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Central Michigan Life

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CMU picked to finish fourth in MAC West preseason poll By Justin Hicks Staff Reporter

DETROIT — The Central Michigan football team will have to prove itself to the Mid-American Conference media personnel following a disappointing 3-9 season. The team is projected to finish fourth in the West Division, according to the 2011 preseason poll released Tuesday morning during the MAC Media Day. Each school was represented by its head coach and two players at Ford Field as an unofficial opening to the fall season. CMU’s representative players, junior receiver Cody Wilson and senior linebacker Armond Staten, both said they don’t pay much attention to the media’s preseason expectations. “Last year we were picked at the top of it, and I didn’t even know that,” Wilson said. “I think we’re more concerned about what we can control.” From a coach’s standpoint, Dan Enos said the poll does nothing to the teams outside

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Avri Noyes, 18, of Lakeview, practices cutting hair on a mannequin head Tuesday while attending the last 10 days of her contract at MJ Murphy Beauty College, 201 W. Broadway St. “I’ve always wanted to do it,” Noyes said about getting her cosmetology license. Noyes has been attending the beauty college for a year.

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“The school is not easy,” said student Jenna Simpson. “You have to work really hard.” Simpson, a senior at MJ Murphy from Torch Lake, said she decided to go to the school because it was close to CMU and she always enjoyed doing her friends’ hair and nails. The best part about being a stylist, Simpson said, is when customers come in and leave happy. “But because you need so many hours it’s like you’re

working at a full-time job,” she said. “Plus, most of us have jobs on the side as well.” Fellow MJ Murphy senior Aurora Light said she maintains a similarly hectic schedule. The Mount Pleasant resident said she has completed 600 hours and is about halfway done. The program takes up 40 hours of her week, Light said, and because it isn’t paid, she has another job on top of her training. Light said her original ca-

Loan program helped expand city businesses By Maria Amante Senior Reporter

State plans to move money from a Mount Pleasant-specific fund to a geographically wider area were called “atrocious” at Monday night’s city commission meeting. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation plans to take the $450,000 in the Mount Pleasant Revolving Loan Fund and move it to a region-based revolving loan fund, called the Great Lakes Bay Region, including Isabella, Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. The commissioners adopted a resolution opposing the effort. Commissioner Jon Joslin blasted the MEDC’s plan. “This is the most atrocious thing the state has attempted to do,” Joslin said.

From left: Detroit resident Cornesha Knight, 26, and Rodney resident A’Leijha Dexter, 28, sit outside of MJ Murphy Beauty College, 201 W. Broadway St. while on their 15-minute break Tuesday. Knight was a student at CMU but took a break to attend the beauty college with hopes of saving money to pay for her last year of school. Knight and Dexter started attending at the same time and both graduate in November.

reer goal was nursing, but she decided she did not like dealing with sad situations day after day. “I’ve always liked doing hair and nails,” Light said. “I also like seeing people happy.” The Oregon native said she moved to Mount Pleasant because of family and eventually found MJ Murphy. She said juniors take classes, complete schoolwork and work on mannequins. After 350 practice hours are completed, students are able to

OTHER PICKS The Miami RedHawks and Toledo Rockets were picked to win the East and West divisions respectively with Toledo prevailing in the finals, though the competition wasn’t far behind. “I found out last year that this league is about an inch apart,” Enos said. A football | 2

City Commission blasts state plan to move local funds

MJ Murphy school inspires full-time commitment to craft ails are the canvas and hair is the clay for the students of MJ Murphy Beauty College. The school, located at 201 W. Broadway St., has educated students in the art of beauty for 52 years and is a full service salon and school with junior, senior and vocational students. “It’s the designing and creating that I think students enjoy most,” said Cathy Spiller, a senior instructor and school manager. Students have a one-year contract and have to complete 1,500 credit hours of instruction and clinicals. At the end of those hours, they have to pass exams to receive their licenses.

of those voted to the top. “If you’re the team that’s picked to win it, it’s a compliment and a credit to your program,” he said. “But if you’re picked as one of the other teams, I don’t think there’s any credibility there. I don’t care where we are, let’s be somewhere near the top at the end of the year.” In 2010, the Chippewas finished fifth in the West, posting a 2-6 conference record. “We’ve been working really hard this summer and everyone’s excited to put the pads back on and start playing real football again and hopefully just leave last season behind and start winning games again,” Wilson said.

move to the clinic floor and work on people. “You also have to deal with a lot of different personality types,” Light said. “But every Friday I get regulars that come in to get their hair styled. You get to know them so well, you kind of become like their family. I just love that.” When she is done with school, Light hopes to one day move back to Oregon and open her own salon.

