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EDITORIAL It’s a start Additional resources added to the Counseling Center are a start, but we have to keep going. OPINION

05 Back in the spotlight?

It isn’t OK that Louis C.K. is back performing.

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NEWS Sexual assault survivor speaks to athletes Brenda Tracy educated studnet athletes on rape culture. SPORTS

16 Marching onto Ford Field Cody Scanlan | Staff Photographer Novi senior Mike Bednarski meets with President Robert Davies at an ice cream social on Sept. 12 outside Warriner Hall.

The marching band perf ormed during Monday Night Football on Sept. 10.


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Academic Senate passes Campus Vote Project Resolution

By Emilly Davis Opinion Editor opinion@cm-life.com

Academic Senate passed a resolution that will make it easier for Central Michigan University students to vote. The Senate met for its first meeting of the academic year Sept. 11 in Pearce Hall. The Senate voted on and passed the Campus Vote Project Resolution, which was proposed by the Campus Vote Coalition. The resolution encourages faculty members to excuse student absences on election days so students are able to participate in elections without being penalized. “When we present this, we’re presenting this not as a one-time event just for this election,” Campus Vote Coalition co-chair Norma Bailey said to the Senate. “This resolution is for any major or national election. We’re asking you to support our students as they make efforts to become civically engaged.” The resolution also encourages faculty members to avoid scheduling any major presentations, exams or in-class projects on election days.

It is through those constant conversations that we will discuss how to advance our university, how to move forward, and take on the obstacles and challenges and issues before us, as well as to sieze on opportunities

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Alanna Sparks | Staff Photographer Senators gather to discuss policies and changes for the 2018-19 school year. The meeting took place in Pearce Hall on Sept. 11, 2018

The major reason behind the resolution is that it can be difficult for students to vote. Many students are registered in their hometowns which could be very far away from campus and the Secretary of State’s website states, “a person who registers to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election in which he or

she participates.” President Robert Davies introduced himself to the Senate for the first time After thanking everyone for giving him and his family such a warm welcome, he emphasized the importance of “constant conversations,” such as the conversations in the Senate.

“It is through those constant conversations that we will discuss how to advance our university, how to move forward, and take on the obstacles and challenges and issues before us, as well as to sieze on opportunities,” Davies said. He noted that everyone in the room may not always agree with each other, but working through disagreements with dialogue and conversation will result in making good decisions. Provost Michael Gealt addressed a number of recent personnel changes made in the university. Gealt said the search for a new dean

of the College of Business administration will begin this week, when the search committee, chaired by Vice president of Advancement Bob Martin, meets for the first time. Other action items included committee member elections for two of the senate committees. Faculty members Edgar Simpson and Larry Sych were elected to the Budget Priorities Committee, and Julien Rossignol was elected to the Shared Governance and Communication Committee. There are still two positions on the Shared Governance and Communication Committee that need to be filled.

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n increasing number of college students struggle with mental health challenges. It's no secret. And Central Michigan University is not immune from this national trend. An American College Health Association survey found that in Spring 2017, 61 percent of students “felt overwhelming anxiety” in the past year. About 40 percent described themselves as so depressed it was difficult for them to function. According to a 2015 report from the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State University, the number of students visiting their counseling centers increased by 30 percent between 2009 and 2015. Closer to home, it's a known fact that CMU's counseling center is often overbooked. Its waiting list has numbered 100 people or more. We stated repeatedly on this page that the lack of mental health resources here is unacceptable. Students, faculty and counseling center staff have voiced similar concerns. University administrators have listened. Now they are beginning to respond. In January, during the academic organization, the Academic Organizational Review Committee II posted their recommendations for the counseling center, acknowledging the problem: "(The Counseling Center) is a serious challenge and one that the university must address as a high priority. The members of committee II are aware and already engaged with this issue and feel they can work across CMU to develop a solution to the challenges identified by students and others." In June, the board of trustees introduced a new mandatory $225 student service fee. Trustees ensured the CMU community that improving the counseling center with the money from the fee would be one of their highest priorities. Over the summer, the center hired two new counselors and an office professional, which will hopefully help to cut

down the waiting list. Being understaffed was one of the biggest complaints about the center, so hiring new employees is a great step towards seeing and helping more students quickly. This year, the counseling center has placed a strong emphasis on preventative care. These are programs designed to help students deal with the stress and anxiety that comes with attending college. It's a great way for students to learn ways to cope with problems that arise early in the year. Among these new services are art and music sessions, support groups and workshops to help students learn how cope with stress and practice self-care. Workshops also cover a variety of strategies from journaling to playing instruments and are offered in four-week sessions. Students also have the opportunity to join a variety of support groups specialized to help students struggling with certain issues. Additionally, the center is introducing "Walkin

Wednesdays," which is essentially office hours for students to get the help or assessment for further help they need in short 20-minute sessions. We applaud the university for the significant improvements. Much thought was put into these improvements. Not only were staff added, but a wide variety of programs and services have begun to be implemented. The programs seem to be flexible enough to help a wide variety of students, and its clear that there is now an emphasis on preventing our students from struggling with their mental health. However, improving on-campus services shouldn't end there. The mental health of our student body is, and will continue to be, a serious, complex issue; it requires resources we must continuously work to improve upon. Two new counselors is a great step in the right direction, but we won't know until later in the semester when workloads and stress start piling on if two new people will be enough to keep the waitlist short. While the new workshop sessions sound like a good, preventative solutions, each class seems to only be scheduled for a few weeks out of the semester. After that time, what should students do to learn how to prevent stress and anxiety? Will new times and solutions be offered for students who are unable to attend any of the sessions due to their class schedules? At the end of the semester, after these improvements have been around for a little bit, the university needs to revisit the issue. They will need to figure out what further mental health services students need, and ensure they get them right away. Helping our mental health, and our Counseling Center, must continue to be a priority of our university.


