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At Friday’s MSU Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees unanimously approved a few construction, renovation and expansion projects on and off campus.


College of Human Medicine’s expansion to Flint The trustees approved plans to pursue a lease with the Uptown Reinvestment Corporation, or URC, to expand the college’s growing public health program to a 40,000 square foot space in Flint, Mich. Cost: Rent is $300,000 per year and will be paid for via grant. Operating costs are approximately $400,000 per year. Time frame: A 20-year term Stage: Final agreements are being made with the URC. Grant money will pay for the first year’s rent. “This is for the students and faculty and the (college’s) educational programming and research (needs),” Dean of the College of Human Medicine Marsha Rappley said during the meeting. Grand River Avenu Red e Ced ar R iver STADIUM

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Fuel station relocation and reconstruction The on-campus fuel station, currently located at Spartan Stadium, will be rebuilt on Service Road, east of the Laundry Building. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security deemed the station’s current location a top safety concern at MSU. Cost: $4.8 million Time frame (slated): April 2013 to August 2015 Stage: The construction project is proceeding. “The large fuel tanks that are below the stadium, when you think of what could happen to the seventy-some-thousand people in the stadium if some terrible person were to ignite and combust the fuel to explode, (we) would have a huge tragedy on our hands,” Physical Plant Assistant Vice President Ron Flinn said after the meeting. Grand River Avenu Red e Ced ar R iver


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Spartans frustrated by referees, turnovers in fourth defeat of the season

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Bloomington, Ind. — All year no matter how ugly the game would get, the Spartans knew they MSU 70 would find a IND 75 way to grind out victories in the final minutes behind the poise of their dependable closer. But with 5:17 to go and MSU trailing 69-65, the chant began. “Left, right, left, right.” A capacity crowd at Assembly Hall counted out each of Keith Appling’s steps as he made his way to the bench. As the junior guard took a seat for the final time, the message was sent. “Sit down!” The absence of their closer proved too great a challenge, and the No. 13 MSU men’s basketball team (17-4 overall, 6-2 Big Ten) failed to cinch the gap, falling to No. 7 Indiana (18-2, 6-1) Sunday afternoon, 75-70. Appling finished with three points, zero assists and four turnovers before fouling out. “To (not) be able to be out there on the floor with my teammates, that was painful,” Appling said. “Especially knowing that if I was out there, we could have been able to pull away a little bit.” The Spartans spent much of the week talking about avoiding “turnovers for touchdowns,” as head coach Tom Izzo calls them, referring to turnovers that lead to easy fast-break layups. But Indiana scored eight points off layups from turnovers in the first half helping Indiana take a 44-38 lead at the break. After grabbing an offensive rebound, senior center Derrick Nix was called for traveling — a play both Nix and Izzo felt should have been a foul on Indiana senior guard Jordan Hulls for reaching in. The call was one of several to frustrate an MSU team that failed to attempt a free throw in the second half, while the Hoosiers shot 20 times from the charity stripe during the game. Moments later, a driving layup by sophomore center


Lessons learned in road loss to No. 7 Indiana


Junior guard Keith Appling dribbles the ball up the court past Indiana point guard Kevin Ferrell on Sunday at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. The Hoosiers defeated the Spartans, 75-70, giving MSU its second loss in the Big Ten.

Cody Zeller extended the Hoosiers’ lead to four, 74-70, triggering an MSU timeout. With the game on the line, the Spartans turned to their freshman guard and Indiana native, who already had made five 3-pointers on the night. As the ball left his hand, Gary Harris was sure he made a sixth, but the ball refused to drop. “Oh, I thought it was in. Yeah, yeah,” Harris said wistfully, his voice trailing off. “It was tough on us. Keith’s the heart of our team and he’s our leader. He’s the head of the horse. … He didn’t play that many minutes and we still fought hard. I feel like if he doesn’t make some of those silly fouls and he plays more, and if we cut down on some of these turnovers, the game could have gone a different way.” Still, Izzo looks back on a week that included trips to Wisconsin and Indiana and said he learned he has a group of “fighters,” but he still wants to know how they’ll handle defeat. “I’m anxious to see what the film looks like, the mistakes look like and then how do we bounce back?” Izzo said. “What do we do tomorrow?”

