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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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State mediator enters FA contract talks CMU refuses extension; sticks to June 30 date By Maria Amante Senior Reporter

CMU has requested state mediation in stalled contract talks with the Faculty Association. A mediator from the Michigan Employment Relations Commission was expected to be present beginning with Tuesday’s negotiating session. The university will not extend the current three-year contract until a new agreement is reached, said Tim Connors, president of the FA com-

munication and dramatic arts professor. “When the bargaining process began, that was their stance: ‘We don’t want to do an extension, we want to have this done by June 30,’” Connors said. “Whether they’re still on that stance or not, I’m not sure.” The university did not respond to requests for comment on why it insisted on the June 30 deadline, but released a statement Monday confirming the mediation request. Phil Squattrito, a chemistry professor and member of the FA’s bargaining committee, told a crowd of about 80 supporters in front of Ronan Hall A faculty | 2

Faculty member posts CMU stance on Facebook site By Maria Amante Senior Reporter, and Connor Sheridan Editor in Chief

The university is proposing no immediate increase in pay and a reduction in health benefits in negotiations with the Faculty Association, according to a Facebook post from a faculty member. The administration has deemed the faculty “un-

reasonable” and therefore requested mediation, said the post by Jeffrey Weinstock, English language and literature professor, as a statement from the FA on the “Friends of CMU Faculty” page. “The information was released because the Faculty Association is extremely alarmed by the dangerous concessions the administration is demanding and the aggressive approach to bargaining that has been adopted,” Weinstock said in an email. Timothy Connors, FA president and communication and dramatic arts professor, A post | 2

Police officers accept pay freeze for 2011-12 fiscal year By Maria Amante Senior Reporter

The University and the Police Officers Association of Michigan have reached an agreement for the POAM’s contract which expires June 30. POAM’s 15 CMU members will take a pay freeze for the 2011-12 fiscal year and increase its health benefit contributions from 8 percent to 9 percent the first year of the contract. For the second and third year of its contract, adjustments made will match adjustments to professional and administrative employees.

“The Police Officers Association of Michigan is the seventh CMU employee group to accept a wage freeze,” the university said in the release. The university did not specify if the statement was historical or if it was for the fiscal year beginning July 1; no decision has been announced on professional and administrative, senior officer, and public broadcasting employees, and the other groups mentioned, the Union of Teaching Faculty and Graduate Student Union, were both granted pay increases for the upcoming fiscal year.

Cigarette labels to bare graphic images FDA hopes to prevent youngsters from smoking By Jordan Spence Staff Reporter

Images of dead bodies, cancerous lungs and rotting teeth and gums are images people might expect to see in nightmares — not on the side of cigarette packages. But beginning in September 2012, the Food and Drug Administration will require cigarette companies to put the graphic images on cigarette package labels to serve as a warning to users. “I was taken aback by the picture of the dead body when I saw the pictures on the news,” said CMU alumna Casey Canon, a smoker. “I guess it doesn’t hurt, why not try it?” The FDA said it will require tobacco companies to cover the top half of cigarette boxes with a graphic image, and 20 percent of cigarette ads will have to feature the pictures as well. Tobacco companies will also be required to print the 1-800-QUIT-NOW phone number on cigarette packages. “In my opinion, you’re going to smoke no matter what,” Canon said. “But I guess it could help with younger smokers. Adults already know about the effects of smoking but it gives a younger kid a real idea.” This is the third major mandatory change for cigarette warnings within the last 50 years.

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St. Johns resident Caitlyn Theis, 15, Okemos resident Brianna Archer, 15, and Texas resident Emily Allen, 14, work on sketches Tuesday in Wightman 122 during Fashion Camp. The camp is a week long and teaches high schoolers the basics of fashion design. The students will be making garments for a fashion show on Friday.

