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As of last week, East Lansing became one of 79 cities around the world to join Hollaback!, an online blog supporting victims of street harassment. St reet harassment, also known as “cat calling,” is an uncomfortable issue many students often encounter not only in East Lansing, but also throughout the world. Website leader and Residential College in the Arts and Humanities senior Kat Stuehrk said Hollaback! East Lansing is a way for students to take direct action in the community against the issue.
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Lansing resident Dennis Foreback, 67, sings the “The Circle of Life” at Crunchy’s on April 10. Foreback has performed regularly at Crunchy’s for the past two years.
StaR Performer 67-year-old Lansing resident is a beloved karaoke staple at Crunchy’s bar
“It’s so cool that he knows the entire staff by name, and everyone here just loves him.” Ellen Leonard, Crunchy’s bartender
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pplause followed Dennis Foreback to the front of Crunchy’s Bar as he took hold of the microphone Thursday. Performing karaoke at the popular bar has been the 67-year-old’s Thursday and Friday night routine for two and a half years. He was not intimidated by the college students and bargoers watching him — Foreback was no stranger to the Crunchy’s crowd. Cheers of “Yeah, Dennis!” rang out around the venue before the music started. His eyes jumped to the screen in front of him as the lyrics of his chosen song appeared.
“Let the bodies hit the floor, let the bodies hit the floor, let the bodies hit the floor,” Foreback began crooning. The crowd roared as the Lansing resident continued to sing “Bodies” by Drowning Pool. Some sang along, while others cheered in appreciation for Foreback’s undeniable enthusiasm. Once his performance came to an end, he was met with high-fives from the rambunctious college crowd as he returned to his seat at the bar. And this week, he will return during those same nights to entertain again. A passion for performing Foreback’s love for performing has been evident since he was a kid, and took precedence after a life-changing diagnosis almost two decades ago. Foreback grew up in the Lansing area and has been singing ever since he joined his high school choir. He
later sang gospel for his church choir, which helped him get used to performing in front of an audience. However, it was a hospital stay in 1995 that made him try singing karaoke. Foreback was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and ended up hospitalized for five days to be treated. Upon leaving the hospital, his throat was sore and his voice scratchy. “I’d always loved to sing, but after this I couldn’t sing very well,” he said. “One night, I decided to try singing karaoke.” He wandered into a little bar and wrote down a couple of songs to sing. When he left at the end of the night, his voice felt stronger after the impromptu performance. After that, Foreback started to attend karaoke once a week. His retirement in 2009 made it possiSee KARAOKE on page 2 u
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Hollaback! gives sexual harassment victims in East Lansing a platform to share their experiences Blog entries range from catcalling of females to implementing physical harm on LGBT residents. Residential College in the Arts and Humanities junior Ryan Parr was one of the first students to share his personal experience of street harassment on the blog. He said he was walking to the Union with his friend one day to purchase ice cream when he was verbally harassed by a young man in his car on the corner of M.A.C. and Grand River avenues. The man leaned out of his car window and yelled out an offensive comment pertaining to Parr’s sexuality, which was not specified in the blog post. Parr posted his experience on the blog, saying he stood up for himself in front of the young man. “I yelled ‘f*** you’ and then walked the rest of the way to the Union,” Parr said in the blog entry. Parr heard about the website from Stuehrk and said he was perfectly comfortable sharing his personal experience with others. He said he wanted to use his stories to change the environSee HOLLABACK on page 2 u
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away huge sections of pavement and pouring hot mix asphalt to bond and form more THE STATE NEWS permanent pavement. In addition to such a project W it h p ave me nt ac r o s s Michigan in decline and road being expensive and time-concrews constantly working to suming, it would cause construction and road patch potholes, the Michclosings, MDOT igan Department of communicaTransportation, tions director or MDOT, took Jeff Cranson time to address said. t he c om mon Filling misconceppotholes tion that potw it h c old hole patc hes patc h c urare short-term —Todd Sneathen, rently is fixes, not perdirector of public works the only way manent repairs. to te mp or a rThis year, MDOT ily fix the longreceived many comterm problem, Cranplaints about the shortson said. lived nature of pothole repairs, The long-lasting repairs with residents alleging that patching does not solve the also would cost more than problem because it is done most residents anticipated. incor rect ly, MDOT Direc- Although the House of Repretor Kirk Steudle said in a sentatives and Senate agreed on a $330 million supplestatement. To fully repair the roads, mental for road funding last crews would have to rebuild them by sawing and cutting See POTHOLES on page 2 u email@example.com nn
A long-term fix would definitely be significantly more expensive.”
