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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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Stephen Lynch coming Oct. 16 Comedian replaces Zach Galifianakis

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By Eric Dresden Student Life Editor

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.

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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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s you know, the way we communicate is constantly changing. Passing are the days of reading the newspaper for today’s news. We are entering a world where we get our news on the Internet, in our e-mails and even on our phones. In a nutshell, people want their information faster. Onthe-go. In real time. At Central Michigan Life,

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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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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 .”

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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.”

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.

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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.

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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.

Welcome Weekend

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.




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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.

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.

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.

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

[Editorial Board]

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

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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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Medical school “not viable,” Wilbur says

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

campus construction

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.

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

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.”

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.


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

joshua kodis/staff photographer

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.

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.

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.

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

10A || Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 || Central Michigan Life

[leadership safari]

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.

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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.

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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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x153;The tricky (census) is the students living off-campus,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x153;What weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re encouraging is that students fill out those forms when they come out,â&#x20AC;? said Jeff Gray, city director of Planning and Community Development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping to do some sort of promotion effort for the students.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 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&#x20AC;? Lockwood said a population dip below 25,000 also would result in fewer grants for the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That 25,000 is important and helps with roads and infrastructure,â&#x20AC;? 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&#x20AC;&#x153;This time weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just going to do 10 questions,â&#x20AC;? said Hunter, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will use the American Community Survey instead of the longer form that was used before.â&#x20AC;? 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.

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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&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone wants affordable and accessible health care and the congressman definitely takes that into account,â&#x20AC;? Phillips said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The system as it is flawed.â&#x20AC;? 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&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that, in the end, something will pass,â&#x20AC;? 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&#x20AC;&#x153;A good political compromise is when everybody walks away unhappy,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There will be people unhappy on the left and people unhappy on the right.â&#x20AC;?

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&#x20AC;&#x153;The approximate 20,000 students that come to Mount Pleasant each school year have been ignored in the past,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is where they live for most of the year, and I think they deserve to be heard.â&#x20AC;? Barker became interested in politics at a young age and studies political science and journalism at CMU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a CMU student, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had great opportunities to learn from some of the smartest people I know,â&#x20AC;? Barker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;CMU has helped prepare me for this campaign and what comes after it.â&#x20AC;? 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&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kiwanis Club from 1981 to 1995, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From 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&#x20AC;? 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&#x20AC;&#x153;I was kind of disappointed (by) the way I felt the cell tower was handled,â&#x20AC;? Sherwood

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US-127, other area road work wrapping up this fall By Chelsea White Staff Reporter

Summer construction projects throughout Isabella County are finishing as the school year begins. Anita Richardson, spokeswoman for the Bay Region of the Michigan Department of Transportation, expects the US127 construction project, which started July 7, to be completed in November. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The US-127 construction is a resurfacing project focused on creating a roundabout in the north and southbound lanes. It is on track and progressing well,â&#x20AC;? she said. The $9.3 million project is funded by stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Richardson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affect backto-school traffic except for a little back-up on Friday evenings when people are leaving or coming for the weekend,â&#x20AC;? she said. Main roundabout Mount Pleasant Director of Public Works Duane Ellis said the construction of a roundabout at the Main and Mosher Street intersection began Aug. 3 and should be completed in mid-to late September.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This construction will impact traffic, but people can still go through,â&#x20AC;? he said. Overall, the roundabout will increase safety, the removal of traffic signals will save energy and the intersection will be more pedestrian friendly, he said. Street Mill and Overlay The Street Mill and Overlay, which began Aug. 5, will improve 12 streets within the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The two big mill machines, being provided by the city, will first grind off 2 inches of asphalt from the street, which is a rather quick process and takes about three days to complete,â&#x20AC;? Ellis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then, afterward, the street will be repaved.â&#x20AC;? Franklin Street Construction on Franklin Street to replace the water main began in mid-July and should be completed in mid-August. These city construction projects are funded by the city stimulus money, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The city moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary source is from the Act 51 funds, which are capital improvement funds and no grant money,â&#x20AC;? Ellis said. West Campus Drive Construction on West Cam-


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Botanical gardens project not completed, but still under way The botanical gardens project is just one of the many construction projects around campus and is well under way. The gardens, which feature plants native to Michigan, are near the Wakelin McNeel woodlot next to the Charles V. Park Library. Phase one began last fall and consisted of planting the Woodland Edge and Meadow Shrub. The next phase of this project is in progress. Phase two involves the meadow border, which includes the many flowers that will line the pond, along with the pond itself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This phase is about 99 per-

cent complete and we are currently taking bids from contractors for the pond,â&#x20AC;? said Patti Travioli, botanical gardens and greenhouse manager. The phase also consisted of planting aquatic plants, edge plants, bog plants and the corner fence. Travioli, hired April 22, also said beginning last week, she planned on putting signs by all of the plants so people can distinguish between all the different kinds. Additional funding for this project is being secured. The speed of completion of the garden depends on how much funding is received and when, Travioli said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like to see the gardens

being used by everyone, not just students and faculty,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It should be used for educational purposes and for fun by the community and visitors.â&#x20AC;? In the future, they are hoping to put up a pavilion that can be used for weddings and other activities, but are looking for donors to support the construction. Students around campus are looking forward to the gardensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; completion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the botanical gardens are good for not only CMU students, but anyone in the community,â&#x20AC;? said Saginaw sophomore Molly Treib. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives everyone a chance to see plants that are from Michigan.â&#x20AC;?


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“I mainly just use Facebook and sometimes Twitter,” Bartolomei said. “I don’t really use AIM anymore. I can just use the Facebook chat.” Last spring, Facebook added Facebook Chat to its list of tools, allowing users to instant message others while using the popular networking site. People are using separate messaging tools less and less. Warren freshman Nick Desalvio is one of these people. “I only use Facebook now,” Desalvio said. “It’s easier.” Facebook’s high popularity is not because of just its chat capabilities. The ease in which a user can get in touch with another is unheard of. They can share pictures and videos while sending messages, instant message, searching for other users and viewing calenders all at once. This is what draws Wyandotte junior Chelsea Tims to Facebook. “I can use it for everything,” she said. “I use it to invite people to events like my birth-

day and also to keep track of friends’ birthdays.” Other tools But Facebook is not the only popular social networking tool. Twitter, Craigslist and Myspace are some of the many social networking sites people are using everyday. Some social networking sites, such as Linkedin, are designed to assist users in finding jobs. Director of Career Services Julia Sherlock said these sites can be very helpful with communicating. “It’s a great way to announce things,” she said. “It’s evolved a lot from where it started.” Society has become even more connected and interlocked with the combination of social networking sites. Users of these sites can share their ideas, hobbies and beliefs, just about anything, with people all over the world. “The world has shrunk because of technologies,” Sherlock said. The networking sites make it easy for people to stay in touch with friends who are a


long distance away, especially those in different time zones. “Now with being up here, its still easy to talk to friends back home,” Desalvio said. There are many things that people who use the networking sites can do to meet new people. Sherlock mentions a few way users can do this. “You may want to attach photos of special projects you’ve worked on. That would showed your interests and creativity,” she said. “You can join groups to easily find people with the same beliefs or needs.” One of the most interesting and exciting parts about social networking is the thought of where they could go in the next couple years. “I think it’s going to continue to get better,” Bartolomei said. “I think it’s going to get easier and easier to use. And now that there are so many phones that are being designed to work with sites like Facebook, people are going to be using it even more frequently.”

With social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter growing more popular everyday, students need to know the risks and dangers, especially for their professional futures. Just about anyone can view the pictures and posts users put online, which also includes future employers. “First impressions are first impressions, electronic or in person,” said Director of Career Services Julia Sherloc. Sherlock emphasized the importance of only putting things online which give out a positive image. “You got to remember that it stays out there,” Sherlock

said. “What you put online right now, today, will stay out there forever.” A picture of someone covered in Sharpie marker with two 40-ounce bottles of beer taped to their hand doesn’t disappear from the Internet just because it was removed from the main site. “One thing I wouldn’t post (is) any kind of partying,” Sherlock said. “It’s not the image you want to be represented by.” Many career service agencies advise against putting compromising photos of yourself online. Detroit junior Francesca Savino said she knows the importance of this. “I personally say it’s a bad idea to put pictures like that on Facebook,” Savino said.

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Social networking tools have their hazards, roadblocks By Seth Nietering Staff Reporter

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“I never put any pictures of me with beer or cigarettes online.” The dangers of social networking sites are nothing new. Since the start of social networking sites there have been warnings about the various risks that users face when using them, but only in the last couple years has the danger shifted from personal harm, to academic and professional harm. Grand Rapids freshman Steve Blazer has made sure he does not risk compromising his professional future. “I know that employers look for those pictures now,” Blazer said, “And that it can affect whether you get the job or not.”

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sports Central Michigan Life

Thursday, August 20, 2009


A Different Shade w Football

unveils new set of uniforms at CMU Media Day, 2B

[inside] Central/Western w Assistant Sports Editor Tim Ottusch talks about the importance of the Central/Western football game, 3B

Fresh STart w Soccer coach Tom Anagnost plans to rely on a youth movement, 4B

Running Change wThe cross country teams prepare for season under new structure, 5B

Young guns w The field hockey team looks to replace last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior class, 6B

summer recap w A look back at the news from this summer in CMU athletics, 7B

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Matthew Stephens/Presentation Editor

Former CMU players Brian Brunner and Dan Bazuin model the previous New Balance jerseys when they debuted in 2006.

Senior defensive ends Frank Zombo and Sam Williams model the new Adidas jerseys at Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CMU football media day.

Vegas gold out, Heeke hopes to fix â&#x20AC;&#x153;identity crisisâ&#x20AC;? evolved through time. It was never a recognized color as one our school colors.â&#x20AC;? The Board of Trustees approved a five-year apparel deal with Adidas on Feb. 19, and now it is coming to fruition. The deal is officially a three-year deal, with options for two more years, totaling $225,000. The deal will make the colors, lettering and logo consistent in every sport. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you look at any successful organization, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

By Andrew Stover Sports Editor

Vegas gold was never an official school color, and now it is obsolete. The football team officially revealed its new uniforms for the upcoming season, and the rest of athletics will follow suit this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The old gold, or vegas gold as it sometimes is referred to, is not one of our official school colors,â&#x20AC;? said Athletics Director Dave Heeke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just

important from a branding perspective, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see they have consistency all across the board,â&#x20AC;? Heeke said. Heeke said it is important to stay on the cutting edge of apparel design. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maroon is still kind of that primary, bold, traditional color, and we brought some gold in it to give it some pop,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not done with football uniforms. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not done with continuing to do things that separate our program from

everyone else.â&#x20AC;? Prior to coming to CMU in 2006, Heeke spent 18 years at the University of Oregon, Dave Heeke serving as the senior associate athletics director/chief of staff. In 2006, Oregon had 384 different uniform combinations, and the university added different uniforms

this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobody ever thought the Oregon jerseys were goodlooking, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about them all the time,â&#x20AC;? Heeke said. The apparel deal will allow all teams to stay on par with football and basketball regarding apparel design. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will help all of us feel unified and together,â&#x20AC;? said All-American thrower Greg Pilling of the track and field team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going a long way for CMU to do this.â&#x20AC;?

Pilling said he has yet to see the jersey design for the track and field team. No longer will the gold on the uniforms be mismatched with the gold at Kelly/Shorts Stadium or Rose Arena, Heeke said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had an identity crisis in athletics. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know who we were,â&#x20AC;? Heeke said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had 16 different kinds of uniforms, logos, marks, colors.â&#x20AC;?

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[Sports] Football

2009 Schedule Sat, Sept. 05 Sat, Sept. 12 Sat, Sept. 19 Sat, Sept. 26 Sat, Oct. 03 Sat, Oct. 10 Sat, Oct. 17 Sat, Oct. 24 Sat, Oct. 31 Wed, Nov. 11 Wed, Nov. 18 Fri, Nov. 27 Fri, Dec. 04

Tim Ottusch Assistant Sports Editor

Western game key to season Rivalry again has huge implications in MAC West


n the past three years, the football teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season has been remembered and defined by a few key games. Last year featured the positive in the win against rival Western Michigan in front of a record-breaking 30,302 fans at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. But it also featured the negative, particularly in its critical Wednesday night loss to Ball State, and then its losses in the following two games, including a second consecutive loss in the Motor City Bowl. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most critical game comes on Oct. 17 in Kalamazoo, when the team plays its biggest rival, Western Michigan. Although it is slowly taking steps toward becoming a major player in college football, CMU still lives and dies with whether it wins the Mid-American Conference Championship. Home games against Akron, Eastern Michigan (which upset CMU the past two seasons), Toledo and Northern Illinois are tough, but they should not pose a major problem. Generally, problems arise on the road in college football. Reigning MAC champion Buffalo, Bowling Green and Ball State pose the biggest conference threats. CMU narrowly beat Buffalo at home last year and Ball State on a Wednesday night in November will be a tough atmosphere to play in. But again, if CMU plays its game, it should be able to win those games as well. It all comes down to whether or not the Chippewas can go down to its rival school and beat it in Waldo Stadium. Western Michigan proved last year it has the talent and the will to seriously challenge CMU. Broncos quarterback Tim Hiller threw for 471 passing yards and two touchdowns last year. He is back for his senior season. Although a win against Western Michigan will be difficult, it likely will decide the MAC West division. The team proved it can win in Kalamazoo two years ago when it outlasted the Broncos in a frenzied fourth quarter that accounted for 48 points. A few members of the current roster were a part of that game, including seniors Dan LeFevour and Bryan Anderson. The two connected on a 39yard pass, which put the Chippewas on the 1-yard line in the final minute. It eventually led to the winning touchdown.

