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Jan. 16

Spartans are ready to talk, MSU must be ready to react

Ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s sentencing begins in Ingham County Court.

Jan. 18 The State News Editorial Board calls for MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and enablers to resign.

Jan. 24 Nassar is sentenced to 40-175 years in prison by Ingham County judge Rosemarie Aquilina. A total of 156 survivors gave impact statements throughout sentencing. Amid growing pressure from Michigan legislators, administration, faculty and students, former president Lou Anna K. Simon resigns.

Newly appointed interim president John Engler addresses the media with the Board of Trustees backing him on Jan. 31 at Hannah Administration Building. PHOTO: C.J. WEISS



SU Trustee Brian Mosallam held a public town hall meeting to hear the voices and concerns of Spartans upset by how MSU has handled sexual assault incidents. The room at the Kellogg Center was booked for hundreds of people. Nearly 5,000 showed up. Students, faculty, staff and community members wanted to talk to someone, anyone, from the MSU administration to voice their opinions. Thousands attended with hope they would be heard. But with so many people and only two hours booked for the event, not every person was able to voice his or her opinion. Which begs the question: Do Spartans really have a voice if their concerns aren’t acknowledged? On Feb. 5, ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor

Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 125 years in Eaton County for three charges of criminal sexual conduct. Nassar had already been sentenced to 60 years in federal court for three charges related to child pornography and up to 175 years in Ingham County for seven charges of criminal sexual conduct. Nassar won’t be able to “get out” of prison until he’s at least 280 years old. Regardless, the issue isn’t over for this university, not even close. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, this is just the beginning. In order to create change, in order for every Spartan to move forward on a united front, in order for MSU and its Spartans to learn anything from the NasMICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE sar situation, there needs to be WHARTONCENTER.COM or 1-800-WHARTON an open, honest dialogue from both sides. Spartans are doing their part. Thousands attended the town hall. Students and student groups have put on multiple marches. Faculty is organizing a vote of no confidence in the board. The Rock on Farm Lane remains as it has for nearly three weeks — painted white with the words “Thank You” in teal, the color for sexual assault awareness, and a list of all of the survivor’s names. If MSU is trying to engage in this dialogue, the community still wants more. There are three things members of the administration need to do to conceived & directed by rob roznowSki make sure their efforts are successful. These are the first steps ebruary toward making things right. FairchiLD theatre & mSu auDitorium Be transparent. MSU’s administration says change is coming, but warn us it won’t always be immerSive theatre Piece seen. Why not pull back the cur-

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tain and display the moving cogs? The best way to gain back trust is for MSU to show the much-needed progress. Yes, investigations are ongoing, but updates with available information are crucial. Be responsive. It’s not enough to hold a town hall meeting. People need to know their requests are acknowledged. What’s the point in having a public forum if it only acts as an echo chamber, repeating ideas and desires to each other without ever seeing the light of day? MSU needs to give Spartans an indication they have heard their ideas and, at the very least, will take them into consideration. MSU should show they see the concerns and want to quell them. This means acknowledging individual feedback and concerns and providing specific responses. MSU needs to be willing to speak with survivors directly. While there is an established “hierarchy” of communication — a student might go to his or her student governing body, the governing body would go to a trustee, the trustee would bring a concern to a board — MSU’s administration should be willing to break tradition. Accessibility and communication are essential for both the well-being of the survivors, community members and the university. The willingness to meet in this informal nature has the potential to lead to progress for all. These three changes can change the course of the conversation. With the initiation of these ideas, communication can finally be double-sided. Spartans are not ready to be done addressing this issue. MSU’s administration likely isn’t either. But in order for change to be most effective, most impactful, most enduring, we need consistency from both sides. The State News Editorial Board is made up of the Editor-in-Chief Rachel Fradette, Managing Editor McKenna Ross, Campus Editor Madison O’Connor, City Editor Souichi Terada, Features Editor Sasha Zidar, Sports Editor Jonathan LeBlanc, Inclusion Representative Maxwell Evans, Staff Representative Marie Weidmayer and Copy Chief Casey Holland.