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Female athletes deserve more respect, opportunities “I’m sorry,” my male friend said to me after blocking my shot during a pickup basketball game. Those words don’t seem like much, and perhaps they even seem nice. I promise you, though, that as a female athlete hearing these words can be degrading. Why is it that he said these words to me but would never say them to guy after blocking his shot? Why is it that guys are embarrassed to block a girl’s shot but take pride in blocking another guy’s shot? Female athletes just aren’t as respected as male athletes. I came to this realization early into in my athletic career. Even if I put in many more hours to my game and evidently had better skills than one of my male teammates, he always seemed to receive the ball more than I did. I just couldn’t accept why he got more touches. However, I knew the answer. I was a girl. I’m sure many professional female athletes have had these same feelings on their way to the top. The fact is that female athletes deserve more respect than they receive now. We can see that female athletics receive less support by examining col-

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legiate athletics. According to the NCAA Sports Sponsorship and Participation Rates Report, Division I athletics had 11,000 more male athletes than female athletes. The ratio of female to male athletes should be equal. What makes matters worse is that female sports receive much less funding than male sports. This means they cannot expand their programs. According to the NCAA Gender Equity Report, female athletes receive only 45 percent of collegiate athletic scholarships. Female athletic programs also receive $1.55 billion less for operating costs than male programs and $50 million less for recruiting purposes. Truly, it’s sad. Female athletes just don’t receive the same chance as male athletes, and even when a female makes it to be a professional athlete, she is still not

All letters to the editor or guest columns must include a name, address, affiliation (if any) and phone number for verification. Anonymous letters will not be printed, except under extraordinary circumstances. CM Life reserves the right to edit all letters and columns for style, length, libel, redundancy, clarity, civility and accuracy. Letters should be no more than 450 words in length. Longer guest columns may be submitted but must remain under 750 words. CM Life reserves the right to print any original content as a letter or guest column. Submission does not guarantee publication. Contact opinion@cm-life.com. treated the same. According to a study at Adelphi University, WNBA players on average make

$72,000 a year, which is only 1.6 percent of what their male counterparts make. Even worse, the U.S. women’s national soccer team — a team that won the Olympics in 2008 and 2012 and the World Cup in 2011 and 2015, while the men’s team has never received either title — had to sue the federal government to receive a higher pay. According to the lawsuit, the men were paid four times as much as the women. Yet, this women’s team made over $5 million in profit during the 2017 year while the guy’s team ran a million-dollar deficit according to the U.S. Soccer budget report. The question I have is when will these professional athletes finally gain the respect they deserve? Even more relatable, when will I or any other girl who wants to go down to the Student Activity Center here at Central Michigan University and play a pickup basketball game feel as if they will not be laughed at for wanting to join in a game with the guys? I’m not naïve. I know this won’t happen tomorrow or the next day or even the day after that. I just hope that by the time I have a daughter, she won’t have to have these same feelings that I have.

Is the ‘Pink Tax’ costing you an extra $1,351 every year? Women spend approximately 2,535 days (nearly seven years) of their life on their periods. Women don’t choose to have their periods. Nevertheless, they pay a significant amount of money because of them. The “pink tax”, so named due to the color commonly used to market items toward women, refers to the price on female-specific products. These products typically cost an average of 7 percent more than the equivalent merchandise for men. It can cost you an extra $1,351 every year. There are several issues with this, one being that women are already paid less as it is, due to the gender pay gap. Another being that, tampons and other feminine hygiene products are taxed as a “luxury item.” That means, we as women, not only have to pay for almost seven years of period supplies, but that all of those items are taxed as if they aren’t necessary health care products. A common and irritating question in the argument against the “pink tax” is: Why are pads and tampons taxed when Viagra is not? Viagra does not treat a necessary bio-

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logical function. As a country, we have made some progress. There are nine states that currently exempt menstrual hygiene products from taxation: Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Five other states have no sales tax: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon. There are currently seven states working toward legislation that will hopefully end tax on period products. This leaves twenty-nine states that continue to tax female consumers on necessary health care products. Let’s not forget that most female-targeted products cost more overall. It’s fair to say that most women probably shop more than men, but it is not fair that companies purposely raise their prices

when they are gearing a product toward women simply because we are more likely to need to or want to buy it. All of these facts demonstrate that companies producing these products operate with a gender-based pricing system. So why should you care? If the fact that you’re being charged more because of your gender or natural biological bodily functions isn’t enough, the fight for equality in the consumer realm and society as a whole should motivate you. The “pink tax” is a blatantly genderbiased tax that serves as a form of institutionalized misogyny. Nowadays, it’s common to be told that as women we have it pretty good and we should back down. However, our fight is more important than ever. Our ancestors fought harder than we can imagine for basic rights, and while we do have it pretty good, considering that history, we cannot give up. We are not yet on equal ground with the men of the world. This tax makes it more difficult to for some to access feminine hygiene products here in America but there are also places in this world where women have no access to these products at all.

Our fight is paving the way for our future here and the future of those around the world. That’s why we must continue to support the fight against the “pink tax” as well as supporting companies that fight with us. Companies like Cora pay the tampon tax for its Cora customers in California. Even former President Barrack Obama once spoke out against the inconceivable tax on menstrual products in an interview with Ingrid Nilsen. “I have no idea why states would tax these as luxury items,” he said. “I suspect it’s because men were making the laws when those taxes were passed.” Further proving that these taxes are part of outdated, gender-biased state legislature that needs to be reformed. Pushing for these changes will hopefully lead to better, gender-neutral results. It’s ridiculous that something as inconsequential as our gender results in us being charged more money, for products we absolutely need, with the money we earn less of than our male counterparts. So, speak out against the “pink tax” and help support movements such as #axthepinktax, Cora, and Change.org’s End the #TamponTax.

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Giving Louis C.K. a second chance is a terrible joke Elio Stante Columnist

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oes everyone deserve a second chance? Should men, like comedian Louis C.K., accused of sexual harassment, be allowed a chance to redeem themselves professionally and publicly? You may remember about 10 months ago, Louis C.K. was accused of exposing himself to, and masturbating in front of, five women comedians. In a New York Times story, Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov, Abby Schachner, Rebecca Corry and a woman who did not want to identify herself, accused the comedian of sexual harassment. They talked about how their experiences with Louis C.K. harmed them personally and professionally. Goodman and Wolov talked about how they faced a backlash from publicly speaking up about Louis C.K.’s behavior. They said they were also blacklisted from projects Louis C.K. or his manager, David Becky, were involved with in an effort to harm their careers. His terrible behavior toward women was an “open secret” in the comedy world and went unaddressed as his fame and fortune continued to grow. Corry continued working with Louis C.K. because she did not want to be seen as someone who wouldn’t work with one of the biggest names in comedy. Schachner received an apology from Louis C.K. six years after he harassed her, but she felt so discouraged and betrayed by his actions she stopped working in the entertainment industry. The unidentified woman said she felt threatened by Louis C.K. and went along with his requests to masturbate in front of her or

Courtesy Photo | Reuters Cast members Pamela Adlon (L) and Louis C.K. participate in the “Louie” panel at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour.

that she would be fired from a comedy tour. She also left comedy. After the NY Times story was published, Louis C.K. confessed. The 50-year-old father of two said the allegations were true and apologized in a public statement. Following the controversy, the company responsible for distributing his movie, “Daddy, I Love You,” cancelled its release. A planned

