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Central Michigan Life

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mount Pleasant, Mich.


Campaign funds a snafu for some State Rep. candidate received, refunded donations above limit By Carisa Seltz Staff Reporter

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Remus junior Summer DuBois, right, reacts as Howell sophomore Megan Hutchings tells her a story Saturday while cleaning dishes at the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority house on Main Street in an effort for His House to clean Greek houses. “We were very purposeful today,” she said. “We got to share God’s love, whether through doing dishes, sweeping, washing windows — love is love.”

Mops of Love By Ashante Thomas | Staff Reporter


Hutchings was the service team leader for the church’s service weekend. She said members dedicate one weekend every semester to “sharing God’s love” by volunteering across the community. Though the group’s good intentions were there, the

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cleaning project got off to a bit of a rough start. Three fraternities turned them down, including one where a member said the house was just too dirty to let anyone inside. The group was about to write off number four when

by Ryan Taljonick Staff Reporter

Higgins Lake senior Elayna McCall clears out a cupboard filled with tupperware, bowls and strainers in an effort to reorganize and make space at the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority house on Saturday afternoon.

a car pulled into the Alpha Gamma Delta driveway. Traci Greenhalgh, an Alpha Gamma Delta member and South Rockwood senior, said she saw the group come into the driveway and decided to see what they wanted. The house got a free clean-



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Pride Week features drag show, banquet

His House members make the rounds cleaning Greek houses

group of volunteers from His House Christian Fellowship took their message of love to the streets this weekend with the help of brooms and other household cleaning items. The seven girls cleaned the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority house Saturday on Main Street as part of a Greek housecleaning effort. “We like to go out and show it’s not just a random group of people who meet for church,” said Howell sophomore Megan Hutchings of His House. “This is what we’re called to do.”

Candidates for public office are kicking off their 2010 campaigns whether they are on the books yet or not. And more than just about winning the hearts and minds of voters, the process of rallying public support is just as much about adhering to the rules in order to stay in the game. Michigan has extensive campaign finance laws, dating back to the 1970s. Candidates with even the best intentions can step over the line on accident. Christine Alwood, a candidate for local state representative of Mount Pleasant, is one of those people. She had to return a portion of her campaign funds recently after three contributors donated too much money in in-

kind contributions. “As we were compiling the documentation (in January 2010), we realized as we were getting the information on the gift in-kind amounts, that they were over, so we realized that those needed to be immediately refunded,” Alwood said Alwood, Central Michigan University’s director of stewardship and donor relations, is running in Michigan’s 99th District. According to Michigan’s campaign finance laws, a candidate for state representative cannot accept more than $500 in contributions from an individual. On two separate fundraising occasions in 2009, one contributor gave $1,320 and $820, another gave $1,320, and a third contributor gave $6,753 in in-kind contributions to the Committee to Elect Christine Alwood, according to campaign finance reports from the Secretary of State. An employee at the SOS, who

ing because of it. “(Sunday) is parent’s day, so our house will be fabulous,” she said. Greenhalgh said there are nine girls living in the house. The group washed dishes, A clean | 2A





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Students observing Pride Week will have several opportunities to celebrate this week. Pride Week takes place Monday through Friday and includes a comedy act, a movie and a drag show. Shannon Jolliff, the director of Gay and Lesbian Programs, said of Pride Week is designed to celebrate the work of the GLBT community. “Pride Week is our week of celebration and excitement,” Jolliff said. “We use this week to celebrate the work that’s been done in the last year for our community and what’s been done here on campus.” Comedian Dana Goldberg will perform at 7 p.m. Monday in the Townsend Kiva in Moore Hall. “She is a comedian that has also done a lot of focus on social justice and HIV/AIDS work,” Jolliff said. “Last year, we had a really positive turnout for that, and students really enjoyed her.” After her comedy routine, Goldberg will speak about the difficulties of coming out and embracing being gay. The Gay/Straight Alliance registered student organization will

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Monday: Comedian Dana Goldberg performs comedy at 7 p.m. at Moore Hall’s Townsend Kiva. Tuesday: A "pride movie" is screened at 8 p.m. in the Bovee UC Auditorium. Wednesday: The drag show takes place at 7 p.m. in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. Thursday: The pride prom takes place at 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall, 306 W. Michigan St. *Tickets can be purchased through the Office of Gay and Lesbian Programs and are available for $10 for the banquet dinner and the dance. Students can pay $5 for dance tickets that exclude dinner.

host a “pride movie” at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. The chosen film will remain a surprise until the showing begins. Pride Week’s Drag Show will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium.

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spring football game

About 800 brave the cold, attend tailgate Police respond to one injury within the stadium By Heather Hillman Staff Reporter

The annual spring tailgate felt like a winter festival to Anthony Gerg. The Fenton senior was not about to let the weather, which

reached approximately 43 degrees at its warmest, keep him from the fun. “It’s a cold day — I’m surprised this many people came out,” Gerg said. “I’m having a great time.” About 800 people filled the fenced area in Lot 63 behind Kelly/Shorts Stadium for Saturday’s spring football game tailgate, said Bill Yeagley, Central Michigan University’s Police Chief.

Police searched any and all bags that passed by to insure the new rules, approved in June, were not violated. Saturday was Yeagley’s first spring tailgate, and he said the department encountered no major problems. The police only had to respond once to an injury in Kelly/Shorts Stadium. His only complaint was the unseasonal weather. “This is a wonderful turnout, and things are going great,”

Yeagley said. “This is a better turnout than some of the other spring games in the past.” Kyle Post agreed. The Bad Axe junior stood holding a drink in the bed of a black truck, happy to see people finally getting back into tailgate. Post said the last tailgate he attended in the fall had only a fraction of the crowd that

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Northwood University students Louis Long and Zak Karason sort through their alcohol before entering tailgate. They were not allowed in until after that because of the rules.

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EVENTS CALENDAR Today w The Global Think-In Conference takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Rotunda. w The Invisible Children Club meets from 7:30 to 8 p.m. in the Bovee University Center’s Upper Level Lobby. w Transcending Boundaries, a mixed media fiber art expression, is on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Charles V. Park Library Baber Room.

Tuesday w The Global Think-In Conference takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Rotunda. w A Film screening for “In Search of International Justice” takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. in Anspach Hall 165. w After Hours Improv will perform from 7:15 to 9 p.m. in Pearce Hall 127. w An Open Mic Night takes place from 9 to 11 p.m. in Carey Hall’s Real Food on Campus.

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wished to remain anonymous, verified Alwood rectified the issue and that the state does not have to take any action. The SOS employee said once a candidate realizes they received excess donations, they can return the money “without penalties within 30 business days.” Common sense? Mount Pleasant attorney Kevin Cotter, running against Alwood in the Republican primary, said understanding campaign finance laws is not complicated. “For someone who wants to write laws for our state,” he said, “following simple campaign finance rules should be a matter of common sense.” However, Alwood said her campaign had not received the funds in any physical way. She returned $7,893.47 to the individuals, resolving the issue before the state took notice. The contributors paid for catering and valet services at the fundraising events, according to the SOS documents. Alwood said the paperwork documenting the refunds also will be reflected on the July filing reports. Alwood did have to pay a $1,000 fine during her 2005

