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Given recent sexual abuse cases, signs of abuse come to forefront BY BRIGID KENNEDY BKENNEDY@STATENEWS.COM
The sexual abuse of children is a problem that plagues communities around the world, though people never expect it to happen in their own communities. Ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar is accused of sexually abusing and exploiting children as young as 6 years old, and new allegations continue to come to light. Families, educators and others who spend time around children should be vigilant — children might not broach the subject themselves, according to Mayo Clinic. "A lot of times children will not mention it because (they've been abused by) an authority figure," attorney Stephen Drew said in a previous State News article. Drew represents Nassar victims. Executive director of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, or NYSPCC, and president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Mary Pulido has dedicated her life in part to educating people about the warning signs that a child has been abused, and how to prevent it from happening again. The NYSPCC runs the largest child sex abuse prevention program in New York City for children in kindergarten through the third grade. "My staff are out there teaching and training on how to recognize, identify and report child abuse every single day," Pulido said. They have been carrying out that mission since they were established in 1875. "We wrote the laws that are the basic underpinnings of child protection in the United States today," Pulido said.
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When a child has suffered sexual abuse, they often show no physical signs, Pulido said. "You're going to have to really look at the emotional and the behavioral signs for children," she said. Children below the age of 8 years old frequently display different emotional and behavioral signs than their older counterparts. Young children might seem to regress: wetting the bed, sucking thumbs, experiencing separation anxiety and regression in language are key warning signs of sexual abuse, Pulido said. The biggest red flag for young children is sexual knowledge beyond what is typical at their age. "(If) they're sexually acting out, that's something that needs to be explored," Pulido said. Older children and adolescents might isolate themselves from their friends and family, develop eating disorders or substance STATE OF MICHIGAN IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE COUNTY OF SAGINAW Case No. 16-030885-CB
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THOMAS YODER, RONALD STANTON and DAVID FARNER, individually and as members of GAMMA KAPPA CHARTER HOUSE CORPORATION OF DELTA SIGMA PI d/b/a G.K. INVESTMENT CO., a Michigan corporation, Plaintiffs v. UNKNOWN OWNERS/MEMBERS, Defendants.
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ORDER FOR ALTERNATIVE SERVICE At a session of the Court held at the Courthouse in the City of Saginaw, County of Saginaw, and State of Michigan on the third day of April, 2017. Present: Honorable M. Randall Jurrens THIS MATTER having come before the Court on Plaintiffs’ Verified Ex Parte Motion for Alternative Service, and the Court being fully advised of the premises; The Court hereby finds that Plaintiffs, Thomas Yoder, Ronald Stanton and David Farner, individually and as members of Gamma Kappa Charter House Corporation of Delta Sigma Pi d/b/a G.K. Investment Co. (hereinafter the “House Corporation”), have filed a Verified First Amended Complaint (“Complaint”) against Defendants, Unknown Owners/Members of the House Corporation, in the 10th Circuit Court for the County of Saginaw, State of Michigan. The Complaint seeks: (1) to establish the owners/members/officers of the House Corporation; (2) to dissolve the House Corporation; (3) to wind up the affairs of the House Corporation; and (4) to distribute and donate the House Corporation’s assets (after payment of its expenses) to Michigan State University. The House Corporation’s assets consist of two adjacent residential properties located in Ingham County, near the campus of Michigan State University, and a bank account. NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that alternative service of the Summons and Complaint in this case shall occur. Alternative service shall be performed by mailing, emailing, publication and posting of this Order, as described herein. A copy of this Order shall be published once each week for three consecutive weeks (or, if not published weekly, three consecutive publications) in: (i) a newspaper of general circulation for Saginaw County; (ii) a newspaper of general circulation for Ingham County; and (iii) The State News (the Michigan State University student-run newspaper). Proof of publication shall be filed with the Court. A copy of this Order shall also be sent via email to the email addresses of Gamma Kappa Chapter members obtained by Plaintiffs from the national Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity. Proof of emailing shall be filed with the Court. A copy of this Order shall be posted for three continuous weeks at: (i) two public forums on the campus of Michigan State University; (ii) the Saginaw County Courthouse; and (iii) the Ingham County Courthouse. This Order shall be posted by a sheriff, deputy sheriff, bailiff or court officer. Said sheriff, deputy sheriff, bailiff or court officer shall file proof of posting. A copy of this Order shall be sent via certified mail to the current Delta Sigma Pi fraternity at Michigan State University, the national Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity, and