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students protest law requiring insurance rider for abortions By Olivia Dimmer THE STATE NEWS nn

MSU students, professors and Lansing-area residents protested on the steps of the Capitol Tuesday against a new law that requires women to purchase an additional rider if they want abortion procedures covered by insurance. Under the new law, women carrying insurance have the option to buy additional coverage for abortions, instead of having abortion coverage included in their benefits. States are allowed to enforce this through a provision of the Affordable Care Act. Michigan’s law, which took effect this past Thursday, makes no exception for cases of rape or incest. Psychology and philosophy freshman Jessa Stegall organized Tuesday’s protest and is a member of MSU Students United. She, along with about 20 other protesters, marched around the Capitol building and held signs with slogans such as “My body, my choice,” and “End the war on women.” The protesters argued the new law would limit women’s access to legal and constitutionally-protected health care. “I think it’s completely unfair women can’t decide their own fate when it comes to that,” Stegall said. “It’s a part of the war on women.” Michigan Right to Life led the successful citizen-initiated petition to push the abortion rider legislation into law, collecting more than 300,000 signatures on a proposal that was later approved by a majority legislators in both the House and Senate. Gov. Rick Snyder, who had vetoed a similar bill approved by the state legislature, was not given the opportunity to review or veto the law per the conditions of the signature. Michigan Right to Life Spokeswoman Genevieve Marnon was surprised at the opposition demonstrated at the protest, noting that Michigan is the 24th state to offer rider-only abortion insurance. “I’m surprised we are getting so much push-back,” she said. “We’re only exercising that which was built into the Affordable Care Act.” Other members of the MSU community came out to show their support, including assistant professor Penny Gardner, who said she has been advocating for women’s rights for 55 years. See PROTEST on page 2 u

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Supply chain management sophomore Huanchen Lu folds origami on Tuesday at Wells Hall. He heard about the event in his Japanese culture class when his professor announced it.

Connecting cultures Students remember anniversary of Japanese earthquake by participating in Japan Week


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little more than three years have passed since one of the largest earthquakes on record struck the coast of Japan and shook a nation to its core, killing more than 15,000 people. Thousands more went missing, and the amount of destruction the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami caused millions of dollars in damage to the country’s infrastructure.

Three years later, the MSU community spent several days remembering and reflecting on the incident in an annual event known as Japan Week. On Tuesday evening, about 20 people closed the week of events by folding 270 Sonobe modules, which came together to create a piece of origami known as an Epcot ball. The Epcot ball allowed people to work towards a bigger goal piece by piece, alluding to the rebuilding of Japan since 2011, said Betsy

Lavolette, a second language studies doctoral student. People interested in learning more about the Japanese culture joined Lavolette, who led Tuesday’s origami workshop, to learn how to form the sonobe pieces comprising the Epcot ball. Lavolette said she studied Japanese during her undergraduate years at MSU, which gives her a personal connection to Japan Week. Throughout the week, attendees and event organizers reflected on the disasters and attempted to raise

Poetry, film and origami played a part in japan week

Supply chain management sophomore Youxian Su makes a large origami piece made Tuesday at Wells Hall.

awareness for a country that suffered so much, but still was able to come back. Past vs. present For the past two years at MSU, Japan Week has focused on commemorating the March 11, 2011, tsunami and earthquake disasters. Before the disasters took place, Japan Week was an event solely focusing on Japanese culture, featuring different speakers and film series, said Catherine Ryu, associate professor of Japanese. Since then, Japan Week

has become more of a remembrance event. The Asian Studies Center has always dedicated a time period for specific Asian communities, even before the disasters took place, said Julie Hagstrom, the center’s assistant director. “It’s a tradition here at MSU and a tradition for the Asian Studies Center to do either a Japan Month or Week,” Hagstrom said. “In this particular case, commemorating the events of 3/11, as people have come See JAPAN on page 2 u

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Aikido club promotes harmony CATA reps talk bus rapid transit system at city council Staff advisor Joe Petroff teaches an Aikido move to graduate student John Riesen, left, on March 18, 2014, at IM SportsWest during an Aikido Club meeting. Aikido is a Japanese martial art. ­— Julia Nagy, SN See the story on page 5

