1996-01-29; Central Michigan Life
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****** Central I ICC Michigan LIlL MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 1996 VOLUME 78, NUMBER 53 MOUNT PLEASANT, MICHIGAN 48859 ©1 996 CM LIFE (517)774-3493 14 PAGES SPORTS CMU wrestlers defeat perennial power Miami Central maintained a grip on first place in the MidAmerican Conference with an impressive win over the Redskins. PAGE 8 'Winter Wonderland draws ballroom dancers to U.C. The Jack Saunders Orchestra provided the musical background for approximately 35 couples who danced their cares away Saturday evening. PAGE 10 CAMPUS CMU students watch as Dallas defeats Pittsburgh CMU students watched and enjoyed the game as the Cowboys beat the Steelers 27-17 in Super Bowl XXX. PAGE 3 Petitions OK'd - recall effort makes it to ballot By Jennifer Pawlowski LIFE Assistant News Edilot City official* finished verifying signatures Friday on petitions to recall tour Mount Pleasant City Commissioners. According to Paul Preston, city manager, the commissioners being recalled will have time for an appeal, and the county clerk has 60 days to schedule a recall election. Petition eftbrts for the recall began in the fall after the City Commission voted 4-3 to recommend widening a portion of High Street to allow room for a left- turn lane. The four commissioners under the recall are Kenneth Bovee. Gerald Cassel, Donald Sowle and Robert Trullinger. "The commissioners have a certain period of time in which they can review the signatures and make some sort of appeal to the signatures," Preston said. Sowle said he feels the recall efforts are based completely on one decision the commission made, which was to recommend widening High Street. "I have confidence in the voters of Mount Pleasant that they will reject the idea of single- issue politics," he said. TVullinger also said he feels the recall focuses around single- issue politics. "It's one issue (the petitioners) have been very emotional about, but I think they're wrong about how the people of Mount Pleasant feel," TVullinger said. "The vote now on the recall of the four of us will demonstrate that the people of Mount Pleasant have been behind the widening of High Street all along," he said. Preston said he has heard indications that the recall election will be scheduled for sometime in April. Preston said the petitions for each commissioner had approximately 1,400 signatures on them. The minimum number of valid signatures required was 1,223. Asian Heritage Week celebration comes to a close Lion dance celebrates Lunar Chinese New Year; Asian Heritage Week By Liz Wishaw LIFE Staff Writer Two lions, a trio of dancers and a section of drums and cymbals rang in the Lunar Chinese New Year Saturday afternoon in Moore Hall Kiva. As part of the festivities for Asian Heritage Week, the Lion Dance lasted 20 minutes with the two lions jumping, dancing and weaving to the rhythm of the drums. Students from Chung's School of Praying Mantis in Midland performed the Lion Dance with three students wearing masks and dancing around the lion. The two lions moved around the bottom of the auditorium as different members of the school exchanged places and went underneath the lions. Two students are needed for the lion, one each in the head and the tail. "The Lion Dance is a traditional Chinese martial art," said Henry Chung, owner and instructor of Chung's School of Praying Mantis. The dance concluded with Chung as the head of the lion. The lion bent low and ate cab- bage that had oeen placed in the center of the auditorium. The lion tore at the cabbage and spit it back at the audience. "The cabbage should have been lettuce," Chung said. "It has symbolic meaning and is part of the legend." According to Chung, the green lettuce represents symbolic life and brown means death. It brings joyfulness, goodness and spring to the room. "The dance is a traditional part of training," he said. "Muscle tone and control is needed in the dance." He said the head of the lion is 35 pounds and is quite a chore to hold one-legged stances with it. "It is a control discipline, and the training brings the whole system together," Chung said. "There are different skits for the Lion Dance and this is the one we perform," he said. Another version of the performance is the Dragon Dance, with dragons in place of the lions. Gabriel Chien, history professor, said he shortened and deferred from his original topic of discussion, "The Four Little Dragons and Their Confucian See LION Page 2 Students of Master Henry Chung's School of Praying Mantis Asian Heritage Week Saturday afternoon in the Moore Hall Kiva UFE Photo/Jonnah Sptoley rro the Lion Dance that U of M group acts up against stereotypes By Liz Wishaw LlPE Staff Writer Racism, homosexuality, divorce and stereotypes were a few of the issues a University of Michigan group focused on Saturday