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Dealing with grief

College is a difficult time to deal with death — students discover ways to help cope with loss By Darcie Moran



ABOVE: Media arts and technology senior Chris Huffman sits for a portrait in his house on Tuesday as he holds a flower dated from the funeral of his then-girlfriend, 19-year-old family and community services sophomore Carly Glynn. Glynn died on Feb. 10, 2012.


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Chris Huffman looked like he had seen a ghost by the time he reached his work supervisor. He hadn’t explained to anyone that he had just learned of his girlfriend, 19-year-old family and community services sophomore Carly Glynn’s, sudden death Feb. 10, 2012, but when he asked to leave work to rush to Snyder Hall to be with Glynn’s roommate, there was no need — the grief and urgency was visible. “I just was in shock,” said Huffman, now a media arts and technology senior. “That was my first time dealing with death so close, firsthand.” It was in the days and months to come that all the emotions of grief hit him: the pain, the anger, the irritability and the sorrow. Huffman is one of the many college students dealing with death. About 39 percent of students nationwide reported having experienced the death of a friend or family member, according to a 2010 study by Brooklyn College of City University of New York and Oral Roberts University researchers. In the last month alone, at least three MSU students have died: 19-year-old geological sciences sophomore Anna Flory, of currently unknown causes; 23-year-old nutritional sciences senior Andrew Singler, of a stab wound; and 19-year-old premedical sophomore Chas Schneider, of kidney failure brought on by colon cancer. Huffman said since Glynn’s death from meningococcal disease, he can’t help but pick up a newspaper when he sees another student has died. “I know what (friends are) going through,” he said. “I will always remember Carly. There’s nothing that could erase the time that I had spent with her.” Huffman said through the support of friends and counseling, he has been able to cope with her death and reach a positive place when remembering Glynn — approaches local experts say are ideal when trying to understand a loss. Gwen Kapcia, program director of Life Landscapes at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, said college students might especial-


With more than 55 percent of MSU’s international students coming from China, MSU experts have been searching for a way to reach those students when it comes to health-related questions while protecting students’ anonymity surrounding sensitive topics. MSU recently released Ask A Spartan, an website allowing people to anonymously ask questions in Mandarin Chinese or English on topics including relationships, mental health, sexual health, legal issues and sexual identity. Responses are in English and come from MSU experts from the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Program, Women’s Resource Center, Student Health Services, MSU Safe Place, the Counseling Center,


Athletic trainer Quinton Sawyer helps junior guard Keith Appling stand after Appling injured himself during the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich.



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Gay marriage returned to the national spotlight Tuesday as the Supreme Court heard arguments to lift a California ban — a change that could affect millions of Americans, including the Spartan community. Some Spartans began changing their Facebook profile pictures to a red equal sign to symbolize support for samesex marriage throughout the day Tuesday, but as the potentially landmark case unfolds, it’s unsure whether their hopes will come true. Justices took up the Hollingsworth v. Perry case regarding the constitutionality of California’s Proposal 8 — a referendum banning gay marriage approved by 52 percent of the Golden State’s voters in 2008. Conser vative justices claimed changing the ban would compromise marriage traditions centuries old, while liberal justices denied arguments that same-sex couples should not be able to marry because they can’t procreate. The legal question is whether the equal protection rights guaranteed in the 14th Amendment prohibit states

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LEFT: Huffman poses with Glynn’s gloves next to a photo of her in his house.


from establishing a definition for marriage. Law professor Mae Kuykendall, who specializes in gay marriage issues, said the Supreme Court is unlikely to issue a blanket mandate legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, but rather a decision that only applies to California. She said many justices discussed their “institutional incompetence” regarding gay marriage and hesitation toward issuing a decision affecting all 50 states. “Some of them are hesitant to venture into the area,” Kuykendall said, adding even the high court’s swing voter, Justice Anthony Kennedy, is reluctant to dive into the issue. A California Supreme Court ruling made same-sex marriage legal in California in June 2008 until Proposition 8 amended the California Constitution to ban it again in November of 2008. People Respecting the Individuality of Students at MSU, or PRISM, Vice President Stephanie Torres, a political theory and constitutional democracy and comparative cultures and politics junior, said even if the ban isn’t lifted, the media exposure is key to the cause for same-sex marriage. “It’s a great way to draw attention to the issue and continue to fight for it,” she said, adding

