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Graduate Assistants host second ‘grade-in’ in support of GSU By Justin Hicks Senior Reporter

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On Oct. 23, 2010, Sophomore right tackle Eric Fisher wraps up Northern Illinois defensive tackle D.J. Pirkle at the line of scrimmage at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Ill.

Big Fish Eric Fisher’s draft stock has risen since the end of the 2012-13 football season

University offensive tackle Eric Fisher has had a long journey to the top of the NFL Draft boards.

But, his journey will end Thursday night when his named is called and he walks across the stage, becoming the newest member of one of the 32 teams in the NFL. Whether he goes as the No. 1 overall pick to Kansas City, No. 2 to Jacksonville or down to No. 5 with the homestate Detroit Lions, Fisher will be in the NFL

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Central Michigan University graduate assistants took part in a “grade-in” Monday in the Education and Human Services Building to raise awareness for the ongoing Graduate Student Union contract negotiations. More than ten GAs took turns at Monday’s grade-in, showing their support for the GSU and the issues being discussed with administration at the bargaining table, while also grading final exams. GSU President Michelle Campbell said the gradeins have been helpful, and bargaining is heading in the right direction for the union. “I think it went very well, especially considering our GAs are some of the busiest people on campus,” Campbell said. “I think we’re on the right track for a strong and successful union.” Participants of the second grade-in had signs posted above a table outside Einstein Bros. Bagels and the French Auditorium, which displayed the number of classes taught by GAs, the number of students taught each year and how much revenue their students make

CMU in comparison to their annual salary. “As a graduate employee at CMU … my classes alone make CMU at least $130,320 per year, and I only make $10,300 per year,” one sign read. Campbell said the bargaining team picked the EHS building because it houses the bargaining meetings with administration. Rachel Hackett, a biology teaching assistant, said professors and faculty members came to talk throughout the morning, and the gradeins have been valuable in bringing their views to the administration’s attention. “We’re doing the sit-ins to show to the administration the TAs at the college are behind the bargaining committee, and it’s not just TAs who have these concerns,” Hackett said. Some of the GSU’s major concerns include the lack of employer-sponsored health insurance and available materials, as well as reducing the delay on their first paycheck. Hackett said despite other CMU employees receiving paychecks after the first two weeks of classes, GAs deal with a much longer delay.

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Director of Student Publications candidate Jim Knight answers questions from the public during an open forum Tuesday afternoon in the Central Michigan Life conference room in Moore Hall.

ACADEMIC SENATE

Enrollment strategies highlight final meeting By Brianna Owczarzak Staff Reporter

Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services Steven Johnson said Central Michigan University will adapt its enrollment strategies. The state of Michigan has seen the second-highest decrease in high school graduates in the nation, and Johnson said it’s important for CMU to continue recruiting students, despite the smaller selection of graduates. “We have to compete for fewer and fewer students,” Johnson said during Tuesday’s Academic Senate meeting. “We have to find some other market in which to recruit.” According to Johnson, the state is expecting a 15-percent decline in high school graduates by 2020. For the 2013 fall semester, undergraduate applicants are down seven percent, admitted students are down 12 percent, and student orientation payments are down 20 percent at CMU. For transfer students, an eight-percent decrease has been noted for

Finalist addresses concern over conflict of interest Knight: ‘Accountability and transparency’ will make this work By Justin Hicks Senior Reporter

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Assistant Professor of Philosophy Mark Shelton discusses the possibility of having fixed-term faculty representation on the Senate Tuesday at the Academic Senate meeting in Pearce 138.

both applicants and admitted students. “We want to make sure we position ourselves to have the right number of students at our university,” Johnson said. “We need to go deeper to understand the students

we’re looking to recruit at this institution.” During the presentation, Johnson highlighted some of the enrollment challenges facing CMU, including increased competition with other institutions and college

affordability. “We have done our best to maintain (college affordability),” Johnson said. “Unfortunately, students are still A A-SENATE | 2A

Director of Student Media and Publications finalist Jim Knight wasted no time in addressing the “elephant in the room” Tuesday during his public interview. Knight, a 1984 Central Michigan University alum, was the first of three finalists for the position to hold a public interview for the position, whose duties include overseeing and advising Central Michigan Life and The Central Review. “Yes, my wife is (Associate Vice president of Communications) Sherry Knight,” Knight said in front of more than 40 students, faculty and media board members. “She runs the communications department here at CMU, and there are times when her office and what you do

here — they don’t always match up.” Rather than deny any conflict of interest, Knight agreed his marital relationship was an obstacle, though it is one he said can be worked through. “My take on it is we can find the accountability and transparency to make this work, (but) I can’t do that alone,” he said. “You can’t watchdog yourself, so you have to build in a system that makes it work, and that’s this room.” Professor of Journalism Jiafei Yin told Knight she doesn’t doubt his personal and professional integrity, but is concerned about a shift in the public’s perception of CM Life due to his marriage. A FORUM | 2A

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EVENTS CALENDAR TODAY

w Honors Recital

Central Michigan University’s School of Music presents the Honors recital at 11 a.m. today in Staples Family Concert Hall. This concert is free and open to the public. w Model Driven Decision Making

Brown Bag Series The Institute for Health and Business Insight (IHBI@CMU), located in the College of Health Professions, offers monthly lectures on applied research topics. The next meeting, “ModelDriven Decision Making,” will be held today, in the Community Seminar Room (HP 2150), from 12:00-1:00. Desserts and refreshments will be provided.

w University Band & Wind

Symphony Chamber Winds The School of Music presents the University Band and Wind Symphony Chamber Winds in concert at 8 p.m. today, in Staples Family Concert Hall. This concert is free and open to the public.

TODAY AND TOMORROW w Rural Impressions

by Alan Maciag CMU resident and alumni Alan Maciag presents realist paintings focusing on the beauty of nature. Exhibit will be held in the Baber room from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

w Sociology in the Visual

An exhibit exploring the visual dimensions of social life in Michigan and other parts of the United States will be presented by CMU SOC 100 students. Open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on the Third Floor Exhibit Area in the library. The event is free and open to the public w The Petri Series: Benzene

The exhibit features the work of Maria Michails, the 2012-2013 Stephen L. Barstow Artist-inResidence for the Department of Art & Design, located at the University Art Gallery: West Gallery. Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

CORRECTIONS Central Michigan Life has a long-standing commitment to fair and accurate reporting. It is our policy to correct factual errors. Please e-mail news@cm-life.com. © Central Michigan Life 2013 Volume 94, Number 86

A-SENATE | CONTINUED FROM 1A graduating in debt.” The Enrollment Management Committee, whose role is to provide advice and council for CMU on enrollment, has met three times this year. Some of the committee’s initiatives include reviewing and verifying academic program offerings, promoting four-year graduation, and reviewing and updating the undergraduate admission criteria. The committee is exploring making changes to the admissions process and reviewing financial aid distribution.

SHARED GOVERNANCE

The Senate discussed and approved the final report for the Shared Governance and Communications Committee and approved the creation of the first Senate Standing Committee. This committee is charged with oversight of shared governance operations at CMU. “There will be 12 people on the committee,” Academic Senate Chairman and Co-Chair of SGCC Jim McDonald said previously. “Chairing the committee will be one member of administration and one faculty member to be selected by the A-Senate.”

GRAD | CONTINUED FROM 1A “For reasons not explained to us, we’re required to show up for most of our programs two weeks before school starts for orientation and training, but we don’t get paid until four weeks after school starts,” she said. One sheet on the wall read, “I am a COM 101 teacher at CMU, and I don’t have the necessary materials to do my job.” Another read, “I teach Eng 101, and I am paid as much as Pres. Ross’ annual furniture budget.” Monday was the second and final grade-in of the year, but Campbell said there could be more scheduled in the fall if a tentative agreement isn’t reached by then. Campbell said the university has expressed hope of reaching a tentative agreement by the end of May. Contract bargaining began Feb. 15 on the smaller issues of its platform. “We do have 24 issues out on the table, and we only have two issues signed as far as a tentative agree-

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FIXED-TERM FACULTY REPRESENTATION

Tuesday’s meeting also brought discussion on allowing some of CMU’s 350 fixed-term faculty members to be represented in A-Senate. Currently, fixed-term faculty members are allowed to serve on committees but are not allowed in the Senate. “I’m sure many of you already appreciate the presence of fixed-term faculty on campus,” Union of Teaching Faculty President Mark Shelton said. While there is some support within A-Senate for the inclusion of fixed-term faculty, it is still unclear what protocol is best for CMU in either allowing or not allowing fixed-term faculty to have representation. Shelton said one idea is to have one fixed-term faculty member from each college represented on the A-Senate. A-Senate meetings are done for the semester and will resume in the fall. university@cm-life.com

ment,” she said. “We are one-twelfth of the way there.” Executive Director of Faculty Personnel Services Matt Serra released a statement Tuesday, which reads: “Central Michigan University continues to negotiate in good faith with the Graduate Student Union. The bargaining teams have met 16 times since Feb. 15, working toward a collective bargaining agreement that is fair and equitable to all parties involved.” Mathematics Graduate Assistant Jim Kowalski said the administration’s bargaining points include adjusting contract language on tuition remission, making changes to comply with new labor laws, allowing contracts to be terminated upon expiration and requiring supervisors to evaluate GAs yearly, rather than each semester. Kowalski said the administration and GSU reached a tentative agreement Monday to adjust GA evaluations to a yearly basis. The GSU was recognized in 2009 and started its current contract in 2010, which is set to expire this summer.

