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On the Fly disbanding at semester’s end Programming group a victim of budget cuts By Ashante Thomas Staff Reporter

On the Fly Productions will no longer exist following the Spring 2010 semester. The program’s termination is a byproduct of budget cuts, Public Relations Chairwoman Amanda Rippin said at a meeting Sunday. “It’s going to be hard, but we had a great run,” the Ma-

comb senior said. On The Fly was created in spring 1996 with the goal of providing free, non-alcohol related entertainment on campus. Rippin has been a member of OTF for four years, and said she will miss the students’ reactions to OTF’s programs. “The energy from the shows is amazing,” she said. “Everyone’s always so pumped from the entertainment.” Detroit sophomore Darryl Maxwell has been a member of OTF for three years and said he is not sure what he is

going to do when it ends. “I’m saddened by the news,” he said. “I had high expectations for the program coming into my senior year.” Rippin said some members have indicated they will join Program Board after OTF ends. Mike Posner and big sean One of the organization’s last acts before it dissolves will bring hip hop artist Big Sean and singer Mike Posner to Central Michigan University’s Plachta Auditorium on Feb. 25 at 8 p.m.

Tickets went on sale Jan. 13 and the show is sold out already. Music Chairman Eric Steiner said there are no bigger venues the event can be moved to. Steiner, a Niles sophomore, said the decision to bring Posner and Big Sean to CMU came following students’ suggestions. A Facebook group named “Bring Mike Posner to CMU” was started and, to date, has more than 1,100 members. Maxwell said he once met Big Sean and was impressed by his humility and the fact

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he was successful despite his upbringing in Detroit. “Detroit is a pretty rough city,” Maxwell said. “To see a dude who made it from

nothing become something (is inspirational).” Despite the excitement about Big Sean and Mike Posner, Rippin said she will miss the work On the Fly does. “I love programming and bringing entertainment to students,” she said. “I feel like students really appreciate what we do.” Rippin said a formal press release announcing OTF’s cut will be released in the coming week. However, there are still events planned for the spring semester.

Ronan renovations on schedule by fall

By Amelia Eramya Senior Reporter

The $3,635,000 project to renovate Ronan Hall is on schedule. Steve Lawrence, associate vice president of Facilities Management, said 90 percent of the construction documents are reviewed. “(We) expect to issue the project documents for bid next week,” he said. C o m p a - Steve Lawrence nies will be awarded contracts for work by the completion date in June. “Substantial completion is planned in June and the building (is opening) in early

August,” Lawrence said. Currently, environmental abatement and demolition have been completed, Lawrence said. Preparation Several departments in the Bovee University Center will move to Ronan Hall once the renovations are closer to completion. Bovee will undergo about $5 million in renovations starting sometime after April. The offices occupying the second floor of Ronan will be Academic Administration, Academic Advising, Academic Senate, Affirmative Action, Campus Dining, Career Services, Dean of Students and Residence Life. A ronan | 2A

Ruling affects business spending for campaigns Sides clash over decision on political finances By Carisa Seltz Staff Reporter

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Jan. 21 is expected to change the way political campaigns are financed — something some would say heavily affects the nation’s voters. The 5-4 ruling allows business entities to influence federal campaign outcomes by spending unlimited resources on self-produced ads for or against candidates. Christopher Owens, Central Michigan University assistant professor of political science, said the decision could increase

the number of ads issued and how much money is spent throughout political campaign periods. “It all depends on how the corporations want to react to this,” Owens said. “I think we have to wait a couple election cycles and see how this plays itself out.” The decision — Citizens United V. Federal Election Commission — overturned campaign finance laws classified in the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, which prohibited businesses from financing issue ads from their general treasury funds. It also affects laws in 24 states. The court struck down the BCRA rule that stated issue ads cannot air 30 days before A campaigns | 6A

men’s hoops in first Chippewas beat Northern Illinois to tie for top spot in MAC West, 1B

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Pickney resident Jake Vedder, 11, has been snowboarding for six years and placed fifth last year at the national USA Snowboarding Association Rail Jam competition. On Saturday, he won the Rail Jam at the Freeze X Fest at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort for his age division.

Chills and Thrills 11-year-old among thousands at Freeze X Fest; weather shuts out festivities Sunday

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Vedder jumps onto a corrugated pipe while snowboarding during the Mighty Midwest Snowboarding Camp on Saturday at Freeze X Fest. The camp was hosted by snowboarder Pat Milbery. Vedder has now snowboarded with Milbery in four different states.

Vedder pounds fists with his father, Rob, before snowboarding down the hill Saturday at the Freeze X Fest. While Jake and his brother are competitive snowboarders, Rob is a USA Snowboarding Association coach.

By Maryellen Tighe Senior Reporter


ake Bedder is not your average 11-year-old. He has dedicated more than half his life to competitive snowboarding. On Saturday, the Pinckney native topped his age division in the USA Snowboarding Association Rail Jam during the second Freeze X Fest at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort. “It’s cool — it’s fun. I like it all,” he said. About 4,000 people — competitors such as Bedder, as well as spectators — poured onto a field at 2395 S. Leaton Road for the two-day winter sports festi-

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Inside w Brothers push each other on slopes, 5A val Saturday and Sunday. Bedder’s entire family is involved in snowboarding. His brother, Mitchel, has competed for six years and his father, Rob, is a USASA coach. He trains at Mount Brighton Ski Area in Brighton and uses balance and trampoline training during the offseason. Last year, Bedder raced to fifth at nationals in board cross. Many of the riders Saturday were striving to get closer to the national championships in Copper Mountain, Colo.

M U LTIMEDIA Head to for a video and slideshow from Freeze X Fest. Fun in the snow The snowboarding hill at Freeze X Fest was used not only for competitions, but also by the Mighty Midwest Snowboard Camp, hosted by Pat Milbery, a competitive snowboarder. Milbery grew up in the Midwest and trains in Colorado. His goal is to bring the camp to snowboarders who may not have the money to travel out west to train. “So much stuff in the snowboard industry is just based on contests,” Milbery said. “Rarely

will a group of pros come out to the Midwest and spend time in a community here; it’s contributing to the next generation of snowboarders.” Jason Hyde, a Plymouth senior, has done marketing for Freeze X Fest for two years. This year, he participated in the snowboarding camp with Milbery. Hyde is a marketing student and said it is hard to get students out of their schedules of

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w The CMU and WMU Blood Drive Partnership will take place from noon to 5:45 p.m. in the Emmons Hall lobby. w The David Garcia Project Open Session, a variety of simulations open to volunteers promoting disability awareness, will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Bovee University Center’s Maroon Room. w Wellspring Literary Series, a forum featuring authors, will welcome Allegra Blake and Andrea Devenney at 7 p.m. at Art Reach Center of Mid-Michigan, 319 S. University.


w Faculty Artist Andrew Spencer will perform a percussion concert at 8 p.m. in the Staples Family Concert Hall on CMU’s campus. Cost is $3 for students and seniors and $5 for the general public. w Safer Sex Patrol is looking for volunteers to stuff kits promoting safe sex. The group will meet at 8 p.m. in the Down Under Food Court in Bovee University Center. w Kevin Cotter is scheduled to give a speech about his campaign for the 99th State House District at the CMU College Republicans Meeting at 9 p.m. in Anspach Hall Room 169. w A Cover Letter and Thank You Letter Workshop is planned by Career Services’ REACH Peer Advising team from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Bovee University Center’s Lake Huron room. w A German Club movie night featuring Die Welle with English subtitles will begin at 7 p.m. in Pearce Hall Room 332.

Officials stress students’ need to fill out forms

forms, a long form and a short form. The Bureau will send out one 10-question form this year.

