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Patrols net MIPs, other citations over weekend » PAGE 3A

Freshmen, seniors reflect on first, last welcome weekend » PAGE 3A

Frey says problems of the past not forgotten

Error on alum’s diploma could cost her

By Annie Harrison Senior Reporter

By Cecilia Erwin Staff Reporter

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series examining issues on campus from the 2011-12 academic year. Last fall, problems between Central Michigan University Administration and CMU Faculty Association came to a roaring boil. This fall, relations have calmed significantly, but a tension continues to simmer the groups relations. FA President Laura Frey said there are issues between faculty and administration that have not yet been resolved. “On behalf of CMU FA, it is important that the administration is aware that problems continue to exist with communication, transparency, and equity of support to faculty. The fundamental issues present throughout the 2011-12 academic year have not yet been made right by the administration,” Frey said in an email to Central Michigan Life. “There were inequities in terms of treatment to faculty as well as violation of faculty constitutional rights demonstrated by this administration in early fall 2011. “If the administration has a commitment to a positive campus community, there is a lot of ongoing conversation that has to continue throughout the next academic year.” The FA is entering the first full academic year of the 201114 contract that was ratified in January. Frey said the FA will continue to work to make sure that all aspects of the contract are implemented according to the terms of agreement. “We continue to hope that the administration will adhere to the contract, and we will work with members as issues come up with them,” she said. Philip Squattrito, FA Grievance Committee member and professor of chemistry, said while it is possible there won’t be a lot of fireworks between faculty and administration in the upcoming academic year, it is uncertain how remaining issues will be resolved. A FA| 2A

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Will work for food National youth unemployment rate at 12.7 percent By Arielle Breen | Staff Reporter

Despite any advances in the current economy, the national youth unemployment rate sits at 12.7 percent for those between the ages of 18 to 29. According to the non-profit organization Generation Opportunity, a poll surveyed more than 1,000 American youth in five days at the end of July. In their poll, results highlighted not just youth unemployment but differences of gender and race unemployment and changes to government practices the youth wished to see.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics stated Michigan’s Not Seasonally Adjusted unemployment rate was 10.3 percent; Isabella County’s was better at a lower 7.7 percent; and Mount Pleasant’s unemployment was 8.2 percent. ‘Now Hiring’ signs in fast food restaurant windows tease Mount Pleasant senior Lisa Otani. For her and other job — seeking youth, these signs are a bittersweet reminder of a job opportunity, and also trigger memories of previous rejections. Otani has been job searching for steady employment since April. “It’s been hard,” Otani said. “There (are) so many people unemployed.” Having earned her associates degree, one would think it is a nice way to dress up a resume, but she said that isn’t always the case. “I’ll get a call back (from places like fast food restau-

rants) saying that I’m overqualified because I have my associates degree,” she said. Mid Michigan Community College student Josh Stone, of Remus, works as a gift shop clerk at the Ziibiwing Center of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, and while he currently has a job, he hasn’t forgotten the difficulty in finding one. According to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe’s website, the tribe is the largest employer in Isabella County. “I was searching for a job as soon as I got out of high school,” Stone said. “(It) was difficult and I was frustrated. Most of my friends seemed to already have jobs, and the ones that didn’t were having just as much trouble as I was. I didn’t have any job preference at the time, and I just wanted something.”

When CMU alum Courtney Tornga picked up her cap and gown and got in touch with the Undergraduate Academic Services office in preparation for her graduation in May, she discovered a mistake on her diploma and final transcript. At the beginning of Tornga’s last semester at CMU, the Grand Rapids native’s cumulative grade point average was 3.89, giving her an honors designation of Magna Cum Laude, she said. At the end of her last semester, her grade point average rose to 3.91, giving her Summa Cum Laude status. According to the undergraduate bulletin issued by CMU to all students, the honors designations of graduating students are determined by their total cumulative grade point averages prior to the beginning of their last required semesters. “My diploma, as well as my final transcripts, do not reflect that designation,” Tornga said. CMU Registrar Karen Hutslar said a student’s honors designation is determined by a student’s grade point average at the start of his or her final term, and that is what is printed on the diplomas. “It is not that diplomas are printed early,” Hutslar said. “That is the only GPA we can go with, because grades are never due until the week after commencement.” Tornga said she did not want to suggest that student graduations should be delayed until their final grades are known. “I understand the time dilemma that the university faces,” she said. “Although it’s unfortunate for the students on the ‘bubble’ like myself, I really do not have a proposal to rectify the incorrect designation assigned at the time of graduation.”


5,000 MSU football game tickets distributed to students at MAINstage Sunday By Melissa Beauchamp Senior Reporter

Despite the heat, long lines and eventually rain, more than 5,000 students stood in line at Sunday’s MAINstage to be one of 6,000 to ensure their spot for the Central Michigan University versus Michigan State University football game. Five students started the line at 11 a.m. An hour later, the line wrapped around parking lot 62 east and extended to Broomfield Road. Athletics Marketing Intern Beau Kingsbury kept count of students as they received tickets. “I expect it to sell out,” he said. “Everyone is really pumped.” West Bloomfield freshman Brooke Buffmyer said when she arrived at 1:30

p.m., she was intimidated by the line, but that didn’t stop her from getting tickets. Two hours later, she was around the 1,000th Chippewa to receive a ticket. “I was planning on coming anyway, but when I heard about the MSU versus CMU tickets, it was just an incentive to come,” she said. But not all students were as motivated—Traverse City senior Collin Hall wasn’t going to wait. “I saw that line and had no idea where it even began and ended,” he said. “I’ll try to get one at the first football game.” An additional 5,000 remaining tickets will be given to students at the first home game on Thursday against Southeast Missouri State. Associate Athletic Direc-

tor Nick Williams said Sunday marked the first time CMU has had a pick-up for advance tickets. In the first hour, Williams said more than 900 tickets were given. “It’s unbelievable to see all the support,” he said. “It’s exciting to see students get excited about it.” Senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff said when he arrived to MAINstage, he didn’t know what the line was all about. “It’s crazy sweet ... I was so surprised,” he said. Radcliff said the football team is fired up for the State game, and the student support is motivating. Houghton Lake junior Jordan Oster said she wasn’t impressed with the organization of the event. ZACK WITTMAN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


Yale Sophomore Caetlen Mandeville attempts to grab flying coupons blowing in a tent to earn a prize at MAINstage Sunday evening. The tent and prizes were provided by the American Entrepreneur Association, a new RSO on campus.

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FA | CONTINUED FROM 1A “I would say there are still lasting concerns among many faculty about things that happened in bargaining last time,” he said. “They may look superficially like they’re settled, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t concerns.” Squattrito said the Grievance Committee deals with situations where it is believed the contract has been violated. “We are always interested in making sure the contract is adhered to,” he said. “That is the key purpose of the contract.” Although the FA is entering the first full academic year of the new contract, it’s already the second year of the 2011-14 contract. While this is a non-bargaining year, the FA will begin to gather data and recruit volunteers in preparation to bargain again in two years, Squattrito said. “We’ve had an interesting past couple of years,” he said. “I hope that we can continue to have that kind

of participation and activity among our members, and it will be that energy we can use to move forward.” Another main focus for the FA in the fall semester is the Protect Our Jobs campaign, Frey said. The ballot proposal would establish the right for workers in Michigan to bargain collectively with public or private employers to negotiate wages and benefits. Frey said states across the country have passed legislation within the past year that has been an assault on workers and their right to bargain. She said the Protect Our Jobs campaign is vital to the FA because it will protect the jobs, benefits and safety of the faculty and the quality of the university. “Not only is this fundamental to CMU, but it’s fundamental to the short-term and long-term economic success and the health of Michigan,” she said.


“We were told to check our emails and go from there, but I’m not taking the chance,” Traverse City senior Andrew Steele said. Steele said he was waiting for an hour and a half. “It’s the only reason I came (to MAINstage).” Drenched from the rain. Steele came out satisfied. “It was well worth it,” he said.

CONTINUED FROM 1A “The line is obnoxious,” she said. “It’s not even worth it. There is a better way to do this.” At about 5 p.m. when the rain started pouring, the line shortened and wristbands were given to the remaining students standing.

CMU releases additional tickets to faculty, staff for football game against MSU By Aaron McMann Managing Editor and Justin Hicks Sports Editor

Central Michigan University has released additional tickets for faculty and staff for the Sept. 8 football game against Michigan State, less than a week after the game was hailed as a sellout. In an email sent out Friday, CMU athletics director Dave Heeke said a limited number of tickets are available for purchase for faculty and staff only. The tickets, priced at $55, can be purchased using a specific promotional code cited in the email. “To ensure our closest supporters have the best opportunities to be in attendance, a limited number


of quantity of tickets are available for CMU faculty and staff only,” Heeke wrote in the email. CMU athletics announced an official sellout on Aug. 17, including allocating 10,000 tickets for CMU students and 6,400 to Michigan State. Approximately 600 tickets have since been returned by a group, said Jason Kaufman, director of athletics communications. Kaufman said Sunday he could not identify the group, citing privacy issues. About half of the tickets were sold within the first 24 hours of availability, Kaufman said. “If it was more than a couple hundred, it would have been handled internally,” Kaufman said. “So I guess it’s not a sellout anymore.”

UNEMPLOYMENT CONTINUED FROM 1A Temp agencies and career centers offer services that help to better connect and prepare job seekers who are in this situation. Advance Employment Inc., 2300 S. Mission St., was one such place before being damaged in the Mission Mall fire earlier this month.

Temporary seating has been installed at Kelly/ Shorts Stadium for the 2012 football season, including bleachers on the south end of the stadium that are expected to accommodate an estimated 2,450 additional students. In addition, luxury suites are set up on the northeast end of the stadium, expanding stadium capacity to 32,885. An estimated 5,000 tickets were distributed to students on their CMU ID Sunday at MAINstage. The remaining 5,000 student allocation will be dispersed at Thursday’s football game against Southeast Missouri State.


A line wraps around the Student Activity Center into the general parking lot as students wait to receive their free tickets to the 2012 CMU vs. MSU football game at the ticket office near Kelly/Shorts Stadium during MAINStage Sunday evening.

DIPLOMA | CONTINUED FROM 1A The undergraduate bulletin explains an appeal process for students who are graduating with higher honors than they had at the beginning of their final semester. These students must fill out a graduation honors appeal form, a diploma replacement form and pay a $20 service fee. If students wish to go through the honors appeal process, they must submit the forms and the fee by the Friday before the next commencement following their graduation. The graduation honors appeal form is not available online but can be picked up in Warriner Hall 123. The diploma replacement form is available in the student forms section of the Registrar’s office website. Hutslar said about 30 students per year receive new diplomas via the honors appeal. Tornga said she spoke with Hutslar, who informed her of the honors appeal process. Tornga has not completed the appeal at this time. She said she is frustrated that she would be required to pay the $20 service fee for a new diploma, despite all the time and money she spent in order to graduate from CMU. Hutslar said normally

students are required to pay if they need a replacement diploma, but exceptions can be made if a diploma is damaged in the mail or if it is damaged because of a natural disaster. Tornga said she is also unsatisfied because if she did get a replacement, it would be indicated in an unobtrusive area on the diploma that it had been re-issued. Tornga said students’ diplomas and final transcripts

should reflect their academic histories in their entirety. “I did not lose my diploma, change my name or provide incorrect information to the university,” she said. “I just want an original diploma issued by the university that accurately reflects the degree and honors designation that I finally achieved.”

