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No Game Spartans land heart-stopping victory over Ohio State in first Big Ten home game By Zach Smith THE STATE NEWS

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very kid dreams about hitting the game-winning shot to win a big game, but for Keith Appling, his dream has become a reality. The senior guard’s threepointer w it h MSU 72 under 30 secOSU 68 onds left in overtime gave the No. 5 MSU men’s basketball a 72-68 overtime win against No. 3 Ohio State Tuesday night, and senior forward Adreian Payne helped propel the victory with a gritty performance. The Spartans started the game without the ser vices of Payne and junior guard Travis Trice, but two quick three-pointers from sophomore guard Denzel Valentine and senior guard Keith Appling gave the Spartans an early lead. Payne finally got on the floor nearly seven minutes into the game. The Buckeyes went on a 7-0 run midway throw the half that included a botched dunk

from Valentine followed by an MSU turnover. Despite his injury, Payne played a key role in the game near the end of the half, scoring four straight points to push the MSU lead to four. Pay ne shot 7-of-10 after starting the game 0-of-4 and finished with 18 points and six rebounds. Redshirt freshman forward Kenny Kaminski would cap off the 7-0 run with his second three-pointer of the game and gave the Spartans a 28-21 lead at the half. Harris scored the first points coming out of the locker room, a three-pointer assisted by Appling. He continued with his second straight basket almost two minutes later.

Payne shot 7-of-10 after he started the game 0-of-4 and finished with 18 points and six rebounds MSU pushed the lead to ten after Appling assisted on a three-pointer by Valentine and Valentine returned the favor on the next trip down the floor when he found Appling on the fast break for a layup. The Spartans really start-

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Senior center Adreian Payne dunks the ball over Ohio State players Tuesday at Breslin Center. The Spartans defeated the Buckeyes in overtime, 72-68.

ed rolling when two massive Payne dunks sandwiched a transition three-pointer. Not even the introduction of the Rose Bowl-winning football team at halftime matched t he pure energ y f low i ng through Breslin Center after that series. Sam Thompson scored nine straight points, and MSU didn’t score over a three minute span late in the game. The Buckeyes went on a 16-2 run to cut it to

a one possession game. Things got crazy from there on out. A scramble for the ball under the Spartan basket led to an Ohio State timeout. Craft sliced through the Spartan defense to tie the game with under a minute to play. A f ter MSU ’s 16t h t ur nover Shannon Scott streaked down the floor to lay it in for the win, but he was off on the shot and the game went to

overtime. Thompson hit two of his three free throws after he was fouled from behind the arch. He made two to give the Buckeyes their first lead since it was 19-17. Freshman forward Kenny Kaminski hit a threepointer, followed by another from Payne to give MSU a lead in overtime. See B-BALL on page 2 u

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A number of factors went into the decision to postpone university operations Monday, most of which revolved around concerns for student and staff safety, university officials said Tuesday. In addition to allotting more time to clear roads, Acting Provost June Youatt said the decision was made to allow for an easier transition back to a fully-functional campus. “The 5 p.m. time allowed for normal shift starts for physical plant, police, residential and hospitality services, power plant, university operators and other core backbone operations that have been operating with skeleton crews,” Youatt said. Originally, the university was set to resume operations at noon on Tuesday, but a call was made that morning to postpone opening until 5 p.m. The call was made abruptly because of the ongoing weather situation. “Administration is doing what they constantly do in weather situations like this — reassessing the conditions,” university spokesman Jason Cody said. “The decision (was) made to postpone operations until 5 p.m due to wind chill temperatures remaining as low as they were for longer than they were forecasted to.” Although most operations on campus were set to resume at 5 p.m., some operations still were not functioning at normal capacity. Certain services, such as the MSU Federal Credit Union and the MSU Dairy store, stayed closed all day Tuesday, said Tami Kuhn, the interim director of the MSU Union. The Spartan Spirit Shop, Biggby Coffee and Sparty’s also closed earlier than normal. The MSU Union stayed open until its normal closing time, 2 a.m. In addition to the MSU Union services affected by the inclement weather, sporting events on campus had to make special arrangeSee CANCELED on page 2 u

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Izzone members brave cold weather to line up for OSU game By Mayara Sanches

