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BOMBINGS IN RUSSIA LEAD TO QUESTIONS FOR STUDY ABROAD
Police, city officials reflect on Dec. 8 “civil disturbance” and hope to change perceptions By Geoff Preston email@example.com THE STATE NEWS nn
he game clock r e a d 2:16 i n Indianapolis when MSU junior running back Jeremy Langford sprinted into the end zone and Spartan football lore, sealing the Big Ten championship for MSU. Back in East Lansing, couches burned and sirens rang through the streets, even before the clock ran out to officially declare the team’s victory. What followed throughout the night and early morning has been called a “civil disturbance” by authorities. The postgame celebration began with sporadic couch fires throughout East Lansing, but at about 12:30 a.m., hundreds of students spilled into the streets of Cedar Village and crowds ran amuck, furniture and torches in hand. By the end of the night, 15 people — 12 of whom were MSU students — had been arrested, and the fire department had responded to a minimum of 57 couch fires across the city. DTN Management Co. Vice President Colin Cronin esti-
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In the summer of 2012, political science, economics and Russian senior Andy Stone arrived at the Russian city of Volgograd by train, walking through the Soviet-era station situated in the city’s center. He relied on Volgograd’s public transportation system to travel everywhere in the city, taking the tram to class at Volgograd State Technical University every day and riding trolley buses numerous times.
On Dec. 29 and 30, two sucicide bombers killed 34 people in Volgograd at a railway station and on a trolley bus The five weeks he spent living with a host family in Volgograd were part of the College of Arts and Letters’ Russian study program hosted each summer, a summer that Stone said was “the most defining moment of my undergraduate experience.” On Dec. 29, 2013, in the same railway station Stone had walked through, the wire service Reuters reported a suicide bomber detonated a vest laden with explosives, killing at least 18 people. The next day, another suicide bombing ripped apart a Volgograd trolley bus just like the one Stone had ridden, bringing the death toll to 34, Reuters reported. “It’s shocking, just because you never expect something like that to happen. … Everyone who goes on that study abroad goes in and out of that train station,” Stone said. He emphasized that the organizers “take really good care of us on study abroad. I never felt unsafe there at all.” With more than 275 study
Top: Students tore apart an Ohio State flag in the streets of Cedar Village after an MSU victory in the Big Ten Championship game on Dec. 8, 2013. The police and fire department responded to multiple fires across East Lansing. Left: Firefighters put out a fire in the streets of Cedar Village on Dec. 8, 2013.
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By the numbers 12:30 time police went to Cedar Village 15 people arrested 57 fires $5,000-$10,000 damage
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Kaminski shines against OSU with key 3-pointer
Proposed Goodrich’s closure sparks debate at E.L. Planning Commission
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Everything’s coming up roses for Kenny Kaminski. It’s been an up-and-down season for the redshirt freshman forward, but in overtime of the No. 5 MSU basketball team’s 72-68 win against No. 3 Ohio State Tuesday night, he hit a shot he won’t soon forget. Kaminski only played 16 minutes, but was key in the waning moments of the game after hitting a clutch 3-pointer in overtime that gave the Spartans a lead. “I’ve dreamed of this day,” Kaminski said. “I’m crying looking at my mom and she’s crying. It’s the biggest shot I’ve hit in my life.” The redshirt freshman was suspended for the exhibition games and first game against McNeese State by head coach Tom Izzo. He didn’t get on the court again until Nov. 18 in the game against Portland, but was again suspended after MSU’s disappointing loss to North Carolina. Izzo said consistently throughout the first part of the season that Kaminski needed to “grow up” to be more of a contributing member of this team. “We said last year Kenny’s a
hell of a shooter, and when he grew up, (he) was going to be a great player,” Izzo said. Tuesday night’s clash against the Buckeyes just might be that extra push to boost the talented Ohio native to the next level on the court. He was recruited for his elite outside shooting, and it’s starting to look like Kaminski’s shot is as golden as it was expected to be. Many Spartans are hampered by injuries, with seniors Keith Appling and Adreian Payne, junior Travis Trice and sophomore Gary Harris all limited or out for some reason or another. Izzo said the win was on the tough play of the seniors, the loud fans and young players like Kaminski — especially when Appling found him for the wideopen long ball in overtime. “There were so many strange plays there in that stretch,” Izzo said. “That was a big turning point in the game. Inside-out passes, he can knock down shots. He’s one of our best shooters. Kenny was a stabilizer.” Kaminski finished the game with nine points, all from beyond the arc. Harris said he knew Kamins-
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Redshirt freshman forward Kenny Kaminski shoots a threepointer during overtime Tuesday at Breslin Center.
