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University prepared for 15% state higher education cutbacks Amount reduced dependant on tuition increases By Maryellen Tighe Staff Reporter

CMU will be more aggressive in its fiscal planning after Gov. Rick Snyder announced plans for a 15-percent cut to higher education in his 2012 budget. The university has been involved in contingency planning for a while, but administrators will now step up their efforts, said Kathy Wilbur, vice president of Development and External Relations. CMU has until next semester before the budget cuts will impact it because the state government runs on an Oct. 1 fiscal year, University President George Ross said. The university had heard rumors of 15-to 20-percent cuts prior to Snyder’s Thursday announcement. “The conversation has always been 15 to 20 percent, at least the last couple weeks,” Ross said. “We’ll be huddling up the beginning of the week to see where we are with prioritizations.” The university began budgeting for reductions last spring, when it made $5.2 million in

cuts through personnel and other cost reductions, Ross said. This is a start toward covering the $12 million reduction that Rick Snyder may be needed if Snyder’s proposed budget is approved. The 15-percent decrease in university funding will save the state $222 million, according to Snyder’s proposal. Eighty-three million dollars will be set aside to award universities which do not raise tuition more than 7.1 percent. “That 15 percent is actually contingent on complying to that rate cap; the cut could be deeper (if they don’t),” said state Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant. “If CMU were to raise tuition at an amount not to exceed 7.1 percent then there would be an opportunity to recapture some funds ... if they were able to do that then the cut would be 15 percent.” There are no proposed cuts to community college funding and it will stay at the 2011 level of $296 million. “We’re certainly very pleased A budget | 2A

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Dionysio Basco, Jackson McQueen, and Rafael Agustin perform skits as part of the N*gger Wetb*ack Ch*nk performance at Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium Thursday evening. The three showed the ways minorities are effected by racial slurs.

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The CMU Board of Trustees begins its meeting Thursday in the President’s Conference room in the Bovee University Center. Prior to the meeting the board was given a tour of the Real Food on Campus residential restaurant located in the Towers, The Market and Fresh Foods Company on east campus.

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CMU is set to renovate Pearce and Powers halls, but state backing for the initiative remains uncertain. A $24.5-million capital outlay proposed renovation for Pearce and Powers halls was approved Thursday at CMU’s Board of Trustees meeting. Following Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed 15-percent cut to higher education, University President George Ross said he “cannot speak to” if the proposal will be approved by state government. “(Snyder) is attempting to ‘right-size’ our state,” Ross said. “He has inherited a tremendous budget deficit.” The request includes upgrades to classroom furniture, floors, lights, windows, roofing, doors, fiber optics, ceilings and a new heating, ventilating and air conditioning system to both buildings. It was submitted to the state Jan. 20 pending board approval. “We spend a considerable

amount of time coming up with the best proposal for campus,” said Steve Lawrence, associate vice president of Facilities Management. Before the plan can come to fruition, the Capital Outlay Subcommittee must approve the capital outlay funds for the university. Other business Trustees approved a 2-percent increase to graduate assistantships and graduate athletic assistantships. Master’s candidates and nondegree graduate students or a specialist candidate with less than 30 hours beyond a bachelor’s degree earn $9,800 to $14,400. The board approved an increase of $10,000 to $14,700 rate for these students effective next year. Doctoral candidates or specialist candidates with 30 hours beyond a bachelor’s earn $10,850 to $19,000. Next year, A BOARD | 5A

he only race that matters is the human race. This was the message of “N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK,” a comedy show that analyzes language and race in the U.S. Rafael Agustin, Dionysio Basco and Jackson McQueen have toured the act in 41 states. “America was supposed to be a great melting pot, but it’s more about segmentation,” Agustin said. 1,100 students filled Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium Thursday to watch the three actors of different ethnicities share their personal struggles with cultural identity said Program Board president Steve Lewis, an Algean senior. The actors began the event by listing common stereotypes about their ethnicities. They said stereotypes are often untrue and people lose their identities when they are labeled.

Fewer H1N1 cases reported on campus since last year By Odille Parker Staff Reporter

The University Health Center has seen a decrease of about 74.4 percent in the H1N1 cases compared to last year. Helene Vossos, nurse practitioner at UHS said 23 cases have been reported on campus so far this season — from the 90 cases in 2009-10. CMU is treating H1N1 prevention alongside the seasonal influenza virus. “Rather than treating H1N1 individually, we are provid-

ing a seasonal vaccine that includes a protection (for H1N1),” Vossos said. “The influenza vaccine includes protection for influenza A, B and H1N1.” Contributing to the quick spread of H1N1 last year was the similarity to the seasonal flu’s symptoms. Vossos said patients tend to have a fever, prominent headaches, muscle and joint aches, extreme exhaustion and sometimes a sore throat with sneezing and stuffy noses. Holland sophomore Tyler Patterson was part of the

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ring to the show’s title. Prudenville sophomore Jenny Mendham said the show was eye-opening and hilarious. “It made me realize just how unfair it is,” she said. “Language should bring us together, not tear us apart.” Bay City junior Kasey McFarland said she was impressed with the performances. “I wasn’t sure what to expect, but they went off with a bang,” she said. McFarland said she appreciated the actors’ direct approach to the discussion of language and race. “I feel like with a subject like race, there’s no other way to go about it,” she said. Keisha Janney, assistant director of Minority Student Services, said the group performed at CMU a few years ago and it was invited back because of popular student demand. Janney said “NWC” effectively examined the use of language in society.

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“If we’re not what the cliches say we are, then what are we?” Basco said. They said each ethnicity has positive qualities and people should not be confined to stereotypes. Basco said he is tired of the stereotype that all Asians are intelligent and joked that if he were black, he would be considered cool and tough. “You realize those are just more stereotypes, right,” McQueen said. “Yeah, but I like yours better than mine,” Basco responded as the audience burst into laughter. The performers acted out humorous scenarios including a “Chinese Superman,” a “black Santa” and a “Latino Jesus.” After the audience’s laughter calmed, the trio said the skits were only funny because many see the scenarios as improbable. They said negative stereotypes can limit people’s potentials. “Three words that label people that became ways to hurt people,” McQueen said, refer-

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unlucky bunch to contract H1N1. Patterson had the Swine Flu for about two weeks last October. While at Ferris State University, the doctor told him he had the common cold. After displaying flu-like symptoms for the following week, Patterson received a second opinion back home, where he was diagnosed with the Swine Flu. “Overall, this was the worst experience with sickness that I’ve ever had,” he said. “I just

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w A Science of Advanced Materials Seminar will be presented by assistant physics professor Juan Peralta at 1 p.m. in Dow 107. w An Espresso, Tea and Community event hosted by FaCIT will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the former Embers Restaurant location, 1217 S. Mission St. w A “Deal or No Deal” game show hosted by Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium.


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that Gov. Snyder has recognized the importance of community colleges in restoring the Michigan economy,” said Mid Michigan Community College spokesman Matt Miller. Wilbur said CMU will be involved in the conversations in Lansing while the higher education bill goes through the state

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“It’s also to remind people that words have power and we give them that meaning,” she said. “Words have been used to hurt people in the past.”

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w “Bye Bye Birdie,” presented by Mount Pleasant High School, will be performed at 7 p.m. in the Mount Pleasant Public Schools Performing Arts Center Auditorium, 1155 S. Elizabeth St. Tickets are $8 and available in the high school principal’s office.

felt like a zombie the entire time because I was just so physically and mentally drained.”

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legislature. Cotter said it is important to understand that Snyder’s proposal still has to be voted on by the state Senate and the House. He said he looks forward to meeting with representatives from CMU and other voters to talk about the potential impact of the cuts on the university. “(Snyder’s proposal) is really just the first step of the budget process,” Wilbur said.

Janney said she hopes students that attended the event take away a better understanding of stereotypes and language. “Remember the laughs, but remember the message, too,” she said. sean Proctor/staff photographer

w Recording artist Chinua Hawk will be featured from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Auditorium as a part of Black History Month.



