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Procedures limit alcohol amount, sound systems Increased safety one of the reasons for additions to policy By Lindsay Knake Metro Editor

New tailgating procedures at Central Michigan University will include a limit of six beers or one plastic pint of alcohol per person and a ban on external speaker systems. A committee made up of students, administrators, faculty and police performed a comprehensive review of the entire process, adjusted tailgating procedures and defined current poli-

cies through the spring and summer, said Senior Associate Athletic Director Derek van der Merwe. In July, Director of Public Relations Steve Smith said the limitations on alcohol would be difficult to enforce. Athletics Director Dave Heeke said security will be looking at what people bring into the lot. “We hope students will be responsible,” Heeke said. The student tailgating lot, 63, has more than doubled in space and vehicles will be broken up and dispersed throughout. To increase safety, cement barriers will maintain an emergency lane at all times. A rules | 5A

Main Street may be scene for those displeased with procedures

Tailgating procedures w Limit of six beers or one pint of alcohol per person. w No external sound systems. w Parking passes required. w Countdown clock and siren to announce kick off.

By Connor Sheridan Staff Reporter

Tailgating outside Kelly/Shorts Stadium is becoming a more regulated affair, and some participants are objecting. One student is organizing a movement to gather Greeks and other students to move the tailgating to Main Street. Warren senior Joshua Thomas of Alpha Kappa Psi believes the policy changes are unnecessary. He said it feels like the university is

confining what students can do, and that tailgating is a tradition it should not tamper with. “We would probably still tailgate because it’s a tradition, but we’d expand around (as well),” Thomas said. Mount Pleasant sophomore Tay Jackson’s efforts can be found on the Facebook group, “Student Tailgating on Main St.” The new tailgating policy includes a limit of six alcoholic beverages or one pint of alcoholic beverage per person. Sound systems beyond stock car radios are no not permitted. The group currently has more than 400 members.

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Parking snafu angers residents

in their time of need

Washington Apt. tenants lost spots amid redesign By Joe Martinez Staff Reporter

Mount Pleasant resident Corey Snow works on a new Habitat for Humanity house in Rosebush. The house is being built for Jason and Amanda Baird and will be completed in November.

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Community comes together to help Rosebush family with home “The Habitat requires anyone in the family that is 18 years or older to put in 250 equity hours on the building of the house,” Clark said. “Jason was naturally distraught because he wouldn’t be able to put his 250 hours in, and was worried his family would lose the house.” But Jason Baird is part of the armed forces and

By Chelsea White | Staff Reporter

ROSEBUSH — The Mount Pleasant and Central Michigan University communities are coming together to help a local soldier’s family. Volunteers are teaming with the local Habitat for Humanity to build a house for Jason and Amanda Baird on Monroe Street in Rosebush and make up volunteer hours the family cannot maintain.

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Calumet reassigned In response to the complaints, Calumet Court was reassigned to the Washington Apartments, according to an email obtained by Central Michigan Life from Parking Services Office Manager Kim Roshak. But while Calumet Court was reassigned, the signs on the lot were not immediately changed, so faculty contin-

Other issues But the lack of ticketing illegal parkers is another problem for Hawks. “I paid $150 to park my car at Washington Court for a year, and there are often not enough spaces available,” she said. “I risk being ticketed in non-approved parking areas on a daily basis simply because the campus police are not actively enforcing the parking rules. “These lazy students disobeying the rules and parking illegally should be charged more than $20 for breaking these rules.” Schmidt said CMU Police has been reluctant to ticket those without the proper permits for Washington Court spaces because of the change in the Calumet Court lot and also because of the influx of residents moving in over the past few weeks. “I am very concerned that not everyone is skilled in backing their automobiles and I fear that my car is going to be hit,” Hawks said.

Bud Light “Fan Cans” leave bad taste in some mouths U-M threatened lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch

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was deployed to Iraq, said Office Manager of Habitat Edwina Clark. And Amanda Baird has been putting her time in with the house, but finds it hard with two kids, said site supervisor Jamie Smith. There have been about 45 to 50 people out to

Several Washington Court Apartments residents are unhappy with the revamped parking situation between Ojibway and Ottawa courts. Arkansas graduate student Erin Hawks is one of them. “It is completely nonsensical,” she said. Problems arrived when the complex’s residents began moving in after the courts were redesigned this summer. It became apparent there were not enough spaces for the 64 residents. Joan Schmidt, associate director of Residence Life, said the problem occurred when Calumet Court was reassigned as a faculty and staff parking lot. “We called parking services immediately when it became evident that there were not enough spaces available,” Schmidt said. “We need adequate parking available.”

ued to park in the lot. “Currently, the sign is not up, but Facilities Management has put a rush on the order for the sign and it should be up by no later than (today),” said CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley. “We hope to have lot 56 open for faculty to park in no later than three weeks, and that should resolve all parking issues at Washington Court Apartments.”

Notice something different on your can of Bud Light? Anheuser-Busch recently began a “Fan Can” promotion, distributing limitededition Bud Light beer cans patterned after different universities’ colors.

Included in this are cans available in the area surrounding Central Michigan University patterned in maroon and gold — sort of. “Those are national-level colors — those are not our colors,” said Athletics Director Dave Heeke. “They can be used for many universities that have red and yellow colors throughout the country.” Madison Heights sophomore Nicki Rowlett said although the cans are a novel idea, associating the university with drinking may not be

entirely responsible. “I saw them on Welcome Weekend,” Rowlett said. “It’s cool that they have Central pride, but I don’t know if it’s the best thing to do with beer.” CMU: No problems here Heeke said the university worked with the Licensing Resource Group, the company that handles CMU’s licensing, to assure the campaign complied with university policy. A cans | 5a

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w Comedian Bo Burnham will perform at 8 p.m. in Finch Filedhouse.


w The CMU Gus Macker Festival, a three on three basketball tournament and festival, takes place from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the Indoor Athletic Complex. w A Combat Workshop is at 1 p.m. at the Broadway Theatre, 216 E. Broadway St. as part of the Summer Workshop Series. Cost is $8. w The Manthletes and Quietdrive will perform a free concert as part of the Gus Macker Festival at 7 p.m. at the Kelly/Shorts Stadium. w A free screening of the movie “Star Trek” will play at 9:30 p.m. in Pearce Hall Room 128. The location may be subject to change. For more information contact program board at


w “Summer Dance Party 2009,” featuring Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, takes place at 7 p.m. at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd. w The CMU Gus Macker Festival, a three-on-three basketball tournament and festival, continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Indoor Athletic Complex. w The Student Michigan Education Association, a preservice teaching group, will hold a general meeting at 8 p.m. in Pearce Hall Room 128.

Clarification Not all of the approximately 100 bikes impounded over the summer will be auctioned off at today’s Sales Surplus. An Aug. 26 story on page 1A of Central Michigan Life did not make that distinction clear.


