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Cavataio, English SGA’s next leaders At 542, voter turnout down 68-74% from previous years By Brad Canze News Copy Chief

Shelby Township senior Vincent Cavataio was elected to be the next president of the Student Government Association with 58 percent of the total vote, with Jackson junior Bryant English as

his vice president. Cavataio and English received 308 votes in the election, defeating Grand Blanc junior Robert Brooks and his vice presidential candidate Colleen McNeely, a Brighton sophomore. Brooks and McNeely received 228 votes. “I’m very excited,” English said. “This is one of my biggest endeavors on campus. I’m ready to work for the students.” There were 542 total votes cast in the presidential race, including six votes for write-in candidates. There were 2,121 votes cast in the 2010 election, 2,081 votes in 2009

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and 1,722 in 2008. For the first time, this year’s election was hosted on http://, the social networking platform established this semester for registered student organizations and other Of-

fice of Student Life purposes. In previous years, voting was held at “The switch to OrgSync really limited participation,” Cavataio said. “I definitely think that’s what happened.” English called the voter turnout “unfortunate,” and said he hopes the process will be looked at and improved by the 2012 election. Student apathy? McNeely said although student apathy was a likely factor, she faults Student Life for imple-

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2008: 1,722; n/a 2009: 2,081; 20.8% increase 2010: 2,121; 1.9% increase 2011: 542; 74.4% decrease

*Included: percentage changes between each year menting a new system for voting right before the SGA election. “I think most of the blame can be put on this OrgSync system, because I don’t think student apathy could increase that much in a year,” McNeely said. “I also

Man accused of killing wife fired from job at Copper Beech Apts.

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Comedian, actor Nick Swardson cancels appearance

Gary John Reen was a maintenance technician

Program Board hopes to reschedule show

By Aaron McMann Sports Editor and Orrin Shawl Staff Reporter

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don’t think a voter turnout this low can be representative of the student body’s actual opinion for either ticket.” Kristin O’Brien, SGA election director, said voter turnout has not been this low since voting was moved online. She also said the voting total was only 242 votes over the minimum for the election to count. “In the election rules, it states we only need 300 votes for both tickets for the election to be valid,” said O’Brien, a Freemont

By Jessica Fecteau Staff Reporter

An Isabella County man who confessed to killing his wife on Friday in Chippewa Township will no longer be an employee at a local apartment

complex. Gary John Reen, 56, charged with open murder and felony firearm possession, has been terminated from his position as a maintenance technician at Copper Beech Townhomes, 4750 E. Bluegrass Road, according to a letter sent to tenants on Wednesday. “Gary Reen worked for us for about three years and he has never given us any reason or cause to believe that he could be involved in a tragedy such as this,” the letter from apartment management said. “As is standard policy for Copper Beech, we conducted a thorough and complete background check on Mr. Reen before he was hired.” Reen allegedly shot his wife, Cheryl Kristine Reen, three times Friday with a snubnose .38 caliber pistol at their residence, 7120 E. River Road. He later turned himself into Isabella County Sheriff’s Department officials. According to an affidavit A Reen | 2A

“I have no doubt Mount Pleasant is a better place to live because of the involvement of our students,” Roscoe said. Roscoe said he would not have been able to accomplish the things he did without the help of others on campus. He worked closely with Director of Admissions Betty Wagner in creating the Leadership Institute, he said. Student Government Association President Brittany Mouzourakis, a Garden City senior, said the Leadership Institute was crucial in helping her develop as a leader both on and off campus. She also said it was essential in the development of her networking skills.

About 2,000 fans planning to see stand-up comedian Nick Swardson perform may have to wait longer than expected. Because of Nick Swardson a contract deal with Comedy Central, Swardson’s Saturday performance in McGuirk Arena has been canceled, said Steve Lewis, Program Board president. “I was shocked when I first heard about it, but now I understand that he got the TV contract that he wanted,” said Lewis, an Allegan senior. “That’s good for him but we want to give the best possible outcome from this for CMU’s students.” There is still a possibility for the show to be rescheduled, he said, if not this semester then possibly at the beginning of fall. “If we can’t get him we would want to get someone even bigger, possibly Lewis Black or guys from College Humor,” Lewis said. Swardson was originally booked because of the interest expressed by his fan base on campus. “Students voted on a poll on Facebook and the Program Board and he was the overwhelming favorite,” Lewis said. The cancellation came as

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Dean of Students Bruce Roscoe tendered his resignation on Monday after serving in the position for 16-plus years. Roscoe helped develop several programs on campus and was a constant advocate for students.

‘Hopefully I made a difference’ Bruce Roscoe proud of accomplishments as dean of students By Michael L. Hoffman Student Life Editor

Bruce Roscoe said he hopes he is remembered foremost as an advocate for students in his more than 16 years as dean of students at CMU. Roscoe tendered his resignation to Provost Gary Shapiro on Monday morning after much thought and deliberation between his wife and him. He said he did not make the decision lightly, but he is satisfied with it. He said, contrary to rumors he heard, he was never asked to resign by the administration. “I gave a lot of thought and reflection on my personal life and my professional activities here,” Roscoe said. “(I) thought

a lot about where the university is going, this is a transitional time.” Shapiro said Roscoe’s commitment to students allowed him to push for his myriad initiatives at CMU. “He has been the studentfaculty liaison and a major factor in a lot of student services on campus,” Shapiro said. “I’m going to miss working with him.” Roscoe said he is most proud of four changes made in his time as dean: The Volunteer Center, the Leadership Institute, Sexual Aggression Services and the Centralis Scholarship. He said he was involved with former Associate Dean of Students Mike Owens in creating the Centralis Scholarship

Program when he was the director of the Honors Program in 1989. The scholarship program has had a significant impact on the university, Roscoe said, because of the high-quality students it has brought to CMU. “We’ve succeeded in bringing more high-quality students, more highly academically prepared students to CMU,” Roscoe said. “I’m very, very pleased that I was able to be a part of that.” He helped develop the Volunteer Center which has been one of the biggest contributors to volunteer work on and off CMU’s campus. He said without it, much of the work in Isabella County would not be done.

Will federal government shut down?


Midnight deadline to reach agreement By Theresa Clift Senior Reporter

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Members of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority erupt into cheers as their team finishes first in the first round of the final competition of the Finch Field Games Thursday evening at Finch Fieldhouse. Read a full story on the event at

The federal government may shut down on Saturday if an agreement is not reached on the 2011 budget by midnight today. If a shutdown occurs, it could last anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks. The most recent shutdown began in December 1995, lasting 21 days. Toby Roth, CMU’s director of federal programs, government relations and public

affairs, said a shutdown would likely not last for a long time. “I can’t see how they can shut the government down for an extended period of time,” he said. Federal workers will be affected in the case of a shutdown. The workers are separated into two categories: “essential/expected” and “non-essential,” according to the Washington Post. Essential workers perform emergency work involving human-life safety or the protection of property, or perform minimal activities as necessary to execute an orderly suspension of agency opera-

tions related to non-essential activities, or other types of essential work. Non-essential workers would be placed on leave of absence and Congress will determine whether they will be reimbursed for their pay. They are not allowed to volunteer to do work during the shutdown, nor can they accept paid leave. It would be the first government shutdown that Bryant English, College Democrats member and Student Government Association vice president-elect, can remember. He said he is curious to find out what happens.

