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Let me take a selfie: portraits defining the digital age By Sierra Lay and Simon Schuster firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com The State News
ith balmy summer weather abounding in East Lansing, groups of MSU students often take to the open-air patios of restaurants to enjoy a meal among friends. Throughout the dinner, smartphones are checked occasionally for varying periods of time and intermittently, a diner holds their phone aloft, staring intently into the screen, their face contorting with the intensity of their expression. They’re taking a selfie. The advent of the smartphone frontfacing camera has made the selfie a
ubiquitous part of the social media landscape. A selfie is an instantaneous self-portrait, often published though applications such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat. The selfie has become so widespread that in 2013 the term was named Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year. But the trend is so new that a variety of analyses have only begun to merge about the meaning of the instant portraits, which are often flattering, sometimes silly and almost always shared publicly. Experts and students alike are in disagreement about just why the selfie has become such an significant part of life both on and off the Internet. Selfie Science Pre-law sophomore Christine Burke said she gets the urge to post pictures
of herself online frequently. She said if she’s bored or if her hair looks good on a particular day, she can’t help but post a picture. “When there’s nothing exciting going on, it’s like ‘why not post a selfie?’” Burke said. Associate professor at the University of Southern Mississippi Chris Barry is conducting research on the meaning and implications of selfies, examining the psychological implications of how selfies are framed. “It can be a sort of way to demonstrate positive things going on in your life,” Barry said. But Peg Streep, an author who has written for Psychology Today on the topic, argued selfies have much more negative implications on a larger scale. See SELFIES on page 2 u
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Continued Police brief A shooting that took place in Lansing early Sunday morning is being investigated as a homicide, police said. At 4:06 a.m. on Sunday, officers responded to a residence on the 1900 block of Alpha Street to assist with a medical call. Upon arrival, officers located an injured 27-yearold Lansing male. The victim was treated by the Lansing Fire Department and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Detectives and crime scene investigators have responded and the investigation is in its preliminary stages. The name of the victim has not yet been released pending the notification of next of kin. Lansing Police Department has asked anyone with information related to the shooting to step forward. Olivia Dimmer
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“Narcissism in terms of American culture isn’t new,” Streep said. “But this is a new twist on it.” She claimed the selfie is a symptom of the impulse to show-off. “Self-aggrandizing yourself has to do with the realization that not everybody can be cool,” Streep said. “You need to look cooler than you actually are in life, and you’re hoping that the selfie will do it for you.” In Barry’s research, which uses selfies collected through Instagram, a photo-sharing social media application, photos are placed into three loose categories — physical appearance, affiliation and generic. Barr y said selfies in the physical appearance category tend to display a feeling of grandiosity within the selfie subject. From a workout at the gym to a new haircut, the cause for a selfie occasion can be almost anything. “We really think we need to dig deeper (into) context and caption,” Barry said. “Captions might convey a pretty strong sense of superiority.” Regardless of their meaning, Streep is unabashed in her condemnation of selfie culture. “The chances are that if you really are a person of talent and substance, you do less of this,” Streep said. Demographic Divide It seems the perception of selfies may shift along key demographics — age and gender. Like Streep, who is in her 60’s, 72-yea r- old L a n si ng resident Terr y Frank, said selfies are “self-indulgent, narcissistic.” “ W hat pu r pose does it serve?” Frank said. “‘Look at me, look at me.’” But his companion, Mary Frank, said selfies are “fun — they’re spontaneous.” Jill Weber, a clinical psychol-
ogist and writer who specializes on the impact of culture on young women and relationships and devoted a chapter of her new book to the selfie, said more women engage in taking selfies than men. She said selfies can have both positive and negative implications. “I can see the value in both sides. I’ve worked with teen girls, college girls — it can be a positive thing for them,” Weber said. “It provides ... maybe a sense of control and power that women don’t always feel in terms of their image.” Weber said for individuals with low self-esteem, selfies can boost confidence. But not in all circumstances.
“You need to look cooler than you actually are in life, and you’re hoping that the selfie will do it for you.” Peg Streep, Psychology Today author
“Sometimes people can get a little bit obsessive about it,” Weber said. “They strike a pose, they put it out there and they don’t really get any hits, they don’t get any likes. That can be invalidating or deflating to the person. Certainly, if you’re hinging your worth on it, that can be a negative thing.” Hospitality business sophomore Christina Knutson said she thinks the popularity of taking selfies is a phase. She said although group photos are fine, taking selfies alone is “a little distasteful.” “It’s more of an automatic way that people can see what you’re doing,” Knutson said. “It’s a hinderance on our social lives.” But as an indication of the different viewpoints surrounding the selfie, computer science sophomore Chong Guang Bi said selfies are a positive way to share moments with friends and family around the world. “It’s a way to express yourself,” Bi said. Photo grid compiled by photographer Danyelle Morrow. Photos were taken with permission from subjects.