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With the potential development of a rapid transit system on the Michigan and Grand River avenues corridor, Capital Area Transportation Authority, or CATA, representatives hope the change could minimize travel time from East Lansing to downtown Lansing. The rapid transit adjustment would include a travel lane to accommodate multicab buses and likely eliminate certain routes. The potential bus system would run down the Mich-

“We will take many pots of money — state money, private money, grants — to fund this project. We are progressively looking for funding to pay for this.” Debbie Alexander, CATA’s assistant executive director

igan Avenue and Grand River Avenue corridor and replace the Route 1 bus. Unlike the current CATA vehicles, the rapid transit system would use large multi-cab buses often seen in large cities such as Chicago or New York City. So far, the plan includes boarding on either side and 28 stations along the corridor instead of the usual bus stops.

If it is approved, the project could begin in 2016. The prospect of the system consumed the majority of East Lansing’s City Council meeting on Tuesday. Debbie Alexander, CATA’s assistant executive director and rapid transit project manager, gave a special presenta-

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News brief Buildings evacuated because of gas leak A number of buildings were evacuated on north campus just south of the Red Cedar River Tuesday morning because of a suspicious odor that investigators believed was a gas leak, according to MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor. The buildings evacuated included Farrall, Erikson and Olds Halls, as well as the Administration building and the Main Library. Investigators later determined the odor was from a bottle that broke in the chemistry building and vented outside through the fume hood. Buildings were checked and students were allowed to return to class. The odor is non-hazardous and there is no threat to safety. GEOFF PRESTON


Each Japan Week event reflected on a different aspect of Japanese culture and how the earthquake affected it from page one

to call it by shorthand, is really important because it’s a historical event.” The Asian Studies Center is an all-Asia center and only one of two in the nation. The center receives its funding from the Department of Education and was a co-sponsor of this year’s event. Reflecting on disaster In the past few years, scientists came in to discuss the ramifications of the disasters. But this year, Ryu said she chose to go about it a little differently.

“A lot of people know very little about Japan. They know anime ... but they don’t know what a great people they are or even what they’ve gone through.” Emily Hammond, Japanese senior

She invited students studying Japanese to present poetry expressing their feelings about the disasters and reflecting on the incident as a whole. “I wanted to think about the way we deal with disasters as it happens and then how we capture that experience through different mediums,” Ryu said. “I chose poetry because quiet language (addresses) deeper layer of our thoughts, things that we cannot really express in prose.” Students studying Japanese wrote their own haiku or tanka, which are forms of Japanese poetry with specific structures. Ruipeng Lu, an international relations sophomore from China, said he wrote a tanka poem to express his best wishes to Japan.

“First of all it’s a foreign language to write, so it’s a little bit hard for me to get direct feeling from the poem,” Lu said. “But after I read some haiku or tanka from other people, I feel more and more impressed and I can feel the sadness and somehow the positive feeling inside it.” Along with poetry, other students wrote their reactions to essays written by children who experienced the tsunami and earthquake. Japanese senior Emily Hammond, who wrote a reaction piece, said it is important to remember and raise awareness of the immense the struggle Japan went through, even three years later. “A lot of people know very little about Japan,” Hammond said. “They know anime …

Continued but they don’t know what a great people they are or even what they’ve gone through.”

He said Japan Week helps draw attention to an important partner of the U.S.

Putting it in perspective To give those interested a feel of what it was like for Japanese residents right after the disasters, Japanese history associate professor Ethan Segal organized a documentary screening, followed by a discussion. The 2012 documentary “Pray for Japan” showed the wreckage following the disasters in 2011. It also follows survivors of the event, capturing their feelings and emotional and physical state. Segal, who is also an expert on Japanese culture, said the film focuses on how the people of Japan dealt with the disasters and how the events eventually remodeled Japanese society.

