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Great Lakes Folk Festival brings culturally diverse music to E.L.

Kelli Jones of Les Bassettes plays violin Friday in downtown East Lansing during the Great Lakes Folk Festival. The weekend event was packed with folk music and dance.


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or many, the thought of folk music creates a perception of melodic vocal riffs, banjos and tambourines — but MSU Museum acting director Lora Helou said folk is so much more than that.

Every summer, the Great Lakes Folk Festival aims to acquaint festivalgoers with varied forms of folk music. "Some people think of folk as ... James Taylor, Peter, Paul and Mary sort of singer-songwriter music, and that's kind of one branch of it," Helou said. "But folk music is really about displaying distinctive cultural traditions that are sort of passed down from year to year so … it really gives us this rich sense of people's cultural identity, the cultural practices that they have and the way they're expressed through music and dance." The MSU Museum works year-round to produce the cultured annual event for

Lansing area residents, and Helou said their main goal is to produce a wellrounded and diverse festival that everyone can enjoy.

Great Lakes Folk Festival aims to educate, serve fans of different folk variations and styles each summer "Every year, the festival has this common thread where we really try and put together a program that represents a diverse array of cultural traditions and expression through music and dance, through food ways, through the handmade goods and those kind

Mason, Mich., residents Marla and Tom Warren dance as members of Top Drawer String Band perform onstage Friday in downtown East Lansing during the Great Lakes Folk Festival. The weekend event was packed with folk music and dance.

of programs," Helou said. Helou said it's special to have the time-honored cultural music to provide a venue where patrons can expe-

rience different traditions that can't normally be found in the area while still offering traditional folk favorites. "We have Cajun music, Celt-

ic music and blues and bluegrass that are maybe familiar (or) favorites to some peoSee FOLK on page 2 u

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Typically, early in preseason ca mp, defenses tend to be ahead of offenses in terms of readiness and preparation before the offense has time to work out the kinks. Such was the case on Saturday at MSU’s first jersey scrimmage, as the defense took home a 28-22 victory using a modified scoring system. The situational scrimmage was closed to both the media and public. In quotes released by the MSU athletics department, Dantonio praised the defensive effort while expressing less satisfaction with the offense. “I thought the defense played well. They applied pressure (on the quarterbacks) and tackled pretty well,” Dantonio said in the release. “Offensively, we did some good things and had some big plays, but you can’t beat yourself. We simply had too many unforced penalties, negative plays and a turnover. Offensively, we’ve got to clean some things up.” Judging simply from statistics, the quarterbacks appeared to have a solid day through the air on Saturday. Senior Andrew Maxwell threw for a team-high 171 yards on 13-of-21 passing including a 19-yard score to sophomore wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. Maxwell’s main challenger this fall, sophomore Connor Cook, went 13-for-18 for 133 yards, redshirt freshman Tyler O’Connor went seven-for-nine for 74 yards and freshman Damion Terry completed four-of-seven passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. On the defensive side, junior defensive end Marcus Rush and junior linebacker Taiwan Jones had standout days. Rush registered six stops including two sacks, while Jones finished with a pair of tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery he took 14 yards to the house. See SCRIMMAGE on page 2 u


Looking back on E.L., MSU’s most important stories of summer 2013 By Holly Baranowski THE STATE NEWS nn

Among ASMSU nearly losing its funding, an academic building fire and a sexual assault suspect on the loose, summer in East Lansing was nothing short of eventful. With classes soon to start and fall approaching, The State News decided to take a look back on the summer and recap the biggest news events. Sexual assault spree A slew of sexual assaults took place in town during April and May, which have since remained unresolved. The East Lansing Police Department, or ELPD, still is searching for the suspect

and have released a composite of the suspect. All three victims were MSU students. The first assault, which took place on Coolidge Road, occurred on April 20 around midnight. The suspect dragged the victim to a secluded area where he physically and sexually assaulted her. Two similar attacks happened soon after, which ELPD believes were made by the same suspect. On April 26, another incident took place where the suspect dragged the victim to a secluded area. He physically assaulted her and attempted to sexually assault her. The last incident took place on May 16 outside of Abbott Pointe Apartments. The suspect again dragged the vic-

tim behind a dumpster where he physically and sexually assaulted her. Cannon sentenced On May 8, Eastpointe, Mich., resident Marquez Cannon was sentenced to six to 20 years in prison in Mason’s 30th Circuit Court for one count of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. Cannon was one of the two suspects arrested after Olivia Pryor was found dead in her Hubbard Hall dorm room on March 19, 2012. “The anguish can never be adequately described,” Pryor’s mother, Cynthia Pryor, said in See REVIEW on page 2 u

