1998-06-10; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan LIFE Volume 79, Number 90 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1998 CM LIFE 78 years of serving the community Wednesday June 10, 1998 10 pages Legislation could net CMU more state funding ■ By Heather VanDyke UFE Copy Editor An 8.3 percent increase in state funding for state universities is pending under a hud- get approved by the House Appropriations Committee. The bill if passed will give CMU a total of $77,583,994 which amounts to $4,498 per student. Recently the state senate passed a 6.6 increase in higher education funding. State Rep. Jim McBryde, R- Mount Pleasant, said a confer ence is scheduled between the house and senate to "work out their differences" concerning the increase. "I am quite sure the 8.3 percent increase for CMU will remain in the bill,** McBryde said. "Even though the bill has already passed the senate, the house version has an increase for Central that is substantially more than the senate had passed, therefore it has to be worked out." McBryde said the bill will affect us in a "very positive way." "The larger the state appropriation for CMU, the less pressure there is for the university to raise tuition,** he said. Although McBryde said he is extremely confident with the 8.3 percent figure, he said it still is not the final word. "I fully expect the House of Representatives to pass the higher education budget but that doesn't mean that it is the final word that Central would get it from the State." University President Leonard Plachta said he is very pleased with the large increase, however a tuition hike is still likely. "It is virtually impossible to avoid a tuition increase," Plachta said. "The bigger the funding increase for CMU, the smaller the increase in tuition." Plachta said a raise of tuition is needed to keep up Actor discusses winning attitude, future goals By Liz Wishaw LIFE Managing Editor Television and music star Chris Burke says life handed him abilities he can use, not disabilities. The 32-year-old actor, known for his role as Corky on the television series "Life Goes On," has expanded his talents to include a music career, motivational speaking, and spokesman for The National Down Syndrome Society. Burke was this year's honorary chairman at the Special Olympics State Summer Games, held this past weekend on CMU's campus. "It's important that I am active and help out with everybody and show them that they can achieve success," he said, about his participation at the See BURKE Page 2 BURKE LEI ZHENG ♦ CM LIFE Lexie Bajraszewski, 13, off Macomb County, receives praise from State Summer Games volunteers as she tries to touch the ball during developmental athletics in the Student Activity Center's Turf Room. LEFT: Several dancers from the entertainment group. Up With People, perform a Mexican song and dance during Thursday's opening ceremony off the Special Olympic State Summer Games. Winners at heart compete at games By Kelly Taylor LIFE Staff Writer The 3,400 athletes who competed in the Special Olympics Summer Games and the 1,000 Volunteers who pitched in exemplified the theme of the games: "Winners at Heart." Over 400 of the volunteers at the games this past weekend consisted of faculty, staff, students and community members. Spartan Stores Inc. of Grand Rapids, the main sponsor of the games, brought 600 volunteers to the games. Athletes from across the state competed in swimming, gymnastics, horseshoes, bocce, bowling, weightlifting, team handball and track and field. One athlete, however, could be described more thoroughly as a "Winner at Heart for a Lifetime." Cindy Foster, of Birmingham, has been competing as a swimmer in the Special Olympics for the last 33 years — since she was 8-years-old. Neither Down Syndrome nor her tiny 4'6** stature has dampened her competitive spirit. Cindy's mother, Lenore Foster, said the swimmer's height did pose a problem when she was learning to swim. "You had to be tall enough to touch the bottom to be allowed in the pool, so all she could do was sit on the side with her feet in," said Lenore, who is also Cindy's coach. At one time, she was pushed in the pool before she could See WINNERS Page 2 with the growing costs of higher education. "It is a common fact that the increase in the cost of operations for higher education nationwide in recent years has he**n higher." Plachta said. "The way we spend our money — the things we spend it on, move faster than the average consumer costs." Furthermore, Plachta said while he hopes for the 8.3 percent increase, he will still be happy with a 6.6 increase which has passed the senate. "The senate had already dealt with this. They had processed it," Plachta said. "We're in for (at least) a 6.6 percent increase that the senate had passed." "Even if you take 6.6 percent, there most likely will be a tuition increase even if it is a generous amount." The amount of the increase is yet to be decided. See FUNDING Page 2 University settles Sheridan lawsuit iFormer student receives $1.3 million for injuries in the Rose Center Turf Room By Angela Cook-Reid LIFE Editor CMU says it isn*t responsible for a former student's accident but it has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle the matter. Brian Sheridan, a former Bay City student, injured himself in 1993 while attempting to use CMU's gymnastics equipment - then open for all students* use. Sheridan was paralyzed from the neck down after attempting a back flip on the Tumble-Trak, an apparatus that lets a person perform gymnastic moves. Sheridan sued the university in 