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CMU looks to hire architect for North Campus rebuild By Tony Wittkowski Staff Reporter

CMU is looking at architects for plans to completely rebuild North Campus residence halls. Originally, the dining, fitness and recreation space of the buildings were to be renovated, along with a small convenience store. The buildings are each more than 50 years old. “If we are going to do anything, we are going to rebuild,” said Joan Schmidt, associate director of Residence Life. “It is going to be really expensive to just renew the inside.” The buildings being rebuilt include the north quads and Barnes Hall. There are two phases in the process of rebuilding, which includes the campus master plan set to be in place in 2011. Prior to the change in plans from renovating to rebuilding, CMU already had an architect in mind, said Shaun

Holtgreive, also associate director of Residence Life. “There are preliminary discussions right now,” Holtgreive said. “When we looked at the estimate the architect showed us, we took a step back and re-estimated.” The cost for CMU to renovate North Campus was estimated to be around $20 million. Given the ages of the halls, renewing the dining and recreational space was considered to be a waste of money, Holtgreive said. “They’re functionally obsolete,” he said. “It really wouldn’t have an impact.” Early plans for rebuilding North Campus are set to be completed by next April based off the master plan, said Linda Slater, director of plant engineering and planning. “We are in the process of developing (the campus master plan),” she said. “It is not yet finalized.” A North | 2A

By Sherri Keaton Staff Reporter

Minority enrollment at CMU has increased from last year’s numbers. The number of black students on campus has risen from 790 in 2009 to 889 this year, according to statistics from the registrar’s office. Other minorities have also seen an increase. However, the number of white students has grown from 17,028 to 17,514 — a proportional decrease from 83.3 to 82.2 percent — in the same span of time. Kevin Williams, associate director of minority enrollment, said CMU staff members go to many underrepresented areas around the state to recruit students every year, but the challenge is not always about finding them.

Barracks to Books Former Marine begins college life at age 22

Minority enrollment up from fall 2009 Native Americans, Asians still least represented groups

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After being stationed in North Carolina for four years and serving in Iraq as a Marine for eight months, St. Ignace sophomore Mike Green is now a full-time student at CMU. “I’ve always wanted to be a Chippewa,” Green said.

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“This is one of the most segregated states in the nation,” he said. “If you want to find underrepresented students, you have to go to where they reside.” Total undergraduate enrollment increased from 20,444 to 21,290 between fall 2009 and this semester. Though the percentage of white students has decreased, several minority percentages, including those for Native American, Asian and Hispanic students, have proportionally risen on campus. Williams attributed the increase of minority students to high school visitations, summer programs and community efforts. Betty Wagner, director of Admissions, said it takes a large number of people to make the outreach programs work while retaining students. “One of the things that is incredibly important is the faculty and staff,” Wagner said. Native Americans and Asians remain the two smallest A minority | 2A

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ike Green said the strangest part of his college experience is being in complete control of his life — and his hair length. After serving a four-year contract in the U.S. Marine Corps and eight months in Iraq, the St. Ignace sophomore is ready to hit the books. “I really enjoy growing my hair out — I missed it a lot,” Green said. “I get a lot of funny looks for saying I’m a 22year-old (first-year student). Military life often is erratic. It’s kind of strange now that life is a little more predictable.” Green said he decided on the military while he was in high school because he is competitive and enjoys physical activity. He joined the Marines in June 2006. “I always kind of pictured myself in the military,” he said. “I like to challenge myself and one-up people. I got the impression that the Marines was the elite service branch. I wanted to be a part of that.” Green’s mother Ann Smith said she was not very happy with her son’s decision at first. “When he was in the service, I just tried not to think

about it when he was over in Iraq,” she said. “I knew there was nothing I could do about it, I just hoped for the best.” A month after his high school graduation, Green began his boot camp training. Green said he struggled at times, but grew accustomed to the grueling training and physical fitness the Marine Corps requires. “They throw a lot at you,” he said. “I took it on the chin — I just rolled with it pretty much.”

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Mackinaw City senior Callan Martin, left, and St. Ignace sophomore Mike Green play a game of ladder golf Wednesday afternoon at Green’s home on West Lyons Street.

Green, a Corporal in Company D, 2nd Tank Batallion, 2nd Marine Division, was deployed to the Middle East just ten months after boot camp. He was in Iraq from Oct. 2007 to May 2008, completing missions through two phases of Operation Iraqi Freedom, often as the machine gunner for a truck in his convoy. “The first realization of being there was kind of scary. It was all of a sudden like, ‘alright, it’s game on’,” he said. “It showed me the real reason

why we were there, and that is to help.” He said his company did a lot of humanitarian work and a lot of security work when buildings were being rebuilt.

Going home In retrospect, Smith said her son made a great choice. Because of the Marines, he will be able to pay for college — something she could not afford to help him do.

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‘Sober in October’ raises drunk driving awareness Month to include mock-bar crawl, car crash scene By Heather Hillman Senior Reporter

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Wixom senior Kimberly Ivey does the heel-to-toe sobriety test given by CMU Police Officer Jeff Ballard. Ivey is wearing goggles that would give the vision of someone who would havea high blood alcohol level.

October is a time of changing colors, creepy costumes and, now, a few very sobering lessons. Sober in October, a series of events focusing on alcohol abuse awareness, kicked off the month with its first event Tuesday at the Charles V. Park Library Auditorium.

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About 80 students attended the free event sponsored by Phi Sigma Pi and Students Against Drunk Driving, which focused on drunk driving prevention. Wixom senior Bryan Page, president of Phi Sigma Pi, said this is the third year the group has helped put on Sober in October along with SADD. “I think the sad reality is that drunk driving is very prevalent, especially in a college town,” Page said. “Whether they get caught or not, we all know people who drink and drive. We do this

event to raise more awareness about this issue.” During the presentation, CMU Police Officer Jeff Ballard educated attendees about the laws, sobriety tests and penalties involved with drinking and driving. Two representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and CMU students shared testimonies about how drunk driving impacted them to help people better understand how severe the consequences can be. During the last week of October, Clarkston senior Lauren Elias, vice president

of SADD, said the group will pair with Delta Phi Epsilon to put on a mock-drunk driving car crash. During the reenactment a car that was actually involved in a drunk driving accident will be brought in, actors will pretend to play the victims and real police officers will be present. “It’s to bring awareness to such a serious issue we sometimes overlook,” Elias said. “People often don’t understand how frequently A Sober | 2A

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EVENTS CALENDAR Today w A retrospective of photography by the late Michael Lon Ferguson is on display from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the University Main Art Gallery.

Plans to select an architect for a separate project involving additional graduate housing in North Campus are also in the early stages. Although the reason for not renovating was the heavy price involved, it did not have to do with any other construction

w In 2007, CMU began looking at the next possible residential restaurant renovation after Real Food on Campus in 2003 and the Fresh Food Company in 2006. w In the planning process, Robinson Hall dining was identified as the next area to be remodeled sometime in the future. Other ideas discussed for the north campus area included a fitness center and convenience store. A new convenience store is now in place. w As planning progressed, cost estimates became more of a concern, and one estimate approached $20 million for the dining area,

w “Balancing the Educator’s Platter — what to do and what to dump,� an information session for future teachers, is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Education and Human Services Building 118. w Jesus, Captain America and Barack Obama: The Superhero Myth in Modern America is from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Charles V. Park Library Auditorium

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w Museum studies and public history internship information session is from 6 to 7 p.m. in Rowe 205. w 2011-12 RA/MA prospective staff night will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Rotunda.

