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This is part three in an ongoing series chronicling Branden Dawson’s return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, in his left knee.

In hostile territory, Dawson finds his energy, a career high and, stunningly, silence


Legislators dismiss concerns on abortion By Kellie Rowe THE STATE NEWS ■■

Homestate hate “Pay him back!” “Send a message!” “How’s that money they paid you Dawson?” “Punch him! You won’t get suspended!” The taunts came from every corner of the arena. The boos rained down loudest upon Dawson during the opening introductions. Even though his teammate, fellow Indiana-native Gary Harris, also elected not to play for

After national controversy erupted on a Michigan bill mandating transvaginal ultrasounds prior to an abortion, Michigan legislators dismissed concerns and clarified the bill would do no such thing. The Michigan Legislature dismissed concerns it would mandate a highly-invasive procedure prior to abortion. Michigan lawmakers introduced a bill this month that would require physicians to give pregnant women an ultrasound at least two hours before an abortion and have the option to see the fetus and hear its heartbeat. The bill garnered national attention because many interpreted language in the bill to mean women would have to undergo a controversial transvaginal ultrasound, an invasive probing procedure. Rep. Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, countered objections to the legislation and said Michigan’s House won’t pass a bill to mandate transvaginal ultrasounds. “While I want to be sure women have access to the best technology available, I have absolutely no interest in forcing a woman to have a transvaginal ultrasound,” Bolger said in a statement. The bill’s author, State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, said the bill doesn’t necessarily call for the invasive procedure but mandates doctors use the most technologically-advanced equipment they have available to perform the ultrasounds. Johnson said it was not his intent to mandate transvaginal ultrasounds, and those who objected to the bill misconstrued its meaning. “They do it in order to bring people up in arms,” he said. “We are looking at updating the language to make it to where people will have no question about this.” The bill would require medical professionals give women

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Purdue management junior Kaleb Stephens, watches the game intently Saturday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. The Spartans beat the Boilermakers, 78-65.

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e stood at the bench with Tom Izzo, and after a brief conversation, headed to the scorer’s table, checking into the game for the fi nal time. “Now entering the game for the Spartans, number 22, Branden Dawson.” The announcer’s call echoed throughout Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind., but it was the following sound that left the greatest impression — a deafening silence. The boos, the chants, the insults were gone. There was nothing left to say. Dawson already had said it all. Spurning his home state school for MSU. A shouting match with Purdue head coach Matt Painter. Allegedly punching a Purdue player. It all led to this moment, and in hostile territory, Dawson produced arguably the best game of his young career. With at least 16 friends and family members in attendance, Dawson scored a career-high

Online message boards were filled with messages encouraging Boilermakers to take out Dawson’s ... knee

20 points to help carry the No. 12 MSU men’s basketball team (20-4 overall, 9-2 Big Ten) to a dominant 78-65 victory over Purdue (12-12, 5-6) on Saturday, propelling the Spartans into fi rst-place in the conference. “Our team is a whole lot different when him or (junior center) Adreian (Payne) plays with the amount of energy that they’re capable of because it just allows other guys to play off of them,” junior guard Keith Appling said. “He always has a big game playing here because everybody knows the circumstances and situation he was in. But, at the same time, that’s just that competitor in him. He knows what he’s up against, so he goes out there and plays as hard as he can and, in the end, it always helps us out as a team.” A friendly rivalry It was supposed to be Robbie Hummel’s night. The former Boilermaker addressed the crowd at halftime as his jersey was raised to the rafters, recognizing the accomplishments of the former three-time First-Team All-Big Ten honoree. But as he watched the game unfold, Hummel couldn’t help but be blown away by the speed, athleticism and profi ciency of Dawson less than a year removed from tearing his ACL. “It’s incredible to watch him athletically, just the way he gets off the floor, how explosive he is,” Hummel said. “He could definitely be a very good


A new report shows most college students are under high levels of stress. But that might not be a bad thing if students learn to use it to their advantage, experts say. More than half of college students reported above average or tremendous stress levels in the spring 2012 American College Health Association National College Health Assessment undergraduate summary, and 30 percent of students said it had a negative impact on their academic performance. “They’re actually at a really stressful time in life,” said assistant professor of psychology Jason Moser. “(But) because the brain is plastic, there’s always a

player and defi nitely play for a living.” Dawson’s recovery is especially meaningful to a man who knows all too well the grueling pain and heartache that comes with a torn ACL. It’s what motivated Hummel to pick up the phone and call Dawson after his injury, reaching out to former Spartan Draymond Green for Dawson’s phone number, hoping to offer words of encouragement as someone who had traveled down that painful road before. For Hummel, Dawson isn’t just a Spartan. He’s the kid he knew since he was 14 years old with a natural talent for basketball. He’s the friend going through something few others can relate to. “I knew what he was going through,” Hummel said. “Being both from north Indiana, I felt

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like it was almost something I needed to do. … It’s an injury that it’s hard to understand because it happens when you do something simple, like a jump stop, and your knee just blows out.” The unlikely friendship is one many in West Lafayette don’t understand. Online message boards were fi lled with messages encouraging Boilermakers to take out Dawson’s surgically-repaired knee this past weekend. “I understand Purdue’s disappointment in him not coming here, but he picked Michigan State. I think at Purdue, you want guys that want to come to Purdue,” Hummel said. “I don’t fault him for making

that choice. I’ve liked Branden since he was a kid, so I think it’s just something you’ve got to separate.”


Study shows college students deal with high amounts of stress By Darcie Moran

Sophomore guard Branden Dawson fights for posession of the ball during the game against Purdue on Saturday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. Dawson was the leading scorer for MSU with a career-high 20 points, helping the Spartans beat the Boilermakers, 78-65.

chance to rewire and reboot.” Moser said students’ stress typically develops from a mixture of past experiences as well as genetics, and students who are predisposed to stress might not face issues with it until college. He said the brain actually works harder to complete tasks under pressure. However, if students learn to be more flexible minded and positive, they might be able to avoid the negative impacts of stress. Viewing stress as a motivator to get work done and consciously making an effort to view stressors as typical bumps in the road and not the end of the world can help rewire how the brain handles stress, Moser said. Studio art freshman Sarah Winterbottom said under mountSee STRESS on page 2 X

LGBTA community gathers at conference By Christine LaRouere THE STATE NEWS ■■

The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference , also known as MBLGTACC, came to Lansing this past weekend to present more than 2,000 students with resources and workshops for almost all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, related topics. While the conference was a chance for MSU students who identify with the community or are allies to learn more about LGBT lifestyles, researchers at MSU also saw it as a chance to research a more diverse audience. Kristen Renn, a professor of educational administration and coinvestigator of the research project, said the conference provid-

