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MSU looks to become leading brain research institution with diverse research portfolio

Graduate student Jon Bomar works in a lab on Wednesday at the Life Sciences Building as an artery from the gut of a rat is portrayed on a screen.

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The East Lansing Planning Commission unanimously approved an application for the property at 1600 E. Grand River Ave. to convert the existing extended stay hotel to an apartment complex at the commission’s meeting Wednesday night. East Lansing Community Development Analyst Timothy Schmitt presented the plan and said it will be passed on to city council. “A major issue of the site is that it was designed under a much older standard … that does not meet minimum site requirements,” Schmitt said.

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t didn’t take long for James Galligan, director of the MSU Neuroscience Program, to answer a question seemingly simple in nature, but amazingly complex in reality: How would you describe the functions of the human brain? “Overwhelming,” Galligan said. “Trying to comprehend the most

complex organ in the human body is the next guiding theme for scientists nationally and at MSU. Going to the moon was one thing, and now it’s understanding the brain.” MSU’s brain-research portfolio is among the most diverse in the nation. Faculty members and undergraduate students across campus are digging into the antique secrets of the brain from just about every imaginable angle. Laura Symonds, director of the undergraduate neuroscience program,

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Graduate student Jon Bomar prepares a sample of a rat’s artery on Wednesday in a lab at the Life Sciences Building. Bomar is a member of the MSU Neuroscience Program.




What Up Dawg? considers opening new Lansing location THE STATE NEWS ■■

A suspect connected with two unarmed robberies that took place on Wednesday has been apprehended by the East Lansing Police Department after leading officers on a chase into Lansing. The suspects abandoned their vehicle and fled on foot, as officers arrested the driver of the vehicle near Clippert Street and Michigan Avenue. Police still are searching for the three other individuals connected with the robberies. The four suspects are connected to two robberies that took place just after midnight in an alleyway north of the Marriott at University Place. The first victim had her purse ripped from her by a suspect described as being approximately 5-foot-9 and possessing a medium build, according to police officials. The second victim also was near the alley when she was approached by two black males, one of whom grabbed her iPhone out of her hand.

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The specialty hot dog shop and bar, What Up Dawg?, 317 M.A.C. Ave., is in talks with a downtown Lansing bar complex to open a new location, a co-owner confirmed. “We think it’s a great idea,” Seth Tompkins, coowner of What Up Dawg?, said. “Downtown Lansing has been really good to us.” An undisclosed bar complex owner saw What Up Dawg?’s Lansing hot dog cart and sparked the idea to open a location within his bar, Tompkins said. It ’s a l l “ hop e s a nd dreams,” as all four of What Up Dawg?’s co-owners currently are weighing the costs and benefits before reaching a consensus required for the decision, Tompkins said. “It takes a lot of hot dogs to sell to make $4,000 to $5,000 dollars,” Tompkins joked. T he Lansing location would be a small storefront in a bar area featuring a limited menu and kitchen, and would sell alcohol under a

The current property, composed of three two-story buildings and a one-story maintenance building, was built in 1984 based on a site plan approval from 1982. It is currently branded as Gatehouse Suites but was once a Residence Inn. The proposed development does not involve any exterior changes. Instead, the proposal would change the use of the building to become more appropriate for longer-term rental, largely targeted toward the MSU student population. The current hotel has a total of 60 suites, including 44 studios and 16 studios with lofts. See PLANNING on page 2 X

“My goal is sustainability. I want my place to be around long enough for people to come back and say ‘I want What Up Dawg?’” Seth Tompkins, co-owner of What Up Dawg?

concession license, Tompkins said. The new location would be open in conjunction with the bar and for certain events, he added. Jared Lawton, another coowner of the restaurant, said the decision is a natural one for the business. “Business-wise it’s a great idea for us,” Lawton said. “It gets our name and product out there.” A nother location means more income during the summer, which was the same reason What Up Dawg? created the Lansing and summer festival food carts, Tompkins said. “You have a business in East Lansing and see a tremendous drop, whereas you don’t in Lansing,” Tompkins said. “Not to say East Lansing doesn’t hop when the students are around, but it’s a desert in the summertime.” There also would be a serving cart outside in addition to the indoor hot dog shop,

