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Junior guard/ forward Branden Dawson, left, and senior center Adreian Payne talk Saturday at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash., during the game against Harvard in the NCAA Tournament. MSU won, 80-73. Betsy Agosta / The State News

Great expectations

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Senior guard Keith Appling shoots while defended by Delaware guard Kyle Anderson on March 20 in Spokane, Wash., during the Spartans’ first game in the NCAA Tournament. Betsy Agosta / The State News

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The team rejoices for their Big Ten championship win over the Wolverines on March 16.

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Neuroscience sophomore Sarah Clack participates in a modern dance class

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Police Brief Student arrested for marijuana possession A mouthful of water sparked an assault between 9:40 p.m. and 11 p.m. on March 24 in North Hubbard Hall, according to MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor. The victim, a 20-year-old male student, and the suspect, a 19-year-old male student, were suite mates. On March 24 they had a disagreement in a study room where the suspect allegedly spit a mouthful of water onto the victim. The suspect then locked the study room before the victim could charge him. When the two returned to their rooms, the victim sought out the suspect for retaliation. The suspect responded by squirting a water bottle on the victim and pinning his arms before shoving him. The suspect was arrested by the police, but for possession of marijuana — not the assault. The victim does not wish to file charges.

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The Spartans gather around head coach Tom Izzo on Saturday, at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash., during a timeout in the game against Harvard during the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans won, 80-73.

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COGS hosts annual academic conference MSU’s Council of Graduate Students, or COGS, hosted its annual Academic Conference Thursday at the MSU Kellogg Center. A COGS representative said over 150 presenters were at the conference from all different disciplines at MSU. Kary Askew Garcia

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Junior guard/forward Branden Dawson picks up head coach Tom Izzo on March 16 during the game against Michigan at the Big Ten Championship at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines, 69-55, winning the championship title.

Sweet sixteen

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The madness began early in the tourney with seven upsets in the first round. MSU escaped an early upset, beating Delaware handily in their first game. Among the upsets were No. 12 seed Stephen F. Austin beating fifth-seed VCU, sixthseed Ohio State losing to No. 11 seed Dayton, and No. 12 seed North Dakota State beating fifth-seed Oklahoma. An upset that surprised many basketball fans was third-seed Duke loss to No. 14 seed Mercer, who appeared in the tournament for the first time since 1985. After beating Delaware by 15 in the team’s tournamentopening game, MSU played No. 12 seed Harvard — who upset No.5 seed Cincinnati, 61-57 — and had a bit of a setback when the Crimson caught up to them in the middle of the second half. MSU pushed through to win, 80-73. Ranked second in the nation in the beginning of the season, the team has had their ups and downs, but played with determination to reach the pivotal round of 16. “I’m really happy with how they’re playing now. I was worried in the beginning — they went through a rough patch with all the injuries — but I’m really excited,” said Marie Siegel, an international relations and German freshman. Junior guard/forward Branden Dawson was one such player plagued by injury. He was out for about five weeks with a broken hand, sustained when he hit a table in frustration. He eventually underwent surgery. “If anyone rips (Dawson), anybody rips BJ, it’ll be me. If any other fan rips BJ on something that we’ve all done, every guy in this room, every fan, I’m going to be more disappointed,” head coach Tom Izzo said in January. “If Michigan fans rip him, God bless ‘em. If one Michigan State fan rips him — one, one — give ‘em my number.” A healthy Dawson came back strong and was voted the Big Ten Championship MVP following the Spartans’ 69-55 win against rival U-M. Even with persistent injuries and illness affecting key players, fans said they believe the team still had a great season. “There’s been a decent amount of upsets (this year) but our season’s been phenomenal so far, and we’re peaking at a perfect time,” biochemistry senior Matt Smith said. Senior Adreian Payne scored a career-high 41