Road Maintenance Gov. Rick Snyder signed a $100 million supplemental appropriations bill into law March 14 for special winter road maintenance in Michigan. Of the $100 million, individual counties received $39.1 million, cities and villages received $21.8 million and the Michigan Department of Transportation, or MDOT, received $39.1 million. East Lansing was allocated $167,343.76 for special winter road maintenance. The five-year average for winter maintenance in Michigan is about $88 million. The budget is expected to be in the $130 million range after the harsh winter.
Attendees enjoy craft beer as they listen to Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch and State Radio on Saturday at the Lansing Microbrew & Music Festival at Adado Riverfront Park. The festival featured over 40 Michigan craft breweries and bands like O.A.R. and The Dirty Heads.
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News briefs Student’s drivers license stolen A student’s driver’s license was stolen by a pickpocketer April 9 at Breslin Center during a Greek Week event, according to MSU police. The victim, a 22-yearold female student, told police left her change purse unattended when she went to talk to friends at the event, MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said. When she came back her license was missing. Police say the victim believes it could have been someone at the event. The license was valued at $15. There are no suspects and the incident is under investigation. GEOFF PRESTON
Broad Art Museum receives donation The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation announced a $5 million gift to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum on Friday. The large endowment honors the museum’s Founding Director Michael Rush. Eli and Edythe Broad, the founders of the museum, used the gift to express their gratitude toward Rush’s leadership and strides toward furthering the unique quality of the museum, which is a piece of art itself. The $5 million gift will aid in continuing the explorative displays of art the museum is known for. The gift bumps the total investment by the Broads in the museum up to $33 million. The building was designed by Zaha Hadid and opened in November 2012. SIERRA LAY
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A karaoke staple, 67-year-old Dennis Foreback entertains audiences, sparks friendships from page one
ble for him to sing karaoke more often, but it wasn’t until two and a half years ago that his Crunchy’s karaoke streak began. He still remembers the first song he sang at Crunchy’s — “Mack the Knife” by Bobby Darin. A Crunchy’s legend Foreback has only missed one day of Crunchy’s karaoke in the past two and a half years he has attended, and that was for a karaoke competition at another bar. Although he doesn’t drink, Foreback has consistently shown up at Crunchy’s every Thursday and Friday evening around 8:30 or 9 p.m. While he waits for karaoke to start, he usually watches a game on the bar’s TVs or tries his luck at Keno, a game of chance. East Lansing resident and Crunchy’s bartender Ellen Leonard said the bar’s entire staff knows and adores Foreback. “He’s basically a staple of Crunchy’s karaoke,” she said. “It’s so cool that he knows the entire staff by name, and everyone here just loves him. They always cheer when he performs.” He also frequents two other karaoke nights. Foreback can be found at the Lansing Applebee’s on Wednesday nights and Darb’s Crystal Bar in Holt on Saturday nights. Once karaoke night officially starts, Foreback is rarely away from the front of the crowd — he typically submits three or four songs throughout the night. “A lot of people come in and know exactly what they want to sing,” he said. “I never do that. I just think of a song and go from there.” Foreback’s repertoire can shift from the hard rock sound of “Bodies” to “Be Our Guest” from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” a favorite of his. He’ll also perform older rap songs. However, he said his favorite songs to sing come from his own generation, such as Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.”
His audience always responds the same way no matter what tune he decides to sing. Their rowdy cheers are what prompt Foreback’s return to Crunchy’s every week. “When you perform at some karaoke places, you don’t always get much of a response,” he said. “I don’t want to just sing to myself. I want an audience. It’s not as much fun without a good audience.” Duets and friendships It’s within the Crunchy’s audience that Foreback has forged many relationships, and even a handful of singing partners. He said one of the nicest things about performing at the bars is that he never knows who he is going to meet. Nearly every time he sits down after singing, one of his listeners approaches him to tell him how they liked his performance. All of these people are strangers to Foreback, but he thanks them for their kindness every time. In between his songs, Foreback enjoys watching others muster up the courage to sing karaoke. Some perform with a silly demeanor and trip over their words and feet. Others, such as Courtney Heyse, become his occasional duet partners. Heyse, a social relations and policy senior, said she always noticed Foreback during the Thursday Crunchy’s trips. After exchanging various “hellos” and polite conversation, Foreback eventually asked if she’d like to sing “Summer Nights” from the musical “Grease” with him. The two still sing together, and their set has expanded to other songs, such as Heyse’s personal favorite performance, “Love Shack” by the B-52’s. The kindness of the bar’s staff and patrons have kept Foreback coming back for more every week, and he says he’ll continue to return to Crunchy’s as long as he can, and as long as the audience keep responding. “I love to perform,” he said. “I don’t know if I’m any good, but I love to do it. There are guys that sing better and guys that move around more than me, but I just love to do it, and I think it shows that I enjoy what I’m doing. At least, I hope so.”
