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Just more than a year after MSU freshman Olivia Pryor was found dead in her dorm room, Eastpointe, Mich., resident Marquez Cannon pled guilty to raping her before her death. On Wednesday afternoon Pryor i n M a s on’s 30th Circuit Court, Cannon accepted a plea bargain, admitting to one count of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree for assaulting Pryor.


Eastpointe, Mich., resident Marquez Dominique Cannon, 18, appears in court to accept a plea bargin Wednesday at Mason’s 30th Circuit Court.



Cannon, 18, was one of two suspects arrested after Pryor was found dead by her roommate in her South Hubbard Hall dorm room on March 19, 2012. Cannon and Detroit resident Dishon Ambrose were visiting the two girls and playing drinking games in their room before things turned sour. Alcohol was determined to be a factor in Pryor’s death. Between the four of them, two bottles of tequila were consumed, Pryor’s roommate previously testified. The roommate said she saw Pryor unconscious and unclothed from the waste down with Cannon standing above her. She said Cannon later sexually assaulted her in her shower. The roommate then had consensual sex with

Ambrose, while Cannon went to sleep and Pryor remained unconscious on the floor. After the men left in the morning, the roommate discovered Pryor was dead. In exchange for accepting a plea bargain, charges for allegedly providing Pryor and her roommate alcohol and assaulting the roommate were dropped. Cannon previously faced two counts of criminal sexual conduct in August 2012 for the alleged rape of Pryor and her roommate and for furnishing or selling alcohol to a minor resulting in death. “A 10-year felony and a 15-year penalty were dropped for him to plead for a life-offense felony,” Ingham County Assistant Pros-

ecutor Bill Crino said after the trial. During the trial, Cannon admitted to having non-consensual sex with Pryor. “I entered my penis into her vagina,” he said in court, admitting he knew Pryor was intoxicated and injured, making his sexual encounter with Pryor illegal. Cannon said it was wrong to have sex with Pryor, and he accepted the plea bargain. On May 8, Cannon will be sentenced to at least six years in prison, with Ingham County Circuit Court Judge William Collette having final say on his maximum sentence, Crino said. The maximum penalty for Cannon’s See TRIAL on page 2 X

ASMS-WHO? Group seeks to break into student-consciousness next week By Robert Bondy

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Michigan’s right-to-work law will face some heat in the courts next week after an Ingham County judge ruled Wednesday to hear a case against the controversial legislation. Ingham County Circuit Court Judge William Collette rejected Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, filed against the state of Michigan. The ACLU accused the state of violating the Open Meetings Act by closing the Capitol on Dec. 6 while the Michigan Legislature discussed the right-to-work bill. If the courts find the restricted discussions violated federal and state law, the right-to-work legislation could be invalidated. The act requires taxpayerfunded organizations, such as the MSU Board of Trustees or the Michigan Legislature, keep meetings open to the public. See LAWSUIT on page 2 X

hen the title of ASMSU, the undergraduate student government, is brought up across the nearly 37,000 undergraduate students, the average student might answer the question with ‘Are those the concert guys?’ or give a response similar to supply chain management freshman Brandon Griffith — “I know absolutely nothing.”


Communication and public relations junior Greg Rokisky, center left, and food industry management junior Kevin Chung, center right, watch as a presentation is given during the ASMSU meeting March 28 at Student Services. ASMSU meets on a weekly basis to discuss issues on campus and throughout the community.

But ASMSU is hoping to change that next week. With elections starting next Monday, ASMSU will garner more attention from students, such as Griffith, but how many students are aware of the services provided or that they are funding both the group’s services and paychecks out of their own pockets? Last year, less than 10 percent of undergraduate students voted during election week. Based off Griffith’s comments and other students’ responses, it appears there might be a substantial amount of students who refer to the undergraduate student government as ASMS-who? See ASMSU on page 2 X

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The Residential and Hospitality Services, or RHS, is recommending a 3.9 percent increase in room and board rates for the 2013-14 academic year in the plan presented at a meeting of the Residence Halls Association, or RHA, Wednesday. The increase is the lowest in 13 years, RHS Chief Financial Officer Bob Patterson said at the meeting. The cost for a full year in a dorm would increase by about $330 if the plan is approved. Last year, for the 2012-13 school year, rates increased by 3.95 percent. The plan officially will be sent to the MSU Board of Trustees next week for approval, but RHS presents the plan early every year to RHA at the direction of MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. CALEB NORDGREN

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Macklemore performs during his set on March 19. The Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert was presented to students by ASMSU, and the artists’ third time in the Lansing area.

