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gary harris to enter nba draft MSU sophomore guard Gary Harris is forgoing his final two college seasons and heading to the NBA, the MSU athletics department announced Monday evening. In a statement, Harris said decision to leave MSU is in his best interest. “The last two years have been the best of my life, but it’s time to follow my dream and declare for the NBA Draft,” Harris said in a statement. “This was not an easy decision.” Harris’ departure isn’t a shock to many. It was even recommended by head coach Tom Izzo, as Harris is widely considered a lottery pick in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft on June 27. “I fully support and celebrate Gary’s decision,” Izzo said. “He is wellprepared for a long career.” Harris averaged 16.7 points and four rebounds per game this past season, and was a first-team AllBig Ten selection. In his freshman season, he averaged 12.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per game after arriving in East Lansing as a highly-touted five-star recruit. Harris considered leaving after his first year at MSU, but elected to come back in hopes of winning a national championship. MSU eventually lost to national champion Connecticut in the Elite Eight. Harris’s parents, Joy and Gary Harris Sr., said in a statement they are thankful for the guidance the basketball program provided for Harris. ROBERT BONDY

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Holding onto hope Alumna Stacy Blakeslee’s family continue to pray for her recovery By Casey Holland cholland@statenews.com THE STATE NEWS nn

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very roadblock has been met with prayers. Benefit dinners and concerts have been held. Donations are still rolling in to help MSU alumna Stacy Blakeslee and her family. Stacy’s ongoing health troubles, which began in early December 2013, has inspired even strangers to reach out to her family with whatever it is they can offer. Despite the medical struggles and continued financial battles Stacy’s family has had to face to keep their daughter, sister and fiancé alive, the people who love Photos by Julia Nagy/The State News her most still believe she will Dale Blakeslee holds the hands of his daughter, MSU graduate Stacy Blakeslee, on March 14 at Spectrum Rehab and Nursing be able to pull through. Center in Grand Rapids. Dale tries to come up on weekends to visit his daughter. Stacy was diagnosed with a severe staph infecShe started to take her first tion that had damaged one MSU graduate small steps toward rehabilof her heart valves. Every Stacy itation there, with five days time her heart beat, the infecBlakeslee’s of speech therapy, physition spread to other areas of fiancé Brandon cal therapy and occupationher body — most dangerousChilders works al therapy every week. ly, it spread to her brain. on a puzzle An average day of therapy Aneurysms began to form March 5 at for her would start between along her brain, and her conSpectrum Rehab 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., when the dition only worsened after and Nursing physical therapist joined one of them burst on Center in her in her private Christmas Eve, Grand Rapids. room to stretch causing a seriChilders wore her limbs and ous stroke a “Spartans 4 get her muscles that sent her Stacy” bracelet. working. After into a semithis, the physresponical and occusive state. pational therStacy apists took spent nearstacy’s father her to anothly two months er room, where lying on her she lay down on back in the UniStacy hit a road bump this as best as she can with the municate without actuala mat and stretched versity of Michipast Wednesday after being trauma she had to her brain,” ly speaking. Using a button on her own on command. gan Health System hosadmitted to Spectrum Health her father, Dale Blakeslee, to indicate “yes” or “no,” StaSpeech therapy was perpital in Ann Arbor. From Butterworth hospital because said. “We’re doing everycy could occasionally move formed in her room and there, she was moved to Specof an infection that docthing possible to get anyher hand to either button to focused on the movement trum Health System in Grand thing back from her. It’s just answer certain questions. of her lips and jaw, but also Rapids, a nursing home and gonna be a long haul.” “She’s making baby steps worked on helping her comneurology rehab center. See BLAKESLEE on page 2 u

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Global business exec Azim Premji named speaker for spring grads By Olivia Dimmer

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Azim Premji, chairman of global information technology company Wipro Ltd., is scheduled to spea k at MSU’s undergraduate spring commencement ceremony on May 2. Premji Premji, a native of India, will address students at the 1 p.m. convocation at Breslin Center. Premji has received many accolades throughout his life, landing a spot among the top 30 entrepreneurs in world history in Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine. Time Magazine listed him among the world’s 100 most influential people in 2004 and again in 2011, honoring his contribution to improving India’s public education system. Premji is noted for striving to employ ethical, fair and ecologically sensitive business practices, according to a statement from MSU officials. Retired CEO and chairman of aeronautics company Lockheed Martin Corp. Norman Augustine will address advanced degree candidates See SPEAKER on page 2 u

