1994-03-02; Central Michigan Life
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WEDNESDAY H:upp«r30* L:mM20S mostly sunny to partly sunny ^HMOto ^srsES^Ji Toughening up Bill to crack down on pot offenders Page 7 Horns of plenty Jazz gets rediscovered Page 8 "WE'RE GONNA WIN" CMU wrestlers head to MAC Tourney Page 10 THURSDAY H: around 40 L: upper 20s partly sunny Central Michigan ■ - ' . ..:■;■ f.r District judge announces candidacy O'Connell to run for state appellate court By Todd Fettig LIFE Staff Writer Judge Peter O'Connell announced his candidacy Tuesday for a newly created seat on the Michigan Court of Appeals. O'Connell, who has served as 76th District Court Judge since 1979, said he is the first candidate to enter the race for the open seat in Michigan's Court of Appeals District IV, a 60-county region. District IV is Michigan's largest geographically, covering central and northern lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. O'Connell said his experience as a trial judge and being a published author will prepare him for the written decisions expected from appeals court judges. He described his judicial philosophy as very conservative. "I believe in holding people accountable for their actions," he said. "We should be firm but fair.** O'Connell said he will not have to resign from his current position unless he wins the election. Despite keeping the 76th district position during the campaign, he plans to actively take part in the campaign process. "There will be a lot of miles driven and shoe leather worn between now and November," O'Connell said. Candidates for the position will be narrowed down during Michigan's Aug. 2 primary election. The winner will be declared following Michigan*s November general election. The Michigan Legislature created the new seat to deal with a large backlog, O'Connell said. The six-year term begins Jan. 1. O'Connell was the first Michigan trial judge to receive a Masters of Judicial Studies Degree. He formerly has served as president of the Michigan District Judges Association and as Isabella County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. He is an adjunct professor of law at Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, a published author and has served as faculty for the Michigan Judicial Institute and the National Judicial College. O'Connell is a member of the Michigan Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Isabella County Bar Association. Faculty member to have position cut after 23-year career LIFE Photo/Todd Fettig Judge Peter O'Connell said he will run for the open seat of the Michigan Court of Appeals. By Marjory Raymer 1 if-fc Assistant News Editor After 23 years as a CMU employee, Greydon Hyde will leave the university involuntarily; his position has been targeted as pan of budget cuts. "If iCMLr> were a Fortune 500 Club, maybe I'd agree with it, but our product is the student and the bottom line is education," Hyde said. Robert Craig, chairman of broadcast and cinematic arts, said he informally rotified Hyde, operations manager for BCA, early this semester that the department faculty, after considering the options, voted to eliminate his position according to guidelines from the dean. "I just think there were other options that they evidently didn't want to do," Hyde said. "It is kind of frustrateng seeing them building a student lounge out of a classroom and cutting personnel," he added, referring to the new student lounge in room 109 Grawn Hall. Hyde supervises the students of the executive stafTfor Channel 34 MHTV. He said his proudest accomplishment has been keeping the facility running with the «If (CiyiU) were a Fortune 500 Club, maybe I'd agree with it, but our product is the student and the bottom line is education." Greydon Hyde outdated equipment it has available. "It is undoubtable that MHTV will go in a downward spiral in the technical quality of the programming, which lias been troublesome because of the age *>f our equipment," said Sean Watson, studio manager for Moore Hall 1 elevision and Coldwater senior. "I fear things won't get fixed quickly. . .plus, Greydon has been a gift to those of us who aspire towrd the technical side." Craig said the administration has no intent to end production of MHTV. The position is one of eight to 12 total positions that will be cut See HYDE Page 2 Reply to reversal plea incomplete, group says By Christine Welch LIFE Staff Writer CMU's response to Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Inc. regarding religious registered student organizations' ability to discriminate based on sexual orientation is accurate but not complete, according to a Lambda representative. "There is always tension when First Amendment rights and discrimination are involved. It's safe to say that legal opinions are not clear-cut," said Patricia Logue, managing attorney for Lambda. Logue said the letter written by Attorney Steve Martineau in reply to Logue s letter asking the university to reverse its decision is just one legal opinion. Opinions will always vary she said, but she saw no indication that there would be a compromise anytime soon. Although Logue has never met President Leonard E. Plachta or Martineau, of