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Community reflects on university’s role in civil rights movement By Olivia Dimmer THE STATE NEWS nn


roject 60/50 is more than a commemoration of two landmark civil rights victories that will celebrate milestone anniversaries this year. It’s a yearlong discussion on human and civil rights issues brought to the forefront in the 1960s and remain relevant today. This year will mark the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act being passed and signed into law. These anniversaries serve as the backdrop for Project 60/50, which also will encompass a broader discussion of 21stcentury civil and human rights issues. The project consists of a series of events, symposiums, documentary screenings and forums that deal with topics of civil and human rights. “These conversations are not intended to be limited to the borders of our campus,” said Paulette Granberry Russell, director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. “Our students extend themselves beyond the borders of our campus. Our goal is to be a diverse community and have our students explore and understand issues... not be an obstacle in the way of progress.” The project’s creation spawned from the idea of building upon MSU’s long-standing history of being on the forefront of civil and human rights, Human Resources & Labor Photos pictured: A civil rights march in East Lansing in the 1960s. Then-president John A. Hannah, chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, talks with Dr. George M. Johnson, professor of education during the 1968 presentation of the first copy of the book, “The U.S. Civil Rights Commission: 1957-1967,” published by the MSU Press. John Hannah stands beside President Dwight Eisenhower in a 1959 photo of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. Gr aphic by isabel calder | SN / Photos courtesy msu archives

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A prominent issue in the MSU community, sexual assault, received attention on the national stage this week when President Barack Obama addressed the issue directly in a speech delivered to the White House Council on Women and Girls. A White House report on the issue estimates 20 percent of female college students are sexually assaulted, while only about 12 percent of victims report it. In an October interview with

The State News, Sexual Assault Program Coordinator Shari Murgittroyd said she estimated only one in five assaults at MSU ever reach official ears. Jayne Schuiteman, interim director of the Women’s Resource

“It would have been ideal to have this addressed sooner ... The fact that President Obama’s doing it — it’s time.”

A report from the White House estimates 20 percent of female students are sexually assaulted, with only 12 percent reporting

the head” with his remarks, but acknowledged the issue was not a new one. “It would have been ideal to have this addressed sooner, but I think Vice President (Joe) Biden has a great track record at looking at issues of violence against women,” Schuiteman said. “The fact that President Obama’s doing

Center at MSU, said she thought the president “hit the nail on

Jayne Schuiteman, interim director of Women’s Resource Center

it — it’s time.” MSU has its share of problems with sexual assault. Twenty sexual offenses were reported in 2012, a number that has remained relatively unchanged from past years, according to MSU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. There have been a string of high-profile assaults in recent years at MSU

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and in East Lansing — some have ended in arrests, while others remain unsolved. Even fewer are reported. During his speech, Obama also announced the creation of a new task force meant to work with educational institutions to improve the way they prevent and respond to assaults. “These young women worked so hard just to get into college, often their parents are doing everything they can to help them pay for it,” Obama said. “So when they finally make it there only to be assaulted, that is not just a nightmare for them

and their families, it’s an affront to everything they’ve worked so hard to achieve. ... It’s totally unacceptable.” The university offers a variety of services and support for victims. MSU’s Counseling Center has an office devoted to sexual assault, and every freshman at the university is mandated to attend a workshop on how to prevent the crime. Many services are confidential, and the university has outlined detailed reporting procedures, as federal guidelines mandate.

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Police brief assaults Officials, students

Fire startles Bailey Hall bathroom goer

Between 1:30 and 2 a.m. Monday, East Lansing Fire Department and MSU police responded to a fire in the bathroom of Bailey Hall. The fire was discovered by a 20-year-old female student, MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said. The fire was found in the trash can of the bathroom. The student put out the fire with a cup of water and placed the trash bag outside of the bathroom. There are no suspects. There was no damage or reported injuries. GEOFF PRESTON Weather advisory issued for Ingham The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids issued a hazardous weather advisory that will be in effect from 1 a.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday in mid-Michigan. Wind chills could reach between 20 and 30 degrees below zero Friday morning. Wind gusts could reach up to 35 mph. One to three inches of snowfall is expected Friday. Exposure to cold could cause frostbite in less than 30 minutes starting Thursday evening and going into early Friday. The Michigan Department of Transportation also cautioned drivers to stay safe on roads. Kary Askew Garcia

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think the issue of sexual assault needs to be addressed more often from page one

“People often do not feel comfortable coming to the police department,” MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothianTaylor said, noting police are willing to meet victims elsewhere. “They’re in shock, often.” MSU students interviewed said they were generally aware of MSU’s services, but the services don’t help psychology junior Michelle Abraham feel safe when she walks alone at night.

