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Medical school loses $100,000 contribution Rao paid in full; Kottamasu to pay in $20K installments By Jake May Senior Reporter

Nearly one-third of the once-$302,000 in medical school contributions is going elsewhere. Todd Anson, a 1977 alumnus and Mount Pleasant native, is changing his $100,000 contribution he announced in

February to go instead toward the renovation of Rose Arena and events center costs, said Steve Smith, director of public relations. He said the total contributions for the medical school are at $202,000. “I don’t think this loss has any significance at all when you look at the big picture,” said Dr. Cam Enarson, interim dean of the medical school. “I am not at all concerned and know the school is well on the right track. There isn’t any reason or cause for anyone to have

concern over this. “We don’t have a fundraising campaign in place at this point in time. That will follow in discussions with Board of Trustees and (Interim University President) Kathy Wilbur.” The CMU Board of Trustees approved the development of a medical school in September 2008 that would enroll students in courses by 2011 and open in 2013. A long process Enarson said his calm demeanor comes from the knowledge of other funding

May graduation apps due Sept. 15 Final audit needed for last-minute courses By Emily Pfund Staff Reporter

Central Michigan University students one academic year from graduating have a critical deadline approaching. In order to receive their audits in time to schedule any missing classes during the spring semester, seniors should apply for May graduation by Sept. 15. The applications can be picked up and dropped off at Undergraduate Admissions Services in Warriner Hall Room 123. “If they’re graduating in May, they need to get their application for graduation in now,” said Barbara Lindley, associate registrar for Undergraduate Academic Services. After sending in their applications, students will receive a graduation audit via e-mail. “We process audits in the order people apply,” Lindley said. “A lot (of students) have already received their audits because they applied in the spring.” Most seniors have been in for a pre-graduation audit, which shows students what they still need to accomplish in order to graduate and helps them avoid surprises when they receive their graduation audit, Lindley said. In addition to a pre-graduation audit, Lindley said many students already have a plan they have been following since freshman year to ensure they can graduate on time. After receiving their audit, students also will be e-mailed important graduation information, such as times, ticket-purchasing details and when and how to order caps and gowns. One opportunity to get a cap

methods medical schools usually take on. A budget has not yet been finalized for the medical school, but he is sure that once it is set, donations will not be the only funding necessary to start the project. Other income, Enarson, said comes from research efforts, faculty and staff income, gifts, endowments and additional support from the university. He said the school also must become accredited to attain some funds.

NEWS w Kennedy death will bring changes to U.S. Senate, 3A w Bomb scare at Kroger turns out to be hoax, 5A w Einstein Bros. Bagels opens today, 6A

sports w Soccer team defeated by Indiana Sunday 1-0, 1B w Students flock to Friday surplus sale for bikes.

weather w Sunny High 69/ Low 39

$302,000 in donations was committed to CMU’s medical school in February. w Former University President Michael Rao paid his $100,000 donation in full before leaving June 30 for Virginia Commonwealth University. w Trustee Sam Kottamasu will pay his $100,000 over a five-year period. w CMU alumnus Todd Anson is transferring his $100,000 donation to Rose Arena renovations. w $2,000 in small donations without specific donors.

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change and challenges

Graduating in May?

w Deadline to apply for graduation: Sept. 15. w Applications: Undergraduate Academic Services, Warriner Hall Room 123. w Students will get a graduation audit shortly after they apply. w Pre-graduation audits, scheduled through Undergraduate Academic Services, can help avoid surprises when applying for graduation.

and gown is at the CMU Bookstore’s Gradfest on Oct. 26 and 27. At Gradfest, students can get a discount on their cap and gown purchase. Time to get a job Seniors also should start searching for their first job following graduation. “Hopefully, they’ve already registered with our eRecruitment site,” said Julia Sherlock, director of Career Services. On Career Services’ Web site,, seniors can post a resume and profile which will be browsed by companies searching for new employees. Career Services also offers a series of career construction workshops throughout September to prepare students for the interview process and teach them how to market themselves to employers. These workshops culminate Sept. 25 with the career fair. Placement in their first job usually takes about six months in a good market, Sherlock said. “We’re in a market that’s transitioning. Michigan is changing from a manufacturing state to a knowledge state, and it’s important that students are flexible and not afraid to take chances,” she said.

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CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley talks to university officials on his cell phone as two firefighters prepare to enter Dow Science Complex to contain the contaminated area Friday.

New CMU Police Chief familiar with jurisdiction By Jake Bolitho | Senior Reporter


or Bill Yeagley, Central Michigan University may be a change of jobs. But not a change of scenery. One might wonder why the new CMU Police Chief made the decision to move from the Mount Pleasant Police Department to a smaller campus environment for essentially the same position. For Yeagley, a former CMU student, the decision made sense, even after working 31 years for the city. He has long taken note of how the CMU department operates and, so far, he has liked what he has seen. A chief | 5A


Following their commitments

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Bill Yeagley, CMU chief of police, works at a desk Wednesday morning in the CMU Police Department. He was chosen for the position on June 30, but fully takes over today for Stan Dinius.

social networking

Survey: Facebook, Twitter may give perceptions of narcissism Some questioned believe users self-promote By Connor Sheridan Staff Reporter

Some might say popularity is a good thing. But is the current college generation obsessed with it? A recent survey indicated more than half of college students believe their peers use sites such as Facebook, MyS-

pace or Twitter in order to selfpromote. According to the poll published by Ypulse and an article from USA Today, 57 percent of the 1,068 polled believed their generation was more narcissistic than any to come before it. “On Facebook statuses, people tend to get carried away,” said Jordan Jensen. “A lot of guys take pictures with shirts off and girls with pictures in bikinis.” The China Township freshman said there is an abundance of self-absorbed pictures being posted to social networking sites.

Psychology professor David Acevedo-Polakovich said he believes the poll results are somewhat misinterpreted. “(The media) seems to be sort of jumping to conclusions,” he said. Acevedo-Polakovich said the poll was not actually measuring narcissism, but rather whether college students perceive their generation to be narcissistic. He said it is an example of a false widespread perception. “Research says that (Generation Y) volunteers more often and is more accepting than any

before it. They’re more altruistic than narcissistic,” he said. A developmental fad As for why college students and younger people have quickly adopted social networks while older generations rarely make use of them, he said it is another example of an age-old phenomenon. “It’s just developmentally what they grew up with,” Acevedo-Polakovich said. Just like the telephone, television and computers, the people who have grown up with the


technology available to them tend to make much greater use of it. “Social networking sites are often (used as) an extension of themselves… like picking out clothes,” Acevedo-Polakovich said. Clarkston sophomore Ashley Remstad said people are using the networking sites to show off too much of their life. “People post fifty pictures a day. They get too involved,” Remstad said.

