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By Hilary Farrell Senior Reporter

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a national health care bill Saturday. But it will most likely change in the Senate. “There are a whole bunch of different versions (of health care) the Senate has right now,” said Bill Ballenger, former Griffin Endowed Chair and editor of Inside Michigan Politics. “Whatever the Senate finally produces, assuming they can produce something, it has to be reconciled with what the House has just passed.” Although the bill is an important step in the process, Ballenger said, there is a long way to go before a national health care plan is approved. “I tend to believe the Senate will pass something,” he said. “The question is what, and when they pass it, how that will square with the House version that passed.” The plan, H.R. 3200, is proposing a government-run, universal health care plan. It also would include a public option for health care.

Abortion amendment The House approved the bill by a five-vote margin, and only after representatives, including U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, DMich., added an amendment to prohibit abortion coverage in federal insurance plans. The amendment prohibits federally-subsidized insurance plans from offering abortion coverage, but allows individuals to purchase elective abortion coverage plans on their own. Private companies may still offer elective abortions on their plans. Griffin Endowed Chair and Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s director of special projects Maxine Berman said the amendment came out of nowhere. “This is basically group of people who clearly didn’t want to vote for this anyway and decided to use abortion to hang their hats on,” she said. “It’s not really the right thing to do. I’m not questioning people’s feelings on the issue. I’m simply suggesting the fact it came up only in the last month leads me to be very suspicious.” The bill also will prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage based on A health | 2a

Sorority women learn to fight back Sigma Sigma Sigma puts together self-defense class By Alex Washington Staff Reporter

The most common pressure points for women to use to protect themselves are located across the face. About 20 sorority women learned those pressure points Sunday afternoon in the Student Activity Center at a self-defense class sponsored by Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. East Jordan junior Jenaye Chew got the idea for the event after her mom took the class in Detroit. “Being from a small town, I have a false sense of security and I always feel safe when I probably shouldn’t,” Chew said. “I want people to feel like they can be safe here on campus and Mary said people leave these classes feeling empowered and confident.” Mary Weir has been prac-

ticing martial arts for three and a half years and has been certified to teach selfdefense for four months. Weir advised the women attending to always go with their gut instinct. “We as women have that intuition that lets us know when a situation isn’t right,” Weir said. “It’s OK to be rude and to be paranoid; it’s better to be paranoid than to be dead.” Dearborn senior Samantha Migiel said she attended the class because she thinks it is very important for women to be able to defend themselves. “We are all put in those instances where we’re going to be walking alone through campus or a parking lot and we should be able to protect ourselves,” Migiel said. Weir said self-defense does not mean the victim is stronger than their opponent. “There is a sexual assault in the United States every two minutes,” Weir said. “There is a way to be safe A defense | 2a

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Eric Swanson of PKSA Lapeer, right, shows Kentwood sophomore Laura Rynbrand where the pressure point on her collar bone is located while West Bloomfield sophomore Lindsey Wagner, left, and Troy senior Lauren Leger watch during the Barracuda Women’s Self-Defense class Sunday in the Student Activity Center.

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Senior forward Amanda Waugh raises the Mid-American Conference Championship trophy above her head while celebrating with senior midfielder Stephanie Martin following their 1-0 victory Sunday against Miami University.

Soccer wins first-ever title; NCAAs next


he Central Michigan University soccer team entered the Mid-American Conference Tournament with an unprecedented, record-setting 2009 season. On Sunday, it made history again. CMU won its first MAC Tournament Championship in program history by defeating Miami (Ohio) 1-0. Sophomore midfielder Claire Horton scored the team’s lone goal and junior goalkeeper Shay Mannino stopped a penalty kick with less than three minutes remaining to secure the victory. The win puts CMU (16-3-3) in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. It caps a season in which the Chippewas went unbeaten in MAC play (11-0-2). CMU also gave up just one goal against conference opponents. CMU set a school record for wins and shutouts with 16 and 17, respectively.

Junior goalkeeper Shay Mannino and senior mid-fielder Stephanie Martin prepare for senior forward Allison Berkey of Miami University to attempt to shoot seconds before Central’s 1-0 victory against Miami Sunday to claim the Mid-American Conference title.

“We were definitely challenged these last few games. We’ve allowed some scary shots on goal, but Shay is right there to back us up.” Leisel Toth, sophomore defender

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EVENTS CALENDAR Today w “Storytime for Kids” is at 10:15 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Library, 301 S. University Ave. w Photos for the “PicMe! Photo Contest” are on display for voting from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Bovee University Center’s Lake Michigan Room. w The Anishnaabe Food Taster is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the UC Rotunda Room. w Gerhard Weinberg’s “A New Look at Hitler and the Beginning of the Holocaust” lecture is at 7 p.m. in the UC Auditorium.

Tuesday w “Ojibway History and the Mount Pleasant Boarding Schools” is at 7 p.m. in the UC Rotunda. w Mount Pleasant Parks and Recreation presents “Tuesdays at Morey” from 3:15 to 5:40 p.m. at Morey Courts, 5175 E. Remus Road. w “Pong 101,” a water pong tournament, is from 7:30 to 11 p.m. in Finch Fieldhouse Room 110. w Violinist Seunghee Lee will perform at 8 p.m. at the Music Building’s Staples Family Concert Hall. w Leadership Safari Prospective Staff Night is at 8 p.m. in the UC Lake Huron room.

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Quest for evidence at fort hood FORT HOOD, Texas (MCT) — As the Army paid tribute Saturday to its fallen colleagues, criminal investigators collected evidence to explain why a military psychiatrist allegedly opened fire on soldiers preparing for combat deployment from Fort Hood in Texas Thursday. Authorities said the alleged gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, had been taken off a ventilator but remained in intensive care at Brooke Army

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What next? Michigan Democratic Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow support Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid’s health care bill. Stabenow was a supporter of a public plan, but said the bill is a good compromise. Assistant political science professor Chris Owens said the bill may not have the 60 votes required in the Senate to avoid a filibuster. “If you can’t get 60 members to vote for it, you can’t kill the filibuster,” Owens said. “Republicans can filibuster the bill to death.” A filibuster on the bill in the Senate is very possible, Bal-

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and defending yourself is not about being stronger or overpowering your attacker.” The class focused on utilizing a person’s pressure points to hurt them long enough to escape. Attendees were paired off and were able to practice what they were being taught on each other. Marshall freshman Kimber Tarkiewicz said she was amazed at all the different pressure points on a person’s body. “I never knew there were so many that could affect someone that badly,” Tarkiewicz said.

Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. In a news briefing Saturday evening, Col. John Rossi said he did not know if Hasan is able to communicate. Hasan was shot four times after he fired more than 100 rounds from a semiautomatic pistol inside and outside a medical processing center on the Central Texas post. The attack left 12 soldiers and one civilian Army employee dead and 30 wounded.