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Italian late Renaissance period mannerist painter and printmaker Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, or Parmigianino, paints “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.” The portrait features the then 16-year-old artist in the middle of a room, distorted by the use of a convex mirror. The hand in the foreground is elongated and reminiscent of the outstretched-arm stance seen in modern selfies. Sept. 13, 2002
The word “selfie” is first mentioned in an Australian online forum post. The post described a drunken encounter, wherein the author’s face meets a set of steps, concluded with “it was a selfie.” Nov. 19, 2013
The term “selfie” is named Oxford Dictionaries’ international Word of the Year. The word gained popularity during 2012, and, as it was a notable and prominent expression, was chosen. Dec. 10, 2013
President Barack Obama takes a selfie with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt at South African former president Nelson Mandela’s funeral service in Johannesburg, South Africa. The group selfie made waves around the world, inciting controversy when a photo of the act was released and published in various media outlets. Jan. 28, 2014
The Chainsmokers release their single “#SELFIE.” The song, along with its music video featuring a young woman posing for selfies in the bathroom of a bustling club and posting them on Instagram. The Chainsmokers created the song after noticing the trend was on the rise. March 2, 2014
Ellen DeGeneres gathered celebrities for a selfie when she hosted the Oscars this year. The group photo — including Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita N’yongo — quickly became the most retweeted post on Twitter. Receiving over two million retweets and causing the site to crash briefly, DeGeneres’ selfie is now valued between $800 million and $1 billion, according to advertising firm Publicis.
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MSU funding won’t be cut for alleged union-related activity By Casey Holland cholland@statenews The State News nn
A state subcommittee budget proposed in the spring will no longer penalize MSU for an “instructional activity that encourages or discourages union organizing of employees,” but still states that public universities should not prohibit or support unions. The omnibus budget from the Senate Appropriations Committee on Higher Education is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder after being approved Wednesday night. Previously, the budget removed $500,000 in appropriations as a penalty for its association with the Building Trades Academy, which teaches various seminars highlighting unionization techniques. As a compromise, the finalized budget states that all Michigan public universities must remain neutral when it comes to labor unions.
“We’re not using state or university funds ... it’s a selfsufficient program.” David Bertram, MSU’s assistant vice president for state affairs
Chris Fisher, the president and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan, said the legislature is only giving guidance. He added that no universities should be engaged in activities that promote or discourage labor unions. “My reservation towards the course is that it’s not a course for students — it’s only for union officials,” Fisher said. “Early course work stated explicitly that it would teach union officials techniques to unionize companies. That’s not a university’s job.” MSU became involved with
the Building Trades Academy in May 2013. Originally the seminars were taught through the National Labor College in Maryland. When the college switched to teaching online courses, their various outreach programs lost the facilities they were taught in. MSU’s school of Human Resources and Labor Relations was contacted by members of North America’s Building Trade Unions about training attendees of the Building Trades Academy seminars. David Bertram, MSU’s assistant vice president for state affairs, said the university has an agreement with the Building Trades Division to do leadership training on topics such as forming better company relations, management and what’s allowed under federal law. He added that the seminars are paid for by the attendees and they do not receive any subsidy from MSU. "(The budget) shouldn’t dramatically change the program,” Bertram said. “What we are going to do is stay in close contact with Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker about the course materials and share with her a more detailed account of it. We’re going to make sure she understands we’re not using state or university funds and that it’s a self-sufficient program.” Schuitmaker, chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Higher Education, was unavailable for comment. MSU spokesperson Jason Cody said the university has been working with the legislature for the past few months to answer any questions they have about the program and that they will continue to do so. “If the legislature has any questions about this or anything we do in the future, the government affairs office will continue to work with them,” he said. “It’s all about having a dialogue.”