Bloomington, Ind. – Growing up a little more than an hour away from Assembly Hall, it was a pipe dream of many that Gary Harris would be a Hoosier. Yet after taking his talents north and deciding to play at MSU, the love quickly faded. From the moment he walked on the court of the famed college basketball cathedral on Sunday, Harris had a target on his back. Each time he touched the ball, the freshman guard was greeted by a red army of raucous jeers, boos and chants of “Gary sucks.” However, it was a lesson in focus for Harris, who’s quick-


Head coach Tom Izzo yells out to players Sunday at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. After a week that included difficult trips to Wisconsin and Indiana, Izzo described his team as a group of “fighters.”

The number of times the Spartans turned the ball over in yesterday’s loss

ly becoming one of the Big Ten’s most exciting young players. Fighting off an angry crowd with poise and composure, Harris finished with a team-high 21 points — one shy of his careerbest — in the No. 13 Spartans’ (17-4 overall, 6-2 Big Ten) 75-70 loss to No. 7 Indiana (18-2, 6-1) on Sunday. “To be honest, I didn’t really hear that much of anything really,” Harris said. “I was just so focused on the game and you kind of block everything else out.” As the Spartans continue on in a stretch of 11 games — six of which come against ranked opponents — lessons learned in Bloomington, Ind., certainly aren’t lessons wasted. Despite turning the ball over 19 times and losing junior guard Keith Appling for much See COLUMN on page 2 X

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Campus fitness centers reopening Court to decide if new By Robert Bondy THE STATE NEWS ■■

Avoiding cold weather and saving a few bucks are a few of the advantages finance sophomore Collin Stauder listed when hearing the news of the neighborhood fitness centers reopening in the upcoming week. “I’d like it because in the winter I wouldn’t have to walk to IM West since its so cold,” Stauder said. “If I don’t have to pay for it, then I probably would do that anyway even if they didn’t have all the top-of-the-line equipment.” Director of Residence Housing and Education Services or REHS, Kathy Collins announced at last week’s Residence Halls Association general assembly meeting the reopening of the free fitness centers later this week. Each neighborhood will have at least one free fitness center, although Collins could not say

what day this week the centers officially will open. The neighborhood fitness centers were closed during the fall semester while renovations were being made. The fitness centers are comparable to a typical hotel exercise room, Collins said. “The students were asking for them, so I think that this is something that we wanted to provide,” Collins said. “It’s a great way for students to get active and (it) is stress reducing, and I think it’s good to encourage students to take care of themselves.” Neighborhood fitness centers will be located in Rather, Bailey, Akers, Hubbard, Holmes, SnyderPhillips, Yakeley, Shaw and Holden halls, as well as Spartan Village. The fitness center in Butterfield Hall also will be remodeled when building renovations begin in May. Each facility is open to student residents of their respective neighborhoods by swiping their MSU student IDs. The renovations of the fitness centers included improving the

facilities by adding cardio equipment, telephones and windows for emergencies, relocating some of the centers and instrumenting stronger cleaning and maintenance systems, REHS Assistant Director of Communications Ashley Chaney said. This only is the first phase of the renovations for the fitness centers. The second phase, slated to begin this summer, includes new flooring, painting and equipment, Chaney added. The reopening of a free alternative exercise source could potentially take away business from the Recreational Sports and Fitness Services’ facilities, but Rick McNeil, the department’s director, is excited to welcome back the fitness centers. The free cardio-themed fitness centers aren’t comparable to what the IM facilities offer, he said. “If you want a quick, limited workout in the residence hall then you can get that, but if you want more then you can go to the IM West (fitness center),” McNeil said. “Win-win for the both of us.”

casino resides in Lansing By Kellie Rowe THE STATE NEWS ■■

A federal court judge likely will decide within the next 30 days whether Lansing will be home to a new casino, said a Michigan Attorney General spokeswoman. Spokeswoman Joy Yearout said the judge heard testimony from both tribal and state lawyers Wednesday as they argued about the fate of the $245 million dollar Lansing casino project. About a year ago, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero announced the city, in collaboration with the Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, plans to build the Kewadin Lansing Casino at Michigan Avenue and Cedar Street. Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a lawsuit

