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Monday, Nov. 22, 2010

Mount Pleasant, Mich.


Tuition rates up nationwide; CMU above average Lower state funding, higher costs the reason By Carisa Seltz Senior Reporter

photos by paige calamari/staff photographer

Bedford alumnus Brian Zink tickles Micah Nickel, 5, Sunday night at the Nickels’ home on South Loomis Road. The Nickels hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for the volunteers who work with Micah. Zink began volunteering with Micah after a professor in a former special education course suggested he could help.




Parents learn to bridge gap between themselves, child’s autism

CMU ranks $3,747 above the national median when it comes to annual tuition rates. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, CMU has the fifth highest rate of in-state tuition and fees among Michigan’s four-year public universities at $10,380 per year. The national median of $6,633 has seen annual increases. David Burdette, vice president of Finance and Administrative Services, said tuition rates have increased nationwide for two reasons. First, the cost to do business at universities has increased because of employee contracts and inflated costs of goods and services, he said. Secondly, diminished revenue sources at the state level result in less state funding for higher education.

“So when you look at those two facts, tuition is one potential way to keep the university going,” Burdette said. CMU’s tuition rate of $346 per credit hour is a 220 percent increase from the 2000-01 rate. Lawrence Brunner, associate professor of economics, said college tuition rates are rising faster than the general rate of inflation. The Consumer Price Index illustrates the trend. An item in 2009 costing $3.29 would only cost $1 in 1978, according to the average of all items bought by the average urban consumer. However, for every $1 spent for tuition in 1978, — the earliest year the CPI has data available online — $10.13 was spent in 2009. “So for a long time, both through good times and bad, college tuition has been rising much faster than other things,” Brunner said in an e-mailed statement. The recession has been worse than anything seen since 198082, he said, but the economy is

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By Orrin Shawl | Staff Reporter

Campus Dining items’ nutritional values vary


ive-year-old Micah Nickel was diagnosed with autism in the spring of 2009. Immediately, Chris and Jenn Nickel set out to find how to best help their son. The family found the Massachusetts-based Son-Rise program, an organization that looked like the perfect place for Micah. The first person they spoke to about the program was Brian Nelson, who is a counselor at the organization. “I explained the program to them,” Nelson said. “And the more we talked, they felt like ‘Wow, Micah would be a great candidate.’” Student volunteers Nikki Woods, a Saginaw senior, and Clinton Township senior Brittany Hoekstra have spent a lot of time working with Micah.

Many high in fat, but healthier options available Micah looks through a book Tuesday night as Grand Haven senior Kailey Damaska speaks with his mother, Jenn, outside of their home on South Loomis Road. Damaska is one of 12 volunteers who have had training through the Son-Rise Program to work with children with autism.

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Students ready for weekend break Time with family, friends a must for many By Mike Nichols Staff Reporter

Whether it involves turkey, shopping, drinking, football or just seeing family and friends, students are looking forward to their Thanksgiving plans. Much of CMU’s population plans to head home and spend time with family, friends and significant others in their community.

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It will be a nice distraction from the upcoming final exams and other stresses, said Dean of Students Bruce Roscoe. “A majority are going to relax and rest before the upcoming weeks and the pressure that’s going to follow,” Roscoe said. “I think a lot of students are looking forward to the holiday, and getting to catch a second wind.” Shelby freshman Matt Ervinck, like many other students, plans to drive home and spend his weekend with family and friends. “College is stressful,” Er-

vinck said. “Going home is great because you have nothing to do.” Roscoe said he is looking forward to having his family over and spending the day at home with them. He thinks everyone is excited for the holiday, and the break from school and work. “I think we all look forward to it, faculty and student alike,” Roscoe said. “I’m sure some students experience stress going home, but I think the majority of them look forward to it.” For many, the weekend and upcoming holiday sea-

son can mean splitting time traveling between families. Holli Whitemore, a CMU alumna from Alma, will spend her weekend in Alma and Ann Arbor to be with her and her husband’s families during the holiday. “Being married makes it more challenging to fit in everyone,” she said. “But it’s awesome to have two families that want to see us.” Others plan on spending the holiday out on the town. For some, the weekend is a time to party and shop. “I’m going out for Black A break | 2A

By Sammy Dubin Staff Reporter

Each day, thousands of students are served breakfast, lunch and dinner in each of the four on-campus residential restaurants. While eating the massproduced food, one bit of important information can slip a student’s mind — the nutritional facts of what is being consumed. “We strive to bring in healthier choices; however, there will always be more indulgent items on the menu because they are also in high demand,” said Nikki Smith, marketing manager for Campus Dining, in an e-mailed statement. “Our menu is designed to meet the needs of all dining lifestyles. It is our goal to educate guests on health awareness and allow them to make their own decisions.” The 9-ounce popcorn chicken wrap served in the residential restaurants contains 684 calories, according to Campus Dining’s website. In comparison, fast

food chain McDonald’s 8.7 ounce Southern Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich contains 400 calories. The wrap contains 38 grams of fat, compared to 17 in McDonald’s sandwich. The wrap also contains 1,677 milligrams of sodium. The McDonald’s chicken sandwich has a bun while CMU’s has tortilla shell. Campus Dining’s sandwich contains cheese and dressing ingredients and McDonald’s sandwich does not. If scaled down to 4.2 ounces, the same size as McDonald’s Honey Mustard Chicken Snack Wrap, Campus Dining’s wrap was comparable in nutrition to the fast food chain, Smith said. The fat content for Campus Dining’s wrap measures at 16 grams compared to 15 for McDonald’s. Likewise, the number of calories are comparable at 294 and 330, respectively. Pleasant Ridge senior Samm Wunderlich, who is a vegetarian, said the residential restaurants are not accommodating in vegetarian options. Although soy burgers are commonly offered, Wunderlich said, too much soy

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Hundreds attend annual Diwali Night Event gives India students a ‘taste of home’ By Joe Borlik Staff Reporter

Vinay Nunna celebrated togetherness, culture, tradition and tasty food Saturday night. He wasn’t the only one. Hundreds of people gathered at the Ward Theatre, 218 S. Main St. to partake in the holiday celebration. The India graduate student and president of the Indian Students Association, a registered student organization, helped host Diwali

Night. “This gives students a taste of home,” Nunna said. “Many of us here, we miss home badly.” Diwali is a five-day festival in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism which occurs between mid-October and mid-November. Nunna said the celebration symbolizes a victory of good over evil. The event included Indian dance and music performances, a fashion show and Indian cuisine, with traditional food such as biryani, a rice-based dish. The fashion show and dance numbers were a whirl of colorful saris and other outer garments, ranging

from deep golds, to blues and pinks, from casual to upscale celebration. India graduate student Angel Erpula performed an Indian folk dance, a Bollywood dance and a Tollywood dance performance. “The Bollywood dance was my favorite,” Erpula said. “It has the best music.” India graduate student Shilpa Alamuri danced with two other students in colorful Indian attire. She said the event reminded her of home, and it was the best time she has had so far during her first semester at CMU. “It was absolutely fun,” AlA diwali | 2A

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India graduate student Ashita Scharf performs a Bollywood freestyle dance during Diwali Night Saturday at the Ward Theatre, 218 S. Main St. The celebration for Diwali, known as the festival of lights, was put on by the Indian Students Association.

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EVENTS CALENDAR today w An Americana Indian Exhibit will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday in the Bovee University Center 125. Exhibit is free and open to the public. w A gallery talk and quilt exhibit is from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Charles V. Park Library Baber Room. w The Relay for Life kick-off will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Rotunda.

