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Don’t sweat: Spring fever experts give tips to focus


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With spring in the air and about 20 days of classes left until exams, experts said students can be their own worst enemy when it comes to finishing off the semester well if they check out early. Whether spring fever is causing distractions from studying or the pressure of grades is weighing students down, nationally recognized clinical psychologist Nancy Berk said there are tactics students can use to keep their head in the game without getting overwhelmed. “It’s important to recognize the potential for it because it allows you to prepare for it and take steps to avoid the problem,” said Berk, author of “College Bound and Gagged: How to Help Your Kid Get into a Great College without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind” and blogger for USA Today College and The Huffington Post. “When you have spring fever and the weather’s beautiful, everyone goes out … It gives you that vacation feel that makes it tempting to put off some of your pressing obligations.” She added that at the other end of the spectrum, students might feel extremely stressed because it’s the time of year when big decisions, such as summer employment and majors, must be made. Economics professor Steven Haider said springtime can bring a heavy amount of stress for students attempting to improve low grades, but said even if students don’t have enough time to bring grades up, it’s important to keep things in perspective. “It’s not about a college term, it’s about a college career,” Haider said. “If you See SPRING on page 2 X

time. “People got the idea, ‘Here’s a place to send those damn comics that I’ve had in my attic,’” Scott said. “We made a lot of enemies of the kids because their mothers sent us their comics.” Today, the collection is the biggest in the world, according to Scott. It features about 250,000 comics, and 6 million newspaper comic strips, mostly because of Scott’s dedication to enlarging it. Scott now works as assistant head of Special Collections at MSU Libraries. “I’m always begging,” he said. “I beg people for donations, and I beg my bosses for more money. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Mostly, it works.”

Scott took the position of assistant head of Special Collections in 1992, but he’s had an interest in comics since he was a kid. Scott started working at Curious Book Shop in 1970, where he became interested in science-fiction novels. Curious Book Shop owner Ray Walsh said Scott was his first employee. “He sorted comic books and did retail sales,” Walsh said. “We basically winged it and figured out what was a fair price on things.” Scott left Curious Book Shop in 1973 to work as a typist for MSU’s Main Library. Back then, the Comic Art Collection was a mere 6,000 comics and were from the 1960s, donated by a professor

Yesterday, the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, announced and awarded MSU researchers $24.5 million toward the USAID’s MSU-led Feed the Future Innovation Lab for its international research on grain legumes and sustainability. Horticulture professor Irvin Widders, the director of the Legume Innovation Lab at MSU, said his lab works with other universities across the country and the world to find solutions for hunger — and one of their solutions is grain legumes. He said grain legumes, such as kidney beans and black-eyed peas, are a protein and nutrient-rich food source that are cost effective to grow and harvest. Widders said grain legumes are very important crops for smallscale farmers in underdeveloped rural and urban areas in some African and Latin American countries. “It’s a crop that is fundamentally grown by poor working families,” he said. “Rural women in poverty find themselves locked in poverty — a vicious cycle — and beans can provide a way that can tangibly benefit them.” The research lab, formerly known as the Dry Grain Pulses Collaborative Research Support Program, is involved in Senegal, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, Nicaragua and Haiti, among other African and Latin American countries, he said. The entire project will fund at least 12 sub-projects, ranging from developing more climate-resilient plants to distribute to farmers, and conducting nutritional research involving how grain legumes

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Comic art bibliographer Randy Scott poses for a photo Thursday at the Main Library. The library is home to one of the largest library collection of comic books in the world.

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One man’s dedication has taken MSU comic books into one of the world’s largest collections By Omari Sankofa II THE STATE NEWS ■■


andy Scott always had loved comic books. As a typist for the Main Library in 1974, he spent his lunch hours volunteering at the library’s Comic Art Collection, which only had 6,000 comics at that time. After the first edition of Spider-Man was stolen, Scott swung into action. Despite tracking the comic to Curious Book Shop, 307 E. Grand River Ave., it was too late — the comic had been sold and there were no markings to identify it as a part of MSU’s collection.

The experience convinced Scott and Special Collections to create a stamp for the comics — preventing another incident from happening again. It also convinced Scott to go to graduate school before returning to the Comic Art Collection and seeking a larger role. In 1980, a library trustee found out the library had received a donation of 1,000 comic books. But the library initially was reluctant to promote the growing collection. “The library wanted to keep it on the down-low because they weren’t too sure that the world would approve of comics in a formal, academic library,” Scott said. Eventually, the library sent out a press release that reached newspapers across the country. From there, things blossomed. The department sometimes received tens of thousands of comics at a

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Next two weeks celebrate graduate, professional students By Robert Bondy THE STATE NEWS ■■

A week devoted to recognizing graduate and professional students kicked off yesterday with the Council of Graduate Students, or COGS, rolling out numerous events to recognize graduate students. Free MSU Dairy Store ice cream and cooking demonstration are a few of the events COGS is providing to graduate and professional students, which include students earning their doctoral or medical degrees. “There’s a whole range of different things that will be going on, so we’re very excited about that,” COGS President Stefan Fletcher said. Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week runs as a national event from April 1-5 , with universities showing their gratitude for the services graduate and professional students provide. The event was created by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students.


Corporate Chef Kurt Kwiatkowski shows graduate students the proper way to roast a red pepper Monday at the McDonel Hall Community Kitchen. It is national Graduate Student Appreciation Week until April 5.

While events at a national level run until Friday, the event will extend until April 11 at MSU, COGS Director of Event Planning Lexi MacMillan said. “We put in a lot of work into this year’s (event),” MacMillan said. “We were just trying to come up with almost as much as we could for the next two

weeks.” Fletcher said this year will have more activities for students to engage in, deciding to more than double last year’s five days of celebrations. The decision to add more activities and giveaways to the event was made after Fletcher took a trip to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to take

Corporate Chef Kurt Kwiatkowski places ingredients into a food processor on Monday at the McDonel Hall Community Kitchen. Free cooking lessons were provided to graduate students.

part in their graduate student appreciation week festivities. “I met with my counterparts out there and really saw that they had put on a stellar offering,” Fletcher said. “COGS hadn’t really done much before for that week, so really we’ve been the last couple years (stepping) up our game.” For graduate student Rui

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Chen , the appreciation week is something he plans to fi nally take advantage of after four years of not doing so and is excited to get out of the lab for some fun. “I’m defi nitely really hon-

ored,” Chen said at the appreciation week’s opening cooking event. “It’s a change in the environment (and is) something fun so we’re not always in our data or experiments.”


