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SPOTLIGHT 8 Student Antonio Cosme 11 Student Muayad Mahmoud 12 Professor Christopher Meloche 21 Alumni Tim McIntyre

COLLEGE LIFE 17 10 Great Things About EMU 18 Interview with Texts From Last Night’s Lauren Leto

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What motivates the EMU Eagles? Eagle Rewards Season Preview Enhancing the Gameday Experience How to be an EMU Fan Girl Talk

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR I don’t know about you, but my summer went by way too fast. It seems like winter semester classes were ending just a few weeks ago, and now it’s time to start everything all over again. Although it’s hard for me not to associate the beginning of fall with the end of summer, the end of days by the pool and the end of freedom, there are a lot of things that I enjoy about fall, too. I look forward to visiting cider mills and corn mazes, the leaves changing color and not sweating through my shirt before noon. But I am also looking forward to being back on campus and being part of all the exciting things going on this month at EMU and in Ypsilanti. So, if you’re returning to EMU, welcome back. And, if you’re new to EMU, welcome. On behalf of the staff and myself, I would like to invite you to take a few minutes to read through emYOU! to see what’s going on around you and what your friends will be talking about. From sports to entertainment to college life and more, there’s something for everyone in emYOU!.

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Major:

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Year at EMU: Fifth year senior, graduating in April

Student Organizations, etc.: Center for Multi-Cultural Affairs, Latino Student Association

Favorite things to do in spare time: Go to the gym, spend time with family and friends, take care of his aquarium, read

Favorite music: Underground hip-hop

Favorite Movie: “Pulp Fiction”

Favorite Book: “Pedagogy of the Oppressed”

You in 3 words: Contemplative, energetic and excited

In five years, would like to be: Out of law school, working on immigration in Michigan It’s September already. And, for EMU’s student government, that means it’s the time of year when campaign promises are translated into actions. Although this reality would worry any EMU elect whose promises are bigger than his or her foresight, Student Body President, Antonio Cosme, doesn’t seem worried at all. In fact, he says he’s excited. Perhaps this is because, during EMU’s student government elections, Cosme, along with Muayad Mahmoud (his runningmate at the time, now EMU’s Student Body Vice-President), ran on a platform that promised “dedication, accountability and

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“I think that diversity adds value to your education. You get to see different perspectives, and the more perspectives and diversity [you are exposed to], the more your eyes are opened.” advocacy.” While, for some, it would take a great deal of extra time and work to live up to this promise, for Cosme, it was already a lifestyle. And, as he describes a typical day in the office to his duties as Student Body President, this reality becomes even more apparent: Dedication: “We spend so much [PTLPU[OLVMÄJL^VYRPUNMVYZ[\KLU[ government. We are willing to put in the time and effort it takes to get our goals accomplished,” Cosme says, as he describes he and Mahmoud’s roles. Advocacy: “We went up to Lansing to advocate for higher education. We met with legislators […] and organized with other colleges to fight for higher education funding,” he says, explaining some of the things that he accomplished in his former student government position, Director of Political Action. Accountability: “It’s really important to be open. […] Accountability is being willing to step forward and take responsibility for both your successes and your mistakes,” he says, as he elaborates on his leadership philosophy. Cosme says that he originally came to EMU because it was where his brother went. However, he says that he now values many things about the university, from its excellent faculty to its hard-working and diverse student body. “EMU is very affordable. I like all the relationships I’ve been able to cultivate with university professors and administration,” he says. “It is located in a great place that enables it to have a very diverse population. I think that diversity adds value to your education. You get to see different perspectives, and the more perspectives and diversity [you are exposed to], the more your eyes are opened.”

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Cosme, a self-described “Mexican and Puerto Rican kid from Southwest Detroit,” himself represents the diversity he so greatly values. He comes from an area of Detroit that is also diverse—and often misunderstood. “A lot of people are very ignorant about Detroit and scared of it,” he says. “I tell people to go there and check it out. There are so many things going on in downtown Detroit. While there is blight and crime in certain areas, there are also thriving communities. The area where I come from is very beautiful and is one of the places in Detroit that maintains some of its property value.” Aside from his background, his work ethic and leadership philosophy, one of the biggest things that Cosme has going for him is passion—especially when it comes to political action and civic competency. Although he has strong opinions about political topics ranging from the infamous Arizona immigration bill to some possible, more productive solutions to immigration reform and other hot political issues, he’s not all talk, either. He recently returned from studying abroad in El Salvador under Richard Stahler-Sholk (a professor that he describes as “inspirational” and “really involved, in terms of activism”), during which he was able to meet with community organizations, hospitals, political groups and campaigns to do, what he calls, “community organizing.” “I was just really inspired by the lack of technology, wealth and resources that they have, but yet the ability they have to organize and do things, like create a co-op where they help women buy cattle, and the way they get together and make things happen, he

says, regarding the trip. And, when it comes to his passion about civic competency, his (at least proposed) actions speak louder than words, too. One of the items on his agenda as Student Body President is to lobby to make American Government a general education requirement at EMU. Another item on his agenda is for EMU to be part of the New York Times Initiative—a program that distributes free copies of the New York Times across campus and encourages discussion of current events through “Times Talks.” But that’s not the end of Cosme’s goals during his time in office. A few other areas he hopes to make progress in include academic advising, course evaluations and a faculty diversity initiative. However, the work isn’t all on Cosme and Mahmoud. It’s up to all EMU students to shape the university and enact positive change. “Get involved,” Cosme says. “Don’t just come here with a 9-5 ‘I’m going to go to class and go home’ mindset. I understand that most Eastern students have a life outside of EMU, but come to the student center. Check out a student organization. Learning outside the classroom is one of the most important things you can do in college.” To stay in touch with what EMU’s student government is doing for you, visit the EMU student government facebook page (www. facebook.com/pages/StudentGovernment-Eastern-MichiganUniversity/109386712427044) and twitter (www.twitter/emusg). Also, check out the official student government site at www.emich.edu/ studentgov.

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“Being involved has opened so many doors and helped me figure out what I wanted to do with my future.”

Major: Political Science

Minor: Public Administration

Year: Senior

Favorite book: “Tuck Everlasting”

Favorite movie: “The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie”

Favorite thing to do in his spare time: Sketch Where do you see yourself in five years: Completing graduate school at Michigan State University and searching for a position within higher education administration CO-STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Muayad mahmoud STUDENT BODY VICE PRESIDENT by Joseph Stromski II ([ÄYZ[NSHUJL4\H`HK4HOTV\KZLLTZ like your average pretty boy: He’s nicely put together, well-groomed and usually smells fantastic—which is why one might be surprised to learn that Mahmoud actually OHZHJVTWSL[LS`ZLSÅLZZWLYZVUHSP[`HUK

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spends his time encouraging students to become civically engaged. And Mahmoud practices what he preaches. He is EMU’s Student Body Vice President. But his passion for politics didn’t just start there. In fact, Mahmoud

was even awarded the Father Bernard O’Connor scholarship for his efforts to further civic engagement on campus. “I felt very honored to receive the scholarship because of my involvement with the MSA [Muslim Students Association],” Mahmoud said. “I worked to bring in speakers to educate students on the state of Islam.” Mahmoud is also a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and Model UN. “Being involved has opened so many KVVYZHUKOLSWLKTLÄN\YLV\[^OH[0 wanted to do with my future,” Mahmoud said. “It’s taught me how important being involved in the community is.” It’s through his involvement with organizations like these that Mahmoud has been able to collaborate with other student organizations and student-run VMÄJLZ[VIYPUNZVTL]LY`^VY[O^OPSL programs and events to campus. Last year alone he worked with the Student Veterans of America to bring a letter writing campaign to campus—and we can’t forget about the Tuskegee Airmen who also made an appearance. He also put together an open house for Student Government where interested students could learn about the organization and meet its members. “The programs I help organize allow students to know what’s going on and set a tone of openness,” Mahmoud said. “This feeling brings in people who aren’t your regular joiners and helps create a diverse environment.” As for this year at Eastern, Mahmoud has plans to find new ways to advocate for students on campus and in Lansing, and he’s working on creating student government service grants, which would provide funding for student organizations that are looking to get involved in the community. When he’s not advocating for students’ rights or planning a new program or event, Mahmoud spends his time focusing on his education and research. “My biggest personal accomplishment at Eastern was participating in two Undergraduate Symposiums,” Mahmoud said. “I really enjoyed the opportunity to work with experienced faculty, and it really helped me grow as a person and taught me how to present research—it taught me that I’m not always right.”

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Department: Communication, Media & Theatre Arts

Courses taught at EMU: Speech, Advanced Public Speaking, Non-verbal Communication, Persuasion, Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Organizational Communication, Communication Theory, Listening Behavior

Schools attended: Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, Wayne State University

Favorite book: Although he couldn’t choose one MH]VYP[L4LSVJOLYLJLU[S`ÄUPZOLK “The Cheese Monkeys” by Chip Kidd and loved it.