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In late December, the city of East Lansing was hit with a devastating ice storm that caused severe backlash across the entire Lansing area. Large swaths of people spent a significant time without power and had to deal with various hazards from the ice, such as downed power lines and trees. On Monday night, the East Lansing City Council met with various community members who were involved in the management of the ice storm and discussed the actions they took. “The ice storm caused widespread power outages over the city of East Lansing,” East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas said. “Those power outages, in addition to the cold temperatures, created a situation where city leadership immediately decided to take out and act our emergency operations plan.” According to Lahanas, the

“City leadership immediately decided to take out and act our emergency operations plan.” George Lahanas, East Lansing City Manager

plan included measures such as daily phone conferences and door-to-door welfare checks, as well as typical fire and emergency response services. The Red Cross also helped residents by setting up warming shelters in the city’s community centers. Randy Talifarro, fire chief for both Lansing and East Lansing, talked about how fire crews were able to respond to all the requests from people who were without power or had hazards. “We did not have any fires or medical responses that went unattended,” Talifarro said. “The immediate needs and the

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Te mp e r at u r e s b e low zero, a windchill below 20 degrees and being on crutches couldn’t stop secondary education sophomore Tim Stark from lining up for Tuesday night’s basketball game. “I can’t miss the basketball game,” said Stark, who had knee surgery during winter break. “The line isn’t that bad right now, I would usually get here two hours before.”

Breslin Center and MSUPD pushed back allowed lineup time for the basketball game to 6 p.m. The Breslin Center and the MSU Police Department pushed back the allowed line-up time for the MSU vs. OSU basketball game on Tuesday to 6 p.m. The decision was made due to t he da ngerou s

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No-preference sophomore David Berkompas waits for the men's basketball game against Ohio State University on Tuesday at Breslin Center.

weather, Director for Future Alumni Dan DiMaggio said. “We realized temperatures weren’t where they were supposed to be and we (had not)

wanted to take chances of anyone getting injured because of the cold,” DiMaggio said. Doors opened earlier to prevent people from having cam-

pouts outside, said marketing senior Matt Martin, who works at Breslin Center. See IZZONE on page 2 u

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Cold did not deter dedicated fans from waiting outside to get good seats

Meijer pharmacy now open 24/7 Meijer’s East Lansing location now offers aroundthe-clock pharmacy service, as of Sunday. The Meijer store, located at 1350 W. Lake Lansing Road, received an increase in open hours due to the need in the area, according to a statement from Meijer. It’s the second Meijer store in Michigan to implement fulltime pharmacy services. “Our customers now have the comfort and assurance that no matter when they need assistance, we’re here for them and ready to help,� Meijer Drug Store vice president Nat Love said in the statement. The pharmacy’s proximity to urgent care centers and local hospitals was considered in the decision-making process. Katie Abdilla Health and environment blog With recent temperatures and wind chills dipping below zero and the stresses of a new semester underway, now’s the time to consider a flu shot. We all know about flu season. Half of the student population came down with the flu at least once during the school year. Celeste Bott

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Cognitive neuroscience sophomore Josh Wilber protects his face from the cold Tuesday on Farm Lane. Classes were canceled before 5 p.m.


Students don’t think the second snow day will affect classes much from page one

ments as well. MSU police offered a free shuttle service from a variety of places on campus to Breslin Center for basketball fans attending the game against Ohio State. Universit y spokesman Kent Cassella told The State News although athletic director Mark Hollis is among other administrators in charge of making the decision to cancel classes, Hollis prioritized the well-being of students over MSU’s 9 p.m. basketball game against Ohio State. Students were not allowed to line up for the game until 6:30 p.m, according to an email sent out by the Association of Future Alumni, although the time was changed to 6 p.m. on site. In addition to this change, the raffle for students to win lower bowl Izzone seats was canceled. Kevin Pauga, the director of basketball operations, said he first learned about the class delay via email on Tuesday morning and did not consider the game the primary factor in the decision. Tip-off at Breslin Center was met with the arctic air that has afflicted East Lansing the last few days. According to National Weather Service in Grand Rapids meteorologist Brian Meade, game time temperatures were supposed to be 18 degrees below zero, later warming up slightly to 10 degrees below zero. Meade said he doesn’t expect the wind chill to be

