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Wednesday, APRIL 2, 2014 | MOUNT PLEASANT, MICH. | ISSUE NO. 74 VOL. 95

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Game changer DR. RENE SHINGLES 1986-87 Head women’s athletic trainer for the Department of Athletics at Newberry College, Newberry, S.C.

1987-89 Head athletic trainer and instructor for the Department of Physical Education and Department of Athletics at Newberry College. One of two female, African-American head athletic trainers for collegiate football in the country at this point in time

1993 Athletic Trainer and Sports Medicine Staff Member at the United States Olympic Festival, San Antonio, Texas.

1994 Athletic trainer and sports medicine staff member at the United States Olympic Festival, St. Louis, Mo. Courtesy Photo | University Communications Rene Shingles, the director and internship coordinator for the Athletic Training Education Program in the College of Health Professions, works with students to diagnose potential leg injuries using both a dummy and human leg.

1995 Athletic trainer and sports medicine staff member at the World University Games, Fukuoka, Japan.

Prominent athletic trainer breaks barriers, earns university honor

1996 Athletic trainer and sports medicine staff member at the Centennial Olympic Games, Atlanta, Ga.

By Mark Johnson Senior Reporter

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Rene Shingles remembers a time when a female athletic trainer’s input wasn’t welcome in the locker room. While working at South Carolina’s Newberry College in the 1980s, Shingles was in the process of diagnosing an elbow injury for a starting football player. She, as well as the rest of her staff, thought he had fractured his elbow, but the X-ray came back negative. Knowing the fracture was still there, she decided it wasn’t safe for the athlete to continue to play. The coach vehemently disagreed. “I remember the coach saying to me, ‘We’ll wait until Saturday when doc gets here, then we’ll decide if this athlete will play,’” Shingles said. “It didn’t matter what I said.” To her surprise and her triumph, the team physician supported Shingle’s decision and made it clear that the coach and team had to listen to her. Stories like these are just a part of why Shingles, a Central Michigan University professor, is so highly regarded as an innovator in her field. It’s also why she received the 2014 CMU Woman of the Year award. For Shingles, who is also the program director and internship coordinator of the Athletic Training Education Program in

Awarded the Central Michigan University Faculty Affirmative Action Award.

2002-PRESENT Approved clinical instructor in the Injury Care Center.

2002-10 Associate professor (achieved tenure in 2002) Athletic Training Education Program.

2003 Awarded the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.

FALL 2004 Acting chairperson for Department of Physical Education and Sport.

2005 Awarded the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee Bill Chisolm Professional Service Award.

2006 Awarded the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Dedicated Service Award.

Courtesy Photo | University Communications Rene Shingles is the recipient of the 2014 Central Michigan University Woman of the Year award. Shingles broke race and gender barriers by becoming one of the first African-American females to work as a collegiate athletic trainer.

the College of Health Professions, the honor came as a pleasant surprise. Described by her friends and colleagues as extremely modest, those who know her well say Shingles has always been willing to lend an eager student a guiding hand. “One of the things I love about Dr. Shingles, is that she is a mentor and she intentionally makes time to be a mentor,” said Vincent Mumford, executive director of the Center for Global Sport Leadership program at CMU. “That’s not just for women, but for all students and professionals.” Mumford, who also works as a professor in the Physical Education and Sport department, nominated Shingles

for the award after witnessing the impact she’s had on her students. Through her career, Shingles benefited from having powerful mentors of her own. She said mentoring is one of the most important weapons a student can have when chasing their dreams. “It’s a way to give back,” Shingles said. “I did not make it through my undergraduate, my master’s degree or my doctoral degree without the support that I had.” Making sure students in the PES department receive wise advice has been a focus for Shingles since starting at CMU in 1992. w shingles | 2A

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Awarded the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Most Distinguished Athletic Trainers’ Award (2nd highest honor given by the NATA) and the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Outstanding Educator Award.

Professor (ATEP).

Named CMU Woman of the Year. Awarded the Central Michigan University Excellence in Teahing Award and the Central Michigan University Lorrie Ryan Memorial Award.

2012-PRESENT Internship Coordinator (ATEP).

Campus improv groups host comedy show for charity Rows upon rows of students held back tears of laughter as professional and student comedians practiced their craft of comedy Tuesday for a charitable cause. The show, titled “A Night of Comedy for a Cause,” was organized by Trap Door Improv and After Hours Improv, provided an evening of laughter at Plachta Auditorium for Alzheimer’s research. “It took a lot to pull this show together and we’re really proud of what we’ve accomplished,” said Stevie Elizabeth Sahutske, president of After Hours Improv and Mount Pleasant senior. “We all had fun working together. Hopefully, we can do it again sometime.” The show was done in association with Hilarity for Charity U, a national organization created by actor Seth Rogen to fund the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The event opened with a video of Rogen addressing the audience and thanking them for contributing to the cause. The first standup comedian was Patrick Fowler, who competed in the Funniest Person in Grand Rapids contest last year. Fowler’s act consisted of a rapid fire succession of

one-liners, occasionally punctuated with comments like, “Little dark for a charity show.” Grand Rapids comedian Stu McCallister performed a stand-up routine of humorous, foul-mouthed anecdotes. After Hours Improv member Nicholas Boulahanis said the event was a personal one for him because his grandmother has Alzheimer ’s disease. “It’s an important issue and I don’t think people necessarily give it the attention it deserves,” the Allen Park senior said. “It’s a scary thing and it needs to be taken more seriously.” After Hours Improv and Trap Door Improv collaborated for the first time to put on the show. The groups performed a number of original sketches as well as games influenced by the popular improv television show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The groups acted out absurd scenarios based on suggestions from the audience with quick-witted improvisation and physical comedy. The show is part of a fundraising competition with Hilarity for Charity where universities compete in raising money. The university that wins will host an advance screening of Rogen’s upcoming comedy movie, “Neighbors.” Those at the event were able to

Police: Impaired driver kills pedestrian Saturday A man was killed when he was struck by a drunk driver on East Broadway Road, Saturday, close to Makawa Drive in Mount Pleasant. Witnesses found Kyle Baldwin, 22, of Mount Pleasant alive at first and lying on the ground in East Broadway. Before traffic could be stopped, he was hit by the vehicle, according to a news release from the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Department. The driver of the vehicle was arrested for driving while intoxicated and was taken to Isabella County Jail. SCTPD did not release the his name, but Baldwin was identified by family members, according to reports by The Morning Sun. He was treated by Mobile Medical Response and taken to McLaren Medical Center, where Baldwin died due to his injuries, the release said. The Isabella County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in the case. No further information was released as the investigation remains ongoing.

Camp to retire from Congress after 24 years

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By Shawn Tonge Staff Reporter

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-Orrin Shawl, staff reporter

SPRING 2005-PRESENT Director of the Athletic Training Education Program.

