1997-02-26; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan LIFE Volume 79, Number 66 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1997 CM LIFE , / i/twrs of scnyiu^ the community New lot will add 372 ■ Parking lot will be constructed where Barnard and Tate Hall used to be By Sara Kuehlhorn LITE Staff Writer The search for a parking spot may become easier when a new- parking lot is constructed where Barnard and Tate halls used to he. Peter Gorton, campus/space planner for Facilities Management, said the new lot will add 372 new parking spaces. Lot 12, the former Tate Hall parking lot, currently has 112 parking spaces and the former Barnard Hall parking lot has 35 existing spaces, Gorton said. A total of f)19 parking spaces will be in the lot. Gorton said the parking lot will hopefully be completed in time for the summer semester and at the latest will be done before the fall semester. He said Facilities Management will take bids for the construction in March and a contract will be settled on by the end of March. "I expect favorable bids because this ;s the first project of the construction season for us," he said. The estimated cost of the construction is $540,000, Gorton said. Drainage will begin as soon as the ground is dry. If all goes well, construction will begin on April 10. Plans for the new lot include designating it for anyone with a valid parking permit, including faculty, staff, on—campus students and commuters, said Ronald Griffiths, assistant director of CMU Police. He said the lot may also be used during conferences at the Bovee University Center. Barnard and Tate halls were vacated in 1993, and last spring the buildings were torn down. The lot i> located mi tin- North end of campus just off of East Campus Drive. With this issue CM LIFE will cease publication until Wednesday March 12. Queen of the Hill LIFE Photos/Gabriel Guerrero (above) Contestants for the 4th annual drag competition at "The Towers" strut their stuff and say a few words to the audience Monday night before competing for the crown. Contestants performed in sportswear, talent, and finally the evening gown round. The show was put on by Cobb Hall Staff. "It's a nice stress release...Get out, laugh, and have some fun!" said Grand Rapids senior Melissa Marshall, (left) Trying to sway opinions, Justin Kessler, Columbiaville senior, drapes his purple boa around the neck of CMU Officer Leo Mioduszewski who served as one of the judges for the competition. Groups focus on academic integrity By Matthew J. Roberge, Jr. 1FL Staff Writer Numerous student groups have met during the last few weeks to discuss the issue of academic i n tegri t y. Sharon George, director of Student Life, said the focus groups were formed by the university committee on academic integrity and were commissioned by the provost to get student input on the issue. She said six to seven focus group meetings have taken place or are finalized to take place. The focus groups are facilitated by members of the committee on academic integrity. George would not say exactly which student organizations were involved in the focus groups or when they would take place. Residence hall leaders. Resident Assistants, Multicultural Advisors and members of Residence Hall Assembly and diversity representatives met as focus groups Tuesday. About 20 students attended each discussion. A court reporter kept track of student comments at each focus group. CM LIFE reporters were asked to leave both focus groups on Tuesday George, facilitator for the second focus group Tuesday with diversity representatives, said the "focus groups are confidential." She said, "I didn't want participants worried about being in the paper." George would not release specifies regarding what was discussed during the focus sessions. Holly Mercer, Union City sophomore and diversity repre sentative, attended the diversity representative focus group. She said what students could do to prevent academic dishonesty both on the individual and university level was discussed. Mercer said, "I think what we discussed is a problem here at CMU. We came up with a lot of good ideas." She said she felt comfortable sharing her opinions during the focus group because "the people in the group were my peers." Charles Westerfield, Traverse City senior and treasurer of RHA, said, "I'm a firm believer in the need and justification of an honor code we can call our own, but this honor code needs to be implemented and enforced with student guidance." Westerfield said in the focus grout) for residence hall leaders, Peter Koper, associate professor of English, facilitated the group and did a good job of taking in the information discussed with very- little analysis. He said, "I feel these focus groups serve as a valid and very- resourceful opportunity for the administration to listen to." George said, "There is a lot of academic dishonesty." Cheating on tests and having copies of test before tests are administered are examples George cited. George said they were working on a general student group and hopes a final report on this issue will be ready by the end of this semester. Students interested in participating in a focus group should contact Kimberly Stange, Trout Hall residence hall director, at the Office of Student Life, 774-3016. WEDNESDAY February 26, 1997 20 pages Fewer FTE raises concerns By E Assistant News Editor Approximately 12 fewer full time equivalent teaching positions in the College of Arts and Sciences this year has created concerns among the departments. At the Academic Senate meeting Tuesday, FTE funding concerns were discussed among the senators. Rod Kirk, professor of anthropology, said the FTE loss in the College of Arts and Sciences has made it difficult to staff his department __ _ and key cours- DAVENPORT es do not have professors. Provost Richard Davenport said the hit to the College of Arts and Sciences should have been harder, but the blow was softened after he gave some discretionary FTE to the college from other resources. Ken Smith, interim assistant vice provost for Institutional Research, said the projections for Arts and Sciences were higher than what actually came in. Smith presented the annual enrollment report from the fall of 1996. Enrollment was at 16,597. the largest since 1990 and a 1 percent increase from the fall of 1995. FTE funding allocations are based on the student credit hours projected for the following year. Smith said. Student credit hour total for fall 1996 was 216,572. "Enrollment is not on a downward spiral. It was projected to be over 17,000 students at this time. Allocations are based on these projections," Smith said. Even though the projections are down some 400 students, the student credit hour is up by 1.9 percent from the fall of 1995, Smith said. The average number of credits students are taking is up 1 percent. "It is not substantial, but it softens the blow a little bit," Smith said. Value-centered management, also known as strategic budget management, was discussed briefly by Davenport. Davenport said different budget models are being explored and have not done a full-scale budget. At a conference he recently attended, Davenport said he iearned a great deal of what not to do with this management procedure and the positive things to do. He said it is too eariy to make any decisions, but these decisions would involve faculty and staff. Plachta will be meeting with a small planning group next week. See A-SENATE Page 2 sa s 'f ■M ;SSi-.*>'BSf"^ L* LIFE Photos/ Erin Mercer PARKING PERMIT-Prestdent Leonard Plachta's car (right) was parked in a tow-away zone outside of Washington Apartments Tuesday afternoon at about 4 p.m. Plachta drives a university assigned vehicle, a 1996 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Elite. Three other university-owned vehicles (left) were parked outside the Washington Apartments as well. CMU's motor vehicle regulations state that cars parked in no parking areas may be towed at the owner's expense - in this case the university's.
|Title||1997-02-26; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, February 26, 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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