1998-09-11; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan LIFE Volume 81, Number 6 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1998 CM LIFE 79 years of serving the community Friday September 11, 1998 2 sections, 22 pages Renovated Kelly/Shorts makes debut Saturday By Angie Fenton LIFE Staff Writer It is, without a doubt, absolutely awesome. At least that is what the general consensus was of those who attended the open house for the newly remodeled Kelly/Shorts Stadium Thursday evening. Students, faculty, staff, and community members had a chance to view the tail end of a CMU football practice and to tour the newlv renovated stadi um Thursday afternoon. "We wanted people to get a chance to see (the stadium). We wanted especially to make it available to our students and faculty," said Gary Friedman, associate athletics director. The main purpose of the open house, Friedman said, was to get people excited about coming to the CMU football games on Saturdays. "We want as many students and faculty as possible to come out for the game," Friedman said. "Anytime you get people to see something like this, hopefully you will entice them back." Friedman said the renovation of the stadium, which began in November 1997, has been a focal point on campus and Thursday s event gave people the opportunity to view the upgraded facility, which is important. "Whenever you upgrade a facility two things happen: One, I think it increases the general students* pride and interest because it is something that will make thv university better, which instills pride. Secondly, obviously the students want as good of a football team as we can have and what this does. . . is help us to get better student athletes here," he said. Making people feel excited about being a part of Central Michigan University — that's what its all about," Friedman said. In addition to adding 10,000 new seats, concession areas with new menus and a higher quality of food and a sound system which is supposed to be "crystal clear," the stadium is also up to date with the American Disabilities Act Accessibility Regulations. Athletics Director Herb Deromedi said he believes the entire athletics expansion will benefit the university, the student, athletes, the alumni, and — of course — the fans. "It makes a statement that CMU wants to be a (Division) 1- A institution. That's important, and as I said, all of us will benefit," Deromedi said As far as the success of the upgrading, Deromedi said the entire athletics staff is "really excited" with how it has turned out. Larry Dennis, operations man- See STADIUM Page 2A *EagLe not: soaring Bald eagle healing after rescue by local residents TONY CEPAK • CM LIFE Top: This bald eagle was found malnourished Sept. 1 in St. Louis and is now being rehabilitated at the Wildlife Recovery Association in Oil City. Above: Joe Rogers, of the Wildlife Recovery Association, watches as an adult bald eagle flies from one end of the pen to the other. By David Bossick LIFE Staff Writer OIL CITY —An eagle that was rescued in St. Louis earlier this month is past the critical stage of recovery. When it was recovered S~pt. 1, the eagle was underweight and possibly poisoned, said Joe Rogers, wildlife biologist for the Wildlife Recovery Association. The association is non-profit and houses hurt, recovering and permanently damaged birds. These birds can range from hummingbirds to several varieties of hawks and owls — even vultures. Soon after the eagle was recovered, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Mount Pleasant picked up the tab for the rehabilitation of the eagle. In a recent press release, Chief Kevin Chamberlain said, "Historically, we have always placed great emphasis on the importance of the eagle and the spiritual relevance it has in our culture. With today's technology, we can help this bird, where in the past that might not have been possible." Chamberlain was unavailable for further comment on Thursday at press time. Lisa Richter, St. Louis resident, was the first in the community to spot the bird. "It was in the neighbor's yard, and then it came into our yard. "Three dogs were barking at it, but it stayed on the ground. It got within two feet of the chocolate lab," she said. But luckily, the dogs were chained and in pens, she said. *TTie bird was definitely looking for something to eat, .because it even attacked a plastic squirrel that was in my yard," Richter said. Richter first called the police and then the Department of Natural Resources. Rogers arrived and tried to capture the malnourished eagle. It went into a tree and then on a telephone pole. Even a GTE serviceman tried to help. "It wasn't really afraid of humans," Richter said. At Richter's home, she fed the eagle about three pounds of bacon that had been in her freezer and around two gallons of water. The eagle stayed there from 9 a.m. until about 2 p.m. and then escaped. It wound up at the Bush residence, also in St. Louis. "I was going along the riverbank, mow- See EAGLE Page 2A Classified Crossword Et cetera Sports i n