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Drag show GSA co-chair Tim Aepelbacher said the drag show is Pride Week’s most popular event. “Plachta seats about 2,000 people, and we’re pretty sure it’s going to fill up within the first 10 minutes of the doors opening up,” the Rochester junior said. The drag show features the popular drag queen, Sabin, and several others dressed in drag, dancing and lip-syncing, Aepelbacher said. The Pride Banquet and Prom will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at Centennial Hall, 306 W. Michigan St. Tickets can be purchased through the Office of Gay and Lesbian Programs and are available for $10 for the dinner and


state representative campaign for failing to submit a campaign finance report by the filing deadline, after receiving three failure-to-file notices. In Cotter’s opinion, Alwood violated the law when she failed to realize the most recently inkind donations were excessive. “My understanding is that a candidate is in violation of the rule when they accept a donation over $500 from a single donor,” he said. Caul: Simply oversights Rep. Bill Caul, R-Mount Pleasant, said it is possible for candidates to take too much money but not realize it. “Sometimes, the candidate may not see the individual check or something that comes in from the donor,” he said. Caul said the candidate’s campaign treasurer keeps track of who is donating what and how much they are giving, and is supposed to notify a candidate before reports are filed. Candidates must notify the state when there’s a discrepancy to have confirmation the correction was made, he said. “No one wants to be identified as someone who’s willfully trying to break the law,” he said. “I would think, in most instances, those are oversights.”

the dance. Students can pay $5 for dance tickets that exclude dinner. All events are open to students and community members. Jolliff said awards will be given during the banquet to students and faculty who have made an impact in the GLBT community this year. GSA co-president Matt Darling said he is excited for Pride Week. “I think it’s important to have a safe place on campus, especially with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender students,” the Holt senior said. “For so long, people have been in the closet, or maybe have had to hide who they are. It’s almost a time to come out and be proud of what we’ve been through, be proud of who we are.”

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Mount Pleasant junior Dan Jackson, center, chases and tags Bronson sophomore Andrea Lucas in a team game of rock, paper, scissors Sunday while Leadership Safari guides trained each other with team bonding games near Finch Fieldhouse. “We have to teach the kids to come in to bond as a team,” Lucas said. “It helped me when I came to CMU. I didn’t know anybody. This is a way to get new students out of their shell. It works.”

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cleaned bathrooms and counter tops, and swept up before heading back to the church on Broomfield Road. “It was a lot of fun, and we had a good time doing it,” Hutchings said. “They

seemed appreciative.” Hutchings swept the living room, dining room and kitchen floors, while other volunteers washed and stacked dishes. Okemos senior Cara Yeager was in charge of cleaning the bathroom, including washing the sinks, counter tops and mirrors. She said she felt they ac-

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turned out to celebrate the new season. “It’s getting back to normal,” he said. “I think people are realizing that the new rules are okay.” The spring game, where CMU’s White team beat the Maroon team 3-0, began at 5 p.m.

The sound system ban was lifted prior to Homecoming on Oct. 10, prompting a crowd of 4,000 to 5,000 to return to the lot. Most of the other rules remained the same. For the spring game, students could park their cars close together without a parking permit. Yeagley said these changes, along with the success of the




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football team, helped bring people back to tailgate. “(Since the rules), we’ve seen a big difference in the number of injuries occurring — now that number is almost zero,” Yeagley said. “We want to keep students safe and still allow them to have a great time.”

Evolution of changes The tailgating rules implemented in the fall include limiting students to six beers or one pint of liquor each, banning cars leaving before the third quarter and instating six pedestrian entry points, among other requirements. Many students protested the rules, which, at the time, included a ban on external sound systems, by tailgating on Main Street when the CMU football team played Alcorn State on Sept. 19 and Akron on Sept. 27. Just several hundred participated at each Lot 63 tailgate.


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Monday, April 19, 2010

Vanilla Ice coming to Wayside Central By Brad Canze Staff Reporter

On May 1, the Ice Man cometh — to Mount Pleasant. Vanilla Ice, best known for his 1990 hit single “Ice Ice Baby,” will perform a “club concert” at Wayside Central, 2000 S. Mission St. Doors open at 9 p.m. “The Wayside has always wanted to do a big year-end concert, and the timing was good, with the end of the school year coming up,” said John Hunter, Wayside and O’Kelly’s Sports Bar and Grille owner. “He’s going to do an hour set, and we’re going to have the Midwest’s best DJs beforehand, and after.” Hunter and promoter Brandon Ashley Green, owner of Celebrity Events, said they are still booking the roster of DJs for the night, but confirmed the local DJ Vanilla Ice Beats. “Literally, we got Vanilla Ice booked two days ago,” Hunter said Thursday. Green said Celebrity Events has been handling the celebrity appearances at Wayside for the last three years, including J-Woww of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” in February. “We were going to do another celebrity appearance, and we decided to take it to the next level,” Green said. Big reaction Green and Hunter have already seen a hugely positive reaction from the announcement of the event.

By Heather Hillman Staff Reporter

Chris Venegas loves gardening and refuses to let poor soil affect his crops. The Manistee senior helped create a project that makes rich, fertilized soil for Central Michigan University’s gardens in a cost-efficient way. “We (the Student Environmental Alliance) have had this idea for a long time, and we were finally able to make it happen,” said Venegas, the coordinator of campus growth in SEA. Every afternoon Monday through Friday, SEA members go to Robinson Dining Hall to pick up production waste — such as fruit and vegetable peelings — and take them to a campus garden. The gardens are in front of the Print Services building, by Theunissen Stadium and behind the Student Activity Center. There, the waste is placed

[Life in brief] FBI internship and career forum

Central Michigan University alumnus Andrew Arena will visit campus from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today at the Bovee University Center to share his experiences as an employee of the FBI. Arena also will answer questions from students interested in future internships and employment. This event is free, open to students of all majors and is sponsored by CMU Career Services, the College of Business Administration and the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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What: Vanilla Ice When: 9 p.m. May 1 Where: Wayside Central, 2000 S. Mission St. Cost: $10 in advance and $15 at the door. V.I.P. passes are $25 and a limited number of backstage passes are available for $50, both in advance.

“We announced it, and the Facebook page blew up,” Green said. Hunter said he believes the concert has a good chance of selling out, and the event will cross a generational gap. “I grew up to Vanilla Ice — that was my guy,” Hunter said. “But he’s been on ‘The Surreal Life,’ and he’s kind of been reintroducing himself.” Although Hunter and Green are expecting an enthusiastic response, Clarkston senior Anne Maxwell said the idea of the concert is silly. “I would never pay to see that,” Maxwell said. “He’s just kind of a one-hit wonder. It’s just a waste of money.” Maxwell’s friend and Alpha Chi Omega sorority sister Lauren Leger, however, cannot wait for the show. “I think Vanilla Ice is cool — and I think if, in the future, they brought in more big performers, I would pay $10 to see them,” the Troy senior said. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. V.I.P. passes are $25 and a limited number of backstage passes are available for $50, both in advance.

Road closures

West Campus Drive will be closed from Theunissen Stadium to the University Park office center from today until April 30. Denison Drive also will also be barricaded from Three Leaves Drive to West Campus Drive, and the access road to CMU parking lots 68 and 69 will be closed from East Campus Drive.

“But Why Bump Off Barnaby”

Mid Michigan Community College presents “But Why Bump Off Barnaby?” at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Harrison Campus Auditorium. MMCC students receive one ticket at half price with their valid student ID. Tickets are on sale at the Harrison Campus Bookstore or at the door. Further showings take place Thursday afternoon and Friday and Saturday evenings. nathan kostegian/staff photographer

Saginaw senior Doug Cellini answers a police radio call Saturday at the CMU Police Department. “You can never be too prepared,” Cellini said. The student employees usually work eight-hour shifts and occasionally cover full-time employees 12-hour shifts.

