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Friday, Oct. 30, 2009
Central Michigan Life
Mount Pleasant, Mich.
SGA seeks $200,000 increase in funds for programming
cmu’s urban legends
Nichol: Money vital to building community experience By Griffin Fraley Staff Reporter
photo illustration by libby march/staff photographer
Newaygo junior Abbi VanWyck and Hazel Park sophomore Carlos Coronado illustrate the ghostly tragedy of CMU’s own Romeo and Juliet saga in front of the CMU seal. According to legend, a pair of lovers planned to meet at the CMU seal at midnight to elope, but the man had car trouble and was late to meet her. She froze to death and he died of heartbreak upon finding her.
The truth behind five widely known tales students may think are true By Eric Dresden | Student Life Editor
ony Voisin heard the myth about kissing a significant other in front of Warriner Seal. In fact, he has lived it. The director of Student Life said he heard about the tale that when one kisses his or her significant other in front of the Central Michigan University seal near Warriner Hall, the couple will enjoy a fruitful relationship. Voisin took the myth one step further. It was September 1990 when he told his girlfriend, Kim, assistant director of Residence Life, they were going to the Malt Shoppe, then located in the Student Book Exchange complex, 209 E. Bellows St. “I had an ulterior motive, though, which was to walk in front of the seal and propose,” he said. “I’m assuming I gave her a kiss after I asked her to marry me.” Voisin said, so far, the myth has proved very true. “Almost 20 years later of wedded bliss and three children, I would think the myth is true,” he said. This is just one of several myths CMU students hear about when they come to campus. Here are a few others that Central Michigan Life attempted to prove or disprove:
If you get hit by a vehicle, you get free tuition — Myth Busted
Most students have heard the lore of getting hit by a vehicle. The idea behind the story is if any student is hit while on campus, the university has to pay for their tuition because of the pain they endured. “It’s all a myth,” said Dean of Students Bruce Roscoe. “There is no university policy there.” He said students have tried to get free tuition using the myth, but it has not worked. “A father called and said his daughter has been hit by a CMU faculty member and, therefore, she was entitled to all of these wonderful things,” he said. “We said first off, ‘Wow, how’s your daughter? Because we haven’t heard about this.’ (He said) ‘Well, she’s fine.’ Anyway, it was just all a story.” Roscoe said if the university is at fault, there is a little bit of a gray area and it is not standard practice for the uni-
versity to pay medical bills. If the university is negligent in such a situation, the student’s insurer would work with the university’s insurer, he said. If your roommate in your room dies, you get free tuition — Myth Busted Roscoe said the same facts as getting hit by a vehicle also apply if a student’s roommate dies in a residence hall. The university does not have any rules in place that say either way on the issue. “There are no policies that state ... if a student dies, his or her roommates have all of these things happen to them, nothing along that line,” Roscoe said. Sneaking into the tunnels under the school means instant expulsion — Myth Busted There is a series of tunnels around campus connecting A myths | 2a
Student Government Association President Jason Nichol said he hopes to increase the total funding of the Campus Programing Fund to $1 million from $800,000. “We’d like to get this done by next fiscal year,” the Mount Pleasant senior said. “It’s a matter of finding money.” CPF funds a variety of programs, including the Student Budget Allocation Committee, Program Board and the Volunteer Center. It is funded by the university. Nichol is reporting to the Board of Trustees in December, where he hopes to make some form of progress to take back to SGA. Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services David Burdette said there is a possibility of funds increasing in the future.
“SGA has done a good job of allocating funding so far,” he said. “We need to keep an eye on inflation and then decide if we need to increase these funds over time.” However, with the struggling Michigan economy, it remains to be seen if an increase is possible, said Carol Haas, director of Financial Planning and Budgets. “With uncertainty in state appropriations, we want to position ourselves for possible budget reductions,” Haas said. The state awarded more than $83 million to CMU for the 2008-09 academic year. Interim University President Kathy Wilbur told Central Michigan Life in June that the university would be ‘lucky’ to keep this year’s state appropriations at the same level as last year. Last year, the university received an increase of 1 percent in appropriations, instead of the 3 percent it requested. Nichol is still hopeful CPF will receive an increase. He said SGA will work to find a situation that works for everyone.
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Record companies taking action despite no lawsuits filed CMU now forwards ‘takedown notice’ to offending students By Brad Canze Senior Reporter
Mark Strandskov said it has been roughly 18 months since legal action was taken against a CMU student for illegal file sharing. In December 2008, the Recording Industry Association of America said it would no longer pursue new lawsuits against individuals for illegal downloading or sharing of copyrighted materials. Instead, the organization has been attempt-
ing to work with Internet service providers to curtail file-sharing. However, Strandskov, Central Michigan University’s associate director of networks, said no CMU students have been legally confronted by the RIAA or any other copyright-defending organization since the spring semester of 2008. He said, however, these organizations are not dormant. “There are three notices we get, and the most common one is a takedown notice,” Strandskov said. A takedown notice is a warning from the copyright A downloading | 2a
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PTriezy’s takes win at co-rec IM football championship
w Rocky Horror Picture Show this weekend, 5A
By Joe Borlik Senior Reporter
PTriezy’s claimed the title Thursday as the best intramural co-rec flag football team at Central Michigan University. The team beat P and V in a 12-10 victory at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. The PTriezy’s consists of eight physical therapy students and is named after Herm Triezenberg, chairman of the Physical Therapy Program. “It feels awesome to have
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cm-life.com Check the Web site for an audio slideshow on IM flag football. won,” said Remus graduate student Luke Voss. “Everyone on our team contributes.” Last year’s championship was between the same two teams. That year, P and V won. West Canton graduate student Caitlin Colwell said members of PTriezy’s have grown a lot in the past year.
