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YEAR IN THE LIFE

We take a look back at the triumphs, controversies and challenges of 2017

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Merry Christmas! “ As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow before Me” – IsaIah 45.23

In the midst of the joyous celebration of Christmas, the great questions of life remain: Is God really there? Does he care for me? How can I get to know Him? Only as we turn to Jesus, the Christ of Christmas, do the answers become clear. We are a group of Faculty and Staff who are united by the common experience that Jesus Christ provides, intellectually and spiritually, satisfying answers to life’s most important questions. If you have any questions about this incredible event or its implications for your life, please ask one of us.

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compensation increase. His salary will remain at $461,250. Election of board officers for 2018 also took place and included: • William Weideman, chair • Tricia Keith, vice chair • Robert Wardrop, vice chair • Barrie Wilkes, treasurer • Mary Jane Flanagan, secretary

In an interview following the meeting, President George Ross said when it came to the process of deciding how the funds should be spent, he and the trustees designed a plan that would directly impact students. “Early on in our conversation we decided at least half of it has to go back to our scholarships,” Ross said. “We knew we had a need with advising. We had some discussions and made a decision.”

PRESIDENT'S REPORT Ross opened his report by complimenting the work of the academic organization review committees. He also provided an update on the search for a Chief Diversity Officer. That position was recommended by the Equity and Inclusion Task Force. The CDO will report to Ross. Applications for the position are being received and reviewed, he said. The position should be filled by the end of the spring semester. Taking the time for recognition, Ross pointed out the work and research of two physics faculty members — Koblar Jackson and Juan Peralta. The two are conducting research in molecular behavior.

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About $14 million will be invested in scholarships, academic advising and a new public broadcasting program. The spending plan was announced at the final 2017 Board of Trustees meeting Dec. 7 in the President’s Conference Room, located in the Bovee University Center. In February, Central Michigan University announced the sale of its Flint public broadcasting station for $14.1 million as part of the FCC spectrum auction. At the meeting, the board authorized that the proceeds be allocated to three programs: •

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nization. The program would require students to meet with an adviser two times during their first year at CMU. $2.1 million to create the “WCMU Student Careers in Media program” where students will have the opportunity to work with professionals and gain hands-on experience.

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$7 million will fund the "Bellows Grant," a need-based scholarship that will provide assistance to low-income students. The grant is named after CMU’s first president, Charles F. R. Bellows. $5 million for the “Forever Maroon & Gold Advising Program” to improve student advising efforts with reorga-

NEW BUSINESS The board discussed its annual performance review of Ross during its meeting. Trustees expressed that they are pleased with his performance this year. There was unanimous support to increase his salary for 2018. Ross declined the


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LIFE IN BRIEF

NEWS AND NOTES FROM AROUND CAMPUS

CMU ALUMNUS ELECTED 2017-19 CHIEF OF SAGINAW CHIPPEWA INDIAN TRIBE The new chief of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is a Central Michigan University alumnus. Ronald Ekdahl will serve as the Tribe’s newly elected chief for the 201719 term. According to a press release on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe website, Ekdahl was elected at the Tribe’s December General Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Ekdahl is director of the Tribe’s parks and recreation program and has served on the council for two years. He is taking over for former chief Frank

Cloutier, who has held leadership since 2015. Ekdahl graduated from CMU in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Education and Human Services. “It is truly an honor to be elected to serve as Tribal Chief for the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Community,” Ekdahl said in the release. “I will do everything in my power to ensure Tribal Council collectively works for what is in the best interest of the Tribe and its members.” Other elected members for the term include:

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Julius Peters: Sub-Chief Craig Graveratte: Treasurer • Frank Cloutier: Secretary Diana QuaignoGrundahl will be returning to the Council as chaplain. Kenny Sprague was elected sergeant-at-arms. Louanna Bruner, Lindy Hunt, Bill Federico, Theresa Peters-Jackson, Jennifer Wassegijig and Ron Nelson were also sworn is as the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal Council Elect. -Samantha Shriber, Staff Reporter

SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS LGBTQ ADVOCATES, HONORS MEMORY OF DEPARTMENT CHAIR Students active in the LGBTQ+ community will be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship starting in the Spring 2018 semester. The James W. Jones Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of James Jones, a Central Michigan University professor who died July 19. He served as the chair of the World Languages and Cultures department and founded the Association of LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff in December 1990. Jones was also one of the first directors of the LGBTQ+ office, and was instrumental in getting domestic partner benefits for faculty, said Special Assistant to the Provost Jon Humiston. “(Jones) did a lot for the LGBTQ community here on campus, prior to his passing,” Humiston said. “I truly believe the climate is what it is on campus today in large part due to his work and his

efforts in advocacy.” The scholarship will support students who are active in advocating for the LGBTQ+ community. Preference is given to students who have studied world languages. Scholarship applicants will be approved through the Office of LGBTQ Services. The $1,000 award will be given annually to one student chosen by a selection committee comprising members of the Office of LGBTQ Services. Humiston said it is still being determined whether students will be allowed to reapply after receiving the scholarship. Donations to the scholarship can be made to CMU Gifts Processing at the Carlin Alumni House, or by texting “JWJ” to 41444. -Mitchell Kukulka, News Editor

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Thanks for your support throughout 2017 We will just say it: 2017 was a strange year. Whether this was your best year or your worst, the clock is counting down the dwindling December days to 2018. From natural disasters to a full year under President Donald Trump, Central Michigan Life was there to make sure you stayed fully informed on the latest information. We wanted to take this time to say: “Thank you for reading.” Thank you for staying with us this semester, for sounding off on Facebook or Twitter and emailing us directly with your comments, story ideas or feedback. Thank you for sharing your stories with us. But most of all, thank you for your support of

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student media. In between the part-time jobs and the full-time challenge of being students, we appreciate the support lent to us by those who read the paper both online and in print. And no matter what you celebrate this holiday season, we at CM Life hope you have a relaxing time off. Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Kwanzaa or whatever else you celebrate this season. Most importantly, take advantage of the time off. Go relax and catch up on your sleep. Go watch your favorite Netflix shows uninterrupted because you can. Make time to hang out with friends you haven’t seen in a while. For the nearly 2,000 of you who are graduating: Congratulations. You make us proud to know there is another class of Chippewas out there who are trying to make the world a better place.