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Campus Conservatives owes more than $900 Group says it will only pay a portion By Brad Canze Senior Reporter

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story clarifies incorrect information in an article published Aug. 26. Central Michigan University claims Campus Conservatives owes $911.50 for services during the Oct. 14 speech by David Horowitz at Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. The group was informed their registered student organization status was revoked due to the outstanding charges in an e-mail from Assistant Director of Student Life Tom Idema. A copy of the e-mail obtained by Central Michigan Life was dated Aug. 19, although Campus Conservatives president Bryant Greiner, a Hart junior, said he did not receive the e-mail until Aug. 21. Not included in the bill were charges for uniformed police security, the group’s main point of contention. Greiner and Topinabee senior Dennis Lennox II, an alumni adviser, said they did not authorize the security. “The original invoice for service rendered to Campus Conservatives was for $1,100.34,” said Steve Smith, director of public relations. “There was some dispute about who requested the increased police security, whether it was Horowitz’s people or the Campus Conservatives. After it went back and forth, the university decided to drop the charge.” The security fee of $175.84 was absorbed by the CMU Police Department, Smith said. Also dropped were charges for a stool and two tables that were not used. According to the university billing invoice for the event, payment by Campus

Conservatives is overdue for technical labor, usher labor, sound and lighting rental, podium rental and custodial services. “They have received an invoice from the university at least twice that specifically outlines each of these charges,” Smith said. “In addition to that, they received two warnings back in May that a failure to pay their bill would result in loss of privileges.” Smith said sending multiple invoices and warnings before revoking a group’s RSO status is standard protocol. Although Campus Conservatives requested a formal hearing, Smith said such a procedure would not be considered for a situation of nonpayment. “It was stated very clearly in there that if they failed to pay the bill, their RSO status would be in jeopardy,” Smith said. “We’ve worked with them every step of the way. They didn’t want to pay the police charges, and the police station absorbed those charges. We’re not even charging them late fees.” In a statement sent Wednesday to Central Michigan Life, Campus Conservatives claimed it informed the university it would pay $857.50 for the services rendered at the event, but would not pay for services the group did not authorize. The statement claimed the unauthorized services included the police security, one usher, a compact disc player, a liquid crystal display projector and screen, a throw rug, three microphones, a stool, folding table and videotaping of Horowitz’s speech. Smith said trained ushers are necessary for safety reasons at all events in Plachta Auditorium, but their presence was reduced after hearing the grievances of the Campus Conservatives.


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Mount Pleasant residents Sean Anthony, left, and Andy Maness volunteer on a new Habitat for Humanity House in Rosebush. Friends since high school, Maness and Anthony graduated with their bachelors degrees in May from Central Michigan University and the University of Michigan, respectively.

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house is going smoothly and is right on schedule,” Smith said. Volunteer work includes help from the Michigan Works Association, a member of the American Legion, two construction contractors, a few Central Michigan student groups and Richard Clark, the construction chairman for the Habitat, Smith said. “My job is to guide and instruct all of the volunteers on the site,” Smith said. “It hasn’t been a difficult process to find volunteers for this project.” The Habitat gets its funding for equipment and materials from donations they

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volunteer with more to come, Smith said. The Baird family waited more than a year to get a house. “The Habitat felt Jason was definitely putting his hours in by serving our country,” Clark said. “We’ve been trying to recruit other local military veterans to volunteer to help build the house in honor of Jason’s departure.” Construction began in late July and is expected to complete in November. “So far, progress on the

received throughout the years, Clark said. “We have been a small local affiliate for 20 years, so we’ve gotten many donations through fundraising,” she said. Michigan Works also is helping with the Rosebush house project. “Through state stimulus money, Michigan Works hired 18 to 24 men to help work on the house,” Smith said. The Habitat for Humanity chapter at CMU helped a great deal with the Rosebush project, and plans to continue, Smith said.



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Grawn, Woldt computer labs trimming hours Budget deficit cited as reason By Joe Borlik Senior Reporter

Central Michigan University students who stay up all night in the computer labs may be in for a surprise this year. The university’s two major computer labs, in Woldt and Grawn halls, are trimming hours this semester. Grawn Hall’s computer lab,

previously open 24 hours with the exception of some weekend hours, will now be open 6 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and until 5 p.m. Friday. On weekends, it is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to midnight Sunday. Woldt’s lab will remain open 24 hours a day Monday through Thursday, but will close at 5 p.m. Fridays and will have the same weekend hours as Grawn Hall’s computer lab. The new lab hours resulted

from a unanimous decision by the Office of Information Technology, the College of Business Administration and the College of Science and Technology over the summer to save the university money. “The hours are being reduced because we don’t have the money to keep them open,” said Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Roger Rehm. “The changes had to be done. We’re running deficits.”

Future of radio not much different Online stations not a threat The shop serves a diverse clientele composed of longtime Mount Pleasant residents, as well as many students.

By Joe Borlik Senior Reporter

Rehm said the university budgets around $350,000 a year on the public labs and, within the past couple years, the labs have exceeded that cost by about $100,000. Cutting Grawn Hall’s lab hours will save approximately $22,000 a year and, to further save money, Rehm said the labs will be closed during weeks where school is not in session and some staffing levels have been reduced.

New lab hours Grawn computer lab hours w 6 a.m. to midnight Monday-Thursday w 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday w 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday w 2 p.m. to midnight Sunday

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24 hours Monday-Thursday 12 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday 2 p.m. to midnight Sunday

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Technology is driving the music industry — people can stream music from a Web site or listen to any song at any time of day. So what does this mean for traditional radio stations? Broadcasting and cinematic arts instructor Jeff Smith said the future of radio will not be much different than it is today. Smith, who has extensive radio experience at commercial and non-commercial stations, is a huge fan of sites such as, which allow listeners access to free Internet radio and does not see this as a threat to radio stations. “Technology is good for music,” he said. “What’s good for music should be good for radio.” Part of the reason radio will not change too drastically, Smith said, is because radio stations offer local information, including weather and news. “There will always be a market for radio, especially in cars,” he said. “You can’t get local information from Pandora.”

Artists need record companies Heather Polinsky, broadcast and cinematic arts assistant professor, said although streaming music and personalized radio sites could be the future of radio, there are some things which will stay the same. One thing that will stay consistent is artists will always need record companies. “You need to have somebody with a good marketing arm to get your name out,” she said. Polinsky said radio stations will need to focus more on personality and incorporating things such as interviews with the artists for its listeners, rather than offering strictly music like Pandora does. “Radio can’t just be a music service,” she said. “They need to focus on more than just the music.” Pandora, founded in 2000, also allows artists to upload and distribute their music. Their music can be recommended to people based on musical preference, regardless of whether the artist is signed to a major label. A radio | 5a

By Sarah Schuch University Editor

Shake up a hat and pull out a name. Things are transitioning quickly at Central Michigan University with at least 15 administrative positions searching for new leadership in an array of jumbled switches. The most recent is Dan Vetter appointed as interim dean

Bo Burnham show moves to Finch

Comedian Bo Burnham will perform Friday, but not at Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. Burnham will be performing in front of more people at Finch Fieldhouse at Central Michigan University because the original show, scheduled to Plachta Auditorium, sold out. Coordinator of Student Activities Damon Brown said the decision was made after they felt more people wanted to come to the free show. For a full story on the move, see cm-life. com.

Gus Macker Festival tournament

The Gus Macker Festival offers a variety of events for the whole family this weekend. The tournament will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the Indoor Athletic Complex. Events are planned for the entire weekend, including Taste of Mount Pleasant today, music acts and entertainment tonight, canoe races in Rose Pond throughout the tournament, inflatables for kids, corn hole tournament, three-point and dunk contest, a concert Saturday and movies on the stadium board Saturday. For more information, visit A free concert will take place 7 to 9 p.m. at Kelly/ Shorts Stadium. The Manthletes & Quietdrive will be performing.

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Brian Wood, owner and barber of Woody’s Barber Shop 616 N. Mission St., cuts Canadian Lakes resident Ralph Magid’s hair Thursday morning in the business. Wood, the owner and operator of the business, has cut hair at Woody’s for five years and has owned the business for three years. photos by chris bacarella/ staff photographer

Hometown barber shop attracts locals, students By Connor Sheridan Staff Reporter

with the original owners,” Wood said.

