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Madison Williams shines statenews.com | 1/28/14 | @thesnews Junior center plays all-star game against Ohio State Weather outside is frightful Despite below-zero temperatures, school still in session Silk Road Chinese Orchestra campus+city, pG. 3 sports, pG. 6 Michigan State University’s independent voice Danyelle Morrow/The State News General management freshman Jingting Lin plays the guzheng COURT Food industry management junior Magally Briseno shares her opinion about a beauty topic with a group of women Monday at the MSU Union during the “Beauty Inside and Out” event hosted by Kappa Delta Chi Sorority. Casteel testifies in trial, provides details of crimes By Geoff Preston email@example.com THE STATE NEWS nn HOWELL, Mich. – For fans across Michigan, the voice and imagery that accompany the Detroit Tigers baseball game broadcasts adds to t he ex per ience. But for alleged I-96 shooter Raulie Casteel, the Casteel broadcasts fulfilled a much darker purpose. During his testimony on Monday in Livingston County Circuit Court, 44-year-old Casteel cast blame on baseball broadcasts for his impulse to allegedly shoot at 24 people in October of 2012 on the I-96 corridor, leaving one person injured. “The way they would describe the ball shooting at the shadows... I thought they were talking about shooting at cars,” Casteel testified Monday. To the MSU alumnus, the cars following him on the freeway were “demons.” Shooting at the cars, in his mind, was the only way to get rid of them. Casteel is facing charges in at least three counties. The incidents occurred in four counties, including Ingham. In Livingston County alone, Casteel faces nine counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, nine firearms-related charges and one terrorism charge. The MSU alumnus was the only witness the defense called to the stand. Although Casteel never hid his involvement in the shootings, he maintained that he was not a terrorist and never had the intent to end anyone’s life. Casteel described a particular day in October 2012 when he was being passed on the right side by Jennifer Kupiec, who testified earlier in the trial that Casteel shot and hit her vehicle. He said the tailgating driver brought back a lot of anxiety, but he insisted he never meant to shoot at or injure Kupiec. “My intent was not to shoot at her (Kupiec) or my other victims, but at their vehicles,” he said. “At the time, I didn’t have any thoughts about murder. ... Now I deeply regret that it ever happened.” Throughout his testimony, Casteel said he felt he was being targeted and watched by the federal government at the time of the shootings. He claimed his mental instability began when his family moved to Kentucky in 2007, and said he has a history on his mother’s side of mental illness, including paranoia and delusional thoughts. Casteel testified that he didn’t seek treatment for any mental illness or condition until 2010 because he was overcome with the paranoia that he was being watched. “I felt my telephone calls were being monitored, and I didn’t want my medical treatment to be compromised,” he said. He said he bought a handgun and began noticing odd behavior from his neighbors. Thoughts of being monitored apparently continued for Casteel even after he sought treatment for his conditions. He claimed that at least 20 See TRIAL on page 2 u FEATURES, PAGE 5 photos by Erin Hampton/The State News Spring recruitment begins Fraternities, sororities host events and open houses for spring rush week By Olivia Dimmer firstname.lastname@example.org THE STATE NEWS nn This week, many university sororities and fraternities will be opening their doors to prospective new members for spring recruitment. Unlike fall recruitment, spring recruitment for greek life is much more laid back, less structured and smaller for both fraternities and the few sororities that choose to participate. Although spring recruitment for most sororities has already wrapped up, a few are still holding events and open houses into this week. Spring rush for fraternities MEN’S BASKETBALL began Monday. In general, spring recruitment can be a less intimidating experience for women looking to explore sorority life, vice president of recruitment logistics for National Panhellenic Council Camaryn Self said. Spring recruitment for most sororities is wrapping up this week, while fraternities began their rushes Monday “Sometimes (in the fall) women weren’t ready to make a commitment,” Self said. “Fall rush is so close to the begin- See RUSH on page 2 u Finance senior and Kappa Delta Chi sorority member Juana Lopez reads her beauty tip card to the group of women Monday at the Union. Each woman read beauty tip cards out loud and then discussed how they felt about it. POLITICS msu preps for state of union By Kary Askew Garcia email@example.com THE STATE NEWS nn A lt hou g h t he W h ite House blog hinted at President Obama’s anticipated State of the Union address focusing on “opportunity, action and optimism,” MSU students and faculty members are hoping to hear solid plans for the future. Social relations and policy junior Curtis Audette said he hopes income inequality and issues concerning students are addressed. “A lot of us are asking, as students, is it really worth Julia Nagy/The State News Senior center Adreian Payne reacts to the game against Michigan on Saturday at Breslin Center. The Spartans lost to the Wolverines, 80-75. Loss triggers sense of urgency By Matt Sheehan firstname.lastname@example.org THE STATE NEWS nn Two days after sitting in the locker room with tears in his eyes after losing to Michigan, senior guard Keith Appling was nearly all smiles at Monday’s press conference. But just because he was wearing a smile doesn’t mean the pain of MSU’s 80-75 loss has gone away. “That ’s a game not only myself, but my teammates wanted that win very badly,” Appling said. “Not only for the team and the Big Ten season, but for all the guys that came back to support us. It is just one game ... the way I felt after that game I never want to feel again. We just have to use it for motivation.” The display of emotion after Saturday’s win produced more than tears — it also showed head coach Tom Izzo that his senior guard understands his time as a Spartan is almost up. Izzo went as far to say that Appling’s reaction to the hardfought loss reminded him of former Spartan guard Mateen Cleaves. “You know Keith, he’s not a real emotional guy, he’s kind of quiet, and when he walked into that locker room, the first thing I said in my mind is ‘Keith is growing up, he’s starting to get it,’” Izzo said. “He’s starting to realize the 3,817 times I’ve said that the window is very small, and there is a lot of things in life you get a second chance on, and there are some things you don’t.” Beating U-M at home is a second chance Appling will never get, but Izzo went on to say the sense of urgency by the players is the reason teams and programs grow. Unfortunately for Izzo, something that inevitably seems to grow is the list of injuries. Although he hasn’t missed a game this season, Appling’s w rist has been noticeably bothering him for the last few weeks. Izzo said keeping him out of See B-BALL on page 2 u it?” said Audette, who is the communications director for the