IM flag football winners w Fraternity League: Phi Sigma Phi beat Delta Chi 28-6 w Women’s League: Down n’ Dirty beat Tag You’re It 24-0 w Men’s League: Slumber Party beat Team Blackout 28-27 w Co-rec: PTriezy’s beat P and V 12-10
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Remus graduate student Luke Voss, quarterback for the PTriezy’s football team, tosses the football between his hands during the first huddle before the intramural Co-Rec championship game.
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w The Central Michigan University Surplus Sale is from noon until 2 p.m. in Lot 1 at the corner of Bellows and Douglas streets. w â€œSawâ€? Movie Marathon Day Two is from 6 to 11 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. w After Hours Improv Workshop is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Anspach Hall Room 162.
w Healthy Halloween Trunk-orTreat is from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Naturopathic Community Center. w Samhain (Wiccan Holy Day) begins at sundown Saturday and goes through sundown Sunday.
w Jazz Central is performing from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Music Buildingâ€™s Staples Family Concert Hall. w Safer Sex Patrol Kit Stuffing is from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Down Under Food Court.
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residence halls and buildings. They are used for campus heating systems by Facilities Management. Rumor has it any student caught in the tunnels is instantly expelled, no questions asked. â€œThatâ€™s not true,â€? Roscoe said. â€œA student is always afforded due process â€” we might have an immediate suspension until there is a hearing, but we donâ€™t have anything
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Wayne freshman Renaldo Powell strums the same note of his roommateâ€™s guitar in front of Woldt Computer Lab on Wednesday night wearing a sign that reads â€œI am BROKE!!â€? He placed an empty Ramen box to collect change and sang off-key to passersby. â€œIâ€™m so broke, I need your money!â€? he sang. â€œI see you at the ATM, you should get me some money.â€?
in the books saying if youâ€™re in a tunnel, youâ€™re expelled.â€? Roscoe said there definitely would be trouble, however. â€œThe tunnels are usually locked, so a student would be going into a cornered-off area or a restricted area, and we would probably discipline a student for going someplace where he or she shouldnâ€™t go, where they have no right to go,â€? he said. Walking through the row of bricks near Warriner Mall before an exam will end in an â€˜Fâ€™ â€” Myth unproven
Another myth many students are told is walking through the circle of bricks in Warriner Mall on the day of an exam will net them an â€˜F.â€™ The circle of bricks marks the location of CMUâ€™s Old Central Hall, the universityâ€™s first gymnasium that was opened in 1909 and demolished in 1974. Voisin said he has heard of the rumor, but has not heard of it actually put to the test. â€œI have nothing to confirm or deny that,â€? Voisin said.
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holder that they are aware of infringement taking place on a particular computer and, if it continues, legal action will be taken, Strandskov said. The warning letters are sent to the university and then forwarded to the user in question. The university still gets a number of these warnings on a regular basis, and Strandskov estimates the number may have actually risen after the RIAA stopped suing individuals. â€œWhen January (2009) came around, our takedown notices jumped up again,â€? Strandskov said. â€œIn spring of 2009, we received 347 and, for summer, we received 54. Since September, weâ€™ve received 236 this semester so far as of (Tuesday).â€? The process Strandkov said in a given month, notices from the RIAA make up 65 to 90 percent of all the takedown notices the university receives. If illegal downloading persists after the takedown notice is issued, copyright holders are within their rights to pursue legal action. Strandskov said the next step in the process is a preservation letter, a notification to the school that the copyright holder will send an Early Settlement Letter to be forwarded to the offending individual. â€œ(The Early Settlement Letter says) that they are willing to make a deal before it goes farther in the legal system, and that they plan to subpoena all information,â€? Strandskov said. Strandskov said usually after an Early Settlement
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CMU to try solar energy in SAC
[Life in brief]
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Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Remember to set clocks back one hour.
The deadline to drop a class without tuition reimbursement is today. Students need to have the instructor sign a withdraw card and turn it in by 5 p.m. today to the Office of the Registrar in Warriner Hall.
Devils Night Improv
50 panels bought for $41,750 to help heat pool
After Hours is sponsoring Devils Night Improv from 7 to 8 p.m. today in Anspach Hall Room 161. Devils Night Improv will have tricks, treats, pranks and a batch of improv comedy. For more information, contact Evan Chapman at (734) 776-9178.
By Seth Nietering Staff Reporter
Central Michigan University is preparing to give solar power a trial run on campus. Steve Lawrence, associate vice president of Facilities Management, said CMU purchased 50 solar panels with plans to install them near the Student Activity Center. The panels, purchased Oct. 5, are expected to arrive next week. “Our initial thought was to install the panels at the SAC to help heat the pool,” Lawrence said. Lawrence said the panels were purchased on clearance from Solar Panels Plus Limited Liability Corporation. The university paid $684 for each individual unit, plus another $7,550 for shipping, bringing the total cost to $41,750. “The supplier contacted us and said they were having a clearance,” Lawrence said. “We decided to buy them because their price was so low.” Lawrence said because of Michigan’s weather, CMU has not really looked into purchasing solar panels in the past. “Solar power doesn’t always work that well in Michigan,” he said. Demond Pryor, associate director of Facility Operations, said using the solar panels would aid in keeping the pool heated at a lower cost. “From a cost and energy use standpoint, it’s an outstanding opportunity to save in many different ways. It will definitely help reduce the cost and energy use,” Pryor said. Pryor said he could not estimate how much money CMU would save on the panel. Lawrence said the pool was the most practical place to use the solar panels, because the pool requires a constant source of heat in order to keep it at a warm temperature. “We decided they needed to be put in a place where there needs to be constant heat,” Lawrence said. Thomas Rohrer, assistant professor of environmental studies, said purchasing the panels is a good idea. They would greatly decrease the amount of energy being used and help CMU try out new options for energy, he said. “I think it’s a great idea to try out some of these alternative technologies to lower our energy cost and improve our sustainability on campus,” Rohrer said. Using more solar power panels in the future is uncertain, Lawrence said, because there are so many factors involved in the decision.
