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HEADED TO THE PALACE After Big Ten Titles hopes are lost to OSU, Spartans gain No. 3 seed, will face Valparaiso Junior forward Adreian Payne dunks the ball during the second round of the Big Ten Tournament against Iowa on Friday, at the United Center in Chicago. Payne was the leading scorer for the Spartans with 18 points helping them beat the Hawkeyes, 59-56. THE STATE NEWS ■■


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Men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo claps during the second round of the Big Ten Tournament against Iowa on Friday at the United Center in Chicago.

the No. 8 MSU men’s basketball team (25-8) earned a No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament and will play Horizon League champion Valparaiso on Thursday at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. If the Spar-

tans win the opening game, they will play the game winner of No.6-seeded Memphis and the winner of the First Four game between Middle Tennessee and Saint Mary’s. Louisville was named the No. 1 overall seed of the NCAA

Tournament and also resides in the Midwest Region, rounding out the top four seeds with Duke, MSU and St. Louis. Other No. 1 seeds in the tournament include Kansas, Indiana and Gonzaga. Following a brief watch party at Breslin Center on Sunday, head coach Tom Izzo said he’s ready to kick off the Big Dance, citing many benefits in staying close to MSU for the fi rst weekend. “I’m excited to be close to home,” Izzo said. “I think it’s got 90 percent positives; there’s always the 10 percent keeping players focused on — sometimes if you get them away it’s a little better, but to be here for our families, to be here for travel, to be here for hopefully a bunch of Spartan fans that get to go to the games

and save cost, to be here for every reason is good.” The NCAA Tournament berth marks the 16th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament for Izzo, who has captured six Final Four appearances during the span. It’s not the fi rst time MSU has opened an NCA A Tournament with Valpo — the last time came in 2000, when the Spartans went on to capture the national championship. MSU is one of seven Big Ten teams to make the NCAA Tournament, including Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois. There was a relatively quiet reaction in the lockSee BASKETBALL on page 2


Satish Udpa describes himself as an “accidental administrator.” When he came to the U.S. from India about 35 years ago to f ur t her h is education, he didn’t know the extent of the possibilities for him on American Udpa soil. Udpa said good things just seem to happen to him, such as accepting a new administrative position offered to him in February. Today, Udpa will step down as dean of the College of Engineering to take on new responsibilities as executive vice president for administrative services — a position formerly held by Fred Poston, who now is dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The position includes the oversight of some of the departments on campus, such as MSU Human Resources and the Office of Planning and Budgets, although Udpa said he will be in direct oversight of fewer departments than Poston was. Another change in the position includes taking charge of some aspects of Bolder by Design, MSU’s recently updated strategic plan. Udpa will be overseeing costcutting measures and upping efficiency. He said he is not yet sure what things he will be changing and where the cost cutting will begin. This spring, he will start by evaluating Information Technology, the Human Resources DepartSee UDPA on page 2 X

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Shouts of “I hate you” and “Thank you” from greenclad celebrators greeted East Lansing police Sgt. Marc Smith as he road through the streets of East Lansing on St. Patrick’s Day.

It wasn’t surprising to see … an underage drinker carrying a brown liquor run head first into a light-pole and knock himself unconscious

English sophomore Wil Hunter smiles with his sunglasses celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17, 2013, on Collingwood Drive. JUSTIN WAN | THE STATE NEWS

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Officer Erich Vedder, left, and police Sgt. Marc Smith tend to an individual after he ran into a lamp post after being questioned about his age and having alcohol with him Sunday on Forest Street. Smith was one of the many ELPD officers patrolling during St. Patrick’s Day. JULIA NAGY/ THE STATE NEWS

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From the blog roll Big name retailers come to MSU On Tuesday, MSU students will have the opportunity to interact with big-name retail corporations during the first ever Retail Connect. The two-hour event put on by the Career Services and Placement and the College of Business will be held in the Huntington Club room on the fourth floor of Spartan Stadium. Retail Connect is open to all students, free of charge, and grants students the opportunity to interview with businesses including Target, Macy’s, Buckle and event sponsor Kohl’s. While the event will include a break-out session, case study exercise and networking opportunities, Career Services Field Career Consultant Karin Hanson said Retail Connect is not to be confused with a career fair. BRYTANIE KILLEBREW | STATENEWS.COM/BLOG

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er room upon the announcement of the Spartans’ destination — perhaps the result of a program-wide expectation to earn an NCA A Tournament bid. However, ju n ior center

Adreian Payne said the team was excited to hear of its fate, but maintains a business-like mentality in anticipation for Valpo. “We see where (we’re) at and we see who we gotta play, and we know what we gotta do to get better now,� Payne said. “We got some experience in the tournament and, you know, we gotta focus in and take it game-by-game.� During the weekend, the Spar tans fell to event ual champion Ohio State, 61-58, in

the semifi nals of the Big Ten Tournament and were forced to head home after a hardfought affair. The Buckeyes went on to defeat Wisconsin in the fi nal on Sunday, earning them a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. After a season of diffi cult conference matchups for the Spartans, Payne said the team is excited for the opportunity to take a crack at some new faces from around the country. But with the success of midmajor teams this season such

as Gonzaga, junior guard Keith Appling said it’s critical not to overlook the team’s first-round opponent. “We have a great amount of respect for a team like Valpo because, in this tournament, it’s win or go home,� Appling said. “If you take any team for granted on any given night, you’ll be upset and be heading back home. That’s one of the things we don’t want to happen, so we gotta watch the fi lm try to focus in for 40 minutes.�

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a ride with for a few hours on Sunday. “It’s a little more enjoyable,â€? Smith said of being on road patrol on St. Patrick’s Day. “People hooting and hollering at you, waving — for me that’s enjoyable stuff. You get out and talk to them, you see different things and then you get to a point where you’re chasing somebody ‌ I like it because you get to see all the different stuff.â€? Smith said he was one of about 20 East Lansing officers on the day-shift road patrol Sunday — four times the typical amount — not including units from other local departments who came to help deal with the expected inf lux of crimes and incidents typically associated with the holiday. Premedical freshman Mike Bourgoin said he was surprised it would be necessary to have such a large number of police out this year. “I was confused as to why the state police were here,â€? Bourgoin said. “But I thought it was really safe.â€? For Smith, it wasn’t surprising to see a woman playing in the snow of someone’s lawn suddenly sober-up and leave at the mere site of him. Not even watching an underage drinker carrying a brown liquor run head fi rst into a light-pole and knock himself unconscious caught him off-guard. The one surprising aspect of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day in East Lansing and at MSU for

Smith: seeing someone wearing an all-black-and-red outfit in a sea of leprechaun and green-themed costumes. Smith, who typically gets up at 3 a.m. to make it to the beginning of his 12-hour shift at 5 a.m., said although St. Patrick’s Day can mean more police activity, there’s nothing he did differently besides being extra alert to avoid hitting the many St. Patrick’s Day celebrators frequently crossing the street in front of his car as he drove. Even on non-drinking and partying holidays, Smith frequently has to be on high-alert while driving because of his need to multi-task looking for crimes, listening to dispatch, driving and keeping an ear open for his phone to ring in case another officer calls. Many times, calls about fights or large, out-of control parties were under control by the time Smith arrived on scene because so many police were in the area, which he said leads to a fairly relaxing holiday. As of mid-afternoon on St. Patrick’s Day 2013, Smith said he would compare the day’s activity level to a typical Friday or Saturday night and perhaps slower than last year’s St. Patrick’s Day because of the colder weather. East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy said the level of crimes were busy for a Sunday, but slow for a St. Patrick’s Day. Smith said he enjoys seeing all the happy faces on holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day. “We’re not here to destroy anyone’s celebration,� he said. “If (people are) not violating the law, not violating anyone else’s rights, we’re here to let them have a good time.�

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ment and Office of Planning and Budgets. “Look at the climate here — the state support for MSU and other institutions is steadily decreasing,� he said. “We have to consider what resources we have (and) we have to make use of our resources to perform more efficiently in the future than we have in the past.� Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed a 1 percent increase in state funding for MSU for the 2013-14 fiscal year, although State Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, said he expects the House recommendation to be higher. A House committee will make a formal budget recommendation for higher education Tuesday morning at the Capitol. Although the administrative position is all new to the seasoned educator, heading a department is not. Since coming to MSU in 2001, Udpa has taken on many different roles, including acting as chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and dean of the College of Engineering, where he served for about seven years.

During his time as dean, Udpa said the college has increased its undergraduate enrollment and has received increasing funds for research — an achievement during a time of economic recession. Graduate student Pavel Roy Paladhi said although he’s disheartened he will not have as much one-on-one time with his mentor, he believes what Udpa has done with the college is proof he will thrive in his administrative position. “His patience, his kindness, his openness — these are the reasons for where (we are),â€? said Roy Paladhi, who has worked with Udpa as a student in the college since 2009. “So he’ll just fly, I’m very sure.â€? By listening to his students, Roy Paladhi said Udpa inspired himself and others to pursue careers and challenge themselves. Sridhar Ramakrishnan , a 2009 MSU graduate working as a research scientist for the U.S. Department of Defense in the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, said he owes where he is and what he learned today to Udpa. Ramakrishnan uses Udpa’s technique of pushing students with their own ideas as he monitors junior technicians in the lab. “Dr. Udpa ‌ would let you (pursue) your own ideas and marginally guide you, he would always let you make your own mistakes,â€? Ramakrishnan said. “That was indeed character development.â€?

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World Friendship Day explores cultures By Michael Koury THE STATE NEWS ■■

Teens and pre-teens from across the East Lansing area came together at the Spartan Village Community Center to learn about different cultures in the spirit of World Friendship Day on Saturday. In its third year, World Friendship Day is aimed at teaching youth about cultural understanding with guest speakers from MSU and hands-on activities. Participants learned about Chinese, Turkish and Nigerian cultures, among others. The event was co-sponsored by the Peace Education Center of Greater Lansing, Greater Lansing United Nations Association, MSU Asian Studies Center and Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-cultural Education, or LATTICE. “I saw what happened to these children when they actually had … meaningful experiences and actually came to know somebody from another culture,” said Karen Klein, director of LAT-

