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Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010

Mount Pleasant, Mich.

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Exceptions allowed in revised policy

Dropouts in U.S. cost taxpayers $9 billion

Entities in legal disputes with CMU able to do business

CMU retention leads WMU, behind other institutions

By Carisa Seltz Senior Reporter

By Theresa Clift Staff Reporter

Freshman dropout rates have cost state and federal taxpayers more than $9 billion over five years. The amount was spurred by college students who drop out before their By the sophom o r e numbers year from 2003 to Fall 2010 2009. The freshmen retention money is percentage rates between w CMU: 79.6 2 and 8 w WMU: 76 percent w GVSU: 83.5 of the w MSU: 91 government’s total spending on higher education, depending on the state, according to a recent report by the American Institutes for Research. Shawn Wilson, director of student retention, does not believe retention is necessarily a CMU problem — he considers it a reality at any university in the U.S. “The first and second-year retention rate is something all institutions of higher learning pay attention to,” Wilson said. “This is because there’s a correlation between retention rate and graduation rate.” The first- to second-year retention rate for fall 2010 at CMU is 79.6 percent — 3.5 percent above last year. CMU has the fifth highest graduation rate in the state of Michigan’s 15 four-year public institutions, Wilson said. According to the press release from AIR, Michigan is one of 13 states that lost more than $200 million of state funds with $239 million. Both Wilson and Michelle Howard, director of academic advising and assistance, said the AIR report is misleading and flawed. They pointed to how the survey does not include students A retention | 2A

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Mount Pleasant resident Candice Flebbe reaches over a large puddle to reach her 3-year-old son Michael Tuesday afternoon in Island Park’s playscape. “The weather was really crappy earlier, but it is nice now — nice enough to get his energy out,” Candice said.

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A Jeep Wrangler drives through a large puddle of standing water Wednesday afternoon at the corner of Lansing and Bellows streets. At one point, the steet had been completely covered in water, said Troy junior Scott Brakora, who is a Bellows Street resident and has also experienced flooding in his basement.

Shepherd senior Chris Gill leans out of the window of a room as building maintenance worker Bill Schafer uses a pump to remove standing water after severe storms moved through Tuesday outside of Emmons Hall. Several other buildings on campus were affected by the storms.

Heavy rains flood some parts of campus, community By Tony Wittkowski Staff Reporter and Ryan Czachorski Senior Reporter

Students rushed from class to class making fruitless attempts to not get wet Tuesday. A storm cell, which brought a thunderstorm warning and tornado watch for most of the afternoon, struck Mount Pleasant. The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids issued a high wind warning, which expires at 8 p.m. today and warns of possible 60 mileper-hour winds. Some students in Emmons Hall found their clothes and carpets soaked in water. Bay City senior Brad Bender found rainwater had leaked in through the window onto the floor of his dorm.

“I realized it was raining out so I decided to check on the room,” said Bender, a resident assistant for the hall’s terrace. “It is a room that has a history with flooding.” One of Emmons Hall’s custodians eventually came by to check on some of the rooms for water damage. “Our wonderful custodian Bill checked in,” Bender said. “He gave us some rags and vacuumed.” Kentwood sophomore Samantha Brown lives in another room that was affected by the downpour. “I was a little worried because my roommate texted me about it,” Brown said. “It turned out the windows were left open.” East quad maintenance worker Bill Schafer said it seemed to be the same

occurrence with each room that had been found with water. “Some of the students have only been closing the inside part of the windows at night,” Schafer said. “The rain is still getting inside by collecting in the opening of the outside portion of the window.” Some streets in Mount Pleasant were flooded after the storm swept through the city. Abbey Lane, Kinney and Bennett avenues, and Bellows, Brown, Elizabeth, Michigan and Fancher streets were partially flooded during the afternoon. No streets were closed because of the rain, said Michelle Smith, assistant Streets supervisor for Public Works.

Any entity wedged in litigation with CMU can now engage in contracts with the institution, despite a policy decision earlier this fall that prohibited it. A revised policy, which was put into place Oct. 13, allows University President George Ross to grant consent for such contracts. Tom Trionfi, director of contracting, purchasing and health services, said the revision was incorporated because there was no way to make an exception or appeal in the original policy. “The president has the capability with the revision of the policy to make sure the university’s best interests are always taken into consideration,” Trionfi said. The original policy, effective Sept. 1, states “the university will not engage in a business relationship with any person or entity that is a party to a lawsuit against the university or involved in an alternative dispute resolution process against the university.” Trionfi said other institutions inquired what CMU’s official policy was in situations involving business disputes, prompting the policy’s fruition. The issue was never addressed before, he said. “From our perspective, it just makes good sense that if we are having current litigation problems, we wouldn’t continue to have business with them until those things were resolved,” Trionfi said. Ross’ ability to make exceptions in the policy is just an option on the table for future use if needed, Trionfi said. At this time, CMU is not trying to engage in new contracts with any entities or persons the university is in a lawsuit with, he said. General Counsel Manuel Rupe said in an e-mailed statement the issue of whether to engage in new business relationships with a corporation depends on if it would be reckless for CMU to continue working with them, based on the policy’s criteria. “If a business owed CMU money and had failed to perform obligations owed to CMU under a contract, then CMU may determine that it would not be prudent to enter into a new contract with such business,” he said. “But that would need to be determined based on

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Take Care car turns heads, delivers message Senior takes pride in promoting initiative By Sherri Keaton Staff Reporter

Lisa Klager sometimes forgets why people stare at her when she rides through Mount Pleasant, but soon remembers her unusual ride. The West Bloomfield senior’s car is wrapped in vinyl printed with the “Take Care CMU” logo and a dotted pattern. She is the first person to try out the car wrapping. “I love driving my car because I am so proud to be able to show the initiative and promote it,” Klager said. “But at the same time, it is embarrassing to have my car wrapped in it.” Take Care is a message for students to respect one an-

other, take care of each other and be responsible. Klager said she loves the message because of its subtle reminder. “I think it will be in people’s heads more or it will be brought up in discussion,” Klager said. “Even if they’re mocking (the car) they are at least discussing it and they are acknowledging the fact that it is important for them to take care of people around them.” Dean of Students Bruce Roscoe said the Take Care initiative is to educate people they do have the right to get involved. The wrapped car provides that extra emphasis on what the program promotes. “The more we promote it the more people associate that sense of taking care with who we are and what we value,” Roscoe said. As a part of the wrap, Klager has had to go to different CMU events such as Tailgate Central,

a non-alcoholic tailgate and the Homecoming parade. Tony Voisin, assistant dean and director of Student Life, said Klager’s car was chosen because it was in decent shape, she can drive the car for at least eight months and is interested in the cause. “Lisa was really familiar with the Take Care concept,” Voisin said. “She is someone who was very interested in the concept. She is excited about it.” Voisin said the car is the latest of many opportunities for the initiative that CMU has been doing for the last three or four years. Roscoe helped form the idea of Take Care after a murder in 2004. “What was of real concern in addition to that were there was a lot of people around who watched this happen and no one came to his assistance,” Roscoe said. “Nobody pulled out their phone and called the

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West Bloomfield senior Lisa Klager, with the help of the university, had her entire car decaled to promote the “Take Care” initiative at CMU.

police.” Klager said driving the car delivers a simple and plain lesson and it gets the message across. She remembers stopping at a stop light when two men simultaneously pulled up on both sides of her car. She at

first thought they were staring at her, but it turned out they were just reading her car. “They turned and they were staring at me, even after the light turned green,” Klager said. “I counted 10 seconds.” university@cm-life.com


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EVENTS CALENDAR TODAY w The Life of a CMU Student soup and substance luncheon is from noon to 1 p.m. in Bovee University Center Terrace rooms A, B, C and D. w Factor Out The Fear Competition will be from 8 to 10 p.m. in Finch Fieldhouse 113. w Straightline Investment: Individual Sessions are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Bovee University Center’s Lake Huron room.

THURSDAY w Groove at The Grotto gets down from 9 p.m. to midnight. w “Bruises and Tombstones� panel for Domestic Violence Awareness Month will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Pearce 128. w Fiction and Poetry Readings are from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Charles V. Park Memorial Library Baber Room. w CMU orchestra performance is from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Music Building’s Staples Family Concert Hall.

Corrections Central Michigan Life has a long-standing commitment to fair and accurate reporting. It is our policy to correct factual errors. Please e-mail news@cm-life.com. Š Central Michigan Life 2010 Volume 91, Number 29

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retention | continued from 1A

who transfer to another university, attend part-time or return to finish their degrees later. How CMU compares Other universities in the state show similar freshman retention rates. “These numbers are fairly typical, unfortunately,� said Patrick Riccards, AIR executive director for Communications and Public Affairs. The $9 billion represents 20 percent of first-year students nationally who do not return for their second year, he said. At Western Michigan University, 76 percent of last year’s freshmen returned for Fall 2010, according to WMU’s Office of University Relations. Although this is a 3.6 percent increase from the previous year, it is still 3.6 percent behind CMU. Grand Valley State University had an 83.5 percent retention rate this year, said Philip Batty, GVSU director of institutional analysis. For the past three years, 91 percent of freshmen have returned to Michigan State University, said Kyle Sweitzer, data analyst for the MSU Office of Planning and Budgets. Transitioning from a high school environment to a college environment is difficult for students, Wilson said.

