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Rachel Fradette Campus editor

East Lansing Food Co-op to close early February amid low business BY BRENDAN BAXTER BBAXTER@STATENEWS.COM

After living in the shadow of grocery stores like Whole Foods Market, sales at the East Lansing Food Co-op have decreased too much and the store will be closing by early February. Bruce Grambau, the general manager at the co-op, said sales have been steadily decreasing during the past few years. Grambau credits the decrease in sales to the competition surrounding the store growing. “The main (reason for closing) is the new competition in the area with Fresh Thyme and Whole Foods and conventional grocery stores carrying a lot of organic produce and products,” Grambau said. Since the customers who would shop at the co-op were mostly people who were looking for “local, organic products,” as Grambau said, it became hard for the co-op to stand out when other grocery stores began to do that as well. The decision to close the co-op came after the board met to discuss the aforementioned issues the store had been facing. Following this vote, the co-op notified their customers of their closing on the ELFCO website. ELFCO wrote, “Sadly, the ELFCO Board was obliged to vote on Monday, January 2 to close the store on or before February 4. In the meantime, we are still in business and urge owners and non-owners alike to come shop with us and support the food co-op.” After this announcement, many customers were disappointed to hear the news of their local grocery store closing. Eugene Kales, a weekly shopper at the co-op, said the news of the co-op closing is “unfortunate.”

He mostly comes into the co-op for a couple basic items but always ends up shopping around for other items. “The thing that always brings me in is milk, milk and butter,” Kales said. “Then I’ll shop around and if I need something else, I’ll get something else.” While ELFCO does carry grocery staples such as milk and butter, what gets people like Kales to explore the store and buy more than the basics are the local organic products, like Grambau talked about. When asked what he’s going to do following the closing of his grocery shopping spot, Kales said, “I’m going to have to find a new place to get milk.” Similarly, Ben Rollenhagen, another regular customer of the co-op, said ELFCO is his regular store for purchasing spices. “It’s the only place I can get bulk spices like this, bulk oils, bulk vanilla, so it’s more like a specialty store for me,” Rollenhagen said. Even though Rollenhagen only comes in for specialty items, he was still unhappy to hear about the store closing. “I’m actually kind of bummed,” Rollenhagen said. “I like to see smaller businesses or at least co-op style businesses succeed. To my knowledge this is the only one in town or in the area, so it’s kind of a real bummer.” There are other grocery stores close by, such as Whole Foods Market, Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market and Foods for Living, but they don’t quite meet the needs of some customers. Much like Rollenhagen, the other available grocery stores aren’t quite enough for Brian McKenna, who shops at the co-op three or four times a week. McKenna said the co-op closing is “a very big loss for the community.” Adding onto this, he joked that with-

East Lansing resident Eugene Kales looks at a variety of grains on Jan. 7 at the East Lansing Food Co-op at 4960 Northwind Drive in East Lansing. Kales said he has visited the East Lansing Food Co-op since it opened and shops there about once a week. The East Lansing Food Co-op is closing on Feb. 4, 2017. PHOTO: NIC ANTAYA

out this co-op in business, he will just starve. In reality, he hopes that this co-op will continue to function, but possibly in a different form. “There are some co-ops in Philadelphia, where I’m from, that when the co-op movement started, they never had a brick and mortar place, they just had a place where they assembled once a week,” McKenna said. “We’re hoping this co-op does that.” Grambau mentioned the possibility of something like

what McKenna is looking for coming about, but there is no certainty of it. Grambau suggested that customers, like McKenna, who want to see the co-op continue to function, should email the co-op’s board of directors to let them know they are interested in seeing the store open once again. “We’ll see if there will be something in the future down the line at a different location possibly, or in a different format, but that’s all to be determined,” Grambau said.

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For several years now, the ASMSU Readership Program has provided students with free print copies of some major newspapers. However, the program has now caught up with the digital age as students can now sign up for free digital access to The New York Times with their MSU emails. This expansion to the Readership Program came as a result of the work of ASMSU President Lorenzo Santavicca and Vice President for Finance and Operations Jason Barnett. The digital subscriptions come as a part of ASMSU’s print subscription to The New York Times. “We previously met in the last semester with our representative from The New York Times, who informed us that for every copy that we order of the paper print edition of The New York Times we get one digital pass as well,” Santavicca said. The digital pass gives students access to all of the content that would normally be available online. However, the pass is only valid for 24 hours,

so students have to renew the pass each time they’d like to have access to the newspaper, Santavicca said. “Any news article that they want to read, any infographic that they might see in the newspaper, they get access to online,” Santavicca said. Also available digitally for students is the The Buzz: MSU app. This app gives students access to several newspapers in the USA Today network. “The Buzz MSU provides content from The New York Times, USA Today, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal ... for free to all (undergraduates),” Barnett said. Barnett added that this app does more than provide students with news. There are also features to help students connect with campus. “It’s not just news that this app provides,” Barnett said. “There’s campus events that you can see on the application. We’re always streaming Impact Radio for students who aren’t in a car or don’t have a radio near them. They can stream right from their phone.” Regarding the importance of a program like this, Santavicca said it’s the responsibility of ASMSU to make sure students stay informed. READ MORE AT STATENEWS.COM


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Kirk Gibson nominated to 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class BY COLTON WOOD CWOOD@STATENEWS.COM

The National Football Foundation, or NFF, and College Hall of Fame announced Monday the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class. The list includes the names of 10 First Team All-America players and three coaches. Among the nominees is former MSU wide receiver Kirk Gibson. Gibson finished his All-American career as MSU’s all-time leading receiver with 2,347 yards. He previously held the records of most career receptions with 112 and touchdown receptions with 24. Although those records have been broken, he still ranks in the top five in career receptions and touchdown receptions. Gibson was a first team All-American as a senior in 1978 and helped lead the Spartans to a No. 12 national ranking. Because of his efforts that season, he was named the Outstanding Offensive End by the New York Downtown Athletic Club. That same year, Gibson recorded 42 receptions for a team-high 806 yards and was ahead

of all Big Ten players in receptions with 31 and receiving yards with 613 in conference play. A three-time All-Conference selection, Gibson helped guide MSU to a share of the Big Ten title in 1978. Gibson led the Spartans in receiving in his final three years at MSU and received numerous awards, including the MSU Outstanding Underclassman Award in 1976 and the MSU President’s Award in 1978. Despite being drafted in the seventh round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, Gibson decided to pursue a professional baseball career instead. After being drafted by the Detroit Tigers, Gibson played for four teams in his 17-year MLB career. A pinnacle of his baseball career was when he won two World Series titles: with the Tigers in 1984 and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988. After Gibson retired from the game in 1995, he went on to serve as a MLB coach. From 201014, Gibson held the role of manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks. READ MORE AT STATENEWS.COM.