While some of you will be leaving us, most of you will be coming back. We will be too, as we have for nearly a century. Remember that we work for you. Make sure to keep up with us this December and January as we continue to cover the campus and community on Facebook, Twitter or online at cm-life.com We’re ready to tackle whatever 2018 throws our way. If you’re interested as well, stop by room 436 in Moore Hall after Jan. 8. We’re always looking for inquisitive people to help us craft the kind of meaningful journalism our audience deserves. You don’t even have to be a journalism student to apply. Until that happens, however, take the time for yourself. Recharge your batteries. And remember — winter break is a lot shorter than you think. Make the most of it.


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It’s OK to have a bad semester, but take it as a learning experience I returned to Central Michigan University in August with the assumption that as a sophomore, I had enough wisdom to know how to balance a social life, work and academic success. I figured after doing fairly well my freshman year I could be the type of girl who has everything figured out, but soon I had to realize that even those girls cannot have it all. I made a few mistakes with time management this semester and lost the girl I truly am and desire to be. Winter break is my time to reflect on these things and spring semester is my time for renewal. Looking back, I arrived this semester hot off my internship at the largest non-daily newspaper in Michigan, C & G Newspapers. I was feeling confident and prepared for life on campus to be easier than binge eating my favorite

Samantha Shriber Staff Reporter snack. A crystal ball promised me to be the type of person who quits wearing sweatpants for weeks and highlights their face every morning. I wanted to study and mingle in coffee shops and have this puzzle of life completed, sealed and framed. But I wore the same pair of sweatpants consecutively, failed to create healthy study habits and haven’t even started figuring my life out. I crashed and am still burning. Early nights came through without sleep too regularly, my brain sizzled during attempts to memorize anthro-

pology vocabulary. My patience was obliterated from reading things too technical for my attention span. Academics and my incapability to acknowledge the failures and rejections happening in my life were making me more bitter than a Michigan winter. Positivity has always been my strongest weapon in conquering the world, and when that sword is chipped, I cannot help but feel bare on the battlefield. In a perfect world, I could have armored myself with number of resources provided by CMU and its community. There are professors who spend hours in their offices waiting for someone to make an appearance. College, being the land of tuition costs, rent payments and plummeting bank accounts, ensures there’s an employable tutor eager to be contacted. But these resources exceeded my field

of vision and were overlooked in lieu of things dramatically less important. Late nights out were prioritized over homework assignments. More time was spent flirting with guys than actually pursuing something meaningful with my time. The fantasy of being a wild child dancing on DJ tables, singing on party platforms and waking up earlier for tailgates than class was pursued with full force. I genuinely felt as though these impulses were gentler and kinder on my conscious than the more honorable route. For a while, it was fun to disguise myself when the sun went down. It was exciting to no longer be a sheltered, well-disciplined student and to be among people too infatuated with their youth to judge me. I loved being the

kind of person who danced through strobe lights and didn’t have to care about tomorrow because I was too in awe of the moment. It was easier to shut off my determination simply under the justification that it was healthier for me mentally and it was a way to protect me from more disappointments in my career field and the classroom. Whatever makes you disappointed in yourself, remember that it does not define you. Although I still intend on being festive in 2018 and pursue a life that’s vibrant and free-spirited, I realize that I am here for a purpose greater than myself. So enjoy your holidays, eat cookies and sleep in your hometown bedroom, and be hyped to come back to CMU stronger, sharper and more ambitious than ever before.

Make sure you take the time to pace yourself this week, your body will thank you Rome wasn't built in a day, as the saying goes, and your entire semester’s worth of knowledge can't be broken down into one night of studying. This was one of the hardest lessons I learned my freshman year. I figured I would be able to do what I had always done in high school: pull an all-nighter. I would make time for my friends, my job, my pets, to play video games — anything except study. When it came down to the wire, I would be able to force myself to memorize a study guide or speedread several chapters of a book. Then I could skate through the rest of the semester with high marks. I thought it was simple. My friends and I used to laugh about how we had basically become im-

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Jordyn Hermani Editor-in-Chief mortal with the amount of caffeine in our bodies. My hands would shake and my heart would thump as I told myself: "This is normal. This is the right way to study." As I get older, however, I don't see these late-night study sessions as points of pride. I see them as spiteful stupidity. And the only person you're spiting? Yourself. Your body cannot function on fumes. Boasting that you didn't eat anything all day to make more time

for studying, or that you've only slept five hours in the last four days isn't something to be happy about. It's something that's actively harming your success. A study published by the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School in 2007 lists sleep as one of the most important factors for memory and retention. "A sleep-deprived person cannot focus attention optimally and therefore cannot learn efficiently," the study reads. "Sleep itself has a role in the consolidation of memory, which is essential for learning new information." By cutting down on your needed eight-hours a night, you're not letting your brain process the infor-

mation you're cramming in at an alarming rate. "When we are sleep deprived, our focus, attention, and vigilance drift, making it more difficult to receive information," the study states. "Without adequate sleep and rest, over-worked neurons can no longer function to coordinate information properly, and we lose our ability to access previously learned information." Food, too, plays a role in making sure you remember the difference between a parabola and a hyperbole. Livestrong, a nonprofit organization that provides support for people affected by cancer, recommends a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and fish while studying to make sure you're hitting

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Filmmakers at Central Michigan University are keeping the Flint water crisis in the public spotlight. Cedric Taylor, a sociology faculty member, is working on a documentary about the Flint water crisis. Called, “Nor Any Drop to Drink,” he hopes to finish the documentary project this spring. “Today, you don’t really hear much about Flint and for the many residents I have spoken to, it’s not over,” he said. “It’s far from over.” Taylor said the residents are still using bottled water to drink, bathe and cook with. The documentary looks at the developments leading up to the crisis, focusing heavily on the role of emergency management and economic philosophy. “This documentary also sheds light on the challenges Flint Community Schools face in addressing the needs of children who are dealing with the effects of lead poisoning, as well as psychological trauma,” Taylor said. Taylor’s inspiration to do this was to make sure Flint doesn’t get left behind in the news, he said. Taylor has worked on the project with the help of professor Eric Limarenko in the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts and Coleman senior Don Blubaugh. As the editor, Limarenko said he worked on the technical challenges of the project, helped to cultivate the aesthetic for the film and made executive decisions on shot choices. “This has been a very fulfilling and humbling experience,” Limarenko said. “We’ve had to work on this during a lot of our off hours