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Mount Pleasant ROTC members Megan McBride, left, and Jessica Slavin, right, sit and talk before their last Physical Training test of the semester Tuesday morning inside of the Indoor Activity Center.

FORUM | CONTINUED FROM 1A “I don’t think you have control of public perception; that’s out of your hands,” Yin said. “Just the perception is probably going to compromise the integrity and credibility of CM Life, and I think that’s going to be a big sacrifice.” Knight responded to Yin’s concerns by citing Bob Steele, director of The Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University. He talked to Steele over the weekend about the job and the controversy surrounding it. Steele said conflicts of interest happen in every newsroom — some big and some small. While these particular circumstances are notable, Knight said the question is whether what he can bring to the table is enough to make it work at CMU. “What I’ve got to show you today is what I’ve learned, what I can bring to you, why I still care about CM Life 30 years after I’ve been here, why I still have passion and why I wouldn’t allow it to be a problem, because I would demand the accountability and accessi-

bility,” he said. Knight held editorlevel positions at the Huron (Mich.) Daily Tribune, Annapolis (Md.) Capital-Gazette, Jackson Citizen Patriot and Ann Arbor News/annarbor.com. He is currently the manager of human resources communications at the University of Michigan. He said his experience in the newsroom has given him an idea of what employers are looking for today from young journalists, which he believes will give CM Life reporters an edge over the competition. “I’m here to make CM Life as strong as it can be, to help each and every one of you thrive in this business — not just survive,” he said. “Why would I put myself through this? Because I really believe I could make a difference.” Knight has had experience analyzing metrics to determine reader preferences and said he would incorporate more interaction with reporters and readers through using polls and having reporters respond to comments online. From a business standpoint, Knight said he would explore every possible source of revenue to keep the newspaper independent from the university and free

of charge. Knight’s close relationship with selection committee member Sandy Petykiewicz, former publisher of the Jackson Citizen Patriot, was also a topic of discussion, though Knight said he doesn’t believe the friendship should have forced her to exclude herself from the search committee charged with selecting the new director. Dave Clark, editor-in-chief of The Big Rapids Pioneer, and Keith Gave, coordinator of The Washtenaw Voice, Washtenaw Community College’s student publication, will hold their public interviews today. Clark will meet from 1 until 1:30 p.m. in the CM Life conference room, followed by Gave from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The candidates will also meet with Kathy Simon, assistant director of CM Life, and take a campus tour. The Media Board will choose the final two candidates, and Provost Gary Shapiro will have the final decision. The job opening comes after Neil Hopp, director of student media and publications, made plans to retire this year, concluding nearly 50 years in journalism. university@cm-life.com

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new bill would postpone jury duty

declining numbers leads to recruitment

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

ENROLLMENT

Central Michigan University has begun to place an emphasis on recruitment in light of declining college enrollment figures and decreasing yield rates. As reported earlier this year, decreasing enrollment trends are affecting nearly every university in the Mid-American Conference, including CMU. Kent State University was the only school in the conference not to see an enrollment decline this year. “The amount of high school seniors within the state are declining and will continue to do so,” Associate Director of Admissions Kevin Williams said via email. “The state of Michigan has 15 public universities, 29 community colleges and 55 private colleges, all of which are scrambling to recruit from a very finite pool of students.” CMU has seen a 2.5-percent decrease in enrollment since 2010 – a decline of nearly 700 students. “You are more likely to recruit a student if they take the opportunity to visit your campus,” Williams said. “That’s why we are overly concerned with the overall appearance of CMU. Central Michigan University has the reputation for having one of the nicest campuses in the state of Michigan.” The average four-year university spent $2,311 per student on recruitment in 2011, according to a National Association for College Admissions Counseling report. Yield rates, which is the percentage of students who actually enroll upon admission, has declined eight percent since 2002 for public colleges and universities. Yield rates are down 12 percent for private schools, according to the NACAC report. According to Williams, CMU is hosting several “yield activities” to bring prospective students to campus in hopes of increasing future enrollment. Each of the six colleges that comprise CMU will host an open house over the summer to offer students and parents the opportunity to visit campus during the summer months. “Our campus is always beautiful during the summer,” Williams said. CMU and You Day Sept. 29 will serve as a universitywide open house to offer students and parents the

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not know what to think when she first heard of the bombings. “I was shocked and didn’t quite believe it at first,” Neveu said. “As more and more came out, I realized how real it was.” Neveu jumped at the chance to participate when a friend told her about the run. “As a runner, I think it feels really good to do something that was directly involved with the event to support it,” Neveu said. “All of our support goes out to the victims.”

A bill is being pushed by state Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, that would favor most college students who are having trouble balancing school, work and jury duty. Full-time students who are studying at a university, college or community college would be eligible to postpone their jury service should the bill be adopted, Cotter said. “College students are busy focusing on their studies, and this bill would allow them to request their jury duty Kevin Cotter service be postponed,” Cotter said. “They would simply need to notify the court they are a full-time student and they are requesting a postponement.” Seven other state representatives, Republican and Democrat alike, have co-sponsored House Bill 4570, Cotter said. “Being available to serve on a jury is a civic duty we all share,” he said. “But, for students, we can make it easier on them while they are in school by postponing their service to a time that won’t impact their class schedule.” Howell junior Sean Palmer said the bill would benefit college students by adding some flexibility to their busy schedules. “(The bill) would be nice. That way, a student wouldn’t have to miss class or an exam because of jury duty,” Palmer said. “I’ve heard it can be inconvenient.” All registered voters are eligible to serve jury duty. Palmer said he is currently a registered voter, but has not had the opportunity to vote yet. However, Palmer would not consider taking part in a jury until he is working full-time. “Maybe once I had a fulltime job, I could get some time off work. If it were right now, it would be horrible because of finals, work and classes,” Palmer said. “I would definitely support (the bill) when it goes in to be voted on.” Shelbyville senior Jane Linsea has never served on a jury, but said she would use it to her full advantage if she was forced to. “For any college student, to have this bill would be good. If you have class, (jury duty) would be time-consuming,” Linsea said. “I also wonder if some professors wouldn’t be supportive of it.” Linsea said she voted last election, so she has a chance of being picked from the jury pool.

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Mount Pleasant resident Nate Kolbe, left, and Beal City residents Elton and Charlie Clark run along S. Mission Street near Stadium Mall during a 5K run that raised funds for the victims of last week’s Boston Marathon bombings.

Running for Boston Local 5K raises money for bombing victims By Tony Wittkowski | Senior Reporter

More than 40 people took part in a 5K Monday evening to raise money and awareness for the victims of last week’s Boston Marathon bombings. Josh Berghuis, manager of Runners Performance, 2316 S. Mission St., helped coordinate the event, which started in the parking lot of Stadium Mall. “This is the day when everyone nationwide is doing the run,” Berghuis said. “It’s just phenomenal to see all these runner groups coming together running for a cause.” The 2.62-mile run was proposed by the Independent Running Retailers Association in order to raise support and awareness for the bombing’s victims. “We tried to keep (runners) on side streets and away from Mission Street. We’re basically just following sidewalks,” Berghuis said. “We decided on this route because the Boston Marathon is about 26.2 miles, so we basically moved the decimal over and made it 2.62 miles.” The participating runners started in the Stadium Mall parking lot and ran along Broomfield Street to West

Campus Drive, then took East Campus Drive and eventually looped back to Broomfield. The store sold gray shirts at $20 each that read “Runners for Boston,” with all proceeds going to onefundboston.org; a fund set up by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino. Chad Van Slembrouck, executive sales manager for all four Runners Performance stores in Mount Pleasant, Midland, Saginaw and Bay City, said they chose this as the goto fund to help put money where it was most needed. “This is a national event that running specialty stores are participating in,” Van Slembrouck said. “All the shirts are being made at different stores all over the country, but this

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Runners Performance Store Manager Josh Berghuis leads the 5K run in support of the Boston Marathon bombings Tuesday evening in the Stadium Mall parking lot. Berghuis and other runners wore shirts reading “Runners for Boston,” which were made and distributed by Runners Performance.

“it’s just phenomenal to see all these runner groups coming together running for a cause.” Josh Berghuis, manager of Runners Performance is the only store taking part in Mount Pleasant.” Van Slembrouck said he was surprised by the turnout and was glad to be there to give some support and take part in the run. “It’s been a tough week overall for everybody, but it has been interesting how our running community has come together,” Van Slembrouck said. “In each location, we know people who were there and ran in the marathon. It really kind of hit home for some people.” Sault Ste. Marie sophomore Rebecca Neveu ran in the 5K and said she did

Yong Zhao pushes for a more passion-focused educational system By Neil Rosan Staff Reporter

Internationally renowned scholar Yong Zhao pushed for a focus on creativity and student interests in school during his presentation at Central Michigan University Tuesday. Zhao, the presidential chairman and associate dean for Global Education at the University of Oregon, said a student’s passion is what makes a great education, and the education system should help students succeed in their passion. “A good education is what students make it. They need to have a passion, spend time working with their passion, and then they will arrive at a great education,” he said. “Education should allow each student to find out what they are interested in and make them great at it. Students have to believe they can be useful, no matter what they are interested in.”

