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The cost of MSU’s health care plan will continuously increase throughout the next six years to meet the new requirements of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. At Tuesday afternoon’s University Council meeting, Renee Rivard, the director of benefits with MSU Human Resources, or HR, presented the impacts the ACA will have on MSU from 2012 through 2018. Increased health care costs will affect any employee who receives a W-2 form from MSU, she said. The ACA also will affect any student who is on MSU’s health care plan. According to HR, some of the definite 2012 and 2013 changes include increases to group health plan fees, while adding coverage of women’s preventative services, such as generic contraceptives. Rivard said the total cost of ACA’s impact on MSU’s health care will not be known until HR deciphers what is certain for 2014 through 2018. According to HR, the cost should be finalized by late March. Projected changes after 2014 include additional increased fees from various factors, such as individual insurance mandates and the movement of additional employees onto MSU’s health plan, and a 40 percent excise tax on high cost coverage, among various other changes. Group health plan fees cost MSU approximately $30,000 in 2012 and are predicted to cost $60,000 in 2013, while women’s services will cost MSU $150,000-200,000 annually, according to HR. In 2013, the plan also will decrease what MSU gains from the FICA tax from $5,000 to $2,500. The FICA tax is a social security tax. According to HR, MSU potentially could pay an additional $2.3 million to $6.1 million annually, increasing

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Nursing senior Alex Tricozzi poses for a photo Tuesday at her apartment in East Lansing. Tricozzi described going through her eating disorder as an “isolating” experience.

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ollege students deal with many stresses in their lives — from friends to school work to parties — but Alex Tricozzi also faces a disorder that has dominated her life since her sophomore year of high school.


The nursing senior is one of 1 percent of MSU students diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. according to the 2012 National College Health Assessment for MSU students. About 0.8 percent of MSU students are diagnosed bulimia nervosa. “This past fall, I was concerned

with the amount of food I was eating to the point (where) I was in tears,” Tricozzi said. “When I feel like life gets crazy, I start eating crazy.” She took the initiative and sought treatment, something 85.9 percent of students diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and 82.5 percent with bulimia nervosa receive, according to the survey. This week, people across the nation are learning about and understanding those who struggle with an eating disorder during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. MSU joined the effort last week, holding several events to promote healthy body image, said Ronda Bokram, Student Health Services staff nutritionist in the Health

Education Department and lead event organizer. “It’s easy to give someone body image issues by making them feel like they need to be something different than what they are,” Bokram said.

How it begins After losing about 30 percent of her body weight her sophomore year of high school, Tricozzi went to an inpatient treatment facility and was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, which comes from the word “anorexia,” a Latin term meaning “lack of appetite.” Her problems followed her to college, where she began binge eating. Tricozzi said she went through a vicious cycle of gaining and losing weight during college


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and exercising excessively. “In high school, I was really just restricting to the point that I was way too thin,” she said. “In college, I lost a lot of weight and I realized I needed to gain more weight, (and) finally this year it became difficult to do school work.” More than 50 percent of the risk for developing a disorder is because of genetic risk factors, according to the research of Kelly Klump, a professor in the Department of Psychology, past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders and an expert in genetic and biological risk factors for eating disorders. Klump said the genetic risk is determined by multiple genes,

and a disorder is developed when both the inside and outside factors come together. “It is a psychiatric disorder that has significant biological and genetic contributions,” Klump said. “We know that the cultural pressures for thinness — those are harmful — particularly harmful if you have a genetic risk for the disorder.” Tricozzi said she is not aware of eating disorders in her family, although she said some members of her extended family have struggled with their weight.


