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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 THE END OF AN ERA


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Professors ranked 12th worst in nation, Shapiro calls study ‘nonsense’ By Neil Rosan Staff Reporter

Central Michigan University professors were ranked as the 12th-worst in the nation in a study conducted by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. The CCAP is an independent higher education think-tank. The organization created the rankings by sifting through the millions of teacher rankings on the popular website, Provost Gary Shapiro did not take so well to the ranking in a news release “The list is nonsense,” Shapiro said. “It’s also a disservice to students and faculty across the nation, and especially to CMU’s faculty.” Fellow Mid-American Conference school the University of Toledo (20th), Michigan Technological University (second), the University of Maryland (25th) and the University of Connecticut (23rd) also made the list. Professor of Educational Leadership Ben Jankens was not certain of the quality of the data collected by the CCAP but believes all feedback should be considered.

“There are two parts to this. One part is the numbers and data from these websites is not 100-percent accurate,” he said. “As a university, we have mechanisms that are research-based to help us as educators to better help our students. Two, is that information and feedback are valuable and useful. I still think there is something we can learn from all these different sites.” Jankens believes he works with a great group of educators. “We had a very dedicated group of faculty members. As one of them, I really respect my colleagues and their pursuit to improve themselves as well as their professionalism,” he said. “At the same time, I would say we all have room for improvement. Students are at the heart of what we do as educators and as long as we are professional and take our teaching seriously, we will continue to meet the needs of our students and grow.” Many CMU students also took issue with the study. Lansing senior Tyler Wippel questioned the credibility of the CCAP. A STUDY | 2

Pick for associate VP for institutional diversity declines position By John Irwin Editor-in-chief

Central Michigan University’s pick to be the next associate vice president for institutional diversity declined the position last week because of “personal family health issues.” The position has been vacant since June 2012. Lawrence Burnley, the assistant vice president for diversity and intercultural relations at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., was picked to replace Denise Green, who resigned from the position in last June to take a similar position at Ryerson University in Toronto. “We regret that Dr. Burnley is unable to join the CMU team,” Provost Gary Shapiro said in a news release. “All of us wish Larry and his family our deepest support as he and his family grapple with this difficult time in their lives. He would have been a tremendous asset to promot-

ing diversity at CMU.” Both the provost’s office and the Office for Institutional Diversity told Central Michigan Life there is no timetable as of Tuesday on finding a replacement for Jackson. It is unknown if the search will start again from scratch, and if so, how much the new search would cost the university. Burnley was one of two finalists for the job, alongside Traci Guinn, the interim associate vice president for institutional diversity at CMU. Guinn has been serving as the interim VP since shortly after Green’s resignation. According to the job description, some of the responsibilities that come with the position include providing leadership to plan and implement diversity efforts and initiating diversity efforts related to curricular programs.


The CMU softball team used a two-run home run by sophomore Trista Cox in the 11th inning to beat Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference championship game, 4-2.

we’re back Softball plays Cal in Ann Arbor Friday in first NCAA tournament appearance in nine years By Kris Lodes | Managing Editor

The softball team won’t be traveling far for its first NCAA tournament game since 2004, as it drew the Ann Arbor regional bracket. The softball team won’t be traveling far for its first NCAA tournament game since 2004, as it drew the Ann Arbor regional bracket. There, the team will play at 4:30 Friday against California, while the host, Michigan, will play Valporasio. “Going into the regional, now you’ve got Cal, who has

played great competition,” head coach Margo Jonker said. “Michigan has played good competition, obviously, and between that and Valpo, you can’t overlook ... It’ll be a great challenge for us.” The regional could prove to be a tough test for the Chippewas, as ESPN analysts Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza and