“The gaming only makes money when you’re in an actual populated area.” Matthew Fletcher, Director of MSU’s Indigenous Law and Policy Center

against the project last May, claiming building a casino more than 150 miles from the tribe’s reservation would violate both state and federal law. Director of MSU’s Indigenous Law and Policy Center Matthew Fletcher said the tribe might be eyeing Lansing because its casinos in the Upper Peninsula aren’t making much money. “There’s nobody who lives up there,” he said. “The gaming only makes money when you’re in an actual populated See COURT on page 2 X


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Benching Appling in final minutes costs Spartans game FROM PAGE ONE

of the game because of foul trouble, this team grew up in a heated road battle. They took one of the nation’s best teams down to the wire. They had a chance to win — multiple chances, in fact. For head coach Tom Izzo, it was the outing he’s been waiting for, though not the outcome he would have liked. “I said to my staff before the game, ‘We’re going to learn something about this team,’ and 90 percent of what I learned was positive,� Izzo said. “The one negative is when we get tired, we need to find the ability to suck it up.� Harris wasn’t the only one with lessons to take away from Sunday’s loss to the Hoosiers. With Appling in foul trouble, the Spartans were forced to turn to other scoring options before weathered legs folded to Indiana down the stretch. Cognizant of his absence potentially costing the Spartans a chance to win, Appling grew in his new role as a team captain and apologized to the team in the locker room after the game. “That last foul was just a frustration foul,� Izzo said. “He did not use his head at all. You don’t go after a guy from behind, especially a guy like (Victor) Oladipo who can jump out of the gym. That was not a very smart move, and he knows that.�

“...90 percent ... was positive. The one negative is when we get tired, we need to find the ability to suck it up.� Tom Izzo, men’s basketball head coach

But as Izzo said, it was mostly positive. Junior center Adreian Payne knocked down a personal single-game high three 3-pointers in an 18-point outing. By shooting 7-for-10 from the field, Payne not only is becoming a more effective option on offense, but also is making an impression of a guy with serious NBA potential. “I was just trying to win the game,� Payne said. “Just (doing) whatever I could. I picked and popped and they was playing off of me. I (thought I could) knock down the shot and I shot it.� Senior center Derrick Nix deserves a tip of the cap after holding the highly-touted Indiana forward Cody Zeller to just nine points in the game. The Spartans will get another crack at the Hoosiers in 22 days at Breslin Center; another chance to seize momentum and potentially claim the Big Ten lead. And if lessons turn into laurels, the Spartans could be a dangerous team next time around. Dillon Davis is a men’s basketball reporter at The State News. He can be reached at


Board approves gas station, Butterfield renovation FROM PAGE ONE

ventilation and air conditioning systems and would replace the arena’s ice-making system. Preliminary cost: $6.5 million Time frame (slated): September 2013 — the construction time of the project will depend on the 2013-14 hockey season. Stage: The project is in the planning phase. “(The cooling system) is nearly 40 years of age, and if it fails, we would not have ice,� Flinn said during the meeting.

Cost: About $11.9 million Time frame (slated): May 2013 to June 2014 — The building will be closed to students during this time. Stage: The construction project is proceeding. “Some of the buildings are so old, they’re almost 100 years old,� Trustee Faylene Owen said after the meeting. “They’re falling apart, falling down, it’s not safe. And we are trying to make it (as) safe as we can.�

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National Geographic’s show “Unlikely Animal Friends� might have a new animal group to feature. Marine researches discovered a group of sperm whales have befriended a deformed bottlenose dolphin. Behavioral ecologists Alexander Wilson and Jens Krause of Berlin’s Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries discovered the animals approximately 15 to 20 kilometers off the Azores in the North Atlantic. The ecologists watched the dolphin six times as it nuzzled members of the group of sperm whales. The dolphin has a spinal disfigurement that causes its back to have half of an “S� shape which could be part of the reason the whales took in the dolphin. To continue reading visit

Butterfield Hall renovations The trustees approved to grant funds to DeMaria Construction Company for the reconstruction of Butterfield Hall. The renovations will include upgrades to the mechanical, ventilation and electrical systems and would revamp the common rooms, bathrooms and plumbing system.