By David Veselenak Online Editor

City and university officials are gearing up to ensure students are accurately counted in this year’s census. The city’s campaign aims to use advertising, educating techniques and social media to insure everyone in Mount Pleasant on April 1 is counted. “This will probably be the first census they’ll be able to fill out themselves,” said Jeff Gray, director of planning and community development. “There’s the potential of confusion for students as to where they should be counted.” By law, every person in the U.S. is to be counted, whether they are citizens or not. People who have lived in Mount Pleasant for six months are to fill out their census forms in Mount Pleasant, Gray said. Households that do not respond will have a census official knocking on their door asking why the information was not provided, he said. For off-campus students, one census form will be mailed to each apartment or house. That form will count everyone that lives in that household. Students living on campus will receive a form individually. Students studying abroad are not required to fill a census form out. Forms will be sent out in mid-March. In previous years, the U.S. Census Bureau sent out two

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Occupying the third floor will be the English Language Institute and the Office of International Affairs. In addition to the offices, there will be five conference rooms on the second floor and

Corrections Friday’s story, "Auxiliary services spreads money to departments," should have said Patty Davidson, director of financial planning and operations for ProfEd, said ProfEd recorded $40 million in revenue between July 1, 2008, and June 30, 2009.

CMU involved, too Steve Smith, director of public relations, said Central Michigan University will act as a facilitator to encourage students to fill out the forms. He said CMU officials will raise awareness using methods such as listserv e-mails and public service announcements. “We’re just now getting started,” he said. Smith and Gray said they are trying to get in touch with census officials to set up a question center on- and off-campus to answer any questions the public has. In addition to a question center, the City Commission authorized $60,000 for the campaign at its July 13 meeting. CMU has not allocated any money to educate on the census, but Smith said there will be little to no cost to the university. “It will be a minimal investment,” he said. The city is encouraging students to fill out the census form in Mount Pleasant because the city can receive increased funding if the population increase. “There’s a lot of risk if we are under-counted,” Gray said. The census helps distribute more than $400 billion of state and federal funding across the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The population of Mount Pleasant, according to the 2000 census, was 25,946. The 2006 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau was 26,203.

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partying every weekend and into something new. “How often to you get to ride with pro snowboarders?” he said. Some families participated in ice racing. Adam Wiseman of Wayland has been racing motocross since he was a child. Now his four-year-old son has taken up the sport as well. “I’m gonna keep riding, get my little kid into it more,” Wiseman said. In his first race in nine years, Wiseman placed second, one place short of a trip to the finals. Family cheered him on. His nephew, Gage Beland of Lake Odessa, also races. He earned sixth place out of 12 bikers in the finals of his division Saturday night. “He battled for the last five laps — it was a very exciting race,” said Lori Beland, Gage’s mother. Rain cancels Sunday events Much of the second day of competition was canceled because of a change in weather, with warmer temperatures and

Pickney resident Jake Vedder, 11, walks back up the top of the snowboarding hill Saturday at the Freeze X Fest behind Soaring Eagle Casino before taking another ride down before his competitions. During the winter, Vedder trains at Mount Brighton and uses trampoline training during the off season. matthew stephens/ senior photographer

rain coming into the area. The events will not be rescheduled. “We had 100-some race entries this morning,” said Corey Bixby, marketing director for Freeze X Fest. Snowboarding purse prizes will be put toward next year’s total prize.

The snowboarding camp continued throughout Sunday morning with the rain making the runs faster, something the boarders enjoyed, Bixby said. “Mother nature didn’t show us any mercy,” he said.

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Enarson: Expect big news at Feb. 18 Trustees meeting Affiliations announcement, groundbreaking forthcoming By Eric Dresden University Editor

The Feb. 18 Board of Trustees meeting will hold big news for Central Michigan University’s Medical School. Cam Enarson, interim medical school dean, said one of the announcements will involve affiliations. “Earlier this week, several hospitals said they are okay with the drafts we have sent them, they plan to complete them prior to the board meeting,” he said. “So expect to have some additional announcements about affiliations.” Enarson said a groundbreaking for the 62,000square-foot addition to the Health Professions Building will occur Feb. 18 and leadership for the capital campaign will be announced.

Maintaining efficiency Enarson declined the opportunity to become the medical school’s first dean last week. He said the decision was based on his family in North Carolina. After his term is complete July 1, he will return home. “I’ve been married 26 years,” Enarson said. “From my perspective, I have the greatest wife in the world and have two great sons; my family is very important to me.” He said he had been wrestling with the decision for several weeks. Enarson said he thinks many people feel that things have come to a halt because there is no announcement of a dean. He said that is not true. “I’m absolutely confident we’ll have an excellent person to be the founding dean. Nothing has slowed down,” he said. Opposition Enarson and Interim President Kathy Wilbur answered questions about the medical school at Tuesday’s Academic A dean | 6A

Tribe allocates 2% income toward roads, youth programs Isabella Road project included in Union Township By Maryellen Tighe Senior Reporter

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe’s recently directed 2 percent of its income toward several area projects, including road resurface plans and government-run youth programs. Twice each year, the tribe distributes a percentage of its income to local government and educational agencies, particularly the city of Mount Pleasant and Union Township, among others. The recent distribution totaled $5.4 million to the community. “In general, the city receives 2 percent allocations from the tribe to finance multi-jurisdictional or partnership programs,” said City Manager Kathie Grinzinger. Mount Pleasant’s portion of the allocations was about $730,000, much of which went to the city’s Youth Services Unit, a group that

focuses on crime and violence prevention in schools throughout the county. Other portions funded the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team and Partners Empowering All Kids. “PEAK is an after-school and summer program to further the education and health of students in the Mount Pleasant School Districts,” Grinzinger said. Union Township is resurfacing Isabella Road between Pickard and Baseline roads with its share of the 2 percent fund. Township Supervisor John Barker said it is an important road, as it is used heavily by local residents en route to places such as the Mount Pleasant Municipal Airport, 5453 E. Airport Rd., or the Isabella County Fairgrounds, 500 N. Mission Rd. “That road has been pretty well beat up,” he said. Isabella County received almost $1 million of the tribe’s distribution, which largely went to the Isabella County Commission on Aging. A Tribe | 6A

Blood Drive

Central Michigan University is partnering with Western Michigan University for a week-long blood drive. The “CMU and WMU Blood Drive Partnership” is hosted by the American Red Cross. It is scheduled to take place from noon to 5:45 p.m. today in the lobby of Emmons Hall, and from noon to 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Student Activity Center. For more information, contact Lindsey Mortier of the American Red Cross at

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Wendell Wilson of S & S Directional Boring adjusts equipment while working on construction Jan. 21 near Fabiano Hall. The construction caused the temporary closure of a student parking in Lot 45.

Pipe work keeps Lot 45 closed; parking to reopen Wednesday Students work around construction, use alternate spots By Tony Wittkowski Staff Reporter


he construction near Merrill, Sweeney and Thorpe halls keeping students from parking in Lot 45 is almost complete. The parking lot will reopen Wednesday, said Linda Slater, director of Plant Engineering and Planning. Since Jan. 7, construction has been ongoing on chilled water lines around the entrance to Lot 45 near the three residence halls. Events Center construction workers tapped into the chilled water supply to tie in return lines to the facility. “These lines are needed to support air conditioning in the Events Center,” Slater said. The construction caused minor complications for students who use the parking lot. Its entrance is torn apart and the lot is being used to store construction equipment. “It’s packed now,” said Richard Hayes, an Illinois sophomore. “It all started during (holiday) break, just before we came back.” Students housed in Beddow, Sweeney, Thorpe and Merrill were notified through e-mail Jan. 6, one day before construction started, Slater said. According to the e-mail, students will not receive any re-

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Flint school students enjoy CommUNITY Ball, Morey Courts By Randi Shaffer Staff Reporter

De’Shon Dixon finds solace in athletics — they are his escape. This much was clear for the Flint native and Northern High School senior, as Relient K’s “Be My Escape” pumped through the speakers at Morey Courts Recreation Center, 5175 E. Remus Road. Dixon was one of 76 students from five Flint-based high schools and middle schools to participate in Friday’s “Up All Night” event, which aimed to give precollege students a chance to experience the university atmosphere.

