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y the age of 4, genomics and molecular genetics senior Zachary DeRade could sing along to every word in “The Sound of Music.” He could dance along, too.

At 7 years old, he was just as content playing with Hot Wheels cars as he was dressing up Barbie dolls. And at 15, he came out. It started with DeRade jokingly telling his mother how annoyed he was that a girl in his class wouldn’t leave him alone. “Is that because you’re in love with Justin?” his mom asked. DeRade remembers smiling and See MARRIAGE on page 2 u

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more inside After a long winter, students are appreciating the warm spring air See Switching Seasons, PG. 6

Psychology sophomore Nate Kreckman, right, and kinesiology sophomore Jesse Stamann Wednesday outside Wells Hall. Danyelle Morrow/ The State News

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News brief Fraternity brothers mourn burned boat An unknown suspect set fire to a handmade wooden boat between 1 and 1:30 a.m. Thursday at the corner of Spartan and Grand River avenues, according to East Lansing officials. The boat, located next to the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity house, was built by fraternity members in hopes to start a new Medieval and Nordic history club. History senior Alan Wolfe, who spearheaded the boat’s building, said the fire nearly burned the fraternity house. The fraternity’s intention was to sail the boat down the Red Cedar River. Wolfe said they plan to salvage the remains and rebuild the boat. Fraternity members are offering a reward for tips regarding the fire. East Lansing Fire Inspector Don Carter said officials will investigate the incident. OLIVIA DIMMER

Hardwell heads to Lansing Center Hardwell, the Dutch electro house disc jockey, will perform at the Lansing Center Saturday night. The 26-year-old has been an electronic musician since 2006. In 2013, Hardwell was named World’s No. 1 DJ in the 2013 DJ Map Top 100 DJs Poll. The concert will start at 7 p.m. and will last until about midnight. General admission tickets can be bought at for $47. APRIL JONES

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shyly replying, “Well, yeah. Maybe.” DeRade recently got engaged to his high school sweetheart, MSU alumnus Justin Love. When DeRade thought about marriage as a kid, he figured he would have to move out of state for it to be a possibility. “Seeing all of the issues, for us we’ve been kind of debating about it and it actually has been a catalyst for me and Justin to get engaged, even though it will be a few years until we get married,” DeRade said. “We just want to take that lifelong journey together and do it hand in hand.” As for the wedding, DeRade said he and Love would like it to be held somewhere beautiful and full of Spartan spirit — a place like the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden on campus. But before DeRade and Love can make further plans for their dream wedding, they have to wait and see if their upcoming marriage will ever be legal in the state they both love. A temporary celebration Although same-sex marriage was only legal for about 24 hours in Michigan before Attorney General Bill Schuette issued a temporary stay request, it didn’t stop couples from flocking to local county clerks’ offices to be officially joined in matrimony. Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum was among the handful of clerks to open their offices on the Saturday after the ban on samesex marriage was lifted. Byrum was able to marry 57 same-sex couples that day and said it was a tremendous honor to do so. “On Friday, I was in a position that I wasn’t going to open until Monday,” Byrum said. “But I couldn’t sleep knowing I would be requiring couples, who some

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had been waiting decades, to wait another two days to finally join in marriage.” So the doors opened, and the ceremonies were performed. At the courthouse, volunteers even showed up to help Byrum give out the marriage licenses. Others handed out roses or cheered on same-sex couples of the community, some of whom had been together for decades. East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett also showed up to officiate weddings. Triplett said he ended up marrying five couples, including MSU James Madison professor and Associate Dean of Social Relations and Policy Julia Grant and her partner. “From a very personal standpoint, one of the most moving parts of Saturday was (being able) to stand there and solemnize the marriage of my favorite college professor,” he said. Grant is out of town following her recent marriage and could not be reached for comment. Same-sex couple and Lansing residents Cody Bernard and Ryan Sebolt didn’t want to rush their own marriage, but instead came to the courthouse just to watch others smile, applaud and cry with joy. Bernard, who is an employee in the MSU Admissions Office, said it was strange to be granted civil rights so suddenly, something that he said he felt should have had in the first place. “It’s a weird feeling to know that you have a right that you didn’t have a minute ago before that piece of paper came out,” Bernard said. “It was really emotional. It was exciting to be there for the first time.

