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He was a leader on the CMU football team and graduated. He played professional football in Germany. Now ....

By Emily Grove Senior Reporter

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Former CMU quarterback Brian Brunner lifts the Central/Western rivalry trophy after he led the team to a win in 2008. Brunner is now back at CMU, working as the assistant director of the Chippewa Athletic Fund.

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Brian Brunner looks for an open receiver while playing football abroad in southwest Germany for the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns in summer 2010.

“I’m very far removed, I guess, from the student mentality and student life,” he said. “I’m not making ramen noodles and getting Hot-N-Ready Pizzas every night and bringing them back to my college house.” Brunner said the department’s commitment to support for former Chippewa athletes, combined with his extensive understanding and involvement with CMU and the com-

munity, helped land him the job. His main function is fundraising and maintaining connections with programs that support the Chippewas financially. Along with Heidi Fisher, another assistant director of the Chippewa Athletic Fund hired in early December, Brunner must connect with coaches and sports programs to further promote fundraising efforts

and future plans for championship funds. “I have always been impressed with Brian and his skill set,” said Director of Athletics Dave Heeke. “We thought it would be a terrific opportunity to bring him back to his alma mater in a role where he can help our program grow.” Brunner said his experience playing football abroad in Southwest Germany for the

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Brian Brunner, assistant director of the Chippewa Athletic Fund, has been working to raise money for various sports and programs through the Carlin Alumni house since 2004.

Schwabisch Hall Unicorns from April to October 2010 will help him with his new job at CMU. “Being able to live overseas and thrust myself in a different culture taught me a lot about being able to adapt to situations,” he said. “You have to avoid the temptation to isolate yourself (and) get beyond that comfort zone.” Craig Willey, assistant athletics director for the Chippewa

Athletic Fund, said Brunner is a high-energy person who is fun to be around. “I think the sky is the limit for him,” Willey said. “He’s team oriented ... (and) very driven. He enjoys being part of a team playing an active role and accomplishing goals.” Brunner said he hopes to be an athletics director someday.

Athletics breaks fundraising record despite recession By Carisa Seltz University Editor

Revenue generated from the athletics department’s fundraising efforts has increased by more than $500,000 in five years — a feat some say is rarely achieved amid a recession. According to the 200910 Athletics Annual Report, $616,878 was raised during 2005-06. Last year, $1,206,499 was raised, accounting for a 79 percent increase in revenue generated from donations and

making it one of the most successful fundraising campaigns to date. Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said these numbers far outpace the national trend. “Around the country, it’s not common for fundraising efforts to be as successful as they’ve been over the past several years because of the economic downturn,” he said. “So we’re very pleased with the totals and where we ended up.” Derek van der Merwe, senior associate athletic direc-

tor, said the department aims to raise between 7 to 8 percent more annually in fundraising efforts. The funds cited in the annual report are separate from what was raised for the Events Center, van der Merwe said. “That probably exceeds any other revenue goal on campus or in the area,” van der Merwe said, “but we are very aggressive.” During the University Annual Campaign, the Athletics Department received awards for “most dollars pledged by

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College graduates often find themselves working in a totally different field from their selected major — Brian Brunner is no exception. Brunner, a quarterback from 200408 for the Chippewas, graduated in 2009 with a journalism degree, but later found himself trading in his helmet and reporter’s notebook for other opportunities. He traveled the U.S., worked at quarterback camps and at a health club as a personal trainer, was a substitute teacher and wrote as a freelance writer. A call from the CMU Athletic Department offered a more permanent solution. In November, he was appointed the assistant director of the Chippewa Athletic Fund.

A new system to evaluate Michigan’s progress in different areas and plans to “reinvent” the state were the focus of Gov. Rick Snyder’s first State of the State address. Snyder began his speech Wednesday night with a focus on jobs and the need to address the current economic climate. “It is time to solve problems,” Snyder said. He acknowledged there can be no quick fixes and fast solutions to the problems facing Michigan. It will take hard work and teamwork, he said. The governor also introduced the new MiDashboard program to measure the state’s movement in 21 areas falling into five larger categories. The five major areas are economic growth, health and education, quality of life, public safety and value for government. The information and data will be presented at each future State of the State address and will be

a department” and “highest participation by department.” Heeke said awareness and interest in the athletic programs has played an important role in the fundraising process because of the overall recent success of the teams. More people than ever are interested in what’s happening at CMU and how they can support the university, he said. “Most of our donors are alums and former letter winners so they have a strong passion for the university and for our programs,” he said. “They

enjoy supporting it and giving back.” The current annual donor base grew by more than 800 donors over the past five years. Currently, there are 2,613 individuals in the annual donor base. The 1100 Club also has grown in membership. The 1100 Club started in June 2007; the original goal was to have 100 donors donating at least $1,100. The annual membership base in the 1100 Club has

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Solar panels were planned to be installed in the Education and Human Services Building today to save the university money, though it is still unknown how much the panels will save in power costs. According to previously published reports, the solar panels would require less steam from the Power House and help the absorption chiller with heating and cooling the air and water. “Since the EHS Building was already LEED-certified and we had to get them installed, this building was our first choice,” said Director of Energy Optimization Mike Walton. Walton said there are other ongoing projects on campus, including lighting upgrades and demand control ventilation. The upgrades in lighting started a year ago in Grawn Hall and are now making way across campus to other buildings. “These were solar thermal

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w A Sibs Weekend general meeting will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. w The MLK 19th Annual Unity Ball will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. in the UC Rotunda. w ‘The Social Network’ will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m. in the UC Auditorium.

saturday w Faculty artists Dennis Bassett, tenor and Sara Seidel, organ will perform from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1250 Watson Road. w Comedian Phil Hanley will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. in the UC Auditorium. w The Electrify CMU dance party will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. in Finch Fieldhouse.

sunday w The 2011 Winter Concert Series will begin at 4 p.m. at the Art Reach of Mid Michigan building, 111 E. Broadway St.

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Solar panels are in the process of being put in place on the roof of the Education and Human Services building. The university is also installing lighting upgrades, which first started in Grawn Hall about a year ago.

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panels that CMU already had,” he said. The panels were originally intended for the Student Activity Center to heat the swimming pools and other domesticated water. The decision to move the panels was made to concentrate green initiatives for one building. CMU received a green award from the American School University for efforts toward becoming a more environmentally friendly campus. Former CMU President Mike Rao founded the Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems in 2008; since then, over 14 projects were completed with others in the works for the future. The list is constantly growing, said Director of the Institute for Sustainable Systems Tom Rohrer. “Some of the things we were directed to do (in 2008) were to take a look at energy conservation measures and all alternative possibilities,” Rohrer said. “We first had to put together

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increased to 180 members and has generated an additional $250,000 on average per year for the football program. “People like to support positive initiatives and positive efforts and we have that here at Central Michigan,” Heeke said. Heeke said they have put a program together that is very efficient and informative for potential donors. He said they understand what they’re supporting and how their gifts benefit CMU. “We’ve worked very hard over the years to help educate our donors and potential donors and how they can help,” he said. “That’s been an important component we continue to grow year after year.” Heeke said fundraising dollars help the overall operation of the athletics department and they help fund scholarships. “It helps all of our programs across the board,” he said. The athletic department’s budget is about $22.5 million. Heeke said $6.4 million is raised through the athletics department generated revenues to which fundraising contributes. The department recently hired Heidi Fisher and Brian Brunner as assistant directors to help generate more funds, resulting in a restructuring of the department’s development office.


viewable at “Essentially, this is his way of letting the people judge him and the job he’s doing,” said Bill Ballenger, former Griffin Endowed Chair and editor of Inside Michigan Politics. “It’s a pretty bold move.” Snyder said he wants to eliminate the Michigan Business Tax and replace it with a 6 percent income tax. In March, he hopes to address government reform and in April, he plans to discuss Michigan’s education system. The agricultural importance to Michigan’s economy was another topic for Snyder. He called for farmers to be “protected from unnecessary conditions and frivolous lawsuits.” State Rep. Kevin Cotter, RMount Pleasant, was particularly pleased with the mention. “It was a nice salute to our farmers to get the unneeded regulations out of the way and let them do what they do,” Cotter said. “We need to realize the value that they provide.” Snyder also expressed his support for plans to build a new bridge connecting Detroit and Canada. The Detroit River International Crossing project already has $550 million in pledged loans from Canada for construction. A deal with the Federal Highway Administration will allow Michigan to use the money as matching funds for road projects across the state.

a committee on campus that took a comprehensive inventory of CMU’s costs related to energy, and then created a plan.” Moore Hall is the test-run for lighting sensors, Rohrer said. The sensors are motioncontrolled and turn off lights if they detect no movement in a room for a set amount of time. If they are successful, there is a proposal to install them everywhere on campus. Despite concerns from Michigan residents about the climate’s effect on the feasibility of alternative energy systems, Rohrer has no doubt in his mind about efficiency initiatives at CMU. “People can talk negatively — the weather is too cold, dark and there is not enough wind — but latent heat for solar panels is still very viable,” Rohrer said. An updated list of projects can be found by contacting Rohrer in his office in Anspach 106. Each project on the list shows the cost of completion and the annual savings. The list also explains how the majority of the projects will pay for themselves within a few years, as well as show continued savings for the future, he said.

