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Highly trained therapy animals comfort some students By Kary Askew Garcia


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The possible motive behind a man who randomly shot at multiple cars on the highway might not be the most complicated thing about the Raulie Casteel trial. The MSU Casteel alumnus will be sentenced Tuesday morning in Oakland County after pleading no contest to assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder along with several felony firearms charges in October. Casteel, 44, shot at cars along the I-96 corridor in October 2012. He was convicted of several felony charges in Livingston County Circuit Court last week. Throughout his trials, Casteel’s mental illness remained the subject of his testimony. As part of a court order, Casteel underwent an independent psychiatric evaluation and discovered he suffers from delusional disorder. Casteel testified during his trial in Livingston County that he believed people in the cars he shot were part of a large government conspiracy against him. He said he believed his phones were tapped into and that he was being monitored by government helicopters. He later gave a detailed account of his family history with mental illness, including a history of paranoia and delusional thoughts on his mother’s side. Judge David Reader later told the jury to disregard his comments about family ties to mental disorder. To a person with delusional disorder, there is often no difference between imagination and reality, MSU psychiatry department chair Jed Magen said. He said a delusional disorder diagnosis is in the same family as someone with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, but it’s a mutually exclusive diagnosis. “People acting on these

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inding solace in times of stress is something many students struggle with daily. But for Kate Londy, comfort can be found in a rather unique way. Londy, an osteopathic medical student, finds that her cat offers her more than just companionship. She offers her major relief. Jasmine, her one-year-old gray domestic long hair, is a certified therapy cat. Londy lives with lupus and arthritis and said Jasmine’s companionship has helped her cope with the stress of school in addition to the symptoms of her diseases. Londy has been involved with animals her entire life, beginning with family members and later getting involved with training service dogs for blind and disabled persons. For Londy, petting her cat stretches the muscles in her hand, and Jasmine’s warm body temperature relaxes her joints. It was a no-brainer for her to adopt Jasmine to serve both as a companion and a therapeutic release. The road to being a therapy animal is a difficult one, and only is reserved for animals of a calm temperament. Although they don’t provide the same care that service animals such as seeing-eye dogs can, many people like Londy are finding relief in their pets. Pets as partners Becoming a therapy animal demands them to be non-aggressive and requires them to submit to crucial training. “It’s been proven that interacting with animals alleviates depression, decreases sensations of pain (and) basically takes their mind off their situation,” said Paula Scott, the marketing coordinator for Washington-based organization Pet Partners. Pet Partners trains volunteer animals for therapy. Animals who “graduate” from therapy programs such as Pet Partners are able to perform community service in local hospitals, schools, libraries and prisons, Scott said. Scott has advocated for animalassisted therapy because of how

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Graduate student Kate Londy studies with her therapy cat Jasmine last week at her apartment in East Lansing.

it helps people with everything from stress to physical ailments. Many people don’t know it, but there is a difference between service animals and therapy animals. A major difference between service and therapy animals is their training. Although therapy animals have to be trained to keep calm, service animals are more intensively trained to the specific needs of the disabled owner. “Service animals are very important to provide independence for people with disabilities,” she said. “Therapy animals and pets are very important to everyone for comfort and companionship, easing feelings of loneliness.” Jasmine has provided Londy relief from her illnesses, even sensing when her owner is about to get a migraine. “She preemptively sits in my lap, sometimes even before I’m having a migraine,” said Londy, who can then grab some Excedrin to hopefully prevent some of the pain. Jasmine also assists Londy with motivation to get out of bed in the morning, which can be difficult because of her arthritis.

Graduate student Kate Londy holds Jasmine’s identification tag Jan. 27 at her apartment in East Lansing. Londy said no matter what kind of day she is having, she can count on Jasmine to make it all better.

