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NEWS 3 Union leaders express lack of

4 Students dressed in green and celebrated St. Patrick’s Day across Mount Pleasant 5

Several greek organizations are hosting events to raise money for their philanthropic causes

8 Dog Central has plans to add beer to their menu

9 A CMU junior is training to win the Army’s Best Warrior Competition


















communication on pending budget cuts




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Union leaders say they’ve had EMPLOYEE UNIONS ON CAMPUS union groups represent contract employees on campus. They work to secure wage, workplace and benefit rights for little discussion about budget Nine their employees. Michigan’s Right to Work law, signed by Rick Snyder in 2012, allows non-dues paying workers to secure the same rights in their contracts. crisis, cuts with administrators Gov. By Ben Solis Managing Editor


s Central Michigan University administrators grapple with a $20 million budget deficit — a crisis almost certain to involve basebudget cuts and campus-wide layoffs —teacher and staff unions are wondering what will happen to them. Union leaders of nine employee groups plan to meet with their constituents in a joint Union Council session on March 20. The groups will attempt to make sense of the looming cuts and answer whatever questions members have. The session is not open to the public. Aside from a university-provided timeline, union leaders say they have been supplied with little to no information on budget cuts. For faculty members, those cuts will likely take the form of course section reductions, larger class sizes and the elimination of some fixed-term faculty positions, according to professors in the Faculty Association familiar with the budget reduction process. Heather Polinsky is a broadcast and cinematic arts professor and the president of the tenured Faculty Association union. She said the magnitude of the budget crisis and the lack of information is troubling. “Of course, the Faculty Association is very concerned about the budget and what will be cut,” Polinsky said Thursday. “The senior administration has not involved the FA in any conversation about cuts. We think this is a mistake.” Polinsky added that she hopes the university will give them “an opportunity to make recommendations before decisions are finalized.” Those decisions will be made in May, according to a timeline estimated by the university. While full-time professors are typically protected by tenure — or

rather a guaranteed permanent post by promotion — Polinsky said the university can make a choice not to fill vacant tenure track positions. A tenure Polinsky track becomes “vacant” when a faculty member retires from or leaves the university, creating an unfilled professorship. When a position is unoccupied, it creates salary and benefits savings for the university. Polinsky said this is the most common way to make cuts to tenured faculty. She said tenure does not equal “absolute” protection. “Unfortunately, we expect (unfilled vacancies) to continue in the name of budget cuts,” she said. “We have expressed our concerns about how this adversely affects the quality of instruction at CMU. We also believe that our long-term financial health as university will be threatened if we continue to disinvest in faculty.” At present, Polinsky said she has not received any indication of how many faculty member positions, tenured or fixed-term, could be on the chopping block at the end of spring. Fixed-term faculty members are represented by the Union of Teaching Faculty at CMU. Tenured faculty are different from fixed-term faculty members, who are employed on a part-time basis and are paid according to their degree status and years of relevant experience, according to documents regulating faculty compensation on the Office of the Provost’s website. The Union of Teaching Faculty did not provide comment for this story.

BUMP AND CUT For Jamie Cotter, president of the UAW Local #6888 worker’s union, the same “level of frustration” exists for office professional staff.

“My members are worried,” Cotter said. “There’s a real level of anxiety here. I know I’m going to be bombarded with questions and I won’t have a lot of Cotter answers. That’s the unfortunate part.” To quell the information gap, Cotter said her group plans to hold meetings, send regular newsletter updates and maintain a philosophy of “open communication” about the budget process. A few meetings held at the outset of the budget deficit announcement have helped provide an outlet for concerns. “The uncertainty is worse than knowing,” she said. “Even if it’s bad, it’s better to know.” During these sessions, Cotter said office staff members — including office specialists and secretaries — are primarily concerned about layoffs and what happens to low-seniority workers. Seniority is based on how long an employee has worked for the university. Out of 309 employees, Cotter said two have tallied more than 40 years at CMU. Five employees have more than 30 years at the university. If a position is eliminated for someone with high seniority, they can choose to either retire or move into the next available position underneath them. This process is known as “bumping.” It “bumps” the line of employees down to make room for high-seniority workers. If more than one position is eliminated at the top, those high-seniority workers can stay employed in other positions throughout the university. If an employee without seniority is bumped, and all available positions are filled, that worker can be laid off, Cotter said. That means newly hired office professionals could be without jobs. “I hope that (the cuts) come from vacant positions,” Cotter said. “A lot

Below is a list of employee unions on campus. This list does not include the Professional and Administrative Council, which acts as a liaison between the university and its employees. • UAW Local #6888 for Office

• Police Officers Association of

Professionals — including secretaries and specialists. • AFSCME for Maintenance and Custodial staff. • STA-Michigan Education Association for Supervisory and Technical Professionals. • National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians for Public Broadcasters working for CMU’s public broadcasting affiliate, WCMU.

Michigan for patrol officers with the Central Michigan University Police Department. • Central Michigan Command Officers Association for ranking officers with CMUPD. • Faculty Association for tenured and tenure-track faculty members. • Union of Teaching Faculty for fixed-term faculty members. • Graduate Student Union for graduate students employed at CMU.

of departments will have those vacant positions in their budget and not fill (them), and if it helps, they’ll not post them or not fill them.” As of Jan. 1, Cotter added, the office professional staff had at least 12 open positions available. Cotter is unsure if those positions have been filled or if the university has removed the job postings. Bumping employees or asking for early retirements are the only ways the UAW can produce substantial savings for the university. Each department has already submitted a plan to reduce base budgets, according to the universityprovided timeline. Cotter said her group looks at the big picture when layoffs are announced. Office professional staff and their salaries make up one of the smallest portions of the university budget. Reducing office costs on paper and other items can help save money. Both the FA and UAW are locked into their contracts until 2019, so even with cuts, their salaries and benefits

packages won’t change unless their contracts are reopened. Groups like AFSCME, which represents custodial and maintenance staff, will bargain on a new contract this year. The budget cuts have some AFSCME members worried about job security, as custodial work —much like CMU’s dining services — can be privatized. Whatever cuts come down, Polinsky said faculty and staff are both equally concerned when “staffing, in any campus capacity, are reduced.” “We need good people in all university positions to have a well-functioning university,” Polinsky said. While both Polinsky and other union heads anxiously await more information from administrators, Cotter said one thing is for certain: the atmosphere at the joint Union Council meeting on Monday is sure to be “passionate.” “I know (each union member) is feeling strained,” Cotter said. “Unfortunately, as office professionals, we don’t usually get a lot of say on how that goes down.”