above zero until sometime this afternoon. “When the wind calms down a little bit (the temperature) will get a little bit better,� he said. “But it will still be very cold.� With the forecast in mind, some professors chose to cancel night classes. Assistant professor Maral Zakharia opted to cancel her CAS 111 class slated for 6:30 p.m. because of her concerns with the dropping temperature endangering students on their way home from the class. Even with the lost day, Zakharia does not think it will affect the amount of material covered in class. “My cancellation will not have a negative impact because we can manage to cover what we were planning on doing today during the course of the semester,� Zakharia said. But some students, including economics freshman David Wehrly, were saved by the bell. Wehrly said he planned on attending his class at 12:40 p.m. until the university postponed operations until 5. “The only class I would have had to attend is an undergraduate studies class, and it sounds really interesting, so I was actually looking forward to going,� Wehrly said. “But hey, I’m not one to complain about another day off.� Luckily for some students who had their travel plans canceled by freezing temperatures, winds and snow, classes did not resume until later on Tuesday. Heavy snow made driving to campus difficult for outof-towners, and several flights into Lansing were canceled.


Police were inside the Breslin to make sure students came in from the cold, but they declined to comment. D i M a g g io s a id t he y patrolled the area during the day to make sure students did not line up. But they couldn’t keep a line from forming around 6:30 p.m. “I wasn’t dressed for a line, I’m wearing shorts, but it’s going to be hot inside the Izzone and it was only a five minute walk from the car,� said no preference sophomore Dav id Berkompas. Supply Chain Management junior Mackenzie Doane also said the crowd was not bad outside and knew there would be a line. “We wanted to get here

Continued “I wasn’t dressed for a line, I’m wearing shorts, but it’s going to be hot inside the Izzone and it was only a five-minute walk.� David Berkompas, no-preference sophomore

at 6:30 if not earlier,� Doane said. “We’d stay in a bundle and huddle up if we could’ve been here before.� Doane said he and his friends would have lined up five or six hours before a big game, and if it was warmer “it would be a whole day thing.� And students weren’t the only ones braving the cold to attend the basketball game. Paul LaPerriere and his wife Boots LaPerriere have had MSU basketball and football season tickets for 40 years and said they weren’t going to miss the game. “We came earlier because we didn’t know how bad the roads were,� Boots LaPerriere said. “We go to every game.� Paul LaPerriere graduated



Lahanas: Virtually all debris cleared from streets for acceptable travel from page one

emergency needs of our citizens were attended too.� Along with the work from the fire department, East Lansing police also were out on the streets doing their part to help manage the situation. “Beginning on the night of Dec. 23rd, we began checking areas within the city to see who had power and who did not,� East Lansing Police Chief Juli Liebler said. “I can report every night there were at least one or two crews working in our community.� According to Lahanas, virtually all debris was cleared from streets and regular operations of salting and plowing occurred as needed to maintain acceptable travel conditions.



Lack of rebounding game on MSU’s side blew 17-point lead from page one

The Buckeyes fought back until Appling sealed the deal with his clutch three. Appling was the high scorer with 20 points followed closely by Payne with 18 points and Harris with 13. Thompson led the Buck-

from MSU, and both settled down in East Lansing when he graduated, moving from the Upper Peninsula. The couple was in Indianapolis when the Spartan football team beat Ohio State and made the cross-country trip to Pasadena to watch them win the Rose Bowl. “We are very spirited!� Boots LaPerriere said. Some students, like pre-med sophomore Nicholle Rashleigh, felt that not having a line helped prevent the hectic rush into the Izzone. “ I ’m g l ad you we r e n’t allowed to wait,� Rashleigh said. “Usually a ton of people line up then run to get the best seats once they open the gates.�

eyes with 18. Before the game, Izzo said turnovers would be key, and the Spartans took care of the ball and won the turnover battle, 21-17. What was more disturbing to MSU was the lack of any rebounding game. The Buckeyes won the battle on the boards 42-28, including 15 on the offensive side. T he Spar tans return to action Saturday, when they host Minnesota at 2:15 p.m. at the Breslin Center.

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Ice covers power lines Dec. 22, 2013, on Division Street. The ice storm left many fallen branches and downed power lines.