Andrew Jasmer, worker at What Up Dawg?, said. “They’ve got a patio and you can see the stadium all lit up,” Jasmer said. “It’s an indoor (and) outdoor experience.” Jasmer said the allure of What Up Dawg? includes several factors that make it stand out from the downtown East Lansing pack, from strangebut-tasty hot dog concoctions to a personal atmosphere. “If we’ve seen you before we tend to recognize you,” Jasmer said. “It’s a more personable than the other bars where you get served and shoved away.” Tompkins said he wants to develop a long-standing restaurant similar to his favorite local bar, Crunchy’s, because of all the memories he created there through the many burgers and beers. “My goal is sustainability,” Tompkins said. “I want my place to be around long enough for people to come back and say ‘I want What Up Dawg?’”


Anthropology senior Andrew Jasmer cuts up a green pepper on Wednesday at What Up Dawg?, 317 M.A.C. Ave. The restaurant offers a wide variety of hot dogs, including coney dogs and other specialty items.

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Police brief Man charged with maintaining meth lab Forty-eight-year-old Timothy Houser of Lansing was arraigned in connection with the meth labs at Happy’s Inn Motel, 2174 Cedar St., in Holt, Mich., on June 6. He was charged with maintaining a meth lab and being a sex offender who failed to change address and a habitual offender of a third offense. His bond has been set at $35,000. The Ingham County Sheriff Meth Response Team was alerted to the possibility of the meth labs at the motel and discovered the lab on June 4. During the meth investigation, 32-year-old Adam Korbiak of Holt and 33-year-old Scott Petrie of Williamston, Mich., arrived at the scene and were contacted by deputies. They were found to be in the possession of heroin. Their bonds were set at $50,000 and $15,000 respectively. The Ingham County Sheriff Meth Response Team wants anyone with information on suspected meth labs in Ingham County to contact the Sheriff’s Office or 911.


Human biology senior Mary Lian works in a lab on Wednesday at the Life Sciences Building. Lian was mixing a solution to help preserve the quality of her rat artery sample. JULIA NAGY/THE STATE NEWS


STUDY RESULTS COULD PROVE VALUABLE TO ONLINE COURSES Last month, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review published a study that includes findings that could relate to the increasingly popular online class. The study found that students who watch a lecture delivered in a clear and smooth style were about twice as likely as those who watch a “disfluent� lecture to believe that they would remember the material they had just learned, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. The study found that both groups remember approximately the same amount, with the students who watch a lecture that is disfluent more accurately predicting how well they would remember what was taught. Two experiments were conducted to come to this conclusion. In the first experiment, 42 undergraduate students in a psychology course at Iowa State were randomly assigned to one of two groups. Each was told that their memory would be tested after the lecture. One group watched the fluent video, where the speaker stood in front of the camera, maintained eye contact and used hand gestures. The other group watched the disfluent video with the same lecturer. In this case, the lecturer stood behind a desk and gave the same lecture, but instead she read notes over a podium with minimal eye contact. HOLLY BARANOWSKI

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BRAIN MSU’s reputation for brain research and education is among the best in the nation FROM PAGE ONE

said MSU is looking to provide students with an in-depth, rigorous neuroscience program so when they graduate they will bolster the university’s positive reputation for neuroscience education and research. As MSU attempts to become a leading brain-research institution, the university is extending its reach into a variety of different cognitive studies. Neuroscience at MSU The neuroscience major was approved by MSU last August, and Symonds said the university has been designing the undergraduate program for almost 10 years. “(In our departments), we try to cover as many subdisciplines of neuroscience as we can,� Symonds said. “(We discuss) anything from neural genetics, neural engineering, to neural behavior.� Symonds said the wide varieties of the neuroscience topics comes from the unique position MSU is in by building such a strong research profi le. “We expose our students

