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Monday, Feb. 22, 2010

Mount Pleasant, Mich.


Vehicle break-ins Two freed from library elevator in lots 63, 64 see sharp increase o u ta g e s h u t s o f f pa r t o f c a m p u s

Emergency lights also powered out Sunday night

Police say isolation leaves cars more vulnerable By Heather Hillman Staff Reporter

Port Huron freshman Jordan Hagedon awoke two weeks ago to a startling phone call from campus police. Someone had broken into her car, parked in lot 63. The passenger side door was left wide open, but the criminals fled the scene before police arrived. “I’m honestly so scared to park there now,” Hagedon said. Fortunately for Hagedon, not much was in her car beside a few Taco Bell wrappers. Nothing was stolen or damaged. For incoming freshmen, a big selling point of Central Michigan University is the opportunity to have a car on campus their first year. But the remote location of lots 63 and 64 can leave their vehicles vulnerable

to criminal activity. Larceny from a motor vehicle was reported 12 times in freshman lots 63 and 64 in the last academic year — 11 of the incidents occurred between August and February, said CMU Police Sgt. Mike Morrow. That is a sharp increase from the 2007-08 academic year, when only three break-ins occurred in the lots.

By David Veselenak Online Editor and Eric Dresden University Editor

Two graduate students were trapped in the elevators in the Charles V. Park Library after a power outage at 9:15 p.m. Sunday left the

building dark. Mount Pleasant graduate student Maria McNeel and China graduate student Shanshan Wang, both employees for the Writing Center, were freed from the elevator at about 10:20 p.m. “We’re both working at the Writing Center,” McNeel said. “We got out at 9 (p.m.), and hopped onto the elevator. We were kind of worried.” CMU Police Officer Trent Case arrived at 9:47 p.m. An elevator mechanic arrived

at 10:15 p.m. Those in the library left the building were evacuated. All students were evacuated by 9:35 p.m. As of 11:15 p.m. Sunday, lights were out at the library, in Central Park west of the library and east of the library. All the emergency lights in the buildings were out. “All these ‘Exit’ signs are supposed to be lit,” said Ryan Miller, a system analyst for Information Technology and a Port Huron senior.

Emergency lights came on at about 10:34 p.m. after Facilities Management employees got the generator working. Chris Baxter, dispatcher for CMU Police, said at about 11 p.m., the only buildings he knew that did not have power were the Health Professions building and Park Library. He said he did not know any information about how the power went out.

Easy targets? Under CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley, eight such crimes have been reported so far this academic year. Despite police efforts to regularly patrol all parking lots, the isolation and size of the traditional freshman lots make them an extra challenge for police, Morrow said. Lots 63 and 64 have a total of 1,500 parking spaces and 1,250 approved student passes have been handed out, according to parking services. The lots A Cars | 2A

Eating disorders hit home for many Awareness Week began Sunday; one in five women struggle

By Sarah Schuch Senior Reporter

She stood 5 feet, 8 inches tall — but at just 58 pounds last September, the 27-year-old’s health was in danger. Sara, a former Central Michigan University student, knew she needed change. “I knew the numbers, but I physically could not see it,” said Sara, who did not want to provide her last name for privacy reasons. “I can see a blob, when everyone else sees a stick. It’s like a fun house mirror.” Sara is not alone in her struggle. One in five women battle an

eating disorder at some point during their lives. That struggle will come to light over the next few days with National Eating Concerns Awareness Week, which began Sunday. Eating disorders affect up to 24 million Americans each year, according to The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness. Eating disorders, such as anorexia, are more common in high school and college-aged women, said Roschelle Heuberger, associate professor of Human Environmental Studies. “I think that a lot of kids are overweight and when they get to high school and college, they realize that it’s not attractive,” Heuberger said. A eating disorders | 2A

National Eating Concerns Awareness Week programs w w w w w w

An Awareness Program - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Kulhavi Hall 146 Jeans Drive - Through Sunday in Residence Halls. Look for decorated deposit boxes in lobbies. "Dying To Be Thin" Documentary - 7 p.m. today in the Charles V. Park Library Auditorium National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) - Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Down Under Food Court: Selling wristbands for Self-Esteem Workshop and Spaghetti Dinner Self-Esteem Workshop: 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Bovee University Center Lake Michigan and Lake Superior Rooms ($2 wristbands needed) Spaghetti Dinner - 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Delta Phi Epsilon House, 910 Washington St. (Tickets are $4 in advance, $5 at the door) Proceeds to ANAD.

the weekend in sports

photos by jake may/staff photographer

School of Music faculty member Alexandra Mascolo-David, right, and Michigan State doctoral student Sangmi Lim lift their hands before bowing to a standing ovation after performing Francisco Mignone’s “Fantasias Brasileiras” during a CD release preview concert Sunday at Staples Family Concert Hall.

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Professor works to recreate works of famous Brazilian composer By Connor Sheridan Senior Reporter


lexandra Mascolo-David had a trying journey in resurrecting the works of Brazilian composer Francisco Mignone. A professor in the School of Music at Central Michigan University, MascoloDavid received a Research Excellence Fund grant for more than $94,000 in 2007 from the Office of Special Research and Programs for her efforts. “It’s been a very exciting road,” she said, “and also very difficult.” Her performance of Mignone’s four “Fantasias Brasileiras” Sunday afternoon at the Staples Family

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School of Music faculty member Alexandra Mascolo-David embraces an audience member after her CD release preview concert Sunday at Staples Family Concert Hall. “It’s certainly been tiring and difficult, but it’s been completely worth it,” Mascolo-David said.

tween a performer who simply plays the notes and one who researches the composer and his influences as Mascolo-Da-

vid did. Her application was one of four accepted out

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Credit card restrictions could bind students Act in effect today; some dispute widespread impact

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Concert Hall came near the end of her more than two-year effort to record the pieces. Several of the Brazilian fantasies had been recorded before, but all copies are out of print, MascoloDavid said. Her CD will be the only compilation of them widely available when it is released in late April. “A real focus of her creative activity has been to bring this to the public,” said Randi L’Hommedieu, chair of the School of Music. “A project like this represents the most scholarly and research based approach to creative endeavor.” He said listeners could hear the difference be-

Credit cards may soon be more difficult to come by for many Central Michigan University students. The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act, signed by President Barack Obama in May 2009, goes into effect today. The act requires a cosigner to open a credit card for anyone under the age of 21, a measure aimed at preventing high college graduate debt.

“There are definitely some people who are not responsible enough to keep track of it,” said Sean Riley, a Suttons Bay freshman. “It would keep a lot of people out of trouble.” Riley does not have a credit card and said his parents probably would not cosign to help him get one. They warned him about the problems of credit cards, but he has a debit card and said he likes that he cannot spend more than he has. His roommate, Illinois freshman David Orr, had a credit card, but never applied for a new one after his old numbers were stolen. “If I don’t have the money, there’s no point in spending

it,” he said. “A lot of younger people don’t know the responsibility of having it and paying it back.” On the other hand One of the downfalls of the bill may be that there is no room for exceptions. Abigail Hollingsworth, a Lexington sophomore, said she thinks the situations should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. “An exception should probably be made for people who are living independently of their parents,” Hollingsworth said. Patricia Kallas, a Clinton Township freshman, has a credit card to improve her credit score. Her parents co-

signed on her card about a year ago. She feels the precautions outlined in the bill are unnecessary. “It’s like they think we cannot be trusted, but it’s not like grown-ups can be trusted,” she said, referring to those in the working world. “They have tons of debt. It’s not like we’re any different.” Other components of the bill are plain-sight and plain-language disclosures. They will require the credit card company to state how long it takes to finish the bill if a consumer pays only the minimum balance and how

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EVENTS CALENDAR today w An art exhibit featuring the works of CMU alumnus Keli Mozzenga and current student Alyssa Andrews is open at 8 a.m. in the Charles V. Park Library’s Extended Hours Study Room. The exhibit ends Friday. w An Open High Ropes Night will take place 5 p.m. at Finch Fieldhouse 112’s rock climbing wall; the ropes course and rock climbing wall will be open to students for a $10 fee. w The documentary "Dying to be Thin" is playing at 7 p.m. in the Charles V. Park Library Auditorium as part of Eating Concerns Awareness Week.