In one Japan Week event, students studying Japanese wrote traditional haiku and tanka poems “We’re involved with very strong economic connections to Japan,” Segal said. He said many students on MSU’s campus are connected to Japan through their reliance on various products that were manufactured or designed in Japan, even if they don’t realize it at first glance. “It’s a culture and society and history that shares many things with ours, and yet it is also very different; so it’s a great chance to learn about yourself as well as learn about another culture,” Segal said. R u l e s o f e n g ag e m e n t b l og

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Alexander cited an issue with traffic backups on the day MSU football played U-M as one good reason for bus rapid transit from page one

tion on the project during the meeting. With the buses having their own lane, the flow of

CATA will host a fiveday charrette in East Lansing to discuss potential options for the system’s design regular traffic might not be as congested in some areas and the buses would not get stuck in traffic jams. Alexander expressed the issue of a traffic backup that occurred on the day of the University of Michigan versus MSU football game. The large overf low of traffic from the game caused an extensive amount of bac kups, leav ing C ATA buses unable to move freely throughout the area on game day. Funding has not yet been allocated for the project.

“This is not a done deal. CATA wants to make sure that we work through all of the issues that have surfaced.” Debbie Alexander, CATA assistant executive director

“We will take many pots of money — state money, private money, grants — to fund this project,” Alexander said at the meeting. “We are progressively looking for funding to pay for this.” CATA will host an East Lansing charrette March 19-23 to evaluate environmental impacts of the bus rapid transit project and include community members in the planning of the potential system. The public is welcome to attend the five-day charrette, which will be kicked off 6 p.m. Wednesday at East Lansing High School and include discussions for potential system design.

During the council meeting, former East Lansing City Councilmember Don Power said he is supportive of community members attending the charrettes. But said he was unhappy with the way the city and CATA have gone about it, commenting that he was “really tired of government where an organization makes a decision of what we want without talking” to the community first. Alexander acknowledged there are obstacles to overcome before the project can move forward. “This is not a done deal,” she said. “CATA wants to make sure that we work through all of the issues that have surfaced.”


Professors and community members also joined Stegall and students to advocate for women’s rights from page one

“I don’t have a lot of hope for lawmakers, but young people need to hear this and know it’s important,” Gardner said. “(Young women) need to hear this because it is empowering. “Being victims of othe r p e o p l e ’s i d e a s o f what is right for them is disempowering.” Residents from throughout the Lansing area pro-

tested alongside MSU students and professors to support the cause as well.

Stegall said she hopes to host another protest soon and speak with policymakers at the Capitol Jackson, Mich., resident Robert Alcenius said he came to the protest because he felt Michigan women lacked equality under the abortion rider law. “I believe everybody should have options available to them and this is just taking options away from women,” he said. Stegall said she plans on holding another protest sometime soon, where she hopes to confront policymakers at the Capitol directly.

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june youatt recommended to take over as MSU’s provost ment, recruitment and faculty affairs. Youatt has been competTHE STATE NEWS ing against four other canA f ter mont h s of i nter- didates for the position. While the position presviewing candidates, it was announced that June Youatt ent s ma ny c ha l lenges, is once step closer to becom- Youatt said shaping the future and moving the uniing MSU’s next provost. On Tuesday at the Faculty versity for ward through Senate meeting, President Lou the daily task of academic Anna K. Simon announced the excellence is the next step. “ T he c h a l le n g e a nd decision to recommend Acting Provost Youatt to the Board of excitement in the next few years will involve recogTrustees for its approval. The trustees are expect- nizing and building on all the opportunities that ed to vote on the mat w i l l be ours at at their April 22 Michigan State meeting. University,” Youatt has Youatt said b e e n a c tLou Anna K. in a stateing provost Simon will ment. “For since Jana l l we ’ ve uary 2013, recommend accomshortly Youatt as the plished, a f ter forthere is so mer provost next provost much more Kim Wilcox w e c a n do announced and be. It’s such his resignation a privilege to step before of f ic ia linto the role of provost ly stepping down in at this time and help shape July 2013. During the intermediate that future.” At the meeting, Youatt time between provosts, the university searched for candi- said in the past 18 months dates. The criteria they were MSU has been on t he looking for, Simon said, was national and world stage someone with “the capacity with high-profile events, to lead, to listen, and then to such as opening the Eli and make the informed judgements Edythe Broad Art Museum and breaking the ground at in a timely fashion.” Simon said Youatt fits all the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. criteria. She said it has created a “Of ten times you’ll get one or two of those, but not momentum behind the uniall three of them together, versity that it now must capand that’s a great tribute to italize on. “All of these things cre(Youatt’s) style and approach,” ate tremendous opportuniSimon said. The university provost is the ty and tremendous visibilihead of all academic affairs at ty, but we have to align our MSU. The position includes efforts then behind them,” curriculum oversight, enroll- she said. By Michael Kransz nn