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$450,000 grant set for education, engineering departments

Alcohol edU a required course for freshmen By Melissa Beauchamp Senior Reporter

By Alayna Smith Staff Reporter

While many students were at home relaxing this summer, some remained on campus to work on a six-week research grant project. Research Experience for Teachers is a three-year program, funded by the National Science Foundation through a grant worth $450,000, responsible for bringing engineering and education departments together for collaborative research projects. Tolga Kaya, assistant professor of engineering and technology, was in charge of the grant and said this was an important opportunity for students and faculty. Central Michigan University was among a group of six or seven universities nationwide selected for the grant, beating out hundreds of other applicants. “This is a unique program where engineering faculty are paired with high school teachers,” Kaya said. “We are hoping that our knowledge and experience will impact high school students, because they are our future students and we want to reach them earlier.” Marlette senior Kasey Sauder said the experience helped prepare her for her future career as a teacher. “This program has been beneficial to pre-service teachers, because we got to network with in-service teachers,” Sauder said. With the implementation of “Next Generation Standards,” a set of standards for high school science teachers to take place by 2015, she said having this type of experience will be helpful. “The way of thinking engineers use to go about things is the way we’ll be approaching science in the classroom,” Sauder said. Shawn Maison, a biology teacher at John Glenn High School, said there were many lessons learned that he can take back to his classroom. “The collaboration in this project alone was huge,” he said. “No engineer can make a project by himself. Students need to play off each other’s strengths and work together to be successful.” Mount Pleasant senior Matt Duthie said it was important to familiarize teachers with A GRANT| 8A

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Mount Pleasant Public Information Officer Jeffrey Thompson detains a Welcome Weekend partier Saturday night at the corner of Gaylord and Main Street. The man, a minor, was issued tickets for open intoxicants and being in possession of alcohol.


Students met by police presence on Welcome Weekend; CMU, Mount Pleasant police hand out 22 MIPs By Shelby Miller | Senior Reporter

While many students greeted new roommates to begin Welcome Weekend, others combed the streets of Mount Pleasant in search of parties. Mount Pleasant Public Information Officer Jeff Thompson was one of 23 police officers who walked Main Street in uniform this weekend among partying students. Thompson said although more students started partying earlier this year, he feels it wasn’t as bad as years past, and that could be because of the strict enforcement. “We walked door-to-door and told everyone that this was going to be a zero-tolerance weekend,” he said. Thompson’s method was calculated, looking for those who obviously couldn’t hold their liquor and usually were causing a nuisance on Saturday night. In walking the student section of Mount Pleasant, Thompson forced many to pour out beer and liquor. MPPD cited 20 individuals with open intoxicants and 17 with being a minor in posses-

damaged crossing poses no threat to students By Annie Harrison Senior Reporter

Lt. Cameron Wassman of the Central Michigan University Police said a damaged railroad crossing on campus will not pose an elevated risk to students. “It’s a concern when a certain safety device doesn’t work, but it’s not going to cause an elevated risk for drivers in the area,” he said. The railroad crossing on West Campus Drive south of Denison Drive sustained significant electrical and structural damage after it was struck by a drunk driver on July 18, Wassman said. The concrete foundation needs to be redone, the electricity needs to be rewired, and the gate needs to be replaced. The gate on the other side of the railroad crossing still works. Wassman said that area of campus is “all trails and fields,” and there is no student housing nearby. “Drivers should be cautious at all railroad crossings to begin with,” he said. “We cau-


tion drivers to be extra alert in that area.” Wassman said Great Lakes Central Railroad is aware of the damage and plans to fix it, but CMU Police has not been provided with a timeline on when it will be repaired. In the meantime, Great Lakes Central Railroad has set extra safety precautions. Mike Bagwell, president and CEO of Great Lakes Central Railroad, said the damage to the railroad crossing is extensive. “Most of the system will have to be replaced,” he said. Bagwell said all trains that use that crossing must come to a complete stop before crossing, in accordance with federal law. Traffic is flagged, and flares are put down to warn drivers about the crossing. “It’s not something we ignore,” he said. The railroad crossing has not been repaired yet, because it takes a long time to order the materials, and advance notice must be given to the contractor installing the maA RAIlROAD| 8A

sion during Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Central Michigan University Police Department handed out five minor in possession citations and two drug-related citations. Officers working throughout the night worked to control house parties and students walking throughout town. Over the weekend, the Mount Pleasant police worked alongside the Central Michigan University Police Department, Isabella County Sheriff ’s Office, Michigan State Police and even some of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal police. Thompson said the most tickets were given out on Fri-

day, the busiest night. With so many students and parties, Thompson worked from 10 a.m. to the following morning at 4 a.m. In a meeting with Central Michigan Life Friday, Thompson said he was scheduled as long as the police department needed him to patrol the area. Compared to past years, Thompson said he believes there were similar numbers of students, but, instead of large parties, students dispersed to smaller, less extravagant parties. “We didn’t have the size of the parties that we have in the past,” he said. “We haven’t had any serious issues.” CMU police had four officers assisting Mount Pleasant police in the area of Main Street Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, said CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley. The same officers worked foot patrol each night, he said. “While campus was active, most people made good decisions, which keep the enforcement numbers on campus low,” Yeagley said. “The seven alcohol-related medical calls are concerning. Binge drinking and consuming large amounts of alcohol place people at great risk of

injury or death.” Although many underage students fear MIPs, open intoxication tickets are what most people are charged with, Thompson said. The number of open intoxication citations this weekend doubled or tripled the number of MIP tickets given out. Walking down Main Street, Thompson said he looks for people with open beer cans, liquor-filled water bottles and people trying to hide drinks. “Watch the person, and see how they act. We look for the obvious people who are being suspicious,” he said. “People who have a guilty conscience.” However, Thompson said a lot of the tickets given out aren’t to CMU students, rather to people visiting for the weekend. CMU students aren’t the ones getting the majority of the tickets, because they know where to walk. It’s mostly out of town people who walk on the sidewalk, Thompson said. The next big enforcement weekend will be Sept. 8, when CMU plays Michigan State in football.

In order to register for spring semester classes, more than 3,000 students in Central Michigan University’s freshman class are now required to complete and pass an online Alcohol EDU course. Michelle Veith, assistant director of Residence Life, said the Office of Student Life is taking a proactive approach to decrease alcohol poisoning that is prevalent among college students. “We’ve seen far too many medical transports over the past few years due to alcohol poisoning,” she said. “Many students engage in binge drinking, and it’s extremely dangerous.” The two-phase program is a non-opinionated, sciencebased alcohol abuse prevention course free to students that educates them on the impact alcohol has on the mind and body. Phase 1 must be completed by Monday and Phase 2 by Oct. 24. Veith said she hopes the two hours it takes to complete each phase will address one of the major priorities of the Office of Residence Life, which is to inform and educate students to be responsible and know how to take care of each other. A Towers Resident Assistant, who asked to remain anonymous, said all resident assistants are required to complete the program to understand the education residents are receiving. “If they sit down and do it, maybe they can learn something,” she said. Not all students, freshmen especially, know the facts to make informed decisions about drinking alcohol, she said. Rochester Hills freshman Emily Webber said she doesn’t find it necessary for the program to require two phases. “We learn everything in the first step,” she said. “It just talks about drunk driving, not letting people make drinks for you … It’s all stuff we already know.” Webber said the course stated 10 percent of students on campus drink, but she said the number seems much higher. “I don’t think that’s right,” she said. “It’s more like 90 percent.” Leslie freshman Tucker Hanson said the course was A ALCOHOL| 8A

Freshmen enjoy first, while seniors reflect on memories made from past Welcome Weekends By Sean Bradley Senior Reporter

As students come back to Central Michigan University for another year of learning and socializing, freshmen and seniors reflected on their first weekend in Mount Pleasant of the school year. Chesaning senior Tyler Dangel, who transferred to CMU from Delta College, said his first CMU welcome week experience was fun, yet a bit intimidating. “I didn’t expect there to be that many people or that large of a police presence either,” Dangel said. He moved into a house on Main Street, living with eight other people, when he transferred in 2011. He said the experience helped shape his first CMU Welcome Weekend and future Welcome Weekends, too. “I met a lot of people during welcome weekend that I still communicate with. Everyone is so happy and in such a good mood, they’re willing to talk with anyone and you never know who

you can meet and develop a friendship with just by being friendly,” Dangel said. Some freshmen have an entirely different experience with Welcome Weekend. Freeland freshman Kevin Morris said during his first night of Welcome Weekend he walked down Main Street but said it wasn’t for him. “Personally for me, it’s not my cup of tea,” Morris said. Bay City freshman Austin Swiercz said he spent his first night of Welcome Weekend people watching late at night outside his Barnes Hall residence hall. “I saw a bunch of people coming back from Main Street,” he said. “People coming back from having a good time.” Swiercz said he saw some interesting characters, both real and not. “One guy was carrying a plank doll like Plank from (cartoon show) Ed, Edd and Eddy,” he said. Reed City senior Brett Schuelke reflected on some

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Brighton senior Matthew Peplinski, President and founder of the Circus Arts Club, juggles during MAINstage hoping to attract new faces to the club Sunday evening in the parking lot in front of Kelly/Shorts Stadium. “As a freshman and sophomore I was an observer of RSO’s the past few years,” Peplinski said.

of the more adventurous Welcome Weekends he has been a part of and says he will miss its spontaneous nature. “The thing I’ll miss the most is the general craziness of Welcome Weekend,” Schuelke said. “Whenever somebody tells you a story

about something crazy that happened during Welcome Weekend, you kind of just shake your head and say, ‘Yup, that’s Welcome Weekend,’ or, ‘Only during Welcome Weekend.’”

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Fraternity Sigma Tau Gamma gets new house on Main New CMU data center building ‘on schedule’ By Sean Bradley Senior Reporter

Sigma Tau Gamma, located at 1005 S. Main St., received a new house over the summer. Olivieri Homes, 1933 Churchill Blvd., was contracted to build the home for Central Michigan University’s oldest fraternity. The construction company did not say how much the home cost to build, but the home’s construction was paid for by Olivieri Homes. The Sigma Tau Gamma house was built in 1937, according to Olivieri Homes owner Joe Olivieri. The old house was torn down and a new one was built in its place. “It was pretty worn out,” Olivieri said. He said as properties and the land they are on age, there comes a time when a new property needs to be built. “When a piece of property reaches its end of useful life, it reaches a point where you have to tear it down and build a new one,” he said. The new home’s expansion will help the occupants live better. “You give the tenants a larger house with more room, a finished basement, better parking,” he said. “Instead of having six people sharing a bath and a half, you have a space where six people can share two baths.” The home’s new features include 12 bedrooms, six bathrooms, two kitchens, a laundry room and a parking lot, said Greg Pierce, Sigma Tau Gamma Vice President of Man-

$5.4 million project began a month ago By Tony Wittkowski Staff Reporter


Members of Sigma Tau Gamma stand outside their new fraternity house, 1005 S. Main St., on Saturday afternoon. Olivieri Management Inc. updated residences this summer to comply with the building codes.

agement and house manager. “We were also able to get our letters on the house with a permanent light fixture,” the Grand Rapids junior said. He said getting the fraternity’s letters on the house was a long time coming. “We haven’t had letters on our house in over 10 years,” Pierce said. He said the letters on the house are more than decoration and have meaning to the fraternity and to CMU’s history. “Having letters on the house helps reassure people that you are a fraternity here on campus, but getting involved

and showing your letters in different places is a great way for people to see who you are,” he said. “Some of the fraternities here don’t have letters on their houses, and I feel that takes away from the experience.” Harrison Coleman, a Grand Blanc junior, said the fraternity’s new location will have many advantages, such as its proximity to other fraternities and to campus. “I am most looking forward to the location of the house being a few steps away from campus and having two other great fraternities right next door,” Coleman said. “We as

a fraternity are very excited about the opportunities that Sigma Tau Gamma has been given this year.” Pierce said the new house will give the fraternity a new look and atmosphere, hoping to invite new members. “Personally, it’s been a huge deal for me because I feel the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity has been glanced over by some, and (people) looked at the other bigger groups,” he said. “I feel this new look for our house will help us show people that we are just like them.”