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the facts.� Rupe said the policy looks at what is in the best interest of CMU before deciding to enter into a new business relationship, without considering whether the matter has progressed to litigation. “Thus, for example, if an engineering and design firm has errors or omissions in its design of a building which causes CMU to incur additional construction costs, then under the policy,

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“The academic rigor of college is different than that of high school,� Wilson said. “The level at which we engage our students can be challenging for some students.� Wilson and Howard agree resources are the key to success at CMU. “In my opinion, we have very strong, clear academic support systems for students who want to take advantage of them,� Wilson said. CMU offers free services to students struggling in any subject. There is a writing center and math assistance center on campus. There is also supplemental instruction, which offers support to students who are involved in difficult courses. “I’m not convinced that freshmen leave because they’re not successful,� Howard said. “Some are very successful academically, but want to pursue other programs we don’t have.� Nursing is one of the most desired programs that CMU does not offer, she said. All freshmen are asked to fill out a MAP-Works survey at the beginning of the year. The questions evaluate how the student is academically and socially adjusting to college. Residence hall resident assistants follow up with each student about their results. The resources do not exclude junior and seniors,

CMU would consider such concerns if approached by the same firm to perform design work,� he said. Trionfi said it is unlikely departments will be negatively impacted with the policy changes. However, he said it is hard to speculate what the future could bring in terms of business relationships. “What we did with the policy was make sure that if a department already had a contract in place,� he said, “we wouldn’t adversely impact it.� university@cm-life.com

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they usually seek assistance from career services instead of academic assistance, Wilson said. “Upperclassmen can see the light at the end of the tunnel,� Wilson said. “Freshmen students have needs that need to be met.�

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Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010

CMU creates new positions for grant writing

By Ariel Black Staff Reporter

CMU will create the Institute of Great Lakes Research and a Center for Health Systems Research to attract more grants. Plans were announced at an Oct. 19 Academic Senate meeting. On Friday, University President George Ross and Provost Gary Shapiro will present their plan for prioritizing academic programs. The two will introduce a plan for increasing external grants

and contracts — one of Ross’ goals. The meeting will focus on academic programs. Planning of non-academic programs will not be presented at this time. “With our budget, we have limited resources,” Shapiro said. “Some programs may be reduced in resource allocating, some will see profit and others could be eliminated all together. Some will benefit, others will not. We don’t have enough money.” Compared to other schools,

CMU is very low in external grants and contracts, Shapiro said. “This will give us the opportunity to engage in research and creative activities, greater collaboration between faculty, the ability to attract more and better qualified graduate students and hire faculty recruited for grant writing,” Shapiro said. Research-oriented, tenure track faculty will be hired this year to do research with the two groups, Shapiro said. The IGLR

will be associated with the College of Science and Technology. The Center of Health Systems Research will be associated with both the College of Health Professions and the College of Medicine. Each group will hire three additional faculty members every year for the next three years. “IGLR will be able to take advantage of CMU’s Biological Station on Beaver Island, which has recently been enhanced to provide outstanding teaching

and research opportunities in northern Lake Michigan,” said Jane Matty, interim dean of the College of Science and Technology. IGLR is beginning to search for three new scientists who will focus on expanding expertise in the Great Lakes, she said. CMU has not had the money available to pay professors to write grants while teaching fewer classes, something common at other universities, Shapiro said. The new positions will entice more grant-writing

faculty to consider CMU, he said. “We expect the three new faculty members will start at CMU next summer,” Matty said. “The specific areas of expertise for these new positions have not been defined, but may be any area of Great Lakes science. Faculty members already at CMU may also join the institute and participate in collaborative research initiatives.” university@cm-life.com

Call blasts state House candidate for being gay Sessoms, Cotter both rebuke phone message By Emily Grove Staff Reporter

An automated call began circulated to area land lines over the weekend, attacking the sexuality of Toni Sessons, the Democrat vying for the 99th District state House seat. The call was released by Gary Glenn, chairman of the Campaign for Michigan Families and urged voters not to support Sessoms because she is a lesbian with a “homosexual agenda.” Sessoms was informed of the call Saturday afternoon while out visiting constituents. “My first reaction was, ‘This sounds like something from another century,’” Sessoms said. “It’s archaic.” By Sunday evening, Sessoms had responded and posted a video on YouTube criticizing the recording and correcting its

false claims. Glenn didn’t return calls from CM Life. The call not only attacked Sessoms for being gay, she said, but also contained inaccuracies about her campaign manager. The recording said Sessoms’ campaign manager was gay, worked at CMU and had previously run for state house and lost. All these statements are false, Sessoms said. “The idea behind our video was that we had to correct some huge lies,” she said. “We had to get our message out.” Sessoms’ opponent, Republican Kevin Cotter, was also made aware the calls were circulating on Saturday. Within two hours of hearing about them, Cotter said he released a statement over Facebook, e-mailed his supporters and issued a press release to denounce the attack against his opponent. “I was completely disgusted with the call placed,” Cotter said. “This person and organization A sessoms | 5A

More bike racks installed with increase in cyclists 70 installed in last three years campuswide By Tony Wittkowski Staff Reporter

An additional 70 bike racks have sprung up in recent years across campus thanks to an influx of bicyclists. CMU has added the dozens of racks across campus outside of each building for the last three years. The amount of bikes on campus has increased over the last four years, said Steve Lawrence, associate vice president of Facilities Management. Permanent racks cost $1,000 to plot and install, Lawrence said. There are more than 260 permanent bike racks and 72 moveable bike racks on campus. There is

funding for new bike racks every year. Racks can be expensive because their cost includes a concrete slab for them to be set in, Lawrence said. “It just keeps the ground around it looking better,” said Lawrence. Mowing the grass is easier for maintenance because of the concrete slabs holding down the bike racks, he said. “They would normally have to move all the bikes around before cutting the grass,” Lawrence said. “Weeds would grow in the spokes and there would always be a lot of mud.” The number of bikes on campus has affected bike lanes on the side of the road as well, Lawrence said. In 2008, a bike lane was installed on Washington Street between Preston and Bellows streets. There

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Resident assistants from Carey Hall discuss the simulated car accident they helped to stage with Sgt. Richard Clark of the Mount Pleasant Fire Department Tuesday night outside of the Towers. “Drunk driving is still an unfortunate issue in our world,” Clark said.

A Sobering simulation Fake drunk driving accident shown to Carey residents By Sherri Keaton | Staff Reporter

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ll Mary Fisher could see was the black sky and flashing red and blue lights swirl around her when she was placed onto a stretcher Tuesday evening. “I was scared and terrified,” the Clinton Township junior said.

Resident assistants gather around a car during a drunk driving crash simulation Tuesday night outside of the Towers.

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Though the drunk driving car accident between CMU’s Carey Hall and 7-Eleven, 302 W. Broomfield St. was only a simulation for Sober in October, it didn’t stop Fisher from seeing her life flash before her eyes. A crowd of about 50 students looked on as police and fire fighters assisted with the demonstration. Fisher said everything was an eye-opening experience. “The whole entire time I was uncomfortable,” she said. Mount Pleasant Fire Sgt. Richard

Clark showed the crowd how the fire department really responds to emergency situations. He used the Jaws of Life to pry open jammed parts of the damaged tan Toyota Corolla, which had been impacted by a banged up black Dodge Stratus. Shards of glass were scattered in between the cars. Green’s 24-Hr Towing, 1504 N. Fancher Ave., donated the vehicles for the simulation. Constantine freshman Brittany A simulation | 4A

Faculty perform in classical concert to audience of 150 By Joe Borlik Staff Reporter

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James Fiste, associate music professor, performs Bach’s Suite No. 3 in C Major during the Baroque Concert Tuesday night at the Staples Family Concert Hall.

Roger Rehm loves playing the oboe when he’s not playing with his iPad. Rehm, vice president of Information Technology, said he has been doing it since age 12. He can play thousands of pieces, some of which are difficult to play. “I’ve always just enjoyed playing,” Rehm said. “There is always something new to learn.” Rehm was one of seven faculty members who performed Tuesday night at a classical baroque concert in the Music Building’s Staples Family Concert Hall.

The musicians performed several classical pieces for an audience of about 150 people. Rehm, along with music faculty member Lindabeth Binkley, assistant music professor MaryBeth Minnis and Steven Egler, professor of music, opened the set with “Sonata in G Major,” by Georg Philipp Telemann. The piece consisted of four parts, including soave, allegro and andante. Rehm said he had a great time playing at the concert. One of his favorite parts of music is playing with other people. Egler said he has been playing the organ and harpsichord for 35 years.

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He said his favorite part of playing is sharing music with others. “It doesn’t stop with oneself,” Egler said. “If you don’t play for other people, there is no point.” He said his favorite type of music to play is classical because it is solid, has integrity and is tested by time. Associate music professor James Fiste also performed a solo version of “Suite No. 3 in C Major,” by Johann Sebastian Bach on cello. Binkley teaches and gives oboe lessons. She said she has been playing for 28 years. Binkley said playing and teaching is a good balance

to maintain and she enjoys doing both. “I love music,” Binkley said. “There is a great deal of variety in music and always something new to listen to and play.” Binkley said she performs regularly with the Flint Symphony Orchestra and Powers Woodwind Quintet. “With music, you are communicating with other people or with an audience,” Binkley said. The School of Music regularly puts on concerts, the next of which will be the CMU Orchestra Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Staples Family Concert Hall. university@cm-life.com


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Business plan contest launched for students with $30,000 first prize

ON THE FIELD | Mount Pleasant resident plays soccer

By Melissa Torok Staff Reporter

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Mount Pleasant resident Ryan Stremlow, 24, moves the ball up the field during the Blue Jays’ first game of the Special Olympics State Soccer Finals Saturday morning at Halmich Park in Warren, Mich. According to Stremlow there is no difference between a Special Olympics athlete and an athlete competing for a high school, college or professional team. “An athlete is an athlete,� Stremlow said.

