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Monday, Sept. 21, 2009

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Tailgate attendance was low Saturday afternoon in Lot 63. According to Bill Yeagley, CMU Police Department Chief, about 300 people were present.

Shelby Township senior Billy Georges, far left, Saginaw Valley State University junior Devon Dunikowski, center, and Washington junior Ryan Pawczuk protest the new tailgate regulations Saturday afternoon in Lot 63.

‘I’ve never seen tailgating this empty ... This is terrible’ Students upset with new pregame atmosphere By Joe Borlik Senior Reporter

Students tailgating at Kelly/ Shorts Stadium on Saturday noticed some changes. Clarkston junior Mitch Miller said he sure did. “I’ve never seen tailgating this empty,� Miller said. “This is terrible. CMU had the best tailgating in the state. Now, it’s below average.� The student lot, Lot 63, hosted fewer than two full lanes of vehicles Saturday afternoon. CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley said just 300 students attended. Many said it was because of the new tailgating procedures, which include increased security, required parking passes, no external sound systems and an alcohol limit of six beers or one pint of liquor per person. Miller and his friends, who went to see CMU’s first home

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EVENTS CALENDAR Today w Impress the Recruiter will take place at 6 p.m. at the Bovee University Center Maroon room. w South Park creator Trey Parker’s question-and-answer session will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium.

Tuesday w The career one-stop-shop will offer career assistance from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bovee University Center lobby. w The Geology Club will hold a meeting 5 to 5:30 p.m. in Brooks Hall Room 307. w Career Services will host an etiquette dinner workshop at 5:45 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Maroon and Gold rooms. w Students for Life will hold a meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. in Moore Hall Room 112. w “Speak Up, Speak out: The Current Event Series” will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. w Autumn Equinox Anishinabemowin Immersion Cultural Teaching and Feast will take place from 6 to 8 p.m at the Ziibiwing Center.

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By Joe Albrecht Staff Reporter

Scientists have been searching for years to find a vaccine for AIDS. But a group in California said it is one step closer to solving the disease that has claimed millions of lives around the world, according to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative’s Web site. The nonprofit organization kicked off its effort in 2006 to fund efforts for a research initiative called “Protocol G,” which focuses on gathering blood from HIV patients in developing countries and isolating antibodies that could cancel out the virus. The initiative provided the Scripps Research Institute the materials to discover two critical antibodies that fight against the AIDS virus. “The new vaccine will affect the incidence and prevalence


last of tiger stadium nearly gone DETROIT (MCT) — A giant claw extending from a crane tore into the last remnant of Tiger Stadium Sunday as a crowd looked on from across Michigan and Cochrane in Corktown in Detroit. A foreman at the site said it was possible the rest of the stadium would be torn down today as he looked toward the section still standing. “A lot of good times, a lot of memories,” recalled Jim Maynor, 54, of Allen Park of games he saw at the park during his childhood in the 1960s. “There’s a lot of history here going to waste instead of being preserved.” Maynor like many of the two dozen people who watched the tear down from

authorties may never know reason behind killing of yale student NEW YORK (MCT) — The New Haven, Conn., police chief said Friday that authorities may never know the reasoning behind the killing of a Yale University graduate student whose body was found hidden behind a wall on what was to be her wedding day. “The only person that really, truly knows the motive in this crime is the suspect,” Chief James Lewis told a local TV station Friday. “What made him do what he did, we may not know until trial. We may never know.” An investigator conducting interviews not long after the disappearance of Annie Le first became suspicious of her accused killer, Raymond

of HIV in the USA and globally,” said Dr. Joseph Inungu, director of External Relations of the College of Health and Human Services at Saginaw Valley State University and former temporary faculty of health science at Central Michigan University. “The impact will be huge affecting the way we look at and talk about the HIV infection.” In the study recently released in the journal “Science,” scientists discovered two vital antibodies, as well as a new part of the virus the antibodies attack. In turn, this discovery could lead to a creation of a vaccine for AIDS. A monumental step Dr. Robert Graham, medical director at the Central Michigan District Health Department, sees the discovery of antibodies that could lead to a potential vaccine as a great accomplishment. The findings have not led to an immediate creation of a vaccine, but researchers are getting closer to developing a vaccine in the future, he said. “There are places in the world that are devastated by HIV with generations of people growing

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a parking lot, took photos and videotaped the mounting rubble. Charlie Terry, 30, of Lincoln Park said he has taken about 1,000 photos of the demolition of the stadium. Terry said he donated $50 to the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy to save the stadium that he calls a throw back to the days before stadiums offered carnival rides, taverns and other attractions. “This place was good because it sold baseball and that was it,” he said. At this time, only a small sliver of the ballpark is left standing. Work crews stopped demolition at around 10:30 p.m. today and are expected to resume work Monday morning.

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up without parents because they’ve died from the virus,” Graham said. Inungu agrees it is a good development and long overdue. Public health education and health promotions major Lindsey Grove sees the possibility of a vaccine as a positive impact to help people. “It gives hope that we’re getting closer to a vaccine, which is promising to this still-devastating disease,” the Montgomery senior said. Grove is taking HSC 523: AIDS Education with James Pahz, professor of Health Sciences. If the vaccine were to be created, it would not reduce the need of people in the medical field because there would still be a need for many clinicians, Graham said. There would not be as many people dealing with HIV and the treatment of the virus, however. “Not everyone’s death from AIDS would be in vain if a cure were found,” Graham said. “This has forced us to look harder into biology and understanding how cells work.”

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Local children of Isabella County gathered candy, beads and t-shirts in the Mardi Gras Parade on Friday in downtown Mount Pleasant.

