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n a world built on social interaction, it is impossible to truly predict the next step in social networking sites. Internet options are endless. “Social networking site could go anywhere in the future, I think,” said Sterling Heights junior Fred Bartolomei. Just a few years ago, online messaging tools such as AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Web Messenger and Yahoo Messenger were the most convenient ways of communicating online. Before that, e-mail. Society is always looking for another way to make networking and socializing easier.
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A semi-familiar face will enter Finch Fieldhouse Oct. 16, guitar in hand and ready to make audiences laugh. Comedian Stephen Lynch will replace comedian Zach Galifianakis for his originally scheduled show. Lynch last performed at Central Michigan University in spring 2005 at Finch Fieldhouse. Program Board was in charge of deciding Galifianakis and Lynch, and President Dave Breed said they wanted Lynch to come back for some time. “It just came right on,” the Muskegeon junior said. “Four years was a long time ago and it was a popular act. He’s come up with new things lately.” Lynch is famous for his politically incorrect songs. When he last came to CMU in Feb. 2005, he sang about such topics as his ugly baby, Jesus’ little-known brother Craig Christ and New York City cab drivers. Lynch’s most
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Oxford freshman Jessica Pyke poses for a team picture while holding her Leadership Safari mascot, the yellow-jacket. Leadership Safari participants are broken up into groups with animal names.
Safari impresses Oxford freshman By Joe Borlik Senior Reporter
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recent CD is titled ‘3 Balloons.’ Breed said after they found out Galifianakis would be unable to perform at CMU because he is filming a movie, they immediately contacted Lynch. “He was the first we contacted and he was available,” Breed said. Galifianakis was set to make $40,000 for his performance, but Breed said he was unable to talk about the contract between CMU and Lynch. Breed said they are planning on this being a big performance. “(We want to get) pretty close to selling out. With as popular as he is, and there being 3,500 seats in Finch, our goal is to get close to that,” he said. Breed is not sure exactly when students will be able to buy tickets or how much they will cost.
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For an incoming freshman, Central Michigan University can be a new world. Oxford freshman Jessica Pyke knows this first hand. When Pyke arrived at CMU one week ago, she only knew five people at the school. She had not even met her roommate, whom she found on Facebook. But all this changed after she became a “yellow jacket.” The yellow jackets was her Leadership Safari team and from last Saturday to Wednesday night, she was one of thousands of incoming freshman who took part in the program’s leadership-building activities. “I’m definitely glad I got out of the house and did Leadership Safari,”
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she said. Her team of a dozen people spent the week involved in many activities including an obstacle course, mock rock and various trust-building activities. Pyke got more involved than she expected from the program — Leadership Safari starts at 8 a.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. “Leadership Safari is fun, but long,” she said. “I thought we were just going to have one speaker a day.” She became fast friends with her team and made many new friends throughout the week. Holland freshman Raissa Permesang was in Pyke’s team and said the group clicked right away.
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CMU to pay $25,000 for Fabolous concert
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By Eric Dresden Student Life Editor
w The College of Communication and Fine Arts will hold an all faculty and staff meeting 9:30 a.m. at Moore Hall Kiva. w Comedian Mike Estime is performing at the RFoC at 9 p.m. w No Zebras, No Excuses will start at 5 p.m. at Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. w The Health Professions College will hold an 8 a.m. meeting today at the HP Building Room 1255. w Singer Monique Berry will be the featured artist as part of Max and Emily’s Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. on E. Broadway Street.
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w “College Life and the Law” will be presented several times from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Music Building’s Staples Family Concert Hall. w The Fast and the Furious will be shown at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 Kelly/Shorts Stadium. w The Back to School Art Exhibit begins and will last all day until 5 p.m. at the Bovee University Center Multicultural Education Center.
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w A Costume Workshop will be held at 1 p.m. at the Broadway Theatre, 216 E Broadway St.
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Rapper Fabolous will get a paycheck of $25,000 for his performance at Central Michigan University in September. The performance at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 in Rose Arena, according to the contract between CMU and Fabolous obtained by Fabolous Central Michigan Life via the Freedom of Information Act. The performance, co-sponsored by Program Board and On the Fly Productions, will end the annual “Hip-Hop Week.” Coordinators of Student Activities Damon Brown said the price for the performance is around the same for what Program Board and On the Fly Productions paid for the last performance in the past several years. “It’s about what we paid for Yung Joc, but less than T-Pain,” Brown said. “We got him at a
good time, right before his new album dropped so, I would say, he costs a little bit more now.” Brown said Fabolous performed two years ago and the show was good, but he does not foresee that hurting the amount of people coming to this show. “That’s two years of students graduated and he gave a great show then,” Brown said. Brown said the band Day 26, a group that won MTV’s “Making the Band 4,” will be opening the performance. “They have one singer out of Detroit and had success on MTV,” he said. “They’re an R&B group, so we are kind of able to kill two birds with one stone (by having a rapper and R&B group).” Kristen Trombly, concert chairwoman for Program Board, said she thinks the success of Fabolous’ new album “Loso’s Way” also will sell a lot of tickets. “We’re hoping students can come out and enjoy it,” the Metamora junior said.
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Swindler suspect arrested, charged with two felonies By Jake Bolitho Senior Reporter
A 55-year-old Detroit man has been arrested as a suspect of the recent quick-change scams at several Mount Pleasant businesses. The suspect, Dennis Braden, attempted the scam at a local business on south Mission Street on Aug. 16, police said. Employees notified the Mount Pleasant Police Department in the late afternoon. A person who matched the employees’ description was later spotted outside a business on 1620 S. Mission St. in Campus Court and arrested after an employee of the business called and reported stolen money. The MPPD cannot release
the names of the business or its employees, said Inspector Tom Forsberg. The department cannot establish whether or not he has been residing in Mount Pleasant recently, but said he may have been traveling around the state and is suspected of similar crimes in other areas, he said. Braden is lodged at the Isabella County Jail on a $30,000 bond. He is charged with two felony counts of larceny and additional charges are expected as the Isabella County Prosecutor’s Office reviews the situation. Braden is scheduled for a preliminary examination at 8:15 a.m. today at the Isabella County Courthouse, 200 N. Main St.
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MAINstage expands its grounds this weekend
By Brad Canze Senior Reporter
Guests at this year’s MAINstage beginning-of-theschool-year celebration will have more room to stretch their legs than previous years. In addition to taking place on the hill overlooking the Rose Ponds near the Student Activity Center, the event also will expand into the nearby parking
lot, said Damon Brown, coordinator of Student Activities for the Office of Student Life. “The biggest change this year is the location,” said Brown, who is in charge of MAINstage for Student Life. “The biggest complaint in years past is it’s too crowded, being up on the hill, so we’ve moved it to the parking lot. The food tent is still up on the hill, the concert will take place in the same area, but
find us on Twitter w Use #CMUMainStage the actual business and RSO tents will be in the parking lot.” Although the business/RSO tents will have roughly the same amount of tables as last year, moving them will open up space and allow for more walking room and more room for games and rides, Brown said.