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EVENTS CALENDAR Today w Students for Life, an antiabortion activism group, will hold a general meeting at 7 p.m. in Moore Hall Room 112. w Circle K, a volunteer organization that emphasizes service, fellowship and leadership, will hold a meeting at 8 p.m. in Powers Hall Room 136. w Alpha Kappa Psi, a co-ed professional business fraternity, will host an informational meeting at 8 p.m. in Grawn Hall Room 278. w The Student Government Association will have its first meeting of the semester at 7 p.m. in the Dow Science Complex Room 171. w “Envisioning: The Power of Ritual,” an exhibition featuring more than 90 prints, paintings and drawings from the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, will take place all day in the Charles V. Park Library Baber Room.

Tuesday, sept. 1 w An Intramural Officials Roundup explaining how students can make money being around sports takes place at 6 p.m. in the Student Activity Center. w The College Democrats will meet for “Pizza and Politics,” an event with topics, games and discussions at 7 p.m. in the Fabiano Hall lobby. w The first “Thrill the World” workshop takes place at 8:30 p.m. at the tennis courts between Trout and Calkins Hall.

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NCAA reaction impossible to predict in u of m case (MCT) — Repeated rules violations can result in the finding of major violations and trigger significant NCAA penalties. But it is difficult to forecast what is likely to happen in response to the allegations made to the Free Press by Michigan football players. U-M Athletics Director Bill Martin announced a full investigation Sunday after several players admitted several NCAA violations by the football program. The NCAA could decide to investigate as well. If either party finds violations, U-M or the NCAA – or both – could impose penalties. “Every case is judged on its own merit,” said Chuck Wynne, the NCAA’s director of Communications Strategy, speaking about precedent in general, not the Michigan allegations. “I don’t know if you can put a quantification on how important precedent is.

We try to be consistent.” In recent years, the NCAA has penalized several schools for violating offseason workout rules or practice time limits. But most of those cases also involved other major violations or were secondary violations committed on a much smaller scale than the conditions players described at Michigan. The most similar case the Free Press found involved the football program at San Diego State University, an NCAA Division I school like U-M. In 2003, the infractions committee found that an assistant coach had conducted improper mandatory workouts with offensive linemen over four summers; that attendance was kept; that at least one practice was videotaped, and that one year, coaches conducted impermissible athletic activities before spring practice started.

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Monday. Aug. 31, 2009

Police handed out 1,400 tickets last week

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[Life in brief] SGA starting back up

The Student Government Association will hold a House meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 in Anspach Hall Room 161. Meetings will continue every Monday. The Senate meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Mondays, as well, in Anspach Hall Room 153.

“Thrill The World” workshop

Number typical for beginning of school year

Starting Tuesday, Thrill The World Mount Pleasant will host a “Thriller” workshop from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Oct. 20, at the tennis courts between Trout and Calkins halls. During the workshop, attendees will be walked through the “Thriller” dance step-by-step and are advised to wear comfortable clothes. To learn the dance individually, email for tutorials.

By Jake Bolitho Senior Reporter

New and returning CMU students were excited for a few things upon their arrival to Mount Pleasant. A parking ticket was not one of them. Still, Central Michigan University Police handed out an estimated 1,400 on-campus parking citations during the first week of classes, according to statistics compiled by the CMU Police Department’s Parking Services division. That number has become fairly typical at this time of the year, said CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley. “At the beginning of the year, there’s a number of people who just park in lots that they’re not permitted to,” he said. According to a 2008-09 CMU Parking Services annual report, 28,833 parking citations were issued, translating to $679,866 in total revenue. Over the last 10 years, Parking Services issued an average of 35,616 tickets per academic year and gained $701,585 in average revenue. Reasons for issuing tickets vary, but the most common violation involves parked vehicles not having a permit, said Kim Roshak, manager of Parking Services. Last week, 755 of the 1,400 parking violations were because people parking where they are not permitted to, Roshak said. In addition, 450 involved vehicles parked at an expired meter. Such violations are a relatively simple to avoid, Roshak said. “It’s whether you choose to read the information provided,” she said. Tough to enforce Yeagley said illegal parking can be difficult to accurately enforce because the owner of the car is rarely present. “We don’t know how long your car has been there, we don’t know if it’s on purpose or by accident — there’s nobody to interact with,” he said. “We simply do the enforcement in almost a black-and-white fashion when there’s nobody to talk to.” Yeagley said when the driver is near their vehicle, it usually gives the officer some flexibility on whether or not to issue the ticket. The back-in parking spots on Ojibway Court also have been a topic of debate at the start of the year. Yeagley said time will tell if the parking spots make sense or not.

Clarke art exhibit

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Members of Isabella County’s Hazardous Materials Team prepare to enter the Dow Science Complex after a chemical exposure on the third floor forced about 200 students to evacuate Friday.

Alert system in full use during Dow chemical spill Three messages sent using Central Alert; Roscoe says system was effective By Jake May Senior Reporter

The monthly Central Alert system phone calls finally paid off for a few hundred students with classes Friday in the Dow Science Complex. The university closed the building because of chemical exposure on the third floor. The emergency notification system, which has 8,471 registered users, sent out text messages, phone calls and emails, as well as alerted students over loudspeakers and sirens across Central Michigan University’s campus. Three alerts were sent out within two hours. “I was in a meeting and watched everybody’s phones go off,” said Bruce Roscoe, dean of students. “Everyone was notified. I was impressed how well the phone contact and text messaging went. It was very quick and efficient. By far, it was very effective.” Students were alerted after a faculty member, whose name has not been released, dropped a beaker filled with about three liters of a liquid base, seeping through the instructor’s shoe. The faculty member was treated and re-

Check the Web site for a video on the Dow evacuation. leased at Central Michigan Community Hospital on Friday, but the building was closed the rest of the day. The chemical spill contained a mixture of 80 percent methanol and 20 percent ethylenediamine, a corrosive and flammable chemical. Rooms 343, 344 and 345 remained closed an additional 24 hours to help rid the partially airborne chemical exposure. Alert and aware The first alert was at 10:44 a.m., instructing everyone to stay clear of the building, not to enter and that classes were canceled until further notice. At 11:21 a.m., the second alert was sent. It instructed students, staff, faculty members and administrators the building was expected to reopen at 1 p.m. and, if any student left something inside of the building, they would be able to retrieve their items at that time. The final alert was sent at

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Firefighters gather to wash off a member of the HAZMAT team after he entered the Dow Science Complex to help clean a chemical spill on the third floor.

Timeline of alerts Three alerts were sent out within two hours:

10:44 a.m. -

Everyone should stay clear of building, a chemical spill has occurred. Classes canceled until further notice.

