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Anna Flory known for passion for life, positivity Andrew Singler remembered by By Darcie Moran THE STATE NEWS ■■

While advertising sophomore Courtney Hughes and her fellow roommates donned dresses for Halloween, her new friend and roommate Anna Flory ran around their Bailey Street home dressed as the Lion King’s “Rafi ki” — stick and all. “She just liked to be her own person,” Hughes said. “She just always taught me to live life to the fullest each day.”

Flory’s life philosophy is somewhat of a comfort to f r iends and family such a s Hug he s, since Flory, a geological sciFlory ences sophomore, was found dead in her Bailey Street home Saturday. Although the cause of death has not been determined, police have stated foul play is not suspected in her passing, and her parents have said

an autopsy showed she had an enlarged heart. Flory leaves behind her mother, father and two sisters. “It breaks my heart, but I know she’s probably better off than me,” said her father, Brian Flory. He and his wife, Nancy Flory, said their daughter was a devout Catholic and they don’t worry about her, but will miss her terribly. Brian Flory said his daughter would liven up any room. Even on his bad days, he could count See FLORY on page 2 X

friends and family as upbeat, funny By Darcie Moran THE STATE NEWS ■■

If Andrew Singler still were here, he would be comforting everyone else. The nutritional sciences senior was pronounced dead at Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital after being stabbed in the early morning hours Saturday in Meridian Township, according to Meridian Town-

ship police. A suspect is in custody and will be arraigned Monday on charges of homicide, according to MeridSingler ian Township police Sgt. Andrew McCready. Despite the tragic circumstances surrounding his passing, friends said Singler would want

them to remain positive. “He would say ‘Let’s celebrate the good things,’” said Ryan Pinter, an MSU alumnus and friend of Singler. “There couldn’t be a person, in my mind, that was more deserving of a long, fulfilling life.” Pinter, who was best friends with Singler in middle school and remained a good friend throughout college, said Singler See SINGLER on page 2 X


Head coach Tom Izzo talks to an upset sophomore guard Branden Dawson during the second half of the game against Ohio State on Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Spartans fail to perform to their fullest, Izzo says Buckeyes “deserved” to win By Dillon Davis THE STATE NEWS ■■

COLUMBUS, OHIO — It’s a struggle many college basketball teams go through, and for MSU head MSU 60 c o a c h To m OSU 68 Izzo it wa s only a matter of time. Since the triumphant Feb. 12 victory over then-No. 4 Michigan, the No. 4 MSU men’s basketball team has struggled to maintain the same grittiness in a win against Nebraska and a loss to No. 1 Indiana — a casualty of playing multiple games in one of the nation’s most challenging conferences. Following Sunday’s 68-60 loss to No. 18 Ohio State (20-7

overall, 10-5 Big Ten), Izzo said the Spartans (22-6, 11-4) have become hampered by their own success, causing them to drop back-to-back games for the first time this season. “I am disappointed that we haven’t shown the grit we showed in the last two games, which normally happens when you get fat and sassy and I think we’ve gotten a little bit of that,” Izzo said. “I take no credit away from Ohio State — they played an OK fi rst half and a very good second half – and they deserved to win the game.” The second loss in a week significantly hinders the Spartans’ Big Ten title chances. With a loss to the Buckeyes, the Spartans fall two games behind Indiana in the Big Ten stand-


Ohio State senior forward Evan Ravenel shoots as junior center Adreian Payne and freshman guard Denzel Valentine block Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Spartans lost to the Buckeyes, 60-68.

“As a team, we have gotten fat and sassy,” Payne said. “We just gotta gather ourselves and stop worrying about what other people are saying and just play basketball.” Adreian Payne, junior center

ings with just three games to play including dates with Michigan and Wisconsin. “It’s difficult,” junior center

Adreian Payne said. “We put ourselves in a corner where we need to win games, and we need to win all the games.

It’s tough, but it’s something we have to work with.” The one major area of praise after the game came from the performance of Payne in a return to his home state. The Dayton, Ohio, native recorded his fi fth double-double of the season, putting up 12 points and 15 rebounds. The Spartans outrebounded Ohio State, 33-26, but were unable to recover from a lengthy sec-

ond half surge to fall on the road. Starting with a 3-pointer by Buckeye forward Deshaun Thomas, OSU strung together a 24-5 run to open the second half, stretching to lead to 51-41 and forcing the Spartans to dig deep. A major catalyst of the run was Buckeye guard Aaron Craft, See BASKETBALL on page 2 X

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Community gathers to fight sexual assault on MSU campus By Samantha Radecki THE STATE NEWS ■■

Picture the typical MSU party environment: a combination of young men and women, loud music, binge drinking and some sexual interactions behind closed doors. But many of these sexual encounters on colleges, such as MSU, aren’t always consensual. According to the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, or OIII, nationally, one in every fi ve college women and one in 20 college men will be a victim of sexual assault while on campus — a

statistic MSU officials acknowledge and are trying to combat by launching a new campaign, “There’s No Excuse for Sexual Assault.” OIII’s campaign was revealed on Friday afternoon at the Title XI Symposium: Addressing & Preventing Sexual Assault on our Campus, an event where about 200 MSU community members including students, faculty, staff and administrators, gathered to learn about how one should respond to a sexual assault “survivor” and how to prevent future assaults. OIII Director Paulette Granberry Russell said the campaign’s goal is to educate individuals about the impacts of

sexual assault and recognize that it happens on all college campuses, MSU included. The campaign works with students and provides T-Shirts, buttons and posters advocating against all forms of sexual assault. “It may result in an increased number of sexual assaults that are reported, but that’s not a bad thing,” she said. “It means that the individuals are getting the support that they need (and) that the institution is responding appropriately.” At the symposium, psychology professor Rebecca Campbell, who researches violence See ASSAULT on page 2 X


MSU psychology professor Rebecca Campbell gives a presentation on the neurobiology behind sexual assault Friday in the Union Ballroom during a symposium addressing sexual assault.


From the blog roll Online courses expanding On Thursday, two of the major providers of online courses, edX and Coursera, announced they would be expanding their program to approximately double the amount of courses they offer. This comes at a time when the market for Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, is growing exponentially. But as the field of available MOOCs quickly expands to global audience, the process has not been without road bumps. Coursera, for one, experienced a hilarious snag when the Georgia Institute of Technology course “Fundamentals of Online Education� was taken off the Internet after experiencing technical difficulties. Yet despite all the appeal of a free, high-quality education online, some of the largest open courses still lose almost 90 percent of their students throughout the duration of the course. The challenge facing pedagogical experts today lies not in how to distributes the MOOCs, but in how to ensure students stay involved and engaged in their online educations. SIMON SCHUSTER | STATENEWS.COM/BLOG

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Sophomore remembered for always having smile on her face, living life fully FROM PAGE ONE

on her to cheer him up even with a simple text message. Finance sophomore Aaron Hendricks, a lifelong friend, said it’s a hard pill to swallow knowing he won’t have the chance to see Anna Flory’s smile again — something he considered her best quality. “She really always would have a smile on her face,â€? Hendricks said. “She was someone who genuinely loved life and lived it to the fullest. ‌ She really could brighten your day.â€? Although she recently transferred from Carthage College in Wisconsin after her freshman year, friends said Anna Flory was a true Spartan and never missed a chance to attend an MSU sporting event.


