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Move-in weekend on campus typically is a time filled with teary goodbyes and the promise of a new start in college. For one female student, that time last fall carried a far different range of emotions. One night in late August 2013, she was escorted out of her residence hall by eight police officers after she reported being sexually assaulted the night before. The student, who spoke to The State News on the condition of anonymity, claims she was drugged while in a male student’s room and that he proceeded to have sex with her while she was incapacitated. Following an investigation initiated by MSU’s Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, or I3, the male student was found in violation of the school’s sexual harassment policy and was “permanently dismissed” from the university, according to documents from the investigation. I3 investigations operate on a system of evidence that requires a “preponderance of evidence,” rather than evidence that would find someone guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Although he appealed the ruling twice, university officials upheld the ruling. His attorneys are bringing a civil lawsuit against the university, alleging that officials violated his right to due process. I ngha m Cou nt y Ci rc u it Court judge Clinton Canady III will allow him to return to MSU during the proceedings. For the complainant, her alleged attacker’s return to campus reinstates a feeling of fear. “It’s completely ridiculous,” she said. “For the weeks he is here, it may not affect the university, but it affects me.” On the night of Aug. 23, 2013, she alleges she and the student met at a party when he began to “act flirtatious” toward her. According to documents from the I3 investigation, she told officials that he began ask-

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Criminal justice sophomore Nick Toepfer, left, and his brother, sociology and criminal justice sophomore Spencer, “limber up” before battling zombies Tuesday at Beaumont Tower during Spartans vs. Zombies. “Don’t trust anyone the first day and get big Nerf guns,” Nick said.

Students fight to survive the onslaught of “undead” in Spartans vs. Zombies By Sierra Lay THE STATE NEWS nn


o preference freshman Patrick Murray felt a surge of bloodlust as he was walking out of Mason Hall. He had spotted a member of the human resistance across Physics Road, the soon-to-be victim’s status indicated by the orange bandana on her arm. Determined, Murray made use of a CATA bus which was coming down the road in a stroke of luck. He ran along the sidewalk in tandem with the speed of the bus, closing in on the human. As the bus disappeared, the human turned, giving Murray the opportunity he had been waiting for. He dashed toward her and tagged her, infecting her with the zombie virus. It’s not an episode of “The Walking Dead,” but rather a battle found at MSU.

Studio art sophomore Emily Parks holds her Nerf guns at the ready Tuesday at Beaumont Tower during Spartans vs. Zombies. After the initial clash at Beaumont, Sparty later joined the zombies to attack the humans.

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Student who shook stop sign after Big Ten Championship sentenced to 45 days in jail

Fraternity rebuilds burned medieval boat

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Former MSU student Poom Boonsin was sentenced to serve 45 days in jail after shaking a stop sign in Cedar Village during the post-Big Ten Championship Game civil disturbance this past December. Boonsin was arrested following the disturbance and cited with disorderly conduct for remaining within 300 feet of a fire, according to court documents. On the night of the disturbance, Boonsin told The State News he was studying in his dorm room when he and his friends saw crowds of people heading to Cedar Village Apartments. He told police he saw a student holding up a sign reading “burn the couch” during the Fox Sports broadcast of

the game, according to a police report. “We decided to check it out,” Boonsin told The State News. When he got to the intersection of Waters Edge and Cedar streets, Boonsin told police he began shaking a nearby stop sign. He told The State News that he “got caught up” in the excitement of the crowd. He said his friends tried to stop him and pulled him away. Other students followed Boonsin’s lead and ripped the stop sign out of the ground. Boonsin was there for 30 minutes before deciding to leave because the crowd was getting out of control. “I felt awful about it,” Boonsin said. “I worried the whole night about getting in trouble for it.” A few days later, Boonsin said a police officer approached him while he was studying for his final exams. The officer informed Boonsin that the Ing-

ham County prosecuting attorney intended to press charges against him for disorderly conduct and that it would be best if he cooperated. “I felt awful, like my world had ended,” Boonsin said. East Lansing City Attorney Tom Yeadon declined to comment on the case. Although he was sentenced Monday, Boonsin said he could still be exonerated because he is eligible to have his record cleared under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act. The act gives offenders between the ages of 17 and 20 the right to enter a probationary period instead of serving jail time if they pleaded guilty to a lesser crime. During the disturbance, East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy said police were conSee JAIL on page 2 u