Jan. 30 MSU women’s rowing meets with Board of Trustees, ‘starts’ dialogue.

Jan. 31 MSU names former governor John Engler as interim president. Faculty, College Dems call for vote of no confidence in Board of Trustees. MSU students hold sit-in at Hannah Admin. Building. Nassar begins Eaton County sentencing.

Feb. 5 Nassar sentenced to 40-125 years in prison in Eaton County. Engler names Beekman as interim athletic director.

Jan. 25 The Rock on Farm Lane is painted “Thank You” with the name of Nassar’s survivors. ESPN releases a report that found MSU had not sent federal officials all of its Nassar-related files.

Jan. 26 Then-Athletic Director Mark Hollis retires, says he will cooperate with any investigation. ESPN releases a second report detailing the handling of sex assault cases by football coach Mark Dantonio and men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo. MSU appoints William Beekman as acting president. IZZONE wears teal to honor Nassar survivors. March for Survivors has roughly 500 people stand in solidarity. Attendees wrote postcards to enablers. Dantonio denies any wrongdoing of his handling of sex assault cases at a press conference. Izzo, during post-game presser, says he will not discuss ESPN report, ‘definitely’ won’t retire.


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lementary education sophomore Bethany Caswell and communication sophomore Sophie Lynskey were not able to experience welcome week, moving in the dorms with hallways full of people. Instead, they came to MSU at a time where campus

had no signs, nearly empty and only Brody’s dining hall was open. No groups, no welcome and no freshman experience. Caswell and Lynskey are non-traditional students — they were admitted to the spring semester of their freshman year. “You don’t get to experience all the people coming back to campus and being new together,” Caswell said. “You don’t get that

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at all. You don’t get the, ‘all these people are freshmen, too, we have no idea what we’re doing.’ ... You kind of feel like you’re a freshman on your own when you start in the spring.” In the experience for some students who do not matriculate traditionally, coming to MSU lacks directions on how to find their classes, navigate through MSU’s resources and socializing opportunities. But for some, like international students, there is even more care.

Spring Admits

According to Director for Inclusion, Strategic Planning and Student Success John Ambrose, about five years ago MSU began granting admission to start in the spring. Students go through a one-day orientation, as opposed to the traditional two-day AOP during the summer and a welcome week that lasts at least three days before classes begin. The number of spring admits varies based on availability for the spring term, which is determined by how large the graduating class in December is and typically includes 300400 freshmen. “We do a holistic review,” Ambrose said. “There’s no specific formula or formulaic combination that says one student gets fall versus a student gets spring. ... We deem these students to be admissible to the university.” University Activities Board Manager Cathy Fitzpatrick said some resources are available for students in nontraditional situations, specifically transfer students. However, there is nothing specific for spring admits. Caswell and Lynskey still believe it is a unique situation. They found getting in touch with other people in the same situation difficult. Without the drawn-out orientation and hundreds of other freshmen experiencing the same changes as they were, the transition to college was more challenging. “They tried to do an orientation, but no one else was on campus and it was a very rushed orientation,” Lynskey said. “They all kind of assumed that we would know what was going on, especially when I got to classes. All the teachers assumed that we knew about D2L and all that stuff. It was very different compared to what I’ve seen freshmen go through last fall when I was here.” Lynskey said she struggled making friends since other freshmen already solidified their groups by the time she and other spring admits came to MSU. Caswell said she doesn’t think she would have made any friends at all if it weren’t for her friend from high school who was already at MSU. “There was no one here for a few days,”

Lynskey said, referring to the last few days of winter break when spring admits have their orientation. “When everyone did get here they all knew each other already.” Lynskey said at their orientation, they were grouped with transfer students, and because of that she finds it hard to explain her student status to others since the spring admission situation is still not common. She would just say she’s a freshman who started in the spring instead of the fall. Though Lynskey came to MSU with credits from AP classes, Caswell fell behind because of her late admission and was a freshman by credits in what would be considered her first semester of her sophomore year. She tells people she was deferred to the spring if it ever comes up in conversations.

