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MI FACES, MSU ROOTS By Holly Baranowski and Samantha Radecki and THE STATE NEWS ■■


t’s apparent MSU’s deep roots have extended their reach.

From the roaring Motor City to the backwoods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, stretching along the west coast’s sandy dunes, all the way to the mighty Mackinac Bridge — MSU has an economic and educational impact that can be found in each of Michigan’s 13 regions. The MI Spartan Impact interactive website, a report conceptualized by MSU’s Office of the Vice President for Governmental Affairs, shows how MSU’s alumni, students, research and extension projects are vast and diverse. According to the report, with about 36,000 enrolled Michigan students, more than 225,000 alumni living in the state and a total economic impact of more than $4 billion, Vice President for Governmental Affairs Mark Burnham said the impact MSU has on the state is more extensive than

many other Michigan colleges. “A lot of that stems from our land-grant mission and landgrant roots — including agriculture, but not only agriculture,” he said. “We’ve learned the lessons of how to work with local communities through our agriculture roots, but we actually (continue) that effort across many, many different types of (disciplines.)” He said MSU’s outreach also encompasses the medical, environmental, fine arts and business realms. The recently published report, which took about a year to compile, sheds light on many areas potentially unknown to many MSU community members, Burnham said. He said the report reveals just the “tip of the iceberg” of everything MSU is involved in, and he hopes to see its list of projects expand. “It’s hard to wrap your head around everything at once,” he said. “It helps people understand at least in some way how (far) MSU is reaching in the state, not only East Lansing.” Below, is a diverse list of a research projects, alumni and student stories and outreach initiatives that MSU provides in each area of the state.

Region 1 When Jessica Thoresen’s baby brother was born, she was given a toy doctor’s kit for Christmas. This doctor’s kit gave her the inspiration to become a real doctor, a dream that she held onto firmly despite what seemed like all odds were against her. Growing up in the small rural town of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Thoresen never considered her education to be top-notch. When she told people she wanted to be a doctor, she would get looks of sympathy and her school counselor told her she should consider something less competitive, such as nursing. Choosing to ignore the lack of support, she entered her freshman year at Michigan Technological University with the intent of attending medical school. When she heard about the Early Assurance Program that MSU offers, she decided to apply. The Early Assurance Program gives students early assurance regarding admission at MSU’s College of Human

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Region 8: Graduate student Ashley McCollum poses for a portrait Wednesday while working in Mason, Mich., as a part of MSU’s Evidence Based Trauma Treatment Project. To read her story and others, visit

Medicine to those who live in underserved regions and are interested in providing medical care in these underserved areas. Students who are the first generation in their family to attend college, have graduated from a low-income high school, are eligible for need-based grants or express interest in working in a high-need medical speciality area are given preference for admission. Thoresen started to seriously consider the program her sophomore year of her undergraduate career. She knew she wanted to one day provide medical care for patients in under-served areas, such as the town she grew up in. “Whenever you needed to see a speciality doctor, you’d have to travel to Petoskey or Marquette just to seek medical care,” Thoresen said. “When I had to go to the dermatologist, my mom had to drive me all the way to Petoskey and we had to set aside a day for that.” This influenced her to apply for the program and when she received acceptance, her plans to become a doctor

were set into motion. “The people in those areas, they are just like, ‘Oh, it’s not that big of a problem,’ so they don’t seek out a specialist,” Thoresen said. “I’m from the U.P originally and it’s near and dear to my heart. I want to be able to give back to the community that helped me get where I am today.” Region 2 For Mackinac Bridge Authority Executive Secretary Robert Sweeney, MSU gave him the foundations to work in any type of environment. After growing up in a small rural town, the transition to a large university, such as MSU, helped him to broaden his horizons with the large group of diverse students MSU encompasses. “I’m comfortable working in a variety of environments and around many different people,” Sweeney said. “I get along with everyone, I’ve worked on different projects and I became very comfortable with a diverse group of people. MSU helped my career in that



After graduating from MSU in 1986 with a degree in civil engineering, Sweeney took a job in Chicago, where he worked on airport design. When he had the opportunity, he came back to Michigan and took a job with the Mackinac Bridge Authority. He now runs the day-to-day operations there. Region 3 With their black heads, speckled bodies, red beady eyes and a call that can give a person chills on a calm day off the shores of the northern Great See MICHIGAN on page 2 X


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MSU ranked low in faculty salary

