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‘MADE’ COACHES HAVE EMU ROOTS
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Brian and Nancy Young were recently featured on an episode of MTV’s “Made” to coach four women from Grand Valley State University. The Youngs first met at EMU when Brian was a personal trainer at the Rec/IM and Nancy was an undergrad studying psychology.
By Marissa Beste Copy Chief Eastern Michigan University’s Rec/IM played a role in bringing together a local couple who was recently on an episode of MTV’s “Made.” Brian Young was working at the Rec/IM and his wife Nancy was an undergrad when the couple met, and the rest is history. “We knew all the same people, but hadn’t met in person,” Young said. The couple, who recently celebrated their two-year anniversary, is behind EMU’s B Young – B Fit fitness program and the BYBF center in Ann Arbor. They were chosen
by “Made,” a TV show that follows students who have a dream of being “made” into something, to coach four female students from Grand Valley State University. On the episode, which aired Jan. 5, Brian and Nancy worked to prepare the women for the Tough Mudder, which according to toughmudder.com is a 10-12 mile obstacle course “designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie.” Although four students were trained, only three completed in the race. The experiences they had with the women were all too familiar. “It reminded me a lot of the normal student population at Eastern,” Young said.
He spoke of the differences between the age groups he has trained: People in their late 30s and 50s are concerned with health and fitness, but the 18-22 age group has a different agenda. “The guys want a six pack and the girls want a Beyoncé booty,” he said. Young said having worked with students at Eastern helped prepare him for his experience on “Made.” “It was just like training four girls from Eastern,” he said. Young said he has lived all over Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti and attended Pioneer High School. He has been visiting the Rec/IM since he was 6. After graduating from Barton College in North Carolina, he made
his way back to EMU and got his first personal training job at the Rec/IM. “That’s where I developed the fitness plan for B Young – B Fit,” he said. In 2006, the first BYBF training studio was opened, and a few years later the program was brought to EMU. Young was also an adjunct lecturer for the EMU School of Health Promotion and Human Performance. The couple enjoyed watching the episode with family and friends when it aired. “That was the coolest part, being able to share it with me and Nancy’s family,” Young said. He also mentioned the special
connection to the Rec/IM. “A lot of people there had seen the journey over the last seven years,” he said. Nancy received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from EMU. In her biography on www.byoungbfitness.com, she said, “In my last year, I started to realize that this was not how I had intended on helping others. I didn’t want to be a [shrink], I wanted to be an innovator.” Brian and Nancy currently teach fitness classes at the Rec/IM. Brian is a certified personal trainer, and Nancy is a certified cycling instructor. She also is the owner of Delicate Beauty Therapeutic Spa, located in Ann Arbor.
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Possible suicide at EMU will host more than 20 events Peninsular Place in week-long celebration of MLK Day By Lisa Swearingen Staff Writer
Officers from the Ypsilanti Police Department are investigating the death of a Peninsular Place resident as a possible suicide. According to a press release from the YPD, a 21-year-old Ypsilanti woman was found deceased in her apartment in the 900 block of Railroad Street at 4:35 a.m. Friday. The release said the deceased was despondent after a mutual breakup with her boyfriend. After no contact from her for several days, family and friends called police to the apartment complex for a welfare check of the resident. According to the release, the woman was found dead in her bed and medication was found at the scene, indicating a possible overdose. There were no signs of foul play, and an autopsy will be performed by the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner. Lt. Deric Gress of the YPD said the woman was not an Eastern Michigan University student, and according to an AnnArbor.com article the deceased had one roommate.
Gress told AnnArbor. com the information was released to the public because of the Julia Niswender homicide case and growing concern within the community. Niswender was found dead at her Peninsular Place apartment Dec.11, and the investigation is ongoing. The YPD press release said by all indications this case is a completely separate incident, and is in no way connected to the Niswender investigation. According to AnnArbor.com, the YPD released the information about the potential suicide to make it clear there was no relationship between the two cases. “We wanted to make sure that everyone knew this was not any part or related to Julia’s death investigation,” Gress told AnnArbor.com. No comments have been issued by anyone from Peninsular Place apartments at this time. Any student having issues with depression or suicidal thoughts should call the 24hour National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273TALK. Free and confidential counseling is also available to EMU students at Snow Health Center on campus.
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EMU’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will take place Jan. 17 to Jan. 22. Celebration Committee Member Brandon Britt said EMU has the biggest MLK Day celebration in Michigan.
By Taylor Pinson Staff Writer Eastern Michigan University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee is preparing its biggest MLK Day celebration to date. The celebration will take place on campus and span six days, starting Jan. 17 and ending Jan. 22. “It's such a significant event,” committee member Nicole Carter said. Carter is an EMU student working towards her doctorate in educational studies. “This is my fourth year participating, but I feel like this is the biggest one yet,” she said.
More than 20 events are scheduled for the celebration, including academic discussions, a men’s basketball game between EMU and Miami University-Ohio and a keynote address from prominent anti-racism activist and author Tim Wise. “This year's celebration gives people the opportunity to attend academic programs, earn scholarships, volunteer in the community and to be entertained,” said Keith Jason, EMU's coordinator of student services at the College of Technology and one of the committee’s co-chairs. “We feel like the celebration reflects the various aspects of Dr. King's life
and legacy that we stand behind as an institution here at EMU,” he said. The celebration committee, which has more than 50 members consisting of EMU students and employees, has been planning the celebration since last October. “EMU has the largest Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Michigan; nobody else comes close,” committee member Brandon Britt said. Britt is an EMU junior majoring in elementary math and education. The committee expects a high turnout for EMU’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, and members are happy to see EMU take
the holiday seriously. EMU senior Kelsey Goodman, who is a political science and African-American studies double-major and the current president of the EMU NAACP chapter, said the event gets bigger every year. “I'm very happy we have so much attention given to it,” Goodman said. Britt said, “It's great to see such a monumental man being celebrated and see it get the backing of the university. We really see EMU is committed to diversity.” For more information about the celebration, visit www. emich.edu/mlk/index.php.
Governor Snyder signs Erin’s Law, other bills into law By Danielle Willman News Editor Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed 30 new bills into law. One of the bills signed was Erin’s Law, sponsored by state Senators John Proos, Rebekah Warren and Judy Emmons, which allows schools to create programs educating children, staff and families on sexual abuse of children. According to a release, the laws signed also include: Senate Bill 192: sponsored by state Sen. Bruce Caswell, reduces the probate court administrative fee for handling an estate by the amount of the remaining mortgage. This leaves more money for descendants. The bill now is Public Act 596. SB 409: sponsored by state Sen. Goeff Hansen, exempts retirement benefits for Michigan National Guard retirees, as well as a portion for police and fire department employees, from taxes. The bill now is PA 597. SB 645: sponsored by state Sen. Roger Kahn, prohibits prisoners from keeping photos and drawings of their victim, or any item that belonged to the victim. The bill now is PA 598. SB 878: sponsored by Proos, allows the former Baldwin Youth Correctional Facility in Lake County to house adult offenders. It also allows the Michigan Department of Corrections to competitively bid for operations and services, as long as the contract results in at least 10 percent annual savings to the state. The bill now is PA 599. SB 1000: sponsored by state Sen. John Moolenaar, prevents parents sharing custody from taking their chil-
dren to countries not part of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, which seeks to prevent the abduction of children across international boundaries. This would not apply if both parents gave consent for the children to go to one of these countries. The bill now is PA 600. SB 1006: sponsored by state Sen. Mark Jansen, retroactively amends the Michigan Business Tax to allow small contractors to claim deductions from gross receipts for payments to subcontractors or for materials, rather than claiming the small business credit. This reduces the tax liability for small contractors back to 2007. The bill now is PA 601. SB 1008: sponsored by Moolenaar, reinstates a dispute resolution process for small-capacity well owners impacted by the pumping of high-capacity wells. The process previously was repealed in 2009 as a budget-cutting mechanism, but numerous such disputes over groundwater have since arisen. The bill now is PA 602. SBs 1021 and 1022: sponsored by state Sens. Tom Casperson and Darwin Booher, requires the state to make tax payments in full to counties in which the state owns various types of land, including swamps, commercial forestland and tax-reverted properties. Beginning in 2014, it also increases the tax rate paid by the state. The bills now are PAs 603 and 604, respectively. SB 1037: sponsored by state Sen. Jack Brandenburg, makes several small, technical changes to the Michigan Business Tax to allow easier administration and compliance for those businesses that
still chose to file under the tax. The bill now is PA 605. SB 1051: sponsored by state Sen. Joe Hune, prohibits school board members from voting on contracts and financial transactions in which they or their family members have a financial conflict of interest. The bill now is PA 606. SBs 1115 and 1118: sponsored by state Sens. Kahn and Hune, clarify both how economic damages in medical malpractice claims are to be calculated and how long personal representatives have to bring medical malpractice claims after an event. The bills now are PAs 608 and 609, respectively. SBs 1126 and 1357: sponsored by state Sen. Rick Jones, require individuals convicted of a felony who are released from a county jail for work or school to wear an electronic monitoring device. It is a felony to remove these devices. Related bills also sponsored by Jones, SBs 1127 and 1307, require the MDOC or the county sheriff to verify the individual is employed or enrolled before allowing the release. The bills now are PAs 610-613, respectively. SB 1132: sponsored by state Sen. John Pappageorge, allows parents who raised a child but have since divorced and remarried to formally adopt the child without their new spouse joining in the adoption. The bill now is PA 614. SB 1135: sponsored by Caswell, creates the Michigan Energy Assistance Program to provide energy assistance for low-income households. This creates a system to prevent energy crises, complementing the existing State Emergency
Relief program, which only provides energy assistance for families who already have received a shut-off or past-due notice. The bill now is PA 615. SBs 1141 and 1179: sponsored by Proos, creates the Swift and Sure Sanctions Program to ensure immediate sanctions for a probationer who violates a condition of parole. The program was piloted in courts in Isabella, Berrien, Barry and Wayne counties, and has proved effective in reducing recidivism rates in other states. The bills now are PAs 616 and 617, respectively. SB 1145: sponsored by state Sen. Jim Marleau, fixes an oversight in PA 210 of 2011 to ensure that provisions relating to the allowable authority of physician's assistants apply to all physician's assistants, whether they are working under a medical doctor or osteopathic physician. The bill now is PA 618. SB 1238: sponsored by Booher, increases some reporting requirements in the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to ensure more detailed information about the program is available. The bill now is PA 619.