points against Delaware to open the tournament run — making all 17 free throws and four of five 3-pointers. After thinking about leaving to play in the NBA last year, Payne told ESPN that he wanted to “leave a legacy.” A legacy within reach.. “I’m so happy he came back to play, be a senior and graduate,” Siegel said. “I hope he keeps this up in the next games.” Despite struggling in some parts of both rounds, President Barack Obama picked the Spartans to win it all and eventually defeat No. 4 seed Louisville, who is also in the Sweet Sixteen. Although three of Obama’s Elite Eight picks have been sent home — Kansas, Duke and Villanova — all of his Final Four teams are still alive. “I know these are not imaginative picks, but I think they’re the right ones,” Obama told ESPN’s Andy Katz before the tournament started. Like Obama, sportscaster Dick Vitale picked Florida, MSU, Louisville and Arizona to appear in the Final Four, and he picked the Spartans to win it all. ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas also picked MSU as the tournament victors. And it’s not just world leaders and sports reporters who believe in the Spartans — MSU students are showing faith and pride in their school. “They’re in my bracket to win like anyone else — they’ve proven them right so far. It’s cool to get national attention,” Siegel said. “I hope they play as well, but I know the games get harder.” Others, like computer science sophomore Michael Scott, think MSU will end up playing their in-state rival in the final game. “We’ll beat Virginia and go to the Final Four,” Scott said. “I think we’ll go all the way and wind up playing Michigan. It would be awesome if we played Michigan for the championship.” Media and information senior Alex Bergmans disagreed with the popular championship pick of MSU. “I figured most people would pick MSU. I’m relieved that my bracket’s destroyed, so now I can just root for MSU,” Bergmans said. “We definitely might go to the Final Four. I’m not sure about the whole championship, but I think we’ll win our region.” State News reporter Emily Jenks contributed to this report.

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Senior center Adreian Payne shoots the ball while defended by Delaware forward Carl Baptise on March 20 at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash. Payne made 41 points during the game. The Spartans won, 93-78.

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Dodging the competition

Mechanical engineering sophomore Andrew Slatin picks up a dodgeball during practice Tuesday at IM SportsCircle. The team travels for university games and national tournaments. photos by Danyelle Morrow/The State News


hrowing, ducking, jumping and dodging are all necessary moves for success at an MSU club dodgeball practice.

“Club dodgeball is a lot more fun than IM dodgeball. We use rubber balls instead of foam, and it’s 15-on-15.”

The club team, which is different from IM Dodgeball, practices every Tuesday and Thursday in the IM Sports-Circle main gym, and the team travels to play other teams on the weekends.

The practices are fast-paced and highly intense as the squad practices for their upcoming games. “Club dodgeball is a lot more fun than IM Dodgeball,” senior team captain and president

Hospitality business senior Mike Van Ermen prepares to throw a dodgeball during practice Tuesday at IM Sports-Circle. The team travels for games against other universities and national tournaments.

Mike Van Ermen, club president

Mike Van Ermen said. “We use rubber balls instead of foam, and two it’s 15-on-15, so a lot more people get to play.” T he tea m compete s i n national tournaments, with their main rivals being Sagi-

naw Valley, Grand Valley and Central Michigan universities. They also travel to places like Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Ohio State, James Madison university and Towson. “I came out to dodgeball

my freshman year,” marketing sophomore and assistant captain Colin O’Brien said. “It’s honestly the most fun thing I do every week,” he said.

More online … To see a video on the dodgeball club, visit multimedia

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Thousands of tax dollars per day are being used to fill city potholes, an uphill battle brought on by a turbulent winter that is also costing drivers. City workers have been applying fixes to damaged, highvolume roadways, but they often return several days later because those same fixes are deteriorating, said East Lansing Infrastructure Administrator Ron Lacasse. The fixes are temporary because the pothole patches have little chance of bonding when the temperatures continue fluctuating below freezing and back, Lacasse said. Two crews are out repairing city roads daily, using rented trucks and equipment. “(It can cost) $800 to $1,000 a day for a crew to be out potholing, and those crews have been out pretty nonstop since the weather has turned,” he said. The temporary fixes are necessary because without them the numerous potholes jeopardize driver safety and can cost commuters repair expenses, he said. Martin Washburne, owner of East Lansing Auto Pros, said more students and residents than usual are bringing their cars in with alignment issues and damaged steering and suspension components from potholes. “We’ve been seeing a 300 percent increase this year than any other year,” Washburne said. “The average ticket we’re seeing in here is $400 to $600. Cars work like a domino effect, so if you don’t catch them early, it can lead to an expensive repairs later.”