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because we have our full-time positions as well. Continuing Taylor’s sentiment, Limarenko stressed the importance of shedding light on the citizens of Flint. “Decent human beings were literally poisoned by failures on many social and political levels. If our film helps raise awareness then I’ll say we did our jobs.” Blubaugh, a BCA major, said he went with Taylor to Flint and helped film, while also contributing ideas. “The experience was very eyeopening. I got a chance to see a lot of things I’ve never seen,” he said. “I’m excited for this documentary to get out to the public so it can open the eyes of other people, and that it can help give these people what they need to live their lives normally.” There is a lot that goes into

making a successful film, Taylor said. He added the documentary required a lot of research prior to filming. “This project is not easy, but it’s worth it,” he said. “I often traveled to Flint alone and without a camera to actually get to know people. I got to speak with activists, government officials, scientists, teachers, and ordinary residents.” Taylor said a venue and date for the screening has not been confirmed. Given the significant interest regarding the crisis, Taylor is going to try to inform the student body of screenings on campus soon. “The Flint water crisis is one of the most significant man-made disasters in the United States,” he said. “We can learn from this crisis, and if we pay close attention, as future leaders we can avoid making the same mistakes.”

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File Photo | Mary Lewandowski Macomb junior Kellie Hoeing cheers on Leadership Safari participants on Aug. 20 in Finch Fieldhouse.

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The first-ever Spring Leadership Safari aims to promote personal growth during a two-day event geared towards deferred freshmen and transfer students. The event is a condensed version of the August Leadership Safari and is for students arriving in the new year. It will feature a volunteer staff of about 24 students and an attendance goal of 50100 participants. This is far fewer than the 2,050 students who moved into Central Michigan University for Leadership Safari in late August. The event will take place Jan. 6-7 for a $50 participation cost. Registration closes the evening before. Students can register on the CMU Leadership Safari webpage. Stephenson junior Jillian Pumphrey, who will be a Safari Guide for Team Walrus, said she will lead a group of seven-to-10 participants. “We will do team bonding and a lot of the same activities from Fall Safari,” Pumphrey said. “It is my duty, and all those involved in Safari and on campus, to welcome incoming students to CMU and to make them feel as though they belong here and have people to depend on.” It will feature the same obstacle courses traditionally used in the fall to promote teamwork and leadership advancement. Educational leadership speaker Michael Miller and slam poet Ebony Stewart also will return to campus after attending the fall event for almost

two decades. Registration is also available to freshmen and other first-year students who did not attend the Leadership Safari in August. Spring Leadership Safari had been discussed within the Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute for a number of years, said Royal Oak junior Harrison Watts. “We hear from a lot of transfer students wishing they could have attended Safari when they first got here,” he said. Watts said some of them come onboard as staff and are amazed by the relationships and character growth developed. Trenton sophomore Jenna Perugi will be guiding Team Narwhal and said Safari was vital to her success. “I know I would not have had the same experience at Central if I hadn’t been a participant. It created a place to create bonds with people I would have never gotten to (come across) otherwise,” she said, explaining participation has sprouted a genuine devotion to the program. Resources showcased will include the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center, Study Abroad, Business Student Services and a brief introduction to the Registered Student Organization (RSO) community. Watts said the program is expecting an older age group, with ages ranging from early to late 20s. Perugi hopes to connect with demographics much different from those in the fall. “Transfer students have already attended college classes before and have matured more than first time freshmen,” Perugi said. “I am nervous about being younger than the majority of my participants and I’m most excited to get to be a part of safari again.”


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Brooklin White | Freelance Photogapher Kalamazoo senior Tabitha Haney, left, and Lake George senior Matthew Skornicka pitch their Endless Waters Pet Food idea to the judges at the Make-a-Pitch event on Dec. 6 in Grawn Hall.

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Zachary Huffman and Tim Harkleroad were the firstplace winners of the Dec. 6 Make-A-Pitch competition. Their team, "Drone the News," aims to alleviate the cost of news helicopters by replacing thtem with drones. “The winning factor was our good teamwork," Harkleroad said. "We’re personal friends, and we work really well together. Seeing it all really pay off has a huge impact on us." The first-place prize was a $500 gift card to the Central Michigan University Bookstore. Huffman and Harkleroad both expressed interest in pitching their idea in the 2018 New Venture Competition. Organized by the entrepreneurship department of the College of Business Administration, Make-A-Pitch features student-led teams

presenting their ideas for products or services to judges. Each team is given two minutes to pitch their idea and the judges are given three minutes to give constructive criticism to help the students improve their ideas. The judges panel was comprised of business owners, CMU graduates and faculty who had the necessary experience in the business field to help students become better entrepreneurs.

OTHER WINNERS A total of 39 students competed in the eighth-annual Make-A-Pitch competition, making it the largest and most competitive one to date. The winners of the secondplace $100 gift card prize was a team named Revolve Farms. Created by junior Brendan Mantey and senior Kyle Platt, Revolve Farms is meant to present one solution to the problem of a lack of sustainable and fresh food.

“It’s a very important aspect to let us go through ideas and really refine what we’re trying to say, what we need to improve on and what we really need to get done before New Venture,” Mantey said. “It really narrows down what we need to focus on these next couple months.” Seniors Tabi Haney and Matthew Skornicka received the third-place prize of a $50 gift card for their idea, Endless Waters Pet Food. The service aims to provide highquality, low-cost pet food to combat the unhealthy pet foods currently dominating the market, Skornicka said. This is Skornicka’s second year participating in the competition and his second time earning third place. “Every pitch I’ve given since my first one has been changed based on the feedback I’ve gotten from judges and so far, and it seemed to help,” Skornicka said. Two teams, Quick Tutor and


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Brooklin White | Freelance Photographer Business students pitch ideas to judges at the Make-A-Pitch event on Dec. 6 in Grawn Hall.

with the competition and the effort he saw displayed by the teams participating. “I saw a lot of inspired students who had a lot of passion for their ideas,” Marble said. “Across all of the different teams, there was just more evidence that there were students that really felt strongly about their idea and really wanted to pursue it.” Marble believes Make-APitch and New Venture offer

a valuable starting point for students interested in pursuing the field of entrepreneurship. “Up until this point there’s a lot of premium placed in how effective you are in communicating and pitching with passion,” Marble said. “From this point on they really have to go out and they have to do more customer interviews; they have to develop more validation that they can develop their solution.”

