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By Michael Koury THE STATE NEWS ■■

A national survey indicates more people are graduating with bachelor’s degrees, and both current and former Spartans see this as a mixed bag in finding jobs after graduation. About 33 percent of young adults in the U.S., from ages 25 to 29, attained at least a bachelor’s degree in 2012, according to the November survey from the Pew Research Center. The number is a 1 percent increase form 2011 and a 4 percentage point increase from 2000. For the graduates from MSU of 2011, 85 percent either were employed after graduation or decided to continue their education. Alumna Becca MacLennan said she had some difficulty fi nding a job after she graduated in 2008, and there might be more competition because of the trend.

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ate Smith knew there was something off about him. Maybe it was how his profile didn’t say much. Maybe it was how he kept messaging Smith — a student whose name has been changed to protect her


Or, maybe it was how he asked for personal information, including her address. Because when Smith finally met the student she had been talking to online, she knew her intuition was right. “He was looking for really sexual things,” she said. “I was really repulsed by him.” Online dating sites provide the option for students to misrepresent, exaggerate or even create things about themselves, with no way of others knowing the truth. This was seen in the recent case of former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, who announced the “alleged” girl he was talking to online since 2009 was not real. The announcement of the “death” of his girlfriend was made before the team played MSU in September 2012, and reports later revealed his girlfriend was fake. What happened to Te’o is known as catfishing, a term made popular by the movie “Catfish” and MTV’s “Catfish: The TV Show.” Catfishing refers to two people connecting online and forming a virtual relationship, but when the two meet, one person finds out the other was not telling the truth online. Saleem Alhabash, assistant professor of public relations and social media at MSU, said even a small detail on a profile is enough for someone to judge you. “College students and people from other age groups need to be careful about what information they put online because it’s very different than face-to-face interaction,” Alhabash said. “Whatever we put out online will stay there.” The online dating scene has evolved, and students are faced with more than just considering their online date’s attractiveness or charm — there now is the question of whether the person is telling the truth.

Creepers Waterford, Mich., resident Ryan Shaltry created allMSU to get information out to MSU students. He said the site’s dating feature was an afterthought. “It was always just listening to what the community needed and what I thought would be useful for them,” Shaltry said. “It’s a much more safe and controlled environment because it is limited to students.” AllMSU is a place for MSU students to interact on a variety of topics, ranging from housing to finding a date. Some users of allMSU and other online dating sites do tell the truth on their profiles, but might lay on their charm too strong. When Smith met the student she had been talking to on allMSU, he proved to be truthful to his profile and in the picture he sent to Smith. Although Smith said she felt a bad vibe from the male student, she decided to meet him. “I thought, ‘Maybe I’m just reading too much into it, and I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt,’” she said. Alumna Emily O’Rielly, who has had a profile on allMSU for more than a year, said one man messaged her about his personal problems, such as how he doesn’t have a job. “He seemed really weird,” O’Rielly said. “Just the stories … See SOCIAL MEDIA on page 2 X

33 percent of young adults in the U.S., from ages 25 to 29, attained at least a bachelor’s degree in 2012

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“I think it is still fairly hard to get a job,” she said. “Maybe since things are already competitive, that it’ll increase the competition if there (are) more qualified individuals trying to get jobs.” MacLennan said she considered going to graduate school to help increase the chances of getting a good job, but decided it wasn’t the best decision for her. “I was interested in other careers and fields to study and learn about,” she said. “I wasn’t convinced with what I wanted to do, so it wasn’t worth my time and money.” MSU ranked fourth in the Big See DEGREE on page 2 X



MSU alumnus wins MSU TO HELP PROPOSE IDEAS FOR E.L. Grammy for jazz By Samantha Radecki

The site of the former City Center II project from the intersection of Abbot Road and Grand River Avenue on Wednesday. A banner reading “East Lansing, City of the Arts” is hung on the front of the building.

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MSU alumnus Ben Williams expected to walk away from the 2013 Grammy Awards empty handed. The jazz musician received a nomination for best jazz instrumental album with his band, the Pat Metheny Unity Band, in December. Although the band’s guitarist Pat Metheny had won 19 Grammy Awards previously, Williams still felt the rush of surprise when his name was called. “You kind of just go numb for a minute,” Williams said. “It was kind of a blur after hearing we won.” Williams’ kinship with jazz began at 8 years old, when he began to teach himself to play piano. He learned how to play the bass cello, his instrument of choice, in middle school, and never looked back. After graduating from MSU in 2007, he attended the Juilliard School in New York, where


he became friends with Etienne Charles, now a professor in the MSU College of Music. “He was in town when we met,” Charles said. “He was doing a gig at a club. When he enrolled in Juilliard in the fall of 2007, we had class together.” The two quickly formed a close friendship and began playing music together, which they continue to do. “We played gigs together around the city,” Charles said. “We have a working relationship as well as a friendship. We travel and play together a lot.” Despite the initial shock of receiving the Grammy, Williams was no newcomer to music recognition. In 2012, he was named Up and Coming Artist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. He also won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition in 2009, which got him a recording contract with Concord Records and helped See MUSIC on page 2 X


A city for short-term students and long-term community members — that is what MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon envisions in the city of East Lansing. “Think about the community that we reside in and our students having a much more dynamic sense of place (in a community) that supports students and also supports them as young professionals,” Simon said. In order to create this sense of place, Simon encouraged the School of Planning, Design and Construction to help develop a new vision for downtown. About two weeks ago, an academic exercise began within the school allowing faculty and students to dream up what redeveloping parts of East Lansing could appeal to students, community members and young-working professionals. The project is termed as part of the Michigan Corridor Proj-


ect, with an area that runs from Hagadorn Road, down Grand River Avenue and Michigan Avenue, all the way to U.S. Route 127. It includes the re-envisioning all of the vacant and underdeveloped properties along that corridor, Pat Crawford, the associate director of the School of Planning, Design and Construction said. Crawford said the project still is in its information-gathering

phase with no set plans for development. The school is not planning to tell property owners how to develop their lands, she said. Simon said the project is being funded from donor dollars and, according to Crawford, the cost of the project is unavailable and still in flux. “The goal of the project is to explore what would a model community look like that involves the

town and the university (and) what could make us one of the top ten university communities in the world,” Crawford said. Although there is no solid plan to begin redevelopment, East Lansing Planning, Building and Development Director Tim Dempsey said these types of developments could be actuSee CITY on page 2 X


Police brief Police investigating sexual assault A sexual assault was reported Feb. 7 in Owen Graduate Hall, according to MSU police. MSU police Assistant Director Tony Kleibecker said a 19-year-old female student said she was sexually assaulted in the dorm by an acquaintance. Kleibecker declined to comment further based on the nature of the ongoing case. The department’s Clery Crime and Fire Log classified the incident as criminal sexual conduct in the third degree, suggesting a rape took place.

