1996-02-16; Central Michigan Life
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Central I IC C Michigan LITE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1996 VOLUME 78, NUMBER 61 MOUNT PLEASANT, MICHIGAN 48859 ©1996 CM LIFE (517)774-3493 14 PAGES SPORTS Central gymanast lose captain for the season The Chippewas will be without the services of Naomi Grahn for the rest of the season. The senior captain suffered an injury during practice on Tuesday. PAGE 8 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Brady mania sweeps Mount Pleasant Barry Williams, child star of "The Brady Bunch? will give a presentation "Growing up Brady: I was a Teenage Greg" at 8 p.m. Saturday. PAGE lO INSIDE Spring Break '96 Automobile repair technicians recommend a few checkups on vehicles for students planning on a road trip during Spring Break. PAGE 14 Plachta plans to keep PBS, add new Oscoda station By Brian Seymour LIFE StaffWriter Fans of CMU Public Broadcasting can breathe easier. President Leonard Plachta announced plans at a Thursday press conference to continue funding the Public Broadcasting system through at least mid- 1998. Not only that, but he added Central plans to add to its coverage by building a radio station in Oscoda. "Public Broadcasting is alive Engler picks new Central trustee By Jeff Haywood LIFE StaffWriter Gov. John Engler announced Wednesday the appointment of William T. Johnson to CMU's Board of Trustees. "Bill is a proven leader whose talents have carried him to the top of his profession," Engler said in a press release. "His aptitude and drive will mean great things for Central Michigan University." If approved by the Michigan Senate, Johnson would serve the remainder of the eight year term of Robert Young, who announced last September he would step down to take a seat on the Michigan Court of Appeals. Young's term expires Dec. 31, 2000. Susan Shafer, a spokesperson for the Governor's office, said the Governor makes appointments after reviewing resumes and questionnaires, as well as speaking with the potential candidates. Jan Wagester, executive assistant to President Leonard Plachta, said CMU has been notified by Engler's office of Johnson's appointment, but has received no official word that he has been approved. Johnson, of Detroit, is the chairman and chief executive of Omni Bank, Inc., one of the largest black-owned banks in the nation. He also was appointed by Engler in 1994 to the Michigan Jobs Commission, See JOHNSON Page 2 and well at CMU," Plachta said. "We are going to do all we can to continue its survival." Part of the plan includes a $300,000 reduction in funding from CMU's general fund by 1998, but two staff members will be added to seek additional private contributions and underwriting. "We will reduce a fairly large expense of general fund monies," Plachta said. "We're not through analyzing Public Broadcasting. We have discussed with our Small Business Center an appointment for a business review." CMU's Small Business Center provides planning and support for small businesses in mid- Michigan. Central provides a little more than $1 million in general fund monies to Public Broadcasting. That total will be reduced to $704,445 by the 1997-98 school year. See PBS Page 2 Ex-PBS head says plans sound familiar By Brian Seymour LIFE StaffWriter President Leonard Plachta's announcement to continue funding CMU Public Broadcasting for at least two more years didn't come as a surprise to former PBS director Bill Grigaliunas. He said he proposed it back in September, a month before he was fired. Plachta announced Thursday CMU will cut its general fund contributions to Public Broadcasting by approximately 30 percent and that it will add two staff members to seek additional private contributions and underwriting. "That's an old story, Grigaliunas said. "That was basically the plan we submitted in September." Grigaliunas was fired Sept. 30 for "insubordination" after talking to the media about what he believed were CMU's future plans for Public Broadcasting. Those plans included CMU SeeREACTION Page 7 LIFE Photos/Katherine Gawlowski WEEKEND (Above from left to right) Andy Ryan, Wyoming sophomore,Tom Kozumplik, Saginaw senior, and Jason Scott, Lansing senior, performed with the CMU Jazz Percussion and Steel Drum Ensemble last night in Warriner Auditorium along with the CMU Trombone Choir (Right). The concert was the first performance scheduled for the 23rd annual Jazz Weekend, sponsored by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Diaz says students want outside investigation By Nicole Lowe and Lenny Padilla LIFE Staff Writers CMU's Student-Liaison Committee voiced its concern about an internal investigation of a Jan. 28 incident Thursday at a meeting with Central's Board of Trustees. Six students who attended a party at Washington Apartment J-ll Jan. 28 claim police used excessive force when attempting to break up what they called a peaceful gathering. They are asking for an outside investiga tion. Police claim students were uncooperative and physically resisted arrest. Lisa Diaz, Student Government Association president and East Lansing junior, expressed student concerns that an internal investigation is unfair. "Students feel (DPS officers) get a pay check from CMU, so they're biased to CMU," Diaz said. Diaz conveyed her concern that the situation could become cumbersome in the long run because students believe an in- house investigation is biased. "The problem I see is that this is not a non-biased investigation," Diaz said. "Whether the (outcome) leans towards the stu- See LIAISON Page 7 Community helps local family rebuild after tragic house fire By Jeff Haywood LIFE Staff Wnter Helen Reyes awoke at 3:30 a.m. Jan. 6 to a loud noise which she thought was one of her son's beepers. "But when I opened the bedroom door ... I could smell smoke coming from somewhere." The sound wasn't a beeper. It was a smoke alarm. Helen stepped into the living room and saw more smoke and hurried back to the bedroom to wake her husband, Jose. Helen, who has worked as a specialist clerk in the Bovee University Center for 21 years, and Jose, who has worked as a maintenance mechanic at CMU for 25 years, began searching the house for the source of the smoke and found growing flames in the laundry room. "When I first saw the fire, I began to look around the kitchen for a bucket or something to put water on it," Jose said. "But when I turned around and looked at the fire again, I knew it was beyond my control." Jose ran and woke his son and hurried to the bedroom, hoping he could call 911 for help before the electricity and phone lines were destroyed. After successfully reaching 911, Jose joined his wife and son in trying to coax the family dog out of the blazing laundry room. "I knew it was a lost cause," Jose said. "There was no way we could save her. We had to get out of there." After dressing quickly, the family escaped the burning See FIRE Page 7 LIFE Photo/Jeff Haywood Helen and Jose Reyes, both employees at CMU, plan to build a new home at the same location this summer.
|Title||1996-02-16; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, February 16, 1996 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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