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Central Michigan LIFE Volume 79, Number &* f$ Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1998 CM LIFE 78 years of serving the community Wednesday April 29, 1998 Two Sections MSU has approached CMU about Public Broadcasting ■ MSU president talked to Plachta 'briefly' about CMU's Public Broadcasting By Jeremy McBain LIFE Staff Writer Even while University President Leonard Plachta refuses to say which schools have expressed interest in CMU Public Broadcasting, an MSU trustee said her university has been in contact with Plachta. Colleen McNamara, a trustee of the MSU board, said MSU President M. Peter McPherson has approached Plachta about MSU's having an interest in the CMU Public Broadcasting System. "It is my understanding the two of them spoke briefly about it several weeks ago,9* McNamara said. McNamara said McPherson mentioned it in passing to her and to the other MSU Board of Trustees members while they were having dinner about four weeks ago. "It was a very passing comment on the part of (McPherson)," she said. She stressed she has not heard anything more about the issue and feels there is not much more to it. "If there was, something much more formal would have been presented,w she said. Jack Shingleton, chair of the MSU Board of Trustees, said MSU does not want to get involved with CMU. "This is totally a CMU issue. It's in their hands. I do not want to get involved with it and we do not want to get into it," he said. Joel Ferguson, a trustee for the MSU board, said he was not familiar with the issue. Even though McNamara said MSU has expressed interest in the CMU system, Plachta refuses to announce which school has approached him about PBS. Rae Goldsmith, associate vice president of Public Relations and Marketing, said the president has confirmed he has been approached by a university and added the president does plan on talking with that university. However, Goldsmith said the president does not want to name the univer- See MSU Page 2A Governor appoints new Board of Trustees member By Angela Cook Reid LIFE Assistant News Editor Same name different man. One of the vacant seats to the Board of Trustees has been filled by a CMU graduate. William Johnson of Port Huron has been appointed to the board by Gov. John Engler. He replaces Mitch Kehetian, who resigned earlier this month after Russ Herron, vice president for University Relations, was fired. Johnson is not the former trustee also named William Johnson who recently resigned his post. He is a CMU graduate with a bachelor s and master's degree in political science. Johnson's appointment was made effective Monday and will expire December 31, 2002. In addition, he is CEO and chairman of the board of SEMCO Energy Inc., a natural gas distribution and marketing company serving 24 counties in Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas. Prior to this, he served as chief executive officer of Northern See TRUSTEE Page 9A Kehetian pleased with letter from Engler LIFE Editor Mitch Kehetian recently received a letter from Gov. John Engler which he plans to keep for has scrapbook. Kehetian, a former member of the CMU Board of Trustees, -resigned from the board earlier this month, citing displeasure with recent adjniriistrative actions, namely the ih^g of Russ Herron, vice president for University Relations. Engler sent Kehetian a form letter thanking him for his eight years of service to the board. While this is a routine event, it was a handwritten mewiiagr from the governor printed on a corner of the letter that fSMy*** Kehetian quite happy. In reference to Kehetian s resignation, Engler wrote the following: 1 appreciate the reasons for your decision, this incident was handled poorly by those involved." Kehetian said the message made his day. ''Now this is something I will keep. I will treasure this letter and make sure I show my Idas," he said, adding that the letter shows even the governor understands the .reason he stepped down. It showed a lot of class on the governor's part,1" he said. Kehetian said he hasn't shared the letter with many people, but made sure he let Herron know about it. "I shared this with Russ only to let him know maybe we weren't off base," he said. Faculty Association joins compliant By Jeremy McBain LIFE Staff Writer The CMU Faculty Association Board of Directors has added its name to the list of people filing formal complaints to the County Prosecutor against the CMU Board of Trustees and President Leonard Plachta. David Smith, president of the FA and the person who submitted the letter of complaint to Isabella County Prosecutor Larry Burdick, said the Faculty Association is concerned with the closed meetings held by Plachta and the CMU Board of Trustees. "In general we want to protect democratic government at CMU," Smith said. Smith said the closed meetings constitute a misuse of power. In the letter, Smith refers to a series of closed meetings between See SUIT Page 9A Classified Crossword Et cetera Sports Voices 8B-9B 8B 4B-5B 1B-2B 4A-8A To reach CM LIFE Phone 774-34*3 E-Mail CMLIFEecmuvm.c_v.cmich.edu Fax numbeT-.