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Ticket scalping could be legalized statenews.com | 3/11/14 | @thesnews Michigan State University’s independent voice Bill hopes to decriminalize secondhand ticket sales campus+city, pG. 3 Ham, eggs and victory Chef Kurt Kwiatkowski cuts through a boiled egg Erin Hampton/The State News campus+city, pG. 3 ACADE M ICS University sees jump in worldwide rankings 1:09 By Olivia Dimmer email@example.com THE STATE NEWS nn Tech affair Technology and social media could be isolating us from meaningful connections illustr ation by paige grennan | sn By Michael Kransz firstname.lastname@example.org THE STATE NEWS nn S he tried to quit. She got rid of the temptation. But in the end, it pulled her back. Astrophysics sophomore Jessica Martin said she isn’t addicted to social media, but the desire to constantly check it prompted her to delete her accounts. “It only lasted a couple weeks, but I got rid of Twitter, Instagram and Facebook off my phone,” Martin said. “I was checking up on too many people and I was just like, ‘I need to stop,’ so I got rid of the apps.” Despite her efforts, Martin said the desire to keep in contact with her friends, acquaintances and others overwhelmed her resolve to break away from technology. The world has entered the age of interconnectivity — the possibility of digital communication with any person halfway across the room or across the world. Mobile devices have made it even easier for people to stay up-todate on the latest news. People can share, converse, discuss and receive feedback from friends, acquaintances and strangers without leaving home or looking from the screen. Although the variety of social media platforms provides new methods of social interaction, some argue social websites and mobile devices are stifling human interaction and negatively affecting mental development. A convenient distraction At parties and other social outings, kinesiology senior Richard Szczesny said he often notices students face-inscreen, checking Facebook, tweets and texts, rather than enjoying company. “When you go out to dinner and DEVELOPMENT Park district project faces $8.4 million financing gap By Sara Konkel email@example.com THE STATE NEWS nn Despite an $8.4 million gap in funding for the Park District project, developers and East Lansing city officials are still optimistic the company they entrusted with the redevelopment can recover and move forward. DTN Management Co. was awarded the opportunity to redevelop the 2.8 acre property near the intersection of Grand River and Michigan avenues, made up of six buildings and two parking lots owned by the Downtown Development Authority. The area was formerly designated as part of the failed City Center II project. A project update memo released March 7 to City Manager George Lahanas from Community and Economic Development Administrator Lori Mullins highlighted several concerns the city has for the project, includ- ing questioned financial feasibility. The company apparently is $8.4 million short of the estimated $206 million needed to complete the project at this point. Among other concerns the memo cited were issues such as zoning, legal descriptions and ownership agreements. DTN Management Co. Vice President Colin Cronin said the initial financial discrepancy is in part because the company is “trying to absorb a lot of work that the city would do in a project like this,” including site preparation, streets, roads, sidewalks and some of the public infrastructure. “A lot of those costs make it challenging, and the land itself is very expensive,” Cronin said. “That’s why the financial feasibility has always been the biggest question in our minds.” Throughout the selection process conducted in 2013, DTN See FINANCE on page 2 u all your friends are sitting on their phones, it’s like, ‘Well, why are we even here?’” Szczesny said. “Why don’t we just stay home?” Distraction from seeking company or hitting the books because of social media is an issue for many students, MSU Counseling Center Acting Director Scott Becker said. “Clinically, we have been hearing from more students that they have identified their media usage as problematic, interfering with their academic performance and taking the place of actual, face-to-face social interaction,” Becker said in an email. But Szczesny said he understands why some want constant connection when he returns from vacation and turns his phone on. “When you’re on vacation, and you do put it away for awhile, and you get back and you realize, ‘Oh, man, what did I miss?’” he said. “I think that people get that constant feeling that they’re missing something because they’re not on social media or on the phone.” In an attempt to alleviate issues associated with technology, the Counseling Center is considering “unplugged” initiatives featuring support groups and workshops in the residence halls. An easy escape In class, browsing social media is like playing virtual hooky. It can be a way of escaping the lecture to converse with friends, but some professors take notice. Telecommunication, information studies and media professor Bob LaRose realizes that students in class are using social media when they display what he calls the Facebook stare: an open-mouth smile, bulging eyes and short distance between their face and the computer screen. “Students are social animals; they like to keep up with their circle of friends,” LaRose said. “Some peoSee TECHNOLOGY on page 2 u MSU’s reputation has grown positively throughout the world, according to the World University Reputation Rankings, released March 5. The annual rankings, conducted by Times Higher Education magazine, grouped MSU in with schools ranked 61 to 70. This rank is up from last year’s, when MSU came in between 71 and 80. The magazine doesn’t individually rank schools that fall below the top 50. The University of Michigan ranked higher on the list, but dropped three spots from last year and landed at 15. The rankings this year come from the compilation of 10,536 invitation-only poll responses from a diverse population of academics who reported an average of 18 years working in higher education. “As one of the world’s top universities, we compete with the best in many areas of research and academics,” MSU spokesman Kent Cassella said. “While we are pleased to see MSU’s See RANKING on page 2 u By the numbers MSU’s world ranking compared to other Big Ten universities 15 University of Michigan 23 University of Illinois 28 University of Wisconsin 48 Purdue 51-60 Ohio State 61-70 Michigan State 71-80 Indiana State Source: Times Higher Education magazine World University Reputation Rankings Comeback win could revitalize MSU hockey Freshman forward Mackenzie MacEachern scores on Michigan goaltender Steve Racine halfway