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No. 4 MSU falls to No. 1 Indiana, misses chance to rule Big Ten

By Josh Mansour THE STATE NEWS ■■

Days of anticipation had led to this moment. The first-ever top-five clash in East Lansing. MSU 68 First place in IU 72 the Big Ten on the line. Tom Izzo had said one day earlier this was the type of moment college basketball was all about and, as the final seconds ticked down, the Breslin Center crowd stood on its feet, providing the deafening noise and raucous atmosphere many had expected. A mere 90 seconds later those same fans still stood in their seats, but the sound was gone. In its place, a deafening silence that comes from a team, and a fan base, getting absolutely stunned. The No. 4 MSU men’s basketball team (22-5 overall, 11-3 Big Ten) let a four-point lead in the game’s final minute and a half slip away, falling in heartbreaking fashion to No. 1 Indiana (24-3, 12-2), 72-68, Tuesday night. It was the Hoosiers’ first win in East Lansing since 1991, propelling them into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.


Head coach Tom Izzo reacts to a referee’s call in the second half of the game against Indiana on Tuesday at Breslin Center. The Hoosiers defeated the Spartans, 72-68. SPARTAN BASKETBALL


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Tom Izzo had said one day earlier this was the type of moment college basketball was all about “They came in our place, and we should be eight to 10 points better and control the large part of the game,” Izzo said. “They outplayed us. We didn’t play very good and they had a lot to do with it. … We still had our chances, if we make some plays ourself, make some free throws, we still win the game. But it was two good teams. … I thought Indiana played awfully hard the whole game and deserved to win.” After a back-and-forth opening five minutes, Indiana used a 10-3 run to take a lead — 18-14 with 13 minutes to go in the first half — they would maintain for the rest of the half. The Hoosiers’ lead grew to as many as eight points behind a 7-2 run, as MSU junior center Adreian Payne sat on the bench with foul trouble, missing the final 6:52 of the first half. Junior guard Keith Appling said he felt this was a bigger game than the one just a week ago against archrival Michigan, so there was no reason for a lack of energy. The hardest part was walking away from a defeat against Indiana a second time, and both times


Freshman guard Gary Harris attempts to score under the basket as Indiana forward Cody Zeller and Indiana guard Victor Oladipo surround Harris on Tuesday, at Breslin Center. The Hoosiers defeated the Spartans, 72-68.

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feeling as if the Hoosiers didn’t get the Spartans’ best shot. “It’s tough. That’s the worst part about it because we feel like we had so much more to give,” Appling said. “There’s nothing we can do about it now, but prepare for our next opponent and try not to let the feeling linger.” MSU looked like a different team coming out of the locker room, rallying for an 11-3 run to take the lead, 49-48, with 13:22

remaining, capturing the Spartans’ first lead since the opening five minutes of the game. But the Hoosiers had an answer, responding with a 9-2 run, highlighted by a fast break 3-pointer from guard Jordan Hulls. Needing a spark, MSU turned to Payne, who took the ball from the 3-point line and drove hard to the rim, finishing with a powerful one-handed dunk that brought the crowd to its feet.

The dunk was part of a 9-2 run that helped MSU retake the lead, 60-59, with 6:30 to go, but the junior center said the lesson to take away from the game was simple. “We can’t have another game like this,” said Payne, who finished with 17 points and seven rebounds. “(The foul trouble was) very frustrating because my team needed me, and I wasn’t there for them.” From there, the game remained neck-and-neck the rest of the way, with neither See BASKETBALL on page 2 X

It had all the makings of a magical evening for the No. 4 MSU men’s basketball team. A magically ecstatic crowd, many of whom waited in the blistering cold of February for hours for a shot at the lower bowl in the Izzone. There was the magical matchup with No. 1 Indiana, marking the first top-5 game in East Lansing in the history of the MSU basketball program. And the stakes couldn’t have been higher, with the winner guaranteed that magic spot atop the Big Ten standings. Even MSU legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson was on the call of his first-ever collegiate game with ESPN’s Mike Tirico and Dick Vitale, igniting cheers each time he flashed his signature smile. But after all was said and done, the game turned out far more messy than magical. Indiana forward Victor Oladipo scored six of his 19 points in the final minute, slamming the door on the Spartans (22-5 overall, 11-3 Big Ten) and allowing the top-ranked Hoosiers (24-3, 12-2) to leave East Lansing with a 72-68 victory. The Hoosiers now have swept the season series with the Spartans and move into sole possession of first place in

arguably the nation’s toughest conference. Although it was a close finish, the Spartans were outhustled and outworked for much of the evening, turning the ball over 12 times — five times to Oladipo, alone — and never matching the level of intensity of their counterpart — a sentiment shared by head coach Tom Izzo after the game. “We didn’t really play enough of a good game; we just made too many mistakes early,” Izzo said. “We had some of our key players that weren’t into the game. We had some distractions that really, I think, affected some guys and then we bounced back (in the) second half and played a little bit better but give Indiana credit.” And the Hoosiers certainly deserve the credit. In a matchup of two of the nation’s most balanced starting rotations, Indiana had four players score in double figures, including a long-range showcase by guard Jordan Hulls and a gritty 17-point performance by forward Cody Zeller. Moreover, the Hoosiers picked up 12 points off turnovers and outscored the Spartans in second chance and fast break points. Even with all the success Indiana had, the Spartans held a 67-63 lead with 1:37 to play. From there, Indiana rattled off seven straight points to take the lead and never give it back. Down the stretch, junior guard Keith Appling missed on a oneand-one free throw opportunity with a chance to stop the bleeding. Trying to tie in the waning moments, freshman guard Gary Harris was fouled on a 3-point attempt but proceeded to miss two of his three shots and the Spartans couldn’t corral the See COLUMN on page 2 X

Turmoil in Mali affects MSU community By Christine LaRouere THE STATE NEWS ■■

All study abroad trips to the African country of Mali have been canceled. Although students cannot travel to Mali currently, on Tuesday, Mali came to MSU. The African Studies Center held a teach-in at the International Center called “Why Mali Matters” to talk about the current crisis in Mali and how these implications are interrupting interactions between MSU and Mali. “Mali is a wonderful, diverse country,” said Vicki Huddleston, keynote speaker and former U.S. ambassador to Mali. “Mali matters because we cannot stand on the sideline while JUSTIN WAN/THE STATE NEWS

Vicki Huddleston, U.S. ambassador to Mali from 2002-2005, speaks Tuesday at the International Center. The event was part of a discussion titled “Why Mali Matters: Teach-In,” with the focus on the recent turmoil in the West African state.

