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NEWS 04 Trustees talk racism

President Robert Davies and student liaisons discuss controversial Snapchat of male student making “slave auction” comment

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Elliott sexual assault case will go to trial A two-day hearing of witness testimony, the case will continue to trial By Rachael Yadlowsky Staff Reporter news@cm-life.com

Following two days of a hearing and preliminary exam, the sexual assault case against former Central Michigan University Student Government Association President Ian Elliott was bound over to Isabella County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Trial Court Judge Eric Janes made a ruling to send the case to Circuit Court. A trial date has not been set. This was the second time this case has been brought to court. The case was set to go to trial on May 7, 2018, but was dismissed by the acting Isabella County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Holmes on April 6, 2018. Elliott, 24, is charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration. He is accused of sexually assaulting CMU graduate student Rachel Wilson on Aug. 31, 2016 after meeting her at The Cabin. In an interview with Central Michigan Life, Wilson described feeling disoriented after

meeting up with Elliott, even though she had only consumed 1 1/2 beers. Later, Elliott took her to his apartment where she vomited and passed out. She told police he sexually assaulted her after she regained consciousness. During Monday’s hearing, three new witnesses provided their testimonies against Elliott using similar experiences that they have had with him. Tuesday’s preliminary examination introduced two additional witnesses who were in contact with Wilson and Elliott the night the incident occurred. Solomon, 23, is a CMU alumna and gave the first testimony during Tuesday’s hearing. She met Wilson and Elliott the night of the incident through a mutual friend, Preston Haven. Haven had invited Solomon to go to The Cabin with him. Solomon told the court that Haven introduced her to Elliott later in the night and saw Elliott talking with Wilson, who she didn’t know at that point. She said that there was “no affection” happening between the two. Solomon said at some point, Elliott announced that a cab had arrived, and Wilson and Elliott left. She, again, said she saw no affection between the two and felt comfortable letting Wilson leave with Elliott.

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Trustees discuss student safety, enrollment at meetings By Staff Reports news@cm-life.com

The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees met in committees Feb. 13 to discuss racial incidents at CMU, as well as the effects of declining enrollment on the university. The formal meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 in the President’s Conference Room. Trustee-Student Liaison Committee The meeting was centered on Trustee Michael Sandler’s opening question: “Do students feel safe here?” Sparta junior Australyah Coleman, president of Central’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), said the quality of safety has been questioned by NAACP representatives throughout Michigan and on the national level as racial incidents continue to occur. “There has been at least one racial incident occurring per month,” Coleman said, describing a time window

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Later, Solomon said Haven received a call from Elliott, who said he needed help with Wilson because she was sick. The pair went to Elliott’s house. Upon arriving, Solomon said that Elliott greeted them at the door and was nonchalant and seemed to “not care” about Wilson, who was throwing up in his room. Solomon went to check on Wilson, cleaned the vomit off of her face and clothes and changed her clothes. Solomon said that it was like “dressing a mannequin” because Wilson had very little control over her motor skills. “It would have been easier to dress a baby,” Solomon said. Solomon gave Wilson water and waited with her until she stopped vomiting and dry-heaving. Solomon said she soon left the bedroom and closed the door before joining the men in the living room and later leaving. Preston Haven, 23, was in the same fraternity as Elliott, Phi Kappa Tau, in 2015 and was a mutual friend of Wilson and Elliott. Haven and Wilson

of slightly more than three months. The latest case, which President Robert Davies was just informed on during the meeting, occurred Feb. MICHAEL GEALT 11 in regards to the annual date auction in Wheeler Hall. Coleman said a Snapchat post was floating around campus of individual male student stating, “prepare to buy myself at the slave auction.” Detroit senior Ambrean Ford, Wheeler Hall inclusion assistant, said her biggest concern is the retention rate of students of color at CMU. She said the way the administration addresses the incident in the upcoming days can have a big impact on the enrollment and trust of Central’s African American community. “I really hope (you) understand

made plans to grab a drink on the night of Aug. 31 at The Cabin. While at the bar, Haven introduced Wilson to Elliott. Later that night at The Cabin, Haven said that Wilson, who had just started drinking her second beer, went to the bathroom and came back seeming disorientated. He also noticed that she seemed like she wanted to leave the bar. “I could see by her body posture and body movement that she wanted to leave,” he said. Haven said that not long after, Elliott and Wilson left in the cab, and he didn’t feel apprehensive about Wilson going with Elliott. Approximately 30 minutes passed and Haven said he got a phone call from Elliott saying that he needed help taking care of Wilson because she was throwing up and disorientated. Haven reported Elliott sounding concerned for Wilson during the call. “She didn’t really have control over her motor skills (and) couldn’t tell us where she was or what her address was,” Haven said about Wilson at Elliott’s house. While Solomon was helping Wilson Haven and Elliott were in the living room having a drink. Haven said Elliott told him he planned on letting Wil-

