Articles written by: Annie Harrison

Annie is a staff reporter at Central Michigan Life.

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Graduate Student Union says it’s introduced all bargaining issues to CMU

Graduate Student Union President Michelle Campbell said all bargaining issues are now on the table. Campbell said the GSU introduced language on health care in bargaining on Monday. The GSU began bargaining Feb. 15 on the smaller issues of its […]
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Graduate student union in the middle of bargaining process

The Graduate Student Union has put almost all of its bargaining proposals on the table, and the university has responded to most of them. Graduate Student Union President Michelle Campbell said via email Monday the GSU has not yet presented an […]
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New course hopes to educate on clean water issue

Sam Strahl said she is so passionate about water she decided to major in it. The sophomore from Sault Ste. Marie is majoring in geology with a concentration in hydrogeology, because she wants to increase awareness of water issues. “It’s […]
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Graduate Assistant Sean Suttons smiles in his office filled with props for his spanish classes Monday afternoon in Pearce Hall. (Charlotte Bodak/Staff Photographer)

Spanish graduate assistant Sean Sutton channels Señora

Teaching SPN 101: Elementary Spanish I takes Sean Sutton back to when he first learned the language in high school. Sutton teaches two sections of SPN 101 four days a week, and most of the 50 students he teaches are […]
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Math graduate assistant: ‘Don’t care more about your students’ grades than they do’

Math graduate assistant: ‘Don’t care more about your students’ grades than they do’

Teaching MTH 105: Intermediate Algebra taught Shawn Witte that student apathy is higher than he realized. “It’s math, and nobody wants to be there,” the Grand Rapids native said of his first year as a math graduate assistant. Witte said […]
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CMU union leaders support Ferris State faculty in dispute with university

Union leaders at Central Michigan University support Ferris State University’s Faculty Association after the union filed an unfair labor practice charge alleging FSU’s Board of Trustees violated state labor when it did not pass its contract offer. According to an […]
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Hastings graduate assistant Carmen Burlingame poses for a photo Tuesday afternoon in her office in Anspach. Burlingame is the first political science student at CMU to be in the accelerated masters program. (Charlotte Bodak/Staff Photographer)

All work, little play: Political science graduate assistant calls job ‘my internship for when I grow up’

Carmen Burlingame sits at a table in the women’s studies office in Anspach Hall surrounded by papers, books and caffeine. “I don’t sleep,” the political science graduate assistant said, gesturing to two bottles of 5-hour Energy and a liter of […]
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Bargaining underway between CMU and Graduate Student Union, members ‘disappointed’ with university’s stance

The Graduate Student Union began bargaining Feb. 15 on the smaller issues of its platform. GSU President Michelle Campbell said Sunday the GSU is bargaining on a specific schedule, and they have started with some of the smaller, more detailed issues […]
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Nepal native and graduate assistant Pratik Chhetri sits talking in the Bovee UC Monday afternoon about his academic life at CMU and adjusting from an undergrad to graduate student and the classes he now teaches. (Chuck Miller/Staff Photographer)

Graduate assistant Pratik Chhetri wants to ‘make the world a better place’ with research about chemotherapy

Editor’s note: This is the first story in a series about graduate assistants.  Pratik Chhetri believes health is a human right. A masters of science candidate in the chemistry department, Chhetri said although it may sound like cliché, he wants […]
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CMU’s graduate student union reveals platform, hopes to begin bargaining for new contract in March

The goal of the Graduate Student Union’s bargaining platform is to improve basic protections and human rights for graduate assistants, GSU President Michelle Campbell said. Central Michigan University’s GSU was recognized in 2009, and the three-year contract from 2010-13 expires […]
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Study: CMU average student debt at $29,388, third highest rate in the MAC

Central Michigan University had the third-highest average debt of graduates in 2011 compared to other universities in the Mid-American Conference, according to website projectonstudentdebt.org. CMU graduates in 2011 had an average debt of $29,388, while 73 percent of all graduates […]
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CMU ranked fifth safest campus in Michigan, up from seventh in 2011

Central Michigan University was ranked the fifth safest campus in Michigan by StateUniversity.com, thanks to improved case closure and fewer reported crimes last year. The schools are ranked by the amount of reported campus crimes per 1,000 students. The scale factors […]


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