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On Saturday, the newly renovated Forever 21 at Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing held its grand opening, which included prizes, coupons and giveaways for the first 100 customers. Forever 21 moved from a space between Express and Bath & Body Works to a larger space in between Kay Jewelers and restaurant Bravo! Cucina Italiana. To celebrate the grand opening of Forever 21, the first 100 customers in line received a coupon which was valued anywhere from $10 to $210. Forever 21 manager Katie Love said she was told in February the store was moving locations to a larger location because the previous location felt too cramped with all the clothes Forever 21 offers. Love said many customers have already expressed how pleased they are with the new location. “People love the new atmosphere ... there are so many more chances to have great displays,” Love said. Customers were also given the chance to win a headto-toe outfit of their choosing worth $250 dollars. International relations and finance junior Haja Fofanah
said having a larger Forever 21 means a bigger selection of products and a better overall shopping experience. “We would see things (at Twelve Oaks Mall) or online that we would want and it never came here (in Lansing),” Fofanah said. Sociology junior Deayra Hall said she prefers the new location over the cramped atmosphere of the previous store. “(The old location) was too congested. It made you not even want to shop,” Hall said. In addition to Forever 21’s renovation, cosmetic store Sephora, located between Justice and JoS. A. Bank, held its grand opening on June 6. Communications senior Kimberly Allen said she is excited for what Sephora is bringing to Eastwood Towne Center. “There’s a lot of makeup that is unique to this store in the area,” Allen said. A llen said U lta, one of Sephora’s competitors, is lower end compared to Sephora and does not carry all the same products. In the near future, an Apple Store is expected to open in the shopping center. The Apple Store has obtained a building permit and is anticipated to open in the space between Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret. There is no set date for the grand opening yet.
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Westphalia, Mich., resident Brian Arens assembles a grid system to construct a ceiling Wednesday in the packaging building. Arens has been working with MSU Facilities for 16 years.
Maintenance crews work late to keep campus in working order By Katie Krall email@example.com The State News nn
May through August are busy months on campus for Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, or IPF, with maintenance projects scheduled throughout the summer. An overnight cleaning at Ramp 5 near Trowbridge Road last week was one of many projects to take place this summer. Crews are responsible for power washing the stairwells and cleaning the decks in each ramp. Gum and graffiti are removed as needed throughout the year, but deep cleaning happens when most students leave for the summer. Crews cleaning the decks of a ramp start from the highest level and work their way down, first street sweeping the concrete and then putting dow n env ironmentally-friendly products to break up oil stains and other chemicals left by parked vehicles throughout the year. An oil separator is hooked to the drains in the ramp and the crews come back through with a power washer to rinse each level. P rojec t ma nager Ada m Lawver said each ramp takes at least five full working days to clean and crews have to adjust their schedules from day shifts to shifts that start around 3 a.m. “We’re really fortunate we
have a good, dedicated crew that’s willing to work those hours,” Lawver said. Crews are made up of fulltime and seasonal staff, all employed by IPF. Lawver said while it used to take six employees to clean a ramp, new procedures have been put in place for efficiency, leading to the number now being two employees. Lawver said coordinating with Engineering and Architectural Services is important so ramp cleaning takes place after structural repairs are completed. Mark Makela, a member of a seasonal crew responsible for structural repairs on the ramps, said summer is ideal for the necessary work. Not only are there fewer cars in the parking garages, but the weather plays a factor in how quickly work can be done. “A lot of equipment is weather-variable,” Makela said. In addition to ramp repairs and cleaning, employees are conducting remodels and general maintenance for buildings and grounds. Other scheduled summer maintenance includes asbestos abatement, generator testing, hydrant flushing and masonry inspections. Gus Gosselin, director of Building Services, said his department handles maintenance inside buildings — water, sewer and electrical — and the summertime is busy because all the colleges and departments
