central michigan university http://michiganradio.org en CMU class teaches religion by examining 'The Walking Dead' http://michiganradio.org/post/cmu-class-teaches-religion-examining-walking-dead <p>A college class that involves poring over ancient biblical texts might not inspire much excitement.</p><p>But a college class that teaches some of the same lessons using zombies? Ah, that's going to grab 'em!</p><p>That's the idea behind a religion class at Central Michigan University that has, indeed, grabbed a lot of attention. It's called "From Revelation to 'The Walking Dead,'" and it’s taught by religion professor Kelly Jean Murphy.</p><p>CMU student Carl Huber is a junior who is double-majoring in Comparative Religion and Sociology, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:46:50 +0000 Stateside Staff 16841 at http://michiganradio.org CMU class teaches religion by examining 'The Walking Dead' Michigan college grads facing increasing student loan debt http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-college-grads-facing-increasing-student-loan-debt <p>A new report shows <a href="http://projectonstudentdebt.org/state_by_state-view2013.php?area=MI">Michigan college students are carrying a lot of student loan debt.</a></p><p>The <a href="http://projectonstudentdebt.org/files/pub/Student_Debt_and_the_Class_of_2012_NR.pdf">Institute for College Access and Success</a> says Michigan college graduates who earned bachelor’s degrees in 2012 owed nearly $29,000 in student loans.</p><p>Debbie Cochran is with the institute. She blames the recession and declining government support for forcing students to borrow more to pay for college.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:58:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15543 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan college grads facing increasing student loan debt Stateside for Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-may-21st-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It took an intense campaign in Michigan in 2008 to get voters to approve proposal 2, allowing embryonic stem-cell research.</span></p><p>On today's show we talk to a neurologist leading the nation’s first clinical trial of stem cell injections in patients with the deadly degenerative disease ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.</p><p>And, there is no shortage of articles, quotes, and news stories telling us what politicians, business titans and other leaders think of Michigan and its future.</p><p>But what about what tomorrow’s leaders think?</p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 20:54:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 12666 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 Central Michigan University students work to reinvent Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/central-michigan-university-students-work-reinvent-michigan <p>There is no shortage of articles, quotes, and news stories telling us what politicians, business titans and other leaders think of Michigan and its future.</p><p>But all too often their view are from 35,000 feet up.</p><p>What about the view from the ground, from tomorrow's leaders? From college students?</p><p>That's the idea behind a website launched by business journalism students at Central Michigan University.</p><p>It's called "<a href="http://reinventingmichigan.com">Reinventing Michigan</a>: The Rebirth of Michigan, Hopeful Solutions for Moving Forward."</p><p>The students are being guided in all of this by their professor Micki Maynard, who, among many credits, was the Detroit Bureau chief for the New York Times.</p><p>She joined us in the studio along with one of the students: Austin Stowe of South Lyon. Austin is a junior at CMU.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Tue, 21 May 2013 20:49:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 12665 at http://michiganradio.org Central Michigan University students work to reinvent Michigan Lansing school teachers reach tentative contract with school district http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-school-teachers-reach-tentative-contract-school-district <p>The Lansing School District has reached a tentative contract agreement with its teachers union.</p><p>No details have been released. So it’s unclear whether the deal includes a provision to get around Michigan’s new Right to Work law.&nbsp;</p><p>Lansing teachers’ tentative agreement comes at a time when other unions are racing to put contract extensions into place before Michigan’s new Right to Work law takes effect.</p> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 16:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11727 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing school teachers reach tentative contract with school district Top five Michigan colleges in 'tuition restraint,' all 15 receive the bonus http://michiganradio.org/post/top-five-michigan-colleges-tuition-restraint-all-15-receive-bonus <p>Gov. Rick Snyder and Republicans in the legislature <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/more-cuts-public-universities">made significant cuts to the state's public university system</a> when they first came into office.</p><p>As part of the cuts, they set up bonus payments to schools if they met certain performance measures, and if they kept their tuition increases in check.