11:21 a.m. -

Building expected to reopen at 1 p.m. Anyone who needs personal items should retrieve them at this time.

12:41 p.m. -

Dow Science Complex will remain closed for remainder of Friday. Call CMU Police to retrieve personal items. letting students know the official time to pick up their items, word of mouth worked in that respect.

12:41 p.m., informing users the building would remain closed, and further instructions of personal item retrieval would soon come. Though no alert was sent

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What happens next after Kennedy’s death? By Hilary Farrell Senior Reporter

Edward Kennedy was a member of the U.S. Senate for 47 years up until his death Tuesday. The political question is what will happen next. The Massachusetts Democrat, called by some the “Lion of the Senate,” was influential in labor and immigration laws and improvement for national health care and civil rights. Kennedy first called for a

nationwide system of health care in 1969 and it received a lot of attention in his career, said Griffin Endowed Edward Kennedy chair Maxine Berman. “National health care has been Ted Kennedy since 1970,” she said. “This has been his baby all along.” Kennedy’s health care push continued through his diagnosis of brain cancer in May 2008. He continued to fight until his death, meeting with lobbyists, lawmakers and fellow senators about the issue.

Kennedy’s ultimate goal was to introduce a comprehensive plan for universal health care coverage, his aides said. It is too soon to know what will happen next with health care, Berman said. Along with uncertainty behind national health care, another problem comes with Kennedy’s seat open. The Senate holds 59 Democrats and needs 60 in order to be able to stop filibusters, political tools used to block or delay legislature. The open seat Kennedy’s death also introduces a problem for the state of Massachusetts. The law is the seat must remain open for five months

Childrens’ artwork

“Back to School Art Exhibit” is an exhibition that features artwork created by children ages 2 to 5 years old. These children attended CMU’s Child Development and Learning Lab. The artwork will be on display through Sept. 14 in the Multicultural Education Center on the lower level of CMU’s Bovee University Center. This event is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call the Multicultural Education Center at 774-7318.

Career Services picnic Wednesday


Confusion over health care plan, vacant Senate seat

From Sept. 15 through Jan. 31, an exhibit on ”Rides and Spangles: Michigan Circuses and Carnivals” will be on display in Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library. This exhibit will feature the history of circuses and carnivals throughout Michigan. Bill Thomas, Curt Pollie, Jim Elliott and Joe Skerbeck worked in the carnival industry and will speak at a reception 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Charles V. Park Library Auditorium. Admission is open to the public. For more information, call Marian Matyn at 7743990.

while the state pursues a special election. Prior to Kennedy’s death, Berman said, he requested the Massachusetts governor allow an interim senator. If the state legislature decides to allow an interim senator, the person cannot run for the position in the special election, she said. Paul Coughon from the Massachusetts Senate clerk’s office said until someone files legislature in the House or Senate, Kennedy’s seat will not be filled by a replacement until the special election has been decided. “The question is whether they will allow the governor to put a person there temporar-

ily,” he said. Coughon said nobody has initiated the appropriate legislature yet. Kennedy’s ability to work between party lines was a reason his legislature proved to be successful, said former Griffin Endowed chair Bill Ballenger. “He proved to be a very effective behind-the-scenes negotiator,” Ballenger said. Berman said Kennedy’s ability to work with the press also was essential. “He knew how to work the press,” she said. “Not a lot of people have the ability or capability to do that anymore.”

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Central Michigan University’s Career Services will host the Career Services Kick-Off Picnic at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday on the front lawn of the Bovee University Center. Career Services staff will be available for students to discuss plans for the 2009-10 academic year. Free hot dogs and T-shirts also will be available. For further information, call Career Services at 774-6612.

“I Hate Hamlet!” in theatre

The Friends of the Broadway and the Broadway Players present “I Hate Hamlet!” directed by Mike Meakin and produced by Jan Howard. Those interested can purchase tickets for $8 at Ace Of Diamonds, 128 E. Broadway St.; Bennigan’s, 2424 S. Mission St.; Ric’s, 705 S. Mission St.; The Hotel Doherty, 604 N. McEwan St.; in Clare and also will be available at the door. The production premieres at 7 p.m. Sept. 11, 12, 18 and 19 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 13.

Doozies attempted break-in

In an attempted burglary, approximately $50 worth of damage was done to the doorknob and lock mechanism of the back door of Doozies, 1310 E. Pickard St., Wednesday night or Thursday morning, said Mount Pleasant Police Department Det. Sgt. Bill Bluemer. The suspect failed at entering Doozies to steal any items. The damage to the doorknob was reported by a milk delivery worker Thursday morning. Anyone with any tips can call the MPPD at 779-5100 or the anonymous tip line at 779-9111. For a full story, check cm-life. com.

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Monday, Aug. 31, 2009

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution


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EDITORIAL | Computer lab hours keep students from doing homework at all hours of the day

Limited study time


t’s late at night, at an hour most people are asleep. You have a final project you forgot about due the next day and you scramble to the computer lab. But surprisingly, it’s closed. Panic seeps in. The new lab hours for Grawn and Woldt labs are constricted from previous years because of university budget constraints, forcing students to reschedule time set aside to do homework. This is ridiculous. The labs should remain open 24 hours, just as they always were. Grawn is now open from 6 a.m. to midnight weekdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. to midnight Sundays. Woldt is not quite as bad, staying open 24 hours Monday

through Thursday, closing at 5 p.m. on Fridays. Woldt has the same hours as Grawn on the weekends, making it impossible for students to pull all-nighters. Having the computer labs open 24 hours is more than convenient; it gave students one less thing to worry about, since they knew eventually they could do their homework. With classes piling homework and extra-cirricular activities running late into the evening after classes,


some students find early-morning hours are the only time they can get homework done. Not every student is fortunate enough to own a computer. Access to a computer at any hour during the day allows for no excuses as to why homework is unfinished. In a time when everything is done with a computer, limited access makes the task all that more difficult. As tuition continues to increase, there seems to be little sense in taking away a privilege students already had before tuition increased. Lab fees are not decreasing in price, so the hours should not decrease as well. It is understandable why Central Michigan University would want to cut back on lab hours, attributing the problem to budget deficits. According to the school, the labs cost around $450,000-$100,000 more than the budget set aside. $80,000 a

year will be saved by cutting back on lab hours. Despite these savings, the labs should be open as much as possible. The first priority is to give students every opportunity possible to succeed. Keeping the labs open 24 hours allows students to study at any time, something the university should be encouraging. But if the university has to cut back the hours, it should at least stagger them so at least one lab is open at all times. Instead of having both labs open for the same hours during the weekend, one lab should remain open from midnight to 7 a.m., allowing students to pull allnighters. The same hours should be applied to the weekday schedule so one lab is open at all times. Both computer labs may become overcrowded, but at least students will still be able to study at any hour during the day.


