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Bassist Sam Anning of Cyrille Aimée and the Surreal Band performs on stage Friday at the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in downtown East Lansing.

Lansing resident Eric Begin sticks his hand inside of a bee tent on Sunday during MSU Bee Palooza at the MSU Horticulture Demonstration Gardens.


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Board of Trustees votes to approve tuition hike, upgrades to athletic facilities at summer meeting

By Katie Abdilla



riday’s MSU Board of Trustees meeting consisted of more than men and women in suits crowded around a lengthy table in the Administration Building. The board nearly unanimously approved budget and tuition rates for the 2013-14 academic year and planned preliminary rates for 2014-15, among other items. Next year, undergraduate students can expect an average rise in tuition of 2.8 percent. Graduate students will pay slightly more, with an increase of about 4 percent. Although it was not expected, MSU received an increase in state aid of about $4.4 million compared to last year. MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said state aid is a major factor in deciding tuition. “(The tuition increase) is much less than we would have projected a year ago, and if the appropriation would have been better, it would have been less,” Simon said.

New separation The rise in tuition will bring a split rate between upper- and lower-level undergraduate students, resulting in a 1.9 percent growth for freshmen and sophomores and a 3.6 percent cost jump for juniors and seniors. Although the subgroups have been paying different amounts all along, it is the first time the rates have changed separately. Simon said the intention of the split was not to overwhelm older students, but to take some of the See TRUSTEES on page 2 X

Junior/ senior: your tuition will increase by approximately $16.50 per credit hour, an increase of 3.6 percent, for a total of:



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$5.3 million from the budget will go toward virtual and off-campus program growth, and $3.1 million will be used for medical college purposes.

Financial aid for the 2013-14 academic year will increase by 4.5 percent compared to last year.

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From left, Vice President for Communications and Brand Strategy Heather Swain, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer Mark Haas and education faculty liaison John Powell laugh after a joke made by a Council of Graduate Students representative on Friday in the MSU Administration Building board room. Trustees gathered in order to discuss budgeting, renovations and dealings with ASMSU.


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Framework funds went up by $3.7 million since last year. $2 million will be used for academic initiatives to encourage competitiveness among students.

The other operating funds include funding for a campus debt service.

Trustees estimate that utilities will increase by $2.1 million, or 4 percent, next year. $0.5 million will be used for new space requirements.

Money put toward on-campus supplies increased by 2 percent.


The vacant 35,000 squarefoot space of the former Barnes & Noble is making a comeback, and East Lansing Mayor Diane Goddeeris is thrilled. “The new office space will create news jobs for our region, bring additional people to our downtown and use that beautiful building in a way that we all wanted,” Goddeeris said. As Jackson National Life Insurance Company officially announced its occupancy of 333 E. Grand River Ave. last Tuesday, mixed reactions have spawned from East Lansing citizens and MSU students. East Lansing resident Doug Motley Diane was sad to see Barnes & Goddeeris, Mayor, East Noble close, Lansing however, he said he was happy to see someone with the caliber of Jackson National move into the building. “They’re keeping jobs in mid-Michigan,” Motley said. “The fact that they want to invest into East Lansing is fantastic; that will probably bring a lot of businesses into the area.” Although public officials and citizens are excited for Jackson National mov-

“ “The new office space will... use that beautiful building in a way that we all wanted.”

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Softball head coach Jacquie Joseph yells to support the team from the sidelines Saturday at Cooley Law School Stadium, 505 E. Michigan Ave., in Lansing, during Kick for the House.

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This week, thirsty beer lovers will have a new reason to raise their overflowing glasses. It’s time to celebrate Michigan beer with the second annual Lansing Beer Week that began Friday and concludes on June 29. Paul Starr, the co-creator of Lansing Beer Week, or LBW, said the week is essentially based around different events promoting Michigan beer at various locations throughout Lansing. “(They’re) fun, unique events to get people out and go to places they’ve never been before,” Starr said. LBW kicked off with Old Town Lansing’s annual Festival of the Moon on Friday evening. Economics senior Michelle Orlando said Festival of the Moon was her first beer festival and appreciated the overall vibe of the event in addition to the favorable weather. “It’s a nice way to kick off

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Faculty and staff salaries will increase by 1.5 percent, and student employee salaries will grow by 4 percent.

