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Buses available for MAC title game CMU plays Dec. 4 at Ford Field vs. East division winner By Hilary Farrell Senior Reporter

Central Michigan University is offering buses for students looking to attend the MAC Championship football game. The football team clinched its third MAC West title in four years after Northern Illinois

lost 38-31 to Ohio to drop to 5-2 in the MAC. CMU is 7-0 with one week remaining in the regular season. CMU will play against Ohio or Temple at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Ford Field in Detroit. Ohio and Temple play each other in Athens, Ohio, Friday in what will decide the MAC East championship Friday. Students also are offered pregame tailgate and lodging options. The bus provides students and alumni an opportunity to

MAC Championship w 8 p.m. Dec. 4, Ford Field, Detroit w Tickets: $10 students, $20 general w Bus: $62 per seat, departs 3:15 p.m. Dec. 4, leaves Ford Field 30 minutes after game’s end. support CMU, said Derek van der Merwe, senior associate athletics director. “We continue to be a uni-

versity that is a point of pride for the entire state,” van der Merwe said. Tickets for the game went on sale Sunday and will continue up until the game. Student tickets cost $10, and the general price is $20. Each student is limited to two tickets. Transportation Mount Pleasant travel agency Maryanke Tour and Travel Inc. is offering a bus that will A MAC game | 7A

Showing love His House delivers care packages to homeless in Detroit


The students split into groups of about five, each one exploring a different area of the city.

‘A beautiful thing’ Harreyes appreciated the care package, but decided to give it to his friend, Bob Stephens, a 61-year-old who has been homeless for 17 years. “Its a beautiful thing to give to people,” Harreyes said. “If I have something I know someone needs, I’ll give it to them.” Harreyes and Stephens regularly hang out near Peterboro and Third streets. The duo sits on a brick ledge surrounded by grass littered

By Joe Martinez Staff Reporter

photos by jeff smith/staff photographer

Homeless man Travon Ingram, 53, guides a group of volunteers from His House Christian Church to American Coney Island Saturday in Detroit, pointing out landmarks along the way. When they arrived, the volunteers bought Ingram a meal. Volunteers from His House Church spread out across the city, handing out 100 blue bags filled with necessities and food, and hundreds of articles of clothing to the poor and homeless.

with dirty clothes, old newspapers, bits of food and other piles of garbage. Each shared stories of their lives and how they got where they are. Vestaburg resident Alisa McNerney also joined the group. She met a homeless man who claims to have invented helicopters and clothing. “When we gave them things, we prayed with them and they knew we actually cared for them,” McNerney said. She even received a kiss on the hand from the man. Milford senior Jessy Stark met a woman named Linda, who shared stories with her about drug addictions she See a photo slideshow and a video from this His House trip. struggled with in the past. Linda has been homeless for a few years and said she is moving to Ann Arbor in a few weeks to stay with her aunt. Stark said she will move to Ypsilanti in May and, since the two are so close, they exchanged numbers. “I’m hoping that when I get down there, we can continue the relationship we started today,” Stark said. A giving | 2A

[inside] w Central Michigan Life will cease publication until Monday, Nov. 30. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Editor’s note: Staff Reporter Seth Nietering sat down with U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., Sunday night before his speech in Moore Hall’s Bush Theater to talk about the national health care bill the Senate voted to proceed in debate on Saturday.

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Seth Nietering: Do you believe the Senate will be able to pass its version of health care legislation?

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His House volunteer Karina Carter, a Wyoming sophomore, talks with homeless man Michael Noble, 41, as he ties and smiles at the boots she gave him Saturday in a vacant lot on Third Street in Detroit.

Central Michigan University Public Broadcasting hopes to have WFUM-TV of Flint up and running by the end of the month, said general manager Ed Grant. The acquisition of WFUM, which will extend from Bay City to metro Detroit, will nearly quadruple CMU Public Broadcasting’s audience, he said. Grant said a commercial station with the reach of WFUM is usually valued at around $7 million to $10 million, and the University of Michigan’s desire to keep the station noncommercial is why CMU is getting the station at a discount. Grant said the station will be a recruiting tool as much of as anything. “It gives Central Michigan University access and coverage in southeast Michigan that they’ve not had at this point,” Grant said. Linda Dielman, programming and outreach manager for CMU Public Broadcasting, said broadcasting will still include local issues for the Flint market. “There are cultural issues that have to be addressed,” Dielman said. “But doing live programming from Flint is our intent.” CMU Public Broadcasting is the largest university-liA broadcasting | 2a

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin talks health care



University wants Flint TV station up by month’s end Ed Grant: Will give CMU bigger recruiting base

By Joe Borlik | Senior Reporter

ETROIT — Marcus Harreyes’ face lit up with joy as he opened a blue bag. He did not find the blue bag on accident — it was given to him by a group of Central Michigan University students. Harreyes, a 36-year-old homeless man, has lived on Detroit’s streets for 15 years. A group of 34 students from His House Christian Fellowship took seven cars Saturday to Detroit and handed out 100 care packages and six garbage bags of winter clothing. “It was really amazing to learn so much about (the homeless),” said Caledonia sophomore Amber Hargett. “It really humbled my heart.” Each care package contained a peanut butter sandwich, a toothbrush and toothpaste, bottled water, socks, gloves, mittens and a copy of the New Testament. The garbage bags were full of sweaters, winter jackets, sweatshirts and boots.

SPORTS w CMU’s clinching of MAC West title diminishes meaning of Friday home finale vs. NIU, 1B

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U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., came to Central Michigan University’s campus Sunday night as the first speaker of the Series for Integrity in Politics in Moore Hall’s Bush Theatre.

Carl Levin: I think it will be changed in many ways, and that was the intent when the debate began. It’s subject to

amendment. Nobody expects that it will be passed in the exact same form it was introduced. The whole argument (Saturday) night was, ‘Let us begin.’ This is a major subject. It’s something that is very much on people’s mind — the cost of health care, the premium increases, the uncertainty, the fact that people will lose their health care when they change jobs, denied health care for pre-existing conditions. There is a lot of concerns of people who have health insurance as well as people who do Check the Web site for the full Q and A and an event recap.

not have health insurance. It’s a serious subject that can be amended and I’m sure it will be.

SN: Senate Leaders informed the Associated Press that they plan to have the legislation passed by the end of the year. Do you think the Senate will be able to meet this timetable? A carl levin | 2A

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EVENTS CALENDAR Today w Faiths Around the World is on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Charles V. Park Library Extended Hours Study Room through Nov. 30. w The Native American Music Awards Performers will discuss the performance from 11 a.m. to noon in the Bovee University Center Terrace rooms. w Anatomy of Change: What’s Your Style will btake place in a session from noon to 1 p.m. in Rowe Hall Room 229. w Headlamp Climbing in the dark will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in Finch Fieldhouse Room 112. w Thanksgiving box stuffing from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 1308 Burch St.

Tuesday w Pow wow Exhibit-Looking into the Past displays photos from Central Michigan University’s annual Pow wow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Multicultural Education Center. w Open Mic Night with comedy, poetry and music will take place from 9 to 10:30 p.m. in Carey Hall’s Real Food on Campus. w Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony will perform from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Music Building’s Staples Family Concert Hall.

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censed public broadcasting station in the country, Dielman said. WCMU-TV was launched March 29, 1967, and is the flagship station for CMU Public Television, serving the Mount Pleasant area. In addition to new station, Grant has had enough on his plate to make sure WCMU-TV complies with the federally mandated conversion from an analog to a digital signal. And that was before the CMU Board of Trustees agreed to purchase WFUMTV of Flint for $1 million from the University of Michigan. “There’s been some good, bad and ugly,� Grant said of the conversion. “It’s been an extremely expensive conversion for everybody, commercial stations as well as non-commercial stations. It cost us about $14 million.� Expansion During the administra-

tion of former university president Harold Abel, CMU Public Broadcasting saw a lot of expansion. On Nov. 21, 1975, WCML in Alpena was added to the CMU Public Broadcasting family and, on Sept. 7, 1984, WCMV of Cadillac and WCMW of Mainstee began carrying the CMU Public Broadcasting feed. The WCMU-TV feed also is carried in Leland and Traverse City in northwest Michigan. With the conversion to digital television nearly complete, Grant said the next step for WCMU-TV is outfitting its mobile production with high-definition cameras and equipment. Grant said Public Broadcasting already has the $1.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utility Service Grant program. “That truck’s going to be equipped by next summer,� Grant said. “I’ve told everybody that’s a requirement.� unive

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CL: Well, that’s a delay of about a month. I think that will hopefully be enough time to debate it and that it can pass the Senate by the end of December. SN: Currently, the bill contains the Stupak Amendment. Do you think that this will remain a part of the bill or will there be some changes or compromises made to it? CL: That’s not in the Senate version. It’s a different version that prohibits public funding to be used for abortions, but not in the exact same form that the Stupak Amendment was adopted by the House. So it’s very hard to predict what the ultimate outcome will be. In the views of the people who wrote this bill in the Senate, they maintain the traditional position that there will be


no public funding for abortions in the absence of rape, incest or saving the life of the mother. The people that support the Stupak Amendment believe that there are other provisions which could lead to some public funds being for abortions other than those three exceptions. There’s going to need to be a debate in the Senate and then, if it passes the Senate, the current form will have be resolved in conference.


