1998-06-24; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan LIFE Volume 7J). Number 92 Mt Pleasant, Ml 48859 ©1998 CM LIFE the community Wednesday June 24, 1998 10 pages Fire destroys Extended Learning office in Rowe Hall By Liz Wishaw l IF-E Manag-ng Editor CMU*a College of Extended Learning personnel watched in amazement Friday evening as their office went up in flames. "Th«" smoke started coming,n said Pat Fox, an Extended Learning staff member *'I had to pull the lire alarm, even had te> yank it twice so it would go off." Fox's quick thinking helped evacuate other office's in Itowe Hall, which also houses the Museum of Cultural and Natural History, Brain Research Laboratory, Staff Personnel Services and class- rooms. About 30 CMU staff members were still working at 5:25 p.m. when the fire started. The Mount Pleasant, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe ateel Shepherd Tri- Township fire departments responded to the call and had the blaze in the east wing of Rowe Hall under control within a half hour, said Mount Pleasant Fire Chief Andy Theisen. No one- was injured. "Once it was contained, we were trying to hold and retain what was left of the office. There is extensive damage to tlui building," Theisen said. **I couldn't guess how much there is right now." An electrical problem with a fan was later found to be the cause of the fire' Anxious staff, faculty and students watched as the three fire departments weirked to stop the smoke and fire from spreading throughout the building. "My manuscripts and th» are up there," said psychology graduate student Kristi Haik- Creguer. "I wish I had taken it home. I have a remedial version of it but it will still put me behind." Psychology professor Gary Dunbar was extremely con cerned about his Brain Research Laboratory and the animals in the lab. "My career, the students' theses and the directed research projects are all up See FIRE Page 10 Clean-up underway after Rowe Hall fire LEI ZHENG* CM Lire The east wing of Rowe Hall was almost gutted Friday night after a fire started from an electrical fan short. Josephine Foltz, an Extended Learning employee, clears the office for its move to the Student Activity Center . By Liz Wishaw Ll^ E Managing Editor Campus staff and offices from Telecommunications to Facilities Management have* pitched in with resources, help ing the College of Extended Learning find a new home after a Friday night fire destroyed its office. An electrical short in an east wing fan of Rowe Hall started the* fire Friday evening that left more than 60 Extended Learning staff members office less, the* Museum of Cultural and Natural History smoke damaged and other offices soot-covered. Del Ringquist. dean of the' College* of Extended Learning, commended the departments and individuals who worked all Weeekend te> reestablish the office in the Student Activity Center, taking over the area once- occu pied by the poe>l tables, and NIRSA and Alumni rooms. Other temporary work stations are setup in Powers and Warriner halls. Park Library and Telecommunications in Woldt Hall "All areas of the university effectively responded to our cause," Ringquist said. "The help we have received has been eiut standing." Damage's are unknown at this time and it could take awhile to add up the cost, said Rae Goldsmith, assistant vice' president for Public Relations and Marketing. "It's neit just the physical damage of the building but also either materials that have to be reprinted. Also there's other significant costs associated with getting the office up and run rung." The building's condition still needs to be accessed and the university doesn't know what it wants to do with it right now. Extended Learning could be in the SAC for four to six months but the university is looking at r>ther long term arrangements fe>r the1 office, Goldsmith said. The college offers credit and non-credit programs to approximately 12,000 working adults at off-campus sites throughout North America — 7,000 of whom are served in the Detroit area. Extended learning students are in the middle of the semester at this time, but it won't delay graduatiem audits and grades. Ringquist said Computer Services is trying to retrieve information from the office's hard drives hut some computers were a lost cause from meltdown. "Our priority is get ting student and financial records so it won't disrupt the grades of graduating students." Extended Learning staff have been meeting each morning to clean and move things to the other offices Updates for the office are given each day about the office's status "Most people have been working all weekend," Ringquist said "The staff is viewing (the fire's damage) as a challenge to them but they're in good spirits." Other offices in Rowe Hall opened Monday with little difficulty, thanks to weekend work by campus staff. June Stefanko, employee relations manger for Staff Personnel Services, praised the Facilities Management custodial staff for See CLEAN-UP :j 10 CMU teaching grads rank in the nation's top 10 By Kelly Taylor LIF[ • ?er The College of Teacher Education and Professional Development was ranked in the tejp 10 of the nation for producing I eacher graduates CMU has the- sixth most teacher education graduates in the United State ording te> the American Association lieges fen" Teacher Education Two other Michigan universities took the- te>p honors — Eastern Michigan