Bryan Wood, owner of Woody’s Barber Shop, 616 N. Mission St., may not have been a part of the family that built it. But that does not mean Woody’s lost its local focus. “It’s one of the longestrunning businesses (in Mount Pleasant),” Wood said. Wood purchased the business after working there for two years. The barber shop originally opened as Graham’s Barber Shop in 1950, until the owner’s son-in-law took over and it became Swieczer’s Barber Shop. It did not leave the original family’s possessions until Wood purchased it in 2005. However, Wood still keeps close ties with the original owners and it remains a “family business.” “I have a close relationship

Still cutting Like many businesses, Woody’s felt some of the pressure of recent economic troubles, but not enough to discourage Wood. “They might go a little longer between (hair) cuts, but they still get it cut,” Wood said. He said an average of 40 or so customers come in for a trim and some conversation each day. The shop serves a diverse clientele composed of longtime Mount Pleasant residents, as well as many students. “We do a lot of ROTC. They get cleaned up at least once a month for drills,” Wood said. Wood said there is a considerable difference between a salon and a barber. Where salons mostly focus on longer styles for women, barbers are trained to give a closer

Woody’s Barber Shop, located at 616 N. Mission St., has been in the same location for more than 40 years.

cropped hair cut for men done to work with the specific customer’s hair. The most popular hair cuts move in trends, like any other fashion. “A lot of college students get fades, and a lot of older customers get a regular men’s

cut,” Wood said. Carla McDaid, a barber at Woody’s, enjoys her employment at the small-town staple. “I’ve been here two and a half years ... it’s great,” McDaid said.

CMU administration in a game of musical chairs Director: Movement ‘typical’ when a president leaves

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of College of Business Administration, effective Monday from his position as senior associate dean of CBA. Claudia Douglass became interim vice provost for academic affairs Aug. 10. And Douglass’ former position of associate dean of the College of Science and Technology is still without an interim. Although there are a lot of positions left without permanent replacements, Cali Clark, director of employment and compensation, said the movement is not necessarily unexpected.

“This is more than normal, but that’s typical when a president leaves,” she said. Interim provost Gary Shapiro said the larger number of interims will not affect how the university operates. The focus of the university seldom changes, he said. This being Shapiro’s second stint as interim Provost, he believes CMU can move forward. “We’re fortunate that we’ve been able to have people with administrative experience step into these positions,” he said.

Employment carousel Recent administration changes: w Edward Tolcher as interim vice president of Development and Alumni Relations w Christopher Ingersoll as dean of the College of Health Professions w Raymond Francis as interim associate dean of Education and Human Services w Cam Enarson as interim dean of the CMU medical school w Ian Davison temporarily heading the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs w Richard Cochran as associate dean of Libraries w Tom Trionfi as director of Health Services w Tim Boudreau as interim chairman of the Journalism Department w Toby Roth as interim director of Government Relations

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University Recreation’s deadline for swim sessions is Sept. 4. URec currently offers group swimming instruction, as well as one-on-one private lessons for all ages, ranging from 6 months to adults. Swim lessons are held in the Rose Arena pool, and taught by American Red Cross certified water safety instructors. For more information and course descriptions, visit

Free showing of Star Trek

CMU’s Program board will host a showing of the 2009 science fiction film Star Trek at 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Pearce Hall Room 128. The film is free to all CMU students.

Art exhibit still open

Students who want to ‘unleash their inner child’ have a good place to start on campus. Central Michigan University’s Multicultural Education Center is displaying artwork created by children between ages 2 and 5 who attend CMU’s Child Development and Learning Lab. The display is open until Sept. 14, and will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The display, on the lower level of the Bovee University Center, features a variety of pictures and clay sculptures crafted by children based on their general interests at the time of creation. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Bellows Street stabbing hearing adjourned

The preliminary hearing for the 23-year-old Mount Pleasant woman faced with four counts of assault was adjourned Thursday and will be moved to a later date. Sarah Snyder faces charges of such as intent to murder as the result of a stabbing in July. Other charges include assault to do great bodily harm less than murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault with intent to maim. If convicted she could face life in prison. The 17-year-old victim was taken to Central Michigan Community Hospital and treated for non-fatal injuries.

Fire drill today for Moore Hall

A mandatory fire drill will take place at 2:45 p.m. today in Moore Hall. Students and faculty are required to leave the building when the alarm goes off.

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EDITORIAL | The Speaker Series returns to ignite imaginations - but it should move

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he Speaker Series, after a one-year hiatus, is coming back with a bang. Robert Kennedy Jr. will speak Nov. 19 in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium about energy reform and the environment. For students, this marks the return of speakers that can be inspirational and full of experiences worth sharing. The Speaker Series has brought many memorable figures to Central Michigan University from a multitude of backgrounds. Writer Salman Rushdie came last fall and spoke of the fatwa placed on him by Islamic leaders. Retired Gen. Wesley Clark spoke in 2007 of his

military experience. With the recent death of uncle Edward Kennedy, Robert Kennedy Jr. is now left to be head of the family dynasty. His work on the environment and his push for energy reform sets him aside from other Kennedys, a family deeply rooted in


American politics. Kennedy is a great speaker to bring to CMU. As the school is attempting to reduce carbon emissions and create more ‘green’ buildings on campus, Kennedy can offer a lot of insight on what steps CMU should take. At the very least, he will inspire some students to change the world around them. His topic of the environment and new sources of energy may be one of the most prevalent issues our generation will have to face. President Barack Obama has said renewable energy is one of his to priorities; Kennedy will give students an insight on what they should expect in the near future. Although the Speaker Series did well in securing Kennedy, Plachta Auditorium, at 1,200 seats, is not the venue of choice for his speech. It does not have adequate seating for a large audience. Many people are expected to attend this event

and inadequate seating could sour the speech for students. When Demetri Martin came to CMU last spring, Rose Arena provided more than enough seating and could be heard clearly by the students. The screens behind Martin also allowed students to see him from every angle no matter where they were seated. Rose Arena was provided for an entertainer; Kennedy is a speaker with an important message, and deserves the same platform Martin had. Hopefully the Speaker Series will move Kennedy and give him the space he needs. CMU is doing a good service for students by continuing the Speaker Series. The series brought distinguished individuals to campus and is continuing this tradition by hosting Kennedy. Students are encouraged to attend Nov. 19 and listen to his ideas.


Retrofitted FieldTurf should be last of Central’s priorities As Central Michigan University is facing a tighter budget with each academic year, it is disheartening when students hear a significant amount of money is being spent on something that can wait. The new FieldTurf for the Indoor Athletic Complex is going to cost CMU $400,000 to $500,000 — an eyesore when administration is saying money is drying up. The turf should wait, and that sum of money should be invested on other needy areas. The FieldTurf that will outfit the Indoor Athletics Complex is the same turf used in Kelly/Shorts Stadium. It cuts down on abrasions and injuries to athletes and will provide a safer environment during practices. To quote Athletics Director Dave Heeke, the FieldTurf is something “many schools do not have.” But the FieldTurf, while nice, is not a need. Students continue to face rising tuition, wondering how they will pay for their classes. State appropriations have been on a steady downward spiral. Nearly half a million dollars to retrofit an area for athletes to practice is absurd amid such financial turmoil. The need to redesign the Indoor Athletic Complex may be undeniable. Injuries to our athletes during their practices should be minimized as much as possible. But the need to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars is an exaggeration the school cannot afford right now. CMU has a variety of challenges to face and many priorities to maintain. Upgrading the Indoor Athletic Complex is not the top priority. If it is in desperate need of new equipment, the athletics department should look for cheaper alternatives. Other material may not be as preferable as FieldTurf, but choosing a cheaper, more affordable turf will show the athletics department has a certain amount of humility. The best is always wanted for the school, but only when it is plausible. The FieldTurf is far from plausible. It simply adds another strain to the burdening CMU budget — a strain the Athletic Department could, and should, refrain from.