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lenger said. “Democrats have no margin for error,” he said. “They cannot afford to lose even one member.” Ballenger said the bill will likely change to gain support of both parties in the Senate. Speculation regarding the bill’s completion by January is not out of the question, Berman said, if legislators work hard. “They’ve been working on this sucker all year, there is no reason they can’t finish this before Christmas if they want to,” Berman said. “Legislators take as much time as you give them. They need a deadline, a real one.” -Staff Reporter Ryan Czachorski contributed to this report.

Weir took some time to answer questions and also debunked myths many of the women attending said they believed were true. “If you jam a palm into the attacker’s nose, it does not shove that bone into their brain and they die — that’s a myth,” Weir said. Though this class was geared toward sorority women, Chew said she would not mind doing the class again with Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates for all campus women. “Depending on the feedback I may try to do it again next semester. And SAPA is about speaking out, so it would be nice to do it with them,” Chew said.

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A farmer harvests wheat on his farm Sunday in Isabella County.

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in the workplace From implementing change in your department to having difficult and uncomfortable conversations in the classroom, this faculty workshop will explore multifaceted issues.

Friday, Nov. 20 Bovee University Center Rotunda

The Center for Research Learning and Teaching (CRLT) Players Theatre Program from the University of Michigan will perform sketches that engage faculty in discussions on teaching, learning and institutional climate.


8:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast 9-10:30 a.m. “The Faculty Meeting” depicts a faculty search and how gender dynamics and faculty rank influences conversation and affects the participants. 11 a.m-12:30 p.m. “Student Conflict in the Classroom” focuses on a classroom conversation that turns controversial. It explores questions surrounding student backgrounds, conflicting viewpoints and instructor responsibility.


(989) 772-2324

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch 1:30-3:30 p.m. “Implementing Institutional Change” workshop, led by the CRLT Players, facilitates a conversation on applying the lessons learned to advancing diversity at CMU.


This program is free. Registration is required – you can attend the entire program or attend sessions as your schedule allows. Register by Nov. 16.

989-774-7318 For more information: Diversity.htm. Sponsors: Office of the Provost, Office for Institutional Diversity, FaCIT, Academic Affairs, Multicultural Education Center and University Communications.

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Online Bridge Card apps yield long waiting periods Isabella County branch accounts for 1,337 requests By Ryan Czachorski Staff Reporter

The online application system for Michigan’s Bridge Card is marred by long waiting periods and an undermanned staff. The Michigan Department of Human Services has received 20,076 on-

line applications as of Oct. 13. Isabella County residents have accounted for 1,337 of the online applications statewide. The Isabella County branch received 1,801 total applications in September and October, with online applications counting for nearly 75 percent of all applications. “It’s had a huge demand statewide,” said Mark Stevens, Isabella County DHS director. “The problem is there’s been unprecedented demand due to

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the economic situation.” Only 40 DHS workers statewide have been processing all the online applications, leading to waiting periods of more than a month. “If you’ve got a lot more to do and the same amount of people to do it, things are going to take longer,” Stevens said. “There’s a lot of people waiting for benefits.” After applying online, applicants must fax relevant information to the DHS, such as income, shelter expenses

Isabella County Bridge Card applications w August - 614 applications w September - 1,133 applications w October - 668 applications and bank account information. Then they will be contacted by the DHS for a phone interview. A cards | 5A

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“On Golden Pond”

Mid-Michigan Community College Theatre will present On Golden Pond at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Harrison Campus Auditorium at MMCC’s Harrison campus, 1375 S. Clare Ave. Matinee prices are $8 for the show. For more information, Call Dawn at 386-6632 or e-mail dalberts@

Women’s Initiative

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Nigeria senior Oluwafemi Fadiran and Clarkston junior Michelle Sun, both His House Faith in Action volunteers, talk as they walk a dog out of the shelter Friday at the Isabella County Animal Shelter, 1105 S. Isabella Road.

Serving through work His House has weekend of community service, enjoyment By Joe Borlik | Senior Reporter


2008 report from the Corporation for National and Community Service states only 23 percent of U.S. men have volunteered in the past year. Andarius Taylor is not like most guys — the Saginaw senior volunteers every chance he gets. Taylor devoted almost ten hours to volunteering last weekend. “I’ll do whatever I can do to help out, I love to help people,” he said. “This is not for me, it’s for God.” Taylor committed Friday to taking care of homeless animals and playing a game of capture the flag with children. Saturday, he served food at the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen, 621 S. Adams St., and raked leaves for the elderly. He was not alone — Taylor was joined by about 200 other students divided into small groups that took turns participating in different volunteer activities Friday and Saturday. It was all part of His House Christian Fellowship’s third annual “Faith in Action” weekend. Many students played with animals at the Isabella County Animal Shelter, 1105 S. Isabella Road. Each of the shelter’s 34 dogs was walked and entertained by the volunteers.

By Darnell Gardner Staff Reporter

Betsy Pollard Rau began her acceptance speech at the Journalism Hall of Fame banquet Saturday with a prop from one of her favorite old jokes. Rau’s joke — a set of Billy Bob teeth — was one of many as she and five others were

inducted into the Central Michigan University Journalism Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Soaring Eagle Inn and Conference Center, 5665 E. Pickard St. Terry Foster, Jeffrey R. Caponigro, Matt Dobek, Monetta Richey Harr and Rick McKay were the others to earn spots in the Hall of Fame. The inductees shared happiness and gratitude during the event. Rau is a retired award-winning high school journalism teacher who now works at CMU as the adviser of Grand

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South Canton senior Jasmine Wilson places a dish of squash in the oven for lunch Saturday morning as part of a volunteer project put together by His House Church at the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen, 621 S. Adams St.

“Every dog is going to sleep so hard tonight,” said Toni Smith-Holmes, who regularly volunteers at the shelter. “I think every dog got walked two or three times a day.” Working and serving Clarkston junior Michelle Sun made a new friend at the animal shelter — a small, yellow kitten named Sparky. Sparky clawed at her wrist, but Sun adored the cat nonetheless. “He was just really fun,” Sun said. “He was really active and always running around.” Howell sophomore Megan Hutchings said the leaf-raking teams raked 10 yards Friday. She said it would be impossible to guess how many pounds of

Central Magazine and professor of online journalism. She said her students showed her the importance of her job. “I learned early in my career that I had the best of both worlds,” Rau said. “Every student has a story to tell and, if you want to be a teacher, you need to know them and what they are about.” The 2009 Young Journalist of the Year award went to 2004 alumnus Chris Gautz, a former editor at Central Michigan Life. Gautz said he hopes the

There is a luncheon speaker series from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday hosted by the Women’s Initiative at the Comfort Inn Conference Center. Heather Jose is this year’s speaker. She is a 10year cancer survivor and author of “Letters to Sydney: Everyday I am Killing Cancer.” Tickets to the event are $35 per person. Tickets are available at the Mount Pleasant Area Community Foundation or at the event. For more information, contact the foundation at 773-7322 or

48-hour Filming Check the Web site for a video on His House Christian Fellowship’s “Faith in Action” weekend. leaves they raked. “We had a lot of fun working together and serving at the same time,” Hutchings said. Mount Pleasant resident Mary Bowers was one local who had her entire front and back yard raked. “I think it’s wonderful they come out here and do this for us,” she said. “We’ve got leaves galore.”

