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Work of MSU alumnus nears culmination as post-production continues on independent film By Katie Abdilla THE STATE NEWS ■■


homas Reilly-King has waited years for this moment. Since his teens, he has awaited the chance to make a name for himself as an independent filmmaker. Enduring everything from busy cast members to a low budget, he has waited patiently. Four years after the start of his project, a feature film called “Enduring Destiny,” Reilly-King, now 26, finally is getting his wish. Often known on campus as “TRK,” the MSU alumnus concluded shooting for the film last July, and once he’s finished with the post-production process, he plans to host a premiere in the early summer. “‘Enduring Destiny’ is almost symbolic for my life,” ReillyKing said. “You see the completed film in your head — it was already done to begin with, it’s just planting those seeds. At the end of the day, you can only go forward. That theater saying is, ‘The show must go on,’ and I’ve always kind of kept that mentality.” “Enduring Destiny” tells the story of Max Kenner, a college student affected by a tragedy that leaves him in a wheelchair. Kenner’s aspiration in the film is to become a CIA agent. Reilly-King, who plays the role as himself in the film, said it depicts the challenge of overcoming adversity and accepting help from others. “This tragedy happens to him, so we see a transformation of his persona on screen,” he said. “He’s living in a fraternity house amongst his brothers, and it’s embarrassing because he has to live with a caretaker. … It’s about dealing with that crutch and overcoming that crutch and enduring destiny.”



The savory smell of creamy macaroni and cheese and crispy fried chicken mixed with the sounds of saxophones and booming music from DJ speakers drew students to the Hubbard Hall cafeteria for the Soul Food Extravaganza as a final farewell to 2013’s Black History Month. Outside the cafeteria Thursday night, a line of students wrapped around the staircase to the main floor. Inside, the cafeteria was overflowing anxious students by the event’s end. Red and green tablecloths covered some of the cafeteria tables, where students sat talking and taking in black culture through entertainment and dining.


East Lansing resident Thomas Reilly-King sits for a portrait in front of his film poster at his apartment Wednesday.

More online … To watch a video of Reilly-King at one of his minimumwage jobs, visit

An eye for success From the very beginning, Reilly-King has had a clear view of the film, down to every last detail. “I sit down and storyboard every single shot in the film,” he said. “I have a vision of what I want it to look like, the characters and how they look, and I go and make that into a reality.” But his path has not been easy. He juggles four minimum-wage jobs to finance

the film, which has cost him more than $12,000 since 2009. The budget constraints limited Reilly-King’s abilities and kept the film a work in progress for more than four years. He also has struggled to manage a cast, with many members graduating before he concluded filming. “We had different people for a stretch of time,” he said. “One of the characters gradSee FILM on page 2 X


MSU alumnus Thomas Reilly-King collects cups from dirty trays on Thursday at Brody Square Dining Hall.


Spartans take down Boilermakers on road, 68-61 By Stephen Brooks THE STATE NEWS ■■


Senior forward Courtney Schiffauer tries to score around Purdue forward Sam Ostarello during the game Thursday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. The Spartans beat the Boilermakers, 68-61.

West Lafayette, Ind. – Defense and pottery. That’s what the MSU women’s basketball MSU 68 team does for fun. PUR 61 In preparation for a rematch with No. 25 Purdue on Thursday night, head coach Suzy Merchant called for a day of rest and relaxation earlier this week that included music, pizza and painting pottery. It didn’t include any stops at Breslin Center, cell phones or talk about basketball. “(Merchant) watched a lot of film and she thought that what we were missing was just our will, basically,” junior guard Klarissa Bell said. “Ever ybody seemed like they were physically tired or mentally tired and that was corresponding to our games, and so she basically just took a day off for us and we went and made pottery, which was awesome.” The Spartans parlayed that day off into a 68-61 win over the Boilermakers at Mackey

“I said, ‘Well, let’s just go down there and play ... Let’s relax a little bit and enjoy the journey and go down there with a freed up mind.” Suzy Merchant, women’s basketball head coach

Arena for MSU’s fi rst win over a ranked opponent this season. Perhaps more importantly, although Merchant insists the topic doesn’t cross her mind, the win keeps MSU (21-7 overall, 9-6 Big Ten) alive for a topfour fi nish in the Big Ten and subsequent fi rst-round bye in the conference tournament. Merchant’s idea for a creative escape from the hardwood resulted in one of the most tenacious defensive efforts of the season for MSU – which says a lot considering the Spartans are in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense. MSU showed its muscle toward the conclusion of each half to claim the critical road win, holding Purdue (20-8, 9-6) scoreless for the fi nal 3:20 of the fi rst half and the last 4:09 of the second. The Spartans forced 12 turnovers in the first 20 minutes and turned them into 16 points. “I said ‘Well, let’s just go

down there and play,’” Merchant said. “You know, play our game, let’s get our defense back, and if our defense comes back, anything can happen. Let’s relax a little bit and enjoy the journey, and go down there with a freed up mind and a big heart.” Junior forward Annalise Pickrel had a game-high 18 points — including 4-for-7 from behind the arc — while guards Jasmine Thomas, a senior, and junior Klarissa Bell each chipped in 17 points. The trio accounted for more than 76 percent of MSU’s points. “Our team, what’s fun to us is defense — it has to be,” Pickrel said with a laugh as she turned to Merchant. “It is fun, so this game especially when our emphasis was just on defense and what we had to do, when we were getting steals and stuff in the first See SPARTANS on page 2 X

