1996-10-02; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan LIFE Volume 79, Number 17 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1996 CM LIFE 77 years of serving the community WEDNESDAY October 2, 1996 18 pages LIFE Photo/Gabriel Guerrero Becky Gullekson. Manton sophomore, receives an autographed copy of Bobby Petrocelli's book "Triumph Over Tragedy "Tuesday night in Pearce Hall room 127. Petrocelli (below), a motivational speaker, spoke to the audience on challenges facing youth today. 'Triumphing over tragedy' By Rachel Schofield LIFE Staff Writer His message was powerful, and it took only 10 seconds to realize it. On campus Tuesday night, Bobby Petrocelli shared his life story and triumph over tragedy in dealing- with the death of his wife, who was killed by a drunk driver. He brought tears to some eyes, yet demonstrated how a tragedy in life can be overcome. He described the tragedy as being a dream he wished he could wake up from. Living in Houston at the time, Petrocelli and his wife had been married two years and had just moved into the home of their dreams. Petrocelli had started his career as a football coach and taught at a high school. On a Thursday night, he had returned home from coaching a football game, and was greeted at the door by his wife and a huge bowl of pasta she had cooked for him. After spending some time together she went to bed and he soon joined her. "The last thing I remember was saying good night and kissing my wife, then taking one last look at my alarm clock," he said. About an hour later, Petrocelli woke in a daze in his dining room staring at the headlights of a 3/4 ton pick-up truck. The 35-year-old driver, who was drunk, had crashed through his bedroom wall, ran over him and his wife and now was looking at Petrocelli and asking him if there was somebody else in the house. Petrocelli was in a daze but only wondered where his wife was. "1 remember the paramedics telling me someone was taking care of my wife," he said. "They put me in an ambulance and as See TRAGEDY Page 16 Covert officers used to catch minors drinking By Dave Borough LIFE Staff Writer Party hosts should be careful who they collect three dollars from at their door. According to Andy Mayer, deputy director of Mount Pleasant Public Safety, in the past the Mount Pleasant Police Department has used covert operations to prevent the sale of alcohol and underage drinking at parties. "We do have undercover officers at parties occasionally but not on a regular basis," Mayer said. Undercover officers entering parties is not an invasion of one's home or right to privacy. If people can walk in off the street and are allowed to enter the party, it's legal for an undercover police officer to enter, he said. Mayer said there are many cases where the courts have ruled in the police officer's favor. The Mount Pleasant police would like to do covert operation on a more regular basis, but because of a lack of resources it is not possible, he said. "Our resources are barely enough to have officers on the streets for complaints," Mayer said. "We will do it periodically depending on extra money from grants." Mayer said the reasons for enforcing alcohol laws at parties is to prevent accidents and incidents that occur when a person is intoxicated. "The results of consumption are property damage, disorderly conduct, injury and death," Mayer said. "Intoxication has wrecked the careers and lives of many students because of one night of doing something stupid they wouldn't normally have done." The Mount Pleasant police's objective is to make students apprehensive because they may get caught if drinking underage or selling alcohol illegally occurs at a party, he said. The best way students can protect themselves if they are having a party is either to buy the alcohol and give it away for free to people of legal age or to have everyone bring their own, he said. w: e do have undercover officers at parties occasionally but not on a regular basis." ANDY MAYER Deputy director of Mount Pleasant Public Safety "You can't sell alcohol without a license. The law is clear on that issue," Mayer said. Mayer said the department has received above average cooperation from fraternities and sororities in the Main Street neighborhoods this year. Mayer attributes the cooperation as a part of the community policing efforts. "A good portion of cooperation in the Main Street area has come as a result of the community officer assigned to that area," Mayer said. "We have no reason to believe that (the cooperation's) not going to continue." He said enforcement alone is not the only solution to combat underage drinking and the illegal sale of alcohol. Parents, fraternities and sororities all need to be part of the solution. "We need to make young people more conscious of their actions when they drink," Mayer said. SGA listens to concerns about affirmative action By Jeremy Russ LIFE Staff Writer Student Government Association Senate heard concerns Monday on the lack of affirmative action issues in the Board of Trustees' bylaws. The Board of Trustees* bylaws have no stipulations protecting people from discrimination due to sexual orientation. Several groups have discussed their concerns with the SGA Senate on the issue, which resulted in the Senate hearing public comments from Russ Herron, vice president of University Relations and Michael