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from wheel to ring Lansing resident Ron DeLeon drives CATA route 25 Monday. DeLeon has been working for CATA for 16 years in addition to promoting MMA fights.

Splitting time between bus driving and MMA, Ron DeLeon makes an impact

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n the center of a dimly-lit hotel ballroom in West Lansing, a chain-link octagon loomed over rows of seated onlookers. Two fighters circled each other in the cage, peppered by advice and jeers from the audience surrounding the ring. Stepping lightly, they swung fists in tentative arcs, like swimmers thrashing feet in uncertain waters.

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In the ballroom’s corner, an open doorway cast a ray of light midway across the room. Just inside, bathed in the harsh fluorescent glare, Ron DeLeon looked on worriedly. As a fight promoter, DeLeon loves energizing an audience with a good fight. He had arranged for 15 bouts that night, but four fighters never showed, and the schedule lost some hometown favorites. The audience grew lethargic. Suddenly, a fighter caught the other’s foot mid-kick. With a sweep of his leg, he brought his opponent crashing to the mat and rained down a flurry of punches. The intensity of the action breathed life into the spectators, who er upted i n cheers as the Ron DeLeon, fighters grappled on the Bus driver and MMA f loor. DeLepromoter on s e e me d relieved. He’s been in the promotion business for a long time. He holds events in ballrooms and conference centers every few months, originally in boxing, but now mostly MMA. DeLeon doesn’t just promote the fights — he serves as ring announcer to crowds of thousands, introducing fighters in

Ron DeLeon watches as MMA fighters are greased up Jan. 18 at the Ramada Lansing Hotel and Conference Center.

“I love my job because I meet so many different and interesting people.”

a suit and immaculately shined shoes. Two days later, DeLeon is wearing the same unscuffed shoes, pressing the gas pedal on CATA route 25. “It’s just another day,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for 16 years, so it’s kind of old hat now. At first you think you’re cool, you’re wearing a suit, and the next day you’re a bus driver.” A family affair For DeLeon, driving buses for the Capital Area Transportation Authority isn’t just a job. He’s gotten to know countless students during the past 16 years, referring to them as “my students.” “I love my job because I meet so many different and interesting people, and when you open yourself up to them … I feel that they’re willing to respond and open up to me as well,” DeLeon said. “They’re telling me about their families, their lives, their goals, their dreams. That’s what I enjoy.” But DeLeon doesn’t describe himself primarily as a bus driver or promoter. “I’d say I’m a very good dad who’s a bus driver that occasionally wants to put on some exciting fights in the Greater Lansing area,” DeLeon said. DeLeon is father to three children: 19-year-old Selena Montoya; Bryana, a senior at Waverly High School in Lansing, and Thiago, who is 4. He’s an attentive parent — when Bryana tells him about the latest high school See DeLEON on page 2 u

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Parents of MSU alumna seek out Water levels in Great Lakes could rise i-96 shooter Lake Michigan - Lake Huron water levels bone marrow match on campus found guilty of nearly all charges By Michael Kransz

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Two parents have been making the journey to Wells Hall all week as part of an attempt they hope will save their daughter’s life. Debra Richter and her husband, Mark Richter, have spent a good portion of their week on campus trying to find a bone marrow donor for their daughter, Jessalyn. Jessalyn was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in September 2013. The disease is an aggressive form of blood cancer. The MSU alumna is an English professor at Grand Valley State University. Because the family wasn’t able to get a transplant from Jessalyn’s younger sister, the Richter family decided to come to MSU in hopes of using the large student body to increase the chances of finding a match. “She was diagnosed with AML back in September,” Debra Richter said. “Because her sister had leukemia as a child, she could not donate stem cells to (Jessalyn), so we were look-

ing for an unrelated match. “The reason we wanted to do it at MSU is because there is a large diversity in the population here,” she said. “It’s great that we were able to come here.” T he R ichter family has enlisted Be The Match Registry to assist with their efforts. Eric Trosko, the Michigan

Debra and Mark Richter have spent several days at MSU trying to find a bone marrow match for their daughter representative for the organization, said Be The Match helps organize drives such as the one the Richters are holding. The organization provides materials needed to get people registered and trains volunteers to help. Afterwards, Be The Match processes and stores all the information of those who sign up, which becomes a source for transplant centers. For students who decide to See DONATION on page 2 u


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Trudging through snow and frigid winds might make for grueling travel between classes, but that same freeze might benefit the Great Lakes. Scientists predict the recent Arctic blasts will increase water levels and decrease temperatures in the Great Lakes, temporarily reversing a 15-year slump. Anne Clites, a physical scientist at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, predicts the water levels of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron will increase by 10–12 inches this upcoming summer from this past summer. When cold, dry air sweeps across the lakes, it increases the evaporation rate, which results in more ice cover and lake-effect snow, said John Lenters, the senior scientist at the environmental consulting firm LimnoTech. Although this temporarily decreases water levels, ice lingers into late winter and early spring, capping further evaporation. Lenters predicts water-level gains this year because of


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far below for that period is unusual,” Clites said. “In general, it just doesn’t happen.” Although the weather has felt chillier than average this winter, the freezing temperatures that could cause water levels to increase used to be fairly typical, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologist Nathan Jeruzal said. Arctic blasts occur every year, but this year, deep freezes permeated farther South and lasted longer than usual, Jeruzal said.

