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Samantha Madar | Staff Photographer Holland senior Nathan Miles, left, Petoskey junior Joe Loomis, center, and Petoskey Junior Austin Peters, right, cheer for the Chippewas during Saturday’s game versus Toledo at the Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
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Crespy: College of Business down about $800,000 in revenue
COOPER CRUMBLES The Toledo Rockets took advantage of four turnovers to beat CMU 38-17 this weekend. Check out a video of the game at cm-life.com.
FINDERS, KEEPERS Gregory Cornwell | Staff Photographer Students enjoy their time tailgating before the football game vs Toledo at Kelly/ Shorts Stadium.
CBA revenue decreases 1.68 percent from last year By Adrian Hedden Staff Reporter
LOST AND FOUND Have you lost something on campus? Try checking the lost and found in the Combined Services Building. But be advised, some weird things end up in there. w6
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Samantha Madar| Staff Photographer A member of the Shepherd High School Marching Band gives the student section a high five with a trombone Saturday afternoon at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
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Greg Cornwell | Staff Photographer Farmington Hills Junior Adam Pokowski, Farmington Hills junior Mackenzie Smith, Troy junior Patrick Smith and Farmington senior Clay Mitchem enjoy tailgating festivities Saturday afternoon prior to the football game against Toledo at Kelly/ Shorts Stadium.
Following a decline in enrollment this year, the College of Business Administration is predicting a $789,719 drop in revenue, according to a comparison of the 2012-13 and 2013-14 operating budget summaries. CBA’s total revenue decreased by 1.68 percent this year from 2012-13’s total of $47 million to this year’s $46.2 million. Dean of CBA Charles Crespy said the decline was predicted, and the college that teaches introductory business courses for freshmen might be offering fewer sections in the future. “We’re planning in the long run for what might be a smaller college,” Crespy said. “We may offer fewer courses and see less revenue. This variation is within control limits. We feel anxiously optimistic that the decline will be offset in future semesters.” Crespy pointed to the university’s decline in enlisting high school graduates, an issue echoed by other deans at CMU. He named CBA’s BIS and BUS 100 courses as seeing the greatest decline in enrollment. “The numbers, in my estimation, are relatively smaller,” Crespy said. “We are more concerned with developing and redesigning programs to advance the careers of our students, not maximizing credit hour production. If you’re constantly chasing dollars, you lose track of what you really need to do.” Enrollment in CBA’s entrepreneurship program, he said, has seen a significant decrease due to higher standards and a redesigned, more intensive program. Students are now expected to spend more time crafting their own business model, Crespy said, while learning the ins and outs of managing finances. “We’ve created a more rigorous, relevant program,” he said. “It’s more difficult; our numbers have decreased. Now it’s targeted more directly. We anticipated enrollment would shrink.” Enrollment numbers for CBA have
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2010-11: $44,668,801 2011-12: $46,277,208 2012-13: $47,036,120 2013-14: $46,246,401
not been updated for Fall 2013 in the Office of Institutional Research. Crespy said students are still being dropped and added to sections, while tuition payments are cleared. Adjustment to the declines, he said, will rely on the success of currently active programs which have recently launched CBA into the national spotlight. “If we continue to raise our national rankings, enrollment won’t be a problem,” Crespy said. “People will flock here.” CMU’s business school hosts the sixth best online MBA program in the country, as ranked by US News and World Report, a publication renowned for its rankings. Despite national achievements, Crespy pointed to a decline in state appropriations as a “philosophical shift” for lawmakers, reducing revenue at CMU. Although Charles Crespy 2011-12 saw a 14.4 percent drop in state aid from $11.4 million in 2010-11 to $9.8 million, state appropriations have recently been on the mend, as they grew to $10.1 million in 2012-13, and to $10.4 million this year. Crespy cited high-profile celebrities such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg for changing the public idea of higher education. He explained the “virtuous cycle” of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, or GI Bill, which was intended to force newly-educated individuals to contribute more to society. Famous multi-millionaires, Crespy said, have changed public attitudes toward this process. w COLLEGE OF BUSINESS | 2
SGA committee to evaluate campus programming By Nathan Clark Staff Reporter
The Student Government Association is launching a committee to look into how effective Central Michigan University’s Campus Programing Fund is for the various departments it covers. The CPF fuels Student Activities and Involvement, University Recreation, Multicultural and Academic Student Services, Greek Life, SGA and the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center. This account has had roughly the same amount of money in it every year since 2001. “The other offices might say we
are approaching a crisis level; I say we are already in the crisis level with this fund,” said Kevin White, student budget and allocations committee chairperson and head of the inquiry. The fund has had a steady $800,000 in it every year since 2001 and has never been adjusted for inflation. “The departments don’t have the same buying power they used to. So, to pay for what they want to continue, they have to be creative with their cuts. Just getting the fund adjusted for the inflation will be a benefit,” White said. Since it has not been adjusted for inflation, CPF is losing more than
$200,000 worth of buying power this year. “Every program has expanded, but the funding for them has not,” White said. SGA Vice President Pat- Patrick O’Connor rick O’Connor has been busy assembling the rest of the committee. w SGA | 2
Campus programming fund Amount allocated in 2001: $826,172 (Adjusted for inflation) Amount allocated in 2013: $821,000 (NOT adjusted for inflation) If the fund had been adjusted for inflation in 2013 the amount would be $1,089,762. Since it was not adjusted, the fund has $268,762 less in buying power.
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So far, White holds the head position and SGA Treasurer Maggie Blackmer is the vice chair. “A notice was sent to all the offices who are funded
“These sorts of decisions are political ones,” Crespy said of the fluctuating government assistance. “The view of education as a public good has changed to that of a personal good.” Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services David Burdette was encouraged by CMU’s second year of increasing state aid. Burdette looked to Michigan’s mending economy as a reason for the growth, and was certain that graduates can still benefit the economy as a whole. “The university, for the second year in a row, has received increased state appropriations,” he said. “That showed some confidence in the governor.” At a peak in 2001-02, state appropriations were 34 percent of CMU’s total funding, with tuition at 38.1 percent. By 2012-13, tuition had grown to 57.7 percent of CMU’s funding, while state aid plummeted to 15.7 percent.
