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Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011

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Policy for business with LaBelle adjusted again University approval no longer required By Ariel Black Senior Reporter

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From Left: Battle Creek senior Samantha Bryant, Rochester Hills senior Chris DeEulis, Olivet senior Nicole Cushman and Macomb senior Amanda Rippin walk arm and arm through campus Monday afternoon during the Martin Luther King Jr. CommUNITY March and Peace Vigil. “My sorority wanted to get a big group out to show our support,” Bryant said. Bryant, Cushman and Rippin are sorority members of Delta Phi Epsilon and DeEulis is a fraternity member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

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the message The vision and dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. was carried through Mount Pleasant on Monday. The annual CommUNITY Peace March and Vigil commenced in the afternoon, including appearances from Gov. Rick Snyder and University President George Ross, despite the 21-degree weather and blowing snow. The Minority Student Office hosted the event and reported about 450 people marched in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Ricardo White, a Detroit junior and president of CMU’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, helped carry the NAACP banner in the march, saying King heavily impacted the organization’s voting rights and housing rights movements in the South and North respectively. “There were more groups that worked with Dr. King but NAACP was the biggest group because it was the most notable,” White said. “The work that Dr. King did for the NAACP when he was

alive really was a big deal and we have to continue that correlation between Dr. King and NAACP.” The march ended at the corner of Broadway and Main streets, where a vigil was held. Ross and Rick Snyder each spoke about King’s legacy. “We will create an environment for our young people to stay in the state and flourish. We want you here. We need you here,” Snyder said. “So let’s go out and live that legacy and go to work.” Detroit freshman Ajanae Ruffin said she was thankful for the wonderful attitude that the marchers had to brave the snow. “I think it was nice to see how a country that has had so many problems has evolved into such a diverse audience like we had in the crowd,” Ruffin said. “It’s nice to see what we’re coming to.”

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Many criticize results for lack of legitimacy By Maria Amante Senior Reporter

Editor’s note: Every Wednesday, CM Life will publish an indepth piece, examining different issues.

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Mount Pleasant resident Sierra Snyder, 13, listens to speakers during the candle lit vigil Monday afternoon in downtown Mount Pleasant.

Convenient visit According to a source from Snyder’s office, the governor’s primary reason for being in Mount Pleasant was not to deliver his MLK speech,

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Dec. survey ranks CMU profs 15th worst in nation

Marching crowd, George Ross, governor merge downtown to remember MLK By Mike Nichols And Maria Amante Senior Reporters

Prior approval from University President George Ross is no longer necessary to engage in new business relationships with LaBelle Management, Inc., effectively altering a new policy originally adopted Sept. 1 and updated again Oct. 13. Businesses which fall under this new doctrine include the Mount Pleasant Comfort Inn and Conference Center, 2424 S. Mission St., Mount Pleasant Super 8 Motel, 2323 S. Mission St., and Mount Pleasant Fairfield Inn and Suites, 2525 S. University Park Drive. With this change in policy, these businesses have been “... removed from the review list created under the Business Relationships Policy No. 3-32,” according to a CMU Today newsletter published Jan. 14. The first version of the policy stated “the university will not engage in a business

relationship with any person or entity that is a party to a lawsuit against the university or involved in an alternative dispute resolution process against the university.” The second version allowed Ross to grant consent for such contracts with prior approval. “The review list is periodically updated by Contracting and Purchasing Services, and their most recent update reflects the amicable resolution of a disagreement with LaBelle Management Inc., which operates the three hotels mentioned,” said Director of Public Relations Steve Smith in an e-mailed statement. General Counsel Manuel Rupe said in an e-mailed response this news is “... unrelated to the LaBelle Limited Partnership litigation” and the former proposed hotel project in the Center for Applied Research and Technology. Smith also said the disagreement with LaBelle that reached an “amicable resolution” was

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Grand Blanc freshman David Grays leads a crowd in a chant Monday afternoon during the CommUNITY Peace March on Washington Street. “I’m marching to honor Dr. Martin Luther King,” Grays said. “It’s good to get out and do something, most people just sit around on this day off.”

Ratemyprofessor.com statistics list CMU’s professors as 15th worst in the country, according to a report released in December. But many call into question the validity of these findings. Faculty Association President Tim Connors said the site is not a true measurement of student opinions. The data was collected by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and will be used in college-ranking data for Forbes Magazine. “It is a site open to anybody, anywhere, to say and do anything,” he said. “How do I know that they were students who even took that class?” Also making the Rate My Professor list were Western Michigan University at No. 12 and Michigan Technological University at No. 4. One million professors are ranked on the site by 11 million user-generated responses. Connors said RMP may be

fun and interesting, but is not meaningful. It is unfortunate, he said, when people attach legitimacy to something without scientific merit or research attached. CMU Provost Gary Shapiro said he was not familiar with the RMP figures, but the university takes teaching seriously. “I don’t know anything about (RMP), and I wouldn’t put great faith in it,” Shapiro said. He said students may view faculty ratings in a scientific format while registering for courses on the university website. The program was implemented last year. Results for a professor from a specific class will be available when students click on a faculty member’s name. Shapiro said each member of the faculty contract requires the faculty member to be competent in three areas: teaching, service and scholarship. The three competencies are further specified by each department, which has separate criteria for each individual faculty member. “We have not reappointed (tenured) people ... denied promotion to people or, at the last step, taken actions to terminate people who are tenured who have not been effective teachers due to deficiencies in teaching,” Shapiro said. “We consider teaching to be very important. It is very serious to us.”

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By Maria Amante Senior Reporter

Rick Snyder’s inaugural State of the State address tonight has heads of public programs shaking in their boots with financial cuts expected across the board, particularly in higher education. The governor will announce his plans to evaluate the state’s programs during the address, which begins at 7 p.m. One specific item Snyder will discuss in his speech

is a report card he will use for evaluation of state programs. “We are in a crisis,” Snyder told Central Michigan Life at Monday’s CommUNITY Peace March and Vigil in Mount Pleasant, “but we are going to work our way out of this by being proactive and aggressive and addressing our challenges, and laying out a road map.” The report card will rank how state programs are doing and be utilized to measure improvement in the specified areas. Snyder, who has served as governor for 19 days, faces much speculation going into

his first State of the State address, said Bill Ballenger, former Griffin Endowed Chair and editor of Inside Michigan Politics. “People are waiting to see whether the new governor comes out with something substantive and concrete,” Ballenger said. Snyder is delivering the speech about 10 days earlier than usual, Ballenger said, compared to Granholm. Snyder said he’s delivering the speech early because he wants to send the right message.

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Gov. Rick Snyder laughs with students Monday afternoon while in downtown Mount Pleasant for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. CommUNITY Peace March and Vigil. The annual march starts on CMU’s campus and ends in downtown.

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Today w A Study Abroad Expo will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Charles V. Park Library.

A Deerfield Township woman died Tuesday after she was found on the ice of the Chippewa River at Deerfield Nature Park. Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said Sonya Marie Sheffert, 43, was found by her husband, Larry Sheffert, in the park off of Winn Road. Mioduszewski said Sheffert had been in the river prior to being found on the ice.

Thursday w A CMU and WMU Blood Drive Partnership will be held from 12 to 5:45 p.m. in Kulhavi 142.

w A book signing with author Edward J. Fisher for his work “Lands of In-Ko-8 Trilogy� will take place from 3-5 p.m. at the Art Reach Center, 111 E. Broadway St.