HOWELL, Mich. — Raulie Casteel began his Wednesday in the same blue blazer that he’d worn throughout the entire trial. He ended the day in a jumpsuit in the Livingston County Jail. After about a day of deliberation, the jury reached a verdict found I-96 shooter Raulie Casteel guilty of nearly all charges Wednesday afternoon. The alumnus was found guilty of one count of terrorism, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and five weapons-related charges. He could face life in prison. The judge ordered Casteel to be held at Livingston County Jail until the pre-sentencing report is prepared.

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lingering ice will result in cooler summer waters, leading to a later evaporation period next fall. Extra lake-effect snow also will melt to produce runoff water. For about 15 years, water levels in the Great Lakes have been consistently below average, sometimes by about a foot. Fisheries scientists and shippers alike have been worried the lower water levels combined with increasingly high water temperatures will damage aquatic ecosystems and affect trade. “The fact that (Lakes) Michigan and Huron have been that

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Wii game, cellphone case stolen in dorm

A cellphone case and Wii Zumba game were stolen from East Holmes Hall on Jan. 15 around 4 p.m., according to MSU police. The victim, an 18-year-old female student, ordered the items online using Amazon. The student checked the tracking number of the items on Jan. 21 and realized the items had been delivered, but the front desk did not have knowledge of the delivery. The Wii game was valued at $35 and the phone case was $7. There are no suspects, and the incident is still under investigation. GEOFF PRESTON Weather advisory issued for Thursday The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for blowing snow, effective from 4 a.m. Thursday until 1 a.m. Friday. Inclement weather will start Thursday morning with 15 to 30 miles per hour winds and possible gusts of more than 40 miles per hour. These winds could persist into Thursday, causing blowing and drifting snow. One to two inches of snowfall is expected.

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gossip, he seems to know all the names his daughter references. He said his family is his passion. It’s reflected in his business, Ron DeLeon Promotions, a family affair that includes his siblings, nieces and nephews. When he looks through footage from fights he’s promoted, he can see his daughters grow up ringside. They began by singing the national anthem before fights. As they grew older, they wanted to take on more responsibility. Bryana DeLeon acts as timekeeper, while Selena usually cues the music. Soon, DeLeon will have another tie to the MSU community. As children, his daughters would sometimes accompany him to work. After a while, these trips steered Bryana toward a major life decision. “We would go on the campus (routes) and I would see all the college students and all the green, and I was like ‘Oh, that’s going to be me one day,’” Bryana DeLeon said. This fall, she’ll be entering the university as a civil engineering major.

“He’s such a character, I guess he’s probably one of my favorite people in the East Lansing (and) MSU community.” Sydney Terenzi, graduate student

Beyond the bus To many members of the MSU community, DeLeon is more than a bus driver. He’s a friend. MSU Board of Trustees Chairperson Joel Ferguson described DeLeon as “one of the most giving people I know.” DeLeon has promoted a charity tennis tournament the first week of August each year since Brian Ferguson, Joel Ferguson’s brother and a close friend of DeLeon’s, died of cancer nine years ago. DeLeon estimated the tournament raises about $2,000 toward cancer research each year. After a late night at the library last year, graduate student Sydney Terenzi felt uncomfortable walking back from her stop. DeLeon let her off in front of her apartment. “It just shows how caring he is,” Terenzi said. “He would go out of his way to help anyone.” Terenzi said she now stands at the front of the bus every time she rides to talk with him. “He has an awesome sense of humor,” Terenzi said. “He’s such a character, I guess he’s probably one of my favorite people in the East Lansing (and) MSU community.” DeLeon’s job gives him ample time to get to know his riders. “I’m driving in a circle for nine hours a day. It makes the time go by and it makes for interesting conversation,” DeLeon said. “I just talk to everybody.” Friendships often extend