Tuesday w A résumé workshop, hosted by Career Services, starts at 7 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Lake Huron Room. w Speak Up Speak Out’s first program of the semester, "Obama: A New Face of America in the World?" starts at 7 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. w The film "The Yes Men Fix The World" begins at 7 p.m. in Anspach Hall 165. The film is the first in the Center for Research on Poverty’s 2010 film series.

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are directly outside Kelly/ Shorts Stadium. “Those lots are full yearround, 24 hours a day,” Morrow said. “The (criminal) activity will follow the cars. That’s where the opportunity is.” Morrow said larceny from a motor vehicle is a misdemeanor or felony depending on what was stolen and its value, and whether there is damage to the car. Jimmy Armstrong said he will go for weeks at a time without seeing his car, since it is parked in lot 64. The walk out there, he said, is often not worth the trip. “I wish I could park somewhere else,” the Central Lake freshman said. “My car would be way closer and I’d feel more comfortable about leaving it.” Hagedon and Armstrong agree that getting to their cars is incredibly inconvenient, especially in the winter. Both rely on rides from friends. Both freshmen look forward to obtaining parking passes for closer lots next year. Until then, however, Hagedon is taking no chances in safety and pledges she will be ready for another break-in attempt on her car. “I’m going to invest in a pair of hot pink nunchucks,” Hagedon said, joking.

PHOTO OF THE DAY Matthew Stephens/senior photographer

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There is an increased pressure to look good, she said, especially during high school and college, Sara’s story Sara, a Mount Pleasant resident, has been at a medical center in Kansas City, Mo., since just before Christmas. Though she now weighs close to 100 pounds, the journey to recovery has been long and arduous. “It’s definitely been a process I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy,” she said. When Sara was 12 years old, her grandfather, who she was close to, died. Sara said she began to feel worthless. That was when thoughts provoking her eating disorder began to creep into her mind. At age 15, she started to act on them. “I just started not eating so much,” Sara said. “I remem-

ber looking down one day and saying ‘I’m fat.’ “It took me and it ran with me.” At age 17, Sara was in the hospital for about a month because of the disorder. From age 17 to 21, Sara’s parents kept her healthy and made sure she was eating properly. Sara got married at age 21 in June 2003. That is when things started to get bad again. “When we got married, I was like a fish out of water,” she said. “I could do whatever I wanted to do.” Getting help Sara encourages people who notice loved ones dealing with eating issues to talk to them before accusing. Lisa Donahue-Smith, a licensed professional counselor for CMU’s Counseling Center, said it is best to not focus on friends’ habits, but how they are being affected. “Talk about what you notice and your concerns,” she

Assistant Coach Christine MacDonald and Bailey Brumbach, left, watch a teammate perform her routine on the balance beam Sunday during the gymnastics meet against Western.

said. “Try and offer a path to help.” If that does not work, tell them others also are affected, she said. Donahue-Smith invites students struggling with body image or different stages of eating issues to visit the Counseling Center. Services are free and confidential to students. Employees can be reached at 774-3381. Donahue-Smith stresses the struggle with body image is one that can be overcome. Sara knows she is not to that point yet, but she has learned a few important lessons. “I am who I am. You can’t change some things,” she said. “It’s not who you are on the outside, but who you are on the inside that you need to value. “And that’s really hard. I’m

not there yet.” ‘I still have hope’ By the middle of August, three months after she got married, Sara had lost 20 pounds. Shortly after, she became pregnant, she told herself she had to start taking better care of herself, but she was not gaining weight. Sara weighed 108 pounds when her daughter was born, completely developed. “It was a blessing from God, and I know that,” Sara said. But Sara was still losing weight and in and out of hospitals. “An eating disorder is not a choice. It’s a disease,” she said. “I missed (my daughter’s) first tooth. I missed a lot of her firsts.” In 2009, Sara checked herself into the hospital, and that is when the whirl-

wind began, she said. In August 2009, she weighed 65 pounds. She had begun taking laxatives. “Even if it was a piece of lettuce,” Sara said. “I was taking four or five (pills) a couple times a day.” One night, Sara walked into her 5-year-old daughter’s room and realized she might not get to watch her grow up. Sara wanted to make a serious change. She should weigh about 140 pounds, she said, and is slowly making her way back to a healthy body. Since entering the treatment center in Kansas City, she has gained about 40 pounds. She hopes to be home by her 28th birthday in March. “I still have hope,” Sara said.

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Monday, Feb. 22, 2010


Class registration could get easier New tool aims to make scheduling easier for students By Connor Sheridan Senior Reporter and Kelli Ameling Staff Reporter

Remember sitting down to register for classes with a pen and paper in hand to make sure the times do not conflict? A new registration tool in the works will put that process in the past. The course search and registration application will activate the week before registration for fall classes begins in late March. The Student Technology Advisory Committee, the same team responsible for the iCentral portal, developed the tool. It shares iCentral’s design philosophy of knowing what students want to find, said Jared Peless, web developer at the Office of Information Technology. “You don’t realize how inefficient the old one is until you see the new one,” said Portland sophomore Chris McCormick. McCormick previewed a mock-up of the new tool and was particularly impressed by the schedule panel, which updated in real time to show a complete lineup of courses and highlight any timing conflicts, he said. It allowed him to sort through classes by day available, credit hours and instructor, among other criteria. The application also will allow students to see the recommended books for courses, prices and ISBN numbers. This new book feature was the original idea

A needed update The initiative began in order to meet requirements of the Higher Education Reconciliation Act, which requires colleges to make textbook prices and ISBN numbers readily available, said Eric Bellmore, lead Web developer and programmer of IT. Peless was unimpressed when he saw the current course search and registration tool created in 2006. “I thought, ‘Wow, this is what I had a decade ago,’” he said. “It wasn’t really made to be done on a computer alone — you had to have a scratch pad.” Peless said he and other members of the Web development team focused on making the computer the only thing a student would need for registration. The team also focused on making the tool useful for students even before they can register. It allows students to plot out an ideal schedule and automatically updates if classes fill up or are canceled, Peless said. Those interested in the tool’s development can follow its progress on the “Search & Registration Dev Blog.” The application will require installation of Microsoft Silverlight on the computer, a Web application framework available for free download for PCs and Macs. The original course search and registration tool will still be available for students without Silverlight and at least until the newer version is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Bellmore said.

Film incentive opens door for students

The Michigan Tax Incentive for filmmaking has given some students extra opportunities within the state. For Birmingham freshman Josh Finn, it has helped a lot. Finn played as an extra in the Lifetime film “Prayers for Bobby,” which stars Sigourney Weaver. The picture was filmed near his house. “It’s a cool rush when you get to be on the big screen or be a part of a production with famous celebrities,” Finn said. “BCA allows students to actually be a part of the production, whether it’s on- or off-screen.” The incentive for films is a tax rebate equal to 40 percent of qualified production expenditures, not a credit against taxes owed. It includes an additional 2 percent credit

The latest forum for finalists for the College of Medicine associate dean/student affairs position takes place from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. today in the Bovee University Center Terrace Room C. It will feature Mala Chinoy, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and professor of pediatrics at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa.s

Budget forum advisory

A discussion on current budget issues takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. Interim President Kathy Wilbur, Interim Provost Gary Shapiro, Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services David Burdette, Directory of Government Relations and Public Affairs Toby Roth and Interim Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Ted Tolcher will attend.

Lot 18 to close

Parking Lot 18, on the corner of Franklin and Preston streets by Finch Fieldhouse, will close for the day Tuesday for attendees of the Severe Weather Information Conference. photos by paige calamari/staff photographer

Remus senior Marcella Morrill, right, and Mount Pleasant resident Chad Miller plunge into icy water with a group from The Cabin during the annual Special Olympics Michigan Polar Plunge on Saturday morning at Rose Pond. Local businesses, including The Cabin, helped sponsor the event. Participants in Saturday’s plunge raised more than $30,000 to help Special Olympic athletes compete in the Special Olympics Michigan Summer Games.

