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After a unanimous vote by the Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon, MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is one step closer to attaining independence after legislators passed a bill to eliminate the college’s state appointed advisory board — a mandate that has been in place since the 1960s. According to Pat Grauer, the College of Osteopathic Medicine, or COM, public relations director, throughout the past few decades advisory committee members were appointed by the state to provide guidance and advocate for the college. This state connection was part of the original public act of 1969, which allowed a private institution of osteopathic medicine in Pontiac, Mich., to move and become a part of MSU, which now is known as COM, she said. “That was huge — it was the fi rst time that a college of osteopathic medicine had ever been affi liated with a public institution or major university,” Grauer said. “And this was the fi rst time t here were t wo dif ferent medical schools on the same campus.” COM Dean William Strampel said the college will keep an advisory committee, but it now will be directed from within COM, rather than by the state government. He said the college reports and abides by the rules appointed by the Board of Trustees. Reporting to both was an unnecessary and outdated procedure, he said. The bill results are an administrative change and likely will not directly affect the college, he said. “It will absolutely have no impact on the students in the college,” Strampel said. “I will See OVERSIGHT on page 2 X
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From left, freshman guard Mariah Harris, red shirt freshman forward Akyah Taylor, and sophomore center Maddison Williams cheer from the sidelines during the basketball game against Northwestern.
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There were two records on Suzy Merchant’s mind head i ng i nto We d ne s day’s home MSU 54 matchup NW 45 with Northwestern – one evoked nerves while the other evoked pride. The fi rst, the Wildcats’ losing record on the season, made the sixth-year MSU women’s basketball coach nervous because she knew the number wasn’t indicative of how good Northwestern was. The second was the fruit of MSU ’s 54-45 v ictor y Wednesday night, which marked the Spartans’ 10thstraight season of 20 wins or more. “Those are always important numbers and you know how important it is to get t here,” Merc ha nt sa id. “Hopefully, we continue it because we still have three games to go. But it is definitely a number we aim at for a lot of reasons. “… I ’ m n o t h a p p y with the way we played today, though. I feel like we got beat by 20 and didn’t play well, which is disappointing.” Me r c h a nt ’s c onc e r n s
about the Wildcats heading into the contest were warranted, as the Spartans had to overcome a 10-point fi rst half deficit and a poor shooting start to earn its 19th-straight win against the Wildcats in a game they couldn’t afford to drop. With three games remaining in the regular season and positioning in the Big Ten up for grabs, a home loss to conference bottom-dweller Northwestern (12-14 overall, 4-9 Big Ten) could have proven detrimental.
… a home loss to conference bottomdweller Northwestern could have proven detrimental Sophomore forward Becca Mills – who rejoined the starting lineup after coming off the bench the previous six games – had a game-high 15 points to lead the Spartans (20-6, 8-5). But it was senior guard Jasmine Thomas who fi lled the stat sheet with 10 points, six rebounds, three steals and three blocks. “Without Jasmine Thomas, I don’t know where this team would be,” Merchant said. “We would not have won the game without her.” At the media timeout with
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Senior guard Jasmine Thomas goes for a jump shot despite defense from Northwestern center Anna Cole and guard Karly Roser on Wednesday at Breslin Center. MSU beat Northwestern 54-45, of which Thomas scored 10.
7:20 to play in the fi rst half, the Spartans were down 16-7 and shooting just 3-for-19 from the field. Mills then broke a scoring drought of more than six minutes after the timeout with a pair of free throws that kickstarted the MSU offense.