Director of music events Jacobson to retire at end of semester By Melissa Frick Staff Reporter news@cm-life.com

John Jacobson, director of music events at the Central Michigan University School of Music, will retire from his position at the end of the semester. As Jacobson steps down from the position he has occupied since 2006, the school will begin its search for his replacement. For the first few weeks of January, faculty members will be filling in the position part-time, said Randi L’Hommedieu, chair of the School of Music. “John has ably and transparently handled the details so that our faculty and students can focus exclusively on teaching, creative activities, and service endeavors,” L’Hommedieu said. “I can tell you from my visits to other institutions, the level of support we receive from John and the rest of our School of Music staff is extremely rare.” The director of music events supervises all

performances, events, master classes, concert series, development activities and marketing efforts for the School of Music. This means organizing about 375 events per year. JOHN JACOBSON “Among (Jacobson’s) many personal and professional strengths, his ability to handle real-time problems and emergencies stands out,” L’Hommedieu said. “(Jacobson) has steered us through a snowed-out 40th anniversary Jazz Weekend, snarky guest artists, and recruitment events struck by power outages, ice storms and floods.

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2017 IN REVIEW

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The U.S. Capitol building sits at dawn on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20 in Washington D.C.

From national politics to a storm that caused millions of dollars of damage in Isabella County, 2017 was quite the year. Donald Trump was elected president, Central Michigan University underwent a multi-million dollar budget shortfall and

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January 19: Former journalism and broadcast and cinematic arts faculty member Mark Ranzenberger was sentenced to 14 years in prison for possession of child pornography and one count of sexually assaulting a child. January 20: Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America in Washington D.C. January 21: More than 500,000 people marched in the Women's March in Washington D.C and around the country. January 31: About 500 people marched on CMU’s campus in protest of the executive order issued by the Trump administration banning entry into the U.S. from seven Muslim majority countries.

FEBRUARY February 1: CMU sophomore Logan Lemke was charged with one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, after capturing images and surveilling unclothed adults, as well as

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possessing child sexually abusive material. February 8: An anti-semitic valentine was distributed at a CMU College Republicans meeting. The valentine made a joke about the holocaust and joked about Adolf Hitler. February 16: President George Ross announced a $14 million budget shortfall at a Board of Trustees meeting. The deficit was first projected at $9.8 million and then corrected to $10.6 million after enrollment numbers were released.

MARCH March 1: Photos of former student Andrew Seely surfaced showing he was allegedly hazed by an underground fraternity, Alpha Chi Rho. Seely was allergic to peanut butter and members of the fraternity spread it on his face while he was sleeping. The fraternity, Alpha Chi Rho, lost its affiliation with CMU in 2011 after another hazing incident. March 16: CMU announced the week of March 16 there was going to be a $6 million deficit added to the $14 million deficit.

March 24: The New Venture Competition takes place with 24 teams from CMU competing. More than $77,000 was awarded to seven different teams. Michigan Tech senior Nick Dubiel would take home first prize with “The Metaloid,” an improvement to the nozzels on 3D printers.

APRIL April 7: It was announced at Mock Rock that Greek Life raised $83,500 during the 2017 Greek Week. The money was donated to the Isabella County Child Advocacy Center and the Kristy Malter Memorial Fund. Malter, a CMU student and a member of Greek life, died from bacterial meningitis in July 2016. April 21: About 300 students and faculty members attended the budget deficit forum where employees expressed concerns about budget cuts and layoffs. April 22: Nearly 2,000 people attended the DNCE concert in McGuirk Arena. DNCE includes Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers as the lead singer.


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MAY

May 7: The College of Medicine graduated its first class of 62 people. The class was the first to obtain doctorate degrees since the college opened in August 2013.

JUNE

June 1: More than 2,000 athletes from across the state participated in the 45th annual 2017 Special Olympics Michigan Summer Games. June 23: Flooding struck Isabella, Midland, Gladwin and Bay counties. Initial estimates placed the cost of damage for Isabella County alone at more than $87 million. CMU itself suffered more than $7 million in damages, including extensive flooding in the Student Activity Center and Dow Science Building. June 29: Board of Trustees approved a 3 percent increase in undergraduate tuition, bringing per-credit-hour rates to $417.

JULY

July 3: Michael Alford was named CMU's athletic director. Alford replaced Dave Heeke, who left to accept the same position at the University of Arizona in February. July 13: Central Precinct, the Mount Pleasant location for the statewide franchise Cops and Doughnuts, opened for business at 1327 S. Mission St. July 19: Otsego sophomore and Centralis Honors Program Scholarship recipient Delaney Bush died in her sleep.

AUGUST

August 11: Gladwin freshman Kristina Garafalo was killed in a head-on traffic collision in Midland County. Garafalo was named the 2017 valedictorian at Gladwin High School, and had been accepted to CMU on a full-ride scholarship. August 21: Former CMU student Logan Lemke was sentenced to a minimum of one year in jail after pleading no contest to one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. August 22: The Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen restaurant located on South Mission Street announced its closure via a sign posted on its door. August 28: After a two-year, $10.8 million renovation project, Grawn Hall officially reopened for students. The project renovated 16,200-square-feet of the hall, which was being refurbished and reimagined, including the addition of a 6,600-square-foot atrium on the west side of the building. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was officially held on Sept. 21.

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 3: Hurricane Harvey dissipated. The tropical cyclone resulted in nearly $200 billion in damages. CMU alumnus Alex Fine traveled to Houston to help those affected by the hurricane. Will Axford, a CM Life alumnus, helped cover the hurricane for the Houston Chronicle.

File Photo | Mary Lewandowski Lane Heximer carries the Flame of Hope to start the 2017 Special Olympics Michigan Summer Games on June 2 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Sept. 8: Sophomore Joshua Schafer and his mother, Kimberly Schafer, were killed when their vehicle crashed into the rear of a Mount Pleasant school bus. Sept. 13: CMU celebrated its 125th anniversary. President George Ross delivered a 2017 State of the University Address. He announced CMU had received more million-dollar gifts in the past year than in university history. Ross also announced partnerships with Ford Motor Co. and Quicken Loans. Sept. 21: Senior Taylor Dalian was killed in a crash on US127 in Emerson Township.