If you are a: Freshman/ sophomore: your tuition will increase by approximately $8 per credit hour, an increase of 1.9 percent, for a total of:

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Lansing residents Megan Crissey, left, Bernadette Faulkner, right, and Holt, Mich., resident Alex Dube, middle, enjoy the Festival of the Moon event on Friday at 226 E. Grand River Ave.

the summer,” Orlando said. Orlando also said she planned on checking out the events offered during the rest of LBW. Marc Wolbert, general manager at Midtown Beer Company, 402 Washington Square South, said Midtown Beer Company is hosting several LBW events. Tonight’s event, which will feature prominent women in the craft beer industry, is one that excites him and delves into a topic that is

close to his heart, Wolbert said “I’ve always been a proponent of destroying the stereotype that beer is for dudes,” Wolbert said. “I (would) hazard a guess to say that there are quite a few women who drink beer more than (people) think.” Wolbert also looks forward to a viewing party for the television show “Great American Brew See BEER on page 2 X

Former MSU players return for annual Kick for the House charity soccer game By Ariel Ellis THE STATE NEWS ■■

Former MSU football and basketball greats stepped out of their comfort zone and onto a soccer field on Saturday for the third annual Kick for the House charity event. The event, which was held

at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing, motivated former Spartans such as ex-New York Jets safety Eric Smith, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton, Detroit Lions cornerback Ross Weaver and former NBA basketball player Charlie Bell to put on their soccer gear in a battle for bragging rights and a great cause.

All match proceeds went to the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan — a charity Scott Dane, Capital Area Soccer League executive director and organizer of the event, said is a great community resource to have. “Mainly our effort is to just

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Police brief Stolen sculpture returned to police The Laura sculpture stolen on Thursday morning has been returned to the East Lansing Police Department, or ELPD, by individuals who located it in front of the Treehouse North Apartments in the 400 block of Evergreen Avenue, ELPD’s Scott Sexton said. According to a press release, the person who originally stole the statue has been identified. A cooperating witness in the investigation was able to help ELPD locate the sculpture. The witness told police the sculpture had been placed on the cement wall located in front of the Treehouse North Apartments, but when ELPD arrived on the scene, the sculpture was no longer there. The sculpture, which normally is located in the Children’s Sculpture Garden in downtown East Lansing, is a 30-inch bronze statue of a little girl holding a bird. The statue is valued at $50,000 and was donated in 2004 by Tomie Raines, Inc., according to ELPD Captain Jeff Murphy. It was believed that the person who took the sculpture from Evergreen Avenue did not know the sculpture’s worth or that it was stolen. The Children’s Sculpture Garden is located on the northeast corner of the Albert Avenue and M.A.C. Avenue intersection, and features many sculptures, an interactive fountain and gardens. HOLLY BARANOWSKI E N T E R TA I N M E N T B L O G

INSTAGRAM VIDEO THREATENS VINE The social media wars continue between Twitter and Facebook in the smart phone battlefield. Vine, which is owned by Twitter, has been gaining users at an increasingly rapid rate since it was released as an app. The free app offers users a chance to become directors of their own short six-second movies. Users can either film a straight six seconds, or they can utilize a stopmotion technique. The videos then loop until the user moves on to the next video. Now it appears that its quick growth has been cut by Facebook-owned Instagram’s newest update. The update allows its users to create videos using the same stopmotion technique but with a couple other differences. The video limit for Instagram is 15 seconds and users can choose from 13 filters to place on their videos. Instagram also added an image stabilization component. According to a report done by CNBC, Vine shares on Twitter dropped from a peak of 2.9 million daily shares on June 15 to 1.35 million shares a day after Instagram video was unveiled. At first, I thought Instagram’s update meant the death of Vine. However, despite the huge similarities, both have the capability of meaning something different for users. BY ANYA RATH READ THE REST ONLINE AT STATENEWS.COM.

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Staggered tuition increases, athletic facility upgrades approved by trustees

that will probably be contrary to most of my other board members, it is not because of the job that we do here ‌ it is because the state has not done their job.�

burden off younger students. “It’s a way of signaling and having an advantage for people making that high school to college transition, but also it simply is a technical adjustment to keep those rates more in balance and keep them in the same place over time,� Simon said. Despite receiving 1.2 percent more in state aid for the 2013-14 academic year, Simon said MSU’s low level of out-of state students, ranking at about 20 percent of the student body, hasn’t done administration any favors. “We’re still very heavily in-state with students compared to some of our peers, and one of the ways they’re moderating tuition rates is by taking in more and more outof-state students,� she said. All but one trustee approved the tuition and budget changes. Trustee Diann Woodard said her objection was directed at lack of funding from state legislation, not at the rates themselves. “Every decision we make should be made around our children,� Woodard said. “Yet, in the Legislature, they forget the children. While I’m casting a vote