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A late snack At the end of the day, the group was hungry. A 53-year-old homeless man named Travon Ingram led the students to American Coney Island, 114 W. Lafayette Blvd. in Detroit, where the students offered to buy him a meal. Midland freshman Faith Gantner said every homeless person she met had a unique story to tell. “When we took the time to get to know them, you see that they’re just people, too,� Gantner said. “We needed to look at the people, not the problem.�

Marcus Harreyes, 36, who has been homeless in Detroit for 15 years, smiles as he looks through his blue care package Saturday in a vacant lot on Third Street in Detroit. After looking through the bag, Harreyes shared some things with his friend Bob Stephens, 61, who has been homeless for 17 years. Volunteers from His House Christian Church spread out across the city, handing out 100 blue care packages filled with necessities and food, and hundreds of articles of clothing to the poor and homeless. jeff smith/staff photgrapher

SN: What are your thoughts on the Stupak Admendment? CL: I favor the Senate version. I think that we’ve kept the spirit of the amendment of the policy that the public funds not be used for abortions other than for rape, incest or the life of the mother. And so I do not favor the Stupak approach.


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Kelly/Shorts varsity shop a big hit at games Bookstore, athletics collaboration sets records in sales

By Darnell Gardner Staff Reporter

The new Chippewas Varsity Shop in Kelly/Shorts Stadium is boosting sales for the CMU Bookstore. Director Barry Waters said the shop, which is run by the bookstore, has been a success and has brought in record-

setting sales since it opened its doors Sept. 18, the day before the first home football game against Alcorn State. Waters said the shop has recorded $72,824 in sales since opening, and expects to make about $25,000 in profit this year. He said gameday clothing sales during Homecoming were the highest they had ever been in the history of the Bookstore. “I went back five years, and the next in line was the day we played Boston College,” Waters said. “That was the first week

of classes, so I still would have had tons of students coming through here to get their books. So that makes the Eastern Michigan Homecoming day this year even more special.” The Varsity Shop cost $200,000, split by the CMU Bookstore and athletics, Waters said. The bookstore paid for construction up front, but the athletics department will not begin to receive its portion of profit, 10 percent, until the Bookstore makes enough money to recover half the construction costs.

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Akron: $18,000 Alcorn State: $15,000 Eastern Mich.: $20,000 Toledo: $10,000

Waters expects the building to be paid off completely in 10 years. Athletics Director Dave Heeke said the percentage of profit the athletics department will receive will go into the

department’s general budget, which pays for scholarships and other general fees. Senior Associate Athletics Director Derek van der Merwe said the department built the shop to benefit fans. “We are committed to really looking at initiatives that improve the gameday experience of our fans, and this was an important component,” van der Merwe said. “We’re excited to continue to serve the needs of our customers.”

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“Soup & Substance” is taking place at 11 a.m. today in the Bovee University Center Terrace rooms A, B, C and D regarding Sunday’s performance, “The Nammys On Tour.” The Native American Music Awards performers are attending the event to provide a cultural perspective on Sunday’s performance, as well as answer questions about the event. “Soup & Substance” is a Central Michigan University series that addresses and presents diversityrelated topics. This week’s “Soup & Substance” is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Education Center and Native American Programs.

Local bands Bloomill and Black Jack Persia are performing at 9 p.m. today at the Wayside Central, 2000 S. Mission St. The show begins at 10 p.m. There is a $5 cover. The event is sponsored by Moore Media Records.

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Plymouth junior Codi Surowiec prepares to take the contents out of the four chambers of a deer stomach to compare the microbial content on Friday in one of the Brooks Hall research labs.

Belly biologist Assistant professor conducting study on deer stomachs


eter Kourtev has a simple request for hunters — give him their slain deer stomachs. Kourtev, an assistant professor of biology who specializes in the structure and function of microbial communities in the environment, is conducting a research project in collaboration with associate biology professor Bradley Swanson on the diversity of bacteria in the stomachs of deer. “Deer are ruminant animals,” Kourtev said. “Their stomach is much more complex than ours.” For those willing to donate deer stomachs after a successful hunt, Kourtev said to double-bag the stomach, freeze it and turn it in to himself or Swanson. “All we need you to do is cut out the stomach and preserve it in a cold area,” he said.

Many girls dream about being a princess in a parade. For one Central Michigan University student, that dream will become a surprising reality. Chesterfield junior Amanda Robinet will be on the “12 Dancing Princesses” Thanksgiving Day Parade float, along with Miss Michigan USA 2010 Rima Fakih and Miss Michigan Teen USA Catherine McGhee, as well as the other winners of the Princess Scholarship Program. “I’m excited — it’s going to be

Blood drive

The webinar “Anatomy of Change: What’s Your Style?” takes place at noon today in Rowe Hall Room 229. This session presents the Change Style Indicator, a tool that measures three distinct styles of how individuals approach and manage change. For more information, contact the Central Michigan University Human Resource Department at 774-6447 or

w Brooks Hall Room 228 w Phone: 774-2388 w E-mail:

By Connor Sheridan Staff Reporter

The CMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Wind Ensemble are performing from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Music Building’s Staples Family Concert Hall. The event is free.

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Peter Kourtev is conducting a research project involving deer stomachs.

The anatomy Deer have four stomach chambers, Kourtev said. In two of the chambers, bacteria ferment the corn, leaves, twigs and bark deer consume before going to the intestines. “My research is about characterizing these microorganisms that originally ferment the food in the deer’s stomach,” Kourtev said. Through their work, Kourtev and Swanson hope to correlate deer heterozygosity with the diversity of bacteria in their guts, determine the impact of diet and genetics on the microbial community in an individual deer’s stomach..

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By Carisa Seltz Staff Reporter

Chesterfield junior in Thursday’s Parade in Detroit

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Plymouth junior Codi Surowiec, left, and Midland graduate student Michelle Weaver disect a deer stomach Friday in one of the Brooks Hall research labs. The deer stomachs are donated by hunters. The contents of the deer stomachs are used to study and compare the microbial content of the stomachs.

natural resources, is the undergraduate student assisting with the research. She currently has 35 deer stomach samples to work with. “I get a little tube with a tissue sample from a piece of deer stomach and, with that piece, I extract DNA, amplify

“When we study the deer, we’re hoping to better understand how the animals digest difficult types of food and apply that knowledge to improve how our cattle digest whatever we feed them,” Kourtev said. Time to analyze Holt senior Sara Trubac, a biology major with a concentration in conservation and

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A princess dream come true Chesterfield junior Amanda Robinet is a princess ambassador for the Princess Scholarship Program and will be riding in a float in America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit. “I’m excited for this new experience,” she said.

A pottery sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Tuesday at Wightman Hall Room 125A. The sale also is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Items for sale include mugs, cups, vases, bowls, shot glasses and decorative items. For more information, e-mail

The department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure presents Headlamp Climbing from 5 to 9 p.m. today in Finch Fieldhouse Room 112. Participants can climb a rock wall in the dark with headlamps and glowsticks to light the way. The cost of climbing is $7 and harness rental is $3.

By Kelli Ameling Staff Reporter

Training teachers Sanford said the universities that will participate in the Teaching Fellowship will be announced in January. Each university will be working with 20 teachers. In January, the participating Michigan school districts also will be announced, Brown said. “It’s going to train 240 new math and science teachers to

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Grant to fund new fellowship program in state

A grant may help pay for some students’ masters degrees in teaching in return for them to stay in Michigan. To establish a new statewide teaching fellowship program, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation a $16.7 million grant. The Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship is being offered in 2011 to college seniors, recent college graduates and teachers who have been teaching for years, said Beverly Sanford, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation’s vice president for communications. “We believe it is crucial for the future of Michigan,” Sanford said. Every school district in Michigan received a $165 per-pupil cut for next year in addition to the $127 per-pupil cut from Gov. Jennifer Granholm in the state budget. The grant will offer $30,000 per person to complete a master’s program with the teachers commitment to teach in Michigan for at least three years in a highneed school after completion of the teacher education program, according to a press release. “Over a period of five years, almost 20,000 Michigan public school systems will receive highquality education in science, technology, engineering and math from these new teachers,” said Megan Brown, spokeswoman for Granholm.

