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Disturbing images coming to U.S. cigarette packages By Joe Borlik | Senior Reporter


mokers in the United States may soon be forced to view graphic and disturbing images illustrating the dangers of smoking every time they light up. Expected to take effect within the next three years, new federal regulations would force tobacco companies to cover at least half their packages of cigarettes with shocking warning labels including images such as black teeth and rotting lungs.

It is all part of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, a bill President Barack Obama signed into law June 22. Psychology professor Bryan Gibson, who has conducted various studies on smoking, said the concept is a good idea, but could backfire if the images are too disturbing. “By increasing fear about

something, you can change behavior, but if you make it too scary, people tend to tune it out,” he said. Modeled after Canada? The bill gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products. A smoking | 5a

[inside] NEWS w State Police see increase in Labor Day citations, 3A

celebrity on campus

w Get to know senior soccer midfielder Molly Gerst, 7A

Sean Astin inspires 750 in Plachta

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By Brad Canze Senior Reporter

w Freshman begins RSO before classes start, 3A


w ‘Red Herring’ opens tonight in Bush Theatre, 3B w Sorority recruitment starts today, 3B w Check for a video interview with Sean Astin.

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“Leadership is a quality not sipped from a chalice, but forged through deeds,” actor Sean Astin said during his speech in Warriner Hall’s Plachchris bacarella/staff photographer ta Auditorium Tuesday night. Macomb freshman Lindsay Churches gets an original script from the movie “Rudy” Astin, best known for his signed by Sean Astin, who played the title character. Along with the movie script, roles in the films “Rudy,” “The Churches brought a photo she took with Astin on the set of “Rudy” 17 years ago. Goonies” and “The Lord of the Rings,” spoke about the virtues Coordinator of Student Activ- said Farmington Hills junior of righteous leadership and the ities Damon Brown said there Nikki Burnstein, lecture chairlessons he’s learned through were about 750 in attendance. woman for Program Board, show business to an excited “I was hoping it would fill the Plachta crowd. lower level, and it basically did,” A astin | 2a

Bans on texting while driving picking up speed Eighteen states currently have anti-texting laws By Todd Betzold Staff Reporter

The United States recently saw increased support for a ban on texting while driving. In July, four U.S. senators pushed a bill that would ban texting and e-mailing while driving and cause states not approving text ban laws within two years to lose up to 25 percent of federal highway funds. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia approved anti-texting legislation, while others are considering it. Six states, including New York, banned cell phone use while driving altogether. A survey by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute released in July showed drivers who are texting while driving are 23 times more at risk of a crash or near-crash event than non-distracted drivers. “Texting is certainly far different. It involves someone taking one hand off the wheel and their eyes off the road,” said Anne Readett, communications manager of the Michigan Office of

Highway Safety Planning. The push for such a ban reached Michigan two years ago, without any results. But now it is back in the spotlight. In 2007 and again last March, State Sen. Buzz Thomas, D-Detroit, introduced Bill 402, a proposition to ban texting while driving. “There is no need to be sending a text while driving your car — it’s one of the most dangerous things a driver can do,” Thomas said in a prepared statement. “If it’s really that important, pull over and send your message or just wait until you get to where you are going.” The bill, which would making texting while driving a misdemeanor offense punishable with a $100 fine, has not received any attention the past few months, but Thomas said this is the second session in which he introduced the bill. He said he hopes the Michigan legislature will realize the urgency and approve the bill. Dennis Denno, Thomas’ chief of staff, said nothing significant has changed in the bill since 2007. “We definitely get a lot of e-mails of support,” he said.

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Students more at risk for obesity, heart disease Unhealthy lifestyles due to schedules, peer influences By Sherri Keaton Senior Reporter

Bay City freshman Dylan Ratell is a little worried about gaining more weight. Yet he is becoming more involved in activities, including theatrical dancing, that allow him to move a little, shake a little and exercise more to combat the battle of adding pounds. “I have been obese before, because I was not getting up to exercise, but I actually I have been losing weight since I have been here,” he said. Obesity rates are rapidly increasing in the United States, causing more than one-third of U.S. adults– more than 72 million people–to be obese, according to the Center for Disease Control. Obesity also is hitting some college campuses hard. According to research from the University of New Hampshire in 2007, many 18- to 24-year-olds are headed toward obesity, which causes high blood pressure and an increased risk of coronary heart disease and other diseases re-

Ways to stay fit w Walk around campus between classes w Split your foods, such as desserts w Use the Student Activity Center or the Towers or East Area fitness centers

lated to plaque buildup in artery walls. Data was collected from 800 undergraduates enrolled in a nutrition course, and at least one-third of the UNH students were overweight or obese. Obesity crosses culture, gender, socioeconomic status, education and geographic region lines, according to the Center for Disease Control. Najat Yehia, a human environmental studies assistant professor, said many factors contribute to weight gain because of the society people live in with fast food restaurants at every street corner, unlimited junk food, television commercials and larger portion food sizes. “There is a trend toward a decrease in physical activity due to many forms of work and changing modes of transportation that keep people from eating healthy,” she said.

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A-Senate wants UP plan update by Dec. 1

w Standing in the Gap weekly meeting will take place from 7:30-9:15 p.m. in the Education and Human Services Building Room 118/106A.

Professor fears the revisions may be rushed

w ”Envisioning: The Power of Ritual,” a Canadian Indian art exhibit from the Dennos Museum Center, is on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Charles V. Park Library Baber Room and will continue through Oct. 28.

By Amelia Eramya Staff Reporter

w The play “Red Herring” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Moore Hall’s Bush Theatre. w ”Lakelight: Images from the Great Basin,” a landscape photography exhibition from West Michigan artist Gale Nobes, continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Third Floor Exhibition Area of the Charles V. Park Library. The exhibit runs through Oct. 4.


w The Department of English Language & Literature is hosting a Writing Lab from noon to 5 p.m. in Anspach Hall Room 153. w The Open Grove Society will hold an Open Circle meeting from 8 to 10 p.m in Anspach Hall Room 167. w ”Envisioning: The Power of Ritual,” a Canadian Indian art exhibit from the Dennos Museum Center, is on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Charles V. Park Library Baber Room and will continue through Oct. 28.

The Academic Senate requested Tuesday that the General Education Subcommittee develop an implementation plan to update the University Program by Dec. 1. The A-Senate, which held its first meeting of the year, would like to receive a plan as soon as possible in order to apply the changes to the program, said Phil Squattrito, ASenate chairman and chemistry professor. Some variations include the creation of a competency requirement in quantitative reasoning, a reduction in the number of courses in the UP, the elimination of one subgroup in the UP, the elimination of the written English competency requirement, called Writing Across the UP, and its replacement by a new requirement called Writing Intensive Courses in the UP. The plan was approved May 5 by the General Education Program. It is expected

to address procedures and timetables for evaluation and approval of quantitative reasoning competency courses, University Program courses and writing intensive courses. The A-Senate proposed to receive a written draft from the General Education Subcommittee of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee of the plan no later than Dec. 1 for further consideration and feedback. Rushing it? Robert Stecker, professor of philosophy and religion, disapproved of the Dec. 1 deadline at the meeting. “It may be rushed,” he said. Voting was done by voice at the meeting, and Stecker was the only senator who opposed. Stecker proposed the deadline to be reassigned during the spring semester, before or after spring break. It is a long process that takes time, Stecker said. “The vast majority of the senate agreed that the suitable deadline for the implementation plan is the end of the semester,” said Phil Squattrito, chairman of A-Senate.


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which sponsored the event. His speech stressed life lessons from each of his notable movies: A spirit of adventure and reverence for the past from “The Goonies,” grit and determination from “Rudy,” and honest-hearted bravery and devotion from the “Lord of the Rings.” “He made a good point about leadership and fellow-

ship,” said Nigeria graduate student Esther Oladunni. “You have to be brave, you have to be courageous and you have to be loyal. Those are the spice of life, I think.” South Haven junior Andrew Skuza said he was impressed with the life lessons Astin was able to glean from his film roles. “He had some great views, and he’s had some great roles,” Skuza said.After Astin’s speech,

he fielded questions from the audience. During the questionand-answer session, Macomb freshman Lindsay Churches held up a photo of Astin from the filming of “Rudy,” in his Notre Dame uniform, standing on the football field, holding the arm of the then one-yearold Churches, whose father had a small role in the film. After the event, Astin signed her father’s original copy of the “Rudy” script, which Churches had brought with her.

Nominations for Excellence in Teaching Award Nominations from faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community are being accepted through October 9, 2009 for this award. The Excellence in Teaching Award is designed to honor teachers who are:

You are encouraged to nominate faculty members you feel deserve the award. Awards will be presented at Spring Commencement Ceremonies. The committee will verify the eligibility of nominees as part of its opening procedures.

