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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.
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.
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.
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.
The year 2006 will be one to remember in the political arena.
But for most Republicans, it was a year to forget.
The party came under scrutiny for several controversies, including the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal and the revelation of Congressman Mark Foley's inappropriate relationships with a handful of congressional pages.
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.
The gymnastics practice room has about enough space to have a lecture in it.
It hardly has enough space to do jumps, flips and somersaults.
The Board of Trustees approved $700,000 in renovations for the facility Thursday at its meeting.
The renovations will be welcomed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a state university, CMU is obligated to offer certain services to
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.
The people have spoken.
Last week?s midterm election was one for the history books.
Democrats staged a decisive comeback ? which many have attributed to
the growing unrest with the Iraq war and President George W.
The end of the search for the new Vice President of Off-Campus
Programs is visible ?
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
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
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
Well, Thursday is their chance.
If students have a question to ask Rao, the forum is the time to do
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
At Thursday?s forum, students will have a chance to instantly
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
Students traditionally are considered the worst political
demographic ?that?s why neither Gov.