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determination coming into these last few games, just the whole stretch,” said Thomas, a captain, who scored a careerhigh 21 points in a one-point loss to Michigan on Saturday. “We got our 20th win tonight
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A 3-pointer from sophomore guard Kiana Johnson followed up by a three-point-play by Thomas tied the game at 24 with 2:20 to play in the fi rst half. Mills then hit a 3-pointer to give MSU its fi rst lead since the game’s opening minute. “It’s definitely a different
Without a Pell Grant, Hanna Reed wouldn’t be able to call herself a Spartan. “If I didn’t get enough fi nancial aid, I wouldn’t be coming to MSU,” the psychology sophomore said. Reed’s not alone. Thousands of students across the country utilize federally-funded Pell Grants, or money generally granted to students from lowincome families. But after new governmental-eligibility restrictions, recent studies show Pell Grant funding is at an all-time low. A study released this week from the University of Alabama’s Education Policy Center found changes in Pell Grant eligibility decreased enrollment at colleges and universities in the southern region of the U.S. MSU financial experts are questioning if similar
results could take effect at MSU. Pell Grants are issued on a need basis, and many eligible students come from low-income families. The full Pell award is $5,500. MSU distributed more than $39.3 million in Pell Grants to 8,685 students in 2010, according to the MSU Office of Financial Aid. Congressional budgeting battles resulted in changes to Pell Grant eligibility in 2011. The federal government reduced the time allotted for students to use the grants to fund a full-time college education from 18 to 12 semesters, or about six years to four, and eliminated grants for summer semesters. Further changes in Pell Grants could lower funding for students who make $23,000 a year, both dependent and independent of parents. “Congress and presidential administrations have been unable or unwilling
Percent of undergraduates at Big Ten universities receiving Pell Grants
17% University of Wisconsin 21% University of Illinois 21% Indiana University 21% University of Iowa 24% Purdue University 25% University of Nebraska 26% University of Minnesota 27% Michigan State University SOURCE: U. S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT 2011
to increase the maximum award to keep the purchasing power of the Pell Grant constant over the years,” MSU College of Education Dean Donald Heller said. Heller said eliminating Pell Grants would be “catastrophic” for lower-income students who rely on Pell Grants to make it through the academic year, such as Reed. See PELL on page 2 X
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Police brief Recent theft in North Wonders Hall An unknown individual reportedly entered a locked dorm room Monday night in North Wonders Hall, according to MSU police. MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said an 18-year-old student in the residence hall reported $45 was taken from her room between 6:30 - 7:10 p.m.. The student told police she believed her door was locked when she left but unlocked when she returned. There are no suspects, and the incident is under investigation, McGlothian-Taylor said. DARCIE MORAN
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which is important, but we’re playing for more.” After entering halftime with a two-point advantage, MSU pulled away from the Wildcats with a 16-2 run midway
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through the second half that included eight consecutive points from junior forward Annalise Pickrel and put the Spartans up 48-35 with 4:12 left to play. Pickrel missed her first eight shots of the night prior to the run. From there, MSU never led
by less than seven points, and four free throws from guards Kiana Johnson, a sophomore, and junior Klarissa Bell in the final 22 seconds ended any hopes of a Wildcat comeback. “Even though their record doesn’t show it, they’ve hung with almost every team in the
Big Ten – the best teams,” Mills said. “… We know they’re capable of it and that they could sneak up and beat anyone.” As Thomas said, the 20th win is in the bag for the Spartans but they have more left on their plate by closing out the regular season with three games in seven days, two of which come on the road. “Yeah it was an ugly win, but we have to win these four (final) games and we have one down,” Bell said.
R-Stevensville, the bill’s lead sponsor, said the bill is a way to “clean up” loose ends in legislation and help things run smoothly. “There’s really no need for it, and (so) let’s take it off the books so nobody has to worry about it,” he said. “So somewhere dow n the line, no state lawmaker can attach a fee to it … We i rd t h i ng s h app e n i n government.” Pscholka said this is the second time the bill is going through the legislative process.
It was passed unanimously by the House last year, but never made it to the Senate, he said. Strampel said the bill has been in the works for about eight months, and he thought it had already passed. State Rep. Sam Singh, D-East Lansing, voted for the bill and said he was not surprised the committee was “demolished” with the vote. He said there is a movement taking place to evaluate whether or not certain state committees and boards are
necessary. After a conversation with Strampel, Singh said he felt comfortable supporting the bill. Jonathon Blais, a graduate student in COM, said he is familiar with the history of the college and feels it is to the point where it does not require the state’s oversight. “As a college we’ve grown enough,” Blais said. “We’ve show n what we can do and I don’t think we need (state) adv isor y any more.”
