Articles written by: Justin Hicks

Justin is an alumnus of Central Michigan Life. He held positions of editor-in-chief (spring 2014), sports editor (fall 2012) and senior reporter during his eight semesters at CMU. Follow him on Twitter @justinphicks


Varying GPAs dependent on roster size, coach turnover

Editor’s note: This is the third story in a series about student-athletes’ academics at Central Michigan University. This story compares and contrasts GPAs among athletic teams at CMU.  It’s no secret that academic performances and graduation rates vary across the 14 […]

ADVICE COLUMN: Stop wishing, start doing

The first time I wrote a dating advice column, I advised college students to be single and enjoy the freedom in a time of personal growth. I claimed you owe it to yourself to live and explore life unshackled before […]
Top Stories / University

Several CMU athletic programs rank low in MAC standings for academic progress rate

Editor’s note: This is the second story in a series about student-athletes’ academics at Central Michigan University. This comparison takes a look at the most recent academic progress rate on a four-year average, concluding with the 2010-11 academic year. All […]
Sports / Top Stories / University

CMU ranks ninth in MAC in student-athlete graduation success rate

Editor’s note: This story is part of a series about student-athletes’ academics at Central Michigan University. This comparison focuses on the most recent graduation success rate of a four-year cohort from 2002-05, each with a six-year window, concluding with the […]
Top Stories / University
Panelists share views on shared governance during open forum

Panelists share views on shared governance during open forum

A six-person panel shared insights and reflections on the Shared Governance and Communications Committee’s “moving forward together” concept during an open forum Friday in the Bovee University Center. University President George Ross was one of 33 people who gathered to […]

CMU endowment fund improves following poor 2011 calendar year

Central Michigan University’s endowment fund finished the 2012 calendar year at $81,590,000 after an increase of 14 percent since 2011. The increase comes after a large drop in 2008 and again in 2011, which Vice President of Finance and Administrative […]

CMU’s endowment fund ranks ninth in MAC following 2012 fiscal year

Editors note: This story has been adjusted by the author to correct an inaccuracy. Central Michigan University’s endowment fund is ranked ninth in the Mid-American Conference following the end of the 2012 fiscal year, according to the NACUBO-Commonfund Study of […]

Former CMU student dead of apparent alcohol overdose in Panama City

Former Central Michigan University student Kyle Lamb, 20, died early Thursday morning of an apparent alcohol overdose while on spring break in Panama City. Panama City Beach police found Lamb unresponsive when they were called to Raccoon River Campground around […]
Student Life / Top Stories / University

CMU senior Chris Harris remembered for his optimism after losing fight with cancer

Even while fighting brain cancer, Central Michigan University senior Chris Harris, 22, made the most of his time. Mount Pleasant senior Jim Pococke said Harris had a positive outlook on life and was destined to make others smile. “Chris lived […]

CMU’s vice president for enrollment: Spring decline ‘relative’ to last year

Retention rates between the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters at Central Michigan University are consistent with recent years, despite a continued decline in enrollment. Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services Steven Johnson said the spring enrollment figures released […]

Michigan ranks fourth in charter school strength

The Center for Education Reform ranks Michigan fourth among the 43 states with charter schools for strength of charter school laws in 2013. Key factors in the CER report include number of schools, number of independent authorizers, waivers and legal autonomy, full funding […]
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Spring 2013 freshman enrollment falls 15 percent; overall CMU on-campus enrollment declines 3.6 percent

Undergraduate on-campus enrollment continues to decline at Central Michigan University, despite continued efforts to attract students from a shrinking pool of high school students. According to spring on-campus enrollment numbers obtained Tuesday by Central Michigan Life, freshman enrollment declined 15 […]

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