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ed a chance to show what the study is about and talk to people who they normally wouldn’t be able to reach. Renn sat at a table for the National Study of LGBTQ Student Success where she hoped to gather information about what makes LGBT students successful in terms of their academic, social, emotional and personal success. She plans to use the information to make recommendations for other colleges to develop programs, support systems and advice for students. “We are doing an online survey and interviews here at the conference,” Renn said. “We are looking for what environmental factors contribute to success and then looking at a person and


Intern at the MSU LBGT Resource Center, Zoe Steinfield, middle, looks at jewelry at MBLGTACC on Saturday.

what makes them thrive.” Music education sophomore Emily Pelky said the conference provides more information they can incorporate into student discussions at MSU’s West Circle People Respecting Individual-

ity, Diversity and Equality, or PRIDE, meetings. “Bringing new material back to PRIDE is really awesome,” Pelky said. “I am excited for See MBLGTACC on page 2 X


From the blog roll ‘Macarena’ fires up wrestler McClure Hey Macarena! Ay! Not the most intimidating song, but it’s one that was heard throughout Jenison Field House as the MSU wrestling team lost to Michigan, 24-15, Sunday afternoon. Each wrestler is allowed to choose what song plays as they walk onto the mat, so when junior heavyweight Mike McClure approached his opponent, the “Macarena� blared from the speakers. McClure said he was warming up in IM Sports-West before the meet with the rest of the team when he made the decision. “The ‘Macarena’ comes up,� he said. “This is my entrance song.� ZACH SMITH | SN READ THE REST AT THE MSU SPORTS BLOG AT STATENEWS.COM.

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the opportunity to show them what I learned, and I think it will be a good thing for our members and E-Board to hear that so many people are all in this together.� Social work junior John Swartz, also a PRIDE member , said sometimes they do not get the information they need on campus, such as definitions of


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a physical image of the fetus and answer questions about it. Preabortion ultrasounds are common procedures at many abortion clinics. Johnson said a key part of the bill is that women who choose to see the ultrasound do so two hours before the abortion and before anesthesia so they can make a clear decision about whether they want the procedure. “We want women to have all the information they need to make an informed decision so they’re not coming back three

different terminology among the LGBT community and an understanding of more diverse lifestyles than just what is on campus. The MSU LBGT Resource Center also attended the conference to show they can be a resource MSU students can go to once the conference is finished. Denzel McCampbell, program assistant for the MSU LBGT Resource Center, said he was there to represent MSU at the conference. “We want MSU students that come to this conference to know that there are a lot of people out there that are on campus and provide an accepting environment for LGBT students,� McCampbell said.

months down the road saying, ‘If I had known the baby was that far advanced, I wouldn’t have done it,’� Johnson said. Desiree Cooper, director of community and media relations for Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan, said she was relieved GOP leaders dismissed transvaginal ultrasounds. “We never think it’s appropriate for the legislature to dictate the appropriate medical treatment for a patient,� she said. MSU Students for Life President Lisa Jankowski said the bill would have been a good idea because women often choose not to have an abortion after seeing ultrasound pictures. “It’s a better way to make sure she knows exactly what she’s getting into and make sure she’s dead set on getting an abortion,� she said. Johnson the bill will continue to be revised. He’s unsure when it will reach the governor’s desk.

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Purdue — the school where his mother’s number hangs in the rafters as a former All-American — it is Dawson who is public enemy No. 1, and that’s exactly how he likes it. “I’m less popular than Gary,� Dawson said with a smile before the game. “That kind of motivates me.� The motivation was on full display from the opening tip, when Dawson knifed through the lane, scoring a layup for the game’s fi rst points. But the energy quickly spun Dawson out of control, where trying to make the big play resulted in back-toback turnovers and an emotional Dawson being subbed out of the game. “When he lets the game come to him, I think he’s a lot better than when he tries to just go one-on-one,� Izzo said. “The one part of his game that he’s improved

on a lot is his ball handling. That’s been a blessing and a curse because he thinks he can take everybody.� Minutes into the second half, Harris and Appling were both sent to the bench with foul trouble, prompting MSU to turn to the Boilermaker’s ultimate villain. With a newfound calm, Dawson scored eight of the team’s fi rst 10 points as part of a 10-1 run to open the second half , helping MSU to a 15-point lead that would never shrink to fewer than 10 points. A f ter erupting with the night’s loudest cheers every time he was knocked to the ground, one bucket af ter another hushed the crowd to silence. With each fall, Dawson bent his surgically-repaired knee and got up. Again and again. It might not seem like much, but the ability to get up always has been the one attribute separating Dawson from the rest. Now, it’s the one skill capable of determining the heights MSU will reach. “My teammates (and) coaches tell me I need to start playing with more energy and just bringing more,� Dawson said. “(Izzo) just said if I keep playing the way I played tonight and all the other games then we’ll be a great team.�

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ast spring, the MSU Board of Trustees passed the Energy Transition Plan, which listed strategies to actualize the university’s vision and run on 100 percent renewable energy, not coal. Although some students have challenged the plan’s timeline and some of its details, Jennifer Battle, the director of the Office of Campus Sustainability, said the plan is the best way for the university to feasibly and efficiently reach its goal. Last week, The State News spoke with Battle and asked about the current track of the plan. – Samantha Radecki, The State News The State News: What are the plan’s goals? Jennifer Battle: When the transition plan was passed last spring, we set a (timeline) of moving toward 100 percent clean energy and there were three main goals: to improve the physical environment, invest in sustainable energy research and development and to become a sustainability leader. SN: As of June 2012, MSU was down 14 percent in reducing greenhouse emissions and has increased renewable energy by 2 percent . Are we on track to meet the set goals for 2015? JB: (The 2 percent) doesn’t include the (installment of the) anaerobic digester (and) … the geothermal energy system, and it doesn’t include the gains we are making in their efficiency … There are a lot of things that we can still do, these are just some things. It may not look like

a straight line, but we are working at getting it (done) and doing it in the most (sufficient) and sustainable way for the university. SN: How detrimental are the emissions from the T.B. Simon Power Plant, which runs on coal, biomass and natural gas? JB: We do believe that (greenhouse gas emissions) do have a (negative) effect on the environment … I think that we do in a transition have to be sensitive, balancing having the power plant and health and the cost. SN: Do you encourage students to be involved in the plan and its objectives? JB: I like the fact that people care and they are doing what they believe. … I like the fact that people want to be more aggressive, and I would invite those students to look for more … ways to look for us to be more aggressive with our plan.