through the third period to put the Spartans in the lead on Saturday at Munn Ice Arena. — Danyelle Morrow, SN See the story on page 6 2 | Th e Stat e N e ws | t ues day, m arch 1 1 , 201 4 | statene ws.com News brief Rich Homie Quan to perform in E.L. MSU students can feel some type of way this evening. Rapper Rich Homie Quan will play at the Auditorium Tuesday at 7 p.m. He is known for the song “Type of Way,” which became the celebratory anthem of the football season. Rich Homie Quan joined the team in the locker room after their Rose Bowl victory. He also is known for other songs such as “Get It Back,” “Choices” and “Better Watch What You Sayin’.” Rapper Kid Ink will open the show. Tickets cost $27. SERGIO MARTÍNEZ-BELTRÁN Three arrested in Lansing shooting, two-car chase Three people were arrested for firing gunshots and inciting a car chase Friday in Lansing, according to a Lansing State Journal report. A shooting allegedly occurred at a car wash near Miller and Kaynorth roads. The suspect fled from the scene in a vehicle, and a 911 call was placed about two suspects fleeing in a vehicle heading eastbound on Miller Street. The two-car chase resulted in separate crashes with no injuries. All three male suspects are currently in Lansing jail. Their names have not been released pending arraignment. GEOFF PRESTON Three-day forecast Tuesday Rain High: 43° Low: 25° Wednesday Snow High: 25° Low: 0° Thursday Party Cloudy High: 27° Low: 19° technology Becker said technology contains addictive qualities that can morph a person’s brain structure from page one ple get wrapped up in it for a while and then they move on to the next thing or realize it’s affecting things that are important in their lives and restore self-control.” The appeal of media, psychology professor Linda Jackson said, comes from gratifying basic needs. Jackson said one hypothesis, the Uses and Gratifications Theory, argues that people use media for diversion and entertainment, along with using it to feel good, access information and connect with others. Apart from gratifying basic finance DTN Management Co. Vice President Colin Cronin said the issue stems from the company absorbing additional costs from page one Management Co. Vice President Colin Cronin assured the committee appointed to choose a developer that they were financially stable enough to take on a project of the Park District’s magnitude. At the time, several committee members cited the company’s apparent financial competency as one of the reasons DTN Management Co. was selected over the other candidates. Given the magnitude and complexity of the project, East Lansing Planning, Building and Development Director Tim Dempsey said financing the estimated $206 million project is something that is equally as complicated for developer DTN Management Co. The memo was a formal notation of how the project is going and not necessarily an indicator of future issues, Cronin said. “(This is) part of the usual give and take on a project of this size,” Cronin said. “We have not yet reached a roadblock in the project that cannot be overcome. ... We’re needs, Becker said technology contains addictive qualities that, under heavy use, can morph the brain structure. “The high level of visual stimulation, the randomness of messages and alerts, and the pace and variety of information have been shown in recent studies to have strong addictive elements, including one study that found that brain scans of heavy internet users resembled those of people addicted to substances such as drugs or alcohol,” Becker said in an email. Social, but lonely The contradiction of social media use, Becker said, is that the more students use it, the more often they feel isolated. “Research suggests that we are doing more and more on social media in part because it is not satisfying ... what we actually need is a sense of emotional connection and face-to-face or physical contact,” he said. “Social media tends to elimi- still optimistic, the city is optimistic - there is just more work to be done.” Construction costs are one of the biggest issues pertaining to the financial gap that needs to be evaluated in more detail, Dempsey said. With the amount of work DTN already has put into the project and the commitment they have demonstrated, city officials remain confident that the challenges can be worked through. “There needs to be an understanding that (the project is) complicated and this one is very significant in its potential to impact the community in a positive way,” Dempsey said. “These things take time, and it’s going to be a work in progress.” Journalism senior Coty Kenneth is hopeful that DTN will find a way to fund the project. After four years of looking at the unpleasant vacant area where the Park District project is planning to renovate, she is ready to see a change. “It will add so much to downtown East Lansing, not only more business but something prettier to look at rather than just empty old buildings,” Kenneth said. “Since I came to State, I have been hoping they would renovate it into something useful.” nate the physical and emotional sense that we are cared for and connected to others, in spite of the number of friends we might have on Facebook or the number of followers on Twitter.” Many prominent celebrities have been taking notice of the trend as well. Comedian Louis C.K. once argued against buying his children cellphones because digital communication lacks the emotional feedback necessary for learning empathy. “You know, kids are mean, and it’s (because) they’re trying it out,” he said in an interview with Conan O’Brien last year. “They look at a kid and they go, ‘you’re fat,’ and then they see the kid’s face scrunch up and they go, ‘oh, that doesn’t feel good to make a person do that.’ ... But when they write ‘you’re fat,’ then they just go, ‘mmm, that was fun, I like that.’” Although C.K.