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Food waste used for campus gardens Compost project aims to help environment, save CMU money

phone enforcement

on a compost pile and covered with wood chips, straw and grass clippings to keep it fresh and break it down into nutrient-rich soil. The gardens grow many different crops, including corn, onions and squash. The project started March 18 and involves only the Robinson Residential Restaurant so far. Jane Wilsher, food services director at Robinson Residential Restaurant, said the transition has been extremely easy. “It’s diverting that waste away from a landfill and creating nutrient-rich soil for growing things,” Wilsher said. “It’s been a learning experience for all of us.” Wilsher said no meat, bones or partially eaten food from student’s plates are taken to the compost pile. In addition to a free source of soil for the gardens, Venegas said the project will save CMU money. “It’s cutting down on CMU’s cost for waste shipping to a landfill. All the food we keep out of garbage bins is money that CMU is saving to spend A organic | 6A

Students serve as 911 dispatchers for CMU Police


t takes a cool head and a steady voice to guide someone out of an emergency. Or to tell them the basketball scores. The Central Michigan University Police Department dispatchers connect callers with emergency services, provide advice in dire situations and help out with directions and an occasional tidbit of information. “We try and have a little more customer service than just the emergency of a typical 911 center,” said Tom Giordano, one of 11 dispatchers. and solve whatever problem they have,” said Adam Versluis, student services officer and Grand Rapids senior. ‘Know what you’re doing’ Versluis has worked as a dispatcher since last November. To get the job, he had to go through six months of rigorous training, requiring about 20 hours of work per week. He also had to become certified with the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) in Michigan. Versluis joined for a

chance to help people and meet members of his field. He wants to become a police officer when he graduates. Colin Anderson has been a student dispatcher since last May. The Eaton Rapids junior said the skills he learns from the job will apply well when he enlists in the U.S. Army after graduation. “You have to know what you’re doing — you have to be able to convey what you mean at any time,” Anderson said. He enjoys his work, but must remain serious about A 911 | 6A

Child molestation suspect knew victims, police say Mount Pleasant man faces four charges By Ryan Czachorski Senior Reporter

Police say a Mount Pleasant man who faces four charges related to child molestation knew his victims. Robert Walter Muniz, 52, was charged with felonies including first- and seconddegree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of accosting children for immoral

purposes, according to a news release from the Mount Pleasant Police Department. The charges come after a month-long investigation into a reported incident in the 500 block of South Bradley Street. Public Information Officer Dave Sabuda said Muniz was served with the charges while lodged in the Isabella County Jail for retail fraud and resisting and obstructing an officer. Muniz knew the alleged victims, Sabuda said. “He was an acquaintance of the family,” he said. “He

had access and had spent time with the children.” The alleged incident took place near the Mount Pleasant Mobile Home Village, where 53-year-old resident Cheri Hill lives. She said crimes such as vandalism occasionally take place at the village and that people should pay more attention. But she said she was completely surprised to hear of the alleged molestation. “I think that is terrible — there’s no excuse for that,” Hill said. “But there’s a lot of people who don’t keep an

eye on their kids.” Hill said she still feels safe in the area because she lives in the front of the village and Robert Walter watches out Muniz for criminal activity. She said the back of the village is where incidents normally take place, if any. Muniz is lodged at the Isabella County Jail in lieu of a $600,000 bond. He was already a registered sex offender in the state.

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A preliminary examination is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Thursday in Courtroom 3 of the Isabella County Courthouse. There are 117 sex offenders listed with a primary address in Mount Pleasant on the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry. Prior to his arraignment last week, Muniz was already one of them. He was convicted in November 1984 for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the MPSOR.

The CMU Wind Symphony and Symphony Band will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Staples Family Concert Hall. This concert is free and open to the public. A CMU School of Music Honors Recital takes place at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Slam poetry

By Connor Sheridan | Senior Reporter

Giordano became the department’s lead dispatcher after leaving the Army in 2002. He said the skills he learned as a first sergeant in radio, multi-tasking and crisis management served him well. Last week was National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, said Krystal Swindlehurst, executive secretary of CMU Police. All the dispatchers work 12-hour shifts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or vice versa. Extras are called in during particularly busy periods, such as late nights on weekends. “There’s a great feeling when you help someone

School of Music concerts

The Word Hammer SLAM Poetry Group is meeting at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in Moore Hall 206. Poetry readings will be featured and all are welcome to participate. The event is sponsored by the College of Communication and Fine Arts.

Theta Theta Week of Tenacity

The Theta Theta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta presents a “Week of Tenacity” with events taking place until Saturday. Today, the group will host Campus Appreciation Day at 8:22 p.m. in Woldt Hall, offering goodie bags and food to the campus. On Tuesday, the group will be at the Bovee University Center at 8:13 p.m. to share stories of international students in college. These events are to celebrate 39 years of service to the community.

Bike fundraiser

The Mount Pleasant Bike Cooperative is hosting a fundraiser at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Cabin, 930 W. Broomfield St. The fundraiser features live music from local artists and baked goods for sale. The group also will be fixing bikes outside for free. More information about the group can be obtained by e-mailing

Beckwith paints

A watermedia exhibition by award-winning watercolor artist Mary Ann Beckwith is on display at the Education and Human Services Building Gallery. The gallery is in the north wing of the building. This exhibit is free and open to the public. The EHS Building Gallery is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday.

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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


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EDITORIAL | Each graduating senior should do these six things before leaving the university

Year-end checklist


raduating seniors have just two weeks remaining at Central Michigan University. While these weeks are sure to be busy, there are a number of things that seniors — ­­ and all students — should make a point to do, to ensure their CMU experience is fulfilling and complete: Leave your mark on the town When one has spent as a significant chunk of their life in one place as four years in college, they want to be remembered. While carving “ED WAS HERE” on a bathroom wall is not recommended, something such as getting your name on the wall of the Pixie, 302 N. Mission St., is a time-honored tradition that will keep your name enshrined in town for years to come.

E-mail a university administrator or Trustee Keeping a dialogue open between students and the people running the university is crucial to its effective operation. Students just about to leave should still make a point to voice their thoughts and concerns to the people who can hear them. The university depends on alumni donations, so graduation will not mark the end of a

student’s relationship with CMU.

money is already going toward it.

Attend an on-campus event Between sporting events and Registered Student Organization functions, there is bound to be something happening on campus that sounds interesting. Go support a group or an interest, meet people and do something beside scanning the Facebook news feed.

Get to know a professor Yeah, they stand in front of a class and lecture, but instructors are people, too, and a lot of them are really great people. Getting to know a professor can be advantageous for a few reasons. Obviously, being on a teacher’s good side is always nice, but you have also made a connection that might help in the future and build a friendship where you did not expect one.

Spend time in the library The Charles V. Park Library is one of the best resources available to CMU students and, although some students more or less live in the library, so many of them may only set foot in there once or twice. There is such a wealth of resources available in that building, for studying and for pleasure, that students are cheating themselves out of a lot by ignoring it. Spending at least a few hours checking it out is fulfilling, and your tuition

Spend a day downtown Mount Pleasant has a lot more to offer than just the campus. There are a number of locallyowned shops and restaurants in the downtown area into which many students never even step foot. On a warm afternoon, walk down Main Street to the downtown area and see what you find. In all likelihood, it will not be a regrettable experience.


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An elected board There’s a major difference in the way a city runs versus a university. But the way the governing bodies are selected shouldn’t be different. While observing the Mount Pleasant City Commission, I’ve watched the commission debate long and hard regarding decisions that some would consider routine. And because those people are elected officials, they feel that it is their duty to argue and debate. Split votes are not uncommon. While observing last week’s Board of Trustees meeting, a thought struck me: I don’t think I’ve ever seen a split vote from the Board. It could come from the fact that the Board is entirely appointed by the governor, as opposed to being elected like the boards at University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University. Because this Board is appointed, there is very little to hold the members accountable. If the board were elected, that would provide more credibility. It would hold them accountable to the residents of Michigan and not just the governor. Good, competitive discussion would ensue at board meetings instead of unanimous approvals of agenda items that affect thousands of students. While the governor’s appointee to the boards of the 12 smaller state universities must receive confirmation from the state Senate, most senators won’t go through the process of evaluating appointees because they have more important things to worry about (the state budget comes to mind). Because of this hastened process, the governor effectively has exclusive control over the 12 appointed boards of the smaller universities. Having voters decide who runs their universities is better than just allowing a government official appoint them. It holds them accountable to the public. And, at this point in CMU’s history, a little accountability wouldn’t be that bad.