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I’M ON THE WALL By Tony Wittkowski Metro Editor
Good news. I won a challenge. This week I took on the Pixie Hall of Fame Challenge of 10 Bitty Burgers, and finished them in 15 minutes. Eating in Pixie was like walking onto the set of Grease. I got to hang out with Elvis, I ate with James Dean’s cardboard cutout and I got my picture taken with Marilyn Monroe. It’s true, the challenge I chose this week was done by countless others. In fact, it has been accomplished by thou-
sands. Every inch of the walls in the joint that isn’t covered by 50s memorabilia is filled with small name tags of past winners. But this was needed after last week’s failed attempt. I was more disappointed than Redskins’ fans in RGIII’s performance so far this year. For those familiar with the Pixie challenge, each challenger is given the option of completing either 10 bitty burgers or six coney dogs in under an hour. One thing I have noticed after only two challenges is how intimidating eating this much food can be when you have people staring at you, along with two cameras following your every movement. It’s as if those lenses add another pound of food. For this challenge, it wasn’t the meat I had to worry about, but the bread. Each bitty burger is no wider than my hand balled into a fist. However, the bun was the filler which slowed me down toward the end. Going into next week with La Seniorita’s challenge, I have to have a better mentality, at least a slightly better one than the NFL’s rookie of the year.
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The findings in the inquiry will determine if anything needs to be done. If the offices being funded by the CPF say they are fine and have been experiencing no impact from the limited funds, then the issue will end up being dropped, O’Connor said. The manner in how the inquiry will be conducted is
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by the CPF, asking them to send a representative for the committee,” O’Connor said. “Ideally, we would like to have a total of nine people on the committee so every program that is affected by CPF will have a chance to be heard. We’ve seen how low (CPF) is and are interested in finding its effect.”
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Samantha Madar | Staff Photographer Metro Editor Tony Wittkowski sizes up his meal at Pixie on Wednesday.
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Phi mu raises more than $600 An oversized beach ball helped the Phi Mu sorority raise $674.22 in donations, which will be given to Children’s Miracles Network Hospitals. From Tuesday to Thursday last week, Phi Mu sorority members worked to raise money by asking for $1 donations from students and passersby on campus. In exchange, the donators got to sign an oversized 8-foot beach ball. The sorority exceeded it’s goal and is excited about the success of the event. “The ball was a huge success. My goal was $500, and we surpassed that,” said philanthropy chairwoman and Bay City junior Alexandra Primeau. As Greek Week commences, more Greek philanthropy events are getting underway. “Many times people don’t think they can make a difference, but you can even in the smallest ways,” Northville junior and Phi Mu member Alexandra Mazzeo said. -Adriana Cotero, Senior Reporter
president ross elected to Mcan board of directors Central Michigan University President George Ross was unanimously voted to the Michigan College George Ross Access Network Board of Directors this month. According to a news release from MCAN, Ross was elected by the board because of his “commitment to transparency as it relates to student success and academic excellence, and his deep understanding of the transformative power of higher education.” The MCAN Board of Directors consists of representatives from K-12, higher education, youth-serving non-profit organizations, government, business and philanthropy and focuses on preparing students for college. -Mark Johnson, Staff Reporter
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Second annual blue light fun run raises $760 Fifty-four people, decked out with blue face paint and glow sticks and donning shirts reading “bigger, badder, blue-er,” could be seen running around campus Thursday as part of the second annual Blue Light Fun Run. This year, $760 was collected from the run through registration fees and T-shirt sales. All proceeds were given directly to Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates, a 24-hour crisis hotline and online chat for students. Registration cost $10, with the option of paying an extra $5 for a T-shirt. The program, organized in Sweeney Hall, began last year to help students become more aware of where blue lights can be found on campus. The blue light system is a network of 26 phones throughout campus to maintain safety and help those in need of emergency assistance. -Sydney Smith, Staff Reporter
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Frankfort senior Hannah Rae Beale plays her guitar Saturday afternoon in Mill Park off of High St.
strike a chord Aspiring musician on track toward successful career By Adriana Cotero Senior Reporter
We all have to start somewhere. For Hannah Rae Beale, that somewhere was an elementary school talent show. “I’ve always liked to sing, just like everybody likes to sing,” the Frankfort senior said. “In fifth grade, I was in my first talent show and I sang an Alicia Keys song. It was a bold choice, but I knew that I had to take the chance.” From elementary talent shows to Los Angeles concerts, Beale has performed in all types of settings, pursuing a singing career. By middle school, she had taught herself to play the guitar and write music, all motivated by her love for the art. “People really seemed to like my singing, so I started to go to summer camps, and then I taught myself to play the guitar,” she said. “I wrote my first song in seventh grade on a twostring guitar.” Beale has created more than 150 original songs that do not fall under one specific genre. She says her music is a collective genre, where she writes according to her mood. “I write what speaks to me. Some people have compared it to a mixture of Adele and Colby Caillat, but my upcoming
album is a lot like ‘The Neighborhood,’” she said. “My music encompasses my feelings, and it shares meaning.” The message behind Beale’s music is primarily directed at women. She said a lot of her music deals with empowering women. “I’m totally a feminist,” she said. “I am biased to women and all about women being treated fairly because I am a woman. My music is a lot about women empowerment.” Growing in fans after her first two albums were produced by Nashville producers at Frontier Recording Studio, Beale constructed a website where her music and merchandise can be purchased and information on upcoming shows can be found. Beale has performed more than 800 shows at numerous venues across the country, including Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles, DeVos Place in Grand Rapids and the Traverse City Film Festival, playing in front of crowds of more than 5,000 people. “I have done some really cool shows like at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids,” Beale said. “I met and shared the stage with Brian Vander Ark from the Verve Pipe. It was a little intimidating to perform with them, because I have a great amount of respect for them.” With the growth of her music career, Beale has taken an interest in understanding the business, as well as becoming an entrepreneur. “I used to not be as passionate about the business side of it, but now it is becoming extremely
Courtesy | Hannah Rae Beale Frankfort senior Hannah Rae Beale performs at Wausau Concerts on the Square Series two summers ago in Wausau, WI.
exciting, because now I can know all aspects of the music industry,” she said. “Now that I am older, I have one set, specified vision that calls for me finding the right producer with the same vision.” Last summer, Beale moved to Los Angeles to network and communicate with those in the music industry. Her main goal was to look for a new producer. Along the way, Beale created a business plan, found other artists to collaborate with, drew connections and ultimately signed with a producer. “In the music industry, every artist has to be unique and write their own journey to success,” w singer | 5
Biosciences Building to begin construction this summer By Mark Johnson Staff Reporter
Morgan Taylor | Staff Photographer Students prepare themselves to participate in the Blue Light Fun Run on Thursday evening.