The resolution is an agreed-upon opinion from the commission and has no binding affect on the MEDC’s decisions. The fund was created in 1988 with $225,000 through a federal grant, said Mount Pleasant City Manager Kathie Grinzinger. The purpose was to finance a competitive bank loan for Independent Papercraft, Inc. in a move to a local industrial park. The city used repayment of the loan funds to create a “revolving” loan to support the recruitment and expansion of business into Mount Pleasant. Neither the city or the Middle Michigan Development Corporation were consulted in this plan, Grinzinger said. Joslin said the money should stay in Mount Pleasant. “We’ve been good stewards of this money,” he said. A city | 2

MAINstage 2011 continues with local music Event Aug. 21 helps freshmen get oriented By David Oltean Staff Repor ter

Free refreshments, local music and an abundance of university information will kick off the school year when MAINstage returns August 21. MAINstage 2011 will run from 3 to 6 p.m. The area near the Rose Ponds will hold student organizations, community organizations and businesses assembled

to help provide students, especially incoming freshmen, with information and opportunities for involvement at CMU. Despite hiring bigger musical acts to perform at MAINstage such as Eve 6 and Eric Hutchinson in recent years, the CMU Program Board decided to showcase local artists for the second year in a row. Among the artists will be Lansing electronic group GRiZ, hip-hop group Smitty and a third local artist that is yet to be named. PB president Paul Sullivan, a Lincoln Park senior, worked with the registered

student organization to recruit talent for the event. “Regarding the musical aspect, we’re going along the same line as last year and showcasing local artists,” Sullivan said. “It’s a lot easier to have music in the background rather than one huge show at the end, especially when we’re trying to hold bigger shows during the school year.” Sullivan said MAINstage 2011 should carry on as an opportunity for freshmen to orient themselves with the school and for other students to find new friends and opportunities.

PB member Brandon Kieft, a Rothbury sophomore, found last year’s MAINstage to be full of useful resources as a freshman. Kieft said booking a bigger act for MAINstage would be difficult in the summer while most PB members are in different cities. “It’s nice to see local artists for this event and support some of the local talent,” he said. “MAINstage always gets plenty of information to freshmen and it’s a great way for organizations to get

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Clinton Township sophomore Brett Bear rides the mechanical bull during MAINstage August 10, 2010 in Lot 62 outside of Rose Arena.

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He said the city has taken care of the fund, evidenced by its growth over the 23 years since its inception. The city’s responsible use of the revolving loan fund would be ignored if combined with other cities who may not have had such positive results with their funds, he said. Vice Mayor Kathy Ling thanked the staff for being proactive on the issue. “Thank you for ... letting state and federal officials know how concerned we are about this,” she said. “This is an example of the state moving forward without added input from the local community.”

THURSDAY w Max and Emily’s Summer Concert Series presents Toad the Wet Sprocket free outdoor concert, 7 p.m. on Broadway Street.

FRIDAY w The 33rd annual Salt River Bluegrass Festival will take place from noon to midnight at 926 Greendale Road in Shepherd.

SATURDAY w American Indian Dance Social and Hoop Dancing will take place 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Ziibiwing Center, 6650 E. Broadway Road.


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w Maroon 5 and Train will perform with special suest Gavin DeGraw at 7 p.m. at the Soaring Eagle Casino, 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd.

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Mount Pleasant resident Andrea Hofmerster uses chalk Thursday to create a Mary Cassatt impressionist piece. Hofmerster has been participate in downtown Mount Pleasant’s “Chalk It” event for four years.

