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Michigan unemployment rate rises for 1st time in year By RJ Wolcott

be responsible for the increased numbers. “Unemployment can rise just because more persons are looking for work who were not looking for work before,” Conlin said. “This could be because discouraged workers who had quit looking for work are now more optimistic and looking to re-enter the labor force, or June might be a time that students enter the market looking for work,” she concluded. With a decrease in government jobs and a growing economy, Kurt Weiss, the public information director of DTMB, said these new figures are not a concern. “This is the kind of movement we’d anticipate, the economy is slowly growing,” Weiss said. Pointing to an increase in manufacturing jobs throughout the state, as well as a renewed effort to attract businesses, Michigan has a bright economic future, Weiss said. THE STATE NEWS ■■



“We are in a comeback state here in Michigan, but to be a great state, we need to get Detroit on the path to being a great city again.”

After Orr fi led the city of Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy application Thursday, Gov. Rick Snyder drove

home one point in a news conference the next day: it’s time to start over — not just for the city, but for the entire state of Michigan. “This is the day to solve this debt problem, this service problem,” Snyder said


ith a $18 billion debt perched at the city of Detroit’s doorstep, state-appointed emergency city manager Kevyn Orr had one fearful vision: a once-bustling city, fresh out of options.

Friday. “The growth of Detroit is incredibly important for all of us, but most importantly for the hardworking citizens of Detroit. We are in a comeback state here in Michigan, but to be a great state, we need to

get Detroit on the path to being a great city again.” The first step Detroit’s case has until Aug. 19 before it could become eligible for bankruptcy. If the application is approved, it would make the city the largest in U.S. history to do so. The city’s many creditors, including General Motors, might go without their money. The future funding for more than 23,000 retired city employees hangs in the balance. But at MSU, the effect on students only scratches the surface. MSU alumnus Deon’ta Bailey, who grew up on See DETROIT on page 2 X

It’s been a rough month for Michigan. Just one day before the city of Detroit declared bankruptcy, prompting a visit from Gov. Rick Snyder, new unemployment figures from June revealed the first increase in 12 months. However, determining whether this spells disaster or redemption for the state depends on whom you ask. June’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 8.7 percent, an increase of three-tenths of a percent from May, but more than half a percent lower than June 2012, according to a report from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, or DTMB. Phil Gardner, the director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute, or CERI, said month-to-month chang- See UNEMPLOYMENT, page 2 X es don’t necessarily say much about Unemployment rates the health of Mich- June 2012 - June 2013 igan’s economy. He added that while 10% Michigan the numbers are less than ideal, it U.S. may not signal impending doom for college graduates entering the 9% workforce. “There are a lot of factors, but there is no earthshattering crisis in the state,” Gardner said. 8% While there may not be enough jobs for each graduate within Michigan, Gardner hopes the next few years will 7% be kind to young adults seeking a career within the mitten. MSU economics professor Stacy Dickert-Con6% lin said renewed hope amongst the SOURCE: BUREAU OF L ABOR STATISTICS unemployed might INFOGR APHIC: DREW DZWONKOWSKI | SN

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit emergency city manager Kevyn Orr speak to the press about the filing of a Chapter 9 bankruptcy on Friday at the Maccabees Building, 5057 Woodward Ave., in Detroit. “There were no other viable alternatives,” Snyder said, who spoke of the 60-year decline of the city.

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Taste of Downtown brings local food, music Ariel Ellis

Lansing resident Steven Edgerly pours a drink during the Taste of Downtown event on Saturday on South Washington Square in Lansing. Edgerly, whose wife works for the city, volunteered at the event for the evening. THE STATE NEWS ■■


MSU graduate student Brent Keaner, left, and Ferndale, Mich., resident Lauren Dillon look at clothes on Sunday outside Moosejaw, 555 E. Grand River Ave.

