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Working together: One year later East Lansing and Lansing began by sharing a fire chief, look to collaborate with nearby cities and townships



not received 30 days from the invoice date. By having Talifarro spend part of his time in both Lansing and East Lansing, Lahanas said the city is giving up something by not having him spend all his time at the department. “He’s not needed on a dayto-day basis to fight a fire,” he said “It doesn’t lessen our fire emergency response right now. But what it does stop is that perhaps it’s less time for him to tackle the issues he wants to tackle.” Gerald Rodabaugh, ELFD fi re marshal and president of the local 1609 Firefight-

From age six, Allison Koning knew she wanted to be a nurse. But at what price? According to the MSU Controller’s Office, the accelerated option in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or BSN, program costs in-state students, such as Koning, $601.50 per credit hour, while upper-division traditional BSN students pay $460 a credit hour for the same education. The accelerated BSN program is a consecutive 14-month undergraduate nursing program in the College of Nursing. The traditional undergraduate nursing program is a two-year program without summer sessions. But while accelerated BSN students are paying for exclusive summer courses, some students wonder why they are paying about $140 more for the same classes as traditional students in the fall and spring semesters. “This semester, we are in class with the traditional students with the exact same instruction, at the exact same time, in the exact same room, and we are paying (about) $150 more,” Koning said. “That blows my mind.” Shannon Brecheisen, the director of the Office of Student Support Services in MSU’s College of Nursing, said the premium cost year-round accounts for the specialized instruction accelerated BSN program students receive during the summer semesters. Brecheisen said the accelerated BSN program accepts about 50 students each May, while the traditional BSN program accepts about 120 students each year. According to the Office of the Registrar, the accelerated option program is specific to the College of Nursing. Amanda Kujawa, a student in the traditional undergrad-

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Firefighter Bill Bailey, left, and firefighter/paramedic Chris Patterson test equipment Monday at the East Lansing Fire Department. The firefighters were having problems with one of the trucks not properly distributing foam.

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East Lansing and Lansing Fire Department Fire Chief Randy Talifarro works between 40 and 50 hours a week, receives 100 or more emails a day and treks between East Lansing and Lansing daily. Adding time spent outside of work at city council meetings and other community events, his work week sometimes can stretch to nearly 70 hours. That’s because Talifarro is one man working a job made for two. One year ago, Talifarro began serving as the fire chief for both the East Lansing Fire Department, or ELFD, and Lansing fire department, when the two cities agreed to share his services after former Lansing Fire Chief Tom Cochran retired. The deal, which took effect Jan. 15, 2012, expired Monday. East Lansing City Council will decide whether to approve a new yearlong agreement for Talifarro to remain fire chief for the two departments at today’s regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall, 410 Abbot Rd. If the agreement is approved, Talifarro will continue to do what he started a year ago: bring more collaboration between the fire departments in the Lansing area communities.


Facing another year East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas plans to recommend council approve the new year-long agreement. “The city of Lansing is interested in extending it as well,” he said. “At this point we’ll look to extend it from this Jan. 15 until next January.” Not much has changed in the proposed agreement, other than new language requiring the city of Lansing to pay about 50 percent of Talifarro’s $119,000 salary. Originally, Lansing was required to pay between 40 to 60 percent of his salary depending on where he spent most of his time. Lansing also must pay a 2 percent late charge if payment is


Michigan universities differ Engagement Center opens in McDonel on Taser use in police depts. By Alex McClung THE STATE NEWS

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A f ter Easter n Michigan University police began using Tasers this month, MSU police and students are joining the debate of when and how they should be used on campus. MSU police have about 55 to 60 Tasers for all officers assigned to the road who complete a four-hour training, with renewed training every two years, said MSU police Sgt. Mike Aguilera, a defensive tactics and Taser instructor. “After looking at statistics, it reduced officer injury and suspect injury,” Aguilera said of the choice to implement Taser carrying at the MSU department about 10 years ago. He said there have been around six cases in which Tasers were used at MSU in the last year. Their use has minimized the need for hand-tohand combat, which puts the

“In my experience in Lansing … it kept officers from deploying deadly force.”


officers in more danger. He said Taser use at universities should be on a caseby-case basis depending on a college’s circumstances. “Central Michigan doesn’t have the population we do,” Aguilera said. “If Central was next to Detroit, I think they would reconsider.” Central Michigan University police Lt. Larry Klaus said his department decided against allowing officers to carry Tasers because very few assaults on officers have occurred on campus in the

When professional writing senior Brooke Hawkins first saw the new River Trail Neighborhood Engagement Center, she was amazed. Although Hawkins no longer lives in the residence halls, she works at the River Trail Neighborhood’s Writing Center. “If this had happened when I was living in the dorms, I probably would have been happier,” Hawkins said. “Everything’s so centralized. This center is a great way to meet people.” The River Trail Neighborhood Engagement Center held its grand opening Monday night in McDonel Hall. The center’s green halls wrap around the McDonel Hall Kiva, guiding students to areas where they can receive both academic and physical assistance. The center has academic advising services for students, including a math tutoring space and a

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From left, psychology freshman Janel Lynn, studio art freshman Meg Piavis and athletic training freshman Ksenija Taylor try out props at McDonel Hall’s Kiva during the opening celebration of the River Trail Engagement Center on Monday.