Life in brief

U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, announced Monday he will retire at the end of his current term. “This decision was reached after much consideration and discussion with my family,” Camp said in a statement. “Serving in Congress is the great honor of my professional life. I am deeply grateful to the people of the 4th Congressional District for placing their trust in me.” Camp, 60, was first elected to Congress in 1990 and took over as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in 2011 when Republicans retook control of the House of Representatives. Camp’s retirement, comes at the end of his six-year rein as the top Republican on the committee. He battled nonHodgkins lymphoma in 2012 and recovered. “During the next nine months, I will redouble my efforts to grow our economy and expand opportunity for every American by fixing our broken tax code, permanently solving physician payments for seniors, strengthening the social safety net and finding new markets for U.S. goods and services,” Camp said. Camp joins Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Reps. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, and Mike Rogers, R-Howell, as longtime Michigan congressmen leaving the legislative body at the end of their current terms. It is unclear who might run to take over Camp’s spot on the Republican ticket in November’s elections. A Democrat hasn’t won Camp’s 4th District, which includes Mount Pleasant, since oneterm Rep. George Foulkes in 1933. -John Irwin, senior reporter

Kyle Wilson | Staff Photographer Jenny Wright and Rebekah Trombley act out a scene during Trap Door Improv’s survivor game during Hilarity For Charity on Tuesday in Plachta Auditorium. Proceeds from the improv event went toward research for alzheimer’s disease.

purchase raffle tickets with all of the proceeds going toward The Alzheimer’s Association. Donations were also accepted through the event’s webpage on Crowdrise. At the time of publication, the final amount raised by the show had not been determined. Forestt Strong Lafave has been doing improv since his freshman year,

working with both campus troupes. “The great thing about improv is that it’s all off the top of your head and you’ll never see anything like that again,” Lafave said. “I’m excited to see how much money we made because that’s really what this is about.” studentlife@cm-life.com

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Jeremy Marra was one student affected by Shingles’ influence. Marra, a graduate from CMU with a degree in athletic training in 2006, is now a staff athletic trainer on the University of Michigan Athletic Medicine team. “She set the foundation for me and set the bar very high,” he said. “It’s molded into a friendship and an adviser role, but she’ll always, number one, be a mentor to me.”

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FIGHTING STEREOTYPES AS A FEMALE LEADER IN ATHLETICS

Despite making an impact in the field as an educator and trainer, Shingles had no intention of becoming either. After suffering a shin-related injury as a high school cheerleader, she was introduced to sports medicine through the gizmos and gadgets wielded by her own athletic trainer. “When the trainer pulled opened his black bag, I was quite interested and fascinated by the various things in his little bag,” Shingles said. From there, Shingles knew that one day, she would have her own little black bag. “I always had an interest in medicine; I actually thought I would go to medical school to become a physician and deliver babies,” she said. “But I had an interest in sport as well, so I asked to become an athletic training student, and he said yes.” As an athletic training student, she earned her first experience taping ankles and learning how to administer treatments. Even now, Shingles realizes that being a woman in a predominantly male-oriented field carries its fair share of professional obstacles. When she began her career, she entered the field at a time when female athletic trainers in leadership positions were extremely rare. African-American women in those same roles were virtually non-existent. While at Newberry College in South Carolina, Shingles was named the head women’s athletic trainer in 1986. At the time, the promotion made her one of two female AfricanAmerican head athletic trainers for a college football program in the entire country. Some were unhappy with her

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ing Education Program, said Shingles’ experience and awareness of the gender issue in sports makes her an important asset for students at the university. “She understands the importance of mentors and that carries over to what she is doing here as a faculty member,” Webster said. “She’s been very helpful to people in our department and to our colleagues in other departments (as a mentor, as well).” university@cm-life.com

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being named to the position, including the same football coach who tried to undermine her authority. Shingles said if any of her male colleagues were put in the same situation, they would not have had the same issue. During her career, Shingles has helped open doors for other women in her field, with the hope that they too can achieve similar, if not higher, levels of success. Denise Webster, assistant professor in the Athletic Train-

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Obama to push for $10.10 minimum wage in Ann Arbor

crime log The following incidents were reported from 12:03 a.m. on March 26 to 1:38 p.m. on March 31 by the Mount Pleasant Police Department. March 26

By John Irwin Senior Reporter

President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the University of Michigan at about 2:30 p.m. today at the Intramural Building to push for a raise in the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour over the next three years. Obama, who first called for a minimum wage hike during his latest State of the Union address, has framed the issue as one with broad bipartisan support, pointing to polls that show majorities of Democrats, independents and Republicans supporting a minimum wage increase. It is an issue the White House hopes will drive young people to the polls. About 260,000 people with college or professional degrees entered into minimum wage jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Mackinac Island senior Mike Green works a minimum wage job, and hopes wages will be increased. President Barack “The idea Obama that people should be paid more to meet the standard of living is very logical up front,” he said. The prospect of passing a minimum wage increase through Congress is up in the air, as Republicans remain steadfast in their opposition to an increase and many Democrats join Senate Republicans in moving away from Obama’s $10.10 figure. The Hill reported Tuesday that several Senate Democrats are being wooed by moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine on a compromise package that would raise the minimum wage to a lower figure. Politicians have discussed a wage closer to $9 per hour, indexed to inflation, as presented by Obama in 2013. Several Democrats, especially those up for re-election, saw the compromise as a politically feasible way to get a minimum wage increase passed through Congress, while liberal Democrats and labor union leaders have blasted the proposal as too great a compromise. “Looking to shave off part of it for political expediency doesn’t make any sense for people who work 40 hours a week and will continue to be in poverty if you lower it below $10.10,” officials told The Hill. A February Congressional Budget Office report found raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would lift 900,000 Americans out of poverty. The CBO also warned that it would cost the economy about 500,000 jobs. A $9 minimum wage is expected to claim 100,000 jobs. Obama’s Ann Arbor visit marks the second time he’s visited Michigan this year. metro@cm-life.com

12:03 a.m. – Police jailed a 22-year-old Mount Pleasant woman from 1799 E. Preston St. for operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or liquor. 2:08 a.m. – Police ticketed an 18-year-old Merrill man and an 18-year-old Wheeler man each for publicly consuming alcohol as minors at 2000 S. Mission St. Katy Kildee | Staff Photographer Director of Client Services and Peer Counselor Rosie Ridgway thumbs through informational materials for young parents Thursday in the Central Michigan Pregnancy Services offices on Preston Street.

