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from abroad, but staying the summer Instead of going home, some international students have ample reason to stay By Meagan Beck THE STATE NEWS



n summer, campus is like a ghost town. Many students go off to internships, to study abroad or to home if it’s not close to campus. For international students, going home is not always ideal. Some see working and attending summer classes as beneficial, while others use the time to explore outside of Michigan. With the hefty price of a plane ticket home and the appeal of American life holding them back from traveling home, more international students are making the choice to stay on campus over summer vacation. A time to travel Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars Peter Briggs said international students choose to stay in the U.S. for a variety of reasons. Some students may use summer vacation as an opportunity to travel to tourist spots and larger cities in the United States. “There’s a lot of things you can do when you don’t have a chance as a student,” Briggs said. He added by taking summer vacation to travel, students who are not as confident with their English speaking have the chance Seasonal ability undergraduate enrollment China to improve it.

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MSUCAC help local community Marijuana petition eyes ballot By Katie Krall THE STATE NEWS nn

Recent alumni have the c ha nce to rel ive c a mpus memories with the start of MSU College Advising Corps’ month-long summer training. M SU C ol leg e A d v i s i n g Corps, or MSUCAC, is partnered with AmeriCorps and the National College Advising Corps to help low-income, first generation or underrepresented high school students move through the college enrollment process with the goal of accepting more high school students into higher educa-

tion. MSUCAC focuses on both urban and rural communities. Advisers have the opportunity to serve a high school or multiple high schools for two years after graduation from MSU. The program is open to any recent graduate of any major. Second-year adviser Lorrena Johnson serves two rural high schools in the Muskegon area. “I am a first generation college student. Education changed my whole entire life,” Johnson said. “I want to try to impact as many lives as possible — especially first generation, low-income students, because a lot of the time peo-

ple don’t tell you you can go to college, because your parents didn’t go.” Johnson said she went to a 98 percent African American high school with little to no diversity, but her first year at MSU allowed her to meet people from all over the world. She said her college experience opened her mind and changed her life. The chance to give other high school students the same opportunity is what made her join MSUCAC. “This is a program where we are going in as a recent college graduate, talking to See CORPS on page 2 u

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In November, registered voters in East Lansing can vote on decriminalizing recreational marijuana use within city limits if a circulating petition garners enough signatures. The petition would allow voters to decide on marijuana reform similar to what Lansing voters enacted last year, which allows for the use, possession or transfer of less than one ounce of marijuana on private property for those age 21 or older. But there is one difference

— the East Lansing measure additionally allows for those age 21 or older to transport less than one ounce of marijuana. In recent days a host of signature collectors have been hitting the city’s streets. Jeffrey Hank, an attorney and congressional hopeful spearheading the petition, said they’ve gathered nearly 1,400 signatures. Hank estimated the numbers are close to the required amount, but said they’ll continue collecting for the next few weeks. Hank is part of the Safer Michigan Coalition, which initiated petitions that success-

fully reformed marijuana laws in Jackson, Ferndale and Lansing in 2013. If the petition in East Lansing goes to a vote and passes, local police could still arrest people for possession under state and federal law, Hank said. But the reform would remove financial incentive for such arrests. “The police, if they want to, can still charge you with state law,” Hank said. “In Lansing and Jackson the police have respected the will of the people. You would hope you don’t have the local police actSee PETITION on page 2 u

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“You learn just as much on the streets and in the city as you do in the classroom,” Briggs said. Chinese graduate student Xuan Zi said if she has time this summer, she would like to travel to Chicago. “I prefer to stay here to experience more of American life,” Zi said. Instead of traveling the U.S., other students stay in Michigan either to take classes or because traveling home is too much of a financial burden, Briggs said. Financial difficulty When a f light home may

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be too expensive, staying in the U.S. to study or work is easier for some international students. The price of a round-trip flight from Lansing to Beijing can cost between $1,500 and $2,000. Sometimes, it costs even more. Even t hough stay ing in America may be easier, international students have to find a way to support themselves either by getting a job or taking out private loans from a bank. Zi sa id a not her rea son she decided to stay in Michigan over the summer was because she wanted to get an internship. Although she was unable to get an internship, she decided to continue working for MSU Culinary Services. “It helps me to improve my language and get better use of the lifestyle,” Zi said. The Office of Financial Aid does not provide assistance to international students. Many