Akers Hall renovations The board approved a complete reconstruction and renovation of the serving and dining areas in the residence hall. The project also would upgrade the plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems, bringing them up to safety code requirements. Preliminary cost: $20 million Time frame (slated): May 2014 to June 2015 — The dining hall will be closed during construction. Stage: The reconstruction is in the planning stage. “Akers Hall is our last signature dining (renovation) in the East Neighborhood, and it will be funded with bond financing and also reserve funding,� Vice President for Auxiliary Enterprises Vennie Gore said during the meeting.

ly going to come from it than bad, especially in terms of jobs and for students,� he said. Bernero sold one parcel of land to the tribe in early November and said the casino will bring more than 2,200 jobs to the city. But Yearout said a casino wouldn’t be enough to turn the state’s financial status around. “Michigan already has more

than 20 casinos across the state,� she said. “If casino gaming (was) the answer to our economy’s woes, it would be a very rich state.� Fletcher said officials continue to push the project despite opposition from the Attorney General because of potential for economic development, tax revenue and more people heading downtown.


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Casino proposed for Lansing hinges on court approval FROM PAGE ONE

area.� S. Peter Manning, chief of the Michigan division of environment, natural resources and agriculture, wrote a letter on behalf of the Attorney General voicing his opposition to the project. In the letter, he stated the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was not intended to allow tribes to open a casino wherev-

er they wanted to without abiding by rules. “We will take whatever steps are necessary to preclude the opening and operation of a casino,� the letter said. Executive director of MSU’s Vegas Night T.J. McDermott said other than Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant, Mich., there aren’t many places for students to gamble near East Lansing. As a hospitality business junior, he said a casino could provide other students in his major jobs and a better understanding of how casinos operate. “I think more good is definite-

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Sinking into a yoga pose on a colorful crocheted rug next to 20 other people, looking up into the high ceilings and listening to indie music brought a new feeling into the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum for Sarah Tomlinson. While other museum visitors walked by admiring paintings on the walls, Tomlinson, a music education senior, relaxed and admired the museum’s atmosphere by participating in a community yoga class at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the education wing. Community outreach programs and education programs — performances, lectures, film showings and live art — are just some of the attractions museum officials hope will draw in crowds. Management also is expanding its presence online by launching a new Broad blog and new multimedia to show everything the museum has to offer. Leyna Lightman, manager of


education at the museum, said the museum is planning activities, such as yoga classes, to attract students and residents. “One of our main goals is to have a good outreach with students and do anything to get them to the Broad,” Lightman said. “Every week, we are trying to get things that people in our community can participate in.” Yoga instructor Sloane Montgomery was asked to come teach Yin, a style of yoga meant to strengthen muscles, hold certain poses for an extended amount of time and help participants release stress during a one-timeonly class last Friday at the museum. Montgomery, who teaches at Yoga State, 515 E. Grand River Ave., said the museum made the yoga seem different because of the cool temperature and high ceilings. “I’ve been in so many places when it comes to teaching yoga, like a gym or nice, warm yoga studio, but I’m excited to do it in this big museum,” Montgomery said.

Lightman said to improve outreach, the museum is working with student organizations to improve Family Days, which happen on the first Saturday of every month and feature family-oriented crafts, educational programs and exhibits. Lightman said the museum also will start sending Broad representatives to grade schools to teach children about art and in return, invite children to visit the museum. Tomlinson said she would come back for outreach events at the museum because it brought a whole new experience. “Since Yin is a more psychological way of yoga, the museum is a good place because since there is more sound than usual, it makes you focus more,” Tomlinson said. “I am a huge advocate of the arts and getting people to this museum, and since this is on campus, it’s nice that it is close to get to.” To see a video of the yoga class in Broad, visit multimedia.


Hundreds of students attend comic hypnotist By Isabella Shaya THE STATE NEWS ■■

Amy Savoie named an imaginary bluebird Wiz Khalifa — a rapper she never listens to — and laid on two strangers’ laps because she believed she was a seat belt. She barely remembers a thing. For more than an hour, the animal science sophomore fell under the spell of comic hypnotist Daniel James on Friday at the International Center. More than 500 students and guests filled the room to see James perform hypnosis on about 20 student volunteers. The volunteers first watched a blinking light, then closed their eyes and listened to James as he tried to coax them into an altered state of consciousness. Some students woke up during the process, and their spots were replaced by


