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Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010

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Enarson declines dean position Interim cites family, personal reasons for rejection By Lonnie Allen Staff Reporter

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Detroit freshman Shaniqua Sanders smiles as she listens to speeches by her peers while holding a burning candle at a candlelight vigil Monday afternoon, which occurred at the end of the CommUNITY March on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. “This is all about getting together amongst others as a unity to help one another for peace, love and prosperity,” she said. “Martin Luther King, Jr. is a symbol of freedom, a symbol of life — a symbol of a new generation. I don’t think the world would be the same without him.”

‘Unity in the community’ Marchers trek through CMU, then downtown for vigil in civil rights leader’s honor By Sherri Keaton Senior Reporter


t was a little before 5 p.m. Monday when candles were held close to peoples’ hearts and Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision was held even closer. MLK CommUNITY March and Peace Vigil involved about 200 students, faculty, staff and community members who marched throughout Central Michigan University’s campus, punctuating the air with songs such as “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and ”We Shall Overcome,” and words of encouragement such as “Unity in the community.” The marchers ended their trek after reaching downtown Mount Pleasant. “(People) should be marching for our rights, tolerance and acceptance,” said Nou Her, an Auburn senior. Her has participated in the march annually since her freshman year and sees it

as symbolic for what people should be doing every day. She said King has always been her role model of what and what not to do. “He’s very iconic for me — he’s a minority and I’m a minority; I think it’s important to participate in multicultural events right now,” Her said. Speech and song Lester Booker Jr., interim assistant director of Minority Student Services, said the event went well. “We had an absolutely great turnout incorporating the vigil into the march itself,” Booker said. “We’re making steps toward the right direction, but it doesn’t stop here, it doesn’t stop on this day. We need to continue to press toward the mark of a higher calling.” When the marchers stopped in downtown Mount Pleasant, a few speakers encouraged the crowd with songs and speeches about King’s cause during the vigil. See the Web site for a video from the march and vigil.

Saginaw junior John Ketchum was one of the speakers who talked about progression and equality. “We as a people can say proudly that his death was not in vain,” Ketchum said. “Look around and observe the diverse population at this march today. This is living proof that the human race has made progress toward the goal of equality for all mankind that Dr. King worked so tirelessly to achieve.” Ketchum said King’s work helps people become aware of themselves. “We need to use the past sacrifices of Dr. King as a tool to fight discrimination in America and learn more about ourselves and this country in the process,” Ketchum said.

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‘A blessing’ Muskegon junior Sherryia Armstrong said the feeling at the march was unexplainable. She said it meant everything to her to be there. “It’s a blessing just to come together and march and be a union. So for us to be together and march for what they fought for is a blessing. My heart is simply excited and I’m blessed,” Armstrong said.

See the Web site for a video of Danny Glover’s appearance.


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Ypsilanti senior TaNisha Parker, left, and Detroit senior Jessica Veasley lead the Delta Sigma Theta Women’s Suffrage March on Saturday through campus. Saturday’s march was held in honor of the sorority’s founders who hosted the suffrage march in 1913.

Suffrage movement celebrated on campus About 70 march through campus for women’s rights By Alex Washington Staff Reporter

ing-room-only crowd listened to Glover and Justice, a performance part of Martin Luther King Jr. Week at Central Michigan University. Glover drew from Hughes’ spirit as he recited works such as “The Negro Speaks Rivers,“ “Weary Blues,“ “Mother to Son,” “As I Grew Older,” and “Let America Be America Again,” to name a few. Justice performed a variety of King’s speeches and noted his character and commitLibby March/Staff Photographer ment to a cause he died for. Actor Danny Glover reads poetry by Langston Hughes on Tuesday in Plachta Auditorium. A Glover | 2A

When asked about the moral future of America, Glover said, “I believe as we face the critical issues of the 20th century, there will be young men and women at the front of that.”


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w MLK Jr. Charity Skating Party is Friday from 10 to 11:30 p.m. at Spinning Wheels Skating Rink, 1241 N. Mission Road.

His eyes were slightly closed and his voice flowed with enrapturing words about rivers older than time. “... I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers...” Actor and advocate Danny Glover gave numerous renditions of poetry Tuesday in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium from the renowned poet Langston Hughes, along with long-time friend Felix Justice who performed speeches from political advocate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During “An Evening with Martin & Langston,” a stand-

Associate deans on hold? The search for the four associates deans will continue, Smith said. However, they will not be filled until the dean’s

w The 18th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. CommUNITY Ball is set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday in the Bovee University Center Rotunda.

Glover, Justice bring forth historical messages By Sherri Keaton Senior Reporter

Interim Provost Gary Shapiro said Tuesday that Cam Enarson has declined the position of Central Michigan University’s medical school dean. In an e-mail, Shapiro said Enarson did not take the job because of family and personal reasons. Enarson has been serving as interim dean of the medical school since April. He will remain active in that position through the current academic year, said Steve Smith, director of public relations. “It is our goal to have a dean in place by the end of this academic year,” Smith said. Enarson declined comment Tuesday. Interim University President Kathy Wilbur said in Tuesday’s meeting of the Academic Senate that there were already some people being considered for the job. “We’ve already identified some candidates and we’re starting that process again,” she said. The university will continue the current search for a found-

ing dean of the school of medicine, not begin a new search, Smith said. Enarson will join the search committee, chaired by ColCam Enarson lege of Health Professions Dean Chris Ingersoll, Smith said. He said that would not affect the progress of CMU’s new medical school. Smith said the cost of the search has been minimal and is not affected by the plans for budget cuts announced last week by interim President Kathy Wilbur. He said advertisements were purchased seeking applicants, but there were no travel costs for interviews. Enarson was the only candidate still in consideration for the dean position. Russell Joffe, the former dean of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Bonita Stanton, pediatricianin-chief at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, withdrew in December.

Redford freshman Kendarius Mann marched for the importance of women Saturday afternoon. “I don’t think women should be the only people marching for their rights,” Mann said. “Women are very important. I mean, without women, there would be no men.” It was all part of a Women’s Suffrage Commemorative March on Central Michigan University’s campus sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. About 70 people marched through campus as the so-

rority concluded its Founders Week events. The group began at Warriner Hall and ended with hot chocolate and donuts at the Towers, with historical facts about the sorority and the Women’s Suffrage Movement being told along the way. TaNisha Parker, a Ypsilanti senior and Delta Sigma Theta vice president, said the sorority marched because it was the first community service event their founders had been involved in. “It was their very first act of public service and we figured that’s 97 years of service and this is our first year in the sorority; so it’d be a good thing to honor our founders by redoing the march,” Parker said. Parker said she was not expecting as many people

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today w University Art Gallery 20/40/50 Anniversary Alumni Exhibition, an exhibition of art work by five decades of alumni from the CMU Department of Art and Design, will be displayed today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the University Art Gallery: Main Gallery and West Gallery. w Primary Visions: Foundation Art Students’ Exhibition, an exhibition of various media produced by students in the Art Department’s Foundations classes, will be on display today through January 30 in the Park Library’s Extended Hours Study Room and third floor.