Michele Smith picked this regional to be the toughest in the entire tournament. “I don’t really know why they thought it was the toughest regional,” Jonker said. “I don’t know if it was just because of Michigan and Cal, and we need show them that there is another team there. But, Central Michigan has respect from Michigan for sure and around the country.” The Chippewas received a nice draw being close to home on a field they are familiar with and against an opponent who must travel across the nation. CMU plays the Wolver-

ines nearly every year and has made numerous trips to Alumni Field in Ann Arbor, including this season. “Yeah, I think there is a little bit (of an advantage),” senior pitcher Kara Dornbos said. “But, we still have to come play our game because it’s not our field, but it’s nice to be used to that field a little.” The Chippewas are 4-4 all-time against the Golden Bears, 30-46 against U of M and 1-1 against the Crusaders, and they aren’t all too familiar with the schools outside of the Wolverines. A SOFTBALL | 2

Board of Trustees to meet Friday for CMED East vote By John Irwin Editor in Chief

The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees will meet Friday to vote for more planning and design funding for Phase 1 of the College of Medicine’s Saginaw campus. The trustees will also vote on a memorandum of understanding for the project’s first phase, a 48,000-square-foot facility planned for construction on the grounds of Covenant Health-

care in Saginaw. That facility is expected to come with a $25-million price tag for CMU. The board will meet in the President’s Conference Room in the Bovee University Center at 11:45 a.m. Friday for the special, one-item meeting. At April’s Board of Trustees meeting, CMED Dean Ernest Yoder announced the total design costs for the CMED East facilities totaled $2.2 million. It is unclear how much further funding is needed for

planning and design. Yoder said at the April board meeting the design stage of CMED’s Saginaw facility is near completion, and the school is beginning plans for construction. “There is clearly a need for an urban high-tech environment like Saginaw. It provides an opportunity for students to be trained in the whole spectrum. The facility in Saginaw is critical,” Yoder said. CMED East will also use

the campus and facilities of St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw. The total costs of the CMED East project are an estimated $46.5 million. The Saginaw campus will provide clinical completion for years three and four of the CMED curriculum. Back on campus, the College of Medicine is set to open with its 64-student inaugural class in the fall.

Bonkowski, 18-weeks pregnant, sentenced to eight months for poisoning roommate By Neil Rosan Staff Reporter


Sterling Heights resident Kayla A. Bonkowski wipes her eyes as she listens to a statement read by her former roommate during her sentencing Friday afternoon in Judge Mark Duthie’s courtroom at the Isabella County Trial Court, 200 N. Main St. Bonkowski, a former CMU student, plead guilty to putting bleach in her roommate’s iced tea on Nov. 7 2012. Bonkowski was sentenced to eight months of jail time, three years of probabtion, and 104 hours of community service.

Former Central Michigan University student Kayla Bonkowski will serve eight months of jail time for poisoning her roommate over an argument about dirty dishes. On Friday, Judge Mark Duthie said at the Isabella County Court, 200 N. Main St., the guidelines for the sentencing called for a maximum of 11 months of jail time, but he decided on eight months following Bonkowski’s announcement that she is 18-weeks pregnant. Bonkowski, 20, will serve four months in Isabella

County Jail before serving the remaining four months under electronic house arrest at her Sterling Heights home. In addition to her jail time, Bonkowski will serve three years of probation in a youthful trainee program, undergo a mental health evaluation and do 104 hours of community service over nine months following her jail time. “If I was to ever be in this situation again, I would walk away and be a bigger person,” a tearful Bonkowski said during her statement. “I made a mistake, and I am not the only person to do something I regret. I want everyone to know I will never act this way again.”

Defense attorney Todd Levitt said he is working on a deal to move Bonkowski to Macomb County Jail to be closer to her family in case of a medical emergency, but the jail is currently full. Bonkowski was accused of putting bleach in her 20-yearold roommate’s iced tea on Nov. 7 at their Jamestown apartment complex following an argument over dirty dishes, according to court documents. Bonkowski said she knew poisoning her roommate was a serious thing, but she did it anyway because she said her roommate was being “mean,” according to an affidavit. A BONKOWSKI | 2

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Murder trial begins for Curtis Leachman, accused of stabbing man to death By Neil Rosan Staff Reporter