Zhao, speaking as a part of the CMU T.R. Johnson Endowment Speaker Series, said changes in the global economy have made creativity-based education a necessity. “Schools were not built to make creative people,” he said. “We used to need people who had a basic set of similar skills. That has changed today. We are in the 21st century. Surely, every talent can be useful, but you have to be great at it. If students have a passion, they have to do something with it.” He also spoke about the United States’ success in instilling a sense of confidence in its students. According to Zhao, the American educational system is creating more entrepreneurs than many other leading nations, because it gives its students a strong sense of confidence. He gave the audience a metaphor as to why the U.S. educational system still works. “China’s educational system is like a sausage maker that

makes only sausage, but really good sausage. The U.S. educational system is like a sausage maker that makes sausage, but also makes bacon,” Zhao said. Zhao gave the audience advice on becoming successful and how to improve their confidence, as well as the confidence of their students. “If you have identified what you are good at, stop focusing on your weaknesses and enhance your strengths,” he said. “I encourage everyone to look real hard at what they are good at. As educators, we have to look at students, find their strengths and create a curriculum that will allow them to flourish.” Zhao said he believes the U.S. educational system could be improved, but it is not a total failure as some make it out to be. “If an education keeps kids out of their parents’ basements, I think it is a success,” he said. university@cm-life.com

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Yong Zhao, presidential chairman and associate dean for Global Education at the University of Oregon, speaks during his presentation “World Class Education” Tuesday evening at the French Auditorium in the Education and Human Services Building.


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GREEK LIFE

$22,206.61 raised during Greek Week

By Wyatt Bush Staff Reporter

By Charnae Sanders Senior Reporter

The Greek community fundraised $22,206.61 for The Jenna Kast Believe in Miracles Foundation through a variety of events during this year’s Greek Week. Greek Week is a weeklong event, where several chapters come together to compete against one another, fundraise for a certain organization and promote the Greek community. This year, the Greeks chose The Jenna Kast Believe in Miracles Foundation as their philanthropy. The foundation has a mission of helping children who are living with lifethreatening diseases and conditions by giving them gifts to help spread hope and joy, according to its website. Each event held throughout the week included an entry fee, but the largest portion of the total money raised came from the “Penny Wars” event. “Our biggest fundraiser for the week was Penny Wars,” Washington senior and Greek Week Co-Chair Erica Lagos said. “Each group that participated in the week had a different penny war bin, and, from that alone, we raised more than $12,000.” During the event, pennies were counted as positive points, and any cash or silver coins were counted as negative points. Lagos said she felt the most rewarding part of the fundraising process was watching the Greek community come together to raise money for the children. “Without a doubt, being able to announce that we’ve raised more than $22,000 was phenomenal,” Lagos said. “But, being able to say that a community of just 1,200 people did it made it just so much more rewarding.” In addition to Penny Wars, the Greek community also sold “Believe in Miracles” bracelets around campus and displayed banners where students could place their handprints and names. Hubbard Lake Senior Nick Stepaniak said several members of different chapters also raised money by selling at least one $5

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Troy freshman James Sterba, left, and Michigan State freshman Brett Kast, right, hold a check written out to The Jenna Kast Believe in Miracles Foundation for $22,206.61.

“it’s awesome knowing such a large group of 18, 19, 20 and 21-year-olds have made such a big difference in the community in just a week.” Nick Stepaniak, Hubbard Lake senior ticket to a person who was not involved in the Greek community. “For the fundraising, this is the most we raised since I’ve been here in 2009,” Stepaniak, who also served as a Greek Week co-chair, said. “Last year, we raised more than $11,000, and, this year, we doubled that with more than $22,000.” The Greek community chose to donate their proceeds to the Jenna Kast Believe in Miracles Foundation, despite several organizations showing an interest in receiving the money. Junior Jennifer Josey of Hopkins said several organizations were interested in becoming the philanthropy for Greek Week. “We sent out a questionnaire and based (our decision) off that,” Josey, Greek Week co-chair said. “We picked which philanthropy we thought would raise the most awareness. And, The Jenna Kast Believe in Miracles Foundation hit home, because one of our members of the Greek community started it in high school, so it was something to give back to him and his family for starting it.” Josey said after making such a large amount of money, the Greek community still wants to raise their standards and strive for continued success. “Each year, when you go into Greek Week knowing how much you’ve raised before as a community, we always want to outdo what we’ve done before,” Josey said. “We always want to make the best of what we can and raise more money and be better.”

Maine junior Blake Foster said this year’s Greek Week was definitely the most prevalent he’s seen since joining a fraternity in 2011. “It was easily the most competitive Greek Week we’ve had in a long time,” Foster said. “Top team to bottom team, there was maybe 150 points difference. It was super close. It’s never been that close in the past.” Stepaniak said it’s not easy to go against Greek stereotypes, but he hopes that people will realize Greek Week isn’t the only time Greeks come together and raise money for philanthropies. “We’ve raised probably more than $100,000 as a community this year in all of our isolated events that were put on by single chapters,” Stepaniak said. “So, Greek Week is just one of probably 15 or 20 philanthropic endeavors we as a Greek community participate in it.” Overall, Lagos said this was a great accomplishment for the Greek community, as a whole, ranging from freshmen to seniors. “It’s awesome knowing such a large group of 18, 19, 20 and 21-year-olds have made such a big difference in the community in just a week,” she said. “I think everyone should be so proud of themselves doing that in college, being so young.” studentlife@cm-life.com

Two bills being considered in the Michigan Legislature would require welfare recipients to be drug tested and children to attend a certain number of school days in order to receive benefits. One bill, recently reintroduced in the House of Representatives, would initiate a suspicion-based substance abuse testing program for welfare recipients in Michigan’s Family Independence Program. Rep. Jeff Farrington, RUtica, first introduced the drug-testing bill after he said his constituents were concerned with state aid and taxpayer dollars being used to purchase illegal narcotics. Central Michigan University College Republicans Vice Chair Jon Bloomberg expressed similar concerns, saying it is improper for drugs to be purchased with welfare dollars. “If people can’t pass a drug test, it shows they are getting drugs,” Bloomberg said. “If people can’t pass a drug test, they don’t have a right to welfare.” Several campus leaders have questioned the proposals, including Student Government Association President Marie Reimers,

“if people can’t pass a drug test, they don’t have a right to welfare.” Jon Bloomberg, CMU College Republicans Vice Chair who said the bill was an infringement upon basic human rights. “I believe access to food, shelter and safety is a basic human right, regardless of the circumstance,” the Saginaw junior said. Both Reimers and CMU College Democrats Vice President and Comstock Park sophomore Taylor Gehrcke said the bill is costly and ineffective, drawing parallels to a similar bill Florida enacted in 2011. Florida analysts predicted the drug-testing program would cost $178 million in the fiscal year. However, only 2 percent of those examined by the program yielded positive test results. In total, the state received approximately $60,000 in returns from those who tested positive, thus resulting in a massive program deficit. Another bill currently in committee would require some families to ensure their children attend a certain number of school days in order to gain welfare benefits or else risk losing welfare benefits. This bill, which has yet

to be voted upon in committee, would end family welfare benefits if a child under the age of 16 is unable to meet certain school attendance requirements. The Department of Human Services enacted this policy in October 2012, but the bill would incorporate the policy into law, ensuring its continuation in future administrations. Gehrcke said the bill goes too far. “Parents can only highly encourage the children to go to school; at older ages, how can the parents ensure their kids are attending school?” Gehrcke said. “But even more importantly, with many cuts occurring across the board in Michigan, where adequate transportation is not provided, it is not fair for the individual to be penalized because of a lack of transportation to school.” As it stands, the Michigan League for Public Policy estimates the typical family of three receives $492 in state-provided cash assistance. metro@cm-life.com

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Local news producer wins award, advances to national competition By Sean Bradley Staff Reporter

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Founder of the Gus Macker tournament Scott McNeal speaks at a news conference in the atrium of the CMU Events Center on Feb. 21.