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Nassar started working for USA Gymnastics as a physician.

AUG. 1, 1997

Nassar was hired by MSU after working with USA Gymnastics.


Nassar was investigated for allegations of sexual abuse within the university. MSU and local authorities found nothing to detract employment. Instead, “certain employment requirements” were put on Nassar’s contract with the university. An NBC News investigation later revealed this requirement to be another person present in the room with Nassar during the treatment of patients.


Nassar left USA Gymnastics and said he was retiring. USA Gymnastics reported him to the FBI amid “athlete concerns” and said he was fired. He continued to work for MSU. MSU later said USA Gymnastics never told them of these concerns.

nassar timeline

SEPT. 12, 2016

The Indianapolis Star uncovered allegations of sexual abuse against Nassar and Nassar’s employment with MSU was put on hold as investigations began.

SEPT. 20, 2016

Nassar was fired from MSU after the university first received notice of the allegations of sexual misconduct. MSU spokesman Jason Cody later said MSU decided to fire Nassar because he did not follow the “certain employment requirements” from 2014.

SEPT. 25, 2016

16 more women come forward and allege Nassar sexually abused them.

SEPT. 28, 2016

23 more reports of sexual abuse could be linked to Nassar. All involved first-degree charges of vaginal penetration, penetration oral/anal or penetration using an object, similar to alleged charges against Nassar, suggesting Nassar could be linked to them.

OCT. 6, 2016

Michigan’s attorney general took over the investigation of Nassar at the request of MSUPD chief and director, Jim Dunlap.

OCT. 27, 2016

A lawsuit was filed by a former gymnast against USA Gymnastics and some of its officials. The suit claimed USA Gymnastics, former national team coordinators Bela and Martha Karolyi and others ignored abuse and fostered a toxic, abusive environment that enabled Nassar to sexually abuse underage gymnasts.

NOV. 9, 2016

Nassar placed third in Holt school board race. Two seats were open on the board and with a little more than 20 percent of the vote, Nassar did not secure a seat on the board.

NOV. 21, 2016

The Ingham County Sheriff’s office confirmed Nassar was arrested and in police custody following an investigation by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. Nassar was charged with three cases of first degree criminal sexual conduct and a $1 million bond was posted. It was found that Nassar had sexually assaulted a family friend, not a patient, in his family home. The girl was younger than 13.

NOV. 22, 2016

MSU police chief confirmed during a press conference that there were “about 50” complaints made toward Nassar.

NOV. 30, 2016

Lawyers filed a letter of intent to sue MSU over the alleged assaults and abuse by Nassar of 13 women and girls.

DEC. 16, 2016

Nassar was indicted on the federal charges of possession of child pornography and receipt/attempted receipt of child pornography, some of which included images of girls younger than 12 years old.

DEC. 21, 2016

Nassar was ordered to be held without bond after footage was uncovered that allegedly showed him abusing and molesting girls on a GoPro. More than 37,000 child pornography images of girls, some as young as six, were also found in his family home and in trash bins outside of the home.

DEC. 21, 2016

Former MSU softball player Tiffany Lopez filed a lawsuit against the university alleging she was assaulted by Nassar during her medical examinations more than 10 times.

JAN. 10, 2017

18 more alleged victims came forward to file a lawsuit against Nassar, the second one that lists MSU as a co-defendant.



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Cameron Macko Managing editor

What you need to know about Nassar and the charges against him BY STAFF REPORTS FEEDBACK@STATENEWS.COM THE NATURE OF THE ALLEGATIONS

Following the sexual abuse allegations that were published by the Indianapolis Star in September, MSU fired Dr. Larry Nassar on Sept. 20. Since the initial allegations, police said about 50 women have come forward with similar allegations to those previously reported, according to the Indy Star. As allegations continued to pile up, in November, Nassar was charged by the Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with at least one victim younger than 13, the Detroit Free Press reported. From these charges alone, Nassar could face up to life in prison. He was released after he paid bond, which was set at $1 million. In December, Nassar was arrested once again, this time by federal law officials on charges relating to the possession of child pornography. Nassar was indicted on two separate charges: possession of child pornography and the receipt or attempted receipt of child pornography. According to the indictment, in 2004 Nassar received or attempted to receive images of child pornography. In addition, the indictment stated that from 2003 through 2016, Nassar possessed one or more computer files or disks that contained thousands of images of child pornography. Nassar was taken into custody following these charges and was denied bond.


Nassar held a variety of roles at MSU as both a professor and as an athletic trainer, according to a page on MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s website. The page also said Nassar was heavily involved with athletics in high school, earning “no fewer than 10 varsity letters.” Nassar earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1985, according to “The Michigan Alumnus” from the University of Michigan Alumni Association. He also earned a medical degree from MSU in 1993, according to the college’s website. He became a professor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Department of Radiology. As a professor, Nassar worked for MSU’s Division of Sports Medicine, and taught physical exam skills to osteopathic students, according to the college’s website. Nassar was team physician for the MSU women’s gymnastics and women’s crew teams, according to the college’s website. Nassar had an extensive outside resume as a doctor and trainer, highlighted by a top position at USA Gymnastics, according to the page. Nassar is best known for his role with USA Gymnastics, where he worked from 1986 to 2015, according to an Indianapolis Star report. He was national team physician for the USA Women’s Gymnastics team, and he won several awards for his work, according to the college’s website. According to a page on the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s website, Nassar obtained a patent for a brace for gymnasts with syndesmotic ankle sprains. In 2012 Nassar was awarded the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumnus of the Year Award, according to a page on the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s website.

In 2016, Nassar ran for school board in Holt. According to another Indianapolis Star report, he dropped out before Election Day, but his name was not removed from ballots. Nassar finished in third in an election won by the top two vote recipients, receiving more than 20 percent of all votes, according to a State News report.

