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Spartans top Valpo behind strong guard play from Appling, Harris; now await Memphis Junior center Adreian Payne celebrates after making a field goal in the second half against Valparaiso in MSU’s opening NCAA Tournament game. The Spartans defeated the Crusaders on Thursday at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. THE STATE NEWS ■■

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – As much emphasis is put on the rigors of the regular season, there’s no time quite like March Madness. And once a team is there, there are few feelings like living to see another day. The No. 3-seed Spartans took care of business in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday with a 65-54 victory against Valparaiso at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. Senior center Derrick Nix shined on the big stage, leading the Spartans with 23 points and 15 rebounds, while junior guard Keith Appling and freshman guard Gary Harris also scored in double figures. Nix said the ga me pla n was to work the ball in the paint and try to find scor- Derrick ing opportuni- Nix, ties that would wear down the Sr. center Crusaders during the course of the game. “You gotta just take your time,” Nix said. “They taught us how to (crab dribble) over here. So now I just crabs and want to hurry up and get it out. (Izzo) just said if I get it out, it’s going to come back in. So don’t try to force shots I don’t practice on in practice.” Now the Spartans turn their sights to a familiar foe in the Memphis Tigers. Playing immediately after MSU on Thursday, the Tigers held off a scrappy St. Mary’s team, who missed a shot at the buzzer, falling 54-52. The Spartans last met the Tigers in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and were upended by then-head coach John Calipari and star guard Derrick Rose en route to the national championship game. This season, the Tigers carry a 31-4 record, which earned the team the top spot in Conference USA and a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Scouting the Tigers, MSU head coach Tom Izzo compared the team to the quick and athletic 2011-12 Louisville team that ousted the Spartans from the Big Dance a season ago. However, Izzo said this time around, the Spartans have a secret weapon: sophomore

You gotta just take your time... So don’t try to force shots I don’t practice on in practice.


Nix carries team to win with big game

guard/forward Branden Dawson, who missed the postseason last year after suffering a torn left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the final regular season game against Ohio By Josh Mansour State. “He can guard a lot of ple, you know, as he gets betTHE STATE NEWS ter — back to normal, moving laterally and that could AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Tom be a big plus for us,” Izzo said Izzo had spent a good portion of before he knew the matchup the past four years doing everyfor Saturday’s game. “If it’s thing he could to keep Derrick Memphis, it’s more of an athNix on the floor, at times fightletic team like Louisville. We ing his big man to do so. really felt we were in trouble But the senior center has been in that Louisville game. a different person this seaWe didn’t have an athson, with a new mindlete to match theirs. set altered again the To view a video “Branden Dawpast few weeks by recap of the son’s the athlete the growing changes game, visit that can match in his life. most.” It’s what promptmultimedia. The game brings ed an unusual convertogether a matchup sation between the two of talented guards, pairwhen the Spartans’ head ing together Appling and coach took Nix out of the Memphis guard Joe Jackson. game for what he thought would Appling said ranks him be the final time Thursday afteramong the fastest players in noon with about five minutes to the country, even quicker than go and a victory well in hand. Michigan guard Trey Burke. “‘Coach, you know, this is one The time of the tip for Satof the last times I’m playing,’” urday’s matchup is 11 a.m., Izzo said Nix told him on the according to the NCAA. sideline. “So, I put him back in ■■

because … TAKING I want him CHARGE hu ng r y to Senior center do that, and Nix steps up t h at ’s not in tourney always his opener personality.” It ’s a points changed personality, rooted in a FG’s ver y relatable issue. FT’s Similarly to a nu mb e r offensive rebounds of the other sen iors defensive o n M S U ’s rebounds campus, Nix doesn’t know where h i s minutes life is headplayed ed once he accepts his diploma and prepares to leave East Lansing. This uncertain senior just happens to stand 6-foot-9,

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Senior center Derrick Nix works his way towards the baseline as Valparaiso guard Erik Buggs gets in his way in the second half of Thursday’s game. The Spartans defeated the Crusaders, 65-54, at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich.



Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt and O’ My Buns! grand opening today


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For MSU alumna Kayla Nguyen, success has never tasted so sweet — sour or chocolatey. Today marks the grand opening of Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt and O’ My Buns!, 515 E. Grand River Ave., at the former site of Planned Parenthood, which closed in January 2012. Nguyen said she wanted to open her own private frozen yogurt after visiting one while she was in California, but didn’t think of owning a Tutti Frutti franchise until she did some research and visited one herself.

