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Political science and pre-law junior Brendan Grace prepares to instruct a squad of eight people during a STX Lane training exercise Saturday at Fort Custer Training Center in Battle Creek, Mich. During the STX Lane, the squad leader is given a combat scenario to plan and is then evaluated by fellow cadets.


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Political science and pre-law junior Brendan Grace draws out an action plan during a STX Lane training exercise Saturday at Fort Custer Training Center in Battle Creek, Mich.

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risp snow crunched beneath the boots of the squad of cadets as they trekked through the otherwise-silent forest of Fort Custer Training Center in Battle Creek, Mich. Political science and pre-law junior Brendan Grace was at the head of the squad. He had already briefed the eight members on the mission at hand and how See ROTC on page 2 u

To watch a video of ROTC students training at Fort Custer Training Center, visit multimedia. International relations and Spanish freshman Matt Giacona climbs under a fallen tree during a land navigation exercise Saturday at Fort Custer Training Center.

Although many people enrolled for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace before Monday’s deadline, those still uninsured, including students, might face financial repercussions. The signup deadline for t he new federal healt h insurance exchange ended Monday, although it was extended for those who were unable to finish their enrollment on time because of technical issues with the website, said Caleb Buhs, the public information officer for Michigan’s Department of Insurance and Financial Services. If st udents are w it hout health coverage, they are subject to a fine under the Affordable Care Act. Depending on which amount is higher, the fine for a single adult without health coverage for a year is either $95 or 1 percent of their income after $10,150.

A little less than 5 percent of MSU students do not have any form of health insurance According to National College Health Assessment Survey data, about 5 percent of MSU students are without any form of health insurance. Most students are covered by their parents’ health insurance, but many of these plans remove the children from coverage when they turn 26. Aside from the fine, those opting out of health coverage also risk other and greater financial repercussions from expensive medical bills, said Kathi Braunlich, communications manager for the MSU Student Health Services, or SHS. “Every year, there are college students who end up dropping out because they can no longer afford to stay in school due to unexpected medical costs,” Braunlich said in an email. “They may not realize that an emergency room trip will likely be at least $2,000, and an overnight hospitalization would be several thousand more.” At age 26, French, lan-

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Supplemental instruction a possibility for students in challenging science courses

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MSU’s undergraduate student government has been working to design a new tutoring program that could further assist students in difficult science courses. Mitchell Goheen, ASMSU’s vice president of academic affairs, has worked with students, faculty and staff to offer additional help for students in Biological Science 161 and 162 and Chemistry 141 and 142. The classes have a reputation of being some of the toughest for incoming students to excel

in. The program will consist of student volunteers who have excelled in these “high-risk” courses and require them to attend the lectures and hold additional sessions with enrolled students. The idea was built off of a current student organization, Spartan SI, which provides supplemental instruction for organic chemistry. Pending the program’s success in the fall of 2014, ASMSU will vote on allocating roughly $800 to each instructor for the semester, Goheen said. The stipend averages $10 an hour.

The genomics and molecular genetics senior said he was grateful to be part of MSU’s Lyman Briggs Residential College, which gave him the opportunity to work more closely with students and professors — an opportunity many students who are in high-enrollment science courses don’t have. “I know from my own experience that I wasn’t nearly prepared enough … all of a sudden you come to college, you’re learning so much,” Goheen said. “I never learned any of that See INSTRUCTION on page 2 u

Drag queen Ace DeVille walks out as the first performer during Showbiz Sunday at Spiral Video & Dance Bar in Lansing. — Emily Jenks, SN See column on page 4

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News briefs Parking officer shoved in Ramp 6 A 20-year-old male university parking enforcement officer was allegedly assaulted by a male suspect, according to police. Around 1 p.m. on March 24 in Ramp 6 on Grand River Avenue, the officer told police he was towing a vehicle when he was approached by a man about a malfunctioning meter, MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said. The officer said it was protocol to call the parking office before the meter could be fixed. The suspect then became irate and began swearing and shoving the parking officer. The suspect eventually left the scene, but came back and began hitting the officer’s vehicle. He then left in a Black Honda with Illinois plates. The officer was uninjured. The incident remains under investigation. GEOFF PRESTON

ASMSU elections are underway ASMSU, the undergraduate student government, is holding elections this week. Students can access ballots online or on campus for representatives in the General Assembly and candidates running for class councils. They also can vote for changes to ASMSU’s constitution and a tax referendum. Elections began Monday and will continue through April 7. CELESTE BOTT

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they would reach their endpoint. Seemingly every enemy scenario had been addressed to prepare the cadets for the worst before they started walking. The tranquility of the forest was suddenly shattered by the sound of gunshots. Grace and his platoon were partaking in their first STX Lane. The exercise acts as a mock mission, thrusting cadets into leadership roles and testing their ability to handle anything in the field. The exercise was one aspect of the MSU Army ROTC’s Combined Field Training Exercise camp at Fort Custer. From March 28 to 30, contracted ROTC cadets from MSU, University of Michigan and Central Michigan University gathered on the army base for in-depth field training and exercises. Combined Field Training Exercise Freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior cadets all had different roles throughout the weekend. Although freshmen kept to themselves for their training, sophomore


