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Board OKs $22 million for medical school Enarson: cost is on ‘low side’ for construction By Jake May Senior Reporter

A $22 million approval Thursday marks the medical school’s largest financial advance and Central Michigan University’s largest commitment to the project to date. The Board of Trustees approved the $22 million for the construction of a 62,000-square-foot addition to the Health Professions Building to house CMU’s School of Medicine.

Add that to the already $2 million trustees set aside for engineering and architectural design, and the project has a budget of $24 million. “That’s actually on the low side,” said Cam Enarson, interim dean of the medical school. He said the project’s cost is low when compared to other institutions and universities with new medical school buildings. Enarson used examples such as the Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, Pa., and Texas Tech’s medical school, both built from scratch for larger-scale estimate by space provided. Commonwealth has an estimated 190,000-plus-square foot A trustees | 2A

Trustees add money to Brooks Hall project By Hilary Farrell Senior Reporter

CMU’s Board of Trustees approved $750,000 needed to complete Brooks Hall renovations. The project began in August 2008, said Steve Lawrence, associate vice president of Facilities Management, and includes installing heating, ventilation and air conditioning for the building. Steve Smith, director of public relations, said

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the required funds are coming from the school’s deferred maintenance fund. The fund covers projects such as this one, as well as emergencies such as a broken water pipe, he said.

PREVIOUS ISSUES Before school started, CMU learned Brooks Hall was not brought up to city fire codes. The weekend before school began, Facilities Management worked almost nonstop along with other contractors, Information Technology and various other departments to remedy the situation.

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Professor grades now on the Portal By Griffin Fraley Staff Reporter

Many students wonder what their professors are like before they attend their first class. The Student Government Association has helped to do that. A link was added to the Central Michigan University Portal, which allows students to view a grade distribution for the spring 2009 semester and includes every professor on campus, said SGA President Jason Nichol. “We want to increase transparency between students and their professors,” the Mount Pleasant senior said. “This gives students more purchasing power when selecting which professors they will have.” To view the distribution, students can go the Portal, click Academics and then on Grade Distribution Reports for Spring 2009, under the General Academics category. “We’re using this as momentum for our big project this year, which is getting (student opinion surveys) forms online,” Nichol said. photos by chris bacarella/staff photographer

Garden City sophomore Laura Stark puts an insect into a cup held Thursday morning by Okemos freshman Sarah Morley as Sterling Heights freshman Jenna Patrico looks at the process at the Chippewa River. The girls collected samples and were testing the quality of the river with their BIO 110 class.

BIO 110 students trek down Chippewa River to examine its water quality By Aaron McMann | Staff Reporter


Bloomfield Hills freshman Matt Unitis hands an insect found in the Chippewa River to Garden City sophomore Laura Stark Thursday morning.

[inside] NEWS w New Pizza King restaurant opening by month’s end, 3A w Roundabout at Main, Mosher opening next week, 5A

sports w Sports Editor Andrew Stover breaks down Saturday’s game, 3B w Check the Web site for another video on the Education and Human Services Building.

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raverse City freshman Natalie Sutherin got a chance to learn some biology in an atmosphere different from what her and her classmates are used to — the Chippewa River. “Can I put those waders on?” she asked as other members of her class exited the water Thursday morning. A biology | 2a

In the open Grades distributions are available on CDs in the Charles V. Park Library, but SGA Vice President Brittany Mouzourakis feels is not enough. “The resources are already available, but in a mostly unusable medium,” the Garden City senior said. “This is also more effective than other reviews because they are mostly outliers.” SGA is aiming to complete the project by the beginning of the spring semester, Nichol said. Nichol anticipated there would be more resistance to the plan, but he said has not seen any. Tim Brannan, president of the Faculty Association, said there is no prevailing opinion on the SOS forms moving online one way or the other.

Attorney gives lowdown on students’ legal rights Editor’s Note: Senior Reporter Jake Bolitho sat down with local attorney Todd Levitt to talk about students’ legal rights, including alcohol and privacy issues. Jake Bolitho: What exactly is defined as open intoxicant? Todd Levitt: Open intoxicant is being in public with an open container of alcohol. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a can of beer or a bottle of beer ­— it can be in a glass. It’s somewhere out in the public domain with alcohol present. JB: With that being said, what is defined as “public?” Can it be as simple as just

standing on a sidewalk in front of your house? TL: If you’re on the sidewalk with a can of beer, even if there’s a couple drops in it, that’s open intoxicants. You can be in a motor vehicle and, quite often, people are charged with open intoxicants in a motor vehicle as passengers and as drivers. Here’s an example: there’s four people in a motor vehicle and there’s one beer in that car. All four of those people could be charged with open intoxicants... if you’re inside your house drinking a beer, that’s not open intoxicants. JB: If a police officer asks a student to submit to a breath-

alyzer test, can they choose not to? TL: There was actually a case law that resulted from something that occurred here on the campus. Police officers were randomly approaching students with no justification or probable cause and asking them to submit to breathalyzers. That’s an invasion of your (privacy)... any time you intrude into someone’s privacy, you have to have a warrant for that. JB: What if someone is pulled over on the road? Do the same rules regarding breathalyzers and warrants work in that situation too?

TL: No because, at that point, the officer has already done enough investigation to justify them asking you to submit to a breathalyzer. Based on all their observations (and) the sobriety test, they can justify that. JB: Let’s say someone is holding a nuisance party and the police show up at the door. Does that person have to let them in? TL: I think people have a right in their private residence to have more than five, 10, 15 or even 20 people over and it should not be considered a nuisance. In defense of the local law enforcement, quite Check the Web site to view more from the Q-and-A.

often, they’ll give the homeowner a warning... More often than not, a police officer has to be invited into the residence. There’s a couple exceptions: one, they have a search warrant. If somebody is being injured or there’s a violent crime taking place, then they have a right to protect the public and that could be an exception to the search warrant.

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w Career Services is sponsoring an Interview Practice and Feedback “Open House” between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Bovee University Center in the Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair Rooms. Students may drop in any time to practice interviewing with several volunteers. This event is a part of the Career Construction event series. w The College of Education and Human Services will host the grand opening of the new EHS building between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., and an open house will follow at 3:30 p.m. w Hip-hop artist Fabolous and Day 26 will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Rose Arena in conjunction with Hip Hop Week. Admission is free for students, but those who have already purchased tickets may return them for full refund. General public tickets are $22/$18/$14 and may be purchased at the CMU Box Office. The event is sponsored by CMU Program Board, On The Fly Productions, and Minority Student Services. w Career One-Stop Shop is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bovee University Center for assistance in how to prepare for career fairs, where students alsocan set up an appointment for a mock interview or with a career advisor.

Corrections Mike Dabbs is the director of marketing and community relations in the CMU athletics department. His title was incorrect in a Sept. 16 story. Central Michigan Life has a long-standing commitment to fair and accurate reporting. It is our policy to correct factual errors. Please e-mail © Central Michigan Life 2009 Volume 91, Number 12



size, while Texas Tech was built at about 125,000-square feet specifications. Both constructed new buildings. The lower cost comes from building an addition to the Health Professions Building. Funds for the project will come from gifts, grants and university reserves. Interim University President Kathy Wilbur said the university requires private fundraising for all major projects. Trustee Sam Kottamasu said the capital fundraising goal is $10 million. The total campaign goal is $25 million, he said. “This really is about half the cost of most our recent projects,” Wilbur said. “The education building, $50 million. The Health Professions building, $50 million. Charles V. Park Library was $50 million. “This won’t exceed $24 million and, compared to all the other estimates from scratch, the cost is far under Commonwealth and Texas Tech. They were all three figures.” Inside the building The addition will be built to accreditation standards set by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and will be designed for silver level LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The building will be two stories, and directly connected to the northwest side of the Health Professions Building. Teaching space will cover

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Shelby Township sophomore Caitlin Haigh takes photos Thursday afternoon of West Bloomfield freshman Sean Beatty with Comstock Park sophomore Alastair Watt,“The Mannequin Man,” outside the Dow Science Complex.

