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Police struggle to understand what led to Illinois sophomore’s breakdown, double homicide By Emma Dale Community Editor


t about 9 a.m. March 2, the only thing most Central Michigan University students were concerned about was leaving for spring break. At 9:02 a.m. a Central Alert emergency message was broadcast. “The CMU Police Department is responding to a report of shots fired near the fourth floor area of Campbell Hall, again, shots fired near the fourth floor area of Campbell Hall. Please stay clear of the area.” A few minutes later, CMU issued a campus-wide lockdown that lasted into the early evening. For more than six hours, faculty and students were confronted with the reality that a shooting on campus had claimed two lives. From inside locked classrooms, offices and residence halls, they watched as the national conversation on guns and schools converged on Mount Pleasant. Through social media, texts and phone calls, they reached out to loved ones. Many marked themselves as “safe” after Facebook launched its safety check for “The


Shooting at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.” Parents gathered together at the Comfort Inn waiting for buses to transport their children from campus and to their

waiting arms. Students will return to CMU this week forever changed. Administrators and police say they are still looking for the answers: Why did 19-year-old sophomore James Eric Davis Jr. walk out to the family’s car, get a handgun and return to his room to fatally shoot his father and mother?

THE NIGHT BEFORE On March 1, as some of his fellow students prepared for Friday classes, Davis Jr. was on a mission to find a police officer. When he finally found an officer working in the Towers residence

Cody Scanlan | Photo Editor State Troopers arrive at the scene of the double homicide in bullet proof armor on March 2 at Campbell Hall.

INCIDENT TIMELINE: March 1 James Eric Davis Jr. approached a community policing officer and claimed someone was trying to kill him. Police determined there was no immediate threat to Davis Jr. or

anyone else on campus after conducting an investigation. Davis Jr. said his cousin was going to pick him up Friday, March 2 for spring break and that he was going to return to his room to sleep.

March 2 At about 1:30 a.m., Davis Jr. is seen in his residential hall complex lobby with luggage. Officers approach him and he appears “disoriented.” During the conversation with officers, Davis Jr. made statements that he was under the influence of drugs. After, Davis Jr., his mother

and police have a conversation on the phone, and CMUPD transports him to a local emergency room for monitoring and treatment. Later in the morning, his mother and father pick up Davis Jr. from the emergency room after he is released. The three travel to the Towers residential

complex and enter Davis Jr.’s dorm room in Campbell Hall. Through witness testimony and video surveillance, police have determined Davis Jr. left the residence hall, went to the family’s vehicle and returned – using his CMU ID – to his room with a handgun.



Cody Scanlan | Photo Editor Campbell Hall is part of the Towers resident halls located on East Campus at Central Michigan University.

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For more coverage including police comments, visit complex, Davis Jr. told him someone was trying to murder him. Police interviewed the person Davis Jr. accused of threatening him. When police viewed surveillance footage of Davis Jr. and the other student, they saw them laughing together as if they were friends. Police concluded the person was no threat, but they were now concerned about Davis Jr. After police told Davis Jr. they believed the person did not pose any risk to him, Davis Jr. left the police office and told the officer he was leaving the residence hall in the morning. A few hours later, police found an agitated Davis Jr. standing in the Towers hallway with bags packed. In a March 3 press conference, CMUPD Police Chief Bill

Mackenzie Brockman | Staff Photographer State Police Troopers sweep blocks of houses north of Campus near Oak Street, looking for James Eric Davis Jr. on March 2.

Yeagley described Davis Jr.’s speech and behavior at that time as illogical and said Davis Jr. “wasn’t making a lot of sense.” A police officer asked for Davis Jr.’s phone and used it to contact his mother, Diva Davis. After describing her son’s erratic behavior to her, police asked Diva if she felt drugs might be the cause — she agreed that drug use could be a factor. The officer told Diva that her son would be taken to MidMichigan Medical Center for observation. Diva told police she and her husband, James Eric Davis Sr., would leave immediately to begin the nearly five-hour drive from Illinois to CMU. What happened next is still unclear. In a March 7 story published by The Morning Sun, it appears that after he was admitted, Davis Jr. escaped

March 2 Police respond to call of shots fired. After investigating, police determined Davis Sr. and Diva Davis were killed. A gun is recovered at the scene, registered to Davis Sr., who is a police officer in Illinois. Davis Jr. flees on foot from

the scene and is seen running north along the railroad tracks on the west side of campus. More than 100 officers from multiple police agencies search for Davis Jr. throughout the rest of the day and night.

from observation. At about 3 a.m. hospital staff, Isabella County Sheriff’s deputies and Mount Pleasant police officers searched nearby neighborhoods and wooded areas for Davis Jr. He was found at 3:15 a.m. in a landscaping business parking lot and brought back to the hospital. Information about Davis Jr.’s escape from the hospital was not included in any of the press briefings held by the university and police. Heather Smith of University Communications told The Morning Sun police didn’t have “all the details of it during media briefings Friday and Saturday.” Hours later, Diva and James Sr. arrived in Mount Pleasant to pick up their son from the hospital and bring him back to Campbell Hall and then home.

At some point, Davis Jr. left his room to go to the family’s vehicle. Yeagley said a witness recalled seeing Davis Jr. walk back into the residence hall carrying his father’s handgun. Surveillance footage also shows Davis Jr. walking back into Campbell Hall just minutes before he fatally shot his parents, Yeagley said. Davis Jr. fled the scene on foot, heading north following the railroad tracks, where he seemed to disappear.

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At about 12:10 a.m., CMU police respond to a tip from a passing train in which an employee notices a “suspicious subject” standing near the railroad tracks near the northwest corner of campus. Within two minutes, CMU police arrive. They identify the suspect as Davis Jr. and he is taken into custody without incident.

Davis Jr. appears in Isabella County Trial Court at his arraignment over video from his hospital bed at McLaren Central Michigan. He does not enter a plea and his bond is lowered form $3 million to $1.25 million.

Davis Jr. is officially arrested and taken to the Isabella County Jail. His next court date is March 16. SOURCE: UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS



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incident on CMU’s campus, the suspect is still at large” on Central Alert emergency messages. The search for Davis Jr. brought in more than 100 law enforcement officers from various agencies including CMUPD, Mount Pleasant Police Department, Isabella County Sheriff ’s Department, Michigan State Police, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police, Shepherd Police Department, FBI, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the ATF. As students and residents took shelter in their homes off-campus, SWAT teams searched doorto-door, checking to make sure Davis Jr. wasn’t holding anyone hostage. Garages, sheds and parking lots were thoroughly inspected as officers set up a perimeter, monitoring north of campus, near Mill Pond Park. Police recovered various articles of clothing Davis left along the railroad tracks. CNN, Fox News, The Washington Post, The New York Times and other national media outlets followed the manhunt for Davis Jr. As the eyes of the nation watched the search continue that afternoon, CMU began to dismiss students and faculty who were on lockdown. They were then escorted from buildings by police officers to a shuttle that would bring them to their parents at Comfort Inn. The decision to wait until Friday to pick up his

daughter, Kayla Konen, seemed like a terrible mistake to Dan Konen, of Shelby Township. As soon as he knew about the shooting, he made immediate plans to travel to CMU. The drive was tense and was “a lot faster” that day. “We had that storm last night so I decided to put it off,” Konen said. “I was supposed to come later tonight, but when we heard the news we jumped in the car.” Students ended their long, stressful Friday by reuniting with family members and, finally, leaving for spring break. As they left town, the search for Davis Jr. continued as the sun set and the temperature began to drop.

