1995-10-16; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1995 VOLUME 78, NUMBER 21 Memo shows plan to halve CMU's PBS contribution By JENNIFER ACKERMAN L IH- Assistant News Editor A memo dated Sept. 8 circulated between top university administrators outlines a plan to reduce CMU's contribution to Public Broadcasting from approximately $1.2 million to slightly over $500,000 by 1998-99. A memo sent to Kim Ellertson, vice president of Business and Finance, and Jerry Scoby, assistant vice president of Business Affairs, from Russ Herron, vice president of University Relations, outlines a four-step plan to reduce CMU's funding. The memo states "a reduction in general fund allocations to Public Broadcasting in 1996-97 of $100,000 followed in 1997-98 by a reduction of $200,000 and a 1998-99 reduc- See PBS Page 2 MOUNT PLEASANT, MICHIGAN 48859 ©1995 CM LIFE (517) 774-3493 14 PAGES CMU football team defeats Youngstown State Silas Massey, filling in for injured Damon Tolbert, racked up 231 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries as the Chippewas defeated Youngstown State 46-25. PAGE 8 LIFESTYLES Benefits, side effects of ginseng explored Ginseng is supposed to boost energy levels and affect hormone levels, but some say not enough research has been done to be sure these effects are chemically caused. And some ask whether the root has negative side effects. PAGE 12 Morris, CMU settle lawsuit By ERIN MERCER LIFE Assistant News Editor A civil lawsuit accusing former legislative counsel Greg Morris for sexual harassment and CMU for "gross negligence" has been settled after a year and a half. Eileen Jennings, university counsel, said the settlement was made Thursday. But terms of the settlement restricted her from commenting further on the situation, she said. However, she did say that both sides were happy it was over. Terms of the settlement have not been released. The plaintiffs — Natalie Alane, former student assistant for governmental relations; Maureen Daugherty, former administrative assistant for Morris; Sandy KaufTman, former administrative secretary for Morris; and Noelle Schiffer, consultant to CMU — filed the case in Ingham County's Court of Claims in April 1994. Morris refused to comment on the settlement Sunday. The lawsuit included five counts. The counts include violating the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act; sexual battery; tortuous interference with a contractual relationship; and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Count five was against CMU for gross negligence, claiming the university "carelessly and recklessly failed and refused to conduct a thorough, competent, professional, unbiased, fair and full investigation ... to accurately assess plaintiffs claims.*" Morris has denied all the charges against him throughout LIFE Photo JENNAH SPfTZLEV ARE THOSE NIKE DRESSES? The CMU Women's Rugby Club plays a scrimmage game in prom dresses and evening wear Friday. Is post-privatized Dining Services better? the case. "I have never discriminated against anyone on the basis of gender,** Morris said in an April 1994 statement. Randie Black, attorney for the plaintiff from Okemos; Robert Vercruysee, attorney for CMU from Detroit; and Johanna Armstrong of Detroit and Joseph Fink of Lansing, attorneys for Morris, all could not be reached for comment Sunday. MSU might approve domestic partner benefits By LENNY PADILLA LIFE Staff Writer The Board of Trustees at Michigan State University will soon decide on whether domestic partnership benefits will be offered to its employees. The MSU Academic Counsel endorsed a plan Oct. 3, to extend spousal benefits to unmarried same-sex and opposite-sex partners. A date for the vote has yet to be d«teriT.iT.ed. Central recently denied a proposal from the Gay and Lesbian Faculty and Staff organization to offer domestic partnership benefits to its employees. The University of Michigan and Wayne State University are the only public universities in Michigan to offer domestic partnership benefits. C. Keith Groty, assistant vice president for Human Resources at MSU, said the university has had the issue of domestic partnership benefits under consideration for awhile. "We had a report submitted to (MSU) in 1992," Groty said. "A task force on gay and lesbian affairs had urged the university By CINDY TROMBLEY LIFE News Ednor Although it's been more than five months since the university has signed an official contract with ARAMARK, two former CMU employees are not convinced about privatization yet. CMU entered a contract with ARAMARK Educational Services Inc. May 2. The contract authorizes ARAMARK to exclusively manage the operation of CMU's Dining Services. ARAMARK receives a management fee of $10,000 per month as well as an allowance for its general and administra- Two ex-employees uncertain about ARAMARK performance tive expenses not in excess of $15,000 per month. According to Bob Van Pelt, former chairman of the Supervisory/ Technical Association, the university made $2,912,670 for the 1994-95 year. So he questioned why CMU needed to bring in an outside company. Van Pelt's last day as a CMU Dining Service supervisor was June 30. He's unemployed