Heat advisory affects Sidewalk Sales turnout By Derek Kim THE STATE NEWS ■■

A heat wave that scorched East Lansing last week forced more than 180 local businesses, art galleries and restaurants to persevere through the Sidewalk Sales throughout the weekend. Merchants and customers alike anticipate specials and sales during this annual event,

however, a more diluted downtown was apparent as temperatures flirted with the 90s. Sales and specials quickly changed to sweat for Moosejaw employee Audrey Chamberlain, who couldn’t help but notice a lesser turnout. “It hasn’t felt as busy as I thought it would,” Chamberlain said. “It seems that peoSee SIDEWALK on page 2 X

A s L a n si ng r e side nt Sonya Lang indulged in the sweet and savory treats of local eateries and listened to upbeat melodious live bands, she couldn’t help but compare Saturday night’s Taste of Downtown excitement to a lively street in Memphis, Tenn. “I turned to my sisters and said, ‘This reminds me of Beale Street,’ but it’s exciting because it’s in Lansing,” Lang said. “You get to enjoy the people, the taste of the food, enjoy entertainment and just being out and in Lansing … I love it.” Cathleen Edgerly, communications and marketing manager of Downtown Lansing Inc., said the idea for the “feel-good summer event” came after brainstorming ideas to further the revitalization of downtown Lansing. “We came up with this idea to really feature our dow ntow n businesses because there are over 40


restaurants. So why not have a food-tasting event, coupled with wine tasting and live music?” Edgerly said. “It reintroduces people to downtown if they haven’t been here for a while, or, if they’re new, it really gives them a chance to get the fl avor of what downtown Lansing has to offer.” Edgerly said the goal of the event was to ensure that it of fered somet h i ng for

everyone. “It was a really different mix this year, which was great,” Edgerly said. “We had things from sliders to ribs to fancier chilled soups, Jimmy Johns sandwiches … sushi, Mediterranean cuisine from Aladdin’s. Juice Nation is always a hit with their frozen custard and smoothies, and Edmund’s is great with finishing out the night … with apple pie

sundaes.” Roaming into the food lineup this year were two new Lansing restaurants: P Squared Wine Bar and Bistro and Wandering Waffles. Uniquely satisf ying taste buds, Wandering Waffles owner Samantha Wilbur offered an unconventional take on waffles with her burrito shooters, See TASTE on page 2 X


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Lansing police currently are investigating a stabbing that took place last night on the north side of the city. A suicidal minor reportedly stabbed herself as well as an 18-yearold male relative, leaving minor injuries. The incident took place at the 100 block of East North Street in Lansing at approximately 6 p.m. The suspect was taken into custody. HOLLY BARANOWSKI

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Motor City faces an uncertain future after historic bankruptcy filing last week FROM PAGE ONE

Detroit’s east side, said the city can only improve after coming to terms with the problem. “I’m glad they fi nally came out and said, ‘We owe billions of dollars, but we don’t have it. We need help,’â€? Bailey said. Despite the process it took to get there, MSU alumnus Rob Black said Detroit could come out even stronger. “Sometimes you have to bite the bullet, and it will work out in the end,â€? Black said. “I feel like there’s hope.â€? A plan for change For Orr, the filing means there is no turning back to what Detroit once was. “It would take us over 50 years to pay that debt,â€? Orr said Friday. “So there’s no way home from that equation. There’s no amount of revenue we could generate to try and repress it.â€? Among many city factions in need of a facelift, Snyder said he wants the filing to attack the crime rate head-on and inspire change within the police force. “You can go back to 1985 — 27 years — and for 24 of those years, Detroit was in the top 10 most violent cities ‌ That’s a tragic situation,â€? he said. “It’s time to do something about it.â€? To make the final change, Bailey said the morale boost has to come in the form of a proper thank you from the city of Detroit. “The city is definitely lacking in firefighters and policemen, and these guys are being underpaid, quite frankly,â€? he said. “The city is not rewarding these guys for putting their lives on the line.â€? But after years of troubled leadership, such as the racketeering committed by former May-

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Moving forward As the monthlong wait for eligibility carries on, Snyder said officials will continue looking for solutions for the city’s creditors. “Currently, those creditors have a situation where they don’t know if they’re going to get paid at all,â€? he said. “Going through this process will allow us to give them some certainty to say this is a debt that can be paid and will be paid.â€? Kevyn Since a rush of young Orr, stateadults from appointed Metro Detroit emergency have begun city to shift their manager residences downtown, Snyder said such changes could help generate the kind of growth Detroit needs. “Detroit has a tremendous amount of positive things going on, and I’m very excited about it. ‌ In addition to that, young people are moving to Detroit,â€? he said. “We’re seeing that every day in terms of occupancy in midtown and downtown. But all parts of Detroit need to be moving forward.â€? Growing up surrounded by Detroit’s constant changes, Bailey said he remains optimistic for the city. “I’ve seen so many different changes from where the city was, from where the city could possibly be,â€? Bailey said. “I’m defi nitely looking forward to the future.â€? Staff writer Michael Kransz contributed to this report.