Journalism Hall of Famers show humility, humor Saturday Six inducted at Soaring Eagle Conference Center

The Ziibiwing Center is presenting four Artists-in-Residence programs today through Saturday. Today’s program will include activities for classroom groups from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and adult workshops from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $25 per person for the adult workshops. All workshops are at the Ziibiwing Center, 6650 E. Broadway St. Artists will focus on Great Lakes Indian art techniques. Student and adult programs must be booked in advance. Call 7754750 for more information or visit

The Chippewa River Writing Project, part of the of the National Writing Project, is now at Central Michigan University. A grant from the National Writing Project and funding from CMU’s College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Education and Human Services, and the College of Graduate Studies all support the CRWP site at CMU. This program shares resources with the National Writing Project. The goal is “teachers teaching teachers” in hopes to improve the teaching of writing and learning among K-12 and college students. To learn more about the Chippewa River Writing Project, contact Troy Hicks at 774-3236, or visit

By Theresa Clift Staff Reporter

Student opinion CMU students have mixed opinions about the incoming Starbucks. Stanwood freshman Sara Mullard believes students will love having a Starbucks, although it will probably be overpriced. Some believe the quality of Starbucks coffee is worth the extra cost. “I personally think it is a great idea. I like Starbucks a lot more than Java City. I think that they have better coffee for generally the same price and they have more options,” said Bloomfield freshman Brian Ciatti. “Overall, I think it would please many people.” The UC Starbucks will not only be competition with Java City, but with other Starbucks locations in town. “I work at the Target Starbucks, so this is bad for me,” said Howell sophomore Brent Zuber. “I guess someone who really digs Starbucks would more likely go to the one on campus rather than the one at Target for convenience.” The new coffee shop will be a full-size Starbucks and will include a full menu, Fisher said.

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Coffee shop part of UC renovations Students will have another option for coffee in December 2010 at Central Michigan University. Renovations to the Bovee University Center, starting in April, will add a Starbucks to the main level across from Goodies To Go. The coffee shop should be completed in December 2010. Students can use their FLEX dollars for purchases, said John Fisher, associate vice president of Residences and Auxiliary Services. The nearest Starbucks is in Target, 4097 E. Blue Grass Road. The only coffee shop on campus is Java City, with locations in Charles V. Park Library and the Health Professions Building. “Adding Starbucks to the existing coffee options on campus will increase the variety of options available for students,” said Director of Retail Operations Julie Burgan of Campus Dining. “We were in the process of looking for a good location on campus to offer the Starbucks brand, and the UC renovation proved to be a good fit.”

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award is a foreshadowing of greater things to come. “It was very humbling and surprising to find out I’d won the award,” he said. “The staff responded to my nomination like the country responded to (President Barack) Obama getting the Peace Prize — with ‘For what?’” Former CMU president Michael Rao made an appearance via a pre-recorded introductory video praising Caponigro. Caponigro, who founded and owns Caponigro Public Check the site for a slideshow of images from the Hall of Fame. Relations, established CMU’s Caponigro Public Relations Endowed Scholarship and funded the Caponigro Multimedia Lab. ‘You need friends’ Five of the inductees were Central Michigan Life alumni.

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The National Broadcasting Society and Central Michigan University Bookstore will present a 48-hour film competition starting at 6 p.m. Friday. Participants are required to have five elements included in their film. Organizers will announce these five requirements at the beginning of the competition. All participants will have exactly 48 hours to write, direct and produce a seven-minute film. Films must be turned in at the Moore Hall Townsend Kiva no later than 6 p.m. Sunday. Those interested can get information by contacting Colin Hennessy at

State troopers recalled

The Michigan State Police is bringing 55 troopers back to work after 100 were laid off in June because of state budget constraints. The decision was made after a new state budget was signed into law by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The MSP Mount Pleasant Post plans to recall one trooper, said Sgt. David Kaiser. Preferences for trooper recalls are given to those with the most experience. The recalls are set to take place Nov. 16.

Car catches fire

A 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix caught on fire Sunday afternoon in the Wal-Mart parking lot, 4730 Encore Blvd. The vehicle’s engine was severely damaged and the hood latch was melted, which forced firefighters to pry the hood open, said Mount Pleasant Fire Department Sgt. Michael Dunham. No nearby vehicles in the parking were damaged because of the fire.

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‘Secret Garden’ in bloom this week Water Polo game turns into scrimmage Musical runs Wednesday through Sunday

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When a thing is wick, it will grow. That is the mantra for “The Secret Garden,” which University Theatre will put on this week. Director Annette Thornton, an assistant professor for the department of Communication and Dramatic Arts, said the musical’s characters Mary, Archibald and his son, Colin, are all wick, which means something is dead on the outside but alive on the inside. “Trim away dead parts, loosen soil and let it breathe,” Thornton said. “Open them up and you let them grow.” The shows is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in Moore Hall’s Bush Theatre. Tickets are on sale at the Central Box Office — prices are $7.50 for students and senior citizens and $9.50 for the general public. The background Set in early 1900s, the story follows a 10-year-old named Mary Lennox, who lives in India with her parents because her father is in the military. She loses both parents to a cholera epidemic and goes to live with her Uncle Archibald in England. “Everything she is used to is taken away,” said Nashville senior Briana Ferrier, who plays Lennox. Life is very different with Archibald because he is a cold, depressed man. He lost his wife due to an accident in the garden and has a sick son confined to a bed. Archibald keeps to himself and forbids anyone from the garden. However, the mood of the story completely changes with the garden. Mary sneaks into the garden with-

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Bay City senior Katie Travis, playing Lily Craven, sings a narrative while Mount Pleasant senior Briana Ferrier, the play’s young protagonist, Mary Lennox, amuses herself with a doll during a rehearsal for “The Secret Garden” Nov. 3 in Moore Hall’s Bush Theatre.

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out her uncle knowing and brings it back to life. “(The garden is) a metaphor for the human soul,” Thornton said. Mary, Colin and Archibald are all deeply depressed and bitter characters but, as the garden slowly comes back to life, so do they. “‘The Secret Garden’ is more than a story — it teaches important lessons. There are themes of social classes, gender issues and nature vs. science,” Thornton said. Eric Tsuchiyama, who plays Archibald, said although it is a family show, there are issues brought up anyone can relate to. “Even if you lost someone, there are people that can help you,” the Battle Creek junior said. The musical is accompanied by a live orchestra

from the music department. Tsuchiyama said while the show is a musical, it’s not “the typical happy-go-lucky” musical.

The water polo club’s first game at Central Michigan University required more than just fast swimming and teamwork. It required improvising. Team president Tracy Graal was informed by an e-mail Friday night that the Northern Illinois University water polo team would not be able to attend its scheduled game Saturday afternoon at the Rose Arena Pool. Instead of canceling the game, Graal decided to divide her team of 21 by skill and play a scrimmage for the spectators. “I think it went really well considering that Northern Illinois University did not show up,” the Illinois junior said. “We really had to improvise, but I think our team showed what we have and what we are capable of.”