University ranked first, followed by Western Michigan University witb sec ond. William Merrill, chair of the college of teacher education and professional development, said a high ranking dtn> to mon- prepared students. lit said the- list only ranks the* number of graduates that a college has, aot the quality of tl "Just because youVe doesn't mean the- quali better," Merrill s aid. Merrill attributes KMT's and WMU's higher rankings to their locations in bigger metropolitan areas and having me> re lax admission standards. ('ML had 469 teacher education graduate's in 199 7 EMU had 2,181 in 1M97 Joyce DeRight, director ed the offic first e>n the list ty of education is advising for the college of education at WMU. agreed the* ranking dens not represent the1 quiili- Where teachers come from... 1 Eastern Michigan University 2 Western Michigan University 3. National University, Calif. 4. Nova Southeastern University, Fla 5. Ohio State University 6. Central Michigan University 7. Wayne State University 8 University of Central Oklahoma <> California State University- Northridge 10. University of South Florida Association ol Colleges for Teacher Ecu I adi sion and believes it's the ty of education at a school. She said that all schools are good, but each has unique pro grams. "Its difficult to compare* apples and oranges. The ranking is purely num bers" DeRight said. Merrill is very confident in the- program at CMU. He- said he he>t in the' state "I know (the students) get a good education here," he said. Merrill backs up his confidence with the best evidence anv school can hope for lie said he has spoken to employers at job fairs who are looking specifically for CMU education graduates. "Our grads get hired," Merrill said. He also said CMU's reputation as a teaching school, as well as the fact that many of the school administrators hiring the teachers graduated from here, makes CMU graduates more likely tei find work faster. Merrill alsei said the-re- is going te> be- an improvement to his program in the fall All students who are admitted into the' education program will be guaranteed enrollment into the classes they need for graduation. Student's death ruled a suicide LIFE Staff Reports The death of CMU student Joel Higgins has officially been ruled a suicide, said Sgt. Dan Denslow of the Isabella County Sheriffs Department. Higgins, a 19-year-old Grand Ledge freshman, was found May 30 near the bank of the Chippewa River in Meridian Park by a group of people who were tubing down the river. Denslow said that Higgins* death was caused by a self- inflicted gunshot wound. Classified Crossword Sports To warn h « Mini 774 vim I Mill t «ti muvm • s\ < mu h rdu • e SI 71"*4 7*e>S C rntr.il Michigan I Ihh (Inline Intern • http //www i u>lif«- , mu h ntu English department remembers 32-year colleague for warmth By Kelly Taylor A beloved husband, father, friend and former English profefl ■or died in his home Sunday Daniel B Weber, a CMU English professor of 32 years, is remembered by his friend, former CoDeagUC anel Student, Stephen Holder, professor of English, as ■ OB with a gruff exterior who was "emiti' warm underneath " Holder saiel he* knew Weber for :iH years He -aiel Weber directed been anel has been ■ part of his life ever sim < "He- Wnm one- ot mv Ix st friends." Holder said. Holder saiel that Weber was an outspoken indhridualisl who wmm very active m community polities "We on not afraid at all to speak his e>wn mind on what he bet* right WeU-r's daughter in law. Donna Weber, spoke Un hei entire family, saying that Weber wmm so open- minded person whej loved life, nature and learning 'Dan made this weirld a kinder anel gentler world,** Donna said. Catherine Weber, Weber's wife, remembered the- time 4ie' anel her husband spent outside with their family "As a family, the Webers spent many years in the* wild backpack ing and white water canoeing with a -pint of adventure that Dfcfl always showed,'* Catherine said Weber was bom Feb 4, 1928 in Kalamazoo, Mich., and he and berine were- ■usnisd on Aug 12, 1950 in Lowell, Mich Weber was I prsAsSST m th" Knghsh department for .'V2 years anel retire el in 1992. He served in the Navy during World War II and m the Mamie ( \>rps during the* Korean War. We-in-i Studied the life MM |mii- losophy of John Mmr extensively, and wrote many article on his lite, as well as the major work "The Function of Wilderness in an Industrial Society." He also edited * From Michigan te> Murfrvesboro - a Privates Personal Record of the Eleventh Michigan Regiment (1861-1863)," which can be found at the Clark Memorial Library. Weber was S member of the Seems Club and is the' former < h.ur (»f the Mackinaw Chapter Weber is survived by his wife. Catherine'; his sons, Mitchell and Matthew; and daughters inlaw. Donna anel Rosemary. A private- memorial service will .lei em Saturdav Mesnorial contributions may !*• made* tei the Memnt Plea rans Memorial Library or to the Chippewa Watershed < touservsnry at (617)644-6045. CMU-style help ■ SCHERB • CM LIFE CMU students and faculty, along with the Mount Pleasant community, traveled to Hawaii last month to help rebuild a community's churches and restore hope to its residents. See page 3 for the story.
|Title||1998-06-24; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, June 24, 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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