Plans for the future development of Trowbridge Plaza remain unclear in the midst of controversy behind the proposed closure of Goodrich’s Shop-Rite grocery store. The store and the former Oodles and Noodles restaurant could be replaced with two new buildings if the site’s developer gets his plan approved. The discussion warranted a full house during the East Lansing Planning Commission meeting Tuesday night. The commission postponed voting on the plan after several hours of discussion. Caddis Development Group, LLC president Kevin McGraw expressed his sadness regarding the grocery store’s closure, but said plans are moving forward. “It’s not about Goodrich’s — we couldn’t save them,” McGraw said. “We tried since last summer to keep them there, but their lease is up.” A new company plans to move into the old building after remodeling. McGraw
detailed his plans to build two buildings, one four stories and the other five stories. The first floor of both buildings will be zoned for retail, while the upper stories will be a mix of office and residential space. There also are plans for underground parking for the complex. As plans currently stand, Wendy’s, Comcast and Woody’s Oasis will remain in the complex. McGraw said the new company intends to hire as many former Goodrich’s employees to prevent job loss and make use of their experience. Bruce Brown, Goodrich’s attorney, said the store is an anchor to the community. “We have every intention of staying in business, but we can’t meet the terms,” Brown said. “Goodrich’s might be done. The owner is saying it is.” Many East Lansing residents expressed concern about the redevelopment plans for the complex. Some worried only national chains or student apartments would move into the area. Jim Dewitt, president of the Red Cedar Community Association, expressed his opposition to the proposal, saying student apartments wouldn’t be compatible with existing residential areas.
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Insane Clown Posse files federal lawsuit Detroit-based hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the group’s fans in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. The FBI classified Insane Clown Posse’s supporters, who label themselves as Juggalos, as a “hybrid” criminal gang in 2011. The band’s avid followers have drawn some intense criticism for their actions, such as face painting and wearing similar clothing and remaining a close-knit community. ERIK SARGENT
Police briefs Gas leak detected near Anthony Hall MSU Police investigated a gas leak Wednesday near the Food Science Building and Anthony Hall. MSU police Lt. Randy Holton said police, fire Consumers Energy, and MSU officials were called to the scene. The area was barricaded, but nearby buildings remained open. Holton said the cause of the leak wasn’t specified, but believed it was weatherrelated and ruled out construction as a cause. Geoff Preston
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East Lansing police, city government officials hope to see a “culture change” among MSU students
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mated the partiers caused between $5,000-$10,000 of damage in Cedar Village alone. The crowd dispersed at about 3 a.m., when police began ar resting people standing within 300 feet of an open fire without intending to put it out. The disturbance reignited a more than decade-old discussion about student conduct following sporting events. “It was very frustrating to see what was referred to as a tradition by some individuals happen again,” East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett said during a Dec. 10 City Council work session. “For anyone to think this is an appropriate celebratory tradition is something that I find offensive.” East Lansing Police Chief Juli Liebler said after the meeting t hat a cult ure change is needed at MSU — and it starts with glorifying the term “riot.” “That’s a very inflammatory term — it’s obvious that it was a very bad event, but we are trying to get away from using those types of terms,” Liebler said. “We called it a civil disturbance. We are trying to change the culture at this university.” Legal Action The individuals who were arrested could potentially face a trial, fees and jail time. The harshest penalty for the suspects is a 90-day jail sentence and a $500 fine. East Lansing City Attorney Tom Yeadon said most first-time offend-
The fire department only responded to six couch fires after the Spartans won the Rose Bowl ers likely will receive lighter punishment. Yeadon said pre-bargain agreements are usually different for people who were standing very close to the fire and people who were not. He said there isn’t a set time frame for cases to be settled.
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Police take down a participant in the streets of Cedar Village on Dec. 8, 2013. Police and fire departments responded to multiple fires in East Lansing.
