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FA, CMU return to bargaining table By Theresa Clift University Editor
Central Michigan University and the Faculty Association will return to the bargaining table at 11 a.m. today in Ronan Hall with state mediator Miles Cameron.
The last time negotiations took place was early September during four days of fact-finding. “I am very encouraged that a bargaining session has been scheduled for Friday,” said FA President Laura Frey. Cameron, of the Michigan Employment Relations Com-
mission, has worked with the parties twice during the summer. CMU and the FA, which represents about 650 tenured and tenure-track professors at the university, have been at a stalemate in contract negotiations since June. The FA’s contract
expired June 30. The group voted to strike during the first day of classes at CMU. CMU and the FA spent four days in fact-finding through September and Barry Goldman, the fact-finder, is in the process of producing a recom-
mendation, which will be nonbinding. Despite negotiations, the FA plans to picket at four locations Saturday for CMU and You Day. “No matter what the university administration says or does, the CMU faculty will continue to be a positive and
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Salaries of newest CMED associate deans total $425,000 By Annie Harrison Senior Reporter
The annual salaries of two College of Medicine associate deans hired in June total $425,000. Dr. Linda Perkowski, associate dean of medical education, has an annual salary of $200,000, according to documents obtained by Central Michigan Life through the Freedom of Information Act. Perkowski was hired June 6 to fill the position formerly held by Dr. Nehad El-Sawi. El-Sawi was hired A CMED | 2A
Dean wages w Ernest Yoder, dean: $385,000 w Deborah Biggs, associate dean of administration and finance: $210,000 w Sean Kesterson, associate dean of clinical affairs and hospital relations and chief medical officer: $325,000 w Lori Arviso Alvord, associate dean of student affairs: $250,000 w Linda Perkowski, associate dean of medical education: $200,000 w Joel Lanphear, senior associate dean of eductional programs: $225,000
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Cody Wilson becomes emotional as he shares a story about when he was “falling away from God” as he preaches during the His House Christian Fellowship service Thursday evening at Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. “All I know is that you need to take heart, because God is with you, waiting for you to turn to him,” said Wilson.
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Athletes lead His House service held in Plachta Thursday By Anamaria Dickerson | Staff Reporter Two Central Michigan University football players shared their experiences of religious revival as they led a His House Christian Fellowship service Thursday night. The service, “Get Real,” was held in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium and included athletes CMU Quaterback A.J. Westendorp, a Holland junior, and Rochester junior Cody Wilson, a wide receiver. Wilson got emotional as he reflected on past, personal experiences he said led him to become closer to God. It was after a trip to Wayside Central, 2000 S. Mission St., when he realized he needed to focus more on what God thinks, rather than the thoughts of others, he said. “I was made to love people for Christ and not worry about my reputation,” Wilson said. Students reacted with laughter and applause as Westendorp and Wilson expressed their opinions of how important having a relationship with God is. “Jesus Christ is what life is all about,” Westendorp said. “Jesus is love. He has a plan for all of us.”
CMU quarterback Ryan Radcliff prays with the audience after finishing his speech on stage during the opening prayer for His House Christian Fellowship Thursday evening in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium.
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‘Lip dub’ music video starts today The streets of downtown Mount Pleasant will be filled with singing and dancing people this afternoon. A “lip dub” music video will be filmed at 2 p.m. The video will be shot in one take while business owners and Mount Pleasant residents lip sync to “We Built This City” by Starship. The inspiration for the video stemmed from other lip dub videos starting to appear on the Internet several years ago, said Andrew Hickman, Central Michigan University alumnus and the video’s director. “The Grand Rapids ‘lip dub’ had a very successful shoot last May and we’re hoping to emulate that same type of video with the Mount Pleasant shoot,” Hickman said. The five-minute video, produced by MAC TV Network, will include Mount Pleasant police officers, Mount Pleasant Public Schools and Sacred
Honors director tries no-grade program in HON 100 25 opt for system in class By Adam Niemi Staff Reporter
Honors Program Director Phame Camarena challenged his students to do one simple thing — ignore grades. Camarena accepted 25 students to participate in the no-grades program from his HON 100: Introduction to Honors classes this semester. The NGP students do not know their grades on tests and assignments until the end of the semester, but receive more extensive feedback instead.
“Grades are a way for us to measure ourselves against others,” Camarena said. “( The NGP) is a qualitative way to see the world differently.” Ossineke junior Amberly Dziesinski, who participated in the no-grade program last fall, said it changed her approach to writing. “(In the program) I would write what I thought, rather than what I thought the teacher wanted,” she said. “I see myself being less grade-oriented.” She said the program helped her to grow as a person and do things thoroughly in other areas of her life. “There are applications
for the no-grade program in real life, like doing things with your full ability because you can,” Dziesinski said. Nashville sophomore Amanda Erwin also completed a semester in Camarena’s no-grade program last fall. As a biochemistry major, Erwin does not anticipate doing a no-grade system in the future, but has kept her no-grade mentality. “I think I brought certain aspects of the NGP to other classes,” she said. “I’m more willing to take risks.” Midland freshman Kelli Warren is among the majority
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Honors Program director Phame Camarena speaks to his HON 100: Introduction to Honors class Tuesday afternoon about his no-grade program.
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Heart Academy students and employees along with downtown business owners in front of their stores. Commerce senior Ally Imhoff, a producer for the lip dub, said she normally works on longer films or traditional music videos. While the lip dub video will be challenging, Imhoff said she is optimistic about it. “I’m looking forward to the amount of people and the amount of community spirit that’s going to be brought to it,” Imhoff said. In addition to the Mount Pleasant lip dub video, MAC TV Network will film a separate lip dub video at 2 p.m. Oct. 9 on the campus of Central Michigan UniverA LIP DUB | 2A
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Perry Trapani, 8, of Mount Pleasant, climbs up the stairs leading to Community Memorial Stadium in preparation for another run down the hill at Mount Pleasant High School during the Oiler’s Thursday night football game against Flint Southwestern Academy. Perry and his older sister, Sam Trapani, 11, spent half time sliding down the muddy incline and running into the fence below.
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sity. Several registered student organizations, including Greek Life, Student Government Association and residence halls will participate in the longer, 10-minute video. The CMU lip dub will be choreographed to a compilation of “Kids” by MGMT, “Jump” by Van Halen and the CMU fight song. Organizations that want to get involved can email tiffany@ mactvnetwork.org or call the office at 773-9730. Hickman said the videos will be posted on websites such as Vimeo, YouTube and Facebook, as well as the MAC TV website, mactvnetwork.org.
