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Rich Homie Quan performs on March 11, 2014, at Fairchild Theatre. He is most known for his song "Type of Way," which is often used in reference to Michigan State's Rose Bowl win on Jan. 1, 2014.



Rich Homie Quan, famous for his MSU football connections, performed on campus Tuesday evening

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rom Pasadena to East Lansing, rapper Rich Homie Quan has a habit of making Spartans feel some type of way. Adopted as an unofficial anthem for the MSU football team, Quan’s 2013 hit single “Type of Way” even made President Lou Anna K. Simon get up and dance.

On Tuesday, the rapper made the trek to campus to perform alongside rapper Kid Ink. Thousands of students filled the Auditorium on Tuesday night, but most of them were there specifically to see the rapper perform “Type of Way” and relive the memory of the football team’s Rose Bowl victory. “I feel like I owe the

school,” said Rich Homie Quan after the show. “When Coach (Dantonio) gave me that national shoutout, it really put me on another level. If it wasn’t for Darqueze (Dennard), the song wouldn’t have ever got up here.” Rosy inspiration The concert was sponSee CONCERT on page 2 u

Junior center Travis Jackson dances on stage while Rich Homie Quan performs on March 11, 2014, at Fairchild Theatre. Rich Homie Quan is most known for his song "Type of Way".

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Bill could ban Committee considers revisions to grief policy marijuana in rental homes “It seems strange

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For students who experience a death in the family during the academic year, a new policy could guarantee time off school without academic penalty as long as they provide verification afterwards. The policy, discussed by the Steering Committee Tuesday, would require students to notify the associate dean of their college via a webpage. Students would select their college, provide a brief description of the circum-

that we need policies to handle the most fundamental consequences of mortality.”

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stances and how much time they need off. The associate dean would then notify faculty of the extended absence once the student resumes attending class.

A proposal that would prevent medical marijuana users from smoking or growing medical marijuana in rental properties was passed by the state Senate in March. Bill sponsor Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, said the bill simply reinforces a previous decision by Michigan Attorney General Bill

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Police brief GRIEF The committee will Naked man startles sleeping student

An 18-year-old male student woke up to a startling surprise over Spring Break when a naked man came knocking at his dorm room door. Around 1 a.m. on March 1 in South Hubbard Hall, the student was awakened by a knock on his door. When he opened it, a naked man apparently under the influence of drugs or alcohol was in front of him, MSU police Lt. Randy Holton said. The naked man, a 19-yearold male student, was arrested for indecent exposure after the victim called police. Holton said the naked man also knocked on other doors throughout the hall. The suspect was transported to a local hospital. His name was not released pending arraignment. GEOFF PRESTON rules of e ngag e m e nt b log

When to make it Facebook official When you finally define a relationship with a person, deciding to put it on social media can be tricky. Take a look at our Rules of Engagement blog to read a girl’s and guy’s take on the matter. GEOFF PRESTON and CHRISTINE LAROUERE

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In addition, the proposal requests that faculty include language in syllabi to make students aware of the policy. For hospitality business senior Anna Wendzinski, such a policy would have saved her stress when her father died right before midterms during her sophomore year. “Looking back, I wish I had more chances to miss class and be at home instead,” she said. “I wish that the professors would have been more lenient with my assignments and exams because it was so difficult to pay attention and do homework when I was grieving.” Although some students might experience difficulty


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Schuette that put the power of deciding whether or not a tenant could smoke medical marijuana in the hands of the landowners. “All I’m trying to do is quantify that stature,” Jones said. The bill does not include edibles, oils or other creams used by patients. It only i nc ludes g row i ng a nd smoking. Jones said multiple tenants have come forward with claims of damage because the previous tenant was growing medical marijuana in the house. He said a house in DeWitt had damages of more than $20,000. Although some damages have been caused by the abuse of growing and smoking medical marijuana in rental properties, options still exist for the

“I wish I had more chances to miss class ... It was so difficult to pay attention and do homework when I was grieving.” Anna Wendzinski, hospitality business senior

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procuring time off to grieve, many professors seem to be in support of the proposed policy. “I expect students to take ownership of their programs, but they also deserve a bit of compassion in the face of any demonstrable crisis,” plant biology professor Ralph Taggart said. “Most faculty I have known in 40-plus years at MSU would probably behave in a comparable fashion. It seems strange that we need policies to handle the most fundamental consequences of mortality.” The idea for the policy originated from ASMSU out of the concern that there was not a policy present to protect students dealing with a sudden death. “It would be nice to see the policy voted on and in the books as soon as possible, but I understand the importance of being as inclusive as possible,”