To see more information about therapy animals and their benefits, visit Her extremities tend to get cold at night, making it more painful to get out of bed on a chilly winter morning. Jasmine provides encouragement, Londy said. “I find that I am more relaxed when there’s an animal around. Whenever I was an undergrad and there were no animals...I got stressed out more easily, I had

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flares more frequently,” Londy said. “And then I would go home and there was the dogs and the family, my cat,” she said. Providing freedom Sometimes animals are needed for more than just therapy. For journalism senior Nick Vanderwall, his golden labrador Toby

isn’t just a dog — he’s his eyes. Animals like Toby provide freedom to persons with disabilities. Vanderwall’s Seeing Eye dog has helped him tremendously with navigating MSU’s enormous campus, he said. After an accident when he See ANIMALS on page 2 u

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LANSING, Mich. — On Sunday night, MSU students and voters across the state crowded around televisions to experience the sensory barrage of advertisements and football that is the Super Bowl. Midway through the game, they witnessed a wetsuit and snorkel-adorned Gov. Rick Snyder emerge from a pool, pulling off his scuba mask as a narrator hails him as “the comeback kid” over a jazzy saxophone solo. The commercial served as a preview of sorts to Snyder’s official announcement Monday that he will seek re-election as Governor. Snyder spent the day kicking off his campaign — first in Detroit, then Lansing and later See SNYDER on page 2 u

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Gov. Rick Snyder laughs with Lt. Gov. Brian Calley during his re-election kick-off speech Monday at Two Men And A Truck, 3400 Belle Chase Way, in Lansing.

In 2006, all people needed to have a Facebook page was to be 13 years of age and to have an THE STATE NEWS nn email address. Tuesday marks the 10th anniUltimately, Facebook became the second most popular versary of the social media site on the web behind site many young people know, love and use Google. for hours on a daily “It’s more incluFacebook basis — Facebook. sive,” public relamonthly Facebook has tions and social traveled a long way media assistant users top from Mark Zuckerprofessor Saleem 1.2 billion berg’s Harvard dorm Alhabash said while room. Now 81 percent comparing Facebook of its 757 million daily to other social media active users are outside of sites. “It is adaptable.” the U.S. and Canada. Facebook’s Facebook is continuously monthly users have topped 1.2 updating and changing its forbillion. mat to keep users intrigued and What began as just a net- to avoid slipping away to a thing working tool for Harvard stu- of the past, such as Myspace. dents eventually spread to othOne such update is Paper, er Ivy League schools, surround- a new phone application that ing Boston colleges and then to several other public universities. See FACEBOOK on page 2 u

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News brief Student assaulted in Brody’s Rather Hall An assault took place between 11:20 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. Jan. 29 on the second floor of Rather Hall, according to MSU Police. The victim was a 19-year-old male student and the suspects are 19-year-old and 20-yearold male MSU students. The victim said he was approached by two male students while studying on the second floor when a verbal altercation broke out, MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said. The two suspects began to walk away when the victim made a final comment that caused the two suspects to go back. One held the victim down while the other punched him. Police and the East Lansing Fire Department responded to the scene. There were no serious injuries to the victim or suspects. No arrests have been made. GEOFF PRESTON en t er ta in m en t b l o g

Super Bowl ads vary from funny to poignant Although Sunday’s Super Bowl game prompted many disappointed groans and frustrated statuses and tweets, the commercials that ran during the game were not all completely discouraging. The ads provided more entertainment than the game. Casey Holland

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was just 12 years old, Vanderwall lost his eyesight and has had to learn how to cope and adjust to life without it. Before Toby, he used a cane for navigation. “He helps me walk around, find doors and find classes,” Vanderwall said. “He definitely made me get more active, walking wise.” Vanderwall said many peo-

ple ask if they can pet Toby, but when Toby wears his harness, he is at work. At home, the harness comes off and he gets to be “normal.” Vanderwall said Toby also has helped him to be more social. “I mean, everybody loves a dog,” he said. “When they see a dog, they want to strike up a conversation with you. (And) he’s just amazing because of all the things he knows to do and everything.” University efforts MSU has seen the benefits therapy animals can bring to stressed-out students. A new program allows medical students to take a study break to play with dogs during final exams. Laura Bennett, the assistant director of student counseling



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delusions don’t only believe that these delusions are true, but they see evidence everywhere to support them,” Magen said. Criminal justice professor Karen Holt said insanity cases only achieve acquittal about 10 percent of the time. “You have to be able to prove that the person don’t know what they are doing is wrong,” she said. In 2012, state lawmakers did away with the diminished capacity plea, meaning defendants can no longer have their charges lessened based on mental illness. If a defendant wants their mental condition examined and used in the trial, they have to plead insanity or no contest. The issue also has come up regarding where Casteel will spend his jail time. Holt said the procedure will depend on the judge and their decisions, but there are two options: a concurrent service time that would have him serve time for all of his trials in one jail, or consecutive, which would have him serve his sentences in individual jails. Holt said the judge isn’t supposed to take prior convictions into account, but admits that it is easier said than done. “It’s hard to be fair and partial completely with a trail this big,” she said.