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“What’s most concerning is that most parties cannot put their politics aside and work for the people,” the Jackson junior said. The Federal Housing Administration would withhold home loan guarantees. Medicare would be funded for at least a short period of time and current beneficiaries would continue receiving their social security benefits, the Post said. Taxes still need to be finished on time and be postmarked by April 18. All national parks will be A shutdown | 2A

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EVENTS CALENDAR FRIDAY w A New Faculty Seminar Series will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Charles V. Park Library 413. w “Love, Sex, and the IR$� will be performed from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Broadway Theatre, 216 E. Broadway St.

SATURDAY w The “Stomp Out MS 5 & 10K Run/Walk� will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Health Professions Building. w The MCCPA Annual Conference Program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Rotunda.

SUNDAY w A “Furry 5k Run, Walk, Stroll... Anything for H.A.T.S� event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Finch 110. w The CMU Trombone Choir will perform from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Music Building’s Staples Family Concert Hall.

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senior. “In the past, when we had paper ballots, we had around this number, which is why they set that minimum.� Cavataio said he plans to start working on fulfilling the goals he campaigned on as soon as he is inaugurated. The by-invitation inauguration ceremony is 6 p.m. Monday in the Bovee University Center Gold Room. “I need to work on appointing people to the positions that need to be appointed,� Cavataio said. “I want to form a transition team for the unicameral government as soon as possible.� Election week All four candidates in the race said they thought the campaigns were respectful and amicable, with nobody resorting to backhanded methods or mudslinging. “I’m glad that we had a clean campaign,� McNeely said. “I’m glad that relations between

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the two tickets were respectful throughout. I think that makes the process less tumultuous for everyone involved.� Both Brooks and McNeely said they intend to remain involved in SGA next year. “I think Vince is going to do a great job,� Brooks said. “As the campaign showed, we had similar ideas, it’s just how they’re going to implement them.� All candidates for other SGA positions were uncontested. Port Huron junior Dan Wiley was elected treasurer and the eight candidates running for 23 vacant Senate seats were all elected after receiving at least 50 votes, the minimum to be elected. The senators-elect are Saline junior Evan O’Reilly, Saint Johns junior Sabrina Hebeler, Flat Rock sophomore Brittany Santure, Alma sophomore Anna Dvorak, Sparta freshman Spencer McKellar, Prudenville junior Ian Moloney, Hemlock senior Brett Weiskirch and Grant junior Mara Kieren.

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disappointing news to Shelby Township freshman Joe Wirth, who purchased his ticket in March. “I was upset when I found out it was canceled because I have never been to a comedy show and I was excited to see him perform,� Wirth said. Wirth planned on going with

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“It has helped shape me into the leader I am today,� Mouzourakis said. “It really helped me develop my leadership style.� Roscoe said development of Sexual Assault Services and associated programs such as Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates created a much more supportive environment on campus. He said the programs give students who have been affected by sexual aggression an avenue to get the support they need. “It started out focused solely on dealing with traditional sexual aggression, but it has become much more broad and includes now all aspects of interpersonal mistreatment,� Roscoe said. In an emailed statement, Michael Rao, who served as CMU president for nine years until 2009, said Roscoe’s intensity, intelligence and personal commitment are “unmatchable.� “(CMU) has been extraor-

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closed during a shutdown, including Michigan’s six. “They keep bickering and playing a game of politics,� English said. “I’m just tired of the games.� Stephanie Jaczkowski, Clinton Township senior and College Republicans first vice chairwoman, said both sides need to work together and compromise. “I think it’s really unfortunate that we’re so far into the fiscal year and still facing this,� Jaczkowski said. She believes that in the event of a shutdown, Congress members should not receive checks

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filed in court, Reen said the couple was having marital issues, with plans to divorce, and he had accused his wife of having an affair. Copper Beech management, who declined comment on Monday, said the apartment complex had no knowledge of the situation in the letter. Copper Beech residents received a note on their front doors about the situation. “It’s good that Copper Beech did this,� said Tyler Stephens, a Traverse City sophomore and Copper Beech resident. “It lets Copper Beach (tenants) know what was going on and that (management) is cooperating.� Stephens said the incident appears to be isolated and is nothing to worry about. Reen’s arrest surprised Macomb sophomore Lauren Brooks because of his personality on the job. “I thought it was weird because he’s been around our apartment,� Brooks said. “I thought that he was just a normal guy. I wouldn’t suspect anything like that from him.� Like many apartment complexes, maintenance workers such as Reen have access to

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if federal workers do not. “It would be extremely unfortunate if we couldn’t give our military personnel risking their lives the money they deserve for working 24 hours a day and being so far away from their families,� Jaczkowski said. U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, RMidland, is not in favor of a shutdown. “Americans don’t want to shut down, the congressman is committed to cutting spending and wants the government to run efficiently,� said Megan Piwowar, Camp’s director of communications. “(The shutdown) would just be a waste.�


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apartments in order to make repairs, even when the tenants are not present. “I didn’t really know who he was,� said Canton sophomore David Hales. “I’m already going to be living here next year, but I would definitely consider moving because of this.� Reen’s former employment at Copper Beech has little bearing on Brooks’ future housing plans. “I’m still going to be living here,� Brooks said. “And it doesn’t bother me because he’s in jail now.� Copper Beech management is speaking with police and cooperating with the investigation, the letter said. Reen remains lodged in the Isabella County Jail on $5 million bond.

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Officials concerned with consequences of Snyder’s proposal Allocation method of revenue incentives still unknown By Gabi Jaye Staff Reporter

City and county officials are still unsure how Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed state revenue-sharing incentives will affect them down the road. Snyder revealed last month that local governments will be able to compete for $200 million in incentive money under the plan. Isabella County Administrator Tim

Dolehanty said whether the county and city of Mount Pleasant will be eligible for the incentive money remains uncertain at this point. The county has already consolidated and cut services in many places, he said. “This plan is something doable, but nothing that would have immediate impact,” Dolehanty said. Dolehanty said he is concerned whether the county’s consolidations and cuts will qualify it for the incentive money if they have already been enacted. This incentive money would result from a plan which encourages local governments to create trans-

parency in financing, adopt best practices and employee benefits and prove they have consolidated service provisions. “This would cut statutory state-shared revenue first by two-thirds, but reserve a third of that for local governments to compete for it,” said Mount Pleasant City Manager Kathie Grinzinger. “The other third is reserved or kept to assist the state in balancing its deficit.” Grinzinger said legislation still has to sort out details of the plan. She said local governments will create dashboards by A snyder | 5a

CMU ‘in a waiting game’ to know share of funds

happens,” Roth said. “Not one of (former Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s) budgets were accepted by the legislature (in their original form).” CMU will receive a 23.3percent cut in state appropriations for the 2011-12 school year if the legislature approves Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal. University President George Ross said a “modest” tuition increase for next year, less than 7.1 percent, will qualify CMU for the tuition incentive grant, shrinking CMU’s cut from 23.3 to 15 percent. State Rep. Kevin Cotter, RMount Pleasant, said there is more confusion than certainty about higher education funding, but next week will