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The $85 billion in federal spending cuts expected to affect thousands of Americans on Friday could mean the end of Zachary Ray’s job. The computer science sophomore is an assistant in the MSU Office of Financial Aid through the College Work-Study Program. But Ray’s position, other workstudy programs, students receiving financial aid and thousands of others could be in jeopardy if Congress can’t negotiate a way to avoid billions in spending cuts slated to take effect late this week. According to information from the White House, 1,300 work-study programs in Michigan alone are on the chopping block should Congress fail to reach a compromise. “If this gets cut, I might just have to go to work at a Subway shop doing mindless work to pay the bills,” Ray said. Workers nationwide are bracing themselves for the impact of

After absentmindedly missing an exam in his online TC 201 class, Jacob Shutty is reevaluating his summer academic plans. The media and information freshman is one of many students who are considering taking a summer class — a move becoming more common among MSU students, according to the Office of the Registrar. According to the office, throughout the past 10 years, total summer class enrollments have increased steadily, reaching 48,695 total enrollments in summer 2012 — an increase of 2.5 percent from summer 2011. For the first time in summer 2012, the number of undergraduate student enrollments in online classes, which was 16,301, surpassed the number of undergraduate enrollments in face-to-face on and off-campus courses by a mar-


Computer science sophomore Zachary Ray edits an HTML code Tuesday in the Office of Financial Aid, located in Student Services. Ray has been working for the office for a semester and a half in order to gain experience.

the automatic across-the-board spending cuts, often referred to as the sequester, meant to reduce the nation’s $16 trillion debt. The White House released numbers and facts Monday regarding how the sequester could affect each state. In Michigan, many college students could lose opportu-

nities to use university resources to pay tuition. If the spending cuts take effect, about 2,490 fewer low-income students would receive financial aid, according to the data. Ray said although he has had See CUTS on page 2 X

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gin of about 2,500. The numbers illustrate an upward enrollment trend in online summer courses, University Registrar Nicole Rovig said, predicting numbers to increase in summer 2013 as well. Summer 2013 enrollment opens on March 11. “I do expect it to increase based on the past years’ trends,” she said. “I don’t see anything that would keep that trend from going forward.” When spending the summer off campus, Associate Provost for

Academic Services Linda Stanford said students are likely to enroll online for various reasons, such as getting ahead for graduation, wanting to take a course in a more condensed format or students such as Shutty who need to retake a course. Although Shutty recognized the convenience of online courses, like many other MSU students, he said he was unsure how to pace himself. He prefers receiving a See ONLINE on page 2 X


Police brief Urine trouble: Dorm intruder went to bathroom on clean laundry An unknown suspect reportedly entered a student’s dorm room and urinated on their clothing Sunday, according to MSU police. MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, a stranger entered the room of a sleeping student in North Case Hall and urinated on a pile of clothing on the floor behind the door. The student apparently awoke when the person entered the room. The individual left immediately after they finished urinating on the clothing, which had just been washed. The suspect is described as a white, college-aged male with short, dark hair, but no suspects were seen in the hall by the resident assistant who was informed following the incident. The incident is under investigation. DARCIE MORAN

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traditionally have been thought of as a “woman’s disease.” “When I first started in their field, when asked if you could describe someone with an eating disorder, it would be white, female, upper-socioeconomic class and usually upper high school and college age,” Bokram said. “Now, it doesn’t matter what age, doesn’t matter what gender, doesn’t matter what ethnicity, and we have a lot of international students who struggle.” Along with a lack of under-


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face-to-face education in the traditional classroom setting. “(Physically) going to class every time we have class just reminds you that you actually have it,” he said. “Online, you can forget you even have the class sometimes.” Stanford said any form of learning is based on the preference of the student. Some online courses can be interactive with the use of email and Desire2Learn, she said.

standing of people affected by eating disorders, there also are questions about what is an eating disorder. There are three main types of eating disorders — anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Klump said symptoms of anorexia nervosa include avoiding food, significant weight loss and increased exercise to the point of being excessive. A sub-type of anorexia nervosa involves binge eating, purging or a combination of both. Bulimia nervosa is more difficult to recognize than anorexia nervosa because most people with the disorder have a normal body weight, Klump said. Some signs of the disorder in others include visiting the bathroom after meals, finding redness in the toilet from self-induced vomiting and strictly dieting during the day without noticeable

“It was much more static that you might look at a bunch of pages, but now … you can have conversations virtually,” she said. Economics professor Jeff Biddle teaches an EC 420 online summer course and said he feels as if every student should try the online format at least once. He said the work load is the same as traditional courses, and online courses allow students to work on their own time — which he said can be the Achilles’ heel. “Students need to think of their own habits before they even sign up,” Biddle said. “If they usually procrastinate, online classes are not going to work.” Staff writer Christine LaRouere contributed to this report.