Jayne Schuiteman of the MSU Women’s Resource Center says the issue is not limited to a single demographic Abraham said she was walking alone in East Lansing one evening and felt comfortable until she was approached by several strange men. Nothing happened, but that didn’t keep Abraham from worrying. “I walked down here all by myself and these random guys were catcalling me and stuff, and this one guy tried to make me get in a car with him,” Abraham said. “I was so freaked out.” No-preference sophomore Shida Chen said he didn’t think sexual assault at universities has received much attention. “I don’t think it’s addressed at all, honestly, but I think it should be addressed more,” Chen said. Schuiteman said it’s necessary to understand that the issue is not restrained to single demographic. “We need to get past this notion that it’s strictly a women’s problem and realize that it’s everyone’s problem,” Schuiteman said. At the end of his remarks Wednesday, Obama emphasized the need for support. “We need to keep saying to anyone out there who has ever been assaulted, you are not alone,” Obama said. “You will never be alone. We have your back. I’ve got your back.”

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Black Student Alliance president: University needs to work on having a more diverse campus from page one

Relations associate professor John Beck said. “We’ve always been an important place where people try to confront issues of human and civil rights,” Beck said. “John Hannah was head of the first Civil Rights Commission ... We were the first to deinvest in companies doing business in South Africa. We led the anti-apartheid movement as a university and have always been game-changers in terms (of civil rights).” Through the discussion of past, present and future civil and human rights issues, Beck said students become aware that not only can they make a difference, but have a responsibility to make that difference. “None of us knows when we are going to have the possibility of having an effect on society or changing lives,” Beck said. “I mean, Ernie Green didn’t know the effect his parents would have by sending him to Little Rock Central High School.” Paving the way Ernest “Ernie” Green is a 1962 MSU alumnus who was one of the nine black students who were integrated into Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. in 1957. He also was the first black student to graduate from the high school. “During the school year at Central, I got a notice I received a scholarship to MSU,” Green said in a previous interview with The State News. “I was unaware of who the donor was.” Green went his entire college career without knowing who this anonymous benefactor was. When Green returned to campus in 1994, he was finally given the name — it was former MSU President John Hannah.

The MSU community and former president John Hannah were active in the 1960s civil rights movement In addition to anonymously paying for Green’s college tuition, Hannah also was on the front lines of fighting for civil rights. As chairman of the first United States Commission on Civil Rights in 1958, Hannah had a hand in investigations, making recommendations for and reporting on issues concerning civil rights. In referencing the case of a black man who was lynched to death, Hannah made an appeal to expand the scope of the commission to investi-

gate the abuses that were suffered by black Americans in the justice system. “In our time, people will come to believe as one that when a (synagogue) is bombed, no Christian church is safe,” Hannah told the Lansing State Journal in 1959. “When one school is bombed, no school is steady on its foundations; when one man is lynched, the security of each of us is diminished by so much; when one man is denied the right to vote, our own freedom of decision is compromised.” Although Hannah was an integral part in the fight for equality, tension was palpable on campus and in East Lansing during that time. One major issue that manifested into marches and protests was the passage of an open occupancy law in East Lansing, which prohibited housing discrimination based on ethnicity. Early in April 1964, MSU alumnus William Smith filed a complaint against a realtor who discriminated against him when he tried to rent an apartment on Abbot Road. At the first hearing, he failed to appear in court, The State News reported in 1965. Smith eventually testified early on in the school year. Also in 1965, MSU’s Committee for Student Rights organized a sit-in on Abbot Road to call for an open occupancy law. A report issued by the committee states that as a result, 59 people were arrested. In addition to activists calling for equal housing, they drew attention to the lack of black faculty and staff on campus. Assistant Provost for Academic Student Services and Multicultural Issues Lee June was one of the many black faculty members hired on in the aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement. “Because of the assassination (of Martin Luther King, Jr.) and the Civil Rights Movement, there was a big push to bring a higher number of students of color in,” June said. “The parallel was also true for faculty.” June said when he was hired in 1973, there were still hints of tension on campus because the university was still trying to figure out how to better serve students and faculty of color. “There were clear signs of responsiveness,” June said. “Early in the 60s, certain units and offices on campus were established, including the College of Urban Development, to deal with issues in the urban environment and MSU’s response to those challenges.”


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MSU alumnus Ernest Green, a member of the Little Rock Nine, speaks to the marchers Monday at Beaumont Tower. The march started at the MSU Union and ended at Beaumont Tower.

“I am complimenting, but also challenging MSU. ... We have done a lot, but we still have a ways to go.” Lee June, Assistant Provost for Academic Student Services and Multicultural Issues

aggressive recruiting.” June also called for the need to make the African American and African Studies programs more viable. He noted MSU has some of the better ethnic studies programs, but improving these programs could contribute to the overall environment on campus. Tyler Clifford, president of MSU’s Black Student Alliance, was more critical of MSU’s programs. “Honestly, I don’t think it’s been a priority as of late,”

Clifford said. “Things such as affordable housing closer to campus and trying to have a more diverse campus. Student populations on campus should reflect the population of the state.” MSU should vigilantly be assessing the climate on campus to ensure that there is nothing interfering with a student’s ability to feel welcome, June said. “I am complimenting but also challenging MSU,” June said. “We have done a lot, but we still have a ways to go.”