By Maria Amante Senior Reporter

The amount of funding CMU will receive from the state after budget changes remains uncertain. Toby Roth, director of federal programs, said CMU is waiting to see what happens because the state House and Senate have yet to release budget proposals. “We’ll have three proposals out there and we’re in a waiting game, waiting to see what

provide more clarity as the House Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee votes on a proposal for higher education. “There are more question marks than answers right now,” Cotter said. “I’m still optimistic (higher education will see a smaller cut). We still have hope.” Cotter said they are working in the subcommittee to reduce the burden on Michigan’s 15 public universities. Roth said there is not much CMU can do before it sees what the other political parties propose. “The legislature will pick

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Down River Students brave chilly weather for class canoe trip over weekend By Jeff Ketcham | Staff Reporter


ven a freezing-rain storm could not douse the spirits of students on a canoe camping trip last weekend. The class canoed down the Chippewa River from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon to conclude RLA 150: Canoe Camping and Touring. Students learned basic paddling strokes, river-reading skills, packing techniques, outdoor cooking and other skills for a successful camping experience. “I wasn’t expecting the snow,” said Waterford sophomore Ryan Wolf. “Everyone was down to help each other, and that was cool to see.” Lapeer senior Mary Mattson said the group faced many challenges but kept going despite the cold, wet weather. “We went in Friday as a warmer,” Mattson said. “We launched Saturday morning at Lake Isabella, canoed for four to five hours and camped at Deerfield Park.” Mattson said they spent a few days before the trip going over all the gear they would need. They also paddled imaginary canoes in Finch Fieldhouse for preparation, she said. Midland freshman Bryan Powell said practicing beforehand was crucial because it was a controlled experience. “One of the only thoughts going through my mind was, ‘Am I getting credit for this?’ because it’s not sitting behind a desk,” Powell said. “You’re out doing stuff.” Even though no more trips are required for class, some students continued to plan their own canoe trips in Michigan and elsewhere after returning. “It’s nice taking away all the distractions, cellphones and laptops,” said Ishpeming senior Rob Waters. Mattson said even students who don’t have prior experience on the river should consider the class. “I’m actually trying to get half my sorority girls to sign up,” she said.

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Above: Midland freshman Bryan Powell, left, looks on while navigating downriver as Waterford sophomore Ryan Wolf passes under a bridge and paddles Saturday afternoon down the Chippewa River. Thirteen students participated in the overnight trip for RLA: 150 Canoe Camping and Touring. Top left: Lapeer senior Mary Mattson fills a water bottle from an artesian well on Saturday during a hike in Deerfield Nature Park. An artesian well is an aquifer containing groundwater under positive pressure, forcing the water to the surface. Top right: Students walk through a covered wooden bridge Saturday during a hike.

Recreation, Parks and Leisure Instructor Jordan Bruursema prepares a fire pit for cooking Saturday at the Beaver Lodge camp site. Thirteen students cooked over the fire and set up a large teepee and tents at the site for the overnight trip on the Chippewa River.

Ovid senior Steve Fedewa uses a machete to carve his name into a wooden board on a covered bridge on Saturday afternoon during a hike in Deerfield Nature Park.

One hospitalized after two-vehicle crash on Mission Street Police warn to take care when being waved through By Mike Nichols Senior Reporter

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A gray Chevrolet Corsica driven by McDonald’s employee and Mount Pleasant resident Patrick Fuller collided with a green Dodge Neon driven by a CMU student, center, Thursday afternoon in front of McDonald’s, 1804 S. Mission St.

One person was taken to Central Michigan Community Hospital after a two-car collision at about 3 p.m. on Thursday near McDonald’s, 1804 S. Mission St. Mount Pleasant resident Patrick Fuller, who was driving a Chevrolet Corsica, was pulling into McDonald’s at

about 3 p.m. when his car was struck on the passenger side by a southbound Dodge Neon driven by a female motorist. The female passenger in the front seat of the Chevrolet, who said she was feeling pain in her arm and leg, was transported via ambulance in a neck brace, said Sgt. Sarah Cuthbertson of the Mount Pleasant Police Department. She said the neck brace was basic procedure. “It appears that the Neon was traveling south and the Corsica pulled in front of her causing the accident,” Cuth-

bertson said. “(Fuller) was found at fault.” Both cars were totaled and both drivers were uninjured. There were no occupants in the Neon other than the driver. Two trucks from Ace Towing, 1504 N. Fancher Ave., and Green’s Towing, 3666 E. Rosebush Road, Rosebush, removed the vehicles from the entrance of McDonald’s. Cuthbertson said Fuller was attempting to pull into the McDonald’s, where he works. He was in the turn lane when another motorist in the left southbound lane

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waved him through, Cuthbertson said. Fuller then turned into the lane and his passenger side was hit by the Neon. Cuthbertson said motorists trying to wave each other through is a common problem. She hopes other drivers will learn from the incident. “It happens all the time,” Cuthbertson said. “When people are in the turn lane and someone tries to wave them through, they need to make 100-percent sure that it’s clear.”

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EDITORIAL | Potential government shutdown shows how twisted two-party system has become

Nathan Inks Columnist

Parties must reach across aisle to resolve shutdown Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” As Congress nears the deadline to pass a budget by midnight tonight, politicians on both sides of the aisle should keep that quote in mind. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved a “stop-gap budget” Thursday to fund the federal government for another week while talks continue for a longterm budget. Unlike previous weeks’ stop-gap bills, which each cut $2 billion, Thursday’s bill would have cut $12 billion and included several policy issue “riders,” prompting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to declare the bill “dead on arrival” in the Senate. President Obama also threatened to veto the bill if it somehow passed the Senate. So what was the point of proposing a bill that the GOP knew was not going to pass? The same question applies to the long-term budget proposals from both parties. Representative Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has introduced his budget plan, which would make huge cuts to spending, bringing federal spending back below 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product by 2058. It is simple economics that spending higher percentages of the country’s GDP will be disastrous, and while the Ryan Plan would ensure that spending is cut, it stands no chance of passing. Republicans only control the House; Democrats are still in control of the Senate and the White House, and proposing a plan the Republicans know will go nowhere is a waste of time. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly even said that the Ryan Plan is, “something the Democrats will never go for, thus Mr. Ryan knows that, so he is being provocative.” But the Democrats do not have a great plan either. In November, voters made it clear they want to see government spending decrease. This means the Democrats are going to have to give in to some of the spending cuts Republicans want. The latest Republican proposal would cut $61 billion from the budget, whereas the Democrats’ plan would have only cut $33 billion. While the Democrats control the majority of Washington, they do not control all of it, and without a sensible compromise, a government shutdown will occur. Both President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner have acknowledged that such a shutdown would not only further harm the economy, but would end up costing taxpayers more money. A short-term budget must be passed today so that lawmakers can continue to work on a permanent budget, but the GOP needs to realize that the policy changes and $12 billion in cuts are deal breakers. The House Republicans need to focus on passing a stop-gap budget that cuts spending at levels the Democrats can agree with. Once they have another week, they can continue to iron out the details of the long-term budget and come up with an amount to cut somewhere between $33 and $61 billion. The two parties have to realize a compromise is needed — otherwise everybody loses.

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he looming federal government shutdown has pundits on both sides of the political spectrum shouting blame with their typical vigor, and it’s truly a miscarriage of democracy. The question that is most pressing, however, is not one related to any typical hot-button issues. It is a much simpler one: How did the U.S. get to a point where its highest elected representatives would rather gnash their teeth for inches of ideological ground than serve the public interest? One pundit saw the problem coming before Democratic and Republican were anything other than forms of government. “They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.”