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exposure.” Okemos senior Danny Goulet said he has been to MAINstage a few times in years past. Goulet said he believes it is not only informative, it is also a very social environment to meet and make friends. “There are always a bunch of freebies to grab and a lot of information,” Goulet said. “It seems like you always wind up meeting up with friends when you’re there.” news@c m-li


Debt-irked voters shut down Congress’ websites, phones By Erika Bolstad MCT Campus

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama asked Americans to reach out to Congress to make their voices heard on the debt ceiling debate — and so they did. Thousands of callers flooded the Capitol switchboard Tuesday, and email traffic swamped congressional servers. The website of Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., crashed briefly, as did those of did Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Reps. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., and Frederica Wilson, D-Fla. “It’s been pretty busy today,” said Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C. “The poor interns are having a good time.” The Capitol, which typically handles 20,000 calls per hour, saw spikes of up to 40,000 Tuesday, rivaling the 50,000an-hour rate of the health care debate. “Congress and Capitol Hill have been flooded, with emails and phones, switchboards are jammed, servers going down. So it’s clear the American people are frustrated by the lack of compromise in Washington,” said David Plouffe, the president’s senior adviser, who was clearly getting exactly the response the White House had sought when the president on Monday called Washington a town “where compromise has become a dirty word.” The details of their opinions varied widely, but callers and emailers across the country seemed to agree with the president, who warned Congress that even if Americans voted for divided government last fall, they didn’t vote for a dysfunctional government. Those heeding the president’s advice

to make their voices heard on the debate had one common refrain: Get it done. “Most folks just want Congress to act. I agree,” said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who intends to support the debt plan that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has put forward. Reid’s plan and a separate proposal by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, could come up for votes as early as Wednesday. Speaking up In the office of Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who hails from a state where tea party support helped launch him into public office, many of the calls and emails were from constituents calling for him to hold firm in the debt debate. Other callers expressed concern that the deadline to raise the debt ceiling is looming and Congress has yet to reach a compromise. For his part, Paul eschews both the Boehner and the White House-backed plans. “Both of the congressional ‘deals’ would leave our nation spending more and accruing more debt, at least $7 trillion more over the next 10 years,” Paul said. In Florida, where an older population makes the future of Medicare and Social Security at the front and center of the debt ceiling debate, Nelson’s office got more than 5,500 emails Tuesday morning. “Our phones have been ringing off the hook all day — nice to see democracy at work,” Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said on Twitter. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, apologized for a sluggish website.

“We’re working to get things back to normal,” he wrote on Facebook. “I am happy so many Alaskans are speaking out for the need to put politics aside so we can reach a fair and balanced compromise to reduce our deficit and address the debt ceiling.” Rep. Tim Scott’s coastal district in South Carolina is predominantly Republican, but his office phones in the state and in Washington were ringing nonstop with calls from many Democrats and independents in response to Obama’s appeal.

“We’re definitely hearing from both sides,” said Sean Smith, a spokesman for Scott, who holds a House of Representatives GOP leadership post representing the party’s large freshman class. “The congressman has even picked up the phone a couple of times himself today just to make sure people know he is hearing and listening to them,” Smith said. “We have a fairly strong Republican district, but we’re hearing from a lot of people who don’t necessarily agree with ‘cap and balance.’”

“The personnel on all these teams are very similar in our league.” Despite earning more first place votes, Ohio trailed the RedHawks by a single vote in the East, followed by Temple which was picked to finish third. Kent State, Bowling Green, Buffalo and Akron rounded out the division. Northern Illinois is projected to finish second in the West, collecting two less votes than the leader, Toledo. Western Michigan came in five points behind NIU, with CMU fourth and Ball State and Eastern Michigan wrapping up the division. Seven of the 13 MAC teams received first-place votes, showing just how close the championship race is expected to be. The Chippewas open the season when they play host to South Carolina State on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.


Language of Cotter recall petition approved after four attempts Request needs 6,504 signatures to make ballot By Maria Amante Senior Reporter

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Cars race around Mount Pleasant Speedway on the night of May 27. The speedway is located at 4648 E. River Road in Mount Pleasant and holds races every Friday night.