Police brief Couch-burning culprits identified Suspected couch-burning culprits soon will be charged for their fiery displays of enthusiasm following the MSU men’s basketball team’s loss to Duke on Friday night. East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy said the department has identified three or four suspects involved in the couch and furniture fires lit across the city this weekend. Murphy said the East Lansing Police and fire departments responded to 12 fires Friday night and two more fires Saturday night. He said there were no injuries and while numerous couches were burnt, there are reports concerning chairs, TVs and even a stuffed lion being burnt. The department hopes to have the identified suspects charged within the week and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The city attorney will decide how the individuals will be charged, but Murphy said the crimes seem to fit most appropriately with violating city ordinances and not felony arson. Murphy was unaware if the reported culprits were MSU students, but he said names will be released following their arraignment. Anyone with information on the weekend’s furniture fires is encouraged to call East Lansing Police at 517-351-4220. DARCIE MORAN

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named Russel Nye. Scott began volunteering at the Comic Art Collection during his lunch hours. “They didn’t quite know what to do with them,” Scott said of the comics. “They put them in alphabetical order, and just waited to see what would happen. It was a much smaller department.” In 1975, Scott left MSU Libraries to earn a master’s degree in library service at Columbia University. He returned to MSU Libraries in 1977, where he worked as a catalog librarian, organizing the collection and bringing in new books. About 10 percent of the comics are purchased with a yearly fund Scott receives from the library administration. Previously, the fund was about $8,000 a year. This year, Scott received an extra $15,000 from the administration. “Randy came to me and described a gap in our comic art collection, which we’ve been building for many years,” Head of Special Collections Peter Berg said. “This gap was comics from the 1950s, a very important era. We both decided that it would be important for him to, as soon as possible, go out and make some extensive purchases

in this area.” Scott hesitated to say that the library administration is putting a greater focus on the Comic Art Collection compared to years past. However, a yearly fund for the collection represents a stark contrast from 1980, when the library was hesitant to even send out a press release promoting the collection. Berg agreed the administration recognizes its Comic Art Collection is special. “There are several collections here in Special Collections that are world-class,” Berg said. “One of them is comic art. So, it’s only in our best interest to ensure that we keep that at a very high level because it draws interest and researchers from throughout the world.”

Community comics Although Scott’s love for comics helped propel the collection to a quarter million comic books, maintaining the collection is a group effort. Roughly 90 percent of the collection is donated comics. The other 10 percent of the comics were purchased with the yearly fund Scott receives. Both student and faculty volunteers help catalogue the constantly growing collection. Scott said one of his prime volunteers in the past year is sophomore Stephanie Zang. The Japanese major spent much of last semester translating and cataloguing Japanese manga in the collection. “I noticed that there were a lot

of uncataloged Japanese comics,” Zang said. “I offered my services because Japanese and comics are two things that I’m interested in.” Berg said the library administration tries to support local vendors when making comic book purchases. “One of the nice things about (filling the gap) is that I said, ‘You know, it would be really nice if we could keep this money local,’” Berg said. “There was a very good comic store in Detroit and a dealer in Detroit that he worked with.” Scott also purchases comics from Curious Book Shop and 21st Century Comics and Games, 215 E. Grand River Ave. 21st Century Comics owner Andrew Morrow said Scott makes purchases from the store a couple times a year, and he appreciates the local business. “We’ve got a great crowd of customers,” Morrow said. “A lot of collectors, people who just come in because they enjoy the books. Some people do podcast reviews. (There are) a lot of very enthusiastic people in the community.” Bragging rights Scott knows the comic collection is among the largest in the world, but even he’s not sure how many there are. “Precisely, between 249,000 and 280,000, who knows?” he said. “It may be a little more.” Because of the constant influx of donations, Scott says the real number of comics is impossible

to count. “During Christmas time, if you get your stuff in before the end of December, you get a tax deduction,” Scott said. “We got 20,000 comic books in December. I’m going to be working on them until next December, sorting them out and putting them on shelves. Some new comics come in, almost every day, but at least every other day.” Breaking down the collection, Scott says about 200,000 of the comics are American. At least 35,000 of the comics are foreign, and there are 5,000 books about comics. Those figures don’t include the vast amount of newspaper comic strips — totaling 6 million. Scott has traveled the world boasting of MSU’s impressive comic book collection, and no one has been able to deny it is the largest of its kind. “It is the biggest,” Scott said. “I can say that, and nobody can contradict me. I’ve been saying it for 10 years, in different countries, I’ve been saying it everywhere. That’s the only way you’ll know.” When asked what it means to be responsible for compiling the greatest archive of comics in the world, Scott gave a long pause before answering. “It gives me great satisfaction,” he finally said with a smile. “I’m hoping to retire in about four years, with everything organized and catalogued up to that point. I know it won’t be true, because there’s always stuff coming in and we have to catch up.”


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keep it in perspective, it can help you focus your efforts better.” Haider said stressed students should make sure they start studying now for end-of-theyear work and exams and not procrastinate another week. He also said students should speak with professors to learn how to best focus their time. Berk suggested waking up just one hour earlier each day to fit more in and making rainy days study days. She said students also can choose to surround themselves with more studious friends this

time of year and use university resources, such as The Writing Center or the Counseling Center, if they are feeling too stressed. “It’s important to take it a step at a time and celebrate,” Berk said. “Give yourself credit for each piece you complete.” Social relations and policy freshman Athena Antonis, who was busy studying Sunday morning at Starbucks, said this time of year can be especially difficult for freshmen who still are transitioning to college study habits, such as regularly studying even when homework assignments are not due. “You have to learn how to balance your time,” Antonis said, adding she hopes to do well come finals week. “If I don’t get the grade I really want to, at least I know that I tried.”


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can enhance the human diet, he said. Other university labs involved in this project include Purdue University and the University of Georgia, and institutions overseas including the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana and the Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

MSU was awarded the largest grant in this round, said Cynthia Donovan, the deputy director of the Legume Innovation Lab. The grant will support the project through September 2017. Graduate student Gerardine Mukeshimana, who is from Rwanda, has researched grain legumes and has witnessed firsthand the need for a sustainable food source at home. She said it also is important for these crops to be accessible to the working women who have to produce them for their families. “Where I come from, it’s an important food crop,” she said.