Westendorp said he thinks it is important for students to have a relationship with God. He suggested a way for students to become involved is by reading the Bible and finding people they know who are already passionate. “I think being a part of church is an avenue to God,” Westendorp said. “It equips you with people around you who are into the same thing and allows you to become a part of God’s kingdom.” Wilson has been involved in his church since a young age because his parents were pastors. It was through a
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of students not participating in the NGP. “That way, I know if I’m doing good or if I have to do better,” Warren said. “(Grades) just always have been important.” The costs of college also keep pressure on students to perform. Warren said
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she sometimes feels pressure to keep her grades up, and has no interest in trying a no-grade program. Other colleges also use no-grade concepts, including the University of California-Santa Cruz, which has an optional pass/nopass system. Students who earn a grade of “C” or better receive a “pass”. Camarena said students can discuss doing a nograde plan with their other
instructors, and ask them to assign a score of “zero” until the semester ends. He would accommodate more students in the program if he had time. “It takes 20 to 30 minutes to read and evaluate an NGP paper because of all the feedback,” Camarena said. “A non-NGP paper takes about 5 to 10 minutes to read and grade, because it doesn’t take long to grade the paper with a rubric and
if the medical school will receive accreditation in February and send a letter to the CMED committee in March. As CM Life reported in July, Dr. W. Robert Fleischmann, Perkowski’s husband, is making $150,000 annually as a CMED faculty member. Fleischmann was hired as a professor of microbiology and immunology May 24 on a 12-month contract, according to documents obtained by FOIA. He began work July 1. Fleischmann was most recently a faculty member at UMN. He will also be awarded $75,000 annually for three years to conduct research in cancer immunology, totalling $225,000. He will be responsible for funding his own research through external fundraising after the third year. Fleischmann will be given $5,000 in personal moving costs, and any “reasonable and necessary” expenses to relocate his UMN laboratory equipment.
As CM Life reported in October 2010, according to press releases from University Communications, Dr. Ernest Yoder, CMED dean, has a salary of $385,000; Deborah Biggs, associate dean of administration and finance, has a salary of $210,000; Dr. Sean Kesterson, associate dean of clinical affairs and hospital relations and chief medical officer, has a salary of $325,000; and Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, associate dean of student affairs, has a salary of $250,000. In a CM Life article on Sept. 21, Yoder said CMED has estimated about 100 faculty, 70 clinicians and 30 foundation scientists to open the curriculum. Clinicians would be made up of family physicians, internal physicians, surgeons and other hands-on staff. Foundation scientists would be molecular biologists, anatomists, pathologists and other medical theorists.
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friend that he got involved at His House Christian Fellowship, 211 W. Broomfield St. “I got involved through Josh Chaffin who is a pastor at His House,” Wilson said. He also stressed the importance of being focused on God and said anything is possible through Him. Wilson also said, though we may not be able to see Him, God is always fighting for people. “My relationship with God is different than relationships I have with other people because it is open,” said Rockford junior Elizabeth Roelse. “I’m really impressed with how widespread God is across campus, especially with the athletes.”
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Officials working to find funding for heating low-income housing By Jessica Fecteau Senior Reporter
Low-income residents in Michigan face an uncertain future when it comes to staying warm this winter. State officials and social service groups are working to find a solution for the poor who pay overdue utility bills after losing a main source of funding. Republican state Rep. Ken Horn, chairman of the House Energy Committee, said an energy bill passed in 2008 allowing the Public Service Committee to collect rates from Detroit Edison and Consumers Energy Co.
customers for a low-income reserve fund left out the appropriate language. They can no longer cover the costs by utilizing this fund. “The court ruled that we’re not able to collect any money this way,” he said. “In addition, the Low Income Home Energy Assistant federal money is likely to be cut in half because of budget concerns in Washington.” He said there is currently $60 to $65 million in uncollected debt from unpaid electricity bills. Michigan forbids utility companies from shutting off heat to customers between Nov. 1 and March 30, but
there is still concern for the days before and after that time period. At 11.2 percent, Michigan has the nation’s third-highest unemployment rate and nearly 17 percent of residents are living in poverty, as reported by The Detroit News. Isabella County and Midland Department of Human Services Director Mark Stevens said there are a lot of different heating aids in the community to help low-income residents. “There’s still going to be some help, but there’s never enough to cover the need,” he said.
An increase in need will be seen in October, according to Bethany Smith, Salvation Army case worker. “Typically there is a very high need in Isabella county,” she said. Smith said about 200 to 250 Isabella County residents receive utility assistance every year. Starting Oct. 1, cash assistance is cutting off about 4,000 people who have received aid for four years during their lifetime, she said, which may cause a higher increase. “People must go to the Department of Human Services before coming to the Salva-
tion Army for help,” she said. “If we can’t help, we refer them to agencies we know have funding for it.” Brian Reed of the Salvation Army, 1308 Burch St., said the decrease in funding may affect how the organization approaches resources. “We encourage people to plan ahead instead of waiting for a crisis to happen,” he said. “People need to do research on who can help and how they can help.” Creating a realistic budget will help people be more prepared, Reed said. “We’ve made a strong commitment to provide to the needs that need to be
met,” he said. “God knows what our needs are and he will provide for those needs. We have every confidence in him.” Horn said the senate and house energy committees are running out of time, but there are two things they want to find possible solutions for. “We want to get people hooked up, providing immediate help and we want to solve this problem for years to come,” he said. “We are trying to negotiate a settlement; we haven’t dropped the ball on this yet.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Taser used in inmate’s death
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SGA sponsored service moves to Anspach
The Michigan State Police’s investigation into the death of 35-year-old Bradford T. Gibson revealed Gibson had been tasered during his arrest Saturday morning. In a press release distributed by Michigan State Police Lt. Christopher Stolicker, Gibson refused to leave Wayside Central, 2000 S. Mission St., after being instructed to do so by Mount Pleasant Police officers. As a result, the officers attempted to arrest Gibson, who struggled and resisted officers. Police say they tased him after he resisted arrest to allow the officers to place him in custody. Mount Pleasant Police officers responded to a call from an employee at Wayside Central at about 1:40 a.m. The employee complained Gibson had been disturbing other customers, and refused to leave when asked. After his arrest, Gibson was transported to the Isabella County Jail by an MPPD officer at approximately 2 a.m. Gibson was seen pacing in his cell and heard by others within the jail, proving his consciousness and lucidity. He was found later by corrections officers in an unresponsive state, at which point EMS was called to the scene shortly after 3 a.m., Stolicker said in the press release. Attempts to revive Gibson were made, but were unsuccessful. Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski and Mount Pleasant Police Capt. Thomas Forsberg declined to comment because of the ongoing investigation. A INMATE | 7A
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ticipants picked an animal sign and continued the game by repeating someone else’s sign. “I know nothing about American Sign Language,” Storey said. “I’m glad I came though, I’ve learned a lot of stuff. I think it’s great for everyone to know a little bit of sign language.” Rockford sophomore Molly Clark attended the games as part of her ASL 101: American Sign Language Level I class. She participated in a panel
The pro bono legal clinic created by Student Government Association will reopen in October in Anspach Hall’s Center for Professional and Personal Ethics with more attorneys to offer free advice to students. The clinic was created in March. It has been closed since last semester’s end in early May. “Moving the legal center to the Ethics center will give it more room to grow,” said SGA President Vince Cavataio. “It wasn’t used to its maximum potential last year.” While open, the clinic only attracted about four students a month, said Christopher Armelagos, pro bono legal director. Last year, there were only two attorney volunteers. So far this year, four are confirmed. “By getting more attorneys, the clinic will be able to offer more appointments for students in hopes that more will use the free clinic,” Armelagos said. Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity President Kirstin Miller said SGA has done the student body a great service by setting up the clinic. “The reality on campuses across the country is that students will break the law. On Welcome Weekend alone this year there were 258 minor in possession charges issued,” Miller said. “Many of these students are freshmen that have only been in the area a short time and therefore have no idea where to go.” Many of the lawyers who work in the clinic are from the
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Joan Gage, communication disorders instructor, helps Amaya Branch, 8, of Mount Pleasant, sign to a group of students Wednesday during the Deaf Games held on the track inside of the Indoor Athletic Complex. Branch has been picking up on sign language to communicate with her deaf neighbor.