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Students campaign for 100 percent renewable energy By Samantha Radecki THE STATE NEWS ■■

Bundled in her striped wool mittens, printed scarf and foggy glasses, Laura Drotar stood poised with her clipboard, battling the weather while fighting for the environment. On Friday afternoon near the rock on Farm Lane, the history, philosophy and sociology of science sophomore petitioned beside other members of MSU Greenpeace and Paulie the polar bear, asking passing students to sign a petition to expedite and better clarify MSU’s Energy Transition Plan. The plan passed by the Board of Trustees last spring listed a commitment to begin to move toward running on 100 percent renewable energy. But Drotar and other members of MSU Greenpeace don’t believe the plan is as aggressive as it needs to be, she said. Drotar, the campus coordinator of MSU Greenpeace, said flaws include no solid definition of clean energy or a set date for reaching 100 percent renewable energy, and the plan’s goals need to be updated and revised more frequently. Currently, a goal is to reach 15 percent renewable energy by 2015 and 40 percent renewable energy by 2030, according to the plan. There is no



Hospitality management freshman Cameron Armstrong stands with physics junior Paul Matouka dressed as a polar bear at a petition for MSU Greenpeace on Friday at the rock on Farm Lane.

set timeline to reach 100 percent renewable energy. So far, MSU has increased renewable energy by 2 percent. “It’s great that our institution has made a commitment to get to 100 percent clean energy, but we have some major concerns with the actual plan,” Drotar said. “We want them to make (a) more concrete commitment to clean energy.” Jennifer Battle, director of the Office of Campus Sustainability, said the goals are on track to be met. She also said the plan’s definition of clean energy is in line with the state of Michigan’s, with the addition of thermal energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Michigan’s defini-

tion of renewable energy includes biomass, wind, geothermal energy, solar and solar thermal technologies, among many others. Psychology senior Michael Tiura, the events and actions coordinator of MSU Greenpeace, said the group has been gathering signatures for more than three years and believes there is resistance because MSU has a reliable powerplant. “In Scotland, the whole country is going to be 100 percent renewable on wind and solar by 2020,” Tiura said. “So, it’s definitely doable for our campus in the next 20 years or so.” Wearing a polar bear hat, education freshman Nicole Busch stopped to sign the petition Fri-

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day afternoon. “I’m wearing a polar bear hat and there’s someone dressed as a polar bear — it’s also something I believe in,” Busch said.


Group studying improves grades Students hone business skills By Isabella Shaya THE STATE NEWS ■■

When studying for that final economics exam, students might benefit from studying in groups, according to a recent study done the by University of California, San Diego. The research found students who study together and interact online are more likely to be successful in classes. In about 80,000 interactions between 290 students, researchers found

a correlation between more online communication and better grades. “High achievers” were more likely to team up and avoid “lowperforming” students, according to the study. The leftover students were more likely to have weaker grades and drop the class. Mathematics professor Gabriel Nagy said he encourages students to work on homework in groups, especially with friends. “They can discuss ideas if the group is homogeneous in the sense that not one is shy and

the group is always talking,” Nagy said. The Main Library has study rooms and tables for groups to meet and work on class assignments, said Ruth Ann Jones, public relations and marketing coordinator for MSU Libraries. It also has collaborative technology labs, most containing a computer and SMART Board. Some of the labs allow students to film themselves as they prepare for presentations, she said. Other labs have larger monitors for two students to work together.


Is it beneficial for you to study in a group, and what are some issues you might have?

“I think when you are studying and stuff (it helps) talking it out. Sometimes you won’t focus on what you need to.” Ashleigh Kozel prenursing freshman

“I get too distracted, and I can’t focus when I work in groups. (You) get off track.”

“Someone else can help answer questions and have a different perspective on things. (Sometimes you) get distracted easily.”

Erin Kappaz finance freshman Emily Kallil special education freshman

during sales pitch competition By Holly Baranowski THE STATE NEWS ■■

Advertising senior Maria Sasinowski is a few months away from graduating and already has accepted a job with Microsoft . She attributes this success to concepts she learned through a sales competition last fall. But even after landing a job, Sasinowski still isn’t done competing. Sasinowski was the winner of the sales competition held Friday at MSU’s Henry Center for Executive Development. About 36 MSU students and 18 companies participated in the competition. Corporations included companies such as Ford, SherwinWilliams , Quicken Loans , Reynolds and Reynolds and Kohl’s. There also were nine fi rms present that sponsor MSU’s Sales Communication Specialization, a joint initiative of the Eli Broad College of Business and College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Each round of the competition had three students who presented sales pitches to a company manager play-

ing the part of a buyer. After the students presented, they were immediately judged, and the top two from each room moved into the quarter fi nals, semifi nals and then fi nals. “Students who join this program want exposure to companies and something to set them apart from other students – this is a great opportunity (for that),” associate professor of marketing Doug Hughes said. The competition gave students practice meeting with prospective customers, hearing client responses and trying to match the product they’re selling to the needs and problems they’ve been given. It essentially is what these students will be doing after graduation, Hughes said. It also gives students a chance to get their name out to potential employers and make new contacts. “It’s really useful because as you go through each round, there are three judges with you in each room,” Sasinowski said. “They give you instant feedback so you know what you did right and wrong and what you can fi x. You can then implement what they told you and know what your weaknesses are.” She received a $1,000 scholarship and the opportunity to

travel to the national competition in Kennesaw, Ga., along with other top competitors. She said she didn’t think she would have gotten the position at Microsof t after graduation had she not done the competition.

Students presented for representatives from major corporations, including Kohl’s and Ford “We try to make the scenarios as real life as possible – it’s all about understanding the problems and also dealing with different personalities,” Hughes said. “The students have to overcome objections and demonstrate value to this prospect. It gives (these students) experiences that other students won’t have and opportunities for students to grow and get better.” Vice President of Sales at Thomson Reuters Rick Kursik, who attended the competition as both a judge and a buyer, said he thinks this a great way to prepare students for the world of business. “The situations are very real, and I think employers will recognize this,” Kursik said.



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dvocates for widespread U.S. immigration reform are celebrating what many hope is a foot in the door for broadening the rights of young illegal immigrants. Earlier this month, the Michigan Department of State announced they will issue driver’s licenses to young immigrants as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program implemented last June. The program will provide licenses to immi-

Read the rest online at versial — including fair taxation and job security — it does help secure the rights of these young immigrants. The main goal of immigration reform should be to provide an outlet for making citizenship more attainable. People who illegally come to the U.S. do so immigration reform. DACA has gained support from activists who to create a better life for themselves or their families, but without any form of identifi ca- agree with the framework of this program on both a national and local level. In Lansing, tion, this goal becomes difficult. Issuing licenses puts these young adults in the “Dream For All” campaign was started to the driver’s seat of many of the opportunities advocate for more comprehensive immigration reform. they set out to fi nd. Although it likely will be years until an immiStudents with these licenses can do things such as go to school and have a more active gration reform overhaul is complete, programs role in their communities. They can fi nd more such as DACA should be embraced for the good employment opportunities, establish families they set out to achieve. A core value of this country has always been and create the life they originally left their to provide opportunity in the face of adversihome country to fi nd. And ensuring students who study here stay ty, not to deny opportunity to those who wish here to work should be an eventual outcome of to gain citizenship.

