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When rapper Juicy J took center stage Saturday night at the MSU Auditorium, the eager crowd — who waited more than two hours for him to grace the stage — was more than ready. Opening Juicy J rappers Fowl, Ahmad & Warhead, Bootz Bub and Sincere led the concert off with original pieces, and the MSU chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity also performed a step show. But by 8:30 p.m., the impatient audience heckled the rappers and yelled for Juicy J to come on stage. After the opening acts finished, it was quite evident the rapper still was not ready to perform. Filler music blasted through the auditorium until Juicy J finally took stage. Although the concert was set for 7 p.m., the rapper was scheduled to take the stage at 9 p.m, said Michael Kutzback, the founder of Peezy Promotions. Juicy J finally took center stage at 9:20 p.m. and performed for about 40 minutes. Kutzback said Juicy J was driving to MSU from Detroit and got to the venue later than expected. Once he was on stage, Juicy J kept thousands of attendees on their feet dancing, singing and smiling through the entirety of his performance to make up for his late arrival. The rapper started off the concert with the high-energy song “Stop It” and continued the night with his well-known songs such as “Scholarship,” “Bounce It,” and “Smokin’ Rollin.’” English senior Sean O’Brien said he enjoyed the concert, but was thoroughly disappointed with the short performance. “We paid $40 and we saw 40 minutes worth of Juicy J,” O’Brien said. Kalamazoo resident Candice May said despite his late arrival being a bit irritating, the rapper delivered an exciting show. “It was entertaining and energetic,” May said. The rapper teased the crowd by taking selfies with front row attendees and asked the crowd where the single ladies would party after. “It’s just fun to be with your

The German-ator Gavin Schilling’s journey to East Lansing was longer than most. He was born in Germany and moved to Strasbourg, France for eight years before settling down in his mother’s hometown of Chicago. He can speak French, German

In years past, MSU and student organizations have devoted Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to community service, drawing hundreds of student volunteers to give back to the Lansing area. This year, the university forwent the day of service, instead banking on an initiative officials hope will bring the community more lasting dividends. Launched on Monday at the MSU Union, the initiative, entitled “What’s Your 110?,” challenges students, faculty and staff to pledge to complete 110 hours of community service throughout 2014. The number 110 comes from MSU’s Project 60/50, a yearlong “community conversation” about civil rights inspired by the anniversaries of two landmark events: the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The goal is to have 1,000 Spartans take the pledge, said Renee Zientek, the director of MSU’s Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement. Citing statistics on the value of volunteer time, Zientek said 1,000 volunteers would equate to the MSU community contributing more than $2 million in volunteer time to the Lansing area. “We thought it would be really good for students to volunteer alongside faculty and staff, rather than just on their own, to be part of a bigger MSU community,” Zientek said. “We wanted also for the students to meet more community partners and to make a longer commitment to doing something, rather than just a couple of hours on MLK day.” The event invited local nonprofit service organizations to the Union as part of a volunteer fair, where community members were able to learn more about the organizations present and sign up to receive information about service opportunities. Although 39 organizations were listed as community partners for the event, 15 of the tables remained empty. Zientek said she didn’t know why the organizations hadn’t shown up to the fair, but speculated that they perhaps did not have representatives to send or had conflicting service activities on the holiday. The student organization Into The Streets usually coordinates the MLK Day of Service, but partnered with the Center for

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Freshman forward Gavin Schilling goes up for a shot while defended by North Carolina forward Joel James on Dec. 4, 2013, at Breslin Center. The Spartans lost to the Tar Heels, 79-65.