Originally proposed in 2002, the project was approved by the Board of Trustees last April. In 2007, it was moved to the university’s first priority. The Biosciences Building will feature teaching labs, a large lecture hall, faculty offices, an active learning classroom, a vivarium used to raise animals, a herbarium for plants and many other bioscience resources. Due to flooding concerns, there will be no basement in the building. Instead, mechanical and electrical equipment usually kept in the basement will be housed on the first floor. Lawrence says there will be lounge-type areas as well, where students, teachers and visitors can relax or do homework.
Significant financial challenges hang in the balance for CMU according to an annual fiscal audit by Plante Moran, such as $100 million in unfunded future pension liabilities and a decrease of $9 million in physical cash-on-hand. These challenges come as the university wrestles with reduced enrollment and tuition figures – a sector of the budget that comprises nearly 67 percent of CMU’s operating revenue. “You are very heavily reliant on your student tuition and fees, so I’m glad to hear what you are doing with enrollment planning because that drives your revenue,” said Vicki VanDenBerg of Plante Moran, who delivered the presentation on the audit Thursday at the Board of Trustees meeting. “You’re starting to get more federal grants and contracts, and as the medical school continues to grow, you’d hope that you’ll become less reliant on tuition and fees. That’s not where you are right now.” According to the audit, CMU’s overall net position increased by $32.3 million to a yearly total of $673.4 million. Net position is defined as being the difference in total value of assets and the cost it takes to maintain that value. The calculation was created by looking at increases in CMU’s total assets and non-operating revenues, as well as decreases in total liabilities, account payments and long-term debt. As compared to last year, the university increased its total net position to $641.1 million. Operating revenues took a $2 million hit as compared to last year’s figure of $321.5 million – total operating revenues stand at $319.5 million. Operating revenues are comprised of factors such as tuition and fees, federal, state and local grants, as well as “auxiliary enterprises,” according to the audit. Any increases in revenue were brought about by CMU’s nonoperating revenues, including state appropriations and increases in investment income. State appropriations grew to a total $71.3 million, up from $68.1 million last year, while external financial investments rose to $24 million, up from $1.6 million last year. Although these figures show signs of growth, the audit exposed the university’s physical cash-onhand is down by $9 million from last year. VanDenBerg said this is typical for this time of year when the audit is recorded – just after CMU’s summer break begins. As of June 30, around the time the audit was complied, CMU had $64 million in cash-on-hand. On average, the university has close to $108 million worth of cashon-hand, and at its highest point in January holds $147 million of physical cash, according to data offered by Steve Smith, director of Public Relations at CMU. Yet the biggest hardship presented to trustees was the $100 million in state-mandated, unfunded pension benefits it must record by June 2015. According to VanDenBerg, each public school, community college and public university pays into to the same retirement benefit fund issued by the state. In order to fund the retirement program, each institution must book its appropriate share based on number of employees paying into the fund. Estimates of how many employees
Construction of the new $95 million Biosciences Building will begin this summer and is estimated to be completed by December 2016. Steve Lawrence, vice president for Facilities Management, said he is excited for the new researchintensive building. “None of us have ever worked on a research facility of this magnitude,” Lawrence said. The facility, which will be slightly larger than the Education and Human Services Building, will be one of the largest academic buildings on campus. “The Biosciences Building is a very exciting project that will greatly improve teaching and
research in the biological sciences,” said Jane Matty, associate dean of the College of Science and Technology, in an email. The new building, which will be largely dedicated to research, will help make education easier for both professors and students. “Students who are biology majors will benefit greatly from the improved classrooms and laboratories,” Matty said. “The classrooms will facilitate modern teaching methods and provide students with experience with state-of-the-art labs and equipment.” The remaining Washington Apartments located behind the EHS Building will be torn down in June to make room for the building. Once that space is cleared out, construction will begin in July.
High Adventure Club takes on class five rapids in West Virginia By Taylir Emery Staff Reporter
The High Adventure Club lived up to its name over the weekend as they faced the class five white water rapids of the Gauley River. The registered student organization traveled to Summersville, W.Va., to attend Gauley Fest and go white water rafting down one of the top five rivers in the world for the sport. “It was an eight-to-10 hour drive. We left Thursday afternoon and started rafting Friday morning. Some people got there at 7 a.m., so they only got a few hours of sleep,” said President and Canton senior Alex Ruedger. “There’s so much adrenaline while rafting though, so there was no issue staying awake.” Ruedger has been rafting on the Gauley River since a trip he took
his senior year of high school. Vice President and Commerce senior Jeff Davies said because of the recent rain, the rapids were bigger and more dangerous than ever. “The Upper Gauley is the (river) everyone wants to go on, because the rapids are bigger,” Davies said. “But because of the rain and water levels, it became way more dangerous. The river guides ended up shutting it down because they took two groups out and it ended up being the worst experience they’ve ever had.” Despite these dangers, High Adventure Club members still had the time of their lives on the Lower Gauley. “We experienced the lower like no one ever has. Normally, the lower rapids are class four, but they all got upgraded to class five. That was a real treat,” w adventure | 5
Emily Brouwer | Staff Photographer Members of the High Adventure Club do a paddle high five after completing a class five rapid in the Lower Gauley while white water rafting with the Class VI company on Friday morning in Summersville, W.Va.