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grants and scholarships are restricted to U.S. citizens with occasional exceptions made for students from Mexico or Canada. D o c tor a l s t ude nt Hong Lei said the process of coming back to the U.S. is another obstacle to face once in his home country of China. In China, Lei said he has to apply for a visa to return. The visa application process can be very long, taking about a month, and occasionally people are denied. “If you were to take a vacation within the U.S., there’s no issue of the visa … but if you want to take a vacation back to China and come back to the U.S., then the visa is an issue,” Lei said. To re-enter the U.S., students need a valid visa with a signature from the Office of International Students and a valid passport with a visa stamp. Lei said the visa costs about $100, but he stressed the big-

ballot in November. Although it would fall short of uprooting marijuana prohibition altogether, it would provide student marijuana smokers with greater peace of mind, Ream said. “Young people are the ones most often arrested, and (they) have the most to lose — their student loans, housing, professional licenses — they could lose their entire future,” Ream said. East Lansing council member Rut h Beier suppor ts marijuana reform, she said, because “marijuana is no worse a substance than alcohol” and prohibition “puts a lot of people on the wrong side of the law for no reason.” “Personally, I detest what marijuana does to some people, just like I detest what alcohol does to some people,” Beier said. “Some people get addicted, do it every day for 25 years and get stunted, but I don’t think that’s a good argument for criminalizing it. I think it’s a waste of money to try and enforce.” A ny enacted marijuana reform in East Lansing will not change MSU drug policies, which currently forbid the use of marijuana on university grounds.


gest issue with the visa is the time it takes to apply and be approved. Accelerating graduation Students also use the summer break time to further their studies. Some see it as an opportunity to take more classes in an attempt to graduate early or to work on research projects. Finance sophomore Hang Lian is from China and said she made the decision to stay on campus over the summer because she wants to try and graduate early. Lian also said many of her friends are still in the area, which is another reason she chose to spend her summer in Michigan. Marketing sophomore Kam Guo is from China and said he decided to stay in Michigan over the summer so he could take classes and enjoy the quieter campus. “All the people are going back so there’s more quiet and


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these students and making their dreams of going to college realistic,” Johnson said. Helping high school students navigate college enrollment is far from easy though. Second-year adviser Delorean Brown ser ves Osborn High School in Detroit and said the biggest challenge she faces is what students think they know about college access. She said she did a lot of assuming her first year and, as an adviser, assuming is not acceptable. “I have to go in with a different mindset,” Brown said. “I assumed that they knew how to do it. They actually did not know. They didn’t know how to fill out an application. They didn’t know you’re supposed to write an application in pen.” In addition to helping students who don’t understanding general protocol for fill-

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“All the people are going back so there’s more quiet and it feels nice and peaceful.” Kam Guo, marketing sophomore

it feels nice and peaceful,” Guo said. He added that he heard the summer weather in Michigan can be nice, which played a factor in his choice to stay and take summer courses. Lei said he does not have the chance to take a summer vacation because he works as a research assistant and taking time to go home also means a delay in completing his research project. “If we ask for like half a year of vacation, then that project probably will be stopped,” Lei said. Lei is working on his dissertation for his doctorate degree in electrical engineering and he said it is a continuous project which could take five to six years.

During the summer, Lei said he is able to devote more time to the project as opposed to during the fall and spring, when other schoolwork can get in the way.

ing out college applications, college advisers also have to face the negative mentality of some parents. Program coordinator Jenny O’Neal said some students don’t feel they are college material and their parents don’t think their children need to go to college at all. “That’s hard because you don’t want to tell people what they think or believe is wrong. But it’s necessary for us and for the state of Michigan and for this country to change (that) mindset because we know that our workforce needs to be highly trained and highly skilled,” O’Neal said. Advisers have yearly goals they try to reach. Of the graduating seniors in each high school MSUCAC works with, they look to get 80 percent of those students to complete financial aid applications. They hope to have 60 to 70 percent of high school seniors completing college applications and getting accepted. The group aims to have 100 percent meet with the adviser, at the very least.

“If we can just get our population to become educated, then society as a whole benefits,” O’Neal said. Summer adviser training consists of conferences and lectures with experts in every area of college enrollment. Advisers learn the ins and outs of applications, admissions and financial aid. They spend mid-July through midAugust back on campus, learning about public and private colleges, trade schools and certificate programs. The second-year advisers share successes and failures and everyone learns how to work collaboratively with the personnel in the high schools they will serve. “This is our future. We’re getting kids started on the rest of their lives. We’re impacting them so they can impact us in 10, 20 years,” Brown said. “I think it’s important for MSU to understand we’re reaching out to kids who didn’t think they had a chance and we’re giving them something that they never even thought could happen.”