St. Patrick’s Day celebrated by students despite snowfall By Greg Horner News Editor

For Michala Ebert, St. Patrick’s Day is like Christmas in Mount Pleasant. The Rosebush senior was “putting in work” at O’Kelly’s Sports Bar and Grille before starting her 6 p.m. shift. With a gin and tonic in hand, Ebert said she wanted to make sure she got to celebrate the Irish holiday. “For college kids, this is the best day of the year,” she said. “People get crazy. It’s a party from early in the morning until late at night.” O’Kelly’s was the first stop in a long day for many students. The bar opened at 9 a.m. with $1.25 pint drink specials. A line formed outside before the doors opened. Patrick Dupont, a fifth-year student from Colorado, started his day at O’Kelly’s. “Everybody has a good time and you never have to

worry,” Dupont said, sporting a green shirt. “I’m just going to see where the day takes me.” By 2 p.m., snow began to fall in Mount Pleasant. Despite the cold temperatures and wet snow, students still showed up on Main Street to enjoy the festivities. Members of Pi Kappa Phi stood outside their fraternity house selling grilled cheese sandwiches for $1 to raise money for the fraternity. James Izzo, a member of PKP, said the day celebrates college culture as much as Irish heritage. He said a big part of his St. Patrick’s Day is looking out for others during a holiday known for day drinking. “There’s always a risk and not everyone is a genius,” said the Taylor sophomore. “People always make poor decisions. But whenever I see someone making a poor decision, I try to let them know. We’re trying to make that a part of the culture — to look out for each other.” Across the street, Brian Baldwin was sell-

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ing hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches for Bubba Q Barbecue. He’s got “a little Irish” in him, “but don’t we all,” said the CMU alumnus. “This day is always a little wild,” Baldwin said. “There’s usually people crawling around and enjoying a good time. They like St. Patrick’s Day for what it means, or at least what they think it means.” Mayor Kathy Ling drove past the fraternity houses to see the crowd when it began snowing. She said she was shocked that so many “hardy souls” were braving the weather. “There’s no question,” the holiday is one of the biggest days of the year for many, Ling said. With some students planning all-day parties, Ling said Mount Pleasant officials, university administrators and local police worked ahead of St. Patrick’s Day to educate students about the city’s expectations. “Some years it can get pretty wild,” Ling said. “Our primary concern is that everyone stays safe. We want people to have fun, but that they do it safely and look out for themselves, their friends and their neighbors.” Despite the nod from Ling to have fun, it was a bittersweet St. Patrick’s Day for Bailey Green. This year was the last time the senior will enjoy the day as a student. Every year, Bailey and her roommates partake in the celebration. She said the memories are important. Green worked in the morning and started her day at 10 a.m. by eating green eggs

and ham, washed down with green beer at O’Kelley’s. She and her friends moved onto Main Street later, spent time at the Bird Bar and Grill and ended their night with a glass of water at Marty’s Bar. Green made sure to pace herself. St. Patrick’s Day is a marathon and not a sprint, she said. “I wanted to make sure I celebrated with my friends,” said the Clinton Township native. “It’s sad that it’s going to end.” Green’s friend, Serena Galea, graduated in December. She came back to Mount Pleasant from her new home in Boston to see her friends. From her view, Galea said students don’t celebrate like they used to. She was unsure if the poor weather or police crackdown were to blame. “It’s a lot different than it was before,” the Saline native said. “It’s still been fun, but it used to be more open and everyone used to celebrate together. I wouldn’t say it’s a bummer, but if you haven’t seen how it used to be, you have no idea.” Across the street from Marty’s, Baldwin was still selling his hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches. Despite the cold weather, he said “it was rockin.” But for 10 p.m. in downtown on St. Patrick’s Day, it was quieter than he expected. Baldwin didn’t seem to mind.  “I wish it had been a bit warmer,” he said. “I don’t think the sleet and snow deterred the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.” 





SORORITY SELLS NIGHT SNACKS FOR CHARITY Sigma Sigma Sigma will be passing out treats to students craving a midnight snack on March 23 at the sorority’s house at 430 S. Main St. From 10 p.m. March 23 to 2 a.m. March 24, members will be serving dinosaur chicken nuggets, desserts, walking tacos and Faith Goodwin lemonade as part of the sorority’s annual spring fundraiser “Fourthmeal.” Proceeds will go to the Tri Sigma Foundation. Plymouth junior Faith Goodwin, president of Sigma Sigma Sigma, said the Tri Sigma Foundation has three beneficiaries: -Sigma Serves Children, which donates

to children’s hospitals in Michigan and helps improve early education. -The Robbie Page Memorial Fund, which funds research striving to eradicate polio. -The March of Dimes which has the goal to end premature and stillborn births. “Fourthmeal is our biggest event,” Goodwin said. The late night food fundraiser is also the philanthropy event Sigma Sigma Sigma is known for, she said. Tickets are $4 dollars if purchased from a sister before the event and $5 at the door.  Members will wear their letters and carry tickets around campus in the days leading up to the fundraiser, and encourage students to ask them for tickets. - Quinn Kirby,

Staff Reporter


FRATERNITY FUNDRAISES FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION When Joseph Pallas, a member of Beta Theta Pi, set $5,240 as the monetary goal for the fraternity’s upcoming “Beta and Bowties” fundraiser on March 22, he recognized how the number seemed arbitrary on the surface. But it wasn’t; “It’s a representation of the 5,240 suicides attempted daily by students in grades seven through twelve in the U.S.,” the Muskegon sophomore said.  Unlike several other Greek organizations who fundraise for their respective foundations, Beta Theta Pi Joseph Pallas fundraises for already existing charities, Pallas said. This year, the fraternity chose the Jed Foundation, a non-profit that focuses on mental health issues and suicide prevention in youth. Pallas said the philanthropy choice was unanimous within the fraternity because mental health and suicide have affected many members personally or within their circle of

friends and family. “Beta and Bowties” will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. on March 22 at the Beta Theta Phi chapter’s house at 814 S. Main St in Mount Pleasant. The event will provide an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner. Tickets are $4 if purchased in advance from a member, or $5 at the door. Attire is not formal, though fraternity members wear formal dress to serve attendees, Pallas said. On the day of the fundraiser, an affiliated Snapchat filter will be available from noon to 5 p.m. Those who submit a filtered snap to their story and show the snap to a fraternity member at the event will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card to the Blue Gator Sports Pub and Grill. Students who cannot attend the event but still wish to support the cause can donate to the fraternity’s Give Butter page at  - Quinn Kirby,

Staff Reporter




Painting the town Green Students embraced Irish heritage and celebrated college culture on Friday. From the top of the morning until late at night, Main Street was a sea of green for St. Patrick’s Day.


ABOVE: Binge Yan | Staff Photographer

Alicia Mun, left, and Hannah Grace, right, pose for a photo Mar. 17 at a house located on Main Street.

RIGHT: Cody Scanlan | Freelance Photographer Police officers talk to students on Mar. 17 near Main Street.

LEFT: Binge Yan | Staff Photographer

St. Patrick’s Day partygoers walk down steps on Mar. 17 at a house on Main Street.






File Photo | Meagan Dullack Dog Central, located at 111 E. Michigan St. downtown Mount Pleasant, received approval for a liquor license and plans to serve alcohol in the future.

Dog Central plans to offer ‘extensive’ beer lineup soon By Zahra Ahmad Staff Reporter

Dog Central will soon begin serving alcohol after their application for a liquor license was approved by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission on March 16. While its main focus is food, owner Paul McFall said the restaurant would serve an “extensive” canned beer lineup. The restaurant, which opened in 2012 and is located at 111 E. Michigan St., will offer happy hours and specials for beer, he said. “We’re leasing the space next door because of space constraints,” he said. “The scene downtown has changed over the years. There are more mobile food carts operating, so we looked for ways to expand the business.” McFall plans to end alcohol sales at 1 a.m. He doesn’t anticipate an increase in noise or traffic

with the change. At a January 2016 Mount Pleasant City Commission meeting, commissioners discussed and approved a redevelopment liquor license for the downtown restaurant. “I think this is a good idea for our downtown. Unfortunately, a lot of businesses that start downtown don’t last long,” said City Commissioner Tony Kulick. “I think Dog Central has proven their staying power. This will only make them stronger.” The timeline for when Dog Central can begin selling alcohol is still uncertain as the business is renovating its space to meet the Liquor Control Commission code requirements. “The date isn’t final yet, but we’re in the final stages,” McFall said. “St. Patrick’s Day was crazy. So many of our customers were expressing how excited they were when they heard we were going to start selling beer.”




