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Finding a place to belong Despite tuition increase, political strife, international students find second home at CMU CAMPUS

Preacher tests First Amendment, students’ patience with speech

About 60 people challenge abortion, anti-gay rhetoric | 10 CRIME

Freshman arraigned for assault

Two Wheeler Hall residents threatened by roommate | 4 S E P T. 2 1 , 2 0 1 7  


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CRIME LOG: Vehicle damage, man strips in Meijer parking lot and leads police on 6 hour chase By Evan Sasiela Managing Editor

The following incidents were among those handled by the Central Michigan University Police Department and the Mount Pleasant Police Department from Sept. 11-16.

SEPT. 16 A 20-year-old man came into the CMUPD office for court-ordered breath testing. Police determined he forged entries on his log sheet. The information was forwarded to Montcalm County. SEPT. 15 A 34-year-old Le Roy man was arrested after MPPD responded to a welfare check on the man and he led them on a chase. MPPD Officer Jeff Browne said the man was undressing himself in the Meijer parking lot and banging on his car. When officers arrived, he led them onto Old U.S. 127 and into a cornfield. After six hours, the man was found and arrested. He was arraigned in Isabella County Court on Monday, Browne said. A 21-year-old woman reported her vehicle was keyed at 430 S. Main St., said Lt. Cameron Wassman of the CMUPD, which assisted the MPPD in the city during the police chase. The woman reported her vehicle was keyed and the estimated damage was $750. Wassman said there were no suspects and it may have occurred between 12:30-11 a.m. Sept. 15. A 28-year-old man reported a damage to vehicle complaint to the CMUPD. The incident occurred in lot 33. A suspect struck the hood of his vehicle with an object, causing a large dent. There is not video surveillance in the area, Wassman said. The estimated damage value is about $500 and there are no suspects. MPPD officers issued citations to a 22-year-old Beulah man, a 21-year-old Interlochen man, a 22-year-old Lake Ann man and a 21-year-old Dryden man for hosting a nuisance party. Officers were dispatched for a loud party with music heard from more than 50 feet. People were sitting on large couches outside and police identified underage drinkers. SEPT. 14 Three 18-year-old men were caught with marijuana in Carey Hall. Residence Life staff observed the odor of marijuana and called CMUPD. The three men admitted to having marijuana in the room and police confiscated more than three grams of suspected marijuana. The incident was turned over to the Office

of Student Conduct. MPPD officers investigated a report of a 26-yearold Traverse City man who lost his wallet. Browne said it has not yet been recovered.

SEPT. 13 A 29-year-old Essexville man was lodged for trespassing. Browne said officers were summonsed to O’Kelly’s Bar & Grill after staff had repeatedly asked the man to leave. He was arrested for his refusal. A 20-year-old man was arrested for drunk driving. Wassman said an officer saw a vehicle head northbound on South Washington Street and made an improper stop at Ojibway Court. He was traveling at 41 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. He was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor or drugs and his vehicle was towed. An 18-year-old man was cited for a minor in possession and disorderly conduct. Wassman said CMUPD received a call stating a subject was acting disorderly on Broomfield Road near Herrig Hall. Wassman said the man tried to start a fight with some people and was determined to be intoxicated. He admitted to pushing somebody. He was arrested for minor in possession and disorderly conduct. A 21-year-old man had his car keyed in Lot 4. It occurred sometime between 6-8 p.m., Wassman said. No suspects have been identified. A 20-year-old woman reported an incident in Pearce Hall. It occurred around 4:50 p.m. An 18 yearold-man made a gesture at her while walking past her. Police located the man after reviewing video and told him it was unacceptable behavior. The incident was turned over to the Office of Student Conduct. SEPT. 12 A 21-year-old Lansing man was lodged for disorderly conduct. Browne said an officer noticed the man standing outside Stadium Mall on Mission Street. He was consuming an open container of alcohol. SEPT. 11 A 32-year-old Mount Pleasant man was arrested following a traffic stop. Browne said and police stopped a vehicle for drunk driving and an expired plate. Police tried to stop the car and it went a few blocks further. The man blew a BAC of 0.17. He was lodged for operating while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license, resisting an officer and transporting open intoxicants in a vehicle.