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health care costs between 2 and 5 percent on a yearly basis, HR reported. These listed costs are the shared total amounts to MSU and its employees, Rivard said. HR is working to mitigate these costs and ensure every employee is able to be covered, she said. As of now, there are not alterations to employee’s benefit packages, Rivard said. “The cost of health care is going to increase by some amount depending on what you’re talking about,” Rivard said pointing at HR’s health plan spreadsheet. “As we move down this grid, (the cost is) going to continue to move in a negative way.”

Evan Martinak, president of ASMSU, MSU’s undergraduate government, said he does not know of the impact this will have on students, but ASMSU provides an online resource to help students find financially feasible insurance plans. “A large majority of students are covered under their parents’ health care plan, which is great,” he said. “But there are still a pocket of students that aren’t.” After the meeting, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said although the ACA aims to provide more health care coverage to individuals, it does not benefit a large institution, such as MSU. “We’re going to be able to find some strategies that work within the (constraints) of the Affordable Care Act and provide insurance coverage for our employees,” Simon said. “I’m confident that the creativity of the university community will pull through.”

weight loss, Klump said. “If you have a roommate and you see that large amounts of food disappear overnight, they leave for many hours at a time and there are lots of food wrappers in their car — they will go and drive around and binge eat in cars sometimes,” she said. People with binge eating disorder usually don’t induce vomiting or use diuretics or laxatives, which are signs of other disorders, to compensate for the excessive amounts of food they consume. This can sometimes result in significant weight gain, Klump said. Although the symptoms of some of the disorders overlap, the difference between anorexia nervosa and the other disorders is weight. If someone’s current weight is 85 percent or less of the ideal weight, it could be interpreted as anorexia nervosa.


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help from his family, he’s about $7,000 in debt and needs his work-study job to help pay bills. MSU spokesperson Kent Cassella said the university is monitoring the situation and the various ways it could impact MSU. “We strongly encourage lawmakers to come to a fair and equitable solution as soon as possible,” he said. “The quality of undergraduate and graduate education and the research endeavors at MSU and across academia cannot be compromised if America is to remain a global leader.” Work-study programs are just one of the many areas of Michigan’s economy that could be affected by the sequester. The state’s K-12 schools would lose about $22 million in funding, about 10,000 civilian Department of Defense workers would be laid off, and Michigan health services would lose about $944,000

Treatment Bokram is part of an eating disorder team through MSU Student Health Services that’s free to students, and includes a counselor and other medical providers. Bokram also refers many students to the Inner Door Center in Royal Oak, Mich. Beverly Price, an alumna and founder of the Inner Door Center, said the center treats eating disorders with mainstream therapy, with an emphasis on yoga. Tricozzi said she first visited the center this past winter break, and still goes there once a week. She said her family, friends and fiance also give her strong support. “I just want to help people, whether that’s through medicine or my words,” she said. “I never want to see my kids struggle with food or with body image.”

in funding toward health care to treat diseases and another $2.9 million in grants for substance abuse programs. In January, Congress set the deadline for this Friday to force itself to agree on a solution to fix the nation’s growing deficit after House Republicans refused to raise the debt ceiling in 2011. During the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Gov. Rick Snyder said purposely creating a sequester to force Congress to fix the budget was a failure. “That just illustrates the mess is in Washington compared to the states,” he told C-SPAN. Political science assistant professor Matt Grossmann said solving the sequester boils down to two things: reducing tax deductions and reducing Medicaid spending. “We haven’t accomplished either one of those, and the hardest decisions have been left to the last minute,” he said. It’s up to Congress to decide how to avoid the spending cuts before the Friday deadline, and Grossmann said he expects the situation to play out much like the fiscal cliff negotiations — Congress will reach a decision at the eleventh hour, moments before its deadline.