Hoping for consistency in temperature that would aid in better pothole patch bonding, Lacasse said the current rate of repairs could go on for nearly another month. “We expect this to go on for anywhere from two to four more weeks, depending on what we get for weather,” Lacasse said. Activities Director of the National Center for Pavement Preservation Larry Galehouse said an efficient and less costly way of fixing potholes comes from preventing potholes. “Pothole prevention begins in the warm weather sealing up the cracks on the road — if you have a crack on the pavement surface — so now all you can do is react,” Galehouse said. “To seal a crack is low cost, especially in the warm weather.” While the Michigan Department of Transportation resurfaced Grand River Avenue last summer, preventing many potholes from appearing, other roadways in East Lansing may not be so fortunate in the future. City officials assessed several roadways as troublesome pothole areas: North Harrison Road by the Kellogg Center, Hagadorn Road between Burcham drive and Haslett Road and the portion of Bogue Street south of Grand River Avenue. The roadways continuously have potholes reappearing because of the condition of the roads’ asphalt and the volume of traffic. Lacasse said the turbulent winter and pothole season have tapped into the city’s road maintenance funds, hampering preventative efforts next summer, unless the city receives money from the state. Staff reporter Rafael López Aguilar contributed to this report.

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Since the fall of 2013, the MSU chapter of Liberty in North Korea has been working to better the lives of North Korean refugees around the country. Ryan Pun, the chapter’s Vice President of Finance, said the organization’s main interest is to eradicate the stereotypes that Americans have about North Korea. “The media basically say that North Koreans are evil, but we are here to correct that image of North Korea,” Pun said. “The North Korean government might be evil, but North Korean people is (sic) not.” T he nat iona l orga n ization started in 2004 as an activist student group after a Korean-American student conference in Yale University. From there, it developed into an awareness nonprofit organization. The organization celebrated its 10th anniversary on Thursday. The organization focuses on helping North Koreans and bettering their image in the United States. Members f rom the

group’s headquarters in California visited MSU on Thursday to talk about the history of North Korea. They also addressed the challenges that North Koreans are going through and how they are overcoming them. One of the presenters was the “nomad” Natali Naranjo. According to the organization, a nomad is a member that tours through all North America spreading the word about North Korea. “I took this in school and it took me a very long time to realize of (sic) people’s life in North Korea,” Naranjo said. Naranjo said she condemns the torture that the North Korean system inflicts upon dissidents. “I don’t believe political prison camps should be happening and I want to do something about it,” Naranjo said. Pun said one of the efforts made by the MSU chapter does is raising and sending money to the organization’s headquarters in California. With the money raised by the chapter, the organization helps North Koreans with English translators, legal and financial assistance and scholarship programs. “It’s important to know that North Koreans are still making the effort to escape North Korea because they realize how bad it is,” the organiza-


ously very high but the opportunity they can get in another country are much greater,” Nuber said. Nuber said the organization is a non-political organization and does not have a stance on what should happen to the North Korean government.


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ost of us are familiar with the feeling of endless pages of assigned reading looming over our heads. Like any college kid, some nights, I make the executive decision to leave my textbooks in my backpack. Sometimes it’s because I’m overwhelmed with other exams or papers. Sometimes, it’s because I work long hours and know a hot shower or a few extra hours of sleep are necessary for my sanity. And sometimes, yeah, I choose to go out with friends, or stay in with Frank Underwood, binge watching House of Cards. But for the first time in four years of study at MSU, I’m less inclined to write it “We can off by saying everybody does it. make our At the start of the semeseducational ter, I signed up for a class experiences that explored men and women in the developing world. better for all As a young journalist with involved by dreams of becoming a foreign understanding correspondent, it seemed like the perfect elective. that when We break down issues we blow off affecting the third world countries I’d only read about schoolwork, The New York Times. It’s we’re not the in a discussion-based course, meaning twice a week we only ones the chance to share our caught in the have opinions in an open forum fallout.” and not just sit through a