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a generally new experience for me,” Robinet said. The 83rd Annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday in Detroit. An active student The Princess Scholarship Program is carried out by The Parade Company, which handles the parade itself. Sterling Heights’ Brenna O’Malley won first place and received a $1,000 scholarship, and Robinet will receive $250 as one of three runners-up. The scholarship looked for community involvement and good academic performance from its participants. “(It’s looking for) people who invest time in the community and are looking to bring peo-

ple together of different backgrounds,” Robinet said. Robinet is an active student — she is a resident assistant at Wheeler Hall, a member of the College Middle Level Association at CMU and a member of Circle K, a collegiate service organization. Her cousin recommended the program to her and she decided to apply, though she did not expect to win, she said. “I’ve never done anything like this before,” Robinet said. ‘She seems excited’ Robinet, a graduate of Anchor Bay High School, is now studying to become a middle school teacher with a major in math and a double major

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Thanksgiving box stuffing

The CMU Volunteer Center and the Salvation Army are looking for volunteers today and Tuesday to help with Thanksgiving preparations. Volunteers are needed from 1 to 4 p.m. today to help stuff Thanksgiving boxes, and will meet at the Salvation Army, 1308 Burch St. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to aid in lifting and distributing boxes. For more information, contact Erin Herrington at the Salvation Army at 773-4663 or

Open Mic Night

Carey Hall’s Real Food on Campus presents an Open Mic Night from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Open Mic Night includes music, comedy and poetry performances. The event is free. For more information, e-mail

‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’

A showing of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Foundation, 1400 S. Washington St. The event is free. Free popcorn will be provided, and pop will be 50 cents. For more information, contact Charles Farnum of the Wesley Foundation at

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4A || Monday. Nov. 23, 2009 || Central Michigan Life

‘New Moon’ captures box office record on opening day with $72.7 million gross ‘Twilight’ series attracts millions of fans worldwide By Brad Canze Senior Reporter

“Twilight,� the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling vampire romance novel, was one of the biggest movies of last year. More than 360 days after its release, its sequel, “New Moon,� overshadowed its predecessor and became an absolute phenomenon. “It gets you hooked, it really does,� said Canada sophomore Chelsi Abbott. “Everyone likes a good love story.� Abbott saw the movie Saturday with her roommates at one of its many sold-out showings over the weekend at Celebration! Cinemas, 4935 E. Pickard Road. Abbott said she mostly went to see the movie for the “man candy.�

“I hate the story, but I like the guy,� she said. Abbott’s roommate, New York sophomore Liesel Toth, said the movie was great, but her favorite part was when Jacob Black, played by Taylor Lautner, first took his shirt off. “I thought it was fantastic,� Toth said of the movie, but later repeated regarding the scene. A hit “New Moon� made $140.7 million over the weekend, more than double the opening weekend of “Twilight,� and the thirdbiggest opening weekend of all time, behind “The Dark Knight� and “Spider-Man 3.� It stole several records from “The Dark Knight,� specifically the highest gross for an opening day with $72.7 million, and highest gross solely from opening-day midnight screenings with $26.3 million. The Los Angeles Times reported “New Moon� was made with a budget of $50 million, compared to the $185-million budget of “Dark Knight.� It also was made for roughly

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teach in middle and high schools who desperately need teachers in these subjects,� Brown said. Many research studies show the most important factor in improving how students learn is having an effective teacher in the classroom, Sanford said. “Until we can really provide effective teachers in all classrooms, especially those in high-need schools, overcoming the achievement gap the nation is facing is quite difficult until we can really provide effective teachers to all of those classrooms,� Sanford said. Sanford said high-need schools are decided based off the neighborhoods they are in and the amount of resources in the area. “We believe it will transform education for both children and teachers and that it will prepare our kids for 21st-century jobs,� Brown said.

and analyze it,� she said. “We’re looking at the relatedness of the individuals.� Because Kourtev does not have complete genetic data yet, he cannot properly formulate a conclusion. Still, he predicts diet and genetics determine the microbial community in the stomach of deer.

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in integrated science and elementary level education. She said she is looking forward to her involvement in the traditional Detroit parade, including an invitation to the Hob Nobble Gobble, a black tie fundraiser held the night before Thanksgiving. “She seems excited about


one-fourth of what “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen� was — the only other movie of 2009 to have an opening weekend of more than $100 million in box office sales. Produced independently by Summit Entertainment, “New Moon� is the biggest opening for an independent movie in history. The highest-grossing movie to be independently produced and distributed is “The Passion of the Christ,� which has grossed $611 million worldwide. Summit is not easing up on its golden-goose franchise yet. “Eclipse,� the third movie in the “Twilight� series, is scheduled to be released June 30, 2010, just seven months after “New Moon.� Employees at Celebration! Cinemas were unavailable for comment because of the amount of business at the cinema, which manager Amy Hile attributed to hourly showings of “New Moon,� as well as the Sandra Bullock drama, “The Blind Side.�

“From what I’ve seen in my studies of the microbial communities so far, it looks like the microbial communities are unique in each deer,� Kourtev said. “It’s as if they are individually catered to that deer.� Kourtev said the research project will be completed by next summer, but would like more deer samples from the Upper and Lower peninsulas. This year, he is hoping to get another 35 deer samples.

Fifi’s closes; owner seeks other ventures Coffee shop no more after 3.5 years in buisness By Hilary Farrell Senior Reporter

After three-and-a-half years in business, Fifi’s French Press owner Tigger Thompson is tired out. She decided to shut down the coffee house at 203 W. Broadway St. earlier this month because, among other reasons, she worked more than 65 hours per week and is simply exhausted. “I love what I did and I love small business,� Thompson said, “but in this economy, you struggle to stay afloat. It’s so much work.� Thompson’s ex-husband owns the building and has been looking to sell it, Thompson said, starting the conversation about what to do with Fifi’s. “We’ve had this discussion for awhile,� she said. “(Looking

to sell the building) planted the seed.� Fifi’s Orphans A group of about 30 regulars, known as “Fifi’s Orphans,� have been gathering to drink coffee at their own houses since the closing, she said. A Facebook group boasts 30 members. “The day I didn’t show up, they called me,� she said, laughing. “It’s really sad; it’s also really good that people had such a good connection. It was a really hard decision.� Beaver Island senior Jayme Teale said she first stepped into the coffee shop twoand-a-half years ago. “I fell in love with the place,� Teale said. “It was quirky, warm and inviting with strong coffee. It (became) a daily thing for me.� Teale quickly bonded with the regulars, she said. “I met a couple there, and I am now the godmother of their child,� Teale said.


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it,� said Robinet’s roommate, Claire Hamill, a Grosse Pointe Farm freshman. Robinet said she has already met her fellow princesses and the queen herself, and was relieved to find them friendly. “Everybody was really nice — no one was stuck up or anything,� she said, laughing.

History and Future Prior to running Fifi’s, Thompson owned Bizarre Bazaar, a vintage clothing and second-hand shop. The people and regulars were what made Fifi’s so great, Thompson said. “I met so many amazing people,� she said. “A huge variety of people. People that normally wouldn’t have met anywhere else.� Live music also was a feature of the coffee shop. Riverview junior Christopher Belanger said Fifi’s French Press was the first venue his band, Blacktop Musical, played at as students at CMU. “It was great, and cool to play at a coffee shop,� he said. “It was eclectic, quirky and different.� What happens next with Fifi’s is still uncertain, Thompson said. She is open to anyone purchasing the store, and said her next venture is to look for a business opportunity that also is socially conscious.

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New U.S. mammogram guidelines ‘not a concern’ Doctors suggest considering all risk factors By Emily Grove Staff Reporter

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Warren freshman Amanda Johnson takes notes during her Human Growth and Development course Nov. 3 in the French Auditorium in the Education and Human Services Building Room 118. Johnson is one of four freshmen participants in The Upward Bound program, which helps first-generation students from low-income families attend college.

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Upward Bound celebrates 10th year of helping students By Sherri Keaton Senior Reporter

As a first-generation student, Warren freshman Amanda Johnson never imagined herself in college. She narrowed her focus during her senior year of high school through Central Michigan University’s Upward Bound program. “I didn’t know how the process would be to get into college. I didn’t know what an ACT test was,” Johnson said. After spending several summers at CMU taking college prep courses through UB, Johnson decided to attend. “After graduation, I plan on student teaching, then going straight into my career,” she said. Through Central Michigan University’s diversity unit, “Upward Bound,” students can open their own doors to succeed where, otherwise, they might have been closed. The Upward Bound program

is celebrating 10 years of service as a college preparation program that provides tutoring, academic advising, community service, early intervention methods and many other programs. There are more than 800 UB programs throughout the United States that assist lowincome, first-generation college students and disabled individuals from middle school through post-baccalaureate programs. The program is part of the Federal TRIO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education, which are focused on outreach and student services to assist those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Central Michigan University UB Director Montisa Watkins said students are exposed to college, careers and the persistence needed to succeed. “Upward Bound is one of a few proven programs available to help students overcome the class, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education,” Watkins said. CMU’s program is stationed at the Detroit International Academy, 9026 Woodward Ave., in Detroit, and in Warriner Hall. CMU focuses its work on high school students at the Detroit International Academy for

Young women and the Frederick Douglass Academy for young men. Johnson said she thinks if people are given a chance, they can succeed at life. “The program helps many students who don’t really have the opportunity for resources to go to college and, to succeed, you need to have an education,” Johnson said. Nothing is impossible Detroit senior Fatima Sylvertooth knows about having motivation and the importance of also having hope. “When I was in the program, it shed hope to my future helping me to understand that there is more to life than my neighborhood,” Sylvertooth said. “I’ve learned to take responsibility in the things you value, and my education was one of them.” With a few more years in college, Sylvertooth wants to tell younger students what they want is attainable. “The only limit we have in life is the one we set for ourselves, others can believe in us, but we must also believe in ourselves,” she said.