The Curtis Leachman murder trial began Monday at the Isabella County Trial Court, and both sides agreed Leachman stabbed a man to death. Leachman, 25, is charged with first-degree murder for the death of Mount Pleasant resident Tyrone Stanley, 20, on Nov. 24 in his S. Main Street apartment. The trial began Monday with opening statements from Isabella County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Robert Holmes and Leachman’s attorney, Thomas Weiss. Both sides agreed Leachman stabbed Stanley to death but are asking the jury to determine if the action was performed as an act of murder or selfdefense. Holmes said Leachman

had enough time to consider the stabbing and that the door at the end of the hallway would have served as a means to leave the altercation. Holmes also said he has 43 witnesses who will all bring some clarity to what happened on the night of Nov. 24. Weiss told the jury Leachman was fearing for his life after several confrontations at the party Stanley was at. Weiss also said some witnesses might be, or have been, connected to rival gangs and therefore lack credibility. Another aspect of the case the sides differed on was the involvement of a soft air gun. Weiss said the gun was being carried in the waist band of Stanley’s pants and was a key factor in Leachman’s believing his life was in danger. However, Holmes told jurors Stanley


Ken McDaniel, left, and Jeff Wood, bricklayers for Robert Fussman Concrete & Masonry, put away their equipment at the end of the work day in a parking lot behind a block of shops Tuesday on Broadway Street in downtown Mount Pleasant. A large dumpster enclosure is being built and the old parking lot will be torn up this summer to make room for new parking this fall.

gave the gun to another person at the party long before the stabbing occurred. Leachman’s trial was expected to go well into Thursday before a verdict can be reached.

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BONKOWSKI| CONTINUED FROM 1 After consuming the iced tea, Bonkowski’s roommate was taken to the hospital for treatment and later reported the incident to police. The court found Bonkowski in violation of

STUDY | CONTINUED FROM 1 “My problems with that (study) derive mainly from the source,” he said. “The Center for College Affordability is a think tank, not an official government organization or peer-reviewed journal. That isn’t always a problem, but if you read their methodology documents, almost all of the weight for the professor’s

SOFTBALL | CONTINUED FROM 1 “Nope, nothing,” junior catcher Cory DeLamielleure said when asked what she knew about Cal. “Once we get our scouting reports on Cal, we’ll start going through how we’re going to pitch and prepare ourselves for the hitters we’re going to be facing.” Cal has a weapon in senior All-American pitcher Jolene Henderson, but she suffered a leg injury on April 21 against Oregon State. Since that game, she has played sparingly but did get a complete game win at Washington on Saturday. Between Henderson’s injury and the Golden Bears’ Saturday win, the team went 0-8. But, Henderson looks like she’s back, and regardless of who is in the circle for Cal, CMU will have to focus to make a run at a regional championship. “Now we’re in regionals, so we’re at a whole other level,” Jonker said. “Our

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Mount Pleasant resident Curtis Leachman looks to his attorney Tom Weiss during his trial Tuesday morning in Judge Mark Duthie’s courtroom at the Isabella County Trial Court, 200 N. Main St. Leachman was charged with first-degree murder for the death of Mount Pleasant resident Tyrone Stanley, 20, on Nov. 24, 2012 in his Main Street apartment.

her bond conditions on Jan. 22 after being spotted at Wayside Central, 2000 S. Mission St., on Jan. 9 at the same time as the roommate. During her statement, the victim said she felt “hurt.” “I am hurt for everything she did to me, but I am hurt for her too,” she said. “It really scares me how she handled this situation.” Levitt called on students

to learn from Bonkowski’s case during his statement. “This is a sad case,” Levitt said. “There is a story behind this case that is happening all across the nation, and that is students trying to fit in. They have to learn how to get along with people and cope with them.”

category comes from RateMyProfessor.” Other students questioned the use of RateMyProfessor. com as a measurement of a school’s professors. “Honestly, when a professor is a poor teacher, I think people are far more likely to want to express their opinions and go out of their way to complain via that website,” Farmington Hills junior Lindsay Soave said. “I also think, a lot of times, people associate a tough class with a bad professor when it is truly a lack of ef-

fort on the student’s part.” Laingsburg junior Josh Barnhart also defended the CMU professors. “The overall majority of my professors at CMU have been either decent or outstanding professors,” he said. “In my experience, few of the professors here at CMU should be deemed as the ‘worst professors in the country’ and if anything, I would argue the opposite is true.”

