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Accreditation, faculty hiring unaffected by recent resignation El-Sawi’s departure a ‘personnel issue’ By Maria Amante Senior Reporter

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Chesterfield freshman Anne Saigh laughs with Macomb junior Marissa Mercadante before attempting a calypso leap over Mercadante during their routine for “Stand Alone, Look Pretty” by The Wreckers during the Wednesday night practice of the Infusion Dance Team at the Vision Studio of Performing Arts, 131 E. Broadway St.

The ‘Sway’ of Infusion Dance team readies to perform, practices at new venue By Maryellen Tighe | Staff Reporter


embers of Infusion Dance Team have their toes tapping and their hips swaying to hip-hop beats and jazz rhythms. The registered student organization specializes in whatever type of dance most members want to practice. Right now, the group is more jazz and lyrical, said its vice president, Allie Richards, a Cass City senior. Some of the group’s new members have more of a hip-hop background, so the style might change again. “Everybody on the team is really passionate for dance,” she said, “and we try to incorporate all styles of dance into the team.”

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Infusion is actively working out a routine to audition for the Honors Talent Show, which will be on March 24. The team is also looking to go to a competition this May, Richards said. They usually perform at least a few times at campus events throughout the year. This year, the team moved their practices to Vision Studio of Performing Arts, 115 S. Main St., thanks to Wixom senior Kim Ehlke. The team used to practice in the halls of Rose Arena, Ehlke said. Now the owner of Vision lets them use the studio for free. “I teach (at Vision) and I do Infusion,” she said. “I dance a lot, it’s a good thing.” The team is self-coached and the dances are a collaborative effort, Richards said. The president runs the practices, but most decisions are made as a team. The team looks for people who have a variety of dance

backgrounds, or are willing to try. They also are always looking for choreographers, Richards said. All members have a hand in deciding who joins the team the next year, she said. There are 10 people on Infusion this year — a fairly standard number. “We don’t look for quantity, just fit,” Richards said. “We all fill in different roles.” One person who just fit at this year’s tryouts was Marissa Mercadante. The Macomb junior missed tryouts when she transferred in last year, but did not hesitate to try out this time. “I had just transferred here last year so I didn’t really know anything ... This year when it came around I was really excited and I tried out,” she said. “I like that I’m able to dance still and I’m with really awesome people A dance | 2A

The accreditation process for the College of Medicine will not be affected by Dr. Nehad El-Sawi’s resignation as associate dean for Medical Education and Faculty Development. Dr. Ernest Yoder, founding dean of the college, said El-Sawi’s job responsibilities have been re-assigned until her replacement is hired. She led the faculty search team for hiring faculty, Yoder said, but the process will not slow down with her departure. “Hiring decisions lay with the dean’s team, the five of us,” Yoder said, “and interviews for new faculty are scheduled.” He said El-Sawi’s departure was not spurred by resentment or anger. “I can’t comment on her reasons for deciding to leave,” Yoder said. “It was her choice; she resigned.”

El-Sawi tendered her resignation effective Jan. 25, according to an internal email sent by Provost E. Gary Shapiro Friday morning. Steve Smith, director of public relations, said ElSawi’s departure is a personnel issue. “We are limited in what we can say in these matters,” Smith said. A national search to find El-Sawi’s replacement will begin “soon,” he said. She could not be reached for comment. Her position was originally announced by Shapiro on May 10 and had an annual salary of $200,000. El-Sawi previously served as the president of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences’ Institute for Medical Education Innovation for two years. She was a founding associate dean for Curriculum and Faculty Enrichment for the A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona for two years and was the senior associate dean for Academic Affairs for KCU for 15 years.

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Michigan ranks above national average in higher ed funding cuts By Maria Amante Senior Reporter

Michigan ranks above the national average in cuts to state funding given to public universities, according to a recent study. Funding decreased 1.9 percent from fiscal year 2009-10 to 2010-11, as found by statistics from the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University and State Higher Education Executive Officers. Higher education funding declined .7 percent on average nationwide in the same period. Jim Palmer, professor of higher education at ISU and director for the Center for the Study of Education Policy, said the nationwide decline indicates the revenue shortfalls most states are facing. “Higher education isn’t spe-

cifically targeted ... It’s easier for state legislatures to reduce funding for higher education than other aspects of budgets because higher education is a discretionary item in state budgets,” Palmer said. Missouri’s higher education appropriations showed the steepest decline with 13.5 percent. Michigan ranked No. 24. Higher education is not mandatory and also has supplemental revenue in the form of tuition, which many state programs cannot rely on, Palmer said. As state revenues for universities continue to decline, schools become more dependent on tuition and that is why tuition costs continue to rise, he said. Kathy Wilbur, CMU’s vice president of Development and External Relations, said

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Memories made at father-daughter dance Event continues tonight, Tuesday By Orrin Shawl Staff Reporter

Bob Brown has spent two decades with his five daughters going to father-daughter dances, even though one has already graduated from high school. For the Mount Pleasant resident, it is a memory to be cherished anew each time. “I’ve been coming to father-daughter events for 20 years now,” Brown said. “I enjoyed the food and dancing with my daughters. I had

a great time.” The 27th annual DaddyDaughter Date Night was held Sunday at the Mount Pleasant Comfort Inn Conference Center, 2424 S. Mission St., and will continue through today and Tuesday. Fathers and their daughters of all ages were able to enjoy snacks and refreshments such as brownies, rice crispies and punch, while dancing to music provided by 95.3 CFX and participating in events such as Valentine bingo. The event was sponsored and set up primarily by Mount Pleasant Parks and Recreation and led by Carol

If you go... w 7 to 9 p.m. w Tonight and Tuesday w Comfort Inn & Suites, 2424 S. Mission St. Moody, recreation and special events coordinator. One of the contests was a candy guess where you would guess the number of M&Ms in the jar without going over, Moody said. Another contest was for the coolest dad and coolest date, which was drawn randomly. The final contest was for A daddy | 2A

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Breanna Onstott, 6, left, and Zeta Zeneberg, 7, sit and work on an arts and crafts activity together while taking a break from the dance floor during the 27th annual Daddy-Daughter Date Night event at the Comfort Inn Conference Center, 2424 S. Mission St. This is the third year the Onstott family has attended the dance.

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Suleiman named new vice president of Egypt as rioting continues

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CAIRO — Looting spread across Egypt and President Hosni Mubarak appointed a vice president as protesters swarmed into the streets Saturday, burning buildings, ransacking police offices and marching joyfully past tanks and soldiers. Demonstrations aimed at ending Mubarak’s 30 years in power were eclipsed for many by a growing fear of lawlessness. After police retreated following clashes with protesters, vigilantes armed with sticks and knives patrolled Cairo neighborhoods. Reports spread that escaped prisoners and thugs from the ruling party were roaming the capital and other cities on motorcycles. “We were out guarding our neighborhood and we caught a number of people attempting to loot, including five carrying identification cards from the Interior Ministry,� said Kamal Banna, a labor activist from Suez, the scene of some of the most violent battles between security forces and protesters since the nationwide revolt began Tuesday. In a speech early Saturday, Mubarak refused to step down but said he was asking for the resignation of the entire government. Later in the day, he appointed Ahmed Shafik, a retired Air Force general and former minister of civil aviation, as prime minister and Omar Suleiman, head of intelligence, as vice president. It is the first time since he took

TUESDAY w The Black History Month Kick-Off Celebration will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Terrace A, B, C and D. w “Impress the Recruiter� at Alpha Kappa Psi Career Day will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Bovee University Center’s Auditorium. w Faculty Artists Seunghee Lee and Zhihua Tang will perform from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Music Building’s Staples Family Concert Hall.

