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Monday, Sept. 13, 2010

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‘ i r e a l ly w a n t t o m a k e a d i f f e r e n c e o n c a m p u s ’

Ticketing for wrong parking on Bellows St. begins today Signs now up, violation is $25 By Ryan Czachorski Senior Reporter

presidential prowess SGA head reminisces about Greek upbringing, coming to CMU By Heather Hillman | Senior Reporter


t takes a lot to lead the Student Government Association — dedication, timeliness, diplomacy — and in Brittany Mouzourakis’ case, a pair of black stiletto “power heels.” Mouzourakis, a Garden City senior, is serving as SGA president this academic year. Although she is majoring in international business, Mouzourakis said she was naturally drawn to politics.

“When I came to Central Michigan University, I knew I wanted to continue getting involved in student government,” Mouzourakis said. “I like politics and helping people. I really want to make a difference on campus.” Dave Breed, Muskegon senior and vice president of SGA, said the plan to run for office began when the pair met their freshman year. Breed said Mouzourakis’ drive and ambition makes her the perfect person for the presidency — that and the energy boost she receives from her love of coffee. “She’s completely obsessed with coffee, she’ll literally drink six to seven cups a day,” Breed said. “Ever since I’ve known her,

she’s been drinking coffee.” Both of Mouzourakis’s parents are Greek immigrants, making her and her two older sisters first generation American. Growing up in a house where the main language was Greek, Mouzourakis said her upbringing was very similar to the film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” In addition to Greek, Mouzourakis has studied Japanese for seven years. She has travelled to Japan twice-once at age 16 and again when she studied abroad during the summer of 2008. And while Mouzourakis has made the most of her CMU experience, she said she almost never even came.

‘What you see is what you get’ Mouzourakis had always planned to go to the University of Michigan and had in fact been accepted, but once she received the Leader Advancement Scholarship from CMU, her career choice became solidified. “The opportunities that you have at CMU are much greater than at a big institution,” she said. “I feel like I’ve taken advantage of all the opportunities, and maybe I wouldn’t have at a bigger, more overwhelming school.” It was through LAS that Mouzourakis met her roommate of three years, Alecia A SGA | 2A

Voter registration deadline approaches Absentee ballots must be requested by Saturday before elections By Maria Amante Staff Reporter

Students who have not yet registered to vote can still have their voice heard this fall. The voter registration deadline for the November

elections is Oct. 4. Applications are available at local clerk offices, state agencies, Secretary of State offices, voter registration drives and on the Secretary of State website, Michigan applicants must be U.S. citizens, have resided in a Michigan city or township for over 30 days and be over age 18 by election day, according to the Secretary of State. Both of CMU’s student political clubs, College

Democrats and Republicans, hold voter registration drives. College Democrats have already registered 761 students and hope to register 5000 by the registration deadline. “We’re focusing on apartment complexes and residential halls,” said Brad O’Donnell, president of College Democrats and Clinton Township senior. “There are a plethora of things we’re doing to get students registered.” College Republicans

didn’t give specific details on their voter registration drives, but Travis Faber, first vice chair of the organization, said they will hold some voter registration events. “We are going to encourage all of the students to register to vote,” the Battle Creek senior said. Registering is only the first step for students who may be unable to get back to their registered area. To register for an absentee ballot, voters should

submit an application to their local city or township clerk. The application must be received by 2 p.m. the Saturday preceding the election and may be obtained from the Secretary of State’s website. A person who registers to vote by mail must be present in person for the first election in which they participate.

Cars pulling in to the new back-in parking spots on Bellows Street could find a ticket on their windshield starting today. The 27 new spots, which are west of the intersection Bellows and East Campus Drive, were always intended to be back-in spots, but it was not made as clear as CMU Police wanted. “When it was first completed, the signs had not arrived yet,” said Police Chief Bill Yeagley. “Last week, the signs were put in.” Police did not start enforcing immediately after the signs arrived to give drivers time to notice. Yeagley said he thought people would still assume it was pull-in parking. The penalty for improperly parking in the back-in spots is a $25 ticket. They are also metered, which has its own penalty if expired. There are two signs informing drivers of the back-in protocol, with one on each side of the lot. East Jordan senior Sierra Roberts said she parks in the new spots three days a week for her class at the Health Professions Building. “I’ve never even seen that sign,” she said. “I totally would have gotten a ticket every time.” The lot’s design causes problems for her when she drives westbound on Bellows and can’t back in from that side of the street, Roberts said. She is prepared to circle the block to park there. The lot is just to the west of the Carlin Alumni House. It was built over the summer, along with the new mini-circle on Bellows. Rochester Hills senior Stephen Martin said he thinks the lot is inefficient, regardless of the directions cars are accessing it. “How are people going to park there when there’s a high amount of traffic?” Martin said. “There’s a car behind you. I think the whole lot’s misplanned.” The grace period ends today and Yeagley said he hopes drivers back into the spots as intended. “My hope is they do that,” Yeagley said, “and life is good.”

Five girls, two names, one room 130 rooms on campus are still in expanded occupancy By Heather Hillman Senior Reporter

As the residents of Larzelere 105 moved into their room, they heard students pass by gawking at the names posted on their door: Samantha Floen, Samantha Miller, Samantha Legere, Sarah Meyerink and Sarah Donetti have more in common than their names — they are all roommates.

Miller, an Illinois freshman, said while amongst each other the names don’t pose a problem, when people come looking for one of them things get tricky. “It’s really weird when people call and are like ‘Hey, can I talk to Sam?’” said Legere, an Oscoda freshman. “That’s when things get confusing.” The girls are just one case of many new students living in expanded occupancy rooms. They said one of the major drawbacks of a fifth roommate was the extra desk, dresser and bed. While many living in residence halls can use the center room as a sort of living room,

often complete with a futon and television, all five of their desks remain in the center room, which makes Floen, a Royal Oak freshman, feel like she’s in a computer lab. Still, the girls agreed living with five has gone better than they anticipated. “I imagine if you had a fourperson room then moved to this it would be hard, but we had nothing to base it on,” Legere said. Shaun Holtgreive, associate director of Residence Life, said about 130 rooms across campus are still in expanded occupancy. The office will continue to offer students the option to move out to freed up rooms until that number

is zero. Students are given the option to move out based on the time of their application — the sooner they applied the sooner they will be given the chance to move. Holtgreive said the resident with the latest application date is the one that moves out. However, if another resident would rather take the spot and both parties agree, that is left open as an option. Interesting shift Residents may also choose to stay in an expanded occupancy room as long as all of the people living there agree.

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Left to right: Freshmen Sarah Meyerink of Otsego, Sarah Donetti of Lake Orion, Sam Legere of Oscoda, Samantha Miller of Illinois and Sam Floen of Royal Oak talk about funny experiences living together during their first few nights in the residence halls Wednesday night in Larzelere Hall. “It’s really not as difficult as most people think,” Miller said.

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w Diversity Never Looked So Good will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Multicultural Education Center through Friday. w Fable and Form: A Study in Narrative Imagery, Mixed Media Drawings and Figurative Teapots by Carrie will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Charles V. Park Library Baber Room.


w Impress the Recruiter at Meet the Recruiters & Alpha Kappa Psi Career Day will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Bovee University Center auditorium. w A McNair Scholars information meeting will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in Bovee University Center’s Lake Huron room. w “Get Him to the Greek” will be showing from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Bovee University Center auditorium. w Chamber Music from Cleveland featuring music from Clevelend Orchestra members will take place from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Music Building’s Staples Family Concert Hall. General admission is $5 and student admission is $3.

