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Much of MLK’s vision still waits to be realized By Michael L. Hoffman | Student Life Editor


t has been 48 years since Martin Luther King Jr. declared he had a dream, but has that dream come into fruition? Assistant history professor Stephen Jones said while progress has been made, there is much work still to be done. Though the racial climate in America is less harsh than it once was, he said King would not be satisfied with the state of things. There is often a tendency, Jones said, to focus on the second half of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech rather than the entirety of the speech.

“While King is most well known for his fight against racism, the body of his work is on fighting economic injustices,” he said. “One quote of King’s I remember is ‘What good does being able to sit at a lunch counter do if you can’t afford to buy a hamburger and a cup of coffee?’” That quote, he said, is the essence of what King stood for: economic justice. He said King’s primary focus, while rooted in the civil rights struggle, was not just on black citizens. The average income of black families versus white families, for example, is something that needs to be addressed, Jones said. “If you look at the net worth of the average African-American family it, is one-eighth of the net-worth of a white family,” he said.

Inside w Gov. Rick Snyder to make MLK week appearance, 7A Stan Shingles, assistant vice president of University Recreation, said people should just “do the right thing,” but also make the most of opportunities given them. “Dr. King is often miscast as a dreamer,” he said. “But dreams are limited to a destination. King had a vision and that vision was about the journey, not the destination.” That journey is what Shingles said is the most important. The transition from the era of Jim Crow laws to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to the election of Barack Obama in 2008 are all crucial steps in the journey, but there A time | 6A

Stan Shingles wants to ‘make things happen’ for CMU diversity By Odille Parker Staff Reporter

Stan Shingles is a man not afraid to stand for diversity. Shingles, assistant vice president of University Recreation, has been part of CMU’s campus for the past 22 years. He has made it a priority to be a good ambassador in support of the university and its initiatives. “It is important for people to understand the wholesome nature of diversity,” Shingles said. “It is much more than ethnic diversity, and we must keep a


moral compass for that.” In 1997, Shingles became the assistant vice president of Institutional Diversity. Being the second person to hold this position, he had a key role in making the first university-wide diversity plan. This plan was founded on CMU’s value of diversity within its environment. As the head of University Recreation, Shingles is responsible for recreation and wellness programs and services at CMU. As part of the Events Center’s mission, the staff works to provide an array of programs. Shingles

said he is committed to ensuring a venue that supports all different types of opportunities, people and events. Shingles is Stan Shingles also in charge of hiring staff and recruiting students. He firmly believes diversity starts by making sure it is present within the workforce. “There is a genesis within diverse planning and understanding of values,” Shingles said. “A

diverse workforce benefits everybody in terms of service and relationships.” Vincent Mumford, associate professor of physical education and sport and Shingles’ colleague since 2006, said he admires his passion and active commitment to student growth and diversity. “Stan isn’t just talk, he makes things happen,” Mumford said. “It is because of his active recruitment and determination that Health Management has A Shingles | 7A

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Senior forward Will McClure jumps to block a shot Wednesday night in McGuirk Arena. McClure scored four points and recorded nine rebounds, two blocks and one steal. CMU won 65-52 against Toledo.

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Wrestler dismissed after sexual charge comes to light David Cheatham first registered at age of 14 By Gabi Jaye Senior Reporter and Justin Hicks Staff Reporter

A Zeeland freshman was removed from the CMU wrestling team after being charged with failing to comply with Michigan’s Sex Offender Registration Act. David A. Cheatham, 19, was arraigned Wednesday in Isabella County Trial Court and could face up to four years in prison for not informing police he was attending CMU. He has since been dismissed, said Steve Smith, director of public relations. Cheatham was 14 when he was first registered as a sex offender after being convicted in 2006 of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under the age of 13, according to Michigan’s Public Sex Offender Registry. State police arrested Cheatham Tuesday night at his Union Township residence. He lives at Tallgrass Apartments on 1240 E. Broomfield St. “We just heard that he was attending and looked into that,” said Sgt. David A. Kaiser of the Mount Pleasant Michigan State Police post. “We also saw that he

was on the wrestling roster.” Kaiser said when an individual registers on the M i c h i g a n David Cheatham sex offender list, they are given a list of rules they initial and sign. According to the Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act, offenders are required to provide information to local law enforcement if they are working, volunteering or attending an institution of higher learning. “This wouldn’t be a surprise to Mr. Cheatham — every one of the sex offenders, when they register, have to read a DD4A form that outlines all the rules for them to stay in compliance with,” said Kaiser. “He received one of these forms, he initialed next to each one of those requirements, and also signed the bottom of (the form).” Kaiser said a registered sex offender can apply to as many colleges and universities as they want, as long as they notify local authorities of their decision. Cheatham bonded out of Isabella County Jail Wednesday. Smith said CMU was unaware of Cheatham’s status as a sex offender. Tom Bor-

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Vacancies could be filled within a week George Ross discusses budget in Lansing By Maria Amante Senior Reporter

The two vacancies on the board of trustees will be filled within the week, a source from Gov. Rick Snyder’s office told Central Michigan Life Thursday. The nominees will replace former members Stephanie Comai and Gail Torreano, whose terms expired Dec. 31. Kathy Wilbur, vice president of Government Relations and Public Affairs, said she cannot confirm or deny when the trustee-nominees will be named, or who they are. “Those are for the governor to announce,” Wilbur said. Ross visits Lansing University President George Ross met in Lansing Wednesday with Snyder; John Nixon, the state’s budget director and the President’s Council of the State Universities of Michigan, an organization of the 15 public university presidents. Wilbur said higher education funding was discussed at the meeting held in the Governor’s Conference Room. “It is very clear higher education will be in for a cut in the governor’s budget recommendation,” Wilbur said. State Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, said it is necessary to adequately

fund and protect higher education. However, before he supports or rejects the governor’s budget, he will need to see what is proposed. “Every single budget will be looked to for cuts, and we’ll look to see what efficiencies (are available),” Cotter said. “It would be very short sighted to bring about cuts to higher education.” Wilbur said the governor is committed to having his recommended budget announced by mid-February because they want the legislature to reach an agreement quickly. She also said Snyder plans on creating a biannual budget as opposed to the traditional annual budgetary format. “They are quite determined to wrap the budget process by July 1,” Wilbur said. “We are pleased to hear things will be concluded by July 1 because that’s when our university budget begins.” Wilbur said the administration recognizes higher education is a very big part of the general fund, they had an honest discussion of what the university should expect during the meeting. “The president felt very good about progress with the governor,” Wilbur said. Though the budget was the primary topic of the meeting, Wilbur said the governor also discussed conclusion of board of trustee appointments throughout the state.

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U.S. settles with Midwest utility to cut air pollution


w A Sibs Weekend general meeting will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Auditorium.

By Michael Hawthorne MCT Campus

The Obama administration on Thursday made a legal deal to eliminate some of the biggest sources of air pollution along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. As part of the settlement, Northern Indiana Public Service Co. will permanently scuttle an idled coal-fired power plant in Gary, Ind., and spend $600 million to install and improve pollution controls at three other aging electric generators in Chesterton, Michigan City and Wheatfield. The improvements will reduce smog- and sootforming sulfur oxide by 46,000 tons a year and curb lung-damaging nitrogen oxide by 18,000 tons annually, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA and Illinois officials have documented how the pollution swirls around the lake and contributes to air quality problems in Chicago, far from the smokestacks. Like many other Midwest utilities, Nipsco faced legal troubles for upgrading the power plants to keep them operating but not installing modern pollution controls required under the Clean Air Act. The plants avoided the toughest provisions of the law for decades, in part because regulators assumed during the 1970s that they

w The Procrastinator’s Guide to Podcasting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Charles V. Park Library room 413. w The Blackboard @ Lunch informative session will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Charles V. Park Library room 413.


w A Welcome Back event will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. in Finch Fieldhouse.


w The CMU and WMU Blood Drive Partnership will start at noon in the Emmons Hall Lobby. w Grad School Reality Check, a presentation on applying to graduate school, will take place from 5 PM to 6:30 p.m. in Dow 175.

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wouldn’t be running much longer. “This is a very significant development to protect public health and the environment in areas around these plants and throughout the entire region,” said Susan Hedman, the EPA’s regional administrator. The settlement, hammered out by lawyers and inspectors from the agency’s Chicago office, is the 17th negotiated by the EPA and the Justice Department as part of a national campaign started during the Clinton administration. Most of the cases involve companies in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin that operate coal plants dating to the 1940s. A federal lawsuit is pending against Midwest Generation, the owner of five plants in Chicago and its suburbs, and the EPA has filed an administrative complaint citing the owner of a former Commonwealth Edison plant in Hammond, Ind. In addition to the equipment upgrades announced Thursday, Nipsco will pay a $3.5 million fine and spend $9.5 million on environmental projects, including soot filters for old diesel engines, cleaner wood stoves for homeowners and restoration of land next to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The environmentally sensitive area is sandwiched between the Chesterton and Michigan City plants.

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A rough-legged hawk is released after rehabilitation from internal injuries Sunday afternoon in Shepherd. Joe Rogers, raptor biologist and director of the Wildlife Recovery Association, and his wife, Barb, and other assistants work to rehabilitate injured raptors in order to release them into their natural habitats.