Clark III, when he was seen trying to hide equipment that was later discovered to contain blood spatters, the Hartford Courant reported Friday. A police source told Newsday that Clark returned to the lab early in the search for Le to try to cover his tracks and clean up the crime scene. “He’s that arrogant,” the source said. The Courant reported Clark was observed cleaning areas that Le was in before the 24-year-old researcher was even reported missing Sept. 8, citing a law enforcement official. That and other apparent telltale signs led investigators to view Clark,

Cure for AIDS coming soon? Scientists find vital antibodies in study


24, of Middletown, Conn., as their primary suspect, according to the Courant. Investigators found the DNA of both suspect and victim in the ceiling and in the wall recess where Le’s body was hidden, an official told the Courant. Clark was arrested Thursday at a Super 8 Motel in Cromwell, Conn. “There are no other arrests forthcoming,” a New Haven police spokesman told Newsday on Friday. Clark, 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds, did not enter a plea on charges he choked to death the 4-foot-11, 90-


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3A Monday, Sept. 21, 2009

Wilbur seeks to bring back student forums Interim president wants to meet with small groups By Sarah Schuch University Editor

Plans are in the works for Interim University President Kathy Wilbur to hold several student forums starting next month. “I think it’s important that everyone on campus get the

same information,” she said. Wilbur said she already set up opportunities to meet with the Student Government Association and the Residential Hall Assembly and, now, she wants to reach out to the rest of the student body. She hopes to start the forums sometime in October. Former University President Michael Rao held four open forums per year when he first came to CMU in 2000. He later went to one forum per year and eventually stopped

Magazine founder to start new SUSO year

holding them because attendance was low. Grand Rapids freshman Brittany Jerzyk said she believes the forums would be a great way for students to see who actually runs the university. “I’ve got no idea who runs everything,” she said. “Professors are the only faculty I’m ever with.” Wilbur said she wants to break the forums into smaller groups targeting certain students. She will start in the residential halls and then hold forums

with off-campus students. “I will say we made it conscious not to make a large student or faculty forum,” Wilbur said. “I don’t think you get as good of a response.” Jerzyk agrees people are more prone to talk if the groups are smaller. Wilbur said she would begin the forums with a few comments and then open them up to a question-and-answer session. St. Marne senior Caitlin Ware said she thinks the fo-

rums would be a good way for students to voice any concerns they may have. “You never know if things are getting the president’s attention,” she said. “There’s no middle man (with the forums).” Wilbur said she is extremely comfortable in the circumstance of being in front of the students answering their questions. “It puts a name to a face,” she said.

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If you go... w What: ‘Can We Talk? A Conversation with Tony Citarella’ w When: 7 p.m. Tuesday w Where: Bovee University Center Auditorium

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Communication Disorders instructor Kendra Miller signs to a student during her ASL 201 class Wednesday. In the spoken word, volume is used to convey the tone, be it happy, excited or sad. “In ASL, your tone is shown through your facial expressions,” she said.

‘Sign’ of the times Students enjoy learning nonverbal language


Kendra Miller teaches her ASL 201 class Wednesday evening in the Health Professions building. The class is taught entirely in American Sign Language. The only sound that breaks the silence is the frequent laughter. “This ASL 201 class is very motivated, enthusiastic and fun,” Miller said.

“It is natural for people with hearing loss to watch faces for visual cues to help understand more of what is being said,” she said. No speaking allowed For the hundreds of students enrolled in her five American Sign Language courses, verbal speaking is not an option. They must use their hands, arms, faces and bodies to convey their thoughts through visually transmitted patterns. Miller said sign language can be much more interesting than speaking with your voice and is much more expressive, requiring constant face-to-face interaction. She said it takes about three semesters to master a basic level of proficiency.

By Joe Borlik | Senior Reporter

ommunication disorders instructor Kendra Miller does not view the inability to hear as a disability. Miller, one of three sign language professors at Central Michigan University who cannot hear, lost her hearing as a child because of progressive hearing loss. “In a way, I don’t care. It led me to this,” she said. “People who are deaf don’t view it as a disability. They view it as a culture rich with its own language, customs and norms.” Upon meeting her, one would never guess Miller cannot hear. She speaks clearly and fluently by reading people’s lips and nonverbal expressions, a skill she developed since childhood.

Ithaca junior Megan Merchant, a speech language major, has been learning sign language for four semesters and uses her skills to communicate with some of her family members who are hard of hearing. Merchant originally took a sign language class as an elective but, after enjoying her first class, she decided to minor in it. “Most people don’t know sign language, so this really opens you up to new things,” Merchant said. “This is an awesome thing to learn and all the professors are great.” Eaton Rapids junior Sarah Henderson is in her third semester of studying sign language and plans on becoming an interpreter to break the language barrier within

her mostly Spanish-speaking Mexican family. “I love it,” she said. “It’s not hard to pick up if you come to class.” Miller also works as a therapist for the disabled at Community Mental Health for Central Michigan, 301 S. Crapo St. She said many people who cannot hear feel isolated, as even their own family members cannot communicate with them. One of Miller’s favorite parts of teaching sign language is watching her students grow and advance. “This is a great minor for people to have,” she said. “The more people that can sign, the better.”

A good Civil War soldier fired at least three rounds a minute. While that sounds like a small number in today’s terms, it was the standard in 1864. Most of the reenactors at the 5th Annual Mid-Michigan Civil War Muster easily popped two shots in that time period, but only a few were doing the ‘good soldier’ standard of three. The weekend-long re-en-

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actment was held in Deerfield Nature Park, 2425 W. Remus Road. The Sunday battle re-enactment was based on a Nov. 23, 1864 skirmish in Mount Pleasant, Tenn., in which a refugee camp was found by Confederate and Union army detachments. Both forces fought over the ground and ended with a temporary truce. The Muster was organized by the 10th Michigan Infantry, a group dedicated to advancing knowledge and appreciation of U.S. history.

Passport fair

The Isabella County Clerk’s Office will host a passport fair from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Bovee University Center Fireside Room. Students interested in applying for a passport may attend at any time to fill out an application and get passport photos taken. Applicants must bring evidence of U.S. citizenship, valid identification, a $75 passport fee and a $25 execution fee. For more information, as well as a full list of documentation requirements, visit passport, or call the Clerk’s Office at (989) 772-0911, ext. 265.

One-Stop shop

Career Services at CMU is hosting a workshop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the upper level lobby of the Bovee University Center. Participants can seek resume and cover letter assistance, as well as schedule appointments and mock interviews. For more information, contact Jana Lewis at 774-6612, or lewis3jm@cmich. edu.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Minority Student Services and the Office of Gay and Lesbian Programs are co-sponsoring a presentation by keynote speaker Marga Gomez at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. The presentation will highlight Gomez’s experiences, presenting an educational and comedic view of what it means to be Latino in an all-white school. For more information, visit for a full story.

Open Mic Night

There will be an Open Mic Night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Finch Fieldhouse Room 112 by the indoor climbing wall. The event, sponsored by CMU’s Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services Department will feature musical performances and rock climbing. Admission to the climbing wall is $7, with harnesses and climbing shoes at $3. Admission for spectators is free. Those interested in performing should contact Jordan Bruursema at (616) 994-2694 or

The way it was Reenactor Michele Petrie portrayed Susie King Taylor, the first black woman to serve with the 33rd Colored Troop of South Carolina. Petrie assisted the surgeon in the field hospital, removing bullets, assisting with amputations, dressing wounds and writing letters for soldiers, she said. Petrie and her husband have been active in the 10th Michigan Infantry for four years. chris bacarella/staff photographer

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The CMU Writing Center will hold a study abroad scholarship essay writing workshop for interested students from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Writing Center in Anspach Hall Room 003. The workshop will allow participants interested in studying abroad to discuss expectations, tips and ideas while beginning a draft of their scholarship essay. At the end of the session, students will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive individual feedback.