Former MSU employee Dr. Larry Nassar

between the parties, in order to expedite justice and curtail costs at the trial.” On Feb. 21 Nassar’s federal trial before a jury for two counts of child pornography begins. Nassar is represented by Matthew Ryan Newburg. Stay with The State News for updates on Nassar’s upcoming court dates and appearances.


Nassar is facing accusations of sexual assault and child pornography charges after an investigation featured on an Indianapolis Star report went public. According to the Indianapolis Star report, there had been reports of school and daycare officials neglecting to report suspected child abuse to the authorities, which encouraged the Indianapolis Star to begin an in-depth investigation in August of 2016. This brought to light Olympic organizations failing to inform authorities of sexual abuse done by coaches. A few weeks after the Indianapolis Star ran the story, Rachael Denhollander, a gymnast of Louisville, Ky., filed a criminal complaint against Nassar with the Michigan State Police after seeing the Indianapolis Star Report. According to the lawsuit, when Denhollander was 15 years old she was sexually abused while getting treatment for lower back pain at MSU, where Nassar was a faculty member at the time. In September of 2016, a former Olympic medalist, whose name has not been released to the public, also came forward filing a civil lawsuit in California against Nassar, accusing him of sexual abuse between the years of 1994 and 2000. According to the Indy Star report, the lawsuit also accuses USA Gymnastics and the organization’s past three presidents, including Steve Penny, of failing to act on suspicions of the doctor’s behavior. Former MSU softball player Tiffany Lopez has also come forward with accusations. According to the lawsuit, Lopez was allegedly sexually abused by Nassar more than 10 times between 1998 and 2001 during medical treatments for chronic back pain, the Lansing State Journal reported. According to The Detroit Free Press, around 2001, Lopez refused to see Nassar for treatment but was “pressured and coerced” by MSU to declare herself medically inactive, which led to her leaving the university.


Nassar has upcoming court dates in two different court systems. On Jan. 18 Nassar will be in Ingham County Circuit Court for a civil lawsuit that was filed against him by Katherine Payne. There is a motion to add a party defendant and the first amended complaint will also be filed. The lawsuit was filed on Nov. 22, 2016. Nassar is also facing charges in federal court. He is currently in the custody of the federal court. He faces two counts of child pornography – one count of receipt and attempted receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. The plaintiff in the case is The United States of America. Feb. 13 is the final day of pretrial conferences in federal court. According to a pretrial is “a proceeding held by a judge, arbitrator, etc., before a trial to simplify the issues of law and fact and stipulate certain matters T H U RS DAY, JANUARY 1 2 , 2 01 4




Stephen Olschanski City editor

City Council approves site plan, debated TIF plan for Park District BY STEPHEN OLSCHANSKI AND RILEY MURDOCK FEEDBACK@STATENEWS.COM

After approximately a decade of stagnant development at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Abbot Road, otherwise known as Park District, East Lansing City Council breathed a possibly stimulating breath into the future of East Lansing’s downtown district. On Tuesday night, council unanimously approved site plans for the Park District area presented by Chicago-based developer Convexity Properties. Furthermore, council voted 4-1 on an amended brownfield plan, which will reimburse the developer a $26.2 million interest free during a 30-year plan. The original brownfield plan included a just under $25 million dollar reimbursement to the developer paid back through 23 years beginning in 2018, which carried 5 percent interest. The city would be able to collect property taxes of about $160,000 a year beginning in 2040. “I know this is a lot of money and I know it appears to be a lot of money to the people of this city, but I’m convinced that going forward on this is the right thing to do,” East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows said of the overall project. “I think that paying for public infrastructure improvements … is the right way for us to go.” Even with approval of the plans, a timetable for development and other details of the project will continue to be hashed out in the coming weeks and possibly months. Though plans have been approved, there is no guarantee of development moving forward. Site plans laid forth by the developer include three buildings in the 100 block of Grand River Avenue and along the 300 block of Evergreen Avenue, creating a modern hub for businesses and travelers at the west end of the cities downtown. The most prominent structure, a 12-story mixed use structure housing a hotel and retail

units, would replace the “eyesore” buildings along Grand River Avenue where Thai Hut and the old Citizens Bank building once stood. Evergreen Avenue, which saw the Evergreen Arms Apartments demolished last year, will now be the site of two buildings. The developer will construct a five-level parking garage able to house 425 parking spaces and an attached “12 dwelling units.” The garage will be owned by the city. Furthermore, condominiums will be constructed next to the garage near the edge of Valley Court Park. In addition to the construction of the buildings, the Park District area will undergo significant redevelopment in regards to streets, underground infrastructure. Plans currently include improvements to street right of ways, water and sewer lines and “redevelopment of Evergreen Avenue as a pedestrian/bicycle thoroughfare.” Construction of the site is expected to cost nearly $148 million. Plans have come and fizzled out through the years as different groups languished behind inadequate funding sending the situation into a frustrating saga, leaving many skeptical of any plans laid before council and East Lansing residents. Many attending the meeting expressed concerns about the project including preparation, funding and the city’s debt, but councilmember Susan Woods believed the city had waited long enough to act regarding the redevelopment. “We have been looking at this blight for 10 years, it has been the subject of complaints by every single person, it is an embarrassment to our town, it is an embarrassment to Michigan State University,” Woods said. Request for comment with the developer’s attorney, David Pierson, had not been returned by the time of this story’s publishing. Stay with The State News for more on the developing Park District story.

Rendering of the dwelling units to be constructed on the site of the former Evergreen Arms Apartments. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF EAST LANSING 6


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A rendering of the building for Park District redevelopment that will include a hotel and retail space PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF EAST LANSING


McKenna Ross Features editor

Alumna uses production skills to create electronic music, concert BY JAIMIE BOZACK JBOZACK@STATENEWS.COM