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Continued is that we just don’t have the money to do those types of fixes.” Cranson said the difficult winter contributed to the quick deterioration of roads statewide.
short-term patches are not sufficient because they fall apart as other potholes are forming. She said potholes are an increasingly large problem on the roadways — and a long-term fix is necessary. “It ’s ver y aggravating,” Repasky said. “Sometimes when I’m driving I feel like I’m playing a video game and trying to avoid all the potholes.” Michigan legislators are currently pushing for major fee increases, Cranson said. With current funding, he said temporary fixes are the only option because it’s not feasible to reach all of the holes and pavement breakdowns with a long-term fixing procedure. “We need to spend more in Michigan,” he said. “We need to do it right.”
month, the funds cannot feasibly cover the needs of every city, including East Lansing. East Lansing Director of Public Works Todd Sneathen said permanently fixing the roads could take several years to complete, and that East Lansing is not currently financially able to do so at this time. “A long-term fix would definitely be significantly more expensive,” Sneathen said. “One of the issues
Brutal winters are have caused bad road conditions, but a longterm fix is out of reach
“Next year, we are hoping to do community events, like a film screening or a march.”
Street harassment victims are using the website to share experiences, provide support from page one
ment around him and make people aware of how their harassment affects others. He also wanted to showcase that street harassment exists and to point out the fact that those who are harassed are not alone. Stuehrk said it is common for victims to feel powerless and “freeze up” in a street harassment situation. The website is a way for victims of street harassment to take some of the power back into their own hands, she said. Stuehrk also said the website has a support button called “I’ve got your back” that visitors can click on if they relate to the story. Parr said he received more than 25 clicks of support on his blog entry. “It’s good to see it’s reaching someone,” he said. Website director and comparative cultures and
“This is an exceptional season because of the brutal winter and decades of underinvestment in Michigan,” Cranson said. “Those two things combined have made this one of the worst springs for pavement decline ever.” For communication sophomore Alexandra Repasky, the
Kat Stuehrk, Hollaback! website leader
politics junior Kyra Stephenson said the website helps educate people who do not realize the negative effects of street harassment. She said the website gives those affected by street harassment a chance to share their experiences to empower them. The website is available as a free smartphone application. Stuehrk said the application is convenient for people to be able to share their stories right away on their phones and get instant support when they
might have the most emotions about the incident. Since its launch, Hollaback! East Lansing has gotten about 10 stories and has continued to get more posts. Stuehrk said the website team is hoping to see Hollaback! East Lansing expand beyond its website and reach out to even more members of the community. “Next year, we are hoping to do community events, like a film screening or a march,” Stuehrk said.
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MSU hosts fair for student-parents, children Hospitality business senior Monique Jenkins helps her nephew Javon Boxx, 7, with a marble obstacle course Saturday at the Breslin Center. Julia Nagy/ The State News
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When Jasmine Brown-Moreland had her daughter Kennedy, three years ago, her whole world changed. Brown-Moreland became a mother during her sophomore year at MSU and went from only worrying about grades to finding childcare, buying diapers and trying to be a good mom amid the stress of college. Now a political theory and const it ut iona l democ rac y senior, Brown-Moreland said finding resources has been one of her biggest struggles as a student-parent. “The most difficult part is figuring out how to balance school and be a good mom and student and find time to do homework,”
she said. “I’m lucky my daughter loves the library.” Aiding student-parents in finding daycares, summer camps and other activities for their children was one of the main goals of the Student Parents on a Mission 2014 Breslin Takeover III Carnival and Resource Fair that took place Saturday at Breslin Center. The event was designed to raise awareness of student-parents, MSU Family Resource Center Coordinator and event organizer Lori Strom said. “We really want to inspire current students, because it can be so overwhelming,” Strom said. “Some days they wonder how they’re going to make it.” Strom said all proceeds from the carnival will go toward a scholarship to help a student-parent.