the Michigan State University Greek Affairs Office. Proof of mailing shall be filed with the Court. Finally, a copy of this Order and of the Complaint shall be sent via email to the Office of Michigan’s Attorney General, Corporate Oversight Division (Attn: Charitable Trust Attorney), together with a completed Dissolution Questionnaire (Form CTS-04). The Attorney General’s response to this Questionnaire shall be submitted to the Court. Within 28 days of the last mailing, emailing, publication and posting of this Order, and after submission of the Attorney General’s response to the Court, any and all Defendants shall file an answer with the 10th Circuit Court for Saginaw County, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Saginaw, Michigan, 48602, and send a copy of his or her answer to Braun Kendrick Finkbeiner P.L.C., 4301 Fashion Square Boulevard, Saginaw, Michigan 48603, or take other action as may be permitted by law. Defendants can obtain a copy of the Complaint by contacting Braun Kendrick Finkbeiner P.L.C. at the above address or by telephone at (989) 498-2100, or by contacting the 10th Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. Failure to comply with this Order may result in a Default Judgment being entered against any Defendant who fails to comply, for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Dated: April 3, 2017
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abuse problems, experience mood swings or guilt or self-mutilate. Signs of sexual abuse differ from case to case, Pulido said. "It depends on the child and it depends on the situation itself," she said. If a child does mention feeling uncomfortable about an incident or an adult in their life, it should be fully investigated, Pulido said. "The most important thing that a child needs is to be believed by an adult. That's the basis for healing. That's also one of the key messages we give little ones in our sex abuse prevention program," Pulido said. "Keep telling, telling, telling until someone believes you."
“My staff are out there teaching and training on how to recognize, identify and report child abuse every single day.” Mary Pulido, Executive director of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children While the presence of warning signs doesn't necessarily mean a child has been abused, people should seek professional help if they have any suspicions. Those who believe a child might be suffering from sexual abuse can report their concerns to law enforcement or contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453.
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Nearly double turnout for ASMSU elections BY BRENDAN BAXTER BBAXTER@STATENEWS.COM
ASMSU’s election results are in, and the numbers show the student body got out and voted this year. Bringing in just about 3,000 voters this past week, ASMSU has nearly doubled its numbers from last year. ASMSU President Lorenzo Santavicca set a goal for the organization of generating a 10 percent voter turnout at the beginning of last week and nearly achieved it. The roughly 3,000 voters amounted to around 8 percent voter turnout, which is an improvement from years past. ASMSU has been bringing in around 5 percent of the undergraduate student body during the past few years. There will be some familiar voices in the General Assembly as several representatives known for their participation in discussions are returning to the assembly. Some of those returners include Matthew Gudenau, Stephen
Brown, Josh Slivensky and Max Donovan. Additionally, there were several other items on the ballot voted on including tax items and constitution changes. The ASMSU tax was renewed by voters, as was the ASMSU Readership Program. Potentially most notably, ASMSU’s Safe Ride Program was passed by the voters and will function as a full-time program starting in fall 2017. In addition, starting April 23, Safe Ride will run seven days a week until May 3. In response to the passing of Safe Ride, Vice President for Finance and Operations Jason Barnett said he’s glad to see the work he and ASMSU have put into Safe Ride has paid off. “I did it because this is an initiative that ASMSU has been working on and it’s great to know that at the end of the day students see the need for it,” Barnett said. He added while it may seem like the work is done now that the initiative has passed, this is not the case. READ MORE AT STATENEWS.COM
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Marijuana laws progress in East Lansing, state BY RILEY MURDOCK RMURDOCK@STATENEWS.COM
Editor’s note: Some individuals have had personal details withheld or obscured to protect their anonymity. It’s a warm, sunny spring day in East Lansing. The relatively gorgeous weather has students playing sports in their yards or sunbathing while studying. The sunlight has melted the snow and has started going to work at the community’s collective stress as well. East Lansing resident and MSU graduate Lee enjoys the view from the roof of his house, sharing a joint with his housemates. In May 2015, East Lansing voters approved a proposal that limited the city from having or enforcing ordinances that prohibited marijuana use under certain conditions. In October 2016, East Lansing City Council approved an ordinance that formally decriminalized marijuana use under these restrictions, changing the offense for certain offenders from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction. Currently, an adult 21 years of age or older may possess, use or transfer one ounce or less of marijuana in East Lansing while on private property. Lee said these changes have lightened the mood quite a bit regarding the use of a substance he has enjoyed for many years. “People are a bit more free, and in a lot of ways it’s treated kind of like alcohol now,” Lee said. “It’s just more of a social, ‘Hey, I hate being drunk so I’ll smoke instead and still be able to have a good time with people.’ In a lot of ways it hasn’t changed that way, but people have definitely come out of, say, the closet for what they do, being able to say, ‘This is who I am, this is what I like.’” Psychology senior Olivia, sharing a joint with Lee, said decriminalization has relaxed the public attitude toward marijuana. “It just becomes a lot more prevalent every time these types of things are (relaxed),” Olivia said. “I think it was a good thing for people to get talking about it.” Local scene East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows said there is some belief the city has been difficult in regards to marijuana policy, but the city has long been one among Michigan’s most lenient communities. Meadows has been the city’s mayor since 2015, and was one of four “yes” votes that passed the 2016 decriminalization ordinance. “We had a pretty informal policy as a result of some state changes, but East Lansing and Ann Arbor have been the two most liberal communities in the state of Michigan in terms of marijuana policy for many years,” Meadows said. “Nothing really has changed very much … it is simply decriminalized. The enforcement of the state statute was not really happening even before that for a number of reasons.” At some point during the end of his first tenure on council, which extended from 1995 to 2006, state law superseded a longtime East Lansing ordinance less than which enforcement amounted to $25 “appearance tickets” for possession of under an ounce of marijuana, Meadows said. East Lansing’s current ordinance operates similar to this, with any violations for under an ounce garnering a maximum fine of $25 and no more than 45 days of community service. “After the state law said we couldn’t do that anymore, we just simply stopped writing tickets,” Meadows said. “There probably were 4
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some tickets that were written during that time period, my guess is they were written under the state (law) because there was more than just a mere quantity issue involved.” Federalism The city’s leniency does not change the fact that marijuana possession or use is still illegal on a state and federal level. East Lansing Police Department Chief Jeff Murphy said describing the city’s ordinance as “decriminalization” could cause some people to get themselves in trouble. “If somebody hears ‘decriminalization,’ if I hear that, I think that it means that it’s legal, and marijuana is by no means legal in East Lansing,” Murphy said. “There’s still a lot of laws related to marijuana, such as possession with intent to deliver, that are felonies.”
“We had a pretty informal policy as a result of some state changes, but East Lansing and Ann Arbor have been the two most liberal communities in the state of Michigan in terms of marijuana policy for many years.” Mark Meadows, East Lansing mayor Since the change in ordinance, Murphy said ELPD has spent much more time preventing citizens from being misled by marijuana laws than anything else involving them. From Jan. 1 to April 14, ELPD has only issued five marijuana-related tickets, Murphy said. Murphy said he believes this number is low, but didn’t have the numbers from previous years to be certain. According to weekly case and arrest reports published to the city’s website, only two marijuana possession related incidents occurred between Oct. 11, 2016, when council passed the latest ordinance, and Jan. 1, 2017. From March 14 to Oct. 10, 2016, 20 marijuana related incidents are mentioned: 16 for possession, three for selling and one for use. Between May 5, 2015, when voters approved a decriminalization proposal, and March 14, 2016, only one marijuana “appearance citation” is mentioned. During the latter period, only weekend reports are available. “It’s kind of a dangerous way of doing it because people are going to hear that and they’re going to get lulled into a false sense of security. … If you’re talking about decriminalization, somebody’s going to think, ‘Well, it’s legal, so why can’t I sit on this park bench downtown and smoke it?’ and they’re going to get themselves in trouble for it,” Murphy said. The discrepancy between state and local laws can also cause trouble when popular events are held in the city. “We have probably between 10 and a dozen events a year … where we don’t have enough police officers employed here to keep everybody in the city safe, so we have outside police departments come in to help us,” Murphy said. “Those departments do not enforce East Lansing city ordinances, a lot of them enforce state laws, and so one of those officers may go, for whatever reason, into a house and find somebody smoking marijuana where again they’re T H U R S DAY, A PR IL 2 0, 2 01 7
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thinking … it’s perfectly legal, but if they choose to enforce state law somebody’s still getting a ticket or getting arrested.” Major sporting events and holidays, such as Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day, can prompt ELPD to bring in help from Michigan State Police, Meridian Township Police Department, the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office and others who might not enforce marijuana as leniently as East Lansing. East Lansing’s ordinances also do not apply to the MSU Police Department, who will often help the city with these events, Murphy said.