Jack Westbrook and Sherry S. Sponseller, authors of “The OneRoom Schoolhouses of Isabella County,” will introduce their book from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today in the Charles V. Park Library. Their book focuses on the history of Isabella County’s one-room schoolhouses. A reception will follow in the Clarke Historical Library. The event is free. For more information, contact Megan Moreno at 774-2165.
Cleaning Up Campus
A campus-wide cleanup is taking place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday starting in the Bovee University Center Multicultural Education Center. The North American Indigenous Student Organization is coordinating the event out of respect for the Native American tradition of honoring Mother Earth. The cleanup is a kick off to Native American Heritage month. Meet at 1 p.m. to receive instructions and supplies. For more information, contact Colleen Green at 774-2508. photos by jake may/staff photographer
Mortician reflects on job tending to the deceased By Joe Borlik | Senior Reporter
any people would shudder at the sight of a dead person. Not Sherman Rowley. Rowley has worked with the dead for more than 30 years as a mortician at Helms Funeral Home, 330 S. University Ave. It is there where Rowley spends his time arranging funerals, burials and cremations and embalming the dead. “I’ve often thought I should keep a diary on how many people I’ve embalmed and made funeral arrangements for,” he said. “There must have been several thousand, at the minimum.” Rowley uses specific chemicals during the embalming process to enable the corpse to look its finest for the funeral. This includes applying lipstick and makeup, as well as styling and cosmetic work, such as curling, cutting and dying women’s hair.
Students helping conduct survey By Todd Betzold Staff Reporter
Union Township’s Vision 20/20 project is getting a little help from Central Michigan University students. Sociology and political science students and township officials are collaborating with the Center for Applied Research and
Click! will feature photographic work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in the Charles V. Park Library Baber Room. The artist is Juanita Baldwin of Okemos. Originally a geographer from La Serena, Chile, Baldwin’s artwork has won national awards and is shown throughout Michigan and the United States. Baldwin is a member of the Mid-Michigan Art Guild and uses natural elements such as color, light and texture to enhance the composition of each piece. Opening Reception and Artists’ Gallery Talk is from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Baber Room. For more information, call 774-2165.
Death is his life
Collaboration offers experience with interviews
Sherman Rowley, Helms Funeral Home manager, sits behind his desk Thursday morning while listening to a funeral service consultant pitch coffin prices. Rowley has worked as a mortician in Mount Pleasant for more than 30 years. “You have to remember, we’ve been there, too. It’s hard for people. We want to be there for them, be the ones to hand them tissues,” he said.
Rural Studies to conduct a survey for township residents. “Students in the classes are gaining interviewing skills,” said Mary Senter, CARRS director and professor of sociology, anthropology and social work. “They are also becoming familiar with survey research, more generally.” According to the agreement, CMU and the township wrote the computerassisted phone survey and A union township | 8A
Sherman Rowley, Helms Funeral Home manager, walks through an aisle of coffins on the second floor Thursday morning.
He said he uses a large variety of makeup and lipstick colors, including many regular over-the-counter brands. Rowley said he uses wax to fill the wounds of badly damaged accident victims. “I did a man who walked into a train once, and you could hardly tell he was even hit,” Rowley said. Starting at an early age Rowley’s career with the
cm-life.com Check the Web site for a video on this story. dead arose from a desire to help out other people. At the age of 20, he started working as an apprentice at a funeral home, and three years later, he packed his bags for mortuary school. A dead | 4A
Local couple publishes second book By Ashley Hullinger Staff Reporter
Mount Pleasant couple Jim and Cheryl Pahz spent most of their lives raising a family and earning a living instead of pursuing their passion for artistic writing. That all changed the day they decided to make time for their creative writing as an alternative to the scholarlynatured literature they were used to working on. Jim, a health sciences professor, said he and his wife have written as a team since they were in college. “The writing process is challenging, but also rewarding. My wife and I enjoy writing books together — it’s fun,” he said.
Regalia, photos and T-shirts from the annual Central Michigan University Pow-wow is on display from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Multicultural Education Center, starting Monday. The exhibit will last through November. It is free and sponsored by the Multicultural Education Center and Native American Programs in celebration of Native American Heritage month. For more information, contact Ulana Klymyshyn at 774-7318.
Event Center trees
With the construction of the Events Center, the landscape around Rose Arena will be modified. There are currently 136 trees around the site. During construction, 34 will remain in their existing location, 22 will be relocated on campus and 80 will be removed. An additional 80 trees will be planted around campus to compensate for each removed tree. Once construction on the Events Center is complete, 49 new trees, 34 shrubs and 16,357 new perennial flowers will be planted.
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Co-authors Cheryl Pahz, retired librarian from Park library, and husband Jim, professor of health sciences, recently published their latest novel, “McAngel.”
Their newly published book, titled “McAngel,” asks one question: “Would you take advice from a grizzled
old man who hangs out at McDonald’s, has a preference for
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The city of Mount Pleasant will unveil a conceptual plan for a downtown-to-campus connection project today. Input meetings for all residents occurred at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The plan will be unveiled at 3 p.m. at the City Hall Commission Chambers, 320 W. Broadway St. Check cm-life.com for more information.