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Why trust them? The reality is, some people, including Smith, still wind up face to face with people they meet online. This leaves the possibility of being catfished. Kayla Hales, assistant professor in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, said catfishing has been occurring for a long time, but it only recently received popularity. Alhabash and Hales contributed to a study looking at how people respond to different stereotypes on online dating profiles. The first part of the study set up fake profiles and exposed the participants to the pages, which didn’t disclose names or pictures, but included characteristics stereotypical to black or white people, such as interests and level of education. The second part of the study included photos on the fake profile, and participants were shown profi les based on their sexual preference. Most of the heterosexual white females surveyed related to and saw the profiles with white stereotypes and photos as

more attractive. Outside his research, Alhabash said users’ preferences online might vary by age. “We are dealing with a culture where online students are hooking up rather than dating for the sake of long-term relationships,” he said. Alhabash said online daters are able to form an impression of someone based on little details on one’s profile. “Whenever (we) are going to seek romantic partners online, we tend to look for characteristics that we like and things that we are comfortable with,” Alhabash said. “Then we just evaluate the person.” Staying safe Hales said anyone who goes online is susceptible to being catfished, and those who go online more often increase their chances of falling for a scam. “If you are the type of person to go online and meet people, you could be susceptible to this,” Hales said. Alhabash said it’s hard to determine what makes one online dating site more or less safe compared to another. “It’s individual practice that people need to maintain their privacy settings and be cautious about who to give their information to,” he said. Nicole Ellison, associate professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, who used to teach at MSU and has done research on social media, said there are

some things students can look for in a profile to recognize if the person is lying, including inconsistencies in the conversations and profile, or if someone if trying to control the communication medium. Smith said when she met the students she talked to on allMSU face to face, she made sure to meet in a public place and bring a friend along. The technique of “creeping” is a tool some students, including Smith and O’Rielly, use to see if people are lying. For Steve, an MSU student who wished to not include his last name, finding the message, “hey what’s up ;)” on his door’s whiteboard was enough make him think he was being catfished. He and his roommate began to investigate if the mystery girl was real. With only a first name, they set out to find her on Facebook. “We thought it was a fake person,” Steve said. “She told me she had class at one time … (and) we looked to see if there was a class.” Despite suspicions, Steve eventually found the mystery girl was a real person when he caught her writing on his whiteboard. “If you were to know the personalities, we both just went out there and joked about it,” Steve said, adding they remained friends.

more Colin McCune, seeing an MSU alumnus succeed in music provides encouragement on his own career path. “It makes me have faith in the program,” McCune said. “It makes me excited to keep going and see how far I can get.” When it comes to style, Charles said Williams’ wide knowledge of other music genres sets him apart from other jazz musicians, both as a solo artist and a band member. “The thing with Ben is his attention to detail and his abili-

ty to move in and out of different styles with music,” Charles said. “A big part of it is musicology and a big part is being able to connect with the person, and we just have a good connection.” Although he hasn’t had the opportunity to visit often, Williams said he still has gratitude for his MSU roots. “I learned so much from the jazz program there,” he said. “Just being in college, at MSU, I had so many great experiences.”



Grammy winner has roots in MSU jazz program FROM PAGE ONE

him produce his first solo album, “State of Art,” in 2011. “I have been very blessed to receive a few awards in my short career, and every one means a lot in their own ways,” Williams said. For music education sopho-


Increasing numbers of students have bachelor’s degrees FROM PAGE ONE

Ten with 73.3 percent of students receiving a bachelor’s degree in the 2010-11 school year. Linda Gross, associate director for MSU’s Career Services Network, said it doesn’t depend so much on attaining the degree, but what the student does when they graduate. “It’s what you take away from that matters most — how you learned from those experiences,” she said. Economics professor Charles Ballard said the benefits of people graduating with bachelor’s degrees has proved to be more valuable in finding employment in the job market. “Those with post-high school eduction have done so much better (finding jobs),” he said. “So word has gotten around with the financial advantages of having more education. That would translate into more people seeking to further their education.” With Pew data showing about a third of young adults are graduating with bachelor’s degrees, it might become a necessity for students to attain a bachelor’s before going into the work force. Chemistr y senior Robert Morelli said more people are graduating with bachelor’s degrees because they think a degree will boost their job prospects in the face of a bad economy. “With the economy tanking the way it has, there’s no more low-skilled jobs,” he said. “So everyone has to keep going to college if they even want the lowest of waged jobs anymore.” Morelli said, in the face of more skilled workers in the general public, it’s defi nitely going to be harder fi nding a job. “As the skill goes up, you have to be more skilled to counteract it,” he said. “So it’s a little scary.”

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alized in the future. “If the plan is one that’s embraced by the community, that works financially and where there are people willing to invest in it because it does work financially, there is a potential for those plans to come to function,” he said. Crawford said the group will pay attention to vacant buildings, such as the former City Center II redevelopment site, located on Grand River Avenue and the vacant Red Cedar Golf Course property located on Michigan Avenue. When walking down the streets of East Lansing across from MSU’s campus, it’s hard for one not to

recognize the underdeveloped properties, said graduate student Kevin McKenna, who is involved in the project. “I like the downtown district, and I feel like it should be very vibrant and friendly to students as well as the rest of the community,” McKenna said. “With all of the empty buildings, it’s not very friendly.” The second phase, or the drawing phase, will commence in the beginning of April, when faculty and students will begin visualizing and drawing up plans – including ideas for new businesses, housing, outdoor public spaces and water systems, among many other facets of the city, Crawford said. “We don’t have answers, and that’s what’s kind of fun,” she said. “We will say, ‘Here’s how many different things could look if they were brought to this corridor.’”

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ASMSU votes to add lecture to online course MTH 1825

Students restore faith during Lenten season

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MSU’s lowest level mathematics course Intermediate Algebra, or MTH 1825, has caught the eye of ASMSU, MSU’s undergraduate student government. The group unanimously passed a bill to provide students with an alternative lecture course option for MTH 1825, which primarily is offered as an online course. “I think it’s fine if we’re really committed to undergraduate education that we follow through and make sure that those students who need that face-to-face support have access to it,” ASMSU President Evan Martinak said. MTH 1825 is a class for students who have low scores on their math placement exams. The course virtually has no credit value for students because those required to take the course must have an additional three credits to graduate, said Pavel Sikorskii, executive associate undergraduate director for the Department of Mathematics. The movement to an online course was made in spring 2011, Sikorskii said. The bill was supported by ASMSU general assembly members Nate Pasmanter and Paul Mooney after Mooney heard students and teacher assistants, or TAs, complaining about the course structure at the Math Learning Centers, or MLC. The two sent out surveys to former and current TAs, trying to gather their thoughts on what could be changed about the course. One TA said the course sets students up to fail

because everything is online, Mooney said. But Sikorskii said research has shown the software currently used in the course is effective and beneficial to students. He said the MLC, satellites on campus and enrichment programs also will help students. While there is an enrichment program offering services as a recitation-type class, TAs felt most students were unaware of the option, Pasmanter said, citing his survey results. The latest concern about the online math class also is a concern of the Black Student Alliance, or BSA. The group lobbied for a professor-taught class in their student demands of 2011. BSA President Silver Moore said the course can play a big role in students’ fi nancial aid if students struggle in the class and fall onto the academic probation list. International studies and social science freshman Rachel Sienkowski, who used the MLC as an extra resource, took the class last semester and struggled, she said. “If I’m not good in math, then I need someone to teach me,” Sienkowski said. “Not having a teacher made it worse.” Sienkowski said she is doing better in her current math class because she has a professor and recitation. Pasmanter understands it is difficult to change the structure of a course and isn’t expecting a speedy fi x. “If they look into the enrichment section, hopefully they could have something in place by the (Academic Orientation Program) this summer,” he said. “They could (make) students more aware of it.”