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the trend of shrinking state appropriations will continue. “We will be cut,� Wilbur said. “The governor has met with the president, we have met with the state budget director and there is no question that we will see cuts. The question is what amount.� Wilbur said Gov. Rick Snyder and John Nixon, the state’s budget director, have been up front with university officials about the reality of the budget situation. “They are trying to deal with looking for long-term systemic resolutions to budget challenges,� Wilbur said. Michigan funds higher education through a general fund; when that happens, Wilbur said, the beneficiaries of the general fund feel the impact much more than items funded through discretionary funds. David Burdette, vice president of Finance and Administrative Services at CMU, said last week the university is dependent on tuition to balance the budget. In the 2009-10 fiscal year, tuition accounted for 54 percent of revenue, other revenues for 26 percent and state appropriations for 20 percent of the budget. Snyder will release his proposed budget the week of Feb. 15.


power that Mubarak has had a vice president. In Suleiman, Mubarak is turning to a trusted ruling party ally during one of the nation’s worst political crises. Suleiman is respected by the West and is regarded as a skilled diplomat. He has for years been Egypt’s main negotiator with the Palestinians, and he was credited with taking security measures on a visit to Ethiopia in 1995 that saved Mubarak from assassination. He has the military background that has defined Egyptian leaders since Gamal Abdel Nasser seized power in a 1952 coup. His appointment also suggests that Mubarak’s son, Gamal, who many regarded as a likely successor, may, at least in the short term, not be in contention. Mubarak was vice president in 1981 when he took power following the assassination of Anwar Sadat. “Any prospects of succession are now over,� said Mustafa Labbad, director of Al Shaq Center for Regional and Strategic Studies, referring to Mubarak’s son. But the protests have changed Egypt enough that Suleiman could be no more than a transitional figure. “Egyptians will not accept Suleiman as leader of the country after Mubarak because of his connection to the old regime,� Labbad said. Others view Suleiman a wise political choice. “When you end the Mubarak regime,� said Hisham Kassem, a journalist and political analyst, “you will need a powerful man during the transition, and he is a powerful man.�

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the dance’s king and queen, with the queen given a tiara and the king crowned with a Red Wings baseball cap. The parks and recreation department was able to recruit several volunteers, in-

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and really talented people.� Mercadante likes the freedom offered by having the team coach itself and the

in a statement when she was hired in May. “This opportunity provides CMU and the new College of Medicine team with the unprecedented opportunity to write the script for the future of medical education as we innovatively and creatively design the program of study that best prepares

students.� During an Aug. 25 interview with Central Michigan Life, El-Sawi said the College of Medicine provides a “unique leadership opportunity� as the college designs its curriculum.

cluding Lake Orion junior Haley Willick, who spent the night as a flower seller. “I like to do a lot of volunteering on my own,� Willick said. All of Brown’s daughters agreed their favorite part of the event was getting to dance, except for 4-year-old Lily, who most enjoyed the chocolate fountain.

“My favorite part of the event is seeing all the little girls get dressed up and seeing them smile,� Moody added. “We get a wide range of fathers and daughters every year that show up. Dads will do anything for their daughters. I think that is pretty cool.�

balance between Infusion and classes. She was glad to keep up her passion for dancing, which has been part of her life for 17 years. Ehlke has also been dancing for most of her life, and found a home

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Wheatland residents Vickie Brown and her son Spencer dance together at Night of Louisiana Saturday night.

Lake resident Joann Leaman dances with her neighbor Jay Pozner in Finch Fieldhouse.

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The Lost Boyou Ramblers play Louisiana tunes as people head out onto the dance floor at Night of Louisiana Saturday night in Finch Fieldhouse.

Cajun, Creole music, food featured at Saturday event By Randi Shaffer | Senior Reporter


ew Orleans may be more than 1,000 miles away, but Mount Pleasant could still savor its culture Saturday night. CMU experienced the tastes and sounds of New Orleans during the 20th annual Night of Louisiana in Finch Fieldhouse. University Events and CMU Public Broadcasting co-hosted the communitygathering event, which more than 1,000 people attended.

Bob Ebner, director of University Events, said the event was really about the music. “It exposes the community to a whole different venue of music,” he said. “The idea is to bring the flavor of New Orleans here. That’s really what I try to do.” The night featured zydeco, a form of Louisiana Creole folk music, groups, CJ Chenier and the Grammy Award-nominated Lost Bayou Ramblers, as well as a cash bar and Cajun food provided by Aramark. Elwell resident Kay Rice said she comes every year for the dancing at the “great community event.” “I’ve come for the last four years,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Keith Voeks, assistant director of University Events, said the community feel is exactly the goal of this event. “It’s really just a way for us to kind of give back, give something for Isabella County, Mount Pleasant, to do in the wintertime,” he said. Night of Louisiana is typically hosted on the last Saturday in January. Ebner first developed the idea for Night of Louisiana after he took a trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras 20 years ago. He discussed the idea with Robert Barclay, director of photography for University Communications, and the first Night of Louisiana was brought to fruition.

“It was successful, and I didn’t want to let it die,” he said. “So we went on to the second one, and the third one, and 20 years later, here we are.” Voeks said Night of Louisiana is about the best time you’ll have on two feet in midMichigan. “We’ve been doing this for 20 years,” he said. “We’re bringing that rich culture of Louisiana and the Cajun and the Creole style here along with a little bit of its flavor to Mount Pleasant.” Mount Pleasant resident Penny Cook made her first appearance at Night of Louisiana this year. “My husband loves zydeco music,” she said. “He was here

20 years ago on their first one and wanted to come back for their 20th anniversary.” Though Night of Louisiana is popular with Mount Pleasant and the surrounding communities, Ebner said a lot of students at CMU don’t even know about the event. “Students really haven’t bought into it yet because I don’t think they’re really familiar with the music or the style,” he said. Ebner said Night of Louisiana is so effective, he’s even heard of some visitors being enticed to travel to New Orleans for the true experience.

George Ross to receive final transition report Tuesday Public at first without access of its contents By Maria Amante Senior Reporter

George Ross will have his transition team’s final report on hand as scheduled Tuesday, though its contents will not be immediately available to the public. It’s the first time since the summer that the univer-

sity president has received a progress report of any kind. The team submitted an initial report on July 1. It was scheduled to submit a second report on Oct. 1, but was later rescheduled to for Nov. 15 before ultimately being combined with the final. Kathy Wilbur, transition team co-chairwoman and vice president of Development and External Relations, said she and Phil Squattrito, co-chairman and chemistry professor,

will review the reports before giving them to Ross. She said the reports will be available at “some point” next month. She couldn’t get specific, however, because February is a “crazy” month with the board of trustees meeting and the release of Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed state budget. Garden City senior Brittany Mouzourakis, co-chairwoman of the student priorities team, said her team’s report will focus on five key priorities students high-

lighted in a survey sent out in November. The Student Government Association president said a big part of her job on the team involved creating the survey, acquiring student responses, and analyzing survey results for hers and other committees. The transition team also frequently spoke to Ross and hosted open forums throughout the year, Mouzourakis said. “Our team created really feasible solutions to the issues students had,” she said,

“and I feel confident it will provide CMU administration with strategies for them to pursue when they begin to start the future strategic planning process.” The transition team, Wilbur said, was created to give Ross recommendations from various constituency groups around the university on what he should consider doing as president. “He wanted a broader view of what folks recommended on how the campus should look, the kinds of events that

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he should take the time to participate in,” she said. “It’s a very broad view of what a president should consider doing.” The team, comprised of several members of the campus community, focused in the following areas: Academic priorities, student priorities, administrative and staff priorities, community and business priorities, and public affairs and communication.