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New GSU president: Accessibility No. 1 priority

By John Irwin Editor in Chief

Central Michigan University professional and administrative employees will receive a 2.5-percent base salary increase for the 2013-14 fiscal year. Base salaries vary by position. Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services David Burdette said the university approved the pay raise, in part, to attract and retain a talented workforce. “CMU wants to attract the most qualified work force,” he said. “We think we do, and, we also want to retain valued employees, and compensation is part of that recognition.” The base increase follows a 2.25-percent increase last year, a 2.25-percent lump-sum payment in 2011-12, no adjustment in 2010-11 and a three-percent increase in 2009-10. In addition, CMU is increasing the amount employees pay for benefits from nine-percent to 10-percent in order to reasonably keep costs reigned in. For a single-person household, that puts CMU on par with other Michigan universities while still keeping CMU well below the Michigan average for family households. On average, family households at other state universities pay about 16 percent into their benefits. Associate Vice President of Human Resources Lori Hella said CMU looks to compensate its employees by fairly paying based on market trends while keeping tuition costs and other fees low for students. “Over the last couple of years, the pay increase has been modest, and the P & A employees had a couple of years with an increase of zero,” Hella said. “So, that is something we have to keep in mind as we look at the market and try to attract employees and also benchmark our salaries.” Burdette said the goal is to keep costs down while keeping pay and benefits high. “We want to have the best employees possible,” he said. “We’ve been through some bumps and bruises, but, on the tuition side, (CMU President George Ross) has made it very clear we’re going to make tuition as low as possible.” Burdette said the majority of CMU’s revenue comes from tuition. Roughly 58 percent of CMU’s total revenue comes from tuition, compared to 17-percent from state appropriations, 17 percent from residences and auxiliary services and eight-percent from various other sources. State appropriations as a portion of CMU’s revenue have plummeted from 34-percent in 2001-02 as lawmakers slashed higher education funding. Because of that, the university is relying more than ever on tuition to pay employees. “The bulk of our expenses are either in salary or in compensation,” Burdette said. Managing Editor Kristopher Lodes contributed to this story.

By Samantha Smallish Staff Reporter


New Yorker Children’s Clothing Store Owner Jack Karr stands at the front counter of his shop Monday afternoon at New Yorker Children’s Clothing Store, 117 S. Main St. After 76 years in business. The oldest business in downtown Mount Pleasant will close its doors within the next few months.

The end of an era The New Yorker, oldest downtown business, closing its doors after 76 years By Andrea Peck | Staff Reporter

The New Yorker children’s clothing store, the oldest business in downtown Mount Pleasant, will close its doors within the next few months after 76 years in business. The shop, 117 S. Main St., opened in 1937 under current owner Jack Karr’s mother and father. What began as a woman’s clothing store, but it transitioned to carrying children’s clothes and other specialty items in 1974. “My mom and dad opened the store in 1937, and it’s been the same family all those years,” Karr said. Karr said when the store opened, it offered women’s clothing on the first and second floors and children’s clothing in the basement. His parents ran the store from 1937-1993, and Karr, who owns the store with wife Judy, has been integral


New Yorker Children’s Clothing Store Owner Jack Karr pulls an old wooden duck toy from his photo display Monday afternoon. Karr has collected many things since his parents first opened the store 76 years ago, which makes going out of business even more nostalgic.

to the store’s operations since 1970. “It’s just time,” Karr said about the store closing. Karr said The New Yorker is very different from major retail chains and is known for carrying classic, elegant merchandise. “It’s just mom-and-pop retail,” he said. “It’s just old-time retail. We talk to everybody and try to help them out. We’ve been here a long time.” Michelle Sponseller, director of downtown development for Mount Pleasant, said the closing of the store is a sad occasion. “The closing of The New Yorker, although under-

standable, is a sad one as both the store and the Karr family have been a part of downtown for so many years,” she said. “The property is in the process of being purchased by Motorless Motion so they can expand their operations.” Motorless Motion, 121 S. Main St., is a bicycle shop that neighbors The New Yorker. Karr and his wife Trudy have lived in Mount Pleasant for their entire lives. They both graduated from Central Michigan University in 1970 and even attended kindergarten together at Pullen Elementary School, 251 S. Brown St.