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Our conversation made two-hour PowerPoint lecture. — Meagan Beck, State News reporter The problem is, the dog seems to have eaten me realize I needed to get off of my high horse. everybody’s homework. Read the rest online at Yes, it ’s frustrating when At least, that’s what I can’t help but assume when we spend every Monday and Wednesday you’re invested in something your afternoon staring blankly at one another until classmates don’t care much about. But someone offers up a generic response to fill an I couldn’t help but look back at my own behavior in some of my university-required awkward silence. I couldn’t believe it. At most, we have two ISS or IAH courses, or even other electives that something worthwhile to say. turned out to be duds. or three academic articles or chapI can’t say I made reading ters from the textbook to read for Don’t be the person who says we can solve DIGITAL MANAGING assignments for those classes a the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa by “raising awareeach class period. It’s a 400-level EDITOR priority. Which means that for ness,” because you skipped out on the readings course, occupied entirely by juniors other students in the class, I was about international aid organizations. and seniors, so that doesn’t seem like contributing to the same proba tall order to me. Don’t be the person who scrolls through Inslem I’m now facing — an apa- tagram on your phone or goes to the bathroom Not to mention, why sign up for a thy for academics that don’t spark three times a class period because you can’t current issues course if you have no my interest or directly apply to answer any of the questions the professor is interest in…current issues? my future. Just like that, the dream elective posing. Karma, it turns out, is a bitch. I’d been so excited about became And especially don’t be the person who I’m not excusing the people in neglects group projects or in-class assignthe drag of my week. In fact, I took Celeste Bott my class right now, but I’m also ments. Your name is being put on something to skipping the class more than I not excusing myself. should have, which I know is both you weren’t prepared for and likely didn’t conThe bottom line is when you tribute to, and there’s nothing more frustrating ironic and more than a little hypocritical. I just couldn’t help but feel I was wast- don’t care about a course, everyone else in to those who did come ready to work. ing my time and energy being one of only a the classroom — including your professor — We can make our educational experiences handful of students who bothered to come pre- knows it. You’re actually hindering the expe- better for all involved by understanding that rience of the people who do show up ready to when we blow off schoolwork, we’re not the pared for an productive discussion. I’d resigned myself to this negative thinking learn something. only ones caught in the fallout. And beyond that, you’re hindering yourself. until last week, when I caught up with an old So the next time you’re tempted to skip the friend over a cup of coffee. I spent a few minutes Just because a class doesn’t directly apply to required reading and stay silent in class discuscomplaining about my experience in this class, your major doesn’t mean it isn’t worthwhile. sion, think of the person who is there because and then my friend told me she knew exactly Not only is college a chance to explore new sub- they’re passionate about everything they know where I was coming from, launching into a sim- jects and interests, but a well-rounded educa- they can discover. Because chances are, you’ve ilar tirade about her peers in one of her courses. tion benefits all of us in the long run. been that person in another classroom, during Even if you do wind up in a class you don’t another semester. The friend in question is a fisheries and wildlife major who spends her free time studying care for, ultimately, remember education itself And you never know. You just might learn wild bears in Yosemite or observing the behavior is a privilege. You’re likely paying more than something. of salmon in remote parts of Alaska. Not exact- $1,000 to be there. You might as well show up, Celeste Bott is the State News digital managly something I can relate to, but it’s her passion. and if you do show up, you might as well have ing editor. Reach her at

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Diversity requirement would benefit all “I have gay friends.” “I have black/Hispanic/Asian friends.” “No homo.” “That’s so gay.” These are phrases most of us probably hear all the time, either off-hand in conversation or in defense of comments that people make about the LGBT community or different racial communities. Although people might use these phrases unknowingly, the truth is they have the potential to single out members of our diverse MSU community. Diversity is defined as the condition of having or being composed of differing elements and the inclusion of different types of people in a group or organization. But diversity is not something that can be expressed and described with words. It is something we should all be eager and grateful to have the privilege to experience. ASMSU is currently discussing the idea of a diversity requirement for all MSU students. This is a process that is just in the very first stages, and neither a bill nor a resolution has been written yet. No decision has been made on whether or not the requirement should be a course or a workshop. There are several ideas that have been discussed, including a one-credit class that would meet a diversity requirement, integration into existing IAH courses, a workshop similar to the SARV Program or a program during the freshmen Academic Orientation Program. The main point to take away from all of

this is that nothing has been decid- campus. Whether it’s bias incidents ed yet, and these things take time like the ones that led to the protests and list of demands from BSA to implement. None of us come to MSU solely and the other CORES+COPS groups for a degree, and even if we think a few years ago, derogatory statewe’re doing that, we leave with far ments found on white boards in the more than simply a degree in our residence halls or the almost casual hand. We leave with the experi- use of racist and homophobic slurs and comments in dayences from our time to-day conversations here at MSU and we guest columnist of students, we have are changed to varia problem on campus. ous degrees by these Racism and experiences. homophobia do not College is a time of have to escalate to education, but there t he level of hate is more to education crimes to be considthan what we learn ered a problem, and in the classroom. we shouldn’t falseStudents are wasting Colin Wiebrecht ly believe that these their time and their incidents don’t have money here at MSU their impact on stuif they walk away after four years here with only a dents and the overall campus culdegree. We need to step outside of ture. Students have the right to our comfort zones during our time always feel safe on campus. All students come to MSU with at MSU. Go to a meeting for a group you a set of beliefs, morals, values and know nothing about, attend a pro- opinions that have been formed gram that you think sounds inter- throughout their lives, but these esting, strike up a conversation with are not rigid, concrete, unchangsomeone in your hall that you’ve ing things. We are all capable of reevalunever spoken with. Get involved with one of the events of Project ating and changing the way we 60/50, a year-long conversation on treat others. It could be as simple civil and human rights. You will be as having a conversation where amazed at what you will learn if you begin to break down a hurtful you just take the chance to expe- and harmful stereotype that you had about a group of people, a relirience all that MSU has to offer. Even though MSU has a very gion, etc. Unfortunately, not all studiverse student body and a multi- dents might realize these convertude of resources for multicultur- sations are necessary. This is what al education and programming, we the diversity requirement aims to still find ourselves having problems accomplish. ASMSU’s overall idea and goal with racism and homophobia on