OCTOBER

Oct. 5: Phi Kappa Tau was suspended after being accused of Code of Conduct violations. “Something allegedly happened that was serious enough that we felt in order to keep students of CMU safe, Phi Kappa Tau had to be temporarily suspended,” said Director of Student Conduct Tom Idema. The suspension came less than a year after the fraternity was placed on probation from March 2016 to Fall 2016 after someone threw a beer bottle into a crowd of people. Oct. 14: CMU celebrated its 99th homecoming event. The festivities included the annual parade and homecoming game, in which CMU fell to the University of Toledo, 30-10. The Mount Pleasant Police Department also arrested eight for operating while intoxicated.

NOVEMBER

Nov. 7: CMU senior William Joseph and graduate student Kristin LaLonde were elected to the Mount Pleasant City Commission. The pair will replace outgoing Commissioners Jim Holton and Mike Verleger. Joseph and LaLonde will serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Nov. 15: Pi Kappa Phi was suspended after failing to comply with prior sanctions and is also under investigation for hazing. Nov. 17: The Academic Senate voted to approve legislation passed by the Student Government Association that would replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. President George Ross said he would make sure the change occurs. Nov. 21: Dave Hunter died. Hunter, 76, was the founder of Wayside Central, O'Kelly's Sports Bar & Grille, The Cabin, Hunter's Ale House and Hunter's Handmade Brewery. Nov. 30: A federal appeals court ruled in favor of CMU after a discrimination lawsuit filed by former journalism faculty member Sara Kubik. She was not granted a tenure-extension request after giving birth to a child in April 2013.

DECEMBER

Dec. 7: The Board of Trustees voted to allocate $14.1 million from the FCC spectrum auction to Public Broadcasting, scholarship and academic advising efforts. President George Ross also declined a raise.


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A YEAR IN PHOTOS

A look back at 2017's most striking images This year saw some of Central Michigan Life's photographers go across the country to capture history in the making. From celebrating Central Michigan University’s 125th anniversary to a presidential inauguration, here are some of the top images of 2017.

File Photo | Quinn Kirby Stephenson freshman Ashley Stepniak and Marysville senior Delany Lemke kiss in front of Rick Warzywak on Sept. 27 outside Charles V. Park Library.

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Attendees look at prints for sale during FantastiCon on Nov. 11 at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort.

File Photo | Quinn Kirby A performance artist demonstrates during the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C.


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File Photo | Ariana Strzalka Senior quarterback Shane Morris runs the ball during the game against Western Michigan on Nov. 1 in Waldo Stadium. Central Michigan University beat Western Michigan University 35-28.

File Photo | Quinn Kirby Muslim Student Association members lead demonstrators in a chant during the No Muslim Ban March on Jan. 31 in front of the University Center.

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File Photo | Allissa Rusco Members of the homecoming parade blow bubbles while a child runs through them on Oct. 14 outside of Barnes Hall.


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GREEK WEEK 2018 SELECTS PHILANTHROPIES Greek Week 2018 will raise money for two philanthropies: Women’s Aid Service and Special Days Camps. Greek Week is March 26 through April 5. During Greek Week, teams of different fraternity and sorority chapters earn points by participating in activities to raise money for the selected philanthropies. The goal for this year is to raise more than $100,000, said Greek Week Committee member Brooke Thomas. Women’s Aid Service, which provides safety to survivors of domestic

violence and sexual assault, and Special Days Camps, which provides camping opportunities to children who have experienced cancer, were selected through a voting process. The Greek Week Committee selected eight philanthropies based on how the organizations would use the money, the impact the organizations have on Isabella County and the service opportunities the organizations would provide during Greek Week, Thomas said. Each fraternity and sorority chapter had the opportunity to submit

two votes. The deadline to vote was 5 p.m. on Dec. 8. At that time, 17 chapters had voted. The money raised during Greek Week will go toward the organizations’ operation costs. Greek Week raised $83,500 for the Isabella County Child Advocacy Center and the Kristy Malter Memorial Fund in 2017, $67,577 for the Derrick Nash Strong Foundation in 2016 and $50,047 for the Keisha Y. Brown Angel Wings Fund in 2015. -Paige Sheffield, Features Editor

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City police make arrest in embezzlement case, investigate another By Evan Sasiela Managing Editor news@cm-life.com

The following incidents were reported to the Mount Pleasant Police Department from Dec. 1-7.

DEC. 7 A 31-year-old woman is suspected of embezzling $65.32 worth of transactions from Tim Horton’s. MPPD Officer Jeff Browne said the suspect cancelled the orders and pocketed money. No arrests have been made. DEC. 6 A 22-year-old Standish man was arrested for disorderly conduct. Browne said the man was urinating on the side of Payless ShoeSource before 1 a.m. A 21-year-old Lincoln Park man was arrested for operating while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license — second offense. A 22-year-old Southgate woman was lodged for disorderly conduct. Police stopped a vehicle for crossing a fog line at Mission Street and West Campus Drive, Browne said. The male driver failed field sobriety test. The woman in the car exited the vehicle and tried to interfere with the arrest. She produced a blood alcohol level of 0.17 percent. The man had a blood alcohol level of 0.22 percent. A 19-year-old Mount Pleasant man was lodged for operating while intoxicated. Browne said the vehicle was stopped for weaving

in the lane. The driver admitted to drinking and failed field sobriety tests. The man had a blood alcohol level of 0.07 percent through a preliminary breath test, Browne said. A 53-year-old Mount Pleasant man was arrested for disorderly conduct. The incident took place at Mill Pond Park, 600 S. Adams St. Officers were dispatched after reports of a man yelling and screaming. The man was highly intoxicated and arrested, Browne said. The case was turned over to Tribal Court. Roger Ward, 21, of Mount Pleasant was arrested for embezzling at Meijer, Browne said. There was about $1,600 skimmed from the till and pocketed, Browne said. The man confessed to taking about $1,400.

DEC. 5 A 49-year-old Mount Pleasant man was arrested for operating while intoxicated and driving an uninsured motor vehicle at High and Mission streets. Browne said a vehicle was stopped because it rolled through a blinking red. The man produced a blood alcohol level of 0.19 percent, Browne said. DEC. 3 Jeffrey Irish, a 25-year-old Mount Pleasant man, was lodged for resisting and obstructing, operating while intoxicated — third offense and driving with a suspended license – second offense. A vehicle was stopped for no license at Kinney and Michigan streets, Browne said. The driver

took off running but police caught him, Browne said, and the suspect produced a blood alcohol level of 0.14 percent.

