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Work has yet to begin on CATA transit station after new delays By Derek Gartee The State News nn

East Lansing’s train station on Trowbridge Road is due for an update this summer, but the site still remains quiet. The construction, slated to start in the summer of 2014, is currently halted while a construction vendor is chosen. The project will demolish the exiting buildings on Trowbridge Road and create a “multi-modal facility” which will range from 7,000 and 10,000 square feet in area. The Capital Area Transit Authority, or CATA, is in charge of the redevelopment for the project. The project was announced in July 2012 and originally planned to begin in August 2013.

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Lansing residents Rachel Schineman, left, Kyle Hoffman, center, and Luis Segueda, right, serve guests Friday at the MSU Culinary Services tent at the Annual BWL Chili Cook-Off at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing. MSU Culinary services won third place is the meatless chili category.

“Our participation projects the image of MSU culinary out into the general public,” Cummings said. “And it’s kind of an opportunity to give back to the community because the proceeds from this event go to help cleanup Grand River and

But t h e p r oj e c t w a s delayed until the $6.28 million of grant money from the U.S. Department of Transportation was received. A f ter t he money wa s r e c e i v e d , C ATA b e g a n ac c ept i ng bid s f or t he “demolition of four existing buildings located at the site, construction of a new multimodal facility, parking lot, covered waiting area, covered bus boarding areas and underground utilities,” according to their website. T he cost of the entire project was estimated to be between $5 million and $5.5 million, but the lowest bid by any company was from Grand Rapids’ Beckering Construction Inc., who said the project could be completed for $6.9 million. After original bids came i n a b o v e pl a n s , C ATA reopened the submission of bids for constr uction vendors. “Plans and specs were made available on April 21 through Commercial Blueprint. Bids are due May 21,” CATA’s Director of Marketing Laurie Robison said. “The construction budget will still stay at $5 million.” A lthough the deadline

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Lansing resident Luis Segueda watches guests Friday at the MSU Culinary Services tent at the Annual BWL Chili Cook-Off at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing. MSU Culinary Services participates in the event annually.

MSU chefs bring the heat at cook-off By Olivia Dimmer and Sierra Lay, The State News nn

A trash bin is overfilled on Friday at the MSU Culinary Services tent at the Annual BWL Chili Cook-Off at the Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing. This year marks the 19th anniversary of the event.

Sous Chef Jim Cummings and his staff at South Pointe dining hall have been working for weeks to perfect their two

chili recipes. MSU Culinary Services routinely participates in the Lansing Board of Water and Light Chili Cook-off Chili Cook-off, but this year’s event held a special meaning for Cummings: the proceeds were going to benefit, in part, cleanup efforts for the Red Cedar River.

After original bids came in above plans, CATA reopened the submission of bids for construction vendors.

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If a project currently under discussion by the East Lansing Planning Commission comes to light, it could mean the end of a local landmark. On Wednesday night, the commission discussed the site plan and special use permit of a project dubbed “The Gateway.” The project — issued by East Lansing Development, LLC, and

two sites on either side of Parkview Condos, LLC — Delta Street, connected is a mixed-use buildby an arch over the ing six stories high, road at the second on 1.24 acres of floor. land located on The new sixthe north side story building of Grand Rivwill include er Avenue on a new Biggby Delta Street. Coffee, a fitness The project LAURA Goddeerris, center, a leasing calls for the EAST LANSING CITY COUNCIL MEMBER office and parkdemolition of ing on the ground the first-ever Bigfloor. The second gby Coffee location floor of the building will and would stretch over

(It’s) a significant shadow on a building like Cruchy’s.”

be entirely made up of parking, while floors three through six will be residential housing. Discussion of the project raised many concerns. The original Biggby Coffee would be demolished in preliminary project plans, but the historical properties of the building, founded in 1995 by MSU alumni Bob Fish and Mary Roszel, did not play a role in the discussions. DTN Management Company also attended the meeting and fielded many questions regard-

ing the safety of pedestrians in the proposed area of the project. Some citizens made points about the need for more traffic and pedestrian crossing lights, because they claimed the building would create an influx of traffic by car and foot. Chief construction officer for DTN Management Co., Allen Russell, said the building was designed to draw attention to the downtown area of East Lansing. The dominant concern made apparent in the discussion was

the size of the project. Residents who approached the podium repeatedly emphasized that the project is too large for the site. It will be the tallest building in the area, casting a large shadow on the surrounding homes and businesses. The building’s shadow was a point of concern for many citizens who spoke at the public hearing, as well as many of the commission members. See GATEWAY on page 2 u