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Two days before comparative cultures and politics junior Nate Strauss arrived on July 2 in Jerusalem for his month-long study abroad program, three Israeli teenagers’ bodies were reportedly found after they had been kidnapped earlier in June. Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly vowed a harsh response to Hamas, a Palestinian fundamentalist Islamic group the United States has labeled as terrorists and are believed to be responsible for the killings. Then the rocket fire began. As of Wednesday, Hamas had launched more than 1,100 rockets into Israel, according to The New York Times. It was then that MSU’s Office of Study Abroad officially decided to pull Strauss’ study abroad program because of ongoing safety concerns, although only one person in Israel has been reported killed by the rockets. But Strauss, undeterred by the potential threat, said media reports made the situation seem more dire than it was. Multiple media outlets have reported Jerusalem, where the students are staying, is out of the range of Hamas rockets. But as of press time, it appeared the conflict was escalating, based upon a number of news reports. Strauss, along with other students and faculty in his group, wanted to stay in Israel despite the threat of missile attacks. “I personally felt safe the whole time, even with the rocket fire, only because I know that Israel has this program called the Iron Dome,” Strauss said. “It’s a defense system, which shoots a counter-missile at an incoming rocket and blows it up in the sky.” Although no official date has been set for a returning flight, Strauss said MSU is doing all it can to get the study abroad group out of the area safely. Strauss said there were talks of hiring a private transportation team to get the group to

the nearest airport, 45 minutes away from Jerusalem. “But our professor, Marc Bernstein, was fighting for us and advocating that it looks bad in the media but it’s not as bad on the ground,” Strauss said. “He said it’s important for the Office of Study Abroad to make sure the decision they were going to make was based off what was happening on the ground and not online.” Director of the MSU Jewish Studies Program Ken Waltzer said while he opposed the decision to bring the students home, he is satisfied the group still will receive the best education they can under the circumstances. Waltzer said it is his responsibility to ensure the students obtain the eight credits they signed up for, whether it be through an online or in-person summer course on campus. “They (the students) are missing out on an additional two weeks in Israel,” he said. “(Other faculty members and I) thought the university was being overly cautious, the students were in Israel at Hebrew University at the Rothberg International School and it was very safe for them. All the security precautions were being taken and we made the case that they should stay.” MSU spokesman Jason Cody said as the unrest spread, MSU monitored the situation closely and kept close communication with on-site faculty. “Due to the escalating unrest, MSU has made the decision today (July 16) to abbreviate the current programs in Israel and bring our students and faculty home,” Cody said in an email. “All students will have the opportunity to complete the academic portion of the program after they return home.” Cody said there is not yet an estimated cost to the university of pulling the program from the area early, but he expects the students to be out in a few days. “Our overriding principle right now is the safety of our students, faculty and staff; not cost,” Cody said. Cody said the programs in Israel will continue once the unrest has subsided.


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Abrams Planetarium Director Shannon Schmoll poses for a portrait Wednesay at Abrams Planetarium. This year marks the planetarium's 50th anniversary.

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This weekend will be the last chance for Abrams Planetarium visitors to watch a stargazing show over the summer and their last chance to see them the same way they have been presented for the past 20 years. As a result of its 50th birthday celebration in February, the Abrams Planetarium will be receiving an upgrade. Its 20-yearold DigiStar 2 projection system will be replaced by a DigiStar 5, a two-projector system with clearer images creating a more accurate representation of the night sky. “This weekend is the last chance to see these classic planetarium shows,” Abrams Planetarium program director John French said. “Things will be going away and are going to be displayed differently — it’s their last chance to see it like this for forever.” To prepare for construction, Abrams Planetarium will finish off its summer shows on July 20, which is when it usually closes until the next school year. About two weeks will be spent remov-

ing the current technology before construction and the installation of the new projectors begins in August. Abrams Planetarium will resume its shows around the middle of September. Planetarium director Shannon Schmoll, the newest addition to the planetarium’s staff, said the upgrade has been a long time coming, adding that it’s harder to come by the technology to repair the current system. The new system will produce crisper, clearer images, and by using current data will be able to accurately present the surface of Mars and the color of the stars.