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10341197_UP_Sudoku_Ad.indd Civil rights today Although he recognizes that MSU has come a long way in promoting diversity and the discussion of civil rights, June said there is still more MSU can do to better accommodate students of color. “One of the things I think Level: is a major challenge is trying to reduce the graduation gap between African-American, Hispanic and white students,” June said. “MSU also lost some ground when it came to the number of black faculty, we could do better in that regard with more



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13 bills introduced harsher penalties for sex trafficking By Geoff Preston THE STATE NEWS nn

lansing – The Capitol was buzzing on Thursday afternoon as members of the Michigan House of Representatives introduced 13 bills sponsored by 17 state representatives that would call for harsher penalties for individuals and groups involved in sex trafficking. The bills also would provide additional support to victims with resources from the state, as well as nonprofits and private companies. Some of them also will give law enforcement additional power to carry out the laws already in place.

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Critical Care resident Jayme Hoffberg, left, and veterinary technician Rose Wahl comfort Daley as he donates blood Tuesday at the Small Animal Clinic. Wahl keeps photos of current and past donors on her whiteboard.


or Boxer/Pitbull mix Daley, donating blood isn’t a ruff time. In fact, it often ends with treats. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital blood donor program currently has about 70 volunteer dogs and cats who donate blood to help other animals. Veterinary technician Rose Wahl said the volunteer base

they have is incredible. When a dog or cat is in dire need of blood, she often can call in volunteers and they’ll rearrange their schedules to make sure they can save other animals. “It’s very fun to see the service it provides and to see everyone pulling together to save one dog,” Wahl said. Critical Care resident Jayme Hoffberg started her residency at the hospital in 2011 and her dog Daley became a


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More witnesses testify in alleged I-96 shooter trial By Marissa Russo The State News nn

T h ree new w it nesses testified in the trial of the alleged I-96 shooter on Thursday at the Livingston County Circuit Court in Howell, Mich. M S U a lu m nu s R au lie Casteel, 44, has been accused of the shooting spree that occurred in October of 2012 on I-96. On Oct. 18, Tony Shepherd said he made the drive from Indiana to buy antiques for his job. He said he was driving on M-52, south of Perry, Mich., when he heard a loud noise and felt his vehicle react. After pulling over, he noticed his car had been shot. “It was rather unnerving,” Shepherd said. “The bullet was in line with the passenger. It was just unnerving.” Shepherd said he saw a red car pass beside him and thought it was where the shots were fired from. J a m e s S m i l e y, w h o worked for the Special Investigation Force for the Michigan State Police, or MSP, at the time, also was called to the stand. On Nov. 5, 2012, Smiley went to Casteel’s home in Wixom, Mich., to confiscate his vehicle and weapons. Casteel was described as acting normal, pleasant, and cooperative with the police when they were at his home. Smiley returned and arrested Casteel later that day. Wixom police Det. Sgt. Ron Moore, the final witness called to the stand, went through each shooting that occurred during Oct. 16 and 27 in 2012. By Nov. 5, 2012 there were about 150 people on task force, including MSU police, and roughly 2,960 tips on the case had been reported. So far there have been 45 witnesses to the incident. The trial will resume on Monday and could come to a close next week.

donor right away. As a critical care resident, Hoffberg wanted her dog to help out. “It’s great to see his blood going in and saving another animal,” Hoffberg said. — Julia Nagy, The State News

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Donor requirements Dogs: Must be at least 50lbs 1-7 years of age Cats: Must be at least 10lbs 1-7 years of age To donate contact: Rose Wahl (517) 432-4546 SOURCE: veterinary Teaching hospital blood donor progr am

The Michigan House of Representatives introduced new bills to crack down on human trafficking Dur i ng t he past few months, legislators have introduced 10 additional bills regarding new ways to help prevent human trafficking. “Today is a very important day in our statewide fight against human trafficking in Michigan,” Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth, said during the press conference. “This knows no partisan boundaries, this is what people sent us to Lansing to do.” The bills come largely as a result of the Michigan 2013 Report on Human Traffick-

“This knows no partisan boundaries — this is what people sent us to Lansing to do.” Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth

ing that was commissioned to find problem areas in the state. He said he hopes to see the bill through the Michigan Senate by this summer. Heise said he doesn’t think there will be much opposition to the bills in the state senate aside from the issue of forfeiture, or the collection of money from pimps after being arrested for human trafficking. “Forfeiture has always been an issue that has been batted around,” he said. “I think we are prepared for that.” Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township, sponsored the bill that would make forfeiture legal. He said he believes it is important for property to be seized if that person is connected with sex trafficking. “We have to hit them where it counts,” he said during the press conference. Heise said the issue didn’t meet much resistance when the representatives were drafting the bills. “I’ve not found anything that is out of the ordinary,” Heise said following the press conference. “The issue is so important on so many levels that there were no partisan disagreements that we encountered.”