that your response is the real answer to if they belong here or not,” Ford said. Academic and Student Affairs Committee The committee addressed CMU’s declining enrollment and it’s possible impact on the university. With fewer students attending the university, CMU will have a smaller amount of money available for university operations, said Provost Michael Gealt. Possible effects of this include fewer opportunities for undergraduates to participate in scholarly projects and the possibility of faculty leaving the university to work at a more successful or prestigious university. Finance and Facilities Committee Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services Barrie Wilkes discussed the details of the threeyear Residence Life plan. The first phase will take place during the Summer 2019 and will cost

son stay in his bedroom while he slept on the couch. Haven said he and Solomon left about an hour and a half later. Haven said he felt comfortable leaving Wilson with Elliott. The next day, he was contacted by Elliott, who was asking for Wilson’s phone number. Soon after, Haven spoke to Wilson and said “something seemed off.” Wilson, who was cross examined and testified for more than two hours, was the last witness to give testimony. Afterward, Janes pronounced his ruling. “The fact that she didn’t immediately report the incident to police or loved ones doesn’t mean that she wasn’t assaulted,” Janes said in response to the defense attorney, Joe Barberi’s comment about Wilson “being uncredible” in regards to how she reacted after the incident. “The fact she went to her 8 a.m. class and to work after the incident doesn’t mean she wasn’t assaulted. The fact that she waited to press charges and met with Elliott after the incident doesn’t mean she wasn’t assaulted.” All three charges against Elliott have been bound over to Circuit Court. A trial date has yet to be scheduled.

$13 million. The phase will include the decommissioning of Barnes Hall, modifications to the East and South residential dining halls, access controls in all residents’ halls and various other slight improvements. “We are competing with other schools in lower Michigan and it’s critical that our student life experience be second to none because they don’t have Grand Rapids or East Lansing,” said Shaun Holtgreive, executive director of student affairs. The budget for the year is under 100 percent for tuition and room and board, which stems off the current enrollment issues CMU has. Trustee-Faculty Liaison Committee The committee received a “Point of Pride” presentation from Rachel Nelson, a Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions student. Nelson and seven honor students went to the Henry Ford Hospital to learn more about clinical exercise physiology and cardiac rehabilitation. The students had the opportunity

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to observe and work alongside exercise physiologist and patients. After the visit, the four internship opportunities in the exercise physiology field were all given to the CMU students. In the future, Nelson hopes to use alumni connections at many different hospitals in the state to offer similar visits and experiences for students. Enterprise Risk Committee For the first meeting of the Enterprise Risk Committee, the board defined enterprise risk as a strategic plan that identifies elements of changes and occurrences that would disrupt the operations of CMU. At the future meetings, Wilkes said they will bring forward the risk rankings from the university’s enterprise risk committee and will then identify the top three risks. He will then bring in the risk manager for each of these top priority risks to talk to the board. Board members Robert Wardrop and Tricia Keith expressed their most prominent risk concern currently is enrollment.

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ABOUT 300 PEOPLE EXPECTED TO TAKE THE POLAR PLUNGE FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS Hundreds of Mount Pleasant residents will gather Saturday in front of the O’Kelly’s and Wayside Central bar parking lot to take the plunge into freezing water to raise money for Special Olympics. “There are 30 Polar Plunges around Michigan that are meant to bring awareness and show support to our athletes that compete year-round for Special Olympics,” said Mount Pleasant Polar Plunge Organizer Andrea Rachko. “In Mount Pleasant we have a team revolved around one of our younger athletes, who is entering our bigger program, and it’s great to see the support from the students and community members during this event.” Polar Plunge registration begins at 10 a.m. Feb. 16. The plunge begins at 11:30 a.m. Spectators can watch people take the plunge for free, but organizers of the event hope to see a donation of at least $10 from plungers to help with the fundraising. There is also a $75 donation amount to register that could earn the participant a prize. Those interested can find more information on the Polar Plunge Facebook page. The Special Olympics Michigan Polar

Plunge made its debut in 2000 in Saginaw and has been a popular fundraising event since. The event was brought to Mount Pleasant seven years later. Mount Pleasant is home to around 230 Special Olympic athletes. “We have around 300 plungers, so we’re saying about 900 people are going to be at O’Kelly’s and Wayside,” Rachko said. “At one plunge, we broke 500 plungers, which we would love to do again.” Rachko said that university students have been a big contributor to the fundraising event. “Since it began in 2007, students in Mount Pleasant have raised over $150,000,” she said. “Students are our biggest drive, I would say we have around 100-150 community members taking the plunge, and then students will take up the rest of those numbers.” The money raised will go to helping fund Special Olympic events. Athletes don’t have to pay any fees to attend local or state-wide tournaments, so fundraisers are needed. -Rachael Yadlowsky, Staff Reporter