Stricter abortion laws put in place

Assistant professor salaries in the Big Ten Average, public schools only $90k

Illinois $87,400 $86k Ohio State $85,100

Penn State $82,500 Minnesota $81,800 Purdue $80,400 Indiana $80,400

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Nebraska $74,600 Iowa $74,600

Michigan State $71,000 $70k


MSU ranked relatively low in terms of average faculty salary compared to other Big Ten universities, according to a survey by the 2013 American Association of University Professors Faculty Salary Survey. MSU offices attributed the ranking to various factors. Overall, MSU ranked 11th among Big Ten university faculty salaries, and seventh in terms of salaries and other benefit compensations. MSU is under the median salary level by $5,000. Within each university evaluation, the report splits the faculty up into four categories: full professors, associate professors, assistant professors, and instructors. David Byelich, assistant vice president and director of the Office of Planning and Budgets, said the office keeps a close watch on these numbers to stay close to other Big Ten universities. “Each year we try to keep up with other Big Ten institutions

and make sure we are able to attract the very best faculty in the country,” Byelich said. “We believe we do that.” In regards to the salaries for assistant professors ranking low, Byelich said how MSU categorizes faculty members might be a reason why the ranking is so drastic. “At MSU, we have a wide variety of faculty included in the assistant professor area,” Byelich said. “A fair number of people reported as assistant professors at MSU are different than other institutions because they would also be considered lecturers.” After hearing the results from the report, psychology freshman Lauren Plotzke said MSU faculty need to be paid more to reward their hard work. “We are expected to be a high-quality and high-education university, and we need those professors to get rewardSee SALARIES on page 2 X

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Michigan abortion clinics will need to adhere to a stricter set of rules, including screening women to ensure they aren’t being forced into abortions, to stay in business under a controversial state law that recently took effect. House Bill No. 5711, which took effect March 31 and passed through the Michigan Legislature during December’s lame-duck session, includes a package of new regulation requirements for abortion clinics. Among several other provisions, it outlines regulations for disposing fetal remains after an abortion, requires physicians to report a fetal death within five days after delivery and prohibits telemedicine, or diagnosing and treating patients through phone calls or other telecommunication technology. Facilities conducting more than 120 surgical abortions



a year will need to be licensed and inspected. The law requires physicians to ask a patient if she has been pressured into having an abortion and to inform her coercion is grounds for a civil action. Women in Science at Lyman Briggs President Mary Connolly said the intent of the law is good but could make women uncomfortable. “Abortion is such a personal matter that a lot of women have trouble talking about it, and being questioned by a doctor could make the experience all the more traumatic,” she said. Connolly said she doesn’t think coercion to have an abortion is common because the negative stigma of having an abortion often discourages women from seeking the procedure.

Although flooding from the Red Cedar River is expected this week, MSU officials are not yet worried about the potential impact on university sports fields. “It’s always possible that our fields can be damaged if we have (heavy) flooding, but it would take pretty significant flooding,” Athletic Turf Manager Amy Fouty said. National Weather Service Hydrologist Mark Walton , based in Grand Rapids, said although minimal damage is expected on campus, similar flooding has impacted MSU’s sports fields in the past. He said the Red Cedar River, typically with waters at about 4-feet high, is expected to reach up to about 7 feet by Friday. “For the rest of today and tomorrow, you will see continual rain move through

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Police brief Student arrested and arraigned for making makeshift bomb A 19-year-old student was arrested and arraigned Wednesday after reportedly celebrating the University of Michigan’s loss to Louisville with a makeshift explosive early Tuesday morning in Cedar Village. Police said Cody Christopher Mastrodonato, listed as a mechanical engineering sophomore in the university directory, is charged with placing an offensive or injurious substance on any property with intent to alarm. East Lansing police Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth said early Tuesday, officers spotted an individual walking down the stairs of the Cedar Village parking ramp stairwell carrying a container of The Works Toilet Bowl Cleaner. Wriggelsworth said officers approached the man and asked why he was carrying the cleaner. While they were talking, a loud noise went off on the top level of the parking structure. The explosive did not cause any damage to the structure or any cars located on the structure and there were no injuries, Wriggelsworth said. Mastrodonato was arraigned Wednesday in East Lansing’s 54-B District Court and released on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond, according to police records. Wriggelsworth said the explosive was made out of tinfoil, a plastic bottle and the toilet bowl cleaner. He said such devices are dangerous because the individuals making them never know when they will explode. DARCIE MORAN

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Continued MICHIGAN From potatoes to sand dunes, MSU’s impact is far-reaching FROM PAGE ONE