Student faces domestic violence, assault charges after fight with roommates By Evan Sasiela Managing Editor

A Central Michigan University freshman accused of assaulting one roommate and threatening another with a knife in Wheeler Hall was arraigned Monday in Isabella County Court and charged with domestic violence and assault with a dangerous weapon. Quinn McCrum, 18, posted bond and was released from custody, according to the Central Michigan University Police Department. He is due back in court today for a probable cause hearing. He is scheduled for a preliminary examination Sept. 28. The Registar’s Office told Central Michigan Life on Wednesday morning that McCrum started classes at CMU this fall and was still enrolled as a student. Around 12:30 a.m. Monday, CMU issued an emergency phone call to students and staff about a student who threatened his roommates with a knife on the seventh floor of Wheeler Hall and fled the scene. McCrum’s roommate told police he was assaulted, according to a CMUPD press release. McCrum also advanced at another roommate with an open


pocket knife before leaving the scene. The initial notice said the knife was three-to-four inches with the blade drawn. Lt. Cameron Wassman of the Quinn McCrum CMUPD said there was a verbal argument that turned into a physical encounter between three roommates. “The victims did the right thing,” Wassman said. “They called us immediately and gave us information.” Wassman said police were able to locate McCrum using a combination of video surveillance and cellphone locations. He said there was at least one phone call after the emergency message went out saying a person matching the description was spotted. After a police investigation, McCrum was found south of campus near the expressway. CMU issued a final notice via phone at 2:20 a.m. Monday reporting he was in custody. No one involved in the incident was injured.


POLICE: MAN STABBED AT DEERFIELD VILLAGE A 23-year-old Durand man was stabbed in the abdomen after an incident in Union Township in the early morning Sunday, Sept. 17. The Isabella County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an assault between two men that left one of them stabbed, said Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main. The incident happened just after midnight Sunday at 3400 E. Deerfield Road — the address for Deerfield Village Apartments. Witnesses told deputies the victim, who was attending a party in front of an apartment building, was confronted by another man, Main said. An argument began that led to the victim being stabbed in the abdomen

with a knife. He also possibly suffered internal organ damage, police said. The suspect, who is unknown, fled the scene. The sheriff’s office described the suspect as a male, approximately 24 years old, short in stature and heavy set. He was wearing a dark blue button-up shirt at the time of the incident. K9 units and officers attempted to locate the suspect but did not find him. Those with information about the incident or the suspect can call the sheriff’s office at 989-772-5911. -Evan Sasiela, Managing Editor



Three committees reviewing CMU structure and divisions to be set up this October By Greg Horner and Samantha Shriber Staff Reporters

The structure of academic and administrative divisions will be reviewed in accordance with the Central Michigan University strategic plan. Ian Davison, senior vice provost for Academic Reorganization Initiative, will oversee three committees made up of faculty, staff, administrators and students. Members will be appointed by President George Ross, the Academic Senate and the Student Government Association in early October. Davison said Wednesday each committee will examine one of three areas: departments and colleges, other academic centers — such as libraries and operations of the university’s budget model. The purpose of the review is to increase efficiency, effectiveness and student success. The review should be completed by early summer 2018 and the implementation of any changes would occur in the 2018-19 academic year, Davison said. The last review occurred about 20 years ago. Renee Shingles, professor program director and internship coordinator in the school of rehabilitation and medical services, and Shaun Holtgreive, executive director of student affairs, delivered recommendations for improving university-wide diversity and inclusion: • Move the associate vice president of the Office of Institutional Diversity to the president’s cabinet and change the title to Chief Diversity Officer. • Change the Office of Diversity Education to the Office of Diversity Education Advocacy and Engagement. • Restructure the Office of Institutional Diversity and change the title to the Centers for Inclusion and Intercultural Engagement. • Facilitate university-wide programs and cross-unit partnerships to deepen the education of the campus community in regard to equity inclusion. • Establish a diversity and inclusion committee that would include members across campus and in the community. Claudia Douglass, vice provost of academic effectiveness, outlined the progress of the university’s commitment to reduce the number of credits for undergraduate programs to 120 credit hours. Colleges are evaluating affiliated programs to modify the number of credit hours,

Douglass said. The plan is to approve and publish the new requirements as soon as possible to go into effect for the class of fall 2018. FINANCE AND FACILITIES COMMITTEE University officials plan to break ground on the new Integrated Health Studies Building in March 2018. Jonathan Webb, associate vice president of Facilities Management, said designs for the new $26 million facility are being finalized. The building will be placed east of Finch Fieldhouse and is designed to facilitate learning among various health disciplines taught at CMU. Webb also gave updates on CMU’s response to the flooding that occurred in June. After a full assessment, it was determined that 51 facilities and infrastructure systems were damaged. Fourty-six facilities are now operational and five infrastructure systems — such as roads, parking lots and utilities — are complete, partially complete or temporarily repaired. Twenty-six facilities and infrastructure systems require further repair or improvement at a total of $5.5 million. CMU submitted 6 notices of intent to the Michigan Emergency Management Office for a total of $3.3 million.