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ake some time this weekend to check out the 16th annual Central Michigan International Film Festival. During the five days of the festival, it will have shown a total of 24 feature films and five short film programs. The festival began yesterday, Feb. 13 and wraps up Feb. 17. You will have many opportunities to attend the festival and watch short and feature-length films from all over the world. For a full schedule of films, visit the festival’s website. Festival Director and Central Michigan University School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts faculty member Patty Williamson said the film festival gives fans of cinema a chance to experience more diverse moviegoing experience than they usually would. “At CMIFF, you can go see a movie made in Kenya, or see a French film about a Congolese woman who works as a singer at a nightclub. You can see a short film made in the Netherlands, or Israel, or Turkey, or Iran,” Williamson said. “We’ve really tried hard to program films at this year’s festival that will give moviegoers a sense of the diverse films being made around the world, not just in Hollywood.” If foreign films aren’t your favorite, there’s something

EDITORIAL for you to enjoy, too. Some of the films being shown are Oscar nominees “The Favourite,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.” The festival, which was put together by the studentrun organization Film Society, shines a spotlight on CMU students, faculty and alumni films including “My Soul to Keep,” “Digging the Suez Canal with a Teaspoon” and “Breaking the Sound Barrier.” Support your fellow Chippewas and check out one of their films at the festival. This festival is a huge production. Thank you, Film Society volunteers and faculty and staff, for bringing a little bit of the spirit of the Sundance Film Festival to Mount Pleasant. Students and community members who appreciate foreign films and art house movies will find a lot to like on this year’s schedule. Exhibitions will take place in the Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium in the Central Michigan University Charles V. Park Library as well as in The Platform in Moore Hall. Films will also be shown off-campus at the Mount Pleasant Celebration Cinema, so attendees can truly get the authentic “big screen” experience. Tickets for the festival are available online via Ticket Central and at the door for $5 per movie. Door purchases can be made by credit card only. There will also be several free short films available throughout the weekend. For the chance to see an Oscar nominated film or a foreign film you might otherwise not be able to see, you really can’t beat the price. Go see a movie at the International Film Festival. Let’s reward this massive effort with sold-out screenings all weekend long.


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Use dating apps only as a communication aide At this point in our lives, most collegeage students with smartphones have tried dating apps. Why? For me, it was for multiple reasons: I was busy and dating apps are convenient, I’m shy when it comes to romance and didn’t want to risk embarrassment, I get bored and I wanted a confidence boost, among others. Some have gotten me dates and relationships in the past, but I don’t think dating apps should be taken as seriously as they are these days, no matter if you’re using it for hookups, looking for dates or just looking to make new friends. I’m not going to go so far as to say they’re ruining communication, but they should be an additional source for you to find a connection, not the only one. An article from Psychology Today states many people use dating apps for the same reason I used to, specifically citing “validation and self-worth” and “ease of communication” as concepts that draw in users. Unfortunately, the positive impact people expect is thrown away almost as soon as the app is downloaded. Dating apps introduce users to a concept social scientists refer to as a “paradox of choice.” Roughly explained, it means humans think they will be more content with more options, rather than less. The more options you have to choose from, the concept says, the harder making decisions is, the pickier you become and the less you

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try to get to know someone before you decide to cease communication with them. An article from Business Insider explains how defeating the concept doesn’t mean you have to settle by stating: “If you’re always holding out for something better, chances are you’ll end up with nothing. That, or you’ll realize you left all your good options in the cold and you’ll end up with someone who’s wrong for you.” This doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll lose out on finding “The One” or a great hook-up on Bumble or Grindr, but it does mean you’re probably wasting your time weighing your options, which is probably stressing you out more than not having a partner in the first place. A study by the University of North Texas shows mental health and body image is at risk with prolonged use of dating apps. Researchers found the prolonged use of Tinder increased concern regarding “body satisfaction, self-esteem, feelings of body shame, internalization of cultural beauty standards, comparisons to others and self-objectification.” Please note the key phrase here is “pro-

longed use.” Just like everything else, dating apps should be used in moderation. As a person who suffers from severe social anxiety and also paid attention to my mother’s advice as a child, this is an almost painful request for me to make of you: Please talk to strangers. Dating apps shouldn’t be our only way to communicate with people we might have chemistry with - and, no, hitting on someone at a club or house party after drinking or smoking doesn’t count as communication. Worst case scenario, situations like those can lead to sexual assault. If it’s a real mental struggle for you to say hello to people and strike up conversation, start small and start platonic. If you’re a runner, say good morning or wave to three people you pass on your morning jog. Once a week, start a conversation with a service worker - the person swiping you in at a residential restaurant, the person bagging your groceries, the Safe Rides driver. It’s all up to you. Then, move on to people you’d like to get to know romantically. The key, here, however, is to make sure it’s the right time to talk to someone. If you think that person is cute but they’re reading a book? Don’t talk to them. If they’re wearing headphones? Wave at them as they pass by, at the most. It’s equally as important to recognize the opportunity to talk to someone/flirt with someone as it is to recognize that they are willing to talk.

