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Column: Rush of rushing leads to comfort in own niche Fist-fights cause penalties in wrestling match Where’s the beef? MSU students host cattle show FEATURES, PAGE 5 SPORTS, PAGE 6 CAMPUS+CITY, PAGE 3 K ATIE STIEFEL/ THE STATE NEWS Weather Snow High 8° | Low 4° Three-day forecast, Page 2 Michigan State University’s independent voice | | East Lansing, Mich. | Tuesday, January 22, 2013 THE DORM DECISION I N A U G U R AT I O N Millions in renovations haven’t changed perceptions By Alex McClung THE STATE NEWS ■■ MARK GAIL/MCT President Barack Obama is sworn in for a second term as the President of the United States during his public inauguration ceremony Monday at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C. Obama inaugurated for second presidential term By Kellie Rowe THE STATE NEWS ■■ Rawley Van Fossen pulled up his wool socks and shrugged on his thick winter coat at 4 a.m. Monday morning. Numb f ingers and toes couldn’t keep h i m f rom watc h i ng President Barack Obama’s inauguration. That morning, the social relations and policy sophomore watched the man he spent months campaigning for speak in person in Washington, D.C. for the fi rst time. “When he took the podium — that right there sealed the deal,” said Van Fossen, a member of Spartans for Barack Obama, an MSU campaign organization. “Hearing his voice over the loudspeakers — it was just surreal.” Van Fossen was one of almost a million to watch Obama’s public inauguration address Monday in the nation’s Capital. The 44th U.S. President’s speech intertwined traditional Democratic values, such as gay rights and health care access, with the fundamental principles created by the founding fathers. College students, a demographic that helped win him the presidency four years ago, weren’t left out. “Our journey is not complete ... Until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country,” Obama said. Criminal justice junior Pamela Brown , president of MSU’s chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, missed the inauguration. She wasn’t sleeping in on her day off, she was giving back to the MSU community during Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day of Service. Brown spent the morning volunteering at a shelter for homeless families and the afternoon symbolically marching alongside Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity across campus to represent King’s effort toward social change. To her, the fact Obama’s public inauguration was hosted on Martin Luther King Jr. Day wasn’t a coincidence. When he took the oath of office Sunday, Obama placed one hand on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible and the other on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s. “I think it stands for just justice,” she said. “(King) was a man who tried to make a great change in society, and I think that’s what Obama stands for — change within our country.” See OBAMA on page 2 X Hundreds of millions of dollars in renovations. Revamped dorm rooms, more comfortable study spaces and shiny new cafeterias. Free laundry. Tutors and clinics minutes away. In the last several years, MSU has redone much of campus, from Brody Square to the Union to Shaw Hall. Ashley Chaney, the assistant director of communications for Residence Education and Housing Services, or REHS, said the university wants to keep students living on campus partially because of its academic benefits. “Studies show that students who live on-campus have higher grade point averages, graduate sooner and are more engaged in the campus community,” Chaney said. “We know that providing on-campus housing for as many students as possible contributes greatly to that.” But for some students, being convinced to live on campus goes beyond the renovations. Living on means convenience, living off means independence. “At this point, I wouldn’t move back onto campus for the new services,” said Chris Ross, a social relations and policy junior. “I like the independence I have off campus and ability to make changes and control the atmosphere of the place that I’m residing in.” An on-campus living experience Plenty of students want to live on campus — enough that several hundred students found themselves in transitional housing last fall, which puts three students in a dorm room that is intended only to occupy PHOTO COURTESY OF MSU ARCHIVES Williams Hall pictured from the early 1900s originally located near the MSU Museum. The hall later burned down in 1919 and since has been rebuilt. K ATIE STIEFEL/THE STATE NEWS Nursing senior Tia Sharp studies in her room in Williams Hall. two students. Last fall, 14,941 students were living in the dorms, a More online … For a timeline of renovations across campus in the last decade, visit See DORMS on page 2 X GOVE R N M E NT H O L I DAY What fiscal cliff bill means for students Students celebrate MLK Day By Kellie Rowe THE STATE NEWS ■■ T o many students, the term “fiscal cliff” means a whole lot of nothing. But buried in the jargon and minute details of the bill Congress passed early this month to avoid an economic disaster are some positive signs for Michigan industries — and for students looking for jobs in those industries. Here are a few of the benefits. 1. Milk and honeybees The price hike of milk from $3.50 to $8 per gallon could have meant the end to late-night cereal binges. Congress averted the spike by extending the 2008 Farm Bill, which keeps prices low through a process of calculating milk prices. The fiscal cliff bill also provided assistance to some farmers for losses caused by bad weather — such as early freezes and droughts this past year. Corn and soybean crops were particularly hard hit by the drought, said Jill Cords, field career consultant of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The bill also extends tax breaks for research, conservation, energy and organic agriculture programs, some which are found at MSU. 2. Wind energy MSU students looking for a career in renewable energy have a greater chance of working with wind energy for at least another year. The fiscal cliff bill extended tax credits for wind energy production, which will cost the country about $12.2 billion and save up to 37,000 jobs, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Michigan ranks No. 7 among the top 10 states for overall wind jobs, employing between 4,000 and 5,000 workers in energy-related careers. “We’re in the midst of an expansion of wind energy in the state,” said Fred Poston, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and former vice president of finance and operations.” 3. Michigan NASCAR The Michigan International Speedway, home of the state’s NASCAR races, sped away from the fiscal cliff deal with a $78 million dollar tax break. A section of the fiscal cliff bill extended the 7-year recovery period for “motorsports entertainment complexes,” which means anyone who builds a racetrack will receive tax benefits and can deduct thousands in expenses for seven years after it’s built. 4. Film-makers There is good news for movie producers eyeing the mitten as the set of the next big hit — $430 million in tax credits for movie producers. When Gov. Rick Snyder took office, he reversed the 2008 filmmaking initiatives in Michigan and capped spending at $25 million in 2011. According to the fiscal cliff bill passed this month, federal funding will pay the first $15 million filmmakers spend in production costs — $20 million for movies filmed in economicallydepressed areas. 5. Electric Cars For any environmentfriendly driver looking to buy an electric car, the government will cover 10 percent or up to $2,500 of the vehicle’s cost. MSU has its own electric vehicle charging station in the Kellogg Center parking ramp and East Lansing installed another at the East Lansing Public Library. through service, marches ADAM TOOLIN/THE STATE NEWS From left, graduate students Darci Evans and Nicole Faulkner help organize the supply cabinet Monday at the Greater Lansing Food Bank, 919 Filley St., in Lansing. By Lilly Keyes THE STATE NEWS ■■ Even though classes were cancelled Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, human resource management freshman Princess Harmon and 214 other students sat at desks in N130 Business College Complex and awaited See MLK DAY on page 2 X More online … To see a video of students volunteering, visit

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