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“I was always the kid that couldn’t climb the rope in gym class,” said Liz Sauer, an alumna of Western Michigan University. The statement is quite ironic in retSauer rospect since Sauer, a recent WMU graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics, partakes in aerial fitness, which involves acrobats suspended from fabrics or silks. This type of performance is also seen in Cirque Du Soleil. “You get burns in really weird places,” she said. “It just takes practice.” Sauer, a native of Saginaw, also plays hand drums and step dances in a Celtic band. Both eclectic hobbies stem from a philosophy she learned as a ceramics student at WMU. “Stay open,” she said. “You have to learn how to let go and not be attached.” -Erin Gignac News Editor



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Rally held for higher education Western Michigan University students have the opportunity to travel to the Michigan Capitol in Lansing this Friday, March 30, for an event called Lansing Blitz. According to WMU News, this event occurs to provide individuals to rally in support of higher education issues. The event is coordinated by the Student Association of Michigan; WMU’s Western Student Association belongs to this larger organization. Free transportation to Lansing Blitz will be provided by WMU’s Office of Government Affairs. Any student wishing to take advantage of this transportation must register in advance. For more information on the Lansing Blitz and WSA or to register for transportation, visit -Lynn Hodorek Copy Editor

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Two community participants in 40 Days For Life, as well as Austin Pratt, Daniel Sager, Isaac Ruthruff, Laura Emmons, Erika Nelson and Jessica Dudek, stand in front of Planned Parenthood on West Michigan Avenue, Wednesday, March 21.

By Tyler Wilson Staff Reporter Students and residents from the Kalamazoo area gathered outside the Kalamazoo branch of Planned Parenthood to demonstrate a silent protest against abortion, last week. “It’s more like a prayer meeting than a protest,” said Nate Van Kammen, a student at Western Michigan University who participated in the demonstration. “We believe that God can move us through prayer.” Those who gathered were supporting 40 Days for Life, a worldwide event where supporters meet outside organizations like Planned Parenthood to pray to end abortion for 40 consecutive days.

“This is what I believe in,” said Jessica Dudek, a WMU student who was present at the demonstration. “We are representatives for life, love, unity and hope for change.” Between 20 and 30 people attended the gathering outside Planned Parenthood. The majority of demonstrators were students from WMU and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Those in attendance placed red duct tape with “life” printed over their mouths in silent protest. “The duct tape makes a statement by having your voice taken away,” said Van Kammen. The red duct tape is part of the Bound4Life movement, a grassroots prayer group targeting to end abortion. Supporters of Bound4Life stand in silent prayer

outside courthouses and abortion facilities. However, there were many students across campus that disagreed with the demonstration. “It seems kind of awkward,” said Elizabeth Martin, a WMU student. “Especially for Planned Parenthood customers.” Planned Parenthood has been in the political spotlight lately. The Susan G. Komen Foundation cut its funding to Planned Parenthood and then restored it, which has increased the tension and sparked more debate between pro-choice and pro-life supporters. “[The demonstrators] are nice and polite about it,” said Martin. “However, standing out there is not going to change the law.” Planned Parenthood was unavailable for questions.

“They are protesting something they strongly believe in,” said Ashley Kotsiris, a student at WMU. “But I don’t agree with what they are doing. Customers should not have to deal with that for 40 days. It’s affecting and discouraging customers trying to get service. ” Despite criticism from pedestrians, cars passing by, and prochoice supporters, the demonstra-

tors still plan to continue their 40 Days for Life demonstration. “If people aren’t getting stirred up, then the issue isn’t getting across,” said Van Kammen. The 40 Days for Life will continue until next Sunday, April 1. “In order to have peaceful, loving change, we must have people change from within,” said Dudek. “That’s what we are hoping for.”

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Western Michigan University juniors Erika Nelson & Jessica Dudek pray in front of Planned Parenthood on Wednesday, March 21.

Kalamazoo hungry for ‘Hunger Games’ By Craig Manning Staff Reporter Make way for a new cinema sensation. That was the feeling in the air late Thursday night, as Western students flocked to local movie theaters to check out the highly anticipated adaptation of “The Hunger Games,” the first book in a trilogy of young adult novels that has been catching fire around the country and the globe in the two years since its publication. The series revolves around a post-apocalyptic, totalitarian government that punishes its citizens for past misdeeds by forcing randomly selected teenagers to participate in an annual fight-to-the-death competition. The mastermind behind the series is Suzanne Collins, a novelist and television writer who also helped pen the screenplay for

the film. Collins is only the tip of the iceberg of a team that includes writer/director Gary Ross (“Big,” “Seabiscuit,” “Pleasantville”) and Academy Award-nominated actors Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, and Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence, who stars as resilient heroine Katniss Everdeen, burst into the Hollywood scene two years ago, becoming the second-youngest Best Actress nominee for her performance in “Winter’s Bone.” Local theaters expected a busy midnight Thursday showing and an even stronger weekend run for the film, which already has the built-in fanbase of the books (there are over 26 million copies of the three novels currently in print, according to Scholastic), and should gain even more traction from solid reviews and word of mouth. Leading up to worldwide midnight showings, the film had received a

“Certified Fresh” rating on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes, sporting an 86 percent rating, out of 167 critical responses. “We are planning to open all 14 theaters (for midnight), if it comes to that,” said Justin Mischen, an attendant at Kalamazoo’s Rave Cinemas, on Thursday afternoon. “At the moment, we have several showings that are completely sold out, and there are still tickets available, but they are going very quickly today.” The Rave slotted “The Hunger Games” for four of its 14 screens for the weekend, with showings running frequently from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Other local theaters were no less liberal in their anticipation for the film: Kalamazoo 10 and Celebration Cinemas both played the film on four screens apiece this weekend. According to film statistic track-

ing site, “The Hunger Games” opened on over 10,000 screens at 4,137 theaters nationwide, ranking 15th on the list of all-time widest opening weekend releases, and number one on the list of openings for non-sequel films. The movie grossed $155 million in the opening weekend, according the site. That score landed “The Hunger Games” as having the third biggest opening weekend of all time, trailing behind franchise films such as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II” and “The Dark Knight,” and suggesting that “The Hunger Games” is riding an unprecedented wave of anticipation for a first film in a series. Lionsgate Films already has big plans for the franchise, with work underway on the script for the follow-up, “Catching Fire,” which is tentatively slotted for a 2013 release. Meanwhile, “Mockingjay,”


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the final novel in the trilogy, will be split into two films, following a recent trend in popular adaptations such as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” “Twilight: Breaking Dawn,” and “The Hobbit.” Most of “The Hunger Games”’ pivotal actors have signed on for all four films in the franchise, the last two of which would likely follow in 2014 and 2015. Those interested in “The Hunger Games” have plenty of opportunities to catch it at local theaters this week. Full lists of showtimes are available online, or via phone. Contact Rave Cityplace 14 at 269381-5732, Goodrich Kalamazoo 10 at 269-345-7469, or Celebration Cinema at 269-324-7469. “The Hunger Games” has a runtime of 142 minutes and is rated PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images.

