1995-11-20; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1995 icl;-iif-hsW - VOLUME 78, NUMBER 36 MOUNT PLEASANT, MICHIGAN 48859 ©1995 CM LIFE SPORTS EK Central routed by arch-rival Western Central's football team took one on the chin against chief rival Western Michigan Saturday in Kalamazoo. The 48-31 loss ended the Chippewa season at 4- 7, their worst campaign in 34 years. PAGE 8 LIFESTYLES (517) 774-3493 14 PAGES November Is AIDS Awareness Month The Wellness Resource Center is promoting educational awareness of HIV and AIDS in conjun- tion with AIDS Awareness Month. Included among the activities is a candlelight vigil on Dec. 1. PAGE 12 With this (issue CM LIFE [ceases publica- kioft until Monday, Nov. 27. Haave a Happy [Thanksgiving (break* Barnard, Tate may be demolished By TODD FETTIG LIFE Editor Central may be saying "bye, bye" to Barnard and Tate halls. University officials are asking CMU's Board of Trustees to approve the demolition of the former residence halls, which were vacated in spring 1993. Vice President of Business and Finance Kim Ellertson, who made the proposal to the trustees, declined to comment Sunday. But according to a written proposal included in the Board's agenda packet for its Dec. 1 meeting, reopening the buildings ■wouldn't be economically Mainframe could be replaced By REBECCA MESSER LIFE Staff Writer In the CMU Board of Trustees' new agenda package, President Leonard Plachta has proposed the replacement of CMU's mainframe computer. The current mainframe, an IBM 3O90-180T (24 MIPS), has reached its maximum capacity and is affecting student, faculty and staff productivity. A MIP stands for millions of instructions per second and refers to the speed of the mainframe. Plachta was unavailabe for comment. According to the proposal, the mainframe will be replaced by a new 58 MIPS to improve access and response time for all users. New operating software also will be purchased. The new software 'will increase transaction speed by 142 percent and memory by 33 percent. The proposal states that the cost to replace the mainframe will be $2 million: $1.3 million for the purchase of the mainframe, $724,500 for operating system software changes and $9,000 for electr- See COMPUTER Page 2 Proposal says hanging on to the two residence halls isn't practical practical for CMU. CMU officials cited declining occupancy rates and rising maintenance expenses for closing the residence halls. Housing officials later proposed opening Tate Hall as alternative campus housing for juniors and seniors. But that plan carried with it a $61,000 price tag for start-up costs. "Due to the great availability of low-cost, off-campus housing, it would not be prudent to renovate the halls into apartments," says Ellertson's proposal to demolish the buildings. "Also, the space is not appropriate for academic purposes, nor is it practical because of the location of the buildings." The university has saved about $1.4 million annually in staff and utility expenses since the buildings closed, according to Ellertson's proposal. By demolishing the buildings, CMU stands to save another $260,000 annually in utility and maintenance costs. The project's expected to cost about $1.45 million, with funding coming from the 1995-96 Capital Budget. Savings would help fund the budget and should pay for the cost of demolition in about five years, the proposal states. The $1.45 million figure includes $760,000 for leveling Barnard, $475,000 for demolishing Tate and $200,000 for relocating the Military Science Program, which is housed in Barnard. But Lt. Col. Rodolfo Diaz- Pons, chairman of the military science department, said the possible move doesn't worry him. "The university has assured us that whatever the decision is they will provide adequate facilities for us," Diaz-Pons said. "It's a university decision. In that sense, we're like any other academic department." CMU Board of Trustees members could not be reached for comment. Uneventful weekend at WMU By REBECCA MESSER LIFE Staff Writer This year's Central/ Western weekend came and went and according to police officials in Kalamazoo it was a pretty quiet one. According to Sgt. Brian Crandall, of the Western Michigan University Department of Public Safety, the weekend was not that different from any other weekend at Western. It was a basic Friday and Saturday night for us. I don't think there was any real increase in activity," Crandall said. There was also no increase in complaints, he said. He said there were problems during the game with people throwing snowballs on the Field. "A lot of people got ejected from the stadium for that," he said. According to the Kalamazoo police, "a lot was going on, but there "were no major incidents " Students from CMU and WMU have