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Woman reported student groped, choked her By Orrin Shawl Staff Reporter

Mohammad Alradhi, a Central Michigan University international student charged with criminal sexual conduct, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. on May 8. Alradhi, 25, is charged with two fourth-degree counts of criminal sexual conduct and one count of assault and battery. Each of the charges relate to a separate

incident that happened on three different days within the same week, according to an affidavit obtained from the Isabella County Trial Court. All three incidents occured in the third-floor study room in Herrig Hall. CMU Police officers Kip Williams and Scott Malloy were sent to Herrig at about 11:45 p.m. on April 13, read the affidavit. The female student issuing the complaint told CMUPD she had been

harassed by Alradhi for several days before the first incident. “(The student) reported that she met Alradhi in passing and had very general conversations within Mohammad their residence hall,” the affidavit Alradhi read. “In the past few weeks he would walk her to

her room and they exchanged phone numbers.” The first incident occurred around 6:15 p.m. on April 8. Alradhi sent a text message to the female student asking her to meet him in the study room to talk, according to the document. During the conversation, the female student felt uncomfortable, and indicated she had to leave. As they hugged each other goodbye, Alradhi grabbed her wrists and tried to kiss her. As she

pulled away, Alradhi attempted to grope her, the affidavit read. The female student was able to get away and ran out of the room. Alradhi encountered the female student a second time in the study room before 2 a.m. on April 12. After another uncomfortable conversation, this time about sex, Alradhi insisted they go to a hotel, and he wanted to have sex. w ALRADHI | 7A

CHM 101 cancelled for Fall 2014 Professors say new active learning rooms to blame By Mark Johnson Senior Reporter

undergraduates is if our committees are functioning properly.” Some faculty and staff are conducting their research in partnership with other universities’ institutional review boards without a formal process. In doing so, those universities receive grant funds CMU is missing out on. Courses that used to assign projects involving human subject research have been altered to avoid using the difficult review board process, which results in a less scholarly experience for students.

Katherine Blystone has been teaching chemistry at Central Michigan University for more than 20 years, but next semester, she’ll have to forfeit one of her courses due to a miscommunication over the university’s active learning room project. Armchair Chemistry, designated as CHM 101 and typically taught in Dow 135, will be put on a temporary hiatus until the course can be “reconstructed” to be compatible with the active learning classrooms. The classrooms will be converted from two different Dow Hall rooms, including room 135, a chemistry lab. Blystone said plans for the active learning rooms and the class cancellations were made without faculty consent. “This whole project blindsided us,” Blystone said. “(The active learning rooms) were never discussed with the faculty. We never even knew about the blueprints.” One of the main reasons the classes were cancelled was the incompatibility of the rooms and the required safety measures needed to run a chemistry lab. These measures require access to wash sinks, safety showers and storage space for hazardous chemicals needed to carry out CHM 101 experiments. Designs for the active learning rooms did not include these features, Blystone said. A total of $1.5 million in university funding was allocated for the active learning rooms by Central Michigan University Board of Trustees in February. The project is being funded by the College of Science and Technology, the Academic Division Fund and the University Reserve Fund. The active learning rooms are essence modified lecture halls built around a central podium. The goal is to facilitate more communicative learning interactions between professors and students. Rooms will be outfitted with USB connections in the desks and a collection of display monitors. While Blystone and other chemistry professors have cried foul, others within the College of Science and Technology said faculty members were as informed as they could be. “It was done as timely (and transparently) as we could have done it,” said David Ash, chair of the chemistry department.


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Taylor Ballek | Staff Photographer A CMU police officer puts out a couch fire Saturday during a party after students ran around the fire chanting “USA” at South Franklin and East Gaylord streets.

Putting out the fire City enacts emergency ordinance to discourage student fires By Malachi Barrett Senior Report

Mount Pleasant Mayor Sharon Tilmann and Central Michigan University President George Ross warned students that destruction and arson will not be tolerated. “Anybody romanticizing destruction of property and putting people in danger, I have no respect for,” Ross said. “We are looking for any and all ways to curtail the outrageous

behavior that’s happening in our city,” Tilmann said. “It’s getting out of hand.” An emergency city ordinance was issued Monday to discourage city-wide couch burnings. Ross also took a decisive stance on the issue in a university-wide press release urging civility. During an exclusive interview with Central Michigan Life, Ross said that the university supports the city’s decision to take action “100 percent.”

“We’ve been neighbors for a century plus. We have a great responsibility to this community,” Ross said. “I expect students, faculty and staff to act responsibly and treat it like their home.” Ross characterized the mentality of setting fires to blow off endof-the-year steam as careless and disrespectful. The city’s planning commission unanimously approved an emergency ordinance to further discourage students from lighting fires at end-

of-the-semester celebrations over the last few years. The ordinance would charge those within 300 feet of an open fire with a misdemeanor. The emergency ordinance is coupled with the already existing outdoor burning regulations wwhich state “no person shall kindle or maintain any bonfire or rubbish fire or permit any such fire to be kindled or maintained within the city limits.” w COUCHES | 6A

Human research protection program still in non-compliance By Justin Hicks Senior Reporter

Central Michigan University remains out of compliance with federal regulations for its human research protection program, despite making recent strides to address the issue. The university has had a faulty program, including its institutional review board, for more than 20 years, said Richard Backs, board chairman and a CMU psychology professor. “It’s always been under-funded. It’s always been under-staffed,” Backs said. “That’s part of what the


(2013) consultant’s report was trying to get the provost and president to recognize. The infrastructure has never been in place at the level we need.” Failing to abide John McGrath by federal regulations could result in the loss of more than just federal dollars, according to a 2013 external report done by HRP Consulting, Inc. “The university is at stake for losing grants and faculty to other

institutions who can provide better quality IRB review of their research,” the report reads. Provost Michael Gealt said he understands the value of a successful institutional review board Michael Gealt for students of all departments. “It’s very important that (students) get research experience while they’re undergraduates,” Gealt said. “The only reason they get that research experience while they’re

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File Photo | Emily Brouwer Students sit in Dow 135 during a Chemistry 101 class on Feb. 14. This class will soon be cut and replaced with an active learning class.