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Time to quit ignoring campus programming
SGA faces Campus Programming Fund crisis head on A
midst university budget cuts, faculty cutbacks and an enrollment crisis, Central Michigan University has yet another problem on its hands: The Campus Programming Fund. The CPF funds programs including the Student Government Association, Multicultural and Academic Student Services, Student Activities and Involvement, University Recreation, Greek Life and the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center. In 2001, the CPF budget was created and had $826, 172 in it. This was the last time it was adjusted for inflation. This year, the budget totals $821,000. Had it been adjusted for inflation, the fund would contain $1,089,726. As a result, CMU organizations have $268,726 less spending power than they did in 2001. While these groups have grown in size and reach over the past decade, their allocated budget has not. SGA Vice President Patrick O’Connor has taken the initiative to create a committee, comprised
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students who don’t get out and socialize at all with people, but instead stay in their residence halls or apartments. College has taught me the importance of time management and along with that, there is the responsibility of prioritizing. I believe everyone, for lack of a better term, should have a life. That doesn’t mean you have to go out and get plastered, go to the Wayside, or even go to the Soaring Eagle Casino and gamble away the $22.68 you just made working on-campus. I mean come on, who has money to do that anyway? It could simply mean chilling with friends, playing a game of cards with people, going to see a movie or concert on campus, or just going to dinner with a friend. It’s difficult at first to be able to do this whole prioritizing thing, and once you do it, it can be tricky to be effective at it. It’s a great feeling being in control of your own schedule. I would honestly rather be a well-rounded person who can go to an employer and show them that I have been involved on campus and that I have solid connections with others with like-minded interests, than being someone who sits in their room and just pours over their textbook a month before the midterm. I know I’m picking on the stereotypical nerd, but all I’m saying is it’s important to have a balance in your life. After all, you might just find out you love doing something you never would have dreamed of doing by just putting yourself out there and meeting new people.
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Behind the Desk is a new series that will feature each of CM Life’s editors. For today’s edition, you’ll meet University Editor Kyle Kaminski.
Years with CM Life: Three years.
What was the ﬁrst story you covered for CM Life? There was a new technology lab that opened in the EHS Building. It was interesting because I had to go and conduct one of my first formal interviews. I remember being really nervous.
What does your desk do? The university desk handles everything that happens on campus. It’s more of the business side of student life. We handle enrollment, budget,
What’s the best part about working at CM Life? Being ahead of the curve in finding out new information and then putting that into an enjoyable and readable format.
Hometown: Webberville, Mich.
If you had to eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, where would it be? Close toss up between Olive Garden and Arby’s.
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Mission Impossible The light in front of you turns green, the car in the next lane screeches as it shoots forward and the driver behind you lays on the horn impatiently. What is their problem? Can’t these people wait two seconds to drive without turning into complete jerks? In all honesty, one of those drivers was probably me. If you’ve ever seen a driver nearly cause a 10-car pileup trying to make a left on Mission Street when it’s not their turn, there’s a good chance that was me, as well. I’m not alone. Most of us are familiar with the stereotype that people from small towns have trouble driving in cities or populated areas, but how much truth does that school of thought actually carry? Let me put it this way: Coming from a town in which my graduating class was 33 people , the most traffic I have ever had to deal with before college was the 20 or so cars that made up the Sunday rush of church-goers in my town.
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What can I say? Trying to beat hordes of elderlies for a table in the one and only diner in town can develop some nasty driving habits. My point here is that at least a small portion of students in Mount Pleasant come from towns like mine, where the closest city environment is sometimes more than an hour’s drive away. These people might not seem like a significant part of the population now, but what about when you’re sharing the road with them? Do me a favor. Close your eyes and imagine the first time you pulled out into heavy traffic, or had to sit in traffic when you were running late. Did it go well? Did you know what you were doing or exactly how to handle it? How many of your parents were shouting at you from the passenger seat, their hands gripping the dashboard in fear? To some drivers, college is the first place those experiences have to be tackled. To others, Mission Street alone is a new and formidable foe that needs time and practice to be conquered.
Staff Reporter When you’re used to making it across town in five minutes flat, navigating Mission Street can lead to numerous symptoms of road rage. Impatience, swearing, frustration, crude hand gestures and general confusion are to be expected from those who are out of their element. And many of you reading this can’t tell me you’ve never released the occasional expletive on a particularly busy day in Mount Pleasant. So the next time the girl in the 2002 teal Pontiac shoots you a dirty look, please don’t judge her. She’s just missing the single flashing yellow light back home. And she didn’t really mean it. Probably.
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Everyone goes into college with varying expectations and thoughts about what it’s like. A classic movie like Animal House, or a more recent movie like Superbad, can give the naïve, incoming freshman the wrong idea of why they’re coming to college and spending tens of thousands of dollars in the first place. When I first came to CMU last year as a freshman, I had some idea of what college would be like, having taken AP classes in high school and a class at another university between my junior and senior year, but I didn’t know everything. There are some people who come to college and get wasted six nights a week and fall behind in their classes. But then there is the opposite group of people, which I feel are as equally detrimental – the
of members from each organization that receives funding through the CPF, to investigate what, if any, effects the decreased fund has had on these groups. Through this investigation, it will hopefully be determined why the fund has not been adjusted for more than 10 years. And it’s about time this situation gets figured out. Yes, it’s another duty added to the university’s growing to-do list, but the CPF strikes right at the core of student involvement. Every section of the funding goes directly to student activities and organizations, something that the university should hold as a high priority. After all, higher education, ahead of research, ahead of athletics, ahead of anything else, is about students. But this does not mean the fund
needs to be increased or adjusted every year, let alone every semester. Since the average student enters and exits college in a 3-5 year timespan, this should be the appropriate amount of time before readjusting the CPF. The university has missed on the opportunity to do just that three times in the past decade to adjust to the growing climate of the economy. The university needs to be more vigilant in its allocations and where money is given. One would be hard-pressed to find another portion of any university budget that is updated less than once per decade. More than any other area, the CPF could use an extra couple hundred grand. The SGA, along with the other programs that are supported through the fund, are put together for the benefit of students. By hanging the fund out to dry, the university is essentially delivering that same treatment to its students.