Because the Mali program involved civic engagement, it allowed students to create meaningful relationships

people get pushed out of their country, and the problems will move out of Africa to Europe and then to the U.S.” Huddleston first presented to a group of about 40 people, explaining why the Malinese government is having trouble controlling the country. As a result of the turmoil in Mali, MSU canceled all study abroad trips in summer 2012 and also decided to officially cancel the 2013 trips this past November. The programs to Mali are planned to run again in summer 2014, pending travel recommendations and the country’s stability, said Cindy Chalou, Office of Study Abroad associate director of operations. In the lecture, Huddleston said Mali is divided by the 15th parallel into north and south Mali. Angry military officers from Mali overthrew former president Amadou Toumani Touré in March 2012 because they were not happy about his handling of the Tuareg people — nomads who reside

“We cannot stand on the sideline while people get pushed out of their country, and the problems will move out of Africa to Europe and then to the U.S.” Vicki Huddleston, former U.S. ambassador to Mali

in the Sahara Desert who rebelled three months before. The Tuaregs eventually took over northern Mali in April. The Tuaregs subsequently were dominated by Islam extremists in May 2012, when both groups combined and claimed independence. Stephen Esquith, dean of the Residential College in the Arts and See MALI on page 2 X


Police brief Couch burnings reported Tuesday East Lansing firefighters and police responded to three couch fires and a dumpster fire between 10 - 11 p.m. Tuesday night in the Cedar Village area, including on Cedar Street. The fires were reported after the MSU men’s basketball team lost to No. 1 Indiana, 72-68. East Lansing fire Capt. Greg Baker said more than 10 students were outside taking pictures and watching the Cedar Street couch fire, but students were cooperative. No students were in the area by the time East Lansing police responded, East Lansing police Sgt. Carl Nowak said. No suspicious activities were taking place when staff reporters were on the scene at about 10:40 p.m. MSU police Sgt. Andrea Beasinger said no riot-type activities were reported on campus as of 10:30 p.m. “I have to imagine if the weather was better and it was a weekend, things would have been different,” Baker said. SUMMER BALLENTINE

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team taking a lead of more than four points. A free throw from freshman guard Gary Harris put MSU in front 67-63 with 1:37 remaining, but five consecutive points from Indiana, capped off by a tip-in from forward Victor Oladipo helped Indiana surge back in front, 68-67 with 43 seconds remaining. On MSU’s ensuing possession, the Spartans went back to Harris, who drove to the rim and was unable to finish through contact, giving Indiana the ball back with 13.8 seconds remaining. After the Spartans forced Indiana to inbound the ball a second time, the Hoosiers found Oladipo streaking to the basket for a dunk, extending Indiana’s lead to 70-67 with 10 seconds to go. Needing a three to tie, MSU found Harris, who got Indiana guard Will Sheehey in the air and drew a foul on a 3-point attempt with 3.7 seconds remaining. Harris missed the first free throw, but hit the second, leading Harris to intentionally miss the third, in hopes of MSU grabbing an offensive rebound. The shot missed, but it was Oladipo who came down with the rebound and calmly hit both of his free throws to seal the victory for Indiana. “We were right there, man. We had them at the end,” said Harris, who scored a team-high 19 points. “We just came out flat. We

Humanities, led the most recent study abroad program to Mali and spoke on a panel about MSU’s relations with the country. He said because the Mali program involved civic engagement, it allowed students to create meaningful relationships, and canceling a second year of the program is upsetting. “We were very disappointed, but the university has a good mechanism for assessing risk,” Esquith said. “I think the students understood because they don’t want to be in a situation where they would be in harm’s way.” Graduate student Lauren Kelley, who attended the event, said having such events are a good way to give students the opportunity to get involved with these types of world issues. “It’s disappointing that the study abroad trips got cancelled, but we do have to take safety into consideration,” Kelley said. “Just because they can’t go doesn’t mean they can’t do things from here and get involved with the issues.” Chalou said she knew students were disappointed when the programs were canceled, but said they are going to run a program in summer 2014. “Between word from our partners in Mali with the program’s classroom instruction, and community engagement and the U.S. Embassy that the country would not be stable, we were not about to send students,” Chalou said. “We are going to open a session for the summer of 2014, but we are going to monitor the country and, if it looks unsafe, we will cancel it again.” Esquith said although these programs have been cancelled, students should not give up on going to Mali. “An important takeaway from this whole thing is that, while we have had to suspend the study abroad programs, we haven’t cancelled them,” Esquith said.

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Junior guard Keith Appling goes to shoot as Indiana guard Jordan Hulls defends Tuesday at Breslin Center. The Hoosiers defeated the Spartans 72-68.

came out better in the second half, but we can’t do that playing against the No. 1 team in the country.” Moving forward, Appling said the team must respond the same way they did after the last loss to Indiana, with a renewed mindset that helped them win five consecutive games. “We’ve just got to accept the

fact that they came in and … outplayed us,” Appling said. “We’ve just got to use it as motivation for our next couple games … because those games can go a way we don’t want them to go if we play like we played tonight. We know we’ve got to play harder and when we do play hard, we usually come out with a win.”

“Don’t take anything away from Indiana,” Izzo said. “They came into our place, where you should be eight points better, and controlled the large part of the game. “They outplayed us.” The game is a minor setback in an otherwise outstanding season for Izzo and the Spartans. This team still is having one of the best regular seasons in program history with victories against Kansas, Michigan, Ohio State, Texas and Minnesota. Featuring one of the nation’s top starting lineups, the Spartans have weapons most programs would die for.