Weapons on campus can save lives Senate bill 747 is for safety Senate Bill 747 – the one that will remove college campuses from the list of prohibited locations for certified concealed weapon holders – has generated quite the stir. Unfortunately, this stir is generated due to a multitude irrational or illogical preconceptions. I’ll start by examining one of the most common reasons students don’t like concealed firearms in class: The presence of a firearm makes them feel uncomfortable or unsafe. It’s called hoplophobia – the irrational fear of firearms. Guess what kids, firearms don’t just discharge on their own. It’s an inanimate object like a baseball bat, pencil or bottle of beer. Someone actually has to operate the thing to make it go bang. If we are going to use the argument, I could just as easily say I don’t feel safe

Jason Gillman Jr. Columnist with people who can bench 2-3 times my body weight being on campus. After all, it wouldn’t take much for them to wreck me, now would it? Sounds silly, doesn’t it? Yeah, well, it sounds silly when people get concerned just because a firearm might be holstered in close proximity. Here’s another thing to think about: If someone is actually concealing their firearm, couldn’t they just as easily bring it on to campus even if it wasn’t legal? Of course this leads us into another common, emotionally based argument. More guns in public creates more fear.

It does? Last I checked, the possession of a firearm doesn’t make one anymore prone to go berserk. If someone is going to go crazy, what prevents them from say using a pen or pencil? Maybe throwing someone into a running band saw in a machining class? In fact, if someone wants to go on a rampage in the first place, how is precluding those with CCW permits from carrying on campus going to stop them? Oh, wait, it’s not. Then there is the argument that more guns don’t reduce crime. That myth was dispelled in 2001 when Michigan went to a “shall-issue” system ( It also was dispelled on a national level in the FBI’s 1992 Uniform Crime Reports: “Violent crime rates are highest overall in states with laws limiting or prohibiting the carrying of concealed firearms for self-defense.” I’ll feel safer if Senate Bill 474 is passed, knowing there may be someone armed around me.

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Remembering a Kennedy Senator’s legacy will live on Edward Moore Kennedy. A name that will no doubt go down in the history books as one of the most influential politicians in American history. Sadly, Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) lost his battle against brain cancer late Tuesday at the age of 77. And while I certainly disagreed with Senator Kennedy on most of his political stances, it would be a disgrace for me to not recognize the great things he did for this country. He loved America. You could see that every time he stood up to say something in the Senate. He wanted to create a better country for everybody, and I think that’s the reason he stayed in the Senate through his poor health. He wasn’t done serving his country. At 19, he enlisted in the Army for two years, serving in the honor guard in Europe. When he returned home, he went on to get his law degree, and it was after this he began to get involved in politics. As a senator, Kennedy quickly made a name for himself, championing immigration reform and civil rights. He was a leader in passing the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. He fought hard, though unsuccessfully, to ban poll taxes, a major reason African American voters were being denied the right to vote in some Southern states. One of Senator Kennedy’s most passionate areas of legislation was the area of health care. He championed several major health care bills throughout his career in the Senate and, while this was an area where I often disagreed with him, it also was an area where he did a lot of good for America. Specifically admirable was his work on the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), a program that offered uninsured children a means of health care coverage. No child in America should go without health care coverage. This is something almost all Americans would agree with, and Senator Kennedy’s work on SCHIP was one of the most admirable things he did in his career. But it wasn’t the policies of Ted Kennedy that made me admire him. It was his personality. It was the way he got passionate and fiery about issues that he cared about. It was his desire to serve his country. When he announced he would not seek the presidency in 1988, he made this desire distinctly clear: “I know this decision means I may never be president. But the pursuit of the presidency is not my life. Public service is.” It’s that attitude that made Senator Kennedy a great man. Senator Kennedy, you will be deeply missed. You were a great speaker, a great senator, and a truly great American.

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“The injury rate increased last year, which demanded emergency response,” Heeke said. In order to enter lot 63, vehicles must have parking passes, which can be purchased at the Athletic Ticket Office for $6 prior to game day and $10 on game day. Heeke said there are between 350 and 400 passes available. “We encourage students to buy them in advance,” he said. Entry points look significantly different and tailgating will have a larger presence of security personnel; state, county sheriff, city and campus police for crowd control, Heeke said. Vehicles will enter and exit at two points in the lot, and students walking to tailgate will have to pass through five to six pedestrian checkpoints.

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“There was concern from the university, and any time someone infers an association with the university ... they have to be licensed,” Heeke said. “They are not allowed to use any marks or concepts that would tie the university to the campaign.” John Bicknell, vice president of sales for the Anheuser-Busch division of Fabiano Brothers, the local distributor of Bud Light, said Fabiano has no intentions of associating the university with the campaign. “It’s important to know that we have no intentions of tying this in to Central Michigan Uni-

[News] Security at the entrance checkpoints will look and see what students and vehicles are carrying into the lot, said CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley. Vehicles must remain in the lot until the start of the third quarter to halt a continual flow in and out of the lot. Heeke said there also will be a quicker push to get students out of the lot once the games begin. Student Responsibility In enforcing the new procedures, Yeagley hopes students will understand what is expected of them. “Part of our plan is making sure everyone knows the rules before they get there,” he said. If police see violations, people are subject to being asked to leave, he said. “Our hope is that people make good decisions. I don’t anticipate in any way these rules making more problems,” Yeagley said. versity in any way,” Bicknell said. “There will be no correlation between these cans and Central Michigan University and any of our signage in any way.” Bicknell said this is not the first time Fabiano has carried university-colored beer cans. “We’ve had green and white cans, for example, for St. Patrick’s Day,” Bicknell said. “They’ve had black and orange for Halloween. They change graphics, and do these promotions quite often.” Bicknell said the cans are being distributed in very limited quantities, and will be on the market for approximately one month. ‘No Way’s and Blue Although CMU and Michigan State University are not protesting the “Fan Cans,” the University of Michigan was not so willing

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But some positions are being passed around. The College of Communication and Fine Arts has been playing musical chairs with the administration when a national search brought Salma Ghanem to CMU as dean of the college. Diane Krider, who moved up to interim

dean from associate dean of CCFA, did not go back to her former position, as she began a transitional leave of absence on Aug. 1, according to a document from Steve Smith, director of public relations. Al Wildey, interim associate dean of CCFA, now will remain in that position instead of returning to his previous title as

In addition to heightened security, Heeke said the committee looked at ways to maintain and improve the game day environment. In tents spread throughout the lot, there will be four food vendors stationed throughout lot 63 at CMU’s first home football game Sept. 19 against Alcorn State, including ARAMARK and three local vendors. There also will be a countdown clock to kickoff and a siren to signal the start of the game. “We didn’t want to lose the atmosphere,” Heeke said. “We have one of the best game day atmospheres in the (MidAmerican Conference).” Increased family parking will be available in lots 73, 72, 71, 70 and 61, van der Merwe said. Student overflow will be in lot 59 near Broomfield Road.

to play ball with the promotion. “We learned about the campaign that Anheuser-Busch was going to have and, when we learned about it, we objected to the use of University of Michigan colors on their cans,” said University of Michigan Public Affairs Director Kelly Cunningham. Heeke said he has no knowledge of any resistence at CMU. “I’m not aware of any legal concerns or maneuvers,” Heeke said. “I’m just aware that we are very protective of our marks and logos. All of us are concerned with alcohol consumption and how it is presented to young people making decisions, and that’s something we take very seriously.”

chairman of the Art Department, causing Larry Burditt, graphic design professor, to be appointed interim chairman. Although Shapiro was surprised by some the positions left open, he said he feels the university cannot lose sight of what is really important — helping students learn. “Fate sometimes gives us surprises,” he said.

