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Disorderly conduct increases from last St. Paddy’s day By Darcie Moran morandar@msu.edu THE STATE NEWS ■■

Despite colder temperatures this St. Patrick’s Day weekend, twice as many people were arrested for disorderly conduct than last year and almost 30 more were given citations as students took to the streets to celebrate. This year, East Lansing police recorded an increased number of overall calls, citations and arrests compared to St. Patrick’s Day weekend 2012. MSU police said the number of St. Patrick’s Day crimes would not be available until later in the week, and the MSU Clery Crime and Fire Log had no logged activity since Thursday. MSU police could not be reached by press time Monday to verify any issues with the crime log. East Lansing police Sgt. Marc Smith said Sunday that during the day, 20 officers, not including those assisting from other local departments, were on road patrol — four times the typical amount. Accounting senior Tara Stratford said the increased number of crimes recorded could have been because of what she believed was an increase in police presence on St. Patrick’s Day compared to the previous year.

Last year, a traffic post was pulled down by a St. Patrick’s Day celebrator and photos on social media showed bottles and debris in the streets. “I think it was safer for people overall,” Stratford said of this year, adding the colder weather was actually a good thing for students. “People were less likely to walk around aimlessly.” East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy said although officers anticipated larger crowds partying Saturday, extra police officers assigned to work Sunday were kept busy in the afternoon. “We did have extra police officers staffed for that day, so that helped to keep things calm,” Murphy said. “But what really helped was most of the people in town just a had a good time and didn’t get carried away and didn’t get out of hand.” Compared to last year, this St. Patrick’s Day weekend East Lansing police cited 27 more people for disorderly conduct, seven more people each for open intoxication and minor in possession incidents and eight more people for noise violations. Twice as many people as last year were arrested for See PADDY’S on page 2 X

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Rapper and hip-hop artists seek to foster local scene and positive community

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Marketing freshman Dustyn Frolka raps and records in his dorm room Monday in Emmons Hall. Frolka hopes to pursue a career in rapping.

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ustyn Frolka doesn’t have a TV in his room. What he does have is music production program FL Studio 10, a sound card to convert his microphone recordings into a digital format, and recording software Mixcraft 5. He’s an aspiring rapper known as “D-Fro,” already has performed five shows across Michigan this month. “I just grew up listening to the radio as a kid,” the marketing freshman said. “So it just grew from there. I started making my own little tracks when I was 13, 14 years old off a little Walmart mic. And it just went from there, building, progressing, getting more equipment, finding more things out.” Instead of watching college basketball,

Frolka sits in front of his computer, creating beats, writing verses and promoting his music — all in his Emmons Hall dorm room. Frolka is a new-age rapper — one who uses at-hand resources to get involved in the hip-hop scene. He’s performed in Detroit, Flint, Ann Arbor, Muskegon, even Atlanta. He has plans to perform in New York this summer. But one city is glaringly absent from the list: East Lansing. Frolka said that though he’s aware of many rappers in the area, the overall support from the scene is lacking. However, he knows that the framework for the scene exists. “Don’t say that there’s not a scene,” Frolka said. “It’s not that there’s not one, it just isn’t that unified.” There is a consensus among the rap community that the local scene isn’t unified. But there are people who are working on bringing the hip-hop community closer together. Back to their roots Seattle native and hip-hop artist Ozay Moore would agree the local hip-hop scene

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could be more unified. He began rhyming in 1993 and has released music for a number of labels. His involvement in rap recently has been more local, as he’s lived in Lansing for the past seven years. He described the scene as slowly fluctuating. “It’s breathing, barely,” he said. “But it breathes kinda up and down, up and down. There’s really strong artists here. There’s just no leadership, and the different leaders that have been here in the past got burnt out.” He founded his organization, “All of the Above Hip Hop Academy,” in January 2012. It’s an after-school mentoring program at the Lansing Oak Park YMCA that uses hip-hop and rap culture to stimulate young minds. “We’re giving youth an opportunity to experience hip-hop culture from a very historically accurate perspective,” Moore See RAP on page 2 X

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Head coach Suzy Merchant talks to sophomore guard Kiana Johnson during the Big Ten Tournament championship.