The carnival featured activities for children, including bounce houses, karaoke, a petting zoo, clowns and an MSU police K-9 officer with his dog, Wolf. MSU police Lt. Randy Holton, who was at the event with the K-9 unit, said it was important for the MSU Police Department to be involved in teaching children and student-parents about child safety, such as car seat safety and how to use child identification kits. “It’s a way for them to get to know the police and see us in a good light,” he said. “We’re also handing out junior badge stickers and good information for parents, but it’s a good environment for the children to get to know us in a fun and friendly way.” Hundreds of people crowd-
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Cheering, laughing, clapping, singing and shouts of encouragement and excitement echoed through the halls of Kellogg Center on Friday. The reason: the 20th annual Latin Xplosion. Hosted by Culturas de las Razas Unidas — a Latino student organization — the event showcased Latin culture through comedy, dancing, music performances and poetry readings. Latin Xplosion master of ceremonies and organization member Pablo Lopez said the annual turnout for the event continues to grow. “Every year it gets better and better, and every year we’re trying to focus on what we can do better,” Lopez said. “It’s such cultural enrichment. What I hope people take away is to be proud of their roots.” Lopez, a mechanical engineering sophomore, said performers from as far as Chicago attended this year. Accounting freshman Dachana Blaydes said she attends cultural events because they connect her with people and experiences she otherwise wouldn’t know of. “That’s the thing about Michigan State University, when they promote diversity you have to take the initiative to take advantage of it,” Blaydes said. “Michigan State can promote it all day long, but it’s the students, as an individual, who have to take the initiative to change their perspectives and stereotypes.” Along with the performances, participation from the audience established the activities as a communal celebration of Latin culture. Audience members threw out yells of excitement known as “grito Mexicanos,” and other times audience members shouted various words in Spanish to encourage performers. During a performance by Ann Arbor resident Khris Sanchez, he invited students to come on stage and sing “All of Me” by John Legend with him. One student sang on stage while he beatboxed and played piano, and it sparked the whole audience into
singing along. Criminal justice junior and lead singer of the band “Tilted A” Enrique Rosas said the Latin influence within the music of his band comes from infusing aspects of Latin music with American
rock sounds. “What gives us our Latin roots is the fact that we’re able to be Latino and perform more assimilated music,” he said. “Here in the United States we can play English music and Spanish music.”
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ed Breslin Center during the carnival, including natural resource recreation and tourism senior Monique Jenkins, who brought her 15-monthold son, Cameron. She said she cherished the time she spent with her son. “During the week I’m studying all the time and it’s hard to find anything fun for him to do except watching TV,” she said. This was nice, convenient and it was cheap.” While in class, Jenkins said she often leaves her son with her mother, since daycare is hard to find. “We’re focusing so much on going to school to better ourselves, to get a higher education so we can make a better world for the kids,” Jenkins said.
The MSU Racing Club put its passion on display this weekend. The club had its fourth annual car show Saturday in the Spartan Stadium parking lot, which featured 600 cars spread across seven decades and hundreds of enthusiasts who came to buy. “It’s like anything you do, you want to show it off,” club president and agricultural industries freshman Andres Torres said. “This is like works of art for us.” The show typically is held in the parking lot of the Engineering Building, but club members had to move locations to accommodate growing popularity. “For every one of the four years, we’ve doubled in size,” he said. “This is our biggest year yet.” The diversity of cars is what makes the show special, Torres said. “People love showing off these things that maybe our generation didn’t get to see,” he said. “It’s a good way to show it off and meet
other people that are just as interested as you.” Not every car shown was street legal. RSR Racing, a team based in East Lansing, races in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and had two race cars in addition to their trailer. Strutting their stuff at statewide shows only increases their popularity, RSR mechanic Brandon Post said. Despite the fact that their races are televised every week, he said not many people know about they exist. “We’ve been around a long time, but not a lot of people know there is a race team here,” he said. “It’s not just California and Florida and those kinds of places.” Although many students didn’t have the cash on hand to buy, simply looking at them on a sunny Saturday was good enough for marketing junior Zach Doerr. “None of us have enough money to afford anything like this, but I do appreciate looking at other peoples’ cars,” he said. Doerr partially came to look for Ford Mustangs, one of his favorite models.
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Tinder is not the place to find love reporter
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wipe right. Swipe left. Hot or not. Message or ignore.