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From the blog roll COGS to host charity event The Council of Graduate Students, or COGS, will be putting on a charity event, Welcome Back Social, this upcoming Thursday Jan. 17. at Dublin Square, 327 Abbot Rd. The event runs from 7 to 11 p.m. with 10 percent of the proceeds going to “Ele’s Place,” located at 1145 W. Oakland Ave., in Lansing. “It is what we call a Welcome Back Social, so COGS is collaborating with some of the other professional student organizations and student governance groups,” COGS President Stefan Fletcher said. “It’s a charity event social so the proceeds from the event will go to benefit Ele’s Place.” The event is open to all graduate students plus their friends and family, with free appetizers, discounted drinks and live music. ROBERT BONDY | STATENEWS.COM/BLOG

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ers Union, said when handling two departments, some things are going to be put on the back burner. It might be as small as not having the time to talk to staff or other personnel, but it’s still something Rodabaugh will miss. “Is it a negative issue? Some days yes, some days no,” he said. “Is it the end of the world? No.” Talifarro said getting everything done is any fi re chief’s challenge. It’s probably the same for most administrators with a lot of responsibilities, but it helps having colleagues to delegate to, Talifarro said. “You have to have other staff who’s doing their part,” he said. “Have people contributing at all levels, not just one person.” Shared resources Talifarro’s added responsibilities as Lansing fire chief coincided with a study on shared services between the fire departments in East Lansing, Lansing, Delhi Township, Delta Township, Lansing Township and Meridian Township. Consulting firm Plante Moran conducted the study.

The study, released in June 2012 , explored how the six departments can better collaborate, although Talifarro said collaborations between the departments was happening long before the study was finished. The departments have a joint hazardous material response team and joint urban search and rescue team that serve Greater Lansing. The departments also purchase shared equipment. Lansing, East Lansing, Meridian Township and Delta Township train together to help teams work together and better prepare for mutual aid responses. For big events in East Lansing, such as home MSU football games or concerts, the ELFD brings in help from the Meridian Township Fire Department and Lansing Fire Department. The big plan The fire study described a four-phased approach on how the departments could better collaborate during a six or seven year process. One of the approaches in the first phase is automatic mutual aid, where the closest fi re department to an emergency would respond, regardless of jurisdictional lines. “It’s a very good concept,” Rodabaugh said. “But it has to be thought out.” Rodabaugh said the departments started talking about hav ing the same policies and procedures in place to


respond to emergencies, but it might be a while before that’s accomplished. Rodabaugh said it must be well planned so departments can deal with complex situations, such as making sure all trucks are properly staffed — no matter who responds to a fire. The cooperation between both departments has allowed East Lansing and Lansing to receive more than $2 million in staffing grants from Federal Emergency Management Agency, as the grants were weighted to include regional cooperation. Talifarro said grants helped maintain the staffing levels in East Lansing and helped pay for 12 laid-off Lansing firefighters to rejoin the force. The last phases of the collaboration approach recommended cutting firefighters from fulltime to part-time and merging departments to save money. Councilmember Kevin Beard said none of the departments have agreed to a merger or to a full consolidation of the departments. “I will resist any attempt to cut our professional firefighters back to part-time,” Beard said. Although the study gave useful suggestions to help save money and resources for both departments, it’s doubtful whether all recommendations will be followed in the long run. “It was only designed to examine the merit of further discussion about consolidation,” Talifarro said.

uate BSN program said she has friends in the accelerated BSN program and has heard them discuss about the additional cost. “I don’t think it’s fair because they are getting the same education as us,” Kujawa said. “But they are getting their education condensed over one year and we are paying over two years … so I can see (MSU’s) point.” Koning said upon acceptance into the program, she was notified that on top of tuition, there would be extra expenses for materials, and she would have to account for transportation to her clinical, which is located in Detroit. Other nursing schools, such as the University of Michigan , also have higher tuition rates for nursing students on an accelerated track. Upper division nursing in-state students pay $7,225 per term, while students in a “second career nursing upper division” program — a program comparable to the accelerated BSN option, Brecheisen said — pay $8,103 per term.

nese sophomore Tiara Harris, a McDonel Hall resident, said she was impressed by Monday’s festivities and the new engagement center. Harris said she looks forward to using the center for non-academic purposes. “I plan on using the TVs and different video games here,” Harris said. “But I think they need more TVs.” Students in attendance were able to participate in a drawing for the grand prize of a basketball signed by Tom Izzo, as well as smaller prizes such as T-shirts, if they visited 10 resource desks

at the event. Hancock said although the grand opening was Monday night, the River Trail Engagement Center opened for use during the fall semester and was well utilized, with about 50 to 60 students using the facilities every night. Finance sophomore Jiawei Wen said he is excited to take advantage of the academic support the new engagement center offers. “I’m glad I won’t have to go to Hubbard (Hall) for academic advising anymore ,” Wen said.