Construction on the new data center for the university has been going on for nearly a month, and everything is running according to schedule. According to a February Central Michigan Life article, the new building, approved by the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees in December, will be located between the Combined Services Building and the Engineering and Technology Building. The cost is not to exceed $5.4 million. Steve Lawrence, vice president of Facilities Management, said since July the plan has been to issue primary construction contracts. “The work to date has focused on relocating underground utilities to make way for the new building,” Lawrence said. The data center is currently located in Foust Hall. Lawrence said the estimated date of completion for the new building is June 2013, and all equipment will be moved out of the old build-

ing at that time. Roger Rehm, vice president of Information Technology, said Foust Hall is not an ideal location for the amount of equipment needed in the data center. “The current space is not designed to be a data center. It is poorly designed for both electrical and climate control systems and has too much vulnerability to water damage,” Rehm told CM Life in February. “(The new building) will be situated at a higher elevation than the present facility. It is designed to provide better and highly flexible power and climate control systems.” One of its main purposes will be to store the equipment, hold servers and house a large electrical service room with a backup generator for the university. “The data center houses computer networking for the university, but, right now, they are positioning some of the utility lines,” Rehm said. The data center will only require one employee inside for preservation. “It’s really just a utility building; people will only go in there for maintenance,” Lawrence said. The location for the new data center was chosen in case an addition was needed in the future.

Republican convention in Tampa delayed until Tuesday due to Tropical Storm Isaac By John Irwin Elections Coordinator

The Republican National Convention, originally set to begin today in Tampa, was delayed until Tuesday afternoon due to Tropical Storm Isaac. “Our first priority is ensuring the safety of delegates, alternates, guests, members of the media attending the Republican National Convention and citizens of the Tampa Bay area,” Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. “RNC Convention officials and the (Mitt) Romney

campaign are working closely with state, local and federal officials, as well as the Secret Service, to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac and preserve Florida’s emergency management resources.” Isaac has been threatening the Florida peninsula and the GOP

convention, and, although it has veered to the west and will likely make landfall on the Gulf Coast, residents of Tampa and Republican delegates should still expect severe weather, according to meteorology professor Ashton Peyrefitte. “If the (United States Global Forecast System) model is correct, winds of 60 to 70 mph would rake Tampa,” Peyrefitte said in an email. “There could be enough damage to force postponement of Tuesday’s schedule.” Expected to reach Category 1 hurricane strength on Monday, the storm could cause wind

gusts of up to 40 mph on the coasts. “Storms of this magnitude easily take down tree and wires, interrupting power and communication,” Peyrefitte said. “Flooding from rainfall and storm surge is prevalent, especially along shallow, concave coasts.” Florida governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for his state Saturday. He also announced Saturday that he would not attend any RNC events to focus on the storm. Tampa International Airport

shut down Saturday evening for safety reasons, though as many as 50,000 Republican delegates arrived in the city earlier in the day. Despite the delay, Priebus said the RNC is working to make the convention go as smoothly as possible, especially for the party’s official presidential and vice presidential nomination process. “The Republican National Convention will take place and officially nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and the party

has other necessary business it must address,” Priebus said. “We also are remaining in constant contact with state and federal officials and may make additional schedule alterations as needed.” If necessary, Priebus said the RNC will have additional housing for displaced delegates. “We have an experienced team that will ensure changes are operationally smooth and create as little disruption as possible,” Priebus said. metro@cm-life.comv

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Upperclassmen find Leadership Safari a worthwhile experience for freshman year By Anna McNeill Staff Reporter

Starting up a new college life full of new places, new people and new experiences is sometimes a culture shock for freshmen. To help them adjust, a five-day conference called Leadership Safari teaches freshmen their way around campus as well as helping them meet new people and gaining skills for success on campus and in their future lives. But does paying $125 to make the transition a little easier worth it? Macomb sophomore Hannah Angsioco thinks so. “I was scared that it would be boring, awkward and that I would be homesick,” Angsioco said. “(But) by the end of the week, my first impression was the opposite of what actually hap-

pened. It was a lot of fun, I made a lot of new friends, and I was so busy all the time that I didn’t have time to be homesick or sad.” Saginaw sophomore Aleksis Landers had a different beginning to her Safari experience, but a similar ending. “Leadership Safari was so intense,” she said. “It was a lot of learning and adventure packed into a short time span. Honestly, I enjoyed every minute.” Landers said her most memorable moment during Safari was the social on the last day. “I met my really good friend Loissa at the social, and we’ve been really good friends ever since,” Landers said. But not everyone who attended Safari had a positive experience. “I joined Safari so that I

could move in early,” Grant junior Molly Pocsi said.“I didn’t truly enjoy it because I had already gone to leadership training and been a camp leader and had pretty much already done everything.” Macomb sophomore Ryan Soulard was also thankful for being able to move into the residence halls early, but he said that wasn’t his first intention. “I actually didn’t know that I got to move in early until I got the welcome letter,” Soulard said. He found moving in early and attending Safari to be beneficial because he got to meet all the people in his dorm, and he learned a lot about himself through the process.

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Detroit freshman Tyler Curran cheers as he high fives volunteers of Leadership Safari during the Safari Welcome and Kick-Off ceremony Sunday, August 19 in Finch Fieldhouse.

Students with unpaid, defaulted loans denied official transcripts from CMU By Cecilia Erwin Staff Reporter

If graduates default on their student loans or have other unpaid debts to the university, CMU will withhold their transcripts. The undergraduate bulletin states: “Transcripts of students with a past due financial obligation to the university are not released until the obligation is paid.” CMU Registrar Karen Hutslar said if a student’s transcript is being withheld, the student will still be able to look up their grade report online, and their diploma will not be withheld. “If the student does owe money, we’re not going to release their information, but some exceptions can be made,” she said. Cindy Rubingh, the director of Student Account Services and University Billing, said exceptions can be made for students who need their transcripts for employment purposes only. “Each individual situation

photos by brooke mayle/Staff photographer

TOP: Students raise their hands Friday night to hip hop violinist, Josh Vietti of California in the lower gymnasium of the Student Activity Center. BOTTOM: Beverly Hills freshman Connor Shantz, left, poses outside the Student Activity Center Friday night with Birmingham freshmen Jeff Dooley, Blake Federle and Beverly Hills freshman Adam Hudak. About 50 students, volunteers and faculty gathered for “Club SAC”, one of many events held during the 2012 Welcome Week activities.

Welcome Weekend Club SAC attracts 1,000 By Anna McNeill Staff Reporter

Welcome Weekend kicked off Friday night on campus with an all-inclusive party for students at Club SAC. As a campus-wide initiative to engage students on campus and give them alternatives to partying in potentially hazardous ways during welcome weekend, the University created their own version of welcome weekend called “Week of Welcome.” Club SAC, formally known as “The After Party,” was the second event put on by the Central Michigan University’s Program Board and athletes for the “Week of Welcome.” The event attracted about 1,000 people. The CMU Program Board created a club scene on campus with four spotlights illuminating the sky above the Student Activity Center parking lot. The red carpet was rolled out, and shutter shades were handed out as the Program Board members and Central Staff posed as paparazzi clicking away as students walked down the red carpet to enter Club SAC. The festivities started off with hip-hop violinist Josh Vietti, down in the SAC’s large sports forum, who had the crowd clapping, singing and dancing along to their favorite hip-hop songs with a classical twist. “I was really drawn in by the hip-hop violinist,” said Ossineke junior Amberly Dziesinski. “It seemed like a really unique event.” After Vietti performed, students were invited back to the main level of the SAC for free pizza, subs, bowling, video games, mocktails and a candy bar, as they waited for DJ Kick Mix to set up. DJ Kick Mix started up the “Back to School Party” mix at 10 p.m., and the music and

dancing didn’t stop until 1 a.m. “I loved dancing,” said Dziesinski. Jen Nottingham, director of programs at University Recreation, and Damon Brown, assistant director of Student Life, helped set up the “Week of Welcome” with the goal of jazzing it up. “We brought back Josh Vietti from Philadelphia and DJ Kick Mix from Atlanta to make it special for the students here at CMU,” Brown said. “We could have found something locally, but we just wanted to do something fun for the students.” This event cost about $7,000, with bringing in the two acts as well as providing free food and drinks for

students. “I think we accomplished our mission,” Nottingham said. “I think people had a good time. There were a lot of smiles ... We just wanted to create a nice place for students to chill and meet new people.” Nashville junior Amanda Erwin thought the event was a great way to “get out of the house.” “I hate the party culture of CMU,” Erwin said. “And this was a nice alternative.” Nottingham claimed the night a success and said that Program Board is working with the new academic calendar to fit in another year for Club SAC.


is evaluated,” she said. “The transcript is sent directly to a prospective employer.” Students are notified in writing if their transcript has been denied, and the denial form explains in detail what the outstanding financial obligation is for. “The only time we can hold a transcript is for financial reasons,” Hutslar said. Rubingh said this policy has always been in effect at CMU. “That’s standard practice at every university that I’m aware of,” Hutslar said. The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act gives students that attend accredited colleges and universities the right to view all areas of their educational records. However, FERPA does not require colleges and universities to provide students with official copies of their transcripts. The policy of withholding transcripts is legal under FERPA, because students still have access to their unofficial transcripts. But, in order to pursue a higher degree, apply

for a job or transfer to another school, students need their official transcripts bearing the registrar’s seal. Some schools also limit the number of copies of unofficial transcripts students can get and include in the unofficial transcript the reason why the official copy is being withheld. These practices are also legal under FERPA. The federal Freedom of Information Act does not address academic records, but several state versions of the law do not cover academic records, so students in debt would not be able to request their records. FOIA does not apply to private colleges, but students could challenge public colleges on constitutional grounds if their transcripts are being withheld. The federal bankruptcy code does not allow schools to withhold transcripts if students file bankruptcy petitions or if their educational debts are discharged in court.