The federal government recognizes same-sex marriages that took place in Michigan, but Michigan does not “Honestly, (in) 2004 when the ban passed, I didn’t think I would see it (legal gay marriage) I’m my lifetime,” he said. Currently, the federal government recognized the samesex marriages that took place on March 22. In a statement, Gov. Rick Snyder made clear the state thought the marriages conducted between the ruling and the stay were legal, but did not go so far as to grant the newly-married couples full marriage rights. The conflicting viewpoints put the couples who were legally married in a state of legal limbo. Although the temporary celebration was a happy one, Sebolt said the sudden yanking away of same-sex marriage rights came as no surprise. “That’s been the pattern in other states,” Sebolt said. “It’s more frustration to see our governor and our Attorney General continuing to fight something that’s inevitable. I just go back to the idea of justice delayed is justice denied.” Triplett has also called on MSU to grant marriage benefits to any MSU faculty members who were married that day. “I feel pretty strongly that these marriages were valid, they should be recognized as such by the state and federal government and their

employers should recognize them as such,” Triplett said. “It’s my hope ultimately when MSU has done their due diligence and they’ve looked at the situation they will make the same conclusion I have. “They should recognize (these couples) for all university purposes like taxable treatment of benefits people have access to, the health benefits people have access to, things like that,” he said. MSU offered benefits to couples joined in domestic partnerships before 2004, when Michigan voters approved an amendment to the state Constitution defining marriage as one man and one woman. The amendment barred any public employer from offering identical benefits to same-sex couples. Director for the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives Paulette Granberry Russell previously told The State News she viewed the ruling as a positive one, but said it is not yet clear whether MSU can offer samesex couples the same benefits as heterosexual couples. LGBT on campus Biomedical laboratory diagnostics freshman Katrine Weismantle hasn’t come out to her parents yet. But it’s not because she’s afraid to — Weismantle said she just hasn’t found the right time to bring it up. "(The town I grew up in) was very liberal, where being true to yourself was encouraged and being gay was okay,” Weismantle said. “I only came out a few months ago, so I am currently ‘out’ at school but not yet at home.” Weismantle, who is also president of Spectrum, East Neighborhood’s LGBT caucus, said she always knew there was something different about her sexuality but couldn’t pinpoint what it was. After a few heterosexual relationships, she decided she was pansexual, or attracted to people of all gender identities. After going away to college and doing some soul-searching, she realized that she was a lesbian. She attributes her ability to come out to the support of her friends and the resources on MSU’s campus. Just like most college-aged people, Weismantle said she thinks about marriage just as much as any other person. “The debate is quite interesting right now in Michigan, and I am just hoping that marriage equality can happen nationwide,” she said. “I thought that by the time I was old enough to get married that it would be legal. As a child, I didn’t think there were people in the world (who) did not believe that anyone who was in love could get married.” Although marriage equality is on the minds of many in the LGBT community, ASMSU Representative for the Alliance of Queer & Ally Students Colin Wiebrecht said that there is still much more to be done to achieve LGBT rights. “There are so many other struggles going on in the community, like LGBT youth homelessness and transgender issues like workplace discrimination and healthcare issues,” Wiebrecht said. “I hope that people don’t start to get apathetic

Continued “The debate is quite interesting in Michigan, and I am just hoping that marriage equality can happen nationwide. I thought that by the time I was old enough to get married that it would be legal.” Katrine Weismantle, President of Spectrum, East Neighborhood’s LGBT caucus