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Camp fosters creative design ambitions in teens

By Morgan Yuncker | Staff Reporter

Just like Donatella Versace, Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior and Calvin Klein — all fashionistas have to start somewhere. Some future designers’ journeys began Sunday and will continue throughout the week at CMU’s 2011 Fashion Camp. The camp, designed for students in ninth through 12th grade, aims to teach the steps taken to produce fashion lines. A fashion | 2

Okemos resident Brianna Archer, 15, works on the colors of a garment she sketched Tuesday in Wightman 122 during Fashion Camp. Fashion is something Archer has always been interested in doing. “I was in a fashion class and there was a flyer for this camp,” she said.

1965 was the first change, when the surgeon general’s warning appeared, and the second change appeared in 1984, when more health hazard warnings were required on packages. “I think this will definitely hurt the tobacco industry,” said Lansing resident Allen Moore, a non-smoker. “But I also think it’s hypocritical. If they’re that dangerous and they claim millions of people’s lives why are they still being sold?” Allen said he still thinks the warnings are a good thing, even if they are over the top. The tobacco industry will challenge the new laws in federal appeals courts next month after a lower court upheld the FDA regulations. Canon said while the images might frighten some people, they would not stop her from smoking. “I don’t smoke on a packa-day basis, but when I do smoke I will probably just avoid looking at the pictures like anyone else,” she said. Once the images are printed on the packs, it may be harder for smokers to recognize the brands they like to smoke, said Julie Bontrager, an employee of the Smokers Club, 100 S. Mission St. It will have some impact on the tobacco industry, but there will still be a lot of people who ignore the images and keep smoking, she said. “I’ve been smoking since I was ten, “ Bontrager said. “I’m going to try quitting for the fourth time but not because of things like the pictures.”

New houses built on Main Street for student use By David Oltean Staff Reporter

Two new fraternity houses and student homes being built on the east side of Main Street are set to be ready for the upcoming school year. Olivieri Management developed the four new buildings at 915, 1001, 1007 and 1029 S. Main St. for student use. Two of the buildings, 1001 and 1007 S. Main St., will be used as new fraternity houses for Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Delta Chi respectively. Some of the buildings had stood for quite a while since being reconstructed, includ-

ing 1007 S. Main St., which was originally built in 1879. Developer Joe Olivieri was pleased to see how quickly and efficiently the buildings were completed. Olivieri expected the tasks to be very similar to the Phi Mu house his company developed last year at 802 S. Main St. “If the tenants have a nice place to live, everyone’s happy,” Olivieri said. “I believe Main Street should be beautiful all the way from Bellows Street to downtown.” Most future residents were shown floor plans and architectural renderings before the construction began, including Troy

senior Aimee Fox. Fox will be among the first residents in the new house at 915 S. Main, which used to be a smaller building with a volleyball court outside before the renovation. The new building now has eight bedrooms and five bathrooms. “I’m just happy to have a brand new house,” Fox said. “It looks great.” Sanford sophomore Matt Bowen will live at the new Delta Chi fraternity house, in the upcoming school year. Bowen was pleased to see the final results of the construction and the size of the new home. “They told us the layout, but

we didn’t know exactly what it was going to look like until February of this year,” Bowen said. “It has a better spot on Main Street than our old house and has 12 bedrooms and six bathrooms. It’s almost like a mansion.” Bowen said he and his fraternity brothers understand the responsibilities of having a new home. “With this new house, we really have to take care of it,” he said. Another new building will be constructed at 1005 S. Main St. during the summer of 2012.

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Midland resident Gary Herron, center, 45, measures siding for 1007 S. Main St., as his father, left, Gary Herron, 73, also of Midland, applies the siding to the home with the assistance of Sanford resident Cory McCain, 22.

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“Both CMU and the CMU Faculty Association remain committed to good faith bargaining in an effort to see if we can reach a mutually satisfying new collective bargaining agreement.”

w The Isabella County 4-H Pleasure Horse Show will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Isabella County Fairgrounds, 500 N. Mission Road. w Toby Keith and Eric Church will perform live in concert at 8 p.m. at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd.

Robert Martin, Faculty and Personnel Services

Associate Vice Provost


w A Fourth of July celebration will be held from noon to 11 p.m. at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd.


w Stock car racing will take place at 7:45 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Speedway, 4658 E. River Road. Tickets are $11 for adults and $5 for children.

