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EDITORIAL: More than just song and dance

(03/22/15 10:00pm)

As the 26th annual Celebrating Life Pow Wow took place on campus during the weekend, students, faculty and community members had the chance to do more than spectate.More than entertainment, the annual celebration is an opportunity for the Central Michigan University community to learn about the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal culture they are surrounded by. It is an opportunity that should not be missed. If we are going to wear, display and cheer the Chippewa name at sporting events, we have a duty to understand and respect the people and culture it represents.The Tribe, whose reservation was established in 1855, is an integral part of the university and surrounding community. CMU partners with the Tribe on several initiatives, from summer sports camps run by athletes and a mentoring program for tribal youth to education and training for all Athletics Department staff and student athletes.The Pow wow is organized by CMU's student-run Pow Wow Committee, and serves to further strengthen the relationship between the Tribe and university, bringing members and students together under one roof for celebration. The largest strength of the Pow wow lies in its ability to educate non-Native people and create deeper understanding between the Tribe and CMU community.All too often, non-Native people are presented with biased or negative images of Native Americans through modern media and sports culture.

Editorial: Support our Success

(03/17/15 10:49pm)

During the Feb. 18 Student Liaison Committee Meeting, the Student Government Association proposed an increase of $327,000 to the Campus Programming Fund.The Central Michigan University Budget Priorities Committee suggested the SGA lower their request to $150,000 before it is viewed by University President George Ross.The committee also made it clear that the majority of any additional funds ought to be placed where the most students would benefit, according to SGA President Chuck Mahone.

EDITORIAL: Student Parking not a problem

(02/19/15 10:00pm)

This year, the Student Government Association has created an online petition to bring parking issues to the attention of Central Michigan University Administration.Students have been complaining about parking for years, and will continue complaining for years to come.The fact is that student parking is not likely to change at this university, and it shouldn't.

EDITORIAL: Mission improbable

(02/01/15 6:55pm)

According to Open Doors 2014, a report released by the Institute of International Education, 289,408 American students studied abroad for credit in the 2013/2014 academic year.While this number is up slightly from the 283,332 students who studied abroad in the 2011/2012 academic year, it still represents less than 10 percent of American students graduating with an associate or bachelor's degree each year.Last year, only about 3 percent of Central Michigan University students studied abroad.

EDITORIAL: Comeback season fires up students, fans

(01/27/15 11:29pm)

After several lackluster seasons of Central Michigan University football, students and community fans finally appear to have a sport they can get behind in this year's men's basketball team.On Saturday, 4,041 fans made up the second-largest men's basketball crowd in McGuirk Arena's history, topped only by the capacity crowd at the building's inaugural game in 2010.