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Previewing the baseball season Getting greener: Students challenge MSU on plan Monster truck rally comes to in Breslin SPORTS, PAGE 7 CAMPUS+CITY, PAGE 3 FEATURES, S, PAGE 10 Weather JUSTIN WAN/ THE STATE NEWS Monster truck driver Mark Hall. Snow High 43° | Low 25° Three-day forecast, Page 2 Michigan State University’s independent voice | | East Lansing, Mich. | Monday, February ary 11, 2013 THE LONG ROAD HOME This is part three in an ongoing series chronicling Branden Dawson’s return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, in his left knee. In hostile territory, Dawson finds his energy, a career high and, stunningly, silence GOVE R N M E NT Legislators dismiss concerns on abortion By Kellie Rowe THE STATE NEWS ■■ Homestate hate “Pay him back!” “Send a message!” “How’s that money they paid you Dawson?” “Punch him! You won’t get suspended!” The taunts came from every corner of the arena. The boos rained down loudest upon Dawson during the opening introductions. Even though his teammate, fellow Indiana-native Gary Harris, also elected not to play for After national controversy erupted on a Michigan bill mandating transvaginal ultrasounds prior to an abortion, Michigan legislators dismissed concerns and clarified the bill would do no such thing. The Michigan Legislature dismissed concerns it would mandate a highly-invasive procedure prior to abortion. Michigan lawmakers introduced a bill this month that would require physicians to give pregnant women an ultrasound at least two hours before an abortion and have the option to see the fetus and hear its heartbeat. The bill garnered national attention because many interpreted language in the bill to mean women would have to undergo a controversial transvaginal ultrasound, an invasive probing procedure. Rep. Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, countered objections to the legislation and said Michigan’s House won’t pass a bill to mandate transvaginal ultrasounds. “While I want to be sure women have access to the best technology available, I have absolutely no interest in forcing a woman to have a transvaginal ultrasound,” Bolger said in a statement. The bill’s author, State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, said the bill doesn’t necessarily call for the invasive procedure but mandates doctors use the most technologically-advanced equipment they have available to perform the ultrasounds. Johnson said it was not his intent to mandate transvaginal ultrasounds, and those who objected to the bill misconstrued its meaning. “They do it in order to bring people up in arms,” he said. “We are looking at updating the language to make it to where people will have no question about this.” The bill would require medical professionals give women See DAWSON on page 2 X See ABORTION on page 2 X PHOTOS BY NATALIE KOLB/THE STATE NEWS Purdue management junior Kaleb Stephens, watches the game intently Saturday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. The Spartans beat the Boilermakers, 78-65. By Josh Mansour THE STATE NEWS ■■ H e stood at the bench with Tom Izzo, and after a brief conversation, headed to the scorer’s table, checking into the game for the fi nal time. “Now entering the game for the Spartans, number 22, Branden Dawson.” The announcer’s call echoed throughout Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind., but it was the following sound that left the greatest impression — a deafening silence. The boos, the chants, the insults were gone. There was nothing left to say. Dawson already had said it all. Spurning his home state school for MSU. A shouting match with Purdue head coach Matt Painter. Allegedly punching a Purdue player. It all led to this moment, and in hostile territory, Dawson produced arguably the best game of his young career. With at least 16 friends and family members in attendance, Dawson scored a career-high Online message boards were filled with messages encouraging Boilermakers to take out Dawson’s ... knee 20 points to help carry the No. 12 MSU men’s basketball team (20-4 overall, 9-2 Big Ten) to a dominant 78-65 victory over Purdue (12-12, 5-6) on Saturday, propelling the Spartans into fi rst-place in the conference. “Our team is a whole lot different when him or (junior center) Adreian (Payne) plays with the amount of energy that they’re capable of because it just allows other guys to play off of them,” junior guard Keith Appling said. “He always has a big game playing here because everybody knows the circumstances and situation he was in. But, at the same time, that’s just that competitor in him. He knows what he’s up against, so he goes out there and plays as hard as he can and, in the end, it always helps us out as a team.” A friendly rivalry It was supposed to be Robbie Hummel’s night. The former Boilermaker addressed the crowd at halftime as his jersey was raised to the rafters, recognizing the accomplishments of the former three-time First-Team All-Big Ten honoree. But as he watched the game unfold, Hummel couldn’t help but be blown away by the speed, athleticism and profi ciency of Dawson less than a year removed from tearing his ACL. “It’s incredible to watch him athletically, just the way he gets