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“We’ll have total around 300, 325 RSOs, businesses and departments taking part in MAINstage, and that number has been pretty consistent throughout the years,” Brown said. This year’s concert will be headlined by singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson and is being handled cooperatively by On The Fly Productions and Program Board. “We go to an annual confer-
Q&A w With Eric Hutchinson, 5A ence every year where we get to preview different acts, and we had seen (Hutchinson) there,” said Program Board president and Muskegon junior David Breed. “We just fell in love with him and thought he would be a great fit for campus .” firstname.lastname@example.org
On-street parking in the city of Mount Pleasant is prohibited from 2 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Sept. 1. Parking in the Central Business District is prohibited from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. unless the car has an overnight parking permit. Any cars parked on snow routes during snow emergencies will face the possibility of ticketing or towing. Further rules and overnight parking lots can be found by calling the city’s code enforcement at 7795302.
Get Acquainted Day taking place Wednesday
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CMU Police Officer Michael Sienkiewicz and Mount Pleasant’s Code Enforcement Officer Paul Rocheleau talk with Pigeon senior Lindsay Pietruck about the city’s code on parties and parking Wednesday. The officers spent the afternoon going door to door educating students on the city laws.
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Two police officers have different duties than most By Jake Bolitho Staff Reporter
Students who see Central Michigan University Police officers in the Towers and East Area Residence Halls might assume they were called in for a complaint. But the CMU community police officers, Jeff Ballard and Mike Sienkiewicz, spend nearly as much time in the halls as students do. The two have offices in Carey Hall and the Saxe/ Herrig Success Center, respectively, and work hard to shatter common stereotypes about police officers. “We are actually very proactive and friendly and we want people to realize that,” said Ballard, a nineyear police officer and a community officer since last year. The officers find time to socialize with residents even while they keep an eye on alcohol violations and other offenses. They often are present at hall council meetings and socials and even spotted playing video games with students. “We work with RAs, MAs and international stu-
By Joe Borlik Senior Reporter
Mount Pleasant residents who love the taste of Biggby Coffee are in luck. On Wednesday morning, the East Lansing-based coffee franchise opened its second Mount
Pleasant location this summer at 210 S. Mission St. Cameron Aspenwall, a Biggby franchise support team member who works in at the corporate office, stopped in to help business on the cafe’s first day. “We love being in a college town,” he said. “College students require plenty of caffeine, especially on Mondays.” Aspenwall said he isn’t concerned about two Biggby locations being in Mount Pleasant. “Any exposure to Biggby’s is
Central Michigan University’s Minority Student Services is hosting annual Get Acquainted Day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Events include free food, giveaways and DJ music as well as opportunities to get acquainted with campus departments, student organizations and local businesses. The event is open to the public.
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The Central Michigan National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Golf Classic is Tuesday at Bucks Run Golf Club, 1559 S. Chippewa Road. The event begins with a registration and continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The event benefits Woodland Hospice, 2597 S. Meridian Road, and the Isabella County Commission on Aging. More information can be found by calling Jim Clabuesch at 779-7801.
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CMU Police Officer Michael Sienkiewicz and Mount Pleasant’s Code Enforcement Officer Rocheleau talks with Dearborn Junior Keondae Ervin Wednesday afternoon to discuss the city’s code enforcement with parties and parking on public streets.
dents,” said Sienkiewicz, who also is new to the position. “We’re here for the students and like to interact with students.” The job has benefits other officers might otherwise miss out on, Ballard said. Before he became a community officer, Ballard played intramural sports and was involved with students in other ways. Incorporating those same social aspects into his current job has been especially rewarding, he said. “I’m kind of a social but-
terfly,” he said. “The involvement is more than if I were just a road officer.” Although crimes in the residence halls are relatively minimal, Sienkiewicz said the two officers still make an effort to educate the community about preventing such problems. One of the strongest things they impress upon students is simply locking their doors if they are away or sleeping. “We try to avoid people from being the victims of crimes,” Sienkiewicz said.
“What it really comes down to is common sense.” Visibility is the key to the pair’s job, Ballard said, and it is vital students feel comfortable when they move onto campus from home. Both officers said they strive to get to know the members of their community. “This becomes people’s homes when they come here,” Ballard said. “It’s really easy to start and build relationships.” email@example.com
Mission Street Biggby now open Coffee shop second in two years to open in area
All students wishing to register for a class on a credit/no credit or audit basis must fill out and return a Credit/No Credit Request Card or Audit Card to the Registrar’s Office or the Student Service Court by the deadline determined by their class length. The sixteen week class deadline is Sept. 11. All other deadlines can be found by contacting the office of the Registrar in Warriner Hall Room 212, or by calling 989-7743261.
On-street parking prohibited starting Sept. 1
By Seth Nietering Staff Reporter
Other business CMU’s student government is looking for ways to keep the Michigan Promise alive. “We want our Legislative Affairs branch to work on the Michigan Promise,” SGA Vice President Brittany Mouzourakis said. The state Senate has recommended the scholarship, which replaced the Michigan Merit Award, be eliminated from the state budget. SGA is also working to help give students the greatest chance possible to select the best professors available. “One of our primary goals is to get the (student opinion) surveys online,” the Garden City senior said. SGA hopes that by putting the surveys online, it will make it easier for students to select the best possible professors available, Nichol said. Currently, the surveys can only be found in the library on CDs, which is not very convenient for students. Right now, students have very limited information on many, if not most, of the professors at CMU. Students may have access to sites such as RateMyProfessor, but often times the information given is not helpful at all. “I think it gives us, the consumer of education, more buying power,” Nichol said.
Deadline for 16-week classes Sept. 11
Graduate preparation courses, Michigan Promise top agenda
The new school year is quickly approaching, and the Student Government Association has several plans they hope will make life easier for Central Michigan University students. One of the biggest goals SGA hopes to accomplish is bringing graduate preparation courses to CMU. At the moment, students have to go to other universities in order to take them. SGA President Jason Nichol plans to change that. “Right now you have to go to Lansing for a prep course,” the Mount Pleasant senior said. “The program is designed already (to change that). Right now we are trying to implement (it).” SGA is working closely with Honors Program director James Hill, in trying set the program in motion. The program would offer 10 categories, and students would be able to choose three of them. Each module would last a total of five weeks for a total of one credit. They will be offered through the Honors Program, Hill said. SGA is hoping to start the program next fall.
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good for business,” he said. The new location has a drivethru and patio on the north and south sides. Matthew Echelberger, an English language and literature assistant professor, enjoyed a black coffee on the cafe’s first day of business. He said the location is a great place to come to after spending a quiet day at work in the office. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Canadian Lakes junior Stephanie McGuffie laughs with her coworkers while she waits for customers to use the drive-thru during the grand opening of Biggby Coffee on Mission St. Wednesday.