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relli, head wrestling coach, declined to comment Thursday during practice. Cheatham was not in attendance. A sex offender who at-

King Lutheran Church. Fenwick junior Ethan Fitzgerald plans to give blood. “I’ve given blood a few times, and it feels good to know that I’m helping save lives,” she said. “If giving blood is just another way to beat Western Michigan, count me in.” Every two seconds someone in the U.S. is in need of blood, Mortier said, and students who donate blood will help ensure hospitals will have the blood they need for their patients. “We as humans are the only ones that carry this life-saving product,” she said. “The American Red Cross’ life-saving mission would not be possible without the selfless act of kindness of donating one hour of your time to help save lives.” To donate blood, Mortier said students must be in overall good health, at least 17 years old and have a picture ID. She suggests

By Seth Newman Staff Reporter

CMU students will get another chance to battle their Western Michigan University rivals during next week’s Red Cross Blood Drive. Lindsey Mortier, American Red Cross donor recruitment representative, is trying to get students excited about donating blood. “One time a year we come together with WMU to help save lives,” she said. “When it comes to a wonderful cause like saving lives, we are putting our rival to the side and saving lives together by donating blood.” Blood drive stations will be set up across campus from Tuesday to Jan. 28, including the Towers, Emmons lobby, Sweeney Hall, UC Rotunda and Christ the

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the 133-pound class. He was recruited from Allendale High school, where he finished fifth and sixth in his two state-qualifying seasons as a wrestler, and also competed in track and field.


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LaBelle lawsuit not related to hotel proposal; project moves forward By Tony Wittkowski Staff Reporter

Negotiations between Central Michigan University and Lodgco Hospitality LLC to construct a hotel on campus continue without controversy. Michael Smith, president of Lodgco, said there have been no setbacks in the process. “We have received an overwhelming amount of support from Central Michigan University and the city of Mount Pleasant,” Smith said. The CMU Board of Trustees granted University President

SGA legal clinic open as early as February

Preliminary plans for the hotel presented to the board include indoor and outdoor pools, exercise facilities, a business center, restaurant, conference space and more. The stadium suites will be connected by a glass atrium to the hotel. According to previously published reports, Smith estimated the project would cost $22 to $25 million total. Because it is a private development, university funds will not be used. Ross cannot execute the lease until the board approves

George Ross authority to negotiate a land lease agreement with Lodgco at the Dec. 2 board meeting. Lodgco proposed building a Holiday Inn hotel and stadium suites east of Kelly/Shorts Stadium to be completed in time for the 2012 football season. Smith said he does not anticipate any problems during the design stages of the hotel. “We’re just going ahead on the time lines and looking for different architects, and securing actual drawings within the next 60 to 90 days,” Smith said.

it if it is presented during the next meeting scheduled for February. A special meeting could be called to vote on the agreement specifically if the lease negotiations are ready before then. LaBelle lawsuit update General Counsel Manuel Rupe said the litigation between the LaBelle Limited Partnership and the board of trustees, filed by LaBelle in November 2008, is not related to the current hotel and stadium suites project. LaBelle is accusing the

board of an intentional breach of covenants when it gave former University President Michael Rao full authority at a 2008 meeting to sign a lease with Lodgco in order to construct the six-story hotel complex. “The LaBelle litigation involves the CART (the Center for Applied Research and Technology) south of the CMU campus … (a)nd their claim as to exclusivity within the CART for hotels, conferences, and restaurants,” he said. Steve Smith, director of public relations, said the case

is still pending. “(T)he case is still scheduled for trial this spring,” he said. According to previously published reports, LaBelle is suing for a halt on leasing the land to other parties and is seeking restitution for legal fees. However, they are not seeking additional money. LaBelle’s public relations department declined comment when contacted by CM Life and LaBelle management could not be reached for comment.

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Establishing a pro bono legal clinic is at the top of Student Government Association President Brittany Mouzourakis’ list of goals this semester. “If it’s the last thing I do, I’ll get this pro bono clinic running,” said Mouzourakis, a Garden City senior. Aiming to Brittany begin in Feb- Mouzourakis ruary, the clinic would allow students to meet with a practicing lawyer by appointment to receive legal advice on any matter. Menominee junior Sarah Kokott said the clinic would be a useful resource for CMU students, who may otherwise not know where to go for advice. “I definitely think it would be a good idea,” Kokott said. “A lot of students our age wouldn’t know how to go about doing that otherwise. Having that on campus would be really accessible.” The clinic would be solely for advice and not legal representation. Mouzourakis said the clinic would provide students an alternative to private legal advice. “I am personally very interested in law,” Mouzourakis, who plans to attend law school in the fall, said. “I think if you’re not in law school, it’s difficult to understand the legal system.” She said the SGA is looking to keep the clinic internal to CMU, and hopes to find a faculty member who is also a practicing lawyer to participate. “If we couldn’t find a faculty member to do this, it would be upsetting to me, but I am optimistic somebody will step up to the plate,” Mouzourakis said. SGA plans to have a lawyer available for four 30-minute appointments each week; the same model used at Eastern Michigan University’s clinic. Mouzourakis said the program could be expanded to two days a week. Mandi Coleman, a Milan sophomore, thinks the clinic could be valuable to CMU students for many reasons. “I’ve never had any need for something like that, but any kind of guidance in this stage of life is helpful,” Coleman said.

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Lake Odessa senior Terry Quillan and Texas junior Kris VanderWilp play pond hockey Wednesday afternoon on Rose Pond. VanderWilp played ice hockey for seven years and is thrilled to be back on the ice after recovering from a leg injury he suffered in high school.

Brave the Cold

Students take special measures to stave off chills By Brad Canze News Copy Chief

When the temperature drops and snow accumulates, CMU students find the need to take extra considerations to stay warm and safe when traveling to classes. Taking five to 10 extra minutes before classes for travel and preparation is commonly recommended. “I leave a little earlier, because it takes a little longer to get there,” said Rochester Hills senior Brian Nowinski. “When it’s warm out, I’ll ride my bike, but once it starts snowing, I don’t.” DeWitt freshman Lindsay Chestnut also makes special plans for traveling through cold weather, but hers are focused more on keeping warm. “I add five minutes to my walking schedule if I plan on walking through buildings,” Chestnut said. “Walk-

ing through buildings is the best thing ever. It’s so much warmer.” Cutting through campus buildings on the way to class can be a quick and warm way to get through campus, but mapping a route out in advance and knowing which buildings to go through and where to enter and exit the buildings will save even more time. Even more important than adjusting cross-campus travel strategies is dressing for the weather. Extra layers of clothing, hats, gloves, warm shoes, jackets and scarves are all important allies in the fight against the shivers. “When it’s really cold, I’ll wrap my face up in a scarf,” Nowinski said. “My aunt knitted it for me. It’s a maroonand-gold scarf.” Lincoln Park sophomore Jake McPartlin swears by his pair of “glittens” — fingerless gloves that are capable

of being converted into fullfingered mittens. “They’re so warm, but I can still use my fingers,” McPartlin said. “I can still use the touch-screens in the (Education and Human Services) building.” Many students also advise warming up with a hot drink, either while walking through campus or after getting back into the warm indoors. “Always have a cup of coffee while walking outside,” Chestnut said. Students who do not enjoy the flavor or tooth-staining properties of coffee also have options to warm their insides after braving unfavorable conditions. “Maybe when I get back from class I’ll have a hot chocolate, but I’m not a coffee drinker,” said Shelby Township sophomore Ben Halliwill, who said he will often get a hot chocolate or hot tea at the Fresh Food Com-

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Dearborn junior Vincent Hanchon, left, Saginaw sophomore Meg Barnard and Midland junior Jessica Reilly laugh together and brace themselves from the snow Tuesday afternoon as they walk to the CMU Bookstore. “Normally, we walk through the music building, through the library and then go as fast as we can to the UC,” Reilly said.

pany residential restaurant at Woldt Hall. If students, like McPartlin, plan far ahead enough for harsh weather, they can take the rising properties of heat

to their advantage. “Have classes on the fourth floor of buildings,” McPartlin said. “It’s warmer up there.”

Cotter, Emmons sworn into office

New legislators receive committee assignments By Maria Amante Senior Reporter

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State Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, smiles as he watches poll results come in Nov. 2 during his election party at Mountain Town Station, 506 W. Broadway St.

Legislators in Lansing received their committee assignments Wednesday after being officially sworn in. State Rep. Kevin Cotter, RMount Pleasant, will serve on the appropriations committee and as chairman of the judiciary subcommittee. He was also

named as vice chairman of the higher education and supplemental budgets committees, and on the higher education community college subcommittee. “Education is critically important,” Cotter said. “I’m very happy to have both higher education and community college committee assignments. That’s a big part, of major importance to our state moving forward, being part of that committee, and making sure we adequately fund and protect the fund for higher education.” State Sen. Judy Emmons,

R-Sheridan, is serving on six committees: agriculture and bioeconomy, economic development and regulatory reform, education as vice chairwoman, families and human services as chairwoman, health policy and senior citizens and veterans affairs. The committees are very pertinent to the area, Emmons said. “Certainly to Michigan, they are very important,” Emmons said. “They will be fairly active. I’ve got a chance to be effective in many ways and affect many aspects of our state.”