CHeM | continued from 1A Provost Michael Gealt declined comment for this story and directed interview requests to Ian Davison, dean of the College of Science and Technology. Davison also was unavailable for comment. In order to adjust to the new active learning classrooms, the CHM 101 courses will be modified to be compatible with the new facilities. The only major at CMU which requires the course is the Bachelor of Science in Education. In conjunction with the facility modifications, the course is being augmented to better fit the degree and the needs of students, too. “We realized that the audience was a wad of students who wanted to be elementary school teachers,” said Jane Matty, associate dean of the CST. “They will not be taking toxic chemicals, flames, liquid nitrogen and things (used in CHM 101) into elementary school classrooms.” According to Matty, when students first began registering for classes for the Fall semester, CHM 101 was not available. Alternatives to the course are available The course is a popular option under University Program II-B requirements. Three sections are usually available with between 100 to 130 openings. Since it was not listed, students had to choose a different class

to fulfill the requirement. Blystone said students were not offered any notification from the university that the course would be cancelled. For those education students who need the class for their major, alternatives are offered through CHM 111 and CHM 120. Matty said both of the alternatives are not much more difficult than CHM 101 and both are designed for those without prior experience in chemistry. “The only difference is, students who need lab credit would need to enroll separately in the CHM 127 lab,” Matty said. “But there will be extra sections of that offered as well.” Matty added the department’s goal was to ensure the course remains just as effective as it was before, but safer with the elimination of different safety hazards and waste. Ash was unsure whether any additional equipment would be installed in different classrooms to accommodate this new direction the CHM 101 courses are going in and that the future of the program remains a bit unclear as it will continue to be revised. Although this change could have a negative effect on students and some faculty members now, Matty added that many in the department are excited for the new rooms. Another concern among chemistry faculty members is the symbolic meaning of the cancellation. Blystone said some have taken offense that Dow 135 — dedicated to grandfather of armchair chemistry, L. Michael Carson — will


no longer serve chemistry students. Both Ash and Matty said they expect the class to return to Dow Hall, and quite possibly in the same room. “There are many longterm benefits,” Matty said. “Thousands of students will benefit from the active learning rooms.” In the interim, Blystone has been offered an additional course, at least until CHM 101 courses are reinstated in Spring 2015. Even with the assurances that CHM 101 courses will resume next spring, she’s worried about the class’ future. “I’m not against the active learning classrooms, just with the way this was handled,” Blystone said. “(The course) shows (students) practical application and when it’s used in real world situations. I strive for that.” According to Steve Lawrence, associate vice president of facilities management, work to begin transitioning the rooms into active learning classrooms will begin the week of May 12 and will be completed by the end of July.


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Students celebrate at O’Kelly’s Sports Bar as they near the end of their semester Tuesday night.

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Hunter family’s success in Mount Pleasant a reflection of CMU’s evolution By Seth Newman Senior Reporter

Carrying nothing but a brown paper bag holding his personal belongings, Dave Hunter came to Mount Pleasant in 1975, steadfast in his goal to own and operate a popular college bar. After working his way up from a dish washer, cook, doorman, bartender and helping manage Wayside in Kalamazoo, Hunter had come to Mount Pleasant on an offer from local businessman Joe Cekola to help run the Wayside’s Central Michigan University analog. Almost 40 years later, Dave has successfully purchased and run four different bars with his family. It wasn’t easy. Right from the beginning, Hunter faced competition. “We got it so where we could compete against the Alibi, which is where the public broadcasting station is now,” he said. “They were the Cadillac and I was the Ford, but I knew how to run a college bar.” Hunter’s myriad establishments have become mainstay destinations for alumni, students and townies alike.

Evolution of an attitude

Wayside changed from a bowling alley to a night club after Hunter arrived. But the Wayside wasn’t the only thing that was changing. Central Michigan University was also in the midst of change. Namely, the university’s athletics department was in the process of going from Division II, to Division I. Dave’s oldest son, John, connects their growth with CMU’s. “My dad has been here throughout it all,” John said. “From being Division II, to growing today to Division I, we have been able to grow with them. We are very appreciative, and very thankful for CMU being in our hometown of Mount Pleasant. We are all about this community succeeding.” In addition to holding functions before, during and after CMU sporting events, the Wayside has recently become a stage for up and coming music artists. John’s efforts in attracting talent has helped him and the club book big acts, many of them visiting town before they became popular. Artists like Krewella, Jon Connor, Chainsmokers and L.M.F.A.O. have all played at Wayside before attaining super-stardom. “The artists that come here are skeptical at first,” John said. “They are then astounded at how intimate and great the atmosphere is and how many CMU kids come out and support it.”

birth of O’Kelly’s Sports Bar

After graduating college from Chicago Loyola, John decided to come back to Mount Pleasant in 2001 to help his father open up O’Kelly’s Sports Bar next to the existing Wayside. John spends most of his time at O’Kelly’s, but you couldn’t tell him apart from any of the college students. The lively atmosphere is what makes work fun for John. “It was weird when I first started off,” he said. “It was all new to me and I still talk to my originally staff who were all older than me. It’s a lively atmosphere and I love working with the students at night because they are here to have fun. These are the years they will look back on and it be a fun time in

1975 Dave Hunter purchases Wayside and turns it into a nightclub.

2001 John Hunter creates O’Kelly’s Sports Bar.

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Tuition increase a strong possibility The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. The meeting will be held in the Bovee University Center board room on the third floor. Trustees will be discussing potential hikes in tuition for the 2014-15 school year for undergraduates, graduate and doctoral students, and the College of Medicine. University officials told Central Michigan Life reporters that no official discussion on raising tuition has taken place, yet a tuition increase is a strong possibility moving forward. The bulk of the board’s conversations on Wednesday and Thursday will be to determine how to keep that amount as low as possible if a tuition increase is suggested. The agenda for the meeting and board packet does not suggest a timetable for when a new tuition increase will be enacted. Trustees will discuss tuition during its Wednesday board committee meetings, as well. Various factors for the increase, such as the salaries of professional and administrative staff, enrollment, and the amount CMU receives in state funding will drive the increase, officials said. Each of these variables were discussed during the budget priorities committee meeting held earlier this month. According to the minutes posted to the CMU website, trustees will also discuss the progress of the university’s shared governance agreement. The Wednesday committee meetings will also be hosted in the conference room. The Academic and Student Affairs Committee will meet from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the Finance and Facilities Committee will follow at 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The Trustees-Faculty Liaison Committee will meet from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Trustees-Student Liaison Committee meeting will be held immediately afterward. A complete list of agenda items and meeting times can be found on the Board of Trustees website at -CM Life staff reports

2003 Hunter Family purchases The Cabin.

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2007 Hunter Family opens Coco Joe’s.

2012 Hunter Family changes Coco Joe’s to Hunter’s Ale House. Andrew Whitaker | Assistant Photo Editor A group of students pose inside of a cage at Wayside Tuesday night in celebration of the end of their semester.

their lives.” While college students mostly inhabit O’Kelly’s, John has seen clientele ranging from former Red Wings’ player Darren McCarty, country band Rascal Flatts and the entire Detroit Tigers team stop in spontaneously. The experience, although fun, does have its drawbacks. “The business never sleeps,” John said. “It’s always yearround. It’s daily and different things come up. Any small business owner has those things, where you’re always on call. You’re always one call away from the pipes being frozen or the frier is broken.”