The phrases above describe exactly how we work our moves with a person we find attractive. Every year, it seems like there is a hot new dating app on the market. Although it might help people looking for a casual fling meet one another, it seems problematic when used as an actual dating aid. The people who are shy generally love them, and the extroverts generally take advantage of them. Tinder is no exception. A couple of weeks ago, one of my friends told me about an attractive girl he was talking to. I asked him how they met, and his answer was just one word: Tinder. I thought he was speaking another language. But in a Spanish conversation, there are few things I, as a native
Spanish-speaker, do not understand. My friend described Tinder as a wellknown dating app where users can decide whether or not they are interested in people based on information gleaned from their Facebook profiles. The “cool” thing about it: You reject people without even telling them. You just swipe the screen to one side depending on your decision. It’s as simple as that. My friend wanted me to create a Tinder account, but I said no. Some weeks went by, and I started seeing a lot of people using and talking about the app. For about 25 seconds, I thought about creating an account. After thinking it over, I bailed out. I am not against people who use it to find a random hookup, but it does not seem like people could use it to do much more than that. Tinder is not for me. Please do not judge me, because, like the wise Miley Cyrus said, “Only God can judge ya.” I cannot understand how you can start dating or meeting someone through social media. It is very hard to understand how the users decide if they want to meet a person based on just a few photos. Plot twist: some people use group photos, so you have no idea who you are showing interest in. On Tinder, everyone is perfect, or at least everyone gives their 100 percent (even if sometimes it does not look like it) to show the sides of their personality they’d like you to see. That is totally cool if you want to do it. The reason I dislike Tinder is because it
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feels impersonal. You do not have to work on your social skills in order to suc— Erin Gray, State News reporter ceed. There are no “awkward” silences like there used Read the rest online at to be when meetstatenews.com/blog. ing someone for the first time face-to-face. A lot of people probably like that they have the power to swipe you away and reject you if they want to. If you like the person, slide the screen to the right, common with them. Everyone benefits from and if you do not, just slide it to the left. It human interaction. Even if I do not end up is perfect — now, you do not have to worbeing interested, or if I am going to be rejectry about feelings or how to express yourself. ed, everyone deserves face-to-face honesty. What I know is that I fear for humanity. I respect people on Tinder. I think it is a Every day we talk to each other less in pergreat app for some people to use if they want son, we communicate and interact less. I fear a break from homework. I guess it can be that at at some point, we will not even have entertaining to sit and judge people based to talk to each other to express our feelings. on their attractiveness. But I believe memI am single. Maybe the reason I’m sinbers of our generation need to step up our gle is that I have not given the online bachgame. We need to have the courage to go to elorettes a chance, but I really do not care. the person that we find attractive or “hot” at Call me old school, but I still prefer meetthe party and say something. We need to be ing someone face-to-face. If I decide I do not brave enough to invite that person to go out. like the person, I at least want to say I met Sergio Martínez-Beltrán is a State them in person. I also find it pretty cool to News reporter. Reach him at smarthave random conversations with people I do email@example.com. not know, even if I do not have anything in
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Council members look into offering cancellation option for rental leases If the City were truly interested in protecting the students, they would take a hard look at property taxes. In my case, fully 1/3 of the monthly rent is going to taxes.
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I leased several properties in EL before buying my home and never had to break a lease. If you plan ahead, and are prudent in your decision making then you shouldn’t have to. All of this because a few students don’t understand the basic concept of responsibility and how a contract works? At the end of the day if the student chooses not to say in the rental they signed the contract thru the summer for it’s NOT THE LANDLORDS PROBLEM, it’s the students. Don’t burden the landlord, who already pays an outrageous amount in taxes, rental licenses, etc., because in the end it will only reflect on an increase in prices across the rental market in EL. As a homeowner in EL now I can attest to how much of a stranglehold the City has over our properties already, let’s not give them one more. Jordan, April 14
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This will just mean that Landlords will increase the monthly rent to compensate for the lost rental months.
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#B1GThings on Capitol Hill that ASMSU thinks you should keep on your radar Three days, fourteen offices, one Capitol Hill. On April 6, a delegation from the Associated Students of Michigan State University, or ASMSU, arrived in Washington, D.C., along with other Big Ten student government leaders for our annual Big Ten on the Hill Conference. During that time, we were briefed by the Associate Director of Public Engagement from the White House, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Education about President Barack Obama’s plans for higher education and making college more affordable. On our second day in D.C., we lobbied all Senate and Congressional offices representing Michigan, with the exception of Reps. Candice Miller and John Conyers, including direct meetings with Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Rep. Tim Walberg and Rep. Gary Peters. We spoke to Stabenow about our efforts on mental health awareness, and she was very responsive to our week of events, as she just successfully passed her Excellence in Mental Health Act into law. During our conversations with congressmen and their staff, we tackled the following issues: College affordability: Last summer, Obama presented issues in higher
education he wanted to see addressed including keeping student debt affordable and creating a college ratings system. Income-based repayment is an option almost anyone can qualify for to repay student loans after graduation. Under this plan, a person would not be required to pay more than 10 percent of their annual income on loans taken out after 2012. The college ratings system would evaluate universities based on a number of criteria and, if Congress chose to, would tie their rated performance to college funding and financial aid. The overall purpose is to provide a way for incoming students to make an informed decision about the college or university they want to attend. Tying these ratings to financial aid, however, could have an adverse affect on students who wish to attend a university even if it received a poor rating. Pell grants: We advocated for Pell grants to continue receiving funding and potentially receive increased funding in the upcoming year. Overall, this received positive response from the offices and we can expect the grants to continue receiving funding at their current level of $5,730. Workers visas: We advocated for easier access to workers visas to allow our
international students to stay and work in the U.S. This issue is currently receiving bipartisan support, but because it is an issue of immigration and is therefore tied to a variety of other immigration issues, we cannot expect it to move quickly. Although we are able to advocate for our fellow students, the job does not stop there. We need YOUR help to see these issues through! So write to your congressmen and tell them your story about receiving Pell grants or wanting to work in America after graduation. Email the Department of Education and tell them what you would like to see done in the ratings system! On campus, in East Lansing, and on Capitol Hill, ASMSU has students’ interests in mind. Whether advocating for the preferred name policy, advocating for mental health awareness or providing you with free legal council, ASMSU is working to help in more ways than you’ll probably ever realize. Interested in learning more about ASMSU and ways to get involved? Visit asmsu.msu.edu to learn more or stop by 307 Student Services; we’d love to have you!