The event featured singing, dancing, poetry and trivia in the Hubbard Hall cafeteria “Because it is Black History Month, we wanted to show the history of soul food and everything the black culture has to offer,” said Joshua Gillespie, assistant director of Resident Education and Housing Services, who helped plan the event. “This is one way to be globally minded at MSU, and we want students to learn, engage and express themselves.” With the lights dimmed and a stage decorated with red and green balloons and shiny streamers, singing, dancing, poetry and black history trivia entertained the crowd in the cafeteria during the celebration. The event was sponsored by LiveOn and planned by East Neighborhood Intercultural Aides. Event attendee and marketing freshman Miles Felton, said events such as these can help change the current view of black culture. “Sometimes people can have a negative idea about African American culture because of the rap that is now played,” Felton said. “(An) event like this brings a positive outlook on African American community, it’s not just about rap music and tattoos” Gillespie also said while planning the Soul Food Extravaganza, he wanted to combine all aspects of black culture to show students what the community has to offer. “Culture has many facets, such as music, singing, dance and stepping, so for this event, we wanted to represent the black culture,” Gillespie said. “Gospel music is a major part of black culture so we thought having the MSU Gospel Choir was important.” Humanities senior Gerald Dixon II, a member of the MSU Gospel Choir, said he was excited to perform. “We wanted to come and perform because we want to spread the love of God and See FOOD on page 2 X

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Police brief Winter Wonderland turns Gangland in damaging snowball fight A large snowball fight in South Neighborhood caused about $100 in damage Wednesday, according to MSU police. MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said about 50 people were having a snowball fight in the neighborhood courtyard near South Wonders and Case Hall between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. Wednesday when a particularly strong throw sent a snowball smashing through a South Wonders Hall window. An 18-year-old male student sitting near the window in his dorm room received a small scratch on his leg from the shattering glass. He declined medical attention and said he believed the incident was an accident. Shortly after the student called in the damage, police were called to the scene again by a complainant because the snowball fight had grown to about 100 people. McGlothian-Taylor said there were no suspects in the window-breaking incident because the snowball fighters fled when they saw police approaching. DARCIE MORAN

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just show love to all the people in campus,” Dixon said. “I think events like these are so important because it helps embrace all cultures and show how all of us can spend time together.” As an intercultural aide in South Neighborhood, accounting senior India Lacy came to the Soul Food Extravaganza to support the intercultural aides in East Neighborhood, celebrate her African American culture and eat scrumptious food, she said. “Today is the last day of Black History Month, so this is a great way for others to realize who we are and what we are about,” Lacy said. “Soul food is a better title because food is an important part of our culture.” Gillespie said the event does not force people to like black culture. He saw it as a chance to show why students should continue to live among many different cultures. “We want to create a positive experience for students living on campus,” Gillespie said. “This can enhance everyone’s knowledge about black culture and do it in a way that is not combative, but rather positive.”

uated four years ago, which was a challenge because we had to shoot all his stuff first and get all the scenes done before he graduated. It was always nerve-racking.” MSU alumnus Aaron Hamel, who was Reilly-King’s production assistant and played a doctor in the film, has learned from personal experience that independent filmmaking is no simple undertaking. “Making an independent film is a very hard thing to do, especially in today’s world,” Hamel said. “You’re not gonna have the millions of dollars in backing most so-called independent movies have. It’s one of the most stressful things you can do, and it requires your entire mind and body.” Despite the stress, MSU Filmmakers Club adviser Bill Vincent said Reilly-King will maintain the morale from start to finish. “He gets what he wants,” Vincent said. “He wants to make a name in film, and he’s gonna do it his way or not at all.”

Last day of Black History Month celebrated with culture, soul food at Hubbard Hall

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MSU withstands second-half rally by Purdue, deals with crowd noise in road victory



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half, it was a lot of fun.” After heading into halftime with its largest lead of the game, 37-26, MSU countered Purdue’s runs and noise swells from a crowd of 8,046 throughout the final 20 minutes. The Boilermakers narrowed the Spartans’ lead to three points or less on five different occasions, but never got closer than a one-point deficit. A pair of free throws from Purdue’s Courtney Moses left MSU up 63-61 with 4:09, and those would be the last points the Boilermakers scored. Thomas led the final run for MSU with a layup followed by two free throws to put the Spartans up by six. The Boilermakers’ Drey Mingo missed a 3-pointer with 33 seconds left, and after being fouled on the rebound, Bell split a pair from the foul line for the final margin. “I think (defense is) what we built our identity on in the first place,” Thomas said. “Just to get back to that and feel more like ourselves, I think, is the most important feeling we had tonight. And I think everybody out on the floor made that effort to get the stops when we needed it.”