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‘Lately’ comedians come to Kalamazoo By Kassie Charnley Staff Reporter On Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m., Jen Kirkman, Josh Wolf and Brad Wollack from the hit TV shows “Chelsea Lately” and “After Lately” on the E! Network will make an appearance at the State Theatre. Kirkman, Wolf, and Wollack have been performing as standup comedians for several years, each having made appearances at different venues across the nation or even on TV shows. Kirkman said that she began work as a stand-up comedian in 1997 and has been performing ever since. Kirkman was named “One of the Top 12 Rising Stars in Comedy” by Entertainment Weekly in 2009. She is a writer and a roundtable regular on “Chelsea Lately.” Kirkman’s stand-up has even been featured on shows like “Conan O’Brien” and “The Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” When asked what it is like working with Chelsea Handler, Kirkman said that it is a truly incredible experience. “I’ve learned a lot from Chelsea, maybe not in terms of everyday life, but definitely in terms of handling myself. Chelsea is a really generous, funny person, and a sweet boss. We have a good time, even while working hard; no other job can compare,” Kirkman said. Kirkman said that her comedy acts vary everywhere that she goes. “I sometimes come up with stuff on the spot or I talk to people in the audience. A lot about my life goes into my stand-up acts, I like to tell stories based on my life. I make fun of my parents, I talk about my sex life and weird things that happen to me,” Kirkman said. It was reported in the San Francisco Chronicle that some of Kirkman’s best work can be seen on Twitter.

“I am an obsessive tweeter, I tweet about 5 to 15 times a day. I tweet jokes, personal things, dumb pictures. I just like to interact with people and I do anything to get a reaction. And it takes two seconds to tweet, and it’s one of my favorite things to do,” Kirkman said. Kirkman said that students would really like the show. “It’s nothing like the show, ‘Chelsea Lately.’ Our personalities shine through in our individual stand-up acts. They’ll be time to meet us after the show and take pictures too,” Kirkman said that the show is bound to be a good one. “If anything, students should come because we could totally make them a fake ID,” Kirkman said, laughing. Josh Wolf said that he has been in and out of stand-up for the past 10 to 12 years. He performed on stage for the first time at the age of 16. Wolf has performed at several venues across the country, and in Hollywood’s The Improv, Laugh Factory, and World Famous Comedy Store. As a contributing author to the New York Times bestselling book “Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me,” he said that working with Chelsea Handler is pretty amazing. “Besides just being fun and her generosity, (Chelsea) always keeps us on our toes, she keeps us awake,” Wolf said. Wolf said that his comedy act is pretty high energy. “Sometimes it’s all over the place. My comedy acts can be a little unpredictable, but it’s fun,” he said. “You can practice as much as you want, but the only way to do well and be more comfortable with your acts is to get on stage and perform.” “The show is gonna be really fucking funny, that’s why students should come out to see Brad, Jen, and me perform. We’re very personable and open and you’ll get something from everybody because we’re

all unique,” Wolf said, adding that anyone who is a fan of “Chelsea Lately” should check out their show. Brad Wollack started performing stand-up in 2000, but stopped for a while because it wasn’t going so well. “When I got on Chelsea Lately in 2008, I figured I could make some money off it, so I went with it,” Wollack said. Wollack has performed at comedy clubs, theaters and arenas throughout North America, including a stint as co-headliner of the Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me 2011 tour. Wollack said that working Josh Wolf with Handler is a pretty good gig. “Other than the physical abuse and the constant taunting about my albino-esque appearance, it’s awesome,” he said. When asked about his stand-up, Wollack shared that his acts vary. “I talk about drinking, sex, Jesus, gay marriage – things that people can relate to,” he said. “Each of us are so different in person. We speak our minds and do our own thing, not like what we do on Chelsea Lately,” Wollack said. Wollack said that Kalamazoo is off the beaten path of Brad Wollack cities that the three comedians usually visit. “We have to make sure we reach all of our fans.” “We’re told that a lot of college students watch Chelsea Lately. Our show will be a night of fun – you can come laugh, you can drink (if you’re old enough or if you have a good enough fake ID),” Wollack said. “It’ll be a little different entertainment than you’re used to – it’s silly and dirty and so much more. More importantly, we don’t test you, so come out on a Saturday night and relax.” Tickets for the show are available in-person at the State Theatre Box Office or through TicketMaster by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Jen Kirkman

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Warm Michigan weather may usher in late spring frost By Ted Yoakum Staff Reporter With multiple days above 80 degrees, many Kalamazoo residents took advantage of the warm weather, some firing up their lawn mowers for the first trim of the new year. Meanwhile, local strawberry, blueberry and other crop patches began to blossom, sharing their bountiful springtime harvest. While these observations may seem like mundane reruns of the

typical spring experience, they occurred last week, in the middle of March. Typically, Michiganders spend the third month of the year bundled in jackets due to lower temperatures, with the last remnants of a long winter causing some late snowfalls before the beginning of spring. However, this particular March has seen weather that more closely resembles summer than spring, with the average temperature running 15 degrees hotter than usual, said Ray Hackman, a local weather expert.

“It’s incredibly warm,” he said. “It’s by far the earliest that everything comes out and blossoms. Everything is about a month early.” In fact, last week’s rash of high temperatures placed this month in Michigan record books as the hottest March in recorded history. With highs averaging around 70 to 80 degrees, the weather is a far cry from the 40 to 50 degrees highs most years. A four-day stretch from Monday to Thursday all saw temperatures above 80 degrees, the high-

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est of which was on Wednesday, with a high of 84. This set a new record for Kalamazoo, whose previous all-time high in March was 79 degrees, set in 1990, Hackman said. “This is the most unusual weather we’ve had in the past 75 years,” Hackman said. The reason for this irregular patch of warm weather is the same cause of the region’s mild winter conditions this year: the movement of the polar jet stream. “The jet stream is like a wavering wall,” Hackman said. “It keeps the cold air to the north and warm air to the south, but it doesn’t stay stationary.” This year, though, the stream’s movement has remained mostly static, keeping a majority of cooler weather at bay. As a result, other regions of the country, out west and toward Alaska, have seen colder temperatures recently, in comparison to Michigan’s warmer climate. “We were having temperatures in 80s, where Phoenix, Ariz. was having temperatures in the 50s last week,” Hackman said. “It should have been the other way around.” The jet stream appears to

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Trees are beginning to bud their leaves earlier than usual on WMU’s campus this semester. moving north, though, toward the Hudson’s Bay in Canada, which should bring cooler weather with it, Hackman said. Weather forecasts for this week call for slightly cooler temperatures, with highs around the mid 60s and 50s. Hackman predicts that these cooler temperatures will persist throughout next month, and possibly through the rest of spring. This pattern could present major complications to Michigan’s crop

harvest this year, as a chill could kill off early blossoms. “There is still a good chance we’ll get some kind of a frost or freeze in April,” Hackman said. “It would be a miracle if we don’t.” As for the summer, Hackman predicts that super high temperatures won’t be on the docket. “I think we’ll have a few hot spells, but it will be pretty close to normal,” he said.