“We expose our students to cutting-edge neuroscience technology, both in the laboratory ‌ but also in lots of research opportunities for undergraduate majors.â€? Laura Symonds, director of the undergraduate neuroscience program

to cutting-edge neuroscience technology, both in the laboratory — which is required in the major — but also in lots of research opportunities for our undergraduate majors,â€? Symonds said. “It’s important neuroscience majors come out of MSU really educated.â€? Human biology senior Mary Lian is a part of the Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health Researchers at MSU. Lian said the program requires students to take basic research classes during the spring semester before being matched to a specific interest area with a mentor in the summer. How the nervous system a ects the brain Galligan said the study of neuroscience has attracted more interest on campus and on a national level as of late. Galligan’s primary appointment is in the pharmacology and toxicology departments. Two topics they cover there are blood pressure control of a human

and the motor functions proportions of gastric and intestinal content along the length of the gut. Jon Bomar, a graduate student in the neuroscience program, said they are studying how the nervous system contributes to a higher blood pressure. “We have a rat model that reacts to salt the same way as many humans do,� Bomar said. “One of the unique things we found in this model is the increase in blood pressure activates the immune system, and the immune system then interacts with the nerve endings in the blood vessels, and this changes how those nerve endings function.� The brain from an athlete’s perspective Much of the current research involving brain activity, both at

MSU and nationwide, is tied to concussions and potential athletic detriments. In a sport such as football, the brain can withstand multiple traumatic blows. Accounting senior and former MSU football player Nate Klatt said he has suffered three concussions this past semester, two of which were severe, resulting in a medical disqualification from the team. Klatt said he felt disoriented after the three blows to his head. “When you get hit hard in the head, you kind of feel lost for a second,� Klatt said. The Department of Radiology did a study on Klatt’s brain before and after he had his concussions. Klatt said the doctors there don’t try to scare anyone, but they tell you to get a lot of rest after they give you an impact test. “The impact test focuses on how well your memory and your brain are working (after a concussion),� Klatt said. “If you don’t pass those tests, they do not let you on the practice field or let you play in the next game. Sports is not worth it to mess your health and life over.�

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A former hotel property could be transformed into apartment housing

A suspect allegedly connected to a string of robberies led police on a chase in Lansing


According to a staff report from the East Lansing Department of Planning, Building & Community Development, the applicant has a current rental license on the property that would continue through the new use. Developer Mike Foley said the housing would be a good future option for international students who are not at MSU for more than a year. “The reason that we are looking at this is because we are very close to the university and we have teachers and students who already do this,� Foley said. Commission member Stephen Wooden pointed out the fi rst condition of the application, which states that the Zoning Board of Appeals variances must also be approved. This includes the distances between the buildings, front yard parking and lot coverage, setback of the building and the park space sizes.


All three suspects were seen fleeing into a nearby vehicle driven by the fourth suspect. The suspects involved in these robberies might also be connected to an armed robbery that took place on the 100 block of Orchard Street on June 10, according to Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth of the ELPD. All three victims were MSU students, according to the department. When discussing how students and community members could ensure the safety of their belongings, Wriggelsworth advocated always traveling with a friends even during daylight hours. He also advised pedestrians to keep valuables out of sight. “The less likely you can make yourself a victim, the less likely you will be a victim,� Wriggelsworth said. The department is encouraging anyone with information to contact ELPD officer Dan Brown at 517-319-6811 or ELPD officer Chris Shadduck at 517-319-6842.

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College of Human Medicine plans to build new facility By Katie Abdilla THE STATE NEWS ■■

Wit h st udent prog ra ms housed in cities across Michigan, the MSU College of Human Medicine plans to expand its presence even further. Although MSU’s medical students have trained in Flint, Mich., for decades, the college plans to establish a new facility in the city within the next year. The MSU Board of Trustees approved the plan for a $2.8 million grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in 2011, and Aron Sousa, the college’s senior associate dean for academic affairs, said blueprints for the building’s design are being created. “We have had students in Flint for 40 years — that’s not something new for the college,” Sousa said. “Flint has been a wonderful place for our students to work and to get an education.” On the homefront, the college has undergone other changes during the past few years as well. After it formally separated from the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, first-year medical student Veronica Arbuckle-Bernstein said the changes have become noticeable. She said most of the transition will occur later in her class’s training. “Since we’ve separated from the COM, we’ve felt the change there the most, since we’re not at the other sites,” ArbuckleBernstein said. “We’re really the fi rst class who will feel it, and that won’t be until our clinical years.” Within the past fi ve years, the program has doubled its number of medical students admitted. Since Western Michigan University has begun establishing its own medical school, the College of Human Medicine plans to close its facility in Kalamazoo, Mich. To house the growing number of students, the college’s Assistant Dean


