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As the East Lansing City Council began discussing the strategic direction of the c it y, one difference was felt throughout the room — the absence of Mayor Nathan Triplett. Triplett Triplett was hospitalized on Monday because of complications with Crohn’s Disease. He underwent surgery on Tuesday, according to a statement from the city released Tuesday. Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, who is taking over as mayor during Triplett’s absence, said Triplett will need six weeks to recover. Goddeeris served as mayor from 2011 to 2013. “Our thoughts are with Mayor Triplett as he undergoes surgery today,” City Manager George Lahanas said in a statement. “We wish him all the best in his recovery.” After the special meeting about strategic plans, the council continued with a work session in city hall. During the meeting, Goddeeris received a text message from Triplett’s wife and announced that he had gotten through the surgery and was recovering at Sparrow Hospital. Although it was unusual to not have the mayor at the meeting, Goddeeris said the process must continue as normal. “Over time, we’ve had meetings where there have only been four council members present,” she said. With the number of voting councilmembers now even, Goddeeris said if there is a tied vote, any motion would fail because of a lack of majority of members present. Goddeeris said although the process must continue as usual, some larger issues might be put on the back burner when setting the agenda with city manager Lahanas while Triplett recovers. “On special, long-term issues when there is not a pressing period of time when
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Despite receiving an offer annually, President Lou Anna K. Simon has remained adamant in refusing any increases in her salary. At the December Board of Trustees meeting, Simon turned down a raise for the sixth year in a row. Her base salary will remain at $520,000, not including the $125,000 retention bonus she received at the end of 2013, which she plans on returning to the university as a donation. Simon first took office in 2005 and hasn’t accepted a pay increase since 2007, although
the trustees raised her retention bonus from $100,000 to $125,000 at the meeting. In addition, the board voted to increase Simon’s retention bonus each year by the same percentage that is granted to other nonunion faculty members. “We know what the president is supposed to make,” Board Chairman Joel Ferguson said. “We try to pay her what she’s worth, but it’s very difficult because she won’t let us. She doesn’t want to be too far ahead (of other president’s salaries).” Ferguson said the board set her salary in 2007 based on the quality of her work. Ferguson said there is no established presidential salary, and the board strays
away from comparing salaries of other Big Ten university presidents while still trying to maintain a competitive pay rate. “We can’t base it on other schools because we are the ones who know what she is worth to us,” Ferguson said. “We’re not letting others set the bar as far as pay.” Simon deferred comment on her salary decline to the university’s communications office. MSU spokesman Kent Cassella said Simon has continually turned down pay raises because of her concern for university finances. “During the past six years, President Simon has continualSee SALARY on page 2 u
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Junior gymnast Alina Cartwright watches practice on Tuesday at Jenison Field House. Cartwright said her success in gymnastics has been in large part due to her Christian faith.
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When there is so much pressure resting on you, the best thing to do is relax. Even if you have to throw yourself in the air and flip over twice. Even if you have to tumble on a 4-foot-high and 4-inch wide surface. Even if you have to run toward a still object as fast as you can, like MSU junior gymnast Alina Cartwright does every day. As MSU’s gymnastics season gets underway, Cartwright is focusing on relaxing to reach her goals of placing and medaling at the Big Ten championship, as well as at nationals. Cartwright’s lofty goals date back to her career as a high school gymnast. In 2011, during her senior year of high school, when she was a level 10 gymnast — the highest
ranking level — she qualified for the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup at the WOGA Classic in Frisco, Texas. Only 35 girls attend every year, and she placed 12th. With all her talent and potential, Cartwright was recruited and offered a full scholarship to MSU. “We will seek out athletes at various gymnastics competitions, so my assistant coach saw her and was very impressed,” head coach Kathie Klages said. Cartwright said she thought that in college gymnastics, athletes did not learn any more skills because she would be “too old,” so she was apprehensive if she would love it as much as she did in high school. Klages said Cartwright came in as a timid freshman, not believing in herself. “After last year, she went home for the summer and realized she was good at this gymnastics
Junior gymnast Alina Cartwright, left, jokes with freshman gymnast Mackenzie Smith on Tuesday during practice at Jenison Field House. Junior gymnast Alina Cartwright practices on the balance beam on Tuesday at Jenison Field House. Cartwright started gymnastics when she was three years old, just as a way to burn off some energy, but as she got older, she realized this was a sport she wanted to pursue.