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EDITORIAL | Withholding transcripts not the way to go

Students deserve access to their transcripts

Ryan Fitzmaurice Staff Reporter

Let’s not politicize shooting That’s three now. Three mass shootings in a little over a month. 72 injured, 19 dead. But let’s not politicize this. Perhaps the most amazing thing about this gun control debate we’re currently having is how much we’re not having it. Due to Friday’s mass shooting at the Empire State Building where a disgruntled employee caused a firefight injuring nine people and murdering one of them, we have again received somber timely coverage from the media, where they discussed gun control as something ideal but distant. Politicians again, after the dust had settled, either made a brief recommitment to current gun laws or a brief mention of gun laws we should have, with no specifics or commitments on how to carry those laws out. And again, nothing really happened. It sounds like a case of deja vu, because it is. Neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney have made gun control even the slightest part of their platform due to potential voter backlash, because, as usual, votes are more important than morality. The Republican-controlled Congress is adamantly opposed to passing anything related to gun control, and the Democrats are still far too timid to bring it up. After the shooting in Wisconsin on Aug. 5 with the body count at 18, Delaware Governor Jack Markell told the Huffington Post, “nothing’s going to happen over the next few months, and whether or not something gets proposed after that, I can’t say.” What if people just like your mother, father, brother or sister went to something as mundane as the movies or their place of worship, and in a split second’s notice, a small lead object slammed into their cranium, spraying their insides into the people behind them? That’s it, their life is over, they’re dead. Seem too graphic for a student newspaper? It’s not. Not for this. Maybe if we thought of these tragedies with the victims in mind instead of treating these as just occasional macabre events, we would actually commit ourselves to a conversation worth having. Over the last six months, we’ve had congressional hearings on contraceptives, the House has voted over 30 times to repeal Obamacare, and we’ve spent hours upon hours of news coverage on the fact that Romney tied a dog to the roof of his car almost 30 years ago. And yet when it comes to gun control, that is somehow a conversation we don’t have time for? It doesn’t matter what opinions one has. One can be adamantly opposed or adamantly for gun control. That’s not the issue. The issue is that we have long pretended that this conversation doesn’t have a place on the table. But again I repeat, 72 injured, 19 dead. This is on the table whether we like it or not, and it is no longer a conversation we can avoid.


magine graduating after four — or five or six — long years at Central Michigan University and applying to a job only to find that you can’t because your transcripts are unavailable to you. who attend accredited colleges and universities the right to view all areas of their educational records, FERPA doesn’t require schools to provide students with official copies of their transcripts. The policy is legal because students still have access to their unofficial transcripts, which have the same content as the official ones, excluding the registrar’s seal. The problem is that in order to apply to graduate schools, transfer schools or apply to some jobs, students must have their official transcript. Some colleges and universities even limit the number of copies of unofficial transcripts students can obtain, and note on the unofficial transcript the reason why the official copy isn’t included. Under FERPA,

After paying CMU thousands of dollars in tuition and other fees, you come to find out the one thing you’ve worked so hard to earn doesn’t even belong to you. This is the reality for some students who can’t afford to pay off their debt to CMU. According to the undergraduate bulletin: “Transcripts of students with a past due financial obligation to the university are not released until the obligation is paid.” If you owe anything to the university upon graduation, you can kiss your transcripts goodbye because you’re not getting your hands on them until those debts are paid off in full. Although the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act gives students

this practice is also legal. Students can’t even get around this using the federal Freedom of Information Act because the act doesn’t address academic records, so students can’t request their transcripts using it. Perhaps the only silver lining to this cloud is that the federal bankruptcy code does not allow colleges and universities to withhold transcripts if students file bankruptcy petitions, or if their educational debts are discharged in court. Although this isn’t a problem unique to our Central Michigan University, the fact that students nationwide are missing out on opportunities to apply for institutions of higher education and jobs to advance their careers due to lack of money is something that impacts us all. Just because most schools undergo the same practice doesn’t make it right. In fact, it’s ironic that students are being denied the tools necessary to apply for jobs to help them earn the money to pay off their debts.


[COMMENTS] Comments - Aug. 26, 2012 Online reader comments to Aug. 15 “Football team unveils new Adidas uniforms” story. I agree CE and jbirdacus, we need to start winning this year. It is a must. Our program was in a great position after the LaFevor era, and we let it melt away. There is no reason the Chips can not dominate the conference year after year. Start winning now!!! -Anthony Fischer I don’t care if they play in pink thongs and flip-flops---just win, baby! It’s “show time” or “go time” for Enos and Heeke! -CE Ok, I’ve thought it over and decided I REALLY HATE THE

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BLACK UNIFORMS!!! What the heck was Heeke thinking??? What a waste of money. Of course, the Irish are going to have to deal with the idea of half gold helmets... What are these atheletic directors on???? -Vince88 Mr. Heeke, what exactly is the buzz in the pre-season magazines and internet outlets about our coaching staff? I don’t think it’s very good. Kelly, Kramer, Deromedi, Brian Kelly and Butch all won championships without fancy uniforms. Shouldn’t the quality of our coaching staff be more important than uniforms? -michmediaperson Yup, the black [uniform] is terrible. You can’t even see the numbers let alone read them. -Nagiom

Love the black. Flat black on the helmets is sick. Fire Up Chips! ...oh and FIRE ENOS! -jbirdacus Online reader comments to Aug. 23 “EDITORIAL: A sobering but logical change to tailgate” story. I think at this point it’s too late. With the team not doing as well over the past few years and the old policy, I think many like myself have moved on from tailgating at the game. Only time will tell. Of course, the MSU and WMU games will have a larger tailgate crowd, but, as a whole, I don’t think it will matter much. Hope I am wrong. -Chad Cooper

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To be a kid again Recently I was with my friend drinking black coffee, rubbing our eyes from a long day’s shift in our wrinkled dress pants. “I would love to be 16 again,” he said as two young girls walked by talking about high school things. “I did not care at that age.” I sat there confused while I reminisced about how I was at 16. Nerdy, but still athletic, pretty happy, but always cared. Always. I almost cared too much about what was going on. I planned everything out, probably to and past this very day. I would marry my high school boyfriend, eventually move to Chicago or some other big city I never been to at that age and live my dream job of being an elementary teacher all by the age of 24. Sure, it’s good to set goals. But not goals that are planned to a T nine years in advance. And here I am: 20 years old, no boyfriend, still love Chicago and about six classes away from finishing my journalism major requirements. No matter the reasoning for my endless agenda planning, obsessive studying and literally caring at age 16, I never want to go back there. If I had to choose an age to be again, it would be when people asked “how old are you?”, and I could hold up one hand. The days when you’re old enough to know better but too young to care. As a kid, there was no rush for anything. Psh, I have 20 years until I need to start thinking about college, money, jobs, bills, insurance, marriage and babies. What’s on Nickelodeon? My biggest goal in life wasn’t graduating college with a complete resume. The goal then was figuring out how I am going to be the one who wins Guts and holds that piece of aggro crag above my head like a damn champ. But here I sit, 15 years since not caring and four years since caring more than I should. At what I call a happy medium, I care just enough about what’s actually important in life (OK, winning Guts would still rule), and I don’t care about whether or not I ace every class or am settled down by 25. Life’s too short to not worry about the important things and definitely too short to obsess over the unimportant.

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Acoustic singer Howie day concludes max & emily’s Concert Series Saturday By Sean Bradley Senior Reporter

The fourth-annual Max and Emily’s Summer Concert Series concluded Saturday with Maine-born and New York City-residing acoustic artist Howie Day, known for his 2005 hit song “Collide.” With the performance by Day concluded, Max and Emily’s owner, Tim Brockman, the artists and fans alike reflected on the events held this summer. Brockman, whose establishment is located at 125 E. Broadway St., said the events are family-friendly and community-oriented. “We’ve made a commitment to having good, quality entertainment,” Brockman said. “It’s a nice family environment.” The family-oriented atmosphere has attracted bands such as The Verve Pipe and The Ragbirds, along with musician Monique Barry and actor/musician Jeff Daniels to

downtown Mount Pleasant to play the event. Brockman hopes to continue to bring family-oriented entertainment to downtown Mount Pleasant. “I’m hoping we can continue on the same path we’re on,” he said. Homer sophomore Samantha Johnson said she liked Day’s ability to loop instruments in a live setting. “I liked his voice a lot,” Johnson said. “I liked the looping that he did and to see that in person.” Multi-instrumentalist for Ann Arbor’s The Ragbirds, Erin Zindle, said the band loves to play the event because of the people and the atmosphere. “It’s all about the people,” Zindle said. “We’ve just been developing a great relationship with the fan-base there.” When The Ragbirds played in the concert series this year, it was moved to Finch Fieldhouse due to rain, but still attracted about 700 people.

“It’s really a great, encouraging thing that people come out to the show,” Zindle said. She said the event’s production is very high and organized. “It’s really well put together, well-organized and wellattended,” she said. “There’s always a good crowd.” Commerce Township senior Ryan Hoger attended the event last year to see Jeff Daniels perform and attended again this year to see Brian Vanderark of The Verve Pipe. He said the band selection for the events is important and that Max and Emily’s does a good job of making good choices for the music. He also said the sound system and stage were good. “They also attract a pretty big crowd of people of all ages, so there’s something for everyone,” Hoger said. “It’s just a good social event for the community.” adam NIemI/StAff PhotogRAPhER

A crowd watches Howie Day perform during the Max and Emily’s Summer Concert Series on Broadway street in downtown Mount Pleasant on Saturday.

Acoustic Brew unites local music and coffee

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SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Apple Inc. won an overwhelming victory over rival Samsung Electronics Co. in a widely watched federal patent battle, a decision that some worry could stymie competition in the fast-moving markets for smartphones and computer tablets. The jury, after three days of deliberations in the complex U.S. District Court trial here, awarded Apple more than $1 billion after finding that Samsung had infringed on six patents by copying the look and feel of its mobile devices. The jury found, for instance, that Samsung used Apple’s patented pinch-and-zoom technology, which allows users to make objects on the screen

bigger or smaller with a flick of their fingers. It also found that Samsung infringed on Apple’s bounce-back patent, an effect that occurs when a user attempts to scroll beyond the edge of an image or text box. Apple said after the verdict that the evidence presented during the trial “showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than even we knew.” Samsung called the verdict “a loss for the American consumer” and said it was “not the final word in this case,” an indication it planned to appeal. The decision, if upheld, is also seen as a proxy for a patent fight between Apple and Google Inc. over Google’s Android operating system, which Samsung and other companies use on their smartphones and tablets to compete with the iPhone and iPad. Apple co-founder Steve

By Anna McNeill Staff Reporter

Jobs, who died last year, accused Google of “ripping off ” Apple’s technology to build the Android, according to a biography by Walter Isaacson. Friday’s decision could reshape the mobile landscape in which Android has become far more popular than Apple’s iOS operating system, with Android-powered smartphones outselling iPhones by about three to one. With Friday’s court victory, Apple picked up some leverage to protect its innovations not just against Google but other competitors as well. Should U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh, who presided over the trial, decide at a Sept. 20 hearing to ban infringing Samsung phones from U.S. store shelves, the damage to the South Korean company would hit Google as well.

