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MSU will rid on-campus buildings of analog cable

A tale of arrested development. Now the story of a student group that lost everything. And the efforts it will take back together. It’s ASMSU. ke to get it bac

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fter months of panic and negotiation, ASMSU, MSU’s undergraduate student government, has come to its final resolution — a decision to move all funds on campus, per the longawaited request of MSU.

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After an audit for the 2009-10 academic year, Maner Costerisan Certified Public Accountants sent a memo to ASMSU, identifying specific financial issues to address. The agency issued another audit the following academic year, sending another memo on Sept. 28, 2011.

When representatives gathered for an emergency General Assembly meeting Wednesday night, they all knew what they had to do. After a long-winded, escalating battle with the university, it was time to put it to rest. “I think it’s very clear the way that the university wants us to progress, and the way that we should progress,” said ASMSU Vice President for Student Funding Mike Mozina, addressing other members. “I hope it’s clear to everybody that the writing is on the wall.”

After the audit was finished, a memorandum was sent to ASMSU saying there were financial statements missing, including those for its Loan Program and an undisclosed purchase card.

“We’re not trying to make ASMSU a department of the university...” Mark Haas,

Vice President for Finance and Treasurer

After months of attempted negotiation, Haas contacted ASMSU President Evan Martinak, saying all taxes for the summer semester would be collected, but would be withheld from the student government until all funds were moved on-campus.

ASMSU missed its deadline, given by Haas, to move all funding into on-campus accounts.

More online… To see an interactive time line that chronicles ASMSU’s struggles, visit

Evan Martinak was re-elected as ASMSU’s President for the 201314 academic year.

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After the MSU Board of Trustees listed new resolutions for the issue, ASMSU held an emergency General Assembly meeting, where representatives voted 12-2 to move all funds to an on-campus location.

By Tyler Beck

Haas sent a memorandum to Martinak, stating that the student government had missed its deadline and that if all funds were not placed on campus by July 1, the end of MSU’s fiscal year, no further student taxes would be collected.


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The Fourth of July is synonymous with many things: barbecue, family gatherings and fireworks. But during the midst of the holiday’s festivities, it can be easy to forget about safety. In order to avoid any mishaps during this Fourth of July, there are a few things students and residents need to be cautious of. “The biggest problem (on the Fourth of July) is people not

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After spending $25,500, ASMSU received low attendance numbers for its spring carnival.

Longtime B/A Florist owner retires



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Laingsburg, Mich., resident Torrey Arksey, right, looks for fireworks with Bath Township, Mich., resident Pearl Sattler, left, on Saturday at Big Fireworks, 901 N. Larch St., in Lansing.

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It was announced via Twitter that ASMSU had cancelled its upcoming Ne-Yo concert, to be held at Breslin Center.


By Holly Baranowski

Technology continues to improve and evolve at an incredibly fast pace, driving changes all across the world — and MSU is no exception. MSU’s Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, or IPF, will be eliminating analog cable on campus starting Aug. 7 and will be more involved with interior design of buildings on campus beginning today. “The entire country moved to digital over the air,” IPF Assistant Director of Telecommunication Systems Anne Phillips said. “We had to respond.” Phillips is referring to the transition from analog broadcasting to digital broadcasting, which is something that has been federally mandated and has been in the process for several years. However, Phillips said the government was not the driving force behind the switch. “We had to move. The change was influenced by the government; however, it was mostly driven by technological advances,” Phillips said. Phillips said campus infrastructures and distribution originally was altered to handle both digital and analog signals and moved from a coaxial backbone to a fiber optic system, making the television distribution on campus more flexible. “We are able to support more channels and have a cleaner signal, as well as add an emergency banner to all channels,” Phillips said. “These changes were easier to implement over digital.” Phillips said Residential and Hospitality Services, or RHS,

being courteous to their neighbors,” East Lansing Police Department, or ELPD, Captain Jeff Murphy said. “Fireworks don’t have a place in a crowded residential neighborhood.” According to East Lansing city ordinances, fireworks are only legal to use the day before, the day of and the day after a nationally recognized holiday, Murphy said. When using fireworks, Murphy reminds residents to think about fire dangers and possible injuries, especially when there is alcohol involved.