Michigan Federation of College Democrats and a member of MSU College Democrats. Audette said the main reason recent graduates are finding it difficult to obtain a job and buy a house or car is because of surmounting debt. He hopes that Obama will take on the topics of tackling student debt and cutting the costs of rising tuition, which would help students create futures for themselves and stay in-state after graduation. Will Staal, chair of MSU College Republicans, said he expects the president to try and convince Americans to “come back and follow his agenda.” Staa l, a n interdisciplinary studies in social science senior, said 65 percent of Americans think the country is on the wrong track and that the healthcare initiative was handled the wrong way. He said in the future, he hopes for a leader that can put Americans’ best interests ahead of his or her party’s agenda. Staal said he believes Gov. Rick Snyder and the state legislature can take most of the credit for Michigan’s economic uptick. See OBAMA on page 2 u CRIME $2K OF $20K REWARD FUND DISTRIBUTED BY POLICE By Katie Abdilla email@example.com THE STATE NEWS nn Although $20,000 was set aside as a reward for any information regarding December’s civ il disturbances in Cedar Village, only about $2,000 of the fund has been shelled out to informants, according to East Lansing police. Following December’s Big Ten championship, thousands of students flocked to Cedar Village, chanting and burning furniture and nearly anything in their path. By the time the disturbance was dispersed at about 3 a.m. on Dec. 8, police responded to 57 fires and arrested 15 people, 12 of whom were MSU students. DTN Vice President Colin Cronin previously told The State News that the revelries in Cedar Village caused between $5,000 and $10,000 in property damage. Investigators continued to make arrests and solicit information about potential suspects in the following weeks. The pretrial hearings for many of those arrested are scheduled for early February. East Lansing police released photos later in December, asking anyone with information regarding the identities of those who were photographed during the disturbance. Half of the money was fronted by MSU, and the other half coming out of East Lansing police funding. After announcing their intention to disburse reward money to anyone with information leading to a suspect’s arrest, East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy said not many have taken the bait. “Not much has happened with this one,” Murphy said. “No sooner had we gotten (the reward money) when MSU went closed for Christmas break. There wasn’t a whole lot of interest in paying people for tips for valuable information.” The pretrial hearings for See REWARD on page 2 u 2 | T he Stat e News | t uesday, january 2 8 , 2 01 4 | statenews.com Police brief TRIAL Casteel said he Arrest made in Jet’s Pizza robbery Police have arrested a suspect in last November’s armed robbery in Jet’s Pizza, according to WLNS reports. The robbery, which occurred in the 3000 block of Vine Street, targeted two female MSU students who were working at the Jet’s Pizza. Both of the women were injured in the attack. Lansing resident Terrence Lamont Miller was arrested and arraigned in 55th District Court, according to the report. The 19-year-old faces eight undisclosed felony charges. His bail is set at $1.25 million. Miller is expected to appear in court on Feb. 6. GEOFF PRESTON statenews.com Grammy Awards show diversity, style The 2014 Grammy Awards on Sunday was packed to the brim with flashy performances, awards and even a wedding ceremony for 33 diverse couples. Queen Latifah performed the ceremony as Ryan Lewis and Macklemore performed “Same Love” featuring Mary Lambert. Eighty-two awards were given before the final performance by Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Lindsey Buckingham and Dave Grohl. casey holland Three-day forecast Tuesday Partly Cloudy High: 5° Low: -4° Wednesday Partly Cloudy High: 18° Low: 10° rush was convinced his family was being monitored during testimony “We usually take a quality over quantity approach,” fraternity recruitement officer said from page one from page one times between 2010-2012, he noticed helicopters flying over his house. Since he began taking court-ordered medication in August 2013, Casteel testified he has come to realize he was imagining the helicopters. Casteel convinced himself that “advanced technologies” in the form of satellites and computers monitored his family and caused his wife to have two miscarriages. Casteel admitted that looking back to blame the miscarriages on satellites “sounds crazy.” In the summer of 2012, the Casteels moved back to Michigan — but the problems did not cease. After years of feeling like he was being followed, Casteel testified that the heavy traffic brought back a heap of anxiety. Casteel spoke at length about his family’s history of mental illness, which Judge David Reader of Livingston County Circuit Court might not allow jury members to consider. Reader is reviewing a consideration to tell the jury to disregard all testimony Casteel gave pointing to his family history of mental illness because of a Michigan law that discredits such testimony. Court will resume Tuesday at 9 a.m., when the jury might be asked to disregard parts of Casteel’s testimony pertaining to his mental competence. In October 2013, Casteel pleaded no contest but mentally ill for felony assault and weapons charges in Oakland County. According to past State News reports, Casteel was found to suffer from delusional disorder as a result of an independent psychological exam. Despite the diagnosis, he was found competent to stand trial. Casteel will be sentenced on his Oakland County charges later this week. ning of (the) school year and is so structured and a very overwhelming process that a lot of women don’t sign up. In the spring, recruitment is much more informal.” This semester, at least five sororities already have or plan to hold continuous open bidding, or spring rush. Because sororities often aim to reach their quota of members, spring rush takes place to allow the organization to add on a small number of women. Rebecca Ruhlman, chapter president of Pi Beta Phi, said the sorority held spring recruitment because of the many chapter members who graduated after the fall semester. Fraternities all participate in spring rush, while sororities can choose to opt out if they fill their quota “Most of the women that come in were freshmen who, du r i n g f a l l r e c r u it me nt , weren’t sure if it was for them yet,” Ruhlman said. “Once they got grounds on campus, they came back. Spring girls usually have made up their mind that it is 100 percent for them.” Ruhlman said spring recruitment isn’t just for girls who know members already in a sorority. The only way a potential new member could benefit from knowing an active member is by being invited to spring recruitment events. Generally, the events aren’t as strictly organized and can be anything from a game night to a craft activity at the sorority’s open house. Kappa Delta Chi hosted such an event on Monday night at the Union. The event aimed to stimulate discussion on inner and outer beauty. Since Kappa Delta Chi is a multicultural sorority, mem- B-ball Izzo doesn’t expect Payne to see playing time during the Spartans’ upcoming game against Iowa from page one VOL . 