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‘Trip of a lifetime’ Alumni prepare to canoe down Mississippi River in hopes of beating a world record


Legal benefits for same-sex newlyweds remain unclear By Olivia Dimmer and Sergio Martínez-Beltrán odimmer@statenews.com and smartinez@statenews.com THE STATE NEWS nn

Same-sex couples, city officials and MSU administrators are facing legal roadblocks as the debate surrounding the recent federal court decision to strike down Michigan’s ban of same-sex marriage continues. On Monday, university leaders edged toward the possibility of offering samesex couples full marriage benefits, but cautioned that the sticky legal battle surrounding last week’s ruling made it impossible to take that leap just yet.

The ban on samesex marriages was struck down, but a stay halted additional marriages until further notice photos by Allison Brooks/The State News

Alumni Tim Muhich, left, and Tom Baweja canoe Thursday down the Red Cedar River near Kruger Landing.

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constant, gentle movement from side to side. The sound of water crashing against the black and orange paddles. The paddle is heavy, but the idea of being in that watercraft for more than two weeks is a heavier and different weight to bear. This coming May, recent MSU graduate Tim Muhich will attempt to break the world record of fastest travel in a canoe down the Mississippi River, the

third-largest river in North America. “My father told me that I should have at least one trip of a lifetime a year, and this is the trip of a lifetime of this year,” said Muhich, who currently is pursuing his teaching certificate. Muhich and fellow MSU alumni Clint Adams, Tom Baweja and Colin Bright will be paddling 2,347 miles down the river. “My family has been canoeing for a long time, so it’s in my blood and it is something that I have to do,” Muhich said. Muhich and his partners met at an MSU Outdoors Club meeting, an organization where he introduced the sport of canoeing to his teammates. See CANOE on page 2 u

Alumnus Tim Muhich paddles in a canoe Thursday on the Red Cedar River near Kruger Landing. The team plans to canoe the entire Mississippi River in less than 18 days this coming May to break the existing world record.

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Senior guard Klarissa Bell and Head Coach Suzy Merchant talk to reporters Monday during a press conference at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C. Merchant and her players talked about their upcoming game against North Carolina.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — MSU and North Carolina, the top two seeds of the Chapel Hill region, were on opposite sides of the coin Sunday night. The No. 4 seed Spartans were potent both offensively and defensively, bullying No. 12 seed Hampton to a 91-61 win with strong performances from

In a previous interview with The State News, Kowall said the law was “murky” when it THE STATE NEWS came to edible products and Bills currently moving did not protect medical marthrough the state legisla- ijuana patients from legal ture could clear up some ramifications. “They felt like they had to be gaps in current laws regarding medical marijuana and criminals,” Kowall said. The other bill, spondispensaries. sored by Rep. Mike Two House bills Callton, R-Nashcould remove v ille, would the gray area a l low t hose surroundThe bills address patients ing certain to use aspects of legal questions dispensaries. a 2008 act surrounding In a allowing statement the use of dispensaries and released medical edibles when the bill marijuana, was first introincluding the duced, Ca l lton legalization of said he considers the medical marijuamatter an issue of patient na dispensaries and the legality of edible marijua- care, noting that some people eligible for medical marijuana na products. O ne bi l l, s p on s or e d might not be able to grow the by Reps. Eileen Kowall, plants on their own. “It’s simply not realistic to R-White Lake, Sam Singh, D-East Lansing, and 14 oth- expect them to do this,” he ers, would allow registered said in the statement. “Since patients to make products it takes four to six months for infused with marijuana in specific quantities. See MARIJUANA on page 2 u By Erik Sargent

redshirt freshman Aerial Powers, who had 26 points and 18 rebounds, and senior Annalise Pickrel, who scored 21 points and was perfect from the field and the free throw line. No. 5 seed UNC came within minutes of falling to No. 13 seed Tennessee-Martin, which led by as many as 18 in the second half. The Tar Heels closed the game on an improbable 28-8 run and escaped Carmichael Arena with a 60-58 victory.

UNC also will be dealing with another factor on the sidelines. Assistant coach Andrew Calder will continue to handle head coaching duties given the season-long absence of head coach Sylvia Hatchell as she battles cancer. Momentum certainly is a factor in the NCAA Tournament, and the Spartans should have plenty based on the fashion in See B-BALL on page 2 u

Although a final decision has yet to be made, Director for the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives Paulette Granberry Russell said she viewed the ruling as a positive one. However, she said it is not yet clear whether MSU now can offer samesex couples the same benefits as heterosexual couples. “MSU is an employer like any other,” Granberry Russell said. “When you look at the question of benefits recognition or having a diverse campus community, I think this is seen as an affirmation of equal opportunity.” At issue is a provision in Michigan’s constitution that defines marriage between one man and one woman. It bars any public employer — including the university — from offering identical benefits to same-sex couples. MSU offered benefits to couples joined in domestic partnerships before 2004, the year Michigan voters approved an amendment to the state Constitution defining marriage as one man and one woman. Although the ban was struck down Friday in U.S. district court, a higher judge issued a stay that halted further marriages, calling into question the validity of those that already took place on Saturday. Despite the stay that was issued, Director of the LBGT Resource Center Deanna Hurlbert is hopeful that same-sex couples will be allowed to marry and have those marriages recognized. “I think it’s an overwhelming validation — it emotionally validates and encourages LGBT couples,” Hurlbert said. “But it is also distressing to have one’s identity debated in the public sphere. The recent decision is very positive, but the fact that this is even a question, essentially speculating about some one’s humanity and the validation of their family is always very damaging.” Hurlbert expressed her hope that those associated with MSU would be able to have their own relationships, and the relationships of family members and friends, formally recognized in the near future. See MARRIAGE on page 2 u