grants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children by their parents and are not considered top priorities for deportation by the government. DACA is the fi rst of many steps on the road toward more extensive immigration reform in the U.S. But for the 1.8 million immigrants eligible for the program, its implications and impact will be apparent. Issuing licenses to young adults who were brought to this country unwillingly by their parents makes the promised “American Dream” a reachable goal for these individuals. For years now, immigration reform has been a hotbed issue in this country, dividing policy makers and local citizens alike and has once again made its way to the forefront of discussion. President Barack Obama hasn’t shied away from vocalizing his opinions on the matter, and recently laid out a plan to help about 11 million immigrants achieve citizenship status. Although DACA doesn’t offer solutions for many of the factors making this topic contro-



Staying healthy during cold and flu season The sounds of sniffles accompanied by rustling as students locate Kleenex tissues within pockets echo within the lecture halls of MSU. The months of November through March host the cold and flu season. And although the common cold seems mundane, the number of reported cold-related illnesses has been referred to as an epidemic this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, “an average of 226,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 to 4,900 cold and flu related deaths occur each year.” Many believe quick fi xes, such as consuming large amounts of vitamin C, are the end-all cure to the cold. Because of this, the amount of vitamin C supplements and packets purchased by college students is on the rise. Although the marketing claims for these products seem plausible, they might not be valid or scientifically based. What we know about vitamin metabolism is that a single vitamin, especially in overly-large doses, usually is not beneficial. The National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements has reported, “Although vitamin C has been a popular remedy for the common cold, research shows that for most people, vitamin C supplements do not reduce the risk of getting the common cold.” Vitamin C recommendations set forth by the National Institutes of Health are 90 mg per day for adult men and 75 mg per day for adult women. Excess vitamin C that surpasses the daily recommendations is excreted from the body. Mega doses of vitamin C not only are ineffective, but also potentially could be harmful. Side effects reported by the Mayo Clinic include, “nausea, vomiting, heartburn, abdominal cramps and headache. Dental erosion (also) may occur from chronically chewing vitamin C tablets.” Oranges, grapefruit and clementines, which naturally are rich in vitamin C, are in season during the winter months and are easy to carry for a quick pick-me-up. One large orange or 1/2 cup of juice will meet

the requirements for vitamin C. Other foods rich in vitamin C are cantaloupe, kiwi, tomatoes, bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, potatoes and strawberries. Jillian Gorman, a nursing senior, says she consistently has come down with a cold during the last few winters. However, Gorman says she has been taking as many precautions as possible to prevent one this winter. “I wash my hands all the time and I got the flu shot a while ago. I haven’t come down with anything so far.” Gorman also noted she is not surprised so many MSU students and faculty, including herself, fall victim to illness during the winter months. “When you start to feel sick, you’re supposed to avoid crowded places and not push your body too hard, but for a lot of (faculty and students) that really isn’t an option.” Many MSU students agree with Gorman. They say when they are feeling under the weather, obligations such as school and work prevent them from getting the amount of rest and care their bodies require. The real solution to combating a cold during the winter season is good overall health and nutritional habits. There are many foods that aid the body in strengthening its immune system that are easy to incorporate within the fast-paced life of a college student. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables containing vitamins can contribute to a strong immune system. Whole fruits by far surpass supplements. Foods such as yogurt contain probiotics that might increase beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract. A healthy digestive tract is a vital component of immunity. Keeping hydrated is important, especially if you are fighting a cold or flu. Water is a calorie-free fluid and might be more soothing if served warm — as in coffee or tea. You might prefer juice, but if you are concerned about calories, check the label for added sugars. Another comfort food for the common cold is chicken noodle soup. Many college students look to packaged condensed soups as a remedy for winter illness. Although these products are convenient, if you are feeling a little spurt of energy or have a loving roommate, a healthier and homemade version is easy to prepare. Simply boil some noodles in chicken broth and then add frozen vegetables and chicken pieces. Soup is known to help ease the discomfort of a sore throat and can provide immune-enhancing vitamins from the vegetables. Stay healthy during cold and flu season, MSU! The MSU Food and Nutrition Association is a preprofessional club composed primarily of dietetics, food science, and nutritional science majors. Joann Bahri, Stephanie Send, Ashley Bittinger and Carolyn Hofner contributed to this column.



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In an authentic Victorian suit — complete with beaver hat — history professor and Charles Darwin impersonator Richard Bellon stands out in a crowd. Bellon is a staple of the MSU Museum’s Darwin Discovery Day, which is dedicated to celebrate Darwin’s birthday, as well as the celebration of scientific research in general. This year, the theme was “Tales of Scales,” focusing on Darwin’s work with reptiles. Bellon first got involved with the event when Danita Brandt, professor of geological science and adjunct curator of the museum, discovered the Victorian suit in the museum collection and asked if he would be interested. “Danita just asked me (to join), and I said ‘Well, that sounds like fun,’” Bellon said. Bellon has studied Darwin extensively, and said he enjoys his role in the event. “It’s a really exciting way of bringing science and history of science to an enthusiastic audience,” he said. “You don’t get to do that often.” As Bellon wandered the halls of the museum, chatting with patrons and taking pictures, he said the scene around him resembled a birthday party, as long as the party was being held in a nat-


Okemos resident Zahava Dworkin, 7, points at Petoskey stones Sunday during Darwin Discovery Day at the MSU Museum. Petoskey stones are fossilized coral.

ural history museum. Brandt said the event probable is the museum’s biggest of the year. “It’s the one day of the year where you can come and you are actually invited to touch (the exhibits),” she said. “It’s very hands on.” The concept to honor Darwin on his birthday began about nine years ago at MSU when Brandt stumbled across a website dedicated to Darwin’s birthday and decided the museum should hold a celebration, she said. With only about two weeks to prepare, she said the first Darwin Day featured cake and balloons and a talk she

gave about fossils and not much else. The next year, the celebration was much bigger and has become a museum tradition. Besides Bellon and his Darwin impression, Darwin Discovery Day serves as a chance to show off the rest of the museum, Brandt said. The exhibits all are open and available to be explored, with extra elements added to some of the exhibits for the day. The hall dedicated to showcasing the various habitats in North America doubles as a chance to “Ask a Scientist,” according to the official museum guide, where patrons can learn more about various types

Darwin Discovery Day volunteer Hayley Sisson holds an albino Texas rat snake in front of Lansing residents, 7-year-old Gwenyvaer Kofoed, right, and 8-year-old Madison McKinstry on Sunday, during Darwin Discovery Day at the MSU Museum. Live snakes and other reptiles were shown off at the event.

of fossils. One of the more popular exhibits was down the hall, where the MSU Bug House had live insects — cockroaches and scorpions, among others — on display. Patrons could hold some of the insects in their hands, if they dared. East Lansing resident Chan-

dra Colaresi, a first-time visitor to Darwin Discovery Day, with her 7-year-old son, Landon, couldn’t pick a favorite exhibit, but said they enjoyed the experience overall. “It’s a lot of fun,” she said, smiling. “It’s all a lot of fun.” Brandt said she’s already looking forward to the day next

year. Each year’s day is based on a different area of Darwin’s research. Nine years in, Brandt said the museum still has a lot of research left to explore, especially with the 10-year anniversary of the first Darwin Day coming up next year. “We’re not going to run out of ideas any time soon,” she said.