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for submissions has ended, CATA is still in the process of choosing a vendor. So far, no information has been released about the second batch of bidders or their estimates. CATA officials declined to comment on how the summer 2014 timeline would be affected by the second round of bidding. Once a bid is finally chosen by CATA, demolition of the station can finally begin. The site where the train station stands is owned by MSU, not by the city. “Because it’s on MSU property, it does not have to go through the city’s planning process. It won’t have to go to planning commission or city council review,” East Lansing Community & Economic Development Administrator Lori Mullins said. MSU officials deferred a l l que s t ion to C ATA’s representatives. During the construction process, the train station will still be accessible. A temporary facility will be used with a small parking area for riders. According to the current timeline given by CATA, the project should be completed by mid-2015.

Red Cedar River, which runs through MSU’s campus.” The 19th annual cook-off was held on Friday at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing. MSU Culinary Services handed out samples of two chili varieties during the event, including a white chicken chili and a traditional red chili. And they couldn’t resist showing off their Spartan spirit. Cummings said his staff also worked to decorate their booth, which was green clad and complete with a giant blow-up Sparty. Two workers even donned American flag morph suits — full-body spandex onesies — to greet chili connoisseurs, inciting chants of “Go green!” and “Go white!” from the crowd.

The current station’s demolition was slated to begin in Aug. 2013 before funding snags, pricey bids

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Green love Cummings said participation in the event gave cafeteria staff an opportunity to branch out, meet the public and try new things. MSU Football Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi was Chili Chairman of the cookoff, tasting entrees and greeting attendees during the first hour of the event. Luis Segueda, a cook with culinary services, said he volunteered to come and help pass out chili, despite the heat and demanding work. “I’ve always wanted to do this,” Segueda said. “It’s something different from a dorm, which is sometimes repetitive, and we get to show the public we can actually cook and we aren’t just a cafeteria.” Social work graduate student Anna Robinson has frequented the chili cook-off over the years, and said she always looked forward to the cheap chili and entertainment the event brings.

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“Not a lot of students know the array of pepper-filled chilis a lot about Lansing, people are at this year’s cook-off, which afraid of it,” Robinson said. “I honored the U.S. Armed Forcthink it’s important to have es and was made complete with these events and for students to the presentation of the branch’s come because we try to separate colors. ourselves so much, but you’re Families, residents and stualmost too sheltered if you don’t dents soaked up sun rays and go outside of East Lansing.” live music in a spacious picnic Last year, The Gallery din- area, surrounded by various ing hall represented MSU in booths. The booths offered difthe competition and won sec- ferent types of chili from numerond place for best salsa. ous restaurants and businesses Although South Pointe dining from the Lansing and East Lanhall did not win any first place sing areas. titles in the competition, it did Lansing Board of Water and place third for Light, or BWL, best meatless “I think what makes employees chili. came out to “We started our chili special is taste the chili with base rec- the green love we also. ipes we use in Water staour residence put in it.” t ion op e r a hall systems at Jim Cumming, MSU sous chef tor Ken TurnMichigan State er c a me to and kinda of supp or t t he tweaked them and improved company and the event, but them a little bit and put our was taken with the flavors he own personal touches on them,” experienced. Cummings said. “I think what “I was running for some makes our chili special is the water,” Turner said. “There’s green love we put in it.” some hot and some good.” Among the local businesses Spicy competition present at the event were South The only thing hotter than Pointe MSU Culinary, Buffalo the summertime sunshine was Wild Wings, Soup Spoon Cafe, have on the businesses surrounding the project, which are much shorter. “That’s a significant shadow on a building like Crunchy’s,” Goddeeris said. Other concerns raised included the flat facade of the building, which could create an eyesore to residents and visitors, and privacy for future residents, whose windows will face each other over a distance less than 40 feet.

David VanderKlok, the Studio Intrigue architect on the project, said the windows would be no closer than 20 feet apart. “I did everything and all that I could as an architect, for the urban tricks that we do,” VanderKlok said. The Planning Commission is awaiting comments from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and the Transportation Commission on the project.