By Christine LaRouere

Several hundred churchgoers attend one of the six Ash Wednesday Masses at St. John Church and Student Center, 327 M.A.C Ave. THE STATE NEWS ■■

Students and religion can be tricky to balance in college. Between studying, sleeping and having a social life, the decision to continue pursuing a relationship with God, or reject the beliefs from home, is a challenge for some. For physics senior Derik Peterman, Ash Wednesday is a chance to improve that relationship through “spiritual bootcamp,” or Lent. Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the day that marks the beginning of Lent for Catholics around the world. Yesterday was the beginning of Lent, also known as Ash Wednesday, and MSU students had the chance to publicly display the ashes on their foreheads, representing they are Catholic. “Lent is a time for not only fasting and controlling our human desires, but a time of renewal of our faith,” Peterman said after attending 12:15 p.m. Mass Wednesday at St. John Church and Student Center, 327 M.A.C. Ave., to receive his ashes. Peterman said his transition to college made it hard to keep up with his faith. But he has learned to change his lifestyle and make time as he got used to being on campus. “I would definitely say my faith has gotten stronger since freshman year,” Peterman said. “It’s not so much balancing my time as much as just making time because striving to learn more about my faith is something I make time for.” Rev. Mark Inglot, pastor


of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and St. John Church and Student Center, 955 Alton St., said students sometimes find it difficult to go to mass because of everything they have going on. Still, he sees an increase of students attending mass starting on Ash Wednesday through the Easter season. “I think students come to mass more during Lent because they know that Catholic Christians around the world are more intentional about their faith, about examining their conscious and preparing for Easter,” Inglot said. “Because all Catholics know that we are all in this journey together. It helps motivate students.” Marketing freshman Brett Kast said being at college has made it difficult to maintain his religious life, but he wants to use this Lenten season to explore doing things on his own and work on being more committed to God. “Not starting off the Easter season this year at home is going to be different,” Kast

Deacon Jim Kasprzak marks a cross on hospitality business freshman Matthew Temerowski’s forehead Wednesday at St. John Church and Student Center, 327 M.A.C Ave.

said. “Because Ash Wednesday is a time for renewal and sacrifice, I am trying to make a change about my religious life right now.” Kast also said for him, Ash Wednesday is a time to re-evaluate and appreciate life. “This is a season to get us back to God’s design,” Inglot said. “Ash Wednesday is the day to

dare to be Christian, and I want students to be that ambassador for Christ.”

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On Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama laid out his 2013 plans for millions of Americans during his State of the Union address. The president mentioned more than a dozen topics of interest; here is a breakdown of a few of his proposals. 1. Raising the minimum wage Many students are working for minimum wage at $7.25 per hour. To raise the standard of living in the United States, Obama proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour. A family of four with one parent working full time for the current minimum wage is living below the line of poverty. T he president said this increase could result in a more stable workforce and a boost in the economy because it might

reduce worker turnover and give consumers more money to spend. Republicans cautioned that employers might be discouraged to hire additional workers at higher rates if minimum wage is raised. “This single step would raise the incomes of millions of working families,” Obama said at the address. “It could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank; rent or eviction; scraping by or finally getting ahead.” 2. Repairing roads Obama has the same idea as Gov. Rick Snyder — it’s time to fi x the roads. Both the federal and state government now have made promises to ensure driving over potholes on the way to class will be a thing of the past. The president announced plans to allocate $50 billion to repair national infrastructure, including roads and bridges, and create a “Fix it First” pro-

gram to solve the nation’s most urgent infrastructure issues. He said the projects will be funded by money that would have been spent on the war. 3. Balancing the defi cit Many students soon will be entering the job force of a nation in debt. The nation is $16 trillion in debt and has reached its borrowing limit. The president acknowledged the series of spending cuts expected to take effect in late February. He said the best way to avert another financial crisis is to balance the deficit. Obama proposed reducing tax loopholes for the wealthy to generate $600 billion in revenue and $900 billion in spending cuts to appeal to congressional Republicans.

years Michigan has had an unstable housing market, but Obama proposed plans Tuesday to help people fi nd homes. The president’s legislative

proposals would award benefits to borrowers with loans insured by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae, two government-sponsored companies.

He announced he plans to allocate $15 billion to the Project Rebuild program to create construction jobs and rebuild communities.


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f there were any question marks surrounding the plans President Barack Obama has for the next four years, they likely have been laid to rest. On Tuesday night, people across the country — along with a joint session of the U.S. Congress — learned the direction in which the U.S. will be headed during Obama’s second term in his State of the Union address. In the hour-long speech, Obama reaffirmed his support of many issues that have become synonymous with his presidency, including monitoring climate change, immigration reform and stricter gun control laws.

directly increase the earnings — and quality of life — for millions of low-wage workers, including cooks, janitors and aides to the elderly. But it wouldn’t just stop there. By increasing the federal minimum wage by $1.75, the other goals the president set out in his State of the Union address begin to seem possible — especially for young professionals. Imagine how much more money high school students could save before coming to college if their first jobs paid $9 an hour. And imagine how much current college students could make if the jobs they had in school paid this amount. Don’t these all seem like ways to reduce the extent of loans used to pay for school? Raising the federal minimum wage satisfies the goal Obama has of limiting the amount of debt young individuals take on to afford higher education. But it also improves the lives of many of the troops he plans to return home from Afghanistan — especially those who choose to go back to school after their time in war.

But he didn’t stop there. The president also introduced numerous new policies he plans to move to the forefront during the next four years. Of these, three of the most intriguing included raising minimum wage, lowering the amount of debt college students will have to take on and removing troops from Afghanistan. Although these are policies he has addressed in the past, they reflect the greater amount of attention the president is planning to direct toward young professionals in this country. The most drastic request the president made to Congress was to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour, and to automatically adjust it with inflation. This change would be extreme and it is certain to be politically divisive. But it also has the potential to redirect the frightening levels of income inequality existent in this country and make the lives of many young college students much better. Obama stood firm on his belief that — as the wealthiest nation on earth — living in poverty shouldn’t be a fear that exists to those who work full time. And it’s hard not to agree. Raising the federal minimum wage would

Obama made it clear during his State of the Union address that he plans to bring back 34,000 troops during the next year. Since a major complaint of soldiers is the difficulty to build a life around the income they receive from the jobs available to them upon returning home, this increase also helps make their suffering limited to their time in war. Political opposition has been no stranger to Obama throughout his time as president, and these new policies are likely to generate a great deal more. But the good these policies could accomplish is something Congress shouldn’t ignore. Instead of putting political party before country, hopefully the goals Obama set out in his State of the Union address are considered — and set forth — to limit the economic strain levied on all Americans.



