1996-06-19; Central Michigan Life
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***"*»* Central I IC C Michigan -LI \\ C WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 1996 VOLUME 78, NUMBER 92 MOUNT PLEASANT, MICHIGAN 48859 ©1996 CM LIFE (517)774-3493 10 PAGES By Dave Borough LIFE Staff Writer The El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Academy in Lansing, one of CMU's charter schools, has been put on probation by Central. According to Robert Mills, director of CMlTs Charter School Office, the academy was placed on probation May 20 because of the governing style of the board. Mills said three of the nine original board members resigned before the school opened its doors because of internal conflicts. Mills said, in his opinion, the school board members lack management skills, have failed to involve staff and parents in decision making and seemed to cause constant friction among a group of parents. "The school board has demonstrated an open disregard for professional suggestion," Mills said. TVina Rios, Shabazz's school board secretary, spoke for school board president Ada Jennings, who could not be reached for comment because of a prior engagement. Rios said she was "shocked" and "dis mayed" to hear the academy was put on probation. "I can't fathom any document that justifies putting the school on probation," Rios said. "WeVe tried as a board to do the best that we can. We are not perfect, but we are learning and have worked really hard to make sure Shabazz succeeds." Rios also said she believes a few people consisting of former board members, former employees and others have caused most of the problems. "I'm just really frustrated. In my heart I really care about the success of the school," Rios said. lb help find a solution to some of these problems, CMU brought in consultants to teach training workshops and serve as mentors. "I am disappointed after all the time, money and human efforts we haven't made better progress," Mills said. According to Carole Woods, head of the Parent Support Net-work, which is a group that works to keep children in school, all of the problems started when Larry Scott was voted off the PSN. The PSN was responsible for creating the school. Lansing charter school put on probation by Central Scott was the president of the original school board, but later resigned. Woods said Scott and Principal Ruby Helton are responsible for the academy being put on probation. She said she feels Helton did a worse job of running the school than the Lansing School District. She also said she feels the probation is modern day racism. "CMU has separated us into class. It is modern day racism," Woods said. "Central is playing the same game with See CHARTER Page 10 Chippewa river might reach flood level today By Dave Borough LIFE Staff Writer The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for all of Isabella County at 4:47 p.m. Tuesday. According to Sgt. Barry Trombly of the Mount Pleasant Michigan State Police post, the Chippewa River will reach flood stage and crest sometime today. Problems flood in as rains hit Mount Pleasant By Dave Borough LIFE Staff Writer Last week's thunderstorms caused flooding in the basements of several buildings on campus. According to James Dening, director of Computer Services, both Woldt and Foust halls experienced problems with water coming inside. Dening said Woldt had the most water damage with about an inch accumulating. He said the students working in the computer lab tried to get the computers off the floor, although a few did get some water in them. Also four boxes of papers in an office were damaged and carpeting in a couple of the offices may need to be replaced, he said. "There was no major equipment damage that I am aware of," Dening said. In Foust, Dening said water came in through the windows, flowed down the wall and eventually under the floor. Many wires run under the floor to the main computer and they had to use the emergency shut off to prevent damage to the computer system. By shut- SPORTS ting off the system, some e-mail was lost. "Usually we can recover all the data, but not in this case," Dening said. "Things could have been worse." Dening said in conjunction with the music building, the storm drain system was replaced to try to prevent flooding in Foust. "Facilities Management did a good job getting us back in business," Dening said. Earl Morrow, director of Facilities Operations for Facilities Management, said Rose Center, the Dow Science Building and the Southwest Quad, more commonly called the Towers, also had problems with the rain water. The Towers' mechanical room received 80,000 gallons of water, or about 28 inches, he said. Facilities Management pumped out the water and was able to clean everything up, he said. In Dow, the basement received approximately an inch and a half of water, and Facilities Management was able to mop it up, he said. In the Student Activity Center, water went underneath Courtesy Photo/Theresa Catalano-Reinhardt (Above) SamanthaTilford (left), 7, Joanna Perkin (center), Jackson senior, and Amanda Reinhardt (right), 6, play in the flood waters at Washington Court Apartments during last Wednesday's rain