“… there are a lot of people that want to go to college and really should, but their financial situation kind of holds them back.”
still only have 12 semesters worth of Pell Grant funding. As someone who has experienced the benefits of the grants fi rsthand, Reed said the government shouldn’t need to think too hard about protecting Pell Grants. “If anything, they should spend more money on it because there are a lot of people that want to go to college and really should, but their financial situation kind of holds them back,” she said. Jones said she doesn’t see Pell Grants becoming a thing of the past, but she’s not sure the government will increase funding anytime soon, especially with states facing consistent budgeting issues. “I haven’t seen where tuitions have gone down substantially to catch up,” she said. “That’s just part of the reality we’re living in now.”
Suzy Merchant, women’s basketball head coach
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have to have one less report written every year to the governor’s office.” The bill still needs to be passed by the Senate and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder before it passes into law. State Rep. A l Pscholka,
“… I’m not happy with the way we played today, though. I feel like we got beat by 20.”
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He said the demographic’s graduation rates and college enrollment would plummet. Val Meyers, associate director of MSU’s Office of Financial Aid, said funding issues are cyclical. T h e s t at e g o v e r n m e nt spends less on higher education funding, so universities have to raise tuition to ensure they have enough money to operate. In turn, the federal government grants less money in Pell Grants, she said.
Hanna Reed, psychology sophomore
Gig i Jones , di rec tor of research for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, said a decline in Pell Grant funding could leave students unable to afford four-year public university tuition, but community colleges would see enrollment increases. Pell Grants currently are paying for the smallest portion of college tuition in history, a possible result of rising tuition rates, according to the U.S. Department of Education. As college tuition rises, Pell Grants haven’t been able to keep up. These grants covered 77 percent of the cost of
attending a public four-year university between 1979-80. That percentage fell between 2010-11 to 36 percent, according to data collected by The New York Times. Meyers said a possible explanation for decreasing Pell Grant eligibility to 12 semesters is to encourage students to graduate on time. However, the change likely will negatively affect students who change their major while working toward an undergraduate degree. The credits from the fi rst major won’t always count toward earning a degree in the new major, and the students
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After blazing couches lit up Cedar Village, experts talk ﬁre safety By Darcie Moran and Isabella Shaya email@example.com THE STATE NEWS ■■
East Lansing is relatively safe from fires, according to experts, despite three couch fires and a dumpster fire in Cedar Village following the MSU vs. Indiana basketball game Tuesday evening. Ed Comeau, publisher of the safety newsletter Campus Firewatch, said although Morgantown, W.Va., is unofficially recognized as the couch-burning capital of the nation, residents of East Lansing and MSU still need to be careful of fires – whether intentionally started or not. East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy said couch burning or dumpster fires might lead to bigger problems if the fi res spread to nearby apartments, or causes wires above the sidewalk to come down. “Sporting events are exciting,” Murphy said. “It’s unfortunate people have to wreck that atmosphere by setting things on fire.” On New Year’s Day, a house fire near the campus of the University of Cincinnati killed two students and injured others, according to Cincinnati.com. East Lansing Fire Marshal Gerald Rodabaugh said the last death of an MSU student in a fire-related incident happened more than 14 years ago. He said this likely is because of safety precautions taken by the city. “Between the city and the fire department, there is a high level of education that goes out,” Rodabaugh said. “Hazards are found before they cause fires.” Dietetics sophomore Megan Geierman said she would feel less safe in the case of a fire in a house or during a party compared to a fire in her residence hall. “You can get out, but you’re not going to know what to do (at a house),” Geierman said. “In the dorms it’s well organized, (and in) houses it would be a little harder.” Ashley Chaney, assistant director of communications for the Department of Residence
Changes to two ordinances to allow private entities to provide their own parking were discussed during the East Lansing Planning Commission’s Wednesday work session at City Hall, 410 Abbot Road. Because of the increasing demand for parking downtown and with recent interest in redeveloping properties formerly planned for City Center II , the ordinances — 1287 and 1289 — are aimed to help alleviate parking issues. The city code requires any new development provide parking within the
municipal, or city, parking system. “However, we do not have any provisions in here for circumstances we’ve run into lately where we do not have enough municipal parking to accommodate development on the west side of the city,” Planning and Zoning Administrator Darcy Schmitt said. “That’s problematic when the city has an ordinance that requires parking in the municipal parking system but can’t accommodate them.” The provision would be open for any type of
development, but most likely will be used for residential uses, such as proposed apartment complexes near the corner of Abbot and Albert streets at the site of a former Fifth Third Bank. Previous redevelopment plans in the city, including renovations to 341 and 345 Evergreen Ave., were rejected by city council, primarily because of lack of parking. The planning commission will bring back the ordinances to hold public hearings on them in March. MICHAEL KOURY | SN
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Firefighter paramedic Josh Barrett checks the equipment on the side of a fire truck Wednesday at East Lansing Fire Station 2, 208 W. Shaw Lane. Daily routine for firefighters include a regular equipment check and clean up every morning.
