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Into the weeds of marijuana regulations BY EVAN JONES EJONES@STATENEWS.COM

The East Lansing Planning Commission recommended the City Council overhaul its medical marijuana dispensary regulations, including lessening the separation between facilities from 1,000 feet to 500 feet and eliminating the required distance from liquor stores.


Under the city’s medical marijuana ordinance passed in November 2018, dispensaries are required to be separated by at least 1,000 feet from liquor stores and other dispensaries. The original proposal forwarded to the planning commission aimed to lessen mandated distances only if one dispensary was in a B-1 zoning district and the other was in a B-2 zoning district. Those conditions failed at the commission’s Feb. 13 meeting. The rationale for the original proposal, according to the city staff report, was to maximize the value of city property on the southwest corner of Merritt Road and Park Lake Road. “The proposed amendment would effectively permit two medical marijuana provisioning centers within the Merritt Road overlay district,” the report reads. “The amendment would substantially increase the value of city property and respond to the multiple interests in locating a provisioning center in the Merritt Road overlay district.” Vice Chair Kathleen Boyle said the proposal missed the mark. She said it didn’t make sense to allow exceptions for the city’s benefit. “The question here to me should not be, ‘Do we make the city property worth more money?’” Boyle said. “To me, the question is, ‘Do we

want to maintain the separation that’s currently in the ordinance?’ “If you don’t need that separation, then I don’t think we should have it elsewhere in the city either,” she said. Councilmember Aaron Stephens agreed. “I am not okay with us changing the rules to make it advantageous for only us,” he said. “If we’re going to set rules, we’re going to follow those rules.” Commissioner John Cahill said the exception proposal addressed “a symptom and not the problem,” saying the true problem is the 1,000-foot requirement, while Commissioner Chris Wolf was vocally against it as well. “I’m almost ashamed to see this introduced,” he said. “I find it so objectionable to see what was done here.” Wolf then proposed an amendment completely striking the new language and changing the universal separation distance from 1,000 feet to 500 feet. That amendment passed. “I’m not sure where that will go with council, frankly,” Mayor Mark Meadows said after the meeting. Commissioner Dale Downes said the 1,000-foot requirement was in place to address traffic and parking concerns for dispensaries looking to open on Grand River Avenue. But Wolf said after analyzing the mapping data, the effects on downtown traffic would be minimal. “My conclusion is it would allow only one more provisioning center,” he said. An application for 1234 E. Grand River Ave. is between 500 and 1,000 feet of other applicants. This would prevent its establishment under cur-


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rent regulations, but permit it under the planning commission’s recommendations. Michigan Avenue and West Road — two other streets where applicants are seeking to open dispensaries — don’t have additional available properties between 500 and 1,000 feet from the original applications, Wolf said. This means a change in separation distance wouldn’t spur an excess number of dispensaries.


The commission passed an additional recommendation to eliminate the required distance from liquor stores. Cahill said he was wary of the current regulations because of potential legal battles resulting from increased competition. “How’s that all going to get sorted out other than in court? I think we’re just asking for trou-

ble,” he said. Cahill wanted to see the provision discourage the overly competitive practices encouraged by current regulations, he said. “You’re just giving someone some weapon that they can use in what I think will be a fiasco going forward,” Cahill said. “People are playing around with liquor licenses and trying to rig the system because of that.” Wolf said he agreed, but didn’t want to go too far in the commission’s recommendation to City Council. He said reducing the separation distances would achieve a minimal impact and provide the city with an increased value on their property. Stephens said it made sense that the planning commission made recommendations on separation distances that would be applied universally. “If we can’t even follow those rules, then there’s probably something wrong with the rules,” he said.