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stand-up tour was canceled. His talent agency dropped him. C.K.’s career seemed over. On Aug. 26, he stepped back into the spotlight. Louis C.K. performed an unscheduled 15-minute routine in a New York comedy club. He seems to be testing the waters for a comeback. There’s a terrible irony to the fact that he appeared at the comedy club, without the audiences’ consent and performed a routine he forced them to watch. If you are one of the people thinking Louis C.K. deserves a second chance, you must first answer this for me: What was his punishment for serially harassing women during his career? What price has he paid? Sure, he lost work and his reputation. Louis C.K. stand-up specials were pulled off HBO and Netflix, his movie was never released and he went away for a few months, but other than that, nothing really. Louis C.K. is still wealthy. Some people still want to see him perform as evidenced by the standing ovation he received after his 15-minute impromptu set and the reactions on social media. What Louis C.K. went through pales in

comparison to the damage his actions caused these women. All of the women he harassed and intimidated lost more financially and personally than Louis C.K. ever will. After they were blacklisted by the people protecting Louis C.K. – and who benefitted by the revenue he earned with his work – it’s impossible to calculate the damage done to them financially and the harm it caused their careers. We’ll never know where they might be today it hadn’t been for Louis C.K. We’ll never know what great art they would have produced. We’ll never know how many other women comedians they would have helped enter the industry. The personal loss of these women is equally immeasurable. Since coming forward, Corry wrote, “...I’ve experienced vicious and swift backlash from women and men, in and out of the comedy community. I’ve received death threats, been berated, judged, ridiculed, dismissed, shamed and attacked.” Louis C.K. is still harming these women. No amount of time he has spent out of the spotlight is long enough. It’s time to give Louis C.K. a second chance? You must be joking.


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Counseling Center diversifies services with art therapy, mental health workshops, adds two counselors By Sara Kellner University Editor news@cm-life.com

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t's no secret Central Michigan University students often have to wait for days before they can receive help from the Counseling Center. With an increase in demand for mental health services, the center is facing the same dilemma other universities are facing throughout America. According to a 2015 report by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State University, the number of students visiting counseling centers increased by 30 percent between 2009 and 2015, while enrollment grew by less than 6 percent during the same span. According to a report provided by the university, counselors provided 417 urgent/same day appointments during the 2016-17 academic year. Last fall, the waitlist to see a counselor peaked at 108 students in November. Usually the appointment schedule fills up around midterms and in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving Break. In the past that has left many stressed, anxious students with few options to turn to. "One of my friends went and she said it was good, but it took a long time to get in," said Saint Johns sophomore Noelle Cramer. Interim Director of Counseling Services Melissa Hutchinson explained the center provides short-

term counseling. Hutchinson said the center doesn’t provide diagnosis or assessment for mental disorders, and counselors will not prescribe medication to students. The center also doesn’t provide court-ordered mandatory counseling. However, Counseling Center staff are happy to direct and refer students to services that aren’t provided on campus. Students in crisis do not need to make an appointment and will never be turned away from the Counseling Center, Hutchinson said, regardless of whether or not there is a waiting list. The Counseling Center is hoping to keep their waiting list short with the new "drop in" sessions and by increasing staff numbers. “Even if there is a waiting list, if there a student in crisis who needs to be seen right away, we will get them in," Hutchinson said. Anthony Voisin, associate vice president for student affairs, said the center hired two new counselors and an office professional over the summer. The center also has hired a Graduate Assistant for the fall semester. She will not take counseling appointments, but instead, will increase social media presence and student outreach. At its June 28 meeting, the CMU Board of Trustees approved a $225 student services fee. In an interview with Central Michigan Life, Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services Barrie Wilkes and Director of Financial Planning and Budgets Joe Garrison said revenue from the fee will fund several services including advising, the Office of Enrollment and Student Services and the Counseling Center. How much of that money will be allocated to coun-


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CENTRAL MICHIGAN LIFE  | CM-LIFE.COM  | SEPT. 13, 2018 seling is unclear. Some revenue from the fee is paying for the new counselors and office professional. "We are going to add resources and see what that does," Wilkes said. Voisin said the center is also trying to help students outside of Foust Hall, with a new service pending approval. TAO, or Therapist Assisted Online, is an online platform that can be used as a supplement to therapy sessions. It can also be used as a self-guided course to maintain mental wellness, according to its website. The platform provides interactive and educational tools for students to use. It also has mobile features and progress-tracking. “Instead of waiting for an appointment in three weeks, there are other things students can do between appointments,” Voisin said. A survey created by the American College Health Association found that in spring 2017, 61 percent of students “felt overwhelming anxiety” in the past year and almost 40 percent of students were so depressed it was difficult to function. "Anything the counseling services can provide would be fantastic," said Rochester Hills senior Scott Schlagel. "Mental Health is an issue we don't really talk about and something that we don't really focus on."

NEW SERVICES In an effort to minimize wait time this semester and expand student outreach, the center is offering new services that don’t require an appointment. Among those services are art and music sessions, as well as workshops to help students learn how cope with stress and practice self-care. The new “drop in” sessions include art journaling, for those who enjoy Pinterest, an art and creativity session where students can “explore their thoughts and feelings through art” and a music session called “And on that Note,” where students can play percussion instruments or bring in their own instruments. "Sometimes I get worked up when I have a boatload of homework, so I would consider going... to relax and take an hour to myself," Cramer said. None of these sessions require an appointment. Students can come and go as they please during each session. “It’s a way to unplug and be creative with other people,” said Associate Director of Counseling Services Michelle Bigard. “People can come once or for the whole semester. We welcome people to just de-stress.” Besides the creative sessions meant to help students unplug, the Counseling Center will also include workshops, which are meant to provide students with the necessary skills to take control of their mental health. The workshops are considered a preventative measure. Workshops will run for the first four weeks of the semester. Workshops are different from support groups because students who attend workshops do not need to share any information about their situation. The workshops are essentially interactive classes where students can learn how to take care of themselves and their mental health. Appointments are not required, but students are encouraged to attend all four sessions to benefit the most. “These groups are helping students understand their body and their mind and the things that you can do to reduce stress and anxiety,” Bigard said. Hemlock freshman Alexis Messing said

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Central Michigan University’s counseling center activity room is in Foust 135.