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When he found out he would be heading back to the U.S., Green said he was ecstatic. “It was one of the most happiest moments of my life,� he said. “It was just so awesome coming back, especially going ‘home’ home. The reception was incredible, I had overwhelming support. Coming from a small town, everybody knows you.� St. Ignace resident Nate Tamlyn said he has been friends with Green for more than eight years. He said one can tell his friend had changed when he

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projects taking place on campus, Schmidt said. “It is not being reconsidered because of the med school,� she said. The board of trustees will finalize the campus master plan and help pick out the architect in time for the plan to take effect, Holtgreive said. university@cm-life.com

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w Zen Meditation Group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Naturopathic Community Center, 503 E. Broadway St.

w “Real Women Have Curves� Movie and Discussion is at 1 and 5 p.m. in Bovee University Center.

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minority groups on campus. In fall of 1997, the two groups made up less than 2 percent of CMU’s student body. In fall 2010, they made up 1 percent. Colleen Green, director of Native American Programs, said the close-knit Native American society sometimes results in a lower retention rate among students. Some ways to ease transition from home to school are Native American organizations and programs, she said. There are also week-long summer programs for Native American high school students and youth camps that participate in recruiting. “(Kevin Williams) and I attend the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe-sponsored Career Expo every year,� Green said. “The expo is held locally to encourage local high schools students to seek out higher education.� Although the minority student population increases every year, Wagner said there is still room for improvement. “We don’t rest on our laurels,� she said. “We try to analyze all of our programs every year and do far better. That is one of our main goals to diversify the campus. All of the positive benefits CMU has

convenience store and fitness area. w Given the cost, and the fact that the renovation did not include any remodeling or renovation to student rooms, CMU decided not to invest in the project. w In 2009, CMU contracted with an independent student housing consultant to review options for the north quads. Plans to rebuild the halls rather than remodel them are now underway.

Northville junior Julie Gotberg, center, philanthropy chairwoman at Delta Zeta, cheers on the participants of a pancake eating contest during the Delta Zeta pancake breakfast Tuesday on the sorority’s porch, 810 S. Main St. All proceeds from the event benefited the CMU Speech and Hearing Clinic.

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Ethnic makeup of CMU for fall 2010 w White: 17,514; 82.3% w Unknown: 1,321; 6.2% w Black: 889; 4.2% w Non-resident alien: 604; 2.8% w Hispanic: 451; 2.1% w Asian: 286; 1.3% w Native American: 217; 1.0% w Total enrollment: 21,290

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Ethnic makeup of CMU for fall 2009 w White: 17,028; 83.3% w Unknown: 1.233; 6.0% w Black: 790; 3.9% w Non-resident alien: 555; 2.7% w Hispanic: 412; 2.0% w Asian: 250; 1.2% w Native American: 176; 0.9% w Total enrollment: 20,444

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Elias said the group’s main goal isn’t necessarily to stop people from drinking and they aren’t trying to prevent people from having a good time. Instead, they are trying to educate people how to do it safely, she said. “I think the biggest thing we’re advocating for is responsible choices,� Elias said. “‘Staying responsible in October’ just isn’t as catchy.� studentlife@cm-life.com

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brought about by alcohol. The Buckley junior said participants will be shown three different party situations highlighting different issues, including alcohol poisoning and encounters with the police. “More than anything it’s an alternative to going out and drinking on Friday night,� Gibler said. “You don’t need to have alcohol in your life to have a good time. It’s a really cool initiative on campus to promote sober lifestyles for the month.�

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Legality of marijuna dispensaries questioned statewide Two cities have temporary bans on substance By Maria Amante Staff Reporter

Controversy continues to surround medical marijuana around the state after restrictions were placed on the substance in Royal Oak and Auburn Hills. Royal Oak continued a moratorium on the substance for 120 days in a 4-3 vote at

its city commission meeting Monday. Auburn Hills initiated a similar ban, also for 120 days, to review the issue. Matt Taylor, co-owner of the Mount Pleasant dispensary Compassionate Apothecary, said there is too much enthusiasm to ban the substance. “There is far too much statewide support for these patients and medical marijuana (in) general to put the genie back in the bottle,” Taylor said in an e-mailed statement. “The voters have spoken loud and clear, and

continue to everyday. Their votes should not be wrongfully pre-empted by anyone.” Last month, Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Peter O’Connell issued a ruling requesting state lawmakers to clarify the law, which was approved by voters in 2008. O’Connell issued an opinion on a case in which two Madison Heights residents were charged with marijuana possession. The court upheld the opinion. Local issue No local opinion has been

issued by Isabella County Judge Paul Chamberlain in the case in which county prosecutor Larry Burdick questioned the legality of Compassionate Apothecary, 311 W. Michigan St., which distributes medical marijuana to registered patients and caregivers. Burdick said O’Connell’s opinion highlighted many concerns of lawmakers and medical marijuana users. “The legislature needs to reexamine the statute,” Burdick said. “Dispensaries are illegal under the statute and the law

does not specifically prohibit medical marijuana or sale. If the legislature wants to look at providing for some kind of mechanism, that’s something they need to examine and approve. Short of that, dispensaries are illegal.” Taylor said his and coowner Brandon McQueen’s top priority was helping patients and the community while handling their business responsibly and professionally. He said lawmakers need to uphold the desire of voters while finding a model that

works and they are comfortable with. “We actually share their concerns for community safety,” Taylor said. “What people need to realize is that this is a natural and needed progression, and not a threat to the community. If patients are going to be provided with an immediate and uninterrupted supply that they are in control of, the state needs people to undertake the professional cultivation of said medicinals.” metro@cm-life.com

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U-M student body president ‘bullied’ by Andrew Shirvell for being gay By Heather Hillman Senior Reporter

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Mount Pleasant resident Nicole Jankowski shakes hands with actor Verne Troyer during the meet and greet Monday evening on the second floor of Warriner Hall. “This was all unexpected, I was given the wristband (to meet Troyer) from someone else, it was awesome,” Jankowski said. Troyer, who is best known for his role as Mini Me in the “Austin Powers” trilogy, visited as part of CMU Disability Awareness Week.

Troyer talks disabilities By Michael L. Hoffman Staff Reporter

Monday night’s visit to CMU was not the first for actor Verne Troyer. Troyer, who is most recognized for his role in the “Austin Powers” films as Mini-Me, came to Plachta Auditorium Monday night to give a speech to about 1,200 students regarding his life and what it was like to grow up and succeed with a disability. He was brought to CMU by Program Board, as a part of CMU’s Disability Awareness Week. Troyer’s older brother Davon attended CMU for a few years and during that

time Troyer would come visit and party with his brother. “I’ve been to the Central Wayside,” Troyer said. “I am not sure if they are still around, but the apartments my brother lived in were the place to party. We did all the same stuff you did.” The actor and Centerville native said he was born with Cartilage-Hair Hypoplasia, a form of dwarfism that he said affects overall size of the body, resulting in smaller stature and sometimes other health defects as well. “One of the first things people say to me is, ‘I didn’t realize how small (I am) in person,” Troyer said. He said he is two feet and eight inches tall and weighs