And better a loss now than in March. But if the Spartans fail to show up once more in their final four regular season games, it’s going to take far more than magic to get them to where they’d like to go. Dillon Davis is a State News men’s basketball reporter. He can be reached at davisdi4@




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rebound over Oladipo. Really, it’s hard to fault the Spartans for a collapse at the end. After all, the Hoosiers are a national title contender and have beaten teams this way all season — they’re not No. 1 by accident. But more than the outcome, it was the effort that irked Izzo after the game.

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MSU ON TOP OF SAFE SEX FOR Maru Sushi and Grill to add E.L. location CONDOM AWARENESS MONTH By Michael Koury THE STATE NEWS ■■

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National Condom Month is wrapping up at MSU, giving campuses across the nation the opportunity to raise awareness and promote the use of condoms among students. According to the Michigan State University Student Health Assessment: Spring 2012, almost 26 percent of MSU students who responded to the survey said they did not have sex within the last year and about 46 percent of the students said they had a single partner. The report also found off-campus respondents were more likely than oncampus students to have unprotected sex as a consequence of drinking. One way contraceptives are made available to students on campus is through Condom Connection, jointly run by Student Health Services and the Residence Halls Association, or RHA, to provide free condoms to students living in the residence halls. RHA is not doing anything to celebrate the month dedicated to condoms, but RHA director of Health and Safety Katie Neumeier said organizing sexual awareness events next month is just part of the work

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they do to promote condom use. As a reflection of efforts to promote and raise awareness about safe sexual practices on campus, MSU ranked No. 48 out of 141 schools on the seventh-annual Trojan Sexual Health Report Card , according to the research conducted by Sperling’s BestPlaces, which was released in fall 2012. The ranking was based on separate categories having to do with the availability of sexual health resources on campus, including the quality, not just quantity, of the sexual health resources and information on the university health website, contraceptive availability and the health center’s hours of operation, according to the study. Bert Sperling, president of Sperling’s BestPlaces and lead researcher for the study, said some of the things that helped raise MSU’s rankings in the sexual health competition by providing HIV testing on campus, making condoms accessible across campus and educating students about condom availability. He said some ways MSU can improve its ranking and better satisfy students include increasing promotion and expanding drop-in options at Olin Health Center. There are three condom brands available to students — Trustex, Trojan and Durex, according to Erica Phillipich , coordinator for the center for sexual health promotion at Olin Health Center. The condoms MSU ordered increased from 15,000 to 20,000 this academic year, Phillipich said. MSU increased its order this year because last year, there wasn’t enough to go around, Neumeier said. “As long as we keep our students protected and we give them the resources they need, then we are fulfi lling our goal,” she said.


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The East Lansing City Council held a public hearing on a new sushi restaurant that might be built on West Lake Lansing Road during Tuesday’s regular meeting at City Hall, 410 Abbot Road. The restaurant, Maru Sushi and Grill , owned by alumnus Robert M. Song , has locations in Okemos and Grand Rapids. In previous discussions about the restaurant, both city council and the planning commission found no major concerns with the restaurant. At last Tuesday’s regular work session, the council asked Planning and Zoning Administrator Darcy Schmitt to add a condition to the special use permit to require the restaurant close by midnight. In the past, council has raised concerns about restau-


HEALTH CARE REVAMPED TO COMPLY WITH NEW NATIONAL GUIDES At Tuesday afternoon’s Faculty Senate meeting, members discussed ways to reform MSU’s health care plan to comply with the Affordable Care Act and recent dependent audits. At the meeting, officials from MSU Human Resources, or HR, addressed members about the recent dependent audit — the announced continuing to use Blue Cross Blue Shield as a third party administrator of university health care and the change in plans that will go into effect January 2014 as part of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. Renee Rivard, MSU’s department of human resources director of benefits, said the dependent audit, which previously concerned

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Sushi chef Caleb Brown preps for dinner service Tuesday at Maru Sushi and Grill, 5100 Marsh Road in Okemos. Maru Sushi and Grill is trying to expand into East Lansing by opening another location at 1500 W. Lake Lansing Road.

rants, including the Black Cat Bistro. hoping to sell liquor and staying open until 2 a.m. Although the sushi restaurant prices range from a minimum of $14 for signature rolls, in a previous interview Song

said he’s not worried about attracting customers. “If you have the means to come, you will fi nd your way,” he said. As of press time Tuesday, the council had not yet approved

some employees who were worried their dependents wouldn’t qualify, is a standard protocol at MSU. The audit ensures the employee dependents remain eligible. MSU’s last dependent audit was in 1989. Of the 6,600 employees, 217 dependents were voluntarily removed from the health plans while about 300 employees didn’t respond, Rivard said. If the rest of the employees do not respond to the audit by March 1, their dependents will be dropped from their plans. Rivard said HR is doing everything possible to reach these employees. “There are a lot of fees and

penalties that are associated with health care reform that are based on the number of people that are on your plan,” she said. “If we have people on our plan who are no longer eligible, we would end up paying a fee for that person.” Rivard said this audit is saving more than $600,000 in net savings — a number she believes will increase after the March 1 deadline. Once the ACA is in effect, there will be a new consumerdriven plan available to employees to expand their benefits, she said. During the meeting, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said the ACA helps fund insurance to the previously

the city manager to execute a contract for more than $5 million to construct renovations to Michigan Avenue and Grand River Avenue. The construction is scheduled to begin in March and is expected to be finished by midAugust. The renovations will resurface Michigan Avenue between the west city limits and Grand River Avenue and on Grand River Avenue from the west city limits to the east. The Federal Highway Department will provide more than $4.3 million to the $5.4 million contract. The Michigan Department of Transportation will pay $904,600, and the city will pay the remaining amount of $300,150.