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WMU Campus Band wraps up semester The Western Michigan University Campus Band is an ensemble that rehearses and performs each spring semester. Ensemble personnel manager Abbey Smolinski describes the band and its activities.

i n s t r u m e nt . Many of the members of the ensemble are not music majors, but decided to join Q: What is campus band? campus band Smolinski for fun and to A: Campus Band is one of WMU’s interact with other musicians. two campus-wide non-audition ensembles. Students and people Q: How many members are there from around the community can this year? join to keep up with their instruments from high school or to get A: There are about 75. Rehearsals more practice on a secondary are once a week and students are

crime blotter

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• Fighting occurred between roommates on March 15 and one of the subjects was issued a trespass warning for Valley 1. • On March 16, a student contacted Public Safety and reported that a friend physically assaulted him after he was followed to his car from Waldo Library. The perpetrator pushed and attempted to tackle him and proceeded to make threats against the victm. The victim requested to press charges for assault and battery and the perpetrator was then found by campus police. • Public Safety was notified of a dog in a 1994 Buick with the windows rolled up. Officer Cynthia Dunnaway made contact with the owner of the vehicle, who was getting ice cream at Western Scoops. The dog was not injured. • Credit card fraud at an ATM by Hadley Hall was reported on March 19. This incident is still under investigation. • Two females outside of Henry Hall were involved in a physical altercation near the Sangren Hall construction site. One girl was arrested and is currently in custody for domestic violence. • A hit and run car accident occurred in the WMU parking lot 35 on March 21, when a student reported that his vehicle was struck by an unknown driver who could not be located. There was an estimated $200 worth of damage to the driver side rear corner of the vehicle. If you have information about these or other crimes, contact Public Safety. -Kelly Mason Staff Reporter

The news isn’t what it used to be. As the industry changes, and the whir of the press gives way to streaming video and Twitter feeds, it is the job of those in the newsroom to change with it, to continue to improve and define what we call journalism. At the Western Herald, things are changing in a big way—much like the field of journalism itself, the paper will be undergoing some major changes, as Editorin-Chief Nora Strehl passes the torch to current News Editor Erin Gignac, who will hold the position for the upcoming year. Strehl’s position as Editorin-Chief was no easy task, with tight deadlines, hours of emails and a vicious terrier adding to the workload. However, Strehl took it with stride, learning much about herself and her field in the process. “Mostly, you’re just the boss. You have to always be on call and really just be ready for anything,” Strehl said. “ When I started, I had a “care about people” card, and I had to learn to be a little more tough-skinned. I still feel like it’s important to care about people, but at the same let them know you’re in charge.” Strehl said she was sad to let it go, but is anticipating a great looking Western Herald in the Fall. “I feel like it was my child for a year,” she said. Upon graduating from WMU in June, Strehl hopes to use her journalism major combined with her international and global studies minor and become involved in international reporting. After a tough interviewing process by the Herald’s Board of Directors and a submission of

Longboarding regulations in place

Western Michigan University is a campus full of students who bike, skate and walk, and longboard to class. There are rules and regulations that students may not be aware of while longboarding. “The University Ordinance outlaws skateboarding and longboarding, but if students are being responsible and courteous on the sidewalk it’s fine,” said Blaine Kalafut, Deputy WMU police Chief. “The problem becomes when students start weaving through traffic, sliding on rails, or trying to do tricks. If students do this and we catch them, we give them a warning. The second time, we give them a citation of the University ordinance,” said Kalafut. “We have not encountered anyone with substantial injuries from long boarding or skateboarding, however there are sometimes minor injuries.” However, Sindecuse Health Center has seen students for skateboarding accidents and injuries. “We see different types of injuries from skateboarding such as fractures, head contusions, and muscle and joint sprains,” said Lisa Marshall, M.D. at Sindecuse Health Center. -Catie Dymond Staff Reporter

Q: What sort of music does campus band play?

By Nora Strehl Editor-in-Chief

A: Campus band plays music that isn’t as complex as what the bands that rehearse 2-3 times a week [University Concert and Symphonic Bands] play, but it is still quite challenging, especially for those who are playing on their second or third instruments.

This year we’re playing “Fortress” by Frank Ticheli, “Hosts of Freedom” by Karl King, and “Nathan Hale Trilogy” by James Curnow. Q: Who directs the band? A: Ellizar Abalos and Matt Pagel

are our two graduate assistant leaders. We have a student conductor each year as well. This year our student conductor is Joey Williams, a senior music education major.

in campus band?

A: Students can search for “WMU Campus Band” on Facebook and all of our contact information and ways to get involved with our campus ensembles. You can Q: When are your performanc- also contact the ensemble direces? tors at ellizar.m.abalos@wmich. edu or matthew.b.pagel@wmich. A: Our Campus Collaboration edu for information on how to concert with Campus Strings is join next year. this Tuesday, March 27 at 6 p.m. in the Dalton Recital Hall. Contact abbey.r.smolinski@ with questions about Q: How can students get involved Campus Band.

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busy, we don’t always have the same crowd every week. Membership is flexible because it’s a not-for-credit ensemble.