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Corunna sophomore Jory Brown sits with her one-year-old Lab-Rottweiler mix, Nia, Tuesday at the Humane Animal Treatment Society, 1105 S. Isabella Road. “This dog has lots of energy”, said Brown, “I love coming down here to volunteer and wish I could adopt all of the dogs.”



w A men and women’s traditional American Indian dance will take place from noon to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Ziibiwing Center, 6650 E. Broadway Road.

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confirmed the following proposals made by the administration in negotiations with the faculty:

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“The students are basically creating their own line,” said Kirstie Fish, Troy graduate student and fashion camp counselor. “They are going to go to Goodwill, choose pieces of clothing and then use them to create their line.” But not all students are interested in just the design part of fashion; there are many other areas that receive less mainstream attention. “I want to be a buyer, which is someone who chooses what is sold in the store,” said Madeline Bonfils, Berkley resident and incoming CMU freshman. “I can easily go into a store and pick out things that look good.” Bonfils said her interest in fashion started when

w Reduction of 15 to 20 percent in CMU’s contribution toward health care costs w Flat rate pay increase of $0 for 2011-12, $600 each semester for 2012-13 and $750 each semester for 2013-14 w Removal of department chairs from the bargaining unit w Removal of coaches, counselors and librarians from the bargaining unit w An increase in the time between applications for Professor Salary Supplement A decrease in the w amount awarded for promotions Additional concessions in retention, promotion and tenure requirements w Flat rate pay scale for summer teaching w Retirement contributions based on 10- or 12month base salary, not including additional compensation for overloads or other sources

her mother bought a sewing machine so she could make quilts. After messing around on the machine, Bonfils said, she started making little things like skirts and pillows. “I like the buyer element of fashion,” Bonfils said. “I love fashion and I took a marketing class in high school and was really interested in that, so it works out perfectly that I can use both.” Fourteen-year-old Texas resident Emily Allen is all about the apparel. “I love wearing the clothes, and I love the idea of us designing our own line,” she said. Fish said students got a chance to see what the fashion world is all about on Monday. On Tuesday, they created sketches of their ideas and on Wednesday, the students plan to make the trip to Goodwill

Jeffrey Weinstock’s post on the “Friends of CMU Faculty” Facebook page.

The initial post included incorrect figures for the flat pay increases offered, Connors said. The university was contacted for a response to the release of information, but referred questions to the Monday release which confirmed CMU’s request for mediation. Ron Primeau, also an English language and literature professor, said cooperation between the university and the FA has been a model to the nation

since its inception, and he worries a national trend in distaste for state-employed workers could harm the efforts. He urged fellow faculty and others concerned by the university’s stance in negotiations to join the FA’s campaign in emailing CMU administrators involved in the bargaining process. “We’re just trying to tell people what we are about,” Primeau said.

Industries, 1313 S. Mission St. Thursday will be a work day for students to get their designs ready for Friday’s fashion show at 2 p.m. in the Education and Human Services Building’s French Auditorium. “At the fashion show, students will create display boards showing each step that was taken to create their design,” Fish said. “They then will bring their designs to life in a live fashion show where they will be their own models.”

ery Museum. “They gave us some things for inspiration,” she said. “(And) we are working on designing some spaces for them.” The presentation will take place 7 p.m. Thursday in the Education and Human Services Building, and Skeel said depending on how the event goes, the presentation may be implemented in different ways. “We might be showing it as a part of a fundraiser,” she said. “Or the client might potentially use the ideas and incorporate them.” Skeel said, though the work of both camps stays separate, the final event for both camps is combined. “We’re going to help set up the fashion show Thursday night,” she said.