Corrections University President George Ross is a chairman of the Central Michigan Research Corporation and member of the National Charter Schools Institute. The titles were an error Friday in the 1A story about Ross being elected to the Furniture Brands International Board of Directors. Central Michigan Life has a long-standing commitment to fair and accurate reporting. It is our policy to correct factual errors. Please e-mail © Central Michigan Life 2010 Volume 91, Number 10

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So far, Holtgreive said about 21 groups of roommates have chosen to stay in the expanded occupancy rooms. “Once they get here and get established, it’s amazing how many perceived problems have not been issues,” Holtgreive said. “The 21 rooms represent about 15 to 18 percent of people who have been offered the chance to move and haven’t. Students don’t mind five people to a room.” Despite the name confusion and crowded space, when Floen received the call to move out, her roommates wouldn’t hear of it. She said everyone had to sign a waiver saying they were OK with staying in expanded occupancy, an experience she compared to a custody battle. “My roommates said I wasn’t allowed to leave,” Floen said. “I’d already made good relationships with people here and if I left I might not get along with the new people.”

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Smith. The Pinconning senior said she and Mouzourakis hit it off from the start and her fierce loyalty and sense of humor is what made the friendship last. “I think at meetings a lot of times she puts on a serious, more professional front, but she’s hilarious,” Smith said. “If you spend more than an hour with her out of a professional setting then she’ll have you

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Mount Pleasant resident Che Pamb screams in excitement as he high fives his friend Paul David, left, after Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson scores what he assumed was a game winning 25-yard touchdown. It was later ruled an incomplete pass in a controversial call by the officials during the Lions’ season opener in Chicago. The two, joined by Mount Pleasant residents Nicole Alexander and Mike David, right, have been coming to O’Kelly’s Sports Bar & Grill, 2000 S. Mission St., for the past two years to celebrate the first game of the season.

MMCC addition on schedule for March completion By Randi Shaffer Senior Reporter

The $4 million, 15,000square-foot addition to Mid Michigan Community College is expected to be completed by March. The expansion to the Herbert D. Doan Center for Science and Health Technologies will house the student services area, including financial aid offices and the college bookstore. “At this point, construc-

tion’s going very well,” said MMCC Spokesman Matt Miller. “We’re really just making a better atmosphere for students.” The addition to the college was approved in early 2010, he said. MMCC Director of Facilities Bill Whitman said the foundation for the building has been laid and construction is waiting on a steel delivery, expected mid-September. “It’s going to allow bet-

ter service to the students,” Whitman said. The addition would not affect student enrollment because the structure will house only student services, Whitman said. It will assist new and present students as they come onto campus. The planned building will have a prairie-style look to it, he said. Overhangs and indoor shading have been worked into the design. The building will also feature plenty of glass windows to

allow natural light into the student center as well as an outdoor patio area. “This becomes the new front door for our operations in Mount Pleasant,” Miller said. In addition to being functional, the new addition is also efficient. Whitman said the new building has been designed in a way to promote easy maintenance. Green technologies will be implemented into the building’s

construction and heated sidewalks leading to the center will allow for less tracking of snow and water into the building, keeping it clean and safe, he said. MMCC’s Pickard Street building formerly housed the student services area. It will be converted into space for additional labs and classrooms.

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All five residents at Larzelere Hall put their hands all ‘in’ on their check-in sign located on the girls front door Wednesday night. “It’s pretty rare to have all of us in our room together,” Donetti said. “It seems the only time you can catch all of us is at night.”

laughing. What you see is what you get with her.” After graduation in the spring, Mouzourakis said she plans to go to law school to become an environmental lawyer, in order to give representation to the animals that can’t hire a lawyer for themselves. Mouzourakis is also a vegetarian and said she would definitely describe herself as an environmentalist. In the little spare time she has, Mouzourakis said she enjoys reading, watching political television and doing yoga, preferably to the music of Lady Gaga.

Mouzourakis attended her first Lady Gaga concert Sept. 4 adorned in fake eyelashes, red lip stick and a bow in her hair. “I may be the biggest Lady Gaga fan you have ever met, I am 100 percent a Little Monster,” Mouzourakis said. “The concert was absolutely amazing. Her performance of Paparazzi was my favorite, it was very artsy and visually cool.” And although her life is hectic, she said she wouldn’t want it any other way.

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cally when academic requirements are met and at least 86 credit hours must be complete prior to applying. Students can call 774-3504 for additional information. -Staff Reports

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Monday, Sept. 13, 2010


rough stuff

Women’s rugby group brings full contact competition

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TOP: Muskegon junior Katie Lawrence does sets of body crunches during conditioning on Aug. 30 at the Intramural Field. The women’s rugby team is preparing for their first game on Saturday against Ferris State University. ABOVE: Mid-Michigan Community College student Lisa Hellen blocks a tackle from opposing team member Alyssa Anderson of Ferris State University during the CMU Lady Rebels first game of the season on Saturday afternoon at the Intramural Field.

by Ryan Taljonick Senior Reporter

Alexis Kadolph and her teammates refuse to give up the fight despite concussions, a few black eyes and the occasional broken bone. Kadolph, president of the Rugby Rebels registered student organization at CMU, said rugby is a passion she and her friends share. “Every game is awesome,” she said. “One of the things I do love the most about rugby, when you get on the field it’s all fair game. You go balls to the wall, have a good time and,

when it’s over, you leave everything else on the field.” Kadolph, a Frankenmuth senior, said this is her second year as president of the group. On the rugby field, she plays the position of hooker. Her role includes gaining control of the rugby ball during a scrum — the practice of restarting the game after the ball goes out of play or a penalty is issued, similar to a faceoff in hockey. Rugby Rebels has a total of about 30 members, she said. Though she describes rugby to new players as a combination of soccer and football, rugby

is more hardcore than both sports, she said. Rugby Rebels’ season of competing against other schools goes every weekend, ending in October. Kadolph decided to join Rugby Rebels three years ago because she missed playing sports in high school. “I’ve met some of probably the best friends I’ve ever had through it,” she said. “It’s nice because you can work out, you get a team prospective-pretty much any reason that anyone joins a sport.” Lansing junior Amanda Gray said she has also made

a lot of great friends on the rugby field. A rough game Gray has been a part of the RSO for three years and has played both the forward and back positions. During her years of battle on the field, she has witnessed quite a few injuries, she said. “There’s a lot of injuries, there’s no padding or anything,” Gray said. “People break bones, there’s a lot of hospital visits after games, concussions. I’ve seen a lot of stuff happen.” Safety is a big priority for her

ABOVE: Muskegon senior Nina Carlson releases the ball before hitting the ground in a tackle by opposing teammate Kristen Ritter of Ferris State University during the women’s club rugby game Saturday afternoon at the Intramural Field. RIGHT: Redford freshman Jacqui Powell practices with fellow teammates passing techniques before their first game of the season Saturday at the Intramural Field.

team, Kadolph said. “We try to teach techniques to tackle and fall safely so we can avoid injuries,” she said. Muskegon senior Nina Carlson, a second-year member of Rugby Rebels, said the game is intense and thrilling. She had never even seen a rugby game before her first practice with the group. “I was really overwhelmed, but it looked like a lot of fun,” she said. “I felt completely lost until I played in my first game and they just put you out there, everything just kind of clicks.” Carlson said the first few

games of the season are shaky because new players are learning the ropes. But as the season progresses, it becomes fun knowing they have so many girls working together for one goal, she said. The team encourages anyone interested in joining to attend a practice. “We welcome anybody to join,” Gray said. “When I joined, I didn’t have any experience. I didn’t even know what rugby was. It might seem intimidating, but we’re a cool bunch of girls.”