DEC. 2 A 22-year-old Mount Pleasant man was arrested for domestic violence at the 800 block of Whitney. The suspect struck a 22-year-old Mount Pleasant woman with a closed fist. Browne said they had been in a dating relationship for five years. A 59-year-old Mount Pleasant woman was arrested for domestic assault on the 100 block of Walnut. Browne said the woman grabbed the hair of a 55-year-old man and struck him in the nose. The woman admitted to the assault. The couple had been in a two-year relationship. DEC. 1 A 22-year-old Mount Pleasant man was arrested for malicious destruction of property. Police were dispatched to a man trying to break into a home in the 400 block of South Kinney Street, Browne said. The man was highly intoxicated and was banging on the door, producing an estimated damage of about $200. The man produced a blood alcohol content of 0.23 percent. A 21-year-old Chesterfield man was arrested for ripping the Christmas lights off the Midori Sushi and Martini Lounge. Browne said the man was highly intoxicated and had a blood alcohol content of 0.25 percent.


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Atienza jumps 3 weight classes to compete this season By Mitchell Vosburg Staff Reporter sports@cm-life.com

Four dual meets into the 2017-18 Central Michigan wrestling season, redshirt junior Jordan Atienza is competing in a weight class he never expected. After a 223-19 record and two individual state titles at Livonia Franklin High School, Atienza had a unique offseason. Atienza jumped up three weight classes from 165-pounds in his redshirt freshman season to 197-pounds this season. Atienza finished with a 22-17 overall record in 2015-16. He finished with a 1-5 record in Mid-American Conference duals in the 165-pound weight class. Even with a winning record, Atienza didn’t see his sophomore season as a success. “I had a really good first semester. I was 18-4 and then only won four matches the rest of the year,” Atienza said. “I think there was some adjusting to do (at the end of the season), but there were high points and things I learned from. I wouldn’t call it a success.” Atienza redshirted the 2016-17 season and stayed out of the lineup. He described sitting out after being in the lineup the year before as mentally challenging. “Those guys are 10 of my best friends,” Atienza said. “Not getting to go on weekend road trips (to meets) and not experience the highs of victory and the lows of defeat with them was hard for me. I was a team player and did everything the team asked me to do.” Atienza wrestled unattached in the 201617 season, meaning he could participate in tournaments that did not keep team scores. He finished with a 14-4 record with four pins, four technical falls, and a major decision at the 174-pound weight class. He finished first at the 2017 Alma Open and third at the Michigan State Open, falling only to national champion Mark Hall from Penn State. Atienza questioned where he would fit in the lineup during the 2017 offseason after redshirting. “I started talking with (senior) CJ Brucki and seeing if he was going to drop a weight since he was coming in low (to reach 174 pounds),” Atienza said. “The original plan was for (Brucki) to drop (to 165 pounds) and I was going to stay (at 174).” The plan did not work, but other options were still open. “He’s a natural 184-pounder right now, but (Jordan) Ellingwood is there right now,” said head coach Tom Borrelli. “We don’t have a lot of depth at (197 pounds).

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We have some youth there we’re happy about.” Brucki was a 2017 NCAA qualifier currently ranked No. 16 Ellingwood is a No. 8 ranked twotime NCAA qualifier and 2016 MAC Champion at the 184-pound weight class. Atienza began to add more than 20 pounds. He spent the summer finding consistency with his sleep schedule and diet, as well as finding a new approach toward working out. “I wouldn’t say (my lifting schedule) has changed, but I’ve approached it with a different intensity. I’m making sure I’m exhausting my muscles,” Atienza said. “Previously, I was lifting to maintain (weight) and make sure I didn’t lift too hard and be sore. Now, I go all out with every lift. I don’t care if I’m sore because that means I’m gaining muscle.” His diet featured lots of potatoes, steak, milk, protein shakes, fruit and yogurt. During this season, Atienza currently sits at 8-3 at the 197-pound weight class. “I think 197 was a good move for him,” Borrelli said. “It’s good for the team, and he’s got a lot of speed for a big guy. I think that speed bothers wrestlers in heavier weight classes.” Atienza firmly believes he can be one of the top wrestlers in the nation. “I don’t think there’s any reason why I can’t be a national champion,” Atienza said. “I’m not there yet, but I don’t think anyone on our team is. If I make the right adjustments and take the right attitude in training every day, I can do it.”

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Football’s defense leads NCAA in forced turnovers By Evan Petzold Staff Reporter sports@cm-life.com

Prior to the start of the 2017 season, the Central Michigan football team set a goal to

earn 20 takeaways over the course of head coach John Bonamego’s third season. By the end of the regular season, the Chippewas logged 31 takeaways to lead the NCAA. “It was huge for my teammates and me because that’s what we strive to do,” sophomore defensive back Sean Bunting said. “Passing 20 turnovers was hard work, but it was a great feeling for us.” CMU earned 12 fumble recoveries and 19 interceptions in 12 games. Miami (Florida), Wyoming, and Memphis

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Archie Collins. “As far as defensive philosophy, I was coached by Nick Saban (at Michigan State),” Collins said. “He got me a lot of good core values and my defensive back coach at the time was Mark Dantonio. He always emphasized fundamentals and technique, which is how I coach.” Prior to coaching for the Chippewas, Collins spent seven years in the Detroit Public School League with Cass Technical, Mackenzie and Southeastern. Following his time at the high school level, the former MSU safety made his way to his alma mater, coaching under Dantonio from 2010 to 2012. “He’s a huge influence on our lives on and off the field,” Cox said. “He had us with the perspective that someone else is always out there putting work in. He taught us the film room is just as important as on-field work, so that helps too.” Cox, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior, led the Chippewas with six interceptions this season. He started off the season on the right track, earning two interceptions in CMU’s 30-27 triple-overtime victory over Rhode Island in Week 1. “I definitely try to get some hints off the quarterback, so I know if the ball goes up by me, it’s mine,” Cox said. “I usually read the guard, I get the quarterback’s pass progression, I recognize the route, then I know where the quarterback wants to go with the ball.” Unlike Cox, Bunting was slow to earn his interceptions. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder from Chippewa Valley High School in Clinton Township did not pick off a pass for the first eight weeks of the season. In Week 9, Bunting earned his first interception, picking off Western Michigan quarterback Reece Goddard in CMU’s 35-28 comeback victory in Kalamazoo. Bunting earned an interception in each of the last four games of the season, tallying a total of five in 2017. “I was trailing everyone,” Bunting aid. “They always make fun of me when they get interceptions and I don’t, so every time the quarterback threw the ball up I said I was going to go get it. That was my main focus.” While Collins knows his unit was special in the regular season, he has been quick to give credit to the defensive line. “The defensive line, led by coach (George) Ricumstrict, has been getting to the quarterbacks all year,” Collins said. “Sacks and hurries lead to opportunities for interceptions.”


