1998-02-02; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan LIFE Volume 79, Number 54 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1998 CM LIFE 78 years of serving the community MONDAY February 2, 1998 12 pages Faulty wiring may be cause of car fire in lot 1 UFE Staff Reports CMU students realized Sunday all it takes is a few minutes and some bad luck for misfortune to strike, causing unexpected grief and thousands of dollars in damage. Police officials received a call at 3:41 p.m. Sunday reporting a car on fire in Lot 1. Upon arrival, it was reported two vehicles had caught fire, a gray Chevy Cavalier and a red Ford Ranger. Mike Klein, fire equipment operator, said the cause of the fire was most likely electrical problems in the Cavalier. The fire department can't state an exact cause of the fire until it gets the test results back. The incident is still under investigation. "We don't have the exact cause of fire, although that's what it looks like," he said. *1 just went in to visit some friends before class for 15 minutes and I come out and my truck is ruined," said Nicole Assmann, Remus junior and owner of the Rob Knapp, Midland sophomore and owner of the Cavalier, said the wiring in his vehicle was severely damaged when his car was broken into Thursday and unknown individuals punched a hole in his trunk and stole his stereo system. Knapp said he was told it appeared as if the wires in the trunk had overheated, ranging the fire. Knapp said his insurance company will cover the damages. A third car, a blue Pontiac Grand Am, also received minor damages to the driver's side, with the heat from the other two cars causing some of the paint to bub ble. The owner was not able to be reached. "We saw the flames from our window and decided to come over,* said Tanya Gustafson, Waterford senior. "I guess there was an accidental fire next to mine, and it started my truck on fire, I guess," Assmann said. She also said her insurance company would cover damages. "I certainly hope so, yeah it should," she said. Assmann, who commutes, tried to remain optimistic and said she will have to go looking for another vehicle. Tm gonna go car shopping this week, I guess," she said. Officer Timothy Prout of the CMU Police said no one was in the vehicles when they caught fire and there -were no injuries. ERIC SCHERB • CM LIFE Mount Pleasant Rre responded to a car Sunday. Parents gather to discuss change in education ■ Proposal would give public school money to parents DETROIT (AP) — About 250 people — mostly parents of Detroit Public Schools children — met for what they described as the first step in a crusade to change public education in Michigan. The Detroit Partnership for Parental Choice is pushing for a ballot proposal as early as 2000 that would take money from public schools and give it to parents who could spend it to send their children to any public, private or parochial school they choose. "We really feel like our kids need a choice," said Xylia Hall, one of the parents who attended the meeting Saturday at Cobo Center. "I defend the public schools, but something needs to be done. They are not staying focused on the children." In 1970, voters passed a state constitutional amendment banning public financing of private schools. Some members of the Detroit parents group have traveled to Cleveland and Milwaukee to see how school-choice plans have worked in those cities. On Saturday, they heard from Howard Fuller, former Milwaukee school superintendent, who said giving parents choices is the only way to make urban districts accountable. "We've still got people telling parents Tm going to get my check whether your child gets educated or not,*" Fuller said. "We've got all kinds of people who say they support change as long as nothing changes ... our children don't need reform, they need a revolution." Anita Nelam, a leader of the Detroit parents group, said that one of its aims over the coming year will be to identify school board members, legislators and candidates who support school choice. Classified 10-11 Crossword 10 Etcetera 8-9 Sports 5-7 Voices 4 To re** CMLIFE Phone:774-3493 B+mmw aaffTifw an a*a*mamm Fax number:f SI7*774-7805 C*****W***M9*m mUFEOhHm Buried in debt TONY CEPAK • CM LIFE ILLUSTRATION Students struggle with 'day of reckoning' By Jolene Schuttz LIFE Staff Writer Becky Major knows what ifs like to graduate into an institution of debt. Major graduated with a bachelor's degree in English and must begin repayment of three loans totaling more than $22,000 in July. She expects her loan repayments to run between $300 and $400 a month. Major, 26, received loans for seven semesters at CMU. Currently, she works at McDonald's Restaurant, but wants to get a job in advertising. "Ifs kind of depressing knowing (the loans are) there,** she said, "...that it'll be looming over my head for the next 10 years. I may pay off my student loans in time to put my son through college.