“Even though a lot more fireworks are legal nowadays, they’re still dangerous,” Murphy said. “It’s always better to take them out of the neighborhood and use them in an open field. Then you’re going to guarantee you won’t have a problem.” MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor reminds people to never relight or pick up a firework that has been ignited and to always light fireworks one at a time. After the fireworks See FIREWORKS on page 2 X

Thirty-four years ago, Barbara Hollowick dreamed of having a business. “I was going to have a plant store and I had two little, tiny flower coolers,” Hollowick said. “Those flowers are what sold best and it went from there.” Hollowick retired on Saturday from her position as store owner of B/A Florist after decades of serving the East Lansing community’s floral needs. An MSU alumna, Hollowick started B/A Florist as a small store in Okemos in 1979. That store then graduated to a slightly larger, yet still tiny store, Hollowick said. Then in 1984, she found her perfect corner. This location, 1424 E. Grand River Ave, has been home to the flower shop for the past 28 years. Hollowick said despite the fact there was a better economy when she began her business, her corner on Grand River Avenue and Hagadorn Road has always been busy. “It’s been nice to be a part of other peoples’ lives and take part in various events that


East Lansing resident and owner of B/A Florist Barb Hollowick, right, hugs East Lansing resident Joan Martin Alam, a longtime friend and customer, on Friday at B/A Florist, 1424 E. Grand River Ave. Hollowick, after 34 years, is retiring from running the store, leaving it to her daughter Laurie.

have been important to other people,” Hollowick said. “Even just watching the fellas come in and buy a single rose and knowing they were having an important date.” Hollowick said she believes flowers are nature’s most beautiful sign of growth. “They’re wonderful,” Hollowick said. “They send emotions. The flower itself is pretty, but what they say is the most important part. They say different things for different people, but it’s a power-

ful message.” After Hollowick’s retirement, her daughter, Laurie Van Ark, who has been the store manager, will take on the ownership of the shop. Van Ark, also an MSU alumna, has worked at the flower store since it opened when she was in high school. She said through the years a “feel-good” environment has been built up by customer interaction. See FLORIST on page 2 X

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Police brief Three suspects arrested for robberies Three suspects have been arraigned and are awaiting trial for involvement in two bank robberies. The suspects, Todd Bradley White, Andrea Hath and Jessica Felix, were arrested on various felony charges, according to a press release. A fourth suspect has now been arrested in connection with the bank robberies as well. On June 26, 41-year-old Lansing resident Roderigious Antony Williams was taken into custody by the Michigan State Police fugitive team in Lansing. Bond has been set at $150,000, and his next appearance in court will be for his pretrial on July 9. The first armed robbery took place on May 24 at the Independent Bank in Williamstown Township. Meridian Township Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation began investigating the complaint immediately. The second incident took place at the Farmers State Bank in the Village of Stockbridge. This led to a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Meridian Township Police, Stockbridge Police, Ingham County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police. They then determined that both armed robberies were committed by the same individuals. HOLLY BARANOWSKI | SN A D M I N I S T R AT I O N B L O G


MSU’s announcement to discontinue analog cable is part of a long and lengthy process to switch from analog broadcasting to digital broadcasting. However, the process is bigger than just an “emergency banner� that can be put on all channels. Anne Phillips, MSU’s Infrastructure Planning and Facilities Assistant Director of Telecommunication Systems, said the transition has made MSU’s network more flexible and advanced. The flexibility shouldn’t be lost on just cable. MSU has shown initiatives in order to be more technologically advanced, ranging from the REAL classrooms (Rooms for Engaged and Active Learning) to the giant new scoreboards at Spartan Stadium, or even the expanded cable packages that students can purchase from Comcast in the dorms. For a generation so connected to and dependent on technology, MSU’s commitment to evolve and improve as technological advancements are being made can only be a good thing. If you are one of the students who will be affected by the change (if your television is older and only supports analog cable) don’t panic — converter boxes can be purchased at local retailers and even at university stores. TYLER BECK | SN


MSU’s student government gave in to university ultimatum, will move funds on campus FROM PAGE ONE

On April 23, ASMSU President Evan Martinak received a memorandum from Vice President for Finance and Treasurer Mark Haas and Senior Vice President of Student Affairs Denise Maybank, giving the student government a final deadline of July 1 to put all of its money in on-campus accounts or risk going forward without its collected student tax money permanently. With no other option in sight, representatives voted 12-2 to make the move. The battle was over. “When you’re handed an ultimatum, the room for negotiation is over,� Mozina said. “We had to evaluate what the action would be in the best interest of the student government, knowing that the negotiation wasn’t going to be there.� He said, she said ASMSU’s battle with university officials began as a financial question. Starting in 2010, Maner Costerisan Certified Public Accountants performed two audits — one for the 2009-10 fiscal year and another for 2010-11 — both of which uncovered issues with how the student government kept track of its funds.