Jump for a cause Charity event sends 200-plus into icy water Saturday

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By Theresa Clift Staff Reporter

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in core communities such as Mount Pleasant. The incentive has helped Central Michigan University’s Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts department by providing students with the opportunity to gain experience and exposure to the film industry in a real-life setting. Benjamin Tigner, coordinator of video laboratories for the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, knows several students who have worked as extras in films set in Detroit, such as “Whip It” and “Red Dawn.” Tigner is grateful for the opportunities the tax incentive brings to his students. “I can teach it, but there’s no better way to learn it than to apply it,” Tigner said. “They take with them the skills and bring them back to the classroom.” He said without the Michigan Tax Incentive, students who do not live in Hollywood would never get a feel of the film industry, or at least not as easily. A film | 6A

By Sherri Keaton | Senior Reporter


he water temperature was only about 32 degrees. But Nathan Jonaitis, a temporary faculty member in Human Environmental Studies, did not seem to mind. Dressed as a mermaid, Jonaitis jumped in, supporting a cause and having fun in the process. “I love it; it’s awesome and invigorating,” the Mount Pleasant resident said. The annual “Polar Plunge” took place Saturday morning at Central Michigan University’s Rose Pond. More than 200 people braved the cold to participate and raise money for Special Olympics. Organizers collected about $30,000. “It’s a great cause — I love raising money for it,” Jonaitis said. After emerging from the bone-chilling waters with a dripping wet red wig and large green tail, he had only one complaint — his tail was heavy. Hastings senior Brian McLaughlin dressed as King Arthur and said the plunge was like nails on a chalkboard on his body. “When I was in it for three seconds, I kind of liked it, but

By Brad Canze Staff Reporter

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Rockford freshman Josh Sinclair shows off some of the Citrus Squeeze and Watermelon Scream flavors of Sharkies organic energy sports chew. Sinclair’s uncle owns the organic fruit snack company based out of Sacramento, Calif.

Students in the residence halls often show hospitality to visitors. Rockford freshman Josh Sinclair has gone one step further by giving free food to anybody who stops by his Herrig Hall 011 room. Sinclair’s uncle, Dwight Sinclair, owns Sharkies, an organic fruit snack company in Califor-

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will host a fundraiser from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday at Tropical Smoothie Cafe, 2332 S. Mission St. Fifteen percent of the proceeds will be donated if a flyer is presented when purchased. E-mail Becky Wade at to receive a flyer.

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Clare senior Leon Drake jumps as the Wicked Witch of The Wizard of Oz during the annual Special Olympics Michigan Polar Plunge Saturday morning at Rose Pond.

they made me get out,” he said. Community members, as well as the friends and family of participants, gathered around the pond to offer support. Rochester resident Samantha Goulet came to watch her cousin, Nate. “I think it is cool that he is doing this because I think a lot of people aren’t really charitable anymore,” she said. After party After the plunge, many traveled to The Cabin, 930 W. Broomfield St., to celebrate with pizza, drinks and laughter. Roger Yob, chief financial officer for Special Olympics Michigan, said the event was successful. See the Web site for a collage of Polar Plunge jumps on video. “The weather was great. This is a great unit to raise money for the Olympics,” he said. Shanna Compton, a Livonia resident and CMU alumna, won the award for best costume. She said her costume, a peanut, fit the theme for the plunge. “I had a couple different options. It was a choice between (being a) watermelon and peanut and I thought the Polar Plunge was kind of crazy, so I must be nuts,” Compton said. “I never won a trophy before, I’m excited.”

Student promotes family snacks Freshman has connections to fruit snack company

Leukemia and Lymphoma fundraiser

nia. Josh Sinclair’s father, Dean, markets the products through his marketing firm, The Sinclair Group. “I don’t get paid but, seeing as how it’s going to my uncle’s company and my dad does marketing for them, I figured I’d use Facebook and use my connections to get it out there,” said Josh, who is studying business and marketing. Sinclair created an open Facebook event to notify people he would give away free samples of the fruit snacks to anybody who stops by his residence hall room. “I’ve had a few people stop by,

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and I’ll give them a package of whatever flavor they want,” Josh said. “My roommates all love it. I put a box out yesterday and it’s all gone.” Reaching the Web Josh’s roommates have been some of the most vocal proponents of the product at Central Michigan University. “I just put a comment on there that I’m addicted to Sharkies and I eat like three packs a day,” said Rockford freshman Cody Knott, a roommate of Sinclair’s. “They have a different A candy | 6A

A concert experience for people with all levels of hearing ability takes place from 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesday in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. DPAN is a professional artists’ network dedicated to entertaining individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. It was founded in 2007 in Ferndale to create high-quality American Sign Language music videos. It is involved in presentations throughout the U.S. and has been recognized by CNN, Fox News, the Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Festival, Real Detroit Weekly Innovation awards and the Detroit Music Awards.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

The School of Music will present a Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Music Building’s Staples Family Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

SLAM Poetry Meeting

Word Hammer SLAM Poetry meeting takes place from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in Moore Hall Room 206. For more information, contact Judea Walker at

Award nominations

To nominate a faculty member for the Distinguished Service Award from the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching, send the nominee’s name, department and a 250-word letter describing their service record to FaCIT in the Charles V. Park Library 413, or by e-mail to Nominations will be accepted through March 2.

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EDITORIAL | Administration continues to be secretive by not sharing budget suggestions


In the dark

entral Michigan University’s interim President Kathy Wilbur said last week that discussing potential budget cuts opens a door for unnecessary fear. However, that is exactly what happens when the university stays silent, much like it is now. Students and faculty are more suspicious when officials are tightlipped concerning issues of great impact, and rightly so. A budget forum will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. Officials have said the forum will address the university’s budget structure and the economic climate CMU faces. While background information is certainly helpful, the campus community wants and deserves to hear more.

Sure, disclosing the specifics of budget cuts sent to Wilbur last week may not be prudent. But speaking in generalities to address over-arching ideas for cuts is not something beyond administrators’ reach. The budget cuts will impact students the most, yet officials refuse to make light of anything they’re contemplating. There are more than enough ideas floating around, considering that students e-mailed suggestions and every department had to propose suggestions for 3, 6

and 9 percent budget cuts. Why is the university treading this water and not including the campus community in the thought process? Are officials going to decide on cuts behind closed doors? No answers have surfaced yet among such pressing questions. The shroud of secrecy administrators use for every major decision around campus is getting old. From the presidential search last year to the football coaching search this year, students are constantly ignored and belittled by high-impact decisions that involve thousands in tuition and taxpayer dollars. The Board of Trustees runs CMU like a business, not a place of higher education. In the end, we are all in this struggle together. Whatever cuts are decided upon by the university’s administration are decisions we all must learn to live with. The administrators are not the ones who will be sitting in classrooms or learning to make less with more when it comes to lab experiments or proj-

ects. At the end of the day, when the trustees head home, we are the ones at this campus on a daily basis. At this point, budget suggestions are merely speculation. But no matter how far they are from being set in stone, new ideas from the campus community could only offer broader perspective for the battle ahead. CMU should generalize some of the suggestions and get students’ reaction. Take after Western Michigan University and send out an e-mail of what the budget situation is and some of the proposed solutions. error in fridays editorial The Central Michigan Life staff made an editing error when writing Friday’s editorial, “Vacant trustee.” It should have said Central Michigan University Trustee Gail Torreano missed her second of four Board meetings. Although our stance in the editorial remains the same, we apologize for the error and will continue to strive for 100 percent accuracy when writing the newspaper’s opinion.


Sherrie Keaton Senior reporter

Indecent for Mardi Gras

Blue, purple, green and gold chains hung like medals on necks as I walked into the door. It was a Thursday night last week when my friends and I went out to have some fun at a well-known public establishment in Mount Pleasant. What I received, instead, was a dose of disgusting reality. The music pulsated like the strobe lights hanging off the walls at our destination. A change occurred when one of the emcees called up the “hot” girls to stage to win a prize. About seven young women got on stage shaking “their moneymakers” to a raucous crowd of admiring men and women. Some of them were tipsy, full of beads hanging off their necks, their bare minimum clothes swaying with each step. But that wasn’t good enough. The emcee, yelling to the top of his lungs into the crowd, told the women on stage to stop playing and “show something!” I couldn’t believe my ears or eyes. After a couple elimination rounds, the final two women stood side by side. The light shined on them as the crowd waited for the women to show something, anything. One young woman apprehensively rolled up her blouse. Closed her eyes. Took a breath and showed her breasts. Erupting in applause, the crowd cheered, others cringed, I turned back to the stage and boiled in rage inside. But even worse, what about the girl’s responsibility? I wanted to pull her aside, look into her eyes and ask her, “Was it worth it?” Receiving a cash prize or some cheap plastic beads? Your pride is never worth that. But she won whatever trophy she could take home. The environment wasn’t necessarily saintly, but come on. At least have a respectable level of humanity, not one where flesh is disregarded in the utmost way.