Students participate in ASLS games By Odille Parker | Staff Reporter Although many games were in progress inside the Indoor Activity Complex Wednesday night, the room remained nearly silent. The American Sign Language Society’s Deaf Awareness Week continued with a Deaf Games event where students and community members used sign language to play four traditional games at the I/A/C from 7 to 9 p.m. “These are games that deaf children often play growing up,” said the registered student organization President and Madison Heights sophomore Natalie Gordinier. “It’s a fun, interactive event for everyone. People are able to put themselves in the shoes of the minority.”
There was no formal structure to the games and people came and went as they pleased. The track bay of the IAC was set up with different stations where participants could play bingo, the “animal game” and other interactive games. Players were encouraged to only speak when necessary, but interpreters were available at every game station. Frankenmuth freshman Chad Storey was excited to learn signs to different animals through the animal game. For this game, par-
CMU one of two Michigan universities with Latin mottos By Alayna Smith Staff Reporter
Central Michigan University is one of only two Michigan public universities with a crest motto in original Latin, but many students are unaware of its meaning. CMU’s crest motto, “Sapientia, Virtus, Amicitia” translates to mean “Wisdom, Virtue, Friendship” and is designed to serve as a concise mission statement for the university, said Clarke Historical Library Director Frank Boles. “Reduced to only a few words, the crest shares what values are those which the institution wishes to demonstrate through the behavior of its faculty and staff, and hopefully instill into those who have the opportunity to attend the school,” Boles said. Other major Michigan university mottos are generally similar. University of Michigan’s motto reads,
“Arts, Knowledge, Truth,” and is the only other university which has retained the original Latin. Michigan State University’s motto is “Advancing Knowledge. Transforming Lives,” and Wayne State University promotes “Industry, Intelligence, Integrity.” Boles said CMU’s choice to use “friendship” is representative of the college experience as a whole, rather than only what is learned in the classroom. “Including ‘friendship’ on the crest undoubtedly was meant to remind us that our institutional mission includes sharing and helping others to share lasting interpersonal values that will continue to be important long after many of the facts learned in the classroom are revised or forgotten,” Boles said. Virtue, also known as moral goodness, is included to further encourage the message that college is about more than just gaining an
education, said Andrew Blom, assistant professor of Philosophy. Not only moral goodness, but also the building of character are important values for all CMU students, Blom said. “I believe that a quality university education is not just about developing the intellect and getting marketable skills, but also about enlarging one’s capacities for empathy and engaged citizenship,” Blom said. “Cultivating virtue is as much a matter of becoming knowledgeable, critical, judicious and skillful as of becoming kind, courageous and fair.” Western Michigan University does not and has never had a motto on its university seal. WMU Director of University Relations Cheryl Roland said a motto is unnecessary for the purposes of the university. “Our seal, which is used for formal and ceremonial purposes, has several graph-
ic elements that characterize the university’s principles and stature,” she said. Detroit freshman Deonte Rodgers said he believes friendship is the most important value represented by the CMU motto. “Once I came to Central, everyone was so friendly and helpful,” he said. “With the friendly atmosphere, the transition to the college standard was easier to make, since I felt more comfortable.” Grand Ledge sophomore Lindsey Schiller said she believes the motto’s priorities should play a bigger role in the university’s public perception. “CMU is always just seen as a party school,” Schiller said. “We should be promoted more for our academics and intelligence, which are really important aspects of the school.” Unlike Rodgers and Schiller, Streamwood freshman Stephen Lokos knew what the crest meant.
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The CMU crest displays the university motto in Latin meaning “Wisdom, Virtue, Friendship.”
“I believe CMU pursues its motto by emphasizing the value of hard work, determination and community,” he said. Boles said he encourages all students and faculty to really reflect on the meaning of the university’s motto. “As aspirational goals,
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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
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Anamaria Dickerson Staff Reporter
Growing up adopted Growing up, I knew from the start I was adopted. To be quite honest, I’m not sure if my parents even told me or if I just knew. There was not a time I recall thinking, “Oh my God, I’m adopted. How the heck did this happen?” I just always knew. Another thing that tipped me off was the fact that I don’t look like any of my siblings or my parents. Yet, for some reason, I tend to explain my adoption to people I am just getting to know — not that they probably didn’t know already. As the youngest of six kids, I’m not constantly wondering if I have other biological siblings, and if so, where they are. I have plenty of people around to keep me busy. Although the thought has crossed my mind, I know I am accepted, loved, wanted and needed by my adoptive family for a reason. I don’t focus so much on the “why” or “what-if ’s” of my adoption. I consider being adopted a huge blessing. Even though I may sometimes have my moments of doubt, I know deep down my birth parents wanted me to have a better life. I was born in Guatemala, which is very poverty stricken, so I am thankful for the selfless decision my birth parents made for me. I have so much love for my adoptive family and the support, love and care they give to me is something I wouldn’t trade for anything else. The interesting thing about my family is that I am not the only child who is adopted. I also have three brothers who are adopted. Two of my brothers were adopted from Korea, neither biologically related. My third brother joined our family after coming here as a foreign exchange student (from Korea) when he was 14. Ever since I can remember, he has always been around, and that is why I don’t hesitate to call him my brother and why I rarely explain the whole story of how he became part of our family. It was after his exchange student experience that my parents decided to take legal guardianship of him here in the U.S. after we formed such a close bond with him that we didn’t want to say goodbye. He still has birth parents in Korea, and is in contact with them as much as he is with our parents. I also have two sisters who are not adopted. I am fortunate and blessed to be a part of the family that I have and even though we may have our typical disagreements every now and then, I wouldn’t trade any of them for the world. So, as you can tell, I have a diverse family. At the end of the day, my family is made up of the people who will always be there for me and care for me unconditionally. Being adopted truly is a blessing.
