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Tianyu Han | Staff Photographer Jalen Rose, retired NBA basketball player, speaks to a student in the audience Tuesday night in Plachta Auditorium. Roughly 1,000 students attended the event.

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or a few hours Tuesday night, Jalen Rose was one of us. One of the most legendary and controversial basketball players in the history of the sport was on CMU’s campus to speak from a position of prudence and wisdom. But during his time spent in Mount Pleasant, Rose could have passed for a Chippewa who got lost at Plachta Auditorium on his way back from class.

The retired 13-season NBA veteran and ABC/ESPN broadcaster shared personal stories, made fun of celebrities and entertained nearly 1,000 people. “Always respect others. No one owes you anything. Have discipline and be diligent,” Rose told the crowd. “The hardest thing to coach in sports and in life is effort. Master that and you will have success.” He was paid $10,000 for speech, according to CMU Program Board Director Damon Brown. A product of inner city Detroit, Rose was a member of the notorious 1991 University of Michigan men’s basketball team dubbed “The Fab Five.” He told stories of hard times growing up in poverty and how higher education and athletic skill helped him accomplish things he “never imagined.” “I have such a strong connection to students and people in general

from the Detroit-area,” Rose told Central Michigan Life. “We are having a hard time right now with this bankruptcy (in Detroit.) It is a time when everyone needs to pull together. The students are essential to that process.” In an effort to support the Motor City, Rose opened the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, an openenrollment public charter high school on Detroit’s northwest side, in 2011. Rose praised Central Michigan University for being the institution responsible for the endowment of the JRLA. “CMU is a fantastic school with a very high standard that is wellrespected all over the state,” Rose said. “It has entrenched itself as a leader in this state for education. We are very happy with our partnership.” w ROSE | 2A

Central Michigan University has some of the cheapest room-andboard rates in the state. A four-year comparison created by CMU, details and ranks rates of 13 Michigan universities from the most expensive to least expensive. In 2010, CMU ranked as the fifth most expensive room and board rate in the state. This year, the $8,544 rate — $185 below the average — came in at No. 10, boasting only a $452 increase since 2010. According to John Fisher, associate vice president for Residences and Auxiliary Services, CMU works hard to offer low cost options for students. “Each year, we review our operational expenses and look for ways to reduce costs to students without adversely affecting the quality or level of service,” he said. The average increase in room and board rates from the 2012-13 academic year to this year across the 13 universities was 3.08 percent — a full figure above CMU’s flat 2 percent increase. “Cost-saving measures include energy conservation improvements, such as more efficient lighting and heating, preventative maintenance, replacing equipment with more energy-efficient units and continuing to practice user conservation programs,” Fisher said. w ROOM AND BOARD | 2A

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SGA passes resolutions for student veteran aid By Nathan Clark Staff Reporter

The Student Government Association’s House and Senate passed resolutions aimed at helping and honoring student veterans Monday evening. In addition to these resolutions, a different proposal declaring the student body’s stance on a war in Syria was shot down. At the meeting, Senator Sandy Lane introduced resolutions to honor veterans with a veteran cord that may be worn during graduation, explaining that it is a simple red, white and blue cord that student veterans can wear as a symbol of their commitment. Lane also introduced a resolution to set aside a portion of student housing for student veterans. “The student veteran population is growing and vets attending orientation have indicated interest in special housing. I’m making this my project,” the Midland student said, indicating his special relationship to

veteran issues being a veteran of the first Gulf War. Both veteran resolutions passed with a unanimous decision after brief discussion on the logistics of the matter. The resolution to denounce UN military action in Syria and to instead support the pursuit of a nonviolent means to resolve the conflict was voted down in the Senate. The House chose to table the resolution thereby throwing it out and not voting upon it at all. “I feel the SGA can’t fully represent the student body’s political opinion on Syria. It might anger a lot of students, not to mention we don’t know how the international students would feel,” Senator Rebecca Detroyer, a Macomb sophomore, said. Sen. William Joseph, the Brighton senior who introduced the proposal, said he hadn’t heard anyone say they were against the proposal. He said students were in favor of a peaceful resolution to the conflict there.

After the Syria resolution was opposed in the Senate, Joseph sat in his seat and donned an anti-war Tshirt in protest. Additionally, the Senate passed a resolution supporting the newly extended hours of the UC. The resolution to support the UC’s extend- SGA Vice President Patrick O’Connor and President Marie Reimers ed hours of operabeen sent up to the executive level for tion was originally intended to have Reimers to sign off on. the hours extended. Since the univerThe next SGA meeting is special sity decided to extend the hours after committee meetings, at 7 p.m held on hearing SGA President Marie Reimers Monday in French Auditorium. proposal, the resolution was changed to say the SGA supports the decision. All resolutions that were passed by both the House and the Senate have

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w The Study Abroad Fair runs from 6 p.m. through 8 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Rotunda. Speak to past study abroad students and faculty about their experiences and to figure out which program works. w Play a variety of games in American Sign Language at the Indoor Athletic Complex at 7 p.m. as part of Deaf Awareness Week.


w Columbia University’s Andrew Delbanco, acclaimed author of “College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be,” will speak at 7 p.m. today and tomorrow in the Staples Family Concert Hall in the Music Building.


Explore censorship during this week’s Banned Books Week They need books that challenge thought. People have to make decisions for themselves whether or not a book is right for them.” Books have been banned around the world for various reasons. James Joyce’s book “Ulysses” was banned for being indecent and obscene; E. L. James book “Fifty Shades of Grey” was banned for being sexually explicit and having offensive language, and Alvin Schwartz’s series “Scary Stories” was banned for violence and unsuitable for its age group. “I appreciated the ‘Scary Stories’ series. Kids need to experience fear. It’s a part of life, but they need to experience it in a safe way,” Smith said. As Smith and a handful of volunteers passed out free bookmarks and banned book flyers to passersby in front of the Bovee University Center on Monday, many students took

By Nathan Clark Staff Reporter

For the second year in a row, Central Michigan University is celebrating Banned Books Week by introducing students to the many books banned by governments or schools throughout the world. The week, organized and sponsored by The Riecker Literary Series, CMU’s Department of English Language and Literature, the Chippewa River District Library and CMU Libraries, is a combination of banned book awareness and special events held throughout the week. “Books affect us in different ways. Just because a book sparks an emotion or makes us feel sad, we shouldn’t ban it,” said Banned Book Week organizer and English professor Melissa Smith. “Children need to learn to think critically.


w A Hispanic Heritage Month Soup and Substance event will begin at noon in the Bovee UC Rotunda.

and giving back to the community. We want to bring subjects in that make people think.” Rose proved his genuine interest in the lives and career choices of those present at the event, asking what individuals “wanted to be when (they grew) up.” “A common misconception about public speaking is you have to know who you are talking to and dealing with,” Rose told CM Life. “I want to do what I can do educate young men and young women and put them on the right path and possibly turn around the fortune of their families.” Rose preached an ethical standard to what he called a “very receptive” audience Tuesday night. “A lot of times, the root of success is based in what your core values are,” he told the crowd. “It’s OK to navigate through life however you see fit, as long as you have respect for your fellow person.”


w “Horror, Religion, and Sex, Oh My! Why Texts Get Banned,” a panel discussion on the issue of banned texts, begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Moore Hall Kiva. w Comedian Kevin Wann will tell his story about his life with deaf parents beginning at 6 p.m. in Anspach 161 as part of Deaf Awareness Week. w The CMU Orchestra will perform in the Music Building’s Staples Family Concert Hall at 8 p.m. in a free, public concert.