[our readers’ voice]

Football tailgate needs more restrooms I just wanted to make mention of yet another CMU football tailgate that has failed to impress. Setting aside the rules that were put in place prior to last season, as well as the rather cold temperatures for mid-April, my real complaint here is the lack of restrooms on Saturday. While I found it funny that the police were making students turn their music down in the middle of a parking lot with maybe 30 cars, there was nothing funny about four port-a-potties and huge lines in front of each one. I thought that, perhaps, I had stumbled upon the construction site outside of Rose Arena. Four port-a-potties? Four? I mean, I know the new regulations put a cap on the amount of alcohol allowed into tailgate, but that doesn’t mean intoxicated (and non-intoxicated) students

aren’t going to have to use the restrooms. I waited in line for almost 30 minutes to use one of the four restrooms available to me, and heard the majority of the students complaining. The tailgate was already lame with continuation of the new rules, as well as the bitter weather; however, I feel those in charge of the tailgate could have at least planned a bit better, in terms of available restrooms for tailgaters. Maybe they’ll get it right by fall. Then again, I’ll be graduated by then, and have this ”failgate” as a lasting memory of my final student tailgate at CMU. Matthew DeVries Saginaw senior

Comments on on maintenance projects Student said:

Yeah! Throw some money at the sidewalks (make them smooth like a cookie-cutter suburban neighborhood), curtains, and add a couple more plasma TVs and CMU just may become the next Harvard. David Burdette is right; he should write a book on the effective methods of teaching and learning. Unenthusiastic, monotone and out-of-touch professors are a non-issue. Maintenance on simple things is what students would rather have, such as drinking fountains or lecture hall seats that function properly. By focusing on those cheap, easy fixes, the university would save millions and could, theoretically, use that money for scholarships ... but we all know that wouldn’t happen.

C m Y o u | Will the football team be successful without Dan LeFevour?

Central Michigan Life Editorial Brian Manzullo, Editor in Chief Heidi Fenton, Managing Editor Joe Borlik, Student Life Editor Jackie Smith, Metro Editor Eric Dresden, University Editor Andrew Stover, Sports Editor Ashley Miller, Photo Editor Will Axford, Voices Editor David Veselenak, Online Editor Chelsea Kleven, Lead Designer Advertising Lindsey Reed, Katie Sidell Advertising Managers Carly Schafer, Shawn Wright Multi-Media Marketing Coordinators Professional staff Rox Ann Petoskey, Production Leader Kathy Simon, Assistant Director of Student Media Neil C. Hopp, Adviser to Central Michigan Life

“I think they have the team in place to go far.” Erik Bye

Grand Haven senior

“I think we can still do well without (LeFevour), but we’re going to miss him.”

“I think they can be as long as they have good recruits.”

“Yes, it took more than just (LeFevour) to be successful”

Jubran Nassar

Abbey Sorrell

Dearborn junior

Dewitt sophomore

Leslie Carr

Detroit sophomore

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Rebuild from the inside Buying local will help bolster Michigan’s economy The past few years have been a trying period for the United States economy but, according to President Barack Obama, the country is slowly emerging from its slumber. I’m not buying it. Living in Michigan has given me a different perspective of how bad things are now. And although the results of a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey state that 19 percent of Americans now believe the economy is on the upswing, I have yet to see this happen in our state. For the past several years, Michigan has lurked at or near the bottom of the economic food chain, struggling with doubledigit unemployment and a declining auto industry. Unemployment rose from 6 percent in 2002 to 14.1 percent in March 2010, according to the Michigan Labor Market Label Information at The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has yet to have the desired impact on the Wolverine State. But there is one thing all of us can do to help bring Michigan’s economy out of the red. Buy local. Aside from automobile manufacturing, much of Michigan’s economy is agricultural, and the state is one of the top producers of several different kinds of fruit such as blueberries, cherries and peaches. These products and others are almost always available at local grocery stores, and we should make a conscious effort to support local farmers by buying their food as opposed to imported foods from out of state if possible. Supporting local farmers is a crucial step in helping Michigan join the economic upturn, and though these products might be slightly more expensive, that money goes into the pockets of fellow Michiganders who will most likely spend that money at home. Local farmers are not the only group of business owners struggling in Michigan. All across the state — and nation — “mom and pop” shops are closing left and right and, during these tough times, we have a responsibility to support local businesses. Small businesses are crucial to the state and local economy because not only do they put money back into the local economy, they also have employees who will do the same. Bailouts and stimulus packages alone cannot fix the problem. As residents, we must take it upon ourselves to re-establish Michigan as not only a state with a steady, stable economy, but a place that our own college graduates will be able to stay and work.

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Inn demolition on hold for now By Maryellen Tighe Senior Reporter

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Lansing junior John Pauls listens to his director during pre-concert rehearsal Saturday at the Midland Center for the Arts. Pauls is part of the Central Michigan concert choir, which joined with Midland’s Chorale for a concert Saturday night. Pauls is a baritone, and intends to audition for FOX’s “Glee” television show.

Lansing junior aims for ‘Glee’ Voting ends April 26 for hit show By Annie Harrison Staff Reporter

John Pauls envisions himself in the spotlight. The Lansing junior once sang at Carnegie Hall and auditioned for “American Idol.” Now, he is auditioning for FOX’s musical comedy show, “Glee.” “It’s the next big thing, and I hope to be a part of it,” Pauls said. “I feel like I’m meant for something so much greater than where I’m at right now.” At the beginning of April, the show’s producers began a nationwide search for three new characters: a black male R&B singer, a gay male and a white female. The auditions are being held through and anyone can participate, he said. Pauls found out about the casting call through his voice coach, Timothy Caldwell, a Central Michigan University music professor. Contestants were instructed to upload a personal statement

and a video of themselves singing one of seven songs chosen by the producers. As of Saturday, the show had more than 10,100 submissions. Pauls uploaded a video of himself singing “True Colors” Tuesday. “Within the first five minutes, I had 100 votes,” he said. On Saturday, he had more than 7,000 votes. People can vote online for their favorite singers as many times as they want until voting ends April 26, Pauls said. The producers will consider the singers with the most votes for the roles. Pauls said he loves Glee because he relates to the characters. “When I first saw it, I was excited because I’m the biggest choir nerd,” he said. “It’s a show about a high school choral program and the drama that comes along with being a teenager.” Pauls has been passionate about singing since he was 10. His favorite type of music is pop, but he said he enjoys any song that is emotional and fun. “It’s the only thing I’ve been really good at my whole life,” he said. “It takes me to an- See John Pauls’ audition video with this story online.

other place.” Pauls is a music education major and wants to someday teach a high school choir, similar to the one on “Glee.” He also is the public relations officer for the CMU choirs, a section leader for Concert Choir and a member of the Chamber Singers. “I love the sense of community,” he said. “It really is a family for all of those involved.” Pauls’ friend, Jordan Jensen, said she hopes Pauls makes the cast. “He really does deserve this out of anyone I know,” the China Township sophomore said. “He is an amazing singer.” Pauls said he is trying to get the word out about his audition. “I really feel like I can fit this role perfectly,” he said. “I have the talent and the drive — I just need the votes.”

