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Fed plans on college costs still up in air By Michael Gerstein THE STATE NEWS nn

Tuition at MSU continues to climb. For the 2013-14 academic year alone, it shot up by an average of 2.8 percent. In many states across the nation, funding for higher education has taken a downward spiral. During an August bus tour through New York and Pennsylvania, President Barack Obama announced a new college affordability plan, a controversial attempt at keeping college costs down at a time when student debt has reached an all-time-high of $1 trillion nationwide. Higher education advocates in Michigan say they aren't sure if Obama's plan to tie a federal ranking system to university funding will be a boom or a bust for college students. "The big question is exactly how he is going to work out the details of the plan," College of Education Dean Donald Heller said. "It's really hard to tell who's gonna win and who's gonna lose." The president's plan would give positive marks for low tuition fees, more graduates and greater post-graduation incomes, and negative ratings for schools with the most baccalaureate debt. Congress would then need to tie federal funding with better ratings to drive costs down. Heller and other faculty say it's impossible to tell if this would benefit students until the Obama administration hashes out more details. "I don't know that this plan, or any, will be a silver bullet," said Brendan Cantwell, an assistant professor with MSU's Department of Educational Administration. State Rep. Sam Singh, D-East Lansing, said he remains hopeful Obama's plan could drive costs down for students and foster "a stronger partnership between the state government and the federal government." "The most effective way would be to leverage state funds with federal resources, and I hope that will be a part of this plan," Singh said. See POLITICS on page 2 u

Reaching for the sky Spartan volleyball team looks to build height advantage, work off past success as season gets underway sports, PAGE 5 Danyelle Morrow/The State News

Senior setter Kristen Kelsay sets the ball during the Green and White match Saturday at Jenison Field House.

Back in Town: A State News series on the start of fall 2013. Part 2: Infrastucture

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City businesses, MSU campus swarmed with start-of-semester preparations

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ith the start of the fall, students are moving across East Lansing focused on attending classes, making new friends, and most importantly, finding their niche in Spartan society. For some, the city and campus appear picture perfect. The grounds are maintained, lecture halls are spotless, dining halls and restaurants offer a wide variety of foods, and now, dorms even offer free laundry. But in order to prepare for the fall 2013 semester, businesses, city officials and MSU employees were on overdrive, working to make a smooth transition from the slow summer to a bustling community. Residential Halls One of the most notable changes on campus revolves around a sudden influx of students. The increase presents challenges for Landscape Services, who put in long hours to get campus ready. From painting and cleaning all of the residential halls to moving out old furniture, MSU's Residential and Hospitality Services worked throughout the summer to make an easy transition for the upcoming year. To assist the thousands of new and returning students, MSU's residential department invited faculty and staff, alumni and members of the greater Lansing community to come and volunteer to work during move in, said Ashley Chaney, assistant director of communications for Residence Education and Housing Services.

As the 3 p.m. hour hit East Lansing on Wednesday, from the Beaumont Tower to Bailey Street Community Center, residents were greeted to the sound of bells ringing.

The walk served as a historical reminder of the significance of King’s speech 50 years ago

the semester. Custodial Ser vices manager Brandon Baswell said the department has worked on projects in nearly every building throughout the summer. Mandatory cleanups of the lecture halls that weren't

This was part of a nationwide call from Washington, D.C. to ring bells at that time to mark the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech. T h e B a i le y C om mu nity Center of East Lansing answered the call to celebrate. Nora Thompson, early childcare coordinator of the Bailey Community Center, led a parade of about 40 members of the after-school program at the community center to march down Albert Avenue to East Lansing City Hall, ringing bells in celebration of the famous day. Thompson said part of celebrating King's legacy is building community, which starts with East Lansing's youngest members. "We want to create connections with everyone, just as Dr. King encouraged us to do," she said in an email prior to the event. "Today's walk is a visible reminder that we are all brothers and we believe in friendship and community." The walk also served as a reminder to community members of the historical significance of King's speech 50 years ago. Retired MSU professor Eugene Pernell Jr. was given the opportunity to met King while he was a freshmen at Alabama State College. "He was just a nice man who came down to talk to

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MSU Landscape Service employee, Jerry Wahl, hangs a hockey banner Tuesday at the corner of Kalamazoo Street and Birch Road in preparation for the first home football game.