cm-life.com Watch a video of Troyer’s appearance at Plachta 32 pounds. His short stature has not stopped Troyer from reaching the goals he has set for himself. “I’m still pursuing my dreams,” he said. “I still want to do so much more here ... I think as long as you put your mind to it, you can do anything you want.” Steve Prichard said he was very happy to see Troyer speak and thought he had a lot of offer. “I thought it was interesting to hear how he overcame his physical obstacles,” the Sears senior said. “It’s always exciting

to see someone accomplished like him to come to CMU.” Cadillac senior Rob Reynolds agreed. “I thought it was very insightful,” Reynolds said. “He had a lot of good things to say.” Growing up with CCH Troyer spoke about what it was like to grow up with CHH and how he overcame his challenges to become successful. “Everyday life is a challenge, still now,” he said. “A challenge is walking in a crowd. A challenge is trying to turn on a light switch. A challenge is anything a normal person doesn’t think twice about, I have to think three times about.” Troyer talked about how his

parents, Rueben and Susan Troyer, did not treat him any differently from his brother or sister. He said this helped him adapt to life’s challenges because he was forced to do the same things as his siblings, such as tending to farm animals and other duties around the house. But the main message of Troyer’s speech was that little people are no different than average-sized people, except for their stature. He ended the event with a sincere message to his fans. “As long as I make you happy,” he said, “I am overjoyed.” studentlife@cm-life.com

The Student Government Association has voiced strong support for its fellows at the University of Michigan. The CMU SGA Senate unanimously approved a resolution Monday advocating for the immediate removal of state Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell from office because of his actions against Chris Armstrong, the Student Body President at the University of Michigan. Shirvell created an online blog called the “Chris Armstrong Watch” targeting Armstrong for many reasons, including the fact he is openly gay. Shirvell has made several statements against Armstrong through the blog, accusing him of having a radical homosexual agenda and posting doctored pictures of him with a Nazi swastika. Shirvell has also camped outside of the student’s home with a video camera and protested outside of social events. “It’s basically an online blog used as a cyber campaign against Armstrong in order to defame his character, expose his personal life and create rumors,” said Colleen McNeely, legislative affairs committee chairwoman for SGA. “Andrew Shirvell is a cyber bully and a bigot.” The Brighton sophomore said along with the resolution of support for Armstrong, SGA will educate students about the issue and encourage them to sign a petition to remove Shirvell from office. The petition, which is run online through www.change.org, is hoping to receive 5,000 signatures and can be signed by anyone. McNeely said the SGA hopes to contribute at least a couple hundred signatures to the overall goal by spreading information about the situation to students. “He’s been using the blog to harass Armstrong for being openly gay,” McNeely said. “I think it’s important students know that

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SGA House feels Salsa rhythm By Nora Naughton Staff Reporter

The Student Government Association is composed of representatives of all kinds of Chips ­— and Monday night they were submerged in Salsa. The SGA House of Representatives took Salsa lessons in Finch Fieldhouse. House Leader Taylor Hammerl spearheaded the gathering, which was the first house retreat of the semester. “I’m (a resident assistant) in Sweeney, and I just did a Salsa dancing lesson for my resi-

dents and it went great,” the Lake Orion junior said. “We’re doing it to help everyone get to know each other.” Hammerl said the event was successful because people came out of their shells and got to talk to each other. Merrill residence hall director Lizandro Tremolada taught the class. “LT does an amazing job,” Hammerl said. “He was the instructor when we did this in Sweeney too.” Tremolada advised his audience of student leaders to let go of their inhibitions before

beginning the lesson. “Have fun and don’t be concerned with who’s watching you,” Tremolada said. The group began the lesson without partners while Tremolada taught them the steps. Pontiac senior Bianca Fernandez said the Salsa dance lesson came at just the right time. “It’s Hispanic heritage month,” the Sola Scriptura representative said. “So I’m excited to show off my Latina knowledge.” The members circled up with leads on the inside of the

circle and follows on the outside. Tremolada asked the leads to move one partner to the right after every new move he taught to encourage them to get to know one another. “It gave everyone a chance to meet and learn a little bit about each other,” Hammerl said. “I was able to talk, laugh, and really get to know some of our house members.” It was the first house retreat Petoskey senior and Beta Alpha Psi representative Cody A Salsa | 5A

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The Student Government Association’s House of Representatives learns to salsa dance to get to know each other Monday at Finch Fieldhouse. “I think it’s been hilarious,” said Grand Ledge senior Kyle Grost.


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EDITORIAL | Gubernatorial candidates should be closely watched by voters during broadcast

Debate to watch Sunday’s gubernatorial debate between Democratic Party candidate Virg Bernero and Republican Party candidate Rick Snyder would not be as highly anticipated had in not come so close to never happening.

Michigan voters should make a point to watch the debate, taking place at 7 p.m. and broadcast on public television. Although debates are more structured, prepared and formal than many other forums in which the candidates may express their views and policies, it is a tradition that has continued because it does have value.

It allows the voting public to see how candidates perform under pressure and in the face of their opponent. While it’s disappointing that no more debates could be agreed upon, that makes this event much more important. Snyder, who has led the polls in a commanding fashion so far, could see a significant shift against him should

he not be able to perform against the more politically-seasoned Bernero. After several weeks without an agreement made between the two as to whether or not to schedule a debate, on Sept. 22 one was finally scheduled for Sunday. This caused a discussion to spark, whether or not debates were even necessary, or if they should be replaced with unscripted “town hall”style meetings and forums. While those certainly have their place in campaign strategies, they are not a valid replacement for a debate. Although many debate responses are prepared in advance, there is still much to be learned about candidates involved in a debate; how they speak, how they react, how they improvise, et cetera.

Even the smallest gaffe in a debate, such as John McCain’s infamous “That one” statement toward Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, can heavily affect the outcome of an election. Since Bernero and Snyder are only debating once before the Nov. 2 election, the effects of Sunday could be monumental for either candidate. If Snyder manages to perform at least admirably, the election could be all but a lock for the political rookie. Conversely, if Bernero can score a decisive victory Sunday, he may be able to significantly tip the scales in his favor. Either way, this is a debate that politic-hounds in Michigan will want to see the outcome of, and all voters should as well.

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Not news The decline in quality of the American cable news networks is nothing new. Fox News and MSNBC have been steadily carving out their niche as a place for partisan blowhards to preach to their choirs while CNN has become the most trusted name in “info-tainment.” CNN once had the most revered brand name in broadcast journalism and still features some of the best political analysis on television and their election-night coverage is second to none. Where CNN is erring these days is their new emphasis on entertaining news, rather than just news. Before his firing last week for anti-Semitic remarks, Rick Sanchez was diluting the network’s legacy with each broadcast of his show “Rick’s List.” The same network that revolutionized the 24-hour news cycle and was able to broadcast live images of Baghdad being bombed in 1990, now featured a program where the anchor would read Facebook comments and tweets on air, rather than report on anything important. If sensationalist broadcasts and over-the-top anchors were CNN’s only problem, that could be tolerated. Cable news now has to fill 24-hour news cycles and compete with the internet and hundreds of competing channels. But their recent hiring practices are quickly chiseling away any journalistic integrity the network clings to. Eliot Spitzer has been appearing as a Wall Street analyst on the network for months under the moniker “the former sheriff of Wall Street” and on Monday debuted a new show called “Parker Spitzer,” that will be a roundtable discussion show with conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, where the central theme will undoubtedly be partisan hacks trying to yell louder than each other. While Spitzer did earn a reputation for investigating Wall Street as New York’s attorney general, the network would conveniently forget to mention that Spitzer was forced to resign as governor of New York in 2008 due to him being a client for high-priced prostitutes; both as attorney general and during his 15 months as governor. Another troubling hire is that the man taking over Larry King’s time slot in January, Piers Morgan. Morgan made his reputation in England as a tabloid journalist and has been a host and contestant on reality TV in the U.S. “Larry King Live” was once served as the network’s crown jewel and the time slot will now be filled by a personality who has no journalistic credibility and makes Ryan Seacrest look like Tom Brokaw. The network which dubs itself as the “Most Trusted Name in News” has definitely lost my trust and more importantly, my respect. Central Michigan Life is the independent voice of Central Michigan University and is edited and published by students of CMU every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the fall and spring semesters, and on Wednesday during the summer term. The online edition (www.cmlife.com) contains all of the material published in print.