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Texting in an emergency could be next step Calls still preferred compared to crime messaging By Lonnie Allen Staff Reporter
Students texting to report a crime in progress would not be the preferred method at Central Michigan University says Police Chief Bill Yeagley. But he would support the service — he said any message that can be used to give information about, stop or prevent a crime should be used. “By all means, text if you can,” Yeagley said. The University Of Michigan’s Department Of Public Safety recently implemented a texting service for students to report crime. U-M Coordinator of Residential Security Ben Witt said he prefers calling to report a crime, but texting is an intriguing approach. “We got to keep an eye on what students are using today,” he said. “Our students are techsavvy, much more than us and, if this is a way we could get them to report crime, it’s a better option than not reporting it.” Call before text A phone call works best to re-
port a crime, Yeagley said. The discussion between the dispatcher and caller effectively gives information that helps respond to a crime in progress, he said. “The dispatcher can ask clear questions the caller or victim of a crime may not think about when reporting the incident,” Yeagley said. “You may not get that interaction in a text.” Mount Pleasant senior and Student Government Association President Jason Nichol said he supports any technology venue that would help increase the security and safety of students, but would need to research the topic more. He thinks calling is faster. “Why not just call?” he said. “I think text messaging is a means of communication preferred by our generation, but I could report a crime quickly and efficiently by a phone call.” Other angles Coordinator of Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates Steve Thompson thinks there would need to be a clear policy on what crimes should be texted in to protect victims of sexual aggression. Diane Brown, public information officer for U-M’s DPS, said although students can text a crime, the phone call is still preferred.
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he said. “We use a crematory in Bay City,” he said. “It’s a retort; it isn’t really an oven like everyone thinks.”
“When I arrived at mortuary school in southern Illinois, I could probably embalm better than the instructor,” he said. “I already had so much experience from my apprenticeship.” But the life of a mortician is not for everyone — Rowley said by the beginning of the second semester of mortuary school, one-third of the class was gone. Fifty percent of the funerals Rowley does are cremations,
‘It was normal’ Sherman Rowley’s son, Jake, said his family never thought twice about his father’s career. “We knew it was his job but, for us, it was normal,” Jake said. “Growing up, it’s all I knew.” Jake said when some people found out his father was a mortician, they saw it as strange and would ask odd questions. Jake graduated from Central Michigan University in 2003
[News] All aboard
How it works at U-M w Text messages are sent the police department’s communication center. w A separate phone number is set up to receive texts. w Computer screens are monitored regularly. w Response is almost immediate. w Messages should include type of emergency and specific location. w Students should call when able. “We offer this alternative if a student is unable to call,” she said. Brown is not aware of any other universities using texting in crime prevention and reporting. It took a number of months to research the process. The university settled on the company 2sms, which specializes in a short message service for businesses and government entities, she said. “There were no models used,” Brown said. “We did know that there were some sporting venues that used this product.” email@example.com
and is a computer repairman. He said there were times growing up when he would help his father with job duties at the funeral home. Dave Foster, who has worked at Helms for 30 years, said he had to deal with a death call his first day on the job. “We took the body into the embalming room, and I had to go outside to get some air,” he said. Working at a funeral home has never bothered Foster. “People accept you for who you are. They don’t get creeped out,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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ICTC shuttle driver Colleen Beltinck greets Okemos graduate student Kylee Henry Wednesday morning at Westpoint Apartments, 2222 S. Crawford Road. Kylee has been riding the bus since the start of the semester.
ICTC driver likes to hear ‘good morning’ Ten-year veteran loves working with students By Calyn Sharp Staff Reporter
It is the bus drivers who make getting to and from campus easier for commuting students. Sometimes, their only gratification is a simple “good morning.” “My favorite part about this job has to be seeing the students,” said Colleen Beltinck, an Isabella County Transportation Commission shuttle driver. “I like hearing the students, their conversations — it’s something I find interesting.” The 10-year veteran has spent the last four years busing students between apartments and Lot 33 in the morning. Each morning, she greets her passengers with a “hello” and “good morning.” Some passengers walk by and greet her in return, but a few walk past without
a word. “I’m usually tired in the morning,” said Temperance junior David Fernandez, who uses the ICTC system. “I’m just trying to get from point A to point B, but it’s always nice to hear a polite gesture. It tends to brighten your day.” Early conversations The ICTC is the primary bus system throughout Isabella County. The busing fleet has 40 vehicles and employs 86 people. Although Beltinck said she may not be able to see a variety of people, she said the college students tend to have their own unique personalities and lifestyles. Over the years, only one passenger has really tried to get to know Beltinck. “It was nice having the conversation in the morning,” she said. “But I understand that students are tired in the morning and this is the most convenient way to get from campus to their homes.” Some passengers do not think about talking to the
“My favorite part about the job has to be seeing the students.” Colleen Beltinck,
ICTC shuttle driver
drivers and pass it off simply as not breaking from their daily routines. “To start speaking to someone you see every day and don’t really talk to, most people just get on the shuttle and walk toward the back,” Fernandez said. In her time as an ICTC shuttle bus driver, Beltinck has seen the campus expand and the number of students increase. She said buses are a good way for students to get around. “It makes getting around campus safer for the students and that’s why I’m here, to make things safer for the kids,” she said. email@example.com
Literary performance bringing ‘Men, Women and Ghosts’ By Amanda Oboza Staff Reporter
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Junior guard Antonio Weary signs an autograph for Mount Pleasant resident Kim Keener, 23, during the third annual Fright Night on Wednesday in the Rose Arena. Keener, a fan of the CMU basketball team, attended Fright Night for the first time and collected the players’ autographs on a team picture following the event. The men’s basketball team will play an exhibition game against Marygrove at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Rose Arena.