Down to the wire Although it was not listed on the agenda, trustees approved a new set of resolutions for the ongoing battle between administration and ASMSU, MSU’s undergraduate student government. The board agreed if ASMSU doesn’t move all funds to on-campus accounts by July 1, it will be left up to administration to find a new means of tax collection. ASMSU’s student tax for the summer has been collected and withheld by the university since May. After recruiting students to come to the meeting through its website Thursday night, several members of ASMSU stood in on the meeting — with ASMSU President Evan Martinak not in attendance. They were not permitted to speak on the issue, but Mike Mozina, ASMSU’s Vice President for Student Funding, addressed the board before the vote. “Although administration officials have assured us numerous times to the contrary, their actions only lead to the conclusion that MSU administration wants a captive student government,â€? Mozina said. “In five decades of ASMSU’s existence, never has a president tried to freeze general revenue funds. ‌ Unilaterally freezing





make sure that we raise awareness,� Dane said. “This is a great charity and great community resource, and we were glad to be able to raise a little bit of money for them.� The event was sponsored by Aire Serv and FanTape, which the two rival squads of former Spartans were named after. The game was a close one, as FanTape came away with a one-goal victory, 13-12. Former MSU basketball player Austin Thornton was the leading scorer in the game with seven goals. A fi rst-time player at the event, Stanton performed with a little less grace. “This is my first time playing soccer, period,� Stanton said. “I didn’t prepare; I went out there, and I looked like a fool for the first 15 minutes.� Stanton said he was just contacted for the event a few months ago and jumped at the opportunity to support a great cause in the Lansing area. “I try to do as much as I can when I’m back in town to help out a fellow Spartan and the surrounding community as well,� Stanton said.. Tim Bograkos, former MSU basketball player, said the only way he can prepare for such an unfamiliar sport is by preparing for his postgame recovery. “Take Advil,� Bograkos said. “I try to stay in decent shape because I enjoy working out, but there is really nothing I do that will prepare me for the soreness I’ll have after playing a full game of soccer except take Advil.� After playing in the Kick for the House charity games all three years, Bograkos said the event is one he’s always happy to be involved with. “It’s a great cause, and it does a beautiful thing by helping families with children who are sick,� Bograkos said.

Trail,� which profiles Michigan’s best breweries over the course of 13 episodes. On Wednesday, LBW participants have the opportunity to preview an episode featuring Schmohz Brewing Company and New Holland Brewing. “There are a lot of people in the Lansing area who haven’t had the opportunity to try breweries like Schmohz,� Wolbert said. “To be able to feature that at Lansing Beer Week is really cool. It’s all about the little guys.� Wolbert added the craft beer movement in Michigan has picked up speed within the last seven to 10 years. He said while there were roughly 60 breweries in Michigan five years ago, there currently are more than 120 in the state. Wolbert said the Great Lakes State’s success in brewing can be attributed to its location. “The major ingredient in beer is water,� Wolbert said. “And we have some of the best water (in) the nation. That makes it a very logical choice when you look at where to set up a brewery.� Wolbert projected that Michigan could almost be the top state for breweries per capita in five years. LBW will wrap up with the Lansing Beer Fest on June 29. Starr said the festival has been under work for the past five months and will showcase 12 Michigan breweries and more than 30 craft beers. Sarah Burgess, a Lansing resident who has attended Festival of the Moon for the past four years, said she wishes Lansing had more beer festivals. “It just brings everyone in Lansing together,� Burgess said. “It’s a cool thing other cities don’t have. This is the best state for beer, how can you not love it?�


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those funds is a violation of trust the students place in their university each time they pay their tuition bill.â€? As university leaders, Simon said she and the trustees must hold the student government liable for any financial issues they have. “We have a responsibility ‌ to assure that if there are audits — as there would be in any aspect of the university — that raise any questions about the financial integrity in how they use those dollars, it is our belief that the university has the responsibility to deal with it,â€? she said. After reaching out to Martinak to help several times with no reply, Trustee Brian Mosallam said he was disappointed in his course of action. “That wall’s going to continue to grow, and he’s made no outreach to me,â€? Mosallam said. “He’s made no attempt to sit down. If there is not communication, nothing will get resolved.â€? Preserving history Many new renovation projects were approved by the trustees, both to plan for and move on with construction. After years of waiting, plans to


