1996-11-01; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan LIFE Volume 79, Number 30 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1996 CM LIFE 77 years of serving the community FRIDAY November 1, 1996 12 pages Student killed in two-vehicle accident By Dave Borough LIFE Staff Writer A two-vehicle collision early Thursday morning killed one CMU student and left two others injured. According to the Mount Pleasant Police Department, a Honda Prelude traveling northbound on Main Street was struck by a Dodge Ram pick-up truck, traveling westbound on Maple Street, at approximately 12:30 a.m. Michael J. Kirkpatrick, Rochester senior and a passenger in the Honda, died at the scene. The driver of the car, Kurt MacDonald, Gaylord senior, suffered injuries in the accident and was transported to Central Michigan Community Hospital by ambulance. A CMCH representative said MacDonald remained in stable condition Thursday evening. Both were wearing their seat belts, according to MPPD. The driver of the truck, Ronald Ziemba, Troy sophomore, was injured and transported to CMCH by ambulance. According to the MPPD, one of the drivers was treated and released from the hospital, but CMCH would not confirm Ziemba's status. Police said the driver of the truck "did not comply with the law of the stop sign." The police log listed the accident as a negligent homicide, but no charges where filed as of Thursday. Kip Ludwig, West Bloomfield junior, said he was outside the Alpha Chi Rho house on his way to Meijer's when he heard engines revving. When he looked back he saw the truck in the air. He then ran inside to call 911. "I could hear the engine revving, when I looked back the truck was in the air," Ludwig said. Cindy Swift, Plymouth senior, said she was outside at the time of the accident. She said she was unloading groceries from her car when she saw the truck speeding down Maple from University Street. She didn't see the truck go through the stop sign but said it was going too fast to stop. Once she heard the crash, she told her boyfriend to call 911 and ran over to see what happened. "At first I didn't see the other car. I thought the truck hit the curb and flipped over," Swift said. She then went over to the car and said the passenger was having a hard time breathing. Jesse Beaudin, Taylor junior, said he heard the accident from the Sigma Chi house and ran outside. He said the passenger in the car was breathing but died shortly after police arrived. Beaudin said the passenger was smashed into a small area and he couldn't see beneath the middle of his chest. "When I heard the crash, it was like a big boom,*' Beaudin said. Jim Shumard, Plymouth senior, came out of his apartment after the accident happened. He said the police and ambulance personnel arrived quickly. "They pulled out the tarps and they weren't pulling anyone out of the car. I assumed they were both dead," Shumard said. aI Rescue workers evacuate one of cles involved were a Dodge pick then went back inside. I didn't want to stay." She said the driver in the truck was being helped across the street. "I don't think he realized the situation," Swift said. Rescue workers were able to pull Kirkpatrick out of the car at approximately 1:40 p.m. He was the victims of a two-car accident -up truck, pictured in foreground, placed in an ambulance that left the scene without its flashers or sirens turned on. MPPD also roped off an area in front of the Alpha Gamma Delta and Zeta Tau Alpha houses, located near the accident scene, where tire tracks span across their front lawns on S. Main Street. MPPD did not say whether it early Thursday morning at Main and and a Honda Prelude. was part of the accident and would only say the accident is still under investigation. MPPD was still out investigating the scene Thursday afternoon. People with information on the accident that could help with the ongoing investigation are being asked to contact the MPPD at 773-0808. LIFE Photo/Bryan Bosch Maple streets. The two vehi- At this time the MPPD is unaware of anyone who may have witnessed the entire accident. It is not known if alcohol was a factor and test results will not be available for a few days. Any charges that are filed on either of the drivers will be decided by the county prosecutor. 'It was an honor to call Mike your friend' ■ Students, co-workers remember Kirkpatrick as a leader and friend By Todd Price LIFE StaffWriter A fatal car accident claimed the life of CMU student leader, Michael J. Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick, 22, a Rochester senior and resident assistant on terrace floor in Merrill Hall, died in a car accident early Thursday morning. He was born August 17, 1974 in California where he grew up. His family then moved to Rochester where he attended high school. Even though Kirkpatrick was a community volunteer and avid world traveler, many students remember him as a friend. "Mike Kirkpatrick was the kindest, gentlest guy I've ever known," said Amy Davoux, Sweeney Hall director. "He never had a bad word to say about anybody or anything." In Kirkpatrick's years at CMU he influenced numerous people. Being a desk worker for Merrill Hall, Merrill Hall Council Treasurer, SGA representative, RHA representative and sports camp counselor gave Kirkpatrick numerous chances to make friends. His greatest influence, however, was his RA job. "When I got the call that Mike was dead I wanted to think it was a sick joke," said Scott Strittmatter, Algonac senior and Herrig Hall RA. "He embodies what an RA should be. He loved people and he loved helping people." Kirkpatrick's warmness and compassion spread to the 136 RAs and Multicultural Advisers at CMU. He was also well known and admired by the residence hall directors. "He was