A former MSU student, who was dismissed after the university found him responsible for an alleged sexual assault and then sued MSU for readmission, has dropped his case, MSU officials confirmed. The student, identified in court records only by his MSU identification number, was dismissed from MSU following an incident that occurred off-campus in August 2013. Ingham Count y Circuit Court Judge Clinton Canady III previously approved an order to reinstate the student while his attorneys brought a civil case against MSU. The alleged procedures in the university’s investigation violated multiple aspects of Michigan’s constitution in a brief comparing MSU’s investigation to criminal trial. MSU’s investigations into claims of sexual harassment and assault are not held to the same burden of proof that criminal cases receive — they are required to determine if it is more likely than not that sexual assault occurred, rather than prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. As of Friday, MSU Spokesman Jason Cody said the university is still awaiting an official notice that the case has been dropped. Once the dismissal becomes final, the student will no longer attend MSU. The victim of the alleged assault, who spoke to The State News on the condition of anonymity, said the lawsuit has left her feeling powerless. “I’m litera lly just t he school’s puppet right now,” she said in a previous interview with The State News. She said the suit was an opportunity for the judge to scrutinize MSU’s procedures
for addressing complaints of sexual assault, procedures made in an attempt to comply with the federal law Title IX. “(Canady) wants to make MSU’s process an example, it’s not about the victim at all at this point,” she said. The investigation conducted by MSU’s Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, or I3, included statements from several witnesses who were with both parties the night of the alleged assault. The student’s attorney alleges in court documents that much of the information gathered during the investigation was “rank hearsay” and “irrelevant.” They also allege the student and his advisors, who were paid attorneys, should have been allowed to crossexamine the universit y ’s investigator. According to the I3 investigation, the victim alleged she felt “paralyzed” after taking three shots supplied to her by the respondent on the night of August 23, 2013, and did not remember engaging in sex with him the next morning. According to documents from I3’s investigation, the student refused to speak with university officials about the case under advisement from his attorneys. Instead, he submitted a polygraph test he underwent, which concluded he was truthful when claiming he had consensual sex with the victim. T he st udent ’s law yer, George M. Brookover, did not return calls seeking comment. After a university hearing, the student was notified of his dismissal in January. He appealed to the University Student Appeals Board and was denied in mid-February. He sent a final appeal to a senior MSU official, who upheld the decision to dismiss him.
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ing department. “I’m high enough on the food chain that I don’t have a hand in all the work we do, but I can say our people are very busy,” Gosselin said.
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“No-name park” fate could fall on vote By Derek Gartee firstname.lastname@example.org The State News nn
On the corner of Abbot and Albert Road sits a small patch of green amid an otherwise concrete landscape. With proposed ballot language, East Lansing citizens could decide the fate of the small plot. The ballot language created by the city of East Lansing would allow citizens to choose if the city could sell the plot of green space next to The Black Cat Bistro. The East Lansing City Charter requires a citizen vote for permission to sell land. Originally, the small plot on the corner of Albert Road and Abbot Road was acquired by the city in 1983 for the purpose of redevelopment, Community and Economic Development Administrator Lori Mullins said. Over time, the space began to resemble a small park. The one-quarter acre plot includes a brick pathway, water fountain and a public art installation from former East Lansing
resident and internationally recognized artist Louise McCagg. Mullins said the land could be used in the Park District project, which would redevelop the land opposite of Abbot Road. “Open space including green space and plazas are important elements (of) our downtown and although this is not a park, I would anticipate that the reasons for development of the land must be compelling and must also result in other green space being made available if it is to garner support,” Mullins said in an email. While both council members and city staff maintain the area is not a park, the public art tour on the City of East Lansing website refers to the land as “No Name Park.” Lansing area resident Jane Reiter said the loss of a park would further tarnish the city. “I think it should stay a park. There (are) too many redevelopment areas already that haven’t been developed,” Reiter said. The loss of “No Name Park” could also affect local businesses. Currently, The Black Cat Bis-
respond to requests for comment about the agreement with the city. The city council will not consider the language at its next regular session. Planning, Building and Development Director Tim Dempsey said council is holding consideration until Park District redevelopment plans from DTN are finalized.