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uninsured, but the changes might not benefit MSU. “(The ACA) could generate some revenues along the way that made it better for a whole set of people — probably not us,” Simon said at the meeting. “This is potentially a disadvantage for large employers like us who have been relatively rich in health care and not necessarily strong on salary.” Simon said some of the new rules and regulations could lead to a some “rocky” moments in transition, and employees need to stay informed of the changes in their health care parameters. SAMANTHA RADECKI



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any of the U.S.’s top universities are taking radical new steps to accommodate transgender students and offering coverage for gender reassignment surgery as part of their student health insurance plans. Last week, Brown University announced they would be extending their student health plan to cover sex-change surgery beginning in August. Brown is the 36th American university to offer complete coverage for the surgery, joining a list of other top academic schools, including Harvard, Stanford, Cornell and Princeton. Twenty-five additional colleges do not cover surgery, but have health plans that cover hormone therapy. Activists have pushed hard during the past decade for colleges to be more accepting of transgender students, and the extension of these student health insurance plans is considered a major win. But is this something colleges should be expected to pay for? Colleges are not required to provide health coverage for their students — since many still are covered by their parents — but this hasn’t eased the amount of controversy these plans have received. Last year, an insurance mandate that called for universities to cover contraceptives made national headlines and received some political opposition. This mandate eventually passed and colleges now are required to cover birth control to students without copay. Although one could argue contraception coverage is a reason to support health plans covering gender reassignment surgery, the two still don’t seem equal. Objecting to colleges covering the sex-change operation costs also




doesn’t mean you don’t sympathize with transgender students. Going your entire life feeling trapped inside a body you don’t identify with is something many of us will never understand, and many companies and health organizations have voiced their support. In 2008, the American Medical Association advocated for treatment of gender identity disorder. Other medical groups, such as the American Psychiatric Association, also have taken this stance. But even so, it still doesn’t seem like it should be the responsibility of the university to foot the bill for these operations. They can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but college administrators say the cost of covering the services is negligible because so few students seek out medical treatment. But this doesn’t seem to fully answer where the additional funding is expected to come from. Since a large portion of a university’s wealth comes from its student body, covering the cost of such an operation seems like something that should be levied more on the individual, their families or their future employers. Many companies now offer coverage for numerous measures that adhere to their transgender colleagues. The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights group, also says about 1/4 of Fortune 500 companies have health plans that cover sex changes or hormone therapy. No matter what your opinions are about this issue, the fact this conversation exists — and more and more colleges are offering new opportunities for transgender students — demonstrates the tremendous strides our country has made toward universal equality in the past few years. That alone is something we all can agree on and celebrate.

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“Students rally for environment in Washington, D.C.” Not building the pipeline has to be the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. The oil is right there in Canada. I’d rather have it piped down from our friends to the North than have to burn even more fuels sending our tankers to the Middle East or, even worse, to buy the same oil when Canada sells it to China! The world just cannot adopt wind and sunshine as its complete source of energy at the drop of a hat; it is absurd to even question such a thought. The oil is right there; if you want your gas prices to go down, if you want jobs in this country, use it. Ashley Young, Feb. 19 via

Most of the price of gas is determined by oil prices. The price of oil is (generally) determined by the world market. So, piping oil from Canada won’t reduce the price of gas because the cost of that oil on the market isn’t decreasing. Not saying I disagree with building the oil pipeline, but it won’t make the price of gas drop. Sam, Feb. 19 via



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The student also reminded me am sure the majority of people reading this column fall some- that his parents are on all kinds of medications, have suffered health where within the age bracket problems and now are experiencing in the title. One of my recent the ramifications of being young. We who are aging are in the readers said it might be a good and same boats and some of those vespossibly interesting idea, but no one sels are taking in more water than that age would even care. we would like. Maybe that is the way I felt when So, what is the message — or I was that age, but I think it would am I just griping about getting old? be great if young people put aside Absolutely not! their inadequacies and arrogance I have enjoyed life to the fulland at least listened to those who est and have had a wonderful had gone before them and experi- time doing almost everything I enced all the tribulations they are ever wanted to do. The reflection going to come up against. I have is that it is wrong I sit down Wouldn’t it be valuable to see now and realize what I should have how things were handled so many done. I should have thought about of the really terrible problems that 50 years ago. could be tempered or Wow! I can close avoided? my eyes and contemGUEST COLUMNIST It is pretty obvious plate where I would be we age. No one denies today, health wise, if I the reality of getting had made a very conold and finally passing centrated effort to simaway. That’s life — a ply exercise 10-15 minone way ticket to, well utes a day when I was you know where. But younger. if you are 18, 19, 20, If I had stood up or in that age range, while watching teleyou have absolutely no vision and given up a CRAIG GUNN concept of what it is to few minutes to maingrow old. tain the body I had, I You look at your think the number of parents and relatives and, yes, pills I take today would be a whole they appear to grow old; but they lot less. have no effect on your future. They If I had set the regimen when I are a different entity because they was young and made it a part of my are “old” and obviously you are existence — like eating, sleeping, “young.” That’s wonderful — but reading and watching TV — mayit doesn’t last. be things would be different. Age when you are young is not When I think of the tons of sugreality. It only becomes reality ar I consumed, the salt that flowed when the door of age hits you on like rain and the red meat that was the backside and oh so delicious, I proclaims, “You realize my health can’t go back. “Age when you are is what I made it. Youth has lef t I can’t blame young is not reality. you.” McDonald’s or OK, I’m sor- It only becomes the candy comry. This was nev- reality when the door panies or the beef er meant to be a industry. depressing look of age hits you on I was young, at youth and the the backside and footloose and fanaging process. It free. I was nevproclaims, ‘You can’t cy was, on the other er going to age, hand, meant to go back. Youth has and nothing I ever give me a chance left you.’” did to my body to speak from a would come back position of age and to haunt me. just say, “When That was 50 you are young, you need to do a years ago and hindsight is a worthfew simple things that will make less entity. Looking back provides your passage into the rest of your me with nothing but memories that life a whole lot more pleasant.” can never change. This thought started with a stuYouth is a wonderful time of dent in the Engineering Building existence, but it also is a time of asking me how old I was. I didn’t responsibility — a responsibility respond right away, because who to oneself. wants to be old. So, this is not meant to preach or The problem is that I am, and moan or groan. It simply is a few at this point there is nothing I can words to remind all those who are do about it. young that it is important to look As I move closer to my 70th birth- closely at what you can do to proday, I am fully aware I have failed vide for the future in an attempt to do my part in keeping this one to age gracefully with the least and only body I had in the peak amount of hardship. of health. Think about it.