“(The DigiStar 5) has been in the works since before I was brought in,” Schmoll said. “We like to expand on the types of programming we offer and ... to offer different types of programming and more exhibits. … We’re hoping to expand our collaboration across campus.” Schmoll began working as the Abrams Planetarium director about seven weeks ago in June and previously received her degree from the University of Michigan. She said her first goals are setting the vision for the planetarium’s mission and meeting the needs of their various audiences, from East Lan-


sing residents to school field trips. Shane Horvatin, a staff member at the planetarium, said they are hoping to incorporate other university departments into the planetarium’s programs. The new system will make it easier to teach astronomy and new shows are already in the works for the fall debut. “When we open up next, we’re going to have all-new projectors to show off,” French said. “This is only the second time our star projector has been updated. ... We had the DigiStar 2 for 20 years, now we’ll use DigiStar 5. It just seemed like the right time.”



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verybody’s got to do their business — whether you’re male, female or something else (and yes, there are other options). Illinois State University recently made the decision to alter their family bathrooms to become gender-neutral bathrooms. The move is hailed by some as a step in a progressive direction that would allow those who don’t identify as male or female a comfortable place to use the bathroom. Others criticize the decision as a politically correct cry for publicity by the university. Both of these viewpoints may have some truth

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to them. Providing a safe environment for those who don’t want to use the men’s or women’s restrooms is a great idea. But to be clear, nothing about the function of the bathroom changes with the name swap. Anybody can use a family bathroom; anybody can use a gender-neutral bathroom. The only thing that physically changes is the sign, something that Fox News was quick to point out when they asked people on the street if the sign was confusing — the general consensus was that it was not. But the political statement that Illinois State University is making by rebranding “family” to “gender-neutral” goes beyond the physical aspects of the space. By making the change, the students at Illinois State that don’t define themselves as strictly male or female will have a place to comfortably do their business. The bathroom is no longer just a place for “families.” Gender is different from sex. Sex is the human parts you’re born with, the physical aspect of your sexuality, whereas gender is your personal feelings and preferences. It is not a black-and-white situation — or rather pink-and-blue, in the case of restrooms. Here at MSU, many buildings don’t have family restrooms, let alone gender-neutral ones. In many places there are only men’s and women’s, which

— Casey Holland, State News reporter could make some students uncomfortable if they don’t identify as either. In Read the rest online at residence halls that don’t offer community bathrooms, the main floors only have two bathrooms, and this is the case for many non-residential campus buildings. MSU needs to address this issue. There has undoubtedly been a Spartan who has been made uncomfortable due to the lack of a proper place to relieve themselves. As a university who no matter what the designation on the door is so prides itself on diversity, that offers gender-neutral long as it’s inclusive. housing options, LGBT clubs and awareness proIn buildings that only have two restrooms, howgrams, the least it could do is put in bathrooms — ever, it would cost the university a pretty penny family or all-gender — so that every Spartan can to install a third, so the likelihood of this happensay they feel at home here. ing is pretty slim. The bathrooms themselves don’t necessarily MSU has recently done many reconstruction need to be called “all-gender” or “gender-neutral” projects across campus, from Akers to Brody. in order to provide students who fall in the middle Hindsight is 20/20 of course, but MSU should have of the gender spectrum a place to use the restroom included new restrooms in some of those renovawithout sidelong glances, stares or confrontations. tions. The university should decide to continue While MSU could continue their progressive track investing in a progressive path, despite the cost, record and declare any potential new bathrooms because inclusiveness and accessibility, is a vital all-gender, the same purpose would still be served tenant of MSU’s land grant.

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ast Tuesday, our university lost a great scholar and mentor. On July 8, George Peters died of pancreatic cancer, less than two months after retiring as a professor at Michigan State University. But you probably didn’t know he had cancer, even if you had him as a teacher. According to the Hirschberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, almost three-quarters of pancreatic cancer patients die within a year of diagnosis. Professor Peters spent that year teaching and writing his third book on Heinrich Heine, the German philosopher. Then he survived another year and spent that one teaching and writing, too. I had the pleasure of taking two German courses with Professor Peters, including the last one he ever taught, and I experienced the shock and sadness of reading his obituary on a computer screen. Professor Peters hid his disease from our class. When he was losing his hair, he wore a hat. I suspected he had cancer from the hair loss, but at the time I thought I was being paranoid for hav-