Warning call Emergency broadcast system works well A chemical exposure cleared students out of Dow Science Complex last Friday. As officials cleaned up the corrosive and flammable chemical, students were evacuated in an efficient and timely manner. But the incident also proved Central Michigan University’s emergency protocol procedures are quick and responsive, keeping students safe. Although there were no serious injuries, the exposure was still taken seriously, as it should have been. The response by authorities and school officials was swift and appropriate. This is the first time during the academic year the emergency system had to be used. In the past, the emergency system has been known to go off when it wasn’t needed, disrupting classes. Used as just a test, the emergency system was generally dismissed by most students as annoying and irrelevant. But the incident Friday proved the emergency system is still useful and, for the most part, needed. The incident may seem like officials overreacted but, with chemical spills, it is never known what could happen. The threat was contained quickly before it got out of hand, eliminating the chance for a breakout. Overreacting is better than not taking enough action, especially when such a potentially dangerous accident happens. Students had to part with their belongings, which should be the least of their concerns during possibly life-threatening events. The university had students retrieve their belongings from respective departments. CMU’s emergency system is capable of reaching everyone on campus, from the speakers installed in each classroom to students’ e-mail. The ability to reach students anywhere and any time, whether or not they are on campus, keeps everyone informed and ready during a crisis. Students should take every emergency system seriously, even if they know it is just a drill. CMU’s system worked well Friday and should work well in the future.

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Revised tailgating rules will not hold up Undoubtedly, CM Life has received numerous opinions and complaints about the new tailgating policy found on (If you haven’t seen it, please check it out). I laughed in disbelief at first, which soon dimmed to a nervous chuckle. Do they really think they can keep beers to less than six per person, prevent people from lining up at the entrance and keep the tailgaters “quiet,” all while expecting the students to obediently abide? What a joke! If the ultimate goal is getting students into the games, why would they focus on the tailgate which, for some people, is the only reason they’d ever be within

50 yards of a football field in the first place? I’m not sure if anyone has noticed, but CMU’s student football attendance has gone up over the past few years (seeing as how I never missed a home game during my five years at CMU, I definitely noticed), but I can’t say the same for the empty seats on the west (home) section of Kelly/Shorts. By turning what I know as an amazing pre-football game experience, unlike any other in the state, into an undesirable train wreck of silly rules, Athletics Director Dave Heeke and all else involved will only discourage student attendance. I thought the point of having home-field advantage was the

noise and rowdiness of the crowd. “Volume of vehicle sound systems should be at a reasonable level that does not disrupt other individuals tailgating.” So who’s going to be carrying around the dB meters? What’s a small grill? You’re a little late on the April Fool’s joke folks. Are we watching the Chippewa Open or Chippewa football? Regardless of which type of crowd the higher-ups want, I’ll still have my 12-pack firmly in hand when I come back for home games as an alumnus, so long as they don’t arrest me for cheering the fight song too loudly. Rob Barrett 2009 CMU alumnus

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Taylor Hills Columnist

The big search Looking for the perfect match proves to difficult

I am running a marathon. And no, not a marathon that requires any sort of physical activity; that would be the last thing I would be doing. Instead, a marathon complete with hurdles, potholes and water breaks, which never seem to hydrate any part of my body. The hardest, most rigorous part of the entire race is all of us are sprinting; sprinting towards the finish line with the shiny banner reading “And they lived happily ever after...” In this endless pursuit toward the trophy of the greatest man, why is it that nice guys always finish last? My roommates and I seem to be the epitome of the damsels in distress none of us would ever admit to being. I wait every day for this week’s love interest to message me or Facebook chat me first, only to be disappointed when I finally take the initiative to start the conversation, just to find he already logged offline. All the while, the boy who asks me to volunteer with him at the soup kitchen Sunday or go get a risk-free coffee remains the furthest from my mind. We spend our nights out staring uncontrollably at the boy with the biggest ego who is flirting with every girl in the room and persuading each of them to be his beer-pong partner, while the nice boy who genuinely walks up to ask your name, hobbies or major is completely disregarded. Though the nice guy comes in handy when getting the lowdown on the jerk, I will never understand why our thoughts seem to remain this way, no matter how many times we get hurt. Why do we even continue to waste our time when we know that one will be in a bedroom with the girl who was doing a kegstand by 10:30 p.m. as the nice guy waits to make sure she gets home okay? This conclusion is becoming more apparent every day as my roommates and I sulk over and scrutinize the latest jerk we are hanging out with. The truth is we will sprint our hardest to pick up our gold medal, only to realize that the nice guys were the ones setting up the starting blocks at check-in. I would like to think we are smarter than this — that we will sooner or later figure out while racing towards the finish line, perhaps taking a water break to talk to the good guy, kindly refilling your cup, could make all the difference.

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“I think it seems good in theory, but it’s not really going to prevent anything.”

“I don’t think it will work. People are going to get what they’re looking for no matter what.”

Tim Baase,

Jason Geitman,

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Alma sophomore

“I think they will probably meet some resistance at first but students will adapt to it.”

“I think they are trying to make it less like a big party and more like a time for school pride.”

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change from the MPPD. While smaller, Yeagley said he likes the sense of community.

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‘A phone call away’ Dinius has known Yeagley since he first started working for the city, and has helped him with the transition. “We’ve had almost two weeks together and that was wonderful,” Yeagley said. “Stan really did a nice job of mentoring and showing me lots of things that I needed to learn from. “Stan and I have been friends for many years, so he’s only a phone call away,” he said. Dinius said he has shared a good amount of knowledge with Yeagley. He has helped him get oriented with CMU’s budget and how it operates, but also mentioned how Yea-

“It was time for a change from the city and new challenges,” he said. “The university has really grown, particularly the police department, from what I remember in ’79.” He officially takes over the helm of the campus police department today. Former chief Stan Dinius announced his retirement in March after working at CMU for 39 years. The former Mount Pleasant director of public safety got his first law enforcement job as a student service officer when he attended CMU. He described how the campus environment will offer a chris bacarella/staff photographer

Sgt. Steve Hickman, Michigan State Police bomb technician, attaches an X-ray device to a robot to allow the police to see what is inside a suspicious object found Saturday afternoon outside of Kroger, 4080 E. Bluegrass Road.

Local Kroger experiences false bomb threat Saturday By Jake Bolitho Senior Reporter

Anyone driving past Kroger on Saturday may have thought a potential terrorist plot was unfolding. Turns out it was just some crack filler. Troopers from the Michigan State Police, the Mount Pleasant Fire Department and two bomb squad vehicles were called Saturday afternoon to Kroger, 4080 E. Bluegrass Road, only to find what was described as a milk carton full of concrete crack filler.