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Josh Kroll, a biology graduate student, led a group of about 20 students in an 8 a.m. BIO 110: Concepts of Biology course on a lengthy walk to the Chippewa River for a handson experience examining the river’s water quality. “The entire lab is basically about looking at water quality and the factors they can be measured for,” Kroll said. Students were put into one of two groups — macro invertebrate samples or habitat assessment. Depending on the group they landed in, they looked at critters in and around the river area or collect data on


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about 21,000 square feet of the building, including a 125-person capacity lecture hall, 11 small group rooms, two discussion rooms, two cadaver rooms, a resource room, two simulation rooms and 12 clinical skills exam rooms. Another 7,200 square feet will be allotted for student services. This includes a library for collections and reserves, a learning commons, a quiet study, a lounge and a kitchen. Enarson said all of these items are requirements for medical school accreditation. “An unaccredited medical school is not something we’re interested in,” said Trustee Stephanie Comai. “There are very strict standards you have to get through to achieve that.” Enarson said if the medical school student enrollment outgrows the facility, the addition instead could act as an extension for the Herbert H. and Grace Dow College of Health Professions. When completed, the building will total 173,000 square feet when combined with the Health Professions Building. “Right from the start, this could be used for some of the health professions classes,” said Trustee Sarah Opperman. The Health Professions Building addition is scheduled for completion in spring 2012, and the medical school’s inaugural class is still anticipated for fall 2012. There is no start date set for construction, and Wilbur said the university will be looking for a contractor for the project.


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the water with an orange and tape measure, looking at speed, stream discharge and length. “What they’re looking at is dissolved oxygen, as well as dissolved phosphorus, nitrogen contents and pH (levels),” Kroll said. “All of those together serve as a good quality indicator.” Okemos freshman Sarah Morley enjoyed learning out of the classroom. “It’s interesting,” Morley said. “In my other biology classes, I was never able to experience it first hand, and it’s pretty exciting being able to actually come down to the water.”

Grand Rapids freshman Breanna Jones liked the challenge and thought the trip added another dimension to the course. “It’s really fun, but it’s really cold (out) too, and it’s hard to do,” Jones said. “I’ve never done anything like it before.” Kroll said he was happy with the way the trip went, pinpointing team work and good participation from the students as the primary reasons. “Why would we want to be in the laboratory right now when we could be out here?” he said.

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New Pizza King opening by end of the month Mission location not related to business that burned down By Maryellen Tighe Staff Reporter

A Pizza King restaurant will open in Mount Pleasant nearly two years after the another location burned down in September 2007. Plans to open the business at 600 S. Mission St. are under way and the owners expect the location to be open by the end of the month, though no official date has been set, said co-owner

Daniel Green. Former Pizza King manager Evan Thomas Desjardins set the other location on Preston Street on fire Sept. 16, 2007. He was found guilty of arson and was sent to prison in June 2008. Levi Henning, the former owner of the restaurant that burned down, is not involved with the new restaurant. Green shares ownership of the restaurant with Kyle Schonbok, and the pair also own a Pizza King in Weidman. “There are quite a few people from Mount Pleasant that come out there,” Green said. They expect customers will return to

frequenting the Mount Pleasant location. “I’m glad — they had really good pizza, so that’d be a good plan,” said Mulliken senior Ashley Longanbach. She also remembered the prices being very reasonable. “If feel like they all missed it, it seemed like something the people of Mount Pleasant enjoyed, it had been here so long and just needed to come back,” Green said. Students who had not visited the old Pizza King also expressed an interest in the restaurant. “I probably would check it out,” said Samantha Swamp, a New Haven freshman. The new location may also draw stu-

dents who live close by. “I’d be cool because I live right off south Mission,” said Flat Rock junior Kyle Smith. Schonbok and Green did not pursue building on the old site because of plans the property owners have. The plan was to develop the lot at Mission and Preston streets into a mixed use property, with commercial business on the ground floor and residential housing on the top floor. “The people that owned that wanted to build with apartments above it, which doesn’t really work for a restaurant,” Green said.

Civil War reenactment

The fifth annual Mid-Michigan Civil War Muster will take place this weekend at Deerfield Nature Park, 2425 W. Remus Road. Battles from Buzzard’s Roost and Mount Pleasant, Tenn., will be reenacted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Other events include public drills and artillery demonstrations. Admission is free, although there is a parking fee of $5. Tickets are available from Isabella County Parks and Recreation. For a full story, visit

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Hackers target student e-mail

South Park co-creator Trey Parker is coming to campus Monday. Parker, a relative of Central Michigan University journalism professor emeritus Elliot Parker, will speak at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. The 1 p.m. speech is only open to members of the College of Communication and Fine Arts and the 7:30 p.m. speech is open to all students. The speech is free and seating is on a firstcome, first-serve basis. Questions for Parker can be sent to

By Connor Sheridan Staff Reporter

Phishing attempts can hit students hard. “We’ll get two or three (compromised e-mail accounts) a month,” said Duane Kleinhardt, manager of IT Communications. “Generally, they use that account to send out spam.” Fortunately, the majority of students fallen victim to a hacked e-mail account are only used as a conduit for more spam instead of the hacker gaining entry to their actual CMU student account, Kleinhardt said. Another problem also hits the IT Help Desk regularly — Trojan viruses. Trojans are malicious computer programs that appear to be benevolent in order to infiltrate past a user’s defenses. The help desk gets five or six calls a month, Kleinhardt said. “Maybe 30 percent of our calls are all virus issues,” said Mike Molter, a help desk analyst and Waterford junior. Phishing is a term for sending out e-mails from fake authority figures. They often claim to be from CMU, Amazon or PayPal. The e-mail then requests the user reply with his or her user name and password in order to verify the account or claim a reward. An extra degree of trustworthiness is added to the phishing attempts when the user responds with their account information, which is then hijacked by the phisher. Dangerous adware Some viruses sent out are hard to get rid of. “Half a year ago, I got Vundo. Nobody had anything to get rid of it at the time,” said Jacob Egeler. The Northport junior, referred to a widespread Trojan, also known as Virtumonde, which could exploit weaknesses in an Internet browser’s security in order to gain entry. Vundo then forces the computer to render various pop-ups strongly selling illicit malware (harmful software) removal devices that themselves often contain malware. “Usually, it’s some piece of adware that downloads the Trojan,” Egeler said. Kleinhardt said if students notice these problems, specifically with CMU student accounts, call the help desk immediately at 774-3662.

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Mardi Gras Festival

Mount Pleasant’s Mardi Gras festival will take place today downtown. The festivities kick off at 3:30 p.m., and a foam dance party will take place at Heartstrings and Fun Things, 209 W. Broadway St. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. The CMU Marching Band and the Chippettes will perform in the Town Center immediately following the parade. Local jazz band The Saucecats will play at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Center. For more information, visit and for a full story on the event, visit cm-life. com. neil blake/staff photographer

Warren sophomore Samantha Hanley, right, and Walled Lake freshman Austin Wills practice cheers Thursday night before Fire Up Fest behind Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Students ‘Ware’ it out Thousands attend annual event, Fire Up Fest at stadium

By Seth Nietering Staff Reporter

There was something different in the air at Wares Fair and Fire Up Fest on Thursday. Business owners, including Robert Gaillard, felt it as an endless river of students raced through Kelly/Shorts Stadium. “I think it’s the busiest I’ve ever seen it, and this is my third year.” said Gaillard, managing partner of Mountain Tan. “I think everyone is really fired up and excited. We gave away 500 T-shirts in 10 minutes.” Students lined up from the front gates to Broomfield Street to get into the event, hosted by Central Michigan Life and the Athletics Department. Wares Fair hosted dozens of vendors giving away free food, coupons, magnets and more. Kathy Simon, assistant director of student publications, said the excitement from the CMU football team’s 29-27 win over Mich-

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Wares Fair and Fire-Up Fest brought in thousands of students Thursday evening to Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

citement did not catch the business vendors off guard however. Instead, vendors were just as excited as the students were, Gaillard said. Fire Up Fest, which started one hour into the event, gave students a look at the CMU football team less than one week after the upset win at Spartan Stadium. Coach Butch Jones and several players talked to the fans in the stands and gave

students an early look at the Kelly/Shorts Stadium atmosphere before Saturday’s home opener against Alcorn State. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. Students also were reminded players can’t cannot up into the stadium during the game or they get penalties. Students were encouraged to celebrate enough for the players and themselves.