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Detroit senior Carly Wilson uses a megaphone to speak to a crowd of hundreds of students, faculty and community members as she leads people through campus Monday during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day CommUNITY March.

to attend, but is happy they did. “I’m happy and surprised people showed up for it to be so cold and for it to be Saturday,� Parker said. “I don’t think a lot of men will come but, if (even) one comes, I’d still be happy.� Members of Alpha Chi Omega sorority came to show their support to Delta Sigma Theta. Dawn Siemiet, a Rochester Hills senior and Alpha Chi Omega president, encouraged her sorority sisters to come because she wants to increase cultural awareness and Greek unity. “We want to show that we support all groups and not just IFC and (Panhellenic Council),� Siemiet said. “Our girls were happy they came, they were excited that (Delta

Thursday w A free movie viewing of The Invention of Lying, a movie about a world without lies, will take place at 8 p.m. in Pearce Hall Room 128. w "Building Trust in the Midst of Change," a workshop open to the public; cost is $30 to the public and free to CMU staff and faculty, will take place at 1 p.m. in Rowe Hall Room 229. w Weekly Live Music at the Brass Cafe, a selection of jazz or easy lounge music, will be played every Thursday, Fri day and Saturday at the Brass Cafe 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday w 18th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. CommUNITY Ball, will be held at 6 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Rotunda in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. week. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Minority Student Services. w Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Charity Skating Party, in part of Martin Luther King Jr. week, will take place at 10 p.m. at the Spinning Wheels Skating Rink. Admission is $7.

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Sigma Theta) were nice and happy they showed up.� Jessica Veasley, a Detroit senior and Delta Sigma Theta recording secretary, was happy that Greeks from the Panhellenic Council came and everyone learned something. “I’m excited the mainstream Greeks came — that meant a lot and showed that we are more than (Panhellenic) or NPHC and we can work together,� Veasley said. “Women’s Suffrage Movement wasn’t just for black women or other minorities — it was for all women’s rights.� The sorority was founded Jan. 13, 1913, at Howard University, and its 22 founding women participated in a march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. the day before Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration in 1913.

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New Michigan Street redesign hopes to be a trendsetter

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A new design for three blocks of Michigan Street is predicted to be a trendsetter for future street redesigns in Mount Pleasant. Duane Ellis, director of the city’s Department of Public Works, said the redesign, planned for the area between Mission and Fancher streets, is the first of many aimed at improving pedestrian walkability. “It’s kind of a pilot approach we’re doing,� he said. “This is the first section we’re using it on.� The new look of Michigan Street will feature narrower driving lanes, bump-out parking, new bike lanes and wider sidewalks, according to the city’s Web site.

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“(King) had the courage that so many of us lack,� Justice said. “...To let his light shine. I call upon you let your light shine. In order to be an individual of absolute integrity, you must let your light shine when things are hard.� Glover said King was all about saving souls. “When we begin to spend more money on war than on human beings we’re moving toward a moral bankruptcy,� Glover said of wars current and past. The event started about an


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See the Web version of this story for a sketch of the street redesign. The redesign is scheduled to begin in early June and last through the end of April. Ellis said the design would ideally slow down the speed of traffic, making Michigan Street safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. Business impact Lonnie DeRosia, co-store manager of Biggby Coffee, said he is concerned the redesign could affect the entrances of the coffee shop, which sits at the corner of Michigan and Mission streets. “People will have to take alternative routes during construction,� he said. “Every-

body hates construction.� But the outcome could be more positive — he said the project might create some traffic flow through the area and even help out business. Construction is scheduled to take place between early June and the end of August. The cost of the project is estimated to be around $400,000. Ellis said some funding will come from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Other funds have come down through the Michigan Department of Transportation. “They’re paying about 80 percent of the costs,� Ellis said. The new redesign of Michigan Street also will increase the green area along the road and decrease the amount of pavement.

message of Dr. King. “This event really puts the difficulties that I thought were overwhelming into perspective for me,� the Grosse Pointe junior said. “I was a little leery at first (waiting) but it was more than worth the wait.� Detroit senior Carly Wilson introduced the speakers and said it was an honor. “I truly believe in the life and legacy of Dr. King and for them to come and re-enact some of the history and message behind his movement I really feel like for me it became personal,� Wilson said.

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The search for the associate deans has been going on since October, said Ray Christie, vice provost of academic administration and the search committee chair for the associate dean of administration and finance for the medical school. Christie said the committee has identified finalists and has put forth paperwork to bring those finalists to campus. “We are following the standard protocol for the search,� he said.

position is filled. Bruce Roscoe, dean of students and chair of the search committee for the medical school associate dean of student affairs, said it would be difficult filling the associate dean positions without having a dean already in place. “They want to know who they might be working for,� Roscoe said.

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Wilbur to hold budget meeting next month Trustees meet Feb. 18 to discuss cutbacks plan By Sarah Schuch Senior Reporter

Interim University President Kathy Wilbur hopes to hold a campus-wide budget meeting at the end of February.

sity has a new president, Wilbur aims to move forward. A few things are on her mind — keeping academic programs strong, encouraging faculty hiring, enabling more students to come to CMU and establishing a firm set of budget reduction ideas. Cost centers are devising options of 3, 6 and 9 percent budget cuts, per a request made by Wilbur last week.

“We need to remind (everybody) how the entire university budget is put together,” she said. “We will have so many more Kathy Wilbur pieces of information in four short weeks.” With less than two months until Central Michigan Univer-

Charter schools could see changes

She asked for the plans by Feb. 8. Wilbur then will review the submissions along with proposed campus-wide cuts formed by the Senior Staff Budget Advisory Group. Gov. Jennifer Granholm will give the State of the State address Feb. 3 and will present the state budget later that month. Wilbur and university officials will know more after

that, they say. By the Feb. 18 Board of Trustees meeting, Wilbur hopes to have a better understanding of what CMU should cut. “I want a very solid set of proposals on what we need to do,” Wilbur said. “I want to be able to go to the Board of Trustees and say these are the ideas we are considering.” A wilbur | 6a

[Life in brief] Study Abroad Expo

Students can learn about studying abroad from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today in the Charles V. Park Library Main Corridor. Students can talk to the study abroad staff and learn about different programs. Also, students can learn about the places they can go and the information needed for study abroad. The event is sponsored by the Office of International Affairs/Study Abroad. For more information, contact the office at or call 774-4308.

Blood drive

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A Red Cross-sponsored event will take place from noon to 5:45 p.m. today and Thursday in Kulhavi Hall Room 142. Central Michigan University is teaming up with Western Michigan University to help save lives. For more information, contact Lindsey Mortier with the American Red Cross at

Safe Zone Training

By Carisa Seltz Staff Reporter

The educational footprint of Central Michigan University’s Center for Charter Schools could get bigger with education reform laws recently signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Since its inception in 1994, the center has helped start 58 public charter schools throughout Michigan. It is a number that could increase as the law allows expansion of schools, despite the existing cap of 150 on university-authorized schools. James Goenner, the center’s executive director, said the law allows officials to reward the better-functioning schools. “(It’s for the) highest performing schools — give them a new contract called the school of excellence contract, and then take the vacancy that they’ve created and create a new charter school,” Goenner said. State legislators addressed the cap to be eligible for a piece of $4.35 billion in federal “Race to the Top” funds and, to qualify, created the school of excellence mechanism. The outcome, some hope, spurs quality over quantity. “It’s very important legislation,” said Dan Quisenberry, president of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, the association that represents all charter schools in the state of Michigan. “It’s transformational in the fact that it adds quality charter schools.”