“We’re definitely townies,” Karr said. He said the community has always been supportive of him and his family. “You touch a lot of families in 76 years,” Karr said. “We really appreciate the support of the community and the Central Michigan area.” None of Karr’s three children are planning on following in his footsteps. All have careers outside of the retail business. Going out of business signs have been up outside The New Yorker since April 15. It is unknown when the store will close down for good.

The new president of Central Michigan University’s Graduate Student Union plans on making the union more accessible than it ever. Erin Lewis was elected GSU president in April by a unanimous secret ballot vote and will serve until her term expires in one year. As president, Lewis has plans to increase membership in the GSU and to make the union as accessible as possible to its members. “One of the biggest impacts I want to make is to increase the membership percent for the GSU,” she said. Lewis said she will also work to provide graduate assistants with the strongest contracts possible. “I want to make sure the GSU is an accessible resource for each of our members ... I am committed to making sure that graduate assistants have the best, strongest contract possible after the current (contract) negotiations are over,” Lewis said. As previously reported by Central Michigan Life, the GSU has introduced all of its bargaining platforms to CMU as it looks to negotiate a new contract with the university. Expanding leave time and health care coverage are among the GSU’s top priorities. Lewis believes an increase in membership in the GSU will also increase the strength of the union. “Under my leadership, I would like to see the GSU’s membership numbers continue to increase; as our membership increases, so does our strength as a union,” Lewis said in an email. Through a large support group, Lewis said the GSU will be able to guarantee its graduate assistants better working conditions, salaries and benefits. “With a larger amount of support and strength, the union will be able to guarantee the graduate assistants better working conditions, better salaries and better benefits,” she said. Lewis believes through the continued building of support from its members, the GSU will become a stronger union in the future. “By building support for the union and building a strong leadership to take over when the current leadership has graduated, the union will be in a very strong position going into the future,” Lewis said.

Firehouse Subs on Mission Street enjoys opening success in first week By Nathan Zinzi Staff Reporter


Firehouse Subs employees assemble sub sandwiches for customers during the busy lunchtime rush Tuesday afternoon at Firehouse Subs, 1729 S. Mission St. CMU alumnus Will O’Hara and his father Bill O’Hara are co-owners of the franchise in Mount Pleasant.

After much anticipation, Firehouse Subs, 1729 S. Mission St., is finally open. Months of preparation, both in building the structure and the city’s efforts on fixing up the parking lot around it, went into Firehouse’s May 7 opening, and the restaurant is already making a name for itself. Father-son duo Bill and Will O’Hara are the owners of the newest subs restaurant in Mount Pleasant. Bill was visiting Valdosta, Ga., in 2011 with his wife when he got the idea to open up a franchise. They stopped in for a bite to eat at a socalled Firehouse Subs. He said the food was so good that Bill instantly had the urge to ask the owners if there were plans set in motion to move the franchise to Michigan. At that time, it was still up in the

“This first week has been just great, there were lines out the door, and even when the snow and sleet were coming down, we had a packed house.” Bill O’Hara, Firehouse Subs owner air whether Firehouse Subs would open in Michigan, but it stayed in the back of Bill’s mind. It wasn’t until his son Will graduated with a finance major from CMU that Bill decided to do something about it. With a proper business background, Will agreed to start the Mount Pleasant franchise with his father. “I knew it would just kill it in Michigan,” Bill O’Hara said. “And

we couldn’t have put it in a better spot.” Firehouse Subs offers 50 specialty hot sauces available for a plethora of steamed sub options. Each sauce is numbered from 1-10, depending on its spiciness. It also boasts a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine that allows customers to create 127 different variations of classic Coca-Cola drinks. Along with offering specialty subs at a low price, Firehouse Subs also donates a part of its income to the Public Safety Foundation, which provides funding, equipment and education for first responders. “This first week has been just great, there were lines out the door, and even when the snow and sleet were coming down, we had a packed house,” Bill said.