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Holt, Mich., resident Jessica Bobillo laughs with Lansing resident Brynn Reaves, 3, Friday at the MSU Culinary Services tent at the annual BWL Chili CookOff at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing. This year marks the 19th anniversary of the event.

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Red Robin and Menna’s Joint. Chili judge and Director of External Affairs for Congressman Mike Rogers Tony Baltimore said the task of judging the chili was a difficult one. “Each chili was very unique. The good thing about it is they were able to put it in categories for us,” Baltimore said. “The only thing lacking was milk for the hottest chili.” Aside from a line-up of aggressively spicy chili, attendees were also able to witness contestants of the second annual BWL-Olympic Broil Chili-Dog Eating Competition race against the clock. A mechanical bull positioned near the center of the park was a crowd-pleasing feature of the evening, along with karaoke, rock climbing and an obstacle course. MSU graduate student Halie Kerver attended the cook-off for the first time this after hearing about it for several years. “I’ve just been really full all day,” Kerver said. “I was really surprised at the turnout. It’s a good mix of people.” A community affair As a kick-off for the summer

events to come, Baltimore said this event is really special and brings out the community. “For them to give back to the community shows the continued support to the city of Lansing,” Baltimore said. Menna’s Joint employee and Lansing resident Isaac Sprague said he enjoyed mingling with the people at the event. Menna’s Joint chili – which won 3rd place for hottest chili – was a five-pepper chili consisting of jalapenos, banana peppers, cyrano, green peppers, habanero and ground beef. “It’s strengthening, I think, for the community,” Sprague said. “Meeting other people who work in different stores and restaurants, I think that’s really cool.” Candidate for the District 9 Ingham County Commissioner Justin Hodge said the city should host more events similar to the cook-off because they garner attendance from people in the area and throughout the region also. “It’s a big draw both to Lansing and Ingham County as a whole,” Hodge said. “We as a community should have more events like this to highlight Lansing as the capital of the state.”

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‘Be a Tourist In Your Own Town’ encourages residents to explore Greater Lansing and MSU CATA each year by providing transportation to many of the attractions. THE STATE NEWS This year, attractions were Instead of traveling far spread out across Lansing and away to explore new sites, East Lansing, with some even Greater Lansing residents located on MSU’s campus. Among the attractions was were encouraged to act as tourists in their respective the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, which allowed vistowns on Saturday. The Greater Lansing Con- itors to explore the museum vention and Visitor Bureau and listen to musician Brian held its 20th annual “Be A Vander Ark outside. Jake Pechtel, Tourist in Your director of pubOwn To w n , ” wh ic h i nc ludlic relations at t he museum, e d mor e t h a n said it holds a 70 at t r a c t i o n s family day every and several spef i r st Sat u rday cial tours of Lanof t he mont h, sing sites, includwhich allowed ing the Capitol the two events Building, Potter Every to coincide. Park Zoo and The 20-year-old’s Pec hte l a l so Michigan Historical Museum. saying ‘this is said the museum hands-on The event boring, there offered activities to help began in 1994 as is nothing to v isitors partica way to celebrate Nat ion a l Tr avipate and weldo’ and this el and Tourism come people into Week and to give shows them the museum. citizens the chance they can do “It just helps us to see fun things to open up to maybe something.” do in the area. a crowd that necEvent attendees -Neil Vitale, East essarily doesn’t think about compurchase a $1 pass- Lansing resident port, taking their ing to the musepasspor t to each um on a day-toattraction they visit day basis,” Pechtel to have it stamped. said. “It helps them come in After having their pass- the door and see what we’re port stamped at each loca- all about and hopefully they tion, attendees can mail in come back.” East Lansing resident Neil their passport for a chance Vitale said this was his first to receive prizes. The event coincides with time participating in the event

and he thought it was a good way to spend his afternoon. “Every 20-year-old’s saying ‘this is boring, there is nothing to do’ and this shows them they can do something,” Vitale said.

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Webberville, Mich., resident Zackary Taylor holds an insect as part of the annual “Be a Tourist in Your Own Town” event Saturday at the Bug House inside the Natural Science Building. The Bug House was one of the many activities planned for the tour.