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As summer approaches and students flock to the beach, boat drivers could be held to the same standard for drinking and driving as someone driving a car. State Reps. Andrew Kandrevas, D-Southgate, Matt Lori, R-Constantine, and Dave Pagel, R-Berrien Springs, introduced a bipartisan package of bills to lower the blood alcohol content, or BAC, level at which a person is considered too drunk to drive certain recreational vehicles. The legislators are hoping to change the BAC limit for anyone driving a boat, snowmobile or off-road vehicle would change from 0.10 grams to 0.08 grams — the legal limit for driving a car. When Kandrevas first noticed the allowed BAC level

was higher for recreational vehicle drives, he said he thought it was an oversight. “We see more and more fatalities, and we see worse and worse cases where alcohol has mixed with operating different types of vehicles,” he said. Four deaths and 11 boating accidents related to alcohol occurred in Michigan in 2011, according to data from the U.S. Coast Guard. Lt. Vern Elliott of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office said most boating accidents the department comes across involve alcohol. Although he couldn’t estimate how many yearly alcoholrelated accidents occur on the water in Ingham County, Elliot said there are far fewer incidents than in bigger lakes, such as Higgins or Houghton lakes in Northern Michigan. Elliot said the combination of the sun, wind and waves intensifies the effects of alcohol, which often can lead to accidents. He advises keeping life jackets handy,

designating a driver who isn’t drinking and staying in control. “Monitor yourself, and monitor those around so that you’re not going to ruin a great summer day on the lake by being involved in a tragedy,” Elliot said. Kinesiology senior Todd Kruse grew up in Chelsea, Mich., down the street from North Lake, where he spent time driving boats and water skiing. He said about five years ago, someone who had been drinking crashed into the docks — almost hitting Kruse’s boat. “I think that people don’t really see driving a boat as being that difficult, but I think it takes so much more awareness than driving a car,” he said. “There’s so much else going on — it’s not like you have a street to follow.” A similar set of bills were introduced in 2006 but did not move past the House Judiciary Committee. The bills are under review from the legislature’s Committee of Criminal Justice.


The former Barnes & Noble space, vacant since January 2012, will remain empty in the near future as no tenants have made steps to lease the area. The vacated space, located at 333 E. Grand River Ave., has been empty for more than a year since the retailer declined to renew their lease. Since Barnes & Noble left, the space has left a large hole downtown, leaving the city without a large book retailer to attract visitors. Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications at The Christman Company Angela Bailey said in a statement the company still is searching for a tenant to occupy the space, and there are no new updates on the property. The empty building takes up almost half a block on Grand River Avenue , a space once fi lled with students and residents studying and searching for the perfect book to buy, such

as political science and pre-law junior Mac Corcoran. Without Barnes & Noble, Corcoran said the only major bookstore downtown is the Student Book Store, 421 E. Grand River Ave. “I used to get a lot of books and CDs there,” Corcoran said. “I don’t want to go to the library to rent a book.”

The Barnes & Noble has been empty since January 2012 when the former owners did not renew their lease East Lansing Planning, Building and Development Director Tim Dempsey said in a previous interview the sheer size of the building might discourage potential retailers to lease the space out. “There are just very few retailers right now across the country that can fill a space that large,” he said. “You’re looking at over 30,000 square feet of space.” “It’s also configured well for a book store, but it’s not neces-


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sarily configured well for other types of uses.” Although vacated for more than a year, the space hasn’t been left for dead. In the past, the space has been used for art exhibits and building parts of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum homecoming float. “What’s important is (the space is) being used,” MSU School of Planning, Design & Construction Associate Director Mark Wilson said. “But it would certainly (be) nice to see it in a more permanent use.” Wilson said the space might need to be divided to get someone to lease it, but Community and Economic Development Administrator Lori Mullins said Christman has maintained interest in leasing out the space to one tenant and are pursuing that direction instead of splitting the space up. She said the city has helped to try to reach out to possible tenants, such as grocery store operators, a venue students and residents have shown interest in bringing downtown. L.A. Times Daily Puzzle

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WORD ON THE STREET Students discuss the closure of Barnes & Noble and how they would like to see the space used “It’d be neat to see a bar … something sociable (in its place). It’s unfortunate, but bookstores are kind of dying out anyway.” Kassaundra Richardson child development sophomore “It is a little surprising (the space is) not leased, especially since it’s such a big place.” Anna Geoghegan environmental studies and agriscience freshman

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f ignorance was a crime, Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema would be found guilty on all charges.

OK, maybe ignorance is a bit harsh. But the lack of remorse he displayed, following the backlash he received because of his activity on Facebook, makes you wonder if he’s at least clueless. Agema, a prominent Republican and former West Michigan state representative, is facing calls for his resignation after he posted an article to his Facebook page, titled “Everyone Should Know These Statistics on Homosexuals.”

In the article, written by a “Frank Joseph, M.D.,” the homosexual lifestyle is attacked, being called “filthy,” and supported with statistics published nearly 30 years ago. The article says homosexuals are responsible for spreading the AIDS virus in America, are more likely to suffer from substance abuse and cause “half the murders in large cities.” Since making national headlines for his activity online, Agema hasn’t backed down or apologized for his actions and even has gone as far as to call the requests for his resignation a “joke.” But Agema’s misguided mindset on this issue has hindered his ability to cope with what really seems to be the underlying joke in this situation: The total destruction of his political reputation. Agema’s anti-gay sentiments last week serve as the latest installment in numerous social commentaries prominent GOP figures have made that make you want to shake your head in disgust. As the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on same-sex marriage, Agema chose to go online and post an article to his Facebook page, based on 30-year-old statistics from an unreli-

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able source. As our country waited on the edge of its seat to see if our justices would deliver a landmark step toward fuller social equality, Agema chose to do what many GOP figures have grown accustomed to doing and took actions that made his party look worse on the whole. It was an unprofessional move that abused much of the responsibility he has toward his constituents and a call for his immediate resignation should not have come as a surprise. But what is refreshing about this story is the number of other prominent Michigan Republicans who have stepped up in support of Agema’s resignation. On Wednesday, Grand Traverse County Republican precinct delegate Dennis Lennox issued a statement, signed by 20 other Michigan Republicans, condemning Agema’s actions and calling for his resignation. Kalamazoo County Republican Chairman David Worthams also was vocal about his distaste for Agema’s actions, and said his ego was the main thing holding him back from an apology.

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Whatever Agema’s reasoning might be for standing by his statements, I hope the backlash he has received during the past week is a longoverdue wake-up call. Despite what some might believe, the antigay sentiments Agema released to his Facebook friends don’t represent an issue still separating the Republican party from the rest of the country, but of misguided members who have no other forum to release their hate. Whether Agema still chooses to post such profane and misguided material on his Facebook wall by this time next week, it really won’t matter to most. After hopefully resigning, his social media activity will become a nonexistent issue, not worth national or local attention.