Year 2010 sets records with heat By Rachel Dybicki Staff reporter

Temperatures have been steadily increasing and, with little more than two months to go, 2010 is set to be the hottest on record. To date, 2010 has tied 1998 as the warmest year since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration started keeping records in the 1880s, according to a press release. Various things change the weather, said Mike Timlin, Michigan regional climatologist. There is not a specific cause for any climate changes, though human behavior may be a factor. “Some heat increases or decreases can be due to agriculture, the heat increase can come from the various amounts of plant life or can also produce dew to keep high temperatures down,� Timlin said. “Other things balance our whole system out and no one knows why.� Ortonville freshman Matthew Clark worked on a country club maintenance team over the summer, but did not feel the heat. “Running around on a golf cart all day fixing stuff and mowing lawns before 2 p.m. didn’t really make me notice any of the heat,� Clark said. “I don’t necessarily believe in global warming, but I did notice quite a few hotter days.� Samantha Patton said the excessive summer heat might have been an effect of global warming.

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“It was nice being able to lay out, but the heat was so overbearing it was at some points hard to breathe, which made such activities like running hard to do.� Samantha Patton, Laingsburg freshman “It was nice being able to lay out, but the heat was so overbearing it was at some points hard to breathe, which made such activities like running hard to do,� the Laingsburg freshman said. The warm year does not necessarily prove global warming, Timlin said. Various climate changes can be in effect for various reasons. El Nino in the central Pacific global area helped increase temperatures in the region. Every state or region has fluctuating weather and each has different forces that push their temperatures up or down, he said. For example, the northern hemisphere tends to warm up faster than the rest of the globe. “It’s not definitive that a warm year proves global warming,� Timlin said. “It’s when a pattern starts and there is reasoning behind it. All that matters is what’s going on from year to year and seeing what the increase is.� The west coast has seen the largest upward trend, while the Midwest did not go up as much. Focusing on regional weather is not

a global indicator, Timlin said. If every region continues to get warmer, it will be safe to say there has been an overall rise in global warming, he said. Gladwin freshman Adam Peters said he is not too sure about global warming, but he believes the summers have been fluctuating over the years. “I never wore jeans through out the summer and always had on a light Tshirt,� he said. “My mother’s apartment had no air, so it was constantly 85 or 90 degrees, causing me to always have my fan on.� metro@cm-life.com

A university-wide business plan competition with a first place prize of $30,000 has been launched by the College of Business Administration. The New Venture Competition allows students from all fields of study to create a business plan to better the success of CMU students and Michigan’s economy. CBA Dean Charles Crespy is enthusiastic about the opportunity the competition offers students. “You can dream your own dream, start your own business and live that your whole life,� Crespy said. “You can be your own boss.� Participants can include all undergraduate and graduate students attending CMU in the spring 2011 semester. Those interested can attend an informational seminar about the competition at 11:30 a.m. Friday in Grawn 278.

Prizes will be given for the top three business plans — $30,000 for first place, $10,000 for second and $5,000 for third. The prize money comes from private donors within the community. “It’s a lot of money,� Crespy said. “The goal is to get it in the hands of students who will create more jobs in Michigan.� Teams of two to five students will develop business plans of their choice. Plans may be for profit or nonprofit. Business plans will be judged by senior-level investors and industry leaders. Each plan will be evaluated based on the investor perspectives of bankers, angel investors and venture capitalists. “It’s great to get all the departments working together to bring their best ideas forward,� said Robby Roberts, associate director of the LaBelle Entrepreneurial Center. “Demonstrating student success at CMU is a success.�

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Teams must submit an intent to present form signed by a mentor or team leader by Dec. 10. Business plans will be presented and judged on April 8, 2011. Crespy said students are showing interest and are starting to form groups on campus. CBA will offer free seminars, guest speakers and mentors to guide students in creating a successful business plan. Speakers include in-state investors and business executives. “I think it’s a really exciting opportunity,� Roberts said. “Many students may have the expertise and don’t know what to do with it.� university@cm-life.com

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Beebe has already experienced the simulation in real life. As one of the observers of the crowd, Beebe recalled memories of driving down US-131 by Three Rivers in 2006, when a drunk and high driver ran through a stop sign and smashed into her car. “They had to use the Jaws of Life to get me out,� Beebe said. Tuesday night’s event reminded her of how scared she was back then. “I didn’t know what to think, my hand was gush-

ing blood, my mom was bruised,� she said. “It makes me glad I am still alive.� CMU Police Officer Jeff Ballard said the event is a great awareness tool. “A lot of people think (this) is real,� Ballard said. “Alcohol isn’t a factor (in this), but this is is really how we’re going to respond to this.� Beebe said the event is one that may help people think before driving drunk. “It is not just your life you are putting in danger,� she said.

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A free online resource is now available for students interested in mapping out future classes and tracking their academic progress. The website, www.myedu. com, serves more than 2 million students nationwide. “We find in general that 57 percent of students take six years or longer to graduate, if they graduate at all,” said Chris Chilek, co-founder of MyEdu. “The platform is really designed to help students organize their entire academic life, from selecting a degree or picking which classes they will take each semester.” Chilek said MyEdu serves as a warehouse of academic information utilized by students at more than 750 universities. The website provides students with free online applications and college-specific degree program outlines. The four goals of MyEdu are to help students raise

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was one and a half miles of bike lanes added to West Campus Drive south of Broomfield Road in 2009. This year, an additional mile of bike lanes were added on Washington Street between Preston and Broom-

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has a one issue agenda that is not about me.” Cotter said he has never met Gary Glenn or even heard of his organization prior to the release of the re-

CMU competes with WMU in ‘change war’ for food pantry

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MyEdu offers free academic organization for students their grade point average, get through college efficiently, organize their academic career and save money, Chilek said. After making an account on the website, students can look up their desired degree program. MyEdu can track classes students have completed and which ones they still need, allowing students to efficiently plan out future classes. “We put all the key pieces of information that students need to select the classes they’ll take next semester in one place,” Chilek said. “The tendency is to put off taking the hard courses until the very end, and then you find out you have 30 hours of ridiculously difficult courses — your GPA suffers or you end up dropping a course. With the degree timeline, you can spread those out.” Students can also look at individual profile information for instructors when registering for classes. Each profile includes a detailed grading history for each instructor and with student reviews. Romeo senior Devon Buckner said organization is essential in her academic life, especially as a student teacher.

“I have two planners and two calendars to keep reminders for myself,” she said. “If I forget something, it doesn’t just affect me, but my students too.” Buckner said her experiences teaching at Aldai E. Stevenson High School in Sterling Heights has helped her step up her organization skills. “On my weekly evaluations, I always get the ‘very organized’ comment,” she said. “I am still taking CMU classes, teaching three different subjects and am involved in two school groups. If I didn’t have organization, I would forget too much. No one hires an unorganized teacher.” Buckner said MyEdu may be a beneficial tool to many students, but she’s skeptical about the website’s accuracy in regards to degree information. “It sounds like it encompasses a lot, my favorite would be the textbook comparisons and the ‘ratemyprof. com’ tool,” she said. “But I can see problems with the website screwing up the classes I need for my degree and being more of a hassle.”

field streets and a half mile on Franklin Street between Bellows and Preston streets. “It appears that there has been an increase in bikes,” said CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley. “They are all around on campus.” While bikes have increased, the number of parking permits has decreased, Yeagley said. The number of vehicles

registered in 2006 was 11,434. Since then, the number of parking permits has decreased by more than 1,000 and now stand at 10,424 for fall 2010. This might be in correlation to more bikes being used on campus because of the costs of the permits and gas, Yeagley said.

cording. He said he had heard the organization has a history of this type of behavior, and was known for it in some 2008 campaigns. Cotter and Sessoms both said the race should not be about not their personal lives. The call is causing a distraction from the real is-

sues, Sessoms said. They agreed the real issue at hand is creating and maintaining jobs in the area. “My campaign is all about turning the economy around based on bringing people together,” Sessoms said.

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CMU and Western Michigan University battle each other in more than football. Currently, the two schools’ recreational facilities are competing with change. The CMU and WMU “Change War” contest is concluding at the end of this month in a friendly attempt to collect the most money before the Central-Western game. Jasmine Crossland, philanthropy chair on the Student Enrichment Council at the SAC, said the organization has not collected a lot of change yet. “We need to raise a total of $2,200 before our mobile food pantry date, spring 2011,” the Bloomfield Hills senior said. The money raised will be donated to the Mobile Food Pantry. Interested participants can donate their money at the drop-off station at the Student Activity Center, located in the main concourse. Crossland said the money goes toward the truck that delivers food to the pantry. There are about 400 families in Isabella County who benefit from this program, she said. “It is very heartwarming to see all these families that come out,” Crossland said. ‘We are trying to do our part and feed them.” Craig Rinehart, vice presi-

dent of the SEC, said in past years, although CMU has crushed WMU on the field, the SAC has failed to walk away with a win in the change wars competition. “From what I have heard, the losses have not been by a hair, but more like a mile,” the Ravenna senior said. “As a group, the SEC has chosen a rather aggressive philanthropy, so fundraising events will be rather important for us this year.” Rinehart said the Mobile Food Pantry provides families with a way to make their own meals for days or weeks at a time, rather than having to go

to the soup kitchen to receive every meal. Kelli Schafer, assistant director of student personnel and special programs, said even though times are tight for everyone economically she thinks it is also a time to reflect on how fortunate many people are. “This is an opportunity to give a little change that can make a big difference for someone,” Schafer said. “Today, I have a job. Today, I know how I will feed my family. Today, I did not need to stand in line hoping for the sheer generosity of others. Today, I have enough and can give to others.”