Plans to destruct the Soaring Eagle Inn are on hold as officials wait for a demolition permit. The inn, 5665 E. Pickard Road, was set to be demolished in March, but an abatement permit to determine the level of asbestos in the building and if it can be demolished has yet to be received, said Mary Kilmer, marketing and public relations manager for Migizi Economic Development Corporation, an affiliate of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. Plans call for the building to be torn down to create space for a 45,000-squarefoot indoor water park. The tribe will operate the park, slated to open in spring 2011. Official results on the abatement could be received early this week. That would not delay the demolition process more than two weeks, Kilmer said. “It’s not that we are expecting that there is, but it is required to get a demolition permit,” Kilmer said of the possibility of asbestos problems. Plans to demolish the inn have not changed, Kilmer said, though the process is taking longer than initially expected. “Every time you con-

struct a program, you build in leeway for things like this,” she said. If the inn is not demolished, officials may have to appear before the Union Township Zoning Board of Appeals, said Township Zoning Administrator William “Woody” Woodruff. There would be no problems if they only did internal renovations, he said, but an extra story or a water slide tower would require another meeting.





“If they increase the outside dimensions of the building, then that would require a review,” Woodruff said. Plans for the water slide tower portion of the park were approved by the Union Township Zoning Board of Appeals on Feb. 3. Since then, there was an auction to sell furniture and other useful portions of the inn that could be salvaged.

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Larzelere Hall wins Friday scavenger hunt, T-shirts By Connor Sheridan Senior Reporter

This story was first posted on at 12:52 p.m. Sunday. A 2007 Subaru Forester blitzed across Mount Pleasant on Friday night. It tore into local businesses’ driveways and almost immediately peeled out each time. “I have not sped tonight,” said Dan Martinez-DuCharme, the driver. “I just get to the speed limit fast.” The Ohio freshman who grew up in Long Island, N.Y., was teamed with Harrison freshman Nick Sonnenberg. They were Wheeler Hall’s only “vehicle team” in the 2010 “Mission Impossible” scavenger hunt. The competition challenged students in residence halls to form teams and answer as many questions as possible out of a list of 500 in a 3-hour time period. One question asked how many lit-up depictions of Col. Sanders the KFC on Mission Street had outside. “I know how many kings there

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it, as every call is a potentially life-threatening situation until he knows otherwise, Anderson said. Anderson said the dispatchers’ assistance begins with providing a calm and collected role model for the caller to follow. Who to assist first? The toughest part of the job, Versluis said, is dealing with multiple calls at the same time.

organic | continued from 3A Harrison freshman Nick Sonnenberg checks the location of a business on his iPhone downtown Friday during the Mission Impossible scavenger hunt. Sonnenberg’s team from Wheeler Hall split into two groups, one answering on-campus questions and the other answering off-campus questions.

are!” Sonnenberg said, eager to scribble the answer and get on to the next question. “That’s the colonel, dude,” Martinez-DuCharme responded. The majority of halls were represented by their own team and the maximum number of participants in a given team was 40. Wheeler Hall had 15. Big sacrifices The hunt opened at 9 p.m., and the teams had until midnight to find the answers. They included several Central Michigan University or Mount Pleasant trivia items as well as music-related factoids, following the music theme of this year’s hunt. Steve Wincent, a Brooklyn senior and chairman of the Mission Impossible Committee, said tasks included finding how many windows are on the south side of Finch Fieldhouse and listing the names of all members of The Beatles. Damon Hunter was one of the “scouters” on the team, charged with finding answers to crosscampus questions. The Grayling freshman put

He must use his own judgement to decide which to assist first. He said last year, he dispatched officers after a third party called and reported a man had assaulted his girlfriend and dragged her into his car. Officers apprehended the man quickly thanks to the report and Versluis’ coordination. “That was really good, knowing that he was not able to leave and do anything else to her,” Versluis said.

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in a little more sacrifice than he bargained for — he cut his scalp open on a fence as he dashed through a stand of bushes. “I bled for this team,” Hunter said. He said he was okay as he took the rest of the night easy on the couch at “home base” in the office of Sara Olsztyn, Wheeler’s residence hall director. There, participants such as Davison freshman Kylie Wernholm coordinated the efforts of the team and used tools such as Google Maps Street View to find answers from afar. “It’s good to establish a home

base, where we can spread our knowledge to the rest of the team,” she said. Despite the Wheeler team’s best efforts, the victory and the T-shirt prizes went to Larzelere Hall. “Having all honors students was a perk,” said co-captain Sam Fleming, an Allen Park junior. Though she said her team answered all 500 questions, there were a few that gave them trouble, such as where to find a canine acupuncturist in Mount Pleasant.

on other things,” Venegas said. “We’d like to see this be successful and spread to the entire campus to really see a drop in the waste quantity.” More than 1,000 pounds of waste have already been diverted from a trash truck to the compost pile. Last year, the gardens donated much of their food to local food pantries and soup kitchens. This year, Venegas said they hope to sell the food to local restaurants and, ultimately, to CMU dining halls. This revenue, he said, would not only make the gardens, which run on donations and some grant

money, self sufficient, but also would help save CMU additional money. “Selling back to the dining halls would really close the system. The ultimate goal is to save money and save transportation costs,” Venegas said. “Local food has so many benefits.” While no actual soil will be available for use for at least another month, Lansing freshman Emily Forgrave said she is excited about the project. Forgrave said it is a step in the right direction to helping the environment. “I think it’s a great idea because not only is it helping with the landfill problem, it’s also saving money, which is always good,” Forgrave said.

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MAC Standings West Division Team MAC

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East Division Team MAC


KSU 7-5 BGSU 6-6 Ohio 6-6 Buffalo 4-8 Miami 4-8 Akron 2-10

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Team ends scoring drought, leaves Ohio in first place By Aaron McMann Staff Reporter

Sunday Games

CMU 7, KSU 6 BGSU 4, Toledo 2 Miami 10, WMU 3 EMU7, Akron 3 Buffalo 11, Ball St. 7 (F/11) Ohio 9, NIU 7 *Home teams in bold

MAC Leaders

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Senior Amber Olejniczak is safe at the plate during the bottom of the fourth inning Sunday at Margo Jonker Stadium. After she scored, Ohio tried to throw out sophomore Molly Coldren at second base, which allowed sophomore Ashley Gilson to score from third base.

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T.J. Blanton (BGSU) .427 Kolbrin Vitek (Ball St.) .417 Gauntlett Eldemire (Ohio) .415 Evan Campbell (KSU) .414 Drew Turocy (Akron) .404 Nate Theunissen (CMU) .400

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Anthony Gallas (KSU) 10 Jared Hoying (Toledo) 10 Kolbrin Vitek (Ball St.) 9 Dan Sherwood (Toledo) 8 Three tied with 7

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KSU 8-2 BGSU 6-4 Ohio 6-4 Miami 5-5 Buffalo 4-6 Akron 3-7

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Runs at a premium Softball team wins four low-scoring games on weekend By Justin Hicks | Staff Reporter


he CMU softball team claimed first place in the Mid-American Conference West division with four weekend wins. The team beat Ohio 3-1 on Sunday using a defense that allowed just five runs since Friday. CMU (21-13, 8-4 MAC) finished with eight hits against Ohio’s seven in the two-game series, but Central outscored its opponent 6-2. “I thought we certainly took advantage of the hits we had,” said coach Margo Jonker. “We’ve been doing a lot of the power game, and today was more of the short ball.” A pitching battle between Ohio’s Emily Wethington and CMU freshman Kara Dornbos kept the game scoreless through the first 3 and 1/2 innings and continued to limit the game’s offense. After a leadoff walk and a hit batter in the bottom of the fourth, senior outfielder Katie Greenman singled down the right-field line, advancing sophomore Ashley Gilson and scoring senior Christina Novak.

pop-up to shortstop A sacrifice bunt by ended the inning. sophomore Molly But Dornbos was Coldren scored Giltested again in the son and pinch runner seventh inning. JorAmber Olejniczak to dan Paden attemptincrease the lead to ed to rally her team 3-0. with a leadoff douOhio (11-26, 6-4 ble, and was sent MAC) threatened in Molly Coldren home later in the the top of the sixth inning after a single by inning to put the Bobcats on Shalene Petrich. She ad- the board. With a runner on vanced to third base follow- base, the tying run stepped ing a two-out hit batter and to the plate, but Dornbos ina fielding error, which load- duced a groundout back to the circle to end the game. ed the bases. Dornbos got out of the jam unscathed, however, after a A wins | 3B

Sunday’s Games

CMU 3, Ohio 1 EMU 7, Akron 6 Miami 2, Buffalo 1 Bufallo 4, Miami 1 NIU 5, BGSU 1 KSU 6, BSU 5 WMU 4, Toledo 1

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Thursday: vs. Michigan State

three runs on the weekend. She leads the team with eight home runs.