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“(At MSU) you get content and fall into a routine. This forces you to get out of your safety zone.” Brendan Grace, ROTC cadet and political science, pre-law junior

and junior cadets worked with cadets from the other attending universities. “You pick up on the things that other schools may be better or worse at,” Grace said. “It helps you improve yourself and your school overall.” In past years, Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University and the University of Notre Dame have also participated in the camp. Criminal justice senior Amanda Dolsen said her experience as a senior at the Combined Field Training Exercise was like looking behind the scenes at the camp she had attended since her sophomore year. Seniors did not participate in training and instead overlooked the processes for the younger cadets. Some managed personnel, others kept up with supplies and others participated as safety officers, among other jobs. “It’s like a really big puzzle and everyone has their own piece,” Dolsen said. The day’s routine Each day began before the sun rose — everyone was awake by 5:30 a.m. Cadets followed a Garrison leadership routine, meaning squad leadership rotated each day to give everyone a chance to step into the leading role. Squad leaders pre-

“That was always a stressful situation never knowing if I’d be covered the next semester or not.” Andreea Prundeanu, graduate student

as a teacher. But the nature of her employment caused her to worry about having coverage each upcoming semester. “If we don’t receive an appointment, then we don’t have insurance,” Prundeanu said. “In terms of me having sporadic coverage, that was always a stressful situation never knowing if I’d be covered the next semester or not.” With the Marketplace opening in October 2013, Prundeanu said she was able to find health coverage that was affordable and soothed her worry about disappearing coverage. For students with or without health coverage, SHS offers free office visits for the first three times, although any lab tests and medical procedures are billable. If students without insurance are unable to afford the medical costs, Braunlich said SHS can work out a payment plan. Additionally, SHS has a staff member who aids uninsured students in locating lower cost services and other options.

pared other cadets for the day’s activities before it was time to clean the barracks. Once floors were mopped spotless and beds were made, everyone gathered beneath the still dark sky for morning formations. By 7:30 a.m., cadets had eaten their breakfast meal, ready-to-eat. The various meals came with a main course, side, dessert and drink additive. “They’re high-energy and well-rounded meals,” James Madison and Spanish freshman Matt Giacona said. “But they don’t taste that good. They’re really just meant to keep us going.” Once the cadets fueled up, everyone piled into the buses to start their different training exercises for the day. Cadets kept moving between exercises and meals until 10:30 p.m., when it was time for the lights to go out. The cycle started over again every day for the entire weekend. Cadet Grace Grace has attended the camp ever since his freshman year. Now a junior, he said he had a chance to take the reins with more of a leadership role than before. "(At MSU) you get content and fall into a routine,” he said. “This forces you to get out of your safety zone.”


Professor of BS 161: Between 85 and 90 percent of students pass, but with an average grade of 2.0 or 2.5 from page one

in high school—I was so over whelmed my f reshman year.” Thomas Sharkey, professor for BS 161 and biochemistry and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology chairman, said many students struggle because of the lack of indepth instruction in high schools. Sharkey said between 85 and 90 percent of students pass BS 161 each semester, but they usually receive a grade-point average of 2.0 or 2.5. He said the university will be launching a course addressing the background of biology in the fall of 2015. The class will be geared toward students who aren’t necessarily going into biology majors. K inesiolog y f reshman Michael Moran, who recently became a tutor for Chem-


Cadet Giacona Although the veteran members worked through attack and ambush scenarios, fresh-

men took part in different simulation activities. Giacona had a chance to participate in everything from virtual shooting scenarios to an elaborate obstacle course challenge during the weekend. His most trying experience was the land navigation challenge. For a few hours, teams of four used a map, compass and protractor to maneuver through the forest and find seven scattered points. Two members keep a pace count to monitor the team’s traveled distance, another operates the compass and the final member reads the map. His favorite activity was during the last day of camp, when cadets had to work together to clear buildings. Smoke grenades were set off as squads breached the houses, adding a realistic element to the challenge. Because he has only been involved in the Army ROTC program for a couple months, he said he wasn’t sure what to expect while attending the camp. He added that surrounding himself with so many professionals who had a wide array of skills helped his confidence in his own abilities grow. “I feel like I went in with 20 percent and came out with 80 percent,” he said. “It’s such a diverse group of people and just surrounding yourself with them helps you pick up on a lot that you’d normally miss.”

istry 141, said the course was still challenging despite his eventual 4.0. “The class was sporadic … we would switch from one concept to another,” Moran said. It was difficult for students to build upon a foundation they didn’t necessarily have from high school, he said. Moran said he thought the Supplemental Instruction program would be a positive way to encourage students to get help and make them feel more comfortable reviewing difficult concepts with their peers. Sharkey said the Supplemen-

tal Instruction program should be integrated with the course and instructors and tailored to individual sections’ needs to achieve full effectiveness for students. “If there’s more communication with people teaching the course, then (the program) will likely increase its effectiveness,” he said. Goheen said he hopes the Supple me nt a l I n st r uc t ion program will ultimately help bridge the gap between high school and college education and improve students’ scores overall.

