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News brief University vehicle damaged in a hit and run accident A university vehicle was damaged in a hit and run on Feb. 7 on the North side of Lot 9, according to MSU police. The victim, a 46-year-old female employee, told police she returned to her car at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 10 to find damage to the driverâ€™s side bumper of the 2012 Ford Fusion, MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said. There currently are no suspects. The incident remains under investigation. GEOFF PRESTON
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MSU Debate Team advances to elimination round in competition The MSU Debate Team advanced three of its two-person teams to the elimination round after a meet at the University of Texas, according to a press release from the MSU Honors College. Debate Coach Will Repko said in the release that MSU was one of two universities to advance three or more two-person teams out of 150 colleges that participated in the competition at the University of Texas. Kary Askew Garcia
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Itâ€™s a scene that plays out frequently in East Lansing, but itâ€™s not the only way to meet a onenight stand or even a significant other. In todayâ€™s technological age, anyone with a computer, tablet or smartphone can make those connections anywhere, anytime. Dating applications, social media and various websites allow college students to meet new people with the click of a mouse or the swipe of a finger. And that means a new way to begin both intimate romantic relationships or casual hookups. In previous generations, â€œletâ€™s hook upâ€? used to mean â€œletâ€™s get togetherâ€? or â€œletâ€™s hang out,â€? said assistant professor Stephanie Amada, who researches college hookup culture. â€œMost commonly it (now) means sex, and usually with someone (with) whom it will likely happen only that one time, unless this person happens to be a â€˜regularâ€™ hookup,â€? Amada said. More than sex Smartphone dating applications such as Tinder, Lulu, Hot or Not and OkCupid can make it easier for students to hook up, because the search for someone the user might find attractive is expedited with ratings systems and profile pictures. Different methods for interacting through social media are popping up constantly and with that, there are new dating apps being introduced every day, said professional writing sophomore Emily Dallaire, who has been researching social mediaâ€™s impact on relationships for the past semester. For example, Lulu is a dating app that enables women to anonymously rate men. The app was released in February 2013 and has already reached more than a million users. The app gives women a chance to write reviews of men they were
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â€œ(Dating apps) allow our generation to branch out a little bit and learn exactly what we like and who we like.â€? Ariel Kelly-Gratopp, psychology sophomore
previously involved with. Women answer a series of multiple choice questions about a guyâ€™s manners, commitment level and looks. Theyâ€™re then asked to â€œhashtagâ€? the given man with both positive and negative labels such as â€?#mommasboy,â€? â€?#mrperfectâ€? and â€?#cheaperthanabigmac.â€? Finally, the manâ€™s composite score is calculated for other women to view. What used to be private girl talk has gone viral. â€œIâ€™m not too excited about the idea,â€? said statistics junior Desmond Kearsley, who recently heard about the app. â€œIt could all be lies.â€? As the years go on, Dallaire said she sees social media and other dating apps becoming social norms. People will still meet the traditional way, she said, but times are changing. And itâ€™s not just about sex â€” a number of MSU students have dating apps to thank for meeting the boyfriends or girlfriends theyâ€™ll be with this Valentineâ€™s Day. A match in cyber space Mathematics sophomore Sarah Kirsch decided to give OKCupid a try during a boring summer on campus. OKCupid is a free dating and social networking website where users take quizzes and answer multiple-choice questions about themselves. The server will then match two people based on similarities. Those quizzes include questions about where youâ€™re from, what religion you practice, your thoughts about sex and the seven things you canâ€™t do without â€” essentially everything under the sun, Kirsch said. Kirsch was paired with her current boyfriend Jon Barker, who lives in Mount Pleasant, and the two began to message back and forth. â€œWe just messaged in the morning and he would ask how my day was going,â€? she said. â€œHe asked me questions about my birthday and other things like that. We just kind of began to get to know each other.â€? Within a week, the two decided to meet up. Without even talking on the phone, they made the trip to see each other. Kirsch had to balance those feelings of trust with a healthy amount of caution â€” even though he seemed like a nice, genuine guy based on his profile and their con-
versations, she knew the risk of meeting with a stranger. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of creeps on the website,â€? Kirsch said. â€œItâ€™s not a bad website, but there are definitely creeps.â€? After a month of continuous messaging, the two decided to take things to the next level and begin dating. Itâ€™s been seven months and the couple is still together. A call for romance For some students, making a profile on a dating site is just for laughs. But the joke was on nursing senior Laurel DiPucchio, whose classified ad turned into something more. She posted on allMSUâ€™s dating classifieds as a joke to see if anyone actually took the site seriously and within 24 hours, sheâ€™d received eight replies. One of those replies wasfrom physics graduate student Josh Isaacsonâ€” her boyfriend of now two years. â€œI saw his (ad) and he messaged me,â€? DiPucchio said. â€œHe just seemed really nice, smart and outgoing so I just had to meet him.â€? The two ended up meeting in person the next day for lunch at East Lansingâ€™s Noodles & Company. â€œFinding someone online who is really who they say they are and more â€” it just seemed too perfect,â€? she said. She said she never thought sheâ€™d be the person who met someone special online. People have a stigma against meeting up with someone when youâ€™ve never seen them in person, she said. â€œI took the chance, and here we are now, two years later,â€? DiPucchio said. Going the distance Before starting college this fall, nursing freshman Nicholas Holcman wanted to talk to people who were also coming to MSU. He turned to Tumblr, a popular blogging website where he found Jenna. She wound up attending Ohio University instead due to financial struggles. They fell out of touch for a few months before Jenna messaged Holcman on Tumblr in November. Since then, the two have been talking nonstop. â€œWe both had very similar tastes in music and ideals on life, and we decided we both wanted to meet each other in person,â€? Holcman said.