That’s part of the beauty of dating apps. You message someone when you want to talk, they message back when they want to talk. You meet up if you want to talk together at the same time. Easy. But as shown above, it comes with its risks. So, when is it appropriate to approach someone? When you’re in line at Starbucks. Right before class in that weird portion of time where nobody knows when the professor will show up. When you’re standing next to someone at a concert. When you’re attending the same Program Board event. When you’re volunteering. When you see a cute dog being walked by an equally cute person. At Centennial Nights. At a sports event. Just strike up conversation with anyone and everyone around you in social situations and chances are you’ll click with someone. I promise I’m not just some inexperienced source. I’ve initiated all but a few of the relationships I’ve been in - including my current one. Rejection is embarrassing and it hurts, but the more experience I get, the less rejection I experience, because I’m learning to notice the signs of when someone is interested, platonic or romantically, or isn’t at all. I hate to sound like my mom, but sometimes the opportunity comes when you least expect it. So, yes, go forward, and swipe on, but don’t restrict yourself to flirting only through dating apps.

This Valentine’s Day, I’m celebrating platonic love Throughout human history, people have been obsessed with romantic love: the fluttering heartbeats, the irrationality, the mysterious oneness of sexual intimacy. Go back thousands of years and you’ll find Sappho’s lyric poetry, sexual Egyptian hieroglyphics, even the biblical “Song of Songs” — all proclaiming the power of eros. Today, popular culture bombards us with the idea we need a romantic partner to feel whole. These messages only swell around Valentine’s Day. There is a power just as strong as romantic love that we too often ignore: the deep emotional intimacy of platonic love. As someone who’s single this Valentine’s Day, I won’t be brooding. Instead, I’m celebrating all the platonic love that heals me and brings the most brilliant hues to my life. Take my nephews, who just turned three and five. More than anyone else, they’ve inspired me to fight for my survival as I struggle through mental illness. I can’t bear to see them hurt in

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even the smallest ways, let alone suffer a trauma of that magnitude. I can’t bear to miss what they’ll become, to not be part of their growth into upstanding young men someday. As children, they display the purest form of love. They remind me of the beauty in this world every time I talk with them or see photos of their magnificent smiles and goofy antics. Many times I’ve Skyped them and burst into tears after hanging up. I was overcome by the incredible impact they’ve had on me and that their innocent souls can’t begin to comprehend. I also reflect on my dear friend, Roland. This Valentine’s Day, I will undoubtedly be sending him a cheesy reflection on my gratitude for our friendship — alongside the dankest of

Shrek e-valentines. He and I dated seriously for over a year. Now, a little more than three years since we broke up, we are closer than ever. We share a deep intimacy, displaying the weirdest parts of our humor and the darkest parts of our souls. Our romantic relationship was incredibly intense both in its joy and its struggles. If anyone has a right to reject me forever, it’s him. But he hasn’t. Friendships have a stability, and a dedication, that college romances often lack. Friends stick by each other, no matter what. Friends fight for each other. Just last weekend, a close group of my friends — bonded across states and countries over our shared experience of being Whovians and self-identified “disaster gays” — experienced a major rattling. One member had sent concerning messages, then left our 16-member online community. For various reasons, we suspected she was in danger of suicide. None of us lived close to her, but we put our re-

sources together. We contacted her local dispatchers - who weren’t helpful. So we kept contacting them. We reached out to people who knew her in person. I kept contacting one person in her life who wouldn’t acknowledge the danger, but was the best person to help her. It was more difficult than it may have seemed from the outside. A combination of a depressive episode, an already exhausting day and terror for my friend made it feel like an insurmountable task. Ultimately, I got through to him and he left work early to check on her. She was unconscious but alive. Now, she is making a good recovery. Together, it was our dedication over several hours that may have saved her life, from thousands of miles away. I know they’d do the same for me. We’re there for each other, no matter what. Yes, I’ve experienced the whirlwinds of infatuation, first kisses, long walks, flowers and all things romantic. Platonic relationships are just as powerful — if not more — and I wouldn’t give them up for anything.

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I’m against a lot of what people love about Valentine’s Day and here’s why Ladies, no one can love you like you can love yourself This Valentine’s Day, I will be alone for the first time in years. My parents are well-intended, gentle people who successfully raised me into young adulthood. The most important lesson I learned from them was to always consider the feelings of others; to treat people as I would like to be treated. Most people can agree that those ideals are important. Loving, generous women are usually perceived as happy. Helping friends in need, surprising significant others with gifts and being compassionate toward strangers were things I did often. However, I learned to treat myself as kindly as I do other people. Three long-term, failed relationships later, and here I am. Alone. I have no one to treat the way I would like to be treated - aside from myself - this time around. I am unsure of how to spend my first Valentine’s Day alone. Do I buy myself the white