THE TIP THAT LED TO THE CAPTURE As darkness overtook Mount Pleasant, people were faced with the grim reality that a murder suspect was still at large. Police urged community members to stay inside and avoid their cars, sheds and garages — Davis Jr. could be hiding anywhere. Just after midnight, an employee of Great Lakes Central Railroad spotted a person on the side of the tracks who looked “suspicious.” Railroad President Chris Bagwell told Flint’s ABC12 the company notified employees traveling through Mount Pleasant that “you’re going to be working in an area where a presumed killer is lurking.” The employee, believing the person he saw could be Davis Jr., contacted police. Within minutes, police were on the scene. Yeagley said no questions were asked of Davis



Mackenzie Brockman | Staff Photographer University president George Ross and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder address press at the Bovee University Center after the shooting on March 2 on the fourth floor of Campbell Hall.

MOVING FORWARD “The danger our community has experienced in the last 24 hours or so is now over,” Yeagley told members of the press gathered together during a press conference March 3. The briefing also featured comments from CMU President George Ross, Mount Pleasant Mayor Allison Quast-Lents and Mount Pleasant Department of Public Safety Director Paul Lauria. Yeagley updated reporters on what happened the night before the shooting and in the 15 hours that led to Davis Jr.’s capture. During the press conference, Ross announced CMU would redouble its efforts to make the campus safe. He also said the university would provide additional counseling resources for students after spring break. “We’re not done yet,” Ross said. “There were thousands of people on our campus (March 2). They are going to remember this for the rest of their lives.” SEEKING ANSWERS An anxious and restless Davis was arraigned March 6 in Isabella County Trial Court. From his hospital bed at McLaren Central Michigan, he was charged via video with two counts of homicide-open murder and one felony weapons charge for possession of a weapon to commit murder. Davis Jr., distraught and frequently touching his mustache, did not enter a plea. Judge Paul H. Chamberlain also lowered Davis Jr.’s bond from $3 million to $1.25 million. On March 7, Davis Jr. was transferred to the Isabella County Jail. His next court appearance is March 16. In a statement released on March 3, Ross talked to students and staff about the importance of coming together. “We talk often about One CMU. Yesterday, we

“We talk often about One CMU. Yesterday, we lived it. Each of you, in your own way, upheld and expanded the strong sense of community that makes Central Michigan University and Mount Pleasant so special.” GEORGE ROSS


lived it,” he wrote. “Each of you, in your own way, upheld and expanded the strong sense of community that makes Central Michigan University and Mount Pleasant so special. The support we have shared with each other since yesterday morning will be just as important in the days, weeks and months ahead. “Together, we will begin to heal.” Support and prayers are what the grieving Davis family is seeking. Their healing process began with a public viewing for Davis Sr. and Diva at Johnson Funeral Home in Chicago. A wake and funeral services took place March 10 at Broadview Missionary Baptist Church in Broadview, Illinois. Their oldest son, Russell, and only daughter, Alexis, face not only the loss of their parents but also the uncertain future of their brother. “The coming days will be hard... but continue to pray for us,” Russell wrote in a Facebook post. “To the media and opinionated people: Please don’t make a villain of my brother... that is NOT who he is. Despite the circumstances, he also lost a mother and father... and I LOVE him.”



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Mackenzie Brockman | Staff Photographer State Troopers sweep surrounding neighborhoods with K-9 units in search of James Eric Davis Jr. on March 2 in downtown Mount Pleasant.


Mackenzie Brockman | Staff Photographer State Troopers equip bullet proof vests as they arrive on the scene on March 2 at Campbell Hall.

Mackenzie Brockman | Staff Photographer Gov. Rick Snyder addresses the press after a shooting on Central Michigan University’s campus on March 2 at the Bovee University Center.

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Cody Scanlan | Photo Editor Paramedics talk as they arrive outside of Mill Pond Park. Police searched for James Eric Davis Jr. on March 2 at the park.




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No plea entered during arraignment for Campbell Hall shooting suspect By Emma Dale Community Editor

James Eric Davis Jr., the 19-year-old suspected of killing his parents on March 2 in Campbell Hall, did not enter a plea during his Isabella County Trial Court arraignment. His bond was also lowered from $3 million to $1.25 million. Davis Jr. appeared in court March 6 over video, since he was still being held at McLaren Central Michigan hospital for medical treatment at the time. He is suspected of shooting and killing his parents, James Eric Davis Sr. and Diva Davis, at about 8:30 a.m. March 2 on the fourth floor of Campbell Hall. Judge Paul H. Chamberlain began the arraignment by explaining the purpose of it to Davis. He said the arraignment was “to let Davis Jr. know that he has been charged with criminal offenses, read his preliminary rights, set bond and a date for further proceedings.” Chamberlain read Davis Jr.’s charges to him — two counts of homicide-open murder and one count of possession of a firearm to commit a murder.

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The court appointed Josh Blanchard, criminal defense attorney, to represent Davis Jr. Chamberlain asked Davis Jr. if he could afford to hire his own attorney, to which Davis Jr. responded no. Chamberlain then asked Davis Jr. if he would like Blanchard to continue representing him — Davis Jr. again said no. When Chamberlain asked Davis Jr. if he would like to proceed with no counsel, he said no, then said “I mean yes.” After Davis Jr.’s “mixed response,” Chamberlain said Blanchard should continue his representation for the arraignment. Chamberlain told Davis Jr. he has the right to a probable cause conference to take place between seven and 14 days starting March 7 and a preliminary examination to take place between five and seven days after the day of the probable cause conference. Davis Jr.’s probable cause conference is March 16. His preliminary examination is March 27. Blanchard asked for the time period of the probable cause conference to be extended due to Davis Jr. being in the hospital. He asked for the 14-day period to be waived and to set the date of the probable cause conference outside of that. Davis Jr. agreed with this, saying he wanted a

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later hearing. Chamberlain accepted the waiver, telling counsel to meet with the court assignment clerk to set a date for those hearings. To ensure Davis Jr. was waiving his hearing times under his own free will, Chamberlain asked Davis if anyone threatened or coerced him to waive the hearings. Davis Jr. responded with “no.” Chamberlain also asked if Davis Jr. was currently under the influence of any alcohol or drugs — prescribed or other. Davis said he was not.