Design camp Coinciding with the fashion camp for the first year is an interior design camp. Interior design camp director Brenda Skeel said five high school students will attend week-long sessions in hopes of creating a presentation for the Mount Pleasant Discov-

IN THE NEWS Supreme Court lifts limits on sale of violent video games to minors By David G. Savage MCT Campus

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a California law that limited the sale of violent video games to minors, ruling the restriction violated the free speech principles in the First Amendment. “Like books, plays and movies, video games communicate ideas,” Justice Antonin Scalia said. “The most basic principle of First Amendment law is that government has no power to restrict expression because of its content.” The ruling came on a 7-2 vote. Scalia spoke for five members of the court who

ruled that under no circumstances could the government be allowed to attempt to protect children by limiting violence in the media. “There is no tradition in this country of specially restricting children’s access to depictions of violence,” Scalia said in the courtroom. “Certainly, the books we give children to read — or read to them when they are younger — have no shortage of gore. Grimm’s Fairy Tales, for example, are grim indeed.” Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined his opinion. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., joined by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., ap-

plauded California’s effort to deal with a “serious social problem: the effect of exceptionally violent video games on impressionable minors.” But they too voted to strike down the state’s law because it did not spell out clearly enough the limits that the gaming industry must follow. Justices Clarence Thomas and Stephen G. Breyer filed separate dissents. Thomas said minors had no free speech rights. Breyer said he thought the law was constitutional as is. The decision comes as a relief to the entertainment industry, which worried a decision upholding the California law could trigger similar measures across the country.

Tuesday that it was unusual to be cutting the matter so close. “It’s uncharted territory for us,” Squattrito said. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Weinstock, a faculty member, posted on Facebook a list he says the FA released detailing the university’s demands. Mediators are generally brought in to help move forward stalled discussions as opposed to arbitrators who are sometimes given the power to make binding decisions as a final step, Connors said. This will have no effect on classes until the fall semester begins, Connors said, because summer classes are covered under the fiscal year 2010-11 budget. However, employees with a 12-month contract instead of a 10-month contract will see an impact on their health benefits beginning in midJuly. There are 60 members of FA under the 12-month contract, of about 650 total members. A lot to cover Connors said the groups have met twice weekly since April 28. The FA has seven people on its bargaining team and the university has three. “We want a fair contract, as quickly as possible and with as little disruption and animosity and hard feelings as possible,” he said. Robert Martin, associate vice provost of Faculty and Personnel Services, said in an email he cannot comment on the status of current negotiations beyond the following statement. “Both CMU and the CMU Faculty Association remain committed to good faith bargaining in an effort to see if we can reach a mutually satisfying new collective bargaining agreement,” Martin said. On the FA side, the bargaining team consists of Krista Graham, library assistant professor, Phil Squattrito, chemistry professor, Chris Owens, political science assistant professor, David Jesuit, political science associate professor, Jennifer Green, history associate professor, Suzanne Shellady, special education department chairperson and Brad van Eeden-Moorefield, human environmental studies associate professor. Martin, Matt Serra, director of faculty and employee relations and Ray Christie, vice provost of academic administration, represent the university’s bargaining team. Each group is also allowed to bring in “resource people,” experts on a specific topic who help each side formulate a position and provide information crucial to negotiations, Connors said. Negotiations are not limited to salary and benefits

discussions, he said, and the previous contract is 107 pages long, and covers “a huge range of things,” not just salaries and benefits. Salary, benefits, retirement benefits, promotion, tenure, retention, departmental bylaws, reorganization policy, procedure in the event of a merger between two departments, family emergency leave, disability and grievance procedure are all addressed in the document, he said. Connors said he does not know if agreements have been reached on any issues because he is not in the bargaining room. He said the bargaining committee will negotiate until both sides reach a consensus, at which point the agreement will be presented to the FA board, of which Connors is a member. From there, the board will determine whether or not to present it to the membership who will vote on the new contract. No agreement presented to the membership has ever been voted down, but several have not made it to that point, Connors said.

History of delays During the university’s previous negotiations with the FA in 2008, a contract was not signed until November after several extensions and fact finding and arbitration sessions. In 2005, negotiations went past the start of classes in August, after a contract extension and mediation. Connors said it is rare to see negotiations last until November, but it is common for them to continue past the contract’s initial expiration. “To my knowledge, we’ve never signed a contract in June or July,” he said. “Since I’ve been here, we have always voted mid-to late-August when we come back to school.” The faculty negotiators are aware of negotiations at other universities, Connors said. However, they are not the most relevant part of the FA’s bargaining strategy. “Without the full contract in front of you, it’s hard to tell what that means,” Connors said. For example, Connors said, a 2-percent raise might sound great but depending on how much health care costs have increased, actual take-home pay may have declined. Saginaw Valley State University recently approved a 1.5 percent salary increase for the 2011-12 fiscal year of faculty contracts, and 2.5 percent the next two years.”