Graal and Zeeland junior Sara Dixon formed the team in November of last year after joking around about the idea, and they have been going strong ever since. “Last year, we did two games against Western Michigan University’s team and then we also went to Monmouth University for a tournament down there,” she said. “We held our own. It was a first-time team and we had a lot of new people.” Water polo is played with a seven-person team that consists of six players in the field and one goaltender. The game is divided into four quarters of 8 minutes and is played like handball while swimming and treading water. Graal said she likes everything about water polo. “I just love the fact that it’s a contact sport in the pool,” she said. “I have


been a swimmer since I was 5 years old so it really appeals to me. I’ve been playing now for about five or six years.” For Dixon, it is the team aspect that has attracted her to the sport for eight years. “I love swimming, and swimming is a big aspect of water polo, but I like the whole team environment of the game,” she said. “You have to rely on your team in water polo where as with swimming you just rely on yourself.” The team will travel to Bowling Green in Ohio this weekend for its last tournament of the semester. “We’re going to have a mini-season next semester so we would love for people to come out for that,” she said. “They can just contact any of the team members for more information.”


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Future uncertain for Mount Pleasant Center property City may buy 320 acres for developments By Joe Borlik Senior Reporter

The Mount Pleasant Police Department has dealt with more than a dozen trespassers in the Mount Pleasant Center’s vacancy. Some of the fascination with the former institution for patients with developmental disabilities, 1400 W. Pickard St., may come from legends that the building is haunted, said MPPD Det. Sgt. Bill Bluemer. “It’s private property — they need to stay out,” he said. The state-owned building has heavy security to watch over the building, including security guards and cameras, said MPPD Public Information Officer Dave Sabuda. The state also placed several “No Trespassing” signs around the property and chained off all entrances and exits. The 119-year-old facility closed Sept. 10 because of budgetary problems. It was the last institution in Michi-

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Students not impressed Fraser junior Ashley Murray’s application took more than a month to process. Her application was originally sent to the Detroit branch instead of the Isabella County branch, leading to phone calls from both branches for the same information. She applied online because the DHS hours did not fit her schedule and she thought it would be easier. “It was horrible. I had to keep verifying information,” she said. “We kept missing each other, missing a step.”

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gan to house patients with developmental disabilities. City interested The city of Mount Pleasant is considering purchasing the 320-acre property and 26 buildings, 11 of which were used at the time of the center’s closing. The City Commission toured the facility’s administrative building and two residential units to evaluate the health and condition of the buildings. Vice Mayor Bruce Kilmer said he would like to see the city purchase the property and use it for economic development. “I’m hoping we can develop this land,” he said. “It’s one of the last places within the city limits that can be developed and improved.” The city is in the early stages of talking to the state about the best possible uses for the property, he said. No current plans are arranged or finalized. Some options could include housing businesses or residences on the property. Kilmer said the land is beautiful and many of the buildings remain in great shape. City Manager Kathie Grinzinger said the city is keeping Murray applied for her Bridge Card when she moved back to Mount Pleasant in mid-August, and did not receive her card until the beginning of October. Pontiac freshman Keith Kay met similar results. Kay applied for his Bridge Card at the end of September and has yet to receive it. “It seemed easier than waiting in line,” Kay said. “I haven’t even gotten a call from DHS. I haven’t heard anything.” While 2 percent of all Bridge Card applications are for cash assistance, college students almost exclusively receive food assistance from the DHS, Stevens said.

all options on the table for the future use of the property. “We’re hopeful that the buildings will find a positive reuse and the vacant property will eventually be developed and placed on the tax roll,” she said. Tear it down? Michigan Department of Community Health Spokesman James McCurtis said the property has been declared surplus. It is no longer needed and legislation will be introduced to facilitate its removal. Dohn Hoyle, executive director of the Arc of Michigan lk, said the buildings should be torn down. “A lot of people would prefer it was gone,” he said. “It has a sad history.” In May 2005, a mentally disabled 28-year-old patient, Robert Wright, was murdered at the center. A forensic pathologist ruled his death a homicide caused by blunt force to the abdomen. The organization has worked for years to close down state facilities like the Mount Pleasant Center. The land could be a prime location for a park or residential area, Hoyle said.

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Jim Wojcik, who advised several of the honored graduates and helped found the Hall of Fame, received thanks from the inductees for his toughness during their time at CMU. Foster, who once convinced Wojcik to help him start an unsuccessful jean design business, was known for his enterprising spirit and humor. Foster reminisced about his experiences with Central Michigan Life and Wojcik, maintaining that though the journalism industry changed,

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Holocaust survivor first speaker History prof: No person ‘more qualified to speak on this subject’ By Jake May Senior Reporter

Everybody has some knowledge of the Holocaust and Adolf Hitler through family history or educational up-bringing. Gerhard Weinberg, an award-winning World War II historian who personally experienced the Holocaust, will speak about dictatorship, democracy and genocide at 7 p.m. today in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. The event is open to the public. Weinberg is the speaker who will inaugurate the Harold Abel Endowed Lecture Series, which aims to bring distinguished scholars to discuss the impact of worldwide genocide and historical events, such as World War II and mass murders in Rwanda, Cambodia and Darfur. Abel served a 10-year term as CMU president from 1975 to 1985. He died in 2002. “This speaker series continues president Abel’s service as an educator,” said

Iris Abel, Harold Abel’s widow. “He believed in education as a lifelong endeavor to understand and improve the lives of others. Genocide is not a historical anomaly, but an ongoing horror, which can be ended only by the glare of public attention.” The lecture series was established in July through a $100,000 gift to the university’s history department from the Abel family. A great deal of history Eric Johnson, chairman of the lecture series and history professor, said Weinberg’s appearance and speech will cost $5,000 of the endowment, a fifth of the rate he normally charges. Weinberg is a surviving person of Jewish background of the Holocaust, Johnson said. Weinberg was born in Germany and, at about 12 years old, narrowly escaped the country before World War II began. “He was able to survive,” Johnson said. “That’s what helps make him one of the superstars of the world on Holocaust discussion. The

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guy has a stamina, a strength and conviction to do what he does, and I admire that.” Johnson said today’s speech holds a great deal of history just by the date it is held. It is the anniversary of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass. That was the night, Johnson said, the people of Jewish descent were carted off to concentration camps and synagogues were burned to the ground. “There could be no person in the world more qualified to speak on this subject — a subject so many of us are interested in with Hitler, the Holocaust and the second World War,” he said. “It’s a big piece of history and it’s not so far gone. We can still hear from those who lived it.”

he did not. “I’m the same guy who started my own newspaper, the Vancouver Times, when I was 10,” Foster said. “Vancouver was the name of my street — the circulation was five.” Foster is now a sports columnist for the Detroit News and co-hosts the radio show ‘Valenti and Foster.’ He said his success was built on more than just hard work. Other inductees included Dobek, vice president of public relations for the Detroit Pistons; Harr, a longtime writer for the Jackson Citizen Patriot; and McKay, deputy photo editor for the White House.