Cover Letter and Thank You Letter Workshop

Career Services’ REACH Peer Advising team is hosting a workshop to help students learn how to create an effective and professional cover letter. The workshop will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Lake Huron room of the Bovee University Center. Attendants also will learn the importance of following up with thank you letters, as well as how to write and send the letters. For more information, contact CMU Career Services at

Faculty Artist: Andrew Spencer

Construction workers from S & S Directional Boring work on an area off Ojibway Court across from the Education and Human Services building. The construction has forced the temporary closure of Lot 45.

“They e-mailed us 3 or 4 days before we moved in. It’s supposed to last 2-3 weeks but, for now, we can park in Merrill.” Sheri Lewis, Armada junior imbursement for parking passes this semester, which cost $150 for a full year. Armada junior Sheri Lewis would normally park in Lot 45, but has found ways around the problem. “They e-mailed us 3 or 4 days before we moved in,” she said. “It’s supposed to last 2-3 weeks but, for now, we can park in Merrill.” The students were told to use Lot 44 between Merrill and Beddow halls or to park in Lots 63 and 64 — normally designated for freshmen near Kelly/Shorts Sta-

dium — and use Safe Rides to get back to the dorms. Lewis said she has received a parking ticket in Merrill’s lot. “I ended up parking on one of the end caps,” she said, noting that she lost an appeal for the ticket, despite the construction. “It looked like a parking spot.” Slater said any minor additional work impacting the parking lot will be completed during CMU’s spring break.

Up All Night offers taste of college Classical Academy sophomore Avery Adams, 16, juggles three tennis balls while sitting on a bench early Saturday morning at Morey Courts during CMU Up All Night, where about 60 high schoolers stayed awake until 7 a.m. playing basketball, volleyball, tennis and other activities. “When I am worried about something or anything troubles me, I juggle,” Adams said. “It’s a release for me. There’s nothing else to think about. All my focus is there, which makes this a perfect stress reliever.”

The Isabella County Sheriff’s Department found a replacement for the vacated undersheriff position. John Tullis, commander of the Portland, Ore. Police Bureau, will begin the job March 1. Former Undersheriff Laude Hartrum left the department earlier this month and took the position of police chief in Pentwater. Tullis stood out above the other finalists with his presence, Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said. “There’s a couple of things that separated him from the rest of the field,” Mioduszewski said. “His time at the command level, his education and just the way he handled and presented himself.”

The hopeful football recruit spent the majority of Up All Night playing basketball. Between breaks from shooting baskets, Dixon said Central Michigan University was one of the schools he was considering for his college experience, and he was looking forward to leaving home. “Flint is kind of rough, so I’m ready to get out on my own, take care of my own responsibilities,” he said. Campus exposure Up All Night was arranged by CMU’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs staff and planned a variet of events for Flint students, such as board games, indoor athletics, movies and food. The event followed CMU’s 18th annual CommUNITY Ball, which celebrated the end of Dr. Martin Luther

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King Jr. Week. The ball featured a dinner, theatre performance, live music and dancing for all in attendance — including the students. Mary Henley, director of GEAR UP, said this is the sixth year students from Flint have come to the ball. “This gives us a chance to expose students to campus— the ultimate college experience,” she said. “A chance to get them excited in higher education.” GEAR UP targets McKinley Middle School, Holmes Middle School, Northwestern High School, Northern High School and Classical Academy in Flint. The program offers college-bound students a chance to gain academic skills, information and encouragement prior to A Up all night | 6A

CMU’s faculty artist Andrew Spencer will give a percussion performance from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Staples Family Concert Hall of CMU’s Music Building. Spencer will perform songs from various artists including Jay Batzner and Erik Lund. Admission is $3 for students and seniors and $5 for the public. For more information, contact John Jacobson at

Sigma Tau Delta Information Night

Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, will host several informational meetings throughout the week. Tonight’s meeting will take place at 8 p.m. in Anspach Hall Room 151, and Tuesday’s meeting will take place at 8 p.m. in Anspach Hall Room 151. Students can attend either meeting with questions or concerns about joining. For more information, contact Stacey Waldrup at

Speak Up, Speak Out Wednesday

Speak Up, Speak Out: The Current Events Series will host a forum titled, “How Do Race and Gender Figure in the New Political Landscape” from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Participants will have a chance to collaborate in thinking through issues, problems and possible solutions to the topic. The forum is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ulana Klymyshyn at or 774-7318.

State House Candidate to speak

Kevin Cotter, a candidate for the 99th State House District, will speak Tuesday at a meeting of the College Republicans. Cotter graduated from CMU in 2001 and currently practices law in Mount Pleasant. The event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 9 p.m. in Anspach 169.

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EDITORIAL | The basketball teams are playing hard and deserve fan support


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tudents should take notice to Central Michigan University basketball — both the men’s and women’s teams are becoming relevant again. The men’s team is currently 9-8 on the season and 4-1 in the Mid-American Conference standings. The women’s team is playing just as impressively in the conference, with a 4-2 MAC record and 7-11 overall.

The season may be early. But excitement is rising and students may have to rethink how to spend evenings with home basketball games on the schedule. Fans should try to recreate the excitement that the football team fed off of in the fall when it went 12-2 overall and 8-0 in MAC play. If CMU can earn accolades for its game day atmosphere at Kelly/ Shorts Stadium, it can do the same at Rose Arena.

The men’s team is having one of its best seasons since Chris Kaman left for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers after the 2002-03 season. That team finished 25-7 and advanced to the second round of the 65-team NCAA Tournament. Point guards Robbie Harman and Jordan Bitzer are dominating the MAC in points and have become some of the best backcourt players in the league. Harman is fifth in scoring in the

MAC, second in steals and second in 3-point shots. Bitzer is not far behind at tenth in scoring, sixth in steals and third in 3-pointers. But Harman and Bitzer aren’t the only reasons to come out and watch. Coach Ernie Zeigler is shaping his players into a big contender for the MAC Championship this year. The NCAA Tournament is not out of the realm of possibility, either. Quality entertainment But the teams aren’t just playing for themselves. If the last few games have conveyed any sort of message, it’s that the basketball teams are going to continue to give fans something worth watching live during the cold winter months. The men’s team beat Northern Illinois University 81-75 Saturday at Rose Arena, tying it for the division lead in front of what players called the loudest they have heard Rose Arena get. The women have won three games in a row and ended a decade-old losing streak to NIU.

Playing Ohio (5-13) on Saturday, that winning streak may very well continue. Students often find themselves cooped up in their apartments or dorms for most of the winter, trying to fend off the cold weather and lack of sunshine. The basketball games are a great way to escape the dismal conditions and spend some time with friends. This season also marks the last time that students can see Rose Arena in its original glory before it is renovated into the CMU Events Center next season. Some bleachers have been removed due to construction, annoying some fans. But there is more than enough seating remaining and students should take advantage of it. The men host Buffalo on Feb. 4 and Kent State on Feb 6. The women will host Miami (Ohio) on Saturday and then Bowling Green on Feb. 10. Students and fans would be wise to offer the teams their support as they aim for conference championships.