George Washington delivered those words in his farewell address in 1796, when he stepped down and established the tradition of a twoterm limit to the presidency — a stipulation that should perhaps be extended to other elected officials in Washington. While those who followed for the most part honored the limit, they disastrously disregarded his words on the establishment of a party system. Financial ventures certainly contribute to the modern hyperpartisan political culture characterized by filibusters and government shutdowns, but a less obvious culprit is the election system itself. Republican and Democrat candidates for most state and federal offices must first win in primary elections before they can go headto-head against the other party’s opponent in the general election. Studies show that only the most politically active party members bother to vote in the primary election. These voters tend to have the

most extreme views when it comes to the party’s political ideology and want to nominate a candidate who shares the same views. Therefore, if a Republican candidate wants to beat other GOP contenders in the primary election, they must cater their message to the most conservative interests of their fellow party members. Democrat candidates, likewise, mold their platform to be as liberal as possible to win the most votes. The strategy candidates must use to make it to the general election has instigated an ever more politically-charged environment in Washington D.C., in which compromise is seen as weakness and the filibuster has trumped negotiating. But the election system is not an excuse for Republicans and Democrats to demonize each other. The people need a system capable of solving problems with society’s best interests in mind, where monetary benefits do not dictate legislation to the detriment of constituents and the twoparty system optimizes differing points of view instead of fostering hostility. And the latest threat of a government shutdown ought to be the last straw for constituents nationwide. As our government moves closer to partisan meltdown, it is clear that system is not what our major-league political parties want to deliver.


Straight, but narrow On Fridays in April, CM Life will run a winning essay from the Speak Up, Speak Out Writing Competition as a guest column. Moving to Mount Pleasant from Columbus, Ohio, was a culture shock in more ways than one. But it was the overt anti-gay messages — from homophobic sidewalk chalking to editorials questioning the need for diversity programs — which bothered me most on a visceral, human level. I had been sheltered, but not in the way most people think: The issue was nearly a non-issue at my liberal college in a city The New York Times called “a Midwestern gay mecca.” With a general sense that something was amiss and a largely unfocused plan to “do something” about it, I joined CMU’s gay/ straight alliance. As my involvement grows, now co-chairing Spectrum’s Inclusion Committee, I see just how personal this broader social issue has become for me. French historian Alexis de Tocqueville theorized that acting in one’s self-interest gives rise to an improved society. But how, exactly, does a straight woman benefit from furthering the LGBTQ cause? First, I believe in a more just America for me and for my future children without discriminatory laws, policies and practices mak-

ing it unsafe to be “different.” Hate crime legislation, for example, makes our society safer and raises awareness of how we treat each other, in turn enhancing my own safety and treatment as a member of that society. Researching issues like Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, marriage equality, and employment and housing discrimination have made me a more informed citizen. I now understand a drawback of democracy de Tocqueville also feared — the tyranny of the majority. Realizing that the rights of a minority will be denied when left to a vote of an uneducated or uncompassionate majority has fueled my support for top-down gay rights legislation. I have been fortunate to form friendships with courageous, intelligent, motivated and inspiring LGBTQ individuals. Consequently, I know it is not their sole responsibility to fight for equality and civil rights protection.

My involvement demonstrates that it is acceptable, even encouraged, for straight people to support this cause. Thanks to Spectrum, as well as SafeZone and Ally training through the Office for Institutional Diversity, I have the tools to stand up against heterosexism and homophobia, including a valuable education in LGBTQ history, issues, terminology, and concepts like gender binary, pansexuality, and the deep significance of male and female pronouns. As a more educated and active citizen, I have written letters asking that CMU suspend its United Way campaign until the Isabella County chapter stops funding the discriminatory Boy Scouts of America; planned events to increase LGBTQ visibility in midMichigan; and finally spoke up when a coworker again referred to a colleague’s partner as “her, uh… friend?” “Partner,” I said strongly. And I felt strong for saying so. Perhaps that is the best evidence here for de Tocqueville’s theory: my feeling of personal accomplishment from working toward a more inclusive society. As a straight ally at CMU, I find peace in knowing my children can look back on the great social revolution of this generation and know I was on the right side.

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Walking in their (lack of) shoes As I shuffled my way across concrete sidewalks and asphalt drives through a thin layer of fastmelting snow, my feet left small pinpricks of blood on the ground behind me. As an advocate of the for-profit TOMS Shoes company, I participated in One Day Without Shoes on Tuesday for the second year in a row. While many areas in the U.S. reach 60, 70 and even 80 degrees in the beginning of April, Michigan offered snow flurries, scattered clouds and mid-40degree temperatures. Still, I ditched my shoes and made the trek from my house on South Franklin Street to Moore Hall for my first class through the light dusting of snow on the ground. I didn’t stop at Moore Hall. From there, I spent the day walking across and around campus sans shoes. It only took five minutes into my first outdoor walk for the pain to start throbbing through my feet. As the proud owner of more than one pair of TOMS Shoes, I have supported the one-for-one business model since I first heard of it. For every pair of shoes a customer buys from TOMS, the company will donate a similar pair to a child in need in an underdeveloped country. TOMS hosts its annual One Day Without Shoes event every year to promote awareness about, essentially, how much it sucks to not have access to shoes. Shoes had always been something I never thought twice about. It wasn’t until I walked through snow, rain, slush, 30-degree temperatures and rough asphalt for an entire day straight that I realized how much I depended on my shoes. At that point, I could only start to understand the difficulty a person without footwear faces. I still consider myself lucky. Mount Pleasant has paved sidewalks and carpeted buildings for my bare feet to use. Underdeveloped countries often have neither. My feet felt the most pain they have felt since April 8, 2010 — the last One Day Without Shoes. Tuesday left the soles of my feet black, white and red with dirt, dead skin and blood. There were small rocks embedded in the ball of my left foot and a gash on my right heel — I think I stepped on a shard of glass. I had spent the day trodding on chewed gum, discarded cigarette butts and bird droppings. But at the end of the day, I felt oddly satisfied. I did not want to trade the pain in my feet for the experience I had gained. After all, as the saying goes, the best way to understand someone’s position is to take a walk in their shoes — or lack thereof.

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Dressing for a Cause Student wears single article of clothing for month, raises sex trafficking awareness By Perry Fish | Staff Photographer


asey Foote was one of 110 girls who committed to wear one dress every day in March. The Bay City freshman joined “One Dress. One Month. One Cause,” a movement created to raise awareness of sex trafficking. VirtuousTeen Magazine editor in chief and owner Carli Miller started a Facebook group for the cause, encouraging participants to post pictures of their progress throughout the month. Foote first heard about the Facebook event from girls in her sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha. “I didn’t even think about people thinking I’m weird,” Foote said. “You’re doing it for a cause, so you shouldn’t care about what people think.” Those who took part in the movement were encouraged to donate the money they saved from not buying new clothes for a month to The Daughter Project. The Ohio-based nonprofit organization is planning a recovery home for girls rescued from trafficking.