“I fell in love with it,” she said. Nguyen signed the lease for the business last October and renovated the interior before serving up the frozen treat for the first time on March 7. She said as a first-time business owner she held a “soft” open to train her staff and get comfortable with the operation. Nguyen said she plans to advertise the store after the grand opening, but chose not to during the soft open. “I just kind of let it be to see how many people know about us without advertising,” she said. Journalism junior Patrick Mullen said he hadn’t heard

he said. The store offers 12 different flavors of soft serve yogurt, which Nguyen said

The Okemos teenager accused of allegedly stabbing nutritional sciences senior Andrew Singler to death in February will remain in jail without bond, although his lawyer suggests self-defense might be an issue in the case. Connor McCowan, who is being held at the Ingham County Jail, was surrounded by friends and families, which included both his and Singler’s, during a motion hearing Thursday to address bond. Chris Bergstrom, McCowan’s lawyer, said contrary to the prosecution’s claims, texts exchanged between Singler and McCowan, and Singler and his then-estranged girlfriend, McCowan’s sister, show McCowan did not intentionally go to Singler’s apartment while armed and then engage in a fight. He asked McCowan be released with house-arrest-like conditions on 10 percent bond, which the judge later declined. “There is a presumption that the defendant is innocent,” 55th District Court Judge Donald Allen Jr. said. “(But) it’s always safer to err on the side of caution.” McCowan will continue to be held without bond at Ingham County Jail, although Bergstrom said the issue could be readdressed at a later time. Bergstrom said prior to Singler’s death and McCowan’s subsequent arrest, McCowan was taking a year off school to

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Kinesiology junior Sun Hye Yim eats frozen yogurt Thursday at Tutti Frutti, 515 E. Grand River Ave. The frozen yogurt shop has its grand opening today. They’ve been open for the past two weeks for a “soft opening.”

about the frozen yogurt and bakery shop, but he still would check it out. “If I were walking by, or I was like, with my girlfriend and she wanted to go, I’d go try it out,”

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Police brief Sparty vandalized morning of men’s basketball game On the morning of the MSU men’s basketball game against No. 14 seed Valparaiso, two MSU students found Sparty vandalized. English junior Garrison Rasmussen said his brother, graduate student Jourdan Rasmussen, first spotted the unofficial Valparaiso gear on Sparty early Thursday morning. The items on Sparty included a yellow sign with “VU” on it and a hard-hat resembling a basketball. “When I got here as a freshman, I remember hearing that we had to protect the statue, so when I saw it I was like, ‘Oh I’ve got to clean it up,’” Garrison Rasmussen said. The bothers tweeted a photo of Sparty and removed the gear. Karen Zelt, communications manager for Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, said in an email that the unit was not aware of or involved in cleaning Sparty. MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said police had no record of the incident. ISABELLA SHAYA

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Senior center plays with new level of intensity, says, “It’s one-and-done time” FROM PAGE ONE

weigh 270 pounds and have a proclivity to play basketball. “When you’re in junior high, you know when you’re going to high school. When you’re in high school, you’re already signed with a college. You know where you’re going,” Izzo said. “All of a sudden, you don’t know what you’re doing. … He’s almost scared sometimes, like a big teddy bear, like, ‘What am I going to do?’ Well, play well and maybe that will help determine what you’re going to do.” Nix did that and then some in the Spartans’ opening game of the NCAA Tournament, scoring 23 points with 15 rebounds to carry the No. 3 seed MSU men’s basketball team (26-8) to a 65-54 victory against No. 14 seed Valparaiso (26-8) in a game much more lopsided than the fi nal score would indicate. “It’s one-and-done time,” Nix said after a team practice Monday. “Every game is my last game. So I come here with an edge every day just to go as hard as I can.” The Spartans’ sole senior credited his play to the cleanliness of his hotel room, which he attributes to being the determining factor in his success. “It was real spotless,” Nix said with a smile. “I’m a superstitious guy. Once I get to the hotel, I lay all my game stuff out the fi rst night. And tournament time, I call the people and make sure they clean the rooms when we leave for our walk-through in the lobby.” But for Nix, with every game possibly being his last, nostalgia is ever present. Junior guard Keith Appling shrugged off a question about whether the duo’s shared success Thursday afternoon brought back memories to their days together at Pershing High School in Detroit. “Maybe (sophomore guard/for-


Senior center Derrick Nix makes a layup against Valparaiso forward Kevin Van Wijk during the first half of the NCAA Tournament second round game. The Spartans defeated the Crusaders, 65-54, Thursday at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich.

ward Branden Dawson) gambling was more of a Pershing style of play, when we were going for those steals,” Nix chimed in, drawing laughter.

“That was one time,” Dawson answered back. Yet, Nix knows the fun and games could end at any moment. Izzo said it’s what scares his senior, but also what motivates him.