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“A medical school can’t be filled when it depends on tuition alone,” Enarson said. “Student debt is a primary concern for med schools. The mean (debt) for a medical student is approximately $140,000 in public schools and more in private. We need to pay attention to the tuition, but can’t use it as a crutch.” Although Anson could not be reached for comment, he said in a February interview with Central Michigan Life that he expressed concerns about Rao’s commitment to paying his full donation. “I was concerned (Rao) might not be committed the entire duration,” Anson said in February. “But, I literally got on the phone the same day and told him I’d match his donation dollar-for-dollar.” While Anson changed his mind on his medical school contribution, former University President Michael Rao paid his in full before his departure for Virginia Commonwealth University in June. Current contributions Smith said Rao paid all $100,000, while Board of Trustees vice chairman Sam Kottamasu began paying his $100,000 contribution in annual installments, starting in 2008. The other $2,000 comes in small donations without specific donors. Kottamasu said he is paying in $20,000 annual installments over a five-year period, and he has not paid his 2009 installment. His final installment will be paid in 2012, one year before the medical school is expected to open. No new contributions were made since Anson, leaving an eight-month stall in incoming donations. Kottamasu said he is not concerned about the number of donations toward the medical school, and the number we see now is only early in the project’s development. “The donations will come through because it’s over the next five years,” Kottamasu said. A meeting will take place Sept. 25 at Davenport University in Saginaw to discuss medical school contributions, along with further development of the project. Kottamasu said potential donors will be in attendance. “(Anson’s donation) does not concern me,” he said. “Our goal is to raise enough for five years.” Events Center Anson’s $100,000 contribution will instead go to the $21.5 million costs budgeted for Rose Arena’s renovations. The construction is set to begin this semester and is set for completion in fall 2010.

It was first feared some sort of makeshift fuse may have been wrapped up in duct tape to the item, said Michigan State Police Sgt. David Kaiser. State troopers were called to the scene at 3:05 p.m., and bomb squad vehicles from Grayling and Bridgeport also arrived to investigate the situation, which ended up being a false alarm. Kroger employees and shoppers watched as police set tape around the front of the store. Bomb squad officers sent a remote-controlled robot into the area where the carton was

to take X-rays. Based on the robot’s findings, it did appear there was something within the carton. Then, a bomb squad member inspected the carton himself and discovered only the crack filler substance, not a fuse, was present inside. The tape was cleared just before 7 p.m. after it was determined the item posed no imminent danger. “Everything appears safe and people will be let back in,” Kaiser said Saturday.

Athletics Director Dave Heeke said the 2010 volleyball season will be the only season displaced because of renovations. The renovations will include the addition of a practice gym, main entrance to the arena and a full renovation of seating. The

design will make the seating into a bowl shape instead of its current box-shaped setup.

Senior Reporter Jake Bolitho contributed to this report.

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or biology. If students waited, that’s how they will have to get their stuff, through the department offices.”

Students who have yet to attain their personal items — backpacks, purses, laptops or books — need to contact the department of the class in which they were attending when asked to leave the building, said Steve Smith, director of public relations. The belongings, he said, were held safely in the building during the weekend. “If students are in a chemistry class, they need to go to the chemistry department to retrieve their items,” Smith said. “Same goes for physics

Waiting out Dow Jocelyn Faydenko, a Mount Pleasant freshman, said she did not know much about the emergency notification system until late last semester. Her mother encouraged her to sign up, as she had, to be “in the know” when something happens on campus. Faydenko was in class in the Dow Science Complex when the chemical spill occurred. She said within 20 minutes of standing outside, she received her first alert on her cell phone. Knowing she

gley’s past involvement with the university will aid him throughout the next several years. “I’ve worked with him very closely and he’s very familiar with the university,” he said. “He’s no stranger to CMU, so I think he’ll do fine.” Yeagley sees many shortand long-term goals he set forth for the department. But first, he is taking a look at what is in front of him. “What I’m doing first is evaluating — where are we, what are we doing, how are we doing?” he said. “I want to continue to build this department to be better at what we do, more professional and actually experts in the area of university policing.”

would receive more information on when she could come back for her personal items, Faydenko left. But she found the system misinformed her of when to come back for her items. “There was some misinformation, I guess, as I was told to come back at the wrong time,” she said. “It was a bit chaotic at the time, but that’s understandable. The good thing is if there’s anything wrong at all — whether it be a bomb threat or a person with a gun on campus — you can get notified quickly and spread the word. That way, everybody’s informed.”

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mittee works as an advisory board for the county’s board of commissioners, she said. Tyree said it is important for CMU to have representation on the committee. “There is sort of a disconnect between the community at large and CMU,� she said. “CMU does so many things in the area of diversity that we could really learn from.� The HRC was established in 2008 and has representatives for the county, public schools, Union Township and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.


A Central Michigan University student and CMU’s current Affirmative Action Officer are the two candidates for appointment on the Isabella County Human Rights Committee. Will Calhoun, a Flint senior, and Jeanie Jackson are the two names being considered to serve on the committee. The county’s Board of Commissioners will decide on the CMU representative Tuesday. Calhoun said he is excited to serve Isabella County and CMU. “I’ve always had a personal motivation for public service,� he said. Calhoun is involved with the Gay-Straight Alliance and has worked with the Multicultural Education Center and the Office of Gay and Lesbian Programs. Calhoun also served on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advisory council. Jeannie Jackson, CMU’s affirmative action officer, said

part of her job is to work with the community about diversity. “This is one of the commitments I made here (at CMU),� she said. In her career, Jackson worked as a federal agent for the U.S. Department of Labor and as the AAO at Wayne State University. Affirmative action and anti-discrimination are passions for her, she said. “This is my field, my expertise and my passion,� she said. “Not only do I do this as a job, but it’s a passion for me.� Calhoun’s long-term goals include installing a nondiscrimination ordinance in the county and reinstating an HIV/AIDS council. Heterosexual females 15 to 20 years old are the largest demographic at risk for HIV, he said. “This is needed, especially on a college campus,� he said. Lori Flynn Tyree, chairwoman of the HRC, said the committee works to educate and help the county with issues of discrimination and diversity. The com-

computers. “The nature of the job requires continuous, ongoing training, and no one is ever (fully trained),� Kleinhardt said. Students who have problems with their computer can bring it to the help desk to receive assistance on how to fix the problem. For more information about the IT Help Desk, check its Web site at cmich. edu/Information_Technology.htm or contact the office at 774-3662.