Building The Cabin

Before the Hunters purchased the Cabin in 2003, stories about the building’s checkered history were the stuff of urban legend. When prohibition ended in 1933, the Cabin was the first bar in Michigan to get its liquor license. Rumor has it that the Purple Gang from Chicago and its associates were known to hang out at the Cabin. More than 80 years later, it is now a place where college students and alumni go to enjoy pizza or the famous “cabin sticks” that were created by Hunter’s wife, Cheryl. Cheryl started out as a server in 1975 at Wayside but has come a long way since. Creativity is her speciality, and works to develop the brands of the four buildings.

“I’ve done a lot of the interior of the buildings, and designed the kitchens,” Cheryl said. “I’ve also designed the menus. If you look at all the buildings, they are all uniquely designed.”

An ale house with a personal twist

If you watched this year’s Super Bowl halftime performance starring Bruno Mars and his band The Hooligans, chances are you saw pianist Phred Brown. Brown got his start playing dueling pianos at what was first called Coco Joe’s in 2007 when it was opened by the Hunters. In 2012, the Hunter switched the name to Hunter’s Ale House and started serving craft beer. The locale also became a popular place to hold community and student fundraisers. “We have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from our businesses,” John said. “I think it’s important to give back. We do a lot of fundraisers there. If it’s not for a church group or a leisure program, we do tap take overs or have live bands there.” While the craft beer scene has caught on with phenomenal success, Hunter’s Ale House is always evolving. “(Constantly changing) has led us to opening the first Hunter Brewery in our brew pub,” Cheryl said. “We are thrilled about that. We will have growlers so people can have their favorite

craft beer at all their places from back home.”

Family an important factor in Hunter’s success Maintaining all four bars has been a family effort and even includes John’s wife, Danae. She’s in charge of human resources, pay rolls, hires and trains servers and staff. That team also includes Norm Smith, who has worked side Hunter since the beginning. “We are very family run,” John said. “We do everything from assisting, fixing stuff, marketing, operations, if it’s busy I’ll even hop behind the bar and help them out. There is no job too big or too small to get involved with.” But just like all families, they can get annoyed with each other. “We get on each other’s nerves but in the end we love each other,” Cheryl said. “We try and stay out of each other’s territories and let everyone get their job done and I think that’s what makes us strong as a family.” At 72 years old, Hunter has come a long way from his days of keeping his few possessions in a paper bag. “My dad is the backbone of the organization,” John said. “He has been here in the beginning and is very passionate about his work. He still works as hard as anyone in the business.”

The Central Michigan University Program Board is hosting is second annual arts and music festival, Maroonziee, from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday in Finch Fieldhouse. Maroonziee is a festival featuring food from local businesses and local music acts. “There’s so much to experience at Maroonziee,” said Katie Dewitt, a Grand Rapids junior and director of communications for the Program Board. “It’s a great opportunity for students to come out and have some fun with friends before finals.” Maroonziee will be offering free items for students as well as entertainment. Caricature drawings, tie-dye shirts, henna tattoos, massages, an oxygen bar, and a Velcro wall are just a few of the activities that will be held during the festival. Musicians Mark Daisy, Hannah Rae Beale, and Joshua Davis will be performing during Maroonziee. Food provided includes burgers, vegetarian burgers, vegetables, fruit, cotton candy, chips and popcorn. Local restaurants such as Erbert and Gerbert’s, Dog Central, and IHOP will also provide food for students and faculty. “The number one thing we want is for students and faculty to come and enjoy themselves,” Dewitt said. “We want to see them come together before the end of the semester, that’s what it’s all about.” Metamora senior Molly Bonfiglio said she would be interested in attending Maroonziee after hearing about the event. “It sounds like a really fun event,” Bonfiglio said. “It could be a nice stress reliever for students this semester.” -Kelsey Smith Staff Reporter


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Nathan Clark

As the semester ends, let’s act like good neighbors

Student Life Editor

Some cents don’t make any sense


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A couch burns after being set on fire by students on Saturday during a party on South Franklin and East Gaylord streets.

The dangers of firing up Police and university officials crack down on destructive behavior – You’ve been warned


t’s time for students to wake up. The city is cracking down. Even as you stand idly by, beer in hand, while furniture burns

and bottles are flung at police officers, you are in danger of arrest. The president of your school and the mayor of your city have joined hands in promising punishments. It’s time to take notice. Regardless of how you may offend your neighbors, or chip away at the greater student body’s reputation, it’s time to face the facts. After a weekend of couch burnings and assaults on police officers, an emergency ordinance came down from the city commission to expand reprimands to even those in attendance of the anarchy. You will be arrested and charged for merely enjoying the spectacle of your classmates’ crimes. Step up, and say something. When one of your friends decides to get wasted in public, commit arson and perpetuate the chaotic stereotype built by the infamous drinking parties, you too suffer the consequences. Mayor Sharon Tilmann demanded for students to police themselves. The city is tired of taking on

the burden, and your career won’t end well if this continues. Central Michigan University President George Ross echoed the mayor in demanding an end to this behavior. Although the nihilism has been tolerated as cliché college foolishness, we all know what we’re actually here for. We’re not here to lay waste to the community. We’re not here to blow off steam when it comes with violence. The mindless rituals may detract from the academic excellence needed for this university to survive. The black smoke from your illicit bonfires may disgust your neighbors and damage the homes you’ve shamelessly taken for granted.

But we know those offenses take a back seat to your good time. Smart up and stop the destruction. Learn how to get through college without risking painful court proceedings and dragging our collective name through the mud. People question if the students who involve themselves in these end-of-the-year rituals of pyromania should even be here in the first place. The incidents of last weekend should be enraging for those able to take college for what it is – a time to become adults and act like decent human beings. Too many students at CMU seem to come to this great university with the idea they are indestructible. While this mentality is common to your average teenager, it’s frustrating to see those pretending to seek knowledge and growth debasing the efforts of the truly motivated. It is not your right to ruin this place for all of us. But we’re not telling you to stop having fun. And we’re not judging you. We just don’t want you, our peers, to face any unwarranted legal trouble because of one outrageous act of college delinquency.


College Republicans respond to editorial TO THE EDITOR: We would first like to thank you for your concern in regard to your willingness to become more nonpartisan in your reporting. This is wonderful news! However, as the College Republicans, we feel the need to address some of your views and opinions presented in the article “Elephant in the Room.” You state that “The Republican Party has done little to rally support, or remind students that they can be part of the process,” and this is either a mistake or disingenuous. We have repeatedly asked and attempted to share events, views and opinions with CM Life. Unfortunately, these events and ideas have

either been refused for publication, or on the few occasions when asked for interviews, we have been misquoted or have seen our answers taken out of context. We are sure you can understand that because of this, there is a lack of enthusiasm for providing CM Life with any type of information. This is a problem for our group, the student body at Central Michigan University and CM Life as you have stated. Without the ability to effectively communicate, the chances for involvement for the student body are harder to come across. Without the ability to trust CM Life to report in both an honest and trustworthy way, it is difficult to give students a balanced view on

issues. We do not believe that the reason for reporting on the Democratic Party more often is because of a higher level of activity but do recognize that the party does a very good job on campus. There is no need for “firing shots” or claiming that the Republican Party is less involved because you are not given information to prove otherwise. Saying the Republican Party is less involved on campus is absolutely false, and sounds like an excuse for not attempting to research both sides of an issue. While you need the information to relay it, the job of a reporter is to find it. We can, however, fix this.