“We are one medical school — we just happen to train students currently in seven different communities across the state.” Jerry Kooiman, assistant dean for External Relations

for External Relations Jerry Kooiman said expansion has become necessary. “We have to provide clinical opportunities for our students in their third and fourth year. It’s not taking anything away from the East Lansing campus,” Kooiman said. “We are one medical school — we just happen to train students currently in seven different communities across the state.” Sousa said the expansion will help fulfi ll the university’s obligation to the community, both immediate and statewide through partnerships with social work students and public health research. “As a land-grant institution, part of our mission and role in the state is to make the lives of the people of the state better,” he said. “Some of that is through providing education to people of the state.” On t he st udent side, Arbuckle-Bernstein said it will help expand the horizons of students as well as patients. “The goal of our university should be to provide not just education, but health care as well,” she said. “Michigan has a lot of different demographics, and it’s important for a wellrounded physician to get that experience.”


Avonte Maddox, 17, and Demarjai Jackson, 16, both of Detroit’s Martin Luther King High School, laugh after playing against J.W. Sexton High School on Wednesday at Munn field. The seven-on-seven touch football camp was hosted by the MSU athletics department. JUSTIN WAN/THE STATE NEWS


E.L. GAS STATION ROBBER SENTENCED Flint, Mich., resident Chrystal Atkins, one of the two women charged with robbing the Admiral gas station, 1120 E. Grand River Ave., last summer was given her sentencing yesterday morning at the Veterans Memorial Courthouse, 313 W. Kalamazoo St., in Lansing. She faced charges for robbery and spraying the station clerk with Mace. East Lansing police

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responded to a call at about 4:30 a.m. June 24, 2012 from the Admiral station clerk, who Atkins told the police one woman was carrying a knife and the other sprayed him with Mace. Due to transportation difficulties, Atkins was unable to appear for her pre-sentence interview or sentencing, and her attorney, Duane Silverthorn,

spoke on her behalf. He explained to Circuit Judge Jim Jamo that Atkins volunteered to have her mother take her to the Genesee County Jail, where she can wait until a sheriff from Ingham County takes her to the Ingham County Jail. She will stay in jail for one year. Judge Jamo agreed to these terms and issued a bench warrant for her arrest. “(This) won’t hurt her in any way because the sentencing is sort of already set,” Silverthorn said. “There’s variable sentencing

Atkins faced charges for robbing the Admiral gas station and spraying the station clerk with mace where you get maybe three to 10 minimum and maximum (years), and in her particular case she has agreed to do a year in the Ingham County Jail.” Silverthorn told Judge David Jordan during the preliminary examination that Atkins has a number of mental complications, including paranoia and bipolar disorder. HOLLY BARANOWSKI



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“The American flag draped across my wall is not ironic, not laughable; it is the voice of millions, past, present and future, sewn into a cohesive boom that shakes the prairies, the forests, the mountains and the cities of this vast land.” — Michael Kransz, State News reporter



n the past week, East Lansing has been abuzz with the possibility the former Barnes & Noble Booksellers, located at 333 E. Grand River Ave., might have found a new tenant after being vacated for more than a year. While nothing has been declared official by the owner of the building, The Christman Company, the current rumor is Jackson National Life Insurance Co. will be using the location as an office space. While the news the space might fi nally be