Education and Hospitality Services, said there are restrictions on having items that could cause fires in the residence halls, and there are monthly fi re drills, maps of exit routes throughout the residence halls and community meetings to keep students informed of what to do in case of a fire. The fire in Cincinnati was caused by a space heater on the second floor, according to Cincinnati.com, but space heaters are not allowed in MSU residence halls. Chaney said there are weekly, monthly and yearly inspections done in the buildings to make sure everything is in line with Michigan requirements. “Our department and also the university as a whole, we are committed to the safety and security of our residents,” Chaney said. Geierman has lived on campus for the past two years, and said she was in her room to participate in about six drills last year. She has heard about students not participating in the drills because of cold weather or just getting out of the shower, but Geierman said the drills helped her know what to do in case of a fire. Rodabaugh said people can help prevent fires by keeping an eye on their food while cooking, dispensing smoking materials properly in noncombusti-
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s thousands of Americans, including MSU students, gathered in Washington, D.C., to protest the building of the Keystone XL Pipeline on Feb. 17, the debate really boiled down to one question: Environment or economy? On one hand, the Keystone Pipeline would provide a substantial amount of oil to a country that desperately needs it. It also would create jobs and aid the U.S. on its quest for inde-
— Greg Olsen, State News reporter
Read the rest online at sumers are experipendence on foreign oil. statenews.com/blog. On the other hand, the jobs created might encing. And importing that much Canabe temporary. Also, the pipeline would supply tar-sand oil, dian oil means importwhich is acknowledged to be one of the most ing that much less Middle Eastern oil. harmful types of oil to the environment. Furthermore, Many high-ranking indiwhile the economy has viduals at MSU and throughrebounded significantly since out the country support tran- “It’s not practical Obama faces a chance to defi ne his legacy, the crash in 2008, many people still sitioning from fossil fuels to at least in part. By blocking construction of are without work. alternative sources, such as to immediately and Even if the jobs the pipeline proj- the pipeline, he would go down as the fi rst wind or solar power. But the unilaterally make ect creates are temporary, that still world leader to take such a high-profi le stand issue isn’t as simple as one or the switch away would be an improvement to the on behalf of the environment and the issue of the other. current situation. It’s not practical to imme- from oil and other climate change. That’s not to say the potential diately and unilaterally make fossil fuels.” But he has to weigh that against the economenvironmental ramifications ic consequences of blocking the pipeline. the switch away from oil and aren’t worth considering. other fossil fuels. People still Energy prices already are high. The fact is President Barack Obama cited there are energy needs that must be met, and need oil and will continue to need oil until a practical alternative can be climate change and the environment as major this pipeline would help address those needs. concerns in his second inaugural address in Janfound. Is it a perfect solution? No, but the perfect The 830,000 barrels of oil per day the pipe- uary, and the potential environmental impact solution doesn’t exist right now. line is projected to supply presumably would of the pipeline is why Obama has delayed the Until it does, the economic realities dictate help curtail the steady rise in gas prices con- project for as long as he has been able to. we move forward with what we have.