beyond the bus. DeLeon said his first MMA fight included four members of MSU’s Jiu-Jitsu club. Wrestlers also have competed. MSU students can be found carrying cards that signify the round. DeLeon said a former student once introduced their younger sibling to him when they started at MSU, instructing him to show them the ropes. The advent of social media has allowed him to stay in touch with students through Facebook posts he titles “Diary of a Short Mexican Bus Driver.” “He’s just the best bus driver,” Spanish and second language studies professor Bill VanPatten said. “He smiles, he greets you. … He makes you feel when you get on the bus like it’s really just going to be a nice ride.” DeLeon sees MSU students grow up during their time on campus. “I see the scared, worriedlooking, apprehensive-looking freshmen walking in here and then the seniors as they’re about to leave, progressed and evolved and looking like they’re ready to conquer the world,” DeLeon said. “I love to see that transformation.” In the fall, his daughter will be taking that place. “I’ve talked to so many kids in the past, and now my kid will be one of them,” DeLeon said. “It’s a really proud moment for me. “I better see her on my bus.”

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During October 2012, Casteel shot at 24 cars along the I-96 corridor. He testified about his family history of paranoia and delusional thoughts. Casteel said he believed he was a part of a governmentrun conspiracy after losing his job in Kentucky. He told the court he thought he was being followed by government officials — even testifying that at least 20 times between 2010-12, he thought helicopters flew within feet of his house, nearly landing on his roof. During his testimony, he admitted he probably imagined the helicopters. As was true for most of the trial, Casteel remained stoic in the courtroom. One of Casteel’s first victims was Jennifer Kupiec. She was driving on I-96 in October 2012 when she came up behind Casteel in the passing lane and eventually passed him on the right. According to Casteel, her tailgating him unleashed “demons” that stemmed from years of paranoia. He aimed out of the passenger window

and fired, hitting her car. “I didn’t see him, so at the time, it didn’t affect me like most people would think it would,” Kupiec said. “But in hindsight ... it was pretty scary.” Kupiec said she still is haunted by the incident. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about it,” she said. “I have to take I-96 to work, and I think about it every time I get on the highway.” For Kupiec and her family, solace could be found in Casteel’s conviction. “In the end, there are no winners,” said Kelly Kupiec, the mother of Jennifer Kupiec. “His whole family is destroyed. He’s never going to be able to buy his kid a chicken nugget Happy Meal. He’s not going to walk her down the aisle, and that’s what he has to pay for what he’s done.” Casteel’s attorneys said they were disappointed in the jury’s verdict. Defense attorney Doug Mullkoff said the terrorism charge was contested. “We contested this because we thought that this was an overcharge,” Mullkoff said. Casteel is now a convicted felon in both Livingston and Oakland counties and faces sentencing for both cases. In Oakland County, Casteel was charged with nine felony weapons charges and nine felony assault charges. He pleaded no contest but mentally ill and was ruled mentally fit to stand trial, despite a diagnosis of having delusional disorder.


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sign up, it’s a simple process the foundation uses to determine if they can help. Richter said all students need to do is fill out a form and take four swabs of their cheeks. “They just put (the swabs) back in the kit, we seal it up and put it with their information and send it in to Be The Match, where they test (for human leukocyte antigen),” Richter said. After people register, it takes about a month and a

“The turnout has been great. ... The first day we got over 30, and today we have that many already.” Debra Richter, Jessalyn’s mother

half for them to get processed and on the registry. Those selected as matches can choose to donate one of two ways. “The most popular way is through a non-surgical blood draw procedure that’s very similar to a plasma donation,” Trosko said. “About 90 percent of our donors will donate that way. “About 10 percent of our donors will do a surgical procedure, which is an actual marrow donation where we go into the hip and take out bone marrow.” The Richter family has been

pleased with the response they have received from the MSU community thus far. “ T he t ur nout has been great,” Richter said. “The first day we got over 30, and today we have that many already.” Richter’s goal is to collect swabs from 400 people. T he f a m i ly w i l l b e i n Wells Hall until Thursday at 5:30 p.m. They will conduct a similar drive at Grand Valley State University on Feb. 4. Those interested in learning more or making a donation can visit Jessalyn’s Be The Match website.


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Lenters said it is adjustment to the mild winters in recent years that is making this one feel all the colder. He called this winter a “reset to normal,” because abnormal trends of warmer temperatures had fluctu-

ated perceptions. Lenters likened it to a frog sitting in a pot of hot water, and then suddenly jumping out. “Climate change has changed people’s expectations of what is normal,” Lenters said. “They think it’s the apocalypse.” Despite the expected temporary increase in Great Lakes water levels, Clites said many still are worried about the “unusual” trend of depletion. “If you look back 50 or 60 years, (water levels) go up, they go down, they go up, they go down,” Clites said.