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Number of OWIs down during Labor Day weekend By Jake Bolitho Senior Reporter

A total of 119 Operating While Intoxicated violations were issued by the Michigan State Police over Labor Day weekend after the agency declared it would step up enforcement. The number is down from 150 in 2008, but there also was a decrease in patrol hours to 4,500 from 5,300, said Sgt. Jill McKelvey of the MSP traffic safety division. There were 10 traffic fatali-

ties over the holiday weekend as a result of nine separate accidents, two of which involved alcohol. Last year, the agency reported 12 traffic deaths during Labor Day weekend. “We’re happy with the decrease,” McKelvey said. “Those numbers would have been a lot higher without the upped enforcement.” The statistics are based on preliminary reports and do not include three MSP posts. According to the report, two

of the 10 deaths involved pedestrians who were hit by vehicles and three were motorcyclists. Another focus of the agency was to enforce seat belt laws through Labor Day. MSP troopers cited 231 individuals who failed to wear a seat belt, compared to 426 last year, McKelvey said. Two drivers who died in accidents were not wearing seat belts. Local enforcement The MSP Mount Pleasant Post stopped 153 vehicles over the

weekend in Isabella and Clare Counties. In addition, three OWIs were reported along with more than 30 cases of unbelted drivers, said Sgt. Del Putnam. While increased enforcement was present in the area over the weekend, Putnam said the post reported two traffic deaths. Alcohol has not been cited as a factor in either case. “I’m a little concerned that we had two fatalities in the area,” he said. “(The increased enforcement) can’t really be considered

a success in that regard.” The Isabella County Sheriff’s Department reported two OWI arrests. The agency also investigated six larcenies and breaking and entering crimes during the break, in which many students were out of town. Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said not all the crimes involved students or their residences, however. He was not overly surprised by the holiday statistics.

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Funding uncertain for 2009

Farmers Market

Island Park will host Mount Pleasant’s weekly Farmers Market on Thursday. Stop by between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to enjoy fresh fruits, flowers, vegetables and other miscellaneous products from area farmers. For more information, contact Eric Van Heval at 779-5332 or

Ribbons to Remember

While last year’s Speaker Series funding will bring Robert Kennedy, Jr. to speak in November, university officials are uncertain whether they will receive funding this year. “Last year, the President’s Office and the Provost’s Office each contributed $20,000 to make it possible to bring highly sought after, nationally and internationally recognizable speakers to campus,” said Steve Smith, director of public relations. The Speakers Series has not met as a committee yet and will not until next Wednesday, so any discussions of funding are premature at this point, Smith said. The series lost its regular funding in 2003, said Director of University Events Bob Ebner. “For a couple of years, we struggled and didn’t have any speakers at all,” he said. That led to the president and provost to assist the Speaker Series for several years, Ebner said. “Funding was never certain during (the period from 2006 to 2009),” said Librarian and Bibliographer of Clarke Historical Library John Fierst, former Speaker Series chairman. A need for funding Salman Rushdie and retired Gen. Wesley Clark spoke at CMU during Fierst’s time as chairman from 2006 to this year. Funding for both speakers came from former President Michael Rao’s office and many other places, including various deans. Earlier this year, series chairwoman and Communication and Dramatic Arts professor Jill TaftKaufman sent a request to the Academic Senate for funding from the university’s budget. Philip Squattrito, Academic Senate chairman, said the Academic Senate agrees with the need for funding of the series but, at this time, only endorses the idea of providing greater funding. “My recollection is the Senate agreed with the need,” he said. “(But) the university has to decide.” The Speaker Series would like to bring national and internationally known speakers to campus, rather than several small speakers throughout the year, Taft-Kaufman said. “We’re going to want to bring in at least one noted speaker that is well-known,” she said.

Rochester freshman Chelsea Polenz has been active in archery since age 12 and has been shooting competitively for the last 3 years. Her father’s family inspired her to begin shooting because of hunting. Polenz decided to continue the hobby while at Central Michigan University and founded the Chippewa Archery Club.

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Freshman archery champ takes aim at new club By Joe Borlik Senior Reporter


ew girls dream of being nationally ranked for their bow hunting skills. Chelsea Polenz lives that dream. The Rochester freshman has competed in national archery contests across the country, was ranked fourth in the nation for her age group at 17, took two top honors at state championships and was ranked in the top ten for adult women nationwide at an indoor competition in March in Louisville, Ky. She is now president of the Archery Club at Central Michigan University, a newly formed group the 2009 high school graduate created before attending her first day of classes. “A lot of people think that archery is

for rednecks and hillbillies, but it’s not,” Polenz said. “It takes a lot of strength and a lot of accuracy.” Her fondness for the sport began at age 12, when she received a toy bow and arrow as a Christmas present from her father, Mark Polenz. The two would spend hours shooting apples around their hometown and, after seeing how much his daughter enjoyed the sport, Mark decided his daughter’s growing skills required stronger equipment. Polenz now owns three bows, two of which are hot pink. In addition to her equipment, Polenz has spent the past two years sharpening her techniques with the help of Jim Morrow, an avid outdoorsman who has appeared on the Hunting Channel and coached Olympic athletes, she said.

Family tradition The daughter of a devoted hunter, Polenz said she inherited her love of archery from her dad’s side of the family. “Everyone on my dad’s side hunts,” she said. Part of Polenz’s decision to start the Archery Club at CMU was influenced by her father. Chelsea was accepted to Arizona State University, which offers club archery, Mark said, but she wanted to stay close to home — which meant CMU needed a club archery team. “I’m very proud of her,” he said. “She’s one of the top ranking in the country at what she does. She can outshoot me.” A archery | 5a

Lawsuit against Guevara postponed; parts dismissed A hearing scheduled for today was postponed after a federal judge dismissed parts of the lawsuit against women’s basketball coach Sue Guevara and Central Michigan University regarding former player Brooke Heike’s allegation that she lost her scholarship because she is not a lesbian. U.S. District Judge Thomas Ludington said Friday that Guevara and other university officials have immunity from such legal

The Education and Human Services parking lot should be completed this weekend and will be open for use on Monday. Asphalt laying is scheduled to begin Thursday.

After passing an inspection of the policies, practices, security measures and cleanliness of the facility, the Isabella County Jail will be presented the “100% Compliance Award” for the third consecutive year. The Michigan Department of Corrections will present the award during the Michigan Sheriff’s Association conference in Lansing in the first weekend of October. Lt. Thomas Recker and Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski will receive the award Oct. 5.

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Jail earns award

Committee meets next Wednesday to discuss finances

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claims in their official capacity. “This is kind of unusual when it comes to this type of court proceeding, but it’s good for CMU,” said Manuel Rupe, the university’s general counsel. “Without hearing any oral arguments, (the judge) issued his opinions.” Though Heike’s lawsuit was not fully dismissed, Ludington will rule on some of the original nine claims. Rupe said the judge’s order does not specifically identify which counts are dismissed of the nine, but he alluded to them

in his statement. Ludington said he will allow Heike to further argue that Athletics Director David Heeke was negligent in his hiring and supervision of Guevara. Heike also can elaborate on a defamation claim. Heike is still enrolled at CMU as a junior, though she lost her scholarship and left the team after the 2007-08 season. university: Heike did not work hard The university argues that Heike was released for her attitude and unwillingness to work

hard. She averaged less than one point per game. In the lawsuit filed in February, Heike said Guevara told her she wore too much makeup and was not the coach’s ‘type.’ Heike claims that comment meant she is not a lesbian. Heike’s lawyer, Cindy Rhodes Victor, said Heike is going to file a second lawsuit against CMU in state court, trying to get around the immunity issue. Victor said she still can pursue Guevara and Heeke in their personal capacities in federal court. “Does it slow us down? I don’t

see that it does,” Victor said of the judge’s ruling. “It just makes for two different lawsuits.” She also alleges Heeke knew or should have known of Guevara’s conduct toward Heike but has not submitted any legal support for the proposition that such conduct amounts to “grossly negligent” supervision. Heike has to submit any elaboration of facts on the defamation claim by Monday. The university then will have until Sept. 28 to respond.

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Central Michigan University’s Volunteer Center is inviting students, faculty and staff to participate in the Ribbons to Remember service project this week. This project was planned to honor the victims of Sept. 11, 2001. Red, white and blue ribbons are available for pickup today until Friday outside the volunteer center in Bovee University Center. In addition to the Ribbons to Remember project, the volunteer center also is honoring the victims of Sept. 11 by holding a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. Thursday, the time the first plane struck the World Trade Center. For more information, contact the CMU Volunteer Center at 774-7685.