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roses I’ve been eyeing at the local supermarket? Should I invest in the overpriced chocolates I love so dearly? No one ever taught me it’s OK to do these things for myself. Every time I think of spending money on a haircut, or a manicure, I immediately convince myself that I am not worthy of my own effort. Yet, for all of the men I dated, I would spend hundreds - if not thousands - of dollars on gifts. There was no price too high for a gift for any boyfriend of mine. I would purchase things like laptops for Christmas and concerts for birthdays, even when I was on a tight, minimumwage budget. I used to wonder why my relationships would systematically fail, especially when I continued to show so much affection and effort toward my significant other. Now, I know that I neglected to cater to the most important part of the relationship, which

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was my own health and happiness. A 2017 study published in the Journal of Women’s Health found that single women were indeed healthier than women who were married. Does that shock you? For me, it’s easy to see why. Women like me, who were taught to be kind, loving and generous to others, do not know how to treat ourselves. Societal values, our parents’ teachings and Valentine’s Day marketers neglect to tell young women that it’s OK to tend to yourself rather than a significant other. There are many examples of this, especially in early childhood. During elementary school, I bought candies and cards for everyone in the class. I remember sifting through store-bought packages with my mother, ensuring I had something for each and every person in my grade. Here’s the catch: I never reserved a single candy treat or card for myself. For most of my life, I did not behave any differently. I was taught that eating the candy I bought would be selfish, that cards were reserved for others, and that my effort should be directed toward those around me. I don’t understand why young girls aren’t being taught to love themselves the same way I was taught to love others. Valentine’s Day enforced a toxic concept I held for years. I believed that I was not allowed to praise myself. I wanted to give others my

WHAT’S YOUR OPINION? All letters to the editor or guest columns must include a name, address, affiliation (if any) and phone number for verification. Anonymous letters will not be printed, except under extraordinary circumstances. CM Life reserves the right to edit all letters and columns for style, length, libel, redundancy, clarity, civility and accuracy. Letters should be no more than 450 words in length. Longer guest columns may be submitted but must remain under 750 words. CM Life reserves the right to print any original content as a letter or guest column. Submission does not guarantee publication. time and energy in the hopes that my love would be reciprocated. I had hopes of receiving the love letters, my favorite flowers and the time and energy I consistently gave to men in my relationships. The truth is that no matter how much you give, you can never expect to get it back. This year, I am spending Valentine’s Day alone - at my favorite restaurant, as white roses sit on my windowsill, and the chocolates I bought for myself wait for me on my desk. Ladies, don’t be afraid to love yourself. It’s not as taboo, or difficult, as you think.


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BEING WITH YOU

Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of the holiday, we talked to students about their plans for the day, married faculty members, and students who are engaged and what it’s like planning a wedding in college.

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Love at first sight faculty couples share

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Students on the street you told us about your Valentine’s Day plans and worst experiences

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Taking classes, planning weddings three couples told us how they knew they found ‘the one’

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Love at first sight By Bridget Bittmann Staff Reporter news@cm-life.com

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we begin to notice the love stories all around us. Many of those romances are right in front of our eyes everyday, as members of our faculty. Some couples, like earth and atmospheric sciences faculty Natalia Zakharova and mathematics faculty Dmitry Zakharov, started their story before Central Michigan University. When Zakharova was a student in Moscow, she heard friends talking about this guy named Dmitry Zakharov. They said he was smart and funny and had similar interests to her. Zakharova admitted she almost felt preconditioned to meet someone very special when she met Dmitry. The two finally crossed paths. They decided to take a night to go see a French film together. From the start, they were smitten with each other. Zakharov was in his senior year and decided to travel to the U.S. for his doctorate studies. The couple would have been dating for a year before they were faced with this tough choice. Do they stay together and try a long-distance relationship, or is that too impractical? Could Zakharova leave her family behind in Russia? “I never ever planned or considered on moving to another country,” Zakharova said. “I just felt like, ‘Well, I have to make a choice,’ and I chose him over everything else.” After a long year apart, the couple managed to make it work. Finally, Zakharova

could go after her love and joined her partner over seas. They knew their decision was all worth it. Today they are raising their two-year-old son together. “I mean, there’s no one like you,” Zakharov said to his wife. “I’ve never met anyone who was as close to me in terms of my outlook, in terms of values, in terms of just how you look at life.” Another couple’s story starts much closer to home, right here on CMU’s campus. Journalism faculty member Jim Knight and associate Vice President of University Communications Sherry Knight met during their time as students working at Central Michigan Life. While working in the hectic newsroom filled with noisy typewriters and rotary phones, Jim noticed Sherry across the room. He was a junior and she was a freshman. He was immediately intrigued by this girl, but he did not work up the courage to ask her on a date until the following fall. “I asked her out and took her to a really nice restaurant,” Jim said jokingly. “It was a really fancy date. Great movie - Rodney Dangerfield’s ‘Easy Money’ - and then Burger King.” Somehow, that date won Sherry over. They dated the whole year - a young couple falling in love. Then Jim graduated in the spring and had to join the workforce as a journalist. Jim accepted a reporter position in Bad Axe at the Huron Daily Tribune. Despite the distance, Sherry traveled through snow storms to surprise him at a high school gym where he would be covering a basket-

Cody Scanlan | Photo Editor Associate Vice President of University Communications Sherry Knight (left) and journalism faculty member Jim Knight (right) pose together for a photo on Feb. 8 in West Hall. The two, now married, met while working for Central Michigan Life.