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The MSU women’s basketball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth-consecutive postseason. The Spartans — who fell to Purdue in the finals of the Big Ten Tournament on March 10 — were given a No. 5 seed, sending them to College Park, Md., to face No. 12 seed Marist at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. If MSU beats the Red Foxes, it’ll take on the winner of No. 4 seed Maryland and No. 13 seed Quinnipiac in the second round. When the bracket was revealed on ESPN’s selection show Monday evening, it was met with cheers as the Spartans were caught slightly off-guard with their seeding. MSU expected to be either a No. 7, 8 or 9 seed, which reflected the most recent ESPN.com projections. “I felt good about the way we finished,” head coach Suzy Merchant said. “We’re going back to a place we were exactly one year ago, so we’re familiar with where we’re going.” The Spartans lost their opening game in the tournament to Louisville last season in College Park.

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A possible game against MaryBy Dillon Davis land on its home court looms davisdi4@msu.edu if MSU and the Terrapins both THE STATE NEWS win Saturday. Senior forward Courtney The story always reads the Schiffauer said the familiarisame way. ty of Maryland’s arena could When the calendar fl ips to be beneficial for MSU. March, Tom Izzo takes his inten“Whatever little edge you sity to another level as his team can get in the NCAA Tourmakes a run at the title. It’s nament, you’re going a long-celebrated tradito take,” Schiffaution surrounding the er said. MSU men’s basketCoaches and ball team, almost More online … players began as consistent as To watch video scouting Metdeath and taxes looking at both men’s ro Atlantic Ath— or NCAA Tourand women’s teams, letic Conference nament appearancvisit statenews.com/ champion Marist es under Izzo. multimedia. m i nute s a f ter With the Spartans the matchup was (25-8) ramping up for announced. Merchant the program’s 16th consecsaid she’s become very familiar utive appearance in the NCAA with the Red Foxes’ program Tournament this week starting throughout the years, calling Thursday against Valparaiso them, “NCAA slayers.” (12:15 p.m., CBS), it’s become “They are a very, very good only customary to expect a simteam,” Merchant said. “They ilar ascent in the team’s play have four seniors, two of them starting with the head coach. are redshirt seniors. They’re However, sophomore guard extremely well-coached and Travis Trice said through a void they play a style that’s very in player leadership and playing difficult to defend.” a particularly daunting schedMSU has earned a trip to the ule, Izzo hasn’t broke stride from where he started, dating back to the team’s first exhibiSee WOMEN’S on page 2 X ■■

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Senior center Derrick Nix goes to shoot a free throw as teammate junior guard Keith Appling watches during the first round of the Big Ten Tournament against Iowa on Friday.

tion game in October 2012. “(We) got a lot of freshmen that are playing, and I think that adds in to (Izzo’s intensity),” Trice said. “With us not having

that clear-cut leader like (former Spartan Draymond Green), it’s really added into it.” The Spartans earned a No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region of

the NCAA Tournament and open up with the No. 14-seeded Crusaders at The Palace of Auburn See MEN’S on page 2 X


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Police brief Break sees spike in drunken driving Just more than half the typical number of drunken driving incidents in a month were reported on campus for the single week of spring break, according to the MSU Clery Crime and Fire Log. From March 1-10, there were 11 drunken driving incidents reported on campus, according to the updated reports for the week. For the entire month of February, there were about 20 incidents of drunken driving recorded in the log. In a previous interview, MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said police might have been better able to spot drunken drivers during spring break because fewer students were on campus and fewer cars were on the road. One burglary, five larcenies and two incidents involving the destruction of property also were reported on campus for spring break, according to the log. A single minor in possession incident and seven involving marijuana, other drugs or narcotic equipment also were reported. There were about 20 incidents involving illegal substances reported for the entirety of February. DARCIE MORAN

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said. Many Lansing rappers are affiliates of the organization, a list that includes members of BLAT! Pack and emcee Sareem Poems. “Hip-hop is a dominant language in our generation, but it’s also misunderstood,” Moore said. “That’s why we emphasize community, that’s why we emphasize education and especially alternative education.” Through the organization, Moore hopes to build a sense of community among the Lansing rappers as well. “We can get these young folks to take ownership of the culture that they’re going to be contributing to,” he said. “That’s just a lot of what we’re doing. We want to stimulate the hip-hop scene here and build longevity and stability.” Austin Jackson, an assistant professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, is involved not only in All of the Above but has his own mentoring program, My Brother’s Keeper. The program provides black youth with college student men-

tors. The program has seen support from the BLAT! Pack, too. Jackson said he sees local rappers doing more than just performing and making money. “I see young men and women uniting over the means of cultural production in the service in their communities,” he said. “My major thing here is the way that people in the East Lansing community and students from MSU are doing a lot more. They’re getting hip-hop back to their roots.”