LOS ANGELES — The dramatic shrinking of Arctic Sea ice and the Northern Hemisphere’s glaciers and snowfields has reduced the radiation of sunlight back into space more than scientists previously predicted, according to a new study in the journal Nature Geoscience. As a result, the ocean and land mass exposed by the melting ice and snow have absorbed more heat, contributing to global warming. The “albedo” effect, in which the white cover reflects radiation from sunshine, has been calculated in numerous computer-generated climate models. But the new study goes beyond those theoretical calculations. Using field

measurements and satellite observations, a team led by University of Michigan researcher Mark Flanner found that the warming effect of the loss of snow and ice is “substantially larger” than was predicted in the estimates of 18 climate models. On average, Earth’s temperature has risen about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since the Industrial Revolution, driven by the increase in heat-trapping carbon dioxide and other gases released by the burning of coal and oil. But the warming effect is uneven, with polar regions heating up much more than the lower latitudes. Global warming skeptics have often claimed that climate models exaggerate ongoing climate change. But the new study of Arctic Sea ice and snow on land documented the opposite: Climate models, in this important area, underes-

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Snyder said the opportunity is too good to pass up and would create jobs to stimulate the economy. He also said none of the expenses incurred would fall on Michigan citizens. John Tramontana, spokesman for the Michigan Democratic Party was pleased with the speech and Snyder’s plans for the DRIC, as well as his support for immigration, furthering education and urban development. “If he is going to do those things, the Democrats are willing to work with him,” Tramontana said. “I see the biggest problem being within his own party.” However, with the announcement of the proposed bridge, Ballenger said Snyder left much unsaid in other areas, specifically the budget. “I think the bridge will get so much attention that people will give a pass for the time being on lack of specificity in the speech tonight,” he said. “Lots of the issues that he didn’t talk about he’s going to have to address.” Snyder said he plans to have the budget drafted to the legislature by mid-February — one month before it is due. He also wants to have the following year’s budget turned in. “A two-year budget will force tough decisions,” he said. “We’re not going to play kick the can down the road until the next year.” Snyder said he will strive to have the whole budget process completed by May 31.

timate the effects. The findings add urgency to demands that the United States, China and other major greenhouse gas polluters curb their emissions and switch to cleaner fuels. Flanner and his colleagues measured ice and snow between 1979 and 2008. They found that ice and snow in the Northern Hemisphere are now reflecting on average 3.3 watts of solar energy per square meter back to space, a reduction of 0.45 watts per square meter over three decades. In snow- and ice-covered regions, Flanner said, “observations show a stronger response to recent warming than anticipated.” But he noted that the Arctic melting is just one of the major factors that will influence the future climate. “Changes in atmospheric water and clouds are the two other big players,” he said.

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Man receives jail time after accident killed bicyclist Sentence includes $500 fine, five years probation By Josh Simmet Staff Reporter

Kevin Michael Pastotnik will spend up to a year in Isabella County Jail on charges related to an August carbicycle accident that killed another man. The Weidman man was

sentenced Thursday. He will also face five years of probation, and must pay $500 in fines and 500 hours of community service for each charge, which include driving while on a suspended license causing injury and failure to stop after an accident causing serious injury or death. Work release while serving his jail time was left to the discretion of the jail staff. Pastotnik pleaded guilty to the charges after he hit and

killed bicyclist Elias Nelson Lopez with his vehicle last year. He then fled the scene. He originally faced a maximum 10-year sentence. “My client knew he had hit someone, he just couldn’t come to terms with it.” said Daniel O’Neil, Pastotnik’s attorney. “He called the police the next morning because he was consumed by guilt.” Pastotnik said he was very remorseful over the death. “I want to tell the Lopez fam-

ily that I am sorry,” he said. “I spent a lot of time wishing our roles could be reversed.” O’Neil said he hoped Pastotnik would be allowed to continue working so he can pay the court and the victim’s family. Judge Mark H. Duthie, who presided over the case, said he understood the Lopez family’s desire for the maximum sentence in prison. However, he said Pastotnik’s ability to work and pay his fines were important, as

well as providing for his family. Barbara Lopez, wife of the deceased Elias Lopez, said she was shocked by Kevin Michael the lightness Pastotnik of the sentence. “He has prior reckless driving history. No justice was served here,” Lopez said. “I hope he’s remorse-

ful because if he is then that is the only justice that I will get.” Because the sentence was within the sentencing guidelines, a successful appeal is very unlikely, said Isabella County Prosecutor Larry Burdick. “The whole situation is tragic.” said Stuart Black, senior assistant prosecutor, “But that’s the sentence that was given.”

After 10 years, Wikipedia changes research scheme Students, professors experience shifting attitudes toward source By Maryellen Tighe Staff Reporter

Ten years ago, the world was introduced to usergenerated encyclopedia Wikipedia. This provoked a change in the world of reference sources — and the people who use them — that continues to this day, said Timothy Peters, director of information services at off-campus library services. “Years ago, librarians were wary because it was not a traditional source,” Peters said. “It’s gotten much better over the years. When the Internet first came out it was just whatever people with computers wanted to put on there.” Wikipedia should be treated like any other source, Peters said. People should look at the sources the author cites and see if they did their homework. Even people who use reference books should make sure the author is citing prominent thinkers in the field, said Chris Owens, assistant professor of political science, and using Wikipedia today is like using an encyclopedia was when he was in college. “If you write a paper and it only has Wikipedia cites you’re going to get a bad grade,” he said. “There are plenty of electronic books and journals you can use.” Owens said the source is useful for finding background on a topic but should be avoided for anything deeper. Novi sophomore Joe Betro uses Wikipedia for just that. “I do (use it) in my reports, not to quote Wikipedia, but to find other reliable sources,” Betro said. “Most of my professors actually tell me to use it ... as a jumping-off point.” Assistant History Professor Randy Doyle uses Wikipedia for photographs and the appropriate spelling of vocabulary terms in his HST 369: Tra-

ditional China class. “I don’t use it as an intellectual source ... because it does have limitations,” he said. “(But) dealing with Asian history, the vast majority of students I’ve encountered in ten years haven’t known (the language’s) spelling.” Some people may have problems with Wikipedia because they think the content takes a more liberal view of current events, Doyle said. It is up to each professor whether they allow Wikipedia as a source, Peters said. Owens and Doyle do not allow their students to use the site as a source. But the model for Wikipedia is having an impact on more traditional encyclopedias, he said. Even the Encyclopedia Britannica has a method for people to submit their own content. “The other websites that deal with encyclopedic knowledge ... follow the Wikipedia model,” he said. “The problem with Wikipedia is that it’s kind of known as the people’s encyclopedia.” Even in Wikipedia’s early days some of its articles were superior to traditional sources, Peters said. When he was reading about the Ogallala Aquifer, an aquifer which provides water for parts of the great plains, the Wikipedia page was appeared credible and provided more information than traditional encyclopedia. “(Wikipedia) would probably be 15 pages printed out with charts and graphs and maps,” he said. “Someone who needed information about the Ogallala Aquifer would be better served by going to Wikipedia.” Peters likened most Wikipedia pages to study aids like CliffsNotes in that they both provide valuable background information but should not be a final source for any type of research.

Remembering Tucson About 30 attend College Democrats-organized candlelight vigil By Matt Tores | Staff Reporter Candles were lit. Speeches were shared. And then there was a moment of silence. It was Allendale freshman Katie Campbell’s first time attending a candlelight vigil. She was one of about 30 students and faculty members in Warriner Mall Thursday night to join in the College Democrats-organized remembrance of the victims of the Tucson, Ariz. shooting.

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University President George Ross stands in solace among 30 students Thursday night at Warriner Mall. “We shouldn’t point the blame at people we disagree with,” he said.

Campbell thought the event was something all colleges should have organized. “An important point was made,” she said, “that we need to start (looking) at people for who they are and not what they believe.” Campbell was there supporting Schoolcraft freshman Shane McGoff, the media director of College Democrats, who coordinated the vigil. McGoff said he wasn’t sure what to expect, but appreciated sharing the moment of healing with everyone that came. He began the event with a speech saying peoples’ beliefs should be expressed through unity and understanding; not violence. University President George Ross

attended the vigil and also spoke. “We shouldn’t point the blame at people we disagree with,” he said. Ross said he was disappointed that both political parties were not focused on the victims and their families days after the shooting. He said he came to the vigil to support the students and to help them recognize both the tragedy and the healing that trails a nationally traumatic event like the shooting. Southgate senior Stephen Johnson, communications director of College Democrats, also attended. “It doesn’t directly impact me,” Johnson said, “but we are one country and we need to show our support no matter what.”

Grad student juggles school, politics By Ariel Black Senior Reporter

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Andrea LaFontaine, left, poses with Macomb County Commissioner Kathy Vosburg. LaFontaine was elected to serve the 32nd state House District in November as a Republican. She also is a CMU graduate student from Richmond studying public administration.

Graduate student Andrea LaFontaine spends her time not only pursuing her master’s in public administration at CMU, but also serving as the youngest state representative since John Engler. LaFontaine was elected to serve the 32nd state House District in November as a Republican. According to election results from the Secretary of State’s website, LaFontaine beat Democrat candidate Jennifer Haase 16,101 votes to 14,354.

The Richmond native knew she wanted to pursue a career in politics ever since working under a state senator for two years in Lansing. “I understand what kids my age are facing and I was sick of seeing my friends and family leave Michigan just to find work,” LaFontaine said. “I finally decided to do something about it.” LaFontaine said the challenge was gaining support after submitting her name as a candidate. She credited her mother, Cathy, for major support and advice.

“My mom said if anyone in our family was going to run for this position and succeed, it was going to be me,” LaFontaine said. Macomb County Commissioner Kathy Vosburg worked with LaFontaine on their campaign trails after LaFontaine won the primary. “Our districts are very similar, so Andrea asked me to work with her,” Vosburg said. “It was in the heat of the summer and we were going door-to-door to gain supporters.” Vosburg said Andrea is a hard worker who is not afraid

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to tackle any difficult issue. LaFontaine continued her studies while working to gain supporters in her campaign. She said she “learned to be creative,” and made sure class research would also benefit her work in politics. LaFontaine said she is focusing solely on serving her constituents for her next two years in office. “People in the district elected me to make a difference,” she said. “But if I cannot make that difference, I

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Winter accidents within typical range this season Local police advise extra winter-driving caution By Gabi Jaye Senior Reporter

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Midland residents Kaley Smith and Tim Lueders look for rugs Tuesday at Jo Jo’s Junk Shop, 219 S. Main St. They said they stopped by the store on their way to the Soaring Eagle Casino because they thought it looked interesting.