No excuse for skipping classes
I also have attended seminars t is pretty much safe to say that have provided me with fancoming in contact with a tastic advice from experts in spestudent who has yet to miss cific fields regarding admittance to a single class is difficult to certain graduate programs. A few come by. Skipping class is an of these tips have included how to write a personal statement, what action many of us are quite familkind of grade point averages one iar with. should aim for and the kind of We justify our absences with debt a student could be facing at the end of a graduate an array of excuses program. that vary from being GUEST COLUMNIST Instead of listing all “sick” to the temperof the reasons why we ature outside being shouldn’t go to class, too cold. Although all we should compile these excuses are used the reasons why we frequently, the absolute should. worst of these is when By attending class, we tell ourselves there we have the wonderis no point in going. ful opportunit y of Sure, there might be RON KIM obtaining knowledge many reasons a class firstname.lastname@example.org — k nowledge that might not be worth ultimately will better attending. The profesour minds, which will, sor might speak in a monotone voice that has the same in turn, better our lives. Being the spoiled students we effect as a lullaby on a newborn baby, the material covered might often can be, we consistently comnot be interesting, or we might feel plain about the things we do not like we already have learned all have. We complain we don’t have enough money, that we have to the lessons being taught to us. Thoughts, such as these, enter walk too far, etc. The idea is we don’t have as our heads day in and day out. But they ultimately diminish the appre- much as people who are seen to ciation we undoubtedly should have far more than we do. But if this is the way we are thinking, have. we should considFirst of all, we er the perspective live in America. of an individual We are known to “These individuals who doesn’t have be the spoiled of the valuable eduthe spoiled. The must sacrifice so cation which we majorit y of us much in order to at MSU all have have a fraction of the have. These people — been well educatthose in impovered at elementary education we take ished countries or schools, middle for granted daily.” those forced into schools and high child labor, for schools that have example — dream collectively prepared us for success at a major of being in the position we are in. These individuals must sacrifice university. Secondly, we all are fortunate so much in order to have a fracenough to study at a Tier One aca- tion of the education we take for demic institution. Our university granted daily. I understand it is very possiwill provide us the key necessities to best shape ourselves for pros- ble to 4.0 a class without attending it consistently. However, the perity in the career world. Our school is composed of many grade itself is not what should be professors, teacher’s assistants emphasized. Receiving a 4.0 in a and other faculty members who class without diligent attendance are sincerely dedicated to teach- might just mean one merely got by ing their students and ensuring we whenever an exam was presentreceive the most we can from this ed. It’s possible nothing actually was learned. university. To many, this is not a big deal I personally can say all the professors I have had at this school at all because the grade is all that truly have been committed to matters. This is understandable, the well-being of their students. but shouldn’t we do our best to get They exemplify their sincerity by the most we can out of our classmaking sure their lessons have es? We should be gaining valubeen comprehended adequately, able information we will hold are available for office hours and onto for our entire lifetime —the are open to a variety of colorful sort of lessons that will make us into greater, more knowledgeable opinions. Aside from those who provide human beings. It is almost inevitable to fi nd lessons in the classroom, counselors have been more than helpful in something negative about going times of academic distress, assist- to class. We just need to realize how ing me in schedule building as well as fully informing me of require- lucky we are to even have the option of not wanting to attend. ments for graduation.