New course for greek life focus on enhancing student leadership By Olivia Dimmer THE STATE NEWS nn

A new greek-specific course meant to enhance leadership skills will be open to students who are members of greek life this spring. EAD 315 Section 009 is a three-credit course that would allow students involved in greek life to learn about different leadership techniques. William Arnold, an assistant professor of education, said the course was developed to fit a niche within the greek community after it was requested by multiple students. “The class aligns with their values,” Arnold said. “They are more focused on leadership development and aligns with what they are trying to accomplish…It’s a chance to look at leadership in study and theory in addition to what they are experiencing in their chapter.” The class will accept up to 25 students. According to MSU’s scheduling database, 10 slots for the course are filled. Toubee Yang, president of the Student Affairs Graduate Association and Greek Council Advisor, will teach the class. The

material covered in class mostly will be based off of a textbook about practices of exemplary leaders. “(This class is designed) to enhance the leadership skills students already possess and present them with new concepts and ideas they’ve not been exposed to,” Yang said. “It will show students how to use their greek experience to make a difference as a greek leader on campus.” Both Arnold and Yang said they are not aware of other official courses that address greek life students specifically at MSU. Panhellenic Council President Alyssa Fritz said she believes the class will offer an invaluable learning experience as well as an opportunity for members of different fraternities and sororities to bounce ideas off each other. “Having leadership skills not only makes the member stronger, but the chapter stronger as well, even if they aren’t an executive,” Fritz said. “The opportunity for members from different houses to collaborate is great. I think it will strengthen camaraderie between the greek community as a whole.”


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bwl discusses ice storm, new procedures After an ice storm left 34,800 Lansing area residents in the dark throughout a 10-day period

in December, many were left with questions about how Board Water and Light, or BWL, handled the process of restoring power. BWL addressed the concerns in Tuesday’s board meeting, which lasted several hours. BWL outlined changes to their operational policy in response to the storm, including tripling the number

of line crews in an emergency, hiring additional line workers, an online outage map and the creation of a crisis communication plan. On Tuesday night, the East Lansing City Council addressed their own plan for management if a storm of that magnitude ever hits the Lansing area again. East Lansing Police Chief

Juli Liebler said during the meeting that she noticed crews throughout the storm. “Beginning on the night of Dec. 23, we began checking areas within the city to see who had power and who did not,” she said. “I can report every night there were at least one or two crews working in our community.” GEOFF PRESTON

Experts discuss risk of cold temperatures on student health By Michael Kransz THE STATE NEWS nn

As historic sub-zero wind chills have East Lansing residents shivering, experts have their own advice to help students navigate the deep freeze. National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Horvitz said

although every winter might bring a wind chill warning, this week’s storm is distinct because of its frigid magnitude. “This event is quite intense compared to those seen in the last several years — parts of (Eastern U.S.) will face the worst chill in 20 years,” Horvitz said. “The intensity of this is what we need everyone to take seriously.”

Horvitz said extreme cold requires caution and preparedness from people of all ages. “When we put out these warnings we are (concerned with) the general population,” he said. There are two main risks introduced by exposure to extreme cold to be aware of, risks responsible for about 1,300 deaths a year, a Centers for Disease Control and



Prevention representative said. Overexposure can cause the body to lose more heat than it can generate, potentially inducing hypothermia and frostbite, said Rebecca Noe, an epidemiologist at CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. Symptoms of hypothermia include disorientation, shivering, confusion, drowsiness and

exhaustion, Noe said. Frostbite affects susceptible areas of skin, typically fingers, toes, ear lobes and the tip of the nose, and it is characterized by loss of feeling and a pale appearance. Noe recommended a buddy system when traveling or participating in activities outside, as hypothermia symptoms are easier detected by others.

Advertising freshman Cara Jaeger said she maintains positive thinking in the cold, which at times can cause her face to break out in hives. “When everyone said it was really cold I just pretended like they were lying,” Jaeger said. “I just keep thinking: ‘I’ll be home soon, just keep walking, I’ll be there eventually.’”



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s most of us kept an eye on university weather calls the last few days, waited to find out when we would need to brave the cold and officially make our first treks across campus for spring classes, administration successfully juggled the interests of multiple parties affected by the closures — including keeping basketball fans happy. MSU administrators cited safety as their primary concern when determining cancellations.