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Community members gather on Monday at the Lester & Jewell Morris Hillel Jewish Center for a Passover Seder. Passover is a celebration in Judaism of liberation by God from slavery in ancient Egypt. — Betsy Agosta, SN See the story on page 3

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, or ACLU, announced a lawsuit against the state of Michigan Monday on behalf of the 300 same-sex couples who were married after a court ruling temporarily lifted the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. After U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman declared Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional last month, same-sex couples flocked to courthouses statewide to get married, only to see their marriage benefits halted by a temporary stay requested by Attorney General Bill Schuette. The ACLU is aiming to have the marriages already performed officially recognized by the state. “These couples were so

overjoyed, and then shortly after they felt like they got slapped in the face,” ACLU attorney Jay Kaplan said. “When you hear from real people, you start to understand that what the governor did can be so harmful to people.”

The ACLU hopes to give same-sex couples married after Judge Friedman’s ruling full benefits under state law After the initial ruling and the subsequent stay halting marriages until a higher court has time to consider the issue, Gov. Rick Snyder declared the marriages were legal, but said the state would not issue benefits to the couples until court proceedings were finished. However, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder declared the marriages legal on the federal level. See LAWSUIT on page 2 u


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News briefs Income tax filing deadline is today The final day for filing federal income tax returns is Tuesday, April 15. Individuals can file for an extension that would give them six months to file returns, but tax payment is due Tuesday. Penalties begin as soon as the filing date passes. The IRS website suggests filing taxes on time even if they can’t be paid entirely, because the failure-to-file fee is more than the failure-to-pay fee. Individuals can pay their taxes online or mail them to their local IRS office. GEOFF PRESTON

Red water alert issued for rest of semester A red water alert in areas near south campus will be in effect from April 13 to May 9, MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities announced Monday. The alert said Infrastructure Planning and Facilities will “perform annual flushing operations of the water mains in the farm area of campus” during that time. The flushing operations can cause water discoloration that could extend to south campus. The alert said the discoloration is “harmless in terms of sanitation and safety,” but could alter the color of clothing. For additional information or the Infrastructure Planning and Facilities schedule of construction and alerts, visit ipf.msu.edu. KARY ASKEW GARCIA

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at 3:30 p.m., also at Breslin Center. Augustine is known for his achievements in technology and is a five-time recipient of the U.S. Department of Defense’s highest civilian decoration, the Distinguished Service Medal. “As Spartans, we work every day to make a difference around the world, so it’s fitting that Azim Premji, an international business executive, will address our graduates as they prepare to be global citizens,” MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said in a statement. “In addition, we’re privileged to have Norman Augustine, former acting secretary of the U.S. Army and a defense industry leader, on campus to share his leadership experiences.” MSU Council of Graduate Students Representative Ali Mohebi helped to choose Augustine as a speaker and said he is looking forward to learning from and hearing the story of his success. Former ASMSU representative Christopher Baldwin is graduating this spring and said he is intrigued the undergraduate speaker will be diverse this year. “It will be interesting to hear from someone not so mainstream,” Baldwin said. “Different ideas in a global economy are definitely a good thing, and it will be from different perspective.” Shirley Weis, the first woman and non-physician to serve as chief administrative officer of Mayo Clinic, will also be at the convocation to receive an honorary doctorate of science. Clifton Haley, former president of MSU College of Law and former CEO of Budget Rent-a-Car Corp., will receive an honorary doctorate of laws at the advanced degree candidates convocation. Both the undergraduate and advanced degree commencement ceremonies can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #msugrad14.

tors suspect led to pneumonia. She is currently being treated to improve her white blood cell count and is expected to return to Spectrum Health System on Wednesday.

Stacy is also the go-to person for her fiancé, Brandon Childers. He said if he were ever torn with any decision, he would go to Stacy to ask for her advice. Now, when making choices involving his fiancé’s health, he can’t go to the one person he usually would. “You can’t realize how much you rely on your spouse,” he said. “When this situation went down, I wanted to talk to her.” Childers said he filled that gap with religion, and a sense of security that God would heal Stacy. The only question is when.