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writing center, as well as a community kitchen and a student health clinic. It now is the fifth center on campus, following the opening of other centers in Hubbard Hall, Holden Hall, Brody Square and the Union. “Our goal is really for student academic success,” said Jodi Hancock, director of the River Trail Neighborhood Engagement Center. “We are bringing services here to where students live for their academic and physical benefit.”

Hancock said in addition to the academic help centers, the center will offer yoga and zumba classes to students, and study spaces, such as computer lounges, to create an academically supportive environment for students. “In the old days, everyone used to have to go to Wells Hall for math help,” Hancock said. “Now, you can be doing your laundry downstairs and see a bunch of students around you finding help from tutors.” Hancock estimated between 500 and 1,000 students attended the opening event which offered students a tour of the new center, tarot card readings, a photo booth, henna tattoos, crafts, chair massages and caricature paintings. Laughing with her friends about the picture she just picked up from the photobooth, Japa-

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last few years — about two assaults in 2011. “It’s based a lot on the college campus community,” Klaus said. “We don’t feel it would be viewed favorably.” Klaus said prior to his work at the Central Michigan police, he worked at the Lansing Police Department, where Tasers are used. “They’re great tools,” Klaus said. “In my experience in Lansing … it kept officers from deploying deadly force.” Klaus said the Central Michigan police also were concerned with the negative aspects of the Taser, including risk of death. Still, Aguilera said the deaths involved with Taser use might have been because of other underlying health issues. “Stuff has to give you the

edge whenever life and death is on the line,” Aguilera said. “It’s a tool.” He said Tasers only are used when an officer feels the need to use a “less than lethal” weapon, or a weapon unlikely to cause death, and sometimes the mere sight of a Taser can de-escalate a situation before use is necessary. Although Klaus said Tasers might not be welcome in the Central Michigan community just yet, some MSU students feel safer knowing Tasers are used as an alternative to guns. “Guns make me uncomfortable and Tasers make me uncomfortable,” interdisciplinary studies in social science and international studies senior Lauren Kovacevich said. “But if it’s police — no matter if it’s a state police, a local police or an (MSU) police — I think they should be qualified to handle those properly and know … when to use them.” Staf f writer Chri stine L a R o u e re c o n t r i b u t e d t o this story.

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A Michigan law that required police to obtain a warrant before forcing State Rep. Bob Genetsk i to take a blood test for evidence of drunken driving now might be implemented nationally, pending a Genetski U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The Supreme Court held oral arguments last week, but are expected in June to reach a decision on whether or not police should be able to draw blood samples from suspected drunken drivers without a warrant or consent from the driver, which currently is illegal in Michigan. If found unconstitional, the ruling would overturn Michigan law. Some police worry that waiting for a warrant might give time for a suspect’s blood alcohol level to drop below the legal limit. But East Lansing attorney and drunken driving case specialist Mike Nichols, who represented Genetski, R-Saugatuck, after he was arrested for drunken driving near campus a year ago this Saturday, isn’t so sure. Nichols said some Michigan judges are misapplying a previous court ruling and allowing warrantless blood draws in certain cases because they worry blood alcohol content, which would be used as evidence, would fall below the legal limit before a police could acquire a warrant. Nichols said it is unlikely a driver’s blood alcohol content will fall within the time a judge grants an officer a warrant. The legislator and chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education was found guilty and sentenced to complete 40 hours of community service and pay $1,100 in fi nes. After his arrest, Genetski reportedly refused to take a mandatory Breathalyzer test. “Upon my refusal I was arrested and eventually lodged at the Ingham County Jail,” Genetski said in a Jan. 20, 2012 statement. Genetski complied with a court-ordered blood test about two hours after his arrest. Two tests found his blood alcohol content was .088 , which is above the legal limit of .08 for drivers 21 and older. Nichols said if police had not sought a warrant in the Genetski case, police might not have been able to use the blood test in the court proceedings. MSU police Sgt. Shaun Mills said testing drivers’ blood usually is a good way to collect physical evidence of drunken driving. “It’s pretty definitive and pretty specific (and) pretty concrete,” he said. A safe way to calculate how long it takes blood to leave the system is one hour per one drink, according to Nichols said refusing a blood test doesn’t come without a cost. “There are penalties for the person if they refuse, but those relate to the driving privileges,” he said.