Favorite music: Classic Rock

Favorite thing to do in spare time: Spend time with his family and play music with his band, Coconut Radio

You in 3 words: Curious, light-hearted, inquisitive

If there’s one thing that Professor Christopher Meloche wants you to know, it’s please, knock it off with the texting. “Texting is the bane of our universe – texting and cell phones,” Meloche says during an interview at the EMU Student Center. “When I was at say, Michigan State, and class was over and we were leaving, you know what we did? We talked to each other. Now, I see my classes, they’re not out of the room and they’ve got the metal up to their ear before they’re even gone, and they’re ignoring each other. This is one of

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Christopher meloche LIVING THE DREAM

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SPOTLIGHT “I try to give […] real-life example[s]. If we’re trying to make content accessible to people, I think the best way to do that is through stories. Often times when I go into the classroom, I am just kind of a glorified storyteller.” the most culturally diverse institutions in the entire country. It’s a wonderful opportunity. [Texting] is keeping you connected, but it’s keeping you connected to people you already know who are probably very much like you. ” Meloche says all this with a smile, his eyes wide as he laughs and gestures with his hands and pounds the table. He’s animated and upbeat, even as he goes on his rant about modern technology. “From a communications aspect, I say ‘NO!’ It’s taking you down the wrong path,” he says. As a professor in the Communication, Media & Theatre Arts department here at Eastern, it’s strange that Meloche’s biggest pet peeve is the one tool that many would say is their most frequent medium for communication. Except he’s right. He points out examples in the room of people actively ignoring each other while they use laptops and cell phones. It’s easy to imagine that this is how he teaches his classes, which as the “utility player in the department,” can range from non-verbal communication to speech to listening behavior to about 12 other classes. “What I try to do for everything we’re discussing is I try to give a real-life example,” he says. “If we’re trying to make content accessible to people, I think the best way to do that is through stories. Often times when I go into the classroom, I am just kind of a glorified storyteller.” But Meloche wasn’t always a professional storyteller. After getting two bachelor degrees from Michigan State in radio and television production and communication studies, Meloche went on to work for both the United Way and as a corporate and public trainer for Dale Carnegie Training, a company that focuses on self-

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improvement and staff communication solutions for businesses. “What I loved the most was the actual training stuff,” he says. “But if you look at what you have to do as a trainer, so little of your time is spent with people in the room.” After discussing a change of career with his wife, Linda, who was also a trainer, Meloche enrolled in classes at EMU in 1993 to get his master’s degree, initially thinking he would teach high school. But after taking one class with longtime EMU Communication Professor Gary Evans, he knew what his calling was. “I was in that class, and I just said, ‘Alright, this is what I want to do,’” he says. 4LSVJOLÄUPZOLKOPZTHZ[LY»Z degree and went on to get his Ph.D. at Wayne State, both in communication. By 1996, he was teaching part-time at EMU, and full-time by 1998. Meloche says he has loved his time at EMU and the ÅL_PIPSP[`OLNL[ZMYVTOPZKLWHY[TLU[ to teach the way he wants to. “I think one of my favorite things is when students will remember things and make connections that I didn’t see, that I didn’t make,” he says sincerely. “I think that’s way cool. It happens at least once a class, once a term. And it’s like,” Meloche slaps his hands together to emphasize his point, “that’s what that was all about.” Recently, department leaders gave Meloche the opportunity to embark on the tenure track at Eastern, but after some careful thought, he decided to turn it down and maintain his status as a lecturer, because of the other responsibilities tenure would require. “The thing that brought me here was that I wasn’t able to do what I like to do most of the time,” he says. “I love teaching, but I really don’t

like sitting on committees and going to meetings and doing all the things that you have to be able to do to keep this place running, and I’m not really big on doing the whole publish or perish thing. I said to myself, it doesn’t make sense.” Aside from his career at Eastern, Meloche has three children. His oldest daughter, Emily, is entering graduate school at the University of Michigan to study to be a librarian. His second daughter, Carly, is a sophomore at Grand Valley State University, studying communication like her father, and his son, Jack, is going to be a senior at Chelsea High School. He is also in a band called Coconut Radio, and you can see just how much he loves it by the way his face lights up. “We’re four old guys and a young guy,” he says. “None of us are quitting our day jobs. None of us are good enough for that, but it’s fun to do. We’re just doing it for us.” Coconut Radio came together when he ran into a friend in Chelsea who he’d played with in a band called Northern Lights 20 years previously. The two got together to jam and an alternative/folk/rock band was born. Coconut Radio played the Sights and Sounds Festival in Chelsea this summer along with some other gigs in the area. For now though, Meloche said he feels wholly content teaching at Eastern, living in Chelsea with his family, and playing rhythm guitar and keyboard in the band. “I like what I’m doing. I like where I’m doing it. I have a great house. I live in a great community,” he says. “People make the joke about living the dream, but I seriously think I am.” Just don’t text during his class.

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GREAT THINGS ABOUT EMU

A FEW THINGS EVERY FRESHMAN SHOULD KNOW BY MARISSA MCNEES

For all you EMU freshman reading this right now, get ready to have an awesome year here in Ypsilanti. Whatever your reason for choosing to be an Eagle, I promise you won’t regret it— as long as you embrace your community and recognize all the amazing things EMU has to offer. But in case you weren’t already excited enough, be sure not to miss out on some of these great EMU offerings: FREE ATHLETIC EVENTS Unless you’re one of our many studentathletes, you probably didn’t choose EMU for our prominence in athletics. But, think about it, all students get into these sporting events for free. Even if our teams aren’t winning championships left and right (which some of them actually are), what other schools let you attend sporting events for free? Not many. Cheering on your Eagles doesn’t get much easier and more fun than that. STUDENT ORGS We all know how hard it is to be the new kid. Thankfully, EMU has extremely diverse student organizations for every type of student. From the oldest local fraternity in the United States, to the Commuter Student Association and even Outbreak: Eastern—a live-action YVSLWSH`PUNNHTLKLKPJH[LK[VÄNO[PUN off a zombie infestation—there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and experience EMU. THE REC-IM’S FITNESS PASS I’ve been here for awhile, but this is something that I didn’t even know about until last year, so I’m here to get the ^VYKV\[;OL9,*04ZÄ[ULZZWHZZPZ

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a great deal that you really shouldn’t pass up. To avoid letting the “Freshman Fifteenâ€? creep up on you, head over to the REC-IM and buy one VM[OLPYĂ„[ULZZWHZZLZ-VY just 75 dollars, you can go to HZTHU`Ă„[ULZZJSHZZLZHZ`V\^HU[HZ many times as you want) all semester. :WPUUPUNJSHZZ^P[OĂ„[ULZZPUZ[Y\J[VY Nancy) is one of my favorites, but there are so many more options like Yoga, kickboxing and cardio boot camp. OUR DIVERSE CAMPUS COMMUNITY Even if you tried really hard, I don’t RUV^PM`V\^V\SKILHISL[VĂ„UKHTVYL diverse and unique campus than EMU. We have every type of student, from the 18-year-old commuter who works fulltime to the 40-year-old father looking to Ă„UPZOOPZKLNYLL"`L[^LÂťYLHSSOLYLMVY[OL same reason—to get a great education. YOU DON’T NEED 60,000 STUDENTS AND UNDEFEATED SPORTS TEAMS TO KNOW HOW TO PARTY Just as you probably didn’t come to EMU for its stellar athletic reputation, you also probably didn’t think of Ypsilanti as a big party town. Think again. There are plenty of places to go on a Saturday night, and if you’re still looking for something to do, check out our website for the “Best of emYOU.â€? @V\ÂťSSĂ„UK[OL¸ILZ[Z[YLL[[VWHY[`VUš and plenty of other ideas for how to spend your weekend. With Pray-Harold under construction, you’ll get to explore campus more than the typical EMU freshman Pray-Harold is usually known as the “freshman building,â€? but that’s all about to change. This building is completely under construction this year, forcing many classes to be held in random buildings around campus. I hope you brought a good pair of walking shoes, because it’s likely you won’t have two

classes in the same building. This is a great way for all freshmen to get to know campus and all things EMU. YOU CAN BRAG THAT WE’RE MICHIGAN’S ORIGINAL GREEN AND WHITE That’s right, the chant “Go Green! Go White!â€? is not original to East Lansing. While many people might associate green and white with another Michigan school, feel free to tell people that you are one of the originals. Eastern Michigan University has been green and white since 1849. CLUB HALLE Finals week is stressful for just about everyone. That’s where Club Halle comes into play. The week before and all throughout that dreadful week, Halle Library is open late into the night. If you ULLK`V\YJHMMLPULĂ„_[VNL[`V\[OYV\NO the night, the Paradox Cafe on the NYV\UKĂ…VVYPZVWLUSH[LK\YPUN[OVZL weeks as well. Finals week never looked so good. 0-0-0 By now you’re probably sick of hearing about the zero percent increases to tuition, room and board. But, think about it. This is actually a really great thing that not only freshmen, but all EMU students should appreciate. While other schools are upping their tuition in this tough economic time, EMU knows just how hard-working its students are and has found a way to show them some love right back. Next time you’re bummed about your dorm room not being as nice as your friends’ who went out-of-state, think about being debt free when you graduate. ;OLĂ„UHS[OPUNVUT`SPZ[HUKWYVIHIS` the greatest thing about EMU, is that EMU is an affordable university offering high-quality education and providing the full college experience to anyone who wants it. Can it get much better?