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Students and staff making their way through the Education and Human Services Building will soon have another new entity to explore. Einstein Bros. Bagels, a breakfast, coffee and sandwich restaurant, opens today. The restaurant, on the first floor of the building, created a buzz of anticipation among students and staff. “Everyone is very excited,� said Jaime Clark, Assistant Director of Retail for Central Michigan University Cam-

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pus Dining. “I’ve even heard from a few people from the community who plan to come to campus just to visit Einstein.� Einstein Bros. will offer bagels and cream cheese, coffee, hot and cold sandwiches, soups, salads and grab-and-go items, said Eric Packe, corporate trainer for Einstein Bros. “The new location will be one of our 150 nontraditional locations,� Packe said. “We have over 400 company and franchise locations in the country.� According to Einstein Bros. has locations at a number of other colleges in Michigan, including Grand Valley State University, Wayne State University, the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. The restaurant will be

Students in need of computer advice are piling into the Information Technology Help Office at a higher rate than last year. Duane Kleinhardt, IT communications manager, said more than 1,400 people contacted the office the first week of classes, with more than 400 stopping by to get help. “This is normally the busiest time of the year,� Kleinhardt said. “We are lucky to have a very tech-savvy student population here at (Central Michigan University) but, even if 20 percent of the returning students need help, we’re still talking about over 1,000 computers needing help with a process that, on average, takes a couple of hours.� The number increased

considerably since last year, he said. The IT Help Desk in the Charles V. Park Library is the main provider of technology support for all of CMU’s students and staff members. Escanaba freshman Travis Marcotte needed help with his computer and did not know about the IT Help Desk. “I went to The Depot (located in all of the residence halls) at first,� Marcotte said. “Then they suggested me to come to the Help Desk.� Student technicians are trained to learn to resolve the malfunctions that computers tend to have. Each student is required to undergo approximately 40 hours of the training program before working at the Help Desk. Kleinhardt said although the student technicians are trained, it does not mean they know everything about


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The Cash for Clunkers program ended last week, but dealerships are still waiting for their money. “I’m disappointed the paperwork took so long, but the government’s never been in the car business before,� said Krapohl Ford Sales Manager Bob Mihalyfi. “Everything else went good, though; we’re just waiting to get paid by the government now.� The program, also known as The Car Allowance Rebate System, allowed people to trade in their older, beat-up cars for a cash allowance toward a more fuel-efficient

as much of a boost with 59 sales. “We were in a unique situation where we had more customers than cars to sell,� Messick said. The program was not only helpful because it stimulated auto sales, but it also helped get a lot of older vehicles off the road, Mihalyfi said. He was very satisfied with what the program did. “It did exactly what it was supposed to do,� he said. “It definitely had a great effect on our traffic, sales and inventory. Overall, it was a wonderful program.� The program, started July 2, with the federal government tripling its budget Aug. 7, according to the Web site. “It was a good program,� Messick said. “It brought the much-needed business to dealerships.�


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vehicle. The program was so popular, Congress had to authorize an extra $2 billion for it before it ended Aug. 24. But while many may criticize the tactics of the Cash for Clunkers program, it is difficult not to recognize all the business it brought to dealerships. General Manager Jim Messick of Graff Chevrolet said he noticed an incredible shift in business since the start of the program. “It gave us the boost the auto industry needed to pick up where we left off a year ago,� Messick said. Cash for Clunkers seemed to draw more business than originally thought, Messick said. They were not prepared for as many people as they received, he said. Krapohl Ford sold 51 cars through the Cash for Clunkers program and has another six more still on order. Graff Chevrolet was given just

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From the trails to the court

Gus Macker hosts 170 teams in tourney By Aaron McMann Staff Reporter

Football season has almost arrived. But it was basketball on display this weekend in Lot 62 outside Kelly/Shorts Stadium. The Gus Macker three-onthree basketball tournament made its first stop in Mount Pleasant and hosted 170 teams. “I’ve been doing it for about 20 years, it’s good for the kids and families,” Grand Rapids native and volunteer official Dan Dunning said. “I do about five or six a year.”

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Team Gilbert For some, such as Augusta sophomore Adam Gilbert, it was their first time in the tournament. Gilbert decided to form a team with friends he met during his freshman year at CMU. Stepping on the court with him was Kentwood sophomore Neil Orchard and a pair of DeWitt sophomores, Nick Mello and Clay Sutherland. “We all like playing basket-

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ball,” Gilbert said. “First, it was me and Neil, and I remembered these guys from last year and I called them up.” “Team Gilbert” almost did not step on the court, though. When the brackets went online 9 p.m. Friday, the team was not listed. It was forced to scramble early Saturday morning to find out its status. “I got a call at 6:30 this morning and then I had to call the guys to let them know, and then we had to run around looking for shirts,” Gilbert said. That did not stop the players — they went out at 9 a.m. and won their first game, beating “Sacred G” 15-9. The squad finished the tournament with a 2-2 record after being eliminated by the same team Saturday afternoon. Overall, the squad had fun throughout the tournament. “It was a good time, well ran,” Mello said.

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Redshirt freshman Samantha Brawley is playing in her first season on the volleyball team after originally coming to CMU to run cross country.

Crossover athlete Brawley comes back to the sport she loves after year with cross country team By D.J. Palomares | Staff Reporter

Brawley Profile


fter walking on the cross country team in 2008, Sam Brawley found she no longer had the heart to keep up in a sport she had success in through high school. Despite heading to the state finals in cross country multiple times, Brawley saw her times fall after getting to college. She was forced to take a redshirt and sit out the season. Once the season was finished, Brawley decided she would not be returning to the team. But rather than set aside her competitive spirit, she decided to take on a new challenge and try out for another sport she loved: volleyball. “I have always loved volleyball more,” Brawley said. “Even in high school, I would want to leave cross country practice to go to volleyball practice, but never the other way around.”

Brawley lettered in volleyball and cross country four times each. Early in her career, she knew she was better at cross country, but her heart was in volleyball. “Since I was a sophomore in high school, I knew I wanted to play volleyball in college,” Brawley said. “I had some coaches look at me when I was in high school, and they said I had potential, but I needed some time to perfect my game.”

Brawley tried out for the volleyball team earlier this year. After seeing her play and looking at her performance in high school, coach Erik Olson gave her a spot on the roster. “We ask a lot of our walk-ons,” Olson said. “But she has worked hard and deserves the spot on the roster.” Brawley had never been to a volleyball match before trying out for the team, despite her mother’s objections. Brawley

Name: Samantha Brawley Class: Redshirt freshman Postion: Defensive specialist The swith: Brawley originally came to CMU to run cross country, but switched sports during the offseason and earned a spot on the volleyball team as a walk-on. Neil Blake/Staff photographer

CMU lost to Indiana on Sunday 1-0, but defeated St. Bonaventure 1-0 Friday.

said her mother pushed her to go the matches and meet with the coach, but scheduling conflicts with cross country made it impossible. “My mom was really excited when I told her I had made the team,” Brawley said. “When you go to a cross country match, you sit in one spot and wait for them to go by. So she is going to enjoy the volleyball games much more.”