Corn maze opening

The Papa’s Pumpkin Patch corn maze will open Oct. 1. Papa’s is home to the area’s largest Corn Maze and Michigan’s Field of Dreams, according to its Web site. The corn maze is an educational and recreational maze carved in a field of tall corn with stations and games. It also hosts the City of Mount Pleasant’s autumn and Halloween activities throughout October. For more information, call 773-7750.

Wellspring Literary Series

Come and experience the recent work of author Vievee Francis at the kickoff of the Wellspring Literary series at 7 p.m. Monday at the Denison Recital Hall at the Art Reach Center. Francis will read from her current works for the inaugural Wellspring forum. This event will be hosted by assistant professor of English Robert Fanning. The series offers community members a chance to hear regional poets and authors read and recite their poetry and prose. Central Michigan University graduate students also will read their works in progress. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and music will be included. The center is at 319 S. University Ave.

The Big FAT Lie

“The Big FAT Lie: Fats, Oils and the Cholesterol Myth Seminar” will be hosted by Naturopathic Doctor Kathryn Doran-Fisher from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. The one-day class explains everything you need to know about cholesterol and the fats in your body and in foods. It is at the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies at 503 E. Broadway St. The cost is $89 and lunch is provided. Call 773-3636 to register. Information about the seminar can be found at

Moms and Tots Morning Retreat

Calling all moms with young children — Tuesday is your morning out. This day for moms allows them to socialize with other moms gives kids up to five years old the chance to play, including story time, music, arts and crafts and games. The free event is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church. Contact Cara Nitz at 644-8178 or cara@

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EDITORIAL | Away games need to be televised so students can see their team play

Think of the fans

promoting the CMU Sports Network radio broadcast instead through its Web site, The department considers it a victory for CMU to play a Pac 10 team for the first time. But is it really a victory when your fans can’t conveniently watch the game on television? Although the game could have been viewed on the computer, many telecasts required fans to pay $10 for tape-delayed viewing. If inclined, they could have shelled out that money, hooked their laptops up to a television and displayed the telecast on a bigger screen. That was a solution for some fans. But it is way too inconvenient for most. Many had to resort to the radio or get updates via play-byplay on a random sports outlet. Central Michigan Life provided live chat and game coverage straight from Tucson, Ariz. But if you’re a program pushing for


s Central Michigan University’s football team continues to receive media attention, it is only natural the team plays new schools. That can put CMU out there on a national front. It can give the team and the school more exposure. But that exposure doesn’t mean a thing if the students and Mount Pleasant locals can’t view the game. The season opener at Arizona should have been on television so CMU fans could see it. The football team is playing an impressive array of opponents this year: Arizona, Michigan State and Boston College. These are colleges outside the Mid-American Conference, teams Central traditionally does not play. Wins, and sometimes even close

losses, can generate national buzz. But the team’s primary fan bases — students, Mount Pleasant residents and many alumni in Michigan — didn’t get to see the team’s 19-6 loss at Arizona on Saturday. The CMU Athletics Department resorted to


national prominence, how is it okay to keep your loyal fans anxiously awaiting the start of the football season from watching their team play a Bowl Championship Series opponent? Playing in markets on the other side of the country is not national exposure when die-hard Chippewas fans have to resort to the internet for updates. Think of who is more important — the people who pay to come see your games at Kelly/ Shorts Stadium or people who had no idea a Central Michigan University existed before it took the field against their team. CMU still has plenty of away games to play this season — six, in fact. Some of those games, especially Saturday’s at Michigan State, could be entertaining. Thankfully, that game is on ESPN2. But from now on, the university and the athletics department should push to have every single away game televised for fans.


Fined and no return Having your own personal space in college can be hard to find sometimes, especially at a university such as Central Michigan. The small space that students do receive should be kept and maintained. It is not only up to the students; the university has a responsibility to upkeep maintenance, especially when students are fined. Recently, students who lived in Thorpe Hall came back and found damages in their residence halls were not fixed over the summer. The students said they already paid for the damages, but did not receive the maintenance. In total, they did not cost much and was charged to the students’ CMU accounts. Students are expected to pay for damages when they move out of a residence hall or an apartment, ensuring the next person who moves in can start with a clean slate. It encourages students to take care of the university’s residence hall rooms, since their time there is limited. This is a good system to ensure the upkeep of residential halls on campus. But the system fails when the university neglects its duties. It looks bad on the university’s part to take from students without giving anything back, especially when room and board is already expensive. It is understandable that maintenance is busy, especially with the academic year just starting. But if the university is going to be strict on fines and force students to pay them back in a timely manner, then maintenance should be held to the same standard and act just as quick. If CMU is busy and renovations will take some time, then students should not be required to pay fines until the repairs can be made. The amount of time between the issuing of the fine and the upkeep of the living space should be as small as possible. Hopefully, CMU will enforce its policy on fines and maintenance so they are more cohesive. Students also should be as careful as possible, so fines are not issued in the first place.

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Jobless, but still hard-working I take offense to Chris Schanz’s piece last Wednesday, “I’m a working class student, but at least I’ll be prepared after graduation.” It is wonderful that Schanz feels that working through college is preparing him for the real world. However, I believe I am going to be well prepared also and I worked my first “real” job this past summer. Many students that are not employed during college are not wasting their time away. I have friends that are in multiple clubs and organizations. I would argue that those clubs, especially careerrelated ones, are better preparation for life after college than the typical college student job. A job at McDonald’s won’t really help a future lawyer. However, being involved in College Republicans or College Democrats or the Pre-Law fraternity will give that student the actual skill set he or she needs to succeed in that field.

Organizations like these provide students with networking opportunities, conferences and a better understanding of the field they want to spend the rest of their life in. Not having a job while I’m in college doesn’t make me irresponsible or lazy. By being involved in other activities, I am learning the exact skills that Schanz is learning at his job. I must manage my time wisely while balancing 19 credit hours, multiple RSOs and an array of friendships. I build my level of responsibility by being involved in e-board and committees. I can also manage my money wisely. The money I earned over the summer is more than enough to carry me through the school year, with proper management. I have my budget and I stick to it. My skills are what got me to Central Michigan and I desire to expand my knowledge, not my pocketbook, these four years. Stephanie Jaczkowski Clinton Township junior

From CMU tailgating procedures limit alcohol amount Blackout says:

Five to six pedestrian checkpoints? What is this, Baghdad? I just want to drink some beverages, have some fun and go to the game. Every year this is getting more and more absurd. Katie says:

This is going to cause huge problems with the student population. I hope the administrators and security are prepared when the students revolt against these insane policies. Ben LaMothe says:

I fail to see why this is a bad thing. The university is trying to ensure people don’t get blind drunk and act like idiots.

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The dating game Students shouldn’t take themselves so seriously while dating

I have recently been dating and, as many college students can understand, this is certainly hard to believe. I keep telling myself I must remain a singleton in a sole effort to prove staying single at such a young age is really kind of perfect. I have always been dateless and independent, yet I was perfectly content with my “situation.” Regardless, I have entered the wonderful world of dating. And by wonderful, I mean timeconsuming and confusing. It’s been completely and entirely ridiculous. Date number one: that is, considering this counts as a date. I roll out of bed after a long day of tailgating, feeling rough. I may or may not have thought I traveled to Finland, which turned out to be Midland. Either or, I had no idea why I had ended up there. Upon first meeting the date, my initial thoughts were “he looks like he could be a good time.” He was outgoing, funny, wore decent shoes but a bit too bright for my liking. Were those lip rings? At this point, we enjoy our night, exchange numbers, and go on about our business. Weeks later, we meet up again and then a blossoming relationship begins. After a few months, we go out to dinner, dancing and parties. You know, the usual adolescent, young adult way of dating where the nightly good night calls are made. How perfect. It was fun. So I did it. I triumphantly had a relationship with someone who could have been everything I wanted in a successful relationship. As a side note, I still remain single. The point is, in college, we find ourselves constantly yearning for somebody to mesh with. Between roommates, classmates or, in my case, a potential boyfriend, finding similarities and creating relationships are not easy. Dating is scary, but you have to make that effort and put yourself out there — even if the only outcome is another Facebook friend. All we really want is somebody that is a guaranteed good time. An intellectual conversation, maybe, or somebody you can sing along to the radio with (on your way to Midland, perhaps) or just a good dance partner. However, taking opportunities, such as these, laying it all out on the line and be in a semi-real relationship with somebody who feels the semi-real same way is completely acceptable. I am now in search of another victim ... I mean ... absolutely adorable boy number two. Any takers?