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Alcohol, Sex & a LOT of Bad Decisions WITH TEXTS FROM LAST NIGHT’S LAUREN LETO By Amanda Slater

(770): I GOT US KICKED OUT OF THE BAR BECAUSE THE WAITRESS FOUND ME IN THE KITCHEN TRYING TO MAKE SPAGHETTI. “Just the idea of going into a bar’s kitchen and making food is really cute,” laughs Lauren Leto as she recounts some of her favorite texts from textsfromlastnight.com. She says, “There’s also one that goes something like, ‘The ticket read: Found Naked in

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Tree.’ That one is awesome.” Texts From Last Night is the extremely popular website Leto launched along with fellow Michigan State University alum Ben Bator, and these are the kinds of laughable occurrences that readers have grown to expect from the site that celebrates drunken college nights—and all the ironically unfortunate or just really bizarre stories that go along with them. “It’s a compilation of the best text messages in any night all over America,” says Leto. Which, she

says, usually translates to drunk text messages from college kids or really “original” (as she puts it) texts. The texts are posted anonymously, with the texters’ only identifying marks being the area codes that are posted beside the messages. The site receives up to 50,000 submissions a day. The Z\ITPZZPVUZHYLÄS[LYLKI`3L[VHUK Bator, who only choose a select few per day to be posted on the site. “I think it makes people feel better if [their text] makes it to the site. It’s like saying, ‘Hey, that might have

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been a crappy night, but at least it was funny,’ says Leto. However, Leto wasn’t always managing a globally popular website. In fact, there was a time when she was just like many of the site’s contributors (well, maybe not just like them…). She was a college student attending MSU (famous for being one of the biggest party schools in Michigan), where she and her friends were having crazy nights of their own. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, Leto began

law school at Wayne State University. “I was at Wayne State and unemployed, so [Bator] and I spent a lot of time talking about what our friends were up to who were still in school or who were living in the ‘real world’ because Ben and I weren’t quite there yet. So we started sending back and forth all of the texts we got from our friends about the fun nights, and eventually that led to the idea for Texts From Last Night,” Leto says. The idea started out as a blog that featured texts from Leto, Bator and their friends (most of which have since been deleted, according to Leto). However, as the two started to notice more and more interest in the blog, they decided to launch their own website. “Within the week that we launched it, we had one million hits,” said Leto. Leto attributes much of the site’s success to its relatability. “People so relate to the idea because that’s college,” she says. “You’re usually sitting in class. You can’t talk on the phone, so you’re sending these quick text messages half the time, and a lot of the time you’re describing what you’re doing and what your night was like last night. Now we found a way to share those messages with the world.” When TFLN went viral (at the end VM3L[V»ZÄYZ[`LHYVMSH^ZJOVVS· HUKK\YPUNÄUHSZUVSLZZ3L[V and Bator’s lives changed almost overnight. Leto quit law school and moved to New York. Now, at the age of 23, she and Bator are able to support themselves solely on income generated from the

site. Leto says that a typical day in her life consists of doing “some kind of administrative thing” for Texts From Last Night—ranging from talking to advertisers to editors to going over changes as well as reading the texts and keeping up to date on news and pop culture stories (since many of the site’s texts reference news items). Leto and Bator also travel to various schools for speaking engagements, during which they explain how their site started and how students can easily start a similar kind of site on their own. Recently, Leto and Bator released a TFLN book as well. Unlike the site, the texts in the book are divided into different sections by topic—including a section dedicated to some of Leto and Bator’s favorite texts. At the end of the day, Leto says that experiences like those documented by TFLN are important because they are memories. “It’s really like that saying, ‘These are the nights you’ll never remember with the people you’ll never forget,” she says. “That’s college. You’re never going to be this irresponsible or have such little responsibility on your shoulders ever again, so why not have fun with your friends, be reckless, get your heart broken and do stupid things, but, at the same time, laugh, have fun and take risks? College is an amazing time. I wish I’d stayed there longer.”

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SPOTLIGHT

““I learned from my professors the importance of being passionate in what you do.” ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

TIM MCINTYRE

DOMINOS PIZZA VP OF COMMUNICATIONS by Amanda Slater

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“Company cultures start at the top and leaders have to model the behavior they want,” says Tim McIntyre, VP of Communications for Domino’s Pizza and Eastern Michigan University alum. “You have to actually be how you want to be perceived. If you want to build a culture where integrity PZU\TILYVULÄYZ[`V\OH]L[V model it and, second, you have to be aggressive about handling those breaches in integrity.” It’s just this sort of philosophy that enabled McIntyre to lead Domino’s response to one of the biggest communications crises that the company has ever faced—the infamous Dominos YouTube incident, during which two employees created a hoax video depicting them tainting Domino’s food while at work. ¸>L^LYLHISL[VÄUK[OL culprits within a matter of hours, have them terminated, arrested, and, in less than two days, we decided to put our president on YouTube giving our side of the story. No other president of an organization of our size has gone on YouTube to ZWLJPÄJHSS`HKKYLZZ[OLHJ[ZVM two [employees], and that was extremely noteworthy,” he says, regarding the incident. In the PR world, what McIntyre did is called “crisis management,” while a “crisis” is, essentially, anything that can have a negative impact on a company or its brand, if handled the wrong way. “One of the things that I try to do [in this type of situation] is make sure we get our side of the story out there in such a way that people recognize, when something like this happens, that it was because of an individual or a pair of individuals doing something stupid versus something that’s cultural within the brand,” says McIntyre. “Being able to separate and protect your brand from people or things that try to harm it is one of the tenants of crisis communication.”

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SPOTLIGHT In fact, McIntyre did such a good job handling the incident that he was named Crisis Manager of the Year by PR News. He was also recently recognized for his 25 years of service to Domino’s when he was named Communicator of the Year by the International Association of Business Communicators (Detroit Chapter). However, McIntyre wasn’t necessarily born an expert communicator. In fact, ^OLUOLÄYZ[LUYVSSLKH[,4<OL^HZVU EMU’s cross country and track team and intended to be a cross country and track coach and school teacher in the future. A graduate of Belleville High School, he originally came to EMU because of its excellent teaching program. “What I liked about EMU at the time was the relatively small class sizes and the professors. No matter what the discipline was, I found the professors to be passionate about what they were teaching,” he says. However, when he was injured at the end of his freshman year, he couldn’t run competitively anymore and began looking for another way to be involved on campus. McIntyre started working at EMU’s student-run newspaper, the Eastern Echo, because he had always loved newspapers and enjoyed writing. He says [OH[OPZÄYZ[HZZPNUTLU[^HZ^YP[PUNH review of the latest Ringo Starr album at the time. “And that launched my career,” he says. McIntyre worked his way from Staff Writer to News Editor to Editor in *OPLM·HWVZP[PVU[OH[OLÄSSLKMVYHU unprecedented two years. And, as he began to discover his love of journalism, his career aspirations began to change as well. By the time he was about to graduate, he was so well-versed in journalistic processes that he was hired by Domino’s six weeks before graduation to edit the company’s weekly in-house newspaper. He graduated from EMU on a Saturday and started working for Domino’s the following Monday. Now, 25 years later, he is still

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with the company as the VP of Communications—a position that he worked his way up to using skills that he acquired during his time as an EMU student. His experience working as a journalist on campus gave him both the technical skills he needed to be successful at his future job as well as a front-row-seat to university government processes, which enabled him to see good (and bad) examples of leadership ÄYZ[OHUKHUKSLHYUMYVT[OLT “I was able to watch administration at the highest level—presidents to vicepresidents and the board of regents. […] I got to see how leaders led. I got to see how they made decisions and how they handled the consequences of a decision

gone awry,” he says. Now, in his role as a communicator, McIntyre is the one who has to lead and often make tough decisions. “Sometimes the communicator is the one who has to say, ‘Time out. We can’t says this because it’s not true or entirely accurate,’” he says, pointing out the disaster that can follow when communicators and their companies don’t emphasize honesty and integrity— referencing examples such as BP’s handling of the oil spill and Tiger Woods tainted “brand.” Passion is another trait that McIntyre says he picked up from EMU’s faculty. “I learned from my professors the importance of being passionate in what you do,” he says.

And, 25 years later, he is still just as passionate about what he does. “I think that one of the things that keeps me here is that the job is so diverse and ZVM\SÄSSPUN¹OLZH`Z¸0[»Z[OLILZ[VM all words because I get to write and I get to interact with journalists every day. I also teach presentation classes and crisis communication classes. I’ve been a speaker on various PR and communications topics all over the world.” In fact, just last November he was PU]P[LK[VÅ`[V4HSH`ZPH[V[LHJOHMV\Y hour class on crisis communication. “We had a bunch of company presidents—people from Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan—of major franchises in one room listening to me teach them how to manage crisis communication in their companies. That was pretty cool,” he says. But McIntyre isn’t in his job for its more glamorous aspects. “I don’t work for awards. I’m not motivated by them. I get satisfaction when I’m working with an independent franchisee who is angst-ridden about something or there’s an issue that he or she is dealing with, and I can provide him or her with a voice of reason and provide him or her with some calm in their otherwise chaotic experience,” he says, regarding his recent YLJVNUP[PVUPU[OL79ÄLSK “My satisfaction comes when they call me back or send me a note saying, ‘Thank you. You really made a difference.’ […] I ÄUKT\JOTVYLZH[PZMHJ[PVUPUWVZP[P]LS` impacting people than in a crystal plaque.” McIntyre recently co-authored a book entitled “Hire the American Dream” in which he reveals the tactics that Dave Melton, the owner of four Domino’s Pizza stores in New York City—which each generate more than $1 million in sales annually, used to turn his minimum-wage workers into high performing teams of customer service specialists. Published by John Wiley & Sons, the book can be purchased at www. borders.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and www.amazon.com.

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by Amanda Slater

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AROUND 9/2: A RO UN D C AMP U S : Eminem and Jay-Z, 7:30pm, Comerica Park, Detroit Matt Jones and the Reconstruction, 7pm, Savoy, Ypsilanti

9/3: A RO UN D C AMP U S : Eminem and Jay-Z, 7:30pm, Comerica Park, Detroit

9/4: E M U AT H LET I C S : Football vs. Army, 7pm, Rynearson Stadium

A RO UN D C AMP U S :

YOU!