104 | NO. 180 Thursday Snowy High: 27° Low: 18° Index Campus+city 3 Opinion 4 Sports 6 Features 5 Classifieds 5 editorial staff (517) 432-3070 Editor in chief Ian Kullgren nn managing editor Lauren Gibbons Corrections DIGITAL managing editor Celeste Bott Design editor Becca Guajardo PHOTO EDITOR Julia Nagy ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR Danyelle Morrow Opinion editor Rebecca Ryan campus EDITOR Nolly Dakroury City Editor Katie Abdilla sports editor Beau Hayhoe Features editor Anya Rath Copy Chief Maude Campbell n n Professional staff General Manager Marty Sturgeon, (517) 432-3000 Editorial adviser Omar Sofradzija, (517) 432-3070 CREATIVE adviser Travis Ricks, (517) 432-3004 Web adviser Mike Joseph, (517) 432-3014 Photo adviser Robert Hendricks, (517) 432-3013 If you notice an error, please contact Managing Editor Lauren Gibbons at (517) 432-3070 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. a game isn’t likely, but he held him back in two practices last week to also rest his ailing hip and back. “(The wrist) was bad, and then it got better,” Izzo said. “The number of falls and hits he takes, giving him a week off isn’t necessary – it would help his hip and his body, but it’s not gonna help his wrist. Because the minute he falls on it again, I can’t give him a month off.” No Payne in Iowa? “Slim to none to none.” Sorry Spartan fans, but that is what Izzo said of senior center bers don’t operate within a house and don’t have quotas to fill in recruitment. T he soror it y a l so a i m s to have a diverse group of members. Chapter President Clara Varela said the main difference between rushing a multicultural sorority and rushing with one associated with National Panhellenic Council is that the group is smaller, so each member gets to know one another very well. In addition to being intimidated or overwhelmed, some potential members had finances stand in their way of joining a greek organization. “My sister ... has been telling me about it and I know most of the girls,” criminal justice sophomore Rosa Varela said. “Last semester, I didn’t have enough money to join, but now I have a job and there’s no reason for me not to join.” Although fraternities stray away from crafts and board games, they all participate in spring rush, unlike sororities. Sororities can choose not to participate if they have filled their quota of women for the year. “The difference bet ween fall and spring rush is absolutely nothing,” Alex Allen, vice president of recruitment for Interfraternit y Council said. “We just don’t advertise as much because most of the kids already know which houses they want to go to.” Similarly to sororities, men who choose to rush in spring also may have postponed rushing because of the large commitment and overwhelming nature of rush, Allen said. Men’s recruitment during the spring usually consists of a small open house with food, where brothers get to know potential new members. Fraternity recruitment differs in that they don’t often aim to fill a certain quota, Rush Chairman for Sigma Pi Reece Adams said. “We usually take a quality over quantity approach, which is why fraternities vary in size so much,” Adams said. “We just invite guys we know, people we think would be a good fit, and get to know them. “I would encourage anyone interested to come over and say hi, grab some free food, and give it a shot.” Adreian Payne’s chances to play on the road against No. 15 Iowa on Tuesday night. The latest update in Payne’s road back to the court is being able to run on 80 percent of his body weight using a high-tech treadmill. As for how close he is getting to suiting up again for the Spartans, Izzo is hoping to see him back to 100 percent by next week. With every close loss, there are people playing the “what if” game. “What if Payne played?” is a top question on people’s minds after Saturday’s loss to U-M. Izzo has even heard rumblings from people that are accusing him of holding back Payne’s return because he isn’t taking the conference title as seriously as he should be. “Am I sitting him back because I don’t care about winning the league? You don’t know me very well if you think that, because that’s stupid,” Izzo said. Continued obama Professor Matt Grossmann said viewership of the address has gone down over the years from page one “Michigan is on the path to becoming the great state that it once was,” Staal said. “Those fixes are coming from right down the street in Lansing.” Matt Grossmann, assistant professor of political science at MSU, said the viewing of the State of the Union address has gone down in numbers in recent years. “There’s lots of policy changes that would have lots of big effects if they happen,” Grossmann said. “I don’t have a whole lot of faith in the State of the reward Officials said there was not much interest in the reward funds, and some students criticized the practice from page one many of those arrested are scheduled for early February, and will continue on a rolling basis throughout the spring. If they are convicted, Murphy said informants likely will be rewarded further if their information led to the individual’s arrest. So far, all of the inform a nt s h ave r e m a i ne d anonymous. Ca sh rewa rd s r a nge between $100 and $500, depending on the situation and the helpfulness in leading to arrests. “In theory, paying for the tip gets people arrested,” Murphy said. “We want to hold as many people accountable for their actions as Union to change the outcome.” Michigan Senator Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, said he expects Obama to “work very hard to sell Obamacare” in spite of some of his constituents voicing their opposition to it. M any have found that they will have to pay more money for their insurance with a larger deductible, he said. “We’ve had many thousands of people lose their insurance,“ Jones said. “I think that the president could call for a change and keep his promise that no one will lose their insurance policy.” He said he hopes the president will talk about immigration and try to come up with a better way to allow more migrant workers to legally enter the country and would like to see progress in creating a better program for workers to come to Michigan. “Agriculture is extremely important to Michigan’s economy,” Jones said. possible.” But some students feel the situation could have been handled differently by law enforcement. Human biology sophomore Brad Hassberger said police could have used social media better to narrow down suspects, rather than asking students to turn against one another. “There’s videos and pictures all over Facebook, Twitter and Instagram,” Hassberger said. “I don’t think they needed to offer money to find people. “If they really wanted to, I think they could have done it themselves (and) put some of that money towards figuring out who these people are instead of asking other people to rat fellow students out.” Elementary education senior Nicole Yuhas said she felt the informant system placed an unnecessary burden on students who previously might not have felt the need to become involved. “I don’t think it’s fair at all,” Yuhas said. “That’s just kind of silly. They didn’t do their job and now they want us to do their job for them.” Professional chefs in every neighborhood. 