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Dr. Nehad El-Sawi, 56, of Kansas City writes up a list of potential faculty for the College of Medicine Aug. 24 in the Charles V. Park Library. El-Sawi’s resignation as associate dean of Medical Education and Faculty Development became effective Jan. 25. Her role in the faculty hiring process has been reassigned among the leadership deans.

Emily Grove Senior Reporter

More than a military girlfriend My boyfriend is gone 93 percent of the time. That’s not an exaggeration, it’s a fact. I did the math. He’s a marine primarily stationed in Virginia, though he just completed a three-month deployment to Cuba. I’m a college student here in good old Michigan. In 2010, we got to spend 25 days together. Yeah, it’s not ideal. But don’t hold your breath waiting for me to continue with tears and heartbreak. Actually, I’d rather complain about all those whiny, needy girls who don’t shut up about their “Military Man.” Don’t get me wrong here, I do love and miss my boyfriend. But I just don’t feel the need to make multiple status updates on Facebook each day about longdistance misery and missing him. Every once in a while, sure, I admit to posting a quote about long-distance love. And reluctantly, I will fess up to getting into “Here Without You” by Three Doors Down if I’m having a down day. But ladies, everyday? That’s too much. First of all, having a constant update about your boyfriend and missing him is like having an update about every meal you eat. Nobody really cares about either of those things and, eventually, people will start to think that’s all your life revolves around. Occasionally, you can write about the fantastic cupcake you ate, but if you do it constantly people are going to start to think you don’t do anything except chomp frosted pastries. Just like occasionally you can talk about missing your boyfriend, but if you do it every other breath people will realize you are a needy girl with no life outside her relationship. I have a U.S. Marine Corps sweatshirt and an “I Love My Marine” key chain his mother bought me, though sometimes it’s a little too cheesy, even for me. But I don’t introduce myself as a marine girlfriend like I’m some hero and it’s some big accomplishment. There is more to me than my marine boyfriend and our longdistance relationship. I have family. I have friends. I go to school and work at the paper. Heck, sometimes I even have time for hobbies. In April, Levi will deploy for seven months and my world will continue to function without being completely thrown off its axis. I will continue to live my life. And if I ever stop having my own life and list my occupation as a needy, dependent “Marine Wife” and nothing more, please have my loving “Marine Husband” take me out back and shoot me.

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EDITORIAL | Associate dean’s resignation no cause for concern

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r. Nehad El-Sawi’s resignation from associate dean may be an organizational hiccup in the faculty hiring process for the College of Medicine, but her absence is not exactly a sign of doom for the project. tial candidates to instruct courses. While it remains to be seen whether the College of Medicine will place a financial burden on the students of CMU through tuition hikes to support the endeavor or if it can actually attract qualified candidates that will practice medicine in mid-Michigan, it would be unfair to speculate that El-Sawi’s resignation is a sign of discontent among the leadership deans. It is true when offered the position of founding dean in early 2010, then-former Interim Dean Cam Enarson declined. However, despite mixed public opinion concerning the need for the College of Medicine, El-Sawi’s resignation is not a sign the school is at the cusp of

University administrators said El-Sawi’s Jan. 25 departure was a personnel issue that was not fully commented on, though it was reportedly her choice to quit her position as the associate dean for Medical Education and Faculty Development. She would have led the process of hiring faculty, but now those responsibilities have been reassigned to Dr. Ernest Yoder, founding dean, and the other associate deans until a replacement is found. A national search to fill the position will commence soon. The vacancy of her position has not had an adverse effect on the hiring process because interviews have already been scheduled with poten-

failure and its supporters will soon abandon the project. The college has made many strides toward completing stages of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education accreditation process without any substantial issues so far. The Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, consisting of presidents from the state’s 15 public universities, approved CMU’s proposed Doctor of Medicine degree Jan. 21. In addition, the structure of the program received recommendation from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Furthermore, the college’s official partnership with Synergy Medical Education Alliance, a Saginawbased organization which coordinates medical education efforts, announced Dec. 14 was a step toward beginning clinical education for the college’s students. El-Sawi’s leaving is simply a complication, and not a cause for dire concern. No one has said the launch of the new college would be a seamless process, and Yoder has demonstrated his ability to lead the initiative forward.


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Financial literacy more important than ever I’m sure you would agree with me that CMU is a very fine institution. I certainly pride the alumnus status that awaits me in May. But to further Central’s vision as a nationally prominent university, I believe it needs to take a statewide initiative to implement a budgeting class for all freshman students. The proposed initiative includes mandating all incoming freshmen to take the FIN 201: Personal Finance course instead of an elective University Program course. At his recent State of the Union address, President Obama made it clear that the devaluing of the dollar and America’s reliance on credit are both continuing and disconcerting issues as we steam ahead in 2011. As a personal financial planning major, I understand the need for people to get financial advice as investing and budgeting are very complex topics. In light of all this, I see a huge prob-

lem: My peers are out of touch of with what is going on around them. The recent “Great Recession” will linger for years to come but unfortunately many are unaware of its severity. I am the first to admit my generation should be called the “entitlement generation.” My peers feel they are entitled to certain things — Social Security, health benefits, a job, etc. — but in reality, these should not be viewed as guaranteed anymore. In short, I believe my peers are spoiled brats. I’m worried about the nonbusiness school students who don’t get the same views on economy and politics that I or my fellows get. I’m worried they don’t realize the implications of financial aspects of life such as taxes, budgeting, inflation, insurance of all kinds, savings and investing. Let me give you an example: Just the other day, a friend of mine

who is an English major began to rattle off questions about my opinions of certain business and political issues. He said the country’s current economic situation is simply “out of control” and that the “end-of-times are upon us!” He said Uncle Sam doesn’t watch his spending, so why should he? I feel like my peers are totally disregarding the fact that our kids will have to grow up in this financial and political mess and, frankly, it makes me sick with worry! No matter what walk of life one comes from, the common denominator is money. Unfortunately, my generation has lost the meaning behind the value of money. Financial literacy is the beginning of financial change. This is exactly what our great university needs and exactly what our great country calls for.

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Insult from injury When I was in the seventh grade, I tried out for the volleyball team. I didn’t have much experience with sports. I had been on a team or two at a young age, but volleyball was the first sport I took a real interest in. I asked for a volleyball for Christmas, and I even attended a volleyball camp to prepare. I was ready to go. But I didn’t make the team. Oh well. The real punch to the gut came after learning that a girl with a broken leg had made the team over me. Not just a sprained ankle, or a boot on her foot. But a fullblown, full-leg cast, complete with crutches. This girl made the team over me. Talk about feeling like a failure. Everyone assured me the coach was playing favorites. But I still couldn’t shake feeling completely inept when it came to athletics. I am 6 feet tall and 130 pounds. Though I don’t have an accurate record, I would say I have been this tall since I was 14. That makes for one very tall seventh-grader. While I know athletes are not built on body structure alone, I wish the coach would have seen some potential in me to grow at the sport. Eight years later and my confidence in sports is unchanged. I never again tried out for a team, and have spent the entirety of high school and college avoiding physical activity all together. Somehow I’ve managed to keep thin, but my superhuman metabolism gets to take credit for that one. After attending this university for four years, I have only visited the Student Activity Center once — to use the hot tub. I have a legitimate fear of athletics and have always felt like I was missing out on a fundamental life skill. But maybe I was wrong. According to, there are many benefits to children participating in sports. These include a strong body image for girls, discipline and goal setting, greater academic success and improved motor skills. Well, I may not be perfect, but I have a strong body image. I hold two jobs and attend school full-time, so I would venture to call myself disciplined. I have been on the Dean’s List my entire college career, so I’ve experienced academic success. And while my motor skills might not be as developed as an athlete’s, I can beat out my boyfriend in “Wii Sports” boxing, and he’s training to be a professional mixed-martial arts fighter. So maybe I’m not as handicapped by an aversion to sports as I thought I was. I could try to incorporate physical activity into my life for the pure fun of conquering a fear. Maybe tomorrow I’ll even give the SAC a shot. Maybe.