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Good article. I didn’t give much thought to the issue until this fall when my wife and I wed. Since then I’ve come to realize that if gay people want to punish themselves by getting married, then so be it... All kidding aside, marriage is a wonderful thing and should not be restricted to one segment of the population. I cannot think of a single good reason that gay people should not be allowed to get married. Some will claim that it degrades the sanctity of marriage while neglecting the fact that marriage, in its current state, already accomplishes that. (comment continued at Matt, April 1 via


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Trust a virgin: waiting ‘til you’re ready won’t kill you


hen I was 7, I expected to get my graduation cap and gown around the same time I’d get a ring on my finger. I’m not sure where this timeline came from, but as I grew older, I began to realize how silly it was. If I ever get married, it’ll happen when I meet a person I’d be comfortable spending the rest of my life with. Most of my peers agree with me. Also — when I was 13, I expected to start having sex around the time I entered college. I’m not sure where this timeline came from either. It also was very silly. If I ever have sex, (yes, you read that right) it’ll happen when I meet someone I am sexually attracted to and comfort-

able with, while in a safe situation — aka, I’m not going to get pregnant or get an STI. But too often, our culture doesn’t seem to agree with that. In the last four years, I’ve heard numerous stories of people who, either for the first time or another time, regretted having sex. They were tired of waiting, they wanted to get it over with, they were lonely, they wanted to make someone like them, they wanted to get closer to someone, they were seeking acceptance and validation — they felt pressured. About a third to a fi fth of 18-24 year olds felt pressure to have sex, whether they were sexually active or not, according to a 2003 Kaiser Family Foundation survey. For both men and women, those pressures increased from the ages of 15-17 to 18-24. More than half said there

Yet, the atmosphere of accepwas pressure to have sex by a certain age. About 65 percent tance seems to stop when the of the sexually active and 55 sex does. There’s a pressure to percent of the non-sexually “lose it” and a stigma attached to the word active agreed “virgin.” “strongly” or MANAGING EDITOR Don’t get “somewhat” me wrong, sex with the stateitself is great. ment “waiting I fully support to have sex is a any two — or nice idea, but more — conno one really senting adults does.” who would We live like to engage in a generain sexual tion that has EMILY WILKINS intercourse in vowed to be any form they open-minded chose. about sex. But what shouldn’t be norWomen speak out against being categorized as “sluts” mal is the pressure. What shouldn’t be normal because they have slept with multiple partners. The LGBT are people who regret their community speaks out against fi rst time, or second time or categorizing love bet ween that night last weekend. What shouldn’t be normal someone with the anatomy of a man and someone with the are people feeling ashamed because they haven’t been in anatomy of a woman.

a position where sex was comfortable, desirable, consensual and safe. What shouldn’t be normal is the idea that sex is such an essential component of life you’re not getting the full college experience without it. People pick different reasons to have sex. Some wait for “the” right person. I am waiting for “a” right person. Some people need only wait for themselves to be ready. There’s nothing wrong with any of that. The most important thing — whether you have had zero partners or 200 — is that you are secure enough with yourself to stand by your decisions. Don’t let your roommate, your priest, your friends, your coworkers, your siblings — anyone — tell you when or what you should be doing in a very private and personal aspect of your life.

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Be true to yourself, especially when you feel the pressure. Because if you cave to pressure — I don’t care how good the sex is — eventually, you are going to feel like crap. Trust the virgin — you can have a great dating life, and even a great bedroom life, without having sex. Your non-v irgin f riends will not abandon you (at least not the ones worthy of your friendship). You can have a complete college experience without ever having to worry about a broken condom or who is going to pay $50 for the Plan B. You can find love, you can feel sexy, you can be healthy without sex. Unless you are in the porn industry — and even then — sex doesn’t define who you are. Knowing that and sticking to it under pressure — that’s pretty climatic right there.


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Lollapalooza roster is a hit and miss Like many other college students, I have spent weeks anticipating this year’s lineup release for Lollapalooza with the tenacity of a small child on Christmas Eve. Many of my friends are veterans of the festival and already had planned to take the trip out to Chicago, regardless of the performers. But having never been to Lollapalooza — or any large music festival, for that matter — every musician counted. When the full lineup for Lollapalooza, which runs August 2-4, finally was released Monday, I was both pleasantly surprised and confused by the headliners. Having seen The Killers in December in Ypsilanti, Mich., I was blown away by their energy and would love nothing more than to see them again. I also have become a huge fan of Mumford and Sons’ music, both past and present, and have watched countless videos of their live shows like a full-blown addict. Their current popularity aside, I have nothing but respect and love for both bands. But The Cure … not so much. Granted, the group had its share of intense fans throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s.

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But in 2013, The Cure seems a little outdated for such a popular festival, to say the least. In terms of including some of my favorite artists, day one of the festival hits the nail on the head. With muses, such as Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Rey and Band of Horses, it’s a win-win for me. While Imagine Dragons recently has been on the fast track to musical fame, Band of Horses has been a personal favorite since my high school-hipster days. My obsession with Lana Del Rey began more than a year ago and has grown exponentially ever since. After her tour across Europe, I’m excited to see the crooning singer venture west of New York City to perform. Day two keeps the anticipation running, mixing up the list with Matt & Kim and The Lumineers. Though their funky sound hasn’t completely catapulted them to stardom just yet, Matt & Kim will be a sight to see. After missing out on seeing Kendrick Lamar in Detroit early this fall, I’m envious of anyone who gets to see him take the stage Saturday. The lineup seems to lose a bit of momentum with day three, with smaller bands taking up the bulk of the day. 2 Chainz, of course, will be the exception. While his collaborations never fail to make me laugh, I’m intrigued as to how he’d take to riding solo. The lineup also includes Tegan and Sara, who I love but already have seen live, as well as Vampire Weekend, an old favorite of mine who I have heard put on an increasingly underwhelming show. But with Frontier Ruckus, a folk band made up partially of MSU alumni added to the mix, it might be enough to turn the day around.


MSU Theatre Department’s Director of Dance Sherrie Barr teaches during her dance technique class Friday at IM Sports-Circle. Barr recently announced her resignation.