Mark Kowalczyk, principal trial attorney who is acting as the prosecutor in the case, brought up Davis Jr.’s current bond at the time that was set at $3 million, which he said should be set to cash only. Blanchard responded to that and said the bond was “excessive”. Chamberlain then changed Davis’ bond to be set at $1.25 million. Davis Jr. was taken into custody at about 12:15 a.m. on March 3 and taken to the hospital to be treated for hypothermia. He was transferred on March 7 to the Isabella County Jail.


STUDENTS, COMMUNITY TO MARCH IN SUPPORT OF NATIONAL PROTEST AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE A national protest on gun control has arrived in Mount Pleasant and will culminate with a March For Our Lives event at 1p.m. March 24 in Island Park, 331 N. Main St. March For Our Lives is a nationwide movement dedicated to ending school shootings and gun violence. While the victims of the recent shooting on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida will be marching in Washington, D.C. on March 24, CMU students have planned their own demonstration in Mount Pleasant. Following the Parkland shooting, a small group of CMU students decided to take action in their community and started planning the demonstration just a few days after the Parkland shooting. Roseville sophomore Sam Zeeryp is one of the organizers of the march. “We are marching on (March 24) to get the word out about gun control and protect our youth,” he

said. “We want to help make a change.” Just two weeks after the students began planning the march, James Eric Davis Jr., a Illinois sophomore, shot and killed his parents, police believe, which put the entire campus on lockdown for hours until he was caught. Since the fatal shooting occurred, students planning the march have only become more dedicated to their cause, said Portage senior Brandon Darsow, a member of the group organizing the event. “When we started planning this, we never thought it could happen in our own community,” he said. “But now that is has, we have to do our part to ensure this type of thing never happens again.” All members of the Mount Pleasant community are encouraged to attend. -Emilly Davis, Staff Reporter



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March 2 shooting leaves lasting impression on students By Ashley Schafer Staff Reporter

Just before midnight on March 1, Newberry sophomore Shayla Ducsay was walking through the Towers residence hall complex when she saw a young black man sitting on the floor near the Kulhavi Hall entrance. She said she watched as several police officers arrived and approached him. They stood over him, calling him Jake and asking him what his plans were for the night. The man didn’t say a word, but Ducsay said she could tell he wasn’t OK by the look on his face. Suddenly, the man jumped up onto his feet and appeared to run out the Towers' entrance while the police followed, Ducsay said. Ducsay and her friends went back to a dorm room on the third floor of Campbell Hall, where they spent the night, she said. At the time, Ducsay said she had no idea that the man she had just seen was James Eric Davis Jr., the 19-year-old sophomore who evaded police during a 15-hour manhunt. Police believe he shot and killed his parents March 2. The next morning Ducsay saw Davis trying to unlock her friend Julia’s dorm room, mistaking it for his own room. Ducsay left to eat breakfast shortly after 8 a.m. at Real Food on Campus. Davis ap-

proached her in the hallway, asking if she had her key. He seemed to be confused about where he was, Ducsay said. “He seemed better than the night before – more talkative — but I could tell there wasn’t something right,” Ducsay said. She overheard Davis talking to his dad, James Eric Davis Sr., while walking behind them on the way to the elevator. Davis Sr. was asking his son if he was having girl problems, to which Davis Jr. replied no, Ducsay said. Davis Jr. appeared annoyed, she said. Davis Sr., Davis Jr. and Ducsay entered the elevator. Davis Sr. turned to Ducsay and asked if boys and girls lived together in the dorms. She answered him while trying not to look at Davis Jr., who was standing to the right of her. “I was trying to act like nothing was wrong, although there was clearly something wrong,” Ducsay said. When they arrived at the first floor, Ducsay said she heard Davis Sr. say to his son that they were going to the front desk to see were he lived, since neither of them seemed to know. Shortly after, Ducsay took her belongings to her vehicle and was about to head to class to take an exam. When she was done, she received a Central Alert call informing her of shots fired in the Towers. She tried to get back in the doors she had w SHOOTING | 12


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“I have a feeling that the first time I have to walk back to class — which will be the exact same class I was supposed to go to on (March 2) — I will feel like I should look over my shoulder.” SHAYLA DUCSAY



just exited but they were already locked. Ducsay was forced to drive around to the front of the complex. She felt she wasn’t safe and began to cry in fear that the person who fired the shots was nearby, she said. When the name of the suspect was revealed as Davis Jr., Ducsay thought about the man she had seen the night before. However, she assumed it couldn’t be the same man since the police had been calling him Jake. It wasn’t until Ducsay’s friend Amanda sent her a picture while she was on her way home that she found out that man she had seen the

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Livonia senior Ari Zarkin was in his house on the corner of Washington and High Street as he watched Michigan State Police, Mount Pleasant police and FBI officers walking through the streets and checking houses for Davis Jr. Zarkin recorded a video via Snapchat of the armed officers approaching houses in the neighborhood, including his own house. When the officers came to the door they asked if the residents were aware of the situation and if they had seen anything. The situation gave Zarkin anxiety because it reminded him of the time he had been stabbed in December 2016 and a manhunt had taken place for his attacker. Yet, Zarkin said he isn't worried about resuming classes again. "I feel pretty safe at (CMU)," Zarkin said. Ducsay thinks she will be more alert and observant as she walks on campus. "I have a feeling that the first time I have to walk back to class — which will be the exact same class I was supposed to go to on Friday — I will feel like I should look over my shoulder," Ducsay said. University Editor Evan Sasiela contributed to this story.


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night before was actually Davis Jr. Ducsay was just one of thousands of people – students, faculty, police, community members, relatives – who were affected by the shooting on March 2 that left Davis Sr. and wife, Diva, dead. A manhunt for Davis that lasted 15 hours prevented people from leaving campus, bringing spring break to a brief delay. Detroit junior Leron Stafford woke up that morning when he heard two “bangs” come from below his fifth-floor dorm room in Campbell Hall. He received the call from Central Alert that informed him there was a shooting at his residence hall and the suspect was still at large. Stafford checked on his roommates and



locked their door, then began to pack for spring break while the residence hall was on lockdown. Dansville sophomore Hunter McLaren, a Central Michigan Life staff reporter who lives on the fourth floor of Campbell Hall, didn’t hear any shots fired, but woke up to the Central Alert call. Like Stafford, he checked on his roommate, Matt Aiello, and they locked their door. They could hear people running through the halls and assumed it was police. Within the next 90 minutes, police began to go room to room, recording everyone’s names and informing residents what was happening. Residents were advised to stay in their rooms with the doors locked. For Aiello, that was when the reality of the situation began to sink in. At about 2 p.m. police began escorting residents to the Towers lobby to either get food or to go to their vehicles, Aiello said. The manhunt officially ended shortly after midnight on March 3. Davis Jr. was being spotted by an employee on a passing train and taken into police custody. Davis is being held in the Isabella County Jail. For students off campus, the situation was no less threatening.