Journalism sophomore Jennifer Swanchara goes on air during her live DJ session Dec. 5, 2012, at Impact 89FM in Holden Hall. ASMSU reviewed the radio station’s student tax funding.

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Chief of Staff Katie Gross and Director of Communications and Event Planning Kiran Samara set up a table during the ASMSU kickoff meeting in August 2012.


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Police brief Awards offered for furniture fires in EL East Lansing police are offering reward money in return for information regarding 12 fires started following MSU’s loss to Duke in the NCAA Tournament last Friday. The department is offering $500 for each tip that leads to the arrest and conviction of an individual involved with the fires, according to a police press release. East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy said the department has offered rewards in the past for similar information regarding fires involved with riots. “It seems more and more that every time something happens, whether we win or lose … people start these fires,” Murphy said. “It’s a negative thing for the city, the university and the students.” Those with information on the fires are encouraged to call East Lansing police at 517-319-6884 or email elpdtips@ with their tip and phone number. Check out for a map including locations and times of the fires. DARCIE MORAN

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Student taxes provide paycheck for ASMSU leaders FROM PAGE ONE

Where does your money go? ASMSU is supported by the undergraduate student tax, which provides the student government with $18 per student per semester. With these funds, ASMSU provides a handful of services, such as entertainment, legal services, bluebooks and newspapers. The undergraduate student government also uses tax funds to pay the yearly salaries for the executive staff. All of ASMSU’s employees are paid from the student tax, said ASMSU’s President Evan Martinak. Legislative representatives, who make up ASMSU’s general assembly, are not considered ASMSU employees and are unpaid. The president is the highest paid position, with a yearly salary of $9,360, and the six vice president positions and chief of staff are the second highest salaries, allocating each position $7,992 yearly, according to ASMSU sal-

ary reports. While Martinak confirmed the salaries haven’t increased in the past four years, supply chain management sophomore Colton Rupp changed his tone toward the student government after finding out his money goes toward paying a peer. “It kind of changes now,” Rupp said. “If the money was benefiting us, like if it was going into us, I’d be okay with it. If the university paid them, then I’d be okay.”

staff, understands the challenge of reaching out to students. Singh said not only was connecting with students difficult during his time with ASMSU in the early 1990s, but sees similar issues at the local and state level in connecting with constituents. “That was always a challenge with ASMSU,” Singh said. “It’s no different from local governments and state governments. I think these are natural issues for those organizations who (are) representing their community.” ASMSU is shooting to improve upon last year’s 8.7 percent undergraduate student-voter turnout, with plenty of emphasis on getting as many students to the polls as possible next week. The group has planned a meet-and-greet carnival for Sunday afternoon to kick off election week. “There is a belief out there amongst some people, that the greater the vote turnout, the more representative or legitimate the student government is of the student body,” Martinak said.

Why no love? It is no secret ASMSU can be overlooked by many undergraduate students across campus, and Martinak understands some students don’t have time to recognize the organization’s efforts. “As undergraduate students, we have a lot going on,” Martinak said. “All students gravitate to their own little spheres on campus, so maybe some of the things ASMSU (does isn’t) immediately relevant to what it is going on in their lives.” Martinak said while ASMSU’s benefits might not be constant for students, in the long run they can prove to be relevant and important. State Rep. Sam Singh, D-East Lansing, a former ASMSU chief of

What can ASMSU do for you? While ASMSU might not be as well-known to the average student, university officials said the organization has a strong impact

place on the House or Senate floor during the closure of the Capitol that was a secret,” she said. Brya said the public had access to the proceedings because the media was present to report what happened. ACLU attorney Michael Pitt said House Democrats asked presiding officers to suspend deliberation on the bills until the public could fully participate in the process. Collette mentioned reading news articles revealing the Michigan Legislature attempted to take seats in the gallery as early as 8 a.m. — hours before rightto-work discussions began. “I can’t believe that people who were not ordered to be there would be there four hours ahead,” Collette said. “I’ve never even gone to a Spartan football game that early.”