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Sitting next to a table of board games and a bookshelf stocked with titles such as “The Gender Frontier” and “Lesbian and Gay Voices,” psychology senior and queer student Jennifer Wallsteadt made herself comfortable in the LGBT Resource Center, located in room 302 of Student Services. She visited the resource center during its Spring Open House on Monday to find out what events they have planned for the upcoming semester. Although the resource center’s Open House was geared toward opening its doors to new students and transfers, Wallsteadt treats it like her home. “Before I was out about my sexuality, I actually passed by a couple times before I came in,” Wallsteadt said, adding at first, she was too nervous to walk inside. “But when I did come in, they were very accepting (and) they let me say things at my own pace.” Wallsteadt said she found not only comfort in the LGBT Resource Center, but it also motivated her to find her

niche in other student groups on campus. “If (students) are at the point in their life where they want to look for places in the LGBT category, this is a great place to start,” she said. Through the resource center’s weekly updates, Wallsteadt discovered QCROSS, a group for queer Christians. “I always thought you could be queer and Christian, which is partly why I jumped right into (QCROSS),” said Wallsteadt, who now serves as the group’s secretary. “That’s an area people need to know a lot about and be (more) comfortable with.” In addition to publicizing events and clubs going on in the MSU community that could help students who visit the resource center, its staff focuses on supporting students through all stages of college life, whether they’re freshmen, transfers or recent graduates. Sitting beneath a framed rainbow flag and a flyer for a transgender, intersex and genderqueer student support group, Program Assistant Denzel McCampbell said the center also trains students outside of the LBGT spectrum to act as allies for the community. “The boundaries are endless with us,” McCampbell said. “We have a wide array of things to


Media and information junior Elliot Zirulnik, right, concentrates while playing “Tumbling Towers” against journalism junior Monica Reida at the LGBT Resource Center Spring Open House on Monday at the Student Services building.

offer from just coming over to say ‘Hi,’ just coming in if you need someone to talk to or the training programs we have.” McCampbell said most importantly, they strive to be a home where students can go if they need help or just a place to

hang out. Since Monica Reida transferred to MSU last semester, the journalism junior said she struggled making connections with the students around her. After stopping by the resource center twice a week, she began to see a huge difference in

her social life. “I realized I needed a support network as someone who is a member of the LGBT community,” Reida said between turns of her Jenga game. “I came here toward the end of the semester to start getting in touch.”


Officials plan for meditation room in Butterfield Hall By Robert Bondy THE STATE NEWS ■■

The addition of a meditation room as part of the Butterfield Hall renovation project was announced at the Residence Halls Association, or RHA, media general assembly meeting last Wednesday. Residence Education and Housing Services Assistant Director of Communications Ashley Chaney displayed a board with the plan and images of the meditation room at last week’s meeting. The room is set to open in August

of 2014. “The meditation room is simply going to be a quite place to go and reflect,” Chaney said. The room will feature some of Michigan’s natural aspects with the walls displaying water and wood themes. The room also will include a floor sink students can use while in the room. Armstrong and Bryan halls will have meditation rooms but won’t include floor sinks, which could be used for people to wash their feet or face, Interim Assistant Director of Construction Management Bill Whitbeck said. “Design-wise, it is going to have a wall finish that will represent

water and a wall finish that represents wood, (with) two glass walls that look like windows,” he said. “It’ll be very calming.” Butterfield will be shut down next year while renovations are made to the whole building. The meditation room officially will be open when the building is reopened at the start of the fall semester 2014. Since the project is part of the previously planned renovations, there will be no additional costs to build the room. Meditation rooms could appear more on campus as the school continues to renovate dorms, Whitbeck said.

Chaney said she is unsure if students living off campus will have access to the meditation rooms because there are certain times when the halls are locked for security purposes. The meditation room will be added because of student requests, Whitbeck said. “When we do a project, we talk to a wide variety of people — students, staff and faculty — and the feedback showed students asked for it,” Whitbeck said. RHA is on board with adding a relaxation room and supports the project. “It is a beautiful and relaxing area for students to enjoy,”



RHA Director of Public Relations Abigail Bhattacharyya said. “Its addition is one more way MSU provides students with an amazing on-campus experience that promotes security and inclusion for all student residents.” Kinesiology sophomore Lindsay Kander, who occasionally meditates in her free time, believes the addition of the meditation room will help some students. “I think it’ll be beneficial just as a quiet space to just get away from all the craziness of school, and it might be good for students to be on their own and think about their life and stuff,” Kander said.

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Support decreases for Tea Party movement By Alex McClung THE STATE NEWS ■■

America’s Tea Party movement might be losing its influence and followers, a recent survey shows. Rasmussen Reports released a poll last week that shows the Tea Party movement is at its lowest popularity ever. The poll, conducted Jan. 3 and 4 from 1,000 likely voters, found 8 percent of respondents identified as members of the Tea Party movement, down from a high of 24 percent in April 2010. The survey also found 30 percent of likely U.S. voters have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party, while almost half of respondents, or 49 percent, said they view it unfavorably. Twenty-one percent were undecided. The Tea Party is a “grassroots movement that calls awareness to any issue which challenges the security, sovereignty or domestic tranquility of our beloved nation, the United States of America,” the organization’s website said. The group promotes a limited government, individual responsibility and fiscal frugality. “It was a natural home for me,” MSU College Republicans’ vice chair Cody Hibbs said. Hibbs said he might agree with some of the organization’s values, but he never has been an actual member of the movement. Although the organization’s website said it has many

Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and Independents who identify with its beliefs, many of its Congressional members are Republicans, including former presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who is founder of the House of Representatives Tea Party Caucus. But Corwin Smidt, an assistant professor in the department of political science, said he believes part of the reason the Tea Party movement might be loosing popularity is because of how it is portrayed by the media. “They paint the Tea Party as a problem of extremism,” Smidt said. “It makes it more difficult for people on the ground who are working for the Tea Party movement.” MSU College Democrats President Stephen Wooden said he believes the movement’s loss in popularity is because of its extreme views and lack of support for the middle class. “It’s definitely true that their dogmatic approach to policy led to the most unproductive session of Congress in decades,” Wooden said. “Their drastic disinvestment in the middle class is what attributes most towards their unpopularity.”

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Did it seem like something that might cause someone to inflict similar harm? Following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month, questions, such as this, have been a major topic of debate for legislators. On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden continued conversations with Congress on the ambitious anti-gun legislation regarding assault weapons and the number of bullets permitted in a magazine. These conversations came after talks the vice president had Friday with video game executives, who have been criticized for their potential link to the shootings in Newtown, Conn. Although the possible reasons that led Adam Lanza to take the lives of 26 individuals, including 20 children , have spurred nation-wide debates on issues of gun control and violence in the media, they still seem to neglect the larger issue at hand: mental health. All too often, the same image is painted of the type of people capable of committing these crimes, and each seems to follow a similar pattern. Young, white, academically gifted males, but tragically isolated — who always seem to have a strange fascination for violent video games and music — become associated with these types of events,






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leaving more blame directed at the media instead of the mental health disorders from which they suffered. As more information continues to surface about Lanza’s apparent obsession with violent games, politicians should spend more time focused on developing better ways to treat those who can’t separate media depictions from reality. Whether through a video game, television show, song or movie, violence has become an all-too-familiar part of our daily lives, but something that can’t solely be linked to these disasters. Although news of Lanza spending hours each day locked in his basement playing games, such as “Call of Duty,” makes violence in the media seem like an obvious cause, it doesn’t address how universal this sort of behavior has become. The problem with blaming one factor for a deeper issue is that it fails to answer the many questions left unknown. Although tragedies, such as Sandy Hook, become linked to the complex issues they stir up, the inability of our politicians to compromise, and find more thorough ways to treat mental health, will become just another part of the problem. The decision Lanza made on Dec. 14 never will be something that is fully understood, but the way our nation responds to it can be. By taking a more active approach to the issue of mental health, we can have a better understanding of these disorders and reduce the likelihood of violence in the future.

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f ter we won our ment infringement upon them. The people, when unarmed, are independence from utterly defenseless against a corthe British crown, rupt government. the threat of tyranThe Founding Fathers drew ny was fresh in the minds of the upon these ideals and placed the Second Amendment as a last-ditch Founding Fathers as they met in effort for the people to defend Philadelphia the summer of 1789. their rights and democracy. For when all else failed, the peoJames Madison drafted the Bill of ple would at least be able to rebel Rights to secure unalienable rights and fight for their rights. for the people not explicitly stated As the Obama administration seeks to react to in the Constitution. GUEST COLUMNIST the acts that have In terms of the Secoccurred in the ond Amendment, past year, they are he was securing a speaking of possibly adding laws requirright of the people ing gun owners to to bear arms, not a register any and all privilege. fi rearms. This is a gross Unfortunately, NICK BRUEWER infringement on our current our rights as a ers interpret the people. Second A mendThe overreaction that these ment as something that strictly can be regulated. They readily seek to leaders and the media have conadd registration laws, ban specif- currently spurred is nothing short ic fi rearms and magazines based of mistrust of the people. Approxon the premise that mass murder- imately 50 percent of the nation ers have used these specific arms legally, and peacefully, own guns in their household. The acts of in the past. They slap the hands of the Amer- Aurora and Sandy Hook were exeican people based on the actions of cuted with guns acquired legalthese few individuals. They seek to ly. The idiom, “bad people will infringe on our rights with blan- fi nd ways to do bad things,” fully ket legislation. stands in this debate. This cannot happen. This past month, 2.2 million When the Bill of Rights was Americans applied for criminal written, the Founding Fathers background checks, the fi rst step knew how real tyranny was. In to purchase guns legally. this nation today, we are relativeWith record numbers purchasly free of domestic threat, and we ing guns and some 100,000 Amerdo not realize the ability of a cor- icans even joining the National rupt government to take away its Rifle Association within the same people’s rights. period, it is clear the people do not We sit on an infallible pedestal; want further restriction on their we readily forget the confl icts of right to bear arms. the Spanish Civil War, the conflicts The premise of introducing new in Europe that led to World War laws on the basis of preventative II, the confl ict between the Serbi- measure is an explicit infringeans and Albanians and the Mexi- ment on individual rights. can Revolution. To limit the rights of nearly half There have been perfectly of Americans in response to the healthy governments that have actions of few and mentally unstagone sour throughout history. ble individuals is beyond the duty The world is not a perfect place. of government. It is not the soluOur founding fathers knew this. tion now, or in the future. Drawing upon the English Bill of Americans do not fear the posRights (1689), the Founding Fathers sibility of corrupt government sought to preserve a defense for today. We hope that our democthe people to secure their rights racy can survive until the end of when government fails. days. But as history has taught us, “That the subjects which are all great civilizations have come Protestants may have arms for to their end. their defense suitable to their conWith the Second Amendment ditions and as allowed by law.” untouched, the American people The wording in our Second can prolong the actions of a corAmendment is fairly similar, “A rupt government, by deterrence well regulated Militia, being nec- and by fighting if one such govessary to the security of a free ernment does come to power at State, the right of the people to some point in the future. keep and bear Arms, shall not be Leave our right to bear arms infringed.” alone, and we will protect this These ideas were both influ- great country by preserving democenced by the thoughts of John racy, liberty, justice and freedom Locke, who sought to protect rights for generations to come — the way for the people and prevent govern- James Madison intended.