Voice of the voiceless Students find local abortion services lacking

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By Megan Pacer Senior Reporter

Students at Central Michigan University and residents of Mount Pleasant have many options to address sexual health, but abortion and pro-choice counseling are rarely included. The environment of purely pro-life facilities worries Rachel McDaniel, president of Voices for Planned Parenthood, a registered student organization at CMU. “My only concern is the ideology,” said McDaniel, an Allegan senior. “I know when you get a pregnancy test, it’s very obviously a pro-life place, so sometimes that’s uncomfortable for people who aren’t aware that it’s religiously affiliated.” Central Michigan Pregnancy Services, located at 904 E. Preston, is a pro-life organization. Mary Barz, executive director of Central Michigan Pregnancy Services, said being a Christian organization creates “barriers” for her organization to overcome. “The biggest challenge is being Christian and pro-life,” Barz said. “There are Christians that I would never have working here and there are pro-life people that I would never have working here because they wouldn’t be able to adhere to our policies. Our philosophy is ‘yes, we love those babies, but we love that mother, too.’” Central Michigan Pregnancy Services provides post-abortive therapy sessions for women, and promotes campaigns to raise both awareness for the dangers of STIs and funds to eventually be able to provide STI tests at their facility. “We believe in the sanctity of human life, so across the board we believe in the value of every human life, but that also includes the life of the mother,” Barz said. “We don’t do abortions, but we do talk about it because that is one option.” Barz hopes to begin administering screenings for sexually transmitted infections in 2015.

Informational brochures line a wall in the Central Michigan Pregnancy Services office on Preston Street.

“It can’t be just us,” she said. “If there is follow-up care, my hope is that I can get doctors recruited that will give some volunteer hours.” While the organization aligns with Christian ideals, Barz said she and her staff, who must complete a vigorous 21-hour training program, perpetuate a no-judgment policy and try to maintain a reassuring environment for those who walk through her doors. The clinic at Central Michigan Pregnancy Services, Barz said, would be able to provide a panel of four different STI tests for around $45 through a third-party non-profit devoted to testing only for STIs.

Students demand options

Voice for Planned Parenthood serves as the only representation of a Planned Parenthood in the Mount Pleasant area after the official organization closed its doors in 2007. “You notice coming on campus a lot of people lack the foundation of sex-ed knowledge,” McDaniel said. “We are almost starting at ground zero trying to figure out where everyone is with their knowledge and then help them make the best decisions they can.” Voices for Planned Parenthood uses a “condom fairy” to pass out contraceptives to students and refer them to the community health department or University Health Services in Foust Hall. But the group can only educate students, unable to perform medical services. McDaniel said Central Michigan Pregnancy Services’ pro-life stance might be a deterrent for students fearing judgment and being stigmatized.

Struggling to serve

Lori Wangberg is a health educator and HIV counselor at University Health Services. She said comfort for the client is the facility’s main goal. “We need to cut down the stigma,” Wangberg said. “Ultimately, we want the best experience for the student. We want them to get their needs met the best possible way.” In addition to the wide variety of general health concerns that can be addressed there, University Health Services provides pregnancy, STI and HIV testing for students. A grant that comes from a partnership with the Central Michigan District Health Department has allowed students to receive these tests for free during monthly clinics held year-round in the past. However, because the grant was not renewed for this past year, students must provide a co-pay for these services that varies depending on factors such as symptoms, the type of test needed and what kind of health insurance the student has. HIV tests are the exception. Though they still cost money, they do not require students to see a doctor, but rather an HIV counselor like Wangberg. “We follow all of the same type of guidelines as any other clinic in the county,” Wangberg said. “We take it very seriously, I think even more so because we’re on a college campus.” metro@cm-life.com

Science prodigy encourages CMU students to dream big By Kelsey Smith Staff Reporter

No matter how big your dream is, never give up on it. Such was the message Monday as hundreds of students filled Plachta Auditorium in anticipation of science prodigy, Jack Andraka. Andraka opened the night by covering how he began his research on cancer and why it all started. “Cancer hits so close to home for me,” he said. “Only three months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, my uncle was dead. I needed to learn more.” Andraka was determined to learn how the disease could be detected in earlier stages. He found the major cause of mortality in pancreatic cancer to be late detection. With only Google, Wikipedia and a ninth-grade education for research, he learned there were 8,000 different proteins linked to pancreatic cancer. “I researched all 8,000 proteins. It wasn’t that easy,” Andraka said. “Most kids went on vacation or to camp for the summer. I locked myself up in my room and did research.” After having an epiphany in his high school biology class, Andraka was eager to change the world. By combining antibodies and nanotubes, he created a network that works with one protein, therefore indicating the presence of cancer. Andraka contacted 200 professors at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in search of a lab for research. Only one professor got back with him – Dr. Anirban Maitra. “I got rejected 199 times, I was

called ignorant and foolish,” Andraka said. “I didn’t let it stop me from trying.” Being interviewed after school in only sweatpants and a hooded sweatshirt, he got the lab from Maitra. In addition to Maitra, 28 other Ph.D.s were in the room listening. “I think we set a world record for how many post docs can fit into a nine-by-nine room,” Andraka joked. Working on his cancer research became difficult at times. He would often find himself discouraged. After countless hours in the lab, Andraka developed a 3-cent paper biosensor that detected lung, ovarian and pancreatic cancers in under five minutes. He learned the possibilities for this sensor are endless, by changing the antibodies. Through his technique, Andraka found it possible to detect other illnesses including Alzheimer’s disease. “I learned to never give up on my hopes and dreams,” Andraka said. “I got told ‘no’ by so many people. Each rejection only made me stronger. I realized that you are the greatest advocate for your ideas and dreams.” Motivation for Andraka became rare. However, finding a disturbingly accurate statistic changed all of that. He learned 100 people die each day from pancreatic cancer and asked himself how many lives he could save if he kept his mind on the people he was going to help. He discussed his hope for change in science and technology in the world. Developing nations have limited access to knowledge, causing a fundamental problem. “Knowledge is a basic human

2:11 a.m. – Police ticketed a 19-year-old Westland man and a 20-year-old Mount Pleasant man for reckless driving at 4855 Encore Blvd. 2:46 a.m. – Police gave a notification to appear in court to a 20-year-old Mount Pleasant man on 804 E. High St. after failing to appear in court for having no insurance. 2:47 p.m. – Police arrested a 32-year-old Mount Pleasant man on a BAYANET warrant at 202 S. Oak St. 3:06 p.m. – Police jailed a 24-year-old Ithaca man for disorderly conduct at 301 S. University St. 4:04 p.m. – Police arrested a 32-year-old Mount Pleasant man on a Bay County warrant at 202 S. Oak St. March 27 1:45 a.m. – Police jailed an 18-year-old Mount Pleasant woman for disorderly conduct and issued a minor in possession ticket at 399 W. Broadway St. March 28 6:25 a.m. – Police jailed a 22-year-old Mount Pleasant man for failing to pay fines and fees for contempt of court at 804 E. High St. March 29 12:17 a.m. – Police jailed a 17-year-old Weidman woman for operating a vehicle while intoxicated at 1240 E. Broomfield St. 2:16 a.m. – Police jailed a 26-year-old Detroit woman for driving with a suspended license at 2015 E. Broomfield St.

March 30 2:23 p.m. – Police ticketed a 32-year-old Saudi Arabia man for driving without an operator’s license at 899 E. Michigan St. March 31 1:38 p.m. – Police investigated an aggravated domestic assault and a malicious destruction of property complaint at 799 S. Mission St.