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Film started as screenplay in January 2009; Reilly-King hopes for positive reception from audience

Humble beginnings Although he had experience with illustration and cartooning throughout his childhood, Reilly-King’s film obsession all began with a creative writing class in high school. The situation wasn’t exactly high-tech, but it was enough to get him hooked. “I literally did all my editing from this bulky camcorder that I had, and I was using VHS tapes to re-record stuff,” he said. “I just remember being down in my basement filming stuff with little model cars and kind of integrating that into the project.” Once he got to MSU, he dove headfirst into the world of film and joined the MSU Filmmakers Club, where Vincent, who plays a CIA agent in the film, said his enthusiasm was contagious. “He was completely crazy about film and completely dedicated to doing something with film,” he said. “He had a unique way of doing things.” Reilly-King decided to write the screenplay for a feature film in January 2009, a risky move that came with criticism. “I just remember people saying: ‘What are you doing making a feature film, you’re crazy!’” he said. “But I just had that fire burning inside there — I needed to get this done. It’s important to push yourself and to have something that stands out.” Throughout the process, he said the negativity only made him more determined. “It made me push myself,” he said. “There’s something very liberating about making your own film. In life, a lot of times we have to answer to the bosses or committees. The cool thing about making a film is you’re the boss.”

lengths for his pride and joy. “One time, I locked myself in the basement of the (Auditorium) computer lab, and I was using Adobe After Effects going frame by frame,” he said. “I sat there one day for 26 hours — I had to order food, camp out and make it my home. It can be very tedious, and not every aspect is fun, but you gotta do it.” It wasn’t long before MSU alumnus Curtis Matzke caught wind of the project. After hearing about “Enduring Destiny” from friends, as well as Reilly-King himself, he decided to make a documentary about his friend’s filmmaking process, called “First Feature.” “As time went on, I realized how many people know him or heard stories of him working on his movie,” Matzke said. “Everyone has a story about ‘TRK.’ He’s kind of a goofy guy, and people don’t give him enough credit, but he’s actually doing it all himself.” As an active member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the time, Reilly-King said he often puzzled his brothers while filming in the house at 522 Abbott Road. “A lot of times I could be that quirky guy that’s always working on his film,” he said. “I remember having all these random props and wigs and wheelchairs — I was like a hoarder.” Political science senior and Phi Kappa Psi President Dan Fabiano said he was caught off guard with Reilly-King’s shoots quite often. “He’s really random, to say the least,” Fabiano said. “I opened the door to his room one day … He had a lady standing there who looked like a nurse, he was in a cast, and he had turned his whole room into a hospital. It was pretty wild.” Aside from the curiosity of passersby, Reilly-King said gaining student commitment to the film was the most difficult aspect of the process. “The hardest part about making this film, hands down, was just dealing with people — getting people to show up, trying to cast people,” he said. “At the end of the day, no one is as passionate about it as the director or the per-

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son making the film.” The big screen Once his film premieres, Reilly-King said he wants it to be looked upon with nostalgia from future generations. “The idea was to make a time capsule where we can capture the glory days,” he said. “I didn’t just wanna make a film — I wanted to make a sensation.” Along with the sensation comes a line of 18-inch talking action figures, which are part of what he calls a “character franchise.” He is expecting the figures in April and will hand them out with Bluray copies of the film. “When he gets a goal in his mind, he stops at nothing to get it done,” said Steve Culling, who played Kenner’s wrestling coach in the film. “I have a lot of respect for him — he’s intuitive and creative. It’s his determination and resourcefulness on a student budget that made him able to pull all of this stuff together.” He has yet to set a date for a summer premiere — but with his lease ending Aug. 1, he said he hardly can wait to schedule the premiere and watch the magic happen. “It’s really cool to see your vision come on the big screen and in front of an audience,” he said. “That’s what it comes down to, is that connection with the audience, making them laugh or cry or even scared.” Fabiano said he is stoked to see the film when it’s released, and has even offered to host the premiere in the fraternity house. “I’m very curious about what Tom wants to achieve with his project,” he said. “I’ve seen a couple scenes, but I’m dying to see the finished product.” After knowing Reilly-King for years, Vincent said he has nothing but high hopes for “Enduring Destiny.” “I’ve seen so many student projects fall apart because students lost interest and get distracted,” Vincent said. “I gotta hand it to Thomas, he stayed on course and didn’t let himself get discouraged. He’s a legend in his own time.”