Analog TV signals now gone from MSU residence halls, signals full transition to digital airwaves FROM PAGE ONE

is a major user of the campus cable network and would experience the most change, particularly in the residential halls and cafeterias. Kat Cooper, communications manager for RHS, indicated that few students would be affected by the switch. “Most of the students have purchased televisions since 2008, and those televisions are compatible

ASMSU and university officials attempted to negotiate with one another until this year, when ASMSU was asked to place all funds on campus by April 5. When the deadline passed, Haas sent the memorandum stating the organization’s summer $18 per student per semester tax would be withheld. In the MSU Board of Trustees meeting on June 21, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said there were no signs of trouble before the audits. After performing similar audits for the Council of Graduate Students, or COGS, Simon said she and the trustees carry the same consideration for both organizations. “In the history (of ASMSU) ‌ this is the first extended period of time in which those audits have had these issues,â€? Simon said. “We were open to talk with (ASMSU) about it, as we are with COGS.â€? But ASMSU representative Mitch Treadwell said this has not been the case. With members fearing the loss of ASMSU’s autonomy, he said it only caused a meaningless exchange between both parties. “We have carried on this struggle, this belligerent charade, for far too long,â€? Treadwell said. “This charade to protect our autonomy has become devoid of meaning. We have to show that we want to represent the students, and yes, we want a measure of freedom from the university.â€? After reaching out to Martinak

with digital cable,� Cooper said. Alexa Randolph, a communication sophomore, said that the changes are a benefit to the MSU community. “I think the ability to broadcast an emergency banner on all channels is great,� said Randolph. “Especially for students who don’t watch local news or the weather much.� IPF also is adding more interior design responsibilities for nonresidential buildings, after RHS saw a couple of its interior designers move to IPF. “It makes sense to keep projects such as Brody (Complex) and Spartan Stadium tower that are affiliated with RHS within the department, and other projects go to IPF,� Cooper said. “It creates a more streamlined process.�

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“It’s amazing the good things that we get to share vicariously through all these people,� Van Ark said. “So many (people) come in and tell their stories. This is a place people come to feel good.� Van Ark never expected to see Hollowick retire from B/A Florist — which derives its name from Barbara Ann, Hollowick’s full name. “I honestly never thought I would live to see it,� Van Ark said. “My mother is not one to sit still. She’s an amazing woman who tends to downplay her achievements.�

in April, Trustee Brian Mosallam said he never got the chance to meet and negotiate with him, despite contacting him on several occasions. “I’m disappointed with the way Evan has handled things and responded to my offer, and I fully support the administration with what they decide to do,� Mosallam said. “If something’s going to get resolved, people need to sit down in a room and hash out their differences and come up with a reasonable compromise.� Into the future From the get-go, Haas has said he does not want to make ASMSU into a university department. In order to set an example for students, Haas said ASMSU must keep its own strength intact. “It’s important that we have a strong student government at MSU,� Haas said. “These are the people that will be leaders of industry and business and government in the future. By having a strong government, we have a training ground for people to learn the skills and have the experience.� Rather than keeping up the fight for off-campus funds, Martinak said ASMSU representatives made the best choice to keep the organization alive.


Tips for staying safe during a holiday known for explosives, parties FROM PAGE ONE

have completed their burning, douse them with plenty of water to prevent trash fire, McGlothian-Taylor said. “You can light them 10 to 50 times, but it could be that 51st time that something might go wrong,� McGlothian-Taylor said. “(The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) has indicated that there are about 200 injuries each day around the Fourth of July.� Vice President of Big Fireworks in Lansing, Sean Conn, said that oftentimes issues arise from sparklers, something most people wouldn’t connect to injuries. Sparklers reach a heat hot enough to melt some metals and most

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“The simple fact here is yes, we have been given an ultimatum,â€? he said in Wednesday’s meeting. “We’ll pick up the pieces later and decide the best course of action later after the fact.â€? Following Martinak’s meeting with Maybank and Haas on Friday, ASMSU has received its tax money for the summer semester. But despite the promises, Mozina said only time will tell how the relationship with the university fares going forward. “We don’t know where the chips will fall, but we can sure as heck speculate,â€? he said. “If this is solely about the privacy and security of funds, then there (are) some bonuses in that. But whether or not that security will then turn into control ‌ that’s where we see problems arise.â€? Instead of focusing solely on themselves and the organization, Mozina said ASMSU will build from the ground up, starting with the students. “You’ll see ASMSU a lot more prevalent around campus in a lot of issues that we haven’t been before,â€? he said. “If you start with what the students want and what the students need, you’ll find a way to make the organization better and stronger than it was before.â€?