LBGT Resource Center, MSU Sexual Assault Program and the Office for International Students and Scholars. The site was launched last week and has received questions, including, “I don’t think I’ve ever had an orgasm. Is that bad?” and, “What counts as evidence for a rape and how do I know what to do if I think I was sexually assaulted? For one, I was told not to take a shower but I don’t know what else I should do before calling the police.” Jayne Schuiteman, an associate professor and interim director of the Women’s Resource Center, said allowing questions to be asked in Mandarin Chinese was an effort to meet the demands of MSU’s diverse student body. There are 6,223 students from foreign countries at MSU this semester — 3,453 from China — according to the Office of the Registrar Enrollment and Term End

Reports. “Chinese speaking students often don’t feel that they have access to resources (on) highly sensitive topics,” Schuiteman said. “We want to make sure that they have the information that they want.” General management freshman Wen Qiang Li, who is from China, said he likes the idea behind Ask A Spartan because it’s an easy way to help students. Li said although it would be easier for him to ask a question in Chinese, he most likely would use English because it’s an American website and he tries to use English more. Schuiteman said she expects questions about culture to increase, such as a question that was asked about how dating works in the U.S. Political science senior Jessica Newman said she or her friends might use Ask A Spartan. She par-

ticularly likes the anonymity. “I feel like a lot of people are embarrassed to ask certain questions,” Newman said. Schuiteman said all questions, including those that mention rape and abuse, are posed anonymously regardless of the question’s severity. Erica Phillipich, coordinator for the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Student Health Services, said she has answered sexual health-related questions with the help of her colleagues. “We all have something different to contribute,” Phillipich said. “This is really a team effort.” Phillipich said it’s important to have various avenues for students to ask and get answers to questions. “I don’t think there’s a question (on Ask A Spartan) that I have not been asked at some point in person, but it’s all about how they access you,” Phillipich said.

Appling plays on in NCAA despite injuries By Josh Mansour THE STATE NEWS ■■

The questions didn’t stop. He’d heard them all day, but when the count reached six straight on that same subject, Keith Appling paused and couldn’t help but chuckle. “All these questions are going to be about my injuries and stuff,” the junior guard said with a laugh. Appling’s humor with the line of questioning is understandable. With a re-aggravated shoulder injury from earlier in the season and recurring knee tendinitis, Appling’s first bout with injuries in his life is coming at an inopportune time as the No. 3 seed MSU men’s basketball team (27-8) prepares



TOURNAMENT for a Sweet 16 matchup with No. 2 seed Duke (29-5) in Indianapolis on Friday (9:45 p.m., CBS). “It’s really irritating,” Appling said. “Every time I move a certain way, I get a sharp pain, but it’s basketball. These types of things tend to happen, so I’ve just got to fight through it.” It’s a mindset built into the sporting culture and defined for Appling by Detroit, the city he grew up in, and the program he plays for. See INJURY on page 2 X


Police brief Taser allegedly sparks student arrest A 23-year-old male student was arrested Saturday after reportedly brandishing a Taser at another student, according to MSU police. MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said a group of students were playing basketball between 5:45-8 p.m. at IM Sports-East when a student driving the ball to the hoop reportedly knocked over another player, who thought the foul was intentional and punched him. A friend of the supposed attacker who was observing the game reportedly retrieved a Taser from his bag and began to make noises with it. Police were called and arrested both the individual involved with the assault and the individual who allegedly had the Taser. McGlothian-Taylor said the student who allegedly assaulted another player was processed and released. His report has been passed to the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office. The other student, who reportedly had the Taser, was arraigned in 54-B District Court and is scheduled for an April court appearance. DARCIE MORAN

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Expressing feelings, through words or otherwise, helps FROM PAGE ONE

ly have a hard time with death because they are away from their normal support group, and friends on campus might not know how to support them. “Maybe this is the first time in their whole life that they’ve experienced it,” Kapcia said. “The No. 1 thing that makes grief difficult … is we don’t know what to expect.” Experiencing loss Everyone expresses grief from the loss of a loved one differently, but everyone needs to express their grief when a loved one dies, said Kapcia, who leads support groups at the funeral home. “Oftentimes, we try to grieve without mourning,” Kapcia said, explaining that mourning is the outward form of grief. “If you love someone, there is a necessity to mourn someone when they’re no longer there.” Huffman said immediately following Glynn’s death, he would find himself irritable, sometimes snapping at those closest to him. Eventually, he saw a counselor with another friend of Glynn’s to cope with the pain of her loss. MSU counselor Bonnie Wheeler said in an email that grief can