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Patterson said he dragged himself to class every day, but that was all the energy he had. While he does not know how he became infected, he recommends that people practice good hygiene and get the vaccine. Vossos urged the same prevention habits. She also encouraged good health habits during the flu season, such as getting enough sleep and eating a nutritious diet. The influenza vaccine is available in Foust Hall without restrictions, except if a person has an allergy to eggs or has a temperature over 100 degrees. Orion freshman Andrea Secor is aware of the risks in being infected with any influenza virus, but refuses to get the vaccine. “I don’t get (the vaccine) because I don’t like the idea of putting the influenza virus in my body on purpose,” Secor said. “I don’t do much to prevent it, though. I just act immediately when I feel symptoms coming on.” If a student contracts the influenza virus, Vossos said to stay home until they are feverfree for 24 hours, making sure to get plenty of rest and fluid. If symptoms continue, contact University Health Services in Foust Hall.

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PrintQ fund in development, tentatively planned for March OIT producing up to $10,000 for project By Brad Canze News Copy Chief

The fund for additional PrintQ allocations for students who have exceeded their limit on campus is making progress to come to fruition. A joint project between the Student Government Association and Office of Information

Technology, SGA president Brittany Mouzourakis said OIT may give up to $10,000 per semester for the fund, depending on student demand. “We did meet with (vice president of Information Technology and chief information officer) Roger Rehm ... about creating a system for allocation requests,” Mouzourakis, a Garden City senior, said. “Basically, Roger Rehm has promised us up to $10,000 for allocations for this semester.” Kole Taylor, technical writer at OIT, said the requests

for additional printing allocations will be handled through a website built on Microsoft SharePoint, the same foundation on which iCentral is built. “One of the benefits ... is that SharePoint can access your data and autofill some things,” Taylor said. “One of our web developers is doing the heavy lifting.” Muskegon senior Dave Breed, SGA vice president, said SGA and OIT met Wednesday to see a rough demonstration of the SharePoint website and to deter-

mine the criteria that will go on the application. “They’ve pretty much got everything set (with the website),” Breed said. “We made little tweaks to what we were going to request.” Although there is currently not a concrete timeline, Breed said SGA plans to have the system in place this semester. “I would say it would probably be good to go no later than mid-March. No later than that,” Breed said. Currently, undergraduates are allotted $10 worth of printing each semester and gradu-

ate students are given $15. This new fund will allow students to apply for additional printing paid for by the university. Currently, any printing over the allotted quota is paid by the individual student. “I know my guys who were in the meeting said it was a very productive meeting,” Rehm said. “They’re working with SGA to determine what information they need to determine locations.” Breed said although the applications are only open to individual students, instruc-

tors will be able to e-mail the PrintQ fund when they are teaching a print-heavy course, so the fund administrators will know those students have legitimate need if they apply. Originally, the website was going to have one application for students and a second application for instructors to request extra printing for their entire class. Breed said the second application was nixed because of technical limitations.

Volunteers to jump into icy pond for Special Olympics 5th annual Polar Plunge to draw 250 to 300 participants By Randi Shaffer Senior Reporter

Supporters of Special Olympics Michigan have no hesitation to show their enthusiasm for the cause — even if it means jumping into an icy pond. SOMI’s fifth annual Polar Plunge is set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Registration for plungers will begin at 10:30. Joel Warner, Polar Plunge coordinator and Information Systems Manager for SOMI, said 167 plungers have already registered online, and between 250 and 300 participants are expected to plunge into the Rose Ponds this year. “It’s huge,” he said. “Every year has been growing a good 75 percent.” Warner said last year’s Polar Plunge brought out 216 participants to raise about $30,000. This year’s goal is set at $40,000 — an amount Warner said is completely obtainable. The registration cost per plunger is $50, but last year’s participants averaged a donation of $230 each. Warner said the two registered student organizations in the lead for highest donations are Phi Sigma Pi fraternity and Therapeutic Recreation. Phi Sigma Pi member Maria Schmieder, an Ada senior, is planning to make her first jump on Saturday after helping coordinate the group’s participation. “I didn’t jump last year, so I’m nervous about the cold,” Schmieder said. Schmieder said the Polar Plunge is Phi Sigma Pi’s second biggest fundraising cause. “It’s our biggest fundraising thing outside of our philanthropy,” she said. “Mount Pleasant is the headquarters for (SOMI), and I feel it’s really im-

portant that CMU and the community as a whole raise a lot of money for it.” Plungers are encouraged to wear costumes, though it is not required to participate. Costumes must be appropriate and include shoes, Warner said. “It’s whatever your imagination comes up with,” Warner said. “Wetsuits are not allowed. Quite a few are in bathing suits, but there are some pretty wild costumes.” He said there is no age limit to participate and this year’s youngest registered plunger is 8 years old. Kim Purdy, public relations director for SOMI, said the event is an integral part of funding the Special Olympics. “We get no state funding,” she said. “We are funded by the generosity of donors and sponsors. Every dollar counts.” Purdy said even though SOMI provides year-round athletic training and competition, the organization is about more than athletics. SOMI presents opportunities for Special Olympic athletes to experience joy, form friendships and gain self-esteem, among other things, she said. Purdy estimates out of the 24 locations hosting Polar Plunge events across Michigan this winter, CMU will place second or third in terms of largest dollar amount raised. An after-plunge party will be hosted at Wayside Central, 2000 S. Mission St. Food from O’Kelly’s Bar and Grille, also at 2000 S. Mission St., and The Cabin, 930 W. Broomfield St. will be provided. Participants can eat for free, but a $5 donation for nonplungers will be taken at the door. Post-plunge awards will be given at the after-plunge party.

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From left: Co-Director and Grand Rapids resident Pete Westers, Clinton Township freshman Dylan Broome, Indian River senior Josh Rorick and Grand Rapids resident Dan Winer gather around a piano and sing together at the end of rehearsal for their Youth Barbershop Chorus, named Northern Rhapsody, on the second floor of the Music Building. The group has just resumed practice after competing in the International Youth Chorus Festival in Las Vegas at the end of January where they placed No. 12 out of 19.

Making Music Male barbershop chorus travels, sings together

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What happened in Vegas, stayed in Vegas. But Northern Rhapsody and its newfound victory quickly made its way back to CMU. The group is an all-male youth barbershop chorus consisting of about 30 members from all over Michigan. Although the newly established registered student organization is primarily composed of CMU students, members range from junior high students to alumni under 30. “There’s a lot of different people in the group with a big age range,” said Fraser senior Cameron Hunt. “But we all have one thing in common, and that is our interest and passion for singing.” Co-founders Craig Johnson of Lake City and Ryan Collins of Holt, both seniors, and Davenport alumnus Dan Winer established Northern Rhapsody in September. Members were gathered from their individual chorus groups and brought to-

gether by their love for barbershop-style singing. “Our goal when we first created Northern Rhapsody was to perform at the Youth Chorus Festival in Las Vegas,” said Johnson, the club’s president. He said more than $7,000 in donations from people all over Michigan made sending a group of 17 to Las Vegas Jan. 27 to compete against 18 other chorus groups from around the world possible. “After only about three-anda-half months of practice and rehearsal we finished 12th out of 19,” Johnson said. “Which puts us in the top 50 percent in the world.” Hunt said the competition was a rewarding experience. “All of the different chorus groups were helping each other out after the performances and we all learned from each other,” Hunt said. “It was nice to watch the senior quartet perform too, because they gave us inspiration to improve.” Mount Pleasant senior Garrett Gillingham was excited to compete and happy to explore

Ithaca resident Jeff Rayburn directs members of Northern Rhapsody, a Youth Barbershop Chorus at CMU, during one of the group’s rehearsals on the second floor of the Music Building.

the city while not performing. “We were always singing in the lobby of the hotel, and we got the chance to walk up and down the strip and check out New York New York Hotel and Caesar’s Palace,” Gillingham said. Northern Rhapsody’s next performance will be at the Pioneer District spring contest in April at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, 6800 Soaring

Eagle Blvd. Johnson said males interested in joining the group can come to an open rehearsal from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 27 in room 217 in the Music Building. “It’s a fun group and great hobby that is very addicting and a big part of our lives,” Gillingham said.

Local resident starts food delivery service By Orrin Shawl Staff Reporter

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Southfield sophomore Brandon Woods walks to his car Tuesday from Los Palominos, 4585 E Pickard St,, to deliver food for 317 FOOD. Woods has been driving for the business for about a month. “I think it’s a good business because it gives an opportunity to people to get food from places who don’t deliver and it’s convenient for kids on campus,” Woods said.