Saturday’s events for the sophomores and juniors began with STX Lanes. Different schools mixed into different squads of around eight members before hiking deep into the woods. The exercises are meant to run cadets through different attack and ambush scenarios they could encounter while on an actual battlefield. He was the first of his squad to lead a STX Lane that day. Cadets were armed with rifles loaded with blanks. Although there was no threat of danger or injury outside of the treacherous terrain of thorns and snow, the squad was “attacked” by two enemies who opened fire on their way to their destination. The simulation came to an end when the two enemies were shot down and searched for supplies. “By the end of STX, you really get to know your squad and form a bond with them,” Grace said. “You see yourselves work together a lot better. It’s a lot of fun.” Sophomores and juniors also participated in patrols later in the evening. Patrols were set up similarly to STX Lanes, though they were made up of platoons of around 40 members rather than smaller squads.


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MSU Archives MSU alumna pursues passion, despite difficulties campaigning to preserve old footage By Sierra Lay THE STATE NEWS nn

Hundreds of film reels of historical events at MSU are at risk of being lost due to outdated viewing formats. In an effort to update the media, the Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections is launching a campaign to go towards the MSU Film and Video Preservation Fund. The campaign, which will begin April 1, has the goal of raising funds to keep these glimpses of history from going to waste. Many film reels that need preservation could be of interest to the public, such as the large portion of athletic films, dating to the years between the 1930s and 70s, that the archives are home to. Other reels vulnerable to loss due to age, include footage of the 1936 commencement, an alumni reunion from the 1940s and a film of the summer orientation in 1966. The video and film files are becoming increasingly difficult to view, Electronic Records Archivist Ed Busch said. “MSU has such a rich history and there’s so much video we have that people would love to see if they knew we had it and it was accessible,” Busch said. Understanding and learning about history puts today in perspective, Busch said. Assistant Director Portia Vescio said the collection of films decaying at various rates in the archives, ranging from athletic events to visits from public figures, are important and should be preserved. “All of those things are a part of history and we want to make it so people can continue to enjoy them,” Vescio said. The MSU Archives and Collections will digitize files as they gain donations. However, Busch said the amount of files they can update will depend on the funds they raise. The total cost of preserving all of the at-risk footage is hard to estimate, Busch said. A ssistant professor and director of film studies Joshua Yumibe said every time someone watches a film or video, the material degrades. He said because no one has found good parameters to preserve the materials with longevity, archives are faced with a bit of a conundrum. Vescio said during the period of deterioration, the reels start to omit an unpleasant odor. In addition, the film itself begins to crumble and flake apart, a process that is dubbed as “vinegar syndrome.” The issue of losing the historical film reels began to arise when there was a recent surge of interest in the archives. Citizens and students ran into problems trying to view the films because of their condition and because of the outdated technology. Yumibe said he would like to see material that depicts what student life was like before the 1960s. “It’s really important to preserve our moving images,” Yumibe said. “They provide a wonderful insight for the generations after us.”

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Okemos resident and MSU alumna Ashley Adkins packages her desserts on Sunday at her apartment in Okemos after finishing baking. Adkins decided to start her own baking company after graduating from college.

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Ever since she got her first job at McDonald’s in high school, 2009 alumna Ashley Adkins knew one thing was for certain: she wanted to be her own boss. But after graduating from MSU in 2009, Adkins was weighed down with student debt. In addition, she had two small children to take care of — not exactly an ideal situation to take on a small business loan and build a new business from the ground up. A lt hough Adk ins had almost no capital to start a business, she did have two other vital things: a passion for baking and unwavering determination. From there her business, cakes.a.roo Bake Shop, was born in 2345 Club Meridian

Drive, Okemos, Mich. “I have a great day job, but it’s definitely not my passion,” Adkins said. “I really enjoy baking, and well, eating baked foods.” After deciding she wanted to sell baked goods as a supplement to her day job as a financial aid specialist, Adkins applied for the proper license and made a Facebook page to get her name and services out there. “I’m in this place in my life where I know I don’t want to be in an office all day,“ Adkins said. “So I’m thinking outside of the box. It brings happiness to people, I hope, because when there are treats around, something fun must be happening.” After launching the Facebook page, her orders began to grow. She started keeping expense sheets and created a fund that she hopes to put toward a

Okemos resident and MSU alumna Ashley Adkins drizzles chocolate on a dessert on Sunday at her apartment in Okemos.

“I have a great day job, but it’s definitely not my passion. I really enjoy baking, and well, eating baked foods.” Ashley Adkins, cakes.a.roo Bake Shop owner and MSU alumna

storefront one day. “ W here t here’s a w i l l, there’s a way,” Adkins said. “My father-in-law is a business owner, and he’s very blunt and he told me ‘Just do it, don’t over-think it. Just do it.’” Influenced by both her mother’s and mother-in-law’s baking skills, Adkins often baked cookies or other treats in her small kitchen in her Okemos apartment, which she donated to charity bake sales or for friends’ baby showers and

weddings. Now she is still working out of her small kitchen, but to sell her sweets to friends and family. She is slowly growing her customer base, but for now, her close friends remain the most supportive of her ambition and aim to help her grow her business. Haslett, Mich., resident Lori Robinson ordered a pumpkin roll from Adkins and said she hasn’t stopped talking about

it since. “I believe she will do well,” Robinson said. “I think it is wonderful that she is following her passion and her dreams. I will support her and help her in any way I can. I spread the word every chance I get.” Other friends and customers not only enjoy Ashley’s creations, but admire her ambition and determination as well, like Howell, Mich., resident Rose Witt. “I look at (Adkins) as a young lady with big dreams and I know she can fulfill them,” Witt said. “We need more good, honest, hardworking people in the world like Ashley.”