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Spin seeks to become East Lansing’s third scooter provider BY EVAN JONES EJONES@STATENEWS.COM

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Spin, a scooter company acquired by the Ford Motor Company late last year, may join Lime and Bird in East Lansing this spring if the City Council establishes planned regulations. Spin currently operates on seven campuses and in nine cities nationally, including Detroit. Frank Speek, Spin’s government partnerships manager, said the company has had conversations with Michigan State about operating on campus. Speek said he was also interested in the Lansing and East Lansing markets for ridership. Part of Spin's approach, Speek said, is the company does not operate in cities without permission from local officials. This means Spin wouldn’t arrive until after the council passes an ordinance to codify safety regulations and set up a standard licensing agreement with companies. Speek said he believes that method of operation is the best to ensure community safety. “We really take a proactive approach in working with the local units of government,” he said. The scooter industry is “like the Wild West. The user education is bare, because the rules haven’t been implemented.” Some regulations Spin wants to see in East Lansing include caps on the number of scooters and vendors, he said. Such a cap would ensure safety and contribute to increased public acceptance of scooters as a method of travel. “You’ll have vendors come in where a city doesn’t have a cap and they will just deploy 1,500 scooters, and the market is way oversaturated,” he said. "It’s basically like street furniture.” City Manager George Lahanas agrees that too many scooters could pose a problem. “We want the right number so people are using them responsibly, putting them somewhere they should be,” he said. But there’s no plan to limit the number of scooters and vendors, as long as they don't create an undue burden for the city, Lahanas said. “At this point, we don’t necessarily envision a limit on the number of vendors, because if people want to compete, they can come compete,” Lahanas said. Regulations on the scooter industry have yet to be finalized by the city council, but councilmembers began the next phase of discussion in their Feb. 19 meeting. One possible rule to address the number of scooters is a per-day, per-scooter fee. This would require scooter companies to pay $1 daily for

each scooter within city limits. Lahanas said an advantage of this plan is that excess, unused scooters would still cost companies money, giving them incentive to not leave the scooters lying around. Spin is interested in complying with safety education and enforcement mandates that could be established by the city, Speek said. Speek said Spin’s app displays local regulations to users before they can sign up for an account and requires users to verify the scooter was properly parked at the end of their ride. “If we have a certain account that’s constantly getting negative reviews and routinely breaking the law, we have the ability to cancel that person’s account,” Speek said. Speek said he's seen successful programs in college towns with similar demographics as East Lansing. “We would love to partner with them and try and bring those benefits that the program could offer to the community,” Speek said.

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Electric vehicle charging stations considered by city officials BY EVAN JONES



Commissioner Wolf said he was uncomfortable with the proposal because of the burden on individual businesses. He recommended the ordinance only after his proposed amendment passed to remove the requirement on businesses. “I would much rather let the market determine where this goes,” he said. Mayor Mark Meadows disagreed on the ability of the market to make charging stations commercially viable. “That’s a nice thought, but we’ve seen in the past that every time we seem to expect that, it takes four times as long,” he said. Swedlow said one advantage of the ordinance as it stands is that people who park their cars to charge would be encouraged to shop at businesses downtown. “I do shopping I never would have done before buying this car,” she said. Meadows said because of the stations’ proximity to shopping areas, there would be less pushback from local businesses in complying with the ordinance.

An ordinance to establish requirements for electric vehicle, or EV, charging stations for parking structures at new developments in East Lansing is now headed to the City Council. The ordinance, recommended by the East Lansing Planning Commission at its Feb. 13 meeting, would require non-residential and combined commercial-residential properties to provide one EV charger for every 50 parking spaces provided.


According to Auburn Hills’ electric vehicle infrastructure ordinance, Chrysler, General Motors and Nissan predicted that by 2020, EV sales would reach 10 percent of all vehicle sales. Commissioner Chris Wolf said while 2018 was the biggest year for EVs, those three companies hadn’t come close to their prediction — only 1 percent of total vehicle sales were EVs. The city’s M.A.C. Avenue garage used approximately $330 in electricity this past year, according to the staff report for the ordinance, which Wolf said amounted to about six hours of use per week. He said that wasn’t much use at all. “Things are changing, but they’ve still got a long ways to go,” he said. Kathy Swedlow, an EV owner and East Lansing resident, spoke in support of the proposed ordinance at the beginning of the meeting. “When you have an EV, not everybody can still charge at home,” she said. Swedlow said home charging stations require expensive, inaccessible home modifications. She said highway driving and cold weather conditions diminish the vehicles’ power quickly, creating a need for more public charging stations. City Manager George Lahanas supported the ordinance proposal because of the increasing prevalence of electric vehicles. Eventually, gas station equivalents for electric vehicle chargers will need to be constructed in the city, he said. “This (ordinance) alone won’t be enough to take care of the future of electric vehicles,” Lahanas said.