Who’s hot:

What’s not:

Junior Kari Seddon and freshman Kara Dornbos combined to allow just five runs in four games to collect four weekend wins.

Offensively, CMU has scored just 18 runs in the last seven games combined (2.57 per game).

Sophomore Molly Coldren led CMU at the plate, going 4-for-10 and scoring

Coach Margo Jonker will go for career win 1,000 Thursday against MSU.


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Team leans on defense, Coldren during four games

MAC Leaders Home runs Player (team)

By Matthew Valinski Staff Reports

Molly Coldren (CMU) 8 Lauren Grimes (KSU) 8 Zoe Sinner (NIU) 8 Paige Berger (BGSU) 8 Jenny Scherer (EMU) 8

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Freshman pitcher Kara Dornbos ducks in the pitcher’s circle as junior third baseman Amanda Patrick throws a runner out at first base. Dornbos allowed one run on five hits through seven innings.

It looked as though the CMU baseball team would lose its first Mid-American Conference series of the season Sunday. It faced an early 3-0 deficit against Kent State and had not scored in 11 innings dating back to Friday. But a four-run third inning ended the drought and propelled the Chippewas to a 7-6 win in front of 222 at Schoonover Stadium in Kent, Ohio. With Friday’s win, the Chippewas took two out of three games against the Golden Flashes. “We won in an environment that’s a tough place to play,” said coach Steve Jaksa. “We really showed up to play a fine ballgame. The guys played with a lot James Teas character and showed a lot of resistance — we played to win.” CMU (20-13, 10-2 MAC), having won all four MAC series to date, holds sole possession of first place atop the MAC West following Ball State’s 11-7 loss Sunday against Buffalo. Consecutive walks in the third inning brought new life to the team, which took advantage with back-to-back singles from senior Dale Cornstubble and sophomore Nate Theunissen, getting the Chippewas on the board with two runs. A double by senior James Teas and single by sophomore Scott Phillion (1-for-4, one run batted in) added two more and gave CMU a 4-3 lead. “We’ve been saying all year that we have to play all nine innings,” Teas said. “We put runs up on the board right after they scored. It shows a lot about this team and the way they battled in the series.” Teas (3-for-5, two runs scored) started the rally in the fifth inning with a single. Phillion and senior Ricky Clark (3-for-4, two RBIs) contributed with singles as CMU scored two more runs and appeared to take control of the game. Kent State (20-18, 7-5 MAC), however, responded

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Freshman pitcher Kara Dornbos throws out an Ohio hitter Sunday at Margo Jonker Stadium. She picked up her ninth win of the season after pitching a complete game, striking out four through seven innings.

The pressure soared for CMU pitchers last weekend, facing two of the top four offenses in the Mid-American Conference. Four games later, just five runs were allowed — leading to four consecutive wins. Junior Kari Seddon and freshman Kara Dornbos allowed just seven hits Saturday and Sunday in the two-game series against Ohio.

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“Just every game, whether they are a strong offensive team, we just need to come out and play our game, and that is what we did this weekend,” Dornbos said. Seddon did not allow a hit through the first 6 and 1/3 innings Saturday, until Emily Wethington earned a hit through the left side of the infield. But she calmed down after a circle visit by Margo Jonker as Ohio managed another hit and got a run on the scoreboard. She got Deanna Hartsough to pop out to Brittini Merchant. “(Coach Jonker) said that I was just working too fast for me,” Seddon said. “I like to work at a slower pace, so she just told

me to slow down and trust my pitches and do what I do.” Dornbos found herself in trouble in just two innings Sunday, but caught Alexis Zambrana looking on a called third strike to get her out of the second inning with a runner on third. It was not until the top of the sixth before Ohio mounted another threat, as it loaded the bases after an error by sophomore shortstop Molly Coldren with two outs. Again, Jonker came out to the circle to keep her pitcher under control. “She told me just to relax and throw the way I have been,”

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Defense progresses faster in spring


Bellore: ‘It’s awesome to see a 3-0 game’ By Aaron McMann Staff Reporter

shirt freshman Malek Redd rushed five times for 15 yards and had a reception for 13 yards. “From standing out there and watching, I saw some good things from guys and I also saw a couple guys make some mistakes they weren’t making in practice,” Enos said. “At the end of the day, it was fun and a great experience for our players to play in front of our fans.”

There was not much of a difference in terms of speed between the Dan LeFevour era and that of the new offense in Saturday’s spring game. But the defense certainly made its presence felt at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. “It’s awesome to see a 3-0 game, no matter who’s on top,” said senior linebacker Nick Bellore, who said the defense has adapted faster to the system put in place by the new coaching staff. “It’s really natural for that to happen. It takes a lot more for an offense to start clicking than a defense. It’s just how the game of football works.” The White team started the game with two consecutive pass completions by sophomore quarterback Ryan Radcliff. Facing third down with three yards to go, it elected to run the ball, and junior running back Paris Cotton was promptly tackled by Bellore. On the ensuing possession, sophomore Nathan Williams sacked junior quarterback Derek Rifenbury for a loss of six yards on the Maroon team’s first drive of the game. While it would make some of those yards up, it was not enough, and freshman Richie Hogan had to punt the ball away. These types of drives were commonplace Saturday, as both teams combined to punt the ball Nick Bellore 12 times. “It was always something (on offense) — either there was a sack or we made a poor throw,” said coach Dan Enos. “I saw (defensive tackle) Sean Murnane in there playing hard and getting off blocks. Our defensive staff has got those guys playing hard.” White put together a lengthy drive in the second quarter after Radcliff hit sophomore wide receiver Jerry Harris for 41 yards into Maroon territory. Two plays later, however, sophomore Jahleel Addae forced junior tight end David Blackburn to fumble after catching a 7-yard pass from Radcliff. Addae also had an interception in the game. “It was a little slow as far as scoring, but we did some good things and some bad things,” Radcliff said. “We’d drive the ball down the field and we’d just kind of stall out.” Senior Bobby Seay and sophomore Alex Smith each had a game-high eight tackles for the Maroon team. Sophomore Joe Kinville, who returned this season after leaving the team last year, had seven tackles and two sacks. Junior defensive back Dannie Bolden led the White team with six tackles. Redshirt freshman Will Schwarz (five tackles, two sacks) and sophomore Nathan Williams (three tackles, three sacks) also led the team. “Guys came to play today,” Bellore said. “I think we did a good job of competing — some guys really stepped up and other guys not so much, but that’s part of competition and that’s what you want.”

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Sophomore quarterback Ryan Radcliff completed 29-of-41 passes for 229 yards and one interception, but failed to score a touchdown in Saturday’s spring game at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. He was not alone, as no touchdowns were scored in the game.