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Relay for Life sets fundraising goal at $70,000 to support cancer research By Katelyn Chace Staff Reporter

Colleges Against Cancer plans to raise $70,000 to support the American Cancer Society. The registered student organization is hosting CMU’s annual Relay for Life event from noon to midnight Saturday, March 25 in the Central Michigan University Indoor Athletic Complex. Grace Kozak, community manager for the American Cancer Society, said the event’s purpose is to raise awareness about cancer, to celebrate the survivors and to help people within their community utilize resources around them. “(Relay for Life events) give people a chance to fight back,” Kozak said. “These events raise a lot of money, which goes toward funding for research, as well as providing rides for patients to their appointments.” Relay for Life has been involved with CMU for 21 years, starting in 1996. Last year’s Relay for Life raised $55,600. This year’s event has raised more than $22,000 as of 4 p.m. Sunday with six days remaining. The goal this year is to raise $70,000. People can register online either as a solo participant or as a team by donating $10 per person. Teams and participants work to raise money before and during the event. According to the event’s website as of 4 p.m. Sunday, the Colleges Against Cancer Committee has raised $2,951, while the CMU Cheerleading team has contributed $2,920. Taylor Fischer leads all individuals with $2,340 donated. Rachel Sulkowski, director of growth for Colleges Against Cancer, said she has attended Relay for Life for three years before she arrived at CMU. The Canton junior wanted to be a part of the organization that helps put the fundraiser on.

Different items such as food, beads and buttons will be sold at tables on the track throughout the day, Sulkowski said. The Asia Project, a spoken word group, and Central Harmony, an A Cappella group, will also perform. Activities will include games like bubble soccer. Three ceremonies will take place during the 12 hours. The opening ceremony honors survivors at the event, while the second ceremony, Luminaria, is where people will have a chance to reflect on their experiences with cancer. The total amount of money raised through the event will be announced during the closing ceremony. Alyssa Hayward, president of Colleges Against Cancer, said about 35 members of her organization helped plan the event. The group also has volunteers that will help set up and tear down the event. As of right now, the event has 336 participants raising money on its online event page. Hayward said a couple hundred people typically attend throughout the day. “I want to go into cancer research, so I found Colleges Against Cancer at MainStage,” Hayward said. “Going into it, I could have never imagined the impact that it would have on me. I had never even been to a (Relay for Life) before I joined. Relay for Life is such a powerful event and it will always be something that is important to me.” Kozak said she wants to provide the community with more access and information about Relay for Life events. “These events also give the community a chance to celebrate the survivors within the community and to remember the ones they have lost,” she said. Those with any questions about the event can email Volunteers can sign up at




Student, Army reservist prepares for Best Warrior Competition By Samantha Shriber Staff Reporter

Serving in the U.S. Army reserves has given Shayn Lindquist the opportunity to honor his country while getting an education at Central Michigan University. The Clarkston junior to joined the Army Reserves prior to starting his senior year of high school. He also wanted to further his education and obtain a degree. Lindquist serves in the 414th Civil Affairs Battalion and studies international relations. In February, Lindquist faced off against nine other competitors from various parts of the country at the Quantico Marine Base in Virginia as part of the Best Warrior Competition.  He won first place. The contest is an annual Army-wide competition that serves to find the most tactically sound and proficient soldier. The event is divided into levels, beginning with selecting a representative among members of each individual battalion. “It is hard for the unit to find people to (compete) because people are busy with their schedules, such as with work and school,” Lindquist said. “I wanted to go and was dedicated to volunteering.” His eligibility was determined by a board of soldiers associated with his battalion. His success in the Army Physical Fitness Test and a strenuous march while carrying massive weight landed him the opportunity. U.S. Staff Sgt. Nicholas Maisel serves as Lindquist’s sponsor, mentor, coach and contest adviser.  “I think that Lindquist being a student and a soldier sets him apart,” Maisel said.

Shayn Lindquist “He has decided to serve his country and not everyone will or can do that. He also has an increased workload due to his military commitment and is succeeding very well.” The event kicked off with an Army Physical Fitness Test prior to a 25-question written test on American and military history with an essay portion asking what it meant to be a soldier. The competition intensified with a 10-mile road march while carrying a 42-pound weight. This was immediately followed by a mock event in which a civil affairs team moved into a village with enemy combatants and performed an assessment, provided first aid, conducted a nineline medevac request and withdrew from the kill zone. Lindquist’s battalion specializes in U.S. relations to civil authorities and civilian populations located in the Middle East. Their responsibilities are to analyze, support and learn about populations in times of peace and contingency plans in case of war, Lindquist said. Jobs include organizing and executing non-combatant evacuations and strengthening communication with civilian aid agencies. The Best Warrior Competition concluded with an oral examination, a weapon qualification portion and a land navigation segment. The

Courtesy Photo | Shayn Lindquist Clarkston junior Shayn Lindquist competes in the Best Warrior Competition on Feb. 10 for the 414th Civil Affairs Battalion.

land navigation task challenged Lindquist to find points in the woods on foot using only a map and compass. Lindquist said he found the back-to-back challenges extremely vigorous and rewarding. “Having won this contest means that he will now compete at a higher level for the next round,” Maisel said. “The competition only gets better at each level. Some of the events will be similar but the proficiency and grading gets harder.” Lindquist is busy preparing for the next level of the Best Warrior Competition, which will take place April 2-7.  Maisel has confidence in Lindquist’s abilities as April approaches.  “Lindquist has a bright future and he has talked of becoming an officer once he graduates,” Maisel said. “He is proving that he is mission capable and that he can successfully lead soldiers. He is a warrior.”

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Cannabis conversation good for city


Mount Pleasant officials should consider new state laws with open minds As Mount Pleasant city leaders consider the benefits of medical marijuana businesses in town, we have a simple request: Keep an open mind. Mount Pleasant’s city and planning commissions met for a special joint session prior to the City Commission’s regular meeting last Monday. They used the meeting to discuss how officials should handle new state laws regulating medical marijuana facilities. In December 2016, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a series of bills clarifying the types of medical marijuana facilities allowed under Michigan law. The “Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act” will create a licensing program for medical marijuana similar to how the state regulates alcohol. Under the law, a city or township must “opt in” to let the state know it wants to have licensed medical marijuana businesses in its municipality. Residents can create a citizen’s initiative to put the issue before local voters. Counties are not eligible.  The city can choose to allow: • Growing facilities that would cultivate and process marijuana for sale. The city could authorize three designations. Class A would allow cultivation of up to 1,500 plants, Class B would allow cultivation of up to 1,000 plants or Class C would allow cultivation of up to 500 plants • Processors that create “infused products” such as edibles • Dispensaries that would buy marijuana from growers and supply the product to patients.