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Kathy Wilbur, vice president of governmental relations and external affairs, said Cotter’s peers hold him in high regard. That is why as a freshman representative in the legislature he was given important committee assignments, she said. His assignments of higher education and appropriations are especially important to the university, Wilbur said. “I think they view Representative Cotter as a very bright and smart guy, and they wanted to recognize that,” Wilbur

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EDITORIAL | Salary for new vice president should be established with care

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he recent leadership changes made by University President George Ross will streamline administrative services, effectively helping the university save money in lieu of state appropriation declines for higher education. As a result of the changes, a new vice president position focused on student needs was created and titled the vice president for Enrollment and Student Services. Because the vice president for Development and Alumni Relations is headed toward elimination to save money, it is imperative administrators be sensitive during salary negotiations for the new position as a national search commences. Paying the new

vice president more than the eliminated position would undermine the whole initiative. The individual who assumes this role will be responsible for student enrollment goals, student retention and graduation rates, marketing responsibilities and keeping the university competitive. Political figures including President Barack Obama and Gov. Rick Snyder are pressuring colleges to produce

more graduates. Snyder urged college presidents to help bounce back Michigan’s economy by graduating educated citizens during his speech held at the Governor’s Conference Room at the Capitol Thursday. Therefore, not only has Ross demonstrated his commitment to Snyder’s vision for improving Michigan’s economy, but he is sending an important message to students that he cares about their success by planning to hire a new vice president to ensure they graduate. Ross also announced Tuesday the development and alumni relations, and government relations and public affairs offices were consolidated into one division. Ross said the decision was made after assessing operational efficiencies and cost improvements, proving he is actively seeking ways to ensure funds are allocated at CMU

effectively. It’s a tangible improvement after months of anticipating budget cuts. The projected state budget deficit has climbed to $1.7 billion and the university is expecting a 20-percent reduction in state appropriations for 2011-12. Kathy Wilbur’s position as the vice president of Government Relations and Public Affairs was revamped to the vice president of Development and External Relations with the leadership changes effective Jan. 17. Consolidating administrative offices — and undertaking the first academic prioritization process in the university’s history — may present challenges since they are large projects, but initiatives like these are necessary to undertake in these economic times, and university officials should continue to develop innovative ways to do more with less.


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Finding inspiration in tragedy Of all the tragedy involved with last weekend’s shooting in Tucson, Ariz., I found nothing more personally heartbreaking than the death of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green. From the initial news reports to President Barack Obama’s speech at the Tucson memorial service Wednesday night, it became clear that children and their parents should take her as an example. In interviews, her parents revealed Green and her mother were at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ “Congress on Your Corner” event because the young girl was interested in the process of government. Imagine that! A 9-year-old girl interested in learning about and taking an active role in the government that affects her life. Find the nearest 9-year-old, and ask them if they would be interested in going to meet with their Congressional representative. Ask them if they even know who their representatives are, what they do, or what the responsibilities of Congress are. For that matter, find the nearest twenty-something and ask them the same questions. Christina Taylor Green should be taken as an example. Parents should teach their children how the government works and why their participation is so important. It’s probably asking too much to expect a 9-year-old to care about federal legislation as much as Nickelodeon’s afternoon television programming, but keeping them informed on important issues should be a part of raising a child. We should take the example of Green and the others who were killed or injured that day and participate in the political process because it is vital to our lives. We should not let the whims of one crazed man with a gun deter that.

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CMU must strive for multiculturalism As I reflect on the words and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., I am reminded of the impact Dr. King’s work has on the students of this generation. It also serves as a reminder to me, as president of Central Michigan University, that diversity is an inherent ingredient of an excellent education. As publisher Malcolm Forbes once said, The goal of education is to replace an empty mind with an open mind. An educational experience that fails to expose students to multicultural perspectives or that does not include interaction in a diverse community simply doesn’t measure up. All students graduating from CMU must be able to take their places in the global village. It is imperative to provide students, faculty and staff with the skills necessary to learn, teach and work effectively in any environment. No institution can achieve excellence without diversity. I believe that a diverse work force and educational environment are

directly related to the success of the institution. More importantly, it is essential in preparing students to participate effectively in the diverse workplace of today. Diversity is being inclusive and providing access — providing the tremendous power of a college education to all who wish to pursue their dreams. With that comes an emphasis on excellence — excellence in how we teach, excellence in holding our students to rigorous standards, excellence in creating an environment that fosters civility and provides an opportunity to communicate and learn from our differences. We must continue to develop, enhance and assess our curricular and co-curricular activities as it relates to diversity on our campus and in the community. We must create a culture in which our individual identities are celebrated along with an understanding, appre-

ciation and respect for ways in which we differ. Today, I put forth a challenge to build upon the words, tireless work and sacrifice of Dr. King. Mahatma Ghandi once said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Together we must use our collective knowledge, experience, perspectives and influence to be a change agent for diversity at CMU, in Mount Pleasant and our greater communities. Let us rejoice in our uniqueness, celebrate our commonalities, as well as our differences, and work together to truly fulfill our mission and the dream of Dr. King. Collectively, we can enrich the work and academic environment at CMU with new solutions, ideas and diverse perspectives. Sincerely, Dr. George E. Ross President, Central Michigan University

C M Y o u | Do you think the harsh political climate in America was an influence on Jared Lee Loughner’s attempted assassination of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords?

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“A lot of what I’m hearing is that the guy was not psychologically right, so I don’t know if that affects it.” Kelsey Gasper,

New Lothrop sophomore

“I think there could be, but honestly, with a person like that, he was obviously a messed up individual, so it’s hard to tell.” Chris Krause,

Sanford junior

“I don’t have enough information on the actual topic to make a sound judgement. But I can definitely see the correlation that would lead someone to that belief.” Justin Robillard,

White Hall senior

“I’m going to say yes. For the simple fact that I don’t know this guy’s background. I just feel like for some reason, he may have been under some kind of stress or whatever that would have made him do something like that.” Greg Taylor,

Texas senior

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Mike Nichols Senior Reporter

Haiti continues to struggle

Haiti had a rough year. 2010 was a year of death for the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. It all began on Jan. 12 when a magnitude 7-point earthquake devastated the capitol city of Port-au-Prince. The shock wave of the initial quake was so severe it shook the homes in the neighboring Dominican Republic. 2010 marked a miserable low point for the little country that sits on the far corner of the island Columbus came ashore on hundreds of years earlier. I got an opportunity to be right in the middle of it all last summer when I was working there as a correspondent. The amount of human suffering I witnessed was overwhelming. Living in their world broke my heart for them and has left a scar that I hope will never leave me. Now, from Mount Pleasant, I try to help them the only way I know how: I write their story. This year, I hope you will make the effort to walk a mile in the shoes of someone less fortunate than you. In all the New Year’s resolutions, I hope you will make a choice to do something about this broken and violent planet we live on, and will help reach out to those who live in nightmares. I hope you will remember Haiti. With a reported 316,000 people killed and 300,000 more injured, it was one of the greatest natural disasters of the 21st century. The world’s attention was captured for months as rescue teams tried digging out survivors, some of whom were trapped for weeks in darkness without food or water. More than 1 million people were left without shelter. Tent cities and refugee camps began popping up amidst the rubble. The value of the remaining houses soared and with no money to pay rent or businesses to provide jobs, homelessness added further to the tragic situation. Haiti’s most recent woe was the confirmed outbreak of cholera. The small intestine infection had not been very noticeable before the earthquake, but doctors believe the squalorous living conditions soon become ripe for it. With a large chunk of the surviving population now squatting, cholera easily spread throughout the new slums. The first wave of death reached 4,000. More are expected. Millions of relief dollars have been donated and an entire army of medical workers, volunteers and media have come and gone. Celebrities and politicians have raised awareness and funds, but much of the money intended for the people of Haiti never arrived. Some of it remains stuck in litigation, but many suspect that a lot of it slipped into the pockets of corrupt Haitian officials. Even the money that does reach them has no chance to be invested in longterm goals. People are desperate, quickly spending it on what food they can just to get through each day without starving. Even with all the aid, Haiti seems more worse off now than ever.

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INTO THE BLUES | B.B. King makes a stop in Mount Pleasant

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A cademic P rioriti z ation

Website created to make process transparent, honest for university By Maria Amante Senior Reporter

Provost Gary Shapiro said the creation of the Academic Prioritization website — the first for its kind for the university — was made, in part, to help the university be transparent and honest about the overall process. The website details updates and modifications concerning CMU’s first-ever Academic Prioritization process. The site, located at ssl.cmich. edu/programprioritization, launched in November and requires a campus login. “(On the website), everybody can see what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and how we’re doing it,” Shapiro said. “It’s not something we’re trying to do behind everybody’s back. We want everybody to be aware of what’s going on.” At the site, visitors can see the need for prioritization, the units and services being prioritized, a timeline and an explanation of the process be-

ing used. Shapiro said the website is an efficient way to keep track of any changes made to the process, or specifically the timeline. “There’s a calendar that’s public and it’s fixed, but if we need to make minor adjustments, they’ll be posted on the web,” he said. The final results of the process or any progress of completion will not be available until the prioritization is complete, Shapiro said. The whole process of academic prioritization is connected, he said, and each department in the colleges will be weighed against one another, and then finally, against the needs of the university. Steve Smith, director of public relations, said the website is convenient, although at the moment, it is more introductory and explanatory. “(The purpose is to) provide a clearing house for all of the information that is gathered

in the academic prioritization process and put it all in one place so campus community has an opportunity (to better understand the system),” he said. The website has easy-tofind data, Shapiro said, and is an opportunity to inform the campus following ambiguity when Academic Prioritization was announced. “We can’t be upfront and tell people as we go, because we don’t know what the final decisions are, but we want to talk about the process and how it’s going to work,” he said. Shapiro also said the academic service units will be prioritized. Academic services include the admissions office, and the offices of registrar and international affairs. “Academic services are in the academic division, but not academic programs, each of the specific units on campus that’s not an academic program,” he said.