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“It doesn’t look like anything suspicious,� Mioduszewski said. “There was only one set of footprints, so it wasn’t homicide.� Sheffert taught psychology at Central Michigan University and Alma College, according to both insitutions’ websites. Mioduszewski said Sonya Sheffert left her home on Hilltop Road sometime between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. He said their children recognized the vehicle while their father drove them to school and suspected it was hers. Larry Sheffert inspected the vehicle later after he dropped off them off and realized it was hers. Larry Sheffert followed the lone footprints and

discovered his wife on the ice of the Chippewa River. He attempted to warm her while waiting for paramedics to arrive, Mioduszewski said. The sheriff’s department received a call shortly after 8 a.m. Deputies arrived on scene about 8:30 a.m. First responders administered CPR at the scene and Sheffert was taken to Central Michigan Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead later in the morning. Mioduszewski said an autopsy was being conducted Tuesday. A cause of death had not been determined. metro@cm-life.com

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which lasted for about 3 minutes, but was something that â&#x20AC;&#x153;fit into his schedule.â&#x20AC;? The source was unable to give any further information on Snyderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whereabouts Monday. In a prior interview with CM Life, Steve Smith, director of public relations, said the governor did not come to town solely for CMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MLK events. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(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.,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. Angel Hall, a Detroit freshman, said she was suprised to see Snyder at the vigil.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad to see he came out here to support us and give us inspiration,â&#x20AC;? Hall said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would have never thought that he would have come.â&#x20AC;? Snyder said he was happy to see students not using the holiday as a day off, but instead a day to give back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For you to come out in this weather and march on a cause that we need to carry on, we need to keep doing that ... its a very personal thing,â&#x20AC;? Snyder said. He said Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s altruism inspired his own desire to seek public office, and forced him to ask himself what he does for others. university@cm-life.com

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not related to the lawsuit, though neither Rupe or Smith explained in further detail what the disagreement was about and could not be reached in time for publication. LaBelle is accusing the CMU Board of Trustees 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 Hospitality LLC in order to construct a six-story hotel complex in the CART. 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. Rupe said in a prior interview with Central Michigan Life the LaBelle lawsuit is scheduled for May 16

through 24 this year. Smith said nothing in the policy has changed, although Contracting and Purchasing Services has updated the review list. Director of Contracting, Purchasing and Health Services Tom Trionfi referred CM Life to Associate Vice President of University Communications Renee Walker, who was unavailable for comment.

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University President George Ross will attend as a guest of state Rep. Kevin

Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant.

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CMU, Alma College psychology instructor dies in Deerfield Park By Gabi Jaye Senior Reporter

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Ballenger said to watch and see if Snyder will address the budget crisis or give a more optimistic tone, as former Gov. Jennifer Granholm did during her eight years in office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the ugly, nasty stuff people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to hear she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to use her State of the State to deliver,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She waited for her budget director to come out with the grim news a couple days later.â&#x20AC;?

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Just 54 rooms on campus house five students Number down from 98 in October By Maryellen Tighe Staff Reporter

Residence hall rooms will continue to be a bit less crowded this semester with many residents having the option to move from five-student to fourstudent rooms. There were about 300 students, not including staff, living in expanded-occupancy rooms

at the beginning of the school year. By the start of spring semester, there were 54 expanded-occupancy rooms, said Associate Residence Life Director Shaun Holtgreive. Some of these rooms are five-person rooms and some are four-person staff rooms. “We have enough space that those who choose to move will be able to,” he said. “It may not be the hall in which they currently live.” There were 98 non-staff rooms with five people as of Oct. 17, said Holtgreive, about

half of which had voluntarily chosen to remain at five-person occupancy. Michelle Lovegrove moved down two floors in Woldt Hall when a room emptied out the first week of September. “My roommates were nice and everything, it was just a lot more crowded,” the Wyoming freshman said. “It’s really not that different from a normal room.” Lovegrove said she would have been fine staying with her old roommates. Many overfilled rooms

thinned out as students left the university throughout the previous semester. Some reasons students leave are study abroad, student teaching, graduation, financial aid and academic problems, Holtgreive said. Students who signed agreements to stay in five-person rooms will be offered the chance to move out again, he said. Calkins Hall has the most expanded-occupancy rooms with eight, Holtgreive said. The other expanded-occupancy rooms are scattered across campus.

“I was able ... to reduce fiveperson rooms to four-person rooms for all of the female rooms by early October — and I still had three rooms that chose to stay five-person rooms,” said Calkins Hall Residence Hall Director Cathy Warner. “Going in to January I have a handful of male rooms that are still fiveperson rooms. Throughout the fall, most seemed to get used to the arrangement and now seem hesitant to change now that options are coming open.” Students who signed agree-

ments to stay in five-person rooms will be offered the chance to move out again, Holtgreive said. All of the male resident-assistant rooms still have one additional roommate, Warner said. She hopes to have everyone relocated to normal occupancy within the first three weeks of the semester. Holtgreive said Residence Life will begin offering to move people into four-person rooms this week. studentlife@cm-life.com

State budget details discussed at A-Senate By Sherri Keaton Staff Reporter

University President George Ross told the Academic Senate Tuesday there is a continued plan for financial reductions to prepare for the state budget, which is anticipated to be adopted by May. Last week, Ross and Kathy Wilbur, vice president of Development and External Relations, sat down with Robert Emerson, former Michigan budget director under former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, as he described a possible double-digit percent budget cut for Michigan schools in the future. University officials anticipate having their budget plan by Feb. 17. “As we know more,” Ross said, “we will share more.” During the senate meeting, Ross also discussed his meeting with Gov. Rick Snyder and 14 other university presidents on Jan. 12. Ross said Snyder discussed four challenges facing college presidents, including the need to turn out even more highly qualified graduates and guide them into fields where work is readily available in Michigan; work to keep more of those graduates in Michigan by helping remake urban areas and encouraging entrepreneurism; be partners in economic development and job creation; and help state government access the knowledge base of universities to solve state problems. Ross also talked about the transition report that will be available around Feb. 1. The final reports will assist in the strategic planning process for a five-year plan for the university. International Education Council During the second half of the meeting, a move was made to change the stated goal of the International Education Council, a standing committee of the Academic Senate that serves as an advisory body to the senate and Office of International Affairs. The change involves two new pieces, including the curriculum and university internationalization, and the need for new or expanded international academic programs and offerings. Alejandra Rengifo, who is on the International Education Council, said they are not a curriculum, but a liaison between other offices. “As we get information (we will) transmit it to you,” said the associate professor of foreign languages, literatures and culture. “Be something on campus and be international ears. We don’t want to let the council die.” university@cm-life.com

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Livonia senior Brittany Campagna styles Royal Oak resident James Martin’s hair on Jan. 14 at Salon Blu, 121 S. University Ave. “I love meeting people,” Campagna said of being a beautician. She is working at Salon Blu while attending CMU to become a teacher.

‘With Good People’ Salon owner opens business with open arms to employees, customers By Jordan Spence Staff Reporter

Seeking employee input was the first step Terri Ramon took when starting a new salon in downtown Mount Pleasant. Salon manager Bethany Beebe said once plans began for the salon last March, Ramon, salon owner and head stylist, wanted to make sure it was a team effort between everyone. After Ramon purchased the storefront in September, construction began in October. Debbie Knoll was happy with the contemporary look of the salon and the unique services it provides on her first visit to the new Salon Blu, 121 S. University Ave.

“Terri is good with people,” said Knoll, a Mount Pleasant resident. “I was with her while she owned a different salon, I think the work she does is just excellent.” Salon Blu opened its doors Dec. 23. The grand opening will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. “I felt that Mount Pleasant was lacking an upscale salon, that didn’t cost too much,” Ramon said. “I wanted a salon that offered a total spa experience with prices similar to that of a chain store.” Stylist Alisha Hinderline said Ramon and her staff began looking up ideas online for the look of the shop. “We brought all of our brains together to help Terri with what it is to-

day,” Hinderline said. “We wanted to make sure it wasn’t too expensive, but that it also had a nicer atmosphere.” By providing services such as massage therapy, pedicures, manicures, facials, body waxing and couple’s massages, Ramon said she thinks the salon will fulfill many people’s needs. One unique service offered is a cold-stone migraine therapy massage. “We take cold marbled stones and place them on pressure points on the face and neck,” said massage therapist Stacey Lott. “It also includes massage work and essential oils specific to relieving migraine triggers.” The salon also carries products by Redken and

Ithaca resident Alexa Neuenfeldt puts product in Mount Pleasant resident Mary Weisenburger’s new hairstyle on Jan. 14 at Salon Blu, 121 S. University Ave. “My favorite part about cutting hair is making everyone feel beautiful and making people have a good day by feeling good about themselves,” Neuenfeldt said.

Surface. Beebe said the products by Surface are organic, sulfate-free and free of animal proteins. “The Surface products we can’t even keep on the

shelves,” Beebe said. “I think there’s a need for these kinds of organic products.” metro@cm-life.com

MLK Week keynote speaker blasts racial denial By Melissa Beauchamp Staff Reporter

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Tim Wise, author of “Colorblind: Barack Obama, Post-Racial Liberalism and the Retreat from Racial Equity,” addresses the audience as the Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speech Tuesday night at Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium.

Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker Tim Wise would rather Americans improve their colorconsciousness instead of trying to ignore race. Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium was filled Tuesday evening with spectators gathered for Wise, who utilized sarcastic humor and passion to stress his points of postracial inequity. He included several points like what he believes is the country’s obliviousness to the issues of racism, sexism and economic issues that remain. “In the march of Wash-

ington in 1963, two-thirds of white Americans said they were pushing for too much, too fast,” Wise said. He then questioned the audience: “Are we avoiding racism because it makes us feel uncomfortable?” The heart of the problem of post-racism exists in mainstream politicians, Wise said, who do not talk about racism or poverty. “We’re so busy trying to engage in post-racial liberalism,” he said. He singled out people who claim to not be part of the problem for a few token shows of support. “I voted for Obama,” Wise joked. “I have black

friends, don’t blame me.” Keisha Janney, assistant director of Minority Student Services, was active in organizing Wise’s visit to CMU. “Mr. Wise is a very wellknown speaker about antiracism and issues around race,” she said. “He is very engaging ... we were looking for someone who would make an impact on the audience.” Wise has given antiracism speeches for more than 20 years and was present at CMU in 1997. “This day makes me nervous because I am never sure which Dr. King people come to remember,” Wise said. “There is only one in truth, but several in public

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memory.” Wise showcased statistics revealing Americans have a problem with racism, despite what people may think, he said. Job applications with “whitesounding” names were 50 percent more likely to be called for an interview than otherwise. The main problem still is and always was embedded denial, Wise said. “We can look back and recognize how bad it was, but in the `60s when white folks were asked if blacks were treated equal, two thirds said yes.” In America, the first rule of racism is, you don’t talk about racism, Wise said, and the first step to true

post-racial equality relies in being open to hearing the truth. The gap can be bridged by engaging in local reform organizations, he said. Wise asked the question: how do you maintain a society with racial inequity? “We need to to be prepared to think about it,” he said. Jeremy Plante, a Troy sophomore, attended the speech because he thought it seemed interesting, he said. “He was a really good speaker,” Plante said. “I agreed with the points he made that people tend to ignore.” studentlife@cm-life.com


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Welcome Back Event offers free Students hope to ‘Electrify’ campus with first official rave food, laser tag for students By Maria Leone Staff Reporter

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Central Michigan University’s Program Board kicked off the semester with its first Welcome Back Event at Finch Fieldhouse Saturday. From 2 to 6 p.m,, students came to enjoy free food, laser tag, novelties and a chance to win a pair of Ke$ha concert tickets. The event was free and open to the public. Crysta Heckman, vice president of Program Board, was in charge of initiating and organizing the event. She expected a 200-person turn out and hoped students would have something to look forward to. “I wanted to do something that gave students something fun to do when they came back for spring semester,” the Pinconning senior said. “It also gave us an opportunity to advertise our other upcoming events.” The Social Ops novelties were a favorite among the crowd. Students could choose from custom-made dog tags of various colors and street signs in maroon and gold. Billy Bosarge, associate of Social Ops, explained that the organization has been traveling to events nationwide for the past six years. They offer custom-made attire, accessories

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Dearborn sophmore Cory Detary laughs with his friends before going to play laser tag Saturday in the Finch Field House at the Welcome Back Event. Each game lasted for three minutes and allowed three people in a large blow-up laser tag tent per game.

and entertainment. “We bring the main entertainment to an event,” Bosarge said. “Here, we’re in charge of the laser tag dome and the novelties.” Laser tag was the most popular activity in the fieldhouse. Groups of three went into a dark dome where they navigated through plastic curtains and tried to beat out other teams for the top score. Detroit junior Tristan Allen had a fun battle, but hoped for improvement in the years to come. “The space is too small and dark,” Allen said. “While the

idea is nice and fun, a bigger space would be great next time.” Allen and friends used the remaining gym space to start a game of ultimate frisbee. Rebecca Sarkoci, a sophomore from Big Rapids, thought the event was a great idea. “It is a great way to welcome people back into campus and encourage them to attend campus events,” Sarkoci said. Heckman hopes for the event to grow every year and become a CMU tradition. studentlife@cm-life.com

Former library clerk Sherry Pritt remembered for humor, spirit said her mother fought until the end. “She was very caring and loving,” Angela said. “She was a hard worker who was always there for her family. She made sure of that.” Amie Pifer, office manager of library technical services, said Pritt loved to watch the Central Michigan University football team and was a hockey fan. “I remember during homecoming last year, she came to the game all the way from the hospital in Ann Arbor where she was diagnosed with an infection and went back right after,” Pifer said. Vicki Swarthout, specialist

By Chidera Ogbonna Staff Reporter

Jan Sterling remembers Sherry Pritt as a funny, nurturing and spirited person who had a great sense of humor even while doing her job as an administrative clerk at Charles V. Park Library. “Sherry liked to play pranks on people,” said Sterling, unit coordinator of authorities in the library and Pritt’s co-worker for 11 years. “She made the best of every situation, including her own.” Pritt died Jan. 11 from leukemia. She was 56. Angela Pritt, Pritt’s daughter and a Mount Pleasant resident,

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“A good professor doesn’t go by the book,” Ketchum said, “and puts some of his own personality into the class.” Connors said the evaluations are a students’ chance to express their opinions on their instructors but are not “primary” when a department makes decisions on promotion and tenure. Shapiro said performance must continue at a low level before personnel action is taken against a faculty member. Faculty looking to improve performance can turn to the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching and their departmental peers, Shapiro said. The FaCIT Center supports faculty in the design and implementation of high impact teaching and learning at CMU, according to their website. “We have several avenues faculty can take advantage of,” said Jim Therrell, director of FaCIT. Therrell said FaCIT offers classroom observations, work-

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He said teaching effectiveness is measured mainly by the student-performance evaluations. “Someone who is demonstrated as an ineffective teacher is unlikely to be reappointed,” Shapiro said. He said tenured faculty are reviewed periodically; when a faculty member has a deficient performance review, they are given a performance plan. Good vs. bad professors Saginaw senior John Ketchum said he has had more good professors than bad professors at CMU. “I can count the number of bad professors I’ve had on one hand,” he said. Ketchum said professors can fault students when they do not present material in an understandable way. A good professor, he said, interacts with stu-

clerk in the library, said Pritt was very knowledgeable about almost everything. “She liked to make spreadsheets,” Swarthout said. “She always liked to learn about the new technology. She enjoyed sharing her knowledge with people.” Sterling said the office in which she worked with Pritt was more like a family than a workplace and it will be different without having her around. “We will miss her laugh,” Sterling said. “Staff meetings won’t be the same without her.” university@cm-life.com

shops, seminars, webinars, podcasts and consulting. He said he urges students to discuss any issues they may have with an instructor in the class instead of taking their anger or frustration out on a site like RMP. “RMP does no good at the end of the semester,” Therrell said. “(The semester’s) already done and there probably are a lot of biases and axes to grind (for people) that go to (RMP).” He said the anonymous survey option on Blackboard is a better way for students to comment on their interactions with their professors. Therrell recommends professors make anonymous surveys on Blackboard with open-ended responses available early in the semester to determine what is working in the classroom and what needs improvement. FaCIT was used by 535 faculty members, or 47 percent of faculty, from July 2009 to June 2010, according to figures from FaCIT. university@cm-life.com

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one should be the biggest one yet!” Glow sticks, water and rave candy will all be sold at the dance party with all profits being donated to The Go Effect, a charity which will help send CMU students to Africa to build hospitals in underdeveloped areas. Orion senior Nick Bryce is familiar with the rave scene, having successfully thrown two himself, and he thinks Electrify CMU could be as big as raves in Grand Rapids, Detroit or Chicago. “I think it’s going to be a great thing to expose the students to this scene,” Bryce said in an e-mailed statement. “I, myself, obviously love raves and love electronic

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Deerfield Township property taxes could drop $100 for residents The rating is based on a scale of 10 being the worst and one being the best. The new rating will go into effect Feb. 1. The township began making changes six years ago in three different categories: handling of fire alarms, the fire department and water supply. Deerfield Township purchased two new fire trucks, one utility truck, six dry hydrants and increased training sessions from once a month to twice a month. “The changes we made not only improves response time,” Martin said, “but it also helps with efficiency through response.” In total, the township spent about $600,000, which includes the costs of a consultant and a drought study, said township Supervisor Tim Murphy. The drought study helped

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Deerfield Township residents could see at least a $100 drop in property taxes because of a better Public Protection Classification rating for the township’s fire department. Fire Chief Ryan Martin said the drop was part of a process to give back to residents, with savings for the township potentially more than $100,000 per year. “Everyone had a hand in this,” Martin said. “It was a team effort within the township.” The rating is based 50 percent on training and equipment maintenance, 40 percent on water supply and 10 percent on central-dispatch ability and training. The fire department has held a rating of nine, but it will be lowered to five.

to determine where the dry hydrants would be placed throughout the township. “It’s basically a buried hydrant that’s hooked up to rivers or lakes,” Martin said. “Water is then sucked through the hose.” The township used to have only three dry hydrants which hindered response time, Martin said. Martin said the township should save money overall since much was spent for the maintenance of old equipment. The old trucks were worn out when the township received them, Martin said, but the new trucks are state of the art. Out of 2,040 fire departments statewide, 116 have a better rating than Deerfield. “It was hard to fathom ... to come up with a score of five blew us away,” Murphy said.