Taco Bell doesn’t deliver, but 317 FOOD gives students that chance. Founded and owned by Mount Pleasant resident Mike O’Day, 317 FOOD is a delivery service that will order, pick up and deliver customers’ culinary wishes from restaurants that do not offer delivery. O’Day operates the business from his house where he takes and sends orders to his drivers or carries out the order himself. To order, customers can call 317-FOOD (3663) or send an email at He said when he lived in

Lansing, he worked for a business called Special Delivery, which offered a delivery service similar 317 FOOD. He said he took his first order on March 11 last year. “It was good starting out while the students were leaving,” O’Day said. “Because I got the bugs worked out early rather than have all kinds of things come up that I wasn’t expecting, and then getting too busy and getting customers upset or not getting the service that they should.” He added that students comprise most of his business but they are not the only customers. One of the 317 FOOD drivers, Troy junior Mary Wilbur,

doesn’t even have to leave her home to be at her job, until she receives a delivery notice. Wilbur said she was looking for a part-time job and saw a flyer for 317 FOOD and applied. “My favorite part of the job is all the different people I see. I deliver to students on campus quite often or I’ll deliver to students off campus, as well as elderly people,” Wilbur added. “I like interacting with all these different kinds of people. “ Middleman Delivery is another food delivery service similar to 317 FOOD. Owner Aaron Dome said, “We deliver everything but alcohol and tobacco products. We run a rate

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of $4. We do restaurants, fast food, grocery stores.” Like most other businesses, 317 FOOD usually does not get a lot of business on regular weeknights, but weekends are usually the busiest, especially Fridays. Applebees manager Russ Bielaga believes 317 FOOD really helps their business for those who do want to eat their food but not drive to the restaurant. “We’ve done business with them two or three times now,” Bielaga said. “We treat them like a regular customer ordering food.”

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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution


Editorial Board: Jackie Smith, Editor


Chief | Connor Sheridan, Managing Editor | Brad Canze, News Copy Chief

Carisa Seltz, University Editor | Jake Bolitho, Metro Editor | Aaron McMann, Sports Editor | Michael L. Hoffman, Student Life Editor

EDITORIAL | Proposed higher education cuts understandable, reason to prepare

No Surprise

Academic Prioritization process as a way to rate programs and make cuts where necessary. The process, which commenced in November, should be used to decrease funding to programs considered less vital at CMU. Priorities must put students and programs the university is known for first. An example is the College of Education and Human Services, one of the largest and most prestigious of its kind in Michigan. CMU invested $50 million in the state of the art EHS building to replace Ronan Hall as the college’s headquarters, which was small and showing its five decades. Meanwhile, spending to programs that do not directly affect student success can be reduced or even possibly eliminated. Snyder’s proposed budget comes with an $83 million incentive that


ov. Rick Snyder’s decision to slash higher education funding to state universities by 15 percent should not come as a surprise to CMU administrators, and it should serve as the perfect catalyst for them to prepare. While cuts to higher education funding are always unfortunate, they are warranted this year. What is critical is not how much was cut, but how CMU reacts. In September, University President George Ross said CMU was preparing for up to a 20-percent reduction in state appropriations for the 2011-12

budget. Thursday’s budget proposal calls for less than that — a $12 million loss as opposed to $16 million. Because CMU was planning for the worst as early as five months ago, there should be very little room for error once the state’s fiscal year begins Oct. 1. Administrators have touted the

would be shared to public universities if they keep tuition increases around 7 percent or less. CMU must consider this and make every effort to keep this summer’s tuition increase minimal — or not include one at all. The last time CMU raised tuition by more than 7 percent was in 2008, when Michael Rao was university president. A modest increase of 2.06 percent was approved last summer and a similar move should not be out of the question for 2011. Snyder cited a need for “tough decisions” with the new budget and higher education is no exception. However, the governor’s decision cannot set off a pattern of education cuts later in his term. Another significant cut to higher ed funding in the 2012-13 fiscal year would be undoubtedly baseless.


Ashley Kennett Columnist

Talking over lectures is just plain rude In every lecture there will be those people — you know, the ones who can’t shut their mouths? To those people I say, “Prepare to receive a nasty stare, at least if you are anywhere near me.” I am not a perfect student, I don’t get all A’s and devote a ton of time to school, I’ll admit that. What I do spend my time doing though, is my decision, and not anyone else’s. This is why disruptive people in class really tick me off; apparently, they decided they have control over whether or not myself or those around me get to listen to the lecture being given. I understand some people are more extroverted than others, but there is a time and place to demonstrate that extroversion, and it is not while someone is trying to teach and other people are trying to learn. When I come across these obnoxious learning-obstructers, what they are chatting about usually does not at all pertain to the class, or anything remotely substantial. It’s always about some girl who likes their best guy-friend and how they cannot believe he likes her, too. Really, people? Sometimes overhearing this stuff makes me feel extraterrestrial. I understand gossip can be interesting and yes, it can even be more interesting than the lecture being given, but let people decide that for themselves. By chatting away without any regard for other people, you are just being plain rude. I got detentions in middle school and even in high school for talking and laughing in class — but that was grade school. This is college. While we aren’t beyond serious bouts of immaturity, we are paying big bucks to be sitting in these classrooms, so if you don’t want to pay attention or at least pretend like you are, then please, don’t bother showing up for class. I’m a visual/auditory learner, so I can sometimes gain more from a lecture than from reading a book, so if there is an important point made in class that is going to help me pass the test, I want to be sure that I hear it. Hard to do when someone is having a gossip session behind me. I know there are others who feel my pain, and it can be tough to confront these people, but I say do it anyway. Whatever you do, don’t put up with Britney and Stacey talking about how weird it is that Scott and Jessi love each other.

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Severance pay, construction projects perplexing use of funds I’m outraged by what this school is doing. Nehad El-Sawi resigned on her own free will. There is no need to give her $238,691.76. No normal person would resign or get fired while being paid for it unless the campus is trying to hide something. Most professors that read the story know they would never be given that luxury. Why is there always a setback with the College of Medicine or CMU’s new projects? I’m always hearing about a new building, relocation or an upgrade for campus when the things we have are

fine the way they are. Why do we need a new gym when the Student Activity Center is set up the way it should be? One or two people have to wait now and again for the treadmill, so what? I want to know why campus is charging 200 percent more per credit hour than they did in 2001. I want to know why CMU has a rainy-day fund with 40 percent of their budget when they only need 25 percent. I want to know why the Freedom of Information Act had to be used to get the severance pay for

Nehad El-Sawi. The school can use its money for more important things like fixing the ongoing parking problem, not making students pay for parking passes like other public colleges, lowering the burden on tuition prices and helping out with more scholarships. This school is doing a lot of corrupt and stupid things, I’m glad we still have good reporters to sniff out the truth behind the lies. Julie M. Schima Roseville sophomore

Severance payment to El-Sawi ridiculous Really? Nehad El-Sawi is receiving nearly a quarter-million dollars upon her resignation? I’m sorry, but this is ridiculous. No offense to the professor (I’m sure she provided much help for the College of Medicine), but she was here for 10 months and is being paid almost 5 times more than my dad makes in 1 year! More importantly, her “severance pack-

age” could pay for approximately 11 years of tuition. No wonder why the university doesn’t want to comment; this is absolutely unnecessary. I think CMU should start focusing on us students who are paying for an education with money that we don’t even have. Many of us will be paying off loans for years and years to come,

and the state is already cutting aid by the thousands. With “severance packages” like this along with new buildings (that we really could live without), tuition will most likely raise again next year, which will just be the highlight of my summer. NOT. Samantha Hegeman Rockwood junior

[Your voice] Comments in response to College of Medicine opening delayed, first class to begin in summer 2013 912 - Feb. 15 Hmmmmm? That’s not what they said. A few days back, CMU claimed — and CM Life dutifully echoed that claim — that the departure of the med school associate dean was “just a hiccup” in the med school plans. All was well, we were told. Pay no attention to those nay-sayers. What happened between then and now? How much more money will the university pour down this hole before admitting its mistake?

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And what will those well-paid remaining deans do between now and next year to earn that $250,000 (give or take a few $10,000) to earn their keep? Inquiring minds want to know. In response to El-Sawi receives nearly quarter-million dollars as part of compensation package Garret Ellison - Feb. 16 This just speaks to how fiscally irresponsible the CMU administrators are; who think nothing of drafting and signing a contract with this kind of severance package included. The medical school is a huge boondoggle and this is likely to be only the beginning of

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untold monies flushed down the drain getting such a folly up and running. This is why I’ll never donate as an alum. Morons. Jesus_said - Feb. 16 A $238,691.76 severance package! She should be paying central for her irresponsible professional behavior. Joe - Feb. 16 How do you get $238k in severance when you only work about six months and your salary is $200K for a year...oh and you QUIT? Can I get a job like this?