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News brief ‘Girl Code’ cast to host Q&A at MSU Cast members of MTV’s show “Girl Code” will soon visit the International Center. Tanisha Long and Jeff Dye, two members of the comedy TV series’ current season, will be answering audience members’ questions April 5 at 9 p.m. They will also be performing their own standup comedy routines. Admission is free for MSU students with valid ID, and they are allowed one guest. The show debuted in 2013 and is a spin-off of the MTV series “Guy Code.” It features a rotating set of comedians who give explicit advice to girls on topics such as crazy roommates, periods, sex, partying, and ex-boyfriends. SARA KONKel

BWL plans power outage for March 26 Lansing Board of Water and Light will conduct a planned power outage from 8 a.m. to noon March 26, according to a BWL statement. The outage will reallocate customers on 10 transformers to accommodate new electrical services. Each customer is only expected to lose power for 30 minutes. 264 customers are expected to experience outages west of Highland Avenue between W. Grand River Avenue and E. Michigan Avenue. The back-up date for the electrical work is March 27 at the same times. GEOFF PRESTON

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If the women’s team defeats North Carolina, it would be their first Sweet 16 in five seasons

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which they dominated the opening game. But the ACC is perhaps the most fearsome conference in women’s basketball, and North Carolina survived a league led by Notre Dame, which completed its first undefeated regular season in the 37-year history of the program. Regardless of how it happened, both teams made it out of the first round. The Spartans are aware that UNC is a better team than the UNC that played on Sunday, and will enter Tuesday’s 7 p.m. second-round game prepared for a battle. “I just think that their defense really came alive there down the stretch and forced some composure issues and it just put UT-Martin in a position where they couldn’t score the ball,” head coach Suzy Merchant said. “They got their transition game going, then also their rebounding put-back situations. Both those things came to life down that stretch.” Tonight, the Spartans will play a Tar Heel team that finished No. 12 in regular season rankings and held its own in a stacked conference despite being led by a trio of freshmen. The Tar Heels are led by National Freshman of the Year Diamond DeShields, who averages 19.8 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game. DeShields shot 3-of-12 against UT-Martin, but made all nine of her free throws. DeShields leads an athletic UNC offense that is particularly adept at the transition game. For MSU to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in five seasons, it will have to win the rebounding battle against the host Tar Heels and slow down the pace. “That’s going to be huge for us,” senior guard Klarissa Bell said. “If we can play defense and rebound, then we can push the ball in transition like we like to do, I don’t know if that’s the game plan or not. But if we play defense and rebound, that’s going to be monumental for us.”

After paddling for six weeks from Toledo, Ohio to Louisiana in 2012, Muhich realized he had a shot at beating the world record of the fastest travel down the Mississippi River. “I saw the guy who has the current record fly past me in a really fast canoe, and I said if we have the right equipment we can break his record,” Muhich said. In 2003, Bob Bradford of Lapeer, Mich., and Clark Eid of Connecticut became the world record holders after traveling the

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More than 100 same-sex marriages were performed throughout the state Saturday from page one

As some officials fight to preserve the state constitution’s definition of marriage, others are attempting to preserve the legality of the same-sex marriages performed in Ingham County. Despite the federal court order to eliminate the ban on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Attorney General Bill Schuette and Gov. Rick Snyder attempted to temporarily stop those marriages from taking place with the stay,


One student advocate said the bills would provide patients with a sense of comfort if passed from page one

a marijuana plant to provide usable medicine, many patients will die before their plants can help them.” Both bills passed through the House in December. Neither dispensaries nor the creation of edible marijuana products were directly addressed in the 2008 bill. Cour t r ulings have restricted the creation of dispensaries in the state, although the legality of edibles are not explicitly mentioned. Criminal defense attorney John Targowski, who specializes in cases related to medical marijuana, said the current law allows people to carry up to 2.5 ounces of dried marijuana flowers. “The House bills would reposition medicals back in the community,” Targowski said. “If you have your card

Mississippi River in 18 days, four hours and 51 minutes. Within a week after Muhich’s epiphany, he and his canoe partners had the plan for their voyage down the Mississippi River set. They are projecting that they will beat the record by a couple of hours. The group has been practicing several times a week for the past few months, even when the temperatures dipped in the single digits. “There were parts (in the winter) that it was zero degrees and we were paddling,” Muhich said. The team’s mode of transportation will be a 64-pound, 23-foot long canoe with four seats. The entire canoe is made of Kevlar, a strong, flexible and waterproof fiber. The preparation of the trip costs approximately $8,000, but the group has received sponsorship from donations and companies. The group of four will

Continued depart from Lake Itasca, Minn., and will travel an average of 127 miles per day for 18 days until their arrival in Mile Zero, near Louisiana. The biggest obstacle that the team might encounter during the journey will be related to climatic conditions such as strong winds or tornados. Aside from those extremely severe conditions, they don’t plan on letting anything stop them. “You don’t cancel a football game because of bad weather, and you don’t cancel the Mississippi challenge because of it either,” Muhich said. The team will have two food drops while on their trip. People will meet them at various points along the journey to provide them with sustenance. Using the same technolo-

gy that the U.S. Army uses for cooking, the team will be able to cook hot meals in the boat every other day. The team will alternate one person sleeping in the front of the canoe while the other three paddle through the night. Muhich said they do have safety concerns and issues while canoeing. “We go paddling several times a week and we are very careful and we follow every precaution necessary,” Muhich said. “If you don’t do things like this and you stay back home, you will be 80 years old and you will look back and regret that you didn’t do it.” As for hygiene, the group isn’t too worried. “For the bathroom, the one word answer is jars,” Muhich said.