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ents wanted me to be as American as possible and never know of their hardships. Maybe passing on their language would have been a reminder of the things that made them different and made them targets when they were I’m the first U.S.-born member in a young and immigrated to the Unitfamily of Romanian immigrants. ed States. My heritage has caused me pain, In some ways I’ve resented being joy, confusion, frustration and has Romanian. I’ve resented not being given me a driving spark. While some able to say anything, let alone anything meaningful, to people spend most of GUEST COLUMNIST some of the most sigtheir lives figuring out nificant people in my who they are, I’ve tried life. to figure out what side of I have been shut the culture line I stand out of conversations on. because Romanian Growing up I was too was used around me American for the Romaso I wouldn’t undernians and too Romanian stand what was going for the Americans. My on. culture made me difJULIA NAGY I felt stupid and ferent, and my lack judged as my mother of being able to speak Romanian made me an outsider at had to explain to every single extended Romanian family member who family gatherings. I got pretty good at figuring out tried to talk to me that I couldn’t what was being said, but I could only speak the language, and they all follow conversation, never join it. So, looked at me with the same judgall the weddings and funerals and mental look. I instantly was pointed out as the times I went to the Romanian church for Easter were spent twiddling my one who didn’t belong. I always found thumbs and pretending to sing the myself moving closer to the corners church hymns so the pastor would of the rooms where we gathered so I wouldn’t have to deal with even stop looking at me funny. Any time I was spoken to directly, more questions from people who it was an awkward attempt at getting really didn’t care about anything I me to join in on the conversation — had to say because I could only say which never worked. A long-wind- it in a foreign language. If someone managed to ask me ed conversation in rapid Romanian was interrupted by a childlike-slow something, a spotlight was thrown on me because the E n g l i sh , “A nd conversation had to what do you like switch languages. to do?” It was all “I’ve resented not But worst of all, so excruciating. I felt ashamed of There are people being able to say myself because I in my family who anything, let alone would rise I’ve never gotten anything meaningful, never to the standards a chance to truexpected of me. ly speak with, and to some of the most Sitting down with some of whom significant people in and hearing the I’ll never get that extended famichance. I remem- my life.” ly talk about how ber sitting on my this person’s child great-grandmother’s lap when I was a little girl and was a doctor and this person’s child hearing her soothing voice sing the was a lawyer and this person’s child was wildly successful in business and soft words of a Romanian lullaby. When I was older, she called me made something of herself was more from Romania to wish me a happy than I could bear. On the other hand, I take a certain birthday. She couldn’t speak English, but she had learned how to sing pride in being Romanian. It’s what instilled my work ethic and tough “Happy Birthday” for me. I cried on the phone, because, skin in me, and I certainly wouldn’t for once, I felt connected. I’ve never be the person I am without it. I’m on the edge of two worlds, and had a conversation with my grandfather on my dad’s side because he I can get the best and the worst from doesn’t speak English either. It’s iron- both. I can share cool cultural facts ic because out of all my family mem- with my friends and know about a bers, I feel closest to him. We’ve got part of the world I didn’t grow up in. the same souls — stubborn, deter- Sometimes isolation turns to inclusion and vice versa. mined, independent and strong. I don’t think I’ll ever work out “Te iubesc.” Romanian for “I love you.” That’s about as far as I can get, where exactly I stand. Maybe I’m just meant to straddle the line between but it’s not far enough. I think I never was taught Roma- the two, or obliterate the idea of it all nian because in some way my par- and create a culture just my own.


close friend recently said to me that I don’t seem to embrace my heritage. I, of course, denied it. But he was right.

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COGS DISCUSS STUDENT TAX AND UPCOMING ELECTIONS Elections and continuing the student tax were the two hot-button topics discussed at the Council of Graduate Students, or COGS, full council meeting Wednesday night. The unanimously passed tax referendum by COGS members will be asking for $9.25 per graduate student for fall and spring semesters and $4.75 for the summer semester to support the organization. Graduate students will vote on the tax referendum during the spring 2013 tax referendum ballot. The vote occurs every three years. “We have had minimal tax increases over time because we are particularly sensitive to not asking for more than we


absolutely need to operate,” COGS President Stefan Fletcher said. The taxes go towards COGS providing multiple services for graduate and professional students. Some of these services include legal services, reduced parking permit rates, a monthly newsletter including academic and social events, and sponsorships and grants to help graduate students, as well as other services. Fletcher said although it is unlikely, the group would be crippled in its ability to meet the needs of the graduate and professional students if COGS does not receive student taxes. Students always have approved the student tax. The upcoming election was another subject the board addressed at the meeting, with Fletcher accepting the nomination to run for his fourth presidency. No other members were nominated for president at the meeting, but nominations for all the

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executive boards are open until the next COGS meeting March 13. “I’ve been very fortunate over the period of time to work with some pretty impressive and talented graduate and professional leaders and get to know people across the variety of departments and offices throughout the campus,” Fletcher said. “It’s not really what you get out of it — it’s about public service.” Next term will be the last term for Fletcher as the COGS President if he is elected again, he said. The election will be held at the next meeting with the full council members voting on the COGS president, vice president for internal affairs, vice president for external affairs, treasurer and secretary positions. Members running for positions will give short speeches at the election meeting. ROBERT BONDY

New apartment complex, HopCat bar discussed by planning commission


HopCat, 25 Ionia Ave. SW, in Grand Rapids, is applying to open a new location in the first floor of The Residences, 300 Grove St. Owner and alumnus Mark Sellers hopes to open the restaurant in August.

The East Lansing Planning Commission held two public hearings at Wednesday’s meeting, one about demolishing a gas station to build a new apartment complex and another to build a bar on the first floor of The Residences, 300 Grove St. The commission first tackled the proposal to demolish the BP gas station, located at 504 Michigan Ave. If approved, the complex will house 21 apartments that each will fit four residents. — Michael Koury, SN To read more about the planning commission meeting, visit

Fiji hopes to change view of greek community By RuAnne Walworth THE STATE NEWS ■■




On Monday, March 9, 1987, The State News covered the need for more interaction between African and black students. “Harambee” was a student groups that helped interactions between Africans and black students. They said black students are the only race to not be identified with their homeland. They said the need to bridge the gap between Africans and blacks is important to preserve the black identity.


A smile says it all, and so does paying it forward. Phi Gamma Delta, or Fiji, wants to show fraternities are not just about mixers between the greeks, parties on the weekend or the large fraternity houses lining the streets. The group created the 26 Acts of Kindness — a project to help others without being asked. “It extended from doing something for a memorial for the 26 people that died during the Newton (Conn.) massacre,” Fiji President Louis Michael said. “We are living on for those 26 people, and in doing so, we can do something

kind and go out of your way once a day to do something for someone else.” Shoveling sidewalks, giving blood, brushing off snowy cars and helping carry groceries are some of the work the students have been doing. The idea was sparked by MSU and Fiji alumnus and motivational speaker Jim Tuman, who came to speak to the greek system last month, Interfraternity Council, or IFC, president Tony Biallas said. Some students’ views of greek life come from nationwide issues with greeks and shows such as “I’m Shmacked,” which shows party scenes of colleges and visited MSU in fall 2012, Biallas said. Fraternity and sorority presidents both agreed not to allow the show to film in greek houses.