“Quite frankly, the reality is if you wanted to get a medical marijuana card it is not difficult in Michigan to get one.” Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr., D-East Lansing Permeable state Though Michigan’s marijuana laws continue to supersede East Lansing’s, change might be on the horizon that would render any decriminalization ordinances obsolete. Medical marijuana has been legal in Michigan in some capacity since 2008, and is set to expand in the near future. Though a federal court ruling defeated an effort to put marijuana legalization on Michigan’s ballot for the 2016 election, Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D-East Lansing) said he believes legalization could be in Michigan’s near future. A recent poll found 57 percent of respondents leaned toward supporting the legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan, MLive reports. “I think that most people are resigned to the fact that legalization is probably happening sometime soon,” Hertel said. “I do believe there’ll be a referendum on the ballot next
year, and I think it will probably pass. I think the public opinion on marijuana has changed dramatically, and so I think it’s probably likely at some point to pass.” An East Lansing resident and MSU alumnus, Hertel said he thinks every city has a right to determine how its law enforcement treats certain situations and doesn’t disagree with the marijuana ordinance. “There obviously needs to be tests that are being developed right now to see if someone’s directly under the influence and those things because they’re driving, but I think that in my opinion the state should start moving towards those policies because in reality that’s where we’re going to be,” Hertel said. Hertel said he doesn’t see any major negatives stemming from the potential legalization of recreational marijuana, and those who believe legalization will increase marijuana use don’t realize the reality that marijuana is currently not difficult to acquire. “Quite frankly, the reality is if you wanted to get a medical marijuana card it is not difficult in Michigan to get one,” Hertel said. “The people that want to smoke marijuana already are, so I don’t see a major increase in problems stemming from it at all.” Instead, Hertel sees potential positives that could come with marijuana legalization at the state level and the first of which would hopefully be an influx of tax revenue, he said. “As a state that’s been on flat budgets for almost a decade now, (we) certainly could use some more funding for things like K-12 and higher education … or roads,” Hertel said. “It’s not going to solve every problem … but it would certainly bring in hundreds of millions of dollars that the state could actually invest in things like infrastructure and schools, it’s a good thing.” Hertel said he also believes legalization will save the state money on incarceration. “Anytime you look at the incarceration rates among people that have simple marijuana possession, spending $35,000 a year to house
someone as opposed to not having to do that obviously will save money,” Hertel said. “That’s the issue. Certainly for more dangerous drugs you want to make sure that access is difficult, but for something like marijuana, while I’m not advocating for someone using it, I don’t think it
has a significantly different result on someone than alcohol does, so I don’t see the reason to spend a lot of money as a state (on banning marijuana) when we can use it as an industry. We’ve already done that with medical marijuana for a long time in Michigan.”