“For anyone to think this is an appropriate celebratory tradition is something that I find offensive.” Nathan Triplett, East Lansing Mayor
“It depends on the case, but the process can take a short amount of time,” he said. “It depends on every suspect’s situation.” Police and university officials also offered $20,000 in reward money to individuals with tips to additional arrests. Many students, including history senior Jordan Zammit, were critical of the way the aftermath was handled. “I can’t stress how much the reward hurts me,” Zammit told The State News in a previous interview. “You’re telling Michigan State students to turn students in, there’s nothing worse to a student body than to do this.” What’s next? Nearly a month later, as the confetti fell in Pasadena and the Spartans celebrated their Rose Bowl win, the streets of East Lansing remained quiet. The fire department responded to only six couch fires, compared to the 57 they responded to following the Big Ten championship, East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy said. “I think it’s because no one was here,” East Lansing City Councilmember Ruth Beier said. “Only about 10 percent of the students were back in my neighborhood. I know there were some fires in the Bailey neighborhood, but they seemed more like statement fires.” Beier said East Lansing will continue working with MSU to improve communication with students about the dangers of excessive celebrations, but she said the only way to combat disorderly behavior could be the fear of potential consequences. “The city has tried everything, from being reasonable with fire lighters to being forceful,” she
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ki had ice in his veins, it was just a matter of getting on the court. “I knew Kenny had it in him,” Harris said. “He can come in not stretched, not doing anything, sit on the bench for ten minutes, then come in and hit a three.” The suspensions were hard for Kaminski, but he said he’s absolutely grown up in his time away
said. “The only thing that works is the fear of arrest.” Beier said as MSU continues to build a winning tradition, the mayhem should stop. “I think it will get better,” she said. “The more elite the teams and university become, the less attractive the hooligans look. If we look like a bunch of thugs, people won’t take the university seriously.” Murphy said the policies of the department handling civil disturbances won’t change, including enforcing the fire ordinance more closely instead of using tear gas to disburse a crowd. He said the department is less focused on people on the peripheral of that radius, instead directing attention to people only a few feet from the fire. East Lansing police encourage students and residents to stay as far away from large fires and crowds as possible in the future. “These events have nothing to do with celebrations,” Murphy said. “They are an excuse for lawless behavior. The message we are trying to get out is if one of these civil disorders happens again and crowds gather, that is probably not a place that you want to be.” Murphy said many different parties have to work together to transform from a culture of civil disobedience. “We’ve worked on this problem for 27 years, and the bottom line is its a whole culture change,” he said. “MSU and its students should have a more positive reputation than this. It’s pretty sad when after the Rose Bowl people say it was calm. In any other place in the world, if six arsons were committed to celebrate a win, it would make the news.”
from the team. “It was one of the hardest things I had to go through,” he said. “(I was) facing people saying, ‘I thought you were supposed to be at Texas.’” Kaminski came back from the suspensions with a new mindset. One thing is for sure after the win against Ohio State — he had a very definite answer to the question “Who are you now?” “Kenny Kaminski,” he said, bluntly. “You saw him tonight.”
abroad programs in more than 60 countries, MSU has an extensive international reach. Consequently, the university sometimes must contend with and respond to abnormal situations posed to MSU students and faculty studying in foreign countries. Jason Merrill, an associate professor of Russian and a co-organizer of the program, said in an email he didn’t know what effect, if any, the attacks would have on the Russian program because of the break between semesters. He said he couldn’t comment on t he sit uation because “decisions like this are made higher up.” These decisions are issued by a group of 12 MSU officials from multiple departments, called the Study Abroad Risk and Security Assessment Committee. They review world events on a monthly basis, but also convene for emergency situations. A permanent committee member, the office of International Studies and Programs’ inter national health and safety analyst Ben Chamberlain, is responsible for monitoring global affairs and providing safetyrelated orientations to study abroad program leaders and students. “It’s my job to figure out ‘Do we have people in those areas? Do we have people planning to go in these areas?’ and then providing them with the information to make better decisions about travel,” Chamberlain said. The committee has had to respond as recently as this past summer to unrest in Turkey, Chamberlain said, where large protests
engulfed portions of Istanbul and Ankara. MSU has severa l st udy abroad programs in the country, and after consulting with a number of sources on the ground, Chamberlain said some programs adjusted their itineraries to ensure the safety of students. This stands in contrast to Egypt, where in 2011, widespread, often violent protests caused the suspension of MSU’s study abroad programs in the country.
A program organizer said it’s unclear whether the attacks in Russia would have any effect on study abroad trips Chamberlain said his first priority after an event like the Volgograd bombings is to ensure the safety of individuals already in the country, but said in regards to planning that “it’s early in the season to make any predictions about how it would impact summer programming.” “We don’t anticipate it ’s going to affect their program at all,” he said. The U.S. State Department is a major resource for Chamberlain’s information and regularly provides security warnings to those abroad. In the department’s webpage on travel to Russia, the attacks in Volgograd are referenced, followed by an advisement stating “there is no indication that U.S. institutions or citizens have been targets, but there is a general risk of U.S. citizens becoming victims of indiscriminate terrorist attacks.” Stone said if the bombings had occurred before his trip to Volgograd, he isn’t sure he would have gone on the study abroad program. But Chamberlain said the university works extensively to ensure the safety of its students. “We are going to make rational decisions that are very safe decisions,” Chamberlain said. “Can we predict the future? No. That’s why we have our emergency response procedures (and) orientations and trainings.”