Tuesday w The Bachelor of Fine Arts Fall 2010 Exhibition will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Main University Art Gallery. w Symphonic wind ensemble and wind symphony will perform at 8 p.m. in the Music Building’s Staples Family Concert Hall. w Public Debate: “Should Michigan place stricter regulations on Bridge Card benefits?� is from 8 to 9 p.m. in Moore 105.


Mount Pleasant man dies in accident Car crashes into parked front-end loader on closed road By Ryan Czachorski Senior Reporter

A Mount Pleasant man died Saturday night after crashing into a parked Caterpillar front-end loader on a bridge in Union Township. At about 8:53 p.m., Newell Thomas Dennis Jr., 54, crashed into the construction vehicle while driving north on South Isabella Road near East Valley Road. The road was closed and had multiple signs and barricades noting its closure. The construction site began shortly after the signs and barricades. Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said Dennis drove through a ditch next to the road to avoid the barricades. Upon


returning to the road, he sped up and eventually struck the Caterpillar. “He went about a quarter-mile or so and ended up hitting the front loader,� Mioduszewski said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Finding a cause The sheriff ’s department will send out an accident reconstruction team sometime this week to recreate the circumstances, including how fast Dennis was traveling at the time of the accident. A press release from the sheriff ’s department indicated alcohol played a role in the accident, although to what extent is unknown. “They’re going to take his blood,� Mioduszewski said, “but there were some indications that alcohol played a factor.� Dennis was the only person involved in the accident.

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Harbor Beach freshman Christopher Hagedon goes for the ball while taking a break from homework to play pingpong with his roommate John Murray, a Fenton sophomore, Tuesday evening in the Emmons Hall lobby. The two have been busy with end of semester work. “We used to play every day,� Hagedon said.

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Friday,� said Lake Orion sophomore Stephanie Sinks. “I’ve done this for the past two years, and I haven’t been home at all this semester, so I’m excited.�

River Rouge junior Steven Wilson plans on going home for a traditional Thanksgiving with family, but he spent his weekend before the break volunteering with the Mount Pleasant Community Church. Wilson attended their Community Days Event, during which he helped distribute 16,145 pounds

of food throughout Isabella County. He said such events are important to help remind people of how much there is to be thankful for. “It definitely gives people something to be thankful for that the church is putting on an event like this,� Wilson said.





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not the only culprit for rising tuition rates. Brunner cited the Baumol Effect to explain the phenomenon. The theory asserts employers raise employees’ salaries to stay competitive with other fields in which salaries are rising because of labor productivity increases, even when their own productivity is not rising. Universities then increase tuition rates to foot the bill of inflated wages. Burdette said the president and the trustees take the tuition rate very seriously. “We are competitive and we are price-sensitive to students,� Burdette said. “We know the cost of attendance and what it does to students and the families, and we always want to appreciate that.� Steve Smith, director of public relations, said configuring the tuition rate is a “crazy process� because CMU administrators have to balance funding needs and affordability for students. “It’s not just what the tuition rate is,� Smith said. “It’s, ‘How do we help make a university education accessible to students who qualify but can’t afford it, or their parents can’t afford it?’� Smith said the state requires that if tuition rates are increased then needbased financial aid must be augmented by an equal percentage. Burdette said the board of trustees made a statement two years ago when they approved increasing the needbased financial aid fund by $700,000 more than the state mandated. The pending budget deficit in government and the likely decrease in future revenues from the state prompted CMU’s president to adopt that policy for future budgeting cycles, Burdette said. “President Ross has made it very clear we’re going to do everything we can to help mitigate the absolute price of tuition with appropriate merit and need-based financial aid,� he said. Looking for efficiencies in university programs and processes is another way CMU administrators keep the tuition rate down. Smith said that is what drives the force behind the recent academic prioritization process.

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Mount Pleasant resident Nithin Vunnam, right, performs a folk dance with Ypsilanti resident Chandana Kavuri during Diwali Night Saturday at the Ward Theatre, 218 S. Main St. The celebration for Diwali, known as the festival of lights, was put on by the Indian Students Association.

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amuri said. “We can let loose for once.� Mount Pleasant resident Mike List performed a tabla, an Indian hand-drum instrument, solo.

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is unhealthy and contains a large amount of estrogen. “There’s also a lot of pizza, pasta and almost always carbs,� she said. “Not a lot of healthy (vegetarian) options.� Making good decisions Mount Pleasant nutritionist Tricia Ruth, reviewed the menus from each of the four cafeterias and found there were items high in fat, sodium and calories, but healthy alternatives were also offered. “Many students who come to CMU have never before made all of their own meal choices,� Ruth said. Ruth’s advice to students was to eat in moderation. “If you have a high fat om-

List said he has played the tabla for four years and traveled to India to study classical Indian music. He said when playing the tabla, one uses different finger motions than other forms of drumming. “It’s a pretty old musical tradition,� List said. “It’s been around for thousands

elet for breakfast one day, the next day choose oatmeal,� she said. Ruth said it is not what you eat in one single day that makes the difference, but what you eat over time. Feedback is encouraged from all students regarding Campus Dining, Smith said. There are comment cards located at multiple stations in the cafeterias, as well as online comment cards. With so many of the food items being high in fat, calories, cholesterol, sodium and carbs, students must make decisions now that will either positively or negatively affect the rest of their lives, Ruth said. “College students are not too young to develop heart disease or obesity, both of which a high-fat, high-calorie diet contributes to,� she said. Nutrition information can

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Monday, Nov. 22, 2010


Story Five-year-old interacts more with others after treatment photos by paige calamari/staff photographer

Mount Pleasant resident Jenn Nickel plays with her five-year-old son Micah Tuesday afternoon at their home on South Loomis Road. According to Nickel, both she and her husband, Chris, originally believed Micah had a speech disorder. “When they referred him to occupational therapy for sensory issues, it started dawning on me that we might be looking at more than just a speech problem, but autism,”

Micah plays with Grand Haven senior Kailey Damaska Tuesday night outside of the Nickel home on South Loomis Road. According to the Nickels, the changes Micah has undergone since beginning the Son-Rise Program have been incredible. “It’s so different to have who Micah is now compared to over a year ago,” Jenn Nickel said. “Now, he never wants to play by himself.”

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“We’re working on different goals we set for him every couple months,” Woods said. “Right now, our biggest goals are flexibility, just trying to get him to be more flexible with being with people and also working on his social interaction skills.” When the Nickels discovered Micah had autism, they created a distractionfree environment in a spare bedroom of their home where Micah spends his day interacting with students like Woods and Hoekstra. Woods has worked with Micah for a year and a half. When she first met him, Micah would not approach people, Woods said. Recently though, that has all changed. “He is completely the opposite now,” Woods said. “He hugs you, he gives you kisses, he wants to talk to people and he wants to see people.” After only a few months of treatment, Jenn said the changes were incredible.

Micah not only began to interact with others, but wanted to interact with others. “At first we were like, ‘Oh man, he’s becoming a really dependent, highmaintenance child,’” Jenn said. “But we waited so long for that because he was so content to not have anyone play with him.” Jenn said learning to accept Micah’s condition has been one of their most challenging, but important, lessons. “One of the many things I’ve learned is that you can never force a child to come out,” she said. “Even as a mom you can never wish him to drop his autism or to recover from it ... It’s something that, when he’s ready in his own time, he’ll make the steps slowly, slowly, slowly, into our world at his own pace, and if he chooses not to, that’s OK.” -Staff Photographer Paige Calamari contributed to this report

“It’s something that, when he’s ready in his own time, he’ll make the steps slowly, slowly, slowly, into our world at his own pace, and if he chooses not to, that’s OK.” Jenn Nickel, Mount Pleasant resident

Micah, 5, plays on the family sofa Tuesday night after dinner at the Nickel home on South Loomis Road. In the spring of 2009 Micah was diagnosed with autism. During the summer after Micah’s diagnosis, his parents, Jenn and Chris, began an autism treatment program. The Nickels said Micah has made huge strides in his ability to understand and interact with others since beginning the program.

