight of the show. Warren junior Jake Dikowski thought the musical performances were the only good part of an otherwise, dull Oscars. “It started off so slow, but then Pharrell came on stage and got everybody dancing and made it fun,” Dikowski said. “If it wasn’t for the music acts, I probably would have been asleep because the show was so long.”

NO LOVE FOR THE WOLF, WALL STREET, OR ANYONE INVOLVED

“The Wolf of Wall Street,” director Martin Scorsese’s highest-grossing film, did not receive any wins out of its five nominations Sunday night. Fan-favorite Leonardo DiCaprio lost the Best Actor Oscar to Matthew McConaughey, making DiCaprio a five-time Oscar loser. In addition, Scorsese and co-star Jonah Hill both lost in their respective categories. St. Clair Shores sophomore Donald Cherry was unhappy with “The Wolf of Wall Street” shutout. “It’s unbelievable that Leo didn’t win, but it’s even crazier that the movie didn’t get any recognition, not even for Jonah Hill or Martin Scorsese,” Cherry said. “It was the best movie of last year, and one of my favorite movies of all time.” studentlife@cm-life.com


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Zachary Nichols, who plays trumpet, musical saw, and melodica in Frontier Ruckus, a Detroit-based folk rock band, takes a break and listens to fellow band members perform an intimate living room set on Friday in an apartment on South Washington Street in downtown Mount Pleasant.

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Frontier Ruckus fans enjoy a live performance by the band, followed by an opportunity to meet the band members in an apartment on South Washington Street in downtown Mount Pleasant.

Photos by Katy Kildee | Staff Photographer David Winston Jones, who plays banjo in Frontier Ruckus, a Detroit-based folk rock band, warms up before performing an intimate living room set on Friday in an apartment on South Washington Street.

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CDs, hats, vinyl records, and T-shirts fill a large trunk during an intimate living room performance by Frontier Ruckus, a Detroit-based folk rock band, on Friday in an apartment on South Washington Street in downtown Mount Pleasant.

Matthew Milia, who sings and plays guitar in Frontier Ruckus, a Detroit-based folk rock band, performs an intimate living room set on Friday in an apartment on South Washington Street in downtown Mount Pleasant.

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Students to take initiative for ‘Spread the Word to End the Word’ campaign By Stephen Cross Staff Reporter

There are certain words that change meaning from generation to generation. Today marks the first day for Special Olympics’ fifth annual “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign, which is dedicated to recognizing the hurtful effects that the words “retard” and “retarded” have. Dan Ekonen, Special Olympics Michigan director of outreach and school initiatives, doesn’t think people who call others those words fully understand the pain they’re inflicting. “You grow up and hear people say it all the time, but they don’t realize how hurtful it is toward our athletes or others,” Ekonen said. “Students can be leaders by sticking up for others and saying it is offensive. They can make a difference by calling out others who use the words.” The “Spread the Word to

End the Word” campaign was founded by college students in 2009, and continues across campuses today. The campaign begins every year on the first Wednesday of March. For the campaign, Special Olympics Michigan has scheduled events in an attempt to remove the words from everyday language. The organization has partnered with the Detroit Pistons by having SOMI athletes form the tunnel for the Pistons to run through today as they make their way onto the court of The Palace in Auburn Hills. Illinois freshman Maggie Grant participates at many Special Olympics Michigan events and encourages others to act when they hear the harmful words spoken. “As students, we should make it our responsibility to do our best to end those words,” Grant said. “Everyone should be sensitive toward those words because they have a huge impact on

the people it affects.” Brenda Mather, assistant director of Student Disabilities Services, said the end of the word starts with the students who hear it and choose to act. “The word itself is derogatory and very hurtful,” she said. “It fosters negativity, and people who say it lack the understanding of how much pain it causes. Students have to stand up and go out of their way to say that it is not ok to use those words.” Mather said she prefers the term “cognitively impaired.” The next major event is the Detroit “Spread the Word” rally, held on March 26 at Dixon Educational Learning Academy in Detroit. For further information about the campaign visit r-word.org. metro@cm-life.com

A-SENATE | CONTINUED FROM 3 Other senators believe there are issues with both the master course description and master course syllabi. “(A member of my department) is concerned because the University Curricular Committee never sends back corrected syllabi,” said Sen. Jim Scott, a business faculty member. “(Changing to a master course description) won’t speed up the process.” Others took up sides with the committee charging the restructured syllabi, adding they wanted to make changes that would make things easier on faculty and staff. Sen. Maureen Eke, an English language and literature faculty member, agreed with changing the syllabi because the master course syllabi limits the faculty on what they can teach and how they can teach it. “They’re so prescribed to a straitjacket in what’s in the master course syllabus,” Eke said. “The master course syllabus to me is not a teaching syllabus. You have your methodology. Should it not be up to the faculty as to what book they use?” Sen. Benjamin Heumann, a geography professor, was in agreement that the master course syllabus needs to be refined. “I think this isn’t a perfect way forward,” he said. “But it addresses the issues that are clogging us up.” The A-Senate is working to

Tianyu Han | Staff Photographer Head coach Sue Guevara recognizes home crowd support by paying tribute to them after each home game via microphone speech. She prepared CMU for the MAC tournament by arranging a tough nonconference schedule to open the season.