“ It would take us over 50 years to pay that debt. So there’s no way home for that equation.�


A summer tradition in downtown East Lansing is dampened by extreme temperatures FROM PAGE ONE

ple who have come in, have come in for something real specific.� Chamberlain said her business adjusted by shortening shifts for employees working outdoors. Less outerwear was displayed among the sidewalk merchandise, as well. Through the end of last week, all of southern Michigan was under a heat advisory, with more than a dozen southeast Michigan counties under an excessive heat warning, according to the National Weather Service. National Weather Service spokesman Pat Slattery said temperatures were especial-


Lansing’s Taste of Downtown event showcased dozens of bars and restaurants FROM PAGE ONE

which combined a black bean mix, green peppers, pico de gallo, queso fresco, hot sauce and a waffle chip. “This is all the guts of our burrito-style waffle that you can get at the store,� Wilbur said. “We sold a ridiculous amount of them after International Waffle Week.� The music for the night included upbeat Caribbean steel drums, brassy blues and classic rock covers. Jim Pontack, vocalist of variety cover band Squids, and his band of Lansing fi refighters aimed to make patrons dance the night away. “Ou r ma i n objec t ive was to get people out on the dance floor and have a good time,� Pontack said. “It was wonderful here in Lansing; it was beautiful weather — how could you ask for more?�


ly hot in East Lansing because of its urban infrastructure. The brick and concrete absorb heat all day long, and then carry it over through the night, he said. With temperatures only lowered to the mid-70s after sunset, the sweltering climate extended longer than it should have. “It’s the humidity that really gets to people,� Slattery said. “The heat index gets so high and people aren’t able to cool off.� Unlike some other East Lansing establishments, Student Book Store, 421 E. Grand River Ave., tradebook department manager Larry Irish anticipated the potential effects hotter weather could have on business. “We have found in the past that the hotter it is, the more crowded it is,� Irish said. “We’ve had a couple times in the past where we have had cool summers, and people just

don’t come.� For four days, Grand River Avenue between Charles and Division streets were invaded by SBS merchandise, including books, school supplies, Vera Bradley products and MSU garments of all sorts. With the heat index in the triple digits, the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke lingered. Thus, journalism senior Coty Kenneth said she avoided the downtown area as much as she could. Unfortunately for Kenneth, work forced her to spend an adequate amount of time on Grand River Avenue. She said she noticed a correlation between fewer customers and the high temperatures downtown. “I would rather sit in my house if it’s going to be this hot, or find a pool to sit at than walk around and be hot all day,� Kenneth said.


“We’re ultimately concerned,� McCann said. “The governor’s policies have not worked.� Even with an increase in manufacturing jobs and the bump provided by the auto industry bailout, McCann said the key to fi xing Michigan’s economy involves education and keeping college graduates in-state. “Employers are looking for educated people, and the state is failing to invest in students,� he said. “Many students are forced to leave the state to find the first available job after graduation to pay off their student loan debt.� Journalism senior Lacee Shepard, like many students, said she is concerned about landing a job in her chosen field here in Michigan. “I do worry about finding a job because there aren’t a lot of openings for journalists, especially in this state,� Shepard said.

Experts conflict on state of economy in Michigan with first unemployment rate spike in a year FROM PAGE ONE

Although he admits Michigan has been above the national unemployment rate for some time — 7.6 percent as of June — Weiss sees the numbers as an indication that more Michiganians are on the prowl for employment. But Robert McCann, communications director for the Michigan Senate Democrats, disagrees, stating he was frustrated that Michigan’s unemployment figures are on the rise while the national average has declined.

