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As we entered 2013, we felt Central Michigan Life was in need of a major brand overhaul. Our mission was to rebuild the CM Life brand with our readers in all forms - print, online, social media. Our goal was to get and keep students reading our product, we didn’t care which delivery method they used, as long as they were reading CM Life. We wanted our brand to be identified as progressive and cutting edge. And we wanted people to think of CM Life as a median company, not an old-school newspaper business. We wanted to also project that we were still the dominant opinion leader on campus. We wanted our activities and events to project that philosophy. We threw out a lot of the old stuff we were doing, and added new events. We updated the look of our product, hired students that had never been in the media business to serve as advisers to what was happening on campus and what students were looking for. We wanted to attack the year with promotions that would build our brand and have people seeing us or talking about us everywhere and to create TOMA for our product. While many papers may focus on just one or two prime events, we believe it takes a daily and aggressive marketing plan to create effective top of mind. Our overall goal is to promote pick-up of our print product, Central Michigan Life, build traffic to our online product, www.cm-life.com, engage our readers on our social media sites and promote downloads of our App. To accomplish this, in 2013 we aggressively turned to social media to build our Twitter and Facebook audiences and then created activities and events that would put us face to face with our core readers. We increased the size of our PR team and created a better organized structure to handle the load. We created three new events: Campus Golf, Halloweird and Motivated Mitten. We created cross promotion opportunities with two major accounts; updated the Housing Fair event; expanded the Best of Central Michigan Bribe event and updated the product to a magazine. We also encouraged more social media engagement with the product. Improved the Campus Cash product visually and created a new reader contest. The results of all our efforts? We continue to maintain our presence on campus with our print product. Our visibility has increased and pick up rates have held strong. Advertisers are seeing return on their investment, and those that pulled out last year are slowly coming back as they see the changes we’ve made. Our brand continues to expand on social media. Our Facebook fan base grew from 8,900 followers to more than 11,200 during 2013. (+25%) #2 in the rankings of college newspapers with a Facebook presence. CM LIFE’s Twitter followers have increased from 6,300 to just over 9,700 during this past year. (+53%) And our App continues to show great promise, growing from 1,200 at the end of 2012 to more than 4,400 (366%) at the end of 2013.

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CMU BASKETBALL ROWDIES WHO CARES! PROMOTION:

A long standing tradition with our CMU men’s basketball team is the CM LIFE “Who Cares!” paper. This gives CM LIFE visibility at every home game. Fans provide a warm welcome to the opposing team, while reading ad messages from supporting businesses on the other side. The advertisers also provide the prizes given to the “rowdiest” fans. CM LIFE PR members attend each game and photograph several Rowdies. The fans know why our staff is there, and are reminded at the game to check the next CM LIFE to see if they are the “Rowdiest” fan. The winners are featured in ads after each home game. Reminder posts to Facebook and Twitter encourage followers to pick up a CM LIFE. After the winner of each game picks up their prize, we post their picture to CM LIFE ‘s facebook page, in the special “Rowdies” album. CM LIFE fans can tag and share their photos, too, increasing CM LIFE’s awareness.

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FACEBOOK & TWITTER PR Manager promotes interesting articles, photos and advertisements to CM LIFE Facebook page and Twitter feed. These posts will alternate between links to website, or teaser to pick up the paper. Staff members use their own Facebook and Twitter accounts to promote CM LIFE. This creates an opportunity to show the diversity of information in CM LIFE on any given day.

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1. CMU basketball fans LOVE to express themselves with CM LIFE’s “WHO CARES!” pages. 2. CMU Rowdies Facebook gallery. 3. GET ROWDIE ads run before and after each home game.

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FEBRUARY VALENTINE’S DAY PERSONALS AND DINNER/MOVIE GIVEAWAY:

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1. Valentine’s Day personals ad, flyer and poster. Event table. 2. Polar Plunge Crew before, during and after.