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Corporate funded votes The realm of political campaigns just dramatically changed. Last Thursday, the Supreme Court overturned laws decades-old that restricted corporations from buying political advertisements which, according to President Barack Obama, will lead to a “stampede of special interest money in our politics.” He is correct. Look for the midterm elections to get more ugly than usual now that corporations can fund ads not only issue-oriented, but for candidates directly. Some people — Justice Anthony Kennedy, for instance — say limiting how much money a corporation can donate to a political campaign is censorship and a violation of free speech, but this is incorrect. It is paid speech. Corporations have millions, if not billions of dollars, at their disposal to spend on political advertisements if they choose to do so. And now they can spend that money as freely as I can walk down the street. They have the ability to control the airwaves. This goes for the left and the right. In 1998, Sen. John McCain (RArizona) pushed for higher taxes on tobacco products to help raise money to increase health research and discourage teenage smoking. The tobacco industry did not take too kindly to this, however, and did everything it could to get the bill dropped in the Senate. Eventually, the tobacco industry proved to be a formidable opponent and defeated McCain’s legislation through a series of ads that claimed the bill was actually a tax on low-income families, not just cigarettes. This is a perfect example of how big business can skew facts to fit the message. The tobacco industry was actually not dishonest because most smokers in America are of a lower socioeconomic status. The ruling by the court last week hurts voters and, instead, benefits big business. We all know money talks. Now it will talk too much.

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Effort for more diversity at CMU Contrary to Jason Gillman’s claim (“A Diverse CMU,” 1/22/10) that Central Michigan University should decrease its efforts to promote diversity, his column actually highlights the need for even greater attention to this area. Gillman cites comments from his conversation with one faculty member as evidence that the climate for staff and faculty of color has improved so much that we no longer need diversity initiatives. One individual cannot speak for any group. I find it interesting that Gillman simply ignores the larger body of evidence that contradicts his claim, evidence that is based on a careful social science analysis of the subject. In addition, his claim that “there isn’t a department [at

CMU] lacking a decent representation of various ethnicities and other demographics” is factually incorrect. Gillman also concludes: “For the claims the survey makes about more than one half of minority faculty and staff reporting negative experiences, it seems there isn’t a flight from employment at Central Michigan University.” Gillman fails to recognize that those of us who are forced to deal with discrimination and exclusion in this university and community are CMU employees, taxpayers and everyday contributors to the well-being of CMU and Mount Pleasant. It is both inappropriate and offensive to suggest, as Mr. Gillman’s column seems to do, that people of color simply must “love it or leave it.” Joyce A. Baugh Professor, Department of Political Science

Web comment on Bishop’s plan: Alum says:

An unfortunate but very real consequence of the condition of Michigan as it is today. You can only spend so much money and you can only have so much debt. Revenue is shinking daily. Everything needs to be cut. In private business cut have already been made. So goes revenue and profit, so goes jobs and wages. Public servents are subject, at some point and time, to the same economic pressures as private servents. I would be interested to know how a professor concludes they are underpaid. Also of interest is how they would concluded a prolonged reduction in revenue to the treasury shouldn’t impact them as it does others.

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Dating coworkers Work relationships come with their own set of rules I have dated several (okay, a lot) of my coworkers and it may be because I am lazy. The way I see it is, why bother going out when there are perfectly attractive people sitting next to you? With that said, work relationships are a tricky subject and, as such, I have done external research from the girl Bible, Cosmopolitan. Dating a coworker, or even thinking about dating a coworker, is completely normal, as well as more common than you may think. As reported by Cosmopolitan, a survey done by found 40 percent of coworkers have dated each other. There are obvious negatives with office hanky-panky. Keep in mind you will be seeing this person on a regular basis, regardless of how it turns out. So hypothetically, if a guy you are seeing at work (we’ll call him Ed) ditches you on a date and never calls or apologizes; you still have to play nice with him Monday. You also have to play nice with Ed on Tuesday, Wednesday and that long weekly meeting on Thursday... etc. The point is this: if things go south, you must stay professional, and this can be tough. Also, you are never allowed to hit Ed with your car. Now, there is a total difference between office flirting and office dating. There also is a total difference between office dating and office hooking up. Office flirting is totally fun and generally harmless. It is also a great way to ascertain whether your crush is interested. Cosmopolitan suggests finding out by this tried-and-true icebreaker: “Everyone thinks we’re seeing each other. Ha-ha... Crazy, right?” If you decide to pursue a cubicle cuddle, the best thing to do is make sure both of you are on the same page. Set ground rules of what it is (and what it is not) before anything gets too involved. The next thing is to keep your mouth shut about it. Gossip at work is terrible to begin with; the last thing a budding romance needs is for that one loudmouth to find out. Several positives of an office romance come to mind. For one, you have already skipped the awkward “getting to know you” phase. You do not have to work on impressing the other person. Secondly, you get to spend time with that special person and you don’t have to pay for any of it. In fact, you are getting paid to make flirt-eyes with Mr. Nice Smile. Awesome! I am aware of several work romances that are pretty fantastic. One of my roommates is in an office relationship, and the two of them are so cute I want to squeeze their cheeks. The best advice about dating a co-worker is to keep a clear head about everything. Me? I frequently find my love life in situations that are far more complicated than dating a coworker. So I say go for it.

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Brothers in snow Students walk the Labyrinth for Haiti Students push each other on the slopes By Sherri Keaton Senior Reporter

They are the type of friends who push each other to greatness in the classroom and push with the same enthusiasm while flying on snow. Plymouth senior Jason Hyde and Rochester Hills senior Kyle Holderness are snowboarders who have practiced the craft of slicing through snow for years. The two say their friendship is the biggest motivator to hit the powder with style. “The encouragement is what makes us progress and why we get better,” Hyde said. “If you can push someone to do a back flip, then helping them with a cost analysis is a no-brainer.” Freeze X Fest Hyde and Holderness participated in this year’s Freeze X Fest last weekend and designed and installed the obstacles in the snowboard court. The pair, along with other CMU students and Freeze X Fest employees, collaborated to put the course together. “We worked on it for several hours and put up all the rails and did a bunch of grooming to the course, making it look nice,” Holderness said. “It was a group effort to see what everyone liked and we could visualize it.” During Freeze X Fest, Holderness and Hyde participated in the Mighty Midwest Tour, where professional snowboarders helped amateurs practice their moves. The duo said they had fun with the professionals, including Pat Milbery, Scott Stevens and Nick Visconti.

“It was awesome, (we) got to hang out and get to know them. They’re good teachers and able to help you along the way,” Holderness said. Friendship Hyde and Holderness have been snowboarding for about 10 years, though they met for the first time while in a class last year. Hyde’s uncle took him skiing in third grade and he became hooked on snow sports. “I saw guys on the hill using snowboards, and that was a lot more fun to me. Snowboarding was more of a challenge because it’s a whole balancing act,” Hyde said. “You’re sideways, it’s a completely different workout for your body.” The duo travels regularly to snowboard — a lifestyle not easy on the pocketbook. “You have to factor in gas, money, time, food, or the lack thereof,” Hyde said. The boarder’s life Holderness said, jokingly, the two are going to be broke by the end of the winter. But it is worth the effort, they agreed. “On a day of fresh snow, (it’s) like your board is just floating through,” Holderness said. “It is one of the best feelings. A lot of people that ride skip school because it’s a fresh day of snow (and) you’re going out riding.” Hyde said the hobby changes the whole way he views the world. “A snowboarder would see a snow bank that someone else would see as one, too,” he said, “and the snowboarder would think of it as a jump or something creative.”

