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University alumni once again are up in arms about how the athletics department is scheduling football games. And they have every right to be. Tonight?s football game against Western Michigan was booked at the beginning of the season to possibly air on either ESPN Classic or ESPNU. The key word there is possibly. ESPN never promised the game would air to a national audience. However, acting on a hunch, both universities, as well as the Mid-American Conference, decided to schedule the game on a Friday night. Big rivalry, national audience ? what
CMU?s general education program is long overdue for a makeover. And it could happen as early as fall 2009. The Steering Committee for Studying General Education has been working on a solution for more than a year, and it presented its final report at Tuesday?s Academic Senate meeting. Now it?s up to A-Senate members to decide which model is worthy. The right model for change is Model A. Model A, more than Model B, gives students options and a better selection of courses. For example, students would have the option to take a ?quantitative literacy course,? instead of a math or statistics course. Why it matters Model A is the best choice for the change to the University Program The natural science courses listed under Group II would become one area instead of two subgroups. Both these changes will work in students? favor. Model B, on the other hand, leaves the University Program similar to what it is now, with the exception of eliminating Group IV A: Integrative and Multi-disciplinary Studies. Many people agree the University Program needs to change. Model A is the best way to approach this change. Students will appreciate being able to have more options within a required system of learning. And hopefully, a few years from now, they won?t view the University Program as a chore they have to complete before they graduate. Instead, they?ll be able to embrace and appreciate it for what it?s designed to do ? create adjusted and well-rounded people.
The Music Building has been an eyesore on CMU?s campus for nearly two years. Enough is enough. The building, which was constructed in 1997, was billed as one of the most intricate and technologically advanced buildings of its era. To further enhance its uniqueness, officials constructed it to resemble a massive piano ? a point many tour guides talk about when taking prospective students on tours throughout campus. But now, on the eve of the Music Building?s 10th anniversary, students don?t see a work of art when the walk through campus.
University President Michael Rao is hosting his annual open forum Thursday. Hopefully this time more than seven people will show up. Rao has made it a priority to periodically set aside time for students, staff and others on this campus to ask him questions. But last spring when Rao hosted his forum, no students showed up, despite buzz that many students wanted the president to be more available. Well, Thursday is their chance. If students have a question to ask Rao, the forum is the time to do it. A few weeks ago, the Board of Trustees sent a survey to students and other members of the university community asking them to evaluate Rao. Why it matters Students should take advantage of the opportunity to meet with President Rao on Thursday The students who bothered taking that survey probably noticed it wasn?t written with them in mind, asking questing about Rao?s leadership abilities and if he is effective when it comes to ?consensus building? and ?fiscal management.? The average student at CMU probably hasn?t seen or spoken to Rao, let alone know enough about the man to evaluate him. Besides, the results from the evaluation won?t be available until next year. At Thursday?s forum, students will have a chance to instantly evaluate Rao. Dean of Students Bruce Roscoe said people don?t appreciate the fact CMU?s president makes an attempt to be available. Roscoe is right. Rao is a busy man, far busier than any student on this campus. But on Thursday he?ll be waiting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The governmental face of Michigan is going to change Tuesday. No matter which way each of the elections go, things will be different Wednesday morning. The question is, who will decide what Michigan?s new face will look like? Students traditionally are considered the worst political demographic ?that?s why neither Gov.
Supporters of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative want you to believe racism doesn?t exist in our state. That statement should be insulting and offensive to every educated citizen of Michigan. Racism is alive and well in Michigan. Why it matters Ending affirmative action would do immeasurable damage to our state Michigan is one of the most segregated states in the U.S. The undercurrent of racial tension still is felt on many college campuses, including our own. The approval of Proposal 2 would set Michigan back years in the quest to create public institutions that are equally representative of the population. If passed, Proposal 2 would amend the state constitution to ban affirmative action programs in regards to race, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin for public employment. The proposal would affect employment or admissions at government institutions, as well as public colleges and universities. Debunking the myths Affirmative action is not quotas. Affirmative action is recruitment programs that allow access to public institutions to the underrepresented. Affirmative action is not a handout for unqualified candidates. Affirmative action is a systematic attempt to level the playing field for all applicants, ensuring that the pool of applicants reflects the population as a whole. Affirmative action is not about black people. Affirmative action affects all underrepresented populations ? including women firefighters and even male nurses. Leading language The proposal?s language, printed above, uses the phrase ?preferential treatment? to categorize affirmative action.
Michigan is not doing well. It?s no secret Michigan is at or near the bottom in nearly every nationwide economic statistic. It?s easy to point a finger at our current leader, Gov.
Students absolutely should honor the memory of peers who have died. There is little that is more heartbreaking than the death of a young person. Why it matters The proposed student memorial is noble, but not practical Remembering, reflecting and reminiscing all are important parts of the grieving process for those left behind. But a $78,000 check from the Board of Trustees is not necessary to do that. The Student Government Association has $11,000 of the more than $88,000 needed to construct a student memorial. The tri-fold granite structure will not contain names of deceased students, but will include the university seal, alma mater and quotes from several philosophers. There also will be benches constructed to give students a place to reflect. Our university does not have the means to spend money to foster student reflection. If students want to reflect, they will find a bench, light a candle and do it. They don?t need $78,000 to do so. This project undoubtedly will be rubber stamped by the board at its December meeting. The board?s vice chair, Jeff Caponigro, already has endorsed the idea. ?We absolutely think this a great idea,? Caponigro said in an April 24 Central Michigan Life story.