manifest as sadness, joy, relief, anger and fear depending on the closeness to the person who died, the circumstances of their death and personal beliefs. Grief also can become a physical burden, with crying, fatigue, aches and pains, she said. The pain hit hard for political science and pre-law senior Kelsey Hines, whose cousin, 21-year-old communicative sciences and disorders junior Cassie Hines, died last year after a four-year battle with tubulocystic renal cell carcinoma cancer. Kelsey Hines said it sometimes was difficult to get out of bed in the morning to go to class, and she went home many weekends to spend time with family. Kapcia said spending time and speaking openly with loved ones about grief is a positive reaction to a loss, but there are inappropriate ways to react. She said especially in young adults, there is the potential to lash out or party too hard because they feel life is so short. Drinking became a way of coping for advertising sophomore Randy Thoms, after both the loss of his mother to ovarian cancer in high school and the loss of his friend, 18-year-old Lyman Briggs freshman Marissa Romsek, in college. “I learned pretty quickly that doesn’t solve anything,” Thoms said, adding he hopes others dealing with recent loss don’t take the path he took. “Don’t

take stuff to make you think that you’re going to be OK … You’re not always going to be drunk.” More than a year later, Thoms said he still thinks about Romsek every day, but learned from his experiences with loss and grief to make the most out of everyday — an idea he shares in common with many others who experience loss. “In the beginning, it’s just darkness,” Kelsey Hines said. “It’s just this cloud. It just consumes you and slowly, it starts to clear away little by little.” A helping hand Four months after beginning counseling, Kelsey Hines continues to speak with a counselor about the death of her cousin and close friend — something she still feels in denial about some days. “I can say she’s still up at school,” said Hines, who currently is taking online classes from home to finish her degree. “I wish I had spoken with someone sooner … It’s not as scary as you think. It’s not as weird as you would think — they’re able to shed some light on things.” Molly Day, director of marketing and community outreach at Ele’s Place, said the healing center for grieving children has a free grief support group available for college-age young adults — an age group experts said often is ignored in support groups. The Counseling Center

also offers group and individual grief counseling. Kapcia said those uncomfortable or uninterested in these forms of healing should make sure to express themselves in some way, such as painting or writing feelings down. Physiology junior Caitlin McCarthy, who experienced the loss of three friends in a car accident and the loss of two grandparents her freshman year, said she found solace in spending time with family and friends who also were dealing with the same loss, as well as writing down the memories she had of her loved ones. Students can seek counsel with National Students of AMF, a national group for college students who have suffered the loss of a friend or family member. AMF Executive Director Lauren Kase said although MSU does not have a Students of AMF chapter, students can utilize their free online webinars and participate in their National College Student Grief Awareness Week activities from April 7-13. “Grief happens to everyone — it’s part of being human,” Kase said. “(But) it can feel very out of place on a college campus.” To schedule an appointment with the Counseling Center, call 517-355-8270. To schedule an appointment with Ele’s Place at 1145 W. Oakland Ave., in Lansing, call 517-482-1315.


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Appling faces pressure to recover before Friday’s game FROM PAGE ONE

Toughness is admired above almost all else, and with one step onto the court, 100 percent health is assumed and excuses aren’t tolerated. That philosophy is personified by the Spartans’ head coach and built, in part, by the rugged determination of former guard Mateen Cleaves, whose shadow always will hang over the program. “When Cleaves came out of (the 2000 national championship) game a few years ago, he threatened me to put him back in, and that’s the only reason I did,” MSU head coach Tom Izzo said. “(Appling’s) as tough as Cleaves … maybe we’ll keep him out of some drills this week that are more physical.” The experience with Cleaves is

what led Izzo to say the Spartans’ junior must use his body language to help his head coach feel comfortable playing him. But comfort hasn’t been easy for Appling to find of late. He began wearing a shoulder brace in practice this week on trainer’s orders, and said it affected his shooting before adjusting to it toward the end of practice. Although admitting to some paranoia about experiencing the excruciating pain of his shoulder popping out again, Appling said he’d prefer to play without the brace, but doesn’t think he’ll get his wish. “Hopefully, our trainer changes his mind, and I’m able to play without it,” Appling said. Once he steps on the court, in his mind, he’s healthy — even if the medical report says differently. “I’m fine, at least I feel fine,” he said. “It aches here and there, but I mean, it’s not going to stop me from playing, so I don’t look at it as that serious.”