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Study: students save cash with online book sales, returns By Juliana Moxley firstname.lastname@example.org THE STATE NEWS nn
Studies show students could save money on books by utilizing online resources such as Amazon, to buy and sell back their books. A study performed by bigwords.com, an online service specializing in price comparisons, revealed that students who buy and sell books online earn about 90 percent more money back than the average student who purchases their books in stores. At the start of each semester, special education junior D’Mya Harris said she avoids hitting the bookstores unless it’s absolutely necessary to save money. “Amazon is my go-to website,” Harris said. “I always shop around and if it happens to be there then I’ll buy it.” Textbook sales in stores have been declining throughout the past decade, said Mike Wylie, the assistant manager of Student Book Store, or SBS, 421 E. Grand River Ave. He said part of the blame comes from professors and stores formulating other tactics to help students save money.
Students could potentially receive 90 percent of what they spent on books back by buying online. “All of that (decline) isn’t due to Amazon, it’s due to people going to course packs, it’s people using codes or things that a professor themselves put together,” Wylie said. But MSU still has its share of students who stick to the stores. Human biology sophomore Mallory Wilson said the in-store experience helps prevent her from ordering the wrong books by mistake. “I feel like you have a better idea of what you’re getting and you can actually see the books,” Wilson said. Because a small fraction of students sell their books back, Wylie said SBS has made more rentals available. He said rentals usually are sold at about half the price of the original book. “People who buy books would like to sell theirs back but if you segment that population out then there’s less books out there to sell back,” he said. “Our goal is that if we rent you a book you are saving real money on that book,” Wylie said.
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Dining hall renovation coming to Akers Hall
Report shows keeping Asian carp out of Great Lakes could prove expensive
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MSU is Kicking off a new semester of construction and renovations with plans to create a neighborhood-like facility for graduate students and updating the dining hall in Akers to resemble that of Brody Hall. Residential and Hospitality Services, or RHS, is planning a major renovation to the Akers dining hall, in addition to updates to the life safety systems in the building. The decision was approved by the Board of Trustees in its December 2013 meeting. RHS also plans on making the building more handicap accessible by adding an elevator from the ground floor to the dining level. Vennie Gore, vice president for auxiliary enterprises at RHS, said the budget for the renovation hovers at $20,600,000. The project has a time span of nine months and will officially start in May. Some prep work was completed in December. “We started wanting to update the life safety systems in Akers — plumbing, fire sprinklers, etc.,” Gore said. “Since we will already be there updating the building, we will be doing the dining hall as part of the upgrade.” Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, or IPF, also will be working on their fair share of projects throughout campus. Construction is underway in Chittenden Hall, the home of MSU’s Graduate School and one of the oldest buildings on campus, which has been vacant since 1999. The administration plans on centralizing graduate student services in Chittenden Hall to resemble the neighborhood systems set up for undergraduates. Completion of the renovations is expected in October. “The entire staff of the Graduate School is looking forward
to better serving graduate and graduate-professional students, as well as the faculty, in support of high quality graduate education at MSU,” Graduate School Dean Karen Klomparens said in a statement, released on October 25, 2013. “The year 2014 also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Graduate School in its current organizational form,” Klomparens said. “We are planning a year of events to focus on MSU graduate education, including the fall opening of Chittenden Hall.” Another major project in the works is the dramatic renovation of Munn Ice Arena, which soon will have a new main front entrance to the building, new heating and cooling systems and will entail the complete replacement of the arena’s ice making system. Completion is expected in August and the preliminary budget is set at $6,500,000. Less extensive renovations are in the planning stages for the MSU Clinical Center. The Clinical Center will receive new temperature control systems designed to maintain proper humidity and conditions for research and medical work. Funding for the updates is coming from the specialized space fund, operating funds and a grant from the National Institute of Health, for a total projected budget of $8,500,000. Parking Lot 97 will be expanded to accommodate the expected usage with the construction of a new Bio Engineering facility, is currently in the planning and design phase. The budget for the project is expected to fall below $1 million, with funding coming from money collected from other parking services on campus. Currently all spaces in Lot 97 are for faculty, but that may change to accommodate graduate students once the construction is complete, said Dave Wilber, design representative for the project.