CMU vice president named to Special Olympics board Merodie Hancock hopes to help non-traditional population By Ben Harris Staff Reporter

A CMU vice president will now have the opportunity to promote Special Olympics of Michigan in a direct way, effectively increasing the role the university already voluntarily plays. Merodie Hancock, vice president of Off-Campus and Online Programs, was appointed to the Special Olympics Michigan Board of Directors for the 20112013 term. She said she expects to serve on the finance board because she has a degree in that area. “I’m thrilled about it and in

PEAK program director position eliminated By Emily Grove Senior Reporter

Fifteen-time Grammy winner and music legend B.B. King performed Thursday night at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant, 2395 South Leaton Road. The 85-year-old self-proclaimed “King of the Blues” has 27 more stops along his 2011 tour which ends at the Byron Bay Blues Festival in Byron, Australia April 22.

some way it mimics what I do for CMU,” Hancock said. CMU’s online program and Special Olympics are similar in that they both exist to help a non-traditional population, Hancock said. “She is the perfect person for this position,” said Nancy Priestap, who was Hancock’s administrative assistant until retiring in 2008. She also has a grandchild who competes in Special Olympics. Hancock said she got involved with Special Olympics when she came to CMU because the university is involved with the institution. Also, she said her friends and colleagues had children and grandchildren who participate in Special Olympics. She said she really got involved after an experience at last summer’s games. She said though she’s always been involved with youth group activities, she was struck by how

great the athletes were at that event. “I was there for the kickoff and something that really resonated was how excited the athletes were,” she said. “They were cheering each other on and you could really tell that they were walking on top of the world.” Hancock cited the need to be in touch with the community and to spread the word about the events. She said she is happy to ask donors of Special Olympics for money because the story tells itself when there is something to believe in. “I wanted to do more in community service in Mount Pleasant and I thought this would be a great way to invest my time in talents,” she said. “I push myself and I push my staff to get to know the community and serve the community in ways outside of the job.”

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Mount Pleasant has cut the program director position at Partners Empowering All Kids in an effort to save at least $50,000. Program Director Nate Lockwood was informed of the decision Wednesday, and his last day as director was Jan. 7. “We knew there would be some cuts in the department, but we didn’t know who,” Lockwood said. When the Mount Pleasant budget was being communicated to the public throughout the summer and fall, there were $40,000 of cuts identified by eliminating seasonal and part-time positions for programs in 2011, said City Manager Kathie Grinzinger. The budget was passed with the understanding that operational changes were to be made, and $90,000 total had to be cut in that area. With the $40,000 identified, that left another $50,000 to be cut.

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said. “He’s a very bright, very engaged new member of the legislature.” Cotter said he is honored the House leadership assigned him chairmanship and vice chairmanship positions. “I’m very happy as a freshman that the leadership has confidence with me on the committees,” Cotter said. Wilbur said Cotter’s committee assignments will also serve him well as he gains legislative experience. “(Supplementals) is a sub-committee that’s very important,” she said. “The supplemental budget (committee) will give him the op-

“The overriding issue is this budget had to be a million dollars smaller than the 2010 budget,” Grinzinger said. “City staffing had to be decreased by 10 percent in order to make that change.” Mount Pleasant completed a detailed work analysis, a time-study review and a staffing evaluation, she said. It became apparent to the city that in order to make reductions and preserve as many programs as possible, it needed to reduce an employee and preserve the PEAK program, Grinzinger said. “We will continue to make adjustments to the recreation department to absorb that reduction,” she said. Administrative duties for the PEAK program will be directed to the manager of the PEAK department and the head of recreation, Riann Anthony. Lockwood was surprised and devastated to hear about the elimination of his position. “I dedicated a lot of heart and soul to try and make this the best after-school program

in the state or even the country,” he said. “After nine years of working hard, that’s done.” Lockwood said he was most proud of the program’s reputation. He was also proud that over the last few years PEAK was able to continue operating, though they faced far less funding than when the program began. With his wife working as a professor at CMU, Lockwood will remain in the area. Although there are not many opportunities to run another large after-school program in a city the size of Mount Pleasant, Lockwood is hoping to possibly gain a position at CMU. And although the cut was necessary, Grinzinger acknowledged the decision wasn’t easy. “Every position we reduced came through a very difficult decision-making process,” she said. “Mr. Lockwood was employed for nine years, was a valued member of our family, and we’ll miss him.”

portunity to explore a wide range of budget issues.” Past Mount Pleasant state representatives have served on appropriations and higher education for many years, Wilbur said. Emmons assignment of education also gives her close contact with the university, Wilbur said.

“It is very important to us she is serving on education,” she said. “We often interact with the education committee, and they ask for expertise and input from universities like ours. We are well-known as an institution that trains teachers.”

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[MLK week]

UNITY BALL | Friday at 6 p.m. in the U.C. Rotunda Aurielle Wilson, a Flint sophomore, dances at the Martin Luther King Jr. CommUNITY Ball in the Bovee University Center Rotunda in January 2010. “I love it,” Wilson said. “Every moment has been fun. We just wanted to do something different, so we started a Soul Train line and got everyone involved to dance. It was awesome.”


w The CommUNITY Peace Brunch: Keynote Speaker and Oratorical Competition is at 10 a.m. in the Bovee University Center Rotunda. w The CommUNITY March and Peace Vigil begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Rotunda.


w Martin Luther King Week Keynote Speaker Tim Wise will present at 7 p.m. in Plachta Auditorium.


w The Bowling for Soup charity bowling party is from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Activity Center.


w The Color Line in Metropolitan Detroit: Segregated Housing and Segregated Schools Soup and Substance meeting is from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Terrace Rooms.


w The 19th Annual Unity Ball will be held at 6 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Rotunda.

Group fights discrimination Members organize marches, document intimidation cases By Sherri Keaton Staff Reporter

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Anti-racism speaker will discuss racial equality Tuesday By Josh Simmet Staff Reporter

CMU will welcome one of the foremost anti-racism speakers and authors in the nation for Martin Luther King Jr. week. Tim Wise will be the keynote speaker 7 p.m. Tuesday in Plachta Auditorium. “He is a very dynamic speaker and he has a really good reputation,” said Keisha Janney, assistant director of Minority Student Services. The speech is entitled “Colorblind: Barack Obama, PostRacial Liberalism and the Retreat from Racial Equality.” Wise’s speech will tie in with King’s Dream speech, which urged people to not look at “the color of a person’s skin, but at the content of their character,” said Ulana Klymyshyn, director of the Multicultural Education Center. “Wise says we should not ignore ethnicity, but that we should also be able to look past it,” Klymyshyn said.

Political science professor Sterling Johnson agreed with Wise’s position. “It’s not genuine to say that I don’t even see a person’s skin color, it’s like saying I don’t even see a part of what makes us unique,” Johnson said. “But obviously you don’t want to judge people for it.” Wise is a nationally recognized speaker, having spoken at more than 600 universities across the nation and having published five books. He has also appeared on multiple television news programs. “Some people think that because of the civil rights movement, we no longer need government policies that combat racism,” Klymyshyn said. “Wise argues against this, he says that racism is still alive.” Janney said that they are expecting Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium to be at or near capacity. The event is free and several classes have already claimed sections.

Detroit senior Amber Johnson personally knows about racial inequality. She decided to fight hate when it happens. Johnson’s sister started the Collective Action for Cultural Unity in 2006 to publicize some of the cultural issues that remain unresolved locally and nationally. Now CACU president, Johnson said the organization facilitates marches on campus, speaks out on different topics and documents cases of intimidation. “Some members have spoken with the president and different community agencies in order to ensure (there is) no discrimination and that everybody had been treated equally,” she said. “But we have a long way to go ... there are some (things) that need to be achieved to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity or as close to equal opportunity as possible.” Ulana Klymyshyn, director

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accomplished. Jones used recent Internet sensation Ted Williams, “The Man with the Golden Voice,” as an example of where there’s room for improvement. He said while Williams’ story is inspiring, it is important to remember he is not the only homeless man on the side of a freeway. There are many more like him who deserve to be helped as well. “We tend to engage in controlled compassion, we use compassion in small doses,” Jones said. “But I think Dr. King would like us to be compassionate toward everyone.”

of the Multicultural Education Center, said diversity at CMU doesn’t just mean offices tending to the needs of under-represented students; rather, it is an educational platform that has improved over time. “I think the most important thing is that we come to not only recognize the importance of diversity, but we have redefined it,” Klymyshyn said. “We used to think of diversity as programs for under-represented students and now we recognize that diversity benefits everybody.” By having a diverse group of people on campus, she said there is also a more inclusive community. “We have a community which has many more perspectives, opinions and ways of doing things,” she said. “What we do at CMU has improved because we have a more diverse student body, faculty and staff than we certainly did 50 or even 25 years ago.” Despite the improvements and cultural advancements made on and off campus, sociology professor Mary Senter said racism and discrimination are still around. “Racism has not disappeared in the United States

and CMU is not immune from the social forces that affect the rest of society,” she said. Senter said CMU needs to increase its efforts to recruit a diverse student body and to see the world from a vantage point of people with different experiences. The Minority Student Services office promotes diversity through numerous annual cultural programs while fostering positive, nurturing interactions among the campus communities, said director Traci Guinn. “Minority Student Services promotes diversity in everything we do,” she said. “Promoting diversity is a part of the mission and vision of our office.” Guinn said MSS always strives to stay well educated on diversity issues, recruitment, retention and resources for all students, as well as those from diverse backgrounds. “There is always room for improvement in everything we do as an office,” she said. “It’s important to stay ahead, if not in touch with current and potential future issues.”

Shingles said the election of Obama is one of the most important steps because now he can, as a black person, consciously tell his grandchildren they can be anything they want. “I was really empowered by my parents. They always told me I could be anything I wanted, but as a kid I never thought I could be the president of the United States because I never saw one like me,” he said. “But now I can honestly tell my grandchildren that they can be anything they want because there is an identity they can identify with.” Shingles said, however, Americans are still repairing the nation with regard to racial tensions, and that Obama’s election was just “another tool we can put in our tool box.”

Clarkston senior Jon Bauer also said there has been tremendous progress, but work is still needed toward King’s vision. “There’s been change, and that’s good, but it doesn’t mean everything is great,” he said. “Once time moves forward everything will even out.” Junior Mary Neal shared Bauer’s sentiment. She said work remains to be done because there are still instances of racism at CMU. The Detroit native said some of her friends were told “to go back where you came from, meaning Africa. But in spite of this, a lot has changed and that’s a good thing.”