TICE and outreach coordinator for the MSU Asian Studies Center. “I saw how their world was broadened. I saw how they were changed and how touching those moments were when they really connected with somebody.” A lunch also was served which included food such as Middle Eastern baked chicken and hummus. Speakers from Nigeria and Turkey came to speak about their cultures’ customs and history. The Nigerian group taught traditional storytelling. Students learned how to handle Chinese yo-yos with a little help from presenters. “To me, it’s a very exciting opportunity for me to make a positive impact in the minds of these young children,” said graduate student Abubakar Idris who spoke about Nigerian culture. “Especially when you are young, you don’t see like things beyond your imminent environment.” St. Johns, Mich. resident Sara Nurenberg came with her 11-year-old son Jacob to experience World Friendship Day. “It broadens my horizon,” Sara THE STATE NEWS ■■


East Lansing resident Steve Osborn, left, talks with Jacob Nurenberg, 11, of St. Johns, Mich., at World Friendship Day on Saturday at Spartan Village Community Center.

you never tried before,” he said. “It’s kind of cool to see other countries’ cultures.”

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Local police trained to work with disabled, special needs By Darcie Moran THE STATE NEWS ■■

Local police agencies say they are prepared to appropriately handle situations involving disabled individuals, such as those with Down syndrome, after a man with Down syndrome died in a Maryland police force’s custody. Robert Saylor, a 26-year-old who had Down syndrome, died earlier this year after police arrested him for refusing to leave a movie theater because he wanted to watch a movie a second time, according to media reports. Saylor was known for his love of police officers, according to the reports. The incident has since been ruled a homicide. According to both MSU and East Lansing police, both departments’ officers likely have been in

contact with people with Down syndrome because of the area’s diverse community. In February, local law enforcement, including MSU police, took part in a polar plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics. East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy said any arrest of a person with a disability, such as Down syndrome, would be a last resort. He said if an officer has to arrest a person with a disability or another high risk, they will be monitored closely, if not guarded at the hospital, to make sure the individual is treated with proper care. “I would have full confidence that they would know how to handle it appropriately,” Murphy said of officers dealing with an individual with Down syndrome. Although the department has not offered specific Down syndrome training to officers, Murphy said they offer diversity train-


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Nurenberg said. “But I think it’s most important to bring my children. Kind of open up doors for them.” Jacob Nurenberg said he enjoyed learning about the other types of cultures and trying to learn how to use the Chinese yo-yo. “It was hard, but it’s fun ‘cause you got to try new things that

ing on a different group each year. He said in recent years, officers have had training in working with Muslims, autistic spectrum disorders and lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender community members. MSU police Assistant Director Tony Kleibecker said the university police department offers diversity training focused on the disabled, although he said it does not primarily focus on Down syndrome. “Our outlook and our approach to our community is to be sensitive to the needs of anybody,” Kleibecker said. Physiology senior Lauren Carney, who worked two summers at Camp Grace Bentley — a Burtchville Township, Mich. camp for individuals with disabilities — said although police feel prepared to deal with disabled individuals and avoid tragic situations such as Saylor’s death, she feels they

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might not be as prepared as they think. Carney said individuals with disabilities, including Down syndrome, can have all sorts of personalities and can be stubborn and violent, or friendly and cheerful. “They may not have a full idea of the spectrum of disabilities,” she said of officers. She said specific training for officers, as well as wider knowledge in the community, is a necessity.

The Michigan Legislature missed its deadline this week to finalize a plan to fund revamping the state’s roads. Because of the delay, it won’t be on the ballot this May. For students, this means an increase at the pump or at the register won’t happen for at least a few more months. Lawmakers have been developing multiple financial plans to carry out Gov. Rick Snyder’s goal to fix Michigan’s infrastructure — a plan outlined in his State of the State address months ago — but have yet to come to an agreement. The goal is to raise $1.2 billion to fund the project. If lawmakers want to change the sales tax, they must pass a constitutional amendment, which calls for a public vote. Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw Township, is one of the lawmakers heading the efforts. His chief of staff Holly Fountain said because they missed the May ballot deadline, the goal now is to figure out a plan before summer. The proposal could appear on a ballot as early as August or November, and Fountain said the team is aiming for August. She said just about every plan to fund the road project is on the table. The plan to fund Michigan’s road construction receiving the most attention is increasing Michigan’s sales tax from 6 percent to 7 or 8 percent. “The problem is that the number that really has been floated is maybe a 1 percent increase in sales tax but that does not get us to our goal,” Fountain said, referring to the state’s goal to reach about $1.2 billion. The other plan receiving

attention is taxing gasoline at the wholesale level and increasing vehicle registration fees. Michigan is among nine states that tax gasoline, and it’s below the highest tax at 7 percent in Connecticut and Indiana, according to The Tax Foundation. Fountain said the groups working on the proposals are trying to find the least regressive tax, which would end up costing Michigan more money. She said a gas tax would be regressive because as technology advances, more people buy electric cars and use less gas, which means less revenue. A sales tax can be regressive if the economy is bad and consumers aren’t buying as much, but it isn’t as regressive as a fuel tax. In East Lansing, Michigan Avenue is undergoing government-funded construction that has narrowed the street to one lane. Road work is slated to end April 26, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. University engineer Bob Nestle said bad roads often slow traffic down, which can have a negative effect on state commerce. Still, he said it is fortunate for students the city chose to fi x roads surrounding campus. Snyder placed heavy emphasis on roads, bridges and harbors during his State of the State address because Michigan residents, on average, spend $81 more than those in surrounding states because of bad roads. “I have done hundreds of town halls in Michigan and I have asked the question, ‘Does anyone in Michigan like their roads?’” he said during the address. “I have not seen any hands go up, after 100plus town halls. It’s time to do something, folks.”