TRUSTEES-FACULTY LIAISON COMMITTEE Christi Brooks, department chair of World Languages and Cultures, and Department Chair of History Greg Smith gave a presentation on new fall initiative, “Critical Engagements: Questions That Matter” in the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Richard Forest, associate professor in the department of English, Language and Literature, presented a strategic plan for nurturing student success by emphasizing general education. TRUSTEES-STUDENT LIAISON COMMITTEE Anna Owens, Student Government Association president, said SGA plans to meet with Drum Major Brendan Wilk and Head Football Coach John Bonamego to discuss preserving and promoting spirit traditions. Residence Hall Assembly set aside $5,000 to assist residencies with creating innovative alcohol education programs.



BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO DISCUSS STRATEGIES AND INITIATIVES DURING THURSDAY MEETING The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees formally meet at 10 a.m. today in the President’s Conference Room in the Bovee University Center. CMU released an agenda earlier this week. Trustees will vote on a motion approving university strategies and initiatives for the year ended June 30, 2018. University President George Ross will give

a report to the trustees toward the beginning of the meeting and will offer a year-end report of the university priorities and initiatives for 201617 academic year. Items on the consent agenda include approval of August 2017 graduates, a CMU Medical Education Partners (CMEP) lease and the approval of a four-year graduation rate in the strategic plan.

The board meets once more this semester — at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 7. CMU’s board includes trustees Joseph Anderson, Jr., William Kanine, Tricia Keith, Patricia Mooradian, Michael Sandler, Richard Studley, Robert Wardrop III and William Weideman, who serves as chair. -Evan Sasiela Managing Editor


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Prevention through attention Greeks are taking step in right direction through hazing prevention initiatives

EDITORIAL Greek Life culture on American college campuses is almost as pervasive as school pride. Greek fraternities and sororities are a conglomeration of many aspects of student life — philanthropy, volunteerism, camaraderie. For some, going Greek will be the highlight of his or her college experience,. It’s finding a group of like-minded men or women who share a sense of fun and values. For others, Greek Life has been a terrible experience because of hazing, alcohol abuse and bullying. We can’t pretend those things haven’t happened at Central Michigan University. They have happened here, too. This week Greek Life has taken steps toward calling out instances of malpractice within their own community through a Hazing Prevention Week. These events — including a panel discussion about hazing incidents that have happened at CMU and a vigil to honor those across the country who died due to hazing — have been a staple on campus for a handful of years now. We applaud Greeks for localizing a national issue on a peer-to-peer level. We are happy to see Greek Life continue this tradition of education and guidance. Damon Brown, director of Student Activities and Involvement, said the anti-hazing initiative started three years ago when Katrina Crawford, former director of fraternity and soror-

File Photo | Morgan Taylor A sheet that reads, “Hazing is NOT Sisterhood” hangs from the Phi Mu sorority house during National Hazing Prevention Week on Sept. 26, 2014 on Main Street.

ity life, came to campus. Her goal was to bring about “better student education on hazing,” Brown said, and to “make them more aware” of what constituted as hazing and teach them how to stop it. While Crawford has left the

university, the culture she left behind is stronger. Continued education means we can prevent issues like the one that happened last year. Former student Andrew Seely was hazed by underground fraternity Alpha Chi Rho. Peanut

butter was smeared on Seely’s face, which triggered a severe allergic reaction. The incident brought world-wide attention to CMU in the most negative way. The fraternity had been kicked off campus in 2010 due to issues with hazing, according to a 2016

interview with Director of Student Conduct Tom Idema about the incident. The irony here is while Alpha Chi Rho hadn’t been a recognized fraternity at the time of incident, it was vying to be recolonized.

Claims were made immediately following the hazing: Seely’s fraternity brothers didn’t know of his allergy, it was just a joke, people from the outside didn’t understand and had the story wrong. People were overreacting. But it didn’t matter to those people from the outside. The incident went national. News outlets like the Detroit Free Press and New York Times picked up the story. It was the worst case scenario for CMU, who then had to play damage control due to the actions of several students that went viral and ended in a trip to the hospital. When we don’t keep incidents of hazing in check, we end up with circumstances like Seely. Or worse — sometimes they don’t get to tell their story after hazing. Journalist and researcher Hank Nuwer, who deals specifically with incidents of hazing in his writings, estimates that at least at least one death a year from 1959 to 2017 can be attributed to hazing. By discussing these issues, we as a campus community can show incoming students what the standard is at CMU — a campus that does not tolerate the harassment and hazing of its students. While that effort might start with Greek Life, it doesn’t end with them. It comes down to every student to call out harassment and hazing when they see it be it in their fraternity, sorority, club, sports team or so on. We are tied to each other by more than clubs or communities — we’re all on the same campus as students who came here to succeed. And students at CMU look out for one another.