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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

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EDITORIAL | Westboro Baptist Church classroom visit important First Amendment lesson

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peech is protected under the First Amendment even if it is unpopular, morally questionable or downright hateful.

Associate Journalism Professor Timothy Boudreau has made this a key lesson in his JRN 430: Media Law class for years. This important point should be taught, even if it offends a few students or community members in the process. Boudreau has exemplified this point in the past by inviting speakers with oft-unpopular opinions such as “Preacher Rick” Warzywak, Michael Venya of Soulwinners Ministries and former CMU Campus Conservatives President Dennis Lennox, among

others. This is exactly what he is doing Monday, only with a higher profile, when members of the Westboro Baptist Church, including founder Fred Phelps’ daughter Shirley PhelpsRoper, are to speak in his class. Boudreau’s decision to bring Phelps-Roper, who protests events including funerals of U.S. soldiers along with her church and slogans including “God Hates Fags” and “God Hates America,” is not one that endorses or legitimizes their message. Westboro Baptist Church’s mes-

sage is legitimized no more by Boudreau’s invitation to his class than it already has been by the First Amendment, which is part of the lesson that students can learn from the class. A institute of higher education is supposed to challenge the adults who are enrolled. Phelps-Roper and her ilk may say things that are unpopular, offensive and hateful, and students may get angry or hot under the collar. They have the right to be angry and express that anger as much as Phelps-Roper has the right to say the things she says, which as much right as Boudreau has to bring Phelps-Roper to campus. Hopefully the students in the class can manage to realize the point of the exercise and make the best of it, and engage Phelps-Roper in intelligent, helpful conversation. Some may say that is not possible, but it has been how the speaking engage-

ments of similarly-regarded figures such as Venya and Warzywak have gone. This is not an opportunity just for students to argue whether or not the slogans and diatribes of the Westboro Baptist Church are correct or acceptable. This is an opportunity for students to ask for insight into the process of free speech law from somebody who has been involved in a number of litigations, and someone whose speech has been challenged, questioned and disputed on numerous occasions. This is not a media stunt, an endorsement of the Westboro Baptist Church views or an attempt to spread their teachings. This is a classroom exercise with the opportunity to be a bountiful learning experience for Media Law students. Hopefully people can see and accept it as such.

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Keep business private After the Speak Up, Speak Out forum last week, Travis Faber and I became engaged in a debate with a graduate student on the issue of supporting government subsidization of “promising” enterprises, such as those involved in “green” energy. Regardless of the form these subsidies take — state-owned banks, targeted tax credits, or direct monetary contributions, just to name a few examples — or the type of business receiving the subsidy, the act of government attempting to pick winners and losers is destined to fail. Not only that, but the taxpayer bears all the risk and little to no chance of a direct return. Consider if Lansing’s very own union stooge Virg Bernero gets his way and the state now has its own bank to provide expanded credit to “small businesses.” The first thing that needs to be considered is that a state-owned bank differs from a privately-owned bank only in regard to its source of capital — the tax money of Michigan residents and businesses. Other than that, both state- and privately-run banks are equally subject to risk ... er, scratch that. A state run bank would be subject to greater risk. Why? It’s simple. If the purpose of this state run bank is to open up credit because private banks are getting picky about borrowers, that inherently means riskier loans are made. This means the taxpayer is on the hook when the loans fail. The same theory also applies to any other method of corporate subsidization — a contribution is made for which taxpayers bear all of the risk, yet receive no direct return. After all, do taxpayers get a check on interest attained from federal student loans? Not at all. I’m not interested in indirect benefits either — I cannot go to the store and spend them. I am sure right now, the leftist readership wants to see empirical evidence that would dare put the deification of the government into question. How about Kmart going into bankruptcy, or Wonderstruck Studios not even opening its doors; both of which were recipients of assistance from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Economic Growth Authority. The worst part of all this is people who respond apathetically when the issue of being on the hook for a failure comes up. The graduate student described how his wife, a faculty member here at CMU, received a grant to work with some outfit out of state to work on a project. When we questioned what happens if the project flops, not only did we get a response of “so what,” we also got castigated for, heaven forbid, demanding our tax money not be used like a blank check. While some people attempt to deify the government, it still canno0t pick winners and losers like a true god. Central Michigan Life is the independent voice of Central Michigan University and is edited and published by students of CMU every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the fall and spring semesters, and on Wednesday during the summer term. The online edition (www.cmlife.com) contains all of the material published in print.

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Union Township supervisor for Sessoms in 99th As a township official, I have come to have profound respect for the wisdom and judgment of the Michigan Township Association and when I saw that the MTA had endorsed Toni Sessoms in the 99th District Michigan House race, that respect was reinforced. The Michigan Township Association spends a considerable amount of time and effort sorting through the background and qualifications of all those running for office and has endorsed candidates in 144 of the 148 state legislative contests. In the 99th District, the MTA clearly felt that Toni Sessoms had the superior credentials to represent the interests of our state’s smaller communities. The MTA endorsement was heartening to me personally since I have gotten to know Toni quite well and I can at-

test to the integrity and hard work she has put in to her campaign. Toni has also proven herself with active involvement in a considerable number of local organizations and has garnered the respect of all of us who have worked with her on one project or another for the good of the community. Her willingness to delve deep in understanding complex state issues is also impressive. One thing that does set her apart from her opponent is her support for restoring the Michigan Promise. Her opponent does not. I also feel Toni Sessoms will do more for CMU than just provide lip service as the previous holders of the seat have done. Supporting education and CMU includes voting for the funding. At this time Michigan needs

people with the depth and experience to help us deal effectively with moving Michigan forward. While the young man running against her seems like a perfectly nice fellow, a few more years of seasoning and community involvement might be just the thing to make him a more viable and credible candidate for future office. When organizations like the MTA, the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police and countless other groups are all endorsing Toni Sessoms over her rival, I believe the choice is easy. Toni Sessoms is simply, without a doubt, the best candidate running in the 99th District. John Barker Supervisor, Charter Township of Union

Sessoms for clean water initiatives Clean water is my passion and my life. From knowing Toni Sessoms, it is easy for me to understand that she is the person we need in the state House to protect our Great Lakes. I have traveled the world, helping third-world countries establish effective clean drinking water systems, and I have seen how dire the situation is. The scarcity of clean drinking water around the world is unbelievable to the average American.

The Great Lakes are an incredibly valuable resource to Michigan. As the world population grows, the demand for water will become ever larger. Toni Sessoms realizes this. I know that Toni Sessoms will work to keep our Great Lakes great, and ensure no corporation uses our public lakes for private profit. Toni Sessoms will fight to keep invasive species, like Asian Carp, out of our waterways. The Michigan Sierra Club has

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also endorsed Toni Sessoms because of her awareness of environmental concerns. To me the choice is clear. I am voting for Toni Sessoms. Justin Moore Manistee graduate student Project Director, CMU Clean Water Initiative

Nathan Inks Columnist

No on Proposition 1

When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, one of the questions they will face will be how to vote on Proposal 1: Whether or not Michigan should hold a constitutional convention to redraft the Michigan Constitution. Voters should vote no on Proposal 1 for one simple reason: A constitutional convention is not necessary. Why should the state of Michigan, which is already in a budget crisis, waste money on something that is not needed? Estimates for the cost for a constitutional convention have ranged from $6 million by the group “Yes on Proposal 1” to $45 million. The $45 million estimate comes from the Senate Fiscal Agency, a non-partisan legislative agency that assists the Michigan Senate in analyzing budget issue, so I tend to put more trust in the $45 million figure. But even if costs are closer to $6 million, why should Michiganders spend $6 million on something that is unnecessary? What are the reasons that people want a constitutional convention? Proponents of the convention have argued that we need to change the budget deadline to prevent budget crises like the state faced in 2007 and 2009. Another argument is that Michigan needs a part-time legislature. Yet another argument is that Michigan could rewrite the constitution to have more transparency in government, by posting expenditures online. These are not issues that require a redrafting of the entire constitution. A movement has already begun to amend the constitution to change the budget process, and such an amendment could be easily placed on the ballot in a regularly scheduled election. Movements have also already begun to change the Michigan Legislature to be part time — something that can be passed as a simple single amendment. Both major-party gubernatorial candidates, Virg Bernero and Rick Snyder, have come out as publicly opposing a convention, because they realize that focusing on redrafting the document would take time away from their plans to fix the state and invest energy into rewriting a document that has a few easily fixable problems in it. And what happens if the delegates of the convention come up with a document that Michiganders reject? The state will have wasted millions of dollars for nothing. Proponents of Proposal 1 have failed to show anything wrong with the core of the Michigan Constitution. If voters are unhappy with parts of the constitution, they can advocate for amendments to fix these problems, but a constitutional convention is a waste of time in an attempt to “fix” something that is not broken.