Once a month, a group of Grace Church goers and music lovers join forces to create a night of relaxation and local music. The Acoustic Brew offers local musicians the opportunity to showcase their latest work while the audience sips on locally roasted coffee and taps its feet along in Twelve17 Coffee Roasters near Grace Church, 218 S. Main St. The Grace Church provides the free drinks and snacks for the event, and the performers voluntarily provide the tunes. Phillip Coffman, Office of Information Technology staff member and volunteer coordinator for Acoustic Brew, said all coffee served at the Acoustic Brew is hand-roasted on-site at Grace Church’s coffee shop. “This is the only shop in Mount Pleasant that actually roasts their own coffee beans,

so as far as freshness goes, it’s tough to find a fresher cup,” he said. “They also serve loose-leaf tea and a pretty good smoothie at the coffee shop as well.” Although coffee and snacks are free, a small donation is suggested for espresso-based drinks to help raise compassion funds to be used to serve poor, needy children in Myanmar. “We never know how many people are going to show up,” Mount Pleasant sophomore Haruki Hakoyama said. “Over the summer, there are usually a few, and it picks up when college students come back.” Hakoyama organizes the musical acts and finds new local performers to play the show. “Usually, I seek out local talent and set up shows so that it’s not always the same type of music at one event,” Hakoyama said. Coffman said jazz acts tend to be the majority of the performances, but there’s always

a singer-songwriter or two in the lineup as well. One jazz musician, Grand Blanc senior Robert Brooks, has been involved with the Acoustic Brew since before Hakoyama was coordinating the event. “(I got involved) through knowing Braun Khan (the original coordinator of the Acoustic Brew), and he asked if I wanted to perform and if I knew of any other groups that wanted to perform,” Brooks said. “And I did.” Brooks plays the tenor saxophone for a jazz group and credited the Acoustic Brew for having different types of groups come to play, such as a gospel choir. The next event is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 14, at the Twelve17 building (across from Arby’s), but the event will also be broadcasted live on Public Access channels 99 and 48.

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engineering concepts. “It’s really good if the teachers can bring back experiments in this format or engineering information at all,” he said. “It will help high school and middle school students get more

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Traverse City senior Bradi Pasch, left, and West Bloomfield senior Gina Wymore, right, pop balloons filled with glitter over a group of children in a village outside of Kampala, Uganda. Pasch and Wymore traveled to Kampala, Uganda in August to help women and children who live in the slums.

very tedious and long. “It wasn’t beneficial for me,” he said. Although Hanson didn’t find it worthwhile, he said it could be helpful to freshmen

Students travel to Uganda for mission trip railroad | By Caitlin Cheevers Staff Reporter

Editor’s note: Caitlin Cheevers traveled to Uganda for this trip and took part in the activities described as a volunteer with Heart Cry International. In an open courtyard of red dirt hardened by the feet of hundreds of Ugandan school children, three CMU students teach a group of students the Hokey Pokey. West Bloomfield senior Gina Wymore points across the circle to a little girl, indicating it was her turn to be the leader. Wymore and the other two CMU students, Traverse City senior Bradi Pasch and Illinois junior Stephanie Legan traveled to Uganda for a mission trip with Mount Pleasant based non-profit organization Heart Cry International (HCI). A total of 17 individuals went to the capital city of Kampala Aug. 3 to 17 to help women and children in the slums. The organization partners with a church, Grace Fellowship, to support three orphanages, a primary school and a high school. There was never a dull moment on the trip, as the team had only two weeks to get a long list of tasks completed. While Wymore, Pasch and Legan continue to play the Hokey Pokey, other team members


play soccer and Frisbee with other children and others interview children in HCI’s sponsorship program. Coleman residents Amy Rydman and Marilyn Fruchey sit in the office of Grace Fellowship Primary School and ask the children about their familes, health and interests to send back to the sponsors in the United States who pay the children’s monthly school fees so they do not have to drop out. Many of the children are orphans or have single mothers, so paying the school fees is difficult without the help of American sponsors. Pasch had considered sponsoring a child prior to the trip, but she couldn’t afford the $30 per month donation. However, after meeting a 14-year-old girl, Abigail, who now has a year-old son, Elijah, after being raped, she found a way to make it work. “I went to Grace Fellowship Church the first Sunday we were there, and I got to hold Elijah,” Pasch said. “He fell asleep in my arms, and I fell in love. Later that day, I asked Stephanie if she wanted to cosponsor him so the cost would be split between the two of us.” Pasch and Legan plan to write and support Abigail and Elijah for years to come. In addition to working at the school, the group ministered

to the boys and girls who live in the three orphanages run by Grace Fellowship, updated HCI’s Widow’s Hope program and put on a youth conference for the children living in the slums. Carla Ives, HCI founder, felt the World Changers RSO, which started in 2011, had a big impact on the trip. “A good part of the group we had this time were from the World Changers on campus, and they were so wonderful because they already understood the work that we were doing and they came in prepared,” Ives said. As president of World Changers, Wymore found the trip very rewarding. “A highlight for me would be meeting the incredible children whose strength and love through hardship inspire me,” she said. She added that the trip has changed how she will be living in Mount Pleasant. “This trip has caused me to cherish the life I’ve been given and use my skills to help those in need,” she said. Individuals looking to get involved with mission trips and international internships with HCI can visit the website at www.heartcryinternational. com.

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excited about engineering in general.” The experience helped to strengthen and enforce his own knowledge as well, Duthie said. “It was good to work with people who aren’t engineering majors or in the engineering field,” he said. “It forces you to explain it in a way everyone can understand.”

Kaya said he is excited for teachers to begin applying their new knowledge and newly developed lesson plans over the course of the coming semesters, and he looks forward to all students that will gain as a result. “What (students) will take is to link science concepts to real life,” he said.

entering college with no experience drinking alcohol. “It wasn’t a bad idea,” he said. “(CMU) has good intentions.” Veith said whether the student chooses to drink or not, students will be empowered to make well-informed decisions about alcohol and be able to cope with the drinking

behavior of their peers. “The bottom line is we want our students to be safe; we want them to look out for one another; we want them to call for help if they are concerned about a friend and we want them to be successful at CMU,” Veith said.

to build this type of railroad crossing is generally a year, but they are trying to replace it sooner. He said it could still be another 30 to 60 days to get the railroad crossing working like it was previously. Once the materials are on site, the railroad crossing

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Field hockey loses OT heartbreaker to Villanova. » PAGE 4B

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Soccer team losses 5-0 to No. 6 Penn State

Loss to PSU provides positives for soccer team

By Emily Grove Staff Reporter

By Emily Grove Staff Reporter

Though the Chippewas were able to hang with Penn State for the first twenty minutes of Sunday’s competition, the game soon got away from them and they fell 5-0. Penn State freshman forward Mallory Weber scored the first goal of the game about 22 minute into the first period, off an assist from senior midfielder Christine Nairn. Within a little over two minutes, Nairn had two unassisted goals of her own, the first from 30 yards out, and the other from 18. Head coach Neil Stafford placed a lot of emphasis on some of Penn State’s talented players, such as Nairn, for capturing the win for the Nittany Lions. “They have some fantastic players, who really capitalized on some opportunities we gave them, took some shots and it paid off for them,” Stafford said. Penn State scored once more before the first half ended, and again in the second half for the last time with another goal from more than 30 yards out. Stafford said his team was reacting too much, and was disappointed in the lack of tighter, more disciplined play. “They had two goals from 30 or more yards out,” Stafford said. “A player’s individual brilliance and ability is the reason they scored, but we shouldn’t have allowed them that much time.” Although the Chippewas couldn’t come up with a goal, they outshot PSU 21-11 with an 8-6 on goal advantage. Junior midfielder Kaely Schlosser lead the team with six shots, two of which were on goal. Senior defender Katie Slaugher contributed three shots, though none were on goal. Senior defender Bailey Brandon was disappointed by the loss, but said the game was a building block for the rest of the season. Brandon said playing Penn State showed the areas and small things the team needs to work on this week when gearing up to play Dayton on Friday. “It’s a big learning experience for the whole team. Hopefully it will be helpful down the road and maybe we can come back and do a better job next time,” Brandon said.

The women’s soccer team may have lost to Penn State on Sunday, but they bested their opponent in a few areas. Despite the 5-0 defeat, the Chippewas outshot the Lions 21-11 with an 8-6 advantage for shots on goal. “The fact that we took 21 shots is extremely impressive, and shows we didn’t just want to sit back and let them have the win,” senior defender Katie Slaughter said. Junior midfielder Kaely Schlosser led the team with six shots, two of which were on goal, and senior defender Katie Slaughter followed with three shots, though none were on goal. The rest of the team also got in on the action, with seven players contributing at least a shot to the total 21 taken. Head coach Neil Stafford said he was proud of the team’s performance, even though they couldn’t capitalize on the opportunities. “To outshoot Penn State and see all the chances; we could’ve scored if we’d been more clinical makes you think, if we can do it against Penn State, we can go a long way this season,” Stafford said. The Chippewas competed well, with a great build up in the beginning, but there was no final piece to make it click, Stafford said. Senior defender Bailey Brandon agreed the final piece was missing. “We had more corners and more shots, so the pressure was on them,” she said. “It was the technical aspect where they got us, and if we had put the ball in the back of net on some of our shots, it’d have been a completely different game.” In their first game of the season CMU outshot Detroit 17-6, though the team was outshot 17-9 in Friday’s win over West Virginia. Playing like they did against West Virginia and how they first started off against Penn State will ultimately pay off for the Chippewas, Slaughter said. “We’re going to keep pushing forward with our heads held high,” Slaughter said. “We just need to keep taking advantage of the opportunities we have, and when we get 21 shot off, we need to make the best of those.” The Chippewas are now 2-1-0 and will take on Dayton, Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Dayton, Ohio.

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Sophomore midfielder Kaely Schlosser fends off a Detroit opponent August 19, 2011 at the Soccer Complex. CMU won 1-0.

ON POINT Big schools give CMU soccer learning opportunities; but team’s focus is still on MAC play By Emily Grove | Staff Reporter

The women’s soccer team is 2-1-0 after having beaten Detroit and West Virginia, and falling to Penn State. PSU, ranked sixth in the country, beat the Chippewas 5-0 on Sunday. They will continue to face stiff competition as they take on Dayton on Friday, No. 13 Marquette on Sept. 3 and No. 12 Texas A&M on Sept. 9. Head coach Neil Stafford said the team will need to be prepared to deal with the athleticism of upcoming competition, but also not be intimidated. “We want our kids to develop a mentality where they’re not concerned about the names on the jerseys, the size of the school or what conference the team is in,” he said. “So far, I think we’ve done pretty well with that.” Juniors Estee Outcalt and Kaely Schlosser said playing nationally ranked teams is a test of their progression and abilities as a team. “It’s really just a great opportunity to see how good we are compared to them

and a chance to compete against the top competition in the country,” Outcalt said. Schlosser said she enjoys playing the large, non-conference games, but conference play is what drives her and her teammates. Each game provides experience for the Chippewas to build upon and keep working toward the bigger picture—a Mid-American Conference championship. “Game by game we get to see what we need to work on to improve to ultimately win another MAC championship,” Schlosser said. The Chippewas head to Indiana to play Purdue on Sept. 12. They will return to CMU for their first confer-

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ence game of the season, against Kent State, on Sept. 21. MAC competition will continue on Sept. 23 when the team plays Ohio, Sept. 28 when they play Western Michigan University and Sept. 30 taking on Eastern Michigan University. The Chippewas will play the reigning MAC champion Toledo Rockets on Oct. 5. Stafford agreed a championship is the end goal for his

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program. Even with last year’s disappointment of not taking home a MAC title, Stafford said the team was dominant and had a great year. His expectations this year are to perform well, compete and of course, win the MAC. “Nobody should come to CMU and play soccer and expect to finish second,” Stafford said.

