Articles written by: Ben Harris

Ben Harris is a staff reporter at Central Michigan Life.

Student Life

CMU nominates four candidates for national Fulbright scholar program

This year’s pool of potential Fulbright fellowship nominees are talented and diverse. The fact that there are enough nominees to even be considered a pool is a marked improvement for Central Michigan University’s National Scholarship Program, which is young and […]
Student Life
Senior Cody Stauber sits in his room while dressed as the Johnny Depp character Captain Jack Sparrow Friday afternoon. Stauber created a Youtube video of himself impersonating the Pirates of the Caribbean character in hopes to land a role in the next movie. (Andrew Kuhn/Staff Photographer)

Senior Cody Stauber impersonates Jack Sparrow, hopes to land role in next ‘Pirates’ movie

The door swings open, he stumbles in headfirst, pauses for a moment to regain his balance and takes a gulp of apple cider from an old Moscato bottle. He turns around and, as if surprised to see the camera, wobbles […]
Columns / VIBE

ADVICE: How to ask someone out

Asking someone out is akin to playing a musical instrument: both are arts, everyone has a different style and not very many people ever perfect it. The similarities between the two are surprising. A musical performance will play out one […]
Columns / VIBE

COLUMN: What is patriotism?

When I first set out to write this piece, I started thinking about and researching specific national stereotypes in order to dissect and perhaps even debunk them. American stereotypes were the focus. I wanted to know what the world thought […]
Featured / Student Life
Clinton Township senior Stephanie Jaczkowski was awarded the Fullbright fellowship, a grant which offers students the opportunity to teach and conduct research for U.S. citizens to go abroad on Friday, March 30, 2012.  "I opened the e-mail at one in the morning after a long day of work," Jaczkowski said.   "I called my parents right that moment, e-mailed my professors too; there was a lot of screaming taking place."  Jaczkowski plans to teach english over a ten month period to students attending the University of Gdańsk in Gdańsk, Poland. (Victoria Zegler/Staff Photographer)

CMU senior Stephanie Jaczkowski wins Fulbright fellowship in Poland

The first thing Stephanie Jaczkowski said she will do when she gets to Poland is buy a lamb kebab. The Clinton Township senior has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship in Poland to work at the University of Gdansk for about nine […]
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Students from Honors design class help renovate public library

The village of Shepherd is creating a new public library with the help of some Central Michigan University students. HON 321G: Design for Good is a special topic Honors class taught by Sue Bowlby, an adjunct instructor of interior design. […]
Student Life

Professional sales fraternity competes at nationals, will host regional competition in fall

Pi Sigma Epsilon has been taking competitions by storm ever since its inception less than three years ago. Starting with nine members in fall 2009, the Central Michigan University chapter has been winning regional competitions ever since its first year. […]
Columns
Ben Harris/Staff Reporter

COLUMN: Crime and punishment: Strip search style

Last Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in a narrow decision that someone arrested for any offense can be strip searched for any reason. The cops do not need a reason to assume the arrested individual has something he or she should […]
Student Life / VIBE

CMU alumnus and best friend write time travel book together

Authoring a book is not what one thinks of as a typical best friend activity. Yet that’s what Central Michigan University graduate Phil Hornshaw and Michigan State University graduate Nick Hurwitch did. Their book, “So You Created a Wormhole: The […]
Student Life
Perry senior Courtney Kalmbach recieved the Nature in the Woods fellowship from the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings, MI. Kalmbach will spend the summer writing eco-poetry with english professor Rob Fanning as her mentor. (Tanya Moutzalias/Staff Photographer)

Student awarded fellowship at nature institute

A Central Michigan University creative writing student has been awarded an opportunity to spend the summer doing what she loves. The Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings has awarded Perry senior Courtney Kalmbach the Nature in Words Fellowship for her […]
Columns
Ben Harris/Staff Reporter

COLUMN: Interest rates on student loans not high enough

For anyone unaware, the interest rate on student loans will be doubling to 6.8 percent starting July 1. This means, in spite of tuition rising faster than the price of an elephant tusk soaked in gasoline, it will be even […]
Columns
Ben Harris/Staff Reporter

POINT: Technology in classrooms has wasted potential

One of my roommate’s professors said technology like texting should be allowed in classrooms because it allows students to communicate with each other about material. This is only half true. If my high school teachers had let me have my […]


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