Waiting for recovery Her father described Stacy as the girl who, if she saw someone drop something, would go out of her way to help them pick it up. Her mother, Patricia Blakeslee, called her determined, timely and beautiful. “She’s beautiful, inside and out,” Patricia said. “Even in the hospital bed. ... It’s just so interesting. She can’t communicate, but nurses and support staff will just strike up conversation with her and she’s zoned in and attentive.” She said those conversations usually involve one of the things Stacy loves most — dogs. The television channel Animal Planet often plays as background noise in Stacy’s hospital room.

Insurance struggles Dale said the doctors told them it could take up to nine months for Stacy to regain certain functions again. Although her nurses have repeatedly told the family she is where she should be in recovery with the damage to her brain, Stacy’s family is still fighting to get her insurance coverage back after it was denied in March. She stopped receiving coverage because of her insurer’s belief that she wasn’t making functional gains fast enough, according to the family. The family is going to continue their attempts to appeal for coverage, especially because of how much rehabilitation Stacy will need as her progress continues. Dale said they expect hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses. “You would hope for this not to happen to any-

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across the Lansing area to protest Schuette’s stay in the case. “We didn’t plan, try or even think about being the first same-sex couple to officially marry in Michigan,” DeLong said at the press conference. “I’m just old and I got up early.” DeLong said she has waited long enough to be with the person she loves. “I truly don’t understand people’s rabid resistance to treating people equally and with respect. I do know we will be on the right side of history whether it is today, tomorrow or next week,” she said. “After 27 years, I’m done waiting.” Kaplan said the suit aimed to have plaintiffs from all kinds of different backgrounds. “We tried to bring a cross

Azim Premji is the chairman of information technology company Wipro Ltd.

The family is fighting to keep Stacy’s care covered by insurance after it was denied for renewal in March

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The attorney general’s office declined to comment on the lawsuit Monday. Plaintiffs in the case include Glenna DeLong and Marsha Cooper, the first same-sex couple to be legally married in Michigan. DeLong and Cooper were at a press conference in Lansing in late March held by ACLU and politicians from

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Family bonds Whenever a day is particularly hard for one family member, another is always there to pick them back up. Kelly said her dad will call and vent to her whenever he needs. Dale and Patricia said Kelly’s persistent positivity makes her the rock. And they called Childers a guardian angel. “He’s always right at her side,” Patricia said. “He still talks about when they’ll get married. He’s here for the long haul.” Sundays bring everyone together. Childers’s parents, aunt and uncle usual-

ly stop by to share a meal with the Blakeslee family. On those days, they gather around Stacy to pray, which Patricia said is a strong source of support for the family. Other family members, old friends and even coworkers stop by to show their support. Photos fill the shelves beside Stacy’s bed, along with hand-drawn pictures, including one from her three-year-old godson. “We had a blessing of a healthy family,” Patricia said. “Now we have the blessing of friends and strangers who have reached out to help us. ... her story, I think, has touched a lot of people.” Others still plan to reach out — the MSU Racing Club’s annual car show on Saturday will donate all of its proceeds to Stacy. During the fall, Kelly said a family friend is hoping to have a 5K run on MSU’s campus. Participants will be permitted to bring their dogs on the 5K. Although donations are more scarce now, people are still giving whatever they can for Stacy, including their prayers. “There are still people out there who care,” Dale said. “The world isn’t as bad as we make it out to be sometimes. It’s something to look forward to day-by-day.”

section and illustrate various harms done to different families,” he said. “There is a lot of diversity in our LGBT community and we’re trying to illustrate that.” A precedent was set earlier in the year by Holder, when he encouraged his state-level counter par ts to decide for themselves if they would enforce court rulings over-

turning same-sex marriage bans. Kaplan said Snyder and Schuette had a choice and made the wrong one. “The governor had a choice — there are other governors in other states that have decided not to fight these court rulings,” he said. “The same option was available to our governor, and he decided not to use it.”

one,” he said. “I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. It’s tiring, it’s tiring. It’s hard.” The appeal process is only one of their battles. Another is trying to carry on after such a drastic change. Stacy’s sister, Kelly, is used to receiving a phone call and vulgar, but loving, text messages of madeup cuss words from her sister on her birthday. When Kelly turned 25 last Monday, she called her mom instead. “I said to her, ‘I’m so sad ... I just miss Stacy so much,’” she said. “It’s so hard not to have my sister.”