Lil Sibs Weekend offers fun for students By Robert Bondy THE STATE NEWS ■■

Fighting the nerves of being on stage was something 9-yearold Nick Schlee of Grand Rapids, Mich., overcame while singing karaoke Friday night at the Union, but his sister, prenursing freshman Kali Schlee thought he “nailed it.” “At first I felt kind of nervous, but I just looked down at the words and felt like no one was there and I felt good,” Nick Schlee said, beaming after he stepped off the stage. Singing LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” during a karaoke activity at the Union was one of the many activities of the annual Lil Sibs Weekend, put on by the University Activities Board, or UAB. UAB Spirit and Traditions Director Kaitlyn West estimated at least 1,800 people participated in the event. Lil Sibs Weekend kicked off at 7 p.m. on Friday with games and services, including line dancing, a life-sized Candy Land, bowling and airbrush tattoos. Events ran through Saturday as well, with a scavenger hunt at the MSU Museum, open gym and swim at IM Sports-Circle, a show at Abrams Planetarium and bounce houses. The event was free to students and their siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews, with an exception for discounted meal tickets at the cafeterias and event T-shirts. Campus Center Cinemas played child-friendly movies, including “Toy Story,” “WreckIt Ralph,” “Despicable Me” and “Frankenweenie.”

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“We’re always competitive — it’s always who can win and who loses.” Kali Schlee, prenursing freshman

Since there was a snow day back home, Nick Schlee arrived at MSU around 1 p.m. Friday. The two siblings began the weekend in Holmes Hall watching TV. Later that night, the duo shared laughs and playful trash when they played life-sized Candy Land. “We’re always competitive — it’s always who can win and who loses,” Kali Schlee said. When the duo wasn’t competing in games, they did the “Wobble” dance and kicked up their feet to the “Cotton Eye Joe.” “Line dancing was fun because he was actually doing it with me,” Kali Schlee said. “At first I thought he wouldn’t do it, but he did.” On Saturday, the two went to IM

Sports-Circle for open gym and swim, later going on a tour of campus. Nick Schlee taking special notice of the famous Sparty Statue. “I think they should do it more often and even advertise it more,” Kali Schlee said. “I felt like a lot of people didn’t know about it, it’s a fun experience to hangout with your sibling and show them around campus.” Both of the siblings said they already are looking forward to next year’s event. “I think it’d be a little bit different since I’ll be living off campus, so we might have more options for what to do,” Kali Schlee said.


Grand Rapids resident Nick Schlee, 9, sits on the lap of his sister, prenursing freshman Kali Schlee, while waiting in line for a balloon animal during the MSU Lil Sibs Weekend registration events on Friday in the MSU Union. The sibling pair participated in the karaoke, line dancing, and life sized Candy Land events hosted by the University Activities Board.


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Garrett Anderson, who teaches at Lansing Christian School, prays for Justin Reid, left, a music theory graduate student, Sunday at The Prayer Room, 213 1/2 E. Grand River Ave.

The Prayer Room opens doors to community to discuss faith By Michael Koury THE STATE NEWS ■■

Jessie Still said he first heard the voice of God when he was 8 years old. Almost 30 years later at age 37, he’s looking to bring God’s voice to students and others on campus through The Furnace Prayer Movement at MSU, which started in 2006. “As I began to get familiar with campus, I really felt God was calling me to give myself, my time and energy to praying to the campus,” Still said. Still, the director of the movement, met in classrooms in McDonel Hall and in Brody Complex Neighborhood before moving to the basement of Pregnancy Services, 1045 E. Grand River Ave., for a year and a half. Once Pregnancy Services needed the space back in May, Still found a vacant space at 213 1/2 E. Grand River Ave., the former site of East Grand Record Company. The nondenominational Prayer Room opened last September for students and residents to have an open space close to campus to pray and share their thoughts about God, Still said. Interdisciplinary studies in social science senior Alex Beaudry

said she first heard about the movement her spring semester of her freshman year. Beaudry said she helped find the new location of The Prayer Room and raised donations to help pay the leasing costs. “We just really felt the Lord wanted us to have a permanent place where we can come and do prayer,” she said. Lansing resident Garrett Anderson met Still at his church, Spirit of Christ, 8170 Coleman Road, in Haslett, and started coming to The Prayer Room when it first opened. “I just like praying, so I came here,” he said. The Prayer Room holds meetings every day of the week for students and community members to discuss religion or ask others in the group to pray for them. During a Sunday meeti ng, members clasped each other’s hands as they asked for God’s guidance and to look over the members of the group. While The Prayer Room focuses on Christianity, Still said anyone from any religion is free to attend. “(The) things we do are gonna be centered on Jesus Christ,” he said. “We would love for any kind and any religion to be with us.”

Mechanical engineering sophomore Micah Appel climbs through a tunnel into a snow fort Saturday afternoon in his friend’s backyard on Marigold Avenue. The group of five spent more than eight hours building the snow fort using snow from the driveway, and they planned to expand it upward to make it more comfortable to sit inside. About 4-6 inches of snow fell in the area Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service. JUSTIN WAN/THE STATE NEWS


TEACH FOR AMERICA APPLICATION DEADLINE FRIDAY Graduating doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to settle down into a career. For some, it’s an adventure. Teach for America, or TFA, gives college students the opportunity to work on a master’s degree after they graduate while also teaching in a low-income community. It provides students with a full-time salary, including benefits and additional

funding for school. Students apply their junior or senior year and are placed in a city based on preference and previous course work. The final deadline for the 2013-14 academic year is quickly approaching, with applications due Friday. TFA recruiting manager and MSU alumnus Randy Warren took part in TFA after he graduated and has made

a career out of the program. “It’s essential that people become involved because education inequality is one of the biggest problems in the nation,” Warren said. “We can look at 2 year olds and make a plausible guess what their future will be like, and that is wrong.” BY HOLLY BARANOWSKI | SN



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Wrestling team loses to rival Michigan at home By Zach Smith THE STATE NEWS ■■


Then-junior outfielder Jordan Keur prepares to hit the ball during the Penn State series game on May 18, 2012, at McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field. The Spartans lost the second game in the three game series 6-5.