Fifth-annual Gus Macker tournament Saturday, Sunday in Finch parking lot By Shawn Tonge Staff Reporter

The pressure is on. The students of Central Michigan University’s RPL 318G: The Organization and Administration of Basketball Festivals course are entering the final week, leading to the event they have spent all semester planning. Taught by Recreation, Parks and Leisure Instructor Lori Irwin and Assistant Professor of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Timothy Otteman, the class is preparing for the fifth-annual CMU Gus Macker basketball tournament, to be held Saturday and Sunday in the parking lot at Finch Fieldhouse. “It’s a basketball festival, which is different from a tournament,” Irwin said. “There are wheelchair basketball games on the side. There are adult and kids’ dunk contests, performances and other special events.” CMU was the first college in Gus Macker history to host a tournament organized entirely by students in 2010. The 2009 tournament was organized by the Gus Macker Organization. The 28 students in the class were each assigned to one or more teams in the planning phase

of the event. Each of the teams worked on different aspects of the tournament, such as organizing the special events and setting up sales of sponsored merchandise throughout the semester. Harrison senior Tisha Gazley is charged with the public address and announcement at the tournament. Gazley was also part of the events team, working on the opening ceremonies and post-party. She said she enjoyed the autonomy she had working on the project. “Tim and Lori let us have free reign and kind of do what we wanted,” Gazley said. “I definitely learned a lot.” The class members are not the only students involved in the festival. About 90 students will be volunteering to help out with the event, including professional sales, athletic training students and ROTC members. The 3-on-3 basketball tournament was started in 1974 by CMU alum Scott McNeal, when a friendly competition between 18 friends in McNeal’s driveway turned into a national movement. According to their website, the Gus Macker organization is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and has hosted tournaments

in more than 75 cities, attracting more than 1.7 million spectators. The Gus Macker Organization held several tournaments at CMU in the 1980s, when the organization was based in Michigan, McNeal said. This tradition continued in 2009, when McNeal returned to CMU and hosted a tournament to raise money for the construction of the Dick Parfitt Gymnasium located in the Events Center. While attending the event, McNeal talked to Otteman about the involvement of student volunteers in the tournament. “(McNeal) said, ‘Do you think we could ever do this thing entirely with students?’” Otteman said. “That idea was cultivated, we had some meetings, and we created the class.” McNeal said he believes other colleges will follow CMU’s example and host student-created Gus Macker tournaments in the future. “CMU is our test model, and it’s gone really well,” McNeal said. “It’s a lot of work to get it into an academic setting, but we’d like to do it in other places.” studentlife@cm-life.com

Amy Robinson knew she had her story. Robinson spoke to a woman who was stunned after seeing the Violence Room, a room containing a mockup of a lynching tree; the focal point of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia in Big Rapids. “It was a lady who was raised in the Upper Peninsula, and she was looking at the exhibit,” she said. “’I didn’t know this happened,’ she said.” The Central Michigan University Public Broadcasting Radio news producer won the 2013 Edward R. Murrow Award for Feature Reporting from the Radio Television Digital News Association for her feature, “Jim Crow Museum Teaches Tolerance.” Robinson said she wanted to show how important the history of racial violence in America is to the museum’s founder, David Pilgrim. “It’s been a passion of his to show what’s out there,” she said. “He really wants it to be a place where people can go to talk about these issues that have crippled our country in the past, so it doesn’t cripple us in the future.”

Pilgrim has been amassing a wide collection of racist, historical material since he was a teenager. “I love taking stories that are local and bringing them to a national audience,” Robinson said. The story, which aired nationally on National Public Radio last year, was nominated by the station in February. “I knew it was going in,” she said. “We try to keep our ears open for stories to submit to contests. It was getting some good feedback with national editors at NPR.” She won the award for Region 7, which includes stories from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. CMU Public Radio Director John Sheffler said in a news release the feature is considered one of the best to be put out last year. “That speaks volumes about both this story and Amy’s talents in telling the story,” Sheffler said in the release. The story was also nominated for an award by the National Association of Black Journalists. NPR Senior Editor for Diversity Luis Clemens said Robinson’s story pitch stood out amid a sea of other pitches. “The pitch caught my

enrollment | continued from 3A chance to see campus when more than 20,000 students are back for classes. According to Williams, students and their families will be able to gather more information regarding their majors and minors, speak with professors and department chairpersons, take a tour of campus, and enjoy lunch and a home football game for free. Prospective students with a minimum 3.5 GPA will be able to attend a sep-

arate event Jan. 26 to meet with academic advisers. The event, which includes a free dinner, will also give students and their families free admission to the CMU vs. Western Michigan University home basketball game. Although Williams stresses the importance of bringing prospective students to campus, the Office of Admissions will also be taking the show on the road.

eye,” Clemens said. “The notion that someone would compile such a large collection of hateful material was striking. The person who put the collection together had an interesting back story, and it struck me as a story that was worthy of national interest.” Clemens said he still remembers hearing the story for the first time. “It had a gut-level impact of emotion of what she was saying,” he said. “We talk about wanting to provide something to our listeners that gives them an emotional connection and creates a sense of intimacy. Hearing her comment, it was a blow to the gut.” Clemens said Robinson’s quotes from the woman looking at the exhibit helped piece the story together. “When you have that kind of interview and that kind of material, it becomes a lot easier to put together the story,” he said. “You know it will affect people, and people will sense the emotional impact.” NPR has 822 member stations, including CMU Public Broadcasting, and 34.2 million weekly listeners for all NPR stations. university@cm-life.com

“We will visit seven local cities, getting students prepared for freshman orientation,” Williams said. “We will spend the evening with admitted students only discussing how to sign up for orientation, how to pick your residence hall and roommates, financial aid packages and support services.” The admissions team will also give out CMU backpacks and official CMU student ID cards during these pre-orientation receptions. university@cm-life.com


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EDITORIAL | Boston Bombings city lockdown too over-the-top

No need for lockdown

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nation has breathed a sigh of relief, and, for the most part, has stepped back a bit from its television screens.

With the tireless hunt for two individuals over, another discussion arises surrounding protocol if another event with potential to bring a city to its knees might occur. After identifying the suspects, law enforcement officials told residents of Boston and the surrounding suburbs, including Watertown, where suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found Friday night, to “shelter in place,” effectively shutting down a major metropolitan area for about 10 hours. The FBI, Boston and Watertown police departments, and other law enforcement agencies deserve plenty of credit and thanks for catching Tsarnaev, but making a precedent

out of locking down a city to search for a suspect would be a mistake. This was a reaction made in the aftermath of a terrorist attack in the heart of one of America’s iconic cities. Any law enforcement agency looking to Boston as an example of how to catch a suspect wanted for murder or some other serious crime is not thinking straight. Shutting down entire cities at will will set the country down the wrong path. With Boston on lockdown, residents were asked to remain in their homes, or wherever they happened to be when the “shelter-in-order” advisory was announced, only to be evacuated by the FBI to search their homes within the same day. Not only will a habitual shutting down of cities set the country down the wrong path, but the measures taken have the possibility of instilling a heightened fear or paranoia into America. Although Boston residents were

kept safe, they were also isolated from the community when a sense of solidarity and support was most needed. While about 625,000 Boston residents were asked not to leave their homes or answer their doors, businesses lost between $250 and $333 million, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. Indeed, authorities lifted the lockdown, and soon Tsarnaev was located a couple blocks outside of the perimeter they set up, thanks to the watchful eyes of a Watertown resident. So, why not use that as the precedent? Law enforcement told locals to be on the lookout for suspicious behavior and continued to look for Tsarnaev on their own without a lockdown. That proved successful and did nothing to hurt local businesses or infringe upon our rights, which should be taken into consideration before deciding to lockdown a city.

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After three years, I still can’t write a headline

Find balance, learn, be happy Emily Grove Senior Reporter Four years ago, I came to college with the same mindset I think many students have — I’m about to rock this place. With everything organized perfectly, I moved into my residence hall and was ready to take on the world ... or, at least Mount Pleasant. Life was good in Barnes Hall. My roommates never tried to poison me, residential restaurant food only made me ill 50 percent of the time, and classes were going fantastically — that is, except for one. My Introduction to Political Science class was the most upsetting thing to happen to me since Emma went down to the ravine on Degrassi. Depressing. Disappointing. Embarrassing. I couldn’t even talk about it. No matter how hard I worked or the hours I would study, I just could not get good grades in that class. I was losing my mind. Me. The salutatorian of my graduating class (who would’ve

been valedictorian if it wasn’t for one stupid A-). That in itself was a fact I dwelled on for way longer than I should have and ... (Pause for a breath.) That’s exactly the point of this column. Striving for perfection will drive you bananas, especially in college. My take on the whole thing? College, and even life, is all about balance. First off, I’m not saying to disregard goals or expectations. You should reach for the stars or the moon or some other high place (Just don’t go for the sun. It’s too hot, and you aren’t even supposed to look at it directly). But, if you set giant goals, give yourself a little wiggle room and don’t beat yourself up if you fail. It happens. Your entire life, you will be searching to find your limits and figuring out how to balance. College is just the arena to test a few things out. You’ll learn how much time you should put into a paper versus how much time you should spend watching a Boy Meets World marathon with your roommates. You’ll determine how many times a week your wallet and your

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digestive system can handle eating Taco Bell. Eventually, and after many tries, you’ll figure out how much Captain Morgan to pour into your mixed drinks. In all these things, finding a balance is key. I promise, even on the days you want to lose your mind, you’ll feel better if you take a deep breath and realize this probably won’t matter one year from now. Do your best to balance the stress, drama, school and work. Lastly, although I advocate testing out new things and people will constantly tell you college is about experimenting, I implore you to still make (mostly) thoughtful decisions. I don’t think there is a ravine in Mount Pleasant, but, if there is, in actuality or metaphorically, don’t go there! Just Google how that turned out for Emma — not pleasant. Adios, Central Michigan University. It’s been a sufficiently weird, great experience. EDITOR’S NOTE: For those of you dying in anticipation to know how my class turned out, I ended up with a nice, beautiful C. Of which, I’ve never been prouder.