SB 1280: sponsored by Casperson, increases the Land Exchange Facilitation Fund balance cap from $2.5 million to $25 million to better accommodate large sales and auctions. It also creates a more fair land transaction process by requiring the Department of Natural Resources to take final action on an application before reviewing another application for the same land, since these applications require significant private investment in on-site research. The bill now is PA 622.
trict Court, which is made up of the city of Royal Oak, but it soon will lose two judges by attrition. The bill now is PA 624.
SB 1315: sponsored by Proos, requires a parolee to provide written consent prior to their release allowing a warrantless search of his or her person and property by parole officers. The bill now is PA 623.
House Bill 5727: sponsored by state Rep. Joe Haveman, allows state departments and agencies to receive upfront funding from an energy service provider for energy efficient improvements. The provider then will be repaid with a portion of the savings from the improvements. The bill now is PA 625.
SB 1351: sponsored by Pappageorge, gradually transfers both the city of Berkley and District Judge James Wittenberg from the 45th District Court to the 44th District Court. This puts three judges in the 44th Dis-
SB 1386: sponsored by Caswell, clarifies that the Family Independence Program is a temporary program and not an entitlement. In keeping with federal law, it prevents further cash assistance from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program to families who already received 60 months or more of assistance. The bill now is PA 607.
For more information on the bills visit www.legislature. mi.gov.
SB 1239: sponsored by state Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, allows strict discipline academies to issue bonds for capital purposes, putting them on equal ground with other public school academies. The bill now is PA 620. SB 1243: sponsored by Pappageorge, redirects $12 million of the Department of Transportation's Budget from the Transportation and Economic Development Fund to the State Trunkline Fund to ensure a full federal highway aid match. The bill now is PA 621.
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Gov. Snyder signed 30 bills into law, including one to protect children from sexual abuse.
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Law to prevent sexual abuse a one-time Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children, which is made up of legislators, state officials and experts to make recommendations on changes to Michigan laws. Erin’s Law has already been passed in Illinois, Indiana, Maine PHOTO COURTESY | ERINSLAW.ORG and Missouri. PasErin Merryn, a former victim of sexual abuse as a child, now works to raise awareness on the issue. sage of the law is currently penda school—staff, students By Toni Hughes ing in Georgia, Minnesota, and parents—needs to recStaff Writer ognize the warning signs of Mississippi, Nevada, New sexual abuse," Snyder said York, New Mexico and Michigan Gov. Rick in a statement. "We educate Pennsylvania. Snyder recently passed a According to Erinour children on how to say bill to help protect children no to drugs, how to stay sLaw.org, about 300,000 from sexual abuse. The bill safe in a fire or tornado and children are reportedly bewas named for Erin Merhow to avoid strangers. Un- ing sexually abused each ryn, a 27-year-old from fortunately, sexual abuse is year in the U.S. and sexual Schaumburg, Ill., who was a reality for some children, abuse is rarely a one-time sexually abused as a child. and we need to provide occurrence. Statistics show Erin’s Law allows age-appropriate education one in five girls and one in schools to implement age- to encourage them to speak 20 boys are victims of sexappropriate techniques up and end the abuse." ual abuse, and only about to teach children how to Senators John Proos, one in 10 children will rerecognize sexual abuse Judy Emmons and Rebekah port it. Children are most and tell a trusted adult. It Warren supported passing likely to be sexually abused also educates school staff Erin’s Law and introduced between the ages of 7-13. about warning signs of bipartisan legislature to Merryn was sexually sexual abuse and referral Michigan’s Senate. Sen- abused as a child by two or resource information ate Bills 1112-1114 require men, one who was a memavailible to support sexual- school boards to implement ber of her family. She fily abused children and their policies addressing child nally broke her silence with families. the help of The Children’s sexual abuse. "Everyone involved in The law also creates Advocacy Center in Illi-
P O L I C E Jan. 4 A subject was arrested for a failure to appear on a driving offense at 12:41 p.m. at Oakwood Street. A subject fled from a traffic stop resulting in a crash at 6:31 p.m. at West Forest Avenue and Huron Street. The subject also had narcotics and a handgun located in the vehicle. Jan. 5 A subject was cited for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia at 7:20 p.m. at Oakwood and Mayhew streets. Jan. 6 A male with a bench warrant for failure to appear was arrested and lodged at 12:14 p.m. at the Washtenaw County Sherriff’s Department. Jan. 7 Marijuana was used in a dorm room at 6:52 p.m. at Put-
nois. In 2011, she became an advocate in Illinois and was able to pass a version of Erin’s Law. She made it her mission to give all children age-appropriate education about sexual abuse and where to go for help. Merryn has been working to raise awareness about sexual abuse against children. She travels across the country telling people her story of being sexually abused as a child. She is also the president of Erin’s Law, a nonprofit social welfare organization. Her hope is to get a bill like Erin’s Law passed in all 50 states. Merryn has written two books, “Stolen Innocence: Triumphing Over a Childhood Broken by Abuse: A Memoir” and “Living for Today: From Incest and Molestation to Fearlessness and Forgiveness.” The books detail what she went through as a child and how she overcame it. Erin has also been featured in multiple interviews, appearing on “Oprah,” “Good Morning America” and CNN, and in articles in Time and The Chicago Tribune. She has dedicated her life to informing America about child sexual abuse and supporting victims of the crime.
nam Residence Hall. The subject was cited for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Jan. 8 A subject was arrested for three bench warrants at 3:45 p.m. at Pearl and North Adams streets. Students were cited for disturbing the peace for using paintball guns at 10 p.m. at Cornell Court Apartments. A subject was found in possession of a replica firearm and arrested on a felony warrant at 11:24 p.m. at North Huron Street and West Forest Avenue. Jan. 9 Graffiti was found at 12:19 a.m. at the College of Business Parking Structure. A minor subject was arrested for trespassing and possessing liquor at 6:12 a.m. and
lodged on EMU warrants at the Washtenaw County Jail. A wallet was reported stolen at 10:31 a.m. at Strong Hall. The theft occurred between 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Jan. 8. An underage subject was found in possession of alcohol and admitted to smoking marijuana at 10:15 p.m. at Village Building D. Jan. 10 A subject was cited for possession of marijuana paraphernalia at 12:26 a.m. at Wise Residence Hall. Graffiti was found at 1:38 a.m. at the Oakwood Street Parking Structure. A male and female were in a verbal argument and cited for disturbing the peace at 10:33 a.m. at the Wise parking meters.
In the Jan. 10 edition of The Eastern Echo, Chuck Hagel was incorrectly identified as a Democrat when he is actually a Republican, and U.N. ambassador Susan Rice was identified as a Republican when she is actually a Democrat.
Brennan may direct CIA John Brennan started working for the CIA when he saw an ad in a local newspaper over 25 years ago, and was nominated for the position of CIA director by President Barack Obama Jan. 7. “A 25-year veteran of the CIA, John knows what our national security demands,” Obama said in a statement. “Intelligence that provides policy makers with the facts, strong analytic insights and a keen understanding of a dynamic world.” If congress accepts him as the nominee, he will soon be officially appointed to the position.