Students ‘Bowl for Soup’ at MLK charity event SAC gathering proceeds donated to soup kitchen

Though the snow-covered roads of CMU may seem nigh post-apocalyptic, the number of reported car accidents have not been extraordinary for local police agencies. CMU Police reported 16 car accidents from Dec. 1, 2010 to Jan. 17, 2011. CMU Police Lt. Cameron Wassman said the numbers are typical compared to last years’ reports. “I would suggest that drivers keep speeds at or below the speed limit,” he said. “Drive to what weather conditions dictate.” Wassman said he thinks the university does a good job of keeping its roads plowed and that plow drivers are usually out right after the snowfall. He said drivers should keep a safe distance between the car in front and their own. He said many rear-ending accidents oc-

cur when the weather grows poor. “Be extra alert to your surroundings,” he said. County and city accidents Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said the county reported 180 car accidents from the beginning of December to Jan. 18, which are in line with what his department has reported in the past. Mioduszewski said the county always reports between 170 and 190 car accidents in this time frame. “They are always kind of in that ballpark,” he said. “These numbers are nothing outrageous or out of the line.” He said the most important thing for drivers to remember is reducing their speed when on a wet road. “When the roads are slippery, you can’t drive like you did during the summer,” said Mioduszewski. “Drivers have to get into the winter mindset.” The sheriff also cautioned drivers to be extra careful when stopping at intersections and signs if the weather is bad. He said drivers should pump their breaks when trying to stop

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and pull off the road if they experience fatigue. The city of Mount Pleasant reported 75 traffic crashes during from Dec.1 to Jan. 17. Jeff Browne, Mount Pleasant Police Department public information officer, said 10 of these were injury accidents. “Please slow down and allow extra time to travel,” he said. “Make sure to clean off your car so you can see.”

By Mike Nichols Senior Reporter

Students did not just march down the lanes of Mount Pleasant in support of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream; they also bowled down them. The Office of Minority Student Services (MSS) hosted “Bowling For Soup,” a charity bowling event to from 7 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday at U-Lanes in the Student Activity Center. Students paid a discounted $5 for 2 games, shoes, and pizza, with all profits donated to the Isabella Soup Kitchen. The event was sponsored by MSS and the U-Rec. Keisha Janney, assistant director of MSS, was the primary organizer of “Bowling For Soup,” and said the soup kitchen was thrilled to hear they were getting support. “Part of MLK’s vision was being part of the community,” Janney said. “This event not only helps us be a part of the community, but also support a community organization.” Janney said about 25 people showed up to bowl, cheer and jeer one another. Detroit senior Samantha Todd had a fit of giggles as she tried to take her turn at the lane. “I can’t stop laughing,” she said, and proceeded to roll a gutter-ball. Detroit freshman Devin Graham said she came to bowl to win. Although she averages a score of 35, her best game was 104. Her improvement prompted a victory dance for her friends.

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From left to right: Ann Danielski, an executive secretary of the office of Minority Student Services, cheers with Tara Novak, an administrative secretary of Minority Student Services, Flint graduate student LaMarcus Howard and Iron Mountain graduate student Josh Matulewicz Wednesday at the charity bowling event in the SAC’s U-Lanes bowling alley as a part of Martin Luther King Jr. week. All proceeds will go to the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen.

“Part of MLK’s vision was being part of the community. This event not only helps us be a part of the community, but also support a community organization.” Keisha Janney, assistant director of MSS

“That was a lucky game,” Graham said. “This has been a blast.” Graham’s friend, Birmingham freshman Ashlee Davis, said the atmosphere of the bowlers was exciting to be around. “It seems estatic,” she said. “I’m having a good time.” The MSS office all bowled together and decided to have a friendly wager to win their office candy bowl, which they had filled with a random assortment of goodies, they said. Whoever scored the highest or matched a predicted score would win

the trophy containing five sticks of gum, a packet of tea, trailmix, a health bar, a red lobster gift card and computer wipes Traci Guinn, the director of MSS, won with a high score of 129. She said her family likes to bowl, which helped in her success. She was glad she won the bowl but, in the spirit of the event, elected to share with others. “I’m excited about the goodies,” she said. “But I’m a sharing person, so I’m going to share it with my staff.”

Recycle bins help push CMU past recycling goals for 2010 By Chidera Ogbonna Staff Reporter

CMU successfully reached its goal in 2010 by recycling a total of 568.17 tons. Director of Facilities Operations Jay Kahn said the 568.17 tons of recycled materials was generated from general recycling, department recycling and composting. The goal for last year was 560 tons. “The breakdown is the general recycling, which goes to the material recycling facility, was 543.2 tons,” Kahn said. “Department recycling, which goes to Mid Michigan Industries, was 8.38 tons and composting was 16.59 tons.” Flint senior Heather Curtis said she was happy to be involved in improving the recycling program as a whole and forwarding sustainability. She was part of the team that decided the original design of the recycling bins; she also helped with placing the bins around campus. “The new recycling bins have made great strides thus

far and I am certain they will continue to make a positive impact on our campus,” Curtis said. “It is apparent that students are recognizing them and making an effort to support our recycling endeavors.” RecycleMania The next big event for the recycling program is the upcoming RecycleMania Tournament which starts Sunday, Kahn said. “The competition is getting ready to go,” he said. “That is what we are focused on right now.” Other Michigan universities, including Michigan State University, Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University, are scheduled to participate in the tournament. RecycleMania is especially exciting this year with the addition of the new recycling bins, Curtis said. He hopes to see improvements in the quantity of material recycled in 2011 to keep the initiative progressive. “CMU has the opportuni-

ty to become a well-known environmentally-fr iendly university,” Curtis said.

Students feel uninformed about new services By Rachel Dybicki Staff Reporter

student Facebook profiles to receive updates, use multiple calendars and chat with friends, Falconer said. Students can also use the Cmail service as a mobile flash drive by saving documents into organized folders online.

Many students remain unaware of how to best utilize the Cmail system implemented in late June — and some have even been left yearning for the simplicity of the old one. “A quarter of the calls (I receive) are questions about Cmail and e-mail in general.” said Ada freshman Zac Falconer, who is an employee at the CMU Help Desk. “Probably only 30 or 40 percent of students use Cmail to its full potential.” Cmail can connect with

Reaction Students like Tracy Leno have already explored some of the systems options. “I use it, like, everyday. It keeps me updated with classes and what’s going on around campus,” the Kentwood freshman said. “Having the names pop up when you type them in is handy as dandy and I also enjoy getting my bill updates because it’s so convenient.” Once students get used to the system they can help troubleshoot for

friends, but everyone is still welcome to call the Help Desk at 774-3662, Falconer said. Muskegon freshman Tim Crosby thought a helpful change would have been an orientation session at the beginning of the year to show what Cmail can really do. He said he wondered why there was not a bigger effort to educate students about the new features when they were first implemented. “It’s hard to stay organized when you were’t informed in the first place,” he said. “If they had a meeting at the beginning of the year I still wouldn’t utilize all of the different options but I would use the ones that worked best for me.”


Soup and Substance event explores Detroit segregation Violence, other illegal coercive tactics discussed By Seth Newman Staff Reporter

Joyce Baugh’s message was clear Wednesday afternoon: Detroit was just as segregated as the South during the height of the civil rights movement. The political science professor’s speech, “The Color Line in Metropolitan Detroit: Segregated Housing and Segregated Schools,” drew 250 people to the Bovee University Center Rotunda — so many the university had to close off entrances to the Soup and Substance event. “Martin Luther King, Jr. marched with 125,000 people in downtown Detroit before delivering a preview of his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech,” she said. At the time King spoke in Detroit, Baugh said real estate agents were using a method called “steering” to place white citizens in certain neighbor-

hoods while they placed black citizens in different neighborhoods. In addition to “steering,” real estate companies used “blockbusting” as another tactic to promote segregation, she said. “When black families moved into a white neighborhood, real estate agents would tell the white home owners that their land was worth less,” Baugh said. “The white family would then sell their land cheap back to the real estate agents, which they would turn around and sell the land to the black families at a high price.” Violence was directed toward the black owners in white suburbs when they purchased new homes, she said. “This violence was not random,” she said. “It was organized and it spread.” School segregation was much of the same, she said, and has a complex history. “The Supreme Court found Detroit schools racially segregated by local and state officials,” she said. Bay City sophomore Maeling Groya said she learned

these issues still exist today. “This is still an ongoing issue locally,” Groya said. “Raising awareness is the only way to hopefully improve this issue in the future. Unless we start learning together, we will never be able to live together.” When asked by a student if Detroit can recover and once again be a prospering city, Baugh said she already believes Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is doing the necessary things required to turn the city around. Okemos junior Sue Li said it was important for the campus community to hear Baugh’s message. “I learned about the housing segregation and education segregation in Detroit and how their public schools have come a long way to fight the unconstitutional segregation,” she said. “It’s important to understand and appreciate differences among us. Everyone has different values and we celebrate diversity.”

Opportunity lies within all majors By Brad Canze News Copy Chief

“What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?” is a question so pervasive in society it became the title of the opening musical number of the Broadway musical “Avenue Q.” For many students, though, the question is a source of anxiety over their post-college life rather than fodder for a song and dance. Many majors in the current job market require additional education, or a creative approach and a lot of luck, to be successful. “I would have to say the ones that stand out to me are art majors, history ... and philosophy,” said Jenison sophomore Ernie Bauer, an economics major. Bauer said he thinks people who go into professions without a fertile job market have a different set of priorities than the average business or science major.

