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MSU’s first science festival — 10 days of experiments, research, learning and technology — begins tonight

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or the next 10 days, visitors to the fi rst MSU Science Festival can expect more than their average field trip.


Visitors will be able to view and participate in more than 150 presentations, ranging from astronomy to human anatomy, taught mostly by MSU faculty and graduate students. The festival begins today and will run until April 21. Events will be held throughout campus and will welcome people of all ages from across the state. Visitors also can take tours of campus, listen to lectures a nd engage i n ha nds- on activities. Hiram Fitzgerald, associate provost for University Outreach and Engagement, said University Outreach and Engagement was the main organizer for the festival with the help of other groups and sponsors. PHOTOS BY ADAM TOOLIN/THE STATE NEWS Today’s features include a Graduate student Keith Button runs on a specialized track while research assistant Jerrod Braman records the data Thursday series of talks, called “Say It at Fee Hall. Button and Braman were testing equipment in preparation for MSU’s upcoming Science Festival, running April In 7,” a series of seven-min- 12-21. ute talks from MSU scientists about their research, with questions from MSU Science Festival main events: the audience. Tomorrow, Sunday and next weekend, TODAY participants can visit the Lansing State “Say It In 7” Journal Expo Tent , located in BenefacA series of seven-minute talks from tors Plaza , between the Old HorticulMSU researchers ture, Natural Science and Student Ser6-9 p.m. vices buildings. Kellogg Center auditorium April 19 is the School Expo ExtravaSATURDAY, APRIL 13 AND 20; ganza Day, dedicated to more than 1,300 SUNDAY, APRIL 14 AND 21 K-12 students from 19 schools. Lansing State Journal Expo Tent During the week, there also will be Multiple hands-on activities for people of all ages events throughout campus. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fitzgerald said many of the events in Benefactors Plaza the tent will be for younger children, and FRIDAY, APRIL 19 the lectures might be more for adults, School Expo Extravaganza Day but there is something for everyone at Events will be held across campus for K-12 students the MSU Science Festival. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m “It is geared towards people who are (ages) 5 to 105,” Fitzgerald said. “(We Graduate student Keith Button gets equipment taped to his SUNDAY, APRIL 21 have) things that are available to all leg by research assistant Jerrod Braman on Thursday at Fee What All Students Need to Know About Science Hall. Button and Braman will present their research on the ages.” Teaches how to prepare students for sciencedifferences between traditional running shoes and minimal, Ruby Ghosh , research associate probased careers and includes a lecture, poetry and fessor in the Department of Physics and or barefoot, running shoes all 10 days of the science festival. music Their demonstration will take place in East Fee Hall, rooms Astronomy, will be giving a talk on oxy3-4:30 p.m. A422 and A423.

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Trustees to vote on increasing room and board rates 3.9 percent By Samantha Radecki THE STATE NEWS ■■


International relations freshman Evan Wilkins, left, directs environmental geoscience and comparative culture and politics freshman Ian Hoopingarner to where he thinks he sees a zombie on Monday outside of IM Sports-Circle. Spartans Vs. Zombies lasts until 11 p.m. Saturday or when the final mission is completed.

THE RUNNING, TAGGING DEAD Human vs. Zombies is in full swing this week with almost 800 students committed to the game of skill, survival and Nerf guns. For more, see page 3. — Katie Stiefel, SN


At today’s Board of Trustees meeting, trustees will discuss and vote upon whether to increase room and board rates by 3.9 percent for the 2013-14 academic year. Bob Patterson, the chief financial officer of Residential and Hospitality Services, said this is the smallest increase in 13 years and is the result of debt the university has accumulated for residence and dining hall renovations. This increase will raise the standard double occupancy silver unlimited meal plan rate to $8,806 — increasing by $330. The on-campus Spartan Village and University Village apartment complexes have no price increases. Trustees Brian Mosallam and Dianne Byrum said they will vote for the increase, and see it as necessary to maintain operational costs and pay

“We are just working to make sure that they are a place that a Spartan wants to be.” Kat Cooper, communication manager for the Vice President of Auxiliary Enterprises

back debt. “It’s pretty much in line with inflation and less than what it’s been in the past,” Mosallam said. “(MSU is) trying to do the best that they can to keep the costs down … and they’re very concerned about tuition and room and board.” Mosallam had no information about possible tuition increases for the next academic year, he said. See DORMS on page 2 X

It’s been a rough week, and even ASMSU can’t deny it. Between low turnout at a $25,500 carnival and the cancelation of the Ne-Yo concert, MSU’s undergraduate student government’s election week — meant to promote the group and engage students — didn’t go as planned. “I think that the week has been a cumulation of a lot of planning and hard work on ASMSU’s end, and it didn’t turn out as we might of hoped or expected,” ASMSU Director of Public Relations Haley Dunnigan said. The student government kicked off their general assembly election voting Sunday morning by hosting a spring carnival with six different rides, but there was a low turnout for the event. The organiSee EVENTS on page 2 X


FRIB MIGHT GET $55 MILLION FROM GOVT. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama submitted his Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal allocating increased funds for higher education. The fiscal year runs from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014. In his proposal, $55 million was allotted for MSU’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB, in addition to more than $1.2 billion for various national higher education awards and contests and an increase in Pell Grant funding. Konrad Gelbke, lab director of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, called the budget “great” for FRIB. “We need to start excavating, and I think these funds are sufficient to carry the (project) forward on the time frame,” he said. Authorization to establish the project baseline and proceed on FRIB’s construction will have to be approved by the U.S. Department of Energy, which could be this summer, FRIB Project Manager Thomas Glasmacher said. FRIB is set to be reviewed in June. If civil construction commences this summer, FRIB could be finished in 2019, he said. Last year, FRIB was allocated $22 million from the federal government. Gelbke said it was critical for FRIB to receive at least double that this year to keep on track. Vice President for Governmental Affairs Mark Burnham said MSU is pleased with the budget requests, and MSU feels as if FRIB is remaining a national priority. Also in the proposal, Obama has allotted $1 billion for a Race to the Top-College Affordability and Completion contest and $260 million for a First in the World fund — both of which would promote change and innovation in higher education. If Obama’s budget is approved by Congress, Pell Grants would be available for more than 9 million students. BY SAMANTHA RADECKI