• Transportation services that would take marijuana to authorized facilities • Facilities to monitor cannabis for contaminants and other substances We think the city commission should approach the possibilities of these new laws with open minds.  These licensed dispensaries would be a new taxable business revenue in town and there are already too few medical marijuana facilities to meet patients’ needs north of Lansing.  Allowing these businesses would conform to the city’s existing progressive policy outlook. With the proper regulation, Mount Pleasant could be a regional hub for medical marijuana in Mid-Michigan. If the city commission opts into the new laws, Mount Pleasant would be at the forefront of this budding industry. They can set their own guidelines and ordinances for provisioning centers and other businesses, like requiring a fee of up to $5,000 for each facility, require indoor growing and providing resources to prevent theft. The city essentially has the power to make these businesses play on the city’s terms. The first step to making the right decision on the new laws is tuning out the traditionally negative stigma surrounding the use of cannabis — whether smoked or taken in another form. While there has been vast improvements in


Zbigniew Bzdak | Chicago Tribune/TNS Grower James Walker tends to newly transplanted cannabis at PharmaCann, LLC, a medical marijuana cultivation center, on Jan. 23, 2017 in Dwight, Ill.

what we know about marijuana, since the U.S. made marijuana a schedule 1 controlled substance in 1990, negative stigmas persist when discussing cannabis and the medical marijuana industry. However, there are benefits for a municipality like Mount Pleasant to normalize an industry of growing and processing a substance that is still illegal at the federal level — as scary as that might seem. In 2016, former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said “it’s not like we’re seeing marijuana as a specific gateway” during a speech on the causes of addiction. Instead, Lynch pointed to prescription painkillers and other prescribed opioids as the gateway leading to the heroin epidemic our nation faces. Heroin and painkiller-related overdoses claimed the life of 1,745 Michiganders in 2014, according to the Detroit Free Press. From 20102012, 77 people died each year in Michigan from alcohol poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recorded overdose deaths in the U.S. from marijuana? None — ever — according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.   TIME reported a study from Health Affairs in

July 2016 concluding that when states legalized medical marijuana, prescriptions dropped significantly for painkillers and other drugs for which pot was an alternative.  We should encourage doctors to issue medical marijuana cards to patients and mitigate the opioid addiction crisis. Before we can do so, medical marijuana providers need to be accessible to patients with the help of city planning and robust pot politics.  Mount Pleasant residents have already shown interest in exploring the use of marijuana both medicinally and recreationally. In November 2014, 62 percent of residents voted to amend the city ordinance allowing the possession or transfer of “small amounts” of marijuana on private property by those age 21 and over. The traditional, negative stigmas — many of which are factually incorrect or biased — cannot be deciding factors for city leaders.  As City Commissioner Lori Gillis said at Monday’s meeting, our municipality should consider the possibilities of these new laws with open eyes.  This decision must be thoughtfully considered, but we ask that it be considered with open minds as well.




Kildee: Great Lakes restoration cuts would damage economy, environment


here is no shortage of issues that Democrats and Republicans disagree about. Thankfully, protecting the Great Lakes has never been one of them. Since 2010, Democrats and Republicans in Congress have joined together to support funding, through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, to protect the Great Lakes from harm. For good reason: the Great Lakes are a national treasure. They’re the world’s largest freshwater body and represent 90 percent of America’s surface freshwater resources. The Great Lakes are also big job creators—generating billions of dollars in economic activity and supporting over a million jobs in the tourism, boating and fishing industries. That’s why there is strong bipartisan opposition to the Trump

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administration’s recent draft budget that slashes Great Lakes protection efforts by 97 percent. Under this proposed Environmental Protection Agency budget, essential programs to reduce pollution and protect the Great Lakes from invasive species would all but be eliminated. These extreme cuts would have disastrous consequences on the health of the Great Lakes and our economy. These cuts would cease programs seeking to stop the spread invasive species like Asian carp and zebra mussels. Habitat restoration efforts, like a recent project by Ducks Un-

limited to restore wetlands near the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, would no longer happen. And public health would be jeopardized—funding to prevent harmful algal blooms, like the one that occurred in Toledo affecting the drinking water of 400,000 people, would be gone. I’m from Flint, Michigan – with our city’s ongoing water crisis, we know what happens when government tries to cut their way to prosperity. Such deep cuts would also hurt our economy and contribute to the loss of thousands of jobs. Great Lakes protection efforts have a direct positive impact on America’s economy. The Great Lakes propel approximately $62 billion in industries such as sport fishing, boating, hunting and wildlife observation. Taken together, the Great Lakes sup-

port 1.5 million good-paying jobs in states like Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Indiana—all states President Trump won last November. All of these jobs depend on the environmental quality of the Great Lakes. Our constituents get it – according to a recent poll, 86 percent of residents in a state bordering the Great Lakes understand and support Great Lakes protections programs that President Trump is seeking to end. Many of these voters cast their ballots for President Trump and oppose these deep cuts. Last year, Congress authorized full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, with 25 Republicans and 21 Democrats co-sponsoring the measure. And just last month, 40 Members of Congress – Democrats and Republicans – wrote to the

President asking him to maintain the current level of funding, $300 million, in his Fiscal Year 2018 budget. It’s my hope that President Trump will recognize the economic value of the Great Lakes and reconsider these terrible cuts. My colleagues in Congress, representing Great Lakes states but also other parts of the country, should also speak up in opposition to this harmful proposal. Simply put, our livelihood, our jobs and our way of life depends on having clean and vibrant Great Lakes. We should not cut vital Great Lakes efforts that are critical to supporting our economy and protecting our environment. Dan Kildee is Michigan’s 5th District representative in the U.S. House. The Flint native is a Central Michigan University alumnus.

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Gender and Sexuality Center would benefit all CMU students TO THE EDITOR: My name is Justin Gawronski and I am writing in support of the formation of a Gender and Sexuality Center at Central Michigan University.  As the Student Government Association President during the 2012-13 academic year, I signed legislation in support of a Gender and Sexuality Center.  Almost five years later, it is now past-time that CMU stops preaching values of inclusivity and tolerance, and starts doing something about it. Beyond having the honor to serve

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as the SGA President, I also served as a resident assistant, orientation leader, volunteer with the Office of LGBTQ Services, campus ambassador and Leadership Institute intern. I have seen student life on campus from a multitude of perspectives beyond my own, and can conclude that a Gender and Sexuality Center will serve to benefit CMU students.  As a former teacher, and current M.A. candidate at the University of Michigan, I have seen the impact that inclusivity can have on students of all ages and at all stages of their education.

Central Michigan University plays a unique role as the heart of Mount Pleasant and Isabella County. We have to look beyond the scope of CMU when recognizing the importance of a Gender and Sexuality Center.  There is no question that our country has seen political divides that are now greater than in recent years. Universities help set the tone for what future generations value in their lives. The creation of a Gender and Sexuality Center at CMU is not only symbolic, but will serve to sup-

port our most marginalized communities, and further CMU as a leader in the realm of higher education. CMU students have already proven they are a progressive and open-minded student body. I want to applaud the Civil Discourse Society at CMU, which has been highlighted as a beacon of light in a rather tumultuous political climate.  The Gender and Sexuality Center will further the ideals and core values of CMU by creating not only a safe space for students of marginalized identities, but a brave space for

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CMED GRADS FIND RESIDENCIES AT MATCH DAY All 62 students in the Central Michigan University College of Medicine’s first graduating class obtained residency placements in the college’s first ever Match Day on March 17. Match Day is a national event that records the preferences of medical students with the preferences of teaching hospitals to find residency placement. The information was embargoed in sealed envelopes and students across the nation opened them simultaneously. Of those CMED students, 47 percent were placed in residencies in Michigan, according to a university press release. “I am excited for my match and for all of my classmates, as everyone matched today,” said Kush

Sharma, a Kalamazoo native. “Having been a part of this small of a class, we are like a family.” Sharma will be a resident at Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners in vascular surgery, the release stated. CMED opened in 2009 with a focus on providing health care to rural and underserved communities in Michigan. The medical school’s first class contained 64 students, but each consecutive year has accepted 104. Madeline Brockberg was matched with Boston University Medical Center — her first choice. In an interview with Central Michigan Life in October, Brockberg said she wouldn’t have wanted to go to a medical school without the friends and mentors she met at CMED.