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EDITORIAL | Pay for faculty not in line with goals
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“One side believes the university has adequate resources and should use these resources to increase the compensation to faculty. The other side believes the important issue is whether faculty compensation is appropriate in relation to comparable universities.” This statement, made by Provost Gary Shapiro in a letter to staff and faculty and published in Central Michigan Life, outlines what he sees as the main conflict between the university and the Faculty Association in coming to a contract agreement. If Shapiro or anybody else thinks the compensation faculty are getting is “appropriate in relation to comparable universities,” they have not done adequate research. As reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education, CMU had 787 fulltime faculty for 27,247 enrolled students, 34.6 students per full-time faculty member, in 2009-10. The average salary for a professor was $98,400 and $75,000 for an associate professor.
Western Michigan University, possibly the most comparable public university in the state by size, had 862 full-time faculty for 24,576 enrolled students, which is 28.5 students per faculty member, in the same time period. Professor salary averaged $100,800 and $75,500 for associate professors. Professors at WMU are getting slightly more money for a slightly lighter load of students on each faculty member. While CMU is striving to be a more prominent university, it’s unfair to think payments should stay the same for faculty and staff because CMU is anticipating a lack of funding after spending money on several projects.
It is also the reason average annual tuition, as reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2010, was $10,380, a mere $800 less than the average annual tuition of Michigan State University. If compared to MSU, the university it could be argued we are striving to be, the compensation to CMU professors looks even worse. Professors at MSU get an average of $125,200 a year and associates get $87,000, respectively $27,100 and $12,000 more than their peers at CMU, according to the Chronicle for Higher Education article. Yes, MSU is a much larger university by enrollment, but even larger by faculty. In 2009-2010, there were 47,071 students enrolled at MSU, but 2,623 full-time faculty, meaning there are only 17.9 students per faculty, compared to 34.6 students per faculty at CMU. This paints a pretty clear picture — if we want to be like our “big brother,” we need to treat our professors better.
ERIN BATT AND TRACIE SIVEK [BATTING ZERO]
[LETTER TO THE EDITOR]
Open letter to CMU Board of Trustees Speaking as a student, Provost Shapiro, here’s an open response to your open letter: “I was trained as a social psychologist, and my dissertation was on the topic of different forms of justice. It focused on how two parties, both motivated to be fair, can come up with a very different division of rewards because they used different principles of justice. Interestingly, I believe this same dynamic has brought us to where we are today.” It is interesting if you actually believe this, as it demonstrates that you are an idiot. What form of justice involves lying to a court, which you well know the administration has done? “I believe most people in the university community would agree that the inability of the two sides to reach a new contract has become a major distraction and created an atmosphere that is counterproductive to serving the mission of this institution.” A major distraction is getting spammed with propaganda by the administration and discovering just how vile the administration is. The counterproductive atmosphere also comes from a president who implies that students are something other than “grown-ups” and that faculty who stand up for themselves against an abusive administration are bad examples for students. “Likewise, few would question the quality or commitment of our hard-working faculty and staff.” Some of those few can be found in the administration, as demonstrated by the court filings made on behalf of the administration. “It is also my personal belief – and I am sure that many share it – that most of our students are more concerned about attending classes, making progress toward their degrees and participating in campus life than they are about who is right or wrong at the bargaining table.” You damn well hope so, as the adCentral Michigan Life serves the CMU and Mount Pleasant communities, and is under the jurisdiction of the independent Student Media Board of Directors. Neil C. Hopp serves as Director of Student Media at CMU and is the adviser to the newspaper. Articles and opinions do not necessarily reflect the position or opinions of Central Michigan University. Cen-
ministration you’re a mouthpiece for has certainly been in the wrong. “Likewise, I believe the vast majority of our faculty and staff have a vested interest in CMU’s continued success.” The administration is working toward divesting them of such an interest. “Despite recent rhetoric on campus and in the news media, I also believe strongly that the university is fortunate to have excellent highlevel administrators – starting with President Ross – who care deeply about CMU and are working hard to make it a better place for our students, faculty, staff and community.” To repeat myself, it is interesting if you actually believe this, as it demonstrates that you are an idiot. George Ross is a liar, responsible for fraudulent claims made to a court. You know this. He’s also a hypocrite who saw fit to deliver a lecture on civility after demeaning both faculty and students. How exactly do you define excellence? By endorsing George and his actions, you are complicit in his fraud. Not only should the board of trustees fire George, they should dismiss you as well. “One side believes the university has adequate resources and should use these resources to increase the compensation of faculty. The other side believes the important issue is whether faculty compensation is appropriate in relation to comparable universities.” One side endeavors to paint the other as greedy, while taking advantage of its asymmetric ability to email bullshit, such as yours, to all faculty, staff and students. “The university’s administration awaits the fact finder’s report and recommendations and looks forward to using those recommendations as the basis for a new contract.” However, since the recommentral Michigan Life is a member of the Associated Press, the Michigan Press Association, the Michigan Collegiate Press Association, the Associated Collegiate Press, College Newspaper Business & Advertising Managers Association, the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce, Central Michigan Home Builders Association, Mount Pleasant Housing Associa-
dations are non-binding, the administration also looks forward to ignoring them in the event that they are contrary to the administration’s wishes. P.S. In the interests of fairness and openness, please forward this to all whom you sent your open letter. P.P.S. In the event that you’ve “forgotten” my “rhetoric” from the Public Comment period at the board of trustees meeting the morning of Sept. 22, here’s an excerpt that details an undeniable instance of lying to a court of law by the administration: “George, through his unethical outside counsel, lied to a court of law. In the ‘Brief in Support of Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction’ filed on Aug. 22, the following fraudulent claim was made: “On Aug. 22, the Central Michigan University Faculty Association (FA), in violation of Michigan law, went on strike against CMU, thereby forcing CMU to cancel all of its classes.” The previous night, CMU University Communications sent an email to students having the subject: “CMU seeks court injunction/ students should report for classes”. Quoting from the body of the email: “CMU students should report for classes Monday and staff should report for work. CMU’s 439 fixed-term faculty and 591 graduate assistants will still hold classes as scheduled. ... on Monday CMU will request an injunction from Isabella County Circuit Court and an order for faculty to return to class.” Nowhere in the message is it stated that all classes are canceled, nor even that any classes were canceled. Clearly, the claim that CMU canceled all of its classes was known to be false before it was made.” Andrew Wittbrodt Student pissed off at the administration’s misconduct tion and the Mount Pleasant Downtown Business Association. The newspaper’s online provider is College Publisher. Central Michigan Life is distributed throughout the campus and at numerous locations throughout Mount Pleasant. Non-university subscriptions are $75 per academic year. Back copies are available at 50 cents per copy, or $1 if mailed.