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With the start of another collegiate baseball season less than a week away, many teams are getting reacquainted to the familiar sights and smells of a new year. The overwhelming aroma of freshly cut grass. The satisfying crunch of cleats chopping as they navigate the infield dirt. The distinct ping of the metal bat meeting a ball before being tracked down deep in the outfield. It’s the long-celebrated cliché that comes along with the return of the spring. But as McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field is covered by a layer of snow and a tarp, MSU baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr. begins his year much like he has for the previous four at Michigan State — indoors at the team’s hitting complex. “It’s a tough time of year because it’s not quite game week but it’s starting to get a little monotonous inside,” Boss said. “You really need to tighten the focus and stay on task and understand what we’re trying to accomplish at every practice.” Boss spent much of the past couple weeks studying his team as they rotate from one hitting cage to the next, working on different skills. The Spartans also take part in various fielding and position drills at the Duffy Daugherty Football Building. With the team kicking off a new season against Furman on Friday in Greenville, S.C., Boss has few other options. The Spartans open with their fi rst 17 games on the road, hitting locations in South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and California before returning to East Lansing. The fi rst home game of the year takes place against Oakland on March 22, which kicks off the fi rst of a five-game homestand. Until then, the focus for Boss is trying to keep his team fresh before departing for South Carolina on Thursday. “You try to mix things up as far as what we do in practice,” he said. “You try to do a different part of the game every day as far as team drills and have as much variety as possible. At the end of the day, it’s still turf and we’re not on the field. We’re stuck in the cages. “As good as facilities as we have, it’s still not like

Pitching prowess Even after losing senior ace Tony Bucciferro, the Spartans return one of the Big Ten’s deepest starting rotations for the 2013 season. Led by senior co-captain Andrew Waszak , the Spartans could prove difficult in a weekend series with the three-headed monster of Waszak , junior David Garner and sophomore Mick VanVossen. The trio combined to win 14 games a season ago while logging more than 226 accumulative innings. Freshman Justin Alleman also is expected to step into the closer’s role and replace departed junior pitcher/outfielder Tony Wieber. “Our three weekend starters are outstanding,” Boss said. “Andrew’s taken the logical progression since his freshman year and has really earned that Friday spot. David Garner’s as talented a guy as there is in the conference; or the Midwest or even the nation. Mick had a great freshman year and similar to Waszak’s freshman year, he’ll be able to take that same progression Andrew did.” Garner is drawing heav y praise from Boss , who said the junior is as talented a player as he’s ever had in the program. The Niles, Mich., native fi nished the 2012 season with a 6-3 record and 3.28 earned run average in 74 innings of work. Moving into his third year with the program, Garner said he’s ready to fulfill any role the team needs for him, even if it means he’s a second ace. “Andrew is a great pitcher and I’ve learned a lot from him,” Garner said. “I think being able to see the game a day before being the Saturday guy (means) a lot. I feel like I’m capable of pitching Friday, Saturday or whenever they need me to pitch.” Power potential The success of many collegiate athletic programs comes in retooling as opposed to rebuilding in the loss of talented players. And with a combination of fresh faces and familiar ones, the Spartans again have retooled for a run at the Big Ten championship. Second baseman Ryan Jones, third baseman Torsten Boss and Wieber all were selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft and have left the program for a shot at professional baseball. Sophomore infielder Ryan



Then-sophomore pitcher David Garner winds up for a pitch April 22, 2012, at McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field. The Spartans beat the Minnesota, 5-4, in 10 innings.

“I think guys are capable of doing a good job of fitting in well with our offense and defense but you never know. Things change when you get outside but I don’t think it will be a big drop off.” Blaise Salter, sophomore catcher/designated hitter

Richardson will replace departed senior Justin Scanlon at shortstop, sophomore Kevin Goergen and freshman PJ Nowak will compete for time at second base and former catcher John Martinez is moving to third base to fi ll another hole. The team returns senior outfielder and All-Big Ten selection Jordan Keur, along with sophomores Anthony Cheky and Jimmy Pickens to round out the outfield. Keur led the team a season ago with a 0.353 batting average and fi nished second in the conference in hits with 89. After having to fi ll gaps in the past, Jake Boss Jr. said he expects several players to take a step in replacing guys who have left the program. “I would think that we’d be able to step in and fi ll some of those holes,” Boss said. “There were points in last year’s season where we were starting four or

five freshmen. All those guys now are sophomores, and kind of like Mick, we’re hoping those guys can take the next step and contribute. A lot of young guys got a lot at bats a year ago and hopefully they’re a little more seasoned now.” The team touts an impressive sophomore class, which includes Cheky, Pickens, fi rst baseman Ryan Krill and catcher/designated hitter Blaise Salter, among others. Salter said the group likely will provide a seasoned presence in a lineup decimated by losses, which only could bolster the team’s postseason aspirations. “I think guys are capable of doing a good job of fitting in well with our offense and defense but you never know,” Salter said. “Things change when you get outside but I don’t think it will be a big drop off.”

The MSU wrestling team finished off the Big Ten regular season with a 24-15 loss to arch rival Michigan on Sunday afternoon. The loss marked the ninth straight loss for a team that finished the Big Ten season without a team victory. MSU got things started off strong with a win by No. 18 sophomore 184-pounder John Rizqallah and No. 7 junior heavyweight Mike McClure to jump out to an early 6-3 lead. Junior 125-pounder Brenan Lyon then pinned No. 15 Sean Boyle of Michigan in what was the most exciting match of the afternoon to give MSU a 12-3 lead. “He’s a kid that has taken some lumps, but he’s just gotten better and gotten better,” head coach Tom Minkel said of Lyon. “A great win for him.” Lyon and Boyle have a history. Lyon pinned Boyle at the Big Ten Championships in 2010, and Lyon said he knew what he had to do to get the win. “I started rolling, and he ended up on his back and I was like ‘Please do not let him off his back,’” Lyon said. “Everybody dreams for that kind of win in front of this amount of people. I’ve been envisioning that kind of win for a while now, and it feels great to finally get it.” Lyon was treated like a rock star after the dual as many people approached him and congratulated him on his win.

