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WMU �ilm director �inds inspiration Cat allergies, looming deadlines and slap bets were only a few creative muses that Alec Robbins, a film major at WMU, used to Robbins co-direct the film “The Day Job.” The production moved one of their scenes from an inside apartment to a freezing cold roof. One of the actors was deathly allergic to cats. However, the shot turned out to be, literally, “cooler” in the long run. “I got a lot better at connecting with actors,” Robbins said. The deadlines required Robbins to communicate his ideas clear and quick. Currently, he has a slap bet with one of the actors. If he doesn’t finish making the movie by Dec. 11, then he gets slapped. Help raise money for production of “The Day Job” by attending their fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. at the Old Dog Tavern. Suggest people to be featured in our WMYou feature at -Erin Gignac News Editor


Via the WMU Department of Public Safety t"DFMMQIPOFXBTSFQPSUFE stolen from the Bernhard Center on Oct. 28 at 4:23 p.m. t"ESJWFSXBTBSSFTUFEGPS operating while intoxicated on Oct. 29 at 4:02 a.m. His car was towed to the WMU impound lot. t"CJDZDMFXBTSFQPSUFETUPMFO off the rack at Schneider Hall on Oct. 31 at 6:10 p.m. t"TVCKFDUXBTGPVOEUSFTQBTTing in the lower level of Waldo Library on Nov. 1 at 12:08 a.m. t"GFNJOJOFQSPEVDUWFOEJOH machine was broken into at Rood Hall on Nov. 3 at 9:17 a.m. Anyone with information on these or other crimes should contact the Department of Public Safety. -Joe Stando




Where is your favorite place to eat in the Vine neighborhood? a) Martini’s (23%) b) Crow’s Nest (43%) c) Taco Bob’s (14%) d) O’Duffy’s (20%) THIS WEEK’S

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Riding safely in Kzoo

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Giovanni Romano & Kallerine Strazdas take a ride home from DSK members Khalia Abdullah & Jim Stano on Saturday, Nov. 5.

By Tayler Cattera Staff Reporter

friends free rides home. The DSK drivers are judgmentfree and do not ask questions about why students In the United States, may need a ride. one person is injured in an However, this is not a alcohol related car crash service to use for party hopevery minute, according to ping or bar crawling. DSK statistics gathered by the strictly gives safe rides back Mothers Against Drunk home, not to other places Driving (MADD) organiwhere more drinking will zation. College students be taking place. Their goal are no exception to these is to keep the Kalamazoo statistics. One in every five college community safe by taking students home who would students admits to driving potentially get in the driver’s drunk and 40 percent of seat of a car and put not college students acknowlonly themselves, but other edge that they have ridden people in danger. To get a with an intoxicated driver, ride from DSK, call (345according to MADD. 0375). At Western Michigan Katie Camaiani, a junior University, students have at WMU, volunteered for quite a few alternatives to DSK last spring to complete driving drunk that should keep them out from behind volunteer hours for one of her classes. the wheel of a car after a “DSK is pretty well night of partying. Not only known on campus and I are there plenty of taxi serthought it would be a good vices in the Kalamazoo area, place to volunteer since I’ve but there are also services used their services a lot in that provide free safe rides the past,” Camaiani said. home for those students who don’t have $3 to spare. “It’s a good service because it gives people peace of Drive Safe Kalamazoo mind that they’ll have a safe (DSK) is a non-profit, sturide back home if need be.” dent run organization here After learning the rules at WMU. From 11 p.m. to 3 and regulations in a traina.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays this organiza- ing session, Camaiani got tion gives students and their assigned a car and a partner for DSK that night. She

and her partner took turns driving and taking calls from students who needed rides back home or to their dorms. Camaiani said during her experience, she got the most calls from people who needed rides from parties that were far from campus walking distance, such as the Vine neighborhood and downtown. “You’d be surprised by how many students get left behind by their friends while they’re out and have to find rides home,” Camaiani said. “We were pretty busy.” Students who get picked up have to sign a piece of paper once they get in the car saying that they consent to getting driven by a student, that they do not have alcohol on them, and that they are getting a ride back home. “I think that DSK keeps a lot of students from driving drunk or walking home in unsafe places,” Camaiani said. “When people get drunk they think they’re invincible and don’t believe they’re as intoxicated as they really are. Some people just don’t like asking for help.” DSK isn’t the only organization that provides free rides. Many students

involved in Greek life at WMU have safe rides provided for them on the weekends as part of being in a fraternity. Joel Dewey, a sophomore majoring in computer engineering, is risk manager for the Sigma Chi fraternity. His job is to ensure the safety of everyone in the house, whether it be someone that is part of the fraternity or any student attending their parties. “Safety is very important to our fraternity because we want everybody to have a good time without anybody getting hurt,” Dewey said. The Sigma Chi Safe Ride provides two cars a night on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for brothers of the fraternity. The service runs from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and there is no limit on the number of rides a brother can get. “People would possibly attempt to drive while intoxicated or maybe walk home and run into the wrong kind of people if it wasn’t for Safe Ride,” Dewey said. Brothers who need a ride call a Google voice number which is then redirected to the Safe Ride driver’s phones. Once they get the

call, they pick up whoever needs a ride and takes them to wherever they want to go. Rides are usually only given to members of the fraternity but can also be given to friends that are out with that member at the time. Pledges give the majority of the Safe Rides. “Everyone really appreciates the service because they know they’ll have the service returned once they’re active,” Dewey said. Dewey explains that rides are generally limited to the area, downtown being the farthest they usually have to drive. Most of their rides are taking brothers to and from close-by bars like the Grotto and Wayside and for the younger members, back to their dorms. “Having Safe Ride cuts the possibility of something bad happening to one of our brothers” Dewey said. Between fines, court costs, attorney fees, and alcohol education classes, getting a DUI can cost anywhere from $7,000-$20,000. To avoid this very costly mistake, WMU students have the luxury of having services that will not only take them home safely, but will do it for no cost at all.

Education costs more than it’s worth By Ambrosia Neldon (CLA) to measure their progress as a student. Staff Reporter

Students pay enormous amounts of money for higher education, but the education they receive may not be equivalent to the price they pay to learn. A nationwide study shows that this may be the case. Richard Arum, a social science professor at New York University and the winner of countless awards and fellowships is a coauthor of “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses.” The book contains the results of a longitudinal study that followed more than 2,300 college students from 24 universities over a four-year period, starting with their freshman year. Each year, the studied students took a Collegiate Learning Assessment

“The study aimed to answer one question: are students improving their critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing skills during college?” said Arum. The study shows that with 45 percent of the 2,300 or more students studied, there were no statistically significant increases in these areas. “These are the generic areas of study that students need to learn. They are the fundamentals that make up democratic leadership in our society,” said Arum. Prior to the “Academically Adrift” study, the majority of research regarding students’ academic growth in college was based on student surveys. “One of the most common forms of student

surveys are course evaluations,” said Arum. “These things give a huge incentive to teachers who make learning easier. If you grade easier, your course evaluations will be high.” Research in “Academically Adrift” showed that a large percentage of college students would rather do little work for a “B” grade on an assignment than more work for an “A.” “If the faculty has high expectations for their students, students will work harder to rise to that expectation,” said Arum. “Right now, we hand out grades like they’re candy on Halloween.” One of the major findings of the study was the amount of time students spent studying compared to the amount of time they spent socializing or in class. “So what are these

students spending their time doing?” said Arum. “According to the data, students spend on average 15 hours a week in classrooms or labs. And that’s if they go to class.” The data said that the average student studies 12 to 13 hours a week. “And almost a third of that is in groups,” said Arum. “According to statistics, studying in groups decreases performance. The more time spent studying with friends, the lower the performance on the CLA.” Thirty-six percent of the students included in the research said they studied on their own less than five hours a week. Students who scored lower on the CLA were more likely to be unemployed, working part-time and/or living with their parents again two years

after graduation. “One year after the study ended, 31 percent of the students were back living with their parents,” said Arum. Two years after the survey ended, 11 percent were working only part time jobs and five percent were unemployed. The study also addressed the civic engagement of students two years after graduating college. “32 percent said they read the news monthly or never,” said Arum. 39 percent said they rarely or never talk about politics with anyone they come into contact with. “If we are not teaching critical thinking, writing and complex thinking, we are not teaching students how to be American citizens,” said Arum.

