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Come on, Eileen

(01/31/07 12:00am)

Athletics Director Dave Heeke should seriously consider searching for a new women's basketball coach to replace Eileen Kleinfelter at season's end. Last season, when Central finished 16-12, its first winning season in 12 years, Heeke gave Kleinfelter her second straight one-year contract extension.

Good luck

(01/31/07 12:00am)

We should all take a minute and admire what's going on right now in Traverse City. About 3,000 athletes, coaches volunteers are participating in the Special Olympics State Winter Games, which began Tuesday and conclude Friday. More than 70 volunteers are from CMU, where the Special Olympics Michigan branch is located.

Nominate Sheehan

(01/29/07 12:00am)

When search committee members meet this week, they should nominate Robert Sheehan to become CMU's new executive vice president and provost. The committee has spent the past five months searching and conducting open forums on campus. Now the only thing left to do is decide which of the three finalists - Gary Olson of Illinois State University; Thomas Hanley of Auburn University; or Robert Sheehan of the University of Toledo - they should recommend to University President Michael Rao.

Hands down

(01/26/07 12:00am)

Students, should be able to take American Sign Language to fulfill foreign language or global culture requirements at CMU. Currently this is not the case, but whether or not it should be was a main topic of discussion at Tuesday's Academic Senate meeting.


(01/24/07 12:00am)

It seems students have the same complaints every semester. One most often heard is the university isn't doing enough to make its campus safer. Central Michigan Life has harped on CMU for years on this topic, but in all fairness, the crux of this issue isn't that top university officials aren't doing their jobs.

Make a difference

(01/24/07 12:00am)

The Central/Western Blood Drive once again is in full swing. And the American Red Cross needs your blood more than ever, CMU. The national humanitarian organization will serve students from noon to 5:45 p.m. today through Friday, and Monday-Friday of next week at various campus locations.

Choose Clark

(01/22/07 12:00am)

The Speaker Series Committee should choose retired Gen. Wesley Clark to come to campus this semester.? Of the three finalists the committee announced last week - Clark, who ran for the Democratic nomination in the 2004 presidential race; Aaron Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's grandson; and Dr.

Tell them

(01/19/07 12:00am)

The Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke to a capacity crowd Tuesday in Rose Arena as the keynote speaker for Martin Luther King Jr. week. The civil rights leader delivered an emphatic message to the CMU community. Jackson made it clear that much work still remained in the quest for equality.

'Dream' world

(01/17/07 12:00am)

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of great vision. King had a vision for a world where race would not play a factor. "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character," King said famously.

Honor King

(01/12/07 12:00am)

Monday begins a week of events that honor one of the most celebrated men in American history. But not with a day off from work, school and regular mail service. The week that's meant to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of giving back. Beginning with Monday's day off from classes, the coming week is filled with chances to make this community better.

Take notice

(01/10/07 12:00am)

Bringing the Rev. Jesse Jackson to campus to speak Tuesday at Rose Arena is one of the best things that could happen to the university and its students. And CMU's Speaker Series committee should take notice. Jackson is a highly-respected civil rights activist, and with Michigan voters' recent decision to abolish affirmative action in public institutions, his visit is very timely because diversity has been a hot button issue at CMU ever since Election Day.

Footing the bill

(12/11/06 12:00am)

CMU's Board of Trustees last week unanimously approved an 8.6 percent pay raise for University President Michael Rao. Starting in January, Rao's base salary will be $285,000. His current base salary is $262,500. On paper, it doesn't seem like that much money for the position Rao holds.

One man show

(12/08/06 12:00am)

Efforts to increase diversity at CMU currently basically are left up to one man - Affirmative Action Officer and Interim Associate Vice President of Diversity Michael Powell. That needs to change. Not to say that Powell isn't doing well performing his own job and someone else's while the university searches for the new associate vice president.

Wrap it up

(12/08/06 12:00am)

If ever there was a time to be reminded about safe sex, it's now. There's been an increase of sexually transmitted infections on CMU's campus, health officials recently announced. Since the semester has started, health officials have seen 10 to 12 cases of gonorrhea.

Escape artist

(12/06/06 12:00am)

We apologize, CMU. We’re sorry for the editorial we ran on Friday that praised Brian Kelly for the “commendable character” he showed in his decision to stay at CMU. We’re sorry for the editorial we ran on Nov. 15 that recommended the university give Kelly more money because of the “remarkable” job he had done as CMU’s football coach.

The best offense

(11/15/06 12:00am)

It?s been awhile, but Central Michigan University football fans have something to cheer about. Friday night?s domination of hated rival Western Michigan clinched CMU?s first-ever spot in the Mid-American Conference Championship game. The team is on the verge of its first bowl game since 1994. And despite the emergence of many great players, there only is one person responsible for CMU?s success this season. Coach Brian Kelly is the real deal. And it?s time for the university to give him a raise. What Kelly has done in three years is nothing short of remarkable. He has taken the Chippewas ? for years viewed as the laughingstock of the MAC ? from pretenders in 2004 to contenders this season. For starters, the team was in disarray after Mike DeBord?s unsuccessful four year tenure, a tenure that yielded just 12 CMU wins. Then, Kelly had to lift his team from a mental standpoint past the DeMarcus Graham beating death investigation and subsequent aftermath ? an ordeal that lasted more than two years. Kelly shouldered the load. He led the team to its first winning season last season since 1998. The Chippewas went 6-5, and spent much of the season in the hunt for the MAC title game. Then this season Kelly faced the daunting task of keeping the winning attitude alive, while at the same time replacing a quarterback in Kent Smith who set a lot of records during his stay at CMU. Why it matters CMU should do what it can to hold onto football coach Brian Kelly But this season, Dan LeFevour has solidified himself as the future of CMU football.

The cost of freedom

(11/15/06 12:00am)

As a state university, CMU is obligated to offer certain services to its students. Adequate professors, dining and residence halls and a wide range of classes fall into that category. Free and unregulated printing, however, is not one of those services. CMU spends about $80,000 on printing, between just two of its computer labs on campus.