Learn about news writing styles to understand what you’re reading Since my time here at Central Michigan Life, there’s always been a bit of contention between what we publish and how our readers reflect on they read. In simpler terms: sometimes, people confuse a column as being the voice of the entire editorial staff. Sometimes readers look at a letter to the editor and insist we must have had someone write for us. A recent example of confusing the two that had unfortunate consequences: when Detroit country-rock artist Kid Rock denied the Detroit Free Press credentials to cover his show at Little Caesars Arena (which was within his right). The reason? Rock’s publicist Kirt Webster told the paper via phone: “You guys wrote a f****ed up story and allowed it to be published. You want a quote, there it is.” They didn’t run a story. They ran an opinion column by Free Press Editorial Page Editor Stephen Henderson who questioned the decision to

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open a new stadium with an artist whose past is heavily associated with use of the Confederate Flag. Knowing the ins and outs of newspaper jargon — column, editorial, letter to the editor — is important for being able to form opinions about what you’re reading and how to make sense of the information presented to you. Column: These are written by columnists. They do not represent the view of the newspaper or news outlet, but the view of one specific person. In our case, these can be anyone on campus — student, staff or faculty — and

reflect the personal view of the writer. You do not have to work for us to submit a column. You simply have to have some current tie to this campus and let us take a picture of you to run alongside your work. Columns are fact checked for accuracy: if they’re writing about their personal views on hockey and they spell Detroit Red Wings as “Deroit Red Wing.” Outside of a little editing, a column is all in the hands of the columnists. Someone penning in a column does not mean a news source endorses or opposes whatever is printed. It is simply there for readers to take in and to spark conversation among those who peruse our media company. Editorial: Things marked editorial are the opinion of CM Life. While the content and way the editorial is written comes down to a select few in the news room, this piece serves as the institutional voice of any media company. Editorials are also opinions. They

are the opinion of the whole. Similar to columns, they’re not facts — though we can pepper facts into them to help bolster our point. But at the end of the day, when we write an editorial that says “Go to the Powwow on campus to support our actual Chippewa community” or “We encourage student protesting on campus as a demonstration of their First Amendment rights” those statements are how we as a organization feel. Not everyone who works for CM Life may agree with an editorial. Not everyone sets a vote — just the Opinion Editor, Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief. Letter to the editor: These are letters we get from people who read our product and have something to say. Unlike columns, letters to the editor can be written by anyone and do not have to come from people tied to campus. Again, we do edit these for grammar and clarity. We edit for vulgarity. But these

words we publish do not come from us or anyone at our newspaper. They might reflect the views of some on staff, but most certainly not all. Article: These — to the best of our ability — are 100 percent fact. These are your news stories, your sports stories and your features. These are the stories you show to your friends to make a point about how many parking passes CMU has sold this semester compared to last or to highlight the grand reopening of the oldest building on the university’s campus. These are the backbone of the news industry. These are what we write, or try to, every day. This is what you look for and should think of when you hear the word “news.” These are not opinions. The next time you question the integrity of a media source, I beg you to keep this in mind — what you’re reading might not even be an article at all, just someone’s opinion. And that matters.

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Do you know about all the academic resources that can help you succeed TO THE EDITOR: When we were asked to provide some information on academic advising, careers and student success it was difficult to think of how to cover all the student resources Central Michigan University offers in a brief, yet informative way. There are so many challenges students face when trying to find the right help. Many times it’s just as overwhelming as the problem they need help with. The great thing is CMU offers many different services that work together to help students develop a personal plan — your path to success. A common thing we hear from students, colleagues and friends is “I wish I had known about this sooner.”


This statement is said by too many students at CMU. So, the key is to ask questions as early and as often as possible. We know it might seem hard at first but this is why we are here to help you at the Offices of Academic Advising & Assistance, Student Success and Career Services. Don’t ask questions only to your professors. Make sure to ask yourself: What do I value? What interests me? What are my goals? If you know the answers, or you don’t, Academic Advising, Career Services, and your Success Coaches are here to help. Academic Advising is here to help you find the classes interesting you and

to help you complete your degree. Checking in with an academic advisor at least once a year can keep you focused and on track to graduate in four years. Many students end up taking classes they don’t need because they don’t realize some courses can double count for their major, minor and University Program requirements. They’re here to help you create a plan suiting your educational curiosities and degree requirements. This will stop you from saying, “I wish I knew that my freshman year,” or “that class sounds so interesting. I wish I had time to take it.” Career Services provides you support to plan and accomplish your career goals. Consulting them regularly will help you

make the most of your experience. A Success Coach is available to assist you with things like developing personal strategies for time management, college adjustment and study skills. They will assist you with major exploration and will introduce you to Handshake, for job access, internships, events and career resources. College is different and it can take time to adjust. But don’t let that cause you to struggle or even fail. Trust us, we were students too. There are resources available to you throughout campus. Your professors are there for you during office hours for additional discussion. Free tutoring is available to undergradu-

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HOME With international enrollment declining, students find a way to make CMU like a second home By Paige Sheffield Features Editor

Mackenzie Brockman | Assistant Photo Editor Indian graduate student Namrata Baipally gets dough to make Roti, a type of Indian flatbread, on Sept. 18 in the graduate apartments.