toward (those) issues … (marriage) is a big issue, but there are so many other things we need to focus on as well.” Pride Week Don’t be surprised if campus seems quieter than usual on Friday — many students might be observing the national Day of Silence, a day in which students across the country vow to spend 24 hours in silence, representing a desire to silence anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. Students participating can show their support by wearing a red awareness ribbon. The event also serves as a kickoff to MSU’s Pride Week. Some of the events feature LGBT rights activists as speakers, and others are more whimsical — like glitter-bombing the rock on Farm Lane and holding a Hawaiian-themed Pride Prom for LGBT students to gather for a night of dancing. Many of the events on campus are being sponsored by the numerous neighborhoodassociated LGBT groups, one of them being People Respecting the Individuality of Students at MSU, or PRISM, which is sponsoring the Pride Prom. Computer science sophomore Louie Zedan is the president of PRISM and said the Pride Prom is especially important to LGBT students who may not have had the chance to go to a prom in high school because of their identity. "(Many LGBT students) lived in an environment where it wasn’t culturally acceptable for them to attend with their significant other, or they were explicitly denied because of their identity they had shown at school, whether that means their sexual or gender identity and its expression,” Zedan said. “In that regard, we feel Pride Prom is very important

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to us to provide that opportunity to students where before there was none.” Other Pride Week events address specific LGBT issues, like LGBT identities in religion. Q-Cross, an LGBT religious group, will be hosting a panel and discussion on faith and how it intersects with LGBT people. Graduate student and secretary for Q-Cross Jenny May said these conversations are important because of how often LGBT people are excluded from faith. “Many LGBT students come from a religious background, and may not have felt safe expressing their sexuality or gender identity,” May said. “I think being able to find religious organizations and groups allows students to be their authentic selves and feel supported.” Coming from a religious background and not feeling welcome in many religious groups herself, May knew she wanted to be involved in Q-Cross. “From experiences with friends, I knew many people felt hurt when they felt rejected by their communities,” May said. “When I heard about Q-Cross, I was excited to hear there was a group that would support me in being both Christian and LGBT, not simply one or the other.” Although each individual event is important to Pride Week, the simple act of a student being proud of their identity is a huge step for the community, LBGT Resource Center Director Deanna Hurlbert said. "(Pride Week) is important because pride is the antithesis of shame,” Hurlbert said. “So much of the LGBT experience has been cloaked in shame. This is a way of feeling good about one’s self.”

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A lawsuit filed by the owners of Frandor Shopping Center that sought an injunction on actions regarding the Montgomery Drain project was adjourned Thursday. The lawsuit was meant to stop officials from petitioning the Ingham County Drain Commissioner to begin the drain project. Lansing Retail Center LLC filed the lawsuit against the city on grounds of due process, conflict of interest and the belief that the city would use the drain project to underwrite costs on the Red Cedar Renaissance project. At Thursday’s hearing, the developer in question, Ferguson/Continental Lansing, LLC, was allowed to intervene in the lawsuit as an interested party. The company is headed by MSU Trustee Joel Ferguson and Ohio-based property developer Franklin Kass. Jason Horton, one of the attorneys representing Lansing Retail Center LLC, said his team is in talks with the city out of court unless an agreement is not reached before the next Lansing City Council meeting on April 21. Lansing City Attorney Janene McIntyre said the city is confident the claims will flop before “any court of law now or in the future.”

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The second phase of ASMSU elections continues as candidates running for eight seats in the Office of the President were announced on Thursday. The general assembly will vote on the seats next week. Current President Kiran Samra announced on Wednesday she will not be seeking reelection, but has decided to run for Vice President for Special Projects. She will face off against current Vice President for University Programming Jamayl Martin. “I think that within this position ... I have the ability to make a great impact; I’ve been doing that since ... I’ve stepped into ASMSU and I will continue to do that until I step out,” Samra said. Elections will be held April 16 and 17. If elected to the new role, Samra said she plans to continue strengthening relationships with students and organizations at MSU, to finish her plans of creating an ASMSU mobile app and start an assessment program for staff and Office of the President positions. Only two candidates will be running for president: current Vice President for Internal Administration Teresa Bitner and Lyman Briggs College Representative James Conwell. If elected, Bitner said she would focus on student outreach on and off campus. “We need to be innovative,” Bitner said. “We need to integrate into the neighborhoods ... (and collaborate) with other organiza-