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Summer conferences keep campus busy Abrams Planetarium hosts final show of summer season By Anya Rath

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A nswers to a lien landings and moon missions will be postponed until the fall semester for Abrams Planetarium, as the star station held its fi nal summer show Sunday afternoon. The planetarium, which will resume shows again in mid to late September, offers two types of public shows: one directed toward older audiences, and another toward families. “For the general public, it’s a chance to open your mind to things,� said David Saunders, planetarium presenter and astrophysics junior. “It’s a very relaxing time and eyeopening experience.� Su n d a y ’s f a m i l y s h o w brought in many children, parents and grandparents. Okemos resident Cal Sturgeon and his wife brought their grandchildren in hopes of invigorating their education. “To teach them about the Earth and the universe is important,� Sturgeon said. “It’s all about exposing them to stuff like this to get them going.� Sturgeon’s grandson, 10-yearold Aiden Hanchett, said the movement of stars in the sky throughout the year and making constellations interested him the most. Hanchett said he wants to be an astronaut when he grows up. He said he’d travel to Pluto because “it’d be a world record of longest time in space,� and when he arrived, he’d build a city. Grandfat her and Grand Ledge, Mich., resident Steve

“Star talk gives people a chance for people to connect what they learn to the outside. I see people get really excited telling their friends all the constellations they know� Jessi Doxtader, French, Russian and Portuguese junior and planetarium worker

Dowker brought his granddaughter to introduce her to space and share in the wonderment he experienced as a child at the planetarium. “The kids take in the wonder of the skies,� Dowker said. Saunders added that the kids enjoy the cool lights, pretty colors and creating original constellations with their imaginations. While the content of the fall public shows is in the works, Saunders said something comet-related seems most likely, due to the comet ISON appearing around November. ISON is set to blaze our skies and should be visible to the naked eye, Saunders said. Connecting knowledge with the universe is a rewarding part of the planetarium experience, Jessi Doxtader, French, Russian and Portuguese junior and planetarium worker, said. “Star talk gives people a chance for people to connect what they learn to the outside,� Doxtader said. “I see people get really excited telling their friends all the constellations they know.�


It’s not only seasoned Spartans on campus fending off the heat this summer. From mid-May through the first week of August, close to 30,000 g uests stay on campus for various camps and conferences, said Laurin Gierman, the manager of destination state conference management for Residence Education and Housing Services. MSU annually hosts nearly 200 different conference groups for youth and adult groups. These groups range from academic to sport camps. “The programs like to come here because it’s a Big Ten campus, but it’s also beautiful,� Gierman said. “Groups like being here because there are extracurricular activities to do outside their program.� These groups are placed in dorms based on their needs. Gierman said Shaw Hall is meant to be a youth group hall, while sports camps are generally held in South Neighborhood in close proximity to athletic facilities. She added Brody Complex Neighborhood is gaining popularity as well. Some of the larger groups that come to campus include Odyssey of the Mind, 4-H Exploration Days and the MS 150 Bike Tour. “We have a very good return rate for our conference groups,� Gierman said. Gierman added that the exposure MSU receives from the camps has the most important impact on


Stevens Point, Wis., resident Shea Henry, 16, dances with campgoers on Friday at Brody Complex Neighborhood. The event was part of the Spartan Debate Institute camp.

the university. “When you can get a preteen to visit campus, they fall in love with Michigan State,� Gierman said. “That’s when they decide they want to be a Spartan.�

Through MSU’s 200 different summer conference and camp groups, Residential and Hospitality Services predicts the camps will raise $3.5 million in revenue in 2013-14 Spartan Debate Institute, or SDI, a summer debate workshop in its 22nd year on campus, currently is housed in Bailey Hall. “The residence halls work

really hard to tailor the summer living situations (for) each group,� said Casey Harrigan, director of debate for SDI. Harrigan said t he residence halls worked well for SDI’s needs, and students and staff loved Brody Complex Neighborhood. Bob Patterson, the chief fi nancial officer for the MSU division of Residential and Hospitality Services, said he predicts the camps will raise $3.5 million in revenue for the 201314 fiscal year. Patterson said funds generated from the camps are fi rst used to recover food and labor costs. Whatever is left over is then reinvested into the facilities to renovate residence halls and to buy new furniture. “It’s not a major part of our renovation budget, but anything helps,� Patterson said. “It

really helps to keep our facilities in good shape.� Patterson added all of the extra visitors also provide an economic boost to the entire Lansing community. Nick Bakerjian, shift leader at Insomnia Cookies, 603 E. Grand River Ave., said the bakery has seen a boost as a result of the camps. “The past three or four days, our deliveries have been pretty much all the dorms and all the camps,� Bakerjian said. “It really does help out during the summer when (demand is) low.� Patterson said the various camps also aid with fulfi lling MSU’s mission of community engagement while providing modern facilities at an affordable price. “It’s a win-win opportunity,� Patterson said. “We’re very happy to host them.�

