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FULL STRENGTH After two season losses to U-M, Spartans defeat Wolverines to take tournament victory 2014 big ten tournament champions

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Men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo rejoices as the team accepts the Big Ten Championship trophy Sunday after a game against Michigan at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines, 69-55.

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Associate professor named fellow for Society of Plastics Engineers A MSU associate professor has recently been elected a fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers. Laurent Matuana, associate professor in the MSU School of Packaging, is now part of a network of nearly 16,000 plastics professionals in more than 84 countries. The society provides educational and networking opportunities and research help to professionals in the plastics industry. Matuana is well known for his work melding biobased materials with plastics. Woodplastic composites are now widely used in construction and automotive fields and are most commonly used to make outdoor decks and railings. Matuana also is known for his world in developing biofoam materials, including packing peanuts that come from crop-based sources instead of petroleum-based ones. Matuana has been a MSU faculty member since 2002 and has worked extensively with wood-plastic composite materials for 17 years. He began working with the materials when he was a Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto. Matuana now holds five patents for wood-plastic composite technologies. Olivia Dimmer

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MSU beats Michigan 69-55, wins Big Ten Tournament title By Matt Sheehan THE STATE NEWS nn

INDIANAPOLIS — They had something to prove. Two times this season, they lost to Michigan. Too many times this season, they were without a full roster. But on Sunday, they had a statement to make. After weeks of overcoming adversity, the Spartans took center stage at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to show the nation who they truly are. And they did. Going up against No. 1-seeded Michigan, the Spartans looked to run the Wolverines off the court and prove the trophy belonged to the green and white. They didn’t just beat the Wolverines — they ran over them in a 69-55 victory. After the game, junior forward Branden Dawson heard his name called as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. He joins sophomore guard Gary Harris and senior forward Adreian Payne on the All-tournament team. “We’ve been through so much,” said Dawson, who missed both of the previous Michigan games because of a broken hand. “Just to finish it off with a Big Ten tournament gives us a lot of confidence.” Following the victory, MSU found out they would travel to Spokane, Wash., as a No. 4 seed to play No. 13 seed Delaware in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. With help from Adreian Payne’s 18 points and nine rebounds, the Spartans raised the Big Ten Tournament trophy for the second time in three seasons. Sophomore guard Gary Harris and Branden Dawson scored 15 points each, but the shooting statistics don’t account for the suffocating defense MSU played the whole 40 minutes. The Spartans stuck to the Wolverines and held them to a 31.9 percent shooting clip. Michigan came out with fire, using two 3-pointers and a converted and-1 chance by Derrick Walton Jr. to take a 9-4 lead. MSU was having none of that. Starting with an and-1 conversion by Dawson and

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Branden dawson plays key role in victory over u-m By Zach Smith THE STATE NEWS nn

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Sophomore guard Gary Harris and senior forward Adreian Payne kiss the Big Ten Championship trophy Sunday after a game against Michigan at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

ending with a Harris fast break dunk, the Spartans went on a 12-0 run to take a 19-6 lead. MSU didn’t have to wait long to see their next scoring spurt, as senior guard Keith Appling buried a floater to take a 23-14 lead with 9:18 left in the half. Michigan head coach John Beilein thought Appling used too much forearm to get to the hoop, but he argued too much and was called for a technical foul. Junior guard Travis Trice went to the line smoothly and buried a pair of free throws to extend MSU’s lead to 25-14. Trice admitted seeing the wide gap in the first half let him know the Spartans were destined to win. “I just felt like there was no way we were going to blow it,” Trice said. Eight combined first half rebounds by Gavin Schilling and Adreian Payne gave MSU a devastating 20-11 rebounding advantage after the first half. “That’s my role, just to rebound and run and defend,” Schilling said of his four first half offensive boards. “I did my job.” The Spartans walked into the locker room with a 38-29 lead, and they were looking to hold it. They came out hungry, starting the second half on a 8-0 run. The scoring streak was capped

with a windmill dunk by Dawson after Trice grabbed the loose ball and threw it in the air for Dawson’s taking. “I was like ‘All right, well hopefully he catches this,’” Trice said. “That was a big play for us too, because that got the crowd into it.” The only scare came at the 13:05 mark, when Harris left the game with a left arm injury. He was absent for eight minutes, allowing Michigan to go on a small 9-6 run. Harris later said his shoulder was nothing to worry about. “It was just a little tweak, really,” Harris said. “Nothing crazy.” MSU also flexed their defense on Stauskas, who was held to four points in the second half. Harris ultimately said keeping his scoring down was a true group effort. “You’re not going to stop him from scoring, you just have to contain him,” Harris said. “I feel like we did a pretty good job of that today as a team.” After the game MSU was cutting down the nets, but Payne got some help from his 8-year-old friend and cancer patient Lacey Holsworth. “I got to share a special moment in my life with her,” Payne said.