[MLK week]

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Civil rights focus of event Joyce Baugh will discuss segregation in Detroit By Annie Harrison Staff Reporter

Snyder, Ross to speak at MLK event CommUNITY march, peace vigil to begin in UC By Annie Harrison Staff Reporter

Gov. Rick Snyder and University President George Ross will celebrate the work of Martin Luther King Jr. with students and faculty Monday during a a brunch, a march across campus and a vigil. “He (Snyder) is going to be in the area on some other business and said this would be a great opportunity to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Steve Smith, director of public relations. The CommUNITY Peace Brunch starts at 10 a.m. in the Bovee University Center Rotunda. Tim Dolehanty, Isabella County administrator and CMU alumnus, will be the keynote speaker. Dolehanty said he will speak about students’ responsibility to King. He said while race issues are still important, he believes King’s

message can be applied to other areas of society. “I don’t focus so much on race issues, but as society as a whole,” he said. “I think the Civil Rights Movement was so much more than that.” Dolehanty said the Civil Rights Movement is an ongoing process and the campus events are a call for students to participate. “I hope students will be inspired to take a more active role and to work locally,” he said. Keisha Janney, the assistant director for Minority Student Services, said three MLK Oratorical Contest finalists also will be featured at the brunch. Freshman Kevin Reeves, junior Elizza LeJeune and senior Joshua Hudson will share how they use their education to live up to the tenets of King. Janney said students should RSVP online for the brunch at before noon on Friday. The CommUNITY March and Peace Vigil starts at 3:30 p.m. in the UC Rotunda. Janney said people will walk through campus and pick up students at the residence

halls who want to march. She said the march will continue down Main Street and end at the intersection of Main and Broadway streets, where the vigil will be held. Snyder, Ross and members of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will speak at the vigil, Janney said. “It’s an important time to reflect on and celebrate Dr. King’s work,” she said. “The things that Dr. King fought for are still important today.” Elizabeth Zelinski, multicultural advisor for Sweeney Hall, said she attends the brunch, march and vigil every year. She said she believes students should take time to appreciate King’s achievements. “Bringing awareness is part of my job and part of my passion,” the Watersmeet senior said. “These events offer good opportunities for students to become aware of civil rights.” -Senior Reporter Maria Amante contributed to this report

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become a more diverse program.” Shingles considers himself an ordinary individual given extraordinary opportunities. He said he believes it is his social and ethical responsibility to give back to the community. He is a member of the local United Way, Red Cross, National Intramural-

because the topic is relevant to many students at CMU. She said at least one-third of the student population comes from Southeast Detroit. “The Civil Rights Movement was about giving civil rights to everybody, and segregation was a way to make sure not everyone got the same rights,” she said. “We still have a lot of segregation in that area.” Klymyshyn said she believes people who attend Soup and Substance will develop a better understanding of the importance of civil rights. “I want people to take away a renewed appreciation of making sure all of us have the civil rights that are due to us,” she said.

Recreational Sports Association and Special Olympics game committee. Nichole Bliss, executive director of United Way of Isabella County emphasized the impact Shingles has on people’s lives. “Stan is a man of great influence, knowledge and giving his time, talent and treasure,” Bliss said. “He takes time to listen and find ways to solve problems.” Despite other job offers throughout the years,

Shingles has chosen to stay at CMU. He plans to continue his mentorship with students, athletes, faculty and community members. He has seen the university transform over the last 20 years and knows more is to come. “My values in diversity are consistent with CMU’s, and that is a main reason for why I enjoy being here,” Singles said.

Invitation to Worship

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Detroit freshman Shaniqua Sanders smiles as she listens to speeches by her peers while holding a burning candle Jan. 18 2010 at a vigil, which occurred at the end of the CommUNITY March on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. “This is all about getting together amongst others as a unity to help one another for peace, love and prosperity,” she said.

Political science professor Joyce Baugh hopes to bring civil rights issues home to students during Soup and Substance event Thursday. In her speech “The Color Line in Metropolitan Detroit: Segregated Housing and Segregated Schools,” she will talk about racial segregation and how it has affected Detroit. “I want students to have a better understanding of their communities and the important policies that continue to influence the way we live now,” she said. Soup and Substance will take place from noon to 1

p.m. in the Bovee University Center Terrace Rooms. The event is free and open to the public. Baugh said she will talk about factors that contributed to the segregation of housing and schools in the 1970s. “Government policies and decisions at the federal, state and local levels helped to perpetuate racial segregation in Detroit,” Baugh said. Real estate and banking decisions also influenced housing policies, she said. Ulana Klymyshyn, director of the Multicultural Education Center, said the Soup and Substance program always features a speaker on the topic of diversity and the upcoming event will correspond with Martin Luther King Jr. Week. Klymyshyn said she hopes people will attend the event

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CommUNITY March & Peace Vigil

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Friday, January 21 ____________________________________________________ 19th Annual Unity Ball 6-11PM, UC Rotunda, $15 general admission (Dinner and Dance), $7 (Dance only beginning at 8pm)

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Sports Weekend Friday, January 14, 2011 | Section B



CMU hosts rival U-M Sunday Chippewas will hold first meet in new McGuirk Arena By Josh Berenter Staff Reporter

After being on the road for more than three months, the CMU wrestling team finally opens its home schedule Sunday against No. 18 Michigan. The No. 12 Chippewas will host a match for the first time in McGuirk Arena in front of an expected sellout crowd. Head coach Tom Borrelli said he expects the atmosphere to be electric. “Our guys are going to be excited to be at home, its the first match in the new arena,” he said. “I think its going to be a really good crowd.” Borelli said havTom Borrelli ing the comforts of being at home go beyond having fan support. “It’s just easier to wrestle at home. Making weight is a little easier, you’re sleeping in your own bed,” he said. “There’s just a different comfort level.” The Chippewas lost two of three matches at the National Duals last weekend in Cedar Falls, Iowa. CMU fell to nationally ranked Missouri and Virginia Tech, but was able to defeat Purdue to bring the team record to 3-6. CMU hosts Michigan, which is coming off a loss against No. 2 Penn State last week. The Wolverines (4-2) host No. 21 Purdue today before traveling to Mount Pleasant for Sunday’s match. CMU defeated Michigan in each of the team’s last three matches dating back to the 2006-2007 season. The Chippewas were expected to face Michigan again last season, but the match was taken off the schedule. Speculation was that the Wolverines didn’t want to face CMU after losing three years in a row. A Rival | 1B

CMU junior heavyweight looks to keep strong career going in third year By Justin Hicks Staff Reporter arod Trice grew up around violence. “I can’t really explain it,” the junior heavyweight said. “It was normal to me, and I mean, I had fun growing up.” Growing up in Highland Park, a city known for its violence and economic troubles, CMU’s starting heavyweight wrestler was an all-around athlete. “Wrestling, like a lot of sports, will keep you out of trouble,” Trice said. “A lot of people look at wrestlers as teens trying to stay out of trouble, but I just like to compete and I like to beat people.” One of his middle school football coaches suggested he show up to wrestling practice one day, and one day was all he needed. “I played all sports really, and I started wrestling just to keep myself active,” Trice said, “But I just got addicted to winning and beating other people.” The heavyweight graduated from Highland Park High School in spring 2007 after earning four varsity letters in wrestling and football, as well as three in baseball. As a football player, Trice played on the offensive and defensive line, winning the title of “team’s defensive lineman of the year” twice, on top of All-State honors at offensive guard.

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Junior heavyweight Jarod Trice is in his third year on the CMU wrestling team. Trice, a native of Highland Park, is a two-time NCAA qualifier and 2010 All-American. His career record currently stands at 67-20. He will go up against the University of Michigan Sunday in the program’s first meet at McGuirk Arena.

Heeke: Parity in MAC, loss of skill players hurt team CMU AD reflects on football season, likes direction Enos brings By Aaron McMan Sports Editor

Despite its first losing season in six seasons, CMU Athletics Director Dave Heeke isn’t panicking. In a sitdown interview with Central Michigan Life last week, Heeke said he feels good about where the football program is headed under the direction of first-year head coach Dan Enos.

“The leadership, the vision that we have,” Heeke said of Enos. “We want to win. Dan and I both know that.” Heeke attributed CMU’s plunge from the top of the Mid- Dave Heeke American Conference last season, in which it finished 12-2 and ranked in the Top 25 for the first time in school history, to a tie with Eastern Michigan for last in the West Division to two things. The first, Heeke said, is the loss of several experienced players that proved to be the driving force behind

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multiple Mid-American Conference titles. Among those were quarterback Dan LeFevour, wide receivers Antonio Brown and Bryan Anderson, linebacker Frank Zombo and corner Josh Gordy. All but Anderson are currently on NFL rosters. “Certainly from a general public standpoint, we far overestimated what the reality of our program was,” Heeke said. “We lost some tremendous players, not only skill-wise but leadership wise. To replace those guys, some of the best players to ever play here, that’s a tough loss.” He also described the MAC as having a “fine line” in regards to where schools finish from year-to-year.