[Our reader’s voice]

Freshmen and lower level classes need to be revamped, better Some classes at Central Michigan University are fit for the village idiot. Students should not pay upwards of $20,000 in an academic year to take dumbed-down classes. I’ve been very discouraged by the content of introductory and 100-level courses, as well as the attitudes toward them from both students and faculty. Although freshman semester is a transitional period, the idea that introductory and competency courses need to be overly simplified for student success is absurd. It is creating issues for students such as myself who truly value an education. CMU should provide students with the academic resources they need to succeed, but not decrease expectations. It is an insult to our intelligence. Consider an introductory course you’ve taken and the difference in attendance between a typical class period and an exam day. If grade distribution reports weren’t nixed, you could see for yourself that in virtually

all introductory courses, a majority of students pass — even those who don’t regularly attend class. I do not want to pay for a course that doesn’t even require my attendance in order to pass. I came here to learn and to demonstrate how much I have learned to my professors. How can I do that when one of my multiple choice selections is “Big Mac,” and exams are designed for students who don’t excel? An understanding of the material doesn’t do me any good when the exam is aiming to allow time for those students who take just 15 minutes to bluff some ideas, but not enough for those of us who possess a thorough knowledge of the information and are left writing frantically until time is up. CMU should work with faculty to improve the content and rigor of courses while keeping the excelling student in mind, and should remove professors who do not take seriously the educational and fiscal value of a challenging introductory or lower-level course. First-year education is not a joke — don’t treat it that way. Colleen McNeely Brighton freshman

Comments from on JWoww at Wayside Saturday CMU Student says:

I wish Central would have current bands play at the school instead of older musicians and ‘90s bands that had one-hit wonders. Come on, Central. Ferris had Theory of a Deadman (who just played at the Vancouver Olympics Winners’ Ceremony), Halestorm and Adelitas Way. We need to have current rock bands play at Central, not just celebrities who are good for the school’s exposure. Chris says:

I like that JWoww is an A-list celebrity. Is that what it’s come to? mike says:

JWoww is not an Alist celeb, give me a break! George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Oprah, Jay Z are. By the way CMU student, if CMU brought a great band to campus the other half of the students would complain we are wasting their tuition money.

CM You|Who would you like to see come to campus soon?

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“Dane Cook. He would be entertaining and down-to-earth.” Kayla Clyma,

East Lansing junior

“Donald Trump. I am interested in business.”

“Maya Angelou. She is very inspirational.”

Michael Kolawole,

Elizza LeJeune,

Nigeria graduate

Detroit sophomore

“Barack Obama. He has good speaking skills. It would be interesting.” Nick Cunningham,

Brighton sophomore

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Saving an image Tiger Woods has a PR nightmare to overcome The speech Tiger Woods gave at 11 a.m. Friday was stiff, awkward and scripted. The amount of genuine emotion in it is entirely questionable. The question is, how else could this have possibly gone down? Tiger Woods is one of the most recognizable figures in the world. He is the most famous and profitable golfer ever, and on the short list of the world’s most dominant athletes. So when it comes out that he is a shameless repeat adulterer on a massive level, he really only has two choices: He can never show his face again or he can tuck his tail between his legs and do everything that is expected of him, and eventually work his way back into public favor. His first public comment since his infidelity was publicized essentially boiled down to him saying, “It’s all my fault, I am sorry,” as he read from his notes and then awkwardly shifted his view up to the camera to speak, wash, rinse repeat. But there is literally no room for him to editorialize, add flavor to it or say what’s really on his mind. Anything else he could have said would have worked against him and his message of apology and rebuilding himself. Could he have been more convincing about his apology? Absolutely. If Tiger Woods’ golfing skill was at the same level as his public speaking, he wouldn’t have made the junior varsity team in high school. He should have taken the time and effort to memorize at least the major points he was going to make. The look down, read, look up, speak, look down again pattern was not working in his favor. There was nothing about what he did during that speech that proved somebody didn’t just write that and hand it to him five minutes before he got in front of that crowd. Did the notoriously private Woods want to be up there, saying those words in front of all those people? Almost certainly not. But he will have to do a lot of things he won’t want to on the road to returning to public favor and the monstrous recognition and sponsorship deals that he once enjoyed. He will have to follow through on everything in that speech. He will have to undergo intensive sex therapy, he will have to stop sleeping around and he’ll have to start being the role model he was once purported to be. He will have to do this all publicly, and he will have to do this consistently, without relapse and without contradiction. And then, after a long time of work and public redemption, he will have to go do the one thing everybody expects of him, and the one thing he really wants to do: Be the most dominant golfer in the world once again.

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Central Michigan Life || Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 || 5A


Specialty Social Security office coming to Union Township

Once upon a time

By Maryellen Tighe Senior Reporter

Comedy joins faith in ‘Night Out’

A different type of Social Security office will open later this year at Sweeney Road and Broomfield Street in Mount Pleasant. Union Township Zoning Administrator Woody Woodruff said the proposed branch will service people who wish to appeal Social Security claims denied at a regular office. The construction plan was approved last week by the township’s planning commission. A groundbreaking is set for mid to late March, said John Stadtfeld, vice president of JBS Contracting, the group responsible for construction. “There are currently two buildings like this in Michigan,” Stadtfeld said. “This building is going to serve northern Michigan.” The federal government will lease the building from Newgrass, said Stadtfeld, the

Women’s four-day event draws 1,600

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Libby March/staff photographer

Saranac senior Nate Masterson, left, pulls Brownstown senior Dave Bechard out of a comical embrace with Brighton junior Ben Krinke on Saturday during Women’s Comedy Night Out at Mount Pleasant Community Church, 1400 W. Broomfield St. The a cappella group, Ebb N’ Flow, performed as a band of knights for the comedy night’s “Once Upon A Time...” theme.

By Laura Danielson Staff Reporter

Comedy and church are not mutually exclusive, according to Brian LaMew, senior pastor at Mount Pleasant Community Church. Nearly 1,600 women saw how comedy and religion can be interconnected at a four-day MPCC event called Women’s Comedy Night Out. The program is in its eleventh year and took place Wednesday through Saturday in the church’s auditorium at 1400 W. Broomfield St. Women’s Comedy Night Out is an unconventional outreach event that incorporates skits, songs, dance numbers, stand-up comedy and audience participation to give women a night to relax and laugh, said Kathy Long, the event’s director. “There’s a lot of people who may be walking into church for the very first time and are surprised to see that church can be this much fun,” LaMew said. “This night is about blessing the women of Mount Pleasant with laughter and joy and the knowledge that there’s a God who is all about joy.” This year’s “Once Upon A

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of 16 applicants for the 2006-07 competition, said Deborah Clark, Research and Sponsored Program Officer for OSRP. She said she heard the performances and thought the research was very noteworthy. “She certainly has brought it to life for all of us,” Clark said.