On Tuesday, a university spokesperson Kent Cassella said Athletics Director Mark Hollis was among other senior university leaders who were involved in the decision to cancel class. The safety of students, including those traveling to campus for the basketball game, at first led officials to cancel classes until noon. By Tuesday morning, when it became clear weather conditions would still be dangerous well into the afternoon, MSU made a second announcement delaying classes until 5 p.m. While they were enjoying another delay in our return to the reality of classes and homework, basketball fans also could let out a sigh of relief. We are glad administrators came to their senses, even if it was a little late. Their decision still gave fans the chance to see the No. 5 Spartans face off against the No. 3 Buckeyes at 9 p.m., but prevented a majority of students and faculty from traveling in dangerous weather conditions, including wind chill values as low as 16 degrees below zero and wind speeds

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erhouses would not have been as meaningful. It’s also worth noting the game had a primetime 9 p.m. slot on ESPN, something all three parties — the university, the network and the fans — surely valued, as do we. Students at a school like MSU are right to question decisions that seem to put athletics before academics. But even non-sports enthusiasts should acknowledge that last night’s game was an important chance for our university to shine on the national stage. MSU Athletics also did its part to prevent students from freezing by not letting fans line up outside Breslin Center before the game or camp out to win the lottery for lower bowl Izzone seats. Although lower bowl admission wasn’t an option for students who had season tickets in the upper bowl, at least they got the chance to see the game and had one more day off from school. Editor’s note: Staff representative Matt Sheehan did not contribute to this editorial because he reports on men’s basketball.

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of about 18 miles per hour. It wasn’t safe to be outside long enough to make the walk across campus in such icy conditions, and some students might not have gone to class regardless of the official cancellation. But basketball fans in East Lansing and across the country would have been disappointed if a cold day meant they would miss the chance to see such a pivotal game. MSU was able to keep a majority of us off campus during the dangerous weather conditions, but it did so in a way that also let fans see what could be one of the best conference games MSU will play at home all year. If classes had been delayed for the entire day, there’s a chance the rescheduled game time wouldn’t have come at a time when both Ohio State and MSU are ranked this high — the first time the teams have ever played each other while both seeded in the top five. In the event either MSU or Ohio State were not ranked in the top five when the rescheduled game took place, the matchup between the Big Ten pow-

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hank you. It’s obvious that Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State football program have a lot to be proud of these last few days. Following MSU’s magical Rose Bowl victory, the media has been saturated with article upon article highlighting MSU’s success on the field and praising Coach Dantonio’s steady guidance of the Spartans through these improbable and awe-inspiring victories. While this admiration for the players and coaches is rightfully deserved, I would like to take this time to thank another group of people who helped make MSU’s California dream become a reality: the fans at the game. — Alex Dardas, International relations and journalism junior

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The semester already is underway, although it’s inevitable that students will spend hours hitting the books throughout the next few months, there always is time for fun. Here are some of the events happening across campus during the upcoming semester.

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Incredible Boris - Hypnotist 8:30 p.m., Jan. 10, International Center As his title implies, Incredible Boris brings his audience a mixture of hypnosis and improvisational comedy. Admission is free for MSU students with a student ID, plus one guest. Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes 7:30 p.m., Jan. 16, Wharton Center Comedian Mike Birbiglia will take the stage at the Wharton Center to bring his own collection of cringeworthy stories. Tickets are $25 for MSU students and $38 for the public. Juicy J 7 p.m., Jan. 18, MSU Auditorium Peezy Promotions, MSU RHA and Alpha Phi Alpha present rapper Juicy J on MSU’s campus. Tickets are on sale now and are $30 for the public and $25 for students, with a limit of three per ID. Pops Series: Lights, Camera ... The Oscars! 8 p.m., Feb. 14. Wharton Center (Cobbs Great Hall) Spend Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart by basking in the glamor of the Oscars and listening to music originally played in Academy Awardwinning films. Songs will be performed by Lansing Symphony with the help of guest vocalists, and a Valentine’s Day dessert and wine reception will be offered afterward. Admission prices vary by seat and differ in price for MSU students and the public. Trisha Yearwood 7:30 p.m., Feb. 27, Wharton Center Country music star Trisha Yearwood will be performing in concert at the Wharton Center. She’s especially known for her 20 Top 10 hit songs, such as “She’s in Love With the Boy.” Ticket prices vary by seating and are on sale for $57, $47 and $27. Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned 7:30 p.m., April 2, Wharton Center Tyler Perry’s new stage play will be performed at the Wharton Center, telling the story of a successful businesswoman and her adventures in love. Tickets for the production are on sale for $42.50. Casey Holland

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Business collects more than 1,000 pairs of socks for shelter By April Jones THE STATE NEWS nn