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The former Wolverine took to social media websites prior to going before the CMU crowd. During his presentation, a projector displaying tweets using the hashtag #JRoseCMU scrolled behind the 6-foot-8inch Michigan icon. Via Twitter and open forum, students, faculty and community members questioned Rose on everything from his basketball to his dating career. “You have to know who you are talking to,” Rose told Central Michigan Life. “I try to have fun and relate, because not long ago I was in a student’s Nikes.” Brown said Rose was “the perfect” candidate for a speaking gig at CMU. “We are always trying to bring in diverse types of entertainment,” Brown said. “Jalen is someone who has been able to make an impact not only in his community but worldwide. He talks about goals and motivation

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notice and proclaimed their opinion on banned books. “Banning books is stupid. Every book has a message to give. It’s not right to cut off that message,” said Riverview junior Victoria Daniels. “Everyone should have a chance to share their ideas without having some authority tell them they can’t do that.”

Lowell junior Tracey Johnson, a volunteer helping during Banned Books Week agrees. “No one should tell you what you can or can’t read. I’m completely against banning books,” Johnson said. The last two events of the week are film screening of “Hey Boo: Harper Lee and ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’” in the Park Li-

brary Auditorium at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 and a panel discussion of “Horror, Religion, and Sex, Ho My! Why Texts Get Banned,” 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 at Kiva in Moore Hall. For more information about banned book week, visit

Tianyu Han | Staff Photographer Jalen Rose, retired NBA basketball player points to the screen behind him where tweets using the hashtag “#JRoseCMU” were streaming Tuesday night in Plachta Auditorium.


increases over time.” While rates might reflect some of the lowest costs in the state, Fisher said lower rates do not reflect lower quality. “CMU’s housing facilities are in very good condition given the age of some units. It is a credit to good planning and reinvesting in our facilities,” he said. “I would be proud to compare our housing facilities with many of the prestigious universities around the country.” Fisher expects CMU to remain affordable in the future, citing his confidence in competitive rates for 2014.

CONTINUED FROM 1A Oakland University saw the largest increase in rates, with a 4.5 percent increase from last year, ranking them at No. 9 on the list. OU has increased its room and board rates by $896 since 2010. Fellow Mid-American Conference schools Eastern Michigan University and Western Michigan University increased their rates by greater amounts than CMU has. EMU saw a 3.75-percent jump and WMU saw 3.25-percent increase, ranking them at Nos. 7 and 5, respectively. Michigan State University saw the largest dollar increase with an increase of

Katy Kildee | Assistant Photo Editor Dozens of banned books cover a table outside of the Banned Books reading on Tuesday evening in the Baber Room of the Charles Park Library.

$1,036 since 2010, coming in at No. 4. According to Fisher, these increases are due to deferred maintenance and capital construction projects, problems he said CMU is in a better position to control than other universities. “Some institutions are faced with extraordinary expenses in a given year such as deferred maintenance or the need for capital construction to replace aging facilities,” he said. “CMU has managed these expenses well, which, along with other cost saving measures, has resulted in fewer spikes in room and board







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CM LIFE TO HOST CAMPUS GOLF 2013 Central Michigan Life is bringing golf to campus, but not in the way you might think. “It is a fun event for students, faculty and local residents to play 18 holes of golf,” Kathy Simon, assistant director of Central Michigan Life, said. “The catch is, you use irons and tennis balls to play.” Campus Golf 2013 will be hosted on Friday, Oct. 4 at Warriner Mall. Tee-off is at noon. The first nine holes will be set up on the Warriner Mall and the seal, and the back nine will be set up by the library, Music Building and Moore Hall. Each hole is 75 yards or less and all are set up away from buildings. Many businesses in town also will sponsor the event, including Dairy Queen, Thrive Church and The Cabin. Registration at the event begins at 11 a.m., or teams can sign up online. The last day for online registration is Oct. 2. The fee is $10 individually or $40 per team. Space is limited to 36 teams of four, and no prior golfing experience is needed. The only thing students need is an iron to play with. Tennis balls will be provided. The event is a four-person scramble. Each teams’ players hit from the teebox, then team members choose the best of the four shots for the next shot. Play continues like this until the hole is complete. Questions or sponsorship information can be emailed to or one can call 989-774-3493.

CRIME LOG The following crimes were reported between 2 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 and 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23 by the Mount Pleasant Police Department. Sept. 21 2:11 a.m. — A 25-year-old Shepherd man was arrested for operating while intoxicated after running a stop sign at 299 S. Pine St. He was also charged with having an improper license plate. 2:38 a.m. — A 20-year-old man from Illinois was charged as a minor in possession of alcohol for his first time at 1111 West Campus Dr. 8:20 a.m. — Theft from a motor vehicle was reported at 1421 E. Gaylord St. 10:44 a.m. — Another theft from a motor vehicle was reported at 510 S. Arnold St. 11:02 a.m. — Theft from a motor vehicle was reported at 408 S. Kinney St. 11:34 a.m. — A fourth theft from a motor vehicle was reported at 506. Arnold St. 1:37 p.m. — A 19-year-old Mount Pleasant woman was charged with allowing a nuisance party at 1100 Vernon Dr. 3:53 p.m. — The investigation of a car accident at 1499 S. Mission St., resulted in a 46-year-old Bay City man arrested for operating while intoxicated. 7:36 p.m. — A 19-year-old Macomb man was charged with marijuana possession, and given a warning for an improper turn at 1200 S. Mission St. 9:01 p.m. — Officers investigated a complaint of domestic violence at 1210 W. Lyons St., and turned the case over to the Tribal Police for tracking purposes. Sept. 22 12:35 a.m. — A 20-year-old Taylor man, and two 20-yearold Battle Creek men were cited as minors in possession of alcohol at 904 S. Douglas St.

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Professor by day, Jedi Master by night By Malachi Barrett Staff Reporter

To the untrained eye, humble graduate student Kimberly Daniels is nothing out of the ordinary. However, beneath the relaxed composure of the COM 101 instructor lies the boundless power of Jedi Master Katarine Ryiah, dedicated to wielding the force against the vile Sith in their heinous mission of galactic conquest. The careful facade of Daniels’ college success gives way to reveal the outlaw Braiden Sky, who spurned his familial duty of becoming a Jedi knight for a life of drug addiction and excess in the criminal underworld, a wretched hive of scum and villainy. These are two of Daniels’ characters on the online ‘playby-post’ roleplaying forum, The Gungan Council. Daniels has been logging on since 2007 to participate with nearly 8,000 players from around the world in the never-ending struggle of good versus evil. She admits to spending up to eight hours a day on the site, which she conceded might be a bit much. However, she says she’s a full-fledged TGC junkie with no plans of stopping. Daniels even expressed interest in writing her thesis on online roleplaying. Created in 1999, The Gungan Council takes advantage of the “Star Wars” expanded universe, a continuity outside the popular film franchise, to let players explore the space opera

