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Refugee crisis sparks meaningful conversation in Speak Up Speak Out forum

(11/19/15 11:56pm)

On Thursday night the Charles V. Park Library auditorium was filled to capacity as students and faculty members attended the Speak Up, Speak Out forum “Life Interrupted: Meeting the Challenge of Refugee Crises.” Although the event was planned six months ago, with millions of Syrian refugees now seeking asylum, the topic is more relevant than ever. “It did not suddenly become an issue on Friday, and even if ISIS were destroyed tomorrow it would continue to be an issue,” said Dr. Ted Clayton, event facilitator and political science professor.Recently, the nation has been debating whether or not refugees should be allowed into the United States.

Students spread cultural awareness at Unified Holiday Celebration

(11/19/15 10:03pm)

Julius Cantuba said it’s important for students to remember people celebrate winter holidays other than Christmas.“Before (students) go to Thanksgiving next week, the Unified Holiday Celebration brings awareness to other holidays,” said Cantuba, who is a student staff assistant in the Multicultural Academic Student Services office.The Unified Holiday Celebration was hosted by MASS in the Bovee University Center Rotunda on Thursday, Nov.

Transcend educates students on contemporary trans issues

(11/18/15 10:03pm)

Members of Transcend spoke about contemporary trans issues at Trans 201 sessions on Wednesday. During the sessions, students had the opportunity to ask questions in a safe space. Transcend president Ash Alexander and vice president Kai Neizgoda covered macro issues that affect trans individuals, such as violence, mental health and economic disparity, in addition to micro issues. Microaggressions include misgendering people, asking invasive questions, making assumptions and not allowing trans individuals to use the correct bathrooms. Neizgoda said microaggressions, which are often present in people’s daily lives, add up and have an impact on people.One example of invasive questioning they shared was Caitlyn Jenner being asked about the difficulties of being a woman.

North Art Studio cleanup leaves contaminated, contained air ducts

(11/18/15 3:38pm)

After metals including lead, copper and mercury were found in the North Art Studio over the summer at levels above Occupational Safety and Health Administration-recommended housekeeping limits, Sherry Knight said the building was cleaned successfully. She said no health concerns have been confirmed related to the studio contamination.A mechanical room on the second floor of the North Arts Studio still contains a few pieces of contaminated ductwork that are not in use and have been sealed and contained.

Rose Pool closure leaves club sports teams treading water

(11/17/15 1:54pm)

When the Rose Center pool closes in June 2016, many teams will be left without a place to practice, and the Mount Pleasant community will have one less place to swim.Due to improper regulations, a committee of students, staff and faculty from Central Michigan University decided that renovating the pool isn’t worth the potential $4.6 million that it would be required to spend.The pool is four feet deep on the sides and eight feet deep in the middle, which makes it difficult for both swimmers and water polo players.

American Studies certificate undergoing curricular process; may be an option in 16-17 bulletin

(11/15/15 3:47pm)

A certificate in American Studies may be available for students in Fall 2016. American Studies is an interdisciplinary field that includes courses from political science, geography, history, english, religion, art, music, anthropology, sociology and inter-departmental courses to give students an in-depth look at American from an academic perspective, said College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences Associate Dean Tim Hall."There was a strong demand (for the program) among international students," Hall said.

Gender roles and the importance of feminism to all genders is explored in "Gentlemen's Club"

(11/12/15 9:28am)

Gender stereotypes and discrimination were discussed at "The Gentlemen's Club" event hosted by the Organization of Women Leaders for Women’s Empowerment Week in Pearce Hall Room 128 on Wednesday night.Two groups, one comprised of women and the other of men, discussed on stage the main issues involving gender inequality.