Soccer loses Sunday game in Indiana, 1-0 Chippewas beat St. Bonaventure, beaten by Hoosiers

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Volleyball salvages one win over weekend CMU loses to North Dakota State and Florida State on Friday

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The volleyball team avoided a threematch sweep at the Florida Invitational with a win Saturday over Florida A&M. CMU beat the Rattlers in a five-set match after losing Friday to Florida State and North Dakota State. “We did a lot of things that we had not done in preseason. That was really disappointing,” said coach Erik Olson.

“We have a lot to work on but, with a young team, things tend to improve very quickly.” Junior outside hitter Lauren Krupsky led the team with 34 kills in the three games, including an 18-kill performance against Florida A&M. Her achievements earned her all-tournament honors. “There were definitely some highlevel volleyball players at this tournament,” Krupsky said. “They are bigger and hit harder than what we will see in the (Mid-American Conference), but we feel it was a great learning experience.” Sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn Schultz had 10 blocks and 21 kills in

Volleyball Recap w Loss against North Dakota State (25-23, 25-19, 25-18) on Friday w Loss against Florida State (25-19, 25-13 25-23) on Friday w Win against Florida A & M (2513, 23-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-12) on Saturday the three-game stretch. She also was named to the all-tournament team. “We placed Kaitlyn Schultz on the right side, and she did an excellent job of adjusting,” Olson said. Middle blocker Danielle Gotham A weekend tournament | 3B

The women’s soccer team lost for the first time this season Sunday in Indiana at Armstrong Stadium. Indiana beat CMU 1-0 in a game that was the first of three road games at Big Ten schools this season. Indiana scored in the game’s seventh minute when freshman Orianica Herrera found sophomore Carly Samp, who fired a shot to the right side of the goal. Junior midfielder Valerie Prause said the team did not play up to its ability to start the game. “In the first half, we came out a little intimidated,” she said. “Then we got settled in the second half and figured

out who we were. (We) played a lot harder in the second half.” Prause said the Chippewas allowed Indiana to Tom Anagnost control play in the start of the game. “We need to know who we are when we start the game and impose our game on the other team instead of them imposing theirs on us,” she said. Coach Tom Anagnost said Indiana had more players who wanted to win the game. “I give credit to Indiana, because they wanted to win the game more than us,” he said. “With that being said, we were definitely in the game today.” Central (2-1) got eight

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170 teams participated in three-on-three basketball games Saturday and Sunday during the Gus Macker Festival.

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Flint resident Trever Weston, 25, looks up in awe as his teammate jumps for a rebound Sunday morning at the Gus Macker Festival.

(Above) Grand Rapids resident Eric Brooks plays basketball with his wife, Nicole, and their children, Jorden, 6, and Durral, 3, after Eric’s game in the Gus Macker Festival. Neil Blake/staff photographer

Flint resident Quinn Weston, 31, looks to the basket as he takes a step into a jump for a layup Sunday morning during the Gus Macker Festival. Jake May/staff photographer

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Despite the gusty conditions, Grand Rapids Community College student Haley Andrews, Orchard’s girlfriend, was in the stands watching the entire time. “I was here for the weekend, so I thought I’d come out,” Andrews said.

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Lansing resident Muhammad El-Amin, 22, prepares to dunk a basketball Saturday during the three-on-three game at the Gus Macker Festival.

‘Great for the kids’ Andrews was not the only one braving the cold weather to watch someone she cares about. George Harrington of Hemlock was on the sidelines watching his 14-year-old daughter, Karli, participate in the girl’s division. “It’s great for the kids,” Harrington said. “Karli is going to be an eighth-grader, and I have another

daughter that’s going to be a sophomore this year ... the opportunities for girls have really expanded.” Gus Macker founder and Greenville resident Scott McNeal was on hand Saturday to present the Athletic Department with a $10,000 donation toward the new CMU Events Center and said they plan to return next year. “The lead-up was frustrating with the weather,” McNeal said. “This was a unique test with the college market; our goal is to bring it back every year as a fundraiser.” Other festival events included a canoe race, slam dunk, three-point and free throw contest, inflatable obstacle course, free concert, and the Taste of Mount Pleasant.


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Change of pace Shortly after joining the team, Brawley found out her training as a cross country runner hurt her conditioning for volleyball. Cross country requires long distances and stamina. Volleyball requires short bursts of speed and agility. “Running long distances slows down your reaction time, and I need that agility to play volleyball,” Brawley said. “Coach told me, ‘If you have to run, keep it under a mile.’” Brawley also experienced a change of team mentality. While cross country is a sport of personal bests, volleyball is a team sport with one goal. “In cross country practice, you want to work harder so you can run faster and make a goal,” Brawley said. “But in volleyball practice, you work harder for your team so you are not letting them down.” Brawley said she was nervous about the volleyball team’s reaction to her joining after her freshman year. She was afraid the team might see her as someone who just wants her name on the roster.

Sophomore defender Liesel Toth had one shot in Sunday’s loss at Indiana. CMU (2-1) defeated St. Bonaventure on Friday before losing its first game of the year to the Hoosiers. CMU had three shots on goal. photos by Neil Blake/ staff photographer

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shots off, but only managed to get three of them on goal. Two of the shots on goal were by senior forward Molly Gerst. She said the team did not play the way it has been practicing. “As a team we really shied away from who we are and who we have been the last few days,” she said. “I think we lost sight of all the things we have been working on and made a lot of mistakes.” Gerst said even with a loss today, the team knows it is good enough to play against bigger conferences. Central’s next two games are against Big Ten teams. “It just shows we can play with anybody, whether it is the Big Ten or any conference,” Gerst said. “That is a good mentality going into Michigan and Michigan State. We may have lost, but we know that we can hang with Big Ten teams.”

Freshman forward Autumn Hawkins, left, has started all three games this season. She has recorded an assist and three shots, one of which was on goal.

Win at home Central earned its first home victory of the season Friday, beating St. Bonaventure 1-0 at the CMU Soccer Complex. Freshman forward Laura Twidle said the team was not satisfied with the 1-0 victory. Instead, it believed it needed to play better if it wants to accomplish its goals. “I think we can do a lot

better,” she said. “It was kind of messy at points. We gave the ball up a lot.” Junior goalkeeper Shay Mannino earned her 14th shutout of her career, but it was freshman Bailey Brandon who kept the game scoreless in the 33rd minute after Dakota Carroll got a shot past Mannino. Twidle put the Chippewas on the scoreboard in the

71st minute when she collected a clearing attempt by St. Bonaventure and shot it past Nicole Markert to give Central its lone goal of the game. CMU plays Thursday against Michigan in Ann Arbor in the second of three games against Big Ten opponents.