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Campus+city a little stat ene ws.co m | T he Stat e N ews | t u es day, ja n ua ry 28 , 2014 | campus Editor Nolly Dakroury, email@example.com CITY EDITOR Katie Abdilla, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone (517) 432-3070 Fax (517) 432-3075 competition Research MSU faculty member awarded $400,000 By Michael Kransz email@example.com THE STATE NEWS nn Lansing musician Rodney Page, aka Rod T, pumps up the crowd during “The Jump Off” Capital City Beat Battle on Friday, at (SCENE) Metrospace. The contest was organized by All the Above Hip-Hop Academy and pitted beat makers from around Michigan. Casey Hull | The State News W e at h e r World Cold aside, Students observe Syria as peace talks develop university operations stay open on Tuesday By Juliana Moxley firstname.lastname@example.org THE STATE NEWS nn email@example.com The State News nn Another cold front is upon us, with Tuesday temperatures only expected to reach between zero and five degrees. But despite cold temperatures, class will remain in session all day Tuesday, according to university officials. Throughout the day, the wind chills will be running between 25 and 30 degrees below zero, National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Dukesherer said. Snow showers also will be moving through the area, but the snow is not likely to accumulate more than an inch. Temperatures are expected to rise slightly in the area for the remainder of this week. However, temperatures will not reach a normal level compared to those associated with this time of year, which are around 30 degrees. Dukesherer said the biggest threats in this severe weather are icy roads and skin exposure. O vere x posu re to t he cold can potentially cause the body to lose more heat than it can generate, potentially inducing hypothermia and frostbite, Rebecca Noe, an epidemiologist at CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, previously told The State News. Symptoms of hypothermia include disorientation, shivering, confusion, drowsiness and exhaustion, Noe said. There’s also little to do for students who might choose to drive to class in the frigid weather, despite the snow plaguing campus roads. Salt becomes ineffective in freezing temperatures. “The only thing they can do at these kinds of temperatures is to put down sand to give you some kind of traction because they really can’t treat the ice and snow part of it,” Dukesherer said. The University of Michigan has canceled Tuesday classes due to weather for the first time since 1978. MSU officials expected to “continue operations as usual,” according to MSU spokesman Kent Cassella. Cassella said university officials will watch the condition throughout the day. Many people believe that the full effect of peace talks will not be reached as President al-Asad is still in power “They are successful in that the regime and its opponents are actually talking to each other in the same room,” Lucas said. “However, a full resolution of the issues that divide the Syrian regime and its various armed opponents is not likely.” Construction management senior and Syrian native Osama Basal is hopeful that the peace talks will bring about a resolution, but the issue of compromise still worries him. “I don’t think they (peace talks) will succeed,” Basal said. “There’s too many things at stake. Somebody has to compromise and nobody is willing to compromise.” The Syrian civil war is affecting the lives of those in the Middle East and the lives of the students who face constant worry about their families being in the war-prone area. Basal said about 85 percent of his family is still in Please recycle this newspaper An assistant MSU professor investigating the implementation of medical diagnostic tools into everyday clothing received a $400,000 award to further his research and academic Lillehoj career. The National Science Foundation recognized mechanical engineering assistant professor Peter Lillehoj’s work, granting him the $400,000 CAREER Award. Lillehoj is researching wearable biosensors that could monitor health and detect illnesses through biomarkers, such as protein counts in sweat. With the award, Lillehoj said he plans to develop current technology and integrate it into clothing at mass production prices. "(The award) will help me in my research to make this technology more developed and out there in society for people to use,” he said. With the wearable technology, athletes could measure their performance, the military could monitor soldiers’ health and caretakers could detect infections in elderly patients, Lillehoj said. Karim Chatti, acting associate dean for research in the College of Engineering, said the award is “quite a jewel” for young faculty, because it is an opportunity for them to establish their academic careers. “It’s broader than research,” Chatti said. “It allows them to apply the research into teaching and service outreach. They get to do research they believe in and integrate it into courses.” Lillehoj said increasing trends in commercial mobile and wearable technologies sparked his interest in improving current wearable biosensors, which mainly detect vital signs such as heart rates. Integrating diagnostic and monitoring capacities into the biosensors at a commercially viable cost has yet to be done. He said lowering the cost of medical diagnostic tools drives his research. While wearable biosensors might be commercially viable in developed countries within 10 to 15 years, Lillehoj desires to benefit developing countries by lowering the cost of diagnostic tools, wearable or otherwise, through his research, he said. “I am pretty strong in my faith and religious beliefs,” Lillehoj said. “I want to serve those in need by using my talents and skills in engineering. That’s what motivates me in my research.” Mechanical engineering associate professor Jongeun Choi, who won a CAREER Award in 2009, said the funds and recognition helped him establish his research and career. “My NSF CAREER project has been essential in building my career in one of my research thrusts,” Choi said in an email. “My research group has been very productive and successful for this CAREER project. As a result, I was able to build a solid career from these successful outcomes.” Jonathan S. L anday/MCT Mourners pray over the coffin in Tartous, Syria, of Ibrahim Yeya Issa, a 32-year-old Army soldier killed fighting Islamist rebels, near his grave in an unused plot of city-owned land. “There’s too many things at stake. Somebody has to compromise and nobody is willing to compromise.” Crossword L.A. Times Daily Puzzle Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Lewis Osama Basal, Syrian student Syria and the conflicts have forced some of his family members to flee from Homs. International relations senior and Lebanese native Isis Al-Alam said she still has family in Lebanon and she fears that there will be a spillover effect to other countries surrounding Syria if the conflicts don’t end soon. Al-Alam said she thinks it’s diplomacy and politics that determine whether the peace talks will succeed. “The sooner that a political settlement is reached the sooner Syrians will be able to start