‘Meditation path’ used during times of recovery By Ryan Taljonick Staff Reporter

Michelle Bigard spent Friday afternoon reflecting on the horror in Haiti. She did so by strolling around a dimly-lit room on the fourth floor of the Charles V. Park Library. Soft meditative music played in the background and a huge circular mat with a maze-like walking path covered the floor. “Labyrinth is a walking meditation path,” said Bigard, an associate professor at the counseling center. “It’s a representation of the path of life, a reflective kind of peaceful walk.” Bigard was one of several people who participated in the Labyrinth Walk for Haitian Earthquake Recovery on Friday on the fourth floor of the Charles V. Park Library. The event allowed members of the CMU community a chance to reflect on the devastation of the Jan. 12 disaster. Some say the 7.0-magnitude quake killed as many as 200,000 people and left more than a million homeless. Labyrinth walks are international fundraisers initiated by the Veriditas Global Healing Response during times of recovery for cities and nations in desperate turmoil. Similar events were held in the aftermaths of Hurricane Katrina and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Bigard said the walks are set up all over the world and

Work, school a juggling act Survey says 71 percent of college dropouts cited job as factor By Lonnie Allen Staff Reporter

Keara McKnight is no stranger to stress. It is a feeling that creeps up all to easily. But who could blame the Jackson senior? McKnight is taking a full course load of 12 credit hours as an art and photography major and, when she is not studying, she works about 20 hours a week at Staples, 2135 S. Mission St. “It is stressful,” McKnight said. “It is very hard to balance work and trying to get time in the studio for projects.” McKnight’s job keeps her motivated to finish school and move on. But for some students, the pressure of work and school is just too much. According to a national survey, 71 percent of young adults who quit college cited work as a factor in their decision. Thirty-five percent of those who dropped out said they tried to balance work and college stud-

ies, but found it too stressful. The report, titled “With Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them,” was released in December by Public Agenda, a non-partisan nonprofit research group, which surveyed 614 adults between the ages of 22 and 30. Julia Sherlock, director of Career Services, said the number one challenge new students face is time management. If students do not organize and prioritize, she said, they can become a victim of their own schedule. “If you don’t manage your life,” Sherlock said, “life is going to manage you, and that’s where things can become complicated — ending with dropping out of college.” Be organized, healthy Jana Lewis, assistant director of career services, said stress is often caused by an urge to complete a seemingly impossible todo list in a short amount of time. That would include being a fulltime student with a job. Lewis said students should plan their projects and papers well before the due date and she suggests a healthy lifestyle of eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep.

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take place on the same day. She walked at CMU’s event, served as a trained Labyrinth facilitator and helped with organization. Bigard heard about the event on Martin Luther King Day and instantly wanted to get involved. “I felt moved to do something,” she said. A way to contribute Washington junior Rachel Thomas walked in honor of Haiti. “This event gives people an opportunity to reflect on the situation,” Thomas said. “Being an advocate of social justice lets people see how they can contribute here in the U.S.” Thomas works in the Volunteer Center on campus and said what happened in Haiti was unexpected and tragic. “I care about people as a whole, and to see an entire nation in despair hurts my heart,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it, it seemed so un-

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Physical Education and Sports temporary faculty member Andrew Criswell walks the Labyrinth Walk for Haitian Earthquake Recovery Friday afternoon in the Park Library’s FaCIT room. Labyrinth walks were held worldwide Friday in order to raise support for the Haitian people recovering from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Jan. 12.

real.” Participating students and faculty donated money through a collection box and also online. All donations will go directly to Haitian Relief through “100 percent of the money is going directly there instead of to administrative costs,” Bigard said.

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Cyber schools could see spike in Michigan Accountability one lingering question among educators By Carisa Seltz Staff Reporter

The education reform laws signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm earlier this month allow for the start of two pilot cyber schools formerly banned in Michigan. If successful, cyber schools will increase in number as an alternative to traditional public high schools. Central Michigan University’s Center for Charter Schools, the largest university authorizer of

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Senate meeting. Several questions were raised about funding for the medical school, which includes $5 million set aside each year for five years. At the same time, Wilbur has requested 3, 6 and 9 percent budget reduction plans from budget centers within the university. Enarson said he feels there will always be some people against the project and, though more than 50 people

charter schools in the country, is qualified to authorize cyber schools. The center’s executive director, Jim Goenner, said there is plenty of enthusiasm in the education community over the new legislation, but also many questions surrounding accountability of the prospective cyber schools. “There’s also challenges because they’re so new to the field of public education that people are trying to figure, ‘Should the rules for accountability be different?’” Goenner said when comparing cyber schools to traditional public high schools. Pilot cyber school authorizers will be required to report

any kinks in the start-up process to the state legislature and the state Board of Education so lessons can be learned from their errors before additional schools launch. Cyber schools are like traditional schools in that they will cover the same subject matter, but teaching and learning is conducted over the Internet. Many anticipate that the two pilot cyber schools will be established and fully working by fall 2010. Senate Education Committee Chair Sen. Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland, said cyber schools are beneficial in that students will be able to proceed at their own pace while working with an online instructor.

“(Cyber schools) open up a new avenue for instruction here in Michigan,” he said. “I believe it reflects where education is headed and where education will end up.” Kuipers said entities wishing to start a cyber school will have to apply at one of the authorizing universities in Michigan, such as CMU. The schools will be run by institutions that oversee online learning programs. Once a cyber school obtains a charter and enrolls students, the student will be given a computer and an access code for instructional materials, he said.

attended the Academic Senate meeting, only four or five spoke out about the medical school. “I understand some people may not agree with it, but I would never be able to change their mind, I think that’s the reality of it,” he said. “In general, I believe it will be a positive for the university.” He said the medical school will have its own budget reduction plans based on the 3, 6 and 9 percent plans Wilbur asked for, but the reductions will not include the $25 million set aside in $5 million portions each year.

“(It’s) based on base budget through this fiscal year, so that’s what we are operating from,” Enarson said. He said the financial model created for the medical school is one used by other schools, so it is very solid.

would not accept the position. Steve Smith, director of public relations, said there will be no rush to find a permanent dean because of Enarson’s decision to decline. “It’s not how fast we move to get somebody in here, but about getting the right person in,” Smith said. “Not moving with haste just to get a warm body in here.”

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primary elections and 60 days before general elections. However, corporations and unions still cannot directly contribute to a candidate’s campaign. The decision does not affect political action committees. Some also would consider the decision a triumph for free speech — an open invitation for powerful interests with money to corrupt the political system. The court majority, five of the nine Supreme Court justices, found

that restrictions of the BCRA legislation unconstitutionally inhibited First Amendment rights. “The position in the court of course ... is the willingness to equate corporations with individuals,” said assistant political science professor J. Cherie Strachan. “The Supreme Court is granting corporations the same free speech rights as individuals and saying that needs to be protected.” Reaction Among the court minority was Justice John Paul Stevens

Search for a dean Enarson joined the search committee chaired by College of Health Professions Dean Chris Ingersoll for the medical school dean position. Ingersoll said he made calls to several candidates after he learned Enarson who, in his dissent, stated, “the court’s ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions around the nation.” President Barack Obama issued a statement on his Web site condemning the Supreme Court decision, calling it the most devastating thing that could happen to the public interest. “This ruling opens the floodgates for an unlimited amount of special interest money into our democracy,” his statement read. “It gives the special interest lobbyists new leverage to spend millions on advertising to persuade elected officials to vote their way — or to punish

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Battle Creek senior Chris Schoder and Lake Orion junior Kaitlin Denton, center, dance together and with other students during the CommUNITY Ball around 8 p.m. on Friday night in the Bovee University Center Rotunda.

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heading to a university. Tina Natale, GEAR UP academic adviser for McKinley Middle School, Northwestern High School and Classical Academy said the CommUNITY Ball was a chance for students to experience a fun aspect of college life. “This is an experience that our students would never

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those who don’t.” The President said he already called on his administration and supporters in Congress “to develop a forceful, bipartisan response to this decision.” The case spawned over controversy of whether Citizens United had the right to air ads for their anti-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton documentary, called “Hillary: The Movie,” during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign. -The Associated Press contributed to this report.


“That one is the large ongoing commitment that the tribe has made,” said David Ling, chairman of the Isabella County Board of Commissioners. Money also goes toward cancer awareness and HIV testing programs. Two percent of the tribe’s net gaming proceeds are given back to the community each year. This is according to terms of the contract that Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, 2395 S. Leaton Road, signed with the state, which allows it to operate. After an application process, the Tribal Counsel decides where the money goes. One of the major beneficiaries of the funds is education. The Tribal Council

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has historically given over one third of the 2 percent fund to educational institutions, said Frank Cloutier, the tribe’s interim public relations director. “Tribal councils historically have been absolutely huge supporters of higher education,” he said. The Tribal Council takes many things into consideration when deciding how to distribute education money, such as the technical and book needs of each school. The school is asked to prioritize needs before they are submitted. The Tribal Council monitors the education system for interaction with students and benefits to the tribal community. “We want to make sure everyone has a mutual benefit,” Cloutier said.