‘s theory drew laughs from the audience, it also parallels recent research findings. Becker said a study from the ranking The higher ranking worldwide could assist with the university’s overall reputation at home and abroad from page one improvement in these rankings, it is important to note rankings are only one indication of an institution’s reputation. The success of our graduates and their experiences at MSU are a far better measure of the quality of our programs.” Many factors could have affected the jump in ranking, including increased international involvement, said Peter Briggs, director of the Office for International Students and Scholars. “MSU is among the national leaders in study abroad programs both quantitatively and qualitatively,” Briggs said. “Not to mention cross cultural education. If they (pollsters) see the sheer numbers of our programs, that alone speaks a pretty good story.” Phil Baty, editor for Times Higher Education World Continued Considering consequences The correlation between the overuse of social media and detriments to social and mental health currently is a hypothesis, Becker said. Nonetheless, he said it is a strong possibility that should prompt a consideration of our relationship to technology and to each other. “It appears that we are collectively more anxious, more socially isolated at an emotional level, more stressed and depressed, less cognitively focused, and more self-referential than we were a decade ago, and technology may be playing a significant role in that process,” Becker said. LaRose said the current issue is determining whether issues such as narcissism, loneliness and depression are caused by social media, or whether people with those issues seek social media. Staff writer Meagan Beck contributed to this report. Rankings, said in a statement that although higher education funding has seen cuts, top-ranking U.S. universities still outnumber those from other countries. “When it comes to the planet’s most prestigious universities, the U.S. is the undisputed champion of the world — its dominance is quite extraordinary,” Baty said in the statement. “It is remarkable that the U.S. has strengthened its dominance during a time of austerity, when leading Asian universities have benefited from generous funding and powerful government-backed campaigns.” Although subjective polling might not be the only indication of MSU’s reputation, maintaining a good one affects many areas of the university — including international student applications, partnerships and morale for alumni and donors. “One place the rankings might take effect is with international students,” said Stephanie Motschenbacher, director of marketing and communications for University Advancement. “Rankings are important to them, they look at and want to go to highly-ranked American schools. I don’t think it drives donations, but rankings can be a pride point for donors and alumni.” Interim Dean for International Studies and Programs Steven Hanson said reputations can greatly influence universities from other countries when they look to partner with U.S. universities. “As our rankings go up, we are in a better position to compete and partner with other universities,” Hanson said. “When that happens, it increases opportunity for faculty to collaborate with the best scientists in the world, increases the quality of international students and study here also could elevate opportunities for Michigan students.” University of Michigan reported that Millennial generation college students scored 40 percent lower on measures of empathy than previous generations. Changes in emotional understanding could relate to the increase of digital socializing since 2000, a correlation other studies have indicated, Becker said. “Other research in the social sciences has suggested a link between immersion in social media and trends toward narcissistic attitudes and decreased empathy and compassion for others,” Becker said. “The implication is that media usage may be leading us to feel more disconnected from others and less emotionally concerned for their well-being.” Crossword L.A. 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The Culinary Competition featured nine college and university chefs who were chosen from the NACUFS Midwest Region members. The competing chefs had an hour to prepare a fresh lobster dish. “(The chefs competed) for the chance to represent the Midwest Region at the national NACUFS conference Culinary Challenge in July. The national conference will be hosted in Baltimore,” said Jenna Brown, Communications Manager of MSU Culinary Services. Representing MSU was Chef Emily Swirsky of The Gallery at Snyder and Phillips halls. Though she did not win first place, Swirsky did receive a certificate of participation for the 2014 Culinary Challenge. Last year, Swirsky earned a bronze medal at the conference. MSU Culinary Services showcased Brody Square and South Pointe Case dining halls to the attendees of this year’s event. “MSU Culinary Services strived to showcase as many local and regional foods as possible,” Brown said. “The conference features many important events including the keynote speeches as well as the American Culinary Federation certified Culinary Challenge for college and university chefs, (and) interest sessions that educate college and university food service professionals to better serve students.” ERIN GRAY Erin Hampton/The State News email@example.com THE STATE NEWS nn On Feb. 22, Culinary Services Corporate Chef Kurt Kwiatkowski and The Gallery at Snyder-Phillips Executive Chef Eric Batten arrived in Pontiac at 6 a.m. with only a knife bag and plates. Their luggage, they found, differed from the competitors in that they failed to bring everything but the kitchen sink. After hunting for equipment, the officials handed them a basket containing the required ingredients and allotted the chefs 30 minutes to write up a menu. But the surprises continued. The chefs cooked eight plates of four courses in two and a half hours. They received an American Culinary Federation silver medal and placed first in their cat- THE STATE NEWS nn Spartan Village Apartments are up for redevelopment and is in the MSU Board of Trustees’ hands. MSU announced Monday that SHW Group and Encore Architects would be the architectural firms teaming up for the redevelopment project of Spartan Village. "(The apartments) are nearing the end of their useful life,” Residential and Hospitality Services Communications Manager Kat Cooper said. In October 2013, the Board of Trustees voted on the redevelopment of the current apartments. Cooper said the ultimate decision for the fate of the current Spartan Village buildings would be up to the Board of Trustees, as well as the project as a whole. Engineering News-Record ranked SHW Group as one of the top five firms in the higher education market, according to the university press release. SHW also worked on the renovations of Bailey, Rather, Armstrong and Bryan halls in the Brody Complex Neighborhood. Chris Mackey, a partner at SHW Group, said the firm will be working closely with MSU to make sure its design and structure create a comfortable living space for residents and fits in with the current MSU aesthetic. Mackey said there would be a lot of changes to ensure energy efficiency. “Some (changes would be) better insulation, high-performing insulating windows, higher efficiency heating systems and building materials that do not off-gas,” more of a mad food scientist, egory for their dishes. “We were looking at a big experimenting with different hunk of meat, and we thought ingredients and methods to it was beef and didn’t cut the develop and tweak his cookbag open to