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From tear gas to charred couches, there’s one Village that never sleeps

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People walk through Cedar Village on Saturday evening. There was a broken and stained window in the stairwell of one of the buildings.

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A shirt is burned during a riot in the streets of Cedar Village on Dec. 8, 2013.

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nassuming by day, a party by night. At least, that’s how the legend goes.

Established in 1968, Cedar Village was built as a way to bring students together. A housing complex close to campus that offered students a neighborhood of their own

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Premedical junior Lauren Reed talks to East Lansing resident Kyle Sceschney during a party at his apartment Saturday at Cedar Village. There was another party next door, which many cycled in and out between the two.

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more inside Student speed racers build their own cars Mechanical engineering sophomores Chris Churay, right, and Dan Riggs cut through a mould Wednesday, at the MSU Engineering Research Facility, 2857 Jolly Road, in Okemos. Danyelle Morrow/The State News


‘I didn’t do that’ Suspect in Dominique Nolff’s murder is charged campus+city, pG. 3

On to the next one Men’s basketball defeats Delaware in first round of NCAA tourney Senior center Adreian Payne Betsy Agosta /The State News


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VILLAGE Police brief CEDAR Living in Cedar Female student assaulted by ex-boyfriend

A female student was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend between 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on March 17, according to police. The 19-year-old told police that she and her 20-yearold ex-boyfriend from Lake Odessa, Mich., were dating for several years but had recently broken up and got into an argument that night, MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said. The suspect allegedly pushed the victim and pinned her down, putting her in a chokehold. McGlothianTaylor said the suspect was intoxicated. Police found no visible injuries and caught up with the suspect after he left the scene. The suspect is being held in Ingham County Jail pending arraignment. GEOFF PRESTON OPINION BLOG

School spirit is important during March Madness Call school spirit cheesy all you want. I really don’t care. Walking around campus Thursday before game time felt a lot more special than other Thursdays during the semester. March Madness is upon us in East Lansing, the time when brackets are busted and fingernails are chewed as our fourth seeded Spartans try to make it to Dallas for the Final Four. geoff preston

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Village has become a ‘rite of passage’ for MSU students from page one

sounded great on paper. Other rentals from other companies popped up around it to cash in on the idea. No one could have known then what exactly they’d created. On an average school day, or even an average weekend, Cedar Village is just another apartment complex. Students go to class. They hang out with their friends. Typical college life. But that’s not why everyone knows the name. The chaos that sometimes ensues there after major sports events has been called every definition in the book. Revelries, celebrations, melees, disturbances, riots — the name changes, but the concept stays the same. MSU plays a big game, and people gather. Win or lose, furniture and anything else disposable is dragged into the street. It’s no secret what happens next, because Cedar Village gatherings have become synonymous with March Madness and destruction. Wideeyed freshmen flock there to bear witness — they’ve heard stories about this from parents and older siblings. And in 20-some years, they will want to tell their kids, too. Those who live nearby can’t escape the stigma. Some wear their neighborhood’s history as a badge of honor. Others try to distance themselves, but if they live nearby, they can count themselves as members. Because Cedar Village isn’t just an apartment complex. It’s a brand. It’s a tradition. It’s a culture. Ghosts of couch fires past Water’s Edge. Village. River. Cedar. Victor. Woodmere. The streets are haunted by ghosts of couch fires past, although a casual observer wouldn’t know it most days out of the year. Technically Cedar Village is just one apartment complex, but to many students old and new, “Cedar Village” has become a blanket term for anything within a few blocks. For journalism sophomore Shireen Mohyi and her peers, Cedar Village means anything from Eden Roc to her own