tions and even local businesses, getting our information up in their places.” If he is elected, Conwell said he wants to focus on legislation and other university policies that would affect MSU students and thinks it is ASMSU’s responsibility to advocate for them. "(ASMSU’s) struggle is really showing the student body what it is that we do,” he said. “I want students to be involved with (policy) issues and the city too.” Conwell also is running for Vice President for Academic Affairs. The most contested seat for the election is Vice President for Internal Affairs, which has four candidates: Kathryn Maass, Jamayl Martin, Amber Addrow-Pierson and Evan Schrage. Schrage, who is also running to be College of Social Science representative, said he plans to reach out to more students via social media. “It’s going to require some work from the (general assembly),” Schrage said. “There are other things we can do (besides town halls) like coffee hours inside individual college buildings.” Samra said she is pleased with all of the candidates running and is looking forward to the election. “I’m really happy with the way it turned out,” Samra said. “I think both presidential candidates are very qualified ... (and I’m) excited to work under the leadership of either of them.”


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Splash of culture From left to right, nutrition sophomore Sapna Bhalsod, media and communications sophomore Abhilasha Singh and kinesiology sophomore Aretha Narayan practice before going on stage in Satrang dance production Saturday at Wharton Center. photos by Allison Brooks/ The State News


Nutrition sophomore Sapna Bhalsod performs during the Satrang dance production Saturday at Wharton Center. Bhalsod was a member of the “Dirty South” dance group.

fter years of practicing classical Indian dance, nutritional sciences sophomore Sapna Bhalsod was up for a new challenge. She joined the Coalition of Indian Undergraduate Students and Bhalsod decided to perform during the Satrang production on April 5 at Wharton Center. The annual show includes Indian cultural dances and a fashion show. Routines are choreographed by students. Bhalsod participated in the fashion show portion, but decided to explore her culture further by participating in a traditional South Indian dance. The steps came easily as she practiced Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance, for six years. “You have practice, you have school, your social life and sleep, and I had to balance it all,” Bhalsod said. — Allison Brooks, The State News

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Students compete in scholarship pageant Elementary education junior Patrick Harris sings a song dedicated to his little sister on Thursday during the Mr. and Miss Black MSU Scholarship Pageant at the Business College Complex. Harris was one of three male contestants competing for the Mr. Black MSU title.


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Nachofest tradition to be restored By Casey Holland THE STATE NEWS nn

Nine years ago, a group of about 15 students weighed down by exams and final projects gathered together to de-stress with the help of nachos and beer. NachoFest became an MSU tradition soon after its first modest event, and grew by the hundreds nearly until two years ago. The event went through a year-long hiatus from fall 2012 to spring 2013 after a law was passed requiring the buyer to tag each keg with their name, address, phone number and driver’s license number. Last fall, the tradition was revived by MSU alumnus Ben Thomas and his friends. This Saturday, with the end of the semester on the horizon, the group will be hosting NachoFest 2014. “The coolest part about this is that it happened so long ago,” Thomas said. “It’s an actual tradition. People have heard the name NachoFest from their older siblings. Sometimes it can be hard to keep a tradition up and going,

so I hope someone keeps it going after me.” Thomas said guests will be coming from all around to take part in the legacy they started as students. He even reached out to some of the original hosts. “It’s a really good opportunity to host the biggest party of my life,” Thomas said. Conrad’s Grill on Grand River Avenue will provide about 150 pounds of chips with about 120 pounds of cheese to be drizzled. With that, the event will feature jungle juice instead of the traditional kegs. Zoology and media arts and technology senior Blair Carter has attended two years of NachoFest celebrations. He said the best part was having a chance to have fun and relax with friends. “Since it’s usually right before exams, you get to get away from books for a day,” he said. “You get to just hang out with people and listen to good music.” NachoFest is not only a release, it is also a tradition kept alive by alumni and stories passed down through generations. Supply chain management

senior Chris Origer, another host of the event, said NachoFest gives students something special to hold on to that they can call

their own. “People really identify with it,” he said. “It’s become a part of the identity at MSU.”