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Nathan Inks Columnist

Former Bridge Card policy an unnecessary exception

Last week, Maura Corrigan, the director of the Michigan Department of Human Services, announced there would be changes to the Bridge Card food assistance program starting April 1. Over the past week, these changes have been the victim of exaggeration and misleading statements by many. These changes are not some radical scheme by Republicans; rather, DHS is simply bringing Michigan’s food assistance program in line to match federal guidelines. The guidelines state that in order to receive assistance, a person must meet certain income and employment requirements that prove assistance is truly needed, but the Michigan policy has been to allow an exception allowing student status to be its own qualification. Such an exception is not only unnecessary, but it goes against the very fiber of why the program was created — to help low income people. Under the new policy, if students meet the income and work requirements, they are eligible just like everyone else. Rectifying this is a much needed move at a time of crisis for the Michigan budget. Bridge Cards are far too often abused in college and seen as a way of getting “free” money. In fact, during a recent grocery shopping trip, I overheard a girl telling her friend she was going to pick up a couple packages of cookies for her registered student organization’s meeting the next day and just put them on her Bridge Card. The citizens of Michigan should not be subsidizing snacks for student organizations. If a student honestly cannot afford $200 a month for food, that person should reconsider if attending college is right for them at the time. Taking a year off between high school and college to raise some money never killed anyone. In fact, my father did just that. After he graduated from high school, he changed his plans to go to college and took a year off from his schooling to work, and he saved up his money so that he could attend college and have money to live dayto-day. There are some college students who genuinely have financial needs, and these people will still be able to access the necessary assistance. What needs to end is the mentality that the first place students should turn to for food is the government. Bridge Cards may not cost them anything, but they have become an increasing burden on the state and its taxpayers, and it is a burden that we cannot handle anymore. Most other states do not throw out the rules for people just because they are college students, and Michigan cannot afford to continue to do so either.

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Man charged with robbing Wal-Mart, assaulting employees By Gabi Jaye Senior Reporter

A Shepherd man has been arraigned on six charges and could face more after sheriff’s deputies said he robbed an Isabella County Wal-Mart and assaulted its employees. Jeff Lynn Graham, 47, allegedly entered at about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday at the 4730 Encore Blvd. business and attempted to leave with several items he

did not pay for, according to the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department. Members of the Wal-Mart Loss Prevention Team observed Graham placing the items in his pockets and inside his pants. The employees then stopped Graham as he was leaving the store. According to sheriff’s deputies, Graham pulled out pepper spray from his pocket and sprayed the employees with it.

Multiple other employees then came forward to assist and two of them were allegedly sprayed as well. “ P e p p e r Jeff Lynn Graham spray makes a persons’ eyes water and skin burn for a bit, but it causes more of an irritation than serious injuries,” Sheriff Leo Mio-

duszewski said. Mioduszewski said no serious injuries were suffered during the incident. Wal-Mart was contacted but referred all questions to its corporate offices. Graham was eventually taken down to the floor by employees and a customer, according to sheriff’s deputies. He said Graham attempted to steal a razor, speakers, men’s hair lightener, a salon board,

men’s Nair and Zegerid pills. The items had an estimated value of $78, Mioduszewski said. Deputies then arrived and arrested Graham, who is lodged at the Isabella County Jail, 207 Court St., on charges of unarmed robbery, assault and retail fraud. His bond has been set at $21,000. Graham was arraigned on one count of unarmed robbery, one count of possession

of a dangerous weapon/using a self-defense spray device, one count of resisting and obstructing a police officer, one count of assault and battery, one count of retail fraud in the third degree and one count of disorderly person. The sheriff’s department was assisted by a trooper from the Michigan State Police.

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Options to regulate dispensary exist Lawyer presents rights to board on marijuana use By Jordan Spence Staff Reporter

Union Township has several options to regulate marijuana dispensaries in the future even though it cannot restrict medical use in homes. Andria Ditschman, a lawyer with The Hubbard Law Firm in Lansing, presented the township board Wednesday night with laws, regulations and rights associated with medical marijuana dispensaries. “I think the law was purposefully written to make it broad, to define who can use and who can’t,” she said. “It isn’t written poorly, it’s actually written cleverly.” On Feb. 9, Union Township approved a six-month medical marijuana moratorium that prevents dispensaries from being developed during that period. Ditschman said the intent of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, approved by state voters in 2008, was to clearly allow patients access to marijuana and also for caregivers that grow and dispense them. Because of the way the law is written, there are only legal defi-

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$10,850 to $19,000. Next year, they will receive $11,050 to $19,300. Ross said giving graduate assistants a pay increase is an issue of fairness. “The government says we all need to make a sacrifice; I think that group has made that sacrifice,” Ross said. Graduate fellowships also received a 2-percent increase after board approval Thursday. During the 2010-11 school year, these awards include a stipend of $12,600 for doctoral students and $10,300 for subdoctoral students. Effective for the 2011-12 academic year, graduate fellowship stipends will increase to $12,850 for doctoral research fellowships and $10,500 for graduate research and diver-

nitions of patients and caregivers, not dispensaries. Ditschman said this causes confusion. She said the township can take several forms of action. It can regulate dispensaries by creating special use permits, home occupancy permits or specific licensing regulations. “We can’t prohibit patients from using in their own homes,” Ditschman said. “I also don’t recommend prohibiting dispensaries altogether, either.” The township will have a committee look into the issue. It will also be on the township board of trustee’s agenda for the next few months, trustee Phillip Squattrito said. “We want as much community input as possible,” trustee John Dinse said. “The more people the better.” Other Business Zion Lutheran Church, 3401 E. River Road, will be required to add a new sidewalk because it is constructing an addition. “Any time there is construction that requires a site plan review, they are required to add sidewalks,” trustee Squattrito said. The new sidewalk will be on the north side of River Road and will be 350 feet long and five feet wide.

sity fellowships. The board approved a proposal to allow Merit Network, Inc. to use part of the university’s annual membership fees to help pay down a bond debt acquired by the organization for a project to expand broadband networks across the state. Merit acquired bond debt to match federal funds for their project. CMU’s portion of the repayment would amount to a 4.23 percent of the total $8 million bond, or $264,105, an amount the university pays to the organization annually. ““It’s a pretty simple proposal,” said Roger Rehm, vice president of Information Technology and chief information officer. “JP Morgan Chase is asking the university to guarantee we can use our membership to pay bond debt.”

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An umpire attempts to separate Homer High School’s Mitch Pease, left, whose arms are wrapped around the head of Concord’s Mike Kaplinski at the beginning of a fight at third base on June 5. Both benches nearly cleared out to join their teammates, resulting in both teams forfeiting the Division 4 district championship game. “(Kaplinski) steals third, why do their players have a right to jump in, hit him and tackle him?” said Concord coach John Ropp. “That’s exactly what happened. He slid into third, the pitcher was all ticked off and went chest-to-chest with him and the shortstop comes running and drills him in the back. Why does their player get to charge our player and start throwing haymakers when the game is still going?”

Photo editor wins national award for images Jake May places second in Hearst competition By Odille Parker Staff Reporter

Jake May has reached the top of college journalism. The Grand Haven senior placed second in the news and sports photojournalism category of the Hearst Award. This award competition is open to undergraduate journalism students attending an accredited university. There are championship finals to each of the four divisions, and the winners receive scholarships with matching grants for their schools. May was chosen by Kent Miller, an assistant professor of journalism, as one of the two students who CMU entered. Miller has been working with May for the past two years. As his advisor, Miller

has seen the range in May’s work and admires his eye for capturing great moments. “Beyond being an amazing photographer, Jake is really personable,” Miller said. “He makes people feel comfortable and it’s easy for them to open up to him. When he’s in the room, you know it.” May’s submission was selected from among 74 entries submitted from 43 schools nationwide. May has also been a big help in Miller’s classes. He comes in to help beginning students and makes himself available to anybody who wants to learn about photojournalism. Miller said May has always been a leader among his peers, pushing them to get the best out of themselves. For the competition, May submitted two news images and two sport images. He gave a large amount of credit to the Jackson Citizen Patriot, a newspaper where he interned last summer.