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History senior Alan Wolfe spent his entire spring break handcrafting a medievalstyle wooden boat. Hoping to start a Viking and Nordic culture club, Wolfe bought most of the materials himself and sawed, nailed, floattested and mounted a flag on top of his prized vessel. But one week ago, an unknown suspect set fire to his boat and stole away into the night. Wolfe was woken suddenly from his bed by a loud banging on his door from the East Lansing Fire and Police Departments. His boat was burned to ash, and the flames had barely missed the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity house he lives in with his brothers. But the loss of his boat did not deter him — instead, he

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History senior and Delta Kappa Epsilon brother Alan Wolfe builds a new boat for his fraternity Wednesday at the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity house, after the first one was burned.

regrouped. With the help of his fraternity brothers, he set out to rebuild his ship. “The smart thing to do would be just let it go and forget about it,” Wolfe said. “But that’s not what we do around here.”

Police confirmed the arson took place between 1 and 1:30 a.m. on April 10 in the front yard of the Delta Kappa Epsilon house. East Lansing Fire Inspector Don See BOAT on page 2 u

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News brief MSU to promote sexual assault awareness Thursday MSU’s observance of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month will continue Thursday throughout campus with “Title IX No Excuse for Sexual Assault Awareness Day.” The event will take place in several larger dining halls: Brody Square, The Gallery at Snyder and Phillips halls, South Pointe at Case Hall and The Vista at Shaw Hall. The “No Excuse” campaign initially was started within the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives until they partnered with Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention to get more volunteers involved, women’s and gender studies senior Kimberly Kaiser said. MSU is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for its handling of sexual assault cases. Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention team members will be sitting at tables in the cafeterias giving away T-shirts, stickers, posters and buttons with statistics that relate to MSU’s campus specifically, as well as nationwide statistics about sexual violence, Kaiser said. To Kaiser, the best way to spread awareness and stand up against sexual assault to engage with students, victims and survivors. The goal of the event is for representatives to engage with students and talk about experiences to prevent sexual assault, MSU spokesman Jason Cody said. SARA KONKEL

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Starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, students began participating in Spartans vs. Zombies, MSU’s version of the popular role-playing game Humans vs. Zombies. The game has been around for many years, inviting participants to play as humans or zombies. Spartans vs. Zombies has ravaged MSU since March of 2011. The first infection The game begins on a tense note. Students interested in taking part in the mock apocalypse register online to play the game. Most students start the game as members of the human resistance, who complete missions with the hope of developing an anti-virus vaccine or cure to the strain of zombie virus introduced into the population. Members of the human resistance are identified by an orange bandana tied around one arm, whereas members of the zombie horde adorn their heads with the trademark. Other members of the game, such as administrators and moderators, are identified by purple and blue bandanas. But the first bite needs to happen somehow. “The first day, you don’t trust anyone,” said Anthony Garvert, a zombie and elec-


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ing her how many times she’d had sex, responding that he’d had sex seven times. When she and a friend returned to a residence hall with him, she told The State News he invited the two into his room. After losing to him in a game of water pong earlier in the night, she said

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trical engineering sophomore. During the registration process, students can select the option to be an original zombie, or OZ. About four or five original zombies are selected to begin the attack. They are hidden among the human ranks, keeping their bandanas on their arms until the opportune moment arises. On the first night, the mission is to protect five so-called people of value from the zombies, who have not been revealed at this point in the game. The original zombies must try to infect humans without raising a commotion and can choose to expose themselves at any time. The people of value give out the names of the original zombies at a given time that night. Spanish junior Jake Mell, who has played the game since it started at MSU three years ago, was an original zombie last year. “It’s pretty nerve-racking the first day,” Mell said. “It’s a unique experience to be the wolf among sheep.” This year, Mell decided to enter the game as a member of the human resistance. He has yet to be infected. Mell said the game has benefited him in a number of ways, including sharpening his mental and physical skills. Banding together Many students who take part agree the game has led them to new people with similar interests. “I don’t know too many people who don’t like to play tag or shoot someone with a Nerf gun,” Mell said. Members of the horde rely on stealth and the element of surprise, as the only way to infect a human is to tag them with their