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SU’s Council of Graduate Students, or COGS, recently elected Emily Bank to serve as president when Stefan Fletcher decided to step down after four terms in the position. Bank, who is a graduate student in higher, adult and lifelong education, said she hopes to maintain a positive image for the council as well as continue to make connections and provide more resources for graduate and professional students. – Kary Askew Garcia, The State News

The State News: How did you feel when you found out you were elected as the new president of COGS? Emily Bank: I was very excited and honored to be elected into the position. I think it’s a great opportunity and I’m very excited to represent graduate and professional students at MSU. SN: What are your plans as the new president of COGS? EB: One of my plans is to continue to promote those services and opportunities that

graduate and professional students have. ... I also hope to create new services like possibly the feasibility of having a centralized database of graduate assistantship opportunities and ... foster a stronger sense of community and Spartan pride among graduate and professional students. SN: Do you think students’ perception of COGS has or will change now that you are the president when Stefan Fletcher was the president for so long? EB: Stefan was president for a very long time and he did such a wonderful

job, and I hope that the graduate and professional students will accept this new leadership style and this new face in the position.


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SN: What would you say is the main difference between being a graduate student and being an undergraduate student? EB: (It) probably would be my personal and professional roles are more developed now than I was.

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Spring excites students, but temps expected to dip Across

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It finally felt like spring time in lower Michigan, and some MSU students were already breaking out their shorts and T-shirts. The week kicked off with a couple of mild days Sunday and Monday with the longawaited return of sunshine to campus. Evan Webb, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, said the reason for the more hospitable weather came from a low pressure system off to the west. That area of low pressure then forced the winds to turn southerly, which brought up warm air from as far south as the Gulf of Mexico. The nice weather encouraged students to get out of

their dorms and parkas and soak in the fresh air and enjoy the sunshine. “We’ve been doing parkour (moving through an area through jumping or climbing),” packaging junior Scott Waldowski said. “It’s our first time actually out since the winter, pretty much.” After being cooped up indoors for the duration of one of the most unforgiving winters Michigan residents have experienced in recent years, Waldowski said he’s looking forward heading outdoors for social events. Other students have similar plans to make the most of the good weather. “It’s great to spend as much time as you can outside,” finance senior Jack Avendt said. “Spending time out here grilling and having a few beers, tossing the football around and enjoying the weather.” Many students took advantage of the lack of snow and frigid temperatures by enjoying warmweather activities. These includ-

ed running, parkour, playing frisbee and even canoeing on the Red Cedar River. But the warm weather might not survive the week. Webb said this low pressure system is associated with a cold front, and temperatures are expected to dip again later in the week. Behind the cold front, winds will turn westerly and northwesterly, bringing in cold air from the north. The rest of the week will consist of mixed precipitation, including snow and freezing rain Wednesday night. The wintery mix of precipitation might create hazardous road conditions. Highs will be in the lower 50s to upper 40s and even the upper 30s for the duration of the week. However, the fleeting bout of what would be considered more spring-like weather conditions will be back again on Sunday, when the temperatures will get back up to the 50s.

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Now that Instagram is so popMy mom bought me the most ular, the term “selfie” has been neutral colors for eyeshadadded to the dictionary. Whenow, and she told me I had to ever I scroll through my feed, it wear brown mascara because it seems like women are competwouldn’t be as harsh as black. I ing to use #nofilter and #nomakewas still excited to be allowed up on their posts. I always questo wear makeup to school. tion why — or does anyone realDuring my middle school years, ly care? I honestly don’t. SomeI only wore eyeshadow, mastimes these women are lying about cara and maybe some lip gloss. being makeup-free anyway. But by high school, I was tryFor the women who don’t lie ing out new colors of eyeshadows about posting their bare face on and experimenting with differsocial media, I don’t think they ent looks. Maybe someone should should have to have told me I didn’t post hashtags like need to wear purple reporter #nomakeup. To eyeliner every day of me, using those my freshman year. tags seems like When I was in high they are bragging school, I watched to their followers makeup tutorials on that they are better YouTube as often as for showing their people watch Netfface without makelix now. Basically a lot up. No one should of my free time was Meagan beck feel the need to spent watching amashow off, and teurs put different colfemales were all ors of eyeshadow on. born without makeup on anyway. After watching these tutorials, I With the whole #nomakewould feel so inclined to recreup trend comes the idea that ate the looks to the best of my abilevery woman needs to be “natity and then have my own mini ural” to be considered beautiphotoshoot in my room. iPhones ful. People assume having “natuwere becoming a big thing, so takral beauty” is the best. I have also ing pictures of myself was easiheard of some employers requirer than using a digital camera. ing their female workers to wear I know other female stuminimal or no makeup because dents were just as vain as me and they want to promote the natuwould take photos of themselves ral look. It seems like more men just to post them on Facebook. and women need to be all-natuLooking back at my first uploadral and should wear less makeup. ed profile pictures on Facebook I bet what those men don’t know is always entertaining because is that sometimes the all-natural of how embarrassing they are.