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Additional counseling services provided following March 2 shooting By Ashley Schafer Staff Reporter

After the March 2 shooting on Central Michigan University’s campus that left an Illinois police officer and his wife dead, students, faculty and community members may need help to recover from the tragedy. The university is looking to make the transition back to normalcy easier. In a March 10 press release, CMU announced the expanded counseling resources on campus that will be available March 12-23 to help students, faculty and staff following the March 2 double homicide in Campbell Hall. For the CMU Counseling Center, there will be extended hours where the center will be open until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. A gathering space will also be available from 4-7 p.m. in Foust Hall, room 135 every day “in order to provide support, information on common reactions to trauma and strategies for coping.” No appointments for the Counseling Center are required during this time and walk-ins are welcome. From 4-7 p.m. daily in Foust Hall, room 135 there will be additional licensed mental heath professionals from CMU and Alma College to assist the Counseling Center staff. Therapy dogs will also be in Foust Hall, room 135 during this time every day. “Having students gather around the dogs helps to facilitate conversation and has proven to be helpful after experiencing a critical or traumatic event,” the release stated. “Weathering a Crisis,” a daily event with a CMU counselor will take place from 3-5 p.m. in Foust Hall room 135 to help students with anxiety and ways to manage it. Additionally, group therapy is available “for students who share similar concerns or reactions to the events of March 2,” according

Mackenzie Brockman | Staff Photographer University President George E. Ross stands beside Chief Bill Yeagley as he answers questions regarding the capture of James Eric Davis Jr. on March 3 in the Bovee University Center.

to the release. President George Ross responded to the incident in a public message that commended the community and everyone who gave support during and after the tragic event. He reminded the community of the various counseling resources that are available for students, faculty and staff. “Together, we will begin to heal,” Ross said in the statement. Informal support services will be provided for CMU faculty and staff from noon to 4:40 p.m. on March 12 and 13 in the Bovee University Center Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair rooms. Faculty and staff are welcome to come by anytime during those hours to share thoughts and

feelings with each other and/or speak with a counselor, a press release from CMU Human Resources stated. A representative from Encompass – the university’s Employee Assistance Program provider — will present. Coffee, tea and light snacks will also be available. “Talking with friends, colleagues, family members or professional counseling staff can help all of us realize that we are not alone in the feelings we are experiencing,” the release stated. For faculty members looking for additional counseling services, Encompass is available online and face-to-face appointments can be made by calling 800-788-8630.

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#CMUSTRONG Following the Campbell Hall shooting, students, faculty and staff need to stick together and support one another

We are going to be OK. That is the major conclusion we want to leave EDITORIAL you with after reading this editorial – the opinion of the staff of Central Michigan Life. On March 2, we experienced a tragedy together. For reasons we may never fully understand, police say James Eric Davis Jr., a 19-year-old Illinois sophomore, shot and killed his mother and father in his room in Campbell Hall. We sincerely offer our condolences to the Davis siblings, Russell and Alexis Davis. Please keep them in your thoughts this week. The incident has been referred to as a “school shooting” during the last week. Members of the national media sometimes linked the Central Michigan University shooting to what we have come to call an “active shooter” event, like the one that occurred Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, or the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech. Most of us were stunned or in disbelief after receiving the initial Central Alert emergency message that alerted us to the “shots fired” inside Campbell Hall. From inside classrooms, residence halls, apartments and houses or academic buildings, we texted family and friends to let them know we were safe during the campus lockdown. Police in tactical gear roamed the campus and downtown searching for Davis Jr. This was a situation we never thought we’d have to deal with in our quiet, little town of

Mount Pleasant. This is important to understand – the deaths of James Eric Davis Sr. and Diva Davis were not random. This does not appear to be a planned crime. This was a terrible, isolated family tragedy. Mount Pleasant is a safe community. Don’t forget that. On March 2, a tragedy took place here. That doesn’t change who we are, where we live and it certainly doesn’t mean that we should live in fear. We need to take care of each other this week. Utilize the resources we have on campus. Starting this week through March 23, the Counseling Center has extended its hours and is open until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Therapy dogs will be on campus every day from 4-7 p.m. in Foust Hall room 135. Group therapy will also be available; sessions on how to manage anxiety can be attended daily 3-4 p.m. in Foust 135. No matter where you were — in class, at your residence hall or apartment, or watching news coverage on TV from the safety of your parents’ home — we all experienced a part of the fear and heartache that consumed our campus. We are all affected. Don’t be afraid to reach out to each other. Don’t be ashamed to share your thoughts with your family, faculty and classmates. If you have trouble sleeping, experience anxiety when you return to campus or are struggling in some other way – please, talk to someone. We’ll get through this together. We are going to be OK. We are #CMUStrong.



Your problems are only as big as you choose to make them I’m writing this column from a small, one bedroom apartment in New Orleans, Louisiana. Outside, two cats are fighting and the rain is hitting the air conditioning hard enough that it sounds like drumming on an angry washing machine. My boyfriend is snoring from the bedroom like he’s getting paid to do it. Earlier in the night on Bourbon Street I almost had my wallet stolen, my blisters developed blisters and I’m fairly sure I got conned out of $90 under the guise of it being for drinks that were 95 percent fruit juice, 1 percent alcohol. This is the most at peace I’ve been in a while.

Jordyn Hermani Editor-in-Chief

During a time when I am up to my ears in projects, figuring out graduation plans and dealing with the aftermath of covering the March 2 shooting at Central Michigan University — I needed a break. And I found it: in one of the loudest, most historic cities in the south. The trip was a chance to press my mental reset button. Instead of worrying about when I was going to pencil in

another work meeting, my toughest decision was if I wanted to go on one ghost tour versus another. Rather than beating myself up over not getting enough done in a day, the most pressing thing was figuring out the perfect restaurant for lunch. My problems boiled down to how we were going to fit everything in our car on the way home and whether or not my stomach was as big as my eyes were. At the risk of sounding dramatic, this was probably the last Spring Break of my life. It was also the first Spring Break trip during my time as a student. While it cost a nice bit of cash to make a reality — the trip was

something we had been saving for since November — there wasn’t a price tag I could put on coming back to Mount Pleasant with a new perspective on things. As students, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger things. For some of us, our whole world boils down to grades in classes or how we’re going pay rent and still have money for groceries. That’s not to say those things aren’t important. Keep your grades up, your belly full and a roof over your head. But take a step back every once in a while. Evaluate where you are in life and where you want to be. By the time you read this, you

might be in class or at home or even maybe still clinging to the last vestiges of break. You might be taking a breather in between studying or finishing up homework. Things might seem hard, they might seem impossible — but they’re not. Wherever you are, know this isn’t where you’re going to stay. Sometimes it hard to see that our biggest problems right now aren’t actually problems at all, just tiny speed bumps in the overall road of life. It might take a weekend trip back home or to some other instate destination. Or, it might take traveling more than 4,000 miles to figure that out.