Senior Ryan Radcliff leads quarterback contingent that has talented depth By Matt Thompson Senior Reporter

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Central Michigan University’s quarterback Ryan Radcliff, 8, calls out a play. Radcliff was sacked six times and was picked off three times in their loss to Ball State University on October 2, 2010.

In the past two seasons, there have only been 14 passes attempted by a quarterback without Radcliff written on the back of his jersey for the Central Michigan football team. This season, senior Ryan Radcliff will begin his third-season as the starting quarterback, but he has talented passers behind him. Head coach Dan Enos talked about it at the end of last season, saying he is excited to have some depth at quarterback this year. “There has been good competition going on this whole fall camp, and competition makes the world go round,” Radcliff said. Redshirt freshman Alex Niznak, transfer sophomore Cody Kater, Holland junior A.J. Westendorp and true freshman Cooper Rush are the quarterbacks behind Radcliff. Enos said he plans on redshirting Rush this

season at Mid-American Conference media day. Niznak threw three touchdown passes in the spring game including 65yard touchdown to sophomore Titus Davis. “Alex Niznak had a tremendous spring,” Enos said. “He brings a different dimension to our football team because he can run and he extends plays with his feet and creates that way.” Niznak won the state title at Ithica High School during his senior year while throwing for 31 touchdowns and rushing for another 21. During the Butch Jones era at CMU, Kater was committed to the Chippewas. But Kater followed Jones to Cincinnati, then after being redshirted he transferred to Grand Rapids Community College. “Cody Kater really struggled in the spring,” Enos said. “You got to remember he went to Cincinnati as a freshman and played scout team so really didn’t learn

anything, and then went to junior college. “He was thrown into the fire a bit, but we’re excited because the last few spring practices he had some good practices.” Last year Westendorp had the back-up spot locked down. Enos said he has continued to improve. Radcliff said even with all the competition the group remains close. “We have fun with each other, we mess around,” he said. “Everyone truly is pulling for the other guy, while still competing to be better.” Senior offensive lineman Eric Fisher has noticed the depth at quarterback. “The backups are all doing good,” Fisher said. “Niznak, A.J., Cooper are all producing. Making more pressure behind Radcliff with talent behind him, that will make him better.” A FOOTBALL| 6B

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Michigan State’s Tyler Hoover learns ins, outs of being a defensive tackle By Joe Rexrode Detroit Free Press (MCT)

EAST LANSING, Mich. The fractured rib that took him out of last season in the opener is all better, and Tyler Hoover has added 25 pounds to his 6-foot-7 frame to get to 315 – the right weight, he said, to handle

the move from defensive end to tackle. That doesn’t mean it has been easy for the fifth-year senior from Novi. “There’s a lot of concerns,” he said with a laugh. “New position, new techniques, new direction, double-teams, just everything. It’s completely different. And the biggest scare

would be actually having to change.” And yes, he has been pummeled inside, where the space is tighter and leverage is key. “Definitely. Many times,” he said. “And that helps, that’s great. Because I think our offensive line is one of the best offensive lines Michigan State’s seen. And

it’s made me better.” MSU will release its depth chart Tuesday for Friday’s opener against Boise State, and, as camp wrapped up Thursday, the leader at defensive tackle was Micajah Reynolds. Anthony Rashad White is the starter at nose tackle. But Hoover and James Kittredge are still in the

battle with Reynolds, and all three will play. MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said Hoover could be especially valuable against teams with spread offenses, putting his mobility to work from sideline to sideline. Hoover said he has a firstteam role as the nose tackle in MSU’s nickel package,

rushing the passer from inside as part of a three-man front. That’s something he has done in the past. For the things he hasn’t done, trial and error continue. “You get hit,” he said. “And you say, ‘I’m gonna do something a little different (next time)’.”

UCLA basketball team reaches China to pioneer start of exchange Pac-12 By David Wharton Los Angeles Times (MCT)

BEIJING It was no small feat for Joshua Smith to fit his sizable 6-foot-10 frame into an economy-class seat for the 6,300-mile flight to China. At least the airline put him in the front row of his compartment, so the UCLA center could stretch his white-stockinged feet toward the bathroom door. “It’s all right,” he said. “They gave me some room.” Of all the challenges UCLA might face on the court during a series of exhibition games here, travel ranks near the top.

This trip represents a trial run, the start of what could be an annual exchange between the Pac-12 Conference and the Federation of University Sports of China. Pac-12 officials are eager to foster relationships with a country where they might someday broadcast games and sell merchandise to a basketball-crazed populace. UCLA agreed to take the first step, players and coaches assembling at Los Angeles International Airport in the early morning hours on Wednesday, sprawling across chairs, stretching out on the floor

and using backpacks as pillows. Next came a 13-hour flight that – because of the international dateline – landed in Beijing at the break of dawn Thursday. A lucky few, such as Smith and guard Tyler Lamb, were able to sleep for much of the way. Others could not. Forward David Wear said, “I just want to get to the hotel and go to bed.” Coach Ben Howland hoped to have his players in their rooms by 7 a.m., but, after their wait for bags and fight with rush-hour traffic, that time was pushed back

by more than two hours. On the long, slow bus ride to the hotel, the Bruins were reminded that this wasn’t like home. A Chinese representative, speaking over the intercom, asked them to stay out of trouble and keep track of their passports. He reminded them to drink only bottled water. It was a bleary group that finally lumbered into its hotel at midmorning. “It’s still so surreal,” Smith said. “I don’t think it will hit us until we are here for a while.” What was supposed to be a leisurely morning turned

into a couple of hours of rest before the team met for lunch and climbed back onto the bus. As part of this seven-day, three-game tour, the Bruins agreed to practice with – and scrimmage against – the Tsinghua University team they will play on Saturday evening. “This is a cultural exchange – it’s not just about us playing basketball,” Howland said. “So we want to be helpful and let them learn more about us.” The schedule did not figure to provide much rest in coming days. The Bruins will visit the

Forbidden City and the Great Wall on Friday, then do more sightseeing before Saturday evening’s game. On Sunday, they will fly to Shanghai, practice and take a boat down the Huangpu River. They come back-to-back games against Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the Shanghai Sharks, a professional team. All of which seemed a little daunting to players who were fighting jet lag as they headed off to Thursday’s scrimmage. “I guess I’ll be ready,” Lamb said. “Just have to get the kinks out of my legs.”

Historic college football season starts with many unanswered questions By Mike Jensen The Philadelphia Inquirer (MCT)

This college football season will go down in history – as the season after. Mostly, of course, as the season after Sandusky, after both Joe Paterno and so much of his legacy died, after the NCAA and much of society decided Penn State had committed the worst wrongs ever committed in college sports and would pay for them in as many ways as possible. Beyond Happy Valley, 2012 is the season after. The one after realignment rearranged the landscape. The time fear took hold across the land. “What if our hallowed institution (and parking lots equipped for Winnebagos) was left in a have-not league, unable to reap television millions or contend for a national title? This is the year after West Virginia paid the Big East Conference an extra $12.5 million to bolt the league one year early for the Big 12. Instead of paying the $7.5 million, Syracuse and Pittsburgh paid in a negotiated exit fee to leave for the Atlantic Coast Conference after this season, West Virginia paid $20 million to get out right away. First, of course, West

Virginia sued, and the Big East countersued. Ill will on all sides carried the day. Other lawsuits (eventually dropped) were filed by Pitt and Texas Christian, which joined the Big East and then left for the Big 12 before ever playing a game, reportedly paying $5 million for the privilege. The West Virginia development turned out to be the most crucial one on North Broad Street. When the Mountaineers bolted, the Big East was left in desperate need of a school that could start playing football in the league immediately, this fall. The conference football schedule was past due to be released, and the league still didn’t have a full slate of games. Enter the Owls. Once kicked out of the league for lack of performance on the field and at the ticket window, the Owls return stronger, with better facilities. Just as important, the rest of Temple’s programs will be joining the Big East next year. The Owls were picked last in the Big East preseason media poll. A question about that: Were they picked last because of long-ago history? Or because they lost most of their offensive line to graduation? Last year’s Temple team would have competed quite well

in the Big East, which was nobody’s powerhouse. If the Owls take a slight step back, it wouldn’t be a shock, but we’d bet they don’t finish last. Have to believe ancient history played a part in that vote. Nobody knows where the Nittany Lions will finish in the Big Ten, only that expectations also are lowered after some top players transferred, led by star running back Silas Redd, who left for Southern California after the NCAA allowed any player to leave and become immediately eligible after the governing body dropped its carpet bomb of sanctions. The NCAA became the new common enemy for PSU faithful (and so many remain exactly that). Interestingly, Bill O’Brien has more support today than he did in the days soon after he was hired. On the day of Joe Paterno’s memorial service, I remember listening to a couple of Paterno allies, a former assistant and a former player. The general vibe of the conversation: O’Brien had better not screw up what we built. So much has gone down since then – the Freeh report, the NCAA probation, the Sandusky trial itself – that any uneasiness about an outsider taking charge

doesn’t carry much weight. Penn State’s hierarchy knew it couldn’t have anybody with Paterno ties. Question anything else about their decision-making process, but that decision remains sound. Around the country, there is no uplifting story line to carry the day. Urban Meyer, fabulously successful but burned out at Florida, takes over at Ohio State. (Except the Buckeyes are on probation.) LSU might have been preseason No. 1. (Except its top returning player, a folk hero of sorts nicknamed the Honey Badger, was dismissed from the team and checked himself into a drug rehabilitation center.) USC comes off probation as a national title contender. The other top suspects to wear the crown are the usual ones, most from the usual place, the Southeastern Conference. Last season, Alabama and LSU played twice, each team failing to get across the goal line the first time, but with the national championship on the line in the rematch. Can the defending champion Tide roll again, winning their third in four seasons? So the season after begins next weekend, with Temple hosting Villanova on Friday night and Penn State getting

started Saturday afternoon hosting Ohio University. Another way to look at all this, of course, is as a new beginning. That’s the case on North Broad Street. They

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The NCAA hasn’t closed the book on Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel’s eligibility just yet. Sports Illustrated reported Wednesday that two investigators from the NCAA traveled to Noel’s former high school in New Hampshire earlier this month to meet with officials

there about Noel’s past. Kentucky compliance director Sandy Bell was also present at that meeting, according to the report. UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy would not confirm Bell’s involvement and wouldn’t say whether Noel is athletically eligible to play for Kentucky this season. Peevy said the school’s normal procedure is not to comment on any NCAA matters.

“We don’t talk about athletic eligibility until they play a game, and we don’t talk about academic eligibility until they go to class,” he said. “That’s what we do for their privacy.” Peevy did confirm that Noel was academically eligible. Classes at UK started Wednesday and Peevy said Noel was in attendance for the courses on his schedule. The team’s photo day was also held Wednesday, and


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Stefanie Turner off to hot start in goal for women’s soccer team By John Manzo Staff Reporter

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Senior goalkeeper Stefanie Turner deflects a shot against Detroit on Aug. 19, 2011.

