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LIFE Central Michigan University


| Monday, Sept. 19, 2011


w Civil War re-enactors spend weekend in Deerfield Park, 5A w Fundraisers walk their dogs in effort to raise money for HATS, 6A w Check out a recap of CMU’s loss against WMU, 1B

[ ] w Watch a video interview with George Ross as he reflects on FA talks, job

FA, CMU at odds over tuition remission

300 attend butterfly release, 3A

STA votes for new contract agreement, Ross will sign today

651 students received free credit in 2010-11

By Mike Nichols Senior Reporter

By Annie Harrison Senior Reporter

Faculty and other full-time employees at Central Michigan University receive a maximum benefit of 24 credit hours of tuition remission per year for themselves, their spouses or their dependent children. The Faculty Association has proposed to raise the cap to 30 hours, but university officials disagree. History Associate Professor Jennifer Green said during factfinding the increased remission cap will serve as a recruiting tool for students and faculty. “We think ... it would encourage staff members to come knowing they could have their children go through school, also to encourage continuing their education,” Green said. Diane Fleming, associate director of Programs and Client Services for the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, said a total of 651 students received tuition remission in the 201011 academic year. She said 461 of the students received tuition remission as a benefit from their parents, and 190 received it as employees. Fleming said at least 531 students have received tuition remission for the fall 2011 semester so far, and the number is increasing as forms are still being received. Mount Pleasant junior Andy Brockman receives tuition remission because his mother, Elizabeth Brockman, is a professor of English language and literature. However, he said the benefit did not influence his decision to attend the university. “Growing up, I’ve always wanted to go to CMU,” he said. The FA also proposes to offer tuition remission for the College of Medicine but to cap it at graduate doctoral credit cost. The university does not propose offering the benefit to CMED or any other professional program that may develop in the future. According to a fact-finding document on CMU’s bargaining position, preliminary planning suggests CMU CMED tuition “will exceed $30,000 for Michigan residents and $60,000 for nonresidents” in the 2013-14 academic year. If the course or professional development program is not available at CMU, the FA has A FA | 2A

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Davison senior Monica Zbiciak hugs Sigma Sigma Sigma President and Clinton Township senior Danielle Ternullo after “jumping” for the sorority on Friday afternoon. The event, called Bid Day, is held annually for potential new members to select and join sorority chapters. All 11 chapters of Central Michigan sororities accepted about 23 new members each during the event.


for joy Sororities welcome new sisters after week-long rush events By David Oltean | Senior Reporter

Many sorority sisters found themselves jumping for joy as each group welcomed potential new members with open arms Friday afternoon. More than 260 girls participated in “Jump,” a sorority recruitment event, near parking lot 8, where potential new sorority sisters announced what group they will be pledging for the upcoming semester. Sorority recruitment this semester had some of the biggest numbers in years, giving each sorority 23 or 24 potential new members. Woodhaven junior Jessica Torok said she decided to go Greek because many of her close friends are involved in sororities. Torok discovered Phi Sigma Sigma would be her sorority after a long week of meeting sisters in all 11 sororities for recruitment. “(Recruitment) is kind of intimidating a little bit, because there are so many girls and a lot of them are so extroverted,” Torok said. “I’m a junior, so seeing (Greek life) for so long and finally being a part of it is really cool.” Sororities also welcomed back the Gamma Chi sorori-

ty members who help guide the potential new members through recruitment to their respective groups. For over four weeks, the Gamma Chis have hidden their sorority from potential new members and avoided contact with their sisters to create unbiased decisions for those looking to join a sorority. Kalamazoo senior Stephanie Glidden was in charge of Gamma Chi this year, ensuring potential new members stayed in the recruitment process. Glidden said being away from some of her closest friends in her sorority for so long was lonely,

Sorority members talk to each other Friday afternoon after Bid Day near lot 8. The event was held for potential new members to select and join one of the 11 Central Michigan chapters. Each chapter gained about 23 new members during the event.

but the Gamma Chi experience was great. “At first, it’s really exciting, because it’s such a new experience,” Glidden said. “Then, you start missing your friends and what we’re used to in our houses, and you have no idea what’s going on in your sorority.” Glidden said she was excited to see such a large number of girls participate at “Jump” and to see Greek life continue to grow. “This was one of the largest recruitments we’ve had in about five years,” Glidden said. “I was just hoping we trained the Gamma Chis well enough to keep girls

in the recruitment process and jumping houses.” Clinton Township senior Danielle Ternullo said she was also excited to see such high numbers for sorority recruitment this semester. Ternullo, a former Gamma Chi, was happy to be able to welcome the new Sigma Sigma Sigma recruits to her chapter with her sisters. “It’s totally different being a Gamma Chi than it is being back with your chapter,” Ternullo said. “It was lonely in the sense that I was away from my best friends but you have the Gamma Chis.”

Some aren’t happy with the new contract reached between the SupervisoryTechnical Association and Central Michigan University. Seventy-three out of 118 STA members voted on the contract issue Friday. Only two did not vote to accept the agreement. “We’re not really satisfied, but at this point, it’s the best we can get,” said Tena Best, STA president and payroll technician. “We’re going to accept this and move on.” University President George Ross is expected to sign the contract after members of the union had worked without a contract since June 30, 2010. The new contract will be effective until June 30, 2013. The contract will give the STA a pay freeze this academic year, followed by a 0.5-percent wage increase for the next two years. Under the previous contract, STAs received a 3-percent pay raise each year. The new contract will also match any wage increases CMU’s Professional and Administration Association union are given. Before, the STA paid for 7 percent of its insurance coverage. Under the new contract, it will pay 8 percent. Best said the bargaining teams met 16 times and were in negotiations for a total of 20 months. State fact-finder Barry Goldman, currently working on the case between the Faculty Administration and the university, was scheduled to begin fact-finding between the STA and CMU on Oct. 26, Best said. The STA bargaining team included Best, Melvina Gillespie of the Michigan Education Association, Maintenance and Repair

STA contract Health Insurance w Old Contract: STA pays 7 percent w New Contract: STA pays 8 percent Salary Increases w Old Contract: 3 percent for 3 years w New Contract: 0-percent increase for the first year, 0.5 percent increase for the next 2 years

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Powderpuff raises breast cancer awareness Residence halls compete in Kelly/ Shorts Stadium By Octavia Carson Staff Reporter

Decked in pink and black with face paint and hairspray, players lined up on the field at Kelly/Shorts stadium ready for kickoff. Starting at 7 p.m. Sunday night, fans gathered for the eastern halls’ annual powderpuff football game. For the fourth consecutive

year, Fabiano, Emmons and Woldt teamed up against Saxe, Herrig and Celani. “We have been practicing for over a week,” Muskegon freshman and Fabiano resident Felicia McCrary said. “We bonded as a team and ran a lot of plays.” The girls planned to have fun in the game, but their major goal was to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. “I came to support breast cancer (awareness), and this is a fun way of supporting,” McCrary said. The powderpuff game is

traditionally held the same weekend as the CentralWestern football game, said fourth-year SHC coach Ben Witt. “It is a very positive game and the girls on both sides have a lot of fun,” Witt said. “In the end, I think the loser is breast cancer.” Most of the fans were students, though some family members attended as well. Swartz Creek junior Alex McGuire’s family drove over an hour to the game. McGuire’s supporters included her mother, father, brother, boyfriend, aunt and cousin,

who all made the drive to Kelly/Shorts. “This is important, because we support her in everything she does, and it is for a good cause,” said Kenyata McGuire, Central Michigan University alumna and McGuire’s mother. The game ended with a score of 18-8, with SHC coming out on top. Even though FEW was on the wrong side of the scoreline, their fans cheered loudly throughout the entire game, said Grant FEW

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Grand Rapids junior Lauren Trudell of team Fabiano, Emmons and Woldt attempts to run the ball in the first half of Sunday night’s powderpuff game at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

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w The Barstow Artist in Residence, Jill Marie Mason will speak from 6-7:30 p.m. in Wightman 142 w Poet Francine J. Harris will give a reading from 7-10 p.m. at Art Reach Center, 111 E. Broadway St. w Watergate: The Constitutional Crisis will be at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Park Library Auditorium w Eagle Feather Cleansing will take place from 1-6 p.m. at the Ziibiwing Center, 6650 E. Broadway St.


w An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from noon until 5:45 p.m. at St. Mary’s University Parish, 1405 S. Washington St. w Invisible Children Frontline Tour is from 7 to 9 p.m. in Pearce: room 127 w Faculty Artist: Bruce Bonnell will play the horn from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Music Building: Staples Family Concert Hall. w Eagle Feather Honoring will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Ziibiwing Center, 6650 East Broadway. w Extreme Couponing 101, a discussion on couponing and tips, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Annex Meeting Room at the Veterans Memorial Library, 301 South Univer-

Corrections In the Friday, Sept. 16 issue, the photo on page 6 featuring members of The Order of Collegiate Pipe Smokers included the incorrect meeting time of the organization. They meet at 8 p.m. Mondays at the Smoker’s Club, 100 S. Mission St. Š Central Michigan Life 2011 Volume 93, Number 13

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Warren junior Opal Randolph runs down field during the annual powderpuff football game Sunday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. All proceeds from the game are going to Kelly Cares Foundation that supports breast cancer and research. Saxe, Herrig, Celani, Fabiano, Woldt and Emmons halls raised more than $1,000 through T-shirt sales and the game.

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supporter, junior Stephanie Pocsi. “The crowd went crazy when FEW scored at the last

minute,� Pocsi said. “Then they got a two-point conversion and everyone was excited.�

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Technician Mark Blackmer and Health Information Specialist Sheryl Sias. CMU’s bargaining team included Director of Employee Relations Kevin Smart, Coordinator of Media and Marketing for Employee Relations Mary Lou Morey, Financial Planning and Budgets Analyst Kim Devries and Manager of Library Business Services Gerry Edgar. “We did a darn good job for not having a contract,� Best said. “We still contin-

ued to come to work and take care of our students.� Smart credits the agreement partly to Gov. Rick Snyder’s collective bargaining amendments in the Public Employment Relations Act in June. The amended law, Public Act 54, requires employees to pay for any increased cost in benefits that incur after the previous contract has expired, and prohibits them from getting raises until a new contract is in place.