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and outside hitter Lindsey Dulude saw the most time on the court amongst the freshmen. Gotham had 24 kills – second most on the team — and eight blocks in the tournament. Dulude had 20 kills from the outside hitter position and led the team with four service aces. “I would have liked to see

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our freshmen a little sharper,” Olson said. “We got a little lost and a little shellshocked due to the physicality of the tournament. At times, it was awesome and, at times, it was not.” Central lost two matches in straight sets Friday. However, the win over Florida A&M was the first five-set victory since the 2007 season. The Chippewas will head on the road again this weekend to

compete at the Green Bay Invitational in Green Bay, Wisc. “We are ready to get back in the gym and start working and getting ready for our next win,” Krupsky said. “We finished with a win that we hope will give us some momentum.” The team plays Green Bay on Friday and Iowa and South Dakota State on Saturday.

“I think the girls on the team quickly found out that I wasn’t on the team just to be on the team,” she said. “They saw me trying my hardest, and they started helping me improve my game.” Learning the Position As a defensive specialist, Brawley has the opportunity to train with one of the most consistent liberos in CMU history, senior Alexis Lonneman. “She has helped me with my technique,” Brawley said. “I rely on her if I have a question. She never gets frustrated, and she just helps me out a lot. Since making the team, I am

going for everything and reaching balls I would have never gotten before.” Olson said she provides valuable depth to her position. “She has made some huge improvements over the summer,” Olson said. “She is an asset to have. If one of our defensive specialists are struggling, she can come off the bench and help us out.” Brawley earned all-state honors in cross country during and honorable mention all-conference honors in volleyball during her time at Niles High School.

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CMU opens season at Rose Arena Staff Reports

The men’s basketball team saw a resurgence in the spring of its 2008-09 season. Central won four of seven games, including a threepoint win against Western Michigan on the road to close out the regular season. CMU then defeated Eastern Michigan in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament. But a 64-61 overtime loss to Ball State put an end to the Chippewas’ chances at reaching the finals. Led by fourth-year coach

Ernie Zeigler, CMU will open the season with a stretch of five home games. The first two are exhibition, starting with Marygrove on Nov. 1. The team opens the nonconference regular season schedule at home against Princeton on Nov. 14. Last season, the Chippewas beat Princeton 55-53 on the road in their season opener. CMU will open its road schedule in Teaneck, N.J., in a rematch with last season’s ESPN BracketBuster opponent, Fairleigh Dickinson. On Feb. 21 last season, the Chippewas defeated FDU 68-62 after heading

into halftime tied at 23. Other notable non-conference games include a trip to Indiana for a Nov. 28 game against Purdue and the final home game of 2009 against Chicago State on Dec. 1. The team begins its conference schedule on Jan. 9 on the road against Toledo. The Chippewas will have a chance to avenge last season’s elimination from the MAC Tournament when Ball State comes to Mount Pleasant to open the conference home schedule on Jan. 13.

BURNING QUESTIONS | Meet junior Raeanne Lohner Junior Raeanne Lohner is a distance runner for the cross country team. Lohner finished 39th out of 101 runners in last season’s Mid-American Conference Championships. John Evans: Other than competing and practicing on the track, what do you like to do on your off-days? Raeanne Lohner: I am pretty much a normal college student. I like hanging out with people. My other passion is picking up new books from the library about education because I’m going into secondary education. JE: Is education your major? RL: English for secondary education, and I kind of divide myself into different realms. I would say that I devote a lot of my time to making sure I can be the best teacher I can be when I get out of here. JE: Do you have a favorite class or professor here at CMU? RL: I actually just started taking MLE 381 with Norma Bailey, who is a phenomenal teacher in the education department. I’m really excited because I’m in CMLACMU (Collegiate Middle School Level Association) which is a

club for middle school teachers, specifically, and Bailey is the faculty head for the club. JE: What Raeanne Lohner was a main factor in your decision to come run track for CMU? RL: I just love the campus, and that was the biggest thing. I think you can get a very good education at a lot of places but, at the end of the day, it’s where you feel most comfortable, and I felt comfortable on the campus and with the team.


J E : So your p l a n s for after graduation are to be a teacher? RL: Yes, absolutely, I am totally passionate about going into education. I don’t know if I am going to stay in the state, but I am willing to move. JE: Is there any particular age that you want to teach? RL: Middle school for

sure, like 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th (grade), somewhere in there. JE: What is your favorite band? RL: Dave Matthews Band, for sure, they are my favorite, I don’t know what genre you would group them in, but they are my favorite. JE: What is your favorite T.V. show to watch whenever you get a chance to relax and watch television? RL: I wake up every morning and watch “The Today Show” while I drink my cup of coffee and eat my breakfast. It’s like the routine and that’s usually the only time I really get to watch T.V. all day. JE: How would you describe your hometown? RL: I’m from East Grand Rapids, and it is a really close-knit community, which was a really big change for me because, growing up, I didn’t have dirt roads to run on and I come up here, and it’s like corn fields and dirt roads. East Grand Rapids High School is in the middle of town and everyone lives within a mile-and-a-half of the school so, coming out here, it seems like I’m going into the middle of nowhere.

Decker adjusts to different role DETROIT — Adam Decker is a media celebrity. Even if he doesn’t make another tackle in his career, his biggest hit as a college athlete will continually be played on Michigan State highlight reels. During his junior season in 2008, Decker pushed back future Doak Walker Awardwinning rusher Shonn Greene for a 3-yard loss on fourth-andinches with 2:10 left in the Oct. 4 game against Iowa. MSU won, 16-13, and the play is featured in television commercials previewing the 2009 season. “The funny thing is, it was exciting at the time, but we do have a new season,” Decker said. “It’s time to refocus.” Refocusing is how Decker has worked to prove that he can still be a defensive weapon on the field this fall, even if he doesn’t start. Decker started eight games

last year at MIKE (middle linebacker), playing mostly against power offenses. When the Spartans faced spread teams, Greg Jones moved to MIKE, and a quicker player took over on the outside. With Jones’ continual growth over the spring, it appeared Decker’s role would diminish. Decker, however, pushed in the preseason to remain in the mix, prompting coaches to again consider using him in a prominent position on defense. “It’s just the toughness factor, what Coach Dantonio talks about all the time about being mentally and physically tough,” Decker said. “Things aren’t always going to go your way, and you have a player like Greg who does so many things well that they’re going to put him in a situation that’s best for him, and that’s in the middle.” The possibility of being used as a pass rusher in third-down situations also intrigues Decker.



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“If they need me to put my hand down a little bit, that would be something that I’d love to do,” Decker said. “I’d have to learn something on the fly a little bit, but that would be a lot of fun.”


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