rebuilding,” Lucas said. Many people believe that the full effect of the peace talks will not be reached as long as President Bashar al-Assad is still in power. Lucas said it is clear that President Assad will need to leave for a full settlement, but the regime does not feel that it has to comply with that demand yet. “It saddens me that after three years of constant killings and bloodshed there’s still talks about Assad being in power and running for re-election,” Al-Alam said. “This is the dictator who has killed or caused the deaths of his people, and for us with liberal values and human rights, it’s completely unacceptable.” “I wish we could go back to how it was before,” Basal said, hoping that the conflict ends soon. Check out The State News online: www.statenews.com Across “ WE FLEW TO PARIS FOR AN AFTERNOON AND STROLLED ALONGSIDE THE SEINE. “ By Sara Konkel Although the intent of the Syrian peace talks is to bring resolution to the conflicts occurring in Syria, not everyone thinks these peace talks will be the missing puzzle piece to a desired outcome. Small amounts of progress are being made each week in Syria, with the latest being the outcome of the peace talks, facilitated by the United Nations, that were held on Sunday in Geneva. The results reached on Sunday granted women and children the allowance to leave the barricaded area in the city of Homs. But with other issues, however, the opposing sides appear to be deadlocked. 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I have an addiction to buying journals. I have accumulated more of them than I could possibly count. My collection ranges from simple, cardboard books to nice, leather bound pages. I just can’t pass up a good deal on a new, unique journal. But I don’t feel so bad about my journal addiction after recently reading research on how food journaling can be a tool for weight loss and weight maintenance. A food journal is a simple log of what one consumes throughout the day. It can include the day, time, feelings at the time of consumption, calories and grams of macronutrients (fat, protein, and carbohydrates) or it can be as simple as writing down the name of the food. Registered dietitian Marisa Moore describes the food journaling process as, “for better or for worse, you write down everything that passes your lips.” Research studies have shown that participants who have food journals lose close to double the weight of their coun- “Among the questionable choices made at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards was Macklemore’s decision to publicize a private apology between himself and Kendrick Lamar.” naling? Set a terparts who don’t journal their intake. goal of tryJournaling also proved to help peoing to include a ple maintain their weight loss. variety of food Keeping a food journal, or a food log as — Michael groups, rather than some call it, will help you become more just focusing on logconscious of the food you eat. Becomging a low calorie ing more aware of what you put into your intake. You don’t have body will lead to less impulsive eating. to log your food the old Say that you go into work and a co-worker brought a plate of freshly baked chocolate chip fashioned way with pencil and paper. cookies. Knowing that you will Becoming more There are many need to write down what you apps that are availhave eaten will allow you to aware of what you able for smart phones and focus more on the food you are put into your body other hand held devices. consuming. Instead of mindPersonally, I use “MyFitnesslessly eating half of the plate, will lead to less Pal.” MyFitnessPal is an easy you may only take one cookimpulsive eating.” way to log food consumed ie, which will be enough to throughout the day without indulge your sweet tooth withthe burden of carrying around out ruining your healthy diet. extra bulk (such as a journal). The application Journaling helps you eat more consciouscontains a database of nutrition information ly, but it’s not meant to cause you to obsess for thousands of different food items. The app about the food you eat. There should be is easy to use in that it separates your day into no shame involved when logging, even breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, allowing if you ended up eating a few more slicyou to easily see a complete meal breakdown. es of pizza last Saturday than you should In addition to the electronic version, I have. Everyone indulges on occasion, and write in a journal at the end of every day. that’s not something to be ashamed of. In the journal, I do not write down all of Want to avoid feeling stressed about jour- opinion column Kransz, State News reporter Read the rest online at statenews.com/blog. the food that I have consumed, since I track that throughout the day on the app. Instead, I write down how I feel about the day as a whole. Did I meet my goals for that day? Was I productive enough? What can I do to improve my health and wellness further? By having a written log of my healthy habits (and also those that aren’t so healthy) I am able to keep making improvements. It also is very motivating to see yourself change, not just physically, but spiritually and mentally as well. Colleen Kokx is a dietetics senior and member of the MSU Food and Nutrition Association. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. editorial cartoonist Don’t skip sexual assault and relationship violence workshops B efore Sierra Petersen participated in MSU’s Sexual Assault women and girls have been raped in their lifetime. and Relationship Violence Prevention Program, men and boys have she didn’t realize she was a surbeen raped in their lifetime. vivor of relationship violence. “My workshop helped me realof female ize just how awful my relationvictims reported being raped ship was,” said the social work by a current or former intimate sophomore, who also instructs partner. classes through the program. Although the program is of men mandatory for freshmen and report being raped by an transfer students, many stuacquaintance. dents skip the workshop. At the workshop Petersen source: White House report led last week, I was one of only two students who showed up. Petersen said my workshop less about what it looks like, how often it occurs and what was especially small, and usuthey can do about it,” Petersally the program has highen said, emphasizing the er attendance. But the low importance of everyone takturnout still baffled me. ing the workshop seriously. If we want to prevent sexu“It’s something peoal assault and relationship viople aren’t taught.” lence, we need to acknowlAlthough I actually took more edge it within our communiaway from the program by getty and educate ourselves. ting a more individualized lesEven President Barack Obama son with only two people and acknowledged his support for the instructor we had ample the prevention of the crime at amount of time to get to know his weekly address last week. “We’ve got your back,” Obama each other — small classes like that can’t become the norm if it said in his speech, reaching out means students aren’t to survivors. “I’ve Staff reporter being educated about got your back.” how to handle these But even with types of incidents. the universiNutritional scity requiring stuence sophomore Kendents to attend a zie Clark, who