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Civil War reenactment showcases history By Blake Showers Staff Reporter

Jeff Hyames from Career Services is hosting an etiquette dinner at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Maroon and Gold rooms of the Bovee University Center. The workshop is designed to give students tips on professional etiquette do’s and don’ts. To pre-register or for more information, contact Hyames at 774-3068 or careers@

Study Abroad workshop

Staff Reports

Restrict free speech? Panelists include Interim University President Kathy Wilbur and political science assistant professors Thomas Greitens and Jayne Cherie Strachan. Greitens plans to argue free speech may need to be restricted in order to be effective. “Yes, free speech is important, but it is just as important to learn how to use free speech effectively,” Greitens said.

Etiquette dinner

Central Michigan University’s School of Music is sponsoring a concert by flautist Maxim Rubstov at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Staples Family Concert Hall of the Music Building. Rubstov will perform works by Claude Debussy, CMU Emeritus Faculty Moonyeen Albrecht and others. Rubstov was appointed principal flute of the Russian National Orchestra in 2003, becoming the youngest flautist to hold the position at the time. Admission is $3 for students and seniors and $5 for the general public. For more information, contact John Jacobson at 7743738, or

“Can We Talk?” to feature Tony Citarella The Speak Up, Speak Out series will begin its 10th year Tuesday with “Can We Talk? A Conversation with Tony Citarella.” SUSO is an open forum in which students are asked to speak their minds on current issues while remaining open to opposing viewpoints. The first forum is at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. Citarella, founder and editor of political publication 2Sides Magazine, will facilitate the forum. Citarella was in college on Sept. 11, 2001, and has been politically active since. He was in his twenties when he started the magazine and Web site, “I think it will be inspirational to students; someone who is their age and is already doing such exciting work,” said Merlyn Mowrey, chair of the organizational committee and associate professor of philosophy and religion. Generally, the panels are not led by a speaker, Mowrey said, but the goals of 2Sides Magazine and Speak Up, Speak Out are so close, the student organizers thought he would be a good start. The goals of both groups are to teach people their responsibility to be informed and respect the best arguments from different perspectives.

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EDITORIAL | New pregame procedures destroy atmosphere at Kelly/Shorts Stadium



of 18,323 fans, and not a MAC opponent, the experience leading up to it was dismal and did nothing to improve game attendance. The most successful tailgating movement Saturday took place several blocks away. Greek organizations and hundreds of other students participated in pregame celebration on Main Street in protest of the new rules. We applaud their efforts in having fun and standing up against a policy that may have been well-intentioned, but enforces unnecessary restrictions.

he result of CMU’s new tailgating policy was a disaster. Instead of the vibrant pregame atmosphere we have grown accustomed to over the years at Lot 63, students and fans instead were treated to a barricaded and nearly lifeless tailgating crowd Saturday south of Kelly/Shorts Stadium. More than half of Lot 63 was empty. Half the students who did make it protested the new rules with signs and chants. Many others felt uncomfortable with an excessive number of police and guards standing around, watching their every move. The food vendors, new for this year’s tailgate, saw virtually no business, causing Tropical Smoothie Cafe to quickly discontinue its stand. A live band played music, but the DJ south of it drowned the sound out. The rules, which included a sixbeer limit, a ban on external sound

systems and increased security, were supposed to promote a safer, improved gameday environment. Instead, they effectively destroyed CMU tailgating. In previous years, CMU was acclaimed among Mid-American Conference schools for its gameday atmosphere. Many publications voted it the best of the conference, and some even said it rivaled those of bigger schools. Wave goodbye to those days. Even if it had to do with playing Alcorn State, which CMU beat 48-0 in front


Bring back the old We understand the concerns of the Athletics Department in looking for ways to make tailgate safer and more enjoyable for everybody. But a rethinking of this “new” policy is in order. Barring minor incidents, there was never a serious problem with CMU tailgating in previous years. Lot 63 was never even close to turning into a riot and should never be compared to that of the infamous “End of the World” parties of the late 1980s. Worried about intoxication, fights

and broken glass? Join the club. Those things happen on every campus tailgate, in every bar and at every house party. Get rid of the alcohol limits, the grill size limit, the pedestrian checkpoints and the ban on external sound systems. All are silly restrictions which, believe it or not, have little effect on maintaining order among students. If they can’t drink alcohol in peace on Lot 63, they will drink it somewhere else (Main Street) and take a longer, dangerous walk (or drive) to Kelly/Shorts. Keep the good ideas in the policy, such as the emergency lane, the extra number of restrooms and the vendors. Each of those addressed true shortcomings and can enhance the pregame experience south of the stadium. But, most of all, bring tailgating back toward the way it once was. The committee can start by listening to the students, something it should have done in the first place. Give them a reason to come to Lot 63. Arrest the few that fall out of line, but let the rest have a good time.


Wandering tailgaters I just walked a CMU student home to his apartment. He was a smart and polite kid. My wife found him lying in our yard at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. He didn’t know where he was, so I walked him the six blocks home, across High Street. It was a slow walk and he talked most of the way there. I was confident when I left him, he would be okay after a little nap and some time to sober up. I wasn’t surprised to find his friends in pretty much the same shape. He shook my hand, thanked me profusely for getting him home and promised me that he would be smarter for the rest of the day. This situation may be an unintended consequence of the new tailgating policy at CMU. Kyle and his friends should have been at the football game Saturday afternoon. If they had been at the tailgate and the football game, they would have been under observation of professionals instead of wondering around the neighborhood between downtown and campus. While it may be more convenient for the CMU officials to try to enforce arbitrary standards for alcohol consumption within a specific tailgating area, is it really safer for the students and the neighborhoods? I have walked kids such as Kyle home most falls for the 26 years we have lived in our neighborhood. I call the police when I think they are in danger. These kids are good people, but they are kids. They have to learn how to handle themselves and we should help them do that. CMU is a great neighbor, a great institution and mindful of the safety of the students most of the time. I urge them to rethink and revisit the new tailgating policy. Make enough room for the tailgaters, make them keep their music under control and get enough personnel on hand to manage the situation. I think I’d rather have the f-rap south of the football field than blaring across Gaylord and Franklin. Just one townie’s perspective. Joe and Jenny McDonald Mount Pleasant residents

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Excerpts from live football chat Saturday: [Comment From WixomAlum] at 4:09

Administration always trying to play parents... just let the kids have fun for God’s sake. The lot has always been a safe and enjoyable experience. Big time mistake. Alum should speak out. [Comment From Andrew] at 4:28

I sincerely hope that the admin has noticed the poor turnout. Thought they’ll likely try to spin it. Didn’t make my usual trek up there for the first tailgate in protest. [Comment From forevertrust] at 4:37

I just don’t understand why the new rules are such a big deal? Is the alcohol really that much of a deciding factor if someone goes to the game or not?