"We usually have a fair amount of volunteers who come help during opening," Chaney said. "(They) kind of help with everything, from distributing the bins that students use to load stuff up to take up to their rooms, to helping with check in, to elevator operations to helping with traf-

fic and recycling." Facilities W het her st udent s were dreading the start of the classes or excited for the new semester to begin, MSU facilities departments made sure that lecture halls were clean and ready for the first days of

Flood leaves cars damaged at CRMC apartment property By Simon Schuster THE STATE NEWS nn

Marketing sophomore Matt Bontorin spent his summer working to buy a white 2011 Chevy Cruze. Just a week after he'd bought his new car, he received a rude awakening at 1 a.m. Wednesday. “I heard some banging on my apartment because I was already asleep, and everyone was yelling ‘You’ve got to move your car! You’ve got to move your car!’” Bontorin said. During the heavy rainfall that night, the basement-level parking underneath his apartment building at 137 Louis St. had flooded, damaging all 14 vehicles in it. “It’s pretty much totaled,” Bontorin said, referring to his car. “It doesn’t start and there’s water damage throughout the whole interior.” But Bontorin and other res-

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Dirt fills a bathtub in a house on Louis Street on Wednesday. The home's basement was flooded, leaving behind dirt and leaves.

idents who shared the garage might be on the hook for the costs of the repairs. Property owners Community Resources Management Company, or CRMC, say the company is not liable for any personal proper-

ty damage. CRMC President Dan Olson placed fault for the flooding on the city of East Lansing, and told tenants that the flooding See FLOOD on page 2 u

Mike Feldpausch, a Community Resource Management Company maintenance employee, cleans the property’s parking garage Wednesday. The flooding damaged multiple cars in the structure.

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Police brief MSU police arrest male suspect A 24-year-old male suspect was arrested Aug. 24 for possession of a concealed weapon in a vehicle, according to the MSU Police Department. The man, a Detroit resident with no MSU affiliation, was found between 8:12 and 9:30 p.m. while police were performing a routine property check of parking Ramp 1 near Shaw Lane, MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said. Upon searching the suspect's vehicle, police found marijuana and a concealed weapon inside his car and arrested him. The suspect was released, but has not yet been arraigned. The incident is still under investigation. Katie Abdilla

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Campus work spans multiple departments; city infrastructure also sees changes from page one

used and maintained during the summer semester also helped prepare the university for the first week back, he said. "We're gearing up for fall, making sure that classes are set, doing all the detailed cleaning to get ready for that," Baswell said. With a sharp increase of thousands of students living on campus in a matter of days, MSU's dining halls have to produce enough food to feed the large student population. Guy Procopio, the university's director of Culinary Services, said roughly 1,000 new employees were hired all over campus in dining halls, Sparty's Convenience Store locations, retails and the MSU Bakery. The university jumps from an average of 5,000 to 7,000 meals a day during the summer to roughly 35,000 meals during the school year, Procopio said. Besides the drastic increase in returning stu-

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Navigating the streets of East Lansing During the summer, the streets of downtown East Lansing were full of burdensome road blocks and large construction vehicles. But by the time students returned, a major repaving project along Grand River and Michigan avenues was complete. East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas said the work was necessary to create a more seamless commute in the fall. He said the project also improved safety for pedestrians through updated pathways and street crossings. Despite these changes, navigating through campus often can be a struggle for incoming students, said Laurie Robinson, director of marketing at Capital Area Transportation Authority, or CATA. To help with the issue, the transportation system created "CATA Guides" to assist students in finding their way. "Our objective is to engage them by answering questions about campus and off-campus routes, help them gain a sense of confidence and freedom as they use our services, and assist them in planning their day-to-day travels between classes and for extracurricular activities," Robinson said. To ensure student safety, Lahanas said East Lansing deploys more officers throughout the city and intensively inspects student housing in preparation for their return. "Before the fall semester


MSU has sixth-highest tuition and fees among Big Ten universities, U-M slightly more from page one