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A bad bi ll? This spreading of music does pose problems, however. Web sites such as Pandora pay royalties to artists and many artists believe radio stations should do the same. This notion prompted a bill awaiting the House floor’s approval that could devastate the radio indus-

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With these changes, he said the university will save about $80,000 annually. Unhappy lab campers Sanford junior Casey Smith regularly works nights in Grawn Hall’s computer lab and said many students are unhappy about these changes. Smith said he had to tell about 20 people to leave at midnight Monday. He said during previous exam weeks, it is not un-

Central Michigan Life || Friday. Aug. 28, 2009 || 5A try, Smith said. The Performance Rights Act, a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, would require radio stations to pay an annual gross revenue for playing music and give the money to the artist and their label. Radio stations across the nation are not happy about the idea of having to pay a fee to play music. “If this bill passes, you can wave goodbye to radio, as we know it,” Smith said.

Smith doubts the bill will pass. He said radio is likely to stay the same and Internet radio will continue to allow artists get their voices heard. “More and more people are realizing they don’t need a music studio to distribute music, but it’s hard for them to get on the radio,” he said. “When was the last time you heard a new independent artist on a Clear Channel radio station?”

usual for there to be 30 students in the lab at 4 a.m. “A lot of students are used to coming into Grawn to do their homework,” he said. “You can’t even find a computer during exam week.” Marquette senior Danielle Rubis came into Grawn Hall at around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday. She was shocked to learn the lab would soon be closing. Rubis said she stays past midnight in Grawn Hall two or three times a week. “It’s very disappointing,” she said. “If it was open, I’d be in here until three in the morning.”

Rehm said the current lab hours are not permanent and may be subject to change. Within the next few weeks, Rehm said he hopes to establish an advisory committee of 12 to 18 students to discuss ways the university can provide students with the best service given the money available. He hopes to start meeting with students by late September to discuss possible alternatives. Students interested can contact Rehm at r

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Its description for “Student Tailgating on Main St.” narrates the group’s efforts as being focused toward trying to bring the pregame atmosphere back to the students. “My vision for the group is like how Michigan State does it — all apartments and student housing areas surrounding campus just grill out then move to the game.” Jackson said in an e-mail. Jackson said this is likely a better alternative to the practices followed before. “The old CMU system was obviously out of hand and I’m guessing was too much of a liability for the school. So why even still promote a tailgate when

students could spread it out around all the areas of housing and not concentrate a riot in one parking lot?” Jackson said. For some students, the changes do not seem to be all that restrictive.

“The only thing that seemed different to me was (that there can be) no external sound systems,” Port Huron junior and Alpha Phi Omega member Robert VanBuskirk said.

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City development

Economy putting plans for Preston, Mission on hold By Maryellen Tighe Staff Reporter

The corner of Preston and Mission streets will remain vacant while the owners determine the best use for the property. “We have some other things sort of on hold for that whole development,” said Jerome Fine, general counsel of Bobenal Investments, Inc. The former location of Pizza King, The Store and The Hip Hop Shop, 714 E. Preston St., was destroyed because of arson in September 2007. Since then, the property, owned by Bobenal Investments Inc. of East Lansing, has remained vacant and undeveloped. “Originally, coming out of the fire, we had discussed, designed and even obtained city approval for a multistory mixed use building,” Fine said. The business was set ablaze when former manager Evan Thomas Desjardins

“Originally, coming out of the fire, we had discussed, designed and even obtained city approval for a multi-story mixed use building.” Jerome Fine, Bobenal Investments, Inc. poured gasoline and set the business on fire Sept. 16, 2007. Desjardins was found guilty of setting fire to the business, as well as stealing $30,000 and was sent to prison in June 2008. Bobenal was planning on a building with retail on the first floor and residential on the second and third floors. This plan was sent back to the drawing board after the economic downturn, Fine said. “Another pizza shop would be really cool, a locallyowned pizza shop,” said Jeff Grasso, a Woodhaven junior. He felt something similar to Pizza King would be a good decision.

Many other students also felt another food shop would be the best choice for the corner. “Probably another food place, a non-chain though, something that is local,” said West Bloomfield junior Katie Roshirt. Chris Lozen has other ideas. “If you put a Sonic there, you would probably bank,” the Clinton Township junior said. Bobenal still thinks this is an excellent location, Fine said, and the company is just waiting for the economy to resolve itself for development.

Drop your classes by midnight Saturday to get a full refund By Joey Hamood Staff Reporter

Midnight Saturday is the deadline for students to drop a class for a full refund. The first week of classes is always an adjusting period but, for Central Michigan University students, the university provides assistance, such as academic advising on campus and programs online. Lynne L’Hommedieu, the academic adviser for the Towers Success Center, stayed busy throughout the first week of school, assisting students during walk-in appointments for academic advising, as about 400 came through the office. “Students drop courses in every subject,” L’Hommedieu said. “The biggest problem I see with schedules is students only having 10 minutes or so between classes.” In order to be successful during the beginning of a school year, students must

Walk-in hours All times are Monday through Friday. w Academic Advising in Warriner Hall Room 123: 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m. wTowers Success Center in Kesseler Hall Room 130: 9 a.m. to noon, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. w South Quad Success Center between Merrill and Sweeny Halls: 9 to 11 a.m., 1:30 to 4 p.m. w North Campus Success Center in the breezeway between Trout and Calkins Halls: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., 2 to 4 p.m.

learn to be flexible, which may include dropping classes that do not work for them or adding new ones. L’Hommedieu also said it is common for students to switch majors. Another reason to drop classes is instructor issues. Brian Garner, a Farmington Hills sophomore, followed his instincts last year and dropped a class because he disliked his professor. “I dropped my physics of

Bulletin: Boards will clear University looks to keep them clutter free By Jared Buchholz

Staff Reporter

Class Schedules

Changes in major, issues with class times top reasons

photos by Ashley Miller/photo editor

China freshmen Sookie Hu, left, and Frances Liang glance at the bulletin board Thursday afternoon while walking through Charles V. Park Library. The bulletin board will be cleaned on the first and 15th of each month because of overcrowding flyers.

sports class because of the teacher,” Garner said. “It didn’t seem like he knew the material at all.” There are often times where students do not need classes they are signed up for or they want to take a class which requires a prerequisite they have not yet fulfilled. Michelle Howard, Assistant Dean and Director of Academic Advising and Assistance, said a program called enforced prerequisites on the CMU Portal can help students during online registration. “There is an element in place to help monitor prerequisites,” Howard said. “For example, if a student wanted to take MTH 132 (Calculus I), the system checks if the student has taken the prerequisite, which is MTH 130 (Pre-Calculus Mathematics).” Other than issues with time, professors or requirements, students might drop out of a course because it is too overwhelming, she said. The deadline for dropping a class without a refund is Oct. 30.

Many buildings on campus are looking to clean the clutter on bulletin boards to keep them effective. The boards in Charles V. Park Library will be cleared on the first and 15th of every month. “The bulletin boards are meant to be an information source for the students but, when you have so many postings that it becomes difficult to get that information, something needs to be done,” said Laquodra Simmons, access services specialist for the Library’s Security and Circulation, responsible for removing all postings from the Charles V. Park Library’s boards.

Bulletin boards in the Bovee University Center will be cleared every Saturday, according to a nearby sign. In almost every building on campus, information posted on the boards has the potential to reach a large portion of the student population. These vital information sources have been a favorite for college students to get the word out about the promotion of private sales or campus organizations. Without the need for the technical knowledge required by online postings, nor the cost of a classified ad, many students see this as the way to get their particular memo out, said Diane Thomas, coordinator of Access Services. But the removal of information may cause concern for some students. “I see both sides of the issue,” said Marrin Phillips, an Ohio junior. “We need to make sure everyone gets

their use out of the boards, so taking the postings down makes sense. But, on the other hand, some postings shouldn’t be taken down. Flyers for events that haven’t happened yet should be allowed to stay up.” The drawback of these boards seems to be the availability of space. Though the boards vary in size, each posting takes up approximately one square foot. With so many students posting on the boards, the space quickly disappears and becomes cluttered, Simmons said. It is left to individual buildings to decide on their board policies, but most buildings have similar policies, Thomas said. The boards are open to public use. When a posting is taken down, there is nothing preventing the poster from reposting on the board, Simmons said.

