Category Archives: Central Michigan University

CMU discusses hazing complaint

A number of departments at Central Michigan University are looking into allegations of hazing. One student went to the hospital after, he says, people at the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity smeared peanut butter on his face while he was passed out. He’s allergic to peanuts. The incident occurred in October. It was finally reported this week.

University officials they’ve reached out to the – now former- student and his family. Officials say the fraternity where the incident occurred is not a CMU frat. The group was removed from campus in 2011, and has not been allowed back in, despite making requests.

Damon Brown is Director of the Office of Student Activities at CMU. He says when a fraternity is removed from campus, it can become a problem, “We do not like having groups off campus not be recognized, that’s a bad recipe. And if you look at most institutions across the country, any institution will say that’s a bad thing, because there is no control at that point in time.”

Brown says CMU will investigate the alleged hazing incident, even though it occurred off campus at an recognized group because it involved one or more students.
The university lists unrecognized fraternities on its website, you can view the page here http://fraternitysororitylife.orgsync.com/Unrecognized_Organizations

CMU researchers examin how contaminants in Great Lakes affect mussels

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Central Michigan University researchers are examining how freshwater mussels in the Great Lakes are affected by contaminants.

Biologists are testing the mussels with everyday contaminants found in things like shampoo and toothpaste. Continue reading

Special Olympics aims for $1.2 million Polar Plunge goal

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Special Olympics Michigan is looking to raise over $1.2 million through its Polar Plunge events.

The Mount Pleasant Polar Plunge alone raised over $80,000 for the Special Olympics. Several other events took place in Saginaw, Cheboygan and Alpena among others this past weekend. Continue reading

How could ending NAFTA impact Michigan?

file8741346369542President Donald Trump has called the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, the ‘worst trade deal in history,’ saying he would like to either renegotiate the deal, or destroy it altogether.

The president has also indicated that he could impose a 20 percent tariff on goods coming into the U-S from Mexico.

Economists and local manufacturers are speaking up about the potential impacts those changes might have.

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CMU Board of Trustees sells PBS station in Flint for $14 million

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WCMZ Tower
Courtesy Mark Brown

Central Michigan University announced today that it has sold its television station in Flint as part of the FCC’s broadcast spectrum auction. The station, which was purchased by CMU in 2009 for $1 million, sold for $14 million.

University President Dr. George Ross said, “This was a difficult decision. Two facts, however, greatly influenced our conversation. First, nearly all viewers will continue to have access to PBS through other sources. If that weren’t the case, we wouldn’t have participated in the auction. Second, our students are our core mission. Our mandate. We must focus our resources on their success. This decision was made to benefit Michigan families, including those in Flint.”

Additionally, Ross said said the Board of Trustees will discuss and determine how the auction revenue will be invested.

The station was sold in a historic auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission to  gain spectrum for the nation’s mobile wireless companies.

CMU will continue to operate 8 radio stations and 4 TV stations throughout central and northern Michigan.

CMU invests more than $3 million a year in its public broadcasting system

 

Professors at CMU conducted a study on selfies

image1The study surveyed people who posted selfies on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. It found two common reasons.people post.

Patricia Williamson is an associate professor with the school of broadcast and cinematic arts at CMU. She started the study.

“The most common self disclosure goal people have is information storage and entertainment. The entertainment part is pretty simple, either they find it entertaining or they think other people will find it entertaining. The information storage is more about people posting selfies because they want to go back and see what they looked like at a certain time or what they were doing on a certain date. So that’s another self disclosure goal.”

Williamson says the study also shows a generational gap in selfie posting. Younger people tended to post on newer platforms like Snapchat. Older people tend to stick with the tried-and-true, Facebook.

Holocaust historian speech at CMU focuses on the rescuers and rescue missions during the holocaust

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Grassroots efforts to help Jews hide and escape during the Holocaust was the focus of a speech Thursday night at Central Michigan University

Deborah Dwork is a Holocaust historian, who conducts most of her research through interviews. Continue reading

Anti-Trump protests at CMU is large, peaceful

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Credit: CMU

In cities across the country protesters have gathered to show their opposition to president elect Donald Trump.

On the campus of Central Michigan University Tuesday roughly 300 students and faculty gathered to show solidarity with the national protests.

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CMU students and faculty gathered Tuesday for anti-Trump rally

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Photo | Central Michigan University

In cities across the country protesters have gathered to show opposition to president elect Donald Trump.

On the campus of Central Michigan University some 300 students and faculty gathered to show solidarity with the national protests. Continue reading

Pokemon Go is still alive and well on CMU’s campus

IMG_2716The virtual reality app launched for smartphone users in July and quickly became the most-downloaded app in history….that’s more than 500 million downloads. Everyone wanted in on this game. But…Pokemon—and pokemon enthusiasts for that matter—aren’t a new thing. Not by a long shot.
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