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Orchesis adds new spin to dance performance

By Omari Sankofa II

As a young girl, advertising senior Julia Wahl said she had a knack for dance performance. “My parents took me to see ‘Swan Lake,’ and I danced in the aisles at 3-years-old,” Wahl said. “They finally decided, ‘It’s probably time we put her in classes.’” Wahl since has joined Orchesis , a student-led dance group at MSU focused on modern dance interpretations rather than studio genres, such as ballet or tap. The group will host a concert, called “Boundless,” from Jan. 17-20 in the Auditorium. “It’s very much performance based, very enriching,” Wahl said. “It’s about understanding the origin of the movements. It’s very process oriented … Studio dance can become a mimicking game, but (this) is more about creating something together.” The show’s producer and communication senior Hayley Shannon said the title of the concert, which has been a work in progress since last September, reflects the dancers’ freedom to use movement concepts to bring out emotions in the audience. “We chose t he tit le, ‘Boundless,’ because that’s kind of what our show is about,” Shannon said . “There’s no label on the movement that’s happening. It’s totally fresh and new and promotes inner expression with core emotions. Modern dance says that anything goes.” “Boundless” consists of seven performances, each THE STATE NEWS ■■

On Monday morning, WKAR premiered “Current State,” a daily news show aimed to cover a wide gamut of topics, from performance, to politics, to sports. “Current State” host Mark Bashore said the show Bashore doesn’t have a target audience, but aims to satisfy the interests of local listeners. “We want to be the go-to place for people who are interested in knowing what’s going on in the Lansing area, in mid-Michigan,” Bashore said. “That’s why we cast such a wide net as far as our topics. We definitely want to cover issues, policy, front-page news.” The former host of WKAR show “All Things Considered” said he’s excited to return to broadcasting. “There’s a spontaneity to live broadcasting that we’re trying to bring,” he said. “We want it to be fun, we want it to be spontaneous, we want it to be loose.” The first show opened with an interview with Gov. Rick Snyder, who talked about his upcoming State of the State address. The rest of the show included an array of discussion topics, ranging from business and the economy to Spartan basketball and football. “It’s important to note it’s a magazine show,” said WKAR producer Joe Linstroth. “Which essentially means that we’ll do whatever we want. How it sounds today will sound different a THE STATE NEWS ■■

month from now, it will sound different three months from now, a year from now.” Linstroth , who previously worked for WBEZ in Chicago, arrived at WKAR a little more than a week ago. He sees his new opportunity as a chance to make “Current State” a “community meeting place.” “In a community this size, there isn’t a reason why we shouldn’t be able to penetrate every nook and cranny,” he said. “Public radio has a tendency to have this image of being only for white, educated, older people. One of my goals coming in here is to try and change that, to make this everyone’s show and have something for everyone.” The show is a product of research that suggested local citizens craved more local programming, said Bashore. He believes that the variety of content on “Current State” will appeal to not only college students, but a wide age set. “Presumably, college students are interested in the news and issues,” he said. “But we are going to cover performance (and) we are going to cover theater and music.” “We’re not really ruling any age demographic out. We think there’s going to be something for everybody of every age group eventually on ‘Current State.’” Journalism senior Scott Peceny said the new radio show should be a hit with the student demographic. “From the students’ perspective, students care about more than one thing,” Peceny said. “It’s important for students to have an outlet where they have a wide variety of topics. There’s different platforms for the students and the listeners.”