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Women’s basketball


Chippewas win fourth consecutive

Men’s MAC Standings West Division Team



CMU NIU WMU EMU Ball St. Toledo

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Holman, Warczinsky earn coach’s praise By John Evans Staff Reporter

Saturday’s results CMU 81, NIU 75 EMU 57, Ball St. 53 WMU 73, Toledo 41 Ohio 99, Buffalo 77 Miami 64, BGSU 52 Kent St. 87, Akron 70 *Home teams in bold

Women’s MAC Standings West Division Team



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BGSU Akron Kent St. Miami Buffalo Ohio

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Photos by Matthew Stephens/senior photographer

Saturday’s results

CMU 59, Ohio 56 BGSU 83, EMU 71 Akron 58, WMU 44 Toledo 70, Miami 63 NIU 93, Buffalo 88 Kent St. 72, Ball St. 63

Men’s MAC Leaders Player (team)

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David Kool (WMU) Rodney Pierce (Buffalo) Brandon Bowdry (EMU) Carlos Medlock (EMU) Robbie Harman (CMU) Jake Barnett (Toledo) Kenny Hayes (Miami) Armon Bassett (Ohio) D.J. Cooper (Ohio) Jordan Bitzer (CMU)


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Brandon Bowdry (EMU) Otis Polk (BGSU) Calvin Betts (Buffalo) Donald Lawson (WMU) Jarrod Jones (Ball St.)


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Field Goal Percentage Player (team)

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Malik Perry (Ball St.) Sean Kowal (NIU) Nikola Cvetinovic (Akron) Jimmy Conyers (Akron) Adam Fletcher (Miami)


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Free Throw Percentage Player (team)

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David Kool (WMU) Jordan Bitzer (CMU) Jauwan Scaife (Ball St.) Carlos Medlock (EMU) Jake Barnett (Toledo)

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The CMU men’s basketball team owns the top spot in the MAC West

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Junior forward Antonio Weary played 18 minutes and finished with seven points and two rebounds Saturday in CMU’s 81-75 win at Rose Arena.


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entral Michigan men’s basketball coach Ernie Zeigler was not watching the play with 40 seconds remaining Saturday at Rose Arena. Rather, with his arms raised to the 2,317 people in Rose Arena, he implored the crowd to cheer their team to a first-place spot atop the Mid-American Conference West Division. It seemed to help — during Zeigler’s plea, junior guard Amir Rashid stole the ball and secured the 81-75 win against Northern Illinois. “I think this was a huge signature win for us,” Zeigler said. Senior guard Robbie Harman said the game, which featured 54 personal fouls, 70 free-throw attempts, four players that fouled out and 13 lead changes, was the loudest he has heard Rose Arena. “I’ve been here four years now and we haven’t been in this situation before where we can — this far into the season — put ourselves in first place,” he said. Harman, who finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists, made it a two-possession game — 76-71 — when he scored on a jumper from the foul line with 40 seconds reRobbie Harman maining. The basket came after CMU (9-8, 4-1 MAC) got a defensive stop when junior center Will McClure blocked a shot. “It was a four-swing,” McClure said. “Instead of them getting the two, I got the block and Robbie got


Close finish Ohio took a 53-51 lead with less than two minutes remaining. CMU junior Shonda Long missed a 3-point shot that landed right into the hands of Warczinsky, who banked it in to tie the game

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Senior guard Robbie Harman had 17 points in CMU’s 81-75 win against NIU on Saturday at Rose Arena.

the two points which put us up.” Harman’s field goal broke a 14point streak where the two teams scored only from the free-throw line. McClure said despite the amount of fouls being called, CMU still wanted to play its game. “We still want to contest all the shots and we still want to body everyone,” he said. “We just have to keep playing and hope the refs let us do what we want to do.” The victory moved CMU’s MAC record to 4-1, tying Northern Illinois for first place in the division. But CMU has the tiebreaker because of

Seconds remaining in the game when junior center Will McClure blocked an NIU layup to preserve a three-point lead.

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Marcus Breidinger wins pole vault at Simmons/Harvey Invite.

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Who’s hot:

Women’s track and field: Erika Schroll wins high jump with height of 5 feet, 9.75 inches.

Jordan Bitzer and Robbie Harman paced CMU again, scoring 17 apiece.


Who’s not: Offensively William McClure is a non-factor (0 points against NIU). But defensively, he led CMU with two blocks.

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Gymnastics vs. 1. (17) Denver 2. CMU 3. BYU

Denver and BYU: 194.2 194.025 192.5

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CMU’s Mid-American Conference record, which ties NIU at the top of the MAC West. CMU holds the head-to-head tie-breaker.

David Ashcraft wins 400-meter run with a time of 50.23 seconds. Women’s track and field: Danielle Dakroub wins 800-meter run with a time of 2:15.16.


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Winning four consecutive games is the surest way to erase memories of a four-game losing streak earlier in the month. Led by senior guards Kendra Holman and Heidi Warczinsky, the CMU women’s basketball team beat Ohio 59-56 Saturday at Rose Arena. The team’s four-game winning streak puts it at 4-2 in the MidAmerican Conference West Division (7-11 overall), one game behind Toledo (5-1 MAC) and tied with Eastern Michigan. Coach Sue Guevara gave praise to Holman, who finished with 10 points off the bench, and Warcinsky, who finished with seven points and five assists. “The game is over, we won, it wasn’t pretty, but we found a way to grind it out,” Guevara said. “Give credit to the senior guard play of Warczinsky and Holman. They came in and did a really nice job. It’s a win and we’ll take it.” Holman was one of four CMU players in double figures for the game. She was 3-of-4 from the field and hit two free throws with six seconds remaining to maintain CMU’s threeKendra Holman point lead. Earlier in the game, her 3-pointer sparked a 7-0 run with less than three minutes remaining in the first half to cut Ohio’s lead to two points. “Kendra has done a great job of embracing her role on the team,” Guevara said. “And she is as cool as a cucumber on the free-throw line.” After 10 minutes of back-andforth basketball in the second half, Holman hit her second 3-pointer of the game with four minutes remaining. It put CMU up by five, its largest lead of the game. Juniors Kaihla Szunko and Shonda Long led the team in points with 12 each.


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CMU 81, NIU 75 - Final statistics Score by half Northern Illinois Central Michigan

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2 44 48

Game leaders

Total 75 81


Xavier Silas (NIU) G 26 points Jordan Bitzer (CMU) G 17 points Robbie Harman (CMU) G 17 points Darion Anderson (NIU) G 15 points

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t might have been difficult for the average basketball fan to notice William McClure on Saturday at Rose Arena. That changed with less than one minute remaining in the game and Central Michigan leading Northern Illinois 74-71. It appeared NIUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Michael Fakuade had an easy lay-up after grabbing a rebound off a missed shot by teammate Tony Nixon. Fakuade, a 6-foot-7 sophomore center, gathered himself on the right side of the basket and floated the ball toward the rim. But McClure, CMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting center, leaped from the left side of the basket and swatted Fakuadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shot into the hands of senior guard Robbie Harman. About 15 seconds later, Harman came off a screen and buried an open jumper near the free-throw line to give the Chippewas a two-possession lead â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 76-71 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with 40 seconds remaining. The momentum carried to the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next defensive possession, where Amir Rashidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s steal all but sealed an 81-75 statement win for the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team. So McClure must have scored, right? After all, he is a starter and made one of the defining plays of CMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season thus far. But the Indianapolis, Ind., native only attempted one shot in 25 minutes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and missed. It was a fitting way to celebrate on the eve of his 21st birthday, which was Sunday. Afterall, his offense wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t why he was brought here. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never really been a scorer,â&#x20AC;? said McClure, who