Ah, love on a college campus. What could be better? CM LIFE partnered with two local businesses to provide a romantic evening for two in observance of Valentine’s Day. Promotional ads began in the paper one month prior to publishing. We also promoted via our Facebook and Twitter accounts as well. CM LIFE PR staff created an event page on Facebook to reach out to non CM-LIFE readers/ fans. Invites are sent out via each member’s (Public Relations and Advertising staffs) personal Facebook account. Increasing awareness of event and CM LIFE. For loved ones away from campus, a rectangle ad ran on cm-life.com. This ad linked to a PDF form that parents, alumni and significant others were able to fill out and send in. Also about four weeks prior, CM LIFE PR staff puts up Bus Shelter posters, rack posters and flyers around campus promoting event. A QR code was used this year to encourage readers to submit their valentine message via mobile devices. The PR team also chalks classroom boards. In addition, PR teams set up tables at high-traffic locations and events signing lovers up for the special day. That gave us the extra push we needed to generate double the liners from previous years, and drive readers to the paper that day.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS OF MICHIGAN POLAR PLUNGE:

CM Life is a local, media sponsor for the annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge. Since CMU is home to the state headquarters, and 70% of the plungers are CMU students - it was a natural fit for us. In exchange for the sponsorship CM LIFE gets to field a team of 8 plungers. This is a feel good PR effort, with loads of visibility for us, all for a great cause. We donate 1/4 page ads and a rectangle ad on our website. We also put up posters around campus and on available bus shelters. For fun we also ran a contest on our website for readers to vote for their favorite plunge and their favorite costumes. Winners received Buffalo Wild Wings certificates.

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JAN. - DEC. DAILY EFFORTS:

FACEBOOK & TWITTER PR Manager promotes interesting articles, photos and advertisements to CM LIFE Facebook page and Twitter feed. These posts will alternate between links to website, or teaser to pick up the paper. Staff members use their own Facebook and Twitter accounts to promote CM LIFE. This creates an opportunity to show the diversity of information in CM LIFE on any given day.

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Central Michigan Life has a longstanding commitment to fair and accurate reporting. It is our policy to correct factual errors. Please e-mail news@cm-life.com. © Central Michigan Life 2013 Volume 94, Number 64

Districts across the state, including Wayne State University, are racing to get their contracts in place before the new law takes effect, The Detroit News reported earlier this week. WSU’s faculty union, which represents nearly 2,000 faculty members and staff, has been bargaining since last

CMU is preparing to begin bargaining with unions for public broadcasting employees, office professionals and the supervisory/technical association, Smart said. All three union contracts expire June 30.

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lyn Bonkowski, 19, who is accused of poisoning her roommate’s iced tea with bleach. Ross said the recent crimes have concerned him as a Mount Pleasant resident. “I live in this community,” Ross said. “My wife is active in this community with her volunteer activities. We think we’ve taken additional actions to improve the safety on our campus. We will continue to review that and monitor that.”

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JAN. - DEC. WEEKLY EFFORTS: WHO READS PROMOTION. As newspapers continue to struggle for readership and relevance, and headlines continue to promote the gloom and doom of the printed word, we wanted to tell a different story. In our small market, the story is different. Not only is our readership among students still high, but our readership within the community of Mt. Pleasant continues to remain high. We wanted to showcase, not only to our readers, but primarily to our advertisers, who reads CM LIFE and the diversity of our readers. The PR staff coordinates the photo shoots and testimonials and creates the ads. The testimonials were used in other promotional materials as well. We included the testimonials on our advertising website for future advertisers to read; we added them to our bi-monthly email newsletter to our existing advertisers; we used them as rack posters around campus; and we added them as a photo album on CM LIFE’s Facebook page. The promotion has been very successful. It has a graphic element that is recognizable; when people are asked to do a testimonial, they remember previous ones that have run; and advertisers have commented about the diversity of our readership. It has been a great way to tell our story.

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1. Spring Break promo ad; 2, 3 & 4 Examples of Spring Break entries

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APRIL BEST OF CENTRAL MICHIGAN BRIBE/VOTING PROMOTION: CM LIFE produces a special section every fall dedicated to readers choice votes for the BEST OF CENTRAL MICHIGAN. During the voting period (APRIL) for this section, we offer a bribe event to encourage more print ballots for the participating businesses who LOVE TO WIN!

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Businesses participating in the bribe promotion get special boxes for their customers to vote, along with special ballots. In addition, they get featured in 20-30 second videos posted to CM LIFE facebook page. These videos highlight interviews with the business owner, and why they were chosen number 1 the previous year. In 2013, our PR team produced 12 videos. Facebook: The Facebook promotion increases awareness and adds another layer of voting. Each day our PR staff would post a new “category” to vote in. We would post the top 5 vote getters from the previous year, and if a business wanted to be added to the category, they just simply had to post a photo to our wall, and we would move it to the category. Then it was up to them to get their fans to our page to vote. Twitter: Daily reminders were tweeted for the Facebook category of the day and for friendly reminders to vote, especially in the very competitive categories. Daily reminders with links to the voting and the promotional video would also be posted.