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idening economic inequality has been a growing problem that has plagued the lives of many in this country. But the impacts of living in a low-income household have made the livelihood for one group much tougher: high schoolers. According to new analysis of every high school student who took the SAT in a recent year, most low-income students who ranked in the top of their class in test scores did not even apply to the nation’s

best colleges. Many economists blame low levels of mobility common with poverty in this country on this issue. In the last year, only 34 percent of high-achieving high school seniors who placed in the bottom fourth of income distribution attended one of the country’s more selective colleges. This number is a drastic undercut when compared to the 78 percent of students from the highest income quartile who comprise these schools. The negative effects of income inequality are nearly as widespread and understood as the problem itself, but the results of this analysis indicate the next frontier of challenges facing young adults in this country. Being denied the same educational opportunities simply for economic reasons is an appalling problem restricting the success of some of this country’s brightest youth. According to the study, many top low-income students are unaware of the amount of financial aid available to help them attend some of the country’s best schools. For many who wish to continue

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their education, they eventually attend community colleges or other four year institutions closer to home. But while attending a smaller college presents a number of promising outlooks for these students, this overall problem also is detrimental to the country’s larger, and more selective, schools. This is much like the race-based restrictions that were lessened by affirmative action, prolonging a system that doesn’t prevent outcasting a certain group in a setback for our nation’s top schools. Just as important as it once was to promote creating a more racially-diverse setting for students in the 1960s, establishing an environment that adheres to students from all economic backgrounds should be a top priority for these institutions. Although the weakened levels of mobility associated with this problem makes it more difficult for colleges to find new ways to encourage these students to apply for school, more consideration should

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be taken by high school counselors when assisting these students in the application process. By encouraging these downtrodden students to look into the number of financial aid options available to help them succeed, many of the economic setbacks they have been forced to live with might become nonexistent in the future. Widening economic inequality will be a problem for years to come, but the number of opportunities we offer our youth shouldn’t become another we are forced to fight. We should put more emphasis on helping our nation’s youth, and make the notion of receiving an education from a top school a feasible goal for all.



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fter living in the parking is a rare commodity, I realdorms for two years, ly wasn’t surprised. The real parking problem had to I couldn’t wait to get do with random people parking in out. Having my own our apartment’s assigned spots. This room, a living room and a kitchen happened so frequently that every time I left, I assumed I wouldn’t to cook my own meals in sounded have a spot when I got back. Our like a dream come true. apartment complex really did nothThis isn’t to say the dorms were ing to help us. They gave us the a terrible place all the time. I actu- number for the city of East Lansing ally had a lot of really great times parking people — who would just in the dorms and made some of my write these people parking tickets — and left it at that. favorite college memMost of the time, my ories in Emmons and GUEST COLUMNIST roommates and I would Holden halls. But like just have to park our every great advencar at a friend’s place ture, it had run its or fi nd somewhere to course. It was time for put it for the night — bigger — literally — or a few days — until and better things. that person decided to Once I had made move. the decision to leave If we couldn’t find the dorms after my PAIGE BOLEN anywhere to park our sophomore year, I car, we had the lovereally had no idea ly opportunity to meet where to go from all our neighbors by there. I mean, where do you even start? Do you find the knocking on everyone’s doors and people you want to live with and asking them if they knew whose car then the place? Or vice versa? Then was in our designated spot. It was comes the question of how exactly the most frustrating part of living you want to live. Should I live in a with my housing company. They also made moving in and house or an apartment; a studio or a cooperative house? The options out of the apartments really difficult and were not very accommoare endless. dating. When it was time to move Sort of. Once you’ve decided how and out, my new apartment wasn’t ready where you want to live, there is an yet. I asked our housing company unfortunate chance you will not get if I could stay one extra day so my your dream location. If you live in new apartment would be ready and East Lansing, you are familiar with I wouldn’t have to move all of my the housing situation. Unless you stuff home for one day, and they are planning a week-long stakeout said, “No.” This is where my super accomin front of one of the housing companies, or have made plans a year modating new apartment owner prior to your move-in, your dream comes in. My new apartment owner let me house or apartment might have to move my furniture in so I would be put on hold for a few years. From personal experience, I think not have to move my entire colone of the most important things lege existence home for one day. I’ve learned from off-campus hous- He was extremely helpful, which ing is to try to decide whom exact- really meant a lot to me after havly you want to rent from. My junior ing such a negative experience movyear, I rented from a large housing ing out of my old apartment. When I moved into my new apartcompany, and senior year I rented from a private owner. Both were ment, it still was just as clean as different in positive and negative my previous one and maintenance has been wonderful. Any time we ways. When I moved into my apartment need anything fi xed, they come junior year, the place seemed to be right over. I also have had a better expein pretty good shape. According to our new neighbors, our apart- rience with parking at this apartment previously had been occupied ment. Since a private owner owns by a group of really rowdy boys. the complex, there is a person who Besides a few patches in the wall lives in the complex that is designatfrom drunken fists and a few mini- ed as the “parking person.” This permal carpet stains, the place seemed son is in charge of all parking situanew. Throughout the year, we had tions and mishaps and has actually minimal problems with our kitch- helped me out when someone has en appliances and bathrooms, and been parked in my assigned spot. I if we did, the apartment compa- think it is safe to say that although ny usually sent someone to fix it as I enjoyed both apartments, I prefer renting from the private owner. soon as possible. Next year, I will be living in a The huge downside from my experience living with the housing house for the fi rst time (yippee!) company was dealing with park- and I am renting from a very ing snafus and general housekeep- small housing company. Hopefuling things. Our apartment complex ly this will be the best of both rentoffered no guest spots — which, ing worlds. I guess I’ll just have to after living in East Lansing where wait and see.