“We are writing to request that you help lift this pall by declaring that the aforementioned marriages ... will be recognized as lawful.”

issued March 22. The stay is expected to continue until Wednesday while a higher court examines the issue. Sara Wurfel, Snyder’s spokeswoman, told the Associated Press Sunday that Michigan state agencies will not recognize the marriages performed Saturday until the matter is permanently settled in court. On Monday, East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett and Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to recognize the marriages on a feder-

al level. “I expect the Department of Justice to grant my request that those marriage ceremonies become legal and those couples be awarded whatever the federal benefits they may or may not qualify for,” Byrum said. In the letter, Byrum and Triplett explained that all the marriages complied with Friedman’s order to eliminate the ban on same-sex marriage in Michigan. The two officials also said the marriages were finalized before Schuette’s stay was granted. “We are writing to request

that you help lift this pall by declaring that the aforementioned marriages ... will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits,” the letter reads. The letter, directed to U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General Eric Holder, uses the Utah case of Kitchen v. Herbert as an example. “You took similar action to clarify the federal status of marriages you entered into in Utah ... We ask only you do the same for Michigan couples,” the letter read. Before the stay was issued, clerks in Washtenaw, Muskegon and Oakland counties also issued dozens of marriage licenses for same-sex couples. More than 300 marriage licenses were issued and more than 100 weddings performed statewide.

and you have your medicals, a cop can’t do anything.” The bills could also bring back more dispensaries to the area after numbers declined because of legal ramifications under the current laws. "(Dispensa r ies) a re not legal any more,” Targowski said. “There are communities that can tolerate them but they don’t have any protection under the medical marijuana act.”

laws with federal and state laws,” Smoker said. “However, I will always have my medicine and I will go where the price is cheapest, whether it is the dispensary or from a peer.” Along with the comfort that Smoker says will come from fixes in the new bills, he said

the issues of marijuana policies need to be addressed more. “Marijuana policy is one of the most under-addressed issues today,” Smoker said. “Policy change is a must and for that to happen, the public needs to be educated on the facts (of marijuana).”

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum and East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett’s letter to the Department of Justice

One of the bills could bring back dispensaries, which were declared unconstitutional after a court ruling If the rules are changed because of the bills, it could allow patients with medical marijuana cards more freedom and ability without having to worry about legal consequences. For MSU journalism junior, marijuana advocate and soonto-be medical marijuana cardholder Brendan Smoker, the new laws will provide a sense of comfort knowing the rules have changed. “I always act with caution because of the controversial

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Amateur Radio Club operates the waves MSU’s Ford College Ambassadors drive for the Lansing Food Bank By Michael Kransz mkransz@statenews.com THE STATE NEWS

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For most, radio is a way of listening to tunes, newscasts and eccentric personalities, for others, it’s a conversation. The MSU Amateur Radio Club isn’t in the business of broadcasting the latest music. In fact, it’s not a business at all. They’re talkers and tinkerers. They’re amateur radio operators. They operate in a space no larger than the typical MSU dorm room, yet they manage to fit devices capable of communicating across oceans. The club dates back to 1919, and it’s a meeting ground of archaic and modern technology. A lthough amateur radio transmissions don’t use cell towers and Wi-Fi, MSU alumnus and club member Ed Oxer said there are parallels bet ween the forms of communication. “I like to say everybody is an (amateur radio) operator, because we’re all carrying little transceivers around called cell phones,” Oxer said. Amateur radio is the hobby of using wireless transmission devices for a variety of purposes, such as competitions, technical experimentation, socializing and more. Some communicate using Morse code, others use voice. Fulbright Scholar and club member Sergii Gromachenko said many aspects of amateur radio appeal to him, but the primary allure is meeting others from various continents and countries. “You never know what kind of operator you will meet — Africa or Asia or Japan or Europe,” Gromachenko said. “You call for station and you have no idea who is going to reply, it’s like Forrest Gump.


East Lansing residents and MSU students made don at ion s on M on d a y through driving brand new cars, thanks to MSU’s Ford College Ambassador team. The event had MSU students and local residents test drive new cars at Grand Ledge Ford Lincoln between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. For each test drive taken at the Drive For Your Community event, Ford Motor Company gave $20 to the Greater Lansing Food Bank. The company was also awarding up to $6,000 towards the charity. Photos by Julia Nagy/The State News

W8SH radio club member Gregg Mulder listens for other stations to communicate with via Morse code Monday at the Engineering Building. W8SH is their call sign.

You know, like mom said to Forrest Gump, ‘Life is a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.’” When contact is established and a conversation is enjoyed, it is customary for operators to mail each other postcards. Amateur radio operators identify themselves using a callsign, a combination of numerals and letters issued by the FCC upon passing a license test. The callsign is more than a way of identifying those on the radio waves, it’s like a birth name, engineering department technician and club advisor Gregg Mulder said. “Once you get it, it’s like a part of you,” Mulder said. “It sticks with you. I can’t get rid of WB8LZG for another one. It’s like changing your name. I’ve had it for 43 years. Why would I want to change my name?” The club currently is recruit-

MSU’s Ford College Ambassadors donated $20 to the Greater Lansing Food Bank for every test drive Advertising junior and MSU’s Ford College Ambassador team member Brianna Baker said the group was successful, raising more than $1,000 in the first few hours. The Greater Lansing Food Bank provides emergency food assistance to those in need in the Greater Lansing area.