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Traveling presents unique safety risks By Milan Griffes THE STATE NEWS ■■

As students prepare for spring break adventures, measures to travel safe could pay off. This year, hundreds of students will go overseas and thousands more will vacation in the country. The two biggest risks traveling students encounter are traffic and bodies of water, said Ben Chamberlain, the international health and safety analyst in the Office of Study Abroad. Be especially careful around busy roadways, and swim only under lifeguard supervision, he said. Human biology sophomore Kelly Thelen and her friends are taking care in preparation for their trip to Fort Myers, Fla. “We have gone over rules about a buddy system and tried to plan out what we’re doing everyday,” Thelen said. She said they also changed the oil and bought new tires for

their car. And don’t forget family back home. “When you get (to your destination), call home and say you’re OK,” Chamberlain said. “This can relieve a lot of anxiety.” Blend in It is important to fit in, or at least appear to. “Don’t stand out, don’t dress in a flashy way, don’t flash money,” Chamberlain said. “Dress like the locals dress.” Chamberlain said it’s important to stay in groups and to stay out of isolated, low-traffic areas. “You don’t want to draw attention to yourself,” MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said. McGlothian-Taylor also recommended leaving valuable, attention-attracting jewelry at home. Carry only necessary cash. Party smart Chamberlain said one of the biggest issues he deals with is the

consequences of students drinking alcohol when traveling. “Impaired judgment puts you at a high risk in foreign (areas),” he said. Chamberlain recommended reviewing the liquor laws of any destination before arrival. Take care overseas This break, 206 students will be traveling out of country through study abroad programs, mostly to Latin America. Many more will be traveling overseas independently. Chamberlain recognized the value of good judgment, especially in foreign countries. “The idea of common sense (is important) — a new country, a new culture can be very disorienting,” he said. Chamberlain said to make sure health insurance coverage is up to date. Always carry copies of any important travel documents — such as passports, health insurance cards and visas — either in a pouch or money belt.

How to keep the ‘break-in’ out of spring break By Darcie Moran  Before you go:

F Make sure you not only lock your doors, but also lock your windows, which could be an access point for robbers.

F Ask the post office to hold any mail or newspapers. Having a pile of magazines sitting on your stoop could be an invitation to thieves wondering if you’re home.

F Close your blinds so potential thieves can’t see what your home has to offer.

F Ask a friend staying in the area to stop by your home occasionally to make sure everything is all right.

F Don’t leave anything important or valuable sitting out, and bring them with you if you can to minimize harm from a potential break-in.

F Have a neighbor or friend shovel snow off your sidewalks and walkways. You can be fined between $25 and $125 by the city if snow isn’t removed from walkways on your property before midnight the day it snows — if it snowed before noon — or before midnight the following day if it snows after noon.

F If you can, put a timer on a light in your home so it will automatically turn on and off and give the appearance someone is home.




After experiencing breakins and coming home to her belongings strewn across her apartment floor, environmental studies and agriscience senior Liz Banach knows the dangers of an unwatched home. But Banach and thousands of other students will leave their homes unattended next week — a dream for thieves also hoping for a good spring break. An armed robbery and an attempted mugging occurred last spring break, and 30 breakins and thefts occurred during this year’s winter break. Some students put stickers for security companies on windows, although they don’t have a security system, and leave the lights on to ward off thieves.

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s a tumbleweed rolls through Farm Lane, campus might resemble a deserted Wild West town from the 1800s more than a busy college campus. As many other students leave the state on planes to lounge in places such as South Padre Island, Texas, or Panama City Beach, Fla., students left behind don’t have to be hermits and stay in their house or apartment all week. Here are several activities for students who are staying in East Lansing during spring break. — Michael Koury, The State News

Go to the driving range Although the golf courses might not be open yet, it’s never too late to practice swinging out on the driving range before golf courses open this spring. After midterms are finished, physical activity can be helpful in relieving stress, according to mayoclinic. com. Forest Akers East Golf Course, 2280 S. Harrison Road, offers 16 driving ranges with heated bays so patrons can keep warm while hitting balls outside, said Becca Lorencz, a supervisor and instructor for Forest Akers. Sparty Cash also is accepted and can be spent on items in the golf shop and on driving balls.


Get a tattoo or piercing Spring break is when students take chances, and what’s more risky than getting something on your body for the rest of your life? Although appointments are recommended, Splash of Color Tattoo and Piercing Studio, 515 E. Grand River Ave., accepts walkins for tattoos. Sessions for tattoos vary depending on the size and placement of it, and piercings usually take around a half hour, said Kris Lachance, owner of Splash of Color.


ABOVE: Artist Nate Graves inks Devon Struble, 17, of Charlotte. Mich., at Splash of Color Tattoo and Piercing Studio, 515 E. Grand River Ave. TOP LEFT: Hartland, Mich., resident Jim Leedle swings Thursday at Forest Akers Golf Course, 2280 S. Harrison Road. BOTTOM LEFT: Massage therapist Susan Hossinger treats English freshman Taylor Neverman Feb. 22, at Massage and Wellness, 201 E. Grand River Ave.

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Microbiology senior Patrick Ropp transfers his homemade beer from the fermenting container to a bucket to bottle the beer last Saturday at his apartment in East Lansing.

