1996-03-27; Central Michigan Life
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& **"te»<a Central I ICC Michigan LITE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 1996 VOLUME 78, NUMBER 73 MOUNT PLEASANT. MICHIGAN 48859 ©1996 CM LIFE (517)774-3493 14 PAGES SPORTS Sibling rivalry highlights CMU softball game CMU player Jill LeBourdais will face her sister. Lane, as the Chippewas take on Saginaw Valley State in a contest scheduled for today. PAGE 8 LIFESTYLES Local Organization works to save lives The Central Michigan Gift of Life Organization will sponsor a bone marrow drive from 1-7 p.m. on April 2 and 3 at the Student Activity Center. PAGE IO CAMPUS New group commits to political, social change You Beautiful Black Women became one of Central's registered student organizations March 13. The group has committed its efforts to political and social changes on campus. PAGE 3 MlJ\ J'l J: TODAY - 30/20 partly sunny THURSDAY- 35/25 rain showers- Officials unveil parking proposal By Heather N. LaFave LIFE Staff Writer The Student Government Association announced that the action it will take on the university^ new parking proposal depends on what the students want. At Monday's SGA meeting, Kim Ellertson, vice president of Business and Finance, and Jean Lindley, assistant vice president of Facilities Management, presented the President's Planning Council's proposal. The proposal will raise the cost of commuter parking to $100, institute a $100 parking fee for employees and open 525 parking spaces to commuters through reallocation and construction. Ellertson said the proposal would make parking lots 6, 18 and 28 available to commuting students only; open Lot 8 to any one with a parking permit; and expand Lot 33 by 102 more spaces to the southeast and 158 spaces to the west for commuter, faculty and staff parking. The construction of a parking lot in the vicinity of soon-to-be- demolished Barnard and Tate halls would create 375 spaces for commuters, faculty and staff, he said. The proposal will double the cost of the commuter parking permit, but Ellertson said he still believes it is a "pro-student project" because the students will get what they pay for. He said the reallocated spaces will be made available to students right away if the proposal is accepted by the Board of Trustees at its April 26 meeting. At Tuesday's Academic Senate meeting. President Leonard Plachta said a new lot will be built, and the area occupied by Tate and Barnard would be landscaped. "We intend to occupy not the space where the buildings themselves sit, but in the surrounding area." The construction on other lots will be completed during the next three summers. But the See PARKING Page 6 Bellows St. Proposed Parking Changes open to anyone with a parking permit <3 open to commuters only addition of 258 more spaces totai p&i b^v telK^ ... ART ON THE MOVE LIFE Photo/Gabriel Guerrero Andrew Riedner (left). Grayling freshman, and Andrea Hunter (right).Troy senior, help Randy Hilliker (back), Hastings senior, move his sculpture into the University Art Gallery Sunday afternoon. Hilliker is displaying his sculpture at his fine arts exhibition this week. Residents promise $300,000 donation By Doug Fisher LIFE Staff Writer With $300,000 promised by area community members, ice skating aficionados may be a little closer to lacing up their skates year round. If all goes well, and the Cultural and Recreation Commission meets its goal of $450,000 from the community, an indoor ice facility could be completed as early as next winter, according to Bob Weisenburger, CRC board member The CRC has generated more than $300,000 in pledges from community members in the last month that will go toward construction of the rink. The CRC originally received $500,000 from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, as well as an additional $250,000 from the State of Michigan. Weisenburger said construction on the multi-million dollar project may begin this summer, "but nothing is set in stone." Steve Martineau, CRC board member, said the goal must "absolutely" be met before construction can begin. Martineau said at this time he could not give out the names of the individual community members that have committed to giving money for the venture. "The names will presumably be on plaques in front of the building for helping to get it started," he said. "Some of them don't want their names out now, but we have nothing to hide." He said some of the donors are doctors, another is a corporation, while others are community members that believe strongly in the project. "The citizens of this community have given commitments towards construction of the facility in upwards of $300,000," Martineau said. "But I don't have the money sitting in a bank account." The CRC recently received an allocation of land from the city of Mount Pleasant. The city granted 9.8 acres of land to be used for the project on Isabella Road north of Broomfield Road. Weisenburger said although the site has been chosen, the commission is still looking for more land. "The city promised us the land some time ago, but with the rising cost of land . . . we're still looking for more acres but money is a big issue," he said. "We're happy to have 10 (acres), but we're looking for more." The project started in December 1993, after a group of citizens voiced concerns for the needs of youth in the area and discussed the possibility for an indoor center because of the lack of alternative activities in the Isabella County community. See SKATING Page 13 Trullinger attends last city meeting By Lenny Padilla LIFE Staff Writer It was a bitter-sweet occasion for most of the Mount Pleasant City Commission Monday as most things were back to status quo. The meeting was the first following an attempt by a group of local residents to recall Commissioners Kenneth Bovee, Gerald Cassel,. Donald Sowle and Robert Trullinger for their recom-1 mendation of J the widening I of an eight-1 block section of | High Street. M o n d ay' s | meeting also marked the last meeting for Trullinger. Trullinger, who was a member of the City Commission for more than four years and served one term as mayor of Mount Pleasant, announced in February he accepted the position of vice president of Adult Programs at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rock Mount. In addition to serving on the City Commission, Trullinger served as an employee of CMU for 16 years before being relieved of his duties last December as director of Regional and Special Programs for Alumni Relations and Development. "(Mount Pleasant) is home to me," Trullinger said. "It's going to be strange for me. I will miss my friends on the commission. There were times when I talked to them two or three times a day." According Susan Smith, Mount Pleasant mayor, the vacancy left by Trullinger will be filled within 30 days. Whomever is appointed will See LEAVING Page 2 TRULLINGER Trial date set for lawsuit accusing CMU of breaking agreement By Rebecca Messer LIFE Assistant News Editor A trial date has been scheduled for a lawsuit accusing CMU of breaking the silence it agreed to in an Oct. 12 settlement. A non-jury trial is scheduled for Sept. 16 in the Ingham County Court of Claims. According to the lawsuit, CMU violated the settlement of another suit, this one claiming gross negligence against CMU and sexual harassment against former legislative counsel Greg Morris. Under the agreement, parties involved were not to discuss the settlement terms. The stipulation states that anyone who breaches the clause could be fined $55,000. The lawsuit was filed Jan. 10 by Natalie Alane, former assistant for governmental relations; Maureen Daugherty, former administrative assistant for Morris; Sandy Mumford, former administrative secretary for Morris and current administrative secretary of music; and Noelle Schiffer, former consultant to CMU. The lawsuit provided some exceptions to the confidentiality clause, including responding to Freedom of Information Act requests and giving information to accountants, attorneys and the Internal Revenue Service. The settlement claims information released under the Michigan FOIA by Jonas Cook, CMU's Freedom of Information officer, to CM LIFE and the Morning Sun included more details than were requested, which violates the settlement's confidentiality clause. Cook could not be reached for comment. Also named in the suit is Eileen Jennings, University Counsel. Jennings was directly quoted in the Morning Sun, a violation of the confidentiality agreement, the suit stated. Jennings would not comment. In a response to the lawsuit, filed Feb. 12, CMU denied violating the confidentiality provision of the settlement. According to the response, CMU claims Cook and Jennings were well within the provisions of the original settlement agreement when they provided information to the press. Randie Black, attorney for the plaintiffs, and Robert Vercruysse and Ann Kelly, attorneys for CMU, could not be reached for comment.
|Title||1996-03-27; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, March 27, 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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