SHC player, Livonia junior Kristin Turbiak said the event was useful professionally and for charity. “I think it’s great to get involved and network with people, but it’s also for a good cause,� she said.

“That puts a burden on the employees’ pocketbooks,� Smart said. “I don’t know if (Snyder) meant to do that, but I think it was to keep contract negotiations from going on too long.� STA member and Music Resources Supervisor Carol Hebert said the issue was not just about the money, but about respect. “It is said that when one door closes, another opens,� Hebert said. “Whether we close the door on respect and open the door into the grand darkness that is big business, is up to all of us, here and now.�

Obama to propose millionaire’s tax to cut the deficit WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will propose that people earning more than $1 million a year pay at least the same tax rate as middle-class earners to help reduce the soaring budget deficit, according to administration officials. Obama will call the plan the “Buffett Rule� after billionaire investor Warren E. Buffett, a supporter of his who recently called the tax system unfair, noting that it lets him pay a lower rate than his secretary. The plan would replace the complicated alternative minimum tax, which was enacted decades ago to ensure that the wealthy paid at least some income taxes, according to the officials, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Obama’s proposal, to be unveiled Monday, is likely to face strong opposition from congressional Republicans and could resonate throughout the 2012 presidential election. Republicans have vowed not to raise taxes even on the wealthy, arguing that the struggling economy cannot recover if Washington takes more money from people they have dubbed “job creators.� Republican leaders already have balked at the president’s

suggestion to help pay for his proposed $447-billion jobs package by closing some loopholes and eliminating deductions for some industries as well as for families earning more than $250,000 a year. But the White House appears to be calculating that the GOP will have a more difficult time standing up for millionaires as the nation struggles with a huge budget deficit. Obama has cited Buffett’s example as an illustration of what’s wrong with the tax code and the need for the wealthy to do more to help close the deficit. “Right now, Warren Buffett pays a lower tax rate than his secretary — an outrage he has asked us to fix,� Obama said this month in his nationally televised address to a joint session of Congress. “We need a tax code where everyone gets a fair shake and where everybody pays their fair share.� While unveiling his jobs package in that speech, Obama promised to announce deficitcutting measures on Monday. His proposals would go to a special congressional committee charged with finding deep budget cuts by Thanksgiving. House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, said last week that tax increases were “not a viable option� for the deficitreduction committee. “It’s a very simple equation. Tax increases destroy jobs,�

Boehner said. About 235,000 income tax returns with at least $1 million in adjusted gross income were filed in 2009, according to the IRS. The median income in the U.S. that year was about $50,000. Polls have shown that the public supports raising taxes on higher-income Americans. For example, a CBS News/New York Times survey in August found that 63 percent of respondents favored increasing taxes on households earning more than $250,000 a year to help close the budget deficit. Despite that support, Obama backed down in December on his campaign promise to let the George W. Bush-era tax cuts expire for those earning more than $250,000 a year. In the face of strong Republican opposition, and out of concern that failure to strike a deal would cause taxes on all earners to go up when the cuts expired at the end of the year, he agreed to extend the tax breaks until the end of 2012. Details were sketchy about the latest White House proposal, which was first reported by The New York Times. Administration officials did not say what the minimum rate would be for those earning more than $1 million a year, how a middle-class income would be defined, nor how much revenue the plan would produce.

proposed to provide reimbursement at the CMU instate, on-campus rate for graduate or undergraduate courses or the other institution’s rate, whichever is lower. Other Michigan universities do not provide tuition waiver programs for professional schools, except Ferris State University, which provides the benefit for its Optometry and Pharmacy Colleges. The University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Oakland University do not apply tuition remission to their medical schools. Ernest Yoder, CMED dean, said the scope of tuition remission is a university policy issue, and would not comment if reimbursement should be applicable to the medical school. “I think the subject deserves careful study to find an approach that is optimal for both the CMU employee and the university,� Yoder said in an email. Two other Michigan unia

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versities have credit hour caps for tuition remission, according to a CMU factfinding document. Ferris State University has a 24-credit-hour-per-year cap similar to CMU, and Western Michigan University has a 130 credit hour cap per individual at the undergraduate level. Many Michigan universities that do not have credit hour caps do have other limits on tuition remission. Eastern Michigan University, Michigan Technological University and Wayne State University provide 50-percent tuition remission under certain requirements, Western Michigan University provides 75-percent remission and Saginaw Valley State University provides 75-percent tuition remission for employees and 50 percent for dependents. Northern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University and Oakland University have small limitations for tuition remission. Michigan State University and the University of Michigan have no tuition remission applicable to faculty.

Income over $379,150 is taxed at 35 percent, but the overall average tax bite for those earning more than $1 million a year in 2009 was 24.4 percent, according to the IRS. For those earning between $125,000 and $150,000, it was 11.7 percent. The relative bargain for the wealthy comes partly as a result of tax breaks available to them, such as a lower rate on capital gains. “My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress,� Buffett, chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, wrote in an August opinion article in The New York Times. “It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.� Buffett said his 2010 federal tax rate was 17.4 percent, lower than any of the 20 people in his office. Their tax rates averaged 36 percent. Obama’s proposal is similar to one floated late last year by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., who wanted to let the Bush-era tax cuts expire only for those earning $1 million or more.

Intramural Sports Have Something For Everyone Improvements help provide participants with a positive experience. It’s that time of year again; intramural sports are in full swing and this popular activity for many students on campus is bigger than ever. The turnout this fall has been excellent and University Recreation’s Assistant Director of Intramural Sports Scott George explained, “Whether you are a casual or competitive person, or whether you prefer individual or team sports, there is something for you.� IM Participants can choose to compete in a CoRec league, women’s league, men’s league, residence hall league, or Greek league. Registration for softball and flag football has recently closed. An impressive 112 softball teams are competing this fall along with 164 flag football teams. Central Michigan University is the home of this year’s Michigan Intramural Recreational Sports Association’s State Flag Football Championship Tournament on October 22nd. Participants have until October 17th to register for their chance to compete with teams from all over the state. A preseason flag football tournament was held where the winning team received a free entry into the tournament, valued at $250. The CMU intramurals program has also implemented a great new web service called “IM Leagues� which is required for all competitors. IM Leagues allows individual players to have profiles with personal pictures, statistics, and biographies. Individuals can join

teams, see competition schedules, and make creative intramural team pages. A player card also documents users’ wins and losses as well as a virtual trophy case for any championships won. Rosters can be filled using the site’s free agent function and the competitive culture allows players to comment or “Smack Talk.� Recently, 62 intramural officials were hired to uphold positive sporting behavior and officiate for this year’s competitions. The Intramural Governing Board is also seeking volunteers to take part in managing IM participant conduct, ensuring policy, and upholding procedure compliance. Information about scheduling, registration,IMGoverningBoard,and more can be found on the University Recreation webpage or by stopping by the program desk inside the SAC. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Assistant Director of Intramural Sports, Scott George at University Recreation, Events & Conferences



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ACLU files lawsuit over drug test rule By Mara Rose Williams MCT Campus

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Linn State Technical College’s firstin-the-country, mandatory student drug testing that could lead to no-refund dismissals has been challenged in court. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Eastern Missouri this week filed a federal lawsuit accusing the twoyear publicly funded college in Linn, Mo., of “violating the constitutional rights of its students by forcing them to submit to mandatory drug tests as a condition of their enrollment.� On Thursday, a judge in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, where the

lawsuit was filed, granted a temporary restraining order to stop the testing and analysis of any samples already collected and to block release of any results garnered from the testing. Donald M. Claycomb, president of Linn State Technical College, and members of the board of regents are named as defendants. Officials at the college east of Jefferson City declined to comment and referred calls to their attorney, Kent Brown, who was not available for comment. The drug testing policy was adopted earlier this month and requires all students — firstyear and those returning after at least a semester-long break — to pay a $50 non-refundable

fee and submit to urine test. The college has 1,176 students. According to the ACLU, students were pulled out of classes for testing the day after the policy was enacted. Those who refused the drug test were told they would be dismissed from the college. A student who fails the test has a second chance to pass it. A second failure would result in dismissal, the ACLU statement said. “It is unconstitutional to force students to submit to a drug test when there is zero indication of any kind of criminal activity,� Jason Williamson, staff attorney with the ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project, said in a statement.



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INSIDE LIFE Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

Ariel Black, Managing Editor | | 989.774.4343 Andrew Dooley, Student Life Editor | | 989.774.4340 Emily Grove, Metro Editor | | 989.774.4342 Theresa Clift, University Editor | | 989.774.4344


George Ross speaks on stresses of job Video available today at By Mike Nichols Senior Reporter

photos by charlotte bodak/staff photographer

Mount Pleasant resident Rachel Butzin dances a “butterfly dance” during the Monarch Butterfly Celebration Saturday afternoon at the Ziibiwing Center.

Mount Pleasant resident Kaylee Bigford, 10, holds a monarch butterfly before it’s freed to fly south during the Monarch Butterfly Celebration Saturday afternoon at the Ziibiwing Center.

Mount Pleasant resident Xavier Freeman, 2, colors a picture while attending the Monarch Butterfly Festival Saturday afternoon at the Ziibiwing Center.

butterflight 300 attend fifth-annual event at Ziibiwing By Lacey Johnson | Staff Reporter


utterflies inspired a migration of students and local residents to a themed event at the Ziibiwing Center Saturday. About 300 attended the fifth-annual Monarch Butterfly Celebration held at the center, 6650 E. Broadway Road, as a collaboration between the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and Mount Pleasant Area Public Schools. The event was started by a teacher who wanted the Ziibiwing Cultural Center to host an event in support of classrooms raising and learning about monarch butterflies. “We tried raising the caterpillars into butterflies, and they’d turn into a chrysalis, then we’d release them,” said Yvette Pitawanakwat, event coordinator for the Ziibiwing Cultural Center.