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icrobiology senior Pat r ic k Ropp p at ie nt l y h a s brewed and parried his way through bottles and bouts for a months. A fter taking a food science course last fall — which focused on the fermentation and commercial brewing of different types of alcohol — with chemical engineering and food science professor Kris Berglund, Ropp decided to improvise his own brew. After purchasing a brewing kit, he added hibiscus leaves to the pale ale for a unique fl avor. He calls it “Prix de Fleur,” a name he said was derived from four years of fencing humor. In fencing, the term, “prise de fer” is a defensive action meaning taking the blade. Yet, despite the aggressive nature of the weapon, Ropp views himself as a patient fencer, allowing his own pace to dictate the match. It’s a quality he said the art of brewing beer seems to share. Ropp said his choices in fencing and brewing are “a lot of work on both to come down to basically a really fi nished, really good looking end product.” — Danyelle Morrow, The State News

More online … To see a slideshow of Ropp brewing, visit statenews. com/multimedia. A collection of beer bottle caps sit in a bowl on the kitchen table of microbiology senior Patrick Ropp at his apartment in East Lansing. Ropp spent several weeks fermenting homemade beer, and bottled it last Saturday.

Getting a massage is proven to relieve stress, such as tension from taking an economics midterm, and loosens the body. After all, spring break is a time for students to let loose. Massage and Wellness, 201 E. Grand River Ave., offers massage therapy, facials and body wraps at a student discount. Massages can be anywhere from 30-90 minutes, facials are an hour, as well as body wraps, said Alan Glanz, owner of Massage and Wellness.


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U.S. Supreme Court decision has yet to be made concerning the constitutional validity of a key section of the Voting Rights Act, potentially altering the voting process in some states in future elections. On Wednesday, Supreme Court justices engaged in oral arguments focused around reversing a law which oversees voting changes in states with a history of racism at the polls. Under Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act,

certain states — including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia — are required to submit changes in voting districts for approval by the Department of Justice. The heaviest opposition to the law has been from Shelby County, Ala., which says the pre-clearance requirement is unconstitutional and works to correct an era of racism that has been corrected. The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, has refuted these claims, affirming the law is “the most important piece of civil rights legislation Congress has ever enacted.” This is a sensitive issue for the Supreme Court, and their eventual verdict likely is to generate much dispute. But it is critical their decision in no way allows for discrimination to exist at the polls. Since passed by Congress in 1965, the Voting Rights Act has been a staple in ensuring all citizens the fair and equal opportunity to vote. In counties and states where blatant discriminatory practices were used to deter certain groups — most notably African Americans — from having a say at the polls, the Voting Rights Act was a safety blanket in guaranteeing all citizens one of their

Hear the rest online at basic freedoms. A lt hough ma ny states, such as Alabama, say the entirety of the law no longer is needed to combat racism that has faded since the past, when you consider the controversy that has surrounded recent elections, it makes you question the truth in their claim. One of the biggest controversies surrounding vot- — and is a much different concern for states in the ing practices in this country — and the Voting Rights south — it demonstrates the slippery slope altering this law could present. Act — is voter identification. At its core, the Voting Rights Act, was enacted to Last year, the law was successful in blocking strict voter ID laws in Texas and South Carolina and pre- guarantee all citizens an equal and fair path to the vented Texas from gerrymandering techniques that polls, and slashing its power could recreate many would have discriminated against minority voters. problems our nation has worked to make right. Texas has argued the stricter ID requirements are Minority voters never should feel as if their voice necessary to combat against illegal immigrants. is not going to be heard, and the laws our country States across the country have addressed this has made have strived to affirm that. problem in numerous ways, with some requiring an If the southern states believe this law applies to official state-issued license and others only needing really have prevailed against their formerly racas little as an electric bill to confirm the location ist enigma, they should take steps toward making and name of the person casting the vote. this statement a known truth instead of a quesBut while this problem varies with location tionable thought.

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ASMSU — GET TO KNOW US ASMSU, the Associated Students of Michigan State University, was founded on March 9, 1965, by the presidents of the major governing groups, wherein it established itself as the all-university undergraduate student government. The First Student Board comprised of John McQuitty, Chuck Stoddard, Jim Graham, and Webb Martin and other presidents of the major governing groups, who set out to collect and distribute a 25-cent tax per student, per semester, and to represent the student population to the University Administration, city of East Lansing and the State Legislature. And thus began one of the most prestigious and powerful student governments in the nation.



Evan Martinak, ASMSU president

Life sucks, but sometimes you learn something


et’s just say the second half of 2012 and I did not get along. Now, before I go any further, let me preface everything I’m about to say with this: I am not here because I want your pity. I am not here because I’m fishing for sympathy. I did not enjoy most of June through December 2012, but I’m not here to gripe about how much it sucked or ask you to feel sorry for me. I’m here to talk about what I discovered as I looked back on those six months from the other side and tried to apply what I learned in the aftermath to my life today. College is about more than just learning in class, it’s about learning about yourself and about how life works. Hopefully, this exercise is help-

ful for someone besides myself. I guess the first domino to fall — literally (although it was a literal fall, rather than a literal domino, unfortunately) — came on June 13, 2012, when I broke my wrist playing basketball. I spent the next five weeks in a cast that went halfway up my bicep, and the four weeks after that, in one that came three-quarters of the way to my elbow. In those nine weeks, I learned two things. One, I really should not grow a beard. Like, ever. I stopped shaving while I had the larger cast on, as I couldn’t actually reach my face with my dominant hand, and the results were … less than spectacular. The second thing I learned was never to take for granted my current state of non-disability. Which is funny, because I do that all the time. Being able to use my right arm again is abso-