INDIANAPOLIS — When Tom Izzo and Branden Dawson got to the podium following the Spartans’ 69-55 win against Michigan Sunday afternoon, Izzo put his arm around the junior and told him how proud he was. MSU fans all knew Dawson was a key cog in the Michigan State basketball machine, but not like this. One tournament Most Valuable Player award later, he and the Big Ten Tournament champions are preparing to get shipped off to Spokane, Wash., for the NCAA Tournament. “I just prayed on it and told myself to play a solid game,” Dawson said. “Michigan is a great team, and I knew they were going to come out ready to score and play hard to the end. We just never gave up.” Dawson didn’t play in either game between the Spartans and Wolverines in the regular season, both of which turned into wins for Michigan. But he showed up in a big way in the team’s final matchup before the NCAA Tournament, going 7-of-8 from the floor and scoring 15 points with six rebounds. It’s refreshing for Dawson to be back in the swing of things, but his teammates were just as happy for him and how he performed. “You saw what he did the last three games,” Gary Harris said. “Tournament MVP?

That speaks for itself.” Both Harris and Dawson were lethal on the defensive end, with shutting down Michigan’s Glenn Robinson III and Harris not allowing Big Ten Player of the Year Nik Stauskas to score in the second half until late. Dawson missed nine regular season games after breaking his hand, and his rise to Big Ten Tournament MVP was a quick turnaround.

Dawson went 7-of-8 from the floor, scored 15 points and had six rebounds, earning him the MVP award He said he was chomping at the bit to get another shot at Michigan and to have it end with a personal award is just icing on the cake. “It was mind blowing when I first heard my name,” Dawson said. “Coach (Izzo) came to me and thanked me for all the hard work. Getting up at 6:30 in the morning, it’s all paid off.” The last time the Spartans won the Big Ten Tournament in 2012, Dawson was on the bench after tearing his ACL in the regular season finale. He said he’s glad to finally contribute to a championshipwinning performance. He didn’t give any inkling into whether or not he’ll come back for his senior season, but he’s not thinking too far past March. “I feel great,” he said. “My legs feel good and I’m ready to compete for a National Championship.”

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Rising temperatures could cause Red Cedar flooding

RecycleMania introduces e-waste recycling

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In the coming weeks, melting snow will increase the Red Cedar River water levels to potentially minor or moderate flood conditions. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, flood forecasting models indicate a 50 percent chance that the Red Cedar will reach nearly nine feet, potentially flooding surrounding athletic fields, farmland and secondary roads and impacting Jenison Fieldhouse and IM Sports-Circle. The peak chance of flooding will occur during the week of March 24-31, the NOAA forecasting models predict. Last week, university officials sent out an email telling staff to review weather emergency protocol and prepare for the possibility of flooding “causing road and building closures and potentially causing some operations on campus to be suspended.” Lending to the flooding potential is the amount of snowfall dumped on East Lansing this winter. According to NOAA, the city has accumulated nearly 158 percent more snow than last year. Because of the extra 25 inches of snow, there is roughly two to five inches of water in the

remaining snowpack, an “unusual” amount for this time of year, NOAA meteorologist Mark Sekelsky said. The intensity of flooding, Sekelsky said, is a question of how fast the snow will melt and how much rain will come with it. “In the worst case scenario, you would have record flooding, and that would be if we were to release all that water in a day or two, or with a rain storm with multiple inches of rain over the course of a day or two,” Sekelsky said. “More likely to happen would be the flooding of a lesser extent, with warm temperatures for a week and a rain event or two.” In preparation for the possibility, MSU departments are participating with emergency officials in flood response drills, said Kemel Dawkins, vice president of Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities. If the Red Cedar will exceed its banks, Dawkins said they will position flood barriers and sandbags along the river. In the event it breaches these barriers, he said they will position the measures around the exteriors of potentially affected buildings. In the city, East Lansing Infrastructure Administrator Ron LaCasse said there are several teams tasked with clearing the storm drains of all snow blockage.

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As part of an ongoing national recycling competition, MSU collected and sorted nearly 29,000 pounds of electronics in four hours on Saturday morning. The competition, RecycleMania, runs through March 29 and promotes increased recycling efforts across more than 400 universities. Universities report their recycling efforts and compete for prizes in several categories, such as the gross tonnage of paper, cardboard, bottles and cans, the waste diversion rate and the amount of electronics collected. But unlike the other categories, e-waste allows public contribution to count toward MSU’s total. Tom Baldwin, a student supervisor at the Recycling Center and a mechanical engineering freshman, said recycling is a way to find a better place for all those items collecting dust. Baldwin said sorting all the electronics was like a blast from the past. “It’s crazy because a lot of this stuff I grew up with,” he said. Volunteers and workers unloaded once-working or once-used electronics from

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Romulus, Mich., resident Jon Hawbaker works at the MSU Free Electronic Recycling event on Friday at the MSU Surplus Store. People brought out old electronics to be recycled.