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sified punishment for drug crimes.” As a result, although the THE STATE NEWS U.S. represents 5 percent of A recent study found that the world’s population, it during the past four decades, contains 25 percent of the harsher punishments have world’s incarcerated popuquadrupled the incarcerat- lation, according to the study. Citing a 2012 Pew Research ed population in the U.S., produced little effect on re- Center report, Levine said incarceration rates and pro- M ic h iga n pr i sone r s, on vided burdensome social and average, are behind bars 17 months longer than prisonfiscal costs. T h e c o n s e q u e n c e o f ers in 34 other states. But it’s increased incaran issue cerat ion i sn’t “When you put t hat t he just more peo- $2 billion into Michigan ple housed in Departthe prisons, it corrections, it has me nt of m e a n s m o r e got to come from Correcpubic dol la r s tions, or are going there somewhere,” MDOC, too, said Barba- Barbara Levine, Citizens ra Levine, asso- Alliance on Prisons and Public has noticed ciate director Spending and for research and implepol ic y at t he Citizens Alliance on Prisons mented programs to change, MDOC Spokesperson Russ and Public Spending. Because large chunks of Marlan said. The MDOC established a state funding for both corrections and higher educa- prisoner re-entry program tion come from the same pot, across the state in 2007, the the Michigan General Fund, year that the incarcerated Levine said an increase in population in Michigan hit funding for corrections often an all-time high of 51,500, results in decreased funding Marlan said. By re-evaluating the risks for higher education. “When you put $2 billion of individual prisoners and into corrections, it has got to what treatments they need, come from somewhere, and the program is able to focus one of those places it comes resources, he said. The other from is higher education,” portion of the program centers on providing job, housLevine said. According to figures from ing and transportation assisthe Kaiser Family Founda- tance to those transitioning tion, in the 2011 fiscal year back into society. As a result, the program Michigan was one of eight states to allocate more fund- has saved hundreds of miling to its prisons than its lions of dollars, reduced re-incarceration rates and universities. Exacerbating the funding decreased Michigan’s popuissue is the lengthy dura- lation behind bars by 8,000, tion that prisoners in Michi- Marlan said. “The old adage of being gan stay incarcerated, Levine tough on crime didn’t really said. According to the study pay and lead to the intendpublished by the National ed outcomes,” he said. “Our Academy of Sciences, social primary mission is reducing change and rising crime rates our recidivism rate. While we in the 1960s and 1970s led to have folks in prison, we get tougher policies which “sig- them the appropriate treatnificantly increased sentence ment and get them back into lengths, required prison time society in the safest way for minor offenses and inten- possible.” nn

Local actors and actresses brought the musical “Godspell” to the Riverwalk Theatre last weekend. Using various musical numbers and comedy, the cast brought to life the Gospel of Matthew. The play takes place in the backstage of a theater, where the cast is greeted by a man meant to represent Jesus. The cast members each represent one of his disciples. In the beginning, light-hearted events lead up to Jesus’s crucification. “The music is one of the best parts of it,” said Michael Siracuse, manager of the Riverwalk Theatre. “The audience also loves being a part of the performance and interacting with the players.” Audience members were even brought on stage during the performance for games of charades and Pictionary to help explain various aspects of the gospel. Those who remained in their seats still had opportunities to interact with the players, and audience members who were familiar with the songs sang along during the performances. The play was originally done in churches during the 1970s and it later moved to Broadway, Siracuse said. It was written with the intent of taking the scripture and pre-

MSU ’s Dair y Store has been a staple of the event for a number of years, drawing in area residents with MSU’s iconic dairy products. The Dairy Store set out cheese samples for visitors in

senting it to people in an entertaining, fun way for audiences. “Schwartz took these songs and treated them more contemporarily,” musical director John Smith said. “It has a (jazz fusion) style.” The Riverwalk Theatre’s version of the play was the same, with a few minor adjustments. To add a modern-day twist to the production, lines were improvised to include recent events, such as Justin Bieber’s run-ins with the law. Music education junior Aaron Petrovich said he went to watch the play because he knew members of the cast. This was the first production he attended at the Riverwalk Theatre. “I’m a big musical theater advocate,” Petrovich said. “I’m a music education major and I love theater, especially local shows. It was a fun show with a lot of really good music.” Siracuse said the summer season at the Riverwalk Theatre is typically a slower time, but they will include new events during the later months, such as a “Riverwalk Cabaret” with coffeehouse-style performances from local musicians. “Godspell” will continue to show at the Riverwalk Theatre Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The shows will be put on at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

addition to coupons to purchase different cheeses. Dairy Store employee and marketing sophomore Chad McFee said the event would show visitors what the Dairy Store has to offer aside from



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ice cream. “Not a lot of people are aware of the cheeses we offer, we actually offer 13 different cheeses and it’s just generally to get our cheese out there,” McFee said.