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lutely amazing, and yet, I assume job here at The State News. You know the saying, “Someit always will be the case. times, when God As an aside, let closes a door, he me say there is opens a window”? nothing more frusGUEST COLUMNIST Well, in my expetrating than tryrience, sometimes, ing to play video when God closes a games when you door, it’s to keep can’t move your the storm outside thumb. Trust me from ruining your on that one. house. After arriving I was asked to at MSU for the leave my job by start of school in CALEB NORDGREN management and I August, things found that grossly finally felt like unfair at the time. they were good. But in retrospect? My cast was off and while I couldn’t actually use They were probably right when my wrist as much as I wanted to, they told me it was for my own having full control of my fingers good. I struggled at first to adapt still was very exciting. But then to a life where I wasn’t spendthings started happening. I lost a ing a quarter of my day working, scholarship, blew up at my then- but somewhere along the way, editor for essentially no reason, I discovered I simply wasn’t as and eventually had to leave my stressed anymore. I didn’t blow

up at people anymore and I actually had time to enjoy myself during the workweek. Would I have preferred to keep my job? Yes. But I learned something about myself instead. I learned there exists a point at which I no longer can handle stress. So if I’m ever in a position where I start feeling overwhelmed — and I need to keep my job to continue enjoying the benefits of things like food and shelter — I can recognize the warning signs and do something about it before I start blowing up at my bosses and such. After I left my job, I started seeing a counselor for the fi rst time since I was in middle school. And I learned that admitting you need help dealing with things isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. And while that does sound cliché, it’s

more true than I ever would have guessed without experiencing it myself. In six months, I broke my wrist, had surgery on my butt — don’t ask — returned to school, lost a large scholarship, had to leave my job and struggled to adapt to normal life. Again, I did not enjoy the second half of 2012. But after all that? I emerged from finals week secure in the knowledge I’d survived without any permanent damage — well, except for the fuse marker in my wrist — and found out a week later I’d somehow notched the highest GPA of my college career and made the Dean’s List. I’m not bragging. I seriously don’t know how that happened. Sometimes, you can surprise even yourself, I guess. Happy spring break, everyone.

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Total votes: 46 as of 5 p.m. Thursday

“I’m going to Cancun so I’m very excited to party and just relieve everything from this semester so far.”

“I’m going to Hawaii with my boyfriend. His grandparents have condos there so we’re staying with them. ”

“I’m excited to just be away from school for a bit. I’m going on a road trip with my brother to Atlanta.”

“I’m going to Miami and I want to see how it is out there and meet new people.”

Chelsea Washington, Spanish senior

Madalyn Parker computer science senior

Harrison Hall accounting senior

Greg Walker business junior

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Golden anniversary for East Lansing art BASEMENT SHARK ATTACK TAKES A BITE OF MUSIC SCENE By Omari Sankofa II THE STATE NEWS

By Katie Abdilla THE STATE NEWS ■■

Since the age of 8, making music has been earth science senior Jeremy Cronk’s top priority. Now, as the lead guitarist for local band Basement Shark Attack, it’s all about being innovative with the Cronk band and his solo projects. “The band is alternative rock, but my own personal music is more psychedelic folk,” Cronk said. “I’m trying to make things that don’t sound like anything I’ve heard.” After playing a few shows sporadically throughout 2012, Cronk was expecting to remain a small, independent band within East Lansing. When the band was approached to open up for Hawthorne Heights last November at The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., in Lansing, he said he couldn’t believe it. “It was probably the most fun show I’ve ever played,” he said. “It’s cool to see a band like that live. I didn’t think I’d get to see them play, let alone play with them.” Cronk’s friend, marketing senior Ross Simons, said it’s never been about fame for the

musician. “For some people, their goal is to make themselves interesting and popular,” Simons said. “With him, it doesn’t really matter, as long as he’s making music. He’s willing to do anything to make music, regardless of the circumstance.” Despite booking their shows independently, Basement Shark Attack will perform as the opening act for grunge-rock band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus in April at Uli’s Haus of Rock, 4519 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Lansing. But Kenny Kerner, the director of the music business program at Musicians Institute, in Hollywood, said acquiring a band manager would be monumental in boosting the band’s relevance. After notably discovering rock band Kiss, Kerner said he has seen nothing but benefits from the partnership. “The pros of having the professional manager are endless,” Kerner said. “That manager can put together a serious career plan for how to develop the band’s career. They can expose them to people they’d never be able to reach.” With graduation quickly approaching, members are unsure of where the band will head. But all that matters Hoffer, said, is the pure enjoyment. “It’s just a fun thing to do,” Hoffer said. “We’re a band that’s more about just having fun.”