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It could cost nearly $15 billion to prevent Asian carp and other invasive species from entering the Great Lakes and potentially devastating Michigan’s fishing and tourist industries, according to a report compiled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The report details eight alternative options for controlling aquatic species flow bet ween the Mississippi R iver and Great Lakes. Potential plans include electrical and physical barriers, locking mechanisms and targeted use of chemicals. The corps project manager Dave Wethington said Congress is reviewing the plans and the possibility of funding the project. Wethington said species control is a shared responsibility and should involve federal, state and local levels of government. Attorney General spokeswoman Joy Yearout said the report moves toward solving a problem that $7 billion fishing industry, but it’s more of a “laundry list of what we could do” than plan of action. “ T he repor t i s more evidence they’re moving at a snail’s pace,” Yearout said. “Asian carp eat plankton and other smaller food items that support commercial fishing. They ’re predatory in cleaning them out.” Asian carp, being filter feeders, could disrupt the food web by devouring algae and plankton in the Great Lakes, which are food sources for young native-species fish, Fisheries and Wildlife assistant professor Brian Roth said
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Another issue posed by Asian carp is their size and ability to jump out of the water. “Imagine a 20-pound fish jumping out and hitting you in the chest, and imagine you’re on a motorboat going 20 miles per hour,” Roth said. “That’ll hurt.” Roth said the consequence of invading carp is tough to decipher, as it has yet to be seen and relies on many hypothetical “what if’s.” “If they invade, and if they become abundant, and if they
effectively filter feed, some ot he r f i sh s p e c ie s cou ld decline,” he said. “But we just don’t know.” A certainty is that current prevention measures are fallible because Asian Carp are able to bypass currently implemented electrical barriers, though numbers of them have not, according to another report from the corps. “The situation we have right now is not foolproof,” Yearout said. “The Great Lakes are vulnerable.”
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ASMSU still has not elected new president ASMSU scheduled presidential elections before winter break, only to find out on the night of the meeting that they were violating their own election procedures. Representatives rushed to suspend the presidential elections when they realized they were not following the student government’s code of operations, but the group remains without an elected president. This is more than a little concerning. ASMSU bylaws require the group to notify students at least 10 class days prior to elections, but because of a three-day class break for Thanksgiving, former president Evan Martinak’s resignation was only seven class days before the previously scheduled election date. At ASMSU’s Dec. 5 meeting, members said Martinak had his own reasons for waiting to resign. But regardless of what those reasons were, ASMSU should have been more cautious in fol-
lowing its protocol. As students, we should have been given more notice the first time around to talk to ASMSU representatives before the election. ASMSU abruptly delayed elections when they realized the mistake, and it’s concerning the group didn’t realize their mistake until the night of the planned election. Of course, now students have even more time to talk to their ASMSU representatives about pending elections. We should take this extra time to get more involved in the election process and increase communication with the student government’s members. ASMSU members should show the groups their representing that they do care about their input by reaching out to students to find out what they want to see in the next president. What happened to Max Bullough? Will we ever know what caused former middle linebacker Max Bullough to be removed from the football team just three days before the Rose Bowl? By not saying what team rule Bullough broke that caused him to be booted by MSU head coach Mark Dantonio, we can’t help but assume he did something terrible. Most fans still are basking in the glory of MSU’s win over Stanford, but we can’t forget one of
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our biggest players of the season couldn’t be a part of that. We hope the truth comes out in this case.
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Progress in East Lansing’s Park District before winter break DTN Management Co. presented initial plans for the Park District project near the intersection of Abbott Road and Grand River Avenue. As an area most of us see on a regular basis downtown, we should take the chance in the coming months to be involved in the development process by attending city council meetings. East Lansing gave DTN a 60-day extension to submit site and financial plans, moving their deadline to Feb. 28. It’s important for us to keep an eye on this development project because as students, downtown is a place we value. We should be taking a more active role in determining how the space is used. Will the men’s basketball team make it to the Final Four or fall apart? The men’s basketball team is off to a great start so far, with preseason polls ranking the Spartans at No. 2 and recently ranking at No. 5 in the nation. With the recent win over No. 3 Ohio State, it’s become clear we’ve got the potential to make it to the Final Four this year.
Even though the Spartans suffered a 17-point collapse in the last five minutes of the game, MSU pulled through and defeated the Buckeyes. Senior guard Keith Appling eventually ended the tie with a three-pointer to bring the game to 72-68. Basketball fans were on edge at the end of the game, but the narrow win doesn’t diminish the team’s potential this season. ESPN’s College Game Day Jan. 30 at Breslin Center before MSU’s game against Michigan is sure to be a high point of the semester for fans at home. We’re already looking forward to the game, and based on the way the team’s performed so far, it will be Final Four or bust. If we don’t make it to the Final Four, it would be a huge upset. Both senior guard Keith Appling and senior center Adreian Payne never have been to the Final Four. Every player who has played under Izzo for four years at MSU has played in the Final Four at least once. This is their year.