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Last Wednesday, a patrolling Lansing police officer noticed a Sparrow Hospital security officer running down Michigan Avenue near Pennsylvania Avenue. The security officer explained he was chasing a female who stole a purse from an elderly lady in the hospital, Lansing Public Information Officer Robert Merritt said. The female was located and arrested without incident after obtaining a description of the suspect and the direction she headed. After further investigation, the officers discovered the female suspect stole the purse while inside the hospital lobby. A parking attendant was notified that the suspect exited the hospital with the purse and was able to apprehend the suspect. While talking to security and the victim, she took off running again and officers were able to find and arrest her. Holly Baranowski

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Carmack sentenced Brandon Carmack was given a two-year probationary sentence on July 31 before Ingham Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina. After seeking his ex-girlfriend, Therese Kerr, on the night of Aug. 27, 2012, witnesses say that Carmack grabbed Kerr by the neck and shoulders, yelling at her until other males at the party intervened. Carmack faced charges of filing a false report of a misdemeanor, third-degree home invasion and a misdemeanor of stalking. “We are all going to win if Mr. Carmack can take this opportunity to get rehabilitated,” Ingham County Prosecutor Andrew Stevens said in court. “He, of course, has a wonderful benefit in front of him if he can do so.” Morrill Hall in flames When Morrill Hall caught fire on May 15, crowds of spectators watched as what was one of the oldest buildings at MSU spewed smoke and flames. Built in 1899, Morrill Hall was approved for demolition in June 2010 by the MSU Board of Trustees. It was built of wooden beams that had become rotten, history professor David Bailey said, and the demolition had been started a week prior to the building catching fire. “There’s an awful lot of history and an awful lot of wonderful people who have come through that building,” Bailey said in a previous interview. “In a way, MSU never, until recently, had the funds to build buildings properly. It looked like it was sturdier than it turned out to be.” The cause of the fire was determined as unknown with no indication of arson, MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said in a previous interview. The investigation was closed early the next week, and the building’s demolition resumed. Board of Trustees meeting During the MSU Board of Trustees meeting on June 21, the board approved budget and tuition rates for the 2013-14 academic year and planned preliminary rates for 2014-15. Students can expect

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an average rise in tuition of 2.8 percent next year. The rise in tuition will bring a split rate between upper- and lower-level undergraduate students. It’s the first time the rates have changed separately, according to a previous State News article. “It’s a way of signaling and having an advantage for people making that high school to college transition, but also it simply is a technical adjustment to keep those rates more in balance and keep them in the same place over time,” MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said during the meeting. Additionally, during the meeting, trustees discussed the ongoing battle between administration and ASMSU, MSU’s undergraduate student government. The board agreed that if ASMSU didn’t move all of its funds to an on-campus account by July 1, administration would determine a new means of collecting the tax. The board also made plans to renovate Chittenden Hall — a building that has been vacant since the 1990s — Spartan Stadium’s north end zone and Munn Ice Arena’s ice plant and ventilations system. ASMSU tension This summer, MSU’s undergraduate student government, ASMSU, made the decision to move all funds on campus after a long and tiresome battle with administration. Representatives gathered for an emergency General Assembly meeting on June 21, where they voted 12-2 to make the transition. “We’re not going to lose our integrity as a student organization because of certain circumstances that have arisen,” ASMSU Vice President for Student Funding Mike Mozina said in a previous interview. “We’re going to keep doing the things that we do best, and that’s engaging students at a very base level.” The battle began back in 2010 when Maner Costerisan Certified Public Accountants performed two audits, both of which showed issues with how ASMSU was keeping track of its funds.

“We have a responsibility (because we are the collector of the student dollars) to assure that if there are audits — as there would be in any aspect of the university — that raise any questions about the financial integrity in how they use those dollars, it is our belief that the university has the responsibility to deal with it,” MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said during the meeting. Common Ground Common Ground Music Festival returned to downtown Lansing for its 14th year, featuring a variety of both local talent and nationally recognized artists. The festival kicked off on July 8 and continued for six more days, with more than 70 acts performing. When the festival began, it focused more on classic rock, but branched out with artists such as MGMT and Ludacris this year. “Common Ground is like the Super Bowl as far as Lansing is concerned,” rapper and member of BLAT! Pack Jahshua Smith said in a previous interview. “The opportunity to play a great card and still get the proper spotlight — that’s the culmination of everything we’ve worked so hard for over the past four years.” Park District project After a summer of deliberation, the East Lansing City Council chose DTN Management Co. as the preferred private development partner to revitalize the west side of downtown on Aug. 6. Known as the Park District project, the plan includes a 400-space parking structure and a 10-story building with hotel and residential units, according to a past State News article. The Park District covers 2.82 acres of land, stretching from Abbot Road to Valley Court, near The People’s Church, Dublin Square Irish Pub and Valley Court Park. The next step is to work on a predevelopment agreement with the city. This will detail the process of working with different companies, citizen groups and area stakeholders.