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SU Women’s Rugby is more than just a team, it’s a family. Young women from across campus join together to play the sport that they love with the people they love even more. Journalism sophomore Stephanie McGavin said the sport is rooted in friendship. “Rugby is a really social sport with your team and other teams too,” McGavin said. “Within a week of being here, I felt like I had 30 new friends.” The environment of the team is very friendly and welcoming. Older members of the team approach new members with a warm smile and greeting. McGavin said many players invite other players over on the weekends or offer to drive them to practice. “On the field and off the field, it’s just social,” said McGavin. Media arts and technology senior Alex Honey said the sport has recently become more popular. “Rugby is kind of unique … it’s starting to become a lot bigger and more people are learning about it,” Honey said. When they’re not playing rugby, the team enjoys going to MSU football and basket-

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Media arts and technology senior Alex Honey, left, and civil engineering senior Melanie Kasten line-out to put the ball back into play during practice Thursday at IM Sports-West. “Rugby itself is kind of unique, not a lot of people know about it,” Honey said.

ball games, organizing fundraisers, having team dinners and going to apple orchards. “There is 10 times less stress throughout the day just from being around the people you love and doing the thing you love,” she said. The team shares a bond they will remember for years to come. “Rugby is a really social sport with your team and other teams too,” McGavin said. “Within a week of being here, I felt like I had 30 new friends,” she said. —Erin Gray, The State News

Journalism sophomore Stephanie McGavin talks with teammates while tying her cleats before practice Sunday at Duffy Daugherty Football Building. The MSU Women’s Rugby Football Club will be attending “Nash Bash” on March 22 and 23 in Nashville.

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New identification technology developed by a group of MSU computer scientists could improve border patrol units, law enforcement and government background check programs. The researchers created the first three-dimensional model of a human fingerprint, which is expected to greatly improve matching technology. A large amount of this biometric technology is used for access into buildings, cash registers and even into the new iPhone. The new fingerprint matching technology also could be useful in recording fingerprints and palm prints while booking criminals following arrest, said Gregoire Michaud, the director of Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division. “Improving the accuracy of those systems will keep anybody from slipping through the cracks identity-wise,” Michaud said. The team of MSU researchers calls the model a phantom because it has known characteristics and precise dimensions and measurements. Phantoms often are used in medical imaging when testing out new MRI or CT scan machines to make sure they are perfectly calibrated before putting humans inside, computer science doctoral student Sunpreet Arora said. Arora and visiting researcher Kai Cao assisted lead researcher computer science and engineering professor Anil Jain in creating the phantom, which was funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Jain said. Because fingerprint technology has remained an ever-present tactic in investigations since its discovery, Jain said many people assume it cannot be improved. “Sometimes people think that because fingerprint systems have been available for 30-40 years that the fingerprint matching is a solved problem,” Jain said. “There are still many challenging problems in fingerprint matching.”

Michaud said MSU is ahead of the game in research. “The whole use of biometric authentication and biometric


access is still pretty new so the research being done at Michigan State University is cutting edge,” Michaud said.


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he five stages of grief.