Mount Pleasant Speedway gathers race fans weekly Friday night competitions end September 2 By David Oltean Sta ff Repor te r

Thunderous roars of engines can be heard throughout the northern side of Mount Pleasant every Friday. The Mount Pleasant Speedway, 4658 E. River Road, hosts dirt racing action as drivers from all over Michigan compete on the three-eighths mile track for the points lead in the 2011 season. The races, separated by the type of car, each night at 7:45. The action at the speedway is continuous, and every race is immediately followed by another. There are some delays, however,

as cars frequently find their way off the track when drivers attempt to drift around turns or when collisions occur. Midland street stock driver Tom Hodges Jr. has raced at the speedway for 11 years. Hodges, who came in second for total points last year, has seen improvements in its quality in recent years. “I like coming up here to race. The track really improved a few years ago,” Hodges Jr. said. “The track used to have a lot of holes and could get very tacky.” Hundreds of fans attend the races every week, but their cheers are easily drowned out by the growls of the engines. Even the loudspeaker is sometimes silenced by the track’s most heated action. Midland fan Dave Willett attends a few nights

every season with his wife and grandchildren. Willett said the races can provide entertainment for the whole family. “I come out here with my family for around three nights a season,” Willett said. “My grandchildren love it.” Remus Automotive Stock Mini driver Bob Wright Jr., a first-year driver, enjoys racing at the Mount Pleasant Speedway as a rookie. “It’s all about just going out and having fun,” Wright Jr. said. “The track and the fans are great beginner entertainment.” Races will continue every Friday until September 2, where the final points leaders will be determined. n ews@ c m -l i fe . c om

Some students unhappy with lack of summer commencement Ceremonies held with winter class since 2004 By Jordan Spence Senior Reporter

Students hoping to walk in a commencement ceremony this summer will be disappointed — though they should not be surprised. CMU stopped having a summer ceremony and began combining it with the December ceremony in 2004. “We haven’t had one for a few years now,” said Assistant Registrar Barbara Lindley. “I think it was to cut costs.” Lindley said students are informed of this decision a year in advance. CMU mails commencement information and diplomas to students in August.

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“I think it would be nice for all summer graduates to be acknowledged at the time we actually graduate.” Korri St. Clair, Grand Blanc senior “They’re well aware of their invitation,” she said. “Many of them do come back to walk.” Ada senior Kassandra Hanrahan said even though she is graduating this summer, she will not come return in December. “I live far enough away that I won’t be coming back,” she said. “If I was in Mount Pleasant I would probably do it ... It’s more or less my parents are disappointed, since they wanted to see me walk.“ Grand Blanc senior Korri St. Clair said she is not sure whether or not she will return to walk in the December commencement pend-

ing her end-of-summer graduation. She said, like Hanrahan, if she were to walk, she would do it for her parents. St. Clair said she is not too happy about the lack of a summer commencement ceremony. “I think it would be nice for all summer graduates to be acknowledged at the time we actually graduate,” she said. “The end of summer still has nice weather and to be honest if I wanted to walk on ice in heels and freeze in a gown — I would have graduated in December.”

Efforts to recall State Rep. Kevin Cotter have solidified as two petitions were approved by the Isabella County Election Commission on Monday. The language of the petitions was approved to recall the Mount Pleasant Republican after four failed attempts. Shepherd resident Joan Rasegan filed the two approved petitions and two that were previously rejected. Another woman filed the two other previously rejected petitions, said Isabella County Clerk Joyce Swan. Cotter has 10 days to appeal the petition, Rasegan said, and then the group can start collecting signatures. The approved petitions cite Cotter’s votes in favor of enhanced emergency manager laws for school districts and cities, which in some cases allow managers to relieve government officials of their positions and dissolve union agreements. “What got me started was PA 4, commonly known as the emergency financial manager law,” Rasegan said. “To me that is taxation without representation. If the governor appoints an emergency manager, automatically the elected officials have no authority except for what the (emergency manager) gives them authority to.” Rasegan needs 6,504 signatures for the petitions to be put on the ballot for a vote. The number is 25 percent of regis-

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Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, smiles as he watches poll results come in during his November election party at Mountain Town Station, 506 W. Broadway St.

tered voters who voted in November that reside in Cotter’s district, which includes Mount Pleasant and 10 townships, Swan said. Cotter said he is reviewing the petition but has not made a decision on whether or not he will appeal it. “It will take work to get the signatures, and it’s definitely a possibility (she will be successful),” Cotter said. “I’m not dwelling on the movement, they’re a vocal minority trying to undo the results of last year’s election.” He said the petition is a result of one vote and not moral or ethical wrongdoing, and said Benton Harbor’s emergency manager has been successful. “They certainly have that right (to petition myself and other Republican legislators), and I respect that right, but it does create a bit of a distraction,” he said. Emergency managers are in place for Detroit Public Schools and the cities of Benton Harbor, Ecorse and Pontiac.