Tianyu Han | Staff Photographer Jack Andraka talks to students and staff about his discovery of a cancer-detection method in Plachta Auditorium on Monday afternoon. Andraka encouraged the audience to follow their dreams and never give up on themselves.

right,” Andraka said. “The cure for cancer could be locked inside the mind of one of the 5.5 billion people out there with no access to information.” Aside from the many science projects Andraka is working on, he spends his free time outdoors kayaking, playing Cards Against Humanity with friends and worrying about prom. South Haven freshman Margaret Filbrandt found Andraka inspiring. “As a future educator, it makes me think of how I want to run my classroom so I can inspire kids to do amazing things like him,” Filbrandt said. At the age of 15, Andraka has accomplished more than what most people can do in a lifetime. “I thought Jack was really impres-

sive,” said Maria Hamell, a Kent freshman. “I just thought it was really cool, that at such a young age, he is doing things to help people in the future with cancer. That’s a big thing these days.” Andraka came from an inner-city high school in Baltimore known for gang violence and a drop-out rate of 50 percent. After Andraka won numerous awards, the increase in science interest at his school has increased 150 percent. “Knowing that I can make one person love science, it is absolutely life-changing,” Andraka said. studentlife@cm-life.com

2:11 p.m. – A 23-yearold Mount Pleasant man was jailed for malicious destruction of property to a building at 804 E. High St. 3:22 p.m. – Police issued a notice to appear to a 21-year-old Mount Pleasant man for failing to appear in court for having no insurance at 804 E. High St. 1:38 p.m. – Police jailed a 21-year-old Mount Pleasant man at 799 S. Mission St. for violation of the controlled substance act, driving with a suspended license and no insurance.


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EDITORIAL | CMU athletics should do more to provide a positive game experience, increase attendance

TRADING TRADITION for Division I status

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f Central Michigan University’s athletics department wants our football team to remain in Division I, then

it needs to begin treating it like a Division I program. Although CMU reported a paid attendance average of 15,333 this football season — just above the NCAA Division I standard — some trends within the program are a cause for immediate concern. Declining attendance figures and a dwindling student presence at football games have left the athletics department with

the lowest attendance figures since 2004. Students didn’t account for more than 30 percent of the overall attendance in a single home game last season. Football games need to regain a spot as a focal campus event. The athletic department needs to do more to recreate traditions and provide a positive game atmosphere for all ticket holders. To help CMU continue to meet Division I accreditation and to further marketing ef-

forts, the athletic department contracted IMG College, a collegiate sports marketing company that accounted for more than one-third of total ticket sales this season. Fortunately for the university — and at the expense of an actual headcount – NCAA only factors paid tickets into their attendance equations. Essentially, our athletic department has entered a contract that ensures 33 percent in attendance regardless of whether or not people attend the game in person. It is buying Division I status. Instead of seeking ways to maneuver around the NCAA’s requirements, CMU’s athletic department should be focused on enhancing the overall experience for attendees. It’s more important

Chris Johnston What does the university expect? Their game day policies have alienated the alumni, and on the field, the team doesn’t win. Why should people invest their time and money on a bad product?

Breanna Knudsen Make your students feel unwelcome just once, and they won’t come back. If they had never tried to put those extra tailgating rules in place years ago, today’s attendance would surely be better - even with a team hardly worth watching.

to have tangible, cheering fans in the stands than to provide skewed and misleading attendance figures to the NCAA. CMU and its athletic department need to regain its focus in attracting not only students, but alumni and the Mount Pleasant community as well. When it comes to recruiting sought after high school players, a majority are invited to games and given sideline passes. How many would commit to a school with such a uninterested crowd? In 2009, the university caused more problems by severely restricting the pre-game tailgating policy. In 2008, the reported attendance was averaged at 20,448 per game. By 2011 — after limiting alcohol and external sound systems – CMU reported an average attendance of 10,466.

Maxwell Lowe Well, let’s see: Failgate, Dan Enos, Pro style offense, weeknight games, bad weather, the NCAA sacrificing its in person game experience for TV - it’s a toxic combination for attendance.

Grant Kenney This was an issue even before the stricter tailgating rules took effect. Seems a no-brainer what was bound to happen AFTER those rules were implemented.

The athletic department needs to do more to market what it’s like to attend a football game in Mount Pleasant. It needs to do more to engage students to increase the actual attendance figures. Last year, Michigan State University added two large video boards and a new sound system to their football stadium. This year, MSU’s athletic department plans to invest $2 million in a Wi-Fi system to increase fan interaction. Last month, the University of Texas became the third team in the Big 12 to allow – and sell – alcohol at nearly every athletic event on campus. Many others, including schools in the Big 10, sell beer at their stadiums. It’s up to CMU if we want to retain our shrinking fan base and revitalize the football program. So far, as the statistics show, our athletic department isn’t selling a product students buy into. Whether it’s increased fan engagement, varied halftime entertainment or simply the offer of being able to drink a cold one at the next game – more can be done to actually increase our attendance beyond sidestepping NCAA requirements.

Spencer Haworth Bad team + strict tailgating rules = bad attendance. Bad attendance = NCAA dropping Division I recognition. Sounds like CMU needs to start making some changes.

Randall Hoyle I would rather pay to watch a good football game than get into a bad one for free.

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Concerns about the gender wage gap TO THE EDITOR: As members of the Union of Teaching Faculty, we want to thank Central Michigan Life for initiating a much-needed discussion about the genderwage gap at Central Michigan University. We stand in solidarity with all those who are concerned about the lack of women holding full professorships, as well as the disparity of women making top wages on our campus. As a union representing more than 320 contingent faculty, we recognize that CMU has made a legitimate effort to keep the

number of tenure-track and tenured faculty above the national average of other universities. However, we’re concerned by Robert Roe’s claim that “it’s a choice to be promoted.” Thirty percent of the adjuncts we represent hold the highest degrees in their field. We know that at least 75 percent of us are conducting research, exhibiting work, supervising student teachers, serving on committees, teaching at other institutions or working other jobs, and participating in professional development. Most of these are also characteristics of tenured faculty, yet, adjuncts work from semester to semester or year to year with little security of employment or a full course load. Largely, we do not have a say in the classes we teach. We are also concerned by Joshua Smith’s idea that it’s a woman’s choice to “decide to start a family.” Families come in many forms, but a woman, single or

not, does not make the decision alone or without careful consideration. The idea that a woman’s children may “get in the way of research” is in part what prevents CMU, like many universities, from attracting more women into its ranks. We raise these issues not to be antagonistic, but because we hope that these concerns will help open dialogue as we look toward a new contract next year. CMU has the opportunity to create space for more women in tenure-track positions by promoting already hard-working adjuncts, and time for the mothers and fathers who wish to raise their children and care for their families. We look forward to many more meaningful and substantive conversations on this subject. We hope to see more in-depth coverage of this issue in CM Life’s pages in the future. Hayden Golden, on behalf of The Union of Teaching Faculty