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audience members who were hypnotized by following along with the performance. “1...2...3...sleep,” James said before the students passed out. Chris LaMarche began his night in the audience, but came back to reality on the stage as one of the stars of the show. “I remember having my eyes closed,” said LaMarche, a microbiology and molecular genetics junior. “They told me I had a bird at some point.” James said hypnosis is not the same as sleeping at night, and participants can’t be forced to do anything against their will or morals. “They’re aware of what’s going on, (but they’re) at a point that they just don’t care,” James said. “The subconscious never sleeps — that’s what’s paying attention.” Some of the things James had the participants imagine and do included giving them an imagi-

nary bird to name and pet, imagining they were on a hot beach with an ice cream cone and believing the whole audience was naked. One man who believed his shirt was inside out when he heard the words “car keys,” prompting him to take it off and flip it inside out. Two women imagined whoever was sitting next to them pinched their butts whenever James said “lobster.” James said every show is out of the ordinary because everyone reacts differently. “MSU is just fantastic,” he said. “Thank goodness it didn’t turn into an X-rated show.” Savoie said she was skeptical of hypnosis before participating in James’ show, but after meeting “Wiz Khalifa” she’s a believer. “It was a joke before, (but now) I believe you can do anything with your mind,” she said. “Everyone needs to get hypnotized.”

Under flashing lights and throbbing music Friday night, Miss Greek was crowned at Secrets Nightclub, 244 S. Washington St., during Sigma Pi’s annual charity event. Genomics and molecular genetics sophomore Chandler Stimach of Kappa Alpha Theta will hold the title for 2013 after facing off in a field of contestants representing 10 of MSU’s 13 sororities. The recipient of this year’s proceeds, an estimated $2,500, was the Lyme Disease Association, which raises awareness for the disease and funds education and research on the bacterial infection commonly

The event raised an estimated $2,500 for the Lyme Disease Association. transmitted by ticks. “This year, we actually have a brother in the house who has a sibling that suffers from Lyme disease,” Sigma Pi President Nick Tolfree said. “It kind of hit close to home this year, so we decided to go with that to support him.” Although the main goal of the event was to help the association, attendees also got a kick out of the pageantry. As the hosts questioned the pageant hopefuls about their most embarrassing moments and their favorite way to spend a rainy day, innuendos and wisecracks abounded from the contestants while the crowd sounded their approval. Talents ranged from singing and dancing to sandwichmaking and lap dancing. After knocking out the remaining two contestants in the last round, Stimach described the moment she was named Miss Greek. “I was legitimately surprised. I wanted to cry a little, but I was just literally so excited I almost couldn’t control myself,” Stimach said.


Genetics sophomore Chandler Stimach stands with advertising sophomore Catherine Towne as the two finalists in the “Miss Greek” beauty pageant on Friday at the Secrets Night Club, 224 S. Washington Ave., in Lansing.

“It’s kind of a status symbol in the greek community for whoever the winner is going to be.” Brenden Carr, Sigma Pi philanthropy chair

“I’ve never felt something like that before, where I won something because of my own doing.” Sigma Pi philanthropy chair Brenden Carr said Stimach will be featured on the fraternity’s yearly portrait. “It’s kind of a status symbol in the greek community for whoever the winner is going to be,” he said. Tolfree said the night was

about greek life coming together as a community. “Greek life isn’t the stereotype that everyone holds it to,” Tolfree said. “We do care, and when we find a cause that we want to unite under, we do it.” To see a video of the Miss Greek competition, visit multimedia.


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f you were to list some of Michigan’s best attributes, the quality of the roads would not be one of them.