For 50 years, the East Lansing Art Festival has celebrated the city’s history and affluence in the arts. As a precursor, (SCENE) Metrospace will host the “The East Lansing Art Festival 50th Anniversary Poster Art Exhibition,” opening today. The exhibit will be a display of the various posters that have promoted the event since its inception. (SCENE) Metrospace director Tim Lane said residents will be able to take a lot from the exhibit. “They’ll be able to come and view some great art, that being some purchase pieces that the city has purchased from the art festival over the years,” Lane said. “They’ll be able to relive some fond memories of visiting the art festival after viewing some art posters from over the years.” East Lansing Community Events Assistant Michelle Carlson said the exhibit gives a snapshot of the different styles of art that have called East Lansing home. “You can see the progression of graphic art and different mediums, so that’s interesting,” Carlson said. Graphic desig n f ir m CiesaDesign has designed many of the posters since 1991. Lauren Ciesa, founder and owner of the firm, said they donate the art-

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ed that students check out the exhibition. “The poster conventions showcases all of the different events that have happened in Lansing over the years,” she said. “Through the poster display, it’s easy to read, and posters are very accessible, so you see them all over, and that’s what makes posters cool. They have artistic nature and an informational kind of purpose. The posters showcase local artists, too, so that’s another interesting characteristic about a poster exhibition.” Ciesa said the East Lansing Art Festival is something that the city has a lot of pride in, and the exhibition helps represent that pride. “What I think it represents is it’s been a 50-year commitment to the arts programs in East Lansing,” he said. It’s a meeting place for all the artists and people in the community. I think that’s what they’ll learn. They’ll see the growth and the commitment.”

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work to help promote art in the community. “When you can look at the artwork you can see different eras and popularity,” Ciesa said. “It was always a symbol of that spring celebration in East Lansing. Going back 50 years, I think we have the second-oldest art festival in the state of Michigan. I think the Ann Arbor festival is two years older than we are.” Ciesa was the company representative on the East Lansing Arts Commission until eight years ago. He said though he did many of the original posters, there’s a variety of artists represented, from his firm and outside. “I don’t want to short my other artists who have also done work on it,” he said. “In the early years, I did most of them as an artist myself. When you look at the collection that will be up for the exhibit tomorrow, you’ll see a good cross-section of different artists’ points of view on the collection.” Arts and humanities senior Augusta Morrison, who volunteers at (SCENE) Metrospace, 410 Abbot Rd., recommend-

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Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is a 9 — Let your partner do the talking. To avoid problems, play the game exactly by the book. Then watch the magic. Prayer and meditation are powerful tools. Get talked into an outing later. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is a 9 — Get ready to choose ... more requests are coming in. Research the fine print. Let others help over the next two days and an extra push pays off. Imagine success. Gemini (May 21-June 20) Today is an 8 — Power flows to you; dig into a big job. Visualize your perfect life. You’re entering a very busy phase. Read the rules first, and then act. You’re generating positive buzz. Cancer (June 21-July 22) Today is a 7 — Upgrade your technology. Water the garden, and romance will blossom. There still could be difficulties. Note details. You can make huge transformations. Let your sweetheart set the schedule.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is an 8 — Allow yourself to be persuaded to a new point of view. Family and home issues take the forefront. Follow a strong recommendation. Make an interesting discovery about love. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is a 9 — Provide well for your family. Determination produces results. You’re exceptionally intelligent; gather information and put it to lucrative use. Believe you can prosper. There’s water involved. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is a 9 — You’re very persuasive now. Get practical with your studies for a brilliant insight. Go ahead and take a risk. Household finances are another priority. The impossible seems accessible. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is a 7 — You’re entering a twoday innovation phase. Invest in home, family and real estate, or purchase a ticket. Ask for more money. Conditions are changing in your favor. Don’t tell everyone

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Today is an 8 — You’re under a bit more pressure now. It’s not a good time to travel. Complete projects for a beneficial development. Friends think you’re brilliant. You’re the hero. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is an 8 — Completion fosters creativity. Cooperation flowers. Use the grapevine to find the connections you need. Do what you promised, and collect the reward. Pay back a debt. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is a 9 — You’re entering a service phase. Consider career advancement today and tomorrow. Turn objections into agreement by using gentle persuasion and finesse. Provide leadership. Tell a story with a happy ending. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is an 8 — Visualize immense success (no small stuff). Make lists of what you really want. Invest in your career with time and/ or money. Do something nice for someone who’s confined. Pamper yourself.




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Senior icers kiss Munn Ice ce Arena goodbye By Alyssa Girardi THE STATE NEWS ■■