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Monday, Nov. 22, 2010

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EDITORIAL | Former University President Michael Rao’s confidentiality agreements disturbing

Lost confidence

confidentiality agreement, which raises more suspicion than the nature of the confidentiality agreement itself. Rao and other university presidents have the right to their privacy as much as any other private citizen. However, the expectation of privacy in the workplace is very limited, and that should not be any different for a president than any other employee of a state university. If Rao’s reasoning for requiring such confidentiality from office employees is to keep his personal life separate from his work, it is less objectionable. However, a university president’s performance, in the office and out, needs to be subject to evaluation by the people the president represents; university employees, students and,


residents at state universities should, as a policy, be as open as possible, as officials in the spotllight whose salaries are paid by taxpayers and student tuition.

Recently, the Richmond TimesDispatch reported about former University President Michael Rao’s requirement of employees working in his Virginia Commonwealth University office to sign confidentiality agreements flies in the face of the concept of administrative transparency. The agreement, which bars employees from discussing Rao, his family and interactions with

the Raos in his office or place of residence, is reportedly the same as an agreement his office employees at CMU signed. The specifics of the CMU agreement are subject to a Freedom Of Information Act request by CM Life, which is currently pending. Director of Public Relations Steve Smith redirected an inquiring reporter to file a FOIA request for any information regarding the

ultimately, taxpayers. As far as its current effects on CMU, hopefully President George Ross does not plan on following the precedent of Rao as far as these confidentiality agreements. As has been expressed previously, Ross needs to be as open and visible as he possibly can be, or at least as open and visible as he had promised upon entering the position. As they are hired and not elected, university presidents cannot be held to all the same standards as a government official. But when alternatively likened to the CEO of a private company, one must point out that CEOs must be held accountable to their shareholders. In this case, the shareholders are students and taxpayers, and they should expect no less.


Carisa Seltz Senior Reporter

Recognizing fortune I owe a big “thank you” to a stranger who gave me a cup of hot cider and a piece of paper last Thursday morning for pointing out to me how selfish I am. Even though I ate half a pizza the night before and could not fathom why I was hungry, I scarfed down a blueberry muffin on my way to work for breakfast. “Would you like some hot apple cider?” a student asked as I walked by. “Sure,” I said, with a bite of breakfast muffling my speech. He then offered a piece of paper he put in my bag for me because my hands were full. I decided to sit down on a nearby picnic table. I fished out the paper and read. “As you sip your beverage, take note of these facts about hunger and homelessness.” It gave a melee of information that was not just bullet point statements, but real issues affecting people across the world. In the time it took me to read the fact sheet, I realized at least two dozen people died of hunger, I spent more on the muffin than 3 billion people make in a day, and the phrases “absolute poverty” and “food insecurity” are bureaucratic terms lost on me. I am removed from the neglect, suffering, starving and inevitable slow death of the 500 million people in the Asian, African and Latin American countries who live in desolate situations. Worldwide, malnutrition steals the life of more than half of all children; 12.5 percent of American children go to bed hungry. The World Health Organization estimates two-thirds of the world’s population is either underfed or starving. My mind reverted back to the article about the canned food drive organized by the CMU Volunteer Center and Minority Student Services last week, which I did not donate to. My memory conjured up images of Cardboard City and the posters tattooing the exteriors with facts that I never bothered to read. My stomach was full of muffin and cider, but my selfworth felt starved. The student not only handed me a tangible gift of cider and a piece of paper, but he gave me insight into my self and inspired me to do more with the resources I have. I marched into the Volunteer Center and donated canned goods today to help support Women’s Aid Services Inc. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week technically ended Saturday, but the issues and the facts still aggregate.

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‘Brass balls’ and ‘Douchebag Awards’ art or tastelessness? Editor’s note: This letter is in response to “The Man of Bronze,” published Nov. 17. As I picked up a fresh copy of Central Michigan Life today, I scanned the sections like I usually do before I sit down to read the horrors and the triumphs of campus this week. (Ok, I was looking for the crossword, too.) Regardless, I was struck by the Senior Art student profile on Arik Anderson. Seriously, was the most dynamic, most

important piece of work that he made really “The Douchebag Award?” And in showing him sitting next to the award, are you trying to suggest that the man who made a bronze sculpture of his own testicles is a douche bag winning the award that he himself created? And, strictly speaking, I think “douche bag” is two words, not one. Perhaps, it’s more a commentary of our generation than a tasteless news article in that the only art people are

interested in are ones that are funny but not clever. Anderson, under the assumption of this article, is the mook of the art world, thinking that it would be a great symbolic joke to pour hot wax on his nuts. Maybe he should have filmed it with a crew for MTV or MTV2 (neither play music videos anymore, anyway), and they can call it “Masterpiece Jackass Theater.” Maybe they could put out the fire on his scrotum with Sprite soda and make a

killing on the return. I’d be offended, but this doesn’t surprise me of my generation anymore. I fear we’re going to completely destroy all of the humanities one after the other. It doesn’t matter anyway. We don’t have a culture anymore as much as a quagmire. Now, if you’ll excuse me, “The Jersey Shore” is on. Unsincerely, R.E. Whipple Muskegon senior

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President Snyder? The political landscapes in the 2008 and 2010 elections were night and day — one obviously proved to be a winner for Democrats, the other for Republicans. We have two years to figure out who will win that cold November night in 2012, but one party does not even have a viable candidate ... yet. To find their best bet, they may end up looking directly at the state of Michigan. Consider Republicans’ top four names at the moment: Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich. Not one of them could make it past the primary without making it a 1996 Clinton/Dole-style repeat for Barack Obama. Palin is tabloid trouble — polarizing except to the people who really love her. Also, she quit her job as governor to write a book and get a reality show. I see that coming back to haunt her. Romney is out because he lost to John McCain two years ago. When McCain was all but written off as a Republican presidential candidate by the time primary season picked up in 2008. Romney was assured to win the GOP nomination that year, and if he couldn’t wrap it up then, why would he be able to now? Huckabee is likable, but leans way too far to the right. I think his disbelief of evolution and other conservative stances will scare away the moderates in the Republican party. And Gingrich? Even his own party kind of hates him. He was Dick Cheney before Dick Cheney was Dick Cheney. The Republicans do have one secret weapon, one yet-to-be-named person who could give them an advantage. Michigan’s governor-elect, Rick Snyder. Snyder came out of nowhere with his Super Bowl advertisement this February. He quietly, steadfastly ran a campaign, cool to the touch, without faltering. He created his own direction as a candidate — he ran as he wanted to. He didn’t respond to critics directly and barely engaged in conversation with his Democratic opponent, save for a campaign event Virg Bernero crashed and the lukewarm gubernatorial debate. Democrats may ridicule his amateur status; the first political office he has been elected to is that of governor. If he runs for president, he will have only served in that office for a year by the time his presidential campaign will begin — but Democrats’ own candidate was relatively inexperienced when he first ran for president in 2008. Snyder works as a presidential candidate even though he is a political amateur for many reasons. His moderate Republican views encouraged the Democrat crossover. His biggest strength that allowed him to win the nomination and ultimately the governor’s office was his practicality. Snyder seems to be a fair man and short on bias, and his business sense will bode well for him as the governor. Snyder won this race because he focused on what matters: the economy. He refused to get distracted by social issues. The GOP cannot afford to nominate a cartoon character, which is frankly what the rest of their pool represents.

