Articles written by: Eric Dresden

Eric Dresden is an alumnus and former editor-in-chief, managing, student life and university editor, as well as staff and senior reporter, at Central Michigan Life.

Board of Trustees / Top Stories / University

Shared Governance Committee shares, outlines desired future between administration and campus

Jim Hageman and Jim McDonald hope the Shared Governance Committee can share their full report with the campus in February after giving an update to the Board of Trustees Thursday. The committee, which focuses on how the administration and other […]
Board of Trustees / Top Stories / University

Trustees say no to allowing CMU’s graduate student union to begin bargaining over holiday break

More than two weeks after emailing the CMU Board of Trustees, Graduate Student Union President Michelle Campbell found herself in front of them Thursday asking why they didn’t respond to her. Campbell said the union, whose contract expires on June […]
Board of Trustees / Top Stories
University President George Ross listens in during the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday morning in the President's Conference Room in the Bovee University Center. A review assessing Ross' performance over the past few years was presented at the meeting expressing concerns about the president's leadership, particularly from the leadership of the Academic Senate and the Faculty Association. (Chuck Miller/Staff Photographer)

Board of Trustees gives University President George Ross full support in job review

George Ross has a favorable view from the Board of Trustees following an assessment of his job on Thursday. “President Ross enjoys the support of CMU’s diverse stakeholders, both on and off campus,” read the report submitted by Trustees Brian […]
Administration / Top Stories
President George Ross gives the president's report during the Academic Senate on on Nov. 13 in Pearce Hall. (Zack Wittman//Staff Photographer)

Faculty survey shows substantial unhappiness with University President George Ross

There is a continued dissatisfaction from faculty about the job performance of University President George Ross following the tumultuous 2011-12 academic year. According to documents obtained by Central Michigan Life, votes tallied by the Faculty Association for Ross’ comprehensive review by the […]
Football / Top Stories / Track & Field / University
Dave Heeke

CMU athletics aware of Saturday night altercation involving ‘multiple’ student-athletes

Athletics department officials confirmed a Saturday night altercation between several CMU student-athletes. Athletics Director Dave Heeke confirmed a dispute after being asked about a dispute involving multiple members of the CMU football and track and field teams during a meeting […]
Top Stories / University
(Victoria Zegler/Photo Editor)

William Lord Merrill jailed, held on $500,000 bond for child porn charges

After staying more than a week at the psychiatric ward at MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot, former CMU professor William Lord Merrill was arraigned in Isabella County Trial Court after turning himself into CMU Police Tuesday morning. Isabella County Judge William Rush ordered […]
Top Stories / University
Interim Associate Vice President of Communications Sherry Knight, left, and CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley, right, address the media in regards to the suspension of CMU Professor William Merrill on Thursday evening in the Bovee University Center Lakeshore Room.  Merrill, 58, of Mount Pleasant was charged with four counts of child pornography and one count of possessing a switch blade. (Victoria Zegler/Photo Editor)

CMU professor William Lord Merrill suspended, charged with four counts related to child pornography

A Central Michigan University professor was charged Thursday with four counts relating to child pornography, four days after he was suspended by the university. William Lord Merrill, 58 of Mount Pleasant, was charged in Isabella County Trial Court Thursday with […]
Columns

COLUMN: Academic calendar the wrong move for students

There’s considerable irony in the fact that the Academic Senate, Faculty Association and administration are pushing a new academic calendar. The calendar, which would eliminate one week of school, would allow CMU to start classes after Labor Day. After a […]
Budget / Top Stories

MPSERS costs will soon be added to unrestricted net assets

The amount of money recorded as unrestricted net assets, recently retooled as “total net position” in the accounting world, might look a little different come 2014. Following the 2014 fiscal year, Central Michigan University will begin to allocate at least […]
Columns

COLUMN: Keep on staying classy, CMU

After Saturday, I’m embarrassed. Not as a football fan. Not that we still call Dan Enos head football coach. (Come on, really?) No, I’m embarrassed as a student. Congrats, CMU students, you managed to prove why Michigan State and the […]
Columns
COLUMN: The fall could bring serious change at CMU

COLUMN: The fall could bring serious change at CMU

Anyone who spent more than a few hours on the campus of Central Michigan University during the 2011-12 academic year could tell things weren’t going well. From a faculty strike, a $10 million lie, lack of transparency about the College […]
Metro / Top Stories
A severe storm passes over South Oak Street at 6:25 p.m. Monday in Mount Pleasant. A tornado warning was issued for the area and a watch remains in effect until 11 p.m. (Jeff Smith/Staff Photographer)

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Tornado watch, warning canceled for Isabella County storm

The National Weather Service declared tornado canceled watches and warnings Monday in Isabella County for a storm that produced no reported funnel clouds or damage. The watch, which was announced at 4:25 p.m. and set to extend until 11 p.m. […]


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