After ending the 2009 season 1-11, the Miami (OH) RedHawks pulled off a dramatic turnaround to win the MAC championship and finish 10-4. Breaks that went the Chippewas way the past few years eluded them this season. “I look back on season and a couple years ago, when we finished 8-4, we were really 12 points from being 4-8,” Heeke said. “A field goal hits the goalpost against Buffalo, Ohio fumbles at the goal line – all these little things. And then you fast forward that to this year, and it goes the opposite way.” A Heeke | 5B

here is a certain energy Central Michigan junior forward Andre Coimbra brings to the floor when he’s called upon from the bench. Be it his long, fro-like hair or his lanky, 6-foot-9, 222-pound frame on a men’s basketball team that’s biggest starter is 6-7 forward Will McClure. Whatever it is, Coimbra attracts the eye. He had 9 minutes to do it Wednesday against Toledo — that’s all the time he got off the bench. But the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, native had no trouble stealing some of the spotlight, even with freshman teammate Trey Zeigler dropping 3-pointers like he was at practice facing no defense. In the midst of a 16-3 CMU run, Coimbra’s two-handed dunk took the McGuirk Arena crowd to a new level. He found a seam in the lane, elevated and finished hard. And as the Brazilian flag waved in the front row of an approving student section, a nod directly to the lone player on the team who grew up outside the United States, his teammates fed off it. “Andre is just starting to scratch the surface, and he’s a guy who, even though he’s a junior college transfer and he’s not a typical freshman, he’s a first-year guy,” Ernie Zeigler said. “He’s definitely had his struggles with making the transition to Division I basketball and the demands that takes, and the demands that I have on him. “He’s a guy that definitely can evolve and do much more than what we’ve even seen.” Minutes after his dunk, the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M transfer followed the lead of Trey Zeigler and hit the tail end of back-to-back 3-pointers to cap off CMU’s run. Forward starter Antonio Weary took his third foul with 14:25 remaining in the game, and Coimbra, who finished with a loud 7 points, and freshman Colin Voss added some necessary length to defend a taller Toledo frontcourt. It’s bench contributions like this that may get CMU back to where it wants to be, somewhere north of their 4-11 start, and in contention to defend its MidAmerican Conference West Division title. The growth of Coimbra and Voss will allow senior forward

A Heroes | 2B Check out a photo gallery from Wednesday’s game.

Women hope to end 13-year losing streak

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Freshman guard Niki DiGuilio is averaging 11.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. The Chippewas are 11-4 and 3-0 in the MAC.

CMU hasn’t won in Muncie, Ind., since 1997-98 season

“We’ve won on the road and know how to. It’s just another nice arena for us to play in.”

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how to,” said head coach Sue Guevara. “It’s just another nice arena for us to play in.” Freshman guard Kylie Welch didn’t wow anyone who is a fan of box scores, but against Eastern Michigan she provided a spark to her team. She controlled the ball and found open players for easy baskets. Her play wasn’t limited to offense. On the defensive side, she didn’t let her size cause an advantage for EMU. Her defense against taller opponents proved key for her team with a 76-67 win against the Eagles on Wednesday night at the Convoca-

Three nights ago senior guard Shonda Long made her mark on Central Michigan women’s basketball history. She set the record for 3-point field goals made in a career with 192. Tomorrow, as a team, CMU can break something else. A streak. It hasn’t beat Ball State in Muncie, Ind., since the 1997-98 season. However, it has won eight of its first 11 games on the road, giving the team some confidence away from McGuirk Arena. “We’ve won on the road and know

Sue Guevara, CMU women’s head basketball coach tion Center in Ypsilanti. “I thought it was good to see someone different produce for us off the bench,” said Guevara. “It gave me and her teammates a tremendous amount of confidence in her.” Welch is one example of a player who has shown promise off the bench. Freshman forward Taylor Johnson has also been a solid role player, averaging 11.7 points per game. Sophomore forward Brandie Baker said the team-play will need to continue for its success.

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Junior forward Andre Coimbra had seven points and three rebounds in Wednesday’s game against Toledo.

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Team hopes to be more aggressive in beginning of conference play By Matt Herrod Staff Reporter

Photos by paige Calamari/staff photographer

Senior forward Jalin Thomas goes for the ball Wednesday against Toledo. Thomas finished the game with 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting and 11 rebounds. “Everybody’s been coming in and getting extra shots,� Thomas said of the team’s 48 percent shooting night.

Tough task ahead against Ball State Cardinals ranks first in MAC in scoring defense, second offensively By Aaron McMann Sports Editor

After weeks of struggling, the offense decided to wake up Wednesday night against Toledo. Central Michigan shot a season-best 48.1 percent from the field en route to its first win against a Division I opponent in seven weeks. But things are about to get a lot tougher for the Chippewas, as they travel to Muncie, Ind., to play Ball State at 2 p.m. Saturday. “The last two seasons we’ve gone down there with a share of first place on the line,� said CMU head coach Ernie Zeigler. “Ball State is going to be a game where you got to take stuff away.� The Cardinals, at 10-4 overall, currently sit in first place in the Mid-American Conference West Division at 2-0. To make matters worse for CMU, Ball State ranks first in the conference in scoring defense, allowing just 62.5 points per game. CMU has experienced its share of offensive woes this season, shooting at just a 38.4 percent clip. But players have spent extra time in the gym all week to try and improve the number, ranked last in the MAC. Ball State is holding it opponents to a similar mark, around 40 percent. “Everybody’s been coming in and getting extra shots,� senior forward Jalin Thomas said following Wednesday’s win. “But at the same time, just to see a lot of the younger guys and see their shots in, that’s giving them confidence. We’re going to need that later on in the year.� While the Cardinals have been superb defensively, they aren’t a slouch on offense, either. Head coach Billy Taylor’s team ranks second in the conference in field goal percentage (45.7 percent), including an impressive 50 percent in Wednesday’s 72-63 win against Western Michigan.

Freshman guard Trey Zeigler drunks the ball Wednesday. Zeigler scored a game-high 30 points, helping the Chippewas to their first Mid-American Conference win and first win against a Division I opponent since Nov. 24.

Part of Zeigler’s gameplan is to limit opponents’ first and second scorers, making them rely on third and fourth options. First on the Chippewas radar is 6-foot-9, 230-pound junior forward Jarrod Jones, who is fifth in the conference in scoring with 16.5 points per game. Jones also averages 8.9 rebounds per game. “I’m cautiously pleased (on defense),� Zeigler said. “For us, it’s going to be huge. There’s still going to be games where you got to be able to grime and gut it out.�

going 8-for-19 from 3-point range. Senior forward Jalin Thomas chipped in with 15 points while junior Andre Coimbra provided a spark off the bench, scoring seven points and grabbing three rebounds. “It is really refreshing when you see these kids reap the benefits of extra work and not allowing past shooting woes to try and affect them and their mindset,� Ernie Zeigler said. “We really came out with a positive attitude about shooting the ball.�

Wednesday’s win Trey Zeigler churned out his second consecutive strong offensive performance Wednesday as CMU beat Toledo 65-52 at McGuirk Arena. Zeigler finished with a game-high 30 points, giving the Chippewas their first Mid-American Conference win of the season and first victory since Nov. 24 against Illinois-Chicago. CMU shot a season-high 48.1 percent from the field,

The details Tipoff: 2 p.m. Saturday, Worthern Arena (Muncie, Ind.) Radio: CMU Sports Network (95.3 WCFX, 98.5 WUPS) Records: CMU: 4-11 (1-1 MAC); BSU: 10-4 (2-0 MAC)

The road to back-to-back gymnastics Mid-American Conference titles begins today in Muncie, Ind., when CMU squares off against the Ball State Cardinals. The Chippewas started the season last Friday with a firstplace finish at the Sacramento State quadrangle meet, scoring a 193.575. The mark was the program’s best opening score since 2004. With the chance to win its third consecutive MAC opener, head coach Jerry Reighard had stressed to the team the importance of starting conference play with a win. “If you win the conference then you get to choose the rotation in the MAC Championship meet, so it can be a big advantage to some teams,� Reighard said. All week, the team has spent practice trying to improve their score by a tenth of a point. The plan for earning its fifth consecutive win against the Cardinals is to come out aggressive and not worrying about being too perfect. “If we are going to make mistakes it is going to happen by being aggressive,� he said. “Big, strong, aggressive is the CMU style.� Meanwhile, the Cardinals started their season losing to Pittsburgh and continue to rebuild under fourth year head coach Nadalie Walsh. They finished fifth at MAC Championships last season, with just one win in the conference last year. “They (Ball State) have a large team with a number of specialists that provide balance for them,� Reighard said. “Their fourth and fifth scores can make a real difference in the meet.� Sophomore Tiffany Brodbeck and junior Brittney Emmons are two bright spots on the Cardinals roster as both competed in the NCAA Cen-

tral Regional meet last season. Emmons placed 13th in the allaround and was named to the MAC sec- Jerry Reighard ond team. In both teams’ meeting last year, in which the Chippewas won 194.325-193.275, Emmons finished first on the floor and second in the all-around. Some of the girls who competed in exhibitions are expected to be in the starting

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Rose, Bacon lead men’s track & field into weekend invite By Brandon Champion Staff Reporter

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Senior guard Amir Rashid dives for the ball in Wednesday’s game against Toledo. Rashid finished with two points, two rebounds and seven assists. “I thought Amir Rashid was absolutely excellent,” said CMU head coach Ernie Zeigler.

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Jalin Thomas to see time at small forward, a spot more fitting than his current duties matching up against other team’s bigs at power forward. That’s Ernie Zeigler’s plan, anyway. But if depth is one issue, a suspect offense is another. Missed shots and a lack of ball movement have plagued CMU. Senior point guard Amir Rashid did his best to jumpstart the game plan against Toledo. His seven assists helped the Chippewas get 16 as a team; they haven’t reached that mark since Nov.