“Coach told me every day, just make sure I’m having the guys ready in the hotel and the locker room,” Nix said. “It’s my last go-around and I’m not ready to be done yet.”

candy, gummy bears and marshmallows. Nguyen said she plans on adding more toppings as the business gets on its feet. For its grand opening special between 5-8 p.m. today, customers can get a 12-ounce soft serve with unlimited toppings for $1, cash only. The location also is home to O’ My Buns!, a bakery shop selling specialty buns, such as butter-filled and cream cheese-filled buns. Coffee-flavored and vanilla-flavored toppings also are available. Social relations and poli-

cy freshman Kathryn Maass came with her friend to the shop around the time when it first opened after hearing about it from a flyer in Case Hall. This was her second time at the busi-

ness, eating chocolate frozen yogurt, with chocolate chips and fudge on top. “It will attract a lot of college students ‘cause who doesn’t like frozen yogurt?” she said.

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she plans to switch up every two weeks with the exception of popular flavors, such as chocolate and vanilla. The store also offers more than 50 different kinds of toppings, including Mike and Ike


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save money for college and had been working two jobs, 40 hours a week each, and had been asked to be an assistant lacrosse coach. A handcuffed McCowan’s eyes fell as the charges were read and he continued to look somber throughout the proceedings, while his family looked on with similar

emotions. Janis Singler, Andrew Singler’s mother, shook her head in disapproval several times during the hearing, as did those who accompanied her. In a previous interview, Janis Singler said Andrew Singler was loved by everyone, except “obviously” for the individual that took his life. She did not name a specific person at the time. Bergstrom said McCowan is scheduled for a preliminary examination on April 18, which will determine if there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial.

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Students concerned with controversial forestry bill By Kellie Rowe THE STATE NEWS ■■

MSU students banded together Thursday to speak with a Michigan lawmaker about a controversial forestry conservation bill passed in the state Senate earlier this month. State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, introduced a bill amending a 1994 law identifying which lands are considered protected under biological diversity conservation. A group of about 10 students spoke with the senator via a conference call Thursday afternoon to question amendments to the bill. “A couple of the things that I think gets students upset … is in part redefining what it means to conserve biological diversity,” said Larry Leefers, associate professor in the Department of Forestry. Under the new bill, “conservation of biological diversity” refers to efforts taken to enhance, manage or maintain biological diversity while making sure the natural resources in the area are accessible in the future. Sahar Haghighat, a graduate student in the Department of Forestry, said during the call she felt the issue was split between two interests — the wood product industry side and the science and academics side. Haghighat suggested a silviculturist — a forest manager — might be able to look at both interests and identify what is best for specific areas of land. However, Casperson said dur-

ing the call the drive behind introducing the bill is for recreational use of Michigan’s land. He said when areas are designated for conservation of biological diversity, lovers of the outdoors looking to enjoy the area have less access. Haghighat said those areas must be protected from invasive species traveling on anything from deer to a hiker. The bill prohibits a department, director or commission from enforcing a rule designating land for maintaining biological diversity, leaving the decisions to Michigan lawmakers, Leefers said. Casperson said humans have caused problems with conservation efforts, but he doesn’t believe people are the entire problem. Zoology graduate student Nicholis Ingle, who helped organize the meeting, said although he felt the conversation was too polarized because everyone involved is passionate about the issue, he was happy to hear the senator hopes to meet with the students in person. “I kind of just wanted the conversation to happen, I wanted both sides to be talking and I wanted to learn what he was thinking and what his thought process was,” Ingle said. The bill passed the Senate with a 37-26 vote March 5. It is being discussed by the House Committee on Natural Resources.


BRIGGS SHOWS DIVERSE TALENTS ressed in purple and white skull leggings with a ripped tank top and a white-and-black polka-dot bandana to match his electric guitar, Tom McCollum, Lyman Briggs College math instructor, rocked out to a solo — bringing out a side he doesn’t usually show to students in class.


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Steamy habits MSU alumnus and owner of Hotwater Works James McFarland relaxes inside of a 116-degree soaking tub and breathes from an oxygen tank Tuesday inside of the store located at 2116 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing. PHOTOS BY NATALIE KOLB/THE STATE NEWS

McFarland hangs upside down with the help of an inversion table Tuesday inside of his store. McFarland said he does this to switch the gravitational pull in his body. McFarland relaxes inside of a 116 -degree soaking tub and wipes sweat off of his face Tuesday at his store.


oaking in a 116-degree Japanese hot bath w h i le b r e at h i n g through an oxygen mask is normal for Hotwater Works Inc. owner and MSU alumnus James McFarland. He said the ritual helps relieve stress, remain healthy and detoxify his body. “The relaxation response is huge because there’s so much stress in modern day life that we’re walking around like zombies,” he said. “When you soak,

it soaks away that accumulation of stress which lodges … in your muscles and in your tissues.” His health routine also includes flipping upside down for a few minutes. “Flipping upside down switches the gravitational pull on your body and pulls the pollutants (in our feet) … back down and mixes it up so our body can discharge it,” McFarland said. Beyond selling hot tubs and relaxing in steamy water, McFarland and his friend Julian Van Dyke paint together — which his rituals help him fully enjoy.