Students encouraged to help victims of sexual assaults FROM PAGE ONE

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against women and children, stressed the importance of the “fi rst responder,� or the fi rst person a sexual assault victim reaches out to. It is dire that person “starts by believing� the victim and provides support, she said. “The goal is about educating first responders about how to help, so that when victims reach out, they are not retraumatized,� Campbell said. “What happens between you and your friend at that point of disclosure is critically important in what his or her mental health is going to be. It’s a huge responsibility.� Women and gender studies sophomore Mara Abramson, who works as a peer educator for MSU’s Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Program, or SARV, said she has had loved ones confide in her who have been victims of sexual assault and realizes the importance of this responsibility. Because of these second-

“She was someone who genuinely loved life and lived it to the fullest ‌ she really could brighten your day.â€? Aaron Hendricks, finance sophomore

Hughes said her fi nal memory of Anna Flory — joking about the packages Hughes had been hoping to receive before going home — was the usual: Flory making any situation better and even joyous. Anna Flory was known for her passion for geology, volleyball, outdoors activities and her selfl essness. Her mother said she wanted to be a geology teacher and volleyball coach because she loved children. “She just loved life — she was all the best parts of it,� Brian Flory said. “She worried about making sure other people were happy. She was more of a giver.�

hand experiences, Abramson said she always keeps an eye out, knocking on every door if she loses one of her friends at a party. In these types of party situations, Campbell said students should be aware of their surroundings and think about sexual assault situations from a “bystander approach.â€? “It’s not, ‘What I can do to protect myself?’ (It’s), ‘What can we do to protect each other?â€? she said. She said students should consider how much they are drinking, who they are with, if people know where they are and whether or not someone will intervene if the situation goes awry. Women and gender studies sophomore Ryan Tarr is involved in student organizations advocating against sexual assault on campus , such as Compass and SARV, and said he believes students are responsive to sexual assault. “You’re not going to find anyone on campus who thinks that rape is OK, and the fi rst step to stopping rape is spreading the information and to get people to start taking a stronger stance,â€? he said. â€œâ€Ś it’s the culture that enables rape, and we have to fight that culture.â€?


In death, family and friends seek to emulate senior’s positive outlook FROM PAGE ONE

had a “ridiculous� and contagious laugh, and said he was an avid soccer player, a gentleman to every girl he met and a good musician. Singler was known as a passionate Detroit Red Wings fan, a passionate athlete and — most of all — a passionate friend. “He had a lot of love to give,� friend and alumna Allison Grobbel said of Singler as she struggled to fight off tears. “It’s really sad that he is not here to give it anymore.� A jokester, Singler has been able to make his family and friends laugh even as they try to cope with his death. Friends and family couldn’t help but chuckle as they remembered his tendency to make inappropriate jokes and


Spartans see opportunities to improve, win next several games to keep shot at title FROM PAGE ONE

who had 17 of his 21 points in the second half. Much of Craft’s success came with layups in the lane, which he said was opened up because of the success in the team’s perimeter shooting. “We saw some things during the fi rst game this season that we thought we could take advantage of tonight,� Craft said. “When guys make shots from outside, that opens up the lane and we were able to capitalize on that tonight and make layups.� Wit h MSU t h reatening down the stretch, the

recite even obscure quotes from funny movies. His mother, Janis Singler, especially remembered his friends and brothers joking around at Christmas — the last time the whole family was together. She said he leaves behind his parents, his three brothers, a sister, two sisters-in-laws, three nephews, one niece and hundreds of friends. “You could count on him to make everybody laugh and to tell a good story,� Janis Singler said while surrounded by family Sunday. “He was loved by all. He was very considerate. He would become friends with anyone.� Grobbel said she always will remember how Andrew Singler would listen to any problem and often would take care of others and make sure they were okay when their group of friends went out during their freshman year. Pinter said he and other friends are working to develop some sort of memorial service for Andrew Singler. “There will be a hole in our family,� Janis Singler said. “So many people have lost a good friend.�

Buckeyes continued to pour it on while holding the Spartans without a field goal for the final 2:41 of the game. More than the team’s offense, freshman guard Gary Harris said much of that struggle being felt by the Spartans boils down to defense. “We haven’t played the same defense as we have,� Harris said. “I mean, we played the best defense we have all year against Michigan and we have to play at that level (to win).� The Spartans now have a week before the team travels to Ann Arbor for a highly-anticipated rematch with the Wolverines (4 p.m., CBS). Moving on from an upset loss in Columbus, Payne said the Spartans need to get back to the basics to fi nd success again. “As a team, we have gotten fat and sassy,� Payne said. “We just gotta gather ourselves and stop worrying about what other people are saying and just play basketball.�

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Students participating in Stride for Pride run on Friday along Grand River Avenue. Participants were allowed to wear as little or as much clothing as they wanted during the run to celebrate all body types.

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Run promotes positive body image on campus By Isabella Shaya THE STATE NEWS ■■

Running almost naked in more than a foot of snow sounds crazy to some, but a group of 17 students braved the cold Friday afternoon, showing off their bodies to hopefully inspire others to love their figures as well. “We just want people to feel comfortable in their own skin,” said Austin Muir, a social relations and policy senior, who has organized this event for the past three years. “It’s a little bit crazy and it’s cold outside, and it’s kind of part of the adventure.” The Stride for Pride run was held Friday in West Circle. Students were asked to dress in however much clothing they felt comfortable, and outfits ranged from only underwear to a cape. Participants were welcome to donate money to support The Body Positive, a foundation promoting positive body images for women, English senior Brittany Holewinski said. Holewinski is a resident assistant in West Circle and she helped organize the event and led the run.

“It’s about (how) everybody has the perfect body, no matter what shape or size you are,” Holewinski said. “We’re trying to erase the social stigma of having the ‘idealized’ magazine bodies that aren’t even real.” The runners passed out slips of paper during the event with hand written positive messages, such as, “You are beautiful.” Muir said this year the event was different from years past because it expanded to West Circle. The students made sure to run along Grand River Avenue because the honking of passing cars encouraged the runners. The jog was short, but the group remained playful during its time outside by throwing snowballs, with one student diving into a pile of snow. Studio art senior Jill Hakala said the honking cars and energy of the group made the event exciting. “It was refreshing, (and a) nice break to run around (almost) naked the week before midterms,” Hakala said. Alumna Megan Hakala came to the event with her sister, and said she heard about other cold events, such as the Polar


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Biochemistry and molecular biology senior Daniel Buhlinger (left) and international relations sophomore Eric Neustadt run out of Landon Hall on Friday at Stride for Pride.