The United States Preventative Task Force recently said women do not have to start getting annual mammograms until age 50. Two local doctors said new national guidelines for mammography, which changed from age 40, should not be a cause for concern. The United States Preventive Task Force looks at different issues in American health and recently looked at issues in mammography. Dr. Ahmad Hakemi, a physician assistant program director at Central Michigan University, said these are simply guidelines done by a United States independent agency and, when making these guidelines, it looks at cost effectiveness and saving lives. “Studies show the number of lives we save are miniscule compared to the mammograms given. The issue with younger mammograms is they aren’t as accurate because most of what they find is benign,” Hakemi said. “Starting at 40, there’s a one in 250,000 chance that it will be cancer.” The inaccuracy of mammograms before age 50 was another area of concern that shaped the new guidelines. The task force noted the increased worrying and unnecessary tests that are the result of the early mammograms can do more harm than good. Dr. David Howell, medical director for radiation at Norval K. Morey Cancer Center at Central Michigan Community Hospital, 1221 South Drive, said screened

mammography in women reduces the death rate by 15 percent, compared to people who do not get screened. Howell said much of the consideration comes down to complicated math. The task force found that in women ages 40 to 49, one death is prevented in 1,900 women annually screened for the 10-year period. The guidelines are saying the Task Force has found this small difference, but it is not certain if that difference is worthwhile, leading to the change in guidelines. ‘Valid’ guidelines Howell said he realizes the subject is sensitive with all the emotional personal stories and anecdotes seen in the media. It is hard to grasp the concept that not everyone needs a mammogram before age 50 when people have automatically assumed breast cancer equals death, he said. With only a slight increase in death reduction

for women ages 40 to 49 who receive annual mammograms, Howell said women who do not feel this small percent warrants a yearly mammogram until age 50 should not be stigmatized. Hakemi also agrees. “I feel these guidelines are valid – it just depends on the woman and her risk factors,” Hakemi said. Both doctors said women with an increased risk of breast cancer in their family should begin mammograms earlier than those without risk factors. Though people are concerned with possible changes in insurance coverage, nothing can happen immediately. “This is just information being put out. Nothing has been said that woman can’t get mammograms at 40, and nothing to say that insurance won’t cover it,” Howell said.


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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 | Tickets for Friday’s football game should be cheaper or free


Fill the place

entral Michigan University’s football game at 1 p.m. Friday against Northern Illinois at Kelly/Shorts Stadium will be the last home game for seniors on the team. With the game being the day after Thanksgiving, however, attendance is going to drop. Charging the same ticket prices for families, faculty and staff is not going to help, and the seniors on the team deserve a large showing of people, if at all possible. Tickets should be greatly reduced in price, if not free. There are several reasons why. The game now has no real significance in terms of the Mid-American Conference standings. Ohio defeated Northern Illinois 38-31 on Saturday, making the Chippewas MAC West champions. They are already set for the MAC

Championship on Dec. 4 in Detroit. The only real benefit that CMU may get out of this game is the possibility for more votes in the Associated Press Top 25 and other national polls, plus an undefeated regular-season MAC record.

Despite the insignificance of the game, and the fact that most students will be home celebrating Thanksgiving with their families, CMU is offering little in ticket specials. A discount family package is available at $50 for five tickets and $10 per ticket for faculty and staff. All college students, CMU or not, are allowed entrance into the game for free. If CMU really wants fans to come out and boost attendance numbers, tickets should be free. If money is a real concern, ticket prices should be around $5 so fans are still encouraged to come to the game. The game also is Senior Day, a celebration of the last home game for football seniors. Among them are quarterback Dan LeFevour and wide receiver Bryan Anderson, two of of team’s greatest players in the history of the program. Both of those players, as well as the rest of the team’s senior class, deserve a nice showing of people in their final home game. It would seem unjust for

them to play in a stadium less than half full. Furthermore, CMU is still playing an NIU team that is 7-4 overall and 5-2 in the conference. The Chippewas could always use extra fan support to complete an undefeated MAC season. Admission was not charged at Rynearson Stadium during last year’s Black Friday game at Eastern Michigan. Although attendance was still low for the 56-52 CMU loss, the free admission allowed everyone who wanted to see the game the chance to go. CMU should have the same philosophy and give fans a reason to come out in chilly weather after a major holiday. Friday marks the last home game for some of CMU history’s greatest athletes. They deserve the usual 20,000 fans Kelly/Shorts typically brings in. And that is going to be difficult to accomplish if ticket prices do not budge.


Sherrie Keaton Senior Reporter

Don’t neglect your children Shaniya Nicole Davis was a lovable five-year-old who looked even more adorable when she smiled. Last week, the little girl who just learning how to ride a scooter was found dead in the woods. The North Carolina child must have looked differently to the 29-year-old man accused of kidnapping Shaniya, and to her mother charged with child abuse and human trafficking. This story is especially heinous and heartbreaking because that little girl was at home, in a space supposed to be safe and nurturing. Yet this space was one where death would not escape the little girl who was shy to strangers at first, yet friendly if one just got to know her. This story still being worked out in the courts is a classic case of when a parent neglects their child. As parents, they are the protectors, teachers and nurturers of their offspring. Children are supposed to learn by the examples set and grow from their mothers and fathers, who guide them in a tough world. Unfortunately, child abuse and neglect affect millions of children every day in the world, with even more children unnoticed in cases not even reported. These children grow up and raise their own family, and there can be a cyclical effect on the most vulnerable victims — our kids. As college students, many of us would like to start a family, and some of us already have our own. We are the generation preparing ourselves to have children who are our future. But are they safe with us? Of course, you may say yes but, according to the Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline statistics, one in four children die because of child abuse and neglect. According to Centers for Disease Control, one in four girls will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18. The same statistics can be said for boys. For those who choose to neglect, abuse and put their children at risk with death, there will be a place for them.

[our readers’ voice]

Responses from on Gov. Granholm editorial NA says:

While I agree that the Library Auditorium was not the best place to hold the lecture, you also have to take into consideration that Granholm wasn’t only visiting Central Michigan University that day, and was also speaking at Western Michigan University at 6 p.m. As for suggesting “Plachta Auditorium at around 7 p.m.,”Robert Kennedy Jr. was speaking at 7:30 p.m.,an event that was booked months beforehand. The Library Auditorium may have been the only room available on such short notice. As for “failing” to clearly describe how she would bring the promise back, I thought her proposal of a gradual increase in tax credits instead of a large increase was adequately described. While I agree Granholm did not speak long, I also think it was all in good taste for Granholm to hear CMU students’ stories. It is a way she can show empa-

thy toward students by taking the time to listen and by no means should the student speakers be demeaned by suggesting they took up too much time of the lecture. I think one may be a little naive to assume that every student at the lecture already knew to contact their local senators and demand the promise back. Only a small percentage of the students in the room were supposed to receive the promise. The rest of the students attending were most likely there to educate themselves on the issue and hearing student speakers hopefully empowered them to go out and take action. Granholm’s suggestion to do so was needed. I completely disagree that the lecture was a waste of time and in saying so is disrespectful to the cause, Granholm, and the student speakers. What exactly did you want to happen at the lecture?

John M. says:

I love how Student Government Association Vice President Brittany Mouzourakis and the SGA president are complaining when they get paid by CMU. Nichol also gets a full academic scholarship plus other scholarships for being the son of a CMU employee. He didn’t need the Promise. NA says:

Who is to say who does and does not need the scholarship regardless of their involvement in school, relation to CMU employees and whether they have other scholarships or not? Of what relevance is that to you or the point of this article? Some students were to receive up to $3,000. You may come from a wealthy family that could gladly hand that over but, for most, that is a lot. Why are you attacking fellow CMU students? Are you an angry Republican that is using transference to vent your pent up frustration? Just curious in your motives.

C M Y o u | What did you think of Granholm’s speech on Thursday?

