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No overnight guests allowed in residence halls until Aug. 26 Hailee Sattavara Staff Reporter


CMU faculty member and bargaining co-chair Phil Squattrito speaks to FA members who rallied to support the bargaining team Monday morning in front of Ronan Hall. “You need to get out there, make noise and be heard,” Squattrito said.

what’s the deal? No progress, contract talks continue between CMU, Faculy Association

This “Welcome Week” there will be no guests in residence halls. At least, that’s what Residence Life officials have said, stating overnight guests will not be allowed until Aug. 26, and guests on weekdays will now need written approval by a residence hall director and all roommates. This is the first time Central Michigan University has implemented this policy, and Joan Schmidt, associate director of Residence Life, said it stems from problems during the 2010-2011 school year. “Last year was just awful — we start so much earlier than other schools,” Schmidt said. The ban includes those who go to CMU living in another hall or off campus. She said the new “Welcome Week” policy was implemented to help students bond with new roommates, instead of old friends from home. “This is the optimum time for students to get to know

their roommates and to start a good academic year,” Schmidt said. The purpose of the new weekday policy is to encourage students to study and focus on classes. “Before classes start and on weeknights, that’s when people should be here to study,” Schmidt said. Students will now ask a resident assistant or multicultural adviser to obtain the necessary forms, and will meet with the RHD for final approval 48 hours in advance before the guest arrives. “Forty-eight hours in advance is ideal,” Saxe RHD Faye Reber said, “but the RHD will have discretion to work with the student in an emergency.” The new policy was put on the ResLife website this summer, sent in the ResLife express newsletter in June to incoming residents, and also sent out on Aug. 1 with the letter informing students of their roommates. Even though students were


Many college students found to be ineligible for state bridge cards By David Oltean Senior Reporter

A member of the FA wears a button during a rally in support of the bargaining team Monday in front of Ronan Hall.

By Theresa Clift | University Editor With classes scheduled to begin Monday, Central Michigan University Faculty Association and administration have not reached an agreement for a new contract after 21 meetings since April. Monday, the FA voted overwhelmingly to allow its bargaining team to pursue “any and all job actions necessary,” which range from not showing up to teach to not attending meetings, returning emails and holding office hours. “We trust our bargaining team to make the decision on if there needs to be a job action, what type of job action might that be,” FA President Laura Frey said.

CMU Faculty Association President Laura Frey speaks with members of the media after 97 percent of the FA voted yes on a job action Monday at the Comfort Inn conference center.

The vote, which received 97 percent support, was taken because of an unfair labor practice charge filed by the FA. Several CMU officials released statements earlier that day confirming classes will start as scheduled, despite the dispute. After the job action vote, the university officials said they considered the outcome a “positive development.” “We see this decision as a willingness to teach commencing Monday,” said Steve Smith, director of public relations. Smith wouldn’t speculate

on what CMU would do for students if Sunday’s meeting led to a work stoppage by the FA. Both sides returned to the bargaining table for five hours Tuesday and Wednesday. No progress was made; they will meet again on 3 p.m. today at Ronan Hall. THE ISSUES Frey said the university has proposed removing groups such as counseling, library and athletics from the bargaining unit. A FA | 10A

Roughly 30,000 students throughout Michigan have been forced to shorten their grocery lists after being considered ineligible for food assistance by the Michigan Department of Health Services. For many college students, bridge cards, Michigan’s form of federal food stamp distribution, have been used to purchase food on a monthly basis. According to Isabella County Department of Health Services Director Mark Stevens, 4,000 food assistance cases in Isabella County had been closed from March to April, most of which were student cases. “The decision was made to change the policy back to the old interpretation of federal regulation. The federal regulation required that students work at least 20 hours per week or be enrolled in a training program to be eligible,” Stevens said. “I

New year brings new looks, focus to Central Michigan Life Those of you who aren’t new to CMU might notice a few changes to CM Life this year. A new print product is the first in many changes I hope to bring to the paper. Our news model is still one that promotes “online first” and I hope to increase that this year, with stories directly going online. The seven stories we posted since Friday about the Faculty Association’s contract disputes with

CMU serve as an example of our commitment to this direction. I’m sure within the following weeks we will post several more and our print product will serve to compile those efforts. One of the first things I wanted to do as the Editor in Chief was provide a more updated print product, and I think our staff has worked to put that together well. With that comes a different look at how we promote

Eric Dresden Editor in Chief our content. Our website, will be filled with a wider variety of news impactful to students and the community.

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think that the federal intent was that students would not be eligible unless they were employed or they had children.” While public universities like Central Michigan University used to be considered training programs, the new interpretation does not acknowledge college education as such a program, resulting in the thousands of closed cases. The closed cases may bring a significant amount of money back to Michigan, as many students receive up to $200 a month in food assistance through the bridge card program. Hillsdale senior Erin Batt has known many students enrolled in the bridge card program, some of which she considered deserving and some she thought did not need assistance. “I had two or three friends that definitely could use the A CARDS | 9A



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w Stock Car Racing will take place at 7:45 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Speedway, 4658 E. River Road. w Terry Fator and Michael Grimm will perform with a special guest at 8 p.m. at the Soaring Eagle Casino, 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd. w Procrastinator’s Guide to Podcasting will be held from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Park Library in room 413. w CMU Meijer Mania will take place at Meijer, 1015 Pickard St. starting at 9 p.m. and going until midnight.