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Coach Izzo and others have pointed out legitimate places where MSU could and should have made a better game of it, the free throw line being the most prominent. But I want to vent about the replay problem. MSU had taken a four point lead, the crowd was going to crazy and the Spartans had the momentum. So, it seemed a good time for the refs to stop the game for 8 or 10 minutes while they looked at a replay to see if they could call something on Nix, ultimately deciding they couldn’t. But the momentum was gone from the team and the crowd, snuffed out by referees feeling a need to interfere in the game. This replay thing where they troll for fouls to call needs to be tweaked so it is less intrusive, or less common, or less something. mdavt, Feb. 20 via statenews.com
Blaming the officals in a home loss? Honestly? How about the phantom call on the 3 pt shot by Harris? And fyi....Nix is a known thug so its only natural the officals would have a look at the call and I am still not sure that Nix didnt hit Zeller. Man up and take your loss. You got swept. Deal with it. Mark, Feb. 20 via statenews.com
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onald Trump is back. After 12 seasons of â€œThe Apprentice,â€? real estate mogul and show producer Donald Trump will star in the sixth installment of â€œAll-Star Celebrity Apprentice.â€? The show will welcome back several former contestants, such as La Toya Jackson, Bret Michaels and TV-villain Omarosa. In a conference call on Feb. 19 with Trump, Jackson and Michaels, The State News asked Trump for his take on the season. â€“ Katie Abdilla, The State News
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When Chris Smith of the Blue Man Group was growing up in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., he didnâ€™t have a passion for drumming or blue makeup. What he did have a passion for, however, was juggling. â€œI was on a road trip with my family, and my dadâ€™s RV kept breaking down,â€? Smith said. â€œWe were on our way to Yellowstone National Park. It was ridiculous.â€? During a stop in a cafe, a book called â€œJuggling for the Complete Klutzâ€? caught his eye. â€œI begged my dad to buy it,â€? he said. â€œMy dad didnâ€™t think I would use it. Eventually, me and him would compete. In the end, I beat my dad pretty well.â€? Chris Smith eventually became a professional juggler. At UCLA, where he graduated in 2007, Smith would juggle and lead the band into the stadium. The experience got him used to performing in front of people and showcasing a skill. In addition, Smith performed
The State News: Why do you think the time was right to do the current all stars edition? Donald Trump: You know, weâ€™ve had so many people that have done so well on the show. They didnâ€™t win, but they did really well, and they were really liked by the audience because, ultimately, it is about them being liked by the audience. Whether itâ€™s Gary Busey or Dennis Rodman, we have some â€” just some great people coming back. Will this be the most dramatic season yet? I think itâ€™s certainly one of the most dramatic seasons. We have tremendous interest in the season and we, have brought back â€” including Bret (Michaels) and La Toya (Jackson) â€” we have brought back some of the people that everybody really likes because itâ€™s an all star season. And I think yes, itâ€™s a very dramatic season, amazing things happen.
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as a physical actor with Cirque du Soleil. So when the Blue Man Group came to town for auditions, his friend told him to tryout. â€œI didnâ€™t think I would get it because I couldnâ€™t drum,â€? Smith said. â€œA year and a half later, Iâ€™m with the group.â€? The Blue Man Group will perform at Wharton Center tomorrow through Sunday in Cobb Great Hall with tickets available for purchase at the Wharton Center box offices. Smith said one of the coolest parts of the performance is that itâ€™s unlike any other show out there. â€œItâ€™s such a phenomenal performance because our show has changes every night,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™re very aware of the audience. Thereâ€™s no fourth wall like in some other shows.â€? Wharton Center Public Relations Manager Bob Hoffman said the Blue Man Group is highly interactive with the audience. â€œWhen youâ€™re sitting in the audience, all of your senses are on the stage,â€? Hoffman said. â€œThey have these stunts that they do using paint, using all these cool shapes and sizes. Itâ€™s
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The Blue Man Group will perform at Wharton Center Feb. 21-24.
just amazing.â€? Communication freshman Palak Sabbineni said she would be interested in seeing the group live.
â€œTheyâ€™re kind of weird, but in an entertaining way,â€? she said. â€œI would go see them because Iâ€™ve never seen something like that before.â€?
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Keller returns from injury with two assists
Freshman guard Gary Harris attempts to block Indiana’s guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell on Tuesday at Breslin Center. The Spartans lost to the Hoosiers 72-68.
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After an upper body injury plagued Ryan Keller the fi rst half of the season, the freshman forward finally is finding his stride for the MSU hockey team. Of the Spartans (9-20-3 overall, 7-16-1-0 CCHA) 32 matchups this season, Keller has played in only 18. He took the ice for MSU’s fi rst four games, then proceeded to sit out for 13 of the next 16. “He’s making real good progress,” head coach Tom Anastos said. “It’s unfortunate that he had a bit of a setback during the injuries that he dealt with early in the season, but we thought he was starting to play pretty well.” Saturday’s 4-2 win against Northern Michigan marked Keller’s first multiple-point collegiate game. He had two assists — one on sophomore forward Tanner Sorenson’s goal and another on senior forward Chris Forfar’s game winner — to bring his season total to three assists and one goal. “I thought I played well this weekend,” Keller said. “I mean, I had a little struggles with the injury earlier in the year, and coming out and getting two assists and helping produce some goals, it was obviously a huge confidence booster for myself.” Not only was his success a confidence boost for himself, it was a boost for the whole team. Sorenson said part of the reason MSU was successful Saturday was because players such as Keller, who usually aren’t on the forefront of production, were able to make things happen for the Spartans.