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Genomics and molecular genetics junior Zachary DeRade, Residence Halls Association, or RHA, speaks to RHA members before the election Feb. 20, at Shaw Hall DeRade was elected to be the president of the 44th session for RHA.

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A week ago, current Residence Halls Association, or RHA, Communications Coordinator Zachary DeRade was nothing but smiles as he fought off many peers’ congratulations to conduct his fi rst interview after being elected as the RHA 44th session president. “I wasn’t sure how to respond, but like I’ve said in my speech, for two years I’ve really contemplated this position and what it would mean to fi ll it,” DeRade said. “So now I think it’s kind of time to let it soak in (and) fully understand it.” At last Wednesday’s RHA meeting, DeRade was elected by the general assembly to take over as the next president of the organization. DeRade officially will take over at the RHA meeting April 10, with the 44th session officially beginning once the meeting ends, he

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“I think it’s kind of time to let it soak in (and) fully understand it.” Zachary DeRade, RHA president-elect

said. Getting RHA’s name out to students is something DeRade hopes to improve as president of the group. Getting RHA swag into the dorms, getting involved with summer Academic Orientation Programs, having a stronger presence at Sparticipation and holding MSU football tailgates are some of the changes students might see next year, DeRade said. “My ultimate goal is very much our image, very much our delivery of our services and really people seeing that brand they recognize and proudly support,” DeRade said. “I want people to see RHA doing things and get excited for what we’re going to do and be really interested in what we have to bring

to them.” Environmental biology and zoology freshman Katherine Grantham, who lives in Bailey Hall, likes the idea of adding some engaging events for MSU students to take part in. “I think it would be good for freshmen to get involved in (RHA tailgates) to meet new people, and I think it’s nice to engage with people on campus,” Grantham said. DeRade , a genomics and molecular genetics junior, has been associated with RHA ever since he stepped foot on campus in fall 2010. He has held positions as the Spectrum representative, committee on internal affairs chair, food representative, director of health and safety and his cur-

rent role as communications coordinator. With a lengthy résumé with RHA , current RHA President Kelcey Gapske is confident in DeRade taking over as president. “I think he will do a great job, (and) a lot of things he touched on in his speech are very important to talk about — working on the brand, working on internal relations as well as strengthening our services and making sure we are reaching out to freshmen,” Gapske said. DeRade said he has been thinking about this position for the past two years and now that he fi nally has the reins, he is excited for the upcoming year. “It’s very much going to be something that I hope will humble me even more,” he said. “I definitely think it’ll help me grow a lot, but I’m hoping through that growth, I’ll be able to help the organization grow even more.”


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arning a degree by taking low-cost online courses has been a theme that steadily has become more popular with college students. But some experts now question whether this new-age method of learning actually is as beneficial as institutions might hope. In a recent study conducted by Columbia University’s Community College Research Center, researchers found online courses contribute to widening achievement gaps among students in different demographic groups. By examining the behaviors of more than 40,000 community and technical college students, the study found students in demographic groups, whose members typically struggled in traditional classrooms, had a higher degree of difficulty transitioning to online work. These groups included black students, male students, younger students and students with lower GPAs. The study concluded students who enroll in more online courses, no matter their demographic, ultimately are less likely to attain a college degree. Despite their findings, blaming online courses for the students’ failure seems like an inaccurate conclusion. Online courses have revolutionized what it means to be a college student in the modern world. For a lower cost, people can take classes, broaden their educational horizons and be exposed to new possibilities without ever having to step foot on a college campus. Through pre-recorded lec-