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ASMSU’s College to be listed twice. of Social Science Because of this error, representative elections ASMSU extended the ended Monday at noon, college’s representatives but still left constituents elections for another empty-handed. week, allowing students None of the candidates to vote again for their running to represent representative. their college in the ASMSU Director of Human undergraduate student Resources Sona Movsisyan government’s general said the three candidates assembly received the with the highest votes, necessary 25 votes to Jameil Hall, Ryan Smith gain a seat. and Evan Schrage, could be Historically, the appointed to the open seats College of Social by a vote of the general Science has remained assembly. of the most contested Schrage also is running races alongside James in for Vice President for Madison College, ASMSU Internal Administration. President Kiran Samra Candidates were announced said. last Thursday. The elections were If Schrage wins the seat, extended because of a he would have to step technical difficulty with down from his current the online ballot, which position as social sciences in turn caused one of the representative. SmKelanMI_Layout 1 4/9/14 12:10 PM Page 1 candidates, Matt Bedard, Kary Askew Garcia

Williamston, Mich. resident Madeline Flaster chats with Okemos resident Lou Yonke on Monday at Lester & Jewell Morris Hillel Jewish Student Center during a Passover Seder.

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Passover Seder begins with a story. The story goes back to biblical times, when the Jewish people were fleeing Egypt and did not have time to let their dough rise, giving way to unleavened bread. From there, the Passover holiday was born. The Lester & Jewell Morris Hillel Jewish Student Center, or MSU Hillel, hosted its annual Passover Seder event Monday night. They encouraged students to celebrate Passover Spartan style, inviting all students in MSU’s Jewish community to come to the house for dinner. The Seder dinner takes place on the first two nights of Pass-

“Many of our students can’t … celebrate with their families and so we offer the opportunity for them to celebrate the holiday.” Cindy Hughey, Executive Director of MSU Hillel

over, which lasts a full eight days. During the eight days of passover, the Jewish people refrain from eating bread and gluten products. Instead, they spend the holiday eating unleavened bread, or matzo. “It helps me be in touch with my Jewish roots while at school,” hospitality business junior Alana Wolf said. She said attending the celebration brings her closer to home. All community members and other MSU students were welcome as well, if only to expe-

rience the traditional Jewish cuisine. “Many of our students can’t go home to celebrate with their families and so we offer the opportunity for them to celebrate the holiday here with us,” Executive Director of MSU Hillel Jewish Student Center Cindy Hughey said. Hughey said it is necessary to maintain the tradition and to keep celebrating it in remembrance of their ancestors. “It’s a story that many civilizations can tell and we try not to forget ours,” Hughey said. For human biology senior Ari

Walter, the annual Passover Seder at the MSU Hillel provides a chance to celebrate the holiday with friends in the community. He said he likes the event at the house on campus because he can’t make the trip home to celebrate with his parents. “It’s a good atmosphere for the holiday,” Walter said. “I think (students are) overjoyed because going eight days without bread or gluten is pretty hard.” Hughey said MSU Hillel, which was founded in 1939, continues to invite non-Jewish students to events such as Passover Seder to experience the Jewish tradition.

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was born and raised around smart, strong, independent and genuinely beautiful females. Throughout my life, I have seen these women make an impact in the community and in other people’s lives, as well as give life to future world citizens. But it has not always been easy for them. I have seen each of them struggle as they try to fit into a society that puts masculinity over ability. I know for some, saying that I am a feminist can sound contradictory because I am a man. For me, male feminists are completely normal, and more men should strive to embrace feminist ideology. I am a feminist because I think. I try to walk in the shoes of my mom and my sisters, and just the fact that their salaries are not the same as their male co-workers makes me want to stand up for them. If you have the ability to think, you should be a feminist. I am a feminist because I feel. It is unfortunate that in this century, often when there is a sexual assault case, people ask what the victim was wearing, if there was alcohol involved and how she was behaving at the time — and yes, some people still think that the female is lying, just for fun or because she is “crazy.” I am a feminist because I am a man. I am neither afraid nor intimidated by a strong, indepen-