hands. Humans, however, are armed with Nerf guns of varying styles and sizes, and clean socks balled up to act as grenades. Criminal justice sophomore Nick Toepfer said he stores socks in his pockets in the event that he runs into a zombie while exiting a building and doesn’t have time to access his gun before falling prey to the virus. “You can pretend it’s like ‘The Walking Dead,’” he said. “It’s funny when you see someone from class and you’re like, ‘Hey, I shot you!’” Garvert enjoys the fear the game incites. “As a zombie, it’s great to mess with the humans any way that you can,” Garvert said. “It’s like a giant game of tag.” When tagged, humans move their bandanas to their necks for one hour until they are officially a zombie. Strategy carries a heavy role in gameplay. Members of the zombie horde keep each other updated on the whereabouts and numbers of humans around campus. Constant vigilance One of the challenges to infecting humans is how vigilant they stay throughout the game. The nerves can become a problem, Garvert said. He lived next door to an original zombie once. Garvert said last year he remained human until the last day of the game, but it wasn’t without extreme paranoia, smart moves and luck. He said groups of his zombie friends organized ambushes for him. They even went as far as to post his class schedule on a zombie Facebook group. The goals of the zombies are

he continued to remain persistent about how she “owed him a shot.” She said he then poured her a shot of gin and three shots of UV Blue vodka. Soon after, she told officials she felt “very fuzzy” and “paralyzed.” While she was drinking the shots, she said the respondent went to the bathroom to “shotgun a beer,” but she said she didn’t think he actually drank anything all night. Following the shots, she said she barely remembered anything except for the male student standing over her. She woke up t he ne x t day not remembering what happened after the shots and feeling “sore, like (she) had sex,” according to investigation documents. The male student declined to give his side of the story to university investigators at the time, but later voluntarily submitted to a polygraph test that corroborated his stor y about the sex being consensual. “Obviously he’s going to think it’s consensual if I’m incapacitated,” she said of his claim. “How can I consent if I’m unconscious?” According to an email sent to the female student, testing performed by Michigan State Police did not detect GHB or other drugs in the alcohol taken from the male student’s dorm room. State News staf f reporter Simon Schuster contributed to this report.


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Carter said officials will investigate the incident. Wolfe originally wanted to build the boat just for fun, but said the boat’s rebuild evolved into an opportunity to help out one of his favorite charities, Habitat for Humanity. Wolfe said since the boat burned down, “the fire under” him to complete the project grew greater than before. Determined to finish the ship around spring commencement, Wolfe bought materials with his own money, a cost he estimated to be around $500. “This started out as a hobby,” Wolfe said. “But now since I said I would get something done, I’m going to do it, even if I have a shorter time.” Former Delta Kappa Epsilon MSU chapter President Phil Rowe led the philanthropy aspect of the boat build. He said because the line to actually volunteer for Habitat for Humanity was so long, the fraternity decided they wanted to help out by donating money. “Now we actually have a goal set for when we want to get the boat done, it’s more

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to bolster their numbers and prevent humans from completing missions. Humans employ strategies as well. Some members of the human resistance will contact each other for mutual escorting if they are hiding inside a building, Toepfer said. The game can become fiercely intense and exciting. Toepfer said he survived as a human for the duration of the game last year, but was forced into a standoff with his identical twin brother, sociology and criminal justice sophomore Spencer Toepfer, who was a zombie. The two brothers faced off, each with a posse of humans and zombies behind them and charged. Nick Toepfer survived. The twins have played the game together for two years. Spencer Toepfer said he enjoyed being a zombie more because of the group mentality it fosters. The brothers have remained human so far this year. "(As a zombie), you didn’t have to look over your shoulder,” Spencer Toepfer said. “I’m glad I have my brother to watch my back.” Nick Toepfer said the game helps him escape the pressures of looming final exams. The thrill of the hunt is what drives Murray to play the game year after year. “The game could sneak up on you on the way to class,” he said. Gameplay continues until 11:00 p.m. Saturday, and the zombie horde continues to grow in the meantime. Stay vigilant.