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Dornbos, DeLamielleure lead softball to MAC title, NCAA tournament By Kristopher Lodes Managing Editor


Sophomore pitcher Dylan Rheault, left, throws to sophomore first baseman Cody Leichman in Tuesday’s game against Michigan State at Theunissen Stadium.

POUNDED Baseball loses resumed ‘Clash at Comerica’ game 5-4, then crushed 10-0 by MSU By CM Life Staff Reports

Central Michigan baseball resumed its postponed “Clash at Comerica” game against Michigan State Tuesday at home, losing 5-4. The game picked up where April 17’s game at Comerica Park in Detroit left off before weather postponed it, with the Spartans leading 1-0 in the fifth inning and CMU threatening with two runners on base. Sophomore pitcher Dylan Rheault took over in the fourth inning in Detroit one month ago and finished the game 28 days later, taking the loss. Sophomore Cody Leichman had two hits and three RBIs for the Chippewas and scored one run. Sophomore Pat Mackenzie also had two hits, while junior Noel Santos scored two runs and finished with one hit. CMU would tie the game in fifth, but MSU came back with a run of its own

in the top of the sixth and three runs in the seventh inning. The Chippewas fought back with two more runs off a Leichman home run in the bottom half of the inning and a Leichman RBI in the ninth, but they could inch no closer.


Freshman Adam Aldred came into the second game on fire with a 2-0 record and a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings. He couldn’t keep it going against MSU Tuesday afternoon, though, pitching six innings and allowing 15 hits and nine earned runs against the Spartans. MSU would go on to win 10-0. CMU couldn’t get the bats warmed up in the

second game, only mustering two hits while MSU finished with 16. The first scoring Adam Aldred threat from MSU came in the third inning. The Spartans had one runner at second with one out and Cody Leichman a double down the left field line gave them the 1-0 lead in the third. After another run was tacked on in the third, the game was broken open with a three-run home run giving MSU the 5-0 lead. After threatening in the fourth and leaving runners stranded, MSU got a two-out triple to right field giving them a runner in scoring position with two outs in the fifth. The team

took advantage this time with a run scored on a single increasing, the deficit to 6-0. A twoSteve Jaksa run home run to center that hit the scoreboard made it a 9-0 lead. MSU would score again in the eighth Dylan Rheault to score its 10th run of the game. CMU will need to bounce back quickly if it hopes to make the MidAmerican Conference tournament when it travels to Western Michigan this weekend for a three-game series. This will be the final series of the regular season, and CMU is on the outside looking into the MAC tournament picture.

Senior pitcher Kara Dornbos’s postseason numbers are astounding to say the least. She threw 25.1 innings in the softball team’s MidAmerican Conference championship run, going 3-0 with a 0.28 ERA. In last season’s run to the MAC championship game, Dornbos threw 33.1 innings and was 3-1 with an ERA of 0.42 and a save. Overall, Dornbos is 7-2 with a 0.96 ERA and two saves in 73.1 innings of work in postseason play. Since her sophomore season, she is 7-1 with an ERA of 0.63 and one save in 67.1 innings. In all of those innings, she was tossing with her battery mate, junior catcher Cory DeLamielleure. “We just mesh really well,” Dornbos said of her teammate. “Right away, when she came on as a freshman, I loved having her catch for me. She works just as hard as I do, and that’s what you need.” DeLamielleure doesn’t just catch for Dornbos. She catches for the junior trio of

Kara Dornbos

Cory DeLamielleure

Chelsea Sundberg (11-5, 2.54 ERA), Morgan Yucker (3-0, 2.41 ERA) and Kristen Kuhlman (4-2, 3.90 ERA), as well, and the team combined for a the third-best ERA in the MAC at 2.77. So, no matter who is in the circle, DeLamielleure is calling the shots behind the plate and preparing for the batter up at the plate. “We’ll start going through how we’re going to pitch and work on that this week and prepare for the hitters we are going to be facing,” DeLamielleure said. But, Dornbos is the workhouse of the staff, and she is in the circle for the bulk of the team’s innings. So, her relationship with DeLamielleure is vital to her success. And, with the success she has had, it’s obvious the relationship is in a good place.