W8SH radio club member Gregg Mulder communicates via Morse code Monday at the Engineering Building with a friend in California. He said he can recognize his friend in California by the pace and speed of his Morse code.

ing members. Gromachenko said technical expertise isn’t required for those interested in amateur radio, but a greater understanding of the technology will be garnered along

“It’s important because every $60 donated to a family can feed a family of four for a week.” Alyssa Sturm, MSU Ford College Ambassador member

Joe Wald, executive director of the food bank, said food assistance is important for families around the area. “With the help of the people of this community, by simply test driving a new car, we will gain additional ability to feed those who might otherwise go hungry,” Wald said in a statement. The event helps the Greater Lansing Food Bank provide food for families for as little as $10. Advertising junior and MSU’s Ford College Ambassador team member Alyssa Sturm said this helps benefit families greatly. “It ’s impor tant because every $60 donated to a family can feed a family of four for a week,” Sturm said. Nursing junior Ashley Rankin said she enjoyed helping the food bank by participating at the test drive. “I have volunteered with the Greater Lansing Food Bank in the past, but the Drive For Your Community event was a unique way to give back to the organization,” Rankin said.

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the way. “You don’t need to be (an) engineer to work amateur radio, but once you will start working you will become an engineer,” Gromachenko said.


E.L. residents named in lawsuit alleging illegal adult video downloads By Geoff Preston gpreston@statenews.com THE STATE NEWS nn

Several mid-Michigan residents, including some from East Lansing, are being sued for allegedly illegally downloading adult videos. Malibu Media LLC is suing the residents for breaching copyright laws by downloading the films. Residents from Ada, Adrian, East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Holland, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Portage, Traverse City and Wyoming are being named in the case. The 20 lawsuits were filed against “John Doe” in order to protect the defendants’ identities throughout court proceedings. The company is asking for people to stop downloading their material and pay dam-

ages and legal fees. The company said they target repeat downloaders of copyright works, including “Erotic Stretching and Sex,” “Girly Girls” and “Naughty and Nice.” According to court documents, the files are being downloaded with a BitTorrent file-distribution system that breaks the files up and makes them easier to share. Malibu Media did not return requests from The State News for comment. The company has cases in Chicago, North Indiana, Pennsylvania and Virginia, in addition to the ones in Michigan. Jeffrey Antonelli, a partner at a law firm that has represented more than 300 defendants in past Malibu Media cases, said the situation often becomes a lose-lose from the

beginning. “I think it’s an unfair fight when companies go up against consumers who download the work and don’t try to reproduce it for profit,” he said. In one case, when the defendant filed a motion to quash a previous court decision, the motion was denied. “A nu mb e r of ( M a l i bu Media’s) copyrighted works have evidently been making the rounds on BitTorrent. (Malibu Media) wants to put a stop to it,” the response read. In a statement to the court, the defendant said the lawsuits “are designed to intimidate innocent subscribers and force them to settle — regardless of liability — simply to avoid a public accusation that they illegally downloaded pornographic material.” Antonelli said his firm has

represented clients in almost ever y state that a Malibu Media-related claim was filed and he has only seen one case in Pennsylvania go to trial. S ome de f e nda nt s h ave alleged the company makes more money in settlements from the lawsuits they file than from the work they produce. Antonelli said although the financial records for Malibu Media are currently unknown, he has heard the same concerns from others. “People are concerned that they (Malibu Media) are making too much money off the lawsuits instead of looking at the source of infringement and taking it down,” he said. Antonelli said he hopes consumers are given more warning about what they are about to download as a result of the cases.


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CATA holds last charrette showing updated bus system plan By Sara Konkel skonkel@statenews.com THE STATE NEWS nn

After four days of planning the potential Bus Rapid Transit system, Capital Area Transit Authority held a work-inprogress charrette to reveal their updated design plans Sunday night at the International Center. The design team combined community ideas with environmental impact concerns, sustainability concerns, pedestrian safety concerns and optimal traffic solutions to create two main design plans. The system would run down the Michigan Avenue and Grand River Avenue corridor and would be replacing the current Route 1 bus. The five-day series of charrettes focused specifically on the section of corridor from Abbot Road to Hagadorn Road. In creating the two optimal

road plans, designers took into account the main concerns from community members, including: keeping left turns, better pedestrian crossings, keeping the median, and not intruding on the campus. “Updating the transportation system in this area isn’t just about transporting you,” CATA Urban Design Consultant Victor Dover said. “It’s also about setting you up for a new generation of transit-oriented development so that you can build a more sustainable city that has mixed use, more walkability, more value and more options.” The main design plan featured a four-lane road on the north side of the median that would hold two-way traffic. The south side of the median would hold two lanes which would be used only for the Bus Rapid Transit system to run in. The median would have to be reduced on the north side and extended on the south side.

There would be no cutouts for left turn lanes so the new treeplanting scheme would be aligned and much more aesthetically pleasing, Dover said. Permeable pavement strips would also be added in between tires on the south side of the median. The secondary design plan is more similar to the current bus system design, except there would be a bus-only lane on each side of corridor for the Bus Rapid Transit system. This plan would cause much more interaction between the new bus system and mixed traffic. The median would still have to be redone, but there would still be left turn lanes on the south side of the corridor. International relations senior Hannah Champ said it’s important for students to be involved in this process, even though most see East Lansing as just a temporary place to live. “It’s for the sake of the East

Lansing community and for the students that are going to live here over the course of the next 20 years,” Champ said. She said the most important points to consider were how it would impact people, affect their lifestyle and how needs would be met with the new system for both students and longterm residents. East Lansing Community & Economic Development Administrator Lori Mullins said she was most interested in how the new mode of transportation would affect the downtown business district. “The kind of thing that tends to happen around newly created transit stations with premium service like the Bus Rapid Transit is transit oriented development,” Dover said. This project is a process and will continue in April with another series of meetings that will focus on remaining areas of the corridor.