It’s Tuesday, March 4 at 11:06 p.m. I’m relaxing in a hotel lobby after spending a relaxing day under the Florida sun on spring break. Buzz. A text message shakes the wooden table my phone is set on. “Hey... bad news,” the message reads. My heart flutters. I don’t know what to expect, but I assume the worst. Minutes later I receive the news that my friend had committed suicide. My heart sinks. Denial I immediately wonder how it could have happened. He was 23 years old. He was a good person. An honor roll student in high school and college. What on earth would make him want to do this? We used to spend hours talking about the present, past and our highly anticipated futures. His smile was contagious, and I never saw signs he was unhappy. Pictures and loving messages are posted on his Facebook wall as daily reminders that he’s gone. His last updated profile picture was taken on his birthday in a straw hat and a cut-up jean shirt with his arm around a friend, holding a beer. His shining blue eyes and big toothy smile doesn’t look to me like someone that would want to leave his friends and family behind forever. I wish I knew what had been going through his mind when he chose to leave us. And I wonder if the circumstances would’ve been different if

“We all know that folks from Los Angeles are known for their drama-queen ways, but when it comes to natural disasters, they don’t mess around.” — Sarah Konkel, State News reporter

I had sent him a text asking how he was doing missing? You can’t help that Tuesday. My initial thought was the friend now missing but wonder a nd from my life. Tears well up in my eyes without fail make assumptions that just thinking about his bubbly personality, and I horrifying events like these don’t just happen for no reason. question what went wrong. The world lost contact with my friend, Mitch, Was he secretly depressed? Had he been far too soon. Never again will he wish me a happy considering this for a long time? Still, there are birthday. Never again will I receive his phone so many unanswered questions. I could never blame someone call on New Year’s Eve screaming like Mitch, though. I will always “Happy New Year Cayden!” Never guest columnist remember him as being one of the again will he say hello to me just most kindhearted people I know. to see how I am. I wish I knew what he was Bargaining thinking before he ended his life. I would give anything to have him back, or at least tell him how many Anger people care about him and miss him. How could someone take their Will we ever know the truth to own life? Mitch’s last location was tragic events like this? Yes and no. his home. I’ll never know what Cayden Royce His personality and sympathetic caused him to do it. demeanor will live on in my memory My emotions stir when I think of him, but I know there must have of Mitch’s mother, who was out of town and hadn’t heard from him in days when been a reason he couldn’t go on any longer. she sent a friend to check in on him, only to find Silence him dead. I’m at a loss for words. What do I say to my Suicide is now among the three leading causes of death among males and females aged 15 to 44 friends who knew him? I’m sorry. It’s not fair to anyone. It’s not easy accepting the grief that years old, according to Befrienders Worldwide. Take action if you think someone you know is remains after realizing that nobody could have having suicidal thoughts. It’s always a good time rescued him. Not every person considering suicide shows to let someone know you care about them simply evident signs that something is wrong. Many by asking them how their day is going. Those of us who knew Mitch are only left with people can be depressed but will not express their memories. Why did the old, optimistic Mitch go emotions as noticeably as others.

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It’s important to be aware of warning signs as inconspicuous as they may be. Something as little as abnormal sleeping patterns or jokes about committing suicide could be cause for concern. If you think someone is isolating themselves or is acting anxious and exhibiting rapid mood swings, ask them about it. It could be a subtle call for help. What haunts me is the mystery of it all. The unknown events leading up to losing a good friend. Acceptance What doesn’t haunt my mind is knowing that Mitch is in a much better place now. It’s been about two weeks since I received the news that Mitch is gone. I still think of him everyday. There are resources that could have prevented such a tragic event that leaves so many people grief-stricken and wondering what happened. The MSU Counseling Center provides a crisis center hotline and immediate care for students on campus who need help. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call the MSU Counseling Center 24-hour emergency service at (517) 346-8460. Cayden Royce is a journalism sophomore. Reach her at

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don’t have any tattoos or facial piercings myself, but I’m envious of anyone ballsy enough to make a permanent decision like getting a tattoo.