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New restaurant takes ‘risk’ with weekly ethnic foods Owner, chef uses local produce, personal atmosphere By Melissa Beauchamp Staff Reporter

Hunter Geiger, 8, of Mount Pleasant, reads with Coleen Howell of Riverdale and her chihuahua, Sasha, during Dog Tales, one of the events hosted at First Book Day, an event put on by First Book-CMU on Saturday afternoon in Finch Fieldhouse.

Dog Tales First-Book CMU hosts children’s reading event Photos and story by Leah Sefton Staff Photographer Sometimes, animals make the best listeners. Dog Tales is a program designed to improve children’s reading skills with the use of therapy dogs. Reading to dogs can be less intimidating than reading to other children in a classroom setting, giving children more confidence and boosting self-esteem. “We strive to improve literacy rates by providing fun and creative reading opportunities for children, such as First Book Day,� said Clarkston senior Meredith Clark, president of First BookCMU, which hosted the event. The event was held Saturday afternoon in Finch Fieldhouse. Mount Pleasant resident Margy Riemer brought two dogs with her,

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Murphy and Boomer, who have served as therapy dogs for 6 years. “I brought Boomer and he was like, I am so in love with this job,� Riemer said. First Book Day had a va-

riety of events in addition to Dog Tales, including arts and crafts, reading with heroes, raffles, a book walk and bottle bowling.

University hopes to save $600,000 with gas turbine Facility reopens after closure in 2002

“We’re making our own electricity. It’s a very efficient and very sustainable operation.� Steve Lawrence, Facilities Management associate

By Tony Wittkowski Staff Reporter

vice president

CMU aims to save more than $600,000 over the next two years by reopening a gas turbine at the Central Energy Facility. The gas turbine was installed in 1991, but was shut down in 2002 because it was not economically efficient, said Steve Lawrence, associate vice president of Facilities Management. The price of natural gas had increased, causing the university to stop using the turbine. However, it was reopened several weeks ago. “We’re making our own electricity,� Lawrence said. “It’s a very efficient and very sustainable operation.� The turbine itself reduces steam into thermal needs such as hot water, and heating and cooling, he said. It will generate 55 to 60 percent of the campus’

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energy needs. CMU switched to a boiler after halting the gas turbine in 2002. The energy from the gas turbine is used to heat water, buildings and a small portion is also used for humidification, said Leroy Barnes, director of energy and utilities. “The turbine was restarted when we determined the price of natural gas was dropping,� Barnes said. “The price of electricity was also increasing.� The heat recovery generator collects any of the excess heat emitting from the turbine and converts it into energy. The wood burner, which burns wood chips to generate steam, is even carbon neutral, Barnes said. Facilities Management recently completed repairs on the

heat recovery steam generator. “We have a fairly low carbon footprint compared to other universities,� Barnes said. David Burdette, vice president of Finance and Administrative Services, said CMU co-wrote a grant with Union Township in order to study wind turbines as a plausible alternative energy source. He said wind turbines and other sources of alternative energy, like the gas turbine at CMU, are the right things to implement for the future. “I’m very positive about the future of alternative energy,� Burdette said. -Senior Reporter Carisa Seltz contributed to this report.


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6A || Monday, Nov. 22, 2010 || Central Michigan Life


video shootout

Students engage in 36-hour weekend gaming session 139 attend Big Shot LAN Party in Finch Fieldhouse By Ryan Taljonick Senior Reporter

The Finch Fieldhouse gymnasium was filled with several rows of glowing computers and tired gamers this weekend. Islands of desks supported the 139 gamers that attended the Big Shot Gaming Local Area Network Party, which began at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at 6 a.m. Sunday. It was Holland sophomore Andrew Fergus’ first LAN event, something he said he will never forget. “It’s a lot of fun, it was worth the $15 even if I didn’t win anything,” he said. “I think it’s awesome.” Fergus attended the event, hosted by the Student Electronic Gaming Association (also known as Big Shot Gaming), with a few of his friends. “I’m really surprised,” he said. “I came for ‘StarCraft II’ and ‘Team Fortress 2’ and I ended up playing everything.” Fergus said he lost both of his matches in the real-time strategy game, “StarCraft

II.” His team won their first two matches in “Team Fortress 2,” and was preparing for their next match as of 11 p.m. Saturday evening. The LAN event is something he plans on attending the next time it is hosted, he said. Fergus’ friend Cody Weindenbein, a Sanford resident, said the LAN event was much improved from the last time it was hosted. In addition to much better prizes for tournament winners, which included gaming mice, keyboards and two-terabyte external hard drives, Weindenbein said the turnout was much better. “You feel interested because people here share the same passion,” he said. “You’re not an outcast, you can communicate with them and they know what you’re talking about.” Mount Pleasant graduate student Kate Engel, president of SEGA, said the turnout was great. “Everybody is having a lot of fun,” she said. “It’s been really positive.” Engel said the ROTC helped sponsor a tournament of “America’s Army” while Modern Rock 91.5 provided music. Food was donated by Menna’s Joint, 1418 South

Mission St., and Buffalo Wild Wings, 1904 S. Mission St., for lunch and dinner, while several gaming companies donated tournament prizes. Official tournaments for “StarCraft II,” “Team Fortress 2” and “CounterStrike: Source” were held, while gamers participated in other tournaments for games like “Minecraft.” Engel said the participants really enjoyed the event. “It’s fun to, once you’re done, to search out the people you played and tell them in person,” she said. Ray Bartos, a Michigan State University student, traveled to the event with a group of 20. He is a part of Sparty LAN Party, a group that hosts MSU’s LAN events. He said he was impressed with how well the Big Shot Gaming event was run. “I like going to other LANs,” he said. “It’s all about the camaraderie of hanging out with a bunch of other people with a common interest. The event’s going well so far. When they get this big in size, anything can happen. They’re doing a good job trying to keep people happy.”

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Turkey Trot raises more than $700 for Alternative Breaks Runners, couch potatoes support program By Michael L. Hoffman Staff Reporter

Despite the chilling 36 degrees on Sunday, Drew Heuser was determined to finish his first five kilometer race at Turkey Trot 2010. The Beverly Hills senior said he started a “couch-to5K” program in September designed to get him off the couch and running a five kilometer race. It was the fifth year the event has run. “Whether it works out or not, this is the first thing like this I have done,” he said. Heuser did not have to run the race alone, he had a cohort in friend Tony Popma. Popma said he ran cross country in high school and wanted to run a 5K again. “It’s been a while since I ran a 5K,” the Kentwood junior said, “so I wanted to get one in.” He said another motivating factor for running the race was its beneficiary,

the Alternative Breaks program. “My older brother did a couple of them,” Popma said. “I want to, I just haven’t been able to sign up for one yet.” The race was sponsored by Celani and Fabiano halls and Alternative Breaks, which received $10 per runner. There were 76 preregistered runners along with several who registered the day of the race, said Alternative Breaks board member Steve Wincent. “The race was designed for a few reasons; first, to raise money for Alternative Breaks,” the Brooklyn senior said. “Second, to promote physical fitness and also to give people who like to run 5Ks to have the chance to do so.” Katherine Brown, an Alternative Breaks site leader, said she is glad people are coming to support the program and that she thinks alternative breaks offer something for everyone. “It gives people the chance to travel and to volunteer all around the country,” the Canton senior said. She said traveling is her

favorite part and that she loves seeing new parts of the country. Wincent said the bond created between volunteers is the best aspect of an alternative break and if people are interested they should sign up. “It’s about going to a new location with a group of 12 people total, and learning about issues in different communities,” he said. “The bond you create is amazing, it’s a life-changing experience.” The finish line Both Popma and Houser said they finished the race faster than expected. “It wasn’t too bad, I warmed up about five minutes in, felt really good,” Popma said. Popma recorded a time of 20 minutes, 9 seconds while Houser finished in 35 minutes and 25 seconds. “( The race) went well,” Houser said. “I made it all the way through Bellows then ran and walked the rest of the way.