DECA chapters compete at EMU By Jennifer Kirby Staff Writer Hundreds of high school students arrived at Eastern Michigan University Thursday and Friday for Michigan’s Distributive Education Clubs of America’s fourth and fifth district competitions. “DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in the areas of marketing, finance, hospitality and management,” said Leah Moskovitz, the vice president of Chapter Development at Michigan DECA. “We are here today to just focus on preparing these emerging leaders and help them grow in business skills.” Michigan’s DECA chapter is an organization centered in EMU’s King Hall. David Wait is currently Michigan’s state director. The conference started at 9 a.m. with an opening ceremony. Competitions were taking place all over the Student Center until awards were presented at around 1 p.m. There are about 30 different event competitions students can choose to be a part of, and judges choose the winners of each one. “We evaluate them based on how well they hit on the indicators given on the sheet and the rubric that they have,”
said Eric Schambers, a judge at the conference. Winners of each category are awarded medals and an opportunity to compete in the state competition, which takes place in Grand Rapids, Mich. in March. Winners of the state competitions are nominated for positions in the student organization. “It was fun and it was hard at the same time. We had to just plan things in only 30 minutes,” said competitor Ashley Quint from Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte. Some of these competitions include making up your own business, while others include solving issues people come across in the marketing business. Although students know which event they are in, they do not know the details of the case until they are ready to compete. “This is a good opportunity because it gives them real life scenarios that they may face in the future, and it gives them practical experiences that could definitely benefit them down the road,” Schambers said. “I would recommend this for any student, because virtually every job you’re going to have in the future is going to be business related, so it provides some kind of experience for them.”
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“In John Brennan, the men and women of the CIA will have leadership of one of our nation’s most skilled and respected intelligence professionals,” Obama said in the statement. Brennan has worked as Obama’s adviser for counterterrorism and homeland security since 2009. In 2008, when Obama was looking for a CIA director, Brennan removed his name from consideration because of the criticism he received for the harsh methods of interrogation he used as deputy executive director during George W. Bush’s presidency. Republican Sen. John McCain said in a statement, “I have many questions and con-
cerns about his nomination to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, especially what role he played in the socalled enhanced interrogation programs while serving at the CIA during the last administration, as well as his public defense of those programs." While Brennan was a part of the CIA he gained a “deep knowledge” of the Mideast, and speaks fluent Arabic, CNN reported. He was also directly involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. “There is another reason I value John so much,” Obama said in the statement, “and that is his integrity and his commitment to the values that define us as Americans.”
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By Drew Saunders Staff Writer In the aftermath of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. that resulted in the deaths of 26 people, including 20 children, national attention has turned to gun control. At Eastern Michigan University, students have mixed beliefs on gun control. EMU student Sindhusha Sanga said, “I think the government should have a better, stricter policy on guns. Schools should be the safest place, so the parents can be relaxed when their kids go to school. It can happen anywhere. People can carry a gun if they have a license; they can carry a gun." Among legislation being discussed are possible bans on high capacity magazines, improved public gun safety information and more research on gun violence in video games. Chris Gaskil, a criminal justice major at EMU, believes some of the legislation won’t fix the problem, including possible assault rifle bans. “Assault rifle is a bad name,” Gaskil said. “They are semi-automatic rifles. They shoot how fast you can pull the trigger. I have seen people that can take a shotgun, a pump shotgun, and shoot it faster than a semi-automatic. It's not accurate, but neither is a semi-auto. With machine pistols, it's easier to get a hold of, it shoots just as fast and is easier to reload." Patrick Gonsior, a creative writing major, also pointed out Connecticut already had an assault rifle ban. Not everyone at EMU thought guns were the main problem; several other students had ideas. “I think that they should’ve been looking into helping the actual shooter,” freshman Destiny Allen said. “He could’ve had mental health problems. We should be focusing on gun control and helping people with depression.” Raven Dugan, an electronic media major, believes part of the solution is enforcing existing gun legislation. "There should be harsher punishment for people who aren't legal with guns,” she said. Gaskil said, "About this assault rifle ban the government is trying to pass, they
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The Sandy Hook school shooting resulted in 26 deaths.
had this ban in before. People still got assault rifles, after the ban lifted. You had to have a background check to buy an assault rifle. They're quite a bit more expensive; not many people are going to buy them and they're going to be used in so few cases that it's kind of a waste of government time. What I believe [the massacre] should result in instead of a ban on guns is a psychological evaluation before you can buy a gun. In some states that's required, and I think that should definitely be federally required." Every student interviewed for this article said a new federal gun law would likely follow the Newtown massacre. "I think they'll try, but I don't know how effective they'll be,” Dugan said. “People make a way to do things they're not supposed to.” Jenna Chynoweth, an art major, believes too much time is being spent discussing gun control. “I think they’re making too much of a deal of it,” she said. “There are school shootings all over the United States, and most of the time it’s high school shootings. And I think they’re making a big deal of this because it’s children. Like, young children. And, you know, they’re trying to take away the guns now. And I think that if you want to kill someone, you’re gonna kill someone. You can kill someone with a fork. If you’re crazy, you’re gonna do it. It doesn’t matter.”
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Winterfest offers week of wintry activities By LeeAnne Baumdraher Guest Writer Last semester was tough. I know; I was there. In fact, last year was a total b— well, uh, let’s just say difficult. Good news, though: It’s a new year and a new semester and you have new classes and a whole new start. Because Eastern Michigan University is aware of the struggles students face, Student Government has put together a series of events. Ladies and gentlemen, EMU presents: Winterfest. This is perfect for someone who likes delicious eateries, foot-tapping music and exciting seasonal activities, including, but not limited to, hot chocolate, ice sculptures and ice skating. Oh, and did
I mention it’s free? On Monday, Jan. 14, from 12-4 p.m., students can see which student organizations are available at EMU. Located in the Student Center Ballrooms A and B, you’ll have the opportunity to meet people who are interested in the exact same things you are, like the Dodgeball Club, College Democrats and several fraternities and sororities. Later, in the evening, from 8-11:30 p.m., the ballrooms will be transformed into energized discotheques, pulsating with the most popular and recent music. If you’re lucky, you may just hear “Gangnam Style.” You’ll also be able to fill your belly with mouth-watering snacks. From 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, you’ll have the
opportunity to discover the plethora of majors EMU has to offer; this will be hosted in Student Center Ballroom A. If you’re right-brained and have an artistic or creative side, collect some information on applied music or interior design. If you’re leftbrained, and you lean toward the more analytical side of things, pick up a pamphlet on economics or legal assisting. For those of you who can’t choose a side (like me), you could pursue a creative writing major with an accounting minor. If your aim is to care for the community, your interests may lie in nursing or counseling, and if you desire a more active lifestyle, maybe recreation or public safety is the best route for your education. If the above examples don’t
tickle your fancy, just remember that these are only a handful of the more than 200 majors, minors and concentrations EMU offers. As an added bonus, this event will include face painting, balloon twisting, a photo booth, free food (of course) and a live deejay. On Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 2-4 p.m., stop by the first floor of the Student Center and see what kind of food is available. If you weren’t aware, several restaurants are located inside the Student Center. Get your coffee fix at Starbucks, or pick up a burrito at the Salsa Grille. If you’re looking to eat a little healthier, stop by the GreenMarket Bistro or Subway. Those aren’t all of the restaurants located so close to your hungry study circles, so come
and find out what else there is to satisfy your palate. All day on Thursday, Jan. 17, there will be a seasonal engagement on the first floor of the Student Center and outside on the patio, where your ears can partake of beats by “Detroit’s Hit Music Station,” WKQI 95.5 FM’s Bomb Squad (just make sure you attend from 12-2 p.m. to catch this special treat). If that’s not riveting enough, there will be ice skating (weather permitting), complimentary hot cocoa, ice sculptures and my personal favorite, caricatures. So lace up your skates, prepare your sweet tooth and strike your best cartoon pose. To wrap up the fun-filled week, Friday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., the animated film “Hotel Transyl-
vania” will be shown in the Student Center Auditorium. Chock full of “Saturday Night Live” voice talents like Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Molly Shannon, David Spade and Chris Parnell, “Hotel Transylvania” is a guaranteed comic riot. The movie will also be accompanied by free popcorn. Homework and classes can be stressful, but it doesn’t mean every aspect of college has to be. Winterfest is the perfect chance to relax, let loose and forget about that upcoming presentation for a couple of hours. With six days of opportunities for fun, occurring at different time blocks, there’s no excuse not to attend at least one exciting event Winterfest has to offer. Take a chance and take a break.