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CHSBS offers new $1,000 scholarship Application deadline set for March 31 By Orrin Shawl Staff Reporter

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A group of CMU students pose in front of a mural they painted with the help of 381 students at Beaverton Primary School in Beaverton.

RSO gives students hands-in-paint experience By Maryellen Tighe Staff Reporter

Students at Beaverton Primary School in Beaverton were skeptical when they were first told to paint on the wall. The students were given brushes and the chance to make handprints as part of a project with registered student organization National Art Educators Association at CMU on Jan. 6. “Our first day, when we were painting, the kids would come up to us and say ‘Does (Principal Ronnie) Morley know you’re painting on the wall right now?’” said NAEA Co-President Amanda Anderson, a Lansing senior. “I think it’s something they’re definitely

going to remember.” Nathan Sutton, a Prudenville senior and the group’s vice president, designed the murals which they marked on the wall before asking students to help, Anderson said. The group worked with 381 students over three days in half-hour shifts. The students would paint part of one mural and put their hand prints on another, she said. “Even the day we did it, they were coming in with their mom and saying ‘Look, I painted this,’” Sutton said. “I think it’s really important we can create these opportunities for kids.” The school does not have an art program so it was the first time many had been exposed to paint, said Lansing

senior Katie Clark, NAEA secretary. It gave students exposure to something they were not yet comfortable with. There are plans to do another mural in the gym, though the group has not set a date to finish it, Sutton said. Anderson said the group’s advisor, faculty member Ralph Hullender, was approached by Morley. He suggested they apply for the grant which funded the project, a $200 Creative Endeavors Project Grant. “It taught us how to paint a mural later on,” said CoPresident Lauren Synowiec, Livonia senior. “Next time we do it in our own school, it would only be one of us.” The group tries to do many projects which give back to

New app a blind date search engine ‘Date Radar’ sorts by geography, interests, age By Rachel Dybicki Staff Reporter

Creators of new iPhone application “Date Radar” hope users will find their perfect blind date in their local area through a combination of social and GPS technology. The application requires users be 17 or older to use and is free to download. Saginaw sophomore Chris Sowatsky said he believes it is an interesting idea but he is not sure how many people will be willing to download it and commit to the service.

“It’s hard to know how many people are going to jump on board due to security reasons, because online anyone can seem like a nice person,” Sowatsky said. The app displays what users are looking for, gender, age range and relative location. It shows users what other people using the application around them are in the market for so they have a chance to meet someone. There is also a chat function that allows users to communicate directly before their blind date. “Date Radar,” unlike many online-meeting platforms, does not have a profile picture. Sowatsky said he thinks it is a creepier version of Facebook. Amanda Brooks said she thinks the idea is crazy.

the community through different types of art, Synowiec said. Sutton said members of the group teach classes at Art Reach of Mid Michigan, 111 E. Broadway St. They also are helping design banners for this year’s Student Michigan Education Association conference. “We do a lot of … service learning, where we’re giving people skills and the final product will benefit local schools,” Clark said.

Students in the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences have a new opportunity to help pay for college. A $1,000 scholarship was announced Wednesday for students who major or minor in certain CHSBS departments, such as English language and literature, political science, military science, anthropology, sociology and social work. The Honorable Fred M. and Lynne M. Mester Family Endowment will provide the funds to one full-time undergraduate student. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 31. “We’re honored to have scholarships in our college that give opportunities for students to seek out additional financial aid,” said Sarah Buckley, coordinator of Marketing and Events for CHSBS. Commerce Township sophomore Drew Prueter said he plans to apply for the scholarship. “I’m in ROTC now and we’re usually not eligible for a lot of financial aid,” he said. “I was reading about the scholarship and it said that we would actu-

ally be eligible for that, so that would definitely be something to look into.” Prueter also said his interest in the man behind the scholarship piqued his interest. “Judge Mester was a judge at Oakland County Circuit Court which is where I’m from,” Prueter said. “He was also a captain in the United States Army, which I thought was pretty cool too.” Students participating in the scholarship will be required to type a one- to two-page essay describing the discipline in CHSBS they are planning to major in and why. Applicants must give a description of their community service experience and why they deserve to win the scholarship. Scholarship participants will need to provide two letters of recommendation and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Allendale senior Alicia Cummings said she will not apply for the scholarship since she is close to graduating, but she encourages anyone within the departments to apply. “I think it’s good that CMU is offering more scholarships to the political science department,” Cummings said. “I think anyone applying for the scholarship would definitely have a good chance of receiving it.”

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Beatboxer brings ballad to Bovee

David Garcia Project

Jared Mahone performs, shares his stories

Lowell freshman Sarah Wiltse laughs as her friends cheer her on when she attempts to wheel herself up a ramp on Tuesday night in the Fabiano/Emmons/ Woldt lobby during the David Garcia Project. “I got the e-mail and I was really interested,” Wiltse said. I read David Garcia’s biography and wanted to learn more.” The David Garcia Project is to teach students to be aware of disabilities and to show what it might be like to have one.

By Odille Parker Staff Reporter

Jared Mahone brought a different sort of instrumental to CMU Friday when he beatboxed his way through his set. Program Board brought Mahone to campus as part of his 86-college national tour. Program Board President Steve Lewis, an Allegan senior, said 55 people attended the event held in the Bovee University Center Rotunda. Though the band is made up of six members, it is uncommon for all of them to be at any given performance. At Friday’s show, it was Mahone and bass guitarist, JP. Mahone described his style as a soulful, funky groove version of pop. He “keeps it real” with songs he has written as well as his own versions of known

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songs. “It’s not about trying to please people or gaining fame,” Mahone said. “I do music that I enjoy and is fitting to real life.” Mahone maintained a casual conversation with the audience throughout his performance. He incorporated stories behind the songs he performed and background on his life. Remixes of classic Disney music and the theme song to “Full House” helped him win over his listeners. Port Huron senior Amber Berish said she was amazed by Mahone’s entire show. “I love how relatable he was,” Berish said. “The situations he described were real. I also loved his beatboxing and ability to do all the sounds himself.” Mahone talked about his “Mix Tape Project,” a way of including his fans in his love of writing. The goal was to write 52 songs in 52 weeks and blog every part. In the end, fans would pick their favorites to make up the next album.

While he did not meet the goal, the project became an ongoing process. People can follow him via Twitter, Facebook and to become involved. Coming from Columbus, Ohio and a family that has always been musically inclined, Mahone aims to represent where he comes from. “We’re not a cover band and don’t aim to be,” Mahone said. “I’m from the Midwest and consider myself a guy that’s in the dead center of average. The beatboxing is my way of identifying with that culture and creating something out of nothing.” Nathan Heath, a Harrison senior and self-made beatboxer, said he was impressed with Mahone’s talent. “Everyone has their own style and I thoroughly enjoyed this show,” Heath said. “In my opinion, Jared is flawless, and a guy with that kind of caliber has a lot of talent.”