Faculty couples share their own love stories, what being a CMU couple is like

Hunter McLaren | Staff Photographer Professors JoEllen Delucia, left, and Nate Smith, right, pose for a photo with their son, Simon, on Feb. 9 in Anspach Hall.

ball game. Jim said that’s when he knew she was the one. After Sherry graduated, the couple worked together at the Annapolis Capital in Maryland. Then they returned to Michigan to work at the Jackson Citizen Patriot. It was only a matter of time before they ended up back at CMU, the place where their story started. “The thing that strikes me about being a married couple at CMU now is there still are memories from student times,” Jim said. “When we moved back here, I kept having flashbacks of when things happened.” As Valentine’s Day approaches, some couples like English faculty, Nate Smith and JoEllen DeLucia, savor their Valentine’s Day traditions. Every year the couple visits the Detroit Institute of Art. It is one of DeLucia’s favorite places, and the couple has made it a tradition because DeLucia’s birthday falls on Feb. 12. However, instead of just the two of them, they bring their son, Simon, 7, with them. While Simon would much rather be casting spells with his Harry Potter wand, he trudges along through the institute while his parents enjoy the beauty of the captivating art inside. Simon does look forward to one part of the excursion: visiting the gift shop. This year, Smith said he is going to surprise his wife with something special, but that secret can’t be discussed quite yet. One couple in mathematics, Meera Mainkar and Debraj Chakrabarti, doesn’t focus on the big holidays. They choose to take advantage of their jobs together and find small ways to enjoy one another’s company everyday.

Mainkar and Chakrabarti, both originally from India, took a leap of faith and both moved to the U.S.; however, this didn’t happen at the same time. Chakrabarti was in the U.S. for four years before Mainkar was able to join him. Unfortunately, they were forced into long-distance on-and-off for several more years until Chakrabarti joined Mainkar at CMU. Today, they can enjoy chai, the Indian word for tea, together everyday in one another’s offices. They exemplify making the small moments count and being grateful for the time they have together. Sometimes students fail to recognize these relationships around them. For example, biology professor Michelle Steinhilb shared a story about a time when a student walked into her office, looked at her a bit bewildered and asked why she had a picture of biology professor Stephen Juris’ baby in her office. “They didn’t know we were married, and I was like, ‘Oh, well that’s my baby, too!” said Steinhilb laughing. Ultimately, being married and working at the same university isn’t always easy, but these couples demonstrate patience and as Juris put it, “100 percent ” for tolerance. “Because we know what it’s like to be a professor, and we can very easily empathize with the other person in our relationship, it’s easy for us to know we’re at a time where we need to have a little bit more understanding,” said Juris. These faculty couples demonstrate to us as students how to be professionals together, how to raise a family and how to continue to love one another daily.


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MADDISYn Paine Dear Xiao, hope we can be the best friend in the future. Dear CM-Life thank you for giving me lot of chances to grow. Dear Qi and Song, than you be my best friend, our friendship will be forever, love you guys. You are one of my favorite people, but I think we both love Theo more! Bryce, I love you and the way you make me laugh. Happy Valentine’s Day. – Gigi Shout out to myself: I love you Allie Sipka, Happy Valentine’s Day. To my favorite girls: Sara, Mallory, Kaila. You brighten my day.

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Housing Crawl?

It is your opportunity for you and your future roomies to visit each of these housing units in Mt. Pleasant. You will get to know the staff, see the rental properties and get all your questions answered. At the first complex you pick, ask for a CMU Housing Crawl Passport book. You will need this as you tour each of the 12 facilities. At the end of each tour, the housing company will stamp your and your roomies books. A completed passport (with a minimum of six stamps) gets you entered into a drawing for a: $300 visa gift card. (You are not required to sign a lease, but you must tour a minimum of six properties.) The first 50 to fill a passport book get a CMU Housing Crawl T-shirt

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It’s easy. Coordinate a time with your future roommates, and take a walk, or a drive. Heck, you can even take a bus - iRide, the local transit company, can get you to all 12 locations. Just give them a call. Pick a place to start and GO!

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Pace yourself. Stay hydrated! It’s not a race, heck it’s not even a marathon. It is just a leisurely CRAWL. You’ve got to the end of February for all the great deals and to finish your passport book. Some of the units will require an appointment to view the properties. Please review the list on this page, those requiring appointments will be highlighted!

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Looking to escape large complexes? Check out these roomy and spacious homes just west of campus. 1700 sq. ft. units, vaulted ceilings, washers and dryers, patio deck AND a garage (no cleaning off your car on a snowy day!) 4 bed, 2 bath units. Ask about Free Heat! Sign a 4 person/12 month lease with our FREE HEAT OPTION, and receive a $100 per person gift card! PLEASE SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR VIEWING.