often are given to children. Conn said sparklers actually make up about 20 percent of all firework injuries. “Those are very hot and if not supervised, those cause injury,� Conn said. “You are basically giving a small child a torch and telling them to run outside in the dark with it.� When it comes to aerial fireworks, Conn said people need to use them in areas that are not around dry grass or weeds and it should be at least 75-100 feet from larger fireworks. He suggested wearing safety goggles when lighting them off, not to wear loose clothing and to always keep a bucket of water or garden hose nearby. If people are considering bringing pets out near the fireworks, it’s easiest to determine whether a pet will be okay by their reaction to thunderstorms, Conn said. “Some pets don’t have a problem with noise but other pets are skittish,� Conn said.

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Betty Cheng, an MSU professor, has been an off-and-on customer of B/A Florist for the past 20 years. The flower shop has been her go-to business for anniversaries and other special occasions. “This whole business has been sort of a landmark for the East Lansing (and) MSU community,� Cheng said. “I’m hoping that she’s (only) in retirement in name and she’ll still be around to oversee things.� B/A Florist will be temporarily closed for July and will re-open at the beginning of August, just in time for the return of students. As for Hollowick she plans on spending more time on her crafts, such as quilting and painting. Hollowick said she will miss the store but plans on coming back frequently. “I’ve earned it,� Hollowick said. “I’ve earned time to go play.�


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New bill could enable schools to start before Labor Day holiday By RJ Wolcott THE STATE NEWS ■■


One-mile runner Tommy Foloey, 8, middle, takes an early lead during the ninth annual Max’s Race 5K on Saturday outside the Auditorium.

Max’s Race raises money for hurting families By Michael Kransz THE STATE NEWS ■■

The ninth annual Max’s Race was held Saturday outside the MSU Auditorium for the benefi t of children and families dealing with illness. The 5k race collected an estimated $8,500 for the Maxwell C. Matthews Foundation, adding to the $121,500 already collected, according to Natalie Matthews. “It makes me feel empowered that there’s nothing we can’t do to help kids and families in Sparrow,” she said. Natalie Matthews and her husband, Jim Matthews, created the foundation after the death of their 6-year-old son, Max Matthews, who died of complications from meningitis in March of 2005. The foundation’s mission is to create hope for kids and their families who, due to unfortunate situations and events, are in need of extra

“Going from something that traumatic and being able to continue and then have this many people out here in his memory; it’s hard to emotionally describe it.” Natalie Matthews, co-creator of Maxwell C. Matthews Foundation

medical, professional and emotional assistance. Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital gave Max Matthews six extra years, and they’re trying to give back, Natalie Matthews said. “Going from something that traumatic and being able to continue and then have this many people out here in his memory: it’s hard to emotionally describe it,” Natalie Matthews said of the race. “When you run, you’re digging deep inside yourself, and we’re hoping Max’s memory keeps them going.” Max’s Race featured a 5K race for all ages, a youth mile run and a children’s 100-yard

dash. This was the first year for the dash, Jim Matthews said. “They’re so grateful and happy and having a good time,” he added. Jim Matthews said the organization changed the course, stating the prior route “fell out of whack” with all the construction, but they adapted. With an estimated 500 people attending the race, Natalie Matthews said the turnout was very good and up from last year, but not the biggest. Lansing Community College student Joe Marrah won fi rst place at Max’s Race. He runs for his school and participated in the race to judge his performance before the upcoming

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season. “It’s a lot of fun,” Marrah said. “I love having the atmosphere of people around me. You can’t prepare for a race the day before; it takes months.” L i ke M a r r a h’s r u n n i ng advice, the event also took more than a day’s planning. “Leading up to it is really stressful, but looking over it, knowing it’s done and nobody’s hurt is worth it,” Natalie Matthews said. She also said about 70 of her 100 volunteers have helped put the race together since its beginning. “It’s about good positive energy in the community, not just the money to Sparrow,” she said. “I’m going to do it until I die.”