“Art doesn’t matter, music doesn’t matter, none of it matters unless you’re feeling good,” Van Dyke said. — Natalie Kolb, The State News



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Police, university officials define sexual consent related to alcohol By Darcie Moran THE STATE NEWS ■■

A national discussion on sexual assault and issues of consent is hitting college campuses after two high school football players from Steubenville, Ohio were found guilty of raping a drunken 16-year-old female acquaintance in August 2012. The female victim testified last Saturday that she could not remember anything from the night of the rape, according to reports. Social media, texts, naked photos of the victim and videos of other local teens joking about the incident brought the assault to light. Shari Murgittroyd, MSU Sexual Assault Program coordinator said outside of the law, consent is used in sexual assault to describe the willingness of participants. “The defi nition of consent and what that means is to will-


ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY BOOK SELECTED FOR 2013 “The Yellow Birds” by Kevin Powers has been selected as the One Book, One Community, or OBOC, novel for 2013. “This fictional contemporary war novel is a timely selection, given that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the start of

ingly participate in an activity — both parties willingly do that,” Murgittroyd said. “Alcohol certainly can impact that piece.” East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy said although consent is largely determined on a caseby-case basis, when alcohol is involved students need to make “doubly sure” that there is consent to engage in sexual acts. “If someone is not saying, ‘No,’ it doesn’t mean they are saying, ‘Yes,’” Murphy said. “If they’re not physically able to give consent, you’re going down a pretty dangerous path.” Human biology junior Anthony Talampas said students might not know how to make sure they have consent before engaging in a sexual act, but it’s important to “So they don’t get charged for something they don’t want to be charged with.” “If alcohol is in the scenario, the entire situation is question-

able,” Talampas said. MSU’s Office of Inclusion recently launched a new campaign, “There’s No Excuse for Sexual Assault,” with posters around campus with sayings including “She didn’t say, ‘No,’ so I didn’t stop,” and “She was my girlfriend at the time.” The Office for Inclusion defines sexual assault as actual, attempted or threatened sexual contact with another person without that person’s consent. In addition to being a crime punishable by time in jail or imprisonment, a sexual assault under this definition could violate MSU policy, depending on the severity of the assault. Under Michigan law, if a person engages in sexual acts with someone who is “mentally incapacitated,” they could be charged with either third or fourth degree criminal sexual conduct, and fi rst or second degree if other circumstances exist.

the Iraq War,” Acting Provost June Youatt said in a press release. The book will be the center of some OBOC community and campus events throughout September. At 7 p.m. Aug. 25 , Powers, a new novelist and Iraq War veteran, will come to East Lansing and engage with community members in a book signing at the Performing Arts Theater in the Hannah Community Center, followed by an address to MSU’s freshmen on Aug. 26 at Breslin Center.

Both events are free to the public. The program is sponsored by MSU and the city of East Lansing and promotes both communities read the same book and focus on its message. The book discusses war and its loss of innocence, creating a lose-lose situation for all involved. Since 2001, new books have been chosen each year, inviting authors to come to East Lansing to meet with community members. SAMANTHA RADECKI

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15 things you won’t miss about MSU 1. Waiting in line for the bar in the winter:

It’s a true college tragedy. It’s 3 p.m. Thursday, and you and your friends decide to start your weekend off early. So you head down to the The Riv to share a few pitchers at ‘Rama. Only one problem: it’s 10 degrees, snowing and the line is wrapped halfway around the building.

2. Every cafeteria that’s not Brody It’s hard to go back to Hamburger Helper when you’ve had filet mignon.

3. The iPod hog It’s nearing midnight and the playlist you made for your party is hitting its peak. But suddenly, the music stops and some guy wearing a snapback and sunglasses puts on the latest remix of LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem.” Is there a worse way to kill the mood?

4. Throwing parties Waking up at your place the night after you throw a party generally feels like the beginning of “The Hangover.” You can’t see your floor, multiple items — such as chairs,

beer bottles and screen doors — are on the ground below your balcony and there’s usually a stranger sleeping in your kitchen. It’s at this moment you realize you’re never throwing a party again.