Outside opportunities Although this season will most likely be defined by Central/Western, CMU does have a chance to claim some key wins outside MAC competition. Away games against non-conference opponents Arizona, Michigan State and Boston College give the team a slight chance for an upset. Realistically, the team is not expected to win any of those games. But it is good enough where a win against one of those three is a possibility. An early season win against Arizona or Michigan State would give them a strong sense of confidence heading into the MAC schedule. Last season, CMU narrowly lost to Big Ten opponent Purdue and beat Indiana. A win against another BCS school is not out of the question.

at Arizona 7 p.m.** at Michigan State 12 p.m vs. Alcorn State 3:30 p.m. vs. Akron* 3:30 p.m. at Buffalo* 3:30 p.m. vs. EMU* (HC) 12 p.m. at WMU* TBA at BGSU* 12 p.m. at Boston College TBA vs. Toledo* 8 p.m. at Ball State* 6/8 p.m. vs. Northern Illinois* TBA MAC Championship Game

* denotes MAC game **MST

2008 Results Thu, Aug 28 Sat, Sep 6 Sat, Sep 13 Sat, Sep 20 Sat, Sep 27 Sat, Oct 11 Sat, Oct 18 Sat, Oct 25 Sat, Nov 1 Wed, Nov 12 Wed, Nov 19 Fri, Nov 28 Fri, Dec 26

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CMU lost the final three games of last season after winning its first six games on the conference schedule.

Bitter ending motivates CMU 2008 numbers

By Dave Jones Senior Reporter

The last time the football team was seen in competition, it was walking away from a 24-21 defeat in the Motor City Bowl the day after Christmas. The Chippewasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; loss to Florida Atlantic capped a season in which they lost their final three games and missed a chance to three-peat as MidAmerican Conference champions. C M U , picked first in the MAC preseason poll, now gets the opportunity to move on Dan LeFevour from last season. Its goal: to reclaim the conference championship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year left a bitter taste in our mouth,â&#x20AC;? senior quarterback Dan LeFevour said Tuesday during the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual media day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really want to come back strong and do something.â&#x20AC;? But coach Butch Jones refused to call this season a year of redemption, saying it is the goal of every team in the conference to win the MAC Championship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never change,â&#x20AC;? said Jones, who is in his third season as the Chip-

Pass offense w 289.8 yds/game w 2nd in MAC/12th nationally Rush offense w 133.7 yds/game w 8th in MAC/72nd nationally Pass defense w 287.2 yds/game w 13th in MAC/118th nationally Rush defense w 136.5 yds/game w 1st in MAC/49th nationally pewasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; head coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And so our kids have had a sense of mission ever since the Motor City Bowl. They understand our goals and we have some really competitive kids.â&#x20AC;? He said the team, above all things, can not take winning for granted. Last season, the Chippewas played in six games decided by three points or less, winning five of them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fine line between winning and losing,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done over the last few years here is great, and we need to continue to build that.â&#x20AC;? Additions The building continues this year with the new faces and standouts Jones mentioned Tuesday.

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Jones said wide receivers Jerry Harris and Jeremy Wilson and sophomore offensive tackle Jake Olson met expectations thus far. Senior defensive end Frank Zombo, who missed spring practice, returned from injury. Senior cornerback Josh Gordy also is back from injury after missing the last two games of last season. As for LeFevour, he said he wants to finish his legacy as a CMU athlete. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what every senior wants,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I want the program to go on without me, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be selfish and say the program doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need one guy because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. No oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s indispensable on this football team.â&#x20AC;? CMU opens the season Sept. 5 at Arizona. The schedule includes five home games and an away game against Michigan State. The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first home game is Sept. 19 against Alcorn State.

vs. Eastern Illinois at Georgia at Ohio* at Purdue vs. Buffalo* vs. Temple* vs. Western Michigan* at Toledo* at Indiana at Northern Illinois* vs. Ball State* at Eastern Michigan vs. Florida Atlantic**

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Volleyball opens in Fla. By D.J. Palomares Staff Reporter

File photo

Senior Amanda Waugh led CMU with 22 points last season, scoring eight goals and recording six assists.

Anagnost ready for first full season By Matthew Valinski Staff Reporter

For a team that returns eight starters and 13 players overall, the women’s soccer team is heading into the season with a lot of uncertainty. Erica Rohren and Sarah Burns, who started a majority of their four years, graduated. Three-time All Mid-American Conference player Stephanie Martin also is out to start the season because of a knee injury that caused her to miss spring practice. She has not yet joined the team for practice in the fall. Martin is not the only Central player dealing with injuries. Senior Amanda Waugh also is playing with an injury, and just 15 of the 23-player roster played in CMU’s exhibition game against the University of Pittsburgh on Aug. 12. CMU won 2-1. “We’re real young and we’re hurt,” said coach Tom Anagnost. “The health of our team is not good and that is a major concern.” However, in his first full season as head coach, Anagnost said he is looking toward the freshman class to contribute. “The freshmen were recruited to come in and play,” he said. “It is going to be giving them a great opportunity to show how much work they did and who they are. It is good for their development and it is a good situation for them to be in.” Freshman forward Autumn Hawkins showed what she is

Player Catherine Howard Shay Mannino Charlese McLemore Katie Slaughter Laura Twidle Kristen Pelkki Bailey Brandon Liesel Toth Valerie Prause Nicole Vallianatos Molly Gerst Amanda Waugh Jenna Hill Stefanie Turner Autumn Hawkins Ashley Mejilla Stephanie Martin Skylar Sabbag Samantha Brenz Chelsi Abbott Brielle Heitman Bethany Allport Claire Horton

capable of after scoring the first goal and assisting on senior forward Molly Gerst’s game-winner against Pittsburgh. Tom Anagnost But Anagnost said he is expecting his freshman to also handle the pressure from being on the back line of Central’s team. In a defensive system where communication and positioning is key, freshmen Bailey Brandon, Skylar Sabbag and Katie Slaughter have shown they want a chance to play, Anagnost said. “I think if one of those girls got hurt last season, we would have been in big trouble,” he said. “Now we have the affordability to develop some players and hopefully play a little more high pressure and attack more from the back. It allows us more flexibility. I think long term it is better for us.” Leadership a key Still, with so many returners, CMU had players step into leadership roles to help the younger players. Anagnost said he is impressed by sophomore Liesel Toth and her ability to become a leader after being more of a listener during her freshmen year. “She has been great, not just on the playing field, but off the field as well,” he said. “She has a lot of natural leadership abili-

ties. I think out of all the returners, she has had the most growth as a leader.” Toth said she credits that to her knowledge of the system and how she understands where players need to be. “Last year, being a freshman, I didn’t talk at all,” she said. “This year, I am actually telling my outside backs when to go, when to pressure. I learned so much that I am more of a leader with my communication.” With the experience Gerst brings to the field, Anagnost said he expects her to contribute to more than just the score sheet. “She is not just going to be a role model up there,” he said. “She is going to have to be a coach up there until everyone else is healthy.” The team starts the season at IPFW and at home against St. Bonaventure, which beat CMU 1-0 last season. Then the team faces three road games against Big Ten teams Indiana, Michigan and Michigan State. Junior Valerie Prause said she is embracing the difficult nonconference schedule because it prepares the team for MidAmerican Conference competition. “It helps us so much in the MAC to play against teams at that top level,” she said. “It prepares us for those tough games down the road.” Central’s season opener is Aug. 22 against IPFW.

2009 Schedule

Roster Yr. RFr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Fr. So. Jr. So. Sr. Sr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Sr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. RFr. So.

Coaches: Tom Anagnost - Head Coach Neil Stafford - Asst. Coach Ashleigh Carter - Asst. Coach Ken McDonald- Volunteer Asst.


Sat, Aug. 22 at IPFW Fri, Oct. 2 Fri, Aug. 28 St. Bonaventure Sun, Oct. 4 Sun, Aug. 30 at Indiana Fri, Oct. 9 Thu, Sept. 3 at Michigan Sun, Oct. 11 Sun, Sept. 6 at MSU Fri, Oct. 16 Fri, Sept. 11 Valparaiso Sun, Oct. 18 Sun, Sept. 13 Illinois State Fri, Oct. 23 Fri, Sept. 18 Detroit Sun, Oct. 25 Fri, Sept. 25 at Ohio Thu, Oct. 29 Sun, Sept. 27 at Akron Sun, Nov. 2

Kent State Buffalo Ball State Miami at NIU at WMU BGSU Toledo at EMU MAC Tourney

The four seniors the volleyball team lost last season accounted for 714 of the 1,444 kills last season. However, the team is not interested in a rebuilding season, said senior libero Alexis Lonneman. “This team has the highest potential if we can all stay on the same page,” she said. “We have a lot of strong hitters and we all have the same goal.” The Chippewas reloaded with six true freshmen. Freshman Alexis Lonneman outside hitter Lindsey Dulude led the state with 645 kills in her senior year at Midland High School. “My biggest goal is to start this year,” Dulude said. “I am going to work as hard as I can to be able to start in Florida.” Freshman outside hitter Katie Schuette was named an AAU All-American after leading her club team to a fifth-place finish in the country. Freshman middle blocker Danielle Gotham earned allstate honors for three years at South Lyon high school. Freshman outside hitter Val DeWeerd also earned all-state honors her junior and senior years. “(DeWeerd) is a great athlete,” Olson said. “She is still working on shot selection, but she is very versatile. She is a good fit to replace Whitney Evers and Sarah Warner.” One of the biggest question marks is sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn Schultz. After earning Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year last season, Schultz opened practice with a groin injury. That allowed Gotham and senior middle blocker Kaitlyn to battle in practice for the starting spot. Lonneman, in her final season, was named one of the captains to the team. As one

of the most consistent liberos in school history, Lonneman is second place in career digs for Central and needs 400 more to set the record. Last season, she totaled her lowest season with 495. “I want to break those records, and I am going to do everything I can to accomplish my goals,” Lonneman said. “Its not on the top of my mind, but it is important.” CMU will travel to Florida for its first collegiate competition in the Florida State Invitational. The team will play two teams — North Dakota State and Florida A&M — that were invited to the NCAA Championships last season. “The returning players are ready to play,” Olson said. “You never know what your freshman are capable of until they get out on the court.” The team’s first home game is Oct. 2 against Ball State.

MAC Schedule Fri, Sep 25 Sat, Sep 26 Fri, Oct 02 Sat, Oct 03 Fri, Oct 09 Sat, Oct 10 Fri, Oct 16 Sat, Oct 17 Fri, Oct 23 Sat, Oct 24 Thu, Oct 29 Sat, Oct 31 Fri, Nov 06 Sun, Nov 08 Fri, Nov 13 Sat, Nov 14

EMU Ohio Ball State Toledo NIU WMU Miami BGSU Buffalo Akron EMU KSU Toledo Ball State WMU NIU

*Bold indicates home set

MAC Tournament Tue, Nov 17 First Round Fri, Nov 20 Quarterfinals Sat, Nov 21 Semifinals Sun, Nov 22 Finals

[cross country]

Men get used to program changes

Women return strong veterans

By John Evans Staff Reporter

By John Evans Staff reporter

After a fourth-place finish at last year’s Mid-American Conference Championships, the women’s cross country team is under new leadership this fall. There are new faces around the track and field and cross country program with director Willie Randolph taking over. One thing that did not change is the number of juniors and seniors (nine) the Chippewas return this year in hopes of a strong season. “We have returning a very strong core of juniors and seniors,” said junior Raeanne Lohner. “Our senior class possesses outstanding leadership capabilities, which have proven helpful in light of our recent coaching staff transition.” Sarah Squires and Emily Van Wasshenova are the lone seniors. Returning juniors include Lohner, Melissa Darling, who finished 28th out of 101 at the MAC Championships, Brittany Dixon, Danielle Dakroub, Kylee Kubacki, Kelly Kobylczyk and Rachel Wittum. “As soon as preseason camp is done we will know exactly who our front runners are,” Randolph said. “The overall

File Photo

Junior Brittany Dixon ran in seven meets each of the last two seasons.

goal is and always has been to win and develop people, and develop great athletes, and that process will be in transition as well.” Although the program changed its direction, Lohner said she is confident the coaches will set expectations the team can work toward. Randolph is the university’s first director of track and field and cross country. Instead of track and field being separate from cross country, the two now are together. Randolph oversees it, and there are specialized

coaches for different types of athletes. Randolph also will serve as the sprints and hurdles specialty coach. Three new coaches — John Ridgway, Jeff Petersmeyer and Dionne Rose Henley — also were added. Matt Kaczor was retained as the distance coach. “As far as the coaching situations goes, we all have the mindset to not let it affect us, because what’s done is done,” Squires said.

2009 Men’s & Women’s Schedule Date


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Location Mount Pleasant, Mich.