Ben Harris Senior Reporter
Still no contract? George Ross, I live in my own apartment and cook myself dinner every night. I pay my own tuition and rent. I’m a grown-up. And as a registered voter, taxpayer and grown-up, I’m disgusted that much of the faculty here still don’t have a contract. What’s wrong with this place? Truth is, my grown-up self doesn’t quite understand why half the employees here don’t uproot, fly off and find a place where they’ll be treated better. I’m surprised half the professors here have stayed sane during this period of limbo they’re in. Truth is, I hope that if they get the chance to strike again mid-semester, they grab it and bolt just because they like to see everybody sweat. And what about our medical school? Who cares? George Ross cares, and his resume cares. That might be about it. Of course the country needs more doctors, but is it worth treating the qualified faculty members like expendables? This war of attrition is ridiculous. But wars of that kind always are. They’re brutal and long. But if the administration wants to lay siege to the faculty, I think it’s the responsibility of the faculty to hold out, and it’s the responsibility of the students to keep the support pumping so the faculty knows someone cares. It’s sort of amusing and it’s sort of sad to think about the rift between the administration and the faculty. It’s amusing because without the professors, we couldn’t have class, but without the administration, we’d be holding class outside, which sounds kind of fun. It’s sad because it seems like a good idea: cutting the fat, the dead weight, the administration. Of course we can’t actually do it. The school needs people to oversee, people to allocate funds, people to make the budget. Accountants and foremen. But I came here to learn, and I don’t learn anything from the administration. That’s why it seems so silly to me that professors who are doing research, teaching and interacting with the paying customer base are being bullied by these bookkeepers and petty overseers. It’s a perfectly plausible assessment that the administration doesn’t care about the opinions of the students. But at that point, we have an obligation to yell, loud. Because if we don’t, the faculty might start to do what they should and get up and leave. If that happens, CMU will have to get new professors. You get what you pay for, so if the university offers a garbage wage, then we’ll start seeing bad instruction in class. And then the students will really be the ones suffering.
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[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]
Administration’s position does not serve justice I am writing in reply to the open letter by Provost Shapiro that explains his perception of the negotiations between the administration and the Central Michigan University Faculty Association. I particularly appreciate that he brought a social justice focus to the issue. From my perspective, the administration has been very selective in applying the social justice principle that underlies their position and has applied it to limited criteria that suit their goals. The position of the administration is that their proposed faculty compensation is appropriate in relation to comparable universities. Indeed, relative comparisons are at the core of many justice principles and the equity norm that has been shown to have a profound impact on fairness perceptions. In a nutshell, the equity principle says that fairness is based on an evaluation of whether individuals’ inputs are proportional to their outcomes; when allocations are not commensurate with inputs they are viewed as unfair. I believe Dr. Shapiro would agree that this is the foundation of their position. If one identifies universities where the faculty members have comparable jobs requiring similar qualifications, we can presume the inputs of the faculty are roughly equivalent and therefore the compensations and benefits (the outcomes of the work) should also be. Unfortunately, there are two important ways this application of the justice principle falls short. First, the largest impact on fairness perceptions and work behavior occur when there is a change in equity for the same individuals over time (i.e., the most relevant comparison for most of us is ourselves). Although Provost Shapiro states that “the university is not proposing any reduction of salary”, this is based on the deficient criterion of base salary and without any consideration given to changes in cost of
living. The position submitted to fact finding included cuts to faculty pay for summer courses, cuts to retirement contributions, reduced amounts for promotions that would come less frequently, and a substantial increase in contributions to health care insurance. The net effect would be that faculty members would make less money in future years and that the money would buy even less due to inflation. The position of the administration is that we should do the same work for less total compensation but then to claim this is fair. Dr. Shapiro is well aware that research shows when outcomes are decreased, people tend to do less work; we can only assume he expects this and is comfortable with it. Second, the comparison to the other universities that the administration has identified to support the assertion that CMU faculty salaries are currently near the average also fails the same social justice principle. Even if CMU were comparable in total compensation and benefits to these universities, a decrease in the total package will not serve the equity principle as it will reduce outcomes while presuming inputs stay the same. In other words, it will push us below the average of these institutions. Most importantly, none of the other universities have made the cuts proposed by CMU and none of their professors will take home less money than they did the previous year, even those at universities that are in a much worse financial state. Apparently, neither those universities above CMU nor those below in faculty compensation believe it would result in desirable long-term outcomes to have the sort of disgruntled professors this would invariably produce. If CMU is “rock-solid financially”, how is it fair to push faculty pay and benefits toward the bottom of the barrel? Of course, such comparisons depend heavily upon the reference group chosen. CMU professors’ base salary is lower than the average
of other schools in the MAC conference and at doctoral universities across the country. Nationwide, the base salary for CMU professors is 15 percent lower than average, putting us at the 17th percentile of public doctoral universities. It is true that the national sample of doctoral universities include those with higher Carnegie Classifications; however, the salaries of President Ross and Provost Shapiro are only 8 percent below the mean of the same sample. They are not being asked to take cuts to their total compensation package that will result in less take-home pay. Where is the fairness in that comparison? I would make a final note with regard to justice principles and the contract negotiations. On June 30, the administration chose not to extend the faculty contract for the first time ever. This resulted in faculty members who had earned promotions for their work over the past four to six years being denied any increase, to CMU no longer paying their share of increases in health care costs, and in there being no shared grievance procedures in place. Dr. Shapiro failed to mention this event in his letter, yet it is the principal cause of the conflict and animosity we currently experience on campus; it also violates distributive and procedural justice principles too numerous to detail here. None of the other institutions the administration would compare us to have done this and the outcome of the decision was the job action at the beginning of the semester. Where was the justice in the decision not to extend the contract? Unless the final agreement includes a flat increase for the current year to those who have lost money for their promotions due to this unprecedented and unnecessary decision, justice will never be served. Neil D. Christiansen Professor of Psychology