Special Olympics torch blazes through Mount Pleasant Five-day, 750-mile run ends today in Sterling Heights By Luke Dimick Staff Reporter

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State Police Lt. John Card of Bay City passes a torch to Corrections Officer Patricia Ordiway-Elvetici of Alger Correctional Facility during the Mount Pleasant leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

The “Flame of Hope” of Special Olympics Michigan passed through Mount Pleasant during a 750-mile trek. Law enforcement officers, community members and Special Olympic athletes participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run of Michigan as the torch was carried through town Thursday afternoon.

The new Education and Health Services Building is holding its grand opening at 2 p.m. today in the EHS Building’s auditorium. Ceremonies will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and guest speakers. An open house will follow at 3:30 p.m, featuring a discussion with the architect. There also will be refreshments and guided tours of the building.

Historic barn tour

igan State on Saturday carried over to Wares Fair and Fire Up Fest. “I think with the win, we can hope to see 7,000 to 8,000 students attending,” Simon said. “The crowd is excited to be here. They’re willing to stand in line around the corner for over an hour to get in.” Change in the air The estimated turnout is the same as the 2008 Wares Fair and Fire Up Fest. The change, however, was in the energy and atmosphere. Returning students who visited Wares Fair and Fire Up Fest in the past noted the changes. Greenville senior Kaitlin Irish said it was one of the best ones yet. “This year, it’s better. People seem more fired up,” Irish said. “I’m more excited after the victory.” The extra energy and ex-

EHS Building opening

The torch was passed in front of the Special Olympics Michigan building on Mission Street as the runners moved from Gaylord to Lansing. The 750-mile, non-stop relay started Monday in Copper Harbor and will finish today in Sterling Heights. The run consists of three run teams, the Fraternal Order of Police, Michigan Department of Corrections and Michigan State Police, who all run to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics. Special Olympics Public Relations Manager Kimberly Purdy said that the annual event is expected to raise between $50,000 and $60,000.

Here to stay: w The Board of Trustees approved Thursday to renew a 10-year lease for the office space on East Campus Drive for Special Olympics. w An established rent of $141,000 was set for 2009-10. “It’s fun to see the officers run and see them promote awareness and raise money for the Special Olympics,” Purdy said. “Even though the Polar Plunge is our biggest fundraiser, this event helps gain awareness throughout the entire state. It’s a great event.”

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A tour of the Round Roof barns of northern Isabella County will take place Saturday. Registration for the tour starts at 9 a.m. at the Isabella County Fairgrounds on Mission Road and costs $6. The tour will start at 10:30 a.m., following a presentation on the barns. The tour will feature six to eight stops. For more information, contact Isabella County’s Michigan State University extension at 772-0911, ext. 302.

Wheatland dance series

The Wheatland Music Organization is hosting a dance series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The series will take place at 7251 50th Ave., in Remus. The dance series will feature a wide variety of dances, such as Cajun, Irish and Square dancing. No experience is necessary and there is a $5 cover charge. Interested students can learn more by calling Lola Tyler at 967-8879.

Career one-stop shop

Alpha Kappa Psi, a co-ed professional fraternity, is holding a career workshop at 11 a.m. Friday in the upper level lobby of the Bovee University Center. The workshop includes feedback from advisers on covers letters and resumes. Students also can schedule mock interviews and appointments for tips on how to impress recruiters.

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


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Chief | Will Axford, Voices Editor | Matthew Stephens, Presentation Editor | Lindsay Knake, Metro Editor | David Veselenak, Managing Editor

EDITORIAL | The university should think of all students when budgeting money

Unjust spending


hen someone spends their hard-earned money on something, it shows what they value. Central Michigan University is no exception to this rule, spending money on what it feel is most important. But the university hasn’t been spending that money in a balanced way. It needs to start funding areas of the school that benefit a larger amount of students. CMU is constantly trying to enhance its reputation through expansion and athletic teams. The medical school CMU is shelling out millions for will hold 100 students in its first year, with four classes. Each class will have 100 stu-

dents, totaling 400 at its peak. The medical school will be run by one head dean and four associate deans. All together, the deans will cost the school $1.5 million a year. In such tough economic times, students are having trouble funding college. Parents and family members are constantly losing jobs in Michigan’s tough economy. How can CMU justify raising

tuition for thousands during such hardships, then tack on $1.5 million to benefit just 400 students? The athletic department is given nearly $22 million this year for a projected budget. The computer labs around campus have only $350,000 for a projected budget this year to operate. While it is understood the athletic department is a bigger operation than the computer labs are, it does not stand that the labs are less important than the sports teams on campus. Lab hours are being slashed in order to save $80,000 a year. The new FieldTurf for the Indoor Athletic Complex is going to cost CMU $400,000 to $500,000 — for CMU sports teams to practice. The wants of a few are now outweighing the needs of the many. Less than one percent of the student body is involved with sports, yet more money is being spent on them. The computer labs can be ac-

cessed by any student and money is disappearing for them. It is as if the university is telling students studying is not as important as playing sports. What the university needs to do is find well qualified professors that will enlighten students. Computer labs should be open longer and programs that allow for more students need to be created on campus. These few changes would show the university is committed to including everyone on their campus, not just a lucky few. These expansions and activities are by no means bad. They are part of a university no matter where you go. But they should be on the back burner of a university’s priorities. Let’s focus on what really matters; Educating our students. Everything else that follows should be secondary.


Will Axford Voices Editor

Reformed loans As the debate rages on for health care reform, there’s another battle President Barack Obama and his administration are fighting. Obama wants to reform student loans and give the government more control. For once, government control makes perfect sense. The way student loans are run today gives students two options: borrow from a bank or borrow from the government. The high cost of tuition and the shaky economy doesn’t leave much choice for college students; it’s virtually incomprehensible that any student can make it through college without at least one loan. Most people would scream socialism at a government take over. But companies in the private sector of student loans are pirates of the highest kind, swindling college students with unbearable interest rates and hidden fees. What seems like a small bill to enrich your life becomes an insatiable beast that will haunt you for the rest of your life. According to a Time article last Wednesday, Democrats are expecting to save $87 billion over one decade. President Obama says he will fight lobbyists in order to make the changes necessary to reform college loan operations. “They are gearing up for battle,” he said. “So am I.” While government loans are much bigger than hoped, for most students, they’re more than manageable. Lower interest rates and a ten-year time period to pay them back is almost enough to convince students that going to college wasn’t too expensive or a such a waste of time. Of course, President Obama could just make college affordable enough so that no one had to take out loans for higher education. Could you imagine a world where college is attainable for everyone in America? But then again, seeing the government spend taxpayer money on something they wouldn’t make money off of is rarer than Kanye West not interrupting someone’s speech.