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Green Tree Cooperative Natural Grocery, 214 N. Franklin St., is hosting an “Eat Local Mount Pleasant Challenge” Saturday to Sept. 5. It is open to all residents. The grocery defines local as anything grown or produced within 100 miles and is asking individuals to try and consume 80 percent of their diets locally. Those who register at Green Tree can receive a guide with helpful food hints as well as a passport with coupons to local businesses and restaurants.
Law enforcement out in full force
Some local police departments will be deploying additional patrol officers this weekend as Central Michigan University’s annual welcome weekend takes place. The CMU police department will send out four officers for the entire weekend. The Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant post will have two officers on the streets Friday and four officers working overtime Saturday. Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said his department will see a significant increase in officers over the weekend, but could not give an exact number. The Mount Pleasant Police Department is also planning an unspecific increase. The Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Department will likely maintain its normal weekend patrol force of four to five officers.
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Cobb Hall to offer health services once a week First-ever ‘remote outlet’ will be open Monday mornings By Jake May Senior Reporter
Injured or ill students will now have another health service resource on campus aside from Foust Hall. University Health Services will host a once-a-week clinic in Cobb Hall to accommodate students who live on south campus, especially the Towers, which houses 33 percent of students living on campus. “The whole point of this is that we want to be where the students are. We want to make it easier for them, and this mini-clinic is just what students who live in the Towers need,” said Cal Seelye, assistant director of Residence Life. “Nobody will be turned away. Students who live here don’t want to walk to Foust. We don’t want any student walking through campus with a temperature of 103 degrees. That’s not healthy, and this will help prevent that from happening.” The clinic is in Cobb Hall Room 103 and will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon Mondays starting next week.
The room used to house two graduate assistants, but has been nearly vacant for the last four years. Nobody occupied the room last year, Seelye said, giving administrators a chance to create the medical suite down the hall from students’ rooms on the first floor. The one-bedroom residence hall room was transformed into a two-room office with a bathroom. The project cost less than $1,000, Seelye said. The facility used existing furniture and staff, and the only newly-funded project costs included hardwood floor installation and a medical curtain. There will be one doctor, a nurse and a secretary at the location, all of which are employed with University Health Services. “Because it’s right there in the Towers, students will be able to come right down without a hitch,” said Dr. Sarah Yonder, physician at the University Health Services. Students do not need to make an appointment, but may have to upon arrival, depending on how many students are waiting. Students also can schedule appointments to fit them in between classes. “A student may come in
and we could be with another patient. Not a problem, actually, we could take down their name and room phone number and they can go back and sleep, eat or do whatever they need in their own bedroom until we are ready,” said Loretta Moran, University Health Services assistant director of patient services. “It’s kind of like a house call, plus they can come down here in their pajamas. What other clinic can say that?” Moran said students can come in for a number of check-ups: general urgent care, sore throat, cough, eye infections or urinary tract infections — all of which can be diagnosed and treated in Cobb Hall. Seelye said he does not expect a large influx of students using the service until late October or early November when the temperatures drop and snow starts to settle. That is flu season, he said, and that is when they expect an upswing of patients. The Cobb Hall location will be able to bill insurances onsite as well. “It’s kind of a hidden treasure,” Moran said. “Almost nobody has health care right in their house.”
Vetter named interim dean of CMU’s business college Appointment marks fourth interim dean on campus By Jake May Senior Reporter
Associate Dean Daniel Vetter has been appointed to serve as interim dean of Central Michigan University’s College of Business Administration, effective Aug. 31. The appointment comes as a result of the college’s current dean Michael Field’s acceptance of a position at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Fields will be the dean of the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. This marks the fourth
dean position in one of CMU’s seven colleges currently filled by an interim. The other three are Educa- Daniel Vetter tion and Human Services interim dean Kathy Koch, Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences interim dean Pamela Gates and Graduate Studies interim dean Roger Coles. “We have a strong faculty and staff, and we will continue to follow many of the goals and objectives Michael Fields has established,” Vetter said. “I am very pleased to be appointed as interim dean. I look forward to working in the position over the coming year.”
Vetter served as the college’s interim dean for nearly two years prior to the selection of Michael Fields, who started in spring 2006, said Gary Shapiro, interim provost. He also held posts as an assistant, associate and full-time professor since he was employed by CMU in 1988, when he started as a faculty member teaching business classes. “He has served well in his capacity as a senior associate dean and as an interim dean,” Shapiro said. “He is the most seniored administrator in the business college. He’s worked well with faculty and other deans and division officers. He is the obvious and clearly the best choice for the job.” Fields’ last day is Aug. 28. email@example.com
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Summer construction projects Q & A with MAINstage conserve energy, save money performer Eric Hutchinson FM improvements to save more than $70,000 a year By Chelsea White Staff Reporter
Summer construction projects on campus focused on conserving energy and reducing electrical costs. Students living in Beddow, Thorpe, Merrill and Sweeney Halls will have better control of the temperature in their rooms with the installation of temperature control valves, said Linda Slater, director of plant engineering and planning. The project cost $120,000 and will save about $60,000 a year in heating costs, she said. “These temperature control valves are a win-win situation,”
said Steve Lawrence, associate vice president of Facilities Management. “Occupants can now control their own room temperatures providing more comfort, and it will reduce energy consumption.” Brooks Hall also had mechanical, electrical and plumbing updates during the summer. FM replaced the existing HVAC system with 120 new heat pumps located in labs, classrooms and offices throughout Brooks Hall, Slater said. “The original HVAC system was put into service in 1964 and is well past its intended useful life,” Lawrence said. The new heat pumps are much more efficient, and each room can work individually instead of the whole building being under one heating or cooling mode, he said. The $5 million project, also
funded by Deferred Maintenance, will result in “increased occupant control and comfort” and will save energy by 25 percent, Slater said. The project budget is more than $5 million and also is funded by Deferred Maintenance. Grawn Hall also saw some improvements. “Occupancy lights were installed in Grawn Hall so that lights will turn off when classrooms and other spaces are not in use,” Slater said. “This project budget is $33,000 and saves more than $11,000 a year in electrical costs.” FM also replaced roofs on the Student Athletic Center, the Bohannon School House, Neithercut Lodge, on five buildings in Kewadin Village and on seven buildings at the Northwest Apartments, Slater said. firstname.lastname@example.org
CMU accepts a gift of land, no current use for 63 acres By Sarah Schuch University Editor
Central Michigan University was given a large chunk of land in December 2008, but plans to do nothing with it for a decade or more. United Investments donated 62.6 acres of its 157 acres of vacant land located at the southwest corner of the Broomfield and Crawford Roads. “It was a gift, so we accepted it,” said Steve Smith, director of public relations. “We have no plans to use it at all.” Smith said the land may be used in 20 or 30 years, but nothing is planned for the near future. Rick McGuirk of United Investments declined to comment. The land has been a hot topic in the city and the quiet donation of the land to CMU
might not be any different. “There’s long history of the property,” said Mount Pleasant City Manager Kathie Grinzinger. The land is zoned for planned residential development and has been for the past 20 years, but when United Investments acquired the land it wanted to do something different. The company proposed 26 duplexes and 72 single-family homes on the open space, which would have increased the density for the area than previously planned. The City Commission approved a Conditional Zoning Agreement, but on Nov. 11, 2007 city voters rejected it. Residents were upset by the change of plan, Grinzinger said. In 2006, United Investments sued the city for a breach of contract, but on May 8, 2009
a bench opinion said the city did nothing wrong and the vote stands. “United Investments lost the law suit, then donated a large number of land to CMU,” she said. “Only United Investments can say awhy they donated the land to the university.” If CMU plans on doing anything with the land in the future, officials will need to go through the city, since the land is within city limits, said Jeff Gray, Mount Pleasant community and development director. The university has not mentioned anything to the city at this point, but discussion is welcomed, he said. “If they are (interested), we are willing to sit down and talk about it,” Gray said. email@example.com
By Eric Dresden Student Life Editor
Editor’s Note: Student Life Editor Eric Dresden spoke with MAINstage headliner Eric Hutchinson this summer about his experience in Hollywood, future plans and what life as a performer has been like. Eric Dresden: When you were first asked about coming to CMU, (since) it’s a more remote campus, what was your reaction? Eric Hutchinson: I’m excited to come out. I do a lot of college shows and I find that some of the more remote places those can be the best shows. ED: You have gotten a spike in attention. In 2008, VH1 named you as an “Artist You Should Know.” How are you dealing with the attention? EH: It’s been good and kind of an even flow. It’s been one step at a time which has been good for me to get used to. I love being out on the road, I love playing shows, and I love connecting them. To me, I’m having a good time. ED: Are there any specific shows that you look back and have some fond memories of, specifically college shows?