tures, PowerPoint presentations and online tests and quizzes, online courses offer students the opportunity to make their own schedules and decide when and where they want to study these materials. Although this newfound opportunity frees students from the woes of waking up for class and worrying about attendance, it introduces a new challenge formerly emphasized: personal responsibility. Instead of pointing the finger at online courses as the source of their worsening grades, perhaps criticism should be directed toward students themselves. To receive a desirable grade in an online course, a student must demonstrate a great amount of time-management skills. Without a set schedule or instructions reminding a student when assignments are due, they can forget to complete their online work and view their class as a “blow off” course. But this shouldn’t validate pinning the blame on the nature of these classes. Universities across the country slowly are beginning to offer more online options for their students — broadening the confines of their institution’s reach — and this pattern only is expected to increase. Although online courses might not be an ideal fit for all students, their framework shouldn’t be looked at as something that impedes an individual’s right to learn. Students who enroll in these courses should spend more time considering the added responsibility they took on to work online and less on finding someone to blame for their dissatisfaction with the end result.

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And no government should force individuals to recognize anybody’s definition of marriage. We’ve seen news reports of bakers and wedding planners under fire for refusing to participate in same-sex weddings. That should be their choice. Don’t want to rent to a gay couple? Fine. There are other people who will. MaximumBob, Feb. 26 via

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aren’t there to nurse us back to health. They’re the ones who will sit up with us until 3 in the morning talking about relationship problems. They have our backs, they stand up for us and they put up with us. I’m a senior now, which means I only have eight weeks left of school. Only eight weeks left of sharing one tiny little room with This wasn’t a surprise. I’ve been the person who probably knows sharing a room with the same girl more about me than anyone else for four years now. in the world. OPINION EDITOR Yup, I’m almost 22 Eight more weeks years old and I still with the girl who sleep about three r e a me d out my feet away f rom e x-b oy f r ie nd on someone ever y the phone freshnight. I know her man year, who has pretty well, to say seen me cry on the the least. bathroom floor and On the outside, who has tucked me my roommate and in bed. Only eight KATIE HARRINGTON I probably seem more weeks like opposites. ing “Pride and PrejI’m an introvert, a udice” clips late into planner and a logical thinker — the night and making prank phone a “duty fulfi ller,” as she likes to calls and laughing until we cry. say. She’s more of an extrovert, And I just realized how much she hates planning anything in I’m going to miss that when we advance and she can be a little graduate. My roommate won’t be crazy sometimes — not that that’s sitting on the couch when I walk a bad thing. in the door and need someone Basically, I’m Monica and she’s to rant with or cry with or laugh Rachel from “Friends” — a com- with. She won’t be there when parison I obviously resented at I need fashion advice or dating fi rst but have gradually come to advice or life advice. And I won’t accept as the truth. be there when she needs a logical From day one, we realized there head to tell her everything’s going were going to be OK. to be certain There are eight t h i ng s ab out we e k s le f t of each other that “College roommates school and right wou ld a n noy are the people who now, everyone is us — like her thinking about b a r g i n g i nto really know and whe r e t he y ’r e our room when going to be at the understand us. They I’m sleeping and end of the semessee us at our best talking to me te r a nd wh at and at our worst.” for hours and they’re going to me being overbe doi ng. But ly critical of her all I can think sometimes. about right now But when you live with some- is who I’m going to be with — or one — 3 feet away from some- without. one — for four years, you realize Because nearing the end of my that, no matter how crazy they college career, there are a few sometimes make you, they not things I’ve figured out. And one only become a part of your col- of them is that one of the most lege experience, they become a important things about college is part of who you are. the bonds you form here. These College roommates are the peo- are the bonds that will last for ple who really know and under- a long, long time. They’re the stand us. They see us at our best bonds you’ll tell your kids about and at our worst. They’re sitting one day. on the couch when we come home So, yeah, my roommate might from a job interview or exam we never wash the dishes, she might just nailed. They’re there to hug constantly lose her keys and she us — or give us space — when might accidentally leave the door we lose someone. They’re with us unlocked sometimes, but because the nights we drink too much at I’ve spent four of the most sigthe bar. They’re there the nights nificant years of my life with we just want to sit at home and her, those things couldn’t matwatch “Wedding Crashers” for the ter less. 87th time. She has helped me learn to Our college roommates are the cherish the things that really matones who help us when we are ter about people, and forget about sick for the fi rst time our parents the things that don’t. ast week, after I had just settled into bed after a long day and was drifting off to sleep, my roommate burst into the room, turned on the overhead fluorescent light and ran over to my bed to tell me about her night.