“I think the biggest reason would be they choose selffulfilment over economic or financial gain,” Bauer said. “They go for what would make them happy rather than what would make them successful.” Troy Hicks, an assistant professor of English language and literature, said these majors can be advantageous if graduates broaden their horizons. “I would say a degree in English could be a gateway to many other careers,” said Hicks, giving examples of education, techical writing and communications professions. “It’s rare, but I’ve heard of an English major going on to law school or medical school. I feel the stereotype is that students come into English because they just want to write and read literature all the time.” Flint sophomore and anthropology major Keith Kremlick said in a climate where many students are being told they need to go on to gradu-

ate studies to get ahead, he believes there are still opportunities for graduates with bachelor’s degrees. “I’m staying at bachelor level myself,” Kremlick said. “I think associate’s degrees are useless anymore, but I think a bachelor’s can still take you places. Especially with a more creative major, you’re going to do more self-employment anyway.” However, whether a major or a career plan is safe or risky, importance should be placed on finding a sense of fulfilment. “If that’s what makes you happy, that’s your choice,” said California senior Chase Meder, a meteorology major. “I’m not going to tell you you’re wasting your time, because somebody might say that about my major. It’s kind of a ‘to each his own’-type deal.”

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Professor of psychology embraces challenge as new program director By Sherri Keaton Staff Reporter

George Ronan will be in an optimal position to see his passion for improving higher education come to fruition as the new general education director. Ronan, a psychology professor who started the job for the Academic Senate Jan. 4, said he cares about the future of CMU students graduating with the skills necessary to become well-informed. “In many ways, the general education program is our commitment to Michigan,” Ronan said, “to train its citizens to be aware of what’s going on and be able to reason through complicated issues facing the state.” For the past seven years, the general education program has updated and implemented new programs. Ronan said he thinks it gets to the heart of what an undergraduate education should be. “I am very excited about the possibility of updating it,” he said. Academic Senate Chairman Phil Squattrito, a chemistry professor, said he thinks Ronan is qualified to be in his new position because he has been involved in general education since starting at CMU 20 years ago. “He is interested and he was motivated enough to apply,” he said, “and I am confident that he will do a good job.” Ronan and several other applicants went through an interview process for the position by fall 2010; based on the interviews, Ronan was asked to fill the position. According to the General Education Committee’s website, the Academic Senate is a

curricular body that serves as the faculty advisory and policy-making body for the General Education Program. The committee develops, reviews and evaluates programs and policies pertaining to the operation of the General Education Program. Professor of philosophy and religion Robert Stecker has known Ronan for 20 years. “Ronan was very interested in general education,” he said. “He’s proposed a plan advising the University Program before the senate took it up. It played some role in their visions we implemented.” Stecker said Ronan works very hard and follows through once he starts something. One of Ronan’s responsibilities will be to oversee the implementation of components the university has adopted, including the quantitative reasoning component. This involves competency in the writing and math skill sets. “I am very actively involved in that right now,” he said. “As

society becomes more complex, citizens are really required to reason with numbers and that is what this competency deals with.” The goal is for students to be able to reason with numbers by the time they graduate and apply that math to solve common everyday problems, he said. “A lot of that will be embedded in the major,” he said. “We do that so we can ensure by the time students graduate they can reason well mathematically and have good writing skills.” Minnesota graduate student Kimberly Maurelli said she has known Ronan for more than two years. “He has done a lot for the clinical program,” she said. “He probably won’t have too much difficulty (in the new position) because he has taken on leadership roles in various organizations (and is) definitely confident to take on that sort of a role.”

Central Michigan Life || Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 || 5A

TRUE BLOOD | Students participate in CMU/WMU event

Bethany Walter/Staff photographer

Canton sophomore Eddie Koelzer donates blood, while Medical Assistant Rachel Thrush checks on him during the CMU vs. WMU blood drive on Wednesday afternoon in Kulhavi 142. “I’ve been donating since I was 18. It’s a half hour of your day and it helps save three lives,” Koelzer said.

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EDITORIAL | Snyder’s first State of the State falls short, ignores Michigan’s financial future

Nathan Inks Columnist

Snyder’s first address not focused on problems “Simply put, job one is jobs.” That was Governor Rick Snyder’s opening point in Wednesday’s State of the State address. The governor pledged to stop “the fighting that resulted in rhetoric and paralysis,” and said “It is time to solve problems.” Snyder stressed that the government needs to be reformed and based on results, unveiling the Michigan Dashboard, an online way of tracking how the state is doing on issues ranging from economic strength to public safety. The website is a bold move that will give voters a direct way of tracking how his administration performs over the next four years. Snyder unveiled his plan to pass the budget quicker than previous years, promising to present his budget by mid-February, a month earlier than the deadline. Instead of a one-year budget, it will be a two-year budget, with the second year functioning as a guideline. A desire to pass the budget on time will be welcomed by many Michiganders, but while Snyder went on to talk about initiatives he wants to introduce, the one thing that was missing was how he was going to pay for it. While the state is facing a budget shortfall, Snyder was proposing increasing our focus on education, expanding from a Kindergarten12th grade plan to a prenatal through college, or “P-20” plan. He continued to talk about various other programs he would like to see implemented, but there was relatively little talk of spending cuts or revenue increases. Revenue sharing and eliminating government inefficiency will only get the state so far, and with a budget shortfall close to $2 billion, the cost-saving methods Snyder proposed will not be enough. Parts of his speech were too focused on what is wrong with the state instead of how he will fix it, such as his proposed elimination of the Michigan Item Pricing Act, a law that requires companies to place price tags on each individual product. While the law has major flaws, simply repealing it without putting anything in its place would be disastrous for consumers. He also backed the Detroit River International Crossing, a new toll bridge to Canada that would be paid for largely with Canadian and federal funds. If it ends up costing us millions of dollars without generating much revenue, this will be seen as a wasteful project by many. Governor Snyder had a lot of good ideas for the next four years, but he was lacking on how to pay for them. Hopefully over the next few months, he will continue to lay out his full plan, so that we can successfully “reinvent Michigan.”

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Wrong foot forward


hile the point of the State of the State address is to rouse optimism in Michigan residents, Gov. Rick Snyder’s speech Wednesday glossed over important topics which were integral to his campaign. Issues such as higher education and the state budget were disarmingly absent. The governor was elected to the position in November primarily for his business savvy, a quality often missing in Lansing. In years past, the state’s annual budget has continued to be a point of contention and Michigan’s public universities have seen appropriated funds decrease substantially. Many analysts expect higher education to see further cuts this year. When he touched on the state’s financial future, Snyder mentioned nothing more than plans to have the budget process completed by May 31 and a proposed two-year budget, leaving concerned college students scratching their heads. This isn’t to say Snyder had absolutely nothing of substance in his address — something had to inspire the many standing ovations from his fellow Republican lawmakers.

Anthony Fenech Senior Reporter

Hi, I’m Fenech

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Sue Snyder looks on as her husband, Rick Snyder, takes the oath of office as the the governor of Michigan during the inauguration on the steps of the State Capitol in Lansing on Jan. 1.

He expressed support for a new bridge between the U.S. and Canada with a $550-million loan already pledged for such a project. He proposed an annual rate of $25 million for Pure Michigan ad funding, and unveiled the MiDashboard, a Web page from which people can check the status of anything from the state’s economic strength to its quality of life. However, for a governor who has advertised his concern over keeping college students in their home state to work, Snyder revealed nothing of plans to keep graduates around long enough to improve Michigan’s economic climate. At CMU, state appropriations decreased by 8.79 percent, down to $80,064,200 from $87,776,057, between the 2000-01 and 2010-11 fiscal years, as previously reported in Central Michigan Life.

Such nosedives in government support only contribute to state universities’ ever-increasing tuition rates and the debt of thousands of students statewide. If nothing is done to make higher education a priority in Lansing, what incentive does a future degree-carrying workforce have to stay? True, Snyder will likely follow suit of past governors and save his financial announcements for specifically designated addresses down the road. It’s also true that where there is talk of the budget, bad news isn’t too far away. What has been given to the governor is a trust from voters that he’ll bite the bullet and do what’s necessary to “reinvent” Michigan. But beyond saying job creation is his number-one priority, Snyder’s address did little to ensure he will follow through.