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place in Americana Apartments. “This neighborhood is what makes up Cedar Village,” she explained. “If someone lives in those actual apartments, my friends and I refer to them as ‘actual Cedar Village.’” Mohyi might have a point — it’s hard to believe one apartment complex alone could withstand the more than 3,000 students and locals who flocked to the area after the MSU football team defeated Ohio State for the Big Ten championship title. She had no idea of the area’s past riots and Cedar Fests when she moved in — but she did know it was a place to party. And no one is more familiar with that aspect of Cedar Village’s reputation than DTN Management. They own the “actual” Cedar Village Apartments, not every complex in the area, as some students believe. DTN Area Director Emilie Wohlscheid oversees Cedar Village and said the complex’s long-standing popularity stems from both proximity and MSU tradition. “It’s very well-known. A lot of our residents moving in have a parent lived who lived here, or aunts and uncles or brothers and sisters,” Wohlscheid said. “And being so close to campus, with that familiarity, it becomes a rite of passage. You have to say you lived there at least one of your years at MSU.” Despite what police now refer to as a “civil disturbance” in December, Cedar Village is nearly full for next year. “We try to be very proactive to prevent those things from happening. We open our doors to the ELPD, but there seems to be the idea that Cedar Village is the place to meet based on history,” Wohlscheid said. “We love them having parties, that’s something we’re completely fine with, but it becomes very disappointing when there’s destruction.” Mohyi witnessed the revelries this December, but said she found it more invigorating than frightening. “Oh, I thought it was amazing. I’ve never seen anything like that in my life,” she said. “Everyone was going crazy, but I never felt unsafe. It was so entertaining and I’m glad I had a front row seat.” But for fisheries and wildlife senior and former Cedar Street resident Chris Long, the civil disturbance this year went too far for students simply amped up over a football game. “When I saw them ripping trees out of the ground it made me sick,” he said. Long said he was aware of the area’s reputation before moving there, but the location made it worth it. Weekdays were relatively quiet. The neighborhood grew wild over the weekends, something Long found fun at first. But the noise and the trash or broken glass left lying around became a hassle. “There would be couches burning on football weekends, which is intense, but then after the first blaze, it’s boring,” Long explained. Still, Long said that outside of more isolated incidents, Cedar Village’s reputation has been exaggerated. “Our neighbors were pretty cool. It was never a constant nuisance,” Long said. “Most of the time it’s just like any other student neighborhood.” A long history Students attending MSU now likely have heard of what happened 2008, the year former East Lansing police Chief Tom Wibert declared Cedar Fest over for good. They might have heard about 2005 or 2003, or maybe even 1999. But they probably don’t know much about the specifics of the 1970s and 1980s, when Cedar Fest and the Cedar Village culture first truly took off. According to several news reports preserved by the MSU Archives, Cedar Fest initially was a city-sanctioned block party. The events soon became a headache for city officials because students were causing issues. One former student recalled an incident of a person dressed as Darth Vader in The State News several years ago, who stood on a cop car and wielded a light saber during one Cedar Fest in the 1980s. At one point, some city officials saw a glimmer of hope in the East Village project, a far-reaching plan that could have radically altered the city’s only bank of the Red Cedar River, located northeast of campus. A 2005 article from The State News indicates city officials at the time were optimistic the plan would change the city’s reputa-

tion for the better. “When you have a neighborhood that’s integrated, you have a lot more sanity,” former Deputy City Manager Jean Golden said at the time. The project screeched to a halt with the financial crisis of 2008, but it’s still a plan that resonated with long-term residents because of the alternative option it provided. “The idea was that everything would have been acquired and demolished, and they were starting with a clean slate,” Planning, Building and Development Director Tim Dempsey said. “It all really originated from one of the disturbances and the idea that if you can’t change the physical layout significantly enough, it may be hard to change the perception of the area,” he said. Continued frustration It’s unnecessary to inform city officials about the Cedar Village tradition and the area’s potential to host a “celebration.” They are well aware. And they’re sick of it. During a recent meeting with The State News editorial board, the inherent frustration of dealing with the aftermath of the post-Big Ten championship festivities in December 2013 was visible on the faces of City Manager George Lahanas, Police Chief Juli Liebler and other officials in attendance. They said they were frustrated because it was nothing new. The same problem has plagued East Lansing since the 1970s. Lahanas recalled a time when a city-sponsored concert was scheduled to coincide with a major sports event in an attempt to get students together in a relatively controlled setting. It failed. “The band was playing to a near-empty lot by 9 p.m.,” he said. “It’s not cool if it’s sponsored by the city.” Liebler said the police department has moved away from tear gas — which has been used in previous Cedar Village gatherings — instead attempting to disperse crowds by arresting those closest to the blaze or those who are inciting crowds. But she acknowledged there’s no tactic that will truly work unless the culture changes drastically. Ideally, people would stay home, she said, but that’s not likely. “It’s just the reputation probably more than anything is that that’s the place to go — everybody knows to go there,” Leibler said. From a police perspective, Cedar Village is just like any other student-heavy area, Liebler said. It’s just the big games that seem to inspire the long-standing tradition. For now, the department is trying to use the examples of the 27 students arrested in connection with the Big Ten championship incident as a tool to encourage students not to make waves during this year’s March Madness. And of course, they’ll have some assistance prepared from other local police forces on hand during the Final Four in case of emergency. The estimated cost? $250,000. East Lansing City Councilmember Ruth Beier said she doesn’t think there will be another incident this year because of the effective messaging put out by the police department and city staff. Beier hopes the message sticks for many years to come, because she doesn’t want MSU students’ degrees to be tarnished by a reputation as a place “where you go to get drunk and burn things.” “This is a place you go because you are a smart, intellectual person,” she said. “Most students don’t want to work hard, get a degree, and have people say, ‘Oh, you come from that place where they burn things.’” Connection to athletics It was one of the worst games in Duke’s 1999 season. Missed shots, too many fouls, poorly executed defense and missed free throws in the last five minutes — and they were up against the tough No. 2 seed Spartans in the Final Four, with legends like Mateen Cleaves out on the court. But ultimately, it was the Blue Devils who overpowered the Spartans that night in St. Petersburg, Fla., with a 68-62 victory. Back at home, Cedar Village sprung to life. Once known for pre-organized Cedar Fests, that night in March, it earned a new reputation as a destination for raucous NCAA Tournament celebration, win or lose. In 1999, it was MSU’s first time