He said he hopes some institutions — such as state universities with higher tuition fees — aren't hurt by the plan. MSU is the sixth most expensive Big Ten university, with tuition and fees at $12,623 a semester. The University

begins, we have additional police available to help make certain that people are safe while out and about, and make sure that they're celebrating in a safe manner," Lahanas said. East Lansing business spike and decline Before summer comes to a close and textbooks open, several businesses gear up for the enviable influx of students. Student Book Store assistant manager Mike Wylie said that type of preparation can take all summer. "We've got extra registers set up, we do a bigger book check... we hire about 50 to 60 extra people," Wylie said. "There are 7,000 incoming freshmen that are excited to be here. Whether they're shopping at our store or out roaming around, we have to make sure we're prepared." Aside from textbooks and supplies, Urban Outfitters manager Maggie Johnson said students seem to be investing in back-to-school apparel as well. "We look at last year' s business and how it compared to when the students were in town," Johnson said. "It's definitely a huge business... Sales about double." Although most East Lansing businesses have seen a spike in business, El Azteco Restaurant manager Josh Smalley said their restaurant often sees a drop in fall business. "Outside of preparing for football games, there's no extra preparation that needs to be done for the fall," Smalley said. "Our busy season is from right around when school lets out until school starts... We're the complete opposite than the other restaurants in East Lansing."

of Michigan is slightly more, charging $12,994 per semester. Northwestern University is the most expensive, at $43,779. Working out the details of how funding would be tied to the rating system could prove to be a long political battle. And as costs continue to rise, Cantwell said there are fewer jobs for those without a degree, presenting further challenges for those in the job market. "The cost of not going to college is higher than it was in the past," he said.

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CRMC president: “When there’s a problem, we handle the issue as quickly as we can.”

“We don’t at this time know the cause of everything everywhere. There’s a lot of different factors.”

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was a result of a storm basin backing up. A maintenance supervisor for the company said drainage systems were functioning normally. Kinesiology senior Anne Harrelson, whose car was in the garage, said that while the storm drains along Louis Street were clear and the water receded, the parking garage remained flooded into the morning. She also said a police officer had told her that the issue was not with city drains. Bontorin also said they didn’t begin removing water from the basement until 10 a.m. and didn’t finish until close to 3 p.m. “I ’m rea l ly su r pr i sed (CR MC) were not more helpful, even just with the towtrucks and everything. The least they could do is help us get our cars out of here,” Bontorin said. “The problem was (the water) stayed at a decent level all night, up to my (car) window. They took no action at all.” Olson, however, had a different account, saying that workers responded promptly and efficiently to the concerns of residents on the property. “We were out here first thing this morning and we started to knock on doors and notify the tenants that there was an issue downstairs,” Olson said. “When there’s a problem,

we handle the issue as quickly as we can. We want to be proactive, we want to figure this stuff out. We don’t want to have customers upset, and our goal is to be responsive as possible.” Ron Lacasse, infrastructure manager for East Lansing, said the city had received 20 to 30 reports of f looding and still was in the preliminary stages of investigating the reports. “ We don’t at t h is t i me know the cause of everything ever y where," Lacasse said. "There’s a lot of different factors that go into why certain properties back up. I don’t mean to imply it’s anybody else’s fault, but it’s not as simple as saying it’s related to the city’s drainage system every time." The property next door to the apartment building, the Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity, also experienced significant flooding in its basement. Marks showed where water had f lowed through a high window into the basement while residents in the house tried to move their cars from the waterlogged driveway into the street. One resident, food industry management senior Dan Sorgen, said that since the apartment building had been constructed next to their fraternity, water had not drained the same. “We get a lot of runoff off this building and with the way everything’s angled, our house gets messed up,” Sorgen said.

