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Sophomore catcher Blaise Salter. DANYELLE MORROW/THE STATE NEWS weekend Michigan State University’s independent voice | | East Lansing, Mich. | Friday, April 12, 2013 MSU Baseball looks ahead to games against Indiana From wine to free massages, Girls’ Day Out highlights E.L. “Yes” means “yes” — group examines consent issues SPORTS, PAGE 7 FEATURES, PAGE 6 STATENEWS.COM Spotlight on science MSU’s first science festival — 10 days of experiments, research, learning and technology — begins tonight By Isabella Shaya THE STATE NEWS ■■ F or the next 10 days, visitors to the fi rst MSU Science Festival can expect more than their average field trip. STUDENTS SHOW LITTLE INTEREST DURING ASMSU ELECTION WEEK By Robert Bondy THE STATE NEWS ■■ Visitors will be able to view and participate in more than 150 presentations, ranging from astronomy to human anatomy, taught mostly by MSU faculty and graduate students. The festival begins today and will run until April 21. Events will be held throughout campus and will welcome people of all ages from across the state. Visitors also can take tours of campus, listen to lectures a nd engage i n ha nds- on activities. Hiram Fitzgerald, associate provost for University Outreach and Engagement, said University Outreach and Engagement was the main organizer for the festival with the help of other groups and sponsors. PHOTOS BY ADAM TOOLIN/THE STATE NEWS Today’s features include a Graduate student Keith Button runs on a specialized track while research assistant Jerrod Braman records the data Thursday series of talks, called “Say It at Fee Hall. Button and Braman were testing equipment in preparation for MSU’s upcoming Science Festival, running April In 7,” a series of seven-min- 12-21. ute talks from MSU scientists about their research, with questions from MSU Science Festival main events: the audience. Tomorrow, Sunday and next weekend, TODAY participants can visit the Lansing State “Say It In 7” Journal Expo Tent , located in BenefacA series of seven-minute talks from tors Plaza , between the Old HorticulMSU researchers ture, Natural Science and Student Ser6-9 p.m. vices buildings. Kellogg Center auditorium April 19 is the School Expo ExtravaSATURDAY, APRIL 13 AND 20; ganza Day, dedicated to more than 1,300 SUNDAY, APRIL 14 AND 21 K-12 students from 19 schools. Lansing State Journal Expo Tent During the week, there also will be Multiple hands-on activities for people of all ages events throughout campus. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fitzgerald said many of the events in Benefactors Plaza the tent will be for younger children, and FRIDAY, APRIL 19 the lectures might be more for adults, School Expo Extravaganza Day but there is something for everyone at Events will be held across campus for K-12 students the MSU Science Festival. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m “It is geared towards people who are (ages) 5 to 105,” Fitzgerald said. “(We Graduate student Keith Button gets equipment taped to his SUNDAY, APRIL 21 have) things that are available to all leg by research assistant Jerrod Braman on Thursday at Fee What All Students Need to Know About Science Hall. Button and Braman will present their research on the ages.” Teaches how to prepare students for sciencedifferences between traditional running shoes and minimal, Ruby Ghosh , research associate probased careers and includes a lecture, poetry and fessor in the Department of Physics and or barefoot, running shoes all 10 days of the science festival. music Their demonstration will take place in East Fee Hall, rooms Astronomy, will be giving a talk on oxy3-4:30 p.m. A422 and A423. North Kedzie Hall room 101 See SCIENCE on page 2 X ZOMBIES CAMPUS Trustees to vote on increasing room and board rates 3.9 percent By Samantha Radecki THE STATE NEWS ■■ K ATIE STIEFEL/THE STATE NEWS International relations freshman Evan Wilkins, left, directs environmental geoscience and comparative culture and politics freshman Ian Hoopingarner to where he thinks he sees a zombie on Monday outside of IM Sports-Circle. Spartans Vs. Zombies lasts until 11 p.m. Saturday or when the final mission is completed. THE RUNNING, TAGGING DEAD Human vs. Zombies is in full swing this week with almost 800 students committed to the game of skill, survival and Nerf guns. For more, see page 3. — Katie Stiefel, SN GOVE R N M E NT At today’s Board of Trustees meeting, trustees will discuss and vote upon whether to increase room and board rates by 3.9 percent for the 2013-14 academic year. Bob Patterson, the chief financial officer of Residential and Hospitality Services, said this is the smallest increase in 13 years and is the result of debt the university has accumulated for residence and dining hall renovations. This increase will raise the standard double occupancy silver unlimited meal plan rate to $8,806 — increasing by $330. The on-campus Spartan Village and University Village apartment complexes have no price increases. Trustees Brian Mosallam and Dianne Byrum said they will vote for the increase, and see it as necessary to maintain operational costs and pay “We are just working to make sure that they are a place that a Spartan wants to be.” Kat Cooper, communication manager for the Vice President of Auxiliary Enterprises back debt. “It’s pretty much in line with inflation and less than what it’s been in the past,” Mosallam said. “(MSU is) trying to do the best that they can to keep the costs down … and they’re very concerned about tuition and room and board.” Mosallam had no information about possible tuition increases for the next academic year, he said. See DORMS on page 2 X It’s been a rough week, and even ASMSU can’t deny it. Between low turnout at a $25,500 carnival and the cancelation of the Ne-Yo concert, MSU’s undergraduate student government’s election week — meant to promote the group and engage students — didn’t go as planned. “I think that the week has been a cumulation of a lot of planning and hard work on ASMSU’s end, and it didn’t turn out as we might of hoped or expected,” ASMSU Director of Public Relations Haley Dunnigan said. The student government kicked off their general assembly election voting Sunday morning by hosting a spring carnival with six different rides, but there was a low turnout for the event. The organiSee EVENTS on page 2 X N EWS B RI E F FRIB MIGHT GET $55 MILLION FROM GOVT. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama submitted his Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal allocating increased funds for higher education. The fiscal year runs from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014. In his proposal, $55 million was allotted for MSU’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB, in addition to more than $1.2 billion for various national higher education awards and contests and an increase in Pell Grant funding. Konrad Gelbke, lab director of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, called the budget “great” for FRIB. “We need to start excavating, and I think these funds are sufficient to carry the (project) forward on the time frame,” he said. Authorization to establish the project baseline and proceed on FRIB’s construction will have to be approved by the U.S. Department of Energy, which could be this summer, FRIB Project Manager Thomas Glasmacher said. FRIB is set to be reviewed in June. If civil construction commences this summer, FRIB could be finished in 2019, he said. Last year, FRIB was allocated $22 million from the federal government. Gelbke said it was critical for FRIB to receive at least double that this year to keep on track. Vice President for Governmental Affairs Mark Burnham said MSU is pleased with the budget requests, and MSU feels as if FRIB is remaining a national priority. Also in the proposal, Obama has allotted $1 billion for a Race to the Top-College Affordability and Completion contest and $260 million for a First in the World fund — both of which would promote change and innovation in higher education. If Obama’s budget is approved by Congress, Pell Grants would be available for more than 9 million students. BY SAMANTHA RADECKI

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