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RHA to hold election



The election will take place at the general assembly meeting after each candidate gives a 10-minute speech and answers members’ questions. The general assembly representatives will cast the deciding votes after the questioning period, RHA President Kelcey Gapske said. Although the polls only are open to RHA members, The State News caught up with the candidates to find out what changes MSU students might see next year, pending the decision. — Robert Bondy, The State News


genomics and molecular genetics junior

My goal is to create an organization that all on-campus students know about and are able to utilize our services and opportunities. My passion for RHA is strong and deep, and if I were elected, I would dedicate as much of my time and energy I could possibly give to RHA.

DeRade has been the communications coordinator with RHA for the past year. He joined RHA in fall of 2010 as a freshman and has held multiple positions while with RHA , including Spectrum representative, committee on internal affairs chair, food representative and director of health and safety. If elected as RHA president, DeRade hopes to improve RHA’s image and make sure students are aware of the opportunities the group offers.



Greg Rokisky communication and public relations junior

I plan to focus more on RHA’s external brand and solidifying our internal and external connections. I want to also develop a plan reflecting on which services need to be revamped. Working to gain recognition (for) what RHA as a whole is responsible for doing will be one of my main initiatives.

Rokisky is the RHA director of movie offices and has been a part of RHA since fall 2011. He started off at RHA as the Shaw Hall president. He helped bring the Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls conference, or GLACURH, to MSU next fall and promoted flexible housing, or gender-neutral housing. Rokisky said he has big plans for RHA if elected — to improve services and work to bring more attention to the organization.

College basketball’s March Madness won’t start for another month, but MSU already is competing for the title of national champion. MSU recently was named one of Enviance’s “Sustainable 16,” part of the Second Annual Environmental March Madness tournament. The tournament is designed to highlight universities’ efforts to become more sustainable on campus and in the classroom. The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize. While the MSU Office of Campus Sustainability will be working on the next stage of the project, the announcement of the “Environmental



The Writing Center is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year by hosting 20 events, which began in August 2012 and will continue through May 2013. Since Trixie Smith, director of The Writing Center, joined the department six years ago, it has doubled in locations and staff. Last year, more than 13,500 sessions were completed, not including workshops workers did in the community as well as in classrooms on MSU’s campus, Smith said. The first anniversary celebration featured a cookout, fair and carnival for students and the community, Smith said. With the

Tune Music education junior Stephanie Erspamer practices the trumpet Monday in the basement of the Music Building. Erspamer was practicing for a one-on-one lesson with an instructor, which she said required a lot more practice than bigger classes.

he Residence Halls Association, or RHA, will be holding its presidential election tonight, with the winner leading the 44th session of RHA next year.

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The Writing Center has doubled in locations and staff in the past six years help of supporters, The Writing Center will host more events ranging from an open mic night April 11 to a 1992-throwback birthday party May 10 in honor of the anniversary. Smith said one of the center’s goals is to help students on campus and community members improve their writing skills. Graduate student Jenni Marlow, a consultant in The Writing Center, said the staff is made up of consultants from different departments on campus. The goal is to provide students with specialized assistants who can

provide more information on writing papers for classes outside of the English department. “For us, we say we serve the MSU community,” Smith said. “As a land-grant institution, that means that there is a much broader community that we serve. We try to take that seriously and that’s part of our mission too.” However, there still are students who do not utilize the facilities available in The Writing Center. “I know people who use The Writing Center, but they still failed a paper they had to turn in,” general management sophomore Nick Thayer said. “No matter the work you put into it, in the end it really just depends more on the teacher.”


“There are more places to recycle than to throw out trash, which is annoying when you have something that’s legitimately trash.” Hanna Reed, psychology sophomore

Eight” on March 22, it wasn’t involved with the initial submission for consideration, said Lauren Olson, the office’s education coordinator. “I have to give all the credit to Karessa Weir,” Olson said. “She entered MSU in the competition on her own.” Weir, who works with the MSU Environmental Science and Policy Program, approached the Office of Campus Sustainability for help with making a video for the next round of the tournament, Olson said, but Weir will remain in control for the

time being. If MSU makes it to the “Environmental Eight,” the next round would be the “Finest Four,” announced April 5 . The winner will be announced on April 8. Weir could not be reached for comment as of press time. At this point, Olson is just glad the office’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. “This is all new to us,” she said. “We’re just happy MSU is being recognized.” Still, environmental economics and policy freshman Karlo Zadro said MSU could be

doing a lot better in terms of sustainability. “They’re giving it a good effort,” Zadro said. “But a big step would be … doing a little bit more in terms of moving off coal.” Biology junior Anthony Machniak said he’s not surprised by MSU’s selection. He saw the school’s commitment to the environment during his time working with MSU Recycling. “I’m not really shocked,” he said. “If only for the sheer numbers.” Psychology sophomore Hanna Reed said the emphasis on things such as recycling at MSU shows around campus. “There are more places to recycle than to throw out trash,” she said, smiling. “Which is annoying when you have something that’s legitimately trash.”