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hen you imagine the stereotypical co-op kid, a few traits might pop into your mind: vegan, Phish lover, dubious standards of hygiene, space case, organic food enthusiast, environmental advocate, pie-the-sky idealist, etc. I would like to take this opportunity to dispel the typecast and offer up a more accurate and realistic image of what the typical co-oper looks like. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that any of the above aforementioned traits are at all negative, but when everyone who is a member of the MSU Student Housing Cooperative (SHC) is portrayed in this way, any traits that deviate from the “norm” are overlooked and the differences that make us individuals are often ignored. Of course, when you take this into consideration, there arises a problem: there is no typical co-oper. The co-ops are inhabited by dynamic individuals with diverse interests and backgrounds. For instance, in my house we have people with majors ranging from English and international relations to urban planning and engineering. We are bookworms and party animals, outdoorsmen and couch potatoes, politically active and generally apathetic. Sure, there are those of us who eat vegan, who enjoy the groovy sounds of Phish, who believe in conserving water and recycling anything and everything. But just as many of us (maybe more) have an

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unhealthy obsession with bacon (and every other system suggested that I stay in meat product for that matter), think Taylor Swift East Lansing to work facilities is mighty keen (it’s like a choir of angels), find joy with him and that one of his “hausin the 30-minute shower (although we’re working mates” was looking for someone to sublease his room. I had nevon shortening it), and have never seen (or smelled) a compost bucket in our guest columnist er heard of the co-ops before that conversation but jumped at the opporentire lives. tunity, mainly because I didn’t want to Now obviously I can really only go home for the summer, not to mention write about my own personal experithe cheap price. Looking back, it was one ence because undoubtedly everyone’s of the best split-second decisions that I is different. And that is what I think is have ever made. Never before or since the strongest quality of the SHC; your have I felt so instantly accepted into a experience within the co-ops is based new community. What followed was the upon what you put into it. You can be best summer of my life up to that point, incredibly involved and find a family Tyler Berg and moving out in August was an emowith your “hausmates” or you can treat bergtyl1@msu.edu tional and difficult process. But I had it as a cheap place to live and nothalready signed a lease for a house with ing more. There is, I believe, one overarching thing that some friends, and it was time to move on. When it unites all members of the co-ops, and that is a came time to sign for housing for the coming year, sense of community. When you join the system, I knew that the co-ops would be my future home. Aside from the feeling of connection to a larger you become a member-owner of the organization and thus have a say in the way the SHC (with its 15 community that you don’t have when you live in houses and more than 200 members) is run. More- a regular off-campus house, the co-ops are a sigover, as member-owners we are mainly responsible nificantly cheaper option. The rent that I paid in for upkeep and repair of the houses, an investment my house was astronomically high compared to of time and energy that further strengthens our feel- the rent of the co-ops, and utilities weren’t even included. The rent is cheaper in co-ops because ing of connection to the organization as a whole. I actually ended up living in a co-op by happen- every member of the SHC is also an owner so, as stance. While making summer plans at the end of my it says on the SHC website, there is not a landlord sophomore year, a friend of mine who lived in the making a profit.

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“We are bookworms and party animals, outdoorsmen and couch potatoes, politically active and generally apathetic.” Throughout the past year, I have found a family in my “Haus.” Late nights spent debating trivial matters while we should have been studying and group trips to Woody’s on Thursdays have solidified our friendship that I have no doubt will last long after we have all moved on in our respective post-grad adventures. Like family, we don’t always agree or get along, and we all have our own quirks and mannerisms, but also like family, we look out for one another. If you’re looking for a sense of belonging, for a connection to a community unlike any other, then I implore you to tour a few houses and experience firsthand what the SHC has to offer. Tyler Berg is a comparative cultures and politics senior and resident of Beal Haus. Reach him at bergtyl1@msu.edu.

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Living in sorority house has surprising perks


ith only about six weeks left in the spring semester at MSU, I realized not only are classes slowly coming to a close, but that I will be moving out of my house for the summer. When I say house, my house is a bit different from everybody else’s. I happen to live in a sorority. I have constantly been asked what it is like to live in a sorority house. My response has always been this: living in a house with 40 other girls has been one of the best experiences of my life. I know it sounds cheesy, but I wouldn’t put it any other way. These girls have become a family I didn’t think it was possible to have. Although I also had a wonderful experience living in the dorms last year, the opportunity to live in the house was something I knew I couldn’t pass up. With the advice of the older girls in the house, I had heard living in would be something that made my entire sorority experience. Even though I was excited to move in, I would be lying if I said I also wasn’t hesitant at first. Living with four or five roommates seems daunting enough. I was moving in with about 40, so things had the possibility of being extremely hectic. To begin, the thought of sleeping in a dormer with the other girls is not a normal thing people do. A dormer is a giant room with 40 bunkbeds for the entire house to sleep in,