Lakes, the Common Loon is a staple of Michigan wildlife. What also is chilling is MSU Extension Educator Mark Breederland finding thousands of these birds washed-up, dead, on the shore in one fall season. Breederland works in the northwest lower Michigan area, based in Traverse City, Mich., with the Michigan Sea Grant Extension program and researches why the birds are dying at such high frequencies, and what can be done about it. He said the birds are exposed to and consume some botulism toxins during their yearly migration south in Lake Michigan. The toxins cause the birds to lose all muscle function, and they often drown, he said. In fall 2012, more than 1,500 birds were found dead of botulism on the shore of Lake Michigan, he said, noting this is not the first time the loons have had a big “die-off year.” He said the phenomenon of botulism is impossible to curve

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ed for their good work,” Plotzke said. “A higher salary would attract those good professors who can communicate well, especially in big lecture halls.” Scott Imberman, assistant professor of economics and education, said the reason for MSU getting ranked low in the Big Ten is because the university does not have the money like other universities, such as the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. He also said student appropriations have been cut.

but critical to understand. “There’s nothing we can do to get the loons out of harm’s way,” he said. “So how do we get the toxin out of their environment?” He also said the environment of the Great Lakes constantly is in flux with the addition of invasive species, the alteration of the food web and low lake levels.

farm technical assistance, researchers and technology, and has done so throughout many generations. “If you fast forward to where we’re at now, the education that (MSU has) provided to Alison, Ben and Amy have been a tremendous help for our operations,” Sklarczyk said.

Region 4 The Sklarczyk family has been able to use the resources and education MSU offers to transform Sklarczyk Seed Farm LCC in Johannesburg, Mich., into an international potato farm. Alison and Ben Sklarczyk and Amy Harjala, all MSU graduates, manage the greenhouse and tissue culture laboratory. Here, the family works to isolate new plant technologies, where they employ the best practices for the environment and energy efficiency. “(MSU has been a) great assistance to myself and my father and his generation,” Don Sklarczyk said. “Because of all the technical assistance and guidance from MSU, the researchers that MSU has have a strong relationship with the potato industry.” MSU prov ides the seed

Region 5 Miles and miles of dunes along Lake Michigan’s shoreline are what keeps geography professor Alan Arbogast drawn to the coast. Arbogast researches the “world-class” dunes, their life stories and how they change shape along the state’s entire Lake Michigan shoreline. “The cool thing about dunes is that they are very sensitive, and so you can see them shift even in a human lifespan,” he said. Arbogast said the dunes shift with the wind and constantly are in a state of flux, although there are currently no drastic changes. He said although the dunes aren’t going anywhere, it will be interesting to see how they change with more development in areas.

“Because we don’t have as much money, Michigan State has to rely on student appropriations more than other schools,” Imberman said. “These appropriations have been cut quite a bit in the past 10 years, so we hurt more than other Big Ten schools.” Imberman also said he is not surprised to see salary rankings for full professors and associate professors in the middle of the pack, however, the fact MSU is ranked last in terms of salaries of assistant professors and instructors is alarming. “We want to build the institution for the future and have highquality faculty, and the assistant professors is where we get that from,” Imberman said. “We need to pay more to those young faculty members to maintain the health of the university.”

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an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain to Friday,” Walton said. “There’s still a lot of water coming in.” Fouty said flood waters don’t pose a real threat to fields until the water level reaches about 8.5 feet high. Roads near Detroit already have been impacted by the current weather — although not particularly unusual for this time of year — and drivers should be particularly careful and not try to drive through roads with flooding. Walton said flooding causes about 100 deaths annually, and about half involve drivers in flooded roadways. He said flooding will last through the weekend, but rain will taper off Friday. The rain likely will return next week “for another round.” DARCIE MORAN

ABORTION Some doctors concerned legislation will hinder care of female patients FROM PAGE ONE

There were 22,826 abortions in 2011, 558 of which took place in Ingham County, according to a 2012 report from the Michigan Department of Community Health. “Society should work to stop coercion in any form, whether it’s bullying a classmate or forcing someone to get, or not get, an abortion,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement in December. Desiree Cooper, director of community and media relations for Planned Parent-

hood Mid and South Michigan, said the law won’t significantly change how women access health care, and it has “always” been a part of Planned Parenthood to ensure coercion was not a part of the woman’s choice. Graduate student Stephanie Kotsiris, president of MSU’s chapter of Medical Students for Choice, said she wore a white lab coat to the Capitol to protest the law affecting abortion clinics. Aside from the coercion regulations, Kotsiris said the law’s tighter regulations restrict abortion physicians from effectively treating patients. “I want to provide the best possible health care for all my patients,” she said. ”With some of these bills, it’s restricting me to not be able to provide the best care for my female patients.”