Where’d the offense go? Game yields three total points, leaves questions unanswered By Aaron McMann | Staff Reporter


t probably was not the CMU spring football game everyone was looking forward to. Long offensive drives were stalled by frequent sacks of the quarterback, and any type of a run game was smothered by both teams’ defensive lines. Instead, a 32-yard field goal from redshirt freshman David Harman proved to be the difference — and only form of scoring in the game — as the White team beat Maroon 3-0 Saturday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. “Our guys played with great effort. We got out healthy and the players and coaches had a good time,” said coach

During the drive, Radcliff connected with receivers Zurlon Tipton (four receptions for 32 yards, six rushes for 12 yards), Cedric Fraser (two receptions for 21 yards), Cody Wilson (eight receptions for 48 yards) and Taylor Bradley (one reception for 21 yards). Much like the way things were going in the game, it looked as though the gamewinning drive was going to stall. On fourth down, Radcliff’s pass to junior tight end David Blackburn was incomplete, but a late pass interference call on Paris Cotton sophomore Jahleel Addae (four tackles, one interception and a forced fumble) kept the White team’s drive alive. “I thought we definitely did some good things as an offense,” said Blackburn, who finished the game with seven receptions for 56 yards. “As (the) first time in a game-like situation, I thought we did a pretty good job as an offense. We showed everyone we could move the ball — we just got to score.”

Dan Enos. “I would’ve liked to have seen the White offense be a little more productive — they had some opportunities to score more points and keep drives going, and (then) had a turnover. We were a little out of sync that way but, on the other token, I thought the Maroon defense did a great job.” The weather also was unorthodox for a mid-April game — just several hundred fans braved the mid-40’s temperatures and cloudy skies. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Radcliff marched White down the field 80 yards to set up Harman’s game-winning kick.

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Ryan Radcliff (White team): 29-of-41, 229 yards, 1 interception


Paris Cotton (White): 9 attempts, 19 yards


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Quarterbacks coach Jay Johnson talks with his four quarterbacks during Saturday’s spring game at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Slow start Radcliff, who played the entire game for the White team and appears to be the No. 1 guy at the quarterback position, was 25-of41 for 229 yards and one interception. Junior Derek Rifenbury (6-of-14, 39 yards) and redshirt freshman A.J. Westendorp (5-for-8, 35 yards) split playing team on the Maroon

team. “I thought Ryan started out a little slow,” Enos said. “They had one drive where he had a couple guys open and he missed them. I think he was pressing a little bit ... but as the game went on, he settled in and did some good things.” Junior running back Paris Cotton led all rushers with nine rushes for 19 yards for the White team. Red-

Guevara: Mauk twins ‘seemed unhappy’ during season Team conducts offseason workouts without duo By Aaron McMann Staff Reporter

CMU women’s basketball coach Sue Guevara challenged her team to re-evaluate themselves and their situation at the end of the season. Two players, freshmen guards Rachel and Stefanie Mauk, did so and made the decision to leave the team after one season at CMU. “I found out the Sunday evening before the start of workouts,” Guevara said. “They just walked in, (said they were) not real happy and wanted to go home. I asked the both of them if there was anything that would make (them) happy.” Guevara said the Mauks seemed unhappy and things became worse for the twins when both sustained injury and illness during the season. Rachel played minimal min-

utes in the beginning of the season following a back injury suffered in the weight room. Stefanie missed four games toward the end of the regular season with flu-like symptoms and pink eye. “Sometimes after you go through a whole season, you kind of sit back and look over everything, and (they) just decided this wasn’t where they wanted to be,” she said. “I think it was a decision they made together — I don’t think it was one or the other.” During an interview in February, Rachel told CM Life she was unhappy at the start of the 2009 season, citing homesickness and a lack of playing time as the primary reasons. “I don’t think Rachel was lying when she did that article,” Guevara said. “At that time, she wasn’t happy, and then she was a playing a little bit more. But I think, underlying, this wasn’t where they wanted to be.” Guevara said the team has continued off-season workouts like normal. “I worked the kids out Tuesday

and Wednesday for about an hour each day and nobody’s down about it,” she said. “The response has been, ‘If they Stefanie Mauk don’t want to be a part of this team, then they’re not a part of this team.’” Senior guard Kendra Holman said she did not know Rachel and Stefanie were planning to leave the team. “They didn’t say anything to me,” Holman said. “I thought they were going to stay because they were thinking of leaving at the beginning of the season and decided to stay.” Asked if she thought the Mauk twins felt comfortable during their time at CMU, Guevara said: “If they did, I didn’t see it.” Other players could not be reached for comment. RAMIFICATIONS With the Mauks’ departure, two scholarships have opened

up for future use. Guevara said there are no plans to fill them with the 2010-11 recruiting class, but will put them to use in the 2011-12 class. The loss of Kendra Holman and Heidi Warczinsky due to eligibility opens up the guard spot. Returning in 2010-11 to the Chippewas is 2009 MAC Freshman of the Year Brandie Baker, who sat out all of last season following ACL surgery. Freshmen Jalisa Olive and juniors Shonda Long and Camille Ramsey also return. In addition, Lauren Bellamy (Davison High School), Nichole DiGuilio (Mount Vernon, Ohio) and Taylor Johnson (Belding High School) will join the Chippewas next season. “It puts a hole as far as the contributions that both kids could have brought to us, but I think we’ll be OK,” Guevara said. “If I’m a freshman coming in, I’m looking at the guard spot – there’s minutes to be gotten.”

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Freshman Rachel Mauk averaged 17.9 minutes per game last season. Rachel and her sister, Stefanie, left the program and the season’s conccuslion.

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Dornbos struck out four and gave up one run on five hits in her ninth complete game of the season, advancing to 9-3 overall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hit my spots really well and we also had amazing defense that was key to the win,â&#x20AC;? Dornbos said. The Weekend The first game of the Ohio series Saturday almost mirrored Sunday, with junior Kari Seddon pitching a shutout heading into the seventh inning. CMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offense came in one inning as well. A fielding error and hitbatter put runners in scoring position for Central in the Kari Seddon third inning, and a double by Coldren sent both home to take a 2-0 lead. Jill Schulz singled to advance Colden to third, and a fielding error scored the third run. With a three-run lead to work with, Seddon brought a no-hitter into the last inning before giving up a run on two hits. The win improved her season record to 11-7. Central swept Akron on Friday, winning the first game 3-0 and following with a 4-3 victory to sweep the Zips. The team finished the weekend 4-0, improving to 8-4 in conference play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to make some noise in the conference and always compete for the championship. We need to get on a roll and, hopefully, this will get us going,â&#x20AC;? Jonker said. CMU will finish its home stretch at 6 p.m. Thursday against Michigan State.

Central Michigan Life || Monday, April 19, 2010 || 3B


By John Manzo Staff Reporter

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Senior catcher Dale Cornstubble went 5-for-15 on the weekend with four RBIs against Kent State.