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Police brief No butts about it — harassment in dorm Two female students have requested police interference with a male student that had been giving them unwelcome attention between March 16-23 in West McDonel Hall. MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said an 18-yearold female student and a 19-year-old female student have both had unwelcome contact with a male student, who was trying to have a relationship with at least one of the women. The man reportedly has knocked on their doors. On one occasion, the 18-year-old reportedly looked through the peephole, saw it was him and decided not to open the door. When he turned to leave, she saw his butt was exposed. The 19-year-old reported that at one time in his apartment, the man fondled her right butt cheek, at which point she pushed him away. McGlothian-Taylor said the man made both women uncomfortable and although they did not wish to press charges, they requested he leave them alone. As of Monday, police had yet to locate the suspect. DARCIE MORAN

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MSU’s first 10-day science show features hands-on experiments, lectures, activities, poetry and music FROM PAGE ONE

gen-sensing technology she developed and has been working on since 1997. One way t he tec h nolo gy can be used is to monitor environmental toxin levels in “dead zones,” such as Lake Erie, where algae blooms have starved the plant life, preventing any growth. “In my lab, we have developed a new technique to be able to measure oxygen that is affordable, compact and most important, can be used pretty much anywhere,” Ghosh said. Fitzgerald will be giving a talk Sunday on the positive and negative effects fathers have on child development,


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zation was ridiculed on The State News’ comment boards for the lack of students that attended the event, with one commenter noting, “Just watch the video! Where are the students!! I saw more carnival workers then students.” ASMSU Event Planning Manager Rebecca Ruhlman estimated about 250-300 students attended the event throughout the day. A S M S U w a s a l l o c at e d $25,500 to provide the spring carnival to students, with ticket prices listed at $10 per person for unlimited rides. The group ran into another speed bump, deciding to cancel the Ne-Yo and Hot Chelle Rae

something he said he is looking forward to. Rich Bellon , assistant professor in Lyman Briggs School and the Department of History, will be dressed in a 19th century gentleman’s costume, speaking short readings from Charles Darwin, something he teaches to his students. “I hope that people get a clear understanding of what it is that Charles Darwin actually did, rather than the controversy that surrounds him,” Bellon said. “I’m a little excited, it should be fun (and a) chance to talk to a different type of audience than I normally talk to.” Darren Bagley, MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development educator, will be collecting bugs out of the Red Cedar River, weather permitting, and teaching people about different types of bugs and what each says about the water quality. He will have information available for people to identify each bug. Bagley sa id it ’s i mpor-

concert originally planned for Thursday . ASMSU announced via its Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon that, because of low ticket sales, the group decided it would be best for the concert to be cancelled. A S M S U w a s a l l o c at e d $250,000 for the concert at a Feb. 21 meeting to boost awareness of elections and get ASMSU’s name out to the community. Dunnigan said students will receive their money back for the tickets and is unsure how much money the organization will lose from the concert falling through. Dunnigan said it does not appear the group will lose the entire sum for the concert. However, the group will lose money they spent marketing the event. With ASMSU receiving negative comments toward the student government’s latest events, ASMSU President Evan Martinak released a statement signifying the organization is

“The more that people can see how science is relevant to their lives, the more they can get involved.” Anna Royer, graduate student

tant to have hands-on learning, because students are more likely to remember the information. “In science classes, you sit and learn most times,” Bagley said. “(We) learn by doing rather than just reading out of a textbook.” Graduate student Anne Royer also is doing a hands-on demonstration using Lego cars to show evolution and introduce an online program, called . K-12 participants will be able to see their own vehicles evolve on two-dimensional tracks, Royer said. “The (MSU) Science Festival is really exciting because it’s a chance for us to engage more people, especially younger people,” Royer said. “The more that people can see how science is relevant to their

lives, the more they can get involved.” Physics junior Rachel Little has been helping with the science writing for the event, acting as a bridge between the science experts and the rest of the public. Little said the festival has turned out to be much bigger than she initially imagined, and she is excited for her family to come to campus. “I’m excited to get to show the family the cyclotron,” Little said. “I like doing stuff like that and doing stuff with family.” All events will be free and open to the public, but some have limited space and require a reservation. More information can be found on the MSU Science Festival’s website,

“The week has been a cumulation of a lot of planning and hard work on ASMSU’s end, and it didn’t turn out as we might of hoped,” Haley Dunnigan, ASMSU director of public relations

in place to serve the undergraduate students the best way they know how to do. “ASMSU consists of over 100 students who are dedicated to bettering the undergraduate experience at Michigan State,” Martinak said in a statement. “We exist solely to serve the student population and will act in the best interest of undergraduates in the best way that we know how. If you don’t like it, get involved.” Marketing freshman Lena Jensen said she wasn’t pleased to hear about the past week, but had to accept ASMSU’s choices. “I’m frustrated that’s where the money is going,” she said. “But I don’t have any ideas for

other things they can use it for.” ASMSU elections will continue until April 15, when voting will close at 8 a.m. The organization has made it clear that receiving a high-voter turnout is important. But Dunnigan said the negative week isn’t causing ASMSU to put any more or less emphasis on high-voter turnout than in previous years. “Voter turnout and elections has always been important for ASMSU because we need student input,” she said. “No matter what year it is, voter turnout is important. I don’t think because of the last week it is any more important.”

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Residential and Hospitality Services, or RHS, currently has $216 million in debt from renovations since 2000, said Kat Cooper, communication manager for the Vice President of Auxiliary Enterprises. In the 2012-13 fiscal year, RHS accumulated $28 million in debt, which was planned for in their 2008 strategic plan, she said. Recent building renovations include The Vista at Shaw, which reopened in January at a cost of $14 million, and the Armstrong and Bryan residence halls in Brody Neighborhood, which currently are closed until revamping is completed. Together, they cost $31 million and are slated to reopen in July. “Many of our residence halls were built in a housing boom in




the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, and they are all coming to a time that they need work at the same time,” Cooper said. “We are just working to make sure that they are a place that a Spartan wants to be, and where a Spartan in 10 years wants to be.” She also said it is a priority to keep the on-campus housing costs competitive with off-campus apartments. Cooper said it is difficult to compare the costs “apples to apples,” because MSU’s room and board includes food, Internet, cable and a close proximity to residence hall neighborhood engagement centers, among other amenities. Communication sophomore Adam Javery lives in Wonders Hall and said he understands why there is a need for a rate increase but feels as if it should not be out of the students’ pocket to compensate for renovation costs. “I do see renovation as a good thing, but I don’t know if they should take that to the room and board prices,” he said. Mosallam said, after a briefing of MSU’s 2013-14 budget, there were no other alternatives but to set the increase. At the meeting, the trustees also will vote on an approval to proceed on construction of the on-campus Bio Engineering Facility and the 25-megawatt electrical duct bank to help power the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB. Mosallam said he believes both of these construction projects also will be approved by the board. The public meeting is at 9:30 a.m. today at the Hannah Administration Building.



