Nora Naughton

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Controversy over EAA affecting College of Education

While protesters shut down Board of Regents meetings and teachers’ unions boycott Eastern Michigan University student teachers, the College of Education’s faculty is putting all of its efforts into making sure students never miss out on an educational opportunity. “Our students are caught in the political crossfire in their last semester of teacher training,” said Barb Stafford, a university supervisor in the College of Education whose job is to find placements for student teachers. Stafford is just one of an entire team of faculty members in EMU’s College of Education whose day-to-day work has been affected by the university’s affiliation with the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder created the EAA in June 2011 as a statewide school system for failing schools, however the authority has yet to move out of the Detroit area.

Susan Martin leaves a legacy at EMU

After seven years in the captain’s seat, university president Susan Martin is feeling bittersweet about stepping down in July. When she took office in 2008, Martin was ready to turn things around. “Eastern had been through some challenging times and turnover of leadership and everybody was just down,” Martin said.

Presidential impeachment hearing set for April 7

The impeachment hearing of student body president Desmond Miller has been set for Tuesday, April 7 at 8 p.m., according to an email sent out by vice president Steven Cole Thursday. "I looked carefully at the calendar and concluded the 7th was best because it does not conflict with Excellence Week or Student Government elections (both this week) or SG committees and Greek Week (both next week), and gives the parties ample time to prepare their written materials and presentations," Cole said in the email. All written materials intended for use during the hearing will be handed in to judicial sergeant David Konarske. Konarske and Cole have recused themselves from presiding over the hearing and rom presiding pursuant to Student Government bylaws, speaker Kiera Fegan will instead preside. Elections for the next student body president are still ongoing, but a winner is set to be announced at 9 p.m.

Confusion surrounds election violation allegations

Complaints filed against three of the four candidates running for student body president are mostly requests for “rule clarifications,” according to the election commissioner and adviser to Student Government. The allegations stem from reports made by students to the Student Government election commission and not from incidents witnessed by the commission. Election commissioner Jacob Butterfield said he has not personally received any complaints or violation allegations against candidate and current vice president Steven Cole or anyone in his campaign. Adviser to Student Government Perry Francis said that the commission will only act on issues that come to the commission’s attention in writing with a name attached to the complaint or allegation. Complaints and allegations can be directed to Butterfield ( and Francis ( via email. “We want a paper trail,” Francis said.

Three out of the 4 presidential candidates facing allegations of violating election policy

Three out of the four candidates' campaigns for student body president are facing allegations that they have violated election policy, according to the Student Government election commissioner. The allegations stem from reports made by students to the Student Government election commission, and not from incidents witnessed by the commission. At the moment, Steven Cole, the current vice president, is the only candidate not accused of breaking this rule. Candidates Sabrina Ford, Jessica Howell and Aimee Frey were all contacted by The Echo to comment on the allegations.

Men's swim and dive wins MAC championship

The Eastern Michigan University men’s swimming and diving team won the Mid-American Conference championship in a come-from-behind victory Saturday. “It was a great four days,” head coach Peter Linn said in an EMU press release.

Women's track & field competes at GVSU Big Meet, SPIRE Invite

The Eastern Michigan University women’s track and field team sent two groups of athletes to two different meets this weekend, with one group at the GVSU Big Meet and another in Geneva, Ohio at the SPIRE Invitational. At the SPIRE Invite, freshman Jordann McDermitt continued her successful rookie season with the Eagles with a personal record of 9:22.72 in the 3000-meter.

Men's track & field competes at GVSU Big Meet, SPIRE Invite

The Eastern Michigan University men’s track and field team split the weekend at two meets, with a group heading to the GVSU Big Meet and another group of sprinters heading to the SPIRE Invitational. At the SPIRE Invite in Geneva, Ohio, redshirt sophomore Willy Fink became the third Eagle in history to run the 3000 meter in under eight minutes.