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with a different concept to engage the audience. Sherrie Barr, Orchesis adviser and an associate professor, said the freedom given to the dancers can be both a blessing and a curse. “Each dance is an entity unto itself. There aren’t any rules, but there are tricks of the trade, so to speak,” Barr said. “The more tools you have, the more you realize that anything is possible. There are so many different ways of manipulating one movement in terms of how it can be transformed.” Shannon said she will participate in the opening and closing dances, both dealing with the concepts of emotional experiences. Despite the topic similarity, she said the dances themselves couldn’t be any more different. “Directors put together a show to end on a high note,” Shannon said. “(The last performance) is a fun piece, it’s loud and booming, and the first performance is very calming to watch. I know I am capable to evoke totally different emotion-

Members of the student-led dance group, Orchesis, animal science sophomore Hannah Dewald, left, and psychology junior Thomas Bond, dance at a practice showcase on Saturday in the basement of IM Sports-Circle.

al states in the audience from beginning to the end.” Like any other art form, Barr said it’s important for the audience to approach the concert with an open mind, ready to let go of any preconceived

notions. “If we really want to allow the arts to entertain us as well as to educate us, we always have to go in with an open mind,” Barr said. “It’s boundless. Anything is possible.”

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Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is a 5 — Count your blessings at home. Everything seems possible; explore the practical side. Make plans with family. Values can be very persuasive. Routine gets interrupted by a surprise breakthrough.

which get re-affirmed. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is a 7 — Consider materials, and keep quality high. There’s no magic. Practical management reaps dividends, and discipline is required. In a philosophical breakthrough, you realize all is as it should be.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is a 9 — Hide away an heirloom. A project costs more than expected. You can afford to dream. Follow through on a friend’s suggestion to achieve the objective. Persuade others to contribute.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is an 8 — Assess opportunities, and wait for the perfect moment to leap. Work seems fun now. Create a new ad campaign. Ask, and wait patiently. Relax with a soothing massage.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) Today is an 8 — Friends reinforce what you know to be true. Set guidelines, and advance into unknown territory just for the fun of it. Play, and spark a brilliant idea.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is a 7 — Sell something you’re not using. Follow a recommendation to accept a tough assignment. You can learn whatever you need to know. Be creative, with solid structure. Provide facts.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) Today is an 8 — Invest in your business and update your equipment. You can do more than you thought, so tie up practical matters. You’re respected for your standards,

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is an 8 — Figure out costs. Another source of funds comes through, via private connections. A loved one helps. You’re mak-

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Today is a 9 — Career responsibilities result in better cash flow. Your talents are appreciated. Close a deal, and use what you’ve gained for your family. Review accomplishments and celebrate. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is a 7 — It’s okay to tear down so you can build better. Obey a tough coach. Cash in secret holdings. Learn from the group. You can get what you need. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is a 6 — Get into responsible mode, and invest in your work. Avoid procrastination. Friends show you the way, with good advice and physical assistance. Reward yourselves with something delicious later. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is a 9 — A different sort of job is rewarding today. Make contact emotionally, and inspire more creativity. Old love is the best. Advance your agenda. Accept a challenge if it pays well.



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Freshman goalie Jake Hildebrand prepares to block a shot during the hockey game against Notre Dame on Friday at Munn Ice Arena. MSU lost the game 1-0, but split the twogame series with the Fighting Irish with a Saturday win.


In a season fi lled with ups and downs, one thing has remained consistent for the MSU hockey team: Jake Hildebrand’s goaltending. For the first time in his MSU hockey career, the freshman goaltender received acknowledgement for his per formance by the CCHA — earning CCHA’s Warrior Goaltender of the Week. The honor came following a split weekend for MSU (6-13-3 overall, 5-10-1-0 CCHA) against No. 2 Notre Dame — a 1-0 loss Friday night and a 4-1 win Saturday. Throughout the two games , Hildebrand allowed only two goals while facing 67 shots — 32 saves the fi rst night and 33 the following evening. His performances have given his teammates an established comfort in what has so far been a rocky season, and many players reiterate after losses that he always gives them a chance to win. “It’s really nice knowing you have that stability back there,”

junior forward and captain Greg Wolfe said Saturday. “He’s playing great hockey. I’m not really surprised anymore, it’s routine now. I’m really happy for him that we finally got a win for him because he deserved it.” Hildebrand sits high in multiple national categories. He is fourth in save percentage (.943) and eighth in goals against average (1.81), according to a press release from MSU athletic department. Head coach Tom Anastos said he’s been impressed with the poise Hildebrand has displayed and fi nds it especially impressive for a freshman. “He’s got a great glove,” Anastos said. “If he sees it, he stops it most of the time. What I found in Jake that is pretty incredible is his body control. He always seems square to the puck … He’s just so quick moving sideto-side and moving square to the puck. The way he’s been playing is if he sees the puck, he’s been stopping it.”


Senior center Derrick Nix maintains possession of the ball against Nebraska after grabbing a defensive rebound in the first half. The Spartans defeated the Cornhuskers, 66-56, Sunday at Breslin Center.