organized student patrol groups since 1992, to help curb violence that has occured after previous CMU/ WMU football games. Brian Leder, WMU coordinator for Peace*N Together, said the weekend went unbelievably well. "The weather was nice and Western won so there was every reason for people to be out partying but they weren't. Everything was very well contained," he said. DPS replacing 'poor quality' parking decals CMU parking decals for the 1995-96 school year are being replaced with new ones because of poor quality, according to a letter from CMU's Department of Public Safety. The letter stated many decals have been reported lost or stolen because they can be easily removed from the glass. This year's decals were of a lesser quality than those bought in the past, the letter stated. DPS will be distributing new permits to all holders. The new decals will be displayed inside of vehicle windows, the letter stated. The decals are being sent out and must be displayed by Nov. 27 for faculty, staff and commuters and Dec. 1 for residents. Jean Lindley, assistant vice president of Facilities Management, referred all questions to Ron Williams, associate director of DPS. Williams refused to comment. •w -"—' -* —-—»--» ^ ^--^. -. ^-- „ ^^ , j_t_-_5 win Dt" uwuiuuvuig **«?-- v~ in in iu» reiuocu lAt bUllUIICllV. ARAMARK bid means 89 employees could lose jobs a-a-aaaa_a-a-a»-a_iia_a»^-ai ^ ,_ «_^« _^ _i_ - -_.. k««^c ~r Aircr<iLri? - r_i A-~*i+u nositions that ARAMARK will be having ARAMARK managers. By ANDREA SMELLER LIFE Staff Writer The future of 89 Dining Service jobs hangs in balance as the university considers whether to accept a bid from ARAMARK to subcontract a portion of the labor. Members of the AFSCME Local 1568 met with university officials Nov. 12 and received a copy of ARAMARK's bid to subcontract a portion of dining services labor. Rae Goldsmith, director of Public Relations, said the American Federation of State, I County and Municipal Employees Local 1568 represen- tives have until Dec. 28 to come up with reasons why subcontracting to ARAMARK would not be beneficial to the university. If ARAMARK wins the bid, which was submitted Nov. 11, there will be a loss of 89 Dining Service union jobs from the university. Only those hired before Oct. 31, 1979 will be guaranteed their jobs. Goldsmith said ARAMARK has already made a bid to CMU to take over a portion of the labor in the Dining Services. "One of the reasons for the changes in Dining Services is to better meet the needs of students and in turn maintaining low costs and providing more opportunities, as well as our responsibility to make the most of room and board funds," Goldsmith said. "The bidding is now in the hands of AFSCME," Goldsmith said. "They have the benefit of knowing what ARAMARK bid." Details of ARAMARK's bid or the union's list of benefits for not having ARAMARK subcontract employment are not available at this time. Goldsmith said. Linda Philo, president of AFSCME Local 1568, said union members mainly are concerned with job security. She also expressed concerns that if they had to reapply for the ARAMARK jobs there would be a cut in hourly wages and loss of some benefits. Goldsmith said the university knows that bidding out to ARAMARK is hard for the union because of the loss of jobs. But, she said that the union has a competitive opportunity for the positions that ARAMARK will be hiring. Current employees would be given preference over new employees for the vacancies. "It's hard to speculate on the pay rates," Goldsmith said. "Our current rates are more than similar positions in the region. . We won't know until we go over the bids." Goldsmith said AFSCME has to come up with its own bid by late December. Philo also said CMU's idea of saving money by bringing in ARAMARK was not working. She said it cost the university $300,000 a year to hire ARAMARK managers. Goldsmith said there was still a savings of $150,000 built up by having ARAMARK managers. "There is a $150,000 savings above and beyond the $300,000," Goldsmith said. Goldsmith said by building up this savings they were able to use this to keep room and board rates for students down. Despite the fact that the rates went up this year, Goldsmith said the increase would have been much higher without the savings. After the university receives the bid from AFSCME, CMU will take 30 business days for discussions on the bids and will make a final decision at that time. Kim Ellertson, vice president of Business and Finance, and Paul Hayward, ARAMARK district manager, could not be reached for comment.
|Title||1995-11-20; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, November 20, 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;|
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