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Each year, the wane of lazy summer days and the sight of parents dragging their uncooperative children through supermarket aisleways in search of school supplies signals the imminent return of school, much to the chagrin of students. Families and teachers currently have one last summer escape, as school districts are forbidden from starting before Labor Day weekend under Michigan law. Howe ve r, law m a ke r s are taking a look at allowing school districts, not state law, to decide when to move students back into the classroom. State Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, proposed House Bill 4844 before the Michigan House of Representatives, which would put school districts back in the driver’s seat. “The current law restricts schools’ ability to start educating students,” he said. Schor said many school administrators and board members are behind his plan, saying they would prefer to decide when school starts, rather than having to wait until after the holiday weekend. The current law came into existence several years ago at the insistence of the tourism industry, according to Schor. David Lorenz, an industry relations and international marketing manager with Pure Michigan, emphasized tourism opportunities throughout the state. “Because Michigan is such a festival-friendly state, those holiday weekends allow families to travel,

either during the start or wrapup of the summer,” he said. However, Lorenz was quick to clarify the importance of tourism for funding numerous state programs including road repairs and schools.

If passed, a new piece of legislation introduced by State Rep. Andy Schor would give school districts the opportunity to determine when their school year begins, instead of following a state-mandated post Labor Day start “Anything we do to discourage people from traveling that last weekend of the summer is bad for the state,” he said. Although Schor’s bill allows districts to start their school years before Labor Day, the new law would mandate districts to take Labor Day as well as the proceeding Friday off. Despite the bill being referred to the committee on tourism, which Schor said was discouraging, his ultimate goal is to have year-round schooling, although he added current fi nancial woes limit this possibility. Dan Eschtruth, a 1999 MSU graduate, thinks Michigan legislators should worry more about educating children than banking tourism bucks. When he was in school, Eschtruth remembered always returning to school before Labor Day, adding that while Michigan’s current bill helps raise money, it might not be the best policy. “The only thing that really bothers me is it’s more about tourism dollars than providing education,” he concluded.



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ast Wednesday, MSU’s undergraduate student government, ASMSU, voted 12-2 to move all of its funds into an on-campus account at an emergency meeting. The vote ended a two-month stalemate between ASMSU and MSU, who notified ASMSU if it did not move all of its funds into an oncampus account by today, it would not be able to collect student taxes for future semesters. While the decision took nearly two months

to fi nally make, it only was a matter of time before ASMSU moved its funds. The decision was inevitable as the student government backed itself into a corner with questionable finances/ bookkeeping. This past spring semester, ASMSU notably wasted student tax funds on a cancelled Ne-Yo concert and an illattended carnival. All in all, ASMSU acted like a real government: irresponsibly and ineffi ciently. The group had to realize its past actions were not going to go unnoticed and unregarded. It needs guidance with the money, as it comes from every student’s pocket and should be spent wisely. What ASMSU needs now is guidance, which is something it’s never really had before. This is something that will come with MSU overseeing the money, so it can give advice on how to spend the student taxes wisely and rein in its management of funds.

“ This whole ordeal should be a wakeup call to ASMSU. It came within a week of death and made it to the other side.”

“Coming into college, I knew I wanted to be a journalist. I had known since eighth grade when I took my first journalism class and absolutely fell in love with investigating stories and talking to the people involved.” — R.J. Wolcott, State News reporter

Read the rest online at This whole ordeal shou ld be a wake-up call to ASMSU. It came within a week of death and made it to the other side. ASMSU needs to focus more on getting in touch with students and learning want they want, as it got away from that last semester and get the dents will learn about the services the govword out about the services it provides. ernment provides, such as free blue books and There is no point in having a student legal counsel, and know who provided all the government if the students don’t know help for them. ASMSU needs to move on from trying to get it exists. The student government does not exist its money back into an off-campus account. That without the students’ money. Instead of ship has sailed and MSU has ASMSU right where wasting their money on events they didn’t it wants it and is not going to let go of its hold care or even know about, a more person- on the undergraduate student government. If ASMSU is to do anything, it needs to prove able interaction with the people will give a better idea of how to spend money for what a resource it can be and answer the question students have, “Why should I not get my future events. And a campaign that gets the word refund?” Because if it can’t do that, then why out will benefit everybody, as the stu- bother existing?