Fright Night tips off basketball Community fills Rose to celebrate start of season By Alex Washington Staff Reporter
Students filled the Rose Rowdie student section Wednesday in Rose Arena for the third annual Fright Night Halloween Bash. “Let’s Go, Central” was heard throughout the arena as students were taught cheers and chants for the upcoming basketball season. “I came because I wanted to see what it was like,”Warren freshman Kaitlyn McGill said. “I heard they were having contests and giveaways, and I really wanted a T-shirt.” Students enjoyed free pizza and received T-shirts from the CMU Bookstore. Fright Night kicked off with performances from the Central Michigan University cheerleading team, dance team and the women’s and men’s basketball teams. Men’s basketball coach Ernie
Zeigler told attendees he was happy they came to Fright Night and hopes they will show their support this season. “We appreciate the turnout tonight,” Zeigler said. “This is the beginning, and we want to have this kind of fun and energy on the court this season.” The teams showed what fans can expect in the upcoming season by participating in 3-point shooting and slam dunk competitions. Area support Students were not the only ones in attendance — Isabella County residents came to celebrate the start of the basketball season as well. Weidman resident Julie Wernette said she came so her kids could have fun. “It was something to do with the kids,” Wernette said. “It was a chance for them to have fun and dress up.” Children attending received candy-filled bags and participated in a costume contest. Women’s basketball coach Sue Guevara told the crowd that
By Calyn Sharp Staff Reporter
Drag queens, transvestites and transgenders. Throwing morals out the window. The Rocky Horror Picture Show brings a lot to film and on stage. “The show is a cult classic,” said event co-organizer and Cadillac junior Aaron Fent. “It’s about two people who are falling in love and their terrible luck. They become caught up in a crazy world when their car breaks down. Rocky Horror is not supposed to make a lot of sense, it’s just hilarious.” The show is rehearsed for two days before the performances at 8 p.m. and midnight today and Saturday at the Broadway Theatre, 216 E. Broadway St. Tickets cost $4 per person at the door. Ohio senior Kathryn Meyer, three-year veteran and co-organizer of the show, said the audience gets involved, which is unusual for theater. The audience sings along to the songs, yells lines from the movie and throws props onto the stage. “The show is also different from live theater
If you go... w What: Rocky Horror Picture Show w When: 8 p.m. and midnight Friday and Saturday w Where: Broadway Theatre, 216 E. Broadway St. w Cost: $4 per person at the door because I am not actually speaking,” Meyer said. “We are acting scenes out in front of the movie screen. It is just ridiculous. The movie is hilarious, so it’s hard not to laugh while you’re on stage.” Charlevoix senior and actor William Barrett said being part of the show is crazy and exhilarating because of the audience involvement. He said people should know the show was written by a man who is transgender. “The show is really out there,” Barrett said. “There isn’t a solid plot to the movie and there are transvestites and transgender characters in the movie, so it’s shocking the first time you see the show.” Rocky Horror Picture Show is known for shows around Halloween, Fent said. “So for many people this could be a new way of spending Halloween night instead of trick or treating,
“Men, Women and Ghosts” is going to haunt the Bohannon Schoolhouse this Saturday. The communication and dramatic arts department will present “Men, Women and Ghosts,” part of the Riecker Literary Series. The performance is not a typical play, but rather dramatic stories portrayed on stage. “It takes literature and turns it into a performance adapted for stage,” said producer Betsy Richard. The performances are at 7:30 and 10 p.m. on Saturday in the Bohannon Schoolhouseat the corner of West Campus Drive and Preston Street. Additional performances are at 2 p.m. on Nov. 1 and Nov. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. The last performance is at 1 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Theatre on the Side in Moore Hall. Authors Edith Wharton, Amy Lowell, Shirley Jackson and Elia Wilkinson Peattie
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Indiana freshman Sean Day takes a shot during the slam dunk contest at Fright Night on Wednesday in Rose Arena. Day, a forward on the CMU men’s basketball team, took first place in the competition.
she hopes they will support both teams this season. “We have some really good teams and I really hope people will continue to come out and show support to these teams,” Guevara said. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rocky Horror Picture Show encourages audience interaction Annual event this weekend at Broadway Theater
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it’s a new way to spend that night with friends,” he said. email@example.com
Quarter Pounders with Cheese, and claims to be an angel?” “‘McAngel’ is a bit of a spiritual mystery that we hope readers will find thought-provoking,” Jim said. “Part of the story takes place in Mount Pleasant, and local readers might find it interesting to read a book with a setting is in this geographical area.” The book was recognized as a finalist in the 2008 William Faulkner-William Woods Creative Writing Competition and is the second book they published this year. “Robin Sees A Song” was rereleased in 2009, but was originally published 32 years ago. Coincidentally, Jim also has worked at CMU for 32 years; Cheryl recently retired from her job at Charles V. Park Library. How they write Cheryl said they spend a lot of time discussing a story so, when they sit down to
will be portrayed in this performance. “Its really cool because it’s female voice which is different than the male perspective,” Richard said. Creator, compiler and director James Eikrem said the supernatural performance was always planned for Halloween, but he originally wanted to feature Edgar Allan Poe. After examining more literature, Eikrem decided to change to a feminist theme. However, the Riekcker Series imposed some constraints. All of the authors had to be Americans from the 1850-1950 era, but Eikrem is happy with the selection. “I think they work best together and I like it best,” said Eikrem, an assistant professor of Communication and Dramatic Arts. One poem of Lowell’s “The Crossroads” is about suicide, and questions what happens to the soul of a person who committed suicide. “It’s very vivid imagery that she uses,” Richard said.