MAC | CONTINUED FROM 3 Although the Zips and the Falcons are the most successful teams CMU has seen this season, all of its opponents have potential to surprise with the championship on the line. Toledo, which hosts an 8-8 conference record,

Morgan Taylor | Staff Photographer Jim Hill voices his opposition to switching the master course syllabi to master course descriptions during Tuesday’s Academic Senate meeting.

produce a motion, and plans to amend the motion to accommodate as many suggestions as possible. It hopes to vote on the proposed changes at the March 18 meeting after spring break. Ronan said A-Senate needs

to move forward with the restructuring. However, he said there is still a lot of work to be done by another committee to solidify the proposed changes. university@cm-life.com

A-SENATE NOTEBOOK

SENATORS DELETE SPEECH MAJOR CONCENTRATIONS The Academic Senate deleted two concentrations Tuesday in the speech program to create a single speech major. The TAI emphasis and IPC emphasis of the speech major have been removed after recommendation from the Professional Education Curricular Committee. “The department is

consolidating the three emphases of the Speech Major into a simple Speech Major,” read the minutes from the PECC meeting on Feb. 6. “Consolidating will let us look in a more holistic way at student learning.” The changes will only affect eight credit hours in each program and will not affect any current students

in the programs. “This will have no effect on time to graduation, save that the student’s wider choices might mean he or she won’t be held back because a certain class isn’t available,” the committee meeting minutes read. -Katherine Ranzenberger | Senior Reporter

have played the Chippewas twice this year, losing 84-71 in its first contest, but came close to victory in their second meeting, 80-77. If CMU wants to punch its ticket to the NCAA tournament, it will have to win its second consecutive conference tournament to get there. sports@cm-life.com

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The Bradford Effect

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Breaking down Crystal Bradford’s impact this season By Neil Rosan Staff Reporter

File Photo | Victoria Zegler Guard Crystal Bradford cuts off a piece of the basketball net after winning the Mid-American Conference championship game against Akron on March 16 2013 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Chippewas had a dominating win over Akron, 86-68.

The journey to defending the MAC title By Dominick Mastrangelo Assistant Sports Editor

On March 16, 2013, guard Crystal Bradford hoisted the Mid-American Conference Championship trophy high in the air, pieces of the freshly cut basketball net still around her neck. She posted a doubledouble and led the women’s team to the conference’s most-coveted prize. A week later, the Chippewas season ended with a first round NCAA tournament loss to Oklahoma. From that moment, Bradford and the returning Chippewas have had one goal in mind: Get back to the “big dance.” “If we repeated as MAC champs, I would probably have some LeBron (James) smirks going on,” Bradford said. “We have a whole different chemistry right now. Besides, nothing is guaranteed. The hardest thing is to remain on top.” Eight non-conference losses in 2014 likely means the only path to this year’s NCAA tournament runs directly through Cleveland, a place head coach Sue Guevara said she is confident her team will claim an at-large NCAA tournament berth. “Cleveland feels like a home court to me,” Guevara said earlier in the season. The Chippewas are looking to repeat as conference champions for the first time since 1984, a season which CMU won its home and conference schedule. During last year’s MAC tournament, CMU averaged 77 points per game while holding opponents to

59. Bradford averaged 18.6 points per game and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. With success in Cleveland being the ticket to an even larger goal this year, the Chippewas road to a top seed in the conference tournament was an eventful one. They were picked preseason favorites to win the MAC in front of two powerhouse teams in Akron and Bowling Green. Guevara crafted an unforgiving non-conference schedule in hopes, she said, of preparing the Chippewas for the intensity of March. The team did not disappoint. Four 2014 Chippewas are members of the 1,000-point club: Seniors Taylor Johnson, Niki DiGuilio and Jessica Green, and Bradford, now a junior. “I know I’ve become more of a leader on this team,” Bradford said. “On every play I’m breaking down all the matchups on the floor. It’s the little things like that making the difference this year.” It was also a recordsetting season for DiGuilio, who became the programs all-time leading 3-point shooter last December in CMU’s home-opening victory against Dayton. “You can’t describe the feeling when the buzzer goes off and you are a MAC champion,” she said. “To come back the way we have means more than any personal records we set.” After three-straight losses to Notre Dame, Purdue and then a rematch with Dayton,