sessions that offer support instead of direct counseling are a great idea. "That could help a lot of kids who think they have to sit in their room and help themselves," Messing said. The Counseling Center will continue to provide one-on-one sessions with counselors and support group meetings. The support groups are: • International Student Support Group • Interpersonal Violence Support Group • Sexual Assault Survivor Support Group • Grief and Loss Support Group • Graduate Student Support Group A full schedule of workshops and meetings can be found on the Counseling Center website. For students who don't want to wait until finals week to spend time with therapy dogs, "Paw for Pause" is a program the Counseling Center is continuing from last semester. From 3-5 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, students can come to the Counseling Center to cuddle with therapy dogs, no appointment necessary. If students don't have time for a 45-minute session with a counselor, or just need one or two sessions, "Walk in Wednesdays" may be a good option. From 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons, students can meet with a counselor for a 20-minute minisession. These sessions are meant for students who want to explore counseling options, need help solving a specific problem, or need a quick consultation between appointments. “Walk in Wednesdays” are not designed for students who are in crisis. "I don't know what I'm doing next week, so I may not be able to schedule an appointment that far in advance," Cramer said. "It would be useful to walk in and see someone right away."

Kira Cleer | Staff Photographer The set-up for one of the new Central Michigan Univerisity Counseling Center programs, art journaling, takes place in one of the Counseling Centers activity rooms in Foust 134.


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Activist, sexual assault survivor Tracy speaks to student athletes By Emma Dale Editor-in-Chief editor@cm-life.com

For the last two years, Brenda Tracy has spent her life visiting college campuses and athletic departments sharing her story. Tracy was raped by four Oregon State football players in 1998. Those men continued to play football; two of them were suspended for one game. Sixteen years after she was sexually assaulted she went public to tell her story and try to address rape culture on college campuses. On Monday, Sept. 10, Tracy visited Central Michigan University to speak with the Chippewa football team. While Tracy’s speeches are often open to the media, the Athletics Department told Central Michigan Life the speech was "private." Tracy was made available for an interview afterward. Her approach to telling her story, Tracy said is making some people feel uncomfortable. “These are hard issues and I want to inspire people to action. The only way people want to get active is if they’re stirred in their spirit somehow,” Tracy said. “If I share my story in really graphic detail with you, and kind of gut punch you, (I get you) angry and get you inspired. If I stir emotion in you, the chances of you getting involved are much more.” The response from the CMU football players this morning was positive, Tracy said, calling the football players “extra engaged.” In 2014, Tracy spoke to the The Oregonian and told her story, 16 years after it happened. She was unprepared for the response it received. “I had no idea it would turn out the way that it did,” she said. “I didn’t plan to have a speaking career, to share my story — it all just happened. I’ve been healing in real time in front of the public.” In the past two years, Tracy has appeared at about 80 colleges. During her speeches, Tracy focuses on sexual assault, domestic violence, depression and suicide, which are all things she said she struggled with. Tracy hopes speaking to these coaches and players will create awareness to find a solution to sexual aggression toward women. She discusses the “Red Zone,” the time between the beginning of a school year and November, when the risk of sexual assault on college campuses is high. It happens to coincide with football season.

“We do things at the end of year in April, that’s when sexual assault awareness month is. We need to be doing something in the fall, we need to be catching these kids at the beginning of the year,” she said. We need to use the power of football to raise awareness, to have these conversations, to educate — I wonder what our college campuses would look like if we approached this in a different way?” Last year, the CMU Society of Professional Journalists coordinated a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) audit. SPJ requested numbers regarding sexual assault and harassment on campus from all schools in the Mid-American Conference. CMU was the only school to outright deny the request. The university did not release numbers, records or other information. The university claimed the personal nature of the documents and their potential to reveal "embarrassing and intimate details" is an invasion of privacy. When asked about requested guidelines and policies, the FOIA response stated “there are no responsive documents." Every campus in the U.S. has a problem

with sexual assault, Tracy said, so universities must address the issue. Institutions should also publicly explain how they handle complaints, counsel survivors and educate students. “We need more transparency and accountability at all our schools,” she said. “Hiding numbers, not disclosing things, doesn’t help anyone. You can’t fix a problem if you don’t acknowledge it and look at it." Tracy launched the campaign, “Set the Expectation,” which is geared toward focusing on setting expectations for not just performance of athletes, but also their behavior. “I think too often we identify that a young man has athletic ability and then we just focus on that, we don’t focus on them as a whole person,” she said. “So we’re not having important conversations with them, we’re just worried about getting them to the next level or the next stage.” On Sept. 8, Tracy served as honorary captain at the University of Michigan football game after speaking to the football team in August. After years of being hurt and seeing the football players who raped her being cheered on, Tracy said it was amazing for her to be the one who was being cheered on. “It’s a full-circle moment," Tracy said. "That’s a moment of healing for me."

Dylan Goetz | Sports Editor Sexual assault survivor and activist Brenda Tracy poses for a portrait in the CMU Events Center Atrium on Monday, Sept. 10.

Courtesy Photo | John Bonamego

The Central Michigan football team poses with sexual assault survivor and activist Brenda Tracy.


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LIFE IN BRIEF

THROWBACK THURSDAY SEPT. 6, 1978

NEWS AND NOTES FROM AROUND CAMPUS

RASCAL FLATTS RETURNS TO MOUNT PLEASANT FOR ‘BACK TO US’ TOUR OCT. 4 It’s time to whip out your favorite pair of cowboy boots and cowboy hat for this country music band. Featuring top hits like “Hands Talk” and “Yours If You Want It,” The Rascal Flatts “Back To Us” Tour is making its only stop in Michigan at 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Soaring

Eagle Casino and Resort. The “Back to Us” tour also features country music artists Carly Pearce and Dan and Shay. “Since (Rascal Flatts) is a returning act that may have been seen before by our guests, we are excited to showcase our new entertainment hall,” said Erik Rodriguez, interim public relations director of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. Rodriguez said Rascal Flatts’ performances at the Soaring Eagle have sold out in the past and that tickets for the upcoming show are running out. Tickets are on sale at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort website. Prices range from $50.50 to $375 with VIP options available. Doors open at 7pm.

