1981-02-02; Central Michigan Life
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:-4..'" S»»|" ps J«-' jtt h* ¥" if* ■*> 'I >' »l HI ysfjs^ps^pwps^spsj **.*>.. s* ■ Central Michi LIFE Vol. 62 No. 53 © 1981 CM LIFE Mount Pleasant, Mich. 48859 14 pages Monday, Feb. 2,1981 CM LIF&Gery Melow Keynote speaker the Rev. H.J. Coleman kicked off Black History Month Sunday. Black History festivities underway by DAVE ELLIS LIFE Staff Writer Black History Month at CMU officially opened Sunday with President Harold Abel urging "all members of the University community to partake of its richness." Speaking before a moderately p&cketf- 'University Center Auditorium audience, Abel said he was disappointed more people are not participating in Black History festivities, but pledged to work for greater cultural diversity at CMU. The opening ceremonies were sponsored by the Organization for Black Unity. "We are a nation made up of the contributions of minorities," Abel said, "which make it richer than any one group could alone." Keynote speaker at the ceremony was the Rev. H.J, See related story page 6 Coleman, of the Church of God in Christ in Saginaw. "Blacks must continue to seek out the higher education necessary to raise the economic level of blacks," Coleman said, urging "blacks to go to school and get something on your brain. "If you don't have anything on your brain, you won't be able to move up in society," he said. "We can't win with guns and knives and fire, but we can win with knowledge." Also speaking at the opening ceremony was Sharon George, student activities coordinator, and Vice President for Student Affairs James Hill. Former Minority Student Development Office Director Cleophus Melvin, who had been scheduled to speak at the ceremony, did not attend due to a family emergency, said Tobin Williams, OBU president. Melvin, who currently is on educational leave, has come into conflict with the Administration recently over the closing of the office. The observation of Black History Month dates back to around 1927 when Carter G. Woodson, a Washington-based historian, started it, said Martha Brown, associate professor of history. Black History Month is observed nationally, with most schools and colleges participating in some way. Groundhog grants LIFE interview (Editor's note: Being the top-notch reporter she is, LIFE Staff Writer Sandy Mclfugh has all sorts of sources. In celebration of Groundhog Day, she tracked down one such rodent for an exclusive interview.) .Today is Groundhog Day —the day when a little rodent determines how much more of this winter "bliss" we must endure before spring. In keeping with good journalistic procedures, LIFE went underground to get this story, and let me tell you, it was dirty work. Tracking down a groundhog is no easy task, due to the increased inches of snow and the fact groundhogs' tunnels are kind of tough to fit through. After an hour or so of hard tracking, I finally located a groundhog that graciously granted an interview. Woodward C. Groundhog, known as "Digger" to his friends, stuck his nose out of his tunnel long enough to answer a few questions and depart little gems of wisdom as to what groundhogs must go through every Feb. 2. • Digger enjoys his profession of being a groundhog, but says he could live without forecasting the weather. "I really am perfectly corftent just digging tunnels and doing earthly things," Digger said. "What I don't understand is why humans feel they must disturb this peaceful scene by standing there and just watching." ..Digger explained by saying he thinks it's hilarious to watch people standing there, freezing, while he takes his time making an appearance. "You must admit it would be rather humorous," Digger said. "Don't get me wrong* I like people, it's just you (people) do some strange things." Digger added he usually waits for an opportune time to peek out of his hole to see his shadow. "What's the sense of coming out too early? I mean, I wouldn't want to blow it too soon -*- look at the hostages. Your media has milked that for everything it can get, so I figure I'll makp the people wait a little/* Digger said. He hastened to add he doesn't want to sound cynical, but says he got the impression humans like suspense. Digger refused to comment on his methods of predicting the length of the remaining part of winter, but did say he was not afraid of his shadow. "That's just another myth," Digger said. "I am not afraid of my shadow, but it does play an important part in Groundhog Day, so I let it slide." (See "Ground hog"—page 14) rNM Contract talks begin today by DAVE ALEXANDER LIFE Editor The first collective bargaining session between the Faculty Association and the Administration is set for today and both sides agree the negotiations will be conducted in private. The session is at 3 p.m. in the President's Conference Room of the University Center, according to a joint FA/ Administration release. In the same statement, some ground rules were established including closing all sessions to the public and press. The two sides bargained the last contract in public but this time they have agreed to the closed sessions. Administration spokesman R, William Dunham explained: "It seems to me that the experience both teams had in 1977 with open bargaining made both teams realize closed bargaining is more productive," said Dunahm, vice provost for faculty contractual relations. FA spokesman and past President Al Lewis echoed Dunahm's concern. "The FA team felt like the main concern was economics and salaries," Lewis said. "The problem of the two is handled best in closed session." Even with closed sessions, Dunham and Lewis vow to keep the public and the press informed about the negotiations. The joint statement said information on the sessions will come from Lewis and Dunham. The specific way the information will be released is going to be discussed at today's first session, Lewis said. He added the releases could be joint or separate but there will be "regular contact with the press in some form." Presently, the two sides will meet Mondays and Fridays for day. sessions, Lewis said. This may be increased as bargaining heats up and each side has a better feel for the proposals on the table. The other ground rules established in the joint release were: —a tentative agenda to be established for each meeting. — all negotiable items must be on the table by Feb. 16. —a common set of minutes to be used by both teams. (See "Bargaining"—page 14). Td go again/ hostage says by TOM HENRY LIFE Staff Writer CM UFEJGng Hollobaiigh EAST LANSING-Former hostage Richard Queen told about 500 journalists here Saturday the U. S. has become united and self-confident in the aftermath of Iran's kidnapping of 53 Americans. Queen added he believes the benefits of the 444-day crisis were so significant he would go back into captivity if similar results were assured. "Looking at the positive side, it has helped the country," said Queen, the featured speaker at a luncheon for the Michigan Press Association's annual convention. "We are stronger, wiser and more united than before, and I certainly see that as a tremendous gain. "What I went through in 252 days and the disease I got was more than worth it to the country," Queen said. "I would gladly go through it again and I think the others would, too." Queen, 29, served as a consular officer for the U. S. Embassy in Iran before he and the 52 other Americans were captured Nov. 4,1979. He returned to the U. S. last summer because he was stricken by a form of multiple sclerosis. Queen emphasized he does not have any bitterness toward the Iranian people —only their government. He said the crisis showed the Iranian government "is not in any power until they have heads On the chopping blocks. "They have got to make themselves coming out of this smelling like roses," Queen said. "But they will be used by op- "I would gladly go through it again and I think the others would, too."—former hostage Richard Queen ponents who will say they sold out to the U.S." He said it was no coincidence Iran released the remaining hostages at the time Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as president. "They definitely wanted it taken care of before Reagan took office," Queen told LIFE. When asked why, he readily responded, "Because they're afraid of him." Conflicting reports have (See "Queen"—page 14) In Brief The deadline for mailing Family Financial Statements for the 1981-82 school year is today. All students planning to work on or off campus next year also should file statements if they haven't already done so. 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|Title||1981-02-02; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, February 2, 1981 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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