ASMSU Vice President for Academic Affairs Mitchell Goheen said. The reason the policy took two years to reach academic governance committees was because of logistics involved with the notification system and who would have the responsibility of alerting professors to a student’s absence, Goheen said. The grief absence policy has been on the minds of university officials for two years, University Committee on Undergraduate Education Chairperson Cynthia Taggart said. “The thing I think we need to look most carefully at is … what’s manageable for the university within the current staffing constraints,” Taggart said. The committee ultimately moved to refer the proposal to other university committees before moving towards approval.

patients that need and don’t abuse the privilege of medical marijuana, Jones said. “They could go outside,” he said. Knowledge of the attorney general’s decision is not widely known by rental companies and landlords, Jones said. “There is a huge problem understanding the law,” he said. “This bill would be requiring it to be a part of the lease.” Local rental companies said vague language is always presented to them when getting students to sign leases. Community Resource Management Co. President David Olson said state officials always inform them about laws, but not in much detail. “We hear things vaguely all the time from the Capitol,” he said. “We comply with all laws. I tend to advocate for my customers’ rights, but we will continue to comply with all laws.” Olson said he has never had a problem with tenants growing marijuana in his houses. He said it hasn’t happened often and when it has the tenants have cooperated with regulations. “We haven’t had any issues,” he said. “The few times we’ve come

across people who have a license to grow they have complied well with regulations.” Brian Hagan of Hagan Realty said the state makes his company aware of the law every year in the same way they make CRMC and other rental companies in East Lansing aware, but they aren’t always the most detailed in what the law means. Hagan said their leases have nothing in them about smoking medical marijuana, but they do prohibit growing and selling marijuana. “Some housing companies in town have rules against smoking, but not us,” he said. Hagan said he would prefer if no one smoked in their properties, but they will not say no to something that is legal. “We don’t like to take stances on the legality of something,” he said. “If it’s legal, it’s legal, but if there was no smoking that would be better.” The bill went through the Senate by a vote of 31-7 and will move on to the House for consideration. Staff reporter Rafael Lopez Aguilar contributed to this report.

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sored by the MSU Residence Halls Association and Peezy Promotions. Some lucky students were able to score free passes to the show when RHA handed out tickets in some residence halls. “It was the song that inspired the football team - that’s why I heard of Rich Homie Quan,” said Jon Schiff, a neuroscience junior. “When I heard he was coming on campus, I realized that I had to be here.” The doors opened at 7 p.m., and students filed in with the same enthusiasm they had this fall during MSU’s Rose Bowl winning season. After last fall’s football win against U-M, a video of the often solemn head football coach Mark Dantonio and the team dancing and singing along with “Type of Way” in the locker room went viral on social media. “The fact that it’s Rich Homie brings people together because Rich Homie was like the 12th player on the field at the Rose Bowl,” said Gia Scheidt, an interior design senior. The opening acts As Kid Ink prepared to take the stage, a “Go green, go white” chant took over the Auditorium and Sparty danced on stage to get students hyped up for the show. Colorful lights flickered


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as Kid Ink ripped his shirt off to the screams of excited fans. During his song “Hell & Back,” Kid Ink had the audience act as if their cell phones were lighters. Kid Ink, a rapper from Los Angeles, recently released a new album, “My Own Lane.” He got the crowd fired up, performing songs such as “Time of Your Life,” “I Just Want It All” and “Rumpshaker.” He ended his performance with his song “Show Me.” Kid Ink tossed his hat into the crowd as he left the stage and the audience grew even more excited, more than ready to drop the top of their whip. Some type of performance The football section began another louder “Go green, go white” chant as the audience prepared for Rich Homie Quan to take the stage. The rapper walked out to his song “Walk Thru.” Although the audience was not enthusiastic for his first song, the concert quickly went in the direction many fans were hoping for. After a spirited “What’s up MSU!” to get the crowd hyped up, “Type of Way” began blasting throughout the Auditorium. The crowd burst into excitement once more and began singing along to the song. Audience members who were sitting jumped on to their feet and began dancing along. Rich Homie Quan was joined on stage by two MSU legends — Sparty and Dantonio. He also performed his songs, “Another Me” and “I Heard.” He finished his show with another rendition of “Type of Way.” This was Quan’s first visit to Michigan. However, he did not feel like a stranger. “I come here and I feel like it’s my second home,” Rich Homie Quan said. “I’m a Spartan for life.”