Wolf’s amendment, which was approved in the meeting, exempted non-residential properties

A car charging station is pictured outside the East Lansing Public Library on Dec. 5, 2018. PHOTO BY MATT SCHMUCKER

from providing charging stations and clarified a few other exemptions. Exemptions apply if developers can prove a low likelihood of the station’s use, if the expense would be cost-prohibitive to the development, or if the charging station mandate would constitute a “regulatory taking” as defined by law. Commissioner Joseph Sullivan’s amendment requiring all future new and revised project site plans to implement charging stations also passed. The original proposal only required charging stations from new site plans and revised plans that increased the number of parking spaces. Another issue, according to the staff report, is compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. “(The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Agency for Energy) are beginning to believe that one EV parking space should accommodate one ADA-compliant space,” the report said. After discussion with a planner from the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, City Councilmember Shanna Draheim also recommended upping the requirement to two charging stations per 50 spaces, according to the report.





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There’s no such thing as a normal day for Xavier Tillman, especially not Valentine’s Day. After a long day of class, film sessions and practice, Michigan State’s sophomore forward went with his fiancée, Tamia Todd, to Qdoba. The couple, now in their third year of dating, had to take advantage of the annual buy one, get one special for sharing a V-Day kiss at the register. “It’s kind of a tradition,” Todd said, smiling. Most days, Tillman usually awakens and crashes much earlier than his teammates, and last Thursday was no different. Seldom is there time for video games or partying when the 6-foot8-inch Tillman must balance the memorization of scouting reports and game plans, practice, games and academics among the other rigors of being a Division I student-athlete. He maintains a 3.6 GPA. But most importantly, Tillman says he and Todd balance the full-time responsibilities of parenthood — raising their 2-year-old daughter Ayanna “Yanni” Tillman. Only a few constants are clear in a sea of variables for the Tillman family. A wedding planned for this May is among them. Todd said she intends to transfer to MSU in the fall to pursue an elementary teaching career after completing her associate’s degree. Tillman is aiming to play in the NBA. Tillman’s ambition of playing professional basketball is a real possibility for the former fourstar recruit, according to his mother, Tanya Powell-May, a former basketball standout at the University of Michigan. Any other career, Tillman says, won’t do for Todd and Yanni because he wants to give his family the best life he imagined for them. “They told me to focus on basketball because they said that’s going to be the way to provide for your family,” Tillman said after an early February practice. “They said ‘You have to lock in on basketball and you have to make sure that you don’t waste any opportunities on the court and make sure that you don’t take days for granted. Because this is going to be your way to provide for your family.’” The opportunity for Tillman to shine is as good as ever. With junior starting forward Nick Ward’s season in question after he suffered a hairline fracture in his hand Feb. 17, Tillman is in position to demonstrate his ability to perform at a high level. As MSU’s leading bench scorer, he’ll absorb most of Ward’s minutes, filling a need for the Spartans as the postseason looms. “This is his time to really step up,” senior forward Kenny Goins said. “Especially being how young he is, end of his sophomore year, this is a great time for him to make a name for himself.”



“They told me to focus on basketball because they said that’s going to be the way to provide for my family.”

Xavier Tillman Sophomore forward Tillman is tasked with replacing Ward as a scorer. Ward was MSU’s second-leading scorer at 15.1 points a game, compared to Tillman’s 8.3 off the bench. Tillman even scored 16 points and snagged 8 rebounds in his first and only start Feb. 5 against Illinois. Coach Tom Izzo said Tillman hasn’t failed any tests since arriving at MSU. “This kid has prepared himself the right way to be able to step in,” Izzo said. “He’s the one guy that I feel comfortable that he’s going to step in and do the things that he needs to do. “He’s selfless, he cares about the team and the program, and I think he’s going to adjust just fine.”