What Roe has really done Recently, a letter was published in Central Michigan Life in response to Students for Life’s display, “What has Roe Done.” TO THE EDITOR: The intent of this display was not to instill fear, but instead to inform by presenting a side of this issue that is often left unseen. Despite the common assertion that abortion is a “safe way to end pregnancy,” it has been repeatedly shown that abortion often comes with some very unpleasant side effects. Claims that abortion is safe comes from the low mortality rate associated with this procedure. However, risk comes in many other forms, and it is our desire that women be informed about these possibilities before making such

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a major decision. The display detailed many of these risks, including the increased risk of both suicide and breast cancer. All of the information is backed by credible and unbiased sources. Sources and information for this project can be found at whathasroedone.com. We believe that all women have a right to this information and that they must have access to it in order to make an informed and healthy decision. We have no interest in scaring or shaming women, only in ensuring that they are given access to all the information and research. Finally, our primary goal is not to make abortion illegal, but rather to promote a culture that values and supports life. Because we have seen that abortion often harms

women both physically and emotionally, we desire to see the number of abortions, and therefore the number of women at risk for potential side effects, diminished. Ideally, altogether eliminated. That being said, the claim that criminalizing abortion would raise the mortality rate associated with abortion is simply untrue and instills unwarranted fear. If any student on campus has experienced negative effects of abortion, our RSO is committed to helping you find the help and resources you need to find healing. Ana Lossing Vice President, Students for Life

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With more than 90 percent of their goal reached this spring, Friends of the Dog Park could see a completed park by the fall. There are only four fundraisers left to reach the goal of $39,188 set for the nonprofit by Mount Pleasant and Union Township. The city and township have agreed to match the amount raised, once the money is turned in. Friends of the Dog Park President John Dinse, a former member of the Union Township Board, said the road to the agreement has not always been easy. “There’s been a change in who’s on the township board,” Dinse said. “We’re actually at a point now I think where everybody’s on the same page.” Dinse was initially sought out by other members of the organization in 2011 when efforts began shortly after the death of two board members’ daughter, Hannah SimonsScalise. Originally asked to chair meetings, Dinse was elected president when Friends of the Dog Park

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When the three original plans were presented, the city of Mount Pleasant and Union Township told Friends of the Dog Park they could not support them with the funds they had. The board members then took it upon themselves to construct an entirely new plan, integrating all the basic needs and standards of a dog park, until they came up with one both groups could support. The park will include a six-foot fence to prevent large dogs from jumping out, which will continue underground as well. “I see this as a really missing component in the quality of life in Mount Pleasant,” Hofmeister said. “We have a wonderful park system, but we really don’t have a place for dogs off leashes.”

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Despite the ban on samesex marriage in Michigan, Troy junior Emily Herbon believes the debate over changing the law comes down to religion. “The issue of people not wanting same-sex couples to be married is kind of not an issue to me because I thought we’re supposed to have a separation of church and state,” she said. “So bringing religion into the debate shouldn’t even occur.” A ban on same-sex marriages in Michigan was voted into law in 2004. On March 21, the ban was overturned in U.S. district court. Two days later, a stay was placed on the ruling and upheld indefinitely later in the week. Hundreds of same-sex couples who married on

March 22 were unclear if they would be recognized by the government. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday the U.S. government will recognize these marriages. Orlando Perez, a Central Michigan University political science professor said federal benefits are limited to only the marriages that were recognized prior to the federal district judge invalidating the Michigan constitutional change. “What (federal) courts are saying is that the electorate cannot by their choice violate fundamental equal protection laws and equal protection constitutional rights,” he said. Unlike Herbon, Perez believes it is not an issue of religion or people’s personal opinions on the matter. “I think that Holder did the right thing because I believe

the issue here is not a moral or religious issue related to whether you believe that gay people should marry or should not marry,” he said. “The issue here is the application and the distribution of federal benefits to people who are together in a stable relationship that somehow has the legal standing of marriage.” Currently, 17 states and Washington, D.C., issue licenses for same-sex marriages. Since December, bans on gay marriage have also been overturned by courts in Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Virginia, but appeals have put those cases on hold. “These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,” Holder said on Friday in a written statement. metro@cm-life.com

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Leichman’s long ball extends baseball winning streak to seven games By Seth Newman Senior Reporter

“We want to win them all.” Head coach Steve Jaksa’s words echoed in the locker room after Central Michigan beat Madonna University for the team’s seventh straight victory Tuesday at Theunissen stadium. Central Michigan battled back after being down 6-1 in the second inning of the windy afternoon game. Tied 6-6 in the fifth, junior designated hitter Cody Leichman used a gust to turn the tide in CMU’s favor. Leichman crushed a ball over the left field wall and let the wind carry it to give CMU a 7-6 lead. That play started a five-run marathon that changed the game for CMU. Leichman led the Chippewas at the plate, batting 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs. Overall, CMU achieved 12 hits for their

13 runs. Pitcher Blake Hibbitts made his first collegiate start, pitching 1 2/3 innings, giving up three hits and five runs. None of the runs were earned. The Chippewas ended the game with four errors. Hibbitts was pulled after attaining his pitch count for the game, but Jaksa was disappointed that his defense couldn’t give Hibbitts a good first start. “We just didn’t execute early,” Jaksa said. “That’s disappointing because we thought we could pitch Hibbitts three innings. We probably didn’t help him either one of those innings.” CMU fell behind early but Jaksa was quick to defend his team. “The elements were nasty,” he said. “I did think our guys showed up to play but there were a few miscues. There were a couple (of ) balls in the first two innings that we didn’t play

well. We made another mistake late in the game trying to throw a guy out at first base.” Tuesday wasn’t the first time CMU has trailed early in a game this season and came back to win. “We took advantage of a couple (of ) mistakes to get back into the game,” Jaksa said. “We finally got the bats going, our guys felt like they were going to come back. They felt like they were capable of doing that and that’s a good feeling.” CMU will take its sevengame win streak to Ann Arbor at 6 p.m. on Wednesday to play Michigan. The late start is due to President Obama being in town that day and, while Jaksa jokingly hoped that the president would be able to throw out the first pitch, he does not expect it to happen.

Freshman forward Nick Carlos will transfer from Central Michigan after one year with the men’s basketball program. The Missouri-native has committed to play at Lindenwood University, a Division II program in St. Charles, Mo. Carlos Nick Carlos said being closer to home, as well as the ten-hour drive for his family to see him play at CMU, was the determining factor in his departure. “I’m just going to go closer to home,” Carlos said. “At the end of the season, I was just thinking that it had been a long season and that I miss seeing

my family. I only see them once in a while. I saw them during Christmas break and Spring Break. That’s the last time I will see them until school gets out.” Lindenwood is approximately one and a half hours away from Carlos’ hometown of Ashland, Mo. CMU head coach Keno Davis said playing time also factored into Carlos’ decision. “I think you know with a roster of 13 scholarship players, that it’s going to be tough to have enough minutes,” Davis said. “He wanted immediate playing time as well as playing closer to home and I understand.” Carlos was one of the few natural power forwards on the team. He averaged 1.4 points in 24 games for the Chippewas. Davis is confident the team will be strong despite of his absence. “We have players like Blake Hibbitts and John Simons,”