When Krissy Booth walks on stage she has only her keyboard, an interface and a microphone in front of her. Unlike many local musicians, Booth does not rely on a band to back her up, but rather filmed visuals that project on screen behind her. Booth is a solo electronic and indie artist who graduated from MSU in summer 2014 with a degree in media and information and a concentration in video production. Booth is using her video production background to help set her apart from other musicians by filming video songs on her upcoming eight-track album. “I think that with live performing you can do a lot of cool things and there is unlimited stuff you can do,” Booth said. “I think we are all capable of doing more. I am trying to do some live video with some of my performances if I have the space to do it with a projector.” Booth’s live show consists of an interface that allows her to use live loops, samples and effects. It also includes her keyboard, Ableton and the occasional acoustic guitar. Booth said she would compare her electronic sound to artists that include St. Vincent, Grimes and Björk and she was inspired by Beyonce’s album “Lemonade.” “I play everything through my keyboard, 99 percent of this album is recorded with internal sounds from that,” Booth said. “There are only two songs that have guitar at all on them.” Booth’s next show will be held at Mac’s Bar in Lansing on Feb. 4. Booth said she was inspired by her professors at MSU, including Lisa Whiting-Dobson and Jeff Wray. “MSU has a great resource of people,” Booth said. “Everybody that I have filmed with has actually been a female filmmaker that I was a student with at State. I kind of tried to work a lot with just talented people in general. I looked

back and I was like, ‘Wow, I didn’t mean to make this a just women-only project, but it turned into that and I am very excited about it.’” Growing up, Booth said some of her inspirations were David Bowie and Prince. She said her mom would play Mariah Carey and Cher and that inspired her to take vocal lessons. “Mariah Carey was classically trained and operatically trained so I was like, ‘Cool, maybe if I do that I will know more stuff,’” Booth said. “I took singing lessons from classical music and at the end of high school I was like, ‘Shoot, if I go down this road I am going to be an opera singer and all I am going to be able to do is opera at people and it’s not what I want to do at all.’” Booth said she has always had a passion for music, but has struggled to find common ground between playing music and finding a career path. Booth said she found inspiration through her mom’s baby grand piano, which she taught herself how to play. Booth currently makes videos for a career by filming wedding videos and making videos for Speedcast Productions. She said despite the struggle of being an aspiring musician, she will keep pursuing music. “I tried many times to not be a music person, but I couldn’t not be,” Booth said. “You will think of ideas for songs and it’s an outlet, and it has always been my dream.” Jazz studies senior Dakota Peterson played a show with Booth last spring. “She is doing something very advanced in terms of the scene here in Lansing and East Lansing,” Peterson said. “It is not what everybody is used to hearing at least in the area here. It is like singer-songwriter music, metal, punk, rock and then the hip-hop scene, but you don’t get that kind of experimental electronic music. And not only that, but a solo act that is a girl.” Booth said she hopes to release the album sometime within the year.

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What started out as four students wanting to form a service club has grown 14 times its size in two years. With its various service projects and goals, MSU Campus Lions Club has been striving toward a goal of bettering communities, according to members. The founding MSU Lions worked for a year and a half to organize what is now a nationally recognized Lions Club in the District 11-C2, Guiding Lion Ray Robins said. The club is now made up of 56 members. Robins has been involved with the Lions Club organization for 21 years and serves as a mentor to the on-campus group, providing insight and advice when needed, but ultimately lets the group act independently. He said the reason behind the club’s success is the members’ abilities to set goals and achieve them on a semester basis. “Quite frankly, they’re one of the most active clubs in our area because they’ve set very high goals,” Robins said. Although the group has only been active for two years, they have immersed themselves in providing services to the community. From volunteering throughout the school year at Brookdale Senior Living to carrying out Michigan Project KidSight, the MSU Lions keep busy. “They love us coming there,” MSU Campus Lions Club president Kayley Langlands said. The club volunteers at Brookdale twice a month. Last year, the club kept interactions with the residents relatively light by playing games with them. “We’re kind of going to take a shift,” Langlands, a human



biology sophomore, said. “We’re going to start doing more science-based activities. ... We were talking about doing something with Nerf guns where (the residents) would aim at balloons.” The Lions want to utilize their science educational backgrounds and introduce experiments, engineering tasks and activities that will heighten fine motor skills and meet the needs of the residents, Langlands said. Project KidSight is the Lions Club International’s nationwide endeavor to help children see better. Participating Lions get trained on the proper equipment and are able to perform eye exams for those in need. “Lions are known worldwide for helping out the blind and those who need eyeglasses,” Robins said. Robins had no role in helping the MSU Lions choose where to extend their philanthropic efforts — they followed in the traditional footsteps of a Lion. “I get so much joy out of (MSU Campus Lions Club),” Langlands said. “I like slowing down and doing something different for the community rather than just academics.” The residents of Brookdale Senior Living home enjoy the students visiting just as much as the students enjoy helping them, program director Robin Steele said. “If you go into their rooms, they each have a calendar and MSU Lions Club is always highlighted,” Steele said. “They look forward to them and talk about them even after they’ve left.” Steele said having the Lions come in to help, especially around the holidays when they decorate the facility, is helpful. “It can become very lonely in places like this,” she said. “They don’t have family around. They enjoy having that communication with them.”

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Jones reflects on tensions in Game of the Century BY CONNOR CLARK CCLARK@STATENEWS.COM

At the height of the civil rights movement, two teams came together on the gridiron to battle for the bragging rights of the true No. 1 overall team. One school was a predominantly white catholic school. Their opponent — a melting pot with high amounts of black talent. Though the game would end in a tie, the Game of the Century brought together two separate races to battle for superiority. The MSU running back during the game, Clinton Jones, said the players had no care for any race disputes. Jones said the intensity on the game was strictly because of both teams’ competitiveness. “Our attitude for playing against them had nothing to do with race at all, that wasn’t an issue,” Jones said. “We knew we were number one before and after the game.” Flashback to Feb. 11, 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. came to MSU’s campus to spread his message of racial inequality, and more than 4,000 students showed up to hear King speak. Though people were aware of segregation and other racial problems, MSU football found a way to avoid the racial tension in the mid-60s. With players coming from various parts of the country and white and black players intermixed on the same team, Jones worked as a glue between both races. A popular figure on MSU’s campus, Jones was a member of Ome-

ga Psi Phi fraternity and was the first black student to be named Mr. MSU. A common time of segregation was when the team would eat, Jones said. Though black players would eat with black players and white with white, Jones said he wanted to make friends with everybody, so he would go back and forth. “One thing that always struck me was why people hated other people because of the color of their skin,” Jones said. On the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio, Jones grew up in a mostly black neighborhood in Cleveland. He attended Cathedral Latin School, now called Notre Dame - Cathedral Latin, in the late 1950’s and early ‘60s. While in high school, Jones said around 20 African-American students attended Cathedral Latin School. Jones said during this time he saw civil rights leaders speak, such as King and Malcolm X. “Cleveland in the time I was growing up, and (it) is still like this today, was very racially divided,” Jones said. Because of this, Jones said he has always stood for justice. Upon his arrival to campus, Jones and the rest of the freshman class was living in the brand new dorm, Wonders Hall. Under the authority of head coach Duffy Daugherty, Jones said the team was put to the grindstone. The team had a lot of talent, evidenced by MSU football being named national champions in 1965 and 1966. Though winning might have brought the team closer together, Jones said he isn’t sure how the team was able to pull together. “It just materialized,” Jones said. “Looking back now, it Charles “Bubba” Smith, right, closes in on an opponent. Smith played defensive end at MSU from 1964-66. STATE NEWS FILE PHOTO.