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Smartphone dating applications like Tinder, Lulu, Hot or Not and OKCupid make it easier for students to hook up This isnâ€™t Holcmanâ€™s first time meeting someone through social media. He also met his previous girlfriend on Tumblr. She was from Maryland and at the time Holcman lived in Chicago. They went out for a year but eventually the distance got the best of the relationship. â€œEither way, I kind of think meeting people like this gives you more of a chance to connect emotionally because the physical things donâ€™t get in the way,â€? he said. â€œMy long distance relationships have been such a deeper and closer connection than anything Iâ€™ve had with a close proximity relationship.â€? Taking precautions When psychology sophomore Ariel Kelly-Gratopp first met her boyfriend on Hot or Not last summer, her guard was up. Sheâ€™d been matched with a student from Northwestern University, and the two quickly hit it off. Applications like Tinder and Hot or Not allow users to rate pictures of other users from a scale of one to 10. When two users each give each other a high ranking, both of those users get a notification, allow-
ing them to further communicate through a chatroom. Both apps allow users to be anonymous until there is a match where the two are then notified. â€œI was aware of that whole Catfish possibility, where the person youâ€™ve been talking to could be fake,â€? Kelly-Gratopp said. The two bridged the gap by video chatting via Skype. â€œWhen you meet someone long distance on a social network you kind of get to know the person on a deeper level,â€? she explained. â€œYou get to know them on a deeper level without being clouded by the intimacy and physical factors, which makes it a whole lot more special when you get there.â€? Before finally venturing out to Chicago for the meeting, Kelly-Gratopp said she made sure she let people know she was going . â€œYou have to take it with a grain of salt,â€? she said. â€œYou have to kind of have a little more intuition and not let your heart just take over.â€? Despite her fears and hesitations, it was love at first sight, she said, and recommends social media dating to others. â€œItâ€™s something to be cautious about because there are going to be those (bad) people,â€? Kelly-Gratopp said. â€œBut if youâ€™re smart about it, itâ€™s a good way to meet someone special.â€? In previous years people often settled for someone just because they see the same people everyday, Kelly-Gratopp said. Now dating apps broaden a single personâ€™s horizon. â€œThis kind of allows our generation to branch out a little bit and learn exactly what we like and who we like,â€? she said. â€œYouâ€™re giving yourself more options so when you do find it, you know thatâ€™s what you want.â€?
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MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon told state lawmakers Thursday that a proposed funding increase including in Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget could help the university reverse the tide of rising tuition costs. In a meeting with the threemember Senate Higher Education Appropriations subcommittee, the group received testimony from MSU officials and other Michigan universities as the legislature begins to determine state funding for the upcoming fiscal year. Simon said there was “tension about how to be one of the great research universities in the world,” yet “good enough for the proudest and open to the poorest,” an adage often mentioned when discussing MSU’s values. Simon said the proposed increase in funding was “very much welcome,” and testified to the subcommittee that the recommendation was “a way of turning the tide” in state appropriations. Gov. Rick Snyder recommended increasing the university’s state funding by 6.1 percent in his most recent budget proposal. This would equate to an almost $15.3 million increase known as performance funding, although it is up to legislators in the House and Senate to propose and agree upon an exact dollar amount while drafting next year’s budget. To receive the increased funding, MSU will have to limit tuition increases to 3.2 percent or less Testimonies from Simon and other Michigan university presidents in previous years have taken on a conciliatory tone toward funding outlooks, mainly explain-
ing how they have adjusted to weather the fiscal constraints. But outside of legislative proceedings, MSU officials have lamented funding trends. The most dramatic changes occurred in 2011, when MSU’s funding was cut 15 percent. Appropriations have not returned to that level since. When comparing funding dollars per student to levels 20 or 30 years ago, Simon said the shifts were not positive. “It’s been maybe too easy to shift the burden to families, and maybe we’ve done more than we should to not whine as much,” Simon said. MSU recently announced it will do more to push for more funding — only not through university officials. MSU Communications and Brand Strategy created Spartan Advocate, a site that gives MSU students and alumni tools to contact their legislators and urges them to support funding increases. Simon said the governor’s Executive Budget Recommendation usually indicates a “high watermark” in the process, because the actual amount received is generally lower. She said Spartan Advocate could “hold this recommendation together.” The appropriation subcommittee’s chair, Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, acknowledged higher education has “endured years of cuts” but called Snyder’s recommendation “a good start.” “In terms of the limited dollars that we have, I do believe that we are trying our best (to) make sure that college is affordable and accessible,” Schuitmaker said.