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Howell junior Jay Gary plays “America’s Army” in the Terence F. Moore Cadet Leader Lab Saturday night in Finch Fieldhouse. Gary was taking part in the Big Shot Gaming 2010 LAN Party, which had 36 hours of gaming beginning at 6 p.m. Friday and ending 6 a.m. Sunday. “My friends went to the Sparty LAN Party, and since they were coming to this I felt obligated to come,” Gary said.

Wrestling | Chippewas finish third at Body Bar Invitational, 3B



Central Michigan Life

Monday, Nov. 22, 2010


Women hang with Iowa

2010-11 Men’s basketball Preview

New team. New season. Four seniors. One all-star freshman. One veteran coach. Eighteen players vying for a title. One chance at glory.

Chippewas play No. 22 Hawkeyes tough in tournament title game By John Manzo Staff Reporter

photo illustration by jeff smith/staff photographer

Finding a new balance Rashid leads young backcourt

McClure ready to teach

By John Evans | Senior Reporter

By Aaron McMann | Sports Editor

When two senior guards graduate, it can be tough to replace them. When those two guards were the team’s leading scorers, it can be even tougher. But that is just the challenge that the CMU men’s basketball is facing this season. Senior guard Amir Rashid will have a big role in trying to help replace the team’s main offensive sources, Jordan Bitzer and Robbie Harman. Both players averaged a combined 30 points, nearly half of the team’s points. Head coach Ernie Zeigler said it’s nice to have a senior for the young guys to look to.

Since arriving at CMU in 2006, head men’s basketball coach Ernie Zeigler has had a versatile frontcourt. Now, he’s going to have to help build from the ground up. Zeigler comes into the season without the veteran leadership he has grown accustomed to. Chris Kellermann graduated following last season while Marko Spica made the decision to leave CMU in the spring. Senior Will McClure returns for his senior season, but has the task of trying to guide two freshmen and a junior that has had limited Division I experience.

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Zeigler calls CMU ‘mentally soft’ in loss Turnovers, fouls doom Chippewas in overtime against South Alabama By Aaron McMann Sports Editor

It might take longer than expected for this team to gel after all. The Central Michigan basketball went scoreless in the first three minutes of overtime Saturday, losing 82-76 against South Alabama in front of 2,090 at the Mitchell Center in Mobile, Ala. With the loss, the Chippewas

extend their losing streak to three games and fall to 1-3 on the season. “I’m not one that’s into moral victories,” a noticeably upset head coach Ernie Zeigler said after the game. “At some point we have to be mentally tough enough to get off to good starts. Right now, we’re mentally soft.” Both teams were back and forth for much of the first half, with South Alabama taking an early 16-8 lead on seven turnovers by the Chippewas. CMU would go on an 11-0 run to reclaim the lead, but a 15-3 run for the Jaguars allowed them to take a 36-28 lead into halftime.

“We were very careless with the basketball and very careless with our execution in fast break situations,” Zeigler said. “We had an opporErnie Zeigler tunity to be up six or eight points going into halftime and we just selfdestructed.” USA (2-1) guard Tim Williams carried his team in the first half, scoring 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Williams finished with a game-high 33 points. “Tim Williams is a man and he was playing against boys,” Zei-

gler said. “We didn’t have anyone tough enough to defend him. He really manhandled us.” The team would open up the second half on a 9-0 run, closing the deficit to just one. USA maintained its lead before the Chippewas would go on a 12-1 run of their own with 9:43 remaining, capped off by a 3-pointer from freshman guard Trey Zeigler. Trey finished the game with 21 points and 10 rebounds, the first double-double of his young career. Despite his son’s solid offensive numbers, Ernie said his son “struggled.”

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The Central Michigan women’s basketball team never overcame an early deficit Sunday, losing 90-79 against No. 22 Iowa in the championship game of the Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City, Iowa. “We competed very hard and I think this is a really resilient basketball team,” said head coach Sue Guevara. “I’m disappointed that we didn’t win, but I was pleased with our effort.” Iowa (5-0) began the game on 10-2 run and never looked back. The Hawkeyes were led by sophomore center Morgan Johnson and senior Sue Guevara guard Kachine Alexander. Johnson scored a team-high 21 points, while Alexander earned a double-double, scoring 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting and grabbing a game-high 18 rebounds. Another early run sparked the Hawkeyes throughout the second half despite the Chippewas (3-1) only trailing 50-47 heading into halftime. Junior guard Kamille Wahlin’s layup extended the lead to 11 only four minutes into the second half. CMU wouldn’t come closer than five. The strong inside-out game by the Hawkeyes really frustrated the Chippewas. It led to most of Johnson’s points as she shot 62.5 percent from the field. Senior guard Shonda Long had a game-high 22 points to lead CMU, while making four threepoint attempts. Despite the high percentage from beyond the three-point line, Long said her ability to drive the basket was why she had a good game offensively. “My teammates found me when I was open,” she said. “Iowa took away the three, so I was able to drive a lot.” Senior forward Kaihla Szunko earned her third double-double of the season, scoring 12 points to go along with her team-high 15 rebounds. Sophomore forward Brandie Baker struggled from the field, shooting 3-for-16 for 13 points. However, she had the touch from the free throw line as she went perfect on six attempts. CMU’s bench outscored Iowa’s 18-8, but Guevara wants more bench production. “In games like this we need our bench to perform better than it did,” she said. Freshman forward Taylor Johnson scored 13 of those 18 bench points in route to her second double-double in as many days. She has been productive early on. As a freshman, Johnson is averaging 11.3 points and 10 rebounds per game. Szunko is the only other player on the team averaging a double-double.

First round win In the first game of the Hawkeye Challenge on Saturday, CMU defeated Northern Colorado 78-74 in a game which had it erase a 13point deficit in the second half. A 26-9 run to begin the second half put it in the lead at 64-60 with eight minutes remaining. However, UNC went on a 14-2 run and took the lead on a layup by senior guard Courtney Stoermer. Long came right back with a layup of her own to help seal the deal for CMU. Baker, who had a game-high 21 points, led the team down the stretch as she hit three of her final four free throws. CMU will travel to Flagstaff, Ariz., next weekend for the Northern Arizona Tournament. The Chippewas open play on Friday against Drake and will play Northern Arizona or Binghampton on Saturday.

2B || Monday, Nov. 22, 2010 || Central Michigan Life

2010-11 Men’s Basketball Schedule Rainbow Classic (Honolulu, Hawaii) -Nov. 13 Cal State Fullerton W, 70-67 -Nov. 14 Montana State L, 65-58 (OT) -Nov. 16 Hawaii L, 65-62 Nov. 20 at South Alabama L, 82-76 (OT) Remaining schedule: Nov. 24 at Illinois-Chicago 8 p.m. Dec. 1 vs. Temple 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at DePaul 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at LSU 8 p.m. Dec. 14 vs. Wright State 7 p.m. Dec. 18 vs. Detroit 7 p.m. Dec. 20 vs. South Dakota State 7 p.m. Dec. 22 vs. Cornerstone 7 p.m. Dec. 30 at UNLV 10 p.m. Jan. 9 at Western Michigan 7 p.m. Jan. 12 vs. Toledo 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at Ball State 7 p.m. Jan. 20 vs. Northern Illinois 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at Eastern Michigan 7 p.m. Jan. 27 vs. Miami 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at Akron 6 p.m. Feb. 2 vs. Ohio 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at Kent State 5 p.m. Feb. 8 at Buffalo 7 p.m. Feb. 12 vs. Bowling Green 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 vs. Eastern Michigan 7 p.m. Feb. 19 ESPN BracketBuster TBA Feb. 23 at Northern Illinois 8 p.m. Feb. 26 vs. Ball State 6:30 p.m. Mar. 1 at Toledo 7 p.m. Mar. 5 vs. Western Michigan 2 p.m. Mar. 8 MAC tournament first round (Cleveland, Ohio)