“It was very different now, starting in the fall this year, I could see the difference like night and day. ... There are people here to help you and it’s just totally and completely different.” Bethany Caswell, Elementary education sophomore, who started at MSU the spring of her freshman year

But besides her roommate, she has never met someone in the same situation as her.

Transfer Students

Political science pre-law and criminal justice junior Christine Francoeur transferred from Eastern Michigan University in the fall of 2016 when she was a sophomore so she could be closer to her family and have more challenging coursework. When she transferred to MSU, many of her credits from Eastern Michigan didn’t transfer into her degree and instead transferred into electives, which made her fall behind once she added her second major. “A lot of them didn’t apply to a lot of the requirements for the general university or college requirements,” Francoeur said. “They just had fewer requirements, I would say, for science and stuff like that. It wasn’t quite as strenuous as it is here. For example, with science you can use a psychology class for that but here you have to take ISP and ISB and

McKenna Ross Managing editor stuff like that.” Ambrose said anything below a 100-level credit course doesn’t transfer in. Admissions also looks at what the requirements are at MSU for the intended major and makes sure course work from the school a student is transferring from is relevant to his or her degree. “Let’s say they were looking for an associate’s degree in business at a community college versus here at Michigan State University,” Ambrose said. “An associates in business is going to be a very different kind of a product compared to a bachelor’s degree in business.” Ambrose said around 1,500 students transfer each fall. Francoeur said her orientation was two to three hours long, and it was nothing like her experience at Eastern Michigan. “I went to a few events on campus just because but not anything particularly going towards transfer students or anything like that,” Francoeur said. “Obviously, I had that at Eastern, but I didn’t have that here when I transferred in.” She doesn’t recall any resources, like a Facebook page, available to transfer students, even though Fitzpatrick said there are events like the “Transfer Students Resource Fair,” which there is limited information available about online. “Compared to Eastern, I feel like I missed out on the welcoming in as a freshman living in the dorms and you’re forced to communicate with people because you’re on campus, you’re in a dorm, you have at least one roommate,” Francoeur said. “That’s how I made my friends at Eastern, so I feel like that experience is important.”

International Students

International students receive a different kind of welcome compared to spring admits and transfer students. Business sophomore Korn Supatrabutra is an international student from Thailand. He said he has never experienced anything negative about his non-traditional student status. “As far as MSU goes with inclusion and accepting diversity, I think that they’re doing a very good job with that,” Supatrabutra said. “I feel included pretty much at all times. My friends here are great, they welcome me and treat me like one of them. I don’t want to generalize, but they look past where I’m from.” Educational Programs Manager in the Office for International Students and Scholars Amber Cordell, who organizes the International Academic Orientation Program, or IAOP, said many resources are offered to students who come to MSU from international high schools, community colleges or universities. The university has volunteers from Community Volunteers for International Programs greet the students at the airport, bus stop and