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Engagement rings and undergrads Three students certain they’ve found ‘the one’ By Samantha Shriber Staff Reporter

she said. According to estimates from the 2017 United States Census Bureau, the average age of first marriage for women was 27.4 years. Despite this being the average, three young women, among others at Central Michigan University are, wearing engagement rings and planning their weddings while still completing their undergraduate programs.

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Across the Atlantic Ocean while exploring the Greek city of Athens with her best friend, Holt junior Claire Lewis met her soon-to-be husband Mason senior Max-Edward Rizer. Lewis is currently spending the Spring 2019 semester abroad in France. There is a six hour time difference which makes her desire to talk to Rizer constantly nearly impossible. Although she is only an hour-long train ride outside Paris, the branded City of Love, her days are spent missing her fiancé “like crazy.” “On the bright side, I appreciate Max-Edward more than ever. I cherish every text I get from him,”

LOVE OVER SEAS In January, Lewis left for her expedition with a cluster of Rizer’s clothes, her engagement ring and a designated hour for daily FaceTime sessions. Even the tiniest references to him repels loneliness, Lewis said, which helps significantly while trying to succeed on a different continent. The romance started in May 2018 after Lewis and her best friend took a Greek detour during a summer spent in Italy. Three miles from their hostel, Central’s study abroad program “Greece: Foundations of Western Civilization” was taking place. The two girls hoped to meet up with “fellow Chips.” “It’s cliche, but I knew he was the

Courtesy Photo Genesee junior Allison Jacobs, left, poses for a photo with her fiancé, Garrian Spohn, right. (Courtesy Photo)

one within 10 minutes of (our) first conversation. I didn’t laugh very much before him, but the first time we ever talked he had me cracking up until my sides hurt,” Lewis said. Lewis said she knew Rizer obviously liked her after he found the only vegan restaurant in Athens for their first date and hiked to drop a towel off at her hostel. She said the hilly journey was a “killer on the legs,” and a clear sign of his interest in her. During the fourth weekend of October, Rizer took Lewis to Mackinac Island to see the cult classic, “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” While audiences were dancing to the “Time Warp” in a hotel theater, he pulled Lewis on the stage and proposed to her. “Whenever people bring up my age, and question my maturity, I say: any and every relationship is a 50/50 shot. It either works or it doesn’t, no matter how old you are or how long you’ve known each other. For a guy that makes me feel so on top of the world I am willing to take those chances,” Lewis said. Lewis said no matter the age, wedding theme or circumstances of the relationship, love is about the individuals and what they desire most out of life. She said she was drawn to her relationship with Rizer because it promised a future of aspirations, adventure and a continuation to explore the world and each other. “He loves to watch stand up comedies, when most days I prefer a horror film. He drinks pumpkin spice lattes and I drink green tea. I am awful at board games and for some reason he is freakishly good at them,” she said. “We have a lot more we need to learn about one another and our relationship, but I don’t think that will ever end.”

HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS Genesee junior Allison Jacobs was tutoring a classmate in algebra in the seventh grade. She said although the boy teased her, and was about to relocate to Hawaii for his father’s Army career, she couldn’t resist having a crush on him. Blossoming love combined with middle school angst, Jacobs said she ignited the romance by punching Garrian Spohn in the back of his head.

Courtesy Photo Holt junior Claire Lewis, bottom, poses for a photo with her soon-to-be husband Mason senior Max-Edward Rizer, top.

During their sophomore year of high school, Jacobs’ soon-to-be husband returned from the Central Pacific. Although they dated onand-off until the summer following Jacobs’ freshman year at Central, they supported each other through both their parents’ divorces and Jacobs’ application process to the Honors Scholar Program. “A lot of people think of home as a place. For me, it’s wherever I am with him. I feel everything with him that you should feel when you’re home – safe, loved (and) happy,”

Jacobs said. “He makes me want to be a better person personally and academically. (That’s) because I want to make him proud, even though I know he already is.” Their engagement commenced with the tradition of seeking out and waiting on the father’s approval, since Spohn first asked for it in December 2017. Jacobs said the wedding will be focused on tradition. Her engagement ring belonged to Spohn’s deceased grandmother. They plan on spending an entire two weeks before their wedding day


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Celebrating Bright Ideas

Courtesy Photo Cadillac senior Brianna Maturen, left, poses for a photo with her fiancé, Michigan Technological University junior Zachary Utect, right.