When Nabeel Ahmed arrived in the United States in January, his family in Pakistan was a little worried about how he would be welcomed by Americans. President Donald Trump was about to be inaugurated. Ahmed is a Muslim, and the then president-elect targeted Muslims during his campaign, calling for them to be banned from entering the United States. Ahmed, a graduate student, said he was surprised by how he was treated at Central Michigan University. “I wasn’t expecting the people here to be so nice,” Ahmed said. “As an international student, I used to think I wouldn’t be welcomed here and I would feel odd most of the time. It turns out, the people are really welcoming.” Megan Doerr, director of international outreach and recruitment, said recruiting overseas has been more challenging for her in the past year and a half. Many prospective students have questions about the political climate. For some students from other countries, Doerr said, there is a sense of fear to come to the U.S. Official fall semester enrollment numbers have not yet been released but

Tracy Nakajima, the director of international student and scholar services, said she knows the number of international students has declined. Applications for fall 2017 decreased by 430 students from the previous fall to 1,030 prospective international students. In fall 2016, 619 new international students were admitted, but did not necessarily enroll. This year, 318 were admitted. There are a variety of potential reasons for this decline, Nakajima said. These reasons include a large graduating class in spring 2017, cost, immigration, changes in scholarships and programs and changes in partnerships with schools overseas. Another factor that affected international student enrollment was changes in the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission Scholarship, a Saudi Arabian government scholarship. CMU had a large number of SACM students, Doerr said, but the terms of the scholarship recently changed. Now, less students who are studying English and are not degree-seeking are funded by the scholarship, among other changes. The U.S. government requires international students to prove they have the financial means to come before obtaining an I-20, which they need to apply for a visa. This means they must prove they have over $30,000 available just for one year, Nakajima said. The high cost of



guage. She participates in a Chinese Bible study group and some Chinese students who are not Christian attend to be in a Chinese-speaking environment, she said. Though she came to CMU proficient in English, she still struggled to keep up in her classes. Overall, though, she feels welcome in Mount Pleasant, especially at her church. “I enjoy talking to people here,” Li said. “In China, we’re just strangers walking and don’t talk to each other. Here, in the morning, when I see the smiles of strangers passing by on my way to class, I feel happy.”

Alison Zywicki | Freelance Photographer

Chinese graduate student Annie Li makes a card for a friend on Sept. 19 in her apartment off Edgewood Drive.

Quinn Kirby | Staff Photographer Pakistani graduate student Nabeel Ahmed works in a lab on Sept. 15 in the Biosciences Building.

attending school in the U.S. is an issue for some students. Additionally, graduate applicants at CMU now have to pay $235-$250 for a third-party evaluation that validates their credentials. Another challenge, Doerr said, is CMU is competing with universities worldwide to recruit foreign students. Ahmed chose CMU primarily because he was offered a graduate assistantship so he doesn’t have to pay tuition. He also applied to universities in other countries, such as Australia, which Doerr said is becoming an increasingly popular destination for international students. When Ahmed arrived and had to find an apartment, he was surprised to discover he had to sign a lease for a year because in Pakistan, he could get a place to live for any length of time. Though Ahmed misses Pakistani food and has to go to Lansing or Ann Arbor to buy many spices he uses to cook, he

describes his time at CMU as “amazing.” “It’s good to see the diversity,” Ahmed said. “Diversity’s not only good for me — it’s also good for other students at CMU because when you meet people from different parts of the world, you understand their problems and you learn how to think outside of your own reference frame.” The reasons CMU recruits international students are academic, cultural and financial, Doerr said. CMU aims to internationalize campus, and one aspect of that is recruiting international students. Additionally, international students who do not receive scholarships pay higher tuition than in-state students, which brings more tuition dollars to the university. International students pay out-of-state tuition, which was $789 per credit hour for undergraduates and $850 per credit hour for students pursuing a master’s degree for 2017-18. International students can receive scholarships — such as the International

President’s Award which allows students to qualify for in-state tuition — but financial aid is not available to them. There was a significant drop in students coming from India this year, Nakajima said. This decrease could partially be because of the renewal process of agreements between CMU and universities in India and because of visas. In Hyderabad, India, which is where one of CMU’s renewed agreements is, it was more difficult for people to obtain visas this year, Doerr said. “These are challenging times for all students,” Nakajima said. “We have seen students contacting us maybe a little more frequently over the summer asking for advice on how to go to their visa interviews. We do know we had some denials, which happens every year, so I’m not sure if the rates are higher than before or not.” Doerr said India is the only country she’s received reports on from other U.S. universities also having many Indian students get denied visas to study in the U.S.