Lynch, Gallagher, Lynch & Martineau Attorneys at Law, 555 N. Main St., she said she would truly like to work with Martineau and the university to reach an amicable solution which would be beneficial to everyone involved. Student attempting recovery from sport-related paralysis By Michael Max LIFE Staff Writer Brian Sheridan is ready to face biggest challenge of his life — recovery. Sheridan, Bay City freshman, returned home Friday after four months of treatment at Mary Free Bed Hospital and Rehabilitaion Center of Grand Rapids. On Nov. 7, Sheridan was participating in the CMU Gymnastics Club when he attempted a back flip and broke his neck. He was rushed to St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw where he underwent a neurological operation. With this CM UFE wIH until March 16. Have a great and Spring Breakl LIFE ON THE INSIDE MORE NEWS 3 VOICES 4 CMU HISTORY 5 POLICE 6 ETCETERA • CALENDAR 9 SPORTS 10 CLASSfFIEPS 11 He is now a quadriplegic and has no feeling from his chest down. "I can move my right hand somewhat and can hold a phone up to my ear," Sheridan said, "and my left hand is beginning to come around a little more." Sheridan has a positive outlook on his recovery. "This will be the biggest challenge that I have faced in my life, but I am a very competitive person, and it will just have to take more dedication." In addition to physical therapy, emotional therapy helps the healing process. He said he has received amazing support from both his family and his friends. He began out-patient therapy at the Saginaw Community Hospital Tuesday, and will continue 4 rehabilitation until there is no further progress in his condition to be made. "My friends from CMU had a surprise party for me when I returned home on Friday, and my family has been so supportive. It has been great." Sheridan said he plans to continue his education at CMU this fall. ~I would like very much to return to CMU, but if I cannot, I will attend a community college somewhere near my home in Bay City," Sheridan said. He said he was studying pre-dentistry at CMU before the accident but is now considering occupational therapy. "I wanted to go into dentistry, but that would be very difficult now since both of my hands have been paralyzed," he said. See SHERIDAN Page 5 '"It's unfortunate that some groups are protected more than others," Logue said. Rights for gays, lesbians and bisexuals is probably an issue that is new to many people, Logue said. Misguided information can be very dangerous and the conflict that has risen at CMU could be seen as an example of discrimination. She believes that properly educating the public on both sides of the issue would be the foremost thing to do. Logue said her firm is concerned about all types of discrimination, not just what is directed towards gays, lesbians and bisexuals. Nancy Hawks, co-coordinator for the Community for Liberty, Unity and Equality, agreed with Logue's response. "Once they made the November decision, I knew they would never go back on it," said Hawks, Beaverton senior. Hawks said she hoped the university would change its mind but expected to hear that they would stand by their original decision. "We need a compromise that will be beneficial to everyone," Hawks said. Hawks said she would like to see students from both sides get together and discuss what each group wants to accomplish. Hawks said she urges students of all races, religions and sexual orientations to join together and stop the discrimination as a whole. "I'd love to see a student vote, but an informed vote," Hawks said. Morris to get $36,532 severance Greg Morris, former legislative counsel for CMU, will collect compensation from the university following his termination Friday, according to the senior officer handbook. Morris will receive a six- month, or $36,532, termination payment. To compensate for health and dental insurances, the SO's monthly base salary is divided by 12 and added to the university's payment for the last month of regular employment. In Morris' case, that total is then multiplied by six, the number of months the university will compensate his pay. The handbook outline states the termination payment will be made in an amount equal to the value of salary for a minimum of six months and a maximum of 12. The number of months is determined at the rate of one month per each full year of service. Morris has been with the university since Aug. l2>, 1990. In one lump sum, the university will contribute an amount equal to 12 percent of the termi nation payment to a Teacher's Insurance and Annuity Association College Retirement Equity Fund in the SO's name. From the total payment, CMU will deduct the senior officer's contribution to social security, and the university will pay its share of social security, unless the maximum contribution for that year already has been made. No other payments, including retirement payments, will be made after the employee's termination.
|Title||1994-03-02; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, March 2, 1994 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 1994 by Central Michigan University. This material is copyrighted and any further reproduction or distribution is prohibited.|