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ASMSU, MSU’s undergraduate student government, is in the process of suggesting amendments to the document outlining the rights and responsibilities of MSU students. The Academic Freedom for Students at Michigan State University was first drafted in 1967 and must be updated every five years. In the current edition of the report, students required to appear before a hearing board for transgressions do so within their own college of study. In the proposed amended version, students would skip that step and go directly to a university-wide hearing board whose members would not all be from the same college. ASMSU Vice President for Student Funding Domonique Clemons said this change is necessary to ensure that all students are held to and judged by an equal set of codes. “This will create a standard so that engineering students are held to the same one medical students are,” Clemons said. Another proposed amendment would change the way in which students could be penalized for disruptive behavior in a class. “Before, the punishments ranged from extreme ones like expulsion to a slap on the wrist,” Clemons said. “Now students will have the option of disenrolling from a specific class that they are having issues with.” The proposed option of specific disenrollment would help establish a middle ground in terms of punishments, he said. Since the report is a document that affects both faculty and students university-wide, it first must be approved by a slew of univer-

sity committees. The group of those considering the document includes the University Committee on Student Affairs and the Council of Graduate Students, ASMSU representative for the College of Social Science Evan Schrage said. “There shouldn’t be too much overhaul on this,” Schrage said. “Everything looks like it stayed mostly the same.” Despite the report remaining nearly constant over the years, some students aren’t exactly clear on what their rights are when it comes to misconduct on campus. “They fill us in at AOP, but after that, as a freshman, you’re just so confused and you don’t know what’s going on,” vocal performance senior Zachary Niedzwiecki said. “If they posted it more often online, maybe students would be more educated. But the changes they are making sound like a good idea.” Clemons agreed, saying that it’s important for students to be aware of their rights and how to navigate the university penal code. “It’s a comforting thing, knowing that the document gets updated every five years,” Clemons said. “The document does exist to outline the rights of students and so we have a place to go and don’t rely on administration to tell us what is going to happen.” ASMSU held a town hall meeting on Jan. 22 to get student feedback on the amendments. The general assembly is expected to vote on the modifications during the Feb. 7 meeting. Clemons said the updated Academic Freedom for Students at Michigan State University should be officially revised by all parties involved by the end of this academic year.


MSU bra drive benefits victims of sex trafficking By Kary Askew Garcia THE STATE NEWS nn

Amnesty International MSU, an on-campus chapter of the organization advocating for international human rights, has organized a bra drive sponsored by the Free The Girls organization that started on Jan. 27 and ends on Friday. Students can drop off any used bras for donation at the MSU Women’s Resource Center in the Union. “Ju s t t he idea w a s s o unique,” Abid Ahmad, secretary of Amnesty International MSU, said.

Amnesty International MSU has partnered with Free the Girls for a bra drive to help combat sex trafficking Of fer i ng women a way to sustain themselves after sex slavery is the main reason A mnest y International MSU wanted to start a drive, said A hmad, a premedical sophomore. He said there are so many groups that help women get out of sex trafficking, but not many to help survivors stay out. The concept, started by Free The Girls, is designed to help women in developing countries who have escaped a life in sextrafficking by offering them a way to create their own businesses, Ahmad said. T he orga n i zat ion t a kes donated bras for survivors to sell in their home countries, said Grace Taylorloring, member of Amnesty International MSU and social work and psychology sophomore. T he organization was unavailable for comment. “It’s hard as it is to get out (of sex-trafficking),” Taylorloring said. “Once you’re out it’s like, ‘What do I do now? I don’t have the proper skills and the

“Once you’re out it’s like, ‘What do I do now? I don’t have the proper skills and the resources to not go back in the trafficking.”


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Trustees to vote on projects The MSU Board of Trustees is slated to vote this Friday on a contract regarding the artificial grass installment at Munn field for use by the Spartan Marching Band. They could also vote on whether to purchase a piece of property in Lansing for university purposes. John Madden, director of the Spartan Marching Band, told the Board of Trustees in October that rain and divots on Demonstration field proved problematic for the band.


Renovations to Munn field would cost about $1.3 million. Trustees is set to consider authorizing construction to proceed on the West Circle Housing Complex, which plans to receive a new water main, communication lines and electric ducts. The Kresge Courtyard renovations also are scheduled to be considered by the board. The addition of a new outdoor venue could be home to Summer Circle Theatre and are aimed at helping the group avoid cancellations for rain and flooding, which have caused many problems in the past. This permanent venue will cost the College of Arts and Letters about $750,000. In addition, the trustees


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resources to not go back in the trafficking,” she said. Ahmad said teaching survivors of sex-trafficking sustainable skills is important to help them move on with their lives and have a better future. “A lot of organizations are helping women out of sex slavery,” Ahmad said. Ahmad hopes to make the drive an ongoing event by finding permanent space on campus to keep boxes for donations and to promote the project frequently to keep students and the community informed and aware.