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Left: Nora Strehl, current Editor-in-Chief, and Erin Gignac. Above: Current senior editorial staff of the Western Herald: Adam Roberts, Erin Gignac, Bethany Bohlen and Nora Strehl.

a short essay, Gignac made the cut. “It was really nerve wracking, but I just know the whole time I’ve been News Editor I’ve been participating in a yearlong interview for this job. I really care about the Western Herald. I would never want to see anything bad happen to it,” Gignac said. It was that dedication and commitment to the Herald that most impressed Strehl. “I was super impressed with everybody who applied— everyone definitely brought their A-game,” she said. “I feel what the Western Herald needs is somebody with experience

er!’ But being a good student really translates into a career here,” said Gignac. “I could come here never having written before, but because I did so well in Journalism classes and internships I got the job. Know people, get good grades, be a good student, get internships and you’ll do well.” As the newsroom continues to move towards electronic outlets, Gignac plans to embrace the change wholeheartedly, planning to transform the with the paper, someone who Western Herald into a multireally cares about the Western media platform in hopes of Herald. Erin put a lot of time in further engaging with readers. this year. I really could not have “I want to make the Western done a lot of what was accomHerald a digital first format, a plished this year without her,” news organization where we’re Strehl said. on people’s news feeds. I want For all her success with the it to be where we’re showing up paper, it is interesting to note in people’s lives, more than just that Gignac herself has never being that optional newspaper held a reporting position within that’s printed on campus,” said the Herald. Instead, she attriGignac. “A lot of times, if it’s butes her success to a commitoptional, students opt out of ment to her studies, as well as it. If you are interacting with multiple internships. students, people will really start “It’s kind of good news for to read the Herald.” the underdog. You know, you Gignac also hopes to add might think, ‘Oh my gosh, the video to the site, bringing the Herald is so hard to get involved multi-media format full circle. in, I have to be such a good writBeing in such a visible posi-

tion, Gignac expects criticism and pressure, but refuses to let it hinder her goals. Instead, she plans to utilize the stress and critique as a way to keep motivated. “As a leader and visible person on campus and in the news community, you’re going to receive a lot of criticism, but it’s what you do with that criticism that makes you who you are. You could sit there and be so down about yourself, or take that and realize that yes, you’ll be knocked down a lot, but that should only make you more determined and passionate to make it right,” said Gignac. “I want to set the record straight and get everything right the first time. Handle things when they happen. Have a good schedule and be really organized. The more organized you are, the more you can handle things--I think I’m going to have to invest in a very big and very expensive planner.” After her stint as Editor-inChief, Gignac hopes to become a multi-media journalist, specializing in investigative journalism and reporting on human trafficking victims.

Contamination may hinder recycling efforts By Lz VandenHeede Staff Reporter

Watch what bin that coffee cup or pop bottle is being thrown into. While recycling is very beneficial and has increased greatly in the past few years with the green movement, contamination is still a problem. Properly recycling items to avoid contamination keeps more waste out of landfills, costs less than waste that has to go to landfills, and will help Western Michigan University in this year’s RecyleMania competition. Recycling contamination occurs when leftover food remains

on items or a lot of liquid is left in bottles that are placed in recycling bins. This becomes a problem when a few items in the bin are contaminated and it’s enough that the entire bin of recycling has to be thrown away and taken to the landfill instead. “I think the biggest issue with contamination is that people are not educated to know what goes in each bin,” said Nola Wiersma, assistant to the manager of Solid Waste Reduction at WMU. “I encourage all students, faculty and staff to read the sign before putting it in the bins and if you have recycling—save it for the right bin.” Recycling bins are located in

every building on campus, including residence halls and East Campus buildings. All bins are labeled with what is supposed to go in them; generally the tall, slim bins are for paper and the short, round ones are for bottles and cans. In a few buildings on campus, including Brown Hall, Solid Waste Reduction is testing new signage to see if this helps with eliminating contamination. A few common items show up in recycling bins that actually cannot be recycled, Wiersma said. The paper bins on campus take most all kinds of paper, paperboard and cardboard—but not if it is wax coated. Coffee cups from Starbucks,

Biggby and like places are usually wax-coated and not recyclable. The plastic lids from these coffee cups are recyclable and can be placed in the bins for glass, plastic and metal on campus. Wrappers and napkins also commonly show up in recycling bins and are not recyclable. Liquids should also be dumped out of bottles before they’re placed in the bins. The nationwide RecycleMania competition to see which colleges can recycle the most is still going on through March 31. According to, WMU is currently placing 44 out of 258 in the Grand Champion category, with 43.11 percent of waste produced recycled. WMU

is currently beating Grand Valley State University and Central Michigan University, but is behind Kalamazoo College. To encourage recycling during this competition, Solid Waste Reduction has a “Caught You Green-Handed” competition. If students are caught recycling on campus, they can win a RecycleMania prize. Also by posting a recycling picture on their Facebook page, “WMU Solid Waste Reduction,” one person a day is picked to win a prize. “[At WMU] we need to increase recycling by not recycling trash, decrease contamination and be stewards of our environment,” said Wiersma.

‘Why Girls Rock’ ceremony empowers women By Nia Warfield Staff Reporter Western Michigan University’s You Beautiful Black Woman (YBBW) organization sponsored their first “Why Girls Rock” awards ceremony, last week. The event was co-sponsored by Western’s chapter of the Young Black Males Support Network (YBMSN). The night was dedicated to awarding various women in the WMU community who have exceeded expectations in their commitment to uplifting

young men and women and promoting future leaders. Jasmine Loney, a junior at WMU and current president of YBBW felt the necessity for such an event was long overdue. “[We] felt there needed to be an event that honored the influential women on campus who don’t receive the deserved recognition for their efforts.” The evening began with a thoughtful welcome from YBBW’s vice president Hailey Mangrum, also a junior at WMU. A banquet style dinner followed shortly after, then an introduction to the night’s keynote speak-

er Beverly Bonds. As a DJ, activist, philanthropist, producer, and founder of “Black Girls Rock!” Inc., Bonds was the key inspiration for Western’s event. Founded in 2006, “Black Girls Rock!” is a nonprofit youth empowerment association that strives to empower inner-city girls ages 12 to 17. Celebrating their third annual awards ceremony this year on BET, Bonds remains committed in her desire to encourage and uplift all women. “Sometimes finding a solution doesn’t solve a problem, but it does not absolve the fact that

we need to do something about it,” Bonds said addressing the numerous issues on exploitation, and equal rights crises affecting women today. Continuing to motivate and encourage young women to strive for success is the credence Bonds expressed strongly to the audience, “True empowerment fosters the development and sustainability of whole communities.” Bonds’ speech was followed by the presentation of awards to the night’s honorees. The recipients were Adrina Brack, Toni Woolfork-Barnes, Robyn Bow-

ers, Erika Carr, Shaynae’ Clark, Keara Franklin-Ushery, Sherrie Fuller, Ashley Hampton, Diana Hernandez, Tanissa Williams, and WMU’s chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority Inc. Each was presented with a certificate recognizing their outstanding contributions to the university community. YBBW president, Jasmine Loney is looking forward to continuing the event for years to come. “I was very pleased to see so many women come out to honor these women who are so deserving of this recognition it was a great way to give back.”