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free greetings

DALMAC bike tour planting its kickstand next week at Rose By David Mrozinski Staff Reporter

Photos by chris bacarella/staff photographer

Bay City freshmen Taylor Schultz and Corinne Boyd sit for a caricature portrait Wednesday afternoon during Get Acquainted Day held in Warriner Mall. Corby Blem, senior specialist clerk of Student Employment Services at Central Michigan University, drew the caricature.

Students get acquainted Wednesday afternoon Food, RSO’s, boxing ring greet visitors

Meet and greet CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley also was on the scene with other fellow CMU police officers. Yeagley said the event was a great opportunity to get to know people on a first-name basis. “I’m really excited the students are back,” he said. ”We like people to know that we’re here, what we offer and that we’re willing to help.”

Chelsea Simons, Pleasant Lake sophomore Lake City, Boyne City and its final destination, Mackinaw City. A "nice place” to stop There are five routes a rider can choose from which range in mileage from 303 to 414 miles, one of those routes stopping on CMU’s campus, said Katie Donnelly, DALMAC media relations coordinator. “The bicyclists have been coming to CMU for many years. It’s been a nice place for the riders to stop and camp,” she said. The intention of the event is to encourage a bicycle friendly environment in Michigan and to show how bicycles and cars can maneuver state roads together. “There are many benefits to bicycling,” said Joe Roggenbuck, a Harbor Beach sophomore. “It provides some solutions to se-

rious problems in the world, health being one of the bigger ones.” Roggenbuck has participated in bicycle tours in the past, but is not riding in the DALMAC this year. This event was founded in 1971 by former State Sen. Dick Allen in hopes of providing healthy activity for people, according to DALMAC’s Web site. Each rider pays a fee depending on what route they take. The fee includes breakfast and dinner, camping, support vehicles, a car to haul their gear and map books, Donnelly said. Proceeds from this event go to The DALMAC Fund, which funds bicycle-related organizations, including Mount Pleasant-based Special Olympics Michigan, according to the Web site.

refinanced bonds

Union Township to save more than $900,000 through 2021

By Joe Borlik Senior Reporter

Warren senior Josh Thomas met so many people Wednesday, he lost count. “I’ve met a ton of people,” he said. “I think at least 30, but I’ve lost track.” Thomas was representing Alpha Kappa Psi on Wednesday at Central Michigan University’s 31st annual Get Acquainted Day. He was doing exactly what the event was intended to do – get acquainted with his fellow students. Sponsored by Minority Student Services as part of Welcome Week, the event featured more than 50 tables representing various registered student organizations and local businesses and organizations. The roughly 2,000 people at the event did not just stand around – students could enjoy a giant inflatable boxing ring, free food, hoops to shoot basketball, video games, dancing and a golf cage. Mount Pleasant junior Brittany Theisen got a tattoo of a butterfly on her shoulder at a temporary tattoo booth. “It looks great, from what I can see,” she said.

Chelsea Simons is participating in the Dick Allen Lansing to Mackinaw tour for the eighth year next week. The Pleasant Lake sophomore’s dad first introduced her to the bike tour and, now, she cannot get enough of it. “I like doing this bicycle tour because it promotes (events) being safer for the environment, as opposed to driving cars around all the time,” Simons said. “I feel that more students should get involved with this event.” Central Michigan University will host more than 500 bicyclists on Sept. 2 as part of the 39th annual DALMAC tour. Riders will depart Wednesday from Michigan State University and will arrive at Rose Arena later that day for their first overnight stop. More than 2,000 bicyclists are expected to take part in the event this year. Although one route brings riders through Mount Pleasant, Simons instead will take the journey on the four-day west route, which stops in Vestaburg,

“I like doing this bicycle tour because it promotes (events) being safer for the environment, as opposed to driving cars around all the time.”

Supervisor: It was like refinancing a mortgage Iota Phi Theta fraternity visited from Michigan State University to perform a stomp routine on stage for Get Acquainted Day on Wednesday afternoon in Warriner Mall.

Lester Booker Jr., interim assistant director for Minority Student Services, worked for most the summer putting the event together. “This is always a fun time and I was grateful we had a nice day,” Booker said. “It keeps getting bigger and bigger each year.” Kent Arnsbarger created a smooth and relaxing atmosphere by playing Caribbean Island music from Trinidad on his steel drums. Arnsbarger said he found

out about the event from his booking agent and did not know what the event was until he arrived. “This is a perfect beautiful day,” he said. “This is how college life is supposed to be. I miss it.” Detroit freshman Breanne Roseman crawled through a giant inflatable rat race. “It was intense,” she said. “I had to crawl through most of it but it was a lot of fun.”

By Todd Betzold Staff Reporter

Retiring old sewer bonds in Union Township will save the township money. The Charter Township of Union Board of Trustees approved the sale of the bonds at its meeting Wednesday. “We had seven bids and did very well,” said Public Works Coordinator Kim Smith. “This will save the township $937,813 over the life of the bonds.” Supervisor John Barker said the sale is like refinancing a mortgage. The township refinanced some

of its old debt at current interest rates. The savings will be seen over the life of the bonds, which run from 2010 to 2021. “We’re paying a lot less interest,” he said. The deal will be put in place Thursday, Barker said. “The county was great to work with. They pushed it right through,” Smith said. The Board unanimously approved the Bamber Road Park Street Light Agreement, which will bring three streetlights on Lincoln Road at the new Isabella County Department of Human Services building, 1475 S. Bamber Road. “It’s $100 per light, and the cost of the power to run it

will be added to the taxes on a yearly basis,” Smith said. The Board also approved the use of an attorney and appraiser in a property tax appeal filed against the township in the Michigan Tax Tribunal by GFII/Bluegrass. The fees will cost the township $9,000. “It’s in the best interest of the township to bring them back,” said Assessor Pat DePriest. The Board also approved the recommendation of appointing Jennifer Turner to the east Downtown Development Authority board. “I’m looking to get on board and stepping up to the plate and getting involved in local government,” Turner said.

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Sports Weekend Friday, Aug. 28, 2009 | Section B

Dave Jones Senior Reporter

Defense, anyone? CMU can change a woeful trend this year


photos by Neil Blake/Staff photographer

Head Coach Tom Anagnost starts his first full season as the head of the soccer program. The team includes 10 freshmen.

Youthful Influence Anagnost starts first full season as soccer coach with 10 freshmen By Matt Valinski | Staff Reporter


om Anagnost said he knew he would need more players if the soccer team was going to compete every year for a Mid-American Conference Championship. After taking over as interim coach on Sept. 26, 2008, Anagnost guided the Chippewas to wins in six of their next seven games. However, CMU ended the regular season with a 1-2-3 record before Eastern Michigan eliminated it in the MAC tournament. Lack of depth was hurting the team, Anagnost said. Whether it was fatigue or injury, the two games every weekend since late September took its toll on the Chippewas. Anagnost said he saw it and recognized he would need to add more talent to the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need (the team) bigger just to make it more competitive for them,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is always going to be health issues, but it is all about managing the team. The weekends take a toll on these women.â&#x20AC;? Coach Tom Anagnost helped the soccer team to a 12-5-3 record last season.