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Next week, an 8 a.m. phone call will no longer mean there has been an armed robbery in Mount Pleasant or that the former student who allegedly poisoned her roommate has pleaded guilty. Next week, I will no longer be working for Central Michigan Life. So, an early morning phone call will more likely mean Grandma wants to go shopping or I need to make the trek to Lexington Ridge Apartments to help a friend find their car after a particularly eventful night at The Bird. For three years, CM Life has been a seemingly hefty staple of my college career, which has and will continue to be a strong talking point on my résumé. Since August, I have served as the metro editor, fielding through my reporters’ coverage of the vast quantity of violent crimes at any given point and perking up when someone says “prosecutor” or “special-use permit.” I can’t say I won’t miss the rush of breaking news and covering the planning commission meetings everyone else finds mind-numbingly boring. But, working in the newsroom has made it clear what I will do after graduating in just a few weeks. I desire to make connections with people. That’s part of why it has taken me so long to realize I would prefer to stay in academia as a professor, rather than chase down house fires and share awkward phone calls with

Hailee Sattavara Metro Editor alleged poisoning victims. And because of this realization, I’ve been waiting for this job to end for quite some time. Not because I have haven’t enjoyed it, but, because like any job, there is a lot to love and a lot to dislike. Since August, I have consumed more pizza and Jimmy Johns sandwiches than I care to admit, but, mostly, I have never had so little free time. But, I can’t say it hasn’t all been worthwhile. I have enjoyed the people I have met and everything I have learned from getting to know those throughout the city. And if nothing else, working at CM Life has made me a great deal less shy and more comfortable with my own voice. Because, as cliché as it sounds, college is really about making connections and finding out who you are. I feel confident that the indecision I’ve felt during my five years at Central Michigan University has led me to somewhere worthwhile, and I am content with what I have accomplished. Now, I’m looking forward to finding out where next year takes me.

Farewell to the penthouse

Theresa Clift Staff Reporter I rode the creaky elevator to the top floor of Moore Hall and wandered slowly down the dimly lit hall. It was my first day of college, and the first of many times that I’d make that familiar walk. I glanced with skepticism at the tiny faculty offices lining the hallway as I passed. “What can I really learn about journalism from this quirky bunch with their funny door decorations?” I wondered. Answer: A lot. J-school instructors are tasked with teaching the next generation of muckrakers how to do a tough job as it goes through an unprecedented transformation, making it even more difficult. At schools around the country, aspiring watchdogs are learning the inverted pyramid (if it bleeds, it leads!) and other tricks of the trade. It’s no secret Central Michigan University is not considered one of the best journalism schools in the country by the professional world. According to a recent list by a blog sponsored by the Associate Collegiate Press, it’s not even in the top-50. Despite its award-winning student newspaper, I began to worry CMU might be more of a black eye on my résumé than an asset. But, upon graduation, I realize no matter how many Pulitzers your faculty and alumni have won, they don’t have one thing: The penthouse. They don’t have instructors who

fake their own death in front of the class in order to teach students how to write an obituary or who will equip them with the same green visors and reporters’ notebooks used by Woodward and Bernstein during Watergate. They can’t have tea after class with one of Russia’s finest all-around journalists while Russian music creeps into the hall. They don’t get the chance to argue face-to-face with the members of the Westboro Baptist Church, visiting campus thanks to a personal invitation by a media law professor to demonstrate just how far our First Amendment rights can go. And, they probably don’t get their stories torn apart in front of the class by the department’s patriarch, who then invites them out for beer and pizza after the humiliation. But, beyond their differences and quirks, the CMU journalism faculty all have one thing in common — they sincerely care about their students. When many told me I couldn’t make it in this industry, myself included at times, they always told me I could. Today’s journalism industry has no shortage of doomsayers, but students who take advantage of the faculty, CM Life and the strong network of alumni will be successful. Good reporting jobs do still exist, and they are obtainable for those who really want them. The pay will be low and the hours will be long, but those who cannot envision themselves doing anything else should take comfort in knowing they don’t have to. People still care about the world around them, where their tax dollars are going and what their elected officials are really up to. As I begin my professional reporting career, I owe a large part of whatever future success I might have to the faculty. I will take your lessons, both professional and personal, along with me wherever I go. Long live journalism. Long live CMU. Long live the penthouse.


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overall pick.” Now, multiple sports news outlets, including NFL Network, Sports Illustrated and Sporting News, have projected Fisher No. 1 overall. But, there are still many analysts picking Joeckel over Fisher, simply because Fisher attended CMU, while Joeckel went to Texas A & M, a school in the powerful Southeastern Conference. This baffles me: an analyst can say Fisher tested better and has more potential, but won’t get picked first. Yes, the SEC is much stronger than the Mid-American Conference, but that doesn’t make the MAC weak. The MAC is coming off of its strongest season yet, with seven bowl bids, including a trip to the BCS Orange Bowl for Northern Illinois. The MAC also has a strong history of NFL players: Jason Taylor of Akron, Antonio Gates and James Harrison of Kent State, Victor Cruz of UMass, Ben Roethlisburger of Miami, Michael Turner of NIU, and Greg Jennings and Jason Babin of WMU, to name a few. That doesn’t include players from CMU. Joe Staley, Antonio Brown and Cullen Jenkins: all Pro-Bowlers, all Chippewas. It seems like when MAC players are taken in the first round, they pan out. To me, it’s a no-brainer. With the first pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Eric Fisher, offensive tackle, Central Michigan University.

ERIC FISHER ON NFL DRAFT

‘There are only 32 opinions that count right now’ By Ryan Zuke Staff Reporter

Just like most young football players, Eric Fisher always dreamed of playing in the NFL. But, the former Central Michigan University offensive tackle probably didn’t realize being a first-round draft pick and a probable top-five selection would become his reality. “I think it’s been my dream, but I don’t think I ever gave myself credit. So, I just kept trying to get better and better,” Fisher said. “And then, I go down to the Senior Bowl (in February), and I think that is when I realized what I was doing was probably right as far as work ethic and whatnot. So, it’s been my dream; I just think it has gone way further than I ever could have imagined, but, maybe that’s what I was working for the whole time.” It is that work ethic that has many NFL teams raving about Fisher’s potential to be an anchor on the left side of an offensive line for a number of years. But, Fisher’s dedication and hard-working attitude isn’t a new development. His high school coach said he demonstrated those qualities even as a young player. “Eric Fisher was always a very hard worker,” Calvin Gross, Fisher’s high school coach at Stoney Creek, told CMU athletics Monday. “He was a hard worker in the weight room; he was a hard worker on the football field; and not only was he a hard worker, he was a person who loved to compete.” The weeks leading up to the 2013 draft have been different from past years. The projected top-10 is much more ambiguous, with experts projecting Fisher to go to a number of different teams with top picks. However, Fisher said he has not paid much attention to mock drafts and is just looking forward to an opportunity to show why he would be a great addition to an NFL team. “What I tell people is when those mock draft experts have a pick, I’ll pay attention to them,” he said. “Everyone’s going to have an opinion, and there are

Kris Lodes Sports Editor

Take a chance Over spring break, I had the good fortune to take a trip to New York City for a journalism conference. While in the Big Apple, I walked by and took pictures of Radio City Music Hall, the place where the NFL Draft is held every year. As I passed, I repeated the famous lines I’ve heard numerous times by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and former commissioner Paul Tagliabue. “With the first pick of the (year) NFL Draft, the (team name) select (player name), (position), (college)!” Months ago, after CMU offensive lineman Eric Fisher came on to the scene with an outstanding showing at the Senior Bowl, I thought “what if Fisher goes No. 1, how crazy would that be?” Then, at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, he tested better than fellow offensive tackle and projected No. 1 overall pick Luke Joeckel of Texas A & M, which made me think; “wow, this could really happen. CMU could have the No. 1

FILE PHOTO BY CHUCK MILLER

On Oct. 27, 2012, senior offensive lineman Eric Fisher attempts to block Akron defensive lineman Alfonso Horner as senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff attempts a pass during the game against the Akron Zips.

only 32 opinions that count right now.” With all of the hype of the last few months, Fisher said he is ready to hear his name called Thursday so he can get to work for whatever team he is drafted. “(The feeling of being drafted) was very surreal, but it’s starting to set in now that it’s getting closer,” Fisher said. “One of the things I concentrated on the most was just keeping a level head and staying humble. It’s an absolute unreal experience, so I’m trying to take it in, but, you have to take it in right. I’m just really excited to go to New York and hear my name get called. It will be something I never forget.” Gross said it is an honor to have coached Fisher. “I never dreamt of where he’s at right now,” Gross said. “I knew he could possibly play Division 1 college football because he’s a gifted athlete and he works so hard; everyone at Stoney Creek is proud.”

HIS BIGGEST FANS

Fisher said he knows he would not have made it this far if it weren’t for the support he received from those closest to him—especially his mom, Heidi Langegger. “My mom is my biggest fan, that’s for sure,” Fisher said.

“I think in college, she only missed like three games home and away. She’s always been right there behind me; she’s always supported me in every chance I’ve made. She’s very excited, and I’m really excited for my family also.” At times, Fisher said it seems like his family is even more excited than him. “I come from a very blue-collar family, so (being drafted) is like something nobody has really done in my family before,” he said. “Nobody has really done anything to this extent, so my family is absolutely off the wall right now.” The 6-foot-7, 305-pound left tackle has also received a lot of support from friends and former teammates. “I’ve got my close friends from back home who I keep in touch with, and everyone on my team from CMU is really excited for me,” Fisher said. “It’s just great having that core of people.” Former high school teammate Mark D’annunzio said the reality of having a Stoney Creek alum drafted in the first round still hasn’t set in yet. “When he first went to CMU, I was like ‘good for him,’” D’annunzio said. “But, none of us on the team ever really thought he was going to go pro.”