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MSU alumnus Scott Kirschner, left, and advertising senior Kati Hooper enjoy craft beer Saturday at the Lansing Microbrew & Music Festival at Adado Riverfront Park. The festival featured more than 40 Michigan craft breweries and more than 100 musicians.
Lansing Microbrew and Music Festival draws students, alumni By Ben Stram firstname.lastname@example.org THE STATE NEWS nn
Beer and music — two things most college students love — came together in harmony this past weekend during the Microbrew & Music Festival in downtown Lansing. A lthough many MSU students went home for Easte r we e k e nd , s ome s t u dents and alumni made their way to the inaugural festival, which took place Friday and Saturday. With more than 250 craft brews and 100 musicians, the festival helped raise funds for the Greater Lansing Food Bank and Xero Waste Events, an organization that provides c omp r e h e n s i v e r e c y c l i n g services. There were many different drinks at the festival, such as craft beers like Oberon by Bell’s Brewer y Inc. Ciders, meads and wines from craft brewer ies bot h loca l a nd nationwide were also among the selection.
Tickets were $55 and got attendees five drinks. Additional drinks cost $2. Advertising senior Taylor Parker appreciated the beer offered at the festival. “I think they’re all really good,” Parker said of the beer selections. “I like how they incorporated all the local people who brew beer. I definitely enjoyed it.” The band Dirty Heads headlined Friday night’s festivities at the main tent, and O.A.R. took the main stage on Saturday evening. The bands played in a tent with a capacity of 4,000 people. The tent is the first of its kind in the United States, according to the festival website. O. A . R . ba nd me mb e r Jer r y DePizzo said t he alternative rock band was lo ok i ng f or w a r d to Satu r d a y ’s p e r f o r m a n c e i n an interview with The State News the week before the show. The band is known for their song “Love and Memories.” During the concer t, the
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band played their new single, “Peace.” “ We’re rea l ly keyed up for t he tou r a nd e xc ited about playing a damn good show and playing ‘Peace’ and seeing the response,” DePizz o s a i d . “ We ’r e e xc it e d to see a whole crowd of beerloving partygoers.” Hospitality business senior Ali Foote was excited to listen to O.A.R. She also enjoyed the atmosphere of the festival and thought it was great that people were coming out to support downtown Lansing. “I li ke to suppor t L a nsing events, I like to suppor t M ic h iga n beer s a nd M ic h iga n food a nd good bands,” she said. “I know a lot of people come for the music (and) a lot of people come for the beer and it was cool to be able to come for both.” The next microbrew fe s t iv a l w i l l b e he ld i n Traverse City on August 22-23. Staf f reporter Casey Holland contributed to this report.
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Four months, eight teams, hundreds of dandiya sticks and one first place trophy. This weekend, East Lansing was the host city for Raas Revolution , a nationwide competition for raas teams across the country. The competition took place in the Wharton Center. Raas is a traditional Indian dance that originates from the northern Indian state Gujarat. Marketing f reshman Sonica Patel, a member of the Raas Revolution marketing team, said dozens of collegiate teams across the nation spend months practicing and perfecting a dance routine to use for the competition season each year. Beginning in Januar y, the teams travel to different universities, bringing their best dancing feet. At each competition, the teams win points for placing first, second or third. The eight teams with the most points received an invitation to Raas Revolution — the final competition. MSU’s team, RaaSparty, made the bid for the final competition this year. Patel said RaaSparty won the national competition last year. Finance and economics junior Omkar Vale, a member of RaaSparty, said the team competed at four different competitions in Ann Arbor, Texas, Maryland and New Jersey to get the bid for Raas Revolution. However, University of Houston’s team took home the title. Usually the final competition is held in Texas, but this year was the first time it took place in East Lansing. On Saturday, the eight teams, their family mem-
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In addition to the theme, the teams were judged on the choreography, the overall performance, enthusiasm, outfits, the music mixes, stage props and technique with dandiya sticks, a regular tool used in raas. RaaSparty emerged on stage in glittering yellow and red outfits and brought a magical “Harry Potter” dance theme to the audience. Before and after their performance, the crowd erupted in a “go green, go white” chant. Mec ha n ica l eng i neer i ng junior and former member of RaaSparty Feny Patel said this year was his first time sitting in the crowd at a raas competition. “(Watching them) makes you want to be on stage and dance with them,” he said. For some members of the audience, it was their first time watching a raas national championship in general. “I get the chills just watching them perform,” Keyur Patel, a computer science senior, said.