Three of the four images were made while working there. One image was at a championship base- Jake May ball game in Homer, where both teams were disqualified for starting a brawl. Another was taken at the Memorial Day parade. It is of a soldier with his hands on his son’s shoulders looking up into the rainy sky. May emphasized the importance of being at the right place at the right time. “It’s about being patient and enduring the weather to look for those kinds of moments,” May said. “You have to look for something to tell the story and find the human interest within it.” May’s passion for photography developed in college. He said he owes a lot of it to the “Rat Pack,” a group of this three closest journalism

friends. May said they are all in it together and push each other to be the best. May is the photo editor at CM Life. Miller said the visual aspect and in-depth stories of the paper have improved since his arrival. Director of Student Publications Neil Hopp finds May as a very ingenious photographer and deserving of this award. “He has a great imagination and is always thinking of how to shoot differently,” Hopp said. “He is very organized and put together a portfolio of a great variety of moments.” May intends to be a photojournalist until the day he dies. “My goal is to explore human nature, emotion, moments,” he said, “and hopefully make people stop to realize each moment, no matter how small, is fleeting.”

CMU Board of Trustees gets first-hand look inside of RFoC Members will vote on renovation at future meeting By Carisa Seltz University Editor

A detachment of suited professionals lingered among the usual rush of hungry students craving a quick breakfast at Real Food on Campus. The CMU Board of Trustees paid a visit to Carey Hall’s RFoC residential restaurant

Thursday morning to evaluate its amenities. The site trip to the Towers will help members decide if they want to approve a proposal to renovate the facility at a future date. “That was an education process, to say ‘What is the status today?’ … so that we can make an (educated) decision,” board chairwoman Sarah Opperman said. “There’s something about walking through it, seeing it, talking to the people there that helps.” CMU first reported on the proposal to funnel $850,000

into the potential project Dec. 1, 2010 based on the board’s Dec. 3, 2010 agenda. However, the proposal inadvertently made its way into the packet. University President George Ross said the Dec. 3 agenda was sent before it was finalized and the proposal was removed. The board was not ready at that time to make a substantive decision. “We apologize for that,” Ross said. Opperman said the proposal may be presented to the board to approve the project at a future meeting, but that would be up to administrative officials. She

said it must be balanced with other needs. The proposal The original proposal requested the board to authorize “the planning, design, construction and equipping” of the first phase of the renovation project. The Phase I renovation would include new seating and architectural elements. According to the proposal, it would create eight seating areas which will provide “multiple dining experiences.” The project also will


include a new front entrance, energy-efficient lighting enhancements, technology improvements and new signage, graphics and color palette. The proposal states sustainability initiatives will be considered in all areas affected by the renovation. If approved, the project will be funded by the auxiliary maintenance, renovation and replacement fund. Shaun Holtgreive, associate director of Residence Life, told CM Life in December the new facility will allow Residence

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Life to provide Towers residents a better living experience at CMU. Ron Souva, food service director of RFoC, could not be reached for comment prior to print. The board also discussed Thursday whether east campus’ Fresh Food Co. residential restaurant also might be renovated. -News Copy Chief Brad Canze contributed to this report


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Head start on headlocks Youth wrestling program gives kids skills early By Justin Hicks Staff Reporter

Spoken like a true wrestler, 11-year-old Zach Freier said his favorite thing about wrestling is that it’s a tough-guy sport. “If you’re too tough for basketball, you come down to wrestling,” he said during a Thursday meeting of the Central Michigan Wrestling School Youth Hammer Club. Freier is one of almost 20 youth wrestlers who spend their Tuesday and Thursday evenings learning new wrestling techniques and improving on familiar moves in the new CMU Events Center practice room. The kids, ages 7 to 11, are taught by volunteer assistant coach Paul Lyon, who finished runner-up at the California Community College Championships in 2007. He wrestled for Cerritos College as the starting 133-pounder. “We’re trying to build a good youth program so they can go wrestle well in high school, and then one day, maybe they can wrestle for us,” Lyon said. The youth club was created in 2009 and has nearly doubled in attendance in its second year. “We have 15 or 20 kids this year, and only had around 10 or so last year,” Lyon said. “People seem to enjoy it, and we’re getting a better following this year.”

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Mount Pleasant resident Blayze Courtney, 11, attempts to hold down his opponent, Mount Pleasant resident Dylan Burns, 10, during wrestling practice in the practice wrestling room in the Events Center Thursday evening.

Each session is set up similarly to the CMU wrestling team’s practices, starting with a warm-up and branching off into pairs to put the kids’ new moves to work. Lyon is the primary coach of the program, with visits from CMU wrestling head coach Tom Borrelli and assistant coach Mark DiSalvo from time to time. Many of the kids’ parents were wrestlers, and often give them pointers during practice. “I like the camp because (the kids) get more for their time and Paul keeps them from getting off task,” said Mike Lalande, whose stepson, Blayze Courtney, is in his first year with the CMU program.

Though the club hasn’t had much connection with the CMU wrestling team, it hopes to see more of the varsity wrestlers participate as the program expands. “We’d like to get more wrestlers involved, but it’s kind of hard when they have practice right before the club meets,” Lyon said. Even without their physical presence in the practice room, some of the kids are close followers of the varsity wrestlers. “I usually watch them on TV or see them in the newspaper,” Freier said. “Last year, I saw a few matches and they were pretty good. Now they’re kind of slipping, but they’ll get back up.”

Frier was quick to say his favorite wrestler was Florida junior Scotti Sentes, indicating Sentes’ speed and strength as his key attributes. While some of the kids were able to attend the dual-meets against the University of Michigan and Old Dominion University, others said that they weren’t able to get to many CMU matches because of scheduling conflicts with other weekend tournaments. Outside of the club, many of the wrestlers compete in leagues around Mount Pleasant, including the Michigan Youth Wrestling Association and the North Eastern Michigan Wrestling Association.

“It’s one of the tougher clubs I’ve been to, and probably the toughest,” Freier said. “You get stronger, you get faster, you get better at techniques and you learn new ones.” The six-month program will finish in March with the end of the wrestling season.

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MAKING A STATEMENT Needing a win to keep MAC title hopes alive, wrestling dominates EMU By Josh Berenter Staff Reporter

The CMU wrestling team dominated Eastern Michigan Thursday night at McGuirk Arena, winning 29-3. The Chippewas (7-8 overall, 3-1 Mid-American Conference) nearly earned their first shutout of the season only losing one match in the dual. With the win, CMU also kept its hopes alive to win a share of the Mid-American Conference championship. EMU didn’t lead in any match until the fifth match of the night, when 157pounder Ryan Cubberly fell behind early 1-0. But the deficit was short-lived as Cubberly came back with an escape to tie the match, forcing the only overtime match of the dual.

By Aaron McMann Sports Editor

An eight-hour trip to play a game that has no bearing on a team’s Mid-American Conference is typically deemed worthless. But in Central Michigan’s case, it could turn out to be more worthwhile than many think. CMU will take a break from the conference schedule to play in the annual ESPN BracketBuster game, originally intended to put mid-major teams on the cusp of making the NCAA Tournament. The team will travel to Niagara Falls, N.Y., to play Niagara at 2 p.m. Saturday, looking for its first road win of 2011. “For us, because we’re so young, it’s an opportunity,” said CMU head coach Ernie Zeigler. “It’s going to be a Ernie Zeigler tough trip in that it’s an (early game) with a quick turnaround and eighthour trip and all of that.” The Chippewas are 0-6 on the road this year, and have not won away from McGuirk Arena since Nov. 24, a 62-52 win at Illinois-Chicago. And much like them, the Purple Eagles come into the game with a sub-.500 record at 7-21 and 4-12 in the Metro Atlantic Conference. They are coming off a 67-65 win against Canisius and have won three of their last four games. CMU has won two straight. “It’s another opportunity, and that’s what we’re talking about,” Zeigler said. “Not only how we’re going to finish this season, but you’re starting to see our young guys maA NIAGARA | 3B


Weekend Men’s MAC Standings West Division Team

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Miami (OH) Kent St. Buffalo Akron BGSU Ohio

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Junior heavyweight Jarod Trice lifts Eastern Michigan’s Wes Schroeder during the last match Thursday night at McGuirk Arena. Trice, ranked No. 2 in the nation, won by a 2-0 decision to improve to a 22-3 overall season record.

“We’ve been pretty inconsistent most of the year. This was the first time we were real consistent throughout the whole dual meet.” jake may/photo editor

Junior 197-pounder Chad Friend avoids a kick to the face while wrestling EMU’s Nick Whitenburg.