also program recognizinstructs the proing sexual assault gram, said that when and relationship students attend the violence and the workshops, they leader of the free Sierra Lay learn from both their world email@example.com instructors and peers. edging the impor“Even in worktance of preventshops with 70 people, it’s still ing such crimes, many students a conversation,” Clark said. here seem to be uninterested. The workshop was so eyeBefore I went, I didn’t realopening for Clark last year that ize how much I didn’t know it even motivated her to take about the subject, which is why a position as an instructor. I encourage everyone to attend “When I first attended my the class. Seriously. Don’t skip it. workshop as a freshman, I realAt the workshop, instrucly liked the message,” she said. tors emphasized the impor“But I was really angry tance of everyone learning more that this was a real thing and about sexual violence, regardI wanted to do my part and less of their gender or age. make a difference in every Both men and women can be way I could. I knew the best affected by sexual violence, and way I could do that was by even though statistics from the workshop show women are more becoming a SARV educator. It’s the best way to touch likely to experience it, sometimes those statistics are skewed a wide audience of people.” But even if you don’t think because cases go unreported. you’ll end up being an instrucEven if you don’t think you’ll tor after, at least take the time be directly involved in a sexto go to the class and learn ual assault, wouldn’t you still the basics. It’s two hours out want to know what to say do of your semester, which in the if one of your friends was? grand scheme of things realAt the workshop, the instrucly isn’t that much time. tors discussed what to do “It’s everybody’s issue, if a friend comes to you. and if everybody pays a lit“I believe you. I support tle more attention to it, we you. It’s not your fault.” can create so much good, posIt is important for us to take itive change,” Clark said. the time to learn how to supSierra Lay is a State News port each other, because these staff reporter. Reach her at siercases are all too common. firstname.lastname@example.org. “A lot of people are clue- brandon hankins email@example.com By the numbers 1 in 5 1 in 71 51 percent 52 percent thursday’s poll results Today’s state news poll JUST SO YOU KNOW No 30% None 74% Do you think it is OK for Spartan fans to claim hot female students make MSU better than U-M? Yes 57% One 23% No 43% 0 10 20 30 40 50 PERCENT Total votes: 87 as of 5 p.m. Monday 60 Comments from readers Should the university require students to attend a sexual assault and relationship violence workshop? To vote, visit statenews.com. To share your thoughts on this story or any other stories, visit statenews.com. nn “MSU fans should leave gender out of rivalry” The fact that we have “hot” girls is great and all but I think it was too far to single out one girl from U of M. Any girl on this campus has taken a bad picture, and if one bad picture of you was the face of how ugly your school can be it, would be hard not to be hurt by that. someMSUgirl, Jan. 27 Really though, it is 2014. Feel free to stop playing the “woe is me” feminism card. Many women have rose above that to obtain fame, fortune, and success in any field they went after. If they sat around complaining in an editorial article there where would they be..? CommonSenseMSUGirl, Jan. 27 We want to hear your thoughts. The State News welcomes letters to the editor. All letters must include your year and major, email address and telephone number. Phone numbers will not be published. Letters should be fewer than 500 words and are subject to editing. How to reach us Questions? Contact Opinion Editor Rebecca Ryan at (517) 432-3070. By email firstname.lastname@example.org; By fax (517) 432-3075; By mail Letters to the Editor, The State News, 435 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823 5 | T he Stat e N e ws | t ue sday, ja n uary 2 8 , 2 01 4 staten e ws.com Features Features editor Anya Rath, email@example.com Phone (517) 432-3070 Fax (517) 432-3075 c u lt u r e e n t e r ta i n m e n t A musical journey down the Silk Road By April Jones firstname.lastname@example.org THE STATE NEWS nn Casey Hull/The State News Advertising senior Mike Temrowski, left, also known as Quinn on stage, and packaging senior Jason Naber, perform Friday at Mac’s Bar. Quinn released his new album “Shlup” last summer and has released 17 singles. MSU senior by day, rapper by night “You’ve heard Asher Roth, you’ve heard Macklemore — now it’s Quinn.” By April Jones email@example.com THE STATE NEWS nn The crowd roared into a “Yes” chant when rapper Quinn strolled onto stage at Mac’s Bar on Saturday night. His music, self-described as “sunny day hip-hop, chill, acoustic harmony,” kept the attendees on their feet, vibing with the beat throughout the evening. Quinn, whose real name is Mike Temrowski, is a Grosse Pointe, Mich., native and has been performing music since high school. Despite the area’s reputation for being more of an affluent community, Temrowski, an advertising senior, received encouragement from his family and friends. In the past year, he decided it was time to take his music to the next level. This past summer, the rapper dropped his new album, “Shlup,” and his career has only progressed upward from there. In total, Temrowsk i has released 17 singles, some of which are covers. Aaron Mucciante, advertising junior H i s mo s t r e c e nt s ong, “Home,” is an original song which dropped this past week. “Music just comes to me,” he said. Temrowski said his stage name Quinn, which stands for “Quit, Unless Instincts are Never Neglected,” stems from a class lecture at MSU. Temrowski’s guest professor told the class to do what makes them happy without quitting unless it is completely necessary. Temrowski turned the inspirational phrase into an acronym and made it into his stage name, striving to always follow what makes him happy. Even though Temrowski has performed in various shows and music festivals along the East Coast, Saturday was his first time performing in Lansing’s local Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave. Temrowski said he enjoyed how the venue’s intimate and compact stage put him right up close with the crowd and allowed him to interact with the crowd better. As a member of MSU’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, nearly 50 of his fraternity brothers came out to support his musical dream, chanting and screaming during the 45-minute performance. “You’ve heard Asher Roth, you’ve heard Macklemore — now it’s Quinn,” said advertising junior Aaron Mucciante, one of Temrowski’s fraternity brothers. Mucciante, who has known Temrowski since childhood, said he watched him grow to be an outstanding poetic artist while remaining grounded and true to his family and friends. Temrowski plans to move to New York to pursue his musical career after he graduates this May. His next goal is to sign with a management company. “Everyone is super supportive towards my dream,” Temrowski said. “I couldn’t possibly be here without them.” Classified TO PLACE AN AD … AD ACCEPTANCE All ads are subject to editing, alterations, approval, or rejection by The State News