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Happy Oberon Day!

Today, March 26, is Oberon Day. A day where summer begins (unofficially) and Kalamazoo’s favorite home brew returns for the season. Sure, according the weather forecast, and the calendar, summer is actually a few months away, but around Kalamazoo when Bell’s Brewery releases its summer seasonal beer, your average beer-lover knows it’s time to reach for their Hawaiian shirts and Nora Strehl sandals. Although the Editor-in-Chief weather forecast tells us it’s going to be pretty chilly this week, at least the sun god has given us a sunny day today. High 47. Awesome. But the calendar does say it is technically spring, and warmer days are upon us. What other excuse can you need to enjoy a summer ale on a Monday? Around town, there are a number of Oberon celebrations: •

Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe opens its doors at 9 a.m. to those ready to raise their glasses to the sun while sitting in the beer garden. Shakespeare’s has 40 barrels of Oberon ready to be tapped—starting last night at midnight. They open this morning at 10:30 a.m. for round two. At the Globe (underneath Shakespeare’s) the two day celebration kicked-off last night, but today is their “Everything’s Better Under an Oberon Sky Beach Party!” Oberon lovers should show up in their Oberon gear for some great music, food and giveaways. Uhhh Funktion will be there, need I say more? Burdick’s, in downtown, also tapped their kegs of Oberon last night at midnight (hopefully you made it there to grab a half-off pint and to pick up some awesome swag for today). They open at 11 a.m. the next day—locked and loaded.

Summer may not be here, but at least Bell’s Oberon is. Life is good.

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Replacing the computer for the iPad By Ted Yoakum Staff Reporter

With its stunning high definition display, 4G LTE connectivity and upgraded camera and graphics processing, Apple’s new iPad is already shaping up to be another smash hit for the computer giant.

According to a company press release, Apple sold 3 million devices within the first four days, making it the strongest iPad launch yet. With yet another “post-PC” success on its belt, many customers are beginning to wonder whether or not tablets could replace a desktop or laptop computer.

Opinion Surprisingly, for many people, the answer is yes. Despite the ubiquitous presence personal computers have in our lives, many of us don’t have an extensive list of computer assisted tasks. In fact, most of our modern computing takes place in a web browser: checking Facebook, looking up videos on YouTube of cats falling out of boxes, Googling the show times of that new RomCom your girlfriend wants to see, etc. In that sense, the iPad is a more than capable replacement. Web surfing is one the device’s main strengths, as the ultra responsive touch screen, coupled with vibrant display, makes an arguably browsing experience. Couple that with its portability and 10-hour battery life, along with the new iPad’s 4G connectivity, and you’ve got a powerful and handy portal to the web. While the iPad infamously lacks support for Adobe’s Flash platform, which powers a number of websites and online video players, the amount of unavailable content is shrinking by the day. Even if the sites themselves can’t be

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displayed, many web services, such as online streaming sites like USTREAM and, still provide their content via applications. Another area where the iPad is comparable with traditional computers is with music and multimedia. With built-in access to the iTunes store, you’re never more than a couple taps away from buying new music, movies and TV shows to tide you over. Not only that, but the iPad supports nearly every major internet music service, such as Pandora, Spotify and Rdio. However, users who are into ripping music of CDs or watching BluRay movies won’t be satisfied with tossing out their PC in favor of the drive-less tablet. Not only that, but people with massive digital backlog of content will find themselves scrambling to find free space, as the largest iPad only holds 64 gigabytes of content. While online music locker services like iTunes Match can help alleviate that pain, many of these solutions still require a computer as a home base. One of the major hurdles the iPad still faces is with the actual production of content, like writing papers or editing photos and movies. Apple themselves has been working hard to address this issue, by releasing iPad versions of their popular iWork and iLife applications. The latest application the company released was the mobile version of iPhoto, which brings a set of useful editing tools for photos. Even Adobe has ported a version of its uberpopular Photoshop application to the iPad, though it lacks many of the features of its PC cousin. So, how does the iPad fare with these tasks? It depends mostly on what you plan to use it for. For word processing, the iPad handles fairly well for shorter pieces, such as

Twitter posts or instant messaging. However, for longer pieces, such as term papers, on-screen typing can become quite tedious. While the iPad supports Bluetooth keyboards, its not always the most convenient solution when compared to a laptop or netbook. Another issue the iPad has is with printing. While the device supports wireless printing via Apple’s propriety AirPrint technology, only a handful of printers support the service, which you’re unlikely to run into while on-the-move. As for editing photos and video, the iPad again falls short when compared to traditional computers. While iPhoto and iMovie are acceptable solutions for basic edits while on the go, the software lacks the power of full editing suites like Photoshop or Final Cut Pro. Not only that, but loading media from external sources requires either the use of online storage services like Dropbox or iCloud, or Apple’s $30 camera connection kit, which allows users to upload content via an SD card or USB. So, should you dump your old Windows or Mac powered computer in favor of a 9.7 inches of touchscreen goodness? For people who just want something to read the web or some books, watch some movies, and play a game of Angry Birds or Cut the Rope here or there, the answer could very well be yes. However, for most of us who require a little extra horsepower every once in a while, the answer is still no. However, if there’s one thing you can say about Apple, it’s that they never sit still on their innovations. While we may have no clue what next year’s iPad has in store for us, I bet we’ll be having this same conversation next year.

Flower beds adorned the front lawn of East Hall. Also, there used to be a columned portico on all three sections of East Hall until the 1970s, when the north and south columns were taken down. Pictured beyond the columns is a house that stood in front of Walwood Hall. Several houses were located in front of Walwood until the 1960s, when they were demolished. Written by: Tara Bell, President of Students for East Campus Photo courtesy of WMU Archives