“I’m never going to stop. I’ll be the mom who spends time with her kids and then locks herself in her bedroom so she can kick some butt.” Kimberly Daniels, COM 101 instructor through text-based adventures. “Think of it like telling different chapters in a story,” Daniels said. “I might write a chapter where I want my character to do something and then other people will throw their character in, and while I don’t control their characters, we all have to interact together. So it’s like writing a book together but you only control one character.” Players are free to create whatever adventure they choose, as long as they do not violate the three basic rules: No killing other characters without permission, stick to “Star Wars” and the rules of the universe, and don’t be a jerk. “We didn’t come on here to make fun of people or diss them,” Daniels said. “The Internet is a very weird place. Sometimes, people get out of line, but we try to stick together and abide by treating each other with respect.” Daniels describes herself as an introvert, not much of a partier and shy here on Earth. But as Katarine Ryiah, she is a diplomat and confident warrior politician, bringing peace across the Galaxy. When asked on the online forum, other players expressed similar sentiments of camaraderie and socializa-

tion among their ranks. TGC’s creator and Jedi Master under the alias ‘General Creel’ puts it best. “In a time when Twitter, Facebook and other sites have caused online discussion to become very brief, TGC and other surviving message boards in general are a muchneeded relic from a time when the Internet moved slower,” Creel said. “Discussion threads here often last not for hours or days, but months and years.” Daniels began her journey to TGC at a young age. In school, she often played “Star Wars” tabletop roleplaying games, joking that her parents would have freaked out if she had chosen Dungeons and Dragons. In middle school, she was introduced to the play-bypost format on a now defunct roleplaying forum. After a few years off, she began to get the proverbial itch and found TGC on Google. From there, it was history. While an undergrad, she even recruited her sister and roommate, both of whom are avid players to this day. “I’m never going to stop,” Daniels said with a wide smile. “I’ll be the mom who spends time with her kids and then locks herself in her bedroom so she can kick some butt.”

For students with motor impairments or disabilities, getting around some residence halls might not be so easy. While 18 of 22 residence halls on-campus are handicap accessible, four are not, having been constructed under older building codes that did not require Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility. After the ADA passed legislation in the 1980s, Central Michigan University had to retrofit buildings to fit its standards. Barnes, Robinson, Calkins and Trout residence halls were unable to be addressed due to space restraints. “The law doesn’t require us to make every building accessible…if you can’t, then you don’t have to,” said Executive Director of Campus Life Shaun Holtgreive. While adding accessibility ramps, guidelines must be met to keep the grade of the incline at an acceptable level. For Robinson Hall, the ramp would have extended into the street. Similar problems arise in other buildings, constructed without foresight to allow for handicap accessibility. Student Disability Services performed a summer accessibility audit, noticing several problems. “We found some interesting things,” Director of Student Disability Services Susie Rood said. “The Towers are accessible, but not intuitive. It’s very intertwined and there is no signage saying where handicapped access is.” Rood said SDS works close with students to go over housing options. She said the university does not recommend students with mobility issues live in the Towers, as getting over the railroad tracks outside of Kulhavi can present difficulties. There are several other areas on-campus without wheelchair ramps, as well. Access to the first floor of Wheeler Hall and to the basement of Cobb Hall is only accessible by steps. This is a problem for students with disabilities who wish to live there and for those who wish to visit friends in these halls. Coleman junior Dakota Burch has a visual impairment and has experienced problems navigating through the Towers residential halls. “Overall, its nice,” Burch said. “The halls aren’t small and skinny, but also not too big so that you don’t know where you are. However, there are no ramps for getting into a few of the halls, and that does not make sense. I feel for those who are in a wheelchair.” Overall, there are 729 students with disabilities at CMU, accounting for around 2.6 percent of total enrollment, including Global Campus. CMU is working to remove some of these problems. Larzelere Hall was recently altered to accommodate a wheelchair-bound student to allow closer access to classes. Holtgreive said disabled students have also been able to live in the hall, which is usually reserved for honors students, for increased accessibility. “One of the things that I think concerns all the visually impaired students, including myself, is the safety of crossing the streets,” Burch said. “It can be dangerous for all of us and has nothing to do with mobility. Drivers don’t always have the best idea for when to go.”

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CMU students travel abroad, leave impact

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ast week, we introduced you to two Central Michigan University students who created a library for some poverty-stricken students in Maseno, Kenya. Cassidy Bloom and Tate Jenkins were two of 13 students who traveled to Maseno in May 2013 as part of a CMU psychology class to study Kenyan culture. What came next was nothing short of amazing. The two began collecting donated books and quickly, quietly changed lives through an unselfish act that took a large amount of time to accomplish. These simple deeds are what puts CMU’s students apart from other school’s: Random acts of kindness. Studying abroad has benefited students to give them an experience they won’t likely receive here in the States. Rarely do the students exchange that gift for something else. Going overseas for a year or

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“So, are you getting your money’s worth up there?” I don’t think he meant much by the inquisition, but not being able to give an honest answer embarrassed me beyond belief. Oh, and trust me, I tried adamantly to justify a ‘yes’ for the question. Living on my own makes it all worth it. I can barely remember the weekends, so I must be living the college dream, right? It’s easy to think you’re taking a free ride when you’re piggybacking on financial aid. Just a quick glance at statements put it into perspective and confirmed that college, in fact, is not free. So I changed the way I looked at it. Think of college as your job. And think of professors as your boss, only instead of them paying you, you pay the university. Now, after you take a second to reflect on the fact that life is not fair, shuffle through your briefcase of a backpack and start taking schoolwork more seriously. Then meet with your boss and discuss how you can be a better student. Don’t ask them for answers to questions on the next test. Don’t ask them for an ‘A’ or extra credit. They rarely give raises to students who take the easy way out. Think critically about the class. Ask them how it applies to the ‘real world.’ Ask them what sort of job opportunities exist in relation to the subject. Take an interest in the course. Take an interest in your future. Despite what Rate My Professor might report, we have a top-notch faculty eager to share their expertise with students who want it. If not for relationships made with CMU faculty, I might be working a minimum wage job right now, paying off a botched stint as a college student. So, tell me. Are you getting your money’s worth? If not, I suggest you start collecting soon. College doesn’t do refunds.

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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 Managing Editor John Irwin. Hometown: Westland, Mich. Years with CM Life: Three years. What does your desk do? I am essentially the news editors’ editor. I edit stories after they take the first look, and I make sure things run as smoothly as possible with them.

If a movie was made of your life, what genre would it be and who would play you? It would end up being a comedy because of the people I hang out with. I don’t know who would play me, but Morgan Freeman would definitely narrate it. What’s the best part about working at CM Life? Just being involved and getting to meet these important and interesting people. It’s a unique opportunity.

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There’s more than meets the eye Recently while on Facebook, I came across a status that made such a profound impact on me I couldn’t stop thinking about it. This status took me back to a place in time. A place where it first became apparent to me that there were differences — beyond physical appearances — between me and those around me. Sure, I saw people with different colored hair, eyes, skin color and clothes. I know there are several things that make each of us different, but I never thought about what might make us different beyond visible things. The difference I’m talking about is homosexuality. Looking back, I can’t imagine describing people for any reason other than physical characteristics. It never mattered to me what people chose to do or who they chose to be with.