Brazilian harmony Maria Josephina Mignone, the composer’s widow, assisted Mascolo-David in assembling the pieces. While Mignone enjoyed some popularity outside of Brazil in the early to mid20th century, he is relatively unknown internationally next to other Brazilian composers of the period such as Heitor Villa-Lobos, Masco-

“There’s a lot of people who may be walking into church for the very first time and are surprised to see that church can be this much fun.” Brian LaMew, Mount Pleasant senior pastor

Time” theme incorporated acts such as a lip-sync by the men of MPCC’s ministry staff to a song from the movie “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” a bumbling fairy godmother on her first assignment and story time in Mr. Robins’ Hood — a spoof on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” “It’s fun because you get to do things you might not think would happen in a church,” said LaMew, who played Robin Hood and could be seen dancing, rapping and swinging on to the stage on a rope each evening. ‘Let loose’ Andrea Abke, a temporary staff member at CMU’s Center for Excellence in Education, served as the night’s emcee. She has been a part of Women’s Comedy Night Out for nine of the last 11 years and said she loves to make people laugh. “It’s a night for them to come and just be with their

friends and let loose, laugh until they cry,” she said. “It just makes me feel like I’ve added something to their lives.” The night also featured an a cappella quartet of CMU students called Ebb N’ Flow who have been singing together since May 2009. Ebb N’ Flow member Dave Bechard, a Brownstown senior, said the comedy night was one of the group’s biggest events. “Everyone involved in the planning is super nice and very organized,” he said. “It’s a great event.” Many CMU students, including Byron Center junior Karen O’Strander, were in the audience. “It was hilarious and very well done,” said O’Strander, who saw her first Women’s Comedy Night Out on Wednesday. “The set was so well done, it made me feel like I was in Disney World and the whole show was a hoot!”

property owner. It is expected to create 70 new jobs in the area. “We were just fortunate that the developer that we lined up with got the job,” he said. The Mount Pleasant office will serve the upper peninsula, Stadtfeld said. The only two other facilities with similar purposes are in Detroit and Grand Rapids. It will join Central Michigan University’s Education and Human Services Building as one of the first LEED silver-certified buildings in the area. The LEED certification process is independent of the county and is based on standards for sustainability. “There’s only a few buildings that are gold certified in the U.S.,” Stadtfeld said. “To be able to have one that is silver is pretty impressive.” Some of the requirements for certification are landscaping for low water use, special carpool and hybrid parking spaces, bicycle racks and

manufacturing with local and recyclable material. “Most of the materials that are in the building will have to be made within 500 miles,” Stadtfeld said. The building will lack the ‘green roof’ certification, although 20 percent of the materials will be recyclable materials. In addition to LEED certification, this will be one of the first new buildings in Union Township to fall under the sidewalk ordinance, which ensures each facility includes exterior pathways. “Glory hallelujah,” Woodruff said, “this plan has sidewalks.” The fire department and the Isabella County Transportation Commission — two entities that also had to approve the project — have not expressed any problems with the current plan, Woodruff said.

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About the committee The Student Technology Advisory Committee is a group of students who give feedback on the technology used on CMU’s campus. It is chaired by Roger Rehm, vice president for Information Technology. “If the university is going to produce something, they are going to need feedback to see if it works for students,” said John Rathje, director of application development. Rehm said the committee keeps him informed on topics that affect students such as computer lab hours and printing policies. Rathje said the university has to make sure it is using the right technology, and the committee helps do that. The Student Technology Advisory Committee runs through Resident Life and Student Life and has about 30 students that meet once a month to discuss and give feedback, Rehm said.

“She certainly has brought it to life for all of us.” Deborah Clark, Officer for Research

and Sponsored Programs lo-David said. She had copies of the original sheet music faxed to her by a helpful Brazilian librarian after several weeks of struggles with the rest of the library on strike. Mascolo-David said she is very grateful to the ORSP, as she had to get a one-year extension in order to acquire the music and have in transcribed into music composing software Finale. The Kalamazoo Orchestra provided the orchestral accompaniment on the CD. Mascolo-David was pleased with the accuracy and spontaneity with which they performed the lively Brazilian music. She also was impressed

with the spirited performance of Sangmi Lim, who played the orchestral accompaniment on piano Sunday at her performance. Lim is a doctoral student in piano at Michigan State University. She had five days to master the work of a composer she had never before heard of, when the orchestra’s recorded performance was unable to be used because of contract conflicts. Lim said the most difficult part was mastering the shifting tempo of the music. “She says she’s Korean, but I think she’s Portuguese-Italian,” Mascolo-David said.


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“It’s absolutely important to get real-life experience,” Tigner said. “It is the best way to learn, and the best way to understand how we make TV.” Finn said although he has always known he wanted to major in broadcasting, living in Michigan helps. He has taken full advantage of BCA programs as well. He’s involved in “The Morning After Show” on Tuesdays and Thursdays on Modern Rock 91.5. “The program here is honestly amazing,” Finn said.

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Wixom freshman Cadet Pvt. Cameron Gottschall, left, Detroit freshman Cadet Pvt. Terrell Hill and Freeland senior Executive Officer Zac Nelson play an America’s Army simulation at the 24-hour America’s Army 3 competition Friday in Finch Fieldhouse. The event ran from noon Friday to noon Saturday.

ROTC hosts war video games for cadets Virtual competition ideal for training By Jared Seymour Staff Reporter

Central Michigan University ROTC cadets took up arms in a 24-hour deathmatch Friday afternoon. Horrifying? Not at all — it was part of a virtual program called America’s Army. ROTC hosted a 24-hour video game competition, which lasted through Saturday. Lt.


Rodney Williams said the competition aimed to introduce the public to the third version of America’s Army, a realistic war game similar to the Call of Duty franchise. “The game allows cadets to get familiar with the battleground without having to be in the field,” Williams said. “My commander would one day like to implement more virtual training like this instead of some field assignments.” The competition started at noon Friday and, after four hours, team deathmatches were

in full swing. About 10 players sat at PC laptops through each round of the game. The game’s realistic mechanics included a breath meter and weapon accuracy. “It is the closest a civilian can get to a real life mission.” Williams said. “It’s fun. I am a big fan of Call of Duty.” Freeland senior Zac Nelson said America’s Army was developed to give civilians a realistic depiction of the battlefield. “It’s a lot like real life,” Nelson said. Winners of the competition

received awards, and other attendees received prizes at the door. Besides the America’s Army competition, participants enjoyed a station for virtual target practice, Xbox gaming and movies shown later in the evening. Mark Halberg came to the competition with roommates. “It sounded pretty cool,” the Chesterfield sophomore said. “There is no way I can stay for 24 hours, though.”

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much would have to be paid each month to pay off the entire balance in 36 months. Greg Roy sees that as a potential problem. Still, the Ada freshman does not think the new restrictions will change things much.

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taste.” Josh said although Sharkies snacks are distributed in stores, the majority of its business is online. His family has focused marketing in that di-

“The radio show allows me to be involved in the BCA program right away, which is awesome.” Though the tax incentive has given students exposure, Tigner said that does not necessarily mean jobs. He said the incentive might boost the economy because the companies use local hotels, restaurants and stores, but there are drawbacks for local students because crews typically bring videographers with them from Hollywood. “The companies in Hollywood have been slowly coming for the incentive and just using us for the location,” Tigner said.

He has a credit card he cosigned with his parents two years ago. “I don’t that it’s necessary because some kids are irresponsible, but most kids have to pay the bill off themselves, so they know their limits,” he said. “Just be responsible and know that you have to pay at the end of the month. It’s not free money.”

rection. “As of right now, we have them in Target, in GNC and MC Sports here in Michigan,” he said. Josh will continue to hand out Sharkies for the rest of the month until the online discount deal is over.

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Central Michigan Life

Monday, Feb. 22, 2010



CMU — 194.875

Wrestlers claim MAC regular season title

WMU — 19 1.725

Weekend Men’s MAC Standings West Division Team



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Akron Kent St. Buffalo Miami (OH) BGSU Ohio

10-3 10-3 8-5 8-5 6-7 5-8

20-8 20-8 16-9 12-15 14-12 15-13

Team retakes crown, sweeps KSU, Ohio By Matthew Valinski Staff Reporter

The CMU wrestling team earned its revenge against Kent State by winning its 11th regular season Mid-American Conference Championship in 12 years Sunday. The Chippewas defeated the Golden Flashes 21-13 in Kent, Ohio, a season after Kent State beat the team in Mount Pleasant on Feb. 19, 2009, to snap 10 consecutive regular-season titles. “I felt like we had a real good chance of winning nine of the 10 weight classes today, and we won seven of the ten,� said coach Tom Borrelli. The Chippewas started off with two victories, the first coming at 125 with senior No. 9 Matt Steintrager defeating Troy Opfer 5-0. Then, sophomore No. 7 Scotti Sentes defeated No. 8 Danny Mitcheff 3-2 at 133 pounds in the only bout between ranked opponents. Borrelli said after the match Friday against Ohio, the staff did not think Sentes would be the one wrestling because of an unspecified injury, but Sentes did not have much doubt in his mind. “We didn’t even know if we were going to wrestle him,� Borrelli said. “He really wanted to

Saturday’s MAC West Results

CMU 79, Tennessee State 73 Ball St. 68, UT Martin 52 Southern Illinois 89, WMU 72 Detroit 68, EMU 66 Eastern Illinois 73, NIU 70 Cleveland State 87, Toledo 63 *Home teams in bold

photos by matthew stephens/senior photographer

CMU coach Jerry Reighard hugs redshirt freshman Samantha Piotrowski during CMU’s gymnastics meet against Western Michigan on Sunday at Rose Arena. CMU swept the Broncos in all four events and improved its balance beam score by 1.275 points from the previous week.