Central Michigan Life || Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 || 5A
$50 million unreserved fund increase shows financial state The Wednesday Sept. 28 Central Michigan Life headline says everything that needs to be said about the current administration/faculty contract negotiation impasse: “CMU adds nearly $50 million to unreserved funds.” As reported in this article, Central Michigan University’s unrestricted funds now equal “about $276 million.” Meanwhile, the administration raised tuition 3.47 percent and is attempting to extort unnecessary and hurtful cuts from faculty who are already near the bottom in terms of compensation both nationally and in the MAC. According to the American Association of University Professors, CMU ranks
194 out of 227 reporting Category I institutions in terms of 2010-11 assistant professor average annual salary (CMU is 178/227 for associate professors and 187/227 for full professors). Compared to other MidAmerican Athletic Conference (MAC) schools, CMU ranks ninth out of 12 in terms of average salary. Believe it or not, some Michigan community colleges now pay their faculty more than CMU does and, although the very modest cost of living increase proposed by the faculty association would work out to half of 1 percent of CMU’s $429 million 2011-12 operating budget, this has been flatly refused. CMU clearly has aban-
doned its commitment to undergraduate education and, while paying lip service to the importance of excellent faculty, the administration’s position and tactics send the exact opposite message. It is clear that with an enormous $276 million surplus, the university can easily afford a reasonable contact for its faculty. Instead, it has opted to capitalize on Michigan’s financial distress in order to pursue a short-sighted and harmful course that will diminish its reputation and the educational experience it offers — hurt families, and hurt local economies. Jeffrey Weinstock Professor of English
Students should feel safe The editorial in Central Michigan Life on Monday asks if students are safe, given the recent revelations about former police officer Jeff Card. Card’s actions represent himself and not the entire police department here at Central Michigan University. I have lived next door to one of CMU’s police officers for almost the past five years. Detective Mike Seinkiewicz is a fine person and a fine police officer. He is also a great parent, husband, church member, and a wonderful neighbor to me and others in our neighborhood. He epitomizes what we all should strive to be. Although I don’t personally know others in the department, I can say that my every interaction with CMU police over the last 25 years has
been professional, courteous and completely above board. I hope that the editorial and the articles recently published don’t make students feel they cannot trust their police force to do the right thing. That
would be a shame. Try to have some perspective and not judge all of the police on the basis of one who has shown poor judgment. Sandra Snow English Instructor
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Woodland Hospice competing for $25,000 grant Group already won $1,000; needs online votes By Madeleine Bradin Staff Reporter
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Saginaw senior Connie Nevenfeldt and Boyne City senior Andrew Stead finish eating their nachos Wednesday evening during the Hispanic Heritage Food Taster in Bovee University Center. “They had nachos, cake, sandwiches, it was definitely a good variety,” Stead said.
Hispanic heritage food-taster feeds 300 By Sienna Monczunski Staff Reporter
About 300 people were given a taste of Hispanic culture Wednesday as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. The annual food-taster was held at the Bovee University Center Rotunda, with a higher attendance than last year’s 250 people. “I think one way to learn about a different culture is through something we all share — food is a part of every culture,” said Keisha Janney, assistant director of Multicultural Academic Student Services. “Each culture has its own traditions.
In many cultures, people bond over cooking and eating food.” Mount Pleasant resident William Leksche and his family attended the foodtaster along with other Hispanic Heritage Month events. Leksche said his family also went to Edward James Olmos’ presentation on Sept. 21. His wife and daughter donned shirts that incorporated the red, green and white colors of the Mexican flag. “We’d like to take her to Mexico,” Leksche said of his daughter. “She’s homeschooled and we’re teach-
ing her Spanish. It’s a nice opportunity to be involved with her culture and it gives me a lot more reason to learn about different cultures.” Some of the items on the menu included beef tostadas, vegan tostadas, cashew vinaigrette, Cuban sandwiches and tres leche. “The tres leche was the business,” Grand Rapids sophomore Ryan Rooney said. “The food was delicious.” During the event, a slide show with information about Hispanic culture was displayed. It flashed different flags from various Latin countries, fun facts and Hispanic proverbs in Span-
Snyder announces new Midland business partnership with Japan By John Irwin Staff Reporter
Midland will get a new business after an announcement by Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday about the formation of a partnership with a Japanese institute. ECO Bioplastics Midland Inc. is a joint venture between the Michigan Molecular Institute of Midland and the Eco Research Institute of Tokyo. The company will be the only American source of bioplastic pellets made from powder, shredded paper and mixes of plastics. The pellets will be used for packaging, heat insulation products, toys and more. Snyder made the announcement in Tokyo, as part of an eight-day trade mission in Asia. “Our meeting with Eco Research Institute executives detailed this pioneering green technology that holds
the promise of significant growth in our state’s renewable and sustainable business sector,” Snyder said in Rick Snyder the press release. The Snyder administration pointed to the joint venture as a sign of what Michigan and Japan can accomplish if they continue to work together. Bill Ballenger, editor of Inside Michigan Politics and former Griffin Endowed Chair, said he is supportive of the plan. “The impact will be felt beyond Midland and (will) maybe spill into Isabella County,” Ballenger said. “It’s a positive.” EBP plans to hire 30 workers and will begin production this summer. About 20 million pellets will be produced annually. Construction is expected to
cost $10 million total. Ballenger said the governor should also benefit politically from the announcement this week. “(Snyder) wants to leave the impression on the public that he’s bringing home the bacon, that he’s actually accomplishing something,” Ballenger said. Snyder arrived in China on Wednesday and met with top Chinese business people and government officials. He is the first Michigan governor to visit China since John Engler in 2000. Ballenger said eyes around the state are turning to China as Snyder continues his trade mission there. “Will Snyder get over to China and make the same kind of announcement in the next week that he made in Japan? That’s what everybody’s waiting for,” Ballenger said. firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Applefest Saturday at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch By Jordan Oster Staff Reporter
The Zonta Club of Mount Pleasant will welcome fall by hosting its 24th annual Zonta Applefest this weekend. Applefest will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch and Country Farm Market, located at the corner of Broomfield Road and Summerton Road. The event has been attended by up to 3,000 people in previous years, said Karen Ranzenberger, public relations chair for Applefest. “Essentially, it’s a showcase of what small family-owned businesses and volunteers can do together to make a family-friendly day,” she said. “We have a lot of friends that