[Comment From Andrew] at 4:42

@forevertrust i used to come into town for every game, i’m an alum. tailgating was 50% of the experience. its not the alcohol, i never came up to get bombed. but the rules theyve imposed are ridiculous! im not driving two hours to walk through checkpoints in order to tailgate. so many phone calls today saying tailgating sucks, half the turnout. i’ve been tailgating @ cmu for 10 years, and if 50% of the game day atmosphere is gone, i’d rather tailgate in AA and watch the game in real time on the net. [Comment From Zack] at 4:49

yeah, to all the CM Life people, this live chat is a great thing, keep it up! [Comment From Chris Slat] at 5:16, of Central Michigan Life

I was covering Main Street; it definitely had a better atmosphere than the stadium and everywhere I went the passersby were complaining about policy.

[Comment From Chris Slat] at 5:18

There was a big police presence on Main until about 2:30 but they seemed to be getting along with everyone for the most part-- trying to educate people about how not to break the law, rather than pushing people around. I guess a lot of houses had to turn their music down, which was ironic because a lot of people were on Main because music was banned at the stadium. [Comment From Mike Mulholland] at 5:19

The whole police is a joke in my opinion. It wasn’t really a problem before. But, I can see where the school is coming from on the whole thing... but still, come on. It’s not CMU GameDay without student tailgate. [Comment From Ben LaMothe] at 5:45

This looks like an exciting game. A blow-out, but exciting nonetheless.

CM You |How do you think tailgating was at Kelly/Shorts Stadium last Saturday?

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Nicolas Persons Columnist

Moving forward Medical school a good idea

Those who throw stones at CMU’s medical school endeavor received a new target Thursday. The Board of Trustees authorized an additional $22 million toward the project, by far its largest investment yet, pushing the total cost to $24 million You can hear the criticisms now: The student: “$24 million? Why are they raising my tuition to fund extravagant new projects for students who are still in high school?” The professor: “Central should get back to its foundation: sound undergraduate education in basic subjects. Why are we spending $24 million on a medical school when the Faculty Association has to fight for a respectable raise?” The Athletics Department: “We just beat Michigan State in football. Why aren’t we getting this money?” OK, that last one wasn’t too realistic. But finding students and instructors who identify with the former two depictions wouldn’t be difficult. So now, just as Democrats have been trying to convince Americans of health care reform, the administration must make its case to the masses. Why do we need a medical school? As a current undergraduate, what do I have to gain from this? Why are we making such a large investment during a terrible recession? So far, the university hasn’t done a good enough job of answering these questions. In fact, the only place I’ve heard any positive comments about the medical school has been at Board meetings, which are typically not well-attended by students. I support the idea of a medical school because I’m worried about the drastic physician shortage in rural, northern Michigan. I believe the university, given its resources, has the opportunity to do something about that. But perhaps I’m a believer because I’m one of the approximately five students who sit through the entirety of Board meetings. The university can’t expect students to go to threehour meetings to learn about the medical school. The administration needs to go to the students. This administration-student interaction could be in the form of open forums — “town hall” meetings, if you like. Or perhaps an administration official could write a guest column in this newspaper and begin a dialogue on the issue. But one way or another, the university needs to make the case, because the CMU community deserves to know why its $24 million is going toward a medical school. And they shouldn’t have to go to Board meetings to find out.

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“It was exciting. I had a good time.” Jane Wang

China freshman

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“It was disappointing. The school spirit went down because of it.”

“I didn’t end up going because the rules were so strict.”

Danny Latusek

Grayling senior

Emily Manidok

Royal Oak sophomore

“I don’t think it went over well. Everything was regulated, which is why I left.” Casey D’Angelo

Milford freshman

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Rapper Fabolous performed Friday in Rose Arena as a part of Hip Hop Week, sponsored by Program Board, On the Fly and Minority Student Services. Although tickets were intended to be sold, the groups gave tickets away for free during the last week of sales. The concert doors opened at 7:30 p.m., but Fabolous did not take the stage until approximately 11 p.m. R&B group Day 26, from Sean “Diddy” Combs’ MTV show “Making the Band 4,” performed at 9 p.m. for an hour, leaving an hour-long gap in between artists.

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“I knew it wouldn’t be as big because of the new rules, but I never in a million years would have imagined it would’ve died down that much,” he said. Tailgating also featured a live band, a hired DJ, more restrooms and stationed food vendors throughout the lot. Senior Associate Athletic Director Derek van der Merwe, part of the committee that set the new procedures, said he urges those who are angry about the rules to be patient and give tailgating a chance. Van der Merwe said the procedures are something the committee will work on, but some of the rules will not be subject to change. He said the rules are needed to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for students. Numerous instances of alcohol poisoning and injuries occurred during previous tailgates, he said. “This was a proactive step by the university,” van der Merwe said. “We believe tail-

gating can still be a great experience for students.” Kaleto said Tropical Smoothie Cafe may move to another parking lot, but was amazed at how low the turnout in the tailgating section was. Bay City senior Catherine Wackerly and her friends gave tailgating a chance – and left after about five minutes. “I’m very disappointed,” Wackerly said. “It’s embarrassing. If the rules don’t change, I won’t come to anymore tailgates.” Police: Fewer problems CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley said tailgating was much safer this year and resulted in fewer arrests. Yeagley said the police only had to arrest one person for larceny. He said only two ambulances were called to the scene, one for an ankle injury in the student lot and the other for an intoxication in the stadium. No OWIs were issued to his knowledge, he said. “There were many fewer problems than previous tailgates,”

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One of their main focuses was to keep people off the sidewalk and the volume of the stereo systems down. “The police seem to be babysitting on some of the Greek houses, and I think that’s wrong,” said Troy junior Evan Agnello. Agnello said he tailgated

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“I hope they gain some respect regarding being involved in the process.” Strachan hopes students will see examples of problem solving without agreement

on Main Street because of the recent rule changes, even though he attended every home football tailgate last year. “The university should trust its students a little more,” he said. “They went from having the best tailgate atmosphere to having the most strict and most avoided tailgate.” and will learn there are reasons to be politically involved that go beyond self-serving. “We can act in ways that undermine the democracy, because we are free, too,” she said. The forum will begin with a 30-minute video by Citarella, followed by discussion. “Panels start with a video, then students aren’t afraid to

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They were encouraged to join by a co-worker of Petrie’s, and enlisted after they saw a reenactment in Shepherd. “We actually do things the way they did back then,” Petrie said. “We cook on open fires.” The Infantry also has a generational influence. “My dad started the group in 1976, so I’ve been doing this for 33 years. I started as a bugler and am now the colonel,” said reenactor Dave Rowley.