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Oct. 1. The dashboards will show a measure of both local governments’ performance and financial statements. “We have had a long history of collaboration and consolidation for a number of years,” Grinzinger said. Union Township Supervisor John Barker said the township would not likely be eligible for the incentive money because it operates

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Bay City freshman Casey Foote looks in a mirror as she fixes her makeup in her room before class the morning of March 24 in Robinson Hall. Foote participated in the movement “One Dress. One Month. One Cause” by wearing one dress the entire month of March to raise awareness of sex trafficking. Foote said she bought her dress from H&M for only $20. “I wore it to my high school graduation,” she said.

Miller said she was inspired to start the event after hearing about Amy Seiffert, who was raising awareness for sex trafficking by wearing one dress for six months. “I loved the idea and the creativeness of it and decided instead of just thinking it was a good idea, why not get girls who I know to do it,” Miller said. Foote said taking part in the “One Dress” movement not only made her more aware of the reality of sex trafficking, but it also made her more creative. “Instead of going out to get an

with constitutional revenue sharing. “The whole program, in my mind, is a farce,” he said. “We’ve got all these great things going on in our community, but we don’t get to take advantage of the incentive money.” Barker said the money will only affect a small number of townships in the state. Local governments must create a plan to consolidate their services or notify the state of service-sharing measures they have taken by Jan. 1, 2012.

outfit so I look cute, I go through my closet,” Foote said. She also said getting ready for class was easier, because she knew what she was going to wear each day. Participants washed their dresses regularly throughout the month, and Foote said she washed her dress at least once a week but she needed to be creative when it came to cleaning it. “I washed it twice in the sink,” she said. Foote said she also tried sneaking the dress into her friends’ and

Grinzinger said Mount Pleasant already teams up with the county, township and other local governments to cut costs and consolidate services. She said the City Commission will have to weigh in on whether there will be more cost-cutting measures taken. “No one knows if you get to count things you’ve already done,” Grinzinger said. “We’re not even sure if we’re competing against each other.”

boyfriend’s laundry. Her friend Stacey Bush, a Grand Blanc senior, was supportive of Foote’s decision to participate in “One Dress.” “She is really taking on a cause,” Bush said. After March came to a close, Foote was reunited with her jeans. She said she was proud that she completed the project, but she wants to continue raising awareness for the cause. Foote said wearing the same dress for a month reminded her to

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bits and pieces of what they like,” he said. “I don’t think they will adopt everything the governor has proposed.” Iris Salters, Michigan Education Association president, said even a 15-percent cut is extreme for higher education. She said Snyder’s proposal to merge higher education funding from the general fund into the school aid fund,

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which funds the K-12 education budget, is a “double whammy.” “School aid was set aside for K-12 as it has experienced, in the past couple of years better than before, what people are talking about as an excess in revenue,” Salters said. “The legislature, in their wisdom, decided to remove (higher education) from the general fund.” Cotter said that plan is meeting a lot of resistance from K-12, and from higher education and community colleges, who also will see

their funding moved to the school aid fund. Salter said the fund would be burdened with additional cost and “less ... to spread around” if higher education moves to the school aid fund. “The real people that will suffer is not only K-12, but higher education students, then they will have higher tuition,” Salter said. “Students are going to be paying more and absorbing the cost.”

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Road to securing redshirt begins today in Cleveland By Justin Hicks Staff Reporter

Seddon, Dornbos lead MAC-best rotation

The regular wrestling season may be over, but junior Jarod Trice isn’t ready to take a break yet. The two-time All-American is looking to make his appearance on the biggest stage in the world, the 2012 Olympics, but first needs to qualify for an Olympic redshirt in order to do that. His first step toward qualifying starts today at the two-day freestyle U.S. Senior National Championships at Public Hall in Cleveland, Jarod Trice Ohio. Trice, who comes into the tournament ranked No. 7 among 120-kg wrestlers, needs a top-seven finish to earn a spot at the U.S. Senior World Team Trials on June 9, in Oklahoma City, Okla. “I am pretty confident I am going to get in and get that redshirt,” Trice said. “My mindset was the same as it was earlier in the season, and is now: I am going to A Jarod’s journey | 3B

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Baseball takes momentum into Akron Chippewas beat U-M to improve to 4-0 against Big Ten By John Evans Senior Reporter

The CMU baseball team has won four out of its last five games and shows no signs of slowing up. At 3 p.m. today in Akron, Ohio, the Chippewas will take on the Zips in the first game of a three-game Mid-American Conference series. The Chippewas (13-17 overall, 2-4 MAC) were swept in their first MAC series, but took two out of three last weekend at Ohio. “We really have started hitting and pitching the ball well and we really can’t complain too much about what we are doing,” said junior left-hander Trent Howard. “We have got to find ways to win those close games and that is what we did last weekend.” CMU has had 13 games decided by two runs or less so far this season. Finding a way to win close games not only helps a team find its identity, but helps them go through adversity which can make a team stronger. Akron (6-20 overall, 0-6 MAC) has lost three out of its last four games and has had a rough start in conference play after being swept last weekend by the Toledo Rockets. The Zips are led by Drew TurA akron | 4B

“We really have started hitting and pitching the ball well.” Trent Howard, pitcher

By Matt Thompson Staff Reporter

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Senior pitcher Kari Seddon pitched five innings in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader against Detroit, giving up no runs and just one hit.


Kari Seddon and Kara Dornbos have anchored a Central Michigan softball pitching staff that tossed 10 shutouts as a part of an impressive non-conference showing. When CMU began conference play April 1, the staff had a league-best 1.29 earned run average. That’s almost a whole run per game less than Miami’s second-best ERA. “As a pitching staff we’ve spent a lot of time talking about this year and talking about what we want to do as a staff,” said Seddon, a senior. The staff’s shutouts and stellar ERA got CMU off to a 15-9 non-conference record. Beyond the 10 shutouts, the pitching held another nine teams to under three runs. Five of the Chippewas’ losses have came when the staff limits opponents to less than three runs. “I think we have a very solid pitching staff this year,” said CMU head coach Margo Jonker. “We have a number of pitchers we can go with.

If someone’s struggling someone else can pick it up.” Seddon (5-5), sophomore Dornbos (6-4) and freshman pitcher Chelsea Sundberg (4-2) have thrown nearly every inning this year. The group isn’t taking credit for their success, though. “It’s definitely because of the defense we’ve had behind us,” Dornbos said. Dornbos has posted a Mid-American Conference-best 1.16 ERA. In her worst outing of the season, her first start, she only allowed three earned runs. Since then she hasn’t allowed more than one run in every appearance but one, when she gave up two runs in a loss at Northern Illinois. Sundberg made her impression early. In her first collegiate appearance, she pitched a three-hit complete game shutout against Jacksonville State. All three pitchers have earned MAC Pitcher of the Week honors. Seddon, Dornbos and Sundberg

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Molly Coldren holds all-time HR record