Spartan Invitational at Greater Louisville Classic at Michigan Intercollegiates at Pre-Nationals at MAC Championships at NCAA Regionals at NCAA Championships at

East Lansing, Mich. Louisville, Ky. Grand Rapids, Mich. Terre Haute, Ind. Athens, Ohio Bloomington, Ind. Terre Haute, Ind.

Amid a coaching transition, the men’s cross country team looks to move forward. The Chippewas made a lot of changes during the summer and it now is a combined program — there is no separation between the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams. New director and coach Willie Randolph said he is File Photo determined to get the team Junior Sammy Kiprotich earned first team All-MAC honors last season. moving in the right direc“I expect us to be more man Tecumseh Adams, who tion, adding the focus is on competitive this year as we Randolph expects to make his what is ahead, not the past. “Being a new combined have our sights set on a strong presence known right away. program, I would have to say run all the way through,” said “Riak Mabil is one of our that we are going to focus on sophomore Matt Lutzke. “I top returners,” he said. “We going in a direction, right here, think some key runners stay- have Adams and a lot of right now,” Randolph said. ing healthy will really help our freshmen who will come in “Which is moving forward. chances for a great season.” and make a strong men’s The Chippewas are return- team. Right now, the plan is Everyone is going through a new adjustment transition ing 10 runners and two return- to just make sure everything ing seniors — Riak Mabil and is going in the right direction. right now.” The team is in its preseason Jacob Korir. Along with return- Getting things in line is most camp, where the players hope ing runners, the Chippewas important.” they know more about their also added eight freshmen, including Harbor Springs fresh- season outlook.

6B || Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 || Central Michigan Life


Field Hockey

2009 Field Hockey

CMU looks toward youth for support

Head Coach: Cristy Freese 2008 Record: 8-12

Name Yr. Position Kahla Schwall Sr. Goalkeeper Lauren Leed So. Forward Kim Sihota Jr. Back Lizl Gericke Sr. Back Erin Dye Fr. Midfield Erica Garwood Fr. Forward Kelly Jordan Sr. Forward Pam Seufert Jr. Forward Emily Girasole Fr. Forward Melinda Curran S r. Goalkeeper Amanda von Leer Jr. Back Danika Stone So. Midfield Brooke Sihota So. Back Brittany Burga Fr. Back Amy Binder Jr. Midfield Anastasia Netto So. Goalkeeper Paulina Lee So. Midfield Tara Schiltz Sr. Back Kim Erasmus Sr. Back Frances Schaefer Fr. Forward

By Jacob Lougheed Staff Reporter

Coach Cristy Freese is faced with the task of replacing five seniors from last year’s field hockey team. The group, led by MidAmerican Conference Player of the Year Samantha Sandham, accounted for 27 of the team’s 44 goals. Freese said she hopes the loss of experience will not affect the leadership on the roster. “I think that all of our seniors have to play well,” she said. “They are the ones that are coming in with the experience. They just have to step up both leadershipCristy Freese wise and certainly playing-wise for our team to be successful.” The 2009 Chippewas have six seniors, two of which are goalkeepers. One senior, Kim Erasmus, was second on the team last year with 16 points, including three goals, good for a four-way tie for fourth on the team. But Freese said she will turn to younger players to step up for the offense. “Our offense is going to have to work to catch up because we are going to be young in that area,” Freese said. “When you lose a player of the year like Samantha Sandham, you have got to find some people to step up and become the go-to player on offense.”


Roster Date Fri, Sept. 4 Sat, Sept. 5 Fri, Sept. 11 Sat, Sept. 12 Sat, Sept. 19 Sun, Sept. 20 Sat, Sept. 26 Sun, Sept. 27 Fri, Oct. 2 Sat, Oct. 3 Sat, Oct. 10 Sun, Oct. 11 Fri, Oct. 16 Sat, Oct. 17 Sat, Oct. 24 Sun, Oct. 25 Wed, Oct. 28 Sat, Oct. 31 Sun, Nov. 1 Thu, Nov. 5

Opponent Location Colgate at Hamilton, N.Y. Rider at Hamilton, N.Y. Miami* at Oxford, Ohio Northwestern at Oxford, Ohio Vermont at Columbus, Ohio Ohio State at Columbus, Ohio Ball State* Mount Pleasant, Mich. Miami* Mount Pleasant, Mich. Kent State Mount Pleasant, Mich. Ohio* Mount Pleasant, Mich. Indiana at Bloomington, Ind. MSU at East Lansing, Mich. Ball State* at Muncie, Ind. Longwood at Muncie, Ind. Kent State* at Kent, Ohio. Ohio* at Athens, Ohio Michigan Mount Pleasant, Mich. Missouri State* Mount Pleasant, Mich. Missouri State* Mount Pleasant, Mich. MAC Tournament begins

* denotes MAC game File Photo

Senior back Kim Erasmus was a first team All-MAC selection last season.

This season’s class of seniors scored just six goals last season; Sandham scored 15 goals by herself. Freese said she expects a mixture of 10 freshmen and sophomores to help out. “Our sophomore class has a lot of talent,” Freese said. “Last year as freshmen, they were inconsistent, which is typical. But now in their sophomore year, we are looking for them to elevate their play and their consistency.” Brooke Sihota and Paulina Lee headline the group of sophomores. Lee was a part of that four-player tie for fourth on the team with three goals last year, along with finishing fifth in points. Sihota finished with two goals and seven points. “I think that Brooke [Sihota] will be a big contribution to our team with her defense and her leadership,” Erasmus said. “Paulina Lee will be a great person to step up because she knows what is expected of her.” After finishing the season on a strong note, the Chippewas earned a third-place finish in the Mid-American

Conference. The MAC Daily, a web publication based out of Farmington Hills, projects the Chippewas to finish second in the MAC, behind defending champion Kent State. “This season is going to be a challenge for us in the sense that we are going to be adapting to the new players coming in,” Erasmus said. “I think it is going to be an interesting season but, if we

all come out working hard, I think we will have a good season.” The season begins Sept. 4 at Colgate. The team’s first home game is Sept. 26 against MAC opponent Ball State. CMU’s schedule includes seven home games. The MAC Tournament starts Nov. 5.

[sports summer recap]

Rose renovation plans to start by early October Budget of $21.5 million approved By Andrew Stover Sports Editor

This story originally published July 22, 2009. The Rose Arena renovation plans were given a three-dimensional visual update that was presented at a July 16 Board of Trustees meeting. The Trustees approved the $21.5 million budget as well, and Athletics Director Dave Heeke said that should alleviate any doubt from those involved with the project. “Without final board approval, there had been some hesitation amongst contributors,” Heeke said. “They wanted to make sure the project was a certainty and a reality. We feel that our fundraising totals will begin to move forward (and) take another significant jump.” Along with the renovation that will focus on making Rose Arena an event center, not just an athletics facility, the Student Activity Center also will expand. Associate Athletics Director Derek van der Merwe said 5,000 square feet of fitness area will expand into what is currently the wrestling team’s practice facility in Rose Arena. The addition to the SAC changed original design

plans that called for two practice courts to be added. “Or iginally in the designs, we were look- Dave Heeke ing at a twocourt configuration,” van der Merwe said. “That was cut back to just a single court, and then we put the wrestling facility right next to the practice court.” Heeke said the Board of Trustees approval allows the project time to accumulate funds. “As with any building project on campus, the gifts that go along with it are given over multiple years,” he said. “In this case, with what will be a $20 million campaign, those gifts will be over fiveto-10 years.” Heeke also said revenue produced by the new facility can be put toward the debt, whether money is brought in through additional concerts, athletics or other events. Design Team Smith Group, the nation’s seventh largest health care architecture firm, is designing the project. They also designed the Health Professions Building in 2004. The general contractor for the project is Clark Construction Company out of Lansing, but many of the sub-contractors have yet to be hired. “It’s been a very efficient

way to do the project so that we’re very clear from a design standpoint and a construction standpoint what the cost will be,” Heeke said. “It’s imperative that we keep the project within the budget and are able to maximize the building with the dollars we have.” Construction still stands to start at the end of September or early October, and Heeke said the volleyball team still looks to be the only team to be displaced during the 2010 season. A location has yet to be announced for the team, but Finch Fieldhouse remains the ideal place. “Finch Fieldhouse does offer certainly the best venue on campus, but we still have some other things to determine with the academic programs and the other user groups in Finch,” Heeke said. Inflationary costs and the possibility of displacing other teams serve as motivation to keep the project on its current time line. The building is supposed to be completed by the start of the basketball seasons in 2010. “The building as it exists was built for a Division II athletic program, for a small student body,” Heeke said. “This is the last piece of the puzzle for the physical plan of athletics at Central Michigan.”

Basketball team releases forward Jacolby Hardiman after June arrest

Settlement conference for former player scheduled Friday By Andrew Stover Sports Editor

This story originally published July 8, 2009. It is unlikely CMU will reinstate former basketball player Jacolby Hardiman. Hardiman was arraigned and charged with two felonies, larceny in a building and financial transaction device-possession, both four-year felonies, after an incident at O’Kelly’s Bar and Grill on June 24. Coach Ernie Zeigler said there were a number of disciplinary issues that led to Hardiman’s release from the team June 30, and this recent issue would be looked at after it is through the legal process. It is almost certain conditions would not change, he said. “As of right now, he is dismissed from the team in violation of team rules, and it’s unfortunate that he has these other issues that he’s dealing with,” Zeigler said. “I’m hoping for him and his family that he can learn from these issues and deal with it moving forward and continue to pursue his degree elsewhere.” Zeigler said because of confidentiality policies, he cannot elaborate on the other disciplinary issues Hardiman has faced. Last season, senior Marcus Van was dismissed from the team for violating team rules. Earlier in the season, Van was suspended three games for pleading guilty as a youthful trainee in a conspiracy to steal and use a financial transaction device. However, Van was reinstated weeks later. Zeigler said that is unlikely to happen with Hardiman. Mount Pleasant Police Public Information Officer Dave Sabuda said the police were called after bar employees were notified by a woman that her purse was stolen around 12:55 a.m. Employees found Hardiman and another man in the bathroom with the purse and were escorted out of the bar. Once out of the bar, police made first contact with Hardiman, who had the young lady’s cell phone and camera in his possession, Sabuda said. “He said that he’d found the phone and the camera

on the floor in the bathroom, and our officers found those in his possession when they stopped him,” he said. Jacolby Hardiman “Right next to where he’d walked way before they contacted him, they found the young lady’s credit card.” Hardiman denied any wrongdoing, saying he did not know anything about the credit card, Sabuda said. Court documents show Hardiman’s bond was set at $8,000. He was given a court-appointed attorney to represent him. Isabella County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Burdick said he has the option to wave his preliminary examination. He will not make a plea until after the case is bound over from district court to circuit court. Off Season Woes This is the fifth player to leave the team this offseason, despite winning the Mid-American Conference West Division last season. Hardiman joins Lawrence

Bridges, William Eddie III, Adrian Hunter and Jeremy Allen. The four other players left the program on mutual terms. Zeigler said despite a hit to the academic progress rate (APR) and the other departures, this is the right decision to make for the program. “In light of the other departures we’ve had, it’s about doing the right thing for the program, and I know that this is the right decision in light of the circumstances,” he said. “This decision definitely was made with the mindset of doing what was right for the program versus APR considerations.” Hardiman’s release makes another scholarship available to the program’s expense, but it is unlikely to be filled this late. Hardiman was contacted by telephone Tuesday, but did not return calls for comment. Hardiman started 28 games last year, recording 9.7 points per game and 4.9 rebouds per game. He was tied for second on the team with 45 steals.

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Pilling earns All-America honors By Andrew Stover Sports Editor

This story originally published on June 17, 2009. For the first time since 1978, a thrower on the men’s track and field team earned All-America status. Junior Greg Pilling finished eighth in the discus throw at the NCAA Championships June 13 in Fayetteville, Ark. The top eight throwers at the national meet received AllAmerica status. “To place in the top eight of a national meet of such high caliber is quite the accomplishment,” Pilling said. “At the same time, I’m disappointed because I didn’t compete my best in the finals and had I, I could have won.” He placed second at the Midwest Regional two weeks prior, finishing behind the defending NCAA discus champion, Kentucky’s Rashaud Scott. But Pilling threw a distance of 183 feet, 4 inches at the national meet to beat Scott, who finished 10th. Men’s track coach Jim Knapp said the competition between the two at the regional meet in Louisville, Ky., was very enjoyable to watch. Scott threw 216-2 at the regional meet and Pilling threw

197-2. But at the National Championships, distances were down for the majority of the throwers. That in- Greg Pilling cludes Scott’s distance of 179-3 and Pilling’s distance of 183-4. Knapp said the weather conditions had a lot to do with the decline. “Down in Arkansas, they had that really strong tailwind and terrible heat - heat and humidity that we’re just not used to up here,” he said. “You’d rather throw into the wind, and the wind tends to lift the discus. Wind at your back will knock it right down.” Pilling and Scott were able to throw into the wind, what Knapp called ideal conditions, at the regional meet two weeks prior. But when conditions get difficult, Knapp said Pilling has the intangibles to succeed. “You don’t worry about getting the mark, just being better than others,” he said. “Greg is going to shine in that type of environment because you know, no matter what happens, no matter what the conditions, he’s going to find a way to get it done.” Pilling said he, along with

Scott, did not compete as well as they could have, but he would not complain with the results. “At the end of the day, out of all the athletes of our region, I was the top one at the finals, and that feels good,” he said.