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Health Assessment Survey con- yourself frequent but short study ducted on MSU students, about breaks when undertaking large 20 percent of students reported assignments. I learned this from a being depressed. About half of the friend of mine who has an insane respondents also said they were work ethic. I used to wonder how overwhelmed by everything they he could manage to read his textbooks without frying his brain. had to do. Although there are Because there are people out there who are guest columnist some people out there who can glue themdefinitely struggling, I selves to a chair for an thought it’d be approprientire evening withate to offer advice that out switching gears, based on techniques that it’s really easy for most have helped me through people to get distractthe most stressful of ed or need a break. times during my college His solution was to set experience. a timer on his phone My first tip is to get henry pan so every 25 minutes, assignments done as he’d take a five-minute soon as possible. It’s a break. The breaks are relief to finish a task and get it out of the way. As a reformed regular enough to prevent fatigue, procrastinator, I can say that noth- but also are short enough so that ing feels worse than trying to have you don’t get caught up in Facefun with friends while the thought book and throw your evening out of homework is constantly at the the window. Last but definitely not least is back of my mind. But staying focused and getting the assignment sleeping on a regular basis. Even done in a timely manner is a chal- though most people think that collenge in its own. Since the assign- lege comes with sleep deprivation, ment needs to get done, you might finding the time to sleep is what has as well complete it on Friday after- helped me the most. For me, it’s noon so that it doesn’t dampen the a complete waste of time to go to my class half-dead and get almost rest of your weekend. The next piece of advice is to give nothing out of the lecture. I find

ollege obviously is a stressful time for students. We are constantly studying to maintain our grades. In my major, it’s normal for students to work on their projects overnight in one of the labs at the Engineering Building. As one of my engineering friends describes it, she practically lives in the Engineering Building toward the end of the semester. However, a lot of stress is not just experienced from approaching assignment deadlines. Some students have to balance their academics with their extracurricular clubs. Students who are fighting debt have to maintain jobs while finding the time to finish homework. We face stress from nearly every angle these days. For those that are not aware, this week was Mental Health Awareness Week. This topic seems to be neglected at times, and many of us might find it difficult to talk about. But it’s a topic that we need to consider more thoroughly. According to the 2012 Student

all-nighters to be almost as bad, because if it gets too late my efficiency plummets. At that point, I might as well drop my pencil and get a good night’s rest so that the following morning, I can finish a problem in 10 minutes as opposed to the half an hour it would have taken me late at night. With enough sleep, you’ll feel more centered and be able to get more work done in a shorter period of time. Not to mention, sleep is good for your health and will help you feel less stressed. Although it can be incredibly easy to get caught up in a rat race of working and studying, remember that the whole point of college is to secure your well-being for the future. Taking care of yourself now is just as important as taking care of your future. After all, we want to make the most of the short time we have on campus. If we spend it being overwhelmed and sleep deprived, we likely won’t walk away from it feeling happy or healthy. Henry Pan is a chemical engineering sophomore. Reach him at

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I didn’t see the pictures, but unless they were photo-shopped, they really shouldn’t have bothered any adult who supports abortion. I can see how something might have been too graphic for young children, but it’s no different than showing a picture of any other medical procedure. ron, April 10

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I am an adult who supports abortion, and yet I don’t feel the need to look at graphic photographs of it to prove some point. I also support vaccinations/IVs/blood draws/etc., but I can’t even stomach the sight of a needle piercing skin on a medical television show. Just because you support a certain medical procedure doesn’t mean you MUST have the ability to watch it without being uncomfortable. Katie, April 10

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That’s the big problem. These photographs were entirely too graphic for young children. I personally saw an entire boy scout troop where the oldest member was maybe 10 go by this demonstration today. They were traumatized. There is no reason for this to be on a public campus. This campus is supposed to be a safe place for all students and visitors. This violates that right. Erin Betman, April 10