MSU fraternities are no strangers to problems with underage drinking reports and arrests. In 2010, 10 reports of underage drinking at fraternities were reported, according to East Lansing police records. In this same year, there were about 15 arrests at IFC fraternities and nine made the following September. Sigma Phi Epsilon’s charter was revoked in January 2012 for risky behavior and “poor operations.” “There are probably some people out there that are not in it for the right reasons,” Michael said. “I understand where some of the bad stigma may come from, although that’s not the case. As far as stigma goes, it’s always going to be like that, giant colorful letters that people may not know what they mean because there is a certain secrecy with greek life, unless you

are in it.” The sometimes negative view from students and the community gives a much deeper meaning to 26 Acts of Kindness than simply putting Fiji’s name on the map, Michael said. “It kind of hits home, especially in college, and it is very humbling,” Michael said. Group effort to promote paying it forward in the community has made members want to become more involved, such as planning to fix up local parks. So far, 26 Acts of Kindness has had positive feedback from the Fiji brotherhood, Fiji community service chairman Max Becker said. “The greek community always had taken up bigger projects, and now we want to reach out more so on a day to day basis,” Becker said.

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Students find ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day Students share love stories, date plans By Brytanie Killebrew THE STATE NEWS ■■

For some, “Valentine’s Day” are two of the world’s most dreaded words, but for other students the holiday holds exciting plans with loved ones. Human biology junior Faye Tata will celebrate her Valentine’s Day with a one-ofa-kind dinner through Skype with a long-distance crush. “I was kind of joking and was like, ‘Will you be my valentine?’” she said. But when her friend Keaton Lantrip said “Yes,” the nerves began to build. Dressed in her best in her apartment, Tata will Skype Lantrip, who lives in

A GIRL’S Mississippi. Although the two are separated by more than 900 miles, Tata and Lantrip plan to pull out all the stops to make their evening romantic and special. “We’ve always been really good friends, but I’m just as nervous as if we were doing it in person,” she said. Another student has more traditional plans for the infamous day of love. Tonight, fisheries and wildlife junior Brooke Merrill plans on making a French-inspired dinner with her boyfriend. “We both like to cook and I thought of French food because it reminded me of Valentine’s Day,” she said. At first Merrill and her boy-

friend Kevin Doyle, economics senior, planned to bake a baguette themselves, but after realizing how difficult the task was, the two an easier route. “We’re buying a baguette and watching the Food Network for ideas,” she said. The couple will channel their inner Paula Deen while preparing the southern bell’s recipe for 40 cloved garlic chicken. But for some students, Feb. 15 is the real day to celebrate. “The next day my friends are celebrating Singles Awareness Day, and I’m invited because I’m aware they’re single,” Merrill said.

Mich. legislators propose laws of love By Kellie Rowe THE STATE NEWS ■■

You might think politics has nothing to do with love, but even lawmakers step in the path of Cupid’s arrows now and again. Here are some Michigan laws and resolutions on dating to look out for this Valentine’s Day. 1. Online dating background checks In 2004, the Michigan House introduced House Bill No. 6234 to require that online dating websites conduct criminal background checks on users, or provide a statement on their site to tell users they have not conducted background checks. Legislators wanted the phrase, “Warning: (Name of provider) has not conducted felony or sexual background checks on its members” no more than three inches from the top of the website. If the website did not conduct background checks, legislators wanted the phrase, “Warning: Based solely on the name pro-

vided by the member, (name of provider) has conducted a criminal background check through the criminal history record systems maintained by each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.” The bill stalled in the House. 2. No conflicts of interest House representatives introduced House Bill No. 6012, or the legislative ethics act, in 2006 to set rules for legislators and their dating habits. Sec. 221 mandates lawmakers refrain from engaging in a relationship that creates a conflict of interest. This means the legislator can’t make decisions that would directly benefit the person they are in a relationship with. For example, a lawmaker can’t be dating the president of a school board, then allocate $5,000 of government money to the board for a vacation because it is considered a conflict of interest. The lawmaker would seem to favor the school board instead of other organizations because he or she is dating its president.

If the bill is passed, any legislator dating the school board president would be required to publicly disclose their relationship and refrain from making decisions that would directly impact the school board. 3. The Valentine’s Day hook Many lawmakers have used Valentine’s Day as a peg to call for action. A handful of House representatives introduced a resolution to designate February 2005 as National Cherry Month because “consumers are eager to buy cherry products in February to help celebrate a variety of special days during the month, including Valentine’s Day.” The Senate passed a resolution in 2004 to call on the president and other elected officials at every level to recognize Valentine’s Day and think about ways to work on their own marriages, as well as support marriages in Michigan.

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Mason resident Karen O’Connor, right, looks at jewelry with East Lansing resident Linda Pivarnik on Wednesday at Silver and Beyond, 333 Albert Ave. The owner of Silver and Beyond, Siham Baladi, said that around Valentine’s Day business picks up at the store. K ATIE STIEFEL | THE STATE NEWS

Campus, city offer Valentine’s deals, events By Holly Baranowski THE STATE NEWS ■■

Feb. 14 has returned, and this year, there are plenty of opportunities for both single students and couples to make the most of their Valentine’s Day. Whether students attend a ball or hit the deals on Grand River Avenue , there is something for everyone. A Night in Paris Valentine’s Day Ball The MSU International Students Association, or ISA, is hosting its ninth annual Valentine’s Ball. It is taking place from 6-11 p.m. Friday at the Marriott Hotel, 300 M.A.C. Ave. Formal attire and a valid MSU ID is required, and on-campus transportation will be provided from 5 p.m. to midnight. There also will be an after party at BAR 30, 2324 Showtime Drive, in Lansing, hosted by Lambda Phi Epsilon and ISA. Doors open at 9 p.m., and entry is $15 for those 18 and older and $10 for anyone older than 21. There will be drink specials running as well. Valentine’s Day Candy and Wristbands The National Association

of Black Accountants will be selling wristbands and Valentine’s Day candy from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the CATA Transportation Center on campus. Specials at Harper’s Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub, 131 Albert Ave., will have a happy hour Thursday with free beer tasting at 6 p.m. There also will be free “X” and “O” cookies all night, two for $20 entrees and half-off bottles of red wine. On Saturday, the bar will host a Valentine’s Day party. The band The Ragbirds will be playing live. Fourteen Shades of Dischords On Friday, the Spartan Dischords will have its annual Valentine’s Day concert at the Pasant Theatre. The group will be singing music by a mixture of artists, such as Taylor Swift , The Script, Ed Sheeran, Backstreet Boys and Sugar Ray. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults. Dinner at Kellogg Center Kellogg Center is offering a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day. One four-course meal is priced at $42 and a la carte pricing will be available.

Shoot, Spa and Stay Candlewood Suites, 3545 Forest Road, in Lansing, and University Club, 3435 Forest Road, in Lansing, have partnered with Demmer Shooting Sports, Education and Training Center, 4830 E. Jolly Road, in Lansing, to create a total Valentine’s Day package for $200. The packages includes an afternoon of instruction on bows and two hours of shooting. After the lesson, couples can pick a massage or a pedicure for two. This includes a day pass to the fitness center, sauna and steam room. A night at Candlewood Suites will end the day. Local Businesses Jeanologie XX/XY Boutique, 303 M.A.C. Ave., is selling anything pink or red for 15 percent off on Feb. 14. American Apparel, 115 E. Grand River Ave., has buy one, get one free lingerie, as well as 20-50 percent off watches, belts and jewelry on Valentine’s Day. Urban Outfitters, 119 E. Grand River Ave., has 10 percent off the entire purchase with a coupon. Spartan Corner, 103 E. Grand River Ave., is selling plush animals and some T-shirts for 14 percent off. Starbucks has buy one, get one free vanilla spice lattes, hot chocolate or caffè mochas with a coupon.