WHAT CHANGES?

Despite all of the hype, Fisher insists not much will change after he gets drafted. “I think (players change who they are) a lot in the NFL,” Fisher said. “But, I know where I came from, I know who I am as a person, and I plan on being that person forever.” Even with his hectic schedule, Fisher finds time to clear his mind. “If you’re 100-percent football all the time, you’ll kind of lose your mind,” Fisher said.

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NFL Draft viewing party scheduled at O’Kelly’s Sports Bar Thursday By Kris Lodes Sports Editor

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On Nov. 17, 2012, senior defensive back Jahleel Addae brings down Miami (Ohio) running back Dawan Scott during the first half of the game at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Addae hopes to hear his name called during NFL Draft starting Thursday By Brandon Champion Staff Reporter

Former Central Michigan safety Jahleel Addae had just completed the second of his daily workouts Monday, April 15 when he received a text message that has the potential to change his life. He checked his phone to find several text messages, but one stood above the rest. “Hey, this is John Harbaugh with the Baltimore Ravens,” the text message, received at 3:06 p.m., read. “I just got done hearing about you in draft meetings. I just wanted to let you know we are excited about the possibility to have you help us compete for another Super Bowl. Feel free to text me, and we can keep in touch leading up to the draft.” The text was one of the many ways NFL teams have shown interest in Addae in the weeks leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday night in New York City. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound native of Valrico, Fla., has visited several teams in the past few weeks, including the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “It’s a dream come true. Ever since I was seven-years-old,

I’ve dreamed of playing in the NFL,” Addae said. “I succeeded in high school and college, and now I want to do it at the highest level. I watched my brother play in the NFL for a short while; I’m just going to give thanks to the Lord and work to become a professional.” Addae’s brother Jahmile was a standout at the University of West Virginia from 2001-05. In 2006, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After playing briefly with the Indianapolis Colts later that season, he was forced to retire due to a medical condition called cardiomyopathy, which causes an enlarged heart due to strenuous exercise. “My brother is now a coach,” Addae said. “He’s been a very influential person in my life and throughout this process.” Addae also said his mother, Jennifer, and father, Freddie, have been huge influences in his life, and the possibility that he can better their lives by playing in the NFL is one of his biggest motivations. Addae is projected by many to be a late-round to undrafted player in this weekend’s draft, but, even if he doesn’t see his name pop up on ESPN, he says his journey to the NFL is far from over, and that he’ll

go wherever he needs to go to earn a roster spot on an NFL team. “I have no preference on team,” Addae said. “If I don’t get drafted, it’s not the end all, be all. A lot of times, guys who go late become big names and guys who go early aren’t. It’s not about where you start; it’s where you finish. I’ve been an underdog my whole life in different things, but the size of my heart tells me I can play at the next level.” Addae will be watching the draft at his home in Florida outside of the Tampa area with the people who have motivated him to get where he is today: his family. Regardless of what the weekend brings, he knows he’s a very lucky person. “This is just all a blessing,” Addae said. “There are a lot of people in this world who I’ve grown up with or who I don’t even know who would love to be in the position I’m in. I’m just trying to take it all in, enjoy it, and remain humble and level-headed. I’m just praying and hoping for the best when I get that shot.” The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft can be seen Thursday night on ESPN at 8 p.m.

O’Kelly’s Sports Bar and Grille will be hosting an NFL draft viewing party Thursday night, and it’s sure to be an eventful night. Former Central Michigan University offensive tackle Eric Fisher is projected to go as high as the No. 1 overall pick to the Kansas City Chiefs. He is expected to be the highest pick in CMU football history, as well as CMU history, in any sport and the highest pick the Mid-American Conference has had in NFL history. Live coverage of the draft will be on ESPN and the NFL Network starting at 5 p.m., with the draft itself beginning at 8 p.m. Everyone in attendance will be entered into a raffle to win memorabilia from former Chippewas who are or have been in the NFL. Among the teams being projected to draft Fisher are the Jacksonville Jaguars with the

No. 2 overall pick, the Philadelphia Eagles with the No. 4 pick and the Detroit Lions with the No. 5 overall pick. No mock drafts have Fisher outside of the top-five picks. Fisher would be the first first-round draft pick in the NFL since Joe Staley in 2007, when he was picked with the No. 28 overall selection by the San Francisco 49ers, where he still plays today. Staley has been named to two Pro Bowls in 2011 and 2012 and was named to two All-Pro selections in 2011 and 2012. He Eric Fisher has helped lead the 49ers to the 2012 NFC Championship He also played for the New Game and 2013 Super Bowl. Orleans Hornets, and is curStaley has been a mentor for rently on the Dallas Mavericks, Fisher throughout the draft where he plays alongside his process. fellow Team Germany OlymIn all sports, NBA center pic Men’s Basketball Team Chris Kaman is the highest member Dirk Nowitzki. overall pick in CMU history. He was also named to the Kaman, who played at 2010 Western Conference AllCMU from 2000-03, was the Star team. No. 6 overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2003, after sports@cm-life.com he chose to forgo his senior season and enter the draft.

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EXPOSING THE TRUTH: SUMMER MYTHS BUSTED By Ryan Fitzmaurice | Senior Reporter

No season is pervaded with as many myths as summer.

Winter, of course, has a few as well, like licking a pole will result in one’s tongue getting stuck and it’s frowned upon to eat yellow snow. But, those myths are more or less self-evident. Summer carries myths that are not so easily discovered and take research and first-hand experimentation. One might even have to spend a couple of minutes on Google.

But, put your Google skills to rest, because Central Michigan Life has you covered. Myth #1: Urinating on a jellyfish or stingray sting enhances the healing process. Kelsey Kiefer was visiting her then-boyfriend in Long Beach, Calif. During their stay at a local beach, her boyfriend insisted on going into the water. Kiefer refused, said she

wasn’t feeling it today, and, besides, there were scary creatures in the water. She had seen the “Jaws” franchise. However, after a short argument, she relented. “I agreed to go into the ocean, but I told him ‘I bet you will get stung by a sting ray,’” the Lansing junior said. “He just laughed and said I was being ridiculous. Within one minute of running into the ocean, he was stung by a stingray.”

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Students plan to enjoy a Mount Pleasant summer By Charnae Sanders Senior Reporter

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Edmore resident Aleisha Hansen preps a tortilla wrap Tueday afternoon at Max and Emilys, 125 E. Broadway St. Max and Emily’s is one of many businesses in Mount Pleasant getting ready for the summer.

Businesses flourish in summer despite students leaving By Tony Wittkowski Senior Reporter

With more than 20,000 students departing from Mount Pleasant at the end of the semester, most would assume summer vacation has a negative effect on downtown businesses. However, Farmington Hills sophomore Lydia Miller disagrees, considering how much business Max and Emily’s receives at 125 E. Broadway St. “We have had concert series before; the whole town comes,” Miller, a Max and Emily’s employee, said. “At the Art Fairs, we grill outside and try to be out there as much as we can.” Miller said the free show is right on the corner, where they grill outside, bringing in local customers as well as the faculty who have time to spare. Max and Emily’s has also countered the loss of students through offering a ‘sandwich of the day’ and by catering to events, especially conferences that might be held on campus

over the summer, as well as graduation parties, Miller said. “We do get a little bit of drop, but we try to push it whenever we can,” she said. “Every day, we have a ‘sandwich of the day.’” The lack of students does not come at a loss, but is a major part of their business when the crowd starts to return in the beginning of August. “We try to target some of the younger kids, but in downtown, all of the businesses usually attract juniors and seniors,” Miller said. “We normally see more students around the time of Leadership Safari and when some of the older kids move in from off campus.” Christopher Wilcox is a Mount Pleasant sophomore who works at Downtown Discount, located at 104 N. Main St. Despite the lack of cars on Mission Street, Wilcox said the business runs as usual because of visiting spectators. “With the summer months, we get more foot traffic

from visitors and the parks,” Wilcox said. “That’s really our bread and butter in summer.” On 114 S. Main St. is The Book Garden, which Lewis Krec has worked at for five years as a clerk. Summertime has always been kind to The Book Garden, which Krec said is a good time to buy books because of beach reading and traveling. “I get a lot of people who are buying books to go on vacation and have a long flight,” Krec said. “In the summertime, we have better business, because there is more foot traffic. In the winter time, there’s not a lot of people who want to park a block away just to come to a little business like ours.” Krec said the busiest time of the year is at the start of fall and the beginning of the school year, when a lot of the novels are on the students’ class reading list. It is also that time of year when a lot of the downtown festivals occur. “It also has a lot to do with visibility. There is a downturn when you notice a lot of the books that are on the

class reading lists,” Krec said. “Those sales drop, because there are fewer students who need to read them for classes.” Kim Lovejoy, owner of Emma’s Boutique, 111 S. University St., has been operating her business for five years, and has taken advantage of what other stores have done during the summer. “We run the same motions, but there are a lot more events downtown during the summer,” Lovejoy said. “There will be more free concerts from Max and Emily’s, we have our annual sidewalk sales, and the Back to the Bricks car shows are coming.” For Lovejoy, summer is a great time for business because of the tourism the city of Mount Pleasant brings in. “We bring in a lot of people who come up. We get ladies who come in with groups who are here for the weekend at the casino,” Lovejoy said. “But, mainly, it’s the people who vacation up here for the summer. That kind of offsets everything.” studentlife@cm-life.com