</p><p>Earlier this month, the <a href="http://www.house.mi.gov/hfa/PDFs/tuition%20restraint%20memo%20fy13.pdf">State House Fiscal Agency&nbsp; released a breakdown</a> of how much each school will get in bonus payments.</p><p>All 15 public universities kept their tuition increases at or below 4 percent, so all 15 schools will receive a 'tuition restraint' bonus payment.</p><p>This fiscal year, the pot for 'tuition restraint' bonus money is set at $9.1 million for all 15 universities.</p><p>Central Michigan will receive the biggest payment. From the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120917/NEWS06/309170020/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Central Michigan University's decision to keep its tuition rate increase for this school year lower than that of other state schools is paying off to the tune of almost $1.8 million in extra state aid from a fund set up to reward universities for smaller hikes.</p><p>CMU raised its tuition rate by 2%, the lowest in the state. It will get 19.6% of the bonus money.</p></blockquote><p>The top five schools for keeping tuition hikes in check (and their associated bonus payments) are:</p><ol><li><strong>Central Michigan University -&nbsp; $1.8 million</strong></li><li><strong>Ferris State University - $1.3 million</strong></li><li><strong>UM in Ann Arbor - $1.1 million</strong></li><li><strong>Lake Superior State - $1.0 million</strong></li><li><strong>Oakland - $930,000</strong></li></ol><p>The Detroit Free Press has a breakdown of tuition increases and bonus payments for all 15 public universities. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:30:02 +0000 Mark Brush 9113 at http://michiganradio.org Top five Michigan colleges in 'tuition restraint,' all 15 receive the bonus Arctic fox captured near Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/arctic-fox-captured-near-lansing <p>It may feel like it&#39;s already summer outside but that didn&#39;t stop a little piece of the arctic from visiting central Michigan.</p><p>After several days of sightings in and around&nbsp; the town of Portland, just northwest of Lansing,&nbsp; local authorities captured a loose arctic fox as he woke from a nap on a baseball diamond.</p><p>The fox&#39;s origin is unclear but aside from being about 1,000 miles south of its natural habitat, local law enforcement believes it must have been&nbsp; a domesticated pet based on its friendly demeanor, <a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20120321/PORTLAND01/303210047">the Lansing State Journal writes</a>.</p><p>From the LSJ&#39;s Tom Thelen:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We were receiving calls about it for about a week,&rdquo; said Portland police chief Bob Bauer. &ldquo;People were seeing at in various parts of the city...We believe that it either escaped or was turned loose,&rdquo; said Bauer. &ldquo;It was not afraid of anyone. In fact, it would coming running out to people and some of them were scared by the way it ran up to them.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Thelen reports that authorities found an owner of another arctic fox in nearby Lake Odessa who agreed to care for the captured animal.</p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom </em> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 18:54:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6728 at http://michiganradio.org Arctic fox captured near Lansing In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-207 <p><strong>&quot;Detroit needs to be run by Detroiters&quot;</strong></p><p>That&#39;s what Mayor Bing tweeted last night prior to his press conference with members of city council and other Detroit leaders. It was a show of unity against the threat of an impending state review of city finances.</p><p>The tweet continued, &quot;We know what needs to be done and we are ready to do it.&quot;</p><p>Mayor Bing and leaders were reacting to what Mayor Bing said was Governor Snyder&#39;s intent to launch a 30-day review of the city&#39;s finances this week (Snyder said those claims are inaccurate).</p><p>Bing is proposing layoffs and steep cuts to the city&#39;s budget. He and members of the city council have been battling over the cuts.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-leaders-show-united-front-vow-work-out-citys-fiscal-problems-their-own">Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Cwiek</a> reported on the press conference last night:</p><blockquote><p>Bing says it would be helpful if the state offered feedback on some of the city&rsquo;s proposals, and was more clear about its expectations.</p><p>&ldquo;I would appreciate if the state would come back and say what they don&rsquo;t like about our plan, or what they do like, or can they enhance it,&rdquo; Bing says. &ldquo;I think they&rsquo;ve got to be a party to this.&rdquo;</p><p>Bing also repeated calls for the state to pay Detroit $220 million it owes from a 1998 revenue sharing agreement. Governor Snyder and Republicans in the state legislature have been cool to the idea.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Conyers asks U.S. Attorney General for review of Michigan&#39;s EM law</strong></p><p>The threat of an emergency manager in Detroit led to a call for a review of Michigan&#39;s emergency manager law from U.S. Congressman John Conyers (D-Detroit). Conyers is asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to review the law.</p><p>The emergency manager law allows a state-appointed official to strip local officials of their power and to dissolve union contracts.