The event was geared mostly toward children, with activities like crafts, cookies and prize tables. One of the main attractions was the “Butterfly Dance,” performed by 26-year-old Rachel Butzin. The recent Michigan State University graduate said she has been dancing for as long as she can remember. The Butterfly Dance symbolizes native stories about butterflies, Butzin said. During the dance, Butzin wore a brightly colored dress and shawl, which she said was very special to her. “I beaded the whole dress, which represents me,” Butzin said. “After I graduated from Michigan State, I made myself a beaded necklace with a Spartan head on it.” Butzin’s story was about mothers giving their children everything they want

because seeing them cry is uncomfortable, but in the end, the dance helps let mothers know it’s okay for their children to cry. She said she relates to her dance because she understands, as a mother of two, how hard it is to see her children cry. Barbara Lang and Marcia Royer, Alma residents, came to see the dance and brought several guests along. “I’m hosting two exchange students from Taiwan who are in the dance program, so I brought them here to experience a different culture,” Royer said. Lang said she enjoyed the event and would like to come back again. “I would definitely come back,” said Lang. “The event is beautiful and inspiring.”

University President George Ross didn’t think so many issues would come from labor talks at Central Michigan University when he took the job more than a year ago. “I couldn’t have imagined this on March 1, 2010, when I started, that we would have this amount of angst on our campus regarding a labor contract,” Ross said. “I’m not a psychic.” Central Michigan Life recently sat down for a one-on-one interview with Ross to talk about the FA contract and more. The video is available at Ross expects future relationships between the administration and faculty to be good. When he became president, he began luncheons with faculty, which continue today, he said. Ross and five faculty members have lunch twice a semester to discuss what is on their mind and what they are hearing. In addition, Ross said

he has one-on-one conversations and meals with faculty members. He said the crisis has not changed his friendships. “Even the ones who are my personal friends ... we’ve disagreed on issues long before contract negotiations,” Ross said. “We found a way to talk through that, work through that and remain friends.” Ross said the crisis has been a challenge for his wife, Elizabeth. Ross said she remains supportive of him, the faculty and the students. “She’s holding up but it’s stressful for her,” Ross said. “She’s working with faculty now on an event that’s coming in a couple of weeks. That hasn’t stopped her in all of this.” To unwind from the stresses of his job, Ross likes to kick back at the movies. His passion, he said, is old black-andwhite films from the 1930s and ‘40s. Recently he saw, “Cowboys and Aliens,” just to relieve his mind, he said. Ross and his wife also enjoy golfing together. Eighteen holes with his wife out on the green helps relax him, he said.

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Big goals set for Michigan Harvest Gathering event By Jessica Fecteau Senior Reporter

The 21st annual Michigan Harvest Gathering campaign has set a goal of 300,000 pounds of food and $750,000 to be gathered by Nov. 16. The campaign, coordinated by the Food Bank Council of Michigan, allows people to donate non-perishable food items at local Secretary of State branch offices, Secretary of State Spokesman Fred Woodham said. The items go to regional food banks and help benefit families in need. “Nearly one in 10 Michigan residents, with more than one-third being children, are at risk of hunger,” Woodham said.

The Central Michigan American Red Cross, 215 E. Broadway St., is in need of a boost of food donations after a slow summer, said Irene Little, emergency services program manager. “During the summer, we receive our lowest amount of donations,” she said. “We’ll take everything and anything right now.” She said the American Red Cross fed 407 families in July 2011 in Isabella County. To help fuel the food drive, the Central Michigan Community Hospital is also participating. Marketing and Communications Director Nicole

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Local band returns to town By Sean Bradley Staff Reporter

Since 2000, much has changed for the rock band the Dirty Americans. The band returned home to Mount Pleasant for a show at Rubble’s Bar Friday with special guests Wilson, from Detroit. Dirty Americans singer Matt Kozuch, a Midland native and former Central Michigan University student, said there have been many changes since Dirty Americans formed in 2000 and last played in Mount Pleasant. “(Mount Pleasant) was obviously a mad party school for a long, long time and with that came a great music scene,” Kozuch said. He said the band would set up house parties, playing fraternities including

the Sigma Chi house. He said bands had more places to play such as The Bird Bar and Grill, 223 S. Main St., Wayside Central, 2000 S. Mission St. and Nick’s Wagon Wheel Saloon, now closed. “There was music every night,” Kozuch said. The band played a show for the college as well, playing with Detroit band Sponge. The show was hosted by Dustin Diamond, who played Screech from “Saved by the Bell.” The band played festivals like Summer Sonic and Download in Japan and England, respectively, and released a new album,”Black Feather,” on iTunes earlier this year. “We wanted to be on the road,” Kozuch said. “We wanted to be touring.” Kozuch said the dream of

playing huge festivals came true with a lot of hard work. “We were clawing and scraping our way trying to get anything to happen,” he said. “I’m pretty happy with what we’ve accomplished, but I’m definitely pushing to go back to Europe, and I still don’t have an album of ours on vinyl so that’s still on the list.” Wilson singer Chad Nicefield said his band and Dirty Americans have a special bond. He said both bands have played shows in Lansing and Ferndale recently and often will play strings of shows together on weekends when schedules allow. “We share a common love for bands like The Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age” Nicefield said. libby march/staff photographer

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Drummer Jeremiah Pilbeam performs with Dirty Americans Friday at Rubbles Bar, 112 W. Michigan Street.


VOICES Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution


Editorial Board: Eric Dresden, Editor-in-Chief | Ariel Black, Managing Editor | Connor Sheridan, Online Coordinator | Theresa Clift, University Editor | Andrew Dooley, Student Life Editor | Brad Canze, Staff Columnist

Mike Nichols Senior Reporter

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lzheimer’s taught me living can be more terrible than dying. My last grandparent, Blanche Nichols, died of it at our home this summer. She’d moved in with my parents about five years earlier after she could no longer survive alone. At 98, Alzheimer’s had eroded her mind of all ability. Grandma couldn’t use stairs, couldn’t bathe herself, couldn’t cook for herself and didn’t know how to get the three sets of pills she took daily. She needed help dressing, walking, waking up, even sitting on the toilet. She had hallucinations, spastic mood swings and nightmares, which left her dazed, walking the halls at night like a phantom. Then it came, that awful day when my beloved grandma looked at me and could not recognize who I was. Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease that not only scars the victim but also his or her family. I’ll never judge anyone for putting someone in a nursing home on account of it, but I know for us, we just couldn’t do it. When grandma’s mental reasoning was still hers, she had signed a statement that she did not want any artificial life support should she become comatose; she wanted to die naturally, with dignity. My dad reasoned that in a sense, shoving in tubes was not really saving grandma’s life, but only painfully prolonging her inevitable death. Although I accepted forcing grandma’s suffering body to stay alive would have only been a form of torture, it didn’t make watching her die any easier. I was holding grandma’s yellow hand and caressing her paper-thin skin when the angels took her that Sunday morning, July 3. After years of our family helplessly witnessing Alzheimer’s break her body down, I admit we felt a sense of relief when it ended. Death had brought peace, not just for ourselves, but for her. As I laid a bouquet of red roses on Grandma’s grave, I realized a day is coming when I’ll share her fate. None of us get out of this life alive. I looked in the mirror that night and said something to myself I don’t take to heart enough: “You are going to die one day.” Whatever does eventually take my life, even if it is Alzheimer’s, the experience of sharing death has prepared me to face it, when it does come, with hope. I’ll see grandma again. “To die will be an awfully big adventure.” -Peter Pan

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EDITORIAL |Bachmann’s attack on Perry’s HPV policy detestable

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here are few more sensitive subjects in government than the balance between parents’ right to raise their children and society’s obligation to ensure proper care. It was a wise move, then, for Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to question fellow candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry’s executive order requiring 12-year-old girls in his state to receive vaccinations of Gardasil against Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, at a debate Monday. Superseding the state’s legislation for the matter was questionable, even if parents could have nixed it on an individual basis. It did not help that Perry had received a campaign contribution from the manufacturer of the vaccine, Merck. It’s important to point out the donation was for $5,000, fairly insignificant when compared to the $30 million he raised in total.

However, Bachmann’s statements against distributing the vaccine, which were made on the basis that the government has no right to enforce measures against STIs and that the drug may in fact cause mental retardation, were detestable. Though HPV possesses no horrible symptoms on its own, it greatly increases the chance of developing cervical cancer among women. This highly fatal affliction is worth doing something about. And if even Perry, who is a strict supporter of abstinence-only education in schools, believes potentially saving thousands of lives from the consequences of momentary indiscretions is worth the risks, that certainly says something. Speaking of risks, Bachmann’s allegation that the drug could cause mental retardation was not based on scientific fact. A study undertaken by the Centers for Disease Con-

trol and Prevention with almost 30,000 subjects found no indication that Gardasil is correlated with any form of mental retardation. But let’s give Bachmann the benefit of the doubt. Let’s say an ideal female student does not receive the vaccination, because she is committed to remaining abstinent until her wedding day. Eight years later she gets married to a faithful husband who tests negative for all STIs — you can’t be too careful. But she might not know there’s no test for HPV in males. And her husband, who fooled around a little in high school without a condom, has it and gives it to her. The abstinent woman is now at as much risk for cervical cancer as a sexually active woman, all because she did not receive an injection in her arm when she was 12 years old. So there remains only one question for Bachmann, whether or not one agrees with abstinence-only education: Why not protect our kids?