By Matt Thompson Staff Reporter

Junior infielder Molly Coldren stepped into the batter’s box in the bottom of the second inning on Wednesday against Detroit with senior Kari Seddon standing on second base. She watched the first pitch go by, then drilled an inside pitch over the left-field wall bringing all over her teammates screaming and racing out of the dugout to begin the celebration at home before Coldren trotted around second base. Coldren’s bomb broke the Central Michigan softball career home run record when she hit the towering shot over the left field wall as CMU beat Detroit 10-0 in five innings. The previous record was 19, held my Christina Novak who played her senior season last year for CMU. “I’m honored, I honestly don’t really know what to say about it,” Coldren said. “It’s not really hitting me yet. It’s an honor for our team as well.” Coldren’s 20th time watching the softball go over the fence in a Chippewa uniform was her team-leading sixth of the season. But a few hours after she broke the record, she added to it in the second game of the doubleheader. “From previous at bats I knew she

was grooving the first one,” Coldren said about third at bat of the second game. “So I tried to go with the first one.” She put that first pitch just around the foul pole down the left field line for her second bomb of the day, seventh of the year and 21st of her career. “Molly has great exit velocity on her bat,” said CMU head coach Margo Jonker. “When she’s loose she can rocket the ball.” It isn’t the first time Coldren will find her name in the CMU record books. Last year, as a sophomore, she set a single-season record with 11 home runs. Already with seven this year she has a chance at breaking that again. The only home run record she hasn’t filled is most in one game. “It’s awesome,” Seddon said of the record. “I’m encouraging her to hit more and more, (and) set that record high.” Coldren will have the rest of this year and all of next to improve her total. “Obviously she has great bat speed,” Jonker said. “She’s got another year left so I anticipate that continuing on. We need her to keep hitting in pressure situations and get some RBIs because that’s what it’s all about.”

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Junior infielder Molly Coldren hugs a teammate after hitting career home run No. 20 Wednesday against Detroit at Margo Jonker Stadium. Coldren hit her 21st home run in the second game of the doubleheader.

CMU hosts Toledo, Bowling Green this weekend By Matt Thompson Staff Reporter

The Central Michigan softball will play its first Mid-American Conference home games this season this weekend with a doubleheader against Toledo at 1 p.m. today and single games with Bowling Green on Saturday and Sunday. CMU is trying to shake off a rocky start in MAC play last weekend that left it 1-3 in conference play. Sweeping Detroit Wednesday by a total score of 21-0 was a confidence booster for the Chippewas. “It was great because the weekend before we struggled,” senior pitcher Kari Seddon said after throwing a shutout Wednesday. “I felt better today than I did last weekend.”

She wasn’t the only one that turned things around as the offense hit four home runs after a slow start in the conference. “It was important to play,” said CMU head coach Margo Jonker. Margo Jonker “To get people experience and gain confidence.” Seddon (5-5) and sophomore Kara Dornbos (6-4) will likely start multiple games during the homestand. “We just need to focus on our team and play Chippewa softball,” Seddon said. “We want to go on a long run.” If there’s a time to do it would be now, with the last-place MAC West team visiting Friday and the MAC East’s last-

place team playing out the rest of the weekend. The Toledo Rockets (5-22, 1-3 in MAC) will bring the MAC’s worst earned run average up against the Chippewas’ league-best 2.19 ERA. The Rockets, who have combined to hit 13 home runs, have three players with a batting average above .325. Bowling Green (4-17, 0-4 MAC) will start Zada Lines (3-4), who has a 3.36 ERA and leads BG in most pitching categories. The Chippewas haven’t lost their sight of a MAC title after last weekend’s 1-3 conference start. “It’s so important (MAC play),” said sophomore Summer Knoop. “(We are) relentlessly pursuing a ring.” Knoop isn’t the only one that has got-

ten that point. “We have a mindset in every practice and every game is going to lead us to a MAC championship,” said sophomore center fielder Macy Merchant said, who repeated the same “Relentlessly pursue the ring” motto. For some players, like Seddon, it’s their last opportunity to get that ring. “As an older player looking at it, this is our last chance to get our MAC championship,” she said. “Get our wins under our belt and get those rings. That’s what we’ve been talking about all along — conference play.” CMU (16-12, 1-3 MAC) plays Bowling Green at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Macy Merchant helps fast start Goal is to get on base, score quickly By Matt Thompson Staff Reporter

Sophomore outfielder Macy Merchant is the Central Michigan softball leadoff hitter. She has one job — to score. Most players care about their batting averages, but not Merchant. The percentage she’s worried about is onbase percentage. Other hitters boast over power numbers, home runs, slugging percentage. She is attentive on stolen bases and runs. “I want to start the game with a bang,” Merchant said. “I want to be the one to set the tone for the game. I want to show this team ‘wow this team is going to come out on fire’ from me.” Merchant’s .341 on-base percentage has allowed her to score a team-leading 19 runs and steal 15 bases, setting a tone for the Chippewas offense at the top of the lineup. “Macy’s job is to get on base in whatever way,” said CMU head coach Margo Jonker. “Walk, hit, error.” In her second season at CMU, she has relished the role. “My goal is to get on and score the first run,” Merchant said. “That’s my goal every game. I know if I get on I have people behind me to move me and score me.” Moving Macy is where sophomore Summer Knoop and freshman Brittney Horan come into play. They pair have switched time hitting in the No. 2 spot, right behind Merchant. They too have a very straight forward job that doesn’t have much glamour. “When Macy is on, my goal is to get her over,” Knoop said.

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Sophomore pitcher Kara Dornbos threw a complete-game five hitter Wednesday against Detroit without giving up a walk and striking out three. The Chippewas won both games in five innings to improve their overall record to 16-12.

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The pitching staff talked before the year and have three goals as a group. The first is to stay ahead of hitters by throwing lots of strikes early in counts. Secondly, field their position, and lastly, they want to have a good ERA of 1.35 or below. Seddon did her part achieving those goals in the home opener on Wednesday against Detroit. She threw first pitch strikes to 13 of the 18 batters she faced, as she only allowed one hit and lowered the staff’s ERA by shutting out Detroit. Besides Dornbos, the Chippewas staff had a rough first weekend of MAC play, were they watched their ERA jump to 2.19, still good for first in the conference ahead of Miami (2.34). “As a pitching staff we’ve spent a lot of time talking about this year and about what we want to do as a staff,” Seddon said. “We’ve bonded as a ground and we support each other.” So far, Jonker has liked what she’s seen. “It’s definitely one of the pitching staffs we’ve had in a long time,” Jonker said.

are sharing their success with the rest of the team. “Catchers have really been working on framing pitches,” Seddon said. “They get those strikes that are iffy.” Sundberg pointed out the fact that the catchers, senior Amanda Klosterman and freshman Cory DeLamielleure, have done a great job of “blocking” pitches so far this year. She isn’t the only person to notice it. “They do a great job getting balls in the dirt so pitchers have a great deal of confidence to let it go,” Jonker said. “Our pitching staff is very committed and our catchers do a nice job behind the plate. The two have to work well together to be successful.” The catchers have to block a wide variety of pitches. Between the staff of three they throw a fastball, curve, screwball, drop, rise and changeup to keep hitters off balance. “They work just as hard as us behind the plate and that’s great,” Dornbos said.

Meet the starting rotation

Kara Dornbos Sophomore Record: 6-4 ERA: 1.16

Kari Seddon Senior Record: 5-6 ERA: 2.12

Chelsea Sundberg Freshman Record: 4-2 ERA: 3.85

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Sophomore outfielder Macy Merchant catches a ball in center field during Wednesday’s second game against the Detroit. Merchant is batting .286 with 24 hits.