</p><p>Jonathan Oosting of <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/12/conyers_calls_on_holder_to_rev.html">MLive.com</a> reported on the request from Conyers:</p><blockquote><p>Conyers asked Holder to consider two separate constitutional issues: Whether the law violates the Contract Clause by allowing EM&#39;s to terminate collective bargaining rights and whether is violates Article 4, Section 4 that provides for a republican form of government.<br /><br /> &quot;The Supreme Court has previously held that this clause guarantees the people the right to a democratically elected form of government,&quot; he wrote. &quot;It goes without saying that appointing an unelected manager in place of an elected mayor, city council and other public officials would be totally anithetical to the concept of democracy.&quot;</p></blockquote><p><strong>Faculty at CMU close to a new contract</strong></p><p>After a long battle over a new contract that included a strike on the first day of classes, Central Michigan University says it has has a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with the CMU Faculty Association. The Associated Press reports &quot;the deal with the CMU Faculty Association was reached after a 14-hour negotiating session facilitated by a county judge. Details of the tentative agreement weren&#39;t released pending ratification.&quot; Fri, 02 Dec 2011 13:29:38 +0000 Mark Brush 5222 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... Fact finder sides with CMU administration in dispute over salary and benefits http://michiganradio.org/post/fact-finder-sides-cmu-administration-dispute-over-salary-and-benefits <p>The Central Michigan University Faculty Association held a strike on the first day of classes last August. The union said the CMU administration was not bargaining on their new contract in good faith.</p><p>A judge ordered the striking faculty members back to work and a state appointed fact finder heard both sides of the grievances in early September.</p><p>Now that fact finder, Barry Goldman, has let issued a report siding with the CMU administration on salary and benefit issues, according to Lindsay Knake of the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2011/11/state_fact_finder_sides_with_c.html">Saginaw News</a>.</p><p>More from the Saginaw News:</p><blockquote><p>With salary adjustments, Goldman acknowledged in the <a href="https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&amp;pid=explorer&amp;chrome=true&amp;srcid=0ByWMoWn2wv_KMjM5OTNlZWYtYTJhNi00OGUwLWE2ZmEtYmE4OWQyYzllODgw&amp;hl=en_US&amp;pli=1">report</a> CMU has $228 million in unrestricted net assets, but said the university cannot be as generous with the funds as it appears.</p><p>&ldquo;The CMU proposal of a zero increase in the first year and modest increases in subsequent years is not an unreasonable offer, all things considered. Circumstances are bad and getting worse. It would be extremely unwise for CMU to eat its seed corn,&rdquo; Goldman&rsquo;s statement said.</p><p>The administration&rsquo;s offer includes a wage freeze for one year with increases equal to 4 percentage points over three years.</p></blockquote><p>Golman also said the faculty should accept the health care plan being offered by the administration. His findings are non-binding, according to the Saginaw News. Tue, 01 Nov 2011 20:37:43 +0000 Mark Brush 4794 at http://michiganradio.org Fact finder sides with CMU administration in dispute over salary and benefits CMU, university faculty await fact-finding report http://michiganradio.org/post/cmu-university-faculty-await-fact-finding-report <p>Central Michigan University and its faculty are waiting for a report from a fact-finder appointed by a state agency that could help settle their contract dispute.</p><p>Meetings with the fact-finder wrapped up last week. A report is likely sometime in late October or early November.</p><p>Members of the Central Michigan University Faculty Association went on strike for most of Aug. 22, which was the first day of classes for the fall semester. A judge ordered faculty members back to work but they are still allowed to demonstrate on campus.</p> Sun, 18 Sep 2011 20:34:02 +0000 Kyle Norris 4197 at http://michiganradio.org CMU, university faculty await fact-finding report Judge says CMU faculty must work, but allowed to picket http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-says-cmu-faculty-must-work-allowed-picket <p>Both sides in the Central Michigan University fracas seem to like the court order issued today.</p><p>Judge Paul Chamberlain said members of the CMU Faculty Association must continue to work, but they are allowed to picket.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2011/08/isabella_county_judge_extends.html">Saginaw News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>An Isabella County judge extended a court injunction that prevents Central Michigan University faculty from holding a strike or work stoppage.</p><p>The court order, signed by Circuit Judge Paul H. Chamberlain just before noon on Friday, states faculty are restrained from holding a work stoppage but are allowed to picket.</p><p>Laura Frey, Faculty Association president, said the court hearing was a &quot;win&quot; for the faculty.</p><p>&quot;Our First Amendment rights have been restored,&quot; she said.