off the floor, how explosive he is,” Hummel said. “He could definitely be a very good ACADE M ICS THE STATE NEWS ■■ A new report shows most college students are under high levels of stress. But that might not be a bad thing if students learn to use it to their advantage, experts say. More than half of college students reported above average or tremendous stress levels in the spring 2012 American College Health Association National College Health Assessment undergraduate summary, and 30 percent of students said it had a negative impact on their academic performance. “They’re actually at a really stressful time in life,” said assistant professor of psychology Jason Moser. “(But) because the brain is plastic, there’s always a player and defi nitely play for a living.” Dawson’s recovery is especially meaningful to a man who knows all too well the grueling pain and heartache that comes with a torn ACL. It’s what motivated Hummel to pick up the phone and call Dawson after his injury, reaching out to former Spartan Draymond Green for Dawson’s phone number, hoping to offer words of encouragement as someone who had traveled down that painful road before. For Hummel, Dawson isn’t just a Spartan. He’s the kid he knew since he was 14 years old with a natural talent for basketball. He’s the friend going through something few others can relate to. “I knew what he was going through,” Hummel said. “Being both from north Indiana, I felt More online … For a recap of the game and Izzo’s after-game presser, visit like it was almost something I needed to do. … It’s an injury that it’s hard to understand because it happens when you do something simple, like a jump stop, and your knee just blows out.” The unlikely friendship is one many in West Lafayette don’t understand. Online message boards were fi lled with messages encouraging Boilermakers to take out Dawson’s surgically-repaired knee this past weekend. “I understand Purdue’s disappointment in him not coming here, but he picked Michigan State. I think at Purdue, you want guys that want to come to Purdue,” Hummel said. “I don’t fault him for making that choice. I’ve liked Branden since he was a kid, so I think it’s just something you’ve got to separate.” DIVERSITY Study shows college students deal with high amounts of stress By Darcie Moran Sophomore guard Branden Dawson fights for posession of the ball during the game against Purdue on Saturday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. Dawson was the leading scorer for MSU with a career-high 20 points, helping the Spartans beat the Boilermakers, 78-65. chance to rewire and reboot.” Moser said students’ stress typically develops from a mixture of past experiences as well as genetics, and students who are predisposed to stress might not face issues with it until college. He said the brain actually works harder to complete tasks under pressure. However, if students learn to be more flexible minded and positive, they might be able to avoid the negative impacts of stress. Viewing stress as a motivator to get work done and consciously making an effort to view stressors as typical bumps in the road and not the end of the world can help rewire how the brain handles stress, Moser said. Studio art freshman Sarah Winterbottom said under mountSee STRESS on page 2 X LGBTA community gathers at conference By Christine LaRouere THE STATE NEWS ■■ The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference , also known as MBLGTACC, came to Lansing this past weekend to present more than 2,000 students with resources and workshops for almost all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, related topics. While the conference was a chance for MSU students who identify with the community or are allies to learn more about LGBT lifestyles, researchers at MSU also saw it as a chance to research a more diverse audience. Kristen Renn, a professor of educational administration and coinvestigator of the research project, said the conference provid- More online … To see a video of the conference, visit statenews. com/multimedia. ed a chance to show what the study is about and talk to people who they normally wouldn’t be able to reach. Renn sat at a table for the National Study of LGBTQ Student Success where she hoped to gather information about what makes LGBT students successful in terms of their academic, social, emotional and personal success. She plans to use the information to make recommendations for other colleges to develop programs, support systems and advice for students. “We are doing an online survey and interviews here at the conference,” Renn said. “We are looking for what environmental factors contribute to success and then looking at a person and K ATIE STIEFEL/THE STATE NEWS Intern at the MSU LBGT Resource Center, Zoe Steinfield, middle, looks at jewelry at MBLGTACC on Saturday. what makes them thrive.” Music education sophomore Emily Pelky said the conference provides more information they can incorporate into student discussions at MSU’s West Circle People Respecting Individual- ity, Diversity and Equality, or PRIDE, meetings. “Bringing new material back to PRIDE is really awesome,” Pelky said. “I am excited for See MBLGTACC on page 2 X

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