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t’s minutes before tip-off in Champaign, Ill., and Lisa Schilling is sitting inches from her TV, waiting

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Gavin Schilling, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound freshman forward, only sees the court for five minutes against the Fighting Illini, but it doesn’t matter to his mother — she’s as excited as anyone else decked out in green and white. “I feel like I want to be right there in the stadium,” she said. “I’m nervous. I’m screaming, I’m clapping and yelling. All the things that you may see me do

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ASMSU allocates $25K to event Students honor memory of MLK addressing the stigmas of failure By Olivia Dimmer THE STATE NEWS nn

MSU students soon will have the opportunity to witness an educational event aiming to erase the stigma associated with failure. ASMSU, MSU’s undergraduate student government, has allocated $25,000 from its Special Projects fund to host Failure:Lab, a storytelling event that allows spectators to listen in on strangers’ stories of failure. The student government hopes to be able to recover their invest-

ment in this event through ticket sales. Failure:Lab, which previously has performed shows in Grand Rapids and Detroit, invites wellknown, successful people to share intimate stories of personal failure in their lives. The storytellers are not allowed to explain how their failure helped them later achieve their goals, but must instead focus on how failure is a normal component in reaching success. Jonathan Williams, co-founder of Failure:Lab, has been brainstorming ideas of bringing nota-

ble alumni into the event as a way to localize the event to a campus environment. The event is meant to reduce the fear many people have of taking a risk and falling short, Williams said. “Failure:Lab is an honest conversation about the struggles behind success,” Williams said. “All the time, we are told we need to try new things. Failure:Lab aims to push back on the stigma and fear of failure and get people

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From left, human development and family studies senior Christian Dorma, journalism education senior Brittany Roden and human development and family studies senior Brittany Dooley listen to Ernest Green, of the Little Rock Nine, speak to the marchers Monday at Beaumont Tower. — Erin Hampton, SN

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and English fluently, and he’s been to more places across the world than many people will in their lifetimes. Schilling attended Loyola Academy near Chicago his freshman year of high school and went back to Germany to play for Urspring, a German basketball boarding school, his sophomore year. He also represented Germany in the 2012 FIBA U18 European Championship. He came back to the states for his final two years of school, putting on a Chicago De La Salle Institute jersey his junior year before finishing out his career for Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev. “It’s been pretty hard to adjust each year of high school,” Schilling said. “They don’t play as physical (in Europe) as they do over here. It’s more based on skill. I’m learning something new each


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Service Learning and Civic Engagement this year to hold the volunteer fair. Into The Streets president and general management sophomore Austin Dickerson said his organization was “on board with it from the start.” “It ’s bigger than just today,” Dickerson said. “People are going to move past just volunteering on MLK day and continue volunteering throughout the year and I think that’s very significant and very crucial to what we do.” Communit y members’ hou r s w i l l be t rac ked through self-reporting on a volunteer service social network called GiveGab, where volunteers will also be able

year, then I have to adjust to what the new coach says.” Although the travel might have set Gavin back on the court, it’s given his mother a trip down memory lane. With more than 20 years of experience as a professional model, the travel was no problem for Lisa, as it took her back to the time when she was traversing the globe for a living. “For me, it brought me back to the old times when I was in the business myself,” she said. “It brought back really good memories. I’m having a great time following him around now.” In Izzo We Trust It’s always hard for parents when their children leave the house for the first time, but everything changes when your son is a highprofile basketball player. Lisa Schilling has been by Gavin’s side every step of the way. The two talk daily, and she’s the rock Gavin can count on. Like any mother, she wants her son to be in the best hands. She said she feels safe with head coach Tom Izzo, and his ear is open to talk about anything at any time. “For me, I found coach Izzo a real man,” she said. “He’s very

“Even just one hour can make the biggest significance here within the Lansing community.” Lalita Hayes, Chemistry senior

to learn about more opportunities to devote their time. Zientek estimated about 240 students attended the event, with an estimated 200 taking the pledge. Chemistr y senior Lalita Hayes, who works as an intern with one of the community partners at the fair, said her volunteer experience opened her eyes and encouraged everyone to volunteer their time. “If not the whole entire 110, even just one hour can make the biggest significance here within the Lansing community and other communities,” Hayes said.