New tenant of former Barnes & Noble building lacks excitement, could prove valuable FROM PAGE ONE

ing into downtown, some MSU students do not seem to be as thrilled. To English senior Elizabeth Shalda, Barnes & Noble was a welcomed change to the typical coffee shop; a nice place to go for a cup of coffee and look for books. “I don’t think that an insurance agency is going to build up our community or help students all that much, as far as

renovate Chittenden Hall, which has been vacant since the 1990s, will begin. MSU’s Council of Graduate Students, or COGS, plan to use the building as a centralized area for graduate students. Dionisia Quiroga, the Vice President for External Affairs for COGS, said it will cost around $6 million to renovate the building. “This space would serve as a kind of space for the neighborhood graduate students here at MSU and would allow for us to take this historically significant space and renew it and provide a visible symbol of the education and research that is going on at MSU as an aid to its institution,� Quiroga said. Additions to Spartan Stadium’s north end zone, including new locker rooms for visiting teams, a media center and recruiting facilities also were approved. Construction begins in July and will be completed in December 2015 at a cost of about $24.5 million, all of which will come from donations and stadium-generated revenue. A $6.5 million renovation to Munn Ice Arena’s ice plant and ventilation system set to begin in October also was approved.

growth and supporting (our) education,� Shalda said. Shalda pointed out despite Jackson National’s partnership with MSU, only a select number of students will benefit in the long run. She said she would have loved to have seen something “a little more practical than an insurance agency,� move into the building. Sarah Gallagher, an elementary education junior, is pleased the large space will no longer be vacant. However, she was hoping the new tenant was going to be someone not so privatized. “I was a little disappointed,� Gallagher said. “I was kind of hoping something more inclined for public access would move in, like a movie theater or an afterschool tutoring company.�

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Obama approval rating drops 17 PACE reacts ‘hot ‘n’ cold’ to residents’ sign points among people under 30 By Tyler Beck


With an approval rating hovering around 45 percent, President Barack Obama is facing tough questions from all sides, including those who’ve been some of the most resilient supporters: young adults.

In a CNN/ORC International survey, Obama’s approval rate dropped 17 points among young voters In a CNN/ORC International survey released June 17, the president’s approval ratings sunk eight points, including a 17-point decline in support from voters under the age of 30. These new figures represent Obama’s lowest marks over the course of his presidency, as he continues to grapple with the recent spying program undertaken by the National Security Agency, or NSA. Three weeks after it was revealed the NSA has been keeping watch on citizen’s internet activities without their knowledge, experts believe the issue has rubbed millennials the wrong way. “The NSA issues have defi nitely hit home with young voters,” said Joe DiSano, a partner at the Lansing-based Main Street Strategies political consulting fi rm. In an ever increasing digital world, DiSano said young voters have become increasingly concerned with government agencies keeping tabs on them. “The thought that the government has the ability to


snoop on citizens is terrifying,” he continued. W h i le DiSa no put s l ittle stock in the importance of approval ratings during nonvoting years, he believes the president loses leverage with lawmakers when there’s decreased support from the American people. Evan Feinberg, the president of Generation Opportunity, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group, said recent NSA leaks and the response from college-aged voters stands as a confi rmation of his group’s beliefs. “Young people are fed up with big government,” he said. Feinberg and Generation Oppor tunit y, which advocates for the economic interests of young adults, have been critical of the president’s handling of the NSA leak as well as the economy. He said he believes the younger generation has always had a libertarian streak and simply wants to be left alone. MSU students were divided when it came to evaluating Obama’s job performance. Chemistry sophomore Megan Chilcote said while she continues to support the president, there is work that remains undone. “He hasn’t been as strict on his policies, and he hasn’t fulfilled a lot of promises,” Chilcote said. Meanwhile Bobby Fox, an accounting senior, had a bone to pick with Obama’s handling of civil liberties. “He has gone back on his promises to end wiretapping and has actually increased the power of the government to spy on its citizens,” he said.


College is a time for growing up, new experiences and making memories. The tenants of 135 Burcham Drive are making the most of the opportunity with help from a celebrity pop star.