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On paper, the No. 4 men’s basketball team should have no problem dismantling Northwestern in MSU’s first road game in 11 days. However, coming fresh off an upset of then-No. 23 Illinois, the Wildcats (8-9 overall, 1-3 Big Ten) let head coach Tom Izzo paint a picture of how competitive Big Ten play can be on any given night. “As I saw around the country, (there are) a lot of strange games this time of year — I guess the Illinois-Northwestern one was one that surprised me,” Izzo said Monday at his weekly press conference. “I don’t think there are any upsets anymore. I think everybody is just a pretty good basketball team, (but) some are better than others.”
The Wildcats held the Fighting Illini to a meager 28 percent field-goal shooting clip, but shot just 37 percent on their own. It was enough to get the win, but the Wildcats will have their work cut out for them against the Spartans (15-1, 4-0), who are holding opponents to 38 percent shooting from the field. To go along with MSU’s suffocating defense, Northwestern is one of the lowest scoring teams in the nation, only putting up 63.7 points per game (325th best in the nation). Not only is their poor shooting percentage of 40.5 percent keeping their scoring down, but so is their slow-paced, methodical offense implemented by first-year head coach Chris Collins. In past matchups against the Wildcats, senior guard Keith Appling has been accustomed to guarding Northwestern’s “Princ-
eton offense.” That fast-paced offensive scheme emphasizes movement off the ball and can even wear down a defense as a result, and Appling is glad to see it disappear from their game plan.
Izzo said he was surprised by Wildcat upset over Illinois and is preparing team for a competitive match “That should be a lot easier for us to defend,” Appling said. “But at the same time, they have a lot of guys that are capable of doing some things from beyond the perimeter, so we just have to max out for 40 minutes.” 6-foot-5 guard Drew Crawford is the Wildcats’ go-to guy, as he averages 15.6 points per game and also leads the team on the
glass with seven rebounds per game. In the paint, Northwestern will trot out 7-foot center Alex Olah, who averages 9.1 points and 5.2 boards per game. Besides Olah and Crawford, the Wildcats are struggling with rebounding, averaging 34.5 boards per game — making them the 226th-highest rebounding team in the nation. Not only will Northwestern have to go above and beyond in rebounding, but Collins knows he will have to slow the tempo of MSU’s offense. “(We have to) take away their spurts, and their ability to get out with Appling, and (Gary) Harris and (Branden) Dawson and (Adreian) Payne,” Collins said Monday in a teleconference. “They get out in the open floor and they hit you with those runs See B-BALL on page 2 u
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Appling expanding academic focus Keith Appling has been lighting it up on the basketball court all season, but there’s more to the senior guard than meets the eye. In his final semester, Appling is in a coaching baseball class, taught by MSU baseball coach Jake Boss, Jr. Appling said there’s no way he’d trade in his sneakers for a bat and ball, but he’s expecting to have fun in the course. “I would never go out and play baseball, but I’m a fan,” Appling said. “We’ve only had one class so far because of all the snow days. I’m just taking the class so I can get my degree.” There have been many twosport Spartan athletes. Kirk Gibson was a star in both football and baseball. More recently, Matt Trannon was a wide receiver on the football team before slipping on a basketball jersey once the football season was over. The Detroit native said he doesn’t have an answer to ‘Who’s your Tiger?’ but the feeling he got when he went to the ballpark was one of his favorite activities when he was still at home. “I don’t really have a favorite (player),” he said. “It was just a hometown team. It was so close to where I lived that I had an opportunity to get to a lot of different games. I really liked being in the atmosphere of Tiger Stadium.” Zach Smith
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ly declined pay raises as MSU faced challenging financial circumstances,” Cassella said. “With the state of Michigan’s economy and the cuts made to higher education funding, the president felt it was proper to refuse a pay raise.” Giving it back Although university executives are adequately compensated for their work, many presidents in the Big Ten have a history of giving large portions of it back to the university for which they work. University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman has donated $1.79 million since the beginning of her presidency in 2002. Coleman was the sixthhighest paid university official in the U.S. in the fiscal year 2011-12, as her total compensation was $918,783, according to the latest research
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we need to act on it we would try to hold off on those type of decisions,” she said. “All five of us were elected by the citizens, so the citizens would want all five people making those decisions.”