What was the first story you covered for CM Life? I did a story about Gov. Rick Synder when he visited Asia and announced a new business partnership that was going to bring jobs to mid-Michigan. It gave me my first chance to cover politics, and I loved it.

Many of my friends are homosexual. It was never something we made a point to talk about because it was never a big deal. They’re still the same people. I’ll admit, I have unfortunately prejudged people as gay or lesbian simply for the stereotypical way they might have said or done something. However, after seeing that Facebook status, I realized gay men and women are not any different from straight men and women. We shouldn’t make it a point either way to teach others which is correct. People might prefer the same sex. That doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with them. Or they might prefer the opposite sex. That’s OK, too. I will also admit I have said things along the lines of how fun it would be to go shopping with my gay guy friend or to do other activities with him that may otherwise be stereotyped as “girly.”

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Staff Reporter While I never took into account how this might affect my friends, the Facebook status served as a wake-up call for me. I took the time to reevaluate my friendships and take their feelings into account. I also realized it shouldn’t matter how my friends define themselves. I should be interested in going shopping with them based on the sole fact of what kind of person they are in general. So, the next time you see someone say or do something and think about classifying them by a common stereotype, think about what might be on the inside, because that’s what really matters.


Have you met your professors yet? If you know all their names, you’re probably off to a better start than a lot of your classmates. For those who missed the memo: Welcome Weekend is over. And as glorious of a welcome as it was, it might be time to introduce yourself to teachers. It’s week five of the semester, right about the time you should start to see why you paid the big bucks for a spot in the class. I bet it wasn’t because you are partial to plastic, cramped seating. I remember coming to Central Michigan University as a timid freshman with little certainty and even less confidence toward college life. I lived in the back of lecture halls and had minor panic attacks every time teachers asked me questions during class. I didn’t have direction then. All I knew was that I was getting the hell out of Pearce Hall the second the professor stopped speaking. The same routine continued for about a semester, until a backhanded question from a good friend stopped me in my tracks.

even a semester will help the average college student not just academically, but with future job prospects. The majority of students who take advantage of the available opportunity to study abroad say the experience helped them to build their job skills in cultural training, communication and language proficiency as well as adapting to one’s location. Graduate school is in the bag with this on the resume. Securing a job within one year of graduation increases with a trip around the world. There is more than the books,

lectures and parties at college. It’s also about discovering how you can make a difference in the world. Everyone has the ability to insert themselves into another person’s life in a more positive way. Whether it is a group of people in another country who you met for two weeks or that student in your hall who doesn’t talk to anyone. Be that person to lend an ear. Be the one to invite them to eat with you. It doesn’t have to be a trip or retreat to find yourself as well as to discover how you can leave the world better than what it was. Remember how much your parents would always push for openness and equal treatment? They did it for a reason. Sacrifice and ability go hand in hand. These trips across oceans and nations formulate new values and continue to spread through some inner circles among the student body. Let’s hope this recent act of kindness leaves an impact on each of us.




Zachry Stump is a freshman from Shepherd who is planning on majoring in computer science. CM Life: Describe yourself in three words. Zachry Stump: Quiet, outgoing and trustworthy. What is the best part about being a Chippewa? ZS: The freedom. I have a lot more freedom here than I would if I had stayed home for college. Who is your role model? ZS: It would have to probably be my brother. He’s kind of like me in a way, but he’s more outgoing and goal-oriented, which is something I need to work on. What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten? ZS: Just to be myself. If you could be any animal, what would you be? Why? ZS: A cheetah. It’s the fastest land animal and I love to run, so it just makes sense.

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CMU gets top-tier status Ross talks decisions on Burdette replacements ROSS: ‘CFO DECISION COULD COME NEXT WEEK’

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Samantha Madar | Staff Photographer West Bloomfield senior Christopher Breedlove uses a walkie-talkie during his work day on Sept. 19 at one of the Towers Service Desks.

Electronic entries to residence halls not likely for CMU By Kurt Nagl Staff Reporter

Front desk receptionists are the eyes and the ears of residence halls, especially during the night. This essential role is exactly why Central Michigan University doesn’t plan on replacing the position with an electronic key-swiping system — like Michigan State University announced it would be implementing earlier this month. MSU has launched a pilot program in residence halls where students can enter any door at any time by simply swiping in. CMU tried out a similar system in the Towers residence halls about 10 years ago, and according to Executive Director of Campus Life Shaun Holtgreive, it failed miserably. “We actually made the place less safe that way,” Holtgreive said. “It was a disaster.” After six months and a few reports of trespassing and assault, CMU called it quits on the swipe-in system, Holtgreive said. These electronic accesscontrol systems are still positioned in several locations on campus, though. “The only place of student residence actively using the access control system from

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an outdoor perspective is the graduate housing building,” said Associative Director of Network Services and Information Technology Mark Strandskov. Strandskov said the system costs roughly $2,500 per door for including hardware, wiring and labor. The control system contains features that make accessing rooms on campus potentially more secure, by keeping a record of who accesses what doors at what specific time. Administrators can also choose to authorize only certain individuals to a specific area. Strandskov also said it can function as an alarm system or allow for universal lockdown in cases of extreme emergencies.

While Holtgreive says he does see advantages to using the system on campus, he does not think they belong everywhere. “We will use them in places that make sense,” Holtgreive said. “Technology is going to fail, and the last thing we want to do is give people a false sense of security.” MSU reports two staffed locations, centralized in the student neighborhoods. To combat security concerns, more police officers will be on-duty to help patrol the neighborhood. Ypsilanti senior Brittany Watts, a front desk receptionist at Fabiano Hall, said the system wouldn’t work at CMU. “Our job is much more than just letting people in and out,” Watts said. “We have more duties than an electronic system can do.” Detroit junior Leydiana Gittens works the front desk for Herrig Hall and said getting rid of the position would be a mistake. “A lot of times, students don’t want to come to us,” Gittens said. “So part of our job is seeing potential issues in the halls.” CMU has no plans to attempt using key swiping systems in undergraduate student housing again, according to Holtgreive.

University President George Ross said that a decision regarding Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services David Brudette’s replacement could come as early as next week. “I’ve spoken with the vice presidential search committee and they let me know that they are close to making a decision,” Ross told A-Senate members. “I was making phone calls checking references last night and I should have a decision by the end of the week.” In response to news that the university faces $100 million in unfunded future pension liabilities, members of the A-Senate lobbed questions at Ross seeking further clarification. As previously reported in Central Michigan Life, Ross explained that this is a future expense that will reduce the university’s unrestricted net position. It was mentioned in the university’s annual financial audit as important, he said, because it needs to be reported for proper book keeping. Ross did not see this as a result of


CMU’s neuroscience program, under the tutelage of psychology professor Gary Dunbar, was selected as a recipient of the 2013 Society for Neuroscience Undergraduate Program of the Year Award from the Society of Neuroscience.