No recruiting setbacks Anagnost did not drop the interim title until Jan. 20. Although not being the official head coach until January provided difficulties in recruiting this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class, Anagnost said it did not provide setbacks. Freshmen Ashley Mejilla and Skylar Sabbag committed in December while Anagnost was under the interim label. By the end of the summer, ten freshmen were on the team, in-

cluding Laura Twidle, who joined the team in January after signing in 2008. Twidle was able to practice with the team during the winter and spring, and Anagnost said the amount of work she put in shows up in her game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has worked out really well for her,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She got to participate with us during the spring and winter. She has gotten stronger, mentally tougher. She is impactful for us; she can really play.â&#x20AC;?

The key for Anagnost is he said he does not feel like he is just putting a body on the field. Instead, it is a player he can trust. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of them have the ability to contribute in many positive ways,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They can all insure you on the field in their first season.â&#x20AC;? Freshman starter Bailey Brandon said the entire class believes in its ability and realizes each player was recruited to play and not just sit the bench.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;People look at our roster and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wow, look at all those freshman, they are inexperienced and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come in and compete right away,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Brandon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But what is special about our group is that we do have a lot of people who can impact the game immediately in a positive way.â&#x20AC;? Recruiting elsewhere Anagnost made sure the ChipA Youth | 2b

Soccer to host St. Bonaventure; travel to Indiana Chippewas home opponent returns entire roster

By Matt Valinski Staff Reporter

The soccer team will play two teams returning last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entire starting lineups this weekend. The Chippewas will play St. Bonaventure at 5 p.m. today at the CMU Soccer Complex and 2 p.m. Sun-

day at Indiana in Armstrong Stadium. Not only is St. Bonaventure, a western New York -based team, returning all its starters, it is returning every player from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roster. The Bonnies also added three freshmen after one of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best seasons last year, winning 11 games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are well-coached,â&#x20AC;? said CMU coach Tom Anagnost. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are a disciplined team, and they make it difficult for you.â&#x20AC;?

St. Bonaventure also won last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game against CMU, 1-0, at the St. Bonaventure Invitational on Sept. 5, 2008. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m mainly just focused on our team and making sure weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to play whoever,â&#x20AC;? said senior Amanda Waugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going in (against) St. Bonaventure any different then I would go into any game, except for the fact that they beat us last year and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think they deserved to.â&#x20AC;? St. Bonaventure is coming

off a doubleovertime 2-1 win over Syracuse to start the season. Junior Courtney Bosse scored both Amanda Waugh goals. Preseason Atlantic 10 AllConference selections Anna Cunningham, Marilyn Wargo and Bosse will be looked upon to lead the team offensively, all having more than ten goals in-


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A New Day Not all bad came from that side of the ball last season. The team returns senior defensive end Frank Zombo, who led the MAC with nine sacks last season and made a blip on the national radar, finishing 30th in the country. Junior outside linebacker Nick Bellore, who had a teambest 148 tackles last season, and junior inside linebacker Matt Berning, who finished with 70 tackles, moved to more natural positions. Senior Josh Gordy will return to cornerback after missing the final two games, and senior cornerback Eric Fraser, who led the team with two interceptions in nine games played, also returns from injury. Freshman D.J Scott also is expected to get a significant number of snaps in the secondary after an impressive showing at spring practice and training camp. The team has already forgotten about last season, the first step towards getting everyone else to start forgetting about it as well. And they can make that happen with a return to the MAC Championship. The defense should be able to hold its own. Now they just have to do it.

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refuse to beg simply because that is not in my nature. So instead, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ask very politely ... please. Please give us an improved defense this season. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my last football season here â&#x20AC;&#x201D; last semester, period â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ­and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to leave this university covering a winner. And if it has to come back to this tired, old, broken-down clichĂŠ, then thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what it has to come down to: defense wins championships. Defense wins Mid-American Conference Championships, and that is exactly what this team missed out on last season with its defense ranked near the very bottom of the nation. In their attempt to win their third consecutive MAC title, CMU came up short in the final two regular season games, one against nationally ranked Ball State and the other in a 56-52 shootout at Eastern Michigan. In that game, the CMU secondary let the Eagles and quarterback Andy Schmitt complete an NCAA-record 58 passes for 516 yards and five touchdowns. CMU missed out on the MAC Championship game after losing those final two games and finished the season with a 2421 loss to Florida Atlantic in the Motor City Bowl. Of the 119 teams in Division-I, Central came away from that season with the No. 104 ranked defense in the country. Its pass defense finished 118th. But at the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s media day on Aug. 20, Coach Butch Jones refused to call this season a redemption for 2008. Because the past is the past, so let it stay there. Why lament on the what happened a year ago when you can just as easily move forward?

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unique experience for them at home.â&#x20AC;? The game includes two of the top five teams in the nation for team grade point average last year. CMU was first in the nation with a 3.7 GPA and St. Bonaventure was in a tie for fourth with a 3.54 GPA.

Olson calls weekend stretch one of the toughest

Hoosier State bound On Sunday, the Chippewas play their first-ever match against Indiana. In the past seven years, the Hoosiers are 21-5-1

By D.J. Palomares Staff Reporter

pewas were looking everywhere for their talent. With the incoming class, the coaching staff made notice of new areas of the U.S. Samantha Brenz is from Cypress, Texas, Brielle Heitman is from Mahwah, N.J., and Skylar Sabbag is from Swampscott, Mass. They all joined the team as the only members from their home state. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The previous head coach (Tony DiTucci) only recruited New York outside of Michigan,â&#x20AC;? Anagnost said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we definitely donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to limit ourselves.â&#x20AC;? Sabbag said the coaching

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know the level of that team,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are probably going to be our best competition of the year, and it is fun playing big teams. Every time we have played big teams in non-conference play, we have done really well.â&#x20AC;? CMU has had success against some major conference teams in the past few years, including beating Oklahoma on the road last year and, three years ago, beating Michigan State and Nebraska on the road.

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they know there is someone waiting behind them. And it (teaches) those people who may not be starting to stay ready so they can make the most of an opportunity when they have a chance to get on the court.â&#x20AC;? Olson said he decided on his starting roster, but will not hesitate to change the personnel midway through the invitational. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will go with who are strongest players are at that moment,â&#x20AC;? Olson said. Sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn Schultz recovered from a groin injury earlier this month and said she will be looking to start this weekend in Florida. Road concerns With six true freshmen on

the roster, Olson said there is a concern about the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consistency on the road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You never know what your freshmen are going to look like on the road,â&#x20AC;? Olson said. The team wraps up the invitational at 2 p.m. Saturday against Florida A&M. As a team captain, Krupsky is rallying the team for its first road trip. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The message has been â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no fear.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter who we play,â&#x20AC;? Krupsky said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are out there to dominate and be our best.â&#x20AC;? The team was chosen in the coaches poll to finish fourth in the Mid-American Conference West Division. CMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first home game is Oct. 2 against Ball State.

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in non-conference home matches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are really good at home,â&#x20AC;? Anagnost said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is going to be a great experience for our players, and we have played tough teams already, especially in the spring.â&#x20AC;? Indiana won its season opener, 2-0, against Wright State while outshooting the Raiders 14-5. Waugh said she is familiar with Indianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roster after playing with sophomore midfielder Devon Beach and senior defender Christie Kotynski over the summer.

CMU opens the season today in Talllahassee competing in the FSU Invitational.

staff at Central made her believe this is where she could learn the game and improve herself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was heavily recruited for a long time, and the coach made me feel very comfortable.â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt, personally, that he really wanted me, so I should come to this place where someone will work with me and make me the best.â&#x20AC;? Brandon said the freshmen quickly realized how expectations for Division I soccer are different than high school or premiere level. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all come from the top of the top,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we come to an environment where you are pushed to

your limits and, suddenly, your best isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the best anymore. We have teammates, coaches, everyone asking you to get better and it is a big adjustment because before, our best was always good enough.â&#x20AC;? However, Brandon said the freshmen are quick to point to their leaders on the team as the reason they are able to make such an impact on the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is important to say that we have amazing leaders in front of us,â&#x20AC;? Brandon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our upperclassmen do the best job of leading Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen. They make it easy and they make us better.â&#x20AC;?