More campus touchscreen directories could be coming CMU does not require informing Seven installed cost $100,000 By Sammy Dubin Staff Reporter

Success with digital touchscreen directories has instigated a discussion to install more of the faculty-perusing and event-listing devices across campus. “Additional groups on campus are looking into installing them in other buildings,” said Marcus Jackson, specialized technology coordinator at Education and Human Services. “I have spoken to (the Office of Information Technology) to see if they would like to utilize the technology in the same way as we have across campus; however, no decision has been made for or against it.” Since November, seven new directories have already been placed around campus

with a price tag of $100,000. The content for the additional signs was discussed at a meeting on Jan. 20, said Shaun Holtgreive, associate director of Residence Life. “Everything is still very preliminary,” Holtgreive said. Innovative Computers of Belleville provides the templates and uses the newest technology available. This allows CMU to “future-proof” the devices, Jackson said. “Working with the individuals at CMU, I have no doubts in their ability to adopt and learn new technologies,” Jackson said. “As long as students continue to utilize these technologies, we will continue to innovate them.” Jackson said the most utilized feature of the display is the directory portion where information on the location of faculty and staff members is displayed. It uses the same database as the university

website’s directory. “Currently we are having the company design the maps portion of the displays,” he said. West Bloomfield freshman Alana Rosenblatt said she likes the idea of the additional directories, but thinks the cost is too high. “I think that they are useful because they show you more information about classes and the professors in the buildings,” Rosenblatt said. “Although they are useful, I think that it is a lot of money to be spending on something that does not benefit the students’ education.” Jackson said there is only a one-time cost to the system; it can be maintained from within once it is installed. “Other solutions have yearly costs associated to the licensing of the product,” he said.


community of mental illness By Logan Patmon Staff Reporter

CMU has no specific policy for handling mentally distressed students though help is available individually. Those students who are considered to be experiencing mental problems rarely pose any sort of threat to their peers, said Deanna Johnson, lead counselor in residence for Residence Life. “There have been many instances of (mentally) distressed students at CMU,” Johnson said. “But very few of them have ever been violent.” Each situation is handled on a specific basis, she said. There are steps students can take if they believe someone is mentally unstable. “Students should share their concerns with their (resident



der so I could prepare myself to deal with them,” said New Jersey freshman Perry Watkins. “But I guess I do understand why I can’t know that information.” CMU does not require students to inform officials if they have mental health issues. “Any health-related issues that Central does know about, including mental issues, can’t be disclosed to roommates or other students because of privacy laws,” said Tony Voisin, director of Student Life. Johnson said many people with such issues can still attend an institution of higher learning. “A lot of people with mental issues can function normally,” Johnson said. “But whenever one lashes out, it is so highly publicized.”


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Ticker St. Johns upsets No. 3 Duke The No. 3 Duke Blue Devils suffered its second loss of the season Sunday, falling 93-78 against St. Johns. The Red Storm had a 4625 lead by halftime. Senior guard Dwight Hardy led SJU with 26 points on 9-of13 shooting. Senior guard Nolan Smith had a gamehigh 32 points on 10-of-19 shooting. Duke’s last double-digit loss came against Georgetown exactly one year ago when the Hoyas defeated the Blue Devils 89-77. The Blue Devils are now 16-2 on the season.

CMU drops third straight Chippewas shoot 30 percent, lose 63-43 on road at Akron By Andrew Stover Senior Reporter

Four players score in double figures, and that’s a recipe for success. But not for Central Michigan. Not Sunday in Akron, Ohio, against the Akron Zips. Not when the remaining eight players who see the court combine for two

points. The men’s basketball team shot an abysmal 30.4 percent from the field, an even worse 28.6 percent from the freethrow line and Ernie Zeigler never seemingly got close after a 38-28 deficit at the half. Akron (12-9, 3-4 MidAmerican Conference) had a 20-7 run to finish the game, nullifying any CMU threat, to win 63-43 at James A. Rhodes Arena. “We just really struggled to

makes shots in and around the basket, if not open shots,” said CMU coach Ernie Zeigler, who added that he would prefer to serve as the team’s lone voice after the loss. CMU did not hit a free throw in the second half, finishing 0-for-7 in the half, and 4-for-14 in the game. “When you’re struggling to score from the field, you got to try to manufacture points and get to the foul line,” Zeigler said. “And when you get those opportunities A akron | 4B

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Freshman guard Trey Zeigler had 10 points and eight rebounds in Sunday’s 63-43 loss against Akron. CMU fell to 5-15 and 2-5 in the Mid-American Conference.


Titans, Fisher part ways The Tennessee Titans were forced to part ways with either head coach Jeff Fisher or quarterback Vince Young due to an unfixable relationship. It chose to stick with Fisher, but it now appears that it’ll be without Fisher and Young. After 16 seasons as head coach, Fisher and the Titans have parted ways, however Young is still expected to be released. One of the top candidates to replace Fisher is offensive line coach Mike Munchak. Linebacker coach Dave McGinnis is also a possible candidate.

Wings’ Datsyuk activated from injured reserve The Detroit Red Wings have activated forward Pavel Datsyuk from injured reserve. Datsyuk, who has 12 goals and 27 assists, is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday at Ottawa. He suffered a broken right wrist on Dec. 22 in a 5-4 overtime win against Vancouver. The Red Wings are still without center Mike Modano, who had right wrist surgery and forward Thomas Holmstrom, who broke his right hand. Forward Danny Cleary participated in practice last Tuesday and could potentially return from his broken left ankle against Ottawa.

Pacers fire Jim O’Brien After failing to reach the NBA playoffs the past three season, the Indiana Pacers fired head coach Jim O’Brien Sunday as its head coach. According to Yahoo. com, team president Larry Bird announced the firing, saying: “This isn’t all on Jim. All of us share in the responsibility for where we’re at and where we need to go.” Assistant coach Frank Vogel has been named the intern head coach for the remainder of the season. He was an assistant under O’Brien in Philadelphia and Boston.

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CMU all-around senior Andrea de la Garza performs her routine on the balance beam during Sunday afternoon’s meet against Northern Illinois at McGuirk Arena. De la Garza received a 9.775 on the balance beam and an all-around score of 38.7.

Gymnastics sets season records en route to win

Wrestling squeaks past Old Dominion

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Sunday’s gymnastics meet was the culmination of a team’s ability to fix mistakes and reach goals. Not only did the Central Michigan gymnastics team meet its desired 195 score, it was able to fix mistakes in order to make Sunday’s meet, which head coach Jerry Reighard called an “undeniable performance.” “We have emphasized that for two weeks, and last week the mantra I kept saying was that you have to make this undeniable,” Reighard said. The Chippewas Jerry Reighard pushed their record to 8-0 by sweeping Northern Illinois in all events and winning with a total score of 195.750-189.100. CMU started off strong on the vault with five of six gymnasts posting scores of 9.7 or higher. Junior Kristin Teubner paced the event with a season-high score of 9.850 to help the team to a season-high on the vault with a 48.900 total. For Teubner, the key for the team was fixing

The Central Michigan wrestling team needed every one of its six wins Sunday as it squeezed out an 18-16 win against Old Dominion to close out its non-conference schedule. The match was part of a dual-sport showing with the gymnastics team at McGuirk Arena, which ended with a pair of Chippewa victories. While the arena was seemingly busier than most home matches, head coach Tom Borrelli looked at the added distractions as a positive quality. “The thing that really helps us is at the NCAA Tournament, Tom Borrelli the first two rounds, there’s eight mats and so there’s a lot of stuff going on in the arena,” he said. “Your guys have got to learn how to focus in those situations to win at the tournament.” No. 5 Ben Bennett kicked off the day with an 8-3 decision at the 174-pound match, scoring on two takedowns, a reversal and a riding time point to put CMU on the board first. Bennett was one of six CMU wrestlers to score points

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CMU junior Chad Friend wrestles Old Dominion’s Joe Budi in the 184-pound weight class Sunday at McGuirk Arena. Friend lost the match to Budi 5-1.