Meet the California Golden Bears By Kristopher Lodes Managing Editor

The Central Michigan softball team will start the NCAA Softball Regional in Ann Arbor at 4:30 p.m. Friday against California. While Michigan’s Alumni Field is no mystery to the Chippewas, the Golden Bears are. The first thing to know about Cal is its pitching staff. The Golden Bears are equipped with All-American senior pitcher Jolene Henderson, who is 30-9 this season with a 1.23 ERA and is up for the National Player of the Year award. On April 21, Henderson suffered a leg injury, and the team then lost ninestraight before Henderson threw a complete game to end the regular season on Saturday. After Henderson, the pitching staff is 6-8 with a 6.46 ERA. But, Henderson does seem to be back to full-strength. At the plate this year, Cal, which finished fifth in the Pac-12, struggled. The team

combined for a .267 batting average, which was worst in the conference. The team is led by freshman Khala Taylor, who leads off with an average of .342 and is a threat once she is on base, with 13 stolen bases in 16 attempts. Sophomores Cheyenne Cordes (.327) and Danielle Henderson (.287) round out the top three in batting average on the team, and they supply some power with nine home runs a piece. The Golden Bears do supply their fair share of power. They rank fifth in the Pac-12 in home runs with 59, led by senior Lindsey Ziegenhirt, who has 16 homers, and junior Victoria Jones with 10. A NCAA | 5

Softball wins MAC championship in 11-inning battle with NIU By Taylor DesOrmeau Staff Reporter

Sophomore Trista Cox was the hero for the Central Michigan softball team Sunday after she hit a two-run home run to propel CMU to a Mid-American Conference championship against Northern Illinois. “It’s indescribable; it’s a great feeling,” Cox said. “At the same time, (we have to) just remember to stay humble and know that we have work to do ... to prepare for the postseason.” Cox only had one RBI in the MAC tournament coming into Saturday’s game, but she was one of four Chippewas to hit above .350 during the tournament. “There’s so much intensity. We just feed off each other,” Cox said. “We want to do the best that we can for the rest of the team.” The win was also head coach Margo Jonker’s 1,100th victory. “Trista came up big,” Jonker said. “(She) hit it far enough that no one could catch it.” The Chippewas thought they had a walk-off home run

in the bottom of the ninth when freshman Katelyn Rentschler hit a ball all the way to the fence, but NIU got the out. Senior Kara Dornbos pitched all four games of the tournament for CMU and allowed her first run Saturday when junior Ashley Kopp hit a home run in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 1-1. “Kara did a great job in the circle. Giving up one run in three games is pretty amazing,” Jonker said. “I thought that they were starting to get on her, so we put (Chelsea) Sundberg in at that point in time.” Dornbos had pitched every inning of the tournament until she was taken out in the sixth inning Saturday. Dornbos ended the tournament 3-0 with a 0.29 ERA and three complete games, which was enough for her to be awarded the tournament MVP. “Our whole team should have got (the MVP) because I had success off defense and Cory did a great job behind the plate,” Dornbos said. “It wasn’t just me, it was everyone.” Senior Macy Merchant, junior Cory DeLamielleure and

sophomore CarolAnn Sexauer joined Dornbos on the 2013 MAC All-Tournament team. Sexauer led the team in batting average during the tournament at .429, while Merchant led the team with five runs. DeLamielleure caught all four games four the Chippewas and received constant praise from Jonker and Dornbos for her role in calling the pitches. DeLamielleure and junior pitcher Chelsea Sundberg had their work cut out for them in extra innings but didn’t give up a run after blowing the lead in the seventh. Even though Sundberg was one strike away from finishing off the game when senior Amanda Sheppard singled and junior Nicole Gremillion doubled to tie the game at 2-2, she pitched the final four innings without giving up a run. Sundberg earned the win, and sophomore Emily Norton took the loss. Both teams mirrored each other in the extra innings until Cox hit the game-winner. NIU had runners at first and third in the top of the eighth,