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Soccer closes out season with EMU

Anthony Fenech Senior Reporter

Tim vs. Cliff

By Josh Berenter Staff Reporter

Head coach Tom Anagnost hopes his CMU women’s soccer team can come out more aggressively as it looks to stay perfect at home Thursday against Eastern Michigan. The match, scheduled for 3 p.m. at the CMU Soccer Complex, is the team’s last game of the regular season and another opportunity to extend its home unbeaten streak. The Eagles visit the CMU Soccer Complex sporting a 9-6-4 overall record and 6-1-3 record in the Mid-American Conference. They suffered their first conference loss Sunday against Toledo, which also handed the Chippewas their first MAC defeat on Friday. “It’s another opportunity for our kids to get better,” Anagnost said. “We’re playing a very good team. Hopefully we can show in the game what we’ve been doing in training.” CMU has only allowed one goal in its last four games, keeping the ball on the offensive end the majority of the time. But while it has lead to increased scoring opportunities — they team has outshot their opponents 90-24 — they only scored six goals. Anagnost said his team had a good week in practice and hopes it comes out aggressively against EMU. EMU features senior goalkeeper Monique Budani, who

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Freshman midfielder Tammy Long attempts to gain control of the ball against Western Michigan on Oct. 15. Long averaged 74 minutes of playing in CMU’s last three games.

led the nation in saves prior to the Toledo game. She comes into tomorrow’s game with 140 saves, 93 more than the combined efforts of CMU goalkeepers senior Shay Mannino and sophomore Stefanie Turner. Long stepping up The last three games, CMU freshman midfielder Tammy Long’s playing time has drastically increased. Coming into the game against Northern Illinois on Oct. 17, Long averaged just over 16 minutes per game. In the last three, she has averaged over 74 minutes per contest. “She’s as tough as they come. She’s quick, fast and strong,” Anagnost said. “Since she’s been in the rotation, she’s been one of the best players on the team. I’m proud of her growth and development.” Said Long: “I went on the field and tried my best and showed a

lot. I’m doing whatever I can on the field to make my team win and ensure we will win.” Long hasn’t recorded a point this season, but fired six shots and helped control midfield. Going into the regular season finale, Anagnost said he is still looking for a couple more players to make plays and calm the team down in front of the opponent’s goal. “(We’re looking for) another attacking presence to emerge,” he said. “We’ve been working on that in practice and the young players have gotten better. We still have time for that to happen.” CMU has locked up the No. 3 seed in the MAC tournament and will host a first round home game on Sunday against either Western Michigan or Northern Illinois. The two play Thursday in Kalamazoo. sports@cm-life.com

Team still has good shot to win tourney John Manzo Staff Reporter Regardless of the standings, the Central Michigan women’s soccer team remains my pick to win the Mid-American Conference tournament. I’ve disregarded any team from the MAC East Division winning the conference tournament — it doesn’t have a single team above .500 in conference play — and you can add Ball State, Western Michigan and Northern Illinois in there as well. Ball State hasn’t won a conference game, junior forward Stephanie Skowneski is the only go-to player Western Michigan has and Northern Illinois has been outscored 10-1 against the top three teams in the MAC West. That leaves three. Eastern Michigan is currently third in the MAC West, but only lost 1-0 against first place Toledo and looks to compare itself against CMU on Thursday at 3 p.m. at the CMU Soccer Complex.

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On Friday, the women’s soccer team suffered its first MAC loss of the season on a penalty kick at Toledo. The two were tied at 8-0 atop the conference in a game that had a conference championship atmosphere. Toledo should run the table after defeating them to hold on to the top spot in the MAC Tournament, but don’t crown the Rockets champions just yet. The trophy belongs to the CMU until they lose it. The penalty kick loss at Toledo was a heartbreaker, without a doubt. The Chippewas were a team riding high with a perfect MAC record and it was playing its best soccer of the season up to that point. Nobody likes to lose. Especially at the collegiate or professional levels and if they do, there’s something wrong. Instead of easily going undefeated in MAC play for a second straight season, the girls have been tested. It’s always harder to repeat because the champions turn from the hunter to the hunted, but the Chippewas can do it. An unfortunate break ended

its undefeated MAC season, but it was one of its best played games. Toledo was outshot 23-4 on its home field, but the Chippewas could not capitalize. They went onto the field of arguably the MAC’s best team and controlled the game. Soccer is a game where one play can make or break a team. Kudos to Toledo — they got it done when they needed to. However, this might be a good loss for CMU. Call me crazy for saying it, but the girls of this soccer program are more poised and determined to prove themselves. The first sign of it was the rebound performance against Ball State. Sophomore forward Laura Twidle brought the offense early and often. She scored twice and led the team. The next step is to finish the season strong Thursday against EMU. But, ultimately, CMU has it eyes on the MAC tournament and Nov. 7, the date of the championship game. sports@cm-life.com

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Probably not, he said. I stood there, shook my head and chuckled. I was outside of the San Francisco Giants clubhouse, and I was just turned down by Tim Lincecum. He took my interview request – “Hey Tim, can I get a minute?” – and matterof-factly responded to it over his left shoulder, walking through the clubhouse doors. “Probably not.” It was cool. You see, Tim’s kind of a big deal, and I’m kind of a big Tim fan. So I let him slide. What

was I to expect, that this cool, hippie-looking 26-year-old guy that once got pulled over with a few grams of weed in his car was going to recognize my coolness and want to talk? Yes, that’s exactly what I expected. So he disappointed me. And the next day, against a last-place Pirates team in Pittsburgh, he disappointed me again. Wasn’t dominant. Wasn’t throwing hard. Wasn’t striking out guys. He wasn’t, well, being Tim. Was this the Tim Lincecum I loved rooting for, the pitcher I’d stay up late to watch, only to be disappointed start after start after start, wondering when he’d complete a game or shut a team out? “Probably not,” I decided, and traded him. For Cliff Lee. Cliff – short for Clifton – was on the Seattle Mariners at the time. They stunk. Never scored and never won. Except when he pitched. In those games, Cliff would take the ball, get on the mound and throw strike after strike. He would never walk anybody, strike out everybody; he’d win games, complete games

and was the fantasy ace of a manager’s dreams. Then he got traded to Texas, did all right, got hurt, wasn’t able to pitch for my fantasy team in the playoffs, we lost, and life went on. Still, the question loomed: Should I have traded Tim, who pitched well during the playoffs, for Cliff? Probably not. But after the ups and the downs, 162 games and two playoff rounds, both Cy Youngwinning pitchers are still standing, saving their best for a grand ending. And tonight, they’ll face off in the opening game of the World Series. Tim for the young Giants, a team that beat the defending National League Champions, and Cliff for the upstart Rangers, a team that beat the defending World Series Champions. Lincecum and Lee, a powerful San Francisco righty and a commanding Texas lefty, pitching from the same mound in October. Anyone predict that in April? Probably not. sports@cm-life.com

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Guevara readies team for season By John Evans Senior Reporter

Sue Guevara will be looking for a fresh start come November. After going 12-18 last season and making several changes in the offseason, the CMU women’s basketball team is full of fresh faces. The Chippewas return eight players from last year’s team, including leading scorer Shonda Long and leading rebounder Kaihla Szunko. Guevara also gets 2008 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year Brandie Baker back, who sat out all of last season after tearing her ACL. “I like the fact that Brandie Baker is back (and) I like the athleticism and physical-

ity of this team,” Guevara said. “The freshmen are still learning the system but this team is going to get up and down, I’ll tell you that much.” Camille Ramsey and Laura Baker are the other two returning seniors on an otherwise young basketball team. They currently have five freshmen on the roster, two sophomores and two juniors. Taylor Johnson is a lengthy player who can shoot the three along and Nikki DiGuilio will be just two of the incoming freshmen who will be expected to make an impact this season. “We are recruiting kids to this style of basketball where we can get up and down and shoot the three,” Guevara said. “I’m hoping to see a faster and cleaner version.” CMU will also have to replace some of its biggest scoring

threats. Britni Houghton, who finished second all-time in scoring, has graduated and moved on. The team will be looking in different directions to pick up the scoring in her absence. “It is going to be hard to replace her, she is the second alltime leading scorer and she had such great accomplishments,” said Szunko, who returns for her senior season. The team also lost twin guards Stefanie and Rachel Mauk, both of which went transferred to IPFW, and assistant coach Bill Ferrara, who took a similar coaching position at Hofstra University. CMU opens the season on Nov. 12 against North Carolina A & T in the Winthrop Tournament. sports@cm-life.com


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Volleyball goes for fifth consecutive win CMU hosts EMU Thursday at Finch Staff Reports

Junior middleblockere Kaitlyn Schultz earned MAC Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week. FILE PHOTO BY paige calamari/staff photographer

The CMU volleyball team will have a short turnaround this week when it hosts Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m. Thursday in Finch Fieldhouse. At 18-6 and 8-2 in the Mid-American Conference, EMU sits tied for second in the West Division. Riding a four-game winning streak, the Chippewas took two impressive road victories against Akron and Buffalo last weekend. They hope to keep the strong defensive effort up against EMU on Thursday. While the last four wins were good for the program, CMU head coach Erik Olson considers this game crucial in the program’s direction. “(Last weekend) was an important weekend for us

being on the road,” Olson said. “But a big win on Thursday night would say a lot about what’s going on Erik Olson here.” The first meeting between the two teams, held on Sept. 23 in Ypsilanti, saw the team lose 3-2 against the Eagles and signal the beginning of a tough start to the conference schedule. In the match, the team committed 12 serving errors and had just three aces. Like he’s preached the last two weeks, Olson said serving will be key if the team wants to stay away from a fifth set. As he’s said the past few weeks, Olson said serving will be key Thursday if it wants to keep the momentum going. “I looked at what our decisions were and where we

worked on the court and we played right into their strengths,” Olson said. “So we hope to exploit their weaknesses much better this time.” CMU will look to combat these issues by strong play from senior Lauren Krupsky and sophomore Lindsey Dulude. Krupsky currently paces the team with a 3.49 kills per set average. Dulude has also performed solidly over the winning streak with a .39 ace per game average. Dulude currently ranks fourth in the conference in aces per game. Player of the Week honors Junior blocker Kaitlyn Schultz will also play a key role against the Eagles. Schultz was named MAC Player of the Week for the second consecutive week following her 4.43 kills per set average and .600 hitting percentage over the week-

end. She also added 31 kills. Conversely, the Eagles will look to their sophomore outside hitter Rachel Iaquaniello, who leads the team with an average of 3.94 kills per set and marked 20 kills in the previous match against CMU. EMU had three players record double-figure kills in the Sept. 23 match, with Paige Roback and Jenn Swartz netting 14 and 11 kills, respectively. Olson said the momentum from the pair of road wins and returning home, where his team will play three of their next four games, should help give his team a boost. “I would like to have a home court advantage and have our student population come out and see a great match,” Olson said. “I think it would be quite a statement for us if we knock them off.“ sports@cm-life.com


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MAC suspends Kinville Starting DE to miss game Saturday against BGSU By Aaron McMann Sports Editor

A version of this story first appeared on cm-life.com Monday evening..