A R O U N D C A M P US :

Ludacris, 8pm, Sound Board at Motor City Casino Hotel, Detroit

9/11: A R O U N D C A M P US : Hot Hot Heat, 8pm, Pike Room at the Crofoot, Pontiac

9/12: A R O U N D C A M P US :

Ataris, 6pm, Blondies, Detroit

9/15: A R O U N D C A M P US : Katatonia, 6pm, Blondies, Detroit

9/19:

9/25:

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Brandi Carlile, 7:30pm, Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor Steven Curtis Chapman, 7:30pm, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston

Women’s Volleyball vs. Kent State, 7pm, Convocation Center

Bob Schneider, 8pm, The Ark, Ann Arbor

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EMU A T HLETIC S:

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Women’s Volleyball vs. Youngstown State, 7pm, Convocation Center

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9/16:

9/5:

Jason Mraz concert, 7pm, Convocation Center

Aimee Mann, 7:30pm, The Ark, Ann Arbor Tokyo Police Club, 8pm, Magic Stick, Detroit

Todd Osborn, 10pm, Savoy, Ypsilanti

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a ro un d c amp u s :

a ro un d c amp u s : Laith Al Saaed, 10pm, Savoy, Ypsilanti

9/7: E M U AT H LET I C S :

A R O U N D C A M P US : Kottonmouth Kings, 7pm, Clutch Cargo’s, Pontiac David Bazan, 8pm, Magic Stick, Detroit

Women’s Soccer vs. Detroit, 4pm, Scicluna Field

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Football vs. Central Michigan, 4pm, Rynearson Stadium

A RO UN D C AMP U S : Girl in a Coma, 7pm, Magic Stick, Detroit

9/10: O N C AMP U S : Friday Night Movie, 8pm, Student Center Auditorium

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A R O U N D C A M P US : Nickelback with Three Days Grace, 6:15pm, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit Matt and Kim, 8pm, Majestic Theatre, Detroit

A R O UND CAMPUS: Built to Spill, 8pm, Saint Andrews Hall, Detroit Foals, 8pm, Magic Stick, Detroit Serj Tankian, 8pm, Fox Theatre, Detroit

9/20:

Lady Gaga, 8pm, The Palace of Auburn Hills

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Find out what is going on in september on campus & ar o und y ou !!

Women’s Soccer vs. Akron, 1pm, Scicluna Field

A R O UND CAMPUS: Ellis Paul, 7:30pm, The Ark, Ann Arbor

9/27: A R O UND CAMPUS: .YPMÄU/V\ZLWT;OL Ark, Ann Arbor

Laugh Lounge, 9pm

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Women’s Volleyball vs. Central Michigan, 7pm, Convocation Center

Klaxons, 8pm, Magic Stick, Detroit

9/24: EMU A T HLET I CS :

9/30: O N CA MP US: Storytellers Lounge, 9pm

Women’s Soccer vs. Ohio, 4pm, Scicluna Field

A R O UND CAMPUS:

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Ballroom, Pontiac

Carlos Mencia, 7 and 10:30pm, Andiammo Celebrity Showroom, Warren Best Coast, 8pm, Magic Stick, Detroit

Eels, 7pm, The Crofoot

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HIGHLIGHTS: Sto ryt ell ers Lou nge :

New to EMU, Storytellers Lounge is just one of the new EMU After Dark even ts that will begin this year. Inspired by the Moth StorySLAM, Storytellers Lounge is a night during which 8—10 people are give n the opportunity to share a real-life stor y with an audience. Performers range from emerging writers to performers and artists, including faculty, staff and EMU students.

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Mus t-S ee Con cer ts

There are quite a few must-see acts that will be making their way thro ugh the metro-Detroit area in September including Eminem and Jay-Z at Comerica Park, The Monster Ball (Lady Gaga’s concert and visual spectacle) and Jason Mra z (right here on campus at EMU’s Convoc ation Center). Start out the fall right and be sure to catch these shows and more.

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2010 HOME FOOTBALL GAMES 9.4 ARMY @ 7 P.M. 9.18 CMU @ 4 P.M. 10.2 OHIO @ NOON* 10.30 TOLEDO @ 4 P.M. 11.26 NIU @ NOON *Homecoming

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EMU FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW GET THE INSIDE SCOOP WITH COACH RON ENGLISH CHECK OUT THE COACH’S LUNCH THE MONDAY BEFORE EACH 2010 HOME GAME

UNITED WE WIN ATTEND EMU GAMES AND YOU COULD WIN A MACBOOK

EAGLE REWARDS PROGRAM EACH GAME YOU ATTEND CAN HELP YOU EARN PRIZES

FROM A WIDE-SCREEN TV, TO AN EMU DUFFEL BAG, AND MORE

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Never Give Up

WHAT KEEPS EMU’S FOOTBALL TEAM MOTIVATED? by Jason Idalski

LOSS. LOSS. LOSS. LOSS. Spring practice, summer WYHJ[PJL[^VHKH`ZÄSTZ[\K` I\ZYPKLZPUQ\YPLZZHJYPÄJLZ too numerous to mention. All for a record of 0-12 for Eastern Michigan’s football team in 2009—the exact same record it could’ve had with no effort. For outsiders (and maybe some insiders), the question is: Why? Why go through it all and put one’s body through this sanctioned violence … for no payoff? “Character,” EMU coach Ron English said when asked where the motivation to persevere through a trying season comes from. “And I think that’s why you have to recruit kids with good character.” English said it’s one of the things that’s improved from his ÄYZ[`LHY[VOPZZLJVUK ¸6\YÄYZ[`LHY^LOHKZVTL mistakes, because we recruited them for three weeks, four weeks, if that,” he said. “Our second year, I bet we have very few, from a character standpoint.” English, who called last season his most frustrating ever in football, also said that love of the game is important, and another factor he looked at while recruiting. “I never want to say I can’t change a kid, because I take great pride in doing that,” he said. “But the one thing you can’t change is: If they don’t love football, you’re not changing that.” Senior offensive lineman Eric Davis gave a different answer for why he kept giving his best effort while his team went 0-12. “You just go out there and do it for your teammates,” Davis said.

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“We’ve all been through it, and we all know the pain.” Davis said he’s given glancing, “one second” thoughts to quitting the team and focusing on OPZKLNYLLPUÄUHUJLI\[UL]LY seriously considered it. “I’d be like ‘oh man, this is rough,’ but then I’d be like ‘this is what I love to do,’” Davis said. “If I quit football, what am I going to do then? I’m just going to go to school? I have the chance of a lifetime to do something special, and I would never do anything to throw that away.” English knows not everybody will have that attitude. Shortly after practice started in August, he said there were between 30 and 40 walk-ons, and he didn’t know how many were tough enough to stick around. The ones that do, he hopes, will be part of an attitude and culture change surrounding EMU’s football program. “We’re seeing it now, but it’s not hard now,” English said. “We haven’t lost any games.” As the losses inevitably happen (even the most optimistic EMU fan admits the Eagles won’t be crashing the BCS this year), English hopes the team doesn’t get discouraged. His main goal for the season doesn’t involve the win-loss record. “I just hope that these guys can believe in themselves regardless of what happens and give their best,” he said. “Because what happens is: if you do that, you’ll have success. And you just got to keep doing it. And people who don’t have success, they’ll end up quitting.”

I just hope that these guys can believe in themselves regardless of what happens...

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EAGLE REWARDS PROGRAM PRESENTED BY PENINSULAR PLACE

Go to EMU games and get rewarded! By Amanda Slater

Sometimes EMU students just don’t realize how lucky they are. Not only do they get into EMU sporting events for free, but now they also will earn rewards that they can cash in for EMU swag and prizes for each game they attend.

Eagle Rewards is a completely free program for EMU students. In a nutshell, members of the Eagle Rewards program will receive points for their attendance. The points are recorded by swiping your student ID. Events that are typically lesser attended earn more points. The idea is actually pretty brilliant. Clearly, it’s a way [VOLSWÄSS\W[OLZ[HUKZH[,4<NHTLZPUNLULYHS^P[O extra points given to those who check out the lessattended sports. It’s a win for athletes, who welcome the added support. And, it’s a win for spectators, who now have a little extra motivation to come out.

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1 point for each football, men’s basketball or women’s basketball game attended 2 points for each volleyball, gymnastics, wrestling, baseball or softball game attended 3 points for each men’s swimming, women’s swimming, [LUUPZZVJJLYTLU»Z[YHJRHUKÄLSKVY^VTLU»Z[YHJR HUKÄLSKTLL[H[[LUKLK

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Program members will earn 1 bonus point just by signing up for the program Those who refer a friend to the registration program will earn 1 bonus point by having their friend list their name in the “Referred By” box on the registration page. Participants can earn a maximum of 2 bonus points through referrals.

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Each calendar season (fall, winter and spring) will have individual winners for the student and the faculty member who HJJ\T\SH[LZ[OLTVZ[WVPU[ZK\YPUN[OH[ZWLJPÄJZLHZVU

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Level E requires 5 points and gets you a short sleeve EMU T-shirt. Level A requires 15 points and gets you a concession voucher and long sleeved EMU T-shirt. Level G requires 25 points and gets you an Adidas bag or practice shorts and a large Domino’s pizza. Level L requires 40 points and gets you an Adidas hoodie and knit hat. Level E requires 60 points and gets you an Adidas watch or sunglasses and a pre-paid gift card. Level S is for the top 10 points earners who will win an Apple iPad. There is a grand prize that will go to the top points earner. The number one student earner will win a big screen TV and $5,000 in Meijer cash. The number one faculty/staff earner will receive a big screen TV and a trip for 2 anywhere in the continental USA.

Throughout the year, program participants can check emueagles.com/eaglerewards to see your updated point totals. -VYTVYLPUMVYTH[PVUHUK[VZPNU\WMVY,HNSL9L^HYKZ]PZP[LT\LHNSLZJVTLHNSLYL^HYKZ9LNPZ[YH[PVUPZMYLL9LNPZ[LYZVVU·VUS`[OLÄYZ[ 2,500 to register will be eligible for the program.