look at it, and we ing techniques.. wrote our menu, and then, He experiments with new when Chef Batten cut it open, and old recipes and methods he’s like, ‘Uh oh. Hey, smell on a small scale before this,’” Kwiatkowski reporting his findsaid. “I looked at ings to the dinhim and said, ing halls, where Kurt ‘ T h at ’s not h i s resea rc h beef, t hat ’s is used in Kwiatkowski lamb.’” standard experiments “That was production. our standing O n Monwith different joke for quite day, he tested a while as we a new methcooking were going od of poaching through it,” he eggs that cirmethods said. “Him and I cumvents using a work well togethmachine only a few of the on-campus cafeer, so it was a lot of ham and egg and having fun terias have. and poking at each other and He also experilaughing throughout the two m e n t e d w i t h t h e t i m e hours.” frame required for the desired A t t he M SU c or p or ate egg white and yoke texture. test kitchen, Kwiatkowski is This is important, because whe n t he c a fete r i a s a r e orc he st r at i ng t he p oac hing of 400 eggs at once, it’s crucial that they know how long they have before the eggs are unusable. Kwiatkowski also works to provide students with a food experience that feels like home. To achieve the authenticity and integrity the experience requires, Kwiatkowski relies on both international and domestic students for feedback on the meals he creates. Often he invites international students to test his recreations of their native cuisines and records t heir insights for f ur t her experimenting. “I don’t need to tell them how to write a menu, I’m there to help and assist,” Kwiatkowski said. “I’m there to play with these things, as mundane as it might be, these little details can bring a dish and make it really cool.” N ews b ri e f City Council sets $35K settlement for student A dashboard camera tells the story of the night of Jan. 13, 2013 for Brian Park, who was tackled to the ground by East Lansing police officer Thomas Burtch. Last May, Park filed a lawsuit against the department. At this past Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved a settlement to Park for $35,000 in damages. All settlements totaling more than $20,000 must garner council approval. “I think it was a fair agreement, both sides went back and forth on the amount and decided this was a fair amount,” Councilmember Ruth Beier said. The incident in question occurred at about 1:30 a.m. at the corner of Ann and Bailey streets. Park and his friend, who were both 21 at the time, were arrested for disorderly conduct. The settlement comes on the heels of another East Lansing police lawsuit for an alleged incident following the MSU vs. Notre Dame football game in 2010. The lawsuit claims two officers coerced two students into committing a crime and later arrested them for it. East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy was not available for comment Monday. “My theory is these are isolated incidents and not an underlying values system,” Beier said. “They are trying to do a good job, sometimes they make mistakes. They admitted to it and that’s all you can ask for.” Beier said she was impressed with the transparency of handling the negotiations. “No one on city council even entertained this and as a new councilmember that was really encouraging to see,” she said. GEOFF PRESTON capitol Architecture firms chosen to redevelop Spartan Village firstname.lastname@example.org Two MSU chefs win silver in competition Culinary services corporate chef Kurt Kwiatkowski places eggs into boiling water Monday at the test kitchen in McDonel Hall. He was testing a new method of egg poaching in order to get a runny yoke result. Development By Kary Askew Garcia campus Editor Nolly Dakroury, email@example.com CITY EDITOR Katie Abdilla, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone (517) 432-3070 Fax (517) 432-3075 VICTORY À LA CARTE By Michael Kransz 3 “Some (changes would be) better insulation ... and building materials that do not off-gas.” Chris Mackey, partner at SHW Group he said. There currently are three possible locations for the redevelopment to occur, all on Harrison Road, Cooper said. The options are at the current Spartan Village location, the former MSU Police site or the site where the Cherry Lane and Faculty Bricks Apartments once stood. If the redevelopment were to occur at the current Spartan Village site, residents would be able to remain in their homes and the redevelopment would take place on the 80 acres of land available, Cooper said. There are a lot of decisions still up in the air, but the firms and MSU housing departments have agreed to host focus groups and base their ideas for the redevelopment on student input, she said. In a previous State News report, Residence Education and Housing Services Senior Associate Director Ray Gasser said the cost of renovating the old buildings outweighed the cost of constructing new ones, so the decision was expected. Cooper said MSU hasn’t decided what to do with the current buildings once the construction is finished on the redevelopment. She said they would be no longer used for student residences. bill could legalize ticket scalping By Simon Schuster email@example.com THE STATE NEWS nn L eg i sl at ion r e c e ntly approved by the Michigan Senate aims to formally decriminalize reselling tickets for more than they were purchased for. Scalping tickets is technically illegal in Michigan, but the law is only sparsely enforced. State Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Saginaw, wants to officially decriminalize the practice. Nancy Bareham, Kelly’s legislative director, said the law is outdated. Repealing it would deregulate the market, she said. “The only people being prosecuted for t he law right now are individual ticket sellers,” Bareham said. “Representative Kelly believes that the market can determine the price that sells for tickets. (State government) needs to get out of the way.” Bareham said in other states, where the ticket market was deregulated, prices didn’t increase. But MSU and Wharton Center have signed a letter along with major arenas, music venues and other Michigan universities, urging legislators to not support the bill. The letter claimed supporters of the bill are “protecting the profits of out-ofstate scalpers and companies, not the best interests of Michigan fans.” Pol it ic a l t he or y a nd constitutional democracy senior Jacob Roberts said he believes scalping should be officially decriminalized. “I think it would definitely be better to have it legal because people are doing it anyway,” Roberts said. “It’s an incentive to buy tickets early because you know it’s gonna be high-priced.” David Bertram, MSU’s assistant vice president for state affairs, said selling tickets