</p></blockquote><p>In a<a href="http://media.cmich.edu/pr/cmu/judge-continues-preliminary-injunction.aspx?link_page_rss=214315"> statement</a>, CMU Provost and Executive Vice President E. Gary Shapiro said &quot;we are extremely pleased with today&rsquo;s court action, which places the priority on student learning and academic achievement. We now look forward to reaching an agreement through fact finding.&quot;</p><p>The University is seeking to cut faculty pay and benefits in response to state budget cuts. Members of the CMU Faculty Association, the union representing faculty, have said University officials are not bargaining in good faith with them.</p><p>A fact-finding process set up to resolve the dispute will begin on September 7.</p><p>In the Saginaw News article, Laura Frey &quot;said the faculty intends on exercising their First Amendment rights when asked if they would picket.&quot; Fri, 26 Aug 2011 17:07:17 +0000 Mark Brush 3933 at http://michiganradio.org Judge says CMU faculty must work, but allowed to picket Fact finding hearing dates set for Central Michigan University dispute http://michiganradio.org/post/fact-finding-hearing-dates-set-central-michigan-university-dispute <p>The Central Michigan University Faculty Association organized a work stoppage on the first day of classes yesterday after they said the CMU administration was not bargaining with the union in good faith.</p><p>CMU officials filed in injunction and a judge ordered the faculty members back to work (state employees are not allowed to strike under state law).</p><p>The dispute is over cuts to salary and benefits.</p><p>Now, a fact finder has been assigned to help the parties resolve the dispute. From a <a href="http://media.cmich.edu/pr/cmu/fact-finder-appointed-to-hear.aspx">CMU press release</a>:</p><blockquote><div>The Michigan Employment Relations Commission has appointed Barry Goldman to oversee the fact finding process involving the CMU Faculty Association and Central Michigan University.</div><div>In addition, hearing dates of Sept. 7, 9 and 13 have been accepted by both parties.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Fact finding is a process in which an impartial party is assigned to hear both the university&rsquo;s and the FA&rsquo;s positions and then render a recommendation on a collective bargaining agreement.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Both the FA and CMU filed petitions for fact finding July 14.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></blockquote><div>CMU spokesman Steve Smith says Goldman will listen to both sides on the hearing dates and will later issue a recommendation. Tue, 23 Aug 2011 19:09:22 +0000 Mark Brush 3879 at http://michiganradio.org Fact finding hearing dates set for Central Michigan University dispute Judge signs injunction, orders CMU faculty back to work http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-signs-injunction-orders-cmu-faculty-back-work <p><strong>Update: 5:08 p.m.</strong></p><p>The Central Michigan University Faculty Association plans to comply with Judge Duthie&#39;s order.</p><p>From their <a href="http://www.mea.org/cmu-faculty-will-obey-court-order-classes-resume-tomorrow">press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Laura Frey, CMU Faculty Association President said, &ldquo;We will obey the court order and return to work tomorrow. But this does not end the issue. The faculty remains strong and committed to securing a fair and equitable contract for members.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 21:08:55 +0000 Mark Brush 3860 at http://michiganradio.org CMU faculty strike, picketers confront president http://michiganradio.org/post/cmu-faculty-strike-picketers-confront-president <p>The <a href="http://www.cmufa.com/">Central Michigan University Faculty Association</a> declared a strike on the first day of classes today.</p><p>Members of the Faculty Association and those supporting the union formed picket lines around the campus today.</p><p>Reporter David Jesse described the scene on the CMU Campus for the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110822/NEWS06/110822039/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 18:55:35 +0000 Mark Brush 3859 at http://michiganradio.org CMU faculty strike, picketers confront president Central Michigan University faculty strike http://michiganradio.org/post/central-michigan-university-faculty-strike <p><span class="messageBody" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:3}">Faculty reports and the student newspaper say CMU faculty went on strike tonight. The faculty say the administration did not bargain in good faith. The move comes one day before classes are scheduled to start tomorrow.</span></p><p><span class="messageBody" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:3}"><span class="messageBody" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:3}">CMU officials call the faculty strike an illegal work stoppage. They say students should report for the first day of classes tomorrow. The university says it will seek a court injunction tomorrow to stop the strike.</span></span></p><p><span class="messageBody" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:3}">CMU&rsquo;s 439 fixed term faculty and 591 graduate assistants will still hold classes as scheduled.</span></p><p><span class="messageBody" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:3}">Michigan Radio will have more on the story Monday as it develops.</span></p><p><strong><span class="messageBody" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:3}">Update 9:40 p.m.