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Student ratings poor indicators of teaching effectiveness Recent attention to issues involving student ratings of faculty, such as CMU’s national ranking based on and whether students should have easy access to SOS scores, focuses attention on the validity of such ratings when used as indicators of teaching effectiveness. At the crux of the issue is whether evidence supports the inference that college students learn more in classes where faculty members receive higher ratings. Unfortunately, research suggests they do not. In fact, students appear to learn less because these instructors require less work and grade more leniently. Although it may seem counterintuitive, high student ratings could mean less effective teaching, at least as far as learning outcomes go. The Department of Mathematics at Texas A&M conducted an “experiment” on the use of such ratings in 1994, including common items such as, “The instructor seemed to be well-prepared for class” and, “I believe the instructor was an effective teacher.” The department confirmed the well-known finding that students in sections where the instructor got

higher ratings also received higher grades. However, the department tracked students in later math classes and, rather than finding a positive correlation between student ratings and grades in the subsequent courses, there was a negative correlation. Perhaps more telling, the negative relations became stronger in the second or third course down the line. Thus, students appear to learn less in courses where the instructor received high ratings because they required less work and graded more leniently. This is consistent with robust findings in educational research that has shown students learn less when teachers have low expectations and do not maintain high standards. Based on their research, the math department at Texas A&M abandoned collecting student ratings out of fear that standards would deteriorate. Their concerns were justified based on events I have observed at CMU: A new faculty member who comes in with high standards and requires students to work inevitably gets low ratings and is warned

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by his or her department and/or the administration of negative consequences. Improving student ratings is not rocket science; give fewer assignments and grade exams more leniently. And this is exactly what happens. Thus, overreliance on student ratings for promotion and tenure decisions leads to reduced academic standards and providing easy access to these ratings will only increase pressure to make classes less difficult. Students will likely suffer because they will learn less and CMU will continue to reward faculty members who lower standards to make their courses easy. The results of the research are somewhat reassuring when considered along with the published ranking based on the website ratings, as it suggests that CMU professors may not be among the worst in the country; we may just be among the more demanding and challenging. Neil D. Christiansen Professor of psychology

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It’s not French. I’m not French. I like French fries. I like French toast. I have a friend that grew up in France, and he tells me that French girls are awesome; that they’re so easy and that they love American guys. So I guess you could say I like French girls too. And French girls dressed as maids. And French girls dressed as maids with no — But my last name isn’t French. It’s Fenech. Fen-plus-ick. Yes, I have been called a prick; yes, growing up, kids would put the two together and call me Fendick; and yes, it’s unfortunate that name didn’t stick. I grew up in a middle-class suburb of Detroit, to parents who long saw this hurricane coming and split up before the sixth grade. I was the oldest of three brothers at home and the youngest of everyone else everywhere else, stuck between a rock of wanting one thing and a hard place of wanting everything. In elementary school, I had a discipline problem. They wanted to put me on Ritalin. Wise beyond my years, I asked for Vicodin. In middle school, I had an attention problem. They were everywhere. Figuratively. They were growing. Literally. I was doomed. Honestly. In high school, I combined the two with a bunch of raging hormones, threw an unpopped cherry on top and created the “Fenech problem;” a sometimes mathematical, sometimes scientific, always theoretical equation of friends, females and fantasy that has yet to be solved. They wanted me to read “The Scarlet Letter.” I wanted to write a better “Scarlet Letter.” They wanted me to mature. I wanted to explore human nature. In college, I couldn’t escape my hometown and nearly died. I rolled a car going 80 mph and survived. One year, I hopped on a train, ended up in Chicago and in love with a lesbian. The next, I jumped on a plane, landed in Las Vegas and in love with a thespian. Now I’m back in college for my sixth year, still haunted by those mushroomed problems from yesteryear. The discipline problem decided to drink, the attention problem married Aphrodite and the Fenech problem found Facebook. In elementary school, I passed notes in class. In middle school, I hit puberty the opposite of fast. In high school, I kept a journal about girls and how not one of them was good enough to pass this class. And now I’ll be here, every Friday; teaching those journals, creeping on girls and taking you for a ride on a provocative Tilt-AWhirl. Nice to meet you.

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FLOWER POWER | Local business gets creative

Students feel unaffected by CARD act By Rachel Dybicki Staff Reporter

Paige Calamari/Staff photographer

Mount Pleasant resident Mark Ellis, owner of Four Seasons Floral, right, and his daughter Katie, 24, discuss the style of a floral arrangement Katie is preparing Thursday afternoon at Four Seasons Floral, 352 E. Wright Ave. “You have to have an eye for balance and colors,” Katie said of creating floral arrangements. “We like to have fun.”

Union Township plans new sidewalks Business permit also approved By Jordan Spence Staff Reporter

Union Township is drafting plans to create more sidewalks throughout the township to create a more walkable community. Plans for the sidewalks include placing them on a high, medium and low priority-based system, said Zoning Administrator Woody Woodruff. The sidewalks will be placed in high-population areas such as schools, apartment areas and areas border-

ing the city of Mount Pleasant. Union Township is waiting to receive data from Mount Pleasant Public Schools that will help to determine where to place sidewalks. “If you don’t have a good vision to begin with, it could be a melee,” Woodruff said. The township does not yet know where the money will come from to fund the project because it is in the early stages, Woodruff said. Union used Mount Pleasant’s city plan as a basis for continuity, Woodruff said. Other business A home occupation permit was approved by the Union

Township Planning Commission for a salon at a residence at 456 S. Crawford Road. The business will be a onechair salon owned by Mary Conroy, who expects approximately 25 to 30 customers a week. The building has yet to be built and will be a separate building from the home. Wednesday night’s meeting was also the last one for Commissioner Sarah Spencer-Noggle. “I had a wonderful time, but I’m needed elsewhere,” Spencer-Noggle said. “I have a young family and a small business that needs me.”

Central Michigan Life || Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 || 7A

The last thing most students look forward to leaving Central Michigan University with is major credit card debt. Legislation known as the CARD Act that went into effect Feb. 22, 2010, was intended to give students protection from potentially exploitive practices by credit card companies. Shelby Township sophomore Christopher Burch recently applied for a JC Penny card thinking it was a store rewards card. “Once I realized it was a credit card I paid it off immediately,” Burch said. “Establishing and building credit now isn’t a bad idea.” He said he was unaware of the CARD act and had received no notifications about it. According to, the purpose of the CARD act was to get credit card issuers to provide clear disclosure of account terms before a borrower opens an account. If the account provides a promotional interest rate

period, the promotional interest rate will have to last a minimum of six months. Credit card companies will also not be able to increase interest rates on existing credit card balances unless the borrower is at least 60 days late on the account. The legislation mandated credit card companies notify card owners 45 days before they increase interest rates or change fees. The act was put in place to give cardholders options to cancel their accounts or prioritize payments. The CARD Act’s provisions that impact students took effect in February of last year. They were aimed at curbing practices that lured students in with freebies, and in some cases, left them with big credit card debt after graduating. Associate economics professor Jason Taylor said he believes credit and being able to borrow money is a positive thing for students. “There are so many opportunities that wouldn’t be open to students without credit cards,”

Taylor said. “School would be impossible for some students to pay for.” The legislation stipulated anyone under the age of 21 could not obtain a credit card without sufficient income. Some still managed to obtain cards by having a parent co-sign or becoming an authorized user of a parent’s credit card. “We tend to let (credit card companies) make our choices for us,” said Associate Economics Professor James Irwin. “My younger children get offers for credit cards and they aren’t even of age. I could see how this could pose a problem.” Taylor said students should not be given too many limits from the government to avoid responsibility. Ages 18 or 19 would be most ideal to start establishing credit, Burch said. “Once you turn 18 you are able to vote, join the military and should be able to have your own credit card,” Taylor said.

Wal-Mart to make food healthier By Andria Cheng MCT Campus

NEW YORK — Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc., urged by First Lady Michelle Obama, said it plans to reformulate thousands of food products to make them healthier and more affordable in a bid to boost its largest business by revenue. At an event in Washington featuring a speech by Obama, Wal-Mart said it plans to reduce sodium by 25 percent and added sugar by 10 percent by 2015 in both its Great Value private label and nationalbranded products.

It also plans to remove industry-produced trans fat and partially hydrogenated oil in the meantime. The company said it plans to lower prices on healthier food items, adding it also plans to build stores in what it described as “food deserts.” The initiative will hopefully “add to,” but won’t dent, the company’s profit projection, said Bill Simon, president and chief executive of Walmart U.S. Obama’s fight against childhood obesity served as a catalyst that led to the company’s “collaborative” effort with the

first lady’s office, said Leslie Dach, executive vice president of corporate affairs, adding Wal-Mart had several meetings with Obama’s office in the past year. “It affects products suppliers sell in stores all over the country,” Obama said. “They are changing how the entire food industry does business.” The initiative came at a time as Wal-Mart’s sales and traffic have slowed, as a still-high unemployment rate and rising gasoline prices hurt its customer base. The industry is also battling rising food inflation cost.

8A || Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 || Central Michigan Life


Hair cuts through history

Mount Pleasant resident Dave Brown, right, jokes with Beal City resident Ron Lorenz, a customer for 38 years, as he cuts his hair. Teresa Lorenz laughs while waiting Thursday afternoon at Westside Barber Shop, 1134 W. Broadway St. Brown, who comes from a long line or barbers, has owned the shop since 1972. “I see fresh faces, but the majority of clients are regulars,” Brown said. Jeff Smith/Staff photographer

Westside Barber Shop a longtime downtown business By Melissa Beauchamp Staff Reporter

Dave Brown has the barber business in his blood. He decided he would travel down the barber’s path while observing his brother at work. Brown has been a barber at the Westside Barber Shop, 1134 W. Broadway St., since he can remember. He bought the business, which was

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“I come because I go out looking much better,” Traenkle said. “Dave is a real people person. You need that quality for this business.” Connected to the barber shop is the Westside Beauty Shop, which Brown rents to Jane Cotter. The two have been working together for about thirty years, he said. When she was just 19 years old, Cotter started working at the beauty shop that was

is one of the oldest in town, he said, and that its historical nature has a distinctive character and traditional hospitality which keeps the clients coming back. “I love meeting people,” Brown said. “I see fresh faces, but the majority of the clients are regulars.” Walle Traenkle, a Mount Pleasant resident, has been coming to the Westside Barber Shop for seven years.

LaFontaine gets the system, but wants to reform it for a new generation, Ventimiglia said. The government is stuck in one way of doing things, he said, and she is working to change that despite any stigma that could accompany her young age. “The number one thing I’ve learned is how to be a good listener,” LaFontaine said. “I’ve always said that God gave me two (ears) and one mouth for a reason. You’re supposed to listen. I’m taking a back seat and listening to the people in my community so I can be wellinformed enough to help them.”

then owned by her beauty school instructor. Cotter sees around 15 to 20 clients a day on average, she said. “I’ve been here forty years,” she said. “They can’t seem to get rid of me.” Cotter is the sole beautician, although in the past there were four women who worked alongside of her. “I like Jane,” said Evelyn Malish, a regular client at the

Westside Beauty Shop. “She does good work.”