Sophomore 157-pounder Ryan Watts’ mom went up to Lyon after the meet and called him “a tough little, small little diva,” and said he “raised the freakin’ roof of this place.” In the three matches after Lyon’s win, Michigan got things turned around, scoring a major decision and a pin to take the lead for good, 16-15. Watts was the only other Spartan to come away with a win as the Spartans fell to the Wolverines for the third-straight year. Minkel said MSU seems to have seven or eight good matches each dual when they need 10, and the team discusses how to turn things around often. “We’re really frustrated,” Minkel said. “There’s some matches we were kind of out matched, but in the matches that we have the capability of winning, we’ve got to.” The 1,336 fans in attendance played a big role. Throughout the meet, fans for both sides cheered on their team, a fact McClure said helped him win his match. “I was feeding off the crowd really, and I was just soaking it up,” McClure said. “It was just a sweet atmosphere. It was crazy and I loved it.” MSU finishes off the regular season with matches against Iowa State and No. 12 Central Michigan at home this weekend. With such a young team, Minkel said the key to finishing the season strong is learning from their failures in the past, and taking it one match at a time. “It’s you and this other guy in front of a lot of other people,” Minkel said. “It’s an enormous amount of pressure. It’s very much an exercise in keeping your composure under enormous stress.” Sophomore 184-pounder John Rizqallah wrestles with Michigan 184-pounder Chris Heald on Sunday at Jenison Field House. MSU lost the meet, 24-15. DANYELLE MORROW/ THE STATE NEWS



Spartans drop big game to Penn State By Stephen Brooks THE STATE NEWS ■■

The MSU women’s basketball team was presented with a great opportunity on the road Sunday at No. 8 Penn State. Around the same time the Spartans were tipping off against the Big Ten-leading Nittany Lions, Michigan was putting the finishing touches on a 67-56 upset of second-place Purdue, ranked No. 13 — a win that would have been paramount to MSU’s chances of winning the conference this season. Instead, MSU’s opportunity was washed away — likely along with its outside shot at winning the Big Ten — with a 71-56 loss to Penn State yesterday. The Spartans (18-5 overall, 6-4 Big Ten) have lost all four games against ranked opponents this season, including a 21-point loss to Penn State (20-3, 10-1) at home earlier in the season. MSU played a much better overall game on Sunday in its rematch with the Nittany Lions, but the story arc was a similar one, as the Spartans kept it close

before eventually losing control in the second half. Junior forward Annalise Pickrel led MSU with 16 points off the bench and senior forward Courtney Schiffauer scored nine with 10 rebounds. MSU had the lead for nearly the first full 17 minutes, but Penn State’s Alex Bentley tied it up at 25 on a pair of free throws. Bentley exploded for 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the floor while Maggie Lucas and Nikki Greene had 19 and 13, respectively, for the Nittany Lions. In the next minute, MSU turned it over, missed two shots and sent Penn State’s Ariel Edwards to the line to sink a pair that would give Penn State a lead it wouldn’t lose, up 27-25 with 2:02 remaining in the first half. Bentley’s layup with almost eight minutes gone in the second half stretched the Nittany Lions’ lead to 19, their largest of the night. MSU returns home to play Indiana at 7 p.m. Wednesday.


MSU GYMNASTICS NOTCHES FIRST WIN The MSU gymnastics team finished second in a three-team meet after a season-high score of 194.85 in on Friday. Iowa won the meet after registering 195.875, and University of Illinois-Chicago finished third with 193.225. The team returned home to a group of MSU gymnasts with their season-high score of 194.85 painted on their stomachs. Senior Taira Neal and sophomore Alina Cartwright both got 9.825 on vault to help the Spartans win the event. MSU also won the beam discipline with a score of 48.85 after Cartwright scored a career-high 9.825, and Neal, along with sophomore Ashley Noll, each received 9.8. Freshman Lisa Burt finished second in the all-around competition with a 38.925. The next time the Spartans are in action is 5 p.m. Saturday against Ohio State in the Autism Awareness meet. ZACH SMITH

Junior right wing Greg Wolfe prepares to take a shot against Bowling Green on Saturday at Munn Ice Arena. Wolfe scored two goals during the Spartans’ 3-1 victory. K ATIE STIEFEL/THE STATE NEWS

Icers split Bowling Green weekend series By Alyssa Girardi THE STATE NEWS ■■

Some college hockey teams only would be happy with a swept series. MSU (8-19-3 overall, 6-15-1-0 CCHA) is pleased with the progress made in a split. After falling to Bowling Green (11-14-5 overall, 8-11-3-1 CCHA), 2-1, on the road, the Spartans rebounded nicely the following night by taking down the Falcons, 3-1, on home ice. It might not be a swept series, which MSU has been unable to pull off this year, but it’s a step in the right direction for the struggling team. “That’s one of the best weekends we’ve put together all year,” captain and junior forward Greg Wolfe said. “We didn’t get the win (Friday) night, but as a team playing together, that was probably one of the best 120 minutes of hockey we’ve had this year.”

Wolfe had a standout weekend, producing three of MSU’s four goals, all of those while one team had a man-advantage. Minutes into Friday’s game, he skated from end-to-end on a penalty kill and netted the puck through the goaltender’s fivehole. Saturday, he scored a wrister on a power play and an emptynetter. Head coach Tom Anastos said the team has been struggling with confidence issues these past few weeks, but the Spartans managed to fight through for six periods. “We definitely were physical from start to finish, which is something we’ve been working toward is finishing our checks,” senior forward Chris Forfar said. “I feel after six periods of doing that, we finally put some pucks in the back of the net and wore their ‘d’ down a bit.”

majority of game minutes: freshmen Travis Walsh and John Draeger, junior Jake Chelios and senior Matt Grassi. Anastos said those four were in the mid-20s and north of that in terms of ice time. Since late December, sophomore defenseman R.J. Boyd has improved his number of minutes, providing the back line with a physical and offensive presence. Last weekend, junior transfer Nickolas Gatt saw more ice time, and the Spartans rotated the six defensemen for most of the game. “Nickolas Gatt is dealing with the adversity of trying to fight for playing time,” Anastos said. “He’s done an incredible job of working through that, and he’s working on his game and he’s working really hard at his game. That’s kinda the unsung hero part.”

Defense minutes Up until last weekend, four defensemen were getting the

Netminder switch up Following suit of the Penn State series Jan. 25-26, the Spar-

tans switched up starting goaltenders, playing junior Will Yanakeff on Friday and freshman Jake Hildebrand on Saturday. Hildebrand has gotten the nod most games this season, playing in 21 games with a 2.21 goals against average. Yanakeff has played in 10 games, seeing less time as the season has progressed. Kicking off the season, Yanakeff played in seven of the first nine games. Since Nov. 10, he has played in three of 22 matchups, but Anastos said he thinks Yanakeff has done a good job of dealing with the circumstances, providing good leadership and support to Hildebrand. “We were looking for an opportunity to play him,” Anastos said. “We went with him (Friday) because he’s practiced well, he’s looked good in practice. We’re confident in his abilities, and he won last time he was there. I think he played well enough to win yesterday, too, if we could’ve generated some offense.”