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Tailgating still a great tradition Dear CMU Students, Student tailgating is one a fantastic tradition that helps make Chippewa Football Saturdays special. Tomorrow, we all have the opportunity to participate as we kick off another season of exciting Central Michigan football. The pre-game and postgame activities that create an event for the entire university, as well as the game itself, are great opportunities to celebrate the people, history, traditions, and special relationships that make up the fabric of this great institution. As we saw last weekend with a great win at Michigan State, Central Michigan is on a regional and national stage each time it plays a football game. Our game day environment and experience should reflect the University’s mission and commitment to current and future students. To us as administrators of that experience, that means finding ways to maintain our strong student tailgating tradition, but doing so in a safe and secure environment for all

Professional staff Rox Ann Petoskey, Production Leader Kathy Simon, Assistant Director of Student Media Neil C. Hopp, Adviser to Central Michigan Life

I was stunned when I opened Wednesday’s paper and saw, under the headline “Your Guide to Tailgating,” a color photograph of a sea of revelers carousing under the banner of American racism, a Confederate flag. I rubbed my eyes and looked again, but it was still there, and the caption claimed that this occurred on CMU’s campus. How is this possible? Are public displays of racism normal and accepted at these events? Since I know also that the vast majority of CMU’s students of all races would not want to have someone wave a Confederate flag over their revels, I have to wonder why this particular flag was tolerated. What was it in the mind of the person who unfurled it that day in April that made him think the crowd would approve? Because of what I know about the students at CMU, I must conclude that the public display of this flag was an aberration, the act of one or two fellows they all hoped would just go away soon.

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C M Y o u | What do you think of the new tailgating procedures?

Editorial Brian Manzullo, Editor in Chief David Veselenak, Managing Editor Matthew Stephens, Presentation Editor Eric Dresden, Student Life Editor Lindsay Knake, Metro Editor Sarah Schuch, University Editor Andrew Stover, Sports Editor Tim Ottusch, Assistant Sports Editor Ashley Miller, Photo Editor Will Axford, Voices Editor Caitlin Wixted, Lead Designer Advertising Lindsey Reed, Katie Sidell Advertising Managers Carly Schafer, Shawn Wright Multimedia Marketing Coordinators

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who attend. I am confident the expectations recently outlined by the university will enhance your game day experience, improve the service you receive as our fans and ensure everyone’s safety. Each and every university official and event employee is dedicated to assuring that we continue to provide you with one of the best game day experiences in the nation. Saturday is your opportunity to enter this year with an open mind and evaluate the overall impact of these expectations. We can, by working together, preserve the student tailgating tradition at Central Michigan University. I encourage you to “Hold The Rope” this Saturday and support your Chippewas. I hope all students will attend the tailgate and enjoy themselves in a responsible manner, reflective of the championship culture that we have on the field. So purchase your reserved tailgating spot today, enjoy a great atmosphere on Saturday and cheer your Chippewas on to another victory. Fire Up Chips!

Brian Manzullo Editor in Chief

A ‘Fab’ failure Programming nice, but get someone students will pay for Somebody in Central Michigan University’s programming screwed up big time. Program Board and On The Fly Productions are co-sponsoring rapper Fabolous’ performance at 7:30 tonight at Rose Arena. The event, which ends Hip-Hop Week at CMU, cost $25,000 out of the programming budget. Tickets originally cost $14 to $22 for students, faculty and staff. Program Board President David Breed said in early August it was a good time to bring him because Fabolous’ new album, “Loso’s Way,” released July 28, went straight to No. 1 on iTunes. Things got funny a month later. On Monday, the show became free for students, faculty and staff. Breed said slumping ticket sales contributed to that decision. Coordinator of Student Activities Damon Brown cited other reasons, including the excitement around the CMU football team’s 29-27 upset over Michigan State last Saturday. On Thursday, On The Fly Productions and Program Board made an appearance at Wares Fair for the first time in years. Why? To hand out Fabolous tickets to students. In a nutshell, CMU programming paid $25,000 for a rapper it has to give away tickets for. Somebody screwed up big time. I am all for bringing quality entertainment to campus. Dane Cook and Dave Matthews were here before my time and were extremely popular. Ludacris and TPain also came to campus in high demand over the last few years. Let’s face it: students are drawn to entertainment. Program Board and On The Fly worked hard over the years to help that. But somebody here miscalculated who CMU students would pay money to see. According to the Web site, here are some of the other acts CMU could have ended Hip-Hop Week with for around the same cost or cheaper: Bubba Sparxxx ($12-15,000), Chamillionaire ($20-25,000), Ice T ($12-15,000 as a lecturer), Mike Jones ($20-25,000) and the Ying Yang Twins ($10-15,000). I’m not saying all of those acts are better choices. And I’m not saying all of those acts are available for that specific time and date. But when you pay $25,000 for an act you can’t get people to go to, you didn’t make the right choice. Singing comedian Stephen Lynch, coming Oct. 16, is the next big test. His price tag is $37,000. Ticket prices are not quite set. But will students pay to see him? If not, CMU programming has to go back to the drawing board and get a real pulse of the students. Find an act CMU students will pay to see.

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A roundabout is being constructed at Main and Mosher Streets and is expected to be finished Sept. 25. “The past four weeks they have been building it has been bad for business not only for us, but for others around here,” said Royal Oak senior Kyle Benton.

By Hilary Farrell Senior Reporter

Mount Pleasant will open the city’s first traffic roundabout next Friday after an eight-week construction project that began Aug. 3. The roundabout, a oneway circular intersection, is at Main Street and Mosher Street. The construction is on schedule and will open as planned on Sept. 25, said Bill Brickner, an engineering aide and inspector for the city. Brickner said all the concrete has been laid, the first layer of asphalt has been set and the city is working on irrigation and decorative elements of the design. “The sidewalk is 100 percent done,” he said. Other decorative elements such as brick pavers on the sidewalks also will be placed, Brickner said. He said pedestrian and vehicle traffic will be safer with a roundabout. “Roundabouts allow for safer pedestrian crossings,” Brickner said.

It is safer for pedestrians to walk across a roundabout because the traffic is only going one way, he said. There also is a pedestrian island designed in the middle so people do not have to cross the whole structure at the same time. Roundabouts also decrease the speed of traffic, Brickner said. “It works like a four-way yield. If there is nobody in the circle, you are free to go,” he said. The structure creates the illusion of less traffic while also slowing the vehicles down, he said. According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, roundabouts are increasingly popping up in towns across Michigan. They also provide a 76 percent decrease in injuries and a 35 percent reduction in all crashes, as well as a more than 90 percent decrease in fatalities, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The roundabout was approved at Mount Pleasant’s City Commission meeting April 27, as part of a “ministimulus” plan to enhance the city as well as provide business for local companies.

The firm hired to design the renovations in Brooks Hall missed important features to meet the city’s fire codes, including placing fire dampers in the walls, extending the height of walls and sealing with a fire caulk or sealant, Lawrence said. “There were issues with how the design firm designed the project,” Lawrence said. CMU worked the weekend in order to get the building up to code by 8 a.m. Aug. 24, when classes started, said David Burdette, vice president of Financial and Administrative Services, at the Board’s meeting. “We turned it into a war zone,” Burdette said. “We had to take down almost every ceiling tile, and many of our walls had to have some wallboard work done. We had to get fire dampers... and, I have to say, with the Facilities Management staff, Steve,


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Detours have been posted around the city during the construction.