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Vanessa Schocko, 14, of Peshawbestown, Mich., records dancers performing on the dance floor Saturday at Jenison Field House during the 30th Annual MSU Powwow of Love.


The sound of drums boomed as American Indian male and female dancers wearing feather headdresses and vibrant dresses gracefully twirled inside Jenison Field House on Saturday at the 30th annual Powwow of Love. Starting at 10 a.m., the Powwow of Love was the first of many powwows the American Indian people in the Great Lakes area attended to kick off the powwow season. Ashley Ryerse, part of the planning powwow committee, said the powwow is important for people in the MSU, East Lansing and Lansing community because it is a popular event and it helps American Indian students on campus feel close to their culture.

“It’s important for native students to stay connected to their culture when they are away from home because native communities are a tight-knit culture,” Ryerse said. Family community services sophomore Leslie Hannah attended the powwow for the first time because one of her friends is in the North American Indigenous Student Organization, or NAISO. “This is something different for me because I didn’t grow up around this,” Hannah said. “It’s a moving experience seeing all of the spirituality and passion that everyone has.”


Raymond Shenoskey of Petoskey, Mich., sings and drums. Several drum circle groups played as dancers moved to the music. LEFT: Miigwaans Smith, 14, of Mount Pleasant, Mich., has a piece of regalia fixed before heading out on the dance floor during the Powwow of Love. RIGHT: From left, Odawa, Mich., resident Nichole Biber holds her daughter Pearl Biber, 3, as the two watch performers dance in the center of the floor.

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Miigwaans Smith, 14, has come to the powwow since she was 3, when her mother made her first dancing outfit. “My (parents) actually met here when they were younger, and then 14 years later they still come, but with me,” she said. Smith competed in various dance categories, including the fancy shawl — a dance representing the butterfly. “For dance competitions, the judges judge on the difficulty of moves, how fast one goes and if you stay in the beat, but mainly whoever looks the best for both guys and girls,” Smith said. “However, we just like to come here and dance and say ‘hi.’ The competition just happens to be a part of it.”

Until the end of the summer, Rick Raphael will spend nearly every weekend on the road with his band, Dusty Bear, representing part of American Indian culture. Saturday’s powwow was one of the first tour stops. “We pack up the regalia and pile in one car sometimes and go everywhere,” Raphael said. Raphael started playing the drums when he was 8 years old, he said, adding fathers usually teach the drums to their sons. “It’s just a good feeling all around to be able to get out here and do what you love to do,” Raphael said.

Mildred Hill has made American Indian jewelry for about 50 years and comes to the powwow to sell her pieces. Beaded jewelry, dream catchers and bells are just some of the handcrafted pieces Hill sells on her tour across the country to support her family, who reside at Canada’s Six Nations Reservation in Ontario. She sees the powwow as a way to reconnect with family and friends while showing the presence of American Indians. “Something like this is more to help the non-natives get a truthful look at us and to be aware that we are still here, but we are dwindling,” Hill said.

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Graduate student Andrea Casillas embraces her fiance Marcel Chavez after finding out her residency training will be located closer to home, Friday, at University Club of MSU in Lansing during MSU College of Human Medicine’s Match Day.

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For months, medical student David Ortiz has had to put his life on hold. Preparing to possibly move across the country and not knowing where he would live were just some of the concerns he faced as he waited to open a letter holding the next step in his career. As Ortiz opened an envelope Friday during the Match Day luncheon at the University Club, a world of stress fell off of his shoulders. He was placed at the University of Minnesota to continue his residency. “We can start looking for a new place to live in (and) start looking into what we’re going to do as a family,” Ortiz said. “Everything changes today.” Many fourth-year medical students from MSU’s College of Human Medicine were in similar positions. As the envelopes were distributed, a buzz of emotion filled the room. Tears of both joy and sadness were shed — not everyone got their top choice. Although MSU can’t release information on

how many students got their top choice, there were many ecstatic faces in the room. Medical student Katie Rose Flannery, who will be completing her residency in emergency medicine at a Henry Ford medical center, was incredibly excited upon opening her envelope. Henry Ford was her first choice, and she will be taking part in a three-year residency program. “It’s a lot of hard work to get here, but when you get down to it, you kind of just have to trust in the process,” she said. Medical student Carmen Fong was placed at Beth Israel Medical Center — her top choice — where she is working toward her goal of becoming a surgeon. “This morning I wasn’t sure if I was going to throw up or pass out, but I’m totally fine now,” Fong said. The students began looking at schools last summer, director of clinical student programs Karlene Torres said. “This is the grand finale,” she said. “Most of them are happy (but) some are upset because they rank programs and they might not get their top choice.”