fi lled since it was vacated in January 2012 is show real interest in leasing the building. good news, it’s still very underwhelming. Downtown East Lansing is fi lled with many What it was was pracretail stores. Barnes & Noble wouldn’t have been tical and boring. While the choice isn’t the best place to stay in the space when it chose not to renew its lease, as the book business an enticing one, the fact the space might already was dwindling with fi nally be fi lled is the increasing popularity of “While the news encouraging. tablets, such as the iPad or the space might The building was one of sevAmazon’s Kindle. eral vacated spaces in East LanBut what Barnes & Noble finally be filled since sing. Along with the former City did do was bring in business it was vacated in Center II site, both of these placto the downtown, not only for its own store, but for many in January 2012 is good es create a substantial eyesore on the city, where somebody can the city who wanted to check news, it’s still very walk from one end of the downout the other storefronts. underwhelming.” town to the other and always And an insurance company see these big, abandoned buildtaking over the 35,000-squareings, giving off a barren feel. foot building isn’t a big money And the addition of a profesmaker that’s going to bring in sional business will not only help bring jobs to a lot, if any, business. The choice to use the building as an office the downtown, but add a new type of diverspace isn’t an exciting or fl ashy decision. It sity as well draw more professional-types in might not even be thought out, as the own- the area. So while the fact something might be there ers might have gone with the fi rst business to

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is good, it’s still disappointing, as the space could have been used for so much more, but not a bar or restaurant, as the downtown has plenty of those already. But there are many options that haven’t been explored yet, such as a grocery store that would fit in an area dominated by college students and families that could use a convenient place to shop for groceries. Or possibly a mini mall with various stores that could appeal to both the college students and permanent residents. At this point, any business will be a good business to help East Lansing rid itself of more vacated buildings, even one as underwhelming as an insurance company.



Jewish faith grows through Israel trip


fight back?” She told me that Israel is a small country, and there isn’t anywhere to run. She also told me most of the people living in the Gaza Strip are very poor and innocent, and killing innocent lives is against what Israelis believe. So instead, they choose to stand their ground and keep a brave face through all of the terror. We continued our tour with a I chose to take this trip with an view of the Gaza Strip. As I was open mind. I never looking over the coununderstood why Isra- GUEST COLUMNIST try, I saw a huge exploel always was a target sion under a half-mile for many of the Midaway from where I was dle Eastern countries. standing. I now understand that I couldn’t believe what most of the fighting I saw. I never thought I revolves around land, would witness an attack and I learned how on my trip, but it showed important it is to the me how significant the Jewish people to have MARLEE DELANEY difference bet ween a a state of their own. normal life in Israel and I feel it is my job to a normal life in the Unitshare with everyone ed States is. all of the wonderful things about One difference between the this country and the strong people countries is the requirement by law that each Israeli serves in the Israwho live there. Ten days in Israel was hardly el Defense Forces (IDF) for a few enough to get a taste of the country, years after high school graduation. I but it was enough to know that I was fortunate enough to spend time with eight soldiers in the IDF and would travel back in a heartbeat. We visited Old City of Jerusalem learn about their experiences. These soldiers have seen so much and the Western Wall for the first time on Shabbat. I was in shock to trauma and yet, they’re still so norsee how many people were praying, mal. They have the same dreams singing and dancing by the Wall. as Americans such as traveling the Here, Jews could practice their world and getting an education. Taglit gave me the opporreligion without being tunity to make friends with ridiculed. people who live more than I was standing in front 6,000 miles away and with of the most sacred sight the technology today, I am of the Jewish faith. I had able to stay in touch with a really incredible experievery single one of them. ence there and could feel Israel is an incredible the energy surrounding place, but the history behind me. Israel this country is even more On this trip, I learned is an impressive. I learned a lot about all of the hardships incredible about Judaism and what it Jews have endured in the means to me. past and what they are place, As a Jew, I believe in still dealing with today. but the valuing family, traditions It’s easy to say Israel is and acceptance of others. I a country that is constanthistory think it’s important to recly under attack, but it’s behind ognize that Judaism is a way another thing to actually this of choosing how to live your experience it. I learned a lot about the Gaza Strip country is life. I don’t think being a Jew and its powerful governeven more is entirely about being reliment, Hamas. Our group was taken impress- gious or attending synagogue. Instead, I think it’s to Sderot, a city in Israive.” about finding your own el, which has been under identity and being the best attack by the Gaza Strip person you can be. for years. Being in Israel gave me pride in There, we were informed of the suicide bombers and rockets con- my religion and showed me being stantly are bringing terror to the Jewish is nothing to be ashamed of. Many of my friends have told me people living in Sderot. I chose to catch up with the tour I’m the first Jewish person they’ve guide and ask her why Gaza was met, and I tried to think of why doing such a thing. Her answer was that might be. I’ve come to the conclusion that simple. She told me Gaza’s main goal is to kill Jews, but if they can’t events in the past have led the kill them all, the next best thing is Jewish population to deteriorate. I think it’s important for the Jewto have them live in fear. As you can imagine, my next ish community to grow and make questions were, “Why doesn’t any- up for what was lost in our tragone leave?” and “Why doesn’t Israel ic past.