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Weekend Recap: Enos eyes U-M, basketball stays hot By Dylan Goetz Assistant Sports Editor

From a former head coach possibly returning to Michigan, to a dominant performance on the ice, there was no shortage of news surrounding Central Michigan athletics this weekend. Below are some of the top stories from the past weekend.

EIGHT STRAIGHT On Dec. 9, The women’s basketball defeated Indiana State 77-67 on Dec. 9 for its eighth straight win. The Chippewas sealed the victory by shooting 18-for-18 from the free throw line. “We didn’t shoot the ball well today. We shot better from the three than we did from the two,” said head coach Sue Guevara. “But, it’s nice to have that insurance card.” ISU made a comeback late in the game when CMU led by 22 points. Indiana State outscored the Chippewas 43-35 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead. CMU out-rebounded ISU 42-31. Junior forward Reyna Frost corralled 14 rebounds in the Chippewas’ eighth straight win. Six of the Chippewas’ 11 made

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ENOS EYES MICHIGAN Former CMU football head coach Dan Enos was rumored to be talking to University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh about becoming U-M’s offensive coordinator, per a report by FootballScoop.com. Enos is currently the offensive coordinator at Arkansas. Enos held a 26-36 record as the head coach of the Chippewas. He has also spent time coaching at Michigan State, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois and Cincinnati.

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3-pointers came from junior guard Presley Hudson. She finished with a game-high 26 points and dished out six assists. Ahead of the break during finals week, Guevara stressed the importance of being a student athlete. “Right now they need to focus on the academics,” Guevara said. “We’re really going to hone in on this defense too, we have to be much better than we are.”

DIII HOCKEY No. 2 ranked Division III hockey earned two dominant wins over Davenport on Friday and Saturday. The Chippewas now hold a 21-4 record after taking the first game 18-0 and winning the Saturday game, 16-1. “I thought we played good hockey,” hockey head coach James Cadzow said. “Communication was sound, our passing was sound, we did a great job moving the puck and we fought. It should’ve been a lot worse (for Davenport).” Junior forward Dalton Suther-

land finished the weekend with six goals and four assists in two games for the Chippewas. “We have to keep doing the little things right if we want to keep winning,” Sutherland said after the first win. “(And) we can’t get too comfortable with it. That’s when you lose.”

WRESTLING WOES CMU wrestling lost its second dual meet of the 2017-18 season to South Dakota State 23-16 on Friday. The Chippewas mourned the loss of senior 157-pound wrestler Colin Heffernan, who injured his shoulder in the Cliff Keen Invitational earlier this season. Heffernan was ranked No. 16 in his weight class, according to InterMat. Mason Smith, Justin Oliver, Logan Parks and Jordan Ellingwood all earned individual wins for the Chippewas. Smith is ranked No. 2 in the Mid-American Conference with a 4-1 record.

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File Photo | Josh Barnhart Junior Marcus Keene shoots over a Toledo defender on Jan. 13 in McGuirk Arena.

JANUARY

Jan. 21 — University of Michigan graduate Shane Morris announces his transfer to Central Michigan University for his final year of eligibility. Jan. 21 — After head coach Keno Davis was ejected, thenjunior guard Marcus Keene dropped 26 straight points against Ball State. Keene finished with a career-high 50 points and hit a program-record 10 3-pointers in CMU’s second Mid-American Conference win.

FEBRUARY

Feb. 10 — CMU baseball opened its new Performance Development Center on the northeast side of Theunissen Stadium. The facility was funded entirely through donations. Feb. 25 — Former Athletic Director Dave Heeke announced he was taking the same position at the University of Arizona. Heeke spent 11 years as the CMU Athletic Director.

MARCH

March 8 — Women’s basketball was upset in the first round of the MAC tournament by rival Western Michigan. The Chippewas were the No. 1 seed in the tournament and won the MAC West Division regular season championship. March 16 — Wrestling sent nine wrestlers to the 2017 NCAA Championships. This was the second-highest amount in program history.

APRIL April 18 — Baseball fell 8-3 to Notre Dame in the annual Clash at Comerica in Detroit. Sophomore righthanded pitcher Michael Brettell started the game for the Chippewas.

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Sept. 23 — Forward Lexi Pelafas broke women’s soccer’s all-time scoring record with her 27th career goal in a 2-1 loss to Kent State. By Dylan Goetz Assistant Sports Editor

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MAY

May 12 — Former CMU quarterback Cooper Rush signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent. May 15 — Michael Alford was hired as Dave Heeke’s replacement as CMU’s Athletic Director. Alford’s first day on the job was July 3.

May 23 — Five baseball players were selected to the 2017 All-MAC teams after finishing the regular season atop the MAC West.

AUGUST

Aug. 10 — Senior tight end Tyler Conklin suffered a broken bone in his foot during training camp. He was inactive for the first five games of the 2017 regular season. Aug. 16 — Keene signed with Cagliari Dynamo Academy in Italy after multiple 2017 NBA Draft workouts.

OCTOBER

Oct. 7 — Conklin returned to the field for the football team. He caught 10 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns — lifting CMU to a 26-23 win at Ohio.

NOVEMBER

Nov. 1 — Morris threw the game-winning 77yard touchdown against Western Michigan in Waldo Stadium. It was head coach John Bonamego's first victory over rival WMU. Nov. 25 — Men's basketball won the Great Alaska Shootout while the women's team won the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas.

DECEMBER

Dec. 3 — Bonamego announced football will play Wyoming in the 2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho on Dec. 22. The Chippewas have reached a bowl game in five of their last six seasons.