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At the last Council of Graduate Students, or COGS, meeting of the semester, students had the chance to voice concerns to MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. But Simon evaded direct answers to some of the students’ questions relating to campus parking and administrative positions at the meeting, which was held at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in honor of the student government’s 45th completed year. Simon gave a presentation at the meeting, focusing on upcoming budget plans and how the Bolder by Design program affects graduate and professional students. After her presentation, Simon took questions from COGS members, including concerns about the external search for a vice president for student affairs and services. Simon briefly responded, saying it would be resolved soon. Denise Maybank has been the interim vice president for student affairs and services since Jan. 1, 2011. COGS President Stefan Fletcher voiced concerns during the meeting about when the interim title will be lifted, or if someone else will take over the position. “The problem is that it has been happening for two-plus years,” Fletcher said. “I think you see from the council, understanding and support for the work that Dr. Maybank, as she has been interim, has done in that position to advance how graduate and professional students interact and are served by the division of student affairs. I think what folks want is clarity — a permanent vice president of student affairs being in place.” Simon also addressed a concern from a COGS member about


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MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon speaks at the final Council of Graduate Students meeting of the semester Wednesday at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.

potentially consolidating on-campus parking lots by building a parking garage. The student was worried if the parking lots were consolidated, parking near her office would be eliminated. In response, Simon referenced the Campus Master Plan, a portion of the university’s 20/20 Vision, which the MSU Board of Trustees passed in December 2001. Some aspects of the plan would replace surface lots near Shaw and Farm lanes with a central parking garage. Simon said if the university closes parking, it would consider closing the parking structure “next to the river.” She did not specify which lot she was referring to, but Parking Ramp No. 2 is near the Red Cedar River. “The parking ramp that is most at risk is the one next to the river,” she said.

Simon said there are no plans to eliminate the structure within the next year. Former COGS officials were in attendance to celebrate the completion of the 45th year, including former COGS Presidents Dennis Martell and Rachel Naegele. As part of the celebration, both gave short speeches on how COGS affected their lives. “COGS doesn’t mean much to me,” said Martell, now the director of health promotion at Olin Health Center “It means much more for the people who come after me. We try to make it an environment where you can succeed.” COGS held eight full council meetings during the academic year and will operate under Fletcher next year, in what he has said will be his final year with the organization.

cellular service provider coverage will be upgraded by the end of this summer to Long Term Evolution, or LTE, infrastructure.

times faster than 3G. Androids, Windows smartphones and the iPhone 5 can get 4G LTE. Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest provider, already covers the Lansing area. Sprint, the third largest provider, still relies on 3G technology.

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After the last meeting of the Park District Planning A rea Rev iew Team lef t members with more questions than answers, prospective developers of the Park District Area — a slot of vacant downtown properties including the site formerly planned for the City Center II project — were brought before the team to review their qualifications Wednesday at the meeting at City Hall. The review team will take the information from the meeting into consideration to rescore the developers qualifications and score their proposals for next week’s meeting for discussion. Five of the six developers came before the team to prove why they are qualified to manage the multimillion-dollar project and answer questions on their previous work. For more details and previous coverage on what the developers are proposing for the properties, visit Capstone Collegiate Communities LLC and Vlahakis Companies John Acken , a representative for C3, said the company has developed properties in more than 90 college towns across the country. “Capstone has traditionally focused on the student market,” he said. “In all of our developments, we have a mix of unit types … the idea is to cater to and allow for anyone (to) rent in any of the units.” K e n Sz y mu s i a k , c o director of the new economy division at the Lansing Economic A rea Partnership, or LEAP, questioned Acken on the relationship between Capstone and Vlahakis, which owns the Dublin Square Irish Pub proper-

Urban Cultural and Arts District LLC and Studio [Intrigue] Architects LLC Szymusiak asked the developers what their experience is in projects of this magnitude. “It will be the largest project I’ve ever taken on,” Dave VanderKlok , principal architect with Studio [Intrigue], said. “We have plenty of experience with projects of several million dollars that are going on at multiple times.” DTN Management Co. Chairperson of the Park District Planning Area Review Team Doug Jester said DTN showed him a few more qualifi cations than what he gave them credit for in the team’s original review. DTN originally was given 30.4 points out of 50, tied with MBT Partners LLC and Visser Brothers Development with the fourth-least points. “(They showed) more experience with land uses other than student housing,” Jester said.