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A crowd runs from police officers toward Grand River Avenue from Cedar Street on March 30, 2003, following the MSU men’s basketball team’s loss to Texas during the NCAA Tournament.

appearing in the Final Four in more than 20 years. Students and locals responded to the disappointing loss with a riot that left eight cars torched, 24 windows broken and 24 people arrested, 11 of them MSU students, according to MSU archives. Head coach Tom Izzo was outraged. “You know darn well there’s 4,000 or 5,000 students in the riot and 400 or 500 were involved,” he told the State News at the time. “I would love for those 400 or 500 to get mad and say they were never coming to another game. “I will buy their tickets,” Izzo said. “I will pay them for their tickets not to come.” But not even disapproval from the beloved Izzo has managed to subdue what’s become a tournament tradition. Similar revelries took place in 2003 and 2005, after NCAA Tournament losses to Texas and the University of North Carolina, respectively. In March 2003, about 2,000 people flooded East Lansing streets, causing about $40,000 in damage. Police released more than 135 canisters of chemical ammunition, or tear gas, on campus and in the city, attempting to disperse the revelers. About 30 revelers were arrested in the 2003 disturbances. In 2005, 21 students were arrested at Cedar Village and the East Lansing Police Department found themselves under fire for releasing tear gas within 20 minutes of the end of the UNC game to disperse large crowds, accord-

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ing to State News archives. MSU alumnus Jacob Courville attended MSU between 2001 and 2005 during both disturbances. Before social media became a prominent fixture for MSU students, they relied on word of mouth. When it came to Cedar Village, Courville said, “people just knew to come.” Courville felt the burning sting of tear gas himself on more than one occasion, but he knew the complex’s infamy began long before. “For whatever the reason, it just became a quick and recognizable tradition,” he said. “Anytime we were anywhere in the tournament, win or lose, Cedar Village was the place to congregate.” As for police response, it was simply an uneven ratio, he said. “You’d see a very large group of students and a disproportionate amount of police, and all of a sudden you’d see the tear gas,” Courville recalled. “It was how they dealt with it.” Courville remembers knowing to head to Cedar Village for a good time even before the “ubiquity of sharing things on Facebook.” It was an incredibly popular place to live, but not because of its facilities, he said. “It was well known as a place that was kind of crusty and overpriced,” Courville said. “But if you wanted to be in the middle of the action, of the party, that’s where you lived. No one was living there for the amenities, and I’m sure that’s still the case.” Staff writer Geoff Preston contributed to this report.

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Suspect charged with open murder in death of Dominique Nolff By Simon Schuster THE STATE NEWS nn

Although a judge implied his responsibility for the murder of MSU student Dominique Nolff, Grand Rapids resident Marquay McCoy denied any involvement in court. McCoy was charged with open murder T hursday in 54-B District Court for allegedly killing Nolff in January.


Judge Andrea Larkin denied McCoy bond, citing his criminal history. It will be determ i ne d ne x t week whether the case will go to trial. When Larkin listed reasons for denying McCoy bond, she said McCoy h e “ c au s e d death to a citizen of the city

of East Lansing.” McCoy interjected, replying “I didn’t do that,” but Larkin continued, adding “allegedly” to her statement. McCoy also faces several other charges, including armed robbery and larceny, which were read to him in a video arraignment in East Lansing Thursday afternoon. He is accused of robbing Nolff and Corbin Holwerda at gunpoint with a 9mm pistol,

stealing an Apple laptop and an unspecified amount of medical marijuana from their Cedar Street apartment after allegedly shooting both of them. The multiple felonies carry a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole. Larkin said McCoy will be charged as a habitual offender. She said he had “a criminal record rather extensive for someone that is only 19 years old.”

McCoy pleaded guilty in early 2013 to assaulting a police officer and was sentenced to one to four years in prison, according to court documents. After nine months, McCoy was released on parole. East Lansing police Lt. Scott Wrigglesworth said he cut off the electronic tether used for tracking, violating his parole. He was arrested in mid-February in Grand Rapids for running on parole.

Should the case go to trial, the open murder charge means McCoy could be convicted of first or second-degree murder or manslaughter if found guilty. Because McCoy was in possession of a gun while on parole, two years could automatically be added onto his sentence. He also faces charges related to his parole absconsion in Kent County, where he is being held.