management. LINE ADDITIONS Changes resulting in additional lines will be treated as a new ad and return to the firstday rate. east Lansing Film Festival contest to begin The East Lansing Film Festival is launching its Five Days/Five Minutes film contest this week. The contest, which starts on Jan. 30 and runs through Feb. 4, will give filmmakers a chance to come and write, shoot and edit their own original bridge between (the) east and west, China and the United States,” she said. “I’m trying to make a difference by bringing my own culture here.” She said the group started with only 11 members. A little more than a year later, the team has 40 members and continues to grow. Advertising sophomore Nan Jin was among the 11 people who started the group. When she first arrived at MSU, Jin said she was often stressed out from schoolwork and classes. To relax, she would play the erhu, a two-stringed fiddle. When she heard about the Silk Road Chinese Orchestra, she immediately joined. Other than the erhu and the liuqin, the group’s instruments are composed of the guzheng, a plucked string instrument, the dizi, a bamboo flute and the pipa, an instrument similar to a lute. Unlike the American musical scale, the orchestra reads notes on a number scale from one to seven. Each note, or number, represents a different pitch. These seven pitches and instruments, with the help of the artists in the orchestra, can produce songs that have a Chinese flavor. To celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year this week, the group will be performing from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at Meridian Mall. film, which can run anywhere from five to seven minutes or 120 hours. Participants were required to register last September. The contest will be focused around three central elements that each team will be given at the start of the contest and they can choose the genre. East Lansing Film Festival Director Susan Woods said the films need to be creative, use the central elements properly and follow rules. “It’s their creativity and their ability to use those elements within the creative story, that’s the most important thing,” she said. Woods, an East Lansing City Council member, also said production value, acting, lighting and sound are important factors. The winners of the competition will be awarded with prizes based on how well they fit the criteria. The winning videos from the competition will be screened at the 17th Annual East Lansing Film Festival, which will be held from Oct. 30 to Nov. 6. More online … To see and hear each of the Chinese instruments, go to statenews.com/multimedia. By Erik Sargent 10 IS THE EASIEST DAY — 0 THE MOST CHALLENGING Your campus marketplace! www.statenews.com/classifieds DEADLINES 1-5 DAYS $2.10/line/day 6-9 DAYS $2.00/line/day 10+ DAYS $1.90/line/day Classified liners appear online at no additional charge. Cash, check, credit cards accepted COPY ERRORS The State News is only responsible for the first day’s incorrect insertion. Liability is limited to the cost of the space rendered. arts Danyelle Morrow/The State News General management freshman Jingting Lin tunes her instrument, the guzheng, before a performance by the Silk Road Chinese Orchestra on Sunday in McDonel Hall. Horoscope By Linda C. Black RATES BY TELEPHONE (517) 432-3010 BY FAX (517) 432-3015 IN PERSON 435 E. Grand River Ave. BY E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org ONLINE www.statenews.com/classifieds OFFICE HOURS 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri. As traditional Chinese instruments were plucked, an unexpected song with a distinctly Asian feel blossomed — “Hey Jude” by the The Beatles filled the room as a Chinese orchestra practiced. Silk Road Chinese Orchestra is the first MSU orchestra to use only traditional Chinese instruments. The musicians play an assortment of both Chinese and American songs. Andrea Xu, a psychology senior, founded the organization in 2012. Xu began playing the liuqin as a child in China. 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Sports women’s basketball state n e ws.com | The State N ews | tu esday, ja n ua ry 28 , 2014 | 6 #SNDailynumber 19.9 sports editor Beau Hayhoe, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone (517) 432-3070 Fax (517) 432-3075 men’s basketball Strong Iowa team presents tough game Points per game averaged by Spartan guard Gary Harris during Big Ten play, tops in the conference. Freshman forward Gavin Schilling and sophomore guard Denzel Valentine, 45, fight for the ball with Michigan guard Caris LeVert on Saturday at Breslin Center. Danyelle Morrow/The State News By Zach Smith email@example.com Julia Nagy/The State News Junior center Madison Williams celebrates blocking a Penn State pass on Jan. 19, 2014 at Breslin Center. Williams creates spark for MSU with increased playing time By Omari Sankofa II firstname.lastname@example.org THE STATE NEWS nn After Thursday’s loss to Illinois, the women’s basketball team had no answers for the two-game slump. But on Sunday, Madison Williams emerged as the solution. The junior center blocked a career-high seven shots and grabbed eight rebounds in 19 minutes, spurring a 13-0 firsthalf run to help the Spartans (13-7 overall, 5-2 Big Ten) defeat Ohio State on the road, 82-68. Williams had missed two of the previous three games, but Sunday was a showcase of just how dominant the center can be. Merchant addressed the media on Monday and said Sunday’s game was what Williams needed. “They got out of the gates pretty hard with that dribble drive motion,” Merchant said. “(As) soon as we put her in, she really affected their ability to get to the rim, which is what the offense is about. I was proud of her.” After three ACL tears, Williams has yet to receive consistent playing time in the rotation this year as the coaching staff gets her reacclimated to playing meaningful minutes. Against Ohio State, she was the defensive presence at times the Spartans have lacked in the paint this season. The game also was a huge confidence-booster for the junior center, who played a career-high in minutes, as well “I definitely think she was proud of herself. I notice that she needed one of those games.” Suzy Merchant, head coach as double-digit minutes, for the first time since Jan. 4 against Minnesota. “I definitely think she was proud of herself,” Merchant said. “I notice that she needed one of those games eventually to get herself back and feeling good. I always thought when she did play her minutes, with the exception of 45 seconds to a minute at Michigan, she’s been an impact for us. It was just nice to be able to play her almost half the game.” Merchant said she texted Williams Monday morning to see how she felt. Williams was winded in the second half and did much of her damage in the first. Regardless, her six first-half blocks allowed the Spartans to put the game away early. “She hadn’t practiced in about two weeks, over two weeks,” Merchant said. “You saw some issues in the second half, but it’s because the kid has seriously not practiced in over two weeks. “Just really proud of her. She was patient and aggressive and once she got one or two, she wasn’t over-trying to get the next one. She was just playing within herself. It made a huge difference for us.” THE STATE NEWS nn It