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2011 MAINstage to showcase local artists, kick off fall semester By David Oltean Senior Reporter

Free refreshments, local music and an abundance of university information will kick off the school year when MAINstage returns Sunday. MAINstage 2011 will run from 3 to 6 p.m. The area near the Rose Ponds will hold student organizations, community organizations and businesses assembled to help provide students, especially incoming freshmen, with information and opportunities for involvement at CMU. Despite hiring bigger musical acts to perform at MAINstage such as Eve 6 and Eric Hutchinson in recent years, the CMU Program Board decided to showcase local artists for the second year in a row. Among the artists will be Lansing electronic group GRiZ, hip-hop group Smitty and a third local artist that is yet to be named. PB president Paul Sullivan, a Lincoln Park senior, worked with the registered student organization to recruit talent for the event. “Regarding the musical aspect, we’re going along the same line as last year and showcasing local artists,” Sullivan said. “It’s a lot easier to have music in the background rather than one

huge show at the end, especially when we’re trying to hold bigger shows during the school year.” Sullivan said MAINstage 2011 should carry on as an opportunity for freshmen to orient themselves with the school and for other students to find new friends and opportunities. PB member Brandon Kieft, a Rothbury sophomore, found last year’s MAINstage to be full of useful resources as a freshman. Kieft said booking a bigger act for MAINstage would be difficult in the summer while most PB members are in different cities. “It’s nice to see local artists for this event and support some of the local talent,” he said. “MAINstage always gets plenty of information to freshmen and it’s a great way for organizations to get exposure.” Okemos senior Danny Goulet said he has been to MAINstage a few times in years past. Goulet said he believes it is not only informative, it is also a very social environment to meet and make friends. “There are always a bunch of freebies to grab and a lot of information,” Goulet said. “It seems like you always wind up meeting up with friends when you’re there.”



Jose Beltran of Nuevo Leon, Mexico rides a horse Wednesday to qualify for the race Saturday at Mount Pleasant Meadows. Beltran has been racing for two years. “My favorite part are the gates,” he said. Races start at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and continue through October.

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Isabella County joins Great Lakes Bay Alliance

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notified of the policy in three ways, some students are still unaware of it. Clinton township sophomore Tanika Owens said the policy should have been made more public, specifically by email. “Checking in at the front desk of residence halls and registering cars with the police department should be enough to have someone stay overnight,” Owens said. However, she would support a policy that prohibited guests the week before exams. Wallace senior Chris Strobel said the weekday policy seems like a “waste of the time” for RHDs. “As long as the university knows who’s staying in each dorm, I don’t see why it would be a problem,” Strobel said. “I don’t see why they would have to control that.” Room capacity rules are not changing for weekends. Residents sign an agreement with their roommates at the beginning of the year on their own room’s policy on the gender and amount of overnight guests they are comfortable with. As before, a maximum of ten overnight guests are allowed total, including residents, and guests should stay no longer than three consecutive nights. Reber said if she becomes aware of a negative situation happening on the weekends, she will address it. University Editor Theresa Clift contributed to this report.

The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance welcomed Isabella County as a new member of their collaboration. After an unanimous vote by 35 board members in April, Terry Moore, the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance president, said it was official that Isabella County would join Bay, Midland and Saginaw counties. “Isabella County has great leadership and character and is a great fit with the alliance,” Moore said. Due to its proximity and offerings, Isabella brings a lot to the table, Moore said. President and CEO of the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce Lisa Hadden said the county’s attractions pull a large crowd from not only the area, but statewide as well. “This alliance has realized the value of collaborating based on the regional reach of the College of Medicine at CMU, the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort and having a consistently low unem-

ployment rate,” Hadden said. She said Isabella County adds to the Great Lakes Bay region’s already high level of technology and strong base of advanced medical care facilities, education, tourism, hospitality and manufacturing industries. “There are so many people that cross Midland, Bay, Saginaw and Isabella County boundaries for work, entertainment, and recreation,” Hadden said. “Hundreds of people drive M-20 everyday from Midland to Mount Pleasant and vice versa to work at Dow or teach at CMU.” Sheril Tarrant, program director at the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, said over 220 people including investors, community leaders and ambassadors joined together to discuss the alliance’s progress. “The importance of the event was to update the 171 regional graduates (with) what the region accomplished over the last two years and demonstrate how well the moniker has caught on,” Tarrant said.

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‘Only borrow what you need,’ officials advise By Annie Harrison Senior Reporter

Director of Scholarships and Financial Aid Kirk Yats said students planning to borrow loans should create a budget to manage their finances. “Always set up a budget and try to live in that budget,” he said. Yats said it is important for students to understand loans will need to be paid

back with interest. “Only borrow what you really need,” he said. “Don’t just borrow because you want to make a car payment or go on spring break.” Diane Fleming, associate director of client services for the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, said OSFA encourages students to know exactly what their cost of education will

be. She said direct costs to education include tuition, living expenses, and books and supplies; indirect costs include personal and travel expenses. Fleming said it is important for students to maintain a budget because their loans will determine future incomes after graduation. She said a maximum loan debt of $31,000 would equal $345 monthly payments. Yats said federal loan data shows unsubsidized direct loans were the most common loans at Central Michigan University in the 200910 academic year, with an unduplicated head count of

13,081 students who paid $60.25 million. Subsidized direct loans were the second most common loans, with 10,419 students who paid $45.12 million. Student loan and repayment options depend on the amount of family contribution a student will receive, Fleming said. Students with no family contribution will have $9,500 in loan debt with a Federal Pell Grant, and they will be approximately $5,000 short to pay for their first year of education. “We seriously advise students in that situation to go

to community college for the first two years,” she said. She said juniors and seniors can borrow more money than freshmen and sophomores, so students who attend community college will be able to borrow more after they earn associate’s degrees. LOAN TYPES Students must complete a free application for Federal Student Aid to determine their financial need for loans and be enrolled at least halftime to activate their loans. Types of loans include subsidized, unsubsidized and Parent Loan for

Undergraduate Students. A total of 202 students with graduate PLUS loans paid $2.41 million during the same academic year. PLUS Loans for undergraduate students were not included in the data because the students’ parents take on the loan debt, Yats said. Yats said there are more unsubsidized loans than subsidized loans because unsubsidized loans are not based on need. He said unsubsidized loans are the only option for students who do not qualify for subsidized loans.