than a hobby now, we are trying to prove a point, prove them (the arsonist) wrong,” Rowe said. “They might have had fun for 10 minutes, but we’re not going to let that slow us down. Life will throw you curveballs and will never give you the perfect scenario. It’s how you react after it that determines your character, and this house is not giving up.” Other brothers in the house were skeptical of the project at first, but quickly got on board to help Wolfe complete the project in time for graduation. Chemical engineering freshman and fraternity member Sean

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cerned with breaking up the large crowds. After the fact, he said, they placed more emphasis on finding those who’d committed more serious crimes. “The next day we focused on da maged proper t y, assaults, fueling fires or starting fires, and those were the people we arrested later,” Murphy said. Boonsin’s sentence might soon affect his life as a you ng pr ofe s sion a l. For most of his life, he’d dreamed of joining the U.S. Marine Corps. At the time of his arrest he was in the process of finalizing his military requirements, which now have to be put on hold because of his jail time. “I’ve always dreamed of wearing dress blues and taking my wife or girlfriend to the ball,” he said. Boonsin hopes he will be granted a waiver so that he can be placed on probation after his sentence. The waiver could possibly get the felony charge removed from his record so the Marine Corps could still be a possibility.

Miller said the turning point was when the house saw the first boat float for the first time. “At first, everyone kinda said, ‘You’re stupid for making a boat,’” Miller said. “But then we all saw how cool it was, and it was really great when we put the old one in the water and it floated. Everyone was amazed.” Delta Kappa Epsilon plans on sailing the boat down Red Cedar River, with stations along the way equipped with tables for donations, a 50/50 raffle and possibly objects for passers-by to throw at the brothers sailing the ship.

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Songs Against Slavery, a Michigan-based nonprofit hosted a concert on Wednesday night at Wharton Center that aimed to stand up against sex trafficking, both globally and in the United States. The event featured poetry raps, musical performances and inspirational speech. Musical artist Tate Kirgiss, who is an official artist partner of Songs Against Slavery, was the headliner of the concert and performed both original and cover songs. Many songs were written by Songs Against Slavery co-founder Grace Theisen’s band. “One of the biggest things of these concerts for us is for awareness to be raised and for people’s hearts to be enlightened,” Theisen said. Co-founder and elementary education senior Lauren Lancaster said the group hosted this concert to eliminate common myths about sex trafficking and the victims. “We often get ideas from the movies and media, like the movie ‘Taken,’” Lancaster said. “We think that is what it looks like and often times it looks really different in the US.” The group partnered with Project Liberty, a task force geared toward eliminating human trafficking worldwide. Saundra Lawson, founder and executive director of Project Liberty, said some cases of sex trafficking are kidnapping cases. However, most sex trafficking situations begin with the luring in of young girls with low selfesteem via the Internet. “Many (girls) are looking for attention, and a trafficker will come along and give them the attention they are lacking by complimenting them,” Lawson said. “They may have low self-esteem and may not have the attention at home that they need. (The traffickers) gain their confidence and trust and then turn on them.” Lawson said there are sex trafficking cases in every county in Michigan. Songs Against Slavery tries to work with as many cities as possible to increase the awareness of sex trafficking and to help fund local orga- THE STATE NEWS nn

Nearly 300 people gathered Wednesday evening in MSU’s Huntington Club to celebrate MSU professors and students who were awarded for their ideas. For the past four years, MSU’s Innovation Center has hosted a night to recognize the MSU Inventor of the Year, Innovator of the Year and Tech Transfer Achievement Award Winners. Innovation Center Market i ng Di rec tor A mber Shinn said events like these allow students and faculty to get together and see a cross section of new inventions. “It ’s an exciting thing to see how many diverse fantastic ideas that come out of the university and are implied to solving real world problems,” Shinn said. For the first hour, people could walk around and see 12 exhibits explaining multiple innovations by students and faculty members. Exhibits all had diverse topics, including Parkinson’s Disease research , software fingerprint detection and films. Of the 12 exhibits, three were student startups. Finance junior Patrick Schmitz showcased his Carbon Cash phone application. T he f ree appl ic at ion tracks the amount of energy being used in MSU dorms. If energy consumption is less than the local average, residents are rewarded with