hen I’m out with my friends, sometimes we will see a woman who has put a lot of effort into the makeup she’s wearing. From the drawnon eyebrows and smoky eyeshadow to the lipstick, my friends and I would probably say she is wearing too much makeup. But while we might have our own standards of what amount of makeup is appropriate, who are we to judge her for her choice? I think of makeup as a way to express your personality. Some people see makeup as an art form. People even study to become professional makeup artists. Whatever way you see it, I don’t think anyone should be judged for their choice to either wear makeup or not wear it. I was 6 years old when I was first introduced to makeup. As a girl who took a lot of dance classes, I was required to wear it for recitals. Makeup became my worst enemy when my mom had to put mascara on me. I would cry and refuse because she kept poking me in the eye with the wand. But at some point in most girls’ lives, makeup becomes a huge point of interest. That point came for me when I was in middle school. When I was 13, my middle school had a dance for eighth graders. My mom said I could wear makeup if I wanted to, and of course I did.

woman they think they’re looking — Meagan Beck, State News reporter at is probably wearing some type Read the rest online at of makeup or is photoshopped. But why does it matter what men say about makeup anyway? Most of them probably couldn’t tell you how to use half the products. Wearing makeup makes me feel good about myself and more put together. I know saying something like that sounds shallow, but it honestly helps to boost my confidence. Sometimes just a little concealer to cover those dark circles I get from staying up too late is enough. Or when I wear a black dress, I see red lips as like the finishing touch to the outfit. I don’t think anyone needs makeup to be beautiful. Like I’ve said, wearing makeup is Too bad East Lansing is so antipersonal preference. I’ve seen business that they wouldn’t permit some of my friends without it new bars to open here, damned be on and they’re all beautiful. any jobs or entrepreneurship. Look Sometimes even I think to what they did to the taxicabs and myself, “I’m having an awesome immigrants. We need state laws that skin day, I don’t need concealtrump local boss hog laws that protect er.” As I said before, makeup can existing oligopolies like the EL bar be artistic or considered a form scene. of expression. Those of us who Jeffrey Hank, April 1 do wear it shouldn’t be shamed upon. The same goes for the women who go day-to-day without an ounce of makeup on their face. Meagan Beck is a State To share your thoughts on this story or News reporter. Reach her at any other stories, visit

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Everyone should attend a drag show at least once in their life


veryone should go to a drag show.

They’re similar to fashion shows in a way, but instead of models strutting down a runway, men dress up like women, complete with hair, makeup and heels. They put on a show, pouring their hearts into lip syncing and dancing along to all kinds of music, from “Californication” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers to “Work Bitch” by Britney Spears. These girls go all-out, too. It’s common for them to make their own outfits and many of the outfits are sparkly, revealing and dramatic with feathers and bright colors. Their makeup is colorful and crazy and better than anything most biological females could do themselves. The performances themselves, however, are my favorite aspect. The passion these queens possess comes alive on the stage and seriously everyone should experience it at least once in their lifetimes. I went with a few friends to Showbiz Sunday at Spiral Video & Dance Bar in Lansing this weekend. This was only my second time going to a drag show. I found out about this show as I was getting frozen yogurt in Tutti Frutti on Grand River Ave., when about five fully-dressed drag queens came in with flyers for their show.

Doing drag shows also doesn’t necI figured, hey, a gay club would essarily mean that drag queens “want” mean less groping and legitimateto be women. I’d imagine that yes, perly creepy dudes than a normal club, haps some of them do, but that isn’t and I love drag shows, so why not? always the case. Like I said, it can I might be a teensy bit biased just be a hobby. A completely straight because I’ve seen and obsessed over guy could do drag if he wanted. every season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Now, I’m sure many of you are but it’s honestly an amazing experithinking, do we call drag queens ence. The performers give it their all “he” or “she?” and seeing their passion That depends on the come alive is exhilarating. reporter performer themselves and There’s nothing quite like how they’re dressed at the witnessing a drag queen time. Yes, if they’re weardry-hump a drunken audiing a dress, heels and bigence member in the midger hair than Beyonce’s, I dle of their set while takthink it would be rude to ing singles from onlookers. call them a he. But outSo, some of you might side of their drag cosbe thinking, why in the tumes, many of them world would a guy do this? Emily jenks dress as men and preDo they have to be fer to be called as such. sexual? Does this mean The queens themselves they want to be women? are the definition of sass and confiObviously, I personally can’t answer any of these questions for drag queens. dence. In my opinion, they’re beautiful and hilarious, and I wish I had Each performer has their own motithe screw-you-all-I’m-gorgeous attivations, their own style, their own tude that many of them exude. passions. It can be a hobby or a lifeThe amount of work they put into style choice. Some drag queens live their costumes, makeup and overtheir everyday lives as men and all persona is admirable. A lituse their drag persona as an outlet tle over-the-top, perhaps, but that’s for their brimming creativity. Havkind of the point anyway, right? ing a second identity could be liberTwo of the audience members, ating or expressive to them, kind of Logan Toth and Elle Tabor of East Lanlike knitting but a lot more fabulous.