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university’s first pro-marijuana legalization rSo approved By Adeline Meachum Staff Reporter
Proponents of legalized medical and recreational marijuana now have a group on campus to help advance their cause. Student Advocates for Medical and Recreational Cannabis, the latest registered student organization at Central Michigan University, was officially approved last Thursday. President Ian Elliot jump started this project within the first month of his freshman year. According to Elliot, the RSO is dedicated to advocating the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana and educating the CMU community about the subject. “It’s a professional group,” the Cheboygan freshman said. “It’s about changing policy. It’s about bringing positive leadership to this issue.” The legalization of marijuana is a subject Elliot feels strongly about, and he created the RSO because he saw a lack of leadership within the movement. “It is a good place and time in our country’s history to get this going,” Elliot said. “I was
SINGER | CONTINUED FROM 3 she said. “Once I graduate in May, I plan to move to Los Angeles directly afterward to finish recordings and to start touring.” While continuing her studies at Central Michigan University, Beale said she will continue writing new music and travel to and from Los Angeles while
AUDIT | CONTINUED FROM 3 will be paying into the fund stands at $100 million, up $25 million from last year’s estimate. This number will directly reduce the university’s unrestricted net position. In 2012, the university’s unrestricted assets totaled $279.7 million. This year, that amount fell by $3.6
BIOSCIENCE| CONTINUED FROM 3 “There will be lots of space for students to be involved and be near the faculty,” Lawrence said. Although bioscience classes will still be held in Brooks, the new building
ADVENTURE | CONTINUED FROM 3 Davies said. “Everyone was raving about how much fun they had.” After rafting, club members had free time to explore the West Virginian nature. Popular activities include swimming, hiking, rock climbing and watching
surprised CMU didn’t already have a group similar to this.” Elliot admits legalizing marijuana is a sensitive subject for many people. “It’s a difficult issue to talk about,” Elliot said. “But the way I see it, I don’t think any great cause is ever very easy.” There are currently five members of the group, but, according to Elliot, many students have expressed interest in joining. The RSO’s executive board has promoted the group through word of mouth, and an estimated 40 people are expected at their first meeting on Sept. 29. Elliot encourages anyone with a passion or interest in the subject to become involved in the RSO. “Having a wide variety of member is really going to help us,” Elliot said. Elliot and the RSO’s executive board are determined to conduct the group with professionalism. According to Elliot, the members of the RSO are completely dedicated to the movement they believe in. “As a group, we want to con-
duct ourselves in a positive and responsible way,” he said. “Our members are hard-working and responsible students who are committed to this issue.” The RSO’s first year at CMU will begin with a few kickoff events. Its main priority, however, will be to spread awareness of the group throughout campus. Elliot has been diligently communicating with other college organizations similar to Student Advocates of Medical and Recreational Cannabis. He has also been in contact with state Rep. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, who is in favor of the decriminalization of recreational marijuana. “(Irwin) gave me some direction of where the policy is at right now in the state of Michigan,” Elliot said. Elliot believes there are many students on campus who are passionate about this issue, and by working together, they will create change in policy. “I am determined to empower others to put their passion into action,” Elliot said.
working on tracks and performing at local showings. At 7-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, Beale is booked to play at Kaya Coffee House with Indiana singer Ross David. “I love the intimate feeling of a coffee house,” she said. “I am bringing Ross David, whom in the future I plan to write and collaborate with. We have a similar style and are fairly close in age. David is really talented. He is upcoming, and I know he is going to
go somewhere.” While Beale is excited for her music career, her sole purpose is to convey a positive message that her audience can relate to. “I want people to be able to listen to my music and say, ‘that is exactly how I feel.’ The fame isn’t my main priority,” she said. “Not everyone can sing, and I want to be that outlet for people.”
million to $276.1 million. The news became more solemn as VanDenBerg explained how much the school is already paying into the fund. “You are funding toward the unfunded portion right now at $6 million this past year,” she said. “That’s cash out the door. Your pay-asyou-go was $4.6 million. So you are putting a lot of money into this plan every year, and you’re still going to have to book a $100 million liability.”
This portion of the liability payment does not included healthcare benefits, VanDenBerg said. That portion is worked out as a separately-reported component of retirement benefits, and is currently a pay-as-you-go system. “I don’t want to inflate this, but that does reduce our numbers significantly,” said Trustee Robert Wardrop. “But at least everything else looks good.”
will serve as an extension of Brooks Hall. “Brooks Hall, which currently houses the biology department, was constructed as a science classroom building 50 years ago,” Matty said. “Both CMU and the sciences have changed greatly since then. The new building will provide the modern facilities and technology needed for effective 21st century educa-
tion and research in biological sciences.” The building will also join a handful of other facilities on campus to receive certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
fellow rafters take on the Gauley River. The club also camped and volunteered at Gauley Fest, which is the largest kayak festival in the country, run by American Whitewater. “There was a lot of live music and bands, venders and food stands. Everyone just walked around and had a good time, and strangers turn in to friends,” Ruedger said. “We had the highest number of volunteers there,
so we were a large part of the volunteer force.” Every year the club takes this trip, it proves to be an experience members never forget. “It’s a very adrenalinefilled atmosphere. Everyone is in the moment for the five to six hours you’re on the river,” Ruedger said. “You build lifetime memories in those couple of hours.”
Daytona Niles | Staff Photographer Lake Orion freshman Brittany Granett cleans a wall in the Discovery Museum to help get ready for their event, Get Up, Get Out and Go Play on Friday afternoon.
Volunteer Center launches new program By Shawn Tonge Staff Reporter
Are your Fridays free? The Volunteer Center’s new program might be calling your name. The Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center launched its new Service Ambassador Program on Friday at the Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum. The volunteer program works with nonprofit organizations to set up service projects weekly for student volunteers. “Service Ambassadors is a way for students to get involved and get familiar with the non-profits in the area,” Service Ambassadors Student Coordinator Mark Cantrell said. “It’s an opportunity to show students how service off campus can really impact the community.” The Service Ambassadors program plans to send a group of students to a nonprofit organization every Friday, Cantrell said. Under the direction of the organizations, the volunteers perform various jobs and tasks to improve the Mount Pleasant community. Cantrell said the program is funded through a grant from the Michigan Campus Compact, a non-
profit organization that promotes education and community service. One member, Grass Lake junior Shannon Lester, is enthusiastic about the program and the opportunity to help out in the community. “My Fridays are always open, and I like being able to go to different places and help out,” she said. “I’m really excited to try the program out.” Lester heard about the program through Cantrell. The service project at the Discovery Museum was her first time working with the volunteer center, though she has done similar work through the Health Professions Residential College in the past. The first project for the service program took place at the Discovery Museum, 5093 E. Remus Road. The children’s museum has an indoor playground and a variety of hands-on activities for children to interact with. The museum plans on having a group of volunteers lend a hand one Friday a month. “It’s fantastic, because we are constantly in need of help to prepare activities,” Discovery Museum cofounder Heather Frisch said.
The project for the Service Ambassadors last week was to help the museum staff prepare for their Day of Play event. Day of Play is an initiative started by Nickelodeon to encourage children to get more active and play outside. Local events in support of Day of Play took place across the country on Saturday, Frisch said. The volunteers worked through the afternoon preparing games and activities for the children at the event. They also performed other tasks such as cleaning the building and landscaping. “Seeing how much fun the little kids had was the best part,” Gaylord senior Jeff Cook said. “The people in charge of the museum were really grateful for the help, too.” The group does not know what service project it will be doing next week, Cantrell said. They are scheduled to volunteer for the Isabella County Commission on Aging the following week. The group is also working closely with other local non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Community Compassion Network. email@example.com
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Author Delbanco to speak about college life at SUSO event Wednesday By Neil Rosan Staff Reporter
Taylor Ballek | Photo Editor DeWitt sophomore Kayla Lewis sits behind the lost and found desk located upstairs in the police station where lost items on campus are turned in.