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Teen attraction to dark literature By Sam Stachurski Staff Reporter

A seminar that took place at the Fetzer Center on Friday, Nov. 4 called, “On the Edge: Reading, Teens, Transformations,� discussed what draws teens to “Twilight,� “Harry Potter� and dark literature. A few authors were invited to help with the discussion. The Kalamazoo Public

Library presented “On the Edge� as its 34th annual Youth Literature Seminar. This year’s focus was on dark literature: specifically, what attracts teens to books that can be horrifying and, in some cases, unsettling. Holly Black, author of “The Spiderwick Chronicles,� “Tithe,� and many other novels was one of the authors at the seminar. “I think that teenagers are not so different from other

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think that dark books, just like light ones, have an important place and an important function on our bookshelves,â&#x20AC;? said Black. The discussion led by Black covered the edgy subject matter of popular young adult novels and sexism, misogyny, and strong female characters in teen literature. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that for the most part, writers are people who have a lot of strange interests which might later turn into inspiration,â&#x20AC;? Black added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I might want to know more about con artistry or faerie folklore or competitive eating or living in abandoned spaces underneath cities without any real aware-

ness of how I might use that in a story,â&#x20AC;? said Black. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Later, though, I might find that research useful. Books arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really an idea, they are a whole bunch of ideas. Ideas about characters and setting and story, all mixed up together. For my most recent series, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Curse Workers,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I started out wanting to both tell the story of a kid whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been raised by drifters and to retell an old French fairy tale, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The White Cat.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Those might not seem like they would go together, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I started with. What I wound up with was a story about a world where magic is illegal and controlled by the mob.â&#x20AC;?

With the latest camera in hand, Reno native Jared Tyler is making a splash with his style of photography at Western Michigan University. Using just the right type of angles to shoot and adding a few details using Photoshop, he is able to create visual pictures that people may enjoy. Tyler lived in Reno, Nevada, until the eighth grade when his mother received a job as a professor at WMU. He said it only took him a few months to realize that his heart was not in Michigan. So he and his father moved back to Reno his sophomore year of high school. Tyler then moved back to Michigan after high school where he currently attends WMU, where he majors in photography with a minor in Fine Arts. Getting inspiration from such photographers such as Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Next Top Model judge/ photographer Nigel Barker. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got the inspiration after seeing all the work people would post on Flickr, which is a website for photography. It was then that I decided to post a few pictures there my sophomore year in high school. After that all comments that were posted were very positive,â&#x20AC;? he said. It was then that the popularity grew on the website. By the time he enrolled at WMU, he decided to set up a Facebook page that strictly emphasizes his photography. The page is titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jared Tyler Photography.â&#x20AC;? It now has over 142 â&#x20AC;&#x153;likes.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It surprised me; last

time I checked, it had 63 likes, which was in the beginning of the school year,â&#x20AC;? he said. Besides having his whole photographic profile on the page, it also holds his contact information along with links to various websites that have his work. Tyler also generates and produces head shots. Tylerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photography is mostly a blend of angles but also Photoshop as well to put in a lot of concepts on his photography. He said that Photoshop is a creative medium to express how he feels through his pictures. The imagery and work done in the pictures are sometimes a reflection of the emotions and feelings he was experiencing at the time. Tyler said that he has a lot of fun with his photography and it is much more than just a hobby. He has added projects that have chronicled his senior year of high school. He took a photo every day of that year that documented a transition of his life. Tyler also took photographs of his adventure across the United States. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I used to spend up to days just spending time getting my photos ready. Editing stuff and doing some Photoshop here and there. Now that I am a full time student, I only have about five to six hours to fully accomplish anything with my photos,â&#x20AC;? he said. He has scheduled appointments every week, he has about two to three appointments for headshots each day. Sometimes, problems with technology do not

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help. He adds that his camera will sometimes break or have a glitch that would jeopardize anything productive that could be done with his work and the only solution would be to reformat the camera. But he said, through the many obstacles, he is still invested in his work and the progress he has done so far. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of times where I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know the person or it be completely at random and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hey I love your photos,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said. Tyler says he also loves that he has been able to inspire others as well through his photography. Tyler has also gotten some minor criticisms on Flickr over a few of his pictures. People mainly complained about a certain angle or lighting that could have added more to the picture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bother me as much,â&#x20AC;? he said. He still plans on taking headshots for students at WMU and also plans on traveling to Reno to do a photo shoot for a band he has known since high school. Tyler still plans on getting his degree in photogra-


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Literary agent Barry Goldblatt, Associate Director of IT & Production at Ann Arbor District Library Eli Neiburger and librarians Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan were also guest speakers at the event. Rutan and Dobrez talked about popular recent novels as well as upcoming ones. Goldblatt and Nieburger, on the other hand, discussed the change in content that teens read nowadays and whether or not this genre will continue to be popular in the future. Marti Fritz of the Kalamazoo Public Library, the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teen librarian said Stewart Fritz coordinated the seminar.

Tyler speaks in photographs By Ociel Torres Staff Reporter


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difficult to pinpoint the exact time of the theft. The stolen bicycles have A crime wave is sweeping been primarily mid- to highWestern Michigan Univerrange quality. sityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus. Since Aug. 1, Hinds said WMU police 27 students have reported found fewer high-end abanbicycles stolen off racks near doned bicycles on campus university buildings, three racks during their rounds times as many have been in the spring than in previstolen than this time last ous years, indicating that the year. Students reported they thefts may have been occurhad locked their bikes to the ring for months. racks, but that the locks had â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had 27 stolen so been cut through. far during the school year, Police believe the bike but we know that many thefts may be the work of one crimes go unreported,â&#x20AC;? said or a group of repeat offendHinds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The total number of ers. bikes stolen could be up to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a twice that.â&#x20AC;? crime ring which steals bikes All the stolen bicycles here and then sells them to were locked using cable wire people in another city,â&#x20AC;? said style locks, a design police WMU Department of Public advise against. Safety officer Kevin Hinds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is much safer, albeit â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think it may be somemore expensive, to use the thing like that.â&#x20AC;? hardened U-locks,â&#x20AC;? said Lt. The general location of Scott Coy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are more the thefts has moved from difficult to overcome and racks near residence halls to the tools to cut them are public racks near classroom expensive and much less easy buildings. A number of the to conceal.â&#x20AC;? bicycles reported stolen had been left overnight, making it

phy and still plans on making incredible side projects. When all is said and done, Tyler hopes to finally work for the top modeling magazine Vogue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the concepts and the many ways to do a photo shoot. I just love the magazine so much,â&#x20AC;? he said.



