1998-10-09; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan LIFE Volume 81, Number 18 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1998 CM LIFE 79 years of serving the community Friday October 9, 1998 12 pages Candidate for governor tours Michigan universities RYAN WOOD • CM I IFE Martha Logsdon, political science faculty, holds a sign in support of gubernatorial candidate Geoffrey Fieger at the Fieger speech Wednesday. Gubernatorial candidate discusses CMU issues RYAN WOOD • CM LIFE More than 1,000 people gathered in Warriner Mall Wednesday to hear gubernatorial candidate Geoffrey Fieger speak. By Angela S. Vandenberg LIFE Assistant News Editor Geoffrey Fieger has been saying he will "clean house," and if elected, that's exactly what he plans to do to the CMU Board of Trustees. Recent CMU Board of Trustees problems such as the investigation into a possible violation of the Open Meetings Act, last year's public broadcasting controversy and the firing of Russ Herron, former board secretary and vice president of University Relations, doesn't meet with Fieger's approval. "I think the CMU Board of Trustees are Engler's cronies and they'll do anything they can to make as much money off the people of the state of Michigan as possible." To replace the trustees he says he would rid CMU of, Fieger said he'll appoint "enlightened people who care about education." A self-proclaimed large supporter of public broadcasting, Fieger said "it's a mechanism to educate people and it's See CANDIDATE Page 5 Fieger draws large crowd at Warriner By Angela S. Vandenberg LIFE Assistant News Editor Geoffrey Fieger was told he should not bother speaking to marginal voters like college students. But Wednesday afternoon, he did it anyway. In the middle of a tour that included the likes of Western Michigan University and Ferris State University, Fieger stopped at CMU around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday. Sporting a navy blue turtleneck, a black vest, jeans and Nikes, Fieger instantly began to receive a loud response from the estimated 1,000 to 1,500 students in attendance. Fieger said when he was told not to talk to certain groups, he didn't listen. "You know what I said to them," he said, alluding to a phrase containing expletives. "See, I get in trouble every time I say that." "I ignored all of their advice and I sought out all of those who felt alienated and neglected in this state," he said. "It's possible we could have a government of, by and for the people.'' "I understand he thinks he owns this place," Fieger said about Engler in relation to CMU. Students need to get involved in politics and what's going on around them, Fieger said. "I can't tell you that I wasn't apathetic when I went to school, that I wasn't cynical and didn't want to get involved. "We've become so cynical, we've been so apathetic, that most of us don't vote anymore." "They say that college students are selfish and lazy," Fieger said, adding that he thinks students are See FIEGER Page 5 ^___ Hurd hearing set for end of month LIFE Staff Reports CMU football split end Reiko J. Hurd will be in court Oct. 30 for a hearing concerning a felony and misdemeanor charge. Hurd, who is out on a $30,000 bond, is charged with two counts — possession of mari j u a n a with intent to HURD deliver and operating with expired license plates on a State of Michigan highway — culminating from the felony and misdemeanor charges. According to Isabella County court records, Hurd was stopped for driving with expired plates Sept. 23. Hurd, 20, must attend a hearing at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 30, with Isabella County Judge William R. Rush presiding over the case, to determine a possible youth training program for Hurd. He also faces up to four years in jail and/or a $20,000 fine if convicted of the felony charge, and up to 90 days and/or a $100 fine for the misdemeanor charge. Hurd has been suspended indefinitely from the CMU football team pending investigation of the charges. WMU, CMU challenged to blood drive By Kelly Burnett LIFE Staff Writer For the second year in a row, the American Red Cross is challenging both CMU and Western Michigan University to turn their rivalry into a positive thing — to save lives. Joyce Stout, Kalamazoo Red Cross director, said the WMU/CMU Blood Challenge was started to promote blood donation among college students. The reason we started the Blood Challenge was to encourage our young people to donate blood on a regular basis," she said. Last year the goal was 1,600 pints of blood, and the schools donated a little more than 1,900. Stout said this year the goal is for each school to raise 1,100 pints of blood. Western defeated Central in the challenge by donating 990 pints of blood compared to CMU's 919 pints. "We want to make it (donating