in Grand Rapids. The governor likely will face Democrat and former U.S. Representative Mark Schauer in November, although primaries must solidify their place on the tickets of their respective parties. During an event at Lansingbased business Two Men and a Truck, Snyder hailed the moving company as “a great success story about entrepreneurship in Michigan.” Snyder’s remarks mirrored his State of the State address, highlighting economic statistics and initiatives that cast Michigan’s future in a hopeful light. MSU political science professor Matt Grossmann said voters tend to associate positive economic conditions with the party of the president. “Even considering that, (Snyder) will in part get judged on economic performance,” Grossmann said. Grossmann said Schauer has not received much visibility, but his challenger has opportunities to emphasize his differences with the Governor and his legislative record as Snyder works to

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and wellness at the Grand Rapids extension of MSU, organized the study break with West Michigan Therapy Dogs, a nonprofit volunteer organization. “The real idea initially came from my daughter,” Bennett said. Her daughter, a U-M graduate, said the university was developing a program with dogs, which piqued her interest and inspired her to start a similar program at MSU. MSU’s health and wellness team was looking for ways to help students de-stress, said Bennett. Bennett worked with Judith Brady, the director of student counseling and wellness on the East Lansing campus, to make sure the program would be available on both campuses. Bennett said that the medical students really enjoyed spending

portray himself as a moderate. A group of several dozen protesters gathered outside the headquarters, organized by various labor unions who oppose legislation passed during Snyder’s tenure that has placed a tax on some pensions and the Right to Work law that prohibited mandatory union membership. Among the protesters was history senior Mikhail Filipovitch. He said he believes students will realize Snyder’s policies are not in their best interest. “To me, how much we put towards education is probably going to be the most important issue,” Filipovitch said. “It’s become to such a point that it’s so unaffordable, what can you do?” Under Snyder’s administration, appropriations to higher education have been significantly reduced. In his first fiscal year budget, MSU’s state funding was reduced 15 percent, more than $40 million. The next two years have seen modest increases of less than two percent each fiscal year. “I’ve been hoping to improve upon that,” Snyder said when discussing the slow return of funding to Michigan universities. Snyder said the initial cuts to universities were a necessity because of the state’s $1.5 billion deficit his administration inherited. On Wednesday, he will release his budget recommendation, which will suggest appropriations for the upcoming fiscal year in areas such as higher education.

Continued time with the dogs, with some even claiming that it was “the best time they had in medical school.” “They would take time to visit the dogs where they wouldn’t take time to eat,” she said. She was unsure of whether or not the program was available to all students, but at the Grand Rapids campus, the focus was on the medical students specifically. “They really are interested in working with future physicians,” Bennett said. “They’re hoping to help them understand that dogs can be a part of a clinical practice,” she said. The unfortunate thing about


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would combine normal Facebook functions with a cleaner interface and a higher focus on news consumption. “The site has undergone several revisions to make it really exciting for people to engage, because as humans we get bored and tired of technology the moment it becomes ritualized,” Alhabash said. “By actually updating the site, we are forced to sort of relearn how to use it over and over and it keeps us kind of plugged in.” Although Facebook has gained a wide age range of users since its launch, it was made to keep college students connected and remains a popular site at MSU. “I can’t think of any friends of mine that don’t have a Facebook,” social rela-

the Lansing area, said Bennett, is the fact that there are aren’t many nearby organizations supporting animal therapy programs. But students like Londy are willing to try and provide relief to students who need it. Currently, Londy and her cat Jasmine work on a volunteer basis with the RCPD in creating a program interacting therapy animals with students. Although there is no funding yet, Londy said that she thinks it’s important and hopefully, some years down the road, this type of therapy will be available to students who need it.

tions and policy junior Dilyn Zarb said. “It’s raised awareness and educated the public on many issues worldwide while also creating a generation that is familiar with and depends upon technology.” However, the seemingly unlimited capabilities Facebook offers in terms of communication also becomes a form of procrastination and distraction for many of its users. “It has opened a huge window for distraction,” journalism junior Ryan Hodges said. “It is limiting real communication against friends and family because people are simply messaging each other or going on their wall rather than calling them or talking to them in person.” In the past 10 years, Facebook has grown exponentially and is now much more than just a social networking site. It’s a part of life, Alhabash said. “It is an extension of how we express our emotions, of how we socialize, of how we get information and it really holds a lot of notes in our lives,” Alhabash said.