Long before MSU was on his radar, and long before he ever met his bride to be, Tillman was a natural-born athlete, according to his mother. Powell-May said Tillman played multiple


sports growing up, keeping busy with football and basketball. “He’s always been very outgoing, very sociable,” she said, wearing a warm smile after MSU’s win against Ohio State Feb. 17. When Tillman recalled meeting Todd, he said he felt an instant connection. The two met through mutual friends and Tillman complimented some of her tattoos. “Literally from that time, we just hit it off and we’ve been talking every day since,” he said. When the two learned of Todd’s pregnancy during Tillman’s junior year of high school, Powell-May said their families knew the best route was to show support for them, while helping them learn to be adults. Though her support of Tillman and Todd was always present, Powell-May said that didn’t mean there wasn’t hesitation as the young couple moved halfway across the state, enrolled in school and learned the demands of a high-level college basketball program. “Being a student-athlete myself, I know the rigors and demands they have on student-athletes and the additional possible burden of a family. It was something that we all came to an agreement with right away that it wouldn’t be a distraction,” said Powell-May, a former second team All-Big Ten selection. “They would just help. He’s happiest when they’re with him and I was very comfortable because he’s pretty mature and Tamia is very mature.”


While Izzo was intially skeptical, any doubts he had were put to rest after watching Tillman handle himself up-close. “This is one of those win-win-wins,” Izzo said. “There’s not many win-win-wins in the world. I said it before, I’ll say it again: Xavier has taught me a lot about how to handle tough situations more than I’ve taught him and I just love the kid for that.” Tillman and Todd both admit the learning curve of parenting, travel and all of life’s challenges can at times be stressful – especially when Tamia juggles her babysitting job, class and other errands. The Spartans frequently go on the road, and Tillman’s biggest fans are often unable to make the trip. “She definitely struggles with it sometimes,” Todd said of Yanni after MSU’s recent win against the Buckeyes. “Because we stay at the hotel the night before a (home) game, so even like this morning, when she woke up and came in our room, she was like ‘Where’s Daddy?’ And I had to remind her that Daddy had to stay at the hotel.” Whenever Tillman is home, he tries to be around as much as possible. Most days he’s able to either get Yanni ready for the day or take her to daycare. He tries to fit in their regular evening activities – phones put away, dinner, an episode of TV and maybe even a board game.


S FAMILY WITH NEW ROLE hugs from both of us, so she always goes backand-forth, back-and-forth.”


Then there’s bedtime, before it’s lights out for the parents by 9:30, – that’s only if Yanni is tired, of course. “She has a lot of personality coming in,” Todd said with a smirk. “She’s walking, she’s talking, running, sprinting, anything she can to always be moving. She’s learning to be very sassy, so she doesn’t always listen the best anymore. “Every night before she goes to bed we always go over the alphabet, her numbers, colors and then she has two favorite books we read. (Tillman and I) read every other page, so we both read to her before she goes to bed. Then she always wants a hundred kisses and a hundred