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Anti-abortion protesters are misguided, need to consider acts that lead to abortions An open letter to the anti-abortion protesters on campus: I think you greatly misunderstand the reasons why people seek abortions. No one I’ve ever met has gotten an abortion because it seemed like a fun way to spend an afternoon. They’ve gotten one because of a slew of very real, very serious problems in our society that must be solved. Your harassment and gory posters will never be effective in preventing abortions. Effective abortion prevention is mandatory and continuous public school sex education, and easy access to free condoms and birth control regardless of age or gender. Teenagers often become pregnant because they have no idea how their own bodies work, and because they have no access to contraceptives. This is especially true in states that discourage or outright ban comprehensive sex education in their public schools, overlooking the correlations between abstinence-only education and high teenage pregnancy rates. If a 14-year-old is too young to be taught about condoms, why is she old enough to give birth and raise a child? Effective abortion prevention is universal healthcare, easy access to free health screenings and tubal ligations and vasectomies for those who ask for them. Cancer and diabetes can already take a huge toll on someone without being exacerbated by pregnancy, putting the mother and the fetus in danger. Furthermore, denying young people vasectomies and tubal ligations denies them the opportunity to ensure they will not pass down hereditary diseases to biological children. Effective abortion prevention is mandatory and continuous sexual assault and abuse education, and harsh, swift prosecution of abusers, assailants and rapists. Many of the people I have met who have had abortions did so because they were raped, resulting in an unwanted, unplanned pregnancy attached to a debilitating trauma in their lives. Some of them were still children when this happened. Until sexual assault and abuse are entirely eradicated, people will seek abortions for pregnancies resulting from rape and incest. The only question is if they will be able to get a safe, legal abortion from a medical professional, instead of a dangerous and potentially fatal illegal procedure. Effective abortion prevention is an end to sexual slavery, forced abortions and involuntary sterilization. I have not encountered an anti-abortion campaign that has fought for a person’s right to choose to have children. Where is the antiabortion movement to put an end to sexual slavery, which inflicts dangerous forced abortions on the young girls who are impregnated by their rapists? Where is the outcry about the court-mandated, involuntary abortions and sterilizations of disabled women and women of color that happen right here in the U.S.? Effective abortion prevention is living wages for all employees, government-subsidized childcare, easy access to nutritious food for children and adults and permanent solutions to homelessness and poverty. The minimum wage in the U.S. is not nearly enough to support single adults, let alone families. Parents working two or three jobs, trying to lift themselves out of poverty, need access to inexpensive, high-quality childcare. Families need to have enough food, clothing and shelter to raise healthy children. Someone who doesn’t have enough income to support one person cannot be asked to start supporting an infant as well. And all of this must come with an understanding that easy access to safe and legal abortions is part of a basic, inherent human right to bodily autonomy and free will. Until every person is able to have full control over their own choices about their body, our world is an unjust, unsafe place to live. Please stop yelling at us, calling us murderers. You don’t know who were are or what we have endured in our lives. You’ve never even thought to ask, or you have refused to listen. If you truly cared about effectively preventing abortions, you would find solutions to the problems that drive people to seek abortions. You would not carry on with your abusive, selfrighteous campaigns to shame and scare people away from a medical service that saves lives from death, poverty and abuse. Keep abortion legal, on demand, without apology.

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Number of tackles recorded last season by junior cornerback Trae Waynes in 14 games last season.

msu secondary battle keeps heating up By Robert Bondy THE STATE NEWS nn

With the departures of cornerback Darqueze Dennard and safety Isaiah Lewis, the well-known “No Fly Zone”of 2013 is simply no more. But the addition of a few new members and the return of senior safety Kurtis Drummond and junior c ornerback Trae Waynes to the starting secondary still pose a difficult matchup for offenses across the country. “The coaches do a great job with recruiting, so I mean, we were already deep last year so it’s just now for those young guys to step up,” said Drummond, who also is aware of himself needing to step up into a senior leadership role. “Guys are competing, which is making everything better, and our chemistry back there is real good.”