-Holly Smith, Staff Reporter

COMIC BOOK STORE TO CELEBRATE REOPENING WITH SALES, GIVEAWAYS Mount Pleasant’s premier comic book shop will christen its new location at 201-1/2 East Broadway Street with a grand reopening Sept. 15. The event will commemorate the official reopening of Hall of Heroes, the only shop of its kind in Mount Pleasant. Since first opening in 2005, the store has moved locations three times. The newest move places the shop in the storefront directly across from Broadway Theatre that formerly housed the Crème de la Crème cupcake shop. During the store’s regular Saturday hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., all single-issue comics will be 30 percent off and all graphic novels and trade paperbacks will be 13 percent off. The goal of the grand reopening is to get the shop’s name out to the community and let returning customers know it’s still here, said store owner Michael Shuler. Hall of Heroes moved to its new location on July 6, leaving behind its previous storefront across from Insomnia Cookies

on South Mission Street. After just months at the new store, Shuler said business was improved due to the downtown location. “The new location been really well received overall,” Shuler said. “A lot of people have been coming in just to check it out. It’s kinda funny -- people who don’t even normally read comics will come in just to introduce themselves and welcome me to the neighborhood.” In addition to the sales, visitors to the store can enter to win free comics for a year or a sketchbook of artwork from veteran DC Comics artist Neal Adams, compiled by local artist Howard Feltman. The grand opening will also coincide with “Batman Day” -- held annually Sept. 15 to celebrate the character’s first appearance in 1939 -- so the store will have free Batman masks and comic books to give away, Shuler said. -Mitchell Kukulka, Investigative Editor

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n Sept. 6, 1978, Central Michigan Life covered the launch of CMU’s General Education program. Accompanying the two stories was a posed picture of a model adorned with accessories representing the many programs offered through the program. Photographed by David Fritz, the model wore a lab coat to represent the CHM 131 course and sandals representing Japanese traditions one would learn about in REL 221. First proposed in the late 1960s, the General Education program officially became part of university curriculum in fall 1978. The program was introduced amid concerns that the educational opportunities offered by CMU were becoming too specialized.


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City approves purchase to develop land downtown By Isaac Ritchey Staff Reporter news@cm-life.com

Aiming to revitalize downtown and address the city’s affordable housing issue, Mount Pleasant City Commission approved the development of a new building, fitted with retail space and apartments, at its Sept. 10 meeting. The city has been waiting 13 years for the right developmental proposal for Parcel B — a plot of land adjacent to and west of Mount Pleasant City Hall. The plot of land housed Mount Pleasant’s former city hall until the city decided to use and renovate the historic Borden Building. Eric Hannah, CEO of Michigan Community Capital (MCC), said the company plans to develop a 35,000 to 37,000 square foot building. Approximately 10,000 square feet will be dedicated to a retail bay housing a single retail tenant — possibly GreenTree Grocery Cooperative —on the ground floor and 30 to 40 apartments on the ascending floors. MCC does not plan on having a lower level parking deck. Tenants would be expected to use municipal parking or the Borden Building, the historic building that contains city hall.

CRIME LOG By Mitchell Kukulka Investigative Editor news@cm-life.com

Drug and alcohol violations, as well several cases of vandalism were reported across campus over the past week, several of which were direct results of parties that occurred before the Chippewa/Jayhawk football game on Sept. 8. The following incidents were among those handled by the Central Michigan University Police Department Sept. 6-9.

SEPT. 6 At 8:55 p.m., officers stopped a vehicle for a defective headlight and crossing the center lane near the corner of West Campus Drive and East Broomfield Street. Officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and upon searching found two grams of “edible” marijuana, said Lt. Cameron Wassman of the CMUPD. The driver, a 19-year-old male, was given a misdemeanor citation for violation of controlled substances. SEPT. 7 At 1:30 a.m. officers stopped a

Hannah said the high-quality apartments will be priced for middle-class tenants who don’t qualify for housing support. The taxable value of the space will be $2.5 million to $3.5 million, about half the cost of development which is $5 million to $7 million. Commissioner Lori Gillis was the only member of the commission to disprove of the proposed agreement. “We should not be subsidizing the development of Parcel B with taxpayer money. Taxpayers have paid enough for Parcel B and the Borden Building since 2005,” Gillis said. Gillis went on to say she would feel much more comfortable if the taxpayers could decide on whether to approve the agreement. Through the sale of the property and the construction of the building, the city is completing a project consistent with what was presented to taxpayers in 2005. The development revitalizes downtown Mount Pleasant and meets a housing and retail need, Commissioner Kathleen Ling said. The commission approved the proposed agreement with a six to one vote.

LIFE IN BRIEF

NEWS AND NOTES FROM AROUND CAMPUS

SPEAKER SERIES TO BRING #METOO FOUNDER BURKE TO CAMPUS MONDAY Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, will be on campus Monday, Sept. 17 in Plachta Auditorium to speak at an open-dialogue event about sexual violence and sexual harassment. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and Burke is set to take the stage at 7 p.m. The event is part of the Central Michigan University Speaker Series, which is open to students and community members. Members of SAPA, or sexual aggression peer advocates, will be present during the event to provide support to individuals who may need further resources. Burke created the #MeToo movement in 2006 with a mission to help survivors of sexual violence, specifically women of color in low-income areas. The well-known hashtag exploded as a result of her work, and in six months, millions shared their stories regarding sexual violence. Although the hashtag gained momentum fairly recently, Burke has dedicated over 25 years of her life to social justice. Burke hopes by creating a conversation

about sexual violence, advocates will emerge in communities and interrupt the cycles of abuse. The committee that organizes the speaker series consists of faculty members and students. Its goal is to bring in relevant speakers to discuss timely topics that open a larger conversation in the community, Director of University Events Misheaila Neil said. The team worked for more than a year to bring Burke to campus. The speech is free and open to the public. An earlier version of this article said Burke was speaking on Wednesday, Sept. 12. According to Neil, the dates and times for Burke’s speech and Pulitzer Prize Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen were accidentally swapped on CMU’s website. Nguyen will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 in Plachta Auditorium. -Kersten Kruse, Staff Reporter

REPORT OF DRUGS, ALCOHOL AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

ONLINE GALLERY Check out our photo galleries and video coverage of the weekend’s events online on our website cm-life.com and on Facebook at Central Michigan Life.

vehicle near the corner of West Campus and East Broomfield for speeding. The vehicle was driving at about 57 miles per hour — 22 miles over the streets speed limit of 35 mph. Upon making contact with the driver, a 20-year-old female, officers determined she was intoxicated, and was taken to Isabella County Jail after failing field sobriety tests.

SEPT. 8 Shortly after midnight, officers were summoned to Northwest Apartments after hall staff reported the odor of marijuana coming from one of the apartments. Officers made contact with the resident, a 23-yearold female and seized 6.3 grams of marijuana and a smoking pipe, Wassman said. The case was turned over to the Office of Student Conduct. Officers were dispatched to the

corner of East Preston Street and East Campus Drive where two unattended backpacks were spotted near the Health Professions Building. Officers went through the backpacks, finding .53 grams of marijuana and a container full of vodka in one of the backpacks, with no identifying information in either. A minor-in-possession citation was issued to someone caught urinating in public near the loading dock of the Education and Human Services building at 1 p.m. The suspect, a 19-year-old male, was spotted by a passerby and admitted to consuming alcohol.