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done by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Coleman has donated her salary increases back to the university three times during her presidency, the first of which being in 2003 when she donated $500,000 to the Michigan Difference capital campaign, according to the Crain’s Detroit Business website. She donated more than $15,000 in 2007 to financial aid for graduate and professional students, and gave $17,600 for scholarships for U-M’s study abroad program. Similarly, Simon has a reputation of taking her retention bonuses and donating it to MSU. Ferguson compared the president’s salary to a revolving fund — going from the university to Simon back to the university. Simon and her husband both have a history of giving back to MSU and are members of the Clifton R. Wharton Donor Recognition Society. Their total cash gifts to MSU exceed $1 million and run throughout their entire career at MSU. “An exact breakdown is not available,” Cassella said. “The Simons have been giving back to MSU for decades, in addition to charitable causes off campus as well.”
Other Big Ten institutions When compared to other universities in the Big Ten, Simon’s salary hovers right at the middle mark. The highest presidential salary is $738,131 and is held by Morton Schapiro, President of Northwestern University since 2009. The least paid is University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman, who earns $349,579 a year. Although each university individually decides their president’s salary, Michael Boulus, executive director of the President’s Council, State Universities of Michigan, said a few common factors go into determining the salary. “Universities have individual standards of what they historically have paid,” he said. “They also might consider what they think it will take to bring a (competent president) in, and what other universities have paid.” In addition to their base salaries, university presidents across the Big Ten receive bonuses and other forms of compensation. Staying true to the middle-ofthe-board aim, Simon came in at $672,000 during that same period, putting her fifth among public universities in the Big Ten.
Goddeeris said she will remain in contact with Triplett while he recovers, and is sure he will stay informed on city policies while he recovers. “He certainly will be following the granius (online agendas) and watching the meetings to keep up to speed,” she said. Despite Triplett’s absence, council and city officials discussed the response to the ice storm that hit East Lansing in December. The Council discussed the response of Board
Water and Light, or BWL, to the storm and power-outages that followed and left 34,800 people across the Lansing area without power, some of which still didn’t have power into the new year. Triplett was planning on drafting a letter to BWL, but was unable to do so because of his medical situation. BW L w ill be hav ing its own review meetings in East Lansing, Meridian Township and Lansing throughout the week.
Dawson is listed as day-today with a virus that left him feeling dizzy and unenergetic during Saturday’s game against Minnesota. Payne’s chances to play also are “questionable” for the game, as Izzo is willing to hold off on playing his senior center until his sprained foot is back to “100 percent.” Izzo will be getting junior
guard Travis Trice back, who missed a week of action prior to the game against Minnesota where he saw limited minutes as a result of an illness. When asked about how he physically felt on Monday on a scale of one to 10, Trice said he feels like a 10, but still needs to get back into shape after missing a week of practice and the game against Ohio State.
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thing,” Klages said. The gymnast has greatly improved since her freshman year, but knows she has more work to do. “I need to work on being less nervous to compete better at each competition,” Cartwright said. “I need to learn to relax.” She knows this will not only help her when she is presenting, but also will benefit the team. Teammate Elena Lagoski said everyone cares about each other, and if one improves, the whole team does. “We all help and motivate each other and no matter how hard it is, we always pick it back up and know it’ll be okay,” Lagoski said. “The older girls (including Cartwright) help a lot.” Klages said she thinks of Cartwright as a great leader and friend to her teammates. Having Klages telling her “the key is confidence” made Cartwright push herself more. “I found out that I have more skills in me,” Cartwright said. Cartwright joined gymnastics as a recreational sport to exercise and burn off energy when she was 3 years old at her hometown gym, Naperville Gymnastics Club, in Naperville, Ill. Seeking coaching because of her natural talent, she switched to a more serious gym. Cartwright went on to be the level nine all-around national champion when she was a sophomore in high school in 2009. Klages said she believes in
Cartwright’s potential. “She’s extremely powerful and likes to present and show off her floor routine well,” Klages said. When she got to high school, Cartwright went a year without gymnastics, as she wanted to have time to do other things she enjoyed. “I wanted to have a life, but then I realized I love gymnastics more than having free time,” Cartwright said. During her few hours of free time, she practices photography and video editing. Cartwright is an advertising major but has not decided upon a career. “I thought I was running out of time to do college gymnastics after that,” she said. Younger teammates, like Lagoski, said Cartwright is positive, pushes people and motivates everyone to become better gymnasts. “She’s intimidating because she works really hard,” Lagoski said. Cartwright said she will continue to work on her goals, especially in getting 9.9s — almost a perfect score — in every event, and Lagoski and the rest of the team admire how hard she works to achieve it. “I do look up to her because of how talented she is,” Lagoski said. Leading by example is one of her main qualities, according to Klages, even though “she used to have rough attitudes earlier in her freshman (year).” “Consistency of her gymnastics will help her achieve her goal,” Klages said. “She needs to be able to fix the little details, upgrade tumbling passes, and stick beam and bars landings and dismounts.” The gymnastics team landed at No. 25 in the NCAA rankings recently with Cartwright’s help, but Klages said it is early and there is a lot to be done. “We had a great first competition, but it’s very early in the season and we’re working on the little details,” Klages said.