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East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows poses for a portrait on April 14 at The State News at 435 E. Grand River Ave. Meadows was the East Lansing Mayor from 1997 through 2005 and he was re-elected in 2015. PHOTO: NIC ANTAYA BY RILEY MURDOCK RMURDOCK@STATENEWS.COM
Mark Meadows has been the Mayor of East Lansing twice. He has accumulated a lifetime of experience and passion both before and between his mayoral tenures. Meadows was born and raised in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. He initially didn't plan on going to college after high school, instead working in an auto plant, but after a few months he decided to study further, he said. Meadows bounced from Macomb Community College to Wayne State University to Western Michigan University, where he graduated in 1971 with a dual major in technical engineering and English. Inspired by his activity in the anti-Vietnam War movement and the Civil Rights movement, he decided to go on to attend the Detroit College of Law, now called the MSU College of Law. "It's just like this guy being dragged off the plane the other day, think about that happening all the time just because you're black," Meadows said. "Even today, I think … I have to believe, it's kind of hard to actually realize this was the way it was ... I thought that by being an attorney I'd be able to promote justice, appropriate justice." Meadows would find himself working as an assistant attorney general in Lansing, a position he occupied for 23 years. About five years after moving into the area he went through a divorce with his first wife, then moved to East Lansing as a single parent, he said. "I bought a house in East Lansing specifically, because the school district is highly regarded and I wanted the best education for my kids," Meadows said. Meadows continued his work in the Capitol and served on the East Lansing Commission on the Environment from 1989-1994. Meadow said his first venture onto council, beginning when elected in 1995, came from a desire to serve the community and make a difference. "There was a problem in the community, part of the community was trying to detach back into Meridian Township," Meadows said. "I thought I could make a difference, so I ran for City Council. I was unsuccessful, but I ran again two years later and was elected, and two years after that I was elected mayor."
Meadows said a sentiment of distrust and the lack of faith in government during the Vietnam War encouraged him and other members of his generation to get involved in fixing it. "I think that not only myself, but a lot of people in my generation who had been active in the anti-war and civil rights movements who had recognized there was a lot of legitimate complaints about the way the government was being operated," Meadows said. During Meadows' first tenure, several developments across the city took shape. The Hannah Community Center was revamped, the Family Aquatic Center was built and the City Center development project was completed, though he is reluctant to take credit. Meadows pursued a further career in politics following his first run on council. Meadows said he didn't run for Mayor in 2005 because he knew he wanted to run for State Legislature and resigned from council in 2006 after winning his primary. Meadows served as the state representative for the 69th District from 2006-2012, when he was term limited. Meadows was re-elected to council in 2015, and then elected mayor by the rest of council, a move he said he didn't expect. "I'm happy that I did get to be mayor because I do like to set the agenda, but I did not expect that," Meadows said. "I think they were looking for experience. I have experience in the job … I think there was a general feeling that we had gotten into some problems through inexperience in how to deal with a number of issues, and that the experience would sort of settle things down and get us back on track as a city." Councilmember Erik Altmann was an MSU professor during Meadows first term as mayor, and now works alongside him on council. "He was really the person we needed, sort of the right person at the right time," Altmann said. "We needed his expertise and an outspoken, positive attitude, and I think that's all the difference in the world on City Council ... he's been a strong leader but also been flexible, so whoever has a good idea he'll listen to and run with it, and he's been very transparent within the council … and these things have all been really, really important." READ MORE ABOUT MAYOR MEADOWS AT STATENEWS.COM
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MSU Paintball Club gears up for big tournament by focusing on teamwork BY JAIMIE BOZACK JBOZACK@STATENEWS.COM
With his adrenaline pumping and heartbeat racing, social relations and policy junior Kristian Vanderwaerden shoots at his teammate. In any other circumstance, this would be wrong, but practice allows for it. Plus, he said he thinks his teammates like it. "I think everyone secretly wants to get shot," he said. Vanderwaerden was referring to paintball. He said pain can be the name of the game when playing, but the adrenaline surpasses the negativity. Vanderwaerden is in his third year playing with the MSU Paintball Club. The club is a part of the National
Collegiate Paintball Association. Members are traveling to Florida for tournament play, which goes from April 21 to 23. This year, the club has two teams participating in tournament play because the group had so many members. There will be two 10-minute halves with no mercy rules. Vanderwaerden said the 20-member team used to be a small team of five when he first started the club. "The fact that we have doubled our growth ever since I've started is pretty cool," he said. "Twenty sounds like a lot to us, but compared to a lot of groups it's a small number, so in a lot of ways it does feel like a small family." In the tournament game there is a flag in the middle
of the field a team member has to take to the end of the field. If the team member is clean and has no paint on them, the team gets a point. Vanderwaerden said practice and repetition are two important aspects. President of the Paintball Club Nick Bravata started playing with the team two years ago, but he has been playing paintball since he was young. "I have been playing since I turned 11, so paintball has always been really big for me," Bravata, a computer science senior, said. "I played a lot of sports in high school, and I was really competitive and coming to college and not playing football or some sport for a team and not having that competitiveness throughout that I have been so used to kind of felt like a void, and paintball definitely helped fill that for sure." He said the competition in Florida will bring together teams from all over the country. The transition from the cold Michigan weather to the humid Florida weather will be a challenge for the team because they are not used to it, Bravata
said. "We go down and play in nationals against these teams that can play all year," Bravata said. "A lot of the Florida teams are really, really good because they can play every weekend as well as their school helps pay for a lot of their paint." Mechanical engineering sophomore Kevin Harrington joined the team in fall 2016. He said he got into paintball last summer. "It has definitely been different than what I thought, but it is still a lot of fun," Harrington said. "I don't regret ever starting." Harrington said the team is preparing for the upcoming game play. He said to have the chance of winning, the team must focus on communication. "I think people don't realize how much of a team sport it actually is," Harrington said. "One of the biggest parts of paintball is communication. If you're not communicating with your team members during play, then you just fall apart and your whole team suffers."