There might not be a lot of talk about Proposal 4, but everyone in Michigan would do well to learn about it. Why it matters Voters would be wise to vote yes on Proposal 4 Then they should go out to the polls on Nov.
University President Michael Rao might have been joking when he said it,but closing down the roads on campus might not be a bad idea. Why it matters Closing some campus roads would alleviate traffic and increase safety Rao mentioned shutting down interior campus roads at a recent Student Government Association meeting, and though it would likely make plenty of students angry, it could drastically improve safety and traffic concerns on campus. One plan might change Washington Street and Preston Street into malls similar to the area near Warriner Hall and behind the Charles V. Park Library. It would limit driving to the campus perimeter, like East and West Campus drives, and leave students to walk cross-campus from parking lots arranged on those roads. Traffic on campus would be decreased and the change would alleviate the constant problem of pedestrian-vehicle combat that takes place on Washington near Anspach Hall.
Three years from now, North Campus could look drastically different. Why it matters North Campus facilities must be brought into the 21st century Last week, officials announced the oldest, most historical area of campus is tentatively scheduled for a facelift as early as fall 2009. Plans for the makeover include a fitness facility, remolded residential restaurant and new snack store. It?s about time. North Campus residents do need a fitness facility closer to home and dining facility that can compete with other residential restaurants on campus. While North Campus has maintained its historical identity through the years, it long has been in need of a change. During the past few years, CMU?s campus has grown and evolved to include modern facilities and state-of-the art buildings. First, it was the Student Activity Center.
The history of the Speaker Series has resembled a roller coaster during the past few years. Finding funding for the series has been an annual obstacle. Currently, the series sits on a peak. Last week, University President Michael Rao got the ball rolling again on the program with a one-time gift of $20,000. Hopefully, the Speaker Series Committee will be able to bring a speaker to campus soon, maybe by next semester. Rao?s gift was much needed ? and appreciated. But it?s not enough. In fact, it?s exactly half of what?s needed to fully jump-start the Speaker Series, which used to operate on a budget allocation of $40,000 before budget cuts crippled the program and made it inactive from 2003 until spring 2006. Rao came to the rescue in that situation as well last semester, giving $15,000 toward the series. The result: In April, civil rights lawyer Morris Dees came to CMU and spoke out against hate groups. So yes, things worked out last spring.
Thursday night?s football game against Bowling Green was supposed to help CMU gain national recognition. But ESPNU cameras didn?t capture a raucous student section or an eager crowd cheering on a team undefeated in the Mid-American Conference. Only 11,262 showed up at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Thursday night to watch the Chippewas easily win against the Falcons. At least, that was the total at the start of the game. By the time the game was out of reach, less than half of that crowd was left. Probably fewer than 5,000 fans saw Central do something it only has done three times since it joined the MAC in 1975 ? start with a 5-0 conference record. That is too bad. Sure the weather might have played a factor, but games on weeknights are a bad idea for a number of reasons. First of all, weeknights are school nights.
The survey students are being asked to complete in review of University President Michael Rao makes little sense. Especially with questions like those on the survey sent by the Board of Trustees to students, faculty, staff and alumni earlier this week. ?President Rao is an effective leader,? the survey?s first category states.
The university is in the same position it was over the summer with its off-campus program vice president search. Hopefully this time CMU won?t be taking the ?third time?s the charm? approach in a few weeks. CMU spent more than $50,000 to search for and bring to campus two prospective ProfEd leaders in Frank J.
Tuesday; a rally outside the Bovee University Center worked to encourage students to vote no on Proposal 2 on Nov.
For the past few weeks, people have watched the two major candidates in Michigan?s gubernatorial race duke it out with words during three televised debates. Gov.
Many of the lights still are out on Broomfield Road, and no one knows when they will be fixed. Steve Lawrence, vice president of facilities management, said last week the lights on Broomfield are owned by Consumers Energy, despite the money CMU spent on them. Consumers Energy spokesman Tim Pietryga said the repairs are an ongoing project and every time crews go out to check electrical lines running to the lights, they find more damage than before. So two months after construction on Broomfield has finished, the lights still are not repaired. What is it going to take to repair those lights?
Students should do all they can to help the Mount Pleasant Red Cross. Last week, officials predicted the Red Cross? food pantry will be out of supplies by the end of the month unless donations start coming in. Students, staff and the university community cannot let this happen. The Red Cross serves about 200 people in the city, giving out 7,178 items from its food pantry each month. There?s only 4,039 items to hand out to those in need this month. A can of food usually costs no more than $1, and some cans can go for 30 cents or less. The average student probably spends five times that amount per meal on a day-to-day basis. This is the time for CMU students to step up and support the community where they live. Why it matters The Mount Pleasant Red Cross is experiencing a shortage of food Several groups on campus already have joined the cause, so finding an outlet shouldn?t make that hard for students. UAW local 6888, a union for on-campus office professionals, is collecting monetary donations, nonperishable foods, paper products, baby items and personal hygiene items until Oct.