Articles written by: Orrin Shawl

Orrin is a staff reporter at Central Michigan Life.


Mobile Health Central to bring health care out to rural community with motor home

Billed as a training opportunity for aspiring Central Michigan University students, the College of Health Professions will provide a mobile opportunity for rural residents to gain accessible health care and education. Mobile Health Central, a 39-foot motor home organized by […]
Business/Nonprofits / Metro / Mount Pleasant
Central Michigan businesses rely on homegrown products to increase agricultural tourism

Central Michigan businesses rely on homegrown products to increase agricultural tourism

Agriculture and tourism are two industries in the central Michigan area that aren’t completely dried out just yet. Businesses in and nearby Mount Pleasant are relying more heavily on homegrown products, and they’re slowly starting to see the results pay […]

CMU summer electricity costs higher than fall, winter despite closed buildings

Central Michigan University uses just about as much electricity in the summer semester as it does in the fall and winter semesters despite using fewer buildings, according to data compiled by the university’s Facilities Management department. The total cost of […]
Isabella County / Metro / Union Township

Construction project to transform look, feel of Deerfield Road

Central Michigan University students living in Deerfield Village, Timber Creek and Lexington Ridge apartments in the fall semester will notice much-needed aesthetic changes to their road. Construction on the Deerfield road started on May 23 and will continue until Sept. […]
Business/Nonprofits / Isabella County / Metro
Soon patrons of the Community Compassion Network food bank will have to get their foodstuffs from  the organization's mobile food carts as CCN will be closing its physical location, located at 2420 E. Broomfield Road.

(Gokul Kumar | Staff Photographer)

Local families forced to adapt as Community Compassion Network loses physical location

  Ben Thrush and Betty Zelinski get their baby food from Community Compassion Network. As they waited for their turn, both sat in a row of chairs alongside their six-month-old son, Benjamin, and Zelinski’s mother, Jean Hubel. Once they hear […]
Carole Clayton, of Gladwin, will have her artwork on display at the Healing Arts Gallery MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland until June 13.

(Courtesy Photo | MidMichigan Medical Center)

Gladwin resident’s artwork featured in MidMichigan-Midland hospital gallery

When Carole Clayton started drawing Zentangle art, a method of drawing using structured patterns like circles and lines, she did it as a way to keep her busy during retirement and to make some money on the side. Little did […]
Student Life
Andrew Dost, of Fun, is the alumnus chosen to act as Grand Marshall during Central Michigan University's 2014 Homecoming celebrations.

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Grammy Award winning musician Andrew Dost named Grand Marshal for 2014 Homecoming

Andrew Dost, the Grammy Award-winning singer and member of pop band “Fun,” will act as the Grand Marshal during Central Michigan University’s 2014 Homecoming ceremonies. Dost, a Frankfort native and a 2005 graduate of CMU, will be the alumnus honored […]
College of Medicine / University

CMEDHonors to launch in spring 2015, aims to bring honors students into medical programs

Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine will take in 20 honors scholar students with the hope of getting them into medical programs offered by the university. CMEDHonors, a new assurance program expected to launch in 2015, will select the honors […]
Business/Nonprofits / Metro / Mount Pleasant

Annual Mount Pleasant Summer Festival to celebrate 30 years in Island Park this weekend

For 30 years, Mount Pleasant has put an emphasis on summer time fun at its annual downtown Summer Festival. The event is scheduled for June 5-8, and will include several carnival activities such as rides, a car show, chainsaw exhibitions and a […]
On Campus / Student Life

CMU summer camps aim to educate, aid recruiting for future students

As Special Olympics Michigan finishes up its weekend of community-based fun, Central Michigan University official are preparing themselves and campus for 80 different camps set up for the summer season. A good majority of them are related to the music […]
Isabella County / Metro / Mount Pleasant
Constructions crews working to add new pipelines underneath Central Michigan University.

(Gokul Kumar | Staff Photographer)

CMU, Mount Pleasant officials gear up for busy, expensive construction season

Taking advantage of warm weather and clear skies, Central Michigan University and Mount Pleasant officials have started work on a multitude of summer construction projects on campus and around town. For CMU, those projects include a new steam power system, […]
Metro / Mount Pleasant
Eunice Kennedy Shriver overlooks Soldier Field during the 1968 summer games. 

(Courtesy Photo/Special Olympics)

Special Olympics Michigan: Building a dynasty, celebrating nearly half a century in Mount Pleasant

For Michigan adults and children with disabilities, the statewide Special Olympics Summer Games are one of the few chances they’ll have at showing the world – and themselves – exactly what they’re made of. Living with a disability day to […]

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