State of job market affecting enrollment in teacher education By Annie Harrison Senior Reporter

Editor’s note: This is the first in a four-part series about teaching in Michigan. Norma Bailey, professor of middle level education, said she wants to be optimistic about the future of education in Michigan. “There will always be jobs for good teachers and we produce good teachers here,” she said. Bailey said there have been fewer students signing up for EDU 107: Introduction to Teaching classes in recent years and this is reflected in the number of teacher education candidates graduating from Central Michigan University. “I think we’re going to see ups and downs, but overall there has been a decrease,” she said. CMU opened in 1892 as the Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute, with classes in teaching, business and stenography. CMU founders made teacher training their mission because few of the state’s teachers received any formal training in teaching at the time. The school’s educational offerings grew more comprehensive in the years after its founding and students completing two years of schooling beyond high school began receiving life teaching certificates in 1903. Before World War II, the school’s name changed first to Central State Teachers College, then to Central Michigan College of Education. The 1959 name change to Central Michigan University reflected the growth in complexity of academic programs, but educational programs continued to develop. The Education and Human Services building, which opened in 2009, is one of the newest academic expansions designed to prepare students for professional careers in education and human services. Renee Papelian, director of ProfEd and assistant

to the dean of the Center for Student Services in the College of Education and Human Services, said in an email the number of teacher education candidates that graduated in the 2009-10 school year was 573, up from 539 graduates in 2008-09. However, this data is lower than the 578 graduates in 2007-08 and the 626 graduates in 200607. Bailey said the state of the job market is having an effect on the number of students seeking education degrees. She said although some students pay attention to the news and are aware of Gov. Rick Snyder’s cuts to K-12 schools in Michigan, most students are worried about the economy in general. “I don’t think it’s specifically what Snyder has done,” she said. Bailey said her students are nervous about finding jobs after graduation, and many have accepted they will have to move out of Michigan. Students should take jobs in Michigan if they can find them, but out-of-state jobs also provide valuable experience, she said. “I think that’s OK. That’s a reality,” she said. “You can always come back.” Bailey said a lack of teaching jobs in Michigan should not discourage students who have a passion for teaching. More jobs will be available after the economy improves and retiring baby boomers open positions for new teachers, she said. “We shouldn’t be denying what we want to do because there aren’t as many jobs,” she said. Bailey said attacks on teacher unions, tenure and seniority are other concerns for education students. She said a few bad teachers sometimes give all educators the reputation of being mean or lazy. “Teaching takes a lot of brunt of the criticism,” she said. “There are bad eggs out there, but there are bad eggs in everything.” A SERIES | 9A


Members of Team Gazelle sit in a circle as they debrief from the day’s activities during team gatherings Monday evening near Rose Pond. Each day participants spend time within their small groups while safari guides lead a discussion on themes discussed by major speakers, facilitate leadership development and team building activities.

a ‘fresh start’ 15th year of Leadership Safari provides new friends, team building experiences for freshmen By Jamie Favazza | Staff Reporter

Haiti freshman Jone Destine said he was most engaged by the speakers at the 15th annual Leadership Safari, and said the topics they covered really sunk in. “I took something specific from each speaker,” Destine said. Destine said a speaker, who had overcome Tourette’s Syndrome, had the message of tolerance. Another speaker’s message taught the power of choice, while slam poets Kirk Nugent and Judea Archie-Walker taught about love. Destine said his experiences at Leadership Safari taught him a lot of things he never thought about before coming to college. Sponsored by the Office of Residence Life and supported by the Leadership Institute, the 15th annual Leadership Safari started Saturday and featured more than 30 events, activities and performers. Included is the award-win-

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Macomb junior Nick Pineo plays Ninja, a common team building exercise, against Team Moose as he tries to uphold his winning title for Team Python during one of the team gatherings Monday evening at Rose Pond. “There has been a lot of teamwork the past few days,” Pineo said. “Getting to work with each of my teammates has been a lot of fun, tiring, but fun.”

O’Shea and Jessi Campbell, obstacle courses and picnics. More than 1,800 students spent the week attending activities for the program. Marine City freshman Emily Ward said the weeklong activities at Safari

made for an awesome experience. “Everyone is so nice, works together and isn’t scared to get involved,” Ward said. Ward’s favorite activity


Jeff Daniels, Brian Vander Ark to perform downtown Saturday Rachael woods Staff Reporter


Jeff Daniels performs during the Max and Emily’s Summer Concert Series in August 2010 on Broadway Street in downtown Mount Pleasant.

As the finale of Max and Emily’s Summer Concert Series, actor and former CMU student Jeff Daniels will be performing alongside Brian Vander Ark starting Saturday on Broadway Street between Main and University. Michigan native Daniels is perhaps most famous for his starring roles in “Dumb and Dumber” and “Escanaba in Da Moonlight,” which he also wrote and directed, although his career in Hollywood spans back to 1980 and features over 50 roles

with some still in the making. Vander Ark was the lead singer of the band The Verve Pipe and has performed solo since 2003. “Brian is a tremendously talented singer (and) songwriter and Jeff puts on a great show,” said Tim Brockman, owner of Max and Emily’s and founder of the concert series. “We’re expecting a big turnout. Jeff Daniels has a big reputation and we’re excited he’ll be coming back and wanted to play for us again.” Brockman expects 2,500 to 3,000 people from Mount Pleasant and surround-

“We’re expecting a big turnout.” Tim Brockman, Max and Emily’s owner ing towns to come out for the show, based on previous performances by both Daniels and Vander Ark. This will be the second Max and Emily’s performance, but the first time they will be playing together. “Jeff Daniels and Brian Vander Ark are good friends and friends of ours as well,” Brockman said. “They will each be playing 45-minute sets, then 30 minutes playing together.” Max and Emily’s will be serving food outside the

restaurant and McCarthy’s drugstore will be dipping ice cream as well. A donation drive to the William Ellis Brockman infant food pantry of the Red Cross will take place during the concert. Donations in the form of cash, diapers and formula will be readily accepted. “That is what they (the infants) really need,” Brockman said. “It’s a good way of giving back.”

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By Jessica Fecteau Senior Reporter

To help offset the increase in tuition, CMU’s Board of Trustees approved a $3.8 million increase in financial aid for the 2011-12 fiscal year, said Director of Public Relations Steve Smith. About two-thirds of CMU undergraduate students receive some form of financial help. Smith said more than 2,100 returning students will not see an increase in their tuition because they are still covered by the CMU Promise. For financial help, students can apply for one of the 100 additional jobs on campus created by President Ross during the 2010-11 academic year. As for university employees, Smith said through shared sacrifice, eight of the 10 employee groups have taken a freeze in wages beginning in the 201011 fiscal year. President Ross also has indicated no layoffs are planned for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Students looking for additional help planning their future finances can contact the office of scholarships and financial aid.