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New MSU bike garages offer repair tools, added security By Simon Schuster THE STATE NEWS nn

To combat the all too common sight of weather-beaten, and rusty bikes on campus, the university is offering an alternative option to exposing bicycles to the elements. This year, MSU Bikes installed bicycle garages in parking Ramp 5, near Trowbridge Road, and Ramp 6, near Grand River Avenue. The garages offer improved bicycle racks, higher security and repair stands containing a host of tools for repairs on the fly. The new facilities can provide up to 73 cyclists all that and more — but at a price. Access to the garage costs $50 for an annual rental, $35 for three to nine months, $25 for one to three months and $15 for one week to a month. However, students can store an additional two bikes in the facilities for an extra 10 dollars. MSU Bikes Service Center manager Tim Potter said the idea to install the new facilities came from his visits to other campuses and an unmet need from MSU commuters. “The university had done some transportation-related surveys of both student and faculty and staff,” Potter said. “One of the questions was, ‘What are the things preventing you from riding, and if they were resolved, would encourage you to bike?’ “What a lot of people said is the bike parking on campus isn’t secure enough.” The metal cage surrounding the racks only can be accessed with an MSU ID that's authorized to open it, meaning that after the garage's free trial period concludes Sept. 1, only paying renters of the garages will be

able to get inside. With more than 20,000 cyclists at MSU, Potter said the fees were necessary to control demand for the garages, which cost approximately $1,000 per bicycle space to construct. The installation of the new parking garages also fits into the larger goals contain within MSU’s Campus Master Plan. Campus Planner Steve Troost said it’s about prioritizing nonmotorized transportation. “By providing a suite of options, hopefully we can encourage folks to do things differently, such as leaving their car at home and get more people to be coming to campus through different modalities, that not only enhance campus safety but improve our ecological footprint,” Troost said. So far, only 10 users have applied and been authorized to use the garages. Applications to use the facilities can be filled out at the MSU Bikes Service Center. In 2011, MSU was declared a bronze level “Bicycle Friendly University” by the League of American Cyclists. Potter said MSU will be applying to be evaluated in the next review cycle for the award, hopefully to gain the silver designation, with the ultimate goal of eventually achieving platinum status. Nick Kehoe, president of the MSU Cycling Club, said the parking garages are a great idea, but noted the university has plenty of room for improvement. “I don’t think it’s as friendly as the University of Wisconsin, where the only cars allowed on campus are emergency vehicles,” Kehoe said. “There are more bike lanes popping up so we’re moving in the right direction, but I still think we have a ways to go.”

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Okemos residents Walquer Rigg, 13, and Victor Rigg, 9, walk down Albert Street Wednesday during the “Let Freedom Ring!” parade, which started at Bailey Community Center, located at 300 Bailey St.


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us college freshmen,” Pernell said. Pernell participated in the Montgomery bus boycott from 1955-1956 organized by King, and said his relationship continued after they met in college. He and his wife attended the same church as King, and said the famous speech meant everything to him. That sentiment was shared by many of the parade onlookers, including 63-year-old Louise Forsythe of Okemos, who

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MIPs lead Welcome Weekend crime, but citations down overall By Katie Abdilla THE STATE NEWS nn

With more than 20 years of patrolling East Lansing during Welcome Weekend under his belt, East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy said there aren't many more surprises left in store for him. What he does find surprising, however, is an overall decrease in the number of alcohol-related citations issued in East Lansing during the students' first weekend back at school. "It’s been, this year in particular, less busy," Murphy said. "There were still a lot of arrests, but it’s more officers initiating and being proactive, and that’s what we want to have happen."

The number of minors cited for having alcohol during Welcome Weekend increased slightly from last year, but police say citations have gone down overall in the past few years. A lthough the number of minor in possession, or MIP, i nc ident s have i nc rea sed slightly since last year, numbers still are low at 52 citations, compared to 2011's total of 91 citations. Police also saw a small increase in situations where patrons were intoxicated enough to need medical attention. "It’s quite a feat, drinking to the point of being unable to take care of yourself," Murphy said. "It’s more than just

being stumble-around drunk, it’s a life-threatening intoxication level." Murphy said there were many off-campus parties during the weekend, but said the East Lansing Police Department made sure to have officers address issues before they got out of control. “There were lots of noisy parties, but a big part of it is that when it did get busy, we made sure to have a lot of officers on and address it before it got out of hand,” Murphy said. “Us getting to it early may mean us not giving a ticket and less problems for us ... We expect people to be out drinking, and if they make bad decisions, we take care of it when issues come up.” Murphy said most of the issues came f rom outside patrons. He said many of the arrests made in East Lansing during Welcome Weekend did not involve MSU students. "People come from out of town just for Welcome Week, and we know this because we run into these people and they can make more of a problem because they don’t have ties to the community," he said. MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said the department did not have a specific number of citations issued on MSU's campus during Welcome Weekend currently available, but noted the number of students on campus is one of the main factors in how many citations are issued. "Weather plays a role in it," McGlothian-Taylor said. "It also depends on how many students are enrolled and things like that." Welcome Week festivities