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It doesn’t take years of higher education to become an engineer — at least, not at the Chippewa River District Library for the next two months. The library is holding its annual LEGO-building contest for students in the Mount Pleasant area. Participants can build their own LEGO set and submit it to the library where it will be judged and winners announced Feb, 24. Sue Ellen Deni-Owen, CRDL community relations specialist, came up with the idea. “We stumbled upon other libraries downstate that were doing LEGO contests, so we thought that would be a cool thing to do.” Deni-Owen said. Marketing and Programming Manager Rob Wang was immediately impressed with the turnout of the contest. “We started a couple years ago, had fantastic response,” Wang said. “So we said, ‘Hey, this is working, so let’s do it again.’” The LEGO-building contest started Jan. 3 and participants can turn in their designs until

Feb. 24 when judging commences. LEGO sets must be the creator’s original work and cannot be made from provided directions. The LEGO sets must fit within a space of 24 inches by 24 inches and cannot exceed a height of four feet. Each age category will have a first-place winner followed by one runner-up and one honorable mention. All will receive prizes or prize ribbons. “What they’re looking for is creativity, originality, how difficult it was for the age group,” Wang said. “Obviously, they’re going to judge the teens a lot differently than the preschoolers.” There is also a team category for families or friends. “It’s a great opportunity for families to sit down and do something together that’s fun, that uses imagination,” Wang said. “You can turn off the television for a while, put down the cell phone, shut off the computer and just spend some time together and have some fun.” Prizes from past contests

“Many teachers this semester made no-tolerance cell phone policies, just like high school,” Richards said. “I feel cell phones and iPods are a major source of distraction in the classroom, but computers and iPads are designed to be student- and classroom-friendly.” Some students, however, feel electronics should remain outside of the class. “Every time I’m in class everyone with a laptop is on Facebook,” said Redford junior Jacqueline Roberge. She said she understands the academic benefits to using electronics in class, but those students need to have understanding for people who prefer not to use them. “This year one of my teachers told all students who bring laptops to sit in the back two rows so no one gets distracted,” Roberge said. Litchman felt the modern technological culture means certain classes are taught better with the use of electronics. Teachers must have an understanding of their

Many professors at CMU still maintain a zero-tolerance policy on cell phones, laptops or any other electronics in their classrooms despite their growing ubiquity. For journalism instructor Mary Pat Lichtman, technology is essential for her classes — but she also expects a certain amount of respect from students. “We as professors need to be flexible with electronic usage is the classroom,” she said. “But there needs to be cooperation from the students.” Lichtman said college should be treated as a job with professors as students’ employers, and added that if students wouldn’t text in a meeting they shouldn’t do it in the classroom either. Rochester junior Tessa Richards said one of her teachers this semester ruled that if any one was caught on the phone his or her grade would move down a full letter.

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included small LEGO sets, gift cards and certificates that acknowledged and thanked competitors for their participation. Judges, librarians and parents have been fascinated by some of the designs that were made in past contests, Wang said. “In both years, it’s amazing what these kids can come up with and the creativity. Last year one of the most creative ones we had was a strand of DNA,” Wang said. “I also remember one year, one of the winners built the Empire State Building with King Kong on top and airplanes going around it.” Deni-Owen said CMU students are invited to participate in addition to local residents. “LEGOs are awesome,” said Flushing freshman Aaron Ogles. “There are a couple of people in my building who I know are into LEGOs and would definitely enter if we have the time.”

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EDITORIAL | Snyder’s MLK day appearance in Mount Pleasant a missed opportunity With his business background, Snyder has never had to answer to the public at large for his comments or actions. He cannot steamroll the CMU student body and Mount Pleasant community with an unsubstantial speech. He did not offer any concrete plans to make Michigan more inclusive when speaking about diversity, the need for equality, social justice and opportunities for Michigan residents. Neither did he expand on his career promises, such as offering solutions to his goal of creating more jobs in-state to retain Michigan graduates. Again, he reiterated that goal Monday, saying he wants to “give back” as Michigan’s 48th governor, and “make the world a better place” by creating more jobs in Michigan to provide his constituents more opportunities to build a career and to prevent the “braindrain” phenomenon.

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ov. Rick Snyder’s three-minute Martin Luther King, Jr. Day speech offered little inspiration toward the spirit of the holiday, or in introducing the new governor on the first federal holiday of his term. Also, his appearance at the rally on Monday at the corner of Main and Broadway streets was not the primary reason he was in Mount Pleasant. This reason he would not disclose. As a public official and the leader of our state, he should keep his affairs open and honest. If King and his message are a mere afterthought on the 25th anniversary of the federal holiday, it is fair to ask what business was Snyder’s priority.

His appearance Monday additionally calls into greater question his intent went it comes to higher education in general. This university is looking at severe cuts in state funding and we need to demand our governor properly appropriate funding to higher education to follow through on his promise to create opportunities in Michigan — so college students can graduate and find work in-state.

College students have already suffered from increased tuition, lost scholarships and lost job opportunities. Snyder was elected on the premise he would provide tangible, measurable resuscitation to Michigan’s floundering economy. The notion is one that could be used to inspire hope in Michigan residents, and hope is a concept easily incorporated into a speech on King’s life and message. This would have also provided the optimal platform for a precursor to Snyder’s State of the State address tonight. Snyder campaigned as the consummate businessman. Business is about seeing opportunity, capitalizing on it and making advantageous interpersonal connections. On MLK Day in Mount Pleasant, Snyder discarded a major opportunity and did not even have the courtesy to tell his constituents why.

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The benefits of being a vegetarian Yes, I eat rabbit food. I do so proudly. As a vegetarian, I get asked one simple question a lot. No, it isn’t “Do you eat animal crackers?” The question is, “Why?” I can’t speak on behalf of all vegetarians but, for me, it’s a mental thing. The thought of eating an animal that used to have a heartbeat creeps me out a little. I’m not too fond of the chewy texture between my teeth, or the feel of raw dripping steak. (I worked in a raw-meat buffet at bd’s Mongolian Grill for two summers — the stuff grosses me out.) For me, the process of becoming a vegetarian was simple. One day I just realized I hadn’t eaten meat in weeks. For me, the transition was completely painless and barely even noticeable. I have to say, I like my vegetarian diet. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, vegetarian diets that tend to be naturally low in saturated fat, high in fiber and full of cancer-protective phytochemicals help to prevent cancer. Vegetarian diets also offer benefits preventing heart disease, lowering blood pressure and reducing one’s chance of forming kidney stones and gallstones. I’m not saying a vegetarian diet is for everyone, and I don’t think everyone should be a vegetarian. The diet of a carnivore is also a healthy choice, as long as the meat-eater is controlling proportions and saturated fats — the same rules everyone has to follow. I am saying that for me, it’s a personal choice. I won’t be offended if you eat a steak in front of me... unless you’re shoving the steak in my face. And the answer is yes, I do eat animal crackers. Preferably with frosting and sprinkles.