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Minimize obstruction

Truth in reporting All aspects of stories must be included, no matter how ugly Matt Dobek committed suicide. Those were four words that the Detroit media establishment would not print for a week. Dobek, a CMU alumnus and 2009 inductee of the CMU Journalism Hall of Fame, was found dead Aug. 21 after hanging himself at age 51. Yet, if you only relied on media reports, you would have had no clue that Dobek took his own life. The Detroit Free Press made no mention of why he died and the Detroit News used the phrase “he died unexpectedly” in their initial reports on the night of his death. In the coming days following his death, there were no other news reports from the Detroit media and the story of Dobek’s death was mostly forgotten. Stories have since surfaced that Dobek was incredibly depressed after being fired from his job as vice president of public relations for the Detroit Pistons in April after spending 29 years with the organization. This is a detail that, when discovered, should be reported, and would be in the case of any high-profile death. Dobek’s job with the Pistons consisted of acting as a liaison between the media and the team, which led to him developing personal relationships with members of the media. Be that as it may, the media should not give Dobek special treatment in the reporting of his death. The news industry is not about sparing feelings or making people feel better, it’s about reporting facts. The fact was that Matt Dobek hanged himself. Notwithstanding the ethical violations by the Detroit media, the story again cements the belief that a serious disease such as depression is something that its sufferers should be ashamed of and that it should not be publicly discussed. Instead of using a tragedy to create some form of good or even to bring in a new audience to the dialogue on depression, the Detroit media decided that the truth hurt too much and just hoped for a while that nobody would notice. Nobody really ever knows why anyone, including Matt Dobek, commits suicide. But I do know that Matt Dobek deserved better in death.

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President George Ross looks on as the crowd files in at the April 15 Board of Trustees meeting in the Bovee University Center.

EDITORIAL | CMU President George Ross must maintain dedication

Priority check


eorge Ross will need to tread lightly to save face in his role as university president, after accepting a position on the board of directors of a private company. Ross, who has been president of CMU for just over six months, should not have taken a position with Furniture Brands International, Inc. when his focus should be squarely on the problems facing the university in the coming months and years. While his responsibilities or his compensation — possibly around $45,000 plus stock bonuses — have not been determined, he will have to attend four out-ofstate, multi-day board

meetings each year, as well as spending untold time preparing, researching and managing for this company. While it is true it is quite common for university presidents to serve on such boards, Ross may have reconsidered the timing of his decision and the implications of his views toward the university. With only six months as president, half of which was during the summer, Ross needs to appear devoted and dedicated to

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ing it would not be rare to see him eating lunch with individual students. This has not happened once in the six months of his presidency. Ross is rarely seen on campus and has only held two forums with students and the public. This can be excused momentarily, because of the brevity of his tenure as president. However, as his presidency continues, Ross has to get out in the open, keep his hands firmly on CMU affairs and do everything in his ability to assure the community of his devotion to his office. There is no rule against Ross taking this position with Furniture Brands, only the hope that he will prove to have more devotion and care for the students under his watch than footstools.


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the institution paying him over $350,000 annually to do so. It is too early to see what will happen with issues such as rising tuition, cramped on-campus housing and the moneypit that is the medical school, but Ross’ participation in the decisionmaking of these issues is paramount. He could, reasonably, deal hands-on with most of these issues while maintaining his new private-sector responsibilities. Yet, what about the promises he made that he has yet to even begin to fulfill? This question mainly concerns President Ross’ visibility on campus. When he was first announced as president, he claimed he was going to interact with students on a personal level, even say-

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University must address class size A record-breaking 4,100 eager freshmen now populate the many niches of CMU, and while I am certainly ecstatic to witness the enthusiasm of so many fresh faces, I must question: Why now are there such high numbers, and what outcomes — perhaps even obligations ­­— do these unique circumstances carry for the university? Throughout the past year, I have witnessed some major developments in the advancement of the university that I believe have drawn so many students to

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campus. The great triumphs of the football team, the groundbreaking of one of Michigan’s exclusive medical schools, and the overall affordability of CMU during this pressing fiscal era have all helped mold the university to fit the form of a larger and more reputable institution of higher learning. For these reasons, more students made the sound decision to accept their admission than was ever expected. The consciousness of CMU’s desirability that has swelled substantially in recent years should be an

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I usually don’t think twice where my tuition dollars go because I want to be in college to learn and grow as a person. That thought process changes quickly when I am faced with closed doors from university officials in authoritative positions who seem to be out of reach for students. Now before everyone gets his or her panties in a bunch, I want to make clear this is my observation based on my time here at CMU. I guess what I am trying to say is please let me learn. I came to CMU for the journalism program. This program fit me best in what I was looking for in the field I wanted to major in. Now, I am questioning this decision. I feel I am losing out on the whole education experience. In classes that require reporting on the university, participation from university officials can make or break many assignments, exercises and learning experiences. I feel individuals are controlling who I can talk with. When I need someone for an interview, whether the story is for Central Michigan Life or for a classroom project I feel it is a major hassle and it is discouraging. It has been increasingly difficult to speak to anyone in authority of departments on this campus. However, I would be wrong to lump the university as a whole in this. But as a student if my education and learning experience is at risk, then I feel the whole of the university and myself are responsible to do something about it. As a student, my first responsibility is academics before anything else. So let me learn. Let me meet with people without these huge hoops to jump through which compromise what I am learning in the classroom. Let me learn without sending my questions in for review. Let me learn by meeting officials face to face in a timely matter. Treat me with the same respect you do professionals in my field. I understand the workforce outside the education atmosphere has hoops to jump through, obstacles to overcome and sometimes people will not speak to you, but let me remind you I am not paying over $4,000 a semester in the workforce. What do I have to do to have access to the public officials on this campus? I am not asking to CMU to make a special exemption for students to speak with officials. What I am asking of CMU is not to hinder learning for anyone on this campus. Students should have the right as individuals to have questions answered, concerns addressed and the education process fulfilled to their expectations when paying for it. I feel somewhere in the leadership of CMU they have become too concerned with the public face of this institution. I feel this is distorting the message to students about being an environment of learning.

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City doubles off-campus meters to 50 cents an hour

BATTLE | Students duke it out in a game of Dagorhir

By Kelli Ameling Staff Reporter

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Midland senior Ashley Bonem, right, battles Dearborn sophomore Mariah Scott during a game of Dagorhir Sunday afternoon near Finch Fieldhouse. Dagorhir is a full-contact battle game between teams armed with foam weapons. “I feel like it’s stronger-knit than any sport, and it has this really silly edge to it.” Scott said.

Crumbling roads, failed millage pose problems for road commission By Emily Grove Staff Reporter

City and county officials fear a failed road millage from the August primary will have rippling effects noticeable throughout the area. With deteriorating conditions of Isabella County’s roads and a limited budget, the county was hoping for the extra money the millage would provide. Without the added help from the millage, commissioners are now looking into all possible money saving solutions including eliminating mowing along the road. “I see the biggest problem is the state not being able to match the $86 million in federal funds. If we could match the funds, we could get $500 million in funding,” said County Commissioner George Green. “I went to a (Michigan Department of Transportation) meet-

ing and they said we won’t be able to match the funds for the next five years. We will be losing $2 billion in money for roads.” Isabella County has already reduced brush cutting and winter plowing by 4 percent, said Tony Casali, Isabella County Road Commission manager. The county has until Sept. 30 to come up with their year-end budget. “In our county, 40 of the 114 bridges are on a critical bridge list, meaning they are functionally obsolete or inefficient,” Casali said. Despite the numbers, he said the county will only use the roads and bridges until they are no longer safe. Until that point, the commission is working to come up with more solutions, including attempting another millage in the future. The county has suffered a $200,000 loss in revenue despite reducing their workforce

from 51 workers to 37, Casali said. The commission is considering cutting plowing on the weekends to save money. Out of 83 road commissions throughout the state, 34 don’t plow on the weekends. Another money-savings move would be to use sand rather than salt for snowy roads. Duane Ellis, director of Mount Pleasant Public Works, said every year there is a capital plan that lists projects for the next five years. The most recent capital plan had no reliance on the outcome of the millage, he said. Casali said the road conditions are worsening quickly. Approximately 150 of the 490 miles of paved roads throughout the county are considered to be in a state of deterioration, he said. “The best we can do is con-

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CMU alumni, symphony veterans plays Staples Although it was a formal recital, Randall Hawes, Georger Curran and Kathryn Goodson weren’t afraid to make the audience laugh. The CMU alumni performed in Staples Family Concert Hall Sunday, drawing a crowd of about 80 people, who gave the show a standing ovation at its conclusion. For Hawes and Curran, both bass trombonists and Central Michigan alumni, it was great to be back. “It’s an honor to come back to your alma mater and show your success,” said Curran, who has been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2006. The event lasted about two hours and included a piece composed by a former university faculty member, William Rivard, along with works by

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Kathryn Goodson looks on as Randall Hawes shakes George Curran’s hand after their performance in Staples Family Concert Hall. Hawes and Curran both played the bass trombone while Goodson played the piano on Sept. 12.