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Does social media help or hurt relationships?

I’ve heard it said hundreds upon hundreds of times. It has been the most common excuse given to me throughout my life whenever anything went wrong. — Casey Holland, State News reporter

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ocial media ruins relationships, and I mean that in the nicest way possible. Not only does social media offer the chance to spend hours stalking your significant other’s past, it also leaves room for jealousy, questions and worry.

man crush for the seventh week in a row? I’m so surprised. I’m not saying that all kinds of social media public displays of affection are obnoxious, but they should be given out in small, appropriate doses. A teasing shoutout every once in a while or a kiss Emoji for a birthday are totally acceptable forms of couple-like posts. On the contrary, a collage of you and your boyThese days, people actually take the time to discuss the fact that their boyfriend liked a Face- friend kissing and 50 exclamation points readbook picture of an attractive girl or some guy ing “Happy Anniversary!!!!” marking your three favorited and mentioned their girlfriend in a months of dating, is not. Those screenshots of you and your boyfriend conspicuous tweet on Twitter. Not only does it not make sense to pay such FaceTiming while missing each other during winclose attention to these activities, but it adds ter break? I’d much rather prefer they disappear an entirely new slew of potential conflict for from anywhere but your own phone. Consider the fact that the funny names you a couple. and your boyfriend call each othKeeping tabs on your boyfriend’s er might not make sense to anyone every move on social media can guest columnist who is not dating you. Please stop worsen trust issues. It opens up the calling each other “my sweet, saltfloodgates to an unknown territory ed, soft pretzel” over social media. of his history with dating and who he It’s revolting. might have been interested in before Great moments that you and you. Don’t read into it too much. It your sweetie share in real life makes you question what he’s doing should be kept somewhat pribehind your back and can lead to vate, unless you break up and your unwarranted accusations. name is Taylor Swift. In that case, Some couples think that if they see Cayden Royce feel free to make millions off of a tweet, photo, hashtag or Facebook @caydesbaydes your relationship issues. “like” from the opposite sex on their In all seriousness, if you’re significant other’s page, they must be cheating. Most of the time, that conclusion is uncertain as to whether or not you should keep completely irrational. Just because two people track of your significant other’s social media are interacting in one form or another on social interactions, you should consider evaluating media platforms doesn’t mean they’re being dis- your level of trust with them. I trust my boyfriend Alex not to truck through honest in their relationship with you. A tweet easily can be taken the wrong way. my previous online activity when I leave my FaceMiscommunication can cause a seemingly per- book and Twitter accounts open in front of him. Although he incessantly updates my status to “I fect relationship to go haywire. If you’re in a relationship, consider the impli- like poop,” I’d much prefer that over the former. Be sure not to give your significant other your cations of your posts online. Be cautious of your partner’s feelings and don’t post a flirtatious Facebook password unless you’re prepared for winky face to another dude, or allude to the fact the consequences. My best friend tried this that you’re unhappy in your relationship by post- with her boyfriend and it drove her crazy going ing a subtle, yet easily distinguishable, tweet to through messages and posts she wouldn’t have a certain person on Twitter without mentioning known about otherwise. They ended up fighting their name. If you’re having relationship issues, about past relationships, and it all could have bring it up to your boyfriend in person instead of been avoided if they had kept their social media broadcasting it to all of your followers. No one information to themselves. As my boyfriend and I duel over social media wants to be involved in your argument. Another nuisance making its way across the use in relationships, just remember tweets about Twitter and Instagram world is Man Crush Mon- your relationship status should be kept in mediday, or #MCM. Scrolling down my feed, I come ation and coupley pictures should be shared in across tons of girls who are in relationships post- tasteful amounts. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and quit worrying ing silly or cute photos of their boyfriends with about being the watchdog of your loved one’s the caption #MCM. Although I have posted one before, I don’t social media activity. Cayden Royce is a journalism sophomore. Reach see it necessary to post a #MCM of your boyfriend every week. Oh, your boyfriend is your her at