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Just like Harry Potter, Quidditch lives on By Omari Sankofa II

English junior Nic Dziadosz runs with a ball as history education freshman Rachael Firehammer chases him during a practice drill Saturday at Munn Field. With the Harry Potter series recently ending, the MSU Quidditch team continues to maintain their popularity. THE STATE NEWS â– â– 


Journalism senior Holly Johnson, right, looks at Residential College in the Arts and Humanities sophomore Caroline Caswell during a theater piece on Friday at (SCENE) Metrospace.

Identities found with experimental theater By Christine LaRouere THE STATE NEWS â– â– 

Last Friday, actors from Lansing Art Works held an Evening of Experimental Theatre. The skits and monologues revolved around the theme “Identities.� Personal monologues, such as “Lessons from the Bike� by Minori Wisti, were one of the many performances incorporating sound, sight and touching displayed at (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St. Journalism senior Holly Johnson directed the performance and wanted to use the elements to string something together to make one cohesive theme. “I wanted to make it all under one category so I thought, ‘Why not make the theme “Identities?’�� Johnson said. “I wanted to focus in on what mostly people our age are going through and capture that before it changes again.� Graduate student Kiel Darling attended to see what the event was going to do with the theme identities. “You could understand that

the theme was identities from all these performances, especially with the biking monologue,� Darling said. “You could tell the tone of each performance related to each other.� The evening developed into experimental theater when Johnson and the other actors who are part of Lansing Art Works felt theater was lacking in their lives, and they wanted to bring a stronger connection of art in the East Lansing area. “I felt this absence of theater in my life, and I have been wanting to place it with a theater project of my own and this was my opportunity,� Johnson said. “Through my art collective, Lansing Art Works, I was able to organize this event and have my friends, people who are in the collective, fully support that and want to help me out with this.� When Residential College in the Arts and Humanities sophomore Caroline Caswell heard Johnson was planning this event, she wanted to help out and experiment with moderntheater techniques. “Holly decided to put on this

show of performance art and experimental theater and everyone from Lansing Art Works were all on board,� Caswell said. “I’ve done some theater in the past, but it was very traditional. I was ready to stir up some things especially with the spectators and the audience.� Johnson said an important part of the event and performances was to make the audience interact with performers. “We wanted to involve the audience and make them wonder if the performer is going to touch them and feel a part of something rather than just feeling like a bystander,� Johnson said. “Plus, it’s a lot of fun and reactions are priceless.� Since identity is such a big part of being comfortable as a person in general, Johnson’s main goal was to challenge each person’s mind on who they want to be. “I am hoping it made audiences think about who they are, who they are attracted to, what they want to achieve at this moment and what they want to come across as their own identities,� Johnson said.

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History education sophomore Rachael Firehammer, who joined the MSU Quidditch club last semester, was surprised at how many teams showed up to compete in the International Quidditch Association’s Midwest Cup, or IQA. “I didn’t know that there were so many teams all over the place,� Firehammer said. “It was amazing. I went to the Midwest Cup, and there were probably 30 teams from all over the place.� Although the last Harry Potter movie was released during the summer of 2011, the popularity of the Quidditch team hasn’t slowed one bit. Advertising and public relations junior Erin Betman, who plays beater, said the number of people who signed up for the team in 2012 outnumbered the amount that signed up in 2011. “We had over 250 people sign up at Sparticipation, and our Facebook group has over 400 people,� Betman said. “People see our booth at Sparticipation and immediately know who we are,� she said. “Harry Potter is so worldwide, it’s not something that you can easily forget about. When new stories come out, they’re always comparing it to Harry Potter. It’s not something that goes away.� Betman mentioned although the lack of flight might deter a few potential participants, Quidditch has a broad appeal because it’s the only full-contact coed sport on campus. “We tackle people to the ground while on brooms, run full force at them,� she said. “That brings a lot of people in. It’s a lot of fun, I don’t think it’ll stop.� The sport has international appeal as well. Betman said through the IQA, she’s seen teams from all across the world. “The U.S. has the most

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10 Features| T H E STATE NE WS | M O NDAY, FEBRUA RY 11, 2013 | STATE N E WS.COM Monster truck driver Mark Hall operates “The Raminator” to print tire marks on the floor of Breslin Center during of the Monster Truck Nationals show, Saturday at Breslin Center. Hall won two out of the four events of Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals.

Rally gives weekend thrills to MSU PHOTOS BY JUSTIN WAN/THE STATE NEWS

Monster truck driver Joe Nichter laughs as he installs the 450-pound wheel to the truck at the Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals show Saturday at Breslin Center. Five drivers competed in four categories that were judged off of crowd reaction.

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It all started with a Jeep and a dream. As a child, Mark Hall was surrounded by the excitement of his father’s career as a motorcycle race announcer. After years of building trucks and racing them in the streets of Champaign, Ill., Hall now competes in monster truck competitions with his partner in crime, a 2013 Ram 1500 known as “The Raminator.” “I tell ya, If someone would have told me all these years ago I’d still be doing this, I never would’ve believed them,” Hall said. The driver’s talents were an attention-getter at the Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals, hosted Saturday at Breslin Center. Five competitors were judged by the crowd’s reaction to four categories: wheelies, donuts, race and freestyle, with the Ramina-

tor winning two out of the four challenges. Breslin was filled with fans, which mostly included families. Mason, Mich., resident Maria Juras said the competition was a fun, nearby opportunity to bond with her two young kids. “It’s very family oriented,” Juras said. “They let the kids go down in the pit and get close to the trucks. It’s more fun for the kids, and they get a hands-on experience.” The competition included a visit from the three youngest U.S. monster truck drivers, ranging from 7-16 years old. Emily Boden, the event’s marketing director, said the age-appropriate factor is a main priority. “We try to make it as family oriented as possible,” Boden said. “We try to make it fun for the parents as well as a 4-yearold who’s seeing monster trucks for the first time.” Looking back, Hall said his early attempts at street racing and

building monster trucks were laughable. “My first cars were a bunch of junk,” he said. “We didn’t have any money and we just threw a bunch of junk parts together — but it got our foot in the door.” Despite more than 20 years of experience, Hall said he gets a little gun-shy at times during competitions. “The wheelies always kinda scare me a little bit,” he said. “You can mess up pretty easy doing those. You know when you get a good one, and you know when you get one that sucks.” Although he travels across the U.S. in competitions with his wife, Hall’s monster truck garage remains at his mother’s house — and his family remains a constant support system. “My mom always reminds me: ‘All the years you’ve been doing this, you’ve gotten to go to a lot of neat places and meet a lot of neat people, all because of that truck with silly tires on it,’” he said. Check out The State News Entertainment Blog to see the winners, attire and reaction from last night’s Grammy Awards, at

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