Court not expected to rule on marriage until summer FROM PAGE ONE

Supreme Court attention is a big step for the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender movement toward equality. Packaging freshman Kevin Quinn said he isn’t in favor of same-sex marriage because his beliefs about marriage stem from his Christian faith, where he believes the defi nition of marriage was created. He said it’s not the idea of

two men or two women coming together that’s the issue — he’s against the government attempting to define marriage. Although there are many in favor of same-sex marriage, Quinn said he’s firm in his faith. “I don’t leave my views up to society,” he said. “I go with the Bible.” On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments for and against striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which denies married same-sex couples federal benefits. The court is not expected to issue rulings on both cases until June. Staff writer Christine LaRouere contributed to this report.

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At Tuesday afternoon’s University Council meeting, members were briefed on MSU’s campus security measures and what actions to take if faced with an active violence incident — a topic that has buzzed among faculty members for nearly two months, following the Dec. 2012 Newtown, Conn., school shooting. An active violence incident, or AVI, can include an armedgunman or explosive situation on campus, MSU police Inspector Penny Fischer said during her presentation. At the meeting, she urged individuals to be informed of campus surroundings, know the layouts of buildings, stay informed by signing up for MSU Alerts and report any suspicious activity to MSU police. “We have to empower our community of what to do if there are no other options available to you,” Fischer said to council members. “What we have also learned is they are very unpredictable.” Fischer said individuals in the presence of an AVI need to know how to exit or hide in buildings, how to contact authorities with correct addresses and report the most detailed identification of a perpetrator possible. As a last resort, they also should know when to turn on an attacker in self-defense.

MSU Police presented tips for handling an active violence incident on campus MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said the attention needs to be focused on immediate responses to threats. Simon encouraged MSU community members to take upon that responsibility and be aware of their surroundings. “In a society where we all sort of live in our own little world, what this asks you to

Things to do if you are ever involved in an active violence situation, or AVI. 1. Contact MSU police after

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do is to look around you and think of how you could be of help to others,” Simon said at the meeting. Fischer said all these are preventative measures, and MSU has never had an emergencyshooter situation on campus. Each year, MSU hosts different large mock emergency drills involving MSU police, administrators, actors playing victims and witnesses to prepare for what would happen in these types of situations. The most recent simulation was held in July 2012. Beginning April 11, instructors from MSU police periodically will hold free informational sessions for MSU employees at the Nisbet Building. The sessions will cover how to identify dangerous situations and respond in a timely manner, which is essential to preventing violence in the work place, she said. Stefan Fletcher, president of the Council of Graduate Students, said although he’s more at ease knowing MSU is proactive in planning and preventing AVIs , he acknowledges there always is room to improve reaching out to students. “It’s obviously very sad that we have to think about this kind of stuff we’re planning, but we’re very diligent,” Fletcher said.


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With one food truck already roaming campus offering traditional meals, the Spartan Hospitality Group decided to add a second food truck to the mix this week. The green and white Food for Thought truck is covered with illustrations of continents and quotes about food. The chefs plan to serve some international meals, although specific menu options have not been decided yet. T he decision for the menu theme was based off of MSU’s high international student population and the popularity of that food among all students one of the chefs for the truck, Matt Wilson said. “(We) wanted to get that out there to the students and give them all a chance to try this sort of thing,” Wilson said. The truck will be in action through the rest of the semester and into the summer, with current plans of running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Catering and attending weekend events aren’t out of the question either, Director of the Spartan Hospitality Group Joel Heberlein said. Heberlein believes Food for Thought will be different from traditional food trucks because of the many options and constantly changing menu the truck offers. Tuesday, the truck served tomato soup, grilled cheese, caesar salad and pork wraps. “Some trucks are known as barbecue trucks — we’re not that.” Heberlein said. “We might do it for a week or something, but I don’t know yet. It allows us to experiment and allows us more flexibility.” Like its ever-evolving menu, the food truck was stationed outside Kellogg Center the past few days and will remain there for the rest of the week, but will set up


Executive Sous Chef Gerhard Steiner serves food to a customer from the Food for Thought food truck Tuesday in front of Kellogg Center. This was the truck’s second day of serving food.

in a different part of campus regularly, Wilson said. Wilson said the new menu items and locations of the truck will be posted on the orga n izat ion’s Tw it ter @ MSUfoodtruck. Special education junior Kenzie Gatewood and some of her coworkers from Kellogg were intrigued to test out the new truck yesterday for lunch. “(I got a) grilled cheese and tomato soup because it has Dairy Store cheese on it, and I really like that,” Gatewood said. “We got an email that there was going to be a discount today for people who work in the Kellogg Center, so we thought we would try it out.” Heberlein is hoping the new food truck also will serve as a resource for faculty and staff to get lunch on campus.