Citations issued during Welcome Weekend

6 Assaults 6 Larcenies 17 Property damages 52 MIPs 33 Disorderly conducts 40 Noise complaints Source: East Lansing Police

“People come into town just for Welcome Week...they can make more of a problem because they don’t have ties to the community. East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy

also can prompt a spike in students seeking legal assistance. Matt Franks, the director of communications for ASMSU, MSU's undergraduate student government, said Welcome Week is one of the busiest times of the year for the organization's program offering free student legal services. "ASMSU legal services helps more than 2,000 students a year," Franks said. "Welcome Week is one of ASMSU's busiest times, and stresses the importance and value that ASMSU provides."

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held a simple sign with an equal sign on top of the word “rights.” “I was 13 years old at the time of the speech,” she said. “At the time I don’t think I really took it all in, but as the years went by I realized that I’m going to fight for the rights of everyone.” East Lansing Mayor Pro Tem Nathan Triplett might not be old enough to remember the speech, but he’s still impacted by it. “I think that all of us have a connection to it,” Triplett said. Triplett did raise caution, however, that there still is work to do. Lansing resident Eddie Barnes, 60, agreed that progress has been made, but King’s dream is not quite a dream realized. “I personally think until the economic disparities (are) done away with, there will always be challenges.” he said.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at MSU on Feb. 11, 1965. The civil rights leader inspired thousands to question racial injustice.

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Sports blog Men’s basketball conference schedule released “When sophomore guard Gary Harris and senior center Adreian Payne decided not to enter the 2013 NBA Draft, despite likely being first-round picks, many slated the MSU men’s basketball team to make a serious run for the National Championship. Now the road to the Final Four is clear, as the Big Ten released Wednesday the full 2013-14 conference schedule.”

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For Egyptian student, a summer of ousted leaders and uncertainty


airo, Egypt — I arrived home to Egypt excited about my summer and looking forward to interning at a local independent, English-speaking newspaper, not knowing that my summer would be packed with politics — whether I liked it or not. My first encounter with the demonstrations that led to the ouster of Egypt’s former President Mohamed Morsi was a couple days after I arrived home in May. I read some graffiti on the walls of the Cairo Opera House: “June 30, the last chance for peacefulness.” I wasn’t quite sure what it meant, but while I was preparing story ideas for my first day at work I learned about the Tamarod, or “rebellion” movement. The movement was gathering signatures for a petition that would withdraw confidence from Morsi and call for early presidential elections. Its goal was to collect 15 million signatures before June 30. Soon enough, there were weekly clashes between the coordinators of the movement and members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group which former President Morsi was part of, and its political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party. The clashes became

army, bringing us to the eternal question: Was this a coup d’état or not? The answer is, “No.” And it was echoed by many political analysts and diplomatic delegations, including an African Union delegation. As an Egyptian, I cannot say where Egypt is headed, but I can tell that it would take us a long time to get our conflicts settled and go back to normal. What really bothers me now is the hatred that both sides, opponents and supporter, have for each other. A lot of Egyptians now want to declare the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group. Personally, I have mixed feelings about it. It would be unfair to call them terrorists, since you cannot generalize, although their head figures made outrageous and violent statements after Morsi was removed. Many Egyptians also are against reconciliation with the Brotherhood and its political party, saying that members should be put in prison like Mubarak and the presidents before him. I don’t want to seem like I’m supporting the Brotherhood. In my opinion, its leaders are not to be

more and more frequent until June 28, when proMorsi protesters started a sit-in by Cairo’s Rabaa elAdaweya Mosque. On June 29, Tamarod announced that they collected more than 22 million signatures, which frankly gave a lot of hope to Egyptians who were against the president and his followers. I was determined to go out and protest in Tahrir Square, as I didn’t have the chance to do so Jan. 25, 2011, because my mum wouldn’t let me. This time, I took advantage of my newspaper internship. I left my house that morning for work, and around 4 p.m. I left the office to report from the field. I said not a word to my mum. I felt her nervousness and fear in that morning as I was leaving, and I can’t deny that I was feeling a kind of fear as well since we didn’t know what to expect. I went to the square and there was a euphoric and an extremely optimistic air to the protest. The number of people flowing into the square was great, and people kept marching into the square until late at night. That day I went home extremely proud to be Egyptian, as I always am. We got rid of former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011 in about two weeks; with Morsi it took only days. The reason for this accelerated ouster was the