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QR Codes in our printed products: newspaper ads, bus shelter posters, and fliers; offer readers a quick gateway via phones to vote on our Facebook page and online at cm-life.com. Print and online ballots and Facebook voting, plus the bribe boxes added up to more than 3,400 ballots cast. In September: Our PR team produces a 4-6 minute video highlighting some of the favorite winners. They are also responsible for producing the advertorial content of the Best of Central Michigan magazine.

1. Best of Central Michigan window decal. This art is also part of the cover design for the publication and website; 2. 20-30 second video of last year’s winner for unique business; 3. Facebook cover photo sample; 4. Best of CM highlight video stars, Adam and Chelsea.

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This year we also produced a Best of Central Michigan window decal for the businesses doors and for social media we made special Facebook cover art that businesses could use on their Facebook pages. This also extended CM Life’s brand on more than 90 business Facebook pages.       

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AUGUST BACK TO SCHOOL DELIVERY BLITZ:

Distribution to apartment complexes and residence halls. Our back to school issue comes out on move in day, the Thursday prior to school starting. This requires us to alter our delivery method in order to get the product into more student hands. Our PR staff implemented personal, door-to-door delivery to all of the major apartment complexes and the residence halls. The staff, along with members of the advertising and editorial teams, handstuffed more than 2,000 bags to hang on door knobs. Our remaining papers were delivered to our racks in the community and on campus. The earlier delivery of our product to students moving in helps our advertisers who rely on the surge of business during those critical move in days. Additional papers are also distributed at the Main Stage/Welcome back event hosted by Residence Life and Student Life. CM LIFE advertising, editorial and public relations staffed worked the CM LIFE table. This is a great introduction to the thousands of new freshmen on campus.

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The PR team hit the streets hard to promote our App and to remind students about the amazing deals they could find on the App. We partnered with one of our largest advertisers to giveaway an iPad to a lucky student who downloaded the App The promotion extended into November. During this two month promotion we gave out 300 waterbottles, 500 drawstring bags, and 250 USB cards.

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is Central Michigan University searching to hire a new housekeeper for President George Ross’ universityprovided residence. to The part-time position, open expeanyone with prior housekeeping for 18-20 rience, pays $13-$15 per hour hours of work per week, according to the job listing on CMU’s website. sure “all Duties listed include making and areas of the home including deck porch are clean, neat and tidy.� Significantly decreased on-campus year undergraduate enrollment this

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1. PR, Advertising & Editorial staffs package papers for door to door delivery; 2. Not Your Poppa’s paper promotion. CM Life PR members wore shirts and handed out freebies around campus, these wallet USB drives were the most popular.

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER CAMPUS CASH:

CM LIFE publishes an 80 page coupon book twice a year. Once at the beginning of the school year in August and another near the beginning of the Spring Semester in February. These books are distributed at events, activities and rack locations on campus. Advertisers and readers LOVE them.

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This section is promoted in the newspaper, on the CM Life website, on CM LIFE’s facebook and twitter pages and on bus shelters. The bus shelter poster includes a QR code that takes the user to our coupon book’s own dedicated website. The daily task of our PR interns is to Facebook and Tweet a different coupon each day, to encourage our readers to redeem. These Facebook posts give an advertiser 1,800-2,500 impressions on their coupon. The PR staff maintains the website.

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1. Fall 2013 Book & Campus Cash Twitter post promoting trivia contest in the book and sample Facebook post for individual advertisers. 2. Halloweird promotional ad & sample tweet of contest entry.

In addition there was a CMU football trivia contest inside the Fall Book. CM Life PR staff tweeted and posted reminders on FB encouraging readers to answer the questions to win an iPad.

RESIDENCE HALL & RSO PRESENTATIONS:

In an effort to reach out to more freshmen and get them to start reading earlier, our PR interns coordinate with the 14 Residence Hall directors to make presentations at hall council meetings. The PR interns accompanied by a representative from the newsroom, usually the Editor In Chief, discuss the importance of CM LIFE on campus, introduce them to the sections in the paper, where to find the paper on campus, what days we publish and then answer any questions they might have. The PR intern will then do giveaways (CM LIFE t-shirts) by asking questions about what was presented to them. In addition, we provide a handout with contact information for each department on the paper. On the back of that sheet we also include instructions on how to make a newspaper hat, with an encouraging message to read, reuse and recycle. The PR interns have paper hats already premade to hand out as well. HALLOWEIRD PROMOTION: This year CM Life branched out with more cross promotions with our favorite advertisers. The “Halloweird CM Life Costume Contest” was part of a three day Halloween promotion with one of our local party spots. CM Life gathered prizes and participants had to come to the bar in costume, get their photos taken by a CM Life PR representative using their own phone. The participant than tweeted for votes. The social media contest promoted CM Life, increased visibility of CM Life on social media and helped extend our “FUN” brand.