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As part of Teen Tech Week, teenage students gathered in the East Lansing Public Library to work on a small device placed in the middle of a table. This device was a lie detector test the students put together, measuring each other’s pulse rates as answering questions. Teen Tech Week is an event through the Young Adult Library Services Association which aims to encourage teens to learn more about technology, Teen Services Librarian Shannon Lake said. “The purpose of Teen Tech Week is just to get teens interested in technology ... so that they realize they have an opportunity to make technology work,” said Lake. Along with building a lie detector, students built a power amplifier. East Lansing High School freshman Audai Demps, 14, said building the power amplifier reminded her of engineering, which she said was an interesting field. Lake said it is important to have students involved in putting together different electronics, adding that it’s a fun way for teens to learn about electricity and technology. “Teen Tech Week is important because of engineering and science and math and getting teens to realize that all those fields can actually turn into something practical for them,” said Lake. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the East Lansing Public Library offers teen programs. However, Teen Tech Week is a national initiative that occurs annually. The theme for the event this year is DIY at Your Library. Students are able to come

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Lansing resident Audai Demps, 14, works on a snap circuit on Tuesday during Teen Tech Week at East Lansing Public Library.

learn and then leave whenever they please. “After school, they (the students) are looking for something to do, so having something constructive to do in the library, being able to provide a place for them, is great for the community as a whole,” Lake said. Occasional volunteer and East Lansing High School junior Mobin Arbab, 17, said knowing about technology can help people know how to fix electrical stuff instead of paying the money to have someone fix it for them. Arbab said most people’s lives are influenced to a great extent by technology. “First thing you do when you go home is turn your laptop on and just go and (check) your Facebook or (talk) with your friends on the Facebook or phone,” Arbab said. Along with building the lie detector and power amplifier, a speaker from the Attorney General’s Mighigan Cyber Saftey Initiative will be coming in Wednesday to discuss cyber safety. On Thursday, students will be

able to participate in an upcycling craft, where they get to work on old technology to create something new out of it.

MSU continued to rank highly in graduate programs in U.S. News & World Report’s list of best graduate schools, some of which have been in the top 10 for decades. Eight graduate programs in the College of Education ranked in the top 10. Two of the college’s programs ranked No. 1 for the 20th consecutive year— elementary and secondary education. Donald Heller, dean of the College of Education, said in a statement the rankings display how the work of education faculty and students are impacting the world beyond MSU. “The research conducted by our faculty and doctoral students is recognized for the impact it is having on education not just here in Michigan, but beyond the

state’s borders and around the world,” Heller said. “We are proud of this milestone, but even more proud of the work we are doing to improve teaching and learning at all levels.” Six other programs in the College of Education also scored top-ten rankings. These programs were: rehabilitation counseling (No. 2), curriculum/ instruction (No. 4), higher education administration

(No. 5), educational psychology (No. 6), administration/supervision (No. 7) and education policy (No. 10). Other high-ranking MSU graduate programs include nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology, both coming in at number one. Supply chain/logistics ranked second, and African history ranked third. Michael Kransz

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2,418. That is the number of graduate and professional students at MSU. Throughout the years, I have heard much lower estimates from various individuals, but in fact advanced degree students comprise about 25 percent of the total student population at our institution, not beginning to factor in this population’s significant contributions to MSU’s mission and ambitions. Upon my stepping down as the Council of Graduate Students, or COGS, president, I wanted to use this opportunity to highlight three observations about this remarkable set of individuals and some of the many areas on campus that help to support them. Graduate & Professional Students are part of MSU The above might be, to some, a seemingly self-evident statement. Not quite. Graduate and professional students can be seen as “in-betweeners,” beyond an undergraduate, but not quite a faculty member or out in the workforce. Furthermore, a prevailing theory has been that advanced degree students will always be more connected to their respective undergraduate institutions. Make no mistake, many of us have fond memories of our undergraduate years. I spent mine up in frigid Superior, Wis., watching Division III hockey, a slight adjustment from living in the comparatively tropical climate of England. However, to use this notion as a reason not to build meaningful relationships with 12,418 students is erroneous, and I am glad to have seen signs of a shift in thinking on the matter. For instance, the Fall Welcome event hosted by Graduate Student Life & Wellness Office, and sponsored by various other entities, provides a true MSU welcome to graduate students. This event has been a grow-