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The rock on farm lane is what students make it

“The world can be a harsh place, especially for children whose decisions stray from what is traditionally viewed as the norm.” — Casey Holland, State News reporter


With past uses of sharing art, activism, inspi- tioned in the heart ollowing the summertime exodus of students from East Lansing, penta- ration and information, the Rock represents the of campus. It catchpulse of student activity on campus, es the eye of most REPORTER grams, meaningless stateand the pulse is flatlining. who pass by. And as it ments and crude illustraThe potential of the Rock was show- stands, most who walk cased during its use as a memorial for through campus by the tions of penises and weed summarize Lacey Holsworth. It was a place for Rock are left to wonder if the overlapping confusion that now students to organize and bring mean- this is the same boulder that, is the Rock on Farm Lane. ing out of grief. more than a month ago, MSU But rather than a place of organiza- students converged upon to mourn Within a month, the communal billtion and expression, during the sum- the loss of someone who inspired them. board has degenerated. What was for mer the use of the Rock has devolved But they didn’t just mourn. They created a time a memorial to a diseased eightyear-old child has become a stage for MICHAEL KRANSZ into mindless vulgarity better suited something together. Together they expressed for a highway overpass. their sympathy and support through a collecambitious bathroom-stall vandals. The effort of thought put into tive act, writing their names, wishes and conBut that’s the beauty of the Rock — it’s not some sacred ground or sanctioned recent writings on the Rock has led many to dolences on that rallying boulder. In doing so, they added another layer of paint space. Its purpose is shaped by the actions of believe it to be the work of the Canadian geese that roam the nearby grounds and expel simi- and history to the Rock. organized students. One of the more recent attempts at revitalEven though technically, it’s no more than a lar sentiments onto the pavement. Just as the Lacey memorial exemplifies how izing some sort of organized message at the boulder plopped in the middle of campus, the Rock can be a focal point for student interaction the Rock can be appropriated as a uniting force, Rock during the summer came in the form of “God hates Ohio.” if guided by a concentrated, organized effort the current situat ion showc a se s “With past uses of sharing art, activism, And currently, the among students. front face of the One day it’s an impromptu rallying place and what an eyesore inspiration and information, the Rock Rock is tagged the next it’s a soapbox for student organizations. the Rock is withwith pseudo gang It is the initiative of students who make this out concentrated represents the pulse of student activity graffiti. boulder the Rock, which is a powerful platform student effort. on campus, and the pulse is flatlining.” The Rock is posiT he current that many other campuses lack.

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state of the Rock doesn’t mar tradition, however. It only reflects the current lack of effort among students. If utilized by the student body, it’s a tool for addressing issues, disseminating information and organizing under common interest. If neglected by the student body, it’s an open canvas for hooligans to impress their friends by writing dirty words in public for cheap laughs. The current state of the Rock isn’t a call to arms to apprehend the hooligans responsible, it’s an invitation for students to motivate each other, organize and share their passions in a meaningful way. Michael Kransz is a State News reporter. Reach him at

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I agree with everything you are saying EXCEPT “it has been reported that he was on the autism spectrum”. To my knowledge, none of his psychologists or social workers have come through with an official diagnosis of autism for Elliot Rodger. The only reports (again, to my knowledge) of autism have come from speculating journalists. Professional psychological assessments take a long time and individuals who administer them must undergo a great deal of training... reading several online articles or Elliot’s manifesto and then labeling him as autistic is an inaccurate portrayal of his mental state, and is irresponsible journalism.

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Rebecca, May 29

You gloss over his mental problems too easily. Crazy will find something to hate. Crazy doesn’t care. Rodger found women, but it could have been something else. Brandon Hankins

You say “[Mental illness] does not make a person murder six people.” Well neither does not being able to get laid. In fact, in my opinion, having a mental illness is a far better indicator of the potential for violence than being a sexually frustrated college-aged male. Please by all means let’s have a conversation about misogyny. But don’t ignore the mental health issues in this situation. meh, May 29

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’ve been more than a little indescisive when it comes to my education.