Expanding the community Fusion Shows co-owner Irving Ronk believed Lansing’s hip-hop scene was underrepresented. So, at the beginning of last fall, Fusion Shows decided to put a greater focus on hip-hop. “It’s always been one of those things that we wanted to do, but last fall is when we really started to make a big effort,” Ronk said. Thus far, the decision has paid off. A few of the big name acts Fusion Shows has brought include Rockie Fresh and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. In addition, the decision has opened the door for local rappers, many of them students, to perform for local audiences. “There are a lot of performers that were looking for shows, but not a lot of shows going on,” Ronk said. “So we wanted to give those performers the opportuni-

ty to perform and also work on their craft.” Ronk said he sees MSU artists perform almost once a week, usually at Mac’s Bar. “We started to see the enthusiasm that people had about those hip-hop shows, and it made us intrigued in doing smaller ones,” he said. One such student rapper, advertising sophomore Greg Waddell — or G. Wiz, as he’s known to his listeners — performed his first show at The Loft last October. For Waddell, rap is a means of telling a story. “It’s easy to start out, because you don’t need to have that crazy, amazing, God-given vocal talent,” he said. “You just need to have the ability to write, which I think a lot more people have instead of fine-tuned vocals.” Through performing and going to shows, Waddell realized the scene is bigger than many expect. “I’ve done a couple of shows, and I’ve been to a couple more, and I’ve seen six or seven artists that are just straight out of East Lansing, either just graduating MSU or still enrolled at MSU, and they’re putting on amazing shows,” he said. “And I didn’t expect that until I started seeing it with my own eyes, and I was really impressed.” Up-and-coming Chicago art-

ist Chance the Rapper is coming to The Loft next Wednesday. Ronk said Chance the Rapper has a good chance of becoming a member of the XXL Magazine’s 2013 Freshman Class. The yearly honor goes to 10 of the biggest rising artists of that year. “It’s not just the local acts, but it’s also up and coming national acts,” Ronk said. Chance the rapper doesn’t have a radio single to his name, but could have performed anywhere. According to Ronk, the fact that Chance decided to perform in Lansing vindicates his decision to push hip-hop to the forefront. “He was figuring out his tour, and they said, ‘You can play in Lansing, you can play in Grand Rapids, you can play in Kalamazoo, you can play in Ann Arbor. Where do you want to play?’ And to pick Lansing, that means a lot,” Rock said. One of the main goals Ronk hopes to accomplish is to build a community around the growing hip-hop scene. “It’s really interesting because one of our initiatives behind doing hip-hop shows is that we wanted that community to build a lot like the rock community has, as far as the artists getting along and working with each other and really building a scene,” Ronk said. “And that’s definitely happened.”

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Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. Given MSU advances, it will play the winner of No.6 seed Memphis and the winner of the First Four game between Middle Tennessee and Saint Mary’s. Many college basketball experts anticipate the Midwest Region being one of the most challenging in the NCAA Tournament by featuring the overall No. 1 seed Louisville, No. 2 seed Duke and dark horse teams, including No. 4 seed Saint Louis and Memphis. Yet, after playing the thirdtoughest strength-of-schedule in the nation — including nine teams who earned NCAA Tournament bids — Izzo said the team knows what to expect from him this time of year and should be prepared based on

what they’ve done. “The advantage to playing tough teams, being at that high intensity level almost all the time, is that (it) becomes part of your fiber, part of who you are, part of who your team is,” Izzo said. “I think that is what helps you. It’s repetition. It’s the same.” It’s a mentality starting with Izzo and adopted by many members of the team, including senior center Derrick Nix. The Detroit native has played in the Big Dance in each of the three previous seasons, highlighted by an appearance in the 2010 Final Four against Butler — a game the team lost, 52-50. With one final opportunity to take home the NCAA Tournament title, Nix said it requires the same drive for success the team has held the entire season. “We wanted to (win) the regular season and the tournament but things happen,” Nix said. “We just gotta have that same fi re in the NCAA’s now.”