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the little things that have cost them points in past meets. “This is exactly what we have been waiting for, we have wanted to put these little things together,” Teubner said. “We had above 9.7’s that we counted on every single event, which is a big step for us.” The next rotation saw the Chippewas mark a new season high, tallying a total score of 48.825. Freshman Brittany Petzold led the way with a 9.875, followed by senior Andrea de la Garza with a 9.800. The third event of the meet, the balance beam, again saw CMU notch a season high, finishing the event with an 48.900. Coming into the weekend ranked No. 20 nationally, the team was able to remain solid behind the 9.850 score of freshman Emily Heinz. Reighard said the team’s high scores across all events shows how the team has been able to overcome the struggles from early in the year. “It says a lot about the character of our team because we have struggled,” Reighard said. “Struggled in the sense that we haven’t been able to put together the big routine scores.” The final event of the day saw the squad tally their fourth new season high, with a 49.125 coming in the floor exercise. Senior Kristin Teubner led the way with a high score of 9.925. Teubner went on to lead all competitors in the all-around category with a 39.250, marking her careerhigh in the all-around. “This is definitely my best all around performance that I have ever put together,” Teubner said. “I am really proud of it, bars were a little bit shaky for me, but everything else went together really well.” Freshman Brittany Petzold would finish in second place in the all-around with a score of 39.150, the highest of her career as well. For Petzold the key to maintaining this high level of scoring will be to work hard in the practice gym. “I feel like in practice I need to fix the little things, like I have been doing this whole week,” Petzold said, “and I feel like I have to perform like I practice everyday.” Despite the possible distraction of performing in the same gym as the CMU wrestling team, Reighard pointed to that as a perfect scenario for his team to perform well. “I think that the whole package allowed us gymnasts to really just let it go, not feel like the spotlight was on us,” Reighard said. “We didn’t have nerves that we had to contend with and we competed like we practiced for the first time this year.” The gymnastics team will return to action when they travel to Champaign, Ill., at 6 p.m. Saturday for a multiteam meet with Minnesota and host Illinois.

on riding time. CMU (5-7, 1-0 MAC) continued to struggle at the 184pound slot, watching Chad Friend fall to 1-13 on the season with a 5-1 decision to Joe Budi. The team won its next two matches at 197 and heavyweight, but the 9-3 lead wasn’t safe for the Chippewas. “I was disappointed that the 174-weight class and heavyweight weight class didn’t score bonus points,” Borrelli said. The strength of ODU’s lineup is its lower weight classes, and No. 4 ranked 125-pounder James Nicholson leads the Monarchs, coming into the contest with a perfect 23-0 record. Nicholson played a game of catch and release with sophomore Christian Cullinan, scoring on takedowns and giving up escapes as he went on to win by a 15-5 major decision. “We’re worrying too much about losing and not enough about attacking those guys,” Borrelli said. “I felt like we didn’t compete in some situations the way we would like to compete and I think we have a young team.” What was possibly the most anticipated matchup of the day did not disappoint when No. 11 Scotti Sentes took on No. 12 Kyle Hutter. After a defensive stalemate through the first period, Sentes started on bottom in the second and recorded an escape and reversal to build a 3-0 lead. The third period allowed him to build up a 2:22 of riding and he held on to win by a 4-0 decision. “I think I probably could have score more points, but I was more worried with what he was doing,” Sentes said. “I shut his offense down, but I wrestled to win and I should have been wrestling to improve my offense.” ODU proved it wasn’t going to give up without a fight when Brennan Brumley pinned Scott Mattingly in 4:57 to give the Monarchs their first lead of the match. Donnie Corby flipped the momentum of the match and maybe of his individual season with a 5-3 decision against Joey Metzler. The sophomore gave up an early takedown, but returned the favor in the closing seconds of the match and earned a riding time point to take the lead back. “I was mad that I didn’t get the first takedown, but I felt very confident and then I started riding him on top and felt confident,” Corby said. “It felt really good because I’ve been in a slump lately, and it felt good to get that win.” Senior Ryan Cubberly sealed the match for the Chippewas with a win at the 157pound weight class against a Micah Blair – an opponent his brother Eric knocked off Dec. 5 at the Nittany Lion Open. The win marked CMU’s first streak of back-to-back wins this season. The team will travel to Athens, Ohio, Friday as it looks to make a run at the MAC title for a tenth straight year.




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CMU all-around freshman Brittany Petzold performs her floor routine Sunday. Petzold recorded a 9.8 on the floor and an all-around score of 39.150.


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CMU sophmore Ben Bennett wrestles Old Dominion’s Tristan Warner in the 174-pound weight class Sunday during the Royal Rumble and Tumble at McGuirk Arena. Bennett beat Warner 8-3 as CMU went on to beat Old Dominion 18-16.

Wrestling, gymnastics share arena By Josh Berenter Staff Reporter

The CMU wrestling team took the mat Sunday in a different atmosphere than ever before. The Chippewas dual meet against Old Dominion wasn’t the only event going on at McGuirk Arena. The wrestling team shared the arena with the gymnastics team in the inaugural Royal Rumble and Tumble. Both CMU teams won their respective contests. The wrestling team beat ODU 18-16 and the gymnast’s defeated Mid-American Conference foe Northern Illinois 195.750-189.100. The event was the brainchild of head coach Tom



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Head coach Jerry Reighard embraces freshman all-arounder Emily Heinz after finishing her balance beam routine.


Borelli and gymnastics head coach Jerry Reighard, who originally developed the concept of having simultaneous meets four years ago. “We never felt we had the space in the arena to accomplish it,” Reighard said. “We’ve both been in meets similar to this and it’s always been a great atmosphere.” One would think that athletes from both sports would be distracted by all the activity happening by while they are competing, but junior wrestler Scotti Sentes said he wasn’t affected when he hit the mat. “Once you get there out there, you don’t notice anything,” he said. “All I hear is my coaches. I kind of just shut everything else out.”

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Although Sentes said the gymnasts didn’t distract him during competition, he joked that he didn’t know what to do when he was on the bench. “I was kind of a deer caught in headlights, I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “It was my own fault. (Borelli) told Christian (Cullinan) what to do and I was supposed to pay attention and I didn’t pay too good attention to what he was telling us to do, and I guess it showed.” Borelli said he thought the potentially distracting atmosphere was helpful for his team for when it travels to the NCAA Championships in March. “At the NCAA Tournament, the first two rounds, there’s

eight mats going. So there’s a lot of stuff going on in the arena,” he said. “There’s a lot of noise, a lot of things that were going on today. Our guys have to learn how to focus in that situation if they want to be successful.” The simultaneous meet was the first of it’s kind for CMU athletics and both coaches agreed that they they’d enjoy doing it again. “Anytime you have a big crowd, it’s great for both sports,” he said. “Hopefully, we created some more fans in the community. Anytime we can have that environment, it’s good for our whole athletic department.”