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Davis aims to end NCAA Tournament drought Sixth-year head coach sees similarities between CMU, successful 2008 Drake team By Evan Petzold Staff Reporter sports@cm-life.com

With 5.7 seconds to play, No. 5 Drake held a 99-98 lead over No. 12 Western Kentucky in the First Round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. On the final possession of the game, Western Kentucky’s Tyrone Brazelton raced down the court and flipped the ball back to Ty Rogers, who buried a contested 3-pointer. That play handed former Drake head coach Keno Davis a loss in his only career “Big Dance” appearance. Fast forward to 2017, and Davis is in his sixth year with the Central Michigan men’s basketball team. He owns an 82-82 overall record with the Chippewas. Following one season at Drake, he spent four seasons at Providence before coming to CMU. Davis has not returned to the NCAA Tournament since 2008. He also has not forgotten about Rogers’ shot, which gave Western Kentucky an upset victory over his Drake team. “The game came down to the

wire,” Davis said. “In that season, our team had a lot of games that went down to the last shot, but on the big stage it was disappointing. I wouldn’t change the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament.” In Drake’s memorable 2007-08 season, the Bulldogs were led by sophomore guard Josh Young. He averaged a team-high 15.9 points, while adding 1.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. Like Davis, Young remembers the play as if it was yesterday. “It all happened in slow motion. The ball went through the net and ended that amazing season for us,” Young said. Coming into that season, Drake was projected to finish ninth in the Missouri Valley Conference. By the end of the year, the team was ranked No. 14 in the country. The Chippewas were picked to finish at the bottom of the Mid-American Conference this season. Davis sees similarities between the Bulldogs and Chippewas. As both teams push the ball in transition, shoot a lot of 3-pointers, play aggressive defense and earned the label of an underdog. “I think there are some

Allissa Rusco | Staff Photographer Basketball Head Coach Keno Davis poses for a portrait on Nov. 29 in McGuirk Arena.

similarities with expectations being low despite talent being strong,” Davis said. “We aren’t a team that has been put together in one day. It was over the years. Hopefully at the end of the year we see some similarities too.” Another similarity is senior leadership. Drake was led by seniors Leonard Houston, Adam Emmenecker and Klayton Korver. “Even more important than having players that can get up and down the floor to shoot is having players that are smart,” Young said. “We also had a senior led team that year, so those things combined really helped us be the team we were. We weren’t a highly recruited team out of high school. Instead, we all came together.” The Chippewas are led by seniors Josh Kozinski, Cecil Wil-

liams and Luke Meyer. “We are doing everything we can,” Kozinski said. “We all have that thought in our head to make it to the NCAA Tournament and we are working every day. The Great Alaska Shootout

tournament helped us get in the mindset for the MAC Tournament because we played three games in four days.” In the 2007-08 season, Drake was coming off its first 20-win season in 20 years. In order to keep his team going, especially through an impressive 21-game winning streak, Davis did not look at the big games on the schedule. Instead, he told his team to take it one game at a time. “He taught us to take it one game at a time,” Young said. “His big thing was giving effort for 40 minutes. If you can do that and play to your best potential, then in 40 minutes you’ll have a good chance to win the game.” Davis’ mentality, even after 10 years as a head coach, has not changed. “We try to make our practices

as much game-like as we can,” Davis said. “We aren’t out there practicing for three to four hours because we want high intensity that mimics the game as much as possible.” Young believes this year’s CMU team could be Davis’ chance to surprise the nation once again. “I see Central Michigan on the verge of busting the bubble and really making the next step in heading to the NCAA Tournament,” Young said. The next NCAA Tournament in March will mark the 10th opportunity for Davis to make the “Big Dance” in his head coaching career. “The goal for every team is to be in the NCAA Tournament,” Davis said. “We want to be competitive enough to have that opportunity.”

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Williams leads men’s basketball over Tennessee Tech, 74-69 at McGuirk By Evan Petzold Staff Reporter sports@cm-life.com

Central Michigan’s men’s basketball team won its seventh straight game thanks to a solid performance from senior forward Cecil Williams. The Chippewas (8-1) took down Tennessee Tech (7-4), 74-69, on Dec. 9 at McGuirk Arena. Williams led the way for CMU with 17 points, six rebounds and four assists. “It was nice to pull out the win even though we might have struggled,” sophomore forward David DiLeo said. DiLeo opened the scoring with a 3-pointer 10 seconds into the action. With 9:33 left in the first half, senior guard Josh Kozinski gave CMU a 2220 with a 3-pointer. Junior forward Curtis Phillips Jr. did not

start for Tennessee Tech, but made his presence felt, scoring 10 points in the first half and 14 overall. After four lead changes, CMU led TTU 39-37 at halftime. The Golden Eagles out-rebounded the Chippewas by five and shot at a higher percentage from the field and 3-point line. CMU and TTU continued to duke it out early in the second half, as both teams traded baskets from all over the floor. “Tennessee Tech did some things offensively against our man and zone that we weren’t prepared for,” Davis said. “We threw some things at our guys in-game and they were able to learn it on the fly.” Junior guard Gavin Peppers ignited McGuirk Arena with 12:29 left in the second half by attacking the basket, drawing a foul and scoring at the rim as time expired on the shot clock. He converted the

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Allissa Rusco | Staff Photographer Sophomore forward David DiLeo attempts a shot during the basketball game against Tennessee Tech on Dec. 9 at McGuirk Arena.

free throw, giving the Chippewas a 55-51 lead. With 11:32 remaining in the contest, Williams took a hit to the head and went down underneath CMU’s basket. He was slow to get up, but managed to walk off the floor and to the locker room. “It looked like a lot of contact,” Davis said. “From 80 feet away, it looked like he took an elbow to the face.” Moments later, Williams returned to the bench. He stepped back on the court with 10:23 left in the game. Williams, following his return to the floor, attacked the basket and scored a layup with 10:02 remaining — giving CMU a 61-53 lead. “Cecil is a big part our team with scoring, rebounding, and defense,” DiLeo said. “He was just motivated to get back in there and help the team win. He made some big plays.” The Golden Eagles got a 3-pointer off the hand of junior guard Aleksa Jugovic with 1:20 left in the contest, cutting the team’s deficit to three points, 70-63.

Just under the 30 second mark, redshirt sophomore forward Mason Ramsey gashed CMU’s lead to onepoint on a mid-range jumper. Williams sealed the win when he caught a pass from Kozinski, drew a foul and scored with 15.4 seconds left. He converted the free throw to give CMU a 73-69 lead. DiLeo buried a late free throw to finalize the win, 74-69. “I would take 8-1 (to start) every year,” Davis said. “Games come down to the end and you need some luck. Our guys haven’t panicked.” CMU will travel to Cedar City, Utah to battle Southern Utah at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 16. It’s the start of a two-game road trip. The Chippewas return to McGuirk Arena on Dec. 22 to take on SIUE before the holiday. After a six-day break, they face Laurence Tech in the last nonconference game of the season.


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