1985-04-03; Central Michigan Life
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PI c "5 t* c.sf y H __l t? fe! d ^^ tl x^^ ''_ '1 .i UJ W! pP3 .* t- f.'?-..-j v^m -.-**, .... Wednesday April 3.1985 1M5CML1KE 20 pages Mount Pleasant. Mich 48859 Vol.68 No. 82 Ex-CMU employee alleges intimidation by JACKIE BRAUN UFE Staff Writer A former Financial Aids employee alleges in a letter to the President that some employees have been intimidated and had their jobs threatened by Financial Aid administrators. Maxine Mesbergen, former administrative secretary in the Financial Aids office, sent to President Harold Abel a letter and a copy of her appeal to the Personnel Department to inform others of the problems she and others have encountered in the Financial Aids office, she said. "I am aware of three other staff members who have been'are being intimidated, threatened or otherwise unfairly treated," Mesbergen said in the letter. According to Mesbergen, she resigned from her position "under duress" after only 25 working days. Robert Walling, director of Financial Aids, and Shery 1 Spivey, associate director of Financial Aids, declined to comment on Mesbergen's resignation. Another employee. Hilda Machuta, said she has been told not to comment when asked if she had been subject to, or heard of any harrassment taking place. She would not say who told her not to comment. Helen Normann, Financial Aids specialists clerk, said questions regarding Mesbergen should be directed to Walling and that she had not been threatened or intimidated. Mesbergen met with Russ Herron, assistant to the president, on March 21 to discuss her letter and appeal. The Office of the I-Yesident isn't usually involved in the appeal process but became involved after Mesbergen wrote her letter, according to Herron. Herron said he intends to speak to Abel about the matter. Abel was out of to wn when the letter was delivered to his office. Mesbergen, who has been a secretary for approximately 30 years prior to her employment at Central, further charges in her letter that Walling and Spivey are more interested in furthering their careers than "the competent, efficient and fair administration of the $22 million in financial aid funds which have ♦See "Financial Aid" — page 8 SGA freshmen rep| $500,000 tax plan to improve city's look posts eliminated by STACEY PITTS. UFE Ass't. News Editor Freshmen will no longer be able to run for Student Government Association representatives as a result of the newly enacted district policy and the elimination of fall elections. However, freshmen still will be able to participate in SGA without having an official position. Elections Director Paul Bandrowski said. "Freshmen will have no official voting power, but no longer is any actual class going to be represented by their class, but by geographical representation." Bandrowski. Milford sophomore, said. SGA will allow any freshman who wants to participate to come to the meeting and be part of a special freshman program, he said. "For instance, a freshman will come in and say "I want to be involved with student government.' The president would then assign that person to an individual from their district that's on the board," hesaid. "The representative will work closely with that individual. Everything they do, they'll involve that freshman." Bandrowski said. "Basically it will teach them all they need to know for the following year." Some of the freshmen feel they do not have as big an input into SGA operations as a result or the change. Bandrowski said, but he disagrees. •Implicitly they will have a say. In the real world, the situation is you don't automatically become a representative, you have to learn first," he said. Bandrowski said by the time freshman elections are finished in the fall, three- quarters of the semester is over with. With the new election procedures, a lot of backtracking and going over the same materials on the new freshman representatives would be eliminated. Bandrowski said another concern expressed by members is a lack of freshmen representation in specific districts. He cited District 3, which includes the Towers, as having a high freshman population. "A sophomore would probably be elected from the Towers and they'll know the concerns of that area." he said. "We're not trying to address just freshmen but total concerns (of the student body). It will be more of a concerted effort," he said. "There's been a special concern because no freshmen will be on the board," he said. "But together with the district representative, freshmen can adequately address the concerns of the entire district." Elimination of freshmen representatives on the SGA Board will not affect representation, he said. Under the new district system, there are five districts with three representatives each and one graduate representative. The reps are not required to be from a specific class standing. bySANDRASUTTON UFE Staff Writer Improvements worth $500,000 to the downtown area will rework and expand past beautification efforts. City Manager Tom Martin said. The money will be raised through a tax increment financing plan. The plan allows a