International Center lobby during IAOP. Additionally, Cordell said she hires more than 100 orientation leaders, both domestic and international, to serve as peer mentors for small groups of students. “Rather than feeling like they’re one out of 1,000 new international freshmen, they have this cohort family feeling, where they have a classroom and they go to events together and they can ask questions of their orientation leader,” Cordell said. “So I think that’s very welcoming, it makes international students feel less overwhelmed when they first arrive.” Supatrabutra worked as an orientation leader for the IAOP last year and will return to the position next year. He was in charge of about 15 international students and gave presentations about MSU, lead group sessions and gave advice. “I really enjoyed the orientation, I made a lot of friends from the program,” Supatrabutra said. “I really enjoyed my orientation leader and I was like, ‘You know I really could be like him.’ I really like MSU so I thought it would be a way for me to give back and get the students fired up for MSU.” Cordell said they also organize evening socials, karaoke parties, sports nights and coffee hour every Friday for the rest of the year to continue to make international students feel welcomed. Through the Thai Student Association Supatrabutra runs, he also hopes to bring the 35 Thai students that are a part of the organization together. “Our job as an organization is to promote the culture of Thailand and just to make sure that every Thai student feels like they’re welcome here and that Thai Student Association is their second home,” Supatrabutra said. To Francoeur, the difference between orientation for international students and spring admits or transfer students is noticeable. Though she is happy about her decision to come to MSU, she said the kinds of events international students have access to and the standard freshmen orientation program are vital and something that could have changed her MSU experience. “Transferring in is like starting over again without that motivation to meet people,” Francoeur said. Even though international students, along with spring admits and transfer students, don’t experience the standard incoming freshmen welcome week, Caswell and Lynskey hope MSU will consider new ways to make all students, traditional or not, feel the same kind of welcome. “It was very different now, starting in the fall this year ... I could see the difference like night and day,” Caswell said. “Moving in, there are people here to help you and it’s just totally and completely different. There are people here to help you and it’s just totally and completely different.”

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MSU sponsorships mostly unchanged, ‘deep concerns’ with state of university BY KAITLYN KELLEY KKELLEY@STATENEWS.COM

In the wake of MSU’s negative publicity in handling ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse, some of MSU Athletics’ sponsors have expressed “deep concerns” with MSU and have been “monitoring” the university’s actions. MSU alumna Catherine Hannum, survivor of Nassar’s abuse, called for Nike to rethink its partnership with MSU and MSU Athletics via Twitter on Jan. 24, “in light of the university’s failure to respond appropriately” to the Nassar case. In 2014, Nike signed a 10-year contract that provides the MSU Athletic Department with $34 million in cash, equipment and gear. Hannum said she decided to write a letter to Nike asking the company to reconsider its partnership with MSU after she found out Under Armour and AT&T cut ties with USA Gymnastics in the past. “I felt like that sent such a strong message to

the organization that they really need to clean up their act and that these brands weren’t going to be associated with an organization that clearly mistreated their athletes,” Hannum said. Hannum said she understands Under Armour and AT&T are sponsors of USA Gymnastics and Nike, rather, is an apparel partner with MSU. However, she still believes wearing Nike products as an athlete is representing the Nike brand. “Michigan State clearly isn’t doing the right thing. They failed us, their athletes, so many times by allowing us to see this monster (Larry Nassar),” she said. “So, I just felt like I needed to reach out to Nike and just see if they would maybe listen and take into consideration the fact that they were aligning themselves with an organization that is so clearly not representing their own values.” In response to Hannum’s request, Nike Senior Director of Global Communications Sabrina Oei wrote, “We stand in support of athletes and we’ve expressed our deep concerns with Michigan State

University. We are following the details of the rapidly developing events at the university and evolving actions by the Board of Trustees. “In addition, we are closely monitoring the NCAA inquiry regarding potential rules violations at Michigan State University to understand how they will address protecting the safety, health, and well-being of athletes.” Hannum said Nike’s response letter isn’t exactly what she hoped to hear. But she did sense sincerity when she spoke to a representative. “I was happy that they said that they had communicated their concerns with the university and that it was something that they took very seriously, and that they supported me and they supported the survivors,” she said. “That was reassuring to hear, especially from a brand like that.” Although Hannum sent her request to Nike before former MSU president Lou Anna K. Simon’s resignation and former MSU athletic director Mark Hollis’ retirement, Hannum still thinks

more action needs to be taken at the university, primarily the Board of Trustees. Hannum said she doesn’t want her fellow student-athletes to be negatively affected by MSU and MSU Athletics’ sponsors and partners altering their support. She said the refusal for these organizations to drop their partnerships gives her the impression that money, football and basketball are more important to them than female athletes. “We were already negatively affected by Nassar for so many years,” she said. “The other thing you have to consider is the women on the USA Gymnastics team didn’t do anything wrong either, but their Spartan sponsorships were pulled because of the failure of the organization, and that’s supposed to inspire and encourage the organization to reboot their policies and enforce them more firmly.” READ MORE ABOUT OTHER SPONSORSHIPS AT STATENEWS.COM