MSU Graduate Employees Union President Dan Clark said he supports invalidating the right-to-work law. He said although lawmakers can create a revised law if the current is struck down, he doesn’t think similar legislation would pass again because of the turnover of lawmakers serving in the new session. “I don’t believe they have the votes now to do it, and that’s why they jammed it through the lame duck session,” Clark said. Collette ruled there was enough of a case to allege the Open Meetings Act was violated, although that doesn’t mean it actually happened. The parties will return to court next Thursday to discuss scheduling for the case proceedings.

on creating change at MSU. ASMSU has built a strong relationship with the Office of the Provost, holding meetings each month. The two have worked together on numerous bills, including the preferred student name policy that was implemented this semester. “We have a mature governance system here where the role of undergraduate and graduate students is both recognized (and) actually really respected,” Acting Provost June Youatt said. “I’ve been doing this where prequel questions are ‘Have the students been consulted, how did the students react, have students seen this?’ So, I think in our university it really has become part of the fabric of our place.” MSU Trustee George Perles said he gets the chance to personally meet with the student government leaders before every board meeting for breakfast to discuss issues. Perles considers the student organization to always be sharp and he takes their concerns seriously, he said. “They are very important,” Perles said of ASMSU. “That’s all it’s about, what the students are doing. The number one priority is always the students.”

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Michigan State Police closed the Capitol to the public for about four hours after deciding it was unsafe to let more people in. State attorneys argued the Open Meetings Act was not violated because there were people watching the proceedings inside the building after the doors closed. Assistant State Attorney General Michelle Brya said the purpose of the act is to ensure public officials don’t meet in secret and that wasn’t the case Dec. 6. “There is nothing that took


Cannon faces six years to life in prison for sexual assault FROM PAGE ONE

offense is life incarceration. With this count, he will have to register as a sex offender for life and is not eligible for probation, Collette said in court. Cannon’s defense attorney Cena White declined to comment until Cannon’s sentence. Ambrose, who was a friend of Pryor still faces charges for selling or furnishing alcohol to a minor causing death and serving as an accessory for allegedly attempting to clean up the crime scene. Ambrose’s case is on the trial docket beginning May 5, Crino said.


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As weather warms, community flocks to local parks

A new health care course for medical students will be offered in Cuban teaching hospitals and community clinics next summer, according to a university release. The course, “Community Health and Cuban Culture,” organized by MSU’s Institute of International Health, will involve two weeks of study in Havana hospitals and clinics. The course currently is planned for May 2014 and will be open to medical, public health, nursing and health science students. Currently, MSU offers a study abroad program, “Culture and Sustainable Development in Cuba,” through the University of Havana. According to the release from MSU Today, MSU representatives who met with Cuban Health Ministry officials facilitated the agreement and found opportunities with Cuban medical facilities for a research collaboration focused on tropical medicine, community health and public health.

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The park features a lot of open space, playground equipment, volleyball courts and softball fields, among other things. Lansing resident Jeremy Burrell said he enjoys taking his son, 5-year-old Zach, to Patriarche because there’s always a lot of children playing. “It’s a safe and quiet community,” he said. While playing softball with a group of friends Wednesday, jazz studies sophomore Walter Cano said they all get together at Valley Court Park, 300 Valley Court, to practice and get ready for the intramural season, among other activities. “We play frisbee … We play tennis a couple times when it’s sunny out,” he said. “We try to come out here and enjoy the weather.”


After a period of cold weather, snow in April and the overall miserableness that is the winter season, it fi nally seems like spring is here. With temperatures today expected to reach a high of 56 degrees with clear skies, according to Evan Webb, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, it will be one of the nicer days so far this year to stroll East Lansing. As with the nicer weather, more parks and gardens will be accessible for students and residents to visit. Here are some outdoor havens to check out in East Lansing and on campus.


Okemos resident Branden McClurkin, 7, runs with dogs Wednesday at Northern Tail Dog Park, 6400 Abbot Road.