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

Jason Gillman Jr. Columnist

A little white lie Raising Earned Income Tax Credit is still a tax increase “My name is Jason Gillman Jr. I am a senior majoring in management information systems and minoring in Military Science. I’m also the son of a Michigan business owner, and work on behalf of individuals and business owners statewide to end the redistribution of wealth currently going on.” I don’t think my libertarian derivative of Brittany Mouzourakis’ Michigan Promise speech introduction would work too well. After all, tales of business owners closing shop and fleeing the state don’t seem to resonate with the college crowd. Well, at least not to the extent it should. Gov. Jennifer Granholm made it quite clear that funding of the Michigan Promise Scholarship wouldn’t be supported by a tax increase. Rather, she insisted it would be funded by transferring what would have been an increase in the Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC). Guess what, though? It’s still a tax increase, albeit a slightly more hidden one. The EITC is a refundable tax credit essentially determined by earned income (not taxable — there’s a distinct difference) and number of children. Eligibility also is dependent on other factors, such as not having more than $2,900 in investment income for the federal EITC or $3,100 for the state version. One important thing to know about the EITC is that in order to get anything from it, you can only make a maximum of $48,279 a year, and that’s filing jointly with three kids. If you have less than three kids, and/or are filing single, the threshold for lost benefits is even lower. So regardless of whether the planned EITC increase goes to funding the Michigan Promise or K-12 education, it still requires additional taxes. Claiming that “Michigan businesses need an educated workforce” and using it as a reason to fund the Michigan Promise is only telling half the story. As you can see, the rest of the story is that the scholarship is indeed funded by increased taxes. It’s understandable that college kids, especially undergraduates such as Mouzourakis, are naive enough to believe that things like the Michigan Promise would be beneficial to the state. After all, you have medical students thinking the government can magically provide low-cost medical insurance without adverse outcomes. However, what I don’t understand is why people such as Granholm and interim University President Kathy Wilbur do not realize that the factors allowing for the Michigan Promise are exactly what’s killing or driving out Michigan businesses. The business climate is bad enough — the state doesn’t need more things attempting to legitimize further tax increases. Please. Think of the children — and their business-owning, jobproviding parents.

[letters to the editor]

“I don’t think she accomplished much by speaking to the students.” Karlee Irvin,

“I wasn’t able to attend because of class.” Jason Jaskiewicz,

Commerce Township sophomore

“I wish she would have given more notice of her visit. I would have liked to attend.”

Highland freshman

Chelsey Jackon,

Southfield freshman

“I heard that it was inconvenient for students and that many were not allowed into the room to hear her speak.” Jonathan Pavelich,

Flint junior Victoria zegler/staff photographer

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TARGET PRACTICE | New RSO aims for fun

mAC Game | continued from 1A

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Remus sophomore Maddi Whorley takes aim at a target from about 50 feet away Thursday in the Student Activity Center. Whorley is one of three female members of the Central Michigan Archery Club, a new registered student organization formed this semester. The organization has about 10 members.

Greek members get introduction Students learn ways of fraternities, sororities By Alex Washington Staff Reporter

The newest members of Central Michigan University Greek Life took a crash course in Greek 101 on Friday afternoon. Started last spring, the mandatory conference introduces new members to the different aspects of Greek Life. The students were split up into 16 groups led by facilitators, many who went through the program themselves. “I went through this program last Spring, and I had fun and learned a lot from it, so I decided to become a facilitator this year,” said Plymouth junior and Delta Zeta member Laine Kostegian. In their groups, students went over different rules, opportunities and vocabulary terms specific to the Greek community. Delta Phi Epsilon member

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“We wanted to open their eyes to a different picture and begin to introduce them to all aspects of Greek Life.” brought in speaker Rick Barnes to talk to students about a variety topics ranging from recruitment to hazing. “I thought the speaker was funny and interesting,” Bernardi said. Barnes used comedy and facts to discuss the issues plaguing the Greek community. He said one of the biggest problems in the Greek community is Greeks tend to blame the media for their image, when many create these images themselves. “Greeks give the media and other outlets the ammunition they need to create these images of them,” Barnes said. “We need to stop giving them the ammo and, if the reputation or stereotype is true, we need to address the issue instead of ignore it.”

Tailgate A pregame tailgate will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Ford Field in the North Club Lounge. The cost will be $15 for adults and $12 for students. The tailgate is a great way to connect with other students, alumni and fans, van der Merwe said. “It’s been a great rallying point before the game,” he said. Tickets for the pregame tailgate can be purchased through the CMU Alumni Association or the CMU Athletics Ticket Office. The tailgate price is included for anyone who purchases a bus ticket. More information about tickets, transportation and the MAC Championship game can be found at

Elizabeth Doyle, Clinton Township graduate assistant and DeWitt sophomore Anna Bernardi said she had fun at Greek 101 and liked meeting other new Greeks. “It was nice to meet other people from different fraternities and sororities and getting to know them,” Bernardi said. “That was probably my favorite part.” Though the new members represented were all from Interfraternity and Panhellenic organizations, students were shown a video educating them on CMU’s other Greek councils as well. “We wanted to open their eyes to a different picture and begin to introduce them to all aspects of Greek Life,” said Clinton Township Student Life graduate assistant Elizabeth Doyle. Speaker Greek 101


depart at 3:15 p.m. Dec. 4 from Lot 62W. The bus is scheduled to arrive at 5:30 p.m. at Ford Field. The bus will cost $62 per seat, and will depart from Ford Field a half hour after the game finishes. The number of buses and amount of available seating depends on how many students, alumni and others register, van der Merwe said. “The busing is based upon demand,” he said. According to the CMU Athletics Web site, a discounted room rate of $99 is available to all CMU fans and alumni at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center Hotel. Rooms may be reserved by calling the Marriott at 1-800-3520831 and referencing the code “MAC.”

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anti-climactic finish Weeks of anticipation pointed toward a make-or-break football game between CMU and NIU. However, the Huskies loss Saturday to Ohio changed the division landscape.

By Aaron McMann Staff Reporter

Northern Illinois 1 p.m. Friday

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Ohio’s victory against Northern Illinois clinched the Mid-American Conference West Division for CMU and secured the Chippewas a bid in the MAC Championship game.

Black Friday goes bleak

at Purdue 11:30 a.m. Saturday women’s basketball

Georgetown Noon Wednesday

at Indiana State 2 p.m. Sunday vo l l ey ba l l

Game against Northern Illinois loses hype, meaning after loss


his game was supposed to mean everything. Two Mid-American Conference West Division teams playing in a winner-advances, loserstays-home atmosphere. A trip Dec. 4 to Detroit on the line. Only two MAC teams get to play in December. Friday’s CMU-Northern Illinois game was supposed to decide one of them. But at 5:27 p.m. last Saturday, this epic collision between two MAC heavyweights was rendered meaningless. Thank you, Ohio. Thank you for ruining everything good — everything important — about Friday’s “big” game in the West. NIU, with one loss to its credit entering the weekend, needed a win to stay within grasp of CMU (7-0 MAC). The Huskies lost just one conference game to this point. And with less than six minutes remaining in their game against Ohio, it looked as if their loss column would stay the same. But with 5:38 remaining, Ohio took the lead and never relinquished control. Northern Illinois (5-2 MAC) is now eliminated from championship contention. Stats lie Statistics say this game should be one of the best all season in the MAC. The Chippewas and Huskies have the conference’s best two scoring defenses. CMU is giving up just 16.6

Andrew Stover Sports Editor points per game and NIU is closely behind, giving up 19 points per game. And offensively, the story is the same. The two teams had the conference’s top two scoring offenses until Saturday, when Temple steamrolled Kent State 47-13. Now, CMU ranks at the top, scoring 33.3 points per game, while NIU still ranks third, scoring more than 30 per game. But there is a reason the Huskies’ MAC hopes were dashed this weekend. A team that rushes for 210.4 rushing yards per game was held to 114. And the same team — a team led by two workhorse running backs which rank fourth (Chad Spann, 78.4 yards per game) and seventh in the conference (Me’co Brown, 58.6), respectively, in rushing yards per game — was led by its quarterback with 42 rushing yards. NIU’s biggest passing day prior to Saturday was in its loss to Idaho, where sophomore quarterback Chandler Harnish threw for 184 yards. Against Ohio, he dropped back a season-high 35 times and threw for a season-high 307 yards. In the season’s biggest game to date, it seems odd to abandon your gameplan in its entirety regardless of what the defense is giving you. And yes, Chandler Harnish is NIU’s starting quarterback. But fellow sophomore DeMarcus Grady gave the Huskie offense more athleticism when Harnish

was gone for three games with injury. The team used both quarterbacks last week against Ball State. This week, it was not the case. Especially when the team was struggling to find its running game, its offensive focal point, spelling Harnish with Grady could have thrown off Ohio’s defense. Friday at Kelly/Shorts On Thanksgiving, the student body has to make a decision: support its team or stay home with mom and dad during the holiday. And as much as the team has put up a united front to highlight the importance of this game, it simply is not the case. Finishing the home schedule and the conference undefeated are nice side notes to a successful season, but it is not the most important aspect of Friday’s game. Heading to Detroit the following week with a healthy roster is what is important. Injury prevention has to be a critical aspect of the gameplan. Winning is important, and keeping a rhythm helps, but does it matter if a piece of your core is missing for the season’s most important game on Dec. 4? This is a game where depth players and future starters can get experience against a team still fighting for a bowl berth. And for the student body, it has to decide if it is worth driving from home to see that. Because regardless of what happens Friday, the season will be on the line the following week. Unfortunately, the season’s wouldbe game of the year has lost its appeal.