for the diversity requirement is to encourage all students to be open to having a discussion about diversity. The goal is not to teach and force students to accept any “agenda.” The idea for the workshop or class would be an open discussion where students could talk about their backgrounds, their identities, and how both have impacted their idea of diversity. The goal is to get everyone thinking about how they can be more respectful and conscious of how their actions and words can have an impact on others and how comfortable they feel on campus. As the voice for LGBT students on ASMSU, I have a responsibility to try to make the campus climate better for all the students that I represent. I challenge everyone that reads this article to think about how they try to experience the diversity of this campus, and to also think about if there is an opinion or stereotype they hold as true that might be harmful and hurtful to others. Finally, if there’s any more proof that this requirement is needed at MSU, look no further than the comments on the original blog post about the diversity requirement. We have a problem on this campus and the solution is not to ignore it and do nothing. Colin Wiebrecht is the Chairperson and ASMSU representative of the Alliance of Queer and Ally Students. He also is a comparative cultures and politics and social relations and policy sophomore. Reach him at

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MSU alumni create new social media iPhone app By Meagan Beck THE STATE NEWS nn

Two MSU alumni have teamed up to create a new social media app for people looking to connect with ot her s who are within a mile radius of them. It might sound like the existing dating app, TinLisenby der at first. However, the a p p, P i n gGo, doesn’t just connect prof iles to each other. It allows users to see who else is in the Munley same location, whether they are at a bar, a grocery store or even a class. “The app only identifies people out with you (using the app) at a given time,” said Mark Lisenby, one of the app creators. The app, which is aimed at users in the age range of 18 to 25, was released for iPhone users in February. Lisenby said he came up with the idea when he was at the grocery store. He made eye contact with a woman he wanted to talk to but never approached. Lisenby then spoke to his business partner, Tom Munley, and said there was a need for an app for people who wanted to meet others while they were

From left, political science senior Danielle Takacs, animal science junior Hannah Dewald and English senior Stephanie Takacs participate in a modern dance class hosted by Orchesis on Wednesday at IM SportsCircle.

out, but without interrupting someone who might not be interested. To use the app, users must put in their phone number and are then able to find other users within a mile radius of them.

PingGo is different from a dating app because it does not force users to create a profile and is more location sensitive To connect with another user, one person initiates a “ping.” The ping must be accepted by the other user, or else contact will not be established. After connecting, users can chat with each other. “MSU students in particular would benefit for the location-based nature of the app,” Munley said. Lisenby said he does not want to label the app as one used specifically for dating. “I wanted to stay away from branding it as a dating app,” Lisenby said. “If people wanna use it for that, I guess they could.” The app is currently only available on iTunes, but Lisenby and Munley said they hope to have a version for Androids out by the beginning of April. A promotional party for the app will be held on April 12 at Dublin Square Irish Pub.

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Orchesis offers dance classes for all students By Erin Gray THE STATE NEWS nn

A room full of strangers found harmony through dance on Wednesday night at the Orchesis modern dance class. The group, most of whom did not know one another beforehand, massaged each other’s spines before they began stepping, jumping and rolling on the floor. Orchesis, a dance group on campus, is teaching dance classes for MSU students. On Wednesday night, the club held a modern dance class for students in the basement studio of IM Sports-Circle. Stephanie Takacs, an English senior, has attended Orchesis classes since her freshman year because of the relaxed


– Peter Travers,

Applied engineering junior Cary Parvin instructs a modern dance class on Wednesday at IM SportsCircle. The classes, hosted by Orchesis, feature jazz, hip-hop, modern and various styles of dance.