With a police escort and more than 20 runners around him, State Police Lt. John Card of Bay City passed the torch to Corrections Officer Patricia Ordiway-Elvetici of Alger Correctional Facility as she and her team began heading south on Mission Street. “The experience we have is for us to give back to the commu-

I think, had almost everybody at one time or another doing something.” THE PROJECT The renovation began in summer 2008 with installation of air supply duct work, new underground water piping and installation of a chilled water system used for the building’s air conditioning. In November 2008, the new underground system was attached to the campus’ main chilled water line. This past summer, 120 heat pumps were installed into the building, as well as piping and duct work. Three energy recovery ventilators were placed on the roof to provide fresh air, Lawrence said, and the existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment were removed. Facilities Management performed the majority of work this summer and last summer because of a smaller student population in the summer, Lawrence said. “We only really do the manity. Law enforcement is blessed with being out there working for the people, so it is great to be able to give back to the people we serve,” Card said. “The people attracted to law enforcement are interested in protecting people. This gives us a chance to give back as much as we give.” Card said there has been at least one person running at all times since the run started at noon Monday. Each runner runs at least 45 miles over the course of the week. They run five miles at a time at an aver-

jority of work when occupation is lower,” he said.

CURRENT ISSUES A large problem the hall is facing now is the loud noise levels in classrooms with the new heating and air conditioning elements, he said. Brooks Hall was built in 1964, and the building has different acoustics than other buildings on campus. The problem was apparent as soon as the elements were turned on, Lawrence said. The noise is problematic because it will be distracting to students and professors, he said. An investigation will begin shortly to find out what happened. When requesting the funds, Burdette also requested an examination of what happened. “What we are asking you to do is to allow us to spend $750,000... so that we can complete this problem, and then go into the investigatory phase,” Burdette said.

age of eight minutes per mile. “I have always wanted to give back to the community and can not think of a better way to do that,” Card said. “This year’s run has been fantastic. We have been blessed with beautiful weather.” The Law Enforcement Torch Run has more than 85,000 officers involved worldwide and has raised more than $200 million in the 28 years it has supported Special Olympics.





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The football team has lost games in the past after key games in the Mid-American Conference. After losing to Ball State to fall out of first place in the MAC West, CMU lost to Eastern Michigan, 56-52.

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ust six days ago, the football team made the hour trip down US-127 for its matchup against in-state opponent Michigan State. The Chippewas came back with one of the biggest wins the program ever had. The 2009 team solidified its place in the storied history of the entire athletic program. But it refuses to talk about it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the past,â&#x20AC;? said senior quarterback Dan LeFevour.       â&#x20AC;&#x153;And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to let it beat us this week.â&#x20AC;? As the Chippewas come off the win in East Lansing, the team collectively expressed what lies ahead is more important than what is in the past. That notion will be put into action as the team looks to Alcorn State, a Football Championship Subdivision school. The game against the Braves represents what is traditionally called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;trap game.â&#x20AC;? Alcorn State is 4-18 in its past two seasons, but matching the emotional level needed against MSU will be hard to duplicate. Coach Butch Jones said the focus is taking one game at a time, regardless of the opponent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In college football, you have 12 opportunities,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a playoff â&#x20AC;&#x201D; there is not a tournament at -+$,$,C)2!2)-!+   0   C E  13# ##>4>68836/"7# file photo the end, so every game counts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and this is another game $,C+-+&$,C!($,+2)-!+ 9>4#'  Eastern (     Michigan defeated13# Central##56-52 last year after CMU lost to nationally ranked Ball towards our goal.â&#x20AC;?  ?>4>@45863"#> State the week prior. Eastern has won the last two meetings after emotional CMU games.


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o not expect a hangover against Alcorn State. It simply will not happen. There is a reason the Braves are on CMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schedule, and it goes beyond filling the schedule, financial reasons or any connections between the two universities. After playing Arizona and Michigan State, it only makes sense to take a breather at home. You will not hear that from anyone inside the football program. Coach Butch Jones has given the Braves tons of praise. But make no mistake, it would not be a fun time in the locker room if the Chippewas fail to win, and win big. The coaches have programmed every player to focus on what is ahead. It is human nature to reminisce about the Michigan State game Looking back would imply

ASU quarterback Buckley presents new challenges

By Andrew Stover  Sports Editor

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Braves Offense

Pos. No. Name QB 7 Tim Buckley RB 24 Arnold Walker 21 Gabriel Nash WR 3 Antonio DeJarnett 82 Edward Johnson 11 Haki Reed TE 8 Ryan Singleton LT 60 Nathan Fears LG 50 Matthew Haynes C 65 Isaac Williams RG 69 Matthew Maiden RT 72 Jerry Salas

Class Sr. Fr. Fr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. Fr. So. Jr. So.


Pos. No. Name DE 90 Malcolm Taylor 6 Brandon Morris DT 49 Randy Carter 40 Tim Lewis MLB 52 Herve Tonye-Tonye OLB 13 Josh Cragin 45 Ricardo Hill CB 30 Tomasi Fuller 1 Roderick Williams S 5 Javoris Tribune 31 Carl Harris

Class Jr. So. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. So. Sr.


Pos. No. Name P 13 Josh Cragin PK 97 Ryan McMahon PR 2 Terrance Lewis KR 2 Terrance Lewis LS 72 Jerry Salas

Class Jr. So. Fr. Fr. So.

Tim Buckley- QB

Edward Johnson- WR

Roderick Williams- CB

Profile Buckley led the Braves in passing and rushing yards last season.

Profile Johnson was third on the team in receiving yards last season, but comes back as the number one receiver.

Profile Williams led the Braves with seven passes defended last season.

Why to watch Despite being held to -7 yards in the opener against Southern Mississippi, Buckley is still the focal point of the Alcorn State offense. CMU will have to contain the dual-threat quarterback.

Chippewas Offense

Why to watch Williams and fellow senior cornerback Tomasi Fuller will be responsible for covering CMU wide receivers Antonio Brown and Bryan Anderson. The duo will have to be stopped for Alcorn State to have a chance.

Why to watch Johnson and fellow wide receiver Antonio DeJarnett are Buckley’s top two weapons. Both receivers combined for 71 yards in the opener.


C e n t r a l M i c h i g a n C h i pp e w a s Paris Cotton- RB

Frank Zombo- DE

Nick Bellore- OLB

Profile C o t t o n caught a touchdown pass with less than a minute remaining against Michigan State last weekend.

Profile Zombo finished second in the MAC with 15.5 tackles for loss last season.

Profile Bellore is the early favorite to lead the team in tackles again this season. He finished both games this year tied for the lead in tackle.

Why to watch Southern Mississippi ran for 398 yards against Alcorn State. Cotton and running back Bryan Schroeder will have to gain yards on the ground and in the short-passing game.

Quotable Comment .....

Why to watch Any hope Alcorn State has of moving the ball lies square on the shoulders of quarterback Tim Buckley. Zombo and the rest of the defensive line will be responsible for putting pressure on the senior quarterback and keeping him from fleeing the pocket.

Why to watch Anytime Buckley flees the pocket, Bellore and the other linebackers will be responsible for mopping up the scraps.

Pos. No. Name QB 13 Dan LeFevour RB 6 Paris Cotton 2 Bryan Schroeder WR 27 Antonio Brown 7 Bryan Anderson 1 Kito Poblah TE 82 David Blackburn LT 73 Jake Olson LG 66 Jeff Maddux C 63 Colin Miller RG 64 Allen Ollenburger RT 78 Rocky Weaver

Pos. No. Name DE 98 Frank Zombo 15 Sam Williams DT 54 Sean Murnane 41 John Williams MLB 46 Matt Berning OLB 43 Nick Bellore 17 Tim Brazzel CB 19 Josh Gordy 31 Kirkston Edwards 14 Tommy Mama S 9 Bobby Seay 31 Eric Fraser 40 John Carr 44 Dannie Bolden

Class Sr. So. So. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. Fr. Jr. Jr. Sr. So.

Class Sr. Sr. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. So. So.