arriving cars and sorted them into large boxes. The boxes were packed with relics of the past, long ago and recent — Mickey Mouse waffle irons, reel-to-reel tape recorders, DVD players, cathode ray tube TVs. After the boxes were sealed and loaded into a semi-truck, they were shipped off to a facility that wipes any sensitive data and either scraps or resells the

electronics. The company in charge of the facility, Vintage Tech Recyclers, is MSU’s contracted waste recycler and shares a portion of what the scrapped or reused electronics sell for. Recycling electronics is a way of diverting them from landfills and preventing hazardous chemicals and heavy metals from leaching into the soil, said Kris Jolley,

MSU Recycling operations and programs manager. Steve Chalker, the general manager of Vintage Tech’s Michigan Division, has worked a variety of recycling jobs. For him, nothing has been more fascinating than recycling electronics. “The items are changing so fast,” Chalker said. “I think of rotary phones as vintage, but for college students, it’s flip phones.”

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E. Lansing residents encouraged to report illegal solicitors

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As the spring season rolls around in East Lansing, some residents might have some unexpected solicitors at their door. Although some people might get frustrated with the strangers who go door-to-door, it’s not illegal to solicit. The solicitor must apply for and receive a permit to legally solicit and carry the permit on them. A resident has every right to ask to see their permit, and East Lansing City Clerk Marie Wicks said as a precaution, residents are encouraged to call the police to report a solicitor with-

out a permit. There’s not any specific type of soliciting that’s illegal in East Lansing, but Wicks said the most common form is lawn care solicitation. “If someone says ‘I don’t have one,’ or ‘I don’t need one,’ you should call the police,” Wicks said. “They won’t get in trouble, the police will just go to check it out.” East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy said illegal solicitors often receive a warning. He said police receive calls on solicitors fairly regularly, mostly because soliciting usually is more of a nuisance rather than dangerous. “Officers are always able to give a warning if they feel

chilly Environmental studies and sustainability junior Griselda Tule throws a snowball at human biology junior Angel Trevino on Thursday outside of IM SportsWest. Tule said the two were having a snowball fight before their workout. Erik Sargent | The State News

it’s appropriate,” Murphy said. “It gives them a chance to get a permit and solicit legally or leave East Lansing, so the problem is solved.” He said reporting a solicitor without a permit or based on suspicion helps ensure safety. Wicks stressed the importance of reporting any suspicious activity after she had a strange occurrence of her own. After Wicks and her husband called the police on a man who was circling the outside of her home, the police picked the man up and discovered that he had breaking and entering tools with him. “(The permit) is to make sure that the people coming into your homes are safe,” Wicks said.


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Every single day, technology is growing faster, more efficient and bigger. MSU’s new supercomputer is taking a step in that direction. With enough power to run 110 homes or 330,000 iPhone 5s devices, the strides made by MSU’s Institute for CyberEnabled Research, or iCER, have been impressive. The Intel 14 cluster provides a greater scale for students to do research. The computer can store between 64 GB to 256 GB of memory per node. “What the system allows users to do is to take their data and spread it out across tens or hundreds of systems and do larger scale analysis than they can do on their desktop,” said Andrew Keen, High Performing Computing administrator at iCER. “It also allows larger problems to be solved,” he said. “For example, a weather model that may study a 100-kilometer by 100-kilometer grid may be able to do a 1000-kilometer by 1000-kilometer grid.” The system is helpful for a variety of majors across campus.

“What the system allows users to do is to take their data and spread it out across tens or hundreds of systems.” Andrew Keen, iCER High Performance Computing administrator

Dirk Colbry, a research specialist at iCER, said the main goal of the machine is to help student research at MSU. “The primary impact of our system is (that) we are enabling science on campus, so all the researchers on campus who need to use computation and that’s everything from (agriculture), (economics), to zoology,” Colbry said. The turnover with computer power is quick. According to Moore’s Law, every 18 months, computer power is doubling, iCER Director Kennie Merz said. The more research put in, the

faster technology changes. Merz said the big picture goal is to build computational resources in Michigan. “We’ve reached out to universities in Michigan, Central Michigan University, Kettering, and also the USDA and they’ve provided funds to buy into the cost so we then enabled them to come in and do computational science research,” Merz said. “Down the line maybe we can collaborate with the school out East, which we won’t mention, and other schools in the state to really continue to build the computational resources in the state of Michigan,” he said. | (517) 353-8920 PROGRAM INFORMATION MEETINGS