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MSU graduate and co-creator of the “You Off” T-shirts Chris Welker shows off his shirt in effort to increase sales to students waiting in line Tuesday outside Breslin Center. DANYELLE MORROW/THE STATE NEWS

‘You Off’ shirts are on with Spartans By Omari Sankofa II THE STATE NEWS ■■

“Pandemonium” might be a word one would use to describe the Izzone during the MSU vs. Michigan game last Tuesday. For 40 minutes of game action, students stood, screamed and celebrated as MSU smashed the Wolverines, 75-52. One of the biggest takeaways from the game were the innovative “You Off” shirts, sported by many students in the Izzone. An answer to the Adidas-sponsored Michigan Wolverine shirts “We On,” the “You Off” shirts made waves across the nation, being mentioned on SportsCenter and featured on a Yahoo! Sports blog last week. The shirts were produced by a duo of MSU graduates, Chris Welker and Jason McDonald. Welker, who initially came up with the concept, said he knew he had to come up with something for the game. “I was watching Michigan play one time on TV, and I saw the “We On” T-shirts, and I knew that they were coming to East Lansing to play us soon,” Welker said. “I thought, ‘First of all, these shirts don’t make sense to me. Second of all, I don’t think we can let Michigan come to East Lansing wearing these shirts.’”

“I even had a few Michigan fans, friends of mine, tell me that they didn’t like me for it, but (admitted) it was brilliant.” Jason McDonald, “You Off” T-shirt co-creator

Welker came up with a design and showed it to his friends through social media. After receiving positive feedback, he turned to McDonald, who is a member of his bowling league and owns a T-shirt company — J Ryan and Associates. McDonald thought it was a great idea and agreed to print the shirts. “We designed the concept on Monday night, so the shirts were ordered, printed, and ready to go by Tuesday morning,” McDonald said. “It all happened in one day, which made it that much more exciting to see them on TV.” The Izzone is a product of the Student Alumni Foundation, or SAF. Janel Rutzen, SAF program coordinator, said a significant amount of people inquired about the shirts after the game. “We had a lot of people after the Michigan game calling trying to find them — trying to find them in bookstores,” Rutzen said. “Of course they were sold independently. Everyone just really got into the game, got into the rivalry, and it was great to poke fun at (Michigan’s) shirts.” Welker and McDonald were

both surprised at the amount of national attention – and acclaim – the shirts received. “I had requests days after from people saying ‘I gotta have one of those T-shirts,’ McDonald said. “The fact that the T-shirts made ‘SportsCenter’ is one of the highlights of my career in this business. I thought that was fantastic.” “I even had a few Michigan fans, friends of mine, tell me that they didn’t like me for it, but (admitted) it was brilliant,” he added. Welker plans to continue selling the “You Off” T-shirts for $10 on his website, www.youoffshirt. The duo also said there is a possibility new shirt concepts could be created in the future as well. “If the opportunity presents itself,” McDonald said. “This opportunity was spun off of the design that Adidas made for the Michigan shirts. If there’s another opportunity or another statement made by a player that we can exploit and get the students involved and excited about, then yeah, I’d love to do it again.”

Wharton Center is no stranger to hosting internationally-acclaimed performers, and tonight will not be an exception. At 7:30 p.m., the a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo will return to Wharton Center where they will combine their native South African musical traditions with traditional Christian gospel music. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been performing for more than 50 years, with their music reaching the ears of people all around the world. They have performed for the Queen of England, at two Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies, at a concert for Pope John Paul II, at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and have shared stages with Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart , Eric Clapton and many others. They have provided music for Disney’s “The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride” soundtrack and have been nominated for multiple Grammy awards. They also have recorded with artists, such as Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton and


Ladysmith Black Mambazo will be performing 7:30 p.m. at Wharton Center. The group previously has played in front of the Queen of England and Pope John Paul II. Sarah McLachlan and their film work includes a featured appearance in Michael Jackson’s “Moonwalker” video. The group currently is working on six new recording projects, a new concert DVD and a children’s project. Joseph Shabalala is the leader of the group, and started the group in the early 1960s in Durban, South Africa. At the time, their voices were so polished and full of talent they were banned from competing in South Africa, although they were permitted to perform strictly as entertainers, said Bob Hoffman, the public relations manager at Wharton Center. “It’s really special that we get world-class performers (at MSU) that are amazing

and we get to see them here at Wharton Center,” Hoffman said. “They just performed for the Queen of England and now they are here in East Lansing.” Ladysmith Black Mambazo currently is touring much of the U.S., their last stop in Alaska. They performed at Wharton Center in 2007 and the show was nearly sold out. Tickets still are available and can be purchased at Wharton Center’s website, by visiting the Wharton Center box office or by calling 1-800-WHARTON. For students and youth, tickets are available for $15. Regular tickets range between $28$41. A preview lecture will take place 45-minutes prior to the show in the Stoddard Grand Tier Lounge. HOLLY BARANOWSKI


ATD Fashion Show narrows down designs By Katie Abdilla THE STATE NEWS ■■

For assistant professor Theresa Winge, the annual Apparel and Textile Design Fashion Show is the place where sketchbook dreams become runway reality.

“It’s a lot of hard work, but I really do like to see the students get to see their work go out on the runway,” Winge, the show’s co-director said. “We get to stand in the back and listen for people’s reactions.” Numerous designs submitted by apparel and textile design students are chosen each year for the show, which will be held March 24 at Wharton Center.

With many students required to design and sew their own corsets for a class ... several were incorporated into the show Among a sea of more than 150 submissions, student codirector Taylor Varner said about 80 designs were chosen for the runway show. She said she was looking for an outside-the-box perspective on fashion. “One of the main things (we looked for) was how innovative it was, if we’d seen anything like it before,” Varner said. “In most of our apparel classes, our teachers want us to push the limits with what we can do and what we think fashion is. We look for stuff that’s

really outstanding.” With many students required to design and sew their own corsets for a class, Varner said several were incorporated into the show. She said experimentation with fabric has become a trend reflected in the clothing as well. “There was a dress made of playing cards, and we had one girl use bouncy balls and made a dress out of it,” she said. “Students are thinking outside the box as far as what they can use in certain fabric.” To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MSU College of Arts and Letters, Varner said the show will host a tribute to fashion icons from the past 50 years, called FASH Forward. Designers will depict the style of several icons, such as Twiggy, Elizabeth Taylor and Cyndi Lauper. Junior director Shannon Gillespie said she’s excited to see the outcome of the segment. “I’m look ing for ward to seeing that,” she said. “It’s all inspired by icons, and we’ve never done that before.” Varner said the show is all about the cutting edge. “We’re always trying to be creative and think of new ways to put together design,” she said. “It’s taking the stuff on the streets to the next level and the most elaborate thing that we can do.” Once the lights dim on the runway, Winge said she wants attendees to accept the program as an outlet for creativity. “I want them to understand that MSU has a fashion program housed in the art department that allows a lot of latitude to be very creative and innovative,” Winge said. “They’re going to do great things when they get into the industry.”