30 schools eligible for excellence status Under the new law, a public school becomes a school of excellence after demonstrating high academic performance for three consecutive years on the MEAP’s math and reading sections. Goenner said the center ran a preliminary analysis based on MEAP results from 2007 to 2009 and estimated there are 30 schools eligible to apply for school of excellence status — a dozen of those being CMU-authorized schools. “We’re going to monitor schools of excellence’s track record of replicating success,” said Doug Pratt, director of communication for the Michigan Education Association. “We want to replicate what’s working, not just adding schools to add schools.” A charter | 5a

Safe Zone Training will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in Rowe Hall Room 229. The purpose is to give individuals the tools necessary to be a safe zone for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, faculty and staff. The training will include issues facing the LGBT communities, the current campus climate, an overview of terminology and the importance of the training at Central Michigan University. For more information, contact Shannon Jolliff at or 774-6447.

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Canes Nicolas’ parents were in Haiti during the earthquakes that struck last week. Nicolas, right, is pictured with his sister Nahomie, center, and his parents Canier and Celimeble.

heart of a disaster Haitian student fearful for family in home country By Connor Sheridan Senior Reporter

Canes Nicolas immediately thought of his family last week when he first heard about the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti. Nicolas, a Haitian international student, attended CMU last semester to study musical conducting and violin before transferring to Ohio University as a graduate student in December. His parents, Celimeble and Canier, live in the suburb of Carrefour, 10 miles south of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. The earthquake struck Jan. 12, its epicenter just miles off the coast of Port-au-Prince. When Nicolas first heard about the destruction late last Tuesday, he was left dreading the possibility that his parents might be injured or, worse, among the 50,000 estimated by the American Red Cross to be dead. “I’m just hoping and

praying I hear from them,” Nicolas said Thursday. “I thought I was dreaming or something, what’s happening is really bad right now.” Nicolas finally heard from a friend Friday that his parents were alive, but injured. He was able to speak to his mother Saturday after she called him through an internet phone at a cyber cafe. “I was so happy — I was very, very grateful,” he said. Nicolas said his parents went outside their house after they felt the initial earthquake. He surmised his parents’ injuries were minor as they were able to walk the four miles from downtown to their house in Carrefour. They currently sleep outside their house, which is still standing despite several dangerous cracks running through it. ‘Continuing crisis’ A United Nations assessment team estimated that 40 to 50 percent of the buildings in the Carrefour region are completely destroyed, according to a report Sunday by ABC News. The area is mostly low income and is home to about

Bob Erekson, a CMU landscape operations caretaker, plows the sidewalks Monday afternoon in front of Moore Hall. Sean Proctor /Staff Photographer

With less snow comes fewer snow removal constraints for the city of Mount Pleasant. The city has budgeted about $256,000 for snow removal this year, with $130,000 of that going toward snow removal on “major” streets, such as Preston Road, Broomfield Road and Pickard Street. That number is up from last year’s budgeted $116,440. Duane Ellis, the city’s director of public works, said snowfall amounted to about four feet in December 2008 — much more precipitation than recent snowfalls indi-

Ron G. to perform

Comedian Ron G. will perform from 8 to 10 p.m. today in the Bovee University Center Rotunda. The event is part of the celebration of MLK Jr. Week and admission is free. For more information, contact Crysta Heckman with Program Board at or 774-3174.

Meet the Greeks

The Meet the Greeks event will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. today in the RFOC and will feature all Greek sororities from the Panhellenic Council, as well as all fraternities from the Interfraternity Council.

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Canes Nicolas, an international student, attended CMU last semester to study musical conducting and violin before transferring to Ohio University as a graduate student in December.

334,000 people. The music school Nicolas attended for primary and secondary education lays in utter shambles. He initially wanted to fly to the Dominican Republic and take a bus to Haiti, but his friend and mentor, Steven Huang, convinced him it would be too dangerous. Huang is a music professor at Ohio University who met Nicolas at a Haitian

music camp he assisted with during the summer of 2000. “There’s a continuing crisis of lack of food and water,” Huang said. He and Nicolas are trying to gather information on sites around Port-au-Prince which will be able to provide assistance for Nicolas’ family and others.

Less snowfall lowers removal cost By David Veselenak Online Editor

Career Services is holding a workshop from 7 to 8 p.m. today in Bovee University Center’s Lake Erie and Lake Huron rooms. Career Services will be there to help students learn how to create an effective and professional resume, as well as how to make resumes stand out to employers. For more information, contact Career Services at or at 774-3068.

cate. The smaller amount of snow has helped reprieve some of the city’s costs, he said. “This year has been a more normal year, as far as snowfall goes,” he said. “Last year, it was a little bit tight, but we didn’t do too bad last year.” The city gets its funding for roads through Act 51, Ellis said, which redistributes the taxes taken on gasoline around the state to municipalities. While he believes revenue from the state has decreased, Ellis said the way funds are distributed has not changed in recent years. “As far as we know, it has not been a drastic amount,”

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he said. “Revenue from that has held up pretty well.” Ellis said the city has six trucks that leave in pairs on three different plow routes. He said the city focuses on the major roads first, including those the city oversees through campus. Then, workers move to the local, more residential roads. He said downtown roadways are plowed along with major roads because of the lack of places to put the snow. As a rule of thumb, Ellis said if snowfall in the city exceeds three inches, the plows are sent out. If it is less, the city can salt some or all of the roads. A snow | 5a

Soup and Substance

The Multicultural Education Center will hold a Soup and Substance from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Bovee University Center Terrace rooms A, B and C. The event will focus on the results of the Vision 2010 Project to Explore Racial and Ethical Diversity. Mary Senter, a professor of socioligy, anthropology and social work, and J. Cherie Strachan, an assistant professor of political science, will present on the topic. This event is one in a series of luncheon presentations on diversity-related topics. It is part of MLK Jr. Week and is free. For more information, contact Minority Student Services at or 774-3945.

Underground Railroad exhibit

A photography exhibition is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays today through Jan. 29 in Bovee University Center’s Multicultural Education Center. The exhibit is by retired Central Michigan University art faculty member Nedra Frodge. The photos highlight stops on the Underground Railroad and provide information on current slavery. This event is part of MLK Jr. Week and is free. For more information, contact Ulana Klymyshyn in the Multicultural Education Center at or 774-7318.

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EDITORIAL | Department cuts should be kept at the lowest percentage possible



nterim University President Kathy Wilbur said last week that every department at Central Michigan University will have to propose cutting its budget by 3, 6 or 9 percent by Feb. 8. The percentage cut from every department depends on the maximum amount of money the university can save without significantly hindering a program.

