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Monday, Oct. 4, 2010

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Editorial Board: Jackie Smith Editor


Chief | Brad Canze, Voices Editor | Eric Dresden, Managing Editor |

Jake Bolitho University Editor | Maryellen Tighe, Metro Editor | Aaron McMann, Sports Editor

EDITORIAL | Football fans must continue to attend even when team is not at the top of the heap

Maintain loyalty It is easy to be a CMU football fan when the team is at the top of the Mid-American Conference. Support should be perennial, however, and not only when the sailing is smooth. Now, when the team is 1-2 in the MAC and 2-3 overall, is not the time to give up on them. After several stellar seasons and being ranked nationally for the first time in school history last year, the rocky, middling start to this year hurt the large fan base

the team built up over the last few years. Other factors, such as continually unpopular tailgating rules and the tendency for attendants to leave in droves at halftime also detract from potential attendance. Supporting the football team is both a matter of pride at this

school and a financial decision. If football games go poorlyattended, millions of dollars will have gone wasted — tuition and tax dollars the university uses to promote, advertise and run the football program. Attendance has not been affected too negatively yet, but the mixed messages of the university — encouraging people to go to the game while discouraging them from tailgating outside Kelly/ Shorts Stadium, may end up hurting the football program in the long-run. This publication often tries to stay away from horn-tooting and flag-waving for the university when it is not necessary, but the football team is such a major part

of the local economy, its floundering could be potentially disastrous for the community. The simple way to keep this situation from becoming a problem is to continue going to football games. If football attendance continues to be high, it is more a testament to the fan community of CMU than the university, which has been handling the situation unimpressively. If the football team continues down a losing path, and CMU sees less national media attention, it will be interesting to see if attendance takes a dip due to the loss of “fair-weather fans.”


Ryan Taljonick Columnist

Second chance In the blur of a split-second, everything changed. Even months after my accident, I still think of how my girlfriend and I could have been a statistic that night. When you think you are about to die, time slows to almost nothing, just like in the movies. I had not believed it until that night, but now I can testify to the truth of the cliche. While driving my girlfriend home after a late-night movie in May in my hometown of Clio, a truck from the oncoming lane made a left-hand turn into my lane. With no time to react, the result was a T-bone collision at approximately 55 miles per hour. I hit the truck at such an angle that the rear of the vehicle mounted the hood of my car, peeling it open like a tin can. The rear of the truck slid toward my windshield in what felt like slow motion. Thoughts and senses flooded my mind. I thought back to when I was 13 years old, and my best friend moved away. I thought of my first kiss, my first high school dance — even my first high school dance in which I actually danced. I thought of my friends, the parties I attended and the ones I skipped out on to play video games in my apartment. I thought of my mom and dad, my younger brother, and how I wished I could have one more chance to smell my mom’s perfume and the burnt scent of my dad’s coffee. The horrible sound of crunching metal brought my attention back to the truck, which inched ever closer to my windshield. I had, out of instinct or panic, cranked the steering wheel as hard as I could to the left, trying to swerve out of an accident that was already happening. I looked at my girlfriend, both of us paralyzed in fear. Thinking the truck would crash through my windshield at any moment, I felt helpless, unable to protect her. As our sporadic breaths and heartbeats began to slow, the truck dismounted my vehicle and sped off into the night with a damaged rear quarter panel. My car was a mess of twisted metal, hardly resembling the vehicle I had driven for the past six years of my life. But we were alive and, somehow, unhurt. After the police had arrived and were unable to find the truck that had fled the scene, the adrenaline drained from my body and I began shaking uncontrollably. Whether the driver of that truck was drunk, tired or just not paying attention, I will never know. But in weird sort of way, I almost have to thank the truck driver. What I originally thought of as a near-death experience can, in retrospect, be more accurately described as a near-life experience. Not everyone gets a second chance, and I won’t be wasting mine. Central Michigan Life is the independent voice of Central Michigan University and is edited and published by students of CMU every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the fall and spring semesters, and on Wednesday during the summer term. The online edition ( contains all of the material published in print.