sing, are students at the Douglas J Aveda Institute and go to the shows not only for the entertainment, but to admire the queens’ hair styles. Even though a performer usually wears a wig, it takes a lot of practice and talent to tame hair to be just right for whatever look they’re going for, whether it be their own personal look or an Amy Winehouse or Britney Spears imitation. Celebrity look-alike drag queens are extremely common. I also found out Sunday night that drag goes both ways — pardon the pun. One of the performers was a kind of reverse drag queen, a biological female performing as a man. He irrefutably was the best performer on stage that night, and he created an electrified energy in Spiral every time he danced. Now, I’m not pretending to be an expert on drag queens. I’m a pinstraight, fairly uninteresting white girl. But I believe that everyone should take the time to experience this culture. Emily Jenks is State News reporter. Reach her at

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My Sister’s Keeper provides women with a place to belong By Erin Gray THE STATE NEWS nn

When Andrea Reed came to MSU, she was looking for a place to belong, a place where she could connect with other women who had a similar past. Reed, who had a troubled childhood because of an abusive home and academic issues, had never known sisterhood. So Reed, a graduate student, began her own organization, My Sister’s Keeper, in November 2012 with the support of her friends. My Sister’s Keeper is an organization for women to come and build relationships, learn about themselves and give back to the community. Every Sunday, the group of 15 to 20 active members get together to do community service in places like local women’s shelters and hospitals. Reed said the main objective of the organization is to empower women to achieve their full potential. Sommer Simpson, a communication junior, has found fulfillment through her involvement with the organization. Prior to joining, her life was focused on school and work. She had no outlet or group of friends to connect with. After meeting Reed through her work, she decided to try My Sister’s Keeper. Simpson said she felt an immediate bond with the rest of the group members. “My life is totally different,” she said. “It gives me something outside of school to look forward to.” Si nce joi n i ng, Si mpson has gone with the group to volunteer at various locations, including a visit to can-

cer patients at Sparrow Hospital. Members of the organization created and performed a dance for the patients to a song written by the church that the group attends. “It’s an inspiring song,” Simpson said. “A couple girls did the dance and it really just brought everyone to tears.” Afterward, the members walked around the hospital talking to patients individually. The women listened to the patient’s stories and tried to encourage them. “They ended up encouraging us, because they just had these great experiences of what they were going through,” Simpson said. “They ended up giving back to us, and that was a good experience.” My Sister’s Keeper was one of the first organizations that advertising junior Ka Lee joined at MSU. “I really wanted to do something with the community,” Lee said. But for Lee, My Sister’s Keeper is about more than just coming together and doing community service. “(It’s) kind of a support group for women,” said Lee. “It’s for building relationships and learning about yourself as a woman.” The organization meets ever y Wednesday in the Eppley Center at 6:30 p.m. My Sister’s Keeper will host its second annual women’s empower ment c on f e r e nc e , R e le nt le s s Love: Repair, Rebuild and Restore, on April 19. The conference, located at Kellogg Center, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Men’s Volleyball Club still going after 25 years of games By Ben Stram THE STATE NEWS nn

“Just a club.” Those three words were printed across many of the T-shirts the MSU Men’s Volleyball Club had made in the past. The past two and a half decades of games, victories and a fan base have shown that the organization is more than a random club. For the past 25 years, the volleyball club has been working to earn everything it has so far. Since its establishment in 1989, the club has been ranked in the top 25 men’s volleyball teams every year and has captured nine Big Ten championships. Men’s volleyball is a non-varsity sport at MSU. The club tried petitioning to make it a varsity sport in the early 1990s, with as

many as 10,000 signatures showing their support for the club. However, Title IX does not allow for more opportunities for male varsity sports than female. Sante Perrelli, the coach of the club, said at this point, they have embraced the fact they’re a club and are focusing more on the values the club offers for students. On Saturday, the club had an alumni weekend. Alumni who participated in the club came back to relive some of the memories from playing in East Lansing. MSU alumnus and ex-club member Jon Crepeau thought the day was amazing. “There was really good representation for people from ‘89 all the way to current players, even family members,” he said. “I think the turnout in general speaks volumes about the impact (the club has) made not

only for students, but their families and how that has lasted over the years.” Club president and accounting senior Mike Gemkow said he was looking forward to meeting the alumni. “We’ve been in contact with a bunch of alumni that just have so many stories from when they played from 1989 on,” Gemkow said. “It’s pretty amazing for a club to be in existence for 25 years and affect so many people.” The only cuts the club makes are splitting up the members into teams, said Ian Waugaman, club vice president and mechanical engineering junior. Right now, the club has three teams: White, Green and Posse. The teams are decided according to skill level, with the White team as the most skilled and the Posse team has the least skilled

players. All three participate in tournaments throughout the year. “We don’t cut anyone ever,” Waugaman said. “We accommodate everybody and we teach a lot of skills.” The biggest tournament is the Back to the Hardwood Tournament. It was established in 1989 and is the largest pre-season intercollegiate men’s volleyball tournament in the nation. The tournament funds travel to other tournaments and jerseys. Perrelli has been in his position since the club started. He has all of the ups and downs the club has experienced during its 25 years of existence. “For me, it’s personally gratifying to help build a program of opportunity here that’s sort of under the radar, but still very strong and very beloved by many