Rowley’s children also are active in the Tenth Michigan Infantry. Rowley challenged some of the reenactors to a speedshooting contest and taught a few basic Civil War-era drills to those in the crowd who wanted to join in, such as teaching them to march. Tom Plachta of Mount Pleasant came with his wife, Laura, and children, Tommy and Dominic. “This is a good way to see what went on, and it’s a good way to spend a sunny day and

Yeagley said. “I talked to a lot of students in the student section and they were disappointed in the low turnout. But the ones that chose to come seemed to be having a good time.” Ohio junior Brenden Crowl and a group of friends protested tailgating by holding up signs in the student section reading “New failgate rules” and “This is not CMU tailgate.” The group received several cheers from fellow students when holding up their signs. Essexville senior Pat Tanner is concerned with the potential negative impact the tailgating rules could have on football game attendance. “This is bad for the football team and sports program that invests so much of our tuition money,” Tanner said. “It’ll prevent not only people from CMU from coming to the games, but people from all over the state.” CMU Police Associate Director Fred Harris said once students realize the changes are insignificant, tailgating attendance will increase. “It should be a better and safer environment,” Harris said.

He said some of the new rules are positive and make tailgate safer, but the university went too far restricting the freedom of its students. “Now everyone is getting behind their (Greek) house instead of getting behind the football team. Last year, everybody wanted to come together and cheer on CMU as a whole,” Agnello said.

stand up because they have a common base,” Mowrey said. Future topics for Speak Up, Speak Out events are “Dems and the GOP: Defining themselves in the Obama Era” Oct. 19 and “Challenges Ahead: Energy and the Environment” Nov. 17.

learn something. And what boy doesn’t want to watch gunshooting?” Plachta said. In addition to the steadfast reenactors, some made the annual pilgrimage to the muster. “I have come here for four years. The most interesting thing was the dialogue during the battle instead of just actions,” said Mount Pleasant West Intermediate School eighth grader Allie Strong. “It’s first hand experience on how it was then and how they have camps set up and the way they are dressed, too.”

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Monday, Sept. 21, 2009



no letdown at kelly/shorts

Tim Ottusch Assistant Sports Editor

Taking care of business Football team has everything in order this season


Ashley Miller/photo editor

Junior running back Carl Volny ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns during Saturday’s 48-0 win against Alcorn State. Volny’s touchdowns were the first of his collegiate career.


Football team routs Alcorn State 48-0 in first home game By Andrew Stover | Sports Editor


he last tune-up before Mid-American Conference play lasted less than one half. In Saturday’s 48-0 win against Alcorn State, the football team was able to pull its starters in the middle of the second quarter. After what coach Butch Jones called a sluggish start on offense, junior wide receiver Antonio Brown and the special teams unit took over. Brown, on the second punt he fielded, found space and cut upfield for a 55-yard punt return touchdown with 5:56 remaining in the first quarter. The Chippewas got going after that. “Our special teams really got us jump-started with the big return by Antonio (Brown),” Jones said. “We needed a spark, and I thought he sparked us.” Prior to the return, CMU managed a field goal through the first two drives. Jones said things still need to be ironed out on the offensive side of the ball despite putting up 48 points. “We need to be more consistent on offense,” Jones said. “Maintaining a rhythm, getting in a flow of the game, establishing the run a little bit more.”

paige calamari/staff photographer

CMU fans cheer after the team’s first down during Saturday afternoon’s 48-0 win against Alcorn State at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Fans filled the newly deemed “Maroon Platoon” student section for the home opener.

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Check the Web site for a photo gallery from Saturday.

Watch a discussion on CMU’s 48-0 win against Alcorn State.

Volny, Phillips lead ground game By Dave Jones Senior Reporter

Ashley Miller/photo editor

Freshman running back Tim Phillips ran for 40 yards on six carries and a touchdown in CMU’s 48-0 win against Alcorn State on Saturday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

At the 9:12 mark in the second quarter, CMU was already ahead 31-0. Senior quarterback Dan LeFevour, 10-for12 passing for 92 yards, and most of the offense were pulled to give other players time on the field. By the time the clock ran out in the first half, each side of the ball for Central Michigan was made up of second- and thirdstringers. CMU scored 17 more points and preserved the team’s first shutout since 1996 against Akron, playing primarily against first-string Alcorn State players. “I can’t say enough of the job they did,” said coach Butch Jones. “Some individuals got their first real game action today. Getting them into the game tempo and the game

experience Running Game was really big for us.” w Carl Volny: 101 yards, 2 TDs F r e s h - w Tim Phillips: 40 yards, 1 TDs man run- w Paris Cotton: 20 yards ning back w James Falls: 13 yards Tim Phillips was one of the first sparks off the bench. Phillips caught a swing pass from LeFevour early in the second quarter and took it 27 yards to Alcorn State’s 21-yard line. On the next play, he powered through the middle, carrying the pile for nine more yards. His 4-yard run on the next play set up LeFevour’s 1-yard touchdown run to put the Chippewas up by 31 points. “Tim Phillips was a little something extra


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t is tough to take anything major out of a game such as Saturday’s. It was nice to see some second- and third-string players get into action. But for the most part, they were playing against Alcorn State’s worn-down first string. Seeing anything beyond players getting valuable reps is stretching it. But it was reaffirmed Saturday the football team has its head on straight this season. It won arguably its biggest game in school history last weekend against MSU. Coupled with a decent game against Arizona the week prior, the season looked very promising. Saturday’s game became somewhat of a trap. But the team did not get caught. In past seasons, it might have stumbled. Even in a win, it is easy to look sluggish in games like this. CMU notoriously lost a game it had no business losing after playing in a big game. The Chippewas took care of business Saturday. The defense controlled the game, constantly keeping Alcorn State pinned deep inside its 20-yard line. The special teams then capitalized with big returns, giving the offense very good field position to start its drives. And the offense, which didn’t play that crisp to start, made sure it put points on the board. From there, the Chippewas controlled the clock, not worried about running up the score any higher than they had to. They did not look past the Braves. They gave them respect and made sure the win against Michigan State did not go in vain. MAC Play The football team should have confidence as MidAmerican Conference play approaches. Through the first three games, the team has found confidence from an unlikely source. As team prepares for Saturday’s game against Akron, the strong and consistent play of the defense is in stark contrast from last year. In the MAC, defenses often are the soft spot. But CMU’s defense has been perhaps the strong point of the team this year. It held Arizona to one touchdown and shut out Alcorn State. The unit is playing fast and organized. It could be the maturity of the defense or the addition of coach Steve Stripling. Maybe both. But what once was a crutch is now a strength for CMU.