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The volleyball team will compete today in what coach Erik Olsen calls one of the toughest season-opening invitationals in school history. The team starts a stretch of three games in two days at the Florida State Invitational in Tallahassee, Fla. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have one of the most competitive opening weekends in my time at Central Michigan,â&#x20AC;? Olson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to play some good teams early and, with our young group, it will be interesting to see if we can play our best ball early.â&#x20AC;? Central starts with North Dakota State at noon today. The team then plays the host Seminoles in their season opener at 7 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited to get out of our own gym and start competing against other teams,â&#x20AC;? said junior outside hitter Lauren Krupsky. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to let everyone know who Central Michigan is.â&#x20AC;? The Chippewas have competition at every position. Krupsky is close to locking up the No. 1 outside hitter position, but there are other players competing for the second spot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If someone is struggling, then we always have someone else we can put in,â&#x20AC;? Krupsky said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It pushes the people who are starting to keep playing hard because


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BURNING QUESTIONS | Meet field hockey sophomore Paulina Lee By Jacob Lougheed Staff Reporter

Sophomore Paulina Lee is a mid-fielder for the Field Hockey team. Lee tied for the team’s fourth ranked scorer last season, but she feels she also could be a soccer player. Jake Lougheed: Do you have any pregame rituals? Paulina Lee: Not really, nothing quirky at all. My thing is when I am walking over to our games, I listen to my iPod and pump my music. Then, when I get into the locker room, we are dancing and singing and playing lots of loud music. Then, from there, I switch to pretty much focusing and warming up ... making sure I am getting low to the ground and getting everything done that I need to be doing. JL: You mentioned your iPod. What is your number one pump-up song? PL: I have no idea. I don’t have a specific song. I just play (about) thirty seconds

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of a bunch of different songs from techno to rap to really girly pop.

cool to do marketing for a big sports brand like Nike, Under Armour or Puma.

JL: Other than field hockey, what do you like to do?

JL: With which of those brands do you tie yourself to?

PL: There isn’t very much of it. I like to sleep and eat but, other than that, I am in Alpha Kappa Psi, which I just joined this past spring. So I am pretty involved with that, which really helps with me b u s i n e s s wise with my major.

PL: Nike is number one, and number two would be Under Armour. I am mad that we switched our stuff to Adidas because all our stuff this past year was Under Armour, so we can’t wear it anymore.


JL: What are your plans for after you leave CMU? PL: That’s a good question (laughs). I am not really too sure at this moment. I was going to go into hospitality, and I did my internship this summer up north at Boyne Resort. Now, I am just going to be marketing or advertising so, now, I think it will be

JL: I know that you Paulina Lee haven’t been here very long, being a sophomore, but what has been your favorite class at CMU so far? PL: I would have to say my TAI 170 (Fundamentals of Interpretative Reading) because I had four other teammates in that class with me, and I met a lot of other people in that class. It gave us a chance to relax and have

fun, it was a night class and I got a (University Program course) out of the way, so it was fun. JL: What are your favorite Web pages and how many times do you get on them on average? PL: My home page is CNN, because I feel like I live in a bubble in college, and that is my way to see what is going on in the world. Then, there is obviously Facebook, but I am not constantly on Facebook. Honestly, I only turn my computer on a couple days a week. Otherwise, I am just on a computer at the computer lab to print things out. JL: So you would not consider yourself a “Facebook stalker?” PL: If I am really bored, then yeah, I will be (laughs). I just get bored with Facebook. I mean, I reply to the wall posts and I add photos if I feel like it but, after that, I’m done.

Previous relationship critical with new hire Randolph, new throws coach share philosophy By John Evans Staff Reporter

New throws coach John Ridgeway gets to work with All-American Greg Pilling upon coming to CMU. Ridgeway is a former shot put thrower at the University of North Carolina. He was a two-year letter winner at UNC and earned all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in 2000-01. Director and coach Willie Randolph had a previous relationship with Ridgeway before hiring him, something he said is important for any program. During his tenure at the University of LouisianaMonroe, Randolph’s throws coach, Glen Jenkins, was close friends with Ridgeway.

Ridgeway brings 10 years of coaching experience to CMU. “I have definitely looked and seen what his credentials are, not only as a coach but as a person as well,” Randolph said. “He brings a lot to the table that we are excited about and we’re looking to continue that great tradition of throwers. He’s somebody who can come in right away and do that.” After leaving UL-Monroe, Ridgeway joined the University of Central Florida’s track coaching staff, specializing in throws and horizontal jumps. “Randolph contacted me about the position, and I was very impressed with the interview process and I felt comfortable at CMU,” Ridgeway said. “We had some mutual acquaintances, and we were excited to learn more about each other. Everything I heard about him was positive.”

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Borrelli to face son Jason at Rose

2009-10 Wrestling Schedule Date Fri. Oct. 30 Sat. Nov. 7 Sun. Nov. 15 Sun. Nov. 15 Sat. Nov. 28 Sat. Dec. 12 Sat. Dec. 19 Sat. Dec. 19 Dec. 29-30 Jan. 8-9 Sun. Jan. 17 Thu. Jan. 21 Fri. Jan. 29 Sun. Jan. 31 Sun. Feb. 7 Sun. Feb. 14 Fri. Feb. 19 Sun. Feb. 21

Four opponents in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top 25 on schedule

Opponent Maroon/Gold Intrasquad Eastern Michigan Open Michigan State Open Tenn.-Chattanooga Northeast Duals Michigan State Nebraska-Kearney Nebraska Midlands National Duals Stanford Eastern Michigan * Virginia Tech Old Dominion Northern Illinois * Buffalo * Ohio * Kent State *

Location Mount Pleasant, Mich. at Ypsilanti, Mich. at East Lansing, Mich. Mount Pleasant, Mich. at Troy, N.Y. Mount Pleasant, Mich. at Lincoln, Neb. at Lincoln, Neb. at Evanston, Ill. at Cedar Falls, Iowa Mount Pleasant, Mich. at Ypsilanti, Mich. at Blacksburg, Va. at Norfolk, Va. Mount Pleasant, Mich. at Buffalo, N.Y. Mount Pleasant, Mich. at Kent, Ohio

Time 7:30 p.m. TBA 9:30 a.m. 2 p.m. 10 a.m. 7 p.m. 10 a.m. 12 p.m. 9 a.m. TBA 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 2 p.m.

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Wrestling coach Tom Borrelli will get to match wits with his son this season. Jason Borrelli, a former CMU assistant in his second year as coach at Stanford, will come to Mount Pleasant when the two teams face each other Jan. 17. â&#x20AC;&#x153;( Jason) has a lot of allegiance to this program and I am excited he can bring his team here,â&#x20AC;? Borrelli said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being a head coach, and all the way across the country from me, it is going to be a real neat experience.â&#x20AC;? The wrestling team also will face four opponents who finished in the national Top 25 last season in Mike Miller dual matches. The 2009-10 schedule will have the Chippewas open Nov. 15 in Rose Arena against Tennessee-Chattanooga, a defending conference champion. Michigan State also will make the trip to Mount Pleasant on Dec. 12. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anytime you can have an in-state rivalry in your own gym, it is going to be exciting,â&#x20AC;? Borrelli said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am sure we will be able to pack the gym.â&#x20AC;?

CMU hosts the MAC Championships this year, March 6-7. The NCAA tournament is March 18-20 in Omaha, Neb. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a really great opportunity this year to go in front of our home fans and have them watch us win the


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