Republican legislators. Some Michigan voters still complained about unfair citizenship and ID questions that could disenfranchise minority voters, according to the Detroit Free Press. Then there is the Texas Senate filibuster, in which Democrat Wendy Davis stood on her feet for nearly 12 hours arguing against a bill that would eliminate a majority of abortion clinics in the state. When the Republican majority finally stopped her, there was mass confusion about if the bill had passed at all. Again, the abortion debate is something that has spread across the nation recently and in Michigan last summer, when a few anti-abortion bills found their way to the LegWith the exception of a few major islature. The ensuing argument left court cases, trials or indictments, two female representatives banned almost all the biggest stories last from speaking on the House floor and brought a slew of proweek were politicalGUEST COLUMNIST testors from both sides ly based, and everyof the arguments out to thing that happened the Capitol steps. undoubtedly will have In the second major implications in both Supreme Court decicongressional prosion of the week, the cedure and people’s court handed down everyday lives. another landmark And yet, somehow, case moving marpeople say politics are riage equality efforts boring. RACHEL JACKSON forward by declaring Often, many of my the Defense of Marfriends are ignorant of riage Act unconstitucurrent events, especially if they are based in politics, tional and overturning California’s telling me they don’t understand the Proposition 8 gay marriage ban. It was a victory for gay marriage complexities of the political process, advocates — one that already has ripso it must be dull and dry. pled across the states. Right here in It baffles me. When civic engagement and vot- the Mitten State, House Democrats ing are so lauded, but political knowl- already have introduced a package edge and awareness are so often not, of bills, coinciding with the Supreme it worries me that so many people Court’s timing, to amend Michigan’s will go blindly to the polls and vote constitution to allow gay marriage. on a contentious issue without fol- Just days after that, a federal judge in lowing its progression the rest of Michigan denied the state the ability to refuse employee benefits to samethe year. Remember when many people sex couples, another small win for changed their Facebook profile pho- marriage equality. In the middle of all that, journaltos to red equal signs in March to show support for marriage equal- ists were plane-hopping all over the ity? I saw a handful of my own world to try and intercept Nationfriends do the same but not under- al Security Agency document leakstand the timing and significance, er Edward Snowden, who was hidthat the whole campaign coincided ing out in Moscow the whole time. with the Supreme Court’s oral argu- And while that might seem too disments. They were oblivious to what tant to make a feasible connection was happening until it suddenly was to, remember the scope of the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program — even right under their noses. I acknowledge it’s easy to hear if most American citizens aren’t necabout any of last week’s events and essarily targeted, it still raises importhink, “Well, I’m not a minority vot- tant legal questions of privacy verer,” or “But I don’t live in Texas,” and sus security. Media and pundits already have brush off the relevance of the situations.But once a political story takes begun speculating on the 2016 presidential race, and the many 2014 roots, it’s easy to find patterns. Look at the Supreme Court’s deci- gubernatorial races are sure to see sion to nullify a portion of the 1965 their own gossip soon. But for too Voting Rights Act. Section 4 required many voters, no news matters until several states, mostly Southern with the month before the election, by a history of racial discrimination, to which time it might be too late. It’s so easy to blow off a political obtain federal approval before changing any election laws, but now, unless issue, to call it boring, confusing or Congress acts to remedy the situa- irrelevant when it affects a completely tion, those states could change their different group than you. But it might soon become your problem, too. And voting laws without oversight. It’s an interesting time for such a then being able to recognize its implidecision to come from the Supreme cations for everyone is essential. To end with a quote from my favorCourt, when many states have been re-examining their voter identifica- ite American writer, Mark Twain, tion laws in recent years. Michigan “Each man must for himself alone saw a similar battle just last sum- decide what is right and what is mer, when Republican Gov. Rick Sny- wrong, which course is patriotic and der vetoed laws to broaden photo ID which isn’t. You cannot shirk this and requirements — a surprise to some be a man.” ast week was a whirlwind for political news. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Voting Rights Act. Later that same day, a female Texas senator made headlines with a nearly 12-hour filibuster against abortion restrictions. And just a few hours after that, the Supreme Court returned to the spotlight with some opinions that were certainly at least small victories for gay marriage advocates. And all of that happened before noon on Wednesday.


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“ASMSU votes to move funds to on-campus accounts at emergency meeting” “A gun to your window”? Wow, Martinak. Way to go overboard on your analogy. ASMSU is pathetic. They never once stated their case clearly. I’m sure SNews would have given Martinak a space to publish an op-ed on WHY it is bad to transfer the money on campus and EXACTLY which services would be lost and HOW. Instead ASMSUers just gave petty, nonsubstantive quotes about the university being bullies. It seems to me moving accounts on campus will make it harder for fraud and embezzlement.

It was either comply or forced to be dissolved due to insufficient funds. ASMSU is here for the students and by moving the funds we ensure that we will be here in the Fall for current and future students. No one “failed” it will just be interesting to see if the moving of these funds will affect the services ASMSU provides such as I-clicker semester rentals or legal services. Only time will tell. Maybe ASMSU was over reacting or maybe the University is bullying.