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The “horde” of “zombies” chases after a group of “humans” Wednesday on Shaw Lane. The first major game of Spartans vs. Zombies was played fall 2010.


Supply chain management junior Evan Spreng hides behind the bushes to keep a lookout for zombies Wednesday outside of Hubbard Hall. Spreng did not become “infected” by any zombies during the mission.


Nerf bullets are packed within a toolbox for humans to “stun” zombies during a mission Tuesday. About 800 students participated in Spartans Vs. Zombies this year. Realisticlooking Nerf blasters are not allowed in the game. Participants also are not allowed to use airsoft, paintball, or other assorted blasters.

Students swarm campus for week of Spartans vs. Zombies

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Electrical engineering sophomore Nick Takala keeps his Nerf blasters at the ready Wednesday while walking down Farm Lane. This is the fourth-major game of Spartans Vs. Zombies that has been played on campus. The first game of Spartans Vs. Zombies included about 150 participants, ending in a victory for the zombies near Beaumont Tower.

Supply chain management junior Evan Spreng’s head popped out of the thick brush as his eyes scanned the horizon. Camouflaged among the pine shrubs, hiding was a matter of life or death. “Avoid the infection,” was his silent thought as Spreng waited to ambush a zombie in the fourthmajor game of Spartans vs. Zombies, which started Monday and ends at 11 p.m. Saturday. “I’ve never had anything on campus give me this much of a sense of camaraderie,” Spreng said. “People that I’ve just met five minutes ago are my best friends now because we’re fighting together to stay alive.” Communication senior John

Parkinson, who has participated in each Spartans vs. Zombies game since it started in fall 2010, said he has seen the number of participants rise each year. “The very first game was passed around by word of mouth,” Parkinson said. “Three hundred or so were registered on the website, but only 150 or so came out and played.” For the past week, almost 800 students participated in the event. The orange or yellow bandanas around students’ arms represent a “human” that has not yet been infected by a “zombie,” who wear bandanas around their heads. On the first day of the game, a handful of zombies are selected to “bite” as many humans as they can by tagging them. The goal is to build a horde of zombies. It’s a tough game, but mathematics freshman Sarah Gar-

cia said she was up for the challenge. “There’s definitely more guys, but I don’t feel intimidated at all,” Garcia said. “It doesn’t feel like there’s any separation between boys and girls because we’re all having a good time.” For humans to fend off zombies, they use Nerf guns to “stun” them. The purpose of the game is to either have all humans turned into zombies or to have all zombies starve by not biting a human in at least 48 hours. “For the week, you don’t just have to go to class, but survive while getting to class,” Parkinson said.

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The rules: 1) Must be an MSU student or faculty member 2) Bandanas must be orange or yellow and fully visible -Zombies wear bandanas around their head -Humans wear bandanas around their arm 3) The game only is played from 7 a.m. to midnight 4) Tagging and shooting is not allowed off campus 5) Don't hit non-players. Respect students who choose not to play 6) Buildings are no-play areas

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Threats of North Korean missile attack personal for some students By Simon Schuster THE STATE NEWS ■■

On the eastern coast of North Korea, two Musudan missiles sit on launch pads, ready to be fi red at any time with the estimated ability to hit targets thousands of miles away. For students planning to study abroad in South Korea or other neighboring states, or for the 614 South Korean international students currently at MSU, the more than 6,480 miles between North Korea’s capital and East Lansing might not feel so large. In an apparent response to the joint military exercises being conducted with South Korea and the U.S., North Korea approved a nuclear strike on the U.S. on April 4, according to an English-language version of North Korea’s state-run news agency, KCNA. In a briefi ng last week, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel wasn’t taking North Korea’s provocative statements lightly. “They have ratcheted up their bellicose, dangerous rhetoric and some of the actions they’ve taken over the last few weeks present a real and clear danger.” Hagel said. Students, including international students from the region, aren’t taking it lightly either. General management junior

Dong Wook Kim is vice president of the Korean Student Organization. Kim grew up in South Korea, where his family resides. He said the latest developments worry him. “I actually spent almost two years in (the) Korean Army from 2010 to 2011, and at the time North Korea was shooting bombs into South Korean territory,” Kim said, referring to two brief skirmishes between the neighboring countries that resulted in numerous casualties. “(But) this is the worse level (of tension).” The distance might make a difference in how Koreans at home and abroad react to the news, said Yasumasa Komori, a specialist in foreign and security policy in East Asia and an assistant professor of international relations at James Madison College. “My guess is that South Korean people back home have tried to stay calm and tried not to overreact — to live their daily lives as much as possible,” said Komori, who hails from Japan. “Overreacting is exactly what the North Koreans want. South Koreans over here, hearing all the news from CNN and international news, I guess they are probably more worried.” Although some U.S. officials have estimated North Korea is several years from achieving the missile technology needed


to reach the U.S. with nuclear warheads, a coalition of Japanese, South Korean, and U.S. forces have prepared several missile defense measures as a safeguard. Three study abroad programs take place in South Korea’s capital, Seoul, which is about 35 miles from the demilitarized zone separating the north from the south. Despite the threats of an attack, a Wednesday statement from MSU’s Office of Study Abroad noted offi cial do not anticipate any changes to the programs. “MSU students, faculty and staff who are currently abroad or planning to study or travel in South Korea are encouraged to take precautions at this time that include maintaining a heightened level of attention to media and travel alerts for the Korean Peninsula, closely monitoring developments in the Korean peninsula prior to and during your stay, and reconsidering any travel plans to North Korea due to the increased level of political tensions,” according to the statement.