I have a long-standing passion for environmental conservation, so of course I wanted my major and future career to reflect that. When I enrolled freshman year, I was going into the College of Natural Resources as an Environmental Studies and Agroscience major. Sophomore year, I changed to the College of Engineering as an environmental engineer. Halfway through the year, I was studying chemical engineering and had my credits lined up for a transfer to that school down the street in Ann Arbor. The engineering program and career resources there were very enticing, but I ended up backing out last minute to stay with the friends I made at MSU. At the beginning of summer I had proudly declared my newfound concentration in biofuels on my Facebook wall, but last week I ended up turning it down. My sister advised that I focus on opening my summers for internships and job experience, rather than clutter it with summer classes for my concen-

tration. After much thought, I decid- great deal with building my resume ed to turn down the concentration and kept me proactive in my career and opened up summer up for any job search. Many of my friends have switched their majors as well, so they opportunities I might find. Going into college, I definitely did offered great advice on how they were not foresee the turmoil choosing a managing their schedules and setmajor would be. I had heard about stu- tling in with their chosen paths. They were also very supportive dents switching majors more than once but I never real- guest columnist of my decisions and wanted the best for me, which ly thought it would apply was exactly what I needed to me. Knowing that I’m an during times of doubt. Last incoming junior who still but not least, I’m very grateis unsure about his career ful for my college advisors. definitely concerns me, but I None of my current schedulcouldn’t have gotten through ing would have worked out the decisions I have made if if it wasn’t for their constant it weren’t for the advice of henry pan foresight on my ever-changmy family, friends, and my ing situation. helpful college advisers. Having never expected any Asking questions from a variety of sources helped me gain a of these decisions coming into college, better perspective of what options I I definitely recommend to students out had. I was the youngest in my fam- there to keep on asking questions about ily, so those older than me gave me their majors. This is a huge life decision that every great advice based on their own perstudent has to make, so there should sonal experiences. My sister was especially helpful in be no reason to shy away from asking telling me what paths she and her for advice. A lot of students need to friends took and what came from explore and dabble in different areas their decisions. She also helped me a before choosing what they will do

for the rest of their lives. Family and friends will give you valuable insight from their experiences that may help cement your decision, and college advisors are there to guide you along the way. Having worked with many students to streamline their schedule and inform them of their options, they are probably the best, yet most underused resource on campus.

“This is a huge life decision that every student has to kame, so there should be no reason to shy away from asking for advice.” While you continue to enjoy summer, be sure to spend just a little time researching your major and make sure it’s the one for you. That way, you’ll get to enjoy the rest of your college summers instead of taking summer classes to make up for a change in direction. Henry Pan is a chemical engineering sophomore. Reach him at panhenry@


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Donated bikes serve as rolling opportunities Share-A-Bike donation program gives needy a means of transportation By Colleen Otte THE STATE NEWS nn


Lansing resident Allen Adams does a trick on his BMX bike Friday, at Ranney Skate Park, 3201 Michigan Ave., in Lansing. Adams has been riding for seven years and rides professional BMX.

About $5,000 worth of bikes could help a lot of people get to work. That’s something the volunteers of East Lansing’s Share-A-Bike program keep in mind. Technically bikes are donated, then refurbished. But the program’s Operations Manager Dick Janson said he values the bikes at $5,000 because of the future implications of the donations. T he program receives many used bicycles each year to either repair or salvage parts from, and then donates the refurbished bikes to those in need. “(Imagine) you can’t get to your job because you don’t have bus fare or the buses don’t run at the right time,” Janson said. “A bicycle would enable you to have a job.” Janson offered an imaginary scenario in which a bike recipient is able to get a part-time, 20-hour-a-week job, getting paid five dollars an hour. He explained that in a year, the recipient will have earned $5,000 dollars that they didn’t have to acquire from a government agency or charity to support their family. “(If only 50) people get bikes to enable them to have a job, that’s a quarter of a million dollars that we can put back into the economy each year,” Janson said. He said the number is

probably larger, considering many people work more than 20 hours each week and earn much more than five dollars an hour. In addition, the program donates to far greater than 50 people. Bikes beyond salvaging are dismantled to supplement parts for the bikes that are fixable. “And then the carcasses — what’s left over — we take to the salvage yard for money, and we buy parts and we buy helmets,” Janson said. June Grabemeyer, secretary

Grabemeyer said on a good Saturday they will typically give away 20 to 30 bikes. Share-A-Bike came to East Lansing in 1994. The program began on a much smaller scale — it originated when a woman in Lansing saw needy children lacking bikes and began a similar process out of her garage, Grabemeyer said. Janson said the bikes give underprivileged children a way to play with more fort u nate c h i ld ren i n t hei r neighborhoods.