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Alumnus Jim DeLine is still trying to solve a cold case, crime that occurred 42 years ago. There were no witnesses. No leads to go on. MSU police couldn’t help him. In 1972, DeLine returned to the laundry room in Holden Hall to discover something quite shocking. Some one had stolen his pants. “I was stupid. I put my laundry in the dryer, went back up to my floor, came down later and it was gone,” DeLine said. “I remember they took a pair of blue jeans I had with a patch on the back. We put patches on our pants back then.” While few current students have taken the search for their missing articles to the extent DeLine did, stolen laundry is an issue that still presents itself occasionally on campus. Anthropology freshman Madeline Hilton had a similar experi-
ence when her laundry was taken from North Case Hall on Feb 5. “I went to get it from the dryer after class and it was gone,” she said. ”(It was) not even in the lost and found piles ... I was convinced I just misplaced them.” Hilton said she has filed a police report but her laundry has yet to surface. Even years later, no amount of patching could cover the hole left by the theft of DeLine’s laundry. DeLine kept his eyes open for any potential perpetrators to no avail. A couple of weeks later, DeLine went to see a movie playing in Wilson Hall when he saw a pair of jeans that looked familiar. Too familiar. “I thought, ‘that girl has my pants on!’” DeLine said. At the time he was so certain this girl had swiped his jeans, he confronted her. DeLine said he could prove “without a shadow of a doubt” that the pants belonged to him — if the girl would only lift her shirt
Human biology freshman Dante Scott plays guitar Feb. 7, 2014, during a Guitar Club jam session in Holmes Hall. Scott was playing with “Steep Impact” bandmate Ray Ito.
mong MSU’s many reg i stered st udent orga n i zations, the Guitar Club is one that might have a quiet voice in publicity, but a loud one in musical sound. On Friday evenings inside Holmes and Bessey Halls’ classrooms, one can hear the sound of an amplifier’s feedback and then any kind of Rock n’ Roll. The nights turn dull lecture hall is transformed into a guitarist jam session with the members of the MSU Guitar Club. In the last year, the club’s original 6-8 members has grown to about 25, founder and president Adam Eggleston said. Many are students who love guitar but have a hard time finding a place to play within the cramped layout of their dorm rooms. Eggleston said he started the club to give musicians their own space for creativity. “I wanted it to be a place where beginner guitarists could come and learn from other guitarists, to have a place to meet other (guitarists) and just a place to play,” Eggleston said. Eggleston added that the club has helped improve his guitar skills and that he is always trying to find ways to grow. “I’d like to see more consistent performances at open mic nights,” he said. Human biology freshman and club member Dante Scott said the group is a great place for him to come and jam out with other guitarists. Scott also uses the guitar club’s jam sessions to practice with his bandmate and no preference freshman Ray Ito on songs for Steep Impact, a group they started. “If someone needs help learning a cord, I’d help some peo-
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so he could point out the patch on the back pocket and prove, once and for all, they were his. “But there was no patch,” DeLine said. “I just wanted to crawl in a hole, it was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life.” One common mistake that students make is leaving their laundry unattended. Residence Education and Housing Services, or REHS, advises against it. "There have been five reported incidents of laundry going missing or being stolen since August 2013,” said Ashley Chaney, assistant director of communication for REHS. “There are no patterns to the locations, dates, or how the items go missing except that in all cases the items were left unattended for a period of time,” Chaney said. While laundry theft is rare, Chaney said that students who do experience it should report it to a Resident Assistant.