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Inside the old, run-down walls of Demonstration Hall, members of the MSU Army ROTC swung down the walls from ropes, preparing for potential future endeavors outside of MSU. On Tuesday afternoon, members participated in a rappelling lab- one of the ROTC’s major training sessions- which involves descending down the side of a steep surface using rope. The cadets first received training on how to secure the ropes firmly around themselves and then were taken to a set of stairs to learn the basics. Technique, form and trusting in the ropes and the people helping were the key points being stressed by the instructors. “First-year and second-year cadets are here learning the fundamentals of rappelling for follow-up training at all
kinds of different programs in the Army,” cadet and criminal justice senior Mack Sims said. Once the cadets did a couple of practice runs on the stairs, they were sent over to a training area with a ladder leading up to a platform. The cadets were then rappelled with rope down a wall that nearly stretched to the ceiling. For cadets like political science sophomore Weston McJames, the training still is something to get used to, even for those who have endured it. “This is my second lab … I’ve gone through this rotation twice already,” McJames said. “It’s a little unnerving. You’re stepping back off something and you have no idea how far down it is, but you have the rope so you kind of trust the rope and take that leap.” As for adjusting to the lifestyle and maintaining enough motivation as an ROTC student, McJames said it’s relatively easy. “ We’re work i ng towa rd
Mechanical Engineering sophomore Jacob Brandon rappels down a wall on Tuesday at Demonstration Hall. Cadets were taught how to attach the ropes to their harnesses and rappel.
something, we’re work ing toward commission,” McJames said. “A lot of guys here, it’s their dream to be a solider. To be an officer, a leader of soldiers, that’s something special and it pushes us to do well in school and in ROTC.” Ot her cadets, including engineering freshman Nick Doherty, said he felt the same way about participating in the
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relations junior Jack Caporal and international relations junior Quinn Zemel scored four wins and the team of international relations junior Aniela Butler and math sophomore Margaret Strong scored two.
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product, because of the crop’s high price. He said the eagerness could cause farmers to use as much land as possible, working on less profitable land and potentially depleting conservation land. “Yes, corn prices are currently attractive to farmers, but with the exception of biomass yield, all other services were greater in the perennial grass crops,” Landis said in a statement. “If high commodity prices continue to drive conversion of these marginal lands to annual crop production, it will reduce the flexibility we have in the future to promote other critical services like pollination, pest suppression and reduction of greenhouse gasses.”
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In terms of biofuel, corn yields the most on a worldwide scale. But an MSU study shows that focusing solely on the fuel output of the crop could come with large-scale consequences. The study, conducted by MSU researchers and included in the current issue of the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences, shows that looking at the concept of biofuel and crops in a wellrounded manner could open doors for other alternatives. For his research, entomology professor Doug Landis and his team studied corn, switchgrass and native prairies grasses, measuring plant diversity, the effect of pesticides and beneficial insects. Landis said focusing on yield and numbers alone could bring unforeseen costs to the environment. “We believe our findings have major implications for bioenergy research and policy,” Landis said in a statement. “Biomass yield is obviously a key goal, but it appears to come at the expense of many other environmental benefits that society may desire from rural landscapes.” Landis said many farmers are tempted to maximize their product yield by planting on as much land as possible and focusing on corn as their sole
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training activities and being an ROTC member at MSU. “As far as being at school, it’s like my favorite thing so far,” Doherty said. “I think it’s the coolest thing ever.”