Several Central Michigan University students will pack up their luggage and return home for the summer, but others have plans to stay. Farmington Hills junior Cheneé Peeples said she will be spending her summer in Mount Pleasant due to her involvement in the Biology Undergraduate Mentoring Program. “I’m in this program, and, over the summer, we do research,” Peeples said. Peeples said though this is not her first summer in Mount Pleasant, she plans to have fun and explore the city even more than in years past. “Last year, I just kind of explored Mount Pleasant, downtown, just different things,” Peeples said. “They have a fair. I’m looking forward to that again. So, (I’m looking forward to) just exploring and getting the feel of Mount Pleasant for what it really is, outside of the college town.” Peeples said she would like to spend her summer doing something else or going home, but she’s gotten used to staying. “I definitely feel like I can make it fun no matter where (I am), but I would like to go home or go on a vacation more so than be kind of restricted to Mount Pleasant for two months; all my friends are at home,” she said. Likewise, Novi sophomore Allison Snider will be spending her summer in Mount Pleasant doing research. “I will be staying in Mount Pleasant to do research with biology professor Dr. Mahon, who recently got back from Antarctica,” Snider said. “It’s going to be a great experience in my field of study, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity.” Snider said some of her family has a cottage near Mount Pleasant, and she plans to visit them frequently; however, she admits she’ll miss seeing her friends and other family members back home. “You spend so much time apart (from friends) during the school year part of me wishes

I could be back in Novi with them,” she said. Snider said over the summer she’ll be working, as well. “I will be working about 40 hours a week, so that will keep me pretty busy,” Snider said. “I will be helping out in the lab, cataloging and organizing Antarctica samples and whatever else they need me to do.” Snider also plans to make free time to enjoy her summer. “I really want to try tubing down the (Chippewa River),” she said. “I also have a few friends who will be staying in Mount Pleasant, so I hope to hang out with them when I get time.” Monroe senior John Wallace said he prefers his summers in Mount Pleasant. Wallace has spent his last three summers here. “It’s easier to get into the groove,” Wallace said. “People stay around for classes, so you’re not meeting new people or ever leaving them. You’re just always in the loop.” Wallace said he will also be working this summer. “It’s easier than moving back home, because, usually, I have multiple jobs up here, so it’s impossible to leave both jobs and expect to return to a job coming back from the last school year,” Wallace said. Wallace said he thinks anyone can have a good summer, regardless of where they are and said he plans to have just as much as fun in Mount Pleasant as he would in his hometown. “Go to the (University) Meadows’ pool a lot during the summer,” Wallace said. “A lot of people drink there, play beach volleyball or any other thing you can imagine. Play basketball and that type of stuff.” Snider said, during the summer, Mount Pleasant dies down, and she doesn’t know how much she’ll like the emptiness around campus; however, she said she will have a good time one way or another. “I’m sure I can still have fun, but it’ll probably take a little more creativity up here than it would back home,” she said. studentlife@cm-life.com


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Seniors reflect on time as students, prepare to enter the ‘real world’ By Megan Pacer Senior Reporter

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On Jan. 11, Mount Pleasant resident Rachael Myers, 21, left, asks volunteer Special Olympics coach and Troy sophomore Emily Herbon how to complete a drill at Mary McGuire Elementary School, 4883 Crosslanes St.

Many volunteer opportunities available in summer, programs ‘rely on volunteers’ By Adriana Cotero Staff Reporter

Central Michigan University will be looking for students to aid in volunteer programs for those calling Mount Pleasant home this summer. CMU’s Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center, Camps and Conferences and Alternative Breaks will be hosting programs and have multiple volunteer opportunities for those who will be in town. “Over the summer, students leave, but, the ones who do stay up here, we really need them to get involved. Volunteering creates a great opportunity and gives students a way to become involved with an organization,” Volunteer Center Graduate Assistant Jason Vasquez said. “There are many ways to get involved over the summer: soup kitchens, the food pantry, and there is always a need for volunteers from students and community members.” The Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center offers summer programs in which students can volunteer on Orgsync or in the Bovee University Center Office. “Anyone can volunteer individually or with a group,” Vasquez said. “We really do rely on students. Our main focus is on students, to provide them the opportunity to serve the community.” According to Belleville senior Nicole Infante, who serves as the Volunteer Center community outreach student coordinator, there is a wide range of volunteer

“Anyone can volunteer individually or with a group. We really do rely on students. Our main focus is on students, to provide them the opportunity to serve the community.” Jason Vasquez, Volunteer Center Graduate Assistant opportunities. “We hold different programs over the summer, especially (programs) that lean more toward the environment, homelessness and hunger,” Infante said. “We are trying to get more volunteers over the summer, and are encouraging students to volunteer with the community. A lot of our important organizations work with hunger and homelessness, all of which rely heavily on volunteers who are students.” Opportunities include The Plant a Row for the Hungry Campaign, Community Compassion Network Food Pantry, The Isabella County Commission on Aging, The Chippewa Watershed Conservancy and nearby soup kitchens. “The Plant a Row for the Hungry Campaign grew and donated 500 pounds of fresh produce last year. Our goal is to match and exceed that number,” Infante said. “For this program, we partner with Campus Grow and plant food at one of their sites. It is a great opportunity to donate food.” Through the Volunteer Center, the Alternative Breaks program will host five summer alternative breaks, and between 60 and 70 groups are scheduled to

be on campus throughout the summer through Camps and Conferences. The Assistant Director of Events & Conference Services, Chad Garland, coordinates the residential camps and a majority of the summer camps. “We work with the School of Music to bring in band camps at the end of July and beginning of August,” Garland said. “There are also high school leadership opportunities; there is a big mix of groups that come in and visit the campus over the summer.” The commonly known and biggest event in Mount Pleasant over the summer will take place next month; the Michigan Special Olympics Statewide Summer Games, during which Garland will be expecting at least 4,500 people. “CMU hosts and helps support the Michigan Special Olympics the week after Memorial Day weekend, from Thursday, May 30 until Saturday, June 1,” Garland said. “(The games) will take place all around campus and especially at all the athletic facilities. At the Special Olympics, there are many events with many volunteer opportunities.” studentlife@cm-life.com

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The temperature is rising, classes are coming to an end, and students are cleaning out their residence halls and apartments. That can only mean one thing: summer is on its way. While summer is always enjoyable, it holds a slightly different meaning for this year’s graduating seniors. By the end of the summer, they will be official alumni of Central Michigan University. In plain terms, they will be grown ups. Hastings senior Sara Archambeau expressed her optimism about this summer. “This summer will hopefully be a fun one,” she said. Archambeau, who has not gone home for summer since 2010, said living away from home gave her a new appreciation of family, which she might not have gained had she gone home every year. “I appreciate all (my parents) do, and I don’t need to ‘get away’ any more, like I did in high school,” she said. “I’m excited to move home for a short time to be able to spend time with them again.” St. Clair Shores senior Shawn Qualls will also be returning home while he decides his next steps. “I’m not much of a planner, and I tend to live in the present, so I’m still exploring my options,” he said. Unlike Archambeau, Qualls’ summer won’t be filled with too many changes. “Though I’ll have graduated, my first summer out of college likely won’t be too much different from my time in college,” Qualls said. Ever a fan of living in the moment, Qualls has some lofty goals as a graduate during his last summer of freedom. “I’d like to do some traveling before I get to the proverbial ‘real world,’” he said. “I would like to visit Europe again, or perhaps take a road trip somewhere.” Both students reflected on the meaning of this final summer. “This summer is definitely different,” Archambeau said.

According to Qualls, the end of ‘college life’ is both discouraging and exciting. “Of course, the real world is just around the corner,” he said. “While I’m disheartened I won’t be around Mount Pleasant every day to enjoy the company of the people I’ve grown so close to over the past few years, I’m eager to begin a new chapter of my life.” Before these two seniors embark on their new chapters, they have some words of wisdom for CMU students who have a few years left. “I guess my worst experience would be with trying to find a parking spot in the middle of the day,” Archambeau said. “If you live offcampus, you need to be very strategic about when to leave your apartment to get a parking spot.” Qualls shared advice about ways to avoid unnecessary hardship for underclassmen. “Stay away from 8 a.m. classes,” he said. “Especially on Mondays, Wednesdays and

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Top 5 summer jams

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For most college students, summer is a time to unwind, relax, lay out in the sun, hang out with friends and listen to music. Everyone has a different taste in music, but here are some suggestions for summer jams from the Billboard top-10 summer songs of all time. 1. “California Gurls” Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg: This song came out in 2010 and was the top hit for that summer. The beat is fun, and the lyrics make you want to roll down the windows and sing at the top of your lungs. 2. “Summer in the City” - The Lovin’ Spoonful: This song came out in 1966, so it probably isn’t that popular with the college crowd.