Adam Dimitry created an online petition combating PACE that already has more than 180 signatures A large sign with an image of celebrity singer Katy Perry used to sit on their front lawn, leaning against the building. However, the sign was taken down Friday afternoon after it was cited as too large and unsafe to the house and inhabitants of 135 Burcham Drive by the Parking and Code Enforcement, or PACE, Division of East Lansing. Adam Dimitry, a supply chain management senior and tenant of 135 Burcham Dr., has started a petition to keep the sign up. “I’d be sad if it was taken down,” said Torey Fifer, who graduated this past May with a degree in special education and lives down the street at 731 Burcham Apartments. “The sign is funny, I like Katy Perry.” Dimitry, whose petition already has racked up more than 180 signatures, said the sign was first put up in the fall, and was taken down for the winter. Dimitry and his roommates then put the sign back up several weeks ago, and were given notice



In observance of National Pollinator Week, MSU held the annual Bee Palooza at the Horticulture Gardens on Sunday. The venue was swarming with more than just bees, as children of all ages showed up with families to participate in the various events organized by the Department of Entomology. The stations included bumblebee demonstrations, bees and food, and pollinator garden design amongst others. Entomology professor Rufus Isaacs said the event was designed to create awareness through interactive activities. “This is our second annual Bee Palooza and we have graduate students and postdoctoral scientists and faculty members from the Department of Entomology doing an outreach event all about bees and pollination and how important these are to our lives,” Isaacs said. “This is National Pollinator Week, so we are doing this as a part of that event to make sure people are aware of this.”


Lansing resident Corinne Williams, 6, sticks her hand into a bee tent on Sunday during Bee Palooza at the MSU Horticulture Demonstration Gardens.

Julianna Wilson, MSU outreach specialist and organizer of the event, explained the common misconceptions about bees. She said bees are considered scarier than they are actually supposed to be. “Most bees are pretty docile and they don’t attack you,” she said. “Most people when they gotten stung and think it is a bee, most of the time it is a wasp that did it. They are social wasps

and they are also black and yellow but they are not hairy.” Bumblebee breeder at Koppert Biological Systems, Cedric Dawson, who held the bumblebee demonstration station at the event said they aim to acquaint people with pollination through this event. “We are here to educate on why they are such major pollinators and what they do for the environment,” Dawson said.


Civil engineering senior Kyle Jasina, left, and animal sciences freshman Tucker Gilliland move the Katy Perry sign on Friday at the 100 block of Burcham Drive.

“People will honk when they drive by and see the sign, especially on Saturdays of football games. The sign has become something that we identify with, and helps other people positively identify us.” Adam Dimitry, supply chain management senior

by East Lansing for having an illegal and unsafe sign. “We put it back up four or five weeks ago, and were given sign violation notice by PACE,” Dimitry said. “I called PACE and they said the sign was too large, was a fire hazard, was blocking windows and wasn’t secured to the ground.” Dimitry then started a petition challenging the prohibited sign violation, stating the sign is 90 square feet and within the sign size limit of 120 square feet, is not made of flammable material,

is not blocking any windows and is secured to the ground. David Olson, president of Community Resource Management Company, or CRMC, the corporation that owns the property, said he was a fan of the sign, but didn’t believe the two sides were communicating efficiently. “My goal is to be involved — I like to be transparent, direct and listen before I form opinions,” Olson said. “I would encourage both parties to get together so they can communi-

cate directly.” Olson indicated that he talks to the city officials regularly, and CRMC has a great reputation with East Lansing. “They are reasonable people, and (PACE supervisor) Eldon Evans seemed genuinely interested in sitting down and talking this out,” Olson said. “However I don’t really have a dog in the fight — the tenants are the ones who would get the ticket.” Dimitry said he is hopeful he will be given the opportunity to sit down and talk to Evans sometime this week, and be able to put the sign back up. “People will honk when they drive by and see the sign, especially on Saturdays of football games,” Dimitry said. “The sign has become something that we identify with, and helps other people positively identify us.”