dent woman. On the contrary, I believe if a woman or other men. Peopossesses those characteristics, you should admire ple often are feminists — Kary Askew Garcia, State News reporter because they see a need and behave like her. In fact, I find it attractive. for equality and respect, Don’t get me wrong, as a male raised in a society that asks me how many girlfriends I have and regardless of gender. This Read the rest online at how many girls I have hooked up with since I got is why I am a feminist. I statenews.com/blog. to MSU, I have to admit that I have failed several want my mom, sisters, aunts times in recognizing that such questions go against and cousins to have the same opportunifeminist values. But when others ties, resourcpush me into the path of misogyny, reporter es and rights I try to think about my mom and that I have. I do not my sisters. I think about all of the deserve special privileges women in the world going the extra just because I am a man. mile, even when the system gives I am a feminist because I am them less than a yard. After thinktired of people labeling us men to recognize the inequality women face and find a ing about all of them, the misogas out-of-control sexual beasts. way to eradicate it. More men becoming feminists ynistic path is not appealing and I That is just wrong. Why do we is a great start. Being a feminist is cool – it will not become more aware of what to say sergio martínez-beltrán keep justifying horrible behavior make your muscles smaller or change your tone of and how to act. smartinez@statenews.com by saying “Boys will be boys?” I know that using the title of voice to a higher pitch. I am a feminist because I feminist will make people question I do not want to see women as submissive. I want believe in order to shake the to see them embracing their beauty, their strength my sexual identity and my agenda, but that is the fascinating part of this issue. I system and create a revolution, we need an inclu- and their independence. As Ernesto “Che” Guevara do not have any agenda, and my sexual identity sive movement of men and women. I want to be said: “If you shake with indignation at every injusshould not be linked to the ideology of equality. in the front line of the revolution side by side with tice in the world I will call you my comrades.” I am The idea that they should be linked only perpetu- my female counterparts. full of indignation and I am ready to fight with and I want to fight the system with women by my for my comrades — the beautiful women around ates our “macho” culture. Now we see some women critiquing feminists side, but in the meantime, I will fight the system for the world— and that folks, is the reason why I am and assuming being one means hating men. I dis- the women. I am not saying they cannot fight for a feminist. agree with this assumption. Every day, I try to be themselves but, as a man with the privileges that I Sergio Martínez-Beltrán is a State News reporter. a feminist, and I have not started to hate myself inherit from society because of my sex, it is my duty Reach him at smartinez@statenews.com.

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tifically possible for concepts like eing Catholic is someHeaven and reincarnation to be thing I take pride in real if they aren’t physical places. and will always love. Since the Bible was completed, But after taking time there have been countless scientific advances that disprove many of the to think about faith and science, biblical stories. For example, Mary I’ve come to realize some concepts became pregnant with Jesus, even in my religion clash with reality. though she was a virgin. Scientifically, it’s not possible for a woman Around MSU’s campus, I have seen to become pregnant without sexual several different religions including Muslim, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Epis- intercourse. Also, the Bible speaks of visions of God, Jesus, The Holy Spircopalian, Catholic, Christian and othit and angels. With ers. Some religions have today’s knowledge and similar beliefs and some reporter technology, if someone have totally different ones. How is a person to know came out and said they which religion to believe had a vision of a bibliin, or if religious beliefs cal character, doctors are even real? As I’ve would have some logilearned more about scical and medical explaence and history, many of nation, such as hallucithe ideals don’t seem posnations as an effect of a sible. But does that dimindrug or schizophrenia. ERIN GRAY ish the value of religion? We do not know egray@statenews.com Ever since I was young, what happens to us I was trained to believe after death. Some peoin one God who created Heaven and ple who have been on the verge of Earth, and we are supposed to devote death have been brought back to life our lives to Him. I was trained to by defibrillators or CPR, and docbelieve God has a vocation for us. I tors have reported patients saying was trained to believe there is life they have seen a white light or othafter death and that we will come er out-of-body experiences when again into God’s presence in Heavnearing death. en, unless our sins send us to Hell. This can very I was baptized as a Catholic when well mean that I was a toddler and I have been it’s possible that attending church ever since. I attendthere is someed Catholic school from kindergarthing after death, ten through 12th grade and was but science hasn’t learning about the Bible the same found any proof time I was learning how to write for it, and how my name. When I began at St. Lawcan we believe rence Catholic School and Parin something ish, one religion class was required when there’s no every year. On Fridays, everyone proof it exists? at school attended mass togethI personally er. Religion was considered just as think the Earth is important as our core classes. just the Earth. We When I was in my 10th grade Bible do not know and scripture class, the teacher told us probably will never the Bible was not meant to be takknow how it was en literally. When we’re kids, we’ll created. It could believe anything that’s told to us, have been startso finding out that everything I was ed by a mixture of told wasn’t necessarily true blew my gases and chemmind. I recognize that moment as one icals, or it could where I lost a part of my childhood. be true that it was The following year, I took a course started by a God or figure of highon world religions and it got me er being. Earth is Earth, and science thinking about my faith. I learned tells us we are just beings chemicalCatholics aren’t the only ones who ly made up of atoms and molecules. believe in a higher being and afterWe might have a purpose for being life, and some religions have differhere, and we might not. We might ent beliefs on an afterlife. Catholhave created the concept of religion icism and Christianity, for examjust to give us a motivation to live ple, believe in Heaven and Hell, and to do our best as human beings. whereas Hinduism and Buddhism I love Catholicism and the idea of both believe in reincarnation. a higher being — ­ God. I love havThere are thousands of religions ing faith to rely on when I need it in this world that each believe in during difficult times, but I think different things. If Heaven is truthat religious beliefs conflict with ly real, then what happens to the developments in scientific logic. religion that believes in reincarnaErin Gray is a State News reporter. tion instead? It doesn’t seem scienReach her at egray@statenews.com.