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Freshman defensive end Joe Kinville was suspended by the Mid-American Conference Monday for unsportsmanlike conduct in CMU’s 33-7 loss against Northern Illinois on Saturday. Kinville, along with head coach Dan Enos, apologized to NIU for his actions.

The Central Michigan football team will be without starting defensive end Joe Kinville on Saturday against Bowling Green. Kinville was given a onegame suspension by the Mid-American Conference Monday for unsportsmanlike conduct during CMU’s 33-7 loss against Northern Illinois on Saturday. The incident came in the fourth quarter when Kinville delivered a cheap shot in a pileup after a play was blown dead. He was not pe-

nalized at the time. “The behavior of Joe Kinville during the Central Michigan-Northern Illinois contest is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” MAC Commissioner Jon A. Steinbrecher said in a statement. In a statement issued by the school Monday afternoon, CMU head coach Dan Enos apologized to NIU and its football team and said he supports the MAC’s decision. “We do not condone unsportsmanlike acts of any kind, and Joe understands his actions have no place in the game of college football,” Enos said. Kinville, a 6-foot-2, 248pound sophomore from Northville (Detroit Catholic Central High School), has recorded 21 tackles and 2.5 sacks while starting at defensive end in all eight games this season. He is the fifth CMU player

to miss at least one game because of suspension by the program or conference. “I apologize to Northern Illinois University and its football program, my teammates, coaches and Central Michigan University for my actions on Saturday,” Kinville said. “As a student-athlete, I am expected to represent my school and team with class, and I regret that I failed to do that during Saturday’s game.” Redshirt freshman Darryll Stinson will replace Kinville at defensive end. He has 11 tackles and one sack in eight games this season. The Chippewas, in last place in the MAC West and riding a five-game losing streak, play BGSU at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Kelly/ Shorts Stadium. The Falcons are 1-7 and 0-4 in the MAC. sports@cm-life.com


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How to survive the Flesh-eating apocalypse

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From left: Livonia senior Ryan O’Neill, CMU alumna Cathy Schoenberger, Fremont senior Arik Anderson and Mount Pleasant residents Taylor Pelletier and Johnny Starlin reenact a group of zombies, a well-known human flesh-eating creature of horror, in spirit of the Halloween season.

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This Halloween weekend, some may innocently dress as members of the undead as they go about trick-ortreating. But what if one of their ranks happened to be the real thing? Interlochen sophomore Isaac Wineman is prepared for such an event and was willing to share his knowledge. “You always have to be ready, you never know when an outbreak will happen,” he said. “This is very serious, you always have to be ready to move.” In the event of a zombie attack, Wineman said the first step one must take to ensure survival is to quickly gather supplies. “You have to be able to move fast and light,” he said. “Scavenge for food supplies, but be vigilant when doing so. It’s always going to be risky.” He recommends students set aside a survival backpack in which they store utility gear, food, water and other equipment. Students should also create a contingency plan with a small group of friends to effectively out-maneuver the undead. “Always keep your supplies at the ready,” Wineman said. “You should have a plan worked out with your team. Never travel in groups exceeding five — too many people are going to bog you down.” Tony Johnston does not believe the average student would survive a zombie attack. “I think most people wouldn’t have enough things to defend themselves tactically against an army of undead,” the Mount Pleasant junior said. Wineman said members of a zombiesurvival team should know where to rendezvous and each should be designated to gather certain types of supplies — one should gather weapons and ammunition, one food and water and one equipment such as rope, water purification tablets and flashlights. Though Wineman recommends traveling in small groups, he said it is acceptable to bring an extra person or two during the initial outbreak to use as human shields if needed. Students should consider carrying a variety of weapons, he said, including a

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small firearm and at least one melee weapon, preferably a blunt instrument like a baseball bat, in case ammunition becomes scarce. He said clothing should be form-fitting and comfortable, and durable shoes, such as hiking boots, should be worn. Johnston said he would wear anything thick that would deter biting in the event of a zombie outbreak, along with steeltoed boots. “I think there’s been a lot of very important literature published in terms of zombie survival and preparedness,” Wineman said. “I think the average person should have read up on how to protect themselves — if they haven’t, that’s just irresponsible.” After proper equipment and supplies have been gathered, he suggested students find a place in which they can barricade themselves from the hungry undead. Sterling Heights junior Trevor O’Connor said it is ideal to avoid large shopping centers such as Wal-Mart and heavily populated areas. “Anywhere with large amounts of people will have large amounts of contamination,” he said. O’Connor said he would hide out in an upper-level apartment or a two-story house and break down its stairwells to make upper levels unreachable. If students plan on hiding out in apartments or homes, he said, it is a good idea to fill bathtubs with water for drinking. In terms of fortified locations, Johnston said he would hide out in Foust Hall because it is riot-proof. For the average person, the most difficult thing about a zombie infestation would be severing ties with friends and loved ones, Wineman said. When emotions control an individual, he or she is less likely to survive. “You need to do the right thing and honor (an infected friend’s) humanity by putting them out,” Wineman said. In the end, he said, a zombie apocalypse comes down to personal survival. Johnston said the hardest part about a zombie apocalypse would be the inherent emotional strain of seeing close relations among the horde. “You’d probably know some of the zombies, it would be difficult to whack some of the people you knew that have become zombies,” he said. Staff reporter Michael L. Hoffman contributed to this report studentlife@cm-life.com


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RYAN’S RANT This week’s topic: Trick-or-treating faux pas Thinking back to my childhood memories of trick-or-treating, I recall dressing up as Leonardo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and hoarding a pillow case full of candy. I remember the joys of finding Milky Ways, Butterfingers, Kit-Kats and those little, flavored Tootsie Rolls. But I also remember the extreme disappointment of finding Mary Janes, Sugar Daddys and pennies within my textile treasure trove. Pennies? Seriously? For the sake of this generation’s trick-or-treaters, don’t try to be clever with your handouts.

Ryan Taljonick Senior Reporter If you’re going to toss around half-hearted treats like pennies or candy that no child would be willingly eat, save yourself (and candy-seekers) the time and effort and just lower the blinds, turn out the lights and lock your doors. We don’t want any.

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Will you be prepared?

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Davison sophomore Jessica Breidenstein assembles her Halloween costume Tuesday night at her home on S. Main Street. Breidenstein, who is saving money for a trip to Chicago, plans to be The Bird for Halloween by pairing a feathered skirt with a T-shirt from The Bird Bar and Grill, 223 S. Main St. “I thought it was really creative,” Breidenstein said. “And it was cheap.”

Homemade costumes show style, save cash Thrift stores, closets hold potential pieces By Maria Leone Staff reporter

What do a paintbrush, Waldo and a bird have in common? They’re are all costumes that were homemade by CMU students for Halloween escapades. Kady Jesko said rarely in her life has she ever purchased a pre-made Halloween costume. The New Boston senior’s favorite part of participating in Halloween is being able to design her own costume. “I feel that making your own costume offers a way for your own personality to come through the costume,” she said. Jesko said the best way to go about designing costumes is to go “thrifting” and see what stores have to offer. Clothes that are in your closet are also

perfect pieces to redo or design on, she said. Ryan O’Neill, a Livonia senior, said he has billions of costume ideas, which tends to be a problem around Halloween time. “You can be anything if you just look in your closet,” O’Neill said. Jesko recommended Jo-Ann Fabrics, the Salvation Army, antique shops and Wal-Mart as other great places to get costume pieces. Her costume of choice this year is a paintbrush. She said all necessary supplies only cost her around $10. One of O’Neill’s favorite costumes was Waldo of “Where’s Waldo?” for which he was able to use clothes and materials he already owned. “Getting costumes is easy,” he said. “Playing the character is the hard part.” He said finding the right costume is about taking the look you see and trying to make it happen. Davison sophomore Jessica Breidenstein chose to portray

The Bird, a local bar in downtown Mount Pleasant. “Extended family of mine owns the bar,” Breidenstein said, “so I thought it would be a great idea to portray it with my costume.” A simple black tee shirt from the bar paired with a black skirt made entirely of feathers complete the costume’s look, she said. She said her choices were influenced by the music video for Kanye West’s song “Runaway.” “I am really good with hair and makeup, so I thought his look in the video would be a great inspiration for ‘The Bird’ look,” she said. Breidenstein said she chose to design her costume rather than purchase it because she is saving up for a birthday trip to Chicago. “I have so many things in my closet already,” she said, “and I think it is better than anything I could buy at Halloween USA.” studentlife@cm-life.com