Hand in hand the whole race, Michael Hudson and his son Marshall Hudson, 7, might not have beat any records or won a medal, but they beat their own record by 30 seconds — and that’s good enough for them. As Director of the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, or RCPD, Hudson helps students on a daily basis deal with their disability, something he experiences personally by being blind. With his son’s support, Michael Hudson participated in the 13th annual Shamrock 5k Run-Walk-Roll on Saturday in about 25 degree weather through campus. Participants were welcomed to the run by MSU Tower Guard, a sophomorehonors society whose members help students with disabilities, who benefit from RCPD, by reading tests and converting texts to electronic formats. There were about 415 people signed up for the run by Saturday, and there were more than seven students who use the RCPD resources who participated in the run, said Emily Grof, interior design sophomore and cochair of MSU Tower Guard. Computer science sophomore Jordyn Castor said she decided to walk in the race to give back to the MSU Tower Guard and RCPD. Castor has been blind since birth, and said she has found her place at MSU and the help she needs to succeed. “They do a ton for me, so (it’s) cool to give back to them,” Castor said of the students in MSU Tower Guard. “Without them I don’t think I would be as successful.” Joey Etienne, supply chain management sophomore and president of MSU Tower Guard, said the Shamrock

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From left to right, prenursing freshman Emily Wilks, kinesiology freshman Natalie Bick, advertising freshman Kara Perry and physiology freshman Jaclyn Dibartolomeo run during the Shamrock 5k Run-Walk-Roll Saturday, near the Alumni Memorial Chapel.

“Without (RCPD and Tower Guard), I don’t think I would be as successful.” Jordyn Castor, computer science sophomore

5k Run-Walk-Roll traditionally is the group’s largest fundraising event each year, with all proceeds going to RCPD. He said the event raised more than $8,000 last year. “It’s not just a student event, it’s the city of East Lansing,” Etienne said. Michael Hudson has participated in the Shamrock 5k Run-WalkRoll since it started 13 years ago, and he has brought his son for at least four years now. Michael Hudson said they had a great time at the event, finishing the race in about 45 minutes. “He keeps me going,” Michael Hudson said. “I think he likes passing people the most.” Grof was one of the main event

Michael Hudson, director of the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, pins a racing number on his 7-year-old son Marshall’s shirt before the Shamrock 5k Run-Walk-Roll Saturday inside Conrad Hall.

organizers, and said she was worried the cold weather would keep people from coming, but that did not prove to be the case. “It’s just great to see that you can do something for them that they are going to have fun doing and is going to help them in the long run,” Grof said, referring to

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election Sunday has come and gone, and the MSU men’s basketball team now knows it will travel less than 90 miles to begin its quest for a third national title. The Spartans (25-8) earned a No. 3 seed and will travel to the Palace of Auburn Hills, home of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, to open the NCAA Tournament against No. 14 seed Valparaiso as a member of the Midwest Region. As fans from around the country begin filling out their brackets, here are five keys to the Spartans making a long run in March. — Josh Mansour, SN


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Few teams have a more skilled tandem inside than centers Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix, which should cause problems for opposing teams. Payne’s diverse skillset — capable of scoring from the post, perimeter and off the dribble — is difficult to matchup with, and MSU’s offense is most efficient when run through Nix, allowing him to read the defense out of the post. The Combined Spartans have scoring to make sure average for they exploit this matchup and don’t centers Derrick Nix, Adreian forget to throw the Payne ball inside.




MSU’s junior captain runs the show offensively and heads the Spartan defense, frequently guarding the opposition’s top player. After a strong start to the season, Appling battled through a slump toward the tail end of the regular season before beginning to right the ship the past four games. MSU head coach Tom Izzo said the Spartans go as Appling goes, so MSU will need steady play from their floor general to advance.



Senior center Derrick Nix goes up for a layup during the against Iowa in Big Ten Tournament on Friday, at United Center in Chicago. MSU beat the Hawkeyes, 59-56.


The Spartans began the year as one of the most turnover-prone teams in the country, and had a brief stretch during the middle of the season where they ranked among the best in that category, before settling into the middle of the pack. In most of MSU’s losses, turnovers for easy fast break buckets have been prominent, so ball control will be critical to success for the green and white.




The Spartans have battled injuries all season, but will need to be as close to full strength as possible to make an extended tournament run. Freshman guard Gary Harris reaggravated a shoulder injury Saturday and sophomore guard/forward Branden Dawson said his knees are beginning to feel the wear and tear of all the work spent rehabilitating from reconstructive knee surgery.

MSU has struggled through scoring droughts throughout this season, allowing teams to go on extended runs that have put the Spartans in deep holes they’ve struggled to work their way out of. This nearly proved fatal in the first half of MSU’s Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal against Iowa, and ultimately did the Spartans in against Ohio State the following day. It will be incumbent on Izzo and Appling to make sure MSU can get out of ruts by running proficient offensive sets.