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Register to vote today Editor’s note: To send a letter to the editor, e-mail voices@cm-life To members of the CMU student community, You will have the opportunity to exercise your fundamental right and freedom as an American citizen when you choose to vote in the upcoming election Tuesday, Nov. 2. United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt affirmed it best years ago when he stated, “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people them-

selves, and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” Central Michigan University is committed to helping students like you develop, not only academically, but also as leaders and active participants in the community. One of the most important ways you can contribute to your community is to vote. Voting is a cornerstone of our nation’s democratic process, and I strongly encourage you to proudly practice your civic duty and responsibility in this election that will decide

the next governor in our state of Michigan. You have until Monday, Oct. 4, to register to vote in this important election, which also will include various state and national congressional races as well as local ballot issues. After confirming you are registered to vote (either in person or via absentee ballot), I urge you to take the time to research and become knowledgeable on the various races and local issues. To help you prepare for the election, the CMU Center for Professional

and Personal Ethics and the Dean of Students have combined efforts to develop a valuable online resource at cmuvote. Here you will discover detailed voter registration information as well as election and candidate background. Whether this is your first election or one of many, I hope you will respect this valuable freedom so many men and women have fought to defend and make your voice heard on Nov. 2. E. Gary Shapiro, Ph.D. CMU Executive Vice President/Provost

C M Y o u | Do you think CMU should have more home football games?

Randi Shaffer Columnist

Reporters are humans too “Reporters are seen as media first, people second.” After some of the more recent events in my life, this quote by one of my good friends and former co-worker makes complete sense to me. I am a reporter, yes. It is my job to collect information from specific individuals and professionals in a timely matter, and then relay that information to newspaper readers and the general public. It is not my job to manipulate you, corrupt you or expose your deepest, darkest secrets. Contrary to the belief of many, I am not a soulless reporting drone aimed at exposing hidden terrors in society and burning bridges behind myself as I do so. I am a reporter, yes, but I am also a person. I have emotions and feelings. I do keep secrets, and I even have a sense of trust. I know about law and, more importantly, ethics. I know what the term “off the record” means, and where to apply it — even without those exact words being spoken. I have never conducted an interview without the interviewee knowing their words were being correctly documented. I do love my career, but I will never risk my friendships, relationships or ethics to further my job. As much as I push myself to be the best at what I do, I value my integrity. Using dirty methods to score hidden information not only destroys my relationships with those around me, but it also diminishes my credibility. As a reporter, my credibility is worth more to me than my paycheck. Without credibility, I have no means of ever obtaining a paycheck in this field. These are things that are not only taught in journalism classes on CMU’s campus, but they also come as common sense to almost every reporter I have ever worked with. After recent encounters with several organizations on campus, I realized how paranoid the general public seems to be about reporters. We are not all out to expose you. We do have personal lives, and most of us are interested in enriching those personal lives through community experiences and events outside of the newsroom. Keep that in mind when a person with a job as a reporter approaches you to express interest about your organization. They are probably legitimately interested in learning more about, and possibly even joining your organization, not writing a scandalous expose about it. In fact, you probably aren’t even interesting enough for a reporter to want to compromise their credibility by publishing an undercover story about you.

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“I think it’s wonderful. There’s less traffic.” Maggie Borgula,

Harrison senior

“Yes, they could put money from ticket sales toward things for the university.” Derek McLennan

Rogers City senior

“I think it is because they get money for people attending, and it gives students something to do..” Taylor Lay,

Flint freshman

“Yes. People love football. What are students supposed to do on Saturdays?” James Nabors,

Grand Rapids freshman

Advertising Shawn Wright, Paige Winans, Carly Schafer Advertising Managers

Amelia Eramya/staff photographer

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