storm. (Below) Raymond's Camper Sales, 2420 E. Broomfield, also experienced flooding. Thirty campers were damaged in Wednesday's rain, half of the company's stock. the wood playing floors. Facilities Management is trying to dry them out, he said. It is uncertain if the floors will need to be replaced. "We are looking into the areas that were flooded. Right now we have no solutions," Morrow said. Morrow said damage estimates would not be available for several weeks. Morrow said this was the first major flooding at CMU since September of 1986 when campus was shut down for a week after receiving 13 inches of rain in 13 hours. LIFE Photo/Bryan Bosch He said the flood stage is eight feet and, at press time, the river was at 5.5 feet. The river is expected to crest to eight or nine feet, he said. According to Dave Barrons, chief meteorologist of TV 9 &10, there was a possibility of an isolated thunderstorm Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning. The Mount Pleasant area has received approximately 3.5 to four inches of rain throughout the day, he said. Barrons said the rest of the week is going to slowly be drying out and becoming warmer with the weekend looking optimistic. Later, Barrons called CM LIFE and said the flood warning was canceled as of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. A league of their own Former CMU stars Carta Sterk and Nikki Thompkins are two of just 122 players to qualify for the inaugural ABL Draft today. PAGE 6 UJJ.es'l TODAY 75/5.' Mo->t lv c -1 € >U(K Tribe set to open conference center in December LIFE Photo/Bryan Bosch The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe's new Soaring Eagle Casino will be finished by the end of June, the Resort (above) should be completed by December. New casino to open in late June By Heather N. LaFave LIFE News Editor As the completion of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe's Soaring Eagle Casino nears, the tribe is betting on its success. Joe Sowmick, public relations director for the tribe, said the expanded casino portion of the new complex will open at the end of June. The hotel/conference center will open "sometime in December," he said. The casino will feature a variety of games including roulette, poker, black jack and craps. "It will have all of the games you'd expect at a world-ciass casino," Sowmick said. However, the casino won't have sports booking or horse racing, he said. The casino's gaming room, which measures 205,000-square feet, is the second largest in North America, Sowmick said. With the expansion, the tribe will become the largest employer in Isabella County. Sowmick said the gaming operations employs 1,700 people and the opening of the casino and hotel will bring the number up to approximately 3,000. Response to the expansions from casino patrons has been good, he said. The casino brings approximately 7,000 to 11,000 to Mount Pleasant daily. The expansion will boost patronage to approximately 30,000 people per day, Sowmick said. By Heather N. LaFave LIFE News Editor The Soaring Eagle Resort's hotel and conference center are still under construction, although bookings for the facility have been made through 1999. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe plans to open the complex in December, and the hotel's general manager, John Bliek, said it is "going to be beautiful." Construction to finish enclosing the building should be done within two to three weeks, Bliek said. Interior work such as dry walling and mill work can begin once the building has been enclosed. Bliek said the rain has had some effect on the work, but said it gives workers incentive to get it done soon. "The rain is certainly an obstacle to overcome," he said. Regardless of the interference from the weather, the resort will feature a wide variety of "exciting and unique" experiences for patrons. The complex will feature a total of 521 rooms including suites, a private concierge section, a ballroom, a 2,500-square foot suite, a spa, a restaurant with a private dining room and various meeting rooms. The 13,000-square foot ballroom will seat 1,000 people for dinner, and is the only ballroom that large in the area, Bliek said. He said there will be a variety of "neat guest rooms" including 18 one-bedroom suites with tire- places, rooms with Jacuzzis, rooms with old-fashioned bathtubs in the bedroom and fireplaces. There will be 60 rooms with fireplaces, a unique characteristic of the new resort, he said. Plans are still being made for decor and fixtures of the hotel, and the names for the various suites and the restaurant are being chosen, he said. "Really, all of the furniture, fixtures and equipment will be top-notch stuff," Bliek said. The resort also will be especially attractive for couples planning weddings, as there will be a wedding specialist on staff, he said. For booking information, contact Bliek at (517) 772-1121.
|Title||1996-06-19; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, June 19, 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;|
|Copyright Permission||Copyright 1996 by Central Michigan University. This material is copyrighted and any further reproduction or distribution is prohibited.|