Turner, Twidle for soccer team aiming to return to NCAA Tournament John Manzo Staff Reporter

Soccer team deserves more credit I’m comfortable saying the United States women’s national soccer team was popular during the Summer Olympics in London, capturing a major group of fans at the 2011 World Cup in Germany. After Germany, there were talk-show appearances, commercials and other postWorld Cup glamour following the exciting but unfinished run the team made (losing to Japan in penalty kicks). This has led to the USWNT (United States Women’s National Team) trending multiple times on Twitter, along with popular names including Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach and Hope Solo. On a smaller scale, the Central Michigan women’s soccer team mirrors the USWNT. The Chippewas have potential to be dangerous, usually outshooting their opponents. The defense seems to rarely get rattled, and, when it does, the experienced goalkeeper is there to do her job, and they are seeking revenge after missing the NCAA tournament last season for the first time since 2008-09. Obviously, CMU isn’t on the same popularity level of the USWNT nationally, but why can’t they be in Mount Pleasant? They represent CMU, have a proven track record for success and expect to retain an NCAA tournament bid. The soccer team has been the staple of success since the top-25 football team fell into the triple-digit preseason ranks. CMU turns into Gotham City in a scene from “The Dark Knight Rises” when the football or basketball team pulls off an upset. It’s almost reversed in soccer. The team beat No. 24 Purdue in 2009-10 in the NCAA Tournament and returned the following year, losing 1-0 to No. 12 Marquette – playing a game that was basically in Marquette’s backyard, on a rain-soaked field at Milwaukee. Last season, the Chippewas lost one-goal games against West Virginia and Kentucky (in OT), beat Louisville and Pittsburgh and tied Michigan. CMU is a force to be reckoned with in the MidAmerican Conference year-in and year-out. Grand Valley State has football, Duke has basketball, Akron has men’s soccer. This university has women’s soccer -- and it needs to embrace it.

By John Manzo Staff Reporter

Last year, the Central Michigan women’s soccer team missed out on the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008-09, after losing in the Mid-American Conference tournament. Their two losses in MAC play came against Western Michigan with both games ending at 1-0. “I wouldn’t say it’s something that went wrong, I’d say it’s just something that didn’t go our way last season,” junior forward Nicole Samuel said. “We didn’t go into a game not playing our hearts out, and that’s what we did. We just didn’t get the results.” The Chippewas return an all-around team and set the goal of returning to the NCAA tournament. While it’s in the back of their minds, that’s where it will stay for now. Samuel said the team wants to take it one game at a time. “We’re really working toward starting off strong,” she said. “That’s definitely in our sights, but we’re trying to take it one game at a time and not overshadow our season with going to the NCAAs, but that’s definitely on our minds as well.” The team returns a senior goalkeeper; the first since 2010-11 when Shay Mannino led the way to an NCAA

tournament bid against Marquette. Now Stefanie Turner is in charge and has sophomore Grace Labrecque as her backup. Turner has 15 total wins and 0.58 goals against average, but, more importantly, she witnessed Mannino in the NCAA tournament and earned playing time to end the game, when Mannino was removed for an ovation. “It’s always an advantage to have quality players, whether it’s a goalkeeper, whether it’s a defender or a midfielder or forward,” Stafford said. “Having two bigtime goalkeepers is a dream of any program, professional or collegiate.”

The phone calls seemed like a constant stream. Dozens of college coaches rang Jordan Hill and his Penn State teammates in the days immediately following the NCAA announcement of sanctions. For at least nine Nittany Lions players, the inquiries helped result in relocation to places such as California, Texas and Illinois, far from the scrutiny that hovers over the Penn State program following the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. For Hill and others, they were a reminder that staying in State College, Pa., means normal likely won’t be an attainable adjective any time soon. “You just want to say, ‘Leave me alone, and let me be a regular college student,’ “ said Hill, a senior defensive tackle. “But we’re not regular college students right now. We’re going through a lot.” He wasn’t asking for pity. Hill is from Pennsylvania, grew up with a “one-track mind on Penn State,” sat in front of the television to watch Nittany Lions games


ville on Sunday, but the game was cancelled because of lightning. “It was nice to see Laura have a run-out there today and get some minutes and to come through unscathed,” Stafford said following Friday’s 1-0 victory against Detroit. “We’re real happy with the run-out she had. She always helps us with possession and helps us kind of keep more of the ball when we’re trying to play a possession game. A healthy Laura Twidle is only going to make us better.”


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Senior Laura Twidle’s 2011 season might be part of the reason why CMU didn’t finish the way it wanted last year. She scored seven goals during her freshman season and eight goals her sophomore season before she was plagued by injuries last season. The forward played six games last season, after playing a combined 44 prior to her junior year. Her goal-scoring ability could have helped her team, which struggled to consistently score throughout the season. Twidle’s impact is already being made this season. She scored against Evans-

Penn State football players seek normalcy By Colleen Kane Chicago Tribune (MCT)

West Virginia took five shots at senior goalkeeper Stefanie Turner late Friday at State College, Pa. Of course, the Central Michigan women’s soccer keeper was up for the challenge. After all, it was the least she could do, she said. “A lot of it has to do with all of the players in front of me,” Turner said of her play. “I don’t have to do very much when they keep it away from me, and if they need me for a couple saves a game, it’s the least I can do.” Turner kept the Mountaineers off the board, just like every other team this season, including Aug. 19’s cancelled game against Evansville. She made five saves, and the Chippewas (and Turner) improved to 2-0. Knowing that Turner is between the pipes is helpful for fellow senior midfielder Ashley Mejilla. “It does give us a lot of confidence because Stef is a really great goalie, and it helps us a lot that she has the experience to help our team,” Mejilla said. This season, Turner was

named a team captain, along with senior defender Katie Slaughter. The six-foot goalkeeper learned from Shay Mannino, CMU’s all-time leader in shutouts, wins and goals against average and is second in saves behind Anne Decker. Turner witnessed CMU’s NCAA tournament victory against No. 24 Purdue in 2009 and played 10 minutes in its 1-0 loss against Marquette in the 2010 NCAA tournament first-round game. Turner split time with Mannino in 2010, making the position battle a nice problem to have for former head coach Tom Anagnost. She didn’t disappoint either, winning three games, and held a 0.65 GAA. When Mannino graduated and Turner took over the No. 1 spot, her numbers greatly improved. She won 11 games, making 47 saves with a 0.54 GAA. Turner’s capabilities will play a major role as to how far the Chippewas go this season.

on Saturday afternoons. He wasn’t leaving. Two days after the sanctions were announced and Penn State players were told they could transfer to another program without losing eligibility, Hill’s mother drove to State College after work to take him out to dinner. She told him she felt bad for him. “I basically told her, ‘Stop. You don’t have to feel bad for me,’ “ Hill said. “ ‘When I get older, have a family, this is going to make me a better husband. It’s going to make me a better father. I’m learning from these experiences’.” And so the remaining players return to the most normal place they can find – the football field. Even that will feel different this year. The coaches are new, starting with former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, who took over in January following the firing of nowdeceased coach Joe Paterno. The uniforms also will be new. The players will have names on the back of their jerseys for the first time and will display blue ribbons on the front to represent the victims of child abuse.

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Erin Dye, Bailey McKeon carry offensive attack for field hockey team By Jeff Papworth Staff Reporter


Freshman forward Bailey McKeon, left, and Louisville midfielder Rachel Hollenbach battle for the ball during the first half of the Champions Invitational Tournament game in 2009 in East Lansing. Louisville beat CMU 9-0.

Field hockey loses OT heartbreaker to Villanova, 3-2 By Jeff Papworth Staff Reporter

The Central Michigan field hockey team lost seven games by a goal, three coming in overtime, in the 2011 season. Add another excruciatingly close loss this season. The Chippewas were defeated in overtime 3-2 against Villanova Sunday, in the Robert Morris Tournament final. Though it was another close game that was up for grabs, it did feel different for the Chippewas. “A one-goal deficit is always something that’s a little worse than an even bigger deficit, because it leaves a lot of what-if questions,” senior Erin Dye said. “But I think there are some definite positives.” Playing without injured Skylar VanNatta, CMU valiantly came back to make it a game in the second half. “I’m proud of the team,” head coach Cristy Freese said. “When you can bring it back from two-nothing and make a

game of it — I’m really proud of the team there. We had one of our key starters out.” Villanova led 2-0 at the end of the first half, with three shots on goal, while the Chippewas did not tally any. The Wildcats grabbed a 1-0 lead 21 minutes and 59 seconds into the game from a shot by Carolynn Clark. Keira Zambon added another for the Wildcats, as the first half was coming to a close, in the 33rd minute. But the Chippewas entered the second half anew. The Wildcats did add three more shots on goal in the second, but CMU had 11. “At halftime, we talked about how we just had to have more discipline and do the little things well,” Freese said. “The kids really responded, and, certainly, we controlled the second half. “We had opportunities to get that third goal, but we just couldn’t finish it off.” A new dangerous tandem, Erin Dye and Bailey McKeon, for CMU landed two con-

secutive punches in the 49th minute, scoring goals 23 seconds apart, respectively. “It was awesome,” Dye said. “We definitely had the momentum going after we got that first goal, and to see Bailey put it in…we changed to a different team after the first half.” CMU came back by not allowing VU to capitalize on seven corners in the first half. But the Chippewas could not stop the 14th corner in overtime, with one less defender, per field hockey’s overtime rules. Olivia Maggitti received a pass from Amy Jackson and closed the game out in the 78th minute.


The field hockey team won their first game of the season, which was too close for comfort, against Radford 2-1 in the Robert Morris Tournament. “I think there are things that we certainly need to do better, but we really could

have put this game out of reach, and we didn’t,” Freese said. “So, you’ve got to score the goals that are the open net goals, and we missed that opportunity today.” The Chippewas won as a result of two familiar names notching goals. McKeon capitalized on a goal in the ninth minute. Dye scored the second goal six minutes later. The Chippewa defense was most impressive. Goalie Anastasia Netto only had to make one save in the first half. The Highlanders finally infiltrated the defense in the second half, scoring a goal in the 56th minute, but CMU held on. “Our defense got a little disorganized,” Freese said. “It’s still your first game of the season, so there’s still some game situations that our kids have to get used to, but I think we handled it well, getting scored on and just not letting them tie up the game.”

Central Michigan field hockey players Erin Dye and Bailey McKeon showed they might be the go-to scorers for the 2012 season. They accounted for all four goals the Chippewas scored in their two games this weekend — and CMU needed every one. “One thing we’re seeing with our team,” head coach Cristy Freese said. “is the ability to really play the rebound off the goalkeeper and be persistent.” The Chippewas won their first game 2-1 against Radford, and Freese was impressed by how the two goals were scored. McKeon, a junior, scored the first goal of the season for the Chippewas off a rebound in the ninth minute, and Dye, a senior, added one shortly after in the 15th minute, with a tip in from five yards out. The two scorers almost saved CMU from defeat in the Robert Morris Tournament final. CMU was down 2-0 in the second half, and, in a 23-second span, Dye and McKeon tied it up with a goal each in the 49th minute. Dye tried her best to deflect the credit for the goals that were scored by Bailey and her. “Obviously, we had a good weekend,” Dye said. “But we had the passes there for us, and it could have been someone else.” She was satisfied that she has gotten off to a fast start, after failing to tally many

With a small freshman class for the women’s soccer team last year, head soccer coach Neil Stafford said the team wasn’t able to completely capitalize on the success new talent can bring a team. “Freshman classes had a big impact with contributions last year for other teams in the MAC,” Stafford said. “We weren’t able to get as much out of that because we had a small freshman class.” But Stafford doesn’t foresee having that issue this season with 12 freshmen added to the roster. Stafford said the orienta-

level is also a priority. “All of us have been playing since we were young and fell in love with the game at one point. The biggest thing is the mental piece, our bodies are enslaved to the game, and we all know how to play,” Brenz said. “We’re just getting the tactical and mental things figured out now so we can hit the ground running.” Brenz said the team is made up of a solid veteran group, including eight seniors, six juniors and four sophomores that are capable of ushering in the newcomers. Stafford said witnessing a group of women on the same page, striving toward a common goal has been a pleasure. With the hard work and






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goals at the beginning of last season. “I sometimes get in a slump,” she said. “So, it’s good to start off strong, because that will be better for me as I go on in the season.” Their output should not surprise many. McKeon faced a slight decrease in minutes from her freshman to sophomore season, yet increased her goal total by three, with five goals in her second year playing for CMU. Dye lead the team in goals as a sophomore in 2010 and was second on the team last year with more help offensively. “You can’t make a scorer. A scorer just has instincts,” Freese said. “I think that’s what Erin does. She’s willing to get down and dirty to score a goal. I think she likes to score goals on her back, more than her feet.”