sincere in what he’s doing, he enjoys his job, and you know he’s going to tell it like it is.” Izzo is the front man, but assistant coach Dane Fife was the one who wasn’t afraid to get down and dirty in his analysis of Schilling. Fife said there was inconsistency in terms of Schilling’s basketball terminology, but his rebounding and high motor were enough to put him at the top of the list in terms of recruiting. “It was my goal to get him here,” Fife said. “It was an easy decision for us. The way he plays, it was exactly what we were looking for. He had work to do, and he finally figured it out.” But it wasn’t just the coaches that had an influence on Schilling’s journey to East Lansing. Gavin and freshman guard Alvin Ellis were teammates for a year when Schilling was at De La Salle in Chicago. Ellis originally was committed to Minnesota, and tried to convince Schilling to come join him with the Golden Gophers. “When I ended up leaving Minnesota, he tried to get me to come here with him,” Ellis said. The two are roommates and remain close friends. In the end, Gavin fell in


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to take intelligent risks.” ASMSU’s Assistant Vice President of Finance and Operations Ryan Wrench first heard about Failure:Lab after it performed in Grand Rapids. “We wanted to get more educational events to students this year,” Wrench said. “We had thrown around the idea of TED talks, a USA Today CEO forum, and then we ran across Failure:Lab.” Wrench said Failure:Lab was looking to take its project to a college campus, specifically to MSU.

Continued love with Izzo, and said the history and culture of Spartan basketball turned his blood green and white. “I really liked Michigan State from the start,” he said. “I started looking into the school and the Michigan State tradition. I think at the end, it fit me both basketball wise and academic wise.” Time To Shine When Gavin stepped foot on MSU’s campus as a student for the first time, he was 17 years old. Now, with senior forward Adreian Payne sidelined with an injured foot, he’s finding out very quickly that he must grow up quicker than anyone originally thought he would. “With (Payne) out, I’ve learned a lot from him,” Schilling said. “He’s taught me a lot, and given me advice about what he sees. I’m getting more minutes, which is good for me. I’ve just got to work hard every time I get out on the court.” Izzo has been mystified by Schilling all season. He’s said on numerous occasions that the talented fresh-

ASMSU Interim President Michael Mozina said the student government thought the event would be a perfect fit for college students. “Anybody that is successful has probably failed at something,” Mozina said. “This will ask how we can change the culture around failure, embrace it, and understand it as a normal part of students finding themselves.” Failure:Lab is set to take place in the Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall sometime in early February. An exact date has yet to be announced.

men is one of the most athletic big men he’s ever seen. Izzo said the prospect of learning his fifth system in five years would be tough for anyone, and the game is moving very fast for Gavin right now because he’s played both here and abroad. “When the year started, I thought that guy might even be starting,” Izzo said. “He’s had all these different coaches and I think because of it, it’s set him back. He’s working a little harder at it, he’s appreciating it. He’s getting in and watching film. He’s doing things to try to catch up to the college game.” Lisa Schilling will be the first to admit that her son has a lot to learn, but it wasn’t until he started getting offers from big programs like UCLA, USC, Illinois and MSU that she started to see him as a potential professional basketball player. Whether it’s said in French or German, Lisa Schilling is incredibly proud of her son. “How proud? Are you kidding me?” she said. “You can answer that one. Everything, not only sports. You don’t get that very often.”


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girls and dance all night,” human biology sophomore Ashley Kaminski said. Kaminski, who came out Saturday night for a girl’s night out with close friends, said despite the rapper’s late arrival, it still was a good time.