On the other hand, I have another friend who got “poop” tattooed inside her bottom lip. Although it is a bit ridiculous, you can only see it if she shows you. To her, it’s a funny and random way to express herself and keep life lighthearted. Another friend of mine has 18 Tattoos and piercings use your body as a medium to express your- piercings all over her body. Most of self. I would definitely get my nose them adorn her ears, but she also has pierced if my mother wouldn’t dis- that little flap under her tongue, her own me, and I’ve been considering belly button, her nose and her nipples pierced. Bet you getting a small tattoo of weren’t expecting that the Spartan logo once I reporter one, huh? graduate. I fully support her I think people should nipple piercings, do what they want to which she says are her with their bodies, as favorite, because she long as they’re willing believes they improved to deal with the conseher body image trequences. To the people mendously. She loves who argue that a body her boobs now, and is a temple and shouldn’t Emily jenks good for her. be changed, hell, all The other 16 piercone did with their temings, though, have ples throughout history was decorate them. If the Taj Mahal proven to be somewhat of an obstaor Notre Dame Cathedral weren’t cle for her, I suspect. She was denied so spectacularly elaborate, they a job at a local restaurant for being wouldn’t be the Taj Mahal or Notre “too edgy.” I mean, yeah, she has a ton of piercings, but “edgy” is the Dame. They would be boring. Not all tattoos or piercings are last word I would use to describe her going to aesthetically improve a personality. Was she too edgy, or did body, though. Think twice before she have too many holes in her ears? From what I’ve noticed, the only getting “Forever Young” tattooed on your hip, ladies, because if you occupations society says are acceptplan on having kids it’s not going to able for a person with sleeve tattoos or pierced faces are rockstars or tatsay “Forever Young” anymore. Keep it classy when it comes to too artists themselves. I think everyone realizes that piercings, too. Although this is all up to personal discretion, I think that there’s discrimination against peomost piercings generally are social- ple with tattoos and piercings when ly acceptable. If you’re having a it comes to hiring. But decorating hard time coming up with a part of your body doesn’t mean you will do your face that hasn’t been speared a worse job than the Average Joe through, however, it might be time over there. Some employers have preconto take one or two out. My only complaint is tattoos that ceived notions that tattooed or don’t have meaning. Oh, you got a pierced applicants will be lazier butterfly tramp stamp? Have fun or do a ton of drugs on the job or getting it removed in five years. I’ve whatever. And maybe they will. Or maybe heard it’s painful. If a tattoo has a story or a mean- they’ll be a dedicated, hardworking ing behind it though, I’m all over it. employee. It isn’t right to have comA girl from my high school has pany rules against visible tattoos or “Done la Vida,” which means “Donate piercings if they’re small and aren’t Life” in Spanish, tattooed on her left distracting. I understand not wanting to hire side. Typical, pointless white girl tattoo equivalent to “YOLO” that she someone to work at a family restaugot one drunken spring break, right? rant with inked skulls and brazen Wrong. My friend got the tattoo breasts all over their body, but in to commemorate her mother, who a white-collar environment, physihad a stroke when she was young cal appearances shouldn’t be a facand was paralyzed on her left side. tor in hiring. As younger, more open-minded After her mother passed away, she donated her organs to the hospital. people join the work force, I think The hospital sent my friend’s family and hope that tattoos and piercings a care package that included brace- will become more socially acceptable. Those who express themlets that said “Done la Vida.” Her tattoo is beautiful and has an selves with their body should be incredibly worthy story behind it. It seen in a positive light, not as pagan belongs on her body as an external worshippers. Emily Jenks is a State News reportrepresentation of her mother’s memory, and I can’t think of a better jus- er. Reach her at ejenks@statenews. com. tification for a tattoo.