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Rochester, Mich., resident Jordan Nelson does her makeup while apparel and textile design junior Katie Raynard puts makeup on environmental and plant biology junior Emily Ward Saturday at Wharton Center.

very year, preparing the most avantgarde garments for the Apparel and Textile Design Fashion Show quickly turns into competition. In order to get in the show, students had to present their pieces to a jury, who then chose the best pieces which deserved to be showcased. Before the show, there was a long process where the students had to brainstorm their ideas, sketch them out, create the pieces, find models and prepare the models for the show. Apparel and textile design junior Katie Raynard was a designer in the March 15 show at Wharton Center. The show featured many models showcasing the designs of apparel and textile design students. One of Katie’s models this year was environmental and plant biology junior Emily

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Apparel and textile design junior Katie Raynard puts makeup on environmental and plant biology junior Emily Ward on Saturday before the Apparel and Textile Design Fashion Show.

Ward. Katie didn’t meet her second model, Oakland University freshman Jordan Nelson, until the day of the show. When working with Jordan’s stepmom with her wedding dress alterations, Katie discovered Jordan was interested in modeling. She and her two models hit

it off. The three of them spent their time getting ready, listening to music and joking around. This year, Katie was lucky enough to have two pieces in the show: “Wind Power” and “Shattering Stereotypes.” Both of these pieces ended up being finalists in the show and

her “Wind Power” piece won the Conceptual Design Award. “On a whole, I just really want to actually praise and thank God for just the whole outcome of the show. I just feel very blessed,” Raynard said. Now that the show is over, the Apparel and Textile Design

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Students celebrate Persian New Year on campus with food, music

The Michigan House of Representatives passed a package of bills on Wednesday targeting human trafficking. Of a total seven bills scheduled for the day, five were passed by the House. These bills could “(update) sentencing guidelines, (require) the Department of Human Services to report suspected cases of human trafficking and (update) the Crime Victim’s Rights,” according to a statement by Rep. Phil Cavanagh. Cavanagh sponsored one of the passed bills, which would amend the previous law on victim’s rights to align with recently amended human trafficking laws. In particular, this bill would give restitution to victims who have experienced loss of income, child care expenses and attorney fees. Jane White, director of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, said these bills are more focused on defining rather than reforming. “We have two laws on the books (regarding human trafficking), but they aren’t what we would like them to be. They are unclear. These five bills help make things very clear,” White said. White said she and the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force want to see more “victimoriented reform,” specifically to minorities. They are currently supporting legislation to change the definition of minors to all under 18. White said the change would prevent victims from being accused of prostitution. As of Thursday, the bills were referred to the committee on families, seniors, and human services for Senate consideration.

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Department must start planning out next year’s show and making arrangements for the venue and guest judges.

The fashion year begins again. —Betsy Agosta, The State News

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The cuisine, attire, music and decorations at Holmes Dining Hall were distinct from any other typical Thursday dinner. On Thursday students and families celebrated the Persian New Year, or “Nowruz” in their native language, Farsi. The MSU Persian Student Association partnered with the dining hall to bring other students a taste of Persian culture, and bring Persian students a taste of home. Computer science graduate student Reza Hajisheykhi likened Nowruz to Thanksgiving, a time when all family members gather and celebrate. Observing and experiencing the tradition with friends and family at MSU is hard to put into words, Hajisheykhi said. “I cannot explain it,” he said. “You feel like you are back home in your country.”

MSU Persian Student Association celebrated Nowruz by bringing students a taste of the Iranian cutlure and food As part of the celebration, a traditional table setting called the Haft-Sin was placed in the center of the dining hall. Atop it rested seven items symbolizing wishes of affluence, love and health, among others, for friends and family, said Fariborz Daneshvar, association vice president and biosystems engineering graduate student. Daneshvar said along with respecting family and ancestors, Nowruz is a time of renewal and rebirth. Many Persians will clean their houses and apartments, resolve past disputes and, for the celebration, wear new clothing. The first Nowruz dates back thousands of years, Daneshvar said. To share the history of the Persian people, the association decorated the walls with photos of the ancient ruins and modern cities of Iran. Holmes Dining Hall Culi-


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Graduate students Boram Koo and Ibrahim Kanda share a laugh during Nowruz, the Persian New Year, on Thursday at Holmes Dining Hall.

“I cannot explain it. You feel like you are back home in your country.” Reza Hajisheykhi, computer science graduate student

nary Services Manager Fatemeh Medina, who is also Persian, said she’s been waiting a long time for an event of this scale, when the food and celebration come together at MSU. “I’ve worked on campus for 15 years, and we’ve never done anything like this because it would be hard to pull off,”

Medina said. Medina attributed the culinary success to the chefs, such as Executive East Neighborhood Chef Jason Strotheide, who started planning the event in July 2013. They experimented with traditional recipes and held taste-testings with Persian students.

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ASMSU plans to support Taste of East Lansing event in April

Opinion column

I thought this was ‘Murica

ASMSU, MSU’s undergraduate student government passed a bill on March 13 to allocate $500 to sponsor the annual Taste of East Lansing Event. Taste of East Lansing will host its 3rd annual event on April 26 canvassing the 200 block of Albert Avenue and the Ann Street Plaza.

— Kary Askew Garcia, State News staff reporter Read the rest online at

Yes, I speak Spanish with my friends, but telling me to “Speak English, this is ‘Murica” is racist and offensive


y name is Sergio Martínez-Beltrán, and I speak Spanish.