CMU should try its best to cut just 3 percent from each department it can and think of new ways to save money beyond budget cuts. Budget cuts are not a surprise these days with Michigan’s struggling economy; departments should have been expecting them. But knowing what’s to come

doesn’t make choosing what to cut out of a department any easier, and the difference of a few percentages can potentially cripple a department. If every department was expected to cut 6 percent or more, it could damage the academic integrity of the university as a whole. With each academic year, stu-

dents are forced to pay more, but receive less. Tuition increased 4.6 percent last July, and will most likely increase again before the next academic year. Cutting academic resources drastically while increasing tuition doesn’t make much sense as a business model and will drive prospective students away from CMU. CMU is going to have to find other ways to raise money besides raising tuition every year if it expects to maintain a thriving college campus. By being smarter with how money is being spent, the university can appeal to alumni for higher donations that won’t be squandered on needless things. There are other ways, too, the school can raise its capital without asking for more money. A single department at the University of Washington saved more

than $1,000 a month by getting rid of landline phones. Rhodes College in Memphis saved $725,000 a year by allowing a few students to teach as professionals. Some universities are hiring students during the summer to do renovations and landscaping, eliminating the need for professional services. It is that kind of innovative thinking CMU needs to implement so budget cuts can remain low and tuition rates can only raise bearably, if at all. The cuts are inevitable, and will most likely continue for the next few years. But without tracking how money is being spent and making sure it’s reaching its full potential will only continue the vicious cycle of higher tuition and budget cuts. The only guarantees will be a drop in enrollment and academics — two things that can decimate a university.


Brad Canze Columnist

NBC lost over late night If there is one thing the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) has been able to do consistently and successfully, it is shooting itself in the foot. When “The Tonight Show” struggled to find its footing for the first seven months under host Conan O’Brien and “The Jay Leno Show” was lead-ballooning in primetime, NBC was tasked with finding a solution that would appease shareholders, affiliate stations, advertisers, the hosts and, most importantly, the viewers. Instead, the network has lost so much money, it is hard to put a defined figure on it. It demonized NBC executives and Leno, and saw public opinion thoroughly rallied behind O’Brien. Nielsen Media’s ratings for viewership have put O’Brien’s average audience at roughly 2 million less than Leno’s average as host, so favoring the older, more experienced Leno may seem like the right thing to do for the Peacock. The Nielsen ratings, a driving factor behind NBC’s decisions, don’t factor in either DVR recordings or online audiences. Instead of embracing this change in the way people consume their media by slowly shifting their advertising focuses and more heavily pushing online usage and interactivity, NBC decided to try and go back to what they had. Leno had a steady, older audience although, after losing most of them during the experiment of having Leno at 10 p.m. and Conan at 11:30 p.m., there’s no telling if that audience can be recovered. What can be said for sure is wherever O’Brien ends up, he will be successful. Meanwhile, NBC, with all the money it has lost over the late-night debacle and the reported $200 million it is guaranteed to lose broadcasting the 2010 Winter Olympics, may soon need to ask CoCo for a loan.

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Responses from on university budget cuts Vince’88 says:

Cut the Medical School. Alumni says:

Where was the public call for ways to reduce the budget? My suggestions: - Program Board concerts – can’t students get their concert experiences at home on summer vacation? - Centralight – Move the alumni magazine all online. - Combine ticket offices. Does the university really need the Central Box Office, University Theater Box Office and the Athletics Box Office? - Increase parking by $25 per semester - Cut the library hours by 1 hour each day - Cut the SAC by 1 hour each day. Thundercarrot says:

The University budget is over $300 million. Even at $300 mil-

lion, you’re talking about $9 million, $18 million, and $27 million in cuts to reach the 3, 6, and 9 percent threshold. The medical school is being primarily funded with donations and partnerships, so cutting it doesn’t affect the principle budget in any measurable way. There’s also a high probability (almost to the point of certainty) that the infrastructure investment for the medical school will actually increase revenue in the long run, either as a successful program or an expansion to the highly successful health professions program. It would be foolish for the administration to turn down the investment revenue this project is bringing in. The rest of the suggestions, with the possible exception of combining the ticket offices and diversity spending, are a drop in the bucket at this level, of reductions. Program board doesn’t spend anywhere near $500,000 (look it up), and it’s unclear just how much “diversity spending” can be effectively cut given state and federal laws or funding requirements.

Responses from on students first week Just saying says:

Big deal. Why is it that people assume Chinese people know chemistry, would be like saying all Americans are dumb. Or saying Chinese people are cheap for donating $1 million for Haiti. Their government made a very cheap decision. As well as Madonna, who is worth over a $.5 billion, give 250,000. Overall this paper has gone downhill fast. Antonio says:

Jill, The Chinese student …is from China. He is familiar with that education system and knows that the majority of all the high school students there, especially ones who have the opportunity to go to America, have to study chemistry much more diligently than American students. It isn’t wrong for him to say chemistry is easy for the Chinese students.

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Hilary Farrell Columnist

Looking all over Finding a date in Mount Pleasant isn’t impossible If you’re single at Central Michigan University, you may feel you have limited options for meeting a meaningful partner in Mount Pleasant. Don’t fear; I am here to guide you. Provided, of course, you are looking for a “meaningful” partner, and not just someone to spend a bar tab with. As a happy recipient of several bar tabs, I will allow it as an option but, for the sake of argument, there are several other ways to meet someone you are assured of remembering. The tried-and-true method of meeting someone with similar interests is to participate in activities you are, well, interested in. There are 180 registered student organizations on campus to get involved in. More information about these organizations can be found at If you live on campus, it is likely your residence hall offers social events. Instead of writing them off, attend one with a roommate; you may be pleasantly surprised. Work and cocurricular activities are other option to meet those with similar interests, and it also helps you succeed in your major. A word of advice though: it can get pretty messy spending required time with an ex. From personal experience, I don’t recommend it unless the guy or girl is pretty special. My last one was not. The point is, although incredibly tempting to get involved with someone from work, one should proceed with caution. Say you’re not one for extracurricular activities — try attending the required ones. Everyone should have at least one attractive or interesting person in at least one class. Classes are a great and nonthreatening way to make small talk and get to know someone. You might as well score a date out of your mounting debt. There are very few rules for going after someone in a class. Please shower, and please do not wear sweatpants every day. I go the sweatpants route to all of my classes and, as anyone could guess, I have yet to be asked out. If you are one of the lucky (unlucky?) few who do not attend cocurricular events or class, there are still two routes to follow. The first is to network with your friends to see who may know someone you may hit it off with. Everyone has a blind date horror story, but it is a great way to meet someone you may not have interacted with otherwise. Finally, they are incredibly low-risk, as you do not have to see the person if things go south. Finally, the Internet may be of help. Internet dating sites have risen in popularity with our digital generation. How serious it works depends on how serious you take it. is a free site with several CMU students listed. A friend of mine met an eight-month relationship from the site. All of these are viable options to meet someone new. Me? I think I may stop wearing sweatpants to class.

