Articles written by: Justin Hicks

Justin is editor-in-chief for Central Michigan Life. He is in his eighth semester working for the student newspaper and his final year at Central Michigan University. Follow him on Twitter @justinphicks


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 […]
Top Stories / University

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 […]
Top Stories / University

Midland consulting group to launch second campus newspaper at CMU

A Midland-based consulting group will announce plans today to launch a second newspaper on campus as soon as next fall. Michael Westendorf, CEO of Sterling, Hoffman & Co., said Sunday Central Michigan Tribune will begin circulation as a free weekly […]
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Toledo resident Rich Goss stands by his car outside of Moore Hall as he tries to jump it Thursday evening in the midst of a blizzard expected to bring six to twelve inches of snow to Mount Pleasant overnight. Goss's car had been sitting in the parking lot overnight and was finally able to get someone to come and jump it, right as the snow begins to fall, "It's pretty awful," said Goss. (Chuck Miller/Staff Photographer)

Winter Storm Nemo could cause issues for CMU

The effects of Winter Storm Nemo are expected to be felt across central Michigan and the entire region, potentially causing problems for Central Michigan University students and faculty. Isabella County is one of 35 counties in Michigan under a winter […]

Shared governance to open doors for communication series beginning Thursday

“Moving forward together” is the theme for the upcoming shared governance event series. The Shared Governance and Communications Committee has invited nationally renowned shared governance experts Adrianna Kezar, associate director at the Pullias Center for Higher Education, and Terrence MacTaggart, […]

Michigan charter school laws rank 15th in nation, drop from 10th place last year

Michigan charter school laws rank 15th in the nation, according to a recent study by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. The criteria used for the study includes whether state law caps the growth of charter schools, whether multiple authorizers […]

Board survey planned by Mid-Michigan Area Health Education Center

Completing a regional survey and creating an advisory board are the future initiatives for the Mid-Michigan Area Health Education Center at Central Michigan University. Executive Director Lisa Hadden leads the program, which was created in 2010 by a federal grant […]

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