5. Pranksters who think it’s funny to pull the fire alarm It’s midterms week and you’re stressed. Only 12 hours separate you from two tests that will determine your final grade. Just as you situate yourself in the study lounge, that guy on your floor still trying to make friends pulls the fire alarm. After being ushered outside by your resident assistant, and waiting for the fire trucks to leave the scene, you go back to your studies — angry, annoyed and ready for revenge.

6. Hallway pukers He was the coolest guy at the party when he bonged four beers in a row and chased them with a half bottle of Rumple Mintz, but the pile of barf he decided to upchuck outside your door suggests the contrary.

7. The Wells Hall preachers Nothing brightens your day more

than hearing a middle-aged man scream at you from across a courtyard, reminding you that you’re going to hell for your sins. Sorry Wells Hall, you can keep these guys after the commencement ceremony.

8. Packs of drunk girls walking in front of you Becky’s boyfriend is a jerk and doesn’t deserve her, Kimberly is worried about getting kicked out of Delta Gamma and Brittany thinks her MTH 103 teacher is cute. These are just a few of the conversations no one will miss hearing while walking home behind a group of drunk girls after a party.

9. Rick’s bathrooms Going to the bathroom at Rick’s American Café is a lot like watching the movie Hostel for the first time. After waiting in line for upwards of 10 minutes, your restroom experience often includes people fighting, a random stranger yelling at his girlfriend on the cell phone and the unsettling fact that everything seems to be wet.

“It was at some point while standing in line at the Student Book Store yesterday that I realized I finally had become the word feared most by college students: old.” — Greg Olsen, State News reporter 10. Parking and Code Enforcement

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Because we all know you were waiting by my car ten minutes before the meter was up.

11. Buying books HST textbook: $300. ISS textbook: $100. ISB textbook: $250. Spending more money on required course materials than your rent: priceless.

awkward volume or b) continue on your way without saying a word, all the while feeling extremely uncomfortable.

13. 8 a.m. classes

12. Guys who yell at you from their balconies when you’re walking alone

Because grading for attendance is just stupid, anyway.

It’s an all-too-common scenario. You’re walking home from a friend’s house on a Thursday night, and the guys in Cedar Village Apartment 35 have had too many shots of Burnett’s. They start shouting incoherent things at you from their balcony, forcing you to either a) shout something back at them at an

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14. ANGEL 15. Luxury cars on campus We all know you didn’t pay for that with the money you made working in the caf. KATIE HARRINGTON & GREG OLSEN


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MAKE ENERGY TRANSITION PLAN PRIORITY Dear President Simon, As you may know, I have been trying to schedule a meeting with you to propose changes in the Energy Transition Plan. I was let down when I was told I should speak with Vice President (Ed. note: and secretary of the Board of Trustees) Bill Beekman instead. If this is truly a priority of Michigan State University, I think it is necessary for you to meet with the students who are the most invested in this issue. I think it is great our university has recognized the importance of sustainability. However, hundreds of students and I see flaws in the current plan, and I would like to propose a few changes. Our proposed changes include finishing the timeline to 100 percent clean and renewable energy with a date for when we will get to 100 percent, defining clean and renewable energy, revising the goals each year instead of every five years and addressing issues with biomass, which currently needs to be burned with coal, thus cannot be counted as clean and renewable energy. I fear the current goals are too vague, have a lack of accountability and do not accurately reflect the urgency of this issue. The window of time to take action on climate change is shrinking more each day while people are literally dying from pollution from the mining of fossil fuels. During spring break, I met so many beautiful people in the Appalachian Mountains, where much of MSU’s coal is mined. The lives of the Appalachians have been endangered by mountaintop removal coal mining. Each person I met could name loved ones who either have died or have serious health problems because of the air and water contamination.


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Media industry needs new approach to piracy


epending on who you ask, online pirac y might appear a clear-cut


To the music industry, piracy is theft — a criminal action harmful to both artist and consumer. For its more zealous advocates, piracy is a form of activism — a rebellion against corporate greed and the establishment. And for many consumers of online content, piracy simply is a convenient, cheap means of access. This great divergence of opinion reveals a more complex situation. Difficulties arise as soon as we attempt to define the term. So, what constitutes piracy? The Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA — an opinionated source, to be sure — equates piracy with theft. Then, struggling to give a clear definition, they instead opt to provide several examples. These include downloading MP3s from file-sharing networks, emailing tracks to

your friends and distributing home-burned CDs. These examples are reasonable and clearly violate copyright laws. Most will agree that use of filesharing sites to acquire protected material is illegal and wrong. But it gets blurry as we approach more marginal examples. Is viewing copyrighted material on YouTube piracy? How about ripping music from a friend’s CD? Or what about viewing a movie you borrow from the library? In all of the above, the user gains access to copyright-protected material at no charge. In none of the above does the user sell the material for a profit. So why do some so clearly ring of piracy while others do not? I do not have a clear definition of piracy for you. One has not yet been agreed upon. The best I can find comes from the dictionary: it defines piracy as the unauthorized use or reproduction of another’s work. That’s pretty good — it is vague enough to be widely applicable, does not directly address questions of legality and comes