Lost and found collection includes cell phones, room keys, body parts By Adrian Hedden Staff Reporter
A disembodied rubber hand, piles of pocket knives and a tiny backpack filled with a big wad of cash are some of the odd items collected by Central Michigan University police and stored in their massive lost and found collection. Totaling about 1,800 items, the collection is also known to mostly hold cellphones, and a constant supply of residence hall keys. “The girls were a little freaked out,” CMUPD office manager Stephanie Williams said of the model hand. “We never found the owner.” Items are usually returned within two weeks, she said, and any money or weapons are turned over to the police. DeWitt sophomore Kayla Lewis works in the large storage area at the Combined Services Building, which houses the master collection. She said she takes pride in organizing the collection and returning property to its rightful owner. “I’m kind of an organization freak,” Lewis said. “Since we’re handling people’s possessions, there’s definitely an
important process.” Objects entered in the lost and found are collected bi-weekly from stations at Grawn Hall, the Health Professions Building, the Charles V. Park Library and the Bovee University Center. Lewis said the strangest items she’s seen were a flipper and snorkel set and a suitcase full of dirty clothes that officers went through with gloves. “(Someone’s) mom called, and I got an earful until she realized I wasn’t her son,” Lewis said. “It can be overwhelming, but the best part is returning stuff to the people.” She’s also come across water bottles filled with vomit and lunch boxes containing rotting food. Those items were quickly thrown away, but despite the oddity of her job, Lewis has been able to take pride in the position she’s held since last spring. CMUPD has an 11 percent return rate on items through this process. Williams said once a proper inquiry form is filled out, within a 90-day minimum, items are returned to owners or shipped off to be auctioned by the university to add to CMU’s
scholarship fund. Mike Viers, manager of the university’s stores and warehouse operations, runs the auctions and sales. Lost and found items are sold at monthly surplus sales along with equipment and furniture no longer needed by CMU. Most items go for $1 to $75, and large equipment can bring in thousands of dollars. “Everyone is welcome to attend,” Viers said of the sale. “Staff, faculty, students and the general community. On average, there are around 100 people waiting in line for the sale to open each month at noon.” The most typical items auctioned off are clothing, books, water bottles, shoes and towels. Although items are priced before the monthly events and sold accordingly, annual live auctions can get heated, Viers said. “During the regular monthly sale, all items are pre-priced and sold as marked. So there is no heated bidding,” he said. “During the live auction event, there are many competitive bidding exchanges.” email@example.com
Author and social critic Andrew Delbanco will speak Wednesday about the American ideal of higher education and the student experience as part of the fall Speak Up, Speak Out series. The interactive forum – “College: What Am I Doing Here?” will focus on students getting the most out of their college education and the importance of a liberal arts foundation in higher education 7 p.m. Wednesday in Staples Hall in the Music Building. “It will not just focus on the experience, but help students focus on what the experience gives them. What we are trying to do at the college level is not to create these automatons that regurgitate knowledge, but people who can take abstract ideas and apply them to different situations to solve problems,” said event facilitator Kenneth Sanney,
associate professor of business law and regulations. Delbanco is best known for his book “College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be,” and was named America’s Best Social Critic by Time magazine in 2001. “If we don’t educate our students on how to think and how to communicate, which is the core of a liberal arts education, then we are creating illprepared students and we are charging them a lot to do that,” Sanney said. “We shouldn’t be. We should be creating students who will be successful not just at work, but in life.” Delbanco believes the traditional four-year college experience, an exploratory time for students to discover their passions and test ideas, is in danger of becoming a thing of the past. The Teaching and Learning Collective, a grassroots faculty initiative that aims to improve students’ academic achievement, brought him to CMU
for three events, including Wednesday’s SUSO forum. “We are at a point where this is a top agenda item nationally, and CMU is bringing in one of the nation’s top thought leaders.” Sanney said. “I really hope the community here at CMU realizes the benefit of that and turns out for it. I think they will, we have worked on having it be something that will benefit the university across the board.” SUSO Committee Chair Merlyn Mowrey, associate professor of philosophy and religion, hopes Delbanco will help students get the best experience CMU has to offer. “I hope he is going to get students thinking about what they are doing here,” she said. “He’s so student-oriented. I think he will be very engaging, and I hope he will be energizing and inspiring to the students.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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FOUR TURNOVERS PROVED COSTLY
CHIPPEWAS 38-17 LOSS AGAINST TOLEDO THIS SATURDAY
Cooper Crumbles Four turnovers doom CMU against Toledo; loses 38-17
With 1-3 record, Enos says CMU won’t quit By Aaron McMann Senior Reporter
Gregory Cornwell | Staff Photographer Redshirt freshman Cooper Rush loses his helmet during a play late in the game Saturday afternoon at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Toledo sacked Rush three times in the 38-17 loss.
By Seth Newman | Staff Reporter
The freshman mistakes that Cooper Rush made in Las Vegas last weekend followed him back home, as he threw two costly interceptions and fumbled twice against Toledo on Saturday afternoon. Central Michigan fell to 1-3 (0-1 Mid-American Conference) after losing 38-17 to Toledo 2-2 (1-0 MAC).