hear it all the time, “social media ruins relationships.” I’ll agree that social media can create issues for couples that perhaps our parents’ generation never had to deal with, but I dis@MSUCrushes: agree with the notion that social media automatically dooms relationships. Instead of “ruining “Alex Dardas, from the second i relationships,” I think social media is a valuable saw you in your rayban glasses tool to bring people together and, if used cori wanted you. you’re too cute rectly, actually can enhance your relationship. to pass up!! I’d be good to you I am going to start my defense of social media #givemeachance” with a story. This summer I worked for MSU’s Academic Orientation Program. On our first day, employees were put into groups and assigned on the popular Twitter page “MSU with the mind-numbing task of Crushes.” guest columnist assembling thousands of bags of oriTurns out I wasn’t the only one entation materials that would later who was interested. Despite my be distributed to students attendrugged good looks, as evident in ing AOP. Each bag, our supervisor my stunning State News mug shot droned, must be filled with exactly (that’s called sarcasm), I am pretthree magnets, two pencils, a calenty shy when it comes to looking for dar, blah, blah, blah. relationships. Fortunately for me, the group I was Knowing that Cayden had a placed in for this tedious assignment mutual interest helped bypass what Alex dardas contained a girl named Cayden Royce could have been an uneventful few @alexdardas that I managed to strike up a converweeks of awkward small talk, indesation with. cision and missed opportunities. We For close to five hours, Cayden and I talked, went on our first date a couple of days after that joked and complained with each other while tweet and we’ve been together since then. mindlessly counting pencils and sorting magEven though she might have some negative nets. Despite the boring task, I left work that opinions about social media in relationships, the day in a great mood. lovely columnist writing the opposing viewpoint Determined to stay connected with her, I on this issue cannot deny the role it played in our quickly looked Cayden up on Facebook and was relationship. delighted to see that she was single. I’ll admit I Instead of taking the overly pessimistic view that did a little “Facebook stalking,” looking at pic- social media “ruins relationships,” we should learn tures and reading some recent statuses. But can how to use these sites with maturity. Sending your you really blame me? I was interested! significant other a funny link or posting a picture Even though it’s not a substitute for personal, together can show that you are thinking about them. face-to-face interaction, social media is a great Unlike gushy, paragraph-long love letters or tacky way to at least start to connect with people. Not make-out photos, these kinds of social media interto sound like the creepy eHarmony guy, but com- actions won’t irritate your friends and followers and patibility really is everything in dating. Face- demonstrate a healthy, caring, mature relationship. book, Twitter and other social media sites allow Be cognizant of the fact that your actions on social us to gauge that compatibility in a unique way. media can be misinterpreted and try to be aware of Our “likes,” “hashtags” and “retweets” say how your tweets, statuses and pictures could make something about us. When you send a tweet, your girlfriend or boyfriend feel if misunderstood. post a status or share a picture, you are broadMost importantly, communicate directly, one-oncasting information to the world. Although this one, face-to-face, rather trying to express your feelkind of interaction is both impersonal and super- ings in an impersonal and public domain mostly ficial, it can be really beneficial in at least begin- inhabited by uninterested strangers. If used properly, ning to get to know someone you are interest- social media does not have to “ruin relationships,” ed in dating. and who knows, it just might find you one too. Going back to my story, a couple of days Alex Dardas is an international relations and jourafter meeting Cayden, I saw my name appear nalism junior. Reach him at

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“BRRRing on the cold” brandon hankins

I had 260 students in an 8:30 a.m. class on Tuesday, so I offered my students the choice between attending in person or viewing a webcast. (I used the same free streaming service I use to simultaneously webcast my Monday radio show. All it took was a laptop and a $90 webcam.) I then archived the lecture on YouTube, so no one had to miss the session. MSU should think about supporting technological alternatives during extreme weather situations. It would also make sense if we have a flu pandemic or other emergency. It’s not hard to do, and it is especially important for disabled students who already face barriers in attending classes face-to-face. bonniebucqueroux, Jan. 29

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Snacking up for the Super Bowl

Get ready for Super Bowl XLVIII with some homemade snacks

The Super Bowl is approaching on Sunday, the nation will gather around the TV to watch the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos battle it out. For college students, it’s a night to hang out with friends and eat good food. Here are a few quick recipes students can create to contribute to the celebrations. — April Jones, The State News

Crescent pizza pockets In football, a pocket is the area behind the line of scrimmage where the quarterback is protected from rushing defenders. But off the field, a pocket can be a delicious stuffed roll filled with pepperoni and cheese.

Ingredients 1 can (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls 1/4 cup pizza sauce 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup sliced pepperoni (24 slices) 1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese

edges with fork to seal. Then sprinkle each triangle with 1/4 teaspoon grated cheese. 5. With a fork, prick the top of each to allow steam to escape. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until deep golden brown. Serve warm.

Football bites Cheering for your favorite team can work up an appetite. These football bites are quick, easy to make and are perfect for the theme.