blood) a positive experience for young people," Stout said. She said even before the Blood Challenge, CMU has always done a good job each year with student blood donations, and she hopes WMU will follow its rival's example. **The need for blood is increasing all the time," Stout said. Stout said the Blood Challenge transcends mere competition between two rivaling schools. "No matter which school wins the challenge, the ultimate winner is the patients in the hospital," she said. Rachelle Ferris is with the Volunteering and Service Learning Center at CMU, and is in charge of CMU's end of the blood drive. Ferris said the WMU/CMU Blood Challenge will be a 10-day event, starting Tuesday and ending Oct. 23, in the Bovee University Center Rotunda Room. Only Tuesday through Thursday will count toward the competition though. Ferris said people interested in volunteering for the blood drive can contact the Volunteer Center. "We are still accepting volunteers," she said. Ferris said each day is sponsored by various groups. There is Greek Day, Woldt Hall Day and Towers Day. Students can also go to these organizations to volunteer. Ferris said these groups will turn in a list of volunteers, and then Ferris will contact people to fill in the remaining spots. "It is best to go through the organizations first," she said. For more information, call 774-7685. Traffic offenders may face stricter penalties INSIDE Leonard Plachta grew up in "a relatively poor family," but ended up becoming the president of a university. See the story of his life on page 8. Classified 11 Crossword 11 I Etcetera 8-9 : Sports 6-7 Voices 4 r l To reach CM LIFE ; Phone: (517) 774-34*3 1 Mail CMLIFEecmuvmxsv.cmich.edu Fax number (517) 774-7S05 Central Michigan LIFE Online Internet address http_//ww%v.< mlife.rmich.edu By Anthony Judnich LIFE Staff Writer Repeat traffic offenders could face tougher penalties next fall if Michigan lawmakers can turn a strict repeat offender package into law. The package of 20 bills outlines penalties designed to help crack down on repeat offenders, such as drunk drivers and those driving with a suspended license. The penalties would involve vehi cle immobilization and forfeiture and license plate confiscation. Repeat offenders without a driver's license could not obtain vehicle plates. Conviction sentences could involve mandatory drug and alcohol treatment. Ignition interlocks for those licenses restored after revocation are included in the package as well. Also, a third drunk driving conviction would be a felony. The package of bills, which received bipartisan support from Michigan lawmakers, was sent to Gov. John Engler on Sept. 24. Engler had until Thursday to sign or veto the bill, but the status of the bill was unknown at press time. If signed, the legislation would take effect Oct. 1, 1999. State Rep. Jim McBryde, R- Mount Pleasant, worked on the 1995 Republican Task Force on Traffic Safety, which created many ideas for the package. McBryde was unavailable for comment at press time, but his legislative aide, Brian O'Connell, said the bill would be very effective if passed into law. *Tt does a lot to stop drunk driving," O'Connell said. "There's a major concern with drunk driving, and (with those) who drive without a valid driver's license and continue to drive. We have to enhance the penalties," he said. See OFFENDERS Page 2 ARAMARK listens to RHA student complaints By Joy Mygrants LIFE Staff Writer With hopes of finding a solution to students' problems with CMU Dining Services. ARAMARK executives and Residence Hall Assembly members will meet Friday afternoon to discuss student concerns. According to Brittany Matthews, Saint Joseph sophomore and assembly vice president external, she along with Steve Bindle, Mount Fernon sophomore and assembly pres ident, Lynette Cooper, Swartz Creek sophomore and issues committee chair, and Tom Idema, assembly advisor, will be attending Friday's closed meeting with the executives. Matthews would not comment on which ARAMARK executives would attend. Matthews said statements from students will be brought before the executives. "Student concerns will be addressed at this meeting," Matthews said. "We're all meeting together to clear up confusions of ARAMARICs role. I think we need to make connections with students and ARAMARK and the university. That's what we're here for." Matthews said plans for future resolutions and issues will be discussed as well. According to Matthews, the results of the meeting will be prepared in a statement and presented to the assembly at next Monday's meeting in the Maroon and Gold Room at the Bovee University Center.
|Title||1998-10-09; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, October 9, 1998 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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