The Total Package Knapp, who just recently retired from coaching, said Pilling has the total “package” and helps set a standard that any athlete would have a tough time beating. “Greg is a husband, he’s a father, he’s a devout Christian. This is a very, very special young man,” he said. “As far as athletic ability, character (and) competitiveness, Greg’s got it all. They don’t get any better, that’s for sure.” Despite entering his collegiate off-season, Pilling is not quite finished with competing for the year. On June 28, the London, Ont., native will compete in the Canadian Championships in Toronto. He ranks second in the nation going into the meet. But regarding his time at CMU, he achieved his goal this year of gaining All-America status. He already has a new goal set to strive for. “Maybe (being) a national champion next year,” he said.

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Tuition hike third lowest in state Some of 4.6 percent will go toward financial aid By Sherri Keaton Senior Reporter

Chelsea Jacobs is like many of the bright-faced incoming Central Michigan University students. Yet, classes and college life

are not the only things Rochester Hills freshman is anticipating. And her feelings may be shared around the state. “Since I am a freshman, I don’t have anything to compare (the previous tuition to),” Jacobs said. “However, it’s going to be tough starting out with higher tuition. I have some scholarships, but not enough to cover (it all), so I do have loans out, too.”

Jacobs represents about 51.4 percent of CMU’s student body not covered under the CMU Promise, which set a fixed tuition rate for students who registered between fall 2005 and summer 2008. Up to 8,900 students are on the CMU Promise. Tuition was raised 4.6 percent for the 2009-10 academic year at the July 16 Board of Trustees meeting. Students without the CMU Promise

now will pay $339 per credit hour, $15 more than last year. Director of Media Relations Steve Smith said while the tuition increase affects approximately half of the CMU student body, this includes an increase in financial aid, which he said allows the university to strengthen academic programs and maintain basic needs.

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How would you use $450? The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees approved a 4.6 percent tuition increase in July. In average terms, this means a student going to CMU for 30 credit hours this year (and not covered under the CMU Promise, which fixed tuition for as many as five years for new students from 2005-08) will spend approximately $450 more to come to CMU. Whether it is something with a big price tag, such as a PS3, or something as small as a few meals, $450 can go to many things. Dean of Students Bruce Roscoe said families are trying to make ends meet, so the $450 means a lot to them. “I think students and families have a tough time,” he said. “I think it takes real planning on the part of families and on the part of individuals to afford higher education today.” Roscoe said he believes students will look for more work during the school year.

Students are favoring Central Michigan University’s new payment plan more than last year’s, which most did not acknowledge. Amber Loomis, manager of the Student Service Court, estimated 750 students enrolled in the plan for the fall semester. The number is significantly more than with the last plan, she said. About 200 used the old plan. “Not many students took advantage of the last payment plan,” Loomis said. “We have a lot of freshmen using the new system. (But) we’ve got a good mix on all classes.” Caledonia junior Katie Jonkhoff is using the new payment plan and said she wishes she knew about it sooner. “Signing up was easy. (It) was all online,” she said. “The whole thing’s been helpful. It’s easy to check.” The “CMU Payment Plan” is headed by the Office of Student Account Services and University Billing, formerly known as the Office of Receivable Accounting, and requires a non-refundable, $25 per semester fee. Loomis said none of the money will go to the university. It will go directly to the new vendor, Nelnet Business Solutions. The previous vendor, Sallie Mae Corporation, charged a $60 fee for the entire academic year, Loomis said.

He said he already saw more students contacting him, asking him about jobs in the area or on campus. Roscoe said he is not sure the $450 increase will be a reason for many students to not come to CMU, but he said if other things happen in the future, many students might feel they are in financial jeopardy.

Moving toward efficiency While the university always offered a payment plan option, Loomis said she feels this plan is more efficient. “(Nelnet) offers more flexibility for paying tuition and other semester charges,” she said. The new payment is useful for most students. The earlier they sign up determines the amount and how many payments will be made. Any fees incurred from CMU, such as tuition, bookstore charges, parking passes and anything charged to a university student account is eligible for the plan, with the exception of the first payment for fall residence hall fees, according to Student Account Services and University Billing’s Web site.

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Paying tuition no longer a difficult chore; checklist helps with payments By Kevin Drescher Staff Reporter

Trying to understand the tuition billing statement can give students headaches. Thanks to the Office of Student Account Services and University Billing, working with it just got a little easier. “We now have a new brochure called ‘Steps to Success,’ and we sent that to any new freshmen or international students,” said director Cindy Rubingh. “It also tells them what

they need to do when they come to (Central Michigan University).” When tuition is due, CMU alerts students to their new bill through their e-mail account. Students are directed to the “Pay my bill” link on the Portal’s left-hand menu. One part which can get confusing is why the amount due on the billing statement is different from the actual amount charged to the account. But Rubingh said it is not hard to understand. “That is when they would look at

Connect To view the Steps for Success checklist, visit steps_to_success/checklist.pdf. the current activity. We put everything on that account (in) real time,” she said. The current billed amount is the amount charged in the last billing statement. The current activity screen shows what was charged to the student account as of the current date.

Student Services Court Manager Amber Loomis also said the inability to make payments over the phone adds to the confusion, especially for parents. “Another big question is, ‘Can you take a payment over the phone?’ And we can’t. Our offices cannot process payments,” she said. “Students can set up their parents as an authorized payer.” Students can use the Portal and click on Finances, then Grant Payment Access.


Though some students have trouble reading their statements, Plymouth senior Angie Schommer said she has not. “To be honest with you, I just get the e-mail notification. My parents pay the tuition and they get an e-mail, too,” she said. “I guess we haven’t had problems with it, except they don’t take Visa anymore, and that’s the only card my parents have.”

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Bridge Card applications going online at month’s end By Lindsay Knake Metro Editor

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Those who wish to apply for Bridge Cards will no longer have to visit the Department of Human Services. At the end of August, they can handle it online, said Mark Stevens, Isabella County director of the Department of Human Services. Anyone applying can visit, which Stevens said will work by the end of the month, to fill out the online application and e-mail, fax or mail financial documents to the office. They will be contacted for a phone interview and the department will determine eligibility. “I think it will be a lot more convenient for students instead of coming into the office and waiting,” he said. “Since students are so much more tech-savvy, I think it will be much easier for them.” Michigan’s Food Assistance

The Web site will go live by the end of the month for students who wish to apply for a Bridge Card. Program needed a waiver, which it received earlier this month, from the U.S. government to create the Web site. To qualify for a Bridge Card, applicants must meet income guidelines. The department examines income, back accounts and shelter and utility expenses, Stevens said. Bridge Cards work like debit cards at grocery stores or the farmer’s market, he said. Frankenmuth junior Kraig Haubenstricker applied for a Bridge Card for the first time this summer. “Eating food is the biggest part of my budget,” he said. Haubenstricker said applying online would make the process easier because of convenience, and he had trouble

finding the office. “I wouldn’t have to drive several miles out of town,” he said. “And I have access to a fax machine, scanner and email.” However, he also believed the application process would be more complicated because he had a lot of questions. Troy senior Jamie Clark is a Bridge Card user and believes the online application would be useful. “The hours (at the Isabella County DHS) are not the best for students. It would be very convenient and they are very hard to get a hold of,” she said. Each cardholder has a caseworker, and each case-worker has hundreds of people to deal with, so it can take them a long time to get back to her, Clark said. “Online is always easier for all involved,” she said.

Students will experience a new system as they ‘swipe’ into work By Emily Pfund Staff Reporter

Students working on campus this fall will clock in and out of work differently because of a campus-wide upgrade to the Timelink system. The changes began in January 2009, when about half of Central Michigan University’s campus was still using an older version of the system. When the fall semester starts, the entire campus will use the new system. “It’s more user-friendly and easier for the managers to get previous data that’s accurate,” said Leigh Bartholomew, manager of auxiliary operations at Auxiliary Services. “It saves us a lot of time and effort.” Before the upgrades, locations not using Timelink had to use a complicated and often inefficient system to keep track of the hours employees worked.

Employees wrote down the time they started and ended work each day on a paper time log, which they handed in to their supervisor each week. Supervisors then entered these hours into a computer program and sent them to the central payroll office. With the new electronic systems, students clock in and out of work by swiping their student ID card and the supervisors approve the electronic log before sending it to the payroll office. “They swipe in and out and they’re done,” said Mary Hill, assistant controller for financial services and payroll. “They don’t have to worry about forgetting to write it down or losing their log sheets.” On the new electronic system, records from past pay periods are stored, so dated records can be accessed at any time, something the old system could not do, Bartholomew said.

Upgrade cost: $294,000 The upgrade, including hardware costs, software licenses and professional services, cost about $294,000, Hill said. There are 86 automated time clocks that included scan guns that needed to be updated. Not only can students clock in and out of work on them, but workers can scan in labor costs for work orders on them, she said. “Of course it’s a change, and there’s a learning curve,” Hill said. “It’s hard because it’s new, but once people learn to use it, we get a lot of positive reviews.” Sophie Lashuay, executive secretary in the art department, said the biggest problem student employees have in her office is forgetting to clock in. “Once they figure it out, they’re fine,” Lashuay said. “It takes some getting used to.”

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Huntington Woods freshman Kristen Prappas looks for her fall class text books at the CMU Bookstore. “The people are helpful, but the books are very expensive,” she said.

Book sales are changing Online, rentals give interesting change to market By Connor Sheridan Staff Reporter

The days of buying textbooks from one source are over. For Kaitlin Carlson, buying books online just makes economical sense. “I saved over $300 this year,” she said. Carlson, a Fremont junior, sells her books at the end of the semester to recoup more of her investment. Many students share her sentiment. As the state and national economy continues to struggle, college students are among the first to make changes to conserve their typically limited funds. Regarding whether online book sales affected his business, CMU Bookstore director Barry Waters said in an e-mail the Web is helping his business well.

“Of course, but we are online as well, and we have seen nice increases from our own textbook sales on the Web.” A recent price comparison shows significant difference in costs for students willing to purchase online. “Psychology” by David G. Myers, a required book for some sections of PSY 100: Introduction to Psychology, was priced at $129 for a new copy and $96.75 used at the CMU Bookstore. One eBay merchant was offering a new copy for $65.90, and several others were selling for a few dollars more. Another difference was found in the prices for “Biological Psychology” by James W. Kalat, a required reading for PSY 387: Behavioral Neuroscience. While the bookstore was selling new copies for $163.25, another eBay vendor was selling the same book for $58.95, slightly more than a third of CMU’s price. One potential compromise between the online booksellers’ discounts and the convenience of dealing with the

local bookstore is semesterlong book rentals. Grand Rapids Community College recently enacted a plan in which students can rent a textbook for 42.5 percent of the retail price, then return it at the end of the semester. Hudsonville sophomore Taylor Remy said he would rent books if he could. “Oh, yeah, I’m not going to keep (my books),” Remy said. However, Central Michigan University is not pursuing a similar plan partly because of logistical difficulties. Waters said this is because there are difficulties creating a program with which the faculty and the CMU Bookstore are happy. “A solid rental program is very complicated ... the faculty have to commit to the same book for at least six semesters,” Waters said. “That is a long time for a faculty member to be tied to the same book, especially with the frequency of updates the publishers are pushing out.”

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The board directed the administration to utilize $1.81 million dollars from the new tuition rate for increased financial aid,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That brings the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total financial aid budget to $28.6 million annually.â&#x20AC;? The university budget, which includes more than $391 million in total expenses, is based off Michiganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget, which is not yet finalized but facing a $2 billion shortfall. The state House and Senate had a session Tuesday to discuss the state budget, which will go into effect Oct. 1. CMU received an increase of more than $819,000 in appropriations last summer, a 1 percent increase from the previous year. In June, Interim University President Kathy Wilbur said CMU would be â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;luckyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; if appropriations remained at the same level. Around the state The average Michigan public

university tuition increase was 5.65 percent. Grand Valley State University increased its tuition by 5.3 percent for this academic year. Michigan Technological University raised its tuition 5.45 percent, or $19 per credit hour, to $11,347 per year. Its budget is based on revenues that include a 3 percent cut in state funding, according to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Web site. Lake Superior State University increased its tuition by 4.6 percent. Tom Pink, director of Public Relations at Lake Superior State University, said many factors can affect the tuition increase and no one is exempt from the reach of this recession. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That increase puts us at the middle of the pack for Michiganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 15 public universities, and any time we raise tuition, we try to do it so that it has as little effect as possible on our students,â&#x20AC;? Pink said. Oakland University Media Relations Director Ted Montgomery said the tuition budget

for the 2009-10 academic year rose to 9 percent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still going to have to make cuts to balance our budget,â&#x20AC;? he said. OU considered an 11 percent increase at its July 24 meeting. After reaching a deadlock, OU trustees voted for the 9 percent increase. Tuition at Saginaw Valley State University rose to 6.3 percent. J.J. Boehm, director of media relations at SVSU, said there is an expectation to see less money from the state, because there has been a steady erosion of state support of higher education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Michigan is in a very difficult financial situation, they have chosen to direct those resources elsewhere and naturally, we feel higher education is an investment in the future of our state and its people. And the future is educating our citizens,â&#x20AC;? Boehm said.