Editor in Chief Connor Sheridan contributed to this report


New sushi bar to open before fall By David Oltean Staff Reporter

Mount Pleasant’s nightlife will get a boost with the opening of two new restaurants and clubs. Midori, a sushi bar, could open as early as next month in downtown Mount Pleasant. Located at 105 E. Broadway St., the business plans to bring unique cuisine, a wide assortment of drinks and a chic atmosphere to downtown, said owner Rich Swindlehurst. All major construction has been completed in the bar, which is expected to be able to seat about 60 guests. Swindlehurst is excited to see the sushi bar open as it reaches its final stages of construction. He expects the bar to have a different environment than the Blue Gator Sports Pub and Grill, 106 Court St., which he also manages. “I think it will be a nice, classy addition to the town for a dining and socializing environment,” Swindlehurst said. “We’re really excited to see the final outcome.” No date has been selected for a grand opening yet, but Swindle-

hurst expects the business to be running smoothly before the masses of students, faculty and others return to Mount Pleasant for classes in the fall. Another restaurant, L-1 Bar & Grille, 1705 S. Mission St., is in early stages of construction, but no estimates have been made as to when it will open. What used to be R & R Laundromat will now be a restaurant with nightclub hours from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. permitted to serve beer and liquor. Developers refused to comment about the opening of the restaurant, saying there are still too many steps that need to be taken before knowing when it may open. Rumors that Coco Joe’s, 4855 Blue Grass Road, could relocate soon have been confirmed to be false, and the restaurant will remain at its current location. Manager Dave Lutzkey and owner John Hunter had considered moving Coco Joe’s to a downtown location in the past, but have no intentions of relocating the restaurant any time soon, Lutzkey said.

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INTERIOR DESIGN | High school students participate in camp this week

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Interior Design Camp Week Instructor Brenda Skeel looks at Detroit resident Adisa Murphy’s design with Dewitt resident and CMU alumna Emily Fehrenbach during a design session as a part of the camp’s week-filled events. Murphy, 15, said he is learning new things during the camp. “I like what we’re doing because I enjoy interior design,” he said.

QR codes showing Campus Grow keeps local produce green “I love plants. I love to watch them up across campus grow, and I especially love eating By Michael Barone Staff Reporter

20 bar codes used to link print to online By Randi Shaffer News Editor, and Morgan Yuncker Staff Reporter

Bar codes have become a little more interactive thanks to an increasingly popular 21st century makeover. Quick response codes are twodimensional barcodes that can be read by smartphones. They consist of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. These codes make it easy to go straight to a URL, text or other location with a quick snap of a phone camera. “QR codes takes students straight to the link of advertisement,” said Kole Taylor, a technical writer at CMU’s Office of Technology. He said OIT used QR codes to promote its March technology summit. The codes were placed on bus stop advertisements, and linked back to program registration information. Ann Arbor sophomore Ethan Maulbetsch said he does not like QR codes despite their popularity. “I feel like it takes just as much time to take the picture of the code as it would to just type in the link,” he said. However, many of the codes serve to cater to user curiosity. Jeffrey McDowell, OIT associate director of user services and support, said he scans QR codes to find out what else he can learn about something. He said he likes the amount of engagement the codes can add to a poster or an advertisement. “It makes you want to find out what that information is,” he said. Taylor said in addition to link-

ing code users to more information about something specifically, many companies use QR codes to monitor how many people visit their site. He said for a company, it is an easy way to see how effective its ads are. “I think, initially, people were sort of confused when they saw them, but definitely with the sort of presence of technology ... have come to adopt them more regularly,” he said. “I think more and more people are being exposed to these and therefore probably know what they are.” Smartphone technology QR code readers are only one of many functions smartphones can handle. Not only are QR codes growing around campus, but the presence of smartphones is growing as well. “I can stay connected with people, especially because Facebook and email are easy to access,” said Ovid freshman Morgan Roberts. “Plus, it is always helpful to have the GPS on my phone in case I get lost.” The phones have also found their way into the classroom, allowing students to access Blackboard for on-the-go course updates and information. “We may see more uses of this type of technology in the classrooms in time to come, though it isn’t certain,” Taylor.