doesn’t get any easier from here. Following the No. 7 MSU men’s basketball team’s 80-75 loss to No. 10 Michigan Saturday night, the Spartans travel to Iowa City, Iowa to take on the No. 15 Hawkeyes at 7 p.m. Tuesday night. The Hawkeyes (16-4 overall, 5-2 Big Ten) are one of the deepest teams in the nation, as they’ve had the same starting five in every game, with a total of nine players playing in each of the 20 games so far. “It’s a team that I told you guys the first day we met this year, that I thought they would be the most improved team in the league, and they are,” head coach Tom Izzo said. “Fran (McCaffery is) spartan hockey Robert Bondy email@example.com Contender or not? Contender or pretender? That is the question for MSU hockey. Just 10 days ago, everything seemed to be looking up. The Spartans were coming off the first two Big Ten wins in program history. MSU had posted a 3-1-1 record in the last five games. The team was generating more scoring chanc- Rewarding Student Web Development Jobs The State News is looking to hire willing & eager MSU student developers • Develop websites for college media organizations across the country • Use and learn industry-standard technologies • Applicants must be enrolled full-time during the spring semester and have a basic understanding of HTML & CSS Past developers have landed jobs at: • Microsoft • Yahoo • New York Times • Barracuda Networks • Various start-ups & many more! Send resumes to: firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: February 7th a good coach. They rebound well, they have size, they have some shooters — even though, if there’s a weakness, they haven’t shot the three quite as well.” On the flip side, the Spartans (18-2, 7-1) have had 10 different lineups in 20 games. Sophomore guard Denzel Valentine, freshman forward Gavin Schilling and senior guard Keith Appling are the only three players to see the floor in every game for the Spartans. It hasn’t been a good year for the team that was ranked No. 3 in the land. In the last three weeks, the last three teams sitting at third in the rankings, Ohio State, Wisconsin and MSU, have gone a combined 1-5. “Iowa is one of the most dangerous teams in the conference,” Appling said. “They’re very experienced — they have a lot of guys that have played with each other for a number of years. They came close to beat- es and keeping the puck out of its own net. It looked like MSU had created a case as one of the contenders in the Big Ten. However, one bad period on Friday night makes those 10 days feel like an eternity ago. MSU (8-12-3 overall, 2-42-2 Big Ten) surrendered three third-period goals, two within 51 seconds, on Friday night to then-No. 14 Michigan (12-6-2, 4-2-0), guaranteeing the two-game sweep of the Spartans and leading to uncertainty within the program. The series sweep was the first since November. Following the 5-2 loss on Friday, for the first time all season, head coach Tom Anastos said he felt the team had taken a step back. Even after losses, such as the 2-1 loss to U-M on Thursday, Anastos said the team had continued to improve. That wasn’t the case on Friday. Heading into the much anticipated rivalry series, MSU had been playing its best hockey of the season. Anastos from week-to-week had said the team was much improved from last year and started turning the corner. And the numbers suggested it. Since the last time MSU was swept in a weekend series, the green and white were 5-3-3. Not necessarily an incredible record, but if you dive into the numbers, it proves MSU had shown flashes of greatness. In ing us in the Big Ten Tournament last year. We have to focus and stay together and see what happens.” After his career-high 27 point performance against Michigan, sophomore guard Gary Harris now leads the Big Ten in scoring at 19.9 points per game, and in steals at 3.1 per game, since the start of conference play. He’ll need to bring it if the Spartans want to stay with Iowa, who scores 85.2 points per game and wins by an average of almost 20 points, both the most in the Big Ten. In two games against the Hawkeyes last season, MSU won in close games, 62-59 in the regular season and 59-56 in the Big Ten Tournament. Harris said this is a huge game for Iowa, one that could take the program to another level. “We stole one at their place, we were losing the whole game, didn’t take the lead until the last minute or so,” he said. Iowa is led in scoring by Southfield, Mich. native Roy Devyn Marble, who averages just over 16 points a game, while Aaron White puts up 13.7 points each time out. MSU will be without junior forward Brandon Dawson for the foreseeable future after he broke his hand last week. Senior forward Adreian Payne’s return might be sooner than later, as Izzo said he’s been running more, but still is doubtful to play this week. Izzo said the quick turnaround between this big game and a disappointing loss to Michigan presents an extra challenge for the Spartans to overcome. “Do I worry about getting back up so quickly both physically and mentally? Yeah,” Izzo said. “I have to worry about it. Every call I got this morning from out there, this is the biggest game at Iowa in 10 years.” Erin Hampton/The State News Sophomore forward Mike Ferrantino fights Michigan forward Andrew Copp for the puck Friday at Munn Ice Arena. the games won, MSU outscored its opponents 21 to 5, including a 3-0 win against U-M. In the games lost, MSU was outscored only 10 to 5. And during the 11-game stretch, six were against teams with winning records — four of the games against top-four ranked teams when the game was played. It was evident Sparty had begun to find its stride. But after two humbling losses to the maize and blue, those strides forward have been halted, and questions of MSU being a contender or pretender have risen. The two losses against U-M don’t take away how far MSU has come as of late, but it does create some uncertainty. Anastos said after the game Friday he finds it hard to believe his players wouldn’t have brought their ‘A’ game to the rink against the program’s biggest rival, and I have to side with him. And if that was the best MSU had to offer, then the remaining Big Ten schedule will be a tall order for the Spartans. Only time will tell if this Spartan team is a true contender or simply a pretender. Robert Bondy is a State News hockey reporter. Reach him at email@example.com. statenews.com o ly m p i c s b l o g x games prelude winter olympics For those who couldn’t wait until the 22nd Olympic Winter Games in Sochi begin on Feb. 7, they had the X Games as a preview Jan. 23 - 26. The 2014 Winter Olympics will consist of 15 events scheduled from Feb. 8 - 22, with the opening and closing ceremonies on Feb. 7 and 23. The events include, among others, alpine skiing, crosscountry skiing, a biathlon, ski jumping, snowboarding and speed skating. The X Games also included many variations of skiing and snowboarding. With the Olympics starting only two weeks after the end of the X Games, many athletes who are famous because of the X Games have opted out of them. That list includes 27-yearold Shaun White, who according to the Aspen Daily News has competed in the X Games since he was 13. White realized he would not have the necessary amount of time to train for the Olympics. MAYARA SANCHES