One piece of the performance is titled “On the Northern Ice” which takes place in Sault Ste Marie, and was adapted from a piece by Michigan author Peattie with the same name. “I thought it would be fun to include a Michigan story,” Eikrem said “It’s a charming story.” There also was a high level of student involvement put into the production. The poster was an original screen print from an art student and the set and costumes were designed and created by students. Five students are performing with assistant professor of communication and dramatic arts Keeley Stanley-Bohn. Lowell’s poems also are set to original music created by a music student. The show is free, but anyone interested in attending must get the tickets from the Central Box Office because of limited seating.
write, they are in sync about the overall story line. “Sometimes, a character seems to take on a life of its own as the story evolves, and then we have to discuss and make adjustments. We do several revisions, passing the manuscript back and forth and, eventually, it works out,” she said. Jim said they generally get along when figuring out story ideas. “It’s not hard to agree on story topics, but perhaps that is because we think alike. It
helps to have a partner with whom to explore ideas and gain a broader perspective,” Jim said. Cheryl said they each bring a different set of work habits and unique strengths to their projects, which keeps them from stepping on one another’s toes. “We both have the same goal: to write a good story; so there is not really a power struggle between us,” she said.
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Central Michigan Life
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Brian Manzullo, Editor
Chief | Will Axford, Voices Editor | Matthew Stephens, Presentation Editor | Lindsay Knake, Metro Editor | David Veselenak, Managing Editor
EDITORIAL |Athletics, Leadership Institute, Program Board should be downsized
Make these cuts
CMU needs to make sure money from the budget is not recklessly spent.
tudents should send suggestions to Central Michigan University on what it should cut from the 2010-11 budget. The Web site, https://ssl.cmich. edu/ssbag, allows students and faculty members to e-mail suggestions on how the university can save and generate money. Here are a few suggestions from Central Michigan Life on what the university should cut from the 2010-11 budget:
Athletics Athletics received $15,996,661 from the 2009-10 operating budget. With the $5,910,703 athletics generated, it has $21,907,364 for its budget. Athletics needs to boost its own funds and not draw most of them from CMU’s operating budget. The main focus of CMU is academics, not athletics.
Athletes only make up one percent of the entire student body. It should be reflected in the budget, allocating more funds to programs the entire student body can be a part of. Instead of spending $500,000 on FieldTurf for athletes to practice, some of that money could have been invested in keeping computer labs open 24 hours. It is instances such as this one where
Leadership Institute The Leadership Institute is another program that can be be cut from the budget, as it costs the school $127,392 in the 2008-09 academic year. While the program can be helpful, it is an extracurricular activity, not an academic program. It is not a need for the university when CMU needs to cut academic departments. Furthermore, leaders can be developed through experience, not through activities such as these. However, the scholarship the Leadership Program provides, the Leader Advancement Scholarship, should stay, as candidates of the scholarship are active members of CMU and contribute to several different facets. Campus entertainment Program Board’s funding should be reduced, as well. It is allocated $290,000 to spend on entertainment via the Central Programming Fund.
Program Board helped bring rapper Fabolous to CMU back in September for $25,000. The show was a disaster. On the other hand, South Park creator Trey Parker came to the school free of charge and Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium was packed with students. The solution to attracting more students is not more money, but spending what money you do have as effectively as possible. Instead of random comedians and speakers coming to campus throughout the school year, Program Board should focus on bringing three or four great entertainers to campus each year. Students are more likely to come to a few quality shows throughout the year, not small, random comedians they will forget the next day. Certain programs and departments have not spent money wisely from the university budget this semester. Students should vocalize their opinions and let the university know where their tuition money should go — before the university decides for them.
ROSS KITTREDGE [CARTOON]
Nathan Inks Columnist
Being involved “Get involved.” Somebody is always encouraging you to get involved in something on a college campus. Whether it’s a discussion in a class, an RSO or an IM sports team, college students are always pushed to get involved. At the risk of sounding cliché, I’m going to encourage you to get involved. First, I would encourage every CMU student to submit suggestions for the 2010-11 university budget. Whether you have an idea on how to increase revenue, or an area where you think the university could cut spending, the Senior Staff Budget Advisory Group has asked for your input. If you are interested in sending in your suggestions, you can do so at https://ssl.cmich.edu/ssbag/feedback.asp. The second area where students should be getting involved is in local elections. With 328,850 people registering to vote in 2008, there are plenty of new voters who should vote in local elections Tuesday. A lot of these new voters are college students. Too often, people skip these offyear elections because “they aren’t important enough to worry about.” While they may not receive the media attention a presidential election gets, local elections are hardly insignificant. Mayors and city councilmembers are the people in charge of the day-to-day city issues. I would encourage every registered voter to do some research. Look online for candidates’ Web sites. Go to city council meetings and listen to the issues being discussed. Attend a “Meet the Candidates” night if your city or township has one. It is not just your civic duty to vote, but to do some research and cast an intelligent vote. These two things will only take a couple hours of your time at the most, but it could have a major impact on your academic career as well as where you live. So go ahead — get involved. I promise it will be worth it.