SEPT. 9 Officers investigated the vandalism of more than a dozen stop signs throughout Mount Pleasant, believe to have occurred some time in the

evening of Sept. 6. Several signs were adorned with stickers that urged people to stop eating meat, testing on animals and drinking cows milk. Officers made contact with the on-campus group believed to have been responsible for the vandalism, who were observed placing the stickers on security footage. Officers removed all the stickers and turned the case over to the Office of Student Conduct.

GAME WEEKEND The following cases detail criminal activity recorded by the CMUPD in relation to the football game between the Central Michigan Chippewas and Kansas Jayhawks on Sept. 8, as well as the tailgating and parties that occurred as a result of the game. SEPT. 8 Officers responded to reports of a highly intoxicated woman participating in tailgating activities in Lot 63. The subject, a 19-year-old, became “highly combative” when approached by police, Wassman said, and was issued a MIP citation before being taken to the hospital for over-intoxication.

While dealing with an intoxicated female subject at a tailgating party, officers were disrupted by a 24-yearold male, who attempted to grab the woman. Wassman said the man had some “choice words” for the responding officers, and was arrested for disorderly conduct after refusing to comply with police. At 6 p.m., CMUPD investigated a report of damaged property in Lot 63. Believed to have taken place during the football game, a vehicle received a large dent to the driver’s side front-quarter panel. Officers are currently in the process of reviewing video footage of the incident. The owner of the vehicle was a 68-yearold man attending the football game.

SEPT. 9 At some point after Saturday’s football game, a truck parked in Lot 53 near Herrig Hall received heavy damage after someone punched the vehicle several times, leaving 10 small dents and one big dent. The damage was reported at 6:40 p.m. Reviews of security footage have been inconclusive, and suspects are currently unknown, Wassman said.


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‘MORE THAN A LEAGUE OPENER’ CMU, Northern Illinois each battle for first win of season, conference By Evan Petzold Staff Reporter sports@cm-life.com

Central Michigan football has won four-straight games against Northern Illinois in recent years. Seeking their first win of 2018, the Chippewas will try to make it five in a row on Saturday. At 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Huskie Stadium, the Mid-American Conference matchup features two of the worst offenses in the NCAA Division I FBS. The Chippewas (0-2) are ranked No. 122 in total offense, and the Huskies (0-2) come into Saturday’s matchup at No. 127. There are 128 total teams in the FBS.

Cody Scanlan | Staff Photographer Sophomore quarterback Tony Poljan runs down the field against the University of Kansas on Sept. 8 at Kelly/ Shorts Stadium.

LOSING START CMU is a week removed from its catastrophic 31-7 loss to Kansas at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. The Chippewas gave the Jayhawks their first road win since 2009. The week prior, it was a 35-20 deficit at Kentucky. The chief emphasis in practice from head coach John Bonamego to his players focused on execution, patience and getting the atrocious taste out of the team’s mouth after back-to-back losses. “More than league opener, for our football team this is a chance to play better,” Bonamego said. “The motivation is to get a win, but we are aware that it’s a (MAC) game against a team that’s predicted to win (the championship).” Throughout the first two weeks of football, junior running back Jonathan Ward accumulated 65 yards on 21 carries. Coming into the season, he was ranked as the No. 36 running back in the nation by Athlon Sports. After practice on Tuesday, during the designated media availability time, Ward declined an interview with Central Michigan Life. Even though Ward shied away from reporters, Bonamego talked

about the need to improve the run game which helps open up passing options for redshirt sophomore quarterback Tony Poljan. “We need to be a little more patient with the run game because you have to commit to it,” Bonamego added. “We had some positive runs early (against Kansas) and got away from it a little bit.” Poljan, like Ward, has not had much success early in the season. The 6-foot-7 dual-threat quarterback is 35-of-59 through the air for 314 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. He is the team’s leading rusher with 90 total yards. The lone passing score from Poljan came on a 31-yard strike to a wide-open Jamil Sabbagh against Kansas. Poljan’s expected top target, junior receiver Brandon Childress, has six receptions for 58 yards – as well as multiple offensive pass interference calls and a fumble. CMU’s offense has accounted for only 14 of the team’s 27 points. Redshirt sophomore Kumehnnu Gwilly is only running back with a touchdown. He scored against Kentucky and has 57 yards on the season. CMU’s strength has come courtesy of the defense. The group cataloged four turnovers in the first half against Kentucky but have not forced any since. Redshirt freshman safety Devonni Reed is leading the way with 23 tackles, one pass defended, one fumble recovery and one defensive touchdown. Right behind him is senior linebacker Malik Fountain with 17 tackles and one pass defended.

COMMON GOALS Another valuable asset to the Chippewas is second-string safety Da’Quaun Jamison. He said the MAC opener against Northern Illinois has brought the team a more driven, competitive edge in practice. “We are all reaching for one goal, and it’s the MAC championship,”


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SCOUTING NORTHERN ILLINOIS The key player from Northern Illinois that Bonamego has his eyes on is junior defensive end Sutton Smith. In a 17-6 loss to Utah, the All-American made eight tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks. Bonamego said he has talked with Poljan on how to prepare for Sutton’s presence. Even though Sutton is not a player CMU will be able to shut down entirely, Bonamego hopes to at least slow him down throughout the game.

“I wish he would graduate already, but I have a ton of a respect about him,” Bonamego said. “The things I like best about him are the energy, passion and effort he plays with.” Smith has been around for multiple losses to Central Michigan. He is ready for the tide to turn back into the Huskies’ favor. Last year, the Chippewas posted 14 points in the fourth quarter in former quarterback Shane Morris’ comeback heroics for a 31-24 win in Mount Pleasant. “We took our foot off their throat and they came back to win (last season),” Smith said. “It’s time the tables turn.” Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey will start sophomore quarterback Marcus Childers against CMU. Through two games, the 6-foot signal caller is 32-for-58 with 216 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Childers has been sacked eight times by opposing defenders.