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Recyclemania kicks off at MSU HopCat scheduled to open Detroit location By Michael Kransz

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When it comes to recycling, MSU is trying to keep its spot on the throne. Last year, MSU recycled more than 1 million pounds of waste during Recyclemania. The 14th annual Recyclemania competition began on campus Sunday. The competition, running through March 29, promotes increased recycling efforts across more than 400 universities. It’s the fourth year MSU has participated in the nationwide challenge, and MSU Sustainability Communications Coordinator Joel Heckaman said the main focus this year is cutting down on overall waste. Student Recycling Coordinator and professional writing senior Emily Wilson said MSU Sustainability is releasing tips about reusing practices on their Twitter and Facebook pages throughout Recyclemania. MSU Sustainability also plans on unveiling a recycling awareness truck sometime in March when the snow clears, Heckaman said. Eventually, students can use an "augmented reality” app,

One of East Lansing’s newest bars was chosen as a top attraction in the country, and will soon break ground in a new location. HopCat has been making headlines lately with its grand opening in East Lansing last year, their wide craft beer selection and the Grand Rapids location having recently been named the No. 1 brewpub in the United States by for the second time in a row. HopCat also is in the process of expanding its venues and will be making its mark in southeast Michigan this summer. HopCat is set to open up a Detroit location this August and will offer patrons 130 beers on tap to choose from. HopCat owner Mark Sellers said the expansion to Detroit was a natural step. “Detroit is undergoing a revitalization and we want to be a part of that,” he said. Clinical laboratory sciences senior Jessica Hernandez

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Dewitt Charter Township, Mich. resident and short-line specialist Nick Kwieck, right, and political science sophomore Becky Dumbleton work at the MSU Recycling Center Monday.

where they can point their cellphones at the truck and receive a variety of educational videos on the importance of recycling. All recycling bins in the academic halls soon will receive a makeover to streamline the service and increase their appeal, Heckaman said. The recycling paper bins are reducing from three to two, he said. The choice is divided into high-grade and low-grade, or office paper and mixed paper,

respectively. Heckaman said many times electronics are unknowingly disposed of improperly which creates problems. Anthropology senior Kelsey Carpenter collects all her recyclables and disposes of them at MSU’s facilities. She said trash can cause more problems than an eyesore on the streets. “I’m really into animals and keeping them safe,” Carpenter said.

said opening a venue such as HopCat in Detroit would add a new, fresh vibe to the city. “I think a new location in Detroit would bring a new atmosphere and people,” Hernandez said.

HopCat will open its doors in Detroit, soon offering 130 beers on tap to bring new business to the city As for the recognition, Sellers said he was thrilled to hear his brewpub nominated best in the nation, adding he never expected it. “It says that our love of beer is infectious,” Sellers said. “The whole organization is modeled around great beer and great food.” RateBeer Executive Director Joe Tucker said often times when RateBeer makes a selection for the No. 1 title, more people start paying attention to it and start flocking there. He said this is how RateBeer gets more reviews. “It is also based on exposure,” Tucker said. “It really speaks well of HopCat to get

high exposure and maintain those ratings.” RateBeer is an online tool for beer connoisseurs and those alike who can expand their knowledge on anything they would like to know about beer. In order to be considered for recognition of No. 1 brewpub, the venue must be entered into RateBeer’s database and it also must serve their own beer. Tucker said the website has more than 35,000 entries in its database and hundreds of thousands of people from around the world submit reviews on beer establishments. The viewers of RateBeer also play an important role in the selection process of the beers and establishments that win prestigious titles. Tucker said people can put their input on how good the staff is at the establishment, how they like the feel of the place and the value of the place. Tucker said RateBeer weighs selection very strongly when determining the winner of the best brewpub. Staff reporters Sierra Lay and Michael Kransz contributed to this report.