The Food for Thought food truck pictured Tuesday 2013, in front of Kellogg Center. The truck plans to serve a variety of international meals.

“The ultimate goal is to add value to the Spartan experience by providing access to mobile food,” he said.

“It’s got to be self-sufficient financially, but just by providing a service that currently isn’t there we might find a niche.”

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hat characteristics do you need to be recognized as the gender you identify with? Is it strictly an issue of biology or something that depends more on what gender the individual considers himself or herself to be? This is the question being posed across a wave of social media sites following an admissions decision made by one private, all women’s college in Massachusetts. Calliope Wong, a male-tofemale transgender, was rejected from Smith College because a government financial aid document registered her as a male. In Massachusetts, as with many states, proof in the form of a court order, or surgeon’s letter indicating an individual’s sex change by a surgical procedure, is required for that individual to be considered a different gender. Smith’s Dean of Admission Debra Shaver issued a letter addressing the issue, saying the college is accepting of transgender students, but argued because Wong’s Federal Application for Student Aid, or FAFSA, indicated her sex as male, they were unable to process her application. This is a sensitive topic, and one that can be rationalized from multiple perspectives. The explanation Wong received as to why her application was not processed is justifiable. Because of unfair factors outside her control, she was told she couldn’t be recognized as the sex she identifies with and must first have sex-reassignment surgery. It was another setback




in an already challenging life. But arguments also can be made in support of Smith College’s decision. In its 142-year history, Smith College has been an all-women’s institution. From a biological standpoint, she would have an anatomy different than her peers. In situations concerning communal bathrooms or roommates, Wong would put the college in uncharted waters. But one of the few aspects of this situation no one should find fault with is the outpouring of support Wong has received, and the volumes it speaks of support of the transgender community. Although Smith College is a delicate case, 623 schools in this country have nondiscrimination policies, and embrace the issue of gender identity and expression. Instead of solely being devoted to teaching young minds, colleges and universities have become a test bed for furthering acceptance and human rights. At MSU, this strive for tolerance has led to the passing of bills such as the recent preferred name policy, which allows an individual to be recognized by a different name than the one that appears on his or her birth certificate. But as encouraging as this movement is, there still is more that can be done. Wong’s application wasn’t processed by Smith College not because of academic reasons, but because of years of strictly enforced tradition. If the movement observed by most universities is to continue, the once-common traditions of these schools must be looked at and allow for more individuals to have a fair shot.

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“Healthy eating habits must begin on campus” Nick, I completely agree with you, and it is disappointing to see how culinary services prioritizes its menu. Gordon, March 26 via

Actually, on any given day, in any given dining hall, there are a plethora of healthy food options available to anyone that chooses to eat from the menu. Yes, there are still the options of pizza and burgers, but you cannot discount how much personal responsibility exists with the student making the decision in regards to what they are going to eat. This article reeks of typical American sentiment — “It’s not my fault, because of etc...” Every dining hall is equipped with an extensive salad bar, every dining hall has a menu that has at least one or two vegetable choices and every dining hall has fruit available on their menu. (comment continued at Spartan1855, March 26 via