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Barbie should not be on Sports Illustrated
hen I was a little girl, I wanted to be Barbie. I’m blonde and I love pink, I thought, I want to be just like
her. Like millions of other girls across the world, I idolized the symbol of my childhood — a symbol that now stands on the cover of the 50th anniversary Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. The New York Times published an article Tuesday about Barbie’s latest motto: I don’t care what you think. Sports Illustrated teamed up with Mattel to release their newest campaign “#Unapologetic,” to send critics of their products the message that (Barbie) doesn’t care what you think. I’m slightly confused by this campaign. I understand being proud of who you are and what you look like, but we’re putting a child’s toy on the cover of an arguably men-oriented magazine’s swimsuit edition? Is it a publicity stunt? Numerous media sources are reporting the Barbie brand experienced a 13 percent drop in sales in 2013. What’s the message here? Barbie, why are you trying to tell me and the millions of little girls who played with you, “I’m hot and proud so get over it?” I’m disappointed to see Barbie used for this kind of message when she has so much power to influence young women. But that seems to have always been a trend for Barbie.
“The NFL is considering expanding its season by a few weeks to grow its rapidly successful business.” — Ben Stram, State News reporter
Looking back, the Barbies I owned were shop- Klum and Tyra Banks. “We’re focusing on ping center Barbie – Like, she’ll ring your purchases up right quick! – restaurant diner Bar- the legendary women bie – Do you want fries with that shake, cutie? of Sports Illustrated who, like Barbie, – kitchen Barbie – My new apron l au nc he d t he i r has pink strawberries on it! – and guest columnist careers in a swimthe like. suit,” L isa Mc K n ight, Where was lawyer Barbie? Docsenior vice president of markettor Barbie? Professor Barbie? Presing for North America at Mattel, ident Barbie? College student Bartold The New York Times. bie? I realize companies make My fear is that young women these dolls now, but where were will start believing that’s the best they when I was growing up? way to get to the top. I understand Without us knowing it, little that women are beautiful creatures girls like myself were learning that Kellie Rowe and they should be proud of that, girls like Barbie – Barbie, who’s firstname.lastname@example.org but it should be only one small the prettiest, most popular girl in fraction of their value. Malibu – were satisfied with lowAlthough Barbie’s new thing includes saying education jobs. I know it’s very easy to say “don’t be so sen- “I’m proud of my tiny waist so go home haters,” sitive,” and I get that, but all I can think about there are other campaigns with more meaningis my future daughter. I want her to live in a ful messages. For instance, Aerie, the little sissociety where her favorite toy isn’t scantily clad ter brand of American Eagle clothing, features on the cover of a magazine flaunting what she’s a new campaign saying they’re done airbrushing their models for the ads. Dove advertisegot with an in-your-face attitude. I want to see Barbie volunteering at food ments offer models that look like most of the banks. I want to see Barbie donating all her old women you might find on the street. Truth be told, the Dove women look like my accessories to homeless shelters. I want to see Barbie setting a good example for the millions mom, who never believes me every time I tell her she’s skinny and hot. Why is our version of little girls she has the popularity to affect. Reading more into The New York Times arti- of perfection tiny women? I want women like cle, I learned the issue will highlight the careers my mom, my teachers, my academic counselof former Sports Illustrated girls such as Heidi ors, to be society’s image of beauty, not a Vic-
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toria’s Secret model. I’m not saying you should not be proud if you’re tall and skinny. I’m saying don’t consider women who aren’t models to be “thicker.” Consider them normal, healthy and beautiful. I’m not that concerned if you agree with me, which I know you won’t, but just keep a few of these thoughts in consideration. I just want you to think about the way we perceive beauty. I want you to think of the way you want little girls to perceive beauty. Think about the pressures of being thin, eating disorders and young women’s self esteem. Think of your sisters, your daughters and your little cousins. Especially if you’re a woman, show them what real beauty - your intelligence, your ambition, your love and kindness - is all about. As of late, Barbie isn’t being a very good role model for the little girls of America. But hey, at least she looks, like, so glam in that bathing suit, right? Kellie Rowe is a journalism senior. Reach her at email@example.com.
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Thursday’s poll results How much are you willing to spend on you Valentine’s Day date?