26 against South Alabama. Ernie Zeigler took note. “I thought Amir Rashid was absolutely excellent and really pushing the ball and putting guys in situations to be effective and score,” he said. “We hadn’t had 16 assists in probably the past three, four games combined.” Even the star of the night, Trey Zeigler, was quick to dish the credit away. “(My dad has) been stressing sharing the ball, and just making the right play,” he said. “You see Amir get seven assists and only three turnovers.” But be cautious. Getting bench contributions — like the 23 minutes and three assists freshman guard Derek

Jackson contributed — and some offensive success calls for only guarded optimism when its against 3-13 Toledo. West leader Ball State (10-4) looms, as CMU plays the Cardinals on Sunday in Muncie, Ind. Needless to say, a win is a win, and it was much needed for a team starving for something positive. That positive energy came in a number of forms against the Rockets. It came in the form of Trey Zeigler’s career-high 30 points, and 16 assists as a team. It also came in the form of a gigantic fro that garnered attention for 9 solid minutes.

After a long layoff, the Central Michigan men’s track and field team returns to competition today when they host the season-opening Chippewa Invite. The meet will be held at the Jack Skoog Track in the Indoor Athletic Complex. Field events are set to begin at 4 p.m. with running events starting at 6 p.m. Competing against the Chippewas on the men’s side will be Detroit, Oakland, Aquinas College and returning MidAmerican Conference champion Eastern Michigan. The Chippewa Invite is the first time the team will be competing since December 3, when CMU held an intrasquad meet, and will be a good chance for the athletes to show that they have kept in shape over the Christmas holiday.

“Long breaks are every coach’s nightmare,” said director Willie Randolph. “But I think this year our athletes had a good mindset and have come back in good shape.” Despite the challenges coach Randolph knows that dealing with long layoffs is something that everyone has to deal with, and the way his team responds to it is what holds the most importance. “We need to compete at a high level, and take a step forward,” he said. “We need to see who’s ready to go.” Friday’s meet is one of two home meets for the team during the indoor season and the final meet before the team hits the road. “This is an important meet for us because it’s good measure of how hard we have been training,” said sophomore thrower Alex

Rose. “We finally get to see some results. It also shows us what we need to work on during the season so when we get on the road we can be at the level we need to be at.” Competing at a high level early in the season is something that coach Randolph stresses, and this meet is the first step in getting his athletes into peak athletic shape. Leading the men’s team into Friday’s meet is Rose, junior jumper Kevin Bacon, sprinter Renaldo Powell, junior pole vaulter Josh Kettlewell and senior hurdler Branden Post. Randolph said he is excited to see how some of his top underclassmen perform, notably freshman sprinter Ross Parsons and redshirt freshman distance runner Tecumseh Adams.

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With great play from all lines and goaltending, the CMU club Hockey team finds itself in the middle of an impressive eight-game winning streak. “We’ve gotten good goaltending and good team defense,” said captain Jordan Jakubik. “All four lines are contributing and scoring goals as well.” After quickly shaking off the rust from break with a clean sweep against No. 16 Robert Morris, the team feels confident going into this weekend’s games. “At first we came out flat in the first game but really picked it up in the third period,” said head coach Mike Willett said. “This weekend the team will be back to full force and I think the team is meshing together better than other teams around the league. The lockerroom is a good place to be and the bench is being very supportive.” CMU will face off against No. 15 University of Minnesota at home at 9 p.m. today and 4 p.m. Saturday. The team is considered the favorite heading into the weekend. “The team just needs to keep doing what were doing and stay out of the penalty box and play defense,” said junior Nick Badder. “We know we can score on anyone, we just have

to prove that we can play both ends of the ice.” CMU is still ranked ninth after the second rankings were issued, despite the team beating higher ranked teams like No. 8 Illinois State University and No. 5 Michigan. “We should be ranked higher and we are gaining points on Illinois State,” Willett said. “As long as we are in the top 10 we are where we want to be; once we are in the playoffs it only takes two wins to get to the championship finals.” If the team continues to play their defense-first style of hockey well, they should come out of this weekend with two more victories and a win streak of ten games. “This weekend is just like any other weekend for us,” Jakubik said, “The team has a lot of confidence and everyone wants to keep the winning streak going.” Over the break CMU has added three players; forward Ricky Jones, defender Taylor Turner and goalie Cody Lindhorst to get them to the next level. One of the reasons for the current win streak is the leadership and skill of Jakubik. As of right now, Jakubik leads the ACHA Central Region with 67 points. “He’s always one play

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[Sports] Track and field

Women look for strong start to new season today By Kristopher Lodes Staff Reporter

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After winning his first round match in the NCAA Championships in 2010, Trice rests back stage in solace while catching his breath.

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In the spring, he played first base and pitcher for the baseball team, earning All-Conference honors. Football was at one time his favorite sport, but when it came down to it, Trice said he was tired of choosing between sports and decided to continue wrestling. In four years, the heavyweight racked up a 163-15 record, claiming two Division III state titles his junior and senior seasons, and a runnerup finish in his sophomore season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to be pretty tough-minded and you have to be pretty assertive to be a good wrestler and he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really have to learn those things when he got here,â&#x20AC;? said CMU coach Tom Borrelli. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He learned those things in his neighborhood, which gave him the edge that you need to be a good wrestler.â&#x20AC;? Recruiting Trice â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Trice) was one of the better heavyweights in not only the state, but nationally, and he was always on our radar,â&#x20AC;? Borrelli said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew the program there at Highland Park, which has had some tremendous athletes come through there, not only in wrestling.â&#x20AC;? There wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any doubting if Trice had the talent, but what really drew Borrelli to the heavyweight was his passion for everything he did. Such passion has followed him to the collegiate level and is visible to anyone who spends time with him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re around Jarod you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hardly not notice him, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just drawn to him,â&#x20AC;? Borrelli said. Another strong suit Trice has is his style. Picking up wrestling in middle school, Trice became familiar with two styles of wrestling: Greco-Roman and freestyle. Greco-Roman style wrestling involves throws and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow any tripping or grabbing the legs of an opponent below the waist. In freestyle, it is acceptable to go after the legs of an opponent or to use your own for defense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most wrestlers try to stick to one style, and mostly thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s freestyle, but I like both,â&#x20AC;? Trice said. Borrelli said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not really

Junior heavyweight Jarod Trice attempts to take down Cal State Bakersfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mitchell Monteiro during the during a consolation match of the NCAA Championships in Omaha, Neb. in March 2010. Trice lost the match 1-0.

uncommon at a younger age to be good in both styles, but as you get older you kind of have to focus on one. For him to be able to maintain that on this level is pretty unique.â&#x20AC;? Collegiate career Trice is in his third season as CMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting heavyweight, holding a 67-20 collegiate record and has been consistent in the Mid-American Conference, winning 10 of 11 conference matches. He redshirted his first season at CMU and competed in four tournaments as an unattached heavyweight wrestler. He finished first at the Michigan State Open, third at the Eastern Michigan Open and Kent State Open and fourth at the Cleveland State Open, showing early promise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right away Trice was real competitive with Bubba Gritter, who was our heavyweight at the time, and Bubba was a two time All-American,â&#x20AC;? Borrelli said. He was a national qualifier in his second season and his collegiate career took off during his third season with the team. The heavyweight claimed All-American honors, finishing eighth at the NCAA Tournament after a 27-5 overall season record. He knocked off all four top-20 opponents he faced, and tied the second longest streak in school history with his 20-straight victories.

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Trice was invited to Italy to compete at the World University Championships at the start of the 2010 season, and finished eighth among 120kg wrestlers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had some guys represent CMU on the world stage, but not very often,â&#x20AC;? Borrelli said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it was good for out program, but also it was a heck of an experience for him.â&#x20AC;? He continued into the season, finishing second at Midlands Championships and third at the Cliff Keen Invitational, posting a 7-1 dual-meet record. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a step by step process for him to learn how to train properly, and how to prepare himself properly for every competition,â&#x20AC;? Borrelli said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a finished product yet, but we knew he was going to be very competitive right away.â&#x20AC;? As a sports studies major with a minor in athletic coaching, Trice hopes to go into coaching at the collegiate level when he finishes his wrestling career: a job outlook that wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t surprise Borrelli. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not much of a leader by example, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of the cheerleader of our team,â&#x20AC;? Borrelli said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen a dual meet, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up coaching everybody and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really into the match and that motivates (our wrestlers).â&#x20AC;?

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The Central Michigan womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track and field team is looking to have a strong start to the 2011 indoor season today at the Chippewa Invite at the Indoor Athletic Complex. It has been a long break for the team as they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t competed since the Chippewa Open on Dec. 3 which was a glorified scrimmage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Practices over break went fairly well,â&#x20AC;? said director Willie Randolph. A good portion of the team stayed an extended period after fall semester classes got out and a week early before spring semester began, hoping to keep themselves in great shape for the season ahead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They did a very good job maintaining their fitness, so now we just got to ease them back in completion level fitness,â&#x20AC;? Randolph said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We

got a lot of good stuff done.â&#x20AC;? Many athletes and coaches look at the long break in the season to be tough task to overcome, it can be difficult for an athlete to train all year long then have a break where they become vulnerable to let themselves become out of shape. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is always every coachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nightmare across the country to have such a long break after four really good months of solid training,â&#x20AC;? Randolph said. Another way to look at the long break in a positive light is that the athletes can relax themselves for only a moment and to be able to think about what they can work on and to fix any problems they feel need to be addressed before the season gets underway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of nice to have the break to refocus, some people may not like it a lot but I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to get ready mentally.â&#x20AC;? said senior hurdles and middle distance runner Alexandria Sissions. The Chip Invite is a big op-

portunity for the Chippewas to show how they will stack up against other teams around the area. The women will not only be going up against conference foes Toledo and rival Eastern Michigan, along with Detroit, Oakland University and Aquanis College. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This meet is important because it gives a lot of the athletes that arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t technically in uniform yet a chance to compete,â&#x20AC;? Randolph said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really helps us see who is ready to go.â&#x20AC;? The athletes are very anxious to get out and perform against other schools, seeing how they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done it since the end of the outdoor season in May. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to see where our training has got us so far and where we have to go from here and what we need accomplished in the next couple months.â&#x20AC;? Sissions said. As the season gets underway, Randolph said goals are high, but attainable.