MSU Dance director resigns, leaves legacy By Katie Abdilla THE STATE NEWS ■■

When Sherrie Barr became the director of dance at MSU seven years ago, she had a large undertaking to fulfill. With the dance program becoming notorious for bouncing around a slew of departments, Barr sought to secure its relevance as a discipline. Most importantly, she wanted to change people’s minds and help them embrace dance as its own body of knowledge with history and tradition. “A lot of stereotypes of dance, both good and bad, come out of reality TV,” Barr said. “People sometimes think of dance as skills and tricks and competitions. Dance is a cultural art form, and it reflects and speaks to society.” Despite having several accomplishments under her belt, such as aiding the incorporation of dance as a minor at MSU, Barr has decided to resign. Although she is sad about STYLE FILE

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expression. “East Lansing is going for the image of ‘City of the Arts,’ and with dance, that is a cornerstone art,” Bond said. “Sherrie has made dance her life. Just that whole vitality behind the dance program is what makes it so accessible to students, and that passion translates to us and makes us want to carry forward her vision.” Within the classroom, Barr said she loved nothing more than seeing her students progress. “I enjoy the gratification of seeing my students grow and change and share my passion,” she said. “I’m not an easy teacher at all. I’m pretty hard-nosed, and I demand a lot.” When the time came, Barr also enjoyed sharing in their victories. In March, she brought students along to the Humanities Education and Research Association


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leaving the university, Barr said it became nearly impossible to handle the department on her own, partnered with being the adviser for Orchesis, a student dance organization. “Since I’ve gotten here, I’ve pushed for another person (in the department),” Barr said. “To keep going with the program, to keep it status quo with everything we do, there needs to be two full-time people, and it’s just not happening.” When her decision became known, it sent a shock wave through the department. Kirk Domer, the department chair of the MSU Department of Theatre, said he has been in awe of Barr’s abilities from the start. “I will very openly say she is one of the finest teachers I’ve ever seen in the classroom,” Domer said. “She exudes an energy that people want to learn from.” Psychology junior Thomas Bond came to Barr as a freshman in 2011, looking for ways to further incorporate dance into his life. With her departure, Bond said East Lansing and MSU will lose some sense of artistic

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Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is an 8 — Others wonder if you’re ready for more responsibility; get prepared for inspection over the next two days, and show your stuff. Reinforce the structure. Working at home is a good thing.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is an 8 — Things could get profitable, although it’s not a good time to gamble. If you’ve played by the rules, you’ll get good references. Delve into details, and work within the system.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is a 7 — Free your imagination (but not your purse strings, at least not to outside interests). Creative energy abounds. You’re developing good habits. Travel is appealing but not without peril. Don’t share information with friends yet.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is a 7 — Keep recycling and save. Buy in bulk and save more. Choose secure investments now. Don’t fall for a trick or get your hopes up. Conditions are unstable. Add structure. Include friends in a celebration.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) Today is an 8 — For the next two days, study money. Negotiate without being impetuous. Changes are proposed. There’s a choice to make. Re-evaluate your goals. Do what you promised. Cash in chips you’ve been holding.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is an 8 — Combine two old ideas into a new one. Don’t apply new skills at work yet. Organize the information. A gentle approach works best now. Seclusion aids your thought process. Postpone travel; focus on home improvement.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) Today is an 8 — You’ll have more help. Finish a shopping trip and a lesson. Check for authenticity. Spend time with your partner. Finish up old business. Listen graciously.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is a 7 — Your smarter self emerges as if from a cocoon. Research the details. Resist the temptation to make expensive promises. Assume authority. Dress for the part you want.

Conference in Houston to present research. After Barr received recognition for her work at the conference, communication senior Hayley Shannon said it couldn’t have been more well-deserved. “With her being such a humble person, I don’t think she realizes the impact she makes and how immensely the work she does is felt,” Shannon said. “It felt really gratifying as her student just to see people give her that acknowledgment.” Bond said Barr has become a sort of mother figure during the years — one who will be missed. “With Sherrie, you get exactly what she wants you to get,” he said. “I always admired that so much about her. There are lots of different hats that she wears, but it’s always Sherrie under the hat.”

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Today is a 9 — Today and tomorrow are good for making money. Re-check the bottom line, and cash flow improves. Find out what needs to be changed. Resolve a disagreement about priorities. Use your secret ingredient. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is a 7 — Take on a leadership role. Do the research before discarding. Take careful, measured actions. New evidence threatens complacency. Rely on another’s expertise. Keep a secret. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is an 8 — Somehow, you just know what’s needed. Anxiety could push you to act too soon. Get an update, and review plans. Cost overruns or unexpected circumstances may require attention. Throw the party after the job’s done. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is an 8 — Launch your next adventure soon, as long as it’s solidly grounded in reality and includes partnership. Fantasies may have to be delayed. Face a challenge or barrier. Committees are effective today and tomorrow.





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MSU READY FOR HOME OPENER Neal prepares for regionals for final time AGAINST CENTRAL MICHIGAN By Zach Smith

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Nine days ago, Chase Rihtarchik was on top of the world. In his second start since coming off an injury that forced him to miss the 2012 season, the junior pitcher Rihtarchik (2-0, 1.47 ERA) threw a complete-game no-hitter to lead the Spartans to a 3-2 victory against Oakland. It was the first no-hitter from the MSU baseball program since Nolan Moody in 2009, earning Rihtarchik Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors. Yet in baseball, a pitcher only is as good as his most recent start. Rihtarchik will toe the rubber for the first time since his no-hit gem at 3:05 p.m. today as the Spartans (15-8 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) host Central Michigan (11-14, 2-4 Mid-American Conference) at McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field. “Those guys understand that that kind of stuff doesn’t happen every day, and it was something that he’ll obviously remember for the rest of his life and was something really special to be a part of,” MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. said of Rihtarchik. “Our guys understand that when you play this game, you can be good one day but if you don’t bring your best stuff the next day, it might not go so well.” Since opening the season with a 6-7 record, the Spartans have reeled off nine wins in 10 games, including two of three in the team’s Big Ten opening series against Ohio State (16-8, 4-2). After several weeks of sub-par baseball weather, opening day at McLane Baseball Stadium is long overdue. The Spartans have had five games postponed or cancelled

this season and have battled snow and cold weather even on their early season southern tour. The playing condition of the field rendered it unusable last week in the makeshift season home opener with the Chippewas. MSU Sports Turf Manager Amy Fouty did not immediately return a call for comment on the field condition, but Boss said he expects it to be game ready. “It’s kind of an anomaly I guess because last year, it was 80 degrees at this time,” he said. “You never quite know what you’re going to get weather-wise so it’s something north teams have to play in and it is what it is and we have to be ready to play.” Getting into the thick of the schedule, the Spartans now are slated to play 20 games in the month of April, which includes the Crosstown Showdown with the Lansing Lugnuts on April 11 and the Clash at Comerica with the Chippewas on April 17. The schedule will allow the team to continue to find its stroke at the plate as the team is ranked fifth in the Big Ten in batting average with a .275 mark — 50 points lower than the fourthplace Buckeyes. At the plate and on the hill, Boss said his expectation for this upcoming week is for his team to build consistency to maintain its winning ways. “We’re not expecting that but ultimately expecting some consistency out of our guys,” Boss said. “We did not play well at all on Saturday and so, you know, hopefully we can find, as we settle in to things up here, find some consistency and string a few together.”