MSU is putting the wallmounted swipe Attendance System to sleep by the end of the spring semester. The system, which is located in some bigger lecture halls, is scheduled to be removed by the end of the spring semester. In the past, the system has been used by professors to make attendance mandatory even in large lecture halls, but now will be phased out immediately. MSU IT Services and various academic groups cite many reasons for the system’s retirement, such as its age, the exclusion of new card swipes implemented in future buildings, the cost of the system per room and the rarity of teachers actually implementing the system. “We’ve looked at how many professors used (the system), and we get less than 10 courses,” Assistant Director of IT Services Teaching and Learning Michael Zakhem said. Zakhem said 15 classrooms at MSU feature the attendance system, with only a small fraction of the classes in those rooms utilizing it. In addition to the lack of popularity, Zakhem said the MSU Attendance System is built on 15-year-old infrastructure. He said this puts the system far beyond its service life expectations. Current technology has opened many new alterna-
tives for the MSU Attendance System, Assistant Director of IT Services Teaching and Learning Brendan Guenther said. He said solutions such as the iClicker are already popular at MSU and could serve as a form of attendance. “Professors could ask questions during class as a form of attendance in the classroom,” Guenther said. With the small number of classes implementing the MSU Attendance System, many students might not notice any changes. But in such departments as the James Madison College and Broad Business College, the system is used often. “I have had t wo classes that use the card swipes; one of them is this year,” finance junior Michael Heyblom said. Heyblom said he has never been bothered by the card swipe system, but believes the system has kept attendance high in some lectures. “I’ve always been a kid who goes to class everyday ... but I know how easy it is for students to skip class in big lecture halls,” Heyblom said. “For lectures that no longer have the card swipe, we could see a decrease in attendance.” Heyblom said he does see the other alternatives as a step in the right direction. He said the iClicker is not already commonly used around campus, but it forces students to engage in the material they are learning about. “I think that with the card system, many kids would slide and leave. The iClicker gives teachers an opportunity for involvement in the class,” Heyblom said.
The FRIB, which is a facility for nuclear science helping scientists advance their learning and their understanding of rare isotopes, could potentially further medical findings. MSU spokesman Jason Cody said the project will be an economic boost to the area and create many jobs. The funding for the project comes at more than $700 million. “We got $55 million, which is only a quarter turn in this story,” Cody said. The project will be funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science. Cody said they are hoping to officially break ground on the facility this year. “It’s a huge benchmark for the department of energy,” Cody said. The project is expected to be completed by 2022, according to the FRIB website. Juliana Moxley
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Long-forgotten university policies soon might lay the foundation for how MSU is intending to handle conduct, ownership and social media in the classroom. Last fall, the Ad Hoc Committee on Social Media, Pedagogy, Academic Rights and Responsibilities reevaluated and outlined existing university policies regarding English professor William Penn’s highly-publicized classroom rant. T he commit tee spent several months gathering infor mation about how issues of academic conduct and ownership and social media are dealt with at other universities, in state law and in existing university policy. On Tuesday, they presented their final report to the Steering Committee. Several members at the meeting raised concerns about how students are using current technology to sell
“Technology is now public domain without an assumption that (material) belongs to the faculty member,” Lou Anna K. Simon, MSU President
their notes on the Internet, and about how future technology, such as Google Glass, could alter the classroom dynamic even further. Rather than preventing such technologies from entering the classroom in the future, Acting Provost June Youatt said at the meeting that it’s more effective to teach students about the principles of academic ownership pertaining to course material. Within the report, existing policy defines that faculty retain ownership of course materials and students retain ownership of materials or works created for classes. Ron Fisher, economics professor and member of the committee, said at the meeting that confusion over these policies arises from their being scattered throughout different manuals. Fisher added that, to make
this information known, it should be apparent to students that teaching assistants may need training programs. Other principles within the report stated that students are assured of personal privacy; and both faculty and students are expected to behave in a professional, civil and respectful manner. At the meeting, the Steering Committee decided to send the report to the University Council for further discussion, before returning to the committee consultation. President Lou Anna K. Simon said social media introduced a shift in regard to academic ownership within the classroom, which will take some adjustment to cater to. “Technology is now in a public domain without an assumption that (material) belongs to the faculty member,” Simon said at the meeting.