“A TOUR DE FORCE of comic wickedness.”

cal movements,” Parvin said. atmosphere. “It’s student-run, so you “Improv literally means credon’t have to feel bad about ation of dance. You get a prompt and you have to asking for help or anycreate movements thing,” Takacs said. yourself.” The club offers Hannah t wo dif ferent Dewald, classes a week The two styles animal scieac h s e me s ence junior ter, with the of dance offered and v ice option of regthis semester president i ster i ng for of Orc heone or t wo are modern and sis, said the sessions a improvisation classes are week. A side taught simifrom the modern larly to an officlasses, they are cial MSU dance teaching an improcourse. visation dance class as “We make it different than well. Cary Parvin, applied engi- how it would be in a studio neering sciences junior and a outside of campus or in the member of Orchesis, instruct- community,” Dewald said. Rachel Sass, animal science ed most of the modern dance freshman, said she appreciates class on Wednesday. “Modern is more techni- the class because of its small

size. “It’s easier to focus on what you’re doing and (to) set goals to help you improve,” Sass said. The main focus of Orchesis is to promote dance as an art form. Dewald encourages dancers as well as students without any dance background to try a class. Last semester, Orc hesis offered hip-hop and ballet classes. This is the first semester an improvisation option is offered. Parvin said at the end of each semester, they have a poll of what students would want to learn for the following semester. Orchesis plans on adding an option for students to be able to drop in to random classes in the fall.


Professors create visual poetry book By Christine LaRouere THE STATE NEWS nn

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MSU professors Anita Skeen and Laura DeLind, never imagined that their private notes and drawings to each other would come together as a book. Their poetry book, “The Unauthorized Audubon,” is Skeen a collection of 22 poems and 2 2 l i no c ut s of various birds. Linocut is a print making technique using linoleum. DeLind, DeLind now a pro fessor emeritus, created the images. Skeen, a professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, created poems about the birds. The poems were about the names of the birds, where they came from and their stories. Skeen said she loved working with DeLind because of her creativity. “Laura is great to work

“This was just a very positive experience. It’s funny because we weren’t working toward something specific.” Laura DeLind, co-author of “The Unauthorized Audubon”

with,” Skeen said. “The person you are working with sees things you wouldn’t see. That’s the great thing about collaboration.” DeLind said it all started when the two friends taught a class and workshop. After the workshop was over, DeLind and Skeen found a new way to keep in touch. Their project began when DeLind left Skeen an anonymous linocut of bird feathers on her car window. “One day I had a really horrible day and I was walking over to my car and saw something under the windshield wiper,” Skeen said. “It was a linocut of two bird feathers and when I got them I felt totally different.” Instead of a regular thankyou card, Skeen decided to write a poem in response. This soon turned into the two doing this back and forth. The duo ended up with many unique images and poems. “We were doing this for fun for about two years,” Skeen

said. “We were just playing.” Skeen said a worker from the MSU Museum saw their work and asked them to be part of an exhibit for a commemoration of Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring.” At the exhibit, Skeen said an employee from MSU Press, a publishing arm of the university, saw it and asked if they wanted to turn their work into a book. “About 12 months later, out came the book,” Skeen said. Since the book has been out in stores, Skeen said word has spread around the country in places like New Mexico, Oklahoma City and Kansas. She is planning on going to these places for an open reading. DeLind said creating the book was an overall wonderful experience. “This was just a very positive experience,” DeLind said. “It’s funny because we weren’t working toward something specific. We were just enjoying the process.”

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Number of seasons it’s now been since the MSU women’s basketball team advanced to the Sweet 16 with this year’s loss to UNC.

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Sophomore forward Michael Ferrantino fights for the puck against Wisconsin forward Nic Kerdiles on March 15, 2014, at Munn Ice Arena.

Seniors looking back on end of season after tourney loss to UNC By Omari Sankofa II

Senior guard Klarissa Bell looks to pass on Tuesday during a game against North Carolina at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Tar Heels defeated the Spartans, 62-53. THE STATE NEWS nn

Moments after falling to North Carolina 62-53 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament — the program’s fourth second-round exit in five years — Klarissa Bell and Annalise Pickrel sat in the locker room with their heads down, opposite from the rest of the team. For everyone else, it was the end of the season. For Bell and Pickrel, co-captains and the lone seniors on the squad, it was the end of a journey. With a stout defense, potent offense and experienced roster, it seemed as though this year’s women’s basketball team was ready for a Sweet Sixteen appearance. Yet they fell just short, and Bell and Pickrel will graduate having never advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. “I honestly don’t know if it’s hit me yet, I think tomorrow it’ll probably hit at some point,” Bell said in the locker room. Bell and Pickrel’s final season was a lot of things — a season of progress, a season of transition, even a season of setback. The Spartans overcame a shaky start to field the best defense in the Big Ten. Despite losing junior guard Kiana Johnson to suspension in early February, MSU stayed afloat mostly as a result of Bell moving to point guard, which head coach Suzy Merchant called an unfortunate development for the veteran. “It’s unfortunate … because she’s not a point guard in any way, shape or form,” Mer-