s i n F. 10A 10A 8A-9A 6A-7A Prof settles lawsuit for reverse discrimination at BGSU Voices 4A To reach CM LIFE Phone <517) 774-3493 E-Mail CMLIFEdcinuvm.c»v.cniich.cdu Fax number (517) 774-7805 Central Michigan LIFE Online Internet add res* http://www.cmlife.cmich.edu The CMU football team takes on Western Illinois this weekend in the opening home game. This will be the first opportunity for CMU to show off the newly renovated Kelly/Shorts Stadium. For in depth information on the stadium and the team, see section B of today's issue. By Liz Wishaw LIFE Editor A CMU journalism professor has settled a lawsuit that contended he was snubbed for a teaching position at Bowling Green State University because he is white. Six months ago, a U.S. District Court jury in Toledo agreed with CMU professor John Hartman that he was the victim of reverse discrimination and awarded him $122,500 in da nages. But after a 4 1/2-year legal battle against BGSU, Hartman accepted a flat settlement of $75,000 from the university, which was finalized TYiesday About $20,000 of the settlement is for attorney's fees. Hartman, a CMU professor of 15 years, said Thursday that he decided to settle the lawsuit after a private meeting within Judge James Carr's chambers in June. Hartman said the judge told him he would uphold the verdict but would not award him a teaching position at BGSU. Hartman said Judge Carr would either reduce the damages to $25,000 or order a new trial on the damages issue because Carr said he had not properly instructed the jury to separate economic damages from emotional damages. Hartman had argued in April 1994 that several members of the BGSU staff unjustly hired See LAWSUIT Page 5A Bogus chain mail clogs CMU e-mail By Angie Fenton LIFE Staff Writer No one won the free trip to Disney World, $5,000, or a free vacation offered to several CMU e-mail account holders offered by the senders of a bogus chain letter, but at least Technology Operations has been able to inform the public about CMlTs Acceptable Use Policy for e-mail. According to a statement by Mark Strandskov, network manager of Technology Operations, "We didn't make it through the first day of classes without having to deal with a chain letter. The only difference this time was that it primarily involved staff and not students." The informative letter from Strandskov was sent to the recipients, and the senders, of a phony e-mail chain letter. Strandskov said the chain letter did not originate at CMU, but the forwarding of chain letters is in violation of the university's policies. Thus, Strandskov is searching for the CMU staff, faculty, or student who first received the e-mail and forwarded it on. According to Strandskov, a chain letter is any message whose content specifically indicates that an individual should forward the message to many people. It is usually a message indicating that there is some financial gain to someone, or that someone will be the victim of bad iuck if he/she doesn't forward the note. Last week several e-mail account holders received a chain letter claiming that the recipient would win some type of prize — a vacation or money — if they forwarded the chain letter "to X number of people," Strandskov said. "We found out about the chain letter from two sources," he said. "First, our help desk had received a note from a supervisor who wondered if there was any way to stop the chain letter from being forwarded on to oth- See E-MAIL Page 11A CMU benefits from state cash surplus By Karen Keaner UFE Staff VUriter State Rep. Jim McBryde, R-Mount Pleasant, presented University President Leonard Plachta with a $1.5 million check for CMU at a ceremony Wednesday. The money was state funding from a surplus of year end money from the state of Michigan. The $1,513,926 check was in addition to a $74,118,888 check presented to Plachta for state funding of CMU. This is a real victory for the Dollars for Students task force that we have been striving for," Plachta said. The task force Plachta is referring to began in 1995. CMU has been getting more state money every year since it started. Plachta said it looks like the approach to funding is paying off. "Rep. McBryde worked toward getting CMU a larger amount of money than was originally allocated, and it paid off," he said. McBryde said he strongly supports CentraL "X do believe CMU is the best value in the state for your money," he said. The money will be used for several needs on campus, Plachta said. Tbe extra money could be used for infrastructure, technology, equipment and maintenance needed to keep the university on its path to success," he said. The quest to encourage new legislators to support higher education is something Plachta plans to continue. CMU ranked third out of Michigan's 15 public universities this year for state funding, another reason McBryde said the money was allocated.
|Title||1998-09-11; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, September 11, 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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