ADJUSTING TO CULTURAL DIFFERENCES Graduate student Namrata Baipally came to CMU in Fall 2016. She heard about CMU because of the university’s partnership with the school she graduated from in India. There are less Indian students at CMU this year, Baipally believes, due to the cost and because some people were not granted visas. Though Mount Pleasant is a small town, she believes there are many opportunities available for students. She is the Student Government Association representative for the Indian Students Association, the

president of SAP Student User Group and a Lunch Buddies volunteer through the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center. “Right at the beginning, I came here with a purpose,” Baipally said. “I wanted to volunteer, get an internship, be a president of a club — I’ve done everything. I would say (my experience at CMU has been) very good.” Sometimes she feels homesick because she hasn’t seen her family in a year. This is the longest she’s ever gone without seeing them. While many of her friends returned to India during the summer, she received an internship in the U.S. and couldn’t pass up the opportunity. One cultural difference she noticed is students in the U.S. aren’t necessarily as close with their families. While some students might not talk to their parents often, Baipally said she talks to her parents two times every day. When Annie Li, a graduate student from China, came to CMU, she quickly got involved with Grace Church, which helped her adjust and feel more at home. At her apartment, Li cooks Chinese food and Western desserts. She goes to Lansing to buy sauces, dumplings and steamed buns. One thing that surprised her most was “everything is cold” in the U.S. She was surprised that people prefer to drink iced water and do not drink hot water like people commonly do in China. One of the biggest difficulties for international students, Li said, is lan-

CREATING A WELCOMING, MULTICULTURAL ENVIRONMENT Doerr said her team develops a 3-year international recruitment plan. They do a market analysis and track international student numbers, looking at the 25 countries that have the most students in the U.S. From there, they look at the economy in those countries, scholarships available there, scores in those countries and various other factors to determine where to recruit. Each year, based on changes in the world, economy and politics, Doerr will analyze and readjust the plan. There’s a national campaign called #YouAreWelcomeHere, Doerr said, in which U.S. universities ensure international students they are welcome in the U.S. “I make sure to basically be very welcoming and let them know that we are a small and safer community, but with being a larger campus, we have a lot of diversity of population, activities and degree areas they can benefit from,” Doerr said. “The best thing we can do is ensure (students), ‘we do want you here as an individual.’” Nakajima said the Office of International Affairs works to make sure students know this is a safe space. They have created banners that say “welcome” in various languages and have distributed them across campus. The OIA staff has started learning more languages, starting with Arabic, to increase the number of languages they speak. Last year, the OIA held forums when new executive orders were issued. “Things may be happening in the world at large,” Nakajima said. “But here on campus, we’re happy (international students) are here.”



‘Preacher Rick’ debates with students outside Park Library By Emma Dale and Mitchell Kukulka News Editors

About 60 people surrounded a preacher visiting campus Sept. 19 outside the Charles V. Park Library in response to the anti-abortion and gay marriage messages he was projecting through signs and his preaching. Rick Warzywak has been speaking on Central Michigan University’s campus about topics like gay marriage, abortion and God for more than 25 years. His comments have frequently caused controversy. Tuesday’s crowd was unplanned. Students began to stop after witnessing him banter at people passing. Warzywak held a sign that read on one side, “Man + Woman = Marriage”, while the other side read “Abortion is Murder...a Holocaust in the Womb!” This sparked argument and backlash from students in the crowd. People argued, one person saying it was “not his job to disrespect other people’s life choices or tell them how to make their life choices.” Warzywak continued to repeat that he “just

wanted people to think.” He held pamphlets that he attempted to hand out advertising campusreset. org, which Warzywak founded. According to Campus Reset’s website, its mission is “to lead people to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ as He is the only way.” Muskegon freshman Breanna Johnson was leaving class Tuesday when she saw Warzywak standing outside the library, which prompted her to run home and make a sign that read “this guy sucks.” She heard him yelling about opposing gay marriage and it didn’t resonate well with her. She challenged him by telling the crowd there are people on this campus who care and she is one of them. “There’s been an uprise in statistics of suicide being a cause of death in America. It just kind of gives me chills,” Johnson said. “There’s going to be someone walking by that hears this guy talking about this that’s gonna feel like garbage because no one’s saying anything against (Warzywak). “I didn’t want there to be silence. I wanted there to be someone against him so people know it’s safe and they’re loved and that they can be whoever they want and pursue whoever they want to be.” Johnson said Warzywak talked at length



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Alison Zywicki | Freelance Photographer Rick “Preacher Rick” Warzywak talks to a crowd of students on Sept. 19 outside the Charles V. Park Library.

