1997-10-17; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan LIFE Volume 80, Number 24 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1997 CM LIFE 78 years of serving the community FRIDAY October 17, 1997 14 pages CMU, tribe unite to build Native American center By Liz Wishaw LIFE News Editor CMU and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe will be working on several new initiatives in the next few months as plans for a Native American Cultural Center on campus become a reality. The tribe will be donating a total of $14,000 during the next two years which the university will match, said Stan Shingles, interim assistant vice president for Institutional Diversity. "The cultural center's development will be an equal partnership among CMU and the tribe in developing," Shingles said. Indian atlve student University ivill match $14,000 donation; ?orm__t.edlonto alJving student organization will give $3,500 $3,500 to the project. Shingles said the center will be housed on CMU's campus and officials are looking at models that already exist. The location of the center is speculative at this point, he said. CMU is looking to hire a consultant to help develop the project in the direction the two groups want it to go. he said. ' .Vith the Chippewa athletic moniker. it helps us expand and educate people- about the Native American culture," Shingles said. Martin Reinhardt, director of Native American Programs, said the primary focus at this point is to get the constituents on all three sides together to discuss the plans for the center. "It's a wonderful opportunity for CMU and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe to work together and we're looking to build a relationship (with the tribe)," Shingles said. Another initiative between the tribe and CMU is a $4,000 gift from the tribe for programs in the diversity area. Those eligible for the funds are Native American Programs, Minority Student Services, the Multicultural Center, Women's Studies Programs, Gay and Lesbian Programs and Student Disabilities Services. The money will be given to the six area directors after they submit written pro posals for their program ideas. Three of the programs will be on CMU's campus and the other three will be held on tribal land. Also, $3,000 in funding from the tribe was approved for use by Native American Programs. The money will be used for continuing promotion of Native American programs, Shingles said. Funding also has been approved for CMU's Powwow April 4. The figures are unknown at this time as to how much the tribe is giving, Shingles said. See CULTURE Page 2 Ma ki ng the grade Support group working to make single parents' lives a little easier By Angela Cook LIFE Staff Writer W' hile students are working hard with issues such as classes, extracurricular activities and a social life, some students are faced with another important aspect in their lives — a child. In an effort to help themselves as well as other single parents deal with the issues that arise with being a single parent on campus, two single parents are beginning a support group - PALS which stands for Parenting Alone with Loving Support, said Kate Edwards-Chase, Shelby senior and co-founder of the group. The group, which is in the planning stages, wants to help the lives of single parents work a little easier. It will focus on supporting single mothers on campus by having workshop style meetings to learn about issues student parents deal with on a daily basis. Some of the topics include: _______________________________________ "It's like a juggling act and some of the balls are starting to fall." KATE EDWARDS-CHASE Shelby senior and co-founder of PALS recognizing stress m themselves and their children, managing stress, time management and other related topics. Edwards-Chase said the lives of single parents on campus are sometimes different when it comes to issues they face, and -_-_—_____-__-____________--___________. the group would focus on those issues by attempting to come to solutions which they could benefit from. Single parents on campus are often juggling an education, their children, a job and other issues and the group would help single moms leam to handle it all, Edwards-Chase said. "To keep my grades above passing, that right now is my single biggest challenge," she said. "It's like a juggling act and some of the balls are starting to fall." Durinda Myshock, Mount Pleasant junior and the group's other co-founder, said the group members will prioritize their main concerns and utilize the already existing resources on campus and perhaps establish new ones depending on the needs of the group. Julie Christensen, Lake Orion senior, agreed her needs as a single parent pursuing an education are slightly different than those of other CIVIU students, Schedule printing error fixed; class info is correct See SINGLE Page 12 SABRINA BURTON • CM LIFE Nicole Briggs, Ludington senior, enjoys playing with her 3-year-old son Hendrix, on the new jungle gym at Northwest apartments Tuesday evening. Jeff Haywood LIFE Assistant News Editor Students who picked up a spring