points, which can be redeemed at local restaurants and retailers for discounts and prizes. “A lot of electricity is being wasted, so we’re trying to just stop the bleeding now and give students free stuff to get compensated for what they’re doing,” Schmitz said. At 5 p.m., everyone turned their at tention to MSU President Lou Anna K. Si m o n , t h e introductory speaker. Robert Abramovitch, an associate professor of Microbiologic and Molecu la r G enetics, was one Robert of the three Abramoawardees. He received vitch, Innovation of associate professor the Year for his development of Tuberculosis Anti-Virulence Chemical Compounds to help combat the disease. For t he past si x yea rs, Abramovitch has worked with a team to create a drug that could help expedite the treatment for tuberculosis. “It’s a great recognition of the work with my lab,” he said. “It’s an extremely difficult process and they’ve just done a fantastic job. The award recognizes the whole team’s effort.”

“ “It’s an extremely difficult process ... The award recognizes the whole team’s effort.”

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Co-founder of "Songs Against Slavery," Grace Theisen sings Wednesday at Wharton Center. The event supported the nonprofit "Project Liberty," which works to stop human trafficking.

nizations fighting for the same cause. The group is looking to expand worldwide. The group held various events on campus this week to increase students’ awareness of sex trafficking in East Lansing. It also

put up a prayer tent by the rock on Farm Lane where guests could listen to stories of survivors of sex trafficking. Psychology freshman Gabriella Abalo attended because she wanted to learn more.

Songs Against Slavery performs concerts all over Michigan, each time working with a new local sex trafficking prevention organization. The nonprofit dedicates 80 percent of its profits to these organizations.


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MSU hosts first Multicultural Greek Showcase By Erik Sargent THE STATE NEWS nn

Students congregated in the Business College Complex Wednesday night to take part in the first Multicultural Greek Council Showcase at MSU. The 10 member groups of the council were on hand to promote the various activities unique to each chapter. The groups all had different performances to help showcase their different skills and their cultural identity. There was a series of different variations of dancing routines and acting to show every group’s tradition. Premedical and human development sophomore Davina James said the event was geared toward teaching students about the council and what its goals

“Latino culture is very rich and the way we like to express that is through dancing, so it’s very important for us.” Jesus Rodriguez, interdisciplinary studies senior

are. “It’s basically an entertainment thing and something to show the campus who the (Council) is because most people aren’t aware,” James said. For interdisciplinary studies in social science senior Jesus Rodriguez, a member of Phi Iota Alpha, the chance to get out and showcase the importance of their culture and traditions of the fraternity. “For us, it’s not about recruiting or putting our fraternity out there, it’s about putting the culture out there,” Rodriguez said. “Latino culture is very rich and the way we like to express that

is through dancing, so it’s very important for us to go and show people Latino culture is rich.” Promoting the members of the council was an important factor of the event. Although the groups are still part of greek life, they only feature about 20 to 30 people in each of them, so they’re generally not as widely recognized around campus. “We just want to showcase that though we might not be as

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large as the others, we are still equally as greek as the others and that’s why we are putting on our own showcase, so we can get (the Multicultural Greek Council’s) name out there,” said Ankita Arora, a human resource management junior. Although this is just the event’s first year at MSU, all of the members plan on making it an annual event on campus for other students to see and learn from. “It’s our first time doing this, so we’re excited about it and we’re ready to show who we are to campus and we’re expecting a good turnout in hopes that everyone has a good time,” James said.