Ingredients One box of crackers Thin slices of sausage Thin slices of cheddar cheese Ranch dressing


Directions 1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. 2. Unroll dough on cookie sheet and separate into four rectangles. Press each rectangle into 6 by 4 inch rectangles, firmly pressing perforations to seal. 3. Spread 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce on half of each rectangle within 1 inch of the edge. Sprinkle each with 3 tablespoons of cheese, then top with six slices of pepperoni. 4. Fold dough diagonally over filling and firmly press

1. Use an aluminum can or cookie cutter to shape the cheddar and sausage slices into individual football shapes. 2. Assemble the football bites by layering cheddar and summer sausage atop the crackers. 3. Pour ranch dressing into a Ziplock bag, and then use scissors to snip a very small triangle from one of the bottom corners. Pipe the dressing onto the cheddar to complete the football bites by designing the stitches.

Puppy chow Even though the Super Bowl won’t be featuring the Detroit Lions, puppy chow is something everyone can enjoy. After a few quick steps, students will be able to enjoy a chocolaty and creamy snack.


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One box of crispy rice cereal squares. 1/2 cup of peanut butter 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 1/2 cups of confectioners’ sugar

Directions: 1. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate. Add peanut butter and mix until smooth. 2. Remove from heat and add cereal. Stir until the cereal is completely coated. 3. Pour confectioners’ sugar into large plastic bag, add coated cereal and shake until well coated in the sugar. Store in airtight container.



1. A finished preparation of puppy chow. 2. All of the ingredients needed to make the snack. 3. Mixing the chocolate-coated cereal and the confectioners’ sugar.

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Director of upcoming ‘Batman vs. Superman’ movie visits Broad By Christine LaRouere THE STATE NEWS nn

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is known for its unusual architecture and unique artwork. These assets might be bringing Hollywood to MSU. Director Zack Snyder visited the museum this past Wednesday, creating a swirl of speculation that the museum is a possible location for the upcoming “Batman vs. Superman” movie.

Snyder visited the museum with head basketball coach Tom Izzo and MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis. Jake Pechtel, director of public relations for the museum, confirmed that Snyder was here to visit the museum, but he said he cannot speculate if Snyder would use it for a location in the movie. “I think this was just part of a visit,” Pechtel said. “It was a private walk through. Nobody spoke of the upcoming film, because movie studios keep that under

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After missing eight games, Draeger plays against U-M By Robert Bondy THE STATE NEWS nn

For sophomore defenseman John Draeger, this season hasn’t gone as smooth as he hoped it would. After playing in all 42 games as a freshman, Draeger has battled a lower body injury all season, causing him to miss the first eight games. Draeger returned to the lineup this past weekend, playing in both games against rival No. 12 Michigan, both losses for the Spartans, one at home. Draeger said he felt OK on the ice in his return, but doesn’t expect to get back to his top playing level anytime soon. “I don’t think I’ll be 100 percent all year, to be quite honest with you,” Draeger said. “But I’m 80 percent, so I’m just going to have to play through it and we’ll see.” Draeger underwent lower body surgery during the offseason, forcing him to miss the first stretch of MSU’s games. Draeger considered the most recent four-game stretch he missed to be a result of the surgery and his body still adjusting. Draeger has five assists in the 11 games he’s played. That already is half the points he had last year while playing in every game. Head coach Tom Anastos said the addition of Draeger to the lineup always is good, but pointed out that the star defenseman isn’t playing at 100 percent. Anastos said in his current condition, Draeger needs to simplify his game and play with a “less is more” mentality. “One of the challenges he’s going to have that we’ve warned him about is to try to go out and keep his game very simplistic,” Anastos said. “When he does that it’s a benefit to him, it’s a benefit to the team. When he tries to do too much it’s not a benefit to him.” Draeger started to buy into the newer, simplistic mindset when on the ice. He said he thought he made clean plays against U-M and will need to keep it that away when MSU (8-12-3, 2-4-2-2) travels to No. 1 Minnesota this weekend (18-2-4, 7-0-1). On top of making adjustments to his playing style, Draeger said he also needs to monitor his intensity throughout the week in practice. “I don’t want to overdo it during the week because I want to be ready to play,” Draeger said. “So it’s hard to find that balance of getting ready to play, but also not going too far.” Unless Draeger experiences a drawback this week in practice he will get the special treat of taking on his home-state team of Minnesota. The Faribault, Minn., native said he always enjoys returning home and playing in Mariucci Arena, where all the fans hate the opposing team.


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Spartan role players show support in Iowa It took a mob. It couldn’t have been just two people to make noise in place of Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne against the Hawkeyes on the road — it needed to be a mob. Luckily for MSU, the Byrd took the slew of role players on his wings down the stretch. Burying a 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring late in overtime, redshirt junior guard Russell Byrd had the shot that saved the night for the Spartans. It just had to happen that way, because Tuesday night’s win was all about the unexpected from players who don’t shine with Dawson and Payne in the mix. It wasn’t just Byrd’s jaw-dropping, jumpingon-your-couch shot that snapped Iowa’s 20-game home winning streak. It was junior guard Travis Trice’s 3-pointer that brought the game to a 47-46 deficit with 10:15 left. And then another long ball to take a one-point lead with 8:38 remaining in the back-and-forth game. It was sophomore forward Matt Costello’s double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds the Spartans needed in his 28 minutes of work against Iowa’s Aaron White.