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EMU Football

it’s Back! by Jason Idalski

Coach Ron English knows Eastern Michigan’s football program can be turned around. How? Because of what happened in Tempe, Ariz., in the mid1990s. In 1994, English was a graduate assistant at Arizona State as a young Sun Devils team featuring future NFL players Jake Plummer and Pat Tillman went 3-8. In 1995, ASU started 6-4 and was at home playing a rivalry game against Arizona. The Sun Devils lead 28-14 with 7:54 to play but ultimately lost 31-28. Back then, the difference between 7-4 and 6-5 was the difference between

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going to a bowl and staying home. “That’s when programs have a chance to fall apart,” English said. “Because you’re just so close and everybody’s so tired; it takes so much energy.” The strength coach quit to do Olympic sports, citing burnout. The program was at a crossroads. How did the players respond? “Those guys stayed the course,” English said. “They had great character, and the next year [they went] 11-0 [and] play[ed] in the Rose Bowl against Ohio State (where they led before a lastminute drive).” English said that turnaround inspires him.

“It’s just seeing that in the darkest days,” he said. “And that’s how I know that as long as I have the right people in WSHJLPU[LYTZVMZ[HMÄUN[OH[^L»SS[\YU this thing around. ,UNSPZOZ[PSSPUZLHYJOVMOPZÄYZ[^PUHZ a head coach, called his staff the biggest change that has taken place since his ÄYZ[`LHYHZOLHKJVHJO:P_VM[OLUPUL assistant coaches are different. Among the additions to the staff is Phil Snow, English’s position coach as California and a coach since 1982 who had been with the Detroit Lions since 2005. “I think if you really do your homework

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EMU Tailgating by Joseph Stromski II

Alright, Eastern, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that time of year again: Tailgate season. So hop to, Eagles, and dust off your barbeque grills, remove your coolers from storage and start stocking up on the condiments and prepackaged meat. For those of you who have yet to experience it, Eastern hosts some of the best tailgates this side of U.S. Route 23. The university provides plenty of parking close to the stadium and, if you venture into the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s designated tailgating area, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great chance youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get tons of cool swag and all the chicken wings and pizza you can eat. And letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not forget about the PUĂ&#x2026;H[HISLVIZ[HJSLJV\YZL[OH[ occasionally makes an appearance! There is a downside, however, if you choose to mix and mingle within the boundaries of this designated

on our staff, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a staff thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done a lot of winning,â&#x20AC;? English said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve surrounded ourselves with guys that are used to winning and not always used to having the best talent or the best program to draw [from].â&#x20AC;? The staff isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only thing that looks different. English said 39 players from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team did not return, only 14 graduating seniors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people just are not wired to see the light at the end of the tunnel and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not wired to really have faith,â&#x20AC;? English said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not wired to stay the course and not get distracted.â&#x20AC;? One player that is wired about the

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upcoming season and the possibilities it brings is senior offensive lineman Eric Davis, who said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as excited about this season as any heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s played in an Eastern uniform. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just night and day compared to last year,â&#x20AC;? Davis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all gotten bigger and stronger. @V\JHUZLLP[VU[OLĂ&#x201E;LSK0[ÂťZQ\Z[H totally different team than last year.â&#x20AC;? English, like Davis, also had to engineer a turnaround as a player. Under Bruce Snyder, who English credits for teaching him how to turn programs around, California went 3-6-2, 5-5-1 and

tailgating area: Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re subject to a six 12-ounce beer limit. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a parking lot and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hill,â&#x20AC;? which, as far as most students are concerned, can ILKLĂ&#x201E;ULKHZ¸5V4HUÂťZ3HUKš0[ÂťZ PU[OLZLHYLHZ`V\ÂťSSĂ&#x201E;UK[OLW\YPZ[Z ZWLUKPUN[OLPY[PTLKV\ISLĂ&#x201E;Z[PUN doing shots off the hoods of cars, grilling more food than they could possibly eat and, best of all, who are more than happy to share stories, drinks and food with anybody who seeks them. After all, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that what tailgating is all about? Wherever you decide to spend your time tailgating, just remember to be safe, have funâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and that, yes, there is a game following the festivities. EMU opens against Army at 7 p.m., Sept. 4.

PU,UNSPZOÂťZĂ&#x201E;YZ[[OYLLZLHZVUZILMVYL going 7-4 his senior year and 10-2 the season after he left. ¸;OH[ÂťZ^O`0MLLSJVUĂ&#x201E;KLU[ILJH\ZL Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen it personally twice: once as a player, once as a coach,â&#x20AC;? English said. Eastern opens the season at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at home against Army, like last year. The non-conference schedule is tough again, with road games against Ohio State (Sept. 25), Vanderbilt (Oct. 9) and Virginia (Oct. 23). The other four home games are Central Michigan (Sept. 18), Ohio (Oct. 2), Toledo (Oct. 30) and Northern Illinois (Nov. 26).

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Notable EMU Alumni in the NFL By Jason Idalski

(years in NFL, position, teams)

John Banaszak (1975-1981, DE-DT, PIT) Charlie Batch (1998-present, QB, DET/PIT) Clarence Chapman (1976-1985, DB/KR, NO/CIN/DET) Lional Dalton (1998-2006, DT, BAL/DEN/WSH/KC/HOU) Ron Fernandes (1976-1979, DE-DT, BAL) Ron Johnson (1978-1984, DB, PIT) Jason Jones (2008-present, DT, TEN) T.J. Lang (2009-present, T, GB) Jim Pietrzak (1974-1987, C-DT-T, NYG/NO/KC) Dave Pureifory (1972-1982, DE-DT, GB/CIN/DET) Ron Rice (1996-2001, DB, DET) Lonnie Shelton (1999-2008, T, ARZ/CLE/MIA/SD) Chuck Shonta (1960-1967, DB, BOS) Barry Stokes (1998-2006, T-G, MIA/GB/CLE/ATL/DET) Kevin Walter (2003-present, WR, CIN/HOU) Source: pro-football-reference.com

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Enhancing the Game Day Experience SPECIAL EVENTS, GIVEAWAYS AND MORE

It’s hard to get fans and students to come out to support a traditionally downtrodden football program that went 0-12 last year. Nobody knows that better than Eastern Michigan Athletics Director Derrick Gragg, who is leading marketing efforts to get support for EMU football. However, Gragg and the rest of the EMU marketing team are gearing up to make this one of the most exciting seasons of EMU football yet—and hopefully this year’s fans will only be matched in spirit by the players themselves. Here are a few of the things you can look forward to this season: It all starts Sept. 4 against Army. The “EMU Salutes our Veterans” program allows any current or former member of the military to receive a ticket discount and access to an exclusive complimentary hospitality area before the game. Gragg said the game presentation “will incorporate different elements to recognize this very special group.” Also, with it being new student orientation weekend, incoming EMU students and their families will receive a free ticket and a complimentary meal on the Rynearson track. The Sept. 18 game against in-state rival Central Michigan is Scout Night Camp Out at Rynearson; local boy

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scouts will participate in an overnight JHTWV\[VU[OLMVV[IHSSÄLSKHM[LY the games and will be treated to other goodies like contests and opportunities to meet the players. Homecoming is two weeks after that, culminating in the Oct. 2 game against Ohio University. The Oct. 30 game against Toledo, as one might expect, will have a Halloween theme. It’s also the traditional Band Day and there will be a pre-game pig roast on the west lawn VM9`ULHYZVU:[HKP\T;OLÄUHSOVTL game is Nov. 26 against Northern Illinois; in addition to being Senior Day, one fan will win a new car lease. “The goal of our marketing efforts is to create a fun, affordable, and engaging opportunity for our fans that will allow them to connect with the overall experience and encourage them to come back,” Gragg said. To that end, EMU will be offering more contests, giveaways and in-game promotions. A new student section is being developed and the pregame Eagles Landing Fan Zone will be enhanced. Fans of all ages can enjoy PUÅH[HISLZHWOV[VIVV[OHUKV[OLY games and contests. Perhaps the most exciting program being launched is the Eagle Rewards Program designed to encourage students, faculty and staff to attend

events throughout the year. Attendance at sporting events earns points. The more points earned, the more (and better) prizes that can be won. People can track their points online to see how they compare to their fellow students, faculty and staff. Gragg said the program should be ready before school begins and advised potential participants to check emueagles.com for updates and registration information. EMU Athletics is helping schools with the Education First Ticket Stimulus Program. Working in conjunction with corporate sponsors, EMU will be providing tickets to participating local school districts. For each ticket redeemed, EMU will donate $1 to the KPZ[YPJ[.YHNNZHPKTVYL[OHUÄ]L districts are currently on board, with many others showing interest. Of course, Gragg knows nothing encourages attendance like a winning program. And he says the enhanced marketing efforts will be accompanied I`HIL[[LYLMMVY[VU[OLÄLSKHZ^LSS “I am 100 percent supportive of Coach (Ron) English and his staff and I like the attitude the team has right now,” Gragg said. “I feel that we are going in the right direction and I am looking forward to this season and the years to come.”

