1998-06-03; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan LIFE Volume 79, Number 89 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1998 CM LIFE 78 years of serving the community WEDNESDAY June 3, 1998 10 pages Area residents still have no power after Sunday's storm Si r* | 1 wr 1. r*l • _. -^4. J tHM~t .'•l| hJH - - T>. %, A » A _i_rS 2 f s *J? 2C= __w * i m****** L " ?^_ - - i< By Heather VanDyke LIFE Copy Editor As of Tuesday evening, 5,500 Isabella County residents and businesses are still reported to be without power, according to Consumers Energy officials. Isabella County residents are still trying to pick up the pieces, thanks to one of the biggest storms to ever hit the lower peninsula of Michigan. Winds were reported to be as high as 80 mph, said Dan Houser, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service office in Grand Rapids. "I'm sure it was all straight-line winds," Houser said. "There were no signs of a tornado.9* Charles Maclnnis, director of news and information for Consumers Energy, said as a result of the storm he has sent out numerous crews in an attempt to revamp the electrical systems within customers' homes. "We have all of our electric line crews from Ludington to Muskegon to Bay City, Saginaw and Flint," Maclnnis said. Maclnnis said there is a large number of people able to provide assistance. "We have 270 Consumers Energy crews, 50 contract crews and separate companies we've asked to provide assistance,99 Maclnnis said. Companies spanning throughout the United States are willing to come forth with their resources to assist the surrounding area, Maclnnis said. "We have called upon other utilities in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania,99 he said. "Approximately 145 two-member crews are coming to Michigan (or are already here) and we are seeking additional crews that may be able to provide assistance to us.99 Although there is an abundance of man power now available, Maclnnis said he is concerned it may not be enough. "Even with this large number of workers in place, it will take till the end of the week to restore power to all of our customers,99 Maclnnis said. "This is the most disruptive storm we have ever encountered," he said. Maclnnis warns residents to avoid all downed wires. Local groceries stores and food marts had various levels of problems as a result of the storm. See STORM Page 2 ANGIE FENTON • CM LIFE Local volunteers lend helping hands By Kelly Taylor LIFE Staff Writer Storm victims in Mount Pleasant are finding aid in the kindness of their neighbors. The community is pulling together to help the victims, said Deb Birkam, executive director of the Isabella County Red Cross. "This is really an opportunity for fellowship and people are really taking advantage of that,99 Birkam said. "If anything good came out of this disaster, that's it.99 She said that several people have called her office willing to help those in need. Brenda Hamilton, director of the Isabella County Commission on Aging, said her office has also received many calls from people wanting to volunteer both their services and their homes. "One woman even called who was willing to open her home to an elderly couple in well. They're all sticking need,99 Hamilton said. together to get through it,99 Services available for residents • The Student Activity Center is offering free showers to residents without power. • Mount Pleasant residents can place trees limbs and brush at the curb for collection by the Street Department crews until Sunday. Brush must be placed at the curb and not in the alleys. There is no charge for this service. • Residents can report downed power lines to Consumers Energy at (800) 477-5050. She also said that many people are helping their elderly neighbors who are without water and electricity. "People are neighboring real Hamilton said. Genny Sobaski of the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen said the number of people needing meals has increased because of the storm, but the disaster has not hurt the attitude of many people. "They seem to be doing OK. Their spirits are high," Sobaski said. She said the kitchen has received several donations of food from both community members and local businesses. The food is being distributed throughout Mount Pleasant and to other areas in need throughout the state. The Student Activity Center is also getting involved in helping the storm victims. The SAC has also opened its doors to community members without water and is allowing people to take showers in the locker rooms. "We've got hot water and soap and deodorant," said Cheryil Nordin, assistant director of Campus Recreation Services. TONY CEPAK* CM LIFE LEFT: A Facilities Management am\ F"*1- '** ^ffa employee r^S^*" cleans up *-\>~mm debris out 1 side the I Bovee J University *r» _r* ** v***-~H_i after f F-" - ttof Sunday's 1 N*,«51 early morning r —- mmmaam . storm. **_^ * v_-5;'_■ RIGHT: * **X*£fc£3__V Downed **&**&* power lines _£___; _ like this one t"-4» •-" * ff on Lincoln _■*%& • *4 Road, has left 5,500 resi vi -<,m dents of \ -Y_ _. Central I ■ :T i 1 - Michigan a without v F power since *1 . Sunday n f morning. « \ — — «***M M$f*} Student's body found near river By Matt Edick VlFE Staff Writer A CMU student was found dead at Meridian Park near Ithe bank of the Chippewa [River at approximately 2:34 p.m. Saturday. Joel Higgins's body was discovered by several people, [while they were tubing down [the