If Heaven is truly real, then what happens to the religions that believe in reincarnation instead?”

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Unlike the eager group of Girl Scouts who rushed into the MSU Bug House on Monday evening, English sophomore Danielle Karwowski nervously anticipated the next few moments. This was the first time Karwowski stood inches away from a live tarantula. More importantly, this was the first time she’d ever considered holding the eightlegged hairy creature. But as the brown and black striped tarantula was passed from little boys to little girls, Karwowski bravely held out her hands, took a deep breath, and welcomed the crawling arachnid named Vivian. “I feel so good right now,” Karkowski said, smiling after she held the spider. “It wasn’t that bad, it was like velvety and soft.”

The MSU Bug House hosts a free open house for the public once a month Normally, a tour of the MSU Bug House, located in the Natural Science Building, has a fee of $50 for groups of 30 or fewer. But once a month, the Bug House gives a free tour to the public. At these events, students can learn interesting facts about bugs while getting up close and personal with them. Entomology Agriculture and Natural Resource office assistant Jennifer Verba said the open

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film fest to show student work The third annual Department of Theatre Film Fest will take place on campus Tuesday. The featured work is produced by undergraduate students in the 404 Media Acting Class, which is a part of the MSU Department of Theatre. The event starts at 7 p.m. in Room B210 at Wells Hall. Mark Colson, assistant

“Most kids I find are really interested in insects, and it’s not until they get older that they get scared.”

Graduate student Danielle Quinn holds a tarantula Monday at the Bug House in the Natural Science Building. Many young children held bugs like spiders, beetles and even scorpions.

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house serves as an outreach program for science and education. “It’s an opportunity to come and see what entomology is about,” Verba said. Graduate student Nicole Quinn has been playing with bugs since she could walk. Now she makes it her job to teach others about them. “I feel like insects definitely have an image problem so I’m kind of helping out with that,” Quinn said. Quinn said it’s important for people to know about the crawlers and get past fears since bugs and insects are not going anywhere. To help educate students about them, she teaches a lab course on insects to MSU students and volunteers at the bug house giving tours a few times a month. Quinn said, in general, little kids are the ones excited to pick everything up. However, students usually take some convincing. “Most kids I find are really interested in insects, and it’s not until they get older that they get scared,” she said. “Their parents tell them they should be scared when they shouldn’t be.” For English junior Danielle Stickney, being to able to cross

professor of media acting, said the students will be showcasing three different types of films — “me monologues,” music videos and a character study film. Theatre junior Melissa Mercieca said the different types of categories offer students more creative outlets. “Our first project was a ‘me monologue,’ where we all tell our own stories in some way,” Mercieca said. “It was cool to get a creative insight into peoples’ lives.” Colson said he encourages them to write films that have

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an item off her bucket list took priority over a lifelong fear. “I’ve always wanted to hold a tarantula,” she said. When Stickney decided to take a shortcut through the Natural Sciences building and stumbled upon the open house, the opportunity literally fell into her hand. “It’s one of my biggest fears,” Stickney said. “But I did it and I’m happy I did.”

meaning to them. “Their work is really on a high level in terms of film production,” Colson said. “The biggest thing they have is solid storytelling.” Theatre senior Matt Land said the class often has students who are new to the production process. The Film Fest will be the first time they present their work. “(For) a lot of people in the class, this is their first class or project dealing with creating content ourselves,” Land said.

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The argument that studentathletes should receive compensation beyond academic scholarships and meal plans has dominated recent NCAA story lines, reaching a fever point in late March when the Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern college football players qualify as employees of the school and have the right to unionize.