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EDITORIAL |Movement needed for university mascot to change, not just open forums

Action, not words

ics realm, including the omission of spears and feathers, in 1989. But if there are problems with the nickname, then those students and faculty that feel it needs to go should step up and begin the process to change it. Even though the process may take a while, the time to begin is now.


t Thursday’s “Chippewa” nickname forum, all the panelists agreed that Central Michigan University’s nickname, used for all athletics teams, needs to change. They cited that the nickname is offensive to Native American people, and that the change would not be quick. Instead of holding forums and talking about how the nickname needs to be changed, students and faculty that feel strongly about the nickname should act now to begin the name-changing process. Discussing change and what should be done is important, but those discussions have been happening for years. In 2005, the NCAA deemed 18 schools used Native American symbols and names offensive and that they needed to change

How to do it If students and faculty are curious as to how they can go about changing it, they can check out the University of North Dakota. The university, in Grand Forks, N.D., saw students and faculty protest the nickname the Fighting Sioux. It was enough to where the school had until Oct. 1 of this year to change the name or be banned from NCAA postseason play. Without the approval of both Sioux tribes in North Dakota, the school will have to change the nickname. The deadline for approval has since been extended, with still no result. Going forward to the Saginaw

their nicknames and/or symbols. CMU was granted permission to use the nickname with the blessing of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian tribal leadership. CMU also has gone to the extent of eliminating all Native American-related lore in the athlet-

Chippewa Indian Tribe’s council would be a logical first step. The Tribe has given CMU its blessing for use of the nickname in years past and, without approval, the nickname “Chippewas” would not be allowed. It would take a while to complete, as the Tribe has continued to give its blessing on the name. Charlene Teters, a professor at the Institute of Indian Arts, would be a great person to begin working with. Teters fought against the University of Illinois to have the former mascot, Chief Illiniwek, removed because it was deemed offensive. Working with her to help remove the nickname would prove beneficial, since she has proven to know how to remove Native American nicknames. While hosting panels is a great way to spread the message about the nickname, it is only the surface work if the nickname does need to be changed. And those that are calling for the name’s end needs to hit the ground running instead of just talking about it.



Soccer champs The Central Michigan University women’s soccer team is the MidAmerican Conference champion, defeating Miami University 1-0 Sunday at the CMU Soccer Complex. The game was the program’s first MAC Championship. We congratulate the team on a terrific season, a record-setting shutout streak that lasted more than 1,200 minutes during the season and for a quick turnaround with a new coach (Tom Anagnost). Outside of football and wrestling, the soccer team is the latest team to win a championship since field hockey won a title in 2005. The team was awarded a stellar amount of awards for the 2009 season, including the MAC’s first defensive Player of the Year going to Shay Mannino and MAC Freshman of the Year awarded to Bailey Brandon. Anagnost deserves quite a bit of respect for building the soccer team into championship material, especially after replacing with former coach Tony DiTucci, who was dismissed Sept. 24, 2008, after allegations of misconduct were made to the athletics department. The team could have fell apart after that. Yet this is the second season in a row that Anagnost was named MAC Coach of the Year. The championship gives the soccer team automatic entry into NCAA tournament — which is a first. The Chippewas will face stark competition, potentially playing a Big Ten team in the first round. While dominant in the MAC, it is unknown how CMU will do against a tougher conference. Toledo, a MAC powerhouse over the years, did not fare too well in the past against the top teams in the nation. But then again, Toledo has never had as big of a winning season as Central did. The soccer team should be proud, no matter what happens in the NCAA. Its 17-game unbeaten streak and its previous 13-game shutout streak set records. With most of the key players being fairly young, the soccer team will no doubt be a strong force in the MAC for at least another season to come. It is great to see other teams outside of football and wrestling win MAC chapionships. Hopefully, the soccer team can transfer its shutout streak to the national level and make some headway in the NCAA.

[our readers’ voice]

U.S. Rep. needs to support health care bill Representative Dave Camp, when you voted no on the House health care bill, you once again sided with the health insurance companies in denying Americans their moral right to basic health care. You will have another opportunity to vote again in the final House vote. I hope you will, for once, take into account the number of your constituents who are either without, or struggling to keep, a basic level of health care for themselves and their families, while your corporate sponsors are raking in huge profits. I hope you will think about your constituents who are the working poor or have jobs that have no benefits because companies cannot afford to cover health care needs. I hope you will think about your constituents who are one hospitalization away from losing all they own. Representative Camp, you will have another opportunity to consider whether your political ideology is more important than your moral obligation to work to benefit

all of your constituents. You will have the opportunity to decide what your position of Representative really means: kowtowing to the rich and powerful, or truly representing all of us. The decision is yours, Representative Camp. We will be watching closely. Timothy Caldwell Mount Pleasant resident

Comments from on the column “Gay isn’t the new black”

Just as the black community is protected against discrimination under the law, so should any minority group, including the gay community, whose lives and well being are endangered by the majority. Dan says:

They relate to each other because they both involve human rights, freedoms and discrimination. Gays aren’t trying to steal attention from blacks, they just want the same rights and respect that you want. There is no need to feel threatened by gays. People should go out and meet them. They are people, just as black people are people and they deserve the same freedoms that everyone deserves.

JustMarriedUs says:

A wise black woman by the name of Melissa Harris-Lacewell once told us that “black is the old black and the gay is the old gay. But civil rights are civil rights.” While it may not be correct to equate the experiences of these two groups exactly, it is certainly fair enough to say that both groups have long been the target of discrimination, abusive hate crime and murders.

Nobody says:

It isn’t about favoring one over the other. Who someone sleeps with should have no bearance on how they are treated by other people. Why is it okay to discriminate against someone because they like people of the same gender? It’s not okay to discriminate based on color, creed or religion. So why sexual orientation?

CM You|What do you think should happen to the professors that plagiarized?