Black women are more than cultural, media stereotypes TO THE EDITOR: In honor of Black History Month at Central Michigan University last month, I want to encourage us all to take a closer look at society’s view of African American women. Throughout American history, media has constantly portrayed the black woman as one or two types. We are either a non-sexual “mammy” caretaker character, like Aunt Jemima and Mrs. Butterworth’s images, or a promiscuous/oversexualized character. During the Jim Crow era, filmmakers started to include these same stereotypes in their movies. There was also the “Jezebel” with an attitude – a character like “Foxy Brown.” Most black women who were cast in films were either playing “Jezebel” or someone’s nanny.

As Malcolm X once said, “The most unprotected person in America is the black woman.” It’s not hard to see why. These stereotypes are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. This has unfortunately carried into today’s media. There still are many films that portray black women similarly and I can honestly say that just the past few years are where we have started to see a change in representation. Unfortunately, these few years can’t eliminate the influence of so many years of negative representation in the past. This is how it affects society today: This misrepresentation of black women in media from the Jim Crow era until now has developed certain stereotypes in the minds of many people —


including blacks. It has caused black women to be misconstrued as angry, aggressive people. It has developed beliefs that darkerskinned women are more aggressive than lighter-skinned women. It has led people to believe the only things black women are good for are either mothering or sex. Black women in America are rarely looked at as possible intellectuals, inventors, mathematicians, entrepreneurs or creators. Statistics even show that black women in the same exact corporate positions as their counterparts are making less money annually. It has overall held us farther back from progression than black men. We are the most underestimated people in America. As a black woman, I can personally attest to being put in a

group assignment where I was the only black girl and not one person asked for my input, asked me to help with anything or even asked what I thought about the project. It was like they automatically assumed that I couldn’t possibly do anything to benefit the group. It was like I wasn’t even there. I can also attest to a time where I did try to give my own opinions by answering a question in history class without anyone asking and I was immediately mocked in an “ebonic” tone and was told that I’d went “ghetto” and started “preaching.” Just by being passionate about my feelings on a question somehow made me appear sassy, angry and aggressive to students — sound familiar? I know many women who have experienced similar situations espe-

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cially with being at a predominantly white institution. The stereotypes may have started with the media, but they can end with us. They can end with people just remembering not to make determinations before getting to know someone. Don’t judge a black woman based on what you’ve seen on TV. The Black Girls Rock award show is proof alone that black women can do anything anyone else can do. We are strong, intelligent and capable of creating change on our campuses, in our communities and in the world. We just need that same support that people are willing to give a heterosexual, white man in anything he does. SAGE SANDERS Southfield, freshman

This week, listen to Community Editor Emma Dale and University Editor Evan Sasiela talk about gun culture and CMU”s protocol if a shooting happens on campus.








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Campbell Hall shooting victims were Iraq War veteran, cancer survivor By Evan Sasiela University Editor

Diva Davis and James Eric Davis Sr. were more than victims in the March 2 shooting on the fourth floor of Campbell Hall. Davis Sr. was an Iraq War veteran. Diva was a breast cancer survivor. They were parents to Russell Davis, Alexis Davis and James Eric Davis Jr. Police believe Davis Jr. shot and killed Diva and Davis Sr. at about 8:30 a.m. March 2 on the fourth floor of Campbell Hall. Davis Jr. was captured after a 15-hour manhunt and faces murder charges. Funeral services for Diva and Davis Sr. took place March 10 at Broadview Missionary Baptist Church in Broadview, Illinois. The Davis family was from the Chicago area. According to a Facebook post from family friend Jordan Murphy, Davis Sr. was a part-time police officer in Bellwood, a Chicago suburb. A member of the Illinois National

Guard, Davis Sr. served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Murphy, a longtime friend of Davis Sr., wrote on Facebook that Davis Sr. went by “Eric” and that he brought Davis Jr. to Murphy’s home on several occasions. “Junior was a very respectful man, raised by upstanding parents, who would do anything to protect him and his siblings,” Murphy wrote. “This is an incredibly tragic event. I pray for Eric's other children. This is so incredibly out of character — something went wrong somewhere.” Julian Leal, a neighbor of the Davis family, told the Chicago Tribune Davis Sr. was the type of person who would shovel neighbors sidewalks after a snowstorm. “We had picnics in our backyard,” Leal said. “I just had a beer with him last week (before March 2). We talked about our kids who are in college. He was proud of his son.” Diva’s Facebook page said she worked as a real estate broker. Friends told the Tribune she was a breast cancer survivor and worked

as a flight attendant. Friend Tyjuana Hedrick-Powell called Diva a “go-getter” who also worked for Mary Kay cosmetics. "You could hear it in her voice. She loved to travel," Hedrick-Powell told the Tribune. Russell, the oldest son of Diva and Davis Sr., said in a Facebook post that he loved his parents and his brother, Davis Jr. Russell tagged his sister, Alexis, in his post. Alexis took to Twitter the day her parents were killed. “Today I lost my parents...the only people that loved me unconditionally,” she tweeted. “I’m thankful for every single thing they’ve done for me. … All I ask is for everyone to keep me and the rest of my family in your prays (sic).” Central Michigan Life reached out to the family for comment. Davis Jr. is being held in the Isabella County Jail on a $1.25 million bond. He is scheduled for a probable cause hearing 2:45 p.m. March 16, according to the Isabella County Trial Court Calendar.

Courtesy Photo | Russell Davis James Davis Sr. and Diva Davis.

Courtesy Photo | Russell Davis Diva Davis (left) with her children Russell Davis (center) and Alexis Davis (right).

Courtesy Photo | Alexis Davis James Eric Davis Sr. with daughter Alexis Davis.