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The plan offers automatic payment dates, which bills the student on the fifth of every month and offers account adjustment to student accounts any time changes occur to the account, such as bookstore refunds, dropping or adding a course or financial aid payments. With the system, amounts charged to the account will be updated on a regular basis. While enrollment for the fall semester ended July 31, students who wish to use it for spring can sign up Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.


Is it for you? The plan, however, is not recommended for everyone, especially students on financial aid, said Diane Fleming, associate director of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. She said the plan is not beneficial for students utilizing financial aid that covers the full cost of tuition. Enrollment instructions can be found in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Financesâ&#x20AC;? tab of the

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Although Independent Bank is on Central Michigan University’s campus, in the Bovee University Center, Mount Pleasant offers students plenty of banking options and help. Chemical Bank Chemical Bank, which has two locations around town, offers an array of deposit and investment products, said Marketing Director John Hatfield. Students have the options of free checking, the MI Savings Account that requires no minimum balance and a preferred rewards debit and MasterCard. Users are notified with an e-mail when they have a new bill, Hatfield said. “We also have two offices in Mount Pleasant and we’re able to serve students and are also on campus from time to time,” he said. Isabella Bank At Isabella Bank, which has five locations in Mount Pleasant, students are eligible for free checking and savings accounts. “We do have Anywhere Checking, you can do banking


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National City Central Michigan Community Credit Union Chemical Bank Fifth Third Isabella Bank Isabella County Credit Union

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w Controlled by paid boards. w Owned by stockholders. w Operated for profit.

Credit unions: w Operated by volunteer boards. w Owned by members. w Non-profit cooperative. from pretty much anywhere,” said Community Relations Director Mary Olivieri. Isabella Bank’s online banking offers bill pay, touchtone banking by phone and e-statements, so students do not have statements mailed home, she said. The bank has more than 20 ATMs in the mid-Michigan area, and five in Mount Pleasant. Isabella County Credit Union The Isabella County Credit Union, which has two locations in Mount Pleasant, was

established as a studentcentered credit union, said Heather Harris, vice president of community development and marketing. “No question is ever too silly,” she said. “We try our best to help students manage their money.” The online account includes options to check account balances, transfer funds and pay bills. “Everything stays within our community. We reinvest in our community,” she said. “We try to give back in any way we can.” Central Michigan Community Credit Union Vice President of Operations Beth Brown said Central Michigan Community Credit Union, 4976 E. Broadway St., offers debit cards, Visa cards, loans and free checking. “We do have a program when they open account, we have a free gift,” she said.

Students use multiple jobs, tight budget to reduce loan impact By Jake May Senior Reporter

Student loans suck. They are not impossible to understand — just time-consuming and boring. Simply put, most students do not want to talk about the interest-rate driven costs, yet many have no choice but to take them on to attend college, said Muskegon senior Anthony Crawford. Sstudents will ask for the money without understanding what it means, said Diane Fleming, associate director of client services in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. “Everyone’s future income will be significantly cut by the amount. There isn’t any quick and dirty way to avoid reading up on financial aid and student loans,” Fleming said. “A student paying rent $500 a month, atop car, mortgage, insurance, utility and phone payments won’t want to worry about large sums of money for their college loans.” At CMU, 70 percent of oncampus students receive at least one loan. On average, a CMU student will take out $24,236 between federal and private loans, according to the Office of Institutional Research. Grand Rapids junior Shanna

King said she has no clue how to read a loan or what it would take to pay them back. She said she is loan-free, but most likely will get a loan for her senior year. “I am able to get by with two jobs right now, paying for rent and books,” she said. “A lot college students don’t save money, that’s the problem. They don’t know how to put money away into savings accounts. It’s nice to work toward a cushion to fall on when you need it.” Crawford accumulated $7,000 in student loans in his first two years on campus. He decided to stop taking out loans his junior year in fear of post-college debt. He works 40-plus-hour weeks in the summer, and has a fulltime job during the school year to pay for his tuition, rent, food and textbooks. Crawford said he has not bought a book from a bookstore in more than a year. He buys used books off of friends and other students. “It’s about living cheaper,” Crawford said, reviewing his first two years living in residence halls. “Once I moved out, I realized all of my expenses were actually cheaper. Apartments are less than living in the dorms, food is cheaper when you cook for yourself. I used my loans for all of that and wish I would have known that starting

Many food, dining options available on campus By Todd Betzold Staff Reporter

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out, I wouldn’t owe so much in loans, and that’s unfortunate.”

Stuck on campus in between classes and in need of something to eat? Do not worry — Campus Dining has options nearby no matter where you are. North Campus North Campus features Robinson Residential Restaurant and the Northside Market. Like all campus restaurants, Robinson Residential Restaurant offers all-youcan-eat dining in a comfortable dining room. The restaurant has a changing menu of specialties, including fresh entrees, pizza, grilled Panini sandwiches and ethnic cuisine. Northside Market is a new addition for the fall. It will offer a variety of beverages, groceries, Java City brewed coffee, household products and school supplies, said Nikki Smith, marketing manager for Central Michigan University Campus Dining. South Campus On South campus, students can head to the Merrill Residential Restaurant and Tidbits. Merrill Residential Restaurant offers selections including pizza, fresh entrees and ethnic cuisine. Tidbits snack store offers late-night meal options when Merrill Residential Restaurant is closed. East Campus Options on East Campus include the Fresh Food Company and Market. “At the FFCo, all meals are prepared directly in front of the guests as there is no back-of-house kitchen,” Smith said. “Guests enjoy everything from a gourmet salad bar that they’re greeted with as soon as entering the restaurant to international dishes prepared

on a Mongolian-style grill, comfort foods, exhibition pasta, brick-fired pizza and more.” The Market is the largest convenience store on campus and offers a variety of beverages, groceries, household products and school supplies. “In addition, the Market features D-lish pizza, toasted sandwiches, appetizers as a mid-day grab and go option or late-night made to order meal,” Smith said. The Towers The Towers Residence Halls offer Real Food on Campus and the C3 Convenience Store. Like the Fresh Food Company, most of the meals are prepared in front of guests at the RFoC. The C3 Convenience Store is inside Kesseler Hall and offers a variety of beverages, groceries, household products and school supplies. Bovee University Center The UC offers the Down Under Food Court and Goodies To Go. The Down Under Food Court, on the lower level of the Bovee University Center, features a variety of cuisines at eight stations, including made-to-order sushi, sirloin hamburgers, Mexican selections, pizza, customized wraps, pasta stir-fry and a gourmet salad

bar. The Down Under Food Court also features Starbucks-brewed coffee. Goodies To Go houses Quiznos subs & salads and Freshens Energy Zone. Freshens offers a line of smoothies, frozen yogurt and soft pretzels. Charles V. Park Library/Health Professions Building Both locations offer more than 25 specialty coffee beverages, a monthly drink special and grab-and-go-meals. The HP Java City also offers Fresh Market smoothies.

Other Locations “Einstein Bros. Bagels will be opening very soon within the new Education and Human Services Building, offering a variety of bagels and their famous schmears plus a full breakfast and lunch menu,” Smith said. C3 Express is inside Pearce Hall and offers a variety of snacks and complete packaged meals. Trackside is inside the Student Activity Center and features Fresh Market smoothies in addition to a product mix featuring beverages and snacks. All locations accept cash and credit as a form of payment and residential restaurants accept meal plans.


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Group together, buy in bulk CMU offers a no stress Purchasing food in large quantities saves money, trips By Sarah Schuch University Editor

For one person, buying in bulk can be expensive and a waste of time. But with a large group of people, students might find it beneficial. The process of purchasing food in large quantities is a great idea for students because the mark-ups in stores can be really high, said Brigitte Bechtold, professor of sociology, anthropology and social work. But for a few people, it might just be a nuisance. “In terms of saving money, it really is a positive thing,” she said. “They probably need a group large enough. It requires at least six to a dozen (people), then it really works.”

A Sam’s Club manager who would not release his name said he sees a lot of students coming in and buying bulk. Some come in with their parents and buy things that will last them a long time and will not go bad. Sam’s Club now accepts Bridge Cards, which makes a big difference, he said. The bulk buying makes the biggest impact if students live with a roommate and can split the food. If not, students will be absorbing the extra cost, which would hurt their wallet, Bechtold said. Livonia senior Adam Franti buys food in bulks two weeks at a time. But he said because of his on campus job, he finds himself eating fast food more often than he would like to and he does not really utilize his bulk spending. “I liked to get to the point where I can buy more food at once and cook, rather than spend so much money on fast

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food all the time,” he said. Beth Brown, vice president at Central Michigan Credit Union, knows students have limited resources, so other means of grocery shopping may be the better way to go if living alone or with a few people. “Students have limited needs with no (reason to shop bulk) unless they shop with others,” she said. “The best thing to do is to watch for sale bills and shop the sales. Buy the weekly specials.” -Senior Reporter Jake May contributed to this report.

Thinking cheap? Try these nearby treats By Hilary Farrell Senior Reporter

Don’t want to spend $10 on dinner, but sick of McDonald’s double cheeseburgers? Here are some places around town to eat that will not make your wallet wilt. Here are our picks around town where students can find some inexpensive deals:

Stan’s Restaurant At 220 E. Broadway St., the restaurant opens at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Prices for items range from $1.50 to $6.55. Menu items include eggs, omelets, sandwiches, burgers, salads, pancakes,cornedbeefhash,French toast and breakfast side dishes.

Jon’s Country Burger At 1030 S. Mission St., Jon’s is an old-fashioned drive-in restaurant that features popular burgers and Friday night fish dinners. “Country burgers are our number one sandwich,” said owner Jon Spiris. “We have a

good mix of everything.” Prices for menu items range from $4 to $8. Menu options include burgers, gyros, soups, sandwiches, Greek salads and Friday night fish dinners. The Pixie Restaurant At 302 N. Mission St., Pixie also has historical significance, as it opened in 1948, said Assistant Manager Jaime Chellis. A popular option for students is the Pixie Hall of Fame. Anyone who eats 10 bitty burgers or six Coney dogs gets their name on the wall. Prices range from $0.99 to $9.99. Menu items include bitty burgers, hamburgers, Coney dogs, grinders, pizza and ice cream. Lil’ Chef At 1720 S. Mission St., Lil’ Chef has a wide variety of items and opened 24 hours for anybody who get late night cravings. Prices for dinners range from about $7 to $9, while most sandwiches cost only about $5 to $7. Breakfast is served anytime,

and the average breakfast meal is about $5. Fazoli’s Close to campus at 2111 S. Mission St., Fazoli’s has a large variety of Italian food. Manager Bob Denslow said Fazoli’s offers daily specials for $3.99 and has all-you-can-eat pizza, pop and breadsticks. Prices range from $4 to $7. Menu items include pizza, chicken Parmesan, creamy chicken basil pasta and spaghetti. Doozie’s Ice Cream Place For dessert, students can visit Doozie’s at 1310 E. Pickard St. The 25-year-old business has numerous choices for ice cream lovers and people with lactose intolerance or diabetes. The store offers alternatives for both, said owner Clyde Dosenberry. Price range from $1 to $5. Menu items include arctic swirls, hand-dipped yogurt and ice cream, slush drinks, Dole whip, 16 different sundaes and diabeticsafe and lactose-free products.

way to create a resumé Career Services may drop contract if not enough users By Jake May Senior Reporter

Resumé. It is a deadly word. It is what college students put off, avoid and hate typing because they have no idea what to say. Figuring out what to place in just a few pages — for most, one page — that defines life accomplishments takes time and, too often, students wait until one month before graduation to start their first “real job” application, said Julia Sherlock, director of Central Michigan University’s Career Services. The work experience, references and skill sets all jumble together at times, but that is why Career Services renewed a contract with Optimal Resumé. The site allows student users to log in through their account, plug in key information and construct a resumé, portfolio, notes for interview preparation and even make a video resumé.