[our readers’ voice]
Quotes from the Web site on H1N1 vaccines: Pre-med Student says:
I thought H1N1 vaccines were supposed to go to people of high risk first such as those with these chronic conditions…this is a little backwards. Good job University Health Services! How is health services going to guarantee students that received just the first of two injections required for this H1N1 vaccine to be “fully vaccinated” be able to get the second injection since there’s such a catastrophe and such limited supply? Thoughts to ponder for everyone rushing out frantically to get your H1N1 vaccine. Clarendon says:
Adults do not need two injections for full immunity. As far as I know, only young children do. I was just immunized myself, and my doctor did not tell me that I needed a second injection for full immunity! At any rate, the university has the nasal mist version of the vaccine, not
the injection. The nasal mist is a live vaccine; the injection is dead. Pregnant women, children under 2, and others with health problems are not supposed to get the live (i.e. nasal) vaccine. Are you saying that students will need two doses of the nasal mist? Not so. Get your facts straight.
Quotes on the underage drinking amnesty bill: Grizz says:
I was once taken to the Emergency Room after being assaulted at a party. I was drinking and was underage when the incident happened. When I went to the ER, the nurse asked me if I wanted to press charges. She said if I did, the police would likely write me an MIP. Hopefully, this law would put an end to things like this. Go to the Mount Pleasant hospital on a weekend night, and cops just sit there, waiting to write tickets. How ridiculous.
CMU Junior says:
I think that this is a great idea. I would hope that someone would take their friend to the hospital even if it meant risking an MIP, but I’m sure that there are some people out there that wouldn’t. I’m glad that lawmakers are beginning to see that saving a life is more important than writing tickets to people drinking underage. It honestly doesn’t surprise me a bit that police in Mount Pleasant are handing out tickets to kids who bring their underage friend to the hospital. Just goes to show you how ridiculous the cops in this city are. Do something more constructive! Watlz says:
I think this is a great idea. No matter if this bill is passed or not, there WILL still be underage drinking. There is no way to eradicate that. So why not make it so that if there is an emergency, minors are not afraid to help a friend, and possibly save their life?
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Central Michigan Life Editorial Brian Manzullo, Editor in Chief David Veselenak, Managing Editor Matthew Stephens, Presentation Editor Eric Dresden, Student Life Editor Lindsay Knake, Metro Editor Sarah Schuch, University Editor Andrew Stover, Sports Editor Tim Ottusch, Assistant Sports Editor Ashley Miller, Photo Editor Will Axford, Voices Editor Caitlin Wixted, Lead Designer Advertising Lindsey Reed, Katie Sidell Advertising Managers Carly Schafer, Shawn Wright Multi-Media Marketing Coordinators Professional staff Rox Ann Petoskey, Production Leader Kathy Simon, Assistant Director of Student Media Neil C. Hopp, Adviser to Central Michigan Life
Timothy Patishnock Guest Columnist
A third choice Ubuntu Linux is just as good as Mac or Windows
During any conversation pertaining to computers, you will inevitably be asked a question to the effect of “Are you a Windows user or a Mac user?” Both operating systems have inherent benefits and drawbacks, elements which have been discussed and debated since the dawn of the personal computer market. With all of this being said, you may be wondering which operating system I use, Windows or Apple? I use neither; I am an Ubuntu Linux user. According to information from the official Linux (pronounced “lih-nucks”) Web site, Linux.org, Linux was originally created in 1991 by a Finnish college student named Linus Torvald. The software debuted in 1994 with the arrival of the first Linux Kernel, which forms the basis of how everything works within this or any other operating system. Since this new operating system was released under the GNU (pronounced “new”) General Public License, every aspect of the programming content could be altered and acquired by anyone, anywhere, free of charge. This ability to freely edit and distribute content is referred to as “opensource,” with a popular example of an open-source program being Mozilla Firefox. Based upon the original Linux kernel is the Ubuntu (pronounced as “Oo-bun-too”) operating system, which also is free and open-source. The phrase “Ubuntu” is roughly translated as “humanity toward others” from the Bantu languages of southern Africa. The word choice creates an apt description for software made for global communities. As stated on the Ubuntu Linux Web site, (ubuntu. com), the operating system will always be freely available for use on any type of computer. Furthermore, you can even try out a fully-functional copy of Ubuntu on a “Live” disc prior to installation. You may be asking yourself, “Open-source sounds great, but what about content?” You can use Mozilla Firefox Web browser, VLC multimedia player (similar to Windows Media Player) and the OpenOffice.org productivity suite (think Microsoft Office). These are just three examples of free open-source programs found in Ubuntu. If you are interested in using these programs, they are found throughout CMU’s campus on Mac and Windows computers. Need an iTunes alternative for managing your music collection? I use Mozilla Songbird. Love 3D modeling and animation? Try Blender. Are you a gamer? I highly recommend Nexuiz. My computer, like other Linux machines, does not crash nor does it suffer from malware such as trojans, viruses or worms due to how the kernel handles security. This is exactly the reason why most servers which power the Internet use Linux instead of Windows and, to a lesser extent, Mac. Imagination, freedom and community; welcome to the world of Ubuntu Linux.
[letters to the editor]
“If it really is faster, I’ll consider upgrading.” Samantha Busch,
“They need to include better audio editing software, like Mac OS.”
“I upgraded from Vista and it is a lot faster.”
