1996-03-13; Central Michigan Life
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*•—•■»% fTEBBS>v Central I ICC Michigan LITE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 1996 VOLUME 78, NUMBER 67 MOUNT PLEASANT, MICHIGAN 48859 ©1 996 CM LIFE (517)774-3493 20 PAGES New mainframe running twice as fast as old system By Jeff Haywood UFE Staff Writer The 10,000 plus users of CMU's mainframe computer will find a faster system with the new million dollar mainframe, which went on-line March 9. Keith Nelson, associate director of computer services, said the new mainframe has three processors that work together, making it twice as fast as the old mainframe. "Everything seems to be running super,9 Nelson said. ''Super9 also is also how Stacey Querbach, Benton Harbor senior, described the speed of the new mainframe. Querbach said she used to wait up to 10 minutes for the See MAINFRAME Page 18 CMU may guarantee 4-year degree By Lenny Padilla LIFE Staff Writer Next year's incoming freshmen who worry about not graduating in four years may get a helping hand from the university. CMU Provost Richard Davenport said Monday that CMU is working on a program that would guarantee students a four-year degree. "We want to set up a schedule that would encourage students to take a full load of classes and complete their degree in a timely fashion," Davenport said. Specifics of the program are still in the works, but, Davenport said, students -will have to have keep an "appropri ate" grade point average, must make "steady progress" and will have to carry around 15 to 16 credit hours per semester. "If a student follows all the guidelines and does not get through the program in four years, we would pay the tuition for the remainder of his classes," Davenport said. For example, because some classes are offered spring only or fall only or on demand, if CMU requires a certain class for a degree and the class is then not offered, the university would be responsible to pay for that class. But if students change their majors in the course of the program, it is also possible it could be a breach of the program and students could possibly lose the guarantee. According to Davenport, the program, which would be the first of its kind in Michigan, was initiated at the request of President Leonard Plachta. "The president initiated the program because of his concern because the length of a 4-year degree has expanded," he said. "Forty percent of incoming freshmen don't know what they want to major in." He also said the national average for students to earn a degree is 4.8 years. Davenport said the program, which has not been officially released, would focus on incoming freshmen who already know what they want to major in before enrolling for classes. Since the program is still in the early stages of development, Davenport said he does not yet have a release date. "We hope to announce something soon," he said. "We don't really have a time line, but we're pushing hard on it." Davenport said there is a possibility the program could take effect for the 1996-97 school year if everything goes well. "I think we can accomplish it, but it will require much coordi- See DEGREE Page 8 SPORTS Baseball team fairs well on spring break trip CMU came back to chilly Michigan with a 6-4 record. The Chippewas do not have a home game until March 26. PAGE IO LIFESTYLES Stressed Out? Chill-out, kick relax with today's stress methods. back and some of relieving PAGE 14 Detroit company picked for Barnard, Tate demolition By Kristi Groner LIFE Staff Writer Diamond Dismantling will swing the wrecking ball that demolishes Barnard and Tate halls. Facilities Management signed a contract with the Detroit based company Feb. 26, said Jim TVyon, senior project manager for Facilities Management. Diamond Dismantling had the lowest bid of $357,221, which includes the alternative of taking out the footings and basements of the halls, Tryon said. Facilities Management accepted bids Feb. 21. The highest bid was $643,000, Tryon said. This is the first time CMU has used Diamond Dismantling, TVyon said. However, they have done work for the city of Detroit and various other cities. "They're a reputable company,'' he said. Barnard and Tate halls will not be torn down until the beginning of June. Utilities in both buildings need to be rerouted and salvageable items need to be recovered before the halls can be demolished, TVyon said. Barnard and Tate were closed in 1993 because the buildings could no longer be operated economically as residence halls and both were in need of significant repair and renovation. The Board of Trustees approved the demolition of Barnard and Tate at its December meeting. Mt. Pleasant City Commission adopts ban on public nudity By Lenny Padilla LIFE Staff Writer The Mount Pleasant City Commission voted unanimously to adopt a ban on public nudity Monday night after receiving no argument from local residents at a public hearing. Commissioner Kenneth Bovee, who voted for the ban, said the ordinance is in the best interest of the community. "I don't believe (public nudity) is in the wishes of the larger community,'' Bovee said. "And it is my job to reflect the wishes of my constituents. "Personally I don't think it is a good thing for this community. It is not a good influence and it should not be promoted," he said. City Manger Paul Preston drafted the ordinance, which was presented to the commission at the Feb. 26 meeting. The ordinance requires that certain portions of the male and female anatomy are covered. The new ordinance backs a previous ordinance regulating where an establishment promoting public nudity can locate. With the adoption of the new ordinance, it makes it extremely difficult for such an establishment to locate in the area. "We eliminated the geographic areas (with the previous ordinance) for these places and isolated them further with this ordinance," Bovee said. Bovee said the idea of a public establishment taking root in the area didn't sit well with area residents. "I heard a lot from residents," Bovee said. "I got at least two or three calls a week for the last few months expressing their concerns that we do something. There was a lot of interest in this issue, probably more than on any other issue so far." Albert Kaufmann, city commissioner, also received many calls and letters. "... I think the consensus was that it wasn't something they wanted their children to see. "I don't think it is necessary for us to have this type of entertainment in our community," he said. According to the ordinance, violators will be slapped with a misdemeanor, fined $500 or imprisoned for up to 90 days for each offense. The ordinance takes effect March 26. In other business: •Approved a resolution to authorize the Finance Director to issue payroll and warrants in the event that less than four members are on the commission as a result of the March 19 recall election. If the commission is left with less than four members, it could take no official action, could not approve any ordinances and could not make any purchases. t LIFE Photo/Gabriel Guerrero CPRIMP **°k Morse, Lake resident, inspects and wl^HllilVB cleans the railroad crossing lights on CLEANING Broadway Road across from Nelson Park Tuesday afternoon. Tribal members get preview of new bingo hall By Doug Fisher LlPE Staff Wnter The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe opened the doors to the new 50,000 square foot bingo hall Monday night for a quick peek. Tribal members and their families got a sneak preview of the world-class facility Monday, while employees of the tribe and Soaring Eagle Casino got in on the festivities TViesday. Turnout during the two-day event was between 850-900, said Rich Bailey, the manager in charge of bingo operations. "We thought we would experiment with it to see what problems we'll have to face before it opens to the public," he said. Bonnie Quigno, assistant general manager for Soaring Eagle Casino, 7070 E. Broadway Road, said work still needs to be done before the facility officially opens April 1. "The concession stand needs some more equipment and the computerized system that gives us reports and does the tracking needs to be installed," she said. Shortly into the first bingo game Tuesday night, the lights went out, much to the dismay of the crowd. But Quigno restored the power after a short delay. "The reason we're running these mock sessions is to work out the bugs," said Tribal Sub- Chief Gary Quigno. "The lights is just one of the problems and there's also one board (with problems.)" The "board" Gary Quigno was referring to was one of the two large boards with the bingo numbers and letters on it. There were six other smaller boards lining the walls of the hall, as well as 10 television monitors showing the last number which came up. The decor of the building focused on a woodland style. The facility seats 2,500 people for bingo, but can accommodate about 3,500 for other forms of entertainment. Gary Quigno said the tribe is looking at bringing boxing, concerts and other shows to the hall. "Boxing is still in the talking See BINGO Page 8 LIFE Photo/ Katharine Gawlowski Tribal members and employees of the Soaring Eagle Casino were offered a night of free bingo Tuesday evening in an effort to work out bugs in the new system. The new bingo hall will be open to the public on April 1st.
|Title||1996-03-13; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, March 13, 1996 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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