“In today’s world, this is not a lucrative job market. That’s why we’ve put so much time and effort into this program. Students are going to need every edge they can get,” Sherlock said. “Building a resumé with a blank document in front of you is a daunting process, especially if you’ve never done it before. This will work.” In its fourth year of use at CMU, nearly 3,000 students use the program. Career Services is aiming for 15,000 registered users by May 2010. Sherlock said Career Services spends $10,000 annually on a full version of the program to give students more applications to choose from. She said anyone submitting a job application for the first time with a resumé should have the site bookmarked on their homepage. If Career Services does not get a larger number of registered users, Sherlock said the university will cancel its contract with the Web site. “If it’s not something students want, we’re not going to keep throwing dollars at it,” she said. “It seems popular for the students who are using it. If they

don’t like it though, they should let me know. We are open to other ideas students want as well.” Career Services Assistant Director Jana Lewis, 27, graduated from University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2003. As a freshman, she said she was lost as to how to compose a resumé. Lewis said she woke up quickly when she found out employers will not grant you an interview with a sloppy resumé. Even the slightest typo will hurt your chances, she said. “I could never have created my first resumé on my own,” said Lewis, who said she went to her university to aid in the construction of her portfolio. “I was clueless to how important it all is. I didn’t realize the resumé had to be perfect — spotless, even — just to get a call. All students these days are still in the same boat. “Best part about this Web site is that you can reach it anywhere you go on campus: In your room, the library, wherever — you’ll have access to your portfolio.” Visit the Web site at

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Switching TurnItIn to SafeAssign will save CMU nearly $24,000 By Kina Gladney Staff Reporter has been replaced by SafeAssign, a plagiarism prevention service offered by Blackboard. Duane Kleinhardt, manager of IT Communications, said since it is a part of Blackboard licensing, CMU is eliminating the contract with, which cost $23,329 last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;SafeAssign performs the same function as Turnitin, and is included in the licensing of Blackboard,â&#x20AC;? Kleinhardt said. The purpose of the service is to help educators prevent plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The university saves the extra cost of the Turnitin licensing,â&#x20AC;? Kleinhardt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Online Learning Environment executive team made the decision to change from Turnitin to SafeAs-

sign following a year of consideration, careful comparison of the two products, including a twophase pilot implementation, and a survey of the user community.â&#x20AC;? Though it is a new Blackboard service, it is based on technology Blackboard acquired from Sciworth Inc., formerly MyDropBox, and enhanced to offer better stability, performance and integration with other Blackboard products. In SafeAssign, instructors can set up SafeAssignments in their Blackboard courses and let students submit papers to these assignments, in a way very similar to the one provided currently by Blackboard Learning System. As students submit papers, they are checked against SafeAssignâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comprehensive databases of source material. The papers then will be delivered to instructors through the Blackboard Learning System with the origi-

nality reports and the results of the matching process attached. All material submitted to SafeAssign is checked against the following databases: A comprehensive index of documents available for public access on the Internet; ProQuest ABI/Inform database with more than 1,100 publication titles and about 2.6 million articles from the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s to present time, updated weekly; institutional document archives containing all papers submitted to SafeAssign by users in their respective institutions; and the Global Reference Database, which contains papers volunteered by students from Blackboard client institutions to prevent cross-institutional plagiarism. For more information on the Blackboard plagiarism service, go to

EHS Building full of new purchases By Amelia Eramya Staff Reporter

Central Michigan Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus is dotted with additions purchased for the new year. Most of the items can be seen in the Education and Human Services Building, with furniture and other gadgets. One of the most interesting of these new purchases is on the second floor in the student study room. The Steelcase Walk Station, a treadmill with a flat surface for a laptop or book, is a peculiar piece where students can take a two-mile walk while studying or just surfing the Internet on their laptop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pretty cool thing,â&#x20AC;? said Ray Francis, interim associate dean of the College of EHS. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The purpose of the building is to provide access to comfort while theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re (students) studying.â&#x20AC;? The EHS Building has new

and interesting furniture throughout the building. It is home to six Eames Sofas, upscale sofas found in lounge areas and student study areas. The furniture cost more than $12,000. A Nelson Platform Bench, which also can be found in the EHS Building, cost between $400 and $800. Study areas throughout the EHS Building have taller tables without chairs. The idea is for students to work faster to get homework or group projects complete because of standing. All desks in the EHS Building are equipped with electrical outlets and plugins. Each classroom is more mediated and has advanced visualizers with new computers. One very important addition that students will cherish is the Polly Vision Copy Cam. At the touch of a button, professors may record the image of the

notes written on the white board to further e-mail to students for future reference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything came together brilliantly,â&#x20AC;? said Crystal Korn, a Cheboygan senior who works in the EHS Building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The student study rooms have the most comfortable furniture.â&#x20AC;? Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design was a big proponent in purchasing the furniture for the EHS Building. LEED is a certification that buildings may receive for assistance in purchasing items. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Departments make the purchase requests based on their budgets for the fiscal year,â&#x20AC;? said Susan Watt-Smith, a senior buyer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Facilities Management Department and Purchasing Services make the major purchases for the campus community.â&#x20AC;?

By Joe Borlik Senior Reporter

Central Michigan University studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; IDs can do more than get them into football games. Here are a few other places the CMU ID can be flashed for a discount:

Celebration! Cinema Celebration! Cinema, 4935 E. Pickard Road, offers students $1 off ticket prices for movies showing after 6 p.m. And with their student ID, students can receive a coupon for $2 off on any combo at the concession stand at any time of business. Manager Chris Couling said the theater offers great deals for students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two dollars off anything is a good deal,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you want pop and popcorn, this is a good way.â&#x20AC;?

Microchips Microchips, in the basement of the Bovee University Center, offers deals on computer software for students. Dan Depottey, Zeeland senior and Microchips employee, said a student who purchases Adobe Creative Suite 4 computer software, which comes with Photoshop,

Illustrator and several other programs, could save hundreds of dollars. The software normally runs for $1,400 and Microchips sells it for $500, he said. He said the store also give student discounts on Apple computers that could save a student as much as $200. Every fall, it also has a deal where students who purchase a computer get a free iPod. The deal ends Sept. 5, he said.

Finding your money niche Budgeting proves to be best way to control spending By Eric Dresden Student Life Editor

With the state and national economy coming out of a recession, many students are returning to Central Michigan University facing financial troubles of their own. For most, budgeting has become an increasingly popular thing to do in order to maintain control over oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s money. Heather Harris, vice president of community development and marketing at Isabella Community Credit Union, 2400 S. Isabella Road, said more students are budgeting their money and she is glad to see it, as long as they understand their spending habits to help them out in the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody is different â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you have to know yourself,â&#x20AC;? she said. Harris said the key is knowing what works better: a debit card, a check or cash. Beth Brown, vice president at Central Michigan Credit Union, 4976 E. Broadway St., said it is a hard decision on

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Fowlerville freshman Kaleigh Reed fills her car tank with gasoline Sunday afternoon at the Citgo gas station on Mission Street.

which method you want to use, but budgeting is necessary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It depends on the activities you do. There is no clearcut answer. You do need to sit down and budget,â&#x20AC;? she said. Budget online Harris said using sites such as, provided by the Better Business Bureau, specifically for college students, are great tools to help them when they sit down and start. Sandy Lucksted, Branch Manager at Commercial Bank, 1234 E. Broomfield St.,

said budgeting is something students should not overlook, although it takes time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sit down and put a reasonable amount to eat, clothing, entertainment, cell phones, and see how much they cost,â&#x20AC;? she said. Lucksted said although it is easy to think, because one is taking out loans, that credit cards will be just as easy to use, it is a very slippery slope. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a lot of debt out there â&#x20AC;&#x201D; once the balance on (the credit card) gets high, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to keep track,â&#x20AC;? she said.


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China 1 Buffet Students who love Chinese food can receive 10 percent off their meals just by showing their student ID card at China 1 Buffet, 1711 S. Mission St. Manager Jason Lian said the deal covers not just the buffet, but everything on the menu. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got good prices for students,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saving money is always good, right now is a tough time.â&#x20AC;? Pizza Hut Nino Disimone, manager of the 1216 S. Mission St Pizza Hut location, said the restaurant offers students a buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. everyday. He said the buffet features pizza, pasta, breadsticks and cinnamon sticks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students can come in at lunch and get a quick meal for cheap,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the best deal we got going on, you get everything.â&#x20AC;?

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Abel family donates $100,000 endowment for speaker series By Will Axford Voices Editor

The family of former University President Harold Abel gifted a $100,000 endowment for a speaker series focusing on dictatorship, democracy and genocide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a great honor to receive it,â&#x20AC;? said Tim Hall, history department chairman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad Mrs. Abel trusts us enough to use this money.â&#x20AC;? The Abel Endowment Lecture Series will bring survivors of genocides and prominent scholars to CMU. The committee will choose its first speaker in the next few weeks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my recommendation that we start with a Holocaust survivor,â&#x20AC;? said history professor Eric Johnson, who teaches a course on the Jewish Holocaust and is a member of the advisory board that will choose lecturers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it would be a respectful beginning to hear from a survivor.â&#x20AC;? Abel, CMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president from 1975-85, died in 2002 at 75 years old. Abelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy lies with his research in genocide and dictatorship, especially with the Jewish

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and Alumni Relations, and Interim Provost Gary Shapiro to ensure the lecture series would be an ongoing event at CMU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mrs. Abel is very interested in having her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work remembered,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. The committee in charge of the endowment includes members of the Abel family, professors from various departments at CMU including political science, history, and geography, and members of the Jewish community in Michigan. Johnson said people from broad backgrounds are involved with the committee. Beyond the first speaker, Johnson believes the lecture series should host respected scholars and witnesses from other genocides in Rwanda and Darfur. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students should learn what genocide is and how fragile democracy is, and how easy it is to fall into totalitarianism,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If people hear about it and think about it, maybe they will get together and do something. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are important issues of the past, present, and future.â&#x20AC;?

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tuition â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a significant amount. $500 is a significant amount of money. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as big of a deal breaker as something like losing the $1,000 expected scholarship (Michigan Promise) because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something expected,â&#x20AC;? Roscoe said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think people expect a tuition increase, we know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to go up every year so, as we plan for higher education, we can anticipate that.â&#x20AC;? Roscoe said students looking to make up for the $450 they are paying extra in tuition should not only look towards working, but may also want to look at trying to be careful on what they spend.

Holocaust, Hall said. Johnson said it is important to remember the Holocaust and to learn about genocides. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real valuable for contemporary times and to learn how to combat these problems in the present,â&#x20AC;? he said. Johnson said he sees the series as a chance to boast CMU as an academic and intellectual university. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope the series becomes a distinguished lecture series,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully, people from distinguished places will come and that the lecture series will become known internationally.â&#x20AC;? Johnson said Abel was a president who did a lot to advance CMU from just a Michigan university to a nationally- and internationally-known school. During Abelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s term as president, CMU introduced study abroad and doctoral programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Abel) was really concerned about making CMU a powerful and intellectual place,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He worked hard during tough economic times to make a more diverse and stronger campus and succeeded.â&#x20AC;? Abelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife worked with Lesa Smith, director of Development

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Sorority life ‘not like the movies’ Drinking, drama stereotypes are untrue By Jake May Senior Reporter

Sorority life at Central Michigan University is not the daily drunken party atmosphere portrayed in movies and television. There is no girl drama and no drunken fighting or girls spreading rumors, said Emily Reynolds, an Alpha Sigma Tau member. The Beverly Hills junior is entering her fifth semester with the group, one of 11 sororities registered on campus. She said in her time as a sorority, she has not found any of those “movie mo-

ments” made popular by “Animal House” and “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder.” “It’s not like the movies at all. That’s just not Central,” Reynolds said. “I didn’t know what to expect, but I once I got to knew some of the girls, I knew it wasn’t like that. “When I first joined, I felt really nervous. I was a baby little freshman in my first semester, I had no idea what was going on, but I am so happy I did. It’s what got me involved on campus.” Reynolds was a Leadership Safari guide, and looks to volunteer with Special Olympics Michigan this year, something she credits her Greek lifestyle to helping her achieve.

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Delta Chi focusing on philanthropy Fundraising becoming a bigger issue By Joe Borlik Senior Reporter

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Delta Chi is heading in a different direction. New members are replacing many of the group’s older members, but that is not the biggest change, said Andy Anzures, Delta Chi president and Oxford senior. Anzures said the fraternity will focus more on fundraising, philanthropy and helping out the community this fall semester. “We’re headed down a new path,” he said. “We have a lot of stuff planned; our main goals

are keeping a positive image and helping people out.” For Anzures, a fouryear member, Delta Chi is more than just a fraternity. He said joining was one of the best decisions he ever made. “I never thought I’d be a frat boy, but then some of my friends told me to check it out and I was very impressed,” he said. Delta Chi Vice President Devin Jones, a Holt senior, said the fraternity will donate much of its charity money to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, a cancer fundraising organization started in 1993 to honor Jim Valvano, a North Carolina State University basketball coach, who died of cancer. A fraternities | 3D

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elcome to Campus VIBE. For those of you experienced with the former Lifeline section, this might be new to you. But Campus VIBE is the new weekly section appearing in Central Michigan Life nearly every Wednesday. While this issue is a little different, because we are focusing on Registered Student Organizations, next week will be a little bit more toward what a normal VIBE is going to be. If you turn quickly to page two, you will see a redesign with picks for the week, the top five singles, albums, movies and video games, among other tidbits of information. I also would like to mention the rant section we have available for next week on page two. So if you have something you would like to rant about, whether it be about a public issue or an annoying roommate, send around 100 words to But I want to address why Campus VIBE was created: the students. This section is focusing on what the students want and what they are interested in. So, in order for this to work, we need your help. We need to know what you want to read. So this is a call out to you, the reader, we need to know what you want. What kind of stories would interest you? What would you enjoy out of VIBE? This section will hit many hot topics and subjects, and we will take a similar stance. We want to write for you to give an understanding of the days and times we live in. We will be hitting some touchy subjects — that is for sure. So keep that in mind when you pick up each Wednesday edition of Central Michigan Life. We have a new look, a new attitude and will continue the long-lasting tradition of good work. So while many things are a little different, things will very much stay the same, too. So we want to hear from you. Don’t be afraid to send an e-mail, because that is exactly what we want. If you think of something on the fly, throw it out there to us. It won’t be shot down but, rather, thoughtfully considered. So with that said, send me an e-mail at And enjoy the new Campus VIBE.