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HOW TO BE AN By Marissa McNees

EMU Fan

ALRIGHT EAGLES--itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that time of year again. Maybe you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to many football games last year, or maybe basketball isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your thing, but that is all about to change. It takes a lot to master the art of being a fanâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just ask those Convo Craziesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but, with a little help from emYOU! and a little motivation from within, you too can stand PU[OVZLISLHJOLYZZPUNPUN[OLĂ&#x201E;NO[ZVUN with your face proudly painted. To get yourself started, you are going to need at least a basic EMU t-shirt, jersey, Z^LH[ZOPY[OH[QHJRL[¡^OH[L]LYĂ&#x201E;[Z`V\

personal style. The best place to pick up any of these things would be the EMU bookstore located in the Student Center. Not only does the bookstore sell gear perfect for any Eagle fan, but the location is great and the options are endless. *HUÂť[Ă&#x201E;UK^OH[`V\ÂťYLSVVRPUNMVY&;Y` Nedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bookstore or Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bookstore, both located on Cross St., or Campus Book and Supply on N. Huron River Dr. Each of these stores is close to campus and might have that perfect t-shirt that you just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Ă&#x201E;UKH[[OL,4<IVVRZ[VYL :PUJL`V\Âť]LUV^[HRLU[OLĂ&#x201E;YZ[Z[LWPU

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becoming a die-hard Eagle fan, the next step is getting to the games. Of course, home games are easy. With several stops throughout campus, you can take the free shuttle bus over to Rynearson Stadium or to the Convocation Center. Away games are a different story. We at emYOU! donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect you to make the trek to, say, Buffalo, Northern Illinois or even Western or Toledo. There are ways to tune in and support your favorite EMU team without having to sneak onto the team bus. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to fork over a little cash, Eagles All-Access provides live streaming video and audio to most EMU sporting events. This can easily be accessed through the EMU athletics site, emueagles.com. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just one option. The best, and free, way to keep up with the Eagles is through WEMU, Eastern Michiganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public radio station. Just tune in to 89.1FM to hear commentary from Matt Shepard and Rob Rubick. The lively coverage will really get you pumped and bring out the true fanatic thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in all of us. ;OLZLHYLQ\Z[[OLĂ&#x201E;YZ[Z[LWZ[V^HYK becoming a true EMU fan. Of course, there are other ways to express your passion for the green and white, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t limit yourself to these options. Grab some friends and get creative. Find the new tailgating hot spot, create your own super fan costumes, make up a new chant. Whatever you do, keep it classy and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget that we are Eagle Nation.

Before being an Eagle, EMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mascot was a Huron. Note the slight changes from the VYPNPUHS]LYZPVUVM[OLĂ&#x201E;NO[ZVUNILSV^[V the current one. Hurons, Hurons, hats off to you! -PNO[Ă&#x201E;NO[Ă&#x201E;NO[MVYVSK,4< Shout to the sky the Huronsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; war cry The bravest weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll defy! (rah, rah, rah!) Hold that line for old Green and White Loyal sons come show your might Fight! Fight! For old EMU and victory!

EASTERN EAGLES, HATS OFF TO YOU! FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT FOR OLD EMU.

You know that â&#x20AC;&#x153;daah daaah, dah dah dah dahâ&#x20AC;? song the band sometimes plays? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go Greenâ&#x20AC;? and has its own catchy set of lyrics:

LOOK TO THE SKY, THE EAGLES WILL FLY THE BRAVEST WEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;LL DEFY! (RAH, RAH, RAH!) HOLD THAT LINE FOR OLD GREEN AND WHITE SONS AND DAUGHTERS SHOW YOUR MIGHT FIGHT! FIGHT! FOR OLD EMU AND VICTORY!

Go Green, roll up the score Go Green, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get some more. Raise a cheer for old Green and White 3L[ÂťZZOV^[OLT^LJHTLOLYL[VĂ&#x201E;NO[ Go Green, victâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ry weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll claim Go Green, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win this game. >LÂťSSHS^H`ZĂ&#x201E;NO[Ă&#x201E;NO[MVYMVYVSK,4< Come on and letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Go Green!

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k l a T l Gir by Joey Brandt

Football Edition

College football, college football, college football. When you're in your Ă&#x201E;UHSĂ&#x201E;M[OVYMV\Y[OMVY`V\ZTHY[`WHU[Z year of college, some big questions hit you. Questions like, what do I really know about college football? Importantâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I know! As I prepare to graduate this fall I wanted to make this last football season a season to YLTLTILYSP[LYHSS`-VY[OLWHZ[Ă&#x201E;]L years I've gone to many tailgates and stared at many games (stare being the key word), never truly soaking in anything besides beer. I mean, I know when my team is winning or losing. I can read the scoreboard. And I have picked up a few terms along the way, such as quarterback and losing streak. I've also yelled an occasional "that'll move the chains," but this year things are going to be different. As I sat last night, for what seemed the zillionth time, next to my boyfriend watching ESPN, I found myself not only interested in the players looks and jerseys, but the actual sport itself. Crazy, I know. I listened intently as each announcer discussed their pre-season top picks, including Iowa. Boo-yah (my twin goes to Iowa). And I felt something strange going on inside my heart â&#x20AC;Ś could it be? Could I really be soaking in this information, interested? Was I really embracing it, enjoying it? Yup. With all of that being said, I'd like to introduce my column and let you know that I'm ready. I'm ready to learn more about college football and teach the rest of you lonely lost souls (a.k.a other girls in my shoes) about this sport we've watched for so long absentmindedly. And no, I don't think all girls watch football absentmindedly, but surely I can't be the only one. So I invite those of you who share my feelings to follow me on my journey of enlightenment. From my girly perspective, I hope to share with you

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stats, scores, rankings and standings (and all of those other crazy terms I just read on the ESPN website) of Eastern Michigan Football. I will try my darndest to share this information accurately from my viewpoint. I will be doing my homework (a.k.a watching the gamesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not just tailgating at/for them and reading sports columns) and actively participating in what college football has to offer. Because I'm taking on such a huge sport, I decided to stick with reporting only on Eastern (duh) and maybe a little bit on the Big Tenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just so I don't get in over my head! I (and by I, I mean my dad and I) decided it's best to start at the very beginningâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;after all, it is a very good place to start (insert doe, rae, me here____). Okay ladies, here are the basics: ,HJO[LHTOHZWSH`LYZVU[OLĂ&#x201E;LSK If they have more, they are penalized. If they have less, they're just plain stupid. And each team has an offense, a defense and special teams, which we'll get into later, after I speak to my boyfriend. And thanks to my high-school cheerleading days, I do know that "d-d-defense becomes the o-o-offense, get that ball!"

OFFENSE The offenseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main goal, just like many other college men, is to score. And who makes up the offense? The Center (or, as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to call him, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; snapperâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;the-guy-with-hisbutt-in-the-airâ&#x20AC;?) snaps the ball back to the quarterback and puts the ball into play.

Offensive Guards are on either side of the center. Wikipedia says their job is to block on both running and passing plays. mmk. Got it. Offensive Tackles are on the outer side of the guards. They block on runs and passes. So we have a little support group going now. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m catching on, are you? The Tight End plays next to the tackles and is a mix between a blocker and a pass receiver. My dad said theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re only used sometimes, which confused me, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get into this later (and by later I mean seek outside information for TVYLJSHYPĂ&#x201E;JH[PVU The Wide Receiver is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;speedy-pass catching specialistâ&#x20AC;? says wiki. They can substitute a tight end if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re good at blocking too, but their main job is to run a pass and get wide-openâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, over here, man. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m wide open!â&#x20AC;? And we can often see him making touchdowns (which count for six points). Then we have the full back, the running back and the quarter back. I know, I know â&#x20AC;Śbabyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a lot of back, but I shall explain. Be patient. The Full Back does a little bit of this and a little bit of thatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;running, blocking and short-receiving. However, his primary focus is on blocking so our running back can make his moves. W W W .EMYO UTH EMAGAZINE.COM


The Running Back is our runner. He runs the football. My favorite thing about running backs is when they jump over the opposing teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defensive line. I just think it looks really bad-ass. A good running back should be small (in stature) and speedy! The Quarter Back is usually the highest paid position in professional football and, for some reason, really sexy. Helloooo Mark Sanchez. Whoops, sorry â&#x20AC;Śback to the QB. His job is to throw the ball, but I feel like you already knew that! Do I still have your attention? Or did I lose you at men scoring? I hope the latter, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to discuss the defense.

DEFENSE The defenseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main goal is to block the opposing teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offense from scoring. Defensive Ends, usually two of them, play on the outside line at opposite sides. They have to get all up on the passerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grill or stop the offensive runs. Defensive Tackles are between the defensive ends. They rush the passer and stop running plays as well. Nose Guard â&#x20AC;Ś(giggle) this nameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny. He literally lines up with the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nose and guards it. In other words, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s watching the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s every move and stops runs down the middle. If heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lucky, he can sack the quarterbackâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or run straight for him, after the hand-off. The Linebackers play behind the defensive line and can rush the passer, cover receivers and/or defend against the runners. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re usually the big guys who buy us girls drinks at the bars. The CornerBacks are particularly interesting because they run backwards FAST! Seriously, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not easy being a CB. They cover the wide receivers and try to stop the quarterback from making his pass. We often see them jumping really high, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re usually the ones who catch a lot of interceptions (meaning they jump up and catch the ball, instead of the wide-receiver, and cause the tables to turnâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which can make for an interesting twist).