SUMMER MYTHS | CONTINUED FROM 1B “Long story short, I peed on his foot,” Kiefer said. “It didn’t work.” Assistant Professor of Biology Stephen Juris said he’s not surprised. While it’s a common myth, urine does little to help the situation. “Nope. Don’t do it. The urine can actually make the pain worse, not better,” Juris said. “A jellyfish sting releases stinging cells that inject venom, which need to be inactivated and removed. The best treatment is to wash out the wound with salt water, scrape with a credit card or another flat object to try to get rid of the stinging cells and then get medical attention. But, don’t go peeing on it.” Myth #2: It’s possible to cook an egg (and maybe even cookies) on a hot sidewalk. Flint senior Lauren Gabera said she has tried many experiments cooking eggs outside, and the sidewalk didn’t always work as well as she thought it would. “I found the surface of a car or black-top cement does the trick,” Gabera said. “The sidewalk really never cooked it all the way through.” Algonac senior Amanda Rix never was into eggs, but she did try her hand at cookies. “I never liked eggs as a child. So, I never tried it,” Rix said. “But, I feel like I did try to create a make-shift oven outside and bake cookies in it.” The attempt, for all of its childhood genius and ingenuity, didn’t succeed. Rix said it was tragic for perhaps 30 seconds. “They didn’t bake, of course,” Rix said. “I was disappointed, but I got over it and probably went swimming.” Juris confirmed, while other surfaces might reach the appropriate heat, a sidewalk on an average day is close, but not hot enough. “An egg needs to get to 158 degrees Fahrenheit to be fully

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However, this song sings about the summer in New York, and it has that perfect oldies beat to it. 3. “Wipe Out” - The Surfaris: This song came out in 1962 and has the feel of a Beach Boys song, but without lyrics. Most students will probably recognize this song from the movie The Sandlot.

4. “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” - Bryan Hyland: This hit song that came out in 1960 is a summer classic that everybody knows. 5. “Surf City” - Jan & Dean: This song came out in 1963, and also has that perfect surfin’, care-free rhythm to it.

Summer: A glorious and peaceful time. Temperatures reach more than 60 degrees, long hours are spent by the pool soaking up the sun with a book in hand, and parties are going on all night, every night. Basically, summer is a non-stop and care-free cruise, with the windows down, might I add. Leisure time is all the time, without a worry in sight or mind … well, that is how I imagine it. I have been looking forward to this time for a while, but, now that it is almost here, I really don’t know what I am

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cooked. A sidewalk on a hot summer day gets to about 140 degrees Fahrenheit,” he said. “When the egg hits the sidewalk, it also cools it slightly, and sidewalks don’t conduct heat well, so it takes a while to get back to 140 degrees, which still is too low to get the egg to the right temperature.” Myth #3: Drinking from a hose is dangerous to one’s health. Gabera quickly called nonsense on this one. “It’s a hose,” she said. “It might have bacteria in it, but so does tap water. Honestly, everything has bacteria in it. I don’t see it as any different from tap water. I drank from the hose as a kid. Honestly, I’d still do it today.” Drinking water from a hose is an action almost everybody has done as a kid, Juris included. He added, though, perhaps over-paranoid parents have a point in discouraging it. “I was surprised with this find,” Juris said. “I was thinking contamination would be the issue, but, apparently, the biggest concern is the fact that hoses are commonly made with PVC, which uses lead as a stabilizer. The lead can leach into the water. So, without a lead-free hose, I would say it isn’t safe. Maybe I shouldn’t have done it as a kid, after all.” Myth #4: Scratching a bug bite makes it worse. Rix said she was notorious for scratching her bug bites when she was a kid, and the results were always disastrous. “Oh, Lord. That is exactly what I was known for as a child,” Rix said. “I swear, mosquitoes love me. And I just cannot stop scratching (the mosquito bites). It’s awful. I think it does make them worse, if “worse” means making them red and awfullooking. And then they scab. But, that’s disgusting.” Juris wasn’t surprised at all by this reaction. “A bug bite tends to cause an inflammatory response, resulting in swelling and redness,” Juris said. “Part of this inflammatory response is local increase in swelling, caused by leakage of a small amount of blood and fluid to the sight of the bite to help the immune system do its

job. Some of the molecules released cause the itching associated with a bug bite. I would think scratching a bite would spread around the molecules that increase swelling and itching in the area, making it worse.” Myth #5: If water is stuck in one ear after swimming, standing on one foot and tilting your head is the best fix. Allie Lichtenstein never found the popular, though rarely confirmed, advice helpful. In fact, she’s found the best solution is to wait it out. “I think I’m not a very superstitious person,” the Illinois sophomore said. “I usually let nature run its course.” Juris said there are other options than just waiting them out, but tilting your head isn’t one of them. “I found several remedies, but most of them center on turning your ear with water in it toward the ground and letting gravity do the rest – sometimes shaking your head a bit toward the ground to give gravity a hand,” Juris said. “I also found several suggestions to use a few drops of rubbing alcohol in your ear to help the water out, and the rubbing alcohol will eventually evaporate.” Myth #6: It’s possible to fry ants with a magnifying glass. Henry the ant was strolling peacefully along his way. The music of birds chirping filled the air; a gentle breeze glided leaves softly forward. Then, suddenly, an intense concentration of sunlight boiled Henry’s insides, causing them to splatter out of his skin. Kaitlyn Buzalski’s father had yelled out “look at this,” at which point he carefully aligned the magnifying glass with the ant. “There was this one myth that you could fry an ant with a magnifying glass,” the Edwardsburg junior said. “That was sad, because that ended up being true. We don’t talk about that, though. R.I.P. Henry.” With Henry’s remains still etched in a sidewalk somewhere in South Bend, Ind., reaching Juris for comment was hardly necessary. studentlife@cm-life.com

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Ball was here Back in high school, I used to count down the days until summer vacation, much like a prisoner making tally marks on the cinder blocks of his cell. When the bell rang on the final day, I had a yearly tradition of racing home and blaring “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper at an appropriate wall-shaking decibel level. Summer was kind of like a work-release program; a time when it was possible to make some meager money by flipping burgers or stocking shelves. I knew I’d only have a few months of freedom before the school bus would start showing up

anticipating. Finally being done with classes for three months really only means that it’s time to work endless hours and say hello to my summer J-O-B. While yes, summer is supposedly considered time off, it appears to be the time to play “catch up.” Whether it is taking summer classes or earning extra cash, we are once again stressing and working toward something. I envy the people who get to have this care-free, relaxed summer living. Although, lately, it seems like everyone has jumped on the same train, and there aren’t many people to envy anymore, or they have yet to reach the age of 18, otherwise known as adulthood. It is simply the not-sosweet reality of growing up. I have always loved the summertime, but the long hours by the pool will now be minimized to an hour, or, if I’m lucky, maybe two. If I can make it even halfway through my summer reading list, I will feel accomplished, and parties all night will solely depend on whether a morning shift is

scheduled under my name. Considering summer is just around the corner, revaluations are now in high demand. My first year of college has come and is in the quick process of being gone, and, just like every other experience, there are high and low points. Not having to live at home anymore chalks itself up as an obvious high point, but having to live in a residence hall for two semesters … can you say “low point?” Taking into account the unpleasant residence hall rooms, I mean beds, it is safe to say, I might actually have something to look forward to. With summer being an exam week away, I can definitely say my queen-sized bed at home has become quite the prospect. In all honesty, my summer will be much like, what I imagine, every other college student’s, spent waiting on tables and planning my way back to good ol’ Mount Pleasant. Farewell Central Michigan University, until we meet again in the fall.

again at zero-dark-thirty every morning, but that made sleeping until noon all the more enjoyable. I don’t count down the days until summer anymore, though. In fact, every time I look at a calendar and see the dwindling number of days left in the semester, I feel a certain sense of dread. I’ve spent 19 of my 24 years as a “student.” Now, I’m about to graduate and be let loose into the “real world.” Sometimes, I wonder if I should just get another degree. A Ph.D. would guarantee me a five-year stretch at another institution, and Uncle Sam would continue to lend me money to cover my room and board. As much as I complain about college life, there’s a certain level of predictability and security that comes with it. Professors tell you what to do, and you do it. Advisers tell you which classes to take, and you take them. I hear the “real world” moves pretty fast nowadays, and that terrifies me. By the time the summer ends, people will expect me

to find a real job. Eventually, they’ll expect me to buy a real house, find a real wife and have some real children. If I don’t succeed, I’ll be doomed to wander the streets as a vagrant or, worst-case scenario, work at Wal-mart. I’ve made a lot of great friends and connections while in college, but I know I’ll never see most of them again after I take that long, lonely walk from Anspach Hall to Lot 22 for the last time on May 2. Maybe that’s what I’m dreading most; I guess I’ll just miss my friends. But, time marches forward, and I guess it’s time for me to accept that I will no longer be Central Michigan University Student ID #369**8. My release from academia has been looming for a long time, and I don’t want to be a lifer who dies while pursuing his 11th doctorate degree. I’ll soon be a free man, even if my destiny is uncertain. If all else fails, maybe I’ll hop a Megabus and head down to Zihuatanejo.

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