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appy St. Patrick’s Day, Spartans. If it’s Monday and you can still read this, congratulations! Considering our status as a well-respected party institution with the main school color of green, it’s as if St. Patrick’s Day was created with us in mind. I look forward to hearing many of my fellow Spartans speaking in cursive by the early afternoon. There are plenty of reasons to love St. Patrick’s Day. First of all, it has got to be the food coloring market’s Black Friday. That’s good for the economy. Second, if there was ever a holiday designed for college students, this is the one. It’s never more socially acceptable to be drunk on a Monday at 3 p.m. than when you’re 21 years old and still in school. But you have to watch out, because with the mix of about 50,000 college students, a lot of beer and a good excuse to drink it, mistakes are bound to be made. Some of the best times I can

If you ignore that last point, do mostly remember have fallit right. What I’m trying to say is en on March 17, but I’ve also that if you haven’t ever put whismessed up on this day. Like that key in your coffee, today’s a good time on St. Paddy’s in underday to try it out. grad when I ran out of beer at 8 p.m., or that guest columnist Drink lots of water other time on St. PadBeing hungover dy’s in undergrad when is never a good feelmy girlfriend of three ing, but being hunyears and I broke up. gover on a Tuesday You win some, you morning stings a litlose some. But from my tle bit extra. If you experience, there are a hydrate well throughfew ways to help make out the day, you sure you don’t ruin anyGreg Monahan have a much better thing today (such as chance of making it your relationship). to class tomorrow, so don’t look at it as consuming “water,” look Wear green (duh) at it as consuming “GPA points.” To the people who attend I’ve heard that “experts” recthis school and choose not ommend drinking a glass to wear green today … what of water with every drink are you doing? Stop being the you consume to stay hydratMarch version of Scrooge and ed. I call that a waste of valuplay along with the rest of us. able stomach space, but that’s That said, the people probably why I’m a journalwho pinch others who don’t ism major and not a scientist. wear green are the worst. So don’t do that either. Eat lots of starch Eating starch is another great Don’t go to class drunk way to prevent hangovers. Speaking from experiWhich is why I would’ve hated ence here. I’ll just leave to live in Ireland during the that right there.

Sheryl Sandberg has begun a campaign called Ban Bossy, which has the goal of ending use of the word “bossy.”

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potato famine. I don’t know how they did it, especially since potatoes go so well with beer. The only potato famine I’ve ever had to worry about was that time I went to Crunchy’s when they ran out of tots. It’s OK, I can make a potato famine joke. My ancestors were Irish. But seriously, I don’t want to live in a world without potatoes. Lucky for me, we’ve gotten so good at growing them that we now use them to make our vodka. I wish I were having fun today, but I’m a boring graduate student and it’s a Monday. So my St. Patrick’s Day will consist of going to work and then class until nine at night. Growing up is awful. So if you can, go out and have fun (blah blah, as long as you’re 21, blah blah) before you’re old and have things like a job or proper priorities. Just remember what I said about hydrating. Oh, and you probably shouldn’t break up with your girlfriend, either. Bottoms up! Greg Monahan is a journalism graduate student. Reach him at

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‘Abortion rider took effect this Thursday’ I don’t want my tax dollars going towards medical care for tobacco related reasons. Can we change that too? Actually scrap the whole thing, if you want a procedure at all, you must get it approved by all other policy holders and that vote must be unanimous. This law is ridiculous. You can’t pick and choose what insurance covers or no one will ever be happy with anything. Congressmen are constantly complaining that our generation is leaving the state. Maybe if they take our rights into account next time, we would have some reason to stay. Erin Betman, March 14

Replace the word “abortion” with “car”. Ok, read the same article. Would you expect to have to pay for someone’s car? Should they expect a car from taxpayers just because they crashed their old one and felt they needed a new one? I am always flabbergasted by the number of women who get so upset discussing abortion. Most are Democrats who would run across 6 lanes of traffic to save a puppy but want to be able to abort an unborn child they are carrying with no questions asked. That makes no sense to me. If people would just think for 30 seconds, many of the abortions would never come to fruition anyway. (comment continued at Or What, March 14

Misogyny? Those against abortion don’t hate women. In fact, they are working hard to save the lives of future women (about 1/2 of the unborn children killed via abortion are future women). myintx, March 14

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‘Girls don’t poop and boys don’t cry’