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Although the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees unanimously approved a 3.47-percent tuition rate increase, the lowest among main Michigan colleges, students are still voicing concern about current and future increases. For 2011-12 in-state undergraduate students, this means a cost of $358 per credit hour, $12 more than 2010-11, bringing the total tuition cost of a standard 30-credit-hour year to $10,740. David Burdette, vice president of Finance and Administrative Services, said the increase in tuition is a modest amount for students. Although Burdette said this increase is slight, Troy sophomore Lindsey Siroonian said the numbers will add up, forcing students to add on another loan or an additional year of school. “Any increase in tuition is not a good one, especially since I am paying for college on my own,” Siroonian said. “Now I just hope it stays at this rate so I don’t have to go to school longer.”

Burdette could not speculate the final cost for students paying their own way through college because of the case-by-case nature. “Even though it’s the lowest in Michigan, I still don’t think students should be having to pay even more for school,” said Grand Rapids sophomore Courtney Heeren. The increase is the lowest among Michigan’s 15 public universities; CMU maintains the fourth-highest tuition statewide. The state budget was set by Gov. Rick Snyder so public universities that raised tuition by less than 7.1 percent would be rewarded with a cut of 15 percent instead of 22 percent in state appropriations. This equals a $12 million state cut for CMU. Michigan State University and Wayne State University raised tuition above the state cap, but still did not receive the larger state cut because of a “legal loophole”. The Detroit Free Press reported the loophole was the lack of a definition of “academic year” in the budget bill, according to several lawmakers during the legislative hearing on MSU’s tuition.


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The Mount Pleasant Area Community Foundation gave $2,000 to Central Michigan University for future events educating local kids and parents about cardiovascular health . The foundation is providing the money to fund a cardiovascular health intervention program which will screen the cardiovascular risk factors of all Isabella County fifth graders, said Dr. William Saltarelli, the CMU professor in charge of the program. “(CMU) applied here through the community foundations and asked for funds to put on the program,” said Amanda Schafer, executive director of the foundation. This is Isabella County’s third year with the program, which will be held this fall in Finch Fieldhouse. “This program is to educate and screen kids for cardiovascular disease risk factors,” Saltarelli said. “The risk factors being blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity and others.” Once students have their cholesterol, glucose, height and weight tested, the information is put into a document and sent to the parents. “We’re educating the parents and the kids about cardiovascular disease, which begins really early,” Saltarelli said. “We always think of cardiovascular disease as a stroke or heart attack in people that are 50 or 60.” Saltarelli said he hopes to teach students about healthy lifestyles, such as having good nutrition and being physically active, to help decrease those risk factors. Saltarelli said they have to plan roughly 11 different dates to get all the kids in Isabella County screened. There are 580 kids in the county and each day the program tests 60-70 kids. Schafer said the foundation has previously supported the program, which was formed in 1998. The grant was given to the foundation through the Kellogg Youth Fund.

“The Kellogg Youth Fund is unique because the recommendations for the grantmaking comes from our youth advisory committee,” Schafer said. Local youth reviewed the


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Speak Up, Speak Out enters 11th year, first forum topic: 9/11 anniversary By Sammy Dubin Staff Reporter

The Speak Up, Speak Out current event series aimed at educating students and giving a forum for an open dialogue is entering its eleventh year. Religion professor and chairwoman of the SUSO organizing committee, Merlyn Mowrey said the forums deal with student life at Central Michigan University, or a local political issue that directly impacts CMU students. “We’re trying to make sure we’re picking topics, not necessarily that the students are wellinformed about, but at least they’ve heard it on the news,”

Mowrey said. Last year’s forum ended with a heated debate over the lack of rigor and participation in many CMU classes. There was talk about the topic being picked up this year, however Mowrey said they did not have a specific forum topic for it. The first topic for this year is “10 Years After 9/11 - What Have We Learned?” and will begin at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15 in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. The organizing committee is made up of both faculty and students. The two groups collaborate to decide which topics will be presented in the fall and spring semesters.

Topics are also decided from student surveys that are filled out at each forum. “We take the top group (of topics) that we get the most votes for,” Mowrey said. Each year, the forum topics usually include foreign policy, a domestic issue, science and technology, diversity, a campus issue and something random. Shannon Salk, Milford senior and member of the student organizing committee, said she loves working with the professors and encourages fellow students to participate in the forums. “After attending the forums, I hope students gain a better un-

derstanding of the subject and pursue the issue on a personal level,” Salk said. Some students are persuaded to attend the forums to earn extra credit from their professors and, while Mowrey admits there are a fair number of students that come because of the extra credit, it’s not a concern because they keep coming back for more.

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this is a once in a lifetime opportunity with an amazing cast. “Each of us has found a bit of ourselves in our characters,” he said. However, the theatre’s website cautioned the show may not be for every audience due to the adult subject matter. “It’s just as risqué as the original — maybe even more risqué than it was written,” Saint Jones said. To promote the show, the cast will sing the song “Rent” at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Los Aztecas, 4445 E. Bluegrass Road.

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Musical ‘Rent’ to be performed at Broadway Theatre in September The Broadway Theatre’s upcoming production of “Rent” is described by cast member Michael Idalski as a show that will make the audience feel like part of the cast. The Rogers City junior plays the role of Mark in the show and said when it comes to the portrayals of the characters, nothing is held back. Idalski said Director John Saint Jones is a perfect fit for leading the production, scheduled to open in September. “Our amazing director has designed some great staging,” he said. “(It) will make the audience feel like they are another cast member.” Head of the Board of Directors of Friends of the Broadway, Phil Mikus is happy “Rent” was selected for the opening show. “It gives the talent an opportunity to perform and share their talent,” he said. Saint Jones said each cast member has a unique opportunity to pursue their ideas while performing in this musical. “Each scene is collaborative,” he said. “The actors all have input and they all contribute their creative ideas in each scene.” Idalski, who has been performing since fourth grade, said

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EDITORIAL | A negotiation battle between Faculty Association, CMU