“I really liked the idea of being a part of the first class,” she said. “I thought it was an exciting opportunity to be a part of shaping something, creating a culture and being a leader in a new venture.” CMED Dean George Kikano said graduating its first class is momentous for CMED, in the release. “I’m grateful to our outstanding faculty, our supportive staff and our incredible clinical partners throughout Michigan who help provide outstanding educational experiences for these students,” Kikano said. “Today is a day to celebrate being one step closer to reducing health disparities and improving access to high-quality health care in the state.”


‘SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT’ PANEL TO DISCUSS ACADEMIC FREEDOM, EQUAL EDUCATION The “Speak, Up Speak Out” panel discussion series will examine safe spaces and free expression at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. The upcoming forum, titled “Safe Spaces/Free Expression?: How do academic freedom and equal education coexist?” will include a panel consisting of faculty, staff and students: Joshua Smith, philosophy and religion faculty member; Christi Brookes, chairperson of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures; junior Bellal Ammar; and senior Autumn Gairaud.

The event is sponsored by the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center, Pi Sigma Alpha and the Office of Diversity Education. Gairaud said the panel will introduce each issue with a video that will get people to think about safe spaces and free expression. The Waterford senior also hopes and expects people will bring different perspectives to the panel on Tuesday. She encourages students to come join the discussion.

“We learn from each other with different views. You see both ideas,” Gairaud said. “A big part of the event is to engage the audience and have civil discourse.” Each forum has a video to introduce the subject, then the panel will discuss the issues. The idea of the event is to let students have a safe space to discuss social and political issues they might find important to themselves. Audience members are encouraged to participate in the discussion as well. - Sara Strohschein Staff Reporter

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GRIFFIN FORUM TO DISCUSS HUMAN TRAFFICKING DURING MARCH 20 LECTURE The Spring 2017 Griffin Forum, “HUMAN TRAFFICKING! Not in My Neighborhood?” will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, March 20 in the Powers Hall Ballroom. Panelists will discuss human trafficking in Michigan during the forum. State Sen. Judy Emmons, whose 33rd Senate District includes Isabella County, will be among the panelists. The panel also includes Anny Donewald, founder

and executive director of Eve’s Angels, a Christian nonprofit that assists women in the sex industry, and Detective Sgt. Edward Price of the Michigan State Police. The event will be moderated by JoEllen DeLucia, associate professor of English and chair of the Women and Gender Studies program. The College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Political Science and

the Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at CMU are sponsoring the event. The Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government hosts twiceyearly forums discussing public policy issues. Last semester’s Griffin Forum emphasized Michigan’s Democratic and Republican parties. - Evan Sasiela, News Editor CMU Program Board



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Native American community unifies in pow wow while celebrating diversity among tribes

By Sarah Wolpoff and Quentin Rodriquez News Editor and Staff Reporter

Alexis Syrette came to Central Michigan University because of its relationship with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. The Mishawaka, Indiana sophomore said she wasn’t raised around a large native population. Syrette affiliates with the Batchawana First Nation tribe of Ojibway Indians of Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, and she felt it was important to attend a university where she could surround herself with similar people. Since she was a girl, Syrette has danced and competed in pow wows across the country. Now, at CMU, she is a student committee member who helped organize the annual “Celebrating Life” pow wow on campus. “(I can) give my input by sharing what other pow wows have done,” Syrette said. CMU’s Native American Programs office hosted its 28th annual “Celebrating Life” pow wow March 18-19 in McGuirk Arena, where thousands of people came to celebrate Native American culture. Pow wows bring different tribes together throughout the year across the U.S. and Canada. While CMU’s pow wow promotes cultural awareness in the Mount Pleasant community, it also has a strong purpose within the Native American community — to bring tribes


MEET THE STUDENT WHO SERVES ON THE POW WOW COMMITTEE AND ALSO DANCED IN A COMPETITION DURING THIS WEEKEND’S 28TH ANNUAL “CELEBRATING LIFE” POW WOW ON CM-LIFE.COM together and share different traditions and practices with each other. The pow wow at CMU is meant to provide tribes the opportunity to get together and share different traditions among each other. It is also meant to benefit and educate both the CMU and Native American communities by showing the tribe’s differing cultures and dispelling stereotypes associated with native people.

IMPORTANCE OF CMU POW WOW Hannahville junior Hannah Bartol decided to attend CMU because she felt welcomed as a Native American student on campus. “What I do at home I can also do here,” Bartol explained. “Different small things, like smudging. I do that back at home and I can even do it in the (Native American Programs) office.” Smudging is the practice of burning of sage, which Bartol describes to cleanse the environment and bring around positive energy. This year, Bartol was chair of the university’s

pow wow committee. Having a pow wow on campus allows Native American students to educate others about the culture closely entwined with the city, she said. “This is one of the best university pow wows put on, definitely in the state of Michigan,” Syrette said. “With our native population and relationship with the tribe here, it really helps build a good foundation for putting on a pow wow in the first place.” Because CMU uses the Chippewa name and attracts Midwestern native students, Syrette said it’s important to have the pow wow every year on campus to educate the student body. “We are the Central Michigan Chippewas, and I don’t think a lot of people understand the Chippewa name and where it comes from.” Syrette said. “We are really close to the Tribe here and I think it’s important for not just us to participate in the pow wow but for anyone on campus to come and learn about the culture.” w POW WOW | 16



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A participant competes during the pow wow on March 18 at McGuirk Arena.




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Miles Sutherland, left, and Chayton Hedgepeth, right, perform during a group dance on March 18 at the 28th Annual “Celebrating Life” pow wow at McGuirk Arena.


Mary Lewandowski | Photo Editor A participant helps prepare a woman for the 28th Annual “Celebrating Life” pow wow on March 18 at McGuirk Arena.