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Bear Plunge, which helps fund the Special Olympics, so she thought the Stride for Pride would be fun. Megan Hakala wore shorts and a sports bra during the event. “I like the message this walk is promoting and the group is promoting,” Megan Hakala said. “I was nervous about running, but I loved it.”

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Next week will mark the beginning of a several-month project to improve the roads on Grand River Avenue and Michigan Avenue — a project that could slow down the daily routine of both residents and students in the city. The construction is set to begin March 4 with minor preparation work, and the full project is slated to begin March 11. Modifications to be made during the first section of construction include improvements to the median turnaround between Harrison Road and Grand River Avenue and realignment of the Beal Street intersection with Michigan Avenue. Other changes include resurfacing and putting in a bicycle lane. Greg Losch , construction engineer for the Michigan Department of Transportation, or MDOT, Lansing Transportation Service Center, said the contractor, Spartan Asphalt Paving Co., will be on-site March 4, to bring the necessary equipment for the project. Traffic problems are expected with construction, and Losch said expectations are “anywhere from two to nine minutes in delays.” “The overall maintenance and traffic plan is to maintain at least one lane of traffic in each direction at all times,” he said. Premedical freshman Jackie Nowalski said the upcoming construction might make her daily routine more of a hassle. “Grand River is where I go

for everything I want that’s not on campus,” she said. “If I go to the mall, and say I take the CATA, if it’s one lane, then the times are gonna be messed up. I’m gonna be late.”

Construction on the turnaround between Harrison Road and Grand River Avenue is set to begin at the beginning of March The project is divided into four stages, with the first stage taking place from March to July on Grand River Avenue and Michigan Avenue. Some local businesses have raised concerns that construction on Grand River Avenue might deter people from coming downtown and going into businesses. Aaron Weiner, general manager of Buffalo Wild Wings, 360 Albert Ave., said the restaurant was faced with the possibility of construction hurting business last summer on Albert Avenue. “We really thought it was going to crush us,” he said. “It barely hurt us at all, except a couple days when they were right in front of our building.” Even with the major construction on Grand River and Michigan Avenues, Weiner said he isn’t expecting any loss of business. “If people want to come here, they’ll get here,” he said. As for other businesses being hurt by the construction, Weiner said the construction won’t have as big of an impact on establishments as people might think. “I’m sure that businesses will be affected somewhat,” he said. “I don’t think it will be enough to put somebody out of business.”



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niversities across the country owe millions of dollars to the federal government because of thousands of fraudulent Pell Grants collected during the

past year.

An estimated 3.6 percent of all Pell Grant recipients across the nation received money without ever attending classes in the past year. These Pell scammers — or Pell jumpers as they’re also referred to— contributed to an estimated $1.2 billion loss in taxpayer money.

Last year, the federal government allocated $33.5 billion to be given out in the form of Pell Grants. Pell Grants offer much needed aid to low and midincome residents and are designed to help pay for tuition and other living costs, including rent, groceries and transportation. Students can receive a maximum amount of $5,500 per year, for up to 12 months. However, if a student receives a Pell Grant and later disappears with the money, the college or university is responsible for paying both the tuition costs and rest of the money they received. Overall, this should be seen as a major setback — and embarrassment — for the federal government and U.S. Department of Education. Because of the significance they hold with students, universities must do a better job of monitoring potential scams that could arise with Pell Grants. Financial aid experts said the full amount of money Pell scammers are costing taxpayers is impossible to record because of an out-of-date record keeping system used by the federal government. But the explanation as to why the problem has become so widespread seems unacceptable.

— Caleb Nordgren, State News reporter

Read the rest online at Because of the er down payment needed to register for classes, Pell Grant scamming has become an increasing worry for community colleges in Michigan. At Henry Ford Community College, about 10 percent of the money the college received from these grants needs to In order to make sure students aren’t pocketing be paid back to the U.S. Department of Education the leftovers of these grants, professors should have this year. News of Pell Grant scammers ripping off colleges more of a role in monitoring students who do not for millions has been a humiliating development for attend class once they receive their money. By implementing more electronic-based attenthe federal government to address, and their inability to identify those guilty only potentially hurts dance practices — like using iClickers in class — those who depend on this money most. universities would have a much more efficient way In recent years, the federal government has tak- of keeping track of and singling out those students en steps to try to save money and reduce the likeli- likely of committing these scams. hood of fraud. These measures have included cutThe number of students responsible for these ting the number of months a student can receive scams has put a blemish on the necessity of Pell Pell Grants to prolonging the process to give stu- Grants for countless others across the country. dents the money. But more responsibility — partic- Hopefully the federal government views this as a ularly by universities — must be taken across the chance to reverse a major problem plaguing many board to help reverse this trend. universities.



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unparalleled DIY culture of the likes we have never seen before. This technology is creating what MIT’s Neri Oxman considers the “3-D Revolution” that “is democratizing and revolutionizing the way we do fabrication.” The only problem inhibiting the mass production and distribution of these machines is that their physical and legal limits still are being It made me think how cool it explored. There have been quite a few would be to just manufacture any figure you design in your own eyebrows raised at whole guns printed and assemhome. I was in GUEST COLUMNIST bled with relatively awe with the posfew kinks. Already sibilities of where have there been this technolog y copyright infringewill be headed in ments and cease the next couple of and desist orders years. filed about likeLast sumnesses being printmer, I worked at ed without permismy local Lowe’s sion. If you have Home ImproveNICK BRUEWER the raw materials ment. If you have and the design, you ever wandered the aisles in a large hardware store, can do amazing things in a relayou would not be able to count the tively short period of time. The diverse screws, nuts, bolts, plumb- possibilities need to be addressed ing fittings and other items that and fully understood. As these machines currentfill the shelves. One of the biggest problems I would come across was ly are limited to groups familiar when we would run out of inven- with graphic and computer-aidtory, or a customer would bring in ed design, there also is a need a broken part we no longer car- to have a medium to translate ried. It always was a frustrating this information to the everyday encounter for both the customer consumer. Before a 3-D printer hits the and me. Why should hardware stores shelves, there will need to be have to order suc h diverse programs developed to limit the selections of small instruments scope of what the consumer can when your average day-to-day do under the restrictions of copyconsumer only comes in for a right, yet at the same time allowing the consumer to use the techreplacement? The sharp decline in price of nology with ease and simplicity. This need for a program that these sophisticated machines — once as much as $25,000 and today could be installed quickly and eassome are listed as low as $2,000 ily comply with copyright laws, — has made it possible for manu- and allow the consumer to print facturing businesses and even lay and customize will be the first step before these machines can be proconsumers to purchase them. T he possibi lit ies of t hese duced and distributed in an open machines are being tested around market. As these printers are explored the country, from using living cells to print cartilage for human ears and tested by those who know at Cornell University, to archi- how to work with them, we, the tectural and material ecology lay consumers, will have to wait before we can start using them in research at MIT. Even our Department of Electri- the garage or home office. Who knows what we will see cal and Computer Engineering at MSU has a Objet Connex350 multi- made with these machines withmaterial 3-D printer. These fas- in the coming years. From the medical field to the cinating and complex machines have vast potential for a variety of moon, we potentially will see mandiverse fields. There is even talk of ufacturing technique and design building bases on the moon with explode and diversify with the a large-scale construction print- customizable possibilities of 3-D er that would use a bonding com- printing in ways we never thought possible. pound and regolith. All we can hope for is our views For the hardware store regulars, you potentially could print and understanding of fabrication your very own replacement parts technique and possibility continand even customize the materi- ue to expand and allow for a new als and design used to fit the job generation of designers and manufacturers to step forward. Slowperfectly. No longer would you have to ly these machines will grow closworry about driving to the store er to the consumer market. Until then, you will still have to to see if they even have in stock what you need. Three dimension- make that trip to the store to pural printing supports a creative and chase your hardware.