First off, they see every confrom an unbiased source. Other controversial ques- sumer with an Internet connection tions surround online copyright as a potential pirate. This is not infringement. One of the most unreasonable. A recently-released basic is the one of morality — study by the European Commissimple right or wrong. My instinct sion Joint Research Centre found in 2011, around 73 here is that piracy is percent of Internet wrong. Media isn’t GUEST COLUMNIST users clicked to an a natural wonder, illegal music site at and consumption least once. isn’t a right. Interestingly, the People work study also found illehard — they dedgal music downloadicate their whole ing actually has a lives — in order to small positive impact create the music on music sales. we listen to, the MILAN GRIFFES The industry’s movies we watch mistake comes in and the games we their response to the play. They deserve problem. They have engaged in an compensation. From the consumer’s end, it escalating war with the pirates, makes sense to pay for what we often with bizarre results. Last year, The Pirate Bay, the use. This is not a radical concept; it applies to most every other self-proclaimed most resilient toraspect of our economic lives. Why rent site of the galaxy, announced a plan to launch low-orbit drones would media be an exception? Unfortunately, the industries which would host their servers, behind these media are approach- keeping them out of the reach of ing their piracy problem in a hor- any country’s jurisdiction. The recording companies rible way.

haven’t been any more reasonable. Last November, they prosecuted a nine-year-old Finnish girl for attempting to torrent a music album. Treating their customers with distrust and attempting to instill fear with massive penalties and randomly-selected prosecutions is the wrong approach. Consumers generally are willing to pay a higher price for convenience or quality. At the moment, illegal file-sharing sites offer easily-accessed products of the same quality as their legal counterparts — for free. The media industries cannot compete in terms of product. If these industries are to survive, they need to win the consumer. The focus must shift to building relationships. This is not impossible to do. Successful models already exist. Steam, a gaming service offered by Valve Corporation, is thriving. Steam offers a library of cheap games frequently on sale. Steam acts as a store, a content aggregator, a social network and a

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game launcher. This multi-faceted approach is a service which cannot be matched by file-sharing sites. Taking a different approach, Amazon has had success with its eBooks. eBooks can be viewed on a variety of devices, but Amazon retains a high degree of proprietary control with its’ Kindle device. Further, it is easy to browse a large selection of books, reviews and comments on Amazon’s marketplace. Convenience and control here make for success. My point is there are ways to turn a profit in this new world of media consumption. Declaring war against your consumer base is not one of them. The media industries need to rethink their response to piracy and their approach to content distribution. This being said, responsibility falls on the individual consumer as well. Consumers cannot control the tactics of the media companies. They can, however, make them look foolish.




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RAWANDAN ARTIST TALKS CREATIVITY ‘Of Mice and Men’ to take stage at Wharton By Katie Abdilla THE STATE NEWS

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For artist and activist Emmanuel Nkuranga, it’s all about giving second chances through art. Nkuranga, who grew up in Rwanda during the Rwandan Civil War caused by the divide of the Tutsi and Hutu peoples, learned the importance of art at an early age. He established Inema Arts Centre in Rwanda to teach forms of art to women and orphaned children as a trade to bring income. “As a self-taught artist, I thought that could be something I give back to the world,” Nkuranga said. “Living in a community where there’s no creative culture and (there are) regimes, art could be helpful to some people, especially children.” The painter visited MSU’s campus this week to share his ideas with students in the College of Education and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, or RCAH. Laura Apol, a professor in the MSU College of Education, first met Nkuranga at a guesthouse in Rwanda. After a rushed visit to Inema Arts Centre on the way to the airport, she knew he had to come to MSU. “He’s an embodiment of what a lot of the students in teaching and RCAH are trying to imagine for themselves,” Apol said. “He’s working with orphans and women who are learning to do sewing and providing materials and a location.” Nkuranga hosted several events during his visit, such as a painting session Tuesday and a discussion with students Wednesday. He THE STATE NEWS ■■


Rwandan activist and artist Emmanuel Nkuranga speaks to a small crowd as he paints Tuesday at Snyder and Phillips Halls. Nkuranga wanted the experience to be interactive, asking members of the crowd to come and paint.