MSU women’s basketball wore pink shoes and jerseys during a basketball game on Feb. 12, 2017. Nike sponsors MSU Athletics for the jerseys and other apparel. STATE NEWS FILE PHOTO


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The deadline to file required signatures for gubernatorial candidates is April 24. While some in the running haven’t yet met the threshold of necessary signatures, one Republican candidate already turned his in. Jim Hines is the first one who turned in the required signatures, according to a press release. Hines’ signatures totaled around 22,000, campaign spokesperson David Doyle said. Candidates for Michigan’s governor must file between 15,000 and 30,000 signatures to make the Aug. 6 primary ballot. One hundred signatures each must come from at least seven of Michigan’s 14 congressional districts. Hines’ collection process spanned throughout a couple of months, Doyle said. Signature collectors for the campaign included a few volunteers, but mostly consisted of a paid circulator group.

Hines’ support came from areas scattered throughout Michigan’s districts, Doyle said. “As you would expect, the Detroit area, the Grand Rapids area and the Saginaw area were the big geographical areas,” Doyle said. Democratic candidate Shri Thanedar plans to turn in his signatures the first week of March, and is “more than halfway there,” according to a press release. Thanedar’s recent campaign activities focused on connecting with voters. Thanedar attended the Women’s March in Lansing on Jan. 21, held Facebook live sessions and visited Democratic clubs to get the campaign message out, he said. Calling voters and knocking on doors has also been a large part of the campaign so far. Thanedar is also the first candidate to advertise on TV this election season, he said. Broadcasts of Thanedar’s advertisements began on Dec. 12, 2017, and hold the record for earliest advertisements in gubernatorial history. Adver-

tisements for the campaign also appeared during the Super Bowl in February in Michigan, Thanedar said.

Where are the other candidates?

Democratic candidate Abdul El-Sayed has yet to turn in signatures, but has collected “well beyond” the required number through an all-volunteer collection operation, campaign communications director Adam Joseph wrote in an email.

El-Sayed began collection Feb. 25, 2016, the day he announced his candidacy. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced his Republican candidacy later, Nov. 28, 2017, giving the campaign less collection time, according to a press release. However, Calley’s campaign is “on target to easily surpass the number of required signatures,” campaign spokesperson Mike Schrimpf said in a press release. READ MORE AT STATENEWS.COM

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Sasha Zidar Features editor As the semester pushes forward some students start to feel the stress of social life, classes and jobs. Mental health can be easy to overlook. Below are some ways for students to de-stress in the Greater Lansing area.

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The MSU Spartan Lanes is located on the bottom floor of the Union. The alley offers reasonably priced games, Sunday through Thursday is $2.25, Friday through Saturday is $3 a game. Treat the pins like stress and knock them down.

3. Yoga: Yoga is a good way to feel mentally and physically healthy. There are a variety of yoga and cycling places near campus. Some places offer hot yoga while others offer the traditional yoga. Below are some locations around campus that students can check out. Yoga State of Mind, Body & Soul 515 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing East Lansing Hot Yoga 924 Trowbridge Road, East Lansing Bikram Yoga Capital Area 1355 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing

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Many students spend time out at bars on their weekends, and for a good reason. Having a drink or two at local bars with friends is a great way to take a break from responsibilities. Many bars around East Lansing offer weekly specials for students to take advantage of. Below is a list of some of the many bars in East Lansing. Harper’s Restaurant and Brew Pub 131 Albert Ave., East Lansing Dublin Square 327 Abbot Road, East Lansing Crunchy’s 254 W. Grand River Ave., East Lansing Hopcat 300 Grove St., East Lansing

