1993-10-20; Central Michigan Life
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High: upper 50s Low: mid 40s cloudy, rain likely in the afternoon The search is on Committees formed to find deans Page 3 Just a flesh wound Shock comedy comes to town Page 8 Mixed emotions WR overcomes personal loss Page 10 Central Michigan !—-■——.. ■■."-■——-——- VOLUME 76. NUMBER 22 _,_fc. , ^iVrr -riWi* '_■ ; , _* '■Vfe,'?-?' ~f V-'tg-.M.^. .' ' '■" ■' ,.">" . 3 —-J _ »„,«■, ■■ i .y ^ MOUNT PLEASANT. MICHIGAN 48869 (6l7>TT4-a«9d 16 PAGES Plachta urges Central to roll with changes LIFE Photo Jason Flowers CMU President Leonard E. Plachta gave his state of the university CMU passes on minority 'theme' housing trend By Jill Behnke l IH St,iff WnU-r While universities on the East and West coasts are creating new ethnic or alternative "theme" housing options, Michigan universities seem to have missed the trend. Gary CiafTone, director of Housing, said similiar housing cannot be found at CMU. "We don't assign rooms based on race," CiafTone said. An unwritten agreement between the Office of Minority Affairs and the Housing Office tries to accomodate students requesting a minority roommate, said Steve Clark, assistant director of Minority Affairs. The program is a courtesy provided by Minority Affairs to help minority students feel as comfortable as possible," he said. According to a Detroit Free Press article, "a desire on the part of students to gain official college sanction for their separ- See ROOMS Page 16 Provost: freshmen's GPAs, ACT scores up from past years By Kelly L. Adams Llf-h Staff Writer Provost Robert Franke announced that CMU is enrolling students with higher grade point LIFE on the Inside MORE NEWS 3 VOICES 4 POLICE 6 ET CETERA 8 SPORTS 10 DIGEST 16 CLASSIFIEDS 15 averages and higher ACT scores at Tuesday's Academic Senate meeting. Franke said 9.4 percent of this year's freshmen have a GPA of 3.75 to 4.0. Almost 16 percent of first year students have a GPA of 3.5 to 3.74. These figures have increased from last year's 6.34 percent and near 10 percent, respectively. According to Franke, 8.5 percent of the 1993 freshman class have ACT scores from 27 to 36, compared to 6.5 percent of last year. Another 37 percent of this year's freshmen have scores from 22 to 26 — up from 34 percent last year. Franke said freshman enrollment is up from last year although overall enrollment is slightly down. This is because of losing some students, mostly at the sophomore and junior levels, he said. More enrollment information See SENATE Page 16 By Marjory Raymer I Ihf- Staff Writer President Leonard E. Plachta urged CMU to meet the challenge of accepting change during his state of the university address Monday. "I urge everyone who is associated with the university to avoid the very human tendency to resist change." Plachta said, "instead, see our issues as challenges and opportunities for redi recting this fine university." Plachta said the current system is not working. He emphasized the lack of efficiency in several areas of the university including the University Program and competency requirements, the inability of students to graduate in four years and the amount of time wasted in committees. Plachta said the requirements for all undergraduates has loped into an overly complex system, and he questioned whether the University Program fit the intended goal of general education. He named Provost Robert Franke to review the UP and competency requirements in an effort to modernize them. The president suggested ini- t iating programs to help students complete their education in four years and studying the feasibility of a three-year bachelor's degree program, which would include summer classes. He also emphasized the need to examine resources spent on classes with low enrollment, programs with small demand and small departments Administrative time was another focus of the speech. The university must dedicate less time to committee work. Plachta said. One step is retaining a cen- See SPEECH Page 1 5 Feedback on university address varies By Andrew Guy Jr. I lh(r Stciff Writei Faculty and students voiced positive and negative reactions to President Leonard E. Plachta's state of the university address Tuesday. Randy Peterson, University Democrats president and Mortar Board member, said he was "dis- appointed (Plachtai didn't address the student issues more clearly." Jim Hill, vice president for Student Affairs, said he agreed with Plachta's need to accomplish certain goals at CMU, and said that he adequately focused on student-or ic?nt*?d issues. Peterson, Kinde senior, said issues Plachta raised such as racism on campus and departmental reorganization affect every CMU student "I think he glossed over the more important issues on campus. It was basically a rehash of his (vision) statement," Peterson said. Greg Morris. legislative counsel, said people often misinterpret Plachta's management style. "People expect Plachta to be a manager because of his background," Morris said. "Managers worry about what's happening this afternoon. Leaders worry about the future." Bruce Allen, chairman of the marketing and hospitality services administration deparment. said the speech was "fantastic" and was targeted to faculty. CMU's future rests in the hands of the administrators, he s« lid. "The key is whether the faculty can accept the inevitable restructuring (of the university*. This is typical in the evolution of success constantly changing," he said. Jerold Misner. dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Services, said he agreed with tne iasue of change. To voice your opinion. See page 14. "I thought (Plachta's speech) was very timely," Misner said. "It was appropriate while the country is looking at change at different levels." Rebecca Bollenberg, SGA vice- president and Honor senior said Plachta intended to address students. "Maybe he didn't directiy say students, but he meant students," she said. "I think he's got some good plans," said Shannon Payne, Mount Clemens junior. "1 think hfr»'» better than what, we've had.** Committee finds alternatives to merger By Marjory Raymer L IhE- Staff Writer The College of Business Administration's realignment/ reorganization committee recommended the college reconsider the approved departmental merger. Provost Robert Franke suggested a merger between the departments of management and business law and regulation with a goal savings of $37,345. A college-wide vote approved the merger in September. The committee generated ideas that would be more cost effective, the report stated. The report suggested^* he merger might have been politically motivated. "Subsequent discussion and information generated tells us that there may, in fact, have been political reasons for this move," the report stated. See REPORT Page 2 LIFE Photo Amy Sw*rtout Practicing backstroke techniques with 3 year old Jamisen Norlan der is Amy Thue. Grand Rapids sophomore. She has been teaching him for more than a year.
|Title||1993-10-20; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, October 20, 1993 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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