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was pretty amazing.” One theory, Jones reminisced, goes back to his time in the Vietnam War. In 1971, Jones went to Vietnam as part of a program by the Department of Defense, United Service Organizations and National Football League. Jones said there was great disparity of racial behavior depending on how close a soldier was to the battlefield. “Guys who are on the battlefield, regardless of their background, they are close, because their lives depended on it,” Jones said. “But guys around the outsides in the rear bases, racism was rampant ... so was drugs and insubordination.” Just as soldiers would fight for one another, Jones said the football team shared a similar bond. “At Michigan State for us, that happened with us, we fought for each other and we developed a respect for each other,” he said. “I would give my life for my teammates, that’s the way I felt, it had nothing to do with race or anything.” As Jones moved on to the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL, he said he learned more about his old teammates. READ MORE AT STATENEWS.COM


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The following events are free according to, however, some may require registration or reservations in advance. JAN. 15 (SUNDAY): Jazz: Spirituals, Prayer and Protest Concerts The event will be hosted and performed by the Professors of Jazz and Jazz ensemble at the College of Music. It will take place at Fairchild Theatre from 3-7 p.m. JAN. 16 (MLK DAY): MLK Day Awareness Project The event will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Union in Room 50. The event’s goal is to create 1,000 #BreakTheSilence posters about a social issue facing our community. Then participants will sign a #BreakTheSilence banner and bring their posters to join a MLK Commemorative March. Participants will show their posters across campus, prominently displaying their social issue of focus. The goal is to

start positive conversations about improving the community between Spartans. Student Leadership Conference The purpose of the Student Leadership Conference is to develop the leadership potential of current students, to provide a platform to elevate student voices, to demonstrate the value of dialogue across difference, & to facilitate the building of inclusive communities, according to the event’s page online. It will take place at 10 a.m. in the Ballroom at the Union. Commemorative March The march beings at 3:15 p.m. at the Ballroom at the Union and will head the Beaumont Tower. Civil and Human Rights Exhibit and Artistic Student Performance The event will begin at 4:15 p.m. at the MSU Museum. In addition, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Endowed Scholarship application deadline is February 28.

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How a decade-old affirmative action ban impacts MSU diversity BY MADISON O’CONNOR MOCONNOR@STATENEWS.COM

How can an institution like MSU keep its mission to ensure the diversity of its student body if it can’t see most demographic information on a student’s application? That’s the mission some MSU officials have been on for the past decade, when Michigan voters decided just that. In 2006, Michigan residents voted to place a ban on affirmative action for Michigan colleges and universities, meaning schools could no longer make student admission decisions based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin. A little more than 10 years after the proposal passed, the effects of the ban still impact MSU students and largely impact minority students. PROPOSITION 2

While opinions of the affirmative action ban can vary, in terms of Proposal 2, it has more of

a solidified meaning. “It’s simply legislation that was approved by the state of Michigan voters that said under Proposition 2 that race, gender and ethnic origin are not factors that can be considered in the holistic review of a student’s credentials in making admissions decisions,” Jim Cotter, director for MSU’s Office of Admissions, said. Historically, campus registered student organizations, or RSOs, have been against the affirmative action ban. In 2006, The State News reported on a rally against Proposal 2, the affirmative action ban legislation. Groups like the Asian Pacific American Student Organization, the Black Student Alliance, the Women’s Council, the Alliance of Bisexual, Gay, Transgender and Straight Ally Students and the Culturas de las Razas Unidas, or CRU, were active at the rally. However, even though the proposal was passed and Michigan college admissions offices can’t see a student’s race, ethnicity and gender on the

applications, schools still have the potential to make assumptions about these things. Oftentimes, a student’s name can be an indicator of their sex, race and ethnicity, so it’s not impossible for schools with affirmative action bans to work around the ban to try and diversify their incoming classes. “I mean, name is certainly in the credential,” Cotter said. “We have to depend on the ethical decisions made by our admissions committee that that can’t be a factor in the admissions decision.” Admissions offices also know some socioeconomic factors about students, but this information couldn’t be used to tell admissions about a student’s sex or race or ethnicity, Cotter said. Family income, the number of people in the family, the education level of parents, whether a student is a first-generation college student and what high school a student comes from are all factors listed on a student’s application. “We know what high school a student comes

from,” Cotter said. “Do we know the makeup of that high school? Perhaps, but that doesn’t in the individual review suggest that that student is a student of color or suggest that that student is a disadvantaged student or whatever the case might be.” One issue the affirmative action ban does not address is recruiting, Cotter said. The university is not prohibited from aggressively recruiting based on gender, race and ethnicity, but it simply cannot use gender, race and ethnicity in making admissions decisions, so the university attempts to appeal to diverse groups in this way. “The one thing I think is critically important is the legislation does not diminish Michigan State’s commitment and understanding of the importance of diversity,” Cotter said. “It is a critical component in who we are, what we are as an institution and it really is ingrained — diversity is ingrained in the mission of Michigan State as a land grant institution.”