Sub-zero temps could threaten safety By Juliana Moxley THE STATE NEWS nn

The continuous snowfall and sub-zero temperatures in East Lansing have been posing a threat to student drivers on and across campus since the start of the semester. Although the roads on campus have been accessible and the lesser of concerns lately, the same can’t be said for the roads in the surrounding area. East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy said the snow-covered roads have caused several accidents in the area this week. “Any time we have weather extremes, whether it’s snow, ice, heavy rain, anything that changes the road conditions (can) trigger a lot of accidents,” Murphy said. Murphy said it’s important for drivers to adjust to the weather by decreasing speed and increasing following distance during the winter months. On Thursday night, the MSU Physician’s Office released a statement to students warning them about severe weather conditions to follow this weekend and providing tips to stay warm and prevent health emergencies. Hospitality business senior Kevin Madaus encountered some winter weather troubles of his own while driving his 2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer on US-131 back to East Lansing after Christmas break. He said his car was totaled in an accident. “I was changing the song on my iPod when all of a sudden I felt my car hydroplane and then my car started sliding sideways,” Madaus said. “I hit a snowbank and my car rolled on its driver side.” Michigan Department of Transportation communications director Jeff Cranson said it’s all about speed when it comes to tips for how drivers can remain safe on the ice and snow covered roads. “You gotta slow down in these kinds of conditions,” Cranson said. “The pavement might look dry, and that’s where the term ‘black ice’ comes from.” Although the roads might be covered in salt, Cranson said it becomes ineffective when temperatures get into the negatives. Murphy said the worst areas for causing car accidents are US-127 and I-496, where the speeds limits are higher. “We try to get to those (areas)

as soon as possible and first because we know from experience that if we don’t get to those first then they cause more accidents because people are distracted by damaged cars,” Murphy said. Getting to Madaus’s car wreck in the middle of the most recent winter storm was not so simple though. “I was scared and didn’t know what to do because I was four hours away from home and knew it would be more than four hours until someone could come pick me up,” Madaus said. Car accidents are not only a distraction to other drivers on the expressway, but on main roads as well, such as on Grand River Avenue. When car accidents block roads, drivers often cut across lanes and cause other accidents to occur, Murphy said. He said ELPD tries to be on the scene as quick-

ly as possible to clear the road. “You don’t need to leave the damaged vehicles in the road,” Murphy said. “If they are able to be moved to a safe spot until the police officer gets there, then that’s fine.” Construction management junior Ryan Konen said he hasn’t had any trouble lately with sliding on ice while driving on MSU’s campus, but he has heard frequent accounts of people slipping on icy sidewalks. Since Konen runs on MSU’s cross country team, traveling amongst the treacherous ice patches on the sidewalks has been a challenge when he and his team go out for a run. “Some of the sidewalks are a little bit icier, especially on River Trail,” Konen said. “Roads aren’t too bad, I thought snow removal was pretty well when they opened campus back up.”


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MSU should sponsor use of on-campus kitchens


ometimes when I walk across the main lobby of my dorm, I see the community kitchen. At a glance though, the second word only comes across my mind. Despite having an array of cooking utensils and instruments, the kitchen doesn’t seem to be a community one, because I rarely see it full of students. During fall semester, I participated in a meeting where a person associated with Residence Education and Housing Services asked groups of students what they thought about living on campus. One of the questions that arose was about our use of the community kitchens. Within my group, only two people really had used the kitchen. Both of them had only used the kitchen once. I had never used the kitchen simply because, like the rest of the group, I already had a meal plan and it didn’t make sense to go out to spend more money to buy extra food. The amount of time that I would also have to spend getting the ingredients, borrowing the key and actually cooking didn’t seem all that appealing in addition to my already heavy class schedule.