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Relay for Life activist spreads cancer awareness By Nora Strehl Editor-in-Chief

Anthony Haduch is the Spirit Chair for WMU’s Relay for Life 2012 organization. He is responsible for spreading awareness of Relay for Life around the campus community. Q: What are the main goals of Relay for Life? A: To raise awareness about how to prevent and detect cancer, so it can be caught and treated earlier. To help cancer patients get the resources, support and care



Group hosts party to bene�it kids

On Sunday, Nov. 13, the WMU chapter of philanthropy group Up ‘til Dawn will be hosting their seventh annual Letter-Sending Party. The event raises funds and awareness for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. There will be free food, free T-shirts, a DJ, and games and prizes from Kalamazoo. This year’s theme is “Be a Kid, Save a Kid,” according to Julia Walter, executive director of the WMU chapter. “We will be going all out (including a little slimetime) to show that this hospital is all about letting kids be kids in their time of pain,” said Walter. SAF is partially funding the event this year, according to Walter.

Air Zoo honors veterans The Air Zoo is honoring veterans on Friday, Nov. 11, by distributing free Ultimate Ace wristband packages to veterans, active military, Guard and Reserve members, and their immediate families. “Offering wristband packages is the least we can do to show veterans and active military members that we recognize and appreciate all that they have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice for our country,” said Bob Ellis, Air Zoo president and CEO, in a press release. Ultimate Ace wristband packages include access to the Air Zoo’s aircraft, exhibits, artifacts, rides and attractions. Height and weight restrictions may apply. Proof of service is required. For more information about the Air Zoo, go to, or call 269-382-6555.

Bronco Band wraps up their season The WMU Bronco Marching Band will perform its annual Miller Show on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. The show consists of music from the entire season, as well as appearances from the WMU Dance Team and Buster Bronco. “Miller Show is our chance to recap all the great music we’ve gotten to play throughout the season,” drum major and music education student Jack Bertrand. This performance is free. For more information about the Bronco Marching Band, visit

they need throughout their cancer journey and after. To guide and support the caregivers of those patients in the battles that they and their survivor will face. To ensure that cancer stays top priority in the mind of our lawmakers, so that Michigan and everywhere is protected from secondhand smoke, and that people are able to get the treatment they need, when they need it. Our Mission: We save lives and create more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.


open discussion about how to make this year’s Relay event a success and how to bring awareness to students, faculty and staff on Haduch c ampu s . We meet every other Sunday at 8 p.m. in room 157 in the Bernhard Center. The next meeting is Nov. 20th.

center, organizing and hosting the Relay For Life of WMU (a 24 hour event; cancer never sleeps and neither do we, April 20th-21st), selling our I LOVE BOOBS Shirts on campus, a great way to raise awareness, raise funds, and a great t-shirt too! Only $10 - email or pick one up at the Relay event in April.

Q: How many different leaders are there? A: There are currently 29 committee members, each Q: What is the environment Q: What activities do you responsible for a different of the meetings and how often guys do together? part of the relay event and A: Making cards for the kids spreading the mission of the do you meet? A: We have a fun filled, at the Kalamazoo Cancer American Cancer Society

throughout campus. Q: How long have you been involved & what do you like about it? A: This is my first full year as a committee member; I helped out last year and was excited to help again. I am the spirit chair and will be helping to let campus know about Relay, and we are going to be making some cool training and YouTube videos as well. I have been involved with Relay For Life since fifth grade; my aunt had leukemia (she is now cancer free) and we did everything from garage sales to bowling alley nights and the Relay event itself. My favorite part is the community feel and everyone involved and coming together for one

common goal, to save more lives. You really get to see everyone’s passion for fighting cancer and you meet a lot of great people that care about the same thing you do: finding a CURE! Q: How can someone get involved? A: We are in need of teams to sign up and help us get closer to finding a cure. No size requirement, no minimum to raise, every dollar gets us closer to a cure. We will provide you with fundraising tools, materials and help. Sign up at www.relayforlife. org/wmumi or contact your American Cancer Society Staff Partner: Katie Pedersen at 269.349.8719 or

LGBT citizens move towards equality By Kelly Mason Staff Reporter This past October, a new campaign called “Don’t Change Yourself, Change the Law” began its crusade to amend the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Law to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression protections against discrimination. Currently, there are no federal or state protection laws for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) individuals. The Unity Michigan Coalition is the major contributor of this recent movement. It consists of the ACLU of Michigan and Equality Michigan (among others) which have merged with numerous partner organizations to launch this campaign. Jon Headley has been the Director of Unity Michigan Coalition since this past June, although he’s been actively involved the program for a year and a half. “I got involved because previously I had been the campaign manager of the One Kalamazoo Campaign, which was the campaign formed to defend the Kalamazoo Non-Discrimination Ordinance,” said Headley. “So when the Unity Michigan Coalition really wanted to start focusing on making sure that basic protections for gay and transgender folks exist across the state, I was

excited to work with them.” Unity Michigan is a coalition of pro-quality human rights oriented organizations that work to ensure all citizens of Michigan are treated equally in the workplace. The coalition has drafted a petition to be sent to Michigan Speaker of the House Jase Bolger and presented in the near future. Sarah Stangl, Coordinator of LGBT Student Services at Western Michigan University said that despite tremendous progress over years, there are still many people who are not very tolerant of others. “It is perfectly legal in most places to fire somebody, to deny them housing or even kick them out of a restaurant based entirely on sexual orientation and gender identity,” Stangl said. “We are one of the last groups where people think it’s OK to discriminate against.” The website of the campaign,, includes not only updates on the progression, but also has “How to Look Not-Gay” posters, providing tips on how to prevent discrimination in the workplace for LGBT citizens. Freshman Austin Rivers said the discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity today is similar to what discrimination against race used to be. “It’s something that is so minute and really does not

affect the workplace or the productivity of an employee. It just makes no sense to fire someone for that reason,” Rivers said. However, significant progress has been made recently, especially since the act of repealing the military “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. “Now, the military has protection for LGBT people. That’s huge. It’s a tremendous step toward equality,” she said. “It’s incredibly exciting.” A new bill was introduced last week, HB 5039, which would make it illegal to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in cities, school districts, and other forms of government (including universities such as WMU) if passed. “It’s really a mean-spirited legislation. It’s not being honest about its intent. It would repeal protections for students,” said Headley. Headley believes that despite this opposition from this new bill, the law will eventually be updated and all citizens of the State of Michigan will be treated fairly in spite of orientation or gender expression. “In my heart, I know that it’s true. But it’s only going to happen if everyone asked themselves, ‘What am I going to do to help make it happen?’”