“All those places needed help,” Rasegan said. “They did not need a dictator.” Swan said the commission has met three times for this effort. “We meet to determine if the wording is clear (to the public and the Representative),” Swan said. Rasegan said she is aiming for 8,000 signatures total, as some may be disqualified because they live out of the district or are not registered voters. Rasegan is also involved in efforts to recall Gov. Rick Snyder and State Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan according to an article in The Morning Sun. She said most people have been supportive of her effort. “There are a few ‘f-bombs’ and obscene gestures and people saying mean things, but at least 90 percent of them are thanking us for doing this and they want to sign,” Rasegan said.

Health care contentious in FA talks By Maria Amante Senior Reporter

Faculty Association president Laura Frey said contract negotiations between the university and FA remain at a standstill. Frey, also an associate professor of counseling and special education, said there are “no updates or changes” in the status of bargaining between the group and university administration. Mediation between the parties ended July 14 after three sessions the FA contract expired June 30. The university has elected to not extend the faculty contract. Both parties petitioned for factfinding last week. Frey said it is still possible for the university and the FA to resume bargaining talks during the factfinding process, but thus far the administration has not expressed desire to do so. State Rep. Kevin Cotter, RMount Pleasant, said he has monitored the negotiations because whatever happens will ultimately affect the district, but said he is not “taking a side” in either the administration or the faculty’s favor. “In general terms the cuts that were handed down for higher education has had a big impact (on higher education budgets),” Cotter said. “We certainly know that makes things difficult as it affects all 15 schools.” The FA had a general membership meeting on Thursday where it explained its positions to its membership who voiced their concerns over the situation.

“We received an update from members of the bargaining team and talked about some of the differences between the administration’s position and ours the issues of fact finding,” said Tim Connors, past FA president and communication and dramatic arts professor. Health care The FA is currently on a Michigan Education Special Services Association plan, underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield, Connors said. The rest of CMU’s employees are covered by a selffunded, separate Blue Cross Blue Shield plan. A Grand Rapids insurance agent, who asked not to be named, said a self-funded plan likely is more cost efficient for a large employer like CMU. Instead of paying a premium to an insurer like Blue Cross Blue Shield, who underwrites both CMU’s self-funded and MESSA policies, to assume risk, CMU assumes the risks itself with a self-funded plan. “You can tell from year to year what the risk is going to be (with a self-funded plan),” the agent said. “If you look at claims and it’s going to be, say, $10 million in claims ever year, then why are we giving all this extra premium to Blue Cross? (Instead, the university pays the premiums themselves) which helps control and predict costs.” With a self-funded plan, the university pays its own costs as they come in from employees. Conversely,theuniversitypays

external premiums to MESSA on those plans, the agent said. “MESSA is a very, very rich plan,” the agent said. “MESSA is always going to be bigger, better coverage.” MESSA plans allow their insured to go out of network at lower cost, with smaller copays and less expensive prescription drugs for their members. “Teachers in Michigan know they get the best insurance available in Michigan (with MESSA),” the agent said, but that insurance comes at high cost to employers. “MESSA is expensive, (but with) good benefits for teachers.” Connors said the plan covering the other CMU employees concerns him after more than 20 years of MESSA coverage, partially because of differences in prescription coverage. Under the MESSA plan, Connors said faculty don’t pay any more than $10 per prescription, but with the prescription plan under BCBS, prescription costs are on a percentage basis with a copay. Connors said MESSA has treated FA members well, and losing its coverage is of serious concern to FA members, for both their health benefits and pocketbooks, Connor said. “Leaving a system like MESSA, which has been excellent in terms of providing us with those coverages, provides us with a ... medical system in which a bureaucrat tells us what a kind of treatment we will and will not receive,” he said.