ple, but then you can also step outside of your experience and learn a little bit about another culture at the same time," Helou said. Lansing resident Mary Taylor, who just recently returned to Lansing after 25 years, said camaraderie among such a diverse crowd is what she enjoyed and missed most from Michigan festivals. "I love the diversity of people the festival draws, and I love how it brings everyone in the community together," Taylor said. "The location is great, and it's a beautiful, festive atmosphere. I just moved back this past year, so I came home to make the folk festivals a part of my life again." Taylor, who attended the festival two days in a row with her husband, said the music this year was so wonderful that she had trouble picking a favorite. "The festival had a lot of great artists, but it was a tossup between Clear Fork Bluegrass Quartet and Dentdelion," Taylor said. "We left during Cathie Ryan, the Celtic singer — she was really good, too. So it was really a tossup; they were all really great." Helou said the MSU Museum has been producing folklike festivals for 25 years and aims to showcase different folk artists every year so that patrons get to experience all types of cultural traditions. "We work with a group of community music advis-

“We work with a group of community music advisers who are kind of plugged into some of the different cultured traditions.” Lora Helou, MSU Museum acting director

ers who are kind of plugged into some of the different cultured traditions," Helou said. "We work with the Smithsonian, (and) we work with colleagues from across the country who also produce events. And we also do a lot of community outreach to identify craft and food vendors that are also tradition barriers and give us a strong sense of authenticity and sustaining these traditions in music, food and crafts and homemade goods." Cathie Ryan said returning to the festival after 10 years was a wonderful feeling. "It was so great to be back; it was like a homecoming," said Ryan, who has Irish roots. "I forgot how great it was." This year, Ryan said she noticed there was a unique and unifying quality among the audience that she felt honored to be a part of. "The Community Sing was a new thing to have a tent … full of people who wanted to sing — and who sang at the top of their lungs with a full heart, big smiling faces and were totally present for the music," Ryan said. "People are wanting to sing in East Lansing, and I was very honored to be asked to be a part of the Community Sing and to share songs and singalong songs. ... It's just a lovely way of being in the community, and I think we all need that. It's a good way to be connected to people, express yourself and have fun. I loved that."

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a previous statement. “Each and every one of us would give anything to have her here with us. Our family has just endured the worst 14 months of our lives.” Cannon, 18, took full responsibility for the occurrence and told the judge he would serve his time with his head held high. Although alcohol was found to be the cause of Pryor’s death, Cannon was found standing above Pryor while she was unconscious and unclothed from the waist down


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Defense emerges victorious over offense in first preseason scrimmage from page one

Freshman kicker Michael Geiger continued to make his case for replacing the graduated Dan Conroy by making seven-of-eight field goals in the scrimmage, which included two from 48 yards out. “ Wit hout watc h i ng t he video, you’ve got to look at Michael Geiger as the bright spot of the scrimmage,” Dantonio said in the release. “Right now, he’s in the lead for that position.” On the ground, freshman Gerald Holmes was the most efficient runner, gaining 55 yards on seven carries, albeit mostly against the freshman

defense. Fellow freshman running back Delton Williams also carried the ball more than seven times, but MSU did not provide his statistics. Juniors Nick Hill and Jeremy Langford each rushed for touchdowns while contributing 24 and 31 yards, respectively. Redshirt freshman running back Riley Bullough did not play in the scrimmage because of an injury. Dantonio singled out the backfield after practice on Friday as a group he was going to watch caref ully in the scrimmage. “I want to see the tailback situation, who’s running well, you know, breaking tackles, being able to run through smoke,” Dantonio said. “… We want to make sure everybody has an opportunity to show themselves. So it’s going to be important that everybody gets some reps.”



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Civil War re-enactors from Tenth Michigan Infantry demonstrate rifle drills Sunday at St. Johns Mint Festival at St. Johns City Park in St. Johns, Mich.