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Children’s Garden The garden, wedged between the Horticultural Demonstration Gardens and the Lewis Landscape Arboretum at 1066 Bogue St., features theme gardens such as a pizza-shaped garden featuring tomatoes, peppers and oregano that make up a pizza, and a butterfly garden shaped like its namesake and lined with colorful flowers to attract the insects. It features 56 theme gardens total, with other gardens such as the Dinosaur Garden, the Alice in Wonderland Maze, Jack and the Giant’s Garden and the Perfume Garden, to name few. Norm Lownds, curator for the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden, said the idea of the gardens is to connect with children through themes that



Some East Lansing women might be switching from a night on the town to a day in the city with East Lansing’s Girls’ Day Out on April 13. Twenty-eight local businesses will participate in the event, according to a city press release. The day will include a fashion show of local apparel in the lobby of the East Lansing Marriott at University Place, 300 M.A.C Ave., and special deals and activities at stores decorated with gold and silver balloons. According to the event program, attendees can receive a number of free items from local businesses and can attend wine and beer tastings, as well as receive free massages. Free parking will be offered with a coupon at all attended parking lots and structures. For more details, visit

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make sense to them, and to make it accessible not only for children, but also for their parents. Students on the south side of campus also can stroll through the garden for a change of scenery or a break from studying before finals. “Our tagline is we want people to experience plants,” he said.

2 Patriarche Park and 3 Valley Court Park

Located at 1100 Alton St., Patriarche Park recently received a $300,000 grant from the Michigan Natural Resource Trust Fund to help fund a new playground scheduled to be ready as early as fall 2013, according to the city of East Lansing’s website. The goal is to raise $570,000 to build the structure.

4 Northern Tail Dog Park

The dog park features an open field of grass for canines and their owners to run around, play catch or exercise together. Lansing resident Jenna Fasullo said it’s nice to have a free dog park nearby that’s big enough for her dog Wilke to stretch his furry legs. “I don’t know of any other one that’s this big that’s local,” Fasullo said.

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hoplifting long has been considered a petty crime, punishable as a misdemeanor and with, at worst, a light jail sentence. But law enforcement agents are cracking down on this common form of organized crime, and a new state law could land thieves behind bars for more time than they might expect. Beginning last week, stiffer penalties — sometimes up to a five-year felony sentence — now can be levied against those convicted of shoplifting in

Michigan. A dozen circumstances now are evaluated to determine whether an individual’s acts could be categorized as “organized retail crime,” which could range from deactivating store security devices to conspiring with accomplices and receiving store goods. Michigan now is one of about 15 states to have passed special laws structured around organized shoplifting and — when you consider the growing severity of this problem — it’s hard to argue for reasons not to support such action. During the past five years, this type of crime has risen nationwide at annual rates of 3 to 4 percent. On average, shoplifters have stuck the average American household with covering an estimated $500 more each year to counteract the losses from these crimes. Increased numbers of shoplifting cases could be linked to numerous problems currently plaguing our country. As our nation struggles to overcome obstacles of rising unemployment rates and a topsy-turvy economy, it becomes easier to understand why some turn to retail fraud. Needing little skill or pre-planning, a shoplift-

“The debate basically revolved around whether employers need to implement policies regarding social media activity so that employees could face consequences at work if they post something questionable online.” — Holly Baranowski, State News reporter

er can go into a store Read the rest online at and take items, such as designer clothes, cologne, liquor or electronics, and later sell them for a profit. But more times than not, shoplifters are characterized as younger individuals who, because of boredom, decide to do something adventurous and steal from a store to attain some lev- uations this law clearly is hoping to prevent, and adds retribution to those who go out of their way el of thrill. No matter the reason, this behavior is nothing to commit a crime. to be condoned, and the stiffer punishments this It doesn’t take much deliberation to realize a pernew law imposes hopefully will eliminate some of son who collaborates with a salesperson to steal these actions from continuing. electronics or other high-value goods deserves to If there is something one can be skeptical of face up to five years in jail, but where does it leave regarding this legislation, it’s the vague wording the young teen guilty of committing a previously used to lump together those individuals who com- less-punishable offense? mit these crimes. Is the person who steals an article of clothing at Under the new law, a five-year felony sentence the mall worthy of the same degree of punishment can be handed down to anyone who commits “orga- as the previous person? nized retail crime” of “anything stolen for the purNo matter how our state decides to structure this pose of resale.” law, putting a foot down to eliminate retail crime This statement makes sense in many of the sit- is a step in the right direction.