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I had this mindset for the rest of the semes- do more kitchenter, until I was invited to a social gathering at related events in — Sierra Lay, the near future. the kitchen in McDonel Hall. However, it turned Since I hadn’t actually had the kitchen experience on campus, I thought it was worth a shot and out that it was incredwent over that evening. It was a pleasant surprise, ibly expensive to bring in all of the to say the least. The variety of guest columnist ingredients and food made when we gathered at our dinner probathe kitchen was overwhelming. bly was going to be a The social opened with someone-time activity. one making pbseadillas: a vegHaving heard this, I once again an quesadilla with peanut butter, was reminded of the same reasons bananas, and cinnamon. I helped why I wasn’t actively using the kitchcook brown rice steamed in a ens myself. large pot alongside some chickThat’s when the thought sparked. pea curry. We also had fried What if the university supported Korean pancakes, homemade Henry pan a regularly-scheduled cooking event lasagna, fried chicken, Mexican in the kitchen? hot chocolate and an assortment According to a friend who works for Residence of vegetables and meats cooked in broth. Although some of the food was stuff students Education and Housing Services, resident assistypically made at home, some people also tried tants are required to host floor events. Given new recipes. After two years of the same food how they can ask for funding from the hall govmade in the cafeteria and at home, it was a breath ernments to sponsor events, it wouldn’t be out of the question to use university resources to sponof fresh air. When the gathering was over, I asked my sor evening activities in the kitchens. Some cafeterias already offer cooking demfriends who organized the dinner if we could

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onstrations, so it would make sense to go a step further and bring those cooking demos to select kitchens throughout the semester. This would be a great way to encourage students to use the kitchens because, not only would we be learning to cook, we’d also get to know more people on our floor and improve our living communities. Community kitchens are hidden gems on campus. If MSU creates a program to house cookingrelated activities for people on campus, I’m sure they’ll eventually become the top reason why students will continue to live in the residence halls. Henry Pan is a chemical engineering sophomore. Reach him at

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Don’t be afraid to donate blood


he nurse gently reminded process of preparing your arm. He or me to squeeze my hand for she will usually ask which arm you’d like to donate from, a question that three seconds and release is sometimes irrelevant because it as she stood near my cot. depends on which vein will be the I was not scared and it didn’t hurt, easiest to access. It’s a little uncomfortable at this but it did feel strange knowing that about one pint of my blood was being point because in addition to poking fed through a tube into a bag that and prodding your inner elbow with their fingers for a few seconds, they hung beside me. I was 16-years-old the first time have to tie a tourniquet to your arm. Then they sterilize the skin over I donated blood. I was more excited than nervous because being as your vein by applying iodine, which young as I was, I loved the fact that leaves an amber colored circle on I could finally do something with an your arm. After that, they insert a age minimum. I think this feeling hollow needle that channels blood through a tube into a blood bag. rings true for a lot of people. But for some people, donat- The pain I experienced from placing blood is not an easy choice to ing the needle was momentary and make. There are a lot of what-ifs peo- minimal. It’s a slight piercing feeling ple generate. I remember a friend that is over before you even get the of mine refusing to even consider it chance to wince. Filling the bag takes about 10-15 because they had this wild idea that minutes, and you can the tube would detach Staff reporter lay there and relax, from their arm midoccasionally squeezdonation and blood ing the stress ball in would start violentyour hand. And yes, ly squirting from the it’s perfectly accepthole left by the needle. able to play on your The possibility of phone, with one hand this event, of course, of course. is extremely unlikeSomewhere ly. But there are other between the refreshvalid concerns when it Sierra Lay ment table and the seccomes to the process ond before your nurse of donating blood, but puts the needle in, you despite any reservations you might have, it’s worth it might faint. It’s a pretty common occurrence, and the staff will be by to try at least once. You can save up to three lives by your side the instant they recognize that you are passing out. But don’t donating just one pint. The process really is quite easy. let this scare you. If you do pass out, Walk-ins are always welcome, and they usually don’t allow you to try if you’re serious about making sure to donate again that day. You might you can donate, an appointment can faint simply because you are squeamish around blood, but it also could be made in advance. The American Red Cross hosts be because you didn’t eat or drink blood drives on campus year-round. enough that day. It’s best to prepare It currently is facing a shortage of your body for the event. Although it may seem like a lot blood because of winter weather canto go through just to donate a little cellations, according to its website. The first step when you arrive is blood, the short moments of discomto go through a registration process fort you feel could be the thing that if you’ve never given blood before. saves another human being’s life. As if there weren’t already enough This usually means you meet with a staff member or volunteer to deter- reasons to give, there is one motive that will appeal to Spartans. Right mine you’re eligible to donate. It was at this point in the process now, you can give blood on campus that my nerves got the best of me the for the sole purpose of besting the first time I donated, but only because Wolverines in a donation competition. It’s the annual MSU vs. U-M Face-Off I was scared that I’d be ineligible. Once you’re deemed eligible, you Blood Challenge, and, for those of you are required to answer questions who are in the business of obtaining about your health history and the free stuff, donors get a complimentary long sleeve T-shirt. places you’ve traveled. Aside from material incentives, the They also perform a short physical where they check your temper- need for blood collections is constant. ature, pulse, blood pressure and When people ask why I give, I say the hemoglobin levels in a sam- that it makes me feel good. I get a ple of your blood. But none of this sense of accomplishment from simshould be cause for worry, because ply showing up and donating. And I any answers you provide or infor- explain that I like to give as often as mation they gather from your phys- I can because my blood type, B+, is only shared by 9 percent of the Americal remain confidential. The rest of the donation goes pret- ican population. There are types more rare than ty fast. Depending on who hosts your mine, but I believe that because I’m blood drive, sometimes you get to healthy and the pint of blood they hang out at a small refreshment table collect from me will replenish itself where volunteers ask you to drink in 56 days, I have an obligation to a bottle of water and eat a snack. do everything I can. No matter what That’s what you’ll be doing while your blood type is, your donation you’re waiting for a cot to open up always will help someone. And hey, you get free cookies at so you can donate. The next step is the reason why the end. Sierra Lay is a State News staff a lot of people are afraid to give. A nurse — who is notoriously always reporter. Reach her at sierra.lay@ friendly — will talk you through the