</span></strong></p><p>Here&#39;s the University&#39;s statement:</p><blockquote><p>Central Michigan University is disappointed that members of the CMU Faculty Association have voted to engage in an illegal work stoppage. This action creates an unfair disruption to the start of the academic year for CMU&rsquo;s students.<br /><br /> CMU students should report for classes Monday and staff should report for work. CMU&rsquo;s 439 fixed term faculty and 591 graduate assistants will still hold classes as scheduled.<br /><br /> The impact of the FA&rsquo;s action places an unfair burden on students who want to graduate in a timely fashion, pursue graduate school or launch successful careers. As such, CMU will request a court injunction Monday to get the faculty back in the classroom.<br /><br /> CMU remains committed to working with the FA toward a contract that is fair and equitable to all parties. CMU and the FA have both petitioned for fact finding, which is the appropriate process to follow in coming to terms on a collective bargaining agreement.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110821/NEWS06/110821041/CMU-faculty-goes-strike?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">The Detroit Free Press</a> reports the strike came after a week of concentrated negotiations:</p><blockquote><p>The move tops a weeklong, last-ditch effort to come to some sort of agreement between the more than 600 members of the union and the school.</p><p>The union voted on Monday to authorize the bargaining team to take any job related actions, including a strike.</p><p>After that vote, the two sides sat down at the bargaining table every day last week, but made little to no progress on the big issues separating them, such as pay and benefits. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 01:37:06 +0000 Vincent Duffy & Mark Brush 3847 at http://michiganradio.org Central Michigan University faculty strike CMU: Some bargaining progress, big gap on pay http://michiganradio.org/post/cmu-some-bargaining-progress-big-gap-pay <p>Central Michigan University says there&rsquo;s been some progress involving contract talks with the faculty union this weekend. The progress has been related to non-economic issues, but there&rsquo;s still a big gap having to do with pay and benefits.</p><p>Talks took place Saturday. Classes are scheduled to start Monday on the Mount Pleasant campus.</p> Sun, 21 Aug 2011 17:13:51 +0000 Kyle Norris 3841 at http://michiganradio.org CMU start date questionable http://michiganradio.org/post/cmu-start-date-questionable <p><a href="http://www.cmich.edu/x22.xml">Central Michigan University</a> classes may not start as planned on August 22<sup>nd</sup>. The faculty and administration have been fighting tooth and nail in contract talks since April. The two sides have not met since last month. Union members are expected to talk about informational picketing or a strike in a meeting 4:30 p.m. Monday.</p><p>Jeffrey Weinstock is a professor at CMU. He says he feels as if the faculty is being strong-armed by the administration.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We have never not had an extension of the current contract during bargaining and we&rsquo;ve never struck and nobody really wants to but &hellip; I get the sense we&rsquo;re really being backed into a corner and being dared,&quot; Weinstock said.</p></blockquote><p>The administration released a statement today welcoming students back for the start of school. The statement says students are moving in and freshmen are attending orientation activities to prepare for next week.</p><p><em>- Amelia Carpenter - Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 20:53:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3762 at http://michiganradio.org CMU start date questionable CMU contract talks may delay school year http://michiganradio.org/post/cmu-contract-talks-may-delay-school-year <p>Classes at <a href="http://www.cmich.edu/x22.xml">Central Michigan University</a> may be delayed because of contract disputes between the faculty union and administration. Without a contract, faculty may not show for class August 22. The two groups are at a standstill on a number of issues including salary increases, health care or who is allowed to be a union member.</p><p>Tim Connors is the former president of the faculty union at the university. He says the union is ready to get back to the table.</p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 15:41:47 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3682 at http://michiganradio.org CMU contract talks may delay school year Anti-gay church group to speak to CMU Journalism class http://michiganradio.org/post/anti-gay-church-group-speak-cmu-journalism-class <p><span class="article-content"><span>Members of a controversial church group that protests outside soldiers&#39; funerals will speak at Central Michigan University next week.<br /> <br /> Journalism professor Tim Boudreau says he invited Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist Church to talk to his students.<br /> <br /> Members of the Kansas church believe U.S. soldiers&#39; deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan are punishment for the nation&#39;s tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.<br /> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 19:09:00 +0000 Rina Miller 189 at http://michiganradio.org Anti-gay church group to speak to CMU Journalism class