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with two runs in the bottom half of the fifth to cut CMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead back to one. Both teams traded runs in the seventh and eighth innings before the Golden Flashes threatened in the ninth. With Kent State runners on first and third with two outs, sophomore closer Trent Howard got catcher David Lyon to fly out to center field. Howard earned his fifth save of the season and second of the series, giving up one run on five hits in four innings pitched. Junior righthander Jake Sabol (4-3) got the win, going five innings and allowing five runs on eight hits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought Jake really competed well out there and kept us in the ball game,â&#x20AC;? Jaksa said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew that we had Trent ready to go and we fell back a little bit in the fifth inning. With only a one-run lead we, thought it was time to make that move. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trent said he could throw as many innings as we wanted, so we gave him the ball and he really pitched well for us down the stretch.â&#x20AC;? CMU plays Michigan State

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Wednesday: vs. Michigan State (at Dow Diamond)

Sophomore Dierra Riley led a well-balanced meet for the Central Michigan womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track and field program at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational. She took first place in the 100-meter dash (11.81 seconds) and the 200-meter dash (24.34) last weekend in Louisville, Ky. As a team, CMU took third, behind Illinois State and No. 22 Louisville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It felt great to finally have that feeling again,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knowing that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m back healthy and it can still be done is nice.â&#x20AC;? Junior Raeanne Lohner also earned first place last weekend, but at a different location. Along with distance runners on the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side, she competed at the Dave Rankin Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind., at Purdue. Her time of 16:57.42 in the

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5K was more than a minute ahead of the runner-up finish. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was nice to win the 5K, even with it being a windy day at Purdue,â&#x20AC;? Lohner said. Senior Erika Schroll claimed first place in the high jump in Louisville, clearing 5 feet, 9 3/4 inches. Senior Cara Dukes placed second in the 400 with a time of 56.41, as she continues to exceed times she had at this point last season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have become more disciplined and focused,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My times are faster at this time in the year than last year.â&#x20AC;? Coach Willie Randolph said he was pleased, but he wants more consistency out of the team in the coming weekends leading to the Mid-American Conference Championships on May 1215 in Buffalo, N.Y. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to be consistent throughout these meets,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our team just needs to

continue to focus from the beginning to the end because we are moving in the right direction.â&#x20AC;? More top performers for the Chippewas included freshman Tamica Harbour, who won her 400-meter hurdles race with a time of 1:02.77. Junior Shanaye Carr placed third in the long jump (19-0 1/2) and sophomore Stephanie Hurley finished 0.30 off teammate Cara Dukesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; time, at 56.71 in the 400. Hurley, who has not been 100 percent health-wise, is feeling better and is working hard in practice to achieve better times, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel at practice Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m running faster than I have before and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just been working really hard,â&#x20AC;? Hurley said. The Chippewas next meet at the Jessie Owens Classic April 30-May 1 in Columbus, Ohio.


Senior catcher Dale Cornstubble went 5-for15 with four RBIs in the three-game weekend series against Kent State.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not: CMU gave up 26 runs in the three-game series. at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Dow Diamond in Midland. OTHER WEEKEND GAMES CMU lost 13-0 Saturday, collecting just two hits. Sophomore Rick Dodridge (3-2, 4.82 ERA) took the loss, giving up nine runs on 12 hits in 3 and 1/3 innings. The Chippewas won Game 1 of the series 11-7 Friday after opening up an early 5-0 lead. Senior Jesse Hernandez (5-1, 4.26 ERA) earned the win. Senior Billy Anderson went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and four runs scored and Cornstubble finished 3-for-6 with three RBIs.

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4B || Monday, April 19, 2010 || Central Michigan Life

Club lacrosse wins nail-biter


By Matt Herrod Staff Reporter

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Dornbos said. “And that is what you have to do in those situations, and just trust your defense around you.” Dornbos got Hartsough to pop out to Coldren to end Ohio’s threat. Being able to follow Seddon’s starts really helps her learn the opposing team’s lineup, Dornbos said. “It helps a lot,” she said. “You can see what they can hit and what they can’t. It works really well for us.” Seddon started the weekend Friday scattering five hits over seven innings for a shutout. Central beat Akron 3-0. Dornbos followed Seddon’s game with a complete game to finish the doubleheader. Dornbos allowed four hits and three runs, but CMU won 4-3. Coldren provides the runs While Dornbos and Seddon took care of controlling the other team’s bats, Coldren provided plenty of runs for Central over the weekend. Coldren went 4-for-10 and scored three runs in the

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Sophomore shortstop Molly Coldren makes a diving catch Sunday vs. Ohio at Margo Jonker Stadium. She went 4-of-10 on the weekend from the plate.

four games. After CMU took a 1-0 lead Sunday, Coldren got a chance to add some runs with Ashley Gilson on third base and Amber Olejniczak on second. Coldren bunted to score Gilson from third after Emily Wethington’s throw was late to home. When Coldren saw an opportunity to get to second on the play, she went for it. It forced Ohio’s Jordan Paden to throw it to second, giving Olejniczak the chance to break for home. After initially being called out

at home, Olejniczak was eventually ruled safe with Coldren safe on second. On Saturday, Coldren took the first pitch she saw in the third inning and lined it to left-center field to score two runners, and later scored in the inning to help account for all three of Central’s runs. Coldren said the key has been to stay relaxed at the plate. “Just confidence and playing loose,” she said. “Staying true to myself and knowing what I can and can’t do.”

Men finish third at Louisville meet By Nick Conklin Staff Reporter

The CMU men’s track team took another step toward its outdoor season goals last weekend after finishing third at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational. Competing against nationally ranked programs, the Chippewas finished the scored meet behind Ohio State (first) and trailed Louisville by 1.5 points. They defeated Illinois State by 11 points. The effort by the men’s team was something coach Willie Randolph said he was pleased with at this juncture in the season. “The future is bright right now — we just have to stay focused and have a great performance at the Jesse Owens meet (on April 30-May 1),” he said. Freshman Alex Rose led


the team in the field events by winning the discus with a throw of 179 feet, 8 inches. Senior Greg Pilling finished in fourth with a throw of 174-2. Randolph, pleased with Rose’s win, also said fellow freshman Renaldo Powell had a breakout meet. “Its perfect timing for them right now to be coming into their own,” Randolph said. “Some of those underclassmen are coming into place.” Claiming one of CMU’s 16 personal bests on the day was senior Marcus Breidinger, who won the pole vault with a jump of 16-0 3/4. Rounding out the top finishers in the event was sophomore Josh Kettlewell, who finished in third with a vault of 16-0 3/4 as well, but gained fewer points. On the track side of the competition, the Chippewas scored several top-five finish-

es, including senior Kirkston Edwards, who earned thirdplace finishes in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Sophomore David Ashcraft won the 400 with a time of 48.75 seconds. Distance Runners in Purdue The top men’s distance runners competed apart from the team last weekend at Purdue in the Dave Rankin Invitational. Senior Riak Mabil and redshirt freshman Matt Lutzke finished second and third in the 5,000-meter, respectively (Mabil 14:48.54, Lutzke 14:50.91). Randolph said he understood the cold, windy weather may have played a role in the long-distance runners failing to hit the marks they desired.

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The CMU-WMU club lacrosse game came down to the final seconds, just like in previous years. This time, the defense came up with a turnover to seal an 11-10 win for CMU on Friday in Kalamazoo. The game was down its final possession as Western called a timeout with 15 seconds remaining to set up a play to tie the game. “They ran the play a few times in the game before, and we anticipated it again,” said CMU coach Brad Thomas. Senior defenseman Andrew Tillman said the defense did not allow Western any room. “Our pressure forced them

into throwing a bad pass that went out of bounds,” he said. Halftime adjustments paid off within the first minute of the 3rd quarter, when CMU scored two goals to erase a two-goal halftime deficit. That proved to be the turning point of the game as the team put Western on its heels, Thomas said. “The defense forced them into situations they weren’t comfortable with,” he said. “The offense carried the play, with a lot of opportunities, while the faceoff guys stepped up.” The defense did not give up a goal in the third quarter and locked up senior attacker Mitch French (WMU), who had one goal and five assists in the first half, to only one goal in

the second half. CMU went ahead 10-9 in the fourth quarter on a goal by junior attacker Justin Schaufler, one of his three goals on the night. Minutes later, the game was tied again. But with 2:30 remaining, sophomore attacker Jeff Wood’s fourth goal put CMU up 11-10.

Slow start Western led 6-4 early in the second quarter. At the 10-minute mark, Western scored to go up 7-4, but play was halted because of darkness. “I asked James if he saw the shot, and he told me he couldn’t see the ball,” Thomas said. “He would stop (that shot) normally a 100 percent of the time.”

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