really make this event happen. It’s so much fun to watch the expressions on kids’ faces.” Applefest features an arts and crafts show, food and drinks, kids’ games and facepainting. Craft vendors attend the event from all over the state, said Tanya Domina, Zonta Club member. Crafts available include hand-carved wooden bowls, homemade mittens and scarves, hand-painted ornaments, jewelry and more, said Domina, who is in charge of coordinating the crafts and vendor portion of the event. Zonta members and volunteers bake an assortment of goods the day before the event so they are fresh for Applefest, said Mary Flana-
gan, Zonta Club member and chair of the bake sale. “I encourage guests to visit the bake sale in the morning to make sure they are able to purchase a pie before they are gone,” Flanagan said. All proceeds from Applefest go to projects selected by the Zonta Club of Mount Pleasant. Some of these projects include Women’s Aid Service, Morey Cancer Center and Summer Reading Clinic at Central Michigan University. For college students interested in volunteering with Zonta, the club is starting a student organization, “Golden Z Club,” which will be open to students at Mid Michigan Community College and CMU. email@example.com
ish, with English translations. Dance group Mestre Caboquinho was scheduled to perform Capoeira, a combination of martial arts and dance, but could not make it in time for the event. Janney apologized to the audience for the inconvenience. An upcoming event for the month is Michael Reyes, who will use spoken word performance to convey his view of Mexican identity on Oct. 7 in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. Hispanic Heritage Month runs through Oct. 15. firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodland Hospice is competing online for a $25,000 grant through EMC Insurance Companies program 100 Ways of Giving. EMC Insurance Companies decided to give back to the communities they serve in 100 different ways to celebrate 100 years of business. The company is giving back by having its various agencies nominate nonprofit organizations around the nation to receive $1,000. Woodland Hospice, 2579 S. Meridian Road, was not only nominated by EMC Insurance Companies through the General Agency in Mount Pleasant, but they were also one of 100 nonprofits nationwide selected to receive the $1,000, said Melanie Muir, outreach coordinator at Woodland Hospice. As one of the nonprofits selected, Woodland Hospice was also included in the online voting contest, in which the top four vote recipients receive an additional grant of $25,000. “We are rallying the troops to secure a couple more thousand votes to hopefully win this $25,000 grant,” Muir said. Woodland Hospice is a nonprofit organization that has been providing care to terminally ill patients and their families for more than 25 years, she said.
Woodland Hospice provides end-of-life care for terminally ill patients in their own homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals or in their own facility, the Hospice House. They also offer support for families after losing a loved one, including spiritual care and grief counseling in the Morey Bereavement Center. Cindy Zuker, the finance supervisor at the General Agency Company, said they nominated Woodland Hospice because it is a local charity that supports local people. “At some point, all of us are going to need these services directly or indirectly that hospice provides,” Zuker said. “Hospice is so wonderful. They don’t turn anybody away, even if you can’t pay.” Fundraising is necessary for Woodland Hospice to continue providing all of its services, she said. “We are forever fundraising,” Muir said. Woodland Hospice will hold its third annual Rock On for Woodland Hospice fundraiser Saturday. “Most nonprofits do a walk or a run, but hospice takes their rockers and rock in memory of lost loved ones and to honor the work that Woodland Hospice has done in the community for over 25 years,” Muir said. To vote online for Woodland Hospice to receive the $25,000 grant or for more information on the Rock On event, visit WoodlandHospice.com. email@example.com
Central Michigan Life || Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 || 7A
Alumni couple opens book store Central Michigan University alumni Jacqueline Aldrich and husband James Aldrich have not let the struggling economy affect their business plan. J&J Book Dealers, located in Mecosta, opened for business in early July. “I never thought I would own a bookstore when I graduated from school finally, but I’m really glad that I do,” Jacqueline said. James attended CMU for a time, but did not graduate. Jacqueline graduated from CMU with aspirations of becoming a teacher, but ended up opening a bookstore instead. Statistics taken from CMU’s Career Center website show out of 993 2009-10 graduates surveyed, 88.1 percent were employed in their field. Graduation statistics taken from a separate section of CMU’s website showed there were a grand total of 2,114 graduates in 2010. Jacqueline said she had many friends and acquaintances who graduated and could not find jobs. “I know a few people that have graduated with a specific
degree thinking you knew exactly what you were going into as a career and after you graduate, sometimes it turns out that is really not the case,” she said. Jacqueline was substitute teaching after she earned her degree, but said for years her husband was passionate about opening a bookstore. “He signed the lease on this building before I met him, a few years back,” Jacqueline said. “He was having a hard time coming up with the funds to take it to the next level to where it needed to be. But then when we got married, we just started to take it a lot more seriously and really just put all of our time and all of our money into making this place openable.” She said there were periods of panic she went through stemming from not having a career related to her degree. “But you know, it could be another transition period and it could turn into just another opportunity,” Jacqueline said. James said he worked at the used book gallery across the street from his new store and had known the owner for years. “He’s the one who taught me the business, and I’ve worked
with him for a little while,” James said. “One of the buildings across from him came up and I decided to buy that and start another store.” The couple has had to make sacrifices to open the store, however. Jacqueline said the couple had to move out of their apartment and in with James’ family on their farm in Remus. “Literally all of our money is being put into making this store possible and I’m here all the time,” she said. “He works full time at a greenhouse in Mount Pleasant.” James said the couple tried to go to a bank for a small business loan but were declined, which set things back a few months. He said since opening, the store has been doing very well. “I’m excited about it. The economy is kind of crappy right now, but it’ll improve with some time,” he said. “With the way we run the business, we don’t have to put up with any overhead or middlemen, so we’re pretty recession-proof, and stuff will get better, and we’re excited about it.”
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I don’t know a whole lot about legal matters, so it’s nice to know I can go talk to someone who does.” Students have mixed feelings about who would benefit from the clinic the most. “I think I have a pretty good knowledge about most of the legal issues I would encounter at this age, but I like the idea of being able to go get advice from real lawyers,” said Farmington Hills sophomore Angelique Milner. Pontiac sophomore Brittani Davis wonders if the clinic is just for show. “It’s a really good concept and it might sound nice to say we are one of the only universities in Michigan that has a legal clinic, but I don’t know if it is necessary,” Davis said. “I do think it will be good for students who want to go into law, so they can be exposed to real lawyers.” Stockdale, Milner and Davis had never heard of the clinic before.