EH: Yeah, there’s been lots of good shows. There’s been lots of challenging shows as well. That’s how I made my living, in the beginning, was playing college shows and I enjoyed doing it. I liked connecting with fans like that — just in the music, and I’m looking forward to the show. ED: You’ve been playing on many late night television shows lately. How has the experience been for you? EH: We did Jay Leno and Conan (O’Brien), before they kind of swapped, then we did Jimmy Kimmel and some other ones. That stuff is always fun, it’s just fun to be a part of it and the actors coming in it feels like one of those ‘pinch me’ kind of moments. It’s always a fun day. The musicians have to be there a lot before the actors and guests, we have to get their before anyone is there. You walk through the set and seeing the stage dark before anyone gets there is always cool. It’s cool to be behind the scenes. ED: You’re are a big hit in Australia. What’s going on there? EH: It’s been going really well in Australia as well as New Zealand and Norway and a couple other spots. I’ve
just been lucky. I’m on Warner Brothers Records and they have divisions all over the world. People just believe in the music and help get it out there. It’s exciting.
ED: Is there anything awkward or funny that has happened to you? EH: Not awkward — I don’t really get involved with that stuff. I love having fans come out to the shows, but I keep it about being on stage and my whole thing is trying to involve the crowd and get people into the show. People yell all kinds of stuff, but it’s more about me focusing the crowd and trying to have the best time we can.
ED: You’ve been on tour with Jason Mraz, OneRepublic and Jack’s Mannequin to name some. What’s that been like for you? EH: Opening up is always fun, it’s cool to get up there and see how different bands do their thing and what the different fans like. It’s cool to see how different people act. I’m always able to learn something from watching the other acts. I try to make music for everybody to listen to, so I like being able to get out and try as many different audiences as possible. firstname.lastname@example.org
voices Central Michigan Life
6A Wednesday, Aug. 19, 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
Brian Manzullo, Editor in Chief | Will Axford, Voices Editor Matthew Stephens, Presentation Editor | Lindsay Knake, Metro Editor | David Veselenak, Managing Editor
All headlines and captions represent what the Editorial Board would like to see in 2009, but probably won’t happen. None are true.
Presidential candidates narrowed to two before exam week
CMU receives increase Mount Pleasant approves in state appropriations Hooters restaurant
Football Men’s basketball team team finishes cracks AP winning season Top 25
CMU opens first all-green energy school
Granholm removes Gail Torreano from Board of Trustees Governor cites move to Texas as reason
New CM Life Web site first profitable news site No arrests made during Welcome Weekend
SGA president Jason Nichol on campus after fulfilling his to-do list that was created during his campaign.
SGA reinvents Central/Western trophy Nichols says Cannon has no relevance to rivalry
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Dave Chappelle fulfills bid, hosts hilarious stand-up in Plachta Auditorium
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A Broken Promise
combat the situation by using Pell grants and additional loans, but there’s only so much the school can do.
Students who pass MEAP gain nothing There’s nothing worse than giving your all and getting nothing in return. The Michigan Promise Scholarship was not approved for incoming freshmen at Central Michigan University. The hiatus comes from Lansing, as the state’s budget is yet to be set. CMU usually fronts students the money so they have access to it immediately. Without confirmation from the state on the status of the scholarship though, students are in the dark on whether or not the scholarship will come through. In other words, our state government is not doing its job and it is the college student who have to pay for it. unrewarded effort The Promise is given to students who score high on the Michigan Merit Exam, an exam that every school in the state is required to take. It’s the exam that makes or breaks a school district; bad merit scores means a bad
Will Axford Voices Editor reputation, thus driving away perspective parents from that school district. Whether or not this is a sound system for judging a school district is up for debate but as it stands, this is the way things are. With the scholarship in limbo, there’s no incentive for students to do their best. School pride? Surely, you jest. Bragging rights? Perhaps, but it’s still meaningless if there’s no payoff. Students who do well on this test are told one thing, and one thing only: $4,000 that can be used in your first year of school. What will the state tell them now? How about, “College? Sure, just start playing the lotto and hope for the best.” This is inexcusable. Not only are students depending on this scholarship to enrich their lives, it’s being taken away from them at the very last moment. CMU is doing its best to
a bleak outlook But college doesn’t work like that. In a world where college tuition hikes are guaranteed like taxes and death, every scholarship counts. It’s becoming more burdensome for students to educate themselves. Eventually, the burden will become too much and students will leave Michigan for out of state institutions. Or worse, stay in Michigan and join the ever-growing uneducated workforce. In the absence of education, there are no visible solutions for tomorrow’s problems. Granholm, I’m pleading with you: Don’t take the scholarship away. For Pete’s sake, woman, think of the children for once! Maybe instead of fixing the state budget by destroying other people’s dreams, we can start by cutting the salaries of the people who seem to be unable to do their jobs. You know, like people who can’t budget a state balance. Just a thought.