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Fighting through hard times “peter and the starcatcher� playing at wharton center

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att Torres spent about 13 years going toe-totoe with other professional fighters in mixed martial arts fighting, until an injury in 2010 forced him to step out of the ring. Now he’s back to mold champions out of his students and working with his own mixed martial arts team, Team Torres. The 34-year-old is the lead instructor at East Lansing Underground Mixed Martial Arts, located at 541 E. Grand River Ave, under Flat, Black & Circular. He also occasionally trains police officers and detectives in MMA combat. “We’ll train everyone here,� Torres said. “I really like helping fighters reach their goals, because no one really did that for me.� Torres started his fighting career in the early 1990s with karate and jiu-jitsu and now holds a second-degree black belt in karate and a firstdegree black belt in judo. It wasn’t until 1996 that he stumbled upon MMA fighting, after a friend competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He decided to follow his friend’s lead and fought in his first MMA fight in 1997, an important year for Torres’s career. He competed in the Extreme Challenge Trials, an Iowa-based fight organization, that same year and emerged


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Matt Torres, right, head trainer at East Lansing Underground MMA, trains Lansing resident Angel Reyes on Wednesday. The school is located at 541 E. Grand River Ave.

with a championship title. 1997 marked the start of his professional fighting career. “These days, there are more rules when it comes to fighting — you can’t hit a guy when he’s down, can’t hit in the groin, bite or pull hair,� he said. “It wasn’t like that when I first started. Back then, we fought with no gloves, and you were allowed to kick the other guy in the head.� Torres saw his best MMA winning streak between 2003 and 2005, when he went 9-0. He was even offered a spot on the television show, “The Ultimate Fighter,� on the channel Fox Sports 1. But a swing thrown the wrong way at his knee during one of his training ses-

sions brought all his opportunities to a screeching halt. Torres said he ended up tearing his anterior cruciate ligament because of the accident. He didn’t realize the seriousness of the injury at first and believed it was only a small tear, even training on it for four months afterward. The extra strain sent him into a year-long recovery process and threw him out of the ring. Despite Torres’s initial frustration, he has found a new passion in MMA: creating more champions for the sport he loves. Torres and his girlfriend opened East Lansing Underground Mixed Martial Arts together in 2011. Training for

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Marketing freshman Chris Ryan said the performance was well done. Ryan, who has already visited the Wharton Center four times this year for various performances, said that “Peter and the Starcatcher� has been his favorite performance so far and he thoroughly enjoyed it. One of the characters, Black Stache, is who the villain Cap-

tain Hook was before he lost his hand. During the second act, Black Stache loses his arm when he closes it in a trunk. The shock of losing his hand caused him to repeatedly yell “Oh my God� hundreds of times, using different inflections. The crowd was nearly in tears laughing at the spectacle. “My favorite part was Black Stache’s ‘OMG’ monologue,� Ryan said with a laugh. “I think that was very well done and his comedic time was great.� Theatre freshman Megan Cochrane said that moment was her favorite part of the performance. “I don’t think you could beat it,� Cochrane said. “It was very entertaining.� Nathan Hosner, an actor in the play, said the show is a great opportunity to have a good laugh and connect with the story. Hosner, a Michigan native, said he was excited to come back to his home state and bring the story to the community that gave him his theatrical start. “We took a very smart, very funny, very heartfelt play and added the dimension of music to enhance both the comedy and the storytelling,� he said. Tickets for “Peter and the Starcatcher� are on sale for $25 for MSU students on the Wharton Center website.


