1998-04-24; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan LIFE Volume 79, Number 83 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1998 CM LIFE 78 years of serving the community Friday April 24, 1998 12 pages LEI ZHENG • CM LIFE Hippies danced to the music provided by local bands at Thursday's Earth Day celebration at CMU. On Earth Day, Cosmic Band'rtos Pleasant, performs songs. LEI ZHENG • CM LIFE performed on campus. Matt Ruffino, from Mount CMU community celebrates Earth Day LIFE Staff Reports In celebration of Earth Day, various environmental groups, students and alumni, assembled together near the Park Library pond to celebrate the event. The Student Environmental Alliance were the organizers of the event and had a booth of their own set up for students to look upon. "We are the original organizers for this," said Alison Batkiewicz, Berkley junior and member of SEA. "We're doing this for awareness." The theme of their booth was "Can your butts." This promoted the disposal of cigarette butts and tried to eliminate the myth that cigarette butts are biodegradable. Batkiewicz said they really wanted to make the day a festivity. "The activities put a lot of celebration into this," she said. By 2 p.m. the lawn was full of students, some dancing and others just enjoying the weather. Among the environmental groups with booths displayed were members of the Student Social Work Association, giving away free flowers. Sara Hollern, Mount Pleasant junior and member of SSWA said she was proud to be representing her association. "Part of our organization is involving community and participating," she said. "It's a good cause and we want to try to get others involved." Treasurer of Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD) and Rockford senior Becky Slot said their organization was there to help promote Earth Day but also advocate kindness to animals. "We want to help out and try to promote friend li- See CELEBRATE Page 2 CMU picks associate VP of Institutional Diversity By Julia Jones LIFE Assistant News Editor David Williams of Amherst Massachusetts has been hired as the new associate vice president of Institutional Diversity. Williams, an educational consultant and former administrator, will take over the position June 29. The five finalists in the search, including Williams, were interviewed in open forums in late March and early April. After the interviews a search committee of faculty and staff evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate and sent the results to Provost Richard Davenport, who in consultation with the head of the search committee and Dean of Graduate Studies, Carol Bee re and key staff members, made the final decision. Davenport said he made the decision based on strengths and weaknesses evaluated by the search committee and reference checks. "I just think we're extremely fortunate to get someone of Dr. Williams' caliber." Davenport said Williams joins CMU with a significant amount of administrative experience and experience in diversity and student affairs. "He's a veteran administrator," Davenport said. "He understands the issues relating to diversity. I think he will hit the ground running," he added. Stan Shingles, who is a member of the search committee and is holding the AVP for diversity position on an interim basis said he was pleased with the decision to hire Williams. "(Dr. Williams) brings excellent leadership and experience to the position," he said. Shingles said Williams has served in several positions at various levels from faculty to Provost. Shingles took over as an interim in July of 1997 upon the departure of Cornell Morton. He said he was never a candidate for the position by choice and he plans to return to hia position as associate director of Campus Recreational Services after Williams takes aver. In regard to Shingles' job as interim AVP for Diversity, Davenport said, "Stan has done an outstanding job... I think (he) has laid the ground work for a nice, smooth transition." Search committee member and director of Native American Programs Martin Reinhardt said, "IVe got the greatest confidence in Dr. Williams. I look forward to working with him in relation to Native American issues (and other diversity) issues." Beere said of the appointment, "I am positively delighted. He was my first choice. I think he brings experience and vision that will be tremendously advantageous to CMU." Beere said she thinks Williams' strength is the experience that he's had. "He understands higher education and he under- See DIVERSE Page 10 Car burned during hate crime on campus By Clayton Mastaw and Jason Sweeney LIFE Staff Writers One vehicle was set on fire and two others were vandalized early Tuesday morning in Lot 1. Capt. Ron Williams of the CMU Police Department said three vehicles were damaged after having the letters "F-A-G" spray painted across them. He said the interior