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success or failure? reporters talk msu hoops spartan basketball

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Season was ultimately one to remember NEW YORK — It’s been a good year in Spartan basketball land. Beating the No. 1 team in the country in the second game of the season and getting off to the best start in program history before ending as one of eight teams left at the basketball Mecca. It doesn’t get much better. But sure, the expectations were there. Head coach Tom Izzo said this was one of a very few teams he’s had in his 19 years at the helm that had the talent to go all the way. And yes, the president himself and most of the college basketball

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Team failed to meet sky-high expectations NEW YORK — From the start, this year’s team had a “Final Four or bust” mantra to them. It wasn’t just fans and media giving them that label — it was the players themselves, too.

media and public picked the Spartans to win it all. But not making it to the Final Four does not define the identity of this MSU team or the program as a whole. Two seniors, Keith Appling and Adrian Payne, grew on and off the court. Payne’s well-documented relationship with Lacey Holsworth is something few players around the country can come close to building. Izzo has said numerous times that Payne benefited from a senior year in school, and he is one of the players Izzo is most proud of through his career. The growth of Appling was much more gradual. He came to MSU as a basketball player that made young mistakes, and he’s leaving as a mature, well-rounded leader, despite the injuries he faced. Don’t forget that he’ll be the first in his family to graduate with a college degree if the basketball track doesn’t work out. Injuries obviously cast a dark cloud over the entire season, with Izzo calling it one of the most difficult situations he’s faced as a coach. But again, it did not ruin the season.

Without injuries, chances are the Spartans wouldn’t have lost as many games in the regular season, and they might have even beat Michigan once or twice. But I’d argue they wouldn’t have won the Big Ten Tournament or gone as deep as they did in the Big Dance. Injuries gave this squad something to play for. Izzo used the word ‘resiliency’ throughout the postseason. It was that attitude that helped MSU streak through the Big Ten Tournament and finally get a statement win again U-M in the final. Resiliency also pushed the Spartans to victory in close games against Virginia and even Harvard. I don’t see injuries as the single thing that doomed MSU, but rather as a motivator. Nearly everybody was picking against them after losses to Illinois and Ohio State. This team came through, ultimately. Does losing hurt? Of course. It always does. But that doesn’t mean this hasn’t been a season to remember. Zach Smith is a State News basketball reporter. Reach him at

So, what’s the verdict at the end of the season? Well, the Spartans fell one game short of a Final Four, so what was the other option again? Sorry, but it was a bust. Is it nice they reached the Elite Eight? Yes. Is it awesome to win a Big Ten Tournament over your rival? So awesome. But this team wasn’t just built for that. A team with four pro-caliber players can’t be content with only winning a conference tourney. If anyone is happy with the end result of this season, they are settling for mediocrity — especially with this elite roster. This MSU team was loaded with talent, and the trophy shelves should have been loaded by the season’s end as well.

The season would look better with a Big Ten regular season title, but injuries kept that from being the case. And that’s what makes this flubbed season so odd in the sense that it’s not all MSU’s fault. How can you blame Keith Appling for hurting his wrist? What wrong did Adreian Payne do sitting with a foot injury? You can point fingers at Branden Dawson for punching a table, but you’re to tell me you haven’t hit anything out of anger just once? The injuries were a factor during the season, and it was hardly a controllable issue. However, the way they flamed out of the season could have been controlled. Up nine points with 16

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proved it had the fire power to do so leading up to the game. Now, the famous streak of every Tom Izzo senior going to a Final Four has been laid to rest. Izzo can say the streak “doesn’t mean anything” to him all he wants, but that streak was MSU basketball. It was unheard of to go four years without seeing MSU on the biggest stage of college basketball until Sunday — when they lost with one of their best rosters since the 2000 title team. Instead,

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Tennis ends three-match losing streak with wins By Mayara Sanches THE STATE NEWS nn

The men’s tennis team broke a three-match losing streak with its first two Big Ten conference wins of the season against Nebraska and Iowa. Upsetting No. 58 Nebraska on Friday, the tennis team picked up the program’s first Big Ten win of the season, outlasting the Cornhuskers, 4-3. The team went back to the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility on Sunday to beat the No. 71-ranked Hawkeyes, 5-2. T he t wo st ra ight w i n s agai nst nat iona l ly-ra n ked teams improve the Spartans’ home record (now 8-10 overall, 2-3 Big Ten) to 8-1 this season. Contributing to both victories in the two weekend matches were the MSU doubles teams, claiming the doubles points for the eighth and ninth times this season, an impressive feat MSU will continue to rely on the rest of the season against tougher Big Ten opponents.

