1986-04-11; Central Michigan Life
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*-.t^ During tense moment* of the night, law enforcement agencies concentrated a spotlight on the nous* at 2161 Benn Dr. The suspect, Thomes Williams, can be seen (wearing white) In the left front window of the house, above. The remaining evidence of the previous night's scuffle could be seen In the broken windshields and other damaged patrol cars, left. Meanwhile, a Michigan State Police officer dresses In preparation before entering the house during the first hours of light Thursday morning. CMl»M«fn«wrtbf Student rate hike planned for next year by RANDY LOVELY * LIFE Managing Editor No action will be taken on tuition/room and board increases during today's Board of Trustees meeting, but students should prepare for a rate increase in the 1986-87 school year. Jerry Tubbs, vice president for Business and Finance, was given approval during Thursday's Finance Committee meeting to proceed with auxiliary budget plans including an 11.32 percent room and board rate hike. The board will be presented formally with the housing rate increase during ita May 2 meeting, but action on a proposed tuition jump is not expected until the board's June 13 meeting. The room and board rate hike would raise student fees $266 from the current $2,350. James Hill, vice president for Student Affairs, reported Tuesday an approximate 10 percent, or $235 increase, would be brought before the board. ' Tubbs said the increase would be used to offset a $43 per student liability insurance rate; $60 per student utility payment increase; $50 ISee "Tuition"—page 11 President delays provost selection by RANDY LOVELY LIFE Managing Editor Barricaded man found dead by police by BETH MENGE LIFE StafT Writer An armed Kunman was found dead in his Chippewa Township home early Thursday, more than 15 hours after he barricaded himself alone inside, periodically exchang-in*- gunfire with police. Thomas Joseph Wlltrama, 35. fired a shot into the yard er2161"Benn Drive at 2 p.m. Wednesday when Isabella County Sheriff's deputies went to get Williams for psychiatric treatment, said Capt. John J. Bradac of the Sheriffs Department. The exchange continued until about 5:30 a.m. Thursday when police discovered Williams dead in his kitchen. "He's deader than Hell," an emergency service team member said of Williams after police entered the home. Police are unsure whether Williams was killed by a police officer's bullet or a self-inflicted shot. Approximately 20 homes were evacuated in the subdivision four miles east of Mount Pleasant near the intersection of Shepherd Road and M-20. while law enforcement agencies first gathered at the scene. Six children who live in the subdivision were not dropped off by the school bus due to a combination of police barricades and possible danger They were returned to Mary McGuire School, at Crosslanes and Isabella Road, until parents could get them 15 to 20 minutes later. Principal Richard Stokes said. The police negotiated with Williams by telephone, Bradac said. "Prior to 8 p.m. we had made contact with him. After 8 p.m. it deterred to the point where he would no longer answer the phone :".'. The ex-wife and Ulster were'avail able along with a priest (at the scene)," Bradac said. After 8 p.m., it became apparent Williams had disconnected his phone and was making no effort to contact authorities headquartered in a van behind another house, Bradac said. Spotlights were aimed at the house after dark. "The lights have been shot out. We've been feloniously assaulted with a firearm," a voice on the police monitor said at 8:03 p m. Bradac said around 8 p.m., Williams, who had an undetermined number of shotguns and rifles, fired a round of ammunition from his front porch, destroying many of the flood lights Although police officers were in the vicinity, they were not close enough to be in severe danger. Williams then went to the back porch and began firing at a patrol ISee "Gunman"—page 10 Campus constituents will wait three weeks before an interim provost is selected, although the announcement was to have been made during today's Board of Trustees meeting. President Arthur Ellis said Thursday he will not announce the temporary replacement for retiring Provost John Cantelon until the board's May 2 meeting. "In as much that the next board meeting la only three weeks away I have decided to wait," Eilia said. Originally, in an open letter to the campus dated Feb. 24, Ellis said, "I will set target dates to assure that the announcement of the person selected through the internal search will be made in time for board ratification at the April meeting." Ellia said two factors contributed to the delay — a heavy workload and the need for an appearance of stability during the North Central Association accreditation visit this week. Cantelon has organized the team visit, and EW» said he did not want. to. add »£•* -ProvoatVpage 11 FA denied request to address board by CHERYL JACKSON LIFE Copy Editor and SHERRY YAEK LIFE Editor Citing pending legal action as a reason, the Board of Trustees denied Faculty Association President Joyce Henricks' request to address the board during today's trustee meeting. Henricks said she requested to be put on today's agenda last week, but received a letter