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Players, coaches look forward to return to outdoor play RESERVES GAIN EXPERIENCE IN NON-MSU TOURNAMENT PLAY By Dillon Davis THE STATE NEWS ■■

With each swing of Jimmy Pickens’ bat at MSU’s indoor hitting facility, you can tell he’s ready. Each swing harder than the last, the sophomore outfielder knocks ball after ball past the pitching screen to the distinct wall backdrop. After weeks of being relegated to indoor practice, Pickens certainly isn’t the only one anxious to get back on the ball field. Coming off an NCAA Tournament berth in 2012, the MSU baseball team opens up its regular season in a three-game weekend series starting at 5 p.m. Friday in Greenville, S.C., against Furman. From there, the team has a Saturday matchup with Miami (Ohio) and closes out Sunday with Big Ten foe Northwestern. With the team slated to depart early Thursday morning, Pickens said getting back outside is a point of excitement for himself and the team. “You always get excited when you get to go outside,” Pickens said. “We got outside a little (Tuesday) on the turf field. It was kind of cold, but it was fun seeing balls live, fly balls live, so

“It’s something that they’re used to, and I would expect Andrew (Waszak) would take the mound and throw a lot of strikes for us.”

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Each week, 10 wrestlers compete for MSU against the nation’s best, but, for the rest of the team, the grind never stops on the road to get into the starting lineup. The team trains together in the same program during the week, but some weekends, wrestlers not in the starting lineup are limited to competing as individuals in open tournaments. This past weekend, some MSU wrestling reserves traveled to Edinboro, Pa., for the Edinboro Open. Redshirt freshmen 149-pounder Roger Wildmo finished second, sophomore 197-pounder Luke Jones and freshman heavyweight Chris Nash finished third, and juniors 133-pounder Chris Lyon and 174-pounder Nick Kaczanowski came in sixth. Although two of those players have appeared in MSU’s starting lineup, their performances this weekend had no effect on MSU’s team record. MSU head coach Tom Minkel said traveling to the tournament isn’t paid for by MSU, mak-

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that was good. “I’m anxious to get outside; it’s gonna be nice down there.” The Spartans are expecting mostly sunny skies and temperatures nearing 62 degrees Friday as senior pitcher Andrew Waszak gets the first regular-season start of the year. Waszak takes over as MSU’s No. 1 pitcher following the departure of last season’s senior ace Tony Bucciferro. During his junior campaign, Waszak finished with a 4-4 record with a 2.96 earned run average in 16 starts. MSU baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr. said he’s hoping to get at least five innings out of Waszak while monitoring his pitch count when he hits 90 pitches against the Paladins. However, Boss said Waszak has pitched in early games before and he expects him to handle the sit-


The man advantage Breaking down MSU’s powerplays and penalty-killing This season, the MSU hockey team is 7-4-1 when netting a power-play goal, but only 1-16-2 when the Spartans fail to score on a man-advantage. Last Saturday, captain and junior forward Greg Wolfe snapped a fourgame streak of no power-play goals.


Then-junior right hand pitcher Trey Popp throws the ball. The Spartans fell to the Nittany Lions, 6-5, on May 18, 2012, at McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field.

uation as well as he has in the past. “These guys have done this every year and for a long time since they’ve been playing,” Boss said. “It’s something that they’re used to, and I would expect Andrew would take the mound and throw a lot of strikes for us.” Taking into account the departures of lineup mainstays second baseman Ryan Jones, third baseman Torsten Boss and shortstop Justin Scanlon, among others, the Spartans will rely on a mix of experienced players and


new faces to carry the offensive load. But senior outfielder Jordan Keur said the Spartans have plenty of players who will make an impact in the team’s offense in the start of the season. “Those guys were a big part of our offense, but we have a lot of guys this year that are gonna be able to step in and are gonna need to step in,” Keur said. “They’ve shown and proved that so far, and I think they’re up for the challenge to prove that.”

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ing cost the most difficult obstacle to overcome. “The hard part is they have to pay their own way and pay their own hotel and food and entry fee,” he said. “We can’t do that for them.” Minkel said there’s more than just showing up to the event and participating — there is a procedure the wrestlers and coaches must complete. “There’s a whole administrative process you go through,” Minkel said. “We submit a list of who’s traveling. You have to get permission first. It’s like any of us doing it.” After their solo competitions, the reserves made it back to East Lansing in time to cheer on their teammates against Michigan. During the trip, they gained experience crucial to their future wrestling plans. “Going out and wrestling a guy you don’t know what they’re going to do or you’re not used to, that’s what makes you better,” Nash said.

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MSU sends message with blowout win Bullied. Abused. Beatdown. No mercy. No doubt — a message was sent. It might have been the first time the MSU and U-M’s men’s basketball programs met as a pair of top-10 teams, but it certainly didn’t feel like it. The No. 8 MSU men’s basketball team (21-4 overall, 10-2 Big Ten) rolled over No. 4 Michigan (21-4, 8-4), 75-52, making the once topranked Wolverines look like nothing more than a joke. Nearly all of Breslin Center’s capacity crowd laughed in unison, with the exception of a few in maize and blue, as chants of “overrated,” rained down. But watching the Spartans race up and down the floor for highlight-reel dunks and fast-break three’s, it was easy to be confused. Who are these Spartans? Wasn’t this the same team that struggled with St. Cloud State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Loyola and Tuskegee? The same squad forced to come from behind to beat Nebraska and Penn State? The last two times the Spartans left the Breslin Center hardwood at halftime it wasn’t to raucous cheers, but puzzled stares and anxious groans, as MSU trailed inferior opponents. But Tuesday night, all five pieces were working together. Adreian Payne was playing inside-out, allowing Derrick Nix to operate out of the low post, scoring and finding Gary Harris for open threes, which opened up driving lanes for Branden Dawson, while

Analysis of the MSU men’s basketball historic victory against No. 4 Michigan, in the programs’ first meet as top-10 teams