Not bad for a kid who only averaged 16.9 minutes per game before Sophomore guard Denzel Valentine might have took the biggest step into the spotlight, snagging a rebound when Costello missed his free throw in the final two minutes of overtime. He dished it off to Keith Appling, who missed the floater, but it was Costello’s heroics that came through again in the form of a tip-in to put the Spartans up by three with 1:14 left in overtime. Is it a shocker to see Trice, Costello and Valentine do well on the court? Absolutely not, but Tuesday was a perfect example of how MSU can’t rely on only Appling and Gary Harris to run the show. Appling, with his wrist that’s one hard fall away from falling off his forearm, missed two free throws in overtime that would have sealed the game. Harris missed a free throw with one minute left in regulation and later committed a foul in overtime that kept Iowa in shooting distance. The duo had a solid game with a combined 25 points and nine rebounds, but it goes to show others have to step in. And here we are back at Byrd — a player who has endured more criticism than anyone I can remember donning a green and white jersey. A player who has been through so many foot injuries, he almost would have been better off with a wooden peg-leg. But more importantly, Byrd was a player who stepped up, silenced the Iowa crowd and ran back on defense happier than a kid who just found his lost puppy. Or in this case, his lost jump shot to show it isn’t just the big names pulling MSU through adversity. Matt Sheehan is a State News basketball reporter. Reach him at

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Spartans looking to bounce back from tough loss to Illinois By Mayara Sanches THE STATE NEWS nn

Another tough weekend is ahead for the Spartan wrestling team as it takes on No. 1 Penn State on Friday at Jenison Field House. Penn State’s 10 starters all are nationally ranked, but Nittany Lions junior heavyweight Jimmy Lawson, who is ranked No. 12, will be out and junior Jon Gingrich will step up in at heavyweight to wrestle against MSU senior Michael McClure. MSU is coming off a tough stretch, including losses to Iowa and Minnesota earlier this year. Gingrich and McClure have wrestled in the past. “We’re doing what we normally do with an emphasis on always wrestling as well as we can and not Penn State’s reputation, rankings, school or coach,” head coach Tom Minkel said. Although he recognizes that the Nittany Lions are a very good team, to Minkel, it is just one of his wrestlers and “another guy” out on the mat, and he wants the team to “wrestle fundamentally.” “You don’t win three national titles in a row if you’re not good,” he said. “We know the level of wrestling we’re up against and we know we have to wrestle our very best.” Senior Robert Nash, who wrestles in the 165-pound category, said he is preparing by staying consistent during practice. Nash said he is working on being prepared for anything when wrestling Penn State senior David Taylor,

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MSU senior Robert Nash wrestles Illinois 165-pounder Jackson Morse on Sunday at Jenison Field House. Nash lost the match, 6-2.

who sits atop the rankings in the 165-pound weight category. “I want to make sure my technique is perfect and I wanna wrestle a hard, hard seven minutes,” Nash said. “My game is ready,” Taylor likes to “score early,” according to Nash, and he said that his competitor is good at every position. “He’ll come at me hard, but I’m just looking to making this one a fight,” he said. Minkel said that although they have been wrestling many major teams, the Spartans will keep the practices the same so the wrestlers can keep a routine of improvement. “We’re keeping practice similar and work technique,” Minkel said. “There’s a pattern you want to stay on when practicing each week, so we’re not going to change much this week.” Junior Nick McDiarmid will wrestle No. 12-ranked Penn State sophomore Morgan McIntosh in the 197-pound category, and said he knows what he will do with this challenge on

Friday. “I’m going to go out there and attack, build the match and be offensive,” he said. McDiarmid said he and McIntosh wrestled each other during McDiarmid’s freshman year. McDiarmid’s looking to successfully compete, and he’s optimistic that he can “hopefully keep that up” as the season progresses. The Spartans know that the Nittany Lions are a good team and will be a tough matchup. They will use this as a building block to help the wrestlers get better for the Big Ten championship in March. “As a team, but individually, we’ll take it one match at time,” McDiarmid said. Nash also is looking forward to helping his team but also prepare for March’s big competition, which is what they work for all season. “It’s my senior year, so I want to make it to the national tournament,” Nash said. “So basically, I want to get ready for the match and peak right now.”

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