Women’s MAC Standings West Division Team



Toledo EMU CMU Ball St. NIU WMU

10-2 8-4 7-5 4-8 3-9 2-10

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BGSU Kent St. Akron Miami (OH) Buffalo Ohio

10-2 9-3 9-3 5-7 3-9 2-10

20-6 16-8 15-10 7-18 7-18 6-19

A HAPPY BALANCE Gymnasts rebound on balance beam, beat Broncos By Nick Conklin | Staff Reporter


Saturday’s Games

CMU 113, EMU 107 (2OT) BGSU 66, Akron 56 Ball St. 78, WMU 62 Miami (OH) 67, Buffalo 52 NIU 73, Toledo 67 Kent St. 80, Ohio 74


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David Kool (WMU) 21.5 Xavier Silas (NIU) 19.7 Rodney Pierce (Buffalo) 18.9 Brandon Bowdry (EMU) 16.7 Carlos Medlock (EMU) 15.6 Armon Bassett (Ohio) 15.4 Robbie Harman (CMU) 14.4 Jordan Bitzer (CMU) 14.3 Kenny Hayes (Miami OH) 14.3 D.J. Cooper (Ohio) 14.2


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Brandon Bowdry (EMU) Donald Lawson (WMU) Jarrod Jones (Ball St.) Calvin Betts (Buffalo) Otis Polk (BGSU)

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Jordan Bitzer (CMU) David Kool (WMU) Tommy Freeman (Ohio) Armon Bassett (Ohio) Carlos Medlock (EMU)

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  It scored a 48.525, more than a point higher than its performance in last week’s loss to Kent State (47.25), on the beam. CMU beat Western Michigan 194.825-191.725 in front of 675 Sunday at Rose Arena. With nearly three hours of practice time devoted to the beam, coach Jerry Reighard said he was pleased with the improvements following last weekend’s four-fall rotation. “It’s amazing what work ethic does, and time on task,� he said, “It was really enjoyable to see all the hard work pay off today.� Freshman Britney Taylor and seniors Jessica Suder and Katie Simon led the team with 9.8’s on the event. Junior Andrea de la Garza scored       a 9.75. In other events, sophomore Kristin Teubner led CMU with a 9.875 on the floor exercise and Simon scored a meet-high 9.9 on the uneven bars.


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Admitting I was wrong Women’s basketball team puts an exciting brand on court


realized something while sitting courtside at the end of the first overtime of Saturday’s women’s basketball game between CMU and Eastern Michigan. I was wrong. Before the season started, I was a little skeptical about covering women’s basketball. Sure, I was happy to be covering one of the more prominent sports at CMU, but women’s hoops? The players don’t move as quick as the men, can’t dunk and were perceived by some, including me, as a boring brand of basketball. While this season has been one of disappointment, excitement and everything in between for the team, Saturday’s thriller of a game against EMU erased all of those preconceived notions. The final score, 113-107 in double overtime, says it all. Both teams traded baskets throughout the first half. When one team went on a four or sixpoint run, the other answered. It had the makings of a classic early on.

Aaron McMann Staff Reporter Then, in the second half, came one of the best five minutes of basketball I have ever seen. With CMU leading 67-66, EMU guard Sydney Huntley went on a tear, scoring 17 consecutive points for EMU, including hitting four consecutive 3-pointers. Every time CMU would get a basket, Huntley responded. The final minutes of regulation were no different, with free throws becoming crucial for both teams. A missed free throw by Huntley with 21 seconds remaining and a missed layup by CMU freshman guard Rachel Mauk sent the game into its first overtime. There, EMU’s good shooting continued, going up three points on two different possessions and looking to take control. But just when you thought CMU was going to fall behind, it didn’t. Britni Houghton, who set

a single-game scoring record with a career-high 38 points, hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining to tie the game at 102. EMU had another chance to win the game, but guard Cassie Schrock missed a couple of fivefoot layups before time expired, sending the game into a second overtime. A Mauk 3-pointer, one of her five for the game, to start double overtime gave CMU a lead to maintain. And it did. After the game, the crowd, many of which were waiting on the men’s game to start, rose to its feet with loud applause for the incredible finish both teams put on. As CMU celebrated the tough, gut-it-out win, I realized that I had just witnessed one the best college basketball games I had ever seen. I was wrong. Wrong to automatically associate boring with women’s basketball. Wrong to judge something before trying it. Coach Sue Guevara said afterward that she hopes this sort of game brings people back for the team’s last regular season home game Wednesday against first place Toledo. And it should.

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wrestle, and he toughed it out and figured out how to win.”


Nate Kostegian/staff Photographer

Senior No. 20 Tyler Grayson defeated Kevin Christensen 9-3 Friday at Rose Arena. He also defeated Kent State’s Ross Tice 5-0 Sunday in Kent, Ohio.

Results Friday vs. Ohio W 40-0

Sunday @ Kent State W 21-13 three of the next four bouts before senior Eric Simaz won 2-1, scoring an escape during the tiebreaker period and riding out Adam Cogar during the next tiebreaker period after neither him nor

Houghton scores 38 points in win Senior becomes CMU’s fourth all-time scorer

night with 7:23 remaining in the first half — to make her CMU’s 4th all-time leading scorer. With the win, CMU (11-14, 8-5 MAC) moves into a second-place tie with EMU in the Mid-American Conference West Division. The team also extends its home winning streak to nine games, a streak that is the longest within the same season since 1984-85. Junior Shonda Long added 19 points and freshman Rachel Mauk scored a career-high 21 points, including a 3-pointer at the start of the second overtime to put the Chippewas up by three. The game featured 40 lead changes and the score was tied 24 times. “We knew we had to beat this team and we have won all the games at home (since the MAC schedule started),” Houghton said. “That’s what gave us motivation. We were not going to give it away.” Senior guard Heidi Warczinsky had 13 points and went a perfect 9-of-9 from the free-throw line. Junior Kaihla Szunko struggled in the first half, but finished

By John Evans Staff Reporter

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Early troubles With a 6-0 lead, things got interesting for Central. At 141 pounds, senior Conor Beebe was initially given a takedown at the end of the match, which would have given him a 6-5 win. But the assistant referee who had awarded the takedown took it away, giving the win to Chase Skonieczny, 5-4. “I felt he had the takedown for eight to ten seconds, but they gave him the take down at the buzzer,” Borrelli said. “And then, the assistant referee, who originally said it was a takedown, changed his mind.” Senior No. 12 Tony D’Alie led the next match 6-2 in the third period before Matt Cathell got on top of D’Alie and pinned him to give KSU a 9-6 lead. “The guy ended up reversing him on his back and pinning him,” Borrelli said. “He could have very easily let the guy go and wrestle him on his feet and won by three or four points, he just made a mistake.” The Chippewas then won

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Senior forward Britni Houghton is congratulated at the bench by coach Sue Guevara (left) and assistant coach Bill Ferrara. Houghton became CMU’s fourth all-time leading scorer of after scoring a single-game record 38 points Saturday against Eastern Michigan at Rose Arena.

Cogar could score in the initial overtime. “I went into it a little too cautious and I didn’t wrestle the match I should have wrestled,” Simaz said. “I feel I am better than that guy and I should be able to get to my shots when I need to.” Sophomore No. 4 Jarod Trice finished the match with a 4-2 win after scoring a takedown, although Brendan Barlow scored an escape in a tiebreaker period.


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Sunderman breaks CMU weight throw record Randolph rests some regulars on eve of MACs

What’s on tap Up next: MAC Championships

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By Josh Berenter Staff Reporter

Friday’s Jack Skoog Open gave some top CMU men’s and women’s track and field athletes a chance to rest for next week’s Mid-American Conference Championships. Senior Charity Sunderman broke the CMU all-time record for the women’s weight throw. Her throw of 62 feet, 6 inches broke Kari Taylor’s former record by almost two feet. Although Sunderman has not been recognized much this season, Randolph said she has been working hard all year and deserves more recognition. “She broke the record twice,” Randolph said. “Her and (throwing coach John) Ridgway have been really working hard, and I’m excited for that young lady.” CMU competed against Lake Superior State, Alma, Michigan Tech, Ferris State, Saginaw Valley and Northwood. Junior Shanaye Carr also had a career-best in the 60meter hurdles with a time of 8.53 seconds. It earned her the best time in the MAC, and she is one-tenth of a second from earning a pro-

Besides Charity Sunderman, freshman ... w Katie McColly won the long jump w Aleisha Leeper won the triple jump w Veronica Garcia won the mile run w Raquel Gibbs won the 400-meters.