Keith Appling ran it all. The raucous Izzone jumped and cheered for hours on end, rocking Breslin Center back to the turn of the century when the Spartans rode a 53-game home winning streak, filled with games such as this one. It felt like the same, old fashioned, butt-whooping the Spartans have been delivering the Wolverines for most of the past two decades. But there was one significant difference. This one was about disrespect. This was a team looking to prove a point to doubters that tapped U-M as a topfive team before the season despite a first-round loss in the NCAA Tournament to a Mid-American Conference. They piled on the points with a purpose, forcefully sending home the message, “don’t think you’ve arrived. This still is our time.” They beat U-M to oblivion until the rivals couldn’t take it anymore. JUSTIN WAN/THE STATE NEWS And once the batSenior center Derrick Nix high-fives Izzone members at the conclusion of the game. MSU defeated Michigan, 75-52 , Tuesday at tered Wolverines had givBreslin Center. en up, the Spartans scored again for good measure. MSU capitalized on pregame keys en route MSU is a very good to dominating victory over Michigan team. They could even become a great team, but that wasn’t what n Tuesday, The State News published five 3. Avoiding foul trouble 2. Limit turnovers/ Freshman they were Tueskeys for the Spartans to win the first ever guard Foul trouble had been a concern fast break Denzel day evening top-10 clash with the rival Wolverines. ng. for MSU in recent games, but no MSU continued its recent Valentine That wasn’t The No. 8 MSU men’s basketball team n’t in the first Spartan picked up more than stretch of ball control, turning what that (21-4 overall, 10-2 Big Ten) dominated half against three fouls Tuesday night, allowing the ball over just eight times Michigan. dominancee No. 4 Michigan (21-4, 8-4) from start MSU head coach Tom Izzo to play despite a high-possession JUSTIN WAN/ was about.. to finish, winning 75-52 in front of THE STATE rotations and make substitutions as game that saw more than 60 NEWS That a frenzied crowd of 14,797 in attenhe saw fit. Meanwhile, U-M guard shot attempts. As a result, night theyy dance. Here’s how MSU fared when Trey Burke finished with four fouls, U-M struggled to find easy were a it came to the pregame keys. delivering a significant blow to opportunities in transition, team out U-M’s offense. converting only nine fast for revenge, ge, break points. 1. Size inside reclaimMSU bullied the Wolv Wolverines ing the title le of best in the in the paint, with Derrick Der state they felt never should 4. Defending the 3-point 5. Controlling U-M role Nix leading the charg charge. have been taken from shot players The senior center sco scored them in the he first place. Coming into the game, Izzo said U-M forward Glenn Robinson 14 points along with a MSU head coach Tom ad it would be critical for MSU to III was quiet, rarely looking to number of great passes pas Izzo said itt was his prohold Michigan to six or seven score, finishing with two points out of the post, while gram’s best st game in three 3-pointers instead of 11 or 12. Izzo and just four shot attempts. freshman forward Ma Matt years, and d he’s probagot his wish, as U-M shot 6-forBut it was the work MSU did Costello came off the benc bench to bly right, but don’t expect 19 (31.6 percent) from beyond the on the Wolverines’ secondoutplay his Michigan counte counterpart, it to become me the norm. arc, with MSU freshman guard leading scorer that sealed the Mitch McGary . Costello scored scor It was simply one, imply Gary Harris nearly making as deal. MSU locked down Tim eight points along with six loud, forceful eful message: many three’s (five) than the entire Hardaway Jr. as the guard shot rebounds, compared to McGary’s McG this is our state, and Wolverine team combined. 1-for-11 with only two points. four points and four rebounds rebound . don’t you forget it.

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MSU-UM game brings back memories for former players By Dillon Davis THE STATE NEWS ■■

The last time Mateen Cleaves took the floor against Michigan, he left a lasting impression not soon forgotten. The Flint native dished out an MSU single-game record 20 assists in an overwhelming 11463 victory in March 2000 against the Wolverines at Breslin Center, assuring the then-No.7 MSU men’s basketball team at least a share of the Big Ten championship. From there, the Spartans didn’t lose another game en route to the 2000 national championship against Florida. It was the season that forever etched Cleaves in MSU lore, which certainly isn’t lost on the players of this year’s team. “I really want to give a shoutout to our alumni players,” senior center Derrick Nix said Tuesday. “Mateen Cleaves, Charlie Bell,

Kelvin Torbert; it makes the game better when you see those guys in the crowd and how much they care to watch. “That’s what got me going.” Cleaves returned to Breslin Center on Tuesday as a spectator, fortunate to witness another drubbing as the No. 8 Spartans (21-4 overall, 10-2 Big Ten) routed No. 4 Michigan (21-4, 8-4), 75-52. It was MSU’s most lopsided victory over the Wolverines since the 1999-2000 season, prompting Cleaves to reminisce of the significance of the MSU-U-M rivalry. And for Cleaves, it’s something he takes seriously. “Whenever you play Michigan, it’s a big game,” Cleaves said. “That’s a big time rivalry. You’re playing for pride. When you get older, those are the games you

still look back on and you’re still friends with some of the guys you played against at Michigan, so that’s a pride game.” Now an analyst for CBS Sports Network and Fox Sports Detroit, Cleaves said it was an effort certain to earn his Spartans national attention. “You’ve got to earn your respect,” he said. “That’s how we do it here. Don’t give us nothing. I like what they’re doing — they’re doing it the old fashioned way.” Cleaves and fellow Flint native Bell have made multiple returns to the program this season to speak to the players and provide a voice of leadership as the team navigates the season. The then-junior Bell also had a game to remember that day against the Wolverines. Bell scored 31 points

Former MSU guard Mateen Cleaves celebrates a point by dancing underneath the basket during the MSU Basketball Alumni Game on Dec. 14, 2012, at Jenison Field House. Cleaves scored four points and tallied five assists during the game.

— slightly less than half of U-M’s total — on 13-of-19 shooting from the field in a winning effort. Now in his early 30s, with his professional basketball career waning, Bell often is an attendee at men’s basketball games, usually sitting across from MSU’s bench. After what MSU was able to do against its in-state rival Tuesday, Bell said the team has done enough to establish itself among college basketball’s elite and is primed to make another postseason run. “Coming into the season, nobody was really talking about them and you know, this was a good win,” Bell said. “They played some of the top teams out there already and I think they should have an idea that ‘OK, we are one of the top teams in the country.’”

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he talk began months ago, back when the ink dried on their letters of intent. The greatest University of Michigan freshman class since the Fab Five. A top-five preseason ranking. The incoming class made of guard Nik Stauskas and forwards Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary were going to return the U-M men’s basketball program to glory, erasing the sour taste of a first round upset in last season’s NCAA Tournament. Meanwhile, about 70 miles north, another top-10 recruiting class sat quietly, confidently — waiting for the chance to prove themselves. That chance came Tuesday in a nationallytelevised rivalry game, where the Spartans and Wolverines squared off as a pair of top-10 teams for the first time. The result was each of MSU’s freshmen producing one of their best performances of the season, helping the No. 8 MSU men’s basketball team (21-4 overall, 10-2 Big Ten) steamroll U-M (21-4, 8-4) , 75-52, before a capacity crowd at Breslin Center. The win sent a statement, not just about this year’s Big Ten, but about the future of the two programs.

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“Animal House 2.0� skips Hollywood for college town Have you ever seen the movie “Animal House?� You almost have to have heard of it, at least. It’s an American classic. Now, 35 years after “Animal House� hit theaters, the go-to fraternity website Total Frat Move, or TFM, has set out to make what Colin Hanock, TFM campus representative at MSU, calls “Animal House 2.0.� The idea is simple. TFM wants to put together a college movie for the new generation. “Animal House� is revered by the vast majority of the people who have seen it, but its successors have been much less successful.