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MSU celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with dinner, march MSU officials, students gather to speak about past, plan for future

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Mor e t h a n 350 p eople attended the 11th annual community celebration dinner to honor the accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday night at Akers Hall. The dinner entertainment included speeches from MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, African American and African studies professor Pero Dagbovie, a musical performance from the Mardra Thomas Trio and a video about Project 60/50, a human and civil rights conversational movement. “This is part of the MLK tradition at MSU to bring people together. It’s about inclusion and community,” community dinner coordinator Venice Smith said. President Simon spoke about Ernest Green, an MSU alumnus who was the first AfricanAmerican student to graduate from his high school. Green also was a member of the Little Rock Nine. She said he became successful despite his civil rights struggle because he was able to look past his upbringing and look forward into his future at MSU. “Never forget that part of being a Spartan is being a game-changer,” Simon said. Students, faculty and professors in attendance discussed the steps that Martin Luther

“…There is a recognition that today we still deal with issues like poverty, health inequities and educational inequities.” Paulette Granberry Russell, director of MSU’s Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives

King, Jr. took in terms of civil rights as well as social justice. “There are so many things that (MLK) was able to rectify, but there is a recognition that today we still deal with issues like poverty, health inequities and educational inequities so we still have work ahead of us,” said Paulette Granberry Russell, director of MSU’s Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. In a broader sense, Smith said Martin Luther King, Jr. was the catalyst behind a stillongoing movement. Materials science and engineering freshman Alex Peterson said holding the program alongside a meal brought a sense of shared purpose among its attendees. “All historic and commemorative events are surrounded by food because it’s something that we can all share,” Peterson said.

MSU alumnus Ernest Green didn’t exactly have a nor ma l h igh sc hool experience. Green was one of the Little Rock Nine who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. in 1957. At his graduation, Green had a conversation with none other than Martin Luther King, Jr. himself. “Dr. King did advise me to pursue my education, be diligent and focused, and I think that’s the same thing I would say to all of you,” Green said, Green spoke at MSU’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemorative March on Monday, which spanned from the Union to Beaumont Tower. Green spoke for about 20 minutes outside of Beaumont Tower and advised attendees to utilize all of the resources MSU has to offer to better themselves in the long run. “This is a great institution,” he said during his speech. “But it can be greater if you utilize it.” An early start Green was awarded a full scholarship to attend MSU when he graduated high school. He said he initially was hesitant to talk to King on the day he graduated. “I didn’t realize he was in the audience until after the ceremony,” Green said. “When you’re 16 and graduating from high school, you don’t want to talk to anybody. Green said meeting people and stepping outside of someone’s comfort zone are the most important ways to get the most out of a university like MSU. During his time in East Lansing, the university was a tolerant place, Green said in an interview with The State News following his speech. “When I came, the university was very active in trying to promote tolerance and diversity,” he said. “People like the president and my friend Joel Ferguson were committed to keep MSU as an institution that figures out how to support students from not only the state of Michigan, but all over the country.” Green said coming back to MSU and talking to students is an important part of being an alumnus.

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East Lansing High School sophomore James Coles recites Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech to marchers Monday at Beaumont Tower. The march started from the MSU Union and ended at Beaumont Tower.

“It’s obviously a high honor to be able to give back,” he said. “When you’re first coming here, this place is so big and you’ll wonder if you will ever have an impact. ... This place is one of those institutions where you will get more out of it if you’re driven.” A student following Students from various organizations on campus marched in the event. The post-march reception in the MSU Museum featured student performances and food. For students all across campus, the march, which has been an annual event since 1980, served as a way to celebrate King and his legacy. Criminal justice senior Jameria Caldwell said the day is a reminder to everyone that the camaraderie it brings annually is important. “Today means coming together for me,” she said. “We’re trying to achieve unity and make a better Michigan State, and I think that’s what today is about.” She said she was interested in hearing what the speakers had to say before and after the march. “They will be touching on great points from Dr. King and expressing to us what they want us to do to have a better Michigan State as a whole,” she said.

Why is it important for MSU to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

“People might not know everything that he did, and (this) will be a great way for them to learn.”

“We’re trying to achieve unity and make a better Michigan State, and I think that’s what today is about.”