“Each day, I leave work in the dark of night and head to the library to toil for hours on homework. When I’ve finally finished, I want nothing more than to spend some time on a treadmill in my residence hall’s exercise room. Only one issue: the doors lock at midnight. — Simon Schuster, State News reporter

the performance ing success story. Similarly, many graduof these individuate and professional students have taken als both inside and advantage of partnerships with MSU Athoutside of this uniletics, Wharton Center and the College of versity. Second, work Music to take in the sights and sounds of done to address these events ranging from MSU football games needs in a systematic manto the Home for the Holidays concert. ner is recognition of the perIn sum, the relationship between MSU and formance effects wellness impediits advanced degree students does not need ments have on students. Such work should to be the same as with one’s undergradube encouraged in order to find ate institution and can be spesolutions to the challenges that cial in its own right. Whethguest columnist data on our students illustrates. er you are in East Lansing, or There are many offices working elsewhere at one of our instihard on various aspects of welltution’s medical campusness including, among others, Olin es or research institutes, you Health Center, the Employee Assisshould always feel part of the tance Program and the Counselgreater Spartan community. ing Center. The aforementioned Graduate Student Life & Wellness Wellness Matters Office has also been instrumenMuch time recently has tal in this regard. I would strongbeen spent discussing wellStefan Fletcher ly encourage MSU to provide these ness in its many forms offices the resources they need physical, academic, emoto maintain and expand crititional and financial, to list cal services for advanced degree students. but a few. I have heard many stories during my time on COGS of graduate students ‘Getting Chitt Done’ sleeping in their labs to make sure they are The approval by the Board of Trustees of able to complete their research, of gradthe $6.2 million renovation of Chittenden uate students and their families strugHall this past Fall semester was, I believe, gling to make ends meet on one spouse’s a watershed moment for MSU in its comassistantship stipend, and of graduate stumitment to graduate and professional students whose relationships, or lack theredents. The building will be, in effect, the of, are an exacerbated stressor at this level. “Neighborhood” for this population, gathThe statistics bear these anecdotes ering many of the services graduate stuout. The 2012 National College Health dents take advantage of under one roof. Assessment survey found that 68 perMore than that, this historic building on cent of MSU graduate student responCircle Drive is a visible symbol of a tenet dents reported experiencing stress in the advocated by many throughout a perilast 12 months, while nearly one in five statod of years: To continue to recruit the best ed that stress impacted their academic perand brightest graduate students to the camformance (for example, a significant dispus, an effort that correlates with our repruption in thesis, dissertation, research or utation as a preeminent institution of practicum; dropping of a course; etc.). higher education, it is necessary to show Let me be clear on two points: First, the advanced degree students that MSU does holistic wellness of graduate students affects

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indeed care them. The renovation of Chittenden Hall is a very positive indicator. The renovation of Chittenden Hall needs to be accompanied by other demarcations of enhancing the student experience at the graduate level. For example, the planned redevelopment of Spartan Village is an important indicator of MSU maintaining its dedication to providing appropriate housing for students with and without families. For many of these students and families, the affordability of Spartan Village, the organic sense of community there, and its relative proximity to campus reduce myriad barriers that may otherwise be insurmountable. The actualization of the planned redevelopment is imperative to the success of those students, their families, and to the tenets of accessibility we espouse as an institution. In closing, many thanks to all of the supporters and partners that COGS has found for advanced degree students. Their advocacy and tireless efforts make MSU a better place for the institution’s diverse, talented population of graduate and professional students. It is incumbent upon us who are in this population to collaborate with these fellow advocates to relentlessly, and jointly, press the case to decisionmakers as to why our concerns matter. It is all too easy to become a group of 12,418 whose voices become lost in the complex machinations of MSU. We cannot afford to let that happen. Stefan Fletcher is a graduate student and president of the Council of Graduate Students. Reach him at

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Students need to take time to learn East Lansing ordinances, stop using ‘I didn’t know’ as an excuse for watching couch fires The unfortunate series of events on the night of Dec. 8 left many students unsatisfied and ripe with burning questions. But we haven’t considered the other side of the story. ELPD enacted the Disorderly Conduct Ordinance 26-52(31) — otherwise known as “Be or remain within 300 feet of a fire” to protect the public. Yet many have expressed outrage with ELPD for the arrest of bystanders who only contributed to the civil disturbance by being present at the scene of the fire. Most of the arrested attendees may have not literally contributed to the flames, may have not known about the 300 feet ordinance, but also may have not considered the full extent of their presence on the disturbance itself and community as a whole. It is important to put this situation into perspective — many of those who catalyzed the disturbance by igniting furniture were encouraged and protected by those who chose to stand by and watch. The crowd surrounding the fire fueled the situation as much as the upholstery fueled the flame. These arrests were unfortunate,