MSU tournament history | A recap of how Tom Izzo’s teams have fared going into the NCAA Tournament since 2000 25-8 3 SEED set to play Valporaiso

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24-8 5 SEED lost to Butler in Final Four

26-6 2 SEED lost to UNC in Championship game

25-8 5 SEED lost to Memphis in Elite Eight

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22-11 6 SEED lost to George Mason in first round

22-6 5 SEED lost to UNC in Final Four

18-11 7 SEED lost to Nevada in first round

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KEY STAT: 14.5 turnovers per game. Ball control is a major problem for Valparaiso, ranking 265th in the country in turnovers per game. To pull off the upset, Valparaiso will need to avoid empty possessions, particularly turnovers that result in easy baskets for the Spartans. THE STATE NEWS ■■

Despite winning the Horizon League title for the second consecutive year under former NCAA Tournament hero Bryce Drew, many don’t know too much about the Spartans fi rst opponent in the NCAA Tournament. Nabbing the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region, the MSU men’s basketball team (25-8), will open tournament play against No. 14 seed Valparaiso (26-7) at the Palace of Auburn Hills this weekend. Here are a few tidbits to help fans get to know the Spartans' next opponent. BIGGEST STRENGTH: Outside shooting. Valparaiso is one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the league, using a relatively small lineup to space the floor and bring teams away from the basket. It will be critical for MSU to get out and contest

outside shooters, particularly for centers Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix, who are much bigger than Valparaiso’s starting five. BIGGEST WEAKNESS: Interior size. Valparaiso struggles to protect the rim defensively, ranking near the bottom of the country, 188th overall, in shot blocking, with no player averaging a single blocked shot per game. MSU’s big and physical combination of Nix and Payne inside could pose problems for an undersized Crusader frontcourt.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Valparaiso forward Ryan Broekhoff. The Australia native is a do-everything player for the Crusaders, leading the team in scoring, rebounding, 3-point shooting, blocked shots and minutes played. Standing 6-foot-7, Broekhoff is capable of connecting on shots from all over the floor, as one of three Crusaders shooting better than 39 percent from beyond the arc.

TALKING POINTS Izzo, players react to NCAA Tournament seeding, playing in Michigan “We have some work to do. We just have to clean up some rough edges. ... We have really proven again that we can play with anybody. But the little mistakes ... win and lose games this time of year. We have to make sure that we do enough that it doesn’t happen to us. We have to make sure that we are finding ways to win.” — MSU men's basketball coach


“I think we’re very focused right now. … We know what we’ve got to do to get better. We’ve got some experience in the tournament, (so) we’ve just got to focus in and take it game-bygame.” — Junior center


“We have a lot of guys that can have an impact on the game, so that works in our favor, especially in the tournament. We might have matchup problems in one game that we might not have in the next. That’s just good for us as we go down the road. road.”

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Spartan wrestlers prepare for NCAA Tournament next weekend By Zach Smith THE STATE NEWS â– â– 

Four Spartans will make their way to Des Moines, Iowa, next weekend after strong performances at the Big Ten Championships in Champaign, Ill. Senior 149-pounder Dan Osterman , sophomore 157-pounder Ryan Watts , sophomore 184-pounder John Rizqallah and junior heavyweight Mike McClure all punched their tickets to the big tournament. At an eight seed, McClure is the highest seed of the Spartans, and will face off against Riley Shaw, who finished the season 19-14 at Cleveland State. “It’s the last tournament of the year and really the tournament that people look back on,� McClure said. “I want to go there and become an All-American. It’s just time to let loose.� He said he’s been dealing with a strep infection that affected how he did at Big Ten Championships, where he finished seventh. McClure finished his first season in the starting lineup with a team-high 32 wins, including 15 in dual meets. This will


BASEBALL SWEEPS SANTA CLARA A trip to the Golden State last weekend ended with a sweep of Santa Clara for the MSU baseball team. The Spartans (9-7) built a four-run lead on Friday in game one before cruising to a 6-1 victory. Senior pitcher Andrew Waszak picked up the win, tallying five strikeouts against three hits, while sophomore catcher Blaise Salter and

“The mat is going to be the same. There’s going to be a lot of people there, but it’s still a wrestling match.� John Rizqallah, sophomore 184-pounder

be his first trip to the NCAA Championships. After a disappointing 1-2 finish at the Big Ten Championships, Rizqallah received an at-large bid by the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee, of which MSU head coach Tom Minkel is a member. He said even with the largest amount of pressure on him he’s had all season, he just had to get the poor performance out of his system and move on. “I’m not making it into something that it’s not; it’s just another match,� Rizqallah said. “The mat is going to be the same. There’s going to be a lot of people there, but it’s still a wrestling match.� He’ll go up against Mason Bailey of Navy in the first round. Watts broke into the starting lineup halfway through the season after senior 157-pounder David Cheza’s year ended early with a shoulder injury. In his first NCAA Champion-

ship appearance, he will wrestle sixth seeded Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State. Osterman has a chance at revenge. In his third and final trip to the NCAA Championships, he takes on Donnie Corby from Central Michigan, who he lost to in his final regular season match as a Spartan. When he saw who he was going up against in the first round, he was pleased, and said a win would definitely soften the blow. “It’s a perfect first-round match for me,� Osterman said. “I lost to him in my last home dual, so I guess it’s only fitting that I would wrestle him first round at the last tournament of my career.� All four wrestlers are good friends and said it will be beneficial to have each other to lean on if they need to. Head coach Tom Minkel will look to Osterman to lead the Spar-

freshman third baseman Justin Hovis led MSU with two hits apiece. Freshman pitcher Justin Alleman allowed Santa Clara’s only run in the bottom of the eighth inning before senior Trey Popp pitched the final two outs. In the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, MSU took an early lead and withstood a late comeback to win 7-5 behind a season-high 19 hits. Salter got it going for the Spartans with a two-run home run in a second inning that saw MSU bring in four runs. Santa Clara cut the lead to

one, though, by scoring runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. The Spartans put up three more runs in the final two innings to pull away, while Santa Clara managed just two. Freshman designated hitter Cam Gibson, sophomore first baseman Ryan Krill and Salter all recorded four-hit games for MSU, including three RBIs for Salter. In game two on Saturday, MSU out-hit Santa Clara in a 9-1 blowout win by a margin of 16-3. Again, an early homer propelled the Spartans, this