Yes, I know many people speak Spanish; the only difference is that Spanish is my native language. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, a beautiful island in the Caribbean (just in case you don’t know), where the main language is Spanish. After learning English my whole life, I’m considered a bilingual person. I’m sure that if I want to speak Spanish anywhere in East Lansing or anywhere in the U.S., I have the right to do it. I am free to use whatever language I want. I shouldn’t be judged or mocked for exercising my rights. A couple of days ago, I was speaking Spanish with one of my friends. After a few minutes of conversation, my friend cracked a joke and we all broke out laughing. Then I heard someone say “Speak English, this is ‘Murica.” News flash — Puerto Rico is part of America. And either way, there’s no law requiring me to speak English 24/7. I turned around and didn’t say any-

People have told me they worry when they thing. I didn’t know if that percan’t understand what I’m saying to anothson was serious or if she was just joker native Spanish speaker. There’s a sense ing, but I found it very offensive. of paranoia, at times. This isn’t the first time I’ve Look, I understand it been made fun of for speakreporter must be frustrating if you ing Spanish, but it still stings don’t know my language. every time. I wasn’t doing But I had to experience anything wrong. I was just similar challenges often talking with my friends. when I was learning EngIt is not my fault that in this lish, too. Even today I am century, people still believe learning new words, but I that knowing just one landon’t get offended if you guage (English) will position sergio martínez-beltrán are using a word I haven’t you at the pinnacle of success. learned yet. It’s an opporI know, not everytunity for me to grow. body in the U.S. has this But it isn’t just new words that challenge view of foreign languages. There are a me. With every conversation I have in Englot of people that find other languaglish, my brain is translating what’s being es and cultures very interesting, but there said into Spanish. When I speak, I transis a silent minority (or majority?) that perlate back from Spanish to English. Imagpetuates the notion that when in Amerine how exhausting that must be. ica, you must only speak English. At the end of the day, it’s nice to be Hey, Americans, if you don’t know how able to take a break and just speak freehard it is to speak another language that ly in the language I grew up with. It helps is not your native one for 24 hours, please me feel at home. And trust me, at the end wait in line and save your comments.

of the day, the last thing I want to do is be told it’s not OK for me to be myself. It’s important to understand that we, the people that speak other languages, are not talking about you every time we use our home languages, such as Spanish, Chinese, French or Arabic. I don’t use my language as a way to mask my feelings about you. If you’re bothering me, I’ll tell you in English. Those were some of the first phrases I made sure to learn. How low is your self-esteem, ‘Muricans? If you cannot respect other languages, how do you consider ‘Murica the “home of the brave?” I know you can be brave enough to accept others, including those you don’t understand. That’s very brave and that is what we should be doing in this decade. One last thing, please stop saying “‘Murica.” Even if you think it’s just a joke, it injects a false patriotism and a little dose of racism. And we are not even going to talk about your official language…wait. Sergio Martínez-Beltrán is a State News reporter. Reach him at

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ASMSU town hall meeting doesn’t bring desired student turnout The outcome was unfortunate, but in the end, we were there for the students. I’d rather have an event that no one shows up to than not have any events like this where students can voice their opinions. Felicia J, March 12

See! That’s the problem. ASMSU has an image problem right now that supposedly you all want to try and fix. Yet, you host events that any intelligent person knows wont be attended. If students want to “voice their opinions” they will email their rep or an ASMSU staff member. How often do you all get emails? Maybe occasionally, but not that often. Most students either a) don’t know/care what ASMSU is or b) don’t like ASMSU and think its a waste of their money and just a bunch of politicloving college students who think they’re more important than they really are. out their (comment continued at State, March 19 To share your thoughts on this story or any other stories, visit

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veryone says not to continue dating your high school boyfriend when you go to college. “But we’re in love,” I protested. “He wouldn’t just dump me after two years together.” Silly me. He ended things over spring break, the day I went shopping for a dress to go to his prom and took him out to an expensive dinner. Yeah, that sucked. To be fair, I’m beginning to understand that our relationship had gotten to a point where neither of us were mature enough to handle it. It also didn’t help that he’s going to a college down south next year. It seemed like everyone else knew it was going to happen, too, and no one had the balls to tell me — except my very honest roommate. I used to look at my older siblings whose hearts had been broken. One of my sisters moved to Cleveland for someone who left her immediately after she got there. She was completely alone in a city where she knew no one. One of my brothers dated a girl for six years, and then one day, she cheated on him with one of his friends. I told myself that it wouldn’t happen to me because for the majority of my two-year relationship, we were incredi-