Deniqua Gunn Sociology junior

Jameria Caldwell Criminal justice senior

“I think that’s what people will take away from today.” Sociology senior Deniqua Gunn had similar sentiments about the importance of the day and what she was looking forward to the most. “People might not know everything that he (Martin Luther King, Jr.) did, and these presentations will be a great way for them to learn,” she said. Gunn said the community coming together is the most important part of the day to her.

“Being able to be reminded of why Martin Luther King did what he did and what rights today blacks have that they didn’t back then (is why today is important),” she said. “You see other races here, not just black people. This couldn’t happen back then.”

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Electrical engineering senior Terry Pharaon, left, and communication and psychology junior Priya Adusumill learn popular Indian culture dances Thursday at a salsa dancing event at Cedar Village. The men of Phi lota Alpha also taught the ladies of Sigma Sigma Rho how to salsa dance. photos by Erin Hampton/the state news

Human biology senior and Sigma Sigma Rho Rush Chair Akshaya Raghu dances at a salsa dancing event at Cedar Village.


orority. sea of organizations and clubs It’s such a load- because there’s almost no mained word, isn’t it? It stream publicity for multicultursummons an image al greek organizations. MSU’s multicultural greek of wealthy white girls in large life is vast. There are South plantation-style houses. My nerves are always Asian, Latino, Asian and black brushed the wrong way and I sororities and fraternities, among many bristle when the Features editor others. They’re label of “sorority not meant to be girl” is thrown at exclusive to a cerme. tain race or ethIt ’s because nicit y. They ’re of the mocking supposed to serve tone that’s used, as a concentrated because of all forum for reflecof the judgment tion, philanthrothat is barely py and growth. hidden beneath Anya rath We also tend to the surface. But focus on issues the truth of the matter is that I am a sorority girl that particularly reflect the and I have always identified my demographics that we’re from. decision to be one as one of the For example, my sorority focusbest choices I made in college. es on the prevention and awareBut the type of greek world ness of domestic violence. During my first semester at I’ve immersed myself in is not one that generally gets atten- MSU, I hesitantly went to a tion on campus. In fact, my meeting for a South Asian-based greek world is buried in the sorority, Sigma Sigma Rho. To

my surprise, the informational session presented a beautiful image of national sisterhood, mystery and the chance to be a part of something new. I’ll be honest when I say that I only had a vague idea of what I was signing up for when I decided to accept my bid. But throughout the past two years in Sigma Sigma Rho, I’ve come to identify my place within the organization and truly can appreciate all of the benefits. In multicultural greek organizations, the intake classes and active member count is much smaller than traditional greek

organizations. With such a concentrated group of people, you have the chance to get to know everybody within your organization locally and nationally. I don’t know how I would have survived certain rough moments in my college career without the women I call my sisters. We are fiercely loyal to one another. The community doesn’t just end within your sorority or fraternity. The community at MSU makes a conscious effort to be present in each other’s lives. There are no adequate words to describe the emotions that come from being in a greek

organization. Any member will be quick to tell you that letters are not handed out. By the time you become a member, you know everything there is to know about your organization’s traditions and goals. It took hours of dedication to prove that I wanted to be a part of my sorority, and it was worth it. Many multicultural organizations hold both fall and spring rush, the latter of which is falling in this time of the semester. Take the initiative to find out about these various organizations and see if one of them fits your interests.

Being a part of Sigma Sigma Rho has molded me into a stronger, bolder and more motivated woman. It’s given me an opportunity to be a student leader on campus and the chance to give back to the community through all of the philanthropy work that we do. Look deeper into what the greek community offers before you judge it, because what’s buried underneath that first impression can be a treasure that helps turn you into a stronger individual. Anya Rath is The State News Features Editor. Reach her at