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trusted. Since the revolution in 2011, they have done the exact opposite of what they originally asserted. I do not see this as a solution. I just want Egyptians to take a step back and look at the matter in a more realistic way. The Brotherhood getting involved in politics again is out of the question since the majority of Egyptians refuse the idea of dealing with them in everyday life, but societal reconciliation and dialogue is a must at this point. It is the only way out of this. Or else, we could be facing the rise of a new terrorist group. Nolly Dakroury is a State News staff writer and journalism junior. She can be reached at dakroury@

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Just when I thought our quarterback situation couldn’t get any more goofed up than when the team was splitting duties between Cousins and Nichol several years ago, we now have four quarterbacks who are “in the mix”. I hope this is truly because we have four quality players and not an indecisive coach.

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Three do’s and don’ts for game attendance


elcome back to the football hype, ladies and gentlemen. For those returning season ticket holders, you know your rundown by now. If this is your first time going to Spartan Stadium and possibly holding season tickets, let us help you figure out your schedule and routine on game days. Following are three do’s and don’ts of attending MSU games, and trust me, I am putting you in good hands. My fan resume includes holding season tickets for the last three years, watching countless games (sometimes heartbreaking) and having a blood type of “S” positive. So read up, enjoy and have a great time Friday night: Do: Show up early for a couple games. Is it a bummer rolling out of bed at 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning? You bet it is. But is it worth getting to Spartan Stadium early to grab a seat within the first ten rows? Yes, yes and yes. The fans closer to the field are the diehards, the vocal leaders and the people creating the electric atmosphere in Spartan Stadium. The people near the top? A por-

times you might feel too lazy to tion of them couldn’t even tell you make breakfast, but please let the score of the game, and I am willme sound like your mother and ing to bet my coveted Kirk Coustell you to eat your breakfast. ins jersey that a handful of them If you don’t, you will either be couldn’t name the opponent. shafted with paying for a hotdog Speaking of Mr. Cousins, showthat costs as much as your econ texting up early to a game gave me book. If you’re like me, a cheap colone of my finest memories on these lege student, and don’t like spendgrounds. My friends and I showed ing outrageous money on simple up four hours before kickoff for the food, your first bite will 2011 Michigan game, and we got the tenth row of Guest columnist likely be around 4 p.m. Trust me, I have been seats. Long story short, at a game with my tank after the game Cousins empty, and I came close ran up in the student secto munching on the free tion, and myself and troves MSUFCU rally towel. of others hugged him in Do: Watch the band celebration, and every walking into the stadium second of it was epic. If you happen to opt out Ladies, if you get there of arriving early, or don’t early enough, Max Matt Sheehan have tickets at all, you Bullough might run in the msheehan@ have to watch the band student section, you will walk the campus streets embrace, exchange phone at least once. It’s not numbers and then you an option, it is an absowill end up getting marlute must if you want to say you’ve ried and birthing five children. Who knows? But folks, even if that doesn’t ever done a game day right. They march in from north camhappen, you will still have a blast pus, cross the bridge on Kalamin the out of control sea of green. azoo Street, finish their walk Do not: Show up without eating. on Red Cedar Road and leave Getting to East Lansing’s footyou with goose bumps. ball mecca early is important, Do not: Wear something othbut you have to grab a bite before er than green and white. you get there. Most dorm cafeteFor the love of Sparrias are closed till noon, and some-