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Finance and economics junior Omkar Vale, center left, and marketing senior Taos Boudjemai, center right, dance on Saturday at the Wharton Center during Raas Revolution.
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Horoscope By Linda C. Black 10 IS THE EASIEST DAY — 0 THE MOST CHALLENGING
Aries (march 21-April 19) Today is a 6 — Find what you need nearby. Challenges at work require your full attention. Watch for hidden dangers. Be very careful, and do the basic work. Review, regroup, and stay grounded. Focus on deep breathing to counter stress. Think about the ones you love.
Libra (sept. 23-oct. 22) Today is a 5 — Things don’t go according to plan, but having a plan sure helps. Maintain objectivity, and adapt to changing circumstances. Slow down, to avoid mistakes or accidents. Clarify communications, and correct misunderstandings as they occur. Obstacles arise.
taurus (April 20-may 20) Today is a 5 — Setting priorities becomes newly important with unexpected circumstances. Hold onto your valuables, and plan your next move. Tardiness will be noticed. Face to face works best. Enjoy the social buzz. Friends are dealing with changes. Balance physical work with social demands.
scorpio (oct. 23-nov. 21) Today is a 5 — Watch your stinger... someone could get hurt. Practice restraint. Listen to a loved one’s considerations. Hold onto your money. Don’t make promises you won’t keep. Respectfully decline. Take it slow and easy, tackling urgencies and otherwise recharging batteries at home. Be especially forgiving today.
gemini (may 21-June 20) Today is a 5 — You have more to manage at home than you may realize. It’s not a good time to travel. Circumstances have changed, and it works out for the better. There may be temporary confusion. Don’t throw your money around. Establish your leadership role. Wait.
sagittarius (nov. 22-dec. 21) Today is a 5 — The momentum short-circuits, and you discover a dead end. Curtail your enthusiasm. Don’t fall for an expensive trick. An uncomfortable situation spurs you to action. Postpone a long-distance conversation. Declare breakdowns, stay in communication, and reschedule. Rest and restore your energy.
cancer (June 21-July 22) Today is a 5 — You may discover breakdowns with a partnership. Postpone expansion and travel for now. Others vie for your attention. Travel to an alternative work environment. Accept support from your team. Take it slow, and speak clearly. Simple misunderstandings can be worked out with patience.
capricorn (dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is a 6 — Friends help you advance. Exceptional patience is required. A theory doesn’t pan out. Go beyond the minimum required. Consider the consequences of the words you speak. You get to choose your own perspective, your own self-image. Ignore that mean voice in your head.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is a 5 — Don’t try a new idea yet. Lay low and keep your head down. Breakdowns in an alliance distract. Stay close to home and handle deadlines and urgencies. Avoid expensive suggestions. Make repairs, clarify miscommunications, or mollify someone’s hurt feelings. Do it for love, not money.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-feb. 18) Today is a 5 — Don’t over-extend or push yourself too hard. Support (and be supported by) your friends. Collaborate with responsibilities. Make your place more comfortable, instead of traveling. Don’t repeat a mistake... it would get expensive. Stick to your budget. Insight arises in the most unusual places.
Virgo (Aug. 23-sept. 22) Today is a 5 — Stand up for your commitments. Add spice. It could get fun, if you view it as a game. Avoid an intense argument by refusing to get hooked. Others rely on you. Huddle with family and make sure everyone’s cared for, fed and tucked into bed.
pisces (feb. 19-march 20) Today is a 5 — With the support of your friends, you can get through anything. Stash valuables in a safe place. Keep a positive view, and move forward one step at a time. Progress could seem stopped, blocked or impeded. Obstacles require re-routing from the expected course.
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An eighth-inning two-run double from Indiana first baseman Sam Travis sealed a winless week for MSU baseball, giving the Hoosiers a 4-1 victory over the Spartans on Sunday afternoon. The double from Travis broke a 1-1 tie late in the game, and ultimately served as the winning hit. The loss on Easter Sunday completes an 0-4 week for the Spartans, including a three-game weekend series sweep at Indiana. MSU falls to 20-17 overall with the losses. The Hoosiers shut out MSU on Friday, winning 7-0, and won on a walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th inning the following day, 2-1. MSU also lost to Central Michigan on Wednesday. MSU struggled to find scoring all weekend, putting up just two
spartans get series victory The MSU softball team traveled to Iowa City, Iowa this weekend to face off with Big Ten foe Iowa, winning the series by taking two of the three games. Spartan senior pitcher Kelly Smith continued her week of dominance and gave up just four hits and no runs against the Hawkeyes in the series opener. This came after Smith had just thrown a no-hitter against Eastern Michigan on Wednesday, the first of her career.