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Service across the states Spring Alternative Breaks include 176 students in 15 locations nationwide By Hunter McLaren Staff Reporter

During spring break, 176 students traveled to 15 locations across the country to volunteer as part of the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center Alternative Breaks Program. Offered during spring, winter and summer break periods, alternative breaks give students an opportunity to spend their vacation volunteering for a variety of charitable programs throughout the nation. This year, there were two new projects added: Neighborhood Nutrition in New Orleans had volunteers working to introduce sustainable community gardens in an urban environment, and Coastal Restoration in Galveston, Texas had volunteers work to protect marsh environments. Jennifer Drevon, assistant director at the volunteer center, said the social issues addressed each year are advised by a board of students to ensure they are relevant to students. “They all make decisions about what we choose moving forward because we want issues that are relevant to (students) and what they’re passionate about,” Drevon said. “We typically try to provide a balance, so hopefully in looking at our different issues you’ll see a different variety of working with animals, working in an urban setting, (and) working rurally.” Laingsburg sophomore Jacob Danek traveled to St. Louis, Missouri to volunteer for the Nutritional Support for Health Recovery issue. Students volunteering at this location helped Food Outreach, a nonprofit organization, bring food to members of the community with a low income, and people suffering from HIV/AIDS or cancer. “It felt so good to be giving back to the community,” Danek said. “We had a group of people who clicked well together and it was a fun time.”

It’s a lot of fun. You get to give back and you get to spend your spring break doing a lot of good.” JACOB DANEK


This spring break was Danek’s first time volunteering through the Alternative Breaks Program. He plans on going again and encourages students who might be nervous about it to just do it. “I was scared to go at first because I didn’t know what to expect,” Danek said. “But the program is amazing and they give you all the information. It’s a lot of fun. You get to give back and you get to spend your spring break doing a lot of good.” Saginaw senior Rachel Norman went with Danek as a site leader — a student who keeps track of budgets and schedules, aims to make everyone comfortable and leads reflections about the service. This is Norman’s sixth time going on an Alternative Break and her fourth time as a site leader. “The main goal of Alternative Breaks at CMU is to make sure the program is accessible to everyone,” Norman said, adding that a key part of the program is being educated about the issues before volunteering. “It sets us apart from other volunteering programs and it makes a sustainable change in the community,” Norman said. “That’s what we really strive for instead of just going to a place for a week, doing service, and not knowing anything about where we are serving or the people.” Macomb junior Kellie Hoehing went w BREAKS | 19

Courtesy Photo | Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center Sophomore Stephanie Leaks and junior Kellie Hoehing help clean out and organize classrooms for the Urban Education issue with after-school program Beacon House in Washington D.C.




Courtesy Photo | Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center Student volunteers work with the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas to help with rural poverty on a 2018 Spring Alternative Break in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

to Washington, D.C. to volunteer for the Urban Education issue. Volunteers worked with after-school program Beacon House to help organize classrooms, decorate bulletin boards and work directly with kids. This is Hoehing’s second time participating on an alternative break, but first time as a site leader. “It’s a little more stressful (than being a participant), but I think you build some deeper connections with your community partners because you get more chances to talk with them about why they got involved,” Hoehing said. Canton junior Shannon Huff went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to work on the Urban Revitalizing issue. Volunteers worked with the city’s chapter of Rebuilding Together to help renovate homes for elderly and disabled community members to make their houses safer and more accessible. Huff said her experience this year was


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All recommendations for academic reorganization released March 19 By Sara Kellner Staff Reporter

After receiving feedback from students, faculty and staff, the committees for academic reorganization initiative have made changes to its preliminary recommendations. The committees released their preliminary recommendations Jan. 29 and have been soliciting feedback in several forms since. The campus community could provide anonymous feedback online, contact Senior Vice Provost of the Academic Reorgani-

zation Initiative Ian Davison or attend one of the feedback sessions IAN DAVISON facilitated by Carol Cartwright, former president of Kent State University and Bowling Green State University. Two of the three committees revised their recommendations based on the feedback they received. Committee III, Responsibility Centered Management,

updated their recommendations Feb. 20. Committee I, Departments and Colleges, released their revised recommendations Feb. 27. Committee II, Academic Support hasn’t released revisions yet, and is still accepting feedback. Provost Michael Gealt’s plan to reorganize academic division was also updated Feb. 27. Those revised recommendations are available on the AOR webpage on the CMU website. Davison said Committee II and the provost will continue collecting feedback and release final recommendations by March 19.



CENTRAL REVIEW POSTPONES CRISIS-THEMED STORYTELLING EVENT IN WAKE OF CMU SHOOTING Following a shooting in Campbell Hall that left two dead March 2, The Central Review is postponing its crisis-themed storytelling event until April 10. “Unwritten: An Evening of Crisis Stories Live on Stage,” the first-ever live storytelling event hosted by The Central Review, was scheduled for 7 p.m. March 12 in the Bovee University Center Rotunda. The event is inspired by The Moth, an organization focused on live storytelling. The show will now take place at 7 p.m. April 10 in the UC Rotunda. Central Michigan University’s campus was on lockdown for hours March 2 as police searched for shooting suspect James Eric Davis Jr. He was charged with the murder of his parents and possession of a weapon to commit a murder. When The Central Review began planning the event in January, the publication wanted

to choose a theme that was going to draw people in to perform and would hold the interest of the audience, said Central Review Editor-in-Chief Delany Lemke. The CMU event will include five people telling true stories about their lives that involved “crisis moments.” “We felt that doing that event Monday, the first day of regular classes after the shooting, would be insensitive,” Lemke said. The invitation to perform gathered some “very talented storytellers” for the event, said Lemke, a Marysville senior. “My heart’s with CMU and with everyone involved,” Lemke said. “I hope that we come together and come out stronger.” None of the stories that will be performed April 10 are related to the March 2 events, Lemke said. -Evan Sasiela, University Editor

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS TO HOST WALKOUT AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE ON CAMPUS MARCH 14 College Democrats at Central Michigan University urge the community to stand for gun control legislation in a nationwide protest. The Registered Student Organization is partnering with Women’s March Youth EMPOWER to bring the National School Walkout to CMU’s campus. Students, faculty, staff and administration are encouraged to gather for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. on March 14 at Fabiano Botanical Garden. The purpose of the protest is to demand Congress for better legislative action on gun control. “We’re proud to join in association with the Women’s March to pressure Congress to take action on

the gun violence plaguing our country,” said Ethan Petzold, president of the College Democrats. Petzold said the event is an opportunity for the CMU community to inform elected officials it has “had enough” with the lack of gun regulation. He said it’s especially important in the aftermath of the shooting that took place at CMU March 2. “The fear our campus felt (March 2) made real to our campus how quickly our lives can change and how gun violence impacts the lives of thousands of Americans every year,” he said. “We should be able to get our education free of fear and the prospect of violence.” The event is scheduled

to take place exactly one month after the shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The 17-minute period honors the 17 victims who died in the incident. The event is being promoted over social media with a #NationalSchoolWalkout campaign. Petzold said the protest is a step toward eliminating the fear of gun violence across the U.S. “We need to address this epidemic of gun violence in this country so no campus is strained with the fear that we felt (March 2)” he said. -Samantha Shriber, Staff Reporter




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RSO helps promote healthy lifestyles in community By Taryn Brimmer Staff Reporter