While both of these men have served Michigan, Rick Snyder as the current governor and Mark Schauer as a state representative and senator, later serving as a U.S. rep resentative, they are slatSchauer ed to face off as adversaries in the 2014 gubernatorial election. During his four-year tenure, Gov. Snyder has advocated for and Snyder signed numerous pieces of legislation including Right to Work, laboring to balance the state's budget and bring investments and businesses to the Great Lakes area. Bill Ballenger, editor of Inside Michigan Politics, said the governor will work hard during the campaign to talk about the state's economic recovery and his efforts to rebuild Detroit. Although Snyder's support of the Medicaid expansion has caused concern among tea party supporters and he alarmed moderates and Democrats with his abortion and labor legislation, Ballenger said the governor isn't in bad shape. "He will be subject to second guessing, but I don't think he's mortally wounded or particularly vulnerable," he said. On the other hand, Ballenger believes Schauer will hit hard on the $1.8 billion tax cut Snyder gave to businesses at the cost of cuts to revenue sharing and K-12 funding. Even months before the impending tidal wave of advertising and political debate, the race is projected to be close. Nathan L. Gonzales, deputy editor for The Rothenberg Political Report, said neither politi-


cal party is expected to surge, and that the race for governor within Michigan is considered a pure tossup at this point. With Snyder taking f lack over the proposed Medicaid expansion from within his party, Gonzales said he cannot take the upcoming election for granted, with his financial advantage over Schauer, and despite excitement from party officials, Schauer still has a lot to do before Nov. 4. "Democrats are excited about Schauer, but he still has to ramp up his campaign," he said. One of the most important issues for Michigan voters will be the economy and whether or not Snyder's policies have been the cause of the state's turnaround, according to Ballenger. Early in the race, Schauer has been an outspoken critic of Snyder's economic polices, stating the governor has chosen corporate interests over the wellbeing of Michigan residents. "(Gov. Snyder has) raised taxes on the working poor and (made) cuts to education funding in order to give businesses a tax cut," Schauer said in an interview with The State News last week. However, Schauer might have trouble contending with figures such as unemployment, which has fallen from 11 percent in January of 2011 to 8.7 percent in June 2013. Michigan also attracted $242 million in capital investments in 2012, the most since 2008, ranking fourth nationally, according to the Michigan Venture Capital Association. Even with a strong backing of support from Democrats throughout the state, Ballenger said Schauer doesn't appear to be overly charismatic and might have been selected as the candidate for being sensible and not prone to mistakes, rather than being the most captivating candidate, perhaps leading to more cerebrally stimulating debates rather than must-see TV. "When they debate, they're going to be intelligent debates between two guys who know the score," he said.


Celebrating the art of agriculture and fresh breath, the 29th Annual St. Johns Mint Festival kicked off Friday with events held at St. Johns City Park and the Clinton County Fairgrounds. Saturday saw huge crowds in attendance for the parade that had an estimated 100 floats and at least 5,000 people in attendance, according to Alan Ebert, an auxiliary officer at the parade, who said he was happy with the turnout and the smooth flow of events. The event also included a car show, carnival games, rides and arts and crafts, along with a Civil War encampment. The Civil War encampment featured historical re-enactments, including uniforms and weapons used during the war. St. Johns, Mich., resident Chris Mikula said a large number of mint farms are present in the area, giving the town a common reputation of "Mint Capital of the World," or "Mint City USA." “I have been here more than a dozen times now," Mikula said. “Everything from family businesses to local churches and kids groups.” The Mint Festival is held approximately at the same time that mint farms surrounding St. Johns harvest their crops. Mikula added the flea market, businesses, food vendors and carnivals at this festival contribute to the excitement every year. “The parade is the big part


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of the festival, and then all the people make their way up to the St. Johns City Park where they have a craft show and a carnival," he said. "A lot of people come to town for this weekend from all over the area." Lansing resident Aaron Shelle said he enjoyed his first time at the Mint Festival, citing spending time with his family as his favorite part. “I thought it was very well done," Shelle said. "… They got a bunch of candy. (The parade) was pretty cool; it was my first Mint Festival. I got to see my nephew and two nieces in (the local swim team), The Sea Lions." The Sea Lions was among the many other organizations that participated in the parade. Some of the other floats that caught the attention of the spectators were the Red Hat Society, Andy T’s Farm Market, Clinton County Sheriff’s Special Rescue Team and several other floats

collaborating with Short's Brewing Co. to produce 100 varieties of beers that will be available on the 100-tap system, which will break the previous record set by Sierra Nevada and Cannery Row Brewing Co. in California last year. Free Crack Fries every week for a year will be awarded to the first 200 patrons.