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CMU has lost a friend CMU students have lost a friend — a friend most didn’t know they had. Two weeks ago, Dr. Mary Ellen Brandell, CMU professor emeritus, passed away. Mary Ellen was a lifelong resident of Mt. Pleasant, a leader of the community, and a past CMU staff member, professor, and senior administrator. She held many positions, served on many committees, taught many students, mentored many young people, and first and foremost, was a friend and advocate for students. In the roles she held and the committees on which she served, both in the community and university, Dr. Brandell was a tremendous leader who interacted with countless people and was respected and loved by all. Dr. Brandell had the

capacity and talent to make everyone feel as if he or she was one of her very special friends, and indeed, each person was. She cherished others and was a valued friend. Dr. Brandell cared for and appreciated CMU students more than any other person I have known. She always spoke glowingly of what students did for the university and the community. If others were making negative statements about “those CMU students” Dr. Brandell was the first to speak up, disagree with the statements, and share stories about the positive things students were doing and how they made Mount Pleasant a better place in which to live. She was a true champion of students in the sense of a champion as one who fights for another. Few people know

that it is because of Dr. Brandell that CMU has a Volunteer Center; a Volunteer Center which registers over 4,000 CMU students annually to engage in community service. Dr. Brandell served the community and the university, knew how this enriched the lives of those who served even more than it enriched those who were served, and recognized that students wanted to be involved in their communities. She had the idea for CMU to partner with United Way of Isabella County to establish a unit which would respond to students’ desire to serve and would meet community needs. It was as a result of her vision, commitment, compassion, persuasiveness and perseverance that the Volunteer Center was created and provides students so

many opportunities and experiences. To the very end, Dr. Brandell valued and appreciated CMU students, and advocated on their behalf. She did a great deal quietly, deliberately, and without seeking credit, to enrich the lives of CMU students. Dr. Brandell was a good friend to the students who knew her and to those who didn’t. She positively influenced the lives of students in ways they do not know. Mary Ellen was a friend to CMU students. She was a beloved friend to many. Her legacy lives on and she is sorely missed. Bruce Roscoe Dean of Students

look up to as well as you as a model. It is increasingly difficult to teach and practice “civil discourse” in classes when some students and some faculty alike

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see Fox News and other extremists as the epitome of success and purveyors of truth. We all learn through modeling. We need to seek out better models and learn

Social advertising A lot of focus has been on Facebook recently with the recent release of the film “The Social Network.” The movie follows the development of the site by Mark Zuckerberg. However the most intriguing part of Zuckerberg’s creation is the irony wrapped up within it. Networking is the most prominent form of business communication. It is preached from day one of any basic sales or management training. Facebook has served as a type of free networking for individuals and businesses around the globe. What started as a site for college kids to keep in touch with one another has evolved into an arena for a vast pool of businesses sharing their products with the world. Recently I became a fan of pages that span from the Home Builders Association of Saginaw to Kentucky Fried Chicken. The purpose? Businesses are seeking to get their message out to a large amount of people all for the low, low cost of free. Cash is king in this profit-driven economy, so any edge that a business can obtain by utilizing free resources, especially for the extremely important aspect of networking, should be taken advantage of. This is especially crucial ever since the sudden recession caused everybody to focus on doing more for less. Businesses are more than ever trying to inflate that bottom line by cutting costs and taking advantage of any free or low-cost business tools. The irony of this situation lies in Zuckerberg’s motivation. Zuckerberg stated in an open letter he wrote back in 2006, “My goal was to help people understand what was going on in their world a little better. I wanted to create an environment where people could share whatever information they wanted.” What he did not envision was the fact that Facebook would end up being one of the catalysts not only of social networking, but also of business networking. Facebook serves as a bold public relations centerpiece for small businesses and Fortune 500 corporations. So, Zuckerberg essentially launched a worldwide database that would end up helping to connect businesses to consumers in a very personal way. Isn’t it ironic that Zuckerberg’s creation would be the key to his own company? He unlocked the power of social networking that ended up delivering a powerful resource to companies much like his own. Mark Zuckerberg is a visionary. He created a tool so fundamental to the roots of Americans that many of us cannot imagine living without it. Because of that, Facebook will continue to be a force in marketing both globally and domestically for a long, long time.

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We need a better model Merlyn Mowrey noted a number of inaccuracies in “Hardly Presidential” coverage. Because this is a fine institution of learning, I worry about the models you

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these are the actions of a government official and for future public servants to know there will be public outcry for discriminatory actions like this.” Brittany Mouzourakis, president of SGA, said the SGA House of Representatives will vote to approve a resolution next week. If it is approved, the Garden City senior said she will sign it and send a written statement to the Student Association of Michigan along with student body presidents from other universities. Mouzourakis said these

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statements will hopefully be sent out in a bundled media release by the end of the month. She hopes the resolution and support for Armstrong will make students of the LGBT community at CMU feel welcome and accepted. “We are a community of students that promotes the tolerance of others,” Mouzourakis said. “I think it’s important for all public universities to show that we do not accept intolerance.” South Lyon freshman Catey Traylor said she is happy the SGA is taking a stand on the issue and supporting Armstrong. Traylor said she would definitely sign the petition. “I feel like what Shirvell is

enjoyed the salsa dancing quite a bit. “I thought it was really fun, and it beats sitting around in a room for an hour,” Ermler said. “I didn’t really know that many people in the SGA, but I got to know a ton of people at this retreat.” By the end of the night,

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You don’t have to be an art major to frequent Sheree Murray’s new downtown business. Sheree’s Country Scrapbook and Jewelry specializes in scrapbooking supplies, such as stickers, paper, decals and paper products. Previously located on Pine Street, the store recently relocated to 120 1/2 E. Broadway Street, the former location of Emma’s Basement Boutique. “I am what is called a ‘specialty shop’,” Murray said. “I buy from all kinds of different scrapbooking vendors. Most of the stores like Wal-Mart, Meijer and Jo-Ann (Fabrics) carry one or two basic brands.” There are also classes available at Murray’s store, including scrapbooking, bead making and wire making.

and Jewelry owner Sheree’s County Scrapbook and Jewelry also has a work area for scrapbookers to sit down and create. “People can bring their own stuff, come in anytime we’re open and scrapbook for free,” Murray said. She said she has already seen several sorority members visit the store since its opening three weeks ago. Though Alpha Chi Omega sorority member Alli Gruber has not yet visited Murray’s store, she said she had heard about it and was interested in visiting to explore the variety of products. The Rochester Hills sophomore said even though making scrapbook pages is a part of her sorority activities, she has always had an interest in the craft, and making her pages

doing is wrong,” Traylor said. “As long as Armstrong is getting the job done then his sexual orientation shouldn’t matter.” studentlife@cm-life.com

all the members of the SGA House in attendance were moving and grooving to the Salsa beats. “Surprisingly, it wasn’t weird or awkward and overall I think everyone had a great time,” Ermler said. studentlife@cm-life.com