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Board of Trustees must be held accountable for CMU problems It is time to be clear: the Board of Trustees must be held accountable for the mess that CMU has become. But the eight appointed public officials who make up the Central Michigan University board hide from the public including the CMU students, faculty, employees and other interested persons. They refuse to comment. I am still waiting for an answer to an email I sent to a trustee a week ago, not to mention an acknowledgment. The trustees were appointed by a governor and gained the approval of the state senate before taking office for their 8-year terms. The university trustees at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University are elected by the statewide voters. Just like other elected public officials, they must face the public. But CMU’s trustees think they are different since they were not elected by the public and will never have to face the voters. They are so committed to secrecy they covered up trustee Jacqueline Garrett’s resignation in July 2009 until March 2010. Why are the trustees hiding? Because they believe they can operate as a private corporation’s board of directors, who are running some big company, and they can make their decisions in secret and then hide out while their surrogate does their “dirty work.” Here are some examples of what I call “dirty work” done for the trustees by their surrogate, President George Ross, that have led to the mess that is the current Central Michigan Life is under the jurisdiction of the independent Student Media Board of Directors. Articles and opinions do not necessarily reflect the position or opinions of CMU or its employees. Central Michigan Life is a member of the Michigan Press Association, the Michigan Collegiate Press Asso-

negotiations between the university and its faculty union. • No. 1: The trustees hired and are paying tens of thousands of dollars to a union-busting law firm to handle negotiations with the Faculty Association. • No. 2. The trustees changed a 40-year policy by refusing to extend the FA contract when it expired June 30. This abrupt switch led to the FA job action that disrupted the first day of classes. It also prevented faculty who earned promotions last year from receiving them. • No. 3. The trustees approved a news release by Ross’ underlings that stated falsely the UTF (part-time and temporary faculty) and GSA (graduate students) unions had accepted contracts for this academic year without raises. This was patently false, and I called this to the trustees’ attention at their July 14 meeting. The trustees told me and other presenters beforehand the trustees would not comment on what we said (more secrecy). The misstatement violated the university mission statement that calls for “honesty and trustworthiness.” • No. 4. The trustees approved a legal filing to Isabella County Court that stated CMU was forced to cancel the first day of classes on Aug. 22 because of the FA job action. This could not have been further from the truth, as CMU stated repeatedly to students that classes were being held and students should report. Again, the mission statement of “honesty and trustworciation, the Associated Collegiate Press, and the College Newspaper Business & Advertising Managers Association. Central Michigan Life’s operations are totally funded from revenues through advertising sales. Editions are distributed free throughout the campus and community.

thiness” was violated. Again, the trustees said nothing. • No. 5. The trustees have not been forthcoming about the true cost of the proposed College of Medicine. Ross and his predecessor Kathy Wilbur have acknowledged that CMU is spending $5 million a year of current students’ payments and state subsidy money on the med school. A closer investigation suggests CMU is committing tens of millions of dollars to the new med school – far more than the $5 million a year – and the money will come from current undergraduate and graduate students’ payments and from state subsidies, because CMU cannot privately fundraise the money needed to operate the med school. Why does CMU keep raising tuition? To pay for the med school. • No. 6. The trustees act like CMU has to be on a tight budget because times are tough in Michigan, but the truth is CMU is an island of prosperity in a sea of economic difficulty. CMU has a gigantic surplus of $228 million, more than half of its annual spending. As the FA contract crisis gets messier and messier, the trustees remain silent and hide out, content to allow the drip, drip, drip of destruction of a great university, all in the name of giving the med school an IV drip, drip, drip of unending cash. John K. Hartman, Professor of journalism CMU Individuals are entitled to one copy. Each copy has an implied value of 75 cents. Non-university subscriptions are $1 per mailed edition. Copies of photographs published in Central Michigan Life or its online edition ( are available for purchase at:

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on’t drink before you turn 21. Ever. It’s immoral and illegal and dangerous. Does that sound familiar? Those timeless teachings from middle school and high school health classes echo in my ears even now, years later. We were all supposed to learn it, but as anyone with functioning senses can pick up on a good weekend evening, it doesn’t seem like very many people have learned much of anything. Anyone who’s a regular at the “party scene” can go out and see it every weekend: people sucking down the booze, puking, crying, passing out and destroying their livers. This is the result of a widespread failure of the current education system, of course, but not in the way most people would think. I had a friend take a trip to Europe not too long ago. When he returned, I was amazed when he told me all about how many of the problems with alcohol we Americans face are of little concern to our friends across the Atlantic. It seems the term “party” in Europe has a different meaning. In America, it means a bunch of people are getting together to drink until they puke or pass out. Over there, it means a bunch of friends are getting together to have a few drinks and hang out. Kids in Europe are taught to hold their liquor at the table from an early age. They drink with their parents at the dinner table and learn moderation and respect for booze. Any parent who lets their little kid drink in this country is liable to be thrown in jail, shunned by the community and have their family ripped apart by child protective services. And that’s where it’s most evident the antiquated, backwoods, garbage conservative ideals embraced by the general public are causing a serious problem. You’re an idiot if you believe “Zero Tolerance” for minors is an effective policy. A Central Michigan Life article titled “Welcome Weekend festivities met with police enforcement” reported 258 MIPs and open intoxication citations issued during Welcome Weekend. These are citations that cost money for kids already in debt and put smudges on sometimes otherwiseclean police records. All for wanting to have a good time but not knowing how. How’s that for deterrence? A love for booze is as natural as a love for sex. Kids who grow up seeing their parents drink and love it are taught to never touch the stuff until well after they’ve become legal adults. It’s no wonder zero tolerance falls flat on its face.

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Detroit poet will bring life to Art Reach today By Hailee Sattavara Staff Reporter

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Clare resident Lucas Bongard, 13, stands beside the other members of the 10th Michigan Infantry during the Civil War Reenactment Saturday afternoon in Deerfield Nature Park in Union Township.

Deerfield Park overtaken by Civil War re-enactors By Jo rd a n Spence Se n io r Rep o r te r

Thunderous cannon blasts shook Deerfield Park this weekend during a Civil War re-enactment. The re-enactment, which took place on Saturday and Sunday at the park, 2425 W. Remus Road, is one of many events Union Township has had throughout the year to celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary. “After my husband bought a cannon, he formed a unit around it,” said Paw Paw resident Debbie Phillips. “My husband is a history teacher, so that’s why he does it, to educate people in a fun way.” Phillips said they based their unit off of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his raiders. She said the reason they chose to be Confederates was to change the misconceptions about the South. She said Morgan fought

in the war because he believed in separating from the U.S. government. To keep the re-enactment accurate, Phillips said the Southern camps and Northern camps were quite different. “Because the Southern homes were being burnt, the women would have to escape into the woods,” she said. “With them they would take all their fine possessions, clothing, furniture and china.” Along with the different camps, the event featured costumes and marching demonstrations. Garden City resident Bill Wall said the cannon he manages is more than 150 years old and has been in two wars. “This is what we do for fun,” he said. “Fortythousand other people share my insanity as a hobby. They put on a grey or blue uniform, and they fight.” Big Rapids resident Ed Deming said he is glad he spent 20 years in the

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Tim Stebleton, center, talks to the other members of his group before getting ready to fire off a cannon during the Civil War Re-enactment Sunday afternoon at Deerfield Nature Park in Union Township. “I love this because I am a history fanatic and like to make loud noises,” said Stebleton.

“After my husband bought a cannon, he formed a unit around it. My husband is a history teacher, so that’s why he does it, to educate people in a fun way.” Debbie Phillips, Paw Paw resident modern army, because it’s somewhat easier than Civil War times. He said re-enacting is very different compared to the modern army, especially how the soldiers camp in the field. As a way to entertain his fellow Union soldiers, Deming said he plays the fiddle. “I’ve been playing for 20 years,” he said. “Music was an important part of soldiers’ lives; music was one of their only forms of entertainment.” m et ro @ c m - l i fe . c o m

Local woman raises money, awareness for Alzheimer’s By Kirsten Kearse Staff Reporter

Mount Pleasant resident Debra Recker is one of millions of Americans impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Recker organized the third-annual Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk held Saturday at Island Park. The event included a walk, silent auction and refreshments. “My mother had it (Alzheimer’s) very early, and my aunt recently passed away from the disease,” she said. Recker said it is the first such event established in the community, and she does not know of any other areas to host an event for Alzheimer’s disease. “My passion is to find a cure,” she said. “I want to help the families dealing with it.” Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth-leading disease in the U.S., said Laura J. Ruhle, program coordinator for Alzheimer’s Association Central Michigan Region. Ruhle said she is advocating for more federal funding. Approximately 24,000 people affected by the disease have been identified in mid-Michigan, but countless others go unnoticed, she said. Right now Alzheimer’s can only be diagnosed 100-percent accurately after death,

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Mount Pleasant resident Matt Tilmann jokes around as he runs out in front of his wife and son, Rachel Tilmann and Conner, 18 months old, during the third Annual Alzheimer’s Memory Walk Saturday Morning at Island Park. Participants walked around the park and there was music, food and a silent auction.

and is diagnosed 90-percent accurately before death, she said. “I focus on education and support for the community and support for the supporters,” Ruhle said. She said she also advocates strongly for raising awareness of the younger onset of Alzheimer’s in people in their 30s, 40s and 50s. Ruhle said her father-inlaw, as well as other friends and relatives, have been impacted by Alzheimer’s. Representative of the Isabella County Adult Day Program, 1222 North Drive, Abbey Price had a grandmother recently pass away

Long-time Detroit resident Francine Harris will kick off the annual Wellspring Literary Series at 7 p.m. today at Art Reach of Mid Michigan, 111 E. Broadway St. “She’s a poet whose career is just launching,” said Robert Fanning, assistant professor of English language and literature. Fanning said Harris was one of the first poets he thought of to bring to the series when he created it two years ago, but she was busy finishing graduate studies at the University of Michigan. “It’s edgy work that pins you to your seat; you can’t turn away from it,” Fanning said. Fanning describes her work as energetic, powerful, fierce, honest and raw. “A lot has to do with truth,” Fanning said. “She grabs the world by the throat and shakes the truth out of it.” Fanning met Harris through non-profit work in Detroit. Harris has recently been featured in magazines ‘Rattle,’ ‘Callaloo’ and ‘Michigan Quarterly Review.’ She is also the author of the recent chapbook, ‘Between Old Trees.’ She is a Cave Canem fel-

from Alzheimer’s. “We provide a purpose for people to get up out of bed and get dressed,” she said. “People affected can get together with peers going through the same thing and talk about it.” Price said she works daily with the victims of Alzheimer’s and their family and friends. The money raised at the event from the silent auction and donations will be split between the Alzheimer’s Association and the Isabella County Adult Day Care Program, Recker said.

low, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, was a Hopwood Award winner and is entering a Zell Postgraduate Fellowship year at U­-M. “Her poems are gritty, polished finely and bring us to the core of the lives we lead,” said Ronald Primeau, professor of English language and literature. The event is important because it gives the audience a chance to see a poet that is just emerging, Fanning said. ‘I Live in Detroit’ is a tribute to a city that has been overlooked for half a century in its contributions to world literature, Primeau said, while ‘Language Works over Information’ goes to the core of what is essential in the humanities. Her first collection, “Allegiance,” is scheduled to be published in the spring of 2012. Harris will be joined by Lake Orion senior Joe Hertler, who will provide music, and graduate student Ben Lambright will read some of his work. Other artists scheduled to perform at Wellspring this year include Bill Olsen, Nancy Eimers, Traci Brimhall, Keith Taylor, Caitlin Horrocks and Jack Ridl.

