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weekend Baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr. encourages players from third base against Illinois May 5 at McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field. DANYELLE MORROW/ THE STATE NEWS Michigan State University’s independent voice | | East Lansing, Mich. | Thursday, May 16, 2013 Application record broken for third consecutive year Homecoming court announced Baseball heads off to pivotal series with Penn State CAMPUS+CITY, PAGE 3 CAMPUS+CITY, PAGE 3 SPORTS+FEATURES, PAGE 6 FLAMES AT MORRILL HALL One of MSU’s oldest buildings in process of being demolished before smoke, fire seen WESTON BROOKS/THE STATE NEWS Firefighters prepare to put out the fire on Wednesday at Morrill Hall. No explosions were reported, according to observers. “Nobody panicked. They seemed to be fascinated by the fire, but then things escalated quickly. Flames turned into flying ashes, then thick black smoke.” Angel Whitaker, Perry, Mich., resident By Katie Abdilla THE STATE NEWS ■■ A round 7 p.m. Wednesday, the East Lansing Police Department received a call indicating that Morrill Hall was on fi re, Sgt. James Phelps said. Smoke was seen coming from the roof of the building, attracting a large crowd before authorities announced asbestos was leaking from the windows. Police scanner traffic indicated that the fi re most likely started near the roof, resulting in a collapse with no reported injuries. Firefighters began entering the building around 7:45 p.m., breaking open the windows of the top floor. Officials were unable to be reached for comment regarding the cause of the fire or any potential injuries as of press time. Demolition of Morrill Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus, began early last week after the MSU Board of Trustees decided to tear it down in June 2010. See FIRE on page 2 X PHOTO COURTESY OF MSU ARCHIVES To see a video of the fire at Morrill Hall and observer reactions, visit Examining religious differences An archived photo of a student walking past Morrill Hall. The building was used as a women’s-only facility until 1937. ART Upcoming weekend brings 50th year of East Lansing Art Festival By Derek Kim THE STATE NEWS ■■ East Lansing resident Alan Fox helps his daughter, Shoshie Fox-Long, 13, read from the Torah during her and her sister’s bat mitzvah rehearsal May 5 at Kehillat Israel, 2014 Forest Road. —Julia Nagy, SN See A DAY OF WORSHIP on page 5 X Downtown construction will be transformed briefly into colorful exhibits this weekend for the 50th annual East Lansing Art Festival. The family friendly nonprofit event will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Abbot Road, Albert Avenue and M.A.C. Avenue. Spectators can enjoy handcrafted art from artists from across the country, live music, workshops for kids and diverse fl avors from an internationalstyle food court. An information booth located on the corner of M.A.C. Avenue and Albert Avenue will feature the 50-year history of the “The parking lot that runs along Albert between Beggar’s (Banquet) and Pinball Pete’s is all festival programming, which is hands-on activities, teen activities and our food court.” Corinn VanWyck, East Lansing Art Festival coordinator event. Patrons will be able to purchase memorabilia, vintage shirts and posters from vendors at the festival. “My goals are to continue to make sure we are producing the festival effi ciently, using dollars effectively, creating quality programming and continuing to fund everything so we can keep it free,” East Lansing Art Festival Coordinator Corinn VanWyck said. VanWyck said the biggest difference this year will be the relocation of artists from the Albert Avenue parking lot to the streets. She said the adjustment came at the requests of artists who preferred the patron traffic of the streets compared to the parking lot. “The parking lot that runs along Albert between Beggar’s (Banquet) and Pinball Pete’s is all festival programming, See FESTIVAL on page 2 X

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