Rush finished the game 14-for-24, 214 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He also gave up a touchdown on one of his fumbles. “The first one he should have thrown away,” Enos said. “It’s a five man protection and they brought six. He has to learn to throw it away. He’s hanging onto the ball too long. You have to get rid of it.” Both interceptions hit Toledo linebackers Ray Bush and Chase Murdock directly in the numbers over the middle of the field. “I always want to give credit to the other team,” Enos said. “They were in
Check out video coverage of Saturday’s game on cm-life.com. the right spot; both interceptions he didn’t see the defender. When you play that position it happens.” Turnovers, along with Toledo running back David Fluellen doomed CMU. Fluellen finished with 32 carries, 197 yards and two touchdowns. CMU sophomore running back Saylor Lavallii did his best to keep pace with Fluellen, finishing with 24 carries for 144 yards and a touchdown. w COOPER | 10
As Central Michigan coach Dan Enos and players stood at the podium Saturday, reality began to set in. A team expected to at least match last year’s 6-6 regularseason record, and quietly hoping to improve by a game or two with the talent returning on offense, is now 1-3 with the toughest portion of the schedule still ahead. This week, they begin preparation for North Carolina State, the first of three games on the road. “Thanks for reminding me,” a joking Enos said following CMU’s 38-17 loss to Toledo. He could have easily just responded with typical coachspeak, that “we’ve got to take it one game at a time.” And he did, but later conceded that he can’t look at the next three games as a whole. Don’t forget about the game after that: Oct. 19 against Mid-American Conference-favorite Northern Illinois, “it gets uncomfortable for you,” Enos said. The Chippewas enter this stretch at a pivotal point in the season. Injuries have taken a toll and should be considered when assessing the team’s performance. Aside from the Michigan game — and that was to be expected — it’s not like this team is getting blown out every game. In fact, it’s been a season of adjustments for CMU. From adjusting to injuries to its starting quarterback and tailback, expected to carry much of the load offensively, to adjusting mid-game to the play of opponents. “Last week we’re up 21-0, (Saturday) we’re down 24-17 going to the fourth quarter,” Enos said. “Like I told the team after the game, we’ve got to find a way to win. We’ve got to make plays and find a way to win.” w ENOS | 10
Enos, Lavallii stand by Rush despite tough loss to Toledo By Aaron McMann Senior Reporter
How bad was quarterback Cooper Rush’s day on Saturday? Central Michigan coach Dan Enos had to go back to his younger days, some 30 to 35 years ago, to try to explain Rush’s two interceptions. “I remember when I was in the fifth grade, seventh grade at times,” Enos said. “As soon as it leaves your hand, you’re like, ‘oh, man.’ Because things get lost in there.” The learning curve continues for Rush (14-for-24, 214 yards, 1 TD), whose mistakes proved costly in CMU’s 38-17 loss to Toledo on Saturday. His first interception, by Toledo linebacker Chase Murdock on the third play of the game, gave the Rockets favorable field position that resulted in a touchdown and 7-0 deficit seven plays later. His second pick, by backup linebacker Ray Bush with 6:40 left in the third quarter and CMU trailing 2414, negated a scoring opportunity after CMU had driven to the UT 26-yard line. “We were on the bad side of that (Saturday) … He forces the ball and we turn it over. You can’t beat a good team turning it over four times, that’s the bottom line,” said Enos Toledo’s linebackers proved problematic for Rush and the CMU offensive line all game. After the Chippewas responded with a 75yard touchdown drive and forced the Rockets to punt, Rush was sacked by UT linebacker Junior
TOLEDO TAKEAWAYS 13:59 to go in the 1st Quarter: Sophomore linebacker Chase Murdock intercepts Cooper Rush on CMU 40 yard line, returns 11 yards.
w 1:41 to go in the 1st Quarter: Junior defensive back Junior Sylvestre forces Rush to fumble on CMU 22-yard line, Sylvestre returns for a touchdown. w 6:40 to go in the 3rd Quarter: Junior defensive end Ray Bush intercepts Cooper Rush on Toledo 18 yard line, returns three yards. w 9:51 to go in the 4th Quarter: Murdocks forces Rush to fumble on Toledo 11 yard line, Slyvestre recovers at Toledo 26 yard line.
Sylvestre on third-and-6 at the CMU 30 yard line and fumbled. Sylvestre subsequently picked the football up and returned it for a touchdown, giving Toledo a 14-7 first-quarter lead. Rush’s second fumble, with 9:51 remaining in the fourth quarter and CMU trailing 31-17, essentially put the game out of reach. It came on a Murdock sack on second-and-goal from the Toledo 11 yard line, with Sylvestre also recovering this one. “It was a five-man protection, they brought six,” Enos said, describing both blitz plays from Toledo. “He’s got to learn. You got to get rid of it.” With a 38-17 deficit late in the fourth, Toledo responded with a 74yard drive on the back of running back David Fluellen (32 carries, 197 yards, 2 TDs), Enos inserted sophomore Alex Niznak, pulled in the second quarter of
CMU’s win against New Hampshire. After, sophomore running back Saylor Lavallii and senior linebacker Shamari Benton expressed support for Rush, who has six turnovers in the last six quarters. “I have 100 percent confidence in Cooper Rush,” Lavallii said, who had a career day rushing (24 carries, 144 yards, 1 TD). “People are always going to make mistakes, he’s only a redshirt freshman. We’ve just got to get back to work in practice and fix what we did wrong.” Enos echoed that, reiterating the need for better play behind center. “He’s a freshman, it’s his second start,” he said. “We need a quarterback to play well in this offense, it’s how it works. Every offense needs a quarterback to play well, but we need a guy to make some plays.” email@example.com
Gregory Cornwell | Staff Photographer Redshirt freshman quarterback Cooper Rush throws under pressure by Toledo defensemen Saturday afternoon at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Rush completed 14 of 24 pass attempts, but also threw two interceptions in the 38-17 loss.
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Running game provides bright spot in turnover-heavy match By Jeff Papworth Staff Reporter
The football team’s running backs did their job against Toledo on Saturday, though the final score did not indicate it. The benchmark for Central Michigan every game is 150 rushing yards, and the Chippewas tallied 156 in a 38-17 loss. “That’s a formula we talk to our team about all the time — being able to rush for 150-plus yards in a game — and we did that today,” said head coach Dan Enos. “Unfortunately, we’re on the wrong end.” The running game was led by sophomore Saylor Lavallii, who rushed for a career-high 144 yards, the most the Rockets have allowed a running back to gain all season. Anthony Garland added 42 yards. “We ran the ball well today,” Lavallii said. “I’m not really sure about individual stats and stuff, but we’ve just got to win ball games, and I’d rather get a ‘W’ than a career-high.” Lavallii’s biggest run was for 25 yards to take CMU to midfield right after Toledo extended its lead to 31-17 in the fourth quarter. The drive ended with quarterback Cooper Rush fumbling the ball for the second time in the game. The offense was aided by a 19-yard run by Lavallii that placed the ball at Toledo’s 39 yard line in the third quarter, but it was another drive that ended in a turnover by Rush, who threw his second interception of the game. Toledo’s David Fluellen, a first team All-MidAmerican Conference running back, was getting outrushed by Lavallii. Then Fluellen showed why he has earned recognition, contributing 70 rushing yards on eight carries and a touchdown in a crushing drive that made it 38-17, with about five minutes left. He finished with 197 rushing yards and two touchdowns. “I knew they were going to try to get him the ball,” Enos said. “He’s a good back. He’s big. I mean, I’d love to see old 34, (Zurlon Tipton), on a day like today. Those two guys go at
Gregory Cornwell | Staff Photographer Sophomore running back Saylor Lavallii moves the ball down the field during Saturday’s 38-17 loss against the University of Toledo. Lavallii finished the game with 144 yards.