of denial Wednesday from Trustee Chairman Raymond LaBounty. "Basically, it makes reference to the pending legal action," Henricks said of LaBounty's denial. Henricks said the letter read. "I do not wish to prejudice either your position or ours by further public statements at this time... I therefore deny your request." Because the letter was signed only by LaBounty, Henricks said she does not know if the choice was a group decision. The letter indicated carbon copies were sent to trustees. "I'm going to request again at tomorrow's meeting to be put on the agenda," she said, adding if she is denied a second time, she will be convinced "they all do agree and, too, that they really don't have that much respect for the faculty." "I really feel this is an insult to the faculty," Henricks added Henricks said she did not intend to mention to FA's lawsuit if permitted to speak. She said she wanted to express to the trustees that faculty are still concerned ISee "Speak*—page 11 Accreditation team demands answers by SHERRY YAEK LIFE Editor An eight-member team with the power to recommend renewal or denial of Central's accreditation demanded answers from the Board of Trustees regarding its roles at the University. During an hour meeting Thursday night with Central's eight trustees, the national team from North Central Association — the agency which gTants accreditation — questioned what role the board follows in the University structure and how members planned to end the presidential search debate. "The board sets policy and the administration implements it," said Trustee Bernadine Denning in defining the job of the University's governing body. "I don't think you'll find in this board any instance where the board has stepped out of that role," Board Chairman Raymond LaBounty said. Team chairman George Hendrick, University of Illinois English professor, said he and his cohorts, on campus for a three-day stay, are talking to "everyone, including chairs, deans, students, faculty, waitresses, whomever" about the University, its assets and its ISee "Accreditation"—page 2 Rape suspect turns himself in to court A man who allegedly committed second degree criminal sexual conduct in a November 19S4 incident at Northwest Apartments, turned himself in at 7tUh District Court in Mount Pleasant Thursday. A spokesman from the Michigan State Police said Timothy Dennis Gage. i!4. of New Orleans. La. and formerly of Mount Pleasant, was accompanied hv an attorney when he turned himself in at Isabella ISee "Rape"—page 11 LIFE-line News Brief Early registration for fall classes begins Monday in Finch Fieldhouse A $25 registration fee must accompany the course request. Weather Partly sunny with slight chance of rain or snow northeast Friday, clear to partly cloudy south and west. Highs upper 30s to low 50s. Clear to partly cloudy Friday night and Saturday. Lows Friday night upper 20s to mid-30s. Highs Saturday mid-40s to low 50s. Index LIFE-wire page2 CM-You page 3 Comment page 4 Bloom County page 4 Entertainment page 6 Spotlife page 6 Police Report* page 10 Court Report* page 10 Code of Conduct page 10 Classifieds page 15 Elections net lowest turnout in 6 years by ROGER MORGENSTERN LIFE Copy Editor In the lowest turnout of the decade, current Student Government Association Vice President Pam Weaver and representative Chris Hafke beat out challengers Frankie Hale and Greg Moore in SGA's executive election. A total of 911 votes. or 5.7 percent of the student body cast ballots for the two presidential/vice presidential teams Tuesday and Wednesday. Elections Director Myk Riemersma said the vote count was only slightly higher in the races for district representatives. The winning ticket of Weaver, Warren junior, and Hafke, Davisburg junior, collected 507 votes. Presidential hopeful Hale, Milleraburg junior, and his running mate Moore, Midland junior, gathered 394 votes. SGA President Paul Q"Bryan SGA Presidential Voting Percentages, 1980-86 1980. 10.5% J 981. 9% 1982. 7% 1983. 9.9% 1984. 6% 1985 1986 11% 5.7% said he was disappointed with the turnout for the presidential race, which was more than 800 less than last year's count of 1,757. "There's a lot of apathy that exists on campus. We've done as much as 1 think Student Government can do to get out there. We've tried to come up with a better system for voting this year and there was definitly a lot of improvements," O'Bryan. Mount Pleasant senior, said. This year, instead of providing polling places in several campus locations, voting was done during the day Tuesday and Wednesday outside the Bovee University Center Reservation and Tuesday night in Park Library. "It's not Student Government's responsibility to beg and do anything we can to get these ISee "SGAW—page 2 Chris Hafke get* • rushed hug from Pam Weaver' afternoon in Park Library after taBing her of thair victory In this waak's Student Government Association presidential race. Weaver and Hafke defeated Frankie Hale and his running mate Greg Moore 507-394.
|Title||1986-04-11; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, April 11, 1986 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;|
|Copyright Permission||Copyright 1986 by Central Michigan University. This material is copyrighted and any further reproduction or distribution is prohibited.|