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Flying fists rarely resolve arguments


After a brief introduction, which started with one of them flicking a cigarette at my chest, we learned that the three men before us didn’t go to MSU and, based on my best knowledge when recollecting their size, most likely were ex-convicts makAfter having my first encounter ing their way across the Midwest. As our conversations meshed with the act of fighting — an altercation with another boy at recess that, between them insulting the girl to this day, I take no responsibility we were with, taking cracks at our in provoking — my dad sat me down school and threatening our physical and told me a mindset he felt all Ols- well-being, I don’t know which part of me decided staying where I was en men should live by. “Son,” he said, “An Olsen man nev- made the most sense. Whether it was because of the er starts a fight, but he never walks advice I received way away from one.” At the time, I had back in fourth grade, or successfully followed GUEST COLUMNIST simply because I was a half the teachings victim of the moment, a from his adage. I found part of me decided staymyself in a situation in ing made sense. which someone wanted At my stature, fightto fight, and I was faced ing never is something with the two options I really process ratioeveryone in those shoes nally in my mind, and I is left with. spend a whole lot more GREG OLSEN In this fight-or-flight time avoiding those scenario, I chose the uations than looking for latter. I ran to a nearthem. by aid, did like every good coward But, in a nutshell, we stayed. We does and hid behind her leg and wait- talked back. And two punches to the ed for the punishment of my would- face later, I realized I made a critibe aggressor. cal mistake. On the surface, it was the logical When the stars finally disapsolution to a problem I wanted no peared, I found myself in a hospital part in, but the greater context of it bed, throbbing in pain and being told all stuck with me. by a doctor I had fractured my nose Why didn’t I do anything? Why in two spots. didn’t I try to stick up for myself? In the days that followed, I was Levied with the advice I received “nursed” back to health by my mom from my father, I promised myself — who made the three-hour drive something that has stuck with me down to remind her son how much ever since. If ever face-to-face with of an idiot he was — slept roughly 12 a situation like that again, I wouldn’t hours a day and ate more ice cream run away from my problems — I than I can remember ever consumwould face them head-on. ing in my lifetime. And for 15 years I never had to use Looking back, it was a horrible sitthis advice. uation to put myself in. But I think Although I technically haven’t been something important can be taken in a fight since my elementary school away from it all. days, that small detail doesn’t mean Contrary to the advice I received I have backed away from the prom- after my first run-in with defeat, I ise I made to myself. think fighting — regardless of who But, as fate would have it, Friday started it — should be the last line of night would change all that. defense for settling an argument. The evening had all the makings When it’s all said and done, the to your classic “something is bound end result is painful, embarrassing to go wrong here” scenario. and leaves you with marks that make After an evening that began with even the most polite person cringe casual drinks at Harper’s to watch the and ask you what happened. game turned into a mad dash toward But the same shouldn’t be said P.T O’Malley’s to drown our sorrows, for standing up for the things you the mindsets of my roommate and believe in. myself can go without question. Although hopefully it’s about someWe were inebriated, sure. We were thing more important than the school upset, obviously. But I can’t say we you affiliate yourself with, you nevwere up in arms to the point of want- er should be ashamed for sticking up ing to cause physical harm to any- for the people, things and ideas you one who might be doomed to cross hold close to your heart. our paths. It’s just deciding which is which Unfortunately for us — and you — that’s the hard part. likely can tell where this story is going If he wasn’t impressed with the — the same can’t be said for everyone combat display I put on that night, I’m in East Lansing that night. sure my dad at least can look down As we were making our way back and be happy with what I learned, home, we came across a group of and know I put his initial advice to people who, like us, appeared to be good use. diluting some sort of anger or frusNow let’s just hope this black eye tration they currently had going on goes away before graduation so my in their lives. mom doesn’t kill me. hen I was in fourth grade, I received some of the worst advice from my father a parent could give.