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Sophomore thrower Jake Maloney embraces senior thrower Charity Sunderman after she threw her second consecutive record-breaking throw of 62 feet, 6 inches, which broke Kari Taylor’s record, 60 feet, 6 and one-half inches, by nearly two full feet.

visional qualifying mark. Randolph said he thought his team picked up from where it left off at the Grand Valley Big Meet last week, where it had 20 individual career-best performances. He said his team is performing the best it have all season and are finally used to all the changes the program dealt with this seasons it prepares for the MAC Championships. Youth Several freshmen women took advantage of the opportunity to compete and

won events for the first time this season. Katie McColly won the long jump (18-5 3/4), Aleisha Leeper won the triple jump (36-6 1/4 inches), Veronica Garcia won the mile run (5:8.76) and Raquel Gibbs won the 400-meter run (1:1.71). CMU boasted the top four throws of the men’s shot put as freshman Alex Rose finished second with a careerbest 53-10 1/4 inches to the winner, sophomore John Calvert, who had a careerbest 54-6 1/4 throw. Freshman George Flanner took

third at 53-3 and freshman Mychael King came in fourth place with a throw of 50-2. Freshman Renaldo Powell won the 60-meter hurdles for the second time in three meets with a time of 8.19, and senior Marcus Breidinger won the pole vault after coming in third last week. Randolph said the men’s team has caught up to the level that the women’s team was at earlier this season. He said the men’s team does not have a lot of depth, but it realized it needs to perform as well as the women in order for it to compete well. The track and field teams return to action this weekend as they host the MAC Championships Friday and Saturday at Jack Skoog Indoor Track.

Softball ends weekend with victory Team loses season’s first three, wins Sunday 15-0 By Matthew Valinski Staff Reporter

The CMU softball team finished the weekend with its first win of the season Sunday. Junior Kari Seddon earned the decision, going four innings and giving up two hits, en route to a 15-0 win against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in Auburn, Ala. “I think, today, I hit my spots a lot better than the other two days,” she said. “Brogan (Darwin) and I worked together really well.” In the third inning, the Chippewas’ offense got going, scoring six runs. Sophomore Molly Coldren hit a three-run home run and junior Amanda Patrick followed it with a home run of her own to give CMU a 6-0 lead. Coldren led the Chippewas offensively over the weekend, hitting 7-for-12 along with five RBIs. “I was just trying to be a tough out,” she said. “I was swinging at the ball really well this week-

Weekend results Friday vs. Nebraska: L 4-1 vs. Nebraska: L 8-0

Saturday vs. Auburn: L 6-2

Sunday vs. SIU Edwardsville: W 15-0

Upcoming games: March 5 vs. March 5 vs. March 6 vs. March 6 vs. March 7 vs.

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end and I just had a lot of confidence.” The Chippewas added another run in the third to make it 7-0 before tacking on three runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth to end the game. Central totaled 16 hits Sunday after tallying 13 hits in the previous three games of the weekend.

Weekend recap CMU (1-3) lost twice to Nebraska on Friday, dropping the first game 4-1 and the second 8-0. CMU increased its losing streak to three games when it lost to Auburn 6-2 on Saturday. Coach Margo Jonker said she was happy with the way the team ended the weekend and saw some positives from a lot of players going forward into the season. “We had a couple of freshmen who haven’t seen the field do well,” she said. “Brogan Darwin hit well and did a great job behind the plate, and Macy Merchant only got in one game basically, but played a nice game.” Seddon started three of the four games for the Chippewas after being injured last season, and Jonker said she was pleased at where Seddon is this early in the season offensively and pitching. “She hasn’t pitched in more than a year and half,” she said. “It might take a little while for her to get into game shape. There is a big difference between game shape and practice shape, but I was impressed with her play all the way through.” Seddon was just glad to be

Club lacrosse splits weekend Team beats Minnesota, loses to No. 4 Duluth By John Manzo Staff Reporter

The CMU club lacrosse team split a pair of games over the weekend in Minnesota. CMU beat Minnesota 8-5 Sunday, but fell 13-3 to No. 6 Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday. Seniore defenseman Andrew Tillman said the team dominated Minnesota in every aspect of the game. Minnesota is ranked No. 41 by Lax Power, one of the two major polls used in club lacrosse.

“Together, as a team, we dominated them in every way,” he said. Tillman said it was important to rebound after losing the prior day. “It was very important to bounce back after a loss to a good team,” Tillman said. “We built up our confidence by beating a good team, which shows we can play with the top tier teams.” The offense and defense came together for the first time this season against Minnesota. CMU split its first two games of the season, but the team used a balanced attack last weekend. CMU coach Brad Thomas said both units were not working in cohesion in the first two games. “It was great to have the offense and defense click after

only one or the other in the first two games,” Thomas said. Minnesota-Duluth CMU (2-1) played underdog against MinnesotaDuluth. Duluth defeated Central 13-3, but it will not be the only top 10 team Central faces this season. It faces No. 1 Michigan on March 27 and No. 19 Michigan State at home on April 3. CMU now heads into an early-season break, not competing until March 20 at Minnesota-Mankato, but the team will continue to condition. “We’ll practice — just no games for a month,” Thomas said.

back in the lineup. “My nerves were high, my energy was high, it was just a great feeling to get back on the mound,” she said. “To hear my name back in the lineup was awesome.” The Chippewas will next be in action March 5-7 as they travel to Clearwater, Fla., to play in the University of Southern Florida Tournament.

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Redshirt freshman Samantha Piotrowski performs her floor exercise exhibition Sunday at Rose Arena in the team’s 194.875-191.725 win against Western Michigan.

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The Chippewas began on the vault, where they posted a 48.925. Taylor led with a 9.875. Teubner, who finished with a 9.85, said the team kept its start value, which falls if a gymnast falls or does not meet a requirement on fan event. “We have over six 10.0 start values, and we have been doing very well on the vault,” she said. The second rotation placed CMU on the bars, an area of consistency for the team through the last two meets. Simon’s 9.9 and Dieffenderfer score of 9.75 provided a spark for CMU. The Chippewas posted a 48.4 on the event, which moved them ahead of the Broncos by 2.05 points. Teubner posted a teamhigh 9.875 lead the Chippewas to a season-high 48.975 on the floor exercise. Lineup changes The team also saw a few changes to the lineup with freshman Emily Lafontaine being pushed to the second

slot on the floor exercise. Reighard said more changes could come to his lineups as more freshman gymnasts are making strides to get into competitions. “Those changes, you’re going to see more often,” he said. “We’re starting to get them where we want them, and I think it really showed.” The team looks to obtain its goal of a 195 score when it faces Northern Illinois at 2 p.m. Sunday in DeKalb, Ill. The team’s highest score of the season came in the State of Michigan Classic, where it notched a 194.975. Reighard said 195 is a very achievable mark. “We feel comfortable about setting that goal, and they are starting to believe, and that is the biggest part of the battle,” he said.

Notes Both teams wore pink leotards in honor of breast cancer awareness. On vault, freshmen Meaghan McWhorter and Bailey Brumbach scored higher than 9.7 on exhibition runs.