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Ben Jankens wins Discovery Museum’s sculpture contest

The museum received four submissions, all of which will be displayed at Art Reach of Mid Michigan, 111 E. Broadway St., through the month of October. “We were so thrilled to find such a wealth of talented artists right here in our own backyard,” said Tami Melton, art and culture chair for the museum. Without the support of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Art Reach of Mid Michigan and the Morey Foundation, the contest would not have been possible, she said. Unsure of whether they will be able to sponsor this contest again, Melton said they hope to continue to offer opportunities for children to discover and create art through future programming at the museum. Jankens said he is excited for the museum to be finished. “It will bring people in, not only for vacation and travel, but it’s one more reason to come to Mount Pleasant to live and raise a family,” Jankens said.

By Kirsten Kearse Staff Reporter

Ben Jankens credits his daughter Emily as the inspiration behind his sculpture that recently won the “Sculpture for Discovery” art contest. The Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum hosted the contest as a way to promote the future of the museum while showing support for art and local artists. Jankens, a Mount Pleasant resident, said his family loves museums and other opportunities to learn, explore and have fun with their six-year-old daughter, Emily. “I still create art for fun with Emily as much as I can,” Jankens said. “It’s a great way for me to spend time with her doing something we both love.” This was the first piece Jankens has created that was fully intended for children. Most of his other works are either landscapes, figures or completely abstract, he said. Jankens has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Saginaw Valley State University and has taught art in Bay City and Midland.

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Kalamazoo freshman Angie Harris and Kalamazoo residents Anthony Larkin and Chris May play with dogs during the 12th Annual Humane Animal Society Tails to Trails Walk Sunday at Island Park. All three dogs are rescue dogs and are up for adoption.

Dog-walkers raise $10,000 for HATS son and is a very special dog. “She was not alive when she was born but was resuscitated back to life and was the only survivor of her litter,” Hilyard said. She was given the middle name Samabo after Hilyard’s mother. Anyone interested in helping raise money for the shelter can attend next year’s Tails to Trails event or sponsor a pet at the shelter for $20. “We encourage people to come to the shelter,” Irving said.

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Sanders said several donation boxes will be located around the community until Oct.14. Donation boxes are located at Central Michigan Community Hospital, the Central Michigan Health Park-Wellness Central Fitness, in Shepherd at the office of Sally Beeson, FNP-BC and in Clare at the family practice of Joseph Hough, MD. Sanders said all food and non-food items gathered at CMCH will stay in central Michigan to benefit families struggling in the community. “The more people we can help, the better,” Sanders said. Woodham said donators should check the packages to ensure the food is not past the expiration date. People

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should also avoid glass containers, because they may break during transit. Along with food items, other products such as baby food or formula, diapers, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes are needed. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson sent out a press release encouraging all Michigan residents to donate and help neighbors in need. “Since the start, we have been able to provide more than 15 million meals to Michigan residents,” she said in the release. “Our mission is far from over, we need to continue to fight hard against hunger and keep Michigan families nourished.”

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fects the ongoing negotiations could have on students, he does not think it will permanently damage the university. “I don’t think it will have a permanent scar on this university, on the life of this university or the students of this university,” he said. “I think we will heal.”

dents to be in the classroom. Synowiec and Stefani both have classroom experience, but Stefani said this will be the first time they are writing a unit that will be specifically implemented on this scale. “Middle-school English is one of the most fascinating places you can be,” Stefani said. Synowiec said the two have different teaching styles, which makes them a great team. “Students bring their own strengths and pursue them through art,” Stefani said. “Basically, we are there to facilitate their desires and what they want to create.”


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Two Central Michigan University students are coordinating with Art Reach to offer an after-school program for 14 young artists. Art’s Alive! 2011 at Art Reach, 111 E. Broadway St., has 14 spaces for seventh and eighth grade students from Isabella, Clare, Gladwin and Gratiot counties. The program is taught by CMU art and education students Jessica Stefani and Lauren Synowiec under the direction of assistant professor of art education Ren Hullender. Students will use watercolors, puppets and scenedesign to create an imaginary

world that comes alive with its own cultures and creatures, said Dianne Ward, Art Reach administrative assistant. “(Art’s Alive!) features a form of integrative learning called worldplay,” Ward said. “Worldplay is a method of teaching that encourages purposeful play to facilitate the complex thinking skills that are the basis of all scholarly discipline.” The program runs Monday through Thursday starting Sept. 26 until Oct. 19 from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. Livonia senior Synowiec said a professor came to her and Mount Pleasant senior Stefani with the idea to start the program after they did a project with worldplay.


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a lot of money for our local shelter to assist in the needs of the dogs and cats.” After receiving a phone call about the event at 11 a.m. Sunday morning, Daisy Hilyard traveled an hour from Lake George to attend, bringing her golden retriever named Lucky Samabo. “I live in the country where Lucky Samabo doesn’t get much interaction with other dogs,” Hilyard said. “I wanted to get her out here with other animals.” Hilyard said Lucky Samabo got her name for a good rea-

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Isabella County’s Humane Animal Treatment Society met its goal by raising an estimated $10,000 at the 12th Annual Tails to Trails event Sunday. The fundraiser is held to help raise money for the animal shelter’s operations. “The event started 12 years ago as a run, not a walk,” said Executive Director of HATS, Jill Irving. “We have slowly incorporated the walk.” For the walk portion of

the event, about 40 people participated. Those who attended were able to bring their own dogs to run or walk or could take a dog from the shelter. Mount Pleasant resident Minde Lux attended this year’s walk with her dog, Izzy. Although she did not get Izzy from the shelter, she decided to participate after being told about the event by a friend. “It’s a great opportunity to help the shelter,” Lux said. “This event is important, because it is a great way for the community to come together and raise

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SPORTS Central Michigan University

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LeFevour: Offense good, needs work


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By Matt Thompson Assistant Sports Editor

Dan LeFevour never lost a game against Western Michigan. But he had to witness a 44-14 defeat of his alma mater on the sidelines Saturday. “I think the offense is doing well,” LeFevour said at halftime while the Chippewas trailed 24-0. “They aren’t getting the key conversions. They have a lot of talent and they have a great game plan and the coaches are calling good plays.” He was also at Central Michigan’s previous game against Kentucky, witnessing the key conversions that allowed the Wildcats to come back and win in the second half. “Sometimes it’s one play,” LeFevour said. “One play, one catch, one throw, and it ends a drive.” He also said when he played the offense wasn’t as affected by the noise with the spread system in place. LeFevour said since everything was done with signals, the crowd noise never bothered him in the rivalry games. LeFevour has been watching his successor Ryan Radcliff at quarterback. While Radcliff ’s outcomes aren’t ending as planned, the former mentor is optimistic. “I think he’s done well,” LeFevour said of Radcliff. “When I watch him, I see him make some throws that I know I can’t make. I’m really impressed with him.” That’s high praise coming from someone who not only holds CMU’s records for passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense but has doubled the numbers put up by any other player in program history. Radcliff did take a page out of LeFevour’s book Saturday, rushing twice for 21 yards, although he did lose eight yards on two sacks. Radcliff only rushed for two positive yards this season before the game against Western Michigan. LeFevour rushed for 2,948 yards and a record 47 touchdowns in his career. LeFevour is at a pivotal point in his career, after being released by the Cincinnati Bengals a few weeks ago. “I’m trying out for some teams as it comes up,” LeFevour said. So now, as he waits for a team to call, he’s been able to attend the past two CMU games. A LEFEVOUR | 2B


ception, and rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown. Radcliff was 20-for-36 for 215 yards, rushing four times for 21 yards, but had a costly fumble late in the second quarter as CMU was driving. “(It was) kind of what we had happen to us in the second half last week, we just moved the ball, moved the ball and just stalled out again,” Radcliff said. “We need to do something to get over the hump, because that’s not going to cut it.” CMU’s defense was picked apart by Carder and the news didn’t get better after the game. Senior cornerback Taylor Bradley is expected to be out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. Despite the loss, CMU had defensive bright spots.

othing went Central Michigan’s way when its win streak over rival Western Michigan was snapped at five games. If you look past the 44-14 slaughter, Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo had everything that’s good about college football. The passion and intensity from both sidelines, student sections and programs were oozing into more adrenaline for the players, coaches and fans. “I’ve never been here during a normal game,” said former CMU quarterback Dan LeFevour. “But for this game, it’s the loudest (in the MAC).” The Broncos student section filled a third of the stadium with thundersticks, as well as chants that let you know exactly what they thought of CMU. They painted their bodies and faces, wore arm sleeves with no shirts. Not to mention they spun cowboy hats and thundersticks in unison for kickoffs. The students were the choir to go along with the band located in the middle of the WMU students and after the Broncos win, a player practiced as band director. The CMU student section didn’t go unnoticed. They brought cowbells and rang them to ‘Fire up Chips’, or ‘Let’s go Chips!’ The front row of the CMU section banged its hands violently into the plastic stadium wall advertisements that echoed throughout the stadium. The CMU students also smuggled in some vuvuzelas to make more noise while the Broncos tried to snap or change their play. Keys came flying out during third downs as “Dfense” chants were shouted. Both student bodies were doing this at each other, but at the same time fed off one another. While WMU scored one of their many touchdowns, the WMU students sung “Fight on Fight on for Western,” as the Chippewas were already focused on the next play chanting, “Block that kick, block that kick!” The players were feeding off the energy coming from




Western Michigan junior quarterback Alex Carder busts through the CMU defense and across the goal line for a Western Michigan touchdown during the third quarter of Saturday’s game at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo. Carder threw for 338 yards and had 18 yards rushing during the Broncos’ 44-14 win over the Chippewas.



