1998-10-26; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan LIFE Volume 81, Number 25 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1998 CM LIFE 79 years of serving the community Monday October 26, 1998 14 pages Central jubilant with narrow victory Western Weekend passes quietly By Kristi Gutowski LIFE Staff VvViter Students and out-of-town guests behaved themselves this Central/Western Weekend, making it a fairly quiet one that local police officers were happy to see. Sgt. Daniel Gaflka of the Mount Pleasant Police Department said the department requested help from other departments in surrounding cities and counties, which is not different from previous years. Gaflka said he was only in the department for three months in 1991 when the riots occurred in Mount Pleasant for Western Weekend. An estimated $10,000 was done in damages that year when more than 3,000 spectators took to city streets and destroyed neighborhood property and overturned cars. "I thought it was chaos," Gaffka said. "I couldn't believe educated people could act that way.** As it turns out, students seemed to behave well this year. Gaflka said no officers were taken to the hospital because of the weekend, although there were some fights in various areas by students, out-of-town guests and local residents. In 1991, there were six officers injured Above right: Spectators storm the field to celebrate the victory over Western 26-24. Right: Eric Nance (25) celebrates with Jeremy Gold (44) during the lest minute of CMU's victory over Western on Saturday. The Chippewas kicked a field goal with less than two minutes left on the clock to take the lead. The Broncos were then unable to get a first down on their next series, which clinched the victory for CMU. Below: Four fans dressed in various costumes (or lack thereof) stormed the field in the second quarter of the CMU/WMU game Saturday. and taken to the hospital. Gaflka said many police were stationed on the north end of campus, with police assigned to every street from Main to University to keep people moving. Other officers also patrolled apartment complexes at the south end of campus. The extra officers from surrounding areas — ranging from Midland to Big Rapids and from Clare to Gratiot counties — put the count close to 200 officers patrolling the streets Saturday night. "We have to go from what we know from the past," Gaflka said, "and typically Western Weekend has been violent." Gaflka thought the officers patrolled the area suffi- See WESTERN Page 2 RYAN WOOD • CM LIFE TONY CEPAK • CM LIFE RYAN WOOD • CM LIFE Two boys killed in accident By Kristi Gutowski LIFE Staff Writer Two boys died Saturday evening as a result of a two-vehicle accident near the intersection of Broadway Road and Sowmick Drive. Justin Bennett, 14, and Brandon Sprague, 10, were on an all-terrain vehicle crossing Broadway Road near *Sowmick Drive about 5:39 p.m. A Chevrolet pickup, driven by John Rubio, was traveling east on Broadway and was also involved in the accident. The accident is still under inves tigation, but officials said it . appears the pickup swerved to avoid the all-terrain vehicle and ran into a ditch, where it turned onto its side. Sprague was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and Bennett was transported to Central Michigan Community Hospital, where he later died in the emergency room. Rubio was also transported by ambulance to CMCH. He was still hospitalized and in fair condition at press time. CMU tuition tax credit available again By Joey Polrtzer LIFE Staff Writer Students and their parents will be happy to know that CMU again qualifies for the tuition tax credit, saving them money on their income tax forms. This news came as the state Department of Treasury announced last week that 37 institutions have qualified for the Michigan College Tuition Tax Credit program this year. Among those meeting the qualifications was CMU. All 37 institutions had to abide by certain tuition fee regulations to meet 1998 qualifications. By this, schools could not increase their tuition and fees by more than the 2.3 inflation rate of the previous year. Parents or guardians also have to meet requirements to receive the aid of the tax credit. Families with an adjusted gross income of $200,000 or less will be eligible for a tuition tax credit, if they have students enrolled in the institutions. Up to a $375 credit can be applied to the tuition paying party's 1998 income tax liability. Kim Ellertson, vice president of Business and Finance at CMU, commented on the announcement of the tax credit in regards to the university. "First, it will help keep tuition costs low, and second it will help students get tax credit," Ellertson said. This will be the second year CMU has qualified for the tax credit, he said. "Students will not benefit largely from this tax credit,1* Ellertson said. "But it causes those of us in education to look at ways to keep tuition costs low." Aside from CMU, seven *other public universities qualified. These universities include Eastern Michigan, Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Lake Superior State, Michigan State, Northern Michigan and Saginaw Valley State. See TAX CREDIT Page 2 Classified 13 Crossword 13 Et cetera 10-11 Sports 6-8 Voices To reach CM LIFE Phone. (317) 774-3493 E-Mail: CMLIFEecmuvm.csv.C0itch.edM Fa* number (517) 774-7805 Central Michigan LIFE Online Internet add rent: http://www.cmli fee mich.edu U.S. Senate addresses binge drinking By Joseph McCarthy LIFE Staff Wnter The U.S. Senate has recently become concerned with college binge drinking, but the topic isn't a new one at CMU. A Senate resol ution, sponsored by Sen. Joseph R. Bid en, D-Del., calls for universities to create committees dedicated to setting alcohol regulations, providing alcohol-free activities, and enforcing zero- tolerance policies toward underage drinking. Central, which already has several committees and organi rations working on the issue, is seen by other universities as a trail blazer in the effort to reduce dangerous binge drinking, said Mark Minelli, manager of Health Advocacy Services. "Central really is seen as a leader in prevention,"' he said. But Minelli said that doesnt mean Central is free from binge drinking. "Just like any other school nationwide, rd say we have a problem with binge drinking," he said. "Its fairly obvious that all schools are dealing with alcohol relat ed problems and that's . . . referred to as binge drinking." According to a survey of Central students conducted in 1996, underage drinking is 72 percent — an 11 percent drop from 1994. Minelli said those indicators are signs of progress. "We're encouraged by what we see by those trends. People don't seem to be having the abusive drinking patterns," Minelli said. But binge drinking still affects more than half of the student body, according to the survey. In 1996, 52 percent of the study's participants reported they had binge drank within two weeks of the study. The definition of binge drinking used in the questionnaire was consuming "five or more drinks in a sitting." Minelli said he personally disagrees with that definition of binge drinking. "If you were at legal age and you were at a party all night long . . . maybe you were there for four or five hours, you weren't that drunk. You may have been legally able to drive," he said. Minelli said he would rather use a definition of binge drinking that focused on the behavior of the individual instead of the quantity of alcohol they had consumed. The behavior of intoxicated students is an issue being examined by several groups, including the Mount Pleasant City Commission, which has explored some unruly student behavior recently. However, when compared to other universities around the country, Minelli said Central is fairly typical. "With some of our alcohol use patterns they didn't seem to be far off other schools," he said. Minelli said patterns established before college are also important. "It's only as good as what we inherit. We have to look at what*s coining in at a high school level," he said. Minelli said universities can help try to curb binge, drinking, but an effort needs to be made earlier to be really effective. See BINGE Page 2 Fund raising record broken CMU Public Radio broke a record Sunday night in terms of fund raising — in 11 days, the station raised a total of $167,362 which was pledged by 2,188 callers. The figure is 5.4 percent higher than the 1997 fall pledge total, according to a press release issued late Sunday. "Listeners responded generously when their pledges were matched, or had additional dollars added from a challenger," said Tbm Hunt, director of CMU Public Radio, in the press release. Among the funds raised included a donation from the third grade class at Pine Avenue School in Alma, according to the press release. "It meant a lot to us to get a pledge like this," Hunt said in the press release. According to the press release, CMU Public Radio serves residents of central and northern Michigan and part of Canada from six transmitters and is responsible for a 24-hour schedule of news, classical music, traditional music and jazz.
|Title||1998-10-26; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, October 26, 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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