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Wi t h s e v e n different players rushing the ball, Last week: A- the Chippewas offense gained 178 yards on the ground and scored five touchdowns. Junior Carl Volny came off the bench in the second half to lead the team with 101 yards and two touchdowns. Senior quarterback Dan LeFevour played until midway through the second quarter and finished with 10-for-12 passing for 92 yards while rushing for two touchdowns.

Akron (1-2) lost to Indiana 38-21 Saturday. It was the second loss to a Big Ten team on the year. Starting quarterback Chris Jacquemain was suspended for an undisclosed violation of team policy. The previous week, Akron beat Morgan State 41-0.



T h e streak that lasted almost 13 years is now over Last week: A after the defense pitched the first shutout since Oct. 12, 1996, against Akron. Even with the majority of the starters getting pulled in the second quarter, the rest of the depth chart was able to keep Alcorn State scoreless. Freshman linebacker Kyle Zelinsky came in during the second to finish with a team-high eight tackles.

Special Teams


With the aid of junior wide receiver Antonio B r o w n ’s Last week: A punt returns, including one for a 55-yard touchdown, the offense was working with a short field for most of the day. Senior kicker Andrew Aguila went 2-for-2 on field goals, hitting 23-yard and 32-yard attempts Junior punter Brett Hartmann had one punt downed inside the ASU 10-yard line.



It was evident from the opening kickoff Centrtal Last week: A Michigan was well p re p a re d for Alcorn State. The Chippewas’ defense was smothering — allowing just two first downs in the first half — and their offense was able to move at will. Even with the Chippewas’ second and third-stingers in the game, CMU still came away as the dominant team at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.



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Freshman running back Tim Phillips is tackled in the second quarter of CMU’s 48-0 win Saturday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Phillips finished with 6 rushes for 40 yards and a touchdown. He also had one reception for 27 yards. Phillips left the game before halftime with a sprained ankle.


1ST AND 10 At the 5:56 mark of the first quarter, junior wide receiver Antonio Brown returned a Josh Cragin punt 55 yards for the game’s first touchdown. He caught the ball near midfield and found running room to his left. After picking up downfield blocks, Brown spun and stiff-armed through defenders until he found open field again toward the endzone. His return jump-started the offense to 34 points before halftime.


After gaining its first first down, Alcorn State was driving and preparing to punch into CMU territory. Facing a third-and-three, ASU freshman running back Arnold Walker gained two yards, setting up a fourth-and-one. ASU senior quarterback Tim Buckley rushed the ball up the middle on a quarterback sneak. But an official measurement showed Buckley was stopped for no gain. CMU got the ball back and scored seven plays later on a 10-yard run by senior quarterback Dan LeFevour.

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Brown’s touchdown return gave Central Michigan a 10-0 lead, but it also jump-started the offense to a 34-0 lead before the half. Brown had three punt returns for 113 yards.

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Following the Brown touchdown return, the Chippewas scored on the next four possessions.

To begin the second half, CMU’s offensive starters had all been pulled from the game and second and third-stringers were getting playing time. With sophomore running back Bryan Schroeder out and Paris Cottin and Tim Phillips pulled from the game, junior running back Carl Volny opened the third quarter as CMU’s back and picked up where the others left off. He scored a touchdown on the first drive of the half and finished with 101 rushing yards and two touchdowns.


Sept. 12: at Michigan State, 29-27

Before the return, CMU’s offense was held to a three-and-out on its first possession and forced to punt. On its next possession, the Chippewas — starting on the Alcorn State 24 yard line — were stopped on the 6-yard line and had to settle for an Andrew Aguila 23-yard field goal.


Up 17-0, CMU’s defense just stopped ASU on a three-andout with 12:31 left in the first half. Wide receiver Antonio Brown returned the ASU punt 28 yards to the Braves 17-yard line, giving the Chippewas a short field to work with. This set up two rushes for freshman running back Tim Phillips — one for 21 yards and the second a two-yard touchdown run. It took the Chippewas three plays to extend their lead to 24-0.

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With 5:56 remaining in the first quarter, junior wide receiver Antonio Brown took an ASU 42yard punt and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown.




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Brown, special teams shine

By Tim Ottusch Assistant Sports Editor

Field position, long punt return aid Chippewas By Andrew Stover Sports Editor

He spun. He juked. He made the most exciting of plays look pedestrian. And still, junior wide receiver Antonio Brown diverted the attention received after his 55-yard punt return for a touchdown against Alcorn State to his teammates. “(Junior wide receiver) Sean Skergan, (freshman wide receiver) Jahleel Addae, guys like those block and protect really good and make my job easy,” Brown said. “So when I catch the ball, I’m just really having fun.” If that is the case, Brown had plenty of fun. Brown returned three punts for 113 yards, including his 55-yard return for a touchdown. Once Brown hit the open field, he slowed his pace, picked up some downfield blocks and displayed a combination of moves as he weaved through traffic. His touchdown return did not late. It was 3-0 CMU at the time. The offense had two possessions prior to the return, and it could not move the ball. Senior kicker Andrew Aguila’s 23-yard field goal was set up by Brown’s first return of 30 yards to the ASU 24yard line. It was a byproduct of the special teams unit — again. His final return was a 28yarder to the ASU 17-yard line. All three returns gave CMU starting field position inside the Braves’ 25-yard line. “Everything is about field position,” said coach Butch Jones. “Winning football games is about managing that, playing the field position, doing all those little things to win. The field position game was obviously

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from the backfield,” Jones said. “And I though he provided a spark for us, as well, offensively.” Phillips left shortly after with an ankle injury after carrying the ball six times for 40 yards and a touchdown, the first of his career. stepping in With Phillips injured, junior Carl Volny, who saw limited action over his career, took the field. He finished with 18 carries, 102 yards and his first two collegiate touchdowns, both in the second half.