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From left, Holt, Mich., residents Bryson DeSmith, 5, and Theresa DeSmith and St. Johns,Mich., resident Zoe Camburn, 7, go down a slide during the St. Johns Mint Festival on Sunday.

with pageant participants and winners. St. Johns resident Dominique Wilson called the St. Johns High School Marching Band’s performance "the best" act of the

parade. The marching band played the school's fight song, among other tunes. “The band was probably the best part of the whole parade,” she said.

"Our goal ... is craft," President of BarFly Ventures Sam Short said. "We don't just serve craft beer, and we don't just use sustainable local produce and make our staff in house; we also consider the art of selling beer, craft." HopCat has the largest selection of draft beer in the state, Short said. More than 75 new jobs will

be created from the opening of East Lansing's newest bar. Founded in 2008 by BarFly Ventures in Grand Rapids, HopCat was named the thirdbest beer bar in the world by Beer Advocate Magazine. The East Lansing juncture will be the second HopCat location, the other located in Grand Rapids.



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In the aftermath of a longwinded battle with the university, which came to an end this summer, ASMSU is looking forward to a fresh start. For the sake of its autonomy, MSU's undergraduate student government avoided the prospect of moving all its funding into oncampus accounts after issues with a series of audits were taken up with university officials. When Vice President for Finance and Treasurer Mark Haas and Senior Vice President of Student Affairs Denise Maybank threatened to permanently revoke ASMSU's student tax if its funding wasn't moved by July 1, ASMSU gave in, promising to

pick up the pieces later. ASMSU's Vice President for Student Funding Mike Mozina said the student group has managed to aid the material weaknesses pointed out in the audits and is on track to becoming a stronger entity. "Those issues referenced have been taken care of, and we’ve been moving in the right direction as far as financial controls are concerned," Mozina said. The organization has made some changes around campus as well, such as installing a charging station for students to charge their cell phones while studying. "Something like that seems so small, but it's something every student deals with and that can make their lives a little bit easier," Mozina said. In addition, Abbie Newton,

ASMSU vice president for special projects, is working to form a special board for MSU researchers to present their work. Newton's new position also might include collaborations with MSU's athletics department, as well. "We’re looking for different ways we can make a difference without taking away from the excitement of athletic events," Newton said. Despite the fear of lost autonomy looming, ASMSU is moving forward. “While this is far from a perfect situation, we will be able to pick up the pieces and become the truly autonomous student government it once was,” ASMSU General Assembly representative James Conwell said in a previous interview.

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“Because I sometimes like to torture myself, I flip through the cable news channels on occasion. And when I was looking through them last week, I came across something that particularly shocked me.”

couch burnings not identity of e.L., MSU EDITORIAL BOARD Dillon Davis editor in chief Michael Koury Opinion editor Michael Kransz staff representative Ariel Ellis minority representative


SU has many traditions that are fully embraced throughout its community, by both the students and permanent residents in the area. Unfortunately, there's one tradition that has failed to subside over the years. Couch burnings. In an effort to start a conversation on the impact of couch burning in the community, a liaison committee between MSU and East Lansing held a meeting last Thursday to discuss, among other things, how to plan for the beginning of Welcome Weekend, specifically the weekend of Aug. 23, where

they are expecting an increase of possible couch burnings after an increase of fires in the month of July. Burning a couch can be comparable to something on an MSU bucket list. Either by just going to one or even starting it yourself, it seems to be a rite of passage some MSU students feel they need to experience. And it's one experience that needs to come to an end. It looks bad, not only on East Lansing and MSU, but on the students as well. It might seem like it's something to experience or some kind of novelty, but it's overrated. It's not like burning a couch is being done in the name of MSU or showing some sort of school pride. It's a black mark on a school that's trying to give students an education and a sports team they supposedly root for. It's understandable when students first come to college, they're trying to find some sense of identity. Everyone is, but nobody is going to find that identity in the flames of a burning couch. The only thing it's going to give you is some warmth and the strong pos-

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sibility you'll be arrested and charged with arson. The resources of the MSU and East Lansing Police Department also are being wasted in this case. They can spend their time trying to work on actual crimes instead of a couple of people who spent their time playing with matches. The unfortunate part in all of this is that all MSU students are getting lumped together. A couple of people, including some that might not be MSU students, are giving everybody a bad reputation. It’s not fair for the students who want to show their school spirit but are overshadowed by the needless actions of a few. There is no reason to jeopardize your future by acting in what some might call an "MSU tradition" and getting arrested and possibly expelled from school. There are many ways students can show off your support for MSU in

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which where they’re not breaking the law. Because when students do, it not only makes them look bad, but every single one of their peers on campus. When news comes out about a couch burning, the first thing somebody thinks shouldn’t be, "Did it happen in East Lansing?" When you have that type of reputation, there's something wrong with the attention MSU is getting. The meeting between the city and school officials is a nice proactive step to try to steer the city away from attaining the nickname as the "Couch Burning Capital of Michigan." If anything good is to come out of this, maybe it's the start of a new tradition where students can show off their school spirit.