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Cubberly’s match also provided the only controversy of the night as EMU nearly earned a victory in the first overtime period. The Eagles’ Aaron Sulzer was close to earning a twopoint takedown, but the referee never awarded the points, allowing Cubberly to stay in the match and eventually get the win. EMU’s coaches were irate when the points weren’t awarded, and were even more animated after the match, giving the referee an earful until the next match started. Head coach Tom Borrelli said he was extremely happy with his team’s performance in the dual. “That might be the most comfortable win we’ve had all year,” he said. “We’ve been pretty inconsistent most of the year. This was the first time we were real consistent throughout the whole dual meet. That’s a good time for that to happen.” CMU earned two major decisions in the dual. Junior 133-pounder Scotti Sentes won 17-6, and sophomore 174pounder No. 7 Ben Bennett shutout his opponent 13-0. No. 11 Sentes handily defeated EMU’s Filiberto Colon, who came into the match 17-9 on the season. Sentes won his sixth consecutive match, improving to 25-6 this season. “I know he’s really funky. He either wanted to pin me or get pinned,” Sentes said about Colon. “The guy I have from Kent State is kind of like that too. So it was real good to go out there and wrestle a kid similar to a kid I’m going to wrestle later on.” Borrelli said Sentes has wrestled well all season, facing some opponents’

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Sophomore 125-pounder Christian Cullinan wrestles EMU’s Jared Germaine Thursday.

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CMU hires former Purdue WR as receivers coach

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Taylor Stubblefield holds FBS receptions record

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By Aaron McMann Sports Editor

BGSU Kent St. Buffalo Akron Miami (OH) Ohio

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Central Michigan has hired former Purdue wide receiver Taylor Stubblefield as its receivers coach, sources close to the situation have confirmed to CM Life. The move was first reported

Tuesday evening by the Bloomington, Ill., Pentagraph. The paper quoted Illinois State head coach Brock Spack, who said Stubblefield had left Taylor Stubblefield the program to take the position at CMU. “Taylor’s done a great job on the field for us,” Spack told the Pentagraph. “He had an opportunity (to improve himself ) financially and

he took advantage of it.” Stubblefield, 29, spent the last two seasons as wide receivers coach at Football Championship Subdivision Illinois State. Before joining the Redbirds, he spent one season as a graduate assistant at Eastern Michigan in 2008 and wide receivers coach at Central Washington in 2007. Stubblefield graduated from Purdue in 2005, earning All-America and All-Big Ten honors as a four-year starter for the Boilermakers. He holds the NCAA Foot-

ball Bowl Subdivision all-time record for career receptions with 316 and is second in the Big Ten Conference with 3,629 yards. The hire rounds out the third hire to replace a trio of assistant coaches to leave CMU after their first season with the team. Receivers coach Terrence Samuel departed the program last week to take a job with Michigan State. The Chippewas finished the 2010 season 3-9.

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Reighard challenges team By Nick Conklin Staff Reporter

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Junior 133-pounder Scotti Sentes wrestles Eastern Michigan’s Filiberto Colon Thursday evening at McGuirk Arena. Sentes won the match by a decision of 17-6 in CMU’s 29-3 win over EMU.

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best wrestlers. “Scotti’s been wrestling really good. He’s wrestled really, really good competition this year, our whole team has,“ he said. “Like Scotti said, the guy he wrestled is kind of a flip-flopper, and Scotti’s really good at wrestling those guys.� CMU improves its all-time record against EMU to 53-9-1, winning 20 straight meetings. The Chippewas have beaten the Eagles more than any other team in program history, and haven’t lost to EMU since 1991. CMU now turns its attention to Kent State Sunday in its regular season finale in a dual meet that will determine the MAC champion. KSU (14-5 overall, 4-0 MAC) sits atop the conference as the only undefeated team in MAC play. The Golden Flashes come into the match, winners of eight in a row and will look to hold off CMU to win the MAC title outright. If CMU wins, both teams will have an identical 4-1 record in conference play and will share the regular season title. Ohio can also earn a three-way tie of the conference crown with

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CMU head coach Tom Borrelli laughs between matches Thursday as CMU pulled away with a 29-3 win against EMU.

a win against EMU Sunday, paired with a CMU victory over Kent State. Borrelli said he expects the match against KSU to be a very close, exciting match. He said it will be a pivotal match for both teams. “This is a real important

event for Kent State every year. Kent State has tried to gauge the success of their program on how they do against us,� he said. “Obviously we’re fighting to stay at the top of the MAC and it’s big for us too.�

Three of the four whiteboards in the gymnastics practice room have a simple saying on them. “10.00: what can you do?� This mantra is something head coach Jerry Reighard adopted following one judge granting junior Kristin Teubner a 10.00 score in Sunday’s meet against Kent State. “Teubner was an example,� Reighard said. “She convinced one judge last weekend, so I am hopeful that incident where she got one judge to commit to the 10 will carry on.� Achieving the perfect 10 score is something that Reighard wants his gymnasts to know is attainable, and that the number is isn’t as elusive as it seems. “We’re trying to become more perfect,� he said. “The challenge to my group right now is why can’t you score a 10, what’s so elusive about that?� Respectively, there has only been one 10.00 score this season, (Kylee Botterman of Michigan). CMU has had eight perfect scores in its 37-year history, with their last coming ion 2005 from Kara Reighard. Reighard’s squad will look to build upon that momentum following last weekend’s win when they take on Western Michigan at 1 p.m. Sunday in Kalamazoo. The Chippewas will bring their 10-1 overall record and conference leading 3-0 record to University Arena, where they have posted a 3-1 record since 2007.

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Senior all-arounder Cheryl Conlin performs on the balance beam during Sunday afternoon’s meet against NIU at McGuirk Arena. Conlin scored a 9.750 on her balance beam routine.

my job is to keep challenging this team.� The real challenge of the weekend may be on how the Broncos are able to compete against a CMU squad which ranks first in the MAC in both the balance beam (48.9) and floor exercise (49.125). Nationally, the Chippewas rank 20th on the beam with a 48.504 average. Reighard pointed to his team’s work from the beginning of the summer as to the reason why the routines are so polished. “Our beam routines are as difficult as anybody that we compete against — there’s nothing in our beam routines that are easy,� Reighard said. “So the judges instantly stand up and take notice of the high difficulty level in those routines.� Teubner, who has posted a season-high 9.775 score on the beam, said the reason the beam rotation has been so successful is because of the performances of her fellow gymnasts.

Hard at work Riding a wave of momentum following the win against Kent State last weekend, Reighard said that the team has been hard at work this week during practice to ensure that there will be no setbacks. “When you get complacent, which we’re not, that’s when the upsets take place,� he said. “So

“We’re very happy with our beam line-up right now,� she said. “I think it is that we’re very confident in each other, and if you’re confident with the person in front of you than it makes your job a lot easier.� One of those fellow gymnasts, senior Andrea De La Garza, holds the second spot in the league on the beam with a high score of 9.85. Freshman Emily Heinz has also posted a meet high of 9.850 against Northern Illinois.

Teubner takes another award Teubner was awarded her second MAC Gymnast of the Week award on Thursday, following wins in three events, including the all-around (39.250) in Sunday’s meet against Kent State. Teubner posted career highs on both the vault (9.925) and beam (9.775).

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Senior forward Kaihla Szunko fights for the ball against Kent State’s senior center Ellie Shields Saturday at McGuirk Arena.