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Sophomores emerge for MSU in Spartan victory against Northern


By Alyssa Girardi THE STATE NEWS ■■

At Tuesday afternoon’s press conference, MSU hockey players and head coach Tom Anastos finally were able to say they succeeded at the little things last weekend. Despite failing to complete Friday night’s comeback and losing to Northern Michigan, 5-3, the Spartans (9-21-3 overall, 7-161-0 CCHA) were able to turn it around Saturday and finish on top, 4-2. “The first goal we gave up Friday night … our goalie made two saves and they scored on the third try,” Anastos said. “That’s going to happen if you give up two to three scoring chances. By our count, we gave up zero on Saturday night.” Sophomore forward Tanner Sorenson, who scored an empty-netter Saturday, said the team took the desperation it played with in the final frame Friday and carried it over to the next night. He said the Spartans came out hard, were physical, finished their checks and every player had one of their better games. No sophomore slump Sorenson is one of a four-contributor sophomore class, three of whom are returning from last season. The returners, Sorenson and forwards Matt Berry and Brent Darnell, are MSU’s leading scorers at this point and have emerged as regulars in the lineup. “With freshmen coming in — we have 12 of them — so us three, we play quite a bit,” Berry said. “We have to step up and try to be leaders for these guys, and I think that has something to do with it — us knowing that our role this year is a lot bigger than it was last year.” Defenseman R.J. Boyd came to MSU this season as a transfer, joining the other sophomores. “We like the way his game is,” Anastos said. “He’s gotten acclimated. I think he’s playing with good consistency. He’s one of the


The student section chants the “Michigan State Fight Song” after a fifth goal is scored by MSU against Penn State on Jan. 25 at Munn Ice Arena. The final score of the game was 5-3 with the Spartans defeating the Nittany Lions.

“Super fan” rewarded for years of support By Alyssa Girardi THE STATE NEWS ■■


Sophomore forward Matt Berry collects a pass Friday at Munn Ice Arena. Northern Michigan defeated the Spartans, 5-3, during the first game of the weekend series.

“We have to step up and try to be leaders for these guys, and I think that has something to do with it — us knowing that our role this year is a lot bigger than it was last year.” Matt Berry, sophomore forward

guys back on the blue line that, for us, can provide us with a physical presence.” After starting the season hot, Berry hit a wall about midway through the season. His goal Friday was his first since Dec. 30, and his first point since Jan. 19. He was the Spartans go-to man at the beginning of the season, sitting atop the CCHA in multiple categories and having a standout game against Michigan on Nov. 10 with three goals. He said when things fell off, it

became frustrating and he began to overthink why the puck wasn’t finding the back of the net, letting the frustration build. “It was nice for me to get back on the board here because I haven’t gotten on the board in all of 2013,” Berry said. “So that was definitely nice.”

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sport, we love just being around the team,” Geisenhaver said. “Not that we always get to know the kids that well, but we get to know their parents really well and we have made a ton of friends.” Geisenhaver will serve as president for the MSU Blue Line Club — a booster organization for the hockey program — next season. One of Geisenhaver’s consistent companions at Spartan hockey games is Pam Echterling, who Geisenhaver calls her “partner in crime” for more than 20 years. In addition to Echterling, Geisenhaver said there is a group of about 40 fans who travel to the NCAA Frozen Four each year. Starting with the 1984 NCAA Frozen Four in Lake Placid, N.Y., Geisenhaver has been to every one, and will travel to Pittsburgh this year for the 2013 matches. “(It) was amazing because it was only four years after the U.S. won the Olympics there,” she said of Lake Placid. “That was a special thing, being able to walk into that rink, and you could still kind of feel the vibe. That game was our first taste of it, and then we decided we’d start going whether State was in it or not.”

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Twenty-eight seasons. Fourteen trips to Alaska. Hundreds of games. Countless players. Few fans are as dedicated as Janeen Geisenhaver. The MSU hockey fan and Okemos resident attended a Spartan hockey game in the 1970s with a friend whose father was an off-ice official, and Geisenhaver decided she would do whatever it took to watch more games. “When Munn (Ice Arena) opened, I got season tickets,” she said. “Then the rest of it is kind of history.” Geisenhaver has missed only five MSU hockey games since the 1984-85 season, and her dedication is being recognized by the CCHA, as she has been named MSU’s Super Fan contest winner. The CCHA picked one fan from every school, awarding each with a prize pack, including a two-night stay at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, two tick-

ets to the CCHA championship and two CCHA Warrior Hockey jerseys. “In addition to the league’s great players and coaches, a big part of what made the CCHA so special over the past 42 seasons has been the passion and enthusiasm of our fans,” CCHA commissioner Fred Pletsch said in a release. Geisenhaver is one of many Spartan fans who have brought an energy to Munn Ice Arena this season. MSU is 4-0-0 in sellouts this year, demonstrating the importance of fan support from those like Geisenhaver. “That’s great, keeps us up,” head coach Tom Anastos said. “We don’t like where we’re at in the standings, but in the attendance figures we’re up at the top, so that’s a good thing to build on.” Geisenhaver’s streak includes CCHA playoff games, championships, preseason matchups and non-conference games, according to the release. She also is leaving today for her 15th trip to Alaska to watch the Spartans play. “We love the game, we love the

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Junior 125-pounder Brenan Lyon and Iowa State’s Ryak Finch wrestle during a match Friday at Jenison Field House. Finch won, 11-0.