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Study shows small percentage of people wash hands properly By Anya Rath THE STATE NEWS â– â– 

Be wary of what you touch — a recent MSU study published in the Journal of Environmental Health shows only 5 percent of people who use the bathroom wash their hands long enough to rid them of dirt and germs. Carl Borchgrevink, associate professor in MSU’s School of Hospitality Business and the lead investigator of the study, said he noticed there were not many studies on sanitation and hand-washing conducted in college towns. Borchgrevink then recruited 12 MSU undergraduate students and trained them to collect data for the study. For more than a year, the researchers observed 3,749 bathroom users in various locations to gauge if soap was used, the length of time hands were scrubbed and the impact of any environmental influences, such as encouraging signs, time of day or cleanliness of the sinks. Borchgrevink said the researchers stood inconspicuously in the corner of bathrooms and would pretend to be on their phones texting, when in reality they would be recording data. “If they knew they were being watched, they were more likely to engage in socially expected behaviors,� Borchgrevink said. Borchgrevink said 23 percent of the samples participated in “attempted washing,� meaning they merely wet their hands without soap or did not wash their hands for the correct duration. He said that people washed their hands for an average of 6.75 seconds — much less than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended 15 to 20 seconds.


Borchgrevink said washing hands with soap for the full 20 seconds isn’t about killing germs. Rather, it’s to capture the dirt and germs within the soap and then wash it down the drain. He added that a good way to time the length of handwashing is to hum the full “Happy Birthday � song twice. “It’s really critical that we maintain and encourage hand-washing,� Borchgrevink said. Borchgrevink also said many foodborne illnesses are related to improperly washed hands. Ariana Warfield, general manager and director of operations at the East Lansing branch of Bubble Island, 515 E. Grand River Ave., said Bubble Island has strict policies on hand-washing. She said they have designated areas to wash their hands in the kitchen and at the front counter. “Any time we go between the front area and the kitchen, we have to wash our hands,� Warfield said. Mechanical engineering senior Megan Blaszak said the study didn’t seem realistic to her, and thought 5 percent of people properly washing their hands was too low of a number. “I always wash my hands after I’ve been doing any type of cleaning or taking the trash out or before I make food,� Blaszak said. “I would just think other people do, too.�


or East Lansing resident Irene Blanchard, music is “an expression of a happy heart.� For heavy metal band Cavalcade member Sean Peters, music is as “beautiful as you want it to be or as ugly as you want it to be.� For graduate student Christina Strong, music is “inspiring.� Some interact with music in the car, on a run, studying for an upcoming exam or at a concert here and there. For Jenn Hill, a singer with the Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle, music is an everyday aspect of her life. Music education senior Christie Lower can’t see herself in anything other than a music-related career. She currently works at the Community Music School, 4930 S. Hagadorn Rd. “It’s all I do,� Lower said. “I have no idea what I would do if I didn’t have music.� — Julia Nagy, The State News


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APR scores released, indicate Summer Circle Theatre offers free summer plays MSU sports in solid standing By Ariel Ellis