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EDITORIAL BOARD Ian Kullgren editor in chief Rebecca Ryan opinion editor Matt Sheehan staff representative Omari Sankofa II minority representative
When news broke last fall that members of the MSU Board of Trustees had spent more than $100,000 on travel and entertainment expenses, we were outraged to discover trustees had so frivolously spent university funds. As a majority of the board voted to increase tuition last year, seeing trustees spend funds toward the end of their term, renting limousines and staying in hotel suites on the university’s dime was extremely concerning. But the university’s recent move to limit unnecessary spending by putting restrictions on international trips, event and ticket availability, hotel costs and limousine rentals is a step in the right direction. In 2012, Trustee Faylene Owen took a trip with her husband to Germany to see the MSU men’s basketball team play Connecti-
around the world cut at the Ramstein air base. Her expenses on an expensive totaled $26,319, which included accommodatrip to attend worktions such as a limousine, cash stipends and a hotel room costing $1,275 per night, accord- shops and alumni dinners when the trusting to a previous article in The State News. ee won’t be representing Former trustee Melanie Foster also took a the universitrip abroad to South Afrity much longer. ca with her husband in If followed properly, Limiting the hotel 2012, which totaled $20,011, costs by only reimbursing according to more than 700 new restrictions each trustee for the price of a pages of travel expense docwill hold university standard hotel room also will uments obtained by The State News. She later cut officials accountable encourage trustees to be more about their travMSU a check for $14,000 to to MSU students and reasonable el expenses, forcing them to cover her husband’s portion voters statewide pay for any hotel upgrades of the trip, the report said. out of their own pockets. To put things into perAs for the restriction of spective, a year at MSU limousine rentals on MSU’s for an in-state studime, it seems obvious that while student costs approximately $21,764, and a dents are struggling to pay tuition, a trustthree-credit course costs $1,286.25 . ee wouldn’t be putting university dollars The new directive strictly regulates trusttoward such an unnecessary expense. ees actions when they travel on the uniIt’s a slap in the face to students who versity’s dime. We support the concepts will graduate with loan debt to hear their of the new plan, for the most part. trustees, who are supposed to be advoTrustees should be limited from traveling cating for them, have justified such on the university’s check in their last three months of office. It’s a waste to send a trustee obviously unnecessary expenses.
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Even though some of the expenses reported in the past have been rather extravagant, it also is worth noting the university seems to be tightening the reigns on such spending. The new directive states trustees will not be reimbursed for meals that have business purposes, such as dinners with potential donors. We hope this will curb wasteful spending and push trustees to target potential donors more wisely. Finally, all international travel plans are required to be discussed with administrators and approved by board chairman Joel Ferguson. This check hopefully will encourage trustees to focus more on being cautious with MSU’s money and advocate for university donations and better alumni relations in the most financially responsible way.
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STATE SURPLUS: INVEST IN HIGHER ED, MAKE COLLEGE AFFORDABLE EDITORIAL BOARD Ian Kullgren editor in chief Rebecca Ryan opinion editor Matt Sheehan staff representative Omari Sankofa II minority representative
The state of Michigan reported a possible $1.3 billion surplus in revenue heading into the 2014-15 fiscal year. But the prospect that the extra funds go toward higher education to support students remains unlikely. This shouldn’t be the case. Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican majority need to start taking higher-education funding more seriously. The state has provided less support for higher education in recent years. The most notable cut was a 15 percent decrease in funding in 2011. Since then, universities have been
looking for ways to make up the change. the election season released this past One of the major effects on students has September, Snyder’s campaign team promises that “coming soon” the goverbeen increased tuition rates. According to the Project on Student nor would make college degrees more affordable. The stateDebt’s most recent ment is accompanied by r e p or t , M ic h i an aerial shot of Spargan’s 2012 gradtan Stadium. uating class had “The governor should Now is the time for an average debt of put his money where is the governor, who was $28,840. elected on his backAbout 62 percent mouth is if he expects ground as a sav v y of 2012 graduates investor, to start fulwere in debt upon to win over student filling that promise. graduation. In that voters” As someone who came respect, 40 other from a humble backstates are doing betground and went on to ter than Michigan. In addition to increasing tuition, earn two degrees from a public univerMSU’s budget from 2011 showed that 350 sity, he of all people should recognize employees were laid off over two years, the value of a college degree. Wit h t he g uber nator ia l elecand budget appropriations were $174 million behind the inflation rate since 2000. tion less than 10 months away, Since Snyder took office, he has made t h e g o v e r n o r s h ou ld p ut h i s if he it a priority to cut unnecessary spending. money where his mouth is — The bleeding is over, and Michigan even expects to win over student voters, that is. is seeing a surplus. His colleagues in the state legislature In his first campaign commercial of
should do the same. Unfortunately, a spokesman for House speaker Jase Bolger said the leadership is interested in using the surplus to stimulate the economy through tax cuts. Republicans are not wrong in trying to improve Michigan’s business climate and stimulate the economy. But many of those jobs couldn’t be landed without the great education we are paying for. And a great education can’t be obtained if the cost becomes astronomical and unmanageable for the average student. Although Republicans have supported tax cuts in the past, we doubt the state of Michigan’s economy will continue to improve if the cost of college becomes so high that most students can’t afford to attend, and with those who do enroll graduating with thousands of dollars of debt. The state should be encouraging students to go to college by making it more affordable, not shafting them with a $30,000 tab in loan debt when they graduate.