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Hockey outlook positive MSU brings back key players at each position group next season


SU hockey’s season came to an end in heartbreaking fashion, a game that ultimately summed up the entire 2013-14 season. MSU fell in overtime to Ohio State, 2-1, of the first round of the inaugural Big Ten Tournament on March 20, ending the season. MSU finished 11-18-7 and was never able to get over its long scoring droughts to take that step to the next level. But, the future looks bright for MSU as the Spartans enter the head coach Tom Anastos’ fourth year. MSU will return 21 of 27 players for the 2014-15 season, including some of its leading scorers and top defenders. Here’s an early look by position at what MSU will bring to the ice next season. ­-Robert Bondy, The State News


Key Losses: Greg Wolfe, Lee Reimer and Dean Chelios Key Returns: Michael Ferrantino, Matt Berry and Villiam Haag Key Additions: Dylan Pavelek

of U.S. National Team Development Program in USHL Overview: Scoring was the biggest issue for MSU this past season, and it’s something Anastos said the team must improve on for next year. Lucky for him, MSU will return a talented corps of forwards in 2014-15. MSU will lose two-time captain and Mr. Do-it-all Greg Wolfe, but the future looks bright with plenty of underclassmen returning. Michael Ferrantino and Matt Berry proved to be scoring threats toward the end of the season, and MSU has four skilled freshmen that saw plenty of ice time. With so much returning talent, expect MSU to drastically improve on this year’s 2.2 goals per game average.


Key Losses: Jake Chelios Key Returns: John Draeger and Travis Walsh Key Additions: Josh Jacobs of Indiana Ice in USHL Overview: MSU was sound on the defense this season, ranking in the top ten for fewest goals against during the season. The one loss MSU will experience on the back end is Jake Chelios. He was third on the team in points with 21, with the next defenseman

only producing eight points. The Spartans will return six defenders who have seen substantial playing time this season. They also will introduce a high-caliber prospect in Josh Jacobs, who is projected to go in the first few rounds of the 2014 NHL Draft. If the unit can improve scoring from the blue line, it could be one of the best in the Big Ten.


Key Losses: Will Yanakeff Key Returns: Jake Hildebrand Key Additions: Edwin Minney of U.S. National Team Development Program in USHL Overview: Goaltending easily was MSU’s best feature in 201314 and looks to only improve next year. Jake Hildebrand played in all but four games this season, and averaged only 2.44 goals against per game. MSU will lose senior Will Yanakeff, but appears to be upgrading with incoming freshman Edwin Minney. Like Jacobs, Minney is projected to be drafted in the first few rounds of the 2014 NHL Draft. Expect Hildebrand to be the starter for MSU next year, but Minney likely will see some action as well.

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chant said. “Never played it, didn’t recruit her to be a point guard. She went three-and-a half years never doing it.” Merchant added that Bell probably shouldn’t have been playing this season because of stress reactions in both shins, which didn’t improve as the season progressed. MSU took off once they bought into the defensive side of the ball, something they struggled with early on. Pickrel credits Bell and Merchant with that development, although Pickrel was no slouch defensively herself. “Once Klarissa started getting her defensive game on, everyone else started to follow,” Pickrel said. “But yeah, I would say I tried to be the vocal leader and I tried to be as much as the glue as I could. But I think it started with Klarissa.” Despite the exit, Bell and Pickrel both expressed satisfaction Tuesday night after the loss. The Spartans certainly have reasons to be pleased with the season, earning a share of the Big Ten title and learning to adjust as


