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Not again

(03/19/07 12:00am)

It was a shame the university failed to a provide an interpreter for its deaf and hard-of-hearing students at January's speech by the Rev. Jesse Jackson. But fortunately, the university is trying to make sure something like that never happens again. Dean of Students Bruce Roscoe said in a Friday story that a formal policy, which would make it mandatory for interpreters to be at all large university events, is being drafted for University President Michael Rao's consideration later this month.

Plans on time

(03/16/07 12:00am)

There's no doubt that once preliminary construction on the middle quad of Washington Apartments begins in less than a month, the area between Ojibway and Ottawa courts will be an inconvenience on the eyes and ears for the next couple years. But those really should be the only complaints among students, faculty and staff once the project kicks off in early April.

Access granted

(03/14/07 12:00am)

The university is doing the right thing by subjecting its vice president for institutional diversity candidates to two separate forums starting Friday. For once, students are interested in a search for a senior member of CMU's administrative staff. Ever since voters approved Proposal 2 last November, many students have actively voiced their opinions about how diversity can be improved at CMU.

Time's up

(03/14/07 12:00am)

This didn't seem to be so hard two years ago. Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm has known ever since she was re-elected last November that she would need to replace Jerry Campbell and Roger Kesseler on CMU's Board of Trustees. But as we near the Ides of March, CMU is the only major state university without a stable governing board, as Campbell and Kesseler still hold interim titles since their terms expired on Dec.

Renovate Rose

(02/28/07 12:00am)

Embarking on a multi-million dollar project to construct a new events center on campus is not a good idea. The Board of Trustees approved a $400,000 feasibility study last week to see if it is more cost-effective to renovate Rose Arena or to build a separate stand-alone facility.

Rock or refuge?

(02/26/07 12:00am)

The Board of Trustees has approved a waste of university money. At its meeting last Thursday, board members approved funding for the University Memorial, the enigmatic Student Government Association project that has been in talks since 2004. The money - $79,068 - will come from CMU's campus improvement fund.

Help wanted

(02/23/07 12:00am)

Once again the university has a chance to redeem itself. The committee searching for a new associate vice president of institutional diversity expects to bring three candidates to campus in March. Normally, storylines over the next few weeks would center around who the potential candidates are and what they have to offer.

Coward among us

(02/21/07 12:00am)

There is a coward or group of cowards lurking on this campus. In less than a week, two fires have been started in Wheeler Hall. Campus police and city fire officials are saying both fires were arson attempts, meaning someone or some group of people are deliberately trying to damage the building and put lives in danger.

Nine straight

(02/21/07 12:00am)

Wrestling coach Borelli should be commended for continued excellence For the Kent State wrestling team, Sunday's wrestling meet would have been an opportunity for the Golden Flashes to shock the world. Instead, it was business as usual for the Chippewas.

Repeat offenders

(02/16/07 12:00am)

The decision to recommence the search for a new provost is just another incredulous chapter in an alarming trend of questionable hiring practices at this university. Today marks the 162nd day since Thomas Storch, former associate vice president and provost, announced he would retire in January.

Bookstore battle

(02/14/07 12:00am)

Almost a year's work of near-futile lobbying finally is paying off for Student Government Association President Dan Nowiski and Student Book Exchange General Manager John Belco. SGA officials approved a resolution last week that presses the university to allow students to charge textbooks to their university accounts at off-campus vendors - in CMU's case, the SBX, 209 E.

Online options

(02/14/07 12:00am)

CMU's Academic Senate may be on to something here. Senators met last week to discuss possible benefits and downsides to allowing traditional students the option of enrolling in online courses. Hopefully this wasn't just a Q and A session to waste time on a Tuesday afternoon.

Idle outcry

(02/12/07 12:00am)

A lack of interest and attendance at CMU's museum of Cultural and Natural History is another example of how apathy reigns supreme among students and faculty members when it comes to seeing things through. The university basically was hours away from suffocating funds to the museum and shutting it down about a year ago.

Tell someone

(02/09/07 12:00am)

The recent death of senior Josh Overton is a tragic example of how life-threatening depression can be if it goes untreated. But there are plenty of avenues of help for students and faculty who suffer from this disease. CMU's Counseling Center, located at 102 Foust Hall, offers help in a number of areas, including depression and loneliness.

Pilot plight

(02/07/07 12:00am)

More than four months after the idea was first presented to the Student Government Association, USA Today is available for free on campus. That is, if you can find a copy. The pilot program, which debuted Tuesday, provides 200 copies of USA Today to CMU students Monday through Friday.

Job security

(02/05/07 12:00am)

It's a shame only 120 students attended last Wednesday's speech by C.L. Lindsay III about the dangers of Internet social sites. Lindsay, executive director and founder of Coalition for Student and Academic Rights, explained how online social sites - specifically facebook.

Common sense

(02/02/07 12:00am)

The Voices section in Central Michigan Life gives us a chance to voice our opinion on issues that affect CMU's students, staff and faculty. And while it sometimes seems our voice goes unheard, it is comforting to know what we write can be taken seriously.

Taking to the Web

(02/02/07 12:00am)

Moving portions of MTH 105 work online is a step in the right direction The math department should adopt the innovative online program it's testing out on some of its MTH 105 students this semester. Four of 25 intermediate algebra sections this semester are utilizing MathXL, a system that allows students to do their work online.

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.