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Spotlight Another issue that has plagued universities for years is graduation rates among students. While the overall graduation rate for MSU students has hovered at about 80 percent for the past seven years, minority students, specifically African Americans, are graduating at much lower rates. The graduation rate for black students has been, on average, 20 percent lower than the overall university average during the last seven years. According to MSU’s Planning and Budget’s Office, during the past seven years, the graduation rate for black students has been approximately 58 percent compared to the overall university average of 78 percent for the same length of time. Dr. R. Sekhar Chivukula, associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of undergraduate studies, said while MSU is committed to helping all students succeed, the lower graduation rate is something to be concerned about. “We actually have an overall graduation rate that’s 10 or 11 points higher than you might predict, but we’re not satisfied with that,” Chivukula said. “I don’t think these rates are unusual, but that doesn’t mean we’re satisfied with them. We want to make sure everyone who enters MSU is able to succeed and that’s really the bottom line for us.” Chivukula also said these rates are indicators MSU is not adequately addressing the needs of the state of Michigan and is not helping all students succeed at an equal or high enough rate. “The president and the provost have made it clear that the — what we call the opportunity gap — those differences in graduation rates is unacceptable, and we are working to institute programs to try to make sure that we can really address those differences and correct them,” Chivukula said. PROGRAMS AT MSU

Project 60/50 is one university program that attempts to recognizes differences within the MSU community. The program was officially started in 2014 after almost two years of conversation about the program. Its name comes from the anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision in 1954 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The year 2014 marked the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. The project involved creating events and spaces for discussion about civil and human rights issues, like race, and its success in 2014 helped carry it into the present. The project included community events in East Lansing and the Lansing area as well. “Project 60/50 represented an opportunity to create meaningful conversations on a range of topics that broadly fall within the context of civil and human rights,” Paulette Granberry Russell, senior adviser to the president for diversity and

director for the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, said. While the project was much more active in 2014, the platform is still in use. Some current MSU events still have the 60/50 designation, like Ta-Nehisi Coates’ visit to MSU in April. “What we attempted to do with 60/50 was create an environment where we could elevate opportunities for people to have sometimes what we call ‘difficult dialogues,’ or conversations on a range of topics that impact civil and human rights,” Granberry Russell said. Part of the goal was to create a conversation about issues of racial diversity. “The legacy of 60/50 is the conversations and the dialogues around the issues that sometimes are difficult for us to engage in because they may be on topics that not everyone is comfortable in engaging (in),” Granberry Russell said. “Creating a space where people can engage in the dialogue, to ask the questions, to enter into debate in a civil way, in a civil and respectful way even when we fundamentally disagree with each other, that’s what 60/50 is all about.” There has been more of a move away from the Project 60/50 umbrella since its kickoff year in 2014. Events for discussion and reflection and on campus are expanding from issues of civil and human rights and are looking at issues in a broader sense, Granberry Russell said. “The community, for the most part, led the opportunities,” she said. “It was almost like a grassroots need. It wasn’t like this office or Student Affairs said, ‘We’re doing this, you’re all going to come.’ It was really the community itself asking for the opportunity for this space.” But less of an active 60/50 program does not mean racial issues won’t be discussed elsewhere on campus. Granberry Russell said events are now striving to build inclusive communities. This would promote engagement and openness on campus. The hope is the programs MSU puts on will create a space for people to feel comfortable and to discuss issues that aren’t always the most comfortable to talk about. Those who put the events on aim to solve the problems that come along with the affirmative action ban and graduation rates. They hope to create a space of inclusion for people of all backgrounds. “One of (MSU’s) core values is inclusion,” Granberry Russell said. “You can’t just declare that we’re an inclusive community. You have to engage in that work almost on a daily basis to communicate to all who are here. You know, you belong here, regardless of how you identify, regardless of your politics, regardless of your faith or your absence of faith. That this environment, this campus community, is for you.”

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Lansing school desegregation still a conversation as recent as 2013 BY BRIGID KENNEDY BKENNEDY@STATENEWS.COM

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. In Lansing, the process of desegregation isn’t over yet. After the Supreme Court decision, commonly known as Brown v. Board of Education, many school districts across the country began to desegregate, but in other districts, the process was slow or stagnant. In 1972, 18 years after school segregation was ruled unconstitutional, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or the NAACP, sued the Lansing Board of Education for implementing a policy they worried could have a “resegregative effect,” according to University of Nebraska political science professor Michael W. Combs.

Schools in Lansing with more students of color had smaller playgrounds, and in the case of the Michigan Avenue School, were poorly maintained, Federal Judge Noel Fox wrote in his opinion. Hiring practices in the Lansing School District were discriminatory, too, Fox noted. Some applicants were told that the district didn’t hire teachers of color, though Olivia Letts was hired in 1951 as Lansing’s first black elementary teacher, and eventually became the district’s first black principal. Letts was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2016 for her work desegregating the Lansing School District. The lawsuit could have been prevented by earlier action, according to Fox. “The present School Board had numerous opportunities throughout the course of this case to terminate the litigation by voluntarily

integrating the elementary schools,” Fox wrote in his opinion. “Instead of resolving the matter themselves, the Board members chose to pursue the litigation and force the court to decide the hard issues involved.” The Lansing Board of Education was found liable for policies of intentional segregation. The policies were “vestiges of slavery,” Fox wrote. The desegregation process still isn’t finished. “Lansing School District has dealt with court-ordered mandatory desegregation” for more than 40 years, according to a 2013 desegregation plan. “Lansing School District continues to grapple with desegregation issues and low performance in racially identifiable schools.” White students in Lansing continue to move to charter and parochial schools from public schools in the district, according to the 2013 plan. In response, the Lansing School District says they hope to create magnet programs to draw

students back in and “reduce Black student isolation,” although limited funding is a major hindrance to the implementation of desegregation plans. Even 63 years after Brown v. Board of Education, desegregation in schools is not complete. Representatives from the Lansing School District could not be reached for comment.

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MSU has a long history of social activism on campus, from the extensive protests during the Vietnam War to the recent protests surrounding the results of the 2016 presidential election. This tendency for action is not any different during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. At MSU and around the country, it was a time of sit-ins and speeches. Students of all backgrounds participated in these acts to try to change their university and their country. Some of the events that occurred at MSU during the civil rights era were speeches from major voices of the civil rights movement. In January of 1963, Malcolm X visited the MSU campus to speak to MSU students and faculty. Malcolm X spoke about issues of race in addition to discussing the Muslim religion as a black man. He also answered questions from those who were the audience. Malcolm X grew up in the Lansing area, but his family was discriminated against, according to MSU Libraries. When Malcolm was four years old, his house in a whites-only subdivision was burned down. Following Malcolm X’s vis-

it to MSU, two years later Martin Luther King Jr. came to speak to students at the university. According to the MSU University Archives and Historical Collections, more than 4,000 people came to hear King speak. King’s speech functioned as a fundraiser for the Student Tutorial Education Program, or STEP. STEP was an outreach program that help tutor students at Rust College of Holly Springs, Miss. In May of 1969, black students at MSU held a two-night sit-in at the Wilson Hall cafeteria in order to protest racism at the university, according to a Detroit Free Press article within the MSU Archives. About 100 students occupied the cafeteria and did not leave until an agreement was reached between Black Student Alliance and the university. The following year, there was a similar sit-in at the Union that protested the killing by police of two black students of Jackson State College in Mississippi in May 1970. According to Detroit News article from the MSU archives, a sit-in was held by 130 white students who called themselves “Action Group to Combat Racism.” READ MORE AT STATENEWS.COM