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BREAK TIME | Mount Pleasant residents sit in the shade

Union Township opens new water treatment facility Additional wells end summertime restrictions By Jordan Spence Staff Reporter

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From left: Ethan Magnell, 13, Jay Sholes, 15, Milan Quigno, 13, Seth Magnell, 9, and Ozzie Jackson, 13, all of Mount Pleasant hang out in the shade at the top of a ramp in the Mount Pleasant Skate Park located at Island Park, 331 N. Main St. Tuesday afternoon.

CMU maintains network security Facebook common source of potential compromises By Morgan Yuncker Staff Reporter

CMU is doing its best to avoid virtual vulnerability after hackers brought several high profile institutions to their knees in recent months. The Office of Information Technology uses various methods to keep potential data swipers out of the network. “We use firewalls and different types of software to protect ourselves from hackers,” OIT technical writer Kole Taylor said. The security measures seem to have paid off so far, as Taylor said though OIT’s systems may be slow at times, he has yet to see the CMU’s campus network security compromised. “There have been no hackers that have broken into our system that I know of,” he said. Students have figured out their own ways to keep their virtual presences safe from

“A lot of times people don’t go to secure sites, or when they log on to sites that offer secure browsing, they don’t enable them, either through ignorance or laziness.” Nathaniel Kish, Harbor Beach alumnus viruses and other unwelcome intruders. Harbor Beach alumnus Nathaniel Kish said avoiding Facebook scams is one of the easiest ways to avoid compromising an account or an entire system. “You see those viruses all the time with a quote like, ‘You’ll never believe the embarrassing thing this high-school girl did,’ and it’ll have a picture of a good looking girl in skimpy clothing beneath it,” he said. Kish said when a Facebook user clicks that link, the link will automatically distribute itself to all of the Facebook user’s friends. Next thing you know, he said, a lot of users have been compromised. Other than avoiding Face-

book scams, Kish said he takes other common sense precautions to protect his Internet security. “A lot of times people don’t go to secure sites, or when they log on to sites that offer secure browsing, they don’t enable them, either through ignorance or laziness,” he said. Several options are available for users looking to protect their computers, both for free and based on subscriptions. “Any (protective) software will protect in some way against hackers,” said Belmont senior Paul McFall. “I use some software my dad’s office uses on it’s entire system. The system is made by Symantec.”

CMED professor to make $150,000 a year By Maria Amante Senior Reporter

Dr. W. Robert Fleischmann is making $150,000 annually as a member of the College of Medicine’s faculty. Fleischmann was hired May 24 on a 12-month contract, according to documents obtained using the Freedom of Information Act. He began work July 1. Fleischmann was most recently a faculty member at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Associate deans Dr. Linda Perkowski, his wife, and Dr. Joel Lan-

phear were also hired at about the same time. Their specific information was not included in the university’s initial response to the FOIA request. Fleischmann will be given $5,000 in personal moving costs, and any “reasonable and necessary” expenses to relocate his UMN laboratory equipment. Fifty percent of his time will be spent teaching, but if CMED adheres to its current publicized schedule, no students will arrive on campus until July 2013. He will also be awarded


$75,000 annually to conduct research for three years, totalling $225,000 for three years. After the third year, he will be responsible for funding his own research through external fundraising. “As (CMED) continues to establish its organizational structure and processes, it intends to implement a salary structure that will allow for variable compensation, beyond the base salary, for meeting certain productivity goals,” Shapiro wrote. Fleischmann and all CMED faculty and staff will undergo annual performance reviews.

Summer water restrictions on Union Township residents will end with the opening of a new water treatment facility on Isabella Road. The $2.9-million project includes the cost of a 500,000-gallon storage tank, building, iron filter, chlorine equipment and a building expansion. “When I first became township supervisor, I was reminded every summer the township would have water restrictions,” said Township Supervisor John