tro is renting part of the plot for its outdoor patio. “The city provided (The) Black Cat Bistro with a license agreement to use the city-owned land for their patio. That agreement is renewed annually and may not be renewed if the land is no longer available for that use,” Mullins said in an email. The Black Cat Bistro did not
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Integrate with international students
he other day while in the car with a group of friends, I got into a conversation about why it was hard for domestic and international students to integrate on campus. So many of us are a part of organizations dedicated toward making MSU’s already diverse campus more incorporated. As we were trying to define the causes of why the students aren’t able to approach one another, some of the statements that people made ended up coming out a bit offensive. One of students recounted on an experience where he was trying to hang out with a group of Chinese international students. While they were socializing, the Chinese students would oftentimes begin switching from English to Chinese to describe a really funny joke. Unfortunately for him, he only knew Jap-
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anese. He felt that the students were unintentionally excluding him from the conversation with their language and that they should have spoken more English to include him and other domestic students into their conversations. Another friend replied with a mutual understanding of that feeling of exclusion, even though she is an international Chinese student. She said that some of the Chinese students she encountered seemed too wealthy for her to interact with. It was hard to become friends with them since she felt they flaunted their wealth. Imagine after twelve years in school, you decide to delve into another country for higher education. Sure, your native school taught you that
country’s language, but you never practiced it in a scenario where you’d have to use it all of the time. For many international students, that is very much the case. The constant pressure to speak English can be so great that whenever they meet someone else who also speaks their language, it’s a relief for them to be able to share in something common and intimate as language. Now imagine, in that moment, someone approaches them and asks them to speak English because they are leaving other people out. You can probably see what I’m getting at. In regard to the other comments about the international students flaunting their wealth, there are many domestic students that drive around campus in nice cars to show off their status. Some students have a problem with international students driving a Mercedes or a Porsche. In a society so ingrained with the idea of white privilege, there seems to be this notion that wealth can’t be some-
thing that transcends international borders. Why is it difficult to approach an international student when they display their wealth, but not a white person who flaunts their wealth? I’m absolutely sure that they were not trying to be prejudiced. After all, what they were describing were observations and their feelings toward them. However, I feel that the statements they made were in a way contributing to the bigger problem. Many of us carry biases on others based on only a few experiences. But because we’re sometimes overwhelmed with the amount of information we encounter on a daily basis, we don’t take the precautions to avoid making assumptions. If we all could just take the time to reevaluate our experiences just a little harder and prevent ourselves from stereotyping, we could all be more prepared to deal with segregation that occurs both on and off campus. Henry Pan is a chemical engineering sophomore. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“Video games do not perpetuate violence” Good article. While I admit that getting my butt-kicked by some 8-year old in Call of Duty is very frustrating, it by no means makes me feel homicidal. The author is correct - people look for scapegoats and those typically turn out to be anything that is seemingly obvious. Hence the call for more gun laws regardless of the fact that gun crimes are down. It seems to me that some people are just plain murderers. Whether you put a video game or a My Little Pony in front of them will not rewire their brain for the better or worse. Hell, if some demented would-be killer is getting his kicks playing Call of Duty then that is time not spent outside killing others. Knowing this we should encourage more video game playing, not less. Matt, June 13 No, it wasn’t the video games, it was the need for greater gun control that caused those girls to stab their friend. Too many people just need to have something to blame. ron, June 12
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America — join the rest of the world and watch the world cup
merica, we are missing out. Right now, one of the largest sporting events in the world is happening in Brazil. Thirty-two countries, including ours, have sent a team of their best soccer players to play in one country. From Australia to Africa, droves of people have made the trek to Brazil to see their team face off with rival countries. In other nations, colossal metropolises grind to a halt during a game. There’s nobody on the roads and nobody at work, because everybody is watching in person or on their televisions. Yet, for some reason, Americans seem largely uncaring. Don’t get me wrong, there are some soccer fans in America and I know they are extremely excited
about the World Cup, but I am talking to the average American — the middle of the bell curve. It’s fine that America does not have the love for soccer that other countries have. We do have some pretty awesome other sports that we obsess over — football, baseball and hockey to name a few. I’ll be honest, I do not think soccer is a fantastic sport to watch. The low scoring games and ties leave me sometimes bored and disappointed. Any other month I would watch another sport over soccer. But there is something so exciting about world sporting events. Countries facing off against countries. It creates a world dialogue unlike any other spectacle. Sports talk is one of the best forms of small talk and it translates to the international forum. Instead of friends ribbing each other during rivalry games, we