uring winter break I read a list of technology predictions for 2013 on T he Daily Beast. Near the end of the short list was the possibility of 3-D printing in your own home, rated at a “Probability: Medium.”

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It’s disappointing that the MSU ROTC chose to present one side of the story. Cadets should not be learning from a country that dehumanizes the native population on a daily basis. The U.S. has to do much, much better than Israel if it is to regain its respect worldwide.

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New food cart open to serve students By Robert Bondy THE STATE NEWS ■■

MSU students might have another option for late-night meals on the weekends. A new food cart in East Lansing is selling two American favorites combined in one. Finance sophomore Alex Lennard and Lansing Community College student Hunter Mowers recently opened State’s Cheese Steaks at the corner of Albert Street and Abbot Road, serving up their trademark Philly cheesesteak combined with fries on top. The duo officially launched their business Feb. 14. “We got Philly cheesesteaks, and really our speciality thing is putting fries on top of the sandwich,” Mowers said. “People have really tended to like that.” State’s Cheese Steaks is like any other typical vendor with a large cart and built-in grill. While State’s Cheese Steaks is known for its Philly cheesesteak with fries, $6, it also offers soda for $0.75 and bags of chips for $0.50. The two friends said the idea to start their own food business started last year when they were relaxing in their residence hall. “Last year we were just sitting in the dorms and thought


MACKLEMORE, RYAN LEWIS CONCERT TICKETS AVAILABLE Tickets for the hip-hop and rap artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert on March 19 still are available, ASMSU Director of Public Relations Haley Dunnigan said. Dunnigan estimated that 4,500 tickets were purchased so far, but she


No preference freshman Ilana Woronoff watches Miracle Jackson, 9, of Lansing decorate a craft box Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing.

“We got Philly cheesesteaks, and really our specialty thing is putting fries on top of the sandwich.” Hunter Mowers, co-owner of State’s Cheese Steaks

that we wanted to start a new business, (East Lansing) hadn’t had (a business) yet and (we) saw that they opened a license for it,” Lennard said. “It’s been about a year to get the license, and fi nally we put it all together.” The team started off with other plans in mind, such as opening a traditional hot dog stand instead, but that idea quickly was dismissed, Mowers said. “First we were going to start off doing a hot dog stand, but the city didn’t end up liking that; they wanted something more creative so we came up with this,” Mowers said. “They seemed to like it so we got the license, and now here we are.” State’s Cheese Steaks will be serving meals every day, with the duo planning to be open for business until about 9 p.m. every Monday to Wednesday and until midnight Thursday to Sunday, Lennard said, although the business has been varying its hours since opening. Even with State’s Cheese

Steaks opening a few blocks away from Conrad’s College Town Grill, 101 E. Grand River Ave., shift manager Grant Pero isn’t worried about losing business. “We basically have the same people who come in on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and I recognize them so we have our loyal customers,” Pero said. It cost about $15,000 for the two to get the business up and coming, but Lennard is confident they will make their money back relatively quickly. “We’ll probably end up making it back pretty fast in a decent amount of time,” Lennard said. “It’s a lot of money, but we can do OK here.” Similar to Lennard, Mowers is confident in State’s Cheese Steaks future and is hoping the business can grow into something big enough to expand to other locations. “Maybe if it gets big enough, (we can) start franchising these carts and maybe spread them to different colleges,” Mowers said.

said she also could be underestimating the exact total. There were 7,000 tickets allocated for the event, leaving about 2,500 tickets left for sale as of Sunday afternoon, Dunnigan estimated. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert tickets officially went on sale at

1 p.m. last Friday, with students able to purchase tickets at the Breslin Center ticket box office at or by calling (517) 432-5000 or (800) 968-2737. Tickets are $20 for students , according to an ASMSU email. ROBERT BONDY

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Students gather to volunteer in Lansing By Milan Griffes THE STATE NEWS ■■

The gymnasium quickly dissolved into chaos as the two lines of players rushed together. In a diverse game of dodgeball, MSU students, local volunteers and Lansing schoolchildren faced off at the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing, 4315 Pleasant Grove Road. The match was part of Destination Lansing, a volunteer initiative launched this weekend. Destination Lansing brings a diversity of on-campus groups together for a day of service and bonding. After volunteering, the groups share a meal together. “(We work) not only to connect with the city but to connect different student groups,” said Sam Appel, the MSU Hillel program associate who organized the event. Students from Culturas de las Razas Unidas, or CRU, MSU’s Latino student organization; the Black Student Alliance, and the Jewish Student Union all attended the event, as well as MSU athletes and intercultural aides. Appel said previous efforts to unite these

groups were less successful. “By bringing people together with meaningful service, (we) support connections between the different groups,” Appel said. As the day started, MSU students and local children broke the ice with rock-paper-scissors, untied human knots and ran relay races. The event climaxed with a high-energy game of dodgeball, then children dispersed to play basketball, work on arts and crafts, and dance along with the TV, piping out beats. Dodgeball was a favorite. “I like how people play safe. There is no hitting the face (even though) people can get hurt,” said Lilianne Rice, 10, who has been coming to the club for more than a year. The Boys and Girls Club of Lansing hosts around 250 children each weekday and about 100-150 children on weekends, said Teen Services Director Dominique Devereaux. “Our relationship with MSU is a big component of what we do, especially with mentoring and things of that nature,” she said. The Destination Lansing volunteer group was “by far the biggest group I’ve seen,” Teen Room Supervisor Jared Seibt said. Saturday’s inaugural event was funded through support