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Sigma Pi rejoining Greek community Fraternity taking necessary steps to charter after losing recognition in 2008 due to code of conduct violations By Sydney Smith Staff Reporter

After a lengthy colonization process, Central Michigan University’s Delta Alpha chapter of Sigma Pi will recharter and rejoin the Greek community on April 12. The fraternity began colonizing – forming a group that is recognized with provisional membership and moving toward full-fraternity mem-

bership — in February when they were approached by members of Sigma Pi International. Until the fraternity charters, Sigma Pi is recognized as a Greek organization with limitations. “During this time, they are working on an exhaustive list of things they must get done to charter,” said chapter director Ron Browne. “It also has social events to build brotherhood in the group and externally to

the Greek system, requirements for outreach to the greater community in the form of service projects and several philanthropic events, and the group is also required to maintain a very high level of scholastic success.” The fraternity returns after having its charter revoked in 2008 by the previous Sigma Pi’s Executive Director, Mark Briscoe, and losing recognition from the university for violations of the student code of

conduct by the Office of Student Conduct. After chartering, members of Sigma Pi will have a vote at the interfraternity conference and within the national conference to vote for their grand council. Becoming a fully-recognized fraternity means a lot to the men of Sigma Pi, and is recognized as one of their biggest accomplishments. “We’ve put in a lot of hard work

in the past year and there have been good and bad times,” said Benjamin Dudley, president and Dimondale senior. “In February, we really had no idea what being in a fraternity meant, but now, being around each other, we know what it means and we’ve had the opportunity to shape it how we wanted to and start our own traditions.” w sigma pi | 2b

RSO fighting Trans-Pacific Partnership one signature at a time By Shawn Tonge Staff Reporter

Katy Kildee | Staff Photographer History professor Mitchell Hall, who teaches a course on the history of rock and roll, holds up the first record he ever purchased, “Hey Jude” by The Beatles, on Tuesday in his office in Powers Hall.

Rock history professor combines music, family, U.S. history into course By Sean Bradley | Staff Reporter

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itchell Hall remembers 1968 like it was yesterday. After all, he was 13 years old and impressionable, and he had just bought his first rock ‘n’ roll record: “Hey Jude” by The Beatles. “It just starts with the singing,” Hall said. “It’s a very distinct sound. Even now when I hear that, I just don’t get tired of that.” Written about John Lennon’s son, Julian, during the breakup of him and his first wife Cynthia, “Hey Jude” sat at No. 1 for nine-straight weeks from Sept. 28 to Nov. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart — all facts that Hall can rattle off the top of his head with superhuman ease. As CMU’s resident chronicler of rock ‘n’ roll, Hall teaches students the ins-and-outs of rock music in his History of the Rock and Roll Era course. His class specializes not just on The Beatles’ styles, but other artists spanning myriad genres including grunge, punk, metal, folk and southern rock. Hall’s class isn’t just a blowoff course for hip seniors – it is a big draw for history buffs in general. “Along the way, I provide historical context through discussion of such things as the emerging youth culture, of the social movements in the 1960s, of the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, the economic issues in the 1970s as well,” he said. “I move through the music topically and try and put it into the larger social and historical context.” Hall joined the CMU teaching faculty in 1989, nearly 10 years before creating the his-

Katy Kildee | Staff Photographer History professor Mitchell Hall, who teaches a course on the history of rock and roll, holds a copy of “Bookends” by Simon & Garfunkel on Tuesday in his office in Powers Hall.

tory of rock class. He received his Ph.D. in recent U.S. history from the University of Kentucky in 1987, and taught for two years at both Indiana and Purdue universities in Indianapolis. Aside from teaching courses at CMU, Hall wrote the book on rock ‘n’ roll, so to speak. His newest historical tome, titled “The Emergence of Rock and Roll: The Rise of American Youth Culture,” is set to hit shelves this year. The class and the book are testaments to why he loves rock music so dearly. “The songs that I really like are

the songs that inspire some sort of righteous indignation or something,” Hall said. “I hear (The Who’s ‘We Won’t Get Fooled Again’) and I feel like Pete Townsend felt like when he wrote that song: ‘Man, we should’ve done better. We should’ve taken advantage of something when it was here.’” Hall is more than just a historian — he’s a music fanatic with a personal musical history. From Lexington, Ky., he and his family are full of musical talent or are involved with music in some way. “My youngest brother, Matthew, in addition to playing guitar, has built some electric guitars,”

he said. “My mother Alice is a keyboard player, pianist and organ player and sings.” Dale, his minister father and a singer in multiple musical groups, had his children listen to the uplifting sounds of gospel music instead of rock ‘n’ roll. There’s even a Grammy winner in the family: His other brother Marshall won the award in 2008 for his baritone singing on the Gaither Vocal Band’s “Lovin’ Life” album in the Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album category. w rock | 2B

Campaigning against a bill in Congress that could affect American trade and the cost of medicine isn’t a typical activity for a registered student organization, except for one. Fast Track, also known as Trade Promotion Authority, was introduced to Congress in January. The bill would give the White House the power to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free-trade agreement between Pacific Rim countries. The Central Michigan University branch of Universities Allied for Essential Medicine, collected 150 signatures from students who are opposed to the passage of Fast Track. UAEM member Samuel Mehr said the legislation would limit the ability of Congress to debate and modify the trade agreement. “Fast Track gives congressional power over the trade negotiations to the president’s administration,” Mehr said. “We’re looking at something that could potentially undermine the democratic process.” The Trans-Pacific Partnership is at the center of an ongoing discussion among the United States and 11 other countries involved. Much like the North American Free Trade Agreement, the agreement would lower tariffs among member countries to encourage trade. UAEM is concerned the trade agreement will result in more restrictive intellectual-property rights on generic medicine. Generic medicines can be developed at lower costs because they use data gathered by larger companies in expensive clinical trials, Mehr said. The property rights chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement could prevent the sharing of this data. “The TPP enhances property rights in a way that would stifle innovation and harm generic companies,” Mehr said. “As a result, it would raise the price of generic medicine so it will no longer be affordable to those who need it.” Many third-world countries rely on affordable generic medicine in order to deal with illnesses. A rise in cost would make it harder for the people of those countries to gain access to medicine, Mehr said. U.S. Rep. Dave Camp R-Midland, introduced the Fast Track bill in Congress. Camp represents Michigan’s 4th District, which includes Mount Pleasant. Camp announced this week he will not seek reelection Because they are in Camp’s constituency, CMU’s UAEM group saw they were in a unique position to speak out against the bill. After they presented their petition to Camp, his office advised the group to compose a formal list of concerns and suggested amendments for the bill.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is surrounded in secrecy. The document is not available for the general public to read and scrutinize. Information about the agreement, such as the chapter on intellectual-property rights, has reached the public through sites like Wikileaks. w RSO | 2B


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Andrew Whitaker | Staff Photographer History professor Mitchell Hall, who teaches a course on the history of rock and roll, plays early folk rock for students Thursday Feb. 27 in Pearce Hall. Hall says artists like Bob Dylan, The Byrds and Simon and Garfunkel have a huge influence on later day artists.