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Fitting the mold Just follow McClure for a few minutes during CMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next home game (Feb. 4 against Buffalo). Watch him set screens down low to allow Harman and shooting guard Jordan Bitzer to Close affair NIU (8-9, 4-1 MAC) went 27-for-34 from the free-throw line, while CMU shot 24-for36. CMU outshot the Huskies 43.6 percent to 42.3, but were outrebounded 36-35. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been spending a lot time with some extra shooting here the last couple weeks, particularly even moreso this week,â&#x20AC;? Zeigler said. Zeigler said he was impressed with how CMU fought through what turned out to be a physical game. Senior forward Chris Kellermann, senior guard Jordan Bitzer and junior guard Jalin Thomas all took hits during the game, while Thomas, junior forward Marko Spica and McClure played through injuries as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You just see some guys that are really, really hungry to take this program to the next step,â&#x20AC;? Zeigler said. Bitzer tied Harman for the

team lead in points with 17. Kellermann finished with 12 points and Thomas had 10. Bitzer and junior guard Antonio Weary fouled out. Salas, who came into the game averaging 19.3 points per game, led the Huskies with 26 points and seven rebounds before fouling out with 10 seconds remaining. NIU junior guard Darion Anderson had 15 and junior center Sean Kowal had 12. Anderson fouled out with 3:30 remaining. CMU opens play against the MAC East Division at 7 p.m. Thursday at Miami (Ohio) (6-12, 3-2 MAC). CMU was winless on the road last season against the East. The Chippewas defeated the RedHawks 57-55 last season at Rose Arena. The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next home game is Feb. 4 against Buffalo.





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William McClure did not score a point in Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victory. But he made the biggest play. McClure, a junior forward, blocked an NIU William McClure layup with 54 seconds remaining.

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Senior guard Robbie Harman grabbed the ball and hit a field goal, giving CMU a five point lead and secured the win.

Following the timeout after junior foward William McClureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s block and senior guard Robbie Harmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s field goal, junior guard Amir Rashid got a key steal and NIU was forced to foul with 27 seconds remaining. Rashid split the pair of free throws, putting CMU up by six.

T he RedHawks are 3-2 this season in the MAC, but just 6-12 overall.

McClure played 25 minutes, had six rebounds and two blocks.

Check out a photo slideshow of Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CMU-NIU menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game.

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head-to-head play. In the first half, CMU and NIU went back and forth. But a 9-1 run with less than 10 minutes remaining in the half gave the Chippewas a nine-point lead. The Huskies responded and brought the lead back to two by half. NIU took a brief one-point lead off a 3-pointer by junior guard Xavier Salas to begin the second half. From there, the lead changed 10 times and 46 free throws were attempted. The win improved the Chippewas to 8-0 under Zeigler against Northern Illinois. CMU has won six consecutive games at Rose Arena, dating back to its home opener against Princeton on Nov. 14.

joined the Chippewas this season after transferring from Lake Land College (Ill.). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Defense is what I like to do â&#x20AC;&#x201D; defensive rebound â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done since high school.â&#x20AC;? How can CMU get away with this? The 6-foot-7, 240-pound McClure, who has started 16 of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 17 games, averages only 2.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He had six rebounds Saturday, but was outrebounded by the 6-foot-1 Harman (seven). It would be like a starting wide receiver not scoring any touchdowns, right? Wrong. McClure is the epitome of why basketball purists believe the game cannot be measured in statistics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We look at him like a poor manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ben Wallace,â&#x20AC;? said CMU coach Ernie Zeigler. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ben Wallace didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t score. (The Pistons) werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t looking to find him, but he had his imprints all over the game.â&#x20AC;?


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shed defenders for open shots. Watch him block out the opponentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; big men so small forward Jalin Thomas, Bitzer and Harman collect easy rebounds. And watch him alter shots after a guard beats the first line of Centralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I get a putback, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all I really need to do,â&#x20AC;? McClure said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The shooters, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here for â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here to block shots and play defense.â&#x20AC;? McClure is the type of player Zeigler and CMU have needed the past four seasons. An unselfish guy who embodies Zeiglerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Think tough, be toughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; philosophy. That band-aid McClure was wearing Saturday under his left eye? Covering up three stitches he received after colliding with Eastern Michiganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brandon Bowdry in CMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 71-63 win on Wednesday. Fellow junior-college transfer Thomas already has battled symptoms from a concussion he suffered earlier this season. McClure and Thomas spend more time on the ground hustling after loose balls than kids do making snow angels in the winter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had such success so quickly,â&#x20AC;? Zeigler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They already had those intangibles of mental toughness, battling and working hard, and not having a prima donna attitude as though, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy to have me.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;? But after the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first 4-1 start in the Mid-American Conference since 2003, Zeigler and staff probably would agree.

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Junior center William McClure finished without a point in CMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win Saturday. But his defensive game has not gone unnoticed.





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Schroll, Breidinger make mark

women’s basketball

Guevara calls win ‘not pretty’

Seven CMU track athletes win individual events By Josh Berenter Staff Reporter

CMU limits Ohio’s Poff to eight points By Aaron McMann Staff Reporter

It was not pretty, coach Sue Guevara said afterward, but the CMU women’s basketball team found a way to win Saturday. Instead of the run-and-gun style of play CMU prefers, its 59-56 win against Ohio was one that required the team to battle until the end and grind out a win. Ohio’s defense helped set the tempo, forcing 12 turnovers and limiting CMU to 20 shot attempts in the first half. “They came out really aggressive and we were kind of complacent in the zone (defense),” junior forward Kaihla Szunko said. “We weren’t cutting hard in places and getting open.” Once CMU found itself behind by double-digits with six minutes to play in the half, the team went on a 10-0 run to tie the game while holding Sue Guevara the Bobcats to 0-for-6 shooting and two turnovers. Senior sparks For the second consecutive game, senior guard Kendra Holman helped spark the team’s comeback efforts, scoring on two consecutive possessions to cut OU’s lead to two points. “She gives us some energy, can push the ball and, defensively, has been doing a pretty nice job since we’ve been

Matthew Stephens/Senior photographer

Senior guard Kendra Holman scored 10 points off the bench Saturday at Rose Arena.

mixing up our defenses,” Guevara said. The game was a back-andforth affair — there were six lead changes and seven ties — that came down to several plays made by Holman and fellow senior guard Heidi Warczinsky. A 3-point field goal from Holman with 4:18 remaining in the game put CMU up 51-46, its largest lead of the game. Following a 7-0 Ohio run that gave the Bobcats a 5351 lead with 1:41 remaining, Warczinsky grabbed and laid in an air ball from 3-point range by junior forward Shonda Long. Warczinsky also helped seal the game for the Chippewas. While holding on to a 5554 lead with just more than a minute remaining, she took a charge that gave CMU the ball. On the next possession,

Warczinsky issued an assist to a cutting Szunko, who laid the ball in — a basket that proved to be the game-winner. “She brings that intensity and passion when she comes on the floor,” Guevara said. “She’s one our best interior passers.” Poff Prevention A big part of the CMU defensive effort was its ability to limit Ohio senior guard and leading scorer Jenny Poff (11 points per game) to eight points on 2-of-11 shooting. Poff, a native of St. Johns who had family and friends in attendance, was held scoreless in the first half. “Our kids did a good job of keying on her, knowing where she was and making it difficult (for her) to get shots off,” Guevara said.