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“I helped my friend move into his apartment.” Khaled Alkazai,

South Arabia freshman

“I spent time with friends, had a big dinner and watched movies.” Qi Chen,

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Cheboygan senior Crystal Korn uses her Kindle on Thursday in the Charles V. Park Library. Korn, a student of the College of Business, uses her Kindle to read the Wall Street Journal each morning.

Professors skeptical of e-books Readers hold multiple articles, books in memory By Connor Sheridan Senior Reporter

A backpack crammed full of heavy textbooks is a hallmark part of a college education. But some hope to change that soon. A single e-book reader, such as the Amazon Kindle 2 or Barnes & Noble’s Nook, can hold shelves worth of books and publications in its memory. The devices can display pages for days at a time on a single charge through energy-efficient “e-ink” screens. Often, the books available on these devices’ respective marketplace are discounted from the price of hardcover editions. “That would certainly be an appeal to a student, to save money and not have to schlep around a 2 ­— inch book,” said Daniel Bracken, associate director of the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching. Drawbacks While e-book reader manufac-

turers hope institutions of higher learning integrate the devices into their courseload, many professors and school technicians remain skeptical of their utility and future relevance. Michael Reuter, director of distributed computing and technology operations in the College of Education and Human Services, said faculty members from the college have been taking the Kindle 2 for a test run. “To date, because of some tricky limitations, there hasn’t been much interest,” he said. Reuter said several faculty members have taken the device home for a weekend to gauge its potential as a learning tool. Many, he said, have cited a lack of or poor implementation of common note-taking strategies — such as highlighting and annotations — as deal-breakers. He also said the devices were fragile. The first Kindle 2 Amazon provided as a demonstration model for the College of Education and Human Services was broken after being chilled accidentally near an open window for several hours. Reuter said he was not sure about integration about e-

book readers at Central Michigan University. “We are very skeptical,” he said. Useful for students? Cheboygan senior Crystal Korn discovered the value of e-book readers as a useful tool for students that subscribe to publications as part of their education. Korn received her Kindle 2 as a Christmas present, and she uses it to subscribe to the Wall Street Journal for her studies in the College of Business. She enjoys being able to get any new book as soon as she wants it. While the readers may ultimately be seen as not worth the trouble by faculty, Greg Hanley, the master control coordinator of the College of Education and Human Services, can see a market for them existing elsewhere. “If you can’t go to the bookstore any time (you want), you’ve got two kids to put to bed, I can see how it would be convenient,” he said.

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CMU is the largest university charter schools authorizer in the country and was the first authorizer in the state. The center now serves about 30,000 students. Goenner said if CMU were a school district, it would be one of Michigan’s largest — second to Detroit. The state’s cap on university-authorized charter schools has existed since the 1990s and, for CMU’s center to open a new one, another would have to close. Other reforms passed by legislators would connect teacher evaluations to the performance of students, urge government takeovers of failing schools and raise the high school dropout age to 18. The law would be beneficial to public education and would impact CMU’s role, Goenner said. “The legislation really focuses on linking student outcomes to teacher effectiveness and school effectiveness,” he said, “and we think that that really done well can be a powerful driver of improving education.”

While the city clears the main roads in town, it does not take care of two of them — Mission Street, and High Street west of Mission and Pickard Road east of Mission. These roads are statecontrolled and are cleared by the Michigan Department of Transportation. Mission and High are Priority II roads, meaning the state clears one drivable path in each direction dur-

- The Associated Press contributed to this report.

ing a snow storm. The state does not use overtime to plow Priority II roads, said Anita Richardson, communications representative for MDOT’s Bay region. “The objective is to make the road passable,” she said. “We’re just not going to clear the pavement on those blue routes until after the snowstorm.” Richardson said MDOT is battling costs, and that the department is starting to have reduced purchasing power.

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Holland junior Nicholas Visser shops Saturday at Justice Records, 617 N. Mission St. Visser purchases vinyl records because he believes they have a better sound quality.

Digital music more convenient for MP3 players, downloading Vinyl records attract popularity for better quality By Brian C. Barton Staff Reporter

The music industry is constantly changing. Overall music purchases in 2009 in the United States saw a 2.1 percent increase over 2008. Last year saw a huge increase in vinyl record sales and digital album sales, according to a Nielsen music press release. Heather Polinsky, a broadcast and cinematic arts assistant professor, said the increase in digital music sales is due to the convenience of MP3 players rather than the quality of sound in music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A properly trained ear can honestly tell the difference in sound when comparing digital music to CDs and vinyl records,â&#x20AC;? Polinsky said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe more people are turning to digital music because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s far more convenient to download music and listen to it on an MP3 player.â&#x20AC;? Also, purchasing a song is more affordable than purchasing an entire CD, and transferring music to a portable MP3 player makes listening to music easier, she said. In 2009, U.S. digital album sales reached an all-time high with more than 76 million online sales, a 16.1 percent increase over the units sold in 2008. Digital music accounted for 40 percent of all U.S. music purchases in 2009, the release stated. While digital music is booming, vinyl records and turntables also are gaining sales. Vinyl albums saw a 33 percent increase in sales in 2009, selling 2.5 billion, up from 1.88 billion the previous year, according to Nielsenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement. CD sales are down by


Board of Trustees Chairwoman Stephanie Comai said the sooner they get started, the better off they will be. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the longer we wait to take action, the worse the problem,â&#x20AC;? Comai said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Wilbur is) still the president and we expect her to fully act on the responsibilities as president until George Ross arrives.â&#x20AC;? But Wilbur is not keeping University President-designate George Ross out of the loop with these decisions. The two talk weekly, at the very least, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We usually have quite an agenda, a laundry list of issues,â&#x20AC;? she said. Students should not worry too much during the transition period, said Dean of Students Bruce Roscoe. Roscoe believes Ross, who takes over March 1, will still keep a student fo-

cus on campus. A shift in financial aid Wilbur is in the process of trying to establish more financial aid for students on a need base instead of merit base. She wants to make sure the programs at CMU stay strong and funded, but a major factor is trying to keep tuition at a reasonable amount. Wilbur is trying to shift some financial aid dollars from merit-based packages to needbased, and also is looking for money from other places in the university. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is there more need that needs to be met? I think that goes without saying,â&#x20AC;? Wilbur said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How do we, as an institution, meet that need?â&#x20AC;? It is a decision being made quickly, but will not be put into effect for about a year. Wilbur wants to continue to bring in a large pool of students applying each semester, which also would include employment of the right number of faculty. She encourages colleges to

hire more faculty members if enough money has been saved up.

Preparing for Ross Transition teams will be formed to give students, faculty and staff the opportunity to give input about CMU. To get ready for Ross, Wilbur will keep all efforts moving forward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All issues weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been involved in are still full steam ahead,â&#x20AC;? Wilbur said. When Ross starts March 1, he will have one week to be brought completely up to speed on the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget. On March 8, he will testify concerning CMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget before the Senate Appropriation Subcommittee on Higher Education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact that they know each other and they work well together... we are possibly as far along as we can be (for Ross) to transition back in to the university,â&#x20AC;? she said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;artworkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and experience of gaining a rare or new album that keeps people interested in vinyl records.â&#x20AC;? Rorik Brooks, owner of Justice Records 12.7 percent. Rorik Brooks opened Justice Records, 617 N. Mission St., on Jan. 4 and said vinyl records are here to stay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;artworkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and experience of gaining a rare or new album that keeps people interested in vinyl records,â&#x20AC;? Brooks said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With digital music, people canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t experience the connection of owning a tangible object.â&#x20AC;? He said the increase in sales

stems from the tangible value of purchasing vinyl records and the atmosphere of local record shops. Polinsky agreed vinyl will be around for a while. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, hip hop music is really going to keep vinyl records alive,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The sound of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;scratchingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; a record can only be produced with a turntable and vinyl record.â&#x20AC;?