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E.L. BOTH ‘CITY OF THE ARTS’ AND HOME TO MSU Recently, The State News editorial board ran an opinion piece, “Students, not art, define East Lansing,” that argues the city should focus all its attention on the student community in East Lansing because it is defined by its college students and is a “typical college town.” It also argues East Lansing should not refer to itself as a ‘City of the Arts’ and falsely supports this argument by stating the only evidence of East Lansing being a ‘City of the Arts’ is the new Broad museum, a sign on an abandoned building and the empty Barnes & Noble space where community events are held. I could not disagree more with the premise of this editorial. East Lansing is a richly diverse community with students, young families, professionals, empty nesters and seniors. The city is challenged with a balancing act of serving all of these community members and, while the students are an important part, they are not the only part of this community. I agree a town is defined by its people, but what The State News does not seem to acknowledge is that the 50,000 college students who call East Lansing home are not the only people who call East Lansing home. My response to this editorial is not meant to be a slight on students. We are so fortunate to be the home of MSU and the students are a big part of what makes our community successful. But the people who have chosen to live here long-term are not to be overlooked or undervalued. As for the ‘City of the Arts’ argument, East Lansing has done a lot over the years to create an artistically rich community. We host one of the top 100 juried art festivals in the nation and are also home to a two-day jazz festival, a folk festival and a yearlong series of community events. In downtown alone we have the Grove Gallery Artist Co-op, (SCENE) Metrospace, Saper Galleries and Mackerel Sky. We also have an art gallery and an active youth theater group as well as a library art gallery and more than 20 pieces of public art throughout the community. You couple all of this with the Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum and the Wharton Center and you can’t ignore that arts and cultural offerings are plentiful in the East Lansing community. We proudly installed the ‘City of the Arts’ banner in downtown, not as a way of completely redefining this City or ignoring the fact that we are a university community, but as a way to welcome the Broad on its opening weekend and to build on the excitement it has brought to this community. Why does East Lansing have to be one thing over the other? Why can’t we be the ‘Home of Michigan State University’ and a ‘City of the Arts’? Why can’t we continue to embrace our green-and-white Spartan pride, while also working to make the downtown an appealing place for all of our community members, as well as visitors? It’s a balancing act, and I don’t see why we can’t be both.


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last summer, I noticed so many people out running, walking, getting dragged around by their dogs, having romantic picnics, white water rafting or really anything else remotely active that will get you outside. I feel like people enjoy being outside more and are happier since they can bask in sunI had just flown in from a light about 342 days out of the wedding in Southern Califor- year. nia, so obviously the unpleasWhenever I come home from ant weather was not a surprise, a trip to California, I always especially since seem to make a my Twitter feed pledge to be more GUEST COLUMNIST had kept me well active. informed about I won’t lie, the weather I was sometimes it works missing. and sometimes it But that wasn’t doesn’t, but what the only thing I the warm weathnoticed. er does do is make Since moving me really appref r om C a l i f orc i at e w a r mt h , PAIGE BOLEN nia to Michigan, sunshine and I’ve noticed that summertime. people who live When it looks in warmer clilike a beautiful mates generally are happier day outside, I really try not to than people who live in cold- waste it. er climates. I know sometimes it’s imposNot that putting on two sible to make it outside, so I try pairs of pants, two pairs of to do a few little things to stay gloves and a dozen sweat- happy and healthy. shirts before heading out the I’m a huge fan of taking vitadoor isn’t exhilarating, but I mins, especially when they are defi nitely would be happier in gummy form, so I make sure if I could save 15 minutes of to take Vitamin D during the my time by not layering up winter. each morning before facing Vitamin D can synthesize the frozen tundra known as from cholesterol inside your Michigan. body when sun exposure is adeFrom recent trips and from quate, so it’s often nicknamed experience living in Califor- the “sunshine vitamin.” nia, I think people generally Vitamin D can spur neuronal are in a better mood when they growth in the brain, which see the sun more than twice a makes the body happier. Vitaweek during the winter. min D is an important part of Sales associates tend to be my diet when sunny days are friendlier, customer is ser- limited. vice is better and smiling at I’ve also invested in a sun one another in passing is not light lamp for my desk. Sun uncommon—and who doesn’t lamps often release healthy love to smile? negative ions into the air, Once I landed in Michigan, which are similar to those I noticed a complete change released by the sun. in everyone I interacted with. I’ve noticed the bulbs in my Even the TSA agents in the lamp are not as intense as regOrange County airport are ular light bulbs and that I can friendlier—and that’s hard to often work longer because I get come by. headaches less frequently. I also noticed that people I’m not sure if I have noticed in warmer climates overall higher spirits or a better mood, are more active than people which might be because I am in colder climates. normally studying into the wee Now, I know what you’re hours of the morning, but I figthinking: It’s hard to work out ure every little bit helps. when it’s snowing or freezing Now I know a Michigan wincold for half the year, and I ter, or any winter for that matcompletely agree. ter, can seem bleak, but I promI am not one to blaze an out- ise there is a light at the end of door trail and brave winter’s the seasonal tunnel and it will elements to better my health. one day come to an end. But I can acknowledge the fact But until it does, remember that people overall are more to not take the few sunny days active in California, even more for granted. active than Michiganians are Get outside and try to enjoy in the summer. the sunshine. You’ll be happy When I visited California you did. a s t We d n e s d a y n ight when my plane landed at the Detroit Metro Airport, I was greeted with bone-chilling winds, blankets of heavy snow and frowning faces.