Pos. No. Name Class P 96 Brett Hartmann Jr. PK 36 Andrew Aguila Sr. PR 27 Antonio Brown Jr. KR 27 Antonio Brown Jr. LS 92 Jake Ekkens Jr.

The thing that concerns me the most is (Buckley’s) ability to make a plays when the pocket breaks down. ” Head Coach Butch Jones

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out of this agreement, Sykes said, is ASU broadcast students gaining knowledge and experience in a different region.

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CMU Michigan Michigan State Miami (OH) Tennessee Virginia Tech Texas Record: 4-10

Flounder now, and a lot of what was accomplished in East Lansing last weekend will be wasted. Beating CMU in the early 90s was monumental, but there was no MAC championship to speak of. Alcorn State is not a part of the MAC. But losing to the Braves could turn the season for the worse. Losing to North Dakota State, another FCS representa-

tive, 44-14 at home in 2007 was embarrassing. But there is no comparison. NDSU finished 10-1 in 2007. Alcorn State finished 2-10 last year, and lost 52-0 to Southern Mississippi to start 2009. A loss to Alcorn State would be mean more than last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win. But it will not happen. It clashes too hard with rational thinking.

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the season is a success after just one win. But really, the conference schedule has yet to start. The real season has not begun. Alcorn State represents the final tune-up before the Mid-American Conference schedule begins.

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did a good job of winning the battle up front and establishing the line of scrimmage,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Southern Miss was disciplined in how they defended him.â&#x20AC;? Senior corner Josh Gordy said it benefits the defense to see the spread attack every day in practice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We see the spread every day against our offense,â&#x20AC;? Gordy said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(We have to be good at) recognizing routes and route concepts.â&#x20AC;? Gordy said stopping Buckley from running will be crucial. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When (they) are running

the spread, they are trying to spread you out and run that QB around, so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a big emphasis this week.â&#x20AC;? Offensive control The USM offensive line had success controlling the line of scrimmage as well. The Golden Eagles rushed for 398 yards, totaling 631 yards of total offense. Of its four starting defensive linemen, ASU has only one lineman listed above 250 pounds. CMU senior offensive guard Allen Ollenburger said the ASU defensive linemen do not lack athleticism, however. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their quickness is going to be a little bit of a change

in pace,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(ASU Right defensive end Brandon Morris) has some decent size and some decent quickness.â&#x20AC;? Despite USM rushing for 398 yards, Jones said CMU will use its short passing game to supplement the running game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the bubble screens or the quick screens and the quick passes and every type of screen, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a run,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to do what we do.â&#x20AC;? Alcorn Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense is coached by former CMU secondary coach Zach Shay (2005-2006).

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A Storied History A hangover game can be looked at as a game following a big win or an emotional loss â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a game that might stick with a team and follow it through the week. This is not an unfamiliar situation for CMU the last couple years. Last season, following an emotional 31-24 loss against nationally ranked Ball State, the Chippewas suffered a 56-52 loss to an Eastern Michigan team, which was 2-6 in conference play, to close the regular season. And the season before that, Central Michigan again was defeated by the Eagles a week after a lastminute win over rival Western Michigan on the road to clinch the MAC West. Even in 1991 and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;92 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the last time CMU defeated MSU â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Chippewas went on to losing records and failed to bring back a Mid-American Conference title. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think you always look


Alcorn State at CMU (pickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;em) Eastern Michigan at No. 25 Michigan (-24 Michigan State at Notre Dame (-10) Miami (OH) at Wetern Michigan (-16.5) Tennessee at No. 1 Florida (-29.5) No. 19 Nebraska at No. 13 Virginia Tech (-5) Texas Tech at No. 2 Texas (-17.5)

of color interested in moving on to graduate work,â&#x20AC;? said Sykes. Ross also put an emphasis on a more diverse student population at CMU as a result of the new partnership.

mer it home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We make them realize that every opportunity is special,â&#x20AC;? said LeFevour, a team captain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take anything for granted.â&#x20AC;? Jones said preparation does not change based on the opponent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You look on the film and Alcorn State speaks for themselves,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You see athletes running all over the place and (the players) better know that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be challenged and, if they watch enough film, they can see that for themselves.â&#x20AC;? Just two weeks ago, to open the college football season, Oklahoma State defeated a top five team in Georgia. Last week, the team was defeated by an inferior Houston team, 45-35. It only goes to show the hangover is there if a team lets it be. The Michigan State game can still have an effect on CMU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let Michigan State beat us by a hangover,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anticipate that happening.â&#x20AC;?

back,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I think if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re competitive by nature and passionate in what you do and you get to step out on that field, I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all you want.â&#x20AC;? Hangover Cure Jones quickly counted off the number of home games his players have remaining. The seniors have just five games remaining in Kelly/ Shorts Stadium. He said the there are not many games left at Kelly/Shorts Stadium for any of his players. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powerful stuff,â&#x20AC;? he said. After Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win, Jones imposed the 24-hour rule, in which the team has a day to celebrate and take in its second Big Ten win in two seasons. After that, it is time to move on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know you have to fight human nature,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But one poor decision can take away all the hard work you put into it for a full year.â&#x20AC;? He stressed that point to his players, but said the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leaders will ham-

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VENUE: Kelly/Shorts Stadium

Dave Jones: Do you ever get noticed around campus or in the classroom? Sean Murnane: Yeah, people in my class who know I play football usually say, ‘Good win,’ like more so as a team — good team win. DJ: Do you ever seek out that spotlight? SM: I don’t feel like I, maybe, have as much as Dan (LeFevour) or Antonio (Brown), but I’m sure that the people who used to play here know who I am, like the inside. It’s a small crowd, but there’s a crowd. DJ: And that’s all you need, right? SM: Yeah. I don’t really care. As long as Nick (Bellore, junior linebacker) is doing good, then that means I’m doing good. DJ: What do you do on an off day? SM: I’d probably take care of my body — that’s the most important thing. But I love TV series, like Entourage, and some other ones. My Sunday nights are pretty fun with that lineup on HBO (laughs). DJ: How about ‘practice is over and the day is done?’ SM: I like to go home and watch film (laughs). I watch film all day. DJ: You prepare that much? SM: Yeah. I’m mean, I don’t really do that much. If I’m not watching a TV

Expect a blow-out at Kelly/Shorts Quarterbacks Alcorn State senior quarterback Tim Buckley presents a different element to his game CMU’s defense has not seen. Although throwing 13 interceptions compared to 11 touchdowns last season, Buckley led the Braves in rushing yards with 418. ADVANTAGE: CMU. CMU senior quarterback Dan LeFevour is coming off a 328-yard, three touchdown performance against a Big Ten defense. LeFevour reigns supreme over Buckley.

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OUTSIDE THE LINES| Meet junior Sean Murnane

Senior Reporter Dave Jones spoke with junior defensive tackle Sean Murnane about his life off the field, his play on the field and why he’s called “The Hurricane.”

g a m e b r e a k do w n

Sports Editor Andrew Stover breaks down CMU’s 3:30 p.m. matchup with Alcorn State at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Kelly/Shorts Stadium has a capacity of 30,255. The stadium attendance for last year’s game against Western Michigan was 30,302.

By Dave Jones Senior Reporter

[Sports weekend]

series, then I’m sleeping (laughs). And if it’s not a TV series, then I’m taking care of my body.

I get mentally ready for the game.

Sean Murnane

DJ: On game day, how do you get prepared? SM: I like to get dressed really early; I like to get my stuff on, even though we don’t have to get out to the field until the end. I go out on the field always in my shell and just run around with (senior defensive ends) Frank Zombo and Sam Williams and just do some light jogs, and that’s when

DJ: When I played ball, I used to get anxious for that first hit. How are you? SM: I’m nervous. I get nervous but, once I get out there and get that first hit, you can kind of feel what they’re going to be bringing and what you’re bringing. Usually I’m bringing more, so I feel good about it (laughs). DJ: Why do they call you “Hurricane Murnane?” SM: That’s just me — that’s how I play. I’m kind of wild out there (laughs).