“Whether taking the pitch to let her steal or bunting the ball or just hitting behind her. My ultimate goal is to get her as many bases ahead during my at bat as I can.” Wednesday’s home opener against Detroit was a perfect example as to how the Chippewas and Jonker want to get started. Merchant flicked a pitch over the shortstops head for a single. First pitch, without hesitating, she stole second as Knoop let the pitch go by. Then, Knoop grounded out to second base, hitting behind her, allowing Merchant to go to third base. By the time Macy Merchant’s sister, senior Brittini Merchant, came up to bat CMU only had one out and Macy was on third. And big sister came through, hitting her home on a double to get CMU on the scoreboard early. “In that first inning if we can get a couple of runs on the board it relieves pressure on our defense and gives our

pitcher a good mindset,” Knoop said. Macy’s ability to steal second base is a huge part of how CMU executes its first inning strategy. Her 15 steals are tied for a Mid-American Conference best, while she has only been caught stealing three times. “When I get on right usually sends me right away,” Macy said. “It’s another way to send a message. We’re aggressive and we’re going play aggressive.” Jonker has said if they notice that the opposing team’s catcher doesn’t have a strong arm, CMU will take advantage of that. “If (the catcher) has a slow release then I know I’m going to make it,” Macy said. “I’m going to get there, unless they have a superb cannon.” Macy will look set the tone in the first inning again this weekend when Toledo and Bowling Green come to Margo Jonker Stadium.

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Trice grunts as he takes down Virginia Military Institute’s Joshua Wine in overtime to secure a 3-1 victory in his opening NCAA tournament match on March 17. “Their game plan is to try and throw me off and get me frustrated,” he said. “I’m going in with the mental mindset that I know what all of my opponents are going to try and do to me.”

Beads of sweat roll down Trice’s forehead as he stands backstage after winning a multiple-overtime match against Indiana’s Ricardo Alcala on March 17 at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia, He won the match 3-2, advancing to the quarterfinals.

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American’s Ryan Flores grabs Trice around the neck, forcing him to the match during the deciding semi-final match on March 18 at the NCAA Wrestling Championships at Wells Fargo Center. After the takedown, Flores rode Trice to a 4-0 defeat, eliminating any chance at a national title.

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Junior heavyweight Jarod Trice wrestles Michigan’s Ben Apland on Jan. 16 at Central Michigan’s first home dual meet at McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant. Then-No. 2 Trice beat Apland, the No. 10 seed, in a 5-3 decision. Trice was ranked throughout the the 2010-11 season and finished with a 25-9 overall record and 5-0 record in the Mid-American Conference. He is currently 79-22 in his collegiate career at CMU. Trice will wrestle this weekend at the U.S. Senior National Championships in Cleveland in pursuit of an Olympic redshirt.

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keep doing what I do — work hard and score points. There is no other mindset.” From there, he would need a top-eight finish to be approved for an Olympic redshirt – a process that has gotten tougher this year versus years past. “(Wrestlers) don’t make the decision — they have to qualify for that, and there’s a new procedure they have to go through,” said head coach Tom Borrelli. “It’s the first year under the new requirements, so it’s a little tougher to get an Olympic waiver. Really, it’s much tougher.” The NCAA has put a new Olympic redshirt criterion into effect in 2011, giving wrestlers three ways to make the cut. They must be a past Senior World and Olympic team member, finish in the top eight at the U.S. Senior World Team Trials or finish in the top three at the NCAA Tournament on top of a toptwo finish at the University National Championships. Since no CMU wrestler qualifies for either the first or third options, it will come down to their finishes at the U.S. Senior World Team Trials, granted they earn bids there. Trice is the first Chippewa wrestler to work toward qualifying this season,

but Borrelli said he wouldn’t be the only one. “It’s an opportunity for our guys to wrestle freestyle in the U.S. events and hopefully they’re going to do well,” Borrelli said. “They get to train at the Olympic training center if they qualify, and it opens a lot of doors for them.” An Olympic redshirt would allow Trice to train to compete in the 2012 Olympics, while keeping his fourth year of eligibility at CMU for the 2012-13 season. In the event of his absence, redshirt freshman Mike Murray and incoming freshman Devin Pommerenke will be competing for the starting heavyweight job, which Borrelli sees as a great opportunity. “It gives other guys on the team an outstanding opportunity to be a starter and prove themselves,” he said. “If we go in that direction, it’s going to give some guys in those weight classes great opportunities. When those guys come back, it’s just going to make our team stronger.” As for returning, Trice made it apparent that it was his plan if he is successful in taking an Olympic redshirt. “I’m coming back for sure, I want to finish school,” he said.

“My mindset was the same as it was earlier in the season, and is now: I am going to keep doing what I do — work hard and score points.” Jarod Trice, junior heavyweight

Trice limbers up in preparation for his match against Eastern Michigan’s Wes Schroeder on Feb. 17 at McGuirk Arena. He won the match 2-0 and improved to 22-3 overall, while CMU won the dual 29-3 to pull within a match of .500. Trice does multiple stretches between watching and cheering fellow CMU wrestlers during their bouts, as he warms up during the first nine matches. Trice lays on the mat after being defeated in the semifinal match by American’s Ryan Flores during the NCAA Wrestling Championships on March 18 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Flores beat Trice by a 4-0 decision, sending him to the consolation semifinals the next day. Trice finished fourth, losing 4-2 to Missouri’s Dominique Bradley. “I believe I should have been in the finals,“ Trice said. “I think I’m the best wrestler at heavyweight.”

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Enosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mind set on Radcliff as starting quarterback Fricke, Westendorp vie for backup job

Brandon Fricke Senior Brandon Fricke backed up Radcliff in 2010, appearing in three games and completing half of his eight passes, finishing with 33 yards on the season. The senior transferred from Grossmont Community College (Calif.), where he recorded 780 yards and eight touchdowns in 2009. Enos said Fricke has been doing a good job at practice, and he will compete

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;While there is the competition, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still focused on what I can do to improve.â&#x20AC;? Ryan Radcliff, junior quarterback for the backup job. A.J. Westendorp Frickeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competitor is sophomore A.J. Westendorp, who redshirted his first season before playing tight end during his first year of eligibility at CMU. Appearing in 11 games, he caught just four receptions for 38 yards. The position change got him some playing time, but he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t satisfied. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I asked him what he wanted to do,â&#x20AC;? Enos said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I called him and asked â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;what do you want to do?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;. He said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;coach, I want to play quarterbackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done a lot with it, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll compete for the No. 2 job with Brandon.â&#x20AC;? Alex Niznak â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alex Niznak continues to amaze me,â&#x20AC;? Enos said. After graduating from Ithaca High School a semester early, he enrolled at CMU for the spring 2011

semester and Enos is already impressed with his quickness to adapt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alex Niznak comes out here and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind boggling me,â&#x20AC;? Enos said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He knows all the signals and he knows the plays and he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had that many reps.â&#x20AC;? The coaching staff has yet to make a decision whether or not to redshirt Niznak for the 2011 season. Enos has mentioned the possibility, but has said recently that the coaching staff will have to wait and see how Niznak fairs in August, hinting that he might get some time in as a true freshman during the upcoming season. The young quarterback threw for 2,731 yards and 31 touchdowns in his senior season at Ithaca, on top of 1,161 yards on the ground and 21 rushing touchdowns.