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community. They serve as volunteers and do not receive payment, Miller said. “I think this is a very good service for students, but it seemed underutilized — perhaps because they don’t know it exists,” said Finance and Law Instructor Matt Coffey, who participated last year. “But I would surely offer my time to the clinic again this year.” At the clinic, students can learn how to issue certain legal actions, court rules and procedures, review completed legal forms and get other legal questions answered. The clinic’s attorneys, however, cannot fill out forms for students, predict or guarantee court case outcomes, and are not responsible for the accuracy of information on legal forms. “It sounds like it will work well,” said William freshman William Stockdale. “I know that
Mioduszewski previously told Central Michigan Life that officers in the jail did what they were trained to do by performing CPR. “They did what was protocol,” Mioduszewski said. “It’s unfortunate it ended the way it did.” According to the press release, it was not clear whether or not Gibson had any medical issues, but he had not suffered any apparent trauma. An autopsy has been completed at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids. The report for the autopsy is still pending and the cause of death remains unknown. firstname.lastname@example.org
Are Students Learning at CMU? Studies show that many aren’t learning much The results are grim according to the authors of a new book, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, which raises serious questions about the quality of the academic and social experiences of college students.
Authors to visit campus Monday!
Are You Learning?
Monday, Oct. 3 at 1:oo p.m. Park Library Auditorium CMU students are invited to join us for an interactive discussion with the authors. OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS.
Learning During Unsettled Times
This book has been called the “most
important book on higher education in the last decade” and a “damning indictment of the American highereducation system.”
Monday, Oct. 3 at 7:oo p.m. Plachta Auditorium
Join the authors in an interactive discussion followed by a book signing. The discussion will be focused on learning during unsettled times and on College Graduates’ Academic Performance and Recent Experiences in the United States. OPEN TO EVERYONE. Sponsored by the Teaching and Learning Collective, the Provost’s Office, the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching.
T HE AUT HORS: Richard Arum is a Professor of Sociology and Education at New York University. Josipa Roksa is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses
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Business Residential College moves to Calkins The BRC approached the Office of Residence Life about the move, and the office suggested Calkins Hall, Arthur said. Some students were apprehensive about moving farther away from the SAC, Arthur said, but have been happy to find fitness classes in Larzelere Hall Advising plays a major role for the students and Arthur meets with them one-on-one within the students’ first couple of weeks. Being closer to Grawn makes that easier, she said. “Students are sure they want to study business in some way but they aren’t really sure what they want to do in business,” Arthur said. “Having other students to explain what they’re looking to do and what internships they’ve had is very important.” BRC mentor and Washington state sophomore Kris Lawrence said the move will further the opportunity of the members and allow them to be closer to Grawn. “It now takes three or four minutes to walk to Grawn as opposed to almost 12 from the towers,” Lawrence said. Lawrence said he thinks the move will help to increase membership and allow for better connections to the college because of proximity to the resources. There is also a new senior networking group composed of alumni of the BRC, which many of the seniors are excited about, Arthur said. “We want the students to see themselves as leaders in the program,” she said.
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Students in the Business Residential College have enjoyed the benefits of their recent move. The BRC moved to the third floor of Calkins Hall after eight years of being located on the second floor of Carey Hall. Because of the proximity to Grawn Hall, Calkins is more suitable for the program, said director of the BRC Karen Arthur. “It has afforded us more opportunities to be connected to the college,” Arthur said. “I like the way we can coordinate events and bring students into Grawn Hall more frequently.” The difference between Carey and Calkins would be difficult to compare for freshmen, but the BRC has had positive feedback from students so far, she said. “Some students like the twobedroom layout in north campus,” Arthur said. “I’ve had some freshmen tell me that was a benefit for them when they were looking at the BRC location.” The college had good experiences in Carey Hall and the students were very engaged, but now that the BRC students live closer to Grawn there are even more opportunities, she said. The BRC often takes field trips. For example, they have participated in the Mobile Food Pantry for community service and taken a trip to the Isabella Bank. “It provides more experiences for students to be mentored by upper-class business students and meetings can take place in Grawn Hall more easily,” Arthur said.
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More than 3,000 prospective students will experience life on campus during the 40th annual CMU and You Day Saturday. Deemed Central Michigan University’s open house, those who attend will get the chance to meet and talk with faculty and staff, tour campus, eat lunch in a residence hall and attend the Northern Illinois football game at 3:30 p.m. Brad Kloha, senior assistant director of admissions and CMU alumnus, said the event, held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., brings tremendous feedback. “It’s a great experience to interact with faculty and get information (and) to meet one-on-one with people they are potentially working with,” Kloha said. Students are given tours by CMU ambassadors along with a discussion of student services, highlighting key points on campus. Ray Wilson, assistant director of admissions, said although his department coordinates the event, it would not be pos-
sible without everyone that helps out. “It’s a great opportunity for students to meet and mingle with faculty and staff,” Wilson said. Two 45-minute academic forum presentations will take place at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. highlighting the areas of business administration, teacher education, health professions, science and technology, communication and fine arts, and humanities and social and behavioral sciences. A university overview will provide students and parents with information about admissions, residence life, career services, the honor’s program and the leadership institute at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Parents will be provided with the opportunity to learn about financial aid at 11 a.m. and noon in the Lake Huron Room at the Bovee University Center. Registration will be located in front of the Charles V. Park Library, the Health Professions Building and in the Anspach Hall courtyard. Attendees should make sure to receive lunch tick-
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event for last year’s DAW and said it was a good way to build on her ASL minor. “I was a little intimidated at first with all the sign language used, but I caught on pretty fast,” Clark said. “I really like this event though.” The games were the sixth event of DAW, which started Monday and ended Thursday with “ASL Rocks,” a mock rock type show that took place in Pearce Hall. Communication Disorders professor Christine Taylor said in an email that DAW is an annual celebration of the culture, language and heritage unique to individuals who are deaf. The week’s celebrations are observed by various international, national, state and local organizations. Taylor, who was born deaf, said she hopes the week can show that deaf people can do anything hearing people can, except hear. “(Deaf Awareness Week) is a great way to educate people about deaf people, language and their culture,” Taylor said. “I believe the more people are educated, the more accepting they will be with deaf people.”
Adult Nurse Practitioner Helene Vossos, R.N., M.S.N., A.N.P.-B.C., is now welcoming college students and adults of all ages to her new practice at 211 S. Crapo Street, Suite J, in Mt. Pleasant. Helene has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry and joined the MidMichigan Health family in 2005. She is currently on the medical staff at MidMichigan Medical Center–Gratiot and has also held nursing positions at MidMichigan Home Care and MidMichigan Medical Center–Clare. Helene received her associate nursing degree (RN) from MidMichigan Community College and completed bachelor of science and master of science degrees in nursing at the University of Michigan – Flint, where she received the clinical excellence award. She is dual board certified as a nurse practitioner in adult medicine and psychiatric mental health. Helene is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and chronic medical conditions. Appointments may be made by calling her office at (989) 773-6218.
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