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

Michael L. Hoffman Columnist

Health care for all America should be able to provide help to all citizens The United States Declaration of Independence lays out certain unalienable rights Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers believed should be bestowed on all U.S. citizens — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It established the idea of the rights all Americans are entitled to. In today’s world, this should include affordable health care. I am sure James Madison did not consider health care when he drafted the U.S. Constitution ­— it was designed to be a “living document.” It is 2009, and things have changed. On Saturday, the House of Representatives approved the Affordable Health Care for America Act with a narrow 220-215 margin, taking the first important step toward making sure health care is affordable for everyone regardless of socioeconomic status or pre-existing condition. The United States is one of the only modern democracies without some form of national health care. Canada, Great Britain and Germany have it. Even China and Cuba provide health care to their citizens. Our nation has become too concerned with “making a buck” instead of seeing what we can do to help our neighbor. The insurance companies are spending millions on advertising and lobbying to ensure health care reform is not passed in its current incarnation. It is a similar strategy the tobacco industry took when Senator John McCain pushed for a cigarette tax in the 1990s. Health care should be a right, not a privilege. It should not be determined by a patient’s bank account. There are certain medical procedures that everyone should have access to in order to stay healthy. Women should be able to get mammograms and, if pregnant, prenatal care. Men should be able to get colonoscopies. These are procedures that could help save lives in the long run. Children are our future. Parents should be able to take their children to the doctors for checkups and not have to work about how much it is going to cost them. As a people, we need to make sure our children are not only safe, but healthy as well. One of the arguments against the newly passed bill is that federal funding will pay for abortions. This is not the case. A coalition led by conservative Democrats managed to tack on an amendment to the bill stating that no abortions will be paid for by the federal government. Even though I believe women should have a choice on what to do with their bodies, the cost of that choice should not be shouldered by the taxpayers. However, no one should have to stay home sick when they have, say, H1N1, and risk getting others infected. Or worse, become critically ill because they could not afford adequate health care. The House has taken the first important step in ensuring that Americans will have access to affordable health care. The Senate must pick it up from here and follow the House’s lead.

[letters to the editor]

“I think they should be suspended and fined.” Kyra Gibbs,

Detroit freshman

“They shouldn’t be working at CMU anymore. I don’t know why professors would do that.”

“I think the university should follow the policy for plagiarism.”

“They should be held to same standards as the students.”

Tim Hutchinson,

Dan Sauer,

Rochester Hills junior

Harper Woods junior

Emily Manidok,

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Central Michigan Life || Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 || 7A


On-campus job searches require dedication, some say

Students learn about disabilities

By Tony Wittkowski Staff Reporter

Diligence is a requirement when it comes to the application process for students seeking on-campus jobs at Central Michigan University. With the economy struggling, more students feel the need to get a job, said Micki Christiansen, student employment specialist. As more students hold on to their on-campus jobs for longer, fewer opportunities are left for incoming students. Christiansen had three positions available at Student Employment Services during the 2008-09 year and received applications from 93 students. “This year, we only had one position available and received 88 applications,” Christiansen said. The situation is different for each department — a student usually would work on campus for a year or so, then find a job off campus. But those jobs off campus have greatly reduced, said Jon Goodwin, manager of Student Employment Services. “Many of the jobs (off campus) students are looking for just don’t have the availability of on-campus jobs,” Goodwin said. “Hourly wages jumped up so quickly.”

David Garcia Project gives firsthand experience By Joe Borlik Senior Reporter

Ashley Troyer wants to challenge students to try painting without using their arms. Instead of holding the brush with your hand, try gripping it with your mouth. Can you write your name? “It’s really hard, but a lot of fun at the same time,” the St. Clair Shores sophomore said. Troyer said she does not just recommend this for fun — she wants to show students what the world would be like if they really could not paint with their hands. Troyer is a facilitator for the David Garcia Project, a series of exercises in which participants are broken into groups and faced with various simulations representing different disabilities. The simulations represent auditory, physical, visual and learning disabilities. They include climbing in and out of a wheelchair using only your arms, navigating your way through a maze while blindfolded and playing Simon Says while wearing ear plugs. About 25 students attended the first workshop of the month Friday. The next open session takes place at 5 p.m. Nov. 19 in the University Center Isabella Room. Jenison sophomore Holly Witte tried walking through a maze of construction cones blindfolded Friday. “It’s really hard to trust somebody to tell you where to go,” Witte said. “I just felt very scared, like I would run into things and hurt myself.”

Paige calamari/staff photographer

Top: Flint senior Emanuel Sledge traces an image at the learning station during the David Garcia Project Friday night in the Bovee University Center’s Terrace Room. The project was founded in honor of David Garcia, who lost his life during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center. Bottom: Escanaba freshman Emily Albright speaks about her experience after performing different tasks while wearing a pair of earplugs at the auditory station during the David Garcia Project Friday.

thought the simulations would be as difficult as they were. She was especially challenged by the auditory station, which required her utmost attention.

“I didn’t think it would be that hard when they explained it but, when you actually do it, it’s a lot harder,” Sheldon said.

Keep the memory alive The David Garcia Project is named after a computer programmer who worked at the World Trade Center and died during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Garcia suffered from a degenerative eye disease, and his family started the project to keep his memory alive. Troyer attended her first session as a participant last year and her heart was instantly touched. She knew she had to become a facilitator and spread her passion. One of her close friends in high school was born without a left forearm. Troyer wanted to learn what life is like not only for her friend, but also others with disabilities. “Every time I see someone else on campus, I want to empathize with them,” Troyer said. Saginaw freshman Eric Conley was inspired by the program. “It was interesting to see what they go through day in and day out,” Conley said. “I’d like to learn how I can help them out more.” Farmington Hills freshman Kathryn Sheldon said she never

The freshmen advantage But for the jobs that are

open, freshmen may have an advantage. “I tend to hire them actually as freshmen because it takes them longer to learn the job,” said Gabriella Tuttle, administrative secretary of the Biology Department. “That also depends on their qualifications.” She explained it is easier to train a student without a lot of prior campus work experience because, often, they will have obtained bad habits, such as wanting to eat at their desk. Generally speaking, the larger the department and the more positions available the greater chance a student has of getting a job because of the different job skills required. Places such as the SAC, Facilities Management and Dining Services are all large employers on campus who employ numerous students, Goodwin said in a previous interview. -Staff Reporter Nicole Ebiware contributed to this report.

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The little things With minimum wage rising from $7.15 to $7.40 an hour, a student’s job hunt is heavily affected. “More students are deciding to retain their positions with Campus Dining,” said Michelle Ingrim, human resources manager for Campus Dining. “Some of the reasons for this is because minimum wage increased, and if you are a full-time student working on campus, you will not

have FICA taxes deducted from your checks as you would at an off-campus job.” The library receives a lot of applications, too — more than 2,000 at the beginning of the fall semester. “The library offers students a place to work with some variety,” said Gerry Edgar, manager of Library Business Services. “Tangibles, like a pleasant place to work. Applications have gone up because there is flexibility to work hours.” However, some places feel as though the number of job applications have not increased at all — especially for Campus Dining, the largest student employer on campus. Each year, Campus Dining employs more than 1,000 students, said Nikki Smith, marketing manager of Dining Services. With Campus Dining not seeing a large influx of applications, other places might soon be seeing more as job availability slips away, Goodwin said.

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  Mannino’s penalty-kick stop secures MAC title


The soccer team won its first ever Mid-American Conference Championship Sunday, defeating Miami 1-0 at the CMU Soccer Complex. The team advanced in the semifinals Friday on penalty kicks to advance to the finals.


By Matthew Valinski | Staff Reporter


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Martin had two shots in Sunday’s 1-0 win.