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You would think setting state records in Pennsylvania for career passing yards, career touchdown passes and single-season touchdown passes would be enough to solidify a starting job in college football. Those records belong to redshirt freshman Kyle Smith, but he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be setting records for Central Michigan football this season â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at least not with his passing game. Sitting on a depth chart with senior Brandon Fricke, junior Ryan Radcliff, sophomore A.J. Westendorp and freshman Alex Niznak, Smith wanted to guarantee himself playing time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kyle came to me and said he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t getting a lot of reps at quarterback and would like to help the team,â&#x20AC;? CMU head coach Dan Enos said following last Saturday's scrimmage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the reasons we recruited him was that we said if he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play quarterback, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good enough athlete to be something else.â&#x20AC;? Smith said he was think-

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Spring football is a time for position battles. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a time to see where the team stands as far as depth in each position. For players, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a time to make a name for themselves when starting jobs are up for grabs. With a week remaining before the spring football game, the coaching staff of the Central Michigan team is preparing the expected starters and reserves. One of the biggest questions is who will be leading the maroon and gold down the field when the fall season gets underway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a lot of guys competing for the job, which is good â&#x20AC;&#x201D; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to have competition,â&#x20AC;? said junior Ryan Radcliff, who appeared in all 12 games in 2010. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You never say you become complacent, but it definitely pushes you away from that even more Dan Enos so.â&#x20AC;? Following the 2010 season, in a sitdown interview with CM Life, CMU head coach Dan Enos was asked if Ryan Radcliff would be the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting quarterback for the 2011 season. His response: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Definitely. Yes.â&#x20AC;? Three months later, Enos stands by his word, showing confidence in the returning starter and calling him a â&#x20AC;&#x153;good leader.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been very competitive, and he understands things,â&#x20AC;? Enos said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He looks much more comfortable.â&#x20AC;? In 2010, the sophomore posted 3,358 yards through the air, scoring 17 touchdowns â&#x20AC;&#x201C; though he threw just as many interceptions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just maturity, understanding why stuff wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there last year and trying to force things to happen,â&#x20AC;? Radcliff said looking back at last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While there is the competition, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still focused on what I can do to improve.â&#x20AC;? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear is that Radcliff will get the start when the regular season gets underway in the fall. What isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t clear is how long will that last, and who will be directly behind him in line if the spot opens up?



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Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knowledge of the quarterback position might just help him on defense. Having the mind of a quarterback, he has the ability to read an opponentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smart and he understands what offenses are trying to do,â&#x20AC;? Enos said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very instinctive football player, and I think heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be very good back there.â&#x20AC;? The addition to a decreased defensive secondary is a big one following the loss of Bobby Seay and Vince Agnew to graduation. Agnew finished fifth on the team in tackles (73) and Seay finished eighth (44) in 2010, and they both recorded an interception. The team also said goodbye to Anthony Hollis, Dannie Bolden and LaVarus Williams for various reasons, leaving gaps on the depth chart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did lose two very fine football players in Bobby and Vince,â&#x20AC;? said secondary coach Kirby Cannon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t replace that experience level, but hopefully we can bring in some people just as athletic.â&#x20AC;?

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The tone for the rest of the Central Michigan womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track and field season could be set this weekend when CMU sends a few athletes to the Mid-Major Challenge in California. Also attending the meet in Sacramento, home of Sacramento State University, will be Wichita State, Utah State, Fresno State, Portland State, UC-Davis and the University of Nevada, making the Chippewas the only team in the meet to come from the Midwest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meet will set the tone right now for how weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be throughout the season,â&#x20AC;? said senior sprinter Jordan Dunn. A select few distance runners will be head down the road to Big Rapids to compete at Ferris State in Big Rapids, while the rest of the team is off this week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The choice in picking is based on how they are going to affect the team as far as conference championships and how they are doing right now,â&#x20AC;? said Willie Randolph, director of CMU track and field. The meet this week will be a big one for the teams as they will find themselves going against

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but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more exciting because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going somewhere besides Michigan and it is good to see other competition we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see a lot,â&#x20AC;? Dunn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re used to running in the cold and rain and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of an advantage for us (getting) out of the cold.â&#x20AC;? Men On the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side, the group of athletes selected by the coaching staff are led by sophomore thrower Alex Rose, who was named Mid-American Conference field athlete of the week. Joining Rose in Sacramento will be a host of Chippewa sprinters, including Dave Ashcraft, Charles Stinson, Renaldo Powell, Chris Thomas, Parker Scott and Ross Parsons. Rose and Parsons are coming off of wins last weekend in Toledo and the rest of the athletes all had top five finishes last week. They will look to use that momentum to put up some solid marks this weekend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for some good competition,â&#x20AC;? Randolph said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mentally I think were in a good position to compete anywhere right now. We just need to get into those tough environments â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to it.â&#x20AC;?

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ocy, who has started every game this season and has a team-leading .385 batting average. Turocy also leads Akron with 40 hits on the season, with the next person coming in with 19 hits. With the season at the halfway point of the season, CMU head coach Steve Jaksa said he likes where his team is at. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told our guys when you play half a season you start to carry some baggage after a while because the game is an everyday thing,â&#x20AC;? Jaksa said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody is better than what we were at the beginning of the season and we have to stay positive.â&#x20AC;? U-M win On Wednesday at Theunissen Stadium, the Chippewas took on the Michigan Wolverines in a non-conference midweek contest. A two-run double from sophomore Jordan Dean in the third inning helped break a 3-3 tie, as the Chippewas went on to win the game 9-4. CMU is now 4-0 against Big Ten teams this season and Dean said the team is confident regard-

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody is better than what we were at the beginning of the season and we have to stay positive.â&#x20AC;? Steve Jaksa, CMU head coach less of their opponent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a confident group. We always play teams tough regardless whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Big Ten, Big 12, or other MAC schools,â&#x20AC;? Dean said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we come out and play like we have been it just shows what we are capable of.â&#x20AC;? Senior Bryce Morrow (1-3) gave up one run in his three innings of relief to

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DIRECT CARE WORKERS Part & Full Time Positions -All Shifts Available; Providing care for developmentally disabled adults in Residential & In Home Help settings. Must be hardworking, caring, possess a valid driver's license and be willing to stay in the area over the summer. Apply in person to 107 E. Illinois, Mt. Pleasant or email resume to EOE

•No application fee ($50 savings) •$0 security deposit down •Win a gift valued at $25 or more

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Lexington Ridge & Casa Loma Where everyone is a winner!








Public Transportation Services of the Isabella County Transportation Commission

ISABELLA COUNTY 200 N. Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 (989)772-0911 x. 202 (989)773-7431 fax. Isabella County is currently accepting applications for the following position: PT Recycling Processor. Education: High school diploma or equivalent. Experience: Prefer some prior labor experience. Hours per week/ 20 hours. Wage: $9.54/ hour. Application Deadline: April 20, 2011. To be considered you must meet the minimum requirements. All others need not apply. Submit a cover letter, resume, and application to Administration. The Application form and job description can be found at or are available in Administration. Applications may be mailed, faxed, hand delivered or emailed to Administration.



LOOKING FOR 1 or 2 female subleasors from early May to July 2011. The sublease can be extended from July to the end of the semester if wanted. For more information call 248-227-5288. Campus Habitat apartment behind the Cabin.





Leasing Party!

UNITED APTS Wednesday, April 13th The Cabin 3-7PM • No Application Fee ($50 Value)

• $175 Utility Fee ($25 Savings)



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April 8, 2011  
April 8, 2011  

Central Michigan Life