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Before the 2016 election, public policy junior Sarah Vang was walking a distance behind a group of women who were approached by another woman with a clipboard. The woman asked if they were registered to vote, and when they said yes she let them go on their way, Vang said. That’s when Vang purposely started walking slower. She wanted to see if the woman would ask her to vote, she said. Even when Vang was right in front of her and there was no one else around, the woman didn’t ask her if she was registered. Vang said she believes this might be because the woman thought she was an international student, as Vang is Hmong-American. “I’ve been mistaken as an international student, and that does make me feel like me growing up here for 20 years, and my family’s been here for almost 30 years, and I feel like that kind of gets overlooked and people don’t really see me as American even though I’ve been here all my life,” Vang said. Vang and journalism junior Emily Liebau are co-presidents of the MSU organization Asian Pacific American Student Organization, or APASO. They said although it might be in different forms than it is for other ethnic groups, Asian-Americans still face discrimination on campus. “I feel like oftentimes when I’m in class or in a group of people who are not Asian, I feel like I have to make sure I speak English really clearly or always have to feel like I have to prove myself,” Vang said. “Like, ‘Hey, I’m not international, I’m American.’” Besides being mistaken as international students, Vang and Liebau said there are other challenges Asian-Americans face, one of which is the “model minority myth.”

“The model minority myth usually applies to Asian-Americans, and we’re often seen as the model minority group that is academically, economically doing really well,” Vang said. “So they overcome anything.” According to the Pew Research Center, 19 percent of Asian-Americans said they had “personally faced discrimination in the past year” between 2000 to 2010. During that time period, 61 percent said being Asian-American made no difference on their admission to school and college and 62 percent said it made no difference while looking for a job. Liebau said she has been affected by the model minority stereotype. Ever since she was in elementary school, kids teased her for being bad at math because she was Asian. “It’s the little things like when you’re in elementary school, but then it becomes bigger things when it continues all the way up to college,” she said. As a Filipino-American, Liebau said some people don’t consider her Asian, even some members of her family. Asia is not only the largest continent in the world, but it is also the most populated, according to worldatlas. It includes regions such as India, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia. “We’re all extremely different,” Liebau said. “We have different traditions and languages and just cultures overall.” Liebau said although all of the different Asian cultures are rich and intricate, stereotypes generalize and simplify them. Not only does it categorize all Asians as smart, but it causes other ethnic groups to be looked down upon, she said. Since the presidential election, Vang and Liebau said there has been a rise in prejudice against not only Asian-Americans, but many different ethnic groups. Liebau recounted an incident she heard about from a friend where an Indian teaching assistant was told to get out

of the country and go back to her own in the middle of a lecture. Liebau said it was scary that people were telling others to do something as serious as leave the country. She said there needs to be more conversations than arguments and that people can’t diminish what people are feeling by saying everything is going to be OK.

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Sophomore forward Mason Appleton (27) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period of the 52nd Great Lakes Invitational semifinal game against Western Michigan on Dec. 29, 2016 in Detroit. PHOTO: NIC ANTAYA BY COLTON WOOD CWOOD@STATENEWS.COM

The MSU hockey team (4-13-1, 0-4-0 Big Ten) is currently riding a seven-game losing skid after being swept this past weekend on the road against the Wisconsin Badgers. While the team has been on a downslide this year, evidenced by its seven-game losing streak, sophomore forward Mason Appleton has been a bright spot for the struggling Spartans. The Green Bay, Wis. native has been the Spartans’ go-to threat this season as he is currently leading MSU in goals with eight, has nine assists and 17 points. “Obviously, winning comes first and that’s really (where) the attention should be, that’s what should have the most attention,” Appleton said. “But points-wise, I think I have done a good job of producing. … I’ve got to continue doing that and stay consistent with my play, and obviously I’ve got to be one of the best players on the ice to give our team a good chance to win the game.” Head coach Tom Anastos agreed it is often easy to overlook extraordinary play when a team is losing, but complimented Appleton’s play this season. “I think Mason’s game has been pretty consistent,” Anastos said. “I think his point productivity has been consistent, but I think there’s more there to give. I do think this past weekend (at Wisconsin), he was putting a little more pressure on himself and started cheating the game a little bit too, and when I say that, I’m not saying that in a derogatory manner.” In the Spartans’ last seven games, Appleton — who

was drafted in the sixth round by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft prior to arriving in East Lansing — has been off the scoresheet just once and recorded five points through the last five games. In the 18 total games the Spartans have played, Appleton has recorded a point in all but six of them. One of those such games also included when Appleton went down against Michigan Tech University with an apparent shoulder injury. Appleton’s play has placed him among the best in the country in multiple categories. Six of Appleton’s goals have found the back of the net on the power play, which is tied for No. 6 in the nation, and his 17 total points this season is No. 10 in the Big Ten. The 6-foot-2 forward had a career night against Michigan Tech on Nov. 4. He set career-highs in power play goals and points in the Spartans’ 3-2 win over the Huskies. In the victory, Appleton also tied his career -high in goals scored with two along with notching the game-winner in overtime. Other notable highlights this season include registering his second game-winner of the season on Nov. 12 in the Spartans’ win over Ferris State. MSU’s 2015-16 Outstanding Rookie produced 22 points last season, including a team-high 17 assists after appearing in all 37 games. Appleton enters this weekend’s matchup against Penn State five points shy from his point total from last season. Appleton became the first Spartan since 2009 to pick up a point in his first three collegiate contests, recording three assists.