Tillman noted since he got to campus last season, most teammates and coaches have grown so fond of Yanni, they take turns coming over and babysitting. According to Todd, it started when last season’s captain, then-senior Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn liked Tillman, offering guidance whenever he could. Even Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson, both now NBA rookies, couldn’t get enough. “We call all of them her uncles,” Todd said. “Jaren was the first one, she called him Uncle J.J.” Tillman said now it’s easy to find a babysitter if he and Todd want to have a night to themselves. Teammates, coaches and other close friends love spending time with Yanni, which Tillman thinks eases the desire to feel like “regular college students.” Of those on the current roster, junior point guard Cassius Winston has become the de facto sitter, recently boasting he taught Yanni how to sandwich two Oreo cookies together. “I’m pretty sure if he had to pick somebody to babysit, it would be me,” Winston said. “She’s like the ideal child. I don’t even know how to explain it. I haven’t even seen her cry before, like, that’s crazy. She’s always happy, always in a good mood, always wants to play.” When Winston was asked why he and others are so eager to help, he said it’s what teammates — brothers — are supposed to do. “(Other teammates) can kick it until 1 in the morning or whatever, we can play video games, we can go out sometimes,” Winston said. “He can’t get in on that experience just because he’s got a family. He’s got a daughter to put to bed. He doesn’t get those opportunities, but he does a good job of being involved with us and with his family at the same time.” That bond between teammates, coaches and the rest of the program doesn’t go unnoticed. “He’s not doing it alone, they’re doing it together,” Powell-May said. “He hasn’t missed one milestone in Yanni’s life and that was important for him.”

“He’s not doing it alone, they’re doing it together. He hasn’t missed one milestone in Yanni’s life and that was important for him.”

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T.B. Simon power plant to reduce carbon emissions BY CLAIRE MOORE CMOORE@STATENEWS.COM

A plan to install four new engines in the T.B. Simon Power Plant would breathe new life into the decades-old facility and aid in Michigan State’s efforts to reduce its own carbon emissions. The T.B. Simon Power Plant, the central supplier of power to MSU since 1965, took steps to cut down its greenhouse gas emissions through a universitywide Energy Transition Plan established in 2009. The

pla nt c ur rent ly prov ides steam heating and cooling to buildings such as residence halls and academic classrooms.


Two products — power and heat in the form of steam — are distributed across campus via a 20-mile pipe and tunnel network. “The steam is used across campus for building heating, building cooling and processing in various places,” Sherri Jett, director of utilities for Infrastructure Planning and

Facilities, or IPF, said. MSU is a microgrid — a localized energy grid that can disconnect and operate independently from traditional electric grids. This means it produces its own energy and the majority of MSU’s energy comes from the microgrid. Six generating units are part of the power plant. All of them originally relied on burning coal to produce energy. But the T.B. Simon Power Pla nt s wapped out coa l for natural gas in 2016 in accordance with standards

out l i ned i n t he E ne r g y Transition Plan. “This used to be a 100 percent coa l plant,” IPF Communications Manager Fred Woodhams said. “It is now natural gas, which is more efficient (and) does reduce the CO2 (and) the greenhouse gas emissions.” That switch resulted in a reduction of about 410 million pounds of carbon dioxide output per year in the past decade, IPF reported. That’s equivalent to planting 500,000 trees per year.


MSU has reduced its output of greenhouse gases by 30 percent since instituting the Energy Transition Plan. But replacing coal with natural gas isn’t the only update to the power plant.


MSU’s demand for electrical power has steadily increased, while the demand for steam power hasn’t nearly as much, according to IPF. To remedy this, a project to install four reciprocating internal

combustion engines — dubbed the RICE project — would separate the two processes to further reduce emissions and conserve energy. “The RICE project will have more ability to use that energy more efficiently,” Woodhams said. “It kind of separates out the steam generation and the electrical generation and that’s just a more efficient system, so MSU will be more sustainable going forward.” The new engines would work together with existing boilers to ensure efficiency.

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“The thing with the RICE engine … is how you can kind of turn it off and on,” Woodhams said. “With the boilers, you can’t just really flip a switch and turn them off. That’s just not how they work.” The older boilers take hours to power down and cool off, Woodhams said. That spells t rouble for power pla nt operations, especially when workers try to bring them back online. “When we take one of the older boilers off line, often things break and then we have to make repairs to get them back online,” Jett said. The RICE project would allow IPF to repair the plant’s aging infrastructure with updated equipment, ensuring a smoother transition to renewable energy in the future. Two of t he s e e ng i ne s running would fulfill normal ca mpus power dema nds. A ll four engines running simultaneously could sustain campus in emergenc y situations, such as ones caused by severe weather. If carried past the developmental stage, the RICE project is projected to decrease emissions from the T.B. Simon Power Plant by about 100 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually, according to IPF.