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he only thing I hate more than people wasting my time and money is pennies and nickels. Then again, small change and wasting time go hand in hand. I’ve wasted many nights and weekends sifting through mounds of loose change, gathering up enough quarters to fuel a rinse cycle in the community washing machine. Quarters are fine. They serve a useful purpose and everyone loves them. Dimes are OK here and there, so long as you don’t have pockets full of them. Pennies and nickels, however, serve no purpose. The overall cost of products has made the penny an obsolete currency. They are just not worth having around. In economics, “opportunity cost” is money you’re missing out on when you’re doing something else. When I’m sitting at home, counting pennies to roll up and give to a bank, I’m losing out on precious time I could be dedicating somewhere else. Even vending machines refuse pennies. They are not worth the time to count. Could you patiently wait behind someone feeding 150 pennies into a soda machine? Nickels are slightly better at opportunity cost, but economically, they are far worse. According to the U.S. Mint’s 2013 Annual Report, it costs 1.8 cents to make one penny and 9.4 cents to make one nickel. It costs more to make our change than it’s worth in currency. The cost of our throw-away change has been increasing for years, and the only thing the Mint has done to stem the tide is change the materials used in coin creation and distribution methods. All that accomplished was dropping the price of producing a nickel down to the 9.4 cents today. According to the 2011 report, it cost 11 cents to make a nickel and cost 2.4 cents for a penny back then. So at least the Mint is aware of the issue. How about instead of desperately trying to hold on to pennies and nickels, we just take them out of circulation? Do we love pennies and nickels so much we are willing to let them weigh us down? The economy is in such a terrible condition right now, we should be trying to cut idiotic spending. I believe this meets the criteria for idiotic. There’s nothing wrong with killing off a piece of currency when it has become economically obsolete. It’s not like the U.S. hasn’t done it before. In 1857, we discontinued the half cent because it had outgrown its usefulness. And back then it was worth the equivalent of today’s dime. So what does that say about our situation? The sooner we get rid of pennies and nickels, the better off we will be. Overspending on the making of money makes no sense.

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Taryn Wattles | Staff Photographer The Department of Art & Design celebrates May Day by installing art projects around campus, including banners representing each season at the Fabiano botanical garden. “I think it brings the creative side out of people.” said Remus sophomore Amber Carman, co-creator of the fall banner. “Maybe makes them want to do something creative.”

SAP student user group visits Harley Davison and Miller-Coors in Milwaukee By: Arielle Hines Staff Reporter

“System application and process” might be a few people understand, but when words like road trip, beer and motorcycles are involved, students start to listen. To learn more about the SAP career field from industry leaders, 36 students and three CMU staff members from the SAP Student User Group traveled to Milwaukee earlier this month to visit Harley Davidson and Miller-Coors. The trip gave students an opportunity to network and deepen their knowledge of SAP. “You don’t really think about a beer company as being well put together,”said Megan McBride, a Beal City senior. “I thought being in a beer company would (feel) like a party, but it was not. This company is something else.” McBride is also the SAP Stu-

dent User Group vice president of administration, as well as the executive assistant to the director of SAP. SAP is a group known for creating enterprising resource planning software, which helps companies manage their business operations and consumer relations. The SAP Student User Group is a registered student organization helping students learn the software. Every year, the group goes on a trip to an out-of-state locale to learn how businesses use the software. Their trip to Milwaukee was the first time in seven years the RSO has been to Harley Davidson and MillerCoors. McBride said the group started visited with the two companies’ chief information officers and several other information technology personnel. “They were really impressed with the knowledge we had as

students about SAP,” McBride said. “”The company culture was really friendly, and the fact (company officials) took time out of (their) days to talk to students from CMU is amazing.” Pinckney senior Michael Babboni, president of the SAP Student User Group, said his favorite part of the trip was learning how the different companies use SAP. “(After the trip) I have a better understanding on how different companies are implementing SAP,” Babboni said. “I also learned in general, what the companies are looking for and the culture of each company.” Anyone who is interested in joining the SAP Student User Group can check out their Orgsync page or contact the faculty adviser for the group, Frank Andera at

Today is the final day of the poster presentation regarding effects of the 1945 American atomic bomb attacks on Nagasaki and Hiroshima will be displayed on the first floor of Anspach Hall. “A Revolution of Thought: Hiroshima, Nagasaki & the Pursuit of Peace” features 30 different posters throughout the exhibit. Each covers a different topic about the atomic bombings during World War II, including the histories of both Nagasaki and Hiroshima as well as a call for peace and nuclear weapons prevention. On August 6th,1945 the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and by December approximately 140,000 people had died either from immediate impact or radiation. Three days later, Nagasaki was hit with an atomic bomb,

killing approximately 74,000 by December 1945. The effects the bombing had on the two cities are illustrated through the use of the posters, which feature photos and other information showing some effects and other history. A goal of the exhibit was to inform people about the horrific nature of the bombings and the importance of a world without such destructive weapons. “We will continue to communicate the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki until we achieve a peaceful world without nuclear weapons because we do not want you to experience our tragedy,” one poster read. The display is sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences as well as the Center for Professional and Personal Ethics. The education exhibit is a gift from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima.


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Mount Pleasant Police cracking down on arsons, CMU reserving right to expel perpetrators By Orrin Shawl Staff Reporter

Taylor Ballek | Staff Photographer A couch burns after being set on fire by students on Saturday during a party on South Frankling and East Gaylord Streets.

COUCHES | continued from 1A Outdoor recreational fires such as bonfires, fires in chimneys made of clay, or ground fires confined in metal containers are prohibited, unless a permit for usage is approved in writing by the fire code official. Fire Chief Gregory Walterhouse said exceptions, however rare, are made for ceremonial fires and religious organizations. Violating the code is a misdemeanor crime with a $500 fine or 90 days in jail. “This time of the year we see dumpster fires,” Walterhouse said. “In just the last couple of years, we’ve seen the furniture fires. It’s something relatively new.”