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OCTOBER CAMPUS GOLF 2013: A brand new event for CM LIFE this year was CAMPUS GOLF 2013. It provided a unique activity on campus that no one else has ever done. We set up 3-4 par, 18 hole course on campus. Golfers could use ONE iron and a TENNIS ball. We had custom red tennis balls created for the event with the CM LIFE logo on them.

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Golfers could play individually or on teams of 2-4. The front nine holes were set up on North Campus and the back nine holes were set up on Central Campus. Tee boxes were set up and the “hole” was actually pallets set up at angles. Golfers had to hit the target mounted on the pallet to finish the hole.

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We sold hole sponsors, and the business logos were featured in the center of the targets. Each sponsor was able to set up an information table at their hole and interact with golfers and students who walked by. We made $2,700 on hole sponsors. The sponsors loved the event. The winning team won $100 in Buffalo Wild Wings certificates. The losing team one $50 Cabin certificate. Overall the event created a lotta buzz. JAN. - DEC. DAILY EFFORTS: FACEBOOK & TWITTER

PR Manager promotes interesting articles, photos and advertisements to CM LIFE Facebook page and Twitter feed. These posts will alternate between links to website, or teaser to pick up the paper. Staff members use their own Facebook and Twitter accounts to promote CM LIFE. This creates an opportunity to show the diversity of information in CM LIFE on any given day.

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1. Campus golf registration table; sample of the ball and target. Above graphic was used as an innovative ad in CM LIFE and modified for a postcard and scorecard.

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SPECIAL SPEAKER EVENT

otivated Mitten

FREE EVENT Open to the Public

SPECIAL SPEAKER EVENT

otivated Mitten

The Road to

Success is Always

Under

FREE EVENT

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NOVEMBER

8A | Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 | Central Michigan Life | cm-life.com

Movement is

LIFE

MOTIVATED MITTEN SPEAKER SERIES: Our newest and most successful event in 2013 was the Motivated Mitten Speaker event. This high profile event was planned in conjunction with two of the most cutting edge departments on campus: CMU New Venture Competition and CMU Research Center. Both departments emphasize entrepreneurial, creative thinking.

Stagnation is

DEATH

GO BIG!

Open to the Public

UNDERCOVER

START SMALL

BOSS COMES TO CMU! MONDAY

Working together we brought speakers to campus to inspire creativity, and were focused on entrepreneurship within the state of Michigan. Our focus was to encourage students to see the positive opportunities within Michigan, and to keep CMU grads working in Michigan, rather than leaving the state. The secondary focus was to remind students that it isn’t just the degree but the amount of passion and hard work that goes into being successful. Basically: Motivate them to stay and believe in Michigan.

MONDAY

November 4

November 4

7:00 PM

7:00 PM

CMU’S WARRINER HALL PLACHTA AUDITORIUM

CMU’S WARRINER HALL PLACHTA AUDITORIUM

DOORS OPEN @ 6:30

DOORS OPEN @ 6:30 The honorary keynote speaker, Sheldon Yellen, is an international businessman and unconventional CEO whose compassion for his employees was revealed on CBS’ hit series, “Undercover Boss.” Yellen will share his entrepreneurial story about overcoming adversity, growing up on the streets of Detroit and his journey to becoming the CEO of a now $1.5 billion property restoration company. Listen as he shares how his motto of “Doing The Right Thing, even when no one is watching” has grown a company from a single-awning business to the worldwide industry leader.

Roland Coit better known as Ro Spit, entrepreneur and artist, is a Co-Owner of Burn Rubber, a sneaker and street wear boutique in downtown Royal Oak. Spit, and his partner, took over the store in 2007 and their passion and innovation led to an expansion of the Burn Rubber Midwest Lifestyle brand.