The Spartans improved to 8-10 on the season after beating both Nebraska and Iowa this past weekend In the Nebraska match, senior Drew Lied and sophomore John Mullane defeated Nebraska’s Brandon Videtich and Bradford Zitsch, 8-6. Lied and Mullane returned on Sunday to handily win, 8-4, against Iowa’s Michael Swank and Joey White. Juniors Gijs Linders and Harr y Jadun clinched the doubles point on the first day with an 8-6 win over the Cornhuskers’ Beauregard Treyz and Marc Herrmann.

On Sunday Linders and Jadun led 6-4, but Iowa came back and Jadun forced a 7-7 match going into the tiebreak, leading to a strong 8-7 Spartan finish and the eventual victory over the Hawkeyes. “It was good just to be able to close the matches out,” head coach Gene Orlando said of the doubles point that upset Nebraska on Friday. “Once we got a little deeper into the matches, we’ve been there before and to see nu mb e r one clinch it and then number two, close it out, it was really good. “It gave us some momentum heading into singles.” In singles against Nebraska, the Spartans won three of the six matches. Mullane, Linders and freshman Mac R o y Gene Orhelped clinch lando, the win for MSU head coach MSU. MSU won fou r of si x singles matches against the Hawkeyes, with Jadun, freshman Brett Forman, Lied and Mullane coming out victorious. Mullane remains unbeaten in the Big Ten with a 5-0 record. The Spartans played without senior co-captain Aaron Pfister — a starter in both doubles and singles — in both matches with an injury early last week. C ont i nu i n g w it h t he i r Big Ten schedule, the Spartans will face No. 10 Illinois on Friday.

“ “Once we got a little deeper into the matches, we’ve been there before.”

Spartans facing long week of tough games By Robert Bondy

Thensophomore right fielder Jimmy Pickens bunts the ball in the third game of the series against Illinois on May 5, 2013, at McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field. Pickens is leading MSU into a busy week of games. the state news nn

MSU baseball has a busy week ahead, with three midweek games and a threegame weekend series. Juniors Jimmy Pickens and Blaise Salter will lead the Spartans into the sixgame stretch after a couple strong outings this past weekend at Minnesota. MSU swept a doubleheader against the Golden Gophers on Sunday to win the series and improve to 12-11 overall and 3-3 in Big Ten play. This past weekend, Pickens had two hits and one RBI in four at-bats in the team’s second game, a 5-0 win over Minnesota. In the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, a 15-0 beating of the Golden Gophers, Pickens scored two runs and had two hits. Pickens is a two-year letterwinner for the Spartans and has 15 career home runs. He also has more than 70 RBI’s. Last year, he was a second-team All-Big Ten selection, and this year, he was named a Big Ten Player to Watch in 2014. Pickens started all 50 games for MSU last year, and was named the Kirk Gibson Co-Offensive Player of the Year. He ranked first on the team in RBI’s, total bases, home runs and slugging percentage. The Spartans, led by Pickens, pick up northern play again at Eastern Michigan on Tuesday and conclude the stretch with a homestand against Siena on Sunday. MSU also will be competing in the annual Crosstown Showdown this week against the Lansing Lugnuts. Pickens will look to replicate his performance from last year’s

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Crosstown Showdown, as he went 1-3. Here are brief previews for the four opponents MSU will take on this week. Eastern Michigan Eagles (10-13 overall, 1-5 MidAmerican Conference) Date: Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. Location: Oestrike Stadium in Ypsilanti, Mich. Overview: Eastern Michigan is led in hitting by senior infielder Lee Longo, who leads the Eagles in hits, doubles and RBI’s. The Eagles have been up and down all season, but have an impressive win over then-No. 16 Clemson and Big Ten foe Northwestern. Out of the official games, Eastern Michigan should pose the largest challenge for the Spartans this week. Oakland Golden Grizzlies (4-11 overall, 0-3 Horizon League)

Date: Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. Location: McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field in East Lansing Overview: MSU has owned Oakland in the career series, with a 32-3 advantage, and this year’s matchup appears to look the same way. The Golden Grizzlies started the year hot, winning four of their first seven games, including a victory over No. 24 Oklahoma State on the road. But since then, they have faded — they’re winless since March 1. Wednesday also will be MSU’s home opener. Lansing Lugnuts (0-0 overall) Date: Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Location: Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing Overview: Thursday will be the eighth edition of the Crosstown Showdown between MSU and the Lansing Lugnuts. The

game is officially ruled an exhibition game and is known as the season opener for the Lugnuts as a minor-league team. MSU fell to the Lugnuts, 10-2, last season, with the Lugnuts holding a 5-2 advantage in the series. Last year’s Crosstown Showdown was moved back to a later date because of poor weather and field conditions. Siena Saints (5-18 overall, 5-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) Date: Saturday at 12:05 p.m. and 4:05 p.m.; Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Location: McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field in East Lansing, Mich. Overview: Siena opened the season winless in its first 17 games, but has won five of its last six in conference play. The series will be the first time these two teams have played each other.

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