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n the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine, accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears on the cover in a featured story about the teenager. The cover features a scruffy-looking picture of Tsarnaev, which has been circulating multiple media outlets before appearing on Rolling Stone. The choice of Tsarnaev on the cover has garnered significant coverage, with many people

It’s a psychological, in-depth look at how this “popular, promising student ” became what now many refer to as a “monster.” The cover is overshadowing the content of the article, and if people read it first, maybe they would understand the choice of the picture. Besides the argument being about Rolling Stone, much of the backlash comes from how people wanted Tsarnaev to be this nameless, faceless person they could hate and not look at. It’s not about getting Tsarnaev sympathy, which many believe the magazine is doing by placing him on the cover. Others are angry with Rolling Stone, as they believe giving Tsarnaev all this attention might cause copycat attacks by people looking to get famous, and saying this isn’t something it should even be covering as it is a music magazine and the cover portrays Tsarnaev as a rock star. There always is going to be people who are going to infl ict terror. Faces such as Osama bin

angry at Rolling Stone, feeling the magazine was glamorizing the Boston Marathon tragedy and exploiting it. Many convenience stores that carry Rolling Stone, such as 7-Eleven, CVS pharmacies and others, are boycotting the magazine, refusing to carry the edition, as they feel it’s insensitive to the people hurt by the tragedy. Many individuals also are protesting the magazine by refusing to buy it. It’s OK these people are offended by the choice of the cover. These people still are reeling from the bombings and still healing from something they might not comprehend. But isn’t that the point of what the article and Rolling Stone are attempting to do? Trying to comprehend something people don’t understand? Getting to the bottom of why this seemingly normal kid decided to do this terrible thing? If people took the time to read the story, then they would realize it’s not trying to glamorize Tsarnaev but it’s trying to get to know this person who would allegedly go on to set off bombs along with his brother, Tamerlan, killing three people and injuring more than 200.

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Laden and the Unabomber were on magazines and newspapers such as Time and the New York Times. It never came into question due to the nature of the publications, whose niche is hard news and investigative journalism. Rolling Stone, while known as a music culture magazine, has done some of the most in-depth, thoughtful and political stories in the past decade, including the 2010 profi le of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, which prompted his resignation. The Boston Marathon bombings was a tragedy, but what Rolling Stone is doing by publishing this profile of Tsarnaev is not trying to glamorize the hurt he caused. It’s to try to understand why he did it.





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“Zimmerman verdict exposes racial tensions” In my opinion the reaction to the Zimmerman/Martin case is miss-directed. Yes, it was a tragic situation. But the reaction is directed at the wrong issues.

Whenever I see that sweet young boy’s face I can’t help but think of how tragic it is that a man with a gun killed him.

Every week in LA, you see the same ‘baby-faced’ black youths arrested for shooting some innocent kid (infants or 1 or 2 years old) with their stray bullets as they act out their gang-related shenanigans. Every week you see a 15 or 16 year old “youth” arrested for a murder and then tried as an adult. Every week you see people in South Central LA cry and yell for the police to protect them from the same “children” in gangs who are terrorizing their neighborhood.

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If he had not been walking around after dark he would have been alive today. We need stronger curfew laws.

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E.L., MSU work to combat high Night shifts of police officers unpredictable state of Michigan obesity rates By Holly Baranowski THE STATE NEWS

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Every year on July 21, National Junk Food Day is celebrated all over the nation, giving people an opportunity to consume their favorite high-calorie foods often containing little nutritional value without the feeling of shame or guilt. For some people, this is a day celebrated once a year before returning to regular healthy diets the next day, but for others, this holiday is an everyday occurrence, constantly raising the obesity rates in America. According to, Michigan has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation, with 32 percent of adults and 17 percent of youth in Michigan considered obese. Obesity is a growing trend, but MSU is doing its best to fight back. Chris Neilson, manager of the Gallery at Snyder and Phillips halls, said MSU cafeterias offer a wide variety of healthy options, hoping to reduce obesity in young MSU adults. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of incoming freshmen are usually excited about the burger bar and pizza station when they first arrive, but after a day or two, they realize other options,â&#x20AC;? Neilson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll eventually get excited about the salads, sandwiches and the fresh fruit that we offer.â&#x20AC;? Journalism junior Riley Thyfault eats at MSU cafeterias every day during the school year, and considers herself to be in good health and good shape. She tries