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et’s give another slow clap for Congress. Starting July 1, student loan interest rates are set to double, impacting the many college students struggling to pay for an education. As if student loans were not already a big enough burden, the percent of interest charged now is expected to rise from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Students already are battling with ways to

A February report from the Congressional Budget Office, said the federal government makes 36 cents in profit on every student-loan dollar. This report estimates student loans will bring in $34 billion next year. According to Terry Hartle, the senior vice president of the American Council on Education, with this new interest rate, the government will rake in more money from student loans than Ford Motor Co. makes on automobiles. Students should be fully aware of where their money is going, but the government does not disclose this information often. If government profit from student loans really does amount to billions of dollars per year, the revenue should be used to ensure future students can afford an education. Particularly now, with the economy as bad as it is, Congress must either fi nd a way to justify raising interest rates on already-sky high tuition costs, or fi nd a way to keep them down.

save their money to pay off college debts. This has become a vicious cycle. If you want a career, you must go to college, but in order to go to college, most people must take out a loan. You have to pay off this loan, which you continue to do throughout the career you went to school for. In some cases, people endure the struggle of paying off student loans until they are senior citizens — fi nally able to pay back their loans just in time to start worrying about their children’s education. A college education used to be the payoff for career opportunities, or so every teacher stressed to students during their junior and senior years of high school. But as the price of college becomes an even larger strain on our pocketbooks, should teachers re-evaluate their advice? People should not have to choose between going to school to get an education or settling for a job that doesn’t require a degree. But one also has to wonder where exactly the money that will be made from this doubling interest is headed.


If not, current underclassmen will have to make sure they can afford to continue their schooling as planned, and incoming freshman might have to look at smaller, inexpensive colleges so they can afford to receive an education. Larger schools, potentially even those in the Big Ten, might lose their students to smaller community colleges because of this cost increase — which ultimately might lower the larger schools’ funding as well. Any way you look at this soon-to-be student loan interest rate increase, unless Congress acts, the only things that seem likely to come from it are a stronger hate for the government, reduced education rates and empty wallets.


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sounds equally peculiar and an oddly formal way for an American-college student to address his peers. The point is, my strange affinity for British vernacular doesn’t make me a hipster, but rather, makes me more Tyler. What I find preposterous, however, is the practice of being difIt’s highly probable you’ve been ferent for the sake of being shoveled into what people consider different. This attitude denies cultivating to be a hipster. I don’t know when your personal identithe term “hipster” first ty and employs moldwas put into circulaGUEST COLUMNIST ing yourself to a set of tion, but its definition social rules. has been misconstrued T he s e r u le s , or terribly and has led to trends, are dictated naively pigeonholing by those high up in people who think for pop culture, fashion themselves. and social media sites, You shouldn’t have like Tumblr. They conto defend yoursel f vince impressionable for having an identiTYLER BURT kids they can reach a ty and harboring point where they’re sonal views. A quick considered hip, which example is the revival of listening to music on vinyl, obviously is a futile quest. Don’t they realize this is an which unsurprisingly has been thrown under the umbrella of end that can’t be met? Trends are “just another hipster thing to do,” unfixed and constantly evolve. No one should ever have to ask like everything else arrogant people who are so set in their ways themselves, “Wait, um, is this in right now? People like this stuff, don’t understand. There’s a legitimate audible dif- right?” I once overheard someone ference between today’s conven- knocking the word “swag,” claimtional-digital MP3 files and the ing it was “So 2011.” I would like to know what unique sound vinyl produces. You shouldn’t be admonished exactly it was that elected him as a “trendy hipster” if you sin- to decide it’s already unstylish to cerely like doing whatever off- use the word “swag” and to go as beat, slightly out-of-the-ordinary far as banishing the word from his vocabulary. It blows my mind thing it is you do. Reducing someone’s character someone actually could think that. as someone “tryI don’t s up ing to be edg y pose it will soon or different ” is “You shouldn’t be become lame to a plainly naive e at y ou r f r ie s act, reserved for admonished as a the closed-mind- ‘trendy hipster’ if you w i t h k e t c h u p. Gee, I better get ed. It’s a sure sign sincerely like doing my fix in before of insecurity of people stop eatone’s own image whatever offbeat, ing w it h me, and values if he slightly out of the because I’d hate or she has to go to be “The weird to the reductive ordinary thing it is one who still uses means of labeling you do.” ketchup.” people they don’t This is best understand. revealed in those As a product of this, self expression has become that discontinue listening to a something many are tentative to band once it breaks into the mainreveal — as if you should almost stream and gains commercial feel guilty for having an original attention. It makes no sense. If anything, these people should thought. For instance, I passionately be stoked if one of their favordespise the way people say, “Yeah, ite bands becomes successful. It we’re getting weird tonight,” when makes me question what their referring to a night of partying. motivation for listening to the What do you mean you’re “get- band was in the first place — to be different? They must nevting weird?” To my friends, this makes me a er really have been fans in the total hipster. They’ll sarcastical- first place. So, for this reason, if you wear ly snarl things like, “Oh, is it not something as bizarre as a monocle hip to say that?” I truthfully don’t care if it is or — and wear it solely because you not, I just think it sounds dumb. find it exceptionally fashionable I prefer to substitute the annoy- — it doesn’t make you a hipster. It makes you who you are, ing “Let’s get weird” with “Let’s have a dashing old time, gentle- a nd t h at shou ld ne ve r b e men. Ah, yes. Jolly good!” which discouraged.

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Are you serious? There’s a good damn reason burning things in the middle of the street (or, if the arsonist is particularly stupid, on a lawn) is illegal. When your house burns down, are you going to chalk it up to “tradition?” When someone is horribly burned, will that just be the price of “tradition?” Just because you’re a college student doesn’t mean you get out of obeying necessary safety laws. If the “tradition” of burning couches is so important to you, maybe you should consider that facing charges is among the least of the possible consequences of that tradition. Andrew Cooper , April 10 via

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Civil rights unclear with taxi ordinance By Michael Koury THE STATE NEWS ■■

Whether coming home from a late night at the bar or from an evening studying at the library, for some students it can be tough to get around East Lansing without taxi and cab services. East Lansing City Council is discussing an addition to the city code to define what is meant by “good moral character,” a requirement hopeful taxicab drivers must meet before getting behind the wheel. But some city staffers have concerns the term might lead to discrimination based on an applicants’ criminal record and have requested no vote be taken during next Tuesday’s public hearing at City Hall, 410 Abbot Road. The city code currently states an applicant must be a “citizen of the U.S., or any noncitizen permitted to work in the U.S. under federal laws, (who is) a resident of the state, of the age of 18 years or more (and) of good moral character.” It’s up to East Lansing police Chief Juli Liebler whether or not applicants meet the standard. The proposed addition was

nance makes sense to him because it’s important to have drivers on the road who can be trusted, especially when it comes to any crime of sexual conduct. “A lot of girls (when they’re drunk) have fear that … they’re going to be taken advantage of,” he said. But the problems with taxi drivers might go beyond just their criminal record. International relations and hospitality business freshman Rebecca Sztuczko said a cab ride turned sour when her driver became so angry about construction she demanded to leave the vehicle. Because there is no interview process with police before an application and license is approved, Sztuczko said that’s something the city might want to take up. “You never know what a person’s character is like until you actually meet them,” she said.