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Penalties, errors Chippewas get strong finish against Akron contribute to loss Friday against EMU women’s basketball

By John Evans Staff Reporter

Sue Guevara uttered a cliche statement following her team’s 74-62 win Saturday against the Akron Zips at McGuirk Arena. “Offense puts fans in the seats, defense wins you games and rebounding wins you championships.” Guevara noted this cliché because it was not her team’s offensive efforts that got it done, but it was the Chippewas defense and rebounding that helped them avoid a three-game losing streak. “We held Akron to 20 points in the first half. They had no offensive rebounds in the first half,” Guevara said. “That’s a major improvement. We did what we needed to do today.” The Chippewas (13-7, 5-3 Mid-American Conference) dominated in almost every statistic throughout the game. CMU outrebounded Akron 43-31 and had 18 offensive rebounds compared to just five for Akron. The Zips (9-11, 2-6 MAC) did not grab their first offensive rebound until eight minutes left in the second half. Senior forward Kaihla Szunko led the Chippewas attack with her 13th doubledouble of the season. She scored a game-high 25 points and had 13 rebounds, moving her up to fourth all-time in school history for rebounds. Szunko scored 19 of her 25 points in the second half. “I think in the first half I was being kind of compla-

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CMU Freshman forward Taylor Johnson struggles to recover the ball against Akron freshman guard Hanna Luburgh during the second half Saturday in McGuirk Arena. The Chippewas won 74-62.

cent,” Szunko said. “I was not really moving around. Coach told me to make myself available so it’s not four against five players. I need to be a threat.” Senior Shonda Long, sophomore Brandie Baker and freshman Taylor Johnson rounded out the Chippewa attack, all scoring in double figures. Baker and Johnson combined for 30 points and 16 rebounds, keeping the pressure on the Zips all game long. CMU finished the game with a 48-28 edge in points scored in the paint.

The Chippewas shot just 11.8 percent from the 3-point line but still managed to win the game by 12 points. “That is nice. We’ve got Kaihla going in and finishing, we’ve got Brandie driving, we’ve got Skylar (Miller) driving and dishing,” Johnson said. “We did an amazing job on defense this game. Holding them to no offensive rebounds in the first half was huge for us.” CMU now moves forward to its final eight-game stretch of the season. The team takes a road trip to Oxford, Ohio, at 7 p.m. Wednesday to play

Miami, and then on to Athens, Ohio, to play Ohio Saturday. The Chippewas showed against Akron the kind of defense and rebounding it is going to take if this team wants a shot at a MAC title. “In our last 12 possessions of this game we scored eight times,” Guevara said. “That to me means they are finishing. The first 10 possessions tell you if you are ready, the last 10 tells you how strong you finish. We finished it strong.”

CMU’s defensive effort improves Women’s team had 43-31 advantage in rebounds By John Manzo Staff Reporter

The recurring nightmare was nonexistent. After allowing an average of 91 points per game in its last two games, head coach Sue Guevara was left searching for answers defensively. Without a stopper to plug the whole, she said the losses would become a problem. Guevara had a reason to smile on Saturday at McGuirk Arena. The Central Michigan women’s basketball team held Akron to 62 points. And despite only shooting 2-of17 from beyond the 3-point line, the team still managed to score 74 points. “My concern was our defense and that was better,” Guevara said. In the first half it blanked the Zips in offensive rebounds and held them to five for the entire game. Guevara wanted a defensive stopper, but she didn’t get that. Instead, she got more than that — an en-

tire team looking to play defense. “It was amazing,” freshman forward Taylor Johnson said of the team’s defensive effort. “We had to take care of our own player and today we did that.” Johnson said rebounding will be the main focus if the team wants to win championships. Against Akron they had a 43-31 advantage in rebounds. She tied for second on the team with eight. However, it wasn’t just a collective rebounding effort. CMU had 11 steals, two blocks and forced the Zips into 22 turnovers. “It wasn’t perfect,” said senior forward Kaihla Szunko. “We’re finally realizing we’re a better team than how we’ve been paying the past two games and we want people to fear us on defense and not be able take advantage of us.” The defensive effort wasn’t just the starting five. The bench got the message, too. Despite playing in only 11 games this season, freshman guard Kylie Welch was substituted in during the first half of Saturday’s game and ended up playing 21 minutes. So why was the guard on the court in the waning sec-

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Senior guard Shonda Long attempts to shoot against Akron sophomore guard Taylor Ruper during the first half Saturday afternoon in McGuirk Arena.

onds of the game? “She runs the show and is a good defender,” Guevara said. “She keeps the player in front of her and boxes out and she’s getting the job done.” She knows how to manage a game despite her 5-foot-4 frame. She didn’t turn the ball over once in her 21 min-

utes of game time against Akron. “We needed those minutes from the bench to have fresh legs,” Guevara said. The Chippewas hope to get the same defensive production at 7 p.m. Wednesday when they travel to Miami.

Zeigler, Rashid hurried to move on A

mir Rashid was in a hurry to move on. He walked slowly to the exit — hoody over head — and both swiftly and succinctly deflected any questions this reporter had. “Not today,” he said. “I’m in too big of a rush.” It was Sunday night, just outside of O’Kelly’s Sports Bar and Grill, just a week after Rashid notified his teammates he was leaving the program and just after the senior spent his afternoon sipping slowly on a Bud Light Lime while watching his former team lose by 20 points to Akron. Rashid doesn’t have to talk to anyone. He doesn’t have to answer questions, doesn’t have to answer Facebook messages and doesn’t have to elaborate on the personal reasons that cut his senior season short. But as he sat, watching the ESPN U telecast wearing gray Central Michigan

Anthony Fenech Senior Reporter basketball swag, the unanswered question begged to be asked: Why did he leave? This we know: On Thursday, head coach Ernie Zeigler addressed the media and more specifically, Rashid’s departure, for just over two minutes in his post-game press conference following a 6858 home defeat to Miami University. During those two minutes, Zeigler used the word “basketball” once. He referenced the former point guard’s pursuit of a degree twice. And the fifth-year CMU head coach studdered three times, when asked if Rashid

underperformed during his time in Mount Pleasant. “Um, I’m,” he said, pausing. “I (pause), I (longer pause), I have no comment on that.” Well here’s a comment on that. And let the record state that I was not in attendance during Thursday’s postgame press conference, instead holed up in a classroom learning reporting ethics that strongly imply you should not write about events you weren’t at. First, this move doesn’t make basketball sense. Not from the player’s standpoint, who started in 16 of the team’s 18 games he dressed for; And not from the coaches standpoint, who desperately needs any kind of leadership from any player not named Jalin Thomas. “He was probably our best on the ball defender,” Zeigler said. “That’s probably where we will miss him the most.”

Or with experience. Or with leadership. Or with the competitive drive of an athlete that wants to make something of his final season. Second, the reason doesn’t make life sense. You’re Amir Rashid. You transferred from a junior college to play basketball at the Division-I level. You have played at that level, consistently, and halfway through what is in all likelihood the last year you will be playing competitive basketball, you decide that, you know what, I’ve been a student-athlete for a few years and now I think I just want to be a student. And third, you look at the trio of pauses in Zeigler’s 40-second response to Rashid’s progress at CMU, and it can only equal one thing: Both Amir Rashid and Ernie Zeigler were in a hurry to move on.

A hockey team cannot beat its opponent if it beats itself. This weekend, the CMU club hockey team was defeated by a lack of discipline and penalties in both games. It took someone to step up the game toward the end of Saturday’s game to pull out a victory in Romulus against Eastern Michigan. Friday’s game started off on the wrong foot when second line center Nick Badder was thrown out of the game in the first period after hitting an opposing player from behind. “I didn’t think I deserved to get kicked out,” Badder said. “But I guess that’s the rule for any hit from behind.” From there, it only got worse for CMU as a total of 61 penalty minutes were compiled throughout the game. The 61 minutes comprised of four 10minute game misconducts, a five additional minutes from Badder being kicked out of the game and eight different minor penalties. “I need to be able to trust my players to not make stupid mistakes on the ice,” said head coach Mike Willett. “If you’re going to do stupid stuff on the ice, you better learn the lesson or else I’ll help you learn the lesson.” It seemed as though the penalty box bench was never cold. The amount sounds even more astonishing considering that the game is only 60 minutes long. “Usually, I call out lines from the bench, but this game I was calling out names to go out on the ice,” Willett said. “It’s hard to come back against a Division I school but when you’re putting lines on the ice where some players have never played with