By Ben Harris Staff Reporter

tinue to push ahead, but these roads are deteriorating quicker than anticipated,” Casali said. There is one extreme solution to the crumbling pavement that Casali hopes to avoid — the possibility of grinding back to gravel. In May of 2009, Montcalm County chose to demolish three different stretches of road, totaling about 10 miles, he said. “I hope that after elections Congress can somehow come up with a way to get these funds and get these road commissions the support they need,” Green said.

Doubling the hourly price of parking meters across Mount Pleasant may generate extra revenue for the city. Updating the city meters from 25- to 50-cents per hour took place over a period of two weeks to meet the Sept. 1 deadline, said Brian Kench, city building official. By making the rates go up 25 cents, he added, they are now consistent with Central Michigan University campus parking. “There two primary reasons for the increase,” said Finance Director Nancy Ridley. “To make (prices) consistent with what CMU was charging, but the other is to generate revenue because of some reductions from the state.” The city expects to see a $15,000 increase in revenue from the program, Kench said. It will go back into the program and into the general fund. The change was too recent see how close to that estimate they will be, he said. Ticketing has not increased at the meters within the city, Kench said. He expects that most people who are looking for parking will seek out parking in close proximity to CMU. “Given the limited parking on campus, individuals will still have to rely on city parking,” Kench said. Mount Morris senior Amanda Babcock said she has not noticed the increase in meter prices throughout Mount

Pleasant, but she is not surprised. She said it is one more thing students have to deal with when it comes to the financial aspects of college. Just when students think they have found a little bit of a break, in this case 25 cents each time they parked in off-campus meters, she said, the increase ends up being one more thing on top of everything else students have to pay for. “I usually park in those meters when I go to places not on campus,” Babcock said. “I assumed it was only a matter of time before they would be increased to match the campus price.” Since the prices now match what the campus is charging, she said she will continue to look for and wait for parking on campus rather than parking off campus. “Why wouldn’t students want a better or closer parking spot if the prices are the same?” Babcock said. When it comes to raising the prices, Babcock said she is not sure she agrees with theory to generate revenue because it is mostly students who park there and not actual members of the community. She said that students are being taken advantage of by the city since there is nowhere else to park. “Students are going to park there if they need to no matter what the cost is. They are using (students) to make up for their budget cuts,” she said.

various other contemporary composers. Performing with the trombonists was guest artist and collaborative pianist Kathryn Goodson. Curran said CMU was where he established his musical values. Hawes, who has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 1985, said his experience at the university formalized his musical training. It also led him to valuable professional endeavors and the building of lasting ties and relationships that have been very beneficial to his career, he said. The university has been featuring various alumni in concerts for 10 years and the orchestrator of the most recent event, music professor Bob Lindahl, was very enthusiastic. “We’re really happy to have alumni on that level,” Lindahl said.

The trombonists represent two groups of successful alumni, graduating almost 20 years apart and studying with two different generations of music professors, he said. Hawes was proud to explain to the audience the history of the piece “Quadrivalence” which was written for him 20 years ago by his former professor. It, along with another piece written by a School of Music faculty member is featured on his new album, “Barn Burner”, which was on sale in the lobby following the recital. The concert was preceded by master classes taught by the performers, who critiqued performances and took questions from students before the show. “I’ve never been to a concert like this before. It was interesting,” said Lowell freshman Mackenzie Roerig.

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United Way Family Fun Ride raises about $10,000 Event brings in 100 people to give back Story by Seth Nietering | Staff Reporter Photos by Joe Tobianski | Staff Photographer


loomy weather didn’t bring down the spirits of volunteers and participants Saturday at the United Way Family Fun Ride. One hundred people showed up to demonstrate their support during the 3-mile bike ride, despite the pouring rain. Theresa Ruper, board of directors president for the United Way of Isabella County, said she was very excited about the turn out. “We raised about $10,000 in money and in kindness (donations),” she said. “This just wouldn’t have worked without everyone here, sponsors and participants.”

Many attendants were seen walking around smiling and conversing before the start of the ride. Kyle Joseph, a Mason freshman, and Kris Lawrence, a Washington freshman, said the event was a great way to get out and give back. “It’s United Way,” Joseph said. “I like to help out organizations like this and give back.” Many other riders shared the same feelings toward the event. Biking-enthusiast Duane Ling attended the event with his mother. He said it was great that they were giving helmets to kids as part of the event. “We are big sponsors of United Way. We also love biking, so it was a great event for us,” the Mount Pleasant resi-

dent said. “It’s a good cause and United Way just does all sorts of things for the community.” The United Way may make this an annual event, Rupert said. Many other attendees came with their families, including some who hadn’t even known about the event. Amanda Morgan and her family were already out for a bike ride when they learned of Fun Ride, she said. “We just found out about it this morning,” the Mount Pleasant resident said. “We wanted to go out for a bike ride together for the cold weather came and then my son found out about this before we left.”

Jordan Chatman, 9, of Marion showers other children with water as she pulls on the top of the tent. The United Way event was to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Political RSOs ready to help out in gubernatorial race By Heather Hillman Senior Reporter

College Republicans and College Democrats are both ready to help their candidate in the gubernatorial race this fall. GOP candidate Rick Snyder and Democrat Virg Bernero have appeared at CMU within the past month. Michelle Shamaly, vice president of the College Democrats, said the group is thrilled with Bernero’s victory in the primary. “He was my choice for the primary and we were one of the first college democrat chapters to endorse him back in April,” the Mount Pleasant junior said. “I like that he is for the working and the middle class. He’s making sure that Michigan workers come first.” Brad O’Donnell, president of College Democrats, said the organization has set up a three-step plan to help the Bernero campaign. During September, the Clinton Township senior said the group will do student voting registration for anyone wishing to vote. O’Donnell said October will be devoted to voter persuasion and encouraging students to vote for Bernero if their beliefs match up with his. November is all about getting people out to vote. “As far as I can tell everyone is really excited about Virg,” O’Donnell said. “He’s a great candidate. Everyone who comes and wants to volunteer essentially came because of him. If you ask, College Democrats will be more than happy to put you to work.” Travis Faber, first vice chairman of College Republicans, said at the end of the day the organization will try to contact as many potential voters as possible to talk to them about Snyder and his message. The Battle Creek senior

said some of the methods they use will include phone calls and going door-todoor to represent Snyder. “Rick Snyder is a fantastic candidate and is going to make a fantastic governor,” Faber said. “We want to help him any way we can. At the end of the day his message is he wants to create jobs in Michigan, and with his experience in the business world he knows how to do it.” Mount Pleasant freshman Ken DeLorenzo, a College Republicans member, said he thinks Snyder will make Michigan more business-friendly and allow more people to be hired. DeLorenzo said while he hasn’t had time to volunteer to help the campaign yet, it’s something he defi-

Want to get involved? College Democrats w When: 7 p.m. Thursdays w Where: Lake Huron Room, Bovee University Center College Repulicans w When: 9 p.m. Tuesdays w Where: Anspach 168 nitely wants to get involved in. “Eventually I would like to volunteer, if not for Rick Snyder’s campaign then for some of our representatives and really just help the Republican Party’s candidates in general,” DeLorenzo said.

Miles Coffland, left, of Riverdale Mike Demos of Kentwood, Joel Bollinger of Grand Rapids, Benjamin Rollenhagen of Cadillac and Nathan Wernette of Hudsonville, ride into Island Park on Saturday afternoon, finishing there 100 mile bike ride. “It was a great experience to ride with such great people,” Rollenhagen said.