my friend and I loved him very much," said Dennis Armistead, Merrill Hall RHD. "Making friends was like a hobby for him." Kirkpatrick, who was studying teaching, made large impacts both on his floor and throughout his hall. In a hall that is usually loud and vocal, few uttered words Thursday. "I remember Mike as my RA, friend and also my co-worker," said Brett Blythe, Bridgman junior and Merrill Hall RA. "He High winds blow down main lines; power outages occur Michael J. Kirkpatrick 1974-1996 was a really good guy. His philosophy on life was laid back and take-it-as-it-comes. You have to take things seriously, but not life and death seriously." Not only residents of Kirkpatrick's floor mourned his death, but others who had been touched in other ways by him. Former students who had gradu- i n s i n r. ated were calling the hall front desk, girlfriends of guys who lived on Kirkpatrick's floor were crying and football players broke down when they heard the news. "He was one of the true all- around nicest guys I ever knew," said Derek Johnson, Niles senior and Merrill Hall RA. "Whenever you talked to him, you left feeling better. He had a positive aura that made you feel good." Kirkpatrick was admired by his friends and respected by other students. "It was an honor to call Mike your friend," said Jennifer Miller, Holly sophomore and Beddow Hall RA. A sign posted on the door of Merrill 107 Thursday, read: "Mike, you may have been on the bottom floor of Merrill, but you're on the top floor now. Heaven. We'll miss you. Love, 107." A memorial is planned for 4 p.m. Monday. For location information, contact the Merrill Hall front desk. Funeral arraignments are incomplete. Kirkpatrick is survived by his parents, Jerry and Cheryl, of Harrison, Idaho; and one brother. "may affect $37.5 million Park Library funding By Angela Cook LIFESiaff Writer A class action suit against the State of Michigan may affect the $37.5 million expected for the expansion of Park Library. The case, Durant vs. the Department of Education, involves 84 school districts within the State of Michigan suing the state for funds. The school districts are suing the state to pay for special education and other state mandated services. According to Mary Noah, legislative liaison of the director's office of management and budget of the State of Michigan, this suit could end in the state paying out as much as $3 billion to these school districts. According to Noah, the suit is pending a possible hearing by the State Supreme Court. Currently the State Supreme Court denied the appeal to listen to the case. "At this point everything is up in the air," Noah said. "It is still pending (the supreme court's decision)." According to Noah, this case could potentially not allow the state to continue programming at the level at which they are at now. "It affects anybody that has state funding," she said. The expansion of the library included adding on 75 percent additional building, and renovations inside and out. See EXPANSION Page 2 By Angela Cook LIFE Stan Writer Wind was the main culprit in CMLFs campus-wide power outage Wednesday afternoon. According to Jim Okoniewski, lead power controller for Consumers Power, the main power line that supplies power to campus was blown over and broke. The poles holding up this main line had deteriorated making them more susceptible to the wind. This problem caused the power outage at approximately 1 p.m., Okoniewski said. According to Stephen Schneider, director of Trades Operation and Maintenance at Facilities Management, this action then tripped the main campus breaker and shut ofT all power on campus. Schneider said this is automatically done by the system as a safety message. When Consumer Power's systems fail, CMlTs does also. "The campus just tripped off," he said. The power outage affected all buildings on campus including residence halls and academic buildings. These buildings experienced approximately 10 minutes of no power, no lights and heat shutting off, Schneider said. See POWER Page 2 Classified 11 Crossword 11 Et cetera 8-9 Sports 6-7,11 Voices 4-5 To reach CM LIFE Phone- 774-3493 F-Mail CMLIFE&cmuvm.csv.cmich.edu Fax number <517)774-7*0* Central Michigan LIFE Online Internet address http^//141.20S72 16 WEATHER Today cloudy with a few flurries possible 35/25. Weekend variable cloudiness with a few flurries possible. 35/20 University promotes interim director By Kristi L.G. Wyman LIFE StaffWriter Martin Reinhardt, the interim director of Native American Programs since May, was promoted to director of Native American Programs Wednesday. Reinhardt, a graduate student working on his thesis in Native American Studies, said "It's not like I'm coming into the field brand new, just a new title." Cornel Morton, assistant vice president for Institutional Diversity and the person in charge of the hiring, said, "Martin has had experience in Native American issues in Michigan for several years." Reinhardt is a graduate of Lansing Community College and Lake Superior State University. "1 wanted the person hired to have knowledge of Native Americans in this region," Morton said. Morton said Reinhardt is familiar with the local tribe. Reinhardt said, *Tm going to keep doing what I've been doing." He said he would continue to work on getting Native American financial aid resources, enhance and expand Native American studies through the Ojibway bilingual program and support the Native See DIRECTOR Page 2 LIFE File Photo Martin Reinhardt, interim director of Native American Programs, was promoted to director Wednesday.
|Title||1996-11-01; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, November 1, 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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