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to be there for us, and we equally need to be there for them. But if we only think about those gigantic times of need, it’s easy to ignore all the seemingly minor events and press the lock on our car doors as the individuIncluded were the funds need- al approaches with the sign that ed to protect dogs and cats in reads, “Homeless and in need of the U.S., and wild animals in food!” the mountains of China. SudI remember an instance a fairdenly, there also appeared pleas ly long time ago when I was leavfor the victims of this ing the engineering disaster and that. building around 11 As those subsided, GUEST COLUMNIST p.m., and heard sobmy phone rang, and, bing coming from the sure enough, it was staircase. another telemarketer I had a choice: to asking me to donate turn around and go to — well, I actualout another exit, move ly cannot remember quickly past the indisince so many arrive vidual, or stop and at on my phone on a daileast ask if there was ly basis. anything that I could CRAIG GUNN At t hat point, I do. gave up on the phone, A story unfolded of turned off the televia fiancé who that night sion, simply stared out the win- had decided to cancel a wedding dow into the darkness of the night date only a week away, marry this and began to wonder about our young man’s best man and leave acts of giving. the state. The sobbing young man We spend our lives reaching was graduating, and life couldn’t into our pockets to get rid of the have looked bleaker. homeless person who accosts us Like the homeless man or the on the street. We give into the charity telemarketer, wouldn’t relentless telemarketer so, hope- it be easy to walk away and say fully, they won’t call us again, and nothing? we screen all our calls so we can But then he confided in me that ignore the calls for money. We he had come back to the buildhave become pretty jaded about ing to try to get onto the roof to the real needs that exist within jump. close proximity to ourselves. Think about it. What would you Is it that homeless man on the have done? I didn’t have a cell street, or the guy at the door who phone. I had no way to reach anyis collecting for the XYZ cause? one in authority without leaving No, it is much closer than that. him alone and risk him disappearIt is all those people you classi- ing. So I sat and listened, made fy as friends and acquaintances comments, listened and listened who really need you for a variety and listened. of reasons. At 3 a.m., we had come to the Have you thought about how a decision together that it was a simple kind word to the strange bleak and awful night, but things fellow in your economics class could be worked out if he spent might change his whole perspec- time with people on campus who tive on the world? Have you con- knew how to guide him through sidered how inviting an individ- the heartache. ual sitting alone in The Vista at He took a different path from Shaw, Brody Square, South Pointe the one he had walked earlier in or any other cafeteria on cam- the evening and succeeded in surpus to eat lunch with you might viving his turmoil. make a very lonely person surDid I do anything? Not really. vive or make it through anoth- I just listened. I didn’t perform er day with a positive attitude? surgery or cure him of cancer or Have you considered just listen- grant him a fantastic wish. I just ing to your roommate while he listened. And that is what I was or she pours out his or her trials meant to do. and tribulations? There will be a myriad of times We all are in need of people when someone you know or don’t who are there when we need know needs you to just be there — them, but we fail to realize that whether it is the shoulder you promomentous reasons are not the vide, the helping hand or the ear things we need to focus on. you extend to hear their pleas. Family tragedies, massive losses We are not put on this earth simof money and deaths in the family ply to deal with the great tragedies do not exist on a daily basis. we encounter in our lives. There are too many times We are here to be there when when the little things in our needed for those seemingly litlives require the kind words and tle things that are really not litactions of others. We need people tle at all. sat one night recently watching numerous commercials that asked me to send donations to every conceivable part of the known universe.

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HERE COMES THE RAIN: BEATLES Spartan prepares for ride of a lifetime TRIBUTE BAND HEADS TO MSU The bike and build program

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It ’s been more t han 50 years since The Beatles fi rst appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” but guitarist Jimmy Pou still remembers it fondly as the day he decided to become a musician. “I was 12 years old, watching it on a black-and-white television,” Pou said. “I told my parents, ‘This is what I wanna do. I wanna play guitar and have girls chasing after me.’” Since the discovery, Pou has paid homage to The Beatles’ lead guitarist George Harrison in several tribute bands, such as Beatlemania. In 2010, he joined the Broadway production “Rain — A Tribute to The Beatles ,” which will visit MSU on Friday at Wharton Center. Despite attracting fans of all ages, Pou said the show is about more than playing dozens of The Beatles hits. Each musician must embody their designated band member the same way an actor would — down to their accents and mannerisms. “There are a lot of fans all over the world, especially in the United States,” he said. “There’s a lot more devoted fans who want to hear the music, (who) come to the show and want to see us portray The Beatles.” After the Broadway show’s success at Wharton Center in 2011, Wharton Center Public Relations Manager Bob Hoffman said they decided to bring it back based on its generational appeal. “It ’s cross-generational,” Hoffman said. “I don’t think The Beatles will ever really

“There’s a lot more devoted fans who want to hear the music, (who) come to the show and want to see us portray The Beatles.”