CMU’s campus is growing a little greener thanks to the efforts of volunteers and youngsters at the Child Development and Learning Lab. Campus Grow, a localfood focused registered student organization, hosted a planting day for the children at the CDLL in May and has cared for the plants ever since. Teacher Mari Potter and her class of about a dozen 4 and 5 year olds, along with members of the RSO, planted an assortment of lilac cuttings, squash and watermelon seeds. “It’s a great way to teach the children about all the different plants,” Potter said. “They get to learn how it all works, from planting the seeds until it catches root, and before long they will be fully grown plants, very similar to these children.” Campus Grow cares for two gardens on CMU’s campus. One is located west of the parking lot by Theunissen Stadium on West Campus Drive, and another directly behind the Industrial Engineering and Technology building. Brazil junior Emilie Jordao worked as a Campus Grow volunteer over spring semester. She helped organize the day of planting, which was delayed due to rainy weather. “I love to see the kids get excited about planting,” she said. “They smile and it makes me smile. We all have such a good time!” Five-year-old Mount Pleasant resident Kiera Harsh participated in the planting, and ended the activity with a smile and dirt-covered hands. “I like planting the purple and pink flowers,

because that’s my favorite color,” she said. Elena Bozzi was one of five members who tended to the gardens throughout the summer semester. “There was a dry spell so some of the watermelons didn’t survive, but the ones that did are coming along very nicely,” the Sterling Heights senior said. Campus Grow, a nonprofit, relies on volunteers, donations and selling its own organically grown produce to get the money it needs. For $25, anyone can rent a plot of land from one of the two gardens. Other than the pea plants, more than a dozen different

food that I’ve grown. I am 100 percent about local food; the more local, the better.” Elena Bozzi, Sterling Heights senior

varieties of vegetables will not be harvested until the end of the summer. “I love plants,” Bozzi said. “I love to watch them grow, and I especially love eating food that I’ve grown. I am 100 percent about local food; the more local, the better.”

Campus Grow utilizes and researches non-toxic and organic means of producing a variety of open-pollinated fruits and vegetables. It was founded two years ago by Manistee senior Chris Venegas.

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Mount Pleasant promotes walking Pedestrians gather at city parks CM Life Staff Reports

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Royal Oak senior Derek Howes plays the role of Scagg and Highland senior Isaac Bannasch plays the role of as Chandler Friday as the two rehearse for Shivaree at the Bush Theatre.

For some Mount Pleasant residents, it’s about more than just putting one foot in front of the other. Mount Pleasant’s Parks and Recreation department sponsors Walk Mount Pleasant, a community program aimed at promoting health and wellness at 7 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 5. The walking program is open to all participants, many of whom bring friends and family to enjoy the scenery of Mount Pleasant. Mill Pond Park and River Walk Trail, 607 S. Adams St., Mission Creek Woodland

Park, 1458 N. Harris St., and Island Park, 331 N. Main St., are just a few of the walkway destinations. “You can go at your own pace,” said Kevin Troshak, one of the Parks and Recreation officials in charge of the program. “It’s completely non-competitive. Every Thursday it’s a different park, and it really gives people the chance to do something healthy.” There are anywhere from 20 to 35 people that participate on a given Thursday. To give people an incentive to come back, they are given a playing card each time they show up. “It works like poker,” said Theresa Collovecchio of Parks and Recreation. “The more they participate, the better chance they have at getting a good hand, and at the end of the year, we give

away a three- or six-month membership to Wellness Central Fitness.” Mount Pleasant resident Carol Lemmer brings her daughter and friends to walk with her. Lemmer has participated in Walk Mount Pleasant for three years, and won last year’s contest. “I won a six-month membership, so it’s definitely been a major incentive,” Lemmer said. “But my favorite part is getting exercise in all the different parks with my friends.” This is the fourth year Parks and Recreation has hosted Walk Mount Pleasant. Those interested in participating can contact Mount Pleasant’s Parks and Recreation department at 779-5331 for more information.