evening. Students from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor performed short skits, songs and monologues about stereotypes in society Saturday. The performing group, Descendants of the Monkey God, is a semester old and has taken the act to such schools as Notre Dame, Wayne State University and Ohio State University. The performance in Moore Hall Kiva included 19 performers who write, direct and produce the skits themselves, according to Mae Gong, a member of the group. The events of a young woman's life were detailed in a slide show presentation followed by four group members performing the song, "Stranger" with a keyboard, acoustic guitar, violin and drums backing up the vocals. The song lyrics detail the life of an Asian-American and his or her struggle with not being accepted in America by the mainstream. A skit called "The Doctor" focused on an Asian doctor who wanted to experi ment on an Asian male and give him powers of mental greatness. The skit, "Willy," had a parental advisory on it because of profanity. It told the story of a young man who is hounded by a salesman and then becomes irrational. The topic of sexuality was brought up in the skit, "Family Values.* A young Asian man comes out about his homosexuality and lets his parents know that his 'significant other* is not a female but a white male. "Eric and Marine" dealt with racism See PERf=ORMPaoe 2 Woman dies from injuries in house fire By Chris C. Davis LIFE Staff Writer A Shepherd woman was pronounced dead Thursday evening from injuries sustained in a house fire earlier that day. According to reports from the Isabella County Sheriff's Department, 64-year-old Audrey Clark was pulled from the blaze* at 4481 E. Blanchard Road in Shepherd, but later died at Centra! Michigan Community Hospital Early indications are the fire was accidental, but further investigations are ongoing, fire department officials said. The house was declared a total loss. The residence, which was a converted farmhouse, was described as "built to burn" by Shepherd Fire Chief Don Brown. The Tire took nearly three and a half hours to bring under control, reports said. Both Audrey Clark and her husband, Charles, were awakened by their barking dog shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday morning. The two attempted to escape the house by climbing out the bedroom window. Charles Clark managed to make his way through the window, but when he turned to assist his wife, she could not be seen, authorities said. A funeral for Audrey Clark is scheduled today at 2 p.m. at Helms Funeral Home, 330 S. University Ave. In addition to her husband, Clark is survived by her fiw children and her brother, George Grim, also of Shepherd. Relocation of two local services may benefit Isabella County residents By Dorothy Nelson LIFE Slaf* Writer Two Mount Pleasant services have plans to further benefit the community by relocating to a larger location, according to a county administrator. Central Michigan District Health Department, 1222 North Drive, and the Isabella County Central Dispatch, 804 E. High St., are in negotiation with the City of Mount Pleasant to purchase 5.2 acres of land, said Kim A. Higgs, Isabella County administrator. The land is located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Isabella Road and Preston Street. It is being purchased for $55,000 Construction of the building will cost approxi mately $2 million and will begin when the financing procedures are complete, Higgs said. "The businesses have outgrown their current facilities," he said "We thought that it was more economical to consolidate the two facilities, though their services will not interact.** Health Officer Mary Kushion said they will offer the same services, just more of them. The expansion will provide room for additional exam rooms and office space for the staff and administration. **I think that we will be a lot more efficient," she said. **We will be able to service a lot more clients who need the services. We have a waiting list now and it will eliminate that." The additional space also will allow Isabella County Central Dispatch employees to work in a more efficient environment, said Director Richard Beltinck. There will be more room for the equipment and a relaxed temperature control, Beltinck said. It will be less crowded and there will be fewer distractions. "Our basic function won't change," he said. "But I think that it will enable us to offer a better service." Isabella County also has presented a proposal to the state to build a State Police Post on the land, Higgs said. The cost of construction will increase to $9 million, and Isabella County is hoping to get a commitment by March I, he said.
|Title||1996-01-29; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, January 29, 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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