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MSU alumna to shine as member of ‘Fashion Star’ By Omari Sankofa II THE STATE NEWS ■■

To MSU alumna Tori Nichel, ending up as one of the 13 featured designers on the second season of NBC’s “Fashion Star” might have been a fluke. “I wa sn’t looking to be on ‘Fashion Sta r,’ ” sa id Nichel Nichel, a 1998 graduate. “I had a friend, a colleague in the fashion industry that I’ve known for years. He reached out to me specifically and said, ‘Hey Tori, my friend is casting for ‘Fashion Star’ and it sounds like it’s right up your alley. It sounds like it’s totally you and you should check it out.’” Looking back, however, she sees the opportunity as a “once in a lifetime experience.” “I really tried to enjoy the moment, live in the moment knowing (the) experience was so unique,” she said. “It wasn’t something that I thought I would check off of my career list.” A West Bloomfield Township native, Nichel first became interested in fashion as a little girl. She said she owes her mom’s family, her grandmother and Barbie dolls for peaking her interest in fashion. “I was around a lot of fashionable people as a little kid,” she said. “My mom has a huge family and a lot of sisters, and they were just always shopping, always into fashion, always into the latest things.” Professor Sally HelvenstonGray, who was one of Nichel’s professors at MSU, said Nichel always had an enthusiasm for design. “She was always very interested in design, interested in moving things forward and not just doing the basic requirements,” Helvenston-Gray said. “She had a special aptitude for design and understanding how clothes go

Grammy Award winner heads to Wharton By RuAnne Walworth THE STATE NEWS

“It wasn’t something that I thought I would check off on my career list.”


World-renowned soprano Renée Fleming will perform today at Wharton Center. Known by Billboard as “the world’s greatest living soprano,” Fleming will be a welcomed performer to MSU’s campus. MSU associate professor of voice Peter Lightfoot recognizes Fleming as one of the most famous sopranos in the world.

Tori Nichel, “Fashion Star” contestant

together.” Nichel spent her junior year at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, an experience she regards as positive. “What it allowed me to do essentially is get the university experience that my dad wanted me to have and allow me to have the art school experience that I really wanted to have,” Nichel said. “Looking back on it, I love that I got the best of both worlds in my education.” Nichel launched her self-titled collection, Tori Nichel, on eBay in 2006. She said being on “Fashion Star” has helped re-energize her following. “It’s definitely been new momentum re-connecting with old customers, getting new supporters,” she said. “I’m in a different space now in 2013 than I was back in 2006. Having former colleagues and co-workers really excited, coming out and supporting me and doing what they can, has definitely been a really fun adventure.” Advertising sophomore Jacqlyn Burnett, who does local modeling, said she would consider checking out the work of an MSU alumna, and plans to check out the show, which premiers March 8. “I keep up with (fashion) trends online,” she said. “I would see what they have.” Beyond the support Nichel has gained from “Fashion Star,” she said meeting new people on the show was a great experience. “I’ve met some amazing designers that are my castmates,” she said. “It’s going to be fun to now continue to follow their careers and see their continued growth around the industry as well.”