MSU to play Northwestern, try to bounce back from U-M loss By Stephen Brooks THE STATE NEWS ■■



Every time the MSU wrestling team hits the mat, the work they’ve put in all season is on display, but they’re not the only people watching their hard work pay off. Head coach Tom Minkel and the rest of the coaching staff work just as hard at getting the wrestlers in competition form. “My role is to make sure that we cover the areas that we need to cover,” Minkel said. “I organize and lay out every practice every morning, and I send it to my coaching staff. They have roles to play within the structure of the practice.” Every Monday, he said the staff meets to discuss any issues on the team and they finish the meeting by talking about specific guys and what they need to work on throughout the week. Minkel said he deals with the administrative aspects and leaves much of the personal training to his assistants. “I watch a lot of video the day after a dual,” he said. “In this part of the season, our primary focus is those kids that are in the lineup … My staff spends a lot more one-on-one than I do

Sophomore forward Becca Mills shoots Saturday during a game against Michigan at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. The Spartans lost, 70-69.

because I’m responsible for the whole.” Associate Head Coach Roger Chandler has been with the Spartans for 15 years, and had an impressive career at Indiana. He finished as high as second at the NCAA Championships at 142 pounds and was Big Ten Champion in 1997. He said he uses that experience in how he coaches MSU. “The biggest thing about me or (assistant) coach (Chris) Williams or (volunteer assistant) coach (Samuel) Wendland, is we’ve all had success at the national level, so we know what it means to wrestle at the top,” Chandler said. “A lot of times, just through that competitive atmosphere, we’re able to parlay that into practice or even a live situation in the wrestling room.” Chandler said the best way to teach wrestling isn’t by watching others through talk or video, but by actually wrestling with the athlete. “I do it on a pretty regular basis,” he said. “I’m still young enough where I can still compete with these guys.” The matches between the coaches and the wrestlers can get competitive. Senior 149-pounder Dan

Osterman said the bragging rights that come with beating a coach are well worth the fight. “I wrestle with Chris and Roger all the time,” Osterman said. “It gives you that extra incentive to work hard.” Though he hasn’t wrestled against Minkel in years, Osterman said his most difficult opponent is Chandler because of their different styles, and Williams is beatable. “I’ve wrestled Chris and worked out with Chris my whole life,” Osterman said. “I’m bigger than him now, so we’ll say it’s that. It’s still tough, but definitely Roger (is more difficult).” Chandler said the experience he’s gained having Minkel as a mentor has been great from both a wrestling and an administrative standpoint, and he has head coaching aspirations. “The goal is to, when coach Minkel decides to retire, I’d like to be the next coach here at Michigan State,” Chandler said. “If that opportunity presents itself, I’m definitely going to look very seriously at that.”

For the second week in a row, the MSU women’s basketball team will take the Breslin Center floor one day following a highly-anticipated men’s matchup with a winning streak against a conference foe on the line. The Spartans (19-6 overall, 7-5 Big Ten) will look to earn their 19th consecutive win against Northwestern (12-13 , 4-8) at 7 p.m. MSU broke its 12-game win streak against rival Michigan in a one-point loss Sunday in Ann Arbor, but with four games remaining in the regular season, head coach Suzy Merchant is hoping for a quick rebound and strong finish from her team. “In some ways, we’ve probably over achieved in some people’s standards, but yeah there’s four games to go and we have a lot that we can accomplish,” Merchant said. “Certainly we’re playing for a lot of different things, and what kind of team do we want to be? We’ll see.” The Wildcats are 2-2 since MSU came from behind to beat them, 67-62, in Evanston, Ill., on Jan. 31 behind junior forward Annalise Pickrel’s careerhigh 21 points. Northwestern ranks in the Big Ten’s bottom four in scoring offense, scoring defense, rebounding margin and turnover margin. Merchant said the Wildcats are playing well as of late and still pose a threat to MSU with a style of play that includes zone defenses and four of the top-30 scorers in the conference. Excluding a trip to No. 22 Purdue, the Spartans’ final four games are against teams in the bottom half of the Big Ten standings. “We’re at that point right now where there’s four to go — we have two at home, two on the road,” Merchant said. “Challenging games, tough games, but games I feel like if we compete and fight and have focus and everybody does their job, certainly opportunities lie ahead in a positive way for us. But I want to see some play-


ers get mentally and physically tough and have more of a determined attitude.” Starter Shake-up On Sunday against U-M, Merchant tweaked the starting lineup for the second time this season by swapping sophomore center Jasmine Hines — who started the previous five games — for Pickrel, who started the first 19 games of the year. Merchant said the switch was situational as Pickrel provided the necessary athleticism to defend against the Wolverines on the perimeter, but wasn’t sure Monday what lineup she would use in the rematch with the Wildcats. “I don’t know if I’ll change the starting lineup or not, but if I did I think Becca’s probably the one that has been playing very, very well the last few games,” she said. “That’s what I’m trying to do is put the team out there that’s going to fight and compete the hardest — I don’t care what the combination is at this point.” Think it out Merchant specifically has

been frustrated with Hines’ performances in recent weeks, which also likely played a part in her reclaiming a role off the bench. She wants to see more determination and competitiveness from the center who has played a total of 14 minutes and scored only four points in the past two games. Both Mills and Hines were plagued by foul trouble in the first contest against Northwestern, which was nearly detrimental as the pair essentially splits minutes with each other as the Spartans’ only two true post threats. “Sometimes (Hines) just is sort of out there and she needs to elevate her game a lot defensively and offensively,” Merchant said. “We’ve had a lot of conversations and I think she tends to look around and wait for somebody else. I just want her to be who she is, but I think it starts between her ears and I’ve always said that. The game is more mental than physical and she has all the physical skill set and talent … right now, she sometimes can be her own worst enemy. So I want to see what she’s made of.”

Wednesday 2/20/13  

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