made by city staff to inform applicants whether they fit the criteria of good moral character to avoid paying an $80, nonrefundable fee, only to be denied. Evidence of someone not having good moral character could include any history of assaults, distribution or delivery of controlled substances, or criminal sexual conduct, among others. But Mayor Pro Tem Nathan Triplett said the East Lansing Human Relations Commission asked council to postpone any vote so “they can consider potential civil rights implications of the ordinance as proposed.” City workers brought up concerns that the change could lead to misuse of applicants’ criminal history and potential bias. “It goes without saying public safety is top priority for the city,” Triplett said. “But public safety and protecting the civil rights of applicants are not mutually exclusive.” Vartan Muradov, owner of Royal Express Taxi, said the ordi-





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April showers bring May flowers, but flowers are sparse on campus after Michigan had harsh storms during Severe Weather Awareness Week. Gov. Rick Snyder declared this week through April 13 as Severe Weather Awareness Week, and MSU has joined the movement to let students know how to prepare for any type of severe weather. The MSU community has been stepping in puddles the last few days, but MSU police Capt. Penny Fischer, who commands the emergency management and special events division, said weather will not stop getting the message out to residents about how to prepare in case Michigan weather turns nasty. Fischer provides procedures for severe weather emergencies to the MSU community through

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Psychology freshman Laura Bizzarri walks past a puddle behind MSU Ramp 2 near the Red Cedar River on Thursday. The flood advisory for Red Cedar River remains in effect as of press time Thursday.

email alerts and information on the MSU Police website. The website recommends signing up for National Weather Service flood alerts, preparing a first aid kit, getting non-perishable food and bottled water, flashlights and extra batteries. “On our own website, there is information on what to do in the event of severe weather striking,” Fischer said. “This is the time to start thinking about preparing and planning.” Humanities-pre-law freshman Christina Melcher said being prepared for severe weather is important and hearing MSU pair up with Snyder is a good reinforcement. “I don’t think you can ever be too prepared,” Melcher said. “I take Gov. Snyder seriously and MSU seriously, so having both of them reinforce this kind of information is helpful.” As the rain falls this week, Fis-

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Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is a 7 — Continue to increase your income opportunities. Think of something new and take notes. Secure the ground you’ve captured, as advancement slows over the next five months. Play with favorite people. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is a 7 — Stick to your budget, but don’t blow your horn about it. Confidentiality works best, although it’s good to get everyone in your household involved. Give away some treasure. Gemini (May 21-June 20) Today is an 8 — Find joy in daily routines. Add randomness. Complete satisfaction is an achievable state of mind. Don’t let haters get you down. Patience may be required. Imagine them in their underwear. Cancer (June 21-July 22) Today is an 8 — Spend a little on something that improves efficiency for a new assignment. Imagination pays well. Rethink a recent decision with your

cher said there are procedures if the Red Cedar River overflowed, as Infrastructure Planning and Facilities monitors it. Gus Gosselin , director of building services in Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, said the Red Cedar River has risen six inches between Wednesday and Thursday, but he is not worried about the river overflowing. As of Thursday, the river was about 5.2 feet. Flood level is 8 feet. “There would have to be one heck of a rain storm for it to reach eight feet,” Gosselin said. “Depending on how fast it goes up, (it) depends on what procedures we would take.” Gosselin said numerous people keep an eye on the river, and if it reaches 8 feet, he and the team start taking action. “We have a flood data book that gives us all the instructions on plugging floor drains and where to sandbag,” Gosselin said.

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TV’s upcoming show, “Girl Code,” is a comedy series based around established female stand-up comics, actresses and musicians. However, the show doesn’t discriminate against males. One such male, MSU alumnus Scott Long, has a small role on the show, which premiers April 23. A 2012 graduate, Long has been acting since middle school and was involved in many productions as an MSU student. He currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he’s working to launch his acting career. Here’s what he had to say about his experience: — Omari Sankofa II, The State News The State News: How did you land the part? Scott Long: They called me up. It was one day in December and they said ‘We need you to be on our show, are you available?’ and I said, ‘Totally.’ I thought it was just going to be some background work, but turns out ... I’m a secondary. It was cool.”


Myrtle Beach, S.C. resident Patti Mansfield rides up the escalator during the Girls’ Night Out Fashion Show held Oct. 8, 2011, at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place.

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One red dress changed everything for Lauren Dale. Now an apparel and textile design senior, Dale created the garment, which she affectionately calls “the little red dress,” at the start of her venture as an aspiring fashion designer. “It’s everything,” Dale said. “I learned so much about myself through that dress. I learned how to pleat, gather and line a garment, and I wore it myself to a lot of events.” The dress is one of several garments Dale will display at (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., as part of Girls’ Day Out. Brought by the City of East Lansing and the Downtown Management Board, Girls’ Day Out offers an afternoon of shopping, dining and fashion in downtown East Lansing. It also includes a fashion show at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place, 300 M.A.C Ave. Along with many others, the event is sponsored by VIM Magazine, MSU’s fashion-based publication. Brittany Ricca, the event coordinator for VIM Magazine and Spanish senior, said Girls’ Day Out gives students the opportunity to get to know more about the city of East Lansing. “It’s a good opportunity for students to see stores

SN: How do you get your name out there? SL: You go on websites like ( or (home. You get resumes, you get headshots, just keep at it until somebody calls you up, like, ‘OK, we want you for this.’ You just keep doing that over and over again until you make enough money to keep doing it while not doing anything else. SN: What was the experience like? SL: It was really cool. Everybody was super nice. I had to get there at 6 a.m,, and we shot in this cool loft. A lot of it, we just sit around while there’s like four girls


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they have down here and get a better feel for East Lansing,” Ricca said. “We all live in East Lansing, but I don’t think we really utilize it.” Tim Lane, director and curator of (SCENE) Metrospace, said the gallery has been involved with Girls’ Day Out since the program kicked off last year. After seeing the success, he said he decided to take the initiative to be a part of it once again. “It’s a way of being involved with creative things the city

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is doing and giving back to the city’s support,” Lane said. “(SCENE) is all about trying to present a variety of work with different media and preserve the voice of the community.” After seeing the space, Dale said it would be perfect for her showcase, which will include both live models and mannequins modeling her past designs, makeup tutorials and the launch of the spring issue of VIM Magazine, where Dale is the co-editor-in-chief. “It’s an intimate loca-


Reality TV: This song needs to end, America tion with lots of window space,” she said. “It’s open, so people can walk around and mingle.” Among the other elements of the event, Dale said the fashion show and shopping will help women build their confidence through fashion. “It just makes you feel good, whether it’s that little black dress or that go-to garment that makes you stand up taller. I love that it provides a sense of confidence and well-being,” she said.