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requent encounters with something can desensitize you from it. For example, I came to college as a neat freak, but the pile of dirty dishes in my kitchen sink seems rather normal and unthreatening nowadays. I was rarely exposed to homelessness growing up in a small rural town. When I moved to East Lansing, I was surprised and saddened every time I saw someone collecting cans on football Saturdays or pleading for change at the bus stop. Over time, however, these encounters started to blend into the East Lansing landscape. They became ordinary, like the stacks of unwashed plates and cups in my kitchen. But we need to stop ignoring the issue of homelessness in our community and recognize that we can do something to help those struggling to get by. I was shocked to learn that there are more than 86,000 homeless persons living in Michigan today, according to the Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness in 2010. That’s more than double the entire population of my hometown of Bay City, Mich. The 75,005 seats in Spartan Stadium would not be enough to house Michigan’s homeless population. As we approach mental health awareness month in May, it is important to remember that nearly a third of the chronically homeless in America suffer from

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not receive the severe and potentially undiagnosed castreatment they es of mental illness, hindering their abilineed. According to ty to lead a normal and productive lives. a 2008 survey by the According to the American PsychoConference of Unitlogical Association, the rates of mental illed States Mayors, nearness among the U.S. homeless populaly 20 percent of respontion is double that of the general public. dents said that better coorThis certainly does not mean that dination of mental health sereveryone suffering from mental illvices providers as one ness will end up homeof the top three ways less. In fact, a vast majoriguest columnist to prevent homelessness. ty of people with mental illIn Michigan, it doesn’t seem like ness who receive proper care that commitment will be made. and treatment are able to Lawmakers in Lansing are reportlive rewarding and producedly considering slashing the state’s tive lives. Including myself. Community Mental Health generIn middle school, I was al fund dollars by 70 percent. Maridiagnosed with obsessivebeth Leonard, the CEO of Lifecompulsive disorder. It’s not Ways, a Jackson County mensomething I talk about regualex dardas tal health agency, said that she larly, but it’s also not has never seen a cut as dramatic thing I am ashamed of. as this and that it “puts those who Because I had, and still have, are vulnerable in our communities at risk.” access to a strong support system, I have Budget cuts and neglecting to accept learned how to effectively deal with my OCD. mental illness as a contributor to homelessMy condition has never stopped me ness will not make the problem go away. from achieving anything in my life, and I do not claim to have the cure-all soluI was fortunate enough to receive the tion for homelessness in United States. But proper care and treatment. Many othI do believe I know a good place to start. ers, including those suffering from Awareness and investment. Meneven more severe forms of mental illtal health needs to be recognized as ness, do not have the same opportunity. a risk factor for homelessness. InvestThe reality is, there is a lack of comments need to be made to improve our mitment and funding directed toward menunderfunded and ill-equipped mental tal health care. As a result, many people do

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“Budget cuts and neglecting to accept mental illness as a contributor to homelessness will not make the problem go away.” health services so they can serve those in need, especially in poor communities. This May, as we recognize mental health awareness, let’s make a pledge to better assist those struggling in our community with mental illness. Rather than sweeping it under the rug, let’s talk openly about this serious problem because that is truly the only way to achieve any significant change. Let us all recognize that by making a commitment to improving mental health services, we can substantially reduce the number of people living in poverty. Alex Dardas is a international relations and journalism junior. Reach him at

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Do’s and dont’s: bar etiquette