CMU won its next 12 conference games. The emergence of junior Jas’Mine Bracey complimented the Chippewas perimeter shooting game and gave CMU a dominating presence underneath the rim. Bracey has the second most rebounds on the team behind Bradford, averaging more than 10 per game. “Opponents are blanketing our 3-point shooters, Crystal is drawing two or three defenders on every drive,” Guevara said. “Bracey is our stalwart in that paint. We have been able to wear some teams down in the second half using that versatility.” The women were handed their first MAC loss of the season Feb. 19 at Bowling Green. It was a hiccup against another 15-1 MAC school. “A matchup with Bowling Green would be exciting,” Bradford said. “They’ve beaten us on their turf, we’ve beaten them on our turf. It’s nobody’s home crowd in Cleveland.” The women host rivals Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan this week before heading to Cleveland, where they will play in the conference semifinal, Friday. “You can’t exclude anyone in the MAC,” Bradford said. “Upsets happen all the time. It’s anybody’s game and anybody’s championship to win.”

There is little doubt this has been the season of Crystal Bradford for the women’s basketball team. “It’s very important that Crystal understands her role,” said head coach Sue Guevara. “Quite frankly, she is our best player. I’ve said this to the team and I’ve said this to Crystal, we go as Crystal goes.” Bradford’s season stats back up Guevara’s words. Twentyeight games into their 30-game regular season, the Chippewas have scored 2,325 points. Bradford has scored 551 of those points, equating to 23 percent of the total scoring. The statistical dominance doesn’t stop there. Bradford leads Central Michigan with 323 rebounds, 118 assists, 74 steals and 35 blocks. “I’m just stepping in,” Bradford said. “You have to step in to do things. Everything I can do, I am just doing.” She has 25 percent of the team’s rebounds, 28 percent of the assists, 31 percent of the steals and 46 percent of the blocks. “She’s got long arms, so she’s like a big octopus with those long tentacles,” Guevara said. “Sometimes when you are watching and you look and all of (a) sudden there is this tentacle. It’s obviously the left hand and it’s like ‘Wow, how was she able to snag that ball?’ I just want her to do it more often.” Though she has a very important role on the team, Bradford is quick to complement her teammates.

“My team is hitting shots and it’s huge because it opens up the defense,” she said. “(I have) 23 percent, but there is the other 77 percent, which is obviously my team, so I think we are all producing.”

AT ANOTHER LEVEL

One of Bradford’s strengths that can be considered a weakness in the eyes of Guevara, is when a game is on the line, Bradford has the need to do it herself or she has to make something happen. Guevara also took note of Bradford’s unselfishness and leadership. “I think Crystal is pretty grounded,” Guevara said. “She gives a lot of props to her teammates. She doesn’t have this big head about her.” Opposing defenses run into plenty of problems with the Central Michigan offense. Although Bradford leads her team statistically, some of her teammates are not far behind. Senior Niki DiGuillo has 371 points this season and junior Jessica Green accumulated 108 assists, while junior Jas’Mine

Bracey has snagged 293 rebounds and 316 points. Opposing players have two options when guarding Bradford: Play her one-on-one or run two or three players at her. The amount of attacking options then opens up space for Bradford or her teammates. “She’s really good at finding the open people,” Guevara said. “It’s her ability to get into the lane, to elevate and score, which brings out Jas’Mine Bracey’s player over. Now she has the dump to her. She is looking for teammates and I think her teammates have been finishing and that’s why her assists have gone up.” Despite scoring 531 points last season, the 6-foot Detroit native has found ways to elevate her game during her junior year. “(I’ve improved on) making plays,” Bradford said. “Not just scoring, but just play-making period. I worked on everything. (I was) improving everything by 1 percent.” sports@cm-life.com

Samantha Madar | Photo Editor Junior guard Crystal Bradford leads Central Michigan with 323 rebounds, 118 assists, 74 steals and 35 blocks.