Barker. “We didn’t have a choice about whether to do the project. We are very proud of the new state-ofthe-art facility.” Barker said even if there is a fire in the township, there is enough water held in a storage pump to handle it. In order to save money, the township will make its own chlorine. There are two chlorine tanks to treat the water. “Every day we measure how much chlorine is used,” water operator Don Eichorn said. “It stays at a 0.8-percent concentration which is safer to use. It costs $4 a gallon if we buy it and only costs 80 cents a gallon to make our own.” Joy Smith, who does all of the mapping for the township, said many college students residing in apartments within Union Township will

be affected by the change. She said the students get their water from the township, and the new facility will benefit them. The filtration system includes three 100-foot deep wells. One well produces 750 gallons a minute and the other two wells produce 400 gallons a minute, said facility operator Shawn McBride. McBride said the process by which Union Township makes its own chlorine and the new operating system have both worked wonderfully. “One thing we wanted to do is sample our own water in our own lab,” he said. “That (way) we can gather samples at the same spot where the water is made.”

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Six exhibits in planning stages Interactive displays aim to inspire children By Morgan Yuncker Staff Reporter

The Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum is still working toward its goal of giving local children a hands-on education in inspiring directions. “We are at our halfway point of $3.6 million raised to start the creation of the Discovery Museum,” said museum co-founder Shelly Smith. After the goal is reached, work on all the exhibits will begin, followed by the museum’s opening. The museum reported being at $2 million raised in April. The museum consists of six exhibits including “The Hive,” “The Greenhouse and

More,” “Journey to Japan,” “Silo Rocket Climber,” “Inventers’ Workshop” and “Riverways.” “We chose the exhibits based on two different workshops,” co-founder Heather Frisch said. “The first involved kids. Our developers gave the kids a pencil and paper asked them questions about what interested them and the exhibits were born.” Smith said though the museum will focus more on younger children, the museum’s founders will keep looking for ways to involve older students. Frisch said in addition to the workshop held with children, local adults including business leaders, teachers and artists were asked for ideas. They were then combined with the children’s input. Frisch said she thinks the most popular exhibit will be

“The Hive,” a display that will take museum visitors through the life of a bee. Frisch said the museum also decided to include a “Journey to Japan” exhibit because of the relationship Mount Pleasant has with Okaya, its sister city in Japan. “We have a very good relationship with them,” she said. “This is a way for children to learn about different cultures.” Farwell resident Carrie Bass said she is excited for the opening of the museum, and thinks it will be a great asset to Mount Pleasant. She said she hopes to take her children to the museum during the winter months, when there isn’t much else to do. She said the museum could also present a possibility for future school field trips.


ON THE COURT | Mount Pleasant resident trains for tennis

MAC Media day builds excitement Ford Field event gathers 13 teams By John Manzo Senior Reporter

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Brittany Warner, 13, of Mount Pleasant, practices her tennis skills Tuesday during her training at the Island Park tennis courts, 331 N. Main St. Warner has played tennis for six years and hopes to play for her high school one day.

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CMU to focus on catching the ball Cody Wilson No. 1 option for team’s wide receiver By John Manzo Senior Reporter

DETROIT — One way to improve a 3-9 record is to catch the football. Head coach Dan Enos said 51 dropped balls is an “astronomical amount.” “We’ve got to start catching the football, not only the ones we’re supposed to catch, but we need to catch some that we’re not supposed to catch,” Enos said. “I call it the ‘Wows.’ We didn’t have enough of those last year. I can think of one or two off the top of my head.” Junior wide receiver Cody Wilson continues to be the No. 1 option at wide receiver for junior quarterback Ryan Radcliff, but with the loss of Kito Poblah, expect some new and old faces to make

an impact at the skill position. Junior wide receiver Jerry Harris is the overwhelming favorite to get the No. 2 spot on Sept. 1 when South Carolina State travels into Kelly/ Shorts Stadium. He had a good spring and Wilson took notice. “Jerry’s going to have a good year, and I really believe that,” he said. Harris caught 30 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns in 2010. It becomes tougher to decide who will make an impact after Wilson and Harris, but the roster holds plenty of potential. “(Cedric) Fraser, who has a ton of ability, could have a great year,” he said. “A guy like Jordan McConnell does everything right. If he gets on the field, he’s going to make some plays. Deon Butler has been looking good in the summer; a great jumpball guy. And even some freshmen, like Titus Davis

have been looking good.” Of those 51 drops, Enos said 16 were on third down, consistently putting drives to an end. “Every drive you’re off the field,” he said. “I think Ryan was putting more pressure on himself to make a play, maybe hold the ball a little longer, and maybe try to fit the ball in a window that’s not there.” It is still uncertain if CMU can turn around the drops, but its odds increase as it enters the second year under Enos. Radcliff and Wilson have another season under their belts together. “If the ball touches our hands, we’re always taught that you have to catch it,” Wilson said. “That comes on us. We need to be more focused. We need to make sure it doesn’t happen again. He’s (Radcliff ) going to give us better balls and that’s going to happen.”