Senior defensive back Taylor Bradley breaks up a pass by Western Michigan’s Alex Carder intended for wide receiver Jordan White in the end zone during the second half of Saturday’s game.

Junior wide receiver Jerry Harris reaches for the ball as Western Michigan cornerback Lewis Toler covers him. Harris, who had three catches for 31 yards, bobbled the ball and it fell incomplete.

beatdown Broncos beat Chippewas 44-14, first since 2005 By John Manzo | Sports Editor

KALAMAZOO — “Pass completed to Jordan White” was heard inside Waldo Stadium over and over Saturday. The sixth-year senior had 13 catches for 177 yards and two touchdowns against Central Michigan University in Western Michigan University’s 44-14 win, the first since 2005. “He’s a good player,” head coach Dan Enos said. “We helped him a little bit. I don’t think we played tight enough coverage on him. He’s a good football player.” The combination of quarterback Alex Carder and White got rolling early. After a CMU three-and-out, the Broncos offense marched down the field with Carder tossing an 8-yard touchdown pass to White just five minutes and 13 seconds into the game.

Another CMU threeand-out on the next possession proved costly. White returned the Richie Hogan punt 64 yards, and on the next play, Carder tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Chelb Ravenell, extending the lead to 14. On the ensuing drive, Enos faced another fourth down decision at the WMU 24, just like last week against Kentucky. Once again, the Chippewas went for it. CMU quarterback Ryan Radcliff threw an incomplete pass to junior receiver Cody Wilson for a turnover on downs. The Broncos offense took advantage of the miscue with another touchdown. Sophomore Antoin Scriven pushed his way through the defense on his way to a 1-yard touchdown run, set up by an 18-yard rush from Carder. Carder was 28-for-37 for 355 yards with three touchdowns and an inter-

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Team begins fall season with first victory By Kristopher Lodes Staff Reporter

With the weather getting colder and football in full swing, most put baseball on the back burner until spring. Until October, that is. After beating the Ontario Blue Jays Jays 11-1, the Central Michigan baseball team is ready to hold their annual Fall Ball World Series at 3:30 p.m, Oct. 2. CMU has an interesting twist with its world series. It’s an intersquad scrimmage where the seniors choose the teams and it takes place over a couple of weeks. “Our seniors sit down for a week or so and draft the

teams,” said head coach Steve Jaksa. “It’s very competitive.” The Chippewas have nine seniors choosing the teams for this season’s world series. That list includes: pitchers Zach Cooper, Rick Dodridge, Ryan Longstreth, Jon Weaver; infielders William Arnold, Tyler Hall, Nate Theunissen; infielder/outfielder Eric Wrozek and outfielder Sam Russell. “We weren’t put in many situations in our last game, so we’ll put ourselves in the situations because we have to practice that they will come up,” Jaksa said. “It’s fun to have a crowd, umpires, you have a full uniform and you get to play.” But this weekend, CMU fo-

cused on its annual International Game. The Chippewas dominated the Blue Jays, with impressive outings from Cooper and Dodridge, combining to throw 49 pitches and striking out 10 batters in the first four innings. Meanwhile, junior middle infielder Jordan Dean and sophomore outfielder Nick Regnier led the team at the plate. Each went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Sophomore outfielder Randon Henika and Russell each recorded two hits. “I was pleased with the overall effort from the guys,” Jaksa said. “We started Cooper and we held him and the other

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three guys on a 49-pitch count and they all threw well.” Cooper returns for his senior year, despite being drafted by the Florida Marlins in


Senior infielder Brendan Emmett gets back to the bag safely during a pick-off attempt during an April 2011 night game at Comerica Park against Michigan State. This was the first college baseball game to be played in the ball park since it’s opening in 2000. The Spartans went on to beat the Chippewas 3-1.

the 46th round earlier this summer. The Chippewas return 15 other upperclassmen from last season’s Mid-Ameri-

can Conference West Championship team.

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Scoring summary Qtr 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th 4th 4th

Friday’s results

Scoring play WMU - Jordan White 8-yard pass from Alex Carder WMU - Chleb Ravenell 4-yard pass from Alex Carder WMU - Antoin Scriven 1-yard run WMU - John Potter 33-yard field goal CMU - Jahleel Addae 0-yard fumble recover WMU - Alex Carder 2-yard run WMU - Jordan White 19-yard pass from Alex Carder WMU - John Potter 43-yard field goal CMU - Tim Phillips 28-yard run WMU - John Potter 43-yard field goal

Score 0-7 (9:47) 0-14 (8:36) 0-21 (3:03) 0-24 (0:09) 7-24 (14:46) 7-31 (10:46) 7-38 (8:43) 7-41 (13:35) 14-41 (10:51) 14-44 (8:47)

Team totals

Game leaders



First downs 20 Rushing yards 147 Rushing TDs 1 Passing yards 215 Cmps.-atts.-int 20-36-0 Passing TDs 0 Total offense 362 Gain per play 5.6 Fumbles (No.-lost) 3-2 Punts-yards 3-121 Third-down conv. 4-12 Fourth-down conv.1-4 Sacks by (#-yds) 0-0 Penalties (#-yds) 0-0 Field goals 0-1 Possession 28:45

22 87 2 355 28-38-1 3 442 6.2 3-1 2-65 10-15 0-0 2-15 7-54 3-3 31:15


Tim Phillips (CMU) 11 carries, 85 yards, 1 TD Passing

Alex Carder (WMU) 28-of-37, 355 yards, 3 TD Receiving

Jordan White (WMU) 13 catches, 177 yards, 2 TD Robert Arnheim 5 catches, 71 yards Defensive

Aaron Winchester (WMU) 13 tackles, 4 sacks

BSU 40, Toledo 15

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tral Michigan’s first touchdown,

Sept. 24 at MSU, noon

Western Michigan quarterback

Oct. 1 N. Illinois, 3:30 p.m.

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Oct. 15 EMU (homecoming), 3:00 p.m.

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yards, setting up a 4-yard touchdown catch by Chleb Ravenell from Alex Carder, extending the WMU lead to 14-0.

T he Spartans look for revenge from a 29-27 loss to the Chippewas on Sept. 12, 2009. MSU (2-1) lost 31-13 to Notre Dame on Saturday in South Bend, Ind.



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LB Mike Petrucci FS Avery Cunningham SS Jahleel Addae NG John Williams LB Armond Staten CB Taylor Bradley DE Joe Kinville FS John Carr

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ceiver caught 13 passes for 177


Cody Wilson 14-170—1 Jerry Harris 10-127—1 Zurlon Tipton 5-66—0 Tim Phillips 5-30—0 Titus Davis 4-122—1 David Blackburn 4-48—0

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putting the Broncos up 31-7.

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and over throughout the after-

rushing touchdown by Carder,

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White beat the CMU defense over

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Who’s next?




WMU 44, CMU 14 Penn State 14, Temple 10 Michigan 31, EMU 3 Wyoming 28, BGSU 27 Wisconsin 49, N. Illinois 7 Cincinnati 59, Akron 14 Minnesota 29, Miami 23 Ball State 28, Buffalo 25 Ohio 44, Marshall 7 Kansas State 37, KSU 0 *Home teams in bold

CMU sustained multiple drives, but couldn’t consistently convert on third downs (4-of-12). Radcliff wasn’t the problem. He was 20-of-36 for 215 yards, but more importantly no interceptions. He also ran the football occasionally, instead of forcing passes into coverage.



Special Teams


It was a terrible afternoon for the CMU special teams. Kicker David Harman missed a 36-yard field goal off the upright, White returned a punt 64 yards and Paris Cotton fumbled a kickoff.

Carder picked apart the CMU defense, passing and rushing effectively. White had himself a field day on the defense, catching 13 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns. An inability to stop mobile quarterbacks has hurt CMU the past two weeks.


The Chippewas didn’t appear to have a will to win their rivalry game. All parts of the team need improvement and injuries to key players didn’t help. Cody Wilson and Joe Kinville were bright spots on their respective sides of the ball.

I feel like we’re right on the verge. We’re right there, we just have to get that feeling back. We just have to get that belief back.”

Compiled by John Manzo | Sports Editor


all around them, slamming into each other, waving their hands up for more noise. Players also jumped into each other for highflying chest bumps and celebrations as the student bodies were their mouthpieces for loud roars or disappointing gasps. You could hear a ball being overthrown from the sheer joy of excitement as the player was seen break-

ing free from the defender, only for the fans to be brought back to life with the ball sailing over his head with a loud, sad exhale. The crowd for both sides was a smart crowd too. Questionable calls were challenged with jeers from the crowd. Another example includes when a running back only picked up three yards, but he worked for it, breaking tackles and moving his legs. The crowd rewarded him with a cheer. No matter what side


“I’ve got a lot of great memories here,” LeFevour said. “I have friends I played with, former teammates. Central is a part of my family.” He was still a part of the family as he anxiously

watched his former team struggle against their rival. “Those colors, the brown and gold, still make my skin crawl,” LeFevour said. Even though LeFevour has been seen on the sidelines cheering on the Chip-

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you were on for the game or how disappointing the outcome was for CMU, no fan there could deny the atmosphere was what college football is all about. Emotion, passion, nerves, adrenaline, sadness and jubilation filled the air all afternoon. That’s how these WMU vs. CMU games are played, and while the Chippewas might not have done their part on the field, everything surrounding the game lived up to its hype. s po r ts@c m-l i

pewas, he left no doubt that he will not be on the sidelines with a headset. “No,” LeFevour said when asked about coaching after his playing career. “It takes a special person to be a coach and it’s just not for me. I have a lot of respect for coaches, though, and they do a great job.”