What you should know about the Park District project Six developers have submitted proposals to transform the property from its current unused state. Plans for the area include a grocery, farmer’s market, hotel, apartments and mixed-used retail space. The Park District Planning Area covers 2.82 acres of land stretching from Abbot Road to Valley Court, near The People’s Church, Dublin Square Irish Pub and Valley Court Park. Currently occupying the land are two parking lots, a two-story vacated building, a three-story mixed-use building that is currently leased, and four rental houses, all of which were purchased by the Downtown Development Authority.

MBT Partners LLC and Visser Brothers Inc. Jester said the presentation also shed light on the developers and earned some more qualification points from him. “(They) earned more credit from me in terms of more custom projects as opposed to just following a corporate design,” he said.

in. Urban living is in. And we think that, coupled with the farmers market, we think we can build that.”

Lurvey White Ventures Ridgeway White , a partner of Lurvey White Ventures, said there is demand in the market for hotels, when asked about how to balance the right mix of uses and a good working market for the downtown area. The developer plans to build a year-round farmers market, 120-room hotel and residential mixed-use buildings. “(We) believe there is a demand of a certain portion of student housing,” White said. “We believe that loft living is

The Parkside Project LLC The sixth developer, Parkside, declined to come before the team to be interviewed. There was discussion regarding whether Parkside should continue to be in the running for the site’s development and whether it should go through the next round of scoring. City Attorney Tom Yeadon said the developer should continue to be judged, but the team should take into consideration its unwillingness to come and provide information.

One property, 303 Abbot Road, was formerly part of now-defunct City Center II and has been vacant for years.


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The Capital Area Transportation Authority will conduct a public open house from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, to invite comment on the redevelopment of the East Lansing Multimodal Station, currently known as the East Lansing Amtrak Station, which is located at 1240 S. Harrison Rd. in East Lansing. The station accommodates train and intercity buses, with nearby CATA bus services. The open house will be held at the East Lansing Public Library at 950 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI, 48823. The Public Library is served by CATA Route 26 (Abbot - Chandler) during the open house hours. The facility is fully accessible. Please contact CATA Customer Service at (517) 394-1000 for trip-planning assistance. Requests for reasonable special-needs accommodations must be received by CATA Customer Service no later than Friday, April 12, 2013. Representatives from CATA will be present at the open house. No formal presentation will be made, allowing the public to interact with CATA staff on a one-to-one basis any time during the open house. Unable to attend? Submit comments in writing by 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2013, to: OR East Lansing Multimodal Station Redevelopment Capital Area Transportation Authority 4615 Tranter St. Lansing, MI 48910

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f you invest in a company that profits from activities harming the environment, does that mean you support the adverse effects they create? Finding an answer to this question is one of the key concerns behind a growing movement observed across campus. Last week, MSU Fossil Free, a relaunched student environment group, organized in front of the Hannah Administration Building to urge the university to divest the millions of dollars it has pledged to oil companies. According to a press release produced by the

group, $13.8 million of the MSU’s endowment is invested in fossil fuel companies — including BP, Canadian Oil Sands and Shell International — in the form of stocks, bonds and assetbacked securities. Steve Riccardi, vice president of MSU Fossil Free, said the point of the movement is to force university officials into admitting to the problem these companies present to the environment and stopping their involvement. Riccardi said he ideally would like the university to act as it did in 1978, when it vowed to no longer invest with companies that did business in South Africa during the apartheid. MSU Fossil Free’s message is radical, but it has generated support from some unlikely sources. ASMSU, MSU’s student government, recently adopted a resolution in support of the divestment campaign. But as earnest as the group’s intentions might be, ASMSU’s support of the campaign ultimately is not a realistic approach to the issue. Many people would find it hard to argue against the necessity of companies, lawmakers and social groups to look for alternative meth-

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ods of sustainable energy sources. From as early as elementary school, the horrific effects of burning fossil fuels and climate change have been issues we have grown accustomed to hearing about. The misguided views of our ancestors have left an environmental mess we now are forced to clean up. But MSU Fossil Free fails to look at both sides of the issue at hand. For all we know, MSU likely does invest the amount of money previously mentioned, but this shouldn’t come as a surprise. MSU — as with all universities — is a business and, from an economic standpoint, these investments make sense. Although the push for sustainable energy is a movement our school embodies and supports, divesting from these companies would introduce a much different set of problems it would have to address. Since these companies are so profitable, where would MSU fi nd the money to compensate for the loss they would incur from this move? Would students still fully support this divest-