LIVESTOCK EXPO SEES INCREASED REVENUE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS The Michigan Livestock Expo raised $197,000 this year, easily surpassing last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final tally of approximately $171,000 for the best of Michiganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth exhibitors, according to the Michigan Farm Bureau. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This show attracts the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best exhibitors, the

to choose healthy options while limiting her intake of high-calorie, unhealthy foods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the cafeterias do a great job of offering healthy options,â&#x20AC;? Thyfault said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The hard part for me is not overindulging in the hamburgers and fries. I limit myself to the amount of food I want â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like they only have one choice, I just have to make the right one.â&#x20AC;? Besides MSU, East Lansing offers a local farmers market that runs from June through October in the Valley Court Park and usually attracts more than 1,000 visitors each week. The market features 24 Michigan-grown vendors that include a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, fresh fish, glutenfree products, baked goods and more. The market also accepts SNAP Bridge Cards, or EBT, and Double Up Food Bucks for low-income families so that everyone can enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables regardless of income status. Haslett resident and MSU alumna, Rebecca Titus, works at the market every Sunday, selling her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homegrown vegetables from Titus Farms. Her family started growing fresh, organic vegetables in 1982 and has continued since. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We grow pretty much any vegetable you can think of,â&#x20AC;? Titus said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re famous for our heirloom tomatoes and our green beans.â&#x20AC;?

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For East Lansing police officer Traci Sperry, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no such thing as a typical night on the town. From traffic stops to arresting those who have been drinking under the influence, Sperryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shift is different each night. But even with the chaos and uncertainty that can come with the job, she would rather be patrolling the streets, making sure East Lansing is safe, than doing anything else. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love working with people, for people and talking to people,â&#x20AC;? Sperry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I drive around, making sure the city is safe. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our job.â&#x20AC;? The State News tagged along with Sperry on Saturday night, capturing a regular night shift in the life of an East Lansing officer. Shortly after 6 p.m. Sperryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff briefing has just ended. She knows her shift wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end for another 12 hours, but sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ready to hit the streets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get too comfortable in this job,â&#x20AC;? Sperry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everywhere we go can be dangerous â&#x20AC;Ś Every time we go to something new, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t handle it the same way. The next call that we go to, I could be fighting someone and taking them to jail.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Sticking with her normal schedule, Sperry begins patrolling the north side of town, making her way toward downtown as the bars start to open. She will check license plates for suspended licenses, stolen cars and expired plates. She also is looking for traffic violations, listening to the police scanner and watching her radar for speeding cars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I go out on the road and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking for a lot of things,â&#x20AC;? Sperry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m) looking for someone lurking around, doing something theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not supposed to be doing, (and making) traffic stops.â&#x20AC;?

best livestock and the best buyers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; buyers who pony up and demonstrate their commitment to Michigan agriculture and their support for its up-andcoming next generation,â&#x20AC;? Ernie Birchmeier, Michigan Livestock Expo co-organizer and Michigan Farm Bureau livestock and dairy specialist, said in a press release. There was a total of 36 lots sold, including eight hogs, eight steers, eight lambs, five goats, four dairy entries and three nonlivestock lots.

10 p.m. With a few hours until the bars close, the streets are quiet. Sperry continues to make traffic stops and checks on the other officers. Sperry will check up on her fellow officers and wait for a thumbs up to make sure she is OK to leave them at the scene. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone I work with on this shift and throughout the entire department, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re kind of like


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2 a.m. The bars in downtown East Lansing have begun to close their doors, leaving patrons loose on the streets. Things have begun to heat up, and the officers are staying close to downtown. Sperry said most often they arrest people for driving under the influence, possession of drugs, minors in possession and for disorderly conduct. Soon after, she gets a call about a man who has smashed the front window of a car parked on M.A.C. Avenue. After making an immediate U-turn, a witness comes up to the car and directs her to where he last saw the suspect. The man is spotted within minutes, walking toward the car. Without hesitation, Sperry jumped out of the car to arrest the suspect, and with the help of another officer, finds the damaged car soon after. Sperry then makes a few loops around downtown before pulling right up to a car accident. Masses of bar-hoppers are standing outside watching the scene unfold. Sperry wastes no time

East Lansing police Officer Traci Sperry writes down contact information of witnesses of a crime early Sunday morning on M.A.C. Avenue.