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at 53. After Ohio’s Kamille Buckner made one of two free throws, Long hit two free throws to put CMU back in front by one. On the next Ohio possession, Warczinsky drew an off-the-ball charge that led to a Szunko lay-up, putting CMU up by three

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with 37 seconds remaining. “The team is finding a way to win down the stretch,” Guevara said. “Heidi is a very emotional player. She brings that intensity and that passion when she comes onto the floor.” With the victory, it also gives the team five wins in a row at Rose Arena, and the four-game winning streak is the longest by CMU since 2006-07. “We have our fans here

Game leaders Points

Jennifer Bushby (Ohio) G 16 points Kaihla Szunko (CMU) F 12 points Shonda Long (CMU) G 12 points Kendra Holman (CMU) G 10 points Britni Houghton (CMU) G 10 points Rebounds

Kamille Buckner (Ohio) F 10 rebounds Kaihla Szunko (CMU) F 8 rebounds

and we have the support on our back,” Szunko said. “Today wasn’t a pretty game and everyone knows that, but you know what? It’s a win.” The team now turns its attention to Kent State (4-2 MAC), who it plays Wednesday in Kent, Ohio. “It is a battle night in and night out. In our conference, you have to respect everyone, but you fear no one.”

The CMU men’s and women’s track and field teams had seven event wins this weekend in the Simmons/Harvey Invitational at the University of Michigan. Several athletes won field events in the non-scoring meet Friday, followed by more of the same with the running events Saturday. “I’m very excited for the athletes that have been putting in the work,” said coach Willie Randolph. “They’re getting some results for the work that they have done since the fall.” Senior Marcus Breidinger won the pole vault competition, clearing a career-best 17 feet, 4.5 inches. “He’s been working really hard, and I’m excited for that young man,” Randolph said. “He’s definitely one of our team captains.” Breidinger’s jump earned him an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Another winner for the men was freshman Kevin

Bacon, who won the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 7.5 inches. Bacon, who started training as a hurdler, has Marcus Breidinger competed in multiple events this indoor season. Sophomore David Ashcraft won his first event of the season in the 400-meter dash with a season-best 50.23 seconds. He had a fourth-place finish last week at Eastern Michigan. “David is our top returning 400-meter runner,” Randolph said. Women’s team Senior Erika Schroll won the high jump competition for the second consecutive

week, clearing 5 feet, 9.75 inches. “She’s been really consistent. We need to start calling her Miss Consistency,” Randolph said. Other winners for the women were senior Tanisha Johnson, who took the triple jump competition with a 39-feet, 4-inch leap, and senior Charity Sunderman, who won the weight throw with a distance of 56 feet, 4.75 inches. Junior Danielle Dakroub won the 800-meter race for the women with a time of 2 minutes, 15 seconds. CMU will host the Chippewa Open next weekend at the Jack Skoog Track in the Indoor Athletic Complex. Randolph said there are a lot of things he is looking forward to.

4B || Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 || Central Michigan Life

Athletics looks for more revenue


Women take second in Denver

Students may have to pay to see sporting events By Lindsay Knake Senior Reporter

CMU scores above 194 for first time in 2010 By Nick Conklin Staff Reporter

The CMU gymnastics team finished second out of three teams Saturday in Denver despite earning its highest score of the season. The Chippewas scored a 48.55 or higher as a team in three of four events. Despite a season-high final score of 194.025, one event continued to plague the team at the Hamilton Gymnasium in Denver, Colo., leading to a second-place finish behind Denver (194.2). BYU came in third, totaling 192.5. Before Saturday, CMU’s highest score was 192.275 last week, when it hosted Utah State. “We hit 194, and that’s what we came out here to do,” said coach Jerry Reighard. “We still need to improve our shaky events, but we felt really good about this competition.” With success on the uneven bars, vault and floor exercise, CMU’s struggles came on the balance beam. CMU finished the event with a 47.75, behind Denver (48.325) and BYU (47.9). Sophomore Kristin TeuKatie Simon bner (9.775) was the only CMU gymnast to score higher than a 9.7. Despite three falls, CMU improved statistically on the event from its last meet against Utah State (47.3). “The beam has been our nemesis this year, and we had a couple falls that hurt us,” Reighard said. Highlighting the scoring in the first event for the Chippewas was senior Katie Simon, who scored a 9.85 on the uneven bars. “We had a tough go, we had some great scores; (Katie Simon) had a really nice bar routine,” Reighard said. Freshman Britney Taylor scored a 9.775 on the uneven bars, while junior Andrea de la Garza earned a 9.750. Reighard said starting the competition on the bars was a difficult event to begin the night, but he was impressed with the team’s efforts. “Tough event to start on, but we persevered,” he said.


file photo by Sean Proctor

Junior all-arounder Andrea de la Garza led CMU to a second-place finish in its tri-meet in Denver, Colo., with an all-around score of 38.925. She finished second overall.

“We came out behind Denver, but we were well ahead of BYU.” CMU continued its scoring pace through the next two events ­— vault and floor exercise. The Chippewas grabbed the high score of the tri-meet on the vault, notching a score of 49.2. Denver scored a 49.0 and BYU a 48.1. Leading the charge was Simon, Teubner and Taylor (9.875 each). CMU scored a 48.525 on the floor exercise, placing second in the event, but it was a drop from last week’s score by less than a point (48.6). Teubner had the team’s high score with a 9.8. All-around improvement de la Garza scored a teamhigh 38.925 all-around score, which placed second in the meet to Denver’s Brianna Artemev (39.25). Simon improved in the all-around category by .925 from her score against Utah State to finish with a 38.775 overall. Reighard said he was pleased by the all-around improvements. “Overall, the athletes were much more poised,” he said. “We had better competitive heads. We have to continue the hard work.” Taylor finished with a 38.675 and sophomore Cheryl Conlin scored a 38.025. CMU competes next on Jan. 30 against Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti.

What’s on tap Next up: Jan 30: @ EMU

Who’s hot: Junior all-arounder Andrea de la Garza led CMU and finished second in the all-around with a 38.925 score.

Who’s not: As a team, CMU had three falls on the balance beam and scored a 47.750.

CMU’s Athletics Department will face the same reductions as the rest of the university as it faces rising operating costs and the necessity to maintain NCAA standards. At h l e t i c s Director Dave Heeke said the department is looking at new ways to bring in money — including Dave Heeke charging students who attend games or athletic events. “We are trying to find new revenue streams to support our budget ... with a challenging economy, it’s probably something that will be considered,” he said. Like Charles V. Park Library and the Student Activity Center, athletic events are free for full-time students and have preparation and cleaning costs, among others. The new revenue streams will help the department enhance facilities for student-athletes and cope with rising costs, Heeke said. “We are very prudent with our dollars,” he said. Money management The athletics department operates off a $21,907,364 budget — a $1,696,661 increase from 2008-09. It is supported by a $15,996,661 subsidy from the university’s general fund. The department is projected to earn $6,051,103 from ticket sales, game guarantees and fundraising, according to the

2009-10 Operating Budget. Salaries, benefits and compensation for administrative and clerical staff and coaches make up the biggest cost for the department at $5,875,725, or 38 percent of the total budget. Scholarships for student athletes total $4,872,357, or 22 percent of the budget. According to the 2009-10 Operating Budget, the department distributes the money through 210 full and partial awards. Total costs for attending the GMAC Bowl earlier this month have not been finalized yet, said Sports Information Director Jason Kaufman in an e-mail. Revenue The largest source of revenue for the department is football — $1.5 million through ticket sales at games and through game guarantees. Fundraising is another source of income for the department, and it brings in about $1 million annually. Each

sport also has its own fundraising program, Heeke said. Summer sports camps earn about $1 million, but much of the money goes back to the university to pay for food and housing costs, said Associate Athletics Director Derek van der Merwe said. Marketing and advertising generates about $700,000 annually, Heeke said.

Budget cuts The Athletic Department also will be looking at cuts, as a part of the 3, 6 or 9 percent base budget cuts Interim President Kathy Wilbur has asked every department to make. He said the process is challenging because the department has to maintain minimum parameters to have a Division-I football team. As per the NCAA, universities must have 16 Division-I sports teams, which CMU has.

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