They started as nine in 2009; they’ve since dwindled to four. Chris Forfar, Matt Grassi , Anthony Hayes and Kevin Walrod came to MSU hockey as part of a nine-man freshmen class, but are the only remaining seniors. Since the time they stepped on campus, the four have become close friends and roommates, and soon will go their separate ways as their last days as Spartans quickly approach. “All three of them are my best friends — I can truthfully say that,” Hayes said. “We’ve been close since our freshman year, it hasn’t really had to develop. We hit it off right away.” Through the years, their friendship has come as a product of not only hockey but time spent in the classroom. Forfar and Hayes both are finance majors, and Grassi and Walrod, who came to East Lansing from western Canada, both are studying advertising. “They always have my back, since day one, (and) I’ve had theirs,” Walrod said. “I know that when this is all said and

done, e, we’ll be contacting each other, er, probably weekly.” Those hose four — along with senior forward ward Dean Chelios, who is redshirting ting this season — are the onlyy current Spartans to win a Great reat Lakes Invitational title (2009). 09). They also are the only players yers on the roster to sweep Michigan. higan. Forfa orfa r, Grassi , Hayes and Walrod rod will be honored alongside Zach Golembiewski during a pregame ceremony Saturday in the second half of a weekend series against Western Michigan. n. Golembiewski isn’t rostered because ause a medical ed ca condition co d t o forced ed him to retire, but is part of this his year’s senior class. “It seems like yesterday I was wide-eye e-eye and nervous,” Forfar said. “It’s been lightening ng speed for four years. rs. If I could do anything, I’d want to STATE be 19 9 years NEWS FILE PHOTOS old,, 20 years rs old again in and go through freshman year welcome week with all the guys and experience that again.”






He has two classes left to take but is taking his plans one day at a time. He said he would entertain the thought of continuing to play hockey if he was approached about it.

He will graduate in May. He has accepted a summer internship with the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System of Michigan, but isn’t necessarily putting hockey on the back burner yet.

He has a few more classes to take this summer, and he said he would love to play hockey overseas, but can’t see himself making a career out of it.

He has four classes left to complete. He said he will continue to play if the right call comes or decide to use his degree to look for a summer internship.

“You just want to reiterate the fact that time does go by extremely fast when you look back. You say four years is a long time — it may be in the grand scheme of things — but it just goes by, it feels so much quicker than that. You don’t want to take any day for granted.”

“It’s so cliche, but it goes by a lot faster than you think. It definitely seems like yesterday I was a nervous kid coming onto campus, didn’t know what to expect. I knew nobody and then it turns into a huge family, and now I don’t want to leave.”

“The biggest thing is just the legacy of being a Spartan. When we came through, the older guys did it for us. They left us knowing that when you come here, it’s not a right, it’s a privilege. … What we want to leave behind is just that you have to work hard each day and nothing’s going to come easy.”

“I would tell the freshmen just to make the most of all their time here and make sure they do the little things, and take the chance to get on the ice all the time, and excel in their classes and all that because you don’t wanna get caught behind in schoolwork.”


Senior center Derrick Nix gets tangled up with U-M forward Mitch McGary. MSU defeated Michigan, 75-52, Feb. 12, at Breslin Center.

MSU prepares for road test vs. U-M By Josh Mansour THE STATE NEWS ■■

While most students are counting the minutes until spring break, 14 students have gotten an early jump on the time off. The members of the No. 9 MSU men’s basketball team (226 overall, 11-4 Big Ten) began their break early, benefitting from a rare week without a game as they prepare to face No. 4 Michigan (23-5, 10-5) in Ann Arbor on

Sunday (4 p.m., CBS). They took part in unusual activities, including time off Tuesday, bowling Thursday and watching the occasional basketball game together. One of those games included watching their upcoming opponent, the Wolverines, lose to Penn State on Wednesday. It was a result several players said was shocking, considering the Nittany Lions had lost 18 consecutive Big Ten games, and paired with No. 1 Indiana falling


earlier in the week, sent another message about life in the Big Ten. “Anyone can be beat,” senior center Derrick Nix said. “It shows you the toughness of this conference.” The Spartans appeared to be out of the Big Ten race after consecutive losses last week for the first time all season. But this week’s results have given MSU a new life, one they’re looking to capitalize on. “It’s a pretty big opportunity.

It gives us the chance to get back in the hunt for a Big Ten championship,” junior guard Keith Appling said. “It’s a long season, a lot of good teams in this conference, so you never know what can happen.” The week off has been beneficial as MSU prepares for the homestretch. Following Sunday’s tilt with the Wolverines, there’s only one week left in the regular season. “It’s definitely important because it can get guys’ mindset right, mentally focus in, and guys can come in and watch more film,” sophomore guard/ forward Branden Dawson said. “Coach (Izzo) said while we’re on break, we’re going to work on us and our offense, we’re going to watch film, go bowling, just have a little fun in between.” In his weekly press conference Tuesday, Tom Izzo said he hoped the team could use this week to improve its ball-screen defense, free throw shooting and out of bounds plays. More than anything, the Spartans’ head coach felt his team needed to work on the little things. “It’s going to be a good week for us,” Izzo said. “We are going


to have some time to really work on some things and hopefully dial it down and dial it up at the end of the week.” Yet the challenge of facing an archrival, determined to atone for a 75-52 blowout from the teams’

first meeting two weeks ago, will be daunting. Many players agreed they don’t expect as lopsided a result this time around, since the Wolverines will be playing in front of their home crowd and U-M guard Tim Hardaway Jr. shooting 1-for11 again is unlikely. “Michigan’s a pretty good team and I don’t think they have lost a game at home this year yet,” Appling said. “So of course it’s going to be a very competitive game. We’re just going to have to stay focused for 40 minutes and hopefully we can pull it off.”

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