Izzo, players call for more consistent play By Josh Mansour THE STATE NEWS ■■

Even when things are going well, Tom Izzo can be a difficult man to please. The irascible Spartans head coach called his basketball team “the weirdest 14-3 team” he’s ever coached, following a 66-56 victory against Nebraska on Sunday and the backhanded compliments continued at his weekly press conference Monday afternoon. As Izzo spoke to the media, he described the No. 18 MSU men’s basketball team (14-3 overall, 3-1 Big Ten) as a group of “grinder kids” that battle through close games by playing to the level of their competition, something he isn’t particularly thrilled about. “I have no comfort in it, can’t you tell?” Izzo said. “I hate it right now. You can say that’s what MSU has done, but we’ve blown out our teams. We have very seldom, I don’t

think, played to the level of our competition as much as we’re doing this year. And I still say there’s some leadership things on that. And I don’t think it’s anybody’s fault.” Although the Spartans have been able to find a way to win the close games to this point in the season, Derrick Nix said it’s something the team can’t continue to rely upon. As the schedule gets tougher in the upcoming weeks, the Spartans’ senior center said it’s critical for MSU to fi nd a way to bring consistent energy for a full 40 minutes. “We need to improve because you ain’t going to be able to grind it out when you’re down by 20 on the road,” Nix said. “It’s hard to grind that out. You’ve got to be a super grind team. So, we’ve got to improve and we’ve got to come out with more energy than we did in the last game.” Energy is just one aspect Travis Trice feels MSU needs to improve before the team braces to face eight of 11 games against ranked teams, following Wednesday’s game against Penn State. Izzo said this week will be critical to prepare the team for that stretch, and his sophomore guard echoed the sentiment, noting that traveling to face the Nittany Lions won’t be an easy task either. “We just need to hone in and value each possession more,” Trice said. “Talking about ranked teams, Penn State, they might

Head coach Tom Izzo points to a spot as he yells at players during the second half. The Spartans defeated the Cornhuskers, 66-56, Sunday at Breslin Center.

“We’ve got enough talent where we should be blowing people out, night in, night out.” Keith Appling, junior guard

not be ranked high but they play extremely hard and that could be a trap game at their place. So I think this week we just need to value possessions and each possession is that much more important now.” For junior guard Keith Appling , MSU’s inconsistent energy and carelessness are attributes that come with a youthful rotation. As more players gain greater experience throughout the season, Appling believes the Spartans will retain only the positive qualities that come with a grind-it-out team. “I like the tough, MSU basket-

ball part, but I don’t want to be known as a grind-it-out team,” Appling said. “We’ve got enough talent where we should be blowing people out, night in, night out. But we’ve got a lot of young guys in our playing group, so they just have to mature and continue to grow as players and as the season continues to progress they’ll get better and we’ll get better as a team.”

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Freshmen battle nerves in first MSU meet By Zach Smith THE STATE NEWS ■■

The first time freshman Nicola Deans stepped on to the floor as a member of the MSU gymnastics team, it was an experience different from anything she ever thought it could be. She explained competing in college is totally different than competing in high school or at the club level, adding more nerves to her fi rst meet of the season. “In club and in high school, it’s all about the individual, and now coming out here we’re working on things as a team, and it’s really amazing, I can’t even explain it,” she said. “It’s a group effort and less on pressure. You just go out there and have fun.” Head coach Kathie Klages echoed Deans’ sentiments that it is a big step for the freshmen to think of the team as opposed to themselves during the competition. “The one thing that is really difficult for these freshmen is

that they’ve always competed really for themselves and never for a team ,” she said. “It’s amazing how much pressure they feel that they want to do this for their team now.” Dea ns joi ned si x ot her underclassmen in the starting lineup Saturday when the Spartans lost to Western Michigan, 193.5-192.725, in the fi rst meet of the season. “It was nice to get out there and perform our routines, and get used to things, experience everything and just soak it up,” Deans said. “It was a really nice experience overall.” Deans and Lisa Burt were na med t he “g y m nast s to watch” this season by the Big Ten conference, and both competed in the all-around competition, along with sophomore Alina Cartwright. The team started senior captain Taira Neal on two events and junior Dani Levey on two, but all other routines were preformed by underclassmen. Burt started out the meet with disappointing performances on vault and uneven

bars but recovered in the second half on balance beam and floor exercise to finish third in the all-around competition. She said the nerves fluctuated before the meet started, but died off once it got underway. “The nerves before the meet were much worse than the nerves during the meet ,” Burt said. “There are certain events you need the jitters for, like vault and floor.” Klages said there’s no way to keep the nerves from the first meet, but the experienced gained is what is most important. “Being able to get on the competition floor, and seeing what it feels like is a huge plus, and we’ll only build from here and get better,” Klages said. “We can’t be timid in how we approach our competition. We’ll learn that and move forward.” The Spartans get the Big Ten season underway at 6 p.m. Saturday when they travel to Lincoln, Neb., to take on Nebraska.

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