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recently turned 21, and bars are usually dirty. the East Lansing bar DON’T: scene has been a whole Guys, there is a better way to new experience for me. meet a girl than by walking up I didn’t have a fake ID, so I’d to her and basically rubbing your junk on her behind. Most of the never spent a night out at the time it’s unwanted, and it’s a bars before my 21st birthday. But very awkward experience. You I didn’t feel like I was missing have more of a chance of meeting much, especially because most a girl (who will want to talk to of my friends weren’t 21 either. you) if you actually introduce I wouldn’t say going to bars has yourself and say “Hello.” been a bad experience. I really like going out with friends 2) Hold your drink and having a good reporter while you dance time after a stressEveryone wants to ful week. Howevbe on the dance floor at er, in the past month, Rick’s, but that doesn’t I’ve begun to pick up mean your drink has on “bar etiquette.” to come with you. As someone who has had DO: drinks spilled on her 1) Use the bathroom by sloppy dancers. before you go out Meagan beck I would If you feel like appreciate if more you need to go at people were careful the bar, PLEASE try with their glass. and hold it while Coming home reeking of beer you wait for the next available isn’t ideal. Take a stall. I’ve heard too many horror break for a minute, stories about girls peeing in the enjoy your drink, bathroom sinks at Rick’s. I know then go back and how hard it can be to control bust your moves. yourself, especially if you’ve had a few drinks. But it’s gross 3) Be that and embarrassing, and you’ll couple who definitely regret it the next day. shows extreme Hold your PDA on the 2) Tip your bartender dance floor Most of us are college students drink. I’m not saying on a budget, but bartenders are Everyone you and your booservicing you and I’m sure they wants to thang — either have bills to pay too. Tipping long-term or just might be difficult when you’re be on the for the night — can’t strapped for cash, but just think dance have a good time of it as an extra dollar or two on the dance floor. added to your drink’s total cost. floor at But it is awkward Rick’s, for the rest of us 3) Know your limits but that who are trying to Here we are again with dance around you as doesn’t the bathroom thing. Don’t be you two suck each that person who throws up in mean others’ faces in the the sink. Or the one hogging middle of the crowd. your drink the stall for 10 minutes while PDA has a time and everyone else waits. I’m sure has to a place, and it’s it’s awful to be in that position, come with not at the bar on but it’s not fun to watch or hear the dance floor. that happening either. Not to you.” mention, think of the person 4) Be who is going to have to clean a party pooper that later. I don’t want to sound Is it cheesy if I say “and have like a mom, but know when a good time” here? Because I’m you’ve had too much to drink going to. Turning 21 and being able and be sure to stop. Waking up to go to the bar has been great. You the next morning feeling awful choose whether or isn’t a fun experience, either. not you have a fun bar experience. 4) Wear appropriate attire. My friends and I have also Luckily, I was warned beforehand made Pokee Stix from Goombas of how messy bar floors can be, our end of the night tradition. so I wore shoes I wouldn’t mind As long as you make smart getting dirty. With all decisions and don’t expect too the drinks that get spilled, much from going to the bar, it’s best to find a good you will have a good time. balance between an outfit Meagan Beck is a State you feel confident in and your News reporter. Reach her at Sunday best. Keep in mind you could get spilled on and

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Number of times this season that women’s tennis has won doubles points in match play contests.

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If they win both, they get their names in the MSU record book. The MSU women’s tennis team, ranked No. 60 in the nation, is approaching its final two regular season matches with an overall record of 17-6 — one win away from tying the 1990-91 school record of 18 wins. Facing Purdue at noon on Saturday and Indiana at 11 a.m. on Sunday as part of a conference road trip, the team hopes to head to the Big Ten Championship on April 24-27 with two more victories. “The hard work has been there through the years,” head coach Simone Jardim said. “I think the difference is that the group has improved, and we’ve been pretty lucky as far as staying healthy. I think we are strong one through six, and I think we give ourselves an opportunity to win.” An outstanding senior Senior Marina Bohrer, who has an overall record of 18-7 this season (4-3 in Big Ten competition) was awarded Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week last week — the second Spartan to get the award during the six years under Jardim’s coaching. “I was expecting that,” Bohrer said. “I’ve just been trying to do good and to help the team. I’m pretty honored. I’ve never been ranked and I’ve never gotten Big Ten Player of the Week. I feel like this year’s been such a great year for us, and that’s the best way to end my career at MSU.” Since her freshman year at MSU, Bohrer has shown strong play and smart decision-making on the court, and Jardim said that Bohrer’s recognition has been a long time coming.

“From the moment she got here, she’s been really successful and she’s always played high in the lineup,” Jardim said. “I think even in the past, when she didn’t get recognition like this, I think she’s always done outstanding, and now in her senior year, it’s about time.” Strength in numbers Coming from a 6-1 win against Wisconsin last Saturday, and an upset 4-3 loss against No. 61 Minnesota on Sunday, one of the Spartan’ strong areas is doubles matches, where they have won the doubles points 17 times in the last 23 outings. “We’ve won a lot of doubles points, and it’s been helpful because that’s one point out of the way,” Jardim said. “Also, when you start winning a lot of matches like we have, you gain more confidence.” Jardim said the consistency in winning the doubles point was a game-changer for them, especially after the uncertainty of when someone played tiebreakers and gave the match away in the beginning of the season. Although the Spartans are closing in on MSU records, they have areas that they need to focus on, such as being tough in long points and improving everyone’s fitness, junior Catherine Parenteau said. “We need to improve on a little bit of footwork to make us ready, because we play on Saturday and Sunday, and it’s always very hard to manage to be healthy for the weekend and compete very hard for two days in a row,” Parenteau said. Because she made it to the NCAA Championships in her first year playing at Arkansas — before transferring to MSU — Parenteau said she wants her teammates to have that desire to make it that far. “I know the feeling of just being very close to accomplish something.… I just feel like I have to put my experience from the past (into play),” she said.