2010-11 Men’s Basketball Roster No. 3 Austin Barnes

(Frosh., Lansing) F/6-6, 190 pounds

No. 10 Andre Coimbra

(Junior, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M/Rio de Janiero, Brazil) F/6-9, 222 pounds

No. 5 Finish Craddock

(Soph., Garland, Tex.) G/6-1, 180 pounds

No. 35 Jevon Harden

(Frosh., Detroit) F/6-8, 218 pounds

No. 23 Derek Jackson

(Frosh., Cleveland) G/6-0, 170 pounds

No. 4 Nick Jordan

(Junior, Rochester) G/5-11, 175 pounds

No. 34 Will McClure

(Senior, Indianapolis) F/6-7, 240 pounds

No. 13 John Morris

(Soph., Battle Creek) G/5-10, 170 pounds

No. 11 Paris Paramore

(Junior, Chicago) G/6-0, 175 pounds

No. 2 Amir Rashid

(Senior, Houston) G/5-19, 165 pounds

No. 41 Zach Saylor

(Soph., Lansing) F/6-8, 235 pounds

No. 31 Jalin Thomas

(Senior, Columbus, Ohio) F/6-4, 200 pounds No. 1 Brook Turson

(Frosh., Plymouth, Ohio) F/6-3, 190 pounds No. 12 Nate VanArendonk

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“Will is kind of the elder statesman up front in terms of really leading the charge defensively,” Zeigler said. “He’s doing a diligent job of helping our younger bigs understand how important it is to accept your role and be really prideful of it.”

amir rashid The senior guard comes into the season with the most to prove. He averaged 5.2 points per game in 2009-10, while showing flashes of good play. As long as he stays healthy, he will be depended on to run a more efficient offense than CMU ran last season. Ernie Zeigler will rely on Rashid for veteran guard play in an otherwise young unit.

(Frosh., Caledonia) G/5-10, 175 pounds

No. 0 Trey Zeigler

(Frosh., Mount Pleasant)

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Quiet for most of last season, Thomas has made a splash early on this season. His game-winning threepointer as time expired in regulation gave the Chippewas their first, and so far only, win of the season. He is averaging 14.3 points per game, second behind freshman guard Trey Zeigler, and will looked to at key moments this season for his veteran leadership and ability to score when needed.

The team jokester, McClure probably has the most responsibility out of all the seniors. After having Chris Kellermann and Marko Spica to replace in games last season, McClure will be expected to pick up a lot of garbage points and rebounds while having no problem hanging bodies down low. With a pair of freshmen behind him, he must stay out of foul trouble to be effective late in games.

A silent leader on the court, W e a r y started in every game he played in last season. In a more fast paced offense that relies more on scoring in transition, Weary will have to be able to keep up with the freshmen duo of Trey Zeigler and Derek Jackson. After scoring seven points in CMU’s first game against Hawaii, he has scored one point in three games.

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“It’s huge to have a senior that’s going through the trials and tribulations of game situations and practice and what we’re asking on a daily basis,” Zeigler said. “I think Amir has done a nice job mentoring Derek (Jackson), and hopefully he can continue to grow here as he continues to get more minutes.” Freshmen guards Derek Jackson and Trey Zeigler will also have a big role in replacing the seniors lost to graduation. Jackson has been a nice surprise for the Chippewas and has made some big contributions off the bench for the team so far this season. He had a career-high 19 points and five rebounds in the team’s 82-76 overtime loss against South Alabama on Saturday. Zeigler is averaging 18.7 points per game and has already shown that he wants to lead this team. His presence alone in the back court can cause matchup problems for opposing teams. “We’re two freshmen coming in trying to make an impact. Trey is a great player and I’m trying to be a great player,” Jackson said. “Coach stresses defense, so I’m just trying to come in and play defense.” While Jackson is averaging just less than nine points per game, it is his defensive skills that make his presence felt. He currently leads the team with 11 steals. Ernie Zeigler said that Jackson brings a nice skill set to the team and will definitely have a future in the program. “He brings (something) that we have lacked in the past. He’s a guy that can really pressure the ball,” Zeigler said. “His skills defensively are going to bode well for us as we continue to come together and build an even better chemistry and continuity as a team.” Rashid is averaging just 5.3 points per game so far but it is his senior leadership makes him such an important piece to this team. When you lose top scorers like Bitzer and Harman, you have to find a leader to step up help the younger guys. “(Rashid’s) already been through the program so he knows what the coaches like and expect,” Jackson said. “He’s leading the way for me and showing me what I have to do to get comfortable in this program.”

Coimbra looking to break out By Josh Berenter Staff Reporter

Most of the players on the CMU men’s basketball team were recruited from the midwest, but Andre Coimbra has a different story. The 6-foot, 9-inch forward came to Mount Pleasant from Northeastern Oklahoma A & M by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. CMU head coach Ernie Zeigler said he gives most of the credit of landing Coimbra to assistant coaches Darren Kohne, Terrance Chatman and Keith Noftz. “We talked about identifying a need, needing an athletic rebounder who can score,” he said. “Coach (Darren) Kohne did an excellent job of finding Andre, and once we found him, I did a heck of a job of closing.” Coimbra has only been in the U.S. for two years and said he is still working on transitioning to American life. “My first six months, I didn’t speak English at all. My classes were super hard, and I had a tutor 24 hours a day,” he said. “I still work at it and I still have a tutor, and my teammates help me.” With an 85-inch wingspan,

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No. 20 Luke Wiest

McClure, who often finds himself in foul trouble near the end of games. “As a senior it’s about bringing the freshman along,” McClure said earlier this season. “We know we have a young team so we have to be able to talk to them and not be so frustrated.” Rounding out the front court is freshman Jevon Harden and sophomore Zach Saylor. Zeigler made the decision to redshirt Harden this season, while Saylor has been inactive this season.

joe tobianski/staff photographer

No. 33 Colin Voss

(Senior, Los Angeles) G/6-3, 215 pounds

Voss, meanwhile, was a multi-sport athlete in high school and received offers to play college football and basketball. He scored a career-high four points against Montana State on Nov. 13 and hit his first three-point field goal on Saturday against South Alabama. The addition of junior college transfer Andre Coimbra has also been a bit of a surprise. Coimbra, who stands 6-foot-9, is 10-of-17 from the field while averaging 6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. All three will be expected to contribute this season for

From left: point guard Amir Rashid, forward Jalin Thomas, forward Will McClure and shooting guard Antonio Weary.

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No. 24 Antonio Weary

Spica averaged 7.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season, while Kellermann had 6.8 points and more than four rebounds per game. New to the team this year are freshmen Colin Voss and Nate VanArendonk. A 6-foot-9 center from Grand Haven, VanArendonk is most noted for his backboardshattering dunk last season during a high school regional final game. He saw limited playing time in the Rainbow Classic but did not make the trip Saturday to South Alabama after feeling under the weather.