Six more years of service is nothing This past week, I was in Lansing getting my flight packet started. This flight packet basically is a precursor to me going in front of a board for selection as an aviator in the Michigan Army National Guard after I graduate and get my commission. As I was finishing up with Chief Salters, she reminded me I owe the National Guard six years as a condition of selection. Of course, this wasn’t going to be a problem. The six years was never going to be an issue for me — not because the opportunity of getting paid to fly rotary wing aircraft (helicopters) was being dangled in my face, but rather because of the past three and a half years I’ve been in the National Guard. During the time I’ve been in, I’ve met people and done things I probably would have never had the ability to do if I never joined. In fact, if I hadn’t made the decision to join the National Guard, you probably wouldn’t even be reading this column right now. I decided to
Jason Gillman Columnist transfer to CMU after a buddy of mine convinced me to join and go the ROTC route. I had the opportunity to attend a weeklong Squad Designated Marksman course. Basically, I got paid to learn how to shoot in excess of 500m. You normally have to pay for that sort of thing on the civilian side. By the time you read this, I’ll be down in Georgia at Army Airborne School learning how to jump out of aircraft. Yet again, something you normally have to pay for on the civilian side. Then, of course, there is the aviation thing. I’m not going lie — it’s why I joined. I’ve always wanted to do military
aviation, and just the other week I was able to log 1.6 hours of rotary wing time in a OH-58. Pilots that are reading this will know rotary wing time is not cheap, yet I was getting paid, and the times in my log book. But as I mentioned, it’s not just the things I’ve been able to do these last few years that have made it enjoyable, but the people I’ve met as well. This could potentially pay dividends in the job market, too. This column isn’t designed to be some recruiting piece, but rather an outlet for me to mention some of the things I’ve been able to do as a result of being in the military. I also figured I’d wait till I got back from Airborne School until I started hitting the politics again. If you would like to know more, look me up on Facebook and shoot me a message. You also could stop by the ROTC office in Finch if you would like to know more about that.
Calling all columnists: your voice here By Will Axford Voices Editor
It is impossible to avoid. The kid who cut you off on your way to class. The professor who rambles on about who knows what. The religious groups that come to campus and screams at you as you scurry off to class. All of these events force you to have an opinion. Do you think you have an opinion worth sharing? Do you see things that everyone sees but refuses to say anything? Then column writing just may be calling for you. I am looking for columnists for the Voices page. Potential candidates should have a basic understanding of the English language and the ability to argue their
point. I’m looking for students from different backgrounds with different views. I need writers that can speak up. Politics, technology, school events, satire, seriousness — all topics are up for discussion as long as it holds the student’s interest. But be forewarned: this is not a soap box. This is not a public platform for ranting. I don’t want to hear cliche tidbits or a regurgitation of what Jon Stewart said last night (despite how funny it may be). I want writers who can identify a problem and think for themselves. I want writers who are analytical, original and, mostly, unabashedly opinionated. If you have nothing to say that advances the argument, then your wasting your time.
Your opinions may be praised. Your opinions may be extremely unpopular. It’s the nature of the writing. But don’t make the mistake in thinking opinions are not important, especially in the newsroom. Opinions add perspective to otherwise objective news pieces. It offers insight to readers. By examining issues and discussing them in detail, people can work towards a solution. At the very least, opinions can make people start to talk. Think you got what it takes? Think you see too much going on at CMU that no one will speak up about? Well here’s your chance. E-mail voices@cm-life. com or stop in at the newspaper at the top of Moore Hall.
Central Michigan Life || Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 || 7A
A democratic flip flop
Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) wrote an op-ed in USA Today entitled, “‘Un-American’ attacks can’t derail health care debate.” In the column, Pelosi and Hoyer briefly explain why America’s health care system needs reform, and why it is important that we have an open discussion about such an important issue. I wholeheartedly agree with those two points: our health care system does need reform, and we need to have an open and lengthy discussion about how to reform it. Where I disagree is in the hypocrisy of the criticism of those who disrupted town hall forums on health care. facts vs. views In the op-ed, Hoyer and Pelosi wrote “an ugly campaign is underway not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue.” If it were that simple, I would agree with them. I have never been a huge fan of protestors, especially when the goal of protesting is only to drown out the opposing viewpoint, but I don’t think that is the goal of conservatives who are protesting the Democrats’ health care plan. The op-ed went on to say, “These disruptions are occurring because opponents are
Nathan Inks Columnist afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American.” But that was not the viewpoint Speaker Pelosi expressed back in 2006 at a town hall forum, where liberals were protesting the war in Iraq. At that forum, protestors interrupted the discussion several times, even forcing the moderator to step in so that the discussion could continue. There, she accused thenPresident George W. Bush of “cutting off our freedom of speech” because he said Democrats in Congress were lowering troop morale when they voiced their opposition to the war. She went on to say, “So let’s not question each other’s patriotism when we have this very honest debate that our country expects and deserves.” Yet last week, she accused protestors of waging unAmerican attacks against the Democrats’ health care plan, attacking the patriotism of those protestors. At that same forum, she said the advocacy of those who stood up for what they believed in “is very American and very important.” But when Republicans
stand up for what they believe in, it suddenly becomes unAmerican? At the end, she spoke of Franklin Roosevelt, characterizing him as a disruptor, saying, “I’m a fan of disruptors,” as she looked at one protestor who had been especially vocal throughout the forum. Yet now, she is characterizing conservative disruptors as un-American. laying the blame In 2006, when Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) questioned the patriotism of some Democratic members of Congress, Speaker Pelosi said “[Republicans] question the patriotism of others. I think that a statement of the kind that Congressman Bachmann made dishonors the position she holds and discredits her as a person.” But now the shoe is on the other foot and Speaker Pelosi is the one characterizing people as un-American, and that, just like Representative Bachman’s comment, discredits her as a person in my mind. Instead of playing political games and characterizing people as un-American or un-patriotic, let’s sit down and actually discuss health care reform. What good does shouting or disrupting do? We cannot afford to rush through health care reform. Change takes time, and shouting and name calling will do nothing to better the situation.
8A || Monday, Aug. 20, 2009 || Central Michigan Life
CMU Graduate Student Union negotiations under way for fall
By Sherri Keaton Senior Reporter
Ashley Miller/Photo Editor
The direction of the new parking spots on Ojibway Court appear to be incorrect. However, the university intended the spots to be used for backing in.
New back-in parking a first on Central’s campus By Chelsea White Staff Reporter
In an effort to be “pedestrian-friendly,” diagonal parking spots on Ottawa, Calumet and Ojibway courts are now requiring drivers to back in. The three courts, which now form a one-way street entering at Ottawa and exiting at Ojibway, surround Washington Apartments and the Education and Human Services Building. “The project is piloting back-in angle parking, which is a pedestrian friendly concept that CMU and the city of Mount Pleasant learned about last winter when working with a consultant on
‘walkable’ communities,” said Linda Slater, director of plant engineering and planning. Other cities, including Ann Arbor, are installing this type of parking, she said. Many places are testing the parking concept out and are proving back-in parking to be safer and easier, she said. “I agree that back-in angle parking will afford the driver a better view of oncoming cars, pedestrians and bikers as they pull out of the parking space,” said Steve Lawrence, associate vice president of Facilities Management. The project, necessary because of the roads’ poor condition, is trying to incorporate pedestrians and drivers into a
safe and welcoming environment, Slater said. “The new changes on campus will definitely result in a more pedestrian-friendly atmosphere,” Lawrence said. FM additionally added raised crosswalks, bike lanes, a bus stop and an entrance and exit to the new lot 56, which will be between the EHS building and Washington Street, Slater said. “Four Washington Apartments were demolished for the construction of the parking lot, and construction is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 11,” Lawrence said. email@example.com
New Tech Operations programs benefit students By Hilary Farrell Senior Reporter
Technology Operations at Central Michigan University unveiled several technologies students can utilize this year. They will help with audio and video projects and programs to help solve world issues such as cancer. Tech Ops producers now are available through Jabber and students may ask them for help with their video projects, said Jeff Wilson, manager of Tech Ops and the assistant director of Residence and Auxiliary Services. In order to receive help, students need to join the Jabber server, he said. “The producers are trained student employees that know how to make high quality video for classes or organizations,” he said. Instructions for joining the server can be found by calling the help desk at 774-3662. Producer advice also is available for CMU faculty, staff and administration use. Idle computers in campus labs will be used for other purposes, he said. As of this year, all Apple computers in student labs will run XGrid while idling and all other computers will run Boinc, a comparable program.