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Senior Marina Bohrer serves the ball during practice Wednesday at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. Bohrer was named Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete Of The Week last week.

Incoming talent One of the main sources of help the team got this year was from freshmen, such as Erin Faulkner, who said she wanted to be part of a team where she could make a difference. “I know we’ve kind of been the underdog for the past few years, but going in, I’ve always believed and I’ve always had high expectations,” Faulkner said. “So I’m not really shocked by the results, because I think we’re good.” The last time the women’s tennis team was ranked was in the 2011 season — when Bohrer was a freshman. They were ranked No. 50. Climbing up the rankings since the beginning of the season might

be just a number, but it also is a boost in confidence to keep the team’s energy up. “Numbers are numbers, and going into this weekend, we just have to keep doing what we’re doing and stay strong mentally.” Jardim said. Besides the rough start to the season, and being uncertain about individual matches and the season’s outcome, the team will keep working to progress and not get caught up in national rankings. “Of course that number will help us progress into the future, and it’s recognition, and they deserve it, but we have to stay in the moment and focus on what’s ahead,” Jardim said.

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Riley Bullough has an unfair advantage. As a linebacker-turnedrunning-back-turned-linebacker again, he knows the ins and outs of both the offense and defense. That gave him the edge over junior quarterback Con nor Cook dur ing a spring practice, as Bullough picked off a low-thrown ball that Cook might have been trying to get rid of. Of course, as a former member of the offense, Bullough recognized the play call. The next step was getting into position. “He hears … “Screen, screen, screen!’” Cook said. ”(I) throw it, he picks it off and he’s running down the sideline saying ‘I knew the play! I knew the play!’” Following a season that saw Bullough slip out of the rotation as a converted running back, he’s back to his original position at linebacker, head coach Mark Dantonio said at Tuesday’s practice. He’s receiving reps at the strong-side position instead of middle linebacker, where he was listed heading into spring camp. Because of Bullough not playing the linebacker spot since the first half of spring camp last April, Dantonio expects a transition period for the sophomore. “He makes plays, but he’s a young player, so consistency is the issue, because you see a lot of different t hings, for mations,


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Dylan Lallemand It wasn’t the bells of Beaumont Tower ringing in the air Tuesday night. It was the bloodcurdling cry of hundreds of Spartans and zombies charging at one another. But little did the humans know Sparty had turned, leading the horde of zombies through a haze of Nerf gunfire. Some of the humans pictured are still standing, others have already fallen. Human resistance 342 Zombie Horde 133 Photos by Julia Nagy, The State News

James Kobbins Year: Senior Major: Zoology Status: Still human Pro tip for surviving: “It has a lot to do with the people you’re with. You die pretty quick when you’re alone in this game — unless you’re fast.”

Alexa Meier & Kayla Grotsky

Nickname: Razor Year: Senior Major: Crop and soil sciences Status: Still human Pro tip for surviving: “Always keep your emotions in check. Your emotional state will perfect your performance. I keep calm. I keep focused. I’m always looking around. Anyone that works with me, survives.”

Nikki turek Year: Sophomore Major: Arts and humanities Status: Still human Pro tip for surviving: “Don’t listen to your iPod when you’re walking to class. Sometimes you zone out to your music. Take less populated areas. Stay away from Farm Lane.”

Years: Sophomore Majors: Education, computer science Status: Still human Pro tip for surviving: “Find a good group that you can trust for all the missions that can take you to class and all the missions,” Meier said. “We never leave each other behind.”

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Year: Junior Major: Neuroscience Status: Turned Pro tip for surviving: “Become a zombie. It’s more fun. You get to ambush people and there’s no paranoia.”

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