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Chronicling one local band’s first performance and the day leading up to it By Michael L. Hoffman Staff Reporter

photos by Matthew Stephens/senior photographer

UPPER LEFT: Thomas Jay and the Louisiana Purchase set-up on stage before their show Saturday afternoon at The Galaxy Entertainment Center in Coleman. The band consists of Matt Harris, left, Kris Harrison, center, Kevin Harris, right, and Brandon Roy, not pictured. UPPER RIGHT: The members relax and talk about their set before going on stage. They have been playing for about a week after they met at Central Michigan University. ABOVE: Harrison, Roy, and Harris practice on stage before their show.

Being in a band takes work Playing in a band was my dream in high school. I wanted to be the next big, provocative thing in music. I wanted to be Jason Newsted. But as I got older, I realized being in a band is not about “making it.” Being in a band is about two things: having fun and sharing music with other people. It sounds cliché, like when coaches tell you it’s only about fun, but it’s true. If you are in a band and not having fun, it’s not worth it. Over the past few years, I have been in two bands — The Craves and Robin Parrent & The Remnants — and have experienced how much fun it can be. I also saw how miserable it can be. Playing shows is atop my favorite things to do. There is nothing else like it. Usually, playing a show results in pain, sweat, beer and

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Michael L. Hoffman Staff Reporter absurd dancing and equipment problems — but that is all part of the package. You cannot have one without the other — except maybe beer, that is not a necessity. I draw a lot of inspiration from the band the Minutemen, who lived by “jamming econo,” which is playing only the bare essentials and leaving the rest up to chance. I go to shows and have one objective: play hard. Nothing else is planned. I had the opportunity to interview Minutemen bassist Mike Watt and he told me that being in a band is about

getting back up when you fall down. “It’s sort of like skateboarding, you know? You can’t really talk your way out of falling down,” he said. “You have to get back up and get back on that board, and it’s kind of econo, you just need a deck and some trucks and try to develop your own style.” That is the attitude I take whenever I walk into a musical situation: How can I challenge myself and create something new and unique? This creative process is what makes being in a band so fun. As Watt said, “I think the rewards are worth it as far as giving birth to some creative (stuff ).” Getting the word out Sharing the music can be A Work | 2B

Playing in a band is hard work. It takes time, money, energy and determination. Mount Pleasant’s Thomas Jay and the Louisiana Purchase know what it is like to go through the grind of playing a show. The band features four Central Michigan University students — Sterling Heights senior Kevin Harris and his freshman brother, Matt, are on vocals and drums, respectively. Macomb junior Kris Harrison plays the guitar, and last-minute addition Brandon Roy, a Macomb freshman, plays the saxophone. The band plays what Harrison calls “blues-punk” and bringing music back to the roots of rock ‘n’ roll, pre-Rolling Stones and pre-Beatles, is the goal. “The whole goal of the band is minimalism,” Harrison said. On Saturday, the band made its debut at the Galaxy Entertainment Center, 110 5th St. in Coleman. The members have been together for about a week and added Roy on saxophone the night before the show. “I got a call at 2 a.m. from the guys asking if I wanted to play a show,” Roy said. “So I said ‘cool.’” Adding Roy last-minute was not a challenge, however. Harrison said the members have been playing shows in the Mount Pleasant area for about six months in other bands and did not need to practice because of previous experience. It was quite the adventure.

prepare for performing. Matt Harris watched Power Rangers in the morning and Harrison worked out while listening to Stevie Nicks. Kevin Harris and the band talked about the set over lunch so Roy would be better prepared to play with them. This was not only their first show together as the Purchase, but Roy also had yet to practice with the band. 3:00 p.m. This is load-in time — the band starts unloading its equipment into the venue. Matt Harris plays a very minimal kit — snare, bass, hihat and crash symbol. “I play a very stripped-down and basic drum set,” he said. “All the toms and excess nonsense is kind of taken away, and gives a different feel to our music which makes it more rootsy and down-home.” His basic kit gives him a primal, rhythmic style, which he credits to his interest in African tribal music. “I am the biscuits to this band’s gravy,” he said. Harrison and Roy also play with minimal equipment. Harrison plays his guitar through a Visit the Web site to view footage of the show and the band. small practice amp, because it gives him a raw, organic sound. Roy just plays his sax through a microphone. 3:18 p.m.

It is about 30 minutes from gig time and the band warms up by playing a version of the White Stripes’ “Little Bird,” giving Roy a better feel for the songs to come. The band’s on-stage setup is different than most bands — the drums are put on the main stage to the left of Kevin Harris’ microphone, Harrison’s guitar is on the right and Roy is on the drum riser behind everyone. Matt Harris said the guys put the drums on the main stage to “keep things interesting.” 3:42 p.m.

Before sound check, Kevin Harris decides it is time to take it easy for a couple minutes and plays a few rounds of House of Dead 2 at the venue’s

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2:40 p.m. The band gathers at Coleman Restaurant, 300 East Railway St. in Coleman, for a preshow meal. This is one of many things the members do before a gig to

Sterling Heights senior Kevin Harris practices the harmonica on stage Saturday at the Galaxy Entertainment Center. Harris is the singer of Thomas Jay and the Louisiana Purchase.

Electronic sound adds variety to Vampire Weekend’s sophomore album Ben Weissenborn Staff Reporter

Contra, the sophomore album from prep school indiepopsters Vampire Weekend, finds the band embracing the African-inspired pop sound they introduced on their selftitled debut, while introducing more electronic instrumentation and tighter arrangements. Upon the release of its 2008 self-titled debut, Vampire Weekend instantly became one of the most popular and successful indie rock bands around. Frequent airtime on

MTV and headlining appearances at large-scale national festivals only fueled its newfound popularity. While its debut was indeed an impressive collection of songs from a shockingly young band, many wondered if it was just a fluke. Would they re-hash its sound like so many bands have done on their follow-up, or would they change its style completely? Contra finds the band doing a little bit of both; offering enough new elements to make their sound just as fresh as it was when it first burst onto

music review Contra by Vampire Weekend

HHHHH the scene, as well as maintaining the dangerously infectious pop sound that made it so successful. The main stylistic difference between Contra and its debut is the use of electronic instruments. These are introduced

very early on: 15 seconds into opener “Horchata,” a warm electronic bass drum pulse sets the tempo underneath wonky 80s pop synths and airy wordless vocals. Many of these electronic elements are similar in timbre to those used by keyboardist Rostam Batmangli’s electropop side project, Discovery. The band even makes not-sosubtle use of auto-tune in the sprightly “California English,” which actually doesn’t sound as terrible as one might suspect. The album’s strongest track

is the M.I.A. sampling “Diplomat’s Son,” which happens to be the longest song on the album, clocking in at six minutes flat. The song bounces along with a familiar Latin rhythm while syncopated piano plinks land on the upbeat. Vocalist Ezra Koenig’s melodies are quite beautiful and delivered in a way that’s rhythmically interesting and unexpected. Another standout from the album is “Giving Up The Gun,” which is just as catchy and danceable as anything you’re bound to hear on Top 40 radio. If

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the band chooses to release “… Gun” as a single, you might just hear it between Lady Gaga and Ke$ha on 95.3 WCFX’s playlist. While, lyrically, Contra leaves a lot to be desired (it can be tough not to cringe at lines like “Sweet carob rice cakes, you don’t care how the sweets taste/ Fake Philly cheesesteak but you use real toothpaste”), the band still provides strong enough tunes to make Contra a delight to listen to. After all, who listens to pop music for the lyrics anyway?