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Saturday games NIU at WMU, 2 p.m. Buffalo at Ohio, 3 p.m. Ball State at Toledo, 7 p.m. Bowling Green at Akron, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday games Miami (OH) at Kent State, 2 p.m. CMU at EMU, 2 p.m.

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CMU head coach Ernie Zeigler shouts toward the McGuirk Arena student section Thursday night following the Chippewas’ 66-64 win against Northern Illinois.

Saturday’s games

By Andrew Stover | Senior Reporter

CMU at BGSU, noon Kent State at Ball State, 1 p.m. EMU at Akron, 2 p.m. Buffalo at Toledo, 4:30 p.m. WMU at Ohio, 7 p.m.

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Xavier Silas (NIU ) 23.6 Brandon Bowdry (EMU) 21.2 D.J. Cooper (Ohio) 18.7 Trey Zeigler (CMU) 17.0 Justin Greene (EMU) 16.3 Jarrod Jones (BSU) 16.0 Jalin Thomas (CMU) 15.1 Byron Mulkey (Buffalo) 14.6 Zach Filzen (Buffalo) 14.0 Julian Mavunga (Miami OH) 13.9


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Brandon Bowdry (EMU) 9.9 Jarrod Jones (BSU) 7.7 Scott Thomas (BGSU) 7.4 Justin Greene (Kent State) 7.3 Javon McCrea (Buffalo) 7.1

Call it Trey Zeigler’s final stand against Northern Illinois guard Xavier Silas. Forget the freshman’s 27 points, including two key free-throws with 1:12 remaining in Thursday’s Central Michigan-Northern Illinois men’s basketball game Thursday at McGuirk Arena. It was his defense — particularly late — that halted an NIU comeback. CMU prevailed 66-64 even without senior forward Jalin Thomas, who was out with an ankle sprain. A timeout preluded the game’s final play with 10 seconds remaining and CMU up by two. Trey Zeigler directed a concise message toward his father and CMU coach Ernie Zeigler during the huddle. “I just told my dad that I wanted him,” Trey Zeigler said of Silas. Ernie Zeigler let him take the nation’s fourth-leading scorer. His decision was rewarded. Trey Zeigler’s tight defense forced a long, contested jumper from Silas, who came in averaging 23.6 points per game. Zeigler blocked the shot, his third of the game, to seemingly end it.

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Senior guard Antonio Weary looks back to take a shot during the second half during CMU’s 66-64 win against NIU.

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John Evans Senior Reporter

Women are the team to watch

The women’s basketball team is more exciting to watch than the men’s. Simply put. While some, or most, of you sports fans might disagree with me, I’m willing to bet most of you were not at the women’s game Wednesday night against Toledo. In a battle for first place in the Mid-American Conference West Division, both teams showed up and put on a great show. But after a really slow start for CMU, the game had the looks of being a Toledo blowout. That was until head coach Sue Guevara put freshman Taylor Johnson in the game, and from that point on everything changed. Johnson hit six 3-pointers throughout the game in what was a career-high scoring night for her as she poured in 24 points while also grabbing seven rebounds. With just 40 seconds remaining in the game, Johnson hit what may have been the biggest shot of her young career. It was a drill which Guevara labeled “UConn,” sophomore Brandie Baker pushed the ball down the floor and found a wide open Johnson on the wing and she nailed the three, giving her team a 75-74 lead as McGuirk Arena erupted. Baker took over the final minutes of the game to help give the Chippewas a 78-74 victory and a first place tie in the MAC. It was literally the most exciting game I have seen in person since last season when it was, again, the women’s basketball team that beat Eastern Michigan in double overtime. Anyone who was there Wednesday night would definitely agree. No, these women aren’t out there throwing down thunder dunks, but they don’t need to. This team loves to run and loves to shoot the 3-ball. Along with Johnson’s six 3s, senior guard Shonda Long who is the all-time leader for 3-pointers made in program history, also added a couple of long balls one of which was from at least 26 feet away and found nothing but nylon. In case you aren’t aware, that is at least a foot or two behind an NBA-range 3-pointer. So maybe you say the women aren’t as physical as the men, and that’s not appealing to you. Well, tell that to Taylor Johnson. Midway through the second half, CMU was bringing the ball up and Toledo’s Naama Shafir, who scored a game-high 28 points, was backpedaling in her defensive

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B.G. next test for Chippewas Falcons forward Lauren Prochaska leads MAC in scoring By John Manzo Staff Reporter

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Sophomore guard Brandie Baker hugs the ball and senior forward Skylar Miller after the CMU women’s basketball team beat Toledo 78-74. The win moved the team into a first place tie with the Rockets in the MAC West Division.

The win against Toledo showed something. A win against Bowling Green would make a statement. At noon Saturday, the Central Michigan women’s basketball team has a chance to do something that hasn’t been done this season. After beating the top team in the West Division, the Chippewas now take aim at the top team in

the conference. The Falcons are 16-2 overall and 4-1 MAC and have received votes in both Top 25 polls. Fellow Michigan teams Oakland and Detroit failed to even compete with them. Was it a fluke? Probably not, considering they beat No. 23 Vanderbilt. The opponents’ “death trap” is known as Anderson Arena. The last time the Chippewas traveled there, in 2008, they found themselves chasing the Falcons. Bowling Green won 94-79. Senior forward Lauren Prochaska went off for a game-high 43 points on 14-of-18 from the field. However, last season CMU (12-5 overall, 4-1 MAC) defeated BGSU 67-65, but that was at the

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old Rose Arena. A win is a win and CMU has improved since then. “We have 12 wins,” said head coach Sue Guevara. “Last year we had 12 total.” If the Chippewas want to be the first to beat the Falcons at Anderson Arena this season, they have to contain Prochaska and her 20.3 points per game. She has lead the team in scoring in 13 of its 18 games. She is also second in the MidAmerican Conference in scoring and has been apart of three MAC championship teams. As a team, they have won six consecutive MAC regular season

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2B || Friday, Jan. 21, 2010 || Central Michigan Life

Several bonuses in Heeke deal By Aaron McMann Sports Editor

Victoria Zegler/Staff photographer

Chicago guard Jalisa Olive, left, and Southfield forward Skylar Miller go for a rebound in the second half against Toledo Wednesday night in McGuirk Arena.

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championships. The task of containing Prochaska has been done before. In the 67-65 win in 2009, she went 2-for-7 from the field for 6 points. In that game, senior forward Kaihla Szunko scored a game-high 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting. She hauled down 18 rebounds to complete the double-double. “This team will be ready and we will be ready for them,” Guevara said. If freshman forward Taylor Johnson can put her 24-point performance on repeat against


BGSU, then CMU will be hard to beat. Why would Johnson matter so much? Well, sophomore forward Brandie Baker didn’t bring any scoring production to Wednesday’s game until mid-second half and the MAC’s leading freshman scorer, guard Niki DiGuilio, was held to just two points. And they still won. “We have to keep doing what we’re doing and we’ll be fine,” Johnson said. “We need to do everything at game speed and keep working hard.” CMU will be back at home after the Falcons. At noon on Wednesday it hosts Buffalo at McGuirk Arena.

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who scored a game-high 28 points, was backpedaling in her defensive stance when Johnson absolutely laid her out. She set a screen that is a rarely seen in basketball, let alone women’s basketball. When asked about the screen after the game, Johnson replied with, “Oh, those are fun.” Johnson uses her 5-foot 11-inch wide shouldered frame to pummel girls on the glass. Have I convinced you about this team yet?

Well if I haven’t, maybe you should just check the team out for yourself next Wednesday at noon at McGuirk Arena against Buffalo. This could be a special season for the women’s team and I encourage all of the CMU fans on campus to go watch this team play. They might just surprise you every once in a while.

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CMU Athletics Director Dave Heeke has the opportunity to substantially increase his annual pay in the upcoming years. Heeke’s contract extension, obtained by Central Michigan Life through the Freedom of Information Act, includes numerous performance-based incentives. The extension became official with signatures from Heeke and CMU President George Ross on Jan. 14. “It was important to have a multi-year arrangement and I’m very appreciative of that and the commitment and confidence that Dr. Ross has in my leadership for the athletics program,” Heeke said last week. The biggest, and most realistic, opportunity for Heeke to receive a yearly bonus is through the NCAA’s annual Academic Progress Rate. The APR is used to calculate athletic programs and their academic success. Points are awarded for player eligibility. According to the extension, Heeke will receive $10,000 if the athletic department’s average APR is between 940-979. If the APR is above 980, he will earn $15,000. The NCAA benchmark score is 925 – equating to a 50 percent graduation rate – and programs are penalized for teams falling below that number. For the 2008-09 academic year, CMU had a mean rate of 967. Fourteen of the 16 teams finished with a score of 940 or higher.

Four were higher than 980. If the football team returns to a bowl game, Heeke will earn $10,000. The Chippewas missed reaching a bowl game in 2010 for the first time since the 2005 season. Should CMU reach a Bowl Championship game for the first time, he will get $20,000. “They are performanceincentive based on positive, forward-moving progress of the program that does have additional compensation for me, but it’s not tied to the base salary,” he said. NCAA Tournament appearances for the men’s and women’s basketball teams will net Heeke $10,000 per program. The men last made the tournament in 2003, while the women have not made the postseason since 1984. In addition, Heeke will earn $10,000 for each Mid-American Conference championship in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball, and $3,500 for every other sport. Division titles in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball will result in a $5,000 bonus per program, with $2,500 for every sport. Heeke will also earn $10,000 if the athletic department meets its annual fundraising goals set at the beginning of the year. “We have consistently done that each year and grown our fundraising and revenues through increased ticket sales,” Heeke said. “They’re all measurable and ones that show a program that’s moving forward.”