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The MSU Dairy Store is a staple of East Lansing. It’s a place where families go, people take their dates, where friends meet and where a person can go to get a scoop of ice cream or a chunk of cheese. The Dairy Store has tons of flavors that range from a basic vanilla bean, to S’mores to a Banana Chocolate Chunk flavor. It’s a great place for students to take a break between classes or to end the day. Anthony Hall location 474 South Shaw Lane, East Lansing MSU Union location 107 Union Building, East Lansing


5. Trivia: Trivia can test knowledge while bringing students some fun. There are many places in and around East Lansing that offer Trivia once or twice a week. Who knows? Maybe trivia can even help students with upcoming exams or classes? Below is a list of some places that offer trivia. Crunchy’s 7 p.m. Tuesday trivia. 254 W. Grand River Ave., East Lansing Leo’s Spirits & Grub 8:30 p.m. trivia. 2085 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos

6. Catch a live show at Mac’s Bar or The Avenue Cafe: Mac’s Bar and The Avenue are two places that hold many events, concerts and comedy shows almost every day of the week. These events are paired with typically cheap drinks. The concerts vary from folk to punk to rap and pop. Mac’s Bar 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing The Avenue Cafe 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing

7. The Broad Art Museum: The Broad is a great place for art lovers to spend an afternoon. The museum has many events and new exhibits each week. The museum is also free. 547 E. Circle Dr., East Lansing

8. Capital Area Humane Society: The Capital Area Humane Society is a little farther off campus, but can be a place for students to escape. The humane society allows people to come and volunteer. This includes petting the dogs and cats available for adoption. 7095 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing

9. Main Library: The library is a classic place to relieve stress. The quiet and cozy campus library can offer a haven for students needing a quiet place to sit and study, read or catch up on a TV show. The library recently added a new Scholarship Lab, which offers a lot of new technology that includes VR headsets. 366 W. Circle Dr., East Lansing

10. Crunchy’s Comedy Night: Students can unwind with some friends and laughs at Crunchy’s weekly comedy nights. The comedy starts at 10 p.m. every Tuesday night and is free. 254 W. Grand River Ave., East Lansing


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NASSAR’S TOTAL SENTENCING Ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar listens to Judge Janice Cunningham on the third day of his Eaton County sentencing on Feb. 5 in the Eaton County Circuit Court. PHOTO: SYLVIA JARRUS



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Cassius Winston was recently named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award. Nick Ward was named to the preseason Naismith Trophy watch list and has exceeded expectations thus far. After Bridges, Joshua Langford has arguably been the Spartans most reliable scoring option all season. If it wasn’t for Duke, who starts four freshmen and have dropped just four games, MSU could’ve been reasonably dubbed the most talented squad in the country, not just in the conference. But most college basketball analysts would probably label the Boilermakers as the best team in the Big Ten at the moment, and rightfully so. Purdue’s losses this season are “worse” than the Spartan losses, as the Boilermakers have been upset by unranked opponents twice while the Spartans have only fallen to then-unranked OSU. But since conference play started, it has been nothing but smooth sailing for Purdue, hence its unblemished conference record. The same can’t be said for the Spartans, who have had their fair share of ups and downs in Big Ten competition. MSU got ran out of the gym in Columbus by the Buckeyes, and watched as the Wolverines celebrated on its home floor after losing the lone matchup of the season between the in-state rivals. Even in some of the team’s recent wins, players have looked shaky. They needed to rally from double-digit deficits to beat Maryland and Penn State, and escaped Assembly Hall by the skin of their teeth against Indiana on Feb. 3, beating the lowly Hoosiers by a mere three points. So labeling Purdue as the top dog in the conference is a fair assessment. But on Feb. 10, MSU has a chance to prove it’s not only the most talented team in the Big Ten, but that it’s also the best team in the Big Ten. It won’t be easy. The No. 3 and No. 4 teams in the nation matchup about evenly with each other by looking at the numbers, but Purdue features a group of experienced, battle-tested upperclassmen who surely won’t be afraid to go toe-to-toe with the Spartans. MSU doesn’t absolutely need to win this game. The team will still likely be selected as a No. 2 seed at worst case scenario. But if the Spartans want to reclaim their spot as top dog in the Big Ten, they must win this game. Go to for results of the game and more men’s basketball analysis.

