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Central Michigan LIFE
Vol. 62 No. 81
.© 13SI CM LIFE
Mount Pleasant, Mich. 48859
Friday, April 17,1981
CMU rejects declining enrollments
by TOM HENRY
LIFE Staff Writer
In a reversal of strategy for University planning, President
Harold Abel told trustees Wednesday he wanted to keep CMU's
enrollment at 16,000 in future years.
The estimation is 4,000 students more than Abel wanted the
Admissions Office to accept five years from now.
Abel's announcement appears to be a bold challenge to the state
Legislators such as Rep. Gary M. Owen, D-Ypsilanti, recently
have told him to be part of a "shared decline," Abel said.
A shared decline program suggests public universities should
collectively share the burden of declining enrollments.
"Our plan is to maintain what we consider is the ideal size of this
institution—without reducing quality—which is 16,000 to 16,500,"
Abel told trustees,
Abel explained CMU is likely to encounter problems from the
Legislature, which annually provides two-thirds of the funds for a
"I would be remiss to say we're not going to be subject to
criticism from the Legislature in the future," Abel added,
(See "Trustee"—page 9)
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Striking it rich
Treasure hunting at CMU? It's no joke for this woman
who came to Central Wednesday from Clinton County
looking for coins, jewelry and other valuables. The
woman did not want her name revealed since treasure
hunting is a competitive hobby. Using her metal detector
near Sloan Hall, she made the most valuable find of the
day, a silver 1947 quarter.
Four to run in 'World Series' race
by JACKIE HOLLAND
and TOM HENRY
LIFE Staff Writers
The Boston Marathon. Just
the thought of it is enough to
make almost any runner excited.
It's the ultimate goal in distance
running, and for four local
runners, that dream is about to
Competing in the 26-mile, 365-
yard race Monday will be James
Hill, vice president for Student
Affairs at CMU; Paula Brown,
Morenci sophomore; Bruce
Bylsma, Comstock Park senior;
and Larry Fisher, Thorpe
Resident Hall director.
The quartet will be running in
the 85th annual race through the
streets of "Beantown" with
more than 8,000 other diehards.
They will be striving to do the
best with the cream of the crop
in the world, minus only a few,
says Bylsma. And that's part of
what makes the Boston
Marathon so special.
"It is the oldest annual race in
the world, and probably the
most famous outside of the
Olympics," says Fisher, who will
be competing in it for his third
time this year.
"It is the World Series of
running," he adds. "It's a race
that a lot of runners always-aim
"It is known worldwide for its
quality and quantity of runners;*
To run in the Boston
Marathon, a runner must hit a
certain qualifying time within a
year of the race, and all four of
them have met that criteria. Hill
qualified at the Dayton
Marathon in February, where he
ran a 2:48. The 44-year-old, who
won the race for his age group,
had to break 3:10 to qualify.
For Brown the qualifying
mark was 3:20, which she easily
broke at the Detroit International Marathon last October. She ran the distance in
3:07, placing seventh overall for
women and second in her age
Bylsma and Fisher have
qualified a number of times for
this year's race. The time they
had to break was 2:50 (for men
under 40) and Bylsma, 22, ran a
2:38 at the Breckinridge
Marathon in June; 2:45 at
Hinsdale, 111., in the fall, and 2:42
Fisher, 25, who ran 2:38 in
1979, and three hours in last
year's Boston Marathon,
qualified in Toledo last summer
in 2:34, but has since run many
other, strong marathons.
All four of the runners have
done their homework in
preparing for the race. Brown
has been running 60 to 70 miles a
week, while her male counterparts have been averaging
about 80 to 100 miles a week.
They have all worked on a' little
speedwork to strengthen their
pace, and have done some
All of them are hoping for
good weather. "It's not (the
weather) gong to work out for
everyone," says Fisher.
"Runners are from different
climates. Michigan runners have
trouble when it's warm, and
other runners (from warm
climates) have trouble •"
Hill would like to run a 2:40,
but is "hoping to do the best I
can." For Brown, "Just the
thought of being there is good
enough." And Fisher figures it is
time he broke 2:30, which was
the Olympic qualifying standard
in 1968, two years before he
Legislative Affairs Director
Mike Gray still is listed in
serious condition following a car
accident Sunday morning.
Gray, Freeland senior,
previously was listed in critical
condition, and a passenger in his
car, Mary * Ann Rozengard, Bay
City junior, was discharged
Wednesday. Rozengard suffered
facial lacerations, contusions
Spokespersons at Bay Medical
Center in Bay City refused to
give information other than
"I talked to Mary Ann and she
said Mike was in traction
because of head and back injuries," said Kent Tyrrell, SA
Tenant's Union Director.
Tyrrell, Grand Rapids senior,
said Gray may be out of intensive care this weekend, and
is now eating solid foods.
"It's pretty serious, but we're
hoping for the best," Tyrrell
Gray was injured when his car
glanced off a reflector post on
the southbound 1-75 exit ramp
and rolled down a steep embankment on the left side of the
State police could not be
reached for further comment,
but said earlier the accident
happened at about 1 a.m.
SA plans to send flowers and a
get-well card, said Student Body
President Jeff Markel.
Currently, Gray's position is
being filled by Rick Johnston,
Traverse City junior, and Tahir
Aldabbagh, Mount Pleasant
senior, Markel said.
"Rick was his (Gray's)
assistant and he took the
initiative to fill in until Mike
returns," Markel, Owosso
Easter a welcome relief
for students and staff
Easter bunnies, colored eggs and baskets filled
with pounds of chocolate confections will be
present in many people's minds Sunday.
Yet others will be staying in Mount Pleasant to
spend time on studies or working.
To begin the holiday weekend, classes end at
noon today, according to the Registrar's Office.
For students staying on campus all dormitory
food commons will remain open through dinner.
"Students will be able to eat at Woldt Food
Commons for the three meals on Saturday and
two meals on Sunday," Scott Frear, assistant
director of Food Services, said.
Frear said hours for meals would be as follows:
breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
for lunch and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for dinner on
Meal hours for Sunday are 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for
breakfast and noon to 2 p.m. for lunch.
Students around campus gave different
reasons for going home or staying around town.
"I'm going home to relax. I just came back from
a Marketing Association trip to Detroit and
Toledo where we visited Stroh's Brewery and
Hudson's," Marianne Demner, Dearborn senior,
(See "Easter"—page 8)
by KEITH NAUGHTON
LIFE Staff Writer
After 14 years as dean of the School of Fine and Applied Arts,
Frank Stillings is retiring, President Harold Abel announced at the
Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday.
"My wife had me talking about it for a couple of years," Stillings
said, adding he has been talking with Abel and Vice President for
Business and Finance Jerry Tubbs about the retirement for approximately six weeks. The plans were finalized Tuesday.
(See "Stillings"—page S)
Because of the Easter holiday, CM LIFE will
not publish Monday. Normal publication will
The LIFE staff wishes the University community a safe and enjoyable weekend.
The Isabella County
Transportation Commission will have its
Today is the
deadline for dropping
or withdrawing from a
Dick Enberg will be
at Alumni Field for
before CMU's baseball
team clashes with
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