without a doubt, but not unwarranted. Bystanders allowed those actively responsible for the fire to melt into the crowd, many remaining nameless, and provided a human barrier that prevented police from protecting the public. In terms of not knowing about the 300 feet ordinance, consider this analogy. A driver, minding his or her own business, is mesmerized by the beautiful weather on a warm afternoon. Distracted by the situation at hand, the driver mindlessly speeds past a school. Without realizing that he or she entered a ticketed speeding zone in close proximity to the school, the driver is startled back to reality by flashing red and blue lights approaching from behind. Although an unintentional act, the explanation of “I didn’t know, I didn’t see the speed limit sign” does not let the driver off the hook. The driver sped through a school zone and threatened public safety. Knowingly or unknowingly, it does not change the facts; the driver still broke the law. Not a malicious act by any standard, but the driver must still

accept responsibility for speeding through a school zone and endangering the school’s students. Similarly, a bystander unaware of the 300 feet ordinance is still held accountable for his or her actions, or even presence, due to the threat towards public safety. It is important to remember that the city we live in is not just populated by students, nor is it entirely comprised of long-term residents — rather, it is a shared space that should be respected by both parties. This respect must consider public and private property as well as the time the officers and officials devote to clean up senseless acts of student misconduct. Let us treat East Lansing as we would treat our home communities. Let us respect the residents who are deeply invested in the community. Let us, as proud students and East Lansing residents contribute to our community in positive ways. Remember, we all live here.

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A f ter Saturday ’s loss to Nebraska in the Big Ten semifinals, senior forward Annalise Pickrel wanted to focus on the positives of the Big Ten Tournament, such as the strong play of the freshmen in both games. Pickrel’s reasoning is not a surprise. For stretches of the tournament, MSU’s trio of freshmen seemed to be the only Spartans who could hit a shot. After Pickrel’s strong first half against Michigan last Friday, it was freshman guard Tori Jankoska and redshirt freshman guard Branndais Agee who willed the Spartans to victory in the second half. Jankoska, who finished with 14 points and five assists, drove to the rim with 1:15 left in the game to give MSU a 59-58 lead. The Spartans trailed Michigan by 14 during the first half. Jankoska isn’t necessarily a natural point guard, but that’s the position she’s played since junior guard Kiana Johnson’s indefinite suspension. “It’s not her natural position, it’s not something she came here to do,” head coach Suzy Merchant said. “But given the circumstances, it is what it is. We’ve had many players who have been in that situation and have tried and been resilient, and she’s one of them. She’s a high character kid, and I

“I give Branndais credit … she’s really taken advantage and sparked us in many games.” think high character kids will do whatever it takes for the team.” Agee delivered the finishing blows against Michigan, picking up a steal and a putback in the remaining time to help MSU leave Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a 61-58 comeback win. Agee arguably was MSU’s best player against Nebraska, scoring a career-high 18 points. Merchant steadily increased Agee’s role towards the end of the regular season, enabling Agee to have t wo of t he best games of her career during the tournament. “I give Branndais credit, it’s not an easy pill to swallow when you’re watching two of the three freshmen start, play a lot of minutes and you’re just trying to fight for yours,” Me r c h a nt sa id, r e fe r r i ng to starters Jankoska and redshirt freshman Aerial Powers. “But since there’s been a transition there with Kiana, she’s really taken advantage a nd spa rked us i n ma ny games.” Powers submitted a clunk- THE STATE NEWS nn

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er of a performance against Michigan, but bounced back with 10 points and 12 rebounds against Nebraska. “I really think that Aerial got us going and Brannda-

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is played a great game tonight once again,” senior guard K l a r i s s a B e l l s a id a f t e r the Nebraska loss. “I think that their energy got us going a little bit.”

Tuesday afternoon inside the walls of the Duffy Daugherty Building, the chance to chase a childhood dream was within reach for many former Spartan football players. Representatives from all 32 NFL teams were on hand — including Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock — as Spartan football players were measured, tested and observed in position drills in the hope of catching interest from a professional team. Along with people from the professional ranks, former Spartan standouts like Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Jerel Worthy, former All-American Greg Jones and others, like Cleveland Browns running back Edwin Baker were on hand to watch the next group of Spartans looking to make the jump to the NFL. Senior linebackers Denicos Allen and Max Bullough and senior defensive backs Darqueze Dennard and Isaiah Lewis were the headliners of the day for MSU, but other players participated as well. Bullough, who was suspended for the Rose Bowl for an undisclosed violation, said he’s discussed it with each team