Women must forget NIU John Manzo Staff Reporter

It’s not a step back, but it is a wake-up call. That’s what head coach Sue Guevara said Thursday about the 59-45 loss to Northern Illinois on Wednesday night in DeKalb, Ill. That’s done with. Now it’s time for Western Michigan. The Broncos (7-18 overall, 3-9 Mid-American Conference) are coming at noon Saturday into McGuirk Arena, but they aren’t coming in hot. They lost to Toledo by 37 points on Wednesday night in a 76-39 blowout loss at Savage Arena. CMU (16-8 overall, 8-4 MAC) has won four of its last five and has been much more committed to the defensive side of the ball. The 45-point offensive

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ture. You look at the nucleus of guys with returning eligibility, it’s just another opportunity for them to have a focus about preparing to try and win the next game.” Niagara boasts three players who average in double figures. Guard Anthony Nelson is averaging 15.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while forward Kashief Edwards is getting 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

EMU win The Chippewas are riding high into New York. For the first time all season, they put together back-toback wins with a 66-60 victory against in-state rival Eastern Michigan on Wednesday at McGuirk Arena. “We had a great team effort,” Zeigler said. “We were just as good with our defensive effort as the first time we played them.” Freshman guard Trey Zei-

performance on Wednesday was a fluke, and CMU understands that it can score. Instead of looking at the game from an offensive view, it looked defensively. “We know we can score,” Guevara said. “It was frustrating because we were doing what we needed to do defensively, but we couldn’t make a layup and get that basket that we needed.” The Broncos have two players who average double-digits points. Senior guard Taylor Manley and senior forward Ebony Cleary both average 13 points a game. A loss to in-state rival WMU would be devastating to CMU, especially after falling to the Huskies. Let’s not sugarcoat this Wednesday’s loss to Northern Illinois was a bad loss. However, the Chippewas understand that it’s over with and it has a different mindset. Instead of dwelling on its past, it’s looking toward the future. In that future is a MAC Championship and an automatic bid into the NCAA

Tournament. “We have to play together and keep it rolling,” said junior forward Skylar Miller. “I feel like we’re going to pickup from the loss and be smooth from here on out.” If Miller’s keeping it rolling prediction is to stand true, CMU needs to toss the frustration out the window. Northern Illinois took the Chippewas out of its game plan. That’s when the frustration setin. The frustration ultimately destroyed its chances of beating the Huskies. “We have to give Northern Illinois a lot of credit because they’re defense took away what we like to do,” Guevara said. “We got frustrated and that frustration made us revert to what feels good and we didn’t stick to the game plan and our shot selection wasn’t what I wanted it to be.” CMU will begin a three-game home stand against WMU this weekend, then follows up next week with games against Ball State and Eastern Michigan.

gler led all scorers with 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting. Zeigler’s pair of layups in the final minute of the game sealed the game for the Chippewas, who are currently 8-17 and 5-7 in the MidAmerican Conference. “I got some easy buckets,” Trey said. “It was about getting to my spots and making sure I take those shots. I think I did that.” Starting guards John Morris and Derek Jackson each scored 11 points, while senior Antonio Weary came off the bench to add a seasonhigh 10 points. EMU forward Brandon Bowdry, the conference’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, experience foul trouble early on and was limited offensively. While he did finish with 13 points and four rebounds, he did it in just 23 minutes. Bowdry sat half of the second half and fouled out with 1:14 remaining in the game. With four conference games remaining, CMU sits 2.5 games out of first place in the MAC West. Western

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About three weeks ago, during CMU’s ugly loss at Eastern Michigan, John Morris didn’t even leave the bench. Up until that point, he had played four minutes all year. Flash forward to Wednesday night, and Morris finds himself in a very different role. With Amir Rashid opting to leave the team, more responsibilities have been placed upon freshman Derek Jackson and the 5-foot-10, 172-pound sophomore guard. “It’s been really good to actually be out there and playing and taking part in the games with these guys and help them out as much as I can,” Morris said following CMU’s 66-60 win Wednesday against the Eagles. In the three games Morris has started, CMU is 3-0 and looking better on the offensive side of the ball. During the Chippewas’ Feb. 2 game against Ohio, his career start, Morris had a quiet two points and rebound. But his presence really began to be felt on Saturday during CMU’s 69-64 win against Bowling Green. Morris tallied four points, but his four assists was the real breakthrough. Struggling for most of the season without an efficient point guard, CMU averages just 8.7

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Sophomore point guard John Morris comes out of a time out Wednesday against Eastern Michigan. Morris scored 11 points and had four assists in the 66-60 win.

assists per game, putting them near the bottom of Division I. “He’s just giving us what we have been stressing,” said CMU head coach Ernie Zeigler. “He’s giving us good point guard play. It’s really a difference for a team when you have a guard that’s trying to run the offense, (and) not trying to make things happen that’s not there.” His strong play continued on Wednesday against EMU, his third start of the season. After failing to reach the court less than a month before, Morris found himself sparking the offense to a 26-21halftime lead. He tied freshman Trey Zeigler with a team-high 8 points in the first half, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers to boot. Continuing his trend of

spreading the ball around, Morris tied Jackson for a teamhigh four assists, including a highlight-reeling alley-oop to Zeigler in the first half. “I feel pretty comfortable out there,” Morris said. “I was shooting the ball with a lot of confidence because they were leaving me so open, and then I was getting guys open shots. That really helped me get into the flow of the game.” Said Ernie Zeigler: “You saw the continued maturation process of our guards. (John) has had two games in row here where he’s had four assists. He’s given us some really good minutes, and hopefully it’s something we can continue to build on.”

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Softball coach Jonker eager to begin year down south By Matt Thompson Staff Reporter

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Sophomore Jordan Dean, second baseman, takes a practice swing on the on deck circle during an exhibition game against the 18-under Ontario Blue Jays on Sept. 17 at Theunissen Stadium.

First pitch brings optimism as baseball opens season in Florida

Opening day has arrived for Chips against FGCU By Anthony Fenech Senior Reporter

All winter, the Central Michigan baseball team has been training. “We’ve been working hard for a long time,” said starting pitcher Bryce Morrow. And since last May, when the team fell in the Mid-American Conference tournament championship game, the Chippewas have been waiting. “From that day,” said starting pitcher Mike Nixon, “We got a taste.” Last year, the team got a taste. CMU won the MAC regular season championship with a 36-22 record before falling just short to Kent State. This year, the team wants its cake. “We want to do more this year,” Morrow said. “We want to be the team winning the (MAC) Tournament and the team going to (NCAA) Regionals.” And starting today, as the team travels to Jacksonville, Fla., to open their season with four games against Florida Gulf Coast University, the Chippewas are on its way. “We’re ready for it,” Nixon said. “Our focus has been there

“We want to be the team winning the (MAC) Tournament and the team going to (NCAA) Regionals.” Bryce Morrow, starting pitcher and our attitude has been there.” The season-opening trip to FGCU is the second in the past three years for CMU. In 2009, the teams played as part of Midnight Madness and the first college baseball game of the season. “They’re a young program,” said head coach Steve Jaksa, “Historically, they’ve been a good ballclub.” Steve Jaksa The Eagles return seven position players, four pitchers from last season and are led by senior starting pitcher Richie Erath. Junior left-hander Trent Howard will oppose Erath on the mound for the Chippewas tonight, followed by right-handers Morrow and Zach Cooper in a Saturday doubleheader. Junior Ryan Longstreth will round out the series-opening rotation on Sunday. “It’s going to be good to get outside, play someone other than ourselves and get some wins,” said Morrow, a senior.

On Wednesday, the Chippewas were able to get outside for the first time all winter, practicing on the football field at Kelly/Shorts Stadium thanks to mild Mount Pleasant temperatures. “It was awesome,” he continued. “The weather was really nice, it just gets you excited to get down to good weather.” FGCU has won the past three Atlantic Sun championships and split the pair of games against CMU in 2009. Nixon, a senior, made the trip that season as a sophomore. “A big group of us have played them and they have a pretty good team,” he said. “They’ve been down there, outside for three months so we’re going to have to play hard and hopefully it will turn out well.” Jaksa said he’s most excited to get onto a baseball diamond and compete. “You set a tone anytime you go out there to play,” he said. “The thing that’s really important to me is to see how prepared we are and to see where we’re at competing.”

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Seniors sit out final home meet CMU enters last week before MAC championship By Kristopher Lodes and Brandon Champion Staff Reporters

A week before the biggest competition of the track and field indoor season, the Central Michigan track and field teams will be taking it easy. Most of the premiere athletes will not be participating, so that they can rest prepare mentally for the MAC championships next week. It will not be team scoring, but other schools like Alma and Michigan Tech will be in action. Field events are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. while running events will get underway at 6 p.m. “This meet is going to finetune little things and (provide) a last chance for national qualifiers,” said Willie Randolph, director of track and field. There will be some athletes, like jumpers, who will participate to get some repetitions in, while senior thrower Whitney Johnson will be going for the school record — 62 feet, 6 inches — in the weight toss. The Chippewas have been on the road since the Jan. 14 Chippewa Invite, at which the Chippewas won. “We want to keep our athletes at home where they're comfortable," Randolph said. "They will get a chance to rest their bodies and minds. We're trying to get them focused on what they have to do when they do go out on the road again next weekend.” For the seniors, it will be final time to perform at the Jack Skoog Indoor Track. While many of them will not

even get the chance to compete, it gives them a chance to step back and reflect on their team at CMU. Among those athletes is sprinter Jordan Dunn. “My most memorable moment here would be when we almost won MACs last season," Dunn said. "I didn’t get to run in the finals, but I felt it was a nice atmosphere and exciting. We were so

close to winning." CMU will be using the motivation of being so close to the MAC championship last year next week when they compete to take away Kent State’s title. “This meet is going to fine tune little things and a last chance for national qualifiers,” Randolph said.