be spending my free time bly happy. In the end, though, listening to “Breakeven” by the distance did us in, as it The Script and sobbing into a does with so many couples. pint of the new Ben & Jerry’s As much as I wanted to hold Cores ice cream. on, and still do, I Having something know things are reporter to do has given me better this way. purpose, and reading We grew apart, some of the emails plain and simple. and comments on I spent the rest these columns has of my spring break kept me entertained. on my couch I’m surrounded cuddling with by friends who don’t my cat, watchmind hanging out ing Disney movEmily jenks until 3 a.m. and can ies (with his make me smile even flix account) and after I checked my ex’s crying more than social media accounts, a bad anyone has a right to. habit I’m trying to break. I knew I needed to take the And how can I be upset after time to be miserable, it’s part of Branden Dawson’s windmill the grieving process. I looked at dunk against Michigan in the all the pictures we had togethBig Ten championship game? er and cried until my head hurt. It still gives me the chills. Coming back to MSU was I’m not going to say my life rough at first. The last thing I could be worse, but I really don’t wanted to do was go to class, have it that bad. Someone told work or be around people who me once that if we all threw our had fun on their spring breaks problems into a pile and could — how dare they — and were take anyone else’s problems, inevitably going to ask about kind of like the Cornucopia in mine. Oh, you went to CanHunger Games, we’d still grab cún? Yeah, I sat on my couch our own. I know I would. and watched The Fox and the I have a lot going for me. I go Hound for three days straight. to an amazing school, I have As the days have sluggishmy health, I’m not too shabbyly passed by, being at MSU looking, I have a family who has given me a million realoves me and friends I wouldn’t sons to keep my head up. trade even for a date with First off, my job. If I weren’t Connor Cook. But Connor, if writing these columns, I would

by some chance you’re reading this, I’m single. Wink. As much as it hurts right now, there really isn’t a better time or place to be single. I’ve got three years at MSU ahead of me without the commitments If it weren’t of a long-term relationship. for writing I can focus on these making friends columns, I instead of fixing a broken would be relationship, and doing study spending abroad for a my free time summer won’t listening to be a problem “Breakeven” anymore. I don’t see by The Script myself dating and sobbing again for a while because I into a pint want to spend of the new time on myself, Ben & Jerry’s but with about 20,000 guys on Cores ice this campus, I’m cream.” sure someone’s bound to be taller than me and think I’m cute at the same time. Emily Jenks is a State News reporter. Reach her at

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Conference for music educators to last until Saturday afternoon By April Jones THE STATE NEWS nn

The years when kids bought CDs are long gone, and music educators are trying to keep up with the times. MSU College of Music is hosting a national music educators’ conference to explore current trends and ideas within the music industry. The conference began on Thursday and will run until Saturday at noon. The conference has drawn music educators from 21 states and different countries such as Finland and Brazil. The goal is for them to come together to find better ways to musically connect with kids of this generation. The conference will feature 55 presentations and 90 presenters over the course of the weekend. MSU music professor John Kratus started the conference 17 years ago because no forum for music educators existed before. The conference takes place ever y t wo to three years. This year, Kratus chose to focus on the concept of “new musicianship.” The theme is meant to create a discussion on ways to integrate new technology into music education. “We’re in a world in which technology and social media and popular music has changed so radically but music education has just not kept up pretty well,” Kratus said. “It’s nice when we can share a little piece of the puzzle with each other.” Attendees range from college professors, students, K–12 teachers, composers, disc jockeys and others. With three presentations going on simultaneously in different rooms, attendees have the opportunity to learn a wide range of new ways to stay hip

in music education. The topics on Thursday included ways to improve music in school bands and music production on iPads among many other discussions. MSU alumnus Rodney Page said it is important for music teachers to be on top of new cultures to appeal to their students. During one of the sessions on Thursday, Page, who attended the Juilliard School for conducting, was a part of a question and answer discussion panel on how to integrate hip-hop into schools and band rooms. “For many students, it’s a part of their life—it’s a part of pop culture,” Page said. “(Hip-Hop) doesn’t have to be used to play clarinet but it can be used to teach multiplication.” MSU alumnus Parks Peyton attended the sessions as a spectator on Thursday. Peyton, who graduated from MSU in December, is still on the hunt for a job as a music teacher. He said the conference has taught him new ways to approach music while providing a networking opportunity. “It’s nice to hear the new ideas of music education and meet the people who have the ideas,” Peyton said. The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday. It is free to the public. “The conference helps to spread ideas among a very diverse group of people— you never know what flowers those ideas are going to grow,” Kratus said.