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and that it’s all behind him now as he moves forward. “It’s something that I brought upon myself,” Bullough said. “It was a mistake that I made and I apologized to my team but we’re past that. Myself, my team, the (NFL) teams and coach, we’re past that.” With 14 players competing for a shot at the next level and the entire NFL there taking a look, head coach Mark Dantonio reflected on what that meant for the program. “When you win, good things happen to you,” Dantonio said. “If you’re being successful, other things are going to follow, so this is a springboard for that. This is an opportunity for our guys to have a look at the next step.” Dennard is projected as a firstround draft pick when the draft is held in May. After performing well at the NFL Combine last month, he attributed success to the MSU staff. “Michigan State runs their program like an NFL team,” Dennard said. The future is a near lock for Dennard, but other players were working to improve their stock and show they are worth a franchise’s draft pick. Other Spartans who ran through drills included defensive tackle Micajah Reynolds and linebacker Kyler Ellsworth. The draft is set for May 8.

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It’s March 2012 and a newly turned 21-year-old me is roaming the streets of downtown Indianapolis. I’m at my first Big Ten men’s basketball tournament with the Spartan Brass, the band that plays at the basketball and hockey games, and I never thought I’d see as much of the city as I did. Full disclosure, I was a college kid with a bunch of per diem to spend, and Indianapolis law makes it hard for people other than those 21+ to go in bars other than Buffalo Wild Wings, Champps and a couple other big chain places. Some Spartans might be familiar with the city from the football team’s trips to the Big Ten Championship there, including the program’s big victory this past December. And Indy is a great city for a tournament like the upcoming Big Ten tournament beginning Thursday — it’s the perfect mix of business and pleasure. In my case, there was a little more pleasure and less of the business. My night started off with a group of friends at The Slippery Noodle Inn, the official MSU bar a little off the beaten path, but still close enough to get to on foot. Again this year, The Slippery Noodle is the official watering hole for the Spartan contingent and is a must go-to if you’re decked out in green and white.

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It’s comparable to Crunchy’s, in that you can get greasy food and beer in copious amounts for minimal cost. From there, my posse headed to Howl at the Moon, a dueling piano bar that all the local youth said we needed to check out. At first I was like ‘A dueling piano bar? What is this, the wild west?’ but then I walked in and it was nothing like what I expected. Two pianos, positioned in the front of the building surrounded by a massive rainbow of colors representing every team in the Big Ten. One piano played the Ohio State fight song, the other pounded out The Victors, each trying to outdo the other in both style and volume. Next to the pianos was a bar employee in front of a blackboard taking wagers from fans to hear their school’s fight song played. Ohio State and Michigan were trading places at the top spot, until a group of Spartans pooled

their funds and displaced the Buckeyes as No. 1. I called it a night after that, because Draymond Green’s Spartans were set to go up against Jared Sullinger’s Buckeyes the next day. MSU took care of Ohio State 68-64, and Green was named tournament MVP. Myself, some other band members and a few directors decided to go out and celebrate, so we decided on an old classic amongst the older contingent, Kilroy’s Bar N’ Grill. If you like Long Island iced tea, this is the place for you. They have every flavor under the sun. It was a great way to end the trip. It’s a great city to be a fan in, too. That is what I remember of it. Zach Smith is a State News men’s basketball reporter. Reach him at

Spartans regaining confidence with time to reflect on season, struggles By Matt Sheehan THE STATE NEWS nn

Even though the scoreboard said the regular season ended on a sour note, the No. 22 Spartans are confident as ever heading into March Madness. “I still believe that this team has enough juice left in the tank,” head coach Tom Izzo said at Tuesday’s press conference. “And I think we’re gaining a little bit of confidence.” MSU ended its season with a 69-67 loss to Ohio State, giving the Spartans the No. 3 seed for the unpredictable Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. The top-four finish was enough for the Spartans to lock up a first-round bye, making their first game this Friday against the winner of the Iowa-Northwestern matchup on Thursday night. Having an injury-depleted roster for the better portion of the season, the Spartans have played the last three games with a full lineup. Junior guard Branden Dawson, who missed nine games with a broken hand, agrees 100 percent with Izzo that despite the loss in Columbus, the now-

healthy Spartans are on the right track. “We just know how good we are as a team,” Dawson said. “We know that we have the team, we have all the pieces, we have all the guys who are just getting better.” After the game, Dawson said if there is one facet MSU needs to work on, it ’s communication and staying on the same page on the hardwood. That sentiment is highlighted by a 48 combined turnovers in the last three games. Following Tuesday’s practice, Dawson said the team is making strides, saying they ran through drills that harped on communication, something that’s been a repeated issue. The team will need to be sharp in every aspect of the game during the competitive tournament coming up this weekend. Going deep in the Big Ten Tournament will put all eyes back on the Spartans, and senior forward Adreian Payne