Investiture inducts Ross in October Ceremony will welcome CMU’s 14th president By Ariel Black Staff Reporter

University President George Ross will be recognized at a ceremonial investiture in October marking his induction into CMU’s administration. The event will begin with an invitation-only luncheon at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 in Plachta Auditorium, with a formal ceremony and a reception following in Bovee University Center. “This is a great opportunity for the campus community to celebrate his investiture, and it is definitely going to impact students,”

said Board of Trustees chairwoman Stephanie Comai. It is an invitation to listen to Ross and hear his goals for the university and what he sees as the next steps for the university, Comai said. “The purpose of the investiture is to recognize Ross’ new presidency and mark this important transition,” said Director of Public Relations Steve Smith. “The CMU Board of Trustees will officially install Ross as CMU’s 14th president and present him with the university’s medallion.” An investiture committee composed of more than 20 administrators, faculty and students was appointed to organize the event. The board is working with volunteers, including the Student Government Association, in preparation for the

ceremony. Formal investitures are typically held during the president’s first year in office or at the conclusion of the first year, Smith said. SGA president Brittany Mouzourakis is serving as a member of the luncheon subcommittee for the event. The Garden City senior said it is a ceremony not to be missed because of its direct relation with students. “I am helping to plan the small details of the event,” Mouzourakis said. “It will help to bring back a long tradition that has been forgotten about for over 20 years ... It is important for us to look back on the past and see who used to lead our university.”

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Learning from loss at Temple Defense is strong, offense still working to improve PHILADELPHIA — Thursday’s overtime loss to Temple was the kind that will sting a little longer than most. Still riding a high from last season and with big-game potential, the Chippewas showed up and played a great game. The offense struggled early, but had opportunities to score. The defense showed that they are going to be a strong point for this team all year long, event without senior linebacker Nick Bellore, who suffered an ankle injury during the first half. Although he threw the interception that ultimately led to the Chippewas’ demise, sophomore quarterback Ryan Radcliff showed flashes of comfortability and poise beyond his years. Everybody makes mistakes and nobody is perfect — that has to be a sentence which Radcliff will live and die by this season. He is a first year quarterback in a new system with a lot of expectations. This was a loss that hurt. Not only were the players upset and disappointed, but CMU fans who watched or heard the game realize that this was one the Chippewas should have won. It’s never easy to go on the road and win inside of your conference, but with bad comes good. This was a loss that will bring motivation, and experience to a team with a great mix of veteran leadership and youthful talent. Sophomore safety Jahleel Addae and junior defensive end Kashawn Fraser have been talked about a lot throughout training camp and they are making a name for themselves. Addae has 17 total tackles and two pass breakups in just two games on the young season and, after being suspended for the first game, Fraser had four tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble in Thursday’s loss at Temple. After the game, Berning and sophomore wide receiver Cody Wilson, who had seven catches for 153 yards in the game, said it best. They both agreed that even though the loss hurt, good will come out of this. This was the kind of loss that brings a team together. The kind of loss that creates camaraderie. In football, you have a 24-hour rule. You have 24 hours to celebrate a win, unless you are the New Orleans Saints and you have 24 hours to dwell on a loss. After that period is over you watch the film, you break it down and you get back to work. The Chippewas must have a good week at practice and put this loss behind them. But it is a loss that should not be completely forgotten. On December 3 at Ford Field in Detroit, the Mid-American Conference championship game will be played and a CMU-Temple rematch is not out of the realm of possibility. But before that happens, the Chippewas have the rest of the season to worry about it, starting with Eastern Michigan Saturday in Ypsilanti. Many people think of the EMU game as a pushover game, but I think the players might tell you something different. The Eagles have beaten the Chippewas three out of the last five years and CMU has not won in Ypsilanti since the 2006 season. Offense will be a focus this week. Look for Radcliff to get off to a fast start Saturday and get CMU back on track before the grind of the MAC schedule begins.

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Junior defenders Liesel Toth, left of New York, and Claire Horton, of Royal Oak, stand together in the Celani lobby Thursday. Both have developed a strong friendship since joining the CMU women’s soccer team.

DEFENSIVE DEVOTION Junior defenders develop deep friendship on, off field during time at CMU

By Josh Berenter Senior Reporter Junior defenders Liesel Toth and Claire Horton have started every game of their career on the back line for the Central Michigan women’s soccer team. As close as the two have become on the field, they are even closer off of it. Toth came to CMU from Victor, N.Y., where she attended Victor High School and was an All-State selection. She said the transition from New York to Michigan was difficult, but she quickly befriended several girls on the team. “I stepped into this new experience without really knowing what I was getting myself into,” she said. “I decided to come here because I wanted to be challenged.” Toth is a health fitness and rehabilitation major and said she plans on being a wellness coach or a health consultant. She said she wants to help people live a healthy life. Horton played at Royal Oak High School, where she was a three-time all-conference selection. She also played three seasons for Vardar,

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Junior defender Leisel Toth boots the ball upfield during the Aug. 15 exhibition game against MSU. Toth, a starter, has tallied one goal on five shots for the season.

Michigan’s premier club team. Horton said the competition from Vardar helped her prepare for the talent of college soccer. “It was definitely good competition,” she said. “It prepared me

more than if I just played high school. It prepared me as much as I could have been prepared.” Horton is a dietetics major and said she plans on being a nurse when she graduates from CMU.

ENTER ANAGNOST Although Toth and Horton are from different backgrounds, they said they understand each other and have a strong relationship. “We have a lot in common,” Toth said. “Everything goes back to the field. Our relationship on the field translates into our relationship off of it.” Horton said she values Toth’s opinion and often goes to her for guidance. “She’s the person I always go to off the field after practice when I’m frustrated or need advice,” Horton said. “We’re pretty close.” CMU head coach Tom Anagnost said Toth and Horton are two of the most consistent players he has coached, which is why they have been in the starting lineup every game of their career — 49 in a row. “I could talk about them for a really long time,” he said. “They’re extraordinary players. They always play at a high level and they’re always there.” Toth and Horton said one of their favorite parts of playing for CMU is coach Anagnost. They said at first it A FRIENDSHIP | 4B


CMU shut out by U-M, drops to 1-3 on season By Justin Hicks Staff Reporter

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Freshman midfielder Allie Redilla chases down the ball after challenging Providence midfielder Julie Ruggieri for possession of the ball during Saturday’s field hockey game against Providence at CMU’s Field Hockey Complex. CMU won 3-2 in overtime.



Michigan scored in the seventh minute Sunday and never looked back as it shut out Central Michigan 4-0 at Phyllis Ocker Field in Ann Arbor. CMU (1-3) continues to trail its opponents offensively, losing the shots battle for the fourth consecutive game by a 17-7 margin. “We’ve been playing some good teams, but we’ve got to step up and pressure a little better and make sure we know who needs to get that done,” said CMU head coach Cristy Freese. U-M forward Vanessa Sekhon started the scoring in the first half, sending a pass from Meredith Way over the shoulder of junior goaltender Anastasia Netto. The Chippewas were able to hold their opponents to the lone goal through the first half of regulation for the second consecutive game. “We were able to get out of the first half down 1-0, and I thought we made some good adjustments, but there were some things in the second half that I think we could have done better both offensively and defensively,” Freese said. Bryn Bain and Rachael Mack each added a goal — two minutes apart — in the second half to pad their lead, and Sekhon scored her third goal of the sea-

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son in the 59th minute to put away any hopes of another late comeback by the Chippewas. “We had some penalty corner opportunities that we didn’t score on and they came down and got some good shorts and scored,” Freese said. “I thought the result could have been a little different, but we’ve got something to work on.”