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“Privacy becoming price of safety in America” I do like the compromise being considered, per the news. They might let the phone company hang onto the phone number data, instead of the government. Then, they just access the necessary information at the appropriate times. It would also save some red tape, in that we wouldn’t need all the extra people and equipment to maintain those records we do not ever need to access.

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s I am sitting down to write what might be the last thing I ever write for The State News, a heavy dose of nostalgia was injected into my bloodstream, and it’s really starting to hit me: I’m entering my senior year at MSU.

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Well...damn it. That went by quickly. As I’m looking back at the three previous years at MSU, I like to think of what transpired in my years as a sitcom. I do that because 1. There were plenty of very embarrassing moments, a lot of which were captured on camera before a live audience. 2. A TV show really struggles to stay good after four years. After four, it just starts to get sad. And 3. I was a TV addict growing up. While many kids were off playing with their friends, my friends actually were the people on the show “Friends.” Ross and Rachel would never shut up about each other. It was kind of annoying. Freshman year, you start out as a kid entering a new world where you, and many others, begin this new part of your life. Then you begin to meet your supporting cast. Like the struggles of a new sitcom, such as when “The Office” first came on the air, something doesn’t feel right. You’re not in a groove yet, and everything just feels a little awkward. This is where some retooling takes place. Maybe you drop some “characters” from your life, or introduce

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things, then what the hell are you doing? new ones to change things up. But with every show, there is going to You can’t keep rehashing the same story be a turning point where you know you lines as you did the year before. And in this case, you don’t want to be stuck on the have something special. For me, it was when my grandpa same routine. In short, do not, I repeat, do passed away at the tail end of my fresh- not be “Entourage.” So entering my third year, I decided to man year. So when you're able to find that special group of people that will be with change things up and add a little chaos you through the toughest of times, that's into my life. Enter The State News. This was a place I’ve wanted to work when you know you've found your core cast. These are the people you want with at since my freshman year. I would walk you for the next four years. And by the past it on Grand River Avenue and just look at it in awe of its histime freshman year, or seaOpinion Editor tory and the famous jourson one, comes to a close, nalists who came out of everything seems to be comhere. That’s who I wanting together and on the right ed to be and that’s where track so you can have a sucI wanted to work. I almost cessful second season. applied the year before, Your sophomore year is but I chickened out and when you're able to have a didn’t. I didn’t think I was lot of fun because now that a good enough journalyou've found your supportist yet to deserve to work ing cast, this is where your michael koury there. Everyone has those adventures truly can begin. moments of self-doubt, and Maybe one of your friends disappears into the night and later you find I’m no different. So there I was, interviewing for a job out it was because he or she was thrown into jail. Or maybe a stripper falls off the I’ve wanted since freshman year. And a stage on top of you. You never know what week or two later, I officially was hired as can happen! Your second year is all about part of the staff. It marked the beginning having new, high-concept adventures and of what was the most stress-filled, tiring, exploring the world outside of MSU, and hospital-visited years of my life. It also was the most enjoyable and life-experiencing maybe even East Lansing. As with every TV show, you never want year as well. Junior year allowed me to take more it to get stale. The same thing can be said about your life. If you don’t put yourself risks with my life, literally. Your third seaout there, make a push to experience new son allows you to expand your world out-

side the confines of what you’re normally comfortable with. You’re on the bottom end of your four-year journey. You can’t hold anything back now. And if I didn’t work at The State News, I don’t think it wouldn’t have been that enjoyable. Because a huge part of what I’ll remember about my time here at MSU are the late nights I worked here, trying to finish a story with my editor giving me the death stare. And when I do think about that, I will have the big, giant smile people around me have grown to both love and hate. So that brings us to season four. What will this year bring? Spoiler alert! I couldn’t tell you, because even I don’t know. Although I might look at these years as a TV show, our lives are not scripted. We can’t plan for anything because you never know what’s going to happen. It’s kind of like “Lost,” but even more confusing. And let me end this column with this quote: “The universe is an endless raging sea of randomness. Our job isn’t to fight it but to weather it together...It won’t matter what happens to us as long as we stay honest and accepting of each other’s flaws and virtues.” This comes from my all-time favorite show, “Community.” No matter what happens to you in your life, there’s no reason you have to go through it alone. And as our series finale approaches, it’s good to keep in mind what you have and how appreciative you should be to have it. And with that, we exit stage left. #FourSeasonsAndAGraduation