“If someone wanted to do research, they can take these complex equations which will use the idle machines attached to the grid (to compute it faster).” Matt Riley, Suttons Bay junior Both programs donate the computers’ processing power to solving more complex problems such as cancer and malaria. He said the excess processing power of CMU computers can help solve such complex problems. “TechOps has a tremendous amount of processing power that sits idle every night,” he said. Matt Riley, a Suttons Bay junior and Tech Op expert, said XGrid makes computing large equations for research faster. “If someone wanted to do research, they can take these complex equations which will use the idle machines attached to the grid (to compute it faster),” he said. All of the residence hall computers have been replaced with Macs as well, Riley said, and can run Windows and Mac programs, depending on a student’s preferences.
Tech Ops staff members are in charge of maintaining campus software and computers, creating Web sites and applications such as the CMU Portal, Volunteer Central and the Reggie System, and providing technological support for students, staff, faculty and administration. David Wilson, a Midland junior and Tech Ops Expert, said Tech Ops is helping students even when they are not aware of it. “Students may not see a lot of it,” David Wilson said. “We help the people who help them.” More information about Tech Ops can be found at ihelp.cmich.edu. firstname.lastname@example.org
Negotiations are ongoing for the Graduate Student Union that became official in May. Midland graduate student Mike Hoerger said the GSU met with the administration three times and another meeting is scheduled this month. “We’re working on reaching a tentative agreement regarding most non-economic issues before the fall semester begins,” Hoerger said. This includes issues such as the non-discrimination policy, teaching evaluations, grievance procedures, workloads, job postings and related topics, he said. As of now, the administration has been relatively cooperative, Hoerger said. For the fall semester, the GSU likely will schedule several meetings. GSU plans to
work on economic issues within the union then. This includes pay, health benefits, tuition coverage and related issues, Hoerger said, which will involve a lot of polling of graduate assistants to find out what people would like to accomplish. “The main goal will be to set policy that offers opportunities for major long-term improvements of the graduate school and the broader university,” Hoerger said. Robert Martin, associate vice provost for Faculty Personnel Services, declined to comment on the progress of GSU. Mount Pleasant graduate student Hasfa Salih would join the GSU because he supports unionism, and he feels the GSU would do a good job advocating for his rights in matters of his in concern with his graduate program. “Unions should be coordi-
nated in a true and fair manner such that the formation of a student union,” Salih said. Hoerger said he has seen some graduate assistants on food stamps, without health insurance, evicted, temporarily homeless, unable to afford needed medical procedures or bankrupted by medical bills, and he said something can be done about students and their financial turmoil. “When our grandparents were our age, college was funded 90 percent by the government,” Hoerger said. “Now, only something like 40 percent of tuition is subsidized by the government, it’s getting harder and harder to afford to go to college, which is contrary to our long-standing society values of equal opportunity and upward mobility.” email@example.com
Dubose makes motion to withdraw pleas Former CMU wrestler currently serving 10-month sentence By Lindsay Knake Metro Editor
Former Central Michigan University wrestler Marcell Addris Dubose filed a motion with the Isabella County District and Circuit Courts to withdraw his pleas for aggravated assault and receiving and concealing stolen property. The 19-year-old former student from Sterling Heights, serving a 10-month sentence in the Isabella County Jail, appeared Aug. 13 at the Isabella Courthouse in front of Judge Paul Chamberlain for a hearing on the motion. The hearing was rescheduled to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 31 because Dubose’s appellate attorney was not present and Chamberlain had not been overseeing the case. Dubose originally had two separate cases, said Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Risa Scully, but a plea deal tied the charges together. Dubose was charged in January with aggravated assault, a one-year misdemeanor, in accordance with last October’s brawl at the Delta Chi fraternity house, 1007 S. Main St. Separate from that incident, he was charged with receiving and concealing stolen property more than $1,000 when Central Michigan University Police tracked a MacBook computer stolen from a terrace floor room in Emmons Hall to Dubose using the computer’s IP address. Dubose claimed to have bought it for $20 from an unidentified white male in Fabiano Hall, said CMU Police Officer Scott Malloy last September. As a part of his plea deal, Dubose pleaded in April as charged to the aggravated assault to reduce the receiving and concealing stolen property from a four-year felony to a two-year misdemeanor of attempted larceny in a building.
“The charges are tied together,” Scully said. In May, Isabella County Judge Mark H. Duthie sentenced Dubose to 10 months in jail for aggravated assault. Dubose was “unhappy” with what he thinks is too hard of a sentence, Scully said, and filed a motion to withdraw his aggravated assault plea, saying the plea to the receiving and concealing stolen property is inadequate since they are tied together. He also filed a motion to be released early. If the court allows him to
withdraw the pleas, the process will start from scratch, Scully said. If not, Dubose will serve the rest of his sentence. Scully said although it is fairly routine to see people motion to withdraw pleas, Dubose’s case is unique because his two pleas are closely tied together. The aggravated assault case is in circuit court and the receiving and concealing will go through the Michigan Court of Appeals, but nothing has been filed yet, Scully said. firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Michigan Life || Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 || 9A
Parks available to students Comedian Mike Estime O n t h e f ly p r o d u c t i o n s
By Randi Shaffer Staff Reporter
Central Michigan University students still have a few warm weeks to enjoy parks around the city. Lisa Way, office professional for Mount Pleasant Parks and Recreation, said there are plenty of activities for people of all ages to enjoy in the community’s public parks. “All of the parks have playgrounds. Island Park has the most,” she said. “They’re putting in a splash ground right now.” Although the splash ground and spray park in Island Park, 331 N. Main St., is geared toward children and early teens, college students might find enjoyment in the different elements of the water courts. “There are three separate splash pads that are going to be involved in the splash park,” Way said. In addition to the spray park, which is under construction, Island Park has softball fields, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, basketball courts and a skate park. Island Park is open 9 a.m. until 11 p.m year-round. Other parks Students also might enjoy the open-air shelters for rent at Chipp-a-Waters Park, 1403 W. High St., and Mill Pond Park, 607 S. Adams St. Way said clubs and organizations frequently rent the pavilions for picnics and fundraisers. “It’s a great thing for new students to know about,” Way said. “It goes through all the park systems. It’s just an awesome walking path.” The 4.2-mile trail begins at
performing at RFOC tonight “Everybody Hates Chris” star doing stand-up By Connor Sheridan Staff Reporter
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Richmond senior Emily Barr and Clare junior Deanna Wiltse take their dog, Gigi, for a morning Wednesday walk through Island Park. “I walk here every day I can,” Wiltse said. “I like that there is access to the river.”