ing cancer on my mind because my mom died of uterine cancer in April. I never told Professor Peters about my mom — I just kept turning in work and missing a class here and there. In hindsight, I think Professor Peters and my mom played the same game — cover up the disease before it covers you. Then, continue to be yourself. Continue to give what you can. My mom cut her t-shirts to fit over the bandages she put on her tumors, which appeared on the outside of her skin. I helped with a bandage once, when my mom asked me out of quiet desperation. And even then, she still managed to hide the worst of those wounds from me. My mom didn’t let cancer take away her role as a parent. She still did laundry, played Bananagrams with me over deep conversations and a kale smoothie, went for walks with friends and bought groceries for the family. She would find ways to work out in the winter, like walking at the mall and doing sets of stairs. Professor Peters didn’t let cancer take away his role as an educator. He turned his final German course into a hybrid so most of the work was online, but we still met every Monday in Wells Hall to review work and take exams. I remember only one instance the entire semester in which he cancelled class for vague and “mild” health reasons. My mom and Professor Peters hid their wounds and continued to give their gifts to the community as they fought their battles. But for those left behind, the effects of cancer don’t wear off after death.

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The disease continues to induce a secondhand suffering. The world has lost two great people, but the disease has not died with them. The effects of secondhand cancer linger in the hearts of their loved ones. One moment, I can be shampooing my hair and the next, I’m grasping the shower walls as my body goes into panic-mode. I can’t breathe, I can only cry. My dad watched a full Billy Joel concert on TV, because my mom loved Billy Joel music. My sister wears a gold cross my mom never took off for more than forty years — now she never takes it off. My grand-

ma has coffee with my mom’s picture every morning as she prays for my mom to call her. I can only imagine the ashy sadness that fills the hearts and minds of Professor Peter’s loved ones, and the hearts of those that have suffered similar losses. I know what my mom would want in so many situations. We had deep conversations in which she gave me a lifetime of loving advice. In the two German classes I had with him, Professor Peters only showed our class patience and compassion. Cancer will always gnaw at those it leaves behind. Yet despite the loss

and heartbreak of losing a mother, and despite the shock of losing a professor, I’ve learned over time to power through the sadness and apply to my life everything they taught me before the cancer took them. We take the lessons of cancer’s victims, and we keep them in our souls. We practice George Peter’s compassion and Kristin Brender’s relentlessness. We continue to work towards the greater good in our roles as mentors and friends. And because of that, the cancer won’t kill us. Melanie Brender is a communications and social relations and policy senior. Reach her at


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With unseasonably cold temperatures expected to subside this weekend, East Lansing and the surrounding area will have multiple events aimed at taking advantage of the summer sun and entertaining residents.

Thursday Moonlight Film Festival

Revolution at Tavern

This free, outdoor film screening will take over Valley Court Park, located at 280 Valley Court in downtown Lansing, for the second time this summer to show “Patch Adams,” a PG-13 rated comedy. The movie begins at 9:30 p.m., but there will be live music beginning an hour prior. The City of East Lansing advises visitors to bring their own lawn chair or blanket.

Tavern on the Square in Lansing will welcome a set of electronic music featuring DJ Garnish and DJ Skullfetish from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. This event is for persons age 21 and up.

Rally in the Alley Open Mic

This musical group will hold an open mic night at 731 North Clinton St. in Grand Ledge starting at 6:30 p.m. The non-electronic instrumental music group provides the entertainment free to all visitors.

Sidewalk Sale

During the annual East Lansing Sidewalk Sale, many businesses will provide discounts on clothing and other items. The sale begins Thursday and runs through Sunday, and includes many businesses located on Grand River Avenue. Ned’s Bookstore, The Record Lounge, Spartan Corner and Urban Outfitters are some of the businesses set to offer discounts on items and clothing. Jessalyn Tamez/The State News

Lansing resident Alex Paddock, 7, searches for insects on Wednesday at Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mount Hope Ave., in Lansing. The campers were each instructed to catch three bugs total for their bug jar.

Friday Summer Concert Series

On both Friday and Saturday, East Lansing will host Summer Concert Series performance at Ann Street Plaza on the corner of Albert and M.A.C. Avenues in downtown East Lansing. On Friday, visitors can experience the band Stella!, and on Saturday, Gifts or Creatures will play. On

both nights, music will begin at 7 p.m.

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Lansing Bike Party

The Lansing Bike Party will host a ride at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum this Friday at 5:45 p.m. The group will go on a themed bike ride and encourages those interested to check their Facebook page for themes and other details.