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dedication he’s seen from them so far, Stafford is looking forward to what the freshmen will bring to the table. “I’m excited to see our freshmen challenge the older players for starting spots. I’ve seen a nice competitive edge in training and scrimmages,” Stafford said. Freshman Christen Chiesa said contributing to the team’s efficiency is ultimately what the freshmen are hoping to do. “We want to do great for ourselves and do great for our upperclassmen, because they deserve it,” Chiesa said. “We just want to continue to build on their success.”


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Men’s cross-country faces tough challenge in replacing Tecumseh Adams By Adam Niemi Staff Reporter

Last season, the Central Michigan men’s cross-country team finished second at the Mid-American Conference championship, just 10 points shy of the champion, Eastern Michigan. The advancement of the CMU cross-country program, especially the men’s team, was symbolized with a record performance by a lanky runner from Harbor

Springs, Tecumseh Adams. He broke a hoard of school records in both cross country and track. He was the individual MAC champion at the cross-country meet last year. In July, he was released from the team after being academically dismissed from CMU following the spring 2012 semester. Director of track and field and cross country Willie Randolph released a statement following Adams’ dismissal.

“Tecumseh Adams was declared academically ineligible following the spring semester and has subsequently been released from the track and field and cross-country program,” Randolph said in the statement. “We fully support the academic mission of Central Michigan University as an institution of higher education, as well as the consequences for those student-athletes who do not meet those expectations. While the subtraction of

Tecumseh is both significant and unfortunate, we look forward to the coming cross-country and track and field seasons featuring a number of up-and-coming distance runners in the great tradition of Central Michigan.” In the 5,000-meter run, Adams broke the school record for indoor track with a time of 13:53 and broke the record for 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:02. The rest of the team, however, is poised to make

another strong run at the MAC championship. The roster is filled with nine sophomores and five upperclassmen, including three seniors. The experience will come in handy, but so will the bonds the team has built over the past couple seasons. Sophomore runner Evan Lievense said at the end of last season that the bonding helps the team perform. “My favorite part about the season was the camaraderie with all the guys,”

Lievense said. “All these guys are like my family; I see them everyday. Just getting to share this pain and glory with them is something I will never forget.” The men’s first race will be the Jeff Drenth Memorial at 10 a.m. Friday at the Pleasant Hills Golf Course, 4452 E. Millbrook Road. It will be the team’s only home race this season.

Women’s cross-country team looks to top runner-up finish last season By Adam Niemi Staff Reporter

The 2011 Central Michigan women’s cross-country team made successful strides last year. Finishing second in the Mid-American Conference championship, the Chippewas only lost to the University of Toledo. This season, there are 17 runners on the roster, with just four seniors, similar to last year. The only difference this season is there will be less freshmen and more sophomores, and thus, more experience. Director of track and field and cross country Willie Randolph said at the end of last season that the team has a lot of momentum from the past few years, which he anticipates will lead to a MAC championship, since the Chippewas return all

but a handful of their roster this season. “Even though we fell short of a MAC championship, we did a lot of things that we’ll bring back next year,” Randolph said on Nov. 20. Both the men’s and women’s teams will run only once in Mount Pleasant — the Jeff Drenth Memorial at 10 a.m. on Aug. 31 at Pleasant Hills Golf Course, 4452 E. Millbrook Rd. Last year’s Jeff Drenth Memorial was unscored. It is an early-season race — the first the Chippewas will run this season — that teams like CMU will use to help coaches gauge the progress of their runners as the summer training season ends. Rachel McFarlane, of Michigan State, finished first last year with a time of 18:23.63. Another benefit of the

unscored race will give runners a chance to rid the pre-season nervousness and prepare for a run at the Mid-American Conference championship. CMU sophomore runner Breanne Lesnar ran unattached last year and finished second with a time of 18:30.82. Following CMU’s secondplace finish in the MAC championship, the team finished the season ranked No. 7 in the Great Lakes Region of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association poll. The only team that finished ahead of Central Michigan was Toledo, ranked No. 5. The Chippewas will also run several times in Madison, Wisc., against the NCAA-defending champion Wisconsin Badgers.


Sophomore Jacquelyn McEnhill competes in the Jeff Drenth Memorial meet in 2011 at Pleasant Hills Golf Course. McEnhill finished the race with a time of 21:41:22.

Maxwell, Timmer battle at setter position for volleyball team By Kristopher Lodes Staff Reporter

For the Central Michigan volleyball team, there is one position battle that stands out: the battle for the setter position. “I don’t know where it’s going to go, and my assistants tell me good luck with that one,” head coach Erik Olson said. “It’s going to be a tough one.” The decision is between incumbent setter junior All-MAC Tournament selection Kelly Maxwell and incoming freshman Jordan Timmer. “Jordan (Timmer) is such a talent, but Kelly (Maxwell) has such great

leadership and energy,” Olson said. The fact that there is even a question about the position speaks volumes to how good Timmer actually is. Maxwell is coming off a fantastic season, during which she lead the Chippewas to their first Mid-American Conference Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance by totaling 1,314 assists (10.95 per set) on the season. Those numbers were good for No. 4 in CMU history for total assists in a single season and No. 6 for assists per set in a single season. “I think I have a little bit of an advantage on her

(Timmer), because I was with the team last year when we won the MAC Championship,” Maxwell said. “I think that’ll help me in the competition, but there is still some things that we count on each other for.” What Timmer lacks in experience, she makes up for in raw athletic talent. Olson said he was looking for his setters to earn more kills on dumps this season — something Timmer excels in. “I’m more aggressive at the net, and I can be more of an attacker,” Timmer said. Together, Maxwell and Timmer create what seems to be the all-around perfect setter. Olson could flip the


two players in and out, depending on the team’s opponent and game strategy. “We can’t lose, either one of them are good,” Olson said. “Right now, Timmer is the better athlete, but Maxwell is the better setter.” With the competition, the two setters have created a bond that allows them both to learn from each other, while competing for the position. “Those two have become a position together,” Olson said. “I’m very happy those two have figured out how to bond. Whoever ends up starting — they are supportive of the other one.”

Volleyball opens season 3-1 at Green Bay invite By Morgan Yuncker Staff Reporter

Despite a heartbreak defeat to start the GreenBay Country Inn & Suites Invitational, the Central Michigan volleyball team bounced back to finish the weekend 3-1. A 2-3 loss to Auburn was overcome as CMU went on to top UW-Green Bay 3-0. The Chippewas ended the tournament with a 3-1 victory against Drake, with fourth game ending in a CMU 30-28 win. Offensively, the team was strong, putting down 52

kills on the night. Kaitlyn McIntyre led the offense with 17 kills. Assisting McIntyre and the rest of the Chippewa attackers was a team effort between Kelly Maxwell and Jordan Timmer with a combined 50 assists. Defensively, CMU recorded 77 digs. Lindsey Dulude led the defense with 18 digs, followed by Jenna Coates and Samantha Brawley who each had 15 digs on the night. The tournament opener was a tough loss for the Chippewas. Game one was won by

CMU with a score of 25-17, but the team gave up game two 25-16. In game three, it was the Tigers who picked up the win, but CMU answered back in the fourth game 25-16. Finally, the Chippewas fell in the final game with a 15-9 loss to Auburn. CMU was able to bounce back from the loss to sweep Green Bay with scores of 25-20, 27-25 and 25-14. Following the tournament, Dulude and Coates were both named to the All-Tournament team. The Chippewas will face off against No. 23 Michigan

Friday night in the Adidas/ Michigan Challenge in Ann Arbor. Calls to Central Michigan athletics were not returned for interviews with coaches and players.


Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison is slow with the public praise. A player always can improve. No position is defined until game time, and then it’s open again. And, above all else, no one is at the necessary level day after day. This year’s defense has one exception: safety Jordan Kovacs. “There’s one that’s always consistent, and that’s No. 32,” Mattison said Friday after practice. “That young man has had a tremendous camp. You talk about consistency. If you graded every play, I would like to see that grade because he’s really working hard and he’s been the most consistent. There’s a number of them that have been really consistent for a practice, and then they have to come back for the next one. . . . He just gets better and

better, and that’s what it’s all about.” Mattison has made a strong effort with the defensive front to get players to work at different spots, at least in limited reps. Nose tackle Will Campbell has worked at the other defensive tackle position, defensive tackle Jibreel Black has worked at the rush end and rush end Brennen Beyer has worked a bit at strongside linebacker. “The key for us is that we make sure we have a backup and a guy that could switch to another position and get the best guys on the field,” Mattison said. “That’s something you have to look at for the entire season. “You want to have flexibility going in that if something happens to somebody, or in the fourth quarter if a guy just doesn’t have anything left, you want to have the next best guy play and the next best guy go to (the vacated) position.”


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Football looks past offseason incidents By Ryan Zuke Staff Reporter

continued from 6B Enos said he feels good about where the program is going with depth at quarterback. “As head coach, you look not for today or tomorrow, but two years or three years down the road,” Enos said. “We lose one (quarterback) next year but have another committed next year. We have older guys playing, are developing backups ready to go, and we are developing young guys. It is just one more area where you see our program getting strong and creating depth. I feel very confident in our quarterback situation.” Sean Proctor /File Photo

Central Michigan head football coach Dan Enos made it clear that April’s off-thefield incidents involving four CMU football players will not affect the team’s focus moving forward. Danel Harris, Deon Butler, Joe Sawicki and Austin White were arrested in April at the time of spring practice. Enos did not comment then, but at MAC Media Day on July 24, he said he believes his players possess a high level of integrity. “Our team is focused,” Enos said. “We have great young people in our program. They work hard, they spend a lot of time behind the scenes doing community service things, working with people within our community and really try to be


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ambassadors for our university. I couldn’t be more proud of them. As a coach, I enjoy going to work every day to be around our guys, and I know all of our coaches feel that same way. ” Harris was arrested on a larceny from a vehicle charge and Butler on a receiving and concealing property charge. Sawicki and White were arrested on a three-count charge of manufacturing and delivering narcotics, possession and maintaining a drug house. Harris, Sawicki and White were kicked off the team by Enos, and Butler remains suspended indefinitely. “Young people make mistakes,” Enos said. “That’s part of growing up. That’s why I coach — to have a positive impact on young people. Every day, we are with our young men, we try and talk to them

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