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A new face Senior quarterback Dan LeFevour had little time to find his rhythm. After completing 10-of-12 passes for 92 yards and adding two rushing touchdowns, redshirt freshman Ryan Radcliff took over. CMU led 31-0 at the time. “The butterflies just kept building a little bit,” said Radcliff, before getting the call from his coach. “I was ready to go. It was nice to get that opportunity today.” Radcliff got support from a productive running game. Junior running back Carl Volny, who received the bulk of the carries in the second half (18), led the Chippewas with 101 yards rushing and his first two touchdowns of his collegiate career. Freshman running back Tim Phillips ran the ball six times for

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Junior wide receiver Antonio Brown finished with three punt returns for 113 yards and a touchdown in CMU’s 48-0 win against Alcorn State Saturday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

“We wanted to be No. 1 in the country, which we were last year, and we all got a chip on our shoulder. ” Antonio Brown, junior wide receiver, on punt return team

on our side today.” Brown was not the only contributor on special teams. Junior punter Brett H a r t m a n n Butch Jones pinned the Braves to their 7-yard line with a 54-yard punt after the Chippewas’ first possession. That punt swayed the field position battle in CMU’s favor. Aguila was 2-for-2 on field goal attempts. He was successful from 23 and 32 yards. Respect With the score 17-0 CMU in the second quarter, Brown attempted to field his last punt before he was pulled for reserves. He never got the opportunity. Alcorn State punter Josh Cragin used a line-drive approach and angled his

“I have to give it up to the O-line — that’s were it comes from,” Volny said. “But I was prepared (to come off the bench), because you never know when your name’s going to be called.” Jones said Volny is a betweenthe-tackles kind of runner. “Carl Volny has been an individual who just comes to work every day, kind of a silenttype leader,” Jones said. “He just took the ball and he ran downhill, and that’s the way he needs to run. I thought he ran great between the tackles.” Sophomore running back Bryan Schroeder was out with injury and sophomore Paris Cotton was pulled along with all other offensive starters. On their first drive in the second half, Volny led the

40 yards and a touchdown. All five touchdowns for CMU were rushing. CMU outgained Alcorn State 319 yards to 136 in total offense. Brown added 113 return yards on three punt returns. Conference play looms With Akron next on the schedule, junior linebacker Matt Berning put a premium on MAC games. “Our main goal in the season is winning the MAC and going to a bowl game and winning it this year,” he said. “If we don’t get Top 25 votes and we still win the MAC, that’s all we want.” Jones said MAC competition will raise the importance of each game. “The stakes now become higher, because the more you win, the more that’s at stake,” he said. “The MidAmerican Conference is maybe as competitive as it may be in the history of our conference.”

punt out of bounds to the left of Brown, waiting near midfield. Once again, CMU started on the ASU side of midfield, at its 48-yard line. “The whole punt return team takes it as respect,” Brown said. “We wanted to be No. 1 in the country, which we were last year, and we all got a chip on our shoulder.” Despite scoring 34 points before halftime, CMU was held to 156 offensive yards. The offense, with starting field position past midfield on 4-of-7 possessions, never had a chance to rack up yardage. “Dan (LeFevour) and Bryan (Anderson) always tell me, ‘Just get us on the 40, we’re going to go score,’” Brown said. “Anytime we get field position from the 40 and in, we just know 100 percent sure were going to put some points on the board.”

Chippewas first by breaking an 11-yard run before capping with a five-yard touchdown run. Later, he broke runs of 14 and 20 yards and added another touchdown. “Coaches told me before the game that I was going to get some snaps,” Volny said. “But you just have to be confident when you go out on the field.” Jones said what Volny showed on the field Saturday earned him more opportunities in the coming weeks. “He’s going to play a big role in us winning- it’s a long season and this is only game number three,” he said. “When it’s all said and done, he’ll play a big role for us.”

Backup quarterback Ryan Radcliff had a hunch he might see some playing time Saturday against Alcorn State during practice last week. The football team just upset Big Ten opponent Michigan State and was heading into a game against a Football Championship Subdivision team. The redshirt freshman backup said he thought he might see some time in second half if the game was out of reach. “A l c o r n State is a good team, ashley miller/photo editor but we (the Redshirt freshman Ryan Radcliff threw for 49 yards on 6-for-11 passing Saturday in s e c o n d CMU’s 48-0 win against Alcorn State at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. string) were Radcliff’s job was more he received Saturday. thinking we could see about managing the clock “It’s great out there,” Radcsome ac- and moving the ball rather liff said. “Even practice, even Ryan Radcliff tion today,” than putting up points. With spring ball, it’s not the same. Radcliff said. CMU up 34-0, the game was You get out there in front of “We just wanted to make sure out of reach. everyone, it actually matters, “We kept it simple out it counts.” we were ready to go, try to get extra film in and take extra there,” he said. “We were Sophomore quarterback running, doing some short Derek Rifenbury also saw mental reps in practice.” Before the second quarter underneath passes, just try- playing time in the fourth was over, Radcliff got the call ing to keep the clock going.” quarter, although he did not He said all the experience attempt a pass. to go in. “It was nice to get out on he had at CMU did not comthe field and do it for real,” he pare to the game experience said. “I’ve been here a year and half or so, it’s nice to get that real experience under my belt.” Radcliff and senior quarterback Dan LeFevour did not know who would be going in during Radcliff’s initial series so, LeFevour, a four-year starter, was unable to give Radcliff some advice to calm him down. “Once he came off, we were able to talk a little more about what happened, what he saw, things like that,” LeFevour said. Radcliff started slow, overthrowing a few initial throws, but settled in to finish 6-of-11 for 49 yards. “I thought he managed our offense well,” said head coach Butch Jones. “I think his emotions got the best of him maybe the first couple throws, but Ryan’s a real competitive kid. Ryan’s very smart. Just the experience he gained today was big.”