‘TRANS’ documentary receives Man’s work lives positive reactions from viewers through friend By Ashley Terrell Staff Writer “When someone says to me, ‘What is this film about?’ I say, ‘It’s about human rights, injustice and discrimination,’” Mark Schoen, producer of “TRANS,” said. “And what I’ve learned is the gender spectrum is much wider than I ever thought it was and you know it’s not just transgender. There’s intersex, there’s genderqueer. I think the important thing is that we have to, as a PHOTO COURTESY | TRANS PRESS KIT society, let people be their authentic The film outlined the struggles transgenders face by looking into their world from their own perspective. selves, whatever that may be.” This was the perspective that from dolls, makeup, costuming and impression of the film and comwas openly explored by the Eastern mannerisms. mended those involved for addressMichigan University community When teachers voiced their re- ing a group of extraordinary people during the Jan. 10 showing of the jections of her behavior to her par- that rarely have the opportunity to documentary “TRANS” at the Stu- ents, which they took into consider- show their truth. dent Center Auditorium. ation, Danann pushed back harder “I am so glad that they brought Directed by Chris Arnold, the by harming herself by slamming up this issue in such a professional film gave an honest look into the into walls or making nooses to sim- way,” EMU student Silvana Alfaro transgender world from their per- ply get one point across: She didn’t said. “We can understand what spective, from the overwhelming want to be a boy. those people go through. It’s not obstacles to incredible triumphs of In a December 2011 interview a mystery anymore; it’s a tool that their self-discovery, as well as testi- with Anderson Cooper, her mother we can use everywhere and make monies from those closest to them. Sarah explained why she and her people aware of what transgender The cast is brave; their stories husband chose to tell their story people go through.” are incredibly heartfelt and will hoping it would help parents underEMU student Jess Brecht said leave you with a newfound respect stand and accept their transgender she thought the film was well made. while rooting for their success and children. “It outlined the struggles that happiness. “We just felt alone,” she said. trans people face, although there are The inspiration for the film re- “The materials we had seen that worse fates not mentioned. It’s imvolved around the story of Lt. Cmdr. other parents had done really saved perative for people to see this film, Christopher McGinn, who after be- us and so we hope that we can, you because there is so much informaing discharged from the Navy began know, help other people like that.” tion circulating that is incorrect that transitioning in 2000. Since changing schools, Dan- it’s frightening. This movie gives Now as Dr. Christine McGinn, ann, who is almost 10, is not only an insight into their lives and their she has become a gem in her com- improving academically but is struggles.” munity and field from her story showcasing an unbreakable strength “TRANS” won best documenof self-discovery, which has been to her already witty character. tary at the 2012 QFest film festival shared with Oprah Winfrey, Ander“Two months ago she was in in Philadelphia and has continued to son Cooper and Dr. Oz. a playground and four 13-year-old be celebrated by the LGBT commuHer transitioning has brought boys were calling another boy a nity across the country. fulfillment with her partner Lisa, faggot,” Schoen said. “And Danann “The [positive] audience reacmother of their twin children Eden went up to them, put her finger in tion you saw tonight, that’s what we and Lucas who were fathered by her their face and said ‘Don’t you ever get every time. The general public frozen sperm prior to transitioning. use that word, it’s hurtful and be- has not even acknowledged this Founder of Papillon Gender sides that I’m transgender.’ And I film. We don’t get into mainstream Wellness Center in Pennsylvania think, Where does that come from?” film festivals, we get rejected by specializing in transgender surgery, Other stories in the film include: them,” Schoen said. “We don’t have McGinn has fostered to the needs • Justin Avery (known as a broadcast deal. We thought we of many transitioning men, women Chloe) revealed his true identity could get this on television. Nothand children over the years. in high school, but due to an over- ing. Part of an audience that I most There was an intimate and ex- whelming anxiety of being socially wanted to reach, we’re not reachtraordinary glimpse of her perform- accepted, she committed suicide. ing.” ing a vaginoplasty and breast aug• Cris is in a lesbian relationBefore its completion, Schoen mentation on two fellow “TRANS” ship but opens up on camera to his had a private screening with a group characters Erica and Pam, both in partner about being a female to male of viewers that were not emotiontheir 50s who suppressed their de- and the path he’s taken to be his true ally connected, or understanding of sire to be who they are in their mar- self. this community as a way to crack riages and are now liberated of their The Transgender Day of Re- the surface. burdens by taking this step. membrance program introduces “One guy came up to me afAudiences were immediately a slew of transgender individuals ter the screening—and this is an won over by Danann Taylor, a who unite every Nov. 20 to honor exact quote—and said, ‘I didn’t 7-year-old male to female, who the lives lost in their community, as know nothing about this man, but it from the start of the film confidently well as continue the fight for justice, opened my eyes and it opened my identified as a girl much to her par- protection and equality due to the heart.’ And I went, ‘Wow. This is ents concern and confusion. She rise of hate crimes. what I want,” Schoen said. forced out any sense of masculinSome EMU students who atTo view the trailer go to www. ity by relating to anything feminine tended the screening had a lasting TransTheMovie.com.
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Kyle Linford’s film script was created after he committed suicide and left a note to a trusted friend.
By Cosette Girardot Senior Staff Writer When you die, will your works live on? Unlike many who have gone before him, the work of Kyle Linford is continuing to live on. Not only is Linford’s work continuing to grow after his death, but you have the opportunity to view one of his creations: A movie called “Kill for Her.” Linford was a 22-year-old aspiring film director when he committed suicide April 6, 2011. However, Linford didn’t just write scripts and direct shorts. According to Linford’s friend, Eric Protiva, “Kyle loved watching the stars. Kyle loved the colors black and red. Kyle loved the television show 'Lost'. Kyle loved cooking.” Like many people, Linford not only enjoyed aspects of life, but he also was faced with challenges. Growing up, Linford battled depression. He sought help from therapists and medications, but their help wasn’t always enough to counter his personal demons. As Linford had been fighting his depression, he kept a sort of record of his journey in his scripts. One such script was titled “Kill For Her.” The story stars the character of Jake, described as, “A troubled young man. Hiding in shadows, surrounded by an addiction he doesn't fully understand.”
According to the Facebook page for “Kill For Her,” the premise of the plot is, “A heroin addict meets an angel who convinces him that he needs to kill certain people to save the outcome of the future.” Lindford didn’t want his work to die with him, though, and included in his suicide note a special section to Protiva. “I’m sorry Eric. Keep living your life, no matter what the world throws at you. Don’t slip up either. Make the cartoons, make the movies. I trust in you,” Linford wrote. With that, Protiva had Lindford’s blessing to create the film, so Protiva started work. Protiva’s goal wasn’t just to create a movie, though; it was to create a movement. While suicide is never a good thing, Protiva and the group who make up Morning Light Productions and #InKylesMemory hope to use Linford’s story and scripts to further the fight against suicide. The production group plans to begin filming on Jan. 26 of this year. Ultimately, that’s what it’s all about: Taking Linford’s work and requests and bringing them to life. Through them, not only can Linford’s work continue to live on, but his story can be used to save lives. Morning Light Productions said, “We want everyone to know dreams can be achieved and their life matters.”
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AFFEINE #12 C CHRONICLES By Jess Salisbury Life Editor
Not everyone is in love with Michigan’s four seasons, but even those who detest the forthcoming freeze can find one thing to look forward to in the winter—tasty seasonal treats. This winter, several cafes, both local and part of a chain, are serving up some new options certain to become new cold weather classics. Three places to check out this winter are The Ugly Mug Cafe and Roastery, located on 317 W. Cross St., our campus’s very own Starbucks, nestled in the Eastern Michigan University Student Center and Biggby Coffee, which has several locations in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area. Each cozy cafe offers some delicious winter-exclusive items, but how do they stack up? Ugly Mug’s raspberry mint mocha: I’m a huge fan of Ugly Mug’s lattes, but the sheer number of flavors in this drink was slightly offputting. Raspberry and mint could be pleasant together, as could mint and chocolate. Raspberry and chocolate even sounds yummy. But all of those together? To my surprise, these three contrasting tastes went together as smoothly as the flavors of Neapolitan ice cream and packed as much punch as all three Powerpuff Girls. None of the flavors were particularly overpower-
ing. You could taste the fresh coolness of the mint, the subtle fruitiness of the raspberry and the sweetness of the mocha. It’s hard for me to choose one favorite thing to order at the Ugly Mug, but this drink slipped into my top five for this coffee shop. Its unusual but refreshing flavor was definitely welcome. Starbucks’ vanilla spice latte: I had high hopes for this drink. The sign hanging in the Student Center Starbucks had been taunting me since classes started. It seemed like the perfect way to start off the semester. It took me a few sips to get into it, but it wasn’t long before I couldn’t put the cup down. The flavor is smooth— a little creamy with a bit of spice. The spice is what makes the drink; the coffee has a flavor uniquely its own, with an aftertaste reminiscent of chai tea. Still, I wasn’t absolutely astounded by the vanilla spice latte, at least not as much as I wanted to be. Another Starbucks drink that wowed me a little more is the salted caramel mocha. I’d suggest that as the go-to Starbucks winter treat, but the vanilla spice latte is definitely worth a shot, even if it’s just once. Biggby Coffee’s s’more latte: Just take a cursory look at Biggby Coffee’s online menu. You’ll quickly discover one fact about this Michigan-based chain—they love their seasonal beverages.
When I browsed the featured items for the perfect drink to review, I was faced with not one, not two, not even three, but seven options. The one that captured my attention, though, was the s’more latte. The s’more latte involves a combination of three main flavors: chocolate, marshmallow and gingerbread, which are then topped with crushedup graham crackers. The end result is something resembling the beloved campfire treat, certain to evoke happy memories of when it was actually warm outside. This drink’s strength comes in the form of uniqueness. I can’t think of any other latte from any other coffee shop that tastes similar. It has a bit of sweetness, a bit of spice and a rich chocolaty flavor. The drink’s weakness, though, seems to be that it has the opposite problem of the vanilla spice latte. The first few sips were nothing short of magnificent. But, as you get to the bottom of the cup, the flavor seems to lose its novelty. Still, the s’more latte is a strong contender, even when you consider the fact that Biggby offers it alongside a truckload of other delicious drinks. The verdict: Ypsilanti’s own Ugly Mug wins this cold-weather coffee competition, but Starbucks and Biggby Coffee’s yummy concoctions are certainly worth taking notice of.