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“It has been in a sense of when you go into a large corporation there might not be something really in place to keep [LGBT discrimination] from happening. The people who are further down might initially look at you and say no, we don’t want to have you because of THAT. That has been a worry, but in general a lot of corporations nowadays, as far a large ones, are trying to protect people against that, but I mean if you were to go try to work for a firm of four people and those people happen to be homophobes then you’re kind of out of luck there.” Austin Rivers, WMU student

WMU students dance with area stars

After six weeks of practice “Ruth had all the hips Connor Cornelius. event. Patrons also had the By Ambrosia Neldon with their partners, these loand dips! Those were great “Don’t you think every opportunity to learn to dance Staff Reporter The WMU Dance department gave several local celebrities what they refer to as “the gift of dance” in preparation for a fundraiser. The celebrities then got to show off their new gift to a sold out crowd on the stage of Miller Auditorium.

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cal celebrities danced their way to raising almost $14,000 at Dancing with the WMU Stars in Miller Auditorium on Friday night. “All the money raised tonight benefits dance students at WMU,” said Nina Nelson, the host of the event. “We have 99 dance majors and almost 55 minors, and they devote their lives to dance, but that takes money,” said Nelson. Nelson is the department chair and a faculty member of the dance department. Retired Sarah Lee executive Ruth Wiser and WMU student Joseph Hernandez won the grand prize at the event as well as the People’s Choice Award. Wiser and Hernandez danced the mambo to Jennifer Lopez’s “Ven a Bailar.”

lifts and I absolutely loved the jazz hands!” said judge Kathryn Williams, musical theatre choreographer and WMU faculty member. Lori Moore, morning host at 590 WKZO, and her partner Jesse were awarded second place for their cha cha to “You Know You Want Me” by Pitbull. Moore volunteered as a judge the first two years of the event. “[Lori] showed [her] grace like [she] does every single morning on WKZO,” said Mayor Bobby Hopewell, one of three judges and the 2008 winner of Dancing with the WMU Stars. Third place went to Andy Dominiani, an anchor at WWMT-TV News Channel 3. Dominiani danced the samba to “Everybody do the Cha Cha” with his partner

news cast should start with a samba?” said Terry Williams, judge and Chair Emeritus of the department of theatre at WMU. Other celebrity contestants included Susan B. Anthony, international opera diva; Greg Rosine, WMU Vice President of Government Affairs and University Relations; Danielle Streed, estate planning attorney at Redmond, Streed and Yokum; Nick Andreadis, cardiologist and dean of the Lee Honors College; and Harvey Myers, retired Pfizer chemist and community activist. “I was surprised to see how quickly they were to pick up the steps,” said Connor Cornelius, Dominiani’s partner. Audience members paid $75 a ticket to attend the

the cha cha and pay for extra votes. “We don’t even have to make these kids volunteer their time. I tell them that I’m looking for volunteers and the next day my e-mail inbox is full of students wanting to help out,” said Nelson. Dance students who did not participate in the competition helped sell tickets and extra votes for the People’s Choice Award, greet patrons and serve food to patrons. “Our dance majors can be found in Dalton at any time between 8 a.m. and 10 or 11 at night. They know they won’t make a lot of money, but it makes them happy, and I think it makes other people happy, too,” said Nelson.

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Out with the old

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Editor-in-Chief Nora Strehl


Editorial: Decline of morality

Some may view this event as another example of a poor economy taking away jobs from an able body of workers, but myself (and other Journalists alike) see this as another opportunity lost within the field of Journalism. The Press, Kalamazoo Gazette and Muskegon Chronicle will deliver their newspaper only on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning in February 2012. This misfortune creates a void for the print Journalist who makes their living by Nora Strehl delivering the Editor-in-Chief news to the public; as well as, the reader who is used to waking up in the morning to a cup of coffee and a fresh off the press newspaper. In addition to cutting down the number of delivery days, the buildings that held these corporations will be sold, moving the workers that have not been laid off to a different location. This raises the question, how many other newspaper corporations will be following suit? And what does it mean for the workers and the readers who count on the printing of the day-to-day paper? The change partners with the theory that people are no longer getting their news from just one source, that people simply aren’t picking up the newspaper anymore. Which, honestly, seems pretty far-fetched. I mean, com’on people, Journalism is changing but not dead. The loss of print newspapers shouldn’t be based on the idea that more people may be getting their news from online sources, but needs to be based more on what people prefer. Does print newspaper really need to leave the scene all All letters together? How can we stop the madness?

By Paul VanHevel Copy Editor

Tire marks laced with blood occupied the streets in the southern province of Guangdong, China. A 2-year-old girl named Wang Yue was repeatedly run over by passing traffic in the city of Foshan. A security camera stood idly by as 18 witnesses went about their routine, deliberately stepping over the toddler’s mangled body. Yue’s body was then dragged from the pavement and tossed along the curb. A trash collector finally came to the child’s aid, salvaging what remained of a tattered body; Yue died at midnight due

to excessive brain damage and organ failure. The all-knowing security footage would later identify the drivers, leading to their arrests. Both drivers are being charged with traffic violations. Whether or not manslaughter will be included in these charges is yet to be determined. The Foshan community has identified the majority of the 18 witnesses involved in this recent incident. Provinces like Guangdong have made it difficult for strangers to involve themselves in the affairs of others. There are no “Good Samaritan” laws that protect rescuers against legal action. For instance, in previous years, an elderly lady was es-

corted to a nearby hospital by a pedestrian, who was later held responsible for her medical costs. Cases like this have made it dangerous for witnesses to involve themselves in unanticipated

Editorial conflict. “What after all prompted such a sad phenomenon? Officials? The rich? Or is it our own coldheartedness?” said intensive care unit director Su Lei on Sina Corp.’s Weibo, in an article from USA Today News. Is this an infringement

on the moral and social responsibilities, a violation of human nature? Or is this incident the result of increased urbanization in places like Foshan? Have overpopulated areas contributed to the “every man for himself ” mentality? Has society finally breached the threshold of concern where we have become so infatuated with our daily routine that the thought of helping others has been deemed inopportune? With a population of 5.4 million in the surrounding area, places like Foshan may continue to experience such atrocities until Good Samaritan laws are set in place. Is this inability to in-

volve oneself in the conflict of another the result of oppression in China? Historically the oppression and exploitation of the Chinese people has resulted in the forms of government that have ruled throughout its existence. Because of their imperialistic, feudalistic and current communistic beliefs the People’s Republic of China has witnessed inequality on all levels. In a rapidly changing Nation such as China, has the basic principles of humanity been discarded in the fog of commercialization? -To watch the explicit security camera footage of this incident visit

Letter to the Editor: Response to solar panels on campus

The Western Herald recently published an article highlighting WMU student outrage in response to the installation of solar must be less than 300 words and are panels and fifteen electric subject to editing. car-charging stations that resulted in the destruction of nine trees. I am disapNo personal attacks or profanity will be tolerated. pointed and saddened by What do the shortsightedness of you like betSend letters to: this project’s dissenters. ter, print or Construction and mainonline news? The Western Herald, as a news entity, does not adopt or tenance projects all over Let me know Kalamazoo often result in necessarily endorse views presented in the viewpoint secwhat you the destruction of living tion. Readers are encouraged to submit their own responses, think at hertrees. I find it ironic that suggestions, or concerns to the Edit0r-In-Chief, ald-editor@ this project, a true “green” Nora Strehl, at initiative, has been targeted as a point of concern. While the passion demonstrated for the livelihood of trees is honorable and commendable, it’s disheartening that there has been an obvious failure to carefully consider the raw facts of the situation. It is additionally discouraging that local media sources have failed uncover this information and present a balanced view of the story that represents more than the opinion of small sample of the campus community. The reasoning behind the car-charging stations is to incentivize the use of electric Students enjoy the pool in the basement of East Hall. Later, the pool was filled in and the space now cars and the houses collections for the WMU Archives spaces near Written by: Tara Bell, President of Students for East Campus