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Athena Trouillot shatters records as MSU women’s tennis flourishes BY CONNOR CLARK CCLARK@STATENEWS.COM
Athena — the Greek Goddess of wisdom and military strategy — was best known for her logic and intellect. For the past four years, the MSU women's tennis team has had an Athena of its own, Athena Trouillot. With a calm and collected battle strategy, she’s racked up win after win, 154 to be exact. Her 154 wins is the most in MSU women's tennis history. She also owns the most singles wins in tennis history and sits just one win away from the doubles title. This season Trouillot is 21-7 in singles matches with a team-high, seven-match win streak still going strong. “It means a lot, of course, just being able to know I'm leaving a legacy after I leave," Trouillot said. "But to me the most important part is those moments, those relationships that you form and that's what I'm going to take with me and
remember forever." Trouillot said the atmosphere of MSU brought her all the way from Miami, Fla. to play tennis. She started playing at summer camp but didn't want to stop, so her family hired a private coach, Andres Barbosa, until she began her collegiate career in East Lansing. Since then, she has brought consistent wins. Despite lacking a powerful serve or overwhelming aggression, Trouillot uses a calm approach with shot placement and spin control to defeat her opponents. To her, a poor shot or mishap almost appears as if it didn't happen because she shows little to no emotion. "It does drive a lot of girls crazy just to see that I don't have any big negative reactions," she said. Now in her senior season, Trouillot has been paired with freshman Samantha Memije for doubles matches. Together they are 15-12, but last season, Trouillot was paired with another freshman at the time, Davina Nguyen. Using her
Senior Athena Trouillot hits the ball during the women’s tennis singles match against Nebraska on April 15 at the Tennis Courts. Trouillot won her singles match, 6-3, 6-2. PHOTO: NIC ANTAYA
leadership, Trouillot and Nguyen won 18 total matches together. “It was a great experience, especially coming in," Nguyen said. "She made me feel very at home, she's very warm and caring and she's a very kind soul.” The two styles of Nguyen and Trouillot complement each other well. Nguyen's power style of tennis from the back and Trouillot's calm play close to the net provides a solid combination. “She is a very good role model for both tennis and off the court because she is very calm and level-headed and positive and I kind of need that in my life sometimes, so it was very nice playing with her," Nguyen said. Trouillot was originally recruited by former head coach Simone Jardim, but this past season, there was a change to head coach Kim Bruno. Trouillot said a coaching change for her senior season could have negative effects on her. “It can sometimes go south, but we actually got really lucky,” Trouillot said. "The administra-
tion did a wonderful job finding Kim, she's been awesome this year, making my senior year a great experience." Bruno spent the last 11 seasons at Northern Arizona University, her alma mater, at multiple positions. In her first season at MSU, the Spartans are 17-5 overall and 7-2 in the Big Ten. "I'm just riding on her coattails," Bruno said. "The girl is a success story in of herself and not only what she does on court, but just her character and who she is has just been so fun to be around and I'm so lucky to have coached her." Trouillot is a fixture at the No. 5 and 6 courts. In collegiate tennis, generally star players play toward the No. 1 and 2 courts, but Bruno said this doesn't make a difference. "I think every point counts and every time we can win a point, that matters as much at 1 as it does at 6 or anywhere," Bruno said. "I wouldn't take anything away from her and from what she's played in our lineup."
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