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Topping the Big Ten this season is Purdue behind head coach Matt Painter. The early Big Ten player of the year, forward Caleb Swanigan has torched defenses with jump shot touch and a wide frame to help get baskets in the paint. Swanigan this season has four games of 20-plus points and 20-plus rebounds, unheard of from a collegiate player. Swanigan initially committed to MSU before decommitting and selecting a school closer to home. The team’s length continues with 7-foot-2 center Issac Haas. Purdue is 14-3 with losses to defending national champions Villanova, Louisville and an overtime loss to Minnesota. As a team, the Boilermakers have the best scoring margin in the Big Ten, beating teams by an average of 17.5 points. They have the second best field-goal percentage in the Big Ten and average 19.5 assists per game, second best in the country. Guard Dakota Mathias leads Purdue in assists with 4.1 per game and has the second best 3-point field goal average at 50 percent this season. Purdue as a team is the best in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage.


Mounting a nine-game winning streak before their loss to Purdue, the Badgers have the best scoring defense in the Big Ten, being the only team to hold their opponents to less than 60 points per game on average. They have no bad losses so far this season, their three losses this season have all come against ranked opponents. Fundamentally, Wisconsin limits teams to one shot each possession, less than any other Big Ten team and takes care of the ball with the second best turnover margin. The Badgers are led in scoring by guard Bronson Koenig at 14 points per game. However, they have two other players, forward Nigel Hayes and forward Ethan Happ, who provide dangerous offensive options.


Off to a slow start in the Big Ten, head coach Tom Crean has crafted an offensive juggernaut in Bloomington, Ind. The scoring leaders in the Big Ten at 85.9 points per game, the Hoosiers are led by guard James Blackmon Jr. at 17.6 points per game. They have an inside presence with center Thomas Bryant and an X-factor in OG Anunoby. The Hoosiers’ achilles heel has been their turnovers. They coughed up 19 turnovers in a loss to Nebraska and lost the turnover margin by six in a loss to Wisconsin. Although the Hoosiers started slow, Crean will get his team back on track.


The Pitino family has shown they’re more than capable of coaching high-energy defenses. The Golden Gophers lead the Big Ten with almost seven blocked shots a game. Their ability to rotate defensively has frustrated teams into shooting an average of 38.1 percent from the floor, the best defensive average in the Big Ten. In their last game against Ohio State University, the Golden Gophers took just 10 minutes to gain an 18-point lead. They are 15-2 on the year and ranked No. 24 in the nation.



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Sophomore forward Kenny Goins (25) dunks the ball during the second half of the men’s basketball game against Rutgers on Jan. 4 at Breslin Center. The Spartans defeated the Scarlet Knights, 93-65. PHOTO: NIC ANTAYA


Starting 3-0 in the Big Ten, the Spartans finally started to move forward after an injury-riddled offseason and a poor showing against the nation’s elites in the beginning of the non-conference season. The Spartans have a key comeback victory against Minnesota and now have their leading scorer and rebounder, freshman forward Miles Bridges, back in the lineup. His absence gave way to a rising star in freshman forward Nick Ward, who is averaging 13.8 points per game. Technically the leading scorer title goes to Ward, because of the amount of games he’s played and Bridges missed.


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Jankoska shatters records as MSU upsets No. 11 Ohio State at Breslin BY DENISE SPANN DSPANN@STATENEWS.COM

On Tuesday night, senior guard Tori Jankoska broke two records for the MSU women’s basketball team. The first came early in the game with Jankoska just seven points away from becoming the all-time leading scorer. Later in the game, the captain broke the single-game scoring record, finishing with 42 points. After the dust settled and MSU upset No. 11 Ohio State University, Jankoska had a program-leading 1,853 points for the green and white. “I’m happy, I mean there’s no other way to say it,” Jankoska said. “The most important thing is that we won ... this was big for our team, big for the Big Ten championship run. we got to protect our home court, everybody stepped up and did what they needed to do. It was one of the funnest game I’ve ever been a part of, and it’s not even because I was breaking records.” This season, Jankoska averaged 22.8 points per game, with her highest scoring game before Ohio State was 39 points against Oakland University. The minute the guard’s 3-pointer swished the nets of the basket, the Breslin Center crowd rose to its feet after she broke the record. In the timeout shortly after, her teammates congratulated her. After fainting in a game earlier this year, head coach Suzy Merchant was back on the sidelines. Her presence restored on the bench, Merchant said one thing stuck out to her while watching her senior captain play — consistency. “I was enjoying watching her, you know when she came off the sideline, I’ve witnessed some pretty cool

Senior guard Tori Jankoska (1) drives ball up the court alongside Ohio State University freshman guard Kiara Lewis during the fourth quarter of the women’s basketball game against Ohio State on Jan. 10 at the Breslin Center. The Spartans defeated the Buckeyes, 94-75.

moments with kids, wins and different things, but to do it the way she did it, it just was consistent,” Merchant said. “From the jump it was not even a question, she was in a zone and I’ve not seen many players get in a zone like that. I don’t know if our fans have ever really seen that happen that much at the Breslin on the women’s side.” In the first half alone, Jankoska scored 31 points, which caused Ohio State to have problems closing the 13-point deficit. The Spartan lead soon grew to 20 points in the third quarter. Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said the team tried to take her out of her rhythm and to keep the ball out of her hands, neither of which were successful. While solid throughout the night, Jankoska received help from some of her teammates, who made momentum-changing shots at crucial times in the game. Sophomore forward Hana Vesela and redshirt-freshman forward Victoria Gaines landed 3-pointers that kept the lead in the double digits. Gaines said Jankoska helps her teammates play harder and at a higher level. “She brings so much energy, her presence is just powerful because of what she brings and just gets everyone together,” Gaines said. “It just excites everybody, just making us want to play harder to her potential.” As the game was coming to a close, Jankoska squeaked by the single-game points record, contributing 42. The record previously belonged to Maxann Reese, who scored 41 points against Iowa in 1999. After a record-breaking night, along with downing a ranked Big Ten rival, the Spartans improved their record to 3-1 in conference play. Next up, MSU will take on Rutgers University on Jan. 14 at New Brunswick, N.J. as it continues Big Ten play.


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Senior guard Tori Jankoska (1) smiles as she jogs off the court after the second quarter of the women’s basketball game against Ohio State University on Jan. 10 at the Breslin Center. The Spartans defeated the Buckeyes, 94-75. Jankoska scored 42 points against the Buckeyes. PHOTO: JON FAMUREWA

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