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Monday, March 26, 2012

BEhinD wEstErn’s party rEputation

By Daniel Gimmler Staff Reporter

It is a pop culture norm that university student life and drinking go together and Western Michigan University is seen by many as a prime example of that fact throughout the community. But many may be surprised to learn that no significant difference in drinking has been found between Western and other universities, according to research run by The Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse (SPADA) or the WMU Behavioral Health Services (BHS). “The research that has been done shows that we are no better or worse than any other university campus,” said Dr. Dennis Simpson, Professor and Director of SPADA. Research has also shown a significant disparity between students’ perception of the amount of drinking done by their classmates and the reality, a result of which the image of “Wastern” is proof. While such a disparity

can have serious implications for all students who become familiar with alcohol after beginning their university education, it can be especially dangerous for those who face problems of alcohol abuse. “When people use [drugs or alcohol] they have this perspective that everyone is doing it,” said director of BHS Thomas Blackmon. Students who binge drink more than twice a week, for example, tend to associate with others who do the same, which will often lead them to believe such behavior is more normal than it is, said Blackmon (binge drinking, for informational purposes, is defined clinically as five or more drinks within two hours). But according to the National College Health Assessment (NCHA), an annual survey of university students across the country, the actual number of students who engage in substance abuse is much smaller than most students think. In 2010, for example, 20 percent of the entire student body

had never consumed alcohol before (this number includes students both over and under the legal age). 45 percent had not consumed within 30 days before the time surveyed and only 1 percent had consumed alcohol daily. For marijuana, 63 percent had never used before and only 17 percent had used, even once, within 30 days before the time surveyed. Drug and alcohol use, then, is not a significant problem for most students. Indeed, although the highest level of alcohol for most people is generally consumed at university, all but 5 percent of students cut down significantly after graduation. Students from 18 to 22 drink more per capita in that age than they will for the rest of their lives,” said Simpson. “[But] most students’ alcohol use declines dramatically when they enter the working world.” Where substance abuse becomes an issue is when those who do drink to an excess that borders on alcohol abuse also have a false perception of how they compare to their class-

mates. Especially when students also think they are drinking only as much as everyone else, and fail to see that their drinking is becoming a problem, serious consequences can follow. Students who end up with Minor In Possession (M.I.P.), for example, can be hit by punitive backlash twice: once by WMU student conduct and again by Kalamazoo police, who gives separate punishment, said Simpson. Although all but 5 percent do improve their drinking habits with the start of a career, it is this 5 percent that doesn’t that seriously risks a problematic future. “These are the ones who will become alcohol dependent later in life,” said Simpson. (Alcohol dependent is the clinical term for alcoholism, the latter term being disfavored by most professionals working with treating the problem). When SPADA first started relating substance abuse with criminal justice in 1984, for instance, it was found that 82 percent of felons adjudicated were being diagnosed as having a

substance abuse problem. Education on information such as this is one way of attenuating the situation. It is therefore a major part of what BHS clinics do for students that are sent to them for alcohol misconduct, which although a minority of WMU student body is still significant enough for concern. “Last year we [BHS] served over 2,000 people and 500 of them were students,” said Blackmon. “We help them see the impact of what they are doing. That’s really what people look at, what problems does it cause.” Student conduct generally does four things when alcohol misconduct occurs. They either issue a warning, refer them to a BHS clinic for sessions on “life choice” or “strategies for success,” or refer them for an assessment to determine the level of their drinking problem. This places them in a clinic of a minimum of five sessions, specialized to their age and the extent they recognize their problem. About 50 percent of students adjudicated for misconduct face this final option, and it is them

the clinics then try to help make a decision about what they want to do. “We want to meet people where they are at,” said Blackmon. Students cannot change their habits if they are unwilling and BHS clinics will still help them reduce their alcohol consumption if they are undecided about change, or about quitting drinking altogether. The availability of alcohol, the availability of time to drink it, the encouragement from friends to do so and the sudden lack of close oversight to stop them are all major reasons for students drinking in excess, said Simpson. But the idea that WMU has a bigger alcohol problem than other universities is supported by no statistic data and the impact the false idea can have on students with drinking problems is why the image of “Wastern” needs to change. “We can never, never eliminate substance abuse from campus,” said Simpson. “[But] I am hopeful that we can dramatically reduce the results of abuse.”

‘Justified’ exhibition showcases student work By Taylor Larson Staff Reporter The images speak for themselves in a pictorial language, connecting with viewers in the way they communicate concepts, brands and even emotions. From a calendar strip resembling a snap watch to a slender bottle of organic vodka, “Justified,” the Graphic Design thesis exhibit, serves as a visual memory book, a record of three years work and dedication. The exhibit, which runs un-

“ If it’s good design, you don’t realize it’s there. It looks effortless.

Emily BEvilacqua,Graphic DEsiGn BFa til March 30 at DeVries Student Gallery inside the Richmond Center, takes its title from the typographic alignment as well as a more abstract take on the term—a designer is required to justify every aspect of his or her

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The women from the graduating graphic design BFA class pose for a picture at the closing reception for the “Justified” exhibition on Friday, March 23 in the Richmond Center.



work, from typeface to desired message. “Design is weighing decisions, finding solutions; we interpreted that in a slightly abstract way with the angles you see in the show. Justified has a lot of meaning with text as well,” said Emily Bevilacqua, senior and graphic design student. “Everything is aligned and centered and has a lot to do with what we do as designers, so we tried to keep that alignment but wanted things not to be so strict,” Bevilacqua said. Strict is the last word one would use to describe the designs featured within the exhibit. The eggshell walls are a stark contrast to the intensity and vibrant color scheme of the work, which demands attention with loud, lively colors and shapes. Grabby advertisements, a calendar shaped like a blueprint and intricate Audubon field guides, adorned with silhouette spiders and wildlife, fill the stark white space, offering a glimpse into the design process and designer’s personal style. A book, intricately cut and stretched like a sort of origami

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Left: Visitors peruse the “Justified” exhibition’s print pieces on the tables in the atrium gallery. Center: Graphic design BFA Meredith Felt shows friends Miguel Acuña and Courtney Koenig some of the pieces in the “Justified” exhibition. Right: WMU students examine the poster design pieces on the wall in the atrium gallery in the Richmond Center. accordion, sits on a slanted table next to a 3-D album cover, complete with tiny red and blue glasses. Sleek, minimalist designs can be found on every tabletop and wall, while a computer at the front of the room offers guests a chance to interact with designer’s digital productions. Spanning the back wall are the student’s calendar projects, a research on time, while the side walls are devoted to an extensive rebranding project. During the project, students were responsible for transforming the logos of real companies into eco-friendly



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Monday, March 26, 2012

GOP race continues By Zak Coeman Staff Reporter

In the race to see who will challenge President Obama for the White House in November, Mitt Romney is the clear favorite. Romney said he hopes to continue his momentum after his decisive victory in Illinois last Tuesday, which has helped propel him to the spot of unquestionable front-runner. After his victory in Illinois, Romney picked up a crucial endorsement from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. According to CNN, Bush said of Romney, “He has a great record, and he’s been a successful man in every way, and I think people can relate to that if he expresses himself in the right way.” Romney has now won 20 contests, including his narrow victories in Michigan and Ohio earlier this month. These victories have won him a total of 546 delegates of the 1,144 he will need to win to secure the nomination. His closest challenger, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, faces a difficult task in his efforts to secure the party’s nomination. After double victories in Alabama and Mississippi, Santorum lost Puerto Rico and Illinois despite extensive campaigning at both locations. In an interview with CBS News, Santorum said that, as the


File Photo race goes on, it is increasingly likely that the nomination will not be decided until the convention, where he believes he can do well enough to secure the nomination ahead of Mitt Romney. The two remaining major candidates, former Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senator Ron Paul, are likely hoping the race goes all the way to the convention as well. Gingrich, who has only won victories in South Carolina and his home state of Georgia, has vowed to keep campaigning, despite beginning to appear as a non-factor in this race. He has faded from the spotlight recently, losing to Santorum as the role of alternative to Romney.