outside of venues happens freely because the law is not enforced and the university doesn’t consider individual scalpers an issue. Bertram said the law still Chelsea, Cooley Student formally requires third-party ticket resellers to get permission from the venue, and repea l i ng t he law wou ld allow resellers to inflate prices excessively. One major ticket reseller, StubHub, has a contract with MSU athletics to facilitate sale of tickets f rom person-to-person. Bertram said if the bill is approved, StubHub would no longer need MSU’s permission to resell tickets. This also means that price l i m it s t hat MSU en su re s through the contract could no longer be enforced. He said the legislation would allow large ticket brokers to “gobble up” tickets before fans could buy them online, then resell them at exorbitant prices. “The problem with the bill is it’s actually going to disadvantage the general fans both of sporting events at MSU, and also those folks who like to attend theater productions at Wharton Center or concerts at Breslin,” Bertram said. Staff reporter Sierra Lay contributed to this report. Cooley Law School Open House Lansing | Thursday, March 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. Student and area alumni Q&A panel • Informal discussion with campus deans and professors Information about academic programs, scholarships and financial aid • Optional campus tour Go to cooley.edu to register or for other Open House dates and locations. Can’t attend? View a Webinar Schedule a Visit|Tour Attend an Info Session Visit cooley.edu ICG.0214.011.AD 4 | The State N ews | T uesday, M arch 1 1 , 201 4 | state ne ws.com Featured blog Opinion Letter to the editor nn lack of sexual violence prevention programs shows disconnect between administrators and students In recent years, certain actions implemented by the MSU administration have attempted to silence the student voice across campus. With either a negative or non-existent response to other student campaigns, these trends have continued to limit student involvement as well as emphasize the evident disconnect between students and university administration. However, to the dismay of the university, a new type of problematic silence in regard to sexual assault has been brought to public attention. In addition to the public’s attention, the Department of Education Civil Rights Office has also been alerted of Michigan State’s negligent response to the prevalent issue of sexual assault on campus. As a requirement, the university sent out a blast email with the vague subject line “Letter To the MSU Community.” Almost comically, my Michigan State email account labeled this as “junk.” Regardless, attached to this email, and not specifically addressed in the email body, was a document describing a new “collaboration” between the university and the Department of Education, as worded by the university, to measure the university’s effective “heightened awareness of student safety, with special emphasis on sexual violence.” Oppositely and unannounced, this deceptive opportunity to meet with the OCR was a preliminary step in the investigation of MSU. Furthermore, the email attachment exhaustively lists any and all resources available to students as a sort of test preparation for the students attending the “collaborative” meeting. Not surprisingly, I, among various other students who met with the OCR, have been unaware of these resources until the email due to the lack of promotion by MSU. Unfortunately, the only advertised form of sexual violence education known to most students is the SARV program, which is carelessly “enforced” as a “mandatory” program for freshmen. However, this is a problematic statement within itself. In a culture present on our campus that promotes the idea of “don’t get raped” instead of “don’t rape,” sexual assault education should not be limited to only freshmen. This is an issue that prevails not only on campus with MSU students, but off campus in student housing, downtown bars and even campus-sponsored apartments, which focuses predominantly on upperclassmen. With a statistic stating one in four students will be sexually assaulted by the time they graduate, the demand for continuous sexual assault education as well as promotion for on-campus resources should be happily endorsed by the university. Our lack of knowledge concerning the now limited resources provided on campus only further emphasizes disconnect between students and the administration. As a junior, the past three years spent at MSU have only highlighted the inherent problems with disassociating campus policies from the student voice. The exclusionary actions of the administration have degraded the students to an image of walking dollar signs. This image has been exemplified in the university’s cavalier attempt of combatting sexual assault; instead of an honest approach to the issue, Michigan State will choose to defend its reputation of being a respectable university even at the expense of students’ safety. For a university that promotes standing together, our silence has never pushed us farther apart. Children’s books with gay protagonists encouraging “Children’s books and media often have a very similar plot line: The knight slays the dragon, rescues the princess, and marries her. Then they live happily ever after.” Opinion column Family stories left out academic benefits of MSU — Olivia Dimmer, State News staff reporter Read the rest online at statenews.com/blog. editorial cartoonist “ With a statistic stating one in four students will be sexually assaulted by the time they graduate, the demand for continuous sexual assault education as well as promotion for on-campus resources should be happily endorsed by the university.” brandon hankins firstname.lastname@example.org I am a Spartan, true as they come, by blood and by passion. I knew to reply to “Go green!” with “Go white!” before I knew all my colors. When I watched Team USA’s 9-round hockey shootout against Russia in the Olympics, I inexplicably shouted “GO GREEN!” when T.J. Oshie scored the winning goal. I come from a line of Spartans going back to the 30s. My grandpa allegedly knew Mary Mayo and several other people MSU buildings are named after. My parents met here in the 70s and all five of my older siblings are or soon will be MSU graduates. This is where a Jenks belongs. They might not be the most affectionate family all the time, seeing as they went to the Rose Bowl without me (something I will never truly forgive), but I know they’ll support me deep down in whatever I do. Due to a pretty hefty age gap, I rarely visited my siblings when they went here. I didn’t go to an MSU football game until I was in Comments from readers at the end of the night, he reminded me that for the rest of the