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Senior forward Samuel leads soccer team despite loss to Dayton
By Dominick Mastrangelo Staff Reporter
Each time women’s soccer (0-7-1) comes up short, it seems there was at least one player who played well enough to end up on the winning side of the contest. Last Friday, that player was senior forward Nicole Samuel. Samuel blasted two of CMU’s 13 shots against Dayton in the 1-0 loss. Both of Samuel’s shots hit the crossbar, thus, she was not credited for a shot on goal. “That’s the nature of the game,” Samuel said. “I beat the keeper and looked up and it hit the bar.” Both of Samuel’s shots
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came in the first half, in which she was CMU’s most active player. The senior’s defensive prowess was uncanny as well. Samuel sacrificed her
Gregory Cornwell | Staff Photographer Sophomore defender Taylor Potts goes up to win a header against a Dayton defender. The Chippewas lost 1-0 Friday at the CMU Soccer Complex in their first home game following six road games.
Taylor Ballek | Photo Editor Senior forward Nicole Samuel jumps over Dayton freshman Courtney Klosterman for the ball in the first half of Friday’s game at the CMU Soccer Complex. Chippewas lost 1-0.
Soccer loses against Dayton, heads into MAC play winless By Dominick Mastrangelo Staff Reporter
For the first time in more than a decade, women’s soccer will head into MidAmerican Conference play without a win on its regularseason record. The Chippewas (0-7-1) fell to the Dayton 1-0 in yet another closely contested match Friday night. “Today, we made errors that made us feel like we were always on the comeback,” said head coach Peter McGahey. “Offensively, we’ve got to find a way to eliminate some of those critical errors.” CMU was shut out for the sixth time in eight games this season, totaling just three shots on goal against Dayton goalkeeper Elizabeth James. Senior forward Nicole Samuel managed to beat James soon after Dayton’s eventually game-winning score, but her shot hit the crossbar and fell harmlessly out of play. “It happens,” Samuel said. “It was a really good ball from Tory (Kinniard), she hit me really good, and I had the composure to beat the goalkeeper, but that just happens sometimes.” Samuel’s rocket off the pipe was one of many first-half opportunities the Chippewas squandered. Soon after, team-leading shooter Emily Cooksey, who finished the game with one shot in 82 minutes played, put together an optimistic run into the corner, but nobody could handle her centering pass and the Flyers cleared. McGahey insisted his team created enough opportunities to score but just “failed to finish.” “When (Samuel) hit the post, for example, that was great execution,” McGahey said. “I’m not sure our execution is perfect, but I think we are very, very close.” Junior goalkeeper Grace Labrecque had little chance of saving the one deciding goal. Dayton’s Juliana Libertin connected an outstanding pass to teammate Stephanie Emery, who put the Flyers up 1-0 with 14:11 remaining in
the first half. It is only fitting the Chippewas (who have had just two home games this season) will take to the road to start MAC play. CMU will face Kent State (5-3-0) next Friday in Ohio. “Surprisingly we are really positive,” Samuel said. “We are still excited we still have the same goals. We want to take the MAC. Bottom line.” McGahey said the Chippewas will not dwell on past failings, like the game against Dayton, as they look to “start over” next week. “What’s behind us is behind us,” McGahey said. “There is no way to fix that; there is no way to go back and play games we already have lost. We come in tomorrow, and we look at what our reasonable and achievable goals are and move on from there.”
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Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks famously said, “Let’s play two.” Although Mr. Cub was referring to playing a doubleheader in baseball, the Central Michigan football team could use that kind of motivation. In the Michigan, UNLV and Toledo games, the Chippewas have been outscored in the second half 72-6. In the lone win against New Hampshire, the struggle came in the first half, where they were outscored 13-0. There have been a lot of things that have gone against CMU this season, but one thing that sticks out to me is the team’s inability to put together a full game, even in a win. There will typically be a half where you score more than the other, but there is a clear difference between halves in each game this season. The Chippewas had 124 total yards in the first half against Michigan opposed to 86 in the second half. Against NHU, 354 yards in the second half, 98 in the first. In Las Vegas it was 253 yards in the first half, 100 in the second. Saturday it was 238 yards in the first and 127 in the second. In the two worst loses of the season, CMU’s opponents have one thing in common: Relatively equal numbers in the first and second half. Looking at the opponents, Michigan had 238 yards in the first half and 235 in the second, and Saturday, UT had 201 in the first half and 217 in the second. The Wolverines and Rockets kept the offenses moving all game and the Chippewas played catchup all game. CMU has been a first-half team this season, despite the one win where head coach Dan Enos made the decision to put Cooper Rush in to replace Alex Niznak in week two. To put it in perspective, in CMU’s three losses, it has 313 total yards in the second halves against 615 yards in first halves. So what’s the deal? What makes the Chippewas lone win different from the three losses? Enos made the adjustment from Niznak to Rush. When you start slow, you can use halftime to adjust. When you’re clicking in the first half, teams get adjusted too, and that seems to be the problem. The numbers that we’ve observed point to a lack of second half adjustments. I’m not in the locker room for Enos’ halftime speeches, and I don’t know what he and his coaches are saying to each other at halftime. Perhaps they are making the right adjustments in theory, but the players aren’t performing. The one thing that is clear is that they aren’t winning.
body late in the first half when she left her feet to head the ball in an offensive direction. She missed the ball and head-butted an opponent. “I don’t remember all of it,” Samuel said. “I just went up for the header and I thought I could at least get a piece of the ball … I was dizzy for a little bit. But on a thing like that, you just have to keep going.” Samuel’s toughness did not go unnoticed. Head coach Peter McGahey said efforts like Samuel’s help inspire the team as it continues to search for its first victory of the season.
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