from the MSU Federal Credit Union, said Cindy Hughey, executive director of MSU Hillel. “(We are) very excited to launch this program, excited to give the community of Lansing and our students this opportunity,” she said. “We provide beneficial role models (for the children), they can see the possibilities ahead of them.” Criminal justice sophomore Leo Ornelas, a CRU member, was moved by the event. “It’s a very touching experience,” Or nelas said. “I was unaware of all these programs.” Anthropology sophomore Jesus Leyva, a friend of Ornelas, watched as balls flew through the air in the gymnasium during dodgeball. “This (is) my first time volunteering for this kind of work,” Leyva said. “It brings you back to when you were a little kid.” Destination Lansing is a monthly event and the groups will be volunteering next at ElHajj Malik El-Shabazz Public School Academy, 1028 W. Barnes Ave., in Lansing.

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STUDY: REGIONAL ECONOMY Students dive into chilly Polar Plunge IMPROVED DURING LAST YEAR By Caleb Nordgren

Supply chain management sophomore Jane Baxter gets back on dry land with the help of underwater rescue team members Sunday during the Lansing Polar Plunge at Eagle Eye Golf Club in Bath, Mich. THE STATE NEWS

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Despite a lagging national economy, a new study found East Lansing improved fi nancially last year. Milken Institute’s ranking of top U.S. cities, which judges metropolitan areas based on economic performance, placed the Lansing-East Lansing metro area as 120th in the nation in 2012, up 30 spots from 2011. The study, titled Best-Performing Cities 2012, uses job growth, wage growth and technological development to determine the economic prosperity of each city. The Milken Institute analyzed data from 2006 to late 2012 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis to create the ranking index. Armen Bedroussian, senior economist for the Milken Institute , said much of the growth in 2012 came from a resurgence

in manufacturing after the Great Recession, especially in the Midwest. “ Vehic le ma nufac t uring increased (in Michigan) this year,” Bedroussian said. “This will continue to support the Lansing economy.” Technology was a main driver for growth across the nation as well. The city of East Lansing runs the Technology Innovation Center, a growth accelerator program for new technology startups in the community. In the past four years, the Center has helped 50 companies set up operations, said Jeff Smith , director of the New Economy Division of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, or LEAP.

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As a stiff breeze rolled in across the snow-covered Eagle Eye Golf Course, more than 100 people stood around a hole cut in the ice of one of the course’s many water hazards, patiently waiting for the show to begin. Inside a nearby building, merry chaos reigned as superheroes mingled with beauty pageant contestants and video game characters chatted with police officers. Eventually, they formed what could generously be called a line and began to file out to the hole in the ice. About 400 people from Lansing-area businesses and law enforcement — including MSU police — MSU fraternities and sororities and others who wanted to participate took the Polar Plunge in support of the Special Olympics. Sunday marked the ninthannual Polar Plunge, which started as an opportunity for Lansing-area law enforcement to contribute to the Special Olympics. The event has been copied by police across the country — although mostly in colder areas — but Lansing was “one of the very first,” said Val Suszko, a member of the fiveperson committee that plans


and organizes the event. Suszko said the event began as a creative way to help local law enforcement raise money for the Special Olympics. “We just thought it sounded like fun,” she said, smiling. “And it lets us enjoy the cool temperatures (of winter in Michigan).” As of the fi rst plunge Sunday, the event had raised about $46,000, and Suszko said more might still be raised. Last year, the event featured 365 registered plungers and raised about $60,000, she said. Ovid, Mich., resident Misty

White was present with her two children to support her husband, Ed, as he took the plunge dressed as a Hooters waitress. This year marked the third or fourth time the Whites attended the Polar Plunge, Misty White said, adding she likes coming out for them. “It’s fun to see all the different costumes,” she said. Last year, Ed White and his friends — Brian Powe of DeWitt, Mich., and Doug Buxton of Lansing — dressed up as characters from the movie “Despicable Me,” Misty White said.

Supply chain management sophomore Reilly Quigley, who took the plunge on behalf of the MSU chapter of Theta Chi, said he enjoyed his dip into the frigid water. “It was so worth it,” he said. “It’s a great cause. Why not make a splash for a great cause?” Quigley was among the first of many to opt for a belly flop rather than a less spectacular method of entry. “I thought I’d change it up a bit,” he said with a broad smile. “I’m not even cold!”






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O R G A N I Z AT I O N Lansing Derby Vixens’ Kathryn Meninga, left, and Katie Corr, middle, embrace as friend and Mount Pleasant resident Jessica Salisburg, right, watches during the Skatie Hawkins Dance on Saturday at The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., in Lansing.


Sometimes, it just takes a change of scenery to spark an entire art gallery. Michigan painter Kris Love grew up in Texas. Known for its plains, Love said she grew bored with the flat landscape. When she moved to Michigan in 1976, the varied landscape of the region inspired her. “There’s something about the contour, the sandy dunes and dents in the landscape that make me feel good,” Love said. “I feel more inspired when I’m in a landscape that has variety to it.” Her series, “Paintings from Up North,” is being presented at Mackerel Sky, 211 M.A.C Ave. It opened Sunday and will run through March 25. “Paintings from Up North” is inspired by Love’s last four years living in Traverse City. She said after experiencing the sights of Grand Traverse Bay, which is a bay of Lake Michigan, she felt compelled to paint. “The landscape up here is powerful and unique,” she said. “Michigan has crazy skies that you don’t see downstate. It’s always changing. The landscape and the lights here are very unique.” Love graduated from the MSU Graduate School in 1977. She began her graduate study at University of Houston, but moved to East Lansing in 1976 when her husband took a job teaching at MSU. After teaching at Lansing Community College for several years, Love was one of 66 painters selected from across the world who helped restore

the Michigan State Capitol from 1989-92. Only six of the chosen painters were from Michigan. During the project, Love focused on detail work and stenciling, which she says changed her painting technique as an artist. “Decorative painting is the opposite of creative work,” she said. “It’s coming at painting at a different angle than what you’re taught at art school.” Love said that working with other painters forced her to minimize brush strokes and aim towards blending her work in with other people. “We use a different painting technique so that it doesn’t look like 25 different people painted it,” she continued. “I ended up using a lot of the decorative brushes that are not usually used by painters.” The decorative painting influence is evident in “Paintings from Up North.” Love focused on building layers in her paintings as opposed to aiming for texture, which she says makes the paintings more atmospheric. Linda Dufelmeier, who owns Mackerel Sky with her husband, Tom, said Love’s paintings make you take a deep breath. “It takes you into a different place,” she said. “That’s what’s so good about it. It takes you to a different place, but reminds you about the place you’re in. The thing about these paintings is that for anyone who’s a Michigander, you see (the paintings) and you know exactly where it is.” Tom Dufelmeier said after a promising opening, he expects the exhibit to be a success. “We still have a month of the show left, so we expect to sell more,” he said.