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ment if, because of this move, their tuition and housing costs increased to make up for the loss? When this side of the equation is considered, it seems questionable our university’s student government would adopt a resolution on its behalf. Finding arguments against some of MSU Fossil Free’s ideas doesn’t mean you don’t support the group’s overall message. It merely demonstrates how despairing the overall scope of this problem is. Until people start caring more about what they will do once all fossil fuels have been depleted, this dilemma only will worsen. The burning of fossil fuels is a problem, but, for now, divestment in oil is not the answer.


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“Student arraigned for placing makeshift bomb in Cedar Village”


Welp. Ann Arbor will be making fun of us in 3...2...1... Thanks, kid., April 10 via

This is no different than a firework! They’re completely harmless and just make a loud noise as the gas expands to ‘pop’ the pop bottle. Dont ruin this guys life and how he’ll get a job over something so completely harmless this is not an ‘explosive.’ Go after actual criminals! Sparty, April 10 via


“Abuse of power too common in athletics”

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For success after college, take mom’s advice

ast weekend, I was hav ing a discussion with my mom about my f uture after graduation. She told me one thing I had heard from her before but will never forget: “Attitude is everything.” This is not the fi rst time I’ve heard this sentiment. Having a positive attitude was something she taught my brother and me at an early age. Now, as I am about to move on to the next chapter of my life, this little piece of advice I had heard my entire life was making its way back into my mind. I always knew getting what I wanted out of life would involve furthering my education and attending college. It is here we learn the information and skills it takes to land that dream job and make a liv-

ing doing something we enjoy for the rest of our lives. After four — or in my case five — years worth of countless hours studying in the library and preparing group projects and presentations, we are closer than ever to leaving academia and starting our careers. Some of us might choose to further our education with a Master’s degree or a Ph.D. No matter what academic path we choose, there will come a time when we need to leave the college world behind and apply ever y thing we have soaked into our brains during our collegiate careers to the workplace. But somet i me s, hav i ng an education might not be enough. I have thought about my mom’s positive-attitude advice in a lot of aspects of my life. In current jobs and in internships I have had, sometimes it

has been the only thing to get the office. No matter what she me through a really long and was doing, she always seemed discouraging day. I’ve really to be doing it with a smile. learned during the past year Besides her delightful and that although I might have the positive personality, I quickl y f ou nd out skills and knowlPam was much edge to comGUEST COLUMNIST more t han a plete a job, that receptionist. doesn’t always She completely make it easy. made our offi ce L a st yea r, I r u n . W it h out i nter ned at a her, our office marketing comwould have been munications a wreck. office. It was a Pam not only busy job, but the completed the atmosphere and PAIGE BOLEN everyday tasks ot he r s t ude nt ne ce s sa r y for i nter n s I met efficiently runmade it a blast. ning a business, One of the fi rst people I met when I started but also handled all accountthere — literally, because she ing duties, scheduled meetings, sat at the front desk —was our handled deliveries, answered all office phone calls, kept receptionist, Pam. Pam always greeted every- everyone’s desks stocked with one with a smile and a big hel- supplies, fi led all office doculo. Her laugh was contagious ments and kept track of the and could be heard throughout office vehicles. These were only

a few of the tasks she completed every day. Since I was the most experienced intern at marketing communications at the time, I was asked to take over for Pam for a few days while she was on vacation. I knew she did a lot to help make the office run, but I had no idea just how much that entailed. My day was filled with countless phone calls and piles of deliveries. I thought I would be able to get everything down, but I spent a majority of my day just asking questions about what to do and how to do it. Sitting at the front desk, I witnessed fi rsthand just how easy it is to get overwhelmed, and I was only doing a small portion of what Pam did every day. I really didn’t know how she did it — and not only that, but with a smile on her face the entire time. A lthough Pam’s job was overwhelming and stressful, I

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quickly realized it was her positive attitude and passion that made her job enjoyable. Each day I was there, Pam always had a lot of work to do, but she also knew when to have fun. I remember countless times she would grab all the interns and take us on mini fi eld trips to the MSU Dairy Store . After taking over for Pam those few days, I had a whole new appreciation for her and her glowing positive personality. She not only made our office run, she also was a joy to be around and work with. This lesson really reminded me of what my mom had always told me. Although I might have all the skills it takes to accurately complete a job or project, it is so much easier and more enjoyable with a good attitude. I’ve learned no matter what challenges I face in the future, a positive attitude will always guide me through.