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Despite financial challenges, Central Michigan University’s reputation as a top-tier institution stands firm, according to new U.S. News and World Report national college rankings released this month. CMU took the No. 190 position on the annual college ranking report, a level it shares with 11 other schools — 270 universities were ranked on the list. News of the ranking was shared at last week’s Board of Trustees meeting and was reiterated to the Academic Senate on Tuesday by University Provost Michael Gealt. Rankings are tabulated by looking at undergraduate program reputation, retention of students, selectivity — or acumen — of students enrolled and financial resources, among others factors. Although CMU was ranked with a number deviated far from the Top 100, Gealt stressed that just appearing on the list should be viewed as a source of pride for the university. Historically, CMU has more or less maintained this ranking: The university ranked at No. 206 in 2012 and No. 198 in 2011. In his interpretation, Gealt said understanding how these rankings are tabulated can help university officials move forward in its fight against enrollment challenges. “If we start thinking about the things that they measure, we can understand how to get alumni to give to more to the university; how to get more students to be retained from semester to semester,” Gealt said. “The rankings are secondary to that. We ought to try and do those things anyway and move forward. Then we would see our rankings go up.”

challenges brought about by low enrollment. Other questions regarding Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Steven Johnson’s enrollment management plan were raised, specifically roadblocks in the counseling department. “(The counselor-to-student ratio) has been north of 1000-to-one for thelast eight to 10 years,” Ross said. “We have hired five new advisers to combat this, they are in place, they have been trained and are there now. At present, the ratio is down to 650-to-one. It’s more than a plan: It’s already being acted upon. The ideal situation would be 400-to-one. I see a possibility of moving there in the next cycle.”

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Suspect in August fire at Ric’s charged with arson A suspect in last month’s fire at Ric’s Food Center was arraigned on multiple charges stemming from the incident. Dennis Michael Jenks, 23, of Riverdale was arraigned Sept. 16 on charges of arson, damage to property, 3rd-degree retail fraud and

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on fire, but I don’t think he meant to set the store on fire,” Thompson said. “It’s not like they lit something and ran out the door.” The Mount Pleasant Fire Department first responded to the “suspicious” fire at the 705 S. Mission St. store in the early morning of Aug. 22.



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disorderly conduct. The case is under investigation by the Mount Pleasant Police Department. Along with another man seen in video surveillance footage released to the public that day, Jenks was found by police at the corner of Mission and High streets on the day of the fire. According to Public Information Officer Jeff Thompson, the other man will likely not be charged. “Based on the description that went out, (Jenks) was located later that day,” Thompson said. “The investigation identified him as starting the fire. I’m sure he’ll be convicted of something. I don’t think he’s disagreeing that he’s the person who started it.” Thompson said Jenks is working on a deal with attorneys and will likely plead not guilty. Many of the charges, Thompson said, relate to the intent. Thompson indicated that the blaze might have been set accidentally. “He intentionally lit something

When firefighters arrived to the store at 3:39 a.m., they found a display rack had been ignited, activating the store’s sprinkler system. The store suffered smoke and water damage. “A lot of the damage was due to the water suppression system,” MPFD Lt. Rick Beltinck said. “There was a lot of smoke and water damage around the rack.” Police Detective Dave Sabuda said a “suspicious” fire is classified as one without an identified ignition source, leading investigators to believe that it was started by a person. Along with sending out the images and asking for tips, police canvassed the neighborhood for any information related to the incident.


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Mission Creek Park is set to be the new location of the community’s first dog park, should the Union Township Board of Trustees approve the plans. It took about a year for Steven Clark of Rowe Professional Services to come up with the design of the dog park. The leader behind the project presented three options to the Charter Township of Union Board of Trustees last month and is still waiting a response. “A lot of communities have these, because most public parks require dogs to be on a leash,” Clark said. “These parks provide an opportunity to run off-leash, which encourages better health and socialization of the pets.” The first option costs $141,013 in order to fund a basic dog park with few features, Clark said. The second option, which would include a dog wash area, a drainage field, water to site and drinking fountains, costs $185,475. Meanwhile, the most expansive option, would cost $300,048. In addition to the features seen in his second option, it would include a paved and striped parking lot, irrigation systems and a shelter area at the entry. Interest for the dog park first began after an online survey was completed by representatives of the Friends of the Dog Park Committee


and Union Township. According to Clark, participants of the survey ranked the dog park features by importance and flooded the comments section with suggestions and concerns. The results of the survey showed support for the dog park, which ultimately generated a wide amount of interest in the Mount Pleasant area. Mid Michigan Community College student Jon Williams said he would like having an area where he could spend time with his furry friend. “A new dog park sounds exciting,” Williams said. “It would give me a place to take my pitbull puppy where we can both go out and have fun.” Mount Pleasant resident and CMU alumna Emily Kilby loves the idea of the dog park as well, but is not sure if all the features are necessary. “Dog owners in town are always looking for places they can let their dogs roam and socialize with others,” Kilby said. “I don’t think the dog washing station is a necessity though. As long as the dogs have a place to drink fresh water and run around, most people will be satisfied. I would definitely take my dog to the park.” Clark said all information has been presented to the board and he is waiting for them to make their decision.

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What will we do without Breaking Bad, Dexter, Mad Men?



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The first online network? Showtime, HBO, AMC, …Netflix? Yeah, I said it – Netflix. If you happen to find yourself reading Netflix’s “Long Term View” letter to its investors, (but why would you) you might see that Netflix has changed its long-term view from being a television and movie provider to a television and movie “Network.” In their words, updated last Monday, “…we are a movie and TV series network.” They do have a huge customer base, so it makes sense. Another innovation: Netflix said it is prepared to create its own content. Economically, yes, Netflix is ready for this. But what about their ideas on quality? Their basic premise is to provide their viewers with shows that compete with the top television shows on air today. That’s a bold statement. However, if Netflix has shown me anything over the past year regarding original content, it’s that they’re upholding this promise. With “House of Cards,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Arrested Development,” Netflix has provided solid contenders for the arena that is popular TV. I admit, even I was skeptical at first about Netflix original content, but that outlook was quickly swayed. “House of Cards,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Arrested Development” are all easily as well produced as “Mad Men” or “Breaking Bad.” That’s my thought anyway, but how would the world respond? Well I, along with the rest of the world, got our answer when the Emmys rolled around. “House of Cards” gathered an unprecedented (for a digital platform) nine Emmy nominations, including a best actor nod for Spacey. Lets not forget to mention the three that “Arrested Development” snagged, another best actor nod, this time for Jason Bateman, and the two “Hemlock Grove” picked up, totaling up to 14 nominations overall. Netflix is serious about it’s content. If Netflix continues this positive trend, then they should have no trouble competing with other major networks. I think Netflix has a good chance at becoming the next major step in television viewing, the “online network.” Have I convinced you yet? No? Did I forget to mention Netflix is commercial-free? No commercials? And all for the price of a Philly Cheesesteak? Count me in.

The evolution of television:

Traditional TV might soon be a thing of the past

A retrospective on the birth of ‘the tube’ and its future By Jake Schmittler | Staff Reporter




Imagine: It’s 1939, and you’re in New York City at Flushing Meadows Park at the World’s Fair. The culmination of Philo T. Farnsworth’s work in transmitting electronic images has come to life. The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) has just unveiled mass-produced television sets. An instant success, the television began to make its way into the public home.

Backtrack to the 1960s. During this time, coverage on the Vietnam War filled news programs across the country. By the end of the decade, there were more than 78 million television sets in homes.

Welcome to the era of traditional sitcoms. After war and politics-driven television, TV viewers were in need of a good laugh. And with shows such as “The Cosby Show” and “Family Ties,” the people got just that. The 1980s also marked the dawn of 24-hour cable news with the launch of CNN in 1980.