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Marching band members discuss Ford Field performance By Dylan Goetz Sports Editor sports@cm-life.com

Central Michigan’s band, the Marching Chips, performed Sept. 10 at Ford Field during “Monday Night Football.” In a game between the Detroit Lions and the New York Jets to open the season, the Chippewas got a chance to show off in front of more than 61,000 people in the sold-out crowd. The most rewarding part is playing for people who may have never seen the Marching Chips before, drum major Brandon Wilk said. “Performing on a stage like Ford Field and seeing how many CMU fans who made their way to see us do our thing — that meant the most to me,” Wilk said. The Marching Chips performed at halftime. Though they didn’t make the broadcast, many fans and alumni took to Twitter after the performance to congratulate them. “The coolest thing was getting to play in front of a whole

new group of fans,” said drum major Taylor Huitema. The Marching Chips performed a show based on Quentin Tarantino films with songs that included “Miserlou” and “Jungle Boogie” from the 1994 drama “Pulp Fiction.” Lions fullback Nick Bellore greeted the team after the performance. Bellore, a former Chippewa linebacker, has been in the NFL for seven years. Because they did not have as much time as they normally do at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on campus, the Marching Chips performed a shorter set. After the performance, CMU was provided with a meal and got back on the bus to avoid the post-game traffic. Traffic was one of the worries in Detroit on Monday, since the Lions had their first game of the season and former Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander returned to Detroit for a regular season game with the Houston Astros. Despite the traffic, the Marching Chips arrived in Mount Pleasant around midnight. “The whole area was chaotic,” Wilk said.

Courtesy Photos | Marching Chips Drum major Brendan Wilk performs at halftime during the Monday Night Football game between the Detroit Lions and New York Jets on Sept. 10.

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NEWS AND NOTES FROM AROUND CAMPUS

VOLLEYBALL TO FACE DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPIONS AT THE HUSKER INVITE One of the biggest tests of the entire season awaits the Central Michigan volleyball team this weekend as the Chippewas travel to Lincoln, Nebraska for the annual Husker Invite. The invitational marks the end of the 12game nonconference schedule, with MidAmerican Conference play beginning Sept. 20 against Eastern Michigan. CMU opens the weekend against the host team and defending national champions Nebraska (6-1), one of the most historically dominant forces in college volleyball Krista Rice in addition to matches against Missouri State (5-5) and New Mexico (4-4). Ranked fourth in the nation, the Cornhuskers are coming off their fifth NCAA championship in school history. Nebraska has lost just 11 matches over the past three seasons, being crowned national champions two of those three seasons (2015, 2017). With a maximum capacity of nearly 8,000 in their home arena and a dedicated fanbase, assistant coach Krista Rice is excited to give the team an opportunity to compete against the nation’s in a Big Ten environment. “We’re going in with the anticipation of providing an experience for our players to play

against a really solid team,” Rice said. “There’s not any other volleyball environment like at Nebraska.” Game one against Nebraska is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start on Sept. 14. While the Nebraska match looms as the most challenging of the three, Rice was quick to let the opener overshadow the rest of the weekend. “I think that because Nebraska is number four, it’s viewed as the biggest one,” she said. “Both Missouri State and New Mexico are similar to MAC teams. Those are two winnable games.” CMU will play game two against Missouri State at 6 p.m Sept. 14 and close out the tournament against New Mexico at 12:30 p.m on Sept. 15. Following last weekend’s performance in the Sycamore Invitational where the Chippewas finished 1-2 with a win against Indiana State, Rice hopes to see the kind of tenacity in her team that showed throughout the weekend. “I thought we did a really good job of staying in the fight, which is some thing we’ve been talking about with our team,” Rice said. “Regardless of how we’re playing at any given moment, we need to fight hard for every single point that we have.”

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he was in school. Now, McCarty will head to the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. There, he will begin his Physician Associate Program. McCarty was apart of CMU basketball from 2014-18, during which time he played in 10 games. He helped the Chippewas to a MAC regular-season title in 2014-15 and two MAC West Division titles. Bob James was the second MAC commissioner in conference and served from 1964-71. It’s a $5,000 dollar scholarship to only postgraduates. -Andrew McDonald, Staff Reporter

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Cody Scanlan | Staff Photographer Senior forward Madison Costner dribbles the ball past a defender on her way to scoring her second goal of the game on Sept. 9 at the CMU Soccer Complex.

After five-goal win against Oakland, soccer optimistic about Senior Day play By Dylan Goetz Sports Editor sports@cm-life.com

After only one home game in the opening six regular season games, Central Michigan soccer returned home for a four-game stretch with a bang. The Chippewas overpowered the Oakland Golden Grizzlies 5-0 in Mount Pleasant on Sept. 9. Senior forward Madison Costner scored two goals, while senior forward Lexi Pelafas scored two more and added two assists. Senior defender Mary Carlson was the first Chippewa on the score sheet in the 11th minute. CMU now sports a 2-5 record heading into a two-week home stand at the CMU Soccer Complex.

CONFIDENCE BOOSTER The Chippewas have scored at least once in all but one game this season against Detroit Mercy. Despite having three more shots than Detroit Mercy, the Chippewas fell 1-0. In both of their wins this season, the Chippewas have scored a combined nine goals. Winning games by a two-goal differential helps the team’s confidence. “Most importantly I think the score was reflective of the response from Friday night,” McGahey said. “I thought we played a positive and constructive game on Sunday, and we were certainly rewarded with those goals.” McGahey has stressed movement inside of the box this season to increase goal-scoring opportunities. “We have talked about making sure that you are playing the way you are facing,” McGahey said. “We must take advantage of the strengths and talents that we have on the team.

SENIOR DAY The upcoming matchup against UIC is Senior Day at the CMU Soccer Complex. Veterans like Pelafas, Costner and Carlson will be honored at a pregame ceremony that takes place on the field. “You want to be able to say thank you to their commitment,” McGahey said. “They have been part of the third best team in history.” Pelafas, the reigning Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Week, is the team’s all-time leading scorer with a total of 39 goals. This season, she has already recorded one hat trick and is tied for No. 1 in the MAC with 6 goals. “I am just cherishing every moment I have with the team and on the bus and the dinners because it’s going to be gone shortly,” Pelafas said. Costner was the first to score a brace against the Golden Grizzlies at home on Sept. 9. Her first goal was a from about 12 yards out right in front of the net. Her second was a long distance shot that went over the goalkeepers head. Pelafas assisted the first goal. Carlson is one of two players to start all 19 games last season, and she has been a force on defense for the Chippewas. In 2017, she scored the game-winning goal as a defender against Robert Morris. Since her freshman year, she has started each game she has been available for. The Chippewas will also honor midfielder Shannan Magnan, who was the other field player to start every single game last season. Goalkeeper Zoie Reed is listed as a senior, but due to injury, she received another year of eligibility. “Most importantly for me is how they have helped grow and shape the culture we have as a program,” McGahey said. CMU starts MAC play on Sept. 21.