[letters to the editor]

“To do a dance that shows (Jackson’s) influence in people’s lives is pretty cool.”

“I personally like all of (Jackson’s) music. I feel like everyone will have fun.”

Staci Johnson,

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Dearborn freshman

“People will come together and thrill!”

“It will end up well. I wish them the best of luck.”

Carolyn Pitzer,

Richard Yoon,

Milford freshman

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smoking| continued from 1A

Within the next two years, the FDA will finalize the images and tobacco companies will have 18 months to distribute them on packages. Several tobacco companies, including Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc., filed lawsuits last week against the FDA, looking to prevent these regulations on the grounds of the companies’ First Amendment rights. Canada was the first country to issue disturbing warning images on cigarette packs in 2000, and multiple countries, including Chile and Iran, have followed since. According to, the number of Canadian smokers has fallen by 20 percent. Since issuing stricter warnings, smoking in Canada has dropped to about 13 percent of the population, a five percent decrease since the warnings were issued. Health services professor Mark Minelli said there is no magic strategy that will fix the issue of tobacco abuse in America and the problem

obesity| continued from 1A

Students targeted by obesity On a college campus, some factors behind high obesity rates include busy class schedules, extracurricular activity commitements and active social lives, Yehia said. But a big issue for college students is they are affected by their peer groups and how willing they are to exercise and be motivated, she said — not necessarily that students do not have money. “Students don’t need money. They can just walk on campus and exercise for free. And when they are stressed, they don’t schedule free time for exercise,” Yehia said. The options for eating healthy and exercising are

[News] can only be fixed by a number of different strategies. “You can say it worked in Canada, but Canada isn’t the U.S.,” Minelli said. “You can’t automatically assume that just because it worked there, it will work in other populations in other countries.” Local connection David Sprunger, owner of Smokers Club in Mount Pleasant, 100 S. Mission St., said he is not opposed to having disgusting images placed on cigarette packages. “Everyone knows smoking is bad for you, it’s a calculated risk,” he said. “People will keep smoking and we’ll keep providing for them.” Sprunger is concerned with other regulations mandated by the bill, however. After Sept. 21, flavored cigarettes, such as cloves, will no longer be available in the U.S. and, at some point next year, tobacco stores will no longer be allowed to sample cigarettes, he said. Alma junior Matt Koutz, a smoker for six years, said harsher labels will not work and the only way to cut down on smoking is to ban it in public places. “You can put a skull and bones on a pack and it won’t endless and affordable, Yehia said. Students on a budget can select whole wheat instead of white bread, skim milk over whole milk, eat grilled or baked foods instead of fried foods and fit in time to work out. Students have to simply make better choices, since an apple costs roughly the same amount as a chocolate bar, Yehia said. “(Students) eat comfort foods when they are under stress,” she said. “It’s not the healthy choice.” How to fight it Students can incorporate walking around campus more between classes to fit into their regimen, Yehia said. “A key strategy during the weight-loss process is for the person to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that is not only lower in calories, but high in nutrient density,”

Fast facts on smoking w President Barack Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act into law June 22. w The FDA has until June 22, 2011, to finalize the images. Tobacco companies then will have 18 months to distribute them on packages. w The sale of flavored cigarettes, such as a cloves, will be prohibited starting Sept. 22. w Next year, tobacco stores will no longer be able to sample their products. do much good,” Koutz said. “It’s going to be about the same.” Minelli said 22 percent of women and 26 percent of men currently smoke in America. He said the habit is attributed to nearly 400,000 deaths a year. Gibson said no matter what efforts are taken, America will never have a smoke-free society. “The nicotine feels better for some people, so you’ll never eliminate it,” he said. “For some, it’s a very rewarding thing.”

texting| continued from 1A

Enforcement One of the main reservations about a ban is the difficulty in enforcing it. “It would be up to the state legislators to make the law and decisions on whether it would be a civil infraction or misdemeanor and what the fines, costs, points on license and possible jail time (would be),” said Mount Pleasant Police Department Information Officer Dave Sabuda. “We as a department would adapt our response to their decisions.” Statistics in Michigan for cell phone use during crashes are still low. In 2007, there were 872 drivers involved in accidents

archery| continued from 3A

Yehia said. “Physical activity is very essential not only for losing weight, but for having good health. It should part of everyday life activities.” New Haven graduate student Brendon Wright considers himself healthy and has even avoided the infamous freshman 15 by working out about five days a week and eating healthier foods. “My mother always cooked healthy style foods since we were little, and I lift weights every other day and run on the days that I do not lift — I am pretty disciplined in my daily workouts and eating habits,” Wright said. Students can take small steps, such as splitting a dessert with a friend or dividing their plate into thirds, including carb, protein and vegetable portions, Yehia said.

Archery Club The Archery Club at Central Michigan University is still a work in progress, but Polenz said she would like the group to meet in the Student Activity Center during the evening at least once a week. Polenz wants the team to travel to competitions this semester at locations ranging from Michigan all the way to Las Vegas and Kentucky. Rochester freshman April Kretchman, Polenz’s roommate, longtime friend and fellow club member , said she is looking forward to group practices. Kretchman said people never expect the two to be devoted to archery. “People are like ‘What, you’re a bow hunter?,’” she said. “People don’t think we’re the outdoors type, but I like it because it’s different than your usual sport.”

Central Michigan Life || Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 || 5A while using a cell phone out of more than 324,000 accidents total, Readett said. “One of the most frequently reported accidents in the city of Mount Pleasant is a rear-end type accident. When someone is texting, they are not looking at the cars in front of them,” Sabuda said. Student support While texting is popular among the younger generation, students support a ban on texting while driving. “I’d say it’s a good thing,” said Muskegon sophomore Kilee Boyd. “Most people

who are texting are going from class to home and they can wait a little longer.” Anthony Scott-Buyck, a Detroit junior, said the issue comes back to the safety of the drivers. “When you are driving, one is to drive for the other drivers as well,” he said. “However, if one is texting, that means that they are most likely going to miss something or someone.” -Senior Reporter Hilary Farrell contributed to this report

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Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009



LeFevour held to career-low in passing yards in games started, finished



CMU failed to convert a 2-point conversion attempt with 12:21 remaining in the fourth quarter. If converted, it would have been a one-possession game, but quarterback Dan LeFevour dropped the snap out of the shotgun and the game remained out of reach. Senior kicker Andrew Aguila also missed a 39-yard field goal before the first half ended to keep CMU scoreless. A successful kick would have brought the game to 10 points.

Who’s next?

at MSU Noon Sat., Sept. 12

The Spartans beat Division-II Montana State 44-3 in its season opener. MSU used both sophomore quarterbacks, Kirk Cousins and Keith Nichol, and seven running backs in the win. Linebacker Greg Jones led the team with 14 tackles, nine solo.

Matthew Stephens/presentation editor

Arizona junior defensive end Brooks Reed gets around redshirt freshman offensive tackle Jake Olson and hits senior quarterback Dan LeFevour as he attempts to throw the ball downfield Saturday in Tucson, Ariz.

Arizona too fast; MSU a new challenge he offense was regarded as the strength of the football team prior to Saturday’s season opener. While that still may be the case, the defense took a step toward refuting that notion against Arizona. The Chippewas’ 19-6 loss to the Wildcats displayed a muchimproved defense compared to last season. Unfortunately, the offense looked inept for much of the game. Arizona’s secondary smothered the CMU wide receivers. The UA front four was able to get enough pressure in the face of senior quarterback Dan LeFevour to fluster the passing game without bringing extra men on blitzes. The Chippewas managed only 108 yards through the air, LeFevour’s lowest passing total of his career in games he started (excluding games he left because of injury — Temple in 2008 and Eastern Michigan in 2006). The Arizona linebackers held the running game — which includes the legs of LeFevour — completely in check. On 20 carries, CMU gained 74 yards rushing as a team, just 3.7 yards per carry. There are things CMU could have done differently. In every game, there are plays every team wishes it would have executed better. Second guessing is natural for every coach, and every fan or journalist trying to play Monday morning quarterback. But if there is one thing that is blatantly obvious to the naked eye, it is the speed the Arizona defense brought to the table. Check that, the speed of the entire Pacific 10 conference. Central Michigan should be able to move the ball against any defense in the Mid-American Conference. But the difference in speed from the MAC to the PAC 10 is apparent. Coach Butch Jones said he saw speed he has yet to encounter. “That’s probably the fastest defense we’ve played since we’ve been here,” he said. He was not exaggerating. Junior

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Chippewas held to 182 total yards in Tucson, Ariz.