By the 1950s, there were more than 7 million television sets in circulation. The era of television was born. Television programming started off mildly compared to what we see today, with classics like “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “Howdy Doody” being some of the most popular programs of that era.


Reality TV continues to dominate the airwaves, largely due to cheap production costs. “As long as TV consumers keep tuning in, more (reality TV) will emerge because it’s so cheap to produce,” broadcasting and cinematic arts professor Trey Stohlman said. In today’s society, the question is not what to expect from TV programming, but rather how. Just as television sets swept their way into homes

From the 1970s on, television began to expand like no other. The 1970s saw iconic shows such as “Sesame Street,” “The Brady Bunch” and “M*A*S*H.” Nighttime broadcasting also began to blossom. In addition to entertainment, this decade saw the influence of television in government and politics, especially during coverage of the Watergate scandal.

The 1990s were host to a vast expansion of TV programming. TV’s growth is also responsible for the nostalgia felt by many students raised in the ‘90s. During this time, Disney shows “Pokémon,” “Hey Arnold,” “Boy Meets World” and numerous other iconic shows were launched on networks such as MTV, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.

across the world years ago, the digital platform does the same today. More viewers than ever are neglecting traditional TV in favor of streaming services such as Netflix, and Hulu. “The networks and systems will still produce content, but it will be distributed across multiple platforms,” Stohlman said. The digital platform has undeniable benefits, but at the same time it does have its drawbacks.

“I like online, but then again, I get overwhelmed with options” said Coldwater junior Kasey Streets. Detroit senior Matt Reynolds is torn, as he enjoys the suspense of having to wait a week for the next episode but also likes the availability of digital television. “I would prefer broadcast so you can wait and have the anticipation for it, but online you can have it whenever you want. It’s convenient,” he said.

TOP NETFLIX SHOWS By Andrea Peck Senior Reporter

Schedules can get full and hectic for many college students. That is why so many of us love Netflix. The Internet television and movie streaming site has so many

different options available for viewing, and it makes it easy to catch up on entire seasons of a television show without having to wait for each new episode to air. Here is a list of the top shows you should be watching on Netflix now:

TOP 5 SHOWS 1. Breaking Bad 2. Orange is the New Black 3. Grey’s Anatomy 4. Gossip Girl 5. Supernatural


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Moore Hall TV provides real-world experience

British television enthralls American, CMU audiences By Elizabeth Benson Staff Reporter

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For more than 40 years, Moore Hall Television has been broadcasting news and entertainment produced by students. Based out of Moore Hall, MHTV is a local television station that airs content created by Central Michigan University students. The station started in 1972 and has won numerous awards, including the Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ College Television Station of the Year. “Everything is student run, and this real world, handson experience helps our students succeed in the industry,” said MHTV Faculty Advisor Eric Limarenko. MHTV’s longest running program is “Central View.” The half-hour show is comprised of segments covering a variety of genres including movie reviews, action thrillers, games shows and talk shows. “My favorite part of working with MHTV is definitely the filming process,” said MHTV Station Manager and St. Clair Shores senior Anna Swando. “Everyone on set has a lot of fun between

Taryn Wattles | Staff Photographer Lake Orion sophmore Kathryn Havrilla (right) goes over the procedures for audtioning with a candidate on Sept. 30 at the MHTV station.

for 16 years, said the newscast will have a number of new features this semester. The news set has been redesigned with flat screen monitors embedded in it. There will be a new music score for News Central. They also recently finished auditions for on-air talent to host the show and they plan to announce their decision this week. Another department of MHTV is Central Premier Productions, which is comprised of students who are pursuing careers in filmmaking. The group works on all aspects of video production, from acting and directing to shooting and editing. MHTV broadcasts a number of ongoing shows

takes, and it is great to watch how the show develops from beginning to end.” MHTV’s live news program, “News Central 34,” covers local stories as well as national and international stories that have relevance to the community. “News Central” will begin broadcasting at 5 p.m. on the week of Oct. 7 every weekday. “We have strived to create a co-curricular experience not found at any other college or university in the state,” News Division Manager William Sykes said. “These experiences have helped our students excel as interns in media outlets across the country.” Sykes, who has worked in the news division of MHTV

and short films by Central Premier Productions. The sports division of MHTV includes commentary shows and Central Sports, which airs live broadcasts of CMU sports games. A new addition to the sports division this year is “Sports Central.” “‘Sports Central’ is a magazine-style studio show with segments that range from featuring a different coach and player each episode to following a selected varsity team around for a season, reality-TV style,” Limarenko said. MHTV is available through public access in Isabella, Gratiot, and Clare counties.

In recent years, there has been a massive influx of British programming taking over American television sets, and British influence only seems to be growing. But what makes British television, including shows such as “Doctor Who,” “Sherlock” and “Downton Abbey” so appealing to American audiences? Brutus sophomore Alexis Achterhof believes it’s the quality of shows that are fueling the trend. “I think a big difference is the production quality is higher in the British shows,” she said. “I feel like a lot of U.S.-based companies are mainly occupied with putting out as many shows as possible until they feel identical. I mean, how many variations of ‘CSI’ and ‘Law and Order’ do we need?” Achterhof said the creativity aspect is another factor in the British versus American debate. “British productions put in the time and effort to make appealing and inventive television that people want to watch,” she said. According to Caitlin Hill, British television adds an educational element to its shows, which keeps viewers watching. “British television challenges its watchers. It makes the watchers think and they don’t feel the need to dumb it down for them,” the Mount Pleasant sophomore said. “American television often ends up spelling everything out for the watchers, but British programming makes you think

and feel at the same time.” Many popular American television shows are often re-makes or re-imaginings of British programs. The hit sitcom “The Office,” for instance, was developed in the States after producer Ricky Gervais noticed the popularity the show enjoyed in Britain and wanted to test its appeal in America. For all the critical acclaim British television — and American programs adapted from British TV — have received in the U.S., according to Fremont senior Tonya Pell, who recently returned from a trip to the U.K., said what Americans see is only the very best the U.K. has to offer. That’s especially true of reality television. “The reality TV shows (in Britain) are actually worse, in my opinion, and it’s definitely more racy and sexual than American (shows),” she said. “I was watching TV one of the first nights there and they showed explicit body parts on regular television.” Colorado sophomore Rebecca Bennett, who is not an avid television viewer, has taken interest in British shows. “Overall, I don’t like watching television because I find it tedious,” she said. “A lot of the American shows are so similar; it’s the same thing over and over again. But I actually really enjoyed “Sherlock,” it really piqued my interest and has made me want to watch more British shows.”

A combination of fine acting, intriguing plot makes for good TV By Katherine Ranzenberger Staff Reporter

“The Walking Dead.” “Breaking Bad.” “30 Rock.” “Community.” “Modern Family.” What do all these shows have in common besides being hits on prime time television? Since the beginning of television, CBS, ABC and NBC have ruled the airwaves. Now, networks like AMC and TBS come up with classic shows that captivate audiences and take them to new worlds. Troy senior Mike Pacini said he believes good shows start with the basics. “It really depends on person-



Actors and actresses By Nick Modglin Staff Reporter

In a world of movie special effects and amazing technology, it can be easy to forget those who make the movies come to life: Actors and actresses. Some are better than others, but all have contributed to the television and movie-making business in some way or another. Here is a list of the acting standouts: As chosen by Central Michigan University students.