Stop putting trash in the recycle bins From the first day I came bin. Even though the signs give numerous examples as to MSU, going green had a to which goes where, it may totally different meaning. still be confusing whether For every trash bin I’d or not the cereal box goes see on campus, there would in the mixed paper and boxbe a set of green recycling board bin or bins tagging cardboard. along. It’s no guest columnist Besides secret that a few corMSU takes ner cases, the pride in going recycling bins green with its couldn’t be recyclables. labeled any With the 14th more conRecycleMania cisely for kids coming this to follow, let March, the Henry pan alone fully university email@example.com grown adults. tinues to keep At this age, students aware I think it’s a bit of a stretch of its recycling program. to say it’s OK to resort Even Spartan Stadium throwing everything into has become a target for the recycling bin. Somerecycling in the past year. one still has to properly sort Despite all these efforts to through that garbage, and it educate the public about became obvious that he was the importance of recysick of wondering where all cling, I still am compelled the college students went. to put my two cents in. Toward the end of the When I moved in dursemester, the cardboard ing the fall, I took notice bin was completely absent. of a growing trend in my It’s as if someone was finalhall. Inside the men’s bathly tired of quietly strugroom were three recycle gling to sort the recyclables bins. You had your plastics from the trash thrown into and metals, mixed paper the cardboard bin that they and boxboard and then aborted the entire notion. there was cardboard. At In its absence, there least, that’s what was supwould still be trash bags posed to be inside that bin. piling up where the bin Since the beginning of used to be, as though the semester, other peothe message wasn’t clear ple in the hall took note of enough. Still, I’m glad that the unusually large size of the cardboard bin eventualthe cardboard recycle bin. ly reappeared this semester. I’m pretty sure the bin was Overall, MSU’s recyintentionally bigger, since cling program is insaneTV screens have been getly convenient in compariting bigger and the smaller son to other campus recysized bin wasn’t cutting it. cling programs I’ve seen. I But other students on the remember my high school floor had different ideas in running a recycling promind. Before long, the cardgram and there were only board bin became a dumptwo bins in each classster for half of the hall. On room: paper and plastic. a daily basis I’d walk in and The fact that MSU offers the bin would be brimming a wider variety of recycling with trash bags. It was pretand is situated right next to ty obvious that they weren’t a recycling plant is crazy. filled with cardboard, But even in the lap because there would be days of luxury, students still where a haze would accrue. seem to equate recyThe stench would become cling bins to trash cans. so disgusting that the first Hopefully this semesfloor bathroom would be ter, everyone will make the last place where I’d a little more effort to want to clean myself. keep it green at MSU. I can understand that Henry Pan is a chemsome people do find recyical engineering sophocling to be a rather dauntmore. Reach him at paning task; you have to know which materials go in which firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Comic and game lovers could have a home in East Lansing once again with the establishment of Hollow Mountain Comics, 611 E. Grand River Ave. Hollow Mountain Comics, located below Cottage Inn, aims to be a haven for comic book lovers and offers a variety of role-playing, board, trading card and miniature games. The bright purple walls in the front of the store are lined with DC and Marvel editions, image comics and graphic novels. Co-owner Gabriel Cooper, a theatre senior and a former graphic designer at The State News, said they receive weekly editions of comics every Wednesday. Past the archway that divides the store, a plethora of games provide contrast to the front room’s comic theme. Wooden tables are set up for Pokémon and board game nights hosted at the store. The owners’ own interests are the reason for the store’s split. Cooper’s specialty is comics, while co-owner Aaron Solon’s main focus is on games. Although Cooper and Solon, an MSU alumnus, have different areas of expertise, both of them are connected by the common goal of filling the hole left behind by the now-closed 21st Century Comics & Games. After 21st Century’s owner closed the store at 515 E. Grand
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River Ave. to pursue other job opportunities, Cooper said he, Solon and the rest of East Lansing’s comic book and gaming community lost a valued sanctuary. However, Hollow Mountain has risen from the ashes left in the wake of 21st Century Comics & Games and presents a new beginning for the community. The store had its grand opening on Jan. 1 while students were still away from campus. Cooper said he was initially concerned people would not
come in. However, he was proven wrong. “We ended up having a big turnout,” Cooper said. “Everyone either knew we were gonna be here or wandered by and were surprised we existed.” Game nights at Hollow Mountain also have caught the interest of East Lansing residents. Solon said their first Saturday tournament was packed with as many gamers as they could possibly fit inside.
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“We could barely even move,” Solon said. “It was really exciting.” Solon added Hol low Mountain plans to have a focus on hosting as many interesting events within the store as possible. Cooper said he hopes their store will be a comic book and gaming destination for many years to come. “I just want it to keep existing,” Cooper said. “I want it to always be a welcoming place for people.”