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Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is a 7 — Your dreams feel prophetic today and tomorrow. There’s a positive shift emotionally. Express compassion, and gain more than expected. Big changes become possible. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is a 6 — Your team delivers the goods. Get creative, and the results go farther than imagined. Change it up some. Research new paradigms and opportunities. Gemini (May 21-June 20) Today is a 6 — Make long-range plans, including a happy rise in status. Emotions could also arise over the next two days. Foster peace and release. It may take patience. Cancer (June 21-July 22) Today is a 7 — An older dream could be possible, so take notes for future reference if you can’t go now. Travel delights.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is a 6 — Organize your finances today and tomorrow. Grow your family’s wealth. Learn a new trick. Research doubtful areas and get to the bottom. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is a 7 — Share dreams with your partners today and tomorrow. There’s plenty of help available. Tease a family member into going along. A team effort gets much farther. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is an 8 — You’ll save by doing the work yourself. Loved ones believe you can succeed. A good teaching opportunity arises. Express your affection. A bit of mystery is good now. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is a 7 — Talk about long-term plans and dreams with family and friends. Include fun in the picture. Your best ideas come from home.

freshmen Aerial Powers and Tori Jankoska established themselves as starters. It might not have been the ideal end, but amidst t h e c o nt r o versy of their f i n a l y e a r, t he se n ior s proved their character. “I’m rea lly proud of everybody individually,” Pickrel said. “A lot of our young players were huge for us this year. T hey grew so much and Annalise were ready to Pickrel, learn, ready to Senior forward listen. “Everybody towards the end of the season, everyone came together really well.”

“ “I’m really proud of everybody … A lot of our young players were huge for us.”

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Today is a 6 — Gentle changes at home go over better than brusque ones. Plan a party at your house, and use that as excuse to fix up the place. Authorize improvements. Include candles. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is a 7 — You feel like you’re emerging from a cocoon today and tomorrow. Reveal your secret. Talk about a dream. Confer with your team. Circumstances shift to open new avenues. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is an 8 — The next two days get quite profitable. Keep your objective in mind. Work now, and play in a few days. Add glamour. Bring it closer with a gift or phone call. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is an 8 — A dream or vision could go farther than imagined. Talk about your passion. You’re especially lovable for the next two days. New opportunities arise to make use of your talents.




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riday night’s game versus No. 1 seed Virginia, set to tip at about 10 p.m., has a lot on the line— including a trip to the Elite Eight and a shot at the Final Four for MSU seniors Adreian Payne and Keith Appling. MSU has to take care to stay out of foul trouble, protect the ball and score points against a stingy Virginia defense. However, the final score definitely could come down to the battle in the paint between the big men of the Spartans and the Cavaliers. Check out a breakdown here. ­­— Matt Sheehan


With a trip to the Elite Eight on the horizon, Friday’s game will be won and lost in the post

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MATT COSTELLO ADREIAN PAYNE BRANDEN DAWSON The sophomore forward is MSU’s main big option off the bench, and he’s not a bad one to have. Costello has created his own “No Fly Zone” around the rim, leading the team with 41 blocks. He also does the dirty work, grabbing 3.5 rebounds per game. It would be a shock to see him at the top of the scoring charts in any game, but MSU has enough weapons to survive without relying on him.

There hardly is a debate over whether the 6-foot-10 senior is one of the best big men in the nation. 16.6 points per game. 7.3 rebounds per outing. A 43.8 percent 3-point shooter. Simply put, he can score from anywhere on the court. However, Friday will be a test of how long and how good Payne can play against the physical front court Virginia will roll out possession after possession.

MSU only has lost two games when the junior forward starts, proving he turns the gears to this team. His defensive presence is suffocating, and his rebounding instincts are the best on the team. The jump shot isn’t all there, but the way he plays above the rim and works gritty in the post allowed him to score 20 points in the first half against Harvard. That bodes well for MSU, as Dawson said Virginia’s big men remind him of Harvard’s.



Akil Mitchell

At 6-foot-11, the sophomore center is the tallest threat Virginia has to offer. Averaging 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, Tobey is a jack of all trades in the paint. His best strength is his presence on defense — he has a team-high 39 blocks. He has the ability to slightly stretch the floor with a mid-range jump shot, and he also runs the court as well as any other big man.

Coming off the bench, the 6-foot-8 forward is Virginia’s best inside scoring option, and he has the numbers to prove it. Gill averages 8.8 points per game and is selective with his shots, shooting an efficient clip of 59.8 percent. His defense isn’t showstopping by any means, but on the glass he averages a decent 4.1 rebounds per game.

Fresh out of high school as a two-star recruit, the 6-foot-8 senior has blossomed to be a great player for Virginia so far this season. Mitchell is the leading rebounder on the Virginia team, bringing in seven rebounds per game. Mitchell averages 6.9 points per game, but MSU might want to put him on the foul line, as he shoots a brutal 42.7 percent from the charity stripe.

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