irls and boys are introduced to gen- stunts their growth as a person. Girls obviously der stereotypes at a young age. Girls know they poop, and the manliest man has shed a tear, but women and men are pressured by what are encouraged to be prim and prop- society expects from them. er, dress nice and talk Men experience the same level of emotional awareness as women, but sweetly, whereas boys are encourreporter are taught from a young age to “nut aged to play with trucks, wrestle up or shut up.” Telling boys that crying and be “tough.” is unacceptable is saying that the way All girls can poop and all guys can they feel is unacceptable. A man’s tear cry. I mean, that’s pretty much all is just as taboo as a lady’s bodily waste. we do for the first few years of our Sure, tears are acceptable when a lives. They’re normal functions of the guy’s favorite team loses a major game, human body that have become stigbut professional sports themselves typimatized by a culture based on the cally are associated with manliness and Emily jenks foundation of gender stereotyping. high-emotion, high-stake situations. During the weekend, I was with What about when a man loses his job, a few friends and the topic of poop or his girlfriend breaks up with him? came up (I have some interesting friends). Men can get sad, but crying isn’t an acceptable way One of my guy friends looked at me and said, “You to externalize that sadness. don’t poop. You’re a girl, pretty girls don’t poop.” If a guy’s buddies find out he ate a pint of Ben & Really? Veiled compliment aside, I got defen- Jerry’s while watching Lifetime movies after being sive. Just because my face looks nice sometimes, dumped, he might be met with emasculating and that means I physically can’t process a bodily func- embarrassing comments from his friends on top of tion necessary for survival and common across the trying to wrangle with his emotions. human species? Take some advice from Disney’s “Frozen,” guys, No, guys. What really happens is, the Poop Fairy and “let it go.” Crying is healthy and natural, and comes whenever we eat too much Chipotle and there is nothing that proves it makes you less of a leaves a pink sparkly turd in the toilet that smells man. Many girls even appreciate a guy who’s in like roses and bubble gum. touch with his emotions and is passionate about I know my friend was joking, and I know he’s something. aware that, yeah, girls poop, but saying only pretRealistically, we’re never going to live in a truly ty girls don’t poop is wrong. I promise you, Kate “equal” society. Every individual person is differUpton, Angelina Jolie and Gisele Bündchen have ent, and that’s what makes the world an interesttaken their fair share of dumps. Sorry, guys. ing place, but it’s also why people vary in success Well, no, I’m not sorry. Defecation isn’t the most and acceptance. pleasant subject, but it happens. Everyone poops, The point I’m trying to get across is, you do you, if the children’s book can be believed. If everyone as long as you’re not hurting or belittling anyone would just open up and talk about it instead of con- else in the process. Accept people for who they are. fining poop to “ugly” people, women wouldn’t have Pretending girls don’t poop because they need to such a hard time with breaking out of the gender be perfect, or boys don’t cry because they need to stereotype. be real men, only will deepen the stereotypes that If women can poop, we can be managers, CEOs we’re trying to challenge. and, dare I say it, legitimate sports fans, too. Emily Jenks is a State News reporter. Reach her at Confining individuals to their gender stereotypes


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Fashion show showcases student talents Premedical freshman Bria Thompkins models on Saturday at Wharton Center for the fourth annual Apparel and Textile Design Fashion Show. The piece was created by apparel and textile design senior Elonda Willis and was inspired by the American Golden Finch.

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Social work junior Ben Spreitzer shows Lansing resident Jumim Jung how to tap a tree during the Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday at Fenner Nature Center. Grand Blanc, Mich., resident Ella Murray models a dress made by apparel and textile design senior Megan Ricica

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Davison, Mich., resident Rylee Rubio models a dress made by apparel and textile design senior Megan Ricica.

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Facing the heat of the spotlights and the flashes of cameras, about 80 models strutted down the runway for the fourth annual Apparel and Textile Design Fashion Show on Saturday. None of the pieces are on the racks of typical clothing stores — they looked more like walking artwork and were made of materials that ranged from paper to chains. One model walking the runway wore a stoic expression as she posed for the audience gathered in the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre. All eyes were glued to her dress, a piece called “Flip Cup” that was comprised entirely of red Solo cup A separate table was also set up

that sported various accessories such as a headpiece made entirely out of the pages of books. The 42 designers who participated in the show put anywhere from a few weeks to several months of work into their designs. Shannon Gillespie, an apparel and textile design senior and the senior director of the show, said preparation for this year’s show started last year. The show was held from 7-9 p.m., but the day began much earlier for everyone involved. Models arrived as early as 9 a.m. for makeup, fittings and hairstyling. “I’m mostly worried about falling on my face,” said public relations junior Stephanie Kus, who modeled in the show for the first time. Apparel and textile design senior Allie Werner said she was proud of the unconventional e n t e r ta i n m e n t b l o g

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material she used for her piece, “Caged.” The lights dimmed when the model sporting the design took the stage and the area was instead illuminated by lights strung along the piece. “It was originally inspired by the Eiffel Tower,” Werner said. The evening came to an end when the three staff judges and one guest judge, Target’s design director Karen Rasmussen, gave the four awards: the judge’s choice, innovative design, conceptual design and best in show. Apparel and textile design junior Katie Raynard’s piece, “Wind Power,” earned the award for conceptual design. “I wasn’t expecting to win,” she said. “There were so many good designs. It was very cool to win an award.” Gillespie had four designs in the show herself.

Delta, Mich., resident Lauren Gray models an outfit made by apparel and textile design senior Allie Werner.

“I think it’s really important to see the students’ work,” Gillespie said. “It’s important to spread fashion.”