Sheldon Yellen FEATURED ON

RO SPIT

Michigan MADE! A L S O F E AT U R I N G G U E S T S P E A K E R S

RO SPIT

JEFF WEGNER

JEFF WEGNER

Co-owner of Burn Rubber, two/eighteen

Top Placement in CMU’s New Venture Competition 2012

Top Placement in CMU’s New Venture Competition 2012

Created “Detroit Rubber” webisodes, presented by Eminem

Owner of Movement Creative Media

Owner of Movement Creative Media

Grew Burn Rubber company into World-Wide lifestyle brand.

Adobe writers featured his “Empowerment Plan” documentary

• Adobe writers featured his “Empowerment Plan” documentary

• Michigan MADE!

• Michigan MADE!

• Michigan MADE!

M OT I VAT E D M I T T E N I S A M I C H I G A N E N T R E P R E N E U R S H I P S P E A K E R S E R I E S P R E S E N T E D BY

SHELDON YELLEN •

Global leader in his industry

Generates $1.5 billion annually

Believes his greatest assets are his 6,400 employees

M OT I VAT E D M I T T E N I S A M I C H I G A N E N T R E P R E N E U R S H I P S P E A K E R S E R I E S P R E S E N T E D BY

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COUNTRY PLACE

Heritage Square

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YORKSHIRE

MAY STREET APTS.

JAMESTOWN APTS.

Franklin Village Oak Ridge Apartments WASHINGTON VILLAGE

UNION SQUARE WEST CAMPUS VILLAGE

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S AN D D OO

Park Place

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Cherry Street Townhouses

REP

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Residence Life

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Central Park Apartments at

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Olivieri-Homes

A P A R T M E N T S

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FULLY LOADED COLLEGE LIVING®

Appian Way SOUTHPOINT VILLAGE

EMERALD VILLAGE

MAIN STREET APTS.

DEERFIELD VILLAGE

WESTERN ISLANDS

WESTPOINT VILLAGE

POLO VILLAGE

PLEASANT STREET APTS.

AROON & GOLD! LIVE M Now’s the time to plan for the 2014-15 school year.

MT. PLEASANT

HOUSING

FAIR Wednesday

November 6 6pm - 8pm at Wayside Central

Do you know where you want to live? The Mt. Pleasant Housing Fair can help you find the best places in town – before they are all gone!

FREE FOOD including

CABIN PIZZA and lots of

GIVEAWAYS!

2000 S. MiSSion Mt. PleaSant

Stay for the

CMU FOOTBALL WATCH PARTY! Starting @ 8pm Hosted by:

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Read.

1. Motivated Mitten: Full page ads in the paper, posters and postcards. 2. Social Media Sharing Contest on Facebook & Twitter; 3. Housing Fair: Full page ad and poster sample.

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The keynote speaker was Sheldon Yellon of BELFOR. Yellen is an international businessman and unconventional CEO of BELFOR. His compassion for his employees was showcased on CBS’ hit series “Undercover Boss.” The event filled the campus’ Plachta Auditorium. Attendees ranged from CMU students, faculty and staff to local, regional and state business and political leaders.

apartment management group

LO TS OF IN FO RM AT IO N!

• Michigan MADE!

The Motivated Mitten Speaker Series program inaugural event was on Monday, November 4, 2013. We brought in three speakers at three different levels in their career to share their message. Their consistent themes were: looking at the big picture; adversity; persistency; passion and being proactive.

• Michigan MADE!

A L S O F E AT U R I N G G U E S T S P E A K E R S

HOUSING FAIR: The Mt. Pleasant Housing Fair is an annual event held on campus and hosted by CM LIFE. This event is a public relations effort for our largest group of advertisers, Mt. Pleasant apartment complexes. Ten of our top 20 accounts are housing units in the Mt. Pleasant community. They also support our 3x per year Apartment Life magazine. To shake things up a bit this year, we moved the event off campus to a favorite party spot among students. The main floor was cleared, and tables set up around the perimeter of the room. Food and beverage was provided and attendees were encouraged to stay after for a CMU Football Watch party after the Housing Fair. The vendors loved the change of venue, one even provided free limo rides to their units for tours. This event also helps promote CM LIFE as a source for the latest and most complete information on apartments in Mt. Pleasant. We promoted this event with full-page advertisements, online site wrap, social media postings and a sharing event on Facebook and Twitter. There was a Facebook event page as well. CM LIFE brought in more than 500 students to talk with area apartment complexes and landlords. At this event, CM LIFE also distributes its Fall/ Winter issue of Apartment Life magazine.

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