Yvonne Moore, a member of the Mackinaw Band, which is made up of Ojibwa and Odawa tribes, established CMU’s pow wow nearly three decades ago. She believes the event is critical for raising awareness between Native Americans and the local community. “Every student should be aware that if this land had not been gifted, they would not be here,” Moore said. “It’s important that students honor our ancestors by recognizing us.” Because people tend to view other cultures with their own cultural perspective in mind, pow wows are a valuable educational experience, said Hunter Sagaskie, an Ojicree from Memphis. “Exposure is very important when it comes to any minority group,” Sagaskie explained. “(While) we probably have more native people on campus than a lot of other campuses, it’s still very small compared to other minority groups and the majority. Exposure allows people to have that chance to see what our culture actually is, who we are and

what we represent.” This weekend was the first time freshmen students Hayley Baerwalde and Lily Soule experienced a pow wow. They attended because as CMU students, there were inspired to learn more about Native American traditions. Both of them felt that after attending, their understanding of the university name was enhanced. “It’s important at a school using the Chippewa name to understand the Native American culture,” Baerwalde said. “It’s important to take a second, step back, and appreciate who they are, their culture and (everything) they do.” In light of the clean water issue at Standing Rock, a where tribes gathered to stop production of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Bartol said the pow wow is especially unifying this year. The sentiment applies to those both within and outside the Native American community. “People saw this issue that wasn’t only affecting the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, but was affecting all people who got their water supply from there,” Bartol said. “People (at CMU) really rallied to donate. It brought us together as a common




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Shay Schuyler, left, participates in a Grand Entry during the 28th Annual “Celebrating Life” pow wow on March 18 at McGuirk Arena.

issue, for everyone.” Moore went to Standing Rock to protest earlier this year. She said thousands of people also joined despite coverage claiming only a few hundred protesters were present. She said there was more cooperation and support in Standing Rock than ever depicted by the national media. She stressed that both the native and non-native community must continue to come together and fight for clean water — together. “They never talk about the oil spills in Kalamazoo and Marshall, Michigan — the worst on land oil spill ever,” Moore said. “I am a water protector. I know I’m going to have to come forth because we have places right here in Michigan.”

CELEBRATING UNIFICATION AND VARIATIONS IN TRADITION Tribes from more than 20 U.S. states and Canada come to the pow wow every year, Bartol said. The gathering celebrates the unity of the Native American community while showcasing the variation of tribal culture. This year, Bartol estimated 50 tribes were present at the pow wow. The differences in regalia and various dance styles featured demonstrate the cultural diversity exhibited at McGuirk Arena this weekend. About 180-200 tribal members from across the continent came to participate in dance and drum

competitions for prizes of up to $4,000. It’s a “way of life” for many who frequently travel to different pow wows to compete and celebrate the culture, Sagaskie said. Brennah Wahweoten of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe in Mayetta, Kansas, performed in the Fancy dress dance and the traditional women’s dance this weekend. She agrees with the “way of life” mentality and said she hoped her performance demonstrated her culture to those in other tribes and non-native attendees. “Its competitive and it’s something I take seriously,” Wahweoten said. “They (attendees) should as well.” Pow wows also promote unity and building rela-

tionships within the Native American community, Syrette said. From traveling to different pow wows, she has established a connection of close friends and family who she sees throughout the year. At CMU, unity was exhibited in ceremony during the Grand Entries, which Syrette described as the kick off festivities where all the dancers enter the stage together. Pow wow attendees stood during Grand Entry to observe and honor Head Veteran, George Martin, as he led pow wow dancers and flag bearers across the floor. Dancers of all ages were dressed in full regalia that varied from earthy-tones in color to having w POW WOW | 19




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The feet of participants during a Grand Entry at the 28th annual “Celebrating Life” pow wow on March 18 at McGuirk Arena.

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Josh Barnhart | Staff Photographer Selese Syrette, left, and Jaslynn Hill, right, talk before participating in the 28th annual “Celebrating Life” pow wow on March 19 in McGuirk Arena.


vibrant feather accessories. Differences in dress represent the region of their tribe. Grand Entry ended with The Flag Song, which is comparable in significance to the U.S. Pledge of Alliance, and symbolizes respect for all different tribes and sovereign nations. The rest of the day was filled with drum and dance performances and competitions, where performers exhibited different traditional dance styles distinctive of their culture, including the fancy dance, grass dance, woodland dance and jingle dress dance. The fancy dance featured intricate footwork and colorful attire, while the jingle dress dance showcased dresses with 365 small metal cones to represent a prayer for each day of the year. Five drum groups circled around the edges of the arena floor were comprised of the Spotted Eagle, Crazy Spirit, Anishinaabe Nation, Midnight Express and the host drum group, the Boyz. As the Grand Entry began, the Boyz pounded on their drums, filling the arena with passionate song and beats. “Whenever I’m going through a rough time, I just go to dance and sing,” said Matthew Oshkabewsisens, a member of the Odawa tribe from Ontario who did a Northern Traditional dance. “It helps bring my spirit back up.”

Oshkabewsisens said his dance carries a lot of spiritual energy and is significant for his tribe because of its healing power. “For those that are into hop-hop, that is their culture,” he continued. “This is my culture.” Due to emphasis on giving back to the native community, Sagaskie described the traditional giveaway ceremony at the end of every pow wow, where all participants get to take something home to cherish from the event. “Part of the funding goes toward items that we (give), such as CMU apparel, mugs towels and toys for children,” Sagaskie said. “After recognizing the committee and everyone who helped put on the pow wow, we give back to the community by allowing everyone to take something home with them.” Showcasing different tribes is important, Sagaskie explained, because when people talk about Native Americas in general, there’s a specific image that comes to mind that doesn’t represent the population. “There’s a stereotypical view of native peoples,” he said. “What is really a very vast and diverse group of people is seen as just one thing. Every native nation and tribe is different and unique in its own way, and all bring something from their group to the table. It’s good to have that impact, especially on people who don’t run into native people that often, because it shows them that we’re not all the same.”


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Student organization members hone skills as wedding planners By Katelyn Chace Staff Reporter

Being a student at Central Michigan University and living away from her fiancé was stressful for Elise Christlieb, who is getting married July 14, 2018. The bride-to-be joined the Society of Future Wedding Planners, a registered student organization on campus focusing on planning the perfect wedding. Christlieb said her time with the group has changed her life. “Not only have (the other members) helped me out with ideas, but they are there to listen to me complain about how I don’t know what I am doing,” the Battle Creek junior said. “Before I joined this club, I had no idea how expensive weddings really were, so doing the activities during our meetings

really opened my eyes and helped me realize how much effort goes into this huge event.” The Society of Future Wedding Planners is run by Detroit senior and President Whitley Young. She said the eight-member organization was created to help unite and educate students who are interested in becoming professional wedding planners or simply love the wedding planning industry. “(We are) striving to offer knowledge, experience, and connections that give our members the best chance at professional and personal growth,” Young said. Clinton Township freshman Natalie Bradley serves as the organization’s treasurer and vice president. Bradley said her favorite element of the group is the members’ differences and how diverse viewpoints help each other reach one’s potential.

“I am most proud of the group being able to come together and think of creative things that we can do while learning about the process and industry,” Bradley said. “I joined this group to make new connections with professionals and group members, along with being a part of a club that I see myself pursuing a future career in.” This year group members have been busy fundraising, raising roughly $300. They have sold pancakes, grilled cheese sandwiches, baked goods and handmade cake jars on campus. Group members plan on raising enough money for a trip to Castle Farms in Charlevoix, where they will have a chance to shadow a professional wedding planner and help set up a wedding. Last semester, the RSO members traveled to Detroit and visited an event called Table Top Wow!, put on by the Greater Detroit

Quinn Kirby | Staff Photographer Members of the Society of Future Wedding Planners pose for a photo during a meeting on March 13 in Anspach Hall.