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Miller Auditorium since they are prime parking real estate. The area is central, high traffic, high visibility, contains highly preferred parking spots, and happens to have housed nine trees. If the stations were in an unseen, distant spot, they would be much less likely to be used. The project requires that the solar panels be located in close proximity to these stations with the intent to demonstrate a clear connection between solar-power and the electric car-charging stations. Alternative locations for the panels were considered, including rooftops. However, in order to avoid snow accumulation, the panels must be oriented vertically during winter months resulting in excessive wind pressure in elevated locations. The trees that were removed to clear space for the panels were nine Honey Locusts, an exotic and dangerously invasive species in Michigan. The trees were already threatened because of snow and road salt that was piled on them every winter. Assuming that they had been healthy, all nine trees would absorb up to 400 pounds of carbon dioxide per year combined. This is approximately equal to the carbon emissions from 20 gallons of gasoline. More importantly, WMU has a long-standing policy that requires two trees to be planted for every one taken. Meaning that 18 trees will be planted in the spring and this project results in a net gain of nine healthy, well-located, noninvasive campus trees. The planned solar panels will help provide electric car owners with substantially cleaner energy than what they

would use at home. The panels will also be part of the campus electrical grid, normally powered by WMU’s natural gas plant. During the campus’ highest electricity demand periods, WMU purchases additional energy that is created mostly from coal. When the car charging stations are unoccupied, the excess energy produced by the panels will first go to offset the purchase of the additional energy. The panels will generate about 65,000kwh/year, translating to the reduction of up to 145,600lbs of carbon dioxide from purchased electricity annually. This is equal to the emissions from 7,280 gallons of gasoline. The bottom line is that the solar panels will be more than 350 times more effective at reducing carbon dioxide than the nine trees. This project’s overall payoff is obvious. It will ultimately result in more trees, a campus with a smaller carbon footprint, and a community with infrastructure to support the purchase and use of electric vehicles. I commend WMU for actively demonstrating a true commitment to campus and community sustainability by supporting this project. I hope that in the future, the campus community and local media leaders will take time to thoughtfully consider the facts, costs, and benefits of wellplanned projects like this before inciting emotions. -Katherine Binder, WMU Graduate Student, Behavior Analysis Graduate Assistant , WMU Office for Sustainability

Monday, November 7, 2011



BAND Marching band to play at Miller Show The WMU Bronco Marching Band will perform its annual Miller Show on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. The show consists of music from the entire season, as well as appearances from the WMU Dance Team and Buster Bronco. “Miller Show is our chance to recap all the great music we’ve gotten to play throughout the season,” drum major and music education student Jack Bertrand. This performance is free. For more information about the Bronco Marching Band, visit

TENNIS Women’s Tennis takes third double The WMU women’s tennis team completed its WMU Super Challenge at West Hills Athletic Club this weekend. The tournament concluded with a round of single play on Sunday morning, according to WMU Broncos. Kathleen Hawkins and Nini Shujashvili scored their third doubles win of the weekend on Saturday, claiming the victory over Indiana’s Hureau/Murdy 8-3. The Broncos took four wins from the Cardinals in the Saturday afternoon session, all of which were straight sets victories. The Broncos concluded their weekend with singles match against Louisville Sunday, according to WMU Broncos.

CAMPUS Men’s Soccer heads tournment The Western Michigan University soccer team scored a 2-1 victory against Bowling Green State on Saturday. The Broncos needed the win to keep up its MAC Tournament hopes, according to WMU Broncos. Fortunately, the broncos showed that it might not be to little to late.The victory made WMU improve to 6-11-2 on the season and 2-2-2 in the Mid-American Conference. Bowling Green’s loss eliminated them from postseason contention. They finished the year 7-8-3, 1-4-1 MAC, according to WMU Broncos. The Men’s Soccer team will be up to play number one seeded Akron. The game time is still be anounced later this week. Be sure to catch the game action live on wmu bronco sports. For more information go to

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Hockey breaks even with U of M By Patrick Littleton Staff Reporter The Western Michigan University hockey team split its weekend series and suffered its first loss of the season, in it’s second game, against the University of Michigan at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor. On Friday night, junior right wing and alternate team captain Dane Walters scored with just under a minute remaining in the match to break a 2-2 tie and earn the Broncos the victory. “We were trying to get pucks on (senior goaltender Shawn) Hunwick all night,” Walters said. “That’s kind of how it happened. We had a puck thrown at the net and Chase saw me back door and tried to kick it to me, it went off of a few sticks and off of the pads, and I just saw it and whacked at it, I got knocked down, then the next thing I knew I saw it crossing the goal.” Also netting goals for the Broncos were senior right wing and team captain Ian Slater, and junior right wing Brett Beebe. Junior goaltender Nick Pisellini made 34 saves in the win and moved his record to 3-0-2 on the season.

Slater struck first blood for the Broncos by knocking in a rebound at the 11:33 mark of the first period, getting assists from junior left wing Trevor Elias and senior center Greg Squires. “All the credit goes to my line mates,” Slater said. “Greg got a good jump off the draw, Trevor battled, I really didn’t see how it came out, but I went to the net and that was it.” Less than a week after scoring his first collegiate goal, Beebe grabbed his second at the 12:17 mark of the second period on a breakaway. Sophomore defenseman Dennis Brown came out of the penalty box at just the right time to give an assist to Beebe, also tallying an assist on the play was sophomore center Chase Balisy. “It was a fortunate shot block that went to Chase,” Beebe said. “Chase tipped it ahead and Brownie was coming out of the box, he just chipped it ahead and it was right there. Originally I thought Hunwick stopped it, but it just slipped through his legs just like the last goal.” The Wolverines responded midway through the second period

when sophomore defenseman Kevin Clare scored at the 12:17 mark with assists from senior defenseman Greg Pateryn and freshman center Zach Hyman. Pisellini was knocked down just before the goal, forcing the officials to review the goal, but it stood as a goal after the review. Michigan scored again minutes later at the 15:29 mark with a goal from sophomore defenseman Mac Bennett, getting helpers from sophomore right wing Derek DeBlois and Pateryn. The third period was very fastpaced, but no goals were scored until the 19:03 mark when Walters became the hero. The Broncos forced 25 shots on goal, with 12 in the third period. The Wolverines forced 36 shots. Neither team netted a power play goal in six attempts for WMU and four for U of M. The Broncos unbeaten season came to an end on Saturday in a game in which the Broncos surrendered more than three goals for the first time all season with five. The Broncos lost 5-2; three of U of M’s goals (including an empty netter) came in the third period. Netting goals for the Broncos

were Balisy and senior left wing Derek Roehl. The Wolverines got on the board first at the 10:57 mark of the first period with a goal from DeBlois, who had assists from freshman left wing Alex Guptill and freshman center Travis Lynch. The Broncos struck back early in the second period at the 1:09 mark when Balisy scored with helpers from sophomore left wing Shane Berschbach and Walters. “My line mates made a good play on the floor check,” Balisy said. “I put the rebound in, but it was a great play by my line mates.” WMU took the lead at the 10:18 mark of the second period with Roehl’s goal. Assists on the play came from junior defenseman Luke Witkowski and sophomore defenseman Danny DeKeyser. “The puck kicked out to Witkowski on the point,” Roehl said. “He was able to get a good angle and get it through, I went to the net with my stick on the ice, and it popped off the post right off of my stick.”