KATIE’S CRAFT CORNER #12 By Katie Remski Staff Writer Looking around, especially at this time of year, knitwear is everywhere. Hats, scarves, sweaters, mittens and other cozy winter gear are knitted from thick, soft yarns, mostly on machines. Even though you can easily buy a pair of gloves almost anywhere, there are lots of reasons to learn how to knit. Here, I’ll give you the top ten reasons you should think about taking up knitting. 1. Quality: When you buy a knitted item from a store, in all likelihood it’s made by a machine. Knitting machines are effective at churning out large quantities of items, but simply from the detailed nature of knitting, the chances for error are very high. Unraveling, mainly at seams, is a major problem that can be difficult, if not impossible to fix. 2. Fiber: Unless the knit item is being advertized as wool, cashmere or other natural fibers, what you are getting is acrylic. Acrylic is a manmade plastic fiber that runs the gamut from soft and plush to scratchy and dense, with most commercial products somewhere in between. Items that are advertized as a natural fiber are typically blends of natural fibers and acrylic, with the actual percentage of natural fiber so low it certainly does not justify the extra cost. 3. Money: Depending on what you make and what type of yarn you use, knitting your own gloves, hats and scarves is al-
most always cheaper. A pair of mittens hand knit from luxuriously soft 100 percent pure merino wool will cost about $12, as opposed to a similar pair for $30 from a department store. Of course, depending on what yarn you use, the price can be quite expensive, but you’re still getting a much better quality product for your money. 4. Relaxation: Once you learn the basic stitch, knitting is intuitive. This means you can either choose to focus on the work and forget your thoughts for a while, or you can let your mind wander while keeping your energy centered on doing something positive. 5. Trend: Knitting is currently having a moment in popular culture. Dakota Fanning knits scarves for costars like Tom Cruise, Amanda Seyfried knits while working out an the elliptical machine and Katherine Heigl knits for her dogs. Last year, the high end online store Net-a-Porter sold kits to knit your own hat or scarf. In 2013, knitting is not just your grandmother’s hobby. 6. Giving Back: Hand making items to donate to different organizations is a great way to give back without a huge sacrifice of your time. Hats for preemies, blankets for homeless teens, mittens for soldiers and more are always in need of donations. Be sure to stay on the watch for current needs such as last year’s nationwide drive for winter gear for Hurricane Sandy victims. 7. Social Responsibility: It was only in the past 100 years knitting became a
mechanized process. Imagine having to knit socks, sweaters and every piece of winter gear by hand. In other parts of the world, this is still true. Knowing how clothes are manufactured is an important part of being an informed consumer. 8. Internet resources: Learning to knit is a snap with the Internet. Sites like Knitting Daily and eHow offer written and video tutorials to teach beginners and experienced knitters alike the basics, new tricks and special techniques. The site Ravely is a social network just for people who knit and crochet, full of patterns, help forums and groups for everyone from teens to professional designers and lots of options to share photos of your projects. 9. Customization: Love sweaters but not the crazy multicolored yarn they’re made from? Love hats that would be perfect if only they didn’t have huge pompoms on the tops? When you knit it yourself, the customization options are limitless. Even if you’re just learning, personalizing a pattern with a different color or yarn texture than the one featured will make it uniquely your own. 10. Gifting: Handmade gifts are always appreciated: The quality of the product is better, you know the recipient’s favorite color and the time and thought put into the gift will always be appreciated. This winter, take the time to learn to knit. It only takes minutes, and it will definitely become your new favorite hobby. To learn more, visit www. vogueknitting.com.
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band that is hard to hate on. They’ve supported many causes, and the fact that they are so socially active gives their lyrics authenticity that many modern punk bands don’t have. But despite that, their music is very forgettable. Their songs are marred by in-yourface choruses that seem to be trying desperately to hammer themselves in your head, but few of the tunes stick. Militant bootstomping anthems are incredibly off-putting, and they’re even more repellant when the attempts at catchy hooks are so underwhelming. Even so, “Signed and Sealed in Blood” is worse than the average Dropkick Murphys album. It doesn’t have a song on the level of “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” (which is an excellent song) or “The State of Massachusetts” (which isn’t). It’s one thing to be lame, but at least include an anthem of some sort. LABEL | BORN & BRED RECORDS The highlights of “There’s little to say in this album’s defense,” Matt writes. Dropkick Murphy doesn’t deliver. this record are instead alist punks would enjoy, nor quite mild. “The Boys By Matt Rice were they a band that tradi- Are Back” opens the album Staff Writer tional Celtic fans would like. with possibly the most abraRather, they were a fascinat- sive attempt at catchiness The first and most ing group that true music the band has ever displayed, memorable hook on the fans might get a kick out of. while “Rose Tattoo” renew Dropkick Murphys alMost classic bands have veals itself as a legitimately bum, “Signed and Sealed in a decent influence on the all right song if you give it Blood,” goes, “The boys are music scene, even if it lasts more time than it deserves. back, and they’re looking for only for a short while. The The album also features a trouble.” That says it all, re- Pogues weren’t so lucky. Christmas song, “The Seaally. The album’s only hook The idea of fusing these two son’s Upon Us,” that is an that you might be able to genres may seem interest- even bigger rip-off of The remember when the music’s ing, but it ran out of steam Pogues’ classic “Fairytale shut off is a cliché line that quickly. The Pogues them- of New York” than you’d may or may not be ripping selves only managed to get a think (bassist Ken Casey’s off Thin Lizzy. few exceptional albums out desperate promise that “it’s The truly sad thing of it (most notably the nearly definitely not some cheesy about “Signed and Sealed in perfect “Rum, Sodomy & Christmas tune” doesn’t help Blood” is what it represents, the Lash”), and other Celtic the song’s lack of sincerity). though. Dropkick Murphys punk bands weren’t even Dropkick Murphys’ bigare, along with Flogging that lucky. gest fault is that their main Molly, the most popular This genre should be influence is Celtic punk. artists in a genre that once remembered as a failure They seem uninterested in showed a lot of promise: that one band was talented Irish music, and very interCeltic punk. enough to get something ested in using Celtic influCeltic punk, the combi- out of. Sadly, it can’t be dis- ence to separate themselves nation of Irish folk and punk missed as that, because it’s from other left-wing punk rock, was first devised by way more popular now than bands. As stated earlier, the The Pogues, an ’80s band it was then. Dropkick Mur- members of the band are adformed in London. Fronted phys and Flogging Molly mirable, but admirable peoby the famously intoxicat- both have over a million fans ple don’t always make intered Shane MacGowan, this on Facebook, which is over esting music. There’s little to group mixed their love of ten times what The Pogues say in this album’s defense. Celtic music with their love have. And, damn, is their Grade: C+ Key Track: “Rose Tatof punk. They were by no music boring. Dropkick Murphys is a too.” means a band that tradition-
‘Under Defeat’ enjoyable By Taylor Pinson Staff Writer “Under Defeat HD: Deluxe Edition” is an enjoyable niche game that probably flew under most people's radar this past holiday season. The game is a soupedup console version of a relatively obscure vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up arcade game originally released only in Japan back in 2005. A console version debuted the following year for the Sega Dreamcast but was also only available in Japan. Therefore, this is the first time the game has been commercially available in America in any form. “Under Defeat HD: Deluxe Edition” includes the original arcade version of the game in its original aspect ratio and New Order Mode, a newly created version of the game with a 16:9 aspect ratio to make use of modern HDTVs, improved graphics and a remixed soundtrack. Arcade shooters like this are not played for their story, and “Under Defeat” is
no different. It has some storyline, but it is inconsequential and limited to brief slide shows with text. The real reason anyone would play this is for its challenging, but fun, gameplay. The game’s controls will be familiar to anyone who has ever played a verticallyscrolling shoot-em-up. You control your ship, in this case a helicopter, with the left analog stick and one button for shooting at enemies and one for using bombs. It's quick to learn and easy to use. The game has added to this tried-and-true method by allowing you to angle your helicopter while firing, allowing you to strafe enemies while avoiding their fire. It takes a little bit of time to get used to, but the game offers several control methods and quickly becomes enjoyable. “Under Defeat” is difficult but not frustrating. One hit will destroy your helicopter and players are restricted to a limited number of lives and continues, which increases its replay value. The game’s graphics are
serviceable but show their age. Even the New Order Mode's improved visuals appear dated. However, I don't believe this is an issue considering the game's budget price. There are two versions of the game available to PS3 owners: A downloadable version available on Sony's Playstation Network and a physical copy version available at specialty stores and websites like Amazon.com. The game is also available for Xbox 360. The physical copy includes several extras, including a digital art book, all currently available downloadable content and a soundtrack CD. Both versions of the game are $30, so unless you have something against buying physical copies of games, the decision is a no-brainer. “Under Defeat” is not a game for everyone, but if you enjoy arcade games, shoot-em-ups or something that focuses on fun, fast and simple gameplay, give this one a shot.