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MSU alumnus Blake Selby made his childhood dream come true by releasing the first single and music video for his upcoming album “Ammunition,” featuring famous rapper Twista. Selby, a 2012 graduate, said when he was growing up, he used rap as a way to release his frustration during a discouraging childhood fraught with fights and bullying. After years of fooling around with lyrics, he decided it was time to get serious and make a name for himself in the music world. While at MSU, Selby did his first rap performance at the Eppley Center and the venue sold out. “From there I started taking it more seriously,” Selby said. “I started perfecting my sound and getting my fan base up a little bit (and) dropping a few mix tapes.” After performing at multiple venues around the Lansing area, he created the record label Nor t her n Hy pe and reached out to famous Chicago-based rapper Twista. “We have the same delivery of rapping style,” Selby said, referencing their fast paces. In 2012, Selby asked Twista if they could join together for
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a concert with a possibility of a single and music video. Twista decided to give him a chance and sent him a beat to try. “I sent him something back and he hated it,” Selby said. However, that didn’t stop Selby from trying again. T he famous rapper sent Selby another beat and after spending three weeks in his basement writing lyrics and recording, Selby sent it back to Twista. He fell in love with it. The lyrical beat is now Selby’s first single, “Never Let Go,” featuring Twista, on Selby’s 18-song album “Ammunition.” After two years of recording, the rapid-fire paced album, which also features the metal band, 3 Years Hollow, is set to release this year on April 26. “I’ve taken a lot of hits over the years (from doubters), and this is my way to fire back,” he said, explaining the title of the upcoming album. Selby will have a release party in his hometown, Traverse City, Mich., and will return to Lansing in May to perform in the Lansing Hip-Hop festival.
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Outside of seeing the flailing arms of basketball head coach Tom Izzo’s wife, Lupe Izzo, while shooting a video of the final defensive stop, head coach Tom Anastos didn’t see much of senior linebacker Kyler Elsworth’s Rose Bowl-clinching stop. However, the image left a mark on Anastos, as he sees the MSU football team’s improbable run to the 2014 Rose Bowl cham-
pionship as a learning mark for his own team. Anastos traveled to California with his wife to witness the Spartans’ 24-20 victory against Stanford in the Rose Bowl, initially making the trip simply to support the team but leaving with plenty of lessons that can translate from the gridiron to the ice. “It was a great takeaway to come back (with),” Anastos said. “Immediately, I talked to our team about so many things we can learn from what took place just a block away from (Munn
Ice Arena).” Anastos said one of the biggest things he believes football head coach Mark Dantonio instilled was the belief that nothing is impossible and to pursue the highest goals. “It’s always in the back of my mind to think big,” Anastos said. “I heard Mark talk about that many times when he came in and took over the football program. He had some very ambitious — some would say audacious — goals, and I think that’s really important to have high expectations and then the belief
to pursue them.” Anastos also used senior quarterback Andrew Maxwell and Elsworth as examples of what his team needs to be successful. Anastos said Maxwell was the perfect example of being a team player and leader by contributing in non-conventional ways. He also said how important it is to have everyone ready to step in whenever called upon, like when Elsworth filled in for suspended senior linebacker and two-time captain Max Bullough. Many of the players were able to watch some of the
game, including senior defenseman Jake Chelios, who was lucky enough to catch the final moments. “We all went to the Winter Classic as a team, so we hit some bad traffic on the way back,” Chelios said. “We got to catch the end of the game, the part where we won, so we got the gist of it.” Senior forward and captain Greg Wolfe also watched the end of the game at his apartment with teammates, and said although he probably wasn’t as excited as those who take to
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burning couches after victories, he thought the outcome was incredible and proved anything is possible for his own Spartans. “If anything, it just shows us that anything can happen and we just got to believe,” said Wolfe, adding that at the beginning of the year few expected MSU could win the Rose Bowl. “We have a group that does right now and a whole coaching staff that does, so it’s all about just taking care of business on the ice.”
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Nearly a week after bringing the 100th Rose Bowl trophy back home to East Lansing, the No. 3 MSU football team already is starting to write its next chapter for the 2014 season. “We had our first meeting back with our players (Tuesday),” head coach Mark Dantonio said. “It’s a little bit surreal, but we start on our next challenge for 2014, so it’s back to business.” Junior running back Jeremy Langford, who rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown in the Rose Bowl, said the goal of the meeting was simple. “Don’t become complacent, don’t become soft and just keep working,” Langford said. Along with Dantonio and Langford, other members of the team gathered at Breslin Center to speak with media before Tuesday’s men’s basketball game. One topic of conversation was the team’s final No. 3 ranking in the AP and USA Today Coaches polls. The slot surprised many, as two-loss Auburn received the No. 2 ranking after losing in the national title game. Instead of feeling sorry for themselves, sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun said the team is using it as motivation for the season that is 233 days away. “We thought we would (be ranked No. 2), but we’re not really worried about that,” Calhoun said. “We just need to make our way up and play hard every game and hopefully make our way to the top.”