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Dear Editor, I enjoy reading The State News, but after reading the article, “Do not be afraid to change your major,” by Alex Dardas (January 14), I was left taken aback. The thing that he said that was also quoted in bold to the right of the article was “You only have one chance at college.” I want to disagree with that. No one is ever limited to one chance at college. Perhaps it is easier for some to go through college when they are young with few responsibilities, but it is never the only chance you have at college by any stretch of the truth. There are non-traditional students that, back in the day, attended college classes at a younger age, but for whatever reason, life changed, decisions were made and university studies were postponed. Now, they are back and taking another chance at college. I encourage young college students to trudge through, get your degree while you are young! However, if you find that you cannot, you can go back. A person DOES have a second chance at college. Sincerely,

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Limiting Board trips a step in right direction

Just so you know Most if not all if these Board members are personally wealthy and can afford to pay for their own trips. In the era of belt tightening it is not appropriate for them to have the “U” pay for their junkets. Students and staff are constantly told to do without and cut back. It’s time for the oligarchy to do the same. They get enough perks without the taxpayers subsidizing their trips.

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People of all ages could come play instruments and learn about what the Community Music School, or CMS, has to offer at a open house on Sunday. The event started off with several piano, violin and flute performances put on by CMS students. Afterward, the school, which has been open for a year, was split into different rooms that focused on a variety of instruments. Each room was filled with curious children eager to test out the instruments.. Small children banged on drums, tooted the clarinets and played the pianos. The school offers opportunities for all ages, said Jaime DeMott, director of CMS. Various programs for music education and music therapy are available to the communi-

ty at large. There also are financial aid options for those who need it, she said. “We have a program for everyone in the community,” DeMott said. “We offer services from birth to grave.” CMS has a well-established music therapy program. The music therapy program that is offered helps students reach their full potential, said Cindy Edgerton, director of music therapy at the school. The music therapy program uses music to help teach nonmusical goals and objectives to students, Edgerton said “An individual has their own goals and objectives,” Edgerton said. “What are they here for? Do they want to improve speech or communication? What are the abilities? Let’s celebrate those abilities.” The school also offers an opportunity for MSU students

to get involved. Students can teach lessons, work as interns and improve their own musical ability with a variety of instruments at the school. Katharine Nunn, a music performance senior, is an intern at the CMS. “I’m immersed in music, and that’s what I’m in school for,” Nunn said, adding that she helps at camps hosted by CMS. “That’s what I love.” The CMS opened the doors at its current location in December 2012. DeMott said the past year of operations went well and since the school is now on the general interactive campus map, more people have noticed its presence.

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indication that they were all having a great time. “We’re tr y ing to expose people to ballroom dancing in a cheap way,” said Amanda Morris, a sociology senior and president of the team. “We really just wanna get people dancing.” More lessons were hosted in the Mosaic Multicultural Unity Center because the ballroom was too crowded. Between the three lessons, the floor was cleared for open dancing, which gave students an opportunity to take a break or hit the dance floor with their own freestyle. Before the evening came to a close, the floor was cleared once aga i n a nd st udent s retreated to the surrounding tables. Pairs had been registering for the event’s dance-off throughout the night, and the seven teams were ready to face off for two Beats by Dre Pill

speakers. The pairs were judged on their entertainment value, togetherness with their partner and the technicality behind their dance, Morris said. After the two rounds were completed, the judges agreed that the team of advertising sophomore Nicole Nalazek and predental freshman Matthew Oatten best displayed all three qualities. The duo were encouraged by the event to consider joining the team. The evening came to a close as the clock struck midnight, and everyone joined in for one last dance: “the Wobble.” “I came out tonight because it was a fun, free alternative to a typical Friday night,” said hospitality business senior Nicole Drew. “Plus it was fun to watch my friends make fools of themselves as they attempt to learn to dance. It’s a good time.”

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Psychology senior Carly Miller and her dance partner, John McGuire, a Holly, Mich. resident, learn to waltz Friday at the Union Ballroom. Lessons were led by the MSU Ballroom Dance Team at the “So You Want to Learn to Dance” event.