Students lose

ith less than a week remaining before classes are scheduled to begin, the Central Michigan University administration and Faculty Association have yet to find an agreement that would result in the FA signing a new contract. While we are sympathetic to the demands of the faculty in some ways, the nature of the dispute has become dominated with divisive rhetoric and talking points amounting to little more than name calling. The most important question is whether or not this fight has left students any better off. What will happen if the FA bargaining committee decides to pursue a job action? Students have not been told whether classes would be condensed, replaced or canceled

entirely in the event of a work stoppage. Although we’re aware teachers could stop showing up in the event of the most dramatic “job action”, we are left with many questions. If this happens, will the class material be crammed into the remaining weeks? Will students be reimbursed for the classes that were canceled? Will classes taught by UTF members continue as scheduled? The consequences of the debate seem to offer few, if any,

positive results for students. It’s not as if the university has promised tuition breaks or new facilities to students in return for refusing to increase faculty’s pay. Students have been left in the middle of an argument fought out in tightly-worded press releases. The level of discourse, though familiar to those who watched the fight between the NFL and the NFLPA players union this summer, isn’t appropriate or healthy for a public institution dedicated to higher learning. There are also troubling parallels to the debt ceiling debacle that just played out (and continues to smolder) on Capitol Hill. Here in Mount Pleasant, both sides are using the same set of facts to suit their heated

arguments while approaching a deadline that, if passed, will hurt the parties’ constituents more than anyone else, mirroring the politicking that continues on a federal level. Even if the FA and university strike an agreement in time for classes to start as scheduled, it seems extremely unlikely the relationship between the two parties will improve in the near future. The fact that 97 percent of FA members voted in favor of allowing the bargaining committee to approve job actions shows how toxic things have become between the two parties. What this current stand-off will mean for future contract talks, and ultimately for the students who pay both sides’ salaries, is unknown.


Brad O’Donnell Columnist

CMU’s a party school, but culture has changed Brad O’Donnell is a former president for College Democrats. “CMU is an out of control party school.” When I tell people I attend CMU, I always get that exact same reaction. As many of you experienced over the weekend, it is actually true — CMU is definitely a party school. I used to get defensive. After all, I am paying a lot of money to attend CMU and I do not appreciate the quality education I am receiving being undermined by a party reputation. Then again I ask myself, why does having a party culture have to necessarily diminish the perception of the education I am receiving? The issue is of course that all schools, even many religious colleges, are party schools. There is no reason that having a party culture is mutually exclusive with attaining academic excellence. If one thinks the students at Harvard and Yale do not leave their dorm rooms until they graduate, they are incredibly misguided. A couple decades ago, CMU was a school where over-the-top partying and borderline riots were relatively common, and a reputation followed. People from all over attended these parties, and even to this day CMU still has a very large “Welcome Weekend.” Expect to never see many of the people you met over the weekend, by the way. Freshmen who heard stories from their parents, aunts and older co-workers should never expect to flip a car or set anything on fire. These stories are either exaggerations or ancient history. One is misguided if they think getting a group of young adults together will result in anything other than socializing in this manner. Which is why it is so frustrating that people feel the need to undermine the quality education CMU provides by dismissing it as a party school. Twenty-six percent of people who apply to CMU will not get in. As more people with better grades apply, that number will only increase. CMU is on the rise and academic excellence is a huge contributor to that. The next time someone wordvomits that CMU is a party school, enthusiastically agree and add that the fact we are academically competitive worldwide is great too. The resulting open-mouthed stare is well worth it. Central Michigan Life is the independent voice of Central Michigan University and is edited and published by students of CMU every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the fall and spring semesters, and on Wednesday during the summer term. The online edition ( contains all of the material published in print.


Experts recognize Michigan is on path to recovery Michigan received tremendous news (the week of July 31) when Fitch Ratings announced that it revised our bond rating outlook from stable to positive. Fitch is one of the leading national bond rating agencies, and its ratings affect the ability of governments and schools to finance projects. This is a very positive sign for our state, and it represents the first step in improving our AAbond rating and improving our economy. When lawmakers started the budget process, we faced a deficit of over $1.4 billion dollars, a broken tax code and weak economy. There were no perfect solutions available to us. However, we emphasized ef-

ficiency and fiscal responsibility, pushing state government to do more with less, and that effort has now been noticed and appreciated by the experts in fiscal analysis. This budget emphasized our economic recovery and laid the foundation for long-term growth in Michigan. Not every choice we made was popular, but we made the tough, necessary decisions that have put us back on the path to success. We rebuilt the state’s rainy-day fund, paid down our long-term debt, reduced spending by more than $1 billion, reformed the tax code and finished the budget four months ahead of the deadline. All of these things were cited by Fitch as reasons for optimism in

Michigan. The experts know what it takes to rebuild our economy, and they expect big things with the changes being made in Lansing. It is important to remember that our economy will not rebound overnight. This is the first step in a long road to recovery, and our future depends on our ability to stick to the long-term plan. If we can remain vigilant and continue to bring government in line with reality, we will all enjoy the return of the robust Michigan we once knew. Sincerely, Kevin Cotter State Representative 99th District

[YOUR VOICE] Comments in response to “No overnight guests allowed in residence halls until Aug. 26; weeknight policy also changing” on CM Life’s Facebook page: Brian Schunck — Aug. 17 This just makes living off campus even more desirable. I could see rules during certain occasions like Finals week. So much for being able to live and enjoy yourself at school. Might as well change the RA’s titles to Baby sitters because that’s what it seems like it’s coming down to. Tate Jenkins — Aug. 17 Why is it any of CMU’s business who is staying in your room and who isn’t. We didn’t sign up for boarding school, we signed up for college. Especially for a person like me who is living in a room set-up like Celani it shouldn’t matter who is staying in our personal bedrooms. Jesse Lynn Earley — Aug. 17 Ummm, last I checked, the residence halls are CMU property, not the students, that’s why it’s their business. Central Michigan Life is under the jurisdiction of the independent Student Media Board of Directors. Articles and opinions do not necessarily reflect the position or opinions of CMU or its employees. Central Michigan Life is a member of the Michigan Press Association, the Michigan Collegiate Press Asso-

Comments in response to “Students plan second annual tubing party down Chippewa River” on concerned — Aug. 17 I feel that if they want to organize that it is their choice, considering Mt. Pleasant is part of America it is their freedom! Local businesses (especially tube rental places) will profit in some way. If everyone is focused on what the drunk ones will do maybe some of the families. Along the river would want to give out water, put up trash cans and recycle bins so that they can take care of the trash... I figure if u can’t beat them join them, or help themmake it safer. Btw the police may want to b patroling the arears they enter the river @ and exit @ and see which minors are in possision or have been drinking. Maybe give breathalizers to thoes who might be driving.

games” on guest — Aug. 16 The campus police need to be patrolling campus for more important things than bike thieves... Sadly we all know if you leave a bike unattended and unlocked someone is going to take it, that is just how it is. The police are just setting up our students for failure with this one it seems to me. There are way worse things the police need to be monitoring on campus than people stealing bikes.... Glad my tuition is going toward something worth our while.

