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MSU Student Bridge Club resurrected The State News will resume publication on July 8. Have a safe Independence Day! CAMPUS+CITY, PAGE 5 CHECK STATENEWS.COM AND @THESNEWS FOR BREAKING NEWS UPDATES A player looks at her hand of cards Sunday at Demonstration Hall during a bridge tournament. | 7/1/2013 | @thesnews Michigan State University’s independent voice JUSTIN WAN/THE STATE NEWS ASMS-Lose? TECHNOLOGY MSU will rid on-campus buildings of analog cable A tale of arrested development. Now the story of a student group that lost everything. And the efforts it will take back together. It’s ASMSU. ke to get it bac By Katie Abdilla THE STATE NEWS ■■ A Sept. 30, 2010 fter months of panic and negotiation, ASMSU, MSU’s undergraduate student government, has come to its final resolution — a decision to move all funds on campus, per the longawaited request of MSU. Sept. 28, 2011 Feb. 26, 2013 THE STATE NEWS ■■ After an audit for the 2009-10 academic year, Maner Costerisan Certified Public Accountants sent a memo to ASMSU, identifying specific financial issues to address. The agency issued another audit the following academic year, sending another memo on Sept. 28, 2011. When representatives gathered for an emergency General Assembly meeting Wednesday night, they all knew what they had to do. After a long-winded, escalating battle with the university, it was time to put it to rest. “I think it’s very clear the way that the university wants us to progress, and the way that we should progress,” said ASMSU Vice President for Student Funding Mike Mozina, addressing other members. “I hope it’s clear to everybody that the writing is on the wall.” After the audit was finished, a memorandum was sent to ASMSU saying there were financial statements missing, including those for its Loan Program and an undisclosed purchase card. “We’re not trying to make ASMSU a department of the university...” Mark Haas, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer After months of attempted negotiation, Haas contacted ASMSU President Evan Martinak, saying all taxes for the summer semester would be collected, but would be withheld from the student government until all funds were moved on-campus. ASMSU missed its deadline, given by Haas, to move all funding into on-campus accounts. More online… To see an interactive time line that chronicles ASMSU’s struggles, visit Evan Martinak was re-elected as ASMSU’s President for the 201314 academic year. See ASMSU on page 2 X STATE NEWS FILE PHOTO After the MSU Board of Trustees listed new resolutions for the issue, ASMSU held an emergency General Assembly meeting, where representatives voted 12-2 to move all funds to an on-campus location. By Tyler Beck Haas sent a memorandum to Martinak, stating that the student government had missed its deadline and that if all funds were not placed on campus by July 1, the end of MSU’s fiscal year, no further student taxes would be collected. STATE NEWS FILE PHOTO June 26, 2013 April 24, 2013 April 23, 2013 The Fourth of July is synonymous with many things: barbecue, family gatherings and fireworks. But during the midst of the holiday’s festivities, it can be easy to forget about safety. In order to avoid any mishaps during this Fourth of July, there are a few things students and residents need to be cautious of. “The biggest problem (on the Fourth of July) is people not April 9, 2013 See CABLE on page 2 X By Anya Rath THE STATE NEWS ■■ ELPD offers fireworks safety tips ■■ After spending $25,500, ASMSU received low attendance numbers for its spring carnival. Longtime B/A Florist owner retires DANYELLE MORROW/THE STATE NEWS THE STATE NEWS April 7, 2013 COMMUNITY Laingsburg, Mich., resident Torrey Arksey, right, looks for fireworks with Bath Township, Mich., resident Pearl Sattler, left, on Saturday at Big Fireworks, 901 N. Larch St., in Lansing. April 5, 2013 It was announced via Twitter that ASMSU had cancelled its upcoming Ne-Yo concert, to be held at Breslin Center. H O L I DAY By Holly Baranowski Technology continues to improve and evolve at an incredibly fast pace, driving changes all across the world — and MSU is no exception. MSU’s Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, or IPF, will be eliminating analog cable on campus starting Aug. 7 and will be more involved with interior design of buildings on campus beginning today. “The entire country moved to digital over the air,” IPF Assistant Director of Telecommunication Systems Anne Phillips said. “We had to respond.” Phillips is referring to the transition from analog broadcasting to digital broadcasting, which is something that has been federally mandated and has been in the process for several years. However, Phillips said the government was not the driving force behind the switch. “We had to move. The change was influenced by the government; however, it was mostly driven by technological advances,” Phillips said. Phillips said campus infrastructures and distribution originally was altered to handle both digital and analog signals and moved from a coaxial backbone to a fiber optic system, making the television distribution on campus more flexible. “We are able to support more channels and have a cleaner signal, as well as add an emergency banner to all channels,” Phillips said. “These changes were easier to implement over digital.” Phillips said Residential and Hospitality Services, or RHS, being courteous to their neighbors,” East Lansing Police Department, or ELPD, Captain Jeff Murphy said. “Fireworks don’t have a place in a crowded residential neighborhood.” According to East Lansing city ordinances, fireworks are only legal to use the day before, the day of and the day after a nationally recognized holiday, Murphy said. When using fireworks, Murphy reminds residents to think about fire dangers and possible injuries, especially when there is alcohol involved. “Even though a lot more fireworks are legal nowadays, they’re still dangerous,” Murphy said. “It’s always better to take them out of the neighborhood and use them in an open field. Then you’re going to guarantee you won’t have a problem.” MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor reminds people to never relight or pick up a firework that has been ignited and to always light fireworks one at a time. After the fireworks See FIREWORKS on page 2 X Thirty-four years ago, Barbara Hollowick dreamed of having a business. “I was going to have a plant store and I had two little, tiny flower coolers,” Hollowick said. “Those flowers are what sold best and it went from there.” Hollowick retired on Saturday from her position as store owner of B/A Florist after decades of serving the East Lansing community’s floral needs. An MSU alumna, Hollowick started B/A Florist as a small store in Okemos in 1979. That store then graduated to a slightly larger, yet still tiny store, Hollowick said. Then in 1984, she found her perfect corner. This location, 1424 E. Grand River Ave, has been home to the flower shop for the past 28 years. Hollowick said despite the fact there was a better economy when she began her business, her corner on Grand River Avenue and Hagadorn Road has always been busy. “It’s been nice to be a part of other peoples’ lives and take part in various events that DANYELLE MORROW/THE STATE NEWS East Lansing resident and owner of B/A Florist Barb Hollowick, right, hugs East Lansing resident Joan Martin Alam, a longtime friend and customer, on Friday at B/A Florist, 1424 E. Grand River Ave. Hollowick, after 34 years, is retiring from running the store, leaving it to her daughter Laurie. have been important to other people,” Hollowick said. “Even just watching the fellas come in and buy a single rose and knowing they were having an important date.” Hollowick said she believes flowers are nature’s most beautiful sign of growth. “They’re wonderful,” Hollowick said. “They send emotions. The flower itself is pretty, but what they say is the most important part. They say different things for different people, but it’s a power- ful message.” After Hollowick’s retirement, her daughter, Laurie Van Ark, who has been the store manager, will take on the ownership of the shop. Van Ark, also an MSU alumna, has worked at the flower store since it opened when she was in high school. She said through the years a “feel-good” environment has been built up by customer interaction. See FLORIST on page 2 X

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