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wide receiver Antonio Brown managed 31 yards rushing on three attempts, and LeFevour added 30 yards on the ground, but no CMU running back had more than 15 yards on the day. Brown and fellow star wide receiver senior Bryan Anderson were largely ineffective, with just 38 combined receiving yards. Junior Kito Poblah led the team in that category with 47 yards, a by-product of the attention and tight coverage given to the other two. Moving ahead Michigan State possesses an entirely new challenge, but one just as daunting. As showcased in the Michigan-Western Michigan game to open the season Saturday, the Big Ten has speed of its own. Western Michigan, a team likely to contend in the MAC, was completely outmatched by a Michigan team many think will stay near the middle of the pack in its conference. By the end of the first half, Michigan was ahead 31-0, en route to a 31-7 final. MSU’s defense, led by All-Big Ten linebacker Greg Jones, may not have the speed Arizona possessed, but it has its own hurdles CMU has to get over. For starters, Greg Jones is better than any linebacker Arizona can put on the field. Roaming the middle of the field, he also is used when blitzing, as evident by his 14.5 tackles for loss last season. Offensive tackle Jake Olson, who played extremely well in his debut against Arizona stand-out defensive end Brooks Reed, will have another challenge. As a junior last year, defensive end Trevor Anderson recorded eight sacks, and he will likely be lined up against Olson as the right end. And while the MSU secondary may not compete with Arizona’s top two corners — Devin Ross

Last week, the Chippewas covered the spread against Arizona. The Wildcats were favored by 13.5 points, and CMU lost by 13. This week against Michigan State, the Spartans are favored by 14.5 points.

2009 SCHEDULE Last Week: Sat, Sep 05 at Arizona 19-6


Remaining games:

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Junior wide receiver Antonio Brown was held to 23 receiving yards and 31 rushing yards Saturday.

and Mike Turner — it does have a wealth of depth in the defensive backfield, led by junior cornerback Chris L. Rucker. Regardless of whether MSU can keep up with Arizona in a 40-yard dash, CMU will have trouble putting points up against the Spartans. Butch Jones said he was impressed by the size of the Michigan State team. But the passing game has to click, because the Chippewas will have trouble running against (Greg) Jones and the MSU front seven. For the passing game to have success, the offensive line has to stop the rush of the front four, or seven defenders will be able to drop back and clamp down on Brown, Anderson and Poblah.

Arizona was able to put enough pressure on the new offensive tackles and LeFevour. Butch Jones said he was happy with the effort from his offensive line — particularly Olson’s work against Brooks Reed — but clearly there was a large task at hand last week, and another one awaits against MSU. If MSU is forced to bring more defenders in the box, it will open the field for CMU’s playmakers. And the more success the Chippewas have through the air, the bigger the holes will be in the running game. Stop the rush, and CMU may be able to put up points against a sturdy MSU defense.

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Sat. Sept. 12 at Michigan State 12 p.m Sat. Sept. 19 vs. Alcorn State 3:30 p.m. Sat. Sept. 26 vs. Akron* 3:30 p.m. Sat. Oct. 3 at Buffalo 3:30 p.m. Sat. Oct. 10 vs. EMU* (HC) 12 p.m. Sat. Oct. 17 at WMU* TBA Sat, Oct 24 at BGSU* 12 p.m. Sat, Oct 31 at Boston College TBA Wed, Nov 11 vs. Toledo* 8 p.m. Wed, Nov 18 at Ball State* 6 p.m./8 p.m. Fri, Nov 27 vs. Northern Illinois* TBA * denotes MAC game

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BURNING QUESTIONS | Meet forward Molly Gerst By Matt Valinski Staff Reporter

Staff reporter Matt Valinski sat down with senior forward Molly Gerst, from Forest Hills, Mich. She tied for third on the team with four goals last season. Matt Valinski: W h a t are your plans after graduation? Molly Gerst: Well, I won’t graduate until next fall, so I’ll start doing my studentteaching with my major of elementary education. I’ll do my pre-teaching next fall so, after that, hopefully (I will) get a job. I would love to teach where I’m from in Forest Hills, which is in Grand Rapids. I have just always loved being there and would love going back.


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Senior forward Mike Lesnau will miss the beginning of the season after shoulder surgery

Club hockey prepares for season Team undergoes coaching change prior to tryouts By Adam Niemi Staff Reporter

The club hockey team begins practice this week and is finalizing its roster after a transitional summer. With its first games Sept. 18 and 19 in Chicago, the team will begin its season with a new coach and many new players. After a summer of selfdeliberation, Craig Lipar will not return for a second season as head coach. Mike Jakubik — last season’s assistant coach — takes over. “Mike ( Jakubik) played for CMU for four years, so he knows us,” said senior forward Jordan Jakubik, Mike’s cousin. “We’re not too worried about the coaching situation.” Lipar, who confirmed Mike’s appointment as head coach, said he is not worried about how Mike will handle the transition. “Mike knows how things go from helping as assistant coach last season,” Lipar said. “I would’ve liked to (coach), but the time involved and traveling to my job after practice would be a lot.” Lipar said his decision had good and bad sides to it. “I kind of left it up in the air because I didn’t want to leave them without a coach and I didn’t want to say no,” Lipar said. CMU finished 15-15 with Lipar last season. He cited reasons for his decision, including his move to Lansing in May. Lipar works at Capital Steel and Wire, and was forced to take an hour out of his vacation time twice a week to accommodate morning practices. He changed into his work attire and left for work straight

from morning practices. A large turnout Lipar said he was pleased with the 60-player turnout at tryouts. “I think it’s a good turnout as compared to the years past,” he said. “Roughly 40 players showed up last year, including the 10-15 players who were returning from the previous year.” CMU struggled to maintain its roster last season with academic issues, injuries and players quitting. “You like to roster probably 15 forwards, eight defensemen and a couple goalies,” Lipar said. “So there are a lot of openings at all three positions. We lost some good talent from last year.” Jordan Jakubik said the team is looking for players who have hockey knowledge to help decrease mental errors in games. He also said the team wants players who will play the entire season. “We’re looking for role players that won’t complain and will do what’s asked of them,” he said. Senior Mike Lesnau had surgery July 21 on his left shoulder to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff. He said he hopes to be ready for the second half of the season in January. Lipar said when considering last year’s strengths and weaknesses and the returning players, the team will need to add players everywhere. “Honestly, it’s going to have to be all three positions,” he said. “If I had to pick one, it would be defense. Last year we had a hard time playing after giving up goals so I would say the defense and goalie positions.” Lipar was on hand for the tryouts last Tuesday. He said the strong turnout will help bolster the roster. The offense returns three

“Mike (Jakubik) played for CMU for four years, so he knows us. We’re not too worried about the coaching situation.” Jordan Jakubik, senior forward

prominent scorers. Jordan Jakubik, Ian Carlson, Mike Lesnau and Marty Lipar — brother of Craig Lipar — collectively scored more than half the points for CMU last season. Jordan Jakubik, who scored 30 goals and had 57 points, Marty Lipar and Lesnau are the returning players.

MV: What is the last movie you saw? MG: Beauty and the Beast on the bus. It was good, a real good flashback to my childhood. MV: What do you like doing outside of soccer? MG: I really like to read

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and hang out with my friends. We don’t get that much free time, so just relaxing a lot. MV: What is your favorite book? MG: “The Shack.” It is kind like a Christian-type book. MV: Do you have a favorite class or subject here? MG: I’ve always been really into English. I hate math and science and stuff. I was in journalism all throughout high school, so I really

enjoy writing and (going to) my English classes. MV: What do you do when you go home? MG: I actually have my parents come up here a lot because we don’t get to go home too much. I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving and my first Christmas break; just going home to hang out with my family because, normally, I have to work out all the time. It will be nice to finally get back to my family and just visit home a lot more on the weekends, when I have time.