Central Michigan Life || Friday, Jan. 21, 2010 || 3B

McClure, Coimbra ‘step up’ By John Evans Senior Reporter

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Freshman guard Trey Zeigler cheers after the buzzer, signifying CMU’s 66-64 win against Northern Illinois on Thursday night at McGurik Arena. Zeigler scored 27 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 26 minutes.

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“I thought Trey grew up big time defensively tonight,” Ernie Zeigler said. “It was easy to look at his stat line and points — and there’s no doubt we needed the points to win — but he really grew up tonight down the stretch. His father let him take the nation’s fourth-leading scorer. Afterword, he noted his defensive effort. “I thought Trey grew up big time defensively tonight,” Ernie Zeigler said. “It was easy to Andrew Kuhn/staff Photographer look at his stat line and points, Freshman guard Derek Jackson drives toand there’s no doubt we need- ward the basket for a layup during Thursday ed the points to win, but he re- night’s game against NIU. CMU won 66-64. ally grew up tonight down the the second half. With 15:42 stretch.” remaining, he had 10 points. Less than five minutes later, ‘impressed’ with Trey NIU coach Ricardo Patton he had 25. “I got off to a slow start in left McGuirk Arena impressed with the player he will see a the first half ... the second half, I just tried to let it come lot of in the coming years. “I was probably as much to me,” Trey said. And he got help along the impressed with his defense as way. his offense,” Patton said. Junior forward Andre Silas, the Mid-American Conference’s leading scorer Coimbra got a rare start with coming into the West Division Thomas out with a sprained game, made his mark early. ankle. His 14-point effort The 6-foot-5, 198-pound se- helped with Thomas out. So nior guard finished with 24 did senior forward Will Mcpoints. He found life late in Clure, who finished with 10 the first half that carried over points. But it was Trey Zeigler’s to the second. In the end, Trey Zeigler neutralized the threat. night, though it was so close CMU’s 6-5, 200-pound to being halted. Zeigler, with just one foul guard started slow, scoring just 4 points in the first half, on the night, was taken out before finding his rhythm in with 10:23 remaining.

When he entered the game shortly thereafter, he failed to find his shot again. His next points came at the free-throw line, with a lot at stake. But his two makes with 1:12 to go was a fitting end. It seemed the free-throw line was the only place he struggled all night. He started the night shooting 2-of-7 from the line. His average didn’t reach 50 percent. But the timeliness of his final two shots adds to his importance. First half With Thomas in street clothes and Trey Zeigler struggling from the field in the opening half — he was 2-for-8 shooting at halftime — CMU leaned heavily on its defense. Scoring struggles aside, the Chippewas held NIU to 25 points in the first half, and Ernie Zeigler said he was pleased with just a twopoint deficit, 25-23. “We couldn’t ask for any better, for us,” Ernie Zeigler said. “It was huge for us at that point. We were playing some pretty good defense. And we actually were able to get some scoring from Will (McClure) and Andre (Coimbra) there, to keep us right there.” CMU plays Eastern Michigan at 2 p.m. Sunday in Ypsilanti. Ernie Zeigler said he does not expect Jalin Thomas to be healthy enough to play.

CMU 66, NIU 64 - Final statistics Score by half Northern Illinois Central Michigan

1 25 23

2 39 43

Total 64 66

Team totals


FG-FGA Field Goal % 3-Pt. FG-FGA 3-Point % FT-FTA Free Throw % Rebounds Blocks Assists Turnovers Fouls Steals Bench Points Points in Paint Points off TOs

22-52 42.3 6-12 50.0 16-31 51.6 29 7 6 7 19 5 8 24 22


24-56 42.9 3-9 33.3 13-20 65.0 42 3 10 12 22 4 9 34 9

Game leaders Points

Trey Zeigler (CMU) G 27 points Xavier Silas (NIU) G 24 points Andre Coimbra (CMU) F 14 points Tim Toler (NIU) G 14 points Rebounds

Trey Zeigler (CMU) G 9 rebounds Nate Rucker (NIU) F 9 rebounds 3 players tied with 7 rebounds Blocks

Trey Zeigler (CMU) G 3 blocks Andre Coimbra (CMU) F 3 blocks

In one of the most physical games the CMU men’s basketball team has played all season, the big guys stepped it up. Senior forward Will McClure scored 10 points and grabbed three rebounds while junior forward Andre Coimbra scored 14 points and had six rebounds in the Chippewas 66-64 victory against NIU Thursday night at McGuirk Arena. With senior Jalin Thomas out of the lineup, the rest of the team had to step up, and McClure and Coimbra did just that. “I told our guys we have to have someone step up,” said head coach Ernie Zeigler. “Andre took a small step forward tonight. We need him to step up.” Throughout the game McClure and Coimbra battled with Northern Illinois players for loose balls, rebounds and every point they could scrape away. McClure, who averages 3.5 points per game, showed that while he can use his body and be physical, he can also have some soft hands once in a while. Coimbra played to his potential, hitting crucial 3-pointers at several points throughout the game and coming up with three blocks to help CMU stay within reach and keep the game close. With other players stepping up and playing bigger roles, freshman Trey Zeigler was able to get into a rhythm, scoring a game-high 27 points. “It was a physical ball game and I think we were prepared mentally for the physical play,” said NIU head coach Ricardo Patton. Midway through the game

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Senior forward Will McClure stands under the basket fighting for a look at the ball for a possible rebound Thursday night. He scored 10 points, three rebounds and one block.

McClure went up for a layup and was fouled hard, landing awkwardly on his back. He was slow to get up but came back and played the rest of the game. “Will was big, he started the game off well and that’s what my dad has been looking for from him,” said Trey Zeigler. “We need him every night to be consistent and that was big for him.” With just four minutes to go in the game and the score tied at 58, the crowd was anxious to see who would make a play. Freshman Derek Jackson found Coimbra on the wing and Coimbra nailed his third three-pointer of the night, giving the Chippewas a 61-58 lead.

CMU never lost the lead after that basket, going on to win the game and improve to 2-2 in conference play. McClure said this was one of the more physical games this season and that his back will be fine and ready to go for the next game. “Andre (Coimbra) is a great player, he is very athletic,” McClure said. “It’s more of a weight off my shoulder and I don’t feel I have to do it alone. It was a great team effort.” The Chippewas will try to ride the momentum into another physical game on Sunday when they travel to Ypsilanti to take on Eastern Michigan.

B.G. gets $10 million gift from fan John Wagner The Toledo Blade/MCT Campus

The seeds for the largest donation in Bowling Green State University history – and in MidAmerican Conference basketball history – were sown 60 years ago. “I remember, when I was in eighth grade, my dad told me, ‘They have great basketball at Bowling Green University, and we’re going to go to some games,’ “ Bill Frack said. “Just about every week a national power came here for games, and I was hooked -- I was hooked in two minutes. Because of his long love affair with the B.G. men’s basketball program , Mr. Frack, 75, has earmarked a gift valued at more than $10 million to that

program, the school announced Wednesday. The gift comes in a series of Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts that will be distributed upon Mr. Frack’s death to the university by the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. The dollar total makes it the largest single private gift in school history and the largest onetime gift ever designated to a MAC basketball program. Mr. Frack is a Findlay native who attended BGSU but eventually graduated from Findlay College, now the University of Findlay, and taught government, political science, and English in Hardin County. Mr. Frack said he was able to make such a donation by “managing my finances well.” “I buy and hold -- I don’t go in

and out,” he said of his investing strategy. “And I only buy those that have a dividend, and I keep [reinvesting] the dividends. “That’s the key words: being patient. If you’re patient enough, eventually it will add up.” Mr. Frack said he hopes his endowment will be used to lift the BG program into a spot among national basketball powers. “We need more money for recruiting, and for getting better games,” he said. “The coaches have been operating with one hand tied behind their backs. “Hopefully, this will correct that. It won’t be overnight, but I think the university will get there. If Butler can do it, if Gonzaga can do it – if they can do it – then by gosh, Bowling Green can do it.”

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Detroit Tigers in town today for private affair Inge, Zumaya among players set to appear By Matt Thompson Staff Reporter

File photo by Paige Calamari

Freshman 197-pounder Craig Kelliher takes down Michigan senior Anthony Biondo during his match Sunday afternoon at McGuirk Arena.

The boys of summer are coming to CMU, but not everyone will get the opportunity to meet them. The Detroit Tigers are bringing their winter caravan – a 2-day state-wide promotional tour – to the CMU Events Center at 9 a.m. today for a business breakfast event sponsored by the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce. The event will be held in the Atrium, which holds only 200 people. As a result, it will be

closed to students and members of the general public. Members of the Chamber of Commerce and select CMU student groups will be invited. An invitation has been extended to the CMU baseball and softball teams. “This is a controlled crowd, different from the event last time,” said Brad Wachler, assistant athletics director for business operations. For the select few who will be in attendance, fans will be able to ask Tigers players, coaches and broadcasters questions. Players scheduled to attend include Joel Zumaya, Rick Porcello, Brandon Inge, Brennan Boesch, Phil Coke, Ryan Perry, Don Kelly, Will Rhymes, Casper Wells, Danny Worth, Clete

Thomas, Charles Furbush, Cale Iorg, Daniel Schlereth, Ryan Strieby and top prospect Jacob Turner. Pitching coach Rick Knapp, first base coach Tom Brookens, bullpen coach Jeff Jonens, bullpen catcher and former CMU player Scott Pickens and Rafael Belliard. The radio voice of the Tigers, Dan Dickerson, and assistant general manager Al Avila will be also be in attendance. CMU hosted the ball club’s winter caravan tour in 2008 to a crowd of more than 2,000 at Rose Arena. Right-handed pitcher Justin Verlander, former outfielders Jacque Jones and Marcus Thames and play-by-play man Dan Dickerson.