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I realize you are expressing your opinion and am sorry you feel that way. I lived in Holmes as one of the Lyman Briggs kids you mentioned and absolutely loved it. Sure, Holmes smells like “science” every now and then, but it is part of the charm. Holmes Hall became my home on campus and holds a place in my heart, as some say “Holmes sweet Holmes.” Additionally, I considered living in Holmes an honor. John C. Holmes was the guy who essentially decided where MSU, or M.A.C., was going to be located. How many people can say that they lived in the building named for the guy who played such an important role in the history of MSU. Akers and Hubbard also have their perks too. Where else can you go on campus and see the Capitol building like you can from the 12th floor of Hubbard Hall? I personally recommend trying it. As for Akers Hall, it is wonderfully diverse with people from many cultures. It also has the special rooms where there are four people in a room and they all share a bathroom. I always thought that set up was pretty cool. As a graduating senior I have very many memories of my time at MSU, none of the strong ones are of the building appearances. With the exception of a few, they all start to look the same after a while. Sure, the new art museum, student services, and old campus are all different but at the end of the day they are all buildings. What is more important is the memories I made in those buildings or walking past those buildings with my friends. I have to admit, I am disappointed with this piece. I know it is an opinion piece, but I feel it goes against what it means to be a Spartan. As a member of the Spartan community we support each other in times of need and times of happiness. We celebrate together and we mourn together. We do not tear each other down. This article attacked East Neighborhood. Instead, look for the perks of the neighborhood or write an article about why West Circle is the best in your opinion. As a journalist you have the power to make readers listen and a voice to try to make a difference. Use your voice to bring awareness to positive things on campus or serious issues that need to change. Go Green!

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MSU alumna to hike 4,100 Aikido Club promotes harmony for more than 40 years miles on Appalachian Trail By Casey Holland THE STATE NEWS nn

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Starting next month, MSU alumna Lauren Davis will hike 4,100 miles on the Appalachian Tr a i l and Appalachian International Trail, starting in Georgia and ending in Canada. She is hiking to raise funds Davis for the EQUUS Foundation, an organization that gives grants to farms that rescue horses to retrain them as therapy animals for people. She will start her journey in Springer Mountain, Ga., with her friend Nathan Kramer and her dog. Davis plans to hike for seven months at a pace of 15 miles a day. The trip is a combination of Davis’s two loves. Her passion for horses began when she was 12 years old after watching the horse movie “Black Beauty� and receiving a horse named Ginger as a gift. Ginger immediately became Davis’s best friend. During her time in East Lansing, she kept Ginger at a stable near campus. They were inseparable for 13 years. After Ginger’s death three years

ago, Davis moved to San Diego, where she found a new therapy — hiking. After developing a hiking camaraderie, Davis and her hiking partner, Kramer, decided they wanted to tackle Appalachian Trail and the International Appalachian Trail. It took them six months to plan out the trip, and the duo have quit their jobs in anticipation of the hike. The trip is completely financed by their savings. “Nathan and I have always wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail and we wanted to put a twist so we can give back to the community,� Davis said. During the hike, they will raise money for the EQUUS Foundation through donations made online. They will be sleeping in tents that they will carry with them and they’ll keep a store of food items such as protein bars, dried fruits, instant coffee and dehydrated meals. Davis and Kramer plan to stop at landmarks such as Clingmans Dome, the highest point on the Appalachian Trail, and Mount Washington, N.H. They will celebrate the miles hiked at Pine Grove Furnace Park, Pa., where they will eat a halfgallon of ice cream — a tradition for hikers. From there, they hope to finish the hike in the Canadian province of Quebec.

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MSU alumna Lisa Neumann shifted effortlessly out of the way of graduate student John Riesen’s arm as he made a motion to strike her during the MSU Aikido Club’s Tuesday practice. Neumann then grabbed Riesen’s arm, with her other hand on his back as she pulled him down to the floor. In defeat, Riesen tapped the mat. The two were not spending their time sparring. Instead, they were practicing the Japanese art of Aikido Yoshokai. The MSU Aikido Club has been a source of harmony on campus for more than 40 years. The group was established in 1973 and focuses on creating a non-resistant flow between two partners. Aikido translates to “the way of harmony with the life force.� Its style is similar to that of Japanese martial arts like karate, but it reduces the instances of confrontation to promote peace. There are about 10 members who regularly attend the club’s practices, though staff advisor Joe Petroff said new members are always welcome. “When I first checked it out, I thought it looked fixed or fake,� doctoral student Dan Ewart said. Members and instructors