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3.5 out of 5 by Joseph Stromski II

FILM: “CYRUS”

Starring: John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei

>P[OÄSTZSPRL¸.HYKLU:[H[L¹HUK “Little Miss Sunshine” notched into its bedpost, I always get a bit giddy when Fox Searchlight releases a not-soTHPUZ[YLHTÅPJRZ[HYYPUNTHPUZ[YLHT actors, and “Cyrus,” starring John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill and Marisa Tomei was no exception. After the two meet awkwardly at a party, there is instant chemistry between John (Reilly) and Molly (Tomei). However, the romantic relationship that ensues between the two of them is somewhat complicated by Cyrus, Molly’s 21 yearold son and best friend who still lives at home and, to say the least, has a few issues with a new man in his mother’s life. >P[OPU[OLÄYZ[ML^TPU\[LZVM[OL TV]PL0MV\UKP[KPMÄJ\S[[VZLL9LPSS` as anybody other than Cal Naughton Jr. or Dale Doback, as he, (much like Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell), has become one of those actors who plays

5 out of 5 by Amands Slater

FILM: “INCEPTION”

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page

Right from the beginning, “Inception” is a movie-lover’s movie. It’s the embodiment of everything we love about ÄST0[»ZHJ[PVUWHJRLKHUKZ\ZWLUZLM\S It takes us to places we could never

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[OLZHTLJOHYHJ[LYPUL]LY`ÄSTOL»Z in. Those thoughts, however, were set aside when a much-heavier-thannormal Hill entered the story--I’ll spare [OLKL[HPSZI\[Z\MÄJLP[[VZH`[OH[ Hill’s performance as Cyrus left me feeling uncomfortable and in need of a shower. Although Reilly and Hill play very well off of each other, I found that their acting wasn’t strong enough to keep me interested whenever the scene-stealing Tomei was on screen. Her character is physically such a mess that it’s a thing of beauty, and I can guarantee it will be a challenge to keep your eyes off her. In the end, regardless of the “bigbudget” cast, “Cyrus” is still an indie ÅPJRHUK`V\^VU»[ILHISL[VMVYNL[P[ no matter how hard you try. It’s full of tight shots, extreme close ups, shaky cameras, is dialogue driven and—like all good indies—has a killer soundtrack that Ä[ZZLHTSLZZS`^P[O[OLSHJRVMHJ[PVU It’s going to be a while before I put “Cyrus” on the top of my “must-own list,” but it’s going to hold a special place in my heart as one of the better indies I’ve seen.

normally visit and shows us things that we could never normally see. It’s smart, being extremely creative and well put[VNL[OLYMYVTHÄSTTHRPUNWLYZWLJ[P]L while being Bourne-Identity-esque cool at the same time. Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are dream extractors, which means they steal information from people through their dreams. However, when they are called upon to perform Inception—to plant an idea in someone’s mind through a dream, demons from Cobb’s dark past start to haunt him and leave him and the rest of us wondering where the line is between dreams and reality. Nolan and the cast don’t disappoint, in ^OH[Q\Z[TPNO[IL[OLILZ[ÄSTVM[OL`LHY

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4.5 out of 5 by Marissa McNees

ALBUM: “TEENAGE DREAM” Artist: Katy Perry

Whether you love her or hate her, you can’t deny that you had “California Gurls” stuck in your head at least once this summer. While writing groundbreaking lyrics may not be her specialty, putting out catchy, dance-in-your-mirror songs is something Perry has mastered. Perry’s new album, “Teenage Dream,” is what Ke$ha wishes she could produce. It has all the “I Kissed A Girl” naughtiness that we know and love while still showcasing Perry’s strong vocal talent. The album’s title track, “Teenage Dream,” is a catchy as “California Gurls,” but not quite as annoying, and tracks like “Circle the Drain” and “Firework” show a slightly deeper, more sensitive side. I’m not Katy Perry’s number one fan, by any means, but this album just might have turned me into a believer. Notable tracks: “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “Hummingbird Heartbeat”

1.5 out of 5 by Joseph Stromski II

ALBUM: “31 MINTUES TO TAKEOFF” Artist: Mike Posner

With Posner being a Detroit native and me being a fan of all things local, I really wanted to like his debut album, “31 Minutes to Takeoff.” And even, though his single “Cooler Than Me” made it to the number six spot on the Billboard Hot 100 list and despite his recent

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“Somebody To Love” featuring everyone’s favorite 16-year-old, 3 out of 5 by Marissa McNees Justin Bieber, and “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love,” which has already been climbing up the charts and Artist: Usher onto radio stations everywhere. If 1\Z[Ä]LTVU[OZHM[LY[OL nothing else, “Versus” is a ninerelease of his sixth album, song testament to Usher’s new, Usher is at it again. “Versus”, freshly single attitude, which is an EP-sequel to the platinumapparent on tracks like “Lingerie” selling “Raymond v Raymond,” and “Get In My Car.” Bottom manages to deliver somewhat line: it’s no “O.M.G.,” but a Jay-Z infectious, head-bobbing hits appearance and a few radio hits while still staying true to Usher’s make this album worthy of the soulful, R&B roots. While it may eight dollar iTunes price. not live up to its big brother Notable tracks: “Somebody To album, “Versus” will still have Love,” “Hot Tottie” (Feat. Jay-Z) you singing along to tracks like and “Love ‘Em All”

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performances on Regis and Kelly, Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon in support of his album, I could not get into Posner’s album, no matter how hard I tried. The only track, other than his catchy single, that I found mildly entertaining ^HZ[OLÄYZ[VUL^OPJOPZHUPTWYLZZP]L 54 seconds long. After that, things go downhill faster than Posner can spit lyrics out of his mouth. Much like Nickleback, each of Posner’s songs sound exactly the same—the only thing that changes between them is the lyrics. To be fair, as I do any time I review HUHSI\T0YLZLY]LKT`ÄUHSQ\KNTLU[

of this album until I had listened to it all the way through three full times. And towards the end of my third listen, I realized that even though the album as is isn’t anything special, it has great potential to be remixed for dance clubs and runways, as it has a bit of a European feel to it. And, until the day comes when Posner is performing at the Victoria’s Secret -HZOPVU:OV^0»TNVPUN[VÄSL[OPZ album away with Nickelback, Creed and Chris Brown in my “Don’t Ever Ever Ever Play” playlist.

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Bed Intruder Video & Remix

When Antoine Dodson gave a colorful account of how he rescued his sister from a would-be rapist that had broken into her room, a star was born. Check out his initial rant and the remix that has become a nationwide sensation. Original video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJVwfJs8Eqo

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By Amanda Slater

Tennessee’s Favorite Candidate

From Jay-Z to John Mayer, many great performers have graced the stage of EMU’s Convocation Center. This month, the tradition will continue as Eastern Michigan University welcomes Jason Mraz to the stage. Although most people, no doubt, at least know who Jason Mraz is, many don’t realize that he’s more than just a guy with a guitar who churned out a few catchy songs. In fact, he’s an internationally renowned performer. Mraz’s poppy, acoustic style is one that is both beloved and modeled by many. After the success of his 2002 album, “Waiting for My Rocket to Come,” his follow-up album, “Mr. A-Z,” sealed his fame with stuck-in-your-head singles like “Did You Get My Message?” and “Wordplay” and a Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. His third release, “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.,” made it clear [OH[OL^HZU»[Q\Z[HÅHZOPU[OLWHU^OLUP[KLI\[LK at number three on the Billboard Hot 200. The album’s ÄYZ[ZPUNSL¸0»T@V\YZ¹THKLP[[VU\TILY[OYLLVU U.S. charts and was in the top 10 on many international charts, while “Lucky,” (performed with Colbie Caillat) reached number 48 on Billboard’s Hot 100. In 2009, he received Grammy nominations for Song of the Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. And, in 2010, he took home two Grammy’s—one for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and one for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Jason Mraz will perform Thursday, September, 16 at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center. Doors open at 7pm. To purchase tickets, visit www. LT\[P_JVTVYJHSS[OL*VU]VJH[PVU*LU[LY)V_6MÄJL at 734-487-2282.

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…or at least Tennessee’s most relaxed candidate. Although we’re sad that he didn’t get farther in the primaries, we have a feeling that he’ll be running again soon. Find out what Basil Marceaux.com can do for you. Basil introduces himself on Channel 4: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=1hvaeHllwtw Don’t miss Stephen Colbert’s analysis of the situation: http:// www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/343109/august03-2010/republican-gubernatorial-primary-battle-watch--010--basil-marceaux-com To see Basil Marceaux’s original campaign videos, visit http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOlM1pPMNBc, http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=TguisNAo5J0 and http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=fnx-SqMYknI.

Benny Hinn’s Magic Jacket

Recently everyone’s favorite televangelist, Benny Hinn, unveiled his talent of knocking congregants to the ground with a single swing of his jacket. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9U_lWmAsYM

BP Spills Coffee

We’ve seen what happens when they spill oil, but what happens when BP spills coffee? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AAa0 gd7ClM&feature=player_embedded

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Bed Intruder Song

Antoine Dodson’s rant is now a top-selling single on iTunes. Add ¸)LK0U[Y\KLY:VUN¹[V`V\YWSH`SPZ[[VV·¸VY^LNVUUHÄUK`V\ ^LNVUUHÄUK`V\¹

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TOBACCO INVADES ANN ARBOR An Exclusive Interview with the Mysterious and Musical Black Moth Super Rainbow’s “Tobacco” By Ryan M. Place

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all thought we knew what good music sounded like. That was until our musical conceptions, our sonic logic of what’s possible, mutated when the cosmic analog synth sounds of Tobacco laid eggs in our psyche and we realized how weak the mainstream is, neglecting such rare revolutionary talent. It was a high honor speaking on the phone with the obsessively private Tom Fec (aka: Tobacco) from his house in Greater Pittsburgh, because the less we know about the leader of psychedelic band Black Moth Super Rainbow, the more we want to know about him. One thing that’s evident is that this Tobacco is an immensely inventive JOHWJYLH[PUNVKKS`[YHUZÄ_PUN music and hypnotic head-bobbers. His solo debut album, 2008’s “Fucked Up Friends”, was also phenomenal, featuring tracks like “Side 8”, “Street Trash”, “Gross Magik” and “Dirt” featuring Aesop Rock. Emanating from the hidden areas of Pennsylvania, littered with old mines and steel mills, Tobacco and BMSR have created their own genre of music. Listening to their psychedelic schizophrenic analog synth-pop is an experience akin to Mystical Inwardness. I’ve personally never heard anything else quite like Black Moth Super Rainbow, having been a fan since “I Am the Alphabet” in 2004. Having had the distinct pleasure of seeing them at the Magic Stick in Detroit in June 2009, I was blown away at how immensely talented the group was—functioning like one gelatinous Yog Sothoth-Cthulu organism in psychedelic whimsy. Being an acquired taste, BMSR has accrued a very loyal fan base, and has collaborated with top artists including Beck. “Beck and I collaborated via emailing MP3’s. it was an honor,” says Fec. “I’m usually so stuck in my own world all the time, [but I] got very L_JP[LK(UKT`[VW[^VPUÅ\LU[PHS life-changing albums are Beck’s