Hollis’ comments came before the Spartan Academic Excellence Gala recognizing student-athletes T h e r e a s on i n g b e h i n d the argument, that athletes deserves more of the billions of dollars of revenue that the NCAA rakes in, has been a divisive issue, with some believing that athletes are fairly compensated with four-year scholarships, meal plans and on-campus housing. Now, the issue has

trickled down to MSU. MSU athletics director Mark Hollis addressed the media before the 2014 Spartan Academic Excellence Gala on Monday and weighed in on the debate, saying the focus on student-athletes functioning as students first is being lost. It would be a “sad day” if students-athletes were to become employees, he said. MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon also spoke out on the issue, co-authoring a column earlier this month in the Wall Street Journal saying that the relationship between the university and the athlete would turn into an employee-employer relationship. “We take excellent care of our student-athletes at Michigan State that I think we and many others strive and can do better in the future,” Hollis said. “Perhaps if that can come out of the conversations that are taking place at many different platforms, that can be a positive. To be employed, I’m not in favor of. That would be a sad day, I think, for college sports.” The Spartan Academic Excellence Gala honored high-achiev-

ing student-athletes who excel not only in the classroom, but through community service as well. Archie Manning, College Football Hall of Famer and father of NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, was the keynote speaker. Manning was present for the MSU men’s basketball game against Georgetown at Madison Square Garden in New York City in February, where he made contact with Hollis through Gatorade — Hollis serves on the company’s advisory board. “I think it’s great on the part of the administration here, the athletic department, to really have a special night for your, not your outstanding athletes, but your outstanding studentathletes,” Manning said. Head football coach Mark Dantonio called the event a “celebration” of athletes who exceed expectations academically, athletically and socially. “That’s really what college athletics is all about,” Dantonio said.

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MSU baseball will look to build off of the team’s latest series victory as the green and white returns to the field with a couple more midweek matchups against Notre Dame and Central Michigan. The Spartans play Notre Dame (14-21 overall, 3-15 ACC) today at 3:05 p.m., and travel to Central Michigan on Wednesday, with first pitch set for 3 p.m. MSU enters the week winning 10 of its last 12 games, including its most recent series victory against Purdue this past weekend.

MSU is preparing to face a Central Michigan team that beat them handily at home last week thanks to fielding errors Tuesday will be the first time since 1988 that Notre Dame visits McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field, as the Spartans look to continue a winning trend against the Fighting Irish. MSU is 15-2 in the last 17 against Notre Dame, including a 20-3 victory in 2011. Despite winning four of its last five, the Fighting Irish have

“I mean, you can’t win ball games doing that. You can’t win ball games giving up 10 runs, let alone 10 runs on four hits” Joel Fisher, Senior catcher on MSU’s last loss to Central Mich.

struggled in their first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Notre Dame has been swept in four of its six conference series thus far, but has picked up nonconference wins over then-No. 24 Florida Atlantic and Big Ten foe Michigan. Junior out f ielder Blaise Lezynski leads the way offensively for Notre Dame, with a .338 batting average and 22 runs batted in. Lezynski is the only player on the Fighting Irish roster hitting above .300 with more than one atbat this season. The following day, MSU (2013, 5-4 Big Ten) will make the short trip up the road to Mount Pleasant to battle non-conference rival Central Michigan. The Spartans will look to avenge an embarrassing 10-1 loss at the hands of the Chippewas last week, a game that saw eight Spartan errors. Central Michigan was held to only four hits, but it was enough, with the Chippewas’ last seven runs coming unearned. Senior catcher Joel Fisher said last Tuesday’s abysmal

fielding performance was simply too much to overcome. “What’d they score? 10 runs on four hits?” Fisher said following last Tuesday ’s loss. “Yeah, I mean, you can’t win ball games doing that. You can’t win ball games giving up 10 runs, let alone 10 runs on four hits.” Head coach Jake Boss Jr. also said the Spartan’s performance was “as embarrassing a loss” as he’s had since he took over at MSU six years ago. Junior first baseman Cody Leichman, who drove in two runs last week against MSU, leads the Chippewas at the plate with a .357 batting average, 36 RBIs and four home runs. The Spartans will enter the rematch winning three of their last four since the two teams last met. Central Michigan (22-14, 10-2 MAC) has dropped two games in the same span, on the other hand. Both games can be heard on the Spartan Sports Network or SpartanSportsNetwork.com.

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