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Next time a liberal states any conservative is a Nazi, a Klansman or any other ignorant thing, I hope you show the same damning of their comments as you have singled out Agema for. He is entitled to his opinion, like it or not, just as it is the opinion of many pro-gay marriage folk who believe that anyone of religion or who disagrees with gay marriage is a bigot. I don’t see The State News, or liberals, calling out the hate speech from the left. M, April 2 via

I don’t think this is a debate about what party Agema identifies with. He made a stupid decision, posted an article that was 30 years old and should realize that he has a greater responsibility as a person of influence not to go about his business in such a manner. He looked foolish, and his fellow GOP members have voiced this sentiment. If a “liberal” was in the same position, I’m sure similar backlash would be observed. But they seem to keep their data to stuff at least collected this decade. JK Rollin,’ April 2 via

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With the end of spring semester approaching fast, students and faculty are shifting their attention to the upcoming summer semester. According to MSU Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Mike Cook, the admissions department has seen an increase of a few hundred transfer students enrolling in the summer semester this year. “This has direct correlation with transfer students trying to get into a four-year program at MSU sooner than later,” Cook said. Some students might find summer classes advantageous for catching up on classes before the fall semester starts or retaking a class they did poorly in during the fall or winter semester, especially with the availability of online courses. Journalism junior David Defever is taking a summer class through MSU for the first time this year and said he’s happy the course is offered online. “It’s nice that the course is offered online so I am able to take the course while I do my internship over the summer with MiHockeyNow,” Defever said. “Plus, I’ve heard some classes are easier to take in the summer rather than in the fall.” With the summer divided into two sessions, students also have the chance to pack in more courses — up to 32 credit hours if students enroll in 16 credits per session. But cramming the same amount of material in half the time might mean extra challenges for students taking summer classes, especially if students pick difficult courses they shied away from in the fall or spring semesters, said Gary Hoppenstand, professor of English and associate dean

“Students think they can get this hard course out of the way in the summer, and they find that it is even harder because it is so compressed.” Gary Hoppenstand, associate dean of undergraduate academic affairs at the College of Arts and Letters

of undergraduate academic affairs at the College of Arts and Letters. “Sometimes, students take the more difficult classes in the summer because they can focus on one class more than a group of classes,” Hoppenstand said. “The other side of that is if they are taking difficult material in a shortened period of time, that situation often times makes those classes even more difficult. Students think they can get this hard course out of the way in the summer, and they find that it is even harder because it is so compressed.” Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Engineering Thomas Wolff cautions students to be careful about overloading their summer class schedule. “For one hour of class, you need to spend two to three hours outside on homework and review,” Wolff said. “You have a normal three-hour class taking nine to 12 hours of your time, and if you double it up it’s 18 to 24 hours. So, taking one class is sort of like a part-time job — students need to make sure they can make time for that.” THE STATE NEWS ■■

Before heading out to the bars tonight, take a minute to look at the health benefits, or lack thereof, in some of East Lansing’s specials. Ronda Bokram, Student Health Services staff nutritionist in the Health Education Department , said there are no health benefits to alcohol, besides red wine, in moderation. Bokram said a drink is not necessarily better for you if it has fewer calories, and the consequences of drinking have more to do with quantity. “Just because it has less calories, you cannot consume more of them.” Bokram said alcohol is not in any way a substitute for daily meals, and drinking alcohol on an empty stomach might have heavy consequences. Bokram said she has heard and seen the phenomenon of drunkorexia – not easting for an extended period of time in order to get more drunk when consuming alcohol – since she started working at MSU. Jamonica Horn, biomedical laboratory science junior, said she accidentally forgot to eat before drinking once, which made her sick — something she said she will never do again. Horn said she does not think about health when choosing an alcoholic drink. “Maybe because I’m trying to get intoxicated,” she said. Horn said some of her friends think clear liquor is better for you compared to other alcoholic beverages, which Bokram said is not true. Here are a few East Lansing favorites, including calorie counts from MyFitnessPal.