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arcade. “Nothing like killing some zombies to warm you up for a gig,” he said. 3:55 p.m. The owner of Galaxy Entertainment Center, who prefers being called “Mr. C,” arrives and the band does sound check. Mr. C is not satisfied with the sound. “It would have sounded rootsier if he (Mr. C) would’ve let me just put my amp on stage and played off straight acoustics,” Harrison said. 4:00 p.m. Thomas Jay and the Louisiana Purchase hit the stage and roar through a set of six songs, five covers and one original. The band played bluesypunk combining Chuck Berry, Iggy Pop and Fugazi and covered Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker and others. Kevin Harris’s vocals are unique and familiar, reminiscent of what he said was a mix between Eddie Vedder and Alice Cooper. He sang with

passion and fervor while his brother, Matt, pounded primal rhythms on his drums, serving as the band’s only rhythm section. This added to its “going back to the roots” aesthetic. Many of the cover songs played were recognized by audience members, who cheered for the band. One attendee told performers that he really enjoyed the show and said he recognized a few of the songs. 4:24 p.m. The show ends and band members load their equipment back into their cars and head to Bombers Bar and Grill, 107 S. 4th St. in Coleman, for a beer. “I thought we played really well, granted it was our first show, we didn’t have a bass player, and they (Galaxy Entertainment Center owner and staff) were very rude to us,” Harrison said. “We played well.” Roy said he was disappointed in himself but, with time and practice he and the band will be more comfortable. Kevin Harris always enjoys playing live. “That experience is completely different than anything else that you’ll experience on a day-to-day basis. It just mixes

things up,” he said. Harrison also noted how difficult it is to motivate people to come to shows. It is even hard to get friends in the audience, he said, and Facebook is virtually the only way to market anything these days. Members acknowledged they have some kinks to work out when playing live, but plan on doing more shows in the near future. “It got rough at parts, but we’re a rough band,” Matt Harris said. “We don’t mess around.”

“So Derobe” by Joy Orbison

“So Derobe,” the B-side to London dubstep newcomer, Joy Orbison’s new 12” single, is even more beautiful and beat-heavy than his past singles “Hyph Mngo” and “BRKLN CLLN.” The basis is a typically busted and heavy dubstep swagger, but it’s what sits on top that really seals the deal: ethereal synth washes, spacey blips and boops and an unexpectedly soulful R&B vocal sample. The Fader writer Peter Macia says it best: “Oh s***, we just got pregnant in the club… with someone we have feelings for.” This track is not to be missed by fans of dubstep and/or electronic music. - Ben Weissenborn

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equally as rewarding as well. But like writing a song, it takes a ton of work. One of the biggest problems with trying to get the word out about music is that fliers don’t carry the same weight as they did in the past. People don’t usually see a flier for a band and think, “I haven’t seen this band before, maybe I’ll check them out.” I have found that one of the best ways to get the word out about a show is our good

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Players get extra sessions to break shooting slump By Tim Ottusch Senior Reporter

The CMU men’s basketball team expects a physical game tonight at Rose Arena. The Chippewas face in-state conference rival Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m. in their fourth Mid-American Conference game of the season. “It’s probably going to be a war out there,” said senior forward Chris Kellermann. “(Justin) Dobbins and (Brandon) Bowdry, they are both big guys and go to the boards hard.” The Eagles are led by junior forward Bowdry (6-foot-6, 235 pounds), who ranks third in the MAC in scoring (18.2) Chris Kellermann and leads the conference in rebounding, averaging 10.6 per game. “It’s very difficult to stop a player of his ability,” said CMU coach Ernie Zeigler. “You just want to slow him down; you want to try to make him work for every shot and make him take contested shots. That’s the biggest thing we’ve talked about is not giving up uncontested shots.” EMU also has the conference’s fourth-highest scorer in Carlos Medlock (6-foot senior guard), who averages 15.2 points per game. “Medlock arguably is the best point guard in the conference,” Zeigler said. “He can score from the outside but, at the same time, does a great

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Senior Robbie Harman made 4-of-9 3-point attempts in Saturday’s loss to WMU.

job of penetrating and making plays for himself.” Medlock has hit 75-of-89 (84.3 percent) of his free-throw attempts this season. Dobbins (6-foot-8 senior forward) also averages in double figure this season (10.4). CMU lost its two regular season games against the Eagles last season, but defeated them in the first round of the MAC Tournament. In the Eagles’ two regular-season wins against CMU, one came in double overtime and the other was by a single point. The teams also close out their MAC schedules when they play each other March 4 in Ypsilanti. Rebounding and shooting Zeigler said rebounding could be the difference in tonight’s game. CMU was outrebounded by Western Michigan 39-33 in the team’s 70-61 loss Saturday in Kalamazoo. In the team’s two MAC wins, it outrebounded its opponent. CMU also is looking to shoot

What’s on tap Last played: Jan. 16: 70-61 L @ WMU

Who’s hot: Staying consistent, senior Jordan Bitzer finished with 20 points and senior Robbie Harman scored 19.

Who’s not: Senior Chris Kellermann made just 1-of-8 from the field, scoring 5 in the loss. better in tonight’s game. The only MAC game the Chippewas have shot better than 40 percent was the conference opener against Toledo (43.8 percent). Kellermann said the team did some extra shooting Monday morning and night, outside of normal practice. CMU (7-8, 2-1 MAC) hosts MAC West-leading Northern Illinois at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Rose Arena.