Pickens Field, 309 W. Pickard St., and runs through the town of Mount Pleasant, ending at Chipp-A-Waters Park. The trail recently was paved and extended. In case students want to take a break and get out of Mount Pleasant, Isabella County has eight additional parks for students to enjoy. Sue Ann Kopmeyer, director of Isabella County Parks and Recreation, said Meridian Park and Deerfield Nature Park are two of the most popular parks
for CMU students outside of the Mount Pleasant city limits. Deerfield Park has nearly 600 acres of hiking trail, a sledding hill and a new 18-hole disc golf course. The course was designed by the Mount Pleasant Disc Golf Club and stays open year-round, along with Deerfield and Meridian parks. “Deerfield is open from dawn until dusk; Meridian, as well,” Kopmeyer said. email@example.com
Concert series wraps up tonight Local songwriter to perform on Broadway Street Staff Reports
Max and Emily’s concert series ends at 7 p.m. today at 125 E. Broadway St. with a local singer and songwriter. Monique Berry, classified as nouveaux soul, is performing at the free concert. Tim Brockman, owner of Max and Emily’s Cafe, said the series lacked the attendance of college students. “A lot of people come from big cities and people aren’t used
to going downtown, they are more used to Mission Street. One thing we want to do is get the communication out to students so they know there’s a downtown,” he said. Monique Berry’s performance last year attracted nearly 500 people, and Brockman said he expects more this year. “It’s the most personal gig for me to play here, I grew up in Mount Pleasant, so for me it’s a treat to go home because I don’t go home often,” Berry said. The city will block off Broadway Street between Main and University streets. Several shops will remain open through the evening.
Helen Chase, owner of Trillium Fine Clothing for Woman, said downtown is very pleased to have the concert. “We normally close at 6 p.m., and I would think there would be increased traffic between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., so we wanted to stay open,” she said. The concert series is alcohol-free and people should bring their own chairs to the event. Max and Emily’s will sell ice cream sandwiches, brats, fajitas and burgers during the concert and the patio will be open on a first-come, firstserve basis. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sushi, martini bar to open in January By Hilary Farrell Senior Reporter
Students are used to getting their sushi wrapped by B Lo in the Bovee University Center. But community residents can get their fill of sushi downtown in January. Midori, a sushi restaurant and martini bar, is expected to open in January at 105 E. Broadway St. Co-owners Rick Swindlehurst and Jon Joslin purchased the establishment, which the Mount Pleasant City Commission granted a class C quota liquor license at its Aug. 10 meeting. Joslin, a city commissioner, and Swindlehurst’s son, Rich, will be the managers of the new restaurant. Joslin received the idea of a sushi and martini lounge from his wife and similar establishments. “(Midori will have a) very
Asian flair to it,” he said. “It’s not just sushi.” The restaurant also will feature a full martini bar. Sake, appetizers and rice bowls may compliment the sushi and martini menu, he said. “We have a chef lined up already,” Joslin said. Menu items and prices are not yet defined, but Joslin said he expects them to be similar to other establishments. The restaurant will be open six days a week for food service, entertainment and the lounge, according to Midori’s city application. Rich Swindlehurst, co-owner of the Blue Gator Sports Pub and Grill and Shaboom Pub Club, 106 N. Court St., said they began work on Midori. “Some construction has begun,” Rich said. “(It will be a) modern, clean, trendy design.” The restaurant will be non-
smoking. Rich Swindlehurst said sushi restaurants have proven popular in other cities and should be popular in Mount Pleasant as well. “They are very prominent in other areas across the state,” he said. Hiring for the restaurant may begin around November, Rich said, and they hope to have the restaurant open Jan. 1. “We’ve got our work cut out for us,” he said. The restaurant and martini lounge still needs to be approved by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, but no problems are expected, Joslin said. Midori received the last unassigned quota liquor license in the city, as defined by the population of Mount Pleasant in the 2000 United States Census. email@example.com
Comedian Mike Estime is known for his quick, witty jokes, as well as his acting on former CW show “Everybody Hates Chris.” Central Michigan University students will get to experience his fast-paced musings at 9 p.m. today at Real Food on Campus in the Towers, thanks to On the Fly Productions, a student organization focused on bringing entertainment to campus.
“He was in ‘Last Holiday’ and also in ‘Everybody Hates Chris,’” said OTF Mike Estime public relations representative and Macomb senior Amanda Rippin. Students may remember his quirky performance as a regular named Risky. in the show, Chris Rock’s semi-autobiographical television series. “I like the voices that he makes,” said Saginaw senior Ashley Morgan. Estime covers topics including bizarre celebrity behavior, culture clashes and how his Hai-
If you go ... w Who: Mike Estime w What: Stand-up comedy w When: 9 p.m. today w Where: Carey Hall’s Real Food On Campus
tian father influenced his upbringing. The show is free. “Most of our events are free,” Rippin said about the various performances OTF arranges for campus. Rippen said they are preparing for a big turnout for the celebrity. “We’re expecting a lot of the Towers (residents),” she said. stud entl i fe@c m-l i fe.com
10A || Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 || Central Michigan Life
It’s a jungle out there
Leadership Safari is a guided experience for freshmen and transfer students at Central Michigan University to learn about leadership and involvement opportunities. Students move to campus early and get a chance to become familiar with their surroundings. More than 1,000 students attend this program each year, with more 1,500 participating this year.
photos by chris bacarella/staff photographer
Oxford freshman Jessica Pyke concentrates Monday afternoon in the Indoor Athletic Complex as she listens to her Leadership Safari instructor give her directions. Jessica tries to draw a specific design on her paper through vocal instruction; however, the instructor can not use descriptive words to help.
Pyke discusses a plan with the rest of her Leadership Safari group to try break free from the “human knot” Monday afternoon in the Indoor Athletic Complex. The activity was one of many to teach the incoming freshmen team building.
Pyke plays a team building game to pass the time while waiting for her next Leadership Safari activity to begin Tuesday after lunch in the Indoor Athletic Complex. This game is one of many Safari participants play to pass the time throughout the day.
Pyke attempts to “moose” one of her friends Wednesday in the Indoor Athletic Complex during the final dinner of Leadership Safari. The game attempts to trick others into doing embarrassing actions if the hand gesture is directly looked at.
Pyke awaits for a teammate to fall into her arms Monday afternoon in the Indoor Athletic Complex. Leadership Safari groups did “trust falls” where one member stands on a platform and falls backwards into their group members’ arms.