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For those who haven’t been stalking Ryan Gosling repetitively, it’s time for an announcement: Gosling is in Michigan. After his film, “How to Catch a Monster,” was approved for a $1.75 million incentive by the Michigan Film Office on Monday, Gosling has brought about cheers in the homes of many teenage girls by conspicuously hanging around Metro Detroit. The actor/producer has been spotted with Larry Mongo, the owner of Cafe d’Mongo’s Speakeasy in downtown Detroit. THE STATE NEWS ■■

The chatter in the airy lounge died down as the quintet settled into their positions. As the pianist began a gentle prelude, the singer prepared her first lyric. She opened with a beautiful sustained note that drew the focus of the entire audience. The vocalist, Carolyn Leonhart, and her ensemble had flown in from New York for the occasion, an intimate performance at Wharton Center titled “Jazz in the Jackson Lounge,” a nod to the famous Lincoln Center program. The audience, seated around black-clothed tables, sipped drinks and listened eagerly. After concluding the first song of the evening, “The Sweetest Sounds” by Richard Rodgers, Leonhart greeted the crowd from the front of the room. “Thank you so much, thank you for coming out tonight, thank you for being here,” she said with a smile. “I had so much fun picking this set, I just said, ‘What are my favorite songs?’ I hope you like some of them.” Leonhart is most famous for singing with Steely Dan throughout most of the last decade. Yesterday evening, Leonhart performed with an ensemble composed of John Ellis on tenor saxophone, Helen Sung on piano, Boris Koslov on bass and Donald Edwards on drums. This was the first year for “Jazz in the Jackson Lounge.” The event was held to raise funds and awareness for East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival. “It’s one of Michigan’s bestkept secrets,” said Festival Director Ben Hall. “It’s a partnership between ... East Lansing, Wharton Center and the MSU College of Music.” The two-day festival, running this year from June 21-22, features regional and national talent. The Friday headliner is Cyrille Aimee,



Celtic Woman head to Wharton tonight By Omari Sankofa II THE STATE NEWS ■■


New York-based jazz vocalist Carolyn Leonhart performs to a small audience at Wharton Center on Wednesday.

a world-renown vocalist who specializes in gypsy jazz. Saturday’s headliner is New Orleans pianist Fred Sanders and his Trio, featuring singer Germaine Bazzle. Though not heavily attended by students, the Summer Solstice Festival draws sizable crowds, said festival board chairperson Bob Banks. “We get about 17,000 people over the two afternoons and two nights,” Banks said. Yesterday’s performance drew about 40 people to the lounge, mostly older residents from

around the Lansing area. East Lansing resident Joyce Banish, who has been attending the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival since its inception in 1997, spoke highly of the event. “It is a wonderful event for East Lansing,” Banish said. “You get to listen to jazz, excellent jazz, plus it builds up the community.” The festival runs from 4:30 p.m. to midnight in downtown East Lansing on June 21 and June 22, with free admission to all events.

Now in her second year with Celtic Woman, Irish actress and vocalist Lisa Lambe said it’s the music of the ensemble keeping audiences captivated. “It’s a show that reaches across so many different generations,” she said. “It really is the at the core of what we do, which is very Irish, Celtic music. I think it has the ability to reach and translate to so many different people.” Celtic Woman comes to Wharton Center today. The ensemble has released eight albums and six DVDs, selling more than 7 million copies globally. The award-winning ensemble consists of vocalists Chloë Agnew, Lambe, Susan McFadden and violinist Máiréad Newsitt. Lambe was cast into the Celtic Woman ensemble by Celtic Woman co-creator David Downes , whom she crossed paths with as a performer in Europe. “What David has done is made a very unique (show),” she


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said. “It’s hard to put a finger on it. It has a distinctive Irish-folk music (sound), but it’s hard to put a genre on it when you see us in live performance.” Lambe said performing in front of audiences has been one of the highlights of her experience. “We really interact with the audience when we perform,” she said. “It’s a shared experience. It has an energy of its

own, and the audience gives us a huge amount of energy as well. That’s what we love to see, and you can see how much music speaks to people.” Being Irish, Lambe said the show being live is essential because what Irish people do best is tell stories. “It’s a visual piece as well as a piece for the ears, with the costumes and the vests,” she said.