What could have been No one knew it then, but MSU’s early-season loss to thenNo. 22 Notre Dame kept the Spartans out of the BCS National Championship Game on Monday. No. 1 Florida State topped No. 2 Auburn in an instant classic, 34-31, while MSU coaches and players watching at home had a strong sense they could have competed well against either team. “Watching last night’s game, you had that feeling like you could hang in there, and you feel like the big gap has closed a little bit in terms of the elite programs in the country,” Dantonio said. “It was great to be (among) the BCS teams competing, and you feel like you belong.” The loss against the Fighting Irish earlier in the season was a game marred with questionable calls that went against MSU for what seemed like the entirety of the game, especially against the green and white defensive backs. Sophomore cornerback Trae Waynes, who was the victim of a few of those penalties, watched the national title game with roommate and safety Chris Laneaux. Even with the white elephant of “what could have been” floating around the minds of Spartans everywhere, Waynes said the Notre Dame game hardly came up in conversation while tuning into the game. “(The Notre Dame game) came up, like ‘We should be in that game,’ but what happened happened,” Waynes said. “I’m sure nobody’s complaining that we won the Rose Bowl … but it definitely crossed a lot of people’s minds.”
With both No. 5 MSU and No. 3 Ohio State lining up for handshakes after Tuesday’s overtime thriller, the Izzone belted out a loud “just like football” chant — paying homage to the 34-24 MSU football Big Ten championship victory over the Buckeyes on Dec. 7. The snarky and hardly creative chant aside, that game was indeed just like football. Here’s how the two games are seemingly identical twins separated at birth. Basketball: Let’s jump to the second half, where MSU took a 17-point lead with eight minutes left. A lead so comfortable that fans in Breslin Center were throwing a party that could only be rivaled by an MSU football postgame locker room. Football: The gridiron Spartans jumped out to a, you guessed it, 17-point lead early on in the game. The celebrations back home in East Lansing already were beginning, and some people were starting to pinpoint what couch would be the first victim of the night. Basketball: Uh oh, what’s this? OSU is only down 10 with 4:29 left? Now they’re only down by four with two minutes left? Holy crap, now the game is tied? Thanks to Buckeye guard Aaron Craft, who has been a thorn in MSU’s side during his illustrious career, OSU took back the game and momentum in the final minutes of regulation. The green and white party in Breslin is over, and now just about every Spartan fan is nervous. Football: Up 17 points
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Redshirt freshman tight end Josiah Price is tackled after a catch by OSU linebacker Ryan Shazier during the Big Ten Championship on Dec. 7, 2013, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Senior guard Keith Appling goes up for a point during the game against Ohio State on Tuesday at Breslin Center. The Spartans defeated the Buckeyes in overtime, 72-68.
to start the game? No problem, right? If OSU quarterback Braxton Miller, who also has given MSU nightmares in the past, didn’t generate 24 unanswered points, it wouldn’t be a problem at all. Except he did, stopping the hysteria and starting the nervous hand-wringing back home in East Lansing. Basketball: How did MSU squander such a huge lead, and how will they get it back? With 2:40 left on the clock in overtime, the Spartans found their answer. Redshirt freshman Kenny Kaminski, who a good chunk of Spartan fans didn’t know of before this season, buried a 3-pointer to give MSU a 62-60 lead and brand new energy. Sophomore guard Gary Harris called it the moment that shifted all the momentum back to Sparty’s side for the time being. Football: Down 24-20 in the fourth quarter and feverishly seeking a turning point after giving up a huge lead, MSU was looking for its hero to help turn the tide of the game. Well, they found their man in another redshirt freshman — Josiah Price, a player many MSU fans wouldn’t recognize if they shared an elevator with him before the season. Sophomore quarterback Connor Cook hooked up with the wide-open tight end to give MSU the 27-24 lead with 11:41 remaining in the game. The team found new life against the Buckeyes and were starting to smell the roses.
Basketball: With the game winding down, OSU and MSU were gridlocked at a 66-all tie. With the shot clock expiring, practically basketball’s fourth down, senior guard and team leader Keith Appling splashed the go-ahead 3-pointer to seal the game for MSU. Football: With the ball near midfield and 5:46 of game time left, it was 4th-and-2 for OSU, who was looking at a three-point deficit. Miller ran to the right, but senior linebacker Denicos Allen stepped up and made the crucial tackle. MSU went on to
score another touchdown and book their tickets to Pasadena, Calif. shortly after. The 17-point MSU lead. The OSU comeback led by an MSU enemy. A redshirt freshman helping the Spartans regain momentum. A senior leader stepping up to ice the game. And in the end, a victory for MSU over a talented OSU team on primetime television. Izzone, you were right — it was “just like football.” Matt Sheehan is a State News basketball reporter. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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