Derby Vixens welcome in new season By RuAnne Walworth THE STATE NEWS ■■

The Lansing Derby Vixens, Lansing’s own flat-track roller derby league, hosted a Skatie Hawkins Dance on Saturday to kick off their third full season on the track. Ryan Knott, better known on the track as “Rexxx Manning,” the director of communication and head coach of the A-team skaters, was excited about hosting the first-ever event to start their season. “We wanted to host a social event that was more relaxed where fans can meet skaters and just have fun,” Knott said. “We average about 1,000 people per game when we play over at the Lansing


MSU students fare well in ADDYs By Katie Abdilla THE STATE NEWS ■■

Advertising senior Maddie Rosemurgy had no intention of submitting her work to be judged for the 2013 Mid-Michigan ADDY Awards. But after some encouragement from professor Henry Brimmer, her mind quickly changed. “Henry chose some of my projects from class, and I thought ‘If he thinks they’re good, that’s enough, and I might as well do it,’” Rosemurgy said. Along with several MSU students, Rosemurgy was given a gold ADDY for her work during Thursday’s ADDY Award ceremony, hosted in the Union Ballroom. “I did not expect to do this well, since I just switched into advertising last year,” Rosemurgy said. “When I heard my

name called, I was actually shocked.” Each year, the American Advertising Federation hosts the ADDY Awards in regions across the country to honor advertising work in a series of categories, such as billboards, posters and video. Rather than hosting the usual blacktie event, this year’s ceremony theme, called “Mid Men,” channelled the vintage feel of AMC’s drama, “Mad Men.” The Mid-Michigan awards included student work as well as the advertisements of design companies across Greater Lansing. One such company was Redhead Design Studio in Lansing, which received several gold and silver awards Thursday. MSU alumna Elise Androkites, a graphic designer at the studio, said the awards came as a result of a growth in creative teamwork at the studio.


“We’ve worked extremely well with our collaborative efforts this year,” Androkites said. “We’re an agency that really likes to think outside the box but still please our clients.” Media and information senior Jennifer Berggren won a gold ADDY with Brimmer’s help as well. Berggren shot a video for Brimmer’s art installation, “Gravity Matters Little,” which was featured in ArtPrize, an art competition in Grand Rapids. “It’s such an honor, when I didn’t even think to enter (before),” Berggren said. “It was more for exposure for ArtPrize. It’s just awesome, especially with all of the competition.” When it comes to her achievements through Redhead Design Studio, Androkites said she still credits her skills to MSU. “In my time at MSU I learned creative thinking, brainstorming and more problem solving,” she said.

“We average about 1,000 people per game ... I haven’t heard one person regret attending the game — they love it.” Ryan Knott, head coach of Lansing Derby Vixens

Center. I haven’t heard one person regret attending the game — they love it.” The event took place at The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., in Lansing, where skaters and league coaches mixed and mingled with derby fans, enjoying the music of DJ Dita von Beats and The Smoking Jackets. With a silent auction available as well for fans to help raise money for the Vixens, the night served as a way to promote the derby team and start the season. T he tea m ha s become extremely close, a family so

to speak, “A-team skater” Erin Moody, “Inzy Mood” said. “I’ve been skating for a little over a year now with the roller derby team,” Moody said. “My sister started roller derby in Traverse City, which is what sparked my interest into it. So, I looked into Lansing to see if they had a team and they did.” Moody isn’t the only participant who heard about roller derby from a family member, sparking interest to become involved. MSU alumna Kerri Runions, or “Scare Bear,” was first introduced to this sport when her

sister and fellow MSU alumna Holly Nester, or “Ida Stroya,” began playing. “I’m a non-skating official, (or) NSO,” Runions said. “My sister started playing right after I graduated from MSU last spring, and I wanted to see what it was all about.” The Lansing Derby Vixens also are committed to their community as much as the sport. “We have donated about $20,000 to local charities as well as donate our personal time for volunteering,” Knott said. Katie Corr, or “Psycho Hose Beast,” one of the Vixens, is an active part of the team. “The most amazing thing about roller derby is the community,” Corr said. “Misfits and outcasts all can come together and support each other, becoming a tight knit group.”

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Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley rock Breslin By Darcie Moran THE STATE NEWS ■■

Rock n’ roll n’ pink. Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley’s “Locked and Reloaded Tour” had a little something for everyone. Lambert and co-headliner Bentley’s tour stopped by Breslin Center on Saturday night for what the singers noted was a surprisingly good time sober. “I know y’all aren’t drinking tonight and I’m really sorry for that,” Lambert told the crowd of up to 8,000, referring to the Breslin Center’s lack of alcohol sales. “This is the rowdiest sober crowd I’ve ever seen.” The Grammy Award winner and multiple time nominee seemed to get the crowd’s approval. They roared when Bentley pulled a crowd member on stage and quickly showed her

a short riff on the guitar, which she continued to play for a minute or two. Lambert also had a guest on stage, although thoroughly uninvited, as a female member of the crowd jumped on stage and ran up to the rifle-shaped microphone stand holding a pink microphone where Lambert was standing, before being escorted off the stage and back into the crowd. Sarcastically, Lambert then told the crowd with a laugh security was really tight as she finished out her number. “Those are clearly some of the top acts in the country regardless of genre,” Wharton and Breslin Center marketing manager Tara Peplowski said. “(Lambert) is somebody that is rock and country all in one and super high energy.” Peplowski said the show also was highly unique in its stage

“I know y’all aren’t drinking tonight and I’m really sorry to hear that ... this is the rowdiest sober crowd I’ve ever seen.” Miranda Lambert, country singer

arrangement , as two “pits” allowed for audience members who paid a higher price to stand up next to the catwalklike stage. The night started off with country star Lee Brice, a guest performer at the typically twostar show. Brice sang hits including “Hard to Love,” “I Drive Your Truck,” and “Love Like Crazy” to a fairly subdued crowd in comparison to Brice’s high energy. Co-headliner Dierks Bentley took the stage next with blue and red lights shining for songs, such as the police-themed “5-1-5-0.” Many bluegrass fans appeared to be present as screams for Bentley got exceedingly louder as he invited his band members to the end of the catwalklike stage to play his Bluegrassthemed “Up On the Ridge” and the bluegrass versions of his oth-

er songs. Bentley put his heart, soul and guitar on the line when he gave his guitar away to someone in the crowd at the end of his set. The crowd, however, truly came alive for the final performer of the night, Miranda Lambert. Crowds roared for both the soulful ballads and the fastpaced, angry-girl style country music as Lambert stomped her boots and whipped her blond strands back and forth at the base of the giant pink guitar photo that ran down the length of the catwalk at the end of the stage. Marketing senior Nicole Smith said she has been a fan of Lambert’s for some time and she enjoyed the performance from her place in the pit. “Every person seemed really genuine and really good,” Smith said. “ Everyone was so