I am a sucker for reality television. I hardly ever miss episodes of my favorite reality shows or singing competitions, that is, until recently. For the past few months, I have been getting tired of watching aspiring contestants sing for their shot at fame in the music industry. Back in 2002, a television show stormed America that would change the face of television and music forever: “American Idol.” Debuting with more than nine million viewers in the premiere of its first season, “American Idol” was the hit of the summer. By the end of the first season, it had crowned now-superstar Kelly Clarkson as the winner and had an audience of more than 23 million viewers. During the span of its 12 seasons on television, “American Idol” has produced some big stars in the music industry, including Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Also, “American Idol” had been the No. 1 show on television for eight seasons, finally falling to No. 2 in Season 11 and currently No. 6 in Season 12. Why, after 12 seasons, is “American Idol” falling to series lows? The answer is simple: an overabundance of singing shows on television. Back in 2002, American Idol was the only singing show around. Now in 2013, we have “American Idol,” “The X-Factor,” and “The Voice.” In 2010, Simon Cowell left




who are doing a lot of the skits. You wait around until they say, ‘We’re going to film you now.’ You go to wherever the cameras are, take direction, do it about five or 10 times, have fun with it, make sure you don’t screw up. It was a good time. SN: What productions were you involved in at MSU? SL: I’ve done an MSUFCU commercial as a college guy. I was one of the main characters on ‘The Giraffe House’ for MSU Telecasters. I also did MSU’s sketch comedy show, ‘Sideshow.’ SN: What are your plans for the future? SL: I’m taking classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade. I’m trying to write as well as act, just to broaden my horizons and what not. A lot of it is I want to act, I love it and that’s why I spend so much time studying it. We have a good support base out here in New York for actors that went to Michigan State. I love doing it, it’s incredible.”

“American Idol” to bring his show, “The X-Factor,” to America. Since its premiere in 2011, it seems “The X-Factor” still has yet to find its footing on television. After premiering to low ratings in season one, the ratings continued to slide in the shows second season. Bringing superstar Britney Spears to the judging panel didn’t even help. I think “The X-Factor’s” problem is that it focuses too much on the judges and the production than on the contestants. America doesn’t care about the judges or whatever comments they make, we want to see the contestants and get to know who we are voting for. Another problem “The X-Factor” has is that it has yet to produce a star, or even a household name. By the end of “American Idol’s” first season, Kelly Clarkson stormed the music industry with her single “A Moment Like This.” I’m not sure if I even remember who the winners have been from “The X-Factor.” On NBC , “The Voice” airs every fall and spring television season. I have to give credit where credit is due — “The Voice” is wildly entertaining during its audition phase when the judges use the chairs that spin around. That is great, cheap entertainment. The problems I have with “The Voice” are very similar to the problems that I have with “The X-Factor.” Just like “The X-Factor,” I have no idea who the winners are from the past few seasons. Aren’t these shows supposed to create “superstars”? So far, none of these copycat shows hold a candle to “American Idol’s” presence in the music industry. Having three major singing shows on television really hurts the audience figures. Since “American Idol” will more than likely be leaving the airways in the next year or two, other networks should have waited until it was finished before they try and start another singing phenomenon. They shouldn’t compete with a show that created such a mass hysteria. Of course, audiences are going to get tired of singing shows, they all have the same premise! Lastly, in cases like “The Voice,” which airs twice every television season, it will eventually burn the audience out, similar to what has happened to “Dancing with the Stars.” I will continue being loyal to the show I have watched since 2002, but even I have to admit that I’m getting a little worn out from “American Idol.”




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Spartans face off against No. 12 Indiana By Robert Bondy THE STATE NEWS ■■

The MSU baseball team not only will have to battle poor weather conditions this weekend, but it also will have to find a way to cool off a red-hot Indiana Hoosier team. MSU (18-11 overall, 2-4 Big Ten) will host Big Ten-leading Indiana (26-4 overall, 8-1 Big Ten) for a three-game weekend series that kicks off at 3:05 p.m. Friday, with games at 1:05 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All games will be played at McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field. The Hoosiers enter the weekend series winning 19 of the past 20 games, while the Spartans are coming off a stretch where they dropped three straight games against Michigan last weekend, before an easy 10-1 win against Western Michigan on Tuesday. The Spartans were on a hot streak of their own before the U-M series, winning 11 of the previous 12 games. Head coach Jake Boss Jr. is optimistic, saying his team has forgotten about last weekend’s disappointing efforts against U-M and is focused on the task at hand. “We’ve moved on,” Boss said. “We have to understand that we have a lot of baseball left to play. If confidence was an issue, we probably wouldn’t have scored 10 runs on Tuesday and given up only three hits.” Indiana boasts some of the best offensive numbers in the Big Ten, ranking first in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, hits, runs batted in and runs scored in the conference. The Hoosiers also have a strong pitching staff, ranking second in the Big Ten in ERA at 2.40, according to the Big Ten athletics website. While Boss recognizes Indiana has a complete lineup that gives MSU “no room to relax,” he is confident his pitchers can compete with any team in the conference. “Our pitching staff matches up with anybody,” Boss said about his staff, which holds a 3.33 ERA. “When our guys throw to their capacities, we can throw with


Junior outfielder Dana Briggs scores as she runs into a Penn State player April 3 at Secchia Stadium at Old College Field. MSU defeated the Nittany Lions, 7-1.


Spartan baseball players from left, sophomore catcher Blaise Salter, and right-handed pitcher Zak Wilkerson, rest by the dugout before the game April 5 at McLane Stadium at Old College Field. MSU fell to Michigan in the first of the three-game series, 6-3.