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Do you personally consider MSU to be a “party school�? Why or why not?


In case you missed it ‌ Buzzfeed — a pop-culture website — published a graph this week on a list of the top-100 party schools in the nation compiled by Fiesta Frog — a website dedicated to college parties — in February. The graph combines Fiesta Frog’s rankings with Forbes’ list of America’s top colleges, with the 100 party schools also arranged by academic standing. MSU placed at No. 43 in the Fiesta Frog list, and Buzzfeed’s graph puts MSU in the top half academically, as well. While MSU is seventh in academics among the seven Big Ten schools on the list, it moves to sixth in the Big Ten party-wise.


“American Idiotâ€? dierent than the average Broadway show


“I don’t think we party any more than other colleges I’ve been to.�

When I think of Green Day, it takes me back to childhood. With their growing popularity throughout the ‘90s and an explosion of fans in the early 2000s, the punk band had every pre-adolescent boy in my class wanting to be a rock star. My classmates would mouth the words, strumming along on guitars made out of thin air — and whether we wanted to admit it or not, we all knew the words. Their sound has changed quite a bit since then, of course, causing my opin-

“I know people from around the state refer to (MSU) that way, but it’s not any more prevalent here than anywhere else.�

Erin Hunt Physiology junior

Luke Rookus Economics sophomore

“When I came to MSU, I had this idea of burning couches and parties. But no, because I’m not into the party life and I don’t really see it.�


ion to shift as well. With their disappearance from the entertainment radar, despite continuing to make music, I’d venture to say many others considered them a fading influence, as well. I was instantaneously reminded of their former popularity when I found out Broadway’s “American Idiot� was coming to MSU. I stepped into Wharton Center Tuesday night to see the show, devoid of any clue what to expect. At first glance, skinny jeans, spiky hair and men wearing eyeliner did not seem to coincide with my image of a Broadway production. As the show opened with a full stage singing the band’s hit single “American Idiot,� I was pleasantly surprised by the high energy shown by the cast. The stage filled with dancers headbanging and singing along to the chorus and, although the choreography wasn’t typical of a Broadway show, it definitely caught my attention. Throughout the musical, I was highly impressed with the wide variety of voices the actors possessed. While there definitely were some over-thetop Broadway bellows, I also heard the scratchy punk vocals I expected to hear. The plot is a coming-of-age story of three best friends, and while two of

the three embraced the punk sound, when Thomas Hettrick, who plays “Tunny,� opened his mouth, I fell in love with his voice. He could hit the highest and lowest notes, and he made me feel what his character was feeling, scene after scene. As the show went on, I found myself liking the Broadway versions of the Green Day songs better than the originals. Right from the beginning, one thing I noticed was the colorful use of language. And by that, I mean profanities were spewed left and right, from the first line to the last. If I got a quarter for every time an actor flipped off the audience, I could pay half my rent for next month. Also, the constant sex scenes in the background combined with a scene where “Johnny,� played by Alex Nee, shoots up his girlfriend with heroin made for some unexpected surprises. Granted, although it did embrace the true rebellious “punk� lifestyle, I found myself looking at the young kids sitting in the audience and cringing. Aside from the profanity,

I thought the plot was wellwritten. The story tackled several hot-button issues that come with growing up, such as teen pregnancy, addiction and struggling to find success in a big city. It seemed reminiscent of “Across the Universe,� with the splitting up of lives, ever-present drug use and implications of war frustration. There could have been a little bit more transition between each song, though — at some points, it felt like the cast was rushing to squeeze a list of songs in. Once they got to the end, the main actors all crowded the stage, guitars in hand. As they began to strum the chords to “Good Riddance� in unison, there was a collective cheer throughout the theater. The harmonies were beautifully executed, and as each actor took their turn to sing a line of the song, it brought a sense of closure to the story. While I’m not exactly the biggest fan of Green Day’s music, the production possessed an extremely talented cast and made the story worth watching.

“I feel like all colleges have the party scene, so I wouldn’t necessarily classify MSU as a party school.� Katie Dennis Elementary education junior

Chloe Corley Elementary education sophomore


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Players vie for top running back position By Stephen Brooks THE STATE NEWS nn

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Lansing third baseman Kellen Sweeney gets to first base before freshman first baseman and outfielder Ryan Krill makes a catch. The Spartans fell to the Lugnuts 7-0 on April 5, 2012 evening at Cooley Law School Stadium during the Crosstown Showdown.