year, homework comes before going out. The best thing about MSU is that Spartans know the perfect balance between when it’s time to study and when it’s time to party. My family members definitely had their fun, but each of them has become successful. Four are working teachers like my mom and grandpa. My sister followed my dad by studying law, and she is employed by the federal government. My closest brother will graduate this May and is more passionate about earth science than I knew anyone could be. As for me, my story has yet to be written. I follow in the footsteps of eight Spartans who want the best for me. The family tradition of education and law doesn’t really appeal to me, but I trust that MSU will help me and every other student find what they’re meant to do with their lives. Emily Jenks is a State News reporter. Reach her at ejenks@statenews. com. To share your thoughts on this story or any other stories, visit statenews.com. nn “Federal investigation may be linked to 2010 rape allegations involving two basketball players” Wow, four years later. Players play, b ball wins games, University looked good and kept distance from the distaste of a two on one assault. Hope they go back and get all the details from staff on the floor, students that lived there, some that probably didn’t feel comfortable speaking up when they were somehow connected to MSU athletics. Better late than never. Couldn’t be more supportive of the victim for asking for a fair investigation! Finally, but why so long? The athletes and team had four years to play. These guys got an education, MSU b ball had wins and Izzo’s /players kept reputations. At least now maybe MSU will be held accountable for their actions....And after all the issues lately administration better not point fingers elsewhere!! Alum, March 1 Finally, March 1 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 Lauren Gann, Questions? Contact Opinion Editor Rebecca Ryan at (517) 432-3070. Supply chain management junior, Representing MSU Students United, email@example.com By email rebecca.ryan@ statenews.com; By fax (517) 432-3075; In Solidarity: MSU Students United, MSU Women’s Council, MSU Students for Choice students Marie Rose, Cayley Winters, Alicia Geniac, Katilin Powers, Ariel Tausk, Zoe Jackson high school, I didn’t even know East “interesting” roommates everyone Neighborhood existed until I moved seemed to end up with. I’m at the into it and I didn’t know what Rick’s butt end of three generations, so I American Cafe was until I got here. feel like I have a lot to live up to. I was never really exposed to the East Lansing seemed a mysterious place to me, kind of like Atlantis academic aspect of MSU before I but with alcohol. I expected couch came to campus, because who wants to tell their little fires every weeksister about boring classend and two-story reporter es when you could tell beer bongs at every her about the “last true house, which made tailgate” against Notre me a little nervous Da me, whe n e ve r ywhen I started as a one partied from dawn freshman in the fall, until the game started to be honest. at 8 p.m., or the time the MSU has a repfloor caved in at a friend’s utation as a “parparty? t y s c ho ol,” a nd Emily jenks When I came here last although there are firstname.lastname@example.org semester, I realized how definitely opportuniprivileged I am to be able ties aplenty to have fun in East Lansing, I discovered to attend a university with a great here that being a Spartan is so much social aspect and amazing academmore than just sports and house par- ic opportunities -- and that my parties. It wasn’t until I became a stu- ents were able to pay for six college dent that I discovered the academ- educations. On my first night at MSU, my ic opportunities on campus as well. I grew up hearing stories about brother, Ian, introduced me to Welmy family’s antics at MSU involving come Week where I felt truly iniBig Daddy Cab rides, parties and the tiated into MSU’s community. But Just so you know Monday’s results JUSTpoll SO YOU KNOW Do you think the university should do more to inform students about the Department of Education’s investigation of MSU’s compliance with Title IX? None 74% One 23% Yes 68% No 32% By mail Letters to the Editor, The State News, 435 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 PERCENT 70 Total votes: 38 as of 5 p.m. Monday 80 Today’s state news poll How many times do you think Rich Homie Quan will play “Type of Way” at his concert Tuesday night? To vote, visit statenews. com. 5 | Th e Stat e N e ws | t u esday, m arc h 1 1 , 201 4 state ne ws.com Features Features editor Anya Rath, email@example.com Phone (517) 432-3070 Fax (517) 432-3075 o r g a n i z at i o n s Club exposes students to Japanese language, culture By Sergio Martínez-Beltrán firstname.lastname@example.org THE STATE NEWS nn Practice makes perfect and for some students, practice is the only way they can learn and be fluent in a new language. The Japan Club gives MSU students the opportunity to engage in conversations to practice Japanese. Physics junior Austin Mayer has been in the club for one year. Mayer’s interest in the Japanese language started with discovering his interest in Japanese music. A f ter rea lizing that many people in his field of study spea k Japanese, Mayer decided it was time to learn the language. “ I s t a r ted teac hing my sel f Jap anese and I found the Japan club,” Mayer sa id. “ W h e n y ou learn another Austin language you Mayer get to under- Physics stand your own junior culture.” One of the things Mayer found interesting about the Japanese language was the way people express themselves. “In Japanese (it) is better to be indirect; the more indirect you are, the more polite you are in Japanese,” Mayer said. For those needing help with Japanese homework, the Japan Club offers tutoring. Japanese and education senior “ “When you learn another language you get to understand your own culture.” bringing the Allison Tobin studied abroad in Japan in 2012. After that experience, she was invited to be part of the executive board of the club. “Everybody has a lot of similarities. It was a good way to practice my Japanese,” Tobin said. Anyone interested in learning Japanese is free to join the club meetings every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Tobin is in charge of the tutoring program of the club, where she helps Japanese students with their homework and leads the Japanese Conversation Hour. The Japanese club has held many activities throughout the year. These activities include pumpkin carving, movie screening and sports tournaments. Japanese junior Kalila McCoy has been in the club for three years. McCoy became interested in the language the moment she heard someone speaking it. “I like that (Japanese) is