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Indiana starting lineup outplays MSU’s in one-on-one matchups JUSTIN WAN/THE STATE NEWS
Freshman forward Ryan Keller, right, congratulates freshman forward Michael Ferrantino, who scored in the third quarter of the game. This was Keller’s first multiple point game of his college career. The Spartans defeated the Wildcats, 4-2, on Saturday at Munn Ice Arena.
Standing at 6 feet 2 inches — the tallest forward on MSU’s roster — Keller also provides a physical presence to the Spartans offensive efforts. Keller said after Friday’s 5-3 loss to Northern Michigan , Anastos stressed the importance of going into the “dirty areas,” something Keller thinks his size helps him do. “I’m that guy that stands in front of the net and battles in the corners,” he said. “I try to just battle in the corners and get the puck out to the defensemen; size definitely helps that cause.” Anastos agreed Keller is willing to use his body to go into
those areas, and he said it’s one of the reasons Keller was brought to MSU. The head coach said he expected Keller to be a “mucker and grinder,” but also noted his good hands, reach and ability to get up and down the ice. “You wonder, ‘Oh geez, if he didn’t miss that period of time, where would his game be?’” Anastos said. “But no sense in fretting about it. It happened, it’s behind us, and hopefully (Saturday) will help his confidence continue to build and he’ll continue to gain confidence as he has success.”
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East Lansing’s first top-five matchup didn’t go the way Spartan fans had hoped, and now MSU looks to pick up the pieces. On Tuesday, the No. 4 MSU men’s basketball team (22-5 overall, 11-3 Big Ten) fell to No. 1 Indiana (24-3 , 12-2), 72-68, before a capacity crowd at Breslin Center. Before the game, The State News analyzed the matchups between two of the nation’s top starting five’s. Here’s how they fared. Keith Appling vs. Jordan Hulls Appling avoided foul trouble this time around, but wasn’t much better in his second meeting with the Hoosiers. The junior guard struggled, shooting 1-for8, along with three misses at the free throw line, while Hulls drained four big 3-pointers as one of four Hoosiers to score in double figures. Advantage: Indiana
Gary Harris vs. Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell Ferrell used his speed and athleticism to lead the early surge that helped Indiana take the lead quickly and maintain it throughout the first half. But Harris was big for the Spartans, leading MSU with 19 points despite shooting 1-for-5 from beyond the arc and missing three free throws. Advantage: MSU Branden Dawson vs. Victor Oladipo The Spartans kept Oladipo in check for most of the night, but when the game was on the line, the National Player of the Year candidate rose to the occasion. Oladipo swung the game for Indiana, scoring a team-high 19 points along with nine rebounds and five steals, including six points in the game’s final minute. Dawson was somewhat quiet for MSU, scoring eight points with four rebounds. Advantage: Indiana Adreian Payne vs. Christian Watford Despite dealing with foul trou-
ble, Payne was the Spartans’ best player Tuesday night, scoring 17 points, with seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Watford made plays for the Hoosiers, scoring 12 points and making numerous key shots, but Payne was MSU’s catalyst, providing the energy others were sorely lacking. Advantage: MSU Derrick Nix vs. Cody Zeller After limiting Indiana’s star big man in the team’s first meeting this season, Zeller got his revenge against the Spartans Tuesday night. Although Nix made MSU’s final two baskets, first to give them the lead and then to extend it to three points, it ultimately was Zeller’s night. The sophomore converted a crucial 3-point play down the stretch, before finishing with 17 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots. Advantage: Indiana
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