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The NCA A announced its Academic Progress Rates (APR) on Tuesday, and MSU sports are in good standing. APR is a method of measuring academic success and retention for Division I schools, specifically in measuring graduation rates. A minimum of a 930 average, equal to a 50 percent graduation rate, is required for schools to be eligible to compete in the 2013-14 postseason. MSU associate athletics director for student services Jim Pignataro noted that APR is not the most important indicator of academic success for MSU, but it does help provide focus. “APR score is only one piece of the puzzle of retention,” Pignataro said. “We don’t base our program solely on APR score.” The MSU athletics department also takes into account team GPA, roster management, community involvement and several other factors to get a clearer picture of academic standing. APR scores are acquired based on the performance of the previous four years. Factors included in the scores are eligibility, graduation rate and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. MSU’s football score (955) exceeded the national average of 949, and was tied for ninth best in the Big Ten with Minnesota. The score is a 12-point improvement from the previous four year cycles’ score of 943, ending in 2010-11. P r ior to footba l l head coach Mark Dantonio’s arrival, MSU’s APR was at 907 in


2004-05. Under Dantonio, the program has shown strong improvement. For men’s basketball, MSU scored a 971, lower than the program’s score of 981 in 201011. This marks the third-straight year the men’s basketball APR has declined. Factors such as student-athlete transfers can skew scores in a negative direction. According to Pignataro, this helps to explain the downward trend for basketball. The program achieved a perfect score of 1,000 in 2008-09, a feat the program has yet to match. For t he Big Ten, Indiana’s men’s basketball squad achieved a perfect score of 1,000. MSU placed eighth in the conference. Baseball scored a 978, representing a six-point decline from the 2010-11 rating of 984. Two MSU programs — women’s gymnastics and men’s tennis — achieved perfect scores of 1,000. On the other end of the spectrum are men’s golf, football and men’s outdoor track with scores of 954, 955 and 955, respectively. Teams with an APR below 925 are subject to penalties, including scholarship losses and reductions to practice time. Thirty-six programs nationally were sanctioned for not meeting the 900 standard, none from the Big Ten. Three football programs (Savannah State, Alabama State and Mississippi Valley State) and six men’s basketball programs (Florida International, Grambling State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, New Orleans, Alabama State and Mississippi Valley State) are included on the list. A full list of APR scores can be found on


With plays ranging from dark thrillers to light-hearted musicals, the MSU Summer Circle Theatre has been entertaining the Lansing area for more than 50 years with free summer plays. All of the plays are performed outdoors in June on the banks of the Red Cedar River on the MSU campus. Rob Roznowski, head of acting and directing in the MSU Department of Theatre, compiled a very diverse lineup of plays this year that he believes will have something to offer all theater lovers. “What’s interesting is they’re all very different with something for everyone,” Roznowski said. “I think the plays this week, ‘The Turn of the Screw’ and ‘Little Brother: Little Sister,’ are very entertaining.” This year’s theme is Family Dynamics, and programming director in the MSU Department of Theatre Dionne O’Dell said she turned to her two children to come up with an idea for a charming children’s play. “I had a brainstorming session with my own children and simply asked them what they thought was funny,” O’Dell said. “Just from that brainstorming session I created the premise of the four girls who have to move to Michigan and don’t want to and imaginary characters come to life and help them in a play called ‘Stop Copying Me.’” O’Dell said putting the numerous plays together in such a limited amount of time is challenging — but she finds joy in working with the students. “It’s just fun to see them in different roles and work with


Graduate students Andrew Head and Sarah Goeke perform at “The Turn of the Screw” on Wednesday as part of the Summer Circle Theatre. The series has been a tradition for 53 years.

“I had a brainstorming session with my own children and simply asked them what they thought was funny,” Dionne O’Dell, programming director

them in rehearsals,” she said. “They’re just so dedicated and talented and willing to jump right in and take risks.” MSU theatre senior Matthew Land said he enjoys performing with the MSU Summer Circle Theatre but playing several roles is difficult. “I enjoy playing different roles but the process is generally interesting,” Land said. “Being in multiple shows at different times is

Theatre senior Jordan Anderson, outside of frame, adjusts the costume for Sarah Goeke on Wednesday at MSU Auditorium before the performance of “The Turn of the Screw.”

difficult because you have to juggle rehearsal times.” Roznowski said the plays have become a tradition for many locals and are growing more successful every year.

“I think the greatest part of it is the actual community,” said Roznowski. “People come back year after year to be a part of this great relaxed, outdoor summer theater experience.”

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