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Heading back to College Park, MSU looks to improve Big Dance for the fifth time in Merchant’s six years on the bench. She led the Spartans to the championship of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament in the 2007-08 season, her first in East Lansing. The deepest the Spartans have advanced under Merchant is the 2008-09 Sweet 16. “We know we’re capable of making a tournament run,” senior guard Jasmine Thomas said. “That needs to be our mindset as we go game to game.”

More police potentially lead to more arrests disorderly conduct, up to 18 from nine. There were 31 fewer calls this year for party litter issues and minor in possession arrests had similar numbers both years. Marketing sophomore Jaclyn Stelter said she was surprised by the heightened number of disorderly conduct and drinking related citations this year. “I think less people went out because of the weather,” Stelter said. “Maybe the cops were trying to step up.”

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Associate history professor Ethan Segal talks Monday at the International Center about the effects of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant crisis that devastated Japan two years ago. The recovery efforts and prospects for the future also were discussed.

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Graduate student Tomoko Taki was in Tokyo when the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit the northeastern part of Japan on March 11, 2011. “It was scary when it happened two years ago,” Taki said. “I went to pray in Tokyo for the people right after it happened.” After attending Japan’s Triple Disasters: Hope and Recovery, Challenges and Concerns forum by the Asian Studies Center’s on Monday in the International Center, Taki was all smiles to see people still cared about Japan. The natural disaster about t wo years ago drastically changed Japan and surrounding countries. Relief projects and efforts to rebuild Japan began quickly after the natu-

ral disaster occurred, but there still is much more to be done to bring the country back to life, said Ethan Segal, associate professor in the Department of History, who spoke on the panel at the forum. After the earthquake and tsunami, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was closed. Segal said since the incident, almost all nuclear power plants in Japan have been closed. The radiation damage that followed caused many in the U.S. to fear the use of nuclear power, and Segal said it was a sign that Michigan needs to take away lessons and observe the way Japan handled the incident. “MSU is a leader in global education, and this was open to the public for the reason to understand international events,” said Julie Hagstrom, assistant director of the Asian Studies Center. Because of MSU’s study

abroad program, Hagstrom also said this can help students prepare for academic visits to Japan. “This talk is one way for students to understand what they see when they go to Japan for study abroad,” Hagstrom said. “This also shows how MSU can provide ongoing support because there is a great deal of interest.” After traveling to Japan, Segal said he wanted to share information about the social and political effects of the disaster. “In the U.S., other news events in 2011 pushed (the) event in Japan off front pages,” Segal said. “(I wanted to) refresh (everyone’s) memory and call attention to the longterm issues to what the people in Japan have been going through.”

Cocaine, rats and brains. The unlikely combination has led assistant professors in MSU’s Neuroscience Program A.J. Robison and Michelle Mazei-Robison to their recently published study on cocaine addiction that could develop some new avenues for the reversal of potential lifelong addictions to the stimulant. After more than four years of data collection and analysis in rodents, Robison said he has discovered a correlation in the feed-forward loop between two proteins, DeltaFosB and CaMKII, that build off of one another when cocaine is involved and fuel long-term addictions. Robison said when giving cocaine-infused rats a genetically modified medicine, these feed-forward loops reversed, preventing the normal response to cocaine — a pattern that also could alter and reverse the addiction to cocaine in humans. “This is not a cure for addiction,” he said. “This (research) is evidence for some places where we can intervene in the addic-

tive process and perhaps develop those … in the future.” The study was funded with multiple grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Robison said. He could not report an estimate of the amount. Mazei-Robison said although different types of drugs affect the brain in different ways, cocaine is one of the most addictive and difficult drugs to shake. Dennis Martell, the director of health promotion at Olin Health Center, said throughout the past few years, drug use at MSU has been decreasing. According to the MSU Student Health Assessment for Spring 2012, cocaine is not the most commonly used drug amongst students, falling behind marijuana and other illegal drugs, including inhalants and opiates. About 96 percent of student respondents reported never using cocaine, according to the assessment. Responses showed cocaine use decreased about 1 percent from 2010. Neuroscience freshman Megan Kechner, who works as an undergraduate research assistant for the program, said she feels as if this statistic is an accurate repre-