rOCK | COnTInUed FROM 1B Tim Hall, associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, with no relation to Mitchell, said having an intrepid professor teach a class on rock is beneficial both for history majors and the casual student alike. Rock music, Tim Hall explained, acts as a pulse of the American public and does not stand apart from the world that is happening around it. “It’s a great way for students, how people on the street, how the U.S. population responded to various movements,” Tim Hall said. “It becomes important on gaining a broader and deeper perspective on the texture of American life in the time period you’re studying. Lance Jarvis is a Sacramento senior who

loves rock and roll, such as Led Zeppelin or Crosby, Stills and Nash. The course was a perfect fit for him. “I knew most of their songs, but I didn’t know the history behind them, so I was really interested in that,” Jarvis said. “There’s a huge background in every song that there is.” Being able to teach music history to those like Jarvis, who have loved the tunes for years but knew nothing of what went into them, is a dream come true for Mitchell Hall. “Being a professional historian is really my dream job,” he said. “If there was one thing I might give it up for, it’s if I could be James Taylor, but I can’t, so I’m very happy with having this job.”

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rSO | COnTInUed FROM 1B Many of the agreement’s specifics are still unknown, but it is clear that joining the partnership would have far-reaching effects on the country. Speaking generally on trade agreements, CMU professor of economics Christopher Bailey said such trade agreements have positive and negative aspects for different parts of the economy. “Greater international trade tends to have net positive effects on the economy,” Bailey said. “However, there are always winners and losers in a trade deal.” Trade agreements can increase America’s exports with the other member countries. Bailey said this could create

more high-paying jobs in the domestic export sector, while leaving few jobs available in the import sector. Critics of the TPP are concerned that it could have a number of negative effects outside of economics. Some believe the TPP would change intellectual-property policy in the U.S. to allow companies greater control over the Internet. There has also been speculation that the partnership could have repercussions for the ecosystem. “The trade agreement could allow corporations to undercut regulations in place in the United States,” said Student Environmental Association member Traven Michaels. “That could pose serious problems for the environment.” studentlife@cm-life.com

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COnTInUed FROM 1B As a newly-chartered fraternity, the men of Sigma Pi hope to have a big impact on, not only the Greek community, but CMU as a whole, through philanthropy and building relationships. “The fact that we are coming back is a big deal,” said Novi junior Sean McNiff. “We are trying to make a really strong presence in the community by doing a lot of work with Donate Life, one of our philanthropies. We want to get our name out there.” Dudley stressed that Sigma Pi will not be known for a party atmosphere, but rather a conduit for noble values.

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As students shuffled through games of poker, blackjack and euchre, Kessler and Kulhavi residence hall council members dealt their best hand, and sneakily placed stickers on participant’s cups to prove just how easy it is to be drugged in a distracting area. The halls combined forces to host “Casino Night” to educate students on sexual assault while providing a social gathering for their residents Monday night. “Throughout the event, we placed stickers on people’s cups to represent the date rape drug,” said Victoria Vanhout, a Saline sophomore. “We want

to open the eyes of college students and show how simple it is to be drugged.” The event was held in the Carey Hall Lounge in the Towers from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Attendees were offered free Buffalo Wild Wings, Subway sandwiches, and 20 poker chips sponsored by the Residence Hall Assembly. Each chip was worth one credit, in which the top two players with the most chips were granted $20 gift cards to Buffalo Wild Wings or Celebration! Cinema. Kulhavi President and Canton freshman Shelby Harris spoke with Vanhout to make the night possible. “This is a fun night for our

Arin Bisaro | Staff Photographer Students play various card games to win prizes Monday night in Carey Hall lobby. While students participated in these events, Carey Hall staff members walk around putting stickers on their cups.

residents to let loose,” Harris said. “We are all entering that time when things are more tense and stressful, and this event lets us take a break together.” Sexual Aggression Peer Advo-

of CMU’s size, an average of 25 assaults occur each week, equating to nearly four a day. “The perpetrator is definitely the problem, but it is also a problem if others are aware and

cates representative and Detroit senior Joshua Taylor provided general statistics regarding sexual assault. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, on a campus

not taking action,” he said. Throughout the event, Greenville junior Mackenzie Bracey who serves as the Kessler Residence Hall Council treasurer, went around to the four tables and placed stickers on cups while students were distracted, and also asked students if they needed a drink or refills. “We are just trying to make people more aware of this problem on college campuses,” she said. “People did not really notice the stickers, and I was hoping that they would. I just want people to be safe. Hopefully this idea will be passed on for all to know.” Both the first and second place winners had stickers on their cups that they did not notice. “I had no idea of the stickers ... I thought I was just going to be playing poker and blackjack,” said Cedar Springs sophomore Raymond Edwards. “It’s discouraging and disgusting to know how easy it is to take advantage of one another.” studentlife@cm-life.com

Comic book class spends Spring Break in London By Andrea Peck Staff Reporter

Consent isn’t sexy, it’s required

Though I attend a university where I am surrounded by incredibly intelligent individuals, I am constantly surprised some of my peers cannot understand a simple command that even my dog can grasp: No. When it comes to consenting to sex, there is only one 100 percent, fool-proof way of knowing your partner is ready and willing, and that is the presence of a clear, continuous, enthusiastic ‘yes.’ Robin Thicke got it wrong — there are no blurred lines when it comes to consensual sex. I think it is way past the time college students understand that. Because I know someone out there is confused, look-

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ing for little loopholes in my basic definition of consent, I’ll dumb it down some more. There are several ways of telling if your partner is not consenting to sex, and this goes way beyond just saying no. First, consent should be mutual. If both people aren’t crazy about the idea of fornication, move on to something else. Watch a movie or eat an entire pizza. Whatever. Having a prior relationship with someone or being in a relationship with them now does not automatically mean it’s OK. Consent should also be continuous, meaning that you are allowed to stop at any time, and, just because there was consent to one sexual act, does not mean there is consent for a different one. Always asking is best for both parties. This is probably the most