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hile most students envision MSU official meetings as uneventful — affairs only attended by university bigwigs and media representatives — the June 21 MSU Board of Trustees meeting was chock-full of important legislation that will impact East Lansing residents. The first noteworthy piece comes with the passage of tuition hikes, which will take effect during the 2013-14 academic year. Freshmen and sophomores should consider themselves lucky, as they only

will be facing an $8 per credit hour increase, less than half of what juniors and seniors will be facing, as they brace for a $16.50 per credit increase. But in a world where more and more students each year are embarking toward Spartan country, the simple dynamic of supply and demand has taken over. And really, when it comes down to it, this increase comes as another drop in the bucket for those students who have paid thousands in tuition already. The other major piece passed by the board amounts to a $24.5 million renovation plan for Spartan Stadium and Munn Ice Arena. These upgrades will include renovations to player locker rooms, which MSU president Lou Anna K. Simon described as being, “almost uninhabitable.” Although many will be quick to jump to the assumption that the newly raised funds from tuition hikes are going toward the renovation, it’s important to note the general funds raised from tuition will not go toward these renovations. Some might argue MSU simply is getting into a keeping up with the Jones’-esque scenario with other Big Ten universities, as the football program bares the weight of the athlet-

ics department. Without the countless bobbleheads, T-shirts and seat covers, many other lessattended sports might face economic constraints. And several changes, including the addition of a media room, come as welcome changes to the aging Spartan Stadium. Just as Dantonio brings about improvements on the field, the university seeks to help bring recruits and seat fans to watch them do well. While not technically on the agenda, discussions of ASMSU took up a considerable amount of time during the meeting. As ASMSU members and loyalists sought to demonstrate their support by wearing T-shirts and crowding the chamber, representatives from MSU’s student government faced stiff reprimands from trustees, after interrupting members during proceedings. ASMSU has had a rough last few months, with cancelled concerts, under-attended carni-

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vals and most recently having funds pulled by the university over issues with keeping funds off campus. Michael Mozina, ASMSU’s vice president for student funding, stood before the board and opined how the loss of MSU’s student government voice negatively would impact the lives of students across campus. However, board members were quick to point out ASMSU President Evan Martinak was not in attendance, and had failed to meet with trustees in advance to discuss the problems. In these last desperate days before ASMSU’s deadline to move the remainder of their funds back onto campus, images of desperate animals with their backs against the walls come to mind. With allcaps messages on their website and T-shirt-clad supports, one must wonder if ASMSU will collapse all under the guise of keeping to their principles.



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you blank on the fi rst 10 questions of your fi nal. Schedule your week, make time for studying and “other festivities” but just remember you get out what you put in. If you want to pass that chemistry or biology class you failed last fall, put in the hours to ensure you will pass.

3. Prioritize class: Just like any other semester at If you’re taking classes in the Michigan State University, you second summer session, be precan identify yourself as either one pared. July and August typically of the two types of students. are the worst times to take classStudent A: a student who goes es because it’s fi nally nice out. Do to every lecture, takes very good not let the weather, the notes and has a 4.0 on beach and the summer every assignment; or GUEST COLUMNIST festivities get the betStudent B: A student ter of your academic whose daydreams were affairs. Get a planner, the only thing keepwrite due dates in your ing them up during syllabus and do your class, their notes conassignments before you sist of more drawings go have fun. The soonthan words and they er you do your assignwaited an hour before ments, the sooner you every assignment was CHRISTIAN SUERO can enjoy the sun. due because they estly could care less. 4. New job Although the fi rst or internship: summer session is ending, the secArriving 15 minutes before ond one is right around the coryour shift means you are on time, ner. Going to a study abroad, takarriving on time means you are ing more classes, a new internlate, and if you are late, it’s not ship or whatever the case might a good look. Impress your boss be, it’s a new start. This new with punctuality, be positive, start brings in new goals and new and most importantly, follow the desires that hopefully will benerule to take things seriously. fit the individual in the long run. Personally, I’m ready for this Think about this as, “When session of summer classes to end one door closes, another door so I can again tell myself “I AM opens.” You can control the outGOING TO 4.0 EVERYTHING!” comes of situations in your life. during the second summer sesYes, fi nals suck. And yes, I’d rathsion. However the golden rule er study the bonds of my closstands true, “Actions speak loudest friendships rather than studyer than words.” So as session ing hydrogen bonds in chemistwo of summer comes near, set try. However you are almost done your goals, take steps to achieve — just a few short days of torthese goals, and most importantture en route to greener pastures. ly, set standards for yourself. No matter what you want your My best advice is as follows: grade to be, take the fi nal and fi nish strong. It’s also an impor1. Be productive: tant time for reflection on the Catching up on “Dexter,” rereadgoals of your collegiate career. ing Harry Potter or simply being Next session, what do you want a bum on the couch won’t realto improve on? How can you ly help you. Talk to your classbecome a stronger student? A mates, fi x your notes and study better person in general? a day or so before your exam. The memories you want to make, whether it’s on study abroad or at 2. Rest up: an internship or even taking more Pulling all-nighters or raging at classes, make them worthwhile. the bar might sound like fun until

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Not everyone in an unpaid internship has the help of their parents. Working two jobs and living cheaply is not that hard.