Taira Neal has battled through four elbow surgeries , an Achilles tendon surgery and scoliosis in her back to become one of the best vaulters in the country. Now, in her fi nal season, the senior captain has one more shot to perform well on Saturday at NCAA Regionals in Tuscaloosa, Ala. “I’m feeling good, I’m ready to go,” Neal said. “I’m excited to do vault because it’s my best event. It should be fi ne.”

Neal hit her career high on vault, 9.925, twice and registered a 9.9 during the Big Ten Championships Neal didn’t practice all of last week after tweaking her ankle earlier in the season, and being in and out of a walking boot the last few weeks. She tied her career-high score of 9.925 on vault twice this season, and posted a 9.9 Regional Qualifying Score. On a team of eight freshmen and four sophomores, head coach Kathie Klages said Neal used the adversity she had to overcome in her career to become a better leader. “She had to take all these young kids and mentor them and get them through this season, and it was difficult,” Klages said. “She did an outstanding job. We’re

“I’m feeling good, I’m ready to go. I’m excited to do vault because it’s my best event. It should be fine.” Taira Neal, senior gymnast

really proud of her leadership and what she brought to the table.” Klages said the coaches are proud of the athletes Neal has helped develop, but they are more impressed with how she’s handled herself and the person she’s become. Neal was named Second Team All-Big Ten for the second consecutive year last month after fi nishing the year with six vault titles. Freshman Nicola Deans said Neal has been a mentor throughout the season because the two have similar strengths. “When I fi rst came here, I had a little bit of trouble, and I saw I lot of things that I was learning throughout the year,” Deans said. “She was a good example and someone who was there to talk to. Pretty much since I’ve been here, she’s been someone I look up to during practice.” Deans said Neal has the mental aspect of the sport perfected and passes her knowledge to the team easily, even when she’s not training everyday. Now that the team’s season is done, and all that’s left to do is help out the gymnasts heading to regionals, Deans said her role has changed into more of support and encouragement. “Trying to be there in the gym, even if I’m just riding the bike, to show support,” Deans said. “It’s kind of nice to have peo-


Senior Taira Neal lands after performing her balance beam routine for the Big Ten Championships March 23 at Jenison Field House. The team placed seventh overall with a score of 195.45.

ple around, have people talk to them, because it’s not like t he nor ma l sit uat ion for them.” Neal said this year’s squad was one of the best, most unified teams she’s been on since arriving at MSU, and the fun atmosphere helped her be a better captain and teammate. To make it to the NCA A Championships in Los Ange-

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les, Klages said Neal essentially will need a 9.9 or perfect 10, an outcome both coaches and teammates believe could happen. “It’s all going to depend on how good the vault is at that moment,” Klages said. “We know she can pull one out to where it’s a 9.9 to a 10.0, we know that’s feasible. That challenge is difficult, but it’s not impossible.”

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Best Overall Restaurant Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub

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Charlie Kang’s

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Beggar’s Banquet has been serving the MSU community for 40 years. Be sure to stop in to try our breakfast or a burger and one of our 20 craft brews!

Rice Kitchen, Second Place P.F. Chang’s, Third Place

Sparty’s, Second Place Denny’s, Third Place

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Best Burger

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The Peanut Barrel

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Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub is family owned by an MSU grad for 15 years and is award winning for food (for all ages) and fresh brews, like Spartan Wheat. Harper’s and its down under sister venue are philanthropicallydriven, raising $80,000 during the past few years and completely green with a total recycling system for by-products and grain from brewing.

Sansu Sushi, Second Place Pizza House, Third Place

The Peanut Barrel was founded in 1973 by Gordon and Carol Smith in East Lansing. The Peanut Barrel is known for its burgers, peanuts, friendly staff and talented kitchen team, creating delicious food with love and care. Come on in and enjoy their bar or sit on the patio and enjoy some good times, drinks, and food.

Five Guys Burger and Fries, Second Place Beggar’s Banquet, Third Place


Family owned since 1987.

Biggby Coffee

Founded in 1995 on the campus of MSU, BIGGBY COFFEE has created a welcoming and all together fun coffee house experience with connoisseur-worthy, espresso based drinks, such as the Teddy Bear and Caramel Marvel. With a wide selection of iced and tea lattes, along with frozen smoothies and baked goods, BIGGBY is the perfect study spot and meeting place for students with two convenient locations at MSU.

Espresso Royale, Second Place Grand River Coffee Café, Third Place

Best Bakery Chapelure 4750 S. Hagadorn Rd. East Lansing 517.333.7172

As Chapelure opened in 2008, we dedicated ourselves in serving exquisite cakes, fine pastries and danishes, which are all freshly baked daily in-house, served alongside our gourmet coffee. We want to thank you MSU community for voting us “Best Bakery” and “Best Dessert!”

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• Players must be at least 14 years old • $5 per player • Goalies are FREE! • Sign up begins 45 min. prior to the session.

11:20am - 12:20pm 11:20am - 12:20pm 11:20am - 12:20pm 10:00am - 11:00am

4B The Best of MSU | Th e State Ne ws | tuesday, a pr il 2, 2013 | state n e Best Dessert Chapelure 4750 S. Hagadorn Rd. East Lansing 517.333.7172 See “Best Bakery”

Insomnia Cookies, Second Place MSU Dairy Store, Third Place

Work at The State News this summer

Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub, State News File Photo



Leasing for Fall 2013

The Best of MSU







Moe’s Southwest Grill

Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub

2970 Towne Center Blvd. 517.485.3779 BRAVO! specializes its Italian menu on a broad choice of fresh, made-to-order, authentic Italian food for lunch or dinner as well as creative, seasonal specials, Italian take-out and event catering.