4B || Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 || Central Michigan Life

Club hockey loses ‘ugly’ finale

Spica rises to coach’s challenge

Davenport beats team 11-1, coach calls it a disaster By Justin Hicks Staff Reporter

Junior center scores 17 points to break slump

CMU club hockey coach Mike Jakubik did not mince his words when describing the team’s season finale. CMU was defeated 11-1 by Davenport University in what Jakubik called an ugly, disastrous game Friday in Midland. “The guys came in knowing the game didn’t mean anything and their heads just weren’t in it,” he said. CMU was left out of the top 10 of the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Central Rankings prior to the weekend’s game, eliminating the team from the playoffs. No. 1 Davenport (26-12-

By Daniel Monson Senior Reporter

Marko Spica’s distinctive celebratory roar returned Saturday to Rose Arena. It radiated from the junior center more than once in CMU’s 79-73 win against Tennessee State — and when his team needed it the most. With CMU trailing 65-61 with less than 5 minutes remaining in the game, Spica rebounded teammate Chris Kellermann’s missed shot. He put up a layup and was fouled by TSU’s Lonnie Funderburke. His resulting free throw was good and CMU was within one. On the team’s next possession, senior guard Robbie Harman’s 3-pointer gave CMU the lead for good. “Marko was able to establish himself in giving us another scoring presence that we desperately needed when you look at how people load up for Robbie and (Jordan) Bitzer,” said CMU coach Ernie Zeigler. “When we have that third or fourth scorer in double figures then, all of a sudden, we’re a tough team to play.” Spica’s 17 points were the most he scored since his 21 against Alcorn State on Dec. 30. He also had 12 rebounds in CMU’s win. Struggles But Spica’s roar had all but vanished in the Serbia native’s past five games. Coming into Saturday, he averaged 2.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in his last five games — well less than his 7.6 per-game scoring average. After an outing against Kent State in which Spica scored three points and had four rebounds in 18 minutes, Zeigler was quick to yank him in the team’s next game, a loss against Akron. Spica did not play in the second half after scoring one

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we’re a team that has each other’s backs,” Weary said. “We just knew that we had to pick it up for him.” Shooting spree The Tigers opened the game shooting 9-of-15 (60 percent) from the 3-point line, including several shot-clock buzzerbeaters from well beyond 20 feet. They took a 44-38 lead into halftime. “They were a brand-new team. It’s really tough to play against those guys,” said junior Marko Spica, who finished with 17 points and five rebounds. “We didn’t know what to expect and they just were just shooting some shots that I’ve never seen in my life. Not in Europe, not in America, not in Mount Pleasant.” Jeremiah Crutcher led the Tigers (8-20) with 21 points off the bench, including three 3-pointers in the first half. CMU senior guard Jordan Bitzer added 16 points and two steals for CMU, which


0-2; Central Region) got on the board first and did not look back. Forwards Matt Morang, Ben Dykstra and David Little contributed two goals and an assist in their team’s victory. Central’s lone goal came on the power play from sophomore forward Dominic Braganini, his seventh of the season. Jakubik said the team did not limit shots as much as it would have liked. Central freshman goaltender Zach Silver saw 58 shots, more than four times as many as the 14 shots Davenport goalie Scott Knight saw. The coaches decided to cancel the game originally scheduled for Saturday night after discussing the irrelevance of the outcome for both teams. “There was no point in having them come all the way out for a game that didn’t matter

to either team,” Jakubik said.

Season recap CMU (11-14-2-2) finished the season ranked 12th in the Central region, missing the playoffs for the first time in five years. Senior captain Marty Lipar played his fifth and last season with the team. In that time, the team made four regional appearances and one appearance at nationals. “Overall, it was a good season, though not the finish we wanted,” Lipar said. “I’m happy with my career at CMU, and I had a lot of fun playing competitive hockey in college.” With a lot of the same guys returning next year, Jakubik said he hopes to have the team improve its overall defense and keep up its offensive play shown this season.

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Bode Miller adds gold to set By Craig Hill McClatchy Newspapers Sean Proctor/staff photographer

Junior center Marko Spica tied Robbie Harman for a team-high 17 points and grabbed five rebounds in CMU’s 79-73 win Saturday at Rose Arena.

Spica ‘10 file w Games Played: 25 w Games Started: 3 w w w w w w w

Points per game: 7.6 Rebounds: 3.5 Field-goal: 49.3 Free-throw: 63.4 Blocks: 6 Steals: 6 Turnovers: 62

point on 0-of-3 shooting from the field. Spica then did not score and played 1 minute in CMU’s loss at Ohio and was held scoreless in 11 minutes Feb. 14 against Toledo. “I was struggling with injuries and a lot of other stuff behind the scenes, so I was really excited to have this win,” Spica said. After sitting out last season with a knee injury, Spica dealt with a muscle strain in the switched from zone defense to man-to-man in the second half. It forced TSU to look inside — it only attempted five 3-pointers in the second half, making none. “We tried to drive the ball more and Ernie’s group did a good job of moving their feet and were able to defend us,” said TSU coach John Cooper. Zeigler has his sights set on sending his four seniors out with a winning season. To do it, his team must win at least once on the road — either Wednesday at NIU or March 4 at Eastern Michigan. CMU remains one game behind Ball State in the MidAmerican Conference West Division. “Particularly for our seniors, it’s going to be only fitting if they’re legacy leaving here is having that first winning season for our program,” Zeigler said. NOTES Cooper started three freshmen and a walk-on after he was forced to dismiss four players a few weeks ago. CMU has not had two consecutive winning seasons since 1986-87 and 1987-88

same area that forced him to miss CMU’s 71-63 win against Eastern Michigan on Jan. 20. “It’s all about his mind-set and, unfortunately for him, he went through the knee injury, but it’s no longer a crutch to lie on,” Zeigler said. The 6-foot-9 center rebounded last Wednesday at Ball State, where he scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds. “He’s been really challenged by me in the last week,” Zeigler said. “It’s time for him to step up. He really came out with some fire and sense of purpose and really did a good job of making himself available off some of the screening action we were running to get him the ball. “It would be huge for us if he can now build on this and become a consistent threat down there for us.”

under Coles. Zeigler does not have a winning season in his past three.

WHISTLER, British Columbia — His resume now lacks for nothing. The argument about who’s the greatest ski racer in U.S. history has probably been settled. Bode Miller finally has his Olympic gold medal, coming from behind Sunday to win the super combined on Whistler Mountain. But for all the chokes, near misses and criticism he’s endured on his way to this moment, he won’t cherish the medal as much as you might think. “The gold medal doesn’t mean that much,” Miller said. “If I had won it in a way I wasn’t proud of today I probably would have resented the medal.” As Miller has said throughout a 13-year career that has seen him win more World Cup races (32), World Championships (four) and Olympic medals (five) than any other American, it’s the quality of his skiing that means the most to him. “The way I skied these last (three) races is what’s important,” said Miller, who has won a medal of each color at the Vancouver Games. “I would have been proud of that skiing with a medal or not.”

During the downhill portion of the race, Miller flew farther than he expected off a jump putting him on a line that nearly sent him of course and out of the race. Miller corrected himself but gave up time and finished seventh. Admittedly exhausted, he followed up with one of his best slalom runs of the season and the third fastest of anybody in the field to take gold. He won by 0.33 seconds over Croatia’s Ivica Kostelic, whose father and coach set the slalom course. Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland won bronze. “The level that I skied at today is right at the very, very top,” said Miller, who fell in a slalom training run Saturday. His medal is the latest exclamation point on the most successful Games in U.S. Ski Team history. The U.S. has won eight medals, bettering its previous record of five set in ‘84, and has won at least one medal in all six events. Four events remain. All four Americans finished in the top 11 of Sunday’s race and the team recorded the three best times in the slalom run. Ted Ligety, who won gold in the event in ‘06 when it had two slalom runs instead of one, had the fastest slalom run but finished fifth overall. Will Brandenburg was second

fastest in the slalom and 10th overall. Andrew Weibrecht, who won bronze in the super-G Friday, was 11th. “I could not be any prouder of these guys and the way they skied,” said U.S. coach Sasha Rearick. “They inspire me with the way they ski.” Inspirational skiing is precisely why Miller is still in the sport and why at times he’s been so conflicted. The 2006 Games were a disaster for Miller. He entered with a media-imposed goal of winning five medals and left with none and a reputation for choking when he failed to finish three events. “I didn’t necessarily want to be there,” Miller said on Sunday. “... But I also didn’t want to not be there. I was incredibly conflicted. ... I had no intention, really, of blowing it. I raced as hard as I could. But I didn’t have this motivation. I didn’t have the energy and the enthusiasm.” But even now, the three medals he’s won on the Dave Murray Downhill run are nothing more than trinkets as far as Miller is concerned. Miller will race in the giant slalom, too, and could inch closer toward that five-medal Games his fans have been clamoring to see. Even if it’s four years later than they wanted.

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