Women stay hot at Rose Arena Team holds 4-2 record at home, but 1-9 on road By Aaron McMann Staff Reporter

There is no place like home, the old saying goes — and it holds true for the CMU women’s basketball team. Despite a 5-11 record this season, CMU is 4-2 at Rose Arena. “There’s more fan support for us and the kids are more comfortable here,” said coach Sue Guevara. CMU is scoring more than 11 points better through six games at Rose Arena, averaging 77.2 points per game, compared to 65.9 points through 10 games away from Mount Pleasant. The team posted a 10-3 home record last season, the most wins for a women’s basketball team at Rose Arena since the 1983-84 season. But with success at home, there are struggles on the road, where the team is 1-9 this year and a combined 9-20 in the past two seasons. “It’s a mental thing for us,”

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said senior forward Britni Houghton. “We have to be consistent with focus. Whatever we do individually and as a team Britni Houghton before home games, we need to translate that on the road.” CMU won at home against Ball State and Western Michigan despite losing its prior four games on the road. The team’s hallmark win of the season also came at home, where it upset then-ranked Louisville on Dec. 2. CMU has its first opportunity

to correct road pains tonight at Northern Illinois. The team has six home games remaining, including an important four-game, two-week stretch against Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan and Toledo next month. Guevara said she realizes the need to win on the road is critical down the stretch, especially when the MAC Tournament comes in March. “If I emphasize it, then it becomes a bigger problem than what it is,” she said. “The MAC Tournament isn’t here. If we aspire to play in the postseason, it’s not in the Rose Center.”

Five coaches were added to CMU football coach Dan Enos’ coaching staff, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Tuesday night. Former Marshall offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Cummings was added, along with Kyle Nystrom, former assistant head coach and linebackers coach at North Dakota State. The other three are Terrence Samuel, former wide receivers coach at North Dakota State; Kort Shankweiler, a graduate assistant coach at Michigan State; and Max Glowacki, the lone holdover from Butch Jones’ staff who served as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at CMU. Cummings will be CMU’s offensive line coach, Samuel will coach the wide receivers and Shankweiler will coach the running backs. Nystrom was a student assistant coach at Michigan State for five years until graduating in 1988. Enos played quarterback at MSU from 1987-90. Nystrom spent four seasons at NDSU. Before that, he coached at Texas Christian for four seasons and at Western Michigan for 13 seasons. Samuel coached at NDSU for two seasons. He served as an offensive coordinator and running backs coach for Nebraska-Omaha in 2007. Prior to spending the past two seasons at MSU, Shankweiler was a fullback at East Carolina from 2003-06. CMU roots For Cummings, it is a bit of a reunion at CMU. He obtained a master’s degree in athletics administration from CMU in 1990, where he was a graduate assistant coach from 1988-90. He served as the offensive line coach for the Chippewas from 1992-97 before returning for his third stint in 1999 as offensive line coach. Cummings also has coaching experience at Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan before his

most recent stint at Marshall. Glowacki was a four-year letterman at CMU from 1994-97. He worked with offensive linemen at Sacremento State in 2004 and 2005 before becoming Wayne State’s offensive line coach in 2006. He has been on CMU’s staff since 2007. Official titles have not been announced, but the source said Enos will have his staff completed by next week.

The Hires Mike Cummings: Offensive line coach

Kyle Nystrom: Past four years at NDSU.

Terrence Samuel: Wide receivers coach

Kort Shankweiler: Running backs coach

Max Glowacki: Lone holdover from Jones

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Women go for third consecutive win Victory gives team MAC record above .500 By John Evans Staff Reporter

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Freshman 174-pounder Ben Bennett defeated Stanford’s Jake Johnson 6-1 to give CMU a 23-0 lead Sunday at Rose Arena.

Wrestling opens MAC competition Senior D’Alie returns from injury as underdog By D.J. Palomares Staff Reporter

The CMU wrestling team opens Mid-American Conference competition against Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti. CMU has defeated the Eagles in 18 consecutive matches. Last season, the Chippewas allowed four takedowns in the match. In contrast, last year’s 174-pounder Mike Miller had six takedowns against EMU. Scotti Sentes had five, Tyler Grayson four and Jarod Trice four. “They are probably going to be running from us,” said 149-pound senior Tony D’Alie. “They are not going to want to wrestle us very hard. Tony D’Alie They are going to try and keep it close and get a lastsecond takedown.” The Eagles are coming off a 26-15 loss to Stanford, a team CMU defeated 33-6 on Sunday. EMU had three individual wins against the Cardinal before heavyweight senior David Wade was awarded a win because of an injury forfeit. “We have been pushing our guys pretty hard in practice this week and we want to see it pay off,” said coach Tom


Borrelli. “We want to go down there and set the stage for the MAC Tournament.” Eastern Michigan has yet to win a home dual this season and has an overall record of 7-7-1 in dual matches. D’Alie’s return D’Alie returned to the mat Jan. 17 against Stanford after missing about two weeks with an injured knee. “I feel pretty healthy,” D’Alie said. “I was off the mat for about two weeks before wrestling against Stanford. (It) was really important for me to do well at that match.” D’Alie now will open conference play as an underdog in one of the MAC’s deepest weight classes. D’Alie came into the season ranked fourth in the conference behind 149-pound junior J.J. Johnson of Eastern Michigan. “I was ranked fourth in the MAC coming in,” D’Alie said. “I need to step my game up and show them where I am supposed to be ranked.” Central likely will be without 184-pound junior Mike Miller and 157-pound senior Steve Brown as they remain out with injuries. Central has a 9-2 record in dual matches this season. The team will have a week off after the match against EMU before facing Old Dominion and Virginia Tech on the road. “We have got to motivate our guys and remind them that they only get so many times to compete,” Borrelli said. “Especially our seniors, who only have a month or two left. They are going to want to perform well

What’s on tap Last played: Jan 17: 33-6 W vs. Stanford

Who’s hot: Seniors Conor Beebe and Tony D’Alie and freshman Ben Bennett combined for a 25-4 advantage Sunday.

Who’s not: Senior Steve Brown and junior Mike Miller remain out with injury. regardless of who we are playing.”

The CMU women’s basketball team has a chance to get above .500 in the Mid-American Conference at 7 p.m. today against Northern Illinois. Central has won its last two games, and a win against Northern Illinois at the Convocation Center in Dekaub, Ill., would give the team a Sue Guevara 3-2 MAC record after losing its first two conference games. The Chippewas (5-11, 2-2 MAC) have had trouble on the road this season, going 1-9. “We have to not focus on where we are, but focus on the fact that we are playing on a basketball court,” said coach Sue Guevara. “The rims are just as high, the court is just as long, and we have to focus on executing.” The Huskies (7-9, 1-3) have won three consecutive against the Chippewas, but have struggled early in conference play. Junior Mauvolyene Adams iaverages 12.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. “Mauvolyene is their horse inside right now,” Guevara said. “It is kind of like their four guards and Mauvolyene, and all four of their guards

can rebound the ball. We have got to get better rebounding from our guards.” Senior guard Britni Houghton said the team is focusing on two fundamental parts of the game. “That is the reason why we are practicing defense,” she said. “Because we know that is what wins games and, in order to win games, we have to improve our defense and rebounding.” Long excels Junior guard Shonda Long has averaged 13.9 points per game and has been one of the more consistent guards for the Chippewas this season. Long said a recent move to make her more of a hybrid point guard has increased her play,

What’s on tap Last played: Jan. 6: 74-65 W vs. WMU

Who’s hot: Senior Britni Houghton led CMU with 23 points and was 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.

Who’s not: Sophomore Skylar Miller scored just three points against WMU after scoring 20 the game before. and she averages 31.9 minutes per game to lead the team. The Chippewas have a chance to snap a three-game losing streak against NIU.

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