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Upset slips away from men’s basketball Tuesday By Seth Newman Senior Reporter

Down by 10 points with less than three minutes remaining, the men’s basketball team went on a tear against the Toledo Rockets. Freshman guard Braylon Rayson drilled a 3-pointer with sophomore forward John Simons hitting another on the next possession. With less than two minutes in the game Tuesday, sophomore guard Chris Fowler drove into the lane and laid the ball in for two points and the foul. Down by two points with less than a minute left, Central Michigan was forced to foul. The Rockets hit their free throws in the final minute to secure a victory, 73-69. “It lets us know we can play with anybody,” Fowler said after the game. “We didn’t win the game, though we aren’t a team that’s big on moral victories.” CMU shot poorly from the perimeter despite the lategame flurry, shooting 5-for-22 on the game. “I continue to be proud of this team,” said head coach Keno Davis. “To be able to fight back and find a way to compete, we don’t always win, but it’s a tribute to the student-athletes that we have.” The theme for CMU the past

three weeks has been close but no cigar. They fight to the end, but continue to elude winning big games. Fowler finished with 15 points, but only scored five in the second half. “They switched on the ball screens,” Fowler said. “They have a versatile four man and they took away my pull up. They shut down my driving lanes. It was tougher in the second half to get to the paint, but I still have to do a better job.” While forward Austin Stewart finished with 14 points, and has continued to make strides throughout the season, the next step for him is finding ways to win games late. “We all have made individual strides,” Stewart said. “We’ve made strides as a team and now that next step for us is just to learn how to win games, to get better. We need to save every position, we need to pull it out for a win.” The end of the regular season is near for the Chippewas as they close the season Friday hosting Western Michigan. “We are learning how to play harder,” Fowler said. “There is no give up in this team. We will just keep getting better and fight until the end.”

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Wrestling is looking to bounce back after its streak of 11-straight MAC tournament titles came to an end last season. They will not be handed the title easily – six teams ranked in the top 30 by InterMat will be competitors in the Mid-American Conference tournament. “The benefit of this year is we have nothing to lose,” said senior Craig Kelliher. “Nobody is counting on us right now. It’s more relaxing, you don’t have to worry about anything other than just wrestling.” Head coach Tom Borrelli said the key to being successful is to be more consistent than they were during the season. “We’ve been up and down all year long,” Borrelli said. “We

have to string together three very good matches.” Northern Iowa won the regular season conference title and will be the No. 1 seed over the weekend. The Panthers are the No. 11 team nationally and have five ranked wrestlers including No. 1 senior Joe Colon at 133 pounds. CMU lost to UNI, 2514, on Jan 11. Missouri is the No. 2 seed and ranked ninth in the country. Six wrestlers are ranked for the Tigers, including junior Drake Houdashelt who is No. 1 at 149 pounds, and No. 2 freshman J’den Cox at 197. “I think Northern Iowa is probably the favorite,” Borrelli said. “Missouri has probably the most balanced lineup of the 10 weight classes. I think Old Dominion is probably wrestling as good as anybody right now.

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The competition is going to be very, very good.” On Jan. 19, CMU nearly pulled an upset against Missouri, but came up short 16-15. Third-seeded Ohio enters the tournament with four ranked wrestlers, including sophomore Phil Wellington who is ranked No. 8 at 197 pounds. CMU picked up the victory over the Bobcats 19-15 on Jan. 17. “Northern Iowa has a couple of studs on their team that are ranked high in the country,” Horan said. “Missouri has a very balanced lineup. Ohio has very good upper weights that a lot of the other teams aren’t strong at.” CMU is the four seed this season after finishing the year with a 4-4 conference record. Rounding out the top five is Kent State.

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Senior right-handed pitcher Pat Kaminska and junior infielder Cody Leichman were named the Mid-American Conference West Division Pitcher and Player of the Week. Kaminska, a senior righthander, threw his second career completegame Pat Kaminska shutout last weekend in a 5-0 win over St. Bonaventure at the Snowbird Baseball Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. The victory improved his record to 2-1 and lowered his earned run average to 2.75 – a team best. Leichman, a junior first baseman and designated hitter, hit 7-for-14 with eight RBI and a home run. CMU split its four games in the Snowbird Classic.

FOOTBALL HOSTS PRO DAY CMU will hold its Pro Day on Wednesday in the Indoor Athletic Complex at 9 a.m. Chippewa graduates will have another chance to workout in the hopes of impressing NFL scouts. Offensive players include Defarrel Davis, Adam Fenton, Connor Gagnon, Jerry Harris, Jake Olson and Zurlon Tipton. Representing CMU on the defensive side of the ball are Shamari Benton, Avery Cunningham, Richie Hogan, Lorenzo White and Anthony Young.

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Down 1 “Tell __”: 1962-’63 hit 2 Winning steadily 3 Get clobbered 4 It’s not an option 5 Observe 6 Church maintenance officer 7 Disgusted 8 Back-and-forth flights 9 Navy hull letters 10 Empty threat 11 Afraid 12 Platoon activities 13 Look over carefully 18 Burden 22 X, sometimes 23 __ Victor 24 Window part 25 Silver opening? 27 Remote control 30 Spell 33 Floride, par exemple 34 Many couples 35 Cub or Card

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March 5, 2014  

Central Michigan Life

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