each other. It’s almost impossible.” CMU did manage to score once in the second period with a Brad Terberg goal and twice in the third with goals from Thomas Murphy and David Sitarski, but it was not enough as the team fell by the final of 6-3. “Certain people need to learn to keep their mouth shut, play hockey and avoid stupid penalties,” said captain Jordan Jakubik. “We feel confident against any team five on five, so we just got to stay out of the box to have success.” The team entered Saturday’s game with a new frame of mind — staying out of the penalty box. Before the game, freshman forward Ricky Jones uttered the phrase, “the classier team will win the game.” As a result, CMU played a cleaner brand of hockey. It took an early lead on a Thomas Murphy power play goal early in the first period off a one-timer at the top right of the net. Five minutes later, Badder scored and added to the lead. At the beginning of the third period, CMU found itself up 3-1. EMU would not go quitely, though, eventually tying the game up at 3. The team took another penalty and found themselves short-handed, but Jakubik was ready to put the game into his own hands and soon had the puck on his stick on a breakaway. “I forced the defenseman to turn the puck over in our zone and got a nice pass from Mike Lesnau that gave me a breakaway,” Jakubik said. “I beat the goalie low blocker.” CMU held on to the 4-3 score to pick up the win and split the weekend. “We got a great team that knows how to win,” Willett said. “The team just needs to clean up a few small areas and I feel good about where the team is at this point of the season.”

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Track & Field

Men grab 3 first-place finishes on weekend CMU’s Kettlewell leads event sweep in pole vault By Brandon Champion Staff Reporter

The Central Michigan men’s track and field team finished up its weekend of competition Saturday with three first place-finishes in Ohio. Junior jumper Jacob McDonald continued his hot streak, winning the high jump and triple jump. Junior Josh Kettlewell led a trio of Chippewas to an event sweep in the pole vault, clearing 15 feet, 11 inches. Finishing second and third behind Kettlewell were redshirt freshman Tim Reynolds and junior Joseph Jankowski,

respectively, with vaults of 14-5 1/4 and 13-11 1/4 feet. The results were especially encouraging as the athletes competed at Bowling Green State University, the venue where the Mid-American Conference championships will be held Feb. 25 and 26. “It was good to see our athletes score well there,” said Willie Randolph, director of track and field and cross country. “This should give them an advantage going into MACs, but we still need to make sure we show up when the time comes.” On Friday, members of the CMU throwers were in action at the Cardinal Invite, hosted by Saginaw Valley State University. The Chippewas dominated the competition, finishing first and second in both the

shot put and weight throw. Sophomore Alex Rose won the shot put with a throw of 55 3/4 feet. Senior John Calvert was Josh Kettlewell one spot behind him with a throw of 5410 1/4 feet. In the weight throw, Kevin Mays won with a throw of 6210 feet and junior Ryan McCullough took second with a throw of 58-8 3/4 feet. This weekend was just another in the strong start for the throwers, who have been performing well all season. “There a very focused group of guys, and they know what they need to do to be successful,” Randolph said. “I also have to give a lot of credit to

coach (John) Ridgway, who is doing a great job with them.“ The weekend proved to be important in allowing the athletes to improve their field event scores, which Randolph says is most important moving forward. “We are going to continue to focus on moving in the right direction,” Randolph said. “We need to make sure we are putting ourselves in the best position to score when it counts the most.” The field events will have plenty of practice time in the near future as they will be off next week while the sprinters and hurdlers head to South Bend, Ind., to compete at the Meyo Invitational, hosted by the University of Notre Dame.

Lohner, Dakroub have Top 10 finishes By Kristopher Lodes Staff Reporter

The Central Michigan women’s track and field teams traveled to three different meets this weekend. Distance runners Raeanne Lohner and Danielle Dakroub went to Indiana, while throwers and a few runners went to Saginaw Valley State with track and field director Willie Randolph. On Saturday, some of the field event athletes traveled to Bowling Green, Ohio, to compete at the Tom Wright Classic. Indiana relays Friday at the Indiana Relays, seniors Lohner and Dakroub both posted Top 10 finishes in their respective races. Lohner took ninth in the mile run with a time of 4:59.22. Dakroub competed in the 3000-meter run, where she finished fourth with a time of 9:59.37. “Raeanne and Danielle are definitely going in the right direction,” Randolph said. “They still has some things to work on, but they will be ready (for MACs).”

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and you’re not able to capitalize, it makes it really difficult.” Freshman guard Derek Jackson led all CMU scorers with 11 points in 34 minutes playing time. Freshman guard Trey Zeigler, senior forward Jalin Thomas and sophomore guard Finus Craddock each added 10. Sophomore guard John Morris, who has seen his role increase since the departure of senior guard Amir Rashid last week, hit the lone basket by any other Chippewa player. Starting forwards senior Will McClure and junior Andre Coimbra have seen better days. Both got into foul trouble — Coimbra had two by halftime — and fouled

Cardinal Invite Sophomore Tamica Harbour returned from a hip flexor to compete at the SVSU-hosted Willie Randolph Cardinal Invite, winning the 60-meter hurdles with a personal-best 8.95 in the preliminaries. She also finished seventh in the 200-meter dash. Junior Christina Farrow won the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:18.15. Freshman Raquel Gibbs finished fifth in the 400-meter dash and eighth in the 200-meter dash. Senior Whitney Johnson finished second in the weight toss with a throw of 17.43m. She was followed by fellow seniors Katie Christensen (16.28 meters) and Mykal Imbrock (15.70 meters), who finished fourth and seventh, respectively. Junior Chelsea Brazier finished 11th. “The highlight had to be Whitney, who is heading in the right directions while changing some things,” Randolph said. “Another was Tamica Harbour, whose goal was just to shake off the rust.”

Bowling Green Freshman Megan Heffner placed second in the high jump with a height 1.7 meters. Teammate and fellow freshman Samantha Stein finished fourth with a jump of 1.68 meters. Stein also threw in the shot put and finished sixth. Junior Misha Lamphere placed sixth in the high jump. One big highlight for the Chippewas at the meet was freshmen pole vault Kelly Morrissey, who recorded a personal-best score of 3.53 meters. Her height was good enough for her to win the event. “I definitely need to improve on my mental game,” Morrissey said. “The fact that I’m a freshman doesn’t mean I can’t compete with everyone else, but my team is really supportive and my performance this week definitely helped my confidence.” The month of February is the biggest part of the indoor season, with it all coming to an end on February 25-26 when CMU travels back down to Bowling Green for the MAC championships. “We’re going in the right direction,” Randolph said. “Looking forward to being

out with zero points. “When guys get in early foul trouble, it’s hard to get into a rhythm offensively,” Zeigler said. “It puts the onus on other guys to have to try and make something happen, or maybe even force some things at times that isn’t there. That compounds to lower shooting percentages.” Akron sophomore center Zeke Marshall, at 7-foot, 218 pounds, caused all kinds of problems for CMU (5-15, 2-5 MAC). He finished with 16 points, three rebounds and three blocks. He was the lone Akron player who reached double digits. CMU cut Akron’s lead to seven on a Craddock jumper with 9:51 remaining in the game. The Zips ended any hope of a comeback with a 13-2

run, making it 56-38 with less than 3 minutes remaining. “They did a really good job of playing inside-out,” Zeigler said. “The big juncture for us … we had a chance to get a defensive rebound, and they were able to get second shots.” Akron out-rebounded CMU 38-30. Thomas came a rebound shy of a double-double. He added nine rebounds to his 10 points, and played 33 minutes. “He’s just battling. He’s getting offensive rebounds and fighting through his shot not quite being where he’s accustomed to it being,” said Zeigler, who added that Thomas may still be less than 75 percent healthwise. CMU plays Ohio at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at McGuirk Arena.

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