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The RICE project could even assist anot her renewable energy project at MSU — the carport solar arrays completed i n 2017, adv a nc i ng t he university’s Energy Transition Plan. RICE would allow for another 20 megawatts of solar arrays, tripling MSU’s renewable sources, Jett said. The updated plant could assist solar production even in cloudy weather. “Since then, the parking solar panels — they’ve been operating for about a year now, a little over a year, so that meant a change as well,” Jett said. “We’re looking forward to be able to increase in renewable power generation capability here on campus and these RICE engines will help us get there.”

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SPORTS Seniors Cody Milan (23), Zach Osburn (2), and Brennan Sanford (13) kiss the Spartan head prior to the game against Penn State Feb. 16. PHOTO BY CJ WEISS



Playing in what was possibly their last game at Munn Ice Arena Feb. 16, the MSU hockey seniors stepped off the ice on a different note than those in recent memory. The senior night tribute to the Spartans’ trio of seniors followed a critical late-season game and honored the class’s contributions to the rebuilding of the program. The four-year veterans Cody Milan, Zach Osburn and Brennan Sanford lifted their sticks as they saluted the packed Munn stands before kissing the Spartan at center ice. T h i s t i me, t he st udent sec t ion t hat traditionally joins the Spartans after senior day filled center ice more substantially than in recent years, pointing to the growth of Spartan hockey and the culture surrounding it. “Bringing a culture to Michigan State, that hardworking culture, that winning culture, competitive culture,” senior forward Milan said. “The young guys that came in this year — we’re just trying to show them the ropes. I think the guys beside me and myself — we’ve done a pretty good job. We put blood, sweat and tears into this program.” Michigan State coach Danton Cole spoke on his senior class postgame, reflecting on their

play during their final regular season home game as a testament to their resolve. “Sometimes it’s a hard night to play in,” Cole said. “It’s too emotional or you don’t have energy because of that. But I thought all three of those guys worked their tails off. I don’t know if this is the last game. It doesn’t have to be. … But if it was, I was glad those guys played like that.” As the program totaled just nine wins two years ago, the senior class of Milan, Sanford and Osburn — sophomores at the time — fueled the culture change of MSU hockey to this point. Although he described the senior night loss of 5-3 as a “bump in the road,” redshirt junior defenseman Jerad Rosburg put the program’s revival into perspective. Even from its position just one short year ago, MSU hockey has taken strides unexpected by many – except those in the locker room. “Coming from where we were last year, at this point we weren’t fighting for anything,” Rosburg said. “It was more pride. I think the fact that we’re in the battle, in the race for home ice is huge. It shows all the hard work that we’ve put in during the season, last season, over the summer, all the preparations that we’ve done. It shows just how far this program has come.”

After enduring the loss in a game as crucial as any this season, Milan, Sanford and Osburn met at center ice to sing the fight song together for the final time. Now in sixth place in the Big Ten, the Spartans’ chances to play at home one more time remains slim. Osburn, who was fighting tears postgame, put the night in perspective himself. “If all the dominoes fall in the right spot, then we might get the chance to play here again,” Osburn said. “That ’s what we’re looking forward to. But just that idea in the back of your mind that this might be the last time I’m going to step off that ice, it’s pretty

hard to take in.” This senior class has forged an unparalleled bond through helping the program regain its standing within the conference. Rosburg embraced Osburn at center ice amidst the emotions, as the fourth-year junior — although not exiting with the seniors — had a strong message for the class altogether. “At the end there, I told him I loved them,” Rosburg said. “Even after this season, we’ve still got a lifetime ahead of us all being best friends and being there for each other. It’ll be that way until the day we die. … I couldn’t ask for a better three guys to spend my four years with.”