Yes, because obviously ASMSU does terrible things for the student body. NOT. All Spartans should be concerned, they will no longer have a voice on this campus. ASMSU has always acted in the students’ best interests, and the students will suffer without it.

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First female MSU trustee passes away Former MSU trustee Patricia Carrigan, who has had an influence on MSU since the early ‘70s, died Tuesday in Bay City, Mich. She was 84 years old. Carrigan was the first woman elected to the MSU Board of Trustees, as well as the first woman to become its chair. She graduated from MSU in 1950, and served on the board from 1971-1979. She also was known for her charity. In 1999, Carrigan provided a $1 million endowment to the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, creating the Pat


Carrigan Endowed Chair in Feline Health. The action later led to the establishment of the Center for Feline Health and WellBeing. She also gave a gift to the MSU College of Music, to start the Patricia M. Carrigan Woodwind Scholarship Fund. Possessing an extensive amount of cat art and memorabilia, she bequeathed it all to the MSU Museum, along with a $25,000 gift to store and transport the art and make space for exhibits outside the museum. Later this summer or early into the fall, there will be a memorial service in Carrigan’s honor. KATIE ABDILLA


MSU receives 2 out of 4 stars in teacher preparation ratings By Omar Thabet THE STATE NEWS ■■

The National Council on Teaching Quality, or NCTQ, released its ratings on teacher preparation programs for colleges across the U.S., last week, giving MSU two out of four stars in their undergraduate and secondary education programs. The ratings came as a surprise to MSU offi cials, after the graduate teacher preparation program has been ranked No. 1 in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report for 19-straight years. Don Heller, dean of the Department of Education, said the organization rated schools based on course syllabuses and textbooks, which he stated was the biggest problem. “It would be like judging a restaurant simply by just looking at the menu and having had no experience with the food (or) the service,” Heller said. The NCTQ’s four-star rating system is based on a set of 18 standards, including admissions standards, student teaching manuals and blueprints for training teachers. Elizabeth Gutowski, who graduated last May with a degree in teacher education, was named the 2012 Michigan Association of Teacher Edu-

“It would be like judging a restaurant simply by just looking at the menu and having no experience with the food (or) the service.”

cators, or MATE, Student Teacher/Intern of the Year. Gutowski pointed out this was the third consecutive year an MSU student won the Student Teacher/Intern of the Year award. Katie Kosko, who graduated in 2010 with a degree also in teacher education, won the MATE award in 2011, and the National Student Teacher of the Year award in 2012. Kosko also had suspicions toward the validity of the report, stating the student teaching program is more rigorous then others. “What is very unique is that MSU has one of the few programs in the state to require a full year of student teaching (after you graduate),” Kosko said.


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Scrapfest promotes art, recycling in Old Town By Michael Kransz THE STATE NEWS ■■

Give 12 teams two weeks and 500 pounds of scrap metal and they’ll give you works of art. Art sculptures were displayed, judged and sold in a live auction this weekend during the Fifth Annual Scrapfest Competition in Lansing’s Old Town. “It’s been surprising over the last five years how imaginative people can be, turning 500 pounds of scrap into functional art,” said David Such, board member on the Old Town Commercial Association, or OTCA. “The ingenuity level keeps going up.” Teams collected 500 pounds of scrap metal on June 1 and worked for two weeks, before being judged this Saturday, with the top three teams winning awards. Team Hamerd won first place, People’s Choice and $1,000 with “The Old Iron Tree,” with the second and third place teams winning $500 and $350. In an effort to generate more money and excitement, this year was the first with a live auction, Such said, raising more than $11,000. Teams received 40 percent of auction proceeds and the OTCA received the remainder. The OTCA plans on building a Robert Busby Memorial in Old Town’s Burchard Park with the money raised. Busby helped revitalization efforts in Old Town and was regarded as Old Town’s unoffi-


Lansing resident Joyce Bandy, right, looks at a pendant with her daughter and Lapeer, Mich., resident Sarah Ecker, at the Fifth Annual Old Town Scrapfest on Saturday.