excluding our president and house mom, the chance to work on basic communication skills. who have their own rooms. Another thing I wasn’t ready for was My fears of people snoring or waking up to a million different alarms was run- how close all of the girls have become. ning through my mind, but having slept Understanding their lifestyles and in it for about seven months now, I can’t meeting families has made me more imagine sleeping in a normal room. It aware about people’s backgrounds and helped me learn to be more only took about two weeks accepting. to get used to listening for columnist Not only has this expemy alarm and being able rience brought my pledge to ignore the sound of peoclass closer overall, I have ple walking in and out. A come to personally know perk of having a separate almost every girl who I room for clothes, a futon, call my sister. The late TV and a dresser is that I night heart-to-hearts and don’t have to worry about the nights when we stay in waking up my roommates. on the weekends are some I can go right down to our Christine Larouere of the ways I have gotten to day room, play music, turn clarouere@statenews.com know the members of my the TV and lights on and get sorority. dressed without tip-toeing The support system I have because of around. It’s hard to explain the attraction to living in my sorority house has made me the dormer, but some of the best house comfortable to know that when I move memories come from there. Putting a out, I can always count on these girls. cutout of Snoop Dogg in people’s beds When I come home from a tough exam or hearing the crazy things people say on the verge of tears or if I am having when they’re talking in their sleep cracks guy troubles, there is always someone us up. I know sorority houses with dor- there to talk it out, eat chocolate or even mers sometimes get bad reputations, but just watch Frozen on the basement TV. Even when I am struggling with personit really is not bad at all. Even worrying about not having room al issues, a sister either has had a similar in the bathroom to get ready in morn- experience or is there to listen. Knowing ing or having to wait for a shower made I can talk with these girls about almost me nervous, but through keeping things anything has taught me how to trust and organized and learning how to effective- relate better to others. I’m not going to lie and say everything ly talk with the other girls when they are getting ready for class has given me was all sunshine and roses, because it

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was not. There were times I needed “me time” or wanted to get out of the house for a while. But knowing I can come back to a place where I call home and get help from any of my roommates is something I don’t take for granted. I feel I can speak for many greek women on campus that when you live in your sorority house, it gives you some of the best and funniest memories of your college career. From countless dance parties, bonding with your house mom, using multiple closets and pulling multiple pranks, such as putting cream cheese on people’s deodorant, are just a snippet of memories the house has given me. Living in the house has also encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone. I’ve tried different foods, had to get along with many different personalities and learn to handle things not always going my way. I had to focus on what was best for the house, and it has given me a reality check on how to live with 40 other girls. You can probably already guess that I am very sad to move out in a couple weeks ,because I might never get the chance to live in a house with a group of girls who truly care about how my day is going or have a movie night with 20 of my closest friends again. However I know living in my sorority is something I will never regret or forget. Christine LaRouere is a journalism sophomore, State News columnist and member of the Delta Gamma Fraternity. Reach her at clarouere@statenews.com.

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LETTER: LGBT people deserve same rights brandon hankins bhankins@statenews.com

There are exactly 0 rights granted through marriage that LGBT couples do not have equal access to. The tax breaks are not a right, that is government incentive to keep producing citizens and continue a country. The cultural acceptance is not a right, you can’t make something culturally accepted just by making it a law, look at prohibition. Everything else typically associated with marriage such as inheritance, hospital visitation, etc. can EASILY be arranged with legal procedures. There are literally no rights being denied to LGBT couples. So rest easy, LGBT supporters, you have won, you now have equal rights to straight couples in every aspect, which is exactly what the title of this column wanted! Bob 4, March 24


Monday’s poll results From a religious stand point I disagree with the notion of the same-sex marriage; but, from a constitutional standpoint, I don’t see how we can strike it down. It ought to be legal. Schuette is a knowledgeable lawyer and is just doing his job by appealing on behalf of the voters who elected him, but from an objective standpoint (a.k.a. one that ignores faith) I’m sure he would agree.

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zombie survival course promotes summer class By Erin Gray egray@statenews.com the state news nn

A zombie was spotted at the International Center, Brody Square, Main Library and on Grand River Avenue. The zombie, Zed, was on the hunt for students who were brave enough to take a flyer from his gray and ravaged body. Zed rose from the dead this past week to promote MSU’s award-winning zombie apocalypse survival course, taught by social work professor Glenn Stutzky. SW290, Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse: Disasters, Catastrophes and Human Behavior, is an online summer course that teaches students how to handle catastrophes. Stutzky said he calls this class a MOLIE, which stands for Multimedia Online Learning Immersive Experience. Stutzky and MSU alumni Keesa Muhammad and Christopher Irvin were developed the concept of creating a class devoted to dealing with catastrophes. “We think education should not just be a set of facts, but something to experience, not just in our brain, but in our eyes, ears and feelings,” said Stutzky. Stutzky said zombies make ever y thing more interest-

ing, which is why he chose a zombie takeover as the main catastrophe. The course is seven weeks long and begins with traditional course work, readings and quizzes. It then leads to an online simulation where students are broken down into small groups that must work together to survive the zombie takeover. “When in a catastrophe, information is very important. (Students) learn how to evaluate information and use it to base their decisions,” said Stutzky. Kasey Nicholoff, an anthropology senior, said the class was not

what she was expecting. “It focused so much more on team and relationship building than I anticipated,” Nicholoff said. “I do think in a way it prepared me for a real life catastrophe because it got us thinking about how to prioritize after an event like that occurs.” The class won the MSUAT&T Instructional Technology Awards Competition in the “Best Online Class” category in 2013. “We are not teaching using technology, we are using technology to connect learners and enrich the learning experience,” said Stutzky.

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in the International Center. During the event, students can vote their favorite voice to help crown MSU’s Spartan Voice. The event is free for MSU students and allows for one additional non-MSU guest for free. All attendees must show IDs.