Summer Theatre Company involves Future Chips shine at All-Star Game East beats 12 students in performing 3 plays West, 30-13 By Kristopher Lodes Staff Reporter

Will perform in Waterford, Whitehall in July By David Oltean Staff Reporter

The CMU Summer Theatre Company, consisting of only 12 students, performed three separate plays last week. The 12 multi-faceted individuals brought “Shivaree,” “Proof ” and “Guest Artist” to life at Bush Theatre, filling roles both on and off the stage. Students in the company were not only responsible for acting and memorizing lines, but also for the lighting, sound, costumes, props and staffing the theater. Five performances total were held starting with “Proof ” which was performed on Wednesday and once again on Saturday. “Guest Artist” was performed twice as well on Thursday and Sunday, and “Shivaree” could be seen on Friday. Director of University Theatre Steve Berglund was pleased with the quality of the shows from the 2011 company thus far. The company will also perform in July at the Waterford Performing Arts Center and the Howmet Playhouse in Whitehall, where they will have to take props and large set pieces with them. Berglund, who directed “Guest Artist,” looked for multi-talented individuals when auditions were held for the company back in February. “When I cast a show, I try to pick the best actors for the role,” he said. “But putting a company together is different than putting a cast together. It’s pretty competitive in terms of the skill sets they bring to the audition.” The productions have

Highland senior Isaac Bannasch plays the role of Chandler as he holds Midland senior Elise Essenmacher, performing as Laura, during a Friday rehearsal of “Shivaree” in the Bush Theatre.

“When I cast a show, I try to pick the best actors for the role. But putting a company together is different than putting a cast together. It’s pretty competitive in terms of the skill sets they bring to the audition.” Steve Berglund, University Theatre director

been no easy task for the students in the company, who have been practicing six days a week for almost five weeks. However, most of the students had no objection to the amount of experience they were getting. Mount Pleasant junior Richard Bronson performed large roles as Joseph Harris in “Guest Artist” and Robert in “Proof,” and assisted director Keeley Stanley-Bohn for “Shivaree.” Bronson, who had never performed in Bush Theater before, was pleased with the experience offered from the summer company. “It’s a great opportunity

to learn everything about theater,” Bronson said. “( Joseph Harris) was by far the largest role I’ve ever had.” New Lothrop junior Joshua Schiefer acted as the Ticket Man in “Guest Artist” and worked as the props master for the company. Schiefer enjoyed working with the small company, who he said became good friends throughout the many practices and rehearsals. “You really get to experience all the aspects,” Schiefer said. “We even built the sets ourselves.”

Detroit Cass Tech quarterback Keith Moore was the star of the 30-13 East victory at the High School All-Star Game at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Saturday, but several future Chippewas also made notable impacts. Moore, who will be playing for Saginaw Valley next year, was eight for 13 passing for 212 yards and three touchdowns. “I was just trying to hit everything that was open and do the stuff we were working on all week,” Moore said. One of Moore’s best plays came in the third quarter on a third down and long with five minutes left. He scrambled, threw a blind pass down the sideline and found Cadillac’s Ray Tillman for a 55-yard touchdown pass that sealed the deal.

“I was just trying to make a play,” Moore said. “I knew I had to keep it in and I saw my receiver open so I gave it a shot.” The touchdown was Moore’s third of the day. The other two were both to Farmington’s Jason Wilson, who will join the CMU football team in the fall. One came in the first for 61 yards and the other in the second for 68 yards, and he ended the day with three catches for 136 yards. “(Moore is) great and he’ll have a great college career,” said East coach and Manchester High School coach Wesley Gall. “He’s quick on his feet and has a nice arm and puts a nice touch on the ball.” Grand Haven’s Dalton Stenberg intercepted Tommy Vento’s pass, giving the West a first and goal. But J.W. Sexton’s Onjae Miller fumbled the ball at the 10-yard line, where Ypsilanti’s Feerooz Yacoobi recovered the ball for the East. The West’s next drive, courtesy of Traverse City Central’s Mack Savereign, connected