sentation of students at MSU. But it’s important to realize addictions do exist, she said. This is one of the reasons that sparked Kechner’s interest in studying addiction. “I see it as not necessarily common in today’s society, but it is something that needs to be brought up and future research is only benefitting this happening,” she said. Director of the MSU Neuroscience Program James Galligan said Robison and MazeiRobison’s research can lead to advances in the treatment of narcotic addictions about 10 years from now, hopefully reducing the risk of lifelong addictions to cocaine. “(Cocaine addicts) are always at risk for relapse,” he said. “What A.J. and Michelle have done, they have identified some specific protein changes in the brain (in) cocaine using rats and mice that could last a lifetime … and similar changes occur in human users.” Martell said if any student is having trouble with an addiction or knows someone who needs help, they should contact the Counseling Center.

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MSU RECEIVES $3 MILLION DAIRY GRANT The College of Veterinary Medicine banked nearly $3 million from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, for veterinary medicine professor Ronald Erskine’s dairy research. Erskine leads a group of researchers who work to decrease mastitis, an udder infection, and antibiotic use while increasing the feasibility of dairy farms. Their past work won them the grant, which also was awarded to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, Mississippi State University and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. According to a press release, the five-year grant will help fund Erskine’s research to reduce mastitis, which can cost up to $600 to treat per infection. Mastitis negatively affects the milk the cow can produce and the overall health of the cow. He said Michigan is one of the top states in controlling the quality of milk and mastitis. The infection can be spread through contact with contaminated materials, such as hands or machinery. “If we can find better ways to prevent the disease from occurring, then we won’t need to use drugs,” he said. “That would (be) good for farmers, good for consumers and good for the health of the cow. It’s a win-win situation.”

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t’s hard to imagine spending a weekend in East Lansing without finding yourself in a situation in which you need to use a taxi.

Whether it’s a way of getting back from a party or a trip to the bar, East Lansing’s taxicab services are a staple to the weekend nightlife scene in the city. For about $6 a trip, taxicabs offer East Lansing residents and students a safe and reliable form of evening transportation, saving them from potentially harmful situations. However as valued as this service is, in time, the

cost of paying for these rides becomes an inconvenience many feel is too excessive. But this problem might become a concern of the past thanks to a new bill passed by MSU’s undergraduate student government. On Thursday night, ASMSU general assembly members voted to pass a bill to increase the student tax by 50 cents to fund three vehicles to provide safe evening transportation. The increase of tax comes from the amount undergraduate students already pay for the student government’s services and will be raised from $18 to $18.50 per semester per student. The Safe Ride program will offer free transportation home to any ASMSU tax-paying student, and be operational Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. The cabs will be operated by students, with job postings being made available on MySpartanCareer.com. A pilot program is set to be launched next month to see how students respond to the service, but, if successful, this program indicates something that has the potential to do enormous good for the students at MSU. At almost any point throughout the year, many

“Music means a lot to me. I have known how to play piano for about as long as I’ve known how to read, and I have no plans to stop. I listen to an absurd variety of music: classical to jazz, rock to hip-hop — a little pop when I’m in the mood. My iTunes library is a little unwieldy, clocking in at around 10,000 tracks.” — Milan Griffes, State News reporter

risks can await an Read the rest online at individual who doesn’t statenews.com/blog. have access to a safe form of transportation. From extreme weather conditions in the winter to the risk of abuse and sexual assault, finding an inexpensive method of going to and from desired locations can be a risky undertaking for program is really feasible — and whether three many students. For those who elect not to pay the fee charged vehicles is enough to shuttle thousands of stuby taxicab services, these fears become things dents home each night — the tremendous upside they must be cautious of during their late-night to this program is something that’s impossible to overlook. walks. If carried out in the best way, ASMSU’s Safe But ASMSU’s new program has the potential to make finding a reliable ride home at the end of Ride program could reduce drunken driving incithe night something not exclusive to those who dents, limit the amount of money students incur on traditional taxicab services and make the fears are able to repeatedly pay this fee. For the additional 50 cents a year, students not associated with walking home at night something only will be able to avoid paying the cost associat- no one has to deal with. A student-body vote to increase the fee or not ed with the using a taxicab service but also avoid many of the other risks students face late at night will take place in April, and hopefully this program is approved and can become the first of many steps on the weekends. Although some could question whether this toward improving the overall safety of students.