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Monday, January 14, 2013
Eagles drop close game to BGSU Falcons
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Senior guard Derek Thompson helped keep the Eagles in the game making two free throws and a jumper with 11:51 left in the game. Thompson scored 11 points, shooting 3-of-11 from the floor, 2-of-6 from three point range and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line.
By Al Willman Sports Editor Two is shaping up to be an unlucky number for the Eastern Michigan University men’s basketball team. Two conference games and two Mid-American Conference losses—both losses by two points. Saturday’s loss was to the Bowling Green State University Falcons, 46-44. Seven is another number that is haunting the Eagles. The team has seven wins on the year (in 16 games), they are 0-7 on the road and there was seven seconds left
on the clock when BGSU’s Jordon Crawford buried a three-pointer to send the Eagles (7-9, 0-2 MAC) home. One Eagle scored in double digits Saturday: Senior guard Derek Thompson scored 11 points in 28 minutes. Thompson shot 3-of-11 (27.2 percent) from the floor and 2-of-6 (33.3 percent) from three point range. He also made 3-of-4 (75 percent) from the free-throw line. For the Falcons (6-9, 1-1 MAC), two players were able to score more than 10 points. A’uston Calhoun scored 17 points in 36 minutes and Crawford scored 11
in 39 minutes. The Eagles led for the first 9:30 of the game. It took a three-pointer from Crawford to give Bowling Green a 11-10 lead, but redshirt junior forward Daylen Harrison answered right back with a jumper, giving the Eagles the 12-11 advantage. Both teams exchanged baskets for the remainder of the half. The Eagles entered the break with a 25-20 advantage over the Falcons. In the first 20 minutes, the Eagles shot 10-of-32 (31.3 percent) from the floor, 2-of-4 (50 percent) from three-point range and
3-of-4 (75 percent) from the free-throw line. From field goal range, the Falcons shot little better, with 9-of-28 (32.1 percent). The major difference came from long distance. The Falcons made only 1-of-9 three-pointers. The team also made the only free throw it attempted. The Falcons started the second half on fire. The team went on a 9-0 run over the first five minutes of the half capped off with a fastbreak dunk by Calhoun. Thompson put the Eagles back in the game after being fouled by Cameron Black, he made both of his
free throws. He then capitalized on a rebound and assist from freshman guard Jalen Ross, sending home a threepointer of his own, giving the team a 30-29 lead with 13:33 to go. Black put BGSU back on top with a layup, but senior center Matt Balkema got on the board with one of his own and again gave the Eagles a one point lead. With 11:51 to go, Thompson sunk another jumper, making the Eagle lead 34-31, but Anthony Henderson squashed it with a three-pointer 36 seconds later. Both teams exchanged
blows over the next nine minutes. Thompson gave the Eagles the lead for the final time with a free throw. Ahead 44-41, the Eagles were unable to get the job done. A layup from Calhoun brought BGSU within a point at the 1:48 mark of the half and then Crawford ended it with seven ticks left. The Eagles return home Tuesday to take on the Central Michigan University Chippewas. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center. The game will be broadcast on WEMU 89.1 FM.
Wrestling beats Ball State halts comeback; EMU loses MAC opener by 2 Seton Hill 40-11 By Raven Gardiner Staff Writer
The Eastern Michigan University men’s wrestling team continued their season on the road in Greensburg, Pa. on Saturday to take on the Seton Hill University Griffins. The last time the teams faced each other was during the 2009-10 season, when EMU left Greensburg with a 30-9 win and this year was no different. The Eagles won the meet by 40-11, bringing them to a 5-6 record overall. With a two-week competition break just before the meet, the Eagles fought to make sure the time off didn’t show on the mat. Freshman Alexander Calandrino kicked off the evening on the right note for the Eagles with his first career start. The 125 pounder pinned his Seton Hill opponent, freshman Trey Constable, at the two-minute mark, giving EMU a 6-0 lead from the very beginning. EMU scored many points from Griffin forfeits. Redshirt sophomore Jake Byers (133 pounds), redshirt junior Phillip Joseph (184 pounds) and redshirt freshman Anthony Abro (197 pounds) all won their matches because of lack of Seton Hill wrestlers. The 141-pound match went to EMU redshirt freshman Michael Shaw when he triumphed over his Seton Hill opponent, Levi Catalfu, for a first-period (2:09) fall. The Eagles won back-to-back matches and kept Seton Hill off the board until redshirt junior Mike LeHolm lost by a 6-4 decision to Griffins senior wrestler Nick Nichols.
Instead of the usual 157-pound EMU starter, redshirt senior Aaron Sulzer, redshirt freshman Chris Rau wrestled and fell to Griffins sophomore wrestler Adam Moranduzzo by a 5-4 decision. Seton Hill started to make a comeback but it was not enough to break the 18-6 lead the Eagles held. The Griffins received one more win once EMU redshirt sophomore Alan “Stables” Constable fell at the 174-pound weight class. Seton Hill senior wrestler Zach Benzio dominated Alan Constable with a 22-7 technical fall for the Griffins, earning the most points on the Seton Hill side. Eagle redshirt sophomore Jacob Dorulla won another match for the Eagles, when he defeated Seton Hill freshman wrestler Brett Smith 13-4 to take over the 165-pound match. The Griffins had no chance of winning the meet when they forfeited two weight classes. EMU walked away with the back-to-back forfeits just before the final bout. With the Eagles in the lead 34-11, redshirt senior Chris Eggert had virtually no pressure to win his match for the team. Determined to win the 285-pound match anyway, Eggert pinned his opponent, redshirt junior Eric Minerd, in the second period, which earned extra points for EMU and resulted in an overall win for the team. EMU stayed in the area and competed in the Pitt Duals on Sunday. They shared the mat with the Lock Haven University Bald Eagles, University of Pittsburgh Panthers and the Bloomsburg University Huskies.
By Colin Maresh Staff Writer
One foul by senior center Da’Shonte Riley and two free throws by the Ball State University Cardinals turned overtime into a 60-58 loss for the Eastern Michigan University Eagles at the Convocation Center Wednesday night. Wednesday’s game marked the beginning of Mid-American Conference play for both teams. Despite the tough loss, EMU coach Rob Murphy had a few positive comments about the game and his team. “I thought Derek Thompson was really aggressive, did some good things,” he said. “Jamell Harris did a tremendous job playing defense, rebounding the ball. J.R. [Sims] did a great job playing the point when Jalen [Ross] struggled at times.” Senior guard Thompson led a balanced attack for the Eagles (7-8, 0-1 MAC), scoring 16 points on 3-for8 shooting and 8-for-9 on free throws. Chipping in 12 points was redshirt junior forward Sims. Four other players scored between six and nine points. The game began with two steals taken coast-tocoast. One ended with a slam dunk by redshirt junior Glenn Bryant. The Cardinals (7-6, 1-0 MAC) came back strong, though, and the game settled into a back-and-forth rhythm. The Eagles, after leading 4-2, didn’t lead
again until they were up 19-17 with 9:46 to go in the first half, but the lead never exceeded seven. Tensions hit a high point at the end of the first half when senior center Matt Balkema dove for a loose ball, heated words were exchanged and both Balkema and the Cardinals’ Jesse Berry received technical fouls. The Cardinals, aided by three long three-point shots with the shot clock expiring, managed to take a solid 33-28 lead going into the break. The Eagles defense seemed to struggle in the first half despite forcing 10 turnovers and blocking two shots. The Cardinals shot a very strong 63.6 percent from the field in the first half, which included a stunning 55.6 percent on three-point attempts. Despite allowing a high shooting percentage, the Eagles offense kept the score tight to close the half by shooting 54.5 percent from the field. The second half continued with much of the same. The Cardinals continued to hit their shots at an above-average clip, but the Eagles answered nearly every time. The lead never grew past eight, when the Cardinals held a 56-48 edge with 4:26 to go in the game. Things looked bleak for the Eagles, but then the comeback began. Thompson scored six straight on a three pointer and three free throws fueled by key rebounds by Harris.
After some stingy defense from the Eagles, led by Sims, the team got the ball back with 28 seconds to go. A layup by Sims and a defensive rebound by Bryant with 14 seconds to go set the stage for late game dramatics. With a mere eight seconds on the clock, true freshman guard Ross was fouled on a drive to the basket and had two free throws to attempt with his team down 58-56. Ross knocked down both high-pressure shots to tie the game. The Eagles’ furious comeback was denied when the ensuing inbounds pass was deflected, sealing the thrilling yet ultimately disappointing 60-58 loss. The Cardinals, unlike the Eagles balanced offense, were led by a few outstanding performances. Chris Bond was the star of the game, scoring 18 points on perfect 8-for-8 shooting and hit the game-winning free throws. Jauwan Scaife also scored 18, which included 4-for-8 on threepoint shots and two huge ones late in the shot clock in the first half. Murphy only had praise for the Cardinals. “I give a lot of credit to Ball State today; they came into our building, played extremely hard. [They] made some shots early, really long three-point shots, contested three-point shots. I thought they shot the ball extremely well; they rebounded the ball well,” he said. A significant issue for the Eagles was rebounding.