In the near future, I will graduate from college. I will step into a world of financial uncertainty with only a vague outline of what will happen next. This uncertainty is both exciting and frightening, but I feel college has given me the necessary skills to survive. There is, however, one event that my higher education never prepared me for: The Zombie Apocalypse. I know it may sound crazy, but I feel that CMU should have done a better job of warning me about such an event. This is an issue that I have been thinking about for years. Why has my university prepared me for the dog-eatdog world of post-graduation and not the zombie-bitehuman-human-kill-zombie world of a global undead outbreak? It might sound ludicrous, and probably is, but the

Micheal L. Hoffman Staff Reporter zombie apocalypse could happen. I’m not saying it will happen, but it could. When I enrolled at CMU, the University Program was explained to me as a system of classes that will make me a more “well-rounded student” upon graduation. I will leave here with a little bit of knowledge about a lot of things. This, for the most part, was good. Things I learned about in my UP courses? Jet streams, religion, mathematics and even everyone’s favorite protocol droid C-3PO. I learned about a “Star Wars” character. But no

zombies? CMU should consider adding a course to it’s Recreation, Parks and Leisure program, perhaps RPL 359Z: “Basic Zombie Defense and Safe House Fortification.” This class would be unbelievably paramount if an outbreak were to occur. Not only would I be prepared, but hundreds others would be as well. That would create a network of people who know how to survive when needed. We would be able to weather the storm of the undead. I have done my own research on how to survive, and even a quiz on Facebook said I would be a survivor. But if I had formal, professional training there would be no doubt I could save myself and others. Think about it, CMU. It could happen. studentlife@cm-life.com

More fear for shamblers than sprinters

Connor Sheridan Student Life Editor Slow zombies are and always will be more frightening than fast zombies. Up until the 2002 release of “28 Days Later” the idea of a zombie that could sprint and perform feats of near-superhuman agility was as antithetical to the concept as one not enjoying human flesh. Though that film was a great movie in its own right, its technically living “infected” seemed to spark somewhat of a disregard for traditionally shambling corpses. “Why would I be afraid of a zombie,” many

macho types asked themselves. “I could out-jog it.” There is little to fear from a zombie if one can get past the natural revulsion humans feel for corpses and the psycho-

logical shock of seeing a friend or loved one risen from the dead in an altered and wretched form. One zombie would pose

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Movie review

‘Paranormal Activity 2’ a disappointment By Rachael Woods Staff Reporter

The first “Paranormal Activity” came out of nowhere three years ago as a lowbudget, shaky-cam style horror flick reminding many of “The Blair Witch Project.” Because of its candid filming approach and believable acting, many people were actually duped into thinking it real, only to later find the whole premise — and all of the terrifying weird stuff making sleep so dreadful for the week after — was a complete sham. The second film has a different approach, accepting its deflated element of reality and replacing it with a more theatrical style and some pricey special effects, too.

The bigger-budget production presents a new feel, but the foreboding sense of something terrifying appearing on the screen was still there at every moment — the main source of the movie’s scare factor. Although the title alludes to a “what happens next” story line, it actually acts as a secondary story to the original, the last few minutes being a slight inclination as to what might come if yet another sequel is made. The sheer uselessness of “PA2’s” production as a follow-up to a film that stood well enough alone is enough to resent the money-grabbing studio and director Oren Peli for this audacious attempt to cash-cow the original. But they did and with the

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HH bar set high they needed some chilling “footage” to be worthwhile. It didn’t even come close to the mark. With a 93 minute runtime, the majority of the film was spent cycling through the seven security cameras set up around the house showing mundane things like the electric pool cleaner shuffling around. Other time was spent with the hand-held camera at family dinners and poolside chats. Was I watching “True Life: I think my house is haunted”? The buildup lasted

Video game review

‘Dead Rising 2’ continues quirky undead antics By Ryan Czachorski Senior Reporter

Gamers love zombies. It’s an irrefutable fact stemming back to the origins of gaming itself. Zombies are stuffed into games, such as “Call of Duty: World at War” and “Red Dead Redemption,” where they seemingly don’t belong. So when a game comes along that’s actually about zombies through and through, it’s something people get pretty excited about. “Dead Rising 2” is a zombie game that definitely deserves the excitement, besting its predecessor in every way. The game puts you in the leather jacket of Chuck Greene, a former motocross rider who competes in a zombie-killing game show to afford antizombification medicine for his daughter Katey. She needs a shot every 24 in-game hours or she’ll turn into a zombie. After his latest performance, Chuck is framed for setting loose the show’s stock of zombies in Fortune City, causing a real outbreak. He must then clear his name before the military arrives in three days. The game’s premise makes every action meaningful. If you miss a mission or giving Katey her medicine, it’s not a game over — you just can’t get the best ending. This provides the tension the story sometimes doesn’t. “Dead Rising 2” spins a more enjoyable story than the original, with a better plot and better voice acting throughout. But things wrap up very quickly and all your hard work to get the best ending can go to waste before you know it. As the hordes get larger, Chuck must level up to stay alive. He does that through building combo weapons, sort of like MacGyver. Some

combinations make sense, like putting nails in a baseball bat. But others, like taping a water gun to a fire extinguisher to instantly freeze zombies, only make sense if you don’t think about it too hard. But the system works well, as there are a surprising amount of hilarious combinations. It fits this type of game better than taking photographs did in the original. Outside of that, the gameplay remains pretty similar. The rigid save structure has been eased up, allowing multiple save slots and more save locations. Multiplayer has been added this time, with online minigames and drop-in, drop-out cooperative play. The minigames are pretty boring, but the money earned can be transferred back to the single player. The co-op works well, but it can slow things down and it’s a bit weird to see two Chucks running around. The true enemies in the game aren’t the zombies, but the surviving human foes. These psychopaths have been

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driven to lunacy by the outbreak and feature a colorful array for bosses for Chuck to defeat. The zombies feel more like an obstacle to avoid when getting around. The game’s framerate can dip very low when a lot of action is rendered on-screen, but it is rather rare. The graphics engine also gets very ugly when fire is on-screen, but it handles the intense action and massive hordes very well at most times. “Dead Rising 2” is a game meant to be played multiple times, each time experimenting with different combinations of weapons and choices to get different endings. There are a few minor annoyances, but “Dead Rising 2” should entertain to the zombie apocalypse and beyond. studentlife@cm-life.com

until the remaining 15 minutes, where viewers actually got to see a few disturbing scenes that trump the mysteriously opening doors and chiming dinner pots. Without action, there was potential for a characterdriven plot to come shining through (and possibly make a third film more worthwhile) but the acting and screenplay were unfortunately a disappointment as

well. Any way you take it, the film doesn’t feel worth the ticket price. One impressive aspect was Peli’s use of suspense and intermittent humor for an ominous feel, making the anticipation and nervousness of something happening at any moment a good substitute for the graphic, bloody scares we’re used to.

The movie has a few heartpounding scenes but, as a package, is a disappointment. In the spirit of Halloween, you may be better served by a date night at the cinema watching a gory franchise that knows sequels: “Saw 3D,” which comes out on Friday. studentlife@cm-life.com


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Top four zombie games Titles bring horror to your hands By Connor Sheridan Student Life Editor

Video games bring the desperation and terror of surviving a zombie apocalypse to an entirely different level. Though it seems every other release these days includes the infectious ghouls, even appearing as a bonus mode in “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” these four classics truly set the standard for a dedicated undead experience. 1. “Resident Evil” (PS, 1996) The title that not only made zombies cool in video games but kick-started the survival horror genre takes its rightfully deserved place at number one. A somewhat tongue-incheek take on horror movies in general, “Resident Evil” introduced us to the T-Virus and the sorry fate of Raccoon City, zombie capital of the United States. The game’s mixture of intentionally obtuse camera angles, frustratingly robotic controls and scarce ammunition would have been a deal breaker anywhere else, but instead heightened the tension of each panic-inducing encounter. Though for every hairraising terror there was a groan-worthy moment of cheesiness, “RE” will live on as the father of zombie games. 2. “Left 4 Dead” (PC, X360, 2008) Taking on a horde of rotting undead can be a daunting task. That’s why “Left 4 Dead” made such a big splash when it let players fight with friends online. The game throws four survivors together with only one objective: Get to safety. Though cooperation is for the most part optional, lone wolves quickly find themselves up the zombie creek without a paddle. The game’s speedy infected are for the most part obstacles to avoid; real moments of horror are found with “special infected,” mutated zombies that can d e -

stroy a careless group of humans in a matter of seconds.

Most influential zombie films From founding classics to modern revisions By Michael L. Hoffman Staff Reporter

3. “Urban Dead” (PC, 2005) One man’s low-budget, browser-based game did what so many others had simply avoided: Depict day-to-day survival in a city overrun with walking cadavers — with each entity controlled by a fellow player. The free-to-play “Urban Dead” allows its users to be either humans, scavenging for supplies and barricading themselves in safe houses, or undead, shambling around the streets searching for the scent of living flesh. The game’s extremely minimalist user interface takes some getting used to but sets up a perfect theater for the drama of life in eternal fear of what claws at the front door.

Slasher films and suspenseful thrillers are all well and good, but zombie movies inspire a special kind of terror in their audiences. The fearful sight of undead monsters rising from their graves has inspired generations of filmmakers.