Gaudreau, anti-violence coordinator of the Triangle Foundation. Herron said the Board of Trustees does not have to have a bylaw on discrimination based on sexual orientation, because the university as a whole has adopted a policy of non-discrimination. He further added the Board of Trustees policy is not different See SGA Page 8 Community discusses casino impact study By Len Padilla LIFE Staff Writer So many answers, so few questions. In a community forum Monday at Mount Pleasant High School, officials attempted to answer resident questions concerning the effects the new Soaring Eagle Resort Casino will have on the surrounding community. Representatives from the Soaring Eagle Casino, the City of Mount Pleasant, Isabella County and CMU researchers who conducted the casino impact study were on hand to make presentations and answer questions. More than 120 people attended the forum and listened to an hour and a half of presentations, however, when the time came for the audience to ask questions of the experts, only six stood up. Alice Littlefield, professor and chair of sociology, anthropology and social work, participated in the casino impact study and spoke at the forum. She said she thinks the forum went well but thought more questions could have been asked. "I'm not sure what it is," Littlefield said of the few who had questions. "I think maybe their questions were already answered by the speakers." Concern over roads and crime are the major concerns which must be dealt with, Littlefield said. "Something has to be done," Littlefield said of the current road system. The tribe estimates around 35,000 people will frequent the casino on a daily basis. Duane Ellis, Mount Pleasant director of public works, said one solution may be a ring road to alleviate traffic, which might be installed beginning in 1998. Concerns raised by residents ranged from the need of additional social services to the serving of alcoholic beverages at the casino. Faith Montoya, a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian THbe, said she is concerned about alcohol being served at the casino. "We're proud that we haven't served alcohol," Montoya said of the tribes current practice. "People say they like the atmosphere (in the casino) as it is." Joe Sowmick, public relations director for the tribe, said the tribe "will not be serving alcohol on the gaming floor." Sowmick said the tribe will be serving alcohol at the hotel, for room service and in the bingo hall during special events such as concerts and boxing matches. Sowmick also said the tribe is hoping to bring other entertainment to the casino, such as the Miss Michigan Teen competition and performances from Detroit's State Theater. The new casino is slated to open in November followed by the hotel in early 1997. Larry Collins, of Mount Pleasant, said residents are genuinely concerned over the whole issue regardless of how many people showed up for the forum. "Everybody living in the area is concerned about it and knows that the casino is going to have a profound impact," Collins said. "So they are concerned and they are looking for information. They are looking for answers and this (forum) is helping them to form opinions." The casino impact study was conducted by CMlTs Center for Applied Research & Rural Studies. The study deals with the issues of housing, roads, population, health care, law enforcement and many other areas which will likely be affected by the opening of the new casino. I N S I O I Classified Crossword Et cetera Sports Voices 17; f7 12-15 lo-ii 4,6* To reach CMUFE Phone 774-3493 | E-Mail CMLIFE«cinuvni.c»v.cmich.e<lu Fax number <517>774-7805 Central Michigan LIFE Online Internet address http://141.209.72.lb Students take advantage of e-mail; too early to evaluate problems By Jeremy H. Dickman LIFE Staff Writer E-mail use has undergone a substantial increase on-campus lately. With the new computer systems installed in Park Library this semester, all computers in the library now have e-mail and Internet access in addition to library information access. According to Stephen Foster, director of technical services at Park Library, it is too early to tell if there will be any problems with students using the library's computers for personal tasks instead of to find library materials. Students now have a larger choice of computers to choose from with e-mail capability, including those in the computer labs and the library. However, with these added choices comes some problems. "The biggest problem is (students) don't pay attention to the rules and regulations posted," said David Jelinek, systems programmer and staff specialist for Computer Services. "They continue sending chain- mail," Jelinek said. "We can't seem to get across to them that it ties up the systems." According to Jelinek, the second major problem is students harassing others through e-mail, "but it's very rare," he said. Computer services does not have the staff to help all e-mail users with their problems. "We do the best we can, but we're really swamped," Jelinek said. See INCREASE Page 14 LIFE Photo/ Rosey I Students wait in line for a computer to use e-mail Monday at the Woldt Computer Lab.
|Title||1996-10-02; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, October 02, 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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