<517)774-7»05 Central Michigan LIFE Online Internet addrea*. http://www.cfnlifc.cmich.edu See page IB for Softball coverage HEAVY METAL Erik S. Scherb-CM UFE James Malonebeach, metalsmithing professor at CMU. recently had a piece of art accepted into a show at the Hague. See Page 9A for a story about MaloneBeach A-Senate adopts report in favor of PBS By Joseph McCarthy LIFE Staff Writer The Academic Senate unanimously adopted recommendations from the Public Broadcasting Committee in support of PBS at Tuesdays meeting. John Mitchell, chair of the A- Senate's public broadcasting committee and associate professor of finance, presented a report on PBS in response to Senate inquiries at a previous meeting. The report included recommendations to the Senate on what action should be taken. The report discloses the results of a survey PBS conducted on the sentiment of CMU affiliates toward public radio and television. Survey results indicate "widespread support" for PBS among the "breadth of the university community." The report indicates those surveyed foresaw disadvantages to the elimination of PBS, including "a loss of educational opportunity, a loss of exposure for the entire university, increased advertising expenses for university programs and events, increased cost of technical services, more difficulty in recruiting, and a potential loss of donations for the university in general." The report also said the elimination of PBS would harm the school financially in lost advertising and exposure. Beyond PBS's educational value, beyond the culture it brings to this campus and the general public, eliminating PBS would have a significant negative financial impact on CMU. The monetary value of tangible benefits greatly exceed the uni- See A-SENATE Page 9A Student protest planned for Thursday By Angle Fenton LIFE Staff Writer Several students are planning to protest the recent actions of the administration and ask for University President Leonard Plachta's resignation this week. According to John "Jack" French, Mount Pleasant graduate student, a group of discontented students will hold a protest at 4 p.m. Thursday in front of Warriner Hall. "Primarily, the focus of the protest is to ask Plachta for his resignation," French said. Students are upset about the recent firing of Russ Herron; the closed meetings between Board of Trustees* members and the PBS situation, he said. "Plachta's handling of the PBS situation has struck a harsh chord with a lot of people," French said. According to French, there will be a report reviewing Plachta's career since he was appointed president handed out at the protest and/or at Friday's Board of Trustees meeting. Also, French said he has some concerns about how Plachta was appointed president. Mary Irvine, Mount Pleasant resident and CMU alumna, said Plachta has incorporated "glitzy changes" at CMU. See PROTEST Page 9A PBS petition drive has collected 1800 signatures By ReneeLutz LIFE Staff VAfrvter A petition drive initiated two weeks ago by Micah Volz, Farwell junior, to keep Public Broadcasting at CMU has 1,800 signatures and is continuing to be circulated. The petition, which was available in the Bovee University Center during the past two weeks, has 1,600 student signatures from students and an additional 200 signatures from faculty, Volz said. Copies of the petition have also been circulating in classrooms throughout the past two weeks, he said. Starting at 4 p.m. Thursday, the petition will be made available again in front of Warriner Hall, as well as from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday at Rubbles, 112 W. Michigan St., he said. Volz said copies of the petition should be ready to send out by Sunday. University President Leonard Plachta, Board of Trustees members, and Gov. John Engler will be among several people to receive See PETITION Page 9A Board of Trustees scheduled to meet Friday the CMU UFE Staff Rep oi is Several issues will be Board of IVustees Thursday and Friday. The board will convene far meeting* with the fecui- ty-trustees liaison and student-trustees liaison committee* at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Presidents Conference Room ef the Bovee University Center. The faculty-trustees liaison committee will present the findings of the Public Broadcasting Committee and discuss the Michigan Open Meetings Act. The student-trustees liaison committee will discuss Student Government Association budget iwciafiks, among other agenda if ami, before recess until the next morning.
|Title||1998-04-29; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, April 29, 1998 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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