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Drenth remembered for running abilities By Adam Niemi Staff Reporter

By Jeff LaHaye Staff Reporter

The Central Michigan field hockey team has given up seven goals, in the past two games only scoring one goal during its current twogame losing streak. The team traveled to Iowa looking to capture its third win of the season against No. 12 Iowa this weekend, but lost 1-0. Iowa (5-1) carried a fourgame win streak including a 7-0 victory against Brown and a 7-3 victory against Kent State. Both teams came out playing tough defense and generated scoring opportunities. CMU junior goalkeeper Anastasia Netto stopped a season-high five shots to keep the game scoreless. The Chippewas created three shots in the first six minutes after the break. Iowa put pressure on the defense, creating shots and scoring opportunities. Midfielder Kim Scraper shot from the left edge of the circle scoring her conference leading 13th goal of the season to put the Hawkeyes past CMU. Defender Becca


Drenth,” Kaczor said. But his life went beyond running. Greg Lautenslager, a longtime friend of Jeff and fellow Athletics West teammate, said in an essay, “Jeff was excellent at running, but his running was a mere extension of his life.” In cruel irony, Jeff died in

the same city at the same age as phenom University of Oregon middle and long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine, who was a gold medal winner at the 1971 Pan American Games. Prefontaine died in a car accident May 30, 1975. Both died at age 24, in Eugene. “His whole college career was reminiscent of him run-

ning like Stephan Prefontaine,” said Jeff’s track and field coach Bob Sevene in a June 7, 1986 article by the Eugene Register-Guard. “The guy went to the front and hammered people … Their personalities are very similar, and Jeff may be tougher, because he A DRENTH | 5B

man) has helped me through a lot and our senior setter Catherine Ludwig always helps me on the bench and helps me make great choices,” Maxwell said. Maxwell only played in three of the five games in the season opener against Iowa, where she was able to record 30 assists in that match. Against Marquette the next day, she only recorded six and played in two of the three games in the loss. She then helped the team record what was probably the biggest win during this non-conference part of the season against St. Louis. In the sweep, Maxwell had 33 assists and 12 digs. She did not play in the loss

against Oakland University, but came in against Wright State and had 32 assists and she has played in every game since. She set a career-high 41 assists against Austin Peay last weekend, only to top that mark twice this week. She broke her career high with 47 Friday night against George Mason and topped her previous mark Saturday morning against East Carolina. “Maxwell has gotten better every weekend and has become consistent and she is starting to become the reason why we’re successful,” Olson said. “The setter is the center of our team.” Last season, Maxwell’s assist high was 17 against Ball State. She has already doubled that mark

Volleyball takes home win in Marshall Tournament By Kristopher Lodes Staff Reporter

The Central Michigan volleyball team is riding high as the final stretch of the non-conference tournament schedule concluded this weekend. The Chippewas won all three matches, taking home a victory in the Marshall Tournament. “We didn’t want to put a whole lot of pressure on the team, because they knew there already was set-up pressure,” said head coach Erik Olson. “We went in with not a whole lot of ability to adjust.” CMU didn’t have a lot to adjust to because it made it look pretty easy from start to finish all weekend. Junior outside hitter Lindsey Dulude made her presence known, leading the Chippewas (7-4) past George Mason (4-8) with 24 kills, 17 digs and two aces. “She was on fire, every time she touched the ball in anyway shape or form it turned to gold,” Olson said. “She was rock-solid.” She wasn’t the only one contributing to CMU’s 3-1 win. Sophomore setter Kelly Maxwell recorded another 40plus assist match, this time

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Maxwell leading team in assists The Central Michigan volleyball team is starting to hit its stride despite some injuries going into Mid-American Conference play. The Chippewas (7-4) are above .500 for the first time this season after the last tournament championship at Marshall. A main reason for that is the play from sophomore setter Kelly Maxwell. The Okemos native recorded at least 27 assists in every match she has played in since the Chippewas played Marquette on Aug. 27. She has averaged 35.5 assists a game, since then. “My setting coach (Beeck-


Drenth was a Charlevoix native who became a two-time MAC champion during his time at CMU. He was later induced into the CMU sports Hall of Fame.


By Kristopher Lodes Staff Reporter

Spengler assisted on the play. CMU struggled to get offensive pressure after the goal. “It’s frustrating, because we had two or three really good opportunities to score,” head coach Cristy Freese said. “We’re getting good shots and are we can beat higher caliber teams like Iowa.” This is the second time in five games the Chippewas failed to score a goal. The loss puts CMU in third place in the Mid-American Conference standings, four games behind Ohio (6-1) CMU held the 13thranked offense in the country to only one goal. “The team did very, very well holding Iowa’s scoring chances to a minimum,” Freese said. “They did exactly what we game planned for Iowa; it’s just too bad we didn’t come away with a victory.” CMU’s next opportunity to snap the three-game losing streak is against Michigan State at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the CMU Field Hockey Com-

racking up 47. Freshman outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre had 11 kills and 14 digs. The Chippewas won the first two games 25-22 and 25-21 before dropping the third game 25-22. But they regrouped and won game four 25-16 to secure the match. It was much of the same in the early match Saturday against East Carolina (2-7). CMU won the match in four games. Dulude and McIntyre lead the team in kills again with 13 for the junior and 15 for the freshman. Maxwell helped with 42 assists while junior outside hitter/middle blocker Katie Schuette added 10 kills. Sophomore libero Jenna Coates had 15 digs. The Chippewas won games one and two 25-22 and 25-12, then dropped the third game 26-24. However, they came together to take game four 2516. CMU had its closest games against host Marshall (2-9), but they swept all three games; 25-21, 25-22 and 25-22. This match was a full team effort with McIntyre leading the way in kills with 14, Maxwell with 27 assists and Coates’ 14 digs. “Maxwell has been getting better every weekend and

she has become consistent,” Olson said. “She is starting to become the reason why we’re successful … she really grew up this weekend.” Maxwell received her first ever All-Tournament team award this weekend along with Dulude, who picked up her second in the last two weeks. Coates recorded her third-straight award. “I couldn’t have done it without my team,” Maxwell said. “Our hitters were available all the time and we had great passing this weekend.” The tournament win helps, but the team still has some injuries to take care of, and now Mid-American Conference play is here and coach Olson knows he’s facing a tough task. “We’re prepared in a way that I don’t think I’ve had, with this much experience on the roster from top to bottom,” Olson said. “But at the same time, we’ve yet to put our starting lineup out there and that’s a little concerning.” The team looks to ride the momentum of this current four-match winning streak and tournament championship past MAC West favorite, Northern Illinois and then rival Western Michigan.

four times this season. Coming into this weekend, Maxwell ranked No. 146 in the nation at assists per set (9.27) and now has 320 assists on the season. Maxwell received her first ever All-Tournament team award for her 116 assists at the Marshall Tournament. She now has upped her assist per set average from 9.27 to 9.70, moving her up to No. 118 in the nation in that category. Maxwell and the Chippewas start MAC play on Friday against MAC West favorite Northern Illinois. Following NIU, they play Saturday in Kalamazoo against Western Michigan.

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On June 2, 1986, Central Michigan graduate Jeff Drenth rose out of bed in his southwest Eugene, Ore. home. He went off for his 10-mile morning run. By his standards, he ran poorly at the Bruce Jenner Track and Field Classic in San Jose, Calif. two days before. After the run, Jeff wrote in his log book, “Ran 10 miles in the a.m., Achilles felt a little sore, but otherwise felt great. Have put Jenner meet behind me and am looking ahead.” He showered and made breakfast, then headed for the Athletics West office, which Jeff ran for professionally. He joked with staff members about his performance at the meet and received a massage. Minutes later, the fourthever CMU cross-country AllAmerican was found curled on the bathroom floor, with his right hand clasped to his chest. He died exactly four weeks before his 25th birthday. Jeff, who was from Charlevoix, came to CMU after graduating from Charlevoix High School in 1979. He majored in biology, which deepened his love of hunting and fishing. Even though he was a high school all-state cross-country runner, Jeff knew he had to work on his 4:42 mile to become a runner worth his salt. During his time at CMU, he became a two-time MidAmerican Conference champion, in ‘82 and ‘83. He also was a two-time first team allMAC in those years. Jeff was inducted into the CMU Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. In fact, his memory still lives on with the CMU cross-country team. “He’s one of our best runners,” said CMU assistant cross-country coach Matt Kaczor. Kaczor also said a recent design of their uniform had a picture of Jeff on it. “There may be one guy on this team that could rival Jeff

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Freshman wide receiver Titus Davis looks up as Western Michigan safety Donald Celiscar tips the ball Saturday afternoon at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo. The Western Michigan Broncos defeated Central 44-14.

Senior wide receiver Cedric Fraser brings the ball down the field while Western Michigan safety Johnnie Simon closes in during the Broncos victory over Central 44-14 on Saturday afternoon at Waldo Stadium. Fraser had two catches for six total yards.

Junior quarterback Ryan Radcliff watches from the sideline as the CMU defense attempts to stop the Western Michigan Broncos from scoring during the first half.




Junior quarterback Ryan Radcliff throws a pass to junior wide receiver Cody Wilson during the second half. Wilson had three receptions for 46 yards.

“It sucks to lose to anybody, let alone Western, but we have to put it behind us and focus on our next opponent, who’s quite the ball club.”


Junior defensive lineman Joe Kinville forced a fumble on the opening kickoff in the second half, which was picked up by junior safety Jahleel Addae, putting the Chippewas on the board. “It was good,” Kinville said about the forced fumble. “It was a heck of a way to start the second half.” Soon after the forced fumble, Kinville intercepted Carder. The touchdown by Addae cut the lead to 17, but WMU quickly responded. Carder’s 43-yard pass to White on third and nine from his own 27 deflated the CMU momentum. Later in the drive, Carder rushed the ball in for a 2-yard touch-

Ryan Radcliff, quarterback

down. The Victory Cannon rivalry trophy belongs to WMU, but the Chippewas move on and play next Saturday against Michigan State. “It sucks to lose to any-

body, let alone Western, but we have to put it behind us and focus on our next opponent, who’s quite the ball club,” Radcliff said.