Soccer team caps unbeaten Mid-American Conference season with tournament championship Sunday

Middle: Junior midfielder Valerie

Prause battles for a header Sunday against Miami’s Alexandria Karlsson. Bottom: Coach Tom Anagnost

hugs freshman Samantha Brenz after winning the MAC Championship Sunday. Anagnost also won his second consecutive MAC Coach of the Year award. photos by Matthew Stephens/ presentation editor

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Junior goalkeeper Shay Mannino, who made three saves in Sunday’s win against Miami (OH), celebrates by kissing the MAC Championship trophy.

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GAME BALL Junior goalkeeper Shay Mannino made the Mid-American Conference play of the tournament with 2:19 remaining in the Shay Mannino championship game Sunday. With CMU up 1-0, Miami was awarded a penalty kick. Mannino, taken out during the team’s penalty-kick round against Toledo in the semifinals, dove right and stopped Allison Berkey’ shot. The save preserved the victory and the championship for the Chippewas. She was named to the all-tournament team.

By Matthew Valinski Staff Reporter

One goalkeeper was the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The other was not even on the team to start the year. However, both goalies — junior Shay Mannino and senior Kristen Hubright — came up with the big save the soccer team needed this weekend. Mannino came up with the save when Miami (Ohio) senior Allison Berkey lined up for a penalty kick with 2:19 remaining in the MAC Championship game. “I just went with that first instinct, and that is the way she chose,” she said. It was one of just three saves for Mannino on the day. However, coach Tom Anagnost said it was Mannino’s leadership and vocal skills that helped guide CMU to a championship — not just the one save. “The biggest growth is her organizational and leadership of communicating during games,” Anagnost said. Mannino also made other plays to help the defense. CMU cleared a corner kick with a little less than 30 seconds remaining in the first half, but Miami sent the ball back into the 18-yard box. Mannino jumped in front of Miami forward Krysti Clarke and grabbed the ball before Clarke could generate a scoring opportunity. Anagnost said it has been Mannino’s work both during the offseason and the season that has made her into a firstteam All-MAC selection. “Arguably, she is the hardest worker in the program and that I have coached,” he said. “When you do that, things eventually turn your way.” Opportunity Knocks After Mannino held Toledo scoreless Friday through 110 minutes, the coaches decid-

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through the midfield? There, you had juniors Jenna Hill and Valerie Prause congesting the middle. Prause won the balls in the air and Hill had a knack for delaying or stepping into a forward at the right time while passing the ball. One of the keys for CMU and its defense all year has

soccer | continued from 1B

Horton shot the ball into the upper left corner of the net to give CMU the only goal it needed. “It popped out to me and I just kept my head shot and shot it,” Horton said. “I didn’t know it was going to go there but, luckily, it did.” Throw it in CMU had more chances in the first half, including headers from freshman Laura Twidle with 13 minutes remaining and Brielle Heitman with five minutes. Both attempts missed high. Both headers came off throw-ins deep inside Miami’s end from freshman Bailey Brandon. She found a teammate who headed the ball to Twidle and Heitman. Although the Brandon throw-in has become an important part of CMU’s offensive attack, Brandon said the success of her throw-ins has more to do with her teammates heading the throwin toward the middle of the action, not the distance she puts on the throw. “The only reason it is so successful is because you have people like Amanda Waugh and Valerie Prause who are able to get on the end of it, and they make it look really easy,” she said. Horton said it was the type of start the team has been

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Junior goalkeeper Shay Mannino was named to the all-tournament team this weekend.

ed Hubright would be in goal for the Chippewas during the shootout. Hubright was only on the team af- Kristen Hubright ter an injury to Stephanie Turner left the team shorthanded on goalkeepers midway through the season. Anagnost asked Hubright if she would return after leaving the team before her senior season for health and personal reasons. Hubright agreed. Anagnost looked to Hubright with a trip to the conference championship on the line. “Kristin Hubright is extremely talented at reactionary shots,” Anagnost said after Friday’s win. “She’s the most talented goalie I’ve ever coached in that regard. So it wasn’t an off-the-wall decision.” Although the coaches did not tell Hubright that she would be their pick to play in the shootout, she said she had a feeling that she would be the one the coaches would call on. “The coaches hadn’t exactly told me straight out but, throughout practices,

the girls had confidence in me,” she said. “They hated taking penalty kicks on me during practice. They would try to go to me first to get it over with.” Hubright had been warming up on the sideline during the second overtime to get herself ready. She had not played since Oct. 28, 2007, when she made a save in 45 minutes of game action against Western Michigan. She said being a goalie in a shootout, she needs to believe and see herself making the save. “Warming up, it was more of a mentality than anything,” she said. After each team had hit the post in their first attempt and both teams converted on their second attempt, Liesel Toth made her shot to put CMU ahead 2-1. It was then that Hubright made arguably her biggest save of her CMU career. Hubright dove to the right and turned away Toledo’s Kristen Lynn’s shot. “Usually, their hips and plant foot will point to the direction they’re going,” she said. “So it’s kind of a, ‘Read it really quick and then react in the right way.’”

been the idea of, if the CMU controlled the ball, the other team would not get a goal. It was mainly controlled in the other team’s end and, offensively, it was a new player stepping forward almost weekly. One week, it was Laura Twidle, the next Molly Gerst, followed by Chelsi Abbot and so on. It seemed right when a team could start keying in on one player from CMU, a different player started scoring goals and creating opportunities.

Fourteen different players scored goals for Central this season, seven of which had two or more goals. Then, the senior combo of Amanda Waugh and Stephanie Martin seemed to give CMU a calming presence coming off the bench, especially at the end of games. So the question still remains: who is CMU’s MVP? Frankly, this team really doesn’t need an MVP.

looking for the last couple of weeks. “We came out with a lot of intensity,” she said. “We had a lot of confidence and we knew that we were going to win this game.” Closing it out As the second half began, sophomore first team AllMAC selection Liesel Toth said CMU did not keep up that intensity, and that led to opportunities for Miami. “The first 20 minutes (of the second half ), we definitely let up,” she said. “We didn’t put them on their heels like we did in the first half and that was really scary.” Two-and-a-half minutes into the second half, Miami’s Krysti Clark hit the crossbar on a header while looking for the equalizer. But it was the penalty shot by Berkey that was Miami’s closest attempt to tie the game. Coach Tom Anagnost said although his defense did not play its best game, it did what it needed to do to win and that it is all he was looking for. “They came out and were fantastic that second half and threw everything at us,” he said. “We bent, but didn’t break.” CMU now looks toward the first round of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. The pairings will be announced at 8 p.m. Monday.

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GAME OVER MOMENT With 2:19 remaining in the game, Allison Berkey of Miami was hauled down and awarded a penalty kick. With the opportunity to tie the game, Berkey fired the ball to the lower right corner, but was stopped by CMU junior goalkeeper Shay Mannino. The save kept the game at 1-0 and would end that way. Mannino said she decided before Berkey took the shot that she would dive right because that is how she scored against EMU in the semifinals on a penalty kick.