without any communication. They will be eliminating their ability to talk and see each other through social media and digital channels and will not make any appearances to one another until the rehearsal dinner. Spohn will walk down the church isle June 5, cathedral veil flowing behind her. Her grandpa has offered the musical performance he sang at Spohn’s mother’s wedding. She will walk down a church isle with a cathedral veil flowing behind her on Jun. 5, and her grandpa offers a musical performance sung at her mother’s wedding. “Our goal is to provide an experience and ceremony that is very traditional and elegant and classy while being on a budget,” Jacobs said, explaining the budget is to keep the total of wedding costs beneath $10,000. PLANNING THE BIG DAY Cadillac senior Brianna Maturen is calling vendors and scratching off names on guest lists for her summer wedding. Her guest list includes the people who knew that her high school choir friendship with Zachary Utect, a Michigan Technological University junior, would bloom into a

lifelong relationship. “We’re only inviting family and close friends because we want to keep the guest count below 130 and catering costs can be quite expensive. If we’re uncertain of whether or not to invite someone, we ask ourselves if we would notice their absence and if we would miss them,” Maturen said. She said her relationship to Utect references her growth as a feminist and social activist. “As I explored social issues and became more rooted in my identity as a feminist, we would talk for hours about male privilege, cultural appropriation, oppression of LGBTQ plus folks, sexual harassment and abuse and so much more,” Maturen said, explaining how Utect offers unconditional support despite both coming from a “conservative area” known for not “supporting tolerance and acceptance of certain demographics and viewpoints.” Utect proposed to Maturen last summer while exploring Dow Gardens in Midland. They found a small cove on the location and were dancing while the sun set. She said he suddenly dropped to his knees and proposed in a moment “that was so purely happy.”

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WHAT’S YOUR WORST VALENTINE’S DAY EXPERIENCE? “I broke up with my boyfriend, a couple years ago, a week before and he texted me on Valentine’s Day saying he was eating what he got for me.” Anna Smyk, Holland sophomore “In eighth grade, I made my boyfriend chocolate covered strawberries and I went to give them to him, I scared him and dropped them.” Mikayla Zimmerman, Lake Orion freshman “When everybody else is dating and you’re not, the day is just kind of pointless.” Ciara Charlick, Milford freshman

“Valentine’s Day has always sucked, it was invented by Hallmark to make money.” Shelby Randall, Commerce sophomore

“My baby sister came home for the first time on Valentine’s Day, from the hospital.” Spencer Crompton, Brighton freshman “I tried to give a girl candy, but she didn’t want it.” Tyler Mickalowski, Algonac senior Quinn Kirby | Assistant Photo Editor Biel City resident Amanda Gottschalk looks at possible Valentine’s Day cards for her daughter Feb. 10 at Meijer on Pickard St.

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o celebrate Valentine’s Day in 1980 Central Michigan Life posted a series of personal remarks from one chip to another in a section titled: “To My Sweetheart, Love Lines.” Anyone could purchase different sized messages in the paper and address them to that special someone, signed with their name or anonymously. Some notes were short and sweet: “Jamie in Robinson 227, call me! Christine (from work).” Others documented the joys of cuffing season with its break ups and make ups: “Missed you this week: Glad were off the ropes and ready to try again. Be my Valentine? Love, Kath.” And some for the rest of us just out there looking for love: “This Valentine is for anyone who doesn’t have someone special in their life yet. Real love is not an easy thing to find. Happy Valentine’s Day from the one you’d like to meet.” Happy Valentine’s Day!

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FEB. 14, 2019  | CENTRAL MICHIGAN LIFE  | CM-LIFE.COM Quinn Kirby | Assistant Photo Editor Tammy Evans (right) hugs Gabe Johnson (left) during DJ Buddha’s set at Centennial Nights on Feb. 9 at Centennial Hall.

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR VALENTINE’S DAY? “My plans are to lay down and sleep because I don’t have a boo or anything like that, single life.” Bre’Asia Harris, Grand Rapids freshman

“I’ll probably go get candy the day after when it’s on sale. My church has a little thing planned on Friday night.” Sara Jenema, Lake City sophomore

“I have absolutely nothing planned, so I’m just gonna go with the flow, maybe just hangout with friends.” Tevin Jordan, Valparaiso, IN sophomore

“My plans are to read the books I just ordered with my significant other’s gift cards.” Brittany Richmond, Pigeon Freshman

“On Valentine’s Day we both have a full day of classes. On Friday, we end early, so we are gonna get coffee, then go to Karma Cat, and if it’s clear we are going to stargaze.” Elizabeth Wawrzyniak, Pickney freshman

“I actually didn’t know Valentine’s Day was this week, I thought it was on a weekend or something, so obviously I don’t have any plans.” Logan Palm, Chesterfield junior

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TABLE FOR TWO Lake Orion junior Dominick Todero misses spending time with his girlfriend Hayley Boggs. She attends school at Mannes School of Music in New York City. One of the ways they stay close is by cooking dinner together. During their video call Feb. 10, in his home on Fancher Avenue, the two talked about their day while Todero prepared a steak dinner. The two have been together four years. Lake Orion junior Dominick Todero video chats with his girlfriend Hayley Boggs on Feb. 10 in his home on Fancher Avenue.

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Lake Orion junior Dominick Todero prepares a steak dinner with his girlfriend Hayley Boggs over a video call on Feb. 10 in his home on Fancher Avenue.

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