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arts & entertainment ‘Mellow Gold’ and the Beastie Boys’ ‘Check Your Head’-that’s where the bar is for me.” Tobacco’s latest album, “Maniac Meat”, initially intended [VIL\UYLSLHZLKKPZWSH`Z[OLM\SSÅH]VYVM;VIHJJV»ZZV\UK spectrum and is perhaps his greatest achievement thus far. “Maniac Meat” grows on you like some wonderful fungus. The album features two songs with Beck (“Fresh Hex” and “Grape Aerosmith”) along with excellent tracks like “Unholy Demon Rhythms”, “Six Royal Vipers”, “Creepy Phone Calls”,” Stretch Your Face” and ” Nuclear Waste Aerobics”(plus, you gotta love those titles). Born in 1980, Fec grew up and currently resides in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Regarding BMSR, he says, “We spontaneously formed from all over […]It started out as I was Black Moth—then a band attached,” he says.” Regarding the group’s unusual name, he says, “Our name originated on a whim—you know, jokes morphing into real things. [It was] just one of those series of words that sounded good to me.” Black Moth Super Rainbow’s inception in 2002 was Tobacco’s third incarnation after Allegheny White Fish and Satanstompingcaterpillars. The group originally consisted of Tobacco, Father Hummingbird, Iffernaut, The Seven Fields of Aphelion and Power Pill Fist (who’s been replaced by Ryan Graveface). However, BMSR is currently in limbo, thus ;VIHJJVOHZILLUÅ`PUNZVSVYLJLU[S` “Being responsible for people other than yourself when you’re barely responsible for you sometimes needlessly complicates things,” he says. Being totally focused on his music has allowed it to, in effect, take on a life of its own, only manifested through the vessel of Tobacco, spontaneously self-assembling in a freebox social-mixer of naturally self-structuring words and beats, that blasts forth and builds itself into songs. When seen through this perspective, Tobacco is less of a constructor and

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more of a guide for the aural protoplasm. Due to Tobacco’s pathological privacy and the limited access he allows to the press, many have a distorted perception of who he is. However, he seems to like it this way. “I don’t like using my real name. I don’t want me, as a person, to take away from the music. I want the focus to be on the music,” Fec says. Tobacco is a night owl (as many creatives are) who is kept up at night by what he describes as “insomnia” and “internal HU_PL[`¹/LJSHPTZ[OH[OLPZZ[PSS[Y`PUN[VÄN\YLV\[^OH[ his “personality disorder” is, adding that he can only have so many things in his life at once. Tobacco strives for originality. “There’s no reference point of comparison [for my music] since I’m not trying to sound like anyone else,” he says. “It’s not music for music critics or to be deeply analyzed. It’s music to enjoy in the moment. It always has and will annoy me that people get into everything irrelevant to the music. People get addicted to tabloids; they can’t make the distinction between invasiveness and just enjoying the music for what it is.” Tobacco understands invasiveness—something he tries so desperately to avoid, as he is constantly chased by a colossal monster in the form of a ravenous fan base. And this monster must be fed. And feed it he will, as his next album’s release is imminent, featuring indie hop-hop artists rapping over sweet Maniac Meat beats. “My favorite track is ‘Lick the Witch.’ It just hit every part I wanted to hit,” Fec says. “I’ve always set out to make music that’s my own, but hopefully catchy enough, in some fucked up way, to become a hit single.” All we can say is, “Mission accomplished, Mr. Fec.” See Tobacco live at 9pm, Friday, September 24th at the Blind Pig ($12, 18 and up) and at 8pm, Saturday, September 25that The Strutt ($12, 18 and up).

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Women’s Patterned Fringe-Tassel Scarf from Old Navy $12.50

Jeggings

Does your fall wardrobe need an update? Check out these back-to-school styling tips!

;OLTVZ[ÅH[[LYPUN^H`Z[VZWVY[KLUPT»ZTVZ[JVTM` style: jeggings For those who are unfamiliar with fashion’s hottest and most comfortable denim trend, consider this a revelation! Jeggings (jeans + leggings) are a great investment since they can be worn from day to night and are also comfortable enough that they are a lifesaver to wear to class. Forget about that “just rolled out of bed look” without forfeiting the comfort! When we experienced the birth of jeggings last spring, there were, unfortunately, a limited amount of affordable pairs. Most of the designers who produced a line of jeggings, such as Current Elliot, J Brand and James Jeans, retailed the look for anywhere between $158 -$390. However, with the new recession-friendly market, jeggings have now become available at multiple different retail outlets such as Express, JcPenney and even Wal-Mart. When putting together your look jegging look, be sure to RLLW`V\YV\[Ä[IHSHUJLK1LNNPUNZHYLILZ[WHPYLK^P[O blousy tops or bohemian styled tanks. They are also especially great during the Fall/Winter seasons since they make sporting IVV[ZT\JOLHZPLYH]VPKPUN[OLI\SR`YVSSLK\WWHU[Z[\MÄUN process that we all loathe. Overall, a pair of jeggings is a great investment. However, if you are still unsure about this new fashion-forward look, you can always test the waters with an inexpensive pair from one of the retailers below.

Other great Jegging options available at: Faded Glory – Women’s Jeggings from Walmart $12.00 Route 66 Women’s Curvy Denim Jeggings from K-Mart $17.54

Paige Denim Tonal Rowena Legging in Dusk from Ann Arbor Bivouac $158

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Juicy Couture Denim Side Zip Jegging from PiperLime $38.97

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How to transition your wardrobe from summer into fall

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For too many of us, just hearing the phrase “the end of summer” makes our skin crawl. No more late summer nights, no more pool dates and certainly no more bare-shouldered summer dresses. But don’t put that summer wardrobe away just yet! Adding layers to pieces you already have in your closet is a great way to easily transition into the fall season without having to give up your summer favorites. (KKPUNHZJHYM[VHU`V\[Ä[JHUHKKH whole new plethora of options. A scarf will give you extra warmth for casual, chilly fall days, and it can also easily be added to almost any work-appropriate look. Since many people are particular about UV[^LHYPUN[OLZHTLV\[Ä[[^PJL^P[OPU a certain amount of time, scarves are a NYLH[^H`[VJOHUNL\WHUV\[Ä[ZV`V\ *(5^LHY[OH[V\[Ä[V]LYHUKV]LYHNHPU without anyone noticing. A scarf is not the only way to transition HUV\[Ä[@V\JHUJVTWSL[LS`JOHUNLHU entire look by adding accessories such as earrings, a necklace, a handbag, etc. 7HPYPUNUL^HJJLZZVYPLZ^P[OHUVSKV\[Ä[ will not only allow you to wear something you love over and over again, but it will also save you money—which is something we all love! Accessories aren’t the only way to get more mileage out of a favorite summer look or get some extra bang for your buck. Investing in a great cardigan or, better yet, a cardi-wrap, can add style to any seasonal look. Even though cardi-warps tend to be a little more on the expensive side, they can be worn in multiple different ways. They can be worn as shawls for a more formal look or thrown on over your workout clothes or pajamas for lounging around the dorm, and they can be worn to class and work. Most cardi-warps tend to be made from a silk, cotton, rayon blend which makes them a piece that is timeless. And investing in something that you can wear throughout the next 10-20 years is KLÄUP[LS`^VY[O[OLZWS\YNL

Lilly Pulitzer Knit Wrap Sweater from Zappos.com $82.00 Also Available in: Bright Navy, Hot Pink, Keen Peach & Shorely Blue

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Fashion Week Returns to EMU S by Amanda Slater

eptember is the month when some of EMU’s brightest and most fabulous strut their stuff during Fashionality’s third annual Fashion Week at EMU. >OLU-HZOPVU>LLRH[,4<ÄYZ[ILNHUP[Z[HY[LK with the mission of bringing the glamour and slpendor of New York’s Fashion Week to EMU’s campus. This year promises to do just that—while celebrating the bold, colorful, and dramatic world of fashion. However, the week also includes events that cover the business aspect of fashion, the future of fashion and more. The event is sponsored by Fashionality of Dernier Cri, an organization that exists with the purpose of inspiring, motivating and stimulating creativity in EMU students through the world of fashion. Fashionality YLJLU[S`THKLOPZ[VY`HZ[OLÄYZ[Z[\KLU[VYNHUPaH[PVU to sponsor a fashion week at a major university. This year’s fashion week will be themed “Cirque de Dernier Cri,” and each day will be centered on a ZWLJPÄJHZWLJ[VM[OL[OLTLI\PSKPUN[V[OLNYHUK ÄUHSL·[OL*PYX\LKL+LYUPLY*YP-HZOPVU:OV^^OPJO will be held at 8pm, Thursday, September 30 in the University Park. The show will feature up-and-coming designers and models on a quarter mile runway as they parade through the heart of EMU’s campus, showcasing the latest trends. This year’s Fashion Week at EMU is September 27 through September 30. Be sure to come out to enjoy the festivities—and don’t forget to dress to impress!

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