More than 1,000 Lansing residents now can count on one steady factor in this frigid weather — socks on their feet. Through the Socks for Lansing program, more than 1,000 pairs of socks were donated to the City Rescue Mission of Lansing, the largest shelter in the area. The Socks for Lansing program was initiated by Sarah Garner, who wanted to find out what the residents of the City Rescue Mission of Lansing needed the most. The answer was warm feet. Garner then pitched the idea to her boss at Rizzi Designs, Rochelle Rizzi, and the concept behind Socks for Lansing was born. Rizzi Designs also reached out to MSU’s Impact 89FM to help promote the issue and

the sock collection drive. “Not only does it raise socks, but it (raises) awareness,” Garner said. The project goal was to collect between 500 and 1,000 socks. However, Socks for Lansing surpassed the goal with a collection of more than 1,000 socks. “It was a great success in gaining traction for (City Rescue Mission) to have someone else talking about (City Rescue Mission’s) needs,” Rizzi said. In early December, Rizzi said she packed her van to the top with donated socks and dropped them off at the City Rescue Mission. Because of the donations, the shelter now has a surplus of socks to get through the winter months, said Tiffany Wilkinson, director of women’s and children’s ministry at the City Rescue Mission. When the socks were delivered, City Rescue Mission’s staff began sorting the socks

into categories for men, women and children. Wilkinson said the shelter even had Gov. Rick Snyder sort some of the socks when he came in to volunteer in December. “I really do appreciate the effort they put together and the generosity of the community who participated,” Wilkinson said. Rizzi said Rizzi Designs is striving to continue to collect socks in the future. “It’s just an amazing feat,” Rizzi said. “No pun intended.”

An MSU student’s prizewinning map is serving not only as a vibrantly colorful representation of the Lansing area, but as a massive advertisement for businesses that call the Master area home. Early last month, political theory and constitutional democracy sophomore Charlotte Master took home the $10,000 grand prize in the final part of the Hatching competition, where her business, What’s Mapnin’, was pit against five other businesses run by young entrepreneurs. The main purpose of the What’s Mapnin’ caricature map, designed by Lansing artist Dennis Preston, is to show off East Lansing and Lansing and advertise both areas’ businesses. Master’s map presents a visual representation of each business in the East Lansing and Lansing area. Every business pays to be a part of one advertisement that encompasses all of them. The different rates make it possible for a variety of businesses, large or small, to participate. “I wanted to show people what was going on in the city,” Master said. “I think people really like what’s in their college town, and this gives businesses a chance to advertise.” The Hatching is an ideapitch competition with a goal of getting new ideas into the market. People can sub-

mit ideas on the official Hatching website. At the end of each month, the top five present their ideas at Beggar’s Banquet in East Lansing. “The main goal of the Hatching is to turn a new idea into a new company,” Hatching co-founder Jeff Smith said. Master was the winner of the November Hatching competition, which earned her a spot in the Dec. 12 finals. Finalists of the Hatching competitions held every month were entered into the final Hatching competition. The final competition took place during the annual LAUNCHED event, which is held to acknowledge and celebrate Lansing entrepreneurs. Each young entrepreneur went on stage with three minutes to pitch their business to the audience. “We had no idea who the judges were,” Master said. Master said it turned out to be an open vote among the audience members, who all were attendees of the public LAUNCHED event. Although this could have been unnerving to some people, Master said she thought this was an exciting twist. “It’s nice to know that all these people think my business is good,” she said. “It’s nice to have that validation.” The prize included a membership with the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. The $10,000 Master earned in the competition will go toward expanding her business. Students can go to the official What’s Mapnin’ website to access the offers from businesses advertising with What’s Mapnin’. “What’s Mapnin’ represents the area, shows students and residents what’s going on everywhere, and unites the city in one big project,” Master said.

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Number of games missed by hockey forward Matt Berry this season as a result of a lower body injury.

After battling an injury during the first part of the season, Berry getting close to being fully recovered

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It’s pretty simple — you can’t lose if the other team doesn’t score. This was the case for MSU (6-9-2, 0-1-1-1 Big Ten) in its last game and could become a new pattern for the Spartans behind the recent strong and clutch play of sophomore goaltender Jake Hildebrand. A lt hough Hi ldebra nd wouldn’t admit it, he stole the show during the 49th annual Great Lakes Invitational, including a shutout of then No. 3 Michigan (10-4-2, 2-0-0 Big Ten). Hildebrand wouldn’t take all of the credit following the game, stating that it was a total team effort in helping him earn the first shutout of U-M since Nov. 14, 2009. “Getting a shutout, it always feels good for the goaltender,” Hildebrand said. The stellar effort against the Wolverines, which followed a 41-save game the night before against Michigan Tech (7-11-6, 5-5-4 WCHA), was Hildebrand’s first shutout of the season and helped him earn the Big Ten First Star of the Week. The weekly award was the second for the Butler, Pa. native, winning the Big Ten Second Star of the Week on Dec. 10 after stuffing all three No. 1 Minnesota (132-3, 3-0-1 Big Ten) shootout skaters, lifting MSU to the upset shootout victory. The recent standout play from Hildebrand has come as no surprise to head coach Tom Anastos , who said