Time: 1 p.m. Friday Location: Athens, Ohio

at Marquette 8 p.m. Friday wrestling

Northeast Duals 10 a.m. Saturday Troy, NY

15,000 expected for game against NIU

Temple Owls MAC Record: 7-0 Position: 1st Road Record: 4-1

After seven Mid-American Conference games each, the Temple Owls and Ohio Bobcats are separated by just one game. Ohio defeated NIU to stay in the MAC East division hunt. The winner will advance to the MAC Championship game against CMU at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Ford Field in Detroit.

Ohio Bobcats MAC Record: 6-1 Position: 2nd Home Record: 3-2



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The CMU athletics department is expecting a half-full Kelly/Shorts Stadium for the football team’s final home game of the 2009 season. Kim Hudson, CMU Athletics tickets and promotions manager, said it is projecting 15,000 people for the football game against Northern Illinois on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. The listed capacity for Kelly/ Shorts Stadium is 30,255. “I think we’re pretty happy with that, given the holidays,” Hudson said. “We have a lot of people leaving, but we also hope to have some people come into town as well.” CMU is averaging more than 20,800 fans per game this season. The game is dubbed “Maroon Friday,” and several ticket specials are being offered to try and boost attendance. College students, CMU or not, who show a valid ID at the gate will receive free admission into the stadium. Faculty and staff can purchase an unlimited number of general admission tickets for $10 each in advance through the Chippewa Athletic Fund office at 774-6680 or by e-mailing with the code “FACULTY/STAFF PROMO.” Groups of five or more can purchase tickets for $10 using the code “MRNNIU” at Children 12 years and younger will be admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket in advance by phone (using the code “KIDS FREE”) or at a ticket booth the day of the game. Kickoff for the game is set for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on

MAC Championship Tickets for the Dec. 4 MidAmerican Conference Championship at Ford Field in Detroit went on sale Sunday through the athletic ticket office and are $20 for sideline seats and $10 for students (end zone). CMU earned a spot in the game by clinching the MAC West Division title after Ohio defeated NIU 38-31 on Saturday. Hudson said they have the 3,000-ticket allotment given to each conference team and will know today whether they will receive additional tickets. CMU sold about 5,000 tickets for the MAC Championship in 2006 and 2007. Tickets for both games can be purchased at the CMU Athletics Ticket Office in Rose 100, by calling 1-888-FIREUP-2 or online at

[inside] Prediction w Sports Editor Andrew Stover breaks down Friday’s football game, 3B Recess w The women’s basketball team hosts Recess at Rose on Wednesday against Georgetown, 5B Duals w Wrestling competes Saturday in the prestigous Northeast Duals against four opponents, 5B

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Chad Spann- RB

Chandler Harnish- QB

Cory Hanson- LB

Profile Spann is fourth in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 18 rushing touchdowns.

Profile Harnish passed for a season-high 307 yards Saturday against Ohio.

Profile Hanson is second on the team with 71 tackles and also has three interceptions.

Why to watch The Huskies use a runbased offense led by running backs Spann and Meâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;co Brown. If NIU has to pass, it will be getting away from its formula to success.

Why to watch Harnish, who went down against Toledo and missed three games, came back against Ball State. Although NIU needs to run the ball, his arm gives the Huskies a play-action game.

Why to watch He is the complete package and the defenseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest playmaker. His role in the pass defense is evident by his interceptions, but he also has 3.5 tackles for loss.

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Dan LeFevour- QB

Ryan Radcliff- QB

Nick Bellore- WLB

Profile LeFevour threw for more than 340 yards in two consecutive weeks.

Profile Radcliff has seen action in a number of games, including extended action against Alcorn State and Boston College.

Profile Bellore leads the team and is fifth in the conference with 105 tackles.

Why to watch It is important for LeFevour and the offense to stay in rhythm before the Mid-American Conference Championship game on Dec. 4. It is more important for him to get out of the game healthy.

Why to watch There is a good chance he sees extended playing time regardless of the score. Against NIU, it may be the best defense he will face in the MAC.

Why to watch While he is in the game, Bellore will lead the defense in attempting to stop Spann, Brown and possibly two quarterbacks (Harnish and DeMarcus Grady) who can effectively run the ball.

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Watch out for the Huskie upset Hotel Sports Editor Andrew Stover breaks down CMU’s game against Northern Illinois at 1 p.m. Friday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Quarterback The return of Chandler Harnish to NIU’s offense gives the Huskies the ability to throw the ball. If DeMarcus Grady ever gets into the game, CMU can load the box. The athletic Grady is used for his legs, rarely his DeMarcus Grady arm. For CMU, senior quarterback Dan LeFevour has thrown for 341 yards against Toledo and 344 yards against Ball State the past two weeks. Earlier in the season, he proved to be CMU’s most dangerous rushing threat. Advantage: CMU. At least when LeFevour’s in the game, CMU will have an advantage. The hope has to be to get a big enough lead to pull LeFevour to avoid injury for the MAC Championship the following week and allow redshirt freshman Ryan Radcliff to get extensive playing time. Running back NIU is so heavily dependent on its running attack that junior Chad Spann and sophomore Me’co Brown will factor into the gameplan every week. Span, fourth in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 18 rushing touchdowns, averages more than 78 rushing yards per game. Brown started has taken more of Me’co Brown a complimentary role than at first expected. For CMU, sophomore Bryan Schroeder has retaken the starting role and most of the carries from junior Carl Volny. Schroeder’s hard, inside running has made him more at-

tractive than the other options. Advantage: NIU. Spann or Brown could carry the load in another offense. But in the same system, the two form a formidable running back-bycommittee tandem. NIU offensive line vs. CMU defensive front seven CMU has given up just 119.7 rushing yards per game to opponents, good for third in the MAC. NIU, on the other hand, has a road-grading offensive line that has produced 210.4 rushing yards per game. The Huskies have given up 12 sacks, tied for the league low with CMU. Advantage: Even. NIU showed its running game can be slowed when it was held to 114 rushing yards against Ohio. That is nearly 100 yards less than its season average. CMU presents a formidable front feature two of the MAC’s best linebackers — juniors Nick Bellore and Matt Berning — and a veteran defensive line. CMU’s secondary will get involved in the run defense more this week as well, but it will have to be leery of NIU’s play-actino game. CMU offensive line vs. NIU defensive front seven It is likely redshirt freshman left tackle Jake Olson will get some reps before the MAC Championship game, and that will be a huge boost to the offense. However, in Olson’s absence, freshman Eric Fisher performed admirably protecting LeFevour’s blind side and helping him pass for 344 yards against Ball State. NIU is third in the conference with 27 sacks and second in the conference in rushing defense (108.2 yards per game). Advantage: Even. Like the other line battle, CMU will have success moving the ball, but NIU matches up better than most teams would and will present problems for the offensive line.

NIU wide receivers vs. CMU secondary Junior Landon Cox had 11 receptions for 132 yards Saturday against Ohio. Both represented season-highs for any NIU receiver. Although Harnish gives NIU wide receivers a better opportunity to be utilized, they still are not much of a threat. Advantage: CMU. CMU will have a big advantage if senior Josh Gordy plays. Even if he does not suit up, the secondary will be more useful in run support. Expect Gordy to go this week, though. CMU wide receivers vs. NIU secondary Despite giving up just 200 passing yards per game, the NIU secondary will face one of the hottest quarterbacks in the country. LeFevour has totaled 11 touchdowns — six passing and five rushing — in his last two games. A lot of that has to do with Antonio Brown the weapons LeFevour has to use. Junior wide receiver Antonio Brown has made a case as one of the nation’s most explosive players, and junior Kito Poblah and senior Bryan Anderson give LeFevour two more steady options on the perimeter. Advantage: CMU. Week after week, Brown proves to be the biggest playmaker on the field. He gives CMU a distinct advantage against NIU’s secondary. Prediction If this game had meaning, CMU would maintain control of this game through its entirety. But, with more to worry about than a do-what-it-takes-to-win mentality, Friday’s post-Thanksgiving game should stay close.

CMU 28, NIU 21

for the holiday Team staying in Comfort Inn for Friday’s game By Tim Ottusch Assistant Sports Editor

While most CMU students will be at home on Thanksgiving, the football team will be at the Comfort Inn. For the fourth consecutive season, the Chippewas will play a game the day after Thanksgiving. The team plays Northern Illinois at 1 p.m. Friday in Kelly/Shorts Stadium. The game against the Huskies is the third consecutive game not being played on a Saturday. The team’s two previous games were on Wednesday nights. Having the team used to playing on a scattered schedule makes the game against NIU not as uncommon, said coach Butch Jones. “With it being a holiday is very challenging,” Jones said. “But you try to keep the same focus, the same schedule we have been doing. So there is

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Freshman wide receiver Cody Wilson had two catches in Wednesday’s win.

not much difference.” In the previous three years, the team has gone 2-1 the day after Thanksgiving, winning at Buffalo 55-28 in 2006 and at Akron 35-32 in 2007. Its lone loss during came last year in a 56-52 loss to Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti. It is the first time the team will play at Kelly/Shorts Stadium after Thanksgiving in the four-year stretch. “I think it takes a little bit more focus playing at home just because of the distractions,” Jones said. “When you’re on the road, you’re kind of secluded, away from everything.” Out of class For the first time in almost a

month, the team will not have to work around classes. The past two games were played on Wednesdays, and the previous game against Boston College involved a flight, which also caused some missed classes. For some of the freshmen, it will be their first time away from home during Thanksgiving. “It will be little different just not (being) with my family,” said freshman wide receiver Cody Wilson. Wilson said many of the freshmen will head to the hotel Wednesday because the residence halls close at 7 p.m. until noon Sunday.