very pretty and the culture is really humble and they incorporate that on the language,” McCoy said. The membership for this club is open for everyone who has a real interest in learning the language and exploring the culture. Students who are interested in participating in the activities that are hosted by the Japan Club are not required to know Japanese either. “It is open to everyone,” McCoy said. “Even if you don’t know how to say hi, we will teach you as well.” The Japan Club meets from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. every Thursday at Owen Hall Cafeteria. Aarthi Hari, left, and Priya Adusumilli, dance at a practice for Satrang, an Indian cultural dance show, on Sunday at Communication Arts and Sciences Building. Both students have been practicing Indian dance for more than 10 years. Allison Brooks | The State News philanthropy Students spend spring break performing service around country By April Jones email@example.com THE STATE NEWS nn While some students spent their spring breaks carelessly vacationing in warm weather, others offered helping hands to various communities across the country. 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Srpmgt.com 332.8600. state n e ws.com | The State N ews | tu esday, ma rch 11, 2014 | Sports sports editor Beau Hayhoe, email@example.com Phone (517) 432-3070 Fax (517) 432-3075 women’s basketball spartans Merchant critical of vets in tourney loss FINISH IN LAST AT QUAD MEET By Omari Sankofa II game.” Senior guard and co-captain Klarissa Bell, who had THE STATE NEWS seven points, three assists With the Big Ten Tourna- and six turnovers, said a ment semifinal game against timeout possibly could have Nebraska slipping away in helped the team regain conthe first half, head coach trol during Nebraska’s 32-12 Suzy Merchant made a curi- run. “I think that timeouts ous decision — it would be better if she didn’t call a can be good and they can timeout as the deficit became also be bad,” Bell said. “Who knows, I don’t know. insurmountable. Nebraska, which defeated It probably could have the Spartans 86-58 and led by helped.” Both Bell and fellow 23 at halftime, was relentless. Nebraska’s veterans showed up senior co-captain Annalise ready to play, even with senior Pickrel, who missed all sevforward and reigning Big Ten en of her shots and turned t he ball over Player of the Year Jordan f ou r t i me s, Hooper playing limitexpressed ed minutes because regret of foul trouble. over the Merchant, team’s who said MSU perforplayers made mance excuses during after media timeouts, the wanted to see game. what her uppermsu head coach Pickrel c l a s s me n we r e also looked made of. She wantat t he posied to see her veterans t ive s, p oi nt i ng step up and will the team out the solid performancinto fighting back. Obviously, that didn’t hap- es of junior forward Becpen, and Merchant was criti- ca Mills, redshirt freshcal of the performance of her man guard Aerial Powers and redshirt freshman veterans after the game. “I don’t think our upper- guard Branndais Agee durclassmen vets were anywhere ing the tournament and the to be found,” Merchant said Nebraska game specifically. “They kind of lifted us up after the game. “Quite honestly, that’s what this time is in the second half,” Pickrel about. It isn’t for a freshman said. “Even though we still to come and have good show- sucked, that’s something ings, it’s for your seniors and that’s positive out of it. It’s your juniors who have been like, at this point in the seahere and done it to do their son you can’t be … focusjobs, and we didn’t get that out ing on such negative things of them today. Obviously, (it) because we get that from affected our ability to win the coaches and media — firstname.lastname@example.org nn email@example.com THE STATE NEWS nn MSU gymnastics finished last in a quad meet on Sunday against Texas Women’s University, No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 12 Minnesota, scoring a 194.350. The meet took place at Kitty Magee Arena in Denton, Texas. Oklahoma took first with a score of 198.150, followed by Minnesota with a 196.275 and Texas — who finished 0.425 above the Spartans with a 194.775 overall. Alina Cartwright and Lisa Burt used strong performances to help the Spartans despite the low overall finish in the meet In past meets this season, MSU has struggled to secure victories despite posting high scores and strong individual performances from several Spartans. Although the Spartans placed last in the meet, sophomore Lisa Burt took firstplace all-around, earning a total of 39.225. Teammate junior Alina Cartwright placed second with a score of 39.200. Besides Burt’s and Cartwright’s victories, the team tallied a 49.275 in the event to get a season-high score for the second meet in a row, the previous one coming against Denver. Freshman Elena Lagoski scored the highest for the Spartans with a 9.900, but tied for sixth in the event overall. basketball blog harris among spartans with big ten awards One day after the Big Ten Conference finished off another regular season, the conference announced its list of awards, that included a pair of Spartans. Sophomore Gary Harris was named to the AllBig Ten first team after leading MSU is scoring at 17.5 points a game. He also averaged a team-high 32.9 minutes. He also played in 28 of the Spartans 31 games this season. Also on the Big Ten first team was Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble, Nebraska’s Terran Petteway, Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky and Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, who was the only unanimous decision. ZACH SMITH wrestling msu wrestlers going to ncaa’s Two Spartans — senior heavyweight Mike McClure and junior 184-pounder John Rizqallah — qualified for the NCAA Championships after placing in the Big Ten Tournament. The Spartans finished in last place (12th) in the team standings with 21.5 points. Penn State won the tournament with 140.5 Know Your Spartans After 216 unpredictable games, the 2014 Big Ten regular season officially is closed. Before the 12 teams head to Indianapolis to fight in the Big Ten Tournament, let’s see how well you paid attention to America’s dog-eat-dog conference. —Matt Sheehan, The State News MSU led the Big Ten in which of the following categories: A) 3-point field goal percentage B) Assists per game C) Free throw percentage D) Steals per game 1 “ I don’t think (calling a timeout) would have made a difference.” —suzy merchant, In 19 years at MSU, how many times has head coach Tom Izzo’s team lost at least six Big Ten games? A) 5 B) 7 C) 9 D) 11 2 Betsy Agosta /The State News Head coach Suzy Merchant reacts to the game against Nebraska on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Spartans lost, 