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Sophomore goaltender Jake Hildebrand watches the puck from the net during the game against Michigan on Dec. 28, 2013, at Comerica Park in Detroit.

entering the season that he knew goaltending was going to be one of the team’s high points. Until most recently, Hildebrand hadn’t lived up to the expectations. “He’s played really well — (he’s) played really the last several games like we saw him play last season,” Anastos said. “I don’t think he started the season at the same level for whatever reason, (but) I think he settled in. He’s playing with great confidence, you can see the team has confidence around him and he’s seeing the puck real well, and the other thing that is really important is he’s making key stops at the right times that you need it, and he did that in our game against Michigan.” The sophomore goaltender was the best in the Big Ten during December with the highest save percentage of 0.946, which would rank as the nation’s best if he had done it the entire season. Hildebrand also has only given up more than two goals once in the last seven outings, including games against four top five ranked teams, with an astonishing 1.714

goals against average during the stretch. The stretch has risen his overall save percentage to 0.925 on the season, ranking third in the Big Ten and 18th nationally. Hildebrand’s outstanding play during the past seven games isn’t going unnoticed throughout the locker room. Senior forward and captain Greg Wolfe pointed out that while he wants the forwards to provide more goal support, the team is aware that just one goal a night could be enough with him in net. “He’s a great goaltender obviously, he did great things last year and we knew that we had to pick up the offense just to help him out,” Wolfe said. “He’s not going to let many goals in, but that’s on the forwards, that’s on our players to give him the backing he needs, give him the goals he needs to win.”



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Junior forward Matt Berry steps off the ice following the game against Michigan on Dec. 28, 2013, at Comerica Park in Detroit. The Spartans won the consolation game of the Great Lakes Invitational, 3-0.

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It wasn’t until the 16th game — nearly half of the season — that junior forward Matt Berry finally lit the lamp, a positive sign of the team’s 2012-13 leading scorer inching back to full strength. Berry found the net in both Great Lakes Invitational games against Michigan Tech (7-11-6, 5-5-4 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) and then-No. 3 Michigan (10-4-2, 2-0-0 Big Ten), finally getting the monkey off his back and showing he is close to a complete recovery from his offseason surgery. Berry was Mr. Reliable for MSU (6-9-2, 0-1-1-1 Big Ten) last season, leading the team in both goals (15) and assists (16) but after offseason surgery to deal with a lower body injury, Berry has found himself fighting to get back to full ability. “The Great Lakes (Invitational) was definitely a big boost

— getting a couple goals really helps my confidence,” said Berry, who scored both goals on the power play. “I just feel better to have a couple of points already and not have to worry about getting my first goal or anything like that anymore, so … that really helped me too.”

Berry says he feels close to getting back to 100 percent of his playing capability and continues to gain “You have to work a lot harder than I expected. I kind of expected to hop back in and be back to myself and that wasn’t the case,” said Berry, who has only played in five games after missing the first eight. “I had to put in a lot more work than I thought I was going to have to (to) get back to where I was last year,” he said. “I still don’t feel like I’m 100 percent back to that level yet, but I’m getting there and hopefully …

this week of practice will really help too.” Berry also said it was frustrating at first getting back into the swing of things, and not being used to playing on a different line than the top of the roster. Head coach Tom Anastos had noticed Berry struggling at first with the injury, the first of his career, but said he believes the junior forward is turning the corner, something MSU will benefit from in all aspects of the game. “It helps our team if he can contribute in the right way and that’s not just in scoring,” Anastos said. “Scoring certainly is needed on our team, but I think there’s lots of ways to contribute. Attitude is one, work habits is another one. “He has some experience now and certainly on the offensive side that’s another way, but he’s a player where when he plays at the highest part of his game, highest level of his game, he can contribute both offensively and defensively.”