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Burning couches has become more frequent at CMU in recent years. Other campuses have witnessed increases in burnings and riots as well. Michigan State University’s took place in 1998, 1999, 2005 and 2013 when the Spartans made it to the Rose Bowl. Ross sent an email to the student body Tuesday urging students to act respon-

research | continued from 1A A human research protection program ensures the protection of rights and welfare of human research subjects and of institutional liability. The institutional review board follows ethical standards, as well as university, state and federal regulations to approve human subject research requests, known as protocols. In June 2013, HRP Consulting visited CMU per the university’s request. The New York-based consulting firm provided the university with a 12-page report documenting areas of non-compliance and recommendations to improve human subject research. HRP consultants expressed many concerns, including insufficient staffing, a lack of available documentation, minimal training and education programs for both researchers and review board members. Earlier this month, Vice President for Research John McGrath published his progress report on steps being made toward compliance. Improvements include additional review board representation and training for board members. “That progress report shows significant progress on all 10 recommendations,” McGrath said. “There are still things that need to be done, but there is a lot of progress that has been made.” McGrath outlined a few necessary steps the program must take to be in compliance again. These steps involve completing current research requests, updating standard operating procedures, preparing checklists for requests and training faculty. He hopes to have the research program in compliance with university and federal guidelines by fall 2014. “We want to be there as soon as we can,” McGrath said. “But the reality is … it’s

sibly and walk away from large gatherings. He said that this email was not connected to the events of the previous weekend. Tom Idema, director of student conduct, said those involved with prior furniture burnings have been suspended for violating the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary procedures. The university works closely with the city and local law enforcement to inform students of the code and city ordinances. “Nobody should be setting fires,” Idema said. “Nobody should be standing around watching students setting fires. Don’t be a bystander and let these things go on. If we find the students who are involved in these things, we’ll put them through the Code of Conduct process, be them a first-year freshman or a senior getting ready to graduate in a few days.” Ross said whether students are physically on campus or out into the community, they are still subject to the Code of Conduct at CMU and those penalties still apply. Tilmann said the ordinance was based on a similar one from Lansing, and the city commissioners would be looking for others to

complicated and we want to do it right.” As far as faculty members are concerned, those interviewed by HRP in June reported little trust in the administration’s ability to fix the problems. “HRP found throughout the interview process that there was an overall sense that although higher administration is making the effort to evaluate and asses (concerns), (faculty members feel) that administration will not follow through in making any changes or improvements that are recommended,” the report reads. In response, Gealt said improving the human research portion of the issue is a top priority. “The problem is going to be fixed,” he said. “We’re just working our way through as fast as we can. Hopefully we’ll do a lot of catching up over the summer.” Of the four universities Gealt has been employed at, the provost said CMU has the worst institutional review board issues in terms of quantity, though other universities’ struggles have been more severe.


A large portion of the consultant’s recommendations stemmed from a lack of necessary personnel to run an efficient human research protection program. “We’re really, really understaffed and have been for many, many years,” Backs said. “Dr. McGrath is trying to address that, but it’s going slowly.” Consultants insisted CMU add a research compliance officer separate from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. As a result, CMU hired Bob Bienkowski and created the Office of Research Compliance. He will officially begin in May. “(Bienkowski is) very experienced, very passionate and I think this is going to be a really significant and positive step forward for CMU,” McGrath said. “Each position

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adopt for Mount Pleasant. “It shouldn’t be a college tradition of destruction,” Tilmann said. “I have to wonder, what kind of mind would think that it is the tradition to destroy and trash a neighborhood? That’s not tradition, it’s irresponsible and inexcusable.” These fires may seem harmless to students, however Walterhouse said the potential of the flames getting out of control or someone getting injured is high, especially when the fires draw large congregations of students. An emergency ordinance can be passed immediately if it garners two-thirds of the commission’s vote and will

remain effective for 60 days, long enough for the commissioners to discuss the problem further. Tilmann said she would not be surprised if the ordinance would lead to a more permanent solution after the 60 day period. “I think that the anger and the disappointment stems from the fact that there are people who live in this community year round, this is our home,” Tilmann said. “The very idea that there are individuals who would come into this community and trash it is absolutely outrageous.”

provides complimentary expertise and capabilities and it spreads the load, so things will be stronger in that sense.” Consultants also recommend adding two full-time administrative staff support positions for the review boards, as well as a human research protection program director. A second institutional review board is also suggested, to divide the health sciences from the social and behavioral sciences. A summer review board was created in 2013, and Gealt said he is trying to prepare funds for the committee to work through the summer. “(Two IRBs) would be the goal, but again, we don’t have enough resources to run one IRB right now,” Backs said. “There’s no way to institute a second IRB without additional resources and that’s up to the president and provost to do.” McGrath is hopeful of the creation of a second IRB and has prepared a group to be ready if endorsement is granted in May. Requests for these additional positions have been submitted to Gealt and University President George Ross. The consultants’ report found a lack of effective training and review systems for board members and investigators. Backs and McGrath said training for IRB staff has increased “tremendously” since the report was released, though faculty members still need to be brought up to speed. “There’s actually been a lot of progress trying to build infrastructure on the research office side that hasn’t necessarily been apparent to the faculty members and the users of the IRB,” Backs said. Other problem areas include a poor documentation system, which allowed research to be carried out without approval and protocols to fall through the cracks. CMU’s standard operating procedures are out of date as well. McGrath hopes to have

the university-specific procedures in place this summer. Although the additional positions, increased training and an IRBNet software update have added costs for the university, Gealt said they are worthwhile expenses. “If it solves problems, it will actually in the long run save us money,” he said. “It’s going to cost some money because everything we do costs money.”

Mount Pleasant Police Department and Central Michigan University officials will begin working together to counter the threat of arson and other crimes related to college parties, according to MPPD Public Information Officer Jeff Thompson. By instituting a new Mount Pleasant city ordinance, police officers can arrest people near couch and dumpster fires if they’re not actively trying to put the fires out. University officials can also move to expel those students who are involved in such malicious arson. The ordinance was passed in an emergency session on Monday evening after a weekend riddled with community couch fires. “Students need to understand that there’s going to be violations that are going to be zerotolerance in our mind,” Thompson said. “It’s against city ordinances to have furniture that is designed for indoor use to be outside.” Thompson added that the Mount Pleasant Fire Department dealt with five fires last weekend. These fires included two couches, a door and two dumpsters. Police also had bottles thrown at them during their patrol around certain parties. No officers were injured as a result. CMU police were also very active, but none of the incidents

were serious, said CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley. CMUPD did, however, assist the city with unrelated incidents on Franklin Street that evening. Thompson said MPPD will meet with university officials on Wednesday to discuss how to deal with fires toward the end of the year. Both police agencies are making sure students know the consequences of committing arson. “Not only is it going to affect you guys criminally, but there’s going to be other ramifications to that,” Thompson said, “such as court costs and fines associated with that. (Other punishments can include) potential jail time and (having a) criminal history. You could be looking at felony convictions. You could be looking at prison, not just a couple days in county.” In addition to facing charges, both police departments have an agreement where CMU can expel a student if MPPD arrests them. “We work closely with the school for all these violations dealing with the students,” Thompson said. “Those names go to CMU, and we’ve already had an agreement with them that any such activity takes place at this time of year, they will be looking (at) expelling those students. They have the right. Anything that’s in violation of the student code of conduct, they can expel them for.”