Maple popcorn, maple cotton candy and, of course, maple syrup. Local residents celebrated all things maple during the 40th annual Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday afternoon. The event was held at the Fenner Nature Center , 2020 E. Mount Hope Ave., in Lansing. Stations were set up all around t he park and signs led peo ple down twisti ng t ra i ls to sugar y treats. But not only did the festival serve as a sugar fix, it also served an educational purpose. Nearly 2,000 people came to the event at the Fenner Nature Center in Lansing to attend demonstrations of maple creme making and more. T h e w h ole p r e m i s e behind the event is to welcome spring and to show how people use natural resources, said Jason Meyer, executive director of the center. Meyer said the festival gave attendees an opportunity to enjoy the fresh spring air with family and friends. “Everyone loves it,” Mey-

er said. “For us that are here every day, it’s nice to see these people come in and smile — it’s so awesome.” Various exhibits demonstrated how the method of creating maple syrup has changed over the years, even showing how American Indians originally created it. In the exhibit dedicated to the American Indian method, there was a tipi home and traditional tools that were used to gather the syrup from the trees. “I’ve never seen a m aple t r e e tap before, so I t hought it would be fun to learn that and taste it,” said Jessica Mestre, a graduate student at MSU. Afterward, people were able to drill into a maple tree and taste the sticky syrup that spilled out of the trunk. “I think it’s great for students to get off campus and see what local community members are doing,” Mestre said. “It’s a nice change of pace from a typical campus event.” MSU alumna Terra Bogart came out to simply enjoy the nice weather. She said the festival helps people have a sense of their environment and teaches them about practices that have been done for a long time. “I think it ’s really cool because it’s nice to have something that celebrates Michigan and talk about things that happen locally,” Bogart said.

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fraternity raises money for homeless By Sergio Martínez-Beltrán

the MSU chapter of Phi Beta Sigma. “We are in a position where we have a lot of resources to use and we feel obligated to do it.” Media a nd i n for mat ion THE STATE NEWS nn

For many students, St. Patrick’s Day weekend is one of continuous drinking and partying. But for the fraternity brothers of Phi Beta Sigma, this weekend had another purpose. Sleepout for the Homeless, an annual event hosted by Phi Beta Sigma, took place from 7 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday to raise money and collect nonperishable food and clothing for the City Rescue Mission, a shelter in Lansing. For human biology junior Kenneth Green, community service is a key part of his life. “It feels good to give back,” said Green, the president of

Phi Beta Sigma usually raises around $300 to $500 at their annual Sleepout for the Homeless event junior Kristopher Johnson said having perspective on homelessness is important. “To really help another person you need to understand where they come from,” said Johnson, a fraternity brother. Johnson wasn’t disappointed about missing out on the weekend. His main concern was

“Actually being out here for 10 to 12 hours experiencing the cold adds value to when someone comes to me and asks for money.” Kristopher Johnson, media and information junior and fraternity brother

the exposure homeless people experience in the cold weather. “Actually being out here for 10 to 12 hours experiencing the cold adds value to when someone comes to me and asks for money because that makes me understand where they are coming from and what they are going through,” Johnson said. Members of other sororities and fraternities attended the event to show support for Phi Beta Sigma. Sig ma L a mbda Ga m ma sorority sister and psychology

senior Titilope Oladipo brought food to the brothers of Phi Beta Sigma. The organizers specifically planned to raise money on St. Patrick’s Day weekend because of the mass of people who flood the streets to celebrate the holiday. According to Johnson, people are more generous when they are having fun and tend to donate more. Phi Beta Sigma usually raises around $300 to $500 in the 12 hours each year.


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Number of goals MSU hockey surrendered in the first period of a 4-3 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday at home.



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Freshman forward Villiam Haag skates after Wisconsin forward Grant Besse on Saturday at Munn Ice Arena. The Spartans were defeated by the Badgers, 4-3.

MSU splits with Wisconsin By Robert Bondy

see the same success for MSU, with the Spartans falling, 4-3. Senior goaltender Will THE STATE NEWS nn Yanakeff and MSU surrendered MSU hockey used its larg- four goals in the first period, est goal total in a series since but MSU fought back to make early December to earn a split it a one-goal game in the third with No. 5 Wisconsin in its last period. Freshman forward Villiam regular season series this past Haag scored only 5:25 into the weekend. MSU won in thrilling fash- third period, but that would be ion, scoring only 46 seconds the final goal in MSU’s comeinto overtime on Friday night back bid on senior night. to win, 5-4. Senior forward Lee Although MSU lost on SatReimer had the game-winning urday night, head coach Tom goal on a power play that rolled Anastos was pleased with the over from the third period. Spartans’ final two periods. MSU finished the night 3-for-3 “The game totally changed on the power play, scoring its in the second period,” Anashighest goal total on the power tos said. “I thought we played play since Dec. 1 against really well in the secPrinceton. ond and third periReimer was od, really well. L ot s to bui ld ple a s e d w it h on, but that’s the Spartans’ MSU turned the that catch-22 effort in the game into a onebecause you game, calling see that and the win huge goal deficit after then you say for MSU as where was t he program a rough start it (the whole enters the Big game) because Ten Tournament we would have a next weekend. different outcome.” “Our team is taking Anastos added that the huge steps right now and we’ve been getting character power play’s continued sucwins,” Reimer said on Friday. cess is a positive step forward “Our team is just starting to for MSU. click all together right now.” Junior forward Matt BerThe following night didn’t ry finished the weekend with

three goals and has four in his last three games. Berry now is second on the team in scoring with 10 goals.