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unique. Gruber said she would even be willing to pay more money to buy unique elements for her scrapbooks. “If you buy pages from JoAnn (Fabrics), other people are going to have the same pages as you,” she said. Murray said that variety was her main goal. Each wall in Murray’s shop is painted a different color matched with different page elements in different themes. So far, Murray is pleased with the new location of her business and plans on remaining downtown indefinitely. “I’m staying here,” she said. “The only way I’ll leave now is if I close my doors for good.” metro@cm-life.com


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Tablet touch-off New contenders in the works to compete with iPad By Ryan Taljonick | Senior Reporter

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he iPad will not go unchallenged in the tablet market much longer. Its competitors: the BlackBerry PlayBook, the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the HP Slate. Will Apple’s black multitouch slab remain king of the hill? Novi junior Christopher Zamplas thinks so. “The iPad is the tablet of choice almost solely because of the app store and because of the community behind it,” he said. “It’s like when you buy a Nike shoe, you pay $25 for the ‘swoosh,’ not necessarily because it’s a better shoe. The same thing happened with Apple and the iPad.” Zamplas has owned an iPad for six months. “I purchased one because I needed something a little bit more mobile than my laptop — something I could carry around and use,” he said. Zamplas’ iPad sports the iOS operating system and Safari Web browser, a 9.7inch display, a 1GHz Apple A4 processor and a mere 256MB of onboard memory. Compared to the hardware of upcoming tablet devices, the iPad is severely outgunned, he said.

New tablets Though no official pricing models or release dates are available for the upcoming tablet contenders, there is a rundown of the rumored specs. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is powered by Google’s Android operating system and will be available for various wireless carriers, such as AT&T, Sprint, T-mobile and Verizon Wireless. The device includes 512MB of onboard memory — twice the amount included in the iPad — in addition to a slimmer, lighter design that features a 7-inch multitouch display and a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, according to the product’s website. It will also offer video conferencing through a 3-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3megapixel front camera, and is available with 16 or 32GB of onboard storage with flash support and an option for expandable memory. According to a leaked internal memo from Hewlett-Packard, the HP Slate tablet will sport an 8.9-inch display and will run Windows 7 as its operating system. The device will be powered by a 1.6GHz Atom processor, 1GB of onboard memory with expandable memory options and will be available in a 32 or 64GB onboard-storage version. The Slate also offers flash support in addition to USB capabilities, HDMI outputs to connect to a monitor or televi-

sion and a VGA front camera with 3-megapixel rear camera. Finally, the BlackBerry PlayBook will be similar to the Galaxy Tab in terms of size. The PlayBook offers a 7-inch multitouch display brought powered by the BlackBerry Tablet operating system, a 1GHz

ware can handle multitasking the way Apple wants to implement it,” he said. “It’s not going to be the same way you can multitask on a computer. It will be like closing one application to open another, only you won’t lose your work — that’s Apple’s idea of multitasking.”

“I think there is a future for tablets somewhere. I don’t think tablets really will ever be as mainstream as people want them.” Christopher Zamplas, Novi junior

dual-core Cortex A9 processor and 1GB of onboard memory with no expandable memory options. The device does offer a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 3-megapixel front camera, making it the tablet of choice for video conferencing and photo. Onboard storage options have yet to be announced. Though the iPad will support multitasking with the iOS 4.2 software update in November, the new tablets support multitasking right out of the box. Zamplas said Apple’s multitasking feature will disappoint iPad users when the update hits. “I don’t think the iPad’s hard-

The future Despite the increase of competitors in the tablet market, Zamplas doubts a substantial market exists. He said tablets are useful for things that don’t require a full computer, such as Web browsing, watching video and checking e-mail. However, limited hardware options mean tablet devices are not feasible replacements for laptops or PCs, he said. “I think there is a future for tablets somewhere,” Zamplas said. “I don’t think tablets really will ever be as mainstream as people want them. You cannot use an iPad or an HP Slate as your primary computer, it’s just not capable of doing

everything you need it to do. I don’t think they’re worth $600 to the average user.” Paul Albee, a computer science assistant professor, said while tablets are a step toward the future, they are limited in functionality. “Computationally, they are quite weak,” he said. “The processors don’t have a lot of processing power. They are, honestly, a little on the small side. I don’t think they’re the wave of the future, at least not the current ones, but I don’t think they’re a fad either.” Albee said tablets are great e-book readers and have tons of interesting applications, but have little to offer the average consumer. He said their lack of physical keyboards deter his interest. “It’s almost completely useless to me as a standard computer,” Albee said. For tablets to be useful computation devices, they need increased processing power, the ability to better utilize multitasking functionality, and full, standalone operating systems, he said. “I think five to ten years down the road, we might be beyond tablets at that point, but it’s hard to say,” Albee said. “If something like a tablet will continue to exist, it’s going to have more computing power, more memory and probably a better user interface.” studentlife@cm-life.com

Mobile meltdown Smartphones with multimedia features, calling, texting grow in popularity By Ryan Taljonick Senior Reporter

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The war of smartphones shows no sign of abating. Bryan Beadle, manager of Sprint’s Mount Pleasant retail store, said smartphones — devices capable of connecting to the Internet, browsing the Web and receiving e-mails in addition to traditional phone capabilities — are increasingly popular amongst college students. “The technology that’s coming out and the rate at which it’s coming out is unbelievable,” Beadle said. “Smartphones have kind of taken over as far as being a one-stop device for everything.” But many wonder in the ever-changing world of smartphones, with touchscreens, video conferencing and faster wireless, what is

the device for them? HTC EVO 4G The HTC EVO 4G is the wold’s first 4G capable phone running on Google’s Android operating system. The Sprint network phone’s biggest selling points are its relatively large 4.3-inch touch screen and its 8-megapixel rear camera. Macomb senior Jake Barnett has owned one since June. “The best thing I like about the EVO is it does everything,” he said. “It has calendars for my appointments, alarm clocks that you can customize for anything and it’s great for taking notes in class.” Barnett is very impressed with the Android operating system. “It’s very intuitive,” he said. “I wish I could say that about other operating sys-

tems I’ve used. I recommend it 110 percent.” Beadle said the Android operating system backs up all of a device’s information to a user’s Google account, including contacts, eliminating the need for wired backup. Droid X The Droid X gives Verizon Wireless users a chance to use the Android operating system with the Motoblur 2 touchscreen interface and similar screen and camera to the EVO. Clio freshman Mitchell Gunther has owned the Droid X for one month. The decive lacks the physical keyboard of its Droid predecessor. “The screen is huge, it runs fast enough to do whatever I want it to do,” he said. Gunther said he likes to use his phone to play games, check Facebook and listen to

music. His only issue with the Droid X is the device’s limited battery life. “The battery is not that good at all,” he said. “Whenever I’m at home I have to make sure it’s plugged in.” iPhone 4 Apple’s latest iteration in the iPhone series offers additional features when compared to its predecessors, including a front-facing camera that allows for the video conferencing. Available on the AT&T wireless network, the iPhone 4 offers a smaller 3.5-inch screen when compared to its competitors, but has high pixel density with its “Retina Display.” It also includes a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. A phones | 2B