now have people from one country talking mostlyfriendly trash with people from another. It is a worldly bond formed through a simple game of kicking a ball — how cool is that? Not to mention the sense of camaraderie within a country. reporter
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I love to look at my team, donning that beautiful red, white and blue and watching them take on another country in a physical match, like a war campaign without the violence. It is one of the only times I feel patriotic. My love for the Olympics comes from the
“In other nations, colossal metropolises grind to a halt during a game. There’s nobody on the roads and nobody at work, because everybody is watching in person or on their televisions. Yet, for some reason, Americans seem largely uncaring.” same reasoning. We have the chance to root for our country. It’s a special experience. If you look at news stories about the World Cup you will see the patriotism: Brazilians covered head to toe in yellow and green; Mexicans with the trio of white, green and red; and so on and so forth. In today’s world, it can sometimes be hard to root for the red, white and blue. There are talks every day about the wrongdoings of our government and the terrible decisions and mistakes it has made. It is enough to make you want to put
your head down when you hear the word “America.” But during the World Cup, when you watch the American team run onto the field, when you hear the American national anthem blare through the Brazilian stadium, you can hold your head up high — you can feel proud to be an American (as the song goes), because on the field all the politics melt away. It’s all about the friendly competition and pure athleticism. Don’t take that for granted, and support our team. Derek Gartee is a State News reporter. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Spartan sports celebrities from both past and present gathered at Hawk Hollow Golf Course Friday to show their support at the Drew Stanton High 5ive Foundation Celebrity Golf Outing and Charity Auction. Proceeds from the golf outing and the live and silent auction that followed will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network of Sparrow Hospital and Special Olympics of Michigan. “I think this year we’re right around 45 foursomes,” event host and former MSU quarterback Drew Stanton said. “In the past we’ve had goals as far as redoing the teen room at Sparrow Hospital ... and then the treatment room the year before. ... We’re going to try to help the Lansing area in particular — their Special Olympics is in need of assistance, and that’s what we’re here for.” Stanton, who has hosted the event for the past six years, said the outing began in Marshall, Mich., eight years ago, but moved to Lansing after three years. Last year, the High 5ive Foundation donated $60,000 to charities. “We wanted to move it to Lansing ... having more resources up here. We wanted to make a bigger impact and try to raise more money,” he said. “By doing that, we’ve continued to grow each year, and it’s provided us the opportunity to give back even more than we could hope for.” Head football coach Mark Dantonio said it is very important to him to see his former and
Michigan State baseball head coach Jake Boss takes a swing Friday during Drew Stanton’s High 5ive Foundation Annual Golf Outing at Hawk Hollow Golf Course in Bath Township, Mich. Proceeds from the charity event went to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network of Sparrow Hospital, and Special Olympics. Corey damocles/ The state news
current athletes giving back in such a huge way. “One of our basic goals of our program is to be givers, not takers,” he said. “Once they understand that they can do these type of things, it’s something they’ll be able to do the rest of their lives.” Kaleb Thornhill, Director of Player Engagement for the Miami Dolphins and former MSU middle linebacker, said this was his third or fourth year attending the event and he traveled from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to attend. “I think it’s important that you support people in the community who are doing great things, that continue to stay connected in the Lansing area, that continue to give back to the Spartan nation, that continue to impact people that are disadvantaged — that don’t have the resources that we currently have in our lives on a daily basis, that we’re so fortunate to have,” Thornhill said. Kyler Elsworth, former MSU linebacker who made the gamewinning stop in the Spartans’ Rose Bowl victory, said he feels that giving back to the community is an athletes’ duty since they are in the limelight. “People look at the football players, basketball players, guys that play in college as larger-than-life figures sometimes,” he said. “If you can use that role to benefit a great cause and bring people out, why not do it?” Former MSU wide receiver Keith Nichol said he believes such notable victories, such as the Rose Bowl, bring more people to events such as the High 5ive Foundation golf outing. “The success of the program is bringing in a lot of good things,” he said.
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Reelin’ in the aquatic fun Photos By Danyelle morrow/ the state news
From left, Okemos residents Joe Kordenbrock, 14, talks with Peter Brantley, 16, during the fishing contest of the Grand American Fish Rodeo Saturday at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing. The contest featured four categories including biggest fish, total number of fish, total weight and most number of species caught.
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Lansing resident Al Diaz holds a fish caught during the fishing contest of the Grand American Fish Rodeo Saturday at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing.