“Simon: We know that tuition is too high” The real reason our tuition is so high is because our money is paying the salaries of assistants to the vice-presidents to the vice president of student/academic affairs/etc. It’s ridiculous if President Simon thinks that students don’t notice the significant rise in administrative positions. Molly, Feb. 11
One 23% Let’s not forget the article a few months back about the Board of Trustees, the one raising our tuitions, going on lavish excursions with their spouses, spending university money to do so. a, Feb. 11 0
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Between $10 and $25 11% Anything for my love 9% I’m not willing to spend any money 16% I’m single, and any money I spend will be on myself 62% Total votes: 56 as of 5 p.m. Thursday
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Trek to class brings daily struggle in cold weather
he first decision of my day is determined in the brief moment I look at my phone in the morning to see just how cold it is outside. Shortly after, I look at how much snow piled up over the gloomy night hours in Michigan. “How am I supposed to get to class?” That’s the question that floats around in my head until I leave my house and enter the tundra they call East Lansing. I could drive, but that’s expensive and parking is limited. I could walk, but it’s really cold. I could take the bus, but I’m not guaranteed to get to class on time. It’s been a cold winter. I’m sure we’ve all noticed. I don’t understand why MSU tries to limit the amount of people who drive to class. There are almost 50,000 students on campus, which requires a ridiculous amount of transportation that needs to commence dur-
up so quickly. When this happens, ing the course of a day. In the winstudents might be late to class. ter, is it safe for students to be standBiking also isn’t really the best ing outside? The wind chill someoption. The buildup of snow on the times reaches 25 degrees below roads makes biking a difficult task zero. How can one reasonably say because of the slippery they want to walk to surface students ride on. class? It can take a long staff reporter For those of us who time to get to where are lucky enough to you want to go, espehave cars, parking is cially for the students still a challenge. who live off campus. MSU needs to make There are many parking easier in the ways that MSU offers winter. Reduce the public transportaprice or add additiontion, but oftentimes al parking in the parkit is not the most coning garages for stuvenient for students. Ben Stram firstname.lastname@example.org dents who cannot easThe bus system isn’t ily walk across campus the most dependable in the cold. Heck, even choice. How can you schools north of us offer tunnels for expect an abundance of undergradstudents to walk in. I’m not saying uates to post up in the poorly shelthat MSU should take that route, but tered bus stop for a long period of there are creative solutions to help time in the freezing cold? Oftenstudents get to class more safely. times, the line of students is so long It has already angered some stuthat not everyone even fits on the dents. More than 3,500 students bus. They have to wait for anothjoined a Facebook group in proer to come around because they fill
test of MSU’s decision to have school on January 28. MSU had wrongly assumed that students walking to class would not have to be outside longer than 10 to 15 minutes. Many students who live off campus take much longer to walk to class. On-campus residents have long walks as well. A walk from Holden Hall to Berkey Hall could take at least 20 minutes in the warmer months; it can take even longer in winter when trying to maneuver snowy sidewalks. Forget the fact that your eyes tear up, eyelashes freeze and face burns—it’s really a fun walk every step of the way. When do we have to decide between going to class and getting frostbite. Sometimes our health comes before attending a lecture. If MSU is going to keep classes open when the wind chill is 25 below zero, then we deserve an easier and safer way to get to class. Ben Stram is a State News staff reporter. Reach him at email@example.com.
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The pink paper hearts seen on display in the windows of local businesses will continue to accumulate through the end of the month. The hearts represent a donation made to the “Have a Heart for the Homeless” fund, a campaign put on by Haven House family homeless shelter. Though the annual event is Valentine’s Day-themed, it runs through the end of February to raise awareness and funds for homeless families in the area. “It’s a really great way that the community shows how much they care about homeless families and our work to end homelessness in East Lansing,” Haven House Development Director Gabriel Biber said.
Local businesses contribute to Haven House’s “Have a Heart for the Homeless” fundraiser This year, “Have a Heart for the Homeless” has more than 40 groups participating in the campaign, with many of the businesses matching the funds raised by customers. The Student Book Store has worked closely with Haven House for years, from selling tailgating cookbooks to windows full of pink hearts. Every time someone puts a dollar in the Haven House can, they receive a heart to write their name on and from there it gets put on display in the window at SBS. Many employees and managers also purchase hearts to donate to the cause, Assistant Manager Mike Wylie said.
“It’s a really great way that the community shows how much they care... to end homelessness in East Lansing.” Gabriel Biber, Haven House development director
Several student groups at MSU also contribute to the effort. For MSU Pediatric Interest Group, this fundraiser at Haven House is just one of many to which they contribute. Throughout the year, the group sends students to volunteer weekly in the shelter’s playroom. In the past they also have prepared dinners and donated personal care items to Haven House. During this week and next week, group members will each be carrying around a stack of pink hearts to be bought and posted throughout Fee Hall, where the Osteopathic Medical classes are held, Pediatric Interest Group President Megan Avesian said. The annual fundraiser has been extremely successful for about a decade, Biber said. The fundraiser, along with many others put on throughout the year, allows Haven House to put the community’s efforts to good use in helping local families get back on their feet. “All the money that we raise means being able to work with more families and move them more quickly from our shelter to their own home,” Biber said.