Wrestling team hopes to even up series record with MSU CMU strikes out with event By Justin Hicks Staff Reporter

The No. 11 Central Michigan wrestling team has an opportunity to even its alltime series record against Michigan State when it head to East Lansing today. The Spartans have dropped nine consecutive matches against CMU, with their last win coming by an 18-16 decision back in 2001. “We’ve had a lot of success over the past 10 years or, so I’m sure they’ll be excited to wrestle us and kind of avenge some of that,” said head coach Tom Borrelli. “Hopefully (our guys) realize what they’re getting themselves into going down there. They’re going to be after us.” The last time these teams met was last season when the Chippewas won seven of their 10 bouts in a 23-10 victory at Rose Center. Scotti Sentes was one of those three wrestlers who suf-

fered defeat, falling 5-3 to defending national champion Franklin Gomez. This year, he’ll face redshirt freshman Levi Stace. Sophomore Christian Cullinan met Eric Olanowski at the Michigan State Open and came out on the winning side of a 5-3 overtime decision. Cullinan went on to finish sixth at the event after falling in the fifth place match to teammate Kyle Waldo. “I just think Christian is wrestling a lot better than he was back then,” Borrelli said. “He was having some issues getting down to 125, and that put some pressure on him, so I’m not sure he was wrestling as well as he is now.” The starting lineup is the same as Sunday’s home opener against Michigan, with one substitution. Senior Ryan Cubberly (3-7) will wrestle at the 157-pound class against MSU’s Sean McMurray (10-5). Heavyweight Mike McClure

is the lone ranked wrestler for MSU, compared to CMU’s four. Sentes is ranked ninth at 133 pounds, while Ben Bennett (No. 5), Jarod Trice (No. 2) and Mike Miller (No. 18) are ranked in their respective weight classes. CMU (3-7, 1-0 MAC) is 3-1 against non-ranked opponents in dual meets this season, with the only loss coming from North Dakota State back in November. The match in East Lansing is one of only two more nonconference matches remaining before MAC play wraps up the regular season. “These are our last two finetuning matches before the conference dual-meets, which mean more as far as winning a conference championship,” Borrelli said. “(It’s) our last chance to wrestle without a whole lot of pressure on us.” Wrestling between the interstate rivals kicks off at 7 p.m.

Gymnasts look to stay perfect Reighard pushes for consistency, increase in points By Nick Conklin Staff Reporter

The Central Michigan gymnastics program looks to build upon its 4-0 record this weekend when it travels to Normal, Ill. to take on Illinois State at 3 p.m. Sunday. CMU has been successful against the Redbirds the past four seasons, going 3-1. Head coach Jerry Reighard said the key in practice last week and for upcoming meets is to perfect small aspects of the events in order to increase point totals, something the team strives to improve all year, “We have got to maintain and push even harder in practice for perfection and that means a lot of repetitive things,” Reighard said. Of those areas the team wishes to improve upon is the

balance beam, where they have traditionally struggled early on in seasons. But they currently they rank No. 21 nationally on the beam with a per-meet average of 48.450 points, putting them only .675 points behind No. 1 Stanford. For Reighard, getting his team to be consistent on the beam throughout the year is something that will take a lot of focus by his athletes. “For us, it’s a minute and a half straight (on the beam), and we’re still not where I would like us to be as far as being able to maintain that focus,” Reighard said. For senior Cheryl Conlin, the past few weeks have been dedicated to tweaking the small parts of the beam routine in hopes of gaining high scores. “We have been working on not just getting numbers, but perfecting parts (of the routine) and doing back-to-back routines on the beam,” Conlin said. The Chippewas will also have to compensate on the bars because of season-end-

ing injuries to junior Kari Dieffenderfer and sophomore Emily LaFontaine. CMU will look to junior Kristin Teubner, who is coming off a solid performance last weekend against Ball State where she won three of four events, including an allaround victory. Because of her efforts, she was awarded the Mid-American conference gymnast of the week award. The team will also look to sophomore Britney Taylor, who paced the Chippewas last weekend on the vault with a 9.750 score. Taylor said the team is positioned well for only being a few meets in and is pleased with the high number scores across the board. “This year we already have 9.7’s and 9.8’s,” she said, “so you can see where this is like the start of the national team and the start of nationals.” The 2-0 Redbirds come into the meet with wins against Seattle-Pacific and Washington University.


he Detroit Tigers lofted up CMU a pitch to crush out of the park. The Tigers even gave CMU an aluminum bat to ensure that it’d be belted over the fence. But CMU swung and missed. Badly. Today, 16 players, five coaches, a broadcaster and front office personnel from the Detroit Tigers are in the Events Center. Didn’t hear about it? It’s big news, don’t you think? The Detroit Tigers are on our campus. The reason students and faculty didn’t hear much of it was because they weren’t invited. Yep. CMU kept all the fun for the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce. Three years ago when the Tigers tee’d up a ball, CMU drilled it by filling up Rose Arena with more than 2,000 students. Why not this time? Because CMU Athletics always brings in the Chamber

Matt Thompson Staff Reporter of Commerce for an event, and they thought it would be nice to have the Tigers’ winter caravan that event. Guess what, it still could have been. CMU should have put the event in McGuirk Arena, filling it with an electric crowd full of students from allaround Michigan that love the Tigers. At the same time, giving the Chamber of Commerce its event by giving them a VIP breakfast and seating close to the stage or court where the Tigers are. Then, when the Tigers players open to questions give those questions to chamber members. The students

would love it because they still get to hear from their beloved players, like Brandon Inge and Joel Zumaya. And you can’t tell me chamber members would complain about a nice breakfast and being up close with the boys of summer. It would give the CMU baseball team a bigger platform to be praised for last year’s Mid-American Conference title too. It’s a win-win situation if CMU would have gotten everyone involved. But most of campus was left in the dark as the Tigers came and went without much of a fuss. Please, CMU, next time the Tigers come to Mount Pleasant during their winter caravan keep your eye on the ball, give it a nice and easy swing, then watch the ball fly over the fence as every student has the opportunity to enjoy the event.

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CMU menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team look to Rose, Mays for success this weekend

Central Michigan Life || Friday, Jan. 21, 2010 || 5B

Randolph stresses team focus; women without Harbour at meet

By Brandon Champion Staff Reporter

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The tune-up season is over for the Central Michigan menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track and field team. After an intraquad meet back on Dec. 3 and a home meet last weekend the team finally hits the road when they compete at the SimmonsHarvey Invitational at the University of Michigan this weekend. Joining the Chippewas and Wolverines in competition will be Michigan State, Eastern Michigan, Oakland and Detroit. The trip to Ann Arbor is the first of many road trips facing the team over the next month and half, and director of track and field and cross country Willie Randolph knows that can be a challenge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the first time our athletes will have to travel,â&#x20AC;? Randolph said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every coach will tell you that taking your athletes to other schools affects how they perform, so we have to get them prepared for that.â&#x20AC;? If the Chippewas are going to be successful this weekend they will look to get another big day out of their throwers, led by sophomore Alex Rose and junior Kevin Mays, who were impressive in last weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chip Invite. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They did a great job last weekend, because they know what they have to do,â&#x20AC;? Randolph said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re usually the first competing athletes and they need to set up the energy for the rest of the team. If they do that like they

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The Central Michigan womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track and field team hopes to build off of its first place in last weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chippewa Invitational. The team will be at the University of Michigan Saturday to take part the annual Simmons-Harvey Invitational. With an impressive performance from the Chippewas last weekend track and field director Willie Randolph is looking for more. Randolph is going to be focusing on improvement from his athletes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to continue to be competitive and improve upon our marks getting ready for the MAC championship, which is most important,â&#x20AC;? he said. The Simmons-Harvey will have some familiar teams to CMU, with the University of Detroit, Oakland and Eastern Michigan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; opponents from last weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chip Invite â&#x20AC;&#x201D; along with Michigan and Michigan State. Randolph said the team isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fazed that they will compete against Big Ten schools, saying they fear â&#x20AC;&#x153;no name.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m from a different level,â&#x20AC;? Randolph said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m used to seeing Kentucky, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Texas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; those types of names are what I think of big name schools. At the end of the day itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athlete against athlete and coach against coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about who is ready to go if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going against Divi-

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Junior jumper Kevin Bacon competes at the Chippewa Invite at the Jack Skoog Track on Jan. 14. Bacon won the long jump, with a 22 3/4 foot jump.

did at home, then that raises the confidence of the whole team.â&#x20AC;? CMU will also expect contributions in the field events from Kevin Bacon in the long jump and Josh Kettlewell in the pole vault. In the running events, the Chippewas will need freshman Ross Parsons to have another solid day coming off his second place finish in the 60-

meter dash at the Chip Invite. They will also look for a better score form sophomore Renaldo Powell, who got fourth in last weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 60-meter hurdles. Distance runner Tecumseh Adams is also a leading candidate to place high, as he lost the mile by just 0.13 last weekend.

Freshman pole vaulter Kelly Morrisey competes at the Chippewa Invite last weekend. Morrisey won the event with a jump of 10 feet, 11 3/4 inches.

sion 1, Division 2, Division 3 and Olympians all in the same day,â&#x20AC;? Randolph said. CMU will be without sophomore sprinter and winner in last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 60-meter hurdles Tamica Harbour due to a hip problem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited for my teammates, especially the freshmen,â&#x20AC;? Harbour said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are doing really well.â&#x20AC;? This will be the first time this season CMU travels, but it is

something they will have to get used to because the team does not return home until Feb. 18 for the Jack Skoog meet, their final home meet of the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our conference meet will be at Bowling Green, so we have to get your athletes prepared to eat, sleep and make sure they know how to travel and how to carry themselves,â&#x20AC;? Randolph said.

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