ty, please show team spirit. MSU’s colors are green and white. Not “light blue V-neck,” or “pink hoodie from SBS.” Either wear the green student section shirt, find another green shirt or find a white article of clothing. Do: Listen to the band Too many times last year, the band would walk in and cue up their song that draws the “Go State” chant out of the bleachers. When they bend their knees, you scream the cheer to fill the greater Lansing area with a synchronized yell. When it works, it is chilling. When it doesn’t work, however, it sounds like the most confused mob in a screaming match. Just look at the knees everyone, the knees. Do not: Swear during chants Watch your (bleeping) mouths. As fun as it is to scream “One, two, three, first down (female dog synonym)” with your 20,000 classmates, let’s all remember there are kids at the game. And kids watching on TV. And just people in general that don’t want to hear our fan base sound like a mass of sailors. Excuse me if I sound like Grandpa Matt, but let’s tone it down and try to keep it classy this year. Matt Sheehan is the sports editor at The State News. He can be reached at

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Average height, in inches, of volleyball’s freshman class. That is more than four inches taller than the average height of the women’s basketball team.


Spartans will rely on historic top-ten nationally ranked class By Omari Sankofa II The State News nn

With the Hokie Invitational looming for the MSU women's volleyball team, head coach Cathy George has plans to put her talented recruiting class to the test. This year’s class, ranked seventh in the nation, is as tall as they are talented. The shortest recruit, middle blocker Allyssah Fitterer, stands at 6-foot-2 . Middle blocker Brooke Kranda is not only the tallest recruit, but the tallest athlete on the team with a height of 6-foot-6. George said size is one of the factors she had in mind when she recruited her class. Volleyball powerhouses such as Texas and Penn State have put a premium on height in the past, and George wants to eliminate the size advantage that other teams in the NCA A have had. “You can win with a lot of crafty play, but when you go up against Texas, which we did two years ago in the NCAA Tournament and they’re all 6-foot-4 across the board, and you play against Penn State who is 6-foot-4,” George said. “You want to be able to get to that top level, you need to be able to go toe to toe across the net.” O ut side h it ter C h loe Reinig originally was slated to receive the nod as a starter and replace outside hitter Amy Dentlinger, who graduated at the end of last year. However, an injury leaves Reinig day-to-day for the Hokie Invitational, which takes place Fr iday and Saturday. “She’s questionable, we don’t know if she’s going to play or not,” George said. “We won’t start her in game one, just letting her get a little healthy as the weekend goes on.”

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Sophomore quarterback Connor Cook hands off the ball to junior running back Jeremy Langford Aug. 19 at the practice field outside Duffy Daugherty Football Building.

Running back situation up in the air By Dillon Davis THE STATE NEWS nn

Le’Veon Bell carried the football 382 times for the MSU football team during the 2012 season. Breaking through tackles and leaping over defenders, Bell’s carries were the most of any running back in the country, accounting for roughly 83 percent of the Spartans’ rushing attack. In a year of overall offensive stagnation, Bell was the shining star — a notion that made Bell a standout when he was selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The release of MSU’s depth chart Tuesday solved a few questions for the 2013 squad, most notably at quarterback but also at the running back position, who’s tasked with finding the right replacement for Bell. Junior Jeremy Langford and redshirt freshman Riley Bullough have been named the co-starters for Friday’s season opener against Western Michigan (8 p.m., Big Ten Network) and are expected to split carries with junior Nick Hill and potentially freshman duo Delton Williams and Gerald Holmes. “I’m excited to show the fans what I can do,” said Langford,

was redshirted at MSU in 2012. Originally, Bullough was recruited to play defense but was converted to running back prior to the team's Green and White Spring Game in April. Bullough said the biggest factor for MSU against the Broncos will be to “come out with energy and focus,” which will help power the Spartans to a victory. “We’ve got the guys here to do big things and definitely go to the Rose Bowl,” Bullough said. “I flat out think we have the talent to do it.” MSU’s most experienced option in the backfield would seem to be Hill, who’s accumulated 163 yards and a touchdown on 51 attempts through parts of three seasons. Having been a part of several MSU running back battles, Hill said he welcomes the competition of the position, citing its impact on the way it helps each member of the unit approach practices and games. “Allowing us to compete for the No. 1 spot ... it can change from week to week,” Hill said. “Us competing against each other is keeping us on our toes and us going hard in practice and not slacking in practice so, when it comes to game time, we’re still going hard."