“It’s a competition between me and three other guys. I have to compete … and show the coaches why I should be the first guy.” Darian Hicks, sophomore cornerback

where Cox saw a majority of his playing time on special teams. Despite knowing a year ago he wouldn’t have a larger role than special teams, Hicks isn’t making any changes to his preparation from last year. Hicks said he has entered this spring with the same mindset of competing and proving he deserves to be on the field. “It doesn’t really change for me, now it’s just an open spot and it’s a competition between me and three other guys,” said Hicks, who recorded two tackles last season as a true freshman. “I have to compete everyday and show the coaches why I should be the first guy.” He said that he has learned a

Sophomore cornerback Darian Hicks is the number one option opposite of Waynes in the starting lineup, but head coach Mark Dantonio said there are a few other options emerging. Dantonio said junior Arjen Colquhoun, sophomore Ezra Robinson and sophomore Jermaine Edmondson all are improving throughout the spring as other viable options at cornerback. Junior RJ Williamson currently is leading the race for the open strong safety position, but Dantonio said sophomore Demetrious Cox is not far behind for the starting gig. Williamson has more experience at the position with two starts at safety last year,

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lot from Dennard and still keeps in touch with the 2013 Jim Thorpe Award winner, who was at Tuesday’s practice. Waynes will be another veteran who will be stepping into an enhanced spotlight. Waynes


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started all 14 games at cornerback last season and finished with 50 tackles and three interceptions, but now he won’t have the benefit of a potential NFL first-rounder opposite of him. “I got to step up into that lead-

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Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is a 6 — Sometimes you just need to manage boring details. You can delegate to someone else, but maintain responsibility for getting the job done. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is a 7 — In a clash between fantasy and reality, a choice gets presented. Choose private over public venues. The more responsibility you take on, the greater results.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is a 6 — Let things simmer today and tomorrow. Be gracious to detractors, despite temptation to argue. You can make, and lose, money. Watch the numbers. Move slowly. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is a 6 — You could find yourself in the spotlight over the next two days. Stay true to yourself. Generate optimism, and aim for an inspiring future.

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ership role and stuff like that,” Waynes said. “Darqueze definitely emphasized that before he left and he definitely showed me how to be a leader last year when he was here so I’m just trying to fill that role.”

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Today is a 5 — Consider new opportunities for the next few days. There could be a test involved. Compete for more responsibilities. Ignore your inner critic, and think like a beginner, fresh and willing. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is a 6 — Prepare taxes and paperwork. It could disrupt your schedule with unexpected situations. Count pennies, and ask for benefits. Study how to keep more money. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is a 7 — You can find the financing you need. Prepare documents. Seek help from a female teacher or expert. You can get institutional backing. Get your ducks in a row. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is a 7 — Get farther with help from a partner and support from your family. Keep it practical. Do your homework, and handle details. Despite temporary confusion, you can get it done together.



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6 Switching seasons | Th e State Ne ws | fr iday, a pr il 11, 2014 | state n e

PHOTOS BY Danyelle Morrow/The State News

Theatre freshman Tyler Recher practices tricking, an acrobatic martial art, on Thursday near the Red Cedar River behind the Administration Building. Recher, formerly a cheerleader, has been practicing the art for a year.

Spring has sprung After one of the coldest winters on record, the weather is finally warming up and students are heading outside Weekend forecast Friday Sunny High of 66°

Saturday Partly cloudy High of 73°

Sunday Rainy High of 64°

Secondyear medical student Evan Begun throws a baseball around Thursday in the courtyard behind Hubbard Hall. Begun and a friend were taking a moment to relax before their final class.


ammocks have been strung, dresses and shorts have been brought out and jackets have been tossed aside now that the polar vortex has retreated. It appears winter has finally come to an end. Students took this opportunity to bring their books outside for sunny afternoon study sessions. The sidewalks and trails were packed with runners taking advantage of the heat to fit in a workout.

Without the threat of snow or ice, students took a minute to relax and spend time in the sun. Some took a chance between classes to practice sports, while others spent their time lounging in hammocks strung along the Red Cedar River. Even ducks left the water to enjoy snacks from the lounging students. Spring is finally here. ­­—Casey Holland, The State News

Advertising sophomore Alex Byers sits in a hammock Thursday along the Red Cedar River behind the Administration Building. Byers, part of the Hammocking Club of MSU, had set up a hammock with a fellow club member.

Advertising junior Rebecca Pervolarakis reads on Thursday along the Red Cedar River behind the Business College Complex.

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