(Fleming’s) album, “Verismo,” just won Fleming her third Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo “Many people unfortunately have preconceived notions about operatic singing and musical theatre,” Lightfoot said. “They are completely mistaken.” Worldwide opera still is popular today, however, it is not seen or noticed as much as other genres, so people are unaware of the opera music around them, he said. Many times there will be commercials with a heavy crescendo

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or brief interlude directly relating to opera, but this simply goes unrecognized by many, particularly students, Lightfoot said. While Fleming has a crowd of fans excitedly awaiting to watch her perform, some students, such as journalism sophomore Jordan Goltz, aren’t as ecstatic about the opera performance at MSU. “Personally I think the opera is pretty boring — unless of course it’s Will Ferrell at the Catalina Wine Mixer,” Goltz said. Communication senior, Travis Stroh has not ventured into the genre of opera but is not opposed to begin listening to it either. “I’ve never heard of (Renée Fleming) until now,” Stroh said. “I’m not much of an opera fan, but it would be interesting to see what a live performance from her would be like.” Fleming’s performances and albums have won her fame and recognition around the world. Her album, “Verismo,” just won Fleming her third Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo. “I would hope that people come to hear her sing,” Lightfoot said. “She has an absolutely gorgeous voice and I can’t imagine students not enjoying it.” The concert, which still has tickets available at the Wharton Center box office, starts at 7:30 p.m. in Cobb Great Hall.

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Will Yanakeff finds inner confidence after season of reduced play time By Alyssa Girardi THE STATE NEWS ■■

For the first time in months, Will Yanakeff sang to arena music. He might have had to travel more than 3,500 miles to do so, but for MSU hockey’s junior goaltender, it’s a sign his confidence finally is restored. “I was just happy; I was enjoying myself,” Yanakeff said. “I actually remember myself during the game, singing along to the music … Bobbing my head to the music — that’s how relaxed I was. It was a good feeling.” Yanakeff and the Spartans (1021-3 overall, 8-17-1-0 CCHA) traveled to Fairbanks, Alaska, last weekend for a two-game split series with the Alaska Nanooks, winning 1-0 on Friday night and falling 4-2 the following. Yanakeff played in both games — it was the first time he took the net for two-consecutive games since Nov. 3 and Nov. 9. He stopped 76 of 79 shots, earn-

ing him the CCHA Warrior Goaltender of the Week. “It was a little bit of reassurance to know that I still have it, that I can still play,” he said. “There was a little bit there where I definitely doubted myself.”

Yanakeff stopped 76 of 79 shot attempts by Alaska this past weekend as MSU split the series with the Nanooks, 1-1 Yanakeff came into this season playing seven of the fi rst nine games, going 3-5-1, before freshman goaltender Jake Hildebrand took over and played in the majority of matchups since. From Nov. 10 until now, Yanakeff only played in five games, including both against Alaska. Yanakeff said he started off the year with performances that weren’t particularly strong, and Hildebrand simply played well

enough to deserve the nods. Head coach Tom Anastos said despite the struggles Yanakeff has gone through, he has proven to be an encouraging teammate, offering support to Hildebrand whenever needed. “I (give) him a lot of credit, because I know he came into the season with high expectations,” Anastos said. “Things didn’t go particularly the way he or we expected, and yet his work habits haven’t wavered. His commitment to the team has been as strong as ever — probably stronger.” Because of Hildebrand’s success, there hasn’t been reason for him to not be in the lineup, but Anastos saw the opportunity to get Yanakeff in net against Alaska. Anastos said there was a chance to allow Yanakeff to build his confidence back, and he played at the level the coaching staff knew he was capable of. As the season has progressed and the team has seen Hildebrand grow into one of the most consistent players for the Spar-

Junior goaltender Will Yanakeff stops a shot on Oct. 8, 2012, at Munn Ice Arena. MSU defeated Windsor, 6-1, in the first exhibition game. ADAM TOOLIN/ THE STATE NEWS

tans, Yanakeff has undergone growth off the ice and learned how to deal with the situation presented to him. “You can’t really expect things

to happen, you just have to do the same things consistently every day, working hard, competing in practice and doing the right things on and off the ice,”

Yanakeff said. “I think consistently doing that, it gives you a really good chance to be successful, and they say hard work pays off in the end.”