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of Michigan waterways and a chance to be a little weird,” the inaugural Grand American Fish Rodeo drew people riverside to Lansing’s Adado Riverfront Park for fishing competitions, live music, local food, writing contests, beer drinking, fashion displays and aquatic education. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Gib King, who organized the fishing competition for the event, said although the cleanliness of
Michigan’s urban rivers has improved, the public’s perception of them has stagnated for the most part, with most still regarding them as “old wastedumping grounds” and steering clear of interacting with them. A festival such as the Fish Rodeo — one that welcomes people to recreate on, interact with and learn more about urban rivers — serves to reestablish that these bodies of water can be enjoyed and appreciated, King said. “Events like this are trying to prove that you can kayak out here, you can canoe out here, you can swim out here — I saw a guy swimming the other day — there’s great fishing (out here),” he said. “Some of our best little gems are hidden right here in our cities. We have waters to recreate on, we have green spaces to go bird watching in, we have mush-
room hunting right in these urban areas.” When fisheries and wildlife junior Mike Guthard first arrived at MSU he said he briefly held a misconception the Red Cedar River is “that gross body of water that everybody pollutes in.” Guthard said the notion about the Red Cedar River as polluted is nothing more than a stigma left by heavy pollution to urban rivers in the mid-20th century, which was majorly combated and counteracted after the passing of the Clean Water Act in 1972. Instead, the reality is the urban river flowing through campus is a treasure, he said. “I love it,” he said. “It’s beautiful. You just look from any of the bridges. It’s a little piece of paradise right in the middle of campus.” Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art Administrative
Manager Katrina Daniels said part of the reason the institute organized the Fish Rodeo was to offer people a change of perspective in how they view their city and the river that runs through it. “Lansing looks absolutely beautiful on the water, so we wanted to get everybody on the water and let everybody see the architecture, see the river and celebrate that,” Daniels said.
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Redsh i r t ju n ior L ea h O’Connor made history on Friday with her record win at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Hay ward Field in Oregon. O’Connor set a school record time of 9:36.43 in the 3000 meter steeplechase race, making her the first MSU steeplechase champion ever. “I was just extremely humbled and grateful,” she said. “I wanted to share this with everyone — my parents, my coach, everyone.” Her first race occurred on Wednesday for the preliminary round, where the 24 best athletes in the steeplechase event competed against each other. The top five athletes in each heat, along with the top two other highest times, moved on to the final round on Friday, where O’Connor earned her win. She said she took the lead ea rly i n t he f i na l race and, as the final laps approached, she utilized her speed and time to get over the hurdles and cross the finish line at the head of the pack. O’Connor has been a participant in steeplechase races since her freshman year. She typically runs 60 to 65 miles a week. In the 2013 NCA A Outdoor Track and Field Championship, O’Connor won a fifth place title. She said her goal when she left this same meet last year was to come back and win it all. “It ’s an unexplainable feeling,” she said. “ You spend so long looking at the top athletes of the nation, thinking it’s unattainable. ... I was so focused during the race, it takes awhile to soak it all in.”
MSU adds Forbes to 2014-15 incoming class By Omari Sankofa II firstname.lastname@example.org THE STATE NEWS n n
Only days af ter landing West Virginia transfer Eron Harris, MSU basketball head coach Tom Izzo has added yet another piece to a rapidly-growing 2014-15 basketball class. MSU confirmed Friday afternoon Cleveland State transfer Bryn Forbes has signed with
MSU. “We are excited to add Bryn Forbes, a homegrown product, to our roster,” head coach Tom Izzo said in a statement. “He was extremely well coached by former Spartan Carlton Valentine at Lansing Sexton, and brings with him the championship attitude that he developed there as he teamed with Denzel Valentine to win backto-back state championships.” A 6-foot-3, 175-pound Lan-
sing native, Forbes could potentially qualif y for the 2014-15 season if he were to apply for a hardship waiver. The Cleveland Plain Dealer previously reported Forbes’ sister has medical issues, and Forbes also has a young son in Lansing. Forbes is a former teammate of sophomore guard Denzel Valentine at Sexton, where they won state titles in 2011 and 2012.
The Horizon League Newcomer of the Year in 2013, Forbes averaged 12.7 points per game and hit at a .389 clip from deep during his freshman season, and upped those numbers to 15.6 points on .424 shooting from beyond the arc during his sophomore year. “Br yn enjoyed two great seasons at Cleveland State, but he’s decided to come back closer to home,” Izzo continued in the statement. “He brings the ability to shoot the basketball and you can never have enough shooters on your team. Look at some of his best performances, and you can see that they’ve come against top-notch competition, such
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as scoring 22 points against Kentucky.” Forbes joins Harris, Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kansas recruits forward Marvin Clark and guard Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn, along with Columbus, Ohio native Javon Bess in the 2014-15 class. With five incoming players, the MSU basketball program will hope to weather the loss of sophomore guard Gary Harris and senior forward Adreian Payne, who are both currently slated as first round picks in the 2014 NBA Draft by ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford. The Spartans also lost redshirt junior guard Russell Byrd to transfer in May.
New faces for upcoming basketball season Bryn Forbes Transfer, Cleveland State Eron Harris Transfer, West Virginia Lourawls Nairn Incoming freshman Marvin Clark Incoming freshman Javon Bess Incoming freshman
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