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ANDY CURTIS curtisa7@msu.edu

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Thank you for this piece. I am an alum and an East Lansing resident raising a family. This morning I had to explain to my six-year-old why there were students roaming the streets and “acting weird.” I had to explain to her why a strange man walked into her violin teacher’s house during her lesson and her teacher and I had to tell him he was in the wrong house and hope he left. A friend had to explain to her six-yearold why two students were lying on the ground by the road being cared for by paramedics. I really appreciate the sentiments you’ve expressed in this piece. It is going to take students like you as well as some serious engagement by the city and the university to change this reputation. I want to be proud of my university and my city, but once again today I am embarrassed. I know these are not all MSU students...but sadly they are the ones who get noticed. EL resident, March 17 via statenews.com

Would you take advantage of the MSU Safe Ride program?

While I agree this behavior is unacceptable, East Lansing’s permanent residents are always first to blame students for whatever irks the city. Instead of recognizing that the 1 percent of the student body creating trouble is a small minority and that many students behave properly, everyone’s considered an out of control drunk.

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If there is one thing the far-right uring the past presand far-left have in common, it is ident ia l elec t ion that they refuse to listen and shut and now into 2013, you down if you try to ask a quesI noticed something tion or, even worse, question their that really bothered me. It caught beliefs. Both sides also unequivocalme by surprise, but when I thought ly believe they know best about about it, I came to the conclusion every issue presented, whether it that it actually might be at the core be recycling, abortion, birth conof all the problems we have faced, trol or gay marriage. If you ever want to get in the now face and will conmiddle of a vicious tinue to face in the GUEST COLUMNIST fight, disagree with a member of either side future. and try to get your ideas across. You might It revolves around a as well scream at the statement made somemoon and beat your time in fall 2012: that head against the wall. political moderates are So, if you stop for a dead or dying breed. a second and think I realized I was a moderate and I wondered if about the current state CRAIG GUNN gunn@egr.msu.edu my life expectancy was of affairs, it is relativeto be short lived. ly easy to follow the Was I to be one of the last peo- above statements. ple who believes we have to take The leaders of both houses of govinto consideration all ideas, includ- ernment make little, if any, effort ing the wackos on both sides of to listen to each other because as the median ground? Then, in the they tell you, “We believe in Repubend, put all those ideas out on the lican ideals! We believe in Demotable, make conscious decisions cratic standards!” that will positively impact as many I just wish for once they actupeople as possible and move for- ally believed in America, the land ward with a view on truly improv- where you and I live and suffer ing society? under the bondage of the left and I have discovered when a politi- the right. They don’t speak for you cian opens his or her mouth, when and me because, come to think of your neighbor starts spouting dia- it, maybe there are a lot more modtribes about his right to carry 300 erates than one might believe. high-powered Bushmasters in his When you listen to the far-right trunk or when you get accosted and the far-left, one would think by a PETA fanatic who screams at they don’t speak the same lanyou to protect dogs and cats but guage when issues come into the believes in abortion, you quickly light of day. are hit with the present state of No one can compromise on gay America. marriage because marriage was We are being driven to exist in instituted by God and given to a either a far-right conservative dun- people who enter marriage only geon or a far-left liberal haze. I find to call it quits at a failure rate of very few, if any, of the above char- more than 50 percent. acters who make any effort to lisOne would think one side would ten to anything but the voices they contemplate the dire insult providhear in their own heads. ed to God for violating his marMost of what they allude to has riage dictates. But don’t argue that no ultimate basis in fact. It all one or the fur will fly. revolves around their emotional Marriage is sacrosanct and only stake in the argument presented. for heterosexuals, even though When you go to the web and hit they treat it like yesterday’s garthe familiar sites that provide def- bage. Interesting! initions and knowledge, you fi nd We are told living in moderation a moderate defi ned as, “A sane will make us healthy, so we exerperson; someone with a political cise and eat the right foods. We get belief that sits between the two a good night’s sleep and we pracextremes of liberal and conser- tice breathing deeply and correctvative, usually combining aspects ly. We cut back on the sweets and of both; someone who seeks com- try to eat a few more apples and promise on political issues and, peaches a week. as such, gets insulted by the two I think it is time to refute the extremes who just don’t get the comment that moderates are dead idea that this form of government or dying, and scream that we are survives by compromise; someone far from dead. We are very much whose political beliefs seem quiet alive and ready to take back the and mild, and, as such, is always country. If the far-right and the farignored by the media, which seeks left can’t do the job we sent them to out people from the screechy left do, let’s come up with a good name and shrill right because they make for the moderate party and return for better sound bites.” Washington to a form of sanity we Isn’t it interesting that moder- haven’t seen for decades. ates actually have a trait that says Either that or let’s just stay quiet they “listen?” and watch our world collapse.