and looking for work While students are supposed to be the ones benefitting, they're actually being hurt by the changes, Van Pelt said. He said ARAMARK brought in new products without testing them and then blamed the staff for not marketing the product when "students hated it." Before ARAMARK came to CMU, Van Pelt said test panels would be set up to try new foods and "if it wasn't a viable product we'd find out. But ARAMARK resident district manager Paul Hayward said a tester booth was run in the spring to try different foods and decisions were made based on this. Hayward said although ARAMARK purchases its products from the same vendors, "ARAMARK brings a level of expertise** to the Dining Commons so they "receive as many options as possible." But Van Pelt said students have less options, as changes were made to go to bulk yogurt and cereals. He said students once could choose from about 30 month as well as an allowance looking for work. we'd find out." ^^ ARAMARK Page 7 for its general and administra- While students are supposed But ARAMARK resident _ 2 State police post won't be moving to Clare n CINDY TROMBLEY Hughes said the post's location efforts,** he said. "It was Hughes became post commander BY _U 7 litv#w iar.v iH*.»l so if a new buildinrz is something thev were feeling the in March 1989 that anv citv has By CINDY TROMBLEY LIFE News Editor The Michigan State Police post located in Mount Pleasant won't be moving to another city — at least not anytime soon, police officials say. Lt. Frank Hughes, post commander for the Mount Pleasant Post of the Michigan State Police, said rumors that the post would move to Clare started circulating about six months ago. That's when Clare was looking into a new building for its police department. "It was something we were going to consider depending on what they were going to do," Hughes said "There's nothing definite — not even close to definite." Hughes said the post's location isn't ideal, so if a new building is proposed in another city and somebody contacts him, he'll look into the possibility of moving. The state owned police post, constructed in 1936, has its share of problems, Hughes said. These include the need for a vehicle garage and more parking spaces, in addition to the fact that the building is not handicap accessible, he said. "The parking is terrible," Hughes said. "The building is old too." Hughes said Clare officials contacted him about the possible move around March, asking for his input. But since then there has been no further contact. "I'm not making any initial efforts," he said. "It was something they were feeling the waters for, so to speak. If contacted, we always consider looking at another facility." Hughes said there are two ways that a post can get a new facility. The first is when a new post is being formed, although Hughes said that possibility is highly unlikely. The second way is by leasing a building, he said. This is what the post would have considered doing if a new building was built in Clare. Geographically, Clare would be an ideal location, Hughes said. It would be located closer to the center of the post's patrol area, which includes all of Isabella and Clare counties. This is the first time since Hughes became post commander in March 1989 that any city has contacted him about the possibility of relocating, he said. According to Clare City Manager Vince Pastue, "We've made overtures for them to consider (relocating.)" "It's very, very, very preliminary at this point," he said. Pastue has said that the state of Clare's police facilities was examined. The Clare facilities are not suitable for a modern police agency, he said. So Clare needs to consider all possibilities and "it's more feasible to try and work with another agency." Pastue said he plans to contact Hughes in the future to discuss the issue and "we'll incorporate that (information) with how we •will go forward." M We feel that our current benefits packages are] very competive. KIM ELLERTSON Vice president for Business and Finance to consider domestic partnership benefits." Groty said the pressure because of U-M and WSU offering the benefits has been a factor in the university's decision to attend to the issue. "Obviously the fact that they (U-M and WSU) have domestic partnership benefits is a matter of consideration and will be presented to the Board of. Trustees." Kim Ellertson, CMU vice president of Business and Finance, said the pending vote at MSU regarding the benefits has had no bearing on CMU's decision not to offer the benefits. "We feel that our current benefits packages are very competitive," he said. Ellertson said that since U-M and CMU are in the same market, sometimes the two schools are in competition for employees, but there is not a problem at this time. "If at that time, we determine that not offering (domestic partnership benefits) becomes an issue, then you bet we will reconsider," Ellertson said.
|Title||1995-10-16; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, October 16, 1995 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 1995 by Central Michigan University. This material is copyrighted and any further reproduction or distribution is prohibited.|