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DETROIT — The 2011 MidAmerican Conference Media Day Tuesday hosted 13 teams — all starting with the same record — all with a chance to win a MAC Championship. “We want to win; we want to win the MAC,” Eastern Michigan head coach Ron English said. “Our goal is to win the MAC every year. I think we’re at that point where we can have that as a goal because we spent a couple of hard years building the foundation, but I think that’s laid.” EMU, who finished last in the MAC West Division last season, isn’t the only team optimistic about its future. Central Michigan, now in year two under head coach Dan Enos, expects to get back to winning games. “I think that through the offseason and through spring ball, I think our football team’s attitude has changed and I think everybody on our coach-

ing staff knows what to expect now,” Enos said. “Everybody is ready to move forward ... We still have a lot of question marks, but we’re very, very excited, and very optimistic about this year.” CMU junior wide receiver Cody Wilson just wants to get back to what the Chippewas have been known to do — win games and make bowl appearances. They’ve been to four in the past seven seasons, winning two of those, but went 3-9 in Enos’ first season as the head coach after Butch Jones accepted a contract with Cincinnati. It wasn’t all about winning championships at Ford Field. Rivalry talk stirred between both Western Michigan and CMU. The in-state rivals meet Sept. 17, the third week of the season. It’s unusually early for the two teams to meet, and both expect an interesting game. “Both teams should be feeling pretty good about themselves,” said WMU head coach Bill Cubit. “The weather should be good, it’s a noon kickoff, and it’s on ESPN, what else do you

want? If the place isn’t packed, we’re doing something wrong.” CMU senior linebacker Armond Staten wishes it would have been later in the season. “It doesn’t really matter, but as a senior, it’d be good to keep it traditional, later on in the season, but it doesn’t really play a part,” he said. Miami of Ohio was projected to win the MAC East, while Toledo was chosen to win the MAC West and ultimately the MAC Championship game. The day was filled with predictions, but one thing was certain: every team wants to be back at Ford Field on Dec. 2 for the MAC Championship game.

Niznak’s fate Enos and his staff have not decided on whether they will redshirt freshman quarterback Alex Niznak. “We’re going to let that play out,” Enos said. “That’ll depend on him and how much he’s progressed from spring practice until the end of fall camp ... We got to get the best guys out there too, so we’ll see where he’s at.”

Homeless seek shade over summer Soup kitchen, Chippewa River popular places to cool off By Amanda Grifka Staff Reporter

The summer’s long, hot days present unique challenges to the local homeless community after spending the winter warding off chilling nights. In order to stay cool during the heat waves, the homeless population seeks shelter in a variety of places. “A lot of (homeless people) meet people who let them spend the day with them,” said Salvation Army office manager Bethany Smith.

She said others will go to the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen, 621 S. Adams St., local stores or to the Chippewa River to cool off. During the month of July, the kitchen served 238 homeless families, said Irene Little, emergency services program manager for the Central Michigan chapter of the American Red Cross. The soup kitchen provides continental breakfasts and hot lunches seven days a week to anyone who comes in. Although Isabella County provides services to the homeless population, there is still not a homeless shelter in the county. “If someone needs long term assistance, we refer them to Midland, Lansing

or Saginaw,” Smith said. The move to another area can be difficult if the person has strong ties to the region, she said. Little said some of the homeless population survives by couch surfing, staying with family or friends or sleeping in vehicles. Those who have absolutely nowhere to go will be housed by the Salvation Army in a hotel for up to five days, Smith said. For the last month, 17 to 20 families have been placed in hotels with grant money. The Salvation Army, 1717 S. Mission St., also provides a place to cool off from the heat, a shower and easy-to-eat food, if it is available, she said.


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