Week ahead for march 26-29 As the semester winds down, students often find themselves in a repetitive schedule of studying. Here are a few events to break the cycle.

Craft night Wednesday, March 26 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Those with creative minds can go to UAB’s spring cleaning craft night at the MSU Union. Supplies will be set up for students to decorate glass cups and create thumbtack art

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Communication freshman Lauren Bain reaches for a flyer from criminal justice freshman Kevin Hodge, who is dressed as a zombie to promote a class, Friday in the International Center.

Newport Jazz Festival Thursday, March 27 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Spunk up a typical Thursday with a night full of jazz. The Newport Jazz Festival will celebrate 60 years of jazz. The festival will feature Randy Brecker, a five time Grammywinning trumpet player. The festival will be held in the Wharton Center. Tickets start at $20.

The Spartan Voice Friday, March 28 8:30 p.m. Students can enjoy an evening of listening to local MSU singers all night at The Spartan Voice on Friday night

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Sigma Pi and Up ‘til Dawn MSU host first pancake eating contest for charity By Casey Holland cholland@statenews.com THE STATE NEWS nn

Cheeks bulged, syrup dripped everywhere and crumbs flew across the table as students plowed through heaping plates of pancakes — all for charity. Sigma Pi fraternity and Up ‘til Dawn MSU, a student organization devoted to raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, teamed up to hold their first pancake eating contest at IHOP, 2771 E. Grand River Ave. From 5-9 p.m., students filed in and out of the restaurant’s doors to indulge in mass amounts of pancakes for a $5 fee. Attendees could compete in one of the competition’s multiple heats that were held throughout the evening. A section of the restaurant was blocked off specifically for the contest. About 20 contestants per round gathered at a long table. For 30 minutes, waiters brought out stacks of pancakes to contestants. Plates

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“I went to the hospital and saw the children and every kid there was happy, even though they could die,” said Green, who is the assistant director of Up ‘til Dawn and a member of Sigma Pi. “It’s one of the best organizations in the world.” According to its website, the internationally-recognized hospital and research facility treats children with cancer and other serious diseases. Green said they devoted around two months of planning to the event. Up ‘til Dawn MSU already has an annual event they hold during the fall semester, but an offer from the IHOP manager to help put together a pancake eating contest prompted Green to ask Sigma Pi if they would help them bring it all together. “When you show how much you care, people are usually willing to give a piece of themselves, too,” said Alec Winter, a business junior and the Sigma Pi philanthropy chair.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is a 6 -- Keep a lid on distractions... especially expensive ones. You have extra confidence today and tomorrow. Personal matters demand attention. Effort at home pays off. Go slow and stay flexible. Follow the path of least resistance.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is a 5 -- Focus on making money today and tomorrow. Don’t gamble; do more testing. Work out the details... commit time, energy and resources when you’re clear about it. Don’t talk back. Avoid an intense argument this way. Big wishes bring results.

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3-star recruit coming to msu Of all places in America, the small suburb of Bel Aire, Kan., has treated Tom Izzo right on the recruiting trail. Sunday morning, 3-star small forward Marvin Clark committed to the Spartan program. The 6-foot-7 baller is the second player from Sunrise Christian Academy committed to MSU, joining four-star point guard Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn. “The staff, players are really close and coach Izzo is great,” Clark told Mike Wilson of Scout.com. “The staff and coach Izzo, they are very genuine and the players — they are all very genuine people. I got to see it at its worst. When I went, they lost and they didn’t have the red carpet or anything rolled out for me, so I got to see everything how it really is. If that’s how it is on a day-today basis, that’s how I want it.” Clark is the third recruit for the 2014 class and the second small forward, pairing up with 6-foot-5 Javon Bess from Columbus, Ohio. According to rivals.com, Clark is known as an athletic forward with a consistent jump shot from 12 to 17 feet away from the hoop. He also has a reputation as a strong rebounder. Clark’s story goes further than basketball, as a YouTube video titled “I am Marvin Clark” depicts the hardships he has been through in his life since he was 3 years old. At that age, he lost his father to a heart attack. Following his death, Clark’s mother was involved in a series of abusive relationships and was once married to what Clark called “a well-known drug dealer.” “I grew up watching him beat her,” he said in the video.

Throughout his childhood, his family struggled to find a solid living arrangement, jumping from apartment-toapartment. Even after a family took him in, the struggles continued, but he eventually rebounded and found success through basketball.



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Combined points-per-game scoring average of MSU freshmen Tori Jankoska and Aerial Powers this season.

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Powers, Jankoska will be critical for Spartans in battle of top freshmen


Golf team finishes 13th of 15 at invite The men’s golf team finished in 13th place out of 15 teams at the Linger Longer Invitational this weekend in Greensboro, Ga. Senior Carson Castellani led the Spartans, tying for 51st place. Castellani and his teammates shot a 19-over par 307 on Sunday — the second day of the invitational — to increase their 54-hole total for the tournament to 49-over par 913. The invitational contained eight of the top-50 programs in the country, and although the Spartans started strong in the Saturday morning session, they struggled in the afternoon. Castellani was tied for 54th place after the first two sessions and 36 holes, but climbed three spots on Sunday. Freshman Charlie Netzel came in two spots behind Castellani in the first day, but fell to finish 70th at the end of the tournament. Junior Jon Finley and sophomore Mitch Rutledge finished with a group tied for 64th, shooting a 15-over par 231. Fifth-ranked Georgia finished in first place in the team standings, in an upset over No. 1 Alabama. The Spartans’ next stop will be at the Hawkeye Invitational on April 12 and 13 in Iowa City, Iowa. The men’s team is two invitationals away from the Big Ten Championships on May 2-4. MAYARA SANCHES