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MSU instructor, students send STUDENT BRIDGE CLUB GETS 2ND LIFE weather balloon into space By Soundarya Lakshmi

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MSU instructor Troy Hale teamed up with MSU students to launch a weather balloon containing high defi nition, or HD, cameras and a global positioning system, or GPS, unit into space this weekend. The weather balloon was launched at 10:40 a.m. on Sunday, and the whole flight lasted close to 3 hours. The balloon flew about 150 miles eastward and got up to 105,000 feet in the air. Hale said this test balloon launch surpassed everything he ever imagined. “Last November, in our fi rst ever launch, the balloon just traveled 92 miles and an estimate altitude of 60,000 and 80,000 feet,� Hale said. “The experience we have gained as a whole team from the first and second launches can be visually seen with the results between the two.� I nterMet Sy stem s, 385 4 Broadmoor Ave., in Grand Rapids, Mich., was the location where the balloon took off. Hale said the weather balloon eventually landed somewhere around Holland, Mich. After the balloon landed in Lake Erie in the previous test, Hale decided to move the location of the launch farther west. William Jones, employee of InterMet Systems, said his company donated their time, experiences and their technological


“We learned a lot of information from the first time we launched the balloon, but this time around was a complete success�

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Demonstration Hall normally is filled with MSU marching band members, intramural athletes and ROTC students, but this weekend it saw more than 100 Michiganians challenge themselves in the strategic game of bridge. “Bridge is the top of the mind card game(s),� MSU Student Bridge Club Adviser Eugene Kales said. “It is the chess of (card) games.� The Capital City Sectional Bridge Club Tournament was held at the Demonstration Hall and the Bridge Center of Greater Lansing this weekend, with the three-day event kicking off on Friday.

Erik Tobeler, media and information senior

skills to help this launch get off and return to the ground. Media a nd i n for mat ion seniors Erik Tobeler and Kirk Mason said Hale came to them both about filming a documentary on the weather balloon launch. “We are going to keep that footage and eventually put it in the Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing so that kids can ‘ride’ the balloon up to 100,000 feet,� Mason said. “It’s going to be cool for kids to see this view that they normally wouldn’t have.� After the project was over, Tobeler said the fi nal results exceeded even his own expectations, citing the location of the fi rst launch being the difference in the results. “Seeing the weather balloon in one piece was the climax that we have all been building up to this whole time,� Tobeler said. “We learned a lot of information from the fi rst time we launched the balloon, but this time around was a complete success.�

The MSU Student Bridge Club has recently started back up after remaining inactive since the 1970s The event, which brought in a total of 104 bridge enthusiasts on Sunday, engulfed the players into the world of bidding and trumping. Participating in the tournament were members from the MSU Student Bridge Club, which Kales said was active in 1970s, but closed later due to inactivity. “Back in the late ‘70s, there was the MSU Student Bridge Club, and then students lost interest, so the club disappeared and I just started it up again in the past year,� said Kales, who is an MSU alumnus. Kales said the organization has a low number of players due to it recently starting



From second left, East Lansing resident Chuck Theis and DeWitt, Mich., resident Helen Van Amburg gather to share scores on Sunday at Demonstration Hall during a bridge tournament. Bloomfield Hills, Mich., resident Jonathan Fleischmann smiles as he plays bridge on Sunday at Demonstration Hall during a bridge tournament. The event was hosted by the American Contract Bridge League.

back up. Kalamazoo, Mich. resident Cherie Abbe, who has been playing bridge for 12 years, said the game gives her an opportunity to sharpen her brain. “I was looking for something to do that was competitive and challenged my mind,� Abbe said. “I come to the Lansing event every year and I absolutely look forward to the next years’ events.� Okemos resident Br ia n Schroeder, who got introduced to the game in high school expressed hope that the MSU Student Bridge Club would attract more players in the upcoming semesters. “(Demonstration Hall at MSU) seems like a really good place to have a bridge tournament,� Schroeder said. “MSU has started a bridge club, so hopefully more people will get involved in bridge.�

What are you doing for the Fourth of July? In case you missed it ‌

“I’m going up north with my family; we have a house on Lake Michigan. For the Fourth, I’ll be on the beach mainly. �

“I’m going to my cottage in Alpena, Mich. with family. I’ll be with like four of my cousins from State and we’ll probably drink.�

“I’m (going to go) camping and fishing with friends. I’ll probably just shoot off some fireworks (and) check out the beach. “

“I’m going up north to my buddy’s cottage; we’re going to Lake Michigan. We’ll probably golf and drink a couple beers.�

“For the Fourth of July, I’m going to go back home. In the day, we have a cookout, and then we hang out and watch the fireworks.�

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Key linebacker positions to open in 2014 season By Matthew Pizzo THE STATE NEWS ■■