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racing to the top

Mechanical engineering sophomores Chris Churay, left, and Dan Riggs cut through a mold on Wednesday at the MSU Engineering Research Facility, 2857 Jolly Road, in Okemos. Riggs is the project manager of this season’s Formula SAE Racing team. Danyelle Morrow/The State News

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From tinkering with machines to designing the car to making phone calls and sifting through papers, Dan Riggs finds the time to do it all. For the past two years, the mechanical engineering sophomore has been a part of the MSU Formula Racing Team. The team represents MSU’s entry into the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers International collegiate design series, an organization which challenges students to fund, design, manufacture and race small race cars. The team’s yearly goal, which is creating a new race car every year, begins as a mere idea in the summer — around the same time they are racing the previous year’s

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he signed up as soon as he could. Now he devotes more hours to the team than a full-time job requires. Once classes are over for the day, Riggs finds himself back at the team’s garage. By the time each week comes to an end, Riggs has spent 60-80 hours on the project. On weekends, Riggs said he begins his day in the shop at 10 a.m. and can stay for the entire day. Riggs and the team, made up of around 20 students, start with hundreds of pounds of steel, aluminum, magnesium and other metals. They cut the metal with one of two mills in their shop to make the molds for different parts of the car. Even the smallest pieces of the car can take nearly five hours to manufacture.

The entire year is devoted to finishing up the one car. “Especially with designing, you don’t get a solid grasp on what to do until you get practice,” Riggs said. “You have to integrate what you’re doing with everyone else for it to work out.” Riggs’s passion for design will continue to stretch into the summer when he begins his internship with Chrysler. Once he returns to MSU, he said he plans to return to the team for their next project. After spending most of his days working tirelessly with the team members, Riggs has come to see each member as a part of his family. “The most rewarding part of this is just seeing the car run for the very first time,” Riggs said. “This is something we built from the ground up together. It’s amazing to see.”


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project. The fall and spring semesters are centered heavily around manufacturing the new car, as the cycle starts all over again. As project manager, Riggs typically works on the business and team management of their yearlong project. However, he also dabbles in the machining and designing areas of the project and has even given the car a spin during their testing days. “I’m passionate about design in general,” Riggs said. “But I’m mostly passionate about being challenged.” His interest in designing cars stems back to when he was in elementary school. His older brother was involved in his university’s formula racing team and Riggs was fascinated by it. When he arrived at MSU and saw there was a team on campus,

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Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is a 7 — You reap the benefit of the seeds you’ve sown. Share results. You can take new ground today and tomorrow. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is a 7 — You’ve got the energy to go wherever you need. Together, you and a partner build a strong foundation. Sort through your treasures. Follow your gut instincts. Gemini (May 21-June 20) Today is an 8 — Rely on your partners over the next two days. Compromise is the magic element. There’s a financial opportunity calling. Work together for some intensity. Cancer (June 21-July 22) Today is a 6 — Formulate a practical plan of action to address the increased work coming in, without sacrificing health. Dig into a big job. Synchronize watches. Follow safety rules.

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Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is an 8 — Catch up on reading, and do the research. Provide information. A new assignment’s coming. Show the team your appreciation.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is a 6 — Celebrate your accomplishments today and tomorrow with friends. Reconnect with someone you haven’t seen in a while. You’re learning, with practice, useful new skills.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is an 8 — Keep it respectful. The next two days can get quite profitable. The energy may get intense, and your discipline could get challenged. Use data to your advantage.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is a 7 — Revert to an old strategy for success. Keep the energy high. Accept more responsibility and earn more money and status. Ask for what you were promised.




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With huge game from Payne, MSU starts tourney off right THE STATE NEWS nn

SPOKANE, Wash. — It was a night that Adreian Payne could only dream of. The senior forward scored a career-high 41 points en route to a 93-78 win against No. 13 seed Delaware in the NCAA Tournament. The 41 points also set a new record for most points by a Spartan in the NCAA Tournament, passing Greg Kelser’s mark of 34 against Notre Dame in 1979. The last 40-point game by an MSU player was in 1995, when Shawn Respert scored 40 points against Indiana. “I didn’t really feel like I was going to have a game like this,” Payne said. “I just came out just trying to play and win. My teammates did a great job at getting me the ball so I can get baskets in easy ways.” Travis Trice also nearly set a career-high, scoring 19 points of his own. Delaware stuck with MSU early, but the Spartans went on a 12-0 run to push their lead to 15

points. All 12 points on the run were scored by Payne. Once Payne sat down, Delaware went on an 11-0 run of their own to cut the lead to single digits. Payne got the Spartans back on track when he made his fourth three-pointer of the game with just over two minutes left in the first half. “I don’t think I take him for granted,” head coach Tom Izzo said. “Sometimes he’s got to realize he’s really good player if he just plays inside out, let’s the game come to him, which I thought he did tonight.” The second half started with a 6-0 run by Delaware that saw Valentine pick up his third foul and head to the bench. Foul trouble continued to haunt the Spartans — Gary Harris picked up his third foul with more than 14 minutes left. Trice was the one to inject some life back into MSU when he split the defense and made an acrobatic layup before getting fouled and making the bonus. He continued his strong play by leading MSU on a 7-0 run to push

the lead once again, and had 19 of the Spartans’ total 25 bench points. MSU dominated t he Fightin’ Blue Hens on the boards, out rebounding them 42-24— led by who else but Payne with eight rebounds. T he Hens wouldn’t go away. T hey were helped by a combined 27 Adreian fouls on MSU. Payne, Finally, it Senior was Payne who forward set the record with a dunk with under five minutes to play that all but sealed the win for MSU. Even Delaware head coach Monté Ross had some high praise for Payne and his effort on Thursday. “He was probably the best big man that I’ve faced probably in