Adams leads men’s crosscountry with second place


had to be — he didn’t have the physical tools that Prefontaine had.” Jeff’s older brother Walt Drenth, currently the crosscountry coach at Michigan State University, said he watched Jeff’s career transform at CMU. “I saw him go from being a decent runner to a great runner,” he said. Not long after Jeff’s death, Walt said he was in his track and field office in Finch Fieldhouse when then-CMU track and field coach Jim Knapp proposed the idea of the Jeff Drenth Memorial run. CMU has held the run each year since his death, having gone from an event that a few friends ran, into one college cross-country teams run annually, including CMU. The most recent was Sept. 2. Jeff’s time of 28:41.71 in the 10,000-meter event is still a CMU record. Doug Drenth, Jeff’s younger brother, said Jeff’s humor and honesty started in their childhood. “I remember him telling me to go to bed and get up on the other side of the bed, because I’d wake up on the wrong side,” Doug said. After Jeff graduated from CMU in 1984, he ran professionally for Nike-sponsored Athletics West in Eugene until the day of his death. Jeff also ran with the U.S. crosscountry team and competed in world competitions. At the 1986 World Cross Country Championships in Switzerland, Jeff passed his teammate and friend Alan Scharsu. He patted Scharsu on the back and said, “Let’s go, Alan. Tuck in behind me. Just hang on and we’ll get these guys. Let’s go for it.” Matt Peterson, a teacher at East Jordan Middle School, near Charlevoix, had grown close with Jeff. “I get teared up even thinking about him,” he said. “I knew Jeff. I met him my freshman year of high school — he saw me run at Elk Rapids. He sought me out after the race, and told me I ran well. It was just a huge turning point in my life.” Mystery still surrounds Jeff’s sudden death. Dr. Edward Wilson, the Lane County medical examiner at the time, ruled Jeff’s death as a heart rhythm disturbance, supported by Jeff’s prior history of arrhythmia, commonly known as an irregular heartbeat. However, Jeff’s cause of death remains unknown. His death certificate only states Jeff died of “natural causes.” An article in the June 16, 1986 issue of Sports Illustrated said, “an autopsy showed that Jeff’s brain, lungs and heart were in perfect health. His heart was large and had been capable of sustaining 215 beats per minute, remarkable even among distance runners. Its stark absence of damage seemed to suggest an electrical malfunction, which leaves no telltale clot or ruptured vessel.” In Sept. 1985, Jeff was a


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Sophomore Tecumseh Adams led Central Michigan’s men’s cross-country Friday with a second-place finish at the Spartan Invitational. Adams finished with a time of 24:26, while Terefe Ejigu of Eastern Michigan took first with a time of 24:23. Director of cross-country and track and field Willie Randolph was pleased with Adams’ effort. “Tec ran very well for us today,” Randolph said. “He is going in the right direction and had a great race for us. He stuck his nose in the front pack all day and did a good job of leading our pack.” The Chippewas were able to place three runners in the


Jeff Drenth was a Nike-sponsored Athletics West runner post-CMU.

part of the U.S. track and field team. In Japan, according to the Register-Guard article, Jeff ran the 10,000-meter event in 28:45.18, about five seconds slower than his personal best. Even in reportedly poor conditions, Jeff’s last mile was clocked at 4:16. He finished in second place and helped the U.S. defeat the Soviet Union. Sevene said in that article by 1988, Jeff would have been a contender for an Olympic berth. Peterson maintained contact with Jeff through mail and occasional phone conversations — he still looks at letters he’d saved. He said the impact Jeff had on him was indelible. When Peterson was still in high school, Jeff came back during the off-season to run with the high school track and field and cross-country teams. “During a training run, he’d look behind at me and point to the ground beside him as he’s running, and say ‘Get up here. Get up here,’” Peterson said. “He could influence you and pass on a good, positive message without lecturing. And we listened to him.” That, Peterson said, was one of the many ways Jeff showed leadership. Peterson noticed how Jeff was a quiet but powerful influence. Besides letters, Jeff sometimes brought a tape recorder on his morning runs. He made small talk with the recorder as if in conversation. He mailed the tapes out to friends and family. Peterson said if Jeff mailed someone, he expected a letter back. When Jeff once wrote Peterson a letter that went unanswered, Jeff wrote another one. “He wrote me this long let-

ter that said how he’d gotten a career-ending injury and couldn’t run anymore and that he’d gained 60 pounds,” Peterson said. “I called him up immediately, and he was laughing.” Beyond Jeff’s sense of humor, Peterson is sure what his fate would have been if Jeff had not been in his life. “I can honestly say on a personal level, that without his influence, I might not have gone to college,” Peterson said. Peterson went on to say that other people have felt the same way. Peterson was in New York City visiting his sister when Jeff’s dad, the late Bob Drenth, called him on the day of Jeff’s death with the news. Peterson flew back the next day and attended the funeral in the Charlevoix High School gymnasium with about 1,200 other people. Jeff was buried in his red, white and blue uniform he wore when he beat the Soviet Union in Tokyo. At the funeral, Jeff’s former teammates from high school, college and professional teams attended. After the service, they all went for a run together. People shared stories about Jeff during the run — things he did and said to people. Peterson said he vividly remembers how people of various ages came to the same general conclusion about Jeff. “Besides your parents, there are few people who make an impact in your life,” Peterson said. “He was one of those people.”

back to a .500 record while a lose puts CMU’s record at 2-4, something Fresse didn’t want after starting the season with a two-game win streak. “We don’t have a lot of time to prepare, but this team has a lot of potential,” Freese said. “If we can keep playing

a high-quality game, the team can compete with the nation’s best teams.” The next game begins at 4 p.m. at the CMU Field Hockey Complex.

top 25. Juniors Matt Lutzke and Jason Drudge rounded out the top 25, placing 24th and 25th with times of 25:12 and 25:13. Randolph hopes this race is just one step in making CMU a top team at the end of the year. “In these early races, you want to make sure the team is running together in a pack,” Randolph said. “The team was pleased with some things today. We had some personal bests, but we are always trying to get better and I saw some things that we can quickly change to make ourselves better.” The season is early, but all meets are important based on what Randolph said. He looks at meets like this weekend’s as a chance to look back

when the season is over. “Our goal is to be a very strong team at the end of the year, and these meets you can sit down and look back and see how the team made it a reality,” Randolph said. The Chippewas are already focusing on the Notre Dame Invitational, which isn’t until Sept. 30. “Not too much is going to change early in the season,” Randolph said. “We are going to make sure all our runners are putting in the mileage. We won’t start resting their legs until later on in the season. We have some marquee points in our season coming up, starting with going to Notre Dame, and we are going to be prepared for that.”

Anderson places 10th in first race since Spring By Adam Niemi Staff Reporter

Holly Anderson finished 10th at the Spartan Invitational and led Central Michigan’s women’s cross-country team Friday. Anderson, a senior, finished 21:11 to lead the Chippewas in their first 6K run of the season in East Lansing during the invitational. It was also Raeanne Lohner’s first race since the Mid-American Conference championship last spring. She finished 16th, with a time of 21:26. Lohner, a senior, said she was glad to race again. “I was really excited to be back to race,” she said. “I’m just thankful to have a race to run in and a course to run on.” The race was CMU’s second of the season. The first was the Jeff Drenth Memo-

rial on Sept. 2. Coaches Willie Randolph and Matt Kaczor had decided to keep Lohner out of that race so she would be rested for the Spartan Invitational and the more meaningful races later in the season. Lohner said the only real downfall to missing races is losing a sense of pace. “You don’t know where the baseline is, so it’s a bit nerveracking,” she said. Randolph, the director of track and field and crosscountry, said he thought the race went well. “We’re not necessarily excited (about the results), but we’re moving in the right direction,” Randolph said. “You’re never satisfied. We’re looking at promising results and looking forward to the future.” Randolph said the team has to continue working on running closer together at

the front. “They did that in pieces,” he said. “They did not do that 100 percent of the day.” He wants to see the team do it when it counts toward the end of the year. Lohner said she saw the team run well together. “We definitely had some gaps, but compared to some years past, it didn’t seem as extensive,” Lohner said. Despite the gaps, CMU’s seven runners placed in the top half of the race. Of the 231 runners in the Spartan Invitational, CMU senior Veronica Garcia finished in 73rd place. Finishing a minute later was junior Jacquelyn McEnhill, who finished 112th with a time of 23:37. The next race for the women’s cross-country team is at 2 p.m. Sept. 30 for the Notre Dame Invitational.


DOWN 21-10 AT HALFTIME, SPARTANS SQUANDER CHANCES FOR COMEBACK IN LOSS TO NOTRE DAME SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Fifth-year senior Kirk Cousins threw for 329 yards Saturday. Most of those yards came after Notre Dame had built a comfortable lead. The No. 15-ranked Spartans went on to lose, 31-13, to Notre Dame on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. Cousins completed 34 of 53 passes but turned the ball over twice, on a fumble and an interception. “I don’t think there was any one thing we did wrong,” Cousins said. “I think we just came up short in the end zone. We came away from the 5-yard line twice with no points; you can’t expect to win a game when you do that.” Trailing 28-13 with 7:52 left in the game, the Spartans

started a drive at their 1 and drove down to their 48 before Cousins threw a pair of incomplete passes intended for B.J. Cunningham, who set career highs for catches (12) and receiving yards (158). The Spartans hadn’t been able to run the ball in the first half before redshirt freshman right tackle Skyler Burkland was carted off with a left leg injury. Michigan State had 14 carries for 13 yards in the first half and finished with 29 yards rushing on 23 carries, an average of 1.3 yards per carry. “When you look at us collectively, we’ve got to establish a running game and be more balanced, I think, as an offense,” said Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio. Notre Dame led, 21-10, at halftime, thanks to a pair

of rushing touchdowns by Cierre Woods, who finished with 61 yards on 14 carries, and an 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. “Offensively, we’ve got to do something with those turnovers, as opposed to getting three points,” Dantonio said. Notre Dame increased their lead to 28-10 with 9:30 left in the third quarter after Rees hit TJ Jones on a 26-yard pass. Notre Dame immediately threw to Mitchell White’s side after he had come in to replace Darqueze Dennard. Rees finished with 161 yards on 18-of-26 passing with one touchdown and one interception. Michael Floyd had six catches for 84 yards and Jones finished with three catches for 40 yards.

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