municipality to obtain a loan for improvements and to pay it off through the increased value of the improved area. The Mount Pleasant City Commission decided at its regular meeting Monday night to have a public hearing on the issue at its April 15 meeting. "I don't want to mislead the public that this is to completely re-do the old improvements. I think a lot of people believe this It isn't true." Martin said. "We're basically going along with the project that was started in the late '70s," Martin said. In 1977 and 1978. the city of Mount Pleasant took measures to beautify the downtown area. Some of these past improvements will be re-vamped or removed under the new plan. Cement pillars lining Broadway were installed during the 1978 project. They will be removed at a cost of $14,000 The size of planter boxes lining Isabella Bank and Trust at University and Broadway will be reduced. The cost of the reduction in size is est imated at $9,000 Martin said the past efforts have helped in making the area more attractive to patrons of downtown merchants. "The downtown merchants did identify some irritants however." Martin said. They thought the pillars, divider and planter were traffic hazards, Martin said A major part of the plan is for acquisition and construction of parking lots Of the improvement money, $297,000 is set aside for this. "We've got a healthy downtown that's been growing more and more. Because the downtown is doing so well, we need more parking," Martin said. "Thisisaniceproblemtohave." Assistant City Manager Dave Pasquale said people he had talked with said a major problem downtown was lack of parking space. ♦See "City" — page 8 Placement officials call job market 'the best' by ROBIN KELLY UFE News Editor The job market for this year's May graduates is better than ever according to several Central Placement officials and the Michigan State University placement director. Jack Shingleton. director of Placement Services at MSU. said last week the upcoming job market is the best in recent years. Central placement officials echoed Shingleton's optimism. "I do think that certainly the prospects for employment for college graduates is much better than in recent years." Mike Carey, associate director of Placement at Central, said. He said the increasing number of jobs is directly linked to the economy. Carey's specific responsibilities include placement services for K-12 teachers and higher education positions. He said there is a 40 percent increase in the number of teaching positions listed with his office this year. "On-campus recruiting used to be the primary way for districts to recruit teachers, then as time got tougher fewer and |See "Placement" — page 8 Academic Advising Day is today from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Ballroom Students can get information on majors, minors, careers and fall scheduling. Counselors will be on hand to assist students. City official Icy stare During the CMU baseball game Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Field. Urilla Brittenham, of Clio, wrapped herself in an afghan to stay warm. Brittenham said she came to watch her son, Garth Brittenham, pitch for Saginaw Valley State College. CX 1*1 mmm Hmmtmy 401 students still have outstanding University debts and face withdrawal. page 3 The Union Township supervisor Wednesday is expected to address allegations made against him. page 3 The Cuban world class wrestling team arrived in Mount Pleasant Monday, page 14 partial beer ban byCRAIGCOLGAN UFE Staff Writer A Mount Pleasant City Commissioner claims a plan to ban sales of bottled and keg beer during finals week has "100 percent cooperation" of local party stores, but store owners and managers say thev arc hesitant. Commissioner Pat Doyle, on the recommendation of a group of student and city leaders, has recommended to local party store owners they not stock and sell bottled beer and beer in kegs during May 6 through 11 Doyle said he heard 'extensive" complaints from citizens and police after last year's End of the World party about damage and injury from bottle- throwing. "Any time there's glass at large parties, there can be a lot of problems." Doyle said. "And when there's large amounts of beer, there's excessive drunkeness." "I've talked to people from the majority of the local party stores, and I've gotten 100 percent cooperation. They liked the idea, and said they would cooperate." Chris Bailey, co-owner of Cheers Party Store. 102 Pickard, said. "We don't sell that many kegs but 1 wouldn't want to deny bottled beer to anyone." Nancy Sneary. an employee of the Town Market, 125 E Broadway, said she wondered if other stores would comply. "Somebody was in three weeks ago and asked if we would not sell bottled quarts and kegs," she said. "He asked ♦See "Kegs" —page 8 Cloudy with little if any temperature change. Temperatures in the low to mid 30s.
|Title||1985-04-03; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, April 3, 1985 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 1985 by Central Michigan University. This material is copyrighted and any further reproduction or distribution is prohibited.|