“Our pitching staff matches up with anybody. When our guys throw to their capacities, we can throw with anybody.” Jake Boss Jr., head coach

anybody. The pitching is what’s kept us in ball games and why we have beaten some good ball clubs.” Boss said the team will not look to make any dramatic changes to its strategy. MSU plans on playing to its strengths, competing during all nine innings and, hopefully, waiting for the right pitches. With a Big Ten championship in mind, Boss said the goal is to win every series without stressing about falling out of the race, with plenty of games still on tap in conference play. “They are all critical. In order to win a championship, you need to win series,” he said. “At the same time we have only played six conference games so we have 18 more to go, we are certainly in a spot where there is a lot of baseball to play. We’ve got some work to do to catch those guys.”


Junior right-handed pitcher Chase Rihtarchik pitches the ball Tuesday at McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field. The Spartans defeated Western Michigan 10-1, with Rihtarchik’s record now at 4-0.

By Stephen Brooks THE STATE NEWS ■■

MSU softball coach Jacquie Joseph wants to downplay the excitement of this weekend’s rivalry series with No. 12 Michigan as much as possible, but she knows that can’t happen. The second-place Spartans (2114 overall, 7-1 Big Ten) will meet the Big Ten-leading Wolverines (32-7, 9-0) at 4 p.m. today in Ann Arbor, before returning home for 1 p.m. games on Saturday and Sunday. “One of the reasons we’ve had some success lately is we’re not playing the jersey,” Joseph said, according to audio provided by the athletic department. “And I think it’ll be real, real important for us to not get caught up in the hype of Michigan-Michigan State. I mean, it is a great rivalry. It is why kids choose Michigan or Michigan State for a sense, in terms of the excitement of that rivalry.” Junior pitcher Kelly Smith, who has been instrumental in the program’s turnaround this season, while emerging as one of the conference’s best, will battle a dangerous batting order for the Maize and Blue. The Wolverines lead the Big Ten in team batting with a collective .341 average. Three Michigan batters are among the top-

15 hitters in the conference, while eight players are batting north of .300. Led by the pitching duo of Haylie Wagner and Sara Driesenga, who combine for a 31-6 record so far this season, the Wolverines are ranked third in the Big Ten in team pitching. “They have just an outstanding ball club,” Joseph said. “… Maybe the most impressive is their hitting lineup, they’ve got a real murderer’s row. Whereas, in the past, the other teams have had one, maybe two hitters we had to stay away from, Michigan sends up seven, eight, nine hitters, and we’ve gotta be on our toes for every hitter. There’s not any lulls in the lineup, if you will.” The Spartans will take the field for the first time since going 2-1 last weekend in a series with Purdue. MSU’s games against Central Michigan and Western Michigan cancelled because of weather on Tuesday and Wednesday. “I feel good about where we are,” Joseph said. “I’m a little disappointed in that the weather hasn’t been great this week for us to get out and get to some things that I would like to get at. “But all in all, we could not be in a better place in terms of momentum and team chemistry. And I think the players are really doing a great job of staying dialed in and focused on what we need to do.”

Athletes in Action arrange to build shelter for trafficked women By Holly Baranowski THE STATE NEWS ■■

There currently are as many as 27 million slaves in the world, more than any other time in recorded history, according to the International Labour Organization. Of this 27 million, about 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year. A group of student-athletes from MSU has decided to do something to help victims half a world away. Last month, MSU Athletes in Action, or AIA, a interdenominational Christian fellowship for college athletes, launched a

campaign to assist victims of sex slavery and trafficking. AIA set a goal to raise $5,000 to build a safe house for pregnant girls and young women who have been rescued from sex trafficking. The girls are between the ages of 12 and 19, and a house, or houses, will be built in Thailand or Cambodia. Journalism sophomore and former track athlete Derek Kim, MSU football intern Joel Kuntzman, senior quarterback Andrew Maxwell and former MSU linebacker Chris Norman started the fundraiser with the intent of contributing the money to the End It Movement, an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to

and ending slavery. More than 60 people were involved with the fundraising. “I believe it’s part of our responsibility to do something with what we’ve been blessed with,” Kim said. “My advice to students is simply to bring awareness, stop it, get the word out (and) be a voice for the voices who don’t have enough strength to be a voice for themselves.” E.J. Swanson, a nationally recognized speaker and pastor, spoke at AIA’s weekly meeting Tuesday and matched the students’ donation. Swanson founded the I Won’t Watch organization, a group

that sells watches to raise money for different projects around the world. I Won’t Watch donated $6.5 million to similar projects last year. “Typically, within that movement and hardship, when girls become pregnant, they kick them out on the streets,” Swanson said. “This home will encompass them and give them a place to live through the duration of their pregnancy.” So far, 19 pregnant girls and young women have been identified in Cambodia, Swanson said. The money was matched by several other donors and was celebrated at AIA’s meeting,

totaling about $35,000, with more donations still coming in. The students raised more than anticipated, clocking in close to $7,500. Having raised more money than expected, there is the possibility of being able to build two homes for girls rescued from slavery, Swanson said. “Because we’re student athletes, we have a lot of influence on the campus,” said Zion Keck, an interdisciplinary humanities freshman and member of the women’s rowing team. “… If we can take something that is as critical as sex trafficking or sex slavery and make it clear that we’re putting up an effort to

Michigan State University Chapter of

congratulates the 2013 initiates, who will be inducted into the Society at a banquet being given in their honor on Saturday, April 13th. Undergraduate Initiates Andrew Albert Kevin Andreassi Jennifer Andrews Benjamin Arnosti Alyse Bedell Alex Bissell Matthew Blevins Jennifer Bonamici Jenna Bumstead Robert Busley Keely Chandler Brenna Cleary Abagael Craft Taylor Dehnke Sara Denbo Alexander Dietrich Silke Harmon Marianne Harris Phillip Hernandez Timothy Johnson Neil Joshi Jennifer Kolakowski Michaelyn Lux Justine Markey Lisa McDiarmid Dylan Miller James Miller

Chanel O’Brien Megan O’Donovan Huixian Pan Christiana Park Kelli Pecora Stephen Peltier Humphrey Petersen-Jones Colton Rose Christopher Ruemenapp Sydney Ruhala Lauren Sabatowski Michael Sadler Lauren Smith Steven Stanwick Erin Sterk Thomas Turkette Maria Unuvar Lindsey Vincent Gregory Vranish Rong Wang Zhi Wang Jessica Westmoreland James Winters Amanda Young Yang Zhang

Graduate Initiates Daniel Beck Erica Donerson Carlie Ferschneider Angela Kolonich Fadel Matta Tressa Mattioli-Lewis Bradley Miller Kathleen Noble Kelly O’Brien Rene Rodriguez Carl Sahi Deanna Sakamoto Emily Sutton-Smith Luis Zaman

Award Recipients Excellence Award in Interdisciplinary Scholarship ArtSmarts Among Innovators in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Chapter Fellowship Nominee Yang Zhang Study Abroad Grant Clara Balliet

Faculty Initiates Raymond Brock Frederick Morgeson Robert Root-Bernstein

Founded in 1897, the primary objective of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the recognition and encouragement of superior scholarship in all academic disciplines. The Society believes that by recognizing and honoring those persons of good character, who have excelled in scholarship, that others will be stimulated to similar goals of excellence.