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Take back the country from whom? I continue to hear the same old rhetoric from the Tea Party and the Republicans: “We need to take back our country.” My question is, from whom? Thirty years of Reaganomics have severely dismantled labor in this country. I have a novel idea, let’s take it back from corporate interest and the lobbyists! Let me list the achievements of the Democrats for labor in this country. Here’s a list of the bills that were introduced and passed by the Democrats which the Republicans blocked several times: Health care, jobs bills, unemployment extension, re-regulating the banks, increased education benefits for our veterans, the child SCHIP bill, social security ben-

efits under Democratic President Lyndon Johnson, minimum wage increases, restarting the college Pell Grants and health care for our 9/11 heroes. Folks, this is democracy at its finest. I want to know all you senior citizens who voted for the Republicans in the midterms, are you enjoying the social security and Medicare that the Democrats are responsible for passing? How about all you veterans out there? How about all you retired union workers? What about all you ministers that use your pulpit to persuade your flock to vote for the Republicans who are against labor and helping the less fortunate in this country? I believe this life is about helping others. It used to be that the

millionaires and billionaires paid a higher tax rate and the country as a whole benefited from this. Now, labor in this country is footing the bill with higher taxes and work hours cut at lower wages and heavier work loads. Teachers’ unions are under tremendous threat, once again due to the Republicans. “Taking back our country” is nothing but a talking point. We as progressive Democrats stand on the issues and we win every time. The Republicans avoid the issues. Why? That’s simple, they don’t represent labor in this country! Tony Parker Weidman

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Mental illness needs greater attention Tragedies can bring out the best in people. Unfortunately, they can also bring out the worst. This was clearly evidenced in the aftermath of the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., where Jared Lee Loughner shot 19 people, including Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Within hours of the shooting, both sides of the political spectrum had begun pointing fingers — conservatives blaming liberals and liberals blaming conservatives. No, Republican Sarah Palin was not responsible for the shooting because she had placed Giffords on her “target list” of Democrats who voted for the health care bill. And no, the liberal website Daily Kos was not responsible because they placed Giffords on their 2010 primary “target list.” Placing a target on Giffords did not lead Loughner to go on a shooting rampage. Instead, what we had here was an extremely troubled individual who should have been seeking psychiatric help. His strange behavior started long before Giffords was placed on any target list. He had a history of writing disturbing posts on the Internet, including that college girls enjoyed being raped. Loughner had even been suspended from the college he attended after the campus police had been called five different times. He was told that if he wanted to return, he would need a note from a doctor saying that he was not a threat. But why was this revealed only after the shooting? Just hours after the shooting, politicians and media personnel were already calling for new gun bans. A gun ban does not address the issue here. Banning certain types of guns would not have stopped Loughner, who should not have been allowed to purchase any type of gun. Period. Instead of simply sending a letter, school officials should have used the proper channels to assure that Loughner received the mental help he so desperately needed. Officials should have been notified and he should have been placed on a list making him ineligible to purchase a firearm. If school officials did this instead of simply kicking him out and washing their hands of him, this tragedy might have been avoided. Politicians, instead of pointing fingers and blaming “the other guy,” should work on legislation that helps those in need of mental help get the proper care. Students, if you observe an individual saying things that are clearly signs of a disturbed individual, talk to the authorities. School administrators, if you have a student who is mentally disturbed, don’t just tell him to get treatment and walk away, follow through to see that it’s done. If we all take these steps, tragedies like this one can and will be avoided.

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Students dismiss zodiac ‘shift’ Change not relevant to most Western astrological calendars By Randi Shaffer Senior Reporter

Pernel Dove was an Aries one day and a Pisces the next. When TIME Magazine first reported a change in zodiac signs early last week because of a change in the Earth’s rotation, Dove, a practicing psychic and CMU alumna, said she was disturbed by the news. “It really puts a dramatic spin on things,” she said. “I went from being an Aries to a Pisces and it makes a bit of a mess out of things.” Dove said astrology has been known for its uncanny accuracy throughout history, and many events can be attributed toward zodiac signs. Astronomers from the Minnesota Planetarium Society, according to TIME, found because of the moon’s gravitational pull, the stars’ alignment was pushed by a month. The change in the earth’s rotation caused each zodiac sign to shift about a month, as well as introducing a new zodiac sign: Ophiuchus, Nov. 29 to Dec. 17. Though Dove was distraught by TIME Magazine’s report, she is hesitant to believe it.

“There are so many astrologists out here that over the past 1,000 years people would have been able to figure it out,” she said. White Lake senior Kevin Birkholz remained unconcerned about the reported shift in zodiac signs. “I’ve never heard so many people care so much about the zodiac signs until they changed,” he said. “I never really knew what mine was before and I still don’t know what it is. Honestly, it has no effect on me.” Soon after TIME Magazine shook up astrology enthusiasts with the news that their signs had shifted, CNN was quick to report the news was false. According to CNN, absolutely nothing has changed for those zodiac believers that live in the US. “The tropical zodiac — which is fixed to seasons, and which Western astrology ad-

heres to — differs from the sidereal zodiac, which is fixed to constellations and is followed more in the East,” the article says. Dove said there may be discrepancies in the zodiac system anyway. “I don’t believe all astrology signs cover all people,” she said. “You’re going to have a lot of differences. I do believe that when you look at the larger scale of what is happening universally, it’s pretty darn accurate.” Twinlake junior Jessi Boehme thought regardless of the reported changes in zodiac signs, astrology followers should just believe what they want to believe. “I just don’t see it as that big of a deal,” she said. “Why believe in a simple change of the zodiac sign? I don’t think you need to get all worked up about it.” studentlife@cm-life.com

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Technology making strides, still in infancy

3D tech hits the gaming scene Changes pick up, still room for improvement

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Advancements, creative approach much continue to evolve

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Novi junior Christopher Zamplas had always believed the “3D craze” was just a fad. But with research being done for developing glassesfree 3D technology, the Novi junior has high hopes for the future. “People like new — people like immersive,” he said.”The more they feel they’re right there experiencing it, the better.” Nintendo unveiled its new 3D handheld gaming system, the Nintendo 3DS, last summer during the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Its press release stated the device boasts a 3.53-inch widescreen LCD display with an 800x240 resolution, with 400 pixels allocated to each eye to enable 3D viewing. According to www.tomsguide.com, a 3D effect is achieved when different images are sent to each eye through a directional filter on the screen. The images are meshed together into one image by the brain and appear to jump out of the screen. According to the website, Nintendo’s new handheld achieves the effect with a “3D Depth Slider,” which allows the device’s parallax LCD to be toggled on and off. This allows gamers to decide whether they want to activate the 3D image or just play in 2D. While Zamplas is skeptical of the 3DS, he said he is excited to see where glasses-free technology can lead. “I’m sure in a couple hundred years you’ll see computers producing smells and feelings with electrical signals,” he said. “It’s all about virtual reality. Experiencing it in a perceivable dimension is the next step for visuals.” Zamplas said he had an opportunity to experience 3D gaming on a 3D-compatible gaming computer and, while the experience was intriguing, he had a headache after 10 minutes of use. “The technology is not there yet,” he said. “If you wear (3D glasses) for too long, you get a headache. They’re uncomfortable, they’re heavy. The marketing companies don’t show you that before people get into it.” Nintendo is not the only company working with 3D. Sony released a firmware update for the PlayStation 3 in December that allows for Blu-ray 3D disc playback. Games like “Super Stardust HD,” “Pain” and “Wipeout” are available in 3D form from the PlayStation Store, while some AAA titles, including “Killzone 3,” will offer 3D functionality. Unfortunately, Zamplas said, 3D gaming requires more than just a 3D-ready gaming console. People also need expensive 3D compatible TVs or monitors and 3D shutter glasses, which can cost upwards of $100 alone. Jeff Smith, a broadcast and A gaming | 2B

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Surrounded by 3D stars, Grosse Pointe Woods junior Mary Johnson poses with 3D glasses. Popcorn flies in the air, showing how she is alarmed by the 3D visuals coming at her.

New movie fad changes cinematic scene, an attraction for many By Randi Shaffer | Senior Reporter

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atching a movie is one thing. Being a part of the movie is another. St. Jones freshman Jesse Capp said he enjoys 3D movies because they give him a chance to be a part of the action and are more than just a picture on the screen. “It actually comes right at you,” he said. Chris Couling, general manager at Celebration! Cinema, 4935 E. Pickard St., said the presentation of movies offered in 3D is a huge selling point for audiences. “It’s a unique way to watch a movie,” he said. “You can just see special effects presented in a unique way. It’s just something new and different.” Couling said the number of attendees for any given 3D film depends on the film itself. He said movies that are made specifically to be shown in 3D have larger audiences than those that don’t. “Avatar” was shot specifically for presentation in 3D, and generated a larger audience than “Clash of the Titans,” which was converted post-filming. “There was actually a lot of negative feedback about

(‘Clash of the Titans’),” Couling said. “People didn’t like the 3D in it; it looked cheap.” Many of the movies selected to be filmed and screened in 3D depends on consumer demand, he said. Though demand for 3D movies is fairly high, the demand does come with a price. At Celebration!, that price is an extra $3 for a 3D movie ticket. Couling said the price increase is to help foot the bill for the extra technology needed to shoot a film in 3D. “A lot of people think it’s just for the glasses, but it doesn’t matter if you bring back your old glasses,” he said. “There’s still the $3 upcharge and it goes to pay for the investment in the technology that theater owners had to take on to bring movies in 3D to theaters.” Some moviegoers, like Capp, think the $3 is more than worth the experience. To others, such as Bay City junior Meg McCarthy, the extra money usually isn’t worth the cheap thrills. McCarthy said she enjoys 3D movies in some cases, but in others, the films should be left two dimensional. “I think it it’s a really imaginative movie like ‘Avatar’ or ‘Tron,’ or something that is not really realistic, then a 3D movie just helps you get involved with it,” she said. “But I think when they try and take more serious movies and make them 3D… it makes them kind of cheesy.” McCarthy said she frequents movie theaters every week, and thinks the $3 upcharge is too expensive for average 3D films. Couling said as 3D movies become more common, many movie theater frequenters are beginning to have the same mentality as McCarthy. “I think people, especially the savvy movie-goers, are starting to know whether it was made for 3D or not,” he said. studentlife@cm-life.com