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MSU hockey continued to take strides in the right direction this past weekend, sweeping Penn State to earn its first two Big Ten wins in program history. MSU (8-10-3 overall, 2-2-2-2 Big Ten) beat Penn State (4-141, 0-6-0) on both nights, shutting out the Nittany Lions 3-0 on Friday and scoring a thirdperiod goal to win 3-2 on Saturday. The two victories were the first in the newly-formed Big Ten hockey conference for MSU. With the six points earned this weekend, MSU moved past idle No. 14 Michigan (10-6-2, 2-2-0) into third place in the league standings. Head coach Tom Anastos called the sweep a “mission accomplished” in keeping the Spartans in the thick of the Big Ten championship race. “We want to stay in the mix and these were important points to leave the weekend with, and get us in the middle of that Big Ten race,” Anastos said.

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Senior forwards Lee Reimer, left, and Greg Wolfe talk during a break in play during the game against Penn State on Friday at Munn Ice Arena.

No. 1 Minnesota (17-2-3, 7-01) and No. 9 Wisconsin (13-61, 4-2-0) are the only teams MSU trails in the conference. Through eight games, MSU is the only team in conference play to earn points when facing Minnesota. There were plenty of other firsts for MSU, including senior forward Dean Chelios finding the back of the net on Friday for the first time since Feb. 25,


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2012. Chelios said he wasn’t too focused on getting the monkey off his back, but considered it nice to get others to stop talking about it. “I’m more of a passer-first guy anyway, so I wasn’t too concerned about that,” Chelios said. “But after (hearing) other people talking about it for a few games now, it was kind of bothering me that they were talking about it. So it was nice to get them to shut up.” Sophomore goa ltender Jake Hildebrand also reached a career milestone in Friday night’s game. The Pennsylvania native recorded his second shutout of the season, but more importantly, had a careerhigh 48 saves on the night. Saturday ’s w in didn’t come as easy as the night before, with the Nittany Lions keeping the game close until the final buzzer.

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Redshirt junior center Madison Williams, left, and senior forward Annalise Pickrel react to the loss against Penn State on Sunday at Breslin Center. The Spartans lost, 66-54.

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The women’s basketball team is enjoying its best offensive season under head coach Suzy Merchant. Judging solely from Sunday night’s 66-54 home loss against No. 16 Penn State, one would not guess it. The Spartans (12-6 overall, 4-1 Big Ten) could not build off of a promising 34-27 halftime lead and shot 8-of-34 in the second half, as the Lady Lions outscored them by 19. A team that averaged 77.2 points per game prior to Sunday could not make even an open layup on more than one occasion. The problem lies solely in the lack of offense. Given the track record for this season, lack of offense shouldn’t be a recurring issue as the season progresses.

“I just felt like we reverted backwards a bit on the offensive end,” Merchant said after the game. “Everybody became kind of a one-on-one guy instead of working the ball around and staying the course.” MSU also lacked hustle, as the Lady Lions grabbed three offensive rebounds in the closing minutes that hushed the threat of a comeback. After the game, several players said they believe it was simply an off night. There was no correlation between the timid offense and stout defense, as the Spartans held Penn State to 33.3 percent shooting for the game. Continuing the trend of locking down premier scorers, MSU limited senior guard and preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Maggie Lucas to 16 points on 5-of-19 shooting.

It lines up nicely with the defensive intensity MSU has displayed for the last few weeks, as opponents mustered 35.3 percent field goal shooting against MSU in the eight games previous to Penn State. Other mistakes cost them, however. "I think we beat ourselves,” said senior forward Annalise Pickrel, who had a team-high 17 points and six rebounds. “Credit to them, but we didn’t capitalize on the things we should have.” After the game, Pickrel said she was confident the team would not let the loss get to them. With a 7-2 record since Dec. 15, there’s reason to believe Sunday’s loss is not an indicator of forthcoming struggle on the offensive end. "A month ago or whatever, I think we would have fallen apart,” Pickrel said. “In that category, I think we’ve grown a lot.”

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