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“(Leadership Safari) was hard at first because we didn’t know each other, but we hit it off right away,” she said. “Jessica added a lot of humor to the group.” Troy senior Matt Campbell
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served as the safari guide for the yellow jackets, and said he was amazed by Pyke’s performance in the group. “Jessica is doing really well,” he said. “She’s very mature for her age and is also positive and has good things to say during group discussions.” Now that the program is over, Pyke has a lot to look forward to as an incoming student.
This semester, she will take 14 credits to work toward a sports medicine major. She is also considering joining a sorority. Pyke also is getting along with three roommates at Beddow Hall. “This is a fresh start for all of us,” she said. email@example.com
Central Michigan Life || Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 || 11A
City looks to include students in census count Graduating students are asked by the U.S. Census Bureau to declare their residence as where they will be living April 1, regardless of whether or not they are in Mount Pleasant for at least six months, said Kim Hunter, media team leader for the Detroit Regional U.S. Census Center. However, it is not a requirement. The city organized a committee to oversee such an effort, which would utilize social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, said Nate Lockwood, director of the cityâ€™s Partners Empowering All Kids program. He also had discussions with several CMU officials, including former University President Michael Rao and Dean of Students Bruce Roscoe. CMU hopes to implement programs in the residence halls regarding the census and also is planning a campus-wide event early next year to spread awareness, Lockwood said. â€œThe tricky (census) is the students living off-campus,â€? he said.
By Jake Bolitho Senior Reporter
The city of Mount Pleasant is taking steps to ensure Central Michigan University students are counted in the 2010 United States Census as residents. The decennial Census, a head count of every person in the country mandated by the U.S. Constitution, will take place next spring. Mount Pleasant officials hope that the cityâ€™s population will remain above 25,000. As of the 2000 census, the population was just above that mark at 25,946. Census forms are mailed to all households in March and final statistics must be presented to the president by the end of the year. â€œWhat weâ€™re encouraging is that students fill out those forms when they come out,â€? said Jeff Gray, city director of Planning and Community Development. â€œWeâ€™re hoping to do some sort of promotion effort for the students.â€?
â€œThe main message we want to get out is that if you live here for more than six months, you are a resident of Mount Pleasant.â€? Lockwood said a population dip below 25,000 also would result in fewer grants for the city. â€œThat 25,000 is important and helps with roads and infrastructure,â€? he said. The census form will consist of mostly basic information questions, including number of people in a household and race. All information is kept confidential, said Gray. â€œThis time weâ€™re just going to do 10 questions,â€? said Hunter, â€œIt will use the American Community Survey instead of the longer form that was used before.â€? All residents are expected to have the form filled out by mid-April. Those who do not are usually called or visited by a Census worker around that time, Hunter said. firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp in Michigan talking to constituents about health care be far too expensive and would rely heavily on taxes. He feels the answer lies in decreasing the cost of health care, but not necessarily making the government the sole provider. â€œItâ€™s expensive and is going to increase the deficit,â€? Phillips said. Another problem Camp has is the likelihood of millions of Americans being forced into a government-run program when they already receive health care benefits from their job. Therefore, patients would be limited to a smaller choice of doctors and medical treatments, Phillips said. The trillion-dollar plan, unveiled by House Democrats last month, would bring health care to more than 30 million uninsured Americans through taxes on the wealthy. If approved, the plan likely would take more than ten years before that number is reached.
By Jake Bolitho Senior Reporter
As the U.S. Congress continues its August recess period, U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland, is remaining in Michigan and vehemently opposing the proposed health care reform bill. The District 4 representative spoke with constituents and plans to meet with more in Owosso by the end of the recess. Topics included the economy and the current bill hotly debated in Washington, said Camp spokeswoman Lauren Phillips. Local interest in a new health care system is high and Camp has received input on the matter. â€œEveryone wants affordable and accessible health care and the congressman definitely takes that into account,â€? Phillips said. â€œThe system as it is flawed.â€? Camp, like many Republicans, believes the proposed bill would
Griffin Endowed Chair and Democrat Maxine Berman declined to comment on whether she believes the bill will be an improvement over the current health care system, or whether it is worth the tax hike. She said she does believe the debate in Congress eventually will cease and that some sort of agreement will be reached. â€œI think that, in the end, something will pass,â€? she said. Berman said once such an agreement is reached, the bill may look quite different than the currently proposed one, and that neither side will likely get exactly what they want. â€œA good political compromise is when everybody walks away unhappy,â€? she said. â€œThere will be people unhappy on the left and people unhappy on the right.â€? email@example.com
Student among seven people running for City Commission By Hilary Farrell Senior Reporter
A Central Michigan University student is running for the Mount Pleasant City Commission this year. Benjamin Barker, a Mount Pleasant senior, said he decided to run to involve CMU students in government. â€œThe approximate 20,000 students that come to Mount Pleasant each school year have been ignored in the past,â€? he said. â€œThis is where they live for most of the year, and I think they deserve to be heard.â€? Barker became interested in politics at a young age and studies political science and journalism at CMU. â€œAs a CMU student, Iâ€™ve had great opportunities to learn from some of the smartest people I know,â€? Barker said. â€œCMU has helped prepare me for this campaign and what comes after it.â€? Barker is one of seven candidates running for three open positions in the City Commission this year. The election will be held on Nov. 3 and the two-year positions begin Jan. 1, 2010. Running for re-election are Commissioners Jon Joslin and David McGuire and Vice Mayor Bruce Kilmer. The four challengers are Barker, Jeff Jakeway, Rachel Sherwood, and Rick Rautanen. Jakeway, a member of the Mount Pleasant Planning Commission, works in Ames LLC, a student housing company. Jakeway has lived in Mount Pleasant for 28 years and has been active in various city sports programs and the cityâ€™s Kiwanis Club from 1981 to 1995, he said. â€œFrom my many experiences and years in Mount Pleasant, I have become acquainted with many folks in the community, from all walks of life, both young and old,â€? Jakeway said. Sherwood, a Mount Pleasant native, has spoken against the new cell phone tower in Chipp-A-Waters Park, 1403 W. High St. â€œI was kind of disappointed (by) the way I felt the cell tower was handled,â€? Sherwood
said. â€œHaving gone through the situation with the cell tower, (I realized) the commission makes a lot of big decisions.â€? â€œI want to help promote Mount Pleasant, it has a lot to offer,â€? Sherwood said. â€œIt is an amazing place to be.â€? Rautanen has been involved in the business community for almost 20 years, he said, and was a board member and past president of the Mount Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Rautanen also served as the president of the Fancher PTO and is an ambassador for the Mount Pleasant
Chamber of Commerce. â€œAll of these involvements have broadened my exposure to the numerous ways that the decisions of our civic leaders have an impact upon our community, both positively and negatively,â€? Rautanen said. Kilmer and McGuire are completing their first terms on the commission and Joslin, a former mayor, is completing his second term. Jakewayâ€™s term on the planning commission will end Jan. 31, 2010. firstname.lastname@example.org
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