about gay marriage, which he called “pedophilia.” He asked Johnson directly if she believed in God. When she responded yes, he said he doesn’t think she does. Cadillac sophomore Sydney Belz was one of several students who confronted Warzywak — particularly about his stance against abortion. Belz had walked past demonstrations against Warzywak is the past, but decided to confront him Tuesday when she saw the size of the crowd around him. “He’s constantly here, and he makes people uncomfortable and angry,” Belz said. “If he wants to preach about God and religion that’s fine, but he needs to change the sign.” Warzywak said before the crowd erupted he felt he was having good conversations and being productive with his mission. He said his main motive is “to get people to think that the Bible is true, and they would be challenged to investigate the evidence.” “This is normal, I understand when people get angry like this, this is okay, it means their conscience is still working,” Warzywak said. “As to the people who just laugh and flip me off, I feel bad for them.” He said he thinks he respects other people’s opinions, explaining at one time when preachers approached him he would tell them to “flip off ”, until he decided to investigate their message further. “I know at their age, I rejected it just as much as they’re rejecting it here,” he said. “I’m not saying I’m perfect in my responses all the time, because there’s so much activity going on, hearing people say this (and) say that, (but) I want to

Allissa Rusco | Staff Photographer Muskegon freshman Breanna Johnson, left, holds a sign in protest of Rick “Preacher Rick” Warzywak, right, on Sept. 19 in front of the Charles V. Park Library.

try to answer (questions) logically. “God says even love your enemies, bless those who curse you. If I keep blessing those who are cursing me here, if I can love them even if they disagree and hate me, I’m still following His higher spiritual principle and it’s going to turn out OK.”



Elkton senior reflects on summer internship at White House, life in nation’s capital By Ally Parrish Staff Reporter

Elkton senior Connor Ewald spent 11 weeks this summer interning at the White House in Washington D.C. Ewald left for the White House the last week of May, returning the second week of August. Central Michigan Life sat down with Ewald to discuss his experiences and growth throughout his internship in the nation’s capital. CM Life: How did you get the chance to intern at the White House? Ewald: I initially applied through a normal application process through The application consisted of some normal questions, a few essays and letters of recommendation, the normal things you would see in an application. I knew about this internship for a few years and I knew I wanted to try for it sometime in my life. I had the opportunity to interview with one of the senior communications advisors, receiving the internship. What was a “normal day” in the White House for you? I was interning in the Office of Communications and Press, so every day was different. There were some days where we had tons of stuff to do and there were some days where it was a little bit slower. Some days we would help with press briefings or press conferences. I got to attend a few press conferences that the president spoke at. We even helped set up for the events. There were some days where we were sitting in the office, just researching different topics and positive articles, but everyday there was something different. What was your favorite memory? There was one press conference—it was definitely my favorite—the president of Romania was there. They did a joint press conference in the Rose Garden and I was actually a mic runner. So, when it got done and it was time for the presidents to take questions from the press, I had to quickly run the mic over to the member of the press, so that was really exciting and probably one of my favorite memories. What was the most difficult task? I think one of the most challenging tasks my intern group (eight people) had to do was to create a method of analyzing press briefings. We had to figure out a way to find the transcripts of the press

Courtesy Photo | Connor Ewald Elkton senior Connor Ewald stands outside of the West Wing of the White House in Washington D.C.

briefings, analyze the questions, count the questions and code the questions of different issues or different topics. It was an ongoing process and it took a long time to do that. But, now future employees or interns will be able to use that model with other press briefings. Do you hope to work in Washington, D.C. in the future? It’s one of my goals to possibly go back there. Maybe I could go back and work for the White House, or even another group, that would be a great experience. I do also want to get into politics one day, hopefully run for office. As I always tell people, my ultimate goal in life is to run for president. We’ll see what ends up happening one day. Did you meet anyone important? I met a lot of individuals. I met quite a few people in the administration, people that weren’t in the administration but that were still very prevalent in politics, just a lot of individuals. I got to meet individuals such as Paul Ryan, a few members of the cabinet, Sarah Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and even Vice President (Mike Pence.) What did you do while you were in Washington D.C? There was always something to do. I would go every weekend and try to hit up a different museum. A couple friends I met at the beginning of summer (and I) walked six-to-seven miles around all the monuments one day. Sometimes where it was a long week and I just wanted to relax on the weekends, I did that too. But there was always something fun to do and people to meet. I loved every single minute of living there.