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slip off their shoes before entering the matted floor of the Judo Room for practice. After performing a series of bows to each other, the senior members move to the side of the room that is opposite to the newer members. Senior instructors give a series of commands for stretches, from pivoting their bodies at various angles to stretching and rolling their wrists. The students also jump up and down to loosen their muscles, keeping time by counting aloud — all in Japanese. The majority of the class is spent with students partnered up to run through a series of basic movements and rolls. Older members typically partner with newer members for this exercise. “The goal is to create a sort of

harmony with the person you’re training with,� Petroff said. While going through the motions, one partner acts as the “shite� while the other acts as the “uke.� The uke is the one who appears to have lost by the end of the motion, tapping the mat to signal their defeat. Petroff said Aikido Yoshokai is not a competitive martial art, though the club occasionally performs demonstrations of their powerful throws, pins and weapon techniques. “It’s not a sport or competitive — it’s an art,� Ewart said. “It’s two people creating one beautiful technique.� The club meets from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 2-3 p.m. on Sundays in IM Sports-West’s Judo Room.

Fans ready to see ‘Divergent’ premiere on big screen Thursday night By April Jones THE STATE NEWS nn

When criminal justice sophomore Courtney Buchanan began reading the book “Divergent� last summer, she couldn’t put it down. Buchanan is now looking forward to Thursday night, when the characters of her favorite novel will finally come to life.

“It was literally one of the best books I’ve ever read,� she said. “I can’t wait for the release — I just hope they stay true to the book.� The film “Divergent,� based off the first book of an award-winning trilogy by Veronica Roth, will be premiering on Thursday night. The story is about a futuristic city that is divided into five factions based off their personalities: Amity, Abnegation, Erudite, Can-

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Three months of regular season work and 12 meets all lead to the tournament that matters most for the Spartans: the Big Ten Championships on Saturday in State College, Pa. MSU is seeded third in the afternoon session. Coming in third — behind No. 9 Nebraska, No. 13 Illinois and before No. 24 Ohio State — in the quad meet on Saturday determined that MSU would compete in the afternoon session. They will begin the tournament on floor. nn

MSU is competing against U-M, OSU and Iowa at noon on Saturday at the Big Ten Championships “That will benefit the team, because we know what he have to do and we’ve practiced it twice now,” head coach Kathie Klages said. It will be senior Dani Levy’s last time competing at the Big Ten meet, but she said the team is more consistent now than in the beginning of the season. “Since we’ve done it, we know what’s coming,” Levy said. “It’s easier on us because we have (the practice) under our belt.” Klages said she credits Levy

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Gymnast Dani Levy performs during the vault event on Friday at Jenison Field House during the Big Ten Quad Meet against Nebraska, Illinois and Ohio State.

and mentioned her as being one of the team’s top gymnasts because of her hard work — she got her career-best score on vault on Saturday, a 9.850 — and her attitude. “Dani knows we did well, but that it can still be a little bit better,” she said. Similar to the quad meets throughout the season, the championships will have the four teams in each session going at the same

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time in each of the four events, instead of the format of a one-onone meet — where each gymnast would wait for the other team’s athlete to perform her routine. “In dual meets, there’s a lot of standing around and waiting while the other team competes, so the girls like this way more because it’s only about them,” Klages said. Levy said that this type of meet allows the Spartans to focus on their own routines and each gymnast to put her full attention into her skills. Sophomore Lisa Burt agreed with her teammate. “It’s less pressure on you, because the crowd is looking at all events,” Burt said. “It’s not more relaxing, but less stressful.” This week, the MSU athletes will continue to practice on the order they competed for the past two meets — floor, vault, bars and then beam — so that they are comfortable in the sequence of events. Burt said the team had more

success with this rotation, and Klages said competing in that order will help the team immensely. “We’ll focus on being keen on landing and improving the handstands on bars. We’re going to focus on the details,” Klages said. From now until the meet, the Spartans plan to continue with the “compete how we practice” motto, so all the athletes can work toward improvements until the day of the Big Ten Championships. “We don’t want to overwork them,” Klages said. “We want them to be rested, but still fix the tiny errors.” MSU will start competing at noon on Saturday, going against No. 8 Michigan, No. 24 Ohio State and Iowa. The night session will begin at 5 p.m. with MSU’s previous guests — Illinois and Nebraska — and No. 16 Minnesota and No. 14 Penn State.


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