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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Response from the CMU chapter of Students for Concealed Carry

(02/18/14 11:58pm)

In response to the CM Life editorial published Feb. 7, regarding the prohibition of firearms on campus, the Central Michigan University chapter of Students for Concealed Carry would like to set the record straight. Students for Concealed Carry is a national, non-partisan organization founded as a result of the 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech. SCC serves two purposes.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: New experiences through study abroad

(01/26/14 11:58pm)

How do I tell my family, friends and especially my sisters of the Zeta Phi Beta that I want to travel more than 9,000 miles away from home, all by myself, just to study abroad in Singapore? This is the dilemma I faced before I studied abroad in Singapore during the fall semester, one semester before my spring graduation. Eventually, my friends and family gave me their blessings and soon I was off to explore the Asian culture and the subjects of communication, branding and public relations. I am a senior here at CMU studying integrative public relations with a double minor in legal studies and public affairs.

LETTER: College abuse of Adderall gives unfair advantage

(12/03/12 7:25am)

Recently it has came to my attention the prevalence of Adderall abuse in college students. Rather than setting appropriate time aside to study, students are relying on this substance to cram for an exam, or to focus on an exam. At the end of my college career I will proudly be able to say I got through those awful 10 page papers and tough exams because I worked hard and studied, and not because I relied on Adderall. Many students may blame their reasoning for using this ‘smart pill’ because of the high expectations and competitiveness in college. However, users of this substance have an unfair advantage compared to the students that do not use this substance.

LETTER: Actions by CMU officials admirable as child porn controversy erupts

(11/19/12 7:40am)

Okay, I admit it – I’m a tad unnerved. That’s an understatement, actually. I’m extremely appalled and disturbed. As a Central Michigan alumni, teacher, and CMU educational technology graduate student, I think it is only natural to have a reaction to the charges brought against our former professor. Since I first heard the news, so many emotions have passed through my body – denial, confusion, and anger – just to name a few. I feel betrayed and I never even met the man in person; I absolutely cannot imagine how his family must feel. I began thinking.

LETTER: Response to 'Sexual health report card ranks CMU 111 out of 141'

(11/16/12 7:45am)

As president of VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood at CMU, I have mixed feelings about this report card ranking. I’m not surprised by the low ranking for the “overall website usability and quality, and quality of sexual health information and resources on the website,” because that is a need I’ve noticed on our campus as well.

LETTER: Response to advice article

(11/08/12 6:00pm)

I have read some offensive articles in this newspaper, but your article “How to get the guy while his current relationship seems to be fizzing out” is more offensive to me, as a woman, than Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” comment. First of all, I have been in my relationship for over a year now, and the fact that this newspaper thinks it is appropriate to hand out advice on how to end that disgusts me.

LETTER: Take back the Tap legislation important

(11/02/12 9:00am)

I was very shocked when I picked up a CM Life newspaper yesterday and read nothing about Monday evening when Student Government Association passed the Take Back the Tap legislation, which supports a gradual phase out of bottled water on campus. This has been passed now four times in the House and, for the first time ever, in the Senate. The RSO Take Back the Tap on campus has worked extremely hard on this campaign and is ecstatic about SGA’s support. If all goes well with Purchase and Contracting, CMU can potentially be the first university in Michigan to end the sales of bottled water on campus! This will allow CMU to be a leader in sustainability with a very easy first step (drink out of a reusable water bottle) and join the other 60+ universities across the nation who have done so as well. am very pleased with the hard-working Take Back the Tap students at CMU and the Student Government Association and confused as to why CM Life did not cover this sooner. Mariah Urueta Waterford sophomore

LETTER: Sexualization of Breast Cancer Awareness Month saddening

(10/29/12 7:30am)

As Breast Cancer Awareness month winds down, I am greeted with relief. The sexualization of breast cancer is not only on CMU’s campus, but it’s becoming a nationwide phenomena. Between “save the tatas” bracelets and “grope your wife” T-shirts, the fight against breast cancer is turning away from the movement of camaraderie and hope, to a sexual exploitative campaign to make money. It saddens me that this new, degrading method of cancer awareness seems to be the new trend. What about the women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer?

LETTER: Song played by marching band not anti-war

(10/26/12 7:30am)

Jimmy Shepherd’s letter printed in Wednesday’s paper raises an important question as to the origin of the anti-war folk tune, “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye.” Recent research has revealed that “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” the folk song presented as part of the Marching Chips’ recent salute to Veterans, pre-dates the Irish parody Mr. Shepherd quotes. As a component of the University that actually grew out of the officer training program during the First World War, the Chippewa Marching Band has a history of over ninety years of cooperation and support for veterans, active military, and our ROTC program. We are proud of our American troops and honor them whenever we have the opportunity. In fact, we annually present our “True Colors” award to the members of the band who are leaving us for military service. There is nothing objectionable about Mr. Shepherd’s letter. I am glad to set the record straight.

LETTER: No on 25 by 25

(10/23/12 5:10pm)

Proposal 3 is bad for Michigan. Also known as 25 by 25, this proposal would change our constitution to force Michigan electric customers to pay for 25% of their electric supply from renewable sources by the year 2025. These unnecessary, unproven, and expensive sources are estimated to cost at least 12 billion dollars to implement. Michigan’s 2 major electric providers, Consumers Energy and DTE, are regulated utilities.

LETTER: Auto Fault

(10/18/12 6:37pm)

I am a physical therapist who has the pleasure of working with individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. The current Auto no-fault in our state allow these victims to receive the comprehensive care they require to reach their maximum rehabilitation potential. I’ll be voting for Kevin Cotter in this election.

LETTER: Disappointed in Proposal 3 stance

(10/18/12 6:27pm)

As a CMU Alumni, class of 2008, I am both disappointed that the paper has taken such a negative perspective and upset at the lack of support from facts in the EDITORIAL: ‘No’ on Proposal 3. Proposal 3 will strengthen Michigan’s current standard of 10% by 2015 to capitalize on the investment and strides our state has already made.  We are currently number one in the nation for new energy patents, meaning the ideas are being generated in Michigan.

LETTER: Campaign Allegations

(10/15/12 7:00am)

I am writing this letter in response to the defamatory allegations made in a recent Letter to the Editor section entitled: “Disgusted by campaigns actions." I am a volunteer with the campaign and would like to share some actual facts in response to what was recently written. The “Adam Lawrence for Mid-Michigan” campaign recently released a song called: “Whistle While You Vote," to promote the importance of voting this election.

LETTER: Questions for George Ross about Paul Begala

(10/11/12 5:52pm)

Dear President Ross: Why do you allow the College of Humanities and Social And Behavioral Sciences to spend probably several thousands of dollars bringing a liberal Democratic Party strategist pro Obama super PAC adviser Paul Begala to campus prior to a close election and rev up the students to vote for Obama but not give equal time and the same funding dollars bringing a conservative Republican Party strategist to campus to campaign for Romney? Is it fair for a taxpayer-supported tax-exempt Michigan public school to bring in the Democrats but not the Republicans? Why can’t you bring in Karl Rove or Michelle Malkin, Bill O’Rielly, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Mike Huckabee, Ari Fleischer, Tucker Carlson, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Mike Gallagher, Monica Crowley, Dick Morris, Mark Steyn, Laura Ingraham, Neal Boortz, Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved or Rich Lowry – a conservative to counter Begala? Top universities such as Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government bring in a diversity of speakers - liberal, moderate and conservative.