who had just nine carries for 23 yards last season. “My teammates have trust in me, the coaches have trust in me and that’s who I’m playing for; I’m playing for my family out there.” A native of Wayne, Mich., Langford played alongside former MSU wide receiver Keshawn Martin while at Westland, Mich.'s John Glenn High School. Martin now is with the NFL’s Houston Texans. Coming in as a three-star recruit, Langford provided depth in the backfield behind Bell, Hill and then-senior Larry Caper a season ago. Now in an opportunity to formally introduce himself as an impact player, Langford said his goals for this week remain simple. “Just playing hard,” Langford said. “Playing hard, playing the best I can and coming out with the win.” A similar opportunity will present itself to Bullough, who was slotted as a running back in the spring and established himself in fall camp prior to the season’s opener. It’ll be the first game for Bullough in close to two years, as he broke his collarbone during the fifth game of his senior season at St. Francis High School in Traverse City, Mich., and later

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Tompkins and Kranda will also push for minutes early. Although George said last Friday middle blocker Autumn Christenson and middle blocker Allyssah Fitterer are redshirt candidates, she confirmed Wednesday that she’s avoiding finalizing her rotation until after the Hokie Invitational. “We’re leaving (the rotation) up as we go through practices and we’re taking a look at several of our players and they’re making a case,” George said. “Each player is making a case for why they shouldn’t redshirt on any given day.” With this year’s class, whoever redshirts won’t do so because of lack of talent, but rather how they fit into the rotation.


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Senior middle blocker Kelsey Kuipers, left, and freshman middle blocker Megan Tompkins, right, miss a block during the Green and White match, Saturday, at Jenison Field House.

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more spartan pride, for less green Here are a few cheap projects to show your Green and White spirit without breaking your budget


ith kickoff only a day away, here are some ways to show your Spartan spirit on a budget. Not only can you dress the part, but you can easily decorate your dorm or house for the big game. Most Spartan apparel and decorations can be quite costly at the Spartan Bookstore or other outlets around campus. These ideas can help you save money and still be a true Spartan fan. Once football season is over, feel free to sport any of these crafts at home or around campus. Now, put down that expensive Nike T-shirt, pull out some of these supplies and get crafty. These cheap, eco-friendly crafts are sure to show off your Spartan pride.

Decorating mason jars Items: Mason jar ($7.97 for 12-pack of half pint jars at Meijer, 2055 W. Grand River Ave., in Okemos), green and white glass enamel paint (Mason brand, $1.74 per bottle at Meijer) and paint brushes. Total: $9.71

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1. Paint any pattern on the jar such as stripes, or just solid green up to the first line on the jar.

How to make a hair bow Items: Berwick Offray green and white ribbon ($1.99 per roll at Meijer), selfstick pearls ($8.98 for one pack at Michaels) and one hair tie ($2.50 for a pack of 17 on or one hair clip ($2.99 for a pack of six at Walgreens)

3. Let the paint dry on the jar for at least 24 hours.

2. If your pattern is easy enough to reapply, paint on another coat.

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Total: $13.47-$13.96

1. Cut two eight-inch pieces of the green ribbon.

2. Cut one eight-inch piece of white ribbon to place on top of one of the green ribbons.

4. Place the self-stick pearls on the green ribbons.

3. Tie all three ribbons in a knot around a hair tie. Pull it tight to make sure it does not unravel.





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Other miniature projects for football season Make your own cornhole set (A.K.A bean bag toss) Get in some of the game day action by making your own cornhole set. The Surplus Store and Recycling Center occasionally offers free wood products which can be carved into a homemade cornhole set. Paint your own designs on the wood.

Painted letters 3-D cardboard letters can be found at Meijer for $1.99. Pick out a Spartan phrase, then paint the letters in green and white designs. These add a Spartan kick to any dorm, apartment or house.

Decorated shoes: Show off your kicks by decking out white shoes with markers to display

even more Spartan spirit. Shoes can be found at Macy’s for $30 to $40 and permanent markers can be purchased for less than $5 at Meijer.

Painted cheap lawn chairs: Purchase a wooden or plastic lawn chair and dress it up in green and white paint for the perfect tailgate.

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