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For many law students, mental health issues are the elephant in the room. This prompted the MSU College of Law to host an event on Thursday shedding light on issues and lending solutions. To raise mental health awareness and discuss practices for getting well and staying well, the college hosted Food for Thought 2.0: A Conversation about Health and Wellness in the Legal Profession. Issues such as depression are prevalent among law students, but rarely discussed because their grades and job opportunities relate to their class ranking. When students compete and distance themselves from each other, discussing mental health becomes a sign of weakness, said Caroline Kingston, the school’s associate director for Student
Engagement. Competition often leads to “non-authentic relationships” in the classroom and to social isolation, Kingston said. Some speakers defined mental health issues and shared resources, while others provided tips for staying well through yoga, meditation and exercise. “We’re trying to equip our students with the ability to practice their wellness now so when the pressures occur later, they can have that on their shoulder,” Kingston said. “It’s not like when you finish your last exam that pressure goes away.” Second-year law student Morsheda Hashem said law school differs from undergraduate study because of increased competition and demanding workload. To compensate, many law students prioritize work above wellness. “When you’re in law school, you tend to put aside your well-
ness and focus on law school,” Hashem said. Maintaining stability carries into wellness, Kingston said. By recognizing imbalances, students can adjust by seeking resources or maintaining wellness practices. “(It’s a) scale of balance,” Kingston said. “Each day is different. Some days you may work on getting well and on others, staying well. Law students can’t put this off for three years.” Third-year law student Henry Wasonga, also a member of the Muslim Law Student Association, said social support that comes from joining an organization provides students with an outlet. “When unchecked, people can get discouraged when they see their grades after trying their hardest,” Wasonga said.
University officials and police are investigating harassment claims within the MSU Department of Theatre, according to department chair Kirk Domer. Domer said a few students have been receiving threatening messages on white boards inside the building. “This was more of a scare technique based on casting,” he said. Domer said the messages on the board had to do with who got parts and who did not in upcoming performances. The department of theatre is located next to the Auditorium, an area with a lot of foot traffic, Domer said. He said music, theatre and other various majors use the building. “I can’t tell where it is coming from,” he said. “There are all kinds of people that come through here.” Domer said he involved the police to stop the problem before it became more serious. He said that although it may not seem like a big deal, the department takes the matter seriously. “It’s petty but I take it very seriously.” Since involving the police, Domer said the messages have stopped. MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor could not confirm any details about an investigation. The department has been casting for upcoming shows, which Domer said is a stressful time for performers. “I think it was meant to be playful during a time when it shouldn’t be playful,” he said. “I really just wanted to put a stop to it.” GEOFF PRESTON
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A new volunteering program, Spartans Without Borders, is emerging at MSU and it reaches a wide audience of applicable participants. The new initiative offers volunteering opportunities to MSU students, alumni, faculty, staff and others in the Spartan community a chance to travel the globe and participate in projects for underserved populations. In the eyes of program coordinators, “Spartan community” refers to people who might not have attended MSU but have a friend or family member who did. Program Director Dale Elshoff said Spartans Without Borders offers volunteer opportunities and a chance to improve quality of life around the world. While undergraduates are presented with numerous opportunities to get involved in volunteer work, Elshoff said this program aims to provide those same opportunities to those outside of college. “Undergraduates have a lot of opportunities to do service through study abroad and other engagements — this is a way for those to get involved like our undergrads,” Elshoff said. “It’s also an ability to use their tal-
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ents to make a difference in communities.” After Elshoff received input from alumni who did programs such as study abroad during their undergraduate days, they said they felt as if they have lost the “MSU umbrella” that provided them the opportunity to engage in such programs. Parents of MSU students also reported to Elshoff that they wanted to participate in the same type of program after seeing how study abroad changed their student’s life. “We designed Spartans Without Borders very loosely,” Elshoff said. “It doesn’t have to be international, it can be in Detroit. It doesn’t mean you have to be a student. It’s an opportunity to show the world that Spartans change the world and follow up on the ‘Spartans Will’ theme.” The program continues to build off current relationships that MSU has with communities. Elshoff said they are working on a program in Belize and Rome for the future. “These (communities) are relationships that MSU already has,” Elshoff said. “We have halfthe state ne w s
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work on are developing promotional materials for both print and online, help teach English as a second language, work with older adults in the social work realm, and assist the local Salvation Army on getting donated computers in working order for the benefit of that community’s residents. Elshoff said the trip to Mérida is just the beginning — the idea is that Spartans Without Borders will be in many communities across the globe and they will hopefully be making trips about four times per year.
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Adreian Payne dominated as the No. 9 MSU men’s basketball team put on a three-point shooting clinic MSU 85 in an 85-70 win NW 70 against Northwestern (12-13, 5-7) Thursday night. Payne scored his first doubledouble since returning from a foot injury with 20 points and 14 rebounds. He also dished out three assists. Senior guard Keith Appling and junior forward Branden Dawson again sat out the game for the Spartans (21-4 overall, 10-2 Big Ten), who have been plagued by injuries this year. The Spartans shot 11-of-21 from downtown. They were led from beyond the arc by junior guard Travis Trice and sophomore guard Denzel Valentine, who each hit three. Northwestern made their fair share of triples, going 9-24 from long range.