jumping in to help the officers who already have arrived at the scene. Although there was little damage done to either car, with the late hours each driver was asked to perform a sobriety test. The driver at fault was found to be over the legal limit and immediately arrested. 3 a.m. With no breaks during the shift, concentration and alert levels often begin to dwindle. Sperry said it can be difficult to stay focused and alert toward the end of the night, which sometimes results in a meetup with other officers just to stay awake and take a break. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You still have a couple hours to go, your eyes are so heavy, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing on the road,


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According to the colloquialism, it’s “the fastest game on two feet,” possibly the first American sport and arguably the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Lacrosse is expanding, and the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse as a Big Ten sport, announced on June 3, is evidence of the sport’s increasing popularity. Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State will be joined by Big Ten men’s and women’s lacrosse newcomers Maryland and Rutgers in 2014. Johns Hop-

kins also has been accepted as only a men’s lacrosse member, starting in 2014. Despite lacrosse becoming an increasingly hot commodity for Big Ten athletic departments, there are currently no plans for MSU to follow suit, according to MSU associate athletics director John Lewandowski. “At this time the focus is on maintaining our 25 sports, and funding them at a championship level,” Lewandowski said. “We continually evaluate our sports lineup.” Lewandowski did leave the door open for adding another varsity sport in the future. “If someone wanted to step

forth and endow a program, we would defi nitely take a look at that,” Lewandowski said. MSU has a proud lacrosse history, beginning in 1963, the program recently celebrated its 50th anniversary this past year. The program attained varsity status in 1970, and was cut as a varsity sport in 1996 to comply with Title IX. The program now continues competitive play as a Division I club. “We run it like an NCAA program,” said head coach Brandon Schwind. “We have a rigorous practice schedule and discipline standards, but we remember that all our players are students fi rst.” MSU competes in the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association, or CCLA, along with six other Division I club programs from Western Michigan , Central Michigan, Davenport, Ohio, Pittsburgh and Toledo. The CCLA is one of the 10 conferences of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association, or MCLA. The MCLA is an organization of non-NCAA lacrosse programs with more than 200 teams across two divisions. “One of the coolest things is that we travel all over the country,” said MSU lacrosse club president and fi rst team A ll-A mer ica n defensema n Seth Clickner, adding that the Spartans played in Maryland and South Carolina this past season. MSU has performed well in the MCLA, winning the conference championship each of the last two seasons. The Spartans have fallen short in the national tournament, making it as far as the quarterfi nals.

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Stacey Potter, manager of Dicker & Deal Second Hand Store picks up a TV cable for a customer on Friday at the store’s location at 1701 S. Cedar St., in Lansing. It is the second-oldest store in the Lansing area.

Lansing secondhand store Dicker and Deal offers old charm, modern variety since 1973 By Matthew Pizzo THE STATE NEWS ■■

Dicker and Deal, 1701 S Cedar, in Lansing, is the second-oldest secondhand store in Greater Lansing and has been around since 1973. In many ways, the store is a throwback to a simpler time. Store manager Stacey Potter said the store has a lot of character and it’s a truly different shopping experience. “Basically, we’re Wal-Mart times 10,” Potter said. “Anything you could buy anywhere (else), you can get it here.” Lansing resident and store employee Maria Neil shopped at the store with her grandfa-

ther and uncle before she began working there. “It’s awesome, some of the things you can find in here — you would actually think some of the things on display would be found in a museum,” Neil said. Dicker and Deal offers items varying from jewelry and guns to furniture and tools. The store began in a small corner of the building and has expanded, now filling all three floors with merchandise. Potter said the store is kind of like a maze and people get lost just walking around. “I love it here,” Neil said. “We get a lot of customers — we have so much stuff.” According to Potter, they see people from all walks of life who come through the store.

“Anywhere from people who are way out on their luck to guys in three-piece suits with $20,000 rings.” Potter said. “We see it all.” Neil said the store offers great customer service and is much more calm compared to the pawn shop shows on television. Dimondale, Mich. resident Josh Houghtaling said he visited the store to sell his exgirlfriend’s engagement ring. Though he got less than he expected for it, Houghtaling said he was satisfied. “ I ’d r at he r shop he r e t ha n a cor porate store,” Houghtaling said. “A lot of customers, they come in and they like what they see,” Neil said. “When they leave, they are happy and satisfied.”





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