of the first vehicle, a 1993 Saturn, was destroyed when it was subsequently set on fire. Williams said the "hate crime" occurred between 11 p.m. Monday and 12:25 a.m. Tuesday. Alexis Lindsay, Holland freshman, Jamie Watson, Mount Pleasant resident and Joshua Lukens, Mount Pleasant sophomore, said they were walking past the lot around 12:30 a.m. when they smelled something like burning rubber. "They were making a lot of noise," she said. "We were walking through the area," said Lindsay. "We saw the smoke and then the fire coming out of the window of one of the cars." Then, she said Lukens ran to the emergency phone and called the police. With the use of fire extinguishers, Williams said the police were able to reduce the fire to a smoldering level by the time the fire department arrived. The two other vehicles involved, a 1991 Chrysler Le Baron and a 1989 Ford Probe were not to his knowledge damaged by the fire, Williams said. There is no known reason why these particular cars were singled out, he said. "We believe YULI WU • CM LIFE Around 12:30 Tuesday morning three cars were vandalized and one car was set on fire. they were picked randomly." Jerome Brunnemer, Okemos junior and owner of the '93 Saturn which was on fire, declined comment. Carin Reck, Saint Johns freshman and owner of the Chrysler LeBaron spray painted with a 'G', said, "I don't know what (the vandals) deserve, but they should have to pay in some See BURN Page 2 Discrimination suit filed against Valassis By Angela Cook Reid LIFE Staff Writer Nine individuals, calling themselves the Valassis Nine are pursuing legal action against Valassis Communication Inc. — owned by Dave Brandon, chair of the Board of Trustees — for discrimination on the basis of race and sex. Brandon Brandon, president and CEO of Valassis, could not be reached for comment but said in a prepared statement that the suit is unfounded. "Our company has set numerous local and national standards in the area of employee relations," he said. "In fact we have twice been named one of the '100 Best Companies to Work For' in the entire nation," he said. Brandon is referring to the December Fortune magazine article that ranked Valassis one of the best 100 companies to work for in America. He said this evidence alone proves Valassis is not a discriminatory corporation. "We intend to aggressively defend our position and our well-earned good name against See SUIT Page 2 Medical reason prompts Jones to leave SAC By Kelly Burnett LIFE Staff Writer There will be one less familiar, friendly face at the Student Activity Center next fall. Tom Jones has decided to leave his position as director of Campus Recreational Services due to medical problems. Jones said since the SAC opened in 1990, he has had problems with keeping his blood pressure under control because of stress. "My high blood pressure was fully under control until 1990, which I think was my most stressful year. Since then, my blood pressure hasn't returned to normal," he said. Jones said it has taken him six years to make this decision, but he finally concluded he needed to make a lifestyle change. "I decided five grandchildren and an impending marriage are my priorities right now," Jones said. He said he regrets having to leave the SAC and his colleagues, but it is necessary. "I love this place, but I had to get out of it. It is time for a change because of my health," Jones said. Even though Jones is leaving the SAC, he will still be at CMU in a professor capacity. Jones said he is certain there are people who will say teaching is not easy, but he thinks he is up to the task. "I realize teaching is difficult, but I won't be working 60 hours a week, taking my work home with me, and getting calls in the middle of the night." He also said he can bring something to the classroom that perhaps no one else on campus can. "With 20 years of facilities planning and design, I think I have the expertise no one else can give. This is an opportunity for the university to win, and me to win," Jones said. Jones said he is not sure what classes he will be teaching, but he does know he will be in either the physical education and sport department or the recreational parks and leisure department. There is a possibility of his time being split between the two departments. "Both departments have courses I am qualified and eager to teach," Jones said. Classified Crossword Et cetera Sports INSIDE 10-11 10 Voices 8-9 6-7 4-5 To reach CMLIFE Phone: 774-3493 E-Mail: CMLIFfcflcmuvm.cav.cmieh.edu Fax n\imber:<517>774-7«»5 Central Michigan LIFE Online Internet addreau h ttpJ/w wvw.cmli fe.cflnkrh.edw The baseball team defeated Akron in two games Wednesday but dropped a double-header to MSU Thursday.
|Title||1998-04-24; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, April 24, 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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