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RSOs provide students ways to stay active around campus By Eric Dresden Student Life Editor

Registered Student Organizations are an integral part of university life — specifically at Central Michigan University. Whether it is Greek Life, clubs, academia, political groups or sports groups, there are a plethora of options for students. Tom Idema, assistant director of Student Life, said joining RSOs is fun and enjoyable, but also can build experience needed in the workplace. “You graduate from CMU and

you go to that first job interview and (they say), ‘What can you offer me?’ People are looking for folks that can work in teams, that have leadership abilities, can accomplish tasks, take on projects — all things that you get from being in an RSO,” Idema said. He said to look for a group that students feel comfortable with. And when they find that group, continue to build on it. “You don’t need to be the most outgoing person to be a part of a group,” he said. “You just show up to a meeting and, if you want to contribute, there’s a place for you to do that.”

Idema said there will be booths set up at MAINStage on Sunday to give students the opportunity to talk with different RSOs around campus. “There’s something for everybody,” Idema said. “If you like sports, there’s a sports club. If drama is your thing there is drama club. If you’re looking to network and build friendships, there’s biology clubs and honors clubs. If you cannot find something you are looking for, then start a new group.” Idema said as soon as freshman orientation started, CMU had one girl who wanted to start a group be-

fore she even started school. “There’s a freshman who’s on campus already who came to orientation she came to (the office of Student Life) and said she wanted to start an archery club. She came registered for her classes, got information on how to start an RSO and, over the summer, she has put a constitution together... and she will have an RSO when she starts here,” Idema said. Dean of Students Bruce Roscoe said he thinks the RSOs give much to students, but they just need to get involved with something at the uni-

versity. “The involvement might be a student organization but it might not be,” he said. “It might be a church, it might be a service organization that’s not even a part of the university but a part of the community, it might be people going to the SAC or using facilities around campus,” Roscoe said. “Getting connected to a peer group... is very helpful to a students sense of belonging, a comfort level and is more likely to lead to success and satisfaction.”

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cohen sells out in israel (MCT) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tickets for a Leonard Cohen concert to benefit Palestinian and Israeli peace groups sold out in less than a day, an Israeli ticket agent said Sunday. The 47,000 tickets for the Sept. 24 concert at a stadium near Tel Aviv went on sale at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and, by Sunday afternoon they were gone, ticket agent Avi Messing told Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Channel 2 TV. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of Israel is coming to watch Leonard Cohen. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really great,â&#x20AC;? Messing said. Prices ranged from $90 to $315. Adding Israel to Cohenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world tour drew complaints from Palestinian sympathizers, and British fans posted a plea on the social networking site Facebook asking him to cancel the date in response to Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s military campaign in the Gaza Strip in December and January.

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TOP FIVES box office 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;District 9â&#x20AC;? $37 million 2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobraâ&#x20AC;? $22.5 million 3. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time Travelerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wifeâ&#x20AC;? $19.2 million 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Julie & Juliaâ&#x20AC;? $12.4 million 5. â&#x20AC;&#x153;G-Forceâ&#x20AC;? $6.9 million


singles 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Gotta Feelingâ&#x20AC;? Black Eyed Peas 2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Belong With Meâ&#x20AC;? Taylor Swift 3. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best I Ever Hadâ&#x20AC;? Drake 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knock You Downâ&#x20AC;? Keri Hilson, Kanye, NeYo 5. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Use Somebodyâ&#x20AC;? Kings of Leon

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Dan Rather filed a lawsuit against CBS Corp.

rather files new lawsuit against CBS (MCT) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Legendary newsman Dan Rather, above, has filed a new lawsuit, this time against CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves and former CBS News president Andrew Heyward, over his 2005 firing by CBS. The 44-year CBS News veteran was dismissed following controversy over a report about former President George W. Bushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vietnam-era military service. Bloomberg News says the $70 million suit claims the executives fraudulently fired Rather to appease Bush. In 2007, Rather, 77, filed a breach of contract suit against CBS, which also named Moonves and Heyward. But the New York Supreme Court last year dismissed the individual claims.

Now I know we are in Michigan, but come on. All summer we get by on 60 degree weather. Honestly most of the summer I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even imagine doing the things I would do in any other summer. Now just as soon as school starts we get all the weather reports of 80 degrees and allkinds of humidity. My response: Mother Nature, you have one cruel sense of humor. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty sure if Mother Nature was a real person, we wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ever get along because judging on this summer she is a jerk.

albums 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live on the Insideâ&#x20AC;? Sugarland 2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now 31â&#x20AC;? Various Artists 3. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glorianaâ&#x20AC;? Gloriana 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The E.N.D.â&#x20AC;? Black Eyed Peas 5. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Only by the Nightâ&#x20AC;? Kings of Leon

video games 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wii Sports Resortâ&#x20AC;? 2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;NCAA Football 10â&#x20AC;? 3. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wii Fitâ&#x20AC;? 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mario Kart Wiiâ&#x20AC;? 5. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mario Kart DSâ&#x20AC;?

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The self-titled debut full length from The xx is an impressive, minimalistic and melancholic album. The 19-year old Londoners tap into the Joy Division-inspired post-punk revival popularized by indie giants, Interpol. However, while Interpol relied on a cold, theatrical approach, The xx gets by on sparse instrumentation, tense guy-girl vocal interplay and heartbreaking lyrics. Sexy, soulful and downright beautiful, â&#x20AC;&#x153;XXâ&#x20AC;? is an impressive debut from a group of young musicians, providing the perfect soundtrack to a rainy day or a late-night drive across the city. Fans of Interpol, Joy Division or The Cure donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to miss this! -Ben Weissenborn

Did you ever wish that your Wii was just a bit more receptive to your movements? So that instead of just registering a swish this way or that, it could tell exactly how fast and from which direction you smacked down your opponent? If so, you need to check out â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wii Sports Resort.â&#x20AC;? This new game from Nintendo is packaged with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Motion Plusâ&#x20AC;? add-on, letting your Wii more intelligently track your every move. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s put to good use with several minigames including archery, table tennis, and a rambunctiously addictive sword fighter. Give it a try! -Connor Sheridan

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Essexville senior Adam Militello rides the mechanical bull for his fraternity Delta Chi during the Greek Week athletic event last year in Finch Fieldhouse. The event included fraternity and sorority pairings to compete in bull riding, egg tossing and obstacle course games.

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Some of the fraternity’s fall plans include raising money for cancer research by hosting a hot dog eating contest with His House Christian Fellowship, 211 West Broomfield St. All proceeds will go to the V Foundation, Jones said. He said the fraternity plans on spending this coming Veterans Day visiting local nursing homes for the first time and thanking war veterans for their hard

work. Like Anzures, Jones has been a member of Delta Chi since his freshman year. He joined the fraternity under the advice of his older brother at Ferris State University. “Being in Delta Chi has truly developed me as a person,” Jones said. “It’s taught me lessons about time management, accountability and truly being there for your brothers. This is something that’s rare and hard to find outside a fraternity.”

Jones said Delta Chi also offers intramural sports, including basketball and football. He said he plays all sports except soccer. Anzures said the fraternity will rush new members in September and is thrilled for the fall semester. The date for fall rush is still unknown, said Tom Idema, assistant director of student life. “I’m excited to see what happens,” Anzures said.

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Alpha Gamma Delta member Sammi Szwak said she joined her sorority because it is a great way to pick up long-lasting friendships. Szwak wants to warn anyone coming into sorority life for the first time not to listen to what everyone is saying about the sorority or what they have done. While important, she said, it is more vital to follow your own path. “Listen to your heart,” said Szwak, a West Bloomfield senior. “Don’t ever join

just because someone tells you to. You have to want it. You will know when you are home. “Some people try to sway you, one way or another. Just because your roommate is a Delta Zeta does not mean you have to be. You can be gung-ho about a number of other groups.” Some students just know they want to “go Greek.” With about 1,000 Greeks on campus, it is hard not to, said Jenaye Chew, an East Jordan junior. Chew is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma and after

meeting her future sorority sisters on the first day of recruitment, she did not have a second thought. “I knew I belonged here,” she said. “This helps shape you into the person you want to be. This has made my college experience. “I’ll tell you, half of my bridesmaids will be my sorority sisters. This, I know, but I am not getting married anytime soon — that’s just how close we are. I would hand my life over to these girls.”

Get to know more RSOs Central Michigan Invisible Children Club. The main goal of our group is to raise awareness for the ongoing struggle for Peace between the rebel group and the government in Northern Uganda. Patrick Campbell,

American Sign Language Society. A society that holds meetings every Tuesdays and hosts social and fundraising events. The group is focused on American Sign Language and Deaf culture. Mallorie Ceisel, BACCHUS. A group of students on CMU’s campus interested in spreading alcohol awareness across campus. The group focuses on underage drinking, drinking and driving, and binge drinking. Alexandria Fedewa, Multicultural Psychology Student Society. A society interested in the multicultural psychology. Elizabeth Taylor, Big Brothers Big Sisters. Helps children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships. Ashlee Lechowicz, The Student Environmental Alliance. A group of concerned students, who feel strongly about promoting environmental awareness. Christopher Venegas, Circle K International. Composed of college and university students who are responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong committment to community service worldwide. Dawn Siemiet, Humane Animal Treatment Society (HATS). Megan Smith, National Association of the Advancement of Colored People. A group aimed at stopping

Professional Real Estate Society. A society based on the interest of Real Estate. Isaac Florip,

Society of Women Engineers and the Institute of Electrical Engineers. A service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their contributions. Julie Mitchell,

Habitat for Humanity. A group aimed at fundraising and helping other Habitats build throughout the year. Kristen Dyke,

Disney Program Alumni Association. An organization in the interest of Disney intern Alumni. Drina Strickland,

The Herpetological Society. A student ran organization specifically involved with reptiles and amphibians. William Garland,

National Society of Collegiate Scholars. A national honor society that recognizes students academic achievements and provides opportunities for leadership development and service opportunities. Jessie Sweeney,

the advancement of racism. Jasmine Crossland,

Women’s Rugby Club. A group that plays women’s rugby. Alexis Kadolph, National Broadcasting Society. To introduce students interested in broadcasting and electronic media to other interested students, as well as professional contacts in the business. Elaina Grinias, CMU Society for Human Resource Management. A society interested in the advancement of human resource management. Nicole McParlan, Open Grove Society. A group focused on promoting religious diversity. Elizabeth Goss, Speech-Language and Hearing Club. A group focused on communication. Allison Wischmeyer, wisch1al@cmich.ed Student Chapter of the AMS at CMU. Founded to promote mathematical research and education through conferences, contests surveys, publications, employment services, scholarship programs Katie Dupree,

International Club. A club aimed at promoting a better understanding and relations among the people from different cultures of the world. Anthony Crawford, Swing Kids. Increasing campus diversity through various types of dance, emphasizing in swing. Kevin Nevorski, Pre-Dental Society. A society interested in Pre-Dentistry. Jillian Mlinarcik, St. Mary’s Catholic Campus Ministry. The purpose of this organization is to centralize Catholic Campus Ministry activities at St. Mary’s University Parish. Stephanie Jaczkowski, Golden Key International Honor Society and Lambda Pi Eta. To maintain academic excellence and to serve others through commitment, dedication, and leadership. Danica Vihtelic, Red Cross Club of CMU. Red Cross group for students. Jay Franks,

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These guys make YouTube videos Students find ways to gain experience producing films By Brad Canze Senior Reporter

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Clarkston sophomore Samantha Alty practices her section of Central Harmony’s medley piece in the Music Building. The a cappella group performed in a conference, which hosted seven other a cappella groups from across the state, at the Mount Pleasant Community Church.

Singin’ in the halls

A cappella group dishing out modern music these days By Jake May Senior Reporter


“After we had performed what we came to sing, people started shouting out requests. We weren’t going to turn down that crowd. So, we made up stuff as we went along. That was probably one of the most fun experiences I’ve had at CMU.” Not familiar with a cappella? They do not sing tunes from the 1920s. That is not Central Harmony’s style. They sing contemporary music. The group performed renditions of Rihanna’s “Disturbia,” Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” and The Cranberries’ “Zombie.” This year, Central Harmony President Josh Lee said the group is at its best since it started in fall 2005. He said they will continue to arrange songs of current popular music, and the group will make a tribute to the King of Pop. “I can’t reveal everything,

Hands-on experience can be just as valuable as lessons taught in a classroom. Or so that is what members of F1rst Post Entertainment believe. F1rst Post is a registered student organization focused on filmmaking and video production, with collaboration and sharing knowledge and ideas at the core of its beliefs. “You can come to this group, and you can learn how to direct these films. If you want to act, you can act in these films — you can do whatever you’re interested in,” said Rochester Hills junior Shelli Kosztowny, the group’s public relations chair. “We teach each other how to do things from our own knowledge.” The group started as an RSO

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Metamora junior Thomas Younger embraces St. Clair Shores junior Dominic Calzetta after rehearsing their medley piece during the final Central Harmony practice in the Music Building before an a cappella group conference.