Paul has yet to record a victory in any primary or caucus held so far. It is highly unlikely that Paul will be able to secure the Republican nomination, but in spite of this, he still continues to run for the nomination. Paul also, despite of his lack of victories, has accumulated a small number of delegates and he may be hoping to use those to influence the party platform at the National Convention. So, while Romney has settled into the position of front-runner, he has yet to rally the full support of his party. His opponents hope to capitalize on this and challenge him all the way to the convention in August. This race could still be a long one.

Summer classes assist students By Kelly Mason Staff Reporter With only five weeks left in the semester, students are becoming even more anxious for summer vacation and some time off from academic stress. Though summer has traditionally been a break from classes, some individuals opt to remain a student. Kevin Knutson, director of advising for the College of Arts and Sciences, said that there are numerous benefits for taking summer courses. “[They can] help you progress toward graduation, help you get ahead in your program, take a course that might be difficult to get into during a Fall/Spring semester, take a course that is offered at a different pace, and a great time to do an internship for credit,” Knutson said. Other reasons including getting ahead to graduate early; if a student is falling behind in their plan to graduate in four years they can make up a course. Knutson recommends meeting with an academic advisor to

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Monday, March 26, 2012

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track and field The women of Western Michigan University’s track and field team brought in solid results across the board in Athens, Georgia, at the Georgia Relays on Saturday. Sophomore discus thrower Andrea Hiler posted a second-place distance of 160 feet, three inches, putting her in the WMU record books at number three overall, according to WMU Athletics. Other field events were successful for the Broncos as well, with WMU’s triple jump record broken by Chiara Allen and Iris Campbell’s second-place long jump of 19 feet, two inches. On the track, Victoria Chatman and Andrea Arnold took first and second, respectively, in the open 400 meter dash; Chatman, Arnold, Campbell, and Leya Munwam made up the first-place finishing 4x400 meter relay team with a time of 3:44.52. The Broncos will next head to next weekend’s Big Blue Invitational at Eastern Illinois. For more information, see

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bronco Hockey falls in st. paul WMU hockey season ends with 3-1 loss to North Dakota

-Lynn Hodorek Copy Editor

Men’s tennis In their home match Friday afternoon, Western Michigan University’s men’s tennis team lost to their MAC foe, Northern Illinois University. The Broncos fell behind after the Huskies got the doubles point and the early lead, but the battled back in singles play. At no. 1 singles, Nadin Indre was first put the Brown and Gold on the board, defeating Roman Turtygin 6-3, 6-1. Quick to follow suit was Ross VanderPloeg at no. 5 singles. VanderPloeg bested Mikhail Titov 6-2, 6-4, putting the Broncos ahead 2-1. But NIU’s men proved to be too tough an opponent in the remaining singles matches. Three of the four matches went to three sets, but WMU’s men were unable to clinch the victory. Western’s men next head to Ohio to take on Cleveland State University on Friday, March 30. -Alexandra Harvey Staff Reporter

woMen’s tennis Western Michigan University’s women’s tennis team swept both matches in their doubleheader against Northern Illinois and Chicago State on Friday at the West Hills Athletic Club. The Lady Broncos are now 12-7 in the season, and 1-0 in MAC play. WMU’s win over the Huskies also marked head coach Betsy Kuhle’s 500th career victory. She is only the second coach in the history of Western Michigan athletics to achieve 500 victories. Western’s women returned to the courts in the evening match against the Cougars, and beat them 5-2. In singles, WMU’s women won the first three matches, assuring their victory over Chicago State. Nini Sujashvili earned the Broncos their final point of the day at no. 1 singles. Sujashvili beat out the Cougar’s Roaslina Tejoprayitno 7-6 (7-0), 6-2. The Lady Broncos remain at home for an afternoon match on Friday, March 30 against Akron. -Alexandra Harvey

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Frank Slubowski (1), freshman goalkeeper for the Broncos, makes a quick save against a shot on goal by North Dakota’s Joe Gleason (20).

By Patrick Littleton Staff Reporter The Western Michigan University hockey team’s remarkable season ended in a 3-1 loss to the University of North Dakota Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Minneapolis. Senior forward Kyle O’Kane

scored the lone goal for the Broncos. Freshman goaltender Frank Slubowski (17-11-4) made 25 saves in the loss. Freshman forward Michael Parks put UND ahead 1-0 at the 6:04 mark of the first period with assists from freshman forward Mark MacMillan and senior defenseman Ben Blood. Junior forward Corban

Knight extended the lead at the 3:16 mark of the second period with assists from junior forward Danny Kristo and sophomore forward Brock Nelson. O’Kane gave the Broncos life at the 12:57 mark of the second period with assists from senior forward Derek Roehl and sophomore defenseman Danny DeKeyser.

The Broncos attempted a late surge by pulling Slubowski, but Nelson scored an empty netter with 25 seconds remaining to the end the Broncos’ season. UND outshot the Broncos 28-25, and were 0-of-2 on the power play with three shots. The Broncos were 0-of-3 with two shots during the man advantage.

The Broncos finished their first season under head coach Andy Murray with the most wins since the 1995-96 season, with a record of 21-14-6. The Broncos also won the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament Championship for just the second time in program history; the first CCHA victory came in 1986.

Baseball has strong start to season Broncos sweep Bowling Green Falcons in weekend series

By Aaron Fishell Staff Reporter The Western Michigan University Men’s Baseball Team opened conference play this weekend with a three game sweep of the Bowling Green Falcons. Not only did the Broncos manage to start off 3-0 in the MAC, but their weekend sweep also improved their overall record to and even .500 at 10-10. Head Coach Billy Gernon was excited about his team’s victories this weekend. Even though Gernon was excited he was quick to point out that they have more work to do to get to where they want to be. “The key thing now for us is to enjoy this for a little while,

but to get ready because we go to Buffalo and we can’t overlook Oakland on Wednesday, they’re causing people a lot of problems, they’ve had some really good wins,” said Gernon The Broncos got key contributions from three players late in the game to beat the Bowling Green Falcons 4-3 in game one of Saturday’s double header. Shortstop Patrick Duncan got what would be the game winning RBI with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. It was only after right fielder Jack Scanlon lead off the inning with a single to right and was bunted over to second by third baseman Ryan McMillin, that Duncan got an opportunity to come through with his clutch single.