The men’s basketball team only has one game left on its schedule that really matters. With all due respect to Minnesota, Northwestern, Illinois and Wisconsin, they aren’t high on the Spartans’ priority list right now. In fact, they might not even be on their list at all. MSU’s Feb. 25 meeting with the Badgers will be the team’s final game before postseason play, so that showdown could actually mean something in regards to seeding for the Big Ten Tournament, as the Spartans are just two games back of the top spot in the conference standings with five games left to play. But if someone were to hook Tom Izzo up to a lie detector test and ask him if he’s currently thinking about Wisconsin and the potential future implications of the game, he would likely use every ounce of strength inside his modest body to answer no. The Badgers, Golden Gophers and Fighting Illini all have losing conference records. That might not be the case for Northwestern—who is currently 6-6 in the Big Ten—by the time you read this column, but that’s beside the point. Obviously, every game matters but the truth is, for No. 4 MSU, none of those games are of much importance. A matchup on Feb. 10 with No. 3 Purdue, however, is. Ever since the 11th week of the college basketball season, when the Boilermakers overtook the Spartans as the highest ranked Big Ten team in the Associated Press Top-25 poll, they’ve been the one team in the conference MSU has been looking up at. Sure, both University of Michigan and Ohio State University have wins against the Spartans, but the Boilermakers have just been a heck of a lot more consistent. If Purdue is able to successfully defend its home court against the No. 14 Buckeyes on Feb. 7, the Boilermakers will come into the Breslin Center on a 20-game winning streak. That’s as consistent as it gets. MSU could very well be the most talented team in the Big Ten. The Spartans’ starting lineup all season has composed of four sophomores and a lanky, 6-foot-11 freshman in Jaren Jackson Jr., who recently set the MSU single-season blocks record. The team has been able to earn a 23-3 record despite getting little to no help from its upperclassmen-heavy bench. The youngsters are what makes this team go. Jackson and Miles Bridges are both likely to be lottery picks in this year’s NBA Draft if they decide to declare. Bridges was named a finalist for both the John R. Wooden Award Michigan State’s head coach Tom Izzo expresses emotion as he talks with freshman and the Julius Erving forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (2) during the men’s basketball game against Maryland Small Forward of the on Jan. 4 at Breslin Center. The Spartans defeated the Terrapins, 91-61. Year Award. PHOTO: NIC ANTAYA



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Twenty-one and up bars limit live music, entertainment in E.L. BY PETER ATKINS PATKINS@STATENEWS.COM