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The Eagles broke free of their shooting woes.
They were outrebounded by a 29-to-16 margin and received very little contribution from their big men. They also struggled with free throws, shooting only 12-of-19 (63.2 percent) and missed a few in key moments. Despite their rebounding issues, the Eagles did force 19 turnovers, blocked four shots and created 14 steals. Also, breaking free of their season long shooting woes, the Eagles managed to shoot 21-for-41 (51.2 percent) from the floor. The Cardinals finished with a 24-for-41 (58.5 percent) line from the floor, 6-of-15 (40 percent) from long distance and 6-for-10 (60 percent) from the free throw line. The Cardinals also edged the Eagles in assists (18-to-12). The next game for the Eagles is Tuesday when the team will take on Central Michigan University at the Convocation Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be carried live on WEMU 89.1 FM.
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Monday, January 14, 2013
Men’s swimming falls to U of M Women’s tennis beats Lopers By Eugene Evans Staff Writer
Despite senior Jacob Hanson breaking the record in the 200 backstroke, Eastern Michigan University fell to the top-ranked University of Michigan Wolverines 196-133 Friday. Hanson finished at 1 minute, 45.82 seconds. “It was fun to see him [Hanson] do something like that,” EMU head coach Peter Linn said. Hanson was the one of the few bright spots on a day that unfortunately saw Michigan take 16 of the 18 events. In the 160-medley relay, the EMU quartet consisting of seniors Jacob Hanson and Mike Swain, junior Dexter Foos and freshman Krzysztof Gilski finished third at 1:08.99. Gilski also finished fourth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.03. In the 500 freestyle, sophomore Franco Petrone had the lowest time for the Eagles, finishing in fourth in 4:36.58. Foos finished fourth for in the 40 freestyle and third
in the 100-freestyle with times of 16.48 and 46.27, respectively. EMU sophomore Brian Moore and junior Gus Everson finished third and fourth in the 100 freestyle, completing the distance with times of 46.40 and 47.37, respectively. Swain had his best showing in the 200 breaststroke, finishing in second with a time of 2:01.23, as well as finishing third in the 100 freestyle with a time of 55.88. In the one-meter dive, EMU senior Andrew Saunders continued to impress by placing second with a score of 297.29. Senior Jeffrey Craig had the only other firstplace finish for the Eagles with a score of 386.41 in the three-meter dive. For the Wolverines, the story of the day was record after record being broken. U of M freshmen Dylan Bosch highlighted the records by dominating the entire field in the 200 butterfly, finishing first at 1:46.78. In the loss, Linn found some positive developments from the team that
can be carried into the remaining meets. “I thought we raced very well,” Linn said. “Michigan is one of the top swimming programs in the country. They are currently ranked No. 1 in the country. It was an opportunity to swim with some faster people around and measure yourself. Obviously, there were some races that they were way better than we were, but I thought we raced pretty well and I’m very happy at where we are at.” Linn also mentioned having to improve on techniques for future meets. “I still think that we have technical things that we have to work on,” Linn said. “It’s pretty obvious that we have to do some work on our turns. The one thing about this kind of course is that it makes your turn work real obvious when you make your mistake.” Meet Notes: With the loss, EMU falls to 0-30 all-time to Michigan in dual meets. The last year where records were kept in 20-yard
races was 1967. Michigan won five of the first six events before the first break of the meet. All swims in the meet were run in a 20-yard distance as opposed to the standard 25 yards in order to have more records shattered. Before Hanson broke the record in the 200 backstroke, the previous record holder was Pete Siebert of Stanford University, who set the record of 2:04.00 July 25, 1964. Looking Ahead: On Saturday, the Eagles will travel to Muncie, Ind. to take on the Ball State Cardinals in a dual meet. Both the men’s and women’s teams will travel together to Muncie, but their scoring will remain separate from each other. Meet time is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The Eagles will travel again to Buffalo, N.Y. Jan. 26 to take on the University at Buffalo. EMU returns back to the Jones Natatorium Feb. 2 for their final home meet against the Miami-Ohio Redhawks.
By Alex Alvarado Staff Writer The Eastern Michigan University women’s tennis team started their regular season on the right foot, taking down the University of Nebraska-Kearney Lopers in a 7-0 shutout Friday. The meet took place inside the Nebraska Tennis Center in Lincoln, Neb. All matches were won in two straight sets. Junior Nino Mebuke started things off by beating UNK’s Vanessa Gunawan (6-3, 6-1), followed by freshman Klara Supejova’s defeat of Kristin Weems (6-0, 6-1). Daphne Friedrichs, Mariya Toncheva and Zsofia Biro all won their sets over Heather Connolly (6-1, 6-2), Britni Norfolk (6-3, 6-0) and Kelly Messbarger (6-0, 6-1), respectively. Freshman Silvia Martinkova wrapped things up with the singles, routing Stephanie Irvin with 6-1 and 6-2 sets. In doubles, Mebuke and Supejova took care of Gunawan and Connolly (8-2), while Friedrichs and Toncheva teamed up to take down Norfolk and Dominique Kropp (8-4). Biro and sopho-
more Ankita Bhatia finished off the day beating Weems and Messbarger (8-2). On Saturday, the Eagles stayed in Lincoln for their second matchup against the 17th-ranked University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Eagles dropped to a 1-1 record after being shut out by the Cornhuskers. Biro started things off with a loss to Maggy Lehmicke in straight sets (6-1 and 6-0). Things did not get much better as Supejova and Mebuke both lost in straight sets to Mary Weatherholt (6-2, 6-1) and Patricia Veresova (6-2, 6-2), respectively. Friedrichs, Toncheva and Bhatia all took losses to Stefanie Weinstein (6-2, 6-2), Janine Weinreich (6-2, 6-4) and Izabella Zgierska (6-0, 7-5). In the doubles competitions, Weatherholt and Veresova beat the duo of Mebuke and Supejova with an 8-3 set, and Weinstein and Weinreich beat Friedrichs and Toncheva in an 8-2 set. The day ended with Biro and Bhatia falling to Lehmicke and Zgierska with a 6-4 set. The Eagles will hit the road again Jan. 18 when they square off against the Marshall Thundering Herd on their home court in Huntington, W.Va.
Women’s swimming defeats BGSU, remains undefeated By Eugene Evans Staff Writer On senior day, Briana Emig captured first in the 200, 500 and 1,000 freestyles in 1 minute, 52.84 seconds, 4:58.58 and 10:20.17, respectively, to help the Eastern Michigan University women’s swim team remain undefeated by knocking off the Bowling Green State University Falcons 166-128 at Jones Natatorium. Before the event began, Emig and fellow seniors Wesley Blassneck, Kelly Hendricks, Danielle Hulvey, Lauren Kalinosky, Christina Nunez-Wood, Helena Tolic and Vanessa Weidner were honored in a pre-meet ceremony to celebrate their swimming time at EMU. Numerous swimmers spoke about the bonds they developed over the years with them.
Towards the end of the ceremony, reality began to hit for the seniors. “I did not think that I was going to cry,” Kalinosky said. “As soon as my mom hugged me, I completely lost it. I was trying to hold it together, but I could not help it because I have been so emotional this whole week. It is weird to know that it is almost over.” The meet kicked off with the 200-medley relay with the quartet of Kalinosky, Tolic, junior Jackie Swartz and freshman Mary MacLean finishing second, touching the wall with a time of 1:47.32. Swartz and junior Meghan Richardson finished first and second, respectively, in the 100 butterfly with times of 56.88 and 57.63. “I was very happy about [the time],” Richardson said. “I have been pretty consistent unlike the past
few years, so 57.63 is a good time and [Swartz] got first. I could not be any happier.” Tolic took second in the 100 backstroke in 58.66. In the 200 butterfly, sophomore Jessie Godlewski finished first with a time of 2:05.15. Godlewski also captured first in the 200 backstroke and individual medley at 2:05.07 and 2:08.35, respectively. Tolic placed third in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:08.74. In the 500 freestyle that Emig won, freshman Audra Burtch finished second in 5:06.79. The relay team of Tolic, sophomore Sara Ghaffari, MacLean and Emig placed second in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:35.74. Nunez-Wood, sophomore Lauren Dark and Hendricks placed first, second and third in the women’s
three-meter dive with scores of 325.43, 308.93 and 305.03, respectively. In the one-meter dive, it was an all-senior affair as Hulvey, Hendricks and Nunez-Wood also finished first, second and third with scores of 309.97, 306.98 and 279.68, respectively. As the season begins to wind down for the Eagles, the intensity begins to pick up for the women. “Since it is getting closer to the Mid-American Conference Championship, coach [Linn] is telling us to be a lot more technical, especially in the 50,” Richardson said. “[The 50] has to be perfect, and if you screw something up you are going to add time to your run.” Meet Note: In the one and three-meter diving events, no members of the Bowling Green team participated. As a
result, EMU guaranteed themselves the maximum number of points. Looking Ahead: On Jan. 19 the EMU women will begin their season-ending, three-meet road trip when they go to Muncie, Ind. to take on the Ball State Cardinals in a dual meet. Both the men and women will compete on the same day, but the scores remain separate for both teams. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. After the Ball State meet, the Eagles travel to Buffalo, N.Y. Jan. 26 to take on the University at Buffalo in their regular season MAC final. On Feb. 9 and 10, the regular season wraps up at the Ohio State Winter Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. The final field for the invitational has yet to be announced. ANMMAR ALNIMAR | THE EASTERN ECHO
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PLAN TO SELL BELLE ISLE NOT BENEFICIAL Rodney Lockwood, a developer and board member of the conservative Mackinac Center for Public Policy, has put forth a plan to sell Detroit’s Belle Isle to private investors for $1 billion. After the sale, Belle Isle would secede from Michigan to become a commonwealth similar to Puerto Rico. At that point, the citizens of Belle Isle (anyone with a clean criminal record, a command of the English language, a good credit score and $300,000) could enjoy a life free from income tax. While I applaud anyone who attempts to come up with ways to alleviate Detroit’s seemingly neverending problems, Lockwood’s idea is never going to happen, nor should it. Selling the city’s most beautiful and historic park so that rich people (a $300,000 entry fee is prohibitive for most people, which I assume is the point) can finally stop paying taxes is not a solution that would benefit the people of Detroit.