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City council discusses New sushi restaurant adds to growing trend 7-bedroom apartments By Anya Rath THE STATE NEWS nn

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The East Lansing City Council approved a moratorium at last Tuesday's meeting to further discuss whether seven-bedroom apartments are a viable option for downtown development. In the past year, the city has received two applications for seven-bedroom, multiple-family-dwelling units. One is a set of townhouses, owned by Hagan Realty, Inc., 927 E. Grand River Ave., adjacent to Lot 11. The other is the space above the former Wanderer's Teahouse, 547 E. Grand River Ave., owned by Perry Investment Group. "We want to make sure that the apartments that we're building in East Lansing can endure changes in the market," East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas said. "And we're questioning if this seven-unit model ... is a good thing for East Lansing to have." Lahanas said the concern is that larger models, such as five, six- or seven-bedroom apartments, lack flexibility. The moratorium, he said, is an opportunity for the city to do comprehensive planning and listen to community input. "If there's a significant decline in the market, those five-, six-, seven-bedroom apartments will never be rented by anyone but students," Lahanas said. "But the one-, two-, three-bedroom (apartments) might very well be rented by young professionals or a couple." Lahanas added if students really do want to live with a large group of friends, there are other options, such as renting a house. Perry Investment Group coowner Loren Perry said he disagrees with the council's decision. "Do they like vacant buildings? Because (547 E. Grand River Ave. has) been vacant for about 20 years," Perry said. "It doesn't make sense to me. They built three seven-unit

“We want to make sure that the apartments that we’re building ... can endure changes in the market.�

As one walks down Grand River Avenue, it’s hard to ignore the ever-growing presence of a certain Japanese cuisine. With at least five sushi restaurants already established in the East Lansing area, another is about to join the pack of sushi options nearby. An employee at Tamaki Custom Sushi and Wraps in Lansing confirmed they will be opening another location within the next few weeks in Brookfield Plaza, 1331 E. Grand River Ave. Tamaki, which puts a custom twist on each of its rolls, could not be reached for further comment. Bonnie Knutson, a professor in MSU’s School of Hospitality Business, said there are several reasons why the popularity of sushi restaurants is growing in areas such as East Lansing. Knutson said certain market forces such as the students and local residents in the area drive trends. Additionally, there is a growing number of international students, and many students go on study abroad trips. “The increase in global travel has exposed the general consumer to a wide variety of international cuisine,� Knutson said. Knutson said the media pushes exposure for dishes that people might not have had the access to in the past. “People are exposed to (the idea that) there is more than spaghetti and tacos (in international cuisine,)� Knutson said. Leigh Beckmeyer, house man-

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apartments right behind us on Albert Street, and they're all occupied" Perry said he has spoken to several students who are interested in his seven-bedroom unit shadowing Grand River Avenue. He also said a similar moratorium was placed in a town outside of Augusta, Ga., his current residence. The city eventually backed off of its moratorium because it was in conflict with the highest and best use of the parcels. "The best use of (547 E. Grand River Ave.) is for students," Perry said. "There's a long history of students living in that spot. I don't see any conflicts in history, in demographics or in usage by using it for students." Perry said he plans to attend the East Lansing City Council meeting on Sept. 3 to plead his case. After two years in the dorms, kinesiology junior Andrew Cusmano said he is ready to move into a house with four of his friends. Cusmano said he is looking for ward to hav ing more space and his own privacy; however, he isn't quite ecstatic about parking accommodations, and he says that's the biggest downfall of living with a large group. "The parking pass is pretty expensive," Cusmano said. "But living with five people brings down the house cost a lot."