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Men’s basketball shows strong start By Bryan Paas Staff Reporter The Broncos finish off the exhibition at University Arena with a 78-63 victory over the Northwood University Timberwolves. WMU’s 15 point win was headed by starting point guard Mike Douglas who finished the game with a game high of 17 points, five rebounds, and two assists. On the boards the Broncos held the competitive edge out rebounding the Timberwolves 42-27. The team also got its Katrina Murphy/Western Herald first look at some real game time adversity. Matt Stainbrook looks to take on Andrew VanDiernDorck of Northwood University. Unlike the previous game against Kgetting down early in the end the first half with the half, WMU had the game College, Northwood man- game, Northwood was able Broncos leading by 16 and a on cruise control coasting to aged to stay competitive to pull within six points score of 39-23. another win. Four Broncos the whole game. Despite before a 14-2 run would Going into the second would end up with double

digits in scoring, including Freshmen Hayden Hoerdeman who finished the game with 11 points on 3-5 shooting including going 3-4 from beyond the arc. Although Hawkins did not use his full line up in the game, he still managed to get in 13 of the 15 players on the roster including two freshmen who combined for 15 of WMU’s 78 points, as well as going 4-6 beyond the arc. Through their first two exhibition games this season WMU has given up an average of 60 points per game while averaging 85. Although their exhibition season showed promise with such stellar performances, WMU’s first real test will be this Saturday when they face South Dakota State at SDSU. The Broncos will face off against SDSU Saturday at 2 p.m. at Frost Arena. The game can be heard live on the Bronco Radio Network.

Tenth straight win WMU’s season ends By Katie Krausman Staff Reporter

This past weekend was a big one for the Western Michigan University Women’s Volleyball team. The girls played Ball State on Friday night, and Toledo on Saturday. Going into this weekend the girls were on an eight-match win streak, and planned on keeping the streak going. After the win on Friday night, the girls continued on to beat Toledo on Saturday as well, bringing the win streak to 10 matches. The game against Toledo was a 3-2 victory for the Broncos with scores of (25-19, 26-28, 24-26, 25-23, 15-8). There were five sets played, and the two teams ended up having some close points by the end of the match. WMU totaled 78 points, and Toledo, only off by one, totaled 77. WMU also managed 10 team blocks, as opposed to Toledo’s six. What is even more impressing is that the WMU volleyball team has currently been consistent in successfully averaging 19.29 digs per set this season.

After this weekend’s wins, the Broncos are now 12-2 in the MAC division, and hold a strong 23-5 season record. The girls only have two more games this season before the MAC tournament, and one of which is home, next Thursday, Nov. 10th against Northern Illinois.

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Terin Norris looks to set Ashley Turnage for a potential kill.

Women’s soccer falls to Toledo By Tyler Pease Staff Reporter Western Michigan University fell to Toledo, 1-0 in the MAC Championship game, ending their season, and their recent winning streak, at 7 games. WMU ended the season with a 14-8-0 mark, while Toledo raises their record to 14-6-2. The first half of the game was relatively close as far as shots were concerned, with a 5-3 edge favoring Toledo, who was playing on their home turf. Both teams got one shot on net, but the half ended without any scoring. The second half was controlled by Toledo, who mustered nine shots and allowed only one for the Broncos. While the shot for WMU did not find the net, Toledo got five shots on net. In the 69th minute, Toledo had a corner kick from Danielle Case that was deflected by Rio James and put past the Bronco goalkeeper Michelle Watson by Rachel

MacLeod, scoring her 11th of the season for Toledo. After the goal, Toledo’s defense hung on to make the goal stand up and Toledo ended the game as MAC conference champions. In the game, Toledo out shot the Broncos, 14-4 and had seven corner kicks, 6 of them in the second half, to one for the Broncos. Meanwhile, WMU was assessed two yellow cards, both in the second half. Michelle Watson ended the game with 5 saves, while Toledo’s Vicki Traven stopped the only shot she faced. For the Broncos, Michelle Watson, Anina Cicerone, and Caitlin Henderson were all named to the MAC All-Tournament team, Cicerone for the second straight season. This season, the Broncos tied the program record for most wins in a season, with 14. They also set records for shutouts in a season, with 12, and Stephanie Skowneski broke the record for goals in a career, finishing her career with 25.

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Behind the athlete: Showneski By Tyler Pease Staff Reporter The life of a student athlete isn’t always about the glamour. In fact, many times it is all grind. This is never more true for Stephanie Skowneski than during the season. “During the season, my life can be a little boring. A lot of days, it’s just classes, practice, and homework.” The grind has the potential to be boring, but that boredom is broken when Skowneski steps onto the field as a forward on the soccer team. “I like all the scoring opportunities and being in the thick of the action,” she says about playing forward. As a senior, Skowneski has seen all kinds of action in her years as a Bronco. Her 25 career goals are a school record, eight of them coming this year. The last two came in the final regular season of her career against Northern Illinois. “I knew I

had a chance to break it at the start of the season, but I didn’t really start thinking about it until we started the MAC season.” Of course, the thoughts are never more prevalent than when the event actually happens, “I really started thinking about it after the Kent (State) game, when I tied it,” she explained. While she admitted that it occasionally got into her head during the games, she didn’t let it impact her play, “I just tried to stay focused and play my game,” she said. After her soccer career concludes, Skowneski wants to pursue a career in teaching. “I’ve known for a while that I wanted to be a teacher,” she said, “I think I want to teach either Kindergarten, or first grade.” The conviction she had to be a teacher is one of the driving factors that led her to pick WMU over the other offers she had. “Western and Grand Valley were my final two, I had offers from Central and Eastern as

well though,” she recalled, “When I visited here, I felt like this was the best fit for me, I really liked the girls on the team and I knew

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Stephanie Skowneski Western had a good education program.” Despite how much she likes the campus, her favorite place to do her work and to spend her time is at home. “Its just where I feel most comfortable,” she explained. That comfort level might explain Skowneski’s love of sleep, “I sleep pretty much for as long as I can... If I don’t have class I might sleep until 11.” After she’s well rested is when Skowneski gets to pursue her other passions.

One of those is volunteering at the animal shelter. “I love dogs, so whenever I’m at the shelter volunteering, my favorite thing to do is play with the dogs they have.” While soccer is her sport of choice, Skowneski was a multi-sport athlete in high school, “I always liked volleyball, I played in high school, but I was never really tall enough for it.” There are also sports that she never got to try, “I think field hockey and lacrosse look fun, but my high school didn’t have those, so I never got to try them.” Life gets busy sometimes, for her, and likely many of her teammates, the season is a busy time with a heavy workload. For Skowneski though, being on the team is her favorite part of college. “I love being on this team. I’ve made all sorts of friends, lots of great memories on the field... It’s something I’m going to remember for the rest of my life.”