“We berated all of the doors down the hall — it was hilarious and so much fun.” Thomas Younger, Metamora senior but expect a Michael Jackson arrangement,” the Troy sophomore said. “People can always contact us and put in a request. We have great arrangers, so we can probably work something out.” As for how Central Harmony synchronizes outside of practice and performance, the group has great chemistry, Lee said. He said the group’s friendship outside of rehearsal strengthens its performances, mostly because members hang out with one another regularly. “That’s why we can goof off and have fun while we perform,”

Lee said. “We pretty much have become a family. Everyone is so warm, loving and upbeat. It’s so welcoming. That’s why we can goof off and have fun on stage. It’s a family of friends.” Central Harmony has nine members returning, but the group is looking to add three to five new voices. Auditions will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1 and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 3 in the Music Building. Rooms will be decided during the first week of classes.

in August 2008 by four Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts students who wanted practical filmmaking experience. “In our broadcasting department, there’s not a whole lot of filming classes,” said Terri Rozwadowski, cofounder and vice president. “We wanted a way for students to get more hands-on experience outside of class.” The group creates numerous projects throughout the school year, including films, videos on and television programs. Rozwadowski said the tone of the group’s meetings usually is laid back, with less structure and more opportunities for creative ideas to be shared. “We don’t want this to feel like a classroom ... we want everyone to feel like they can learn something in a fun environment.” One of the group’s goals for its second year is to become a co-curricular activity within the School of BCA. “We obviously have to make more projects and things like that so the BCA will consider us when we apply for that,” said Hudsonville junior Andrew Da-

vis, the group’s president. “(We want to) kind of just advance from what we did last year.” F1rst Post operates on minimal funding, mostly working off of membership fees and donations. “Last year, it was more along the lines of ‘who has what?’ in terms of equipment,” Davis said. “We didn’t have a lot of money, because we only had 25 or 30 members, and we didn’t want to go out and spend our members’ due money to buy equipment that may eventually be owned by the school.” Now much of the group’s equipment is donated by MAC 3 TV, the public access television channel run by the Mid Michigan Area Cable Consortium. F1rst Post is editing a television show called “Used,” which it hopes to broadcast on MAC 3. Those interested in joining F1rst Post Entertainment can attend its weekly meetings, 7 p.m. every Wednesday in Moore Hall. For more information, contact the group at

New student organization seeks those skeptical about religion By Joe Borlik Senior Reporter

crew of a cappella members may storm the doors of your residence hall this fall and sing some Rihanna or Katy Perry. It has been known to happen in the past. When Metamora senior Thomas Younger was a freshman in Central Harmony in fall 2006, he and several other members of the only co-ed campus a cappella group ran throughout Larzelere Hall, knocking on everyone’s doors. Once they were able to form a large crowd in the lobby, the performance began. “We berated all of the doors down the hall — it was hilarious and so much fun,” said Younger, now the director.


A new registered student organization is hoping to dispel some of the negative stereotypes associated with those who are not religious. The Non-Religious, Atheist, Free Thinker, and Agnostic Alliance started at Central Michigan University last semester and Royal Oak senior Kirk Wilcox, a group member, hopes more people join. “We want to establish a place for non-religious people to come and have a dogmafree setting,” he said. “We’re offering people a setting where they can feel comfortable without other people bringing God up.” The group meets at 9 p.m. every Tuesday, although a fall semester location is not yet decided. Once a location is determined, Clinton Township junior Jake Barnett, the group’s

vice president, said he will post the location for group meetings on the group’s Facebook page. At meetings, the group discusses various issues, such as religion and politics, and shows a movie about once a month, Wilcox said. Last semester, the group showed a screening of Bill Maher’s “Religulous,” a comedic documentary that satirizes organized religion. Wilcox said the group plans on doing community service to help disprove negative connotations regarding non-religious people. “Atheists are the least trusted minority in terms of presidential elections,” Barnett said. Wilcox said the group does not show discrimination toward any religious views, and the six to 10 people who usually attend group meetings have various beliefs regarding God. He said religious people oc-

casionally attend meetings. While Wilcox is an atheist, Barnett remains agnostic. Wilcox, who occasionally attended church with his mom growing up, said he started questioning his religion around age 12. Barnett, who started becoming skeptical of his Baptist beliefs around age 14, bases his agnosticism around scientific research and said the existence of God, or lack there of, cannot be proven with science. Wilcox came up with the group idea last winter break with the help of friend Aaron Lesniak, a Farmington Hills alumnus. He said the group’s discussions range from discrimination in the work place to whether or not “In God We Trust” should appear on U.S. currency. The group can be contacted at

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High Adventure Club full of opportunities By Nicole Burdiss Staff Reporter

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Allegan sophomore Stephen Lewis, cinema chairman of Program Board, helps to attach a bracelet on a raffle winner and Sterling Heights freshman Angela Hellow during the Drew Lachey lecture last year outside of Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium.

Entertainment on campus Organization brings celebrities, music to CMU By Eric Dresden Student Life Editor

Whether it was Demetri Martin, Dane Cook or Johnny Cash, Program Board has been bringing celebrities and bigname acts to Central Michigan University for more than 80 years. In order to bring such acts here, much work has to be done. Whether it is contacting the agent or figuring out exactly what the students want for campus, Program Board always is in a process. President David Breed said anyone can join Program Board and the experience is well worth it, even if they are not going into anything deal-

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ing with entertainment. “Anyone (can join). When you volunteer at show, you get a behind the secenes view of it, which is a cool experience,” the Muskegon junior said. Over the years, Program Board brought several major acts to Mount Pleasant, including Adam Sandler, Lewis Black, Yellowcard, T-Pain, Michael Moore and Dave Chappelle, just to name a few from the past 20 years. Vice President Steve Lewis said he held several positions on Program Board since he started and, last year, held the

cinema chair, in charge of providing free movie viewings to campus. “It’s a completely different organization bringing different entertainment to campus,” the Allegan sophomore said. Lewis said he gained many friendships and gained a lot of leadership from trying to figure out all the plans from getting a celebrity’s plans set up through campus. Breed said meetings are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Sept. 2 on the third floor of the Bovee University Center. He said anyone is welcome to come to the meetings and join Program Board. He said it always felt like a small family to him. “I’ve met lots of people. PB has a sense of community and a very welcoming atmosphere,” Breed said.

A way to walk in their shoes

TOMS Shoes offers footwear, assists national charity Staff Reports

A national organization started three years ago now has a branch at Central Michigan University. TOMS Shoes, which started in 2006, provides an opportunity for people to receive footwear, as well as give to charity. “Every pair of shoes we buy, a child in need receives a pair also,” said Rockford senior Angela Noorman. “The goal is to move towards a more compassionate form of consumerism.” The TOMS Shoes Web site,, provides the opportunity to shop for different styles of shoes, promoting its “One for One” message by giving away a pair of shoes to those in need, whether it be in a foreign country or in the U.S. “This brings the problem close to home — TOMS Shoes is helping our own children, also,” said Chesterfield senior Laura Embry. TOMS Shoes, derived

from the word “tomorrow,” has a variety of shoe styles that appeal to all age groups, budgets and taste group, said Treasurer Allison Guzik. However, Guzik wants students to know the organization is striving for a movement that is more than just shoes. “Our main goal is to get people involved in something that is bigger than themselves,” said the Fraser senior. “If we can at least inspire one student to go out and volunteer or take a closer look into a charity of their own choosing, then I feel we have done our job. I consider that a great success.” Some of the events the RSO tentatively has planned this year include walking barefoot across the Mackinac Bridge, a campus fashion show and giving students the opportunity to customize their own pair of TOMS Shoes. Look for the TOMS Shoes’ logo at MAINStage — the organization will have “One for One” flyers and more details for the store’s Web site. If interested in purchasing a pair of TOMS Shoes, visit Pric-

es start at $45 for shoes.

White-water rafting, ice climbing, backpacking, rock climbing and camping. CMU’s High Adventure Club does just about everything. “As a college student, this is the time you have the most free recreation time in your entire life,” said Andrew Yasso, the club’s president. “We put together really fun trips on a college budget; no experience, no gear necessary.” Yasso, a Rochester Hills senior, said about 75 percent of its group features new members for trips every year. “You don’t have to be a Boy Scout,” he said. The High Adventure Club’s first substantial trip this fall is to West Virginia from Sept. 18-20 for white water rafting, rock climbing a river gorge and music at the Gauley Festival. Last year, the Gauley Festival had an attendance of 7,000 people, about 50 from CMU.

“We put together really fun trips on a college budget; no experience, no gear necessary.” Andrew Yasso, High Adventure Club president

Yasso said a good reason to join the group is because it makes the trips can cost less if going with the HAC. The club has a fee of $10 per semester for students who are going to take a trip, while those not taking the trip can go to meetings for free. The trips have extra costs but, since it is put together for the group, they can be cheaper. Participants will have the opportunity to try these outdoor sports, as well as volunteer and create a huge memory, Yasso said. Chardae Whitson said the “Gauley Fest” is her favorite memory of the club. “I love the people, and the openness of everyone,” said Whitson, a Birmingham junior.

The High Adventure Club is a member and demanddriven club. Members decide what activities and trips they want to do and set the schedule for the year together. Trips are open to anyone interested: people from other schools, family members, alumni and professors. Another annual trip is an ice-climbing excursion in the upper peninsula called “Ice Fest,” at the beginning of spring. “We can research and do any outdoor activity,” said Jon Hypnar Troy junior and club member. “The only thing that limits us is the initiative we show.”

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College Republicans look ahead

CMU Dems looking for involvement ship sophomore and Membership Director Michelle Shamaly. O’Donnell said one of his main goals for this year is to get Lt. John Cherry to come speak on campus. Shamaly said groups such as the College Democrats are important because they help students stay involved in politics prior to entering the real world, where politics play a huge role. The organization will attend MAINstage and plans to hold

By Mara Kieren Staff Reporter

By Eric Dresden Student Life Editor

Politics long has been a subject heavily debated on college campuses. College Republicans gives the opportunity to discuss differing viewpoints at its meetings. Stephanie Jaczkowski, spokeswoman and public relations chair for College Republicans, said the debates help members stay educated. “We take time to educate ourselves about national and world issues,” the Clinton Township junior said. “It’s interesting to see how wide the views are. We have Libertarian-Republicans and moderate Republicans.” The group participates in many ways throughout the year, including attending state and national conferences. And every year, it puts together the ‘Never Forget’ project, where members place flags around campus in remembrance of Sept. 11. Jaczkowski said members are focusing on getting a wellknown speaker to come to CMU this year, but the College Republicans also would like to have some fun outside of meetings.

Just because it is not a major election year does not mean the politics stopped. The College Democrats had a very busy and, by its terms, a successful year last year, as President and Democrat Barack Obama was elected. However, this year will have a much different feel than last year. President and Clinton Township junior Bradley O’Donnell said the student organization is going to be more social instead of being politically active like it was last year. “This year, we will be transitioning from activism to socialism, and we will be focusing more on discussing issues and doing community building,” O’Donnell said. The College Democrats’ goal is to get students involved and interested in current events and politics, although it is not an election year. “The focus of College Democrats is to keep students actively involved in politics and make politics more appealing to younger people,” said Clinton Town-

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Morley freshman Therese Empie shows support for the troops overseas last year outside the Charles V. Park Library. The College Republicans of CMU placed a sign outside for students to sign and send to Iraq and collected donations, such as 150 T-shirts from the CMU Bookstore, to send to the 1460th Company of Midland.

“We had an IM flag football team, so we aren’t serious (all the time),” she said. Jaczkowski said she has been interested in politics since she was 10. Then, at CMU, met some students involved in College Republicans. She said she instantly wanted to join. She said anybody interested should come out, even if they feel a little nervous about joining the group.

“Many kids just see us and start coming to our meetings,” she said. “(They should) do it. Sometimes students are scared to (announce) they are Republicans, especially on a college campus, but there are a lot of people like them with the same ideas.” The College Republicans meet at 9 p.m. Tuesdays in Anspach Hall Room, 168.

Helping to improve the quality of life EWB aims to help people around the world By Todd Betzold Staff Reporter

Many countries do not enjoy some of the luxuries Americans enjoy every day. But the members of Engineers Without Borders are part of a effort to make these items easily accessible. “The student chapters carry out the mission of the national organization and work under the mentorship of professional engineers,” said Sara Rimer, Constantine senior and project coordinator for the CMU chapter of EWB’s Madagascar program. The mission of the organization is to partner with developing

communities to improve their quality of life through the implementation of environmentally sustainable, equitable and economical engineering projects, Rimer said. The chapter at CMU is working on two programs. “We have a water project in Sainte Luce, Madagascar. We traveled there for two weeks last summer and will go for two weeks next summer to implement the program,” Rimer said. “In Gualindo Arriba, El Salvador, we have a bridge project that members are currently at assessing the area. We will continue on in these communities in the next few years in multiple projects.” The chapter is not limited to just engineers — the organization spans all disciplines. “It’s Engineers Without Borders, but we strongly press it’s not

several social pizza parties, known as “Pizza and Politics,” Shamaly said. The College Democrats also plan on using a Facebook page to keep students updated. O’Donnell thinks the College Democrats appeals to students because it is completely free and is on a volunteer basis only. They plan to meet at 8 p.m. every other Thursday in the Bovee University Center.

for only engineers. Almost anyone can get involved with it,” said Nolan Faber, a New Hampshire junior and vice president. “(It’s a) great way to help people in need that don’t have as much as we do.” Throughout the year, Rimer said the group hosts speakers and works on fundraising to educate people on sustainable design and developments around the world. The group stresses engineering is just the design of the project and is a chance for students to get involved in hands-on projects. “The group has about ten members and is looking to grow,” Rimer said. “Get involved with a group that does good for other countries.” For more information, contact chapter president Laura Halash at

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