On April 19, sophomore infielder Trista Cox bats against Bowling Green at Margo Jonker Stadium. The sophomore hit a two-run home run in the MAC championship game to clinch the title, 4-2, in 11 innings.

but both runners were left stranded. It was a similar story for CMU that inning, as two runners were also left on first and third. Neither team got on base in the ninth.

The Huskies had a leadoff single to start the tenth but couldn’t advance the runner from there. Senior Summer Knoop hit a leadoff double in the bottom half of the inning,

but couldn’t score. CMU will play California in Ann Arbor on Friday at 4:30.

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By Joe Judd Staff Reporter

The Central Michigan track and field teams traveled to the University of Akron for the 2013 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championship last weekend, where the men and women finished sixth and eighth, respectively. Events took place Thursday through Saturday evening, and it saw CMU produce a number of quality performances in both the men’s and women’s competitions. Junior Parker Scott emerged as CMU’s only MAC champion after finishing first in the men’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.77, beating his previous personal best of 52.17. This came after he had been trailing two opponents for a majority of the race before pulling ahead into first on the straightaway. “I didn’t think I was going to win right at the end,” Scott said. “I could see two guys ahead of me, but I wasn’t going to quit.” Scott said he was able to maintain his composure throughout the weekend. “A lot of people want to place well because it’s the last meet of the season,” Scott said. “Now that I’m not a freshman or sophomore anymore, it feels like a much bigger meet to me now.” Although Scott’s numbers were impressive, he was not the

As is often the case in softball, as Cal’s home run numbers have risen, so have their strikeout totals. The team struck out 274 times this season, more than any other team in the Pac-12. Despite those numbers, the Golden Bears are in the tournament as an at-large bid for a reason. The Pac-12 is one of the toughest conferences in the nation, with eight of its nine teams in the tournament and three of those

On Jan. 11, Fenton junior Parker Scott leaps over the final hurdle during the men’s 60 meter hurdles preliminaries during the CMU Open at the Jack Skoog Indoor Track. Scott qualified for the finals and finished second with a time of 8.36 seconds.

“We had our ups and downs, but it was good see everybody out there cheering for and supporting each other,” said Scott. The CMU women put up a number of impressive performances over the weekend, as well. Senior Maddie Ribant had a time of 17:03.63 and finished in seventh place in the women’s 5,000-meter race, her final MAC championship competition. Sophomore Bridget



only one over the weekend to give CMU a strong performance. Senior Renaldo Powell finished in second place in the men’s 110-meter hurdles en route to a career-best time of 14.06. Powell, along with junior Clay Holman, sophomore Curtis Mitchell and freshman Dee Smith, made up the men’s 4x100 relay team. They finished fourth in the race with a seasonbest time of 41.10.

teams ranked in the top-16 and hosting its respective regional. In the non-conference season, Cal went an impressive 24-3 under 26-year head coach Diane Ninemire, who is 1,153532 all-time. She has led her team to 12 women’s College World Series trips, three title game appearances, and a national championship in 2002.


Doughty earned a fifth place finish with a time of 1:00.72 in the 400-meter hurdles, and junior Samantha Stein achieved a mark of 5-05 in the high jump competition. CMU produced one firstplace finish, along with two second-place finishes and five third-place finishes at the meet.

“Our battery does a great job,” head coach Margo Jonker said. “Cory is a great catcher. She is mentally outstanding, she runs the team from behind the plate, she calls the pitches, and Dornbos either agrees or shakes her off, but most of the time agrees. The two of them work extremely well together, and it’s one of

the reasons for our success this year.” The two will be looking for that success to continue this weekend as they are set to face California at 4:30 p.m. Friday in Ann Arbor for the first game of NCAA softball regionals.


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