More online … To watch a video on Emmanuel Nkuranga’s art and life in Rwanda, visit

experience a really terrible history and rise out of that. Art helps build people back together.” Joni Starr, assistant professor of arts integration, allowed Nkuranga to visit one of her classes as well. She said his international experiences only can help expand her students’ learning process. “For four years, a student’s life is doing what someone asks them

also visited College of Education and RCAH classes periodically throughout the week. RCAH senior Grace Pappalardo, a student in the senior seminar Nkuranga visited Thursday, said his work in Rwanda reflected the catharsis art can provide. “RCAH is based on using arts literature and dance to express your stories,” Pappalardo said. “It’s really inspiring to see a nation

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to do,” Starr said. “Students have to step outside their lives and outside of their realm of experience, so anything that gives insight and perspective to a different culture and life, anything that opens hearts and minds, makes us better people.” With both his work in Rwanda and his visits to the United States, Nkuranga said his goal is to make art accessible to everyone. “People think art is something that’s very difficult,” he said. “I try to eliminate the fear that gets into people’s minds, get them to come and interact with me and enjoy the journey.”

Christopher McFarland of The Acting Company said “Of Mice and Men” is a huge part of American culture. “I, like a lot of people, read the book growing up,” McFarland said. “It meant a lot to me. I think Steinbeck in some ways was trying to write myths for the American culture.” Tonight, The Acting Company is bringing the classic to Wharton Center. The Acting Company, founded in 1972, has performed more than 130 plays for more than 3 million people since its inception. It’s also served as a steppingstone for many actors, such as Rainn Wilson and Frances Conroy. “The Acting Company is an incredible company,” said Wharton Center’s Public Relation Manager Bob Hoffman. “They are an award-winning ensemble. They’re a premier touring company. Anytime they perform, it’s stellar and our audiences ask to have them back.” “Of Mice and Men” was written by John Steinbeck in 1937. It tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two migrant ranch workers looking for job opportunities during the Great Depression. Gary Hoppenstand, a professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American culture at MSU, said part

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of the reason why “Of Mice and Men” is so enduring is because of its characters. “He’s distinguished in the sense of depicting characters in a way that resonated with the readers,” Hoppenstand said. “It dealt with issues that resonated with the working class. It’s the Depression-era story.” Hoppenstand said in 1932, five years before the book was published, 25 percent of the country was unemployed. The bleak period the book is set in adds to its appeal. “(Steinbeck’s) great ability in this story is that he captured the angst of that, in a way similar to what he did with the ‘Grapes of Wrath,’” he said. “It’s one of those American classic books in theatre,” Hoffman added. “It’s powerful, but it’s also reassuring.” McFarland, who portrays Lennie in the production, said being an actor in such a well-known story is bigger than himself. “Obviously, you have to play the reality of those two individuals on the ranch,” he said. “You jump in and kind of do the best you can.” McFarland said audiences have responded to the play fantastically. “Seventy percent of our audiences that see shows by The Acting Company have never seen a show,” he said. “The reaction that they have feels very honest. People have come up to me after the show and said all kinds of really generous things, and that’s a large part of why we’re in this business. So it feels nice.”

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By Zach Smith THE STATE NEWS ■■

It all comes down to this. If the MSU gymnastics team wants to go to NCAA Regionals next month, they must do well at the Big Ten Championships this weekend at Jenison Field House. After a disappointing 193.45 in Denver last weekend, head coach Kathie Klages said a team score of at least 196 will be required to get above the 36-team threshold to make it to the next round. “Mathematically, we still have an opportunity to move up into the top 36, but it’s going to be tough, it’s going to be very tough,” Klages said. “It would have definitely helped us to have a better score at Denver.” She said the team still performed well in Denver, especially after receiving a season-high Junior Dani Levy poses for the audience during the floor event at the meet against Ohio State on Feb. 16 at Jenison Field House. Levy finished the event with a 9.225. DANYELLE MORROW/THE STATE NEWS