Ben Suddendorf | Staff Photographer Senior forward Lexi Pelafas moves past an Oakland defender on Sept. 9 at the CMU Soccer Complex.


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Kansas loss shows football’s offensive stagnation

Sept. 12, 2009. That date was the last time Kansas football won a game on the road. That is before they travelled to Kelly/Shorts Stadium Sept. 8 2018, almost nine years later. Conservative play-calling and a stagnate offense provided only one first down in the first half for Central Michigan football. Tony Poljan, the 6-foot-7, 235-pound sophomore quarterback, finished the game with 177 yards on 18for-32 completions, four interceptions and one touchdown. CMU’s loss to Kansas is more than just the second loss of the season. It’s a preview of what this year’s offense may have to offer. At Kentucky, CMU’s defense forced four turnovers in the first half. The Chippewas still trailed at halftime. The underlying theme of that game was CMU’s offense couldn’t score. Against Kansas, everyone would have liked to see the offense put up some yards and more importantly — some points. Seeing that Kansas is one of the worst Power Five teams in the country and has an overall record of 3-34 over the last three

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seasons, offensive production wasn’t a burdensome request. Instagram wasn’t even a thing last time Kansas won an away game. Instead, Poljan hesitated on each throw longer than 10 yards, including a wide open Jonathan Ward late in the third quarter, which he underthrew. Instead of airing it out, Poljan would often stare down one

receiver and tuck it for three yards. In the first half alone, CMU punted six times and only recorded one first down. They had 60 offensive yards. The Chippewas finished with nine punts and only one scoring drive. The defense can only stand for so long, especially when they are on the field constantly. Late in the second quarter, Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender found a wide open Kerr Johnson Jr. in the end zone. Then to start the second half, CMU receiver Brandon Childress fumbled a short slant route. On the next CMU drive, receiver Cameron Cole committed unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the play to guarantee another punt. CMU started conceding penalties in the

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second half, which helped Kansas widen their lead. Kansas running back Pooka Williams bullied his way to a 20-yard touchdown to make it 14-0 with 10 minutes left in the third quarter. By this time, the game was as good as over with. Poljan tried to pass downfield for the first time all game, and got picked off by the Kansas defense. Then Kansas really started to pile it on. Poljan hit Sabbagh down the sideline for his first career touchdown pass late in the third. The fans who remained in the stands past the first half gave a good cheer, but at this point, they weren’t going to come back. Poljan made a bad decision and threw it up while being sacked in the fourth quarter. This resulted in a pick-six from Kansas’ cornerback Shakial Taylor. It was one of three fourth quarter interceptions thrown. “(We were) too inconsistent on offense. Especially on third down,” Bonamego said after the 31-7 loss. “It’s obviously very difficult to win a game when you turn the ball over six times.” If CMU doesn’t get their offense going, the Chippewas could be in for a long, losing season.

CMU fans remember greatest memories during football’s home opener A crowd of 18,127 gathered together for Central Michigan football’s home opener on Sept. 8 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. However, the home crowd was disappointed as the Chippewas fell to Kansas, 31-7. Despite the loss, Central Michigan Life talked with multiple fans and season ticket holders in attendance to share their memories of Chippewa football. Earl Hatinger, 79, said he has been coming to CMU football games as a season ticket holder for about 35 years. He said more people are coming to games nowadays, but the home opener had less fans than he expected. “There are more promotions for the teams now and that keeps people around,” Hatinger said. “I’m not pleased with how they are playing, I’ll tell you that much. They need to find an offense.” Of the 35 years Hatinger has been coming to Mount Pleasant, his favorite moment was when Dan LeFevour led the team to three Mid-American Conference Championships from 2006-2009. “He just played the game with a passion you don’t see everyone play with anymore,” Hatinger said. Tom and Nancy Ridley have a favorite memory from CMU that doesn’t reach the football field. “We used to always go to the basketball games and before every game the student section would bring rolls of toilet paper and throw them onto the court,” Nancy said. “In the basketball arena they used to have better crowds as

Ben Suddendorf | Staff Photographer CMU Students shake their keys for a “key play” third down on Sept. 8 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

back then but football is about the same.” Tom and Nancy met in Mount Pleasant when Nancy attended CMU. Nancy graduated with a Master’s degree in finance while Tom was working in the area. “We always love coming back to the games when we get the chance,” Tom said. David Yost, 66, was born and raised in Mount Pleasant and lives in Shepherd, which is about 10 miles from campus. As far back as he can remember, he’s loved coming to CMU football games. “I’ll never forget 1974 when they won the Division II National Championship,” Yost said. “It was amazing seeing them win the championship game against the Delaware

Blue Hens. I went to the Little Caesar’s Bowl before, but that didn’t top it.” Yost was disappointed in the crowd on Sept. 8. “When this stadium was new they had a lot of sellouts and things of that nature,” Yost said. “Now, it only seems like (fans) come when they have a big game. It just doesn’t seem to be what it should be these days.” When asked about the the new Champions Center coming next season, Yost replied, “Why do we need a new stadium when we can’t even fill this one?” Kansas fans Steve Hall (59) and Herbert Booker (60) —fathers of Hudson Hall and Jeremiah Booker who play for the Jayhawks — said

they follow their sons play all over the country. In comparison to the hundreds of stadiums they’ve seen, Kelly/Shorts was one of their favorites. “With big or small schools we’ve gone to, this one is probably set up as one of the best I’ve seen,” Steve said. “It’s pretty easy to figure out with the parking right by the stadium. “My wife and I have never got to see Michigan before, so we’ve been all over by the Great Lakes and what not now, but I like this campus a lot.” Ken Cawthorne, 82, also has a son who played for the Chippewas. Dan Cawthorne was a punter for CMU from 1981-83. In 1983, he earned the MAC Special Teams Player of the Year when he attempted 60 punts for 2,221 yards (37 yards per kick). “When they went to the Las Vegas Bowl in 1994 was probably my favorite season I can remember,” Cawthorne said. “It was one of the first bowl games they ever made. Being in Las Vegas, you can’t go wrong.” The Chippewas fell to UNLV 52-24 in their second-ever bowl bid. The first was in 1990 in the California Bowl when they lost 48-24 to San Jose State. Cawthorne, who graduated from CMU in 1958, currently lives in Florida but comes up to Canadian Lakes for the summer. He has never missed a CMU home opener. “It’s special to me and always will be, no matter what the team does that year it’s a great tradition to be in,” Cawthorne said. “I’m a Chippewa, always have been and always will be.”


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