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runs in the three games for the team’s lowest run total in a weekend series this season. Friday’s scoreless outing for MSU was the beginning of the low-scoring trend for the critical conference series. MSU was held to six hits and failed to get timely hitting with eight runners left on base. Junior starting pitcher Mick VanVossen gave up six runs, four earned, in slightly more than five innings of work to record his second loss of the season. Saturday proved to be a more exciting matchup, but another disappointing ending for the Spartans as they fell in extra innings. Indiana used a single to centerfield on a 2-1 pitch from junior second baseman Casey Rodriguez to knock off the Spartans in the bottom of the 12th inning. It was the third time MSU went into extra innings this season. Sophomore starting pitcher Justin Alleman finished with
a no decision after a solid eight innings on the mound for MSU. Alleman only surrendered one earned run on four hits and recorded eight strikeouts. The final game of the series — a 4-1 Indiana win — was another defensive battle until Indiana pulled away late. The Hoosiers used a three-run bottom of the eighth to take the lead and ultimately complete the sweep. Freshman pitcher Cam Vieaux pitched another solid outing, only giving up four hits in seven innings, but still recorded the loss. With the series sweep, Indiana remains at the top of the Big Ten while MSU drops into the bottom half of the league. MSU will return to the field on Tuesday when the Spartans welcome the Toledo Rockets to McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field.
The Spartans got their lone run in the 1-0 win late in game one Friday, when junior Stephanie Sanders hit a clutch single in the sixth inning to score senior Dana Briggs. Game two of the series wasn’t as kind to the Spartans, as they lost 5-1 on Saturday. MSU jumped to an early lead in the top of the first inning when freshman Sarah Gutknecht hit a single to center that scored junior Alyssa McBride. Unfortunately for MSU, that would be all the offense on the day for the green and white, as the Hawkeyes would go on to score five unanswered runs and win the game. MSU committed two errors on the day and left 13 runners
stranded on base. The Spartans were able to bounce back and take the series in game three, winning 4-0. They were lead by yet another strong pitching performance from Smith. She threw a complete game, shutting out the Hawkeyes. The Big Ten series win is the first for the Spartans on the season, as they improved their record to 12-29 overall and 4-13 in the Big Ten Conference. The Spartans will take the field next against Central Michigan at home on Wednesday, with the first pitch set for 5 p.m. ERIK SARGENT
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The men’s tennis team finished its regular season with home wins against No. 28 Purdue on Friday and No. 59 Indiana on Sunday. Coming from another Big Ten weekend last week — defeating Wisconsin and losing to Minnesota — the Spartans’ 5-2 win against Purdue and 6-1 win against Indiana mark a strong finish to the tough regular season they had. Purdue was the highest-ranked opponent the Spartans beat this season. “We approached it like a tournament, one match at a time,” head coach Gene Orlando said. “It’s been an up and down year and I’m just really proud of the guys, how they persevered, and how they stayed mentally tough.” All athletes were wearing shirts bearing the last name of a senior for the Senior Day match — Aaron Pfister, Drew Lied and Will Davis were the three seniors honored. After the match against the Hoosiers — their 10th home win — MSU has an overall record of 11-13 (5-6 in the Big Ten Conference). Senior Drew Lied won his last singles match against Indiana sophomore Sam Monette in a second-set tiebreaker. Lied won 6-4, 7-6, and Monette got a game penalty for throwing his racket when he lost. “I try to keep it as non-personal as possible … but it always feels good to win against somebody you don’t like as much,” Lied said. Counting Lied’s singles win, MSU won five of the six singles matches. The team won the doubles point for the 12th time this season, with wins by sophomore John Patrick Mullane and Lied, and juniors Harry Jadun and Gijs Linders. Mullane and Lied defeated Indiana sophomore Daniel Bednarc-
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Sophomore John Patrick Mullane celebrates a a win by junior Harry Jadun over Indiana’s Chris Essick during a match Sunday at the Outdoor Tennis Courts.
zyk and Monette, 8-6, and Jadun and Linders won, 8-4, against Indiana junior Sven Lalic and senior Dimitrije Tasic. “We were down at times, and we were able to play some big points and place ourselves back into the game,” Orlando said. Jadun also clinched the overall match win for the Spartans when he defeated Indiana sophomore
Chris Essick. The next step after the Senior Day match is the Big Ten Tournament on April 24-27, and MSU will have home-court advantage as tournament hosts. “It’s a great group of guys, and I wouldn’t choose anybody else to be with,” Lied said. “We worked hard, competed hard, and that’s all we could do.”
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