semester class schedule Tuesday morning might have the impression that CMU is offering fewer classes next semester. Registrar Karen Hutslar said a printing error at Central Michigan Newspapers left some of the 21,000 class schedules with missing pages or with big dark marks covering the pages. "We knew something was wrong with them because we had some delivered to our office and we also had some students stopping by and asking us what was wrong with the schedules." she said. Hutslar said the defective schedules were only available Tuesday morning. CMN workers picked up the schedules Tuesday afternoon and 21,000 more SCHEDUI__ KET-__RNS ■ Students needing to exchange an old schedule for a new one may go to the Registrar's Office located in Warriner Hall. schedules were printed up that night and made available Wednesday. "If any students have one of the old schedules, they can bring it by the office and we'll give them a new one," Hutslar said. Contrary to some rumors Hutslar said she has heard around campus, all the classes listed in the defective schedules were correct. "They had some problems producing some of the schedules," she said. "But the class information is correct to the best of our knowledge." Deregulation of electric industry would open independent market By Kevin Hackney LIFE Staff Writer A blue-light special on electricity? Don't laugh, it just might happen. Lisa Thibdaue, executive director of rates and regulatory affairs for Consumers Energy, confirmed this Wednesday in a speech at the Mount Pleasant Country Club. Thibdaue's speech, which was sponsored by Middle Michigan Development Corporation, concerned the impending deregulation of the electric industry and was aimed at businesses located in and around the Isabella County area. "Our world is about to change," Thibdaue said. She said the electric industry may soon become deregulated, meaning that Consumers Energy's 1.5 million customers will be given the option of purchasing electricity from any independent generating source they wish. "It's one of the greatest transitions anyone has ever envisioned," she said. Thibdaue explained the demand for deregulation arose nearly a decade ago when price discrepancies in energy rates appeared across the L;nited States. She said business executives began asking questions when kilowattv__our prices wrere found to be lower in some regions of the country and higher in others. The proposed restructuring plan will allow commercial businesses and eventually consumers the option to "shop" until they find electricity rates they are satisfied with, thus eliminating nationwide "skewing" of energy rates, Thibdaue said. The plan, which is currently being debated by national and state legislatures, designates the years 1998 to 2001 as "phase-in" years, Thibdaue said. During this four year period, independent generating sources would entertain interested clients by bid only, she said. This measure was inserted to avoid an "America Online situation where everyone wants in and there's no capacity," she said. Beyond 2001, the bids system is dropped and the market becomes free and open to anyone, See ELECTRICITY Page 2 1 Ki S I E> E Central will take on second place Kent a! 2 p.m. Friday and third place Ohio at 1 p.m. Saturday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. See page 9 Classified Crossword Et cetera Sports Voices 13 13 10-11 8-9 4-5 Mixed reactions arise from study of state audit By Emily Gerkin LIFE Staff Writer In the wake of a state audit which found several problems with CMU's Charter Schools, Michigan politicians and experts have different interpretations about what the audit means. The report, conducted by the Office of the Auditor General, showed the Charter School Office of CMU needs to improve its oversight in authorizing public school academies and its internal system of monitoring the charters. "These findings support the very things we have been concerned about," said Speaker of the House Curtis Hertel, D-Detroit. "I am more convinced than ever that we must take steps to ensure that charter school students are getting the education that they should or the education their parents think they are getting." Rep. Pat Gagliardi, D-Drummond Island and chair of the House Oversight Committee, said "This confirms my suspicion that the CMU Charter School Office has been very liberal in granting charters to anyone who applies, but very lax in providing oversight once the charters are granted. "Since CMU receives hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from the state to do this, obviously the money is not being well-spent." See FINDINGS Page 2 PONY SHOW IE®.:_.__ff»__ *• .-. __aS_S_£' . ■ v " -^V '"Ti S^^"'-''"""^?^^..'■■■'. .-;■■■■■ ''■■-":- ■■-■■■'"' -": -^ " _^_3i TONY CEPAK • CM LIFE Kevin Priest, left, shows a pony. Buck, to CMU's School Readiness Integrated Preschool students Thursday afternoon to celebrate "Animal Week .
|Title||1997-10-17; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, October 17, 1997 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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