Crosstown Showdown postponed until may 1, tickets to be honored The seventh-annual Crosstown Showdown between the Lansing Lugnuts and MSU baseball team has been postponed until, May 1 as a seven-inning game. The Lugnuts announced severe weather in the area produced poor field conditions unable to support a game. All tickets purchased for the original date will be honored on May 1. The beer and soda specials originally offered during the Crosstown Showdown will be available on the make-up Wednesday night. Nearly 60,000 fans have

attended the event in the last six years, and the Lugnuts own a 4-2 series record over the Spartans. The Lugnuts won 7-0 last year, and MSU won in 2011, 2-1. The Lugnuts still are scheduled to kick off their home season against the South Bend Silver Hawks on at 7:05 p.m. on Friday. The Spartans defeated Western Michigan 10-1 at McLane Stadium at Old College Field on Tuesday afternoon, and will take on Indiana at 3:05 p.m. on Friday. zach smith | sn

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Spring football is past the halfway mark and in head coach Mark Dantonio’s eyes none of the MSU running backs have stood out enough to gain an advantage in the battle to replace departed workhorse Le’Veon Bell. “No, I didn’t see any separation. We need to be better,” Dantonio said after the ninth spring practice when asked about the performance of the backs in Friday’s scrimmage. MSU’s press release from the scrimmage noted the trio of tailbacks that includes juniors Nick Hill, Jeremy Langford and redshirt freshman Nick Tompkins rushed 23 times, but absent was the yardage total, either as a group or individually. Hill entered spring as No. 1 on the depth chart, and continues to get the majority of the repetitions with the first-team offense, he said. Langford occasionally slips in with the ones, but mostly rotates with Tompkins on the second-team. Dantonio said Wednesday on a conference call that he’s looking for a bell-cow running back to carry MSU’s rushing attack similar to Bell in 2012. During the call he mentioned the coaching staff is looking at players at other positions to “slide in and out in practice and see how they handle things.” “Obviously it’s a position of concern for us, but our guys are playing hard,” he said. “… We’ve got to find a guy that you can give the ball to 250 times. I don’t know that we have that yet. That’s a part of who we are, so we’re going to find it.” In preparation of his spring audition as Bell’s successor, the diminutive Hill added roughly 10 pounds of muscle throughout the winter. Listed as 5-foot-8 and 193 pounds on the roster, Hill said he

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is aware people doubt his ability to carry the load as a fulltime running back, but he points to Javon Ringer — a former All-American back under Dantonio — who was just an inch taller. “I knew that was the time to be able to m e s s w it h (my weight), play with it and keep my speed,” Hill said. “Coming out here and also at the end of winter condition- Mark ing, I noticed Dantonio I was still fast. Football I noticed I was head coach still quick. So I felt that putting on the weight I’m at right now, I did not sacrifice any speed or quickness.” Langford still is working to get comfortable from both a technique and scheme standpoint at the position after spending time at wide receiver and defensive back since arriving in East Lansing. As for Tompkins, a speed back from Snellville, Ga., he said his biggest disadvantage right now is a lack of knowledge and experience in the Spartans’ offensive system, which can only come with more reps. With three true freshmen ballcarriers joining the battle when they arrive this fall in Gerald Holmes, R.J. Shelton and Delton Williams, the backs currently on the roster are feeling the pressure to stand out. Dantonio has said multiple times since the end

It goes without saying that’s been a dominant position for us the last number of years in terms of 1,000-yard rushers.”

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Sophomore running back Nick Hill is tackled by Northwestern cornerback C.J. Bryant on Nov. 17, 2012, at Spartan Stadium. Hill is one of three running backs battling for a starting spot come fall.

of last season that he’s comfortable starting a true freshman in the backfield. “It has to drive you,” Tompkins said. “I feel like each one of us individuals, we’re just trying to make plays to the best of our abilities. It’s getting crunch time, those guys are coming in so we’ve got to show ourselves now.” Former running backs Larry Caper, Edwin Baker and Bell all had success as true freshmen, proof of Dantonio’s willingness to go with youth at the

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position. For the three backs still striving to lock down their spot as “the guy,” they have until the annual Green and White spring game on April 20 to make an impression on the coaching staff before the race gets thicker in fall camp. “It goes without saying that’s been a dominant position for us the last number of years in terms of 1,000-yard rushers. In terms of guys who’ve become All-Big Ten. Guys who have been drafted,” Dantonio said.

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