Running backs Buckley and freshman running back Arnold Walker (50 yards in opener against Southern Mississippi) give Alcorn State options in the backfield to run the ball in its spread offense. CMU has had little statistical success running the ball in its first two games, but statistics can be deceiving. CMU uses its short passing and screen game to supplement the run game. ADVANTAGE: CMU. Statistics aside, the talent and play-making ability in CMU’s backfield should be able to gain yardage. Southern Mississippi ran for 398 yards against the Braves. CMU offensive line vs. Alcorn State defensive front seven This is where CMU should dominate. Alcorn State has an undersized defensive line, with just one player more than 250 pounds (defensive tackle Randy Carter — 5 feet 9 inches, 290 pounds). Starting defensive tackle Tim Lewis is just 248 pounds. ADVANTAGE: CMU. Freshman left tackle Jake Olson has looked impressive holding off Arizona defensive end Brooks Reed and Michigan State de-

fensive end Trevor Anderson. He should not lose a step this weekend. Alcorn State offensive line vs. CMU defensive front seven The CMU front seven held Michigan State to 101 rushing yards, and Buckley will be its number one concern. Although CMU Sam Williams lacks some size along the defensive line, Alcorn State lacks size on its offensive front as well. ADVANTAGE: CMU. Expect CMU’s improved defense to shine. Although it faces a different spread offense, it all starts up front, where the Chippewas hold a large advantage. CMU wide receivers vs. Alcorn State secondary Senior wide receiver Bryan Anderson and junior wide receiver Antonio Brown both made big plays on the big stage last week in East Lansing. Three of Alcorn State’s four starting defensive backs are seniors, including cornerback Roderick Williams, who led the team with seven pass break-ups last season. It should not matter. ADVANTAGE: CMU. Along with quarterback, this may be CMU’s strongest unit. Surely, it

has the most depth. Alcorn State wide receivers vs. CMU secondary If there is one unit CMU may be most improved, it is the defensive secondary. Senior cornerback Josh Gordy leads a unit that held MSU to just 215 passing yards and Arizona to 202 passing yards. ADVANTAGE: CMU. Defending the spread is different that defending the pro-style offense MSU implemented for much of last week’s game, but expect the positive trend to continue in the defensive backfield. Coaching Butch Jones is coming off probably the biggest win of his coaching career, even if he is reluctant to admit it. This is an obvious trap game for CMU, but the correct mindset is in place. ADVANTAGE: CMU. Jones just beat Michigan State. His resume ­— much like LeFevour’s — may have lacked a win against a solid BCS conference opponent. That is not the case anymore. Prediction ASU’s spread offense could generate some early yardage, but do not expect the Braves to hold on for long.

CMU 45, Alcorn State 7

[Sports weekend]

V O lle y b a ll

CMU to finish non-conference schedule at Sam Houston Invite Chippewas have won four of past five matches By D.J. Palomares Staff Reporter

The volleyball team will participate in the Sam Houston State Invitational with a chance to stay above .500. CMU is coming off a threeset sweep of Illinois-Chicago and won four of its last five matches, all on the road. “We have basically been on the road since Monday,” said coach Erik Olson. “The team is going to have to prove they are ready for the challenge of playing on short rest.” The Chippewas will play North Texas at 5 p.m. today for their opening match. The team then takes on Lamar and host Sam Houston State on Saturday. Aggressive serving is key to Central’s success. Thus far, CMU has 50 aces, more than two aces per set. Junior outside hitter Lauren Krupksy, senior setter Stepha-

nie Budde and middle blocker Kaitlyn Hurt lead the team with nine aces each. “We are just looking to get them out of Stephanie Budde system with aggressive serves,” Budde said. “If they come up as aces, then that is a huge bonus for us.” The competition North Texas (2-8) has struggled closing out matches, as four of its last six matches have went the full five sets. It lost three of the four. North Texas middle blocker Amy Huddleston has been the offensive leader for the Mean Green with 113 kills this season. There is not an athlete within 45 kills of Huddleston’s total on the team. Last season, Lamar found its rhythm during the Southland Conference Tournament, winning a five-set final against Texas State. The win advanced it to the NCAA tournament, where it lost in straight sets to Texas.

The Cardinals are 4-5, but have victories against Hofstra and Penn. Lamar middle blocker Jayme Bazile has established her dominance on the defensive side with 45 total blocks. Bazile, a true freshman, is the only one on the team who has recorded a solo block. “Lamar is definitely the team to beat,” Olson said. “We were able to beat them in 2006, and we feel that we have progressed at the same rate they have over these last few years.” Sam Houston State is 5-7 this season, but 4-0 at home. The team is coming off the Nevada Invitational, where it went 0-3. Senior libero Alexis Lonneman said the team has steadily increased its level of play since the beginning of the year. “Our communication and execution have improved greatly from our first tournament to now,” Lonneman said. “We are playing our best volleyball right now and we are excited to get out there.”

Field hockey finishes road trip Team to face Vermont, Ohio State in Columbus By Jacob Lougheed Staff Reporter

The CMU field hockey team will cap its longest road trip since 2003 this weekend with a pair of games in Columbus, Ohio. The team will play its fifth and sixth consecutive road games Saturday against Vermont and Sunday against No. 20 Ohio State. Both games are at 2 p.m. Vermont is a team struggling to find offense. It has scored Melinda Curran four goals in six games, with three coming in a single game. “I think that their last game, which they scored three goals in, could be a sign that they are starting to gel and turn it around,” said goalkeeper Melinda Curran. “The key for us, regardless of who we play, is that we need to work better as a unit. Our goal, obviously, is to shut them down, but I really think that this is going to be a challenge.” Sunday bears extra mean-

ing for field hockey coach Cristy Freese, a former Buckeye. She said she relishes the opportunity to see her new team play her former team. “I have been at Central Michigan for 23 or 24 years now and I was only at Ohio State for four years,” she said. “Obviously I have much greater allegence to CMU. I don’t keep in touch with their program as an alumni I keep in touch as a fellow coach and a competitor. I will confess that I do root for Ohio State in football but, if Central Michigan played Ohio State, I would root for the Chippewas.” Similar to the Wildcats The Buckeyes boast a 3-5 record. Three of those losses were against ranked opponents and were decided by one goal, including two overtime losses. “I look at Ohio State and they are very similar to Northwestern, but they are more polished,” Freese said. “Northwestern had one kid that scored goals and OSU has two or three kids that can score goals, but they will score those goals the same way that Northwestern did.” OSU has scored 16 goals and allowed nine in five games this season. The Buckeyes own two of the Big Ten’s top five scorers in forwards

N a tion a l P r e v ie w s

Boise travels to Fresno No. 10 Boise State at Fresno State 9 p.m today No. 10 Boise State will travel to California to take on the Bulldogs in a game that could be the final major hurdle in Boise State’s run for an undefeated season. The Broncos come into their first conference game after strong back-to-back victories against No. 16 Oregon, 19-8, and a 49-0 rout of Miami University. Boise State is led by sophomore quarterback Kellen Moore, 35-of-55 for 504 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. The Bulldogs lost last week in overtime, 34-31, to Wisconsin. Running back Ryan Matthews leads the team in rushing with 30 carries for 213 yards (7.1 yards per carry). No. 19 Nebraska at No. 13 Virginia Tech 3:30 p.m. Saturday The No. 19 Cornhuskers travel to Blacksburg, Va., to take on the No. 13 Hokies. Nebraska is coming off two lopsided victories over Florida Atlantic and Arkansas State, allowing 12 points combined. Junior quarterback Zack Lee completed

73.7 percent of his passes and threw six touchdowns and one interception. The Hokies rebounded after losing to No. 5 Alabama in their opener by defeating Marshall 52-10. Freshman running back Ryan Williams rushed for 235 yards and 5 touchdowns in the first two games. Tennessee at No. 1 Florida 3:30 p.m. Saturday Adding to the intrigue of one of the greatest rivalries in college football is the war of words between Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin and Florida coach Urban Meyer. A day after national signing day, Kiffin falsely accused Meyer of a recruiting violation, an accusation the Gators have not forgotten. The Gators have all 11 returning starters from last year’s defense and Heisman winner and senior quarterback Tim Tebow leading their attack. Volunteers senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton has thrown five touchdowns and five interceptions through two games. Compiled by Staff Reporter James Kuch.