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Following the success of the mediocrity that was “Avatar,” 3D tech seems to have become the norm. With the push of 3D films came a push for the home-based 3D experience: 3D-capable TVs, computer monitors and, of course, the 3D shutter glasses. But wait, didn’t we just buy high-definition TVs? There’s no doubt that the technology interests a lot of consumers, and while many find it intriguing, I can’t see a lot of people investing in 3D just yet. While talking with Novi junior Christopher Zamplas, a fellow student, he brought up a good point: If you buy a 3D television and want to host a party so your friends can come over and check it out, you better be willing to pony up hundreds of dollars for multiple pairs of shutter glasses. No thanks. However, I do find myself excited about the development of the glasses-free 3D experience, especially for gaming. Nintendo’s 3DS portable device is a step in the right direction, though it’s not without its limitations; users must hold the device in a certain position to achieve its 3D effect. But imagine the immersion a refined, fully glassesfree 3D experience might eventually offer for gaming. Imagine playing a firstperson shooter and detonating some C4 or witnessing a grenade explosion, and a fully 3D dust cloud fills your field of vision. Imagine the survival-horror experience, walking down dark hallways into the eerie unknown as flesh-eating monstrosities lie in wait just around the corner. When developers figure out how to integrate 3D so it becomes a natural experience (as opposed to shoving it in our faces), the immersion will be second to none. At least, that’s what I hope for the future of 3D. Maybe it’s just a resurrected fad from the past that will eventually recede as it did before. In terms of limitations, 3D is still in its infancy. But maybe we’re taking it a step further, crossing a bridge that will, someday, lead to a full-3D experience without worrying about headaches or wearing fancy glasses. That is an experience I would be willing to invest in. studentlife@cmich.edu


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NEW STUFF Home Theater “Justified: The Complete First Season” “Takers” “Hey Vern, It’s Ernest!: The Complete Series” Albums “Low Country Blues” Gregg Allman “The King is Dead” The Decemberists “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes” Social Distortion Video Games LittleBigPlanet 2 (Playstation 3) Mass Effect 2 (Playstation 3) Mindjack (Xbox 360)

TOP FIVES Movies 1. “The Green Hornet” $33 million 2. “The Dilemma” $17 million 3. “True Grit” $10 million 4. “The King’s Speech” $9 million 5. “Black Swan” $8 million Albums 1. “Speak Now” Taylor Swift 2. “Pink Friday” Nicki Minaj 3. “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” Bruno Mars 4. “Tron: Legacy (Soundtrack)” Daft Punk 5. “Recovery” Eminem Singles 1. “Grenade” Bruno Mars 2. “Firework” Katy Perry 3. “What’s My Name?” Rihanna ft. Drake 4. “We R Who We R” Ke$ha 5. “Raise Your Glass” P!nk

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‘Ilomilo’ offers challenging puzzles, will keep its players engaged Ryan Taljonick Staff Reporter

When I was seven years old, my parents bought a cuddly puppy as our new family pet. The only problem was that this puppy liked to destroy everything I loved about my childhood; my Mighty Max toys, G.I. Joes and even my Creepy Crawlers oven. Seriously, the entire oven. Fast forward 17 years later. My experience playing the Xbox Live Arcade puzzler known as “Ilomilo” is strikingly similar. This game is cute, fun and almost as psychologically exhausting. The goal of the game is to help two adorable characters — Ilo and Milo — meet up so they can spend a relaxing day in the park together. You control one character at a time, toggling back and forth between the two, while traversing the cube worlds that make up each puzzle in hopes of uniting the pair. The fewer cubes you traverse to solve a puzzle, the better your score, which is instantly submitted to online leaderboards. Some cubes can be manipulated, allowing you to bridge previously inaccessible gaps and overcome obstacles. Different cubes have different effects: Some extend the length of multiple cubes, some act as trap doors and some simply act as a single, movable cube. The main single-player campaign is divided into

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four separate chapters, each containing 12 bizarre levels, so there’s plenty of game here for 800 Microsoft Points, or $10. All levels have collectibles to be found and collecting certain items will unlock three bonus levels per chapter, which are typically more challenging compared to the others in the chapter. While not initially difficult, “Ilomilo” does a great job of preparing players for the game’s increasingly complex level design. Most levels can be completed in three minutes or less, but some will leave you stumped. Don’t worry though – most puzzles will not stump players for too long, and a lot of the solutions are painfully obvious once uncovered. The light-hearted characters, dialogue and music in the game mesh well and provide a genuinely fun and likable experience. Despite an occasionally frustrating camera and some

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Film can be high art, moving the audience emotionally and challenging their perceptions of the nature of life, love and humanity. Alternatively, it can exist purely to show Danny Trejo and Ving Rhames smashing cars into each other and firing automatic weapons while screaming. With such a specific latter example, there should be no question of what to expect from “Death Race 2,” the direct-to-DVD sequel to Paul W.S. Anderson’s 2008 Jason Statham-starring autocide gorefest. Like the first movie, it revolves around prison inmates with life sentences competing in a flesh-and-bone version of “Twisted Metal” to earn their freedom. Released yesterday, “Death Race 2” is more likely to light up the Golden Raspberry Awards than the Oscars. But hey, Danny Trejo.

The sack people of “LittleBigPlanet” return with a promise to offer a whole new co-operative adventure as well as greatly expanded creation options. Players can leap, grab, work together and compete across charmingly designed levels from professionals and thousands of other fans. The beta version of the game has already boasted diverse player-created content including a working simulation of the Windows XP operating system and a recreation of early firstperson shooter “Wolfenstein 3D.”

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Last year’s top 3D films By Garrett Tanner Staff Reviewer

3D cinematic technology is very interesting, but even more interesting is why people get excited about it. Why do people crave things popping out of movies, TV programs and even video games? Did all these things really become so boring they needed this little extra dimension? In some cases, yes; in others, no but that does not mean they cannot be fun. Of the all the films released in 3D in 2010, only “Tron: Legacy” used the technology to its full potential, both for visual and story purposes. The beauty of the film was it only added the technology to the scenes that take place within the computerized world of the Grid. Not the single greatest, or necessarily most fun (I am looking at you “Scott Pil-

grim”) film of 2010, “Tron” brought us ‘80s-born nerds back to the world that first truly utilized computer graphics in a whole new way. Long live the users. Probably one of the most unnecessary, yet super-fun, titles to be thrown off the screen was “Piranha 3D.” With possibly more fake blood than a Tarantino film, and a nude underwater ballet sequence that would make Russ Meyer blush, this film had something for almost no one. Those in on the joke and with an appetite for things like “Piranha-vision” had to appreciate this remake of the Joe Dante classic. The best film to be put out in the new medium, yet with no necessity for it, would have to be “Toy Story 3.” While this is quite possibly one of the best films of the year, there was no need for 3D what so ever. The story, loveable char-

acters and true closure to a franchise only nine years younger than myself, was as amazing as everything Pixar has put out. While I wasn’t able to see “Resident Evil: Afterlife” in theaters or in 3D, it needs to be on this list. However, I was able to catch it on DVD. This franchise has yet to produce a truly solid film, but it was the first film after “Avatar” to use James Cameron’s special 3D system. The final submission to this list is “Jackass 3D.” Though I have not seen this film, nor do I ever expect to, it must be mentioned. That being said, the fact that Johnny Knoxville and company talked studio executives into filming their antics with some of the most expensive film equipment ever says something about the state of modern Hollywood. studentlife@cm-life.com

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‘This Is The New Year’ good, but definitely a debut effort By Jay Gary Staff Reviewer

My music library has a great line of musicians named Ian; Ian McCulloch, Ian Anderson and Ian Brown, to name a few. Does the piano-based singer-songwriter Ian Axel have what it takes to be associated with other musicians that share his name? Ian Axel’s debut album “This is the New Year” is a collection of piano-pop songs that do tend to dwell a bit on the mainstream side. But this isn’t entirely a bad thing. Ian is not interested in advancing the sound of his genre but instead just takes his very best shot at writing good music within the genre instead. For the most part this works. The album is able to keep a nice diversity between happy-go-lucky pop songs and more soulful-piano and string ballads. The pacing between the emotional and musical spectrums makes the album very easy to listen through without losing interest. While the diversity is what keeps the album moving, the singles are the obvious standout songs. Both “Afterglow” and “This is the New Year” hit with a sound that makes you sit back and think it is easily a hit song you could see in a commercial or TV show intro. “This is the New Year” has actually already been used for the trailer of MTV’s new show “I Used To Be Fat” and when you hear the incredibly tight and passionate writing behind it one can easily see why, especially when the ending climax of the song hits. “Afterglow” is more of a bubblegum piano pop song that makes you want to clap and sing along, the chorus is extremely catchy and even if you aren’t the biggest fan

of pop you will still be compelled to sing along. The rest of the songs, however, are hit or miss. While tracks like the diabolical ballroom swing “Waltz” and upbeat and dancey “Hangman” are both distinctive and unique, much of the rest of the album shows its flaws. Songs like “We Are” and “Gone” don’t leave much of an impression while songs like “Leave Me Alone!” and “Girl I Got a Thing” bound over “acceptably poppy” and land in “annoyingly poppy” instead. Because of the album’s lack of consistent songwriting, it is easy to skip around the album to get to the good parts instead of letting it play itself through.