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poll finish is highest since ‘66 Six days after winning the 100th Rose Bowl game over Stanford, MSU football ended its season at 13-1 and finished No. 3 in the AP and USA Today Coaches polls. Florida State received all 60 firstplace votes in the AP poll. In the last six years, head coach Mark Dantonio has seen his Spartans place in the top 25 four times. MSU’s victory over Stanford was powered by a key defensive stop late in the game from senior linebacker Kyler Elsworth, who started in place of suspended star and captain Max Bullough. It was Elsworth’s only career start as a Spartan. Sophomore quarterback Connor Cook also threw for a career-high 332 yards in the victory, capturing offensive MVP honors after also capturing MVP honors in MSU’s victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship. MSU players and coaches had touted the game as a major chance to earn national recognition and respect for a team that took weeks to break into national polls even after big victories in the early part of this season. The strong finish also stands in stark contrast to how MSU started the season — with minimal recognition and mediocre wins over teams like Western Michigan and South Florida. MSU, Ohio State and Wisconsin were the only Big Ten teams to be ranked in the final AP poll. MSU had an outside shot at finishing at No. 2 after Auburn lost to Florida State in Monday night’s BCS National Championship Game, but Auburn finished 43 points ahead of the green and white in the AP Poll and a mere 13 points in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The top-10 finish in the AP Poll is the first since 1999, and the No. 3 ranking also is the highest postseason ranking since 1966, when MSU was ranked No. 2 in the AP and United Press International Polls with a 9-0-1 record. That tie came in what was regarded as “The Game of the Century,” when the Spartans tied No. 1 Notre Dame 10-10. MATT SHEEHAN

Freshmen guard trio powering hoops through season

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Freshman guard Aerial Powers celebrates a three-pointer by freshman guard Tori Jankoska during the game against Colgate on Dec. 29, 2013, at Breslin Center.

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Injur ies and rotation changes have caused rough patches during the women’s basketball season. But in the midst of uncertainty, one thing has remained consistently positive for the Spartans — the team’s freshmen guards.

Merchant said Jankoska, Agee and Powers will be critical for Spartan success as Big Ten play starts and progresses The trio of redshirt freshman Aerial Powers, redshirt freshman Branndais Agee and freshman guard Tori Jankoska has emerged as a potent scoring punch for an offense that is tallying 76.9 points per game, fourthhighest in the conference. Combi ned, t he t h ree account for roughly 41 percent of the Spartan offense, scoring a combined 31.3 points per game on 46 percent shooting. " T h e y ’r e s c o r e r s b y

“They’re scorers by nature. They scored a lot of different ways. … They stick … into what they do.” Suzy Merchant, women’s basketball head coach

nature,” head coach Suzy Merchant said after MSU’s 96-46 home defeat of Colgate last Sunday. “They scored a lot of different ways, Aerial rebounds, (and drives the lane), Branndais did a nice job on the boards and getting to the rim. They stick … into what they do.” Powers and Jankoska in particular have been key cogs in the lineup. A star ter since opening night, Powers has earned two Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors this season. She leads the team in scoring and rebounding and has knocked down nearly half of her shots this year. Jankoska, a spark plug off the bench, ended a shooting slump against Colgate last Sunday with a career-high 25 points on 7-of-12 shooting, knocking down a career-best six threes. She also had four assists and two blocks. Merchant discussed how the freshmen will handle the tran-

sition from the non-conference season to Big Ten season last Sunday. She mentioned that it will take strong play from not only the young players, but from the vets as well in order for MSU to continue the recent run of balanced wins. That goal got off to a satisfactory start last Saturday against Minnesota. Powers and Jankoska were amongst five players to reach double figures in the 81-56 rout. "It’s nice when the freshmen are on, it’s nice when the vets are on too,” Merchant said. “It’s a different time of year. Big Ten season requires vets to really (kind of) carry and be mentally tough and physically tough.” Although they did not see court time as redshirts, Powers and Agee witnessed last year’s Big Ten season that saw a 10-6 conference record. With much of the season still to play, the team will need contributions from both the vets and the freshmen.

Freshman guard Tori Jankoska goes up for the basket as Colgate forward Josie Stockill defends on Dec. 29, 2013, at Breslin Center. The Spartans beat Colgate, 96-46.

"The thing we’ll have to work (on)2 is being mentally tough when playing Big Ten,” Powers said. “Some of these

past games, we’ve been blowing people out. These next few games, we’ll have to focus on staying aggressive.”

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