4B || Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 || Central Michigan Life

[Sports] volleyball

Bobcats end CMU women’s MAC run

CMU plays the MAC’s best rushing attack Friday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. NIU averages 210.4 rushing yards per game, with two of the conference’s top seven running backs in terms of rushing yards per game.

By D.J. Palomares Senior Reporter

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Football looks to stay perfect at home CMU prepares for potent NIU offensive attack By Andrew Stover Sports Editor

home games since 1998, when the team finished 5-0. “We’ve worked all summer on this field, and to go out on my last game playing in Kelly/ Shorts with a loss is just unacceptable,” said senior defensive end Frank Zombo.

The Ohio Bobcats have taken away much of the buzz surrounding the CMU football team’s season finale at 1 p.m. Friday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium against Northern Illinois. When Ohio beat NIU 38-31 Saturday, CMU clinched the Mid-American Conference West Division title and a Dec. 4 trip to Ford Field in Detroit. But despite clinching the division, it is business as usual around Kelly/Shorts Stadium. “(Did) it change what’s on the line? Yeah. But I hope we’re mature enough to handle the situation the right way,” said senior quarterback Dan LeFevour. Coach Butch Jones said the NIU-Ohio outcome does not change all that is at stake for the team. “We have what we call our program goals that never change,” he said. “And one of them is to win all of our home games. We haven’t been able to do that in a number of years here.” CMU has not won all its

Run-oriented opponent The Huskies represent the only team in the MAC to rush for more than 200 yards per game (210.4). Junior running back Chad Spann is fourth in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 18 rushing touchdowns. He is fourth in the MAC with 78.4 rushing yards per game. To complement Spann, sophomore running back Me’co Brown is seventh in the MAC, rushing for 58.6 rushing yards per game. But Jones said it is not just NIU’s running backs that make the running game. “They have some very talented running backs but, also, their quarterbacks are so involved in the run game,” he said. While sophomore starter Chandler Harnish has returned to the lineup after missing three games to injury, sophomore DeMarcus Grady has averaged 5.7 yards per carry. “They’re always able to get an extra hat in your run fits

because of their running back being a lead blocker (when the quarterback runs the ball),” Jones said. Stingy defense Defensively, NIU is second only to CMU in scoring defense (19 points against per game). LeFevour said there is no weak link to target. “I think any defense presents something that we want to attack and, to be honest, there’s not a whole lot that you can pick out and try to attack against Northern,” he said. But LeFevour has led a balanced attack this year. After running for 140 yards against Akron and 98 yards against Buffalo in the team’s first two MAC games, LeFevour has relied on his arm in recent weeks. The senior has thrown for 341 yards against Toledo and 344 yards against Ball State in the past two games. Health status Senior cornerback Josh Gordy participated Saturday in practice more than he has in previous weeks. Although looking better, his status, along with redshirt freshman left tackle Jake Olson, has not been determined for Friday’s game.

The CMU volleyball team’s Mid-American Conference season concluded after advancing to the tournament semifinals for the first time since 1996. Central lost 3-1 against No. 1 seed Ohio on Saturday after sweeping Northern Illinois in the quarterfinal round. “Everybody in the MAC is a legitimate team,” said junior outside hitter Lauren Krupsky. “The team that shows up and plays the hardest is going to win.” Central split the first two sets with the Bobcats early in the match. The team dropped the third set and came within two points of winning the fourth set. Its 23-20 lead slipped away, as Ohio won 25-23. “It was one of the highestlevel matches I had ever been a part of in Division I volleyball,” said coach Erik Olson. “It was an epic battle between two awesome teams. It looked like a match between two top 10 teams.”

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The volleyball team plays at Marquette on Friday to end its season.

Despite the loss, CMU’s offense was evenly matched against Ohio. Central hit for 56 kills and a .315 attack percentage. Krupsky and sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn Schultz hit for a team-high 16 kills. Ohio senior Ellen Herman had 20 kills, and four Bobcats hit for double-digit kills. “It was great shot after great shot,” Olson said. “It was a powerful and great performance.” Quarterfinals CMU advanced to the quar-

terfinal round for the third consecutive year — however, it had not made it past that round in 13 years. CMU defeated NIU in straight sets for the second time this season. Krupsky led the Chippewas offense with 16 kills and was the only one with double-digit kills. The season is not over for CMU, however. The team will face Marquette at 8 p.m. Friday in Milwaukee, Wisc.


Guevara wants depth in paint

women’s basketball

Losing streak continues for CMU

Szunko gets in foul trouble in loss to Loyola

By Aaron McMann Staff Reporter

The CMU women’s basketball team dropped its regular-season home opener and third consecutive game Saturday 65-61 to LoyolaChicago at Rose Arena. The Chippewas got off to a slow start for the second consecutive game, scoring their first basket at the 15:31 mark, with junior guard Shonda Long scoring the team’s first seven points. The score remained close until about four minutes remaining in the first half, when the Ramblers went on a 14-0 run to extend their lead to 36-20. “From 3:40 to 1:38, that was the key in the first half,” said coach Sue Guevara. “We changed defenses for a quick minute when the subs came in, and we left shooters open.” The Chippewas were able to put together a 6-0 run and close the half trailing by 10 points after a completed Britni Houghton 3-point play and a Skylar Miller 3-point field goal. It was the only field goal Houghton had in the first half, as the preseason first-team all-conference selection was held to five points on 1-of-6 shooting from the field. “Their defense was good; however, I think it was myself that stopped me,” Houghton said. “That’s something I’m going to try and work on, just starting hard in the first half like I do in the second half.” Guevara said defenses are starting to pick up on Houghton’s offensive tendencies and changes need to be made. “She’s trying to force some

Central Michigan Life || Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 || 5B

By Aaron McMann Staff Reporter

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The women’s basketball team hosts Georgetown at noon Wednesday in Rose Arena.

things,” Guevara said. “As a senior, she can’t have mental lapses. She has to understand that she’s our go-to and our go-to cannot start out games like she’s been starting out.”

Loyola beat CMU with a balanced scoring attack, as senior guard Maggie McCloskey (11 points) was the only player to score in doubledigits for the Ramblers.

Hot shooting Loyola (2-1) shot 65 percent from the field in the first half, holding CMU to just 20.5 percent and an uncharacteristic 2-of-20 3-point shooting. The Chippewas’ momentum carried over from the end of the first half as the team scored the first four points of the second half and cut the Ramblers’ lead to six. “We came out with good intensity,” Guevara said. CMU took its first and only lead of the game off a pair of free throws by Long with 11:45 remaining. That lead, however, only lasted six seconds as Loyola regained command of the game and held off the Chippewas. Houghton and Long each scored 15 points while junior Kaihla Szunko had 11 points and 14 rebounds, her first double-double of the season.

Recess in Rose CMU plays Georgetown at noon Wednesday at Rose Arena for the team’s annual Recess in Rose event. The Chippewas lost 82-77 to Georgetown last year in Washington, D.C. They will look to utilize the big crowd of elementary and junior high school students to its advantage. “It’s a great community event, and I’m so grateful that the schools are coming and here to support us,” Guevara said. “Last year, I thought the crowd was our sixth player.” Georgetown is 2-2, with wins over Missouri State and Seattle, and led by 5-foot 11inch guard Ta’Shauna Rodgers, who is averaging more than 17 points per game.

A lack of depth in the paint hurt the CMU women’s basketball team in its 65-61 loss Saturday to Loyola-Chicago. Junior forward Kaihla Szunko scored 11 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in 35 minutes on the way to her first double-double of the season. Szunko played the most of anyone on the team, but it was the five minutes she sat on the bench that had a major impact on the game. With 4:59 remaining in the first half and Loyola-Chicago leading 20-16, Szunko picked up her second foul, forcing coach Sue Guevara to take her out of the game. Almost immediately after, the Ramblers went on a 16-4 run to extend the lead to Sue Guevara 36-20. “Some of her fouls, I think, were frustration fouls, and I can’t have her be frustrated,” Guevara said. Guevara stressed her frustration about a lack of team rebounding following the game and the need to keep Szunko on the floor. “She’s so valuable, I can’t take her out of the game,” Guevara said. “She can’t come out of the game.” CMU was outrebounded 42-36 Saturday for the third consecutive game. “We just need to get into the mindset where the ball is priority,” Szunko said. “Oth-

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Junior forward Kaihla Szunko had 11 points and 14 rebounds in Saturday’s loss.