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Matthew Stephens Presentation Editor

The Beatles are overrated The Beatles suck. How can a band who stopped playing live shows in 1966 and started making just studio albums be ‘the greatest band ever’? Nothing is more annoying than somebody trying to convince me The Beatles revolutionized music and, without them, we would not have (insert band here). That argument is weak and false. I wish this statement was true because, if it was, we wouldn’t have pop sensations Britney Spears, T-Pain or American Idol. The Backstreet Boys were revolutionary. But they sucked, too. And don’t even attempt to sell me on fact The Beatles were about love and world peace. John Lennon and the rest of the band preached love and tolerance, yet hatred and jealousy among band members tore them apart. The Beatles supposedly quit playing live shows because crowds were getting out of control? Unruly concertgoers never made The Who, The Clash or AC/DC hang up what they did best. But you know what bothers me the most? The fifth Beatle no one talks about. Wait, there is a fifth Beatle? Yes, George Martin. Who’s George Martin? He is the greatest Beatle (if there is such a thing) and he is to The Beatles what Rick Ruben is to Metallica, The Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Weezer and every other band he has had his hands on. But you know so much about music, you probably already knew that. Martin is responsible for the making of every Beatles album except for one. Without him, The Beatles would still be in a basement doing drugs and trying to make albums. The George Martin Band would have been a better fitting name than The Beatles. But someone will still argue George Harrison was the best Beatle because he was an amazing guitarist or Lennon was the best because of his lyrics. The problem is they may be the best Beatles to some, but they aren’t the best at what they did. Take, for example, my favorite Beatles song, ‘Hey Jude,’ and compare it to Wilson Pickett’s version. Listen to how much more emotion and energy comes through in the lyrics and guitar. It should also be noted guitarist Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band sat in on the studio session of this song. He also is ranked second on Rolling Stones list of 100 great guitarist of all time. George Harrison is ranked 21st. Sure, they made some good music, but it was not because they were the best at what they do. Jimi Hendrix had more talent in his left hand than the Fab Four combined. Apparently none of this matters though. For some reason, people still buy into the hype of Beatlemania.


Digitally remastered CDs, Rock Band bring The Beatles back into the spotlight

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Paul McCartney and George Harrison are viewed in the video game, “The Beatles: Rock Band,” which hits stores today.

Available Today w The entire Beatles catalog will be completely digitally remastered. w w w w w w w w w w w w w w

Please Please Me With the Beatles A Hard Day’s Night Beatles for Sale Help! Rubber Soul Revolver Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Magical Mystery Tour The Beatles (The White Album) Abbey Road Let It Be Past Masters Yellow Submarine

w For the Wii, PS3 and X-Box 360 “Rock Band: Beatles” for $59.99 while a limited edition bundle pack with special instruments will be available for $249.99. Special guitars for the game also are available for $99.99 University Theatre begins fall semester “Red Herring” begins today with a story of mystery and comedy all in a noir setting. 3B Sorority recruitment Sororities all over campus start up activites all over campus. 3B Yo La Tengo back on the scene The indie-rock band’s new cd “Popular Songs” shows some suprises. 4B African culture coming soon Minority Student Services is hosting African Culture Night on Friday. 4B

By Brad Canze | Senior Reporter

oday is a good day for fans of The Beatles. The digital remasterings of the legendary band’s entire musical catalog, including all 12 of its studio albums, were released today. This marks the first time The Beatles music has been remastered digitally. The last time the music was remastered was for the 1987 CD releases. “What makes The Beatles release significant, in my opinion, is the fact that it was withheld for so long,” said English professor Jeffrey Weinstock, who teaches a popular culture class. “The Beatles themselves are arguably one of the most significant early pop music bands, so their absence has been a significant gap.” History professor Mitchell Hall, who teaches the History of Rock and Roll class, agreed about the importance of the band in musical history. “I think the Beatles remain the most influential artists of the rock era,” Hall said. “They either introduced or expanded more ideas than any other rock artist. I think they redefined rock artists.” Weinstock said the album rereleases may cause excitement in longtime Beatles fans, but may not create any new fans. “I think it will work at a limited extent with older listeners,” Weinstock said. “People who are already Beatles fans are excited over the albums’ release. I don’t know how many new Beatles fans are going to be generated from this.” Grand Rapids freshman and Beatles fan Jordan Reed said she is excited for the remasterings, as long as they don’t deter from the original recordings. “I’d probably want to hear it first (before buying the new albums),” Reed said. “I’m a fan of the original music, and I wouldn’t want it to take away from it.” Reed said her favorite part of The Beatles’ music is the lyrics, and the genuine emotion that can be found in them. “I like older music because it’s from them not from someone writing it for them,” she said.

Star power Also released today was the video game “The Beatles: Rock Band” for Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. The rhythm game will feature 45 songs from the band’s career, as well as likenesses of all the band members. Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, and George Harrison’s son, Dhani, served as advisers for the game, developed by Harmonix Music Systems. Hall said the game may allow fans to experience The Beatles’ music in an entirely new way. “People experience popular music in a variety of ways,” said Hall. “For some, it’s kind of a background music to listen to; for others, it’s something to sit down and listen to and ponder. There’s no one way to listen to popular music.” Weinstock said he thinks the release of the game may be a strategy to attract Beatles fans to rhythm games, rather than attract gamers to The Beatles’ music. “Quite honestly, it seems a strategy to me, to interest an older generation, not a younger one, in ‘Guitar Hero’ (and that type of game),” Weinstock said. “I would call it a savvy marketing move.”

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2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1-½â&#x20AC;? cubes) 1 ½ cups all purpose flour 1 eggs (beaten) Âź teaspoon salt Âź teaspoon pepper Oil (for frying) Orange Sauce1 ½ cups water 2 tablespoons orange juice Âź cup lemon juice Âź cup rice vinegar 2 ½ tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon orange zest (grated) 1 cup packed brown sugar ½ teaspoon ginger root (minced) ½ teaspoon garlic (minced) 2 tablespoons green onion (chopped) Âź teaspoon red pepper flakes 3 tablespoons cornstarch 2 tablespoons water


Combine flour, salt, and pepper. Dip chicken in egg mixture and shake in flour mixture to coat. Deep fry chicken in batches at 375 degrees in a deep fryer (or use a wok) until completely cooked. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine 1 ½ cups water, lemon juice, orange juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. Blend well over medium heat for a few minutes. Stir in brown sugar, orange zest, ginger garlic, and onion. Bring to a boil.

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Who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want superpowers? Cryptic Studioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Champions Onlineâ&#x20AC;? allows players to create a superhero with an amazingly in-depth character creation process which allows many of costume combinations and more than a dozen diverse â&#x20AC;&#x153;Power Sets.â&#x20AC;? Users can easily create anything from a convincing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wolverineâ&#x20AC;? knock-off to a tiny crocodile-man who blasts villains with flowery pink energy beams emitted from his forehead. This spiritual successor to Crypticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successful online game â&#x20AC;&#x153;City of Heroesâ&#x20AC;? was just released this Tuesday. -Connor Sheridan


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Conversations with an Anishnaabe Medicine Woman and a Cornish Village Witch Dr. Theresa Smith Mon., Sept. 28

CHSBS Homecoming Reception Sat., Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon Tents near Rose Ponds

Author Lance Olsen Thurs., Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. Park Library Baber Room

U.S. Senator Carl Levin Tues., Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. Plachta Auditorium

WWII Historian Gerhard Weinberg Mon., Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Bovee U.C. Auditorium

Poetry Reading by Jeffrey Bean Wed., Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. Park Library Baber Room French Folk Singer Ă&#x2030;ric Vincent Thurs., Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. Park Library Auditorium Dems and the GOP: Defining Themselves in the Obama Era* Mon., Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. Bovee U.C. Auditorium Screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jump Back, Honeyâ&#x20AC;? Wed., Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. Park Library Auditorium

Poetry & Performance by Herbert Woodward Martin Thurs., Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Park Library Auditorium

Lieutenant Colonel Brian Eifler Tues., Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. Park Library Auditorium Challenges Ahead: Energy and the Environment* Tues., Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. Bovee U.C. Auditorium Islamic Feminism from the Inside Dr. Laury Silvers Wed., Nov. 18

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‘I Hate Hamlet’ opens at Broadway Theatre

Barryton senior Katarina Behrmann, “Maggie,” questions Molly Epstein, “Mrs. Kravitz,” about the circumstances of a corpse while Sanford freshman Chris Krause, “Woody the photographer,” captures the scene during Tuesday night’s Red Herring dress rehearsal in Bush Theatre.

Eighth season debuts Friday with fun night By Amy Crockett Staff Reporter

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‘Red Herring’ sneaks its way to Bush Theatre Murder mystery takes place in ‘52, a film noir parody By Connor Sheridan Staff Reporter

There will be murder, espionage, treachery and romance displayed on stage this weekend at Bush Theatre. “Red Herring,” the first university theatre production to run in the 2009-10 season, opens at 7:30 tonight. Tickets are available at $5 for students and $7 for the public. They can be purchased at the Central Box Office in the Bovee University Center or at the theatre doors. “Red Herring” Director Keeley Stanley-Bohn said the play takes a lot from the ’50s era. “It is a murder mystery that takes place in 1952,” said Stanley-Bohn, an associate professor in the Com-

munication and Fine Arts Department. “It’s a parody of film noir. (The style resembles) any of those old TV shows like ‘Dragnet’ or ‘Hawaii 5-O.’” But the show also has a pronounced comedic streak running through it. The play was penned by Michael Hollinger, who Stanley has a lot of respect for. “He’s a very clever writer,” Stanley said. A ‘great look’ to it A great deal of effort has been put forth to convincingly set the stage for this Cold War thriller. “It’s got a great look to it. It’s kind of a film noir theatre,” said Steve Berglund, director of University Theatre. In particular, he mentioned the great amount of work the set and costume designers did to create a convincing and entertaining period piece. “(The story) is very integrated,” Stanley said. Protagonist Scott Freeman

If you go... w Event: “Red Herring” w Time: 7:30 p.m. w Date: Wednesday through Saturday, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday.

is playing an FBI agent set on sniffing out a spy selling government secrets and Katarina Behrmann is a detective investigating a mysterious dockside murder. Tonight’s performance will not be the first occasion for the CMU players to assume their Cold War personae in front of an audience. “We (did) three shows in the summer,” Berglund said. The show received positive responses when it played in Mount Pleasant, Boyne City and Waterford in June. “Students should really be attracted by the comedy and romance,” Stanley said.