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Me — Aug. 16 “...setting them up for failure...”? The bottom line is that its wrong to take something that doesn’t belong to you. It shouldn’t matter if its a bike, a candy bar...whatever. Is stopping someone for speeding setting them up for failure? Is arresting someone who assaults someone setting them up for failure? Break the law = pay the consequences.

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Nathan Inks Columnist

Republican redistricting dishonest to voters Nathan Inks is currently president of College Republicans. It’s that time of the decade again. Democrats are gearing up for a legal battle over the recently passed redistricting plans for Michigan’s Congressional and state legislative boundaries. This is nothing new; five out of the last six redistricting plans have ended in a court challenge in Michigan and with the political tone of the nation turning increasingly partisan, this was to be expected. Since the Republican Party controls the Michigan Supreme Court, they will probably come out victorious. But should they? Is this legal challenge like those in the past? Most of these past cases were knee jerk reactions by the minority party, filed in the hopes that the Supreme Court might side with them and a final map would come out that was better for their party. This time, the potential cases have some real merit to them. The maps, especially the Congressional map, have some major flaws: the districts are not compact. The legislature has previously passed guidelines for redistricting, but the courts have ruled that these are not strictly legally binding. They have, however, ruled that there are some limits to how extreme gerrymanders can be, and non-compact districts made purely for partisan gain do violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. This year, the Republicans who control both chambers of the legislature drew maps that favored them, as was expected. And the Democrats would have done the same thing on some level if they were in power. But unlike previous years, this year’s map has districts that clearly stand out as partisan gerrymanders. Districts 9, 11, 13 and 14 are all mangled messes. The GOP claims this map was created as it is in order to fulfill the requirements of the Voting Rights Act, which requires that two of Michigan’s districts contain a majority African American population. These claims are baseless — districts could easily be drawn that fulfill the requirements of the VRA without mangling the political lines of Oakland and Wayne Counties. In engaging in such partisan gerrymandering, the Republicans in Michigan have thanked the electorate for giving them a landslide victory by slapping them in the face and turned a well deserved victory into an opportunity to “cheat to win” in the next elections. The map adopted by the legislature and signed by Governor Snyder makes a mockery out of the political process, and it is stunts like this that lead to people disliking politics. If taken to the courts, the plan should be overturned on the ground of violating the Equal Protection Clause, but whether or not they will actually do this remains to be seen.

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DECA business RSO formed for CMU marketing students By Hailee Sattavara Staff Reporter

Students interested in marketing and management will have the opportunity to put their business skills to the test by joining Central Michigan University’s new registered student organization, DECA, an organization for marketing students. “It’s a really unique club because you get to compete against other colleges,” said Howell senior Brent Zuber, president of the RSO. DECA helps bring together future leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges internationally, according to the DECA national website. It also said DECA helps students apply skills learned in courses to real situations. Competing in DECA will include business simulations, case studies, business presentations, ad campaigns, sales promotions and presentations, Zuber said. In business simulations, competitors take a 100-question test followed by role-playing. An example of a role play includes the judge acting as an angry customer while students act as managers. “There is no test with case studies,” Zuber said. “It is more focused on role play and outside materials can be brought in for business presentations.” The executive board plans to achieve this goal by advertising at MAINstage, advertising on campus and answering questions. Rochester senior and CMU

Although Central Michigan University will not offer an official gender-neutral housing policy this academic year, it will continue to be granted on a case-by-case basis. For the fall, Residence Life has approved one genderneutral room. At the close of last school year, the CMU Student Government Association officially supported gender-neutral housing, but their support was not enough to sway the administration. “Central doesn’t offer gender-neutral housing to students who are brothers and sisters, boyfriends and girlfriends, or close friends because it’s part of the University’s mission to expose its students to people from different backgrounds who are unfamiliar to them,” said Shaun Holtgreive, associate director of Residence Life. He said students who wish to be considered simply have to contact the office of Residence Life. YOUR FIRST Ohio sophomore and Transcend member Ryan Quinn COLLEGE said the current policy is insufficient, and needs to be

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Rochester senior Scott Walbrun, vice president of finance, left, and Northville senior Scott Fishbeck, vice president of administration, right, discuss with their executive board the future of DECA Monday afternoon at their president’s home located at the corner of Lansing and Gaylord.

“This organization is very competitive. You really have to think on your feet and utilize those skills you’ve learned studying business.” Scott Walbrun, DECA vice president DECA vice president Scott Walbrun said their biggest goal this year is to grab the interest of every single business student at CMU. “This organization is very competitive,” Walbrun said. “You really have to think on your feet and utilize those skills you’ve learned studying business.” Zuber also said he hopes the club gains hundreds of members. “We think this is going to be huge,” Zuber said. “We’re really ambitious.” Competitions take place in

March starting on a state level then moving to nationals and eventually international. The Collegiate DECA state conference will take place in Battle Creek. The international competition will be in Salt Lake City, UT. Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Kettering University also have collegiate DECA RSOs, Zuber said. Their first meeting has yet to be announced, but will be in the beginning of September.

made more public. “Myself and several other transgender students couldn’t find the housing we wanted,” Quinn said. “Central supposedly has a plan in place, but it is hard to find.” He is going to continue supporting gender-neutral housing by discussing it with students and administration. Robinson Residence Hall Director and proposal creator Bridget Dunigan said the case-by-case policy is a good first step because it addresses the issue, but said more needs to be done. She agreed with Quinn that the policy needs to be made more public. “The current policy forces LGBT community members, specifically those who are transgender, to have to admit

it,” Dunigan said. “And many students don’t even know that the case-by-case review is available.” The gender-neutral housing proposal would extend the option for all students with a few stipulations. “I’m looking for social justice for everyone,” Dunigan said. “I don’t want students to look at this as a LGBT issue because this policy would benefit everyone.” She encourages students who care about the issue to continue to voice their concerns. “Students will be very instrumental in getting a proposal that they want to see passed,” Dunigan said.