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For Middle of the Mitten founder Joel Heckaman, the inspiration for the festival came from a desire to bring his favorite bands from across Michigan together. “I was in a band for years, and I also had friends in bands all over the state with similar sounds who had never played together, and I wanted them together on the same stage,� Heckaman said. The annual weekend-long celebration kicked off with an acoustic showcase Thursday at The Record Lounge, 111 Division St. The festival also included an acoustic showcase Friday at (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., and ended with a concert Saturday at The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., in Lansing.


Jeffrey Baker, lead singer of Midwest, holds the microphone high on Saturday during the Middle of the Mitten at The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., in Lansing.


The cause The nonprofit festival, now in its fifth year, is geared toward showcasing the music of bands throughout Michigan, particularly Greater Lansing. The performance lineup for the weekend included several local names, such as The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle and Elliot Street Lunatic. Heckaman had the help of several MSU students organizing Middle of the Mitten. James Madison sophomore Michelle Perkowski, a member of the student team, said they began planning in October and worked diligently up to the show. “After so many months of work, we knew at some point there was going to be a show, but we were so focused on getting the bands together,� Perkowski said. “It’s nice to sit back and relax and watch it all happen.� Planning aside, Heckaman said he hopes to provide concert-

Jeff Gingrich of Calcaska sings Saturday during the Middle of the Mitten at The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., in Lansing. This is the fifth anniversary of the event.

Street Lunatic still saw Middle of the Mitten as an opportunity to have fun on stage. “You win some, you lose some,� said Jason Marr, the band’s lead singer and guitarist. “We still played like there’s a hundred thousand people here.�

goers with a new perspective on Lansing’s music scene. “Worst case scenario, they find out that the music scene exists; best case scenario, they see it’s better than they thought,� he said. The bands For some, Saturday’s performance served as a homecoming. After a few years of touring, Flint rock band Calcaska returned to Lansing ready to inspire. “We played our first show ever in The Basement 414 (in Lansing),� said Jeff Gingrich, the band’s frontman. “It’s good to be back here after three and a half years as a band. We’re very excited about that.� Although many attendees left before their 12:30 a.m. performance, Lansing band Elliot

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The experience As a firm believer in interaction with the crowd, Marr said the band tries to keep as upbeat as possible, even bringing their friends on stage to perform for the audience. Perkowski said her goal was to show people new music they hadn’t seen before.

“I hoped people would come having very little experience with the music scene here — come out and hear a whole bunch of bands and fi nd one they like,� she said. But MSU alumnus Masaki Takahashi said Middle of the Mitten brought new opportuni-

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MSU looks to learn from back-to-back weekend losses to Northwestern, Ohio

Junior forward Greg Wolfe tries to skate around a defender at the game against Penn State on Friday at Munn Ice Arena. The final score of the game was 5-3 with the Spartans defeating the Nittany Lions.

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In a weekend when MSU hockey generated more goals than it had since early November, the offense still wasn’t enough for the Spartans, who split their series with Penn State. MSU (7-16-3 overall, 5-12-10 CCHA) notched seven goals in the series, winning 5-3 Friday night and losing 3-2 Saturday night to the Nittany Lions (10-13-0). The last series MSU scored that many goals was Nov. 9-10 when MSU scored eight goals against Michigan. Since then, the team has had consistent struggles with generating any type of offense. And despite being able to find the back of the net last weekend, it will take more than that for the Spartans to repair their battered confidence. “That’s not just scoring goals, but just to create offense, to make plays that allow us to be on the offensive more than on the defensive,” head coach Tom Anastos said. “We’re just going

to have to fi nd a way to keep chipping away at improving our confidence level.” On Friday, sophomore forward Tanner Sorenson had two goals, while freshman forward Michael Ferrantino, senior forward Kevin Walrod and junior forward Greg Wolfe had one apiece. Sophomore defenseman R.J. Boyd and senior defenseman Matt Grassi were the Spartans’ scorers Saturday. MSU got up 2-0 both nights, and while that gave the Spartans momentum and energy for the rest of Friday night’s matchup, they fell off after the first period Saturday night. “At times, all our lines were going, but it just wasn’t a 60-minute thing,” Wolfe said after Saturday’s game. “Until we can figure out a way to play 60 minutes of hockey every night, it’s really hard to win games back-to-back or consistently.” Both nights, Penn State was able to quickly respond to the Spartan offense, coming from behind and tying the games. Friday night’s match was 3-3 until Sorenson’s second goal with about six minutes to play,