Without Hollywood in the picture, the movie can be a more genuine interpretation of what college is like “The last several attempts (to make a new ‘Animal House’) were not up to par because Hollywood was involved,� Hanock said. “This is an opportunity for our generation to have the best college movie possible.� The trick this time is to bypass Hollywood entirely by raising the money elsewhere. Without Hollywood in the picture, the movie can be a more genuine interpretation of what college is like. The specifics of the movie are being kept quiet, but Hanock,

who said he was given the full rundown of the movie, said it’s a great start. “This movie will be amazing,� he said. “If someone told me (about a project like this one), I’d want to put my money in it.� Hanock’s role is to drum up as much of the $300,000 TFM needs to get started filming from MSU and the surrounding area. Representatives like Hanock roam college campuses across the country in search of donations from students, local businesses, basically anyone who has a few bucks they can contribute. All right, let’s think about this for a moment. TFM is pretty well-regarded for their humor and connection to college life. All indications are that they’ve got a solid premise in hand. Moviegoers tend to complain that Hollywood ruins everything, right? And TFM has completely cut Hollywood out of the equation. So, what’s not to like about this? The project sounds like fun. The organization is solid. Their only obstacle is finding money, and Hanock is working to fi x that. Donations, in addition to helping ensure the movie will exist, come with perks depending on how large the donation is. A contribution of $25 gets you an audition for the movie, while $500 gets you a guaranteed part as an extra, according to the official donations page. Hanock only gets personal credit toward meeting TFM’s goals if the code “MSU100� is entered along with the donation, but as he pointed out, “anything helps.� Besides, “Animal House 2.0� sounds pretty freaking awesome. Caleb Nordgren is a State News reporter. He can be reached at


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Married couple still in tune 40 years later By Omari Sankofa II THE STATE NEWS â– â– 

Walter Verdehr met his wife in 1968, when he was auditioning for a position at MSU and finishing his doctorate. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr was already a professor at MSU. Eventually, the two began playing chamber music together. Walter Verdehr is a violinist, Elsa plays clarinet, and after 3 years of dating, they tied the knot in 1971. Eventually, the couple decided to form a music group of their own — the Verdehr Trio. However, there weren’t many ensemble pieces for the violin-clarinetpiano combination. Thus, many of the pieces they perform have been created specifically for them, and a number were written by world-renowned composers. “By now, we have over 200 pieces written for us,� Walter Verdehr said. “MSU has been very helpful for us. They’ve encouraged us to do this and do concerts around the world — which we’ve done.� The Verdehr Trio will celebrate their legacy and accomplishments by presenting a 40th Anniversary Concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Cook Recital Hall. A few of the composers who have written for them, and who will be featured during the concert, including 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts, Bright Sheng, Alexander Arutiunian, and MSU’s own professor of composition Jere Hutcheson and professor of composition and music theory Charles Ruggiero. “When we learn a new piece for the first time, nobody else has ever done it before,� said Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr. “So that’s really interesting, first, just trying to learn the notes, then put it together, and then figure out exactly what atmosphere, what character, what mood.� Pianist Silvia Roederer, who joined the group in 1997, said it’s interesting to be able to work with new pieces of work so often. “We love working with the composers, that’s a privilege when you’re a musician and you’re playing old, dead peo-

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MSU professor of violin Walter Verdehr performs a classical piece for the Burcham Hills Retirement Community, located at 2700 Burcham Drive, on Wednesday.

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Clarinetist Elsa LudewigVerdehr performs along with the Verdehr Trio for the Burcham Hills Retirement Community, 2700 Burcham Drive on Wednesday. The trio has been performing specifically commissioned works for more than 40 years.

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ple’s things all the time,� she said. “You don’t get to ask the person ‘What did you really mean here?’ And that’s been really exciting, to work with composers directly and get their feedback on our playing and having conversation about the piece.� The trio has performed in over 40 countries and in all 50 states. Though she acknowledged making music should stand out most, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr said seeing all of the interesting places in the world has been the highlight of her career thus far. “You can imagine all the interesting places we’ve been and all of the interesting things we’ve seen,� she said. “We went to Indonesia, and we went to this huge temple Borobudur and we’ve been to the pyramids. You name it, we’ve seen it.� Walter and Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr also privately teach grad-

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enced person, very knowledgeable and very open-minded person,� Mondrusov said. “I feel that he just has very unique technical approaches that nobody has.�

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ith every new season, there lies the anticipation of clothing lines to come. As the spring Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week comes to a close, fashionhunters across the U.S. are left wondering, waiting for their new favorite collections to hit stores. Each season has its own set of trends, and this spring is no exception. Out of dozens of runway shows and ready-to-wear collections, here are some of the most prominent, wearable trends to expect from designers for the spring.

Head into spring looking your best with this spring’s top fashion trends By Katie Abdilla | Sketches by Drew Dzwonkowski

For the girls Fit and flare This vintage style has made a comeback in recent weeks. Whether it’s sported sleeveless or with Jackie O-esque cap sleeves, the fitted top and billowing skirt of the dresses are bringing the spring vibe forward. Rather than sticking with a modest length, however, fitand-flare styles typically have a shorter skirt, making for more of a baby doll look. ON THE RUNWAY: DOLCE AND GABBANA

Stripes The looks of the Spring Fashion Week are channeling Gwen Stefani’s jailbird stripes in her music video for “The Sweet Escape.” Designers such as Tommy Hilfiger reached beyond the realm of black and white into more nautical shades of sky blue and red. Those looking for the ultimate risk can mix stripe directions with separates. ON THE RUNWAY: OSCAR DE LA RENTA, J. CREW

Cutouts Although the trend has shown some popularity since 2012, it is becoming more prominent on the runways in readyto-wear dresses. Once considered more of a casual style, designers now are incorporating them into their evening wear as well, often accompanied by jewel tones and lace. Cut-out backs typically are flattering, but beware — any cutout that is too large on the sides could create the illusion of love handles, even on the thinnest of girls. ON THE RUNWAY: MICHAEL KORS

For the boys Blazers and shorts The pairing of blazers and shorts, though once considered dowdy, have made their way into several spring collections. But instead of the typical length for shorts, hems are hitting about an inch above the knee, in a Tyler the Creatorlike style. To make the look less formal, roll up the blazer sleeves and layer a patterned buttondown shirt underneath. Blazers should be more of an earth tone, such as forest green or khaki, rather than black. ON THE RUNWAY: TOMMY HILFIGER

Military Menswear has become more structured and utilitarian with this trend. With lightweight military jackets in the foreground this spring, cargo pants and dress boots complement the look. For those willing to go all-out, army prints have made a comeback in understated ways, such as socks and umbrellas. ON THE RUNWAY: BALMAIN, CALVIN KLEIN

Knitwear Typically a staple amid the tundra of MSU’s campus in the winter, all things knit are expected to carry over to the spring as well. Think the cableknit, half-button down sweaters of Abercrombie and Fitch taken to the next level. Elbow patches will become more widespread as well, most likely in shades of gray and brown. ON THE RUNWAY: MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA




“This happened in December, during the summer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I am from. At the time, I was about to start dating Mariana, or Marie as I call her, and we had been long standing friends for over two years. Once we had gone through the basic discussions of a couple about starting a relationship or not, and once we had opened ourselves to one another and presented our qualities and fears, she decided to totally surprise me and set a new standard for what a good date is. Let me make it clear here that as a blind person, the only language I can actually read with my hands is called braille and, other than the fact it existed, Marie knew nothing of it, or so I thought.

One time we were sitting at a mall talking. I had in my hand a card. It was brailed on one side with a special paint that allows me to feel the dots and read them as letters. In my other hand I held stones connected by wires to the paper, allowing the same kind of readable behavior. While the card was beautiful, her dedication on learning an entire language to make a gift is one example of what set her apart as the most amazing partner I've ever had.”

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WORSTDate “I was really excited to go on a date with this girl I had a crush on in high school. I picked her up and we went to Bdubs. Everything was going great and we were having fun. Then I heard her scream at the top of her lungs "GO MICHIGAN." U of M football was on, she was a fan, and I was disgusted.”

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