“It’s easier to hit with nobody on, the stakes were high and he [Duncan] delivered, “said Gernon. The Broncos got their first runs of the game when first baseman Troy Forton hit his first homerun of the year with two men on base in the fourth inning. Starting pitcher Casey Webber had a strong outing, going 5.2 innings allowing one earned run off of six hits. Relievers Monty Porter and Patrick Borlik combined for 2.1 innings without giving up a run. Game two was not as tense an affair as the first game as the Broncos scored early, and scored often. WMU scored 10 runs off

15 hits with home runs by McMillin and catcher Caleb Caton. Duncan got three more RBI’s to bring his total to the day to 4 while Forton and designated hitter Jared Kujawa each drove in a run. Starting pitcher Steve Laudicina got the win, going seven innings, not giving up an earned run, walking three and striking out six. In the final game of the series on Sunday WMU won a pitcher’s duel 1-0. Starting pitcher Will Nimke went 6.1 innings not allowing a run and scattering four hits. Nimke struck out 4 while only walking two. “[I] Just tried to go out there, let them put the ball in play and just throw strikes and let my de-

fense do the work,” said Nimke. The key moment in the game happened in the top of the seventh inning. Bronco’s reliever Monty Porter was called upon with the bases loaded and only one out. Bowling Green’s center fielder hit a soft line drive to WMU’s short stop, Duncan, who caught the ball and quickly tossed it to second for the force out. The double play got the Broncos out of an inning in which Bowling Green was threatening to tie or take the lead. McMillin went 1-3 in Sunday’s series finale to improve his hitting streak to 14 games. He has also reached base in every game this year besides the season opener.

Track starts outdoor season relays By Catie Dymond Staff Reporter Saturday afternoon, March 24, Western Michigan University track and field team competed in the Georgia Relays where a WMU discus thrower set the program’s third best distance in discus and 400 meter dash runners placed first and second. Andrea Hiler, sophomore, threw a distance of 160 feet which was only 3 inches away

from entering the top three discus performance list. Victoria Chatman took first place with 543.35 seconds. With a close second place, Andrea Arnold, sophomore, took second with a time of 55.27. The 4x400 relay team was helped by Arnold and Chatman who teamed with Leya Munwam, senior, and Iris Campbell for a score of 3:44.52. WMU’s 4x800 meter team

had a time of 9:07.36 with a 26 second lead over the second place team with runners Jeriesha Tucker, Aisha Hodge, Cara Cremeans, and Rachel Whitley. The 4x200 meter relay team took second place at a time of 1:40.74. Stephanie Okolo, Senior, ran the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.04, 4x100 meter relay, and 800 meter Sprint Medley relay. The team consisted of Okolo, Campbell, Arnold and Chatman

for a final time of 45.54 and second place title. In the 800 meter sprint medley, the final time was 1:46.18 with runners Rebecca Hall, Kathryn Pickett, and Lindsey Hufnagel. In the 1,500 meter run, Samantha Draney, senior, took third place with a 4:34.49. She is competing in her first race since last year’s outdoor season due to an injury. Amber Brunmeier, senior,

finished the 1,500 meter run with a 4:48.10 and Teresa Martin, junior, finished up with a 4:45.27, both placing their personal records. WMU ‘s track and field team will be competing against Eastern Illinois in the Big Blue Invitational this weekend. The team will also be in Miami Invitational the following weekend in Oxford, Ohio.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Gymnastics competes for position in NCAA regionals

By Catie Dymond Staff Reporter Western Michigan University Gymnastics team gets ready for the Mid-American Conference in DeKalb, Ill. on Saturday, March 24 where they will compete against teams for a spot in the NCAA Regional competition. “We have a chance this year to win the championship. We won the championship in 2006, but about 5-6 years have gone by since we have been in a position to win again so the intensity has been up,” said Dave Kuzara, gymnastics head coach. The gymnastics team has a 37th rank overall in the nation, but only 36 teams go to Regionals. The Broncos current regional qualifying score is 194.375. North Carolina holds the 36th spot with a regional qualifying score of 194.525. “We’re one spot out. Last year, we had a 35th rank and two teams, Central Michigan and Kent State, passed us. We have come a long way compared to the past few years. This team has not made it to NCAA Regionals for 30 years. Last year we were in position, this year we are in

position and we’re excited about it.,” said Kuzara. Central Michigan is ranked right behind WMU with a score of 194.330. Gymnastics will start at Northern Illinois by competing against North Carolina and Maryland. “The two teams are in a different conference and a different part of the country so we don’t know much about them. I try not to think about how they are doing because there are 24 teams that make up a meet and our focus has to be on our next routine. If we get distracted, we’re in trouble. This is a big weekend with plenty of distractions and our goal is to be focused on whatever team we are competing against next,” said Kuzara. The overall season has gone very well this year for the Broncos. The 2012 season record so far is 8-7 with a 193.717 average as a team. Three of the program’s top-10 records have been set this season. “We have two scores over 195 and in the history of WMU gymnastics program there was only 1 score over 195. We’re tremendously more competitive, we beat Kent State who went to the national championship last year. We are second seat in our Scott Walstrom/Courtesy Photo



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Western Michigan University senior Taylor Zondervan performs a stunt during her routine on the balance beam during the Mid-American Conference Championships. conference which hasn’t been done in a long time and we were 4 and 2 in the MAC two years in a row which shows consistency,” said Kuzara. The Broncos placed their highest score at a MAC meet in 2011 totaling 194.150. Six of the ten events were won by the WMU gymnasts and the team finished in 3rd place. Lauren Bledsoe led the team to victory during two events from scores in floor and vault. “We have two seniors who have been doing all-around for us, Cepeda Carter and Taylor Zondervan. Those two are worth mentioning, they’ve helped the team this year. Car-

oline O’Brien is one of our top performers on uneven bars and balance beam. Lauren Bledsoe is our top vaulter and floor exercise person. These four people are key gymnasts for the team,” said Kuzara. “Overall, we have a really great group of young women. They work hard, they’re great students and really great representatives of this university. Win or lose, I am pleased with who they are and who this team has become. We had seven girls with 4.0s last semester and our team GPA was about 3.63. They the motivation to succeed and by committing to good habits their reward is winning,” said Kuzara.


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