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Minty fest | 8/12/13 | @thesnews Michigan State University’s independent voice St.Johns, Mich., celebrates tradition, summer fun at Mint Festival campus+city, PAGE 3 That’s all, folks The State News will resume publication on Aug. 23 Justin Wan/The State News Devonta Bacon, basketball player for The Statesmen World Dwarf Games come to close SPORTS+FEATURES, PAGE 6 Great Lakes Folk Festival brings culturally diverse music to E.L. Kelli Jones of Les Bassettes plays violin Friday in downtown East Lansing during the Great Lakes Folk Festival. The weekend event was packed with folk music and dance. Football Defense impresses in 1st jersey scrimmage By Stephen Brooks THE STATE NEWS nn Photos byJustin Wan/The State News By Ariel Ellis THE STATE NEWS nn F Welcome Week edition will kick off fall semester on newsstands near you or many, the thought of folk music creates a perception of melodic vocal riffs, banjos and tambourines — but MSU Museum acting director Lora Helou said folk is so much more than that. Every summer, the Great Lakes Folk Festival aims to acquaint festivalgoers with varied forms of folk music. "Some people think of folk as ... James Taylor, Peter, Paul and Mary sort of singer-songwriter music, and that's kind of one branch of it," Helou said. "But folk music is really about displaying distinctive cultural traditions that are sort of passed down from year to year so … it really gives us this rich sense of people's cultural identity, the cultural practices that they have and the way they're expressed through music and dance." The MSU Museum works year-round to produce the cultured annual event for Lansing area residents, and Helou said their main goal is to produce a wellrounded and diverse festival that everyone can enjoy. Great Lakes Folk Festival aims to educate, serve fans of different folk variations and styles each summer "Every year, the festival has this common thread where we really try and put together a program that represents a diverse array of cultural traditions and expression through music and dance, through food ways, through the handmade goods and those kind Mason, Mich., residents Marla and Tom Warren dance as members of Top Drawer String Band perform onstage Friday in downtown East Lansing during the Great Lakes Folk Festival. The weekend event was packed with folk music and dance. of programs," Helou said. Helou said it's special to have the time-honored cultural music to provide a venue where patrons can expe- rience different traditions that can't normally be found in the area while still offering traditional folk favorites. "We have Cajun music, Celt- ic music and blues and bluegrass that are maybe familiar (or) favorites to some peoSee FOLK on page 2 u To watch a video from the weekend’s Great Lakes Folk Festival, visit Typically, early in preseason ca mp, defenses tend to be ahead of offenses in terms of readiness and preparation before the offense has time to work out the kinks. Such was the case on Saturday at MSU’s first jersey scrimmage, as the defense took home a 28-22 victory using a modified scoring system. The situational scrimmage was closed to both the media and public. In quotes released by the MSU athletics department, Dantonio praised the defensive effort while expressing less satisfaction with the offense. “I thought the defense played well. They applied pressure (on the quarterbacks) and tackled pretty well,” Dantonio said in the release. “Offensively, we did some good things and had some big plays, but you can’t beat yourself. We simply had too many unforced penalties, negative plays and a turnover. Offensively, we’ve got to clean some things up.” Judging simply from statistics, the quarterbacks appeared to have a solid day through the air on Saturday. Senior Andrew Maxwell threw for a team-high 171 yards on 13-of-21 passing including a 19-yard score to sophomore wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. Maxwell’s main challenger this fall, sophomore Connor Cook, went 13-for-18 for 133 yards, redshirt freshman Tyler O’Connor went seven-for-nine for 74 yards and freshman Damion Terry completed four-of-seven passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. On the defensive side, junior defensive end Marcus Rush and junior linebacker Taiwan Jones had standout days. Rush registered six stops including two sacks, while Jones finished with a pair of tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery he took 14 yards to the house. See SCRIMMAGE on page 2 u Summer Looking back on E.L., MSU’s most important stories of summer 2013 By Holly Baranowski THE STATE NEWS nn Among ASMSU nearly losing its funding, an academic building fire and a sexual assault suspect on the loose, summer in East Lansing was nothing short of eventful. With classes soon to start and fall approaching, The State News decided to take a look back on the summer and recap the biggest news events. Sexual assault spree A slew of sexual assaults took place in town during April and May, which have since remained unresolved. The East Lansing Police Department, or ELPD, still is searching for the suspect and have released a composite of the suspect. All three victims were MSU students. The first assault, which took place on Coolidge Road, occurred on April 20 around midnight. The suspect dragged the victim to a secluded area where he physically and sexually assaulted her. Two similar attacks happened soon after, which ELPD believes were made by the same suspect. On April 26, another incident took place where the suspect dragged the victim to a secluded area. He physically assaulted her and attempted to sexually assault her. The last incident took place on May 16 outside of Abbott Pointe Apartments. The suspect again dragged the vic- tim behind a dumpster where he physically and sexually assaulted her. Cannon sentenced On May 8, Eastpointe, Mich., resident Marquez Cannon was sentenced to six to 20 years in prison in Mason’s 30th Circuit Court for one count of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. Cannon was one of the two suspects arrested after Olivia Pryor was found dead in her Hubbard Hall dorm room on March 19, 2012. “The anguish can never be adequately described,” Pryor’s mother, Cynthia Pryor, said in See REVIEW on page 2 u State News File Photo Festival attendees cheer as The Avett Brothers begin their set on the main stage of Common Ground Music Festival on July 13 at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing.

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