said it’s also a chance to make up for lost time. “We definitely got something to prove,” Payne said. “We didn’t play great in the course of the season, (except) at the beginning of the season, we played really well. Now it’s just trying to get back to that level.” Those tuning in w il l be watching arguably the most puzzling Big Ten Tournament i n yea r s, a s every team won at least five conference games. Dawson has taken note of the parity, saying this is the strongest field he has seen in his three years at MSU. “You have Michigan, you have Wisconsin and we have a lot of teams that are good,” Dawson said. “During the regular season, we have teams like Nebraska that was beating good, ranked teams, so I would say the competition is better.” The Spartans will tip off Friday around 9 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indy.

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Matt Sheehan Let’s be honest with ourselves — no one has a clue as to what will happen in Indianapolis this weekend. Every team has won at least five conference games, for crying out loud. But just like anyone else, I have a prediction that I am keen on — here it goes. The Green and White will have its final dress rehearsal to play as a full team before the NCAA Tournament kicks off, and they will make it count. My crystal basketball tells me MSU will mow through Iowa for the third time this season. That’s a lock not just because the Spartans are fresh off beating the Hawkeyes, but because Iowa is as close to trainwreck as you will find in college basketball. This will be the game where senior guard Keith Appling plays


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like December Keith Appling, and quite frankly, it needs to be. It needs to be the game where he finds his old self, because they only will have one other Big Ten Tournament game. Yes, that’s right — I’m predicting MSU to fall at the paws of the Wisconsin Badgers in the second round. Before dropping their final game to Nebraska, Wisconsin won eight straight games, proving themselves the conference’s hottest team. They might not have the most raw talent, but the Badgers have the most balanced team in the Big Ten. That’s why they’ll top Michigan in the finals, giving Wisconsin a faint hope at grabbing a No. 1 seed for the Big Dance and potentially a deep run in March.

March hasn’t been kind to the Spartans in 2014, but look on the bight side Spartan fans, it’s tournament time — which means it’s Tom Izzo’s time to shine. That’s why the Spartans will win the Big Ten Tournament and avoid finishing the season with doubledigit losses for the first time since the 2010-11 season. MSU gets the winner of the Northwestern/Iowa tilt on Friday night, two teams the Spartans went a combined 4-0 against in the regular season. Should the Spartans win that game, they’d most likely take on Wisconsin, a team they almost beat at the hostile Kohl Center on Feb. 9. In the final, I think it will be the two teams from Michigan, but the third time will be the charm for MSU to beat the Wolverines. Big Ten Player of the Year Nik

Stauskas has torched MSU in both meetings this season. The difference is that neither of them saw junior forward Branden Dawson play, and his defense is enough to shut the Canadian down in a key situation. Despite losing two of the last three games with all the pieces like Dawson, senior guard Keith Appling and senior forward Adreian Payne back in the puzzle, the team has played with more confidence as the season came to a close. Expect that to continue deep into March for a prepared Spartan team hungry for success.

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izzo working to get msu in shape after injuries By Zach Smith THE STATE NEWS nn

Tom Izzo has had a hard time finding another team in the country going through the same thing the No. 22 MSU men’s basketball team has suffered through. So much so, he’s talked to other sports, cheerleading squads and even bands to get some advice on how to deal with all the injuries the Spartans have suffered this season. Last Wednesday, Izzo talked to Georgia head football coach Mark Richt about his 2013 football season, which saw a good number of his starting players knocked out with injuries.

Izzo has asked other coaches in different sports how to deal with injuries and creating team chemistry “But of all the people he lost, I think there were six on the offense and most of them for the year,� Izzo said. “But the two players, not all-American, were his two linemen, and he said when he lost those linemen, it really hurt his team. He said, ‘Well, the line is this group of five that’s a team within the team.’� Izzo laughed and said it reminded him of a basketball team, but it was harder for Richt to replace his players with third stringers and walk-ons. As for how the Georgia football season ended? “He said ‘We went 8-5,’ so it didn’t go that well.� Izzo said former MSU basketball head coach Jud Heathcote still pays attention when it comes to the Spartans and he regularly shares his observations with the current head coach.