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time from senior catcher Joel Fisher, scoring three runs for MSU in the top of the second inning. The Spartans added three more in the third and another three during the last three innings. Santa Clara scored its lone run in the bottom of the sixth on a groundout that scored a runner. Fisher finished his day 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs, while Krill, senior left fielder Jordan Keur and sophomore right fielder Jimmy Pickens also collected three hits.

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MSU center hosts showing of documentary on adoptions By Omari Sankofa II THE STATE NEWS ■■


Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Changfu Chang, speaks to the crowd before one of his documentaries is viewed Saturday at The People’s Church of East Lansing.

Lansing resident Karen Swisher took her family to China in 2003. They visited Shaanxi, a province in the northern region known for coal mining. Her goal wasn’t to get away necessarily, but to adopt a daughter. The baby, whose birth name is Jilai, was given her American name, Kristin, by Karen Swisher’s son, MSU senior Jordan Swisher. “I really wanted him to feel like this was a family decision, not just my decision — which it was initially,” she said. The Swisher family currently are members of the Lansing chapter of Families with Children from China, or FCC, an organization dedicated to supporting families with adopted children from China. On Saturday, along with the MSU’s Family Resource Center, the FCC hosted documentarian Changfu Chang at The People’s Church of East Lansing, who screened his award-winning documentary, “Daughter’s Return.” Chang also discussed the challenges of raising Chinese children in an Ameri-

can society. “In the United States alone, there are 80,000 kids who are adopted,” Chang said. “What happens is that these children don’t have information about their birth families and their birth parents. As they come of age, as they grow up, they wonder about that information.” “Daughter’s Return” shows the experiences of two adopted Chinese girls who go to China to meet their birth parents. One girl is from the Netherlands, the other is from the U.S.. According to Chang, going back to China is an identity formation issue for many adopted Chinese children. “These things can have a big impact on the character temperament or identity of the individual,” Chang said. “So in the videos, lots of that information is about birth families. (The children) wonder what kind of people they will be, and what kind of people they can be.” Several families attended the event. Karen said that as a parent, knowing the right way to handle certain situations with her daughter can be difficult. However, Chang was very reassuring to the parents. “He strongly recommended that kids have a chance to go back to their birth country so that they don’t forget their heritage,” she said. However, locating the child’s birth parents can be a difficult ordeal for these families.

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ith a few decades of comedic experience under his belt, actor and comedian Judah Friedlander has become a man of many hats — literally. Friedlander Aside from his attire, Friedlander said he has been a part of the world of comedy since 1989, and has filled the role of host, stand-up comedian and author. After wrapping up filming for Season 7 of “30 Rock,” he said he is excited to get back to business, which includes a stop at Connxtions Comedy Club, 2900 N. East St., in Lansing, from March 21-23. The State News got the chance to speak with Friedlander about the show, as well his future solo projects. – Katie Abdilla, The State News State News: How does it feel to be done filming “30 Rock”? Judah Friedlander: “30 Rock” was great. I’m happy to be done with it. I accomplished something, and I’m looking forward to much more free time now to do projects I want to do. I was filming 40-80 hours a week and still doing stand-up every night — it’s exhausting.

SN: What projects are you currently working on? JF: I’m in the middle of making my own stand-up comedy documentary. I’ve been filming off and on and may do some filming in Michigan. I’ve been hosting this new show on National Geographic. It’s an hour show each week, and it’s about different mythological creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. SN: What made you decide to do a documentary rather than a comedy special? JF: I’ve turned down specials many times for creative purposes as well as legal control differences, and I decided to make my own (film). We’re in an age where it’s a little easier to make your own stuff and get it to people. It’s going to be a concert film, but part documentary also. SN: What do you think makes a show about mythological creatures so interesting to viewers? JF: It’s interesting because they’ve never been proven, but people still believe in it. Whether they exist or not, humans have a need to believe in those things. It’s fantasy. SN: How did you first get involved with comedy? JF: I used to do my own comic strips with jokes. When I was 16, I got introduced to stand-up and started writing jokes and performing at 19. It felt like home. SN: Do you ever feel nervous before performing stand-up? JF: It’s the most relaxing thing I do. If I was still nervous doing it, I would have quit years ago. I was nervous at first, but I’ve been doing this well over 20 years, often with several shows a night. If I got nervous still, that would be terrible.

A man of many hats Friedlander is rarely seen without his trademark look: personalized trucker hats emblazoned with phrases the comic comes up with on his own. Some are nonsensical, some bizarre, while some just feel... dirty. You be the judge:








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The State News is published by the students of Michigan State University, Monday through Friday during fall, spring and select days during s...