1977-01-17; Central Michigan Life
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/ y ■-•-' tr**>' ,■,/ ^^ IT" Central ■ jl fftlchlgan LI Volume 58, No, 44 Mt. Pleasant/Ml 48859 January 17,-1977 .t *. M t^v* •¥ "? fcjN i <.*" **VV 'X ^VS \ i* *!s*V "X v r/ v*> * V *\ *r ** «f r> *> X ':%'& / y y ."■. #.**"'«••■ \%&* 3^ ™i^*. ^"^1 *** ♦'*■ t^.&v1 P'WS Ts#» laWe^*..**;. \ I/" "^K u ■*£ 0' '"' ^^IIIO5 I^KaS! y ?-Jh> c*\ fM mt r>vf V1*****, 9** v/ /" /:= ^ ■*"?**3i '% ;\v l^v ksf^tkissSv ~5J*^ ~>* ***%*. v* * \\« s^».« ^ *8fc£*>* s ^ k*^ •^*^tey^\v ->*' -^ \voA- IX ^"" .$&l ■»".*■ ^. Brrr. Winter in Mt. Pleasant has been on par with the rest of Michigan—record breaking low temperatures and plenty of snow have been endured and commonplace. While, the majority of the CMU population was celebrating the holidays, the campus slept peacefully under a blanket of ,,the,white<stHff~~— — Many students will never see Central as barren as depicted in these photographs. At left, a picnic table awaits spring and sunshine. Above, three students discover the joy of walking across campus without dodging bicycles, and at right, the flag in front of Warriner Hall flies at half-mast in honor of Michigan's late Senator Philip Hart. Weather-watch^ predict more snow and icy temperatures this Week (LIFE photos by Mark Tsou, Kirk Deatrick and Mark Tsou). \ Concerns include budget, energy amiliar issues greet CMU in 1977 by HOLLY HAYES LIFE Managing Editor The new year promises to be more of the same for CMU as faculty members, students and administrators battle familiar problems rvith elusive solutions. Central's tight budget, energy consumption problems, unrest jetween union and non-union faculty members and the logistics of a new general education program—all are issues facing the University community as 1977 dawns. But all is not gloomy. Central still is the most popular institution of higher education in Michigan, turning away more applicants every semester. A new housing entrance policy has been instituted which may be a victory for students, privacy. The Board of Trustees has begun more open meetings to comply with new state law, although the benefits of this have yet to be seen. While CMU's financial future is looking brighter, higher utility bills and lower enrollments than expected have put Central 'slightly behind," on this year's budget. This means the University is running at a slight deficit. CMU and state officials are predicting more money will be ivailable to higher education next year. However, Central still must wait for its appropriation request to be processed through the revised state funding model to see exactly what share of the higher education financial pie it will get. t Faculty unrest on union matters is expected to culminate in a ^certification election sometime this year, as members of the Free raculty (an anti-Faculty Association group) will begin circulating sards requesting the election Feb. 1. Thirty per cent of the faculty members must sign the cards for the election to take place. Central's Academic Senate will face continued key debate on ssues related to the University Program, a general education >ackage to take effect during; the Fall Semester, 1978. Work yet to be done on the plan includes defining the .criteria for - . I , I ., | ■ I, , 1. ..... , - III. I,, -..l,ll.S Welcome back! The new year and a new semester offer challenges to the faculty, staff and students of Central. The board of Trustees will be faced with open meetings and the basketball team will be aiming for a Mid-Ameriea.n Conference championship with three transfer students eligible this semester. CM LIFE'S back-to-school issue will feature aspects of CMU, community and athletic life. This first section includes stories on President Harold Abel, Provost John Canteloir, the Student Association, Faculty- Association and CMU's budget. , The features and entertainment section highlights the people, events/and cultural activities of Mt, Pleasant and CMU. Included are storles'on community and cantpu? organizations, Stories on winter recreation are included in the sports section, including downhill and cross country skiing, ice fishing, and theplaces students can enjoy these activities, u. a course to be offered in the program, and revising all University curricula to fit new University Program requirements. Spiraling energy costs have forced CMU officials to take a hard look at new ways to conserve energy on campus, as part of a total plan to save money in all areas of the University. Belt-tightening will be the order of the day for most areas. The new housing policy, which went into effect Jan. 10, should protect students' privacy in University housing if regulations are learned and followed. While violations of the former policy, according to administrators, were few, the victory for students may be in having the policy in a written form. Central's new. provost, John Cantelon, is settling well into his position, mentioning few problems. Gradually getting to know faculty members and gaining knowledge of the decision-making process here has been a top priority with Cantelon. For another administrator, however, 1977 looks less than promising, as President Harold Abel sees an increasingly fac- tionalized University community as frustrating and cause for concern. He worries that a lack of pressing issues may have caused this 'we' — 'they' situation. President finds frustration in campus 'factionalization' by HOLLY HAYES LIFE Managing Editor Increasing factionalization of the University community has President Harold Abel frustrated and concerned as 1977 begins. "One of the real strengths of CMU when I came here was that faculty and students could say 'we' and now I see that fabric being pulled away," he remarked. "The worst thing is when you get a 'we' - 'they* situation." Abel attributes this in part to the times, citing a lack of "burning issues," such as those on campuses in the 1960s, to bring people together. "When there's a crisis, people pull as one, but when there's not, everyone sort of drifts; There's really no issue we're all threatened with," he said. After nearly a year and a half at Central, Abel maintains his perceptions of the institution haven't changed, but that maybe the perceptions of Harold Abel had, some "perhaps justifiably." "One begins life as a spanking newborn baby but the shining 4«nk image gets tarnished a little as you grow older. With a new job, there's a new shiny image," he mused. "But as you begin to behave in your environment, the image gets tarnished again. No president can have the kind of shine he starts out with, or live up to the knight in shining armor image forever," Abel really doesn't expect to be loved. "I have and expect to make some unpopular decisions, and some people will tattoo me with an issue or a decision," he said. "You'can either do a good job or a poor job. On balance I think I've done a pretty good job." He added, "I still want to leave a positive, permanent impression on CMU," > Abel also is frustrated by last semester's conflict between the CMU administration and three Young Socialist Alliance members arrested for selling literature in Warriner Auditorium without permission from the Student Affairs Office. (See related story, Section B.) "This is a minor incident compared to, some of the ones I've experienced in the '60s, but \ "One ^of the real strengths of CMU when I came here was that faculty and students could say 'we' and now I see that fabric being pulled away"—President Harold Abel the effect is that you get students and faculty in little opposing factions. And I do detest the word 'oppressive' - it's particularly upsetting to see that word applied to me." In addition, student pressure to revise** the University's housing entrance policy has concerned Abel. "I just don't think the dorm entrance issue is an issue," he said. "The students who are in favor of sweeping revisions can't come up with one violation." (See related story, Section B.) Amid the frustration, Abel sees bright spots'for CMU this year. "We're the most well- managed institution in\the state; we have a faculty that is committed to students hnd the educational mission !of the University. There rea|ly are a lot of things we can accomplish if we get our Nheads together... we just need to work together."
|Title||1977-01-17; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, January 17, 1977 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 1977 by Central Michigan University. This material is copyrighted and any further reproduction or distribution is prohibited.|