with Ithaca’s Luke Capen for a 21-yard touchdown, but it was all about the East from there. “It was like a dream,” Gall said. “It was like working, but you’re on vacation.” The other future Chippewas in the game performed well. For the East, Melvindale linebacker Courtney Williams had one tackle. Cousino tight end Ben McCord came down with two catches for 12 yards and made a spectacular catch in the endzone, but was forced out by West defender and future Chippewa Nick Beamish. On the West, St. John’s linebacker Colin Wilson led the team in tackles with six. Rockford linebacker Brett Egnatuk had four of his own. Orchard View tight end Cole Walderzak came down with a few nice catches and Holt linemen Kenny Rogers and Standish-Sterling’s Ahmeti Ramadan were strong on the line. The win marked the East’s 17th victory to the West’s 14.


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Four to enter CMU Journalism Hall of Fame in November CM Life Staff Reports

A retired photojournalism professor, an international business journalist, a newspaper publisher and an executive sports editor will enter the CMU Journalism Hall of Fame in November. The four will become the ninth induction class since the Hall of Fame began in 2002. Ceremonies are Nov. 11 at the Mount Pleasant Comfort Inn & Conference Center, 2424 S. Mission St. Elliott S. Parker

Pete Engardio Engardio, a 1980 graduate, worked for Business Week magazine from 1985

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Parker, who, for most of his career at CMU, taught all of the photo classes, expanded the photo program and worked with students who later became prominent photojournalists. He also pioneered the use of computer-assisted reporting, desktop publishing and media design in the Depart-

ment of Journalism. He was one of the early adopters of Internet technology in the department, and was a noted scholar of Southeast Asian studies. He retired in 2007. A well-known photographer in his own right, Parker also taught and mentored numerous photojournalists who have gone on to wide acclaim. They include Michael S. Green of the Associated Press, Steve Jessmore, senior photo editor of the The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Cathaleen Curtiss, former vice president of global photography at America Online. All three photojournalists are already in the Journalism Hall of Fame.

to 2009, serving in the Atlanta bureau and in Hong Kong where he covered Asian business for six years. He Dale A. Duncan moved to New York in 1996 as Asian editor and was editor of the Asian edition from 1999 to 2001. E n g a r dio recently Pete Engardio formed his own company, Engardio Media, and resides in Brooklyn, NY. He has won three Overseas Press Club awards for his Asian reporting. He also has won the George Polk, Loeb and Sigma Delta Chi awards. He is recognized as a lead-

ing national expert on Asian business and coauthored or contr ibuted to books on Asia and India. He has Elliott S. Parker an MA from the University of Missouri and has been a Reuters Journalism Fellow at Oxford University. Engardio Mary Ullmer was a CMU commencement speaker in May 2010. Dale A. Duncan Duncan is a 1976 graduate, who is president and CEO of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel in Maine.

He previously served as president and publisher of The Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis News, vice president of the publishing group for Capital Cities Communications and as president and publisher of The Times Leader in Wilkes Barre, Penn. His Capital Cities tenure included serving as president of the The Oakland Press, which twice was named Newspaper of the Year by the Michigan Press Association. He also was a founding member of CMU’s Lem Tucker Scholarship Speaker Series. Mary Ullmer Ullmer is a 1984 graduate who is the executive sports editor at the Grand Rapids Press. Ullmer has the distinction of being the first woman sports editor at

several newspapers. She has worked for the Chicago Tribune, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Springfield (MO) News-Leader and the Muskegon Chronicle. She also directs coverage of Detroit’s four major sports franchises for the eight-member Booth Newspaper group and handles the sports feed. She is known for mentoring and developing sports writers, including Jon Paul Morosi, national baseball writer for, John Eligon of the New York Times, Marlen Garcia, NCAA sports writer for USA Today, columnist Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press and Chip Scoggins, Minnesota Vikings beat writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. n ews@ c m -l i fe . c om


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