1994 for damages but Isabella County Circuit Court Judge Paul Chamberlain later dismissed the case in the same year. Sheridan later filed suit against other university personnel in 1996 for gross negli gence. Those named in the suit were: Tom Jones, director of Campus Recreation Services; Diana Hughes, professor of communication disorders and faculty adviser for the gymnastics club; former Athletics Director Dave Keilitz and Jerry Reighard, CMU varsity gymnastics coach. The 1996 suit was dismissed May 4 by Chamberlain after an agreement was made between both parties in December. All charges against the plaintiffs have been dismissed and CMU has agreed to pay the $1.3 million, which covers Sheridan's attorneys' fees, medical costs and any damages sustained from the accident. The settlement will be paid by the university's insurer. Jones would not comment on the case itself but did say he was glad to see the situation ended. "I'm terribly sorry it happened," he said. "I wish Brian the best of everything." Hughes, Keilitz and Reighard did not return phone See SHERIDAN Page 2 Reinhardt leaving post for Penn State By Liz Wishaw LIFE Managing Editor Native American Programs will see changes in administration again, only two years after former director David Staddon left the university. Martin Reinhardt, who replaced Staddon in 1996 as programs director, resigned June 1 after being accepted into a doctoral program at Penn State University. He leaves his position July 31. Reinhardt previously worked in the Native American office as a graduate assistant and was a student from 1994 to 1996. Reinhardt will begin the educational administration program at Penn State Aug. 26, where he will concentrate on special education issues. He was awarded an American Indian Leadership Fellowship that covers all tuition, fees and books. "It's hard leaving CMU. I've made a lot of friends here and I started a lot of projects, that's the hard part of leaving," he said. Some of the projects he's worked on include the Michigan College/University Partnership that started last year. The program works with Native American and Hispanic students from the five community colleges in the MidMichigan area.Reinhardt plans to return to the Great Lakes area in the future and work in a higher education environment, possibly teaching at CMU. He'd like to concentrate on how Native American issues are created in the curriculum. "Provost (Richard Davenport) said to check when I'm done and its a possibility that I could teach here," Reinhardt said. "It's something to look into, especially if the Native American Cultural Center and Institute is running by then." Davenport said Reinhardt's leave is the university's loss but he thinks Reinhardt furthering his education will have See REINHARDT Page 2 Gonzales leaving for BGSU doctoral program By Liz Wishaw LIFE Managing Edrtor The Office of Minority Student Services is undergoing another change in its administrative staff as its director takes a two year leave. Laura Gonzales, director of Minority Student Services for 13 years, is leaving CMU in mid-July on an educational leave. She was accepted into Bowling Green University's doctoral program for higher education administration. Gonzales, who joined the office in 1985, has seen tremendous growth in the services CMU offers to minority students. For instance, the area of academic retention has increased, in particular the Graduation Retention Improvement Program. "I think that Tve been fortunate that Tve had a great group of staff members and, to me, I see it as a team effort that a really good group of people have helped the office to move in the direction that it is now," she said. "I would really like to thank everyone on the campus, in particular the faculty and staff who have supported our office and helped us in* so many ways." * She said the part shell miss the most is working with the students — getting to know them, helping them in the office and watching them work toward graduation. "I've really enjoyed working with the students. I plan on keeping in contact with them, in particular, some of the alumni," she said. "I only see this (leave) as temporary and my goal is to come back and still have student contact in some way" Gonzales will still get the student interaction on BGSUs campus though. As part of her fellowship at BGSU, she's required to work in the provost's office as a graduate assistant. "ni still be on a college campus but this time as one of the students. It should be interesting to be back as one of the students," she said. Provost Richard Davenport said Gonzales' leave is a significant loss to the university but she will be back in two years as part of her leave agreement. Gonzales and Davenport both said it is unknown at this time where Gonzales will work but she will have a job here, whether its as Minority Student Services director or not. "Tve been working with her for a long time. She is very capable and ready for this major step. Fm very supportive and pleased with her work," Davenport said. "She's learned a lot over the years and it's prepared her well." Davenport and David Williams, incoming assistant vice president of Institutional Diversity, are discussing several options on how to fill Gonzales' position once she leaves. "I can't really say what yet but we're exploring some possibilities that will help him better run the whole division," Davenporfsaid.
|Title||1998-06-10; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, June 10, 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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