Football seeks MAC standings By Chris Willis Staff Reporter The Western Michigan University football team will return to action after a ten day layoff this Tuesday night, as they travel to Ohio for a nationally televised Election Night showdown at the Mid-American Conference West Division-leading University of Toledo Rockets. The game has huge MAC West Championship implications. If the Broncos (5-4, 3-2 MAC) can beat the Rockets (5-4, 4-1 MAC) at the Glass Bowl Tuesday night, WMU




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will move into a four way tie for second place in the MAC West standings, and essentially be in second place with tie-breakers. And who knows, if the Northern Illinois University Huskies can find a way to lose to the hosting Bowling Green State University Falcons, there would be a fiveway tie for first place in the MAC West. Parity at its best. “I think our reputation in the MAC is that they’re always fun games to watch,” said WMU head coach Bill Cubit. “You want to play well on national TV and I know our kids are excited about it.” This is the fifth time this season that the Broncos will travel to face a team that played in a 2010 bowl game. WMU trails the all-time series with Toledo, 28-37-0, including a 11-19 road mark against the Rockets. The Brown and Gold have won four of the last five games in the series. This game will be an offensive explosion. Between Toledo’s 63-60 loss last week against NIU, and WMU combining for 1165 yards with the Ball State University Cardinals last week, a high scoring game is a safe assumption. Twice this season, the trio of WMU’s senior receivers have put up 100-yards receiving in the same game, which is the only time this feat has been accomplished in school history.

WMU quarterback Alex Carder has had three 400-yard passing games in his career as the Bronco starter, and with one more will tie Tim Lester for most in school history. Last week, Jordan White was named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season after his recerd breaking performance, and now needs only 161 yards to surpass Steve Neal’s 3,599 alltime WMU mark. Last season, Carder passed for over 400 yards in his MAC debut and White had 13 catches for 170 yards, so all of these things could easily happen in front of the entire nation on Election Night. White leads the nation in receptions with 95, and is just 25 yards behind in yards, this without the NCAA including the statistics from the weather shortened Michigan game the first week of the season. “Last week our kids really played fast,” Cubit said. “Especially our wide-outs. But Toledo is pretty good, they’ve got nine seniors starting on defense.” Johnnie Simon was also named MAC West Defensive POTW for his 10 tackles and interception performance last week at Waldo. The defense gave up 555 yards last week to BGSU, and needs to fix some things to slow down the two-headed quarterbback offense of the Rockets.

“Football is obviously a full team game,” said WMU senior linebacker Mitch Zajac. “Defense or offense or special teams can’t just win a game for you. You need everybody to show up. It seems that in games we weren’t able to play well the offense has came through, and times when they haven’t been firing on all cylinders, we’ve stepped up.” With a win, Coach Cubit would tie Gary Darnell for sixth place in all-time wins as WMU’s head coach. Last season the Rockets came into Waldo and beat the Broncos, 37-24, on a rainy night in Kalamazoo. In that game, Alex Carder was sacked 7 times and accounted for six turnovers in his first start in a MAC game as the starting quarterback. “There’s not a team that’s gonna beat us unless we let them,” Zajac said. “Having a couple days off has been refreshing, but it’s gonna be a great week. It’s gonna be interesting.” The game will air nationally on ESPNU at 8 p.m. EST. Toledo is 0-6 on ESPNU. “Before when you got on national TV it was very rare,” Cubit said. “It gives some of the kids’ parents and friends a chance to see them on TV, and I think they’re gonna be pretty excited, but the biggest thing is we’re playing Toledo.”

Junior center A.J. Treais laid the final nail in the coffin at the 15:12 mark with an assist U of M answered near from Lynch. Lynch scored the end of the second peri- an empty net goal with 59 od, getting a power play goal seconds remaining with asfrom Guptill at the 15:42 sists from freshman defenmark off of assists from Pa- seman Mike Chiasson and teryn and junior left wing Hunwick. Lindsay Sparks. After being outshot by Despite being outshot by more than 10 shots on Frithe Broncos 11-8, the Wol- day, the Broncos forced 32 verines virtually owned the shots on goal and held the third period. Wolverines to just 21. Sophomore defenseman “It’s disappointing for Mac Bennett drilled a slap us,” WMU head coach Andy shot during a power play at Murray said. “Last night the 3:33 mark with assists we didn’t play as well as we from Sparks and Pateryn. thought we should have. Tonight o u r g a m e was actually b e t t e r, but the bottom line is it w a s n’ t g o o d Katrina Murphy / Western Herald enough. Junior goalkeeper Nick Pisellini (33) warms I think up before WMU’s game vs. NMU, on Oct. 28. the days

of Western Michigan coming here and being happy with a split are gone.” The Broncos committed some costly penalties that the Wolverines made them pay for. WMU had five penalties and U of M scored goals on two of those five power plays. The Broncos were 0-of-2 on the man-advantage, with only two shot attempts. “I think we had a few key mistakes,” Murray said. “Our penalty kill has been very good for us, but we gave up a few power play goals that we would have liked to have back. We took a couple penalties that we’d like to avoid. They got to practice their power play a little bit more than we did tonight.” The Broncos (6-1-3, 4-11-1 CCHA) return to Lawson Ice Arena this Friday and Saturday to face their third straight instate opponent in the Spartans of Michigan State University. The pucks are scheduled to drop at 7:05 p.m.


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Veterans Day tribute concert to be held at Kalamazoo College campus By Kyle Stevens Staff Reporter For Veterans Day this year, the Kalamazoo College Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Thomas Evans, will present this year’s fall concert as a tribute to all the men and women of the armed forces. The concert will be held on Nov. 11 in the Dalton Theatre on the campus of Kalamazoo College at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Evans, who has spent 17 years as the director of the band, said he has never had a concert fall directly on Veterans Day. He saw a unique opportunity to do something special this year. “Since the concert falls right on Veterans Day, I thought it would be nice to hold a Veterans Day concert. I tried to not choose overly cliche pieces and there are a lot of very appropriate pieces that go beyond what we typically

hear on Veterans Day,” said Evans. The band, which according to the concert’s official press release, contains collaborators from the Western Michigan University School of Music as well as members of the Kalamazoo community. The concert will have the nation’s colors presented by members of the Comstock VFW. Evans’ goal while programming this concert was to pay tribute to those who have served in the armed

forces. “I was trying to convey a sense of respect and honor. I had two uncles who fought in World War II. One even lost a leg in the Battle of the Bulge. I just have a deep respect for those who serve their country and especially those who make the ultimate sacrifice with their life. I just wanted to pay tribute to the men and women who serve and have served this country,” Evan said. Evans also notes that

he extends his definition of “veteran” a little further than normal. “Part of the music I’ve selected is also a tribute to those who died on 9/11 since we are remembering the 10th anniversary of that day. Though they’re not typically remembered as veterans because they didn’t volunteer for it, they are in a way because they were on the front lines of an attack on American soil,” Evan ssaid. “The arrangement of the Star Spangled

Banner we will be doing on this concert is presented as a hymn and was arranged after 9/11 in memory of those lost.” Evans said the program includes works by Carl Strommen, Travis J. Weller, John Williams (of Star Wars and Indiana Jones fame) and more.