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OSU shut outs field hockey Soccer blanks Detroit-Mercy Team thinks positive despite 2-4 road trip By Jacob Lougheed Staff Reporter

The field hockey team lost to No. 20 ranked Ohio State on Sunday just 24 hours after defeating Vermont in Columbus, Ohio. The score remained 0-0 until the 22nd minute, when OSU took advantage of a penalty corner. OSU sophomore Jenn Sciulli deflected a shot into the back of the net. The Buckeyes went on to win 1-0. “Our game plan against Ohio

State was to limit their penalty corners because it is an area that they excel at,” said coach Cristy Freese. “We had a really good defensive effort and I think that we did a few things that made it more difficult for them. “It was good to see that our team really took what we practiced with our game plan and really put it into motion.” Midway through the second half, two Ohio State players were given yellow cards. It gave the Chippewas a two-player advantage for almost two minutes. “We had a couple penalty corners at the end of the game that gave us a few chances to score,” Freese said. “If we could have executed better then, ob-

viously, we would have tied the game up.” The game was the last of a six-game road trip for CMU, which went 2-4 in its longest road trip of the season. Vermont Victory On Saturday, the team held off Vermont, 3-2. Senior Kelly Jordan scored the game-winning goal with 14 seconds remaining in the game. “It was more of a team thing than an individual thing, because someone had to set me up and give me the opportunity to actually score the goal.” The team plays Ball State and Miami at home this weekend.

Volleyball sweeps Invitational By D.J. Palomares Staff Reporter

The volleyball team won each match without dropping a set at the Sam Houston State Invitational Friday and Saturday. CMU (7-3) won its last five matches in straight sets and has only lost a single set since Sept. 5 against Iowa. “There were several times in each match that we had to make a comeback,” said coach Erik Olson. “I hadn’t seen that from our team in a number of years. I think we have found our mental strength.” Senior middle blocker Kaitlyn Hurt was named Most Valuable Player at the invitational. Hurt hit for 26 total kills in the threegame tournament.

“I have always been a quick middle, so I have never really been a dominant hitter,” Hurt said. “But this year, I have been get- Erik Olson ting a lot more sets and have been taking advantage of the opportunities.” Lamar, the defending Southland Conference champions, was leading 23-21 in the first set before junior outside hitter Lauren Krupsky earned a kill to bring the team within one. Hurt later earned her first of three aces in the match to give the team a 2423 lead. Freshman outside hitter Lindsey Dulude finished the set with a kill.

Central was able to win the next two sets by neutralizing Lamar middle blocker Jayme Bazile. Bazile came into the match leading her conference in blocks per set, but recorded only two blocks and four kills in the match against CMU. Senior setter Stephanie Budde added three aces to her season total against Sam Houston State. The loss was the first at home for Sam Houston State. The Chippewas opened the tournament Friday against North Texas. The defense held North Texas to 20 kills. Central opens Mid-American Conference play Friday at Eastern Michigan.

Mabil leads cross country By Aaron McMann Staff Reporter

Senior Riak Mabil took ninth place (25 minutes, 9 seconds) in his first run of the season Friday to lead the men’s cross country team at the Spartan Invitational. “Riak’s just Riak — you love watching him race,” assistant coach Matt Kaczor said. “He just really stuck his nose in there, and that’s what we’re looking for.” Mabil ran almost a minute faster than he did last year in East Lansing, when he finished with a time of 26:01. The men ran an 8K race. Beyond that, the Chippewas had one other runner in a top 30 dominated by Michigan State University (10 runners), Grand Valley State University (eight), and Eastern Michigan University (six).

“We have to learn how to close that gap over the next couple of meets,” said director and head coach Wille Randolph. Other notable finishes in the 8K for CMU include junior Jeremy Kiley (25:58) finishing in 30th place and senior Chris Pankow (26:26) taking 44th place. Both had better times compared to last year’s race. Sophomore Matt Lutzke opened the season in 65th place, but ran ill, Kaczor said. Eastern Michigan senior Josh Karanja finished first at 24 minutes, 31 seconds. Dakroub leads women The women’s cross country team finished with two Top 25 finishes Friday at the Spartan Invitational. “Lots of positive things happened today on the women’s side,” Randolph said. Leading the team were ju-

niors Danielle Dakroub (22:21) and Melissa Darling (22:33), finishing in 16th and 23rd place, respectively. “We had some pretty good performances with Danielle and Missy (Darling),” Kaczor said. “They kind of mixed it up with the Miami girls. It was nice to see those two step it up.” Sophomore Holly Anderson placed 32nd with a time of 22:54. Miami, the other MidAmerican Conference team present at the invitational, placed four runners in the top 20, including a 10th-place finish from first-team All MidAmerican Conference Amanda Mirochna. Next up for the men and women is the University of Louisville-sponsored Greater Louisville Classic on Oct. 3.

Team still undefeated at home this season By Matthew Valinski Staff Reporter

Missed opportunities were on the soccer team’s players’ and coaches’ minds despite a 2-0 win Friday. The Chippewas controlled the ball most of the game and outshot DetroitMercy 21-5, including 13-1 in the first half. But coach Tom Anagnost said his players need to finish more of their chances if they want to ascend to another level. “We didn’t put the chances away that we created in the first half,” he said. “We have the ability to punish teams in that regard, and we have to take advantage of those situations.” Freshman Bailey Brandon said if the team wants to compete in the MidAmerican Conference, it will need to take advantage of the chances because it will not get as many. “When MAC play rolls around, we are going to need to finish every situation we can,” she said. Central (6-3) got on the scoreboard off a Brandon throw-in. Junior Valerie Prause passed the ball to freshman Laura Twidle, who scored her MACleading fifth goal of the season as she shot the ball in the left side of the net. Still, it took nine more shots by Central until it could put another tally on the scoreboard. “Our composure in front of the goal needs to get better,” Anagnost said. “We just didn’t look as dangerous as I know we are.” The second goal came when freshman Katie

Slaughter took advantage of Titans goalkeeper Joanna Hinde being out of position. S l a u g h t e r Bailey Brandon fired a shot into the top right corner of the net. “Usually, Tom tells us to hit it far post, but I knew that you have to be selfish sometimes, and I just hit it,” Slaughter said. Junior Shay Mannino and freshman Stephanie Turner combined for the shutout. Turner stopped two Titans shots on net. Visit from the Past There was one big difference in the crowd Friday for the Chippewas. Five former players of assistant coach Neil Stafford made the trek to Mount Pleasant from the Boston area. Stafford coached them at Assumption College.

Andrea Marcoccio, Kristen Cannon, Sarah Webster, Michaela Morrisroe and Lauren Matysiak all were in the stands trying to get the Chippewas excited on the field. “It was good to be here and bring a little pep and spirit to the field,” said Cannon, who also coached with Stafford last year at Assumption. “You could see the girls picking it up on the field. The crowd was feeling it, we were feeling it, and I think everybody had a good time.” Stafford was glad they could come for a game and said it showed what kind of team he preached at Assumption and now at CMU. “These guys have been great maintaining a good relationship,” he said. “We’ve always kind of preached our team is like a family at Assumption.” CMU plays Ohio on Friday.

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