DeLuca’s, Second Place Emil’s, Third Place


4790 S. Hagadorn, Hannah Plaza 517.336.0033 Family owned and operated for more than 25 years. Great atmosphere with full bar, 24 beers on tap and 20 TV’s to watch your favorite sporting event. Famous for award winning Chicago Deep Dish and traditional pizza! Also serving pasta, burgers, wings, selection of salads, shakes, and desserts. Plenty of parking in the Hannah plaza. Dining room and delivery open until 4 a.m. Be sure to visit pizzahouse. com for full delivery, dine in menu and specials.

Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub, Second Place Conrad’s, Third Place

BEST MEAL UNDER $5 Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub See “Best Overall Restaurant”

Peanut Barrel, Second Place Jimmy John’s, Third Place


111 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing 517.351.1600

Sultan’s Second Place Aladdin’s, Third Place

551 E. Grand River Ave 517.580.3441

See “Best Overall Restaurant”

Every meal includes free chips and salsa. Come in and check out our new Coke Freestyle machine.

El Azteco, Second Place Cancun Mexican Grill, Third Place

BEST PIZZA Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub

Sansu, Second Place Pizza House, Third Place


See “Best Late Night”

Jimmy John’s, Second Place Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub, Third Place

See “Best Overall Restaurant”


Georgio’s, Second Place Cottage Inn, Third Place

Outback Steakhouse

BEST PLACE TO BE SPOILED BY YOUR PARENTS Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub See “Best Overall Restaurant”

Pizza House, Second Place Sansu, Third Place


Brody Hall, Harrison Ave. Opp. Kellogg Center 517-355-7470

Hours of Operation: Sunday: 11-9, MondayThursday: 4-10, Friday: 4-11, Saturday: 11-11

Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub, Second Place Harrison Roadhouse, Third Place


529 E. Grand River Ave, East Lansing 517.333.0804 We would like to thank all the students at MSU for voting us “Best Sushi” and all of our customers for choosing us to dine in! We hope to keep you coming back for more Suish-ya!

Despite its impressive size and scope, Brody Square offers guests a personal experience with menu options that cater to individual guest lifestyles. With fresh and diverse menus overseen by an executive chef, nine different food venues, partnerships with local restaurants, a demonstration kitchen to educate and entertain, Brody Square appeals to students in a fresh, trendy and exciting manner.

The Gallery, Second Place MSU Dairy Store, Third Place


4880 Marsh Road, Okemos 517.381.1704

Omi, Second Place Ai Fusion, Third Place

BEST THAI Thai Princess

1754 Central Park Drive, Okemos 517.381.558

Thai 102, Second Place Taste of Thai, Third Place

Everything we do at Citizens Bank is centered around one thing – the communities we serve. That’s why we are extremely proud to be recognized among the Best of MSU by the readers of The State News. THANK YOU. We couldn’t have done it without you – our many caring clients and dedicated employees. To speak to your very own Citizens Banker, call (800) 676-6276.

Brody Neighborhood Voted Best On-campus Living

Brody Square Voted Best Place to Eat on Campus Thank you for voting! We promise to keep doing our part to live up to it!



6B The Best of MSU | TH E STATE NE WS | TU ESDAY, A PR IL 2, 2013 | STATE N E WS.COM BEST WINGS Wings Over East Lansing

The Peanut Barrel, Second Place Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub, Third Place

Serving the “Best Wings” since the summer of 2006.


Buffalo Wild Wings, Second Place Pizza House, Third Place

See “Best Overall Restaurant”

1391 E. Grand River Ave, East Lansing 517.332.5555

The State News is hiring Account Executives for this summer Go to to apply All applications must be received before 5 p.m. on April 12.

Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub Rick’s, Second Place Dublin Square, Third Place


210 Abbot Road, East Lansing 517.332.2959 p.t.omalleys.eastlansing

There is no place, near this place, like this place. So this must be, THE PLACE. GO GREEN!

Beads just $40 with this ad!

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US ONE OF THE BEST! HOURS: M-F 10-7PM SAT 10-5PM | 517.337.7446 201 E. Grand River, between Ned’s & Noodles & Co.

BEST EAST LANSING BAR Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub See “Best Overall Restaurant”

PT O’Malley’s, Second Place Dublin Square, Third Place

The Best of MSU Best Happy Hour/ Drink Specials Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub See “Best Overall Restaurant”

Beggar’s Banquet, Second Place Stober’s Cocktail Lounge, Third Place

Best Karaoke Crunchy’s 254 W. Grand River, East Lansing 517.351.2506

We are Mid-Michigan’s ORIGINAL craft beer bar and home to the best burgers and pizza in town!

Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub, Second Place The Riv, Third Place

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Best Lansing Bar – Tied!

Best Margarita

Avenue Café

El Azteco

2021 East Michigan Ave, Lansing 517.853.0550 avenuecafe2021 on Facebook

The Avenue Café is a one-of-a-kind venue featuring great food, a full bar and live entertainment. We specialize in parties of 300 people.


225 Ann St, East Lansing, 517.351.9111

Cancun Mexican Grill, Second Place Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub, Third Place

Green Door 2005 E Michigan Ave, Lansing 517.482.6376

The Green Door is Lansing’s premiere venue for live entertainment. Full service bar & restaurant w/ an upper scale bar menu, open seven days a week! Lansing’s best live music, DJs and an Internet jukebox. Always something going on at the Green Door!

Stober’s Cocktail Lounge, Second Place

Best Apartment Complex The Lodges of East Lansing 2700 Hannah Blvd. East Lansing 517.333.3220

The Lodges is East Lansing’s premier student housing offering individual leases, shuttle bus to campus, private bedrooms/bathrooms and resort style amenities! Contact us today to live in luxury in East Lansing’s best!

Abbott Place, Second Place Chandler Crossings, Third Place

Best On Campus Housing Brody Complex 104 Brody 517.355.7480

Campus Living Services and Residence Life is here to make your college experience the best that it can be. When you live on, you have access to various living choices, unlimited dining, engagement center services on-site, full time staff members and much more.

South Neighborhood, Second Place East Neighborhood, Third Place Crunchy’s, State News File Photo





NCG Cinemas

Everything we do at Citizens Bank is centered around one thing—the communities we serve. That’s why we are extremely proud to be recognized among the Best of the Best by the readers of The State News.

NCG Cinema is the closest megaplex theater to MSU, offering the latest technology and free refills on all sizes of pop and popcorn.

517.337.4208 1331 E. Grand River Ave. East Lansing

Chase, Second Place PNC Bank, Third Place

Studio C!, Second Place Sun Theater-Williamston, Third Place




2500 Showtime Dr. 517.316.9100

Munn Ice Arena

See “Best Unique Business”

The Record Lounge

Student Book Store

421 E. Grand River Ave. 517.351.4210

For more than 50 years the Student Book Store has served the MSU community. More than books, we outfit you for life.