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jima, coordinator of international students. “They have to pay out-of-state tuition, which is around $25,000.” This coming semester, nearly 400 international students are expected to take in graduate level courses on campus. CMU uses recruitment websites such as Peterson’s Guides. “Students simply search what academic field they’re interested in, and if we have what they’re looking for, our profile appears,” said Rob Hassen, coordinator of graduate recruiting. The international undergraduate recruiting position is currently vacant. Hassen said CMU is already well-known nationally and internationally for its programs - more specifically, its graduate programs.


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“Lots of international students choose to come to Central because they’ve heard they will gain a quality education,” Hassen said. In addition to online directories, CMU sends representatives worldwide to inform international students of the university’s opportunities. “We’ll travel to education fairs in other countries, set up a booth, and give information about CMU and the admissions process,” Nakajima said. Nakajima said international students add diversity to campus and truly enhance the community. “They rent apartments or student housing, buy groceries and go out to eat,” Hassen said. “Things like this make them part of the community as a whole.”

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Arcadia Wind Study Group says CMU failed to comply with Michigan FOIA act By Annie Harrison Senior Reporter

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Walled Lake resident Rob Reed competes in ‘The Shoot House’ by neutralizing a paper target alongside Clare resident Mike Burton, range officer, as Burton records Reed’s score Saturday afternoon during the Michigan State Subgun match at Black Creek Conservation, 2643 S. Chippewa Road.

Machine gun match draws shooters from all over U.S. By Jordan Spence Senior Reporter

The echos of familiar rifle shots were replaced by the exotic sound of 9 mm, Max-11 and MP-5, at the Michigan State Sub-Gun match Saturday. The match was held at the Black Creek Conservation Club, 2643 S. Chippewa Road. This is the second year the match has taken place and is the largest of its kind in Michigan. “Because of the quality of this match it drew in people from across the country,” said Paul Winters, national submachine gun match director. Only legal, fully-automatic weapons are allowed to be used, said Ed VanVoorst, match director. Competitors shot at five different stages, with the fastest person winning. “It’s like drag racing with subguns,” VanVoorst said. “For one of the stages they could only have 20-round magazines to shoot at six targets and they can’t take their finger off the trigger.” For every mistake 10 seconds is added to the time, then the times are added up at the end, he said. To keep the match fair, the biggest magazine a competitor

was allowed to use could only have 30 rounds. There were two types of subguns that could be used on the courses, original irons and optics. Sub-guns using scopes of a different make or have little red dots to help target are considered optics, VanVoorst said. “A lot of our family does shooting together,” said competitor Kat Brown. “I’ve been shooting since I was a kid and have been using sub-guns for over 20 years.” The Georgia resident said she likes the challenge of shooting the sub-guns. Since the courses change, it keeps things fun and different, she said. During another station one of the challenges included a hostage situation. Shooters couldn’t hit the “friendly” target or they would be penalized. At the same station, once a shooter hit one target, another would immediately pop up. “Shooting the sub-guns is more entertaining and challenging,” said Saginaw resident Phil Sheridan. “I’ve been shooting sub-guns for about 10 years and they are a step-up from anything else.”

Arcadia Wind Study Group is seeking judicial review of Central Michigan University’s alleged failure to comply with Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act. AWSG, announced Aug. 2 that they filed for information on May 5 relating to a public survey on the opinions of property owners in portions of Benzie and Manistee Counties who would be affected by Duke Energy’s proposal to install 112 industrial wind turbines throughout the region. The mail and telephone sur-

vey was conducted by CMU on behalf of Duke Energy in March and April. Jesse Williams, the attorney representing AWSG, said there are several townships in the community in the process of enacting zoning for wind power, and the survey information is a “public interest” pertinent to the townships. CMU requested a “good faith deposit” of $616.79 in May, half of the estimated cost to process the request. Williams said AWSG provided the full amount of $1,233.59 to prevent delay. The Michigan FOIA requires public bodies to respond to requests for public records

within 15 business days. CMU responded to AWSG’s request within the requirement on May 27, and indicated 1,552 pages of documents had been collected and identified as responsive. However, only 157 pages were turned over in 12 weeks since the information request. Williams said another 300 documents were turned over the day after the judicial review was filed. CMU officials declined to comment. AWSG’s request for judicial review indicates two separate violations of the FOIA. It alleges CMU arbitrarily and capriciously violated FOIA by not disclos-

ing at least 1,395 pages of uncontested material related to the request. It also alleges CMU is in violation by refusing to disclose the final report and other public documents related to the study. Williams said this is a sensitive issue involving public and private property, but he believes an outcome will be reached that will “make everyone happy.” He said the judicial review is not an attack on CMU, and he does not see a reason why it won’t be resolved peacefully. “I will hope that we can all talk about that and resolve that,” Williams said.