Board of Trustees buys back $8.5 million property By Olivia Dimmer THE STATE NEWS nn

The MSU Board of Trustees has given administration the goahead to buy back an $8.5 million property it once sold to the Michigan Biotechnology Institute in Lansing. When it was first sold in 1985, the property was only worth about $300. Through the years, the site became home to

a 129,286-square-foot research facility that is occupied by the institute and a handful of other companies. Although the institute, which is owned by the MSU Foundation, will stay, Executive Vice President for Administrative Services Satish Udpa said if the building is acquired it will be used as a “surge space” that would temporarily house research endeavors that are displaced by renovations. Although the Board of Trust-

ees approved the purchase at its Friday meeting, the MSU Foundation, which currently owns the entire lot, must also approve the transaction. The property is located at 3815 Technology Blvd. and sits on a 15-acre plot of land. In addition to being a surge space the building also would be used by the MSU University Research Organization and for state economic development. The MSU Foundation was

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established to support the university and its research endeavors. In 2013, the foundation awarded $9.5 million to the university. “While the assets of the foundation are designated for the benefit of the university, this kind of transaction represents the arm’s-length relationship and the separate board that the foundation has that must act in its own fiduciary self interest,”

President Lou Anna K. Simon said during last week’s Board of Trustees meeting. Paul Hunt, MSU’s senior associate vice president for research and graduate studies, noted that the laboratories it contains that could add to the quality of research at MSU. “The effect on students is pervasive but indirect,” Hunt said. “So that when they (the MSU Foundation) support research,

obviously there are students in research labs who benefit.” If the property is purchased by MSU, $5 million will be paid to the foundation at the time of acquisition and the other $3.5 million will be paid via rent forgiveness to MBI. In addition to the price of purchasing the property, about $194,000 will go into the site for renovations throughout the next one to five years.

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n just three days, President Barack Obama is scheduled to be in East Lansing to speak about the economy, according to several media reports citing a White House official. The president of the United States, leader of the free world, in our town. Wow. The last time he was on campus was in 2008, prior to being elected president. But as we prepare for his arrival, crucial details remain a mystery — where will he be speaking, and will we even be able to see him speak? As of press time, there was no official announcement regarding the details of Obama’s visit. We have a few ideas about where he could speak if he chooses to come to campus. Listen up, Mr. President. We’ve got some advice. Our choices vary depending on if the event is intended to be a more exclusive, invite-only affair or if it is meant to engage with the student body and community. Ideally, any student or community member who wants to see him would be able to. But of course, that likely is impossible. We weighed the pros and cons of several locations on campus, selecting Breslin Center as our top choice. Hopefully on Friday, we’ll all be sitting in the stands, cheering on our Pres-

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ident. We can dream, right? Breslin Center Although there might be some security details that would need to be worked out, Breslin Center is the best choice for Obama’s visit. This location would give the most students the chance to engage with Obama. We’re sure we’re not the only ones who would be disappointed if it turned out Obama’s visit was closed to the public. Breslin can hold about 15,000 people, leaving many chances for students to snag tickets if the venue were filled to capacity. It’s also a convenient location in terms of transportation. Imagine how inconvenient it would be to chose a location close to Grand River Avenue in the middle of the city. The secret service likely would have to sweep the businesses along the road, and traffic would be a mess. Closing Harrison Road would be slightly less inconvenient, since it would mostly hinder oncampus traffic as opposed to the main road through downtown East Lansing. To add another pro to the list for Breslin, Obama is somewhat of a Spartan fan. An NBC News reporter tweeted about Obama’s staff encouraging him to watch C-SPAN before his State of the Union address instead of watching MSU defeat Iowa last week. As a fan, it’s only right that he speaks in Breslin where our

Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall The venue seats about 2,400 people and is a more traditional location for a speaker on campus. Although Cobb Great Hall does not accommodate as large of a group as Breslin, 2,400 people still would be a large crowd. Wharton Center also might be easier to secure, and certainly would look great on camera, with ideal theater lighting and a stage already set. This wouldn’t be the first time Wharton Center hosted such a political event. In 1992, then-President George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot participated in a debate at the venue that gained international attention.

The research facility’s accelerator, which is used to conduct nuclear research, is one of a few of its kind in the world. Recently, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow said in a release that the facility could create thousands of jobs in Michigan, and it is critical for our country. With the lab receiving national attention for its potential job creation, it would make sense for Obama to make a visit to it, or at least mention it in his speech, on the state of the economy if he brings up jobs in Michigan. Although it would be great for MSU to receive attention for its research and FRIB research, it might hinder students from being able to see Obama speak if he chooses to speak there.