111 Division St. East Lansing 517.574.5889

Come visit the only ALL-VINYL record shop in East Lansing where you can find posters, new and used vinyl and vintage stereo systems.

Bake n’ Cakes, Second Place Message and Wellness, Third Place

Sundance Jewelry, Second Place Campus Street Sportswear, Third Place

BEST NEW BUSINESS – TIED! Plush Consignments

133 W Grand River. Ave. Williamston, MI 517.992.5020

Women’s consignment clothing store for women sizes 12 and up. Thank you for voting us “Best New Business!”

Red Cedar Café

1331 E. Grand River Ave. East Lansing 517.333.7366 Owner and Lansing native, Angie Anderson, invites you in for breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring daily made baked goods, made to order sandwiches, soups and more!

Bagger Dave’s, Second Place China Tong, Third Place

“ Butter Makes it Better.”


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BEST OF 2013

205 M.A.C. Avenue East Lansing Next to Potbelly

517-897-1499 -OR-


East Oak Square East Lansing 2843 East Grand River

517-33-CLIPS Monday thru Friday 9am-9pm. Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm East Oak Square & 12pm-5pm 205 M.A.C.


$8.99 HAIRCUT!




The Best of MSU

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Best Gym Recreational Sports 517.355.5250

MAC, Second Place Powerhouse Gym, Third Place

The State News is hiring Graphic Designers for this summer Best Bike/ Scooter Shop MSU Bikes Service Center MSU Bikes Services Center, State News File Photo

Best Place to Study Grand River Coffee Café 515 W. Grand River Ave, East Lansing 517.333.7090

MSU Main Library, Second Place Espresso Royale, Third Place

Best Student Publication State News 435 E. Grand River Ave. 517.432.3000

The Big Green, Second Place ING Magazine, Third Place

Best Unique Business Munn Ice Arena 517.353.4698 1 Chestnut Rd. East Lansing

Munn Ice Arena, the home of Michigan State Hockey, and your home for the most fun on ice.

The Record Lounge, Second Place Flat Black & Circular, Third Place

517.432.3400 B10 Bessey Hall, On the N.River Tr., 300 ft. W. of Farm Ln. Bridge, East Lansing Thanks for voting for MSU Bikes as the “Best Bike Shop!” We’re the convenient on-campus bike shop for all your bicycling needs—new and used bikes for sale and rent, repairs and accessories. Now a part of the MSU Surplus Store where many more bikes are available for sale!

Velocipede Peddler, Second Place The Bike Shop, Third Place

Go to to apply All applications must be received before 5 p.m. on April 12.


10B The Best of MSU | TH E STATE NE WS | TU ESDAY, A PR IL 2, 2013 | STATE N E WS.COM BEST MASSAGE Massage and Wellness

517.203.1113 201 1/2 Grand River Ave. Suite 19. East Lansing Open seven days a week, flexible hours, walk-ins welcome! $49/hr student rate. @MassageWellness, massageandwellnessEL.

Douglas J Aveda, Second Place


517.897.1499 • 517.333.8440 205 MAC • 2843 E. Grand River

Great Clips is your place for all you salon needs! Stop by our new location on M.A.C. or make an appointment on our online check

(Great Clips cont.) in app. 205 M.A.C. Ave: M-F 9a.m.-9p.m., Sat 9a.m.-6p.m., Sun 12p.m.-5p.m., East Oak Square: M-F 9a.m.-9p.m., Sat 9a.m.-6p.m., Sun 11a.m.-4p.m.

Massage and Wellness, Second Place Douglas J Aveda, Third Place


517.203.4485 & 517.575.6961 109 E. Grand River Ave & 4790 S. Hagadorn Rd, East Lansing

J2 Tanning has created a new image for tanning salons in the Lansing area. With seven locations, our guests can conveniently use their package wherever they might be.

V.I.P Tanning, Second Place Bronze Bay, Third Place



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Bancroft Flowers

A cute and trendy boutique-style store with reasonable prices!

B/A Florist, Second Place Smith Floral and Greenhouse, Third Place

517.336.7000 213 E. Grand River Ave. East Lansing

Plato’s Closet, Second Place Urban Outfitters, Third Place


BEST BOOKSTORE Collegeville Textbook Company

517.922.0013 321 E. Grand River Ave. East Lansing

Collegeville Textbook Company is locally owned and operated by former MSU students. With more than 90 combined years of experience with Michigan State University textbooks, Collegeville is the best place to get the right books for your class at the right price.

Curious Book Shop, Second Place Student Book Store, Third Place


517.993.5575 209 E. Grand River Ave. East Lansing

Here at Verizon Wireless, great customer service is just the start of helping everyone in the East Lansing community. We offer special discounts for students, staff and other local establishments. Stop in today and let us help you get the coverage and service you deserve. Open Monday-Saturday 10 am-8 pm and Sunday-11 a.m.-6 p.m.

AT&T, Second Place Sprint, Third Place

2775 East Grand River Ave. 517.337.9253

Hobby Lobby is the place to shop with super selection, super savings... everyday!

Michael’s, Second Place Sundance Jewelry, Third Place



517.371.4120 1417 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing


517.332.2090 443 Mall Ct, Lansing Charter Township

Goodrich, Second Place Meijer, Third Place


517.324.3434 119 E. Grand River Ave. East Lansing

Target, Second Place Bed, Bath & Beyond, Third Place

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BEST Chinese Restaurant 127.E Grand River Ave.


12B The Best of MSU | TH E STATE NE WS | TU ESDAY, A PR IL 2, 2013 | STATE N E WS.COM BEST PARTY STORE Big Ten Party Stores

1108 E. Grand River Ave.,East Lansing 517.337.7572

Norm and the rest of the Big Ten sta thank you for your loyal support. We enjoy serving you all and the laughs, keep it up Spartans, GO GREEN GO WHITE!


517.853.0400 Meridian Mall-Okemos

Playmakers, Second Place Moosejaw, Second Place

Quality Dairy, Second Place Tom’s Party Store, Third Place


517.316.7963 2800 Town Center Blvd, Eastwood Towne Center, Lansing Charter Township DSW is the destination for savvy shoe lovers everywhere. Stop by for the best brands in women’s and men’s dress, casual and athletic shoes.

Playmakers, Second Place Footgear, Third Place The State News is hiring Distribution Drivers for this summer Go to to apply by April 5

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