Outdoors heads indoors for Banff Mountain Film Festival By Omari Sankofa II THE STATE NEWS ■■

For Moosejaw store manager Matt Oates, the Banff Mountain Film Festival gives local outdoorsmen the opportunity to see their passion come to life on the screen. “It’s really cool that there’s this kind of event in the area,” Oates said. “And I think it’s cool that we have a lot more opportunity in the East Lansing area to do more outdoor activities. We’re not surrounded by urban sprawl.” The Banff Mountain Film Festival, which comes to East Lan-

sing today at the Business College Complex , is an international tour featuring a variety of outdoor-related films. The MSU Outdoors Club hosts the East Lansing version of the festival. Moosejaw is one of the local sponsors for the festival, and is selling tickets for $15. Tickets also can be purchased at the door, which opens at 7 p.m. Comparative culture and politics senior Megan Cross, a coordinator for the East Lansing festival, said the event is something the outdoor community has enjoyed in past years. “We’ve had the same people coming back year after year,”

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she said. Cross noted the event isn’t just for people who are involved in the outdoors. “A lot of people that come aren’t into the outdoors or the environment,” she said. “They’re just into films.” According to biosystems engineering senior Elyse Kutsche, president of the MSU Outdoors Club, seven films will be shown at the event. The MSU Outdoors Club selects the films that will be shown at the festival out of a pool of 24 films. “We try to spread out the topics of the fi lms,” Kutsche said. “We’ll have one film on mountain biking, one on skiing and one on rock climbing. We try to get a wide variety of fi lms that people would be interested in.” Oates said the event is a hit in East Lansing because the city is a hub for outdoor-related activities. “We can get excited about a big event like Banff and then go out and actually do some of that cool stuff ourselves,” he said. According to Oates, East Lansing is located near a lot of areas central to the outdooractivities scene in Michigan. Oates participates in climbing and backpacking. “In two hours, you can be on Lake Huron or Lake Michigan,” he said. “They’ve got the Ledges in Grand Ledge (Mich.). It’s the only outdoor climbing in all of southern Michigan. It’s the center of a whole spokes system of activities — the beauty of living in Michigan.”

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“Is the pass rush ability where you expect it to be? No. To fit a 3-4 type of scheme for the defensive end and hold his own at the line of scrimmage against the run. But in that scheme with his size and his ability to hold the point, to me, third, fourth round for Gholston.�

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BIG RALLY BREAKS 8TH INNING TIE FOR SPARTANS IN 9-3 WIN AGAINST EASTERN Taking a brief mid-week road trip before returning home this weekend to face Michigan, the MSU baseball team defeated Eastern Michigan, 9-3, Wednesday in Ypsilanti, Mich. With the game tied 2-2 in the eighth inning, the Spartans (178 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) exploded for seven runs on five hits to break the game open and put it out of reach from the Eagles (12-15, 2-4 Mid-American Conference). Led by sophomore shortstop Ryan Richardson and senior outfielder Jordan Keur, the Spartans scattered 12 hits on the afternoon in the winning effort. Freshman infielder P.J. Nowak singled through the right side of the infield in MSU players the top of the second inning to score with two hits sophomore center fielder Anthony against Eastern Cheky, who reached base on a fielder’s Michigan choice. The Eagles charged back for two runs in the bottom of the inning on MSU players with the strength of a two-run home run by at least one RBI catcher Tony Dileo. againt Eastern The Spartans tacked on the tying run Michigan in the top of the third on a Keur single, which scored freshman designated hitter Cam Gibson. Hits given up Junior Mike Theodore got the start by MSU relief for the Spartans and was pulled from pitchers in five the game after allowing two runs on six innings hits through four innings of work. From there, the Spartan bullpen went to work and saw solid innings out of freshman Anthony Misiewicz, sophomore Mike Mestdagh and senior Joe Zwierzynski. Zwierzynski threw a scoreless ninth to shut down the Eagles and seal the win on the road — the seventh-consecutive victory for the Spartans. The Spartans return home for a 3:05 p.m. game Friday against the Wolverines at McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field.



Spartan players gather around home plate after junior outfielder Sarah Bowling hit a home run driving in two runs Wednesday at Secchia Stadium at Old College Field. The Spartans defeated the Nittany Lions in both games of the afternoon doubleheader, 4-1 and3 7-1.


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One year removed from being blanked in Big Ten competition, the MSU softball team is off to its best start to the conference schedule since 2006 after taking both games of its doubleheader with Penn State yesterday at Secchia Stadium at Old College Field. The Spartans (19-13 overall, 5-0 Big Ten) rode junior pitcher Kelly Smith to a 4-1 victory in the first game before waking up the bats midway through game two to cruise to a 7-1 win. "We’re playing well and it



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