Berta Queralt (three goals, six assists) and Natalie Ciminiello (five goals, one assist), who rank third and fourth in the conference. “I think we would like to change our defensive strategy a little bit to try and shut their big players down,” Freese said. “I think that we have to get the match-ups we like and we need to get Kim Erasmus and Kim Sihouta matched up against them. “If we do that then, hopefully, we will frustrate them a little bit. If that happens, then I think we will have a chance to get our offense in gear against them.”

Central Michigan Life || Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 || 5B

Soccer hosts DetroitMercy By Matt Valinski Staff Reporter

The soccer team will take its unbeaten home record into today’s game against the University of Detroit-Mercy. The game starts at 4 p.m. at the CMU Soccer Complex. The Chippewas (4-3) are 3-0 at home this season and are riding a two-game winning streak, but senior forward Amanda Waugh said the team is focusing file photo by matthew stephens on the game instead of its Freshman forward Brielle Heitman has three points this season. accomplishments. “I think we’re pretty even“We got to come out with job of getting on the scorekeeled right now,” she said. a lot of energy and intensity, board early in the game. The “We don’t want to get full of and that is always going to last two games ended in 1-0 ourselves.” be most important with fo- wins with Central scoring CMU will play a Titans cus and confidence,” he said. late in regulation or in over(2-3-1) team which has “The other thing is for us to time to win. struggled recently. Detroit implement and improve on “I felt like we have starthas won one game in its a couple of the things we’ve ed out okay, but we haven’t past five after being picked worked on this week.” shown it on the scoreboard,” to finish fifth in the Horizon However, Anagnost said Anagnost said. “I think what League preseason poll. his team cannot be satisfied we have missed out on is finDetroit-Mercy returns its with just controlling the pos- ishing our chances.” two leading scorers from session to start the game. He last year in senior midfielder said CMU has to do a better Trina Kochanski and junior midfielder/forward Selena Stanski. But the Titans have relied on freshmen for its offense this year. All five of its goals this year were scored by the freshmen duo of Nina Carter and Sarah Dzuris. Senior Alauna Pierce will lead the Titans’ defense. She has played in every minute this season after getting 13 starts last year. The Titans also tend to start fast, having outscored their opponents 4-3 in the first half of games this season. Playing smart Anagnost said it will be important for the Chippewas to come out ready to play smart from the opening whistle.

6B || Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 || Central Michigan Life

C r oss Count r y

c lu b ho c k e y

CMU opens where it left off

Women to face MSU at Invite

DePaul first up in Chicago after four practices By Adam Niemi Staff Reporter

By Aaron McMann Staff Reporter

The womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross country team has plenty of momentum with seven top 10 runners at the Jeff Drenth Memorial two weeks ago in Mount Pleasant. CMU will take part in the Spartan Invitational, hosted by Michigan State University, at 1 p.m. today at Forest Akers East Golf Course in East Lansing. Other schools competing include the University of Michigan, Saginaw Valley State University and Grand Valley State University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our first meet was basically to get their feet wet and find out where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at in their training,â&#x20AC;? said cross country coach and director Willie Randolph. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to find out who are our top five.â&#x20AC;? Junior Melissa Darling (18:49) was the highlight of the Jeff Drenth Memorial, finishing in first place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have some really good girls that are running real well right now,â&#x20AC;? Randolph said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Melissa) Darling is obviously one of our leaders in our group, and we expect a lot of other girls to step in and close that gap so we can see exactly where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at scoring potential-wise later on in the season and going into the

[Sports weekend]

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Junior Melissa Darling won the Jeff Drenth Memorial two weeks ago.

MAC championships.â&#x20AC;? Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meet will be a 6K, normal for womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Division I competition, and it will provide for a better forecast of how the team looks against a variety of competition, said assistant coach Matt Kaczor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to see how weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to mix it up with more than just Michigan State,â&#x20AC;? Kaczor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to try and establish ourselves. This is our first experience together in one (6K), and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to

see where we can go.â&#x20AC;? Senior Sarah Squires remains out with injury and will not compete this weekend. The coaching staff anticipates her return to competition later in the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming along,â&#x20AC;? Kaczor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s able to run most days now pain-free. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just getting a base underneath her before we try and put her under any workouts.â&#x20AC;?

Three runners return for men

The club hockey team tries to figure out its strengths and weaknesses as it heads to Chicago this weekend. CMU opens its season at 8 p.m. today against DePaul after practicing only four times since tryouts two weeks ago. It also plays Depaul at 5:40 p.m. Saturday at North Shore Ice Arena. Senior forward Joe Vandermarliere said he is happy with how practices have gone, but the games will be the true test. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our team is just starting to gel in practice, but playing an actual game is nightand-day,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean, you can learn to punch in the barn but you got to learn to survive on the ice.â&#x20AC;? Vandermarlier said Central took 15 new players out of the 60 who tried out. The team now boasts a 25-man roster heading into the weekend, with 10 returning players. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our biggest test is going to be learning to play with new linemates â&#x20AC;&#x201C; playing as a team,â&#x20AC;? Vandermarlier said. DePaul coach Tony Capone said he is nervous about the weekend because the team lost 12 seniors from last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To be honest, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a little nervous,â&#x20AC;? Capone said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(CMU) should be pumped â&#x20AC;&#x201C; (the) whole school should be pumped â&#x20AC;&#x201C; (they) beat Michigan State in football last weekend. We got our hands full.â&#x20AC;? DePaul finished second in the 44-team Central Division with a 29-5 record and finished No. 7 nationally after the national tournament last month in Hudsonville.

DePaul also has a freshman goalie, who Capone said he is looking forward to evaluating this weekend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We won both games last year against Central, but they knocked us out of regionals the year before,â&#x20AC;? he said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anything can happen.â&#x20AC;? Senior forward Jordan Jakubik led CMU with 57 points. Central played its last


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The menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross country team will add three impact runners today in East Lansing who did not compete at the Jeff Drenth Memorial on Sept. 4. Like the women, the men will compete in the Michigan State University-sponsored Spartan Invitational at Forest Akers Golf Course. The menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 8K run, featuring teams from Eastern Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University and Grand Valley State University, along with the host Spartans, will commence following the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6K run at 1 p.m. Assistant coach Matt Kaczor said there is a need to establish a presence at MSU. Sophomore Matt Lutzke, first team All-MAC junior Sammy Kiprotich and second team All-MAC senior Riak Mabil were added to CMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lineup. Senior Jacob Korir is out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those three will be added to the mix, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to see how well we fare against Michigan State because they will be opening up a few more people,â&#x20AC;? Kaczor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for their help to kind of bridge the gap of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on.â&#x20AC;? Two runners, sophomore Jeremy Kiley (sixth place) and

games of the season last year at North Shore Ice Arena. It competed in postseason play in the Division II American Collegiate Hockey Association. CMU lost the semifinal game to Michigan Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s club team, 8-0, and finished the season tied for 17th place with a 15-15 record.




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