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(Frosh., Grand Haven) C/6-9, 230 pounds (Frosh., Grand Rapids) F/6-7, 230 pounds


Trey finished the game with eight turnovers – he leads the team in turnovers with 18 – and was one of three CMU players to foul out before the end of regulation. “Trey did not have a good game,” Ernie Zeigler said. “Freshmen go through situations where they struggle, and he really struggled with his decision-making and

Coimbra brings size and length to the Chippewas frontcourt. But he can also stretch the defense with his shooting ability. Coimbra has started the season 4-7 from three-point range and said his outside game is a work in progress. “I really like to shoot,” he said, joking. “Coach says hold and follow through. If I hold and follow through, I would make some shots.” Zeigler said Coimbra’s versatility is a big boost for he team. With the departure of former forward Chris Kellermann, Zeigler said Coimbra, an athletic big man who can lock down in the post defensively, fits in well into CMU’s system. “We just have to get him touches,” Zeigler said. “He’s our leading shooter, percentage wise, and he has the least amount of shots, so something has to change.” Coimbra has started the last two games for the Chippewas (1-3) after coming off the bench in the first two contests. His minutes increased in each of the first three games, but Zeigler said Coimbra’s skills are still raw and he is still

ability to handle pressure.” Leading 62-58 with less than two minutes remaining, a missed layup by junior forward Andre Coimbra and foul by senior Will McClure gave the Jaguars all they needed to tie the game up. Both teams traded free throws before going into overtime. After staying fairly silent for much of the game, USA sophomore forward Martino Brock broke out in overtime and scored the first seven points. The Chippewas trailed by

adapting to Division I college basketball. “On a scale of one to 10, he’s probably at a five in terms of dealing with his transition,” he said. “He’s shown flashes of his ability. Now we just have to get him to have some consistent performances while he‘s still trying to learn the nuances of what we’re doing.” The Chippewas frontcourt has been somewhat depleted as of late. Zeigler and his staff decided to redshirt freshman forward Jevon Harden and freshman center Nate VanArendonk didn’t make the trip to face South Alabama, forcing The Brazilian to play forward and center. Coimbra said he likes having an opportunity to step outside, so he prefers playing forward, but said he has no problem playing center if it helps the team win. He returns to action at 8 p.m. Wednesday when the Chippewas travel to Chicago to take on the University of IllinoisChicago.

as many as nine in the extra session, but had the chance to possibly tie it up in the final minute. Freshman Colin Voss hit the first threepointer of his career, cutting the deficit to 79-76 with 13 seconds remaining. Williams missed both free throws, but Augustine Rubit (11 points, 12 rebounds) came up with the offensive rebound, securing the win for South Alabama. “Hopefully we can learn from these situations and become mentally stronger,” Zeigler said. “But until we

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Junior Andre Coimbra was recruited by CMU head coach Ernie Zeigler last season from Northeastern Oklahoma A & M.

do, we’re going to continue to battle but not have any reward once the clock says zero.” Freshman guard Derek Jackson was the only other CMU player to score in double figures, finishing with 19 points, five rebounds and six assists. CMU returns to practice today and Tuesday before traveling to Chicago to play Illinois-Chicago at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

going scoreless on 0-for-1 shooting. Zeigler said after the game that the team’s "matchups" limited Weary’s playing time. ... After seeing limited playing time in Tuesday’s loss against Hawaii because of a bum knee, senior guard Amir Rashid scored six points and had four assists in 28 minutes. ... Will McClure (five points, one rebound) and Andre Coimbra (four points, five rebounds, three steals) also fouled out.

NOTES: Senior guard Antonio Weary played nine minutes,



Wrestling finishes third at Body Bar Invitational Scotti Sentes leads way, captures top spot in division

The final pickup event for student tickets to the first basketball game at McGuirk Arena will be held today. In a release issued by the athletics department on Friday, 300 additional tickets for the Dec. 1 CMU men’s basketball game against Temple will be made available for students beginning 9 a.m. today on the concourse level of the Student Activity Center.

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Junior heavyweight Jarod Trice wrestles during the NCAA tournament in Omaha, Neb. in March 2010. Trice entered the weekend ranked second in the nation. He defeated Cornell’s Oney Snyder on Friday, but lost to American’s Ryan Flores Sunday at the NWCA All-Star Classic in Fresno, Calif.

and took second to the No. 1 in the country at Cornell,” DiSalvo said. “(He’s) obviously in the top three or four in the weight class.” Junior Eric Cubberly finished third in the 157-pound class, defeating Cornell’s Craig Eifert 7-3. Cubberly won his first three matches before losing 3-2 in the semifinals. In a continued battle for the 125-pound starting spot, CMU entered three wrestlers into that division of the tournament. Redshirt freshman Joe Roth suffered a 3-0 decision to Kent State’s Nicholas Bedelyon in the first round. Bedelyon went on to finish first in the 125

pound class. Redshirt freshman Kyle Waldo and sophomore Christian Cullinan finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 125-pound weight class after going head-to-head in the fifth-place match. Both Chippewas recorded a pin earlier in the tournament before Waldo ended on the winning side of a 2-1 decision. “Kyle won that match, but it was in the maximum amount of overtimes,” DiSalvo said. “We still have some very highly competitive competition there. As we’ve seen in years past, the more competition at a weight class the better they end up doing in the national champi-

onship.” Redshirt freshman Craig Kelliher (197) finished fourth and sophomore Donnie Corby (149) finished fifth in their weight classes. “I think that it was a good weekend in competition with the dual meet last night,” DiSalvo said. “With our full lineup, and Jarod Trice and Mike Miller, we’re going to really be competitive.” The team will travel to Rochester, Minn., to compete against North Dakota State, Appalachian State and Minnesota in the Minnesota Quad on Nov. 27.

Chippewas defeated by top-seed Cornell By Justin Hicks Staff Reporter

The No. 6 Central Michigan wrestling team opened Friday with a pair of victories, but top-seed Cornell came out on top with a 24-10 win in Ithaca, N.Y. CMU redshirt freshman Kyle Waldo (125 pounds) opened the day with a 3-1 sudden victory against Frank Perrelli. Both wrestlers recorded an escape, but were unable to break the tie until the sudden victory period when Waldo scored with a single-leg takedown. “Kyle wrestled a great match,” said assistant coach Mark DiSalvo. “As a redshirt freshman, for him to control that anxiety and wrestle a higher ranked opponent and win it in overtime. He’s exciting and it was exciting to watch him.” Junior Scotti Sentes (133) held the high ground in almost five minutes his match against Joe Stanzoine, winning a 9-1 major decision that gave the Chippwewas an early 3-0 lead. He scored on three takedowns and a reversal. “Sentes wrestled and got bonus points for us, and scoring that many points against a quality opponent is exciting to

Final ticket pickup for McGuirk Arena opener this morning at SAC CM Life staff reports

By Justin Hicks Staff Reporter

The Central Michigan wrestling team finished third in Body Bar Invitational Saturday in Ithaca, N.Y. A day after beating CMU, host Cornell finished first in the tournament with 134 points. Kent State finished second with 94 points, while CMU posted 83.5 points. “I feel we did pretty well since we didn’t have a point scoring heavyweight or a point scorer at 184, and we did not have one of our returning AllAmericans, Mike Miller, at 165,” said assistant coach Mark DiSalvo. Junior Scotti Sentes lead the way as seven Chippewas finished in the top six spots of their respective weight classes. Sentes finished first in the 133-pound class. He opened the bracket with back-to-back pins in the first and second round (1:43, 2:11). In the next two rounds, Sentes posted 9-0 and 10-3 major decisions, respectively, to capture the top spot in the division. “Scotti Sentes has really adjusted to the weight class and I think he could have a really great year,” DiSalvo said. Sophomore Ben Bennett pinned his opponent 1:51 into the first round, and followed it up with two major decisions to get into the finals. He lost 13-5 to Cornell’s Mack Lewnes in the title match, finishing runner up in the 174-pound class. “Ben Bennett competed well

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see,” DiSalvo said. Redshirt freshman Scott Mattingly looked like he might continue the streak, until the final minute when Cory Manson scored a takedown, enough to put Cornell on the board. The third period hurt Donnie Corby (149), Adam Miller (165) and Ben Bennett (174), who each moved into the last period with a 2-1 score. Corby had the late lead, but couldn’t hold it, losing 6-2 to Kyle Drake. “A lot of times players in that position, when you’re losing by a point later in the match, really push the pace,” DiSalvo said. “Sometimes young guys haven’t learned to pick their battles, and they’re almost over-aggressive (in) going for

the win.” Miller and Bennett each failed to pull third-period comebacks, losing 7-2 and 6-2, respectively. “Once you’re down three or four points you sort of try to do whatever to catch the other guy,” DiSalvo said. “It’s lack of experience in closing out close matches, so it’s kind of expected at this point in the season.” CMU gained its third victory in the last match as junior Jarod Trice scored an escape and takedown in the final period of his heavyweight matchup to go up 3-0, and added a point for riding time to get the decision against Oney Snyder. Cornell won seven of its ten matches Friday against the Chippewas. Both teams will

compete in the Body Bar Invitational Saturday at Newman Arena in Ithaca, N.Y.