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Bueter cementing legacy with strong start to senior season By Mitch Vosburg Staff Reporter

Though she hasn’t finished her senior season, Jordan Bueter’s legacy with Central Michigan volleyball has already earned a spot in the record books. The Indiana native has enjoyed a strong season so far after 12 games. The Central Michigan volleyball team has a record of 8-4. The team has not started Mid-American

Conference play. Bueter leads the team and the MAC with 199 kills this season, averaging 4.63 kills per set. She also leads the team with 227.5 points, averaging 5.29 per set. She also ranks second on the squad with 116 digs and has claimed two MAC West Offensive Player of the Week honors this season. In a match against IUPUI this season, Bueter set a school record with the most post-rally kills in a three-set

match. When asked about her accomplishment in the post-match press conference, Bueter still hadn’t fully realized what she had done. “I don’t even know what record I broke,” Bueter said. These numbers are nothing new for Bueter. During her freshman year, she played every set for the Chippewas, finishing with 306 kills and a team-high 26 aces. In her second year, she led the team with 361 kills and 42 aces finishing second in the

MAC. She earned All-MAC honorable mention honors at the end of the season. After the departure of then head coach Erik Olson and the arrival of now head coach Mike Gawlik, Bueter kept performing at a high level. The First Team All-MAC selection once again led the team in kills (367) and aces (53), including a 24 kill and 12 dig performance against Ball State last September. Head coach Mike Gawlik describes Bueter as a five-tool player.

“She serves, passes and blocks,” Gawlik said. “In order to have a good season, our seniors have to have the best season of their careers. She challenges herself each week to top herself. She’s not only a big part of our offense but everything we do.” As a senior leader, Bueter is paving the way for new players. Freshman outside hitter Kalina Smith describes Bueter and senior outside hitter Taylor Robertson as mother figures. “Their criticism is very

constructive, never mean,” Smith said. “It was intimidating at first, (but) they do a really good job of making it feel homey and welcome.” In her free time, Bueter spends time with her dog and helps with fundraising and recruitment for St. Jude’s. “It’s been a big part of my family,” Bueter said. “My great aunt could never have kids, so she saw donating to a hospital that supports kids and their families was a huge deal for her.”



Football opens MAC play Saturday leading nation in picks By Dylan Goetz Assistant Sports Editor

After taking its first loss at Syracuse on Saturday, the Central Michigan football team looks to regroup and start Mid-American Conference play. CMU takes on Miami (Ohio) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. This is the first conference game for both teams. Last weekend, the CMU defense gave up a season-high 41 points to Syracuse. The offense struggled to keep its momentum and scored a season-low 17 points. Quarterback Shane Morris was replaced by backup quarterback Tony Poljan in the final drive. The Chippewas have a chance to bounce back in their first conference game this weekend against the RedHawks. “It’s always nice to get off to a good start in the MAC,” senior defensive back Josh Cox said. “Being able to play with a lot of confidence and having a few games behind you helps a lot. When you are playing in the MAC, there is a lot of competition.” Cox, a former cornerback turned safety, leads the country with three interceptions this season. Cox and senior cornerback Amari Coleman anchor the CMU defense, which ranks No. 1 in the country with nine interceptions. Coleman and linebacker Alex Briones are tied for third in the country with two interceptions each. Coleman’s two interceptions came against Rhode Island in the season opener. According to ESPN, Central Michigan is ranked No. 76 with the most efficient defense in FBS division I college football. “I prepare (for Miami) the same way I prepare for every game,” Cox said. “I prepare like it is our last game. Miami is a great team. I’ve seen a lot of things based off their offense (in) last

Allissa Rusco | Staff Photographer

Senior defensive backs Josh Cox and Amari Coleman pose for a portrait on Sept. 20 at Kelly Shorts Stadium.

year’s game.” In 2016, the Redhawks dominated the Chippewas in Yager Stadium. Miami defeated CMU 37-17 in the second-to-last game of the regular season. Miami started the 2016 season without winning a game until week seven. The RedHawks lost their first six games and won the last six games of the regular season. “Miami is an excellent football team,” head coach John Bonamego said. “(That was) probably the biggest turnaround in NCAA history.” The Chippewas return to Kelly/Shorts Stadium for the first time this season after the home opener against Rhode Island. Cox said he is eager to get back in front of the home fans this season, and Bonamego said he is glad to start MAC play at home.

“It’s a big home game for us,” Bonamego said. “We need our home crowd to show up.” Miami started the season with a 1-2 record. The RedHawks only win came against Austin Peay, an FCS team. Their most recent loss came against Cincinnati on home-

coming at Yager Stadium, 21-17. On offense, the RedHawks are led by redshirt junior quarterback Gus Ragland, who won MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week when Miami faced CMU last season. This season, Ragland has passed

for 664 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. “I think (Ragland) is the catalyst of their offense,” Bonamego said. “They’ve built a really good system around him. He’s a dualthreat and he just makes really good decisions.

Whether it is a designed run or an improvised run, he can really hurt you. We’re going to have our work cut out for us.” Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 in Kelly/Shorts Stadium. The game is being broadcasted on ESPN3.





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