Sorority recruitment features house tours and jumping Weekend events give female students a glance at Greek life By Courtney Hudson Staff Reporter

Sororities have an opportunity all their own. Recruitment begins today for sororities, which will give female students the chance to find out if it is the right fit for them. Tours of each group, beginning at 6 p.m. today and Thursday at Warriner Mall, will start the recruitment phase. Phi Mu President Stephanie Eidson said each tour is broken down into 40-minute intervals, beginning with house tours. “We will show them the house and the actives will take them into different rooms. In each room, there is a different theme. They will be learning about our sisterhood, our philanthropy, our academics and learning more about our chapter,” the Rockford senior said. Recruitment will continue after the tours with a sisterhood event Friday, a philanthropy event Saturday and will finish with ‘Jump’ Sunday. “Jump is where the potentials literally jump of the stage and run to their sorority,” said Whitney Dubay, a Phi Sigma Sigma member and Essexille senior. The potential members are offered bids from the sorority they are most compatible with and announce their decision in front of all the sororities at CMU, Dubay said. Is it for you? A lot of individuals wonder what is so wonderful about being a part of the Greek community. Senior Nicki Doherty said being in the Greek community is a fulfilling experience. “You get to do a lot of networking and get the chance to meet great people,” the Port Huron native said. Eidson said it is all about the experience for her.

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“Going Greek opens a lot of doors of opportunity to people. They are joining an organization where they have things in common with other women who are all working toward a com-

mon goal,” Eidson said. She said it gives students the chance to have different leadership positions in the Greek community.

Theatre is alive and well in downtown Mount Pleasant. The Broadway Theatre, 216 E. Broadway St., opens its eighth season of community theatre Friday with Paul Rudnick’s “I Hate Hamlet.” The show will provide a fun night of comedy, swordplay and Shakespeare, said the play’s producer, Jan Howard. Although the play is centered on William Shakespeare’s character, Hamlet, the audience will not be bombarded with Shakespearian dialogue, Howard said. The focus of the play is comedy. “It’s just fun. It’s fun to watch,” Howard said. The show is presented by The Friends of The Broadway and The Broadway Players. It will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sept. 17 and 18 and at 2 p.m. Sunday. In the play, an out-ofwork actor moves to New York City to find a job. He winds up landing the role of Hamlet in a summer theatre festival and also rents a flat that used to belong to John Barrymore. John Barrymore, grandfather of actress Drew Barrymore, is well-known for his portrayal of Hamlet in his lifetime. He also is known as a womanizer, hopeless drunk and egomaniac, Howard said. In “I Hate Hamlet,” Barrymore carries these qualities into his afterlife as well. After the actor moves in to the apartment, Barrymore’s ghost begins haunting him, causing chaos and refusing to leave until he teaches the young actor how to play Hamlet. A ‘good piece of theatre’ Throughout the play, the audience will be “laughing and crying and maybe questioning their own direction in life,” said Michael Meakin, the show’s director. The Broadway Theatre’s production of “I Hate Hamlet” features theatre veterans and novice actors, Howard said. Rachel Foster-Lifson, as-

sociate professor of psychology, will take the stage for the first time Friday, playing Lillian Troy, an elderly and nononsense talent agent from Germany. Foster-Lifson said her favorite part of her acting experience so far has been working with the other cast members and becoming good friends with them. Howard agreed working with the actors, as well as watching them rehearse and interact with each other, has been a great experience. Along with the cast, Meakin

said the costuming is incredible, the set is incredible and there is a big sword fight. “(It is just) a really good piece of theatre,” Meakin said. Tickets cost $8 each and are available at Ric’s Food Center, 705 S. Mission St.; Ace of Diamonds, 128 E. Broadway St.; Bennigan’s, 2424 S. Mission St.; and the Doherty Hotel and Conference Center in Clare. Tickets also may be purchased at the Broadway Theatre on show days.

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“Popular Songs” a solid album ‘popular Songs’ Jewish indie-rock band’s 12th album has HHHHH focused songwriting w Artist: Yo La Tengo w Genre: Indie

By Ben Weissenborn Staff Reporter

On its 12th full-length album since forming in 1984, everyone’s favorite Jewish indie-rock band, Yo La Tengo, does not venture too far from the stylings of its past releases. But it manages to display tighter musicianship and more focused songwriting. One of the first things listeners will likely notice about “Popular Songs” is its length. Clocking in at about 73 minutes over the course of 12 songs, “Popular Songs” is one of Yo Le Tengo’s longest releases. Not surprising, though, is the fact that Yo La Tengo is capable of maintaining and engaging over the entire length of the album without any notable missteps. Opener “Here To Fall” is one of Yo La Tengo’s distinctive Sonic Youth-inspired brain-burners. Comprised of groovy,

fuzzed-out bass, psychedelic organ riffing, scattered drums and an incredible string quartet, the song functions in heady-psychedelic-rock mode for its near six-minute length without relent. “I know you’re worried/ I’m worried too/But if you’re ready/I’m here to fall with you/What else is there for us to do?” sings vocalist Ira Kaplan in his distinctive, slightly nasally croon. One of the album’s biggest surprises and strongest tracks is “Periodically Triple or Double,” a groovy, organled boogie that is just as catchy as it is danceable. The song is slightly goofy, but is played with as much gusto and musical proficiency as anything else on the record. Another high point on the record comes in the form of the track “If It’s True,” a ’60s doo-wop inspired pop track

that finds husband and wife vocalists Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley singing back and forth. While this trick has been employed a billion times by other artists, Yo La Tengo’s take on it is honest and charming. One thing about “Popular Songs” that may throw some listeners off is the album’s last three tracks, each clocking in around or more than 10 minutes. Each of these sonic experiments is enjoyable in its own right: the gorgeous, stratospheric “More Stars Than There Are In Heaven,” the ambient, acoustic “The Fireside” and the guitar freak-out of “And The Glitter Is Gone.” Yo La Tengo’s previous fans are sure to be pleased with this solid, worthwhile addition to the band’s extensive catalog, and newcomers will find it to be a worthy entry point into the band’s music. While it may not be the most surprising release of the year, “Popular Songs” is a remarkably consistent record from a remarkably consistent band.

African Culture Night returns after one-year hiatus Dance steps, game shows, chance to mingle By Taylor Hills Staff Reporter

Have you ever wanted to travel to Africa, but just could not come up with the resources? Here is your chance. Minority Student Services is hosting an African Culture Night at 7 p.m. Friday in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. The president of the African Student Association, Eve Famutimi, believes this event will educate as much as allow for fun. “It will educate people on the African culture, as well as have fun and learn about Africa,” the Mount Pleasant sophomore said. The event will include a professional dance performance in which the dancers will teach students and community members basic African dance steps. Another activity is an interactive game show where students are educated on many different aspects of African culture. A live fashion show also will take place, as well as various artists and poetry. Educating students Because the event could not happen last year because of organizing conflicts, Famutimi said she is excited to take charge of the event this year. “I’m excited to give this opportunity (to students) to come and mingle with Central Michigan University students and outsiders as well,” she said. “I want to bridge the gap and change the perception of African culture and people’s preconceived

notions.” Famutimi said she believes the African culture is one that has not been visible on Central Michigan University’s campus. “African culture has not been projected like it should be or enough at CMU. As minorities, we have an obligation to let people hear our voice,” she said. Another member of the organization, Riak Mabil, is planning on being a part of one of the skits, playing the role of a grandpa. “I want to educate people and students (about the) African culture,” the Grand Ledge senior said. Another goal of the night is to bring awareness to the Mount Pleasant community, not just Central Michigan


If you go... w When: 7 p.m. Friday w Where: Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium w Cost: Free

University. “In a small community, like Mount Pleasant, where the importance of diversity is lessened, bringing African culture is needed,” Famutimi said. The event will be sponsored by the Student Budget Allocation Committee (SBAC), Minority Student Services and Program Board, as well as the Institution of Diversity.