cial mayor, Friedland Industries Manager Michael Bass said. Friedland Industries donated the scrap metal to each team, and Bass said Scrapfest represents a change in perception for both Old Town and recycling efforts. “It’s great seeing people hanging out in Old Town for a positive reason,” Bass said. “It’s really cool to see what else (scrap) can be turned into, especially art.” Such said energy, positivity and art surround the Scrapfest

atmosphere. “It’s all about community,” Such said. “People from all walks of life are here to look at art. This is art by the people, for the people.” Lansing resident Andrew Sandstedt competes in the event annually, and created a scrap rocket ship this year. “I’m not a sculptor by trade, but I enjoy public art,” Sandstedt said. “I love doing it. It’s a creative outlet that I look forward to.” Sandstedt worked with his four

sons on the project, who, along with a friend’s airstream trailer, acted as inspiration for the sculpture. “I wanted it to feel like the boys could go into the garage and make their own rocket ship,” he said.

composite of the suspect a few weeks ago and now believe the suspect might have a tattoo on his left arm or shoulder. He was last seen on Abbot Road just north of Saginaw Street. He likely is involved in three sexual attacks that have taken place in East Lansing. The incident that took place on May 16 involved the suspect dragging the victim behind a dumpster where

he physically and sexually assaulted her. Two similar attacks took place that ELPD believes the same man is responsible for. The first of which took place on Coolidge Road, just south of Lake Lansing Road, around midnight on April 20. The suspect again dragged the victim to a secluded area where he physically and sexually assaulted her. The other incident

took place on April 26, at approximately 3 a.m. on the 300 block of Charles Street. Here, the suspect physically assaulted the victim and attempted to sexually assault her. “We get tips, and we try to eliminate them,” Murphy said. “We haven’t developed any concrete suspects, but we still haven’t run out of places to look or information.”

More online … To see a video about the Scrapfest competition, visit

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POLICE STILL LOOKING FOR ASSAULT SUSPECT The East Lansing Police Department, or ELPD, still are searching for the suspect involved in a string of sexual assaults that have taken place throughout the past few months. The last assault occurred on May 16 in the parking lot outside of Abbott Pointe Apartments, 204 E. Pointe Lane. “We still have several active tips that (we) are looking into,” ELPD Captain Jeff Murphy said. “They have been out every day still chasing down tips from a couple weeks ago.” The ELPD released a

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Local, national talent highlights 17th annual Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

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owntown East Lansing was fi lled with the sounds of saxophones, bass and vocals last weekend at the 17th annual Summer Solstice Jazz Festival. With help from the MSU College of Music and Wharton Center, the Summer Solstice has attracted highquality emerging international and local jazz artists to perform for the East Lansing community. Benjamin Hall, coordinator of the Summer Solstice, spoke about the festival’s growing popularity and the variety of artists who have performed during the years. “The Wharton Center and Rodney (Whitaker) kind of brought in some bigger-name talent,� Hall said. “We’ve had a lot of folks that have come in here that have played at our festival and have blown up huge.� Distinguished professor of jazz double bass and director of jazz studies at MSU College of Music Rodney Whitaker performed at the festival Saturday and spoke about the roots of jazz music. “The greatest thing you can do as a musician is play in front of a live audience,� Whitaker said. “You get to interact with the people — that’s the most fulfi lling thing as a musician.� Whitaker said jazz was born out of African American slavery — but ultimately is a culmination of music from all over the United States. “It’s our music — it belongs to us,� Whitaker said. “We look often to all these things that divide us — I think jazz is a thing that unifies us.� This year, the festival added the MSU Education Stage, offering high school musicians the opportunity to play onstage at a major festival — all while being surrounded by some


East Lansing resident Garrison Whitaker, far right, works on a painting of SpongeBob on Friday at the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in downtown East Lansing. Children’s activities such as painting and crafts were other events at the two-day festival.

of the most highly regarded jazz talent in the nation. Okemos residents Ron and Carol Mott have attended the Summer Solstice since it began 17 years ago and spoke about the addition of the education stage. “When those kids come here, it gives them experience, but the other thing it gives them is inspiration,� Ron said. According to Hall, the education aspect of the festival will nurture young music fans as well. “We attract jazz fans, but we are trying to make the next generation of jazz fans,� Hall said.

Shannon Barnett of Cyrille AimĂŠe and the Surreal Band performs with a trombone on Friday at the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival. The event featured various jazz musicians and drew performers both locally and nationally.

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