“Not only is it going to affect you guys criminally, but there’s going to be other ramifications to that.” Jeff Thompson, MPPD Public Information Officer

Progress Per the June report’s advice, CMU reported its non-compliance to the U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services. It also published HRP’s report to the CMU website to ensure transparency. “If you self-report and come up with a plan to correct those deficiencies, what they’re interested in at the federal level is that you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing,” Backs said. Backs suggested the report’s findings are nothing new to faculty who have been using the IRB and complaining about it for years. “It’s really, in many respects, stating the obvious, but it’s now not just the

faculty that’s complaining,” he said. McGrath understands faculty, staff and student frustrations, and asks only for patience. “Our role is to do the best we can to support them and so it’s important to listen to them,” McGrath said. “I apologize for where we are right now, but (I’m) asking for their understanding that we’re doing the best we can to get us from where we were to where we will be soon.”

Research compliance crucial to combating CMU’s low national research rankings By Justin Hicks Senior Reporter

Central Michigan University officials consider research a growing priority despite faculty members’ perceived lack of research focus. In June 2013, HRP Consulting Inc. released a report to the university, outlining its concerns and recommendations for CMU’s human research protection program. Through questioning faculty and staff, the consultants grew concerned that research has taken a backseat at CMU. “Based on interviews with stakeholders throughout CMU, there appears to be a pervasive perception that CMU does not value research or the importance of the (human research protection program),” according to the report. While Vice President of Research John McGrath released a report earlier this month showing progress in all 10 recommended areas, CMU’s research program is still working toward compliance with government regulations.

Problems with CMU’s research program are more than 20 years old, said Institutional Review Board Chairman Richard Backs. Provost Michael Gealt said he is focused on the future. “I don’t know what happened in the past and, to a certain extent, it’s irrelevant,” he said. “I know where we are now and where we have to be.” CMU ranks No. 244 as a research university in Forbes’ most recent list of top colleges in the nation. It sits behind most Michigan universities, including Michigan (No. 20), Michigan State (No. 79), Michigan Tech (No. 137), Oakland University (No. 218) and Western Michigan (No. 232). Grand Valley, Saginaw Valley and Eastern Michigan were not ranked. In relation to similar sized schools across the MidAmerican Conference, CMU sits behind Miami (No. 80), Ohio (No. 149), Ball State (No. 220), Northern Illinois (No. 222), Bowling Green (No. 231), Akron (No. 233) and Toledo (No. 237). CMU is one spot ahead of Kent State (No. 245). The scope of research is

continuing to change at CMU as personnel grow more research-minded. “The faculty we’re hiring are more interested in research. Professional accreditation agencies are evaluating our faculty on their scholarly output, so there’s a lot of pressure on us to increase our scholarly output,” Gealt said. With higher education funding support from Lansing declining over the past decade, Backs said increased research has helped schools across the nation bring in more money. “Most institutions are trying to do that. CMU is not unique in that respect, but we’re starting from a very low baseline,” Backs said. “Research has never been as much of a priority at CMU as it is now, so the infrastructure was never developed to the extent that it really needs to be. “It can’t bear the demands of the increases in research that are the result of the new faculty that we’re hiring or the new initiatives that we’re doing.”


AlrAdHi | continued from 1A “(The student) stated Alradhi kept touching and squeezing her arms and legs,” reads the affidavit. “(The student) stated she told him to stop but he wouldn’t.” Alradhi groped her again, but this time, grabbing her

by the neck from behind, he jerked her head toward him so he could kiss her, according to the document. As the student made attempts to free herself, Alradhi repeated the process of grabbing her neck 15 to 20 times. Alradhi eventually left to go back to his dorm to sleep. The last incident occurred around 11 p.m. on April 13. Alradhi met with the student in the study room

Central Michigan Life | | Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 7A again to apologize. Both were working on homework before Alradhi asked for her help. He then took her headphones and told her to play music. The student told Alradhi to get away from her four times, reads the affidavit. Alradhi put his hand on her shoulder and sniffed her hair. The female student reportedly punched him in the chest as Alradhi brought up going to the hotel again.

CMED creates necessity for improved human research protection program By Justin Hicks Senior Reporter

Opening a medical school has made it especially important that Central Michigan University returns its human research protection program to compliance with federal regulations. Provost Michael Gealt said the potential risks that come with research done by the College of Medicine amplify CMU’s need to update its human research protection program. “I’m looking, especially with the medical school, to make sure we get all the problems solved now before they really start increasing their research,” Gealt said. “We don’t want to mess with those problems where (we) potentially could be working with human (research) that could actually be life threatening.” CMU discovered its noncompliance of university and federal regulations through a June 2013 external report done by HRP Consulting Inc., a New York-based firm that focuses on improving research policies. “Changes are not necessarily being made because of the College of Medicine, but because CMU has taken a look at its overall program and will be dedicating its time and resources to the improvement of the program,” the report summarized. The firm found CMU lacks resources needed to have an effective human research protection program, including staff, documentation, proce-

dures, training and education. It also found the university didn’t have a university-wide process for dealing with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, allowing for possible violations when dealing with student medical records during research. “The use of medical records for research purposes will only increase with the addition of the medical school,” according to the report. “Violations of HIPAA place the institution at significant regulatory and financial risk.” HIPAA protects U.S. citizens’ medical records and ensures they aren’t excluded from insurance coverage based on health-status related factors. At least two CMED faculty members have experienced “significant delays” in their research due to review board backups, said Ed McKee, chairman of foundational sciences and a biochemistry professor. Though the first year medical students are just beginning to consider research areas they’d like to explore, McKee said having a working review board will be very important in the future. “My sense is they’re getting better,” he said. “They’re gradually getting through the backlog and with a little more time, things will get a lot better. We have several faculty on the IRB and they are working very hard to get the IRB caught up.” As more medical classes and

faculty members interested in research come to Mount Pleasant, the importance of protecting human subjects will only increase. “With the new medical school, the risks and the cost of not having a compliance program go up tremendously,” said Richard Backs, Institutional Review Board chairman and a psychology professor. “I think the breaking point was the medical school and the recognition that this is a whole new ball game; a whole new level of risk; a whole new level of expertise, and we really need to be prepared for it.” CMED made up less than 3 percent of CMU’s research protocols last year. The College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences made up 45 percent, followed by College of Health Professions with 23 percent and College of Education and Human Services with 16 percent. John McGrath, CMU vice president of research, said the young medical school hasn’t begun to put much focus in research yet, but it will. “I think sometimes CMED is seen as dominating and in some ways it’s true, but here it’s not,” he said. “Our challenge is supporting the faculty and students as growth occurs and as complexity is added.” Earlier this month, McGrath published a progress report, highlighting steps toward compliance in all 10 recommended areas.

The female student then texted a roommate to get her out of the situation, and later reported the incident later that evening Alradhi admitted to the allegations shortly after being taken into custody at 3 a.m on April 13. For more updates on this story, check back with CM Life online.

“(The student) stated Alradhi kept touching and squeezing her arms and legs. (The student) stated she told him to stop but he wouldn’t.”