When a research project and some highlydedicated students come together to better the lives of others, the community of Mount Pleasant can become a place where healthy eating and hope go hand-in-hand. Project Mind Grow, a registered student organization at Central Michigan University, focuses on promoting healthy living for all citizens in Isabella County, regardless of budget, dietary needs or any factors that may prohibit people from eating well. Starting off as a research project aimed to answer how people are impacted by being taught healthyeating habits, Project Mind Grow, which became an RSO in Spring 2017, observes how mental health and quality of life are improved when people are educated about health and wellness. “It’s very eye-opening how so many people on campus don’t know about nutrition, and it’s really inspirational how this small group of ours can impact so many people,” Project Mind Grow president and Traverse City sophomore Sierra Lardie said. The group has become involved at CMU, taking part in two to three events each month to collect data and to benefit the campus and the community. The group meets from 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday in

Pearce Hall room 123A. Kait Rethman, the data collections officer of Project Mind Grow noted there is a need for education on things like nutrition and healthy living, which the RSO provides. “We have a homeless population; we have serious food inequalities with the Native American population and just the general Mount Pleasant community," she said. "We try to reach everybody. There’s no such thing as impacting too many people.” To do so, the RSO works with other organizations, including the Community Compassion Network (CCN), to create a platform for education. Recently, Project Mind Grow and CCN teamed up at Mount Pleasant’s new stationary food pantry, where members of the RSO are able to develop and broadcast videos to show people how to use the products they are receiving from the shelter to make nutritious meals. In addition, the group shows documentaries on dietetics-related information and conducts grocery store tours, informative store walk-throughs to demonstrate how to make healthier shopping choices. The group also teaches people how to plant their own herbs, vegetables and fruits, and are working with Campus Health Advocates Motivating Peers (CHAMPS) — a group that teaches students about health and safety on campus — to prepare presentations and events for the end-of-March Week of Wellness on campus.

Courtesy Photo | Project Mind Grow Project Mind Grow participants from left to right Emily Fedewa, Kait Rethman, Angela Reich, Lexi Sylvester and Katie Reams pose for a photo on March 2.

In the future, some goals of the organization include having more community involvement and beginning to teach more lessons on dietary restrictions, including how to make vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals on a budget and how to find fat or lactose substitutes for cooking. The members of the organization have big goals for Project Mind Grow’s future in terms of education and building relations with other community members. The group would like to potentially reach past Isabella County, through the rest of the state,

and eventually across the U.S. “I would love to see this on other campuses, nationally known, and to see that there are people in their own communities building those connections to help people’s mental health and help their physical well-being,” Lardie said. “My dream is that it can grow to impact people all over the country, because this is the type of organization that can change the lives of people everywhere.” More information on the RSO can be found on its Facebook page or on Twitter @ProjectMindGrow.

Vice president of Government and External Relations appointed job at MSU By Evan Sasiela University Editor

Kathleen Wilbur, vice president for Government and External Relations at Central Michigan University, has been appointed to an executive position at Michigan State University by Interim President John Engler. Wilbur is executive vice president for Government and External Relations. “(Wilbur’s) credentials are impeccable," Engler said in a MSU Media Communications press release. "She has directed large, complex organizations in higher education and in state government. She is a collaborative and strategic decision maker. Her skill set will be extremely valuable at this time for MSU." Wilbur came to CMU in 2002. She served as the university's interim president from 2009-2010 — bridging

the gap between former CMU President Michael Rao, who left to become the president of Virginia Commonwealth University, and president George Ross. She has also served as vice president for Development and External Relations. Before working at CMU, Wilbur worked in state government as director of the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services, director of the Michigan Department of Commerce, deputy director of the Michigan Department of Commerce and director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulation, according to the release. Other roles Wilbur served include chief of staff to State Sen. William Sederburg and the MSU Board of Trustees from 1984-1990, according to the release. Wilbur is a member of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame and is the only

Brooklyn White | Freelance Photographer Kathleen M. Wilbur, right, writes down information from the Board of Trustees Meeting on Sept. 20th.

woman to direct three Michigan state departments. She received her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate from MSU. "As a proud MSU alumna, I am looking forward to returning and doing anything I can to help assist my alma

mater," Wilbur said in the release. "I am honored to have this tremendous opportunity to help this great institution." Ross said he is in the process of determining next steps, according to a University Communications press release. "I thank (Wilbur) for her service to

CMU and wish her well in her new role," Ross said in the release. "I hope she can be instrumental in helping MSU heal and move forward." Engler also appointed Emily Gerkin Guerrant as vice president and university spokesperson. Guerrant has most recently served as senior vice president of Communications, Marketing and Public Relations for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), according to the release. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science from CMU. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of rebuilding a new culture at MSU, one that is focused on collaboration and transparency,” Guerrant said in the release. “A strong communications platform helps any organization. I look forward to joining the university’s team and working on the renewed trust being built with the community.”




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Central Michigan women’s basketball celebrates after winning the MAC Championship game against the University of Buffalo on March 10 at Quicken Loans Arena.

Women’s basketball wins MAC Tournament, headed to NCAA Tournament By Dylan Goetz and Evan Petzold Sports Editor and Staff Reporter

After Mid-American Conference Tournament disappointments in the last two seasons, the women’s basketball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament as MAC Champions.

CMU, in the program’s 50th anniversary season, earned a MAC Tournament Championship for the first time since 2013. With the 96-91 win, the Chippewas earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The championship game was a rematch with Buffalo, who beat CMU in the 2016 final. Last season, No. 1-seeded CMU was upset in the first

round by Western Michigan. Junior forward Reyna Frost was named MAC Tournament Most Valuable Player. Frost, senior forward Tinara Moore and redshirt freshman Micaela Kelly were named to the All-Tournament Team. “I have to thank my teammates and my coaches for helping me get that award,” Frost said. “They helped prepare me for these games.”

Kelly scored a career-high 26 points, going 5-of-6 from 3-point range. She added six rebounds and four assists. Junior guard Presley Hudson also finished with 26 points, five rebounds and four assists in the championship game. “It tastes very sweet,” Hudson said. “This has w BASKETBALL | 25



Seven wrestlers travel to Cleveland for NCAA Tournament March 15-17 By Mitchell Vosburg Staff Reporter

Seven Central Michigan wrestlers will compete in the 2018 NCAA Tournament on March 15-17. On March 6, senior Jordan Ellingwood (184 pounds) and juniors Justin Oliver (149) and Jordan Atienza (197) earned at-large bids to compete in Cleveland. The 2018 NCAA Championships will take place March 15-17 in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena. Oliver was the last Chippewa eliminated in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, losing to Virginia Tech’s Solomon Chishko for the right to compete for seventh place and All-American Honors. The trio joins seniors Colin Heffernan (157) and CJ Brucki (174), sophomore Mason Smith (141) and redshirt freshman Matt Stencel (285), who each earned automatic bids, in Cleveland.