“Rhythm is something that takes time to develop, and confidence I think is another thing in Keith (Appling’s) case.� Tom Izzo, head basketball coach

With the Big Ten Tournament beginning Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, and three games under his belt with a full lineup at his disposal, Izzo said now is the time. In almost 20 years of coaching, he said this is the most important Big Ten Tournament for him because it gives the Spartans a chance to get more playing time together. “Rhythm is something that takes time to develop, and confidence I think is another thing in Keith (Appling’s) case that takes time to develop,� Izzo said. “But it’s not like anyone’s working less to get back to that. You just don’t know. It can happen like that.� MSU will play in the late game Friday night against either Iowa or Northwestern, teams they went a combined 4-0 against this season, playing very well for stretches in each game. There was a stretch during the loss to Ohio State Sunday in the Big Ten regular-season finale where MSU went on a 9-0 run and looked better than they have in months. Izzo said that’s the kind of excitement that the team needs to capture and ride if they’re going to right the ship, but they’ve got to sustain it. “That is who I think we are, but you can’t be who you are for minutes, you gotta do it for

a lot of minutes,� he said. “I wanted to pick it up. Maybe that didn’t work. Maybe there was some weird calls. There’s so many subjective reasons for a lot of things. “You set up roles for people and if you’re constantly changing roles, it’s hard on them.� The Spartans have had the last three games to try and get back in the swing of things with their full compliment of players, and have gone 1-2 in that stretch. Still, they’ve been making big improvements, with the key pieces coming back and playing important roles in all three games. MSU has won the Big Ten Tournament three times, most recently in 2012 behind an MVP performance from Draymond Green. Historically, Izzo shifts his focus to the NCAA Tournament and uses the Big Ten more as a warm-up even, but this year, things are different for a Spartan team that needs the extra time to gel, refocus and earn valuable minutes on the court in crucial game situations. “The tournament is gonna be big for us,� he said. “Most years, it’s not. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, we’re just trying to bring back some of the magic we had early in the year when we had everybody playing together.�

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Student competes in mtv reality cooking show By Casey Holland THE STATE NEWS nn

When he was a small child, Brian Kho got his first experience in culinary preparation by slicing Golden Delicious apples with his grandmother in her kitchen. The hospitalit y business junior still holds a passion for food, and he had an opportunity to display his drive and talent while participating in the upcoming MTV series, “House

of Food.” E ight contest a nt s f rom across the U.S. all gathered under one roof in Los Angeles, Calif., f rom October to December 2013. T he previously Kho untrained participants were all within the age range of 21 to 25 years old, and Kho said they had one

thing in common — shared passions for cooking and food. K ho took time off from school to compete in the show and was not registered as a student for fall 2013 or spring 2014 semesters. The chosen eight trained under famed Los Angeles chefs Brendan Collins, Brooke Williamson and Casey Lane during their time on the show. Whoever is victorious after the three month period will win a month-long apprenticeship with each judge.

“It was a surreal experience,” Kho said. “It was breathtaking to think about getting an apprenticeship with those three chefs.” According to the MTV website, “House of Food” mixes the fiercely competitive elements of culinary school with the elements of house-based reality shows like “Jersey Shore” or “The Real World.” Few people knew where Kho disappeared to while he was filming the show. Although his roommates and

parents were aware of the situation, he told other friends that he was partaking in an internship and traveling out west to discover himself. This wasn’t Kho’s first stab at a reality cooking show. In 2012, he auditioned for the FOX reality TV show “MasterChef,” another cooking reality show. Kho placed 24th out of 36 contestants, according to a previous State News article. “They didn’t think I was upto-par,” he said. “I had a lot to learn, and this gave me a huge

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Student finalist for truman scholarship By Sergio Martínez-Beltrán THE STATE NEWS nn

Student Joel Arnold is one of 200 students selected as a finalist for the Truman Scholarship. The $30,000 scholarship, offered by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, is for students who have demonstrated extensive participation in public service activities while still maintaining strong

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Planning Department. “I have a lot of passion for the community I live in,” Arnold said. Social relations and policy professor Constance Hunt told Arnold about the scholarship and Arnold began the process last fall. “Joel is an incredible student that has done exceptional public service and outreach to the community,” Hunt said. Arnold is still deciding which graduate school he wants to attend if he is chosen as a scholar. 600 students from across the nation were nominees for the scholarship but only 200 were selected as finalists. Out of this pool, only 55 to 65 students will be selected. If chosen as a scholar, Arnold will have to perform at least five years of public service. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation will be announcing the recipients of the scholarship on April 16.


opportunity to do that.” With the show now behind him, Kho plans to return to his studies for the fall 2014 semester. He said his passion for food will always have a place in his heart, and he hopes to one day have his own bistro or cafe restaurant. “You cook to live, you eat to live,” he said. “It’s always going to be a necessity for us to have around.” The show will premiere at 10 p.m. on March 31 on MTV.

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