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Superheroes and college credits collided in London as students from the HON 321 class spent their Spring Break learning how to craft comics. HON 321U: “Illustrated London” is a class for Central Michigan University honors students that looks at comics and graphic novels centering around London. This is not the first year the university has had a comics class, but it is the first time a class has traveled abroad to explore the city the graphic novels take place in. “The point is to take these stories that are from the historical and post-apocalyptic viewpoint and see the place where they take place in the current day,” said Allegan senior Rachel McDaniel, a student who went on the trip. Aside from the honors program fees, students who went on the trip paid for their own airfare and meals. McDaniel had been overseas before but was most excited about the trip to London. “Study abroad incorpo-

rates a global perspective into a short span of time,” she said. “It gives students a chance to study on a smallscale and get out into the community.” Birch Run junior Chad Storey said the trip to London was transformational for him. “London has a very unique culture,” he said. “It was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. It is a truly international city.” Storey said some of the comics they look at in the class are historically based, such as “From Hell,” by Alan Moore, which presents a theory of who Jack the Ripper really was. The class visited places where the books took place in London, as well as famous landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace. “The class takes a certain type of person,” Storey said. “Some read comics, and that’s the end of it. In this class you get the most out of it. You form ideas and get to see London itself, through comics.” Professor Joseph Sommers said it was not a difficult decision to teach the class and take a Spring Break trip

to London. “I’ve always been of the opinion that a student’s education doesn’t have to be dull,” he said. “Education should be why you’re in college in the first place.” Sommers looked for a way to incorporate a comics course into the educational process. He said there is no better way to learn about a place in the world than by actually going there. “The place is the literature. confusing thing about consent — a person who is mentally or physically incapacitated by drugs or alcohol cannot consent to sex. Drugs and alcohol seriously interfere with a person’s ability to decide if they should consent or not, so a smart thing to do is call it a night. Just because someone isn’t saying no, doesn’t mean they are saying yes. Like any aspect of intimacy and relationships, communication is extremely important. If you’re not actively making an effort to discuss you and your partner’s wants and needs, you are probably not going to have good sex anyways. Communicating is a win for everyone. I plead to the general public to get rid of the phrase “consent is sexy.” Consent isn’t an added bonus feature. Consent is necessary, respectful, caring and required if you’re looking to be a decent human being. And if you haven’t heard, being a decent human being is extremely sexy.

The culture is the literature,” he said. “Going to London was a remarkable, revelatory experience and it’s a wonderful way to do a class.” Sommers said from the beginning, he received support from the university and the honors program for the class. “This university does care about enhancing students’ learning,” he said. studentlife@cm-life.com

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OWLs promotes gender equality By Arielle Hines Staff Reporter

It took years for the Organization of Women Leaders to transform and grow into the group it is today. President of OWLs, Saint Clair Shores senior Ashley Scheetz, said she got involved in the group three years ago and has seen the organization shift its focus toward activism. “We were more of an inactive RSO,” Scheetz said. “We are now more involved on campus and plan larger events.” Jackson freshman Victoria Saylor, social and recruitment chair for OWLs, said the overall mission of the group is to empower women in every way, helping them realize their full potential and become better leaders on campus. One of the biggest events OWLs puts on is the SlutWalk, an event that aims to bring awareness to sexual assault and victim blaming. OWLs hosts Women Empowering Week in the fall,

File Photo | Andrew Whitaker The Organization of Women Leaders RSO at Central Michigan University bowl to help raise money for their 2014 Slut Walk on Feb. 27 at Riverwood Resort.

which is a series of events that promote gender equality. The organization also has hosted speakers, art shows and forums. An application process is required to join OWLs. Scheetz said the group looks for people who want to be leaders on campus and have the willingness to be involved. “The main reason for applications is to make sure we have a dedicated and solid group of people that will contribute to the organization,” Scheetz said. OWLs has 42 active members in the group. Members are expected to participate in two socials, two fundraisers

and volunteer two hours every semester to keep their status in the organization. Members spend their meetings planning events and discussing current events dealing with women’s issues such as when Rep. Todd Akin said in 2012 victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant. “There are always things I have believed in, but never had a community to share those opinions with,” Saylor said. “It has provided a community of strong women that I can share my beliefs with, learn from and grow with.” Looking forward, Saylor said

she sees OWLs continuing to grow stronger and setting the bar high for women leaders. “I would love to see OWLs not only host campus events, but community events,” Saylor said. OWLs meets at 10 p.m. every Tuesday in the Bovee University Center. Applications to join are available early in the fall and spring semesters. Check the group’s Facebook page for more information. Contact the organization at owlsatcmu@gmail.com. studentlife@cm-life.com

5K to support local children, raise health awareness By Kelsey Smith Staff Reporter

Central Michigan University’s Physician Assistant Class of 2015 is hosting “Going the Distance for Today’s Youth 5K Obstacle Trail Run” to benefit the class and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Registration for the 5K begins at 8 a.m. on April 12 in Deerfield Nature Park. For more information, visit 5kcmupa.webs.com. “Every year, the PA class does a fundraiser,” said Joseph Scherba, Flushing PA class president. “The main goal is to raise money for our graduation. We graduate in August, separately from the usual May and Decem-

ber dates, so we are responsible for our own funds.” Scherba is focusing on keeping the fundraiser in the community. “Half of what we raise goes toward our class account,” Scherba said. “The other 50 percent goes toward Big Brothers.” Big Brothers Big Sisters is trying to get involved with the community and local fundraisers as much as possible. Raising money for the organization is crucial to keep matches between mentors and children going. “We work so hard to pair children with mentors in the community,” said April Douglass, events manager of Big Brothers Big Sisters. “It costs about $1,000 a

year for each pair to keep them going.” Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for more student volunteers to come out and find children to mentor. “We love working with CMU students because they are the majority of our volunteers,” Douglass said. “CMU students come in with fresh ideas and they understand what we do for the kids in the community. Volunteers are precious, they are the most valuable asset we have.” Hosting a 5K that involves child friendly activities was important when considering a fundraising opportunity. Unlike most 5K races, the main focus here is on the community’s children. Vassar PA student Jessica

Raising money for a charitable cause can be murder. On Thursday, the Central Michigan University Leadership Institute Relay for Life team is hosting a murder mystery dinner fundraiser titled, ‘Happily Never After’ featuring Trap Door Improv at 6 p.m. in Powers 136. It includes dinner from the Italian Oven, consisting of bread, salad, a main course and beverages for $10 per ticket, or $15 for two tickets. The 8 p.m. show is $3 per ticket or $5 for two tickets. All proceeds from the fundraiser benefit Relay

for Life and the American Cancer Society. The skits, put on by Trap Door Improv, will be a series of clues and actions, and the audience will play a part in trying to figure out who killed who. Audience members are also welcome to participate as characters in the show if they are interested. “Our team would really like to see this event be a success,” said Samantha Johnson, Leadership Institute Relay for Life team captain and Homer sophomore. “We hope that people will come out and enjoy themselves all while knowing that they are doing it for a good cause.” The storyline of the

murder mystery dinner revolves around Disney princesses and characters, to match with the Disney theme of Relay for Life. Attire for the shows is casual or Disney-themed. “The Leadership Institute Relay team has put in a lot of hard work into making this event a success, and I am looking forward to seeing all of that hard work be put into something fun and enjoyable for all of us,” Johnson said. “We all really look forward to seeing the show.” For more information or tickets, contact Samantha Johnson at johns9sm@ cmich.edu.

Solgat is most excited about working with kids on the day of the 5K. “I have a lot of nieces and nephews, and they get so excited about doing it,” Solgat said. “I’m glad that it’s a family friendly 5K.” While hosting the race, the class plans on promoting health awareness by giving children tips on living healthy lives. Obstacles and health-related activities will show children the benefits of exercising. “We really want to promote healthy lifestyles, exercise and eating right for the kids,” Scherba said. “It’s a huge part of why we’re doing this.”

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