SPOK ANE, Wash. — The madness of March struck early out west, as No. 12 Harvard topped No. 5 Cincinnati, 61-57. When MSU took the court immediately after, it was anything but an upset as MSU rolled Delaware in a 93-78 victory. While Harvard carries the stigma of playing in a weak Ivy League conference, freshman forward Alvin Ellis III knows the Crimson can pack a punch. “There’s going to be upsets every day,” Ellis said following MSU’s win. “We’re just going to have to be ready to play when our time is here.” Now the Spartans will be meeting the Crimson to see which team advances to the Sweet 16 in New York City. Saturday’s showdown will be between two coaches famil-

Last April, Payne almost left for the NBA. The choice to stay is paying off. “He made the right decision,” Izzo said. “He is a much better player. … He’s starting to marry the inside and outside (game).”

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21 years of college basketball,” Ross said. The Spartans will face off against the 12th-seeded Harvard Crimson, led by former Michigan head coach Tommy Amaker, on Saturday.

Spartans show support out west

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Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker talks to his players during the first half of a game against Connecticut at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., on Jan. 8.

Senior center Adreian Payne shoots the ball while Delaware forward Carl Baptise guards on Thursday at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash. Payne finished with 41 of MSU’s 93 points.

“I just came out just trying to play and win. My teammates did a great job.”


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Points scored by Adreian Payne in MSU’s 93-78 NCAA Tournament win over Delaware on Thursday.


Sophomore guard Gary Harris and head coach Tom Izzo argue during the game against Delaware on Thursday at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash., in the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans won, 93-78.

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iar with each other, as Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker coached at Michigan from 2001-07. As the Wolverine head coach, Amaker was 3-7 against the Spartans, but he spent a good portion of that dealing with the sanctions imposed against Michigan. The highlight of his tenure was winning the 2004 NIT, but he was fired after six seasons for not bringing Michigan to an NCAA Tournament. However, Amaker has had success at Harvard in the Big Dance, leading the Crimson to wins in back-to-back tournaments — a tough task for an Ivy League school. Behind five players that scored nine or more points, the Crimson were able to set up another upset opportunity against MSU. Not only does Harvard spread the scoring on offense, but they win games by keeping their opposition silent on offense.

They held the Bearcats to 36.8 percent shooting on Thursday, which isn’t a shock as they held teams to an average of 40.5 percent shooting during the season. Leading the defensive attack is junior forward and leading scorer Wesley Saunders. After their win over Cincinnati, Amaker called his defense underrated. “He’s been, in my opinion, the best all-around player in our conference and one of the better ones in the county,” Amaker said. “He doesn’t get enough credit for what he does on (the) defensive end on the floor.” While Saunders leads the team with about 14 points per game, the Crimson have four other players that average 10 or more points. However, if there is one area Harvard lacks in, it’s their work on the boards. They grab 34.2 rebounds per game, good for 207th best in the nation.

SP OK ANE , Wa sh. — There are more than 2,000 miles between Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena and Breslin Center, but that hasn’t stopped Spartan fans from showing up. Decked out in his retro Earvin “Magic” Johnson jersey, green and white striped pants, an MSU f lag as a cape and a Spartan jester hat, John Legg might be the most passionate fan in the place. He was certainly ready to cheer on the Spartans to a 93-78 win over Delaware in MSU’s first game of the tournament on Thursday. MSU was led by 41 points from Adreian Payne. Originally from Battle Creek, Mich., Legg graduated from MSU in 2008 and moved to Chicago before settling down in Spokane. “I was goi ng ecstatic when the tournament bracket was announced and they were out here,” Legg said. “I didn’t think there was any way they’d get a (No. 4) seed and be out here.” Walking around the concourse at Spokane Arena, there was plenty of green and white to be seen. There were even some blue and yellow Michigan fans walking around. The green ratio may be a little bit skewed as the users and volunteers at the arena are all wearing Spartan green. Legg said he was surprised at the amount of Spartans already in the arena, and said that most of the fans he’s talked to came from Idaho or Montana.

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Spokane, Wash., resident and MSU alumnus John Legg walks around Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Thursday.

“In Seattle there’s a little of it, but in Spokane — (former MSU coach) Jud Heathcote lives here and I’ve seen him at Gonzaga games and that whole connection,” he said. “There is an alumni association here, but they don’t watch the games.” Legg attended the Rose Bowl in California and plans to go to Oregon, when the MSU football team plays there later this year. He can remember the last time MSU was in Spokane,

when Korie Lucious hit a buzzer beating three-pointer to top Maryland. Legg went to MSU’s next games in St. Louis and followed them to the Final Four. As for how far he’s planning to follow them this year? “I have Final Four tickets,” he said.

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