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al taste,” Pacini said. “However, I believe that a couple basic things people look for are good acting and writing. The actors need to be believable in what they do, and the writing can’t be predictable; especially in our day and age.” Shows have higher expectations these days. Writers and producers have to come up with new stories to tell and the different angles they can take, all while being relatable to the audience. Clinton Township senior Tre’ Harris agrees with Pacini and believes writing and acting are the main components to a great TV show. “To me, what makes a good

TV show is the characters,” he said. “A main character that has no personality will turn me away quickly. A TV shows needs to have characters that I both care for and can have some type of relation to.” Harris said he enjoys shows that make him want more, whether that be through cliffhangers or sudden character developments. “Shows like the ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Game of Thrones, are my favorites for the same reasons,” Harris said. “Both of these shows have a great storyline and characters that make the overall story that much better and give the show so much

more life.” Pacini added that he loves not knowing what will happen next. “I’m personally hooked by intrigue,” he said. “The consistent desire to find out what happens next. This goes back to the writing bit, but it doesn’t always have to be a cliffhanger. Sometimes, your investment in the actors keep you going.” Streaming sites such as Netflix now have to compete with broadcast networks like AMC for customers. The site works out contracts with companies to stream their shows for a certain period of time. Netflix has started a chain of its own original shows, including

“House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” to compete with regular networks. The company is also now well-known for bringing back cult-classic “Arrested Development” for a fourth season and is in talks for a movie and fifth season with creators of the show. Both Pacini and Harris have Netflix accounts and catch up on their shows as well as discover new shows using the online streaming service. Pacini said he uses Netflix a fair amount. “During the school year, I don’t use it much, but during the summer time, it is almost embarrassing,” he said.

Harris said he prefers using the online service because of its convenience. “I find it hard to watch shows on cable because I’m always busy at night,” Harris said. Other television viewing devices like Roku have been popping up in recent years. The device lets users stream live television as well as online video content on their home televisions. From PBS to TED, Fox News and NASA TV, the Roku is a viable option for those who want access to television, but don’t want to pay for cable.

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Cranston is the definition of versatility. Currently starring as the ruthless cancer-stricken drug dealer Walter White on the hit show “Breaking Bad,” he has appeared in more than 120 television shows and movies, playing roles in a variety of genres from thrillers to animated comedy. While known for his serious role on “Bad,” his first big break was as the goofy, semidimwitted father on “Malcolm in the Middle.”

This down-to-Earth actress has starred in several movies and even won an Oscar at the young age of 23. Lawrence got her first big break after starring in the indie film “Winter’s Bone,” for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. She recently won an Oscar for her portrayal of a grieving widow in the Academy Awardwinning film “Silver Lining Playbook.”

Cooper got his start in television, making a name for himself as a recurring cast member on the popular serial drama “Alias.” Cooper has risen to fame in recent years, thanks to his role in “The Hangover” trilogy. He recently was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 2012 movie “Silver Lining Playbook.”

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Farewell old friends: ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘Dexter’, ‘Mad Men’ come to an end

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What’s the rule? Death comes in three’s? If that’s the case, then the ending of three of television’s most popular programs only confirms it. “Breaking Bad” is set to end this Sunday, “Dexter” wrapped up last week, and “Mad Men” will end after its upcoming season concludes. Flushing senior Garrett Holmes is both excited and sad about the upcoming finale of “Bad.” “I’m so excited for the finale, but its such a bittersweet moment,” he said. “I’m just sad I have to find a new show because I’ve been with ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Dexter’ since the beginning.” As sad it might be to say goodbye to such popular programs, Whitmore senior Tommy Holmes is excited for the possibility of spinoffs. “I’m really looking forward to the spinoff shows, if they make them. ‘Better Call Saul’ (a planned ‘Bad’ spinoff ) is one, and then there’s rumors about a ‘Dexter’ spinoff, and that would be just awesome,” he said. “Whether or not the rumors are true, the hope of such series is enough to stave off a bulk of the pain.” While many Central Michigan University students are heartbroken over their favorite shows ending, others believe a good show can only go on for so long. Farmington Hills senior Matt Cole said it’s best for these shows to end while they’re still popular. “They need to end. It will

John Irwin

‘Breaking Bad’ is the future Not only is “Breaking Bad” the best show in the history of television, it might also turn out to be the most important. Let’s leave aside for the moment the incredible acting, the compellingly brutal storyline, the beautiful cinematography and everything else that makes the show as amazing and influential as it is, though those things alone certainly make the show important. “Breaking Bad,” which is airing its final episode this Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC, gave many avid TV watchbe good for them to go out on top,” he said. Not everybody has such present opinions on the matter. While some have followed these shows from beginning to end, others are off to a late start. Whitemore Lake senior Keralyn Totten has just started season one of “Dexter,” and doesn’t watch “Breaking Bad” or “Mad Men.” Just starting the “Dexter” series, Totten isn’t too worried about the end of the show. “I haven’t seen it yet; I’m still on the first season, so I don’t know how to feel about it,” she said. “(Dexter) is good, I was really creeped

ers, including myself, their first glimpse into what TV as a storytelling medium can accomplish. Binge-watching the first 4.5 seasons of the show last spring gave me and, if the show’s sky-high ratings are any indication, millions of others, their first chance to use Netflix and other streaming services as a way to watch a show. That’s the future of the medium: Binge watching entire seasons as one as if they are moving, talking books and becoming enthralled with each episode, dying to watch the next as soon as the first one is done. Traditional cable television will die out soon, and that’s a great thing. No more having to wait for days on end for new episodes. No more missing out on a great show because your schedule doesn’t match up with when the show airs. I was skeptical whether I’d enjoy watching television like that before I started watching “Breaking Bad.” After all, I spent six years obsessing over “Lost,” and a show like that would not have been as memorable were it not for

the hours spent theorizing over every little thing in between episodes. But when I finally decided to start watching “Breaking Bad” at the urging of one of my friends, I was instantly hooked and spent hours each day I could watching episode after episode of this show. Despite the superb quality of the show’s final season, I’ve enjoyed it slightly less than I enjoyed my binge-watching sessions because of the weeklong wait between shows. I’m not alone, either. Critically acclaimed and popular shows such as “House of Cards” and the re-launched “Arrested Development” simply dumped their whole seasons onto Netflix, allowing viewers to choose to view them at their own pace. That’s the way things are headed. Viewers are going to be in control of their viewing experiences, and they will be able to better appreciate character development and season-long story arcs because of that. Thanks to “Breaking Bad” and shows like it, we are entering an era of fantastic characters and viewer control over how to watch them. I couldn’t be happier.

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Meet freshman outside hitter Melissa Fuchs CM Life staff volleyball reporter Taylor DesOrmeau was able to talk to freshman outside hitter Melissa Fuchs for a few moments as the team prepares to begin the Mid-American Conference schedule and open up McGuirk Arena at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. What made you want to come from Utah to play volleyball at CMU?