Broken doors, double bathrooms, unfinished hotels and discrimination laws. Those are only some of the things about Russia that have been controversial during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. But students who study Russian at MSU — and who have been there — and the 21 Russian international students know better than to judge. The Games have more than just interest for students in the club, as some have traveled there for study abroad programs and know the country better than most on campus. They want people all over the world to understand Russia is very different from the U.S. “People expect things they shouldn’t expect out of Russia,” said finance sophomore Kurt
MSU used key outside shooting and a strong return from Adreian Payne and Gary Harris on offense to win MSU was coming off a tough last-second loss on the road at Wisconsin last Sunday, and it looked early on like the Spartans might not be able to shake off the rust, playing even with Northwestern in the game’s opening minutes. Payne got things going early when he grabbed three offensive rebounds on the same possession that ended in a putback early in the game. After finishing 3-of-20 in the loss to Wisconsin last Sunday, sophomore Gary Harris found his shot once again. Harris finished with 14 points
Hamel, vice president of the Russian Club. Hamel said because Russia won the bid for the Olympics in Sochi seven years ago before the economy crashed, they do not have the same infrastructure they had back then. Procrastination also might be a factor as to why Russia did not reach its full potential, Russian Club president and psychology sophomore Sarah Hartlieb said. Former president Andrew Roth — a political science and Russian senior — said the problems are well-documented. Because of criticism over how the planning was conducted — including an incident where workers painted grass green instead of planting new seed — Roth said people are very unimpressed and have laughed at the country. The start of the event also was fraught with concern over the weather and how athletes and officials would handle and
respond to Sochi’s climate, which is warmer than most Games locations. However, members of the club are focused on more in-depth things than the global media, club members said. The greater picture of the Olympics themselves is what matters, said international relations and Russian freshman Aaron Rozin, who handles public relations for the club. “Any event as big as the Olympics is going to have a fall, but the security in Russia has a handle on it,” Rozin said. As for legal issues the other countries see, Rozin said other parts of the world could let their voice be heard peacefully. Russian Club treasurer Craig Petersen, a political science and economics junior, said people still see the host country with the Soviet stigma from its history. “The Olympics there are an opening window,” Petersen said.
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Senior forward Adreian Payne dunks Thursday at Breslin Center during the game against Northwestern. The Spartans won, 85-70.
on 6-13 shooting. JerShon Cobb put on a show for the Wildcats in the second half, scoring the first ten Wildcat points of the period. There was a stretch where the two teams combined to hit six straight three-pointers, including two from Payne and three from Cobb. The barrage from behind the arc wasn’t enough for Northwestern to overcome the Spartans. MSU went on a 15-5 run through the end of the first half and start of the second. Coming into the game, North-
western had the second best defense in the Big Ten, but they had no answer for Payne. Payne was a force on the defensive end as well, holding the Wildcat frontcourt to just 8 points. Valentine, Harris and Trice all scored in double figures for MSU. Cobb, Drew Crawford and Tre Demps led Northwestern in scoring. T he Spar tans ret ur n to action Sunday against Nebraska.
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MSU hockey will look to break through its road woes and record its first away win of the season this weekend in a two-game series at Penn State. MSU (8-13-6 overall, 2-5-5-3 Big Ten) and Penn State (5-18-1, 1-90) will take the ice at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The series will be the first time in program history MSU travels to Penn State. MSU swept Penn State in the first season series between the two teams, winning 3-0 on Jan. 17 and 3-2 on Jan. 18. The win on Jan. 17 was the Spartans’ first win in the new Big Ten Conference. The all-senior forward line led MSU both nights, combining for 12 points. Sophomore goaltender Jake Hildebrand also had a solid series last time out against Penn State, saving 77 of 79 shots. He also set his career high in saves in the shutout win.