“It is a great feeling to go out the way we did. It’s not even bittersweet, I’m just excited to end that way we did on our home field.” -Senior Molly Gerst “At the end of the day, I knew we wanted it more. We did not come this far, we didn’t put in those minutes and get up at 5:30 and pass fitness tests, we didn’t go through all that to not win.” -Freshman Bailey Brandon

“We were definitely challenged these last few games. We’ve allowed some scary shots on goal, but Shay is right there to back us up.” -Sophomore Liesel Toth

4B || Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 || Central Michigan Life

Volleyball loses to Ball State, Toledo By D.J. Palomares Senior Reporter

The CMU volleyball team lost both matches in a weekend for the second time this season. Central lost to Ball State on Sunday in straight sets after dropping a five-set match against Toledo on Saturday. “We just weren’t clicking offensively this weekend,” said coach Erik Olson. “We are having a tough time connecting with the setters. It is just an offensive issue that we have to figure out.” The Chippewas dropped the first two sets against Ball State, losing both in extra points. The team lost by a wide margin in the third set, 25-8. “Game two was just more of the same from game one,” Olson said. “We just didn’t have anyone step up and game three was just a total collapse.” The Chippewas struggled to hit around the Ball State defense, as the team had 18 blocks. Junior outside hitter Lauren

Krupsky provided one of the lone bright spots on the court for CMU with five aces. She hit for three in the first match against Kaitlyn Schultz UT, which gave her eight on the weekend. Toledo Central opened the weekend with a 3-2 loss to Toledo. After starting the season 3-0 in fiveset matches, the team has faltered, losing the last three fiveset matches. CMU traded sets with the Rockets, but failed to get anything going in the fifth set, as it trailed 7-0 to start the set. The team rallied and brought the score within two points before losing 15-11. Krupsky led the floor with 19 kills, but her nine errors and 67 attempts led her to a .149 attack percentage. Sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn Schultz hit for 13

kills off 23 swings and had two block assists. “It is really tough to put into words how we feel after losing like this,” Schultz said. “We just didn’t have the passion we should have had. We just didn’t.” The Chippewas have a twogame homestand this weekend against Northern Illinois and Western Michigan before heading into the MAC Tournament. Consecutive losses by Northern Illinois last weekend kept CMU in a tie with the Huskies for second in the Mid-American Conference West division. Olson said there is a level of mental preparation needed before the Chippewas compete again. “Our setters and hitters really need to do some searching inside and come out with their A-game,” he said. “Our team has played some great volleyball this season and anything can still happen.”

Six seniors finish field hockey careers By Jacob Lougheed Staff Reporter

The CMU field hockey team failed to live up to its preseason projection of finishing second in the Mid-American Conference. After a slow start to the season where CMU went 2-4 before playing a home game, the Chippewas were fighting an uphill battle the rest of the year to finish at .500 or better. The team dropped 12 of its first 16 games of the season. The struggles in part were a result of a slow offensive start, as CMU managed to score 23 goals compared to the 37 it gave up in those 16 games. “I expect us to come out stronger next year because we understand the effort it takes, which we put in at the end of the season,” said sophomore Lauren Leed. “I think next year, we are going to come out fearless, firing and ready to go.” When the Chippewas take the field for the first time next season, they are going to be without this year’s class of six seniors, five of which are defensive players. Also, as a part of the defensive overhaul, the team is losing its starting (senior Mel Curran) and backup goalkeeper (senior Kahla Schwall). “We will be a little younger on the defensive end,” coach Cristy Freese said. “We are going to be losing our starting goalkeeper and a few defensive pieces of our team. In our defensive backfield, counting Mel (Curran), we are losing

four players, and that is about 66 percent of our defense.” CMU ended its season in the MAC s e m i f i n a l Lauren Leed game Friday, with a 2-1 loss to Ohio in Muncie, Ind. Thinning out CMU’s only returning goalkeeper, sophomore Anastasia Netto, has just one game of experience, but she has three years of eligibility left. Powered by its defense, CMU was ranked third in goals against average (2.04), second in goals allowed (39) and tied for second with a 2.05 goals-per-game average in the MAC. Leed said the defensive losses could help the offense by giving them opportunity. “I think we are faced with a unique challenge next season,” she said. “This year, our defense has been solid and has been first in the MAC in many categories, but we are going to be losing a lot of defensive players. I think that gives our offense, which was young and rebuilding and was not always on the mark, a chance to step up.” Senior Kelly Jordan led the Chippewas with 13 goals and 35 points. Freshman Erin Dye came in second with 13 points and Leed had the secondmost goals on the team (6). Jordan is the lone CMU offensive player graduating. “I think it is going to be fun


in the springtime playing with each other and learning each other because there are going to be a lot of fresh spots,” Leed said. “I have all the confidence in the world that these girls are going to step up and fill those spots. There are some big shoes to fill, but I think we can get it done.” Friday The Bobcats got the scoring started with a goal in the first half off a shot from Marcy Dull in the 17th minute. It was the only goal of the first half. Leed scored for CMU in the 52nd minute of the second half when she scooped up a rebound off a Jordan shot and snuck it past goalkeeper Courtney Seiders to tie the game. But the Bobcats added their second goal in the 64th minute, when Paige Herr picked up a rebound from a shot by Dull to close out the scoring. Freese said while the team lost, it did have plenty of opportunities to change the outcome.

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Thomas starts first game By Tim Ottusch Assistant Sports Editor

Most exhibition games involve tweaking small problems before the regular season. Junior guard Jalin Thomas was making a major adjustment. Thomas, playing in place of injured junior Antonio Weary, made his first career start in the CMU men’s basketball team’s 70-42 win Saturday against Indiana-South Bend in Rose Arena. “Getting this game in before our season opener next week was real important because it helped me kind of gel with the guys a little better, especially the starting group,” he said. Thomas scored 12 points, had five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in the game, which impressed coach Ernie Zeigler. “Jalin’s a very smart basketball player,” he said. “I thought he was very comfortable. ... He does all the little things.” While Thomas contributed across the box score, he said he saw a lot of things he and the team need to improve on this week in practice before the season opener Saturday against Princeton. Defensive effort Zeigler said he was happy with the team’s defensive effort in Saturday’s victory. The Chippewas held the Titans to 0-for-7 shooting from 3-point range and 27 percent overall from the field. IndianaSouth Bend shot just 19 percent in the second half. CMU forced 22 turnovers and had eight steals. “I’m just really excited that we’ve had two consecutive outings where there was a really good focus defensively,” Zeigler said. Deja Vu Much like last season, CMU will start the regular

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Junior guard Jalin Thomas scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds Saturday.

season with multiple injuries. In its win against IndianaSouth Bend, the team was without guards Weary and junior Amir Rashid and freshmen forwards Sean Day and Will McClure. Weary is out four-to-six weeks with a broken bone in his left hand, and Zeigler said Rashid will have his knee scoped this week and will be out for some time.

McClure was out with an unspecified injury and is expected to return this week. Day missed the game for personal reasons and Zeigler said it is unclear when he will return. The team plays its regular season opener at noon Saturday in Rose Arena against Princeton.

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