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f youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just now tuning into the Central Michigan wrestling season, that 3-6 dual-meet record might be a little deceiving. While the Chippewas havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gotten off to their intended start, they are still in good shape despite a young, injury-plagued roster and intense travel schedule. CMU has yet to wrestle in front of its home crowd this season, wrestling more than two months already in six different states, which can take a toll on athletes. Traveling cuts practice time down and throws off sleep schedules, while making it more challenging to make weight on the road. The competition has also been top of the line. Five of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six dual meet losses came to opponents ranked as the top 20 teams in the nation, including No. 1 Cornell University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Its tough on our guys to put them in such tough situations to be successful, but

Justin Hicks Staff Reporter hopefully itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll pay off by the end of this year and for the future,â&#x20AC;? said head coach Tom Borrelli. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wrestling the right guys right now and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re improving.â&#x20AC;? CMU will face its final Top-20 team Sunday when it hosts No. 18 Michigan, and from there the team will wrestle in front of their home crowd four more times. With seven matches still to be wrestled before the MidAmerican Conference Championships, the team holds a 1-0 conference record and its hopes of winning a 10th straight MAC title are still very much alive. Borrelli has had to shift guys around all season to

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to continue playing as a team,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One person canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t beat Ball State; we need to communicate well, both on offense and defense.â&#x20AC;? If the Chippewas want to snap their 13-year streak, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to contain senior forward Emily Maggert. She leads the Cardinals in scoring with 15.8 points per game.

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Junior heavyweight Jarod Trice said he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to face Michigan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be crazy. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a lot of people there and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big rival because Michigan was scared to wrestle us last year,â&#x20AC;? Trice said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So


BSU runs its offense through Maggert, so CMU must find a way to contain her and senior guard Tyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Ronda Benning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maggert is a really fundamental player,â&#x20AC;? Guevara said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On offense we have to attack, but be patient.â&#x20AC;? Benning is coming off a 33point effort against Western Michigan on Tuesday night in Muncie. She went 6-for-10 from beyond the arc. Despite being 6-10 overall and 1-2 in the Mid-American Conference, the Chip-

pewas need to focus on BSU. Besides the long losing streak, it has upcoming games against Toledo (11-5 overall, 3-0 MAC) and Bowling Green (15-1 overall, 3-0 MAC). The Cardinals cannot be overlooked, however, as the Rockets travel to McGuirk Arena at 7 p.m. Wednesday and then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back to the road against BSGU at 2 p.m. next Saturday in Bowling Green, Ohio.

hopefully they come in and we wrestle tough and walk away with a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.â&#x20AC;? Borelli said Michigan is a team on the rise and said his team will have to perform well to be successful. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve improved almost every time theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve competed this year,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They just took second at the Virginia Duals and moved up in the rankings because of that. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going

to be a good challenge.â&#x20AC;? Trice and junior 133-pounder Scotti Sentes both lost to Michigan wrestlers at the Cliff Keen Invitational in December in Las Vegas. Borelli said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking for them to avenge those losses and set an example for the rest of the team. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Sunday.

the ball over too much.â&#x20AC;?

Heeke did, however, acknowledge the obvious holes at certain positions, which became evident later on in the season as players went down with injuries. As injuries piled up, second and third-team players were forced to play a lot of minutes and, in some cases, start. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still building to be like the team we were two years ago where we finished 12-2,â&#x20AC;? Heeke said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a process to get back to that level. We are going to get there.â&#x20AC;? Part of Enosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plan is to develop depth at different positions through recruiting. His hope is to redshirt anywhere from 20-22 of a signing class of 24 or 25 next season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To me, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how you build a foundation for a program that lasts,â&#x20AC;? Enos said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to do here, is build consistency so that when guys leave thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a guy ready to go that has experience and is a little more mature.â&#x20AC;?

Offensive scheme changes, holes While many fans criticized Enos for changing the offensive scheme from a fullfledged spread, Heeke defended the current offense, saying the offense under former head coach Butch Jones would not be duplicated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you really look at someone who understands and talks about the spread: yes, we ran the spread, but it was the Dan LeFevour spread,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dan made a lot of things happen just because who he was.â&#x20AC;? In his interview with CM Life last week, Enos said a spread offense incorporates quarterback runs and his current starter, Ryan Radcliff, lacks the speed and evasiveness LeFevour brought to the field. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to get a square peg into a round hole,â&#x20AC;? Enos said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not his forte. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pocket passer, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his strength.â&#x20AC;?

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The 2010 football season was riddled with late game-changing moments and breakdowns on both sides of the ball. Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Andy Cruse, wide open down the sideline, scored a 71yard touchdown with 19 seconds remaining in the game to give the RedHawks a win. Two weeks later, running back Paris Cottom fumbled the ball late in the fourth quarter, allowing Bowling Green to drive 59 yards for a game-winning touchdown. A two-point conversion against Navy cost CMU an opportunity to win or take the game into overtime. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you look statistically at our season and you compare it to the last two or three years, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that much different,â&#x20AC;? Heeke said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t run the ball as well â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we actually ran for more yards, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not as productive. Passing wise, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the same zip code. We just turned

make up for injuries and to see what his young guys could do under pressure. Offseason shoulder surgery and a knee injury have held senior All-American Mike Miller out of the majority of competition this season, though his return to practice this week has Borrelli hopeful for his return to the lineup for Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s match against the Wolverines. Other injuries have affected the lineup, including redshirt freshmen Adam Miller, who filled in for Mike as the 165-pounder before suffering an ankle injury. Kyle Waldo has also been out for an extended time with a stomach issue. In the seniorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absence, a handful of other upperclassmen have stepped up. Junior Jarod Trice (No. 3) and sophomore Ben Bennett (No. 5) have acted as a strong base for the young Chippewa team, both only falling to the top-ranked of their respective weight classes.

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Sophomore 174-pounder Ben Bennett wrestles during the NCAA Championships in 2010.

Trice holds a 7-1 dual meet record this season, his lone loss coming in a 2-1 overtime decision to Lehighâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zach Rey. The only blemish on Bennettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 8-1 record is a 6-2 loss to Cornellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mack Lewnes in the first dual meet of the season. Sophomore Scotti Sentes has delivered bonus points for CMU in all of his dual

meet victories, winning four matches by major decisions and two by pins. Although thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a vacancy for the starting role at the 125-pound weight class, sophomore Christian Cullinan has stepped in to give his team and early lead in four of his five dual meet appearances, holding a 4-1 record.

The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly give an accurate overview of the 2010-11 season thus far, though CMU has slipped from No. 6 in the country to 12. Borrelli describes the team as more of a tournament team than a dual-meet team this season due to a couple holes in its starting lineup, though heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s confident they are improving in that aspect. With the next two matches scheduled against interstate rivals Michigan and Michigan State, two wins would be huge for a team looking for that momentum boost to push it through the rest of conference competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a nice little stretch coming up, but we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t over look anyone because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a target on our back,â&#x20AC;? Trice said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve beat a lot of teams in the past and all these teams are tired of little oleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Central Michigan beating them.â&#x20AC;?

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A World of Wizardry Group formed around interests for ‘Harry Potter’ By Maria Leone | Staff Reporter

“Harry Potter” fans don’t need a chamber of secrets to discuss their favorite moments from the popular series. Instead, they can join the Harry Potter Alliance. The group of CMU students, faculty and alumni gather to discuss and celebrate the wizarding world created by author J.K. Rowling, said Megan Kowalski, a temporary English professor and founding member of the RSO. The group meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Sundays in Anspach 166. The group, although a ‘Harry Potter’ fan club, also focuses on human-rights and charity work. At MainSTAGE, the group had three sign-up sheets for interested students’ information. Each was filled by the end with fans, said Nicholas Armes, vice president of the Alliance. “We had over 150 people sign up,” the Livonia sophomore said. “It was incredible, to say the least.” Kowalski said the group is working closely with the national Harry Potter Alliance headquarters to participate in events like the Deathly Hallows Campaign. It is set to run for the nine

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months between the first and second parts of the final “Harry Potter” film and mirror Harry’s battle against the evil Voldemort, she said. “During those months,” Kowalski said, “we’ll be fighting seven real-world horcruxes.” In the series, horcrux is an object in which a dark wizard or witch stores a portion of his or her soul, making them invulnerable unless that object is destroyed, Kowalski said. The RSO’s first horcrux was starvation wages. The group sent a letter to Warner Brothers asking them to consider using only fair trade chocolate in “Harry Potter” candy, in hopes of securing better working conditions for cocoa farmers globally.

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Harry Potter Alliance chapter organizer Megan Kowalski, left, and Muskegon senior Michelle Kordecki laugh with one another during their first 2011 meeting Sunday night in Anspach Hall. Kowalski, an English adjunct faculty member, began the CMU chapter as an undergraduate student. Originally, the group began as a book club; however, after reading a book from the Harry Potter series, the group shifted focus to join other worldwide chapters.

Kowalski said over 20 pages of signatures were collected at the premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.” The group is also working with the After Hours Improv comedy group to put together a fundraising Harry

Potter show to donate a farm animal to a Third World family through Heifer International. “I would love to be able to talk to other people about ‘Harry Potter,’” said Phil Engel, a Grand Blanc senior interested in joining. “All my friends play video games and don’t

read, so something like that would be great.” After business is closed at meetings, members enjoy book discussions or watch the newest trailers and film clips together. “Sundays have been the best day of the week for me,”

Armes said. “I always looked forward to going to meetings, seeing my friends, talking about the upcoming movie, planning our charity events and just talking ‘Harry Potter’ with other hardcore fans.”


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