4. “Dead Rising” (X360, 2006) This game had a prominent disclaimer box on its cover warning consumers it was not associated with George A. Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead,” and for good reason. No previous attempt at zombie gaming captured anything like a massive zombie horde overtaking a shopping mall, so “Dead Rising” made rendering dozens and dozens of the monsters at once its biggest selling point. Though it presented dozens of ways to kill the freaks beyond the tried and true “remove the head, destroy the brain,” its Romero-esque social commentary, which paralleled American consumerism with the zombies’ mindless hunger, solidified its place on this list.

1. “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) This film is often considered the catalyst of the modern zombie craze within pop culture. George A. Romero directed this film about a group of people who have barricaded themselves inside a farmhouse to hide from a horde of “ghouls.” These ghouls are the first incarnation of the modern, slow-moving zombies. Romero established what many people consider a zombie to be in “Night”: Slow-moving, groaning, grey-skinned “undead” people whose only motivations are to consume h u m a n flesh. This i s

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the zombie archetype that shaped the horror genre into what it is today. 2. “28 Days Later” (2002), directed by Danny Boyle Though the villains in this film are not technically zombies, as they aren’t dead, it still successfully reinvented the modern zombie. In the film, a man wakes up in a hospital 28 days after the collapse of humanity, the result of a deadly virus which inspires unbridled rage and aggression in its victims. Unlike Romero’s zombies, these ghouls are no slowpokes. In fact, they are unbelievably fast, making escaping much more challenging. The fact these “zombies” are fast-moving makes the “jump factor” much more intense, unlike Romero’s films which rely on the fear that the zombies are always coming. 3. “Dawn of the Dead” (1978) Another Romero film makes the list. This film is the chronological sequel to his “Night of the Living Dead.” The film primarily takes place in a mall where a small group of survivors are attempting to barricade themselves until help arrives. Help is far away and as supplies dwindle and more and m o r e zom-

bies arrive at the mall, things get in tense. This film, again, taps into fear of an enemy that never stops coming. This film also continued the theme of humans being the true monsters, as a legion of pillaging bikers led to the safe house’s ultimate demise.

to this date is still the best. The film is about a man, his small band of friends and an ex-girlfriend as they attempt to survive a zombie outbreak in London. At first the group behaves somewhat nonchalantly about the outbreak, this “just a bad day” attitude sets this film apart from the others. Every zombie trope is on display in this film: Destroy the brain, zombies are unintelligent. The list goes on. But while being a comedy, it is also an excellent example of a quality zombie film. studentlife@cm-life.com

4. “Shaun of the Dead” (2004) Enter the zombieparody. This movie was one of the first true parodies of the zombieg e n re, and


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Three major networks block Colleges struggle to recruit Google TV from episodes By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Jessica Guynn MCT

LOS ANGELES — The three major broadcast networks, uneasy about viewers bypassing cable and satellite providers — and the networks’ own websites — to watch their TV shows, have begun blocking a new service from Google Inc. that is designed to make it easy for people to watch programming online. ABC, CBS and NBC confirmed that this week they began blocking Google TV from accessing full-length episodes of prime-time shows such as “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Dancing With the Stars” and “Parks and Recreation,” a move aimed at forestalling the technology giant’s entry into the living room. Google TV seeks to marry the Internet with television by allowing viewers to search the Web for shows and then watch them on their TV sets. The technology is designed to make it easier for people to watch TV shows when they want, rather than be at the mercy of network schedules or sift through the Web to

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find shows on the networks’ own websites. But the networks worry that providing consumers with direct access — via the Internet — to popular shows would undercut the economics that support the industry. The networks fear, among other things, that Google TV could disrupt advertising and encourage people to discontinue their cable TV service. Cable providers pay billions in fees to carry the programming of the networks’ co-owned cable channels. Others have cited fears that Google TV would fuel piracy by letting viewers access bootleg streams of TV shows on the Internet. “Google TV enables access to all the Web content you already get today on your phone and PC,” Google said in a statement. “But it is ultimately the content owner’s choice to restrict their fans from accessing their content on the platform.” Google continues to pursue talks with the networks. It also is in discussions with Hulu about bringing the Hulu Plus subscription service to the platform, which

would give Google TV users access to full-length episodes of shows from ABC, Fox and NBC. Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey said that blocking access to network shows on Google TV wouldn’t prevent people from watching the shows online because simple workarounds, such as hooking up a laptop to the TV set, can accomplish the same thing. “This doesn’t stop people from watching online content on their televisions,” McQuivey said. “It just frustrates them.” Some content providers have sought to work with Google. Time Warner Inc. plans to offer HBO Go — which allows people who already pay for HBO on cable or satellite to watch shows online — through Google TV. Time Warner executives say cable operators historically have done a poor job helping viewers navigate hundreds of channels of TV shows or movies. Google TV could fill that niche by expeditiously producing a list of sites where viewers could see their favorite shows.

more male students By Trish Wilson MCT

PHILADELPHIA — As a white male from the suburbs of New York, Brendan Scheld had never felt like a minority. But that was before he enrolled as a freshman at the University of Delaware. In last semester’s calculus course of 40 students, he said, only five men would show up for class. “We’d all kind of look at each other, and we’d have each other’s backs,” Scheld said over a recent lunch at the university’s crowded food court, where he and a fraternity brother were the only pair of men sitting together. Not that he and his friend, Ryan Helthall, are complaining. “We both have girlfriends we met here,” said Helthall, a senior from Sparta, N.J. “We did not have slim pickings.” When it comes to finding enough men to fill their freshmen classes, it is the nation’s admissions officers who have to hunt hard. Twenty years after women became the majority on campus, college administrators are struggling to strike a gen-

der balance even as female applicants outnumber men by nearly 30 percent. Nationally, as at Delaware, about 58 percent of college undergraduates are women, with some campuses at 70 percent. That’s well beyond the point where the character of a college shifts, and may make a school less appealing to some of the highly qualified students it seeks to attract. “Colleges will then be unable to attract the female students they want most _ or so they fear,” wrote Gail Heriot, a professor of law at the University of San Diego and a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Alerted by media reports that some admissions officers may be accepting lessqualified male students over female applicants, the Civil Rights Commission is investigating whether women are being discriminated against in college admissions. “Everybody should feel very uncomfortable by the notion that it is more difficult for a woman to get into

a college than a man,” Heriot said in an interview. Last year, the commission subpoenaed the admissions records of 19 colleges, including the University of Delaware and five in Pennsylvania. All but one were picked at random within different categories, including elite universities, religious schools, and historically black universities. The University of Richmond was chosen after U.S News and World Report said its admission rate for men was 13 percentage points higher than for women. Frank Mussano, a dean at York College of Pennsylvania, thought his institution was in deep trouble when he heard it would get a subpoena. Then he realized the picks had been random. At York, 54 percent of freshmen are women. “We are completely gender blind, so there is no reason the commission would be worried about bias at this institution,” Mussano said. “We admit students when they meet the admission requirements, and we admit them until we are full.”


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Bruce Campbell cancels campus visit Program Board hopes to reschedule next semester By Michael L. Hoffman Staff Reporter

Students hoping to get up close and personal with the most famous chin in zombie slaying will be disappointed this semester. Bruce Campbell, actor in the “Evil Dead� trilogy of films and USA’s “Burn Notice,� has canceled his speaking appearance at CMU. The B-list movie star had to cancel because of filming conflicts, said Program Board President Steve Lewis. “He had a movie he’s doing,� said Lewis, an Allegan senior. “I can’t remember which one, but filming was pushed back.� Campbell was scheduled to speak Nov. 4 in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium about his life and film career. Lewis said Program Board is looking into rescheduling Campbell’s appearance to some time next semester. “I was disappointed he couldn’t come,� Lewis said. “We’re trying to see if he’s available again next semester, but I don’t know how likely it is.�

Wolf Lake senior Colin Hennessy was also disappointed to hear Campbell won’t be share his stories at CMU this semester. “He’s definitely someone I would have gone and seen,� he said. “Not only do I like his movies, his whole career interests me. Being a B-movie actor that has had that much success really motivates people, including myself.� Kevin N. Smith, an Imlay City graduate student, said he was also going to go see Campbell speak. “(A friend) and I saw him once in Royal Oak and it was amazing,� he said. “But I wouldn’t expect that he wouldn’t have canceled unless he absolutely had to.� Smith said he was less disappointed because Campbell at least canceled to work on one of his new films. “I hope it’s to work on either ‘My Name Is Bruce’ or ‘Evil Dead 4,’� Smith said. Lewis said while the Program Board does not have any speakers lined up to replace Campbell, they do have musical group The Blanks coming to campus. The Blanks are best known as the a cappella group featured in the television show “Scrubs.� “They will be coming on Nov. 12,� Lewis said. studentlife@cm-life.com

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“Love Remains,� is an impressive and hazy album from lo-fi R&B artist How To Dress Well (Tom Krell), hypnotic and dreamlike while maintaining a strong sense of soul and warmth. Despite essentially being a collection of tracks released on various EPs dating back as far as fall 2009, as well as a handful of new songs, “Love Remains� feels unified in mood and in focus. Working with almost all electronic instruments, besides the not-so-rare handclap or other percussion, How To Dress Well crafts a dark, melancholy record that still radiates warmth. How To Dress Well’s music is incredibly difficult to categorize. Is it R&B? Is it electro pop? Is it dubstep? Is it ambient? Though it doesn’t easily fit into any of rather-broad genres, it does borrow significantly from each; it sounds

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