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HHH This most likely can be chalked up to Ian Axel’s inexperience. Being a debut album, it is easy to hear an awkward rhyme or rhythm. “This is the New Year” is a valiant effort for Ian Axel, it has some great singles and a handful of songs you may enjoy, but suffers from not maintaining that level of quality throughout the album. It’s a fun listen but don’t expect this to be the next Ben Folds or Windmill. studentlife@cm-life.com

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KICKIN’ IT | Students work their bodies to the core

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Saline freshman Laura Gajda works out Wednesday night in the Sweeney Hall basement. She participates in “Kick and Core” with other Sweeney Hall residents. “I like how ‘Kick and Core’ combines kickboxing elements and involves a high level of intensity,” Gajda.


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Thomas unlikely to play Thursday Senior suffered Grade 2 ankle sprain at Ball State By Aaron McMann Sports Editor

Ernie Zeigler could see it on his players’ faces. Holding onto a one-possession lead in the second half at Ball State on Saturday, any sense of momentum came to a grinding halt when Jalin Thomas fell to the floor at Worthern Arena reeling in pain. On a layup that gave CMU a 5-point lead with less than 11 minutes to play, Thomas landed wrong on his left ankle and had to come out of the game. “We had momentum,” Zeigler said. “We had been in control of the game for the first 30 minutes or so and when he went down, guys unexpectedly saw themselves in a new role.” A new role that put each of them in a position to try and make up for the lost offense Thomas provided. Up until his injury, he scored all of the team’s 12 second-half points. But now the Central Michigan men’s basketball team faces uncertainty heading into its game Thursday against Northern Illinois at McGuirk Arena. While Thomas didn’t suffer a fracture, as some had feared, the injury was a Grade 2 ankle sprain. With it comes a suggested 10-14 day recovery period. In the team’s first practice back on Monday, he sat out with a boot on his leg. Regardless, both he and Zeigler are hopeful he can give it a go Thursday. “Everybody feels differently,” Thomas said. “I try to look at it positively and, hopefully, maybe something will happen and I’m able to play.” If he’s unable to play, the more likely scenario, then CMU will

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Senior forward Jalin Thomas went down with a left ankle sprain Saturday at Ball State. He did not practice earlier in the week and is doubtful for Thursday’s game against NIU.

be faced with playing the Huskies (6-9, 2-1 Mid-American Conference) without one of its two scoring options. Thomas was averaging 15.1 points per game, second to freshman Trey Zeigler’s 17 points per game mark. Behind those two? Derek Jackson, Andre Coimbra and Amir Rashid – all averaging less than six points per game. With very few individuals capable to putting up numbers similar to Thomas’, Zeigler said he’s looking to get more production out of several guys rather just one. “I don’t think it’s just putting it on one guy to take the place of Jalin’s potential 18-20 points and 5-8 rebounds per game,” Zeigler said. “We have to get more effort and different guys stepping up. It’s something that has to be collectively dispersed through the next guy in and throughout the lineup.” Silas a scoring threat While freshman Trey will be expected to carry a lot of the load offensively, he will face his

toughest task of the season defensively. The Huskies boast one of the premier guards in the country in Xavier Silas, and Trey and senior Antonio Weary have been tasked the duty of trying to guard Silas. The 6-foot-5, 198pounder currently leads the MAC in scoring and is fourth in the country with 23.6 points per game. He also leads the conference in free throw shooting at 87.7 percent. “It’s going to be a challenge for me and Antonio,” Trey said. “We just have to step up to the plate, limit his touches and slow him down a little bit.” NIU is coming off a pair of conference wins last week against Eastern Michigan and Toledo. In the game against EMU, Silas scored 31 on 11-of14 shooting, including a cool 6-for-6 from behind the 3-point line. “He’s an absolute load,” Ernie Zeigler said. “Trey and Antonio are going up against the best player they’ve seen all year long.” sports@cm-life.com

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CMU hires new QB coach By Aaron McMann Sports Editor

CMU has hired former Miami (OH) offensive coordinator Morris Watts as its new quarterbacks coach, a source confirmed to Central Michigan Life on Monday. The move was first reported by ChippewasInsider.com Sunday. An announcement is expected to be made later in the week. Watts, 74, has more than 40 years of coaching experience. He spent the last two seasons at Miami, serving as quarterbacks coach in 2009 and offensive coordinator in 2010. Under Mike Haywood, he helped turn the RedHawks around from a 1-11 record in 2009 to 10-4 and a Mid-American Conference championship this season. Watts comes to the Chip-

pewas as a byproduct of Haywood’s issues at Pittsburgh. He was tabbed to be the Panthers new ofMorris Watts fensive coordinator until Haywood was arrested on a domestic violence charge and subsequently fired by the university. Before his time at Miami, Watts bounced around the college and pro ranks, even coaching at the high school level in 2007 and 2008. He was head coach Dan Enos’ offensive coordinator at Michigan State from 1987-90. Watts replaces Jay Johnson, who left CMU on Jan. 3 to become the offensive coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette.

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Daoust departs With one change comes another. Defensive line coach Tim Daoust has left the program to become an assistant coach at Syracuse University. The move was confirmed Monday by Syracuse. The move happened in the last week as CMU posted an opening for a defensive line coach on the NCAA job search website Friday. Daoust spent one season with the Chippewas, heading a defensive line that ranked 10th in the Mid-American Conference in rush defense, giving up 171.9 yards per game. Before arriving in Mount Pleasant, Daoust was defensive backs coach (2007-09) and defensive line coach (2006) at Western Michigan. sports@cm-life.com

Let’s call a spade a spade. Jalin Thomas will not play tomorrow as the Central Michigan men’s basketball team plays Northern Illinois. Is it official? No. Coach Ernie Zeigler is taking the “wait-and-see” approach in hopes of a miracle return to the lineup from a Grade-2 ankle sprain — one that usually takes significantly longer than the five days CMU’s 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior forward has taken to rest. Actually, he’s officially listed as “probable.” But nobody should get their hopes up of seeing Thomas on the floor, not when he’s wearing a boot to start the week. If he starts, he will be limited. And for a team that has just two real scoring threats — Thomas and freshman guard Trey Zeigler — the injury creates problems. It creates lineup problems. It creates scoring problems. It creates defensive problems. There’s a steep decline from Thomas’ 15.1 points per game, which is second only to Zeigler’s 17 per game, to CMU’s next best scorer. That next best scorer, freshman guard Derek Jackson, comes off the bench. His 5.6 points-per-game average is just ahead of senior starting guard Amir Rashid and junior reserve forward Andre Coimbra, who score 5.3 per game, respectively. But Rashid is not a pure scorer. Really, he’s not a scorer at all. In the words of CMU playby-play man Don Chiodo during CMU’s 64-55 loss to Ball State: “Amir takes a wideopen 14-footer! Oh, just off the mark.” That’s paraphrasing. The exact words were something similar. The end result was the same. Rashid: 0-for-5 from the field in 30 minutes playing time. Zero points. He did lead CMU with four assists, though, but that’s what CMU needs Rashid to be. Like