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Smokeless cannabis medication and medical marijuana dispensaries could soon be protected under Michigan law. On Wednesday, the Senate Government Operations Committee moved two medical marijuana bills forward to the full Senate for further review. One bill would let municipalities allow and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries within their jurisdiction. The other bill would legalize and regulate cannabis-infused products, such as edibles and oils. Although medical marijuana dispensaries can be found

Tai Chi in the Park

Attendees can learn qigong and meditation, as well as Yang style tai chi forms, Saturday in Hunter Park, located at 1400 East Kalamazoo Street in Lansing. The class begins at 9 a.m. and goes for one hour. All experience levels are welcome. Volunteer at the Harris Nature Center

The Harris Nature Center is asking for help in maintaing the park on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at their location at 3998 Van Atta Road in Meridian Charter Township. In order to maintain the park, the center needs volunteers to remove invasive plants, maintain habitat areas

and the garden around the nature building. Container Gardening Workshop

MSU Student Housing Coop, in cooperation with AmeriCorps and Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council are hosting a Container Gardening Workshop in which participants can learn to utilize old orange juice cartons and other containers to grow a small garden. The workshop will provide materials for the garden and other information about nutrition. The workshop starts at 2 p.m. at 505 M.A.C. Ave. in East Lansing between Beal and Vesta House co-op houses.

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What bothers Green, and what he hopes the two bills will correct, is that cannabisinfused products are still illegal even though the people of Michigan voted medical marijuana legal in 2008. "(The state) has found loopholes and gray areas to where they could attack the ‘evil’ marijuana,” Green said. “And so I think (the bills) are just one area of plugging some of those gaps and reinforcing that this is allowed, because they’re saying that if no one said edible marijuana is allowed, then it must not be. And I think common sense would tell you that if the voters said marijuana is allowed, it means every single form of marijuana and not (just) one particular form of marijuana.”

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Riverwalk Theatre actors prepare to debut their latest show, Peter Pan, MSU students help to direct the play

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the Young Artisan Workshop has performed Charlotte’s Web, where Assistant Director The State News Grace Hinkley performed as Mrs. Arable. iverwalk Theatre Hinkley is a theatre sophYoung Artisan omore at MSU and has been Workshop actors started their Peter a part of the Young Artisans Workshop since her junior year Pan rehearsal of high school. Tuesday evening with a Now that Hinkley is oldleisurely warm-up. The group has been prepar- er, she remains involved with ing for Peter Pan since June 9, the group by assisting Croff in and will finally perform on July directing Peter Pan. “A lot of what I do is help 24, and continue performances through July 27. The actors keep things organized,� Hinand crew members have five kley said. “I help SeDonna with the kids.� rehearsals left until Hinkley said the their first show. biggest challenge of The Young Artisan her job is learning Workshop is a free how to communicate summer program for with the kids as their ages 10 through 18 leader. offered at the RiverHinkley plans to walk Theatre. pursue a career in In addition to actt heater af ter she ing in plays, memgraduates. She said bers of the workshop she has considered are taught aspects of teaching and might theater, including tips even move to New on stage makeup and York City to become how to act out a stage an actor. fight. As for Peter Pan Director SeDonna himself, this will be Croff said there are his first show with open auditions prior the Young Artisans to each performance. Workshop. Croff added that for Waverly Wa v e rl y H i g h Peter Pan, ever y- High School School senior Emilio one who auditioned Pido started acting at received a role. If senior age 8, and he hopes someone did not receive a part in the play, they to appear on the big screen were assigned a crew position. someday. Pido followed his parCroff expressed the impor- ents footsteps by becoming a tance of appreciating stage member of the Lansing Commuworkers. She said she wants nity College Theatre Program. Pido said the hardest part the kids to understand that a play isn’t all about the actors, about acting is learning the but it’s also about those who lines, however the effort to are helping behind the scenes. memorize his script is worth Peter Pan is the third play the satisfaction of entertainCroff has directed. In the past, ing an audience during a final

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performance. Pido said he’s looking forward to performing in the upcoming play. “Peter Pan is one of my dream roles,� he said. “Since I was very little.� Croff said it’s important for kids to be involved in drama because “these are skills you can take through the rest of your life,� she said. Croff also said acting experience can help kids develop leadership and communication skills, good eye contact and confident stage presence.



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Above: From Left, Lansing resident Samantha White, 14, Lansing resident Emilo Pido, 17, and Fowlerville, Mich., resident Christian Thompson, 17, practice a fight scene Tuesday at Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive in Lansing. The play they will be preforming is Peter Pan. Right: Fowlerville, Mich., resident Christian Thompson, 17, performs Tuesday at Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive in Lansing. Thompson will be playing the part of Hook in Peter Pan.


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