Ben Suddendorf | Staff Photographer Davison junior Justin Oliver wrestles Old Dominion’s Kenan Carter on Mar. 4 in McGuirk Arena.

BRACKETS REVEALED The NCAA revealed the brackets for all 10 weight classes March 7. Two Chippewas earned top-10 seeds in their

respective weight classes. Oliver drew the No. 6 seed and will start his tournament with a match against Sam Krivus from Virginia. Smith earned the No. 10 seed. He will face Min-

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Wright from Old Dominion. A win by Brucki will potentially see a matchup with top seeded Zahid Valencia from Arizona State. Ellingwood earned the No. 16 seed and will see Kayne MacCallum from Eastern Michigan in his opening bout. If Ellingwood wins his opening bout he will most likely see defending national champion and top seeded Bo Nickal from Penn State. Stencel drew the No. 16 seed. He will face Jere Heino from Campbell. A win over Heino would most likely set up a clash with two-time reigning national champion and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder from Ohio State. Stencel claimed the MAC title. Two wrestlers failed to earn top 16-seeds in their weight classes. Heffernan will face the tournament’s threeseed Jason Nolf from Penn State in the first round. Nolf earned the 2017 National Championship at 157 pounds. Atienza will face No. 15-seed Matt Williams from California State Bakersfield. It is unknown if Atienza will be healthy after a right shoulder injury during the Mid-American Conference Tournament. CMU finished No. 2 behind Missouri at the 2018 MAC Tournament.

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CHAMPIONSHIP JOURNEY The Chippewas’ title-winning journey started in the regular season when they only lost one MAC game, ending with a 17-1 conference record. The dominance earned the Chippewas a first round bye in the MAC Tournament. In the quarterfinal round, head coach Sue Guevara led her team into Quicken Loans Arena to play Eastern Michigan, a team CMU beat twice in the regular season. Against EMU, the Chippewas watched 31-10 lead with 3:08 left in the first half dwindle to a one-point edge with just over a minute to play. Late free throws from Frost sealed the game, earning CMU a 67-64 victory and a matchup with No. 4 Miami (Ohio) in the MAC Tournament semifinals March 9. “It’s March,” Guevara said. “It’s survive and advance. Eastern Michigan gave us everything and we almost didn’t handle (it).” Earlier in the regular season, the Chippewas took down the Miami twice. With 7:05 remaining in the first half, CMU owned a 27-12 lead, but Miami battled back to lead by one point with 1:55 left in the game. A short corner jumper from Frost proved to be the game-winning basket. “I was playing in the zone and I didn’t want to go home,” Frost said. “I had a few big players down low and (senior guard Cassie Breen) made two free throws to seal the deal for us.” CMU made it three wins in a row against Miami with a 61-58 takedown of the RedHawks to send the Chippewas to the title game against Buffalo on March 10. CMU entered the championship game riding a seven-game win streak. Though Guevara didn’t care what team they faced in the title game, the Chippewas played against the only team in the conference who found a way to beat them during the regular season. Buffalo head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said she wanted to take on CMU in the final. “Playing against Central Michigan, where we went 1-1 during the regular season, is an unbelievable opportunity,” Legette-Jack said, after beating WMU in the semifinal round to reach the championship game. “They’ve done an amazing job throughout the regular season.” Hudson scored a team-high 11 points in the first quarter for CMU in the MAC Championship. The Chippewas jumped out to a 26-14 lead by the end of the first quarter. Buffalo outscored CMU 26-17 in the second quarter. The Bulls took their first lead with 32 seconds left in the half. Kelly hit two free throws as CMU regained

Alli Rusco | Staff Photographer Central Michigan men’s basketball walks to the locker room after the quarterfinal game against University of Buffalo on March 8 at Quicken Loans Arena.

the lead before halftime, 43-40. Kelly kept scoring to start the second half. She hit two straight 3-pointers to give CMU a 51-44 lead two minutes into the third quarter. Moore, the MAC Player of the Year, broke Crystal Bradford’s CMU single-season point record in the third quarter, scoring her 589th point to give CMU a seven-point lead, 69-61, heading into the fourth quarter. Moore hit three straight shots to help CMU keep the 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. CMU and Buffalo traded free throws in the final minute. When the clock hit zero, the Chippewas stormed the court with emotion — having accomplished their season-long goal of making the NCAA Tournament with a 96-91 win. The Chippewas lived up to the hype of being picked to win the MAC Tournament in the preseason. In 2016, CMU fell to Buffalo in overtime in the MAC Tournament title game, while being eliminated in the first round last year to rival Western Michigan. This time, however, Guevara and her team got it done. “It’s been hard,” Guevara said of her team. “I love (the team) and they know it. For what this team accomplished today, I can’t say enough about them.” The men’s team had a much different outcome in the 2018 MAC Tournament. The men defeated Bowling Green, 81-77, in overtime in the first round game at McGuirk Arena after senior night was delayed due to the March 2 double homicide on campus. This was the first MAC Tournament game McGuirk Arena has ever hosted, even though CMU was secondto-last in the MAC West Division standings when the regular season concluded. In the overtime win, senior forward Cecil Williams scored 18 points, pulled down six rebounds and added six assists. CMU opened the overtime period with seven straight points, and the Falcons could never

catch up. The Chippewas punched their ticket to Cleveland to compete in the quarterfinal round of the MAC Tournament. No. 8 CMU faced off with No. 1 Buffalo in the quarterfinal round. Like many games this season, the Chippewas fell behind early, scrambled to stay in the

game and fell off in the final minutes. Sophomore Kevin McKay provided some offense in the first half, then Williams went on a run just before halftime. “(It was) just another situation where if we hit a few shots here or there, we win that game, and (if) we hit some free throws we missed, we (would have won) that,” McKay said. Head coach Keno Davis has a 95-95 overall record in six seasons, and 42-65 record in MAC play. The Chippewas finished the MAC Tournament with a 19-14 overall record. Last season, the Chippewas didn’t make it past the first round of the tournament. CMU will head to the Postseason Tournament, starting First Round play at noon March 12 at Fort Wayne. Seniors Williams, forward Luke Meyer, guard Josh Kozinski and forward John McCarty will not be returning to the team next year due to graduation. “You know, it’s hard knowing that this might be my last game, but I’m proud of everyone I’ve ever played with,” Meyer said following the Buffalo loss. “All my brothers I’ve played with are like family and I really appreciate everyone.” The Chippewas will return multiple key players in junior guard Shawn Roundtree and sophomore forward David DiLeo. CMU will also return McKay, who averaged 11.9 points per game during the regular season coming off the bench.

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