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kickboxing, MMA, jiu-jitsu and Team Torres are scattered through five days a week. In the evening, East Lansing Underground Mixed Martial Arts comes to life with students spanning all ages to learn Torres’s art. “It feels like I’m in there with them, and I don’t have to be hit,� he said. “But I get just as intense as they do. ... I put a lot of emotional investment into this. It’s not even for the money.�

Before Peter Pan could whiz though the horizon sprinkling pixie dust and leaving magical trails, he was a scruffy orphan who fell in love. “Peter and the Starcatcher,� which will run through Sunday night, drew nearly a full audience in Cobb Great Hall at its opening performance on Wednesday night. The play tells the story of how a no-name orphan became the immortal Peter Pan. Serving as a prequel to the famous Peter Pan tale, it shows the boy who never wanted to grow up tussle with pirates, giant crocodiles and cross-dressing mermaids. Eventually, the audience sees how Peter Pan learned how to fly. The raggedly-dressed cast of 12 used simple props such as a rope, a ladder, a stuffed cat and a few boxes in order to tell the story which had the audience laughing all night.

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The MSU men’s basketball team has dealt with its fair share of ups and downs this year, from nine different starting lineups in 14 games to injuries to senior forward Adreian Payne, and on Thursday, junior forward Branden Dawson. A patchwork rotation of players has shuffled in and out at times for the Spartans, yet MSU still finds itself ranked third in the country and preparing to take on rival Michigan on Saturday. Test your knowledge of this season’s Spartans by taking this quiz below.

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Then-junior guard Keith Appling dribbles the ball up the court during the game against Michigan on March 3, 2013, at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. The Spartans lost to the Wolverines, 58-57.

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Instead, they just referred to the color as a shade of black, or in some instances, green. As the No. 3 MSU men’s basketball team prepares for a high-profile clash with rival Michigan on Saturday at Breslin Center, the Spartans are keeping mum on the name of their next opponent. Senior guard Keith Appling continually referred to the Wolverines as “those guys,� and redshirt freshman forward Kenny Kaminski, who grew up an Ohio State fan, said the rivalry between MSU and U-M is more intense than that between the Buckeyes and Wolverines. “They’re the oth-

er school,� Kaminski said. “I’m at Michigan State, and they’re the other ones.� The Spartans trounced U-M 75-52 the last time the teams met in East Lansing, but U-M returned the favor when the Spartans went to Ann Arbor in early March. Then-sophomore guard Trey Burke picked Appling’s pocket with 22 seconds left in the game, and ran down the open court to seal a win for U-M in the top-ten matchup. “I still have a sour taste in my mouth since the last time we played those guys,� Appling said. “It’s a new year and a different opportunity to play a pretty good team.� The Spartans will have even more of a mountain to overcome due to junior forward Branden Dawson slamming his hand on a table and breaking it. He’ll be sidelined for four to five weeks. The last time the Wolverines won at Breslin Center, former Spartan guard Korie

Lucious was dismissed from the program two days before the game. Now, Dawson has been ruled out the same amount of time before tipoff. Dawson’s absence leaves a gaping hole in the starting rotation that might be filled by Kaminski, a player who has had his own ups and downs this season. “It’s been my dream to start a Division I game, and that’s what it’s looking like right now,� he said. “I grew up hating (Michigan), and now that I’m here that hatred is even more. I’m really excited about it.� Since losing to No. 1 Arizona on Dec. 14, the Wolverines have gone on an eight-game winning streak, including back-to-back wins against top-10 teams in the last two games. Head coach Tom Izzo said this is a different team than U-M squads of the past without Burke and with the Big Ten’s lead-

—Matt Sheehan, The State News

Head coach Tom Izzo yells to his players during the game against Michigan on March 3, 2013, at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor.

ing scorer in Nik Stauskas. “Last year (Stauskas) was the guy in the corner who could shoot it, now he’s more of the creator,� Izzo said. “He makes more plays. We’ll probably come in different than most teams have. If that’s good or bad, we’ll find out.� ESPN College GameDay will be making its third trip to East Lansing for a basketball game, the most in the Big Ten. The Spartans are 2-0 when the TV show comes to town, and the last time the Spartans beat Illinois 61-57 in 2011. Gates at Breslin Center open at 8 a.m. for the event, and the show begins

broadcasting at 10 a.m. With injuries and suspensions, this season has been a long one to date for the Spartans. Still, Izzo said the team will use Dawson’s injury and the hype surrounding big rivalry game to propel them when they take the court Saturday night. “By tomorrow, (Dawson) will be out, he’ll be pumped up for them and we’ll regroup like we always do,� Izzo said. “Tonight we’ll try to help him through the disappointment, and tomorrow, he’ll be helping us. We’ve been through enough (this season), and we’ll be ready to play.�


Dawson’s injury leaves hole for Spartans Junior forward Branden Dawson, 22, and junior guard Russell Byrd block Indiana forward Noah Vonleh on Tuesday at Breslin Center. The Spartans defeated the Hoosiers, 71-66.