Miranda Lambert, pictured, and Dierks Bentley’s “Locked and Reloaded Tour” took a stop in East Lansing to play in front of a crowd of more than 8,000 people at Breslin Center.

into it.” Lambert showed love for East Lansing as she flashed photos of local bars including Rick’s American Cafe, 224 Abbot Road, Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub, 131 Albert Ave., and The Riv, 231 Mac Ave., and photos of local icons, including basketball head coach Tom Izzo and MSU mascot Sparty, to her song “Famous in a Small Town.” The night ended with Bentley, Lambert and both their bands on center stage singing their version of “Bad Angel,” a song they’ve

previously performed with Jamey Johnson before walking off, arms around each other as the lights came on. “It was more than what I though it would be — Dierks Bentley is the man,” crop and soil sciences freshman Christian Tollini said, adding he was born and raised on a farm. He said he enjoys seeing a bit more country music in the area. “I haven’t been to a huge headliner before,” Tollini said. “The performances are pretty great.” Check out The State News Entertainment Blog for a recap, analysis and thoughts on Sunday’s Academy Awards. Also, tweet your thoughts to @sn_features to join the conversation.

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MSU picks up 3 wins, 2 losses Wrestlers lose final regular season match during weekend tournament By Zach Smith

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After traveling to Fort Myers, Fla., for five games in the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament, the MSU softball team (8-6 Overall) is returning to East Lansing with three more wins notched under its belt. MSU picked up wins in its first three games: 12-0 and 8-0 against St. Bonaventure and 3-1 against Albany. Through those games, MSU allowed its opponent only seven total hits, while racking up 24. Head coach Jacquie Joseph said scoring first against St. Bonaventure gave MSU momentum and was the key in its first two wins. The same couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be said for the Spartans game against Albany, in which they fell behind by one run in the fourth inning but still managed to pull out the win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to see the players able to win differently in different styles of game because you never know what the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to present,â&#x20AC;? Joseph said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been able to adapt and adjust but it all starts in the circle.â&#x20AC;? Junior Kelly Smith pitched in 17.2 innings throughout the tournament, and freshman Dani Goranson pitched 12.1. Joseph said Goranson â&#x20AC;&#x153;grew up a lotâ&#x20AC;? during the tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing the things we need to do to be successful,â&#x20AC;? Joseph said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting good pitching, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing pretty good team offense, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing good enough defensively to


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to see the players able to win differently in different styles of game because you never know what the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to present.â&#x20AC;?

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The MSU wrestling team finished off a disappointing season with a 27-10 loss to in-state rival No. 10 Central Michigan on Friday night. The loss marked the Spartansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 11th straight of the season and the 11th straight loss in the series against the Chippewas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought our kids wrestled really hard,â&#x20AC;? head coach Tom Minkel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Sophomore 165-pounder) Nick Proctor wrestled the best match heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrestled all year. (Sophomore 157-pounder) Ryan Watts did a hell of a job as weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting accustomed to.â&#x20AC;? Watts won his match, 7-3, for MSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first win of the meet, and Proctor was tied with his opponent going into the third period, but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold on in the end. Three seniors were honored before the dual as senior 149-pounder Dan Osterman , senior 157-pounder David Cheza and junior 133-pounder Chris Lyon wore the green and white as members of the team for the last time. Osterman lost a close match to Donnie Corby in his final match at Jenison Field House. He said he was proud of the way the team competed, and the close losses like his and Proctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s were big swing matches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the score really shows how close it was,â&#x20AC;? Osterman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were matches that just kind of got away from us. If we get those wins, it can be a completely different dual.â&#x20AC;? The most exciting match of the dual was junior heavyweight No. 7 Mike McClure against CMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heavyweight, No. 5 Jarod Trice. Two overtimes werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough

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win.â&#x20AC;? Sunday afternoon, MSU kicked off the fi nal day of the tournament with a 5-1 loss to Villanova despite getting the first run of the game in the first inning. Villanova scored three runs in the sixth inning, pulling the game out of MSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reach. The Spartans ended the tournament with a game against Florida Gulf Coast, in which the hosting team bested MSU, 6-0. During that game, Joseph said the team struggled to pick up two-out hits, leaving 4 players on base through the first four innings. Joseph said the schedule caught up to them and the players just ran out of gas, but she feels good about the team heading into spring break. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was really disappointed with (Sunday),â&#x20AC;? Joseph said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In this sense, we really pitched well enough to win both, and we just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any timely hitting. The scores looked a little worse than the games reflected.â&#x20AC;?

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After the decision, Trice stormed off the platform and took out his rage on a trash can and stool. Minkel said it was important for McClure to win this match not only for his confidence, but for the experience this gives him heading to the Big Ten and NCAA Championships. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think you can have a harder fought match than that,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was important for Mike not only for the win, but those are the kind of matches that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll face at the NCAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go from the round of twelve to being an AllAmerican.â&#x20AC;? MSU has two weeks to prepare


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for the Big Ten Championships in Champaign, Ill., and nearly a month before the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Minkel said the team will take the weekend off before getting back in the gym Monday for what will be an easier week of practice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come back next week and lighten the load not only physically, but mentally, so we can catch our breath,â&#x20AC;? Minkel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been quite a string of tough opponents, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to try to lighten up a little bit. With so many young guys and so much inexperience, if we can keep making progress, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be alright.â&#x20AC;?

ďŹ nal objection. Extra paperwork leads to extra proďŹ ts.


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to determine a winner, but McClure won with 9 seconds of riding time. In the final overtime, MSU argued Trice had broke his locked hands, giving McClure the escape and the win, but after video review, the officials ruled he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. McClure said it was a new experience for him, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glad the match ended the way it did. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never wrestled a match that long,â&#x20AC;? McClure said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toward the end of it, I was just trying to figure out how everything went. It looked pretty close on the film, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d much rather win the match the way I did it than off of (review).â&#x20AC;?