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Finding the back of the net was the talk of the day during head coach Tom Anastos Tuesdayâ€™s weekly press conference, following a one-goal night last time out against Ohio State. Anastos said although his team keeps working on finishing goals throughout games, it must be a bigger area of emphasis as the Big Ten season progresses. â€œWe had a lot of really good scoring chances ... both nights, and we need to come out with more goal scoring.â€?
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Su nday â€™s 79 -72 v ic tor y against Michigan was familiar ter r itor y for womenâ€™s basketball head coach Suzy Merchant. In her seven years in the top seat, MSU has played the Wolverines 16 times â€” and lost only twice. The win is part of a streak of five straight victories for the womenâ€™s basketball team. â€œNo, never gets old, never gets old,â€? Merchant said of defeating the rival school. â€œItâ€™s a great rivalry, a lot of fun to play in. Certainly when you grow up in the state, you know what that Michigan-Michigan State rivalry is and you take it very seriously. â€œOur kids do, Iâ€™m sure they do as well, canâ€™t speak for
â€œMichigan State has a lot to offer studentathletes. For us, itâ€™s always good to have that great rivalry, to have a crowd like that.â€? Suzy Merchant, womenâ€™s basketball head coach
gram after the win Sunday. Two of the programâ€™s six NCAA Tournament berths have come in the past two seasons. Former U-M womenâ€™s basketball coach Kevin Borseth led the team to the first round of the NCAA Tournament in the 2011-12 season. Last year, current head coach Kim Barnes Arico took the reins and led the team to one of the best years in program history, finishing 22-11 before falling in the second round of the tournament. With each passing year, it appears the gap between the two programs is becoming smaller and smaller.
them. But I know we do. Beating Michigan, itâ€™s fun.â€? Last season, MSU won two of three matches, losing the lone game in Ann Arbor 70-69 before bouncing back to eliminate U-M from the Big Ten Tournament. The loss was a rare one for MSU, as they have won nine of the last 11 matches at Crisler Center with the win on Sunday. T he dominance extends beyond Merchantâ€™s tenure as coach. MSU has won 22 of the last 24 meetings and is 63-16 alltime against the Wolverines. Merchant offered praise for U-Mâ€™s rapidly-improving pro-
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It has been no surprise that MSUâ€™s offense has been the biggest concern all season for Anastos and his coaching staff. MSU (6-10-3, 0-2-2-2 Big Ten) ranks 49th out of 59 in the nation and last place in the Big Ten in scoring offense. MSU also has been held to two goals or less 12 out of 19 games, including three scoreless games. Despite the lackluster offensive numbers, Anastos has no doubt the team has improved in that area of the game â€” and the numbers support him. MSU is averaging more goals per game than last year, averaging only 2.11 goals through 19 games last season compared to 2.32 this year. â€œThe first thing that needs to come is the scoring chances, and the quantity of scoring chances, and weâ€™re seeing
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As the Wolverines rise to prominence, it can only be an asset for both fans within the state and for the Big Ten Conference as a whole. â€œMichigan has a lot to offer student-athletes, just as Michigan State has a lot to offer student-athletes,â€? Merchant said. â€œFor us, itâ€™s always good to have that great rivalr y, to have a crowd like that.â€? Merchant also said Michigan has made it a point to improve its overall program in recent years. â€œI think (Barnes Arico has) done a really nice job (at U-M). In the last seven, nine years, you can see Michigan has made a concerted effort to put womenâ€™s basketball on the map in those decisions and those coaching hires, and theyâ€™ve done a great job.â€?
