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Volume 60 No. 57
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Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859
Friday, February 16,1979
City, CMU foresee slowed growth
by PETER LUKE
LIFE Staff Writer
What will Mount Pleasant be like in the 1980s?
CMU's enrollment will level off at 14,000; fast food restaurants
will continue to populate the city and the energy crunch will force
city residents to be more community oriented.
But overall, Mount Pleasant's growth over the last 20 years will
subside and stabilize.
Those were some of the speculations of several city and
Carey said because
of declining transfer
and graduate student
student population is
expected to level off
at 14,000 in the
University soothsayers who looked deep into their crystal balls
Wednesday and tried to predict the future of Mount Pleasant.
The. predictions were made in a roundtable discussion conducted
in city commissioner and associate professor of political science Ted
Zolty's PSC 398: "Governing Mount Pleasant" class.
Participating in the discussion were Terrence Carey, secretary to
CMU's Board of Trustees; Mount Pleasant Mayor Sybil Ellis; City
Manager William Barrons; Jane Eldred, a member of the area
Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; and Clarence Tuma,
owner of The Embers restaurant, 1217 S. Mission St., and several
All agreed that the growth of Mount Pleasant was directly
related to the increasing number of University students in the.
community. And since CMU's growth is predicted to subside, so will
the city's. '
But there was agreement that the slowdown will not be all that
bad and Mount Pleasant will continue to be "the nice place to live" it
Carey said because of declining transfer and graduate student
enrollments, CMU's student population is expected to level off at
14,000 in the future.
He also added that while freshmen applicants continue to increase, the University only can house so many students in its
residence halls. As a result, Carey said, CMU has had to turn down
many first-year applicants.
"By 1980, growth
will level off
have to look at CMU,
which is the hub
around which Mount
Pleasant revolves. "—
But Carey said in order for CMU to effectively compete with
other state universities in recruiting students, Central is going to
have to develop new curricula and programs.
But as Barrons and Eldred agreed, if the growth of CMU is going
to stabilize, so will that of the community.
"Without you (students)," Eldred said, "Mount Pleasant would
not be the community it is today."
(See "Future—" page 2)
New flu here,
by JAMES KIRLEY
LIFE Staff Writer
Cases of influenza believed to
be the same strain presently
closing elementary and high
schools in downstate counties
have been reported by a public
.health official in Mount
Judging from the diagnosis of
local physicians, .the A-Brazil
strain is "already here," according to Dr. Richard Nowak of
the Central Michigan District
Health Department. Nowak said
laboratory verification takes one
to two weeks, but added local
physicians feel "fairly confident" it is the same strain.
While Nowak said the strain
affects persons approximately
25 years old and younger,
University Health Service
Administrator Ed Brown said he
was riot aware of a higher than *
usual incidence of flu on campus
similar to the one Nowak said
was causing a 25 percent absenteeism rate in local public
Nonetheless, Brown said the
(See "Flu—"page 2)
First motion ends
Student Association found itself with nothing left to discuss after
11 minutes of its meeting Wednesday, so it decided to make a
It was a motion to adjourn, and it came at the end of a meeting at
which no other motions were passed and no new business was
brought up by any board member.
The main business was an announcement by Student Body
President Jim Marshall that five students have been chosen to
serve on a rejuvenated student committee that will meet with
CMU's Board of Trustees. , *L
Marshall could name only one of the students chosen, and no
board members asked the others' names during the meeting, which
Marshall said "might be a record" for the shortest SA session ever.
Marshall, Charlevoix senior, said he and Dean of Student Affairs
James Hill, chose the students. They will serve with Marshall on the
committee. _ .'
The students chosen for the committee are: Bonnie Beresford,
Birmingham senior, Panhellenic and Intrafraternity Council
president; Teresa Kaohman, Grosse Pointe junior; Dawn
Lucksinger, Troy freshman; Jim Webb, Jackson sophomore; and
Rjta Weeks, Morley sophomore.
Marshall's spot on the student committee, which has been
inactive since 1972, is the only permanent one. The others will be
filled before each monthly meeting of the trustees.
In other action, Mai-shall told the board the President's Council
said Monday it Will place three new CMU emblems at campus en'
trances when the snow melts. The announcement was in response to
a phone survey done by Marshall in which he found juniors, seniors
and resident assistants were concerned about the removal of the old
Snow and ivy
These vines that line the wall surrounding the rear of
the University Center's Reservation lie dormant in the
cold months as the snow piles up on the top and bottom
of the ivy. The weatherman doesn't have encouraging
words as he predicts slightly falling temperatures and
Carter delays ELF decision
by PETER LUKE
LIFE Staff Writer
President Jimmy Carter has delayed his
decision on whether or not Project ELF, a
proposed underground communications grid,
should be constructed in Michigan's Upper
Peninsula, U.S. Sen. Donald Riegle, D-Mich. said
He added that he and fellow U.S. Sen. Carl
Levin, D-Mich., have requested a chance to talk to
Carter before that decision is made.
Riegle, speaking before a group of students
from CMU's Law Center in the University
Center,, said the proposed communications
system is "not wanted, doesn't work and should
not be built"
Riegle said Carter currently is torn between
two factors. One is his 1976 Michigan campaign
promise when he said if the people of Michigan
didn't want the system, they wouldn't get it.
The other factor, Riegle said, is that the Navy
badly wants it. "Carter was once a submarine
commander so he has a natural interest in it."
Riegle said it will be a while before Carter^
makes his decision on the proposal and added, "I#.
hope Carter's smart enough not to go ahead with
The proposed antenna, called ELF for the
extremely low-frequency radio waves it would
use, would be built underground at K.I. Sawyer
Air Force Base near Marquette and be connected
(See "Riegle—"page 2)
Several city offices will be closed Monday in
observance of George Washington's birthday.
All local banks will be closed, as will the
Secretary of Stated Office, all branches of the
V S Postal Service, the Mount Pleasant
Municipal Building and the Isabella County
Building. ,. ^ ,it
All local businesses and offices will resume
It's almost time for
the Special Olympics—and that makes
everything worthwhile for Sue
CMU's men's swim
team puts a 4-1 conference record on the
line today in its last
dual meet of the
Off the wire....