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die. They’re so much a part of the history of rock and roll, and they’re so fun and reflect on youth.” Pou, who also writes his own music, said his favorite part of the performances is talking to his youngest fans afterward and hearing about their new discovery. “A lot of the young kids say ‘We knew every one of those songs, but we didn’t know The Beatles did them,’” he said. “(Their music) is all a positive message about love, and it’s very endearing.” Supply chain management freshman Cody Peterson said the band was bargaining for change at a pivotal time. “(The Beatles attempted to) bring social reform through music, and they have good intentions behind it,” Peterson said. “They were doing it at an interesting time, given what was going on with the war.” Although he has performed in tribute to The Beatles for 35 years, Pou said the feeling of satisfaction on stage never gets old. “When people get into it and start dancing … There’s a feeling that we’re doing our part and fulfi lling what we came on stage to do, which is make everyone happy,” he said.

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Brian Wegner is gearing up for the ride of his life. This summer, the physiology sophomore and Eagle Scout i s participating in Bike & Build, a nonprofit organiWegner zation that organizes cross-country bicycle trips where young adultvolunteers cycle from coastto-coast — building houses along the way. Participants also organize events to raise awareness and support for affordable housing in the towns they pass. Wegner was inspired to par-

ticipate in the trip by one of his best friends from high school, Mike Lauckner. Now a student at Western Michigan University, Lauckner did a trip for Bike & Build last year.

Brian Wegner will cover more than 4,000 miles on two wheels. His journey starts in South Carolina and wraps up in California “(Lauckner) told me it was the best time of his life, he had a blast, and it was cool to see so much of the country,” Wegner said. Before Wegner can take part in the trip, there are prerequisites to be met. He must raise $4,500 dollars and log 500 miles on his bike, which is provided to him by the organization when his fundraising goal is met.

Beginning on May 24 in Charleston, S.C., and ending on Aug. 10 in Santa Cruz, Calif., the trip will comprise 4,264 miles — the longest trip in the organization’s history. To prepare, Wegner trains about three times a week. “I’m going to the gym and doing stationary bike work or lifting,” Wegner said. “I also have to raise a bunch of money, and I’m getting myself more educated on the affordable housing movement.” Andrew Marsh, an MSU Bikes Service Center employee and avid cyclist, detailed what it takes to make this coast-to-coast trek. “You don’t really have to be excessively strong so much as you have to be conditioned to have the long miles in the saddle,” he said. Wegner sees this as an opportunity to not only fund housing projects, but help those who are in need. “I’m from Saginaw, so here (in

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Season filled with injuries toughens MSU With the final chapter written on the 2012-13 MSU women’s basketball season Monday night in College Park, Md., head coach Suzy Merchant finally admitted it. She finally spoke on the one thing that she refused to believe — or at least state publicly — the entire season: the short-handed Spartans were affected by fatigue and a lack of depth throughout the year. “We were just whipped,” she said following the season-ending 74-49 loss to Maryland. “Mentally, we were tired and just not the attacking team we’ve been. That part was disappointing. We were better than what we showed tonight.” At its best this season, MSU could rely on an eight-player rotation — and that was rare. Merchant was forced to play her starters close to 40 minutes a game in early-season games that should have been blowouts featuring walk-on players by the middle of the second half. Sophomore center Madison Williams and freshman guard Aerial Powers had their seasons end with injuries before they even began, and freshman guard Branndais Agee joined them five games into the year. Merchant since has said all three would have started or competed for meaningful minutes.

Throw in the fact that sophomore guard Kiana Johnson, one of MSU’s most dynamic players who got starting experience as a freshman, and redshirt freshman forward Akyah Taylor were suspended for the first nine games of the season, and you begin to understand why the starters had to play nearly whistle to whistle against sub-par competition in the early goings. The Spartans never submitted to their circumstances either, which is commendable and worthy of respect. Until Monday night, Merchant wouldn’t entertain the notion that, perhaps, MSU simply was gassed after slamming the pedal to the metal from day one — neither would the players.