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conquering the career fairs Tomorrow is the diversity career fair and students will find themselves preparing for post-grad life. One thing to keep in mind is that there are a few key details that might keep them from getting the job they want. Different things such as knowing what to say, what to wear or how to act can play a crucial role
At a career fair filled with thousands of students, it is important to make a strong first impression that will stick out to employers. One of the first ways to establish a good connection is by introducing yourself with a strong firm handshake, smiling often and maintaining eye contact. DO: Your homework on the companies that you’re speaking with. DO NOT: Try to “wing it” on the spot. It is important for companies to think the student candidates are genuinely interested in their organization, Mwemba said. Research a company and be prepared to ask questions just as you would for an interview. This can be done by spending
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Dress to impress
Career fair do’s and don’ts DO: “Be yourself, be confident, and be positive,” Mwemba, a marketing senior, said. DO NOT: Be timid or hesitate when discussing your experiences and qualifications.
when employers are evaluating students. Junior Mwemba, service senior team leader for MSU’s Lear Corporation Career Services Center gave tips to The State News on what to do and what to avoid when trying to impress visiting employers.
a few moments on a company’s website. Students who do their homework will be able to talk more intelligently with the recruiter, rather than asking simple questions such as, “So, what does your company do?” Research also includes anticipating the questions a company will ask you and having the proper answers ready, Mwemba said. DO: Be dressed for a professional workplace. DO NOT: Come dressed in casual apparel. Appearance and clothing is one of the first things an employer evaluates. It’s also a good idea to carry resumés in professional portfolios and briefcases in order to keep the papers wrinkle and stain-free. A career fair is a serious event and students should want their first contact with potential employers to be professional and positive. By following these tips, students will be on their way to success.
Sometimes navigating your closet while trying to prepare for a career fair can be a little intimidating. Here are a few outfit tips that give off a professional vibe.
1. A blazer or suit jacket
1. A suit jacket adds a
adds a serious element to any outfit. Blazers or suit jackets can be worn on top of a nice blouse or certain styles of dresses. 2 . Jewelry choice does matter. Try to avoid wearing gaudy accessories that are not appropriate. Stick to simple studs and bracelets. 3. A solid-colored blouse dresses up an outfit without being too distracting. T-shirts, tank tops or lowcut shirts take away from the image trying to be presented. 4. Pants or knee-length skirts are far more professional than jeans, shorts or yoga pants. 5. A pair of flats or heels finish the professional package. Tennis shoes or combat boots are not an option.
professional component to an outfit when not wearing a full traditional suit. It keeps the outfit classic, contemporary and corporate. 2. Wearing a tie is a standard piece to complete the outfit. It adds personality and style and could potentially serve as a conversation starter. 3. A solid-colored dress shirt makes the outfit look polished without being tacky. 4. Dress slacks and khakis are widely accepted types of pants for professional situations. Men should not wear jeans or athletic apparel. 5. Black or brown dress shoes are the final part to polish up a man’s outfit for these types of events. Sneakers and sandals should be avoided.
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MSU College of Music tuba, piano and cello concerts tonight By Casey Holland email@example.com THE STATE NEWS nn
The stages are set for an evening of beautiful melodies provided by two of MSU’s faculty members and a guest performer on Wednesday. Philip Sinder, a tuba and euphonium professor, will b e p e r for m i ng a long side pia no pr ofe s sor D eb or a h Moriarty. The t wo will be playing three classical pieces from composers Bach, Broughton and Prokofiev. Sinder said he will be performing the Bach piece as a solo, and Moriart y will accompany him on the final two pieces. Sinder will be performing
with the tuba, an instrument he said is not typically seen as a solo instrument. In fact, two of the songs they expect to perform are not usual songs one would expect to hear from a booming tuba.
Sinder and Moriarty will be performing tuba and piano at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. Geringas will perform the cello at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building The piece by Bach, “Suite No. IV,” was originally written as a cello piece, said Sinder, and Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” composition was written to be
performed by a full orchestra. Sinder and Moriarty will be performing Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in the newly renovated Fairchild Theatre in the MSU Auditorium and the performance w ill last around 90 minutes. Admission is free for MSU students with ID and those under 18. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors. Free parking will be available across the street. A guest recital is also schedu led for Wednesday evening. David Geringas will be performing on MSU’s campus for the first time and will be playing seven pieces on the cello. Geringas is a Lithuanian cellist and conductor who has become famous because
of his talents. He won a gold medal in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1970 and has an impressive reputation in Europe, College of Music’s communications manager Kathleen Adams said. He is expected to perform three pieces from Bach, along
with compositions by Corigliano, Senderovas and Vasks. He will also be performing his own original work entitled “Gloria.” G er i nga s ’s per for ma nce will take place Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. He will be play i ng i n t he Music
B u i l d i n g ’ s C o o k R e c i tal Hall. Tickets for his performance are free for MSU students with ID and anyone under 18. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, and f ree park ing w ill be available in areas along West Circle Drive.
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Published on Jan 15, 2014
Published on Jan 15, 2014
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