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Learning leadership in the field

Photos by Morgan Taylor | Photo Editor

ROTC cadets place a board on wooden posts to help the team get across a pretend mine field at the Field Leadership Reaction Course on April 16.

ROTC cadets show teamwork on obstacle course ROTC cadets spent April 16 completing the Field Leadership Reaction Course. ROTC members were split into groups and expected to complete challenges they may encounter during their military career. The groups completed obstacles such as maneuvering across a fake mine field, hoisting each other through holes in the wall, and other exercises using only materials that would be expected to be around at the time of an actual encounter, including wooden planks and plas-

tic jugs. With each obstacle, there were other challenges, such as certain members not being able to talk. One cadet was in charge of coming up with the best way to get each team through the obstacle. Once it was completed, the teams debriefed and explained their work tactic, discussing what they did well and what they could have done better.

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ROTC cadets debrief after completing an obstacle that challenged them to get their entire team through two holes in the wall at the Field Leadership Reaction Course on April 16.

Left: Two ROTC cadets talk in private after completing the Field Leadership Reaction Course on April 16. Right: ROTC cadets debrief after completing a challenge as a team at the Field Leadership Reaction Course on April 16.

Faculty Association giving away free pizza during finals week By Arielle Hines Staff Reporter

With final exams looming on the horizon, the Faculty Association union plans to bring some much-needed stress relief to students in the form of free pizza. At 8 p.m. on May 8, the Faculty Association will hand out 1,040 slices of pizza to students in the Towers Residential Halls lobby. “The Faculty Association gives out pizza as a way of letting the students know that we care about them,” said Donna Ericksen, a math professor and membership officer.

“It is a great way for us to free pizza connect with Faculty Association the students and members will serve let them know pizza to students at 8 that we are p.m. May 8 in the towers thinking about lobby them as they begin their final examination week.” This is the second semester the Faculty Association — which represents tenured and full faculty members — has given out pizzas during finals week. Ericksen said

the association will be ordering a total of 130 pizzas. Last year, the pizzas were gone in nearly 20 minutes, she said. The pizza will be provided by Little Caesars, and professors will receive a discount. Towers staff will provide tables and trash bags for the association before they arrive. Pontiac freshman Charice Craft said she got a couple of free slices last semester, a handy comfort food during finals week. “Even though it is just free pizza, having some type of joy during finals week really helped me with my mood and can have an impact on how well I studied,” Craft said.

For Pittsburgh sophomore Andrea DeLong, the simple act of decompressing with a fresh slice after a long final exam is paramount to a student’s sanity during the week. “It is so important to de-stress over finals week because it is not healthy to be so stressed out so much,” DeLong said. “Doing simple stress relieving things help me become more successful in my exams.” The pizza is free and is served on a first come, first serve basis.


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Samantha Madar | Staff Photographer Pink flags were placed outside of the Bovee University Center to represent survivors of sexual assault. The flags have been in front of the UC to raise awareness of sexual assault on campus.

Homosexuality and Christianity panel reignites marriage debate on campus By Shawn Tonge Staff Reporter

The debate about religion and sexuality was reignited on Central Michigan University’s campus after a panel discussion including students, faculty and staff weighed the merits and injustices of last month’s court decisions upholding Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriages. The panel, titled “Homosexuality and Christianity,” was held in Moore 105 on Monday. The three-member panel engaged with the audience and gave their opinions on issues such as marriage equality, adoption and the role of religion in sex and marriage. The panel was moderated by journalism faculty member Betsy Rau and was set up by journalism professor Elina Erzikova. Debate on the subject was geared toward students taking JRN 380, a class dealing with racial diversity in the mass media. Director of LGBTQ Services Shannon Jolliff said her marriage to her wife does not go against the

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teachings of Christianity. She spoke about her experiences as a gay Christian and how her parents, who are both pastors, came to accept her sexuality with patience. “My parents have really worked hard at practicing the unconditional love that he Bible talks about,” Jolliff said. Bill Johnson, founder of the American Decency Association in Fremont, spoke in favor of traditional marriage. Referring to the gay rights and marriage equality movements as “an assault on The Bible,” Johnson argued that the holy book prohibits homosexuality. “The Word of God does not change,” Johnson said. “God’s plan is one man, one woman.” Religion professor Kelly Murphy said the original context of the Biblical texts is an important factor when considering the Bible as a modern playbook. A supporter of gay marriage, she said the passages in the Bible relating to homosexuality cannot be applied to today’s society.

“These texts of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament were written some 2,000 years ago in a very different culture and language,” Murphy said. “Trying to pull decisions from these writing for our context is an issue.” The Book of Leviticus in the Bible calls homosexuality an abomination. Murphy pointed to other laws in that book which outlaw practices that are common today, such as wearing clothes made of more than one fabric. During the question portion of the panel, West Bloomfield sophomore Raquel Harrington asked Johnson about his religious beliefs. Harrington, a member of the journalism class, said the panel was edifying. “I think we had a real good discussion with a lot of different views and opinions on the issue,” Harrington said. “It was interesting to learn more about how to look at the Bible.”

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Learning more about and practicing proper sexual health is the main focus of this year’s annual “Sextival.” Organized by VOX (Voices for Planned Parenthood), a Central Michigan University RSO group, the Sextival begins at noon on Thursday in Finch Fieldhouse. Coordinator Ashlea Phenicie, a junior from Adrian, said she joined VOX with no real interest in sexual health education, but the more she got to know other members, the more invested she became. “I started to see how these issues really impacted the people I was around,” Phenicie said. “I saw a lot of people uninformed about their sexual health.” The Sextival aims to elimi-

nate confusion and misconceptions about sexual health. Phenicie said the night will be filled with educational games about sexual health. “We’re bringing back popular games like ‘Condom Races’, but we’ve also added more games like ‘Name that Kink’,” Phenicie said. In addition, those who attend can enjoy other games such as “Penis Ring Toss” and can make crafts such as protective condom cases and art work during “Paint Your Own Orgasm.” Educational Speaker Dr. Lindsay Doe will begin her presentation at 3 p.m. in the Park Library Auditorium to discuss the importance of communication of sexual preferences between partners.