SATURDAY CMU earned its first win of the season with the help of its young offense late in the game Saturday. Following a CMU timeout with 13:58 remaining down 2-0, the team upped their pressure. Freshman Juliana Makrinos scored her first collegiate goal to put the Chippewas on the board and added another tally nine minutes later off a penalty corner to knot up the score. In overtime, junior Paulina Lee sent the ball right to freshman Bailey McKeon’s stick, who sent the ball into the back of the net. “I think a major improvement was our communication,” Lee said. “We’re talking more so we can connect on our passes, and the speed of our game has improved a lot.” The team will head to Saint Louis next weekend to take on UC-Davis and host SLU Saturday and Sunday.

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CMU drops two games in Wisconsin tourney By CM Life Staff Reports

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Sophomore quarterback Ryan Radcliff throws a pass while sophomore offensive lineman Darren Keaton holds back a Temple defender during CMU’s 13-10 loss to Temple. Radcliff was 25-of-35 for 299 yards and two interceptions, and was sacked twice.

EMU remains winless; Ball State, Akron lose to FCS opponents Gardner-Webb 38, Akron 37 The Zips’ failed extra point in overtime turned a sure win into the second loss of the season for Akron. Akron took a 14-3 lead into the second quarter including Alex Allen’s 33-yard touchdown run and a 37-yard pass from Patrick Nicely to Jeremy LaFrance. The Bulldogs scored with 5:05 left in the fourth quarter with a 13-yard pass to James Perry III from quarterback Chandler Browning. In overtime, Akron quickly scored but the extra point was blocked and lost when running back Juanne Blount scored on a four yard run for the Bulldogs. Akron’s top passer, Partick Nicely, finished 14-of-21 for 165 yards and one touchdown and one interception, with Nate Burney rushing 119 yards on 17 carries. Miami (OH) 28, Eastern Michigan 21 Miami’s 28 points was lead by running back Thomas Merriweather as he scored three touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter in both team’s MAC opener. The teams traded the leads through the first three quarters until Eastern Michigan took a 21-14 lead when quarterback Alex Gillet threw a 40-yard pass to

wide receiver Kinsman Thomas to take a 21-14 lead. Then a late 20-yard touchdown from Merriweather tied the game at 21 late in the third. Miami (OH) finally took the lead with 9;03 to go in the fourth with a 9-yard Merriweather touchdown run. Eagles wideout Alex Gillett finished with four receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns and Merriweather rushed for 105 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. Boston College 26, Kent State 13 Kent State’s five turnovers lead to a double-digit loss against a tough ACC opponent. Boston College took a 20-6 lead when Kent State punt returner Dri Archer fumbled at his own 31-yard line and BC quaterback Dave Shinskie threw a touchdown to wideout Clyde Lee in the corner of the end zone. Kent State had two fumbles and three interceptions and rushed for a total of 4 yards with starting running back Eugene Jarvis out with a groin injury. Dan Archer’s 32 yard touchdown catch from Spencer Keith was not enough for the Golden Eagles to come back. Archer finished the game with 201 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions on 23 completions.

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Senior linebacker Matt Berning tackles Temple tight end Alex Jackson during CMU’s 13-10 loss against Temple Thursday in Philadelphia.

Back after a one-game suspension, junior defensive end Kashawn Fraser tackles Temple quarterback Chester Stewart during CMU’s 13-10 loss at Lincoln Financial Field. Fraser totaled four tackles and a forced fumble during his first game of the season.

Toledo 20, Ohio 13 Toledo quarterback Austin Dantin ran and threw a touchdown Saturday against Ohio. The Rockets capitalized on Bobcat quarterback Boo Jackson’s three interceptions. UT running back David Pasquale scored Toledo’s first touchdown on a 2-yard run. Ohio then took back the lead 10-7 with a 35-yard pass from Jackson to receiver Riley Dunlop with 57 seconds left in the first quarter. The score was tied 13-13 until Dantin threw a 24-yard touchdown to receiver Kenny Stafford early in the fourth quarter. Dantin finished the game with 102 passing yards on 12 completions and 53 rushing yards on 13 carries.

For 24 hours Friday, things looked good for the Central Michigan women’s volleyball team. But Saturday was a different day and different result, with CMU losing a pair of matches against Wisconsin and Creighton to close out the Milwaukee-Marquette Invitational with a 1-2 record. Senior outside hitter Lauren Krupsky finished the weekend with 48 kills and defensive specialist Jenna Coates Lauren Krupsky had 36 digs. The Chippewas played competitively with Wisconsin and Creighton, but lost both games by a 3-1 margin. After tieing Creighton 1-1 in its third game of the weekend, CMU lost a pair of close sets to close the week-

end 4-5 on the season. Earlier in the day, the Chippewas were beat 3-1 by Wisconsin (8-0), 25-17, 2225, 25-14 and 25-20. Junior Kaitlyn Schultz and sophomores Jocelyn VerVelde and Val DeWeerd combined for 26 kills and hit .350, while the rest of team hit just .032. On Friday, CMU won its fourth consecutive game, sweeping Wisconsin-Milwaukee 27-25, 25-17 and 2523. UW-Milwaukee (2-5) was held to .155 hitting, while Krupsky recorded a gamehigh 16 kills. The Chippewas travel to Charleston, S.C., next weekend to compete in the College of Charleston Invitational. CMU opens the tournament at 4:30 p.m. Friday against Radford and continues at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday against North Florida and host College of Charleston.

touchdowns as the Football Championship Subdivision Flames upset the Cardinals in Muncie, Ind. Wide receiver had a game-high 146 yards receiving. Baylor 34, Buffalo 6 Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns as Buffalo dropped to 1-1 in Waco, Texas. The Bulls remained within a touchdown into the second quarter, but the Bears extended their lead and never looked back. -Compiled by Staff Reporter Jeff LaHaye

Tulsa 33, Bowling Green 20 An onslaught of early scoring by Tulsa in the first two quarters was too much for Bowling Green to come back from. Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne had a field day against the Falcons defense throwing for 356 yards and two touchdowns including a 42 yard strike to receiver Charles Clay and a 25-yard throw to receiver Trae Johnson. A 33-14 score at the end of the third quarter was a result of Bowling Green quarterback Matt Schilz’s three interceptions and five sacks. The one bright light for the Falcons in this game was wideout Kamar Jorden, who caught 14 passes for 168 yards. Northern Illinois 23, North Dakota 17 Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish threw and rushed for a touchdown as he lead the Huskies to a victory Saturday. North Dakota never lead, but brought the score to 16-14 after Fighting Sioux quarterback Jake Landry threw a 85-yard strike to receiver Greg Hardin late in the third quarter. Two minutes later, the Huskies answered back when Harnish ran a career long 40 yards to make the score 23-14. Hanish was 14-of-25 for 146 yards and ran for 178 yards on 21 carries. Northern Illinois’ starting running back Chad Spann also had a big day, rushing for 140 yards on 21 attempts and scored on a 79-yard run 21 seconds into the game. Western Michigan 49 Nicholls State 14 Nicholls State was no match for WMU’s offense Saturday as quarterback Alex Carder threw for 298 yards and five touchdowns, including a 74-yard pass to receiver Jordan White and a 16-yard throw to receiver Ansel Ponder. Carder had three of his five touchdown passes in the third quarter. The Broncos scored the only points in the second half and the final 35 points of the game. Jordan White finished the game with 130 receiving yards and two touchdowns on six receptions. The Broncos were in control from the beginning of the game and played all 60 minutes, giving Nicholls State an opportunity to get back into the game. Liberty 27, Ball State 23 Liberty quarterback Mike Brown threw for 276 yards and rushed for 87 yards and two

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CMU’s field hockey team celebrates after scoring its first goal against Providence Saturday at the CMU Field Hockey Complex. CMU defeated Providence 3-2 in overtime.