Samantha Madar | Staff Photographer Junior outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre (left), senior libero Jenna Coates (middle) and senior Kelly Maxwell (right) are looking to lead the 2013 volleyball team back to the Mid-American Conference championship after failing to defend their title from 2011. McIntyre was an All-MAC first team selection to end 2012, Coates has won a MAC Player of the Week award this season and Maxwell is ranked No. 13 in the nation in assists.

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Volleyball blew out Jackson State last weekend to get the team up to .500 (6-6) on the season, but the match helped out more than boosting its record. Senior setter Kelly Maxwell and junior outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre, the team leaders in assists and kills, both had a set off Friday, leaving younger players to take

After four straight weekends on the road, volleyball opens up its Mid-American Conference schedule this weekend at home against Toledo and Ball State. The Chippewas (6-6) come into the contests on a high note after winning four out their last six matches to finish the non-conference season. “It’s been so long, I can’t even remember what it is to feel like being at home,” said head coach Erik Olson. “It’s been since November last year that we’ve been at home with a full student-aided crowd.” Toledo is coming off a 2-1 weekend in the Butler Invitational, winning matches against Tennessee-Martin and Green Bay and losing to Butler.

We have a lot of really good players. Kelly (Maxwell) is ranked 13th in the nation, and together as a team. I think we’re going to do good things. Did you think you could make an impact on the team as a freshman? MF: I knew there was a possibility and I came in expecting, even if I was on the bench, to be cheering loud and helping in practice even if I wasn’t starting. Where do you see yourself, in regards to the team, in three years? MF: I see myself as one of the leaders, helping the team get better and make this program better. Do you know an athlete who would make for an interesting Q&A? Let us know! Email us at

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Samantha Madar | Staff Photographer CMU volleyball players celebrate a point Aug. 24th, during a scrimmage at McGuirk Arena

the Georgia Southern Invitational, recording 89 assists throughout the tournament. “Maxwell has got the heart of a lion, and works so hard at being a great communicator,” Olson said. Maxwell, a source of many assists during her career, has setting up McIntyre down to a science. “Kelly is an awesome person,” said McIntyre. “She’s a great leader, and she works hard to put up better balls every time. She’s very adaptable to anything you tell her, and she puts up some great sets.” The setter finds her favorite target, typically, a hard-

hitting outside threat. McIntyre is that and more. Just like Maxwell, she was also named to the All-Tournament Team at the Georgia Southern Tournament. During this tournament, she recorded 34 kills and 29 digs throughout those three matches. For the 2012 season, McIntyre was named to the All-MAC First Team and led the team in kills with 373. “McIntyre has aspects of both Maxwell and Coates,” Olson said. “She’s an absolute stud in regards to jumping well on the outside.” McIntyre and Maxwell have fed off of each other’s

over leadership roles. “I definitely had to step up since (McIntyre) wasn’t there,” said freshman outside hitter Melissa Fuchs. “I had to step up and take over some of her leadership that she usually brings.” Junior setter Danielle Thompson played the third set for Maxwell and reigned in 15 assists, equaling the total number of assists from the whole Jackson State team in all three sets.

The Farmer City, Ill. native also recorded a kill, an error and a dig in the set. Multiple players stepped up when McIntyre took a breather during the second set. Six different players recorded a kill in the second set, including Fuchs, who had four of her 13 kills during the second set. Senior outside hitter Katie Schuette and senior middle blocker Danielle Gotham had three kills a piece, while

Volleyball opens for conference play at home this weekend By Taylor DesOrmeau Staff Reporter

Melissa Fuchs

MF: Probably living on my own so far away from my family. My mom used to do everything for me, so it’s been a really big transition for me to start living on my own.

momentum and have helped each other become the players they are today. “Ever since she came to Central, she’s been probably the easiest hitter to set in my career,” Maxwell said. “She just makes the best out of any situation, and I have complete trust in her that she’s going to go aggressively every single time.” Coates, Maxwell and McIntyre will be front and center on Friday night in McGuirk Arena, as they take on Toledo to kick off the conference schedule.

Blowout victory gives young players opportunity to lead By Taylor DesOrmeau Staff Reporter

What do you like about CMU? MF: I love the education program. The building is awesome, so that’s a really cool thing. I love the atmosphere that we have here. Everyone’s really nice; it’s literally the nicest place on Earth.

By Joe Judd Staff Reporter

Volleyball will face its first Mid-American Conference challenge of the season this weekend at home. The Chippewas will be led onto the floor Friday by their team’s leaders: Seniors Jenna Coates and Kelly Maxwell, and junior Kaitlyn McIntyre. “The moment I saw Coates, as a sophomore in high school, I knew she was an impact player,” said head coach Eric Olson. Success on the court starts with the defense, whether they receive a serve or dig out a kill. This is Coates’ job, and she does it well. She has already shown shades of the past two seasons, being named MAC West Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 7 and named MAC West Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 13. Recording dig after dig is one thing, but it doesn’t end there for her. She also plays a vital role in setting up her teammate, Maxwell, to run the offense. “I just play for the team, putting up good balls so Kelly (Maxwell) can put up better balls,” Coates said. After the dig, the ball gets to the quarterback of a volleyball team: The setter. Boasting years of experience and two years removed from a conference title, Maxwell hasn’t slowed down this season, being named to the All-Tournament Team at

Melissa Fuchs: I used to live in Wisconsin, so I’m familiar with the Midwest. When I moved to Utah, Erik (Olson) followed me in my recruiting process. When I came to visit, I loved the campus and I loved the coaching; they were very open for me being far away. They understand because we also have a girl from California. I just really loved the campus. It’s top for education and that’s what my major is.

“Toledo has a lot of familiar faces coming back that are on the court right now,” Olson said. “Last year it was a slugfest. Every year it’s a slugfest with those guys.” Ball State has won its past nine matches and will play Eastern Michigan on Friday before coming to Mount Pleasant on Saturday. The Cardinals senior middle blocker Mindy Marx was named the MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week while redshirt sophomore middle blocker Hayley Benson won the MAC West Division Defensive Player of the week. “We need to come out and fight hard and they’re going to come out and fight hard as well,” said freshman outside hitter Melissa Fuchs. “It’d be great lead into MAC (play) with two wins.” Coming into the season,

the MAC West looks to be a toss-up as to who will win the division. “I think no matter who you’re playing in the West Division, you have a 50-50 opportunity to win or lose,” Olson said. “Some years, it’s like, ‘yep, tonight’s going to be a ‘W’. That’s not the case. I’m geared up for a very competitive MAC season.” The Rockets were picked to finish last in the MAC West and Ball State was picked to finish fourth behind the Chippewas. Neither team received first-place votes. “I think Toledo could run away and win the West Division,” Olson said. “That’s how the MAC is.” Both game start at 7 p.m. at McGuirk Arena.

freshman middle blocker Hallie Enderle and sophomore Angie White each had two kills in the second set. “It was a little different, because (McIntyre) is such a great presence on the court,” Fuchs said. “I think our team and Schuette adapted well to it, and we did well.” Out of the 15 players on the volleyball team, 12 played in Friday’s match.

MF: Probably the first game I played, (against) Villanova, when I came off the bench and helped the team get the victory. What are your expectations for the team this season?

Scott G. Winterton | Deseret News Utah freshman Melissa Fuchs spikes the ball Aug. 30, 2011.

MF: I expect a lot from the team this year.


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