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Redshirt freshman Aerial Powers reacts to a free throw attempt Sunday during a game against Hampton at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Come March, a player might still be tagged an eligible freshman on the roster, but after playing in 30-plus games, they might as well be called a sophomore. For No. 5 seed MSU and No. 4 seed North Carolina, some talented rookies are closer to seasoned veterans and true game-changers. Both the Spartans and Tar Heels have seen exceptional play out of freshmen this year, creating a recipe for what could be the most intriguing matchup in the second round NCAA tourney game on Tuesday night. “North Carolina and us

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included both have had significant impacts with our freshmen classes,” head coach Suzy Merchant said on Monday. “I don’t really compare them necessarily, but I certainly know we wouldn’t be where we are at without their success, and our team’s success is included in that, and I’m sure North Carolina is … the same way.” Freshmen guards Ariel Powers and Tori Jankoska average a combined 26.1 points as two of the top three leading scorers for MSU. Powers went off in MSU’s first-round matchup against Hampton, scoring 26 points and snagging 18 rebounds. Jankoska also was solid, finishing with 11 points herself. But the two stellar rookies of MSU will have their work cut out for themselves on Tuesday, going up against two other Tar Heel freshmen guards in Diamond DeShields and Allisha Gray, who have been recog n i zed with awards both in the ACC and nationally. DeShields, who was named National Freshman of the Year, leads North Carolina in scoring, averaging just under 18 points per game. Gray is second on the team in scoring with an average of 14.2, giving the duo a combined 32.1 points per game. Merchant said the North

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Carolina freshman class also plays tough defense, pointing directly at DeShields as a great two-way player. Powers most likely will be paired up on DeShields throughout the game, and understands the challenge at hand. “I know she’s a really good player,” Powers said. “We just have to contain her and make sure she doesn’t go off on us … when we play her.” Powers was able to hold Hampton’s leading scorer, Malia Tate-DeFreitas, to four points on Sunday, forcing her

to finish 1-for-15 from the field. On the other side, Powers will be a target for the Tar Heels. North Carolina associate head coach Andrew Calder said Powers’ performance in the first round was impressive and she can be a game-changer in the second round. “She’s a tremendous athlete and basketball player,” Calder said. “We’re going to focus on her — she does a great job either shooting the basketball or driving the basketball to the basket.” The NCAA Tournament second round matchup between MSU and North Carolina will tip at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Carmichael Arena. The game is set to air on ESPN2.


Dantonio: Spartans looking to build off success following 2013 By Matt Sheehan msheehan@statenews.com THE STATE NEWS

It’s been just 82 days since the Spartans brought home the Rose Bowl trophy, but MSU already is preparing for the 2014 season. Head coach Mark Dantonio took the podium at the Clara Bell Smith Center to discuss the defending Big Ten champions as they head further into spring football.

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“North Carolina and us included both have had significant impacts with our freshmen classes.”

MSU tips off at 7 p.m. against host North Carolina


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Freshman guard Tori Jankoska charges down the court Sunday during the NCAA Tournament at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Spartans defeated the Pirates, 91-61.

Quarterbacks Last season, it was a seemingly endless four-man race to see who would earn the starting quarterback position. This spring, rising junior quarterback Connor Cook will look to lead MSU to another storybook season after his breakout run in 2013. Behind him the situation isn’t bleak either, as sophomore Tyler O’Connor and redshirt freshman Damion Terry back him up on the depth chart. “You’ve got an MVP quarterback back, and not just one game, but in two games,” Dantonio said. “So you’ve got to feel confident in our quarterback situation. I think we have three outstanding quarterbacks there, and one who has played at a very high level.”

Defensive backs T he “No Fly Zone” that helped propel MSU to dominance will be without corner Darqueze Dennard and safety Isaiah Lewis this year, longtime standouts for the Spartan defense. Sophomore cornerback Darian Hicks and junior safety R.J. Williamson likely will be joining senior safety Kurtis Drummond and junior cornerback Trae Waynes in the starting lineup. Drummond said despite losing two stars in their feared group, he doesn’t expect this spring to have a different feeling. “I don’t know so much if it’s a new feel,” Drummond said. “Guys realize that we need to be better than last year. (Defensive coordinator Pat) Narduzzi always says … ‘Darqueze Dennard was All-American, so we need another AllAmerican corner. Isaiah Lewis was first-team All-Big Ten, so we need another first-team All-Big Ten safety.’” Offensive line Dantonio was asked what position group is his biggest concern, and he pointed to the offensive line — the group looking to replace three starters. The graduation of left guard

Blake Treadwell, right guard Dan France and right tackle Fou Fonoti leaves holes to fill along the offensive front. In 2013, the Spartans relied on an unorthodox eight-man rotation of offensive linemen as they established themselves as one of MSU’s most dominant position groups. Monday’s depth chart listed senior Travis Jackson at left guard, senior Connor Cruse at right guard and junior Donavon Clark at right tackle. Linebackers Losing t hree-year star ting middle linebacker Max Bullough won’t be easy, but Dantonio said he feels “pretty secure” about the linebacker group. It appears senior Taiwan Jones, a two-year starter at outside linebacker, will try sliding into Bullough’s old role in the middle as juniors Ed Davis and Darien Harris join him to form the starting trio. D a nt on io d r op p e d t h e names of redshirt freshmen Jon Reschke and Shane Jones when talking about who can step up in the spotlight. Davis also will be missing the majority of spring because of a shoulder surgery, Dantonio said.

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