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Try purple with your makeup this fall By Rachel Mater Staff Reporter

Looking for a new way to update your look for fall? Try new makeup styles. The new fall season has brought forth many new trends that are good for any skin type or color. Changing your makeup routine can be fun and easy to do. “I like to switch up my make-up colors,” said Southfield senior Portia McIntosh. “Colors are fun as long as you don’t look like a clown.” You also can update your look more with new makeup styles. Purple eyes and pale lips were a winning combo on runways this season. Purple also is the most universally flattering color for eyes. If you dare to be even bolder, try purple lips. “I love purple. Purple eyes are good, but not too much or not too little,” McIntosh said. Even Oak Park senior Sharon Smith loves the purple trend.

“I like to wear colorful eyeliner and purple eyeliner,” she said. If you prefer to keep your style simpler, purple nails are a more subtle way to wear the color. Other popular colors of the season for nails are dark green, dark blue, champagne, silver and pink. ‘Color of Hope’ Also, during this month, L’Oréal Paris has a collection called “Color of Hope,” in which one dollar from every purchase goes to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. In the collection, there is a rich plum shade of the Pro Manicure Nail Polish. This collection is available at Kroger, Walgreens, Meijer, Kmart and a few other select stores. Or, if you would rather just brighten up your face, blush and illuminating creams are the way to go. If you don’t mind spending $25 on makeup products, NARS blush in Orgasm is a flattering shade for any skin color and even

Purple Hit List w M.A.C. Liquid Last Liner in Power Plum, $16.50, w Guerlain Le 2 Mascara in Butterfly Sparkle, $35, w Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Night Butterfly 173, $56,

has tiny gold specks in it to give your face a little sparkle. Calvin Klein Runway Radiance Illuminating Cream in Pearl Glow also is a great illumination cream, both found on Sephora. Want to go for an unexpected new trend? Try grey mascara. Grey mascara puts a fun new twist on any eye color. Yves Saint Laurent has created “Sublime Grey,” a deep slate grey mascara, available on Sephora for $28.50, if you don’t mind exceeding your budget for something new and creative.

Central Michigan Life || Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 || 5B


STUNT MAN | Student shows off stunts on his pogo stick

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monkey Islandâ&#x20AC;? witty and clever By Connor Sheridan Staff Reporter

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tales of Monkey Islandâ&#x20AC;? (Parts I and II)

Are you a fan of monkeys, swashbuckling, ceaseless wordplay and rubber chickens with pulleys inside? If so, you may want to inw System: PC, Wii (WiiWare) vestigate â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tales of Monkey w Genre: Adventure Island.â&#x20AC;? The developer of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tales of Monkey Island,â&#x20AC;? Telltale Games, has some experi- the new crew does an admience with bringing beloved rable job in keeping the plenadventure gaming classics tiful lines consistently funny such as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monkey Islandâ&#x20AC;? and fresh while working in series into the present with occasional references pleasing as sharp of a wit and nearly to longtime fans of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monkey as mind-bending of puzzles Island.â&#x20AC;? as their nostalgia-gilded In both episodes currently forebearers. available, there is not a single Originally, LucasArts adven- unlikeable character, though ture games from the late â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s the majority of them are amusto mid â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s, to which the first ingly distinct â&#x20AC;&#x201D; yes, even the game, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Secret of Monkey scads of rowdy pirates series Island,â&#x20AC;? belonged, were re- protagonist Guybrush Threepnowned for their sharp humor wood interacts with. and clever puzzles. The featured puzzles in Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s undeniable that the orig- Parts I and II are not quite as inal developersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; influences on difficult as those in the first two the dialogue are missed (par- entries in the series, and none ticularly Tim Schafer, who is of their solutions will push you currently with developer Dou- to the point of wondering how ble Fine and heading up the exactly developer Telltale exâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Brutal Legendâ&#x20AC;? game). But pected the player to think of


Grand Blanc resident Michael Hughes, 16, practices tricks, including upside-down flips, on his pogo stick Friday afternoon after the CMU cross country meet. He said he started learning tricks a year ago after he was inspired by videos online. Hughes has not yet been injured.

that. This reviewer admittedly had to consult a guide at two or three sticking points in the adventures. The gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graphics boast a strong stylistic direction, although the low resolution textures and scarce geometry will not win the hearts of anyone looking for a technical show. Some character models are repeated with minor alterations a surprising number of times, to the point where I began to suspect it might be some subtle joke. One aspect of this game that could prove addicting or annoying is its episodic delivery. Like most of Telltale Gamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; series, it is released in two-tothree hour long downloadable â&#x20AC;&#x153;episodesâ&#x20AC;? that each contain a smaller adventure which interlocks with the larger plot. The entire package can be purchased for $35 on Currently, only the first two segments have been released and the third segment is slated for sometime this month.

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wheatland Q and A with Sean Astin music festival By Brad Canze Senior Reporter

Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Note: Senior Reporter Brad Canze had a chance to talk with actor Sean Astin before his lecture Tuesday at Plachta Auditorium about life in Hollywood and some of his experiences lecturing. Brad Canze: How have you found Michigan so far? Sean Astin: Michigan is great. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my adopted state. I made a movie here in September and October of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;08, and then my dad was in a play here all summer, and I came up to visit with my family and stayed in Lansing.

BC: A lot of movies have been coming here now that they have passed new tax exceptions for movie companies in the state. Do you think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll end up spending more time in Michigan making movies? SA: I have no doubt. I think the tax incentives that were passed by the state is the smartest thing they could have possibly done ... Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure in the next three, four or five years thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be tons and tons of movies coming here, and I would expect that I might be in one or two of them. BC: Have you been touring around doing speaking engagements, or do you just do one every now and then? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that schedule like for you? SA: Throughout my life, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done a lot of speeches in a lot of different venues for a lot of different reasons. This is the second in

a series of speeches at universities that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m giving between now and the end of the year ... the University of Georgia last week was amazing. A real great turnout. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping that it will be the same Tuesday, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure it will ... I enjoy doing it. It makes me feel useful. It allows me to kind of spread my wings a little beyond my acting life.

from those movies you mentioned. Do you often find yourself getting recognized as Sean Astin, or someone like Sam from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lord of the Rings?â&#x20AC;? SA: I pretty much get recognized most of the places I go, from â&#x20AC;&#x153;hey, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re that guy,â&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;how are your daughters?,â&#x20AC;? because they know about my biography or something.

BC: When you do these speaking engagements, what is the main overlying topic of the speech? SA: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a speech about leadership. I use movies like â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gooniesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lord of the Ringsâ&#x20AC;? and some others as a hook to kind of draw out similar themes and ideas of what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned from those movies and those characters. And then, I basically talk about civic responsibility and being engaged and my kind of take on the nature of leadership.

BC: Is there anything else youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on right now? Any other films youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re developing or going to act in? SA: I have one more called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stay Coolâ&#x20AC;?...I do a lot of voice over stuff. Right now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing that for the Disney Channel.

BC: Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an example of how you would do that? How would you use those movies and your experiences to tie into that theme? SA: The themes of the movies are pretty obvious. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gooniesâ&#x20AC;? is an adventure movie, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rudyâ&#x20AC;? is about being motivated and determined, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lord of the Ringsâ&#x20AC;? is this epic adventure that deals with the nature of good and evil and right and wrong. I just find little moments in the story or little anecdotes and I kind of connect them to things in my life. BC: Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re most recognized

BC: Your mother was an actress. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an actor. Can you see your daughters following that? SA: I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a possibility. I always said I would support them with whatever they want to do with their lives ... I have mixed feelings. My oldest daughter has done a lot of community theatre and she has a great time doing that. BC: If the audience members tonight took anything away from your speech, what would you want it to be? SA: I really appreciate the opportunity to speak to them. I care about them and their progress ... and the idea of hearing from an actor and filmaker about leadership, I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what will be most meaningful to them ... I want to be sincere and open.

Are we getting new iPods? Staff Reports

Is the title â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only rock and roll, but we like itâ&#x20AC;? a hint as to what Apple lovers can expect today? Appleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invitation-only special event scheduled today has had rumors fly-

ing since the event was announced. Bloggers and specialists have speculated many different ideas as to what Appleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CEO Steve Jobs might have in store for fans. Speculation is possibly new hardware, either for the iPod or computer.



Jobs returned to Apple after several health battles, including a liver transplant in April, and some have even mentioned the chance the event could bring the union of The Beatles and iTunes after years of legal battles.


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