Freshmen show promise in home opener McKeon scores winning goal against Providence By Justin Hicks Staff Reporter

Central Michigan’s young field hockey team has taken a little bite of what the collegiate level is like and has shown promise three weeks into the season. “We’ve relied on the freshman as soon as the season opened,” said CMU head coach Cristy Freese. “Between the starters and (players) coming in off the bench, we’re asking a lot of them. These are first year players playing division one hockey and getting their feet wet real quickly and in that sense they’re doing a nice job.” The team’s roster is made up

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of ten freshman, a redshirt freshman, and ten upperclassmen. Of those freshmen, four have started in each of the Cristy Freese team’s four games and have seen a lot of time, and another has started in another game. “They’re seeing how intense it is and I like their attitude because they’re all working hard, but it’s a tough job to be a freshman and playing as much as they are,” Freese said. Looking between the pipes, freshmen Carissa Flocken and Jaime Cutter are in the running for the starting goalkeeper position. Flocken has started two games, making 15 saves and allowing nine goals. “I think (the freshmen) are

working well with their team and stepping up doing a great job with us,” said senior captain Kim Sihota. “Obviously there’s room to improve, but that will come with experience.” Of the team’s five goals this season, three of them were netted by freshmen. Juliana Makrinos came off the bench Saturday against Providence, and sent a pass by Sophomore Erin Dye into the net to put CMU on the board. She scored another late goal to tie the game off a penalty corner and force extra time. In overtime, freshman forward Bailey McKeon scored her first collegiate goal off a cross by junior Paulina Lee to give the team their first win of the season. “It was a great goal,” Freese said. “As a forward, (McKeon’s) expectations are to help our offense and score or get an as-

Freshmen Stats Bailey McKeon: 1 goal, 6 shots Juliana Makrinos: 1 goal, 2 shots Carissa Flocken: 2 games played, 9 goals against, 15 saves sist every game.” She leads the team with six shots. Makrinos has three of her own and Simone Lazar has one. The team will head to Saint Louis to take on UC Davis Saturday and Saint Louis Sunday before heading home for a three-week home stand.

If there was a two-week Heisman Trophy winner, Denard Robinson would clearly be it. He has shattered several Michigan records in his first two career starts. Robinson set the U-M single-game individual record for total offense with 502 yards, breaking his own record of 383 from last week. He also set the Big Ten quarterback rushing record with 258 yards. He is also the ninth quarterback in NCAA history to rush for 200 yards and pass for 200 in the same game. And while breaking these records, Robinson has not turned the ball over. With the kind of numbers he’s put up in Michigan’s victories, the Wolverines have a chance to every game with him under center. There are not too many words to describe Robinson’s performances except unbelievable. For this sophomore quarterback to go into Notre Dame Stadium for the first time and carry the offense to a game winning drive is simply unbelievable. I don’t think anybody was expecting Robinson to produce the numbers he did on Saturday. I thought Notre Dame’s defense would figure out a way to stop him, but I was clearly wrong. Before the season started many experts were unsure of if the Wolverines were bound for a bowl game. With Robinson at the helm, they have a chance to do more than just get to a bowl game. They could win the Big Ten and go to the Rose Bowl. I do not want to say this will happen because the sea-

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son is still relatively new and they have not started the Big Ten schedule. Like last year, the Wolverines started off strong (4-0) and they have the same chance this year to go 5-0 with wins against Massachusetts, Bowling Green and Indiana. But the true test will be Oct. 9 when Michigan State comes to the Big House. A win against the Spartans, snapping a two-game losing streak, could turn out to be the momentum swinger needed for a run at winning the conference and receiving a Rose Bowl berth. The success for the Wolverines could come down to Robinson’s health. He has run the ball 57 times in two games, so there is a risk with him carrying the ball that much. But if opposing defenses cannot stop him on the ground, then why should he be limited to 15 to 20 carries per game? If teams show they can stop him, he has shown the ability to complete passes. He has a pretty good arm for being a running quarterback, even though U-M has not had to rely on his arm as of yet. But when he had to throw, Robinson has shown he can be accurate and get the ball where it is needed. Move over Terrelle Pryor, Denard Robinson is now the player to watch in the Big Ten and for the Heisman race.

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Baseball players plan award event honoring CMU athletes, teams

By Kristopher Lodes Staff Reporter

An ESPN original idea will be on display later this month in Plachta Auditorium. In lieu of the network’s annual ESPY awards, CMU baseball players Sam Russell and Reid Rooney have introduced the CHIPYs, an award show recognizing the accomplishments of the 2009-2010 Central Michigan sports teams. The event will be held at 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at Plachta Auditorium. The show will be a black tie event and the red carpet show will start at 7 p.m. The show will be emceed by fellow baseball player Brendan Emmett, along with Russell. Like the ESPYs, the charity will benefit the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research. The Central Michigan Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has endorsed the event. The event will feature 12 categories, including Best Play and Best Male and Female Athlete, much like the same categories the ESPYs use. “This summer, the (baseball team) outfield had a lot of arguments regarding Central Michigan sports,” Russell said. Russell also came up with last season’s ‘Whose Your Chippewa?,’ a March Madness-like bracket ranking four sets of players in a tournament that allowed CMU fans to vote. The event will include a red carpet special with mock interviews, display of hundreds of photos from CMU sporting events, comical video skits and a highlight video from the 2009-10 year. And while the event will be centered around student athletes, Rooney said the general public is encouraged to attend.

“We know 85 percent of the student athletes will be there but I’m nervous for the general public of CMU attending,” Rooney said. “We really want to bring together the student athletes with the non-student athletes of the university.” Sophomore left-handed pitcher Dietrich Enns was nominated for Freshman of the Year and Breakthrough Athlete of the Year. Enns went 7-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 2010 while earning MAC Freshman of the Year honors. “I feel blessed and thankful for the honor,” Enns said. “I know there are a lot of deserving athletes for the award and to be chosen is an honor.” Women’s soccer senior goaltender Shay Mannino is also up for nomination in the Female Athlete of the Year, Best Championship Performance, Best Play and Best Record Breaking Performance categories. Mannino was named MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and posted a Mid-American Conference-record 17 solo shutouts. She also holds the CMU record for shutouts (29) and goals against average (0.72). “I thought it was cool that my plays, awards and team got nominated,” Mannino said. For the CHIPYs to be a success, Russell and Rooney said, they need participation from the general public. To vote on the 12 categories, go to The two have also posted a video on YouTube, search: “2010 CHIPYS.” Voting ends on Sept. 19. Tickets are now on sale at the Bovee University Center box office for $3. The price will increase to $5 a person at the door the night of the show.

Joe Tobianski/staff photographer

Junior defenders Liesel Toth, left, and Claire Horton cherish their relationship on and off the field. “We have a lot in common,” Toth said.

friendship| continued from 1B

was a little scary because of Anagnost’s intensity, but it is something they have gotten used to. “Him never being satisfied is a good thing because we never want to be complacent,” Toth said. “Freshman year, I wondered who I was playing for, but then I realized who Tom is and what he stands for. I respect him a lot.” Horton said Anagnost relates coaching aspects to real life, and while he points out when she does something wrong, he’s just as quick to commend something she does right. Toth said when her and Horton were freshmen, they knew that would have to make an immediate impact for the team to be successful. She said they wanted to play their roles and not try to do too much. “The more we got comfortable playing, the more confidence we got.” she said. Horton said they don’t think about being in the starting lineup or not. “We just go out there and get

file photo by Ashley Miller/staff photographer

Junior defender Claire Horton chases the ball during the Chippewas 1-0 win against IPFW on Aug. 22.

it done,” she said. “We just go out and play, and hopefully we win.” COMPETITIVENESS Toth and Horton said they are both very competitive people. They both desperately want to win, and even little things that go wrong in practice can get them frustrated. “If things are going wrong, we’re going to get ticked no matter what,” Toth said. Horton said you cannot

compare the two when it comes to their competitiveness because they have the same mindset about winning. While she is a very competitive person, Toth also believes in a little lightheartedness on the field. She can be found singing at practice in an effort to entertain the team. “I’ve always deeply wanted to do something (with singing),” Toth said. “That’s an inside passion that I’ve always had.”