Losing Williams, Agee, Powers, Johnson early was source of seasonlong struggles “I mean to see where this group is at is inspiring,” said a reflective, red-eyed Merchant. “That’s why I’m emotional for this group because I’m just so proud of them. I really am. I’m disappointed about how it ended for this group because we’re a better team than we showed. … I wish it had ended better.” However unfavorable the situation seemed at times this season, the Spartans made the best of it by far exceeding any expectations placed on them. This team fought, scratched and clawed its way to 25 wins and played for the Big Ten Tournament championship, as well as a trip to the Sweet 16. The Spartans fell short of their ultimate goal of advancing beyond last weekend, but what they did take away from a season chockfull of lessons will be invaluable heading into next year. Now that 2012-13 is in the books, it’d be wise for the

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returning players to start buying into the glass half-full philosophy for next season’s squad. Yes, it will have to replace the clutch performances of guard Jasmine Thomas and the leadership of forward Courtney Schiffauer as departing seniors, there’s no question. The rash of injuries and suspensions forced some Spartans into the fray. Role players became starters and suddenly everyone had much more on their plate than expected. “It’d be interesting to see, wouldn’t it? It’d be fun. I would take it,” Merchant said on Sunday when asked about her team’s potential had it been at full strength this season. There were seemingly new experiences for the Spartans at every turn — experiences that should bode well for them in 2013-14 with Agee, Williams and Powers back in the picture along with 2013 Miss Basketball winner Tori Jankoska. The Spartans had the talent this season to do special things — and they did have great achievements. Next year the talent still will be there. Combine that with a now-seasoned core group of players and it could be a recipe for a wildly successful season. With the pain of the most lopsided loss of the season still fresh, sophomore forward Becca Mills acknowledged that and looked forward briefly. “Next year when we get them back in the mix, we will be even stronger,” she said of the injured trio. “The people who played through it this year are tougher and we know what we have to do to win games down the stretch. It will help us for next year.”



Head coach Tom Anastos yells out to players on the bench Friday, Feb. 15 at Munn Ice Arena. The Wildcats defeated the Spartans, 5-3, during the first game of the weekend series.

After down season Anastos: We’re not good enough, we need to get better By Dillon Davis THE STATE NEWS ■■

Tom Anastos has closed the book on his second season with the MSU hockey program. Since getting eliminated from the CCHA Tournament in a three-game series with Miami (Ohio) on March 17, Anastos has turned his sights to re-evaulating the goals and the progress of the program after a lackluster campaign. The Spartans finished with a 14-25-3 overall record, including a 9-18-1-0 mark in the CCHA , which was good for last place in the conference. However, the team rallied late in the year to win seven of its final 13 games, including the program’s first postseason series since 2007. Building the program in a fiveyear window where he believes will set the Spartans among the “national elite,” Anastos said there isn’t one area of the team behind expectations to this point, but many improvements still are necessary. “I told the team at the end of the season that we’re not good enough, we have to get better,” Anastos said. “We have to get stronger, we’ve got to get tougher to play against, we have to become better defensively, we have to create more offensive productivity. “It’s gonna take a huge commitment to do so, and we have to increase our talent level.”

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With the loss of 12 players from a season ago, including junior defenseman and team captain Torey Krug, it was a transition year for the Spartans. As Krug signed a contract with the NHL’s Boston Bruins in March 2012, Anastos appointed junior forward Greg Wolfe to the role of team captain before the 201213 season began. A quiet leader, Wolfe was the team’s fifth-leading scorer with nine goals to go along with 21 assists. Wolfe said although tensions ran high in the locker room during difficult points of the year, the key to the late-season surge was remaining a positive source of energy for the other players. “The biggest thing for me was, through all the ups and downs, to stay consistent,” Wolfe said. “The biggest thing was staying positive and just knowing once we figured it out, things started looking up. It took us to the end of the year, but it was worth it.” It would be difficult to recap the year without taking note of a strong season by freshman goaltender Jake Hildebrand. Following a difficult start to the season by junior Will Yanakeff, Hildebrand took over the primary starting role of the team, starting 28 of 42 games

and finishing with a .928 save percentage. Playing in front of an inexperienced defensive backline, Hildebrand completed his season with a 9-17-2-2 overall record. After completing his first season on campus, Hildebrand said he learned the value of a persistent effort in net to overcome obstacles. “We battled throughout the season,” Hildebrand said. “We never got too high or too low. We still battled even though we went through a couple losing streaks and things like that. I still think we worked as hard as we can throughout the entire year.” As the Spartans sit out of the NCAA Tournament, while other teams continue their respective postseason runs, Anastos said MSU has a goal in mind of where to be next season. “Michigan State expects to be playing in late March and early April and we’re not, and I don’t like it, and we can’t accept it, and we have to change it,” Anastos said. “We still have a ways to go in our growing pains but we have to find a way to take a nice step next year to getting back in the NCAA Tournament and establishing ourselves in that tournament with regularity.”

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