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Blue in the Face offers premium smoking accessories for students By Kelly Rocheleau Staff Reporter

The smell of incense and rainbows of multicolored merchandise greet all who enter Blue in the Face. Located at 217 S. Main St., the staple of downtown Mount Pleasant offers smoking accessories for tobacco use such as dry glass pipes, soft glass pipes, glass-on-glass pipes, rolling papers and hookahs. Owner Mike DuJardin, 27, of Traverse City, said that one of his favorite parts of the job is being around the glass art populating the shop’s shelves. The store features multicolored glass pipes in shapes ranging from a dragon to “Star Wars” character Boba Fett. “I have a passion for glass art,” he said. “These artists make beautiful work.” DuJardin first worked at the Blue In the Face store in Traverse City in 2006 when he was fresh out of the Air Force. He later bought the Mount Pleasant store from the previous owner in 2011. He said he’s enjoyed swap-

ping stories with several regular customers over the years. “It’s almost like being a bartender at a popular bar,” DuJardin said. “People get to know you, and you get to know them.” While Blue In the Face does have some older customers, DuJardin said a large portion of the establishment’s business comes from college students. “We try to support dorm room and college needs,” DuJardin said. Port Huron sophomore and employee Mitchel Schrader said I.D. is needed to buy smoking or drinking accessories in the back. “The first half of the store you can be under 18 for, and for the second half of the store you have to be 18 and over,” Schrader said. Schrader, who has been working at Blue In the Face since September, said that he enjoys interacting with customers, the artwork on the walls and the laid-back atmosphere of the store. “I love that I can play my own music, and Mike is really

cool with me doing homework in the back room when we’re not busy,” Schrader said. “I’d say it’s the perfect part-time job.” Schrader said that even when the store is busy, it’s usually not busy enough to need more than one employee at all times. “Seventy-five percent of the time, the stuff here sells itself,” Schrader said. “Someone who comes in here is kind of expecting to already know what they want.” Detroit sophomore Lauren Agnew said she shops at the store about every two weeks. “This place definitely has the best deals over the other smoke shops in town,” Agnew said. Blue In the Face is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and at 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Saturday. The shop is open at 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Identification is needed to buy items such as smoking accessories and drinking accessories.

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From business and political science majors to nubile hippies, students are becoming increasingly interested in the future of medical and recreational marijuana laws. The frenzy has caused students at Central Michigan University to get involved with the pro-pot registered student organization, Student Advocates for Medical and Recreational Cannabis. Since its formation in fall 2013, the RSO has endeavored to educate students on new science surrounding the use of cannabis. “We try to change the negative stigma that comes along with marijuana, including the many myths involving its side effects, such as it killing brain cells or making you lazy,” said RSO member Lissette Rosado. “It’s exciting to be part of this movement to educate students and bring positive change that is very well needed.”

Rosado, a Perry sophomore, is proud of all the groups’ accomplishments thus far, including having 50 or more people attend regular meetings. Expanding its base of followers and its cause, a recent deal between SAMRC and nonprofit medical cannabis organization, My Compassion, aims to merge the two groups’ activities in fall 2014. My Compassion is one of the only medical cannabis organizations in the country that has been granted the nonprofit status by the federal government. The president of My Compassion, Heidi Parikh, is optimistic at the idea of college students being more informed of and exposed to the truth about cannabis. “This is very important because we get the opportunity to educate these great young minds, who are our future,” Parikh said. “Together, we can face the biggest challenge of changing the 70-some

years of wrong information regarding cannabis.” Parikh explained that My Compassion’s main mission is to increase the awareness and understanding of the medical benefits of cannabis. She is confident that SAMRC has a similar vision to help further educate a younger generation. Perry junior Lisa Conine said the merger will be beneficial to students seeking more information and hopes it will encourage more people to attend more meetings. “Volunteering, internship and career opportunities will open up for students after we merge with My Compassion,” Conine said. “Policy change is always happening, so it is important that we educate and advocate together.” SAMRC holds meetings every Wednesday at 9 p.m. in room 167 of Anspach Hall.

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Andrew Whittaker | Staff Photographer The Central Michigan baseball team has turned to left-handed pitcher Adam Aldred to start in many pivotal mid-week non-conference games this season. Aldred will start Wednesday when CMU heads to Oakland.

Baseball looks to Aldred to bounce back from three-game losing skid By Kris Lodes Senior Reporter

After a rough weekend for the Central Michigan baseball team, the men are looking to rebound on the road at Oakland today. The Chippewas were swept by Ball State at home last weekend, losing hold of their first-place conference standing which they had previously held since the Mid-American Conference schedule began on March 21. CMU turns to sophomore left-handed pitcher Adam Aldred to deliver another mid-week quality start while the team attempts to snap a three-game losing streak. Aldred has been a consistent midweek starter since the MAC season began, starting a majority of the midweek non-conference games and enjoying relative success. The lefty began the season as the No. 4 starter in the rotation behind junior Jordan Foley, senior Patrick Kaminska and freshman Nick Deeg. Aldred

started against UNLV, Troy, Villanova, Bucknell and Incarnate Word posting a 2-3 record with an ERA of 3.18. This all before MAC play had arrived. Since the MAC season started, Aldred has pitched the non-conference games against Michigan, Notre Dame and Michigan State twice. He picked up wins against the Fighting Irish and Spartans while getting no decisions in one MSU game and Michigan. CMU is 3-1 in those games. The Golden Grizzlies of Oakland are much different opponent then the last four Aldred has faced. Oakland (19-24-1) has struggled this season. One of OU’s 19 wins this year came in Mount Pleasant.. Oakland beat CMU 14-8 due mainly to six Chippewa errors, a problem the team has faced in midweek games when Aldred does not get the start. Senior pitcher Kenton San Miguel took a loss in the first meeting between the inter-state rivals, where he went 1 1/3 innings giving and four

unearned runs. San Miguel was able to get the win in another midweek game against Madonna where he threw 4 1/3 innings in relief of redshirt freshman Blake Hibbitts, who gave up five earned runs in his start that day. When Aldred takes the mound in midweek games, the offense tends to support his effort. In his four outings since becoming the midweek starter, CMU has five errors compared to 10 in the two games he has not pitched. A one-game winning streak looks a lot better than a four-game losing streak with another home MAC series and the team 2 1/2 games out of first in the standings.

Softball’s game against Detroit today has been cancelled, according to a press release issued by the Central Michigan University athletics department. The non-conference game will not be rescheduled. Wednesday’s game was intended to serve as a makeup of a March 28 showdown between the Titans and Chippewas earlier this season, which was postponed due to weather. Finishing the Mid-American Conference season on the road, the Chippewas have a double-header against Ball State on Friday, before a two-game series on Saturday against Miami (Ohio) and on Sunday in Miami. The four MAC games left for CMU will provide an opportunity to solidify the women’s seeding in the MAC Tournament, which begins on Wednesday, May 7. The Chippewas, who are 9-7 in conference play thus far, currently sit in the second-place spot in the MAC

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Junior right-handed hitter CarolAnn Sexauer is one of many Chippewas that are extremely dangerous in the batters box in 2014. Sexauer possesses the unique ability to hit for both power and average, sending a spark through the heart of CMU’s lineup virtually every game. Many regard the shortstop as the team’s most vocal leader, while her play both on offense and defense oftentimes speaks for itself. Sexauer’s best effort of the season came on April 5 when her 1-for-4 effort produced three RBIs during CMU’s 9-7 besting of rival Eastern Michigan. A 5-foot-9 Canton product, Sexauer is sure to play a large role in the overall performance for the Chippewas in the Mid-American tournament this May.




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April 30, 2014  

Central Michigan Life