river, according to Dan DDenslow, sergeant of the [Isabella County Sheriff's [Department. Denslow said Higgins, a 19- jyear-old Grand Ledge fresh- bnan, was found with a gun Baying on the ground next to turn. The sheriff's department has sent Higgins to the [county medical examiner's [office, where cause of death [will be determined. Officials paid there was a wound to an [area near his left eye. While police search for a cause of death, friends and! acquaintances reflect on] Higgins' death. "Joel was a great guy,99 said] Eric Birko, Warren senior] and Higgins9 friend and for mer resident assistant in] Wheeler Hall. "He was very social and! everyone on the floor liked! him — he never gave me any] problems. I would like to] send my condolences to his] family." Residents from his home town also said they will missl Higgins and wonder what! they could have done to pre-j vent his death. "As adults we always have] to ask ourselves what could] we have done,99 said Arvj Pettit, Grand Ledge resident! bee HIGGINS Page 2 Comer leaving dean position to teach By Liz Wishaw LIFE Managing Editor Kelvie Comer, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, is stepping down from her administrative position in August to teach and conduct research in the university^ educational administration and community leadership department. Comer came to CMU in 1994 as dean after serving as a dean at Eastern Connecticut State University. She steps down Aug. 21 in a transitional leave to prepare for a tenured teaching post that becomes e f f e c t i v e Jan. 1. Comer said she has thought about her decision for the past year after attending a Harvard University conference COMER last year. "This was my decision — not the university's." "I've been in the dean's offices for 21 years. I think that's an extremely long time . . . for the last year I've reflected on what is truly important to me at this time." At 30, she thought she would finish her career as a policy decision maker, a university fund-raiser or in a senior leadership position. Now 51, she said her priorities have changed. "I'm nine years from retirement. I thought, 'Is this still what you want to do?'" she said. "I decided I want to teach and do some things that I've wanted to do as a faculty member — to me that's quite exciting." She also plans to conduct research on change and partnerships between K-12 schools and higher education. She has See COMER Page 2 Alcohol prevails on Michigan campuses By Stacy Tadajewski LIFE Staff Writer CMU has been recognized in the past for its alcohol prevention programs but a recent study shows that the number of campus alcohol related incidents is on the rise. Of the 12 Michigan public universities surveyed with residence halls, CMU ranked second after the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in the number of alcohol related incidents for the 1997-98 school year, according to May 27 survey conducted by the Detroit Free Press. Wayne State University and University of Michigans, Flint and Dearborn, were not included. Officials at CMU attribute the high number to a zero-tolerance of in a po!icy enforced at CMU. Bruce Roscoe, dean Students, said the increase reported incidents reflects change in the alcohol prevention policy. "Previously we gave students a verbal warning the first time they were caught -with alcohol. Now, they are warned before coming to campus and on their first offense they receive a citation and are referred to the Office of Student Life," Roscoe said. Roscoe said not all schools report first offenses, they just give verbal warnings and the matter is handled internally in the residence halls. "We wanted to be more clear in See ALCOHOL Page 2 I N S I D E (Classified 9 j Crossword 9 i Et cetera 8 I Sports 6-7 I Voices 4-5 To reach CMLIFE 1 Phone: 774-3493 j E-Mail: 1 CMHFEdanuvm.csv.anichedu [■ Fax number:(517)774-7B05 Central Michigan LIFE Online Internet address: http-7/www. cm lifr.cmich.edu CMU hosts 3,400 athletes for State Summer Games By Liz Wishaw LIFE Managing Editor Determinism and a winning attitude can be seen this week as more than 3,400 athletes compete in the 30th annual Special Olympics State Summer Games. The 1998 state game Thursday through Saturday features athletes from across the state .competing in sports such as swimming, gymnastics, bocce and track and field at CMU's athletics facilities and Mount Pleasant High School. Volunteers needed Volunteers are still needed for Friday and Saturday. They can sign-up at the Student Activity Center front desk. Athletes, coaches and chap- erones will stay in CMU's residence halls for the three-day event. About 1,000 volunteers are helping with the event — 400 of which are CMU faculty, staff, and students and Mount Pleasant residents. 1997 Inspirational Athlete Karen Sheridan, 39, of Kalamazoo, starts Thursday's opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. in Rose Arena with a torch lighting and television actor Chris Burke will lead the athletes oath as honorary chairman. "We're very luck to have (Chris) at the games. He stays through the games, signs autographs and hands out medals," said Marcy Lindberg,Special Olympics public relations See OLYMPICS Page 2 UFE FILE PHOTO Opening ceremonies start at 7 p.m. Thursday in Rose Arena.
|Title||1998-06-03; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, June 3, 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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