49.075 on vault. After traveling to Iowa City, Iowa and Minneapolis the last two seasons, Klages said the opportunity to perform in front of a home crowd can be both good and bad. “It’s a little different because our arena is going to be set up a little bit different,” she said. “We have a lot of distractions when it’s home because everybody’s parents are coming and it will be a meet in which there will be a lot of excitement too because we are at home. We have to do what we can to keep our kids focused on what the job is at hand, and that is to perform well at the Big Ten Championships.” MSU will perform alongside Illinois, Ohio State and Iowa at 1 p.m. in the first session of the meet. Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Minnesota will participate in session two at 6 p.m. Senior captain Taira Neal, who

was named second team AllBig Ten this week, said she feels like the home crowds are better for the Spartans. “It adds a little more nerves because you’re always a little more nervous when your family and friends are going to be there,” Neal said “It’s going to be better that all four events are going to be going at the same time, so you have to just focus on one person competing.” Still, the Spartans perform better away from Jenison Field House. Three of MSU’s top four performances this season came on the road, so the team will make the Big Ten Championships as much like an away meet as possible. “It’s harder to get what we want, especially at Big Tens because the stats say that we do better away, but at Big Tens, they have more judges, they see more things and the scores normally aren’t as high,” sophomore Alina Cartwright said. “It’s going to be a lot tougher than a normal meet.” She added that the team has dealt with rowdy crowds and chaotic situations in the past, so having three other teams performing at the same time won’t be much of a distraction. As the only senior on the team, Neal has been through the experience of Big Ten Championships before, and said she is giving the team any words of wisdom she can to keep them focused. “Just don’t try to do more than you know you can do,” she said. “Because a lot of people feel like they go harder at Big Tens because they feel like they want to be Big Ten champ or get the title. Just go through your routine and make sure you hit for the team because we need a good score.”


Sophomore forward Becca Mills shoots as Michigan center Rachel Sheffer blocks during the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament game against Michigan on March 8 at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines, 62-46.

Bell, Pickrel look to step up play in opening round of tournament By Stephen Brooks THE STATE NEWS ■■

The MSU women’s basketball players boarded their fl ight to College Park, Md., yesterday with three letters on their mind: WTW. The acronym, which stands for Win The Weekend, is head coach Suzy Merchant’s creation, designed to inspire confidence as the No. 5-seeded Spartans take on the No. 12-seeded Marist in the fi rst round 1:30 p.m. tomorrow on ESPN2. In the first-ever meeting between the two programs, the Spartans head to the East Coast confident but not to the point of arrogance. “I don’t think any of us are going to look past them at all,” Klarissa Bell said. “Watching them on fi lm, they’re a good team. They take away the dribble drive, so I think that’s something that we haven’t seen.” Perhaps more than any other player, it’s Bell that is most anxious to return to the hardwood. The junior guard failed to hit a shot from the field in the final two rounds of the Big Ten Tournament, scoring a total of three points in both games. The short-handed Spartans enjoyed a valuable week of rest after the tournament while they awaited their NCAA Tournament assignment. “That time could have been taken either way,” Bell said of the down time, adding that her body felt fatigued after the conference tournament. “It could have been bad, or it could have been good. And I think that for me, personally, it was a good thing. And I’m sure for a lot of other people it was too.” In Marist, the Spartans will face a quick, smaller team that runs a motion offense relying on screening, cutting and rescreening. A dominant team in their respective conference, the Red Foxes won’t be intimidated by a program such as MSU. “We’re a mid-major team, so we kind of go out there with nothing to lose … you never know what can happen,” Marist guard Casey Dulin said. Sophomore post players Jasmine Hines and Becca Mills could have a big game against the guard-centric Red Foxes with their height advantage in the paint. Marist’s tallest active

Head coach Suzy Merchant celebrates with her team after their 54-46 win against Penn State on March, 9 at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill., during the Big Ten Tournament.

Marist College Mascot: Red Foxes Colors: Red and White Record: 26-6 Current streak: 21 wins Coach: Brian Giorgis Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Location: Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Enrollment: 6,303 All-time record vs. Big Ten opponents: 3-3

“It could have been bad, or it could have been good. And I think that for me, personally, it was a good thing.” Klarissa Bell, senior guard

player is 6-foot-2 forward Elizabeth Beynnon. If MSU plans to win the weekend, it must be sharper on offense than it showed down the stretch of the season. That means more production from Bell on that side of the floor, as well as junior forward Annalise Pickrel, picking up her scoring. Like Bell, Pickrel had a few disappointing outings in the Big Ten Tournament. And like Bell, the Spartans’ offense is noticeably more productive when both of them play well. Pickrel specifically could pose problems for Marist with her ability to shoot behind the arc as well as score in the block with her 6-foot-3 frame. “Going into the NCAA (Tour-

nament), my mindset’s just a little different,” Pickrel said. “You know what, if my shot’s not going up, then I am going to make sure that I am still a presence on the court by rebounding and defense and stuff like that.” The Spartans lost to Louisville last season in the fi rst round in the same building they will play at this weekend. MSU players weren’t convinced slight familiarity with the arena was a significant advantage. “We have really good chances,” Bell said. “Our defense this year has really allowed us to beat good teams, different types of teams, different types of offenses. … That’s going to be a key for us in this run.”

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