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Friday morning saw the start of men’s Olympic hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and the men’s team wasted no time getting to work. In the first game on its quest for a gold medal, the Americans faced off against Slovakia in their first match during group play and won in convincing fashion, 7-1. It was an absolute routing from the Americans, but the game started off close as Slovakia, led by NHL AllStar Zdeno Chara, fought tough with the US for the first period. Washington Capitals defensemen John Carlson got the U.S. on the board first with a goal in late in the first period. Slovakia came right back with a goal to start the second period from Detroit Red Wings left winger Tomas Tatar. But shortly after Tatar’s goal, the floodgates opened and the U.S. went on a scoring spree, scoring six goals throughout the rest of the second period to make the score 7-1. ERIK SARGENT
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Cancer (June 21-July 22) Today is a 9 — Schedule quiet retreat or meditation time. A new phase begins with this Full Moon regarding ﬁnances. The best things in life are still free. Don’t buy expensive gifts. Write a poem. Express your love in words.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is an 8 — Step into a new endeavor. The Full Moon brings a turning point regarding career and status. Keep a low proﬁle. Prepare a current budget. Competition leads to a better idea. Work interferes with play. You’re gaining conﬁdence.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is a 9 — The Full Moon shines on a new phase in your partnership. You’re gaining conﬁdence... use it to acknowledge someone for who they are for you. It doesn’t take grandiose gestures. Just share your love and appreciation. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is a 9 — The Full Moon brings a new door for service and health routines. Take care of business, and reﬁne your practices for eﬃciency. Get nurtured with a walk and a shared sunset. Savor some unscripted, oﬄine time.
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hen people see each other for the first time, there’s always that one physical feature that stands out. The interest for particular features varies from person to person. A recent survey conducted on Match. com polled almost 5,500 single adults to find what characteristics people are most attracted to. Good teeth was the top result of the survey with 58 percent of men and 71 percent of women listing it as important. “They have to have a good smile,” said Morgan Collins, a prenursing freshman, when asked what she first notices about people. In addition to a nice set of pearly whites, grammar skills, hair and clothes comprised the top four choices for both men and women, according to the survey. The survey also delved into the less tangible details that make relationships work. The survey found that “treats me with respect” and “is someone I can trust and confide in” were the most common requirements in a relationship. “It takes a lot for me to be able to trust someone,” said Casey O’Donohue, a geography senior. “I think trust and respect go hand in hand and you have to earn them both.” Men put trust before respect by 6 percent, while women placed more emphasis on respect before trust by 7 percent. The least important factor across the board in the survey was eagerness to marry. Supply chain management freshman Ji Wook Kim said personal interests are an important factor for him. “I’m interested in their interests, and if we have any similarities,” he said.
“Hair is the first thing I notice about a person. I know when a guy just got his hair cut, and recent haircuts are really attractive.”
Today is Valentine’s Day and some students might have their eye out for that special someone. Several students were asked what is the first thing they notice when they meet someone new.
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“I’m really attracted to smiles and eyes. I think people smile with their eyes sometimes, so it’s really a combination of the two.”
“One thing I find attractive is cheeks — I just think they’re really cute.” Rachel Kazanji, accounting sophomore
Kaitlyn Mack, geology sophomore
“I like a nice jawline. Jawlines are just really manly, nice and structured.”
“I think smiles are really attractive — I like happy people.”
Anna Strong, civil engineering junior
Jake Hutchinson, neuroscience freshman
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It’s Valentine’s Day. Restaurants will be overpopulated with lovesick couples and
awkward first dates. Sales for chocolates and flowers are about to skyrocket and large, fluffy teddy bears will fly off the shelves. But those who aren’t going to be part of the smit-
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ten crowd don’t have to spend the evening moping. Instead, they should try to find activities to keep the day fun and relaxing. Here are some alternatives to the holiday blues for those who will find themselves single on Valentine’s Day. Make a date with your friends Valentine’s Day is about spending the day with loved ones, so set aside some time to go out on a “date” with some close friends who also don’t have plans. Get dressed up and go out for dinner and a movie together and turn the holiday into a girls’ or guys’ night out. Those living in resi-
Students don’t need to be in a relationship to have a good time on Valentine’s Day
dence halls can also ask around and see if other residents have anything planned. Gather all of those who planned on staying in and spend the night watching movies and eating junk food together. Treat yourself Don’t be disheartened by the sight of people walking with armfuls of chocolate and flower gifts. Treat yourself to something you’ve wanted for awhile. Go out for a favorite meal or splurge on a personal gift — anything from a new outfit to an expensive video game. Don’t worry about the prices, just do some-
such as comedy or horror.
thing to make yourself smile that you normally wouldn’t think to do. Have a “veg out” day Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go hand-inhand, so there’s no shame in spending the day curled up on the couch with a big bowl of ice cream. Throw on some cozy pajamas, bring out the junk food and put that Netflix subscription to good use by spending the day watching a marathon of a favorite television show. Try to avoid sappy romance movies — instead of falling into a sad Valentine’s Day slump, focus on something entirely unrelated to the romantic holiday
Go out and meet new people While the day will be filled with all things couplerelated, there will be plenty of singles out and ready to mingle. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a day devoted to relationships. It can also be a chance to find new love. Venture out to the local clubs for a night of drinking and dancing, or stay on campus for UAB’s Speed Dating. Take the opportunity to find a new friend, or maybe find a love connection. Speed Dating will be from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Union.
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