Friday April 12, 2013 MSU Union 9am - 5pm UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND ARTS FORUM Faculty, students, family, and friends are welcome to attend

stop it, than we can set a positive example and just really capture attention so we’re really able to use our gifts to give back.”






Junior guard Keith Appling dribbles the ball up the court Friday, March 29, 2013, at Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis.



harlie Bell is fighting for another chance. During his time at MSU, Bell appeared in three Final Fours and established himself as one of the greatest defensive players ever to play for Tom Izzo. Since his departure. Bell has played eight seasons in the NBA, as well as several more in international leagues. In recent years, Bell has garnered the spotlight for a different reason — namely for his high-profile divorce with “Basketball Wives” star Kenya Bell, and his 2011 drunken driving arrest. But, forever a member of the beloved “Flintstones” group with Mateen Cleaves, Antonio Smith and Morris Peterson, Bell has become a big-brother figure and a role model for current players and was in attendance for most MSU home games during the 2012-13 season. The State News recently caught up with Bell to talk about the NCAA Tournament, struggles in his personal life and what the next step in his life will be.


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Still no word from Appling, Harris, Payne on NBA Draft By Dillon Davis THE STATE NEWS ■■

The thoughts of many surrounding the MSU basketball program at the moment have to do with the status of junior center Adreian Payne and freshman guard Gary Harris. With the NBA Draft early entry eligibility deadline approaching on April 28, underclassmen from across the country are gauging whether joining the professional ranks is a worthwhile venture. Even with more than a week before the deadline, players such as Indiana’s Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller, along with Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams and Missouri’s Phil Pressey, already have declared for the NBA Draft, with potentially more to follow. So, the question remains clear for Payne and Harris, as well as junior guard Keith Appling. Will they, or won’t they? As a decision seems imminent in the coming days, MSU head coach Tom Izzo said he will continue meeting with the players and their respective families to make the decision that’s best for

all involved. “I’m doing what I said at the end of the season, which is trying to find out the status of draft prospects and then relay that information to them and their families,” Izzo said in a statement released by the MSU athletic department Thursday. “It’s an imperfect process with a lot of vague answers, but I want them to have as much information as possible before they make their decisions, and that’s what we are working feverishly to provide. “I’ve spent virtually all of my time since returning from the Final Four on the phone with different general managers and NBA personnel, trying to gather the most accurate information available. I owe that to my players as they make perhaps the most important decision of their lives. “We are aware of the upcoming deadlines and will inform everyone as decisions are made.” Wednesday was the deadline to apply for feedback from the NBA Advisory Board, which requires players to enter their name in the draft in order to find out where they likely would be selected.

State News: You’ve played in the NBA, and you’ve spent time overseas — where’s the next stop for you in professional basketball? Charlie Bell: Anywhere. I’ve played in Italy and Spain before. For me, being 34 now, I’m trying to look for places I’ve never been before like China, (the) Dominican Republic and other places. I always looked at it like paid vacations, going to Italy and I’m trying to go on another paid vacation somewhere new. SN: This past year, you, as well as various other former players, spent a lot of time around the MSU men’s basketball program. What’s the importance of that in your mind? CB: Oh I mean, one thing is Izzo prides the program on having a family-type atmosphere. Once a Spartan, always a Spartan. We look out for each other, you know? We like to go back and support those guys. I remember how it was when we were playing, and we’d look up and see Steve Smith, Eric Snow, Shawn Respert and (Earvin) ‘Magic’ (Johnson) in the crowd. We wanted to do those guys proud because they were like our big brothers. I’m the

big brother now for the guys who are current Spartans, so we look out for each other. Coaches can tell you stuff and you’ll be like ‘Man, he don’t know what’s he talking about.’ But as former players, we can go in the locker room after the game and say ‘Hey, you’ve got to catch that ball and do this,’ and you respect that a lot more because you played and can tell what they’re trying to do. SN: Did you fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket? CB: I did, I did. SN: And how’d you do? CB: I did and Michigan State went out in the Sweet 16, or whatever they made. I had them going all the way this year, man — just like every year. I need to do two brackets — one with my heart and one with my head next time.” SN: Do you see a possibility for those brackets to be similar next season? CB: I hope so, I hope so. Some guys have some decisions to make and hopefully they’ll make the right ones, but they’ve got to do what’s right with them. I think they’ll both be coming back and those guys will have the poise to go for a long run next year. I mean, sometimes when you get close and you taste it, it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth at the


MSU men’s basketball former guard Charlie Bell follows through on a shot during the MSU Basketball Alumni Game Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Jenison Field House. end of the season, and it encourages you to work even harder in the offseason. I’ll expect better next year and hopefully that’ll happen. SN: Charlie, it’s no secret the past few years have been difficult in your personal life. Where are you at right now, as far as your sobriety, and how’s everything coming along for you? CB: I mean, going through a divorce is tough. You know, not seeing the kids as much as I want is tough. The DUI stuff was a very unfortunate situation and it kind of put me in a bad light and it painted a bad picture of me. Anybody that knows me knows I’m not a guy who’s out here drinking and driving and doing things.

People don’t really realize that when you go out and have a few drinks, you’re over the limit. Sometimes it’s like, ‘I’m fine.’ That’s how I felt. I’m fine and I get pulled over the cop uses the Breathalyzer and walk a straight line, and you realize you’re over the limit. That 0.08 is not much. I learned the hard way, so I’ve taken the steps to make sure I’m not in that position again. I’m not saying I’m a saint where I don’t drink, but, if I do, I’m responsible about it. I don’t get behind the wheel. Sometimes you have to learn the hard way.

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