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While watching T V clips from MSU’s game against Indiana on Thursday, junior forward Branden Dawson let his anger get the best of him — and his right hand. As he watched the game and listened to what the announcers had to say about his play, MSU’s leading rebounder said he felt a sense of pressure and anger overcome him, taking his anger out on a table. He hit it so hard he broke one bone in his hand, sidelining him for four to five weeks. “When Dr. Kovan told me, you know, tears came to my eyes because I know this team is really important to me, and I love Michigan State, and I want to be a part of playing,â€? Dawson told media Thursday. “And you know it was kind of something I did to myself, and ‌

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Averaging 18.3 points per game, who is MSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading scorer? A) Adreian Payne B) Gary Harris C) Keith Appling D) Kenny Kaminski


itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been kind of crazy, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just ready to come back even stronger.â&#x20AC;? Dawson left the meeting with media around 4:15 p.m. and was en route to surgery, where a pin would be placed to fix his fifth metacarpal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the bone in the palm attached to the pinky. Being sidelined the estimated four to five weeks will allow Dawson to come back for the Big Ten and NCA A tournaments. He stressed he will be back down the stretch to try to help the Spartans cut down nets at the end of the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be ready around tournament time and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna come back,â&#x20AC;? Dawson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna do whatever it takes to help this team out on the bench, in the locker room, during the game, in practice, just to see those guys do great against Michigan and from here on out.â&#x20AC;? Dawson is no stranger to long-term injuries, being two years removed from an ACL tear he suffered his freshman year. He said through the experience of his knee injury, he knows he will be good to go in the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went through an ACL injury before and I was out for close to seven, eight months and I came back even stronger,â&#x20AC;? Dawson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be out for four to five weeks and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna come back even stronger.â&#x20AC;? Dawson also was asked who will step up in his place, a tough task considering he averages the Big Tenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secondbest 8.7 rebounds per game. Amongst many teammates, he said, it could be redshirt freshman forward Kenny Kaminski. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just Dawson that has faith in Kaminski â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also assistant coach Dwayne Stephens, who voiced his support for the 3-point specialist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach Stephens called me

and said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the situation now where you really got to step up, and I think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve improving on defense and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve improved offensively, so this is a big moment for you,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Kaminski said. Izzo sounds off Understand this: If anyone says anything negative about Dawson near head coach Tom Izzo, they might want to make sure they have an ice pack around. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If anyone rips (Dawson) â&#x20AC;Ś it will be me,â&#x20AC;? Izzo said after Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If any other fan rips (Dawson), on something that we have all done â&#x20AC;&#x201D; every guy in this room and every fan â&#x20AC;Ś if one Michigan State fan rips them, give them my number.â&#x20AC;? W hile sit ting on t he bench might not seem like the most productive way for a starter to spend his time, Izzo sees this moment as a way for Dawson to learn from a coachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s point of view. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Payne has learned so much sitting on the bench, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scary,â&#x20AC;? Izzo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a lot of guys playing that have been playing a lot of minutes like Keith that are a little worn out, so he will be refreshed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a positive, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of it.â&#x20AC;? Before switching the conversation with the media to Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game against No. 21 Michigan, Izzo stressed his point of laying off Dawson on social media with an â&#x20AC;&#x153;upset dad lecturing his kidsâ&#x20AC;? look on his face. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something good is going to come out of all this, but let me reiterate â&#x20AC;Ś this kid did not rob any stores, he did not do any drugs, there is no alcohol involved,â&#x20AC;? Izzo said.

What player has not played in every single game of the season? A) Denzel Valentine B) Keith Appling C) Gavin Schilling D) Travis Trice


Averaging 8.7 rebounds per game, which MSU player is second in the Big Ten in rebounding? A) Adreian Payne B) Branden Dawson C) Matt Costello D) Alex Gauna


Who is the only player not to score this season? A) Dan Chapman B) Colby Wollenman C) Keenan Wetzel D) None, all MSU players have scored this season


Who is the only team in the Big Ten to have a higher shooting percentage than MSU at 48.7 percent? A) Michigan B) Iowa C) Wisconsin D) Penn State


In the rivalryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, what has been the biggest margin of victory between MSU and U-M? A) MSU by 40 B) MSU by 51 C) U-M by 33 D) U-M by 48


This Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s episode of College GameDay will be the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trip to East Lansing for basketball. A) first B) second C) third D) fourth


Which two Spartans were named to the Wooden Award Top 25 list? A) Gary Harris and Adreian Payne B) Keith Appling and Gary Harris C) Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne D) Keith Appling and Adreian Payne


Answers: 1. B) Gary Harris 2. D) Travis Trice 3. B) Branden Dawson 4. D)None, all MSU players have scored this season 5. A) Michigan 6. B) MSU by 51 7. C) third 8.D) Keith Appling and Adreian Payne

By Zach Smith

Friday 1/24/14  
Friday 1/24/14  

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