** Major is not alone. With 70 percent of CMU students receiving some type of financial aid, many CMU alumni must begin repayment on their student loans shortly after graduation. Paying it back is the part Major is -worried about. Tm hoping I can find a job to cover all the bills and allow (myself) to live," Major said. "Right now, I don't know what my job prospects are. "I was basically a debt-free person until I moved to college," she said. "I don't have credit cards like many people. I don't like having to do it. I don't like knowing I'm that far in debt and (that I) have to spend the next 10 to 15 years paying it back.** Major said if she had it to do all over again, she would finance her education differently. "I would have worked harder, taken on a second job and taken fewer loans. If I could have worked two jobs, been a single parent and taken classes, I would have done it. It may have taken me a little longer to graduate, but I would have. While Major was enrolled mm a CMU student, she didnt spend a great deal of time thinking about loan repayments. "At the time, I didn't give it much thought," she said. "I knew there would be a day of reckoning but Td cross that bridge when I got there. They all come due in July." After six years of loan payments, another CMU graduate who wishes to remain anonymous and is a team leader at Old Kent Financial Corporation headquartered in Grand Rapids has finally put the dark cloud of debt behind her. The alumna, who began paying off $8,000 in student loans in 1991, sent in her last payment in Oct. 1997. "It felt really good when I paid it off," she said. "I was fortunate because I only had to borrow $8,000 in student loans. I financed my own college tuition and worked full time while obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.1* The alumna said if she didnt have the loan, it would have taken her longer to get through college. While attending CMU, she said she didn't think a great deal about her loan either. See DEBT Rage 2 Penalties severe for defaulted loans By Jolene Schuttz LIFE Staff Writer With 70 percent of CMU students receiving some type of financial aid, many students will be faced with loan repayments and interest rates upon graduation. According to Judith Emmons, assistant director of Scholarships and Financial Aid, the average debt of the 1997 CMU graduate who borrows money is $16,520. The borrower must begin repayment of their student loans six months after graduation. A borrower can defer a student loan if the individual goes back to school or is unemployed, Emmons said. "With a subsidized loan, the principal and interest are deferred," she said. "If it is an unsubsidized loan, the principal is deferred." If the borrower becomes 180 days behind in their monthly payments, their loan will go into default and the penalties are very severe. "They are in very bad standing," Emmons said. 'The credit borrowers will be notified. If they go back to school, they won't get additional financial aid. If they're working, ifs possible their wages could be garnished." Emmons said the employer will have to pull a certain percentage of the borrowers check each pay period to give to the federal government. "Ifs a lot of work for the employer to do and they really dont like things like that," she said. Emmons also said the borrowers tax refunds can be seized and the borrower can be taken to court. "Frequently there is a penalty assessed," she said. "We dont want to see our former students getting themselves in the situation, because obviously we want good things from our alumni.** Emmons said if too many former students go into default, it can have an impact on Central's ability to give financial aid to students. "Some schools lost the right to give financial aid because their See DEFAULT Page 11 The men's basketball pulled an upset victory against Akron Saturday at Rose Page 5 PBS: trying to integrate with CMU, students ByJutta LIFE Assistant News Edrtor After two and a half years of improvements and compliance with a business plan, Public broadcasting is still under fire. In 1995 PBS was asked to cut their budget and become more integrated onto the campus. The college of business put together a two-year business plan for PBS which ends this year. Director of Public Television, Monte Higgins, said the general funds of PBS have been cut. "Our budget has been trimmed," Higgins said. According to the report filed with the Center tor Public Broadcasting dated June 30, 1997, PBS*s television programming, out of a total of $2,354,610, raised $786,790 from 11,882 viewers, the university funded $717,764, and the difference was made up of funds from the Center for Public Broadcasting and busine* industry underwriting. Higgins said of last year's funding, $1,800,000 went to progranumnt duction and broadcasting winch he said is the largest expenditure. He said $209,000 went to management in See PBS Page 2 Too much of o burdon? Expected PBS funding from the university re going down.
|Title||1998-02-02; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, February 2, 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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