For the past couple of seasons, MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has molded one of the best football defenses in the nation. However, with linebackers Max Bullough and Denicos Allen departing at the end of the 2013-14 season, the defense will see new faces in the middle in the following season. The new starting roles will need to be addressed after redshirt freshman linebacker Riley Bullough unexpectedly was moved to tailback during the spring. He is slated to remain at tailback going into the fall. This leaves many question marks as to who is going to backup and fi ll Bullough and Allen’s vacant positions in the 2014 season. With several redshirt linebackers on the team, head coach Mark Dantonio said in a media roundtable the position is one of depth, which allows flexibility heading into the season. “When you redshirt players, that means you have depth and experience in that particular position,” Dantonio said. “I don’t know if that will be the case this year with how things are shaking out.” Incoming freshman linebacker Jon Reschke from Brother Rice in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Shane Jones are potential candidates to back up Max Bullough and Allen. Dantonio said will be easi-

er to assess the players after summer workouts. The experience Reschke and Jones w ill gain under Bullough, Allen and Narduzzi could lead the incoming players to becoming key contributors. “We don’t like Mark to back up Dantonio, a s e n i o r MSU with a football head coach senior,” Dantonio said. “That means that Shane Jones or Jon Reschke is the backup. They get in the mix to be a part of this.” Max Bullough was a firstteam All-Big Ten selection by coaches in 2012 and was named a player to watch in the Big Ten in 2013 by Allen is going into h is t h i rd season sta r ting at Sam linebacker and has started 26 consecutive games. “(They) have the opportunity to play with two very, very good players — probably the best two linebackers in their respected states,” Dantonio said.

When you redshirt players, that means you have depth and experience in that position.”

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PAYNE MAKES USA MEN’S WORLD UNIVERSITY TEAM MSU senior center Adreian Payne made the final cut for the USA Basketball Men’s World University Games in Kazan, Russia on Saturday. Training camp, which began June 24, featured 26 of the best college Payne players in the nation and was narrowed down to the final 12-man roster Saturday. Payne joins Big Ten athletes Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey from Indiana and Aaron White from Iowa. According to USA Basketball, the team will depart for Russia on Monday and begin tournament play July 7 against United Arab Emirates. Payne earned secondteam All-Big Ten honors last season while leading MSU in rebounds (7.6 rpg) and was third on the team in scoring (10.5 ppg). With a 7-foot-1 wingspan, Payne is a key defensive presence for the squad, ranking third all-time at MSU in blocks with 113. The USA team will play against Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Sweden and United Arab Emirates in the preliminary round, according to USA Basketball. MATTHEW PIZZO | SN


Leslie, Mich., resident Chuck Vaughn, left, rides a bike with Okemos resident Mimi Burpee on Saturday on Albert Avenue during the East Lansing Modern Bike Tour. Nearly 25 people joined the two-hour bike tour that highlighted modern architecture around East Lansing.

Bike tour explores modern architecture in E.L. By Ariel Ellis THE STATE NEWS ■■

Residents from Greater Lansing pedaled their way through modernistic architecture of the 1940s and ‘50s with the East Lansing Modern Bicycle Tour on June 29. The tour was sponsored by Tri-County Bicycle Association (TCBA), the MSU Museum and the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council. The tour highlighted buildings like the East Lansing Public Library and residential homes built after World War II, which tour guide Adrianna Jordan said were influenced by modern architecture giants such as Mies van

der Rohe, Adolf Loos and Walter Gropius. “Modern architecture originated at the turn of the century as … a reaction to the overly ornate Victorian architecture,” Jordan said. “Most of the structures (seen during the tour) in East Lansing were built in the 1940s and 1950s at the height of the popularity of modern architecture.” The buildings explored during the tour were selected by MSU art history professor Susan Bandes and the students in her “Michigan Modern” course. Most of the buildings included very intriguing features that Ron Springer, longtime East Lansing resident and tour guide said were representative samples of the architecture of that time. “The modern movement, the

one we covered all throughout the tour, had vertical emphasis like what we saw at the library, the MEA (Michigan Education Association), the Michigan State Medical Society,” said Springer. “They feature a flat roof, expansive glass; those were all representative samples.” Gabriel Zawadzki, a Lansing resident and longtime bicyclist, said he has no background in architecture but his appreciation for the style and structure of modern buildings and interest in learning more about the city brought him out on the tour. “I’ve always loved the Frank Lloyd Wright style of buildings, which we’ve seen a lot of in the buildings on the tour,” said Zawadzki. “So this was something I really found interesting.”

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