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MONTEREY JAZZ FEST HEADS TO WHARTON WEDNESDAY

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Since its founding in 1958, producers of the Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, Calif., have striven to transform the event into a mirror in the face of the contemporary jazz world. Having featured jazz heavyhitters, such as Miles Davis and Billie Holiday, the festival’s marketing associate, Timothy Orr, said it has inspired many wellknown musical celebrations, including Woodstock. “The attitude toward live music and presence of the live music makes it special,” Orr said. “It’s really laid-back and very much a family reunion every year, when people been coming for decades.” Aside from the festival itself, which will be held in September, MSU will play host to the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 55th Anniversary Celebration.

ist, and there aren’t a lot of jazz singers right now that can do that.” The tour will be conducted by Rodney Whitaker, the director of jazz studies in the MSU College of Music. Whitaker has become known at MSU and across the country as a top performer, which Wharton Center’s Public Relations Manager Bob Hoffman said put him on the radar. “Within the College of Music, a lot of people have come to follow Rodney and his group,” Hoffman said. To keep a finger on the pulse of East Lansing’s music scene, Hoffman said it seemed logical to showcase the tour for East Lansing’s jazz presence. “It made sense to get them here since many of the performers have come here before,” Hoffman said. “Jazz is a popular genre at Wharton Center, and we try to reference what the community wants. There are a lot of jazz lovers here.”

The annual nationwide tour will come to MSU for the first time Wednesday at Wharton Center. “For the Wharton Center festival, we wanted to put people together who have a long history and represent what the festival is all about,” Orr said. “They represent the state of jazz today and have a close connection with the Monterey Jazz Festival.” The lineup for the tour includes Flint, Mich., native Dee Dee Bridgewater, who has won three Grammy Awards and will play Billie Holiday in the off-Broadway’s upcoming show, “Lady Day.” “A lot of young jazz singers see her as an influence now,” said Danny Melnick, the producer of the Monterey Jazz Festival tour. “Dee Dee is one of the top three or four jazz singers in terms of size of the performance … she’s someone who could carry a whole night in a concert hall more so than an opening art-

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Jazz bassist Christian McBride, pictured, and the artists of the Monterey Jazz Festival will perform Wednesday at Wharton Center. Tickets are available at whartoncenter.com.

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Football spring practice starts, open positions seek players By Zach Smith smithza9@msu.edu THE STATE NEWS ■■

Entering his seventh spring as head football coach, the goals largely remain the same for Mark Dantonio and the MSU football team. With spring football practice getting underway today, winning a Big Ten Championship and going to the Rose Bowl are at the top of the list. “The foundation has been set,” Dantonio said. “I feel definitely that’s in place, expectations have continued to be raised around here, which they should, and really it’s now a time I believe to sort of fulfill our dreams as we move forward here with this next class.” The Spartans have 52 lettermen returning and 17 redshirt freshmen who haven’t played a snap yet. The coaching staff is welcoming in a couple new coaches with the addition of Jim Bollman as the co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach, and Ron Burton as the defensive line coach. Despite being with the team

for a short period of time, both coaches already have made an impact, Dantonio said. “Coach Burton has been tremendous out on the field when I’ve watched him, very active with his players, great drills that simulate a lot of the things a defensive lineman would do without stepping over the line,” he said. “Jim Bollman is probably two weeks behind him, and he’s with the offense and with our tight ends and they’ve not done as much on the field because we had a week off, so he’s just been here a week with our players. He’s a very, very good football coach, and I think he’s brought some new ideas and implemented some new things already.” After losing the Big Ten’s leading rusher Le’Veon Bell, there will be an open competition at the running back position. Dantonio compared it to losing Kirk Cousins and a talented crop of wide receivers and tight ends following the 2011 season. Juniors Nick Hill and Jeremy Langford are at the top of the depth chart, but Dantonio isn’t afraid to let redshirt freshman Nick Tompkins or one of