After months of practicing, head coach Margo Jonker is excited to finally see which of her players are “game players” and which are “practice players.” Central Michigan softball will underhand the first pitch of its 2011 season at 1:30 p.m. today in Jacksonville, Fla. “We’re ready to get outside,” Jonker said, entering her 32 season as head coach at CMU. “We’re ready to see opposing pitching and get out there on the dirt.” CMU will play five games this weekend. The first games of the season will give Jonker the opportunity to see what players step up come game time. “(We) want to see how well they play in games, who’s a game player and who’s a practice player,” Jonker said. “I want to see who’s ready to go. Who competes.”

O n e thing Jonker doesn’t have to w o r r y about this weekend is pitching, even with Margo Jonker at least 35 innings facing the Chippewas in three days. “We have a lot of pitchers,” Jonker said. “Getting pitchers enough innings will be my problem this season.” Among the lineup, Jonker said the team has a good mixture of youth and experience. “Experience is good for our potential lineup and the youth will push them,” Jonker said. “We have a good combination of power and speed. We have experience in the circle (pitching) and in the infield.” Jonker isn’t the only one excited for the beginning of this season. She has noticed that this team is “extremely pumped” and ready to go.

Her girls get to go as they face Jacksonville, Jacksonville State and Florida A&M this weekend. The Chippewas will play each team twice over a three-day span this weekend.

pegged second in MAC Last week, Mid-American Conference coaches picked CMU to finish second in the West Division. The Chippewas were able to snatch four first-place votes from the 12 coaches, while defending champions Ball State received seven. Jonker doesn’t think much into the voting, though. “It doesn’t really matter,” she said. “I don’t care. Ball State won last year and they have a lot of people coming back. They deserve it.” The softball team has impressed coaches so far in preseason practices. “We have been doing a good job of being focused,” Jonker said. “That’ll be a huge key to our success.”

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Detroit Tigers slugger accused of DUI Cabrera refused to comply with officers at scene By John Lowe and Elisha Anderson MCT Campus

LAKELAND, Fla. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was arrested in Florida on Wednesday night, on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and two counts of resisting an officer without violence. He was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail at 12:20 a.m. Thursday and released at 7:45 a.m., after posting $1,350 bond, according to information provided by Mark Weinberg from the St. Lucie County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. According to an arrest affidavit, a deputy spotted the Land Rover Cabrera was driving, smoking on the side of Okeechobee Road in Ft. Pierce, about 100 miles southeast of the Tigersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; spring-training base in Lakeland. Cabrera had an odor of

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Miguel Cabrera throws to Justin Verlander covering first base on June 5 against the Kansas City Royals.

alcohol on his breath, his eyes were bloodshot and watery, and his speech was heavily slurred, according to the report. In the arrest affidavit, deputies said Cabrera repeated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you know who I am? You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know anything about my problems.â&#x20AC;? Cabrera then picked up a bottle of James Buchananâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scotch whiskey and started drinking, ac-

cording to the report. When asked to get into a patrol vehicle, police said Cabrera used an expletive. Police said he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comply with several orders to get into the patrol vehicle. He refused to submit to a breath test to check his alcohol content, deputies said. The 2005 black Land Rover was towed but since has been retrieved from the

impound yard by Cabrera, police said. Deputies did not see anybody with Cabrera at the scene. In the portion of the police report titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Psycho physical Evaluation,â&#x20AC;? the arresting officer checked the boxes marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;cocky,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;combative,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;argumentativeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;belligerent.â&#x20AC;? Cabrera, who has a home in Miami and is a native of Venezuela, had not yet reported to spring training in Lakeland. Cabrera and the other Tigers infielders and outfielders donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have their first organized workout of spring training until Saturday. Pitchers and catchers have been working out since Monday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody is in shock. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to keep looking forward,â&#x20AC;? said Tigers second baseman Carlos Guillen, a fellow Venezuelan. Manager Jim Leyland declined to comment today. Cabreraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrest represents a devastating setback in his bid to put behind him the alcohol trouble that erupted at the end of the 2009 season.

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ave Dombroski, Jim Leyland and the city of Detroit desperately need to call for an intervention for slugger Miguel Cabrera. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the way you put yourself before the team,â&#x20AC;? many Detroit Tiger fans would be able to shout in an intervention. Dombrowski, the Tigers general manager, would also tell Cabrera he needs to be on the field, not in rehab, to honor his 8-year, $153.3 million contract. Cabrera was charged with

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a driving under the influence Wednesday night in Fort Pierce, Fla. It was his second drinking offense in three years. In 2009, in the midst of a heated American League Central Division race, he was arrested and blew three times over the legal driving limit after his getting into a fight with his wife. So this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the first time Cabrera drinking has worried Tiger faithful. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for an intervention. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hurting coach Leyland, teammates and fans too much with his drinking problem. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for leaders on the Tigers to step up and help Cabrera with his problem. The first step is recognizing how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hurting himself, and others. Detroit has to have itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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Miguel Cabreraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mugshot from Thursday.

triple-crown caliber cleanup hitter, but maybe he should take spring training off to rehab. And if Major League Baseball drops a suspension, make him stay in rehab longer. We all know he can kill the ball and put up MVP numbers, now Detroit just wants him sober for his last

five years on his contract. Listen, Cabrera, Detroit doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need you to be taking shots in the thigh from some angry Florida police officers. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have you swig down some whiskey in front beside a car youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been driving. Come summer, the Tigers will need that thigh to be pushing off in the back of the batters box in Comerica Park. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an intervention with the entire organization, or two months off for rehab and suspension. Do it Cabrera. Detroit needs the sober, homer-cranking Cabrera. Not the glassy-eyed, belligerent and cocky smiling mug shot that the nation saw Thursday.

I will never lie in one of my columns. And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to lie, this column was supposed to be about the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team. But after a 59-45 loss at Northern Illinois on Wednesday night, I have nothing to say. If I did, it would go something like this. At noon Saturday, you have a game against Western Michigan, and you better bring it. The happy thoughts about getting a first-round bye in the MAC tournament are quickly fading. Leave it all on the floor. So instead, and in wake of the recent warm weather, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk baseball. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk MAC West championship baseball. After winning the regular season MAC West title last year and falling one game short from winning the MAC tournament, the CMU baseball team is poised for a big season. The team has already been picked to win the West Division again but that will not be the ultimate goal this team has. This team should not stop until they reach the regional round (first round) of the College World Series. This team has big bats, guy that can hit the gaps, and a pitching rotation that can carry them as far as they desire. Defense will certainly be key for this team to succeed, but that is something that continues to progress as the season goes on. Junior first basemen Nate Theunissen, a reigning first-team All-MAC honoree, led the Chippewas last season in dou-

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bles, runs batted in and home runs. Sophomores Jordan Dean and Brendan Emmett will both see time in the infield this season. Emmett led the team in walks last year and Dean showed glimpses of his young talent last season. The catcher position may be one of the few question marks all season for this team. But what makes this team so dangerous is its pitching staff. The pitching staff only gave up two home runs at Theunissen Stadium all of last year. If that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the best in the country then I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what is. After losing ace Jesse Hernandez to the majors, the rotation will see some new faces this year. Junior Trent Howard will make his way back to the starting role after spending the second half of last season as the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closer. Senior Bryce Morrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s move from the bullpen to starter worked out wonderfully last season and he is ready for a big year in the middle of the rotation. Junior Zach Cooper will also find his way into the rotation after spending most of last season in the bullpen. Cooper picked up the win in the regular seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final game last year to clinch the MAC West title. To round out the pitching conversation is sophomore Dietrich Enns. Enns was a freshman All-American after going 7-0 last year in relief. Enns boasted a league-best 1.23 earned runs average and just a .168 batting average against in conference games. Why am I talking so much about the baseball team? Why should you care about the baseball team? Because they are good, and their season starts tonight in Fort Meyers, Fla., with a four-game stint against Florida Gulf Coast.


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February 18, 2011  
February 18, 2011  

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