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Web slinger’s latest stumbles again ‘Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions’ good but forgettable By Ryan Czachorski Senior Reporter

The 1960s animated series theme song famously said SpiderMan could do whatever a spider could. It’s made clear after playing“Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions� that one thing this spider can’t do is star in a great video game. “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions� comes close to being truly great, but many of the flaws that have plagued past Spider-games pop up in this iteration. The hook of the game is instead of playing as one Spider-Man, you play as four. At the beginning of the game, the Tablet of Order and Chaos is broken, sending splinters across multiple dimensions. The Spider-Men, from the “Amazing,� “Ultimate,� “2099� and “Noir� comic book universes, are tasked with collecting the pieces before they fall into the wrong hands. Like many previous SpiderMan games, the titular character

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is hard to keep up with. The camera can struggle to keep up with the fast-paced fights and is awful when the game shifts to climbing on walls. Some of the controls, especially the high jump, are touchy and don’t always work. Spidey also doesn’t feel like his high-flying self a lot of the time. The game is more focused on combat than web swinging, which makes it feel more generic than it should. The highlights of the title are the “Amazing� and “Ultimate� levels, which feature the strongest boss fights and the best voice work. Neil Patrick Harris shines as the Amazing Spider-Man when he resumes his role from the short-lived 2003 MTV show, “Spider-Man: The New Animated Series�. The other two universes don’t really feel like Spider-Man games. “Spider-Man 2099� involves a lot of free-falling sequences. Yet it’s tough to enjoy because it’s based more around technology and odd bosses, like a female Doctor Octopus. The Noir universe features a 1930s Spider-Man whose strength is sneaking through the shadows and silently taking down enemies. It plays more like a poorly implemented “Batman: Arkham Asylum� clone than anything, how-

Video Game NBA 2K11 (PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, X360) 2k Sports’ NBA gaming franchise is back with “NBA 2K11,� which includes a variety of new features for the storied series. In addition to modes that were available in past iterations of the series, several new features have been added, many of which involve the iconic Michael Jordan. In the new game mode, “MJ: Creating a Legend,� players control Michael Jordan as a rookie, guiding him to his legendary status through a series of seasons which alter Jordan’s physical appearance as he ages. “NBA 2K11� promises to be one of the most content-intensive basketball games to date. -Ryan Taljonick

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HHHHH ever. Overall, the gameplay does work. All four Spider-Men have their own strengths and can be leveled up through a great reward system. By finding coins, completing level-specific challenges and defeating enemies, players earn points to upgrade their combat and character abilities. All four universes are at least well-done graphically. Each has its own graphical style, from the cel-shaded Ultimate universe to the black-and-white graphics of Noir. The voice work is also good, but some of Spider-Man and his villains’ quips get old fast. “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions� is ultimately an enjoyable game, but it definitely proves that four times the Spidey doesn’t equal four times the fun. studentlife@cm-life.com

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Niles sophomore Eric Steiner has owned an iPhone 3G since January. Steiner said the series is a good choice for anyone looking for a simple, easy-touse design. He said the main draw of the iPhone 4 is Apple’s “app store,� which offers more than 225,000 apps in comparison to the 65,000 apps available on the Android Market. “I have two screens of apps,� he said. “Most of the apps they

BlackBerry Bold 9650 Research In Motion’s BlackBerry, a long-time contender in the smartphone market, sticks to its roots with the BlackBerry Bold 9650. The device includes an optical trackpad, integrated Wi-Fi, and a 3.2-megapixel camera that supports video capture. Dan Wiley, a Port Huron sophomore, has owned a BlackBery Tour for nearly two years, which is comparable to the Bold 9650 in terms of de-

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Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox Apple AirPrint available for battle for global market share iPad, iPhone this November By Ryan Taljonick Senior Reporter

Internet Explorer’s grip is loosening on the global Web browser market. Browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are soaking up more of the global browser market share, according to StatCounter. com, a website that monitors browser usage. Microsoft Internet Explorer’s usage has dropped to 49.87 percent of the global browser market as of September, a signifcant drop from its 67.16 percent prevalence two years ago. Paul Albee, computer science assistant professor, attributed the decrease in Internet Explorer usage to the customization available in other Web browsers. “The other browsers are a little more flexible and maybe a little faster,” he said. “In the past, (Internet Explorer) was slow and buggy and had a number of security holes.” Redford freshman Dave Brimhall said he has used Microsoft’s browser for years. “Its accessibility is real easy,” he said. “Internet Explorer has a lot of pop-ups if the pop-up blocker is off.” Brimhall said he mainly uses Internet Explorer out of habit. While Microsoft’s browser is a

bit cluttered, he said he does not see the point in switching to different browsers. Chrome shines StatCounter stated Google Chrome usage increased tenfold from September 2008 to September 2010, absorbing 11.54 percent of global Internet users. Chrome is the fastest growing Web browser on the market. “I have used Google Chrome, it works pretty well although it has some security ramifications,” Albee said. “The fact that all your browsing is now tied to a user name is a little troubling.” Grand Rapids senior Dan Morse said he switched to Chrome from Mozilla Firefox. “I actually found Firefox took a long time to start up on my computer,” he said. “When I use Chrome, it loads up really fast and it’s fast going site to site.” As a Gmail user, Morse said he likes the way his e-mail service has been integrated into his Web browser. He also likes Chrome’s URL address bar, which also acts as a Google search box. “I really like the minimal interface,” he said. Firefox and Safari Romeo sophomore Steve

Foran said Mozilla Firefox has been his preferred browser of choice for more than five years. “Mozilla’s definitely the best one I’ve used,” he said. “I know that it runs a lot better than most browsers.” Foran said the huge array of customizable plug-ins available to Firefox make the browser the ultimate experience in personalization. One of the most important features in a Web browser is speed, Foran said, and Firefox competes with the other browsers on the market. “I produce music, so I need speed,” he said. “If I have a deadline to release a song for a band, I need the browser to cooperate.” Firefox has 31.5 percent of global market usage and Safari with 4.42 percent, according to StatCounter. com. Laingsburg senior Ben Murphy said he also likes using Safari for his Web browsing needs. “It’s the one I’ve gotten most familiar with,” he said. “I also enjoy that it doesn’t ask me a million questions about passwords and all that.” studentlife@cm-life.com

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The Facebook–inspired drama and biopic dominates the big screen like its subject matter dominates computer monitors. Whether you’re a Facebook crawler or not – and let’s face it, you probably are – “The Social Network” is a film worth watching. The movie defines generation Y with a spotlight shining on the most revolutionary and influential invention of the new millennium, as it exposes the poignant truths that lie behind our beloved online networking device. Jesse Eisenberg (“Zombieland,” “Camp Hope”) plays the sharp-tongued, acidic Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, as he designs and develops the idea of the social monster and deals with the fame, fortune and lawsuits he encounters along the way. As the tagline states, “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” The film, directed by the ever-impressive David Fincher (“Fightclub,” “Se7en,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), opens in a college bar with Mark and his soon– to–be ex-girlfriend Erica (Rooney Mara) exchanging a witty, accelerated dialogue about Mark’s various obsessions, which suddenly result