National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory MSU’s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory will eventually transition into the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams — a project with an estimated cost of $730 million — and was our wildcard choice for Obama’s speaking venue. Although it doesn’t have the ability to hold as large of a group as Breslin or Wharton, it would draw attention to the project.

Kellogg Center Kellogg Center poses similar issues as the cyclotron facility — lack of space and accessibility to students. But it would be a safe choice if the president is planning to host a more intimate, invite-only presentation on Friday. Students would likely not be able to purchase tickets to such an event, but the Kellogg Center would be a more upscale location and definitely is a venue fit for hosting our president.

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Women’s basketball

Across the first part of Big Ten play, reporters offer key picks

–Matt Sheehan and Zach Smith, The State News

By Omari Sankofa II

MATT’S PICKS Performance of the season


Jasmine Hines’ dominant game on Sunday started with a conversation. Hines, who posted a season-high 16 points and six rebounds in the 89-73 rout over then-No. 19 Purdue, had not been a major offensive factor this season. She suffered a torn hamstring at the end last season and missed the first seven games of this year. Two days before the Purdue game, she met with head coach Suzy Merchant to discuss her role moving forward. The result: Hines provided the newly-ranked No. 24 Spartans with an inside presence against the Boilmakers, something they have not consistently had this year.

At Iowa

(71-69 OT, Jan. 28) This game truly showed why MSU is heralded as one of the nation’s best teams. It wasn’t just sophomore guard Gary Harris and Appling carrying MSU in the tough atmosphere in Iowa City, Iowa — it was the whole team. Matt Costello posted his first double-double, Travis Trice drained crucial 3-pointers and Denzel Valentine & Russell Byrd had key plays.

(72-68 OT, Jan. 7) In a game where a sloppy finish grabbed all the attention, MSU’s senior point guard was the reason Sparty scrapped out the win. Appling lit up the Buckeyes for 20 points, including a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left in overtime that ended up being the game-winning shot. He also finished the game with seven assists, six rebounds and a hard fall on his back to go along with his hurt wrist.

Letdown of the season Injuries to Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne It isn’t any player’s stat line that has been a disappointment for the Spartans, but rather key injuries. It’s those injuries making MSU fans say “What if?” after nearly every game. There is no reason for MSU fans to be upset at the duo, but it seems like the injury bug is constantly keeping the Spartans from rolling out their best possible team onto the court.

Surprise performer of the season

Hines is one of a several players driving MSU’s success in the paint

Keith Appling


Everyone knew Appling was key in MSU’s offense before this season, but who would have thought he would arguably be the team’s biggest offensive weapon? Here is how much Appling has grown as a player since last season: His 3-point shooting percentage is 8 percent higher; he’s only 12 assists away from hitting 120, his season total from last year.

Game of the season Ohio State at MSU It was a huge game in primetime and featured two of the top five teams in the country at the time. Not only did the Spartans show what they’re really made of, but it was the game when head coach Tom Izzo really found out who he could count on. Seniors Appling and Payne scored 20 and 18 points, respectively, and carried the Spartans to a 72-68 overtime win.

Gary Harris


Game of the season

Keith Appling vs. Ohio State

Performance of the season


Ranking of the MSU women’s basketball team after a win over Purdue, breaking an unranked run.

MSU using post presence in big victories

ell, this has been fun so far. Taking a nine-day break between conference games, the Spartans now are halfway through the behemoth Big Ten season. Basketball reporters Zach Smith and Matt Sheehan analyze the ups and downs for MSU halfway through the Spartans’ hopeful conference title journey.

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“I met with coach Merchant a few days ago just to get everything together so I could come into this game and be effective,” Hines said. “I was my worst enemy and I had to change my mindset coming into this game. I think it worked.” Perhaps a few more conversations between Merchant and players will be helpful down the road, because with Hines manning the paint, the Spartans played one of their most complete games of the year. MSU had been overly reliant on outside shooting during the two-game home losing streak a couple of weeks ago, hoisting 20 3-pointers against Illinois and knocking down three. For the loss against Penn State, they attempted 19 and hit five. On Sunday, the Spartans attempted just 12, hitting four. With Hines working Purdue inside, it took pressure off of

Letdown of the season Branden Dawson injury Branden Dawson was the player that could have taken the Spartans to the next level. He had a disappointing start to the season, but looked like he was turning things around as of late. He had a couple good scoring games and a few good rebounding games, but couldn’t keep up consistency — with the broken hand making things worse.