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CHP PROFESSOR LEADS RESEARCH IN HEAT STROKE ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD A Central Michigan University professor is studying ways to combat heatstroke in football players. Kevin Miller, who teaches in the Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences department at the College of Health Professions, is questioning whether someone can start treatment without removing their pads and equipment.   Overheated players must be submerged in cold water between 35 and 59 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Athletic Trainers

Association. Miller coauthored the current NATA position on equipment in regard to heatstroke. Undergraduate athletic training students are assisting in Miller’s study. The students help with data collection, recruit subjects, write manuscripts, and present the results, he said. Treating a heatstroke victim as soon as possible can prevent liver and kidney damage and muscle breakdown, Miller said. Miller conducts his research by raising participants’ body

temperature to 103.5 degrees Fahrenheit in a controlled heat chamber. “We can’t bring them up to 104.5 (degrees), which is the temperature for heatstroke, because that is dangerous,” Miller said. The research shows taking off the equipment is unnecessary and thus saves time when it comes to cooling. “(When submerged in water) the human body has an amazing ability to cool down,” Miller said. - Corey Micho, Staff Reporter




Women’s hoops looks to regroup from tough end to season By Andrew McDonald Staff Reporter

Head coach Sue Guevara knows the end of the season wasn’t exactly fitting for the Central Michigan women’s basketball team. “Everyone is very disappointed,” she said. “The last two games we played are not how champions play, and we didn’t play like champions. That is what is very frustrating — to end the season the way we did with how we played all year. It just doesn’t seem right.” After winning nine of their final 10 regular season games, the Chippewas lost their final two games of the season, one being in the MAC Tournament against Western Michigan, and the other to Wright State Thursday in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. In both games, the Chippewas had the lead going into the final few minutes of the contest, but couldn’t hold on to secure a victory. Against WMU — a team CMU swept in the regular season— the Chippewas led 63-57 with 1:20 remaining. WMU ended the game on a 10-0 run including a 3-pointer with 11 seconds to play to bounce CMU from the MAC Tournament. It was a similar outcome against Wright State in the WNIT.  WSU was down 64-61 with two minutes to play before embarking on a 5-0 run to end the game and beat the Chippewas. CMU missed its final four shots, including the gametying layup as time expired. “Unfortunately, I thought we turned the ball over and (that) got us into a hole, and we dug ourselves out,” Guevara said. “The last three shots we took in the paint were good shots. We couldn’t have asked for better shots and they didn’t go. Good players make good shots and we didn’t make any of those.” The Chippewas entered the WNIT 0-7 in postseason play outside of the MAC Tournament. CMU is still in search of that first-ever victory. 

Courtesy Photo | Wright State Athletics Junior forward Tinara Moore, right, drives to the basket against junior forward Lexi Smith, left, during the first round of the WNIT on March 16 at the Nutter Center.

RECORD-BREAKING CAMPAIGN The season wasn’t a complete loss, however. The Chippewas can hang their hat on winning their first regular season MAC title in 32 years. CMU went 23-9 overall and 15-3 in conference play. Fifteen of CMU’s wins came at McGuirk Arena, which set a program record for the most in a single season. CMU didn’t lose a conference game at home this season and its only loss in Mount Pleasant came against Elon on Nov. 19. From an individual standpoint, several CMU players had noteworthy seasons as well. Sophomore guard Presley Hudson led the team with 16.8 points per game and scored a program record 43 points against Ball State on Jan. 11. She surpassed Shonda Long’s 40-point performance against Buffalo in 2011. Hudson was 13-for-18 shooting from the field in the game. Junior forward Tinara Moore

totaled 64 blocks this season, which was also a program record. Moore passed Ann Skufka, who had 62 blocks in the 2006 season. Moore also averaged 16.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. While it wasn’t a record setting season for sophomore forward Reyna Frost, she was still able to put together an impressive year as she chases the all-time rebounding record.  The Reese native averaged 11.3 rebounds per game which was good for first in the MAC and sixth nationally in Division I. Frost tallied 363 rebounds this season, giving her 671 for her career. She needs 469 more rebounds over her final two seasons to break the program’s all-time rebounding record held by Crystal Bradford.  Guevara became the all-time winningest coach in program history surpassing Donita Davenport. She sits at 176 wins in her career with the Chippewas and is one win away from 300 as a head coach. Hudson and Moore were

Courtesy Photo | Wright State Athletics Sophomore guard Symone Simmons, left, shoots over sophomore forward Reyna Frost, right, during the first round of the WNIT on March 16 at the Nutter Center.

both named to the All-MAC First Team and Moore was named MAC Defensive Player of the Year. Frost and senior forward Jewel Cotton each earned All-MAC Third Team honors.  LOOKING FORWARD Guevara said she wasn’t ready to turn the page on this season just yet due to the disappointment of how the team finished the 2016-17 campaign.  “I think before we look ahead to next season, we all need a little bit of time to get passed what happened to end this season,” she said. “In time,

I’ll be able to talk a lot about next season, but we have to regroup after how we ended this season first.” CMU will lose senior forwards Cotton and Jasmine Harris from this year’s squad. Cotton averaged 10.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. The Chippewas will have four seniors, two of which include starters Moore and junior guard Cassie Breen. Junior guards Amani Corley and Aleah Swary, who both played key minutes off the bench this past season, will be the other two Chippewa seniors.




Wrestling finishes NCAA Tournament with no All-Americans By Dylan Goetz Staff Reporter

Following a dominating regular season, the Central Michigan wrestling team’s season ended on the second day of the NCAA Championships at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Sophomore Justin Oliver outlasted the rest of his teammates in their respective brackets but fell to Virginia Tech’s Soloman Chishko by major decision in the 149-pound weight class while fighting for an All-American honor.  The Chippewas sent nine wrestlers to the NCAA Championships, but all of them were eliminated by day two of the three-day event.  CMU finished with a dual-meet record of 9-3 and 6-2 in conference play. In the NCAA Championships during the weekend, CMU finished 19th out of 69 teams. No Chippewa finished in the top eight of their bracket to earn All-American honors. 

POSTSEASON TOURNAMENTS Head coach Tom Borrelli said he expected more from his squad heading into postseason competition but was still pleased with the way his team competed. “Getting nine guys (to the NCAA Tournament) was good for the program,” he said. “We wanted to come away with one or two AllAmericans and have a better tournament, but we wrestled hard.” CMU finished third behind Missouri and Northern Iowa — two of the three teams to top the Chippewas this season — at the Mid-American Conference Championships earlier this month. Eight Chippewas finished in the top five of their weight classes at the MAC Championships. Those eight include senior Corey Keener (4th), freshman Mason Smith (3rd), Oliver (3rd), junior Colin Heffernan (2nd), junior CJ Brucki (3rd), junior Jordan Ellingwood (3rd), senior Austin

Courtesy Photo | Central Michigan Athletics Sophomore Justin Oliver, right, wrestles at the NCAA Championships March 16 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Severn (5th) and junior Newton Smerchek (5th).  After the first day of the MAC Championships, Borrelli said he wasn’t pleased with how CMU was wrestling. “We picked a bad day — first day of the MAC Tournament — to probably wrestle as poorly as we’ve wrestled all year,” he said. “Some days you are on and some days you’re not as sharp as you want to be. You just have to wrestle through it.” The lone Chippewa to make it to day two was Heffernan, who lost his final match fighting for first place.