The pickup will run until all 300 tickets are dispersed. About 900 tickets were given out on Nov. 7 during a pep rally sendoff for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The second pickup took place Tuesday at Finch Fieldhouse during the volleyball team’s first round Mid-American Conference tournament game against Miami University.

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Chippewas beat ISU by one By Jeff LaHaye Staff Reporter

photos by jeff smith/staff photographer

Mount Pleasant High School Oilers junior wide receiver Colton Odykirk is tackled by East Grand Rapids senior defensive back Sam Nystrom during the first half Saturday at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids.

Magic season comes to end for Oilers East Grand Rapids dominates division with 32nd win By Kristopher Lodes Staff Reporter

BIG RAPIDS – East Grand Rapids High School continues to dominate the Division 3 football landscape. The Pioneers (13-0) won their 32nd consecutive game Saturday, beating Mount Pleasant 31-16 at Ferris State University’s Top Taggart Field in the Michigan High School Athletic Association football playoff semifinals. The win also marks EGR’s fifth consecutive appearance in the state championship game at Ford Field in Detroit. “I’m happy to be here right now,” said Mount Pleasant High School head coach Jason McIntyre. “I’m thinking about these seniors and all they have done for our program the last four years. We’re building – we’re trying to get to where Grand Rapids East is right now. They have tradition year in and year out, and we are getting close and these seniors are a big reason.” All week in practice, East Grand Rapids head coach Peter Stuursma told the players they had to slow down Mount Pleasant’s run game. And that is exactly what they did. The Oilers (12-1) did not score until 7:52 was remaining in the fourth quarter. Senior running back Alex Horton scored on a two-yard touchdown run and would add another touchdown late in the fourth, but it was too little, too late. Mount Pleasant was able to run the ball well, but just could not find out how to stop the Pioneers offense. EGR junior running back David Drummond scored the team’s first three touchdowns in the first half, helping them get out to a 21-0 halftime lead. Drummond finished the game with 69 yards rushing on 26 attempts while catching two passes for 78 yards. Pioneers senior quarterback

Mount Pleasant High School Oilers senior tight end Marshall Livingston hugs assistant coach Josh Rathje of Mount Pleasant after their 31-16 loss against East Grand Rapids during the MHSAA Division 3 state semifinals Saturday afternoon.

Ryan Elble completed 11-of15 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown. “We were prepared for a very fast defense and it was goal of ours to slow down their running game,” Stuursma said. The Oilers defense held tough in the third quarter, only allow a 35-yard field goal from senior Bobby Aardema. But the EGHS defense held tough, forcing Mount Pleasant to turn the ball over on downs inside Pioneer territory for the second time of the game. While Mount Pleasant began to show life in the fourth quarter, East Grand Rapids came back with an eight play, 74-yard drive capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Sam Nystrom. “We were just a couple big plays from being in the game,” McIntyre said. “We played well overall except for giving up those big plays.” For Mount Pleasant, it was a tough way to end the best season in school history that included an undefeated regular season, Check the website for a slideshow from Saturday’s game another Saginaw Valley Conference title, district title and the school’s first regional title. “The rewarding part about this group is looking at the players we lost and the players coming back,” Stuursma said. “They really made their own identity, chemistry, their own quirks and their own things that push them to keep going and make them tick.” East Grand Rapids looks to continue its winning tradition as it goes for its fifth consecutive Division 3 title in a rematch from last season’s title game against Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (12-1). OLSM beat beat DeWitt 41-20 on Saturday. The game will be played at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Ford Field in Detroit and televised live on Fox Sports Detroit.

SHA, Ithaca advance to finals CM Life staff reports

Mid-Michigan will be well represented at Ford Field on Friday at the Michigan High School Athletic Association football state championships. Ithaca (13-0), led by CMU commit Alex Niznak, will play at 10 am. Saturday against Monroe Saint Mary Catholic High School in the Division 6 state finals. The Yellow Jackets beat Iron Mountain 27-13 on Sat-


urday in the state semifinals. Niznak ended the game going 15-of-24 for 193 yards and two touchdowns through the air, while rushing for 49 yards and another touchdown. Iron Mountain took an early 13-0 lead, and Ithaca responded with 27 unanswered points for the win. In Marquette Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart ended Crystal Falls Forest Park’s streak of six consecutive state title appearances, beating it 27-16 on Friday.

The Fighting Irish trailed early in the game, but pulled away taking a 14-7 lead in the second quarter and not relinquishing it the rest of the night. SHA running back Nick Hire rushed for 152 yards on 21 carries while quarterback Mitch Myler went 11-of-15 for 163 yards and a touchdown for the Irish. Sacred Heart meets Saugatuck (10-3) at 10 a.m. Friday.

The Central Michigan club hockey team entered Sunday’s game against Illinois State University with confidence. And it showed as soon as the team hit the ice, pulling off the upset with a 6-5 win at Mount Pleasant Ice Arena. Illinois State had already won two games earlier in the weekend and was looking for a weekend sweep Sunday against CMU. Both teams came out firing and capitalized on early scoring chances. “We came out early in the game with a hit-themhard mentality,” said CMU head coach Mike Willett. “The team wanted to jump out to an early lead.” At the end of the first the score was tied 2-2. When the second period started, Illinois State jumped on top by scoring two goals that forced the Chippewas to find an answer offensively. “We weren’t playing badly, we had five minutes of solid play with a one minute break and somehow they found the back of the net,” Willett said. “It was really frustrating, but the team kept its no-highs, no-lows mentality and we brushed it off.” CMU regrouped and scored four consecutive goals in the final four minutes of the second period, putting CMU up by two goals entering the third period. “Usually we run lines one, two, three, four, but I could see that lines one and two had something going and we kept putting the first and second lines on the ice,” Willett said. “The two lines took over and we continued to score quickly.” The two-goal lead was cut in half when the Red-

birds added a goal in the third period, but the CMU defense held strong and defended the one goal lead. The win comes off a victory against third-ranked Michigan State last weekend. “We didn’t play our best game but still came out with a win,” said captain Jordan Jakubik. “We outplayed them and doubled them in shots; we got two big wins the last two weekends.” Goalie change One of the contributing factors in the win was a goaltender change made by Willett before the game. Instead of freshman Brandon Allor starting between the pipes, sophomore Zach Silver started for the CMU. Allor’s average goals against this season is 6.30

with a save percentage of only 63 percent. “Its my own fault,” Allor said about the change at goalie. “I’m in a slump and I’m working hard to fix some of the issues I have been having.” Allor is also dealing with a groin injury that has been hampering his game play. Its Silver’s spot to lose after his great performance against the Redbirds. “We have a lot of practices until our next game,” Willett said. “If he give us a reason to remove him from the starting goalie position, he will be starting our next game against Ferris State.” CMU has a week off before hosting Ferris State at 4 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Mount Pleasant Ice Arena.


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