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Senior center Adreian Payne plays against OSU on Jan. 7.

Harris has been a scoring machine for the entire Big Ten season, but his skills were best on display when MSU traveled to Indiana to take on the Hoosiers on Jan. 4. Harris set a new career-high at the time and helped the Spartans win, 73-56.

Surprise performer of the season

“We usually don’t have a lot of points in the paint, but we’re a pretty good outside shooting team.” Tori Jankoska, Freshman guard

MSU’s shooters, such as freshman guard Tori Jankoska and senior forward Annalise Pickrel. Once the transition game took off, the Spartans were attacking the paint and looking for opportunities inside instead of gambling on 3-pointers. It led to 50 points in the paint, a number that surprised Jankoska. “We usually don’t have a lot of points in the paint, but we’re a pretty good outside shooting team and we hit outside jumpers a lot,” Jankoska said. “Knowing we have both of them, we can go into the paint and if the paint’s not working, we can hit some outside shots.” MSU is one of the better 3-point shooting teams in the conference, but when they aren’t falling, the offense tends to stagnate. Hines provided MSU with another option on Sunday, and it paid dividends — the Spartans shot 60 percent in a blistering second half that saw only three 3-pointers attempted. The 3-point shot will continue to be a weapon, but Hines proved that the Spartans are a better team with an option inside the paint. Along with junior forward Becca Mills, who has prowess in the paint but has struggled with foul trouble, Hines should be a point of emphasis on offense moving forward. “It definitely is a confidence booster going into our next few games,” Hines said. “The key is to stay consistent because coach Merchant talks about consistency, and especially this season because we’ve struggled with consistency. I think it’ll help the team stay consistent.”

The freshmen class Julia Nagy/The State News

The group has played a surprisingly big role. Forward Gavin Schilling has been forced to grow up quicker than he might have been ready to. Guard Alvin Ellis has played some big minutes since Dawson went down. Redshirt freshman forward Kenny Kaminski has connected on 45.2 percent of his 3-point shots.

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ay Walsh, owner of the used and rare bookstore Curious Book Shop on Grand River Avenue, has read and reviewed around two books every week for the past 25 years. He has stumbled across many books written by MSU alumni as he’s read through thousands of pages. His shop has a section devoted to local authors. Here are some of the books Walsh has reviewed that came from the minds of MSU graduates.

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“The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking” by Eli Broad Walsh reviewed “The Art of Being Unreasonable” when the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum first opened its doors. It tells the story of alumnus Eli Broad and details his success since he graduated from MSU in 1954. It covers his building houses in Detroit and his work with the Broad museum.

Walsh said the book is an entertaining read for other entrepreneurs. The book is available for $18.55 on Amazon.

“Ink Trails: Michigan’s Famous and Forgotten Authors” by Jack and Dave Dempsey “Ink Trails” shines the spotlight on an abundance of authors from Michigan. Walsh said the book discusses these authors’ struggles, success stories and the legends surrounding


Here are four books authored by MSU alumni that span a variety of topics


them. Walsh said he feels the brothers left room for a sequel because they left out a few other notable authors. “It gives good background to Michigan authors,” he said. “People can read the book and realize they didn’t know Carl Sandburg lived in Michigan.” The book is available for $15.34 on Amazon.

“100 Things That Michigan State Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” by Michael Emmerich Walsh said “100 Things That Michigan State Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” is perfect for MSU fans and alumni. The book is made up of facts and trivia, with an emphasis on football and basketball. The book mentions older football coaches, former star players, important games and photos throughout the years. The book is available for $14.95 at Curious Book Shop or $12.48 on Amazon.

“Caribbean Moon” by Rick Murcer This self-published debut novel, “Caribbean Moon,” tells the fictional story of Lansing Homicide police detective Manny Williams and his battle with a serial killer aboard a Caribbean cruise. The book has made waves on The New York Times and USA Today best seller lists. Walsh said the book was filled with good characters and a welldeveloped plot line. “It’s ideal for anyone interested in escapism,” he said. The book can be purchased for $11.69 on Amazon. photos courtesy of K aren denne , john dempsey and rick murcer




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1-3pm Rail Jam Competition/Park-side Party 4-5pm Rail Jam 101 session for non-competitors (lift ticket required) 8pm-12am Party and music by Scout in Bruhn’s Bar

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