Family sees fourth generation WMU graduate By Catie Dymond Staff Reporter Over the past four generations, Douglas Thomas and his family have been linked with Western Michigan University’s history and have watched the campus grow. Their relationship with Western dates back to the university’s beginnings. “In 1903, Western began as a college and this was the same year my mother was born. During this time the college was known as Western State Teaching College and didn’t actually become a university until 1957,” said Thomas, an alumnus of WMU. “As a student at school, Paul V. Sangren was the

President. I would see him walking around campus a lot. Many people respected him and believed he truly was responsible for many developments within the university,” Thomas said. Sangren was the second president and served from 1936-1960. Sangren Hall was dedicated in his name in 1964 in honor of his 24 years of service. He is one of two presidents to live in the Oaklands. Sangren Hall is currently being rebuilt for education and art classes. Nine members of the Thomas family are graduates of WMU. When all of their individual schooling years are combined, it totals over 90 years of education at WMU. Of these nine people,

eight have taught at a school at some point in their lives. The first generation started with Douglas’ parents. His mother, Uceba Daniels (maiden name Thomas) graduated in 1922 and his father Bernard Thomas graduated in 1924. Bernard taught Tigers baseball player Charlie Maxwell at Paw Paw High School after attending WMU. “Over on East Campus, my father, Bernard Thomas, used to charge freshman students a nickel every time they wanted to ride the electric lift up and down the hill. They had no idea they could use it for free,” Thomas said. The second generation was Douglas Thomas and his two brothers. Douglas

Thomas graduated in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in retail sales and business. Lowell Thomas graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1961 and a master’s degree in 1964. His brother Bruce Thomas received his bachelor’s degree in 1967 and Master’s in 1969. Douglas Thomas was one of the first to move into the North Valley Housing, now commonly referred to as the Valleys. While living there he paid $60 per month for all costs including electricity, meals, heating, etc. “During my honeymoon in ’59, we took a trip to see the Western vs. Central football game and had a great time,” Thomas said. Thomas enjoyed sup-

porting WMU sports such as basketball and baseball. While living in the dorms at Ellsworth Hall, Thomas and friends would order pizza, drink a 6-pack of beer, and play cards for entertainment. The Wayside Bar and Knollwood Tavern were popular college hangouts at the time. Wayside is still around today. Knollwood was torn down in the late 1990s. After graduation, Thomas taught at Delta Community College for six months, and then decided to pursue retail. Life insurance sales has been his career field choice ever since. Thomas and his wife started a Western Michigan Alumni club in Flint, Mich., and were in charge for about

10 to 15 years. They are now retired and have been living in Grand Blanc, Mich. for the past 45 years. The third generation includes his daughter Tameara Zebolsky, class of 1990, and her husband Mike Zebolsky, class of 1989. The fourth generation is Douglas’ granddaughter Rebecca Thomas who is currently a junior and will graduate in the spring of 2012. “We have two grandchildren... five-month-old Justin and Addison Elizabeth. They may also be a part of Western’s history someday,” Thomas said.

Lights on Afterschool in Kalamazoo program By Alyssa Trager Staff Reporter Ten elementary, middle and high schools from around Kalamazoo participated in the Lights On Afterschool program in October. It is a national outreach initiative working hard to ensure that all students have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. This is Kalamazoo’s second year participating in the event. Every year, close to 7,500 students participate in the program across the nation. The Lights On Afterschool program happens nationally on Oct. 20, most schools participate during the entire month of October. “It aims to help students achieve in school and prepare in life. We are here to make sure they get better grades, help them succeed and get them thinking about a college education,” said Melissa Holman, integrated

student services coordinator at Communities in Schools. This year, students in Kalamazoo chose 10 very individual projects ranging from making light bulb art by coloring or creating their own light bulb and then writing sentences on the importance of afterschool programs and sending them off to a government official, to collecting 50 community member signatures per student for the After School for the Nation petition. Loy Norrix High School and Washington Writer’s Academy both worked on the same project idea but at different multimedia levels by producing a commercial. They were given statistics, did their own research and produced their own commercial for the afterschool event. Lights On Afterschool in Kalamazoo is working hard to get recognition for the afterschool programs.

“We even contacted the mayor’s office,” Holman said. “We want to raise awareness on afterschool events.” Every day for an hour after school in the Kalamazoo schools that participate, students who are enrolled in the program have access to tutors and receive homework help from tutors who also include students from K College, KVCC, and WMU. Lesson plans are also laid out so that the after school students can engage in some type of activity that they are interested in. “I love being involved and seeing the variety and the relationships with students at every level. It is very rewarding,” Holman said. According to the official website afterschoolalliance. org, more than 15 million school-age children are on their own after school hours and of that 15 million only 8.5 million are enrolled in afterschool programs.

WMU etiquette dinner By Jake Adams Staff Reporter The ability to surround yourself with the things you appreciate may be the direct result of just one meal. Similarly, the absence of these things could also result from the same meal. “Employers like to sit down and eat with potential clients,” said Andrew Hazelton, a senior at Western Michigan University studying sociology. “They either find it efficient… getting a meal in while doing business, or they’re looking for something. So you gotta look good!” On Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Career and Student Employment Services will be hosting the 14th annual Etiquette Dinner. Students can register to participate in the event. According to CSES there

will be a presentation on proper dining etiquette that will be followed by a dinner. CSES also indicated the meal will consist of a soup, salad, an entrée, and finally, the always-anticipated dessert. The guest list includes recruiters from several companies and organizations representing multiple career paths according to the event’s description that can be found on CSES’s web page. There are 120 spots open for guests according to Amber Walker, the event coordinator, and roughly 90 people have already registered. Registration requires a $5 refundable fee by Nov. 11, Walker said. She urged the importance of registering as soon as possible if at all interested. “There will be a waiting list,” indicated Walker, addressing the seemingly quite

possible situation where there will be more applicants than openings; ironically, this is a common situation also found in today’s job market. The exact menu is yet to be finalized, and the amount of organizations sending recruiters is also not set in stone as they are accumulating, according to Walker. Formal business attire is required as it is an official networking opportunity according to CSES, and you do not want to stick out for any reason other than looking the best. “I went to the dinner my freshman year,” said Hazelton. “I would strongly recommend going to this event for anyone who’s looking to have a job one day; otherwise, it’s no big deal.”

Here in Michigan, 31 percent or 562,486 students in grades K-12 are responsible for taking care of themselves after school, according to the website. Thirty-five per-

cent of all students not currently enrolled in afterschool programs would be likely to participate if programs were available in their community.

WMU students interested in being involved with this initiative can contact Melissa Holman at Communities in Schools:

WRITING OUR WAY HOME: USING POETRY & PROSE TO MAP THE ROOTS OF PAIN & ENVISION ROUTES TO TRANSFORMATION Wednesday Nov 9th & Thursday Nov 10th 5:30 pm Wesley Foundation This workshop will offer a supportive, confidential space in which participants can reflect on their own experiences of trauma and oppression and on the power of narratives in creating change.


Monday, November 7, 2011


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GET A SHOT ON-SITE AT THE EXPO $18 for students. We will bill your insurance.

Wednesday, November 9 Student Recreation Center indoor tennis courts

This on-site clinic is open to all WMU students, faculty, staff, and retirees. Walk-in immunizations are also available at Sindecuse Health Center. See for cost & hours.

10 a.m.โ€“3 p.m.

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