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but everyone has their favorite.� Beckmeyer added the increasing competition pushes sushi restaurants to start offering happy hours and discounts. Beckmeyer also added the owner of Tamaki was one of Sushi Ya’s head chefs before he chose to branch out. “He definitely jumped at a good opportunity at a perfect time,� Beckmeyer said. The East Lansing branch of Maru Sushi Grill, 1500 W. Lake Lansing Road, which opened earlier this year, has also not seen a blow to business as a result of too much competi-

tion. Katie Borushko, assistant manager of the restaurant, said they mostly see customers in the younger crowd. “It’s kind of a unique food,� Borushko said. “It’s a lot of fun to try, especially the specialty rolls. We make it an art form as well.� Graduate student Josh Roose would describe himself as an eight out of 10 on a scale of sushi love. Roose appreciates having a variety of sushi options available to him in East Lansing. “It’s soul food for me,� Roose said. “Part of it, too, (is that) it’s very healthy. I’d rather have a sushi place than a burger joint.�

across campus. Bill Kost, the associate director of retail food services, said the Division of Residential and Hospitality Services, or RHS, felt the retail atmosphere of Sparty's would be the perfect place to sell passes. "The bus passes being available through Sparty's gives all students a much larger window to purchase on a daily basis with the extended hours available, more payment

options that involve paying by cash, credit card and Spartan Cash and a new feature that links the semester or 31-day pass to the students' ID," Kost said. The new ID pass enables students to get replacements free of charge from the ID office within the International Center, according to Kost. Turbo Chef's, replacing the panini grills across campus, will enable students to

receive their meals more efficiently, a necessity for the Spartan on the move. New grill items also are expected at the Brody Square location, a change brought on by the success of the Hubbard Hall grill concept. Rounding out the list of confirmed improvements is the renovation of the Administration Building location.


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Rockford, Mich., resident Liam Smith, 10, who won 13 medals during the games, jumps up and reacts to his achievement at the closing ceremony of the 2013 World Dwarf Games on Saturday at Breslin Center. The athletic competition ended with badminton and basketball finals.

vine celebrity eckenrode uses dwarfism to entertain By Michael Kransz THE STATE NEWS nn

His comedy shorts inspire fellow dwarfs with humor and positive messages. He's 16-yearold Smithsbu r g, Md., resident Evan Eckenrode, also k nown as "Dwarf Mamba." Eckenrode "I want to make people have a better day," Eckenrode said. "When you're having a bad day, come look at my videos and make your day 10 times better." Most videos Eckenrode creates with his friends and brothers center around some aspect of dwarfism, treating it as a difference rather than a disability. Often his perceptions as a dwarf will challenge those of an average-height person's. Sometimes obstacles will be dramatized or objects will appear absurdly larger, like when his friend tosses him a mini water bottle and it becomes a five-gallon water jug when he catches it. At the World Dwarf Games, Eckenrode said he enjoys the even playing field, though he never made any complaints about playing among those of average height in hometown leagues. "The toughest thing for him is that he loves sports," his father, Jim Eckenrode, said. "It's hard for him to compete in the home community." A World Dwarf Games gold medal-winning athlete, Evan Eckenrode said he reaches within himself for his drive and ability, whether performing on the sports field or doing stunts on video. "I have to run three times

“When you’re having a bad day, come look at my videos and make your day 10 times better.� Evan Eckenrode, athlete

more," he said. "I try to push myself and show that I can do the same things everyone else can." His determination has inspired others with dwarfism, Jim Eckenrode said. Jim Eckenrode told a story about a letter Evan Eckenrode received. It was from another little person who was shy and afraid of attending dwarf conferences. When she saw Evan Eckenrode's videos and all those supporting him, her self-esteem boosted and she began to feel comfortable with her short stature. She now wants to attend the conferences and meet fellow dwarfs. "We all got emotional," Jim Eckenrode said. "My wife had tears in her eyes. It touched Evan. That letter told him that he's able to have an impact on people other than humor." Evan Eckenrode said his brothers hope to expand on the videos by creating a website and a clothing line with "Dwarf Mamba" on the front. Chemical engineering junior Allison Nekritz hadn’t heard of “Dwarf Mamba� before. “I think that’s awesome,� Nekritz said. “That’s great that someone is doing that. Now I want to go on Vine and see him.�

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he World Dwarf Games were, by all means, a landmark event for a community looking for its own shot at athletic glory. From Aug. 3 to Aug. 10, East Lansing played host to approximately 400 athletes with dwarfism or disproportionate dysplasia from all over the world to compete in a variety of sports, including badminton, basketball and flag football. The World Dwarf Games find its roots in East Lansing. East Lansing is the birthplace of the Dwarf Athletic Association of America (or DAAA), a nonprofit organization created in 1985 that hosted the games. Beyond athletics, the games also fostered a community of comradeship among dwarfs whose talents might not translate into regular professional sports. Athletes lived together in Case Hall and were presented many opportunities to mingle and understand other cultures. Many athletes who participated noted that it felt good to be surrounded by competitors who were on a similar playing field.

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“The Statesmen� cheer with Sparty Saturday at Breslin Center during the basketball finals of the 2013 World Dwarf Games. The team took the gold medal in basketball.




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