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WHITE HOUSE REJECTS DEATH STAR PETITION While not the answer they were hoping for— 34,435 “Star Wars” fans have received a response to their petition for the Obama Administration to begin construction of a Death Star by 2016. Despite his serious-sounding title, Paul Shawcross, chief of the science and space branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, let the Death Star hopefuls down humorously by asking, “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?” Then Shawcross did something that made me love him even more: He listed the ways we’re already using technology to tackle space exploration and said the Force would be with those in pursuit of careers in science. It’s wonderful that instead of dismissing the petition as silly, Shawcross took the time to respond thoughtfully and encourage citizens to pay attention to the real science that is out of this world.
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ALEX JONES IS A LIZARD PERSON I’m not typically a fan of Piers Morgan. But when talk radio quack Alex Jones appeared on Morgan’s show to argue that the British CNN host should be deported, I found myself firmly on the side of Morgan. Jones, a devoted conspiracy theorist and pro-gun advocate, is convinced that Morgan is part of a plot by the New World Order to take guns from U.S. citizens. What could have been a typical cable news debate quickly devolved into Jones ranting and raving and sweating about how Americans are taking suicide pills disguised as anti-depressants. He appeared to have become completely unhinged as he rasped and sweated. And who can blame him? If Jones believes everything he claims to believe—that under everything (including the Denver airport) lies an evil plot—how can he possibly keep from appearing as if he has lost his mind? Another possibility is that Jones doesn’t actually believe the garbage he spews, but is deftly preying on those who buy into conspiracy theories and listen to his depressingly successful radio show in over 60 countries. I know some of these otherwise intelligent people and they are the reason I’m glad Jones showed his insane colors on television. The more the public sees Jones for the ridiculous fear-monger he is, the less likely they’ll pay attention next time he starts ranting about the Illuminati.
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Snyder can’t claim to be moderate
Monday, January 14, 2013
There was little to do but chuckle as I came upon a past article by The New York Times, “Michigan’s GOP governor defies easy labels,” a hagiography of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s moderate presence in the state. In the aftermath of his actions on abortion and labor law in the state Legislature’s final session, Snyder cannot claim to be a moderate. In fact, the ability of Snyder to claim the mantle of politically moderate at all is a consequence of the tumult in the Republican Party, rather than any actual moderation. We’ll call anybody a moderate if they don’t think women’s vaginas have the superpower to reject rapists, or that President Barack Obama is Mao Zedong incarnate. I believed Snyder was a moderate when I voted for him in 2010. And he led mostly as a moderate, up
until the end of last year, cover from the recession of which is why I was prepared 2001 when a similar downto vote for his re-election in turn occurred in 2007. Jen2014. nifer Granholm, a Democrat Perhaps I was made into and Snyder’s predecessor, a fool for believing he was failed. Many forces were out actually moderate, but I was of her control and ultimateeven more of a fool to be- ly she couldn’t correct the lieve Snyder state’s path. had inven- “We’ll call anybody a moderate Voters were tive ideas for if they don’t think women’s ready for difthe state. An vaginas have the superpower to ferent and inexamination reject rapists, or that President ventive ideas of Snyder’s Barack Obama is Mao Zedong in 2010, the record does incarnate.” ideas Snyder not produce promised. the ideal centrist or a shrewd Snyder’s approach to administrator like Gov. tax policy has been both Mitch Daniels, the Indiana laudable and worthy of conRepublican. demnation. He eliminated A picture of the reces- a former calculation of the sion-laden state is laid out in state’s business tax in favor “Michigan and Ohio labor of a simple corporate inmarkets still struggling to come tax. The effort is credrecover,” by the Economic ited by many for improvePolicy Institute, a nonpar- ments made to the state’s tisan think tank. Except the business climate. report wasn’t about the most He has also tried to rid recent recession, but was the state’s tax code of wastereleased in 2007 about the ful business incentives; tax recession that occurred in loopholes that many econo2001. mists consider ineffective. Michigan had yet to re- The consequence of his tax
policies, however, has also been to shift much of the tax burden onto poorer citizens. A tax on senior’s pensions was enacted in 2011, partly to pay for reforms made to the state’s business taxation, which constituted as a tax reduction for businesses. His decision to allow community colleges to offer four-year degrees should be observed with skepticism, since he also paid for his tax reduction with education spending cuts. It is doubtful that without the funds, more college graduates will be produced. The education reform group StudentsFirst recently gave Michigan a C- in its State Policy Report Card. Tax cuts and education cuts are not the inventive proposals I hoped for when I cast my vote for Snyder in 2010. This week, he will deliver his State of the State Address, and rather than feeling enthusiastic, I am prepared to be disappointed.
Open online classes right move By Chris Hoitash Opinions Columnist In the modern era, the Internet is everywhere. This is no less true for higher education, where online use is on the rise, with entire colleges testing the digital waters by offering massive open online courses. Such a model raises questions, like how sustainable such a system is and whether employers will consider such credentials valid. Nonetheless, MOOCs are clearly a step forward in making higher education more accessible and affordable. The use of the Internet is nothing new to current college students, of course. These days most courses have some online component. For most of my aca-
demic career I’ve taken at least one course online per semester just to fit it into my schedule. But attending college entirely online, and for free? A Jan. 6th New York Times article said, “Universities nationwide are increasing their online offerings, hoping to attract students around the world.” The article goes on to say that major universities like Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are funding such programs, which have attracted over a million students already. For some time, there has been an emphasis placed on students going to college and getting a degree. Once in the minority, now the majority of Americans have at least some college education, if not a full degree.
But while education has become more accessible, it doesn’t necessarily make getting a post-college job any easier. I’m looking at you, literature majors. Your fancy degree and high-minded ways of comparing Tom Sawyer to Josef Stalin may be fun, but how will you fare in the job market? Higher education isn’t for everyone, which is a problem when it’s the only viable option. Or is it? Trade schools have proven there is an alternative to traditional education. Maybe MOOCs could provide yet another alternative: A college education for those who either don’t want to go the traditional route, or don’t quite know how their choice of major can get them a job. Not only is higher ed-
ucation becoming more available, the methods for obtaining it are, too. But is that enough to deal with issues like gaps in certain job markets, or gluts in certain areas (cough — political science — cough). It is too soon to tell. Whether or not MOOCs will be successful, or even viable, they are certainly a step in a new direction for higher education, though it might be more accurate to say such programs are merely a continuation of steps that have already been taken. Either way, MOOCs will certainly get professors and students alike thinking about how their courses and ideas will be taught and made useful to a modern society. Except political science—that will always be useless.
Don’t let stress take over your life By Jumanah Saadeh Opinions Columnist
As we begin the new semester, there is a lot to be sorted out: Work schedules, financial aid, last-minute classes to add and homework assigned. The start of the semester is stressful and often leaves me wondering if all the stress is actually worth it. Society tells us we should go college, followed by graduate or professional school, culminating in a job in which we will strive to climb the ranks to reach our ultimate goal: success. Frankly, just thinking about it makes me feel like I’m climbing a huge staircase that may never end. No one would refute that we are a high-stress society. We are constantly stressed about one thing or another. About being on time, about work and, of course, about school. This is not a healthy place for us to be at a soci-
etal level. The American Medical Association estimated that stress plays a role in over 75 percent of illnesses today. By depressing immune functions, stress is a significant contributing factor to everything from stomach ulcers to heart disease. But stress can also be a very important biological tool. By acting to trigger the fight-or-flight response, it provides us with an important tool for self-preservation. The problem is that when we overuse this builtin security system, it can wear our bodies down. One exceedingly common example of a weakened immune system as a result of exhaustion is the common cold that surfaces around this time of year. The solution to staying healthy in our stress-motivated society goes deeper than just exercising, eating healthy and getting enough sleep. It is truly a matter of
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