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Loan information on said subsidized loans are for students who have financial need based on federal regulations. Interest for subsidized loans is not charged during the time when the student is enrolled in school at least halftime, the grace period and deferment periods. The grace period lasts six months after the student drops below halftime enrollment, graduates or withdraws from school. Unsubsidized loans are not based on financial need, and interest is charged during all periods. A PLUS loan allows parents to borrow from the federal government to help pay for their student’s education. PLUS loans can apply to dependent students or students at the graduate or professional level. Interest is charged during all periods, and repayment begins the day after the final loan disbursement. reported the interest rate for direct subsidized loans for undergrad rates with first disbursement date between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012, is 3.4 percent. The interest rate for direct subsidized loans for graduate students and direct unsubsidized loans for all students is 6.8 percent. The interest rate for direct PLUS loans is 7.9 percent. PELL GRANTS An article on CNNMoney reports that as a part of the debt ceiling deal to reduce deficits, Congress would cut subsidized federal loans for graduate students, which do not charge interest on the principal of student loans until six months after graduation. The money saved from the student loan cuts would help fund Pell Grants. Congress would also eliminate a special credit for students who make 12 months of loan payments on time. These changes would take place July 1, 2012. According to an article on, the $17 billion in-

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[News] crease in Pell Grant spending that came at the expense of cutting the graduate school subsidies provided only enough money to maintain Pell Grants for undergraduates through the 2013-14 school year. This allows the maximum Pell Grant to stay at $5,550 per student, per year. “This guarantees that the level of Pell Grant funding for 2011-12 and 2012-13 should not need be reduced,” Fleming said in an email. “Keeping the maximum award at the same level as it was in 2010-11 through the next two years will directly benefit CMU students, in as much as they would not see a reduction in their Pell Grant award.” Fleming said there was almost a 20-percent increase in the number of Pell Grant recipients from the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years. She said 6,629 students received Pell Grant awards in fiscal year 2010, and 7,908 students in fiscal year 2011. She said she expects more students will receive Pell Grant awards in fiscal year 2012, but the number will not be known until the end of the summer. Students can choose from a variety of repayment plans based on their income and career plans. According to, paying back loans generally takes 10 to 25 years depending on the repayment plan. The more time loans are in repayment, the more interest there is to pay. ProjectOnStudentDebt. org said the average debt of CMU graduates in 2009 was $26,615. Yats said students should be wary of private loans not certified by OSFA because they often use deceptive advertising. He said private loans are not federally regulated and can have “extremely high” interest rates of up to 18 to 20 percent. These private loans also have rigid repayment options and severe penalties for students who default, he said. “The key is to ask questions and exhaust all federal loan options before considering private loans,” he said.

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Bailey said CMU produces “good novice teachers,” but it takes about four or five years for people to master their teaching styles. She said most people have no clue what it takes to be an effective teacher. “Nobody tells their doctors how to doctor, their lawyers how to lawyer or their veterinarians how to veterinarian,” she said, “but most everyone will tell teachers how to teach just because they went to school for 13 years.”

was the trust fall, despite feeling scared initially. “I’m happy I did because it brought us all closer,” she said. “It makes you realize we’re all here for the same reason and can trust each other.” Adrian freshman Haley Dunbar said she first decided to sign up for Safari to have a fresh start and meet new people. “It’s been awesome — at first I started to get home sick — but everyday just gets better than the (last),” she said. Dunbar said she also enjoyed the team games “sproom” and “ride that pony”, as well as her excursion.

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“I love to dance, so my excursion, the hip hop hustle, was my favorite activity because we learned a dance routine,” she said. Escanaba freshman Sara St. Ours said Safari was a good way to learn about campus and make a lot of friends. She said she also enjoyed the slam poets. “The slam poets were really good,” St. Ours said. “I’ve never seen anything like that before, so it was really cool.” All three of St. Ours’ roommates also participated in Leadership Safari. “Leadership Safari was great,” Destine said. “Everyday is a dance party. We’re all a little tired in the morning, but it’s always a crazy party and crazy fun because there are just cool people here.”


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help, but I think that many people had abused the system,” Batt said. “(The DHS) should take a closer look at students’ financial situations.” Flint senior Ashley Mackenzie was one of the students considered eligible to retain their bridge card. Mackenzie said her employment is the reason she still receives aid, which she considers very helpful to her. “I don’t think removing that much help for students is the right approach,” Mackenzie said. “Many college students need the help, especially as they get older and are more independent.”

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Manistique senior Hailey Rohde, left, and Westland resident Tristan Limpert, right, sit down after walking various trails and paths most of Tuesday afternoon throughout Mount Pleasant. “We just wanted to spend today outside enjoying what was left of summer,” Rohde said. “Once the energy starts building up on campus you start to miss days like these where you can just sit back and relax.”

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Any new faculty in the College of Medicine and any other faculty in a “professional program,” might also be exempt, Connors said. FA also has problems with the university’s plans to decrease its quality of health care, and plans to add its own “discretionary language” to the promotion and tenure policies, Frey said. The administration wants to increase the number of years it takes a faculty member to achieve a promotion and at the same time reduce the promotion increment back to 20062007 levels, Frey said. The FA continues to push TO bargain because they believe the university is flourishing financially, which is what led to such a high number voting. She also said the salary and wage increase the FA is asking for is far below the average of other Mid-American Conference institutions. “The university has a significant amount (around $250,000) in ‘unrestricted funds,’” Connors said. “How they choose to spend it indicates priorities.”

OUTSIDE HELP Frey said the administration has indicated hiring a fact finder is the “most expeditious” way to solve the dispute. Frey disagrees because she said the process could take until November. The administration and FA filed for a fact finder on July 14, but to Frey’s knowledge one has not yet been assigned by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission. A state mediator attended some of the past meetings as well, but no progress was made. On the FA side, the bargaining team consists of eight people: Krista Graham, library assistant professor, Phil Squattrito, chemistry professor, Chris Owens, political science assistant professor, David Jesuit, political science associate professor, Jennifer Green, history associate professor, Suzanne Shellady, special education department chairperson, Brad van EedenMoorefield, human environmental studies associate professor, and a Michigan Education Association representative. Robert Martin, associate vice provost of faculty and personnel services, Matt Serra, director of faculty and employee relations and Ray Christie, vice provost of

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WHAT COULD HAPPEN? The salaries of FA members engaging in a job action would still get paid regularly, unless they “do not show up at all,” Frey said. In that case, the MEA would provide a salary. “I have to remain optimistic, and I am, because we have a membership that deserves a fair contract,” she said. There is no deadline for the agreement, as the FA’s contract expired on June 30. “It all comes down to how the bargaining team feels it’s going,” Frey said. “They’ll bargain as long as it takes.” The FA is planning another closed member meeting for Sunday evening at 7 p.m. In the event of an FA work stoppage, the union of teaching faculty would still teach classes, as well as any members of the FA that chose to do so. The UTF is comprised of approximately 340 lecturers formerly known as adjuncts, and the FA is comprised of approximately 650 tenure and tenure-track faculty.



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