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Then-junior quarterack Andrew Maxwell prepares for a snap against Wisconsin. The Spartans defeated the Badgers, 16-13, on Oct. 27, 2012, at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisc.

the talented incoming freshmen compete for the starting job. Quarterback is another position

up from grabs this spring. Senior Andrew Maxwell played the majority of last season, but sophomore Connor Cook played

well in the Spartans bowl game, and Dantonio said redshirt freshman Tyler O’Connor will get reps with the first team this spring.

“You’ve got Tyler O’Connor, who starts as a redshirt freshmen with us, and I think he’ll be very exciting,” Dantonio said. “I think it’s very, very important that he work with the ones and the twos, that he has that opportunity.” Senior linebacker Denicos Allen, sophomore offensive lineman Jack Allen and sophomore linebacker Ed Davis will not take part in spring practice because of injuries, while senior Darqueze Dennard will wait until later in the spring to strap on the pads. With 164 days between now and kickoff against Western Michigan on Aug. 30, Dantonio said there still are challenges ahead for the Spartans, but they’re proud of what they accomplished. “We’ve climbed some mountains here,” Dantonio said. “You can never forget where we’ve come from, who we are, and most importantly, how difficult it was to get there and how difficult it is to stay there.”

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MSU’s Payne, Valparaiso’s Broekhoff is marquee matchup

By Josh Mansour mansou13@msu.edu THE STATE NEWS ■■

Seventeen hours after Tom Izzo said he wanted to see more film of the Spartans’ first NCAA Tournament opponent before commenting on them, MSU’s head coach made his way back to the very same podium with some bags under his eyes and very possibly the same set of clothes on. “I’ve got a feeling that I’ve got the same clothes on that I had on

yesterday, and some of you have the same clothes that you had on,” Izzo said to the media with a smile. “I’ve got a better excuse than you do.” Anxious days and sleepless nights have returned in full force for Izzo and the Spartans, as the No. 3 seed MSU men’s basketball team (25-8) prepares to take on No. 14 seed Valparaiso (26-7) at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday (12:15 p.m., CBS). Yet, it wasn’t something he spotted in hours watching film

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that scared Izzo most about the Crusaders, but rather something he could have noticed in just a quick glance at their roster. “The number one issue we have with (them) is (this is) a complete senior-ladened team with five starters, as I said last night, all seniors, two of them fifth year seniors,” he said. “Experience at the end of the line I think helps you play at a different level. So that’s the bad news for us.” The concern stems from the composure Valparaiso displayed

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throughout this season, particularly in a game against Detroit, where the Crusaders rallied to steal a one-point victory after trailing by 18 points at halftime and 11 points with three minutes to go. Valparaiso forward Ryan Broekhoff said it’s the type of game they wouldn’t have won a year ago. “We have a lot of trust and a lot of camaraderie between us,” Broekhoff said. “We know how each other plays. We know how each other thinks. It really benefits us when we get tired or when things don’t go our way.” Broekhoff is a particular match-

up nightmare for the Spartans as part of an undersized lineup that looks to stretch the floor with outside shooting. The most dynamic shooter is the 6-foot-7 forward, who leads the team in 3-point shooting percentage (43.2 percent), scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and minutes played. Defending him will be the initial responsibility of junior center Adreian Payne, although Izzo conceded sophomore guard/forward Branden Dawson could get a shot at it as well. “It’s going to be difficult guarding another guard, similar to (Ohio State’s Deshaun) Thomas,

who can shoot the ball very well,” Payne said. “The whole team can shoot the ball very well. They’re quick and they run their offense very hard. It’s just another challenge I’ve got to come up to and take it face-to-face.” Although he recognized MSU’s size advantage, Broekhoff said Valparaiso has a confident group, ready to embrace the challenge. “We’ve got a little bit of everything on the offensive end, and defensively, we try to see ourselves as a shut-down defense,” he said. “We might not be the biggest team in the world, but we play hard, we play physical and we try to leave it all on the floor.”

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