and Wolfe got an empty-netter to top the game off. Saturday night proved a different story, and Penn State found three unanswered goals in the second and third periods, in which MSU remained scoreless. “I’m going to have to give them credit,” Anastos said. “They played really hard, and they came into our building, played harder than we did for 60 minutes, and won the game after falling behind.” Anastos said the team has been battling with handling momentum shifts all season. When teams steal any momentum, MSU has had troubles responding to gain back control of the game. “It’s tough, but at the same time, we have to battle through it,” Grassi said. “Teams are going to score goals. We have to learn to overcome them. It’s easier said than done, but if you get scored on, you just have to forget about it right away because it’s done, it’s in the past. The goal is up on the scoreboard and you just have to keep battling through.”

The MSU wrestling team had a case of cat scratch fever this weekend as they lost to No. 16 Northwestern Wildcats, 18-15, on Friday, and the Ohio Bobcats, 22-16, on Sunday. Despite winning the last three matches, MSU couldn’t comeback against Northwestern Friday night. “We knew it was going to be a challenging dual (meet), they’re a good team,” head coach Tom Minkel said. “We knew we’d have to get some upsets in order to win the dual, and we were close. We’re a really young team, and our mission right now is to get better, rather than get discouraged.” The first win for the Spartans came when redshirt freshman 149-pounder Roger Wildmo, who was filling in for injured senior Dan Osterman, won a 4-3 match against Northwestern’s Dylan Marriot. Sophomore 157-pounder Ryan Watts, who is taking over for injured senior David Cheza, had the score tied in the third period, but lost to the Wildcats’ highest-ranked wrestler, No. 2 Jason Welch. “You’ve got to have the mindset that you’ve been doing this for so long that it’s just another match, so you just go in and do your job and get points for the team,” Wildmo said. “I liked that we kept fighting. With Watt’s match he just kept coming. We aren’t giving up, and even if we’re down, we’re still coming after the guy.” Sophomore 184-pounder John Rizqallah got a 4-0 win,


Sophomore 157-pounder Ryan Watts wrestles Northwestern Jason Welch on Friday at Jenison Field House. Welch won 5-1 but the team went on to lose 18-15.

and sophomore Nick McDiarmid upset No. 16 Alex Polizzi 3-2 to bring the score to 18-9 with one match to go. With no chance of losing, Northwestern decided to forfeit the heavyweight match to junior No. 7 heavyweight Mike McClure. After batting an injury for the first part of the season, McDiarmid said it felt good to be back on the mat. “I’ve definitely come back since break and wrestled in as many tournaments I can be in.” McDiarmid said. “I’ve been waiting for this moment, It feels like it should, a good win.” He said despite the loss, there was much to be proud of, especially the younger wrestlers. “We got a little more tougher on top, and the kids that maybe weren’t supposed to win, or were really outmatched, the underdogs really fought,” McDiarmid said. “Kids like (freshman 174-pounder) Jordan Wohlfert, versus (sophomore No. 9 Lee) Munster, who’s a stud. You’ve got to look at those younger kids and be proud of them for being

tough in those situations.” When MSU traveled to Athens, Ohio to take on the Bobcats on Sunday afternoon, MSU started out strong, but couldn’t finish. Senior day for Ohio started out with a ranked match as No. 7 McClure defeated No. 16 Jeremy Johnson, 3-2, from Ohio. MSU led 16-6 after six matches, but lost their final four matches, including No. 18 Rizqallah getting pinned, to lose the meet 22-16. Minkel reiterated his point that even though this team is going through some tough times, they must keep their heads up because it can only get better from here on out. “It’s important that they understand that this, as hard as it is, will make them better as their careers goes on,” Minkel said. “It’s a lot easier for me because I’m not the one getting beat up. Our message to our kids is you’ve got to stay positive, you’ve got to stay focused, you’ve got to stay working hard because it’s these lessons that we learn here that will help us down the road.”

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