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in Mark’s single status. In drunken anger he returns to his dorm to get to work on a new project: one that consists of rating girls on his campus by hotness, which leads him straight into academic probation and contemptuous unpopularity among his peers. In spite of this, his cleverness and computer wizardry piques the attention of two fellow students, the Winklevoss twins, who recruit Mark to design a social networking site exclusive to Harvard students. Now Mark has the idea he’s been waiting for — a program designed to take the whole college social experience and put it online; exclusive, with Mark at the gate. It takes mere hours for the caustic genius’s site to reach 22,000 hits, and the rest, as we know it, is history still being written. Fincher’s directorial style paired with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s sharp, intelli-

gent dialogue transforms this story about computer nerds and endless litigation into a provocative, time-stopping character thriller with words hurled wildly in place of cars or fists. Actors Andrew Garfield (“Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus”), who plays Mark’s friend and Facebook CFO Eduardo Saverin, and Justin Timberlake, as Napster co-founder Sean Parker, heat up the screen as well with their stunning looks and captivating performances. The Social Network is the “Citizen Kane” for our generation, dramatizing a convoluted series of events and the lonely, bitter man responsible for it all. It is a film with plenty to chew on in the realm of human motivations and failings, with a subject matter many of its viewers are very likely already addicted to. studentlife@cm-life.com

Software allows iDevices to print wirelessly By Ryan Taljonick Senior Reporter

What good is a computer in your hands if you can’t print your valuable documents from it? Apple CEO Steve Jobs agrees. According to an Apple press release, AirPrint, which will allow the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch to print documents, will be included in November’s free iOS 4.2 software update. “AirPrint automatically finds printers on local networks and can print text, photos and graphics to them wirelessly over Wi-Fi without the need to install drivers or download software,” the release stated. “AirPrint is designed to support a wide range of printers from entry level inkjet printers to office laser printers. Additionally, iOS 4.2 devices can print to printers shared through a Mac or a PC.” However, not all generations of the iPhone and iPod Touch are compatible with AirPrint — only the iPhone 4, 3GS, and the iPod Touch, third generation and later. Aside from AirPrint’s ability to access printers on shared networks, Hewlett Packard’s “ePrint” enabled printers will allow for direct interaction with iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone. iPad interest West Branch junior Aaron Antcliff said he’s had his eye on the iPad since its release, but was turned off by the device’s inability to print. “That has been my primary reason for not getting an iPad,” he said. “I could take notes on it, but if I can’t print those notes from the iPad, it’s kind of useless because I’m not going to use the iPad to study with. I just didn’t want another entertainment device.” Antcliff said iPads are more practical than laptops for mobile use because they are smaller, lightweight and have longerlasting batteries. “I definitely think that iPad will revolutionize computing as long as they get themselves up to the level where people can use them to print and do their everyday work with them,” he said. Once AirPrint and the iOS 4.2 software update is available for the iPad, Antcliff said he will consider getting one. “I’m going to kind of wait and see what the reaction is to it,” he said. “Like a lot of these devices, it’s best to kind of sit back, wait and watch for about a month. I want to see how it works before I clunk down $700 on a brand new iPad.” PrintQ compatibility Antcliff said he’s worried AirPrint won’t be compatible with CMU’s PrintQ system and hopes the feature can be used to print on campus. Jeff McDowell, information technology help desk manager, said he is unfamiliar with Apple’s AirPrint software and is unsure of its compatibility with the PrintQ system. “I don’t know how that would jive with PrintQ though, we run another piece of software to run that and we’d have to see how those mesh together,” he

said. “It will be really hard to determine what we can do that until we get one in our hands and can test it.” In a follow-up e-mailed response, McDowell said AirPrint’s design may be incompatible with some printers on campus. “Overall I can say that enablement of printing from personal laptops is on the long-

term road map for services offered through campus labs, and allowing printing from iOS devices is certainly related to that goal,” he said. “Nothing stands out initially that would prevent students in the residence halls and apartments from using AirPrint with their own personal printers.” studentlife@cm-life.com


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Matt Berning did Tuesday what any good leader would do following a disappointing loss. The senior linebacker came to practice early and cranked up the speakers in the locker room, giving everyone that walked by a clap on the butt. “People are hurting, and I try and spread positive energy,” Berning said. CMU returned to Kelly/Shorts Stadium to try and pick up the pieces following its 31-17 loss against Ball State on Saturday, the program’s first home loss in almost 23 months. The defensive line was shredded by a Ball State rushing attack that made running the ball look easy, gaining more than 300 yards on the ground, while the offense was made to look like a group of players had just met for a pick up game. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Radcliff threw three interceptions and was sacked six times, unable to find the end zone until the fourth quarter. “They took advantage of their opportunities and we didn’t,” said head coach Dan Enos. “It was a different guy getting beat here, a guy getting beat there. It was very uncharacteristic of how we’ve played so far this year.” Now, the team must prepare to travel to Blacksburg, Va., to play at one of the most intimidating stadiums in the ACC, against one of the most storied programs in college football. Virginia Tech, while just 3-2 on the season, has won three consecutive games since suffering its own embarrassing loss against James Madison last month. Amidst the increased oneone-play and physicality in practice, sophomore wide receiver Cody Wilson seemed to preach a common chord around the locker room: forget Saturday’s game and look toward the next

The CMU women’s soccer team’s offense has been sporadic this season, despite boasting a four-game winning streak and sporting a 7-3-1 record. The Chippewas have scored 15 goals in 12 games and have seen 10 different players score at least one goal. Freshman Nicole Samuel leads the team offensively with three goals and seven and points. Head coach Tom Anagnost said his team’s aggressiveness has improved, but he is still not happy with the offensive production. “I’m not satisfied where we’re at by any means,” he said. “They’re young and they just have to believe that they can make plays. With that, you get more confidence and you start doing great things.” SEAN PROCTOR/Assistant photo editor

Senior wide receiver Kito Poblah is wrapped up by Ball State sophomore cornerback Jason Pinkston during the first quarter Saturday. BSU beat CMU 31-17.

game. “It’s another week, so we’re back to work, back to preparing — treating it just like any other week,” Wilson said. Olson out for year Dan Enos announced Tuesday that sophomore left tackle Jake Olson, suffering from a right knee injury, will sit out the rest of the season and will need surgery. Injured during CMU’s 52-14 win against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 18, the 6-foot-8, 290-pound sophomore finished the game and was believed to be OK. But the injury swelled up on him, forcing Olson to miss games against Northwestern and Ball State. A recent MRI concluded Olson needs surgery, effectively

ending his season. “It really stinks that I’m out for the season,” Olson said Tuesday. “This is my last chance to play with Jeff (Maddux) and Colin (Miller).” Junior Rocky Weaver has since replaced Olson at left tackle, while sophomore Eric Fisher has moved to right tackle. Both players will continue playing those positions going forward. “Rocky’s doing good,” Olson said. “I talk to him a lot, since his locker’s right next to mine and we hang out all the time. I trust him in my position and I think he could easily take this position. “It makes me a little nervous,” he said laughing. sports@cm-life.com

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Overtime game a rarity By Justin Hicks Staff Reporter

The coaches’ preseason picks are coming to fruition after the first weekend of play as the women’s field hockey team holds on to fourth place in the Mid-American Conference standings. CMU split its games over the weekend, losing 2-0 against Kent State on Friday before collecting an overtime win Saturday against Ohio. Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Ohio marked the first time since the overtime rule changed, requiring penalty strokes following two 15 minute overtime periods, to determine a winner. “It’s rare in today’s game,” said CMU head coach Cristy Freese. “It was the first time in the new era of decreasing the (number of) players in overtime that I’ve ever gone to.” In overtime, the number of players on the field are decreased to six players and a goalkeeper, creating more space on the field in both the offensive and defensive circles to make a play to end the game. Ohio’s Taylor Brown scored her ninth goal of the season in the second minute of the game