Former Spartans try to increase draft stock at NFL Combine


he 2013 NFL Scouting Combine came to a close yesterday with the last group of players concluding their tests, and the four former MSU players invited to Indianapolis seem to have performed rather well. None of the former Spartans — running back Le’Veon Bell, cornerback Johnny Adams, defensive end William Gholston and tight end Dion Sims — exposed glaring deficiencies, but at the same time, there weren’t many jaw-dropping or surprising results. Bell probably had the best workout as he came in slimmed down from his playing weight and showed off adequate speed — one of his biggest knocks from NFL scouts — in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.6 seconds. Sims and Adams also likely improved their draft stock with strong 40 times for their respective positions, while Gholston was in the middle of the pack of the defensive linemen in most drills. All four players have been projected to be drafted between rounds two and five. Here’s how the four performed and their ranks among their position. — Stephen Brooks, The State News

Johnny Adams, CB

Le’Veon Bell, RB

William Gholston, DE

Dion Sims, TE

MSU measurements: 5 foot 11 inches, 177 pounds

MSU measurements: 6 feet 2 inches, 237 pounds

MSU measurements: 6 feet 7 inches, 278 pounds

MSU measurements: 6 feet 5 inches, 285 pounds

Combine: 5 feet 10 inches, 185 pounds

Combine: 6 feet 1 inch, 230 pounds

Combine: 6 feet 6 inches, 281 pounds

Combine: 6 feet 5 inches, 262 pounds

40-yard dash: 4.48 (15th)

40-yard dash: 4.6 (16th)

40-yard dash: 4.96 (23th)

40-yard dash: 4.75 (9th)

Bench press 225 pounds: 16 (6th)

Bench press 225 pounds: 24 (9th)

Bench press 225 pounds: 23 (27th)

Bench press 225 pounds: 22 (3rd)

Vertical: N/A

Vertical: 31.5 (25th)

Vertical: 28.5 (28th)

Vertical: 35 (3rd)



Keith Appling has been one of Tom Izzo’s most consistent players at both ends of the floor for most of the season. Often tasked with guarding some of the top players in the nation while leading the No. 9 MSU men’s basketball team (226 overall, 11-4 Big Ten) in scoring, Appling has established himself among the most talented point guards in the country. So during a stretch of inconsistent play and lackluster outings by the junior guard, it’s quickly becoming a cause for concern for Izzo and the Spartans. “He’s growing as he goes,” Izzo said. “And when you start dealing with the pressure of the chance to win the Big Ten, the chance to do this, your name gets thrown around, the accolades go, everybody gets fat and sassy a little bit,

or feels the pressure. “It looks to me like he’s feeling a little bit of the pressure.” Starting with a 4-for-14 (28.57 percent) shooting performance with a single assist in the Feb. 12 win against No. 4 Michigan, Appling has averaged nine points in the past four games, shooting an abysmal 23 percent from the floor during the stretch. In the most recent weekend loss to No. 16 Ohio State, Appling made just one shot, totaling three points and a single assist with three turnovers. Moreover, Appling struggled against Buckeye guard Aaron Craft, who racked up a career-high 21 points coming primarily though layups in the lane. It’s been a difficult run for Appling, who averages 13.4 points per contest on 40.5 percent shooting to go along with a team-high 106 assists — 35 more than the next highest Spartan, freshman guard Denzel Valentine.

But as much as Appling has struggled, Izzo said the stretch stands out because of how well he’s played for the majority of the season — a testament to the point guard’s abilities. With nearly four days before MSU travels to Ann Arbor for a season rematch with the No. 4 Wolverines, Izzo said he plans to talk with Appling this week to figure out what he needs to improve heading into postseason play. “We’re just going to talk about where he thinks he is,” Izzo said. “Does he need some time off? Does he need some time to get in and shoot free throws and shoot jump shots and get some confidence back? I mean you don’t lose everything in two games, guys.”

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