Andrew Stover Senior Reporter when he led the Chippewas with seven assists in their 65-52 win against Toledo, CMU needs Rashid to be a ball mover — a pace setter. Never do they expect their point guard to lead their team in shooting percentage. Coimbra is an energy guy and a big man. He is brought in for his length and spunk, rather than the ability to dominate. He topped out at 12 points in the season opener against Cal State Fullerton. He has yet to match that total, and only one other time did he reach double digits (10 points against Detroit on Dec. 18). Coimbra likely will be one of the key beneficiaries, as his minutes will go up if Thomas is not in the front court. But Jackson is the wild card, at least in regards to scoring. CMU went to a small lineup with Thomas out; Jackson saw 32 minutes of playing time. Jackson only put up nine shots, but they were third-most

on the team, behind Zeigler’s 20 attempts and Thomas’ 12. He seems to be the next guy in line that can help, possibly taking advantage of extensive playing and more open looks. But Ernie Zeigler stressed not letting the bigger workload fall on one person. Surely, Thomas’ defense would be missed in the front court if he doesn’t suit up. He routinely is matched up against other team’s bigs. Who takes that role now? Senior Antonio Weary is just 6-3, so does Coimbra and freshman Colin Voss see minutes at the expense of a better scoring threat in Jackson? We all will find out a lot about CMU’s depth and strategy on Thursday. Thomas may shock us and play; he wouldn’t be the same Jalin Thomas, though. The confidence in his ankle may be shaky. The amount of wear-and-tear he could take would be limited. The depth will be tested regardless if he plays, and someone will have to respond. Whether that’s Rashid, or maybe Coimbra or Jackson off the bench, it doesn’t matter. It has to be more than the Jalin and Trey show. Thursday would be a nice night to shed that label. sports@cm-life.com


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Different team meets Toledo today Rockets come into Mount Pleasant 12-5, 4-0 in MAC By John Evans Senior Reporter

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Junior heavyweight Jarod Trice, ranked second in the country at 285 pounds, beat Michigan’s Ben Apland Sunday in CMU’s first home match in McGuirk Arena. Trice is 18-3 on the season.

Borrelli names ex-Nebraska wrestler assistant coach Stephen Dwyer joins program after graduating in Dec. By Justin Hicks Staff Reporter

The Central Michigan wrestling program first showed interest in Nebraska’s Stephen Dwyer at the beginning of the season. “(Assistant coach) Mark DiSalvo originally approached me with the job offer and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to, still needing to finish up a little bit of school,” said Dwyer, who graduated in December. “He let me know the job was open and they were interested in me.” Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, Dwyer was named to the coaching staff on Monday to work with DiSalvo and head coach Tom Borrelli. “Steve’s a great addition to our staff, and rarely do we have a full-time second assistant, so having him join has had an impact over the past two or three weeks,” DiSalvo said. “He’s going to help tremendously from 165 to heavyweight.” As a Cornhusker, Dwyer qualified for the NCAA Championship four times, placing in the top eight spots and earning All-American honors twice. He finished fourth as a 174-

pound senior and eighth as a 165-pound sophomore. The Rockford native racked up a 106-35 collegiate record, Stephen Dwyer making him only the 18th wrestler in school history to reach 100 wins. He earned bonus points in more than a third of his victories, racking up 11 pins, six tech falls and 26 major decisions. “A lot of the coaching staff has been up through (CMU’s) program, but this way maybe I can offer outside views and different ways things can be done,” Dwyer said. The addition of Dwyer breaks a streak of former Chippewa wrestlers taking over as assistant coaches that dates back at least five seasons. DiSalvo hopes that bringing in someone from outside the program might give the team a competitive edge. Familiarity While the majority of the wrestlers are getting to know their new assistant coach, redshirt freshman Kyle Waldo is familiar with Dwyer. The 125pounder was Dwyer’s teammate at Nebraska during the 2009-10 season before transferring to CMU. “Stephen’s a really big asset to this program,” Waldo said. “Last year he had a big influ-

ence on me, not only my attitude but wrestling him and watching him execute the technique that the coaches would teach us really helped. “(He) brings experience he’s been to the national semifinals and he’s wrestled the top guys in the country. He can relate that to us better than the other coaches because he’s been through that recently in the past few years.” Following CMU’s 21-12 loss to the Michigan Wolverines Sunday, Borrelli pinpointed the young team’s lack of leadership in the practice room. Dwyer said there are two types of leaders: those that lead by example and those that are vocal and can encourage people. As a coach, he said it will be his responsibility to let those guys emerge by themselves and then put them into leadership positions as they take on those rolls. “I’m here on a year by year basis, and I’d love to be around here again next year,” Dwyer said. “I’m really excited about a chance for me to come into a coaching program that’s been consistently in the top 15 in the country, coming into a new facility and all the benefits that have been brought to this program.” The team will travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State at 7 p.m. Friday. sports@cm-life.com

‘Project 989’ debuts online Thursday Thrice-weekly podcast to feature sports talk, weekly interviews By Anthony Fenech Senior Reporter

My name is Fenech, his name is Stover, and we’re starting a podcast. It’s called Project 989, a thrice-weekly sports conversation from the college perspective of two guys majoring in Sports Fandom, and starting tomorrow, it will be featured on cm-life.com every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. During the week, we’ll cover a variety of local and national topics in a quick-hitting, 8-minute format of free-flowing sports talk, and always with the kind of personality that

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makes us think we’re qualified to do such a thing. Each Friday, we’ll bribe someone to sit down for an interview with us so we can bring to you a down-to-earth look at a variety of local figures, from coaches to athletes, students to professors and maybe, if we’re lucky, that really cute bartender from last weekend. Every once in a while, we’ll steal one of your other favorite CM Life personalities from their boring lives, like Sports Editor Aaron McMann, Senior Reporter John Evans or if we’re really desperate, Editor In Chief Jackie Smith. And since we’re both losers and spend the majority of our time watching or writing about sports, we don’t have a lot of friends, so we would like to encourage you to be our friends. You can do that by listening to our podcast multiple times

each day, by telling all of your friends to listen to our podcast multiple times each day, or by sending feedback to project989podcast@gmail.com. Yes, only good feedback will be read and in case you’re wondering, no, Stover does not know how to write. sports@cm-life.com

At this time last year, the CMU women’s basketball team still had a lot of unanswered questions. The team was without a then-injured Brandie Baker, and the freshman were not up to speed with the collegiate level. As a result, the Chippewas lost both games against Toledo. This year, however, things are different. “I haven’t thought about last year because we are here, right now,” said head coach Sue Guevara. “The talent level has gone up, we are a better basketball team and I think we are more versatile this year.” At 7 p.m. today at McGuirk Arena, the Chippewas team takes on the Toledo Rockets. This season the Chippewas are off to an 11-5 start, going 2-1 in the Mid-American Conference, while UT is 12-5 overall with a 4-0 conference record. The Chippewas are led by seniors Shonda Long and Kaihla Szunko, who are averaging 16.7 and 15.5 points per game respectively. Sophomore Brandie Baker is averaging 13.8 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game. She has barely missed a beat after missing all of last season. Freshman Niki DiGuilio, the MAC’s leading freshman scorer, and Taylor Johnson have both been solid for CMU. DiGuilio averages 12.3 points per game and Johnson averages 9.4, while grabbing more than seven rebounds per game. In the words of Guevara and some of veteran players, this is a completely revamped team. One that loves to get up and down the court and will try to take advantage of that tonight. “That’s our style of play, going as hard as we can for as long as we can and making impacts on the floor,” Szunko said. “It’s just time for us to take it to them, this atmosphere and arena is just awesome so I am ready to go.” Toledo is led by senior Melissa Goodall and junior Naama Shafir, averaging 13.2 and 12.6 points per game respectively. The Rockets are currently on a five-game winning streak, four of which were MAC games. The Rockets’ main starters include a four-guard set that also loves to run up and down with teams. If the Chippewas want to prove themselves, they are going to have to play better than they did on Saturday in a 86-77 loss at Ball State. “I want a little revenge on them,” Szunko said. “I think the Ball State loss will bring

“Toledo can run the floor too. I expect it to be a track meet.” Sue Guevara, CMU head coach a little motivation, but we have to move on. We didn’t play a great game and we all know that.” Tonight’s matchup is expected to be a high-scoring affair, with both teams competing for first place in the MAC West Division. Both teams bring an exciting style of play to the floor and the Chippewas will be looking to protect the home court advantage. “When we are at our best, that is our ball game,” Guevara said. “Toledo can run the floor too. I expect it to

be a track meet.” sports@cm-life.com

Gameday info Tipoff: 7 p.m., McGuirk Arena

Records: CMU: 11-5, 2-1 MAC; UT: 12-5, 4-0 MAC Radio: 91.5 WMHW-FM Last Meeting: Rockets won, 77-68 (Feb. 24, 2010)


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