“(If only 50) people get bikes to enable them to have a job, that’s a quarter of a million dollars that we can put back into the economy each year.” Dick Janson, Share-A Bike Operations Manager

and treasurer for Share-A-Bike, said 500 to 700 bikes are given away each year. Grabemeyer said she purchases at least 800 helmets each year to give away with the bikes. She said they currently have more than 100 bikes waiting to be repaired and 20 to 30 bikes that have undergone safety checks and are ready to be donated. The bikes can be picked up behind Fire Station No. 1 on Abbot Road from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Saturdays. However, people inquiring for a bike must provide a letter from an organization aware of their financial condition, Janson said. He said letters are accepted from representatives including religious leaders and social agencies providing food or housing.

“It promotes cooperation rather than the ‘haves’ versus the ‘have nots,’” he said. Grabemeyer agreed that the program is an excellent way to help all people, particularly refugee students. “We had some kids come in from Sudan a couple years ago,” she said. “It gave them a way to get to language classes — it gave them a way to get jobs and find jobs.” MSU Bikes Service Center Manager Tim Potter said while MSU Bikes is not affiliated with East Lansing’s Share-A-Bike, they are certainly a supporter and enjoy referring those in need to the program. He said such bicycle programs promote good health and stress relief within the campus community — and help alleviate traffic and parking congestion.


MSU continues to be major recipient of Usda grants Meagan Beck THE STATE NEWS nn

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently announced MSU will receive over $2.7 million in grants to fund projects aimed at increasing food security and improving production. Nine other colleges across the country were also granted money through NIFA’s Agriculture and

Food Research Initiative. The initiative seeks to improve availability of safe food as well as increase agricultural productivity. Paul Bartlett, a professor in the large animal clinical sciences department, is working on a project that received almost $1 million in grants. It addresses bovine leukemia virus, or BLV, and reducing its impact on the dairy industry in the U.S. Bartlett said about 40 percent of cattle in the U.S. carry the virus,

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Libra (sept. 23-oct. 22) Today is an 8 — Collaborate on a creative project. Discover new tricks and practice them. Carefully select what to spend on. Track your budget, and find the perfect compromise. Make beautiful music together with someone you admire.

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gemini (may 21-June 20) Today is a 7 — Don’t gamble with the rent. Draw upon hidden resources for the effect you’re after. Move quickly to maintain your advantage. Insist on quality ingredients. Visualize getting what you want. Spend time outdoors. cancer (June 21-July 22) Today is a 7 — Costs may be higher than expected. Postpone a celebration. Humility is a virtue. Go over the details carefully, and acknowledge everyone who contributes. You’re creative and efficient. A status rise is possible. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is an 8 — Wait to see what develops. Keep it practical, or there’s trouble. Avoid stepping on anyone’s toes. Prioritize tasks and synchronize schedules. Friends help you advance. You’re gaining points with someone you admire. Virgo (Aug. 23-sept. 22) Today is a 7 — Avoid risky business. Keep your credit cards locked away. New career opportunities surface. Work the numbers, before choosing. Get farther with a partner. Your past deeds speak well for you. Invest in fundamentals.

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RIGHT: East Lansing resident Noah Culberson, 15, unloads scrap metal from a truck during Recycle! East Lansing on Saturday, in the 1400-1500 block of Abbott road. Culberson was volunteering with the East Lansing High School junior varsity football team. BOTTOM LEFT: East Lansing resident and East Lansing High School junior varsity football coach Mark Foster carries scrap wood to a dumpster during Recycle! East Lansing on Saturday, in the 14001500 block of Abbott road. Foster, along with his junior varsity football players, was helping to unload metals and woods to be recycled. BOTTOM RIGHT: East Lansing resident Armando Briner, 15, throws scrap wood into a dumpster during Recycle! East Lansing on Saturday, in the 1400-1500 block of Abbott road. Various groups volunteered to help with the unloading and recycling process. Photos bY Danyelle morrow/the state news