Indain graduate student
“I upgraded Wednesday and already got a virus.” Henry Van Dusen,
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US-127 exit construction to finish before winter Workers completing asphalt-paving for roadway By Chelsea White Staff Reporter
The construction project at the north and southbound Mount Pleasant exits of US127 should be completed before winter. “This construction plan is a resurfacing project that is currently on schedule and should be completed by the end of November,” said Anita Richardson, the Bay Region spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Transportation. Workers are operating Monday through Sunday, so motorists can still expect delays on the weekends, she said. Terry Palmer, MDOT Mount Pleasant transportation service center manager, said the project is actually a little behind schedule. “Even though we’re running behind, we’re shooting for the project to be done by
the end of November or before winter starts,” Palmer said. “It’s a weather-dependent project, so it’s hard to determine how much work we’ll get done in the next month or so under the given circumstances.” The construction is taking place on Blanchard Road going into Mount Pleasant. The project budget started at $9.3 million and has not exceeded that amount so far, Palmer said. Workers are finishing up asphalt-paving for the rest of the roadway, but there are still several unpaved areas left to be done, Palmer said. The main reasoning behind the project is to bring modernity to the roads, Palmer said. The pavement was too old, so workers are adding long-term layers to it. “The mission is primarily for safety improvement,” Palmer said. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is funding the project, which started July 7 in Isabella County. email@example.com
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He feels that not increasing the budget would hurt the college experience. “In essence, the stagnant allocation is illogical when you consider a significant increase in student enrollment and an increase in general programming costs,” Nichol said. Other funds being cut While Nichol is searching
for increases in CPF, other areas are being reduced. The SBAC had its budget cut to approximately $88,000 from $99,000 this year, said Director of Student Life Tony Voisin. SBAC helps a variety of people on campus by funding trips and events for various registered student organizations, Nichol said. “The SBAC has had money left over in their account in previous years,” Nichol
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“After playing together for a year, we knew how each other played,” Colwell said. “We also knew how P and V played. We knew what to expect.” Monroe graduate student Craig Schramm helped block one of P and V’s passes toward the end of the game. “We played hard all game,” he said. “Flag football is really fun. I enjoy playing with these people. They’re great people.” Co-ed football Assistant Intramural Sports
Director Gary Baker said this is the third year the championships have taken place at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. “We wanted to give the participants a little more incentive to make it to the championship and have something to remember from their college career,” Baker said. The co-ed intramural flag football teams consist of four men and four women per team. Each time a woman scores a touchdown, it is nine points and, when a man scores, it is
Central Michigan Life || Friday, Oct. 30, 2009 || 7A said. “Groups like Program Board and Volunteer Center have a tighter budget threshold. This gives them some breathing room.” Nichol said the position of coordinator of student activities, held by Damon Brown, receives rollover money from program funding as part an annual salary, and will not be affected by the cuts in SBAC. CMU has the ability to pay the salary through other areas, Nichol said, and an increase in CPF funding also would help. SBAC is
under an umbrella of programs receiving funding from CPF. “SGA, in general, and me, personally, believe that programming is absolutely vital to retention and building a community experience on campus,” Nichol said. “In addition, the creation of an event center alone will not bring large events to Central Michigan University. You need the financial capabilities to hold an event.” firstname.lastname@example.org
“I feel like our girls are just as good as any other girls that play. Our girls are amazing.” Luke Voss, Remus graduate student worth six. Voss said he enjoys playing football with women. “I feel like our girls are just as good as any other girls that play,” he said. “Our girls are amazing.” Baker said close to 200 teams from CMU played in all four of the different leagues. Thirty-two co-ed teams faced off against each other in the playoffs.
Last year, P and V traveled to the regionals at Ohio State University and beat three other competing teams. It then went to the finals. Triezenberg said he is very honored and proud of his students. “It was a great game, they played well,” he said. “They’re a fun group.” email@example.com
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Admissions now using blog, Facebook for recruiting Long thinks using Web-based tactics can be useful to the university. â€œIt will get them more wellknown with people,â€? she said. While admissions is using the Internet and e-mail more frequently to communicate with prospective students, it is not slowing down with the methods that have served well in the past. Letters and pamphlets sent through the mail are still used. â€œYou canâ€™t let go of traditional things,â€? Wagner said. â€œParents read them and influence their childrenâ€™s college choices. People also like to have something solid in their hands.â€? Campus tours are still the number one factor for bringing students to campus, she said.
By Emily Pfund Staff Reporter
Central Michigan Universityâ€™s Office of Admissions is looking to cyberspace to draw in new students. Since 2006, the University of Michigan has had students blogging about their campus experiences and posting them on the schoolâ€™s admissions Web site in hopes of giving high school students a glimpse at what life is like on campus. â€œThe use of video on the Web is something thatâ€™s fairly new for us,â€? said Betty Wagner, director of admissions at CMU. â€œWeâ€™re in the process to develop blogs.â€? Wagner said the student blogs will be online sometime in the next few months. Admissions already has a â€œmicrosite,â€? which contains videos and a link to the departmentâ€™s Facebook. Fairgrove freshman Missy
Other ways to draw in students Phone calls also have proven to be a successful way to reach students, Wagner said. â€œWeâ€™ve had a lot of success with our voice response program,â€? she said. The voice response system
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are administering it to a random sample of Union Township residents â€” including students â€” to determine their experiences with and opinions about township services and related issues. â€œThe questions are structured so that answers to earlier questions may determine subsequent questions,â€? said Union Township Zoning Administrator Woody Woodruff. The information will be used to help with the making of the new master plan, including budgeting, planning and goal
Connect w go.cmich.edu is an automated voicemail system that calls potential students with a pre-recorded message and is used to garner interest in the Centralis scholarship and CMU and You Day programs. â€œWeâ€™re trying to be creative with who makes the calls,â€? Wagner said. This year, the call for CMU and You Day featured the CMU fight song playing in the background as Bob Garcia, senior assistant director of Admissions, and head football coach Butch Jones addressed students. Wagner programs such as these are not designed to persuade more students to apply, but to get those who have already applied and been accepted to actually attend CMU. â€œWe have the third-largest applicant pool in the state, so thatâ€™s not a problem,â€? Wagner said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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