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Seniors Cody Milan (23), Zach Osburn (2), and Brennan Sanford (13) raise their sticks to the crowd prior to their Feb. 16, game against Penn State. PHOTO BY CJ WEISS

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Senior center Jenna Allen became the 27th Spartan to score 1,000 career points on a layup against Nebraska Feb. 17. Allen is the eighth player during coach Suzy Merchant’s tenure at Michigan State, to reach the acclaimed milestone. The last player to reach the mark was Branndais Agee on Nov. 25, 2017. Allen, a 6-foot-4 center, is the lone senior on this year’s roster and was a captain along with junior guard Taryn McCutcheon. “I’m just very thankful and fortunate, to score a thousand points here at Michigan State University,” Allen said, “I’m in a league of elite players now. ... I’m just really proud of myself.” A four-year letterwinner at Bedford North Lawrence High School, Allen played for her father her senior year, averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds. The team went 26-1, losing in the Class 4A regional championship round, 48-40 to Columbus North, on Feb. 24 2015. Her impressive high school career included setting the school record for career rebounds (943), scoring 1,495 points (third in school history), 37 career double-doubles, an overall record of 104-5 and two state championships during her sophomore and junior seasons. A four-star recruit, Allen became one of the top centers in the nation. The Bedford, Indiana native had not originally planned on playing her college career in the green and white, but rather the Indiana University red and white. In August 2013, Allen verbally committed to the Hoosiers’ recruiting 2015 class, but later withdrew her commitment following the resignation of coach Curt Miller in July 2014. In September 2014, Allen decided to commit to her second choice, MSU, who shared the 2013-

14 Big Ten regular season title with Penn State. “Everything happens for a reason and I truly feel like I’m meant to be here,” she said. As a freshman, Allen played in all 34 games. Her debut against Western Michigan on Nov. 15, 2015, resulted in six points and three rebounds. She finished the 2015-16 season with an average of 4.5 points per game. She was awarded the Pat Canning Coaches Award at the 2016 banquet. During her sophomore season in 2016, Allen scored her first double-double against Western Michigan Nov. 18, which led to her first start against Oregon Nov. 22. She scored 10 points against the Ducks. The Spartans lost to Arizona State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament March 17, 2017, where Allen played nine minutes and scored two points. Allen also earned her first Academic All-Big Ten honor. At the end of the 2016-17 season, Allen averaged 6.9 points per game. At the 2017 banquet, she was awarded with the Sixth Player Award. Allen was one of three Spartans to play in all 33 games as a junior, starting 25 of them. Her first double-double of the season came against Western Michigan Dec. 4, 2017, with 10 points and 11 rebounds. After scoring a career best 28 points against Notre Dame Dec. 6, 2017, Allen had 16 games in double figures that season. Allen played 16 minutes in the Spartans’ 111-109 4OT loss to Indiana in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. Allen received Academic All-Big Ten Honors. Finishing with an average of 9.9 points per game, Allen was awarded Most Improved Player Award at the 2018 banquet. Allen’s senior year has some noteworthy wins including an 88-82 win over No. 3 Oregon, an 84-70 win over No. 16 Iowa and a 77-60 win over No. 9 Maryland, contributing to the Spartans’

Senior center Jenna Allen (33) guards the ball during the women’s basketball game against Purdue at Breslin Center Feb. 3. PHOTO BY ANNIE BARKER

perfect record at home this season. “Honestly it’s been the best four years of my life,” Allen said. The layup to reach 1,000 points happened in the first quarter during the Spartans-Cornhuskers match-up. Allen narrowly missed a double-double, with 13 points and nine rebounds in that game. Michigan State lost 82-71, making the Spartans the 9th seed for the Big Ten Tournament. As the 2018-19 season nears its end, Allen is

averaging 12.9 points per game and has 1,007 career points as of Feb. 20. Allen, a kinesiology major, hopes to one day go chiropractic school after finishing off her basketball career. “Right now the plan is, if I can to play overseas or maybe in the WNBA if it’s possible.” The Spartans look to bounce back from the loss to Nebraska when they host Ohio State at 6 p.m. Feb. 21. Michigan State is 13-0 at home this season.

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