86-58. ry, no offense — but whatever. “I think we did a good job of staying together in the second half.” Merchant said at some point, the team has to learn a lesson and play through it. On Saturday night, the Spartans learned a tough lesson indeed. “We had media timeout after media timeout. How many timeouts do you need?” Merchant asked rhetorically after Saturday’s game. “How many timeouts can you call? At that point I just felt like every time they came out, they had a reason for why they weren’t performing, it was the officials or each other or something. “I’m not going to add to that. Sometimes, you need to own up and be accountable and gut things out, and I don’t think (calling a timeout) would have made a difference.” spartan hockey According to ESPN analyst Joe Lunardi’s “Bracketology,” how many Big Ten teams will make the NCAA Tournament? A) 5 B) 6 C) 7 D) 8 3 Which team had the Big Ten’s longest losing streak of eight games? A. Northwestern B. Penn State C. Indiana D. Illinois 4 Michigan was the sole winner of the Big Ten regular season title for the first time since when? A) 2012 B) 1991 C) 1986 D) 1970 5 robert bondy firstname.lastname@example.org statenews.com 3 The number of wins MSU hockey will need in the Big Ten Tournament to take the title and advance to the NCAA tourney. Scoring a whopping 82.6 points per game, which team led the Big Ten in scoring? A) Iowa B) Michigan C) MSU D) Minnesota 6 Hockey shows grit in comeback win Saturday night’s comeback win against No. 13 Michigan is bigger than the rivalry for MSU hockey — it easily could have been a season-saving moment. “I think it could be a game-changer,” head coach Tom Anastos said. MSU saw the fate of its season hanging by a string after 20 minutes of play on Saturday night. The Spartans trailed 3-1 after the first period, scoring their lone goal on a lucky bounce off a U-M defender’s skate. And this was coming after a complete thumping the night before in Ann Arbor, where the Wolverines dismantled the Spartans pieceby-piece en route to a 7-1 loss. The loss was the worst the Spartans had endured all season, and the worst in the rivalry since 1996. Anastos had said the team’s confidence already was fragile entering Saturday’s game because MSU has lacked the ability to score with ease all season. Another embarrass- points. Iowa and Minnesota followed in second and third‚ scoring 134.0 and 114.5 points, respectively. McClure, seeded sixth, placed fourth after losing a tough 3-2 decision against fourth-seeded Iowa junior Bobby Telford, but he was guaranteed a trip to nationals before the match. Wrestlers who place first through ninth in the heavyweight category automatically advanced to nationals. The MSU senior began the match with a takedown, but The Big Ten has two players named on the Top 15 list for the Wooden Award. Who are they? A) Gary Harris and Nik Stauskus B) Terran Petteway and Aaron Craft C) Adreian Payne and Roy Devyn Marble D) Dan Chapman and Keenan Wetzel 7 Danyelle Morrow/The State News Head coach Tom Anastos talks to players during a timeout in the game against Michigan on Saturday at Munn Ice Arena following two Michigan goals in the first period. ing loss would be detrimental to the team’s psyche, let alone one coming at the hands of the hated Wolverines. And after 20 minutes, it seemed like all hope was lost on the banks of the Red Cedar. However, MSU was able to rally to find three goals in the final two periods, reaching its highest goals total for a game since Dec. 1 and storming back for a 4-3 win. Anastos would agree that any win against MSU’s biggest rival is significant, but Saturday’s was huge for a completely different reason. “It can be a game-changer because I think more than anything, we know we’re was eventually topped by Telford. The top match for McClure was his win against eighthseeded Penn State junior Jon Gingrich — whom he pinned in 4:53 in the semifinals. It was his ninth fall of the season. Head coach Tom Minkel told msuspartans.com that McClure was disappointed about not winning the Big Ten championship, but said that he is very proud of McClure and he has a chance to win a national title. Rizqallah automatically qualified this year by placing going into a one-and-done tournament in two weeks that we have to excel at,” Anastos said. “So we’ve demonstrated we can play with the best teams in our league and we also demonstrated that we can come back.” The Spartans now will enter their final two regular season games this weekend against No. 5 Wisconsin. The real test comes the following week in St. Paul, Minn., for the Big Ten Tournament. It’s been known for the past two months that MSU will need three wins in three days at the Big Ten Tournament to continue into the NCAA Tournament. And with the win over U-M on Saturday, MSU now seventh after defeating Indiana sophomore Luke Sheridan in a 4-2 decision. The top seven wrestlers in the 184-pound category qualify to go to the NCAA Championships. Minkel told msuspartans. com that Rizqallah learned a lot from this tournament and fought through the tough parts of the competition. Although only eight 165-pounders automatically go to nationals, senior Bobby Nash still has a chance to be nominated to go to the NCAA Tournament after placing has earned points in Big Ten games against every team except Wisconsin, proving the greenand-white has the ability and the confidence to win on any given day. That’s something that can’t be understated, especially in a winor-go-home situation. Only time will tell, but if MSU somehow pulls together an improbable tournament run in St. Paul, the Spartans can look back at Saturday’s final 40 minutes as the starting point. Robert Bondy is a State News hockey reporter. Reach him at email@example.com ninth. Nash fought and won against ninth-seeded Purdue junior Pat Robinson in a 7-3 decision. Junior 197-pounder Nick McDiarmid also did not automatically qualify for nationals, but placed 10th. The team will wait until Wednesday to find out the remaining 40 wrestlers that will fill the final spots in the NCAA Championships. Each weight class will consist of 33 wrestlers. MAYARA SANCHES Since 1988, six schools have never won the Big Ten Tournament. Which of the following is part of that group? A) Michigan B) Indiana C) Penn State D) All of the above 8 Who is the only MSU walk-on to score in Big Ten play this season? A) Colby Wollenman B) Dan Chapman C) Keenan Wetzel D) Trevor Bohnhoff 9 Which team held its 10 opponents to a Big Ten-low 59.1 points per game? A) MSU B) Ohio State C) Wisconsin D) Illinois Answers: By Mayara Sanches #SNDailynumber 1. B) Assists per game 2. C) 9 3. B) 6 4. D) Illinois 5. C) 1986 6. A) Iowa 7. A) Gary Harris and Nik Stauskus 8. D) All of the above 9. C) Keenan Wetzel 10. B) Ohio State gymnastics 6