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Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is a 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Take time for private meditation, as often as possible. Love insinuates itself into your life, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ignore other obligations. Your social life takes a turn. Move quickly to avoid shortages. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is an 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Surround yourself with friends who are motivated, and be inspired and inspiring. Consider all possibilities, identify the core belief and the

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Today is an 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Keep up to date on the latest information, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get sidetracked from goals. Possible conďŹ&#x201A;icts may appear for the next two days. Call ahead to avoid running all over town. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is a 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a detour ahead. Enjoy the adventure and mystery of the uncertainty (this is possible). Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe everything youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve read. Let go of the ďŹ&#x201A;uďŹ&#x20AC;. Keep on budget. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is a 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Review ďŹ nancial arrangements to increase income, now and over the next month. Keep focused to ďŹ nd opportunities, and get plenty of rest. Be gracious toward a jerk or, even easier, just ignore him. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is a 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting interesting. Put your money where your mouth is when it comes to work. Get out of the way of your own success. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overanalyze it. Build a solid foundation.




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Difficult road lies ahead for Spartans starting with trip to Ohio State tonight

MSU hockey splits weekend series at Alaska By Alyssa Girardi

By Stephen Brooks




It might not be the series sweep it was looking for, but MSU hockey (10-21-3 overall, 8-171-0 CCHA) picked up its first pair of back-to-back wins this season with a 1-0 win against Alaska on Friday night. Unfortunately for the Spartans, that streak wasn’t extended to three games when Alaska found success on the power play Saturday night, beating MSU, 4-2. Captain and junior forward Greg Wolfe had MSU’s lone tally Friday almost eight minutes into the first period, with assists by sophomore forward Matt Berry and freshman defenseman John Draeger. The following night, MSU pulled ahead early once again with a goal by Berry, but Alaska picked up the lead with two power-play tallies in the second period. The Spartans tied it up with less than three minutes to play on a goal by sophomore forward Brent Darnell, but another power-play goal by Alaska with 1:03 to play put the Nanooks back on top. An empty-netter by Alaska capped the game off. Alaska went 0-for-4 on power plays Friday night, but responded by scoring on three of its five power plays the following


There will be no rest for the weary MSU women’s basketball team as it concludes the 201213 regular season. The Spartans (20-6 overall, 8-5 Big Ten) end with three games in seven days — including two road games — beginning with a trip to Ohio State (14-12, 4-9) at 6:30 p.m. today. MSU will be tested as the season winds down after primarily using an eight-player rotation because of injuries and suspensions.

A win pulls MSU even with Purdue and Illinois in the race for fourth place and a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament “I don’t think people realize how tough that is really going on the road, coming home and then getting a twoday prep for the game two days later,” senior forward Courtney Schiffauer said “It’s just going to take a lot of focus and leadership from the older players to keep everybody in it for the next six or seven days.” Schiffauer and senior guard Jasmine Thomas are making a point of providing the necessary leadership as the Spartans navigate a taxing home stretch. In the two previous games, Thomas has noticeably stepped up her level of play on the court, including notching a career-high 21 points. Schiffauer hopes to elevate her game as well, while countering Thomas’ lead-by-example style with her demonstrative leadership. “I’m kind of the one that talks on the floor and off the floor, gets everybody organized and


Senior forward Courtney Schiffauer grabs a rebound in front of Purdue’s Drey Mingo on Jan. 27, at Breslin Center. The Spartans lost, 67-62.

stuff like that, I kind of take that role,” Schiffauer said. “I’m just more of the talker, (Thomas is) more of the silent one. I’m in your face, she’s on the side telling you what to do. We balance each other out.” MSU will look to break its four-game losing streak to the Buckeyes in the schools’ only meeting this season. Senior guard Tayler Hill leads Ohio State’s guard-heavy attack and will be the centerpiece of the conference’s best defensive unit’s game plan. At 21.2 points per game, Hill is the Big Ten’s co-leading scorer and 11th best in the nation. “She’s a really good player, so we’ll be keying in on her defensively to get her slowed down a little bit,” Thomas said. “… I think this game we’ll really have to put emphasis on our defense and accountability on the floor.” The pair of captains, Thom-

as and Schif fauer , are working to have their team peak as the regular season comes to a close. They believe the Spartans are close — citing improvement each game and fi ne details that can be ironed out — which is important with Big Ten standings still being juggled. Considering two of MSU’s fi nal three opponents have losing conference records, there is potential for the Spartans to separate themselves from a logjam in the middle of the pecking order. “With the Big Ten it’s 50-50 every night,” Thomas said. “Some people win, some people lose, it can be anybody’s night. We’ve just gotta have that mentality where we can only do what we can control and not really worry about the rest.”


BASEBALL SPLITS IN SECOND WEEKEND OF ACTION IN S.C. The MSU baseball team split four games this weekend at the First Pitch Invitational in Greenville, S.C., putting the Spartans at 3-3 overall less than two weeks into the season. Senior pitcher Andrew Waszak notched a career-high eight strikeouts in his first win of the season, a 4-1 decision against Western Carolina on Friday. After scoring their lone run in the top of the first frame, the Catamounts went on to record seven errors — all of which resulted in unearned runs for the Spartans. The final three innings were pitched by junior Jeff Kinley, who also set a career-high in


Junior defenseman Jake Chelios runs into Northern Michigan forward Reed Seckel. The Spartans defeated the Wildcats, 4-2, on Feb. 16, at Munn Ice Arena.

game. Junior goaltender Will Yanakeff got the nod both nights, stopping 66 of 69 shots faced throughout the series. “Will Yanakeff was absolutely outstanding,” head coach Tom

Anastos told “I wish he would have gotten a win out of it (Saturday), but it was good to see him play as well as he did, and hopefully he can gain some confidence out of that.”

strike-outs with seven. On Friday night MSU blasted Cincinnati, 14-6, behind a season-high 16 hits. Sophomore right fielder Jimmy Pickens went 3-for5 with three RBIs while sophomore catcher Blaise Salter drove in two runs on three hits. The Spartans took advantage of three Bearcat errors in the bottom of the fourth inning and never looked back after taking a 5-0 lead. MSU got out to a 5-0 lead Saturday against Furman through four innings but fell victim to a late comeback and lost to the Paladins, 8-5. Down 5-2 in the sixth inning, Furman scored five runs to take the lead before adding another in the seventh. Junior designated hitter Joel Fisher’s double in the eighth inning was MSU’s only hit in the game’s final five frames. Freshman center fielder

Cam Gibson got the first start of his career Sunday in an 8-6 loss to Miami (Ohio) to wrap up the weekend. Gibson scored to give MSU an early one-run lead in the first inning, but the Redhawks countered with seven runs in the next two innings. Junior pitcher Mike Theodore had a rough outing in his first start of the season, giving up six runs in 1 1/3 innings of work. Down 8-3 to begin the final inning, MSU made it close by scoring three runs but eventually fell short to end the tournament with back-to-back losses. Sophomore designated hitter Ryan Krill and sophomore shortstop Ryan Richardson paced the Spartans with two hits each. Next weekend, MSU heads to Clarksville, Tenn., for a three-game series with Austin Peay. STEPHEN BROOKS

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