Horton, meanwhile, has a scar on her leg that she likes to tell people came from a shark bite. In reality, it was a cancerous birthmark she had to have removed when she was younger. “I tell the shark bite story because it’s a little more interesting,” Horton said. Toth chimed in, “It really looks like a shark bite too.” In their congratulatory, friendly relationship, Toth said Horton is the most consistent player she knows and could not imagine being on the back line without her. “I don’t know how she does it. Its incredible,” Toth said. “You can always count on her to play with 100 percent of her ability. She’s got a great personality on and off the field. It’s been a lot of fun.” Horton was just as fast to compliment Toth. She said everyone on the team looks up to Toth, and points out that she sticks to her faith and views no matter what. “She’s an amazing soccer player and an amazing person,” she said. “There’s really nothing that Liesel can’t do.”

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[News] Union township

No need for water rationing next summer, officials say By Amelia Eramya Staff Reporter

Bad weather fans Wheatland Music Festival draws 15,000 Story and photos by Perry Fish | Staff Photographer

raditional arts were on display this weekend, bringing more than 15,000 people to attend Wheatland this year. Rick Rose, a Wheatland volunteer of 18 years, said he enjoys the festival and has always volunteered in the raffle booth. “I like the idea that all the proceeds from this raffle stay with the Wheatland Music Organization,” he said. With its Bluegrass and Cajun roots, Wheatland is most well known for its diverse selection of music. Many musicians and bands performed at the festival this year across the three stages on the festival grounds. This weekend more than 1,000 volunteers came together to put on the event. The festival began in 1973 as a small gathering of musical performers, artisans and festival supporters alike. Brenda Ritter, a member of the WMO board of directors and a Wheatland volunteer for over 30 years, said most of the money raised through Wheatland goes toward school programs and scholarships that benefit musical education,

as well as improving and promoting the festival. “We wear a lot of tie-dye, but we are so family-oriented that we try to keep the family part into it and carry on the traditional arts and crafts,” Ritter said. “That’s what we are here for.” One of the many groups to perform at the festival was Slide (Ireland) a traditional Irish band. Daire Bracken, an Irish native and fiddle player of the group, said there are a number of things he enjoys about performing at Wheatland. “When you are playing they go crazy,” Bracken said. “It’s just such a great feedback.” Among many in attendance was CMU alumnus Jacob Baire. He has attended the Wheatland Music Festival for the past three years and said his favorite part about Wheatland is the atmosphere and the community. “Even with the rain yesterday, people were still happy,” Baire said. “People were still taking in the experience, and that’s what Wheatland is, it’s an experience.” East Lansing resident Greg Ruetenik, 20, demonstrates his

juggling Sunday afternoon while volunteering at the Middle Ground teen area.

AAA simulator provides new research on drivers By Tony Wittkowski Staff Reporter

Most people might not know that you can drive a car in the Health Professions building. The AAA Michigan Driving Simulator was created to evaluate cognitive fitness for driving and conduct research on drivers, said Michele Oliver, a Lansing doctoral student and researcher in Central Michigan University’s Center for Driving Evaluation, Education and Research. It was acquired two years ago. “We hope to identify driving performance of our participants and hope that the simulator provides a realworld context for drivers,” Oliver said. “It’s one thing to provide self-report data on driving performance, but to actually observe driving behavior in a safe environment provides much more information.” Psychology professor Richard Backs, who played a large

role in bringing the simulator to CMU, is director of the DEER Center, which houses the driving simulator. The simulator deals with some of the problems students with attention disorders come across such as speeding, red lights and unsafe behavior in crashes. The center has just finished the data collection process leaving the data in a very raw form ready for analysis, Oliver said. “The drivers (with an attention disorder) have fairly good driving skills,” Backs said. “It’s the decision-making which is the problem.” The students used for research are mostly seniors, but some also include drivers with a head injury or stroke, Backs said. “We have a focus mostly on seniors,” he said. “The statistics show younger drivers are in more life-threatening accidents.” The car is based on a Ford Focus and offers a 180-degree

view of the driver’s surroundings. “The cab of the car actually pitches forward when braking and you get the sensation of movement while accelerating,” Oliver said. “There are also screens positioned so you can see activity and movement on each side of you, as well as from the side and rear view mirrors.” Driving studies using a desktop simulator were conducted for years before the center’s simulator was acquired. The DEER Center obtained the simulator through funding from AAA. The DEER Center also accumulated funding through the College of Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Healthy Life Transitions. “It seemed like a good fit,” said Jack Peet, a traffic and safety manager at AAA. “We’re both trying to keep senior drivers safe.”

Central Michigan Life named a Pacemaker Finalist for 2010 By Brian Barton Staff Reporter

Central Michigan Life was named a 2010 national Pacemaker Award finalist for the eighth time in nine years. Only 22 college entries out of 300 become finalists for the four-year, non-daily category announced by the Associated Collegiate Press. Brian Manzullo, 200910 editor in chief, said the Pacemaker Award is considered the highest national achievement in collegiate journalism. “The criteria for judging covers just about everything,” he said. “Being nominated as a finalist is a great honor. But winning the award relies on the effort of the entire staff.”

The most successful newspapers showed excellence in quality of writing and reporting, coverage and content, opinion page leadership, in-depth reporting, layout and design, photography, art and graphics, according to the Associate Collegiate Press. The eighth Pacemaker nomination in nine years shows a continued string of strong editors and reporters who have worked at the publication, Manzullo said. “The staff from fall to spring changes a lot each year,” he said. “Being nominated for this award again shows consistency in the journalism program.” Neil Hopp, director of student media, said the criteria for judging is the most comprehensive in any national

competition. “Every aspect of the newspaper is looked at during this competition,” he said. “Half or fewer of the 22 finalists will meet all the criteria for judging.” Central Michigan Life will be competing against several other colleges throughout the nation, including The Golden Gate Press from San Francisco State University, The Columbia Chronicle from Columbia College and The News-Letter from Johns Hopkins University. The winners will be announced Oct. 30. at the 89th annual Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Advisers National College Media Convention in Louisville, Ky.

Rations have not been placed on the Union Township water supply yet this year. This summer was expected to be the last summer for water rationing, said Kim Smith, public works coordinator for Union Township, since additional wells are being installed as part of a project planned in late November 2008. “We still have another month of warm weather where we still may institute it,” Smith said. “We’ve had enough rain and it hasn’t become an issue yet.” The water supply for Union Township comes from wells located on Isabella, South Mission and Meridian roads. The township decided to expand water sites to avoid water rationing and build more dependable water sources for residents, said township Supervisor John Barker. “We’re a very fast-growing community, our water supply system can’t keep up with it,” Barker said. “It will increase our capacity to where we no longer have to restrict water usage for residents.” There will be an expansion on the water site on Isabella Road, where additional wells are being installed. A 500,000 gallon storage tank, a water filter and an expansion on the current building near the well site to house equipment

are being built. The $2.1 million project is expected to be complete by spring 2011, Smith said. “It will give residents more reliable fire protection, more capacity and water pressure,” she said. In the past few years, when water rationing was instituted, Smith said residents were only allowed to water plants and lawns every other day. Some days township residents would still use as many as two million gallons. Phil Hertzler, associate professor of biology, has lived in Union Township for seven years. “The township has gone under rationing in the past, but it doesn’t really bother me,” he said. “It helps me think about conserving water.” David Burdette, vice president of Finance and Administrative Services and resident of Union Township, said water supply has been rationed the past few years but has never caused an issue for the watering of his lawn. Burdette said the expansion will give the township the opportunity to fully supply residents with water and residents will finally be able to water without restrictions. “The demand exceeds the supply in the summer,” he said. “(But) it’s not like you’re limited to using water, we just sprinkle every other day.”

“We’re a very fast-growing community, our water supply system can’t keep up with it.” John Barker, Union Township supervisor

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