Saturday, hinting at a potentially strong offensive performance early. But that would be the only shot Netto allowed for Cristy Freese the game. In the 36th minute, freshman Bailey McKeon evened the score with her second goal of the season. The score would stay knotted up — despite multiple scoring opportunities — through the rest of the game, including two 15-minute overtime periods. With the game still at a draw after 100 minutes, the game was decided on penalty strokes. “I kind of expected it,” Netto said. “I saw how the game was going and both defenses were fighting really hard, but I was prepared either way.” Both teams scored on their first three shots, but the streak was snapped when Ohio missed on its fourth shot. Freshman Simone Lazar followed the prior three CMU shooters before, putting the team up a goal. OU’s final shooter missed the net wide, ending the contest. Netto finished with 10 saves

on the day and 19 on the weekend to earn her the State Farm Scholar-Athlete of the week honors, an award that CMU gives out each week. “I thought Anna played really well,” Freese said. “I thought both teams were really trying to shoot as hard as they could against her, but I think that fires Anna up.” CMU (3-7, 1-1 MAC) has played two overtime games this season, the first being the 2-1 victory against Providence on Sept. 11. The Chippewas opened MAC play Friday with a 2-0 loss to Kent State. Though the Chippewas were outshot 10-3 in the first half, the junior goaltender kept the scoreboard flawless, making five of her nine saves in the half. In the second though, Kent State was able to capitalize on two of its scoring chances, improving to 2-1 in the MAC. The team wraps up its home schedule this weekend with a pair of games at the CMU Field Hockey Complex. They begin play at 1 p.m. Saturday against Ball State and conclude at noon Sunday against Miami. sports@cm-life.com

CMU has started 4-0 in the Mid-American Conference for the third consecutive season, holding on to a MAC-best 0.55 goals against average. Sophomore forward Laura Twidle said that despite the lack of high scoring games, the variety of scoring is good for the team. She is one of three players on the team with two goals this season. “I think it’s great that a lot of people have been scoring because we don’t have to depend on one person,” she said. “It’s better to have everybody playing well and everybody being able to put the ball in the net.” After making a lot of errant shots in games, Twidle said the team has focused on finishing in practice in an effort to take advantage of those opportunities. “We’ve been working on being able to place the ball in the net,” she said. “(We need to) stay composed when we have chances.” Sophomore midfielder Ashley Mejilla has scored two goals in the last four games, including the game-winner against Bowling Green on Sunday. She said the team is trying to be more ag-

Scoring Production Freshman Nicole Samuel: 3 goals, 1 assist Sophomore Laura Twidle: 2 goals, 2 assists Senior Valerie Prause: 2 goals, 2 assists Sophomore Ashley Mejilla: 2 goals

gressive every game. “We’re always looking for high pressure in practice, so it will transfer onto the field,” she said. “We’re just taking each game one step at a time.” Anagnost said his team is gaining confidence with each game and is expecting to win every time it steps on the field. CMU hits the road again this weekend, playing at Buffalo at 7 p.m. Friday and Kent State at 1 p.m. Sunday. “We believe that we’re supposed to win,” he said. “As coaches we’re trying to get everything going in a positive way so we can be a better team.” sports@cm-life.com


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Sufjan Stevens up to ‘old tricks’ in album

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‘The Age of Adz’

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Michigan native and Hope College graduate Sufjan Stevens returns with “The Age of Adz,” the first proper full-length follow up to his popular 2005 masterwork “Illinois.” “The Age of Adz” finds ole Suf ’ up to many of his old tricks and plenty of new ones, relying on a more heavily electronic sound than any of his past works, though still maintaining the epic, grandiose orchestral sound that has made him such a beloved figure in the contemporary music scene. The album comes on the heels of August’s “All Delighted People EP,” an 8-track, hour long EP Stevens released without any promotion or warning whatsoever on his Bandcamp website on August 20th. The EP acted as a sort of warm-up to “The Age of Adz,” bringing Stevens back into the public conscious and prepping listeners for the intense, sometimes exhausting listening experience that is his most recent album. The record starts rather unassumingly with the beautiful “Futile Devices,” a gentle, lullaby of a track that brings to mind some of the more gentle songs found on Stevens’ earlier albums; a sort of gateway between Stevens’s more well-known brand of folk and the hectic, electronic nature of the rest of the album. The album’s title track demonstrates this notion quite perfectly, which starts out sounding like a soundtrack to a scene from a yet-to-be-made film about a giant, destructive robot, not unlike the being that adorns the album’s cover. The song explodes somewhere shortly after the two-minute mark, all sputtering electronics, bombastic horn bursts and a determined chorus of voices, among them Stevens’ own, sounding

unhinged and urgent. The strange thing about much of the album is its initial lack of hooks: this is not a very obvious or immediate album. After the first one or two playthroughs, the listener is likely to feel exhausted and bewildered, thinking, “What the heck was that?” Despite the initial shock, the songs begin to reveal themselves on further listens, some of them revealing catchy pop aspects that will get stuck in the listener’s head. One such song is the delightful “I Walked,” which finds Stevens bearing more of his soul and feelings than he has on past records. A break-up song at its core, “I Walked” is a laid-back, head-bobber, subtly melancholy and not-so-subtly catchy. Another of the album’s highlights is “I Want To Be Well,” a taut and dramatic piece that finds Stevens more self-aware and selfdeprecating than he has ever been in the past. Where the track really shines is in its 2nd half, after all accompaniment drops out of the mix, leaving only Stevens and a melancholy electric guitar, an urgent climax and one of the album’s highest peaks. Though “The Age of Adz” is quite intimidating on initial listens (did I mention there’s a 25-minute long closing track, which uses autotune and would require another 500 words for this writer to pick it apart properly?) the album’s rewards make repeat listens appealing and fruitful. Though not as consistently great as “Illinois,” “The Age of Adz” marks the successful and triumphant return of this interesting contemporary musician. studentlife@cm-life.com

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say 27 Girardi’s predecessor as Yankee manager 28 Scratched 29 Stupidity 31 “That’s __”: “Uh-uh” 32 With 7-Down, feeling better 34 Toledo-to-Detroit dir. 35 Port on the Firth Down of Clyde 1 Nebr. neighbor 36 Sen. counterpart 2 Roofer’s piece 38 Road to nowhere, 3 Whence icicles hang metaphorically 4 Does a 42 Spied cabinetmaking task 43 Schlep 5 Harris of country 44 Like monastic life 6 They may be pierced 45 Cleanup hitter’s 7 See 32-Down stats 8 Pierces 49 Annual Hollywood 9 Destructive 2005 gala, with “the” newsmaker 52 Amulet 10 Zealous 53 Syrian leader 11 Part of most 54 Take on eyeglasses 55 Fencing sword 12 “Little Red Book” 56 Stick on the table author 57 Opposite of unter 13 Ex-Texas governor 58 First president to Richards take up golf 21 Check sent with a 59 Pin cushion? ltr., e.g. 60 University URL 22 Adored one ending 25 Sanskrit for 61 Put on “awakened one” 26 Enjoyed Denny’s,

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