“We just need to get into the mindset where the ball is priority. Others beat us to balls and we have to have that mentality and go after the ball.” Kaihla Szunko, junior forward ers beat us to balls and we have to have that mentality and go after the ball.” Early fouls While Szunko finished the game Saturday with three personal fouls, first-half foul trouble concerns Guevara. “She’s a horse, but I guess I have to get that horse into better shape then, so she can play,” Guevara said. Szunko averaged just less than 10 rebounds per game last season as a sophomore, and leads the team in rebounding this season, averaging 11.7 a game. She also

led the team in personal fouls last season (99) and has acquired 10 thus far this season. Five players off the bench totaled one rebound Saturday, and Guevara said she hopes the crowd at noon Wednesday in Rose Arena helps fuel the team to perform better against Georgetown. “There’s going to be a lot of energy in the building so I hope our bench feeds off that energy, so that when they go in there, they can be productive.”

6B || Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 || Central Michigan Life

Ranked teams next for wrestling

men’s basketball

CMU looks to shake off poor perfomance

Staff Reports

The CMU wrestling team will attempt to show its depth and individual skills this weekend at the Northeast Duals. The No. 11 Chippewas will wrestle American, No. 19 Virginia, No. 10 Maryland and Bloomsburg in four consecutive matches Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY. CMU has fared well in the Northeast Duals in the past three years, going 10-2, with both losses coming to a team ranked No. 1 in the nation at the time of the dual.

By Tim Ottusch Assistant Sports Editor

CMU men’s basketball coach Ernie Zeigler said his team needed to seriously look at its play following Saturday’s 62-53 loss at Fairleigh Dickinson. CMU shot just 32.3 percent in the team’s first road game of the season. Now it heads into a game with what Zeigler is calling the most talented team it has played so far. The team plays Wright State at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio. “Wright State is going to be the toughest opponent we’ll play to date,” Zeigler said. “And we have some serious soulsearching to do before we head down to Dayton to play an extremely tough team.” Like the game against Fairleigh Dickinson, it also will be Wright State’s home opener. The Raiders are 2-1 on the season, with their only loss coming in the season opener at Washington State, 73-69. The team has since defeated Portland State and Belmont. Senior guard Todd Brown leads Wright State, averaging 19 points and five rebounds per game. Cory Copperwood, Troy Tabler and N’Gai Evans also average double-figure points per game. CMU defeated the Raiders 70-68 in overtime last season in Rose Arena. The Chippewas held Wright State to 37.7 percent shooting. The Raiders are shooting 53.6 percent this season. Senior forward Chris Kellermann had 18 points, while Copperwood had 16 for the Raiders. Tuesday is the second game in a stretch of nine on the road

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The men’s basketball team plays Wright State at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio.

in a 10-game span. CMU’s lone home game during that stretch is Dec. 1 against Chicago State. Following Wright State, CMU plays at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at No. 7 Purdue. Saturday’s loss In the first half of Saturday’s game, CMU was up 9-7 before Fairleigh Dickinson took over. Shooting 43.5 percent to CMU’s 33.3 percent, the Knights were able to open up a 12-point advantage heading into the second half. “They really came out with intensity that most teams do in their home openers,” Zeigler said. Zeigler talked about senior center Alvin MuFanaya as a player CMU had problems with. MuFanaya finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots. “He was an absolute man and he caused timidness throughout our front line around the

basket,” Zeigler said. Sean Baptiste also was effective, finishing with 18 points and five rebounds for the Knights. Baptiste scored eight of his points from free throws, something CMU struggled with all game. The Chippewas allowed 34 free-throw attempts, with the Knights converting on 25. All five CMU starters had at least three fouls by game’s end. Junior center Marko Spica, who came in off the bench, fouled out. Spica finished with 11 points, but just three rebounds. “Marko still has a ways to go,” Zeigler said. Senior guard Robbie Harman finished with 13 points, while senior guard Jordan Bitzer and Kellermann each finished with 12. No CMU players had more than five rebounds.

Club hockey ends losing streak By Adam Niemi Staff Reporter

The CMU club hockey team swept its two-game series against Northern Michigan after its fifth consecutive loss Friday night against Lindenwood. Central (7-10) lost to Lindenwood on Friday, 6-3, and won 8-3 Saturday and 5-4 Sunday against Northern Michigan. Saturday was Central’s first win since Oct. 24 against Bowling Green. Central senior captain Marty Lipar said the difference between the wins and loss was Central’s start. Lindenwood scored first Friday and later scored five unanswered goals. But Saturday, Central scored 11 seconds into the game, the first of five unanswered goals. The team also scored first in Sunday’s game. “It’s just crazy how different we play if we score that first goal or if we let that first goal in,” Lipar said. “If we let that first goal in, we kind of get down but, if we get that first goal, we’re a whole different team.”

Central coach Mike Jakubik said the team’s lack of communication Friday led to turnovers and, consequently, goals. “All the goals we gave up were lack of concentration,” he said about Friday’s loss. “We just made it too easy for the other team.” He said Saturday’s win came because of a notable physical presence and improved communication from Friday. Special teams It was not the only change, however. Going into the weekend, the power play was unsuccessful for CMU. Central had scored just seven power-play goals in 26 power plays dating back to Oct. 2 against Western Michigan. Central scored four power-play goals in 13 power plays over the weekend. Bowen made 60 saves this weekend and gave up seven goals against Northern. Freshman goaltender Zach Silver got the start against Lindenwood, allowing six goals. Senior center Mike Lesnau played his first games in the top line with senior left wing-


er Jordan Jakubik and sophomore right winger David Sitarski. The line had eight goals and 12 assists.

American Central will start the day with American, a team that dropped out of the top 25 after going 0-3 at the ACC Challenge on Nov. 15. Still, American has four wrestlers ranked in the top 20 in the nation, with No. 4 junior Kyle Borschoff at 149 pounds and No. 4 senior Mike Cannon at 184 leading the way. Borschoff and Cannon earned All-America honors last year, placing seventh and eighth respectively, with Cannon also placing sixth two years ago. No. 18 125-pound Jason Borshoff went undefeated at the ACC Challenge and No. 17 157-pound Steve Fittery is 2-1 in his first season competing for American after placing runner-up in Div. II twice. Virginia Following American, Central will face a Cavaliers team

that defeated American 2019 at the ACC Challenge and is led by No. 5 174-pounder Chris Henrich. Henrich went 40-3 last year and placed seventh at NCAA’s, but has already lost once this year, falling to No. 13 Shane Riccio of Bucknell, 10-9, in overtime Nov. 15. Whoever wrestles at 125 pounds for the Chippewas will face another challenge with No. 20 senior Ross Gitomer who, two years ago, won the ACC Championship. The Cavaliers also have No. 17 Michael Chaires at 165 pounds and No. 14 Brent Jones at 197 pounds to give the team a boost throughout the lineup. Maryland The Terrapins’ lineup features four top-10 wrestlers, three in the top four. CMU’s Eric Simaz will most likely get the challenge of facing No. 3 Hudson Taylor at 197 pounds. Taylor has place third at the last two NCAA Tournaments, with 19 of his 38 wins last year coming via pin. And Taylor scored a pin with the Terrapins down 17-9 against No. 4 Cornell on Nov. 20 to bring Maryland within 2 points. It helped set the stage for the upset. No. 9 133-pounder Scotti Sentes is likely to face No. 8 Steve Bell. Bell placed sixth at last year’s NCAAs and has already defeated one top-10 opponent, No. 6 Mike Grey, when the two squared off during the Cornell match. Maryland also features two wrestlers ranked fourth in the

MA c f o o t b a l l R e c a p s

Bobcats defeat NIU Ohio 38, Northern Illinois 31 Ohio Bobcats wide receiver LaVon Brazill caught a pass and returned a punt for touchdowns in the first five minutes of the game to give Ohio a 14-0 lead over the Huskies. A comeback led by quarterback Chandler Harnish gave the Huskies a 28-24 fourth-quarter lead, but two Ohio touchdowns in the final six minutes, including an interception return, gave Ohio the victory. With the win, Ohio stays one game behind first-place Temple in the Mid-American Conference East division. The two teams play Nov. 27 for the MAC East championship and a chance to face CMU on Dec.

4 at Ford Field for the MAC Championship. Temple 47, Kent State 13 It took the Temple Owls a half of football Saturday to get going but, in the second half, they scored five consecutive touchdowns and 41 unanswered points to beat Kent State 47-13. Temple running back Travis Shelton led the Owls with 156 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Temple improves to 7-0 in conference play and 9-2 overall.The Owls are bowl eligible for the first time since 1979. Compiled by staff reporter John Evans.

nation, with senior Alex Krom at 141 pounds and junior Mike Letts at 174 pounds. Krom placed fourth in the nation last year.

Bloomsburg The last matchup will feature a Bloomsburg team that placed third at the Navy Classic on Nov. 21. No. 7 Steve Brown could face his second ranked opponent of the day with Bloomsburg featuring No. 5 Matt Moley, who is 2-1 on the season with his lone loss coming to No. 4 Cyler Sanderson of Penn State.

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