Red Hot Chili Peppers played at Dooley’s in East Lansing in November 1, 1987. Dooley’s closed in 1996 and sat where Harper’s Restaurant and Brew Pub currently resides. It had a host of musical acts throughout the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s including U2 and The Ramones. Rick’s American Cafe hosted hundreds of concerts in the 1990s. Present day, however, sees fewer live shows at East Lansing bars. “I see a lot of towns, I’d like to think I’ve been to the ‘Lansing, Michigan’ in every state ... and I’ve been to the ‘Lansing, Michigans’ in England and Germany ... This Midwest college town definitely punches above its weight,” Scotty Bell said. Bell, a Lansing native, is a talent buyer for Fusion Shows, an independent concert promotion company based in REO-Town, Lansing. “I think Lansing could definitely use a competitive venue in East Lansing,” Bell said. Bell is a talent buyer for Mac’s Bar, which is located just west of East Lansing, on Michigan Avenue in Lansing Township. Bell brings in touring talent from across the country in a variety of genres. Mac’s is an 18 and older bar, which is where the bar differs from East Lansing bars. “For metal we’ve had Mastodon ... for hiphop, Macklemore played there for 50 people, and nobody cared. Now he’s gone on to do great things. Lil B (The Based God) has played there,” Bell said. “The reason we promote to kids in East Lansing is because we know they can’t do anything if they aren’t 21.” In East Lansing, the options for live music have dwindled through the years. Crunchy’s, a bar and restaurant located on W. Grand River Avenue in East Lansing, offers live music on Wednesdays. The entrance requirement is 21 and up after 9 p.m. Dublin Square Irish Pub also hosts live music on the occasion, but entrance is also 21 and up. “We play a decent amount of shows around the co-op scene. Our last show was Sunday at Orion,” environmental engineering senior Michael Keenan said. “We’re talking about getting a gig at Mac’s Bar, but that hasn’t happened yet.” Keenan plays guitar in the four-person alternative rock band called Midnight Reef. He is also a member of Hedrick co-op, which is affiliated with the MSU Student Housing Cooperative. According to the MSU SHC website, “The MSU Student Housing Cooperative owns 14 houses in East Lansing and one house in Lansing, all of which are entirely member-owned and democratically operated.” “The co-op house party scene that the bands play around, I think that’s a really unique scene to be honest. I don’t think it’s always been

around,” Keenan said. “Twenty years ago, I’ve heard from other people, there really weren’t bands and DJ’s at every co-op party. So it’s a pretty unique thing and it would be hard to replicate at an actual Harpers or a Rick’s.” GRiZ, an electronic dance artist and saxophonist, played at these co-ops during his time as a MSU student. “They’re fun enough, I’d say, there totally is a lack of variety in music,” Keenan said about East Lansing’s bars. “I find it really annoying when a DJ will start a new song and then after one verse or chorus, immediately switch to a new song and keep doing that over and over again all night.” The current East Lansing bar scene has not always been the status quo. Dooley’s, which was open from 1973-96, hosted a plethora of up and coming bands for its time. Rick’s American Cafe, staying true to its sign, which reads “live music” on the left side, did in fact, have live music throughout the 1990s. The Counting Crows played at Rick’s in November 1993, with Rick’s hosting two to three shows per week in 1993. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club played at Rick’s in April 2008. The last band to perform at Rick’s was LexiconDon in July 2011. “It’s the same stuff everywhere, it’s very repetitive. It’s like my least favorite part of the bars, definitely. It’s always the same stuff every night, there’s no difference between each bar,” computer science senior Brett Dziedzic, who is a member of the Bowie co-op. “One of the things that really drew me into the co-ops, just the scene. It changes the whole atmosphere of a party ... Having live music is definitely a big positive.” The minimum amount of travel to see a live show is Lansing, with venues including Mac’s Bar and The Loft. Many students travel to bigger venues in Detroit and Grand Rapids. “Locally, I’ve been to Mac’s the most out of any place in Lansing,” Dziedzic said. “If it’s a bigger show, Detroit, sometimes Grand Rapids but usually downtown Detroit. There’s a lot of small Venues there, El Club, The Majestic, Magic Sick, places like that.” With the drinking age set at 21 years old, it severely limits the amount of students who have access to nightlife. It is not uncommon to see 18 and up bars in other college towns. “There’s a lot of artists out there, especially cool college artists, who would play in East Lansing proper, but there not going to step into a 21-plus venue because they’re cutting out a big chunk of their market,” Bell said. “Lansing is a discovery market, where artists are beginning to get fans in college and grow with them. If you can’t do that, then you’re stuck with the 21 and up age limit, you might as well play in Chicago or Grand Rapids.”

Patrons gather at Harper’s Restaurant and Brew Pub on Feb. 6 at 131 Albert Ave, East Lansing. Harper’s used to have live music shows, but now primarily uses a DJ for entertainment. PHOTOS: SYLVIA JARRUS

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