REGULAR SEASON The regular season was highlighted by a six-meet win streak following the loss to Missouri on Jan. 22. CMU capped the season with multiple dominating victories. The Chippewas had four dualmeet wins where they scored 20-plus more points

than their opponents. One of the biggest victories came when CMU upset then-No. 10 ranked Michigan, a team that was thought to be the most talented team in the state.  After a back-and-forth meet in a packed McGuirk Arena, it came down to one match between two Wisconsin natives.  Heavyweight wrestler Newton Smerchek tallied a 1-0 decision victory against Michigan’s Ayoola Olapo to lift CMU to its highest-ranked victory of the season against the Wolverines. CMU was ranked No. 17 when the match began. Borrelli said the Michigan match gave the team some much-needed confidence going into the end of the year. CMU’s two conference losses came when it faced Northern Iowa and Missouri — both teams who finished ahead of them in the MAC Championships. In the meet against UNI, CMU dropped the dual on a tie-breaker since both teams were tied 16-16 after 10 matches. Since Northern Iowa scored more match points than CMU, UNI was awarded the win.  Against Missouri, CMU was handled in seven individual matches to drop their second dualmeet of the season. “There is always room for improvement,” Borrelli said. “We finished 17th in the country and had a dual-meet record of 9-3.”

STANDOUT PERFORMERS Three CMU wrestlers finished the year with 30 or more wins. Oliver finished with a record of 32-9. Though he did not repeat as an All-American, he finished third

at the MAC Championships with a major decision victory against Northern Illinois’ Steve Bleise. Heffernan was bothered with a knee injury for most of the season, but he said it did not affect his performance. He finished with a record of 30-9. In the MAC Championships, Heffernan finished second in the 157-pound weight class. He was seeded 10th in the NCAA Championships. The 174-pounder Brucki was the third Chippewa to finish with 30 wins on the year at 31-10. In the MAC Championships, Brucki earned a third-place victory against Buffalo’s Muhamed McBryde. Brucki was seeded 16th in the NCAA Championships and won one match before falling to Oklahoma State’s Kyle Crutchmer.  Severn competed in his final year with the Chippewas. He posted a regular season record of 21-8.

RETURNING CHIPPEWAS Despite not having an All-American this season, Borrelli said the program was in good hands moving forward. “I am happy with the direction our program is going, but we have a lot to build on,” he said.  Keener is listed as a senior this year, but applied for a medical redshirt and received an extra year of eligibility. It is not confirmed if he will return for his sixth year in Mount Pleasant or not, but if so, CMU would only lose one of its 10 starting wrestlers. Starters Smerchek, Logan Parks, Brent Fleetwood, Smith, Heffernan, Oliver, Ellingwood and Brucki will all return. “Things are looking good,” Borrelli said. “As long as we have a good spring and summer, it could be really exciting next year.”




Gymnastics finishes third in MAC, seeks ninth straight NCAA Regional invitation By Travis Olson Staff Reporter

After finishing third in the Mid-American Conference Championships, the Central Michigan gymnastics team will find out Monday where it is headed for the April 1 NCAA Regionals. Going into the meet, CMU was ranked 36th in the country — the last spot to qualify for the NCAA Regionals.  Eastern Michigan won the MAC Championship, scoring a 196.5, Bowling Green finished second with a 196.4. The Chippewas posted a 196.1. “Our performance helped us and we are in the NCAA regionals,” head coach Jerry Reighard said. “It gives us two more weeks to get better.” Before the MAC Championship meet, CMU scored back-to-back 196’s after falling by a tenth of a point to Bowling Green at home.  To qualify for the NCAA regionals, CMU must finish in the top 36 regional qualifying score. The regional qualifying score is calculated by averaging a team’s second through fifth best scores during the season and only three can be home scores. Here is a breakdown of how the Chippewas competed on all four events for the season:

VAULT Averaging 48.745 on the season, vault has been the Chippewas’ second best event behind floor. CMU scored a 48.975 in the MAC Championships, marking the seventh time it scored above its average on the season. Central Michigan is ranked 26th in the country for vault with a regional qualifying score of 48.955. Freshman Denelle Pedrick led the Chippewas, averaging a 9.8 on the season and only scoring under 9.8 twice. UNEVEN BARS At the start of the season, struggled on the bars. Since the meet at Kent State on Feb. 19, CMU has scored more than a 49 in four straight meets.  Bars was the worst event for CMU at the MAC Championships. The Chippewas posted a 48.625.

“It didn’t go our way at all and that definitely cost us a couple of places in the standings for the MAC,” Reighard said. The Chippewas ranked 30th nationally with a regional qualifying score of 49. Sophomore Kasey Janowicz was CMU›s top performer averaging a 9.788 on the season, scoring above a 9.8 seven times including a team best 9.875 in the MAC Championships.  “Hard work has turned bars around for us. We have worked extremely hard in practice,”  Reighard said.

BALANCE BEAM Balance beam improved in the last three meets of the season, scoring more than a 49. For the season, CMU averaged a 48.51. CMU ranked 32nd in the country for beam with a regional qualifying score of 48.875. Leading the team on beam is junior Katy Clements, averaging a team best 9.793. Clements has only scored less than a 9.8 once this season. “Beam is 100 percent mental, you can’t be tentative on it. We had some meets that we have done that,” Reighard said. “Beam has started to improve for us and our scores have shown it.” FLOOR EXERCISE Floor routines have been the strength for the Chippewas all season, averaging a 49.035. In the MAC Championships, CMU posted the second highest score of the season with a 49.4. CMU’s regional qualifying score of 49.015 ranks them 36 in the country. Junior Macey Hilliker has averaged a 9.863 for the season and has only scored under a 9.8 once this season.  “Macey has been a machine on floor and the routine she did was exactly like she did in practice. She is really concentrated on that event and did a great job,” Reighard said. Hilliker tied her career best at MAC Championships with a 9.95 to tie Bowling Green’s Kayla Rose. Hilliker earned CMU’s only individual championship. “Top to bottom, this (floor) group has the ability to go 9.9,” Reighard said. “It’s very comforting to know we have other people in the gym that we could actually put in the lineup. It’s a really good place to be in.”

Mary Lewandowski | Photo Editor Senior all around Caroline Fitzpatrick performs a balance beam routine on March 5 at McGuirk Arena.




University officials announce 16-person committee to find new athletic director By Greg Wickliffe Sports Editor

Central Michigan University officials announced Thursday that they have selected a 16-person committee to conduct a search for the university’s next athletic director. President George Ross convened the committee and appointed Bob Martin, vice president for advancement, as committee chair. The panel will seek to replace Dave Heeke, who accepted an offer to become Arizona’s new AD in late February. “It’s clear to me the world knows Central Michigan University is hiring an athletics director,” Ross said in a press release. “This committee will have many high-quality candidates to assess and interview.” The search committee comprises current staff, faculty members and former and current student

athletes. The committee will include football coach John Bonamego, women’s basketball coach Sue Guevara, former football player Antonio Brown and senior soccer player Kristen Knutson. Heeke’s last day at CMU will be April 1. The Lansing native served as CMU’s AD for 11 years before deciding to head west.  “It was a tremendous opportunity to go to a major conference program that has a lot of challenges there that align with my skills,” Heeke said in an interview with Central Michigan Life published Wednesday. “I wasn’t looking to leave (CMU) at all. A big part of my heart and soul will always be here.”  Former executive associate athletic director Marcy Weston was named interim athletic director on March 8. Weston’s temporary position will begin April 3.  The search for the new athletic director is expected to begin immediately. 

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR SEARCH A 16-person committee to conduct a search for CMU’s next athletic director. The committee is expected to identify three to five finalists. • Luke Anderson, Student Government Association representative  • John Bonamego, head coach, football • Antonio Brown, former studentathlete • Cali Clark, human resources representative • James Fabiano Sr., national capital campaign steering committee • Mike Franckowiak,

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