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East Lansing residents may have recycled a record volume of materials for the 20th anniversary of Recycle! East Lansing, according to city officials. Cathy DeShambo, East Lansing Environmental Services Administrator, said she has been involved with Recycle! East Lansing for many years, and that this year’s activity may have beaten prior recycling records. She said volunteers assisted a steady, heavy stream of residents with full car and trailer loads, and that the high turnout could likely be attributed to the recent nice weather. “People have been able to get into their garages,” DeShambo said. “The years where it has been rainy and cold until right before this, it’s as if people just weren’t in the mindset.” Last year, the event accumulated 11 tons of electronics, 350 pounds of medication, 4.5 tons of scrap metal, 500 pounds of styrofoam, 1.5 tons of books, 40 bicycles and 128 reparable appliances, DeShambo said. Volunteers also

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drove out for 36 pickups at senior citizens’ homes, but DeShambo said that number more than doubled this year. Tom Schmidt, one of the drivers of the five city trucks designated for the senior citizen pickup routes, said he enjoyed the task because seniors always appreciate the volunteers picking up their excess belongings for free. “They’re grateful to get rid of it, but they’re especially glad to know that some of it is going to be reused, and what’s not reused is recycled,” he said. DeShambo said there are typically 50 to 100 volunteers consisting of both groups and individuals. Volunteer coordinator Susan Schmidt said groups included Boy Scout Troop 180, the East Lansing High School junior varsity football team, the Prime Time Seniors’ Program and the Lions Club. Volunteer Lary Hill attended the event on behalf of the Lions Club to collect old eyeglasses, which are reused and given to underserved populations. “(We) get them cleaned and get them assessed as to their prescription, have them labeled and put on a master computer list, and

then they are put in boxes so that churches or Lions Clubs that go overseas to do eyeglass missions with eyeglass doctors can take six to seven thousand pairs of glasses to give to the population in need,” he said. Hill said he feels the event has continued to run smoothly because of the number of volunteers, the user-friendly layout and the consistent location. East Lansing resident Howard Heideman agreed the event is successful because it is convenient — residents can recycle basically everything in one location. “My family has lived in East Lansing for 30 years, and we’ve been coming to this event every year,” he said. “It gives us an easy way to recycle items that we (aren’t able to) — that we throw in the trash — that we shouldn’t throw in the trash.” DeShambo said it’s especially important for residents to know they can bring toxic materials to the event to ensure they are properly disposed of. For example, all medications collected are taken to the Ingham County Health Department by a professional to keep the community and water supply safe.

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2015 recruit Jayru Campbell sentenced to 60 days in jail By Omari Sankofa II THE STATE NEWS nn

Jayru Campbell, 17-year-old quarterback at Detroit Cass Tech and 2015 MSU recruit, was sentenced to 60 days in jail last Friday for an assault on a Cass Tech security guard on Jan. 28. The incident, which was video-recorded and featured on several social media sites, showed Campbell body slam Cass Tech Securitas security guard Robert Donovic following a brief verbal confrontation where Donovic

asked Campbell to remove his hood. Campbell initially was charged with assault with intent to do bodily harm, a felony, and aggravated assault, a misdemeanor, but the felony was dropped in a plea deal Campbell accepted in early May. As part of the plea deal, Campbell read a written apology to Donovic in court on Friday, and will take anger management courses and undergo a psychological evaluation. In addition to the jail sentence, Campbell will serve 15 months

probation, complete 700 hours of community service and will be responsible for Donovic’s remaining medical expenses. Campbell will begin his sentence July 28, following the completion of his summer school courses. The sentence could potentially overlap with Cass Tech’s 2014 football season if Campbell isn’t released early for good behavior. Campbell is widely regarded as one of the top quarterback recruits in the nation and received offers from Alabama, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. S p o r t s bl o g

MSU Football could see new uniforms next season

Roses are red, and the Spartan football team brought them home after their victory over Stanford in January. But the Spartans’ usual green jersey and white pants may no longer be green and white. If four pictures posted to the Spartan Nation Facebook Page are an indication of changes to come, the football players may return to the line of scrimmage this fall clad in all green or all white.

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