MSU is seeded fifth in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament starting on Thursday versus Ohio State Saturday’s loss will be the last image of Munn Ice Arena for six seniors, but won’t be the only thing senior Jake Chelios will remember. Chelios said he always tried to enjoy his time playing at Munn Ice Arena and will cherish the memories. “I never took a moment for granted,” Chelios said. “I loved ever y moment of it, the fans and atmosphere. It’s sad that it’s over but (we’ve) still got a couple more games, hopefully.” With Saturday’s loss, MSU locked up the fifth seed for the inaugural Big Ten Tournament and will face Ohio State at 8 p.m. on Thursday. It already had been determined that MSU would play the Buckeyes in the first round of the tournament, but MSU could have moved up to the fourth seed with a win on Saturday.

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Another gymnast who got her personal-best all-around score was junior Alina Cartwright, placing fourth with a 39.375. Both Cartwright and

“I’m very excited for the team. They finally did what they were trying to do … I credit the hard work of the girls.” Kathie Klages, gymnastics head coach

Burt placed first on beam — both setting personal records in the event. Burt also finished third in the all-around competition, setting the team record and a personal best of 39.400. “I’m happy for my performance more than for my placement,” Burt said. “My placement doesn’t matter as long as it helps the team score.” In the quad meet, Burt placed behind Nebraska senior Emily Wong and junior Jessie DeZiel, who got first and second with a 39.625 and a 39.425 respectively. “We will still get back in the gym and get better — we can be and we are better,” Nebraska head coach Dan Kendig said.

“We’ll enjoy the heck out of this tonight, but Monday’s back to business.” Nebraska had a fall on bars, but they quickly recovered to still place first. “You can be a good coach, but if your team doesn’t listen, it’s like, ‘You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.’ It’s a truly mental game … they pick up their teammates,” Kendig said. Nebraska, along with MSU, Illinois and Ohio State, will be competing in the Big Ten Championships at noon or 6 p.m. on March 22, depending on each team’s seeds — the Spartans are seeded third in the afternoon session.


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Gymnast Lisa Burt performs on the beam on Saturday at Jenison Field House during the Big Ten Quad Meet against Nebraska, Illinois and Ohio State. Burt placed first on beam.

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With a season-best score on bars, the gymnastics team finished third with a 196.200 — a team season-best — at the Big Ten Quad Meet on Saturday at Jenison Field House. Taking home first place at the meet and winning a share of the Big Ten title was No. 9 Nebraska, with 197.050 points, followed by No. 14 Illinois with 196.875. No. 23 Ohio State came in fourth — 0.525 behind the Spartans — with a score of 195.675. “We’ve been talking about the girls performing how they practice, and they finally did it,” head coach Kathie Klages said. “We went 23 for 23 (routines).” The Spartans usually have 24 girls competing, but they only had five girls compete on vault this time — still hitting all routines with no falls. Sophomore Lisa Burt said it was a boost in the team’s confidence. “We aspire next week to do even better. We got this far and we can go even further,” she said. MSU’s improvement shows in the team’s individual and team scores — their lowest score of the season was a 192.525 at their second meet on Jan. 18 against Pittsburgh. “I’m very excited for the team. They finally did what they were trying to do … I credit the hard work of the girls and the coaching staff,” Klages said. Besides improving the overall team score, athletes like senior Dani Levy raised and tied previous records. It was Levy’s last time competing at Jenison Field House. “I’m actually done now,” she said. “I’m happy with how it ended and it’s great to go out like that.”

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8 Sports | T h e State Ne ws | m onday, Marc H 1 7, 2 014 | state n e sports briefs

baseball team wins two on road

MSU’s baseball team won both games of its doubleheader against Harvard Saturday afternoon in Greenville, S.C. The team held strong with effective pitching and defense throughout both games at Fluor Field. The Spartans took the first game 1-0 and went on to win again with a score of 4-0 in game two, making the team 9-7 on the season. After a one-run victory in the first game, the team’s confidence was set for success in the following game. They allowed only seven hits in two games that day. Junior pitcher Mick VanVossen threw seven innings in game one, while sophomore Justin Alleman pitched eight innings in game two with five strikeouts. Spartan head coach Jake Boss said it was a good day for the pitching staff and the lead they got seemed to give the team confidence, according to msuspartans. com. He said VanVossen overcame some defensive issues and Alleman used the strike zone effectively. The team jumped into the second game with no hesitation, scoring two runs

