1978-08-28; Central Michigan Life
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pww mm nam nnp« ■,I-PJUH,JI!«- JS-W.WW*"pJp awpyfaai I fflkhl i Volume 60 No. 1 Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859 •f5a*:ir*i::::i£^^ Monday, August 28,1978 wamtrgyxKanss^ssa CMU: undercurrent of hope by TONY DEARING LIFE Editor The students have returned, some 16,000 of them, and they've rudely snapped this University back to life after a long, sleepy summer. The dorms, the academic buildings, the bookstores, they're all teeming. You would hardly know even a few days ago CMU was dead still and the Warriner chimes could be heard almost everywhere on campus. The faculty, they're here too, fresh from a quiet summer away from the grind and ready to get back up in front of a classroom to share something they know and love with sometimes interested audiences. In the same way, the administrators, who never really get away from CMU during the summer, are shaking off the dog days and preparing themselves for the cast of thousands they must spend the next nine months being both responsive and responsible to. And everyone at CMU is continuously awaiting the dawning of 1978-79 like they were watching an early-hour sunrise on a clear summer day. They all know no matter how blue the sky looks all the way to the horizon, no matter how much hope and optimism they are filled with at the beginning of a new school year, thunder clouds can come rolling in anytime and rain on their parade. Over the past few years, CMU hasn't had an easy road. A lot of good things have happened to the University, but more often than not the good has been overshadowed by looming controversy and turmoil. Still, 1978-79 brings with it a fresh start, and across campus, there runs an undercurrent of hope. Maybe, just maybe, 1978-79 will be the year when the crisis in higher education won't seem quite so critical. Climbing costs, changing student demands, declining, enrollments, retrenchment", and* the ever-changing role of universities are all challenges CMU must face as higher education approaches a new decade. But at CMU, a lot of the elements are right to make this year a reprieve from the turbulence—a year when students can spend their time learning, faculty can spend their time teaching and administrators can spend their time administering. For a lot of reasons, in 1978-79 the optimism and good will eternally brought on by a hew school year doesn't necessarily have to fade to disillusionment and disappointment as summer fades to fall, and fall to winter. The biggest plus for CMU this year is its healthy budget. As money makes the world go 'round, so does the budget make CMU go 'round. After years of being underfunded by' the state, CMU officials say they finally got their fair share this year. The result is a $42 million budget—up about $4 million more than last year—which President Harold ^Abel says he "feels very comfortable with." Last year, Abel gave a long oratory at a Board of Trustees meeting detailing why he thought many of CMU's problems were the result of being under-budgeted. If he was right, a lot of potential problems this year should have already been nipped in the bud. Of course, at a university as complex as CMU, the budget is never the whole story. There would have to be a lot of other contributing factors to make 1978-79 one of the best school years in a long, long time. And whether you are a student, faculty member or administrator, there are a lot of little pieces which together could make for you an exciting picture for 1978-79. Students have as much to look forward to as anybody. After all, they are attending one of the most popular universities in the state. Although final figures are not yet' in, it appears CMU will easily maintain last year's enrollment level. Whatever the University is doing, it continues to do it right because when high school seniors begin thinking college, CMU is One of the first schools they consider. (See "Campus mood—" page 9A) -CM UFEPHOTO BY PETER LUKE The day. sunny with blue skies. The place. Perry Shorts Stadium. Expressing the exuberance of the new school year by tossing the old Frisbee around, Mike Howell, Plymouth senior, leaps high to snare the flying saucer while Larry Grawburg, Burton senior, comes up fast from behind. Although Frisbee tossing is not under consideration for varsity sport status, the two appear to be playing as though it were. ""->. i — Contrary to popular belief, college students are not only "light- fingered" shoppers. See Section B for story. * ) ■■ ^ —Roy Kramer ends his 73-year-old reign as CMU's head coach to accept position elsewhere. See Section C for story. J <CTtp™°T«Jp"w.^-i3"WE*-ii ^Aa^a_rir>ii_r.tt^ „._._._ ..i,.,..i. V|i|^. t i|lf<|-^ mJi __>._____!_ ""■ -'-^■iifjjin 11.
|Title||1978-08-28; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, August 28, 1978 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 1978 by Central Michigan University. This material is copyrighted and any further reproduction or distribution is prohibited.|