in both the first and sixth innings. Boss said no matter the competitor, it’s tough to win twice in the same day. The Spartans’ game Sunday afternoon was canceled because of rain. The game is rescheduled for Monday at noon. The MSU softball team also is enduring frustrating weather situations, as the team has been unable to play four games because of unsuitable weather conditions. The team’s game versus Wright State on the final day of the Hoosier Classic was canceled on Sunday. They are expected to begin the northern leg of their season next weekend in Columbus, Ohio for a threegame series with Ohio State. SIERRA LAY

hollis to speak at asmsu event MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis will be a speaker at ASMSU’s upcoming event Failure:Lab. ASMSU, MSU’s undergraduate student government, recently allocated $25,000 to fund Failure:Lab, a storytelling event that allows spectators to listen in on others’ stories of failure. ASMSU hopes to recoup the funds spent through ticket sales. “Our idea when thinking about speakers was to have

speakers that were well respected among the Spartan community,� ASMSU President Kiran Samra said. “We believe Mark Hollis is looked up to, admired and is relatable to not only students at MSU, but the community as well.� Failure:Lab currently is slated to feature five additional speakers, including MSU College of Medicine Dean Marsha D. Rappley, bestselling author and award-winning journalist Mike Sager and Detroit emcee Miz Korona. In between each speaker’s story, local organizations also will perform during Failure:Lab. MSU’s oldest all-male accapella group, The Spartan Dischords, will perform along with musician Joe Hertler and the MSU Slam Poetry Club. The main purpose of Failure:Lab is to address the stigma surrounding failure and discuss how failure is a part of success. Speakers are not allowed to elaborate on how their failures led them to later success. Failure:Lab will take place April 1 at 7 p.m. in the Wharton Center Great Hall. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for the public. Olivia Dimmer me n ’s basketball blog

spartans earn fourth seed in ncaa tournament

Nearly an hour after polishing off Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament final, MSU found out it will be heading to the East Region for its opening game of the NCAA Tournament. Before the Big Ten Tournament started, MSU was seen as a No. 4 or No. 5 seed, and even after blowing through Wisconsin and U-M, the Spartans were pegged as a No. 4 seed in New York City’s region. They will be placed in the same region as red-hot Virginia, a pretty decent Villanova team and up-and-down North Carolina. MSU will be traveling to Spokane, Wash., to play Delaware in the opening round. Compared to the rest of the bracket, MSU got a pretty good draw. My knee-jerk reaction sees MSU coming out of this region successfully. MATT SHEEHAN

women’s basketball

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From left, senior guard Klarissa Bell, junior forward Becca Mills and senior forward Annalise Pickrel react to the loss to Nebraska on March 8 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Spartans were defeated, 86-58.

MSU awaits NCAA tourney position By Omari Sankofa II THE STATE NEWS nn

The day has finally arrived — Selection Monday. At 7 p.m. on ESPN, the No. 20 women’s basketball team (22-9 overall, 13-3 Big Ten) will find out where they will be seeded in the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans currently are projected as a No. 5 seed to play No. 12 seed Florida in College Park, Md. on’s women’s basketball NCAA Tournament Bracketology. Rounding out the projected Big Ten contingent is tournament champion Nebraska, projected as a No. 3 seed, Penn State as a No. 4 seed and potential No. 5 seeds Purdue and Iowa. Minnesota is on the bubble, according to ESPN expert Charlie Creme’s projection. After falling to Nebraska 86-58 in the semifinal round of

the Big Ten Tournament, head coach Suzy Merchant and players seemed to be on the same page — getting back to work. “This team does really well when we work up to a game,� senior forward Annalise Pickrel said after the Big Ten Tournament. “I think we’ll have a couple hard practices this week. And I hope we do. I think we just gotta get our tough grit back and our toughness and our positive mindset in the NCAA (Tournament).� It was yet another collapse for the Spartans, who couldn’t stop a vicious Nebraska offense nor find a way to get their own shots to fall. Merchant decided not to call a timeout as the Huskers built a 23-point lead at halftime, a decision that might have cost MSU a chance to regather themselves before the damage grew to be insurmountable. “They need to fight through

some things and I think that was one of those situations where I wanted to see what kind of grit we had a little bit and see if we could pull ourselves up,� Merchant said. “We had media timeout after media timeout. How many timeouts do you need?� A No. 5 seed potentially could be